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Niki’s Weekend Word: Closings, commercials, pop shows, and pepperoni

By Niki D’Andrea

Friday, June 20: My weekend began with the news that my favorite Zia Record Exchange location, near 40th street and Thunderbird, was closing down. Bummer. Now I have to drive even farther when I want to browse bins of 99-cent records or maybe pick up a novelty “boxing nun” puppet. I had to console myself with two bottles of red wine and a YouTube marathon of ‘80s commercials, like this one featuring Elvira, Mistress of the Dark:

…And this classic:

Saturday, June 21: The New Times Summer of Sound pop show rocked The Sets in Tempe. Check out my recap here.

Sunday, June 22: I spent most of the day sleeping and working on the blog I linked to above. But that evening, I just had to head back to Tempe for some awesome pizza at Venezia’s, which is in the same huge strip mall as The Sets. Pepperoni helps me think.

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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