Blind Date

SAT 1/29
Sometimes, the best way to reconnect with that estranged boyfriend or girlfriend is to pretend like you don't know them. You know, arrive at the bar separately, talk like you've never met before, and then go home for the "make-up lovin'." Cone Gallery, 1324 Grand Avenue, takes this fantasy several steps further with the "High Saturday, Masquerade," a celebration of "IMBOLG," the coming of the advent of spring, taking place on Saturday, January 29. Everyone must arrive dressed in mask and costume. (Couples are encouraged "to throw off boundaries for one night and be as single.") Attendees can dance to live music, view experimental videos by Debora Brown and Jeffrey Kunzelman, check out abstract art by Andrew Schreiber, and indulge in anonymous interactions until midnight, when "all masks must come off." And hopefully, the face behind the mask will belong to your present (or future) significant other. The mystery begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $6 in advance via PayPal, and $8 at the door. Call 602-258-3455 or visit -- Niki D'Andrea

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Fashion show struts on cutting edge

THU 1/27
Sometimes our closets can be damn scary places, especially when we're drowning in bellbottoms and paisley patterns. So step on out to the "Fresh" fashion show on Thursday, January 27, at the Clubhouse, 1320 East Broadway in Tempe, to see the latest styles in textiles. With multiple designers, videos, and models, we should be able to enjoy being fashion-forward as never before. DJs Melissa Laine and KGB work the turntables, and reggae band Another Day plays live. Watch for the All-Star Break Dance Crew to bust a move as well. The show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $6 to $7. Call 480-391-0711. -- Patricia Beck

Hick Shtick

Parts is parts at 515 Gallery

Dust off your straw hat, brush your tooth, and don't forget to kiss your cousin before moseying down to the "Hillbilly Genetics Lab," a funky exhibition by Michael Goodwin at 515 Gallery, 515 East Roosevelt. It's chock-full of plywood, gears, greasy chains, corn kernels and assorted genetic materials. Goodwin has focused on satirical religious pieces for the past few years, with plenty of material to work with, thanks to the Catholic Church. This time he wanted to try something new and "temporarily embrace the crazy, goofy roots of our country." Plus, it gives him an excuse to drink cheap beer in the studio for the sake of ambiance. The freak show goes on until Saturday, January 29. The studio is open on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays from 1 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 602-217-7556. -- C. Murphy Hebert