10 Things Under $10 This Weekend: No Pants Light Rail Rides, Elvis/David Bowie, Arizona Cardinals, and More
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|Don't be shocked if you see something like this on the light rail this Sunday.|
This is the message emblazoned across the homepage of local urban prankster group Improv AZ by its organizer Jeff Moriarty announcing the impending arrival of the 2010 edition of the annual No Pants AZ Light Rail Ride this weekend.
Just like last year, participants will be dropping trou after climbing aboard the Valley's METRO Light Rail system on Sunday, January 10, as a part of a massively madcap prank, likely resulting in the shock (or delight) of other passengers.
This undies-only event isn't just limited to the PHX, as mischief-makers will be following suit in cities around the world, from Amsterdam to Atlanta. And the best thing about the skintastic shenanigans? Not only are no pants involved, but also no cost as well, as participation is practically free (except for the cost of a ride pass...and maybe your dignity). Complete details are available after the jump.
Not into showing off your gams to local commuters? No problem, as there's nine other inexpensive activities one can partake in this weekend, including a celebration of the dual birthdays of both Elvis and Ziggy Stardust, a free show by "so-bad-he's-good" comedian Neil Hamburger, and more.
Read on for the full rundown.
1977 DJs at Hollywood Alley (Friday)
The eighth of January is a rather significant date in the history of rock 'n' roll. Why? Because both Elvis Presley and David Bowie, two of the genre's most influential icons, were born on this red letter date, albeit a dozen years apart. The similarities between the two superstars don't end there (and we're not just referring to their penchant for sparkling jumpsuits). Not only did both toil for the same record label (RCA), but the King of Rock 'n' Roll was a hero and huge inspiration for Ziggy Stardust. Oh yeah, and there's also the fact that the pair will be feted by P-Town's Notah and Mykel Sane (a.k.a. the 1977 DJs) during a special blowout as they spin nothing but Elvis and Bowie tunes all night long. The films of both rock 'n' rollers will also screen on the bar's TVs, and impersonators can cash in on various drink specials.
Drew Andrews at Trunk Space (Friday)
If anyone's reaped the windfall from Modified Arts much-discussed "change of direction," it's the Trunk Space. To wit: Tonight's performance by guitar-strumming San Diego troubadour Drew Andrews (who's also a member of both The Album Leaf and Via Satellite) is kinda major-name indie artist that the Roosevelt Row art space specialized in showcasing. Ditto for the rest of the line-up, which includes Berkeley psychadelic/folk rock band Odawas and their fellow Bay Area resident (and experimental pop musician) Dominique Leone. Guess Kimber Lanning's loss is JRC and Stephanie Carrico's gain. Locals Snow Songs and Owl & Penny are also scheduled to appear. 7:30 p.m., $8. (1506 Grand Avenue, 602-256-6006).
Soulflite at Club Mardi Gras (Friday)
After a few months of funkdafied action at the Tempe's Sail Inn, Modern Groove Assembly is moving its weekly shindig of undergroud hip-hop, soul, and deep house to both a new night and a new location, namely Friday evenings at Scottsdale's Club Mardi Gras. The inaugural edition at the new digs promises a visit from both the Bronx's Speek Greene and Pennsylvania's Sulay, as well as other "journeys to the cutting edge of global soul." 8 p.m., $5 after 10:30 p.m. (8040 East McDowell Road, Scottsdale, 480-970-5707)
Black Belt Jones 2 at MADCAP Theaters (Friday)
"After spending the past decade watching movies starring ring-toting hobbits and tween wizards, maybe it's time to exit the fantasy freeway and revisit an era when afros hid guns and ass-whuppings were set to funk music. In other words, maybe it's time for a double dose of blaxploitation, à la Black Belt Jones 2: The Tattoo Connection and The Final Comedown. "Your Chinese legs aren't bad." "Why thank you. How does the feet taste?" Dialogue nuggets like these are abound in Black Belt Jones 2, starring Jim Kelly (referred to only as "that black guy") as a CIA agent serving up martial-arts mayhem, tracksuit-style. Count on gratuitous nudity, extreme close-ups, and bad dubbing in this so-bad-it's-good gem. On a more dramatic note, The Final Comedown stars Lando Calrissian, a.k.a. Billy Dee Williams, as an angry young dude sticking it to the man after a series of racial injustices." 8 p.m., $8. (730 South Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480-634-5192) -- Laura Hahnefeld