Gal Friday

Fri 10/10
You know the ladies at The Biz as the ones who serve the drinks, spin the beats, or bounce the ruffians and check IDs. But you can glimpse a different side of the staff from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, October 10, at the first ever Ain't NOBODY's Bitch. The whole idea of the event is to get the customers to see the bartenders, security personnel, bar backs, door people, DJs and managers for who they really are -- girls into having fun. The talented ladies perform a variety of acts -- improv comedy, staged fights, spoofs on stereotypes and an awesome dance finale to get your mojo stirred. While you're shaking that thang, check out the bar's newly completed face-lift.

Ain't Nobody's Bizness is located at 3031 East Indian School. Tickets are $10 per person or $17.50 per couple, and can be purchased in advance by calling 602-224-9977. For more details about upcoming events, visit - Eric Schandel

Along for the Ride

Title hopefuls saddle-up

Sun 10/12
Title hopefuls for the Arizona Gay Rodeo Association's January 2004 rodeo compete for top honors in three categories: Ms. AGRA for women, Miss AGRA for drag queens, and Mr. AGRA for men. But to qualify, each contestant must raise $600 -- $500 for his or her chosen charity and $100 for AGRA -- by December 15. So to kick off the competition, Charlie's, at 727 West Camelback, hosts the Royalty Contestants Show from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, October 12. Naturally, the money goes to good causes. Better yet, contestants entertain for the cash -- by selling Jell-O shots or taking the stage to sing or lip synch. For details call 602-265-0224. - Eric Schandel

Creative Cuba

New exhibit at the ASU Art Museum

Recently named "the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona" by Art in America magazine, the ASU Art Museum is also the place to see the best in contemporary Cuban art.

From Saturday, October 11, through March 6, 2004, the museum exhibits "Cuban Art From the Permanent Collection," including some of its most remarkable pieces. Featuring Cuban artists such as Pedro Alvarez, Abel Barroso, Jacqueline Brito, Yamilys Brito and José Angel Toirac, the show promises to make us more aware of what's on the minds of young Cubans. Especially interesting is Toirac's video installation La Edad de Oro (The Golden Age), dealing with the political conflict that surrounded Elian Gonzalez.

Perhaps most exciting about this show are the discoveries that can be made within the art. Given the daily censorship Cuban artists face, their art must make its points referentially. To help us pull those meanings apart, chief curator of the exhibit Marilyn Zeitlin offers a lecture series throughout the exhibit's tenure. An opening reception is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. November 1. Call 480-965-2787 or visit for more information. - Maidi Terry

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Eric Schandel
Maidi Terry