There are roughly 72 hours in every weekend, which tend to fly by faster than you think. So if you want to make the most of your downtime from work, some planning might be in order.
Phoenix Radiation Experiment 2 @ OP-tic
By all accounts, Phoenix Radiation Experiment 1.0 was a hit. Hundreds of people swung by OP-tic this past First Friday to check out the emotive work of painter Yuko Yabuki, donate cash towards disaster relief efforts in Japan, and witness the mechanical music madness/noise artistry of Elektrobahn, Yves AMU Klein, and David Therrien. OP-tic will stage the event for a second time at 8 p.m.. A $10 donation is suggested.
I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski Party @ Rips The CenPho dive favorite will be celebrating The Dude (and all things related to the 1998 cult film The Big Lebowski) in grand fashion starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday night. Naturally, White Russians will be in available for $3, and those in costume get $1 off any drink (so bust out the bathrobes and bowling balls).
Tequilazona @ Tempe Marketplace
Don't expect to see any bottles of Jose Cuervo or Sauza being cracked open at this tony tequila-tasting event on Saturday, cabron. Instead, the focus will be on tasty tequilas made by micro-distilleries both local and from around the nation sort, ranging from the Valley's 3 Amigos and Cruz brands to Mar Azul from Texas and rocker Roger Clyne's Mexican Moonshine. If you need some food and tunes to accompany your shots of "the Devil's Drink" during the alcohol-fueled affair, which runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., restaurants including San Felipe's Cantina and Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ will offer tequila-paired appetizers while the Latin musicians of Soran will perform. Admission is $60 to $100.
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Big Brother 13 Casting Call @ The Firehouse
Scottsdale chef Brad Miller was on Hell's Kitchen, while Mesa hairstylist Ali Vincent won a season of The Big Loser, and KPHO reporter (and former Trib scribe) Tammy Leitner got her start on Survivor: Marquesas back in the day. Yup, Hollywood casting agents have had a yen for plucking plenty of local residents from obscurity and putting them on reality shows for years, probably because the Valley is chock full of attractive folks who occasionally turn out to be human trainwrecks and make for good television. If you're one of these, the casting department from the CBS program Big Brother will be at this Scottsdale club starting at noon on Saturday trolling for fresh meat for the show's 13th season. Hopefully, they'll pick co-owner Justin Gurian as a contestant, since that cat's a reality show unto himself.
Summer Groove Pool Party @ W Scottsdale Hotel
There are a few signs that the dastardly bitch known as summertime is about to make her impending return to torment the Valley yet again: The mercury starts bubbling up to the high 90s, clothiers begin busting out with swimwear and board shorts, and the annual onslaught of pool parties begins in earnest. The folks at the W Scottsdale are getting a jump the pool party season with this weekly wingding on the hotel's Wet Deck, which takes place every Sunday starting at noon and is hosted by the hotties of the Scottsdale 16. Summertime cocktails will be served and both DJ Soulman and local bands provide live entertainment. Admission is free for hotel guests, $25 for everyone else.