There's a good chance the galleries of Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue might be ghost towns tonight, what with seemingly everybody getting out of town for the three day weekend and all (as well as the usual summer heat which tends to keep people away from the monthly art walk from June to September each year). But if you're in the mood for paintings instead of patriotism, here's a rundown of some of those who'll be providing stimulation in both visual and auditory form at the various galleries and art spaces around downtown.
And in case you hadn't heard, the METRO light rail system is offering post-midnight service starting tonight, so feel free to stay a little longer at the Bikini Lounge or the Lost Leaf.
Hit the jump for the complete rundown.
Afida's Hair Culture
116 East Roosevelt Street
DJ Tony Culture will be spinning reggae, dancehall, and old-school music starting at 8 p.m. Call 602-258-4992.
1204 East Roosevelt Street
The Provocatease burlesque revue returns with additional performances from juggler Chase Archer, music by Dangerville and Male Pattern Radness, poetry by Dani Garrity, and more. The "Up-And-Comers" show will also be on display in the gallery work from emerging/outsider artists such as painter Junjie Verosa, printmaker Dawn Williamson, and the mixed-media of John Winters. 8:30 p.m., $7. Call 602-253-7887.
901 North Fifth Street
Get a java pick-me-up while enjoying the music from The Haymarket Squares, Living Human Beings, Phoenix and Dragon, and other bands. 6 p.m. Call 602-237-5446.
419 East Roosevelt Street
New works from eye lounge members Jana Evans and Marco Rosichelli. 5 p.m., free. Call 602-430-1490.
515 East Roosevelt Street
Painter Preston Graves offers his "Noctilucent Mycology" series of recent works. 6 p.m. Call 602-256-0150.
The Free Street Band
Various locations along Roosevelt Row
The roving bagpipe band will be walking throughout the Evans Churchill Neighborhood starting at 7 p.m.
821 North Third Street
In case you missed Back Ted N-Ted's free show a couple months ago, be sure to check out the Modern Art star as he performs outside of Holgas with Dee Jay Flic and others. 8 p.m. Call 602-475-8519.
The Lost Leaf
914 North 5th Street
For this Friday Friday, the Fifth Street drinking den will feature works created during it's monthly Anti-Art school. 5 p.m. Call 602-258-0014.
407 East Roosevelt Street
The pulchritudinous and potent photographs of William LeGoullon's "Dust," which renders some of the Valley's abandoned structures in profound fashion, will be lining the walls at this Roosevelt Row venue. 6 p.m. 602-462-5516.
610 East Roosevelt Street
The large-format photography work of eclectic character actor Richard Edson (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Super Mario Bros, Stranger than Paradise) will be on display and an opening reception will be held. 6 p.m. Call 602-334-6299.
501 East Roosevelt Street
The folks at this Fifth and Roosevelt mainstay never seem to disappoint with what they put up, and this month's show "Pre-Existing Condition: A Traveling Art Show to Benefit Type 1 Diabetes Research" looks to be no exception as it features works by Shepard Fairey (!!!), The Molten Brothers, Anthony Ausgang, Sean Brannan, KRK Ryden, Joshua Ellingson, and more. Call 602-363-2552.
918 North Second Street
Steve Zimmerman and T.J. Jordan celebrate their first First Friday at the new location of their vinyl emporium with music from Boys and Frogs, Matthew Reveles, and others. 7 p.m. Call 602-795-4980.
636 East Pierce Street
Acoustic rock band Midnight Workshop and indie rockers of Little Brother Mojo team up for a night of entertainment. 6 p.m.
909 North Fifth Street
Artists Matt Dickson and Alex Ramirez will be featured in the gallery, while DJs Pickster One, Issa, Just Chris, Tricky T, and Tatelarock will spin outside on the porch. 6 p.m.
Deus Ex Machina
1023 Grand Avenue
Attend the "Neo Dada 5" opening reception and witness the mixed-media works of Michele Bledsoe, Richard Bledsoe, Jeff Falk, Steve Gompf, Annie Lopez, and Vic Void, all of whom will pay homage to the Dadaism movement are presented. 6:30 p.m. Call 602-487-0669.
1030 Grand Avenue
Ken Dinkins and Brooklyn-based pop musician Tanner Walle is scheduled to perform at the Grand Avenue eatery. The galleries and businesses of Paisley Town will also be open for business. Call 602-254-7843.
919 West Fillmore Street
An opening reception will be held for the "Room With a View: Stereoscopic Views from Past to Present" show, which features the works of Kris Sanford, Ernie Rairdin, Ray Zone, Boris Starosta, Todd Ely, Larry Ferguson, Jeremy Rowe, and Christopher Schneberger (as well several antique stereoscopic cameras and equipment). 6 p.m. Call 602-716-5667.
1506 Grand Avenue
Track the history of Phoenix's interconnected (and often incestuous) music community through "The Grid: Music Edition," an elaborate visual representation of the various bands and musicians that make up the scene. 6 p.m. Call 602-403-7682.
ELSEWHERE IN DOWNTOWN:
1221 North Central Avenue
The Burton Barr Central Library's in-house gallery offers the resin-coated found object art of Angela Cazel Jahn. 7 p.m. Call 602-256-3521.
130 East Washington Street
The ATL's DJ Le Castle Vania hangs with the DJs of FUSE Fridays, including Mara, Sonique des Fleurs, Disco Da, and Sol Martinez. 9 p.m., $9. Call 602-229-1265.
Breadfruit Authentic Jamaican Grill
108 East Pierce Street
Reggae band Purple Kush presents an evening of irie music. 7:30 p.m. Call 602-267-1266.
Hob Nob's Coffee House
149 West McDowell Road
Alternative rock artists Jake (...) will be the featured performer. 7 p.m. Call 602-253-9220.
104 East Pierce Street
The pair of Salty and Mr. 45 will bring their street art stylings to the downtown record and clothing shop. Various DJs will also be on the one's and two's. 7 p.m. Call 602-324-7558.
138 West Camelback Road
The DJs of Party Foul! (including Kevin the Makeout Bandit, Bigie, and BC/AD) will stage their weekly dancefest. 9 p.m. No cover before 11 p.m., $6 afterwards. Call 602-234-3023.
Jackson's on 3rd
245 East Jackson Street
Reggae musician Junior Reid will be at the downtown Phoenix nightspot. 7 p.m. Call 602-254-5303.
24 North Second Street
The FABrik First Fridays dance party will go down, featuring music from resident DJs CL McSpadden, Mitch Mills, and Nick Synergy. 10 p.m. $5 before 11 p.m., $10 afterwards. Call 602-253-9004.
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The Rose and Crown
628 East Adams Street
DJ Smite (a.k.a. Sir Smeezy) spins hip-hop and electro jams at the English pub. 9 p.m. Call 602-256-0223.
The Ruby Room Lounge
717 South Central Avenue
The "Singer/Songwriter Happy Hour" featuring Chris Adams, Doug Bale, Dale Ingram, Frank Settles, and others will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Mount Vicious, Halema'uma'u, and Destroyah will perform starting at 9 p.m. Call 602-258-0069.
The Sun House
615 West McKinley Street
This recording studio hosts a noise rock party with music from Ray Reeves and the Phoenix Sonz, Shit Liquor Bone Rattle, Magilicuddy, and others. 8 p.m., free (but donations accepted).
705 North First Street
Country-punk band Truckers on Speed will take the stage at the downtown pub. 9 p.m. Call 602-296-5043.