"We have acrylics, oils, photography from color [to] black and white," says Jessica Jordan, manager and part-owner of Tempe's Wet Paint Art Supply & Gallery. "Basically, if it comes through my door, I'll put it on my wall." Wet Paint is the ultimate transvestite. By day, it's an art-supply and record store. But come the last Friday of each month, it trades in its capitalist garb to host Final Fridays, Tempe's take on the art walk. All merchandise is sidelined to make room for a DJ, while upstairs, art crowds the catwalk for bemused patrons who sip free wine.
Folks can visit the other participating galleries, but when the local bands gear up around 11 p.m., most patrons usually return. This week's playlist includes 3 Piece & A Biscuit (featuring Nanotek), Brotherhood of Mutants, and a series of MCs.
The action happens Friday, May 28, from 7 to 11 p.m. at 203 East Seventh Street. Admission is free. Call 480-967-2002 or visit www.wetpaintaz.com/final.html. --Elizabeth Exline
Copwatch throws a shindig
Normally the folks who run Phoenix Copwatch are notoriously hush-hush about their operation -- just try getting their latest patrol route. What do you expect from a clandestine cadre that's charged itself with policing local po-po's? The tables will be turned on Saturday, May 29, as the 'Watchers -- in conjunction with the Phoenix chapter of Food Not Bombs -- will be out in the open for all to see (and for covert ops to reconnoiter) at a benefit bash at 2216 North 28th Street. This house party will sport the requisite keg, free food, a kissing booth and a performance by local alt-rockers Bodhisattva. This isn't the first time the group's gone gonzo for greenbacks -- it held a "Mustaches for Arpaio" benefit kegger. Given the scrutinizing shutterbugs that'll be present, the Five-O better think twice before breaking up this party. The left-wingers let loose at 8 p.m. Admission is $3. See www.phoenixcopwatch.org for more information. --Benjamin Leatherman
Local artist turns icons into art
Mykil Zep has turned rebellion into an art form in his exhibition "Rebel Signs," showing at The Lodge Art Parlor, 1231 Grand Avenue, through July 2.
Zep, a local tattooist, artist and iconoclast, has re-created a collection of political and religious propaganda posters -- six pieces in all -- each representing a different country's turmoil and dripping with militant imagery.
Zep, who claims he makes art to "show, not to sell," altered icons associated with communism, Nazism and several other -isms offering different messages. And -- though Zep claims he's no capitalist pig -- for the right price, all the work is for sale. The gallery is open on the first Friday of every month from 8 p.m. to midnight and by appointment. Call 602-332-5904. --C. Murphy Hebert