A New Year Brings A New
Event To Lawn Gnome
Phoenix Metro Venues
Ak Chin Pavilion
2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix
Alan Jackson with Jon Pardi, Feb. 28
Arizona Broadway Theater
7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria
The Kind and I, Jan, 9 to Feb. 15
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jan. 23
400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
Jerry Seinfeld, March 6
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
Feast of the Seven Herbs, Jan. 7
1015 N. 1st St., Phoenix
Hurly Burly Vaudeville Medicine Show, March 8
Grady Gammage Auditorium
1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Jan. 13 to 18
222 E. Monroe, Phoenix
Summer Raine A Musical Stage Play, Jan. 29
13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Band Open Mic, Jan. 28
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
decker., Feb. 21
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St., Phoenix
PEP Rally, Jan. 8
914 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Soft Deadlines, Jan. 10
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
G. Love and Special Sauce, Jan. 15
263 N. Center St., Mesa
The Avett Brother, Feb. 7
100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Premier: 2 Pianos 4 Hands, Jan. 14
Pub Rock Live
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
Bunny Gang, Jan. 20
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
No Volcano, Jan. 15
636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
S&M Comedy Presents…, Jan. 9
Tempe Center For The Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic, Jan. 14
1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Murkocet, Jan. 17
Theater Artists Studio
4848 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale
Rapture, Blister, Burn, Jan. 16 to Feb. 1
4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Skewed News Hour, Jan. 9
The Trunk Space
1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix
De’Lunula screeners, Jan. 10
US Airways Center
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Disney on Ice Presents Let's Celebrate!, Jan. 7 to 11
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
The Dictators, Jan. 9
By Jeff Moses
Modern Times Magazine
Jan. 7, 2015 — Phoenix’s favorite used bookstore, Lawn Gnome Publishing, 905 N. Fifth St., ended the year with a decent bit of drama surrounding what was once their flagship event The Phoenix Poetry Slam. In response, slam master and Lawn Gnome owner Aaron Johnson decided to pull the plug on the event and replace it with the Wikimedia show, which was the beta-test of what is now Phoenix Educational Programming Rally or the PEP Rally.
They’ve already covered topics like ants, buoyancy, and Christmas, and on Jan. 8 they are going to tackle the fascinating world of dinosaurs. Johnson will act as a co-host along with Matt “Stega” Storrs and hopefully keep presenters Dan Hull, Ashley Naftule, Troy Farah, Eric Dovigi, John Quinonez, and Dinosaur Love on-topic.
The event is all ages, and begins at 8 p.m. there is a $5 cover.
Wednesday, Jan. 7
Sidepony Express Music Festival is one of the most well-liked and well-spoken about musical events in Arizona. Beginning at 7 p.m. they will be hosting the Feast of the Seven Herbs a traditional Japanese New Year’s celebration at Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Celebrating the feast will be Treasurefruit, Strange Lots Surf, Some Magical Animal, and Cassidy Alisa. The show is 21 and up and has a $5 cover in advance or $7 at the door.
Looks like Tempe-based punks Red Tank! are going to be hitting the road for a tour, but before they go they are having one last hurrah on their home turf. They will be joined by Bachhus and the Demon Sluts, Draa, Captain Samurai, and Grandma Death, as well as visuals by Verci. The show is all ages, and they are asking for a $5 suggested donation. Showtime is 7 p.m. and it’s a house show, so find a friend and find them!
Thursday, Jan. 8
Is there a better reason to party than The Goblin King’s birthday? Probably not, so get down to The Rogue Bar, 423 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, at 7 p.m. to celebrate. Brandi’s First Anniversary / Bowie Birthday Bash will feature performances by Jerusafunk, Manic Monekys, Paper Foxes, The Lonesome Wilderness, Deadfoxx, and Zodiac Bash, as well as a few mystery guests to keep the party lively. There is a $5 cover for this 21 and up event.
Friday, Jan. 9
There’s nothing like a little burlesque to start off the weekend and the Monkey Business Cabaret is a pretty good place for burlesque. “Become hypnotized by the classic bump and grind of Venus De Lovely and her psychedelic spinning Hypno Bunnies. Give into temptation with Madam C's forbidden dance of the seven veils on a bed of spikes with her snake Flexi The Spineless Wonder. Be awestruck by Berry Haute Mess's triple-threat tassel twirling and break dancing monkeys. Special performances by Kelvin the Clown, stilt limbo with Chocolate Addiction, & comedy by MC mastermind Ernasty,” says the event page, and it’s hard to argue with that. The show is 21 and up and is going on at Cactus Jack’s Ahwatukee Tavern, 4747 E. Elliot Rd., Phoenix. General admission is $10 and VIP is $15.
The Valley’s longest running weekly hip-hop night is no longer weekly, and now that The Blunt Club is going monthly, they are kicking off with blowout party at The Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. The Blunt Club’s resident DJs, Pickster., Tricky T., and Organic will be joined by guest DJ Element, and drummer Scott White to provide the music for Blunt Club’s big night. Live artists Dumper Foo Serve One, and Caballero will provide the signature Blunt Club visuals. The party is 21 and up and cover is $5. Doors open at 9 p.m.
The Soft Deadlines are releasing their first record Critic at The Lost Leaf, 914 N. Fifth St., kicking off at 9 p.m. Their sound is a sort of lo-fi garage rock / fugazy feel to it, and joining them for the evening will be Supa Joint, The Echo Bombs, and Zodiac Bash. The evening is being put on by 56th Street Records, and the show is 21 and up and free.
Saturday, Jan. 10
Last year on the last weekend of May The Firehouse Gallery, 1015 N. First St., put on an unforgettable rendition of Shakespeare's King Lear. For this year, they will be hosting a rendition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, like it’s never been done before. Phoenix folk-punk Andy Warpigs will be playing Dr. Frank N. Furter, and they will be doing the film script live and in person. The show’s producers / directors Sheri Amourr and Ting Ting will be holding auditions at the Firehouse on Jan. 10 and Jan. 11 from noon until 5 p.m.
There is usually something strange going on at The Trunk Space, 1506 N.W. Grand Ave., and that’s part of what makes it so special, and of course the upcoming Saturday night is no different. Beginning at 7 p.m. De’Lunula wll be hosting a video showcase called Screeners. Adventureface, Troy Farah, Lena Greene, Sergio Ybarra, Melena Barnhart, Rico Lee, Rembrandt Quiballo, and many others will be screening their original works. The show is all ages, and has a $5 cover which according to the facebook event page is “cheaper than fucking Harkins.”
Monday, Jan. 12
Wolvves is playing a show, so if you’re not going you’re a complete and total idiot — except for all of you who might be in the hospital or similarly indisposed. They will be joined by GRMLN and Captain Samurai. It’s all ages, has a $5 cover, and is at a house. So find a friend and find them.
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