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Furry Fashion Show at the Firehouse

9 Jan

One happy unicorn.

The Firehouse has a giant pirate ship made from shopping carts docked in its back dirt lot; a skeletal, welded metal UFO perched atop its roof; and two makeshift wooden stages where people perform everything from fire-spinning dances to obscene sci-fi rap in sexy cyborg costumes. That’s just part of the peripheral grounds. Inside The Firehouse are artists’ apartments and studios, and a gallery (currently featuring a steampunk-themed show). It’s one of the longest-running independent artist collectives in downtown Phoenix, and I’ve seen a slew of quirky, fun stuff there.

It seems like every time I go there on a weekend with my girlfriend, Bootstrap, she somehow ends up becoming a last-minute part of whatever show’s going on. (Previously, she: participated in the annual “Fight Club” event by local promoters Sadisco*, getting into a chain-link octagon and wrestling with one of our friends; portrayed a “slave girl” devoured by someone in a giant Cthulu costume; and donned a metal breastplate for friends to use grinders on during an event by now-defunct group Grindwhore.)

So it was this past First Friday, when Bootstrap and I showed up at The Firehouse to watch a “steampunk fashion show,” and she ended up onstage in a giant hot pink bunny mask as part of a “furry fashion show.”

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Indie Shop Evermore Nevermore Announces December Closure and Clearance Sale

27 Nov

A Second Friday crowd at Evermore Nevermore (photo by David Crummey)

Forget the pepper-sprayed trampling blitz of Black Friday. I didn’t have to get up at the ass crack of dawn and combat hysterical housewives for a still-overpriced toaster, or worse, go out real late after getting stuffed and drunk (midnight, people? Really?)

My consumer choice this year was “Small Business Saturday” – specifically, quirky mom-and-pop subculture gallery shop Evermore Nevermore on Main Street in downtown Mesa. Bob and Debbie Leeper have operated this Second Friday art walk pit stop for more than two years. It’s a fun and quirky destination for comics and books, zombie stuff, ray guns, gothic and steampunk accessories, and off-the-wall local art and jewelry.

So I was really sad when I read their Black Friday blog announcing they’ll be closing Friday, December 9. They also announced a going-out-of-business sale: 25 percent off everything, including all the local art.

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