Speaking of intense cross-fertilization, Launchpad (618 Central SW) presents the local iteration of the Summer Sickness Tour 2016. That's the tour that features Mesa, Ariz. punkers Authority Zero, as well Burque's rockin' reggae unit The Riddims and the deeply R&B influenced ensemble known as Citizens of Tape City. Authority Zero have been stalwarts of the scene in Phoenix for nigh on 20 years. In that time the group has seen a slew of line-up changes, but their latest version is still edgy, sun-soaked stuff imbued with equal parts of anarchy and melodious outrage. The Riddims are a sextet (Myles Chavez, vocal/lead guitar; Chris Cruz, drums; Donovan Ortiz, rhythm guitar; Petey Gabaldon, keyboards/percussion; Nicolas Chavez, saxophones) who use the confluence of roots music and high desert rock to create a sound that grooves with grunge. Citizens of Tape City include the cray yet creamy crooning of vocalist Josef Scott. This 13+ example of how different genres can work together for the benefit of humankind costs only $10; doors are a 7pm and the sick sickness goes into effect at about 7:30pm.
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An original circus performance by young artists from the Circo Latino Institute inspired by themes from The House on Mango Street.
Using small motors and a plastic food container and markers, participants will make an object that makes doodles all by itself.
Hold that thought. I'm getting a message beamed into my mind via the brainstem implant I received the last time I was in Roswell ... Ah. Yes. The Shining Ones tell me that it's time for the annual UFO Festival—the number one UFOlogist and ET-enthusiast gathering this side of the Dog Star—a celebration of all things alien on June 30-July 3. Bring out the whole family (including any extraterrestrial spores or parasites) down to Roswell to enjoy a light parade, alien costume contest, carnival and all sorts of opportunities to meet the “others.” No Men in Black, please. (Joshua Lee)
Learn to cook typical dishes from Spain using fresh local ingredients from New Mexico. Attendees must bring a cutting board and kitchen knife.