10 Things Under $10 This Weekend: X-Rated Santas, Modified's Farewell, and Free Shows
|The Minibosses are scheduled to perfom on Saturday at Modified Arts.|
Kinch at Modified Arts (Friday)
There are only two shows left until Modified begins its much-ballyhooed transmogrification, which means you've only got two more chances to catch a killer show at the Roosevelt Row institution before the big changeover. Andrew Junker and Brian Coughlin and the rest of the powerpoppers of Kinch are sending the place out in style with what's sure to be a memorable performance. They'll be joined by the likes of the Wizards of Time, Chad Sundin from the Via Maris, and folk-punkers Andrew Jackson Jihad. The Minibosses will then bid farewell to Kimber Lannings joint on Saturday night when they perform their 25th consecutive show at the venue, backed up by the Necronauts and Get Down! To Brass Tacks. Will there be any more Jimmy Eat World-style "surprise appearances" this weekend? Stop by and find out.
X-Rated Santa Party at Drift Lounge (Friday)
Is it better to be good or bad? Sure, the former might get you some extra schwag underneath the Christmas tree, the latter is indubitably more fun. So if you're in the mood to be a bit more naughty, Drift Lounge in Old Town is hosting this sexy seasonal celebration where cocktails made with the über-fruity X- Fusion Liqueur are only $5 and patrons are encouraged to dress in their most seductive Santa wear. 8 p.m., free. (4341 North 75th Street, Scottsdale, 480-949-8454).
Konkrete Jungle at Club Red (Friday)
One beef you can't have with this place is that there aren't eclectic things going on. If you think the opposite, then, well, you need to get out more (and we don't mean flying to NYC for "culture"). Take Club Red, for example. The Tempe spot -- normally known for slamming Blunt Club hip-hop -- will go off with the Men of Playgirl showcase in one room, and the Konkrete Jungle Arizona Drum and Bass DJ Party featuring DJs Wedne$day, Bass, Jah Mek, and more on the Red Owl Stage. Now, don't even say this is wack because if you witnessed a similar happening in Chicago or San Francisco, you wouldbe all over Facebook posting how awesome it is. You know it's true. 8 p.m., $8. (2155 East University Drive, Tempe, 480-966-4733) -- Steve Jansen
Move Something at Yucca Tap Room (Friday)
As you might've read in this week's Needle Exchange (written by yours truly), Universatile Music jock Pickster One is unveiling his "moveable feast of sound" in Tempe tonight, boasting spin gigs by himself, Nate Metro, DJ Epidemic, and the somewhat clandestine cat Death to the Throne. The night will also feature a session by Pickster's Crushed Sound System, which is a dynamic mix of turntable jams, painting by the Blunt Club's Dumperfoo, and live percussion courtesy of Foundation (of Drunken Immortals fame). 9 p.m., free. (29 West Southern Avenue, Tempe, 480-967-4777).
Black Dynamite at MADCAP Theaters (Friday)
As 2010 swiftly approaches, now's the time to put your foot down on what can't be dragged into the new year. If you're like us, you want the use of the word "swagger" dead and smoldering like a Viking funeral. Because the last time there was true swag in action -- and not just sporting stunner shades and running a tab -- was when the protagonists of '70s flicks like Shaft, Superfly, and Dolemite roamed the celluloid world. Black Dynamite will take viewers on a trip back in time. Director Scott Sanders cast Michael Jai White (Spawn) as the lady-loving, kung-fu-fighting, justice-seeking title character who could have walked out of the pages of beloved underground blaxploitation rag BadAzz MoFo. Bold and brassy funk accentuate the action, while Sanders' hand steadily balances parody and loving reverence of the genre. 8 p.m., $8. (730 South Mill Avenue, Tempe) -- Jose Gonzalez