Digital Summer, The Doors, Betty White, Long John Hunter, Casual Saturdays, and More

Categories: 10 Under $10
Digital Summer is scheduled to perform tonight at Marquee Theatre.
Digital Summer has been on a major roll lately. Their latest album (Counting the Hours) is about to drop, the single "Run Away" is seemingly being played hourly on KUPD, and lead singer Kyle Winterstein claims the band is about sign a contract with In De Goot Entertainment (the company that manages such hard rock heavy-hitters as Sevendust, Chevelle, and Halestorm).

And to think people scoffed when New Times put Digital Summer on its cover back in 2008.

Given all its recent success, one might think Winterstein and company would be justified in charging $20 or more for their CD release show on Friday at the Marquee Theatre. Instead, Digital Summer decided to give back to their fanbase by offering free admission.

All the relevant details can be found after the jump, as well as the 411 on nine other inexpensive events worth checking out.

Digital Summer at Marquee Theatre (Friday):
Frontman Kyle Winterstein says that the band decided to hold a free CD release party a week ago and it's like "killing two birds with one stone" since they also wanted to show off their stuff to representatives from In Da Goot and Warner-Reprise Records (the latter which is reportedly scouting the band). "Since we didn't feel it was right to charge our fans for a gig after only a week's notice we said, 'Screw it, let's do a free show." Opening the show will be a few of Digital Summer's friends, including The Asylum, Versed In Grey, and Hollestate. 6:30 p.m., free. (730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0707)

Paul Espinosa Border Film Festival at Tempe Center for the Arts (Friday):
Whether you boycotted Cinco de Mayo or spent it in a tequila-fueled sueño, oblivious to actual Mexican-American culture and sociopolitical issues, solace will come at the Paul Espinosa Border Film Festival, presented free to the public by the Arizona Humanities Council. Arizona State University professor and award-winning filmmaker Espinosa will be present for discussions, along with other big-time brainy academic types who can remind us what's really at stake... (Click here to read more) 6 p.m., free. (700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, 480-350-2829) -- Julie Peterson

Crotch Rockitt at TBA (Friday):
The promoters of this new weekly dance night are being rather cagey about publicizing its location, directing folks to their Facebook page instead of giving up the actual address. Normally, I'd probably go tell 'em to suck eggs at this point rather than play such games. But since Crotch Rockitt sounds like its gonna be fairly groovy time (including two different DJs, each blasting their own distinctive sounds), I'm willing to give them a pass. Room one offers rock, mod, indie, and vintage tracks, while the second space features electro, dance rock, explicit disco, and X-rated pop. 9 p.m., $5.

When You're Strange at MadCap Theaters (Friday):
Local aficionados of The Doors are probably feeling pretty groovy right now. Not only is Ray Manzarek playing the Compound Grill this coming Wednesday night, but Tom DiCillo's award-winning rock doc about the band will be screen this weekend at the Tempe repertory house. Surviving members of the Doors have described the 105-minute flick (which is narrated by Johnny Depp) as "the anti-Oliver Stone" since it offers a better look at the Lizard King and his crew than that execrable 1991 biopic. 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m.; $8. (730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-634-5192)

Sounds of the Southwest at Chandler Center for the Arts (Friday):
Jack Herriman and Alex Zheng will conduct the Chander Symphony as it performs a variety of Mexican and Latin American musical selections for local music lovers. 7:30 p.m., free. (250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 480-782-2680)

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