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"Summer Juried Graduate Exhibition"

School may be out, but the summer exhibitions are just getting started. As the academic year comes to a close, artistic hopefuls will be showing off their higher-learning art skills for a chance to feature their work at R. Pela Gallery in Phoenix. The "Summer Juried Graduate Exhibition" will offer such innovative pieces as photographs, ceramics, wood, and fibers by 12 current master's of fine arts students from ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The on-view artwork has been be selected by gallery owner and New Times contributor Robrt Pela.

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"Summer Juried Exhibition" is on view now through Friday, August 29, at the Harry Wood Gallery, 900 South Forest Mall, Tempe. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Please note that not all works in the show are suitable for children. For details, visit arts.asu.edu or call 480-965-8521. -- Katie Johnson

Young Frankenstein

Things we didn't know about Mel Brooks' 1974 film Young Frankenstein:

• Brooks and Gene Wilder came up with the idea during a coffee break on the set of Blazing Saddles. • Most of the lab equipment props are from the 1931 original. • Aerosmith generated the lyrics for "Walk This Way" after viewing the film.

Now that it's a hit musical à la The Producers (except even better, because people had already heard of this movie), add to your trivia trove the fact that Brooks wrote all the songs (except Irving Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz") and that Arizona Broadway Theatre's 19-member cast brings the hilarious extravaganza to 7701 West Paradise Lane in Peoria through Sunday, June 22. Chef Alex Arce and staff generally develop starters, entrées, desserts, and cocktails that pay homage to the show, and we're a bit intrigued and intimidated simultaneously in this case. Fire bad! Show-only tickets start at $37, while dinner-and-a-show admission is $62 and up. Reserve your spot at 623-776-8400 or www.azbroadway.org. -- Julie Peterson

Midweek Mindtweek

You've seen The Social Network and you think scoring a billion dollars with a new app or website would be way cool. But, oh man -- this week has ground you down and the weekend seems nowhere in sight. CO+HOOTS's Midweek Mindtweek is here to disrupt your blah-some existence.

Downtown Phoenix's center for coworking has inspiring entrepreneurs buzzing around every corner. For the Midweek Mindtweek, they corral app developers, biz mavens, software designers, and other assorted go-getters to speak on topics from getting your creative juices flowing and being more productive to landing those big deals. You might not stack a billi right away but at least you'll be ready to shift out of neutral.

The Midweek Mindtweek is at CO+HOOTS, 1027 East Washington Street, from noon to 1 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation and more info on this week's speaker is available at www.cohoots.com.


This isn't your typical drag -- show, that is. ShowTime at The Bar on Central is a weekly cabaret revue with noted queen Barbra Seville and local actor Ian Christiansen at the helm.

The ongoing late night event features a new guest appearance each week: including area actors known for work with Theaterworks and Phoenix Theatre alongside popular drag performers like Savannah Stevens and Olivia Gardens. With their rotating cast of friends and a range of vocal and theatrical prowess, Seville and Christiansen have provided Phoenicians with their own brand of song and comedy for more than six months now, continuing to draw a crowd.

It's showtime at 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, at The Bar on Central, 718 North Central Avenue. Admission to the 21-and-over event is free and features $5 "ShowTini" drink specials, but bring some singles to tip the talent. Visit www.thebaroncentral.com or call 602-258-6122 for details. -- Janessa Hilliard

Mad Monster Party Phoenix

If meeting Kane Hodder, the man behind the hockey mask as Jason Vorhees of the Friday the 13th film series, is on your bucket list, considerthis Friday the 13th your lucky day. The Mad Monster Party and its slew of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy celebs is up your darkened alley this weekend.

Mad Monster magazine's love for classic monster movies and modern horror flicks guides its slate of fan conventions around the country. John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard, Smothered), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), Rowdy Roddy Piper (WWE, John Carpenter's They Live!), Butch Patrick (The Munsters), Brad Dourif (Chuckie, Lord of the Rings), and even rockers Lita Ford and Cherie Currie are among dozens of guests. Besides requisite panels and screenings, the party includes the Miss Mad Monster pageant, Scaraoke, and Mad Mixer speed dating where spooky guys and girls can connect.

Mad Monster Party Phoenix gets ghoulish at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 North Third Street, on Friday from 6 to 11 p.m. with $30 admission at the door. For Saturday and Sunday's hours, advance tickets, and more information, visit www.madmonsterphoenix.com. -- Jose Gonzalez

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