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Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

Lei some zombies at Rips tonight.
Now that we're in the Dog Days of Summer, some locals are heading north for cooler climes and the smokin' hot visuals of Flam Chen's Electropolis, or trying to imagine themselves in California wine country at the Arizona Biltmore's Hollywood & Wine Festival Weekend.

But if you're determined to stick it out through the heat and haboobs, there are plenty of cool activities to be found around town this weekend:     

Zombie Beach Party @ Rips Ales & Cocktails
The zombie apocalypse appears inevitable. There are a myriad of books on the subject. The CDC has a disaster plan for it. Hell, even the Bible predicts that, "your dead will live; their bodies will rise." Party on, and prepare for the onslaught of moaning, drooling creatutes of the night this Friday night from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Rips.

Surf rockers The Blue Moons and rockabilly masters Trailer Queen will provide a mellow, Gidget-worthy soundtrack for a B-roll of cheesy retro horror flicks, and two movie makeup masters will be on hand to rot your teeth and decay your flesh. Stay until midnight and see which grotesque brain-eater nabs the best-dressed zombie prize, or toss your hat (and your hand, and maybe a few toes) in the mix. No cover.   
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Soaked Pool Party @ Spanish Fly

Pool parties are all about eye candy, cocktails and pumping beats, and this Saturday night's soiree at the trendy Mexican beach bar will be no exception. Beyond the bikinis and the bass-thumping beats of DJs Marija and Stryker, this bash has something no other poolside party offers: 15 swimsuit models armed with super soakers, and free water guns for guests so that they get in on the wet n' wild action. The party starts at noon and admission is free; stick around until 4 p.m. to peep more super-tight, slicked-up bodies in a Triangles swimwear fashion show.

Call of Duty: Black Ops @ WestWorld Paintball
The seventh installment of the first-person shooter game nails the competition, but nothing beats getting up close and personal with a real-life target. Check out the live action paintball version at the crack of doom (6 a.m.) this Saturday, July 23, when two teams battle in such  scenarios as classic Capture the Flag and Deathmatch, where the team that racks up the most kills wins. Sure, there are no Dragon's Breath rounds or suped-up crossbows, but earlier games in the monthly series have attracted up to 200 players firing off some 150,000+ rounds, making this sound like a much better way to blow off steam than sitting in front of the XBox exercising nothing but your trigger finger. Entry is $20, or $30 with gear rental. 

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The lady in red commands the floor at last year's "Dancing With the Bars."
Dancing With the Bars @ Wyndham Phoenix
If you're bummed that Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward edged out the wacky and newly slimmed down (again) Kirstie Allie in Dancing With the Stars, rest assured you won't have to wait until September's new season to root for your favorite dancing queen. This Sunday, local bartenders, bar owners and drink servers will shake a leg  with the assistance of local pro dancers in a contest modeled after the popular TV show. A lineup of all-star celebs in the local gay bar scene, including The Rock owner Mike Jacobs, Charlie's GM Mike Weidmann, and Friends Again bartender Stephen Serna will attempt to be fleet of feet while performing choreographed moves in hopes of winning the grand prize. Tickets are $15 and up.

Paint Drive Planning & Potluck @ Galeria de los Muertos
We're all for charitable activities, but how many times can you donate boxed macaroni and cans of peas before you start feeling like a revolving pantry? If you'd rather see your gifts put to an artsy use in the community, head to the Galeria de los Muertos this Sunday from 7-9 p.m. for a free community planning meeting for Roosevelt Row's upcoming Paint Drive. Rather than grub, the drive is soliciting new and used brushes, house paint, aerosol cans and other artsy supplies for use in crafting local murals, neighborhood beautification and grant/youth programs. Leave the canned veggies at home, but feel free to tote down some supplies, plus a dish for the potluck dinner that will take place during the chat.  

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