Even with the recent monsoons, water activities are still at the top of everyone's to-do lists for the weekend. From see-and-be-scene diving at the Millennium resort and laid-back loafing at DJ William Reed's Cannonball Pool Party to serious indoor swimming relays at Mesa's Tri to Help benefit triathlon, it's a good time to literally get your feet wet.
Not that there's any shortage of events happening on dry land. Here's a little slice of what's going down in PHX this weekend:
First Friday Afterhours @ Inner City Youth Center
This First Friday in downtown Phoenix is looking pretty sweet, with openings ranging from Annie Lopez and Jeff Falk's "Luck Nothing" at Willo North to the politically charged iDream Campaign show at Alwun House. Bummer is, most of the galleries roll up at ten. If you're hitting the downtown streets after dark and don't know what to do when the night winds down, head a little east for First Friday Afterhours starting at 11 p.m. and continuing until morning. Mixmasters DJentrification, Tenski and Salchi von Papi will be rockin' sick beats and slick tunes throughout the night. Cover is five bucks.
Mustache Bash Steampunk Festival @ Gamer's Inn
Time to pick up that "free mustache rides" t-shirt you know you've always wanted. Daniel Davis, the mustachioed artist behind Steam Crow, is hosting a steampunk-themed gaming fest on Saturday featuring steampunk belly dancers, a Victorian fashion show and -- naturally -- a mustache contest. There will also be cupcakes and geeky demos of Warmachine and Wings of War. Get your game on starting at 1 p.m. Free admission.
Grand Opening @ J Bella Loft
Big-box stores are great for buying cheap pressboard furniture, but if you're hoping to copycat the chic look of Modern Steak or Hotel Theodore, you'll have better luck finding something at the new J Bella Loft boutique, which kicks off with an opening soiree from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday at 107 E. Baseline Road, Suite A-3, in Tempe. If owner Jennifer Dudones' interior design work is any indication, there will be plenty of glam sofas, sculptural elements and modern art prints in icy blues and warm hues for you to drool over. Also look for Slade Grove sweets, cocktails, and beats from DJ Seduce. Free admission.
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Kick-Ass Comedy Show @ Goat Head Saloon
Group comedy shows are always a crapshoot: You won't recognize everyone on the bill, which means you're as likely to suffer through a set of bad yo' mama jokes as you are to find a comic gem that SNL just hasn't discovered yet. Good thing then that this Saturday night's
comedy lineup at Goathead saloon has a cast of well-known locals including Nate Sinclair, Hershy Petty and Amy Donohue, who even managed to eke laughs out of a recent Ignite Phoenix audience during a talk on kidney donation. The whole shebang is hosted by Dani Danger, local queen of body modification and the night's biggest wild card. Showtime is 9 p.m. and tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door.
The Devil is a Woman @ Phoenix Art Museum
If you thought Pat Benetar, Dolly Parton or Pink was the original "Heartbreaker," you're sadly mistaken. Screen queen and cabaret singer Marlene Dietrich stars in this 1935 flick about a beautiful, exotic woman who's a serious heartbreaker. Not surprisingly, Dietrich's performance -- along with her signature blonds curls and ruby lips -- has influenced several local burlesque performers. The film is screening on Sunday in conjunction with the museum's Modern Mexican Paintings exhibition, as many of the works in the show are based on the French novel that spawned the flick. The Hollywood starlet takes the screen at 1 p.m. Admission is free.