Gun Ho

You may have heard the adage "opinions are like assholes -- everybody's got one." When it comes to the issue of gun control, there are definitely a lot of people who don't like the smell of other people's assholes. And while not everybody views the issue in black and white (for example, Bowling for Columbine director Michael Moore, who's a card-carrying member of the NRA), very few political issues have been as enduringly divisive as gun control. So for the sake of controversy (er, "discourse"), reZurrection Gallery will unveil "THE GUN SHOW: No Background Check Required" on Saturday, May 14. The exhibition features works by about a dozen local artists, including Byron Lahey, Davyd Lemmon, Thomas Adams, Jack Stuler, and Maya Alcott. There's also a piece in the exhibition by late ASU art professor Lew Alquist, a mixed-media sculpture titled Sniperscope. Each piece reflects the artist's own views on guns. The show runs through June 8. ReZurrection Gallery is located at 601 West University in Tempe. Call 480-377-9080 or visit -- Niki D'Andrea

The Shizz Hits the Fans
Second Saturday rocks again

SAT 5/14
The Shizz was almost an accident. The Valley's do-it-yourself resource for local musicians started out as just a Web page ( with directions to a New Year's Eve party and links to bands that were playing the show. Soon after, an events calendar followed, and then a compilation CD. Now, The Shizz presents monthly "Second Saturday" shows at the Paper Heart, 750 Grand Avenue. The lineup for Saturday, May 14, consists of longtime Shizz-ites Fatigo and World Class Thugs, along with The Ticklers and singer-songwriter Cameo Hill. Catch the buzz for a measly five bucks. The rocking will commence at 8 p.m. Call 602-262-2020. -- Niki D'Andrea

Gold Spot's G-Spot
G is for girl

SAT 5/14
The idea of "girl power" has changed over the years. In the '70s, it was all about feminism and Gloria Steinem. In the '80s, it was all about Madonna lasciviously rolling around a stage in a wedding dress. In the '90s, it was Courtney Love in a baby-doll whore dress throwing makeup at Madonna. For less self-gratifying examples of girl power in the new millennium, check out "Girls Rocking the Spot: Art, Fashion and Music," a trunk show opening at the Gold Spot Gallery, 1001 North Third Avenue. The show features textiles and jewelry by six designers, including Lisa Jacobs, Kate Morrow, Indigo Verton, and Amanda Young. DJ Lady T will spin lounge sounds while the models strut their stuff, and Fate has provided wine for the evening. Admission to the show, which takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 14, is free. Call 602-253-3100. -- Niki D'Andrea

Poultry in Motion
Japanese dance at "In Bloom"

SAT 5/14
In 1959, a Japanese dancer named Tatsumi Hijikata performed a dance called "Kinijiki" ("Forbidden Colors"), wherein a live chicken was smothered between the legs of a performer. The piece was the seminal work of a Japanese dance movement known as Butoh, initially called "Dance of Utter Darkness" by Hijikata. The movement explored themes of decay and transformation against a backdrop of surreal sounds, and may have been the earliest example of "performance art." On Saturday, May 14, Antonio Delbenes, Mizu Desierto, and Anastasia will perform Butoh at anti_space, 815 West Madison, as part of the gallery's "In Bloom" event. The affair includes artwork by Len Harris, John Romero, Yoko Yabuki and others, plus live music from DJs Black Sugar, and Ravicher. The shows start at 9 p.m., and admission costs $5. Call 602-256-2684. -- Niki D'Andrea

Money Makers
Shaking them for an even better cause

SAT 5/14
So many people bare their asses for selfish reasons. But at Padlock, Phoenix's premier men's leather and latex club at 998 East Indian School, the leather daddies are showing their stuff for charity. At the monthly "Best ASSet Contest," taking place at 11 p.m. Saturday, May 14, muscle-bound men in leather chaps get on stage, bend over, and display their sexy seats for the camera. The winners appear in Padlock's annual calendar, which is sold for $10. Proceeds benefit Body Positive. Stephen Bloom, who won the title of "Mr. Padlock" in 2001 and started the "Best ASSet Contest" last August, says the event has grown significantly. "The first contest, we had seven or so people," Bloom says. "Now, everybody seems to know about it. It seems to be a dependable good time." Bloom is also responsible for looking at all the photos and compiling the calendar. "Yeah," Bloom says, "it's a terrible, terrible job." Call 602-266-5640. -- Niki D'Andrea

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
Contact: Niki D'Andrea