Despite the fact there's no work, your friends and co-workers (the luckier ones, at least) have jetted off to destinations around the world, and many local businesses will be closed, there's plenty of holiday fun to be had (and we're not referring to sitting around sucking down eggnog while watching maudlin movies on the boob tube), including plenty of nighttime naughtiness.
We've made up our list (and checked it twice) of some of the cheap thrills you can experience during the five-day Christmas weekend. Have a look-see for yourself.
Bettie Blood Burlesque at Rogue Bar (Wednesday)
While there's a couple of days left until Santa finishes up his annual naughty or nice list, but it's probably a safe bet that the lovely and licentious ladies of this Texas troupe will probably fall on the "naughty" side. After all, they'll be seductively stripping down to their unmentionables while the country-fried punkabillies of Grave Danger will provide a fitting soundtrack to all the scantily-clad shenanigans. 8 p.m., $5. (423 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-947-3580)
Dead Noise at The Slurp
One of the worst kept secrets in the Phoenix music scene is the location of the Slurp. Poke around local music sites like The Shizz, AZPunk, or even AZ Hardcore long enough and chances are you'll come up with directions on how to get to the clandestine D.I.Y. underground venue. And since the joint is hosting a performance by L.A. punk band Dead Noise (which is known for its chaotic live shows) this weekend, hunting around for the Slurp's address is definitely something you'll want to do. 8 p.m., $6.
How the Groove Saved Christmas at PHX Nightclub (Wednesday)
Power 98.3's Karlie Hustle presents another holiday-themed edition of their Groove Candy gig. As always, this hip-hop hootenanny features DJ M2 in the mix spinning up soul, reggae, old school, and urban tracks by the crateload. (Here's hoping he serve's up RUN DMC's "Christmas In Hollis.") There will also be two-for-one drinks until 11 p.m. and maybe even some ill reindeer. 9 p.m., free before 10:30 p.m. (122 E. Washington St.)
Paisley Yankolovich at The Secret Place (Thursday)
"While James Brown gave up the mantle of "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business" long ago (rest his soul), it seems that Valley performer Paisley Yankolovich is eager to be in the running for the title. One visit to his Web site and you'll see it riddled with show dates and appearances for nearly every evening. Plus, this year saw the release of the audio works Burn in Hell and Love Me Forever. While Yankolovich's perspective is Christian-based, his music is nothing near what you'd hear in the halls of the Trinity Broadcast Network. Rather, Yankolovich delves deep into his personal life to bring to light stories of personal redemption and weathering rejection, even from those claiming the same beliefs. With a showman's stage presence, Yankolovich's Rocky Horror-style calls out to the masses, mainstream and outcasts alike, with a message of acceptance and love beyond mere tolerance." 7 p.m., free (1527 W. Briles Rd., 602-318-2968) -- Jose Gonzalez
Coats & Villa at Yucca Tap Room (Friday)
The indie folk duo of Wayne Coats and Nicholas Villa celebrate the "most wonderful time" of the year with a Christmas night gig at Yucca Tap. Like-minded locals Wizards of Time, Dylan Thomas and Pals, and Gladiator Ready will also perform. 9 p.m., free (29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777)
Joe Grotto at Joe's Grotto (Friday)
No, that's not a typo. The owner of this NoPho live music institution (who saw fit to name his joint after himself) must not have any major holiday plans, as he's planning on spending X-Mas evening onstage behind his guitar and jamming out plenty of rock 'n' roll thunder for his patrons. 9 p.m., $5. (13825 N. 32nd St., 602-992-1007)
B-Sides: Vinyl Art Show at Hoodlums (Saturday)
"After receiving Aunt Fred's handmade sweater vest that's bedazzled with "Born to Die," we're hoofing it to Hoodlums New & Used Music the day after Christmas to check out some real art at Spraygraphic's second annual "B-Sides: Vinyl Art Show." Besides the affordable, original artwork available for purchase, the exhibition of decorated twelve-inch LPs underscores the vastness of the Spraygraphic online community, which spans more than 50 countries. The work in this show feature 88 grooved discs that are manipulated, stenciled, or painted with a variety of themes, such as a sweet-faced girl in a bear mask as well as countenances of Miles Davis, Michael Stipe, and Scott Baio." 10 a.m.-9 p.m., free. (6434 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, 480-775-2722) -- Leslie Barton
Sunday Night Healers at Sail Inn (Sunday)
You're probably going to need something to remedy your aching body and mind after five straight nights out on the town, so the six musicians of the Sunday Night Healers are just the right prescription. Consisting of Steve Larson, Mark Zubia, Tony Martinez, Jim Bachmann, Paul "PC" Cardone, and Gary Smith, this Tempe-centric sextet will offer plenty of Americana-infused rock 'n' roll to salve the soul. 8 p.m., $5. (26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, 480-966-9565)
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