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The More You Know in June

Wait! Don’t crawl into your air-conditioned summer cave yet! We know you want to hibernate until it doesn’t feel like the heat of a thousand suns outside, but the only way to be cool is to sweat it out with the rest of us and attend a couple events taking place next month.

If you like pancakes, Broadway, What Laura Says, Snake! Snake! Snakes! residencies, Arizona history, music films and knowing about up-and-coming creatives before everyone else does, read on…

Sometimes Friday nights call for art, live audio and visual performances, booze and all-you-can-eat pancakes. Are you ready for this? Coolifornia’s famous underground art show has made it to Phoenix.

On Friday, June 1, enjoy what those LA cats have been indulging in: art from numerous underground and emerging artists, live body painting, visual and audio performances and PANCAKES! IHOP on over to The Pancakes & Booze art show hosted at The Duce. You must be 21 or older to enjoy the festivities and $5 will get you in. Abraham Lincoln would be proud.


Umm, the late Elliott Smith’s handwritten and signed set list from 1996 is available on eBay. This is why we like to snatch up set lists at the end of shows and get them signed. You never know how much they’ll be worth some day! You never know.

Anyway, the best part of all of this is that it’s only $19,999.99…with FREE SHIPPING. Clearly this price fits nicely in all of our budgets, but we’ll let you have it…here.


Every Sunday, during the month of June, What Laura Says will play a free show in the Crescent Ballroom lounge. Show time is at 8 P.M. and attendees must be 21 years or older.

If that’s not exciting enough, know that What Laura Says will share the Ballroom stage with Black Carl, Mergence and Future Loves Past this Saturday, June 2. Eek! Purchase tickets here.


Have you ever wondered what instruments and music the pioneers of Arizona were into? What came before the local music scene we know and love today? Well, we can’t tell you, but we know someone who can.

This Saturday, June 2, Jay Cravath will give a lecture on the topic at the Musical Instrument Museum. “The History and Music of Arizona’s Pioneers” event is free, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The talk begins at 3 P.M.. More information is available here.


Filmbar, one of our top destinations to see independent films, will be screening two highly recommended, music films over the next few weeks.

Don’t forget that the venue has a beautiful lounge; sells more than 30 craft beers, 15 different wines and popcorn; and is walking distance from several local bars and restaurants.

Date night, anyone?

From the venue website:

Hit So Hard
…Follows the journey of Patty Schemel, the openly gay drummer of Courtney Love’s seminal rock band ‘Hole.’ As a young girl who always knew she was ‘different’ from the other kids in her farm town home outside of Seattle, Patty never dreamed she would one day have her picture on the cover of ‘Rolling Stone.’ But she also never fathomed that she could lose it all. A true survivor of what we now know was the disaffected ‘slacker’ generation, Patty found herself, like her friend Kurt Cobain, embraced by the dark side.

Marley
Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.”

Check showtimes here.


Snake! Snake! Snakes! is taking over The Rogue Bar in June. It’s a residency, y’all!

Throughout the month, catch the band play four shows featuring support from St. Ranger, The Low Men, Prague, Jesse Nova, Doctor Bones, Treasurefruit, The Deer Leader, Dirty Lingo, Echo Bombs, Danger Paul, All My Friends, Underground Cities, The Riveras, Jackson Dife, Source Victoria, and Former Friends of Young Americans.

Now that’s an awesomely large pill to swallow, isn’t it? Take it. It’s good for you.


RAW Phoenix presents SOLSTICE is June 14. As always, the event features a collection of creatives. They have something for everyone — visual art, film, music, fashion, hair and make up, performance art, hair and makeup.

This month’s showcase will feature live performances from Boreas, Lola, The Yellow/Blue Theory, The Wiley One and A Life of Science. Find out more about the event here.

Presale tickets are $10 and door admission is $15. You must be 21 or older to attend.


If you’re more of a Broadway guy or gal, perhaps the Actor’s Youth Theatre performance of “West Side Story” is ideal. Catch the play at Mesa Arts Center‘s Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse for $15 from June 26 through July 7. For more information, visit here.

From the venue website:

Shakespeare‘s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the “Puerto Rican” Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

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