Freak Fests, Filthy Thursdays, Strange Family Circus, White Mice, and More

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Stephen Strange will go to the great beyond and back this weekend.
​R.I.P. Stephen Strange, 1976-2010.

The ribald and renowned local performance artist is apparently going to "die" sometime tomorrow night, probably in some profound and profane fashion that will likely involve one of his wacky stunts gone horribly awry.

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Filthy Thursdays kicks off tonight at Afterlife in Scottsdale.
This isn't the first time the 34-year-old mustachioed madman has gotten a taste of the hereafter, as we can think of a half-dozen other times he's died (including electrocution and failed attempts at bullet catching) only to return to life.

As such, Strange will go teats up followed by his resurrection as a part of the annual Phoenix Fringe Festival, which takes place this weekend.

Freakiness and frenetic behavior abounds in many other forms around the Valley starting tonight and continuing through Sunday. For instance, AZ Cacophony will present its yearly Fluor-Ascent, Atomic Comics will host a gathering of anime fanatics, and some costumed rockers visit the Tribe for a house show. If you're more into hot tracks, be sure to check out Afterlife's new dance night Filthy Thursday later this evening.

Hit the link below to learn what else is in store for the weekend.

Filthy Thursdays at Afterlife (Thursday):
You'll probably need to a long, hot shower after spending the evening at Afterlife, as the beats will be down and dirty as Aron Mezo's after-hours danceteria launches a brand new Thump Day throwdown filled with the bass-heavy sounds of dubstep and breakbeats. Nine different DJs will be on the decks all night, including Mind Detergent, Danny Boi, Mark Elliot, Corruption, Zayer, and others. 9 p.m.; $5 for girls, $7 for guys until 10 p.m., $7-$10 afterwards. (4282 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, 480-264-8300)

The Whisperlights at Long Wong's (Thursday):
It's been two months since Long Wong's Tempe location opened to the public and the bar/restaurant has finally started booking a steady stream of decent local acts. For instance, indie sextet The Whisperlights will be featured tonight along with Black Carl, The Fiction and Roxy Jones. Best thing about the show? It's completely free. 8 p.m. (1639 East Apache Boulevard, Tempe, 480-967-0252)

KUPD's Big Red Easter Keg Hunt at Tempe Marketplace (Friday):
Nu-metal superstars Drowning Pool headline KUPD's Easter weekend event, which involves listeners of the FM hard rock station searching the Valley for specially marked kegs. Those lucky enough to find said object and bring it to the Tempe Marketplace for the party have a chance at winning a number of prizes, including $5,000 in cash (click here for full details). Meanwhile, Orange County's Burn Halo and local boys Digital Summer will also perform. 7 p.m., free (2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe)

The Freeze at Rogue West (Friday):
Here's a bit of irony for yo' ass: The first time we ever heard Massachusetts' legendary hardcore band The Freeze was almost exactly 10 years ago when a friend of ours started playing the memorable 1982 comp This Is Boston, Not LA. A decade after the not-so-dulcet sounds of such Freeze songs as "Broken Bones" and "Time Bomb" blasted our ears into oblivion, we're finally gonna get to see the band live when it visits the West Valley punk bar. Dephinger and The Cosmeticators will also perform. 8 p.m., $4. (3593 West Northern Avenue)

Animefest at Atomic Comics (Saturday):

"'We don't just run the event -- for us, it's personal,' says Aaron Forrester, assistant store manager at the Atomic Comics Chandler Superstore, panel member for costume creation at Phoenix Comicon, and outfitter of his own Iron Man armor. 'And this year, we're using the empty store next to us for video game tournaments.' The 12-hour manga-rama will see cosplayers and casuals alike creating their own characters, playing Name That (Anime) Tune, dancing with the Café Moe maids, and watching Naruto on the big screen." 10 a.m., free. (3155 West Chandler Blvd., Chandler, 480-940-6061) -- Laura Hahnefeld

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