SAT 4/9
Wanna be in gay porn pronto, Tonto? Better show 'em your "Oh!" face on Saturday, April 9, at the Bunkhouse, 4428 North Seventh Avenue, where Will Clark, a gay porn "star" -- none of the men at the Bunkhouse during a recent happy hour would admit to knowing who he is -- hosts the "Porn Idol" competition. Clark, a ripped hunk of red-headed man-love who does gay porn for Raging Stallion Studios (home of Zeus Man of the Year Eric Evans), will perform a strip show at 9 p.m. to get the "Porn Idol" participants warmed up. Then, at 10:30, Clark emcees the competition. An interview with gay porn execs for a chance to get into the biz is on the line.

The contest includes the Best Body, Nicest Package, Porn Dialogue and Fake Orgasm categories, with proceeds from the event going to the Phoenix Shanti Group, a nonprofit that provides services to men and women living with HIV/AIDS.

And if you miss a chance to see Clark at "Porn Idol," you can meet him at the Flex BBQ on Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 602-200-9154 or see Seacrest, out? -- Joe Watson

Tossed Sonic Salad
Multi-Cultural fest fuels crossover

FRI 4/8
Hear the funky Calumet, the acid jazz/hip-hop stylings of DJ Seduce, reggae from Kindread, rock from Salieri, and the jazz fusion of Sonorous (pictured) at the Multi-Cultural Arts Festival, taking place Friday, April 8, at the Paper Heart, 750 Grand Avenue. There will also be break-dancing, live art, spoken word, and a "political speaker." Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission costs $6. Call 602-320-7397. -- Niki D'Andrea

"Best of" Show
Scottsdale ArtWalk crowns the people's choice

In this postmodern world, it seems anyone with a box of crayons and a canvas can scribble something up and call it art. If you're looking for a night full of eye candy without having to sift through the crap, visit the Best of Scottsdale ArtWalk on Thursday, April 7. Art lovers have been casting ballots since mid-February to support the finest masterpieces from each art space. The "ArtWalker's Choice" artists' works will be on display at Scottsdale Art Auction, the ArtWalk's newest space, above Legacy Gallery at 7178 East Main in Scottsdale. Best of Scottsdale award winners will be announced at a champagne-and-dessert gala that starts at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8. Gala tickets cost $25. Call 480-948-1799 or visit -- Lynh Bui

Comic Release
Comicon's a draw in Glendale

SUN 4/10
You've got the perfect robotic, chivalrous-but-villainous, superhero-mutant-vixen character lingering in your head. It's time to bust out of your comic closet. Final destination? The Phoenix Cactus Comicon, Sunday, April 10, at the Glendale Civic Center, 5750 West Glenn Drive. The Art-on-the-Spot Contest may be just what it takes to get that work on paper and in front of plenty of peers and professionals. For shameless geeks, the con is also a chance to be gloriously immersed in illustration heaven, perhaps sporting a costume that will land you one of the top three prize-winning spots. Contests are only a small slice of the activities. Panels and workshops will take place throughout the day, highlighted by a collection of famed comic creators, writers and artists, including Marc Wolfman, Steve Rude, Brian Pulido, Marie Croall and Todd Nauck. The Comicon happens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $6, free for kids 10 and younger. See Amy Young

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Lynh Bui
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.
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Joe Watson
Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
Contact: Amy Young