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Underground Arts:

Feb. 5 to 19

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Phoenix Metro Venues

Ak Chin Pavilion
2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix
San Francisco Fest., May 18
Celebrity Theater
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Zappa plays Zappa, Feb. 11
Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
Gardens and Villa, Feb. 11
Firehouse Gallery
1015 N. 1st St., Phoenix
First Friday Night Live, Feb. 7
Grady Gammage Auditorium
1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
Wizard of Oz, Feb. 4 to 9
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe, Phoenix
Respect: A Musical Feb. 5 to March 2
Joe’s Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Open Mic Jam, Feb. 12
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Dry River Yacht Club, Feb. 8
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Comedy Avengers, Feb. 8
Long Wong's — Mesa
1455 S. Stapley Dr., Mesa
Nothing at this time.
Lost Leaf
914 N. 5th St., Phoenix
The Oakland Raiders, Feb. 9
Marquee Theater
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Stone Sour, Feb. 9
Mesa Amphitheater
263 N. Center St., Mesa
Wingstock, April 19
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Ain't Misbehavin, Jan. 22 to Feb. 16
Pub Rock Live
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
Royal Teeth, Feb. 9
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
Shearwater, Feb. 6
Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
St. Valentines Day Massacre, Feb. 14
Space 55
636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
7 Minutes in Love, Feb. 8
Tempe Center For The Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
American Pop! Comic Books to Science Fiction Gallery Jan. 17 to June 8
Tempe Tavern
1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Freaks of Nature, Feb. 8
Theater Artists Studio
4848 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale
The Last Romance, Feb. 28 to Mar. 16
Torch Theatre
4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
The Jump, Feb. 13
US Airways Center
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
George Strait, Feb. 7
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
Asimov CD Release, Feb. 8

The Best Shows You Don’t Know: Rubber Brother Records Basketball Tournament, Bunnies Unleashed, Collective Womyn Art Show, First Friday Night Live, Bacchus And The Demon Sluts, Dry River Yacht Club

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 5, 2014 — The Rubber Brother Records Basketball Tournament of Champions is coming up on Feb. 9 at  Escalante Park in Tempe. The Tempe-based cassette tape label spent 2013 bridging gaps between genres, and now with the tournament are prepared to bridge the gap between local sports and local music.

The tournament will be played by teams of four to six band members participating in 30-minute games with the winning squads moving on to the next round of the tournament. The winning team will take home the prestigious prize of “five 40 oz. malt liquor beverages, one Hungry Howies pizza, a trophy, and bragging rights, while second place will bring home “a Sweet Tomatoes coupon and one loose cigarette.”

The bands playing are Bacchus and the Demon Sluts, who are hoping that the height advantage afforded to them by lead guitarist Jamison McQueen and saxophone player Austin Rickert can lead them to victory. Team Boss Frog will also be leaning on a height advantage to overcome their opponent.

Huckleberry, Instructions, and Irresistibles will be hoping to employ superior ball handling capabilities to out-match their opponents, while team Wooden Indian comes in as the hands-down favorite behind the all-around dominance of their lead singer and guitarist Wally “Jimmy Dolan” Boudway. There will also be a team of “free agent” wildcards.

Ultimately basketball skill will not matter in this contest as the Facebook page indicates,”designated referees will have very little knowledge of any official basketball rules and will probably be drunk.” But it is doubtful anyone is going to watch an exhibition of speed and skill, because the page also says “trash talk, dunking, and "and1" baller shit is highly encouraged.” The game begins at 2 P.M. The event is free.
https://www.facebook.com/
events/600745599997025/
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Friday, Feb. 7

1Spot Gallery 918 N. Sixth Street in Phoenix will be hosting Boom: A Transformation - Collective Womyn Art Show on First Friday beginning at 6 p.m. and running until 10 p.m. The show will feature a wide array of artists including Anel Ariola, Melissa Dunmore, Michelle Ponce, Ashley Macias, as well as many other Phoenix-based female artists. The displays will be in a wide array of styles and mediums exploring “transmutation, explosion from incubation, snippet of a change in progress, growth, rebirth, nature and its cycles and process, a BOOM, a transformation,” according to the event page. The event is free and all ages.
https://www.facebook.com/events/772916299397685/

The Underground Foundation
has been responsible for many of the Phoenix metro’s best do-it-yourself shows over the past few months and on First Friday the East Valley outfit will be hosting one more. Tuf Presents Bacchus and the Demon Sluts along with openers The Coral Chiefs, Captain Samurai, and Leonardo DiCapricorn. The show is free, all ages, and begins at 7 p.m. It will be taking place at Cellar Door Vintage, 906 N. 6th Street in Phoenix.
https://www.facebook.com/events/261468334029032/?source=1

Local artist
Pete Petrisco, inspired by some recent local events, decided to call for the BUNNIES UNLEASHED bunny mob of the downtown Phoenix First Friday artwalk. The mob will be dressing up in their best bunny costumes and meeting at the park on the corner of 2nd Street and Roosevelt at 8 p.m. The mob will be traversing the art walk together and making stops at some of the biggest events of the evening. The event is free for all ages. Though the mob will begin at 8 p.m. and participants can join the mob at their own leisure.
https://www.facebook.com/events/694293903937823/

Live from beautiful downtown Phoenix at The Firehouse Gallery 1015 N. 1st Street.  It’s First Friday Night! Phoenix’s longest running sketch comedy show will be kicking off at 11 p.m. with a special surprise guest host, and musical guest Wolvves. The show, dubbed The Funny Flirty February Fest will “tackle school Valentine's Day parties, strange kinks, reality TV, and Vladimir Putin,” according to the event page. FFNL is asking for a $7 suggested donation at the door and the show is all ages.
https://www.facebook.com/events/299147913569543/

Saturday, Feb. 8

Four Chambers Press, a local independent literary magazine, will be hosting an Open Audition at Lawn Gnome Publishing, 905 N. 5th Street in Phoenix to read at their upcoming events “including readings at the Open Air Market at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, Mutant Pinata Shows at Frontal Lobe Community Space and Gallery, and many more,” according to the event page. The opportunity will run from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and is free and all ages. Participation will be on a first come first served basis, and pre-registration is encouraged.
https://www.facebook.com/events/488515594601808/

The Dry River Yacht Club will be performing at Phoenix’s Last Exit Live 717 S. Central Ave. beginning at 9 p.m. While the Yacht Club is definitely reason enough to head down to Last Exit, the eight piece gypsy folk outfit went for some spectacular openers. Los Angeles-based hard rock act Banshee Bones, super hot all female outfit Sister Lip, and singer songwriter Dylan Pratt will be taking the stage before DRYC. Tickets are $4 in advance or $7 at the door, which will open at 8 p.m. The show is 21 and up.
https://www.facebook.com/events/559597420796206/

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