We know, the beginning of the work week sucks. But if you take a quick look at the calendar, you'll see we're off to a pretty good week of art events, sports games, dance parties, and more. Here are our must-see events from now to the weekend...
Monday, September 24: Bike Night @ TT Roadhouse Pub There are biker bars, and then there are biker bars. British-style pub and anti-Snobbsdale neighborhood bar TT Roadhouse caters to the Harley crowd, sure, but on Mondays it's all about pedal power.
Roll up to Bike Night on your cruiser, fixie, or mountain bike and you'll be treated to some drink specials -- Absolut flavors are $3.50 all day and bike riders get $1 off all drinks -- as well as the bar's self-described "best fuggin' jukebox anywhere" featuring choice punk, rockabilly, and ska. Should you show up on a gasoline-fueled road bike, resplendent in your day-glo lycra, expect a full course of well-deserved ridicule. -- Zachary Fowle
Tuesday, September 25: South Central Swing @ The Duce Give us enough booze and, yeah, we'll cut a rug. But, to offset our proverbial two left feet, we almost always require a large dose of liquid courage and a short lesson on the proper moves.
That means heading to The Duce on Tuesdays for South Central Swing, an evening of drinking, dancing, and old school tunes in the warehouse district. The "no partner required" clause means we don't need a date to swing the night away and, with plenty of specials all night long, we're betting we'll find one anyway. -- Lauren Saria
Tuesday, September 25: Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920s @ Phoenix Art Museum Although Baz Luhrmann's highly anticipated film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carrie Mulligan, was pushed back from its originally scheduled winter 2012 release to summer 2013, there are plenty of other places to spot Jazz Age influence during the cooler seasons. You'll see the roaring '20s in HBO's returning Prohibition drama Boardwalk Empire and in styles hanging around from spring's Art Deco runway explosion. Phoenix Art Museum fashion curator Dennita Sewell's latest exhibition, "Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920s," also reflects the Daisy Buchanan trend.
The show chronicles the style evolution spurred by women gaining rights and finding sexual liberation. Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel and Madeleine Vionnet's rising hemlines, dropped waists, and sport-inspired styles embraced the social changes women experienced and gave them the proper attire, simple yet luxurious, to complement it. -- Becky Bartkowski
Wednesday, September 26: "SouthwestNET: Sherin Guirguis and Carrie Marill" @ Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary ArtTo catch the latest work by Los Angeles-based artist Sherin Guirguis and Phoenix-based painter Carrie Marill, head to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street, for "southwestNET." The two artists have very different roots -- Guirguis was born in Luxor, Egypt and Marill in San Franscico -- but each draws inspiration from the aesthetic and history of Arabic pattern-making and calligraphy, as well as southwestern Native American textiles and images.
Guirguis is known for her intricate paintings and sculptures that walk the line between minimalism and elaborate illustration. Marill has a sharp eye, and combines her attention to detail and passion for subject in her work.
In "southwestNET," the two showcase their latest work, described by museum staff as a "modern" take on both cultures and artistic methods while "exploring each one's formal qualities -- color, line and texture" that results in a collection of sculptures and paintings.-- Claire Lawton
Thursday, September 27: The Immigration Paradox Premiere @ Orpheum Theatre In the hotbed that is Arizona politics, there's always something new to protest. Recently, the "papers please" portion of Senate Bill 1070 was upheld and declared ready for implementation - a major blow to immigration activists and civil rights advocates. That controversial bill is one of many things that led activist-turned-filmmaker Lourdes Lee Velasquez to make the documentary The Immigration Paradox.
"The project was inspired from the lack of solutions to immigration while our humanity was placed on hold," Vasquez says. "After witnessing the division, anger, and heated rhetoric within my community, I decided to document my investigation of why we continue to repeat this vicious cycle in history."
In the film, Vasquez seeks the expertise of historians, migrants, activists, and others to get to the heart of immigration problems in America. "I hope people realize the power we have within, especially if we act collectively," Vasquez says of the impact she hopes her film will have. -- Becky Bartkowski
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