Sounds like a perfect time for the sultry and stimulating shenanigans of the Rites of Spring Ball on Friday. The Alwun House event will be a delight for the senses, as ensembles like the Deja Dance Collective and burlesque troupe Romantasy Cabaret will amaze your eyes, the samba and Latin fusion artists of Afro Bailie will provide auditory bliss, and luscious appetizers are also planned to tickle the tongue.
Read on for more details on this spring fling, as well as the other events we're pimping.
L'Orchidée d'Hawaï at Trunk Space (Thursday)
The citizenry of France hasn't always been fans of our politicians or foreign policy. However, they seem to enjoy various and sundry bits of our cultural detritus, be it Jerry Lewis, McDonald's (the European country is the fast food chain's second-biggest market), or -- in the case of this French fivesome -- surf rock. Hailing from Chambéry, the members of L'Orchidée d'Hawaï take the groovy genre popularized by Dick Dale and made it their own. 8 p.m., $6. (1506 Grand Ave., 602-256-6006)
Tim Barry at Yucca Tap Room (Thursday)
"Tim Barry -- the 39-year-old Richmond, Virginia, singer-guitarist best known for fronting now-defunct hardcore heroes Avail for two decades -- has managed to slip into acoustic troubadour mode more seamlessly and memorably than most of his peers, and with near-universal respect. Part of that's because the candid, no-bullshit Barry has oozed sincerity and authenticity throughout his entire career; never one to embrace a sound or style because it was fashionable. A bigger part of that's because he's had things to say on his handful of solo albums, like the just-released 28th and Stonewall -- about his days and nights riding the rails, the harrowing deaths of close friends, the highs and lows of Richmond history (including a failed slave uprising in 1800), and more -- and a commanding voice and presence with which to say them." 8 p.m., free. (29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777) -- Michael Alan Goldberg
Rites of Spring Ball at Alwun House (Friday)
The vibrancy of world dance and the kinky arts will be on full display at this sensual soiree, which features performances by the Divine Chaos belly dance troupe, the Indigo Fire erotic circus, and other acts. Venus Anomaly will also demonstrate her burlesque bondage skills while Trishnamurti and Ensemble spin fire. The Alwun's annual Exotic Arts Show will also be on display in the gallery. Admission is listed as $10 in advance, but you can save five bucks by ordering tickets through the Web site. 7 p.m. (1204 E Roosevelt St., 602-253-7887)
Grindhouse Redux at Madcap Theatres (Friday)
When the hell are Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell gonna get off their asses and finally make Evil Dead 4? They've been talking about aid sequel for more than 15 years now, but very little has been done to get that chainsaw-wiedling badass Ash Williams back on the silver screen. So until that glorious day occurs, film geeks will have to satisfy themselves with watching the first three flicks on TV or at revival cinema houses like Tempe's Madcap Theatre, which will screen Evil Dead II this weekend as a part of the Midnite Movie Mamacita's "Grindhouse Redux" series. The 2007 slasher film The Hills Have Eyes 2 makes up the second half of this blood-soaked double feature. 8 p.m., $8. (730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-634-5192)
The Insects at Hidden House (Friday)
Although it's been awhile since Drunken Immortals members Brad B. and Foundation brought their hip-hop side project to the Hidden House, the duo is making up for lost time with a gig at Al Page's Friday Night Live affair. DJ Skip Skoolnik will also be in the house, working the ones and twos with aplomb while the Blunt Club's Dumperfoo does his live art thing. 8 p.m., $5. (607 W. Osborn Rd., 602-266-1763)
"In a city where suburbs and farming communities are still couched in a Wild West mentality, the cultural event of the year celebrates giant flightless birds and the jockeys who race them. No, we're not kidding. This weekend marks the 22nd year for Chandler's Ostrich Festival, a family-oriented event featuring (in addition to the ostrich races) rides, games, pig races, a petting zoo, a medieval jousting tournament, and the chance to meet the baboons from the film Evan Almighty. (Ooh, celebrities!) You can also catch live musical performances from The Sugar Thieves, Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns, and Chris Young." 10 a.m., $7-$9. (2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler) -- Adriane Goetz
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The Slants at Samurai Comics (Sunday)
We've seen plenty of staggering acts of nerdery happen at Mike Banks' comic book emporium over the past five years: geeks going gaga over newly released graphic novels, basement-dwellers engaging in simulated combat, even a couple who named their infant after Luke Skywalker. But one thing we've never experienced at the Seventh Street establishment is a rock show. That changes this weekend as Portland electo-punk band The Slants perform amidst Spider-Man tomes and vinyl novelties mere hours before their show at the Rogue Bar. 6 p.m., free. (5024 N. 7th St., 602-265-8886)
Kickball at Conspire (Sunday)
"We heart Conspire. We really do. However, we've noticed a theme while waiting for a cup of the best coffee in town: the patrons are always bitching about something, ranging from what we need to do to change the world to the mean meter maid that just dolled out parking tickets on Garfield Street. That's why it's good that every Sunday, the neo-anarchists that hang there take a break from complaining about everything and release some stress during a Kickball at the dirt lot across the street from the Conspire. Anyone is welcome to participate." 2 p.m., free. (901 N. 5th St., 602-237-5446) -- Steve Jansen
Miss Derringer at Hollywood Alley (Sunday)
If you can't make it to SXSW this year, then SXSW is coming to you...sorta. Indie and underground bands from the across the nation are currently making their way to Austin for the esteemed annual music/film festival (which kicks off tomorrow), including those riding the I-10 all the way to the Lone Star State. The upshot: There are gonna be some rather outstanding, tastemaking musicians moving through our town over the next 24-72 hours, many of which will stop over for a show or two. Like the SoCal indie rock band Miss Derringer, for instance, which plays Hollwood Alley along with local guests The Rebel Set and The Cosmeticators. 8 p.m., $5-$10. (2610 W. Baseline Rd., Mesa, 480- 820-7117)
The Ruby Suns at Rhythm Room (Sunday)
"The New Zealand-based indie-pop group rocks its eclectic mix of instruments and vocals. They may be most famous for their song "Oh, Mojave," which was used in the Windows Vista commercial, but Ruby Suns' sound goes beyond mere noise bites for techie advertisements. This group of worldly music geniuses creates a vibe that will have you ready for some sandals, a mojito, and a few hits of white blotter. If the group's 2008 album, Sea Lion, is any indication of what's on the newest work (Fight Softly, released March 2), sign us the eff up." 8 p.m., $8. (1019 E. Indian School Rd., 602-265-4842) -- Lilia Menconi