Seven Must-Attend Memorial Day Weekend Parties and Events in Metro Phoenix

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Cyphers: The Center of Urban Arts Who's the best b-boy or b-girl in all of Arizona? Although it's not an easy question to answer, considering the amount of quality talent our state possesses (like Gilbert's ElektroLytes troupe, who won America's Best Dance Crew on MTV last year), this weekend's southwest qualifier for the Dynamic Rockers' "Rep Your Style International" competition may help clear things up a little.

Poppers, lockers, and hip-hop dancers skilled in a variety of talents will gather at Cyphers on Saturday, May 24, for a day filled with one-on-one open contests on the venue's wooden dance floor. Those contests will separate the champs from the chumps and determine who's going to New York City in July to represent Arizona. The combination dance battle and dance party will feature DJs Panic and Tok Sik. The event starts at noon. Admission is $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door, and the entry fee is $10.

Spanish Fly The location of this Old Town Scottsdale establishment has always had a little bit of a South Seas feel (owing to the fact it was once home to the Polynesian-style eatery Drift in another lifetime), which will be played up during the "Pirate Pool Party" on Saturday, May 25.

The event's Facebook page promises "sea shanties" from such DJs as Hemmesphere, Hazardous, and the members of Nuck 'n' Futz, but we're guessing the soundtrack is likely to consist more of club hits and popular dance tracks. Regardless, expect folks in pirate wear (which is encouraged but not required) and free eye-patches for the first 200 people in attendance. Spanish Fly opens at 11 a.m. and the party commences at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.