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chairmenmeow47
11-02-2012, 04:07 PM
i always vote in person. #1, it's a precaution against any last-minute news that might change my opinion and #2, listening to people talk in line is fascinating. today i read all the props and made my decisions. there were a couple that were confusing, like the two at the top/open elections thing.

LickTheLizzard
11-04-2012, 11:13 PM
http://www.carmonaforarizona.com/news/video-flake-caught-defrauding-voters#skip

VIDEO: Flake caught defrauding voters
November 4, 2012

12 News' Brahm Resnik just broke a big story: Congressman Flake's campaign is calling voters likely to cast their ballot for Rich and telling them to go to the wrong polling place to discourage them from voting.

These calls are paid for by the Flake campaign and coming out of the Flake campaign -- not some shadowy outside group. At a time when both parties should be encouraging people to vote, Congressman Flake is actively trying to mislead voters and make it harder for folks who prefer Rich to cast their vote.

Please watch this video and share it with your friends.

aaMpVOjotI8

captncrzy
11-05-2012, 07:41 AM
I'm not surprised one bit. What a piece of shit.

I voted for Carmona.

faxman75
11-05-2012, 10:45 AM
This is the first time I have done a mail in ballot and I think it's by far the most informed ballot i've ever submitted. The ability to sit at the computer and google every proposition was invaluable to me. I think I spent 2 hours or so all together on it.

It's all for nothing anyway. When Carmona and Penzone walk away losers i'll just feel deflated and understand what a waste of time it was anyway.

amyzzz
11-05-2012, 11:01 AM
Another good reason why I never answer my landline.

downingthief
11-05-2012, 11:02 AM
This is the first time I have done a mail in ballot and I think it's by far the most informed ballot i've ever submitted. The ability to sit at the computer and google every proposition was invaluable to me. I think I spent 2 hours or so all together on it.

It's all for nothing anyway. When Carmona and Penzone walk away losers i'll just feel deflated and understand what a waste of time it was anyway.

I'm not holding out too much hope for Arpaio being gone. Carmona has a shot, me thinks.

downingthief
11-05-2012, 11:02 AM
I like going to the polls, and taking my Son.

amyzzz
11-05-2012, 11:03 AM
3 in person
3 by mail

chairmenmeow47
11-05-2012, 11:15 AM
Another good reason why I never answer my landline.

i am constantly receiving calls on my cell phone. at one point i received three in one hour. i also get stacks of candidate mailers every single day that go straight to the trash.

faxman75
11-05-2012, 11:30 AM
I've had about half a dozen phone calls or so in the last week. Tons of mailers that just get trashed in the recycle which is conveniently located right next to the mailbox and WAY TOO MANY E-MAILS, i finally unsubscribed from them. Who do these asshats think they are asking the poor for money!?! lol

Sean, the last polls I saw had Penzone only down 4 points and Carmona down 6 points. Who knows though. I'm not convinced any of these numbers are credible anwyay. I did my part in voting for Penzone (under much protest by the way lol) and Carmona.

captncrzy
11-05-2012, 11:30 AM
I'm not holding out too much hope for Arpaio being gone.

I am. I've never seen him run this many ads before. I only have to assume he's doing it because he's worried. As far as I'm concerned, there is a very short list of people I'd vote for Arpaio over. Those people include Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussien, and Mel Gibson.

amyzzz
11-05-2012, 11:34 AM
haha mel Gibson. :thu

chairmenmeow47
11-05-2012, 11:45 AM
I am. I've never seen him run this many ads before. I only have to assume he's doing it because he's worried. As far as I'm concerned, there is a very short list of people I'd vote for Arpaio over. Those people include Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussien, and Mel Gibson.

but you don't hear much from his opponents. i honestly can't name who is running against him (though i will make a decision on who to vote for tonight).

amyzzz
11-05-2012, 11:55 AM
I have to admit I am flummoxed by the really local elections. I'm not sure what some of my Mesa Questions will do and I have no idea about school boards and what Central AZ Water whatever is.

chairmenmeow47
11-05-2012, 12:10 PM
i usually chose not to vote if i don't have any idea what's going on, though sometimes i will vote by party. when reading the propositions in that mailer they send, for the few i don't understand, i read through the pros and cons. sometimes there are a gazillion of one and none of the other, so i'll vote with the majority in those cases. especially on things like k-12 education and land appropriations, of which i have no knowledge.

amyzzz
11-05-2012, 12:13 PM
I always leave the land up to the feds or allow for swaps to fund education. The locals always want to allow mining on land which I am against. My opinion is not terribly informed, however.

captncrzy
11-05-2012, 12:19 PM
but you don't hear much from his opponents. i honestly can't name who is running against him (though i will make a decision on who to vote for tonight).

Penzone has only run a few ads, but I'm sure it's because he has very little money.

faxman75
11-05-2012, 12:25 PM
Last I saw Joe had over 7 million and Penzone had around $300K. The other indie candidate is Stauffer who doesn't have much traction but was probably the best choice. Penzone is a Democrate but surprise he is going to "crack down" on illegal immigration according to him and his website platform and continue fighting that all important drug war. We can go through the exercise of voting him out in 4 years too I suppose.

faxman75
11-05-2012, 12:30 PM
Here is a bit on the money spent.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2012/11/03/20121103arpaios-campaign-spending-tops-mil.html

Here is information on all the ballot propositions this year.

http://morrisoninstitute.asu.edu/2012-understanding-arizonas-propositions

ramblinon
11-05-2012, 07:12 PM
I have to admit I am flummoxed by the really local elections. I'm not sure what some of my Mesa Questions will do and I have no idea about school boards and what Central AZ Water whatever is.

The Water Conservation Board is a pretty important board... I mean, we live in a desert after all. Former Attorney General Terry Goddard and Heather Macre are the two Dems running. I've never spent time with Terry, although it's not like there's a shortage of info about him. I've spoke at length with Heather a number of times... she's a cool cat. An attorney who focuses on water issues, very smart and knowledgeable...

But if you already voted, then that's that. :-/

ramblinon
11-05-2012, 07:18 PM
Last I saw Joe had over 7 million and Penzone had around $300K. The other indie candidate is Stauffer who doesn't have much traction but was probably the best choice. Penzone is a Democrate but surprise he is going to "crack down" on illegal immigration according to him and his website platform and continue fighting that all important drug war. We can go through the exercise of voting him out in 4 years too I suppose.

Stauffer is a fucking plant. He raised a grand fucking total of $450 from mid-September to the end of October, and spent about $30 I believe (i.e. he bought lunch one day). I know he was the first opponent to start to run, but he hasn't done a goddamned thing to imply that he's even tried at all. He hasn't. I'm pretty sure he struck a deal with someone in the Arpaio camp just to stay on the ballot and not drop out, since because our state is about 1/3rd registered Independent, the thought is that those Independents will vote for the Independent. He's polled at 3%, and sadly that might be enough. But no, he is not the best choice. The guy is a complete and total schmuck who seems like he has a sub-100 IQ...this from someone who saw him in one of his VERY few public appearances.

Penzone has raised over $550K at last glance. But goddamn, I wish he had a mystery $1 million infusion a week or so ago. He's a great candidate, but with Arpaio spending over $7 mil, we need some serious firepower, if for no other reason than name recognition.

downingthief
11-06-2012, 09:00 AM
Hence why I am not holding out hope for Penzone. I do think Arpaio is at his most vulnerable, but i guess I am just still too pessimistic.

amyzzz
11-06-2012, 09:47 AM
Oh fuck, Terry Goddard. Damnit I would have voted for him, but I didn't even look at the names on there. Oops.

amyzzz
11-07-2012, 10:39 AM
Blarg. I felt really let-down about Carmona last night.

LickTheLizzard
11-07-2012, 10:40 AM
I hope he runs for Governor.

amyzzz
11-07-2012, 10:42 AM
Silver lining.

westcoastpirate
11-07-2012, 06:11 PM
Maricopa County estimates there are over 425,000 provisional and early ballots that still need to be counted. A lot of races called by the media could definitely change.

ramblinon
11-07-2012, 06:15 PM
Maricopa County estimates there are over 425,000 provisional and early ballots that still need to be counted. A lot of races called by the media could definitely change.

Unfortunately, probably neither of the Big Two that went to the GOP.

ramblinon
11-08-2012, 07:08 PM
Maricopa County estimates there are over 425,000 provisional and early ballots that still need to be counted. A lot of races called by the media could definitely change.

Let's make that 631,000... http://www.azfamily.com/news/More-than-631000-ballots-in-Ariz-still-uncounted-177995991.html

I've heard enough chatter that a large percentage of that is from Latino voters. If so... perhaps the Senate and Sheriff's races have glimmers of hope...

Arizona: Yet again, the Meth Lab of Democracy!

LickTheLizzard
11-09-2012, 12:28 AM
Carmona's facebook campaign basically said they haven't conceded yet and are waiting for all of the votes to be counted.

chairmenmeow47
11-09-2012, 06:49 AM
anyone else going to the wine walk tomorrow? i'll be there with my girlfriends.

http://www.downtownphoenix.com/winewalk/

downingthief
11-09-2012, 10:53 AM
Man, I would love that. Perfect weather for it, too.

amyzzz
11-09-2012, 11:04 AM
Carmona's facebook campaign basically said they haven't conceded yet and are waiting for all of the votes to be counted.Good.

LickTheLizzard
11-09-2012, 11:07 AM
I got another email this morning that confirmed they are not conceding until every vote is counted. I doubt it will reverse the outcome, but I hope he makes it difficult for Flake.

ramblinon
11-09-2012, 01:28 PM
I got another email this morning that confirmed they are not conceding until every vote is counted. I doubt it will reverse the outcome, but I hope he makes it difficult for Flake.

Then again, it's not like conceding is some sort of contractual agreement to lose. If you concede and enough votes come in your way, you still win. It's purely ceremonial.

That said, I suppose that if you concede there may be a let-off of the County Recorder's office to demand that every count gets counted. But as dysfunctional as the office is, I think they'll get it right... just not on schedule.

amyzzz
11-09-2012, 02:25 PM
I was right to be worried about my husband's provisional ballot. :nono

westcoastpirate
11-09-2012, 11:03 PM
I was right to be worried about my husband's provisional ballot. :nono

He may have to go down to the county recorder's office and show proper id for the ballot to count, depending on the reason he had to fill out a provisional ballot.

chairmenmeow47
11-11-2012, 10:14 AM
the wine walk was fun, though it was a little cold yesterday. i highly recommend it to anyone who is interested next year :) we made it to the arrogant butcher for lunch, then 1130, then brick, and finally the rose & crown. i'd never been to the rose & crown, it was a lot of fun. they have games! we played connect four & jenga.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/602481_548857198462599_591084088_n.jpg

NachoCat
11-12-2012, 08:50 AM
Glad to see you are feeling better Ivy

chairmenmeow47
11-12-2012, 08:51 AM
thank you, i am :)

amyzzz
11-12-2012, 09:48 AM
He may have to go down to the county recorder's office and show proper id for the ballot to count, depending on the reason he had to fill out a provisional ballot.It was because he got a mail-in ballot and didn't know he had to fill that out and bring it in.

chairmenmeow47
11-27-2012, 08:45 AM
anyone interested in a rock band / holiday party on friday, december 14th? we can rock out and maybe enjoy sweets & some sort of nog or something. white elephant gift exchange, etc. fun times! i'd like to do it before amy goes out of town for the holidays, which is why i chose this date.

captncrzy
11-27-2012, 09:07 AM
I think we can do that day

amyzzz
11-27-2012, 10:06 AM
That sounds cool, although I think Audra was doing some sort of getaway that weekend? She has not mentioned it lately though.

chairmenmeow47
11-27-2012, 10:18 AM
ah, i declined that i think so it wasn't on my FB calendar. sorry, audra! still shooting for the 14th. i'm ready to rock out and don't really have any other days free. friend holiday party, work holiday party, louis ck, etc.

chairmenmeow47
12-03-2012, 09:08 AM
went to PUSH gallery this weekend. wow, the place sure has improved since i was last there a few weeks ago. we made az central. i'd post in the pictures thread, but i think i've cam whore'd it up enough in there. my date was not around for the pic, but i caught us talking in the background of another pic :)

http://i.azcentral.com/commphotos/view/643903.jpg

chairmenmeow47
12-07-2012, 10:18 AM
anyone want to meet for a drink tonight? realistically it'd be around 6 since i have physical therapy at mayo in fountain hills and have to stop by mesa on my way home.

captncrzy
12-07-2012, 10:20 AM
Would love to but we have to go to boxing tonight. Trying to ward off all the shit I've been eating.

chairmenmeow47
12-07-2012, 10:21 AM
no worries, see you next friday! we may have to fit in a match between you and rick :p

downingthief
12-07-2012, 11:28 AM
anyone want to meet for a drink tonight? realistically it'd be around 6 since i have physical therapy at mayo in fountain hills and have to stop by mesa on my way home.

Wish I could, but have other plans. :(

amyzzz
12-07-2012, 11:30 AM
I could do it. Is there a place we could go that has decent food too?

edit: also, I work until 7, so I could only meet after that.

chairmenmeow47
12-07-2012, 11:49 AM
i texted you amy :)

chairmenmeow47
12-12-2012, 04:13 PM
i'm on mill at la bocca, but anyone been to the world of beer place? is it good? never seen it, but seems like our kinda place :)

captncrzy
12-13-2012, 07:45 AM
I have been to WoB. I love it. Love love love it.

They do not serve food, but they have menus from local places and the local places (like Slices) will deliver food to you there.

amyzzz
12-19-2012, 01:05 PM
My employer is launching a new TV service which is now only available in Chandler and Gilbert, but will be rolled out to the rest of metro Phoenix next year FYI. Sorry to be a corporate whore for a moment.

http://www.centurylink.com/prismtv/#index.html

chairmenmeow47
12-21-2012, 07:10 AM
anything fun going on in the valley this weekend? looking for a fun date activity.

chairmenmeow47
12-21-2012, 08:31 AM
oh wow, there's a big lebowski screening at film bar tomorrow! that sounds fun.

amyzzz
12-21-2012, 09:50 AM
Hey, that does sound fun!

amyzzz
12-21-2012, 09:50 AM
I mean, now that Louis CK cancelled. :nono

chairmenmeow47
12-22-2012, 10:26 AM
well i'm likely going to be at the 9pm showing if you decide to go. and yes, such a bummer about louis!

chairmenmeow47
12-26-2012, 09:06 AM
i really liked filmbar. i can't wait to go back. i liked that they have a seating area outside the theatre (but still inside) so you can chat after the movie. the only downside is that the dj's are absolutely shitty. for being an electronic music fan, i don't always notice dj fuckups unless they are horrible. and these guys were trainwrecks.

also, we need a happy hour soon.

downingthief
12-27-2012, 09:02 AM
also, we need a happy hour soon.[/B]

I concur

locachica73
12-27-2012, 09:17 AM
I now work in a prime happy hour area and work real hours so I won't be drunk by the time everyone arrives, yay. :)

TomAz
12-28-2012, 11:12 AM
Are any of you people considering this FMLY FEST downtown today?

I just learned about it, I know virtually nothing about it.

captncrzy
12-28-2012, 11:14 AM
I never heard of it.

TomAz
12-28-2012, 11:19 AM
http://www.phxtaco.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/PHXFMLY.jpg


New Times writeup: http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/jackalope/2012/12/fmly_fest_phoenix_tempe_starving_artist_december.p hp

TomAz
12-28-2012, 11:54 AM
All Ages probably means no place to get a beer though, hm?

captncrzy
12-28-2012, 12:36 PM
Probably not

faxman75
12-28-2012, 01:06 PM
All Ages probably means no place to get a beer though, hm?

You're kind of surrounded by places to get good beer though. Angel's Trumpet Ale House and Carly's are both right there.

Timestretch
12-28-2012, 02:58 PM
I did enjoy reading the names of those bands. It's like some of them just gave up on choosing a name...fuck it, Snail Quail it is.

TomAz
12-28-2012, 03:26 PM
at first I misread Ursus Collosus as Uterus Collosus

Timestretch
01-09-2013, 10:00 PM
http://i49.tinypic.com/20fbzhz.jpg

westcoastpirate
01-10-2013, 07:50 PM
http://i49.tinypic.com/20fbzhz.jpg

Holy shit, I have some friends who love Weird Science! They would love this!

zachattacks11
01-11-2013, 06:02 PM
http://i49.tinypic.com/20fbzhz.jpg I can't believe I was unaware that this was going down. Thanks!

Timestretch
01-14-2013, 11:39 AM
Good times! Bras were worn on heads. Unfortunately, they just played the dvd and it skipped. There were some lines missing too, but I would go again. Big Trouble, Little China next.

chairmenmeow47
01-14-2013, 12:52 PM
not to piss off scott, but we can talk about how effing freezing it is?!?! and the no-burn day nonsense. i wanted to build a fire so bad. i don't check to see if it's a no-burn day, but if i hear that it is i won't burn. so i built a fire saturday night.

amyzzz
01-14-2013, 12:54 PM
I have thick thigh high socks on under my jeans and two pairs of fingerless gloves.

HotHamWater
01-14-2013, 01:05 PM
Ya'll don't have heaters?

chairmenmeow47
01-14-2013, 01:05 PM
not at work. the bathroom appears to be the only location with heat. i had to fight recently to get the air turned off. i'm wearing three sweaters and fingerless gloves.

amyzzz
01-14-2013, 01:09 PM
Our heat doesn't seem to get hot enough at my work.

chairmenmeow47
01-14-2013, 08:21 PM
so the guy on intervention that i sort of knew who said he couldn't go to rehab because it interfered with coachella killed himself. he posted a cryptic goodbye on facebook and no one responded until after his death, so sad.

nyarlathotoats
01-14-2013, 08:33 PM
Sorry to hear about that.

chairmenmeow47
01-14-2013, 08:35 PM
no worries to me, i just feel bad for him.

nyarlathotoats
01-14-2013, 08:41 PM
Yeah, I was gonna say that its too bad even music, especially the prospect of attending a music festival couldn't make the person wait it out. That may come out douchey, but I mean well.

Somewhat Damaged
01-14-2013, 08:48 PM
There've certainly been times in my life that the only thing that kept me from seriously considering killing myself was the prospect of missing an awesome concert I was looking forward to, with Coachella being that concert for a good stretch in the mid-2000s.

chairmenmeow47
01-14-2013, 08:52 PM
no offense. i wish i could find clips of his intervention, it was actually funny :x i feel bad saying that, but i don't know how else to respond. i tried to search on netflix.

insbordnat
01-15-2013, 06:23 AM
My office building has the fucking audacity to run AC every day irrespective of the weather outside. Even my Wisconsinite co-workers are bitching.

captncrzy
01-15-2013, 08:48 AM
I remember that Intervention. From what I remember he just did whatever drugs were handed to him. His mom paid his rent and all of his bills, and he spent his nights at clubs trying to DJ. I remember that he thought he was hot shit but no one ever gave him a job as a DJ. Then he was like "I can't go to rehab because of Coachella and it's a once in a lifetime experience". I think he was also implying that he would be playing there or something...which turned out to not be true.

captncrzy
01-15-2013, 08:57 AM
Found him. Season 4, Episode 8 (John T).

chairmenmeow47
01-15-2013, 09:05 AM
he once tried to push a dnb headliner off the decks so he could play. the best part of that episode is when it's like 4am and his neighbors are calmly and rationally complaining about the volume of his music. they argue for like ten minutes. when he walks away, he says "just let me know if the volume becomes a problem". i think the girl looked like she was going to explode.

captncrzy
01-15-2013, 09:10 AM
Haha I remember that

ods..
01-15-2013, 09:14 AM
Ivy! YOU KNOW (knew RIP :() Dr. Doom???? My gf and I love that episode. That's terrible he killed himself.

That episode is fucking hilarious though. "WHY ISN'T ANYONE ANSWERING THEIR PHONE"

chairmenmeow47
01-15-2013, 09:20 AM
i wasn't close with him, but he was in the scene so i knew him. the first thing he ever said to me was "you look good and smell nice, do you have a myspace?"

captncrzy
01-15-2013, 10:05 AM
I remember you saying he was kind of creepy to you and your girlfriends. Mostly because he was so much older.

NachoCat
01-21-2013, 09:36 AM
Arizona Strong Beer Festival

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Event Information

Arizona Beer Week kicks off with the 13th Annual Arizona Strong Beer Festival, held at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix on February 16th, 2013. Although strong beers (those with high alcohol content) are the focus at the festival, a huge variety of craft beers — as well as specialty styles and unique, just-for-this-event brews — are made available to festival-goers, who will receive a commemorative four-ounce tasting glass and 15 tasting tickets for the price of admission. And because food and beer just naturally go together, there will be plenty of top-notch food vendors on hand, serving up tasty eats that wash down well with frosty suds. Live music will keep the atmosphere rockin’. Presented by The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild.


GA $35.00

VIP $45.00

Designated driver ticket $10.00


http://arizonabeerweek.com/13th-annual-arizona-strong-beer-festival/

M Sparks
01-25-2013, 10:32 AM
If anyone got a pass only in the presale and is now thinking of adding a camping pass, I have one I'm not using. We would need to swap wristbands when they are shipped, so I'd probably only do it for someone in Phoenix so it's all settled before we get there. You can buy me lunch or toss me some gas money for coming to meet up, other than that it's free.

I remember we had an extra one last year and Dylan said he might want it if it was free, but we wound up using it to expand our campsite. I'm not camping this year

locachica73
01-25-2013, 10:43 AM
I might be interested in it. My roommate and I were discussing getting an additional camping pass and car for extra space. I will let you know for sure once I talk to them more about it. :)

ramblinon
01-25-2013, 05:11 PM
Attention sane people: Arizona Democrats need your help.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/01/25/arizona-republicans-propose-bill-that-would-not-allow-atheists-to-graduate-high-school/

A group of Arizona politicians — all Republicans, of course — have proposed a law (House Bill 2467) requiring public high school students to recite the following oath in order to graduate:

I, _______, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; So help me God.

To quote Comedy Central’s Ilya Gerner: “Nothing says ‘I take this obligation freely’ quite like a state law that withholds your diploma unless you swear an oath.”

Kevin Bondelli adds:

… graduating high school is not the same thing as voluntarily accepting the responsibility of a public office or admission to the legal bar. A high school diploma is, with extremely few exceptions, required to have a chance to live above the poverty level. It is the culmination of an education that up until that point was compulsory.

It’s bad enough the Republicans are demanding loyalty of the kind normally reserved for members of Congress and beyond — but there’s also no way I would say those last four words, and the current text of the legislation does not allow for any alternatives.

In other words, if this bill were to become a law, atheists would either not be allowed to graduate… or they would be forced to lie so they could graduate. Neither option is acceptable.

Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal points out another problem:

The Arizona bill could also face legal challenges if it is approved.

Jehovah’s witnesses, some Muslims and pacifist Quakers have in the past challenged loyalty oaths imposed by the federal government and other agencies, saying they conflict with their beliefs and religious professions. Similarly, some Arizona students could challenge the proposed high school oath as a violation of their religious liberties and freedom of expression.

This bill is the work of Representatives Bob Thorpe, Sonny Borrelli, Carl Seel, T.J. Shope, Jeff Dial, David Livingston, Chester Crandell, and Steve Smith.

Smith and Shope have also introduced legislation demanding that all students in grades 1-12 recite the Pledge of Allegiance (with “Under God”) every day. At least in that bill, students can get out of saying it with their parents’ permission.

No such exemption exists in the Loyalty Oath.

Keep in mind that in both cases, the bills do not help children get a better education. That’s the saddest thing about all this. The people who are in charge of fixing the education crisis are proposing solutions that would only waste more classroom time and exclude many students from graduating despite fulfilling their current requirements.

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Steve Smith has taken over Russell Pearce's role as the biggest asshat at the Capitol. May he choke on a bag o' dicks and die.

amyzzz
01-25-2013, 05:16 PM
Well, that's a weird one.

ramblinon
01-25-2013, 06:14 PM
Not the least bit fascist. And certainly a prudent use of taxpayer dollars.

insbordnat
01-26-2013, 08:57 AM
What a wacky bill. Good thing our politicians are focusing on the hard hitting issues.

chairmenmeow47
01-29-2013, 10:17 AM
i know everyone's busy buying tickets today, but i'm in dire need of some coachella phoenician time. anyone up for happy hour friday? it's first fridays, right? so not sure if downtown is the best option, but i'm up for anything not too expensive.

locachica73
01-29-2013, 11:43 AM
I am in. :)

amyzzz
01-29-2013, 11:55 AM
I can probably come.

chairmenmeow47
01-30-2013, 01:32 PM
ok cool, amy, what time would you be available?

also, is anyone familiar with the audubon near downtown? i am going to try volunteering at their front desk sat feb 23rd and march 9th.

HotHamWater
01-30-2013, 01:42 PM
Hi, Phoenix.

I will be inside of you March 1st-3rd for spring training.

amyzzz
01-30-2013, 01:49 PM
Ivy, I get off at 7. And woo, Tommy!

chairmenmeow47
01-30-2013, 01:49 PM
yay! did you decide on a game? i'd like to cordially invite myself :p

HotHamWater
01-30-2013, 01:56 PM
Of course you're invited. We're going to games all 3 days. We're seeing the Padres/Indians game for sure on Saturday, as Carrie is a Padres fan and I'm an Indians fan. Joe isn't making the trip, he has work obligations he can't miss.

chairmenmeow47
01-30-2013, 02:06 PM
i'm definitely in for that saturday game. we'll talk!

chairmenmeow47
01-30-2013, 02:06 PM
also amy, 7 may be too late for me. i gotta help my mom move shit saturday, boooooo

amyzzz
01-30-2013, 02:10 PM
Bah it's always 7 until March when it's 6. :-(

HotHamWater
01-30-2013, 02:11 PM
i'm definitely in for that saturday game. we'll talk!

YES. Clothing optional*. That's Carrie's rule, not mine.






*- It's not clothing optional.

HotHamWater
01-30-2013, 02:12 PM
Also, maybe there should be some sort of some kind of get together some how while we're out there.

chairmenmeow47
01-30-2013, 02:13 PM
clothing optional if we can all agree on karaoke nights. no etards on laps this time.

HotHamWater
01-30-2013, 02:15 PM
clothing optional if we can all agree on karaoke nights. no etards on laps this time.

Baahahahahahahahahaha.

I'd be down for something like that.

chairmenmeow47
01-30-2013, 02:19 PM
alright, i can put together an event on facebook or something if you'd like. lemme know if you prefer friday or saturday :)

HotHamWater
01-30-2013, 02:32 PM
Either is good for me. You should PM Carrie, too. :) Cut out the middle man.

chairmenmeow47
01-30-2013, 02:44 PM
will do :)

captncrzy
02-01-2013, 09:27 AM
Where are you guys going tonight. I think I will need a drink.

chairmenmeow47
02-01-2013, 09:33 AM
audra is going to her sisters and amy gets off later than i'd like to meet. but i'd still be willing to meet if we're talking like 4:30-5ish. maybe that beer place on mill? isn't that near you?

locachica73
02-01-2013, 09:39 AM
I am skipping going to my sisters since I am taking the kids over there on Sunday. I am probably going to Stingers after work for pool and cheap/free beer depending on if Kari decides to go to work. If she doesn't I would be down to meet you guys somewhere for a beer.

captncrzy
02-01-2013, 12:06 PM
Yeah, World of Beers is just down the block from my office. That's fine with me.

Somewhat Damaged
02-01-2013, 12:29 PM
Not that anyone was asking but I won't be in attendance. I had a breakfast burrito this morning and tamales for lunch. I need to go to kickboxing after work so I don't hate myself too entirely tomorrow.

amyzzz
02-01-2013, 12:31 PM
Tamales sound really good right now. Ugh.

locachica73
02-01-2013, 12:38 PM
I am going to pass as well. I am not mentally ready to make the drive to Tempe after working down there for 2 months. I am starting to be like my mother and try not to venture outside of the 5 mile radius of my house. :-/

amyzzz
02-01-2013, 12:42 PM
Meet me outside my work building at 4:45 and we can down a couple shots before I finish off my shift. :p

locachica73
02-01-2013, 12:45 PM
I would make the long haul to Tempe it it meant drinking shots with you. You tease!

chairmenmeow47
02-01-2013, 12:58 PM
i can meet you jen if you're still interested, what time?

amyzzz
02-01-2013, 01:01 PM
Everyone is turning in too early for me, Audra.

captncrzy
02-01-2013, 01:03 PM
Ivy--like 430?

chairmenmeow47
02-01-2013, 01:04 PM
perfect :)

sorry, amy!

Mr. Dylanja
02-02-2013, 01:06 PM
I'm a little disappointed that there hasn't been a, "Phoenix! I'm so happy they're headlining!" post in here yet.

Somewhat Damaged
02-02-2013, 02:23 PM
I've been thinking about posting about events happening in the city of Phoenix in a Phoenix-the-band thread, if that makes you any less disappointed, Dylan.

Mr. Dylanja
02-02-2013, 02:32 PM
That would make my day.

chairmenmeow47
02-04-2013, 03:02 PM
hello phoenicians! i've created an event on facebook for the infamous tommy visit. we're going to karaoke friday, march 1st. still figuring out where. i think tomaz and tomas are pretty much the only ones not on my facebook, so PM me for details if you're interested :)

amyzzz
02-04-2013, 03:05 PM
YAY!

ASVP Piccolo
02-15-2013, 04:14 PM
Just found this thread after creeping through the Misc. Lounge for a while. I'm curious as to how old the Phoenician regulars of the Coachella forums are. I'm suspecting I might be one of the youngest at 20... >_>

Somewhat Damaged
02-15-2013, 09:57 PM
Yeah, you'd be right. I think the next youngest person is 30. Geez, you can't even get into a bar?

ASVP Piccolo
02-16-2013, 01:45 AM
Haha unfortunately, not until July. Well, under normal circumstances. I drink all the time at Sky Bar and a few local joints on 4th Ave in Tucson. I have military duty up in Prescott, so I've drank on Whiskey Row a few times. You'd be surprised at what some scruff on your face and a military ID will get you. But Phoenix is definitely strict when it comes to drinking, and I haven't had any luck here in town.

insbordnat
02-16-2013, 06:09 AM
We'll see you in July! j/k

Douchey.McDouche.Douche.
02-16-2013, 04:03 PM
out of curiosity, is anyone here doing tough mudder this coming weekend??

Somewhat Damaged
02-16-2013, 04:28 PM
What's "Tough Mudder"?

chairmenmeow47
02-17-2013, 05:35 AM
no my girlfriends at work tried to get me to go but it's too cold! also, i promise to figure out the karaoke thing and respond to pms when i return from san diego

sharksfan98
02-17-2013, 09:01 AM
********THIS IS A CITY OF PHOENIX THREAD-NOT A PHOENIX-THE-BAND THREAD*********


Someone mentioned that we need a Phoenix thread. Why, I don't know; all there is to do right now is bitch about how fucking hot it is here today. 110F.

Anyone else hitting VNV Nation at the Marquee on Friday?

When I read the first line, I was quite dissapointed.

chairmenmeow47
02-17-2013, 12:16 PM
you're mom's disappointed

Douchey.McDouche.Douche.
02-17-2013, 01:52 PM
What's "Tough Mudder"?

this video should answer your question. this will be my first tough mudder experience, i'll be going with a couple of friends this weekend.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azQbiz2vm_Q

Somewhat Damaged
02-17-2013, 04:31 PM
Oh. Fuck that, I wouldn't last an hour if it was just the running, much less the obstacles. Good luck, hope you're able to finish the course.

insbordnat
02-17-2013, 05:00 PM
I keep meaning to do it, but somehow laziness always gets in the way

Douchey.McDouche.Douche.
02-17-2013, 05:03 PM
thank you very much! i'm not in the best physical shape but i will give it my all to finish the entire course! i'll post an update the day after the event.. if i make it out alive haha

Somewhat Damaged
02-17-2013, 05:45 PM
Eat plenty of potassium beforehand so your calves don't cramp & wake you up in the middle of the night. (I've learned this the hard way from physical activity a fraction of what you're going to put yourself through.)

Timestretch
02-17-2013, 10:05 PM
I'm opting for beer week instead.

Dogfish Head Kegger Kickin' @ World of Beers February 22 at 12:00pm until February 24 at 2:00am

Noble Rot, 120 Minute IPA, Olde School, Namaste, Theobroma, My Antonia, Bitches Brew, Immort Ale, Sah'tea, Ta Henket, Chicory Stout, Hellhound On My Ale, Birra Estrusca Bronze Ale, Punkin'...all draft.

The 120 minute gets tapped at 6pm. They know better.

Timestretch
02-21-2013, 05:54 PM
Has anyone been to this event? Comments? It does benefit the children and all.

http://i46.tinypic.com/161gnd1.jpg

chairmenmeow47
02-21-2013, 06:37 PM
sorry, i only drink for adults

chairmenmeow47
02-24-2013, 12:16 PM
TOMMY VISIT EXTRAVAGANZA

where: the grapevine in old town scottsdale (http://www.grapevineaz.com/[/url])
when: friday, march 1st at 7pm
details: no cover, but if you want to sing bring a few bucks cash to tip the MC. there is alcohol & food. i am shooting for the large table in the back of the bar by the bathrooms since we can still hear each other talk, but also hear the karaoke. if you sit in the main area, it's too loud to chat.

hope to see you all there! :)

Douchey.McDouche.Douche.
02-25-2013, 05:07 PM
well i'd like to say that my first tough mudder was a success! i did way better than i thought i would! i finished the entire course (11 miles, 21 obstacles) in 2 hours and 31 minutes, while my friend did it in 1 hour and 40 minutes. the course had 6 water/first aid stations spread through out the course, they also provided bananas and clif bars which came in handy because my legs began to cramp in the last mile.

insbordnat
02-26-2013, 05:33 AM
impressive - bravo.

faxman75
02-26-2013, 07:13 AM
I might be able to do 11 miles on my bike with zero obastacles and no incline. Wanna race?

captncrzy
02-26-2013, 07:42 AM
I might be able to walk a mile without tripping over my feet.

Douchey.McDouche.Douche.
02-28-2013, 06:08 PM
impressive - bravo.

thanks! i was pretty impressed myself, my goal was to finish the course in at least 3 hours.. the whole experience was awesome and left me wanting more haha, i actually registered to do a similar smaller 3.5 mile race next weekend.

Douchey.McDouche.Douche.
02-28-2013, 06:09 PM
I might be able to do 11 miles on my bike with zero obastacles and no incline. Wanna race?

let's raise the stakes and race downhill?

chairmenmeow47
03-01-2013, 08:09 AM
KARAOKE TONIGHT! 7PM!

hope to see everyone there :)

insbordnat
03-01-2013, 09:07 AM
Me and my lady may be down that way for a happy hour before, so I may make an appearance...

Miroir Noir
03-14-2013, 07:45 AM
You all need to move (http://www.salon.com/2013/03/14/tk_5_partner_5/).

downingthief
03-14-2013, 09:00 AM
Ha.

Clearly written by someone who has NEVER been here. We'll be fine. Us and the cockroaches.

locachica73
03-14-2013, 09:10 AM
I would rather die in the heat than be buried in snow, or swept away by a hurricane.

fetuspiniata
03-14-2013, 09:26 AM
I love the part where they paint us as a bunch of mole people who hide from the sun for 100 days out of the year!

chairmenmeow47
03-14-2013, 09:42 AM
i like the article, but it's a bit sensationalist. a major power grid failure in a city that relies on heaters would be a big deal too. it's not like everyone has fireplaces or that we want to chop down all the trees to go back to that. also, the wind can be an issue, but really only in the summer. it's not like buildings are falling down left and right. and "increasing" storms is a claim i'd like proven. i remember much more frequent and severe monsoons/dust-storms NOT HABOOBS, NOT A PHOENIX TERM YOU FUCKING TWATS THAT USE THIS STUPID WORD when i was a kid because there was less development around me. the further you get into the developed areas of the city, the less pronounced the monsoons are. but they are right, water is a major issue we pretty much ignore here in phoenix.

also the fires were started by PEOPLE (arsonists & campers), not nature. not the state trying to burn itself up. any goddamned forest is subject to a fucking fire.

captncrzy
03-14-2013, 09:42 AM
Yeah, I hide more like 180 days a year.

captncrzy
03-14-2013, 09:43 AM
Haboob

locachica73
03-14-2013, 09:48 AM
Yeah, I hide more like 180 days a year.

People are always surprised that I live in AZ and don't have more of a tan. Duh, we don't sit out in the sun around here. It's all about shade and running from one air conditioned location to the next from June to Sept.

chairmenmeow47
03-20-2013, 10:47 AM
saturday april 13th and sunday april 14th from 10am-2pm the audubon arizona is having a migration celebration! free admission, fun for families. check out the link below. i'll be working that saturday until 1pm at the front desk.

http://riosalado.audubon.org/upcoming-events-2

amyzzz
03-20-2013, 10:51 AM
...except you'll be at Coachella because we are stealing you away and making you go!

chairmenmeow47
03-20-2013, 10:58 AM
ugh, i really wish :( :( :(

downingthief
03-20-2013, 12:03 PM
ugh, i really wish :( :( :(

Wishes can come true!!

westcoastpirate
03-20-2013, 01:11 PM
I'm going to post this in here too: I landed two GA Sunday tickets to the McDowell Mountain Music Fest this weekend. I'm looking to trade them for Saturday tickets (and maybe some cash on top). Let me know if you're interested.

EDIT-Tickets sold.

chairmenmeow47
03-21-2013, 08:28 AM
i know this is way far in advance, but i realized my birthday is on a saturday. june 1st. i know most people are planning for coachella right now, but is there anyone who like absolutely knows they can't make it because of travel or something? i'm thinking of renting out the clubhouse at my apartment. it has pool access, giant TV, bar area, and a pool table. might be more spacious than my prior parties. anyway, let me know.

PlayaDelWes
03-21-2013, 08:37 AM
Sounds fun Ivy, your birthday is the day after mine and is the same day as my childhood neighbor crush.

That said, we’re hitting up the Musical Instrument Museum next Friday (the 29th) during our very short stay in Phoenix. Anything we should know about the Museum other than showing up Friday afternoon and buying tickets?

chairmenmeow47
03-21-2013, 08:40 AM
i will be heading to minnesota, so you cannot tour the ivysaur exhibit :p

the museum is FUCKING HUGE. there is a thread about it in the arizona music forum (http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?41249-Who-wants-to-go-to-the-Musical-Instrument-Museum). i spent hours in the africa room alone. the food is good. they have the rooms set up by continent/country. i expected all the instruments to be old, but a lot of them are newer. it is more about the different types of music from around the world. they have these cool headphones you wear the whole time you are there and whenever you walk by certain displays, music automatically plays. there is some video. i believe there might be sections for kids to play with stuff, but i could be wrong, i was pretty sick when i visited and almost passed out on the stairs, so my memory is dim. i just remember a tiny girl rocking an open piano.

also, they have a theatre which i have heard is pretty cool.

Neighborhood Creep
03-21-2013, 08:48 AM
i will be heading to minnesota

May I ask what part and what for?

chairmenmeow47
03-21-2013, 08:53 AM
my dad is doing contract work at one of the power plants, i'm honestly not even sure where i'm staying lol.

chairmenmeow47
03-21-2013, 09:09 AM
the new retarded management company no longer rents out the clubhouse, booooo. they're going to make me get renter's insurance next time i renew and they got rid of the drop box for rent. i'm starting to dislike this place.

anyway, what are some options to rent out space for a party? i don't want to do the roller skate thing again since all my favourite dj's are out of state.

Neighborhood Creep
03-21-2013, 09:11 AM
my dad is doing contract work at one of the power plants, i'm honestly not even sure where i'm staying lol.

Hopefully for your sake you'll in the Twin Cities. If you end up in the Duluth area shoot me a msg.

amyzzz
03-21-2013, 09:21 AM
Bummer about the clubhouse not renting out anymore, Ivy.

locachica73
03-21-2013, 09:28 AM
the new retarded management company no longer rents out the clubhouse, booooo. they're going to make me get renter's insurance next time i renew and they got rid of the drop box for rent. i'm starting to dislike this place.

anyway, what are some options to rent out space for a party? i don't want to do the roller skate thing again since all my favourite dj's are out of state.

I was told by the owner of stingers that he would have rented the back room to me for free for my birthday. They have kareoke and darts, with pool tables on the other side. It would just be the cost of drinks. But it's kind of a shit hole and far for everyone.

chairmenmeow47
03-21-2013, 09:31 AM
thanks, amy, it's so silly!!!


I was told by the owner of stingers that he would have rented the back room to me for free for my birthday. They have kareoke and darts, with pool tables on the other side. It would just be the cost of drinks. But it's kind of a shit hole and far for everyone.

well it's my party and people can drive if they want to. but i like the idea of a bar and not me providing the alcohol and having a dancefloor. we'll talk :)

and yeah, i don't really care where i am in minnesota, i just want to see my dad for his birthday. i have a feeling my mom will just want to go to the mall of america.

locachica73
03-21-2013, 10:21 AM
I kind of wished I had taken him up on it for my party. I ended up dropping almost $300 just on what I bought for food & drink and that was a potluck. Plus, I probably would have freaked out a bit less about people spilling shit on the floor.

amyzzz
03-21-2013, 10:22 AM
Your party was great though, Audra.

chairmenmeow47
03-21-2013, 10:27 AM
it was great, but yeah, i remember i bought all the alcohol for my roller skate party years ago and spent a little over what you spent. it'd be cool to do another one of those, but it's only two hours and i'd want my awesome dj's to play. i'll be on the westside in the afternoon on saturday. let's talk about stingers over some scrabble :)

locachica73
03-21-2013, 10:30 AM
Sounds like a plan! :)

Also, I got travel scrabble for my birthday. YAYAYA

TheClares
03-26-2013, 02:26 AM
i know this is way far in advance, but i realized my birthday is on a saturday. june 1st. i know most people are planning for coachella right now, but is there anyone who like absolutely knows they can't make it because of travel or something? i'm thinking of renting out the clubhouse at my apartment. it has pool access, giant TV, bar area, and a pool table. might be more spacious than my prior parties. anyway, let me know.

Kim and I will unfortunately be traveling then. :(

chairmenmeow47
03-26-2013, 05:16 AM
Kim and I will unfortunately be traveling then. :(

boooooooooo

Timestretch
04-07-2013, 11:49 PM
Anybody have recommendations on a Karoke bar for a Tuesday or Wed night? Preferably in Phoenix, Tempe, or South Scottsdale.

westcoastpirate
04-26-2013, 09:35 AM
A new bar/venue in Scottsdale is opening this weekend, I don't like country music but I like Charlie Levy, Crescent Ballroom, and the Vig, so I imagine the Western will be a somewhat cool place. This sounds like a place TomAZ will be frequenting often:

http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/music/articles/20130424western-scottsdale-grand-opening.html


In the heart of the “West’s Most Western Town,” there’s a surprising shortage of honky-tonks.

In the downtown area, the Rusty Spur is one of the city’s most authentically Western bars, with a compact dance floor and live country music on most nights that draws regulars and tourists alike. Modern country-themed bars, including Saddle Ranch Chop House and Whiskey Row, which opens in July, are designed to cater to younger, partying crowds.

All of that changes Thursday, April 25, when the Western opens to the public in the space previously occupied by the long-running Sugar Shack Sports Grill.

Tucker Woodbury, who owns the Vig bars and the Little Woody in Phoenix, teams up once again with Stateside Presents promoter Charlie Levy for the bar, with Woodbury focusing on the bar and menus while Levy books the bands. The duo are partners of music venue Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix.

Woodbury previously owned Scottsdale’s Rocking Horse, a Western bar that burned down in 1996. So this project, in a way, is like coming full circle for the entrepreneur.

“There was no hankering to open the Western when I got the place, but it just felt right, and it feels like a roadhouse in here,” he said. “It was always in the back of my mind to do a bar like this, because no one has really done it here in a real way. We’re aiming to provide more of an authentic experience, but this is not going to be your dad’s country bar.”

And that’s where Levy comes in, booking the acts. The Western will feature several resident acts during the week, including the Tony Martinez Band on Friday and Saturday nights.

“I am really, really excited about the lineup we have right now,” Levy said, “The Tony Martinez Band just blows me away. He is like the second coming of Waylon Jennings.”

Woodbury calls the music lineup roots music: classic and alt-country, blues, Americana, rock and swing. DJ Dana Armstrong, who spins old country records at the weekly music showcase Valley Fever at Yucca Tap Room in Tempe, will run a similar evening at the Western on Thursday nights. Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special will play their blues and country tunes on Sunday nights. Levy will bring in nationally touring bands two or three times a month for paid-ticket shows.

As with all of Woodbury’s concepts, there’s clear attention to detail in the Western’s decor. The bar is filled with wood accents, from the bar paneling to the stage to the walls. Most of the walls are clad in reclaimed “mushroom-wood” panels, named for the process of how the unique texture is created. Oak is submerged in mushroom-planting beds, giving it a tough, weathered look.

On another wall, Woodbury found a use for some old colored doors he kept in storage for six years, waiting for the right time to use them. The doors were cut into pieces and pieced together like a mismatched jigsaw puzzle. A well-worn couch and old church pews also find new life in the bar.

Iron bar stools, one of the very few things saved from the Rocking Horse fire, have been refinished and will line the bar, adding to the rustic country-meets-modern industrial feel. Caramel-colored faux-leather material featuring a raised Western pattern serves as the bar’s surface.

“This place is not meant to be crazy or over-the-top,” Woodbury said. “What you see is what you get.”

The cocktail menu will be heavy on simple whiskey cocktails, such as the Kentucky Mule, and craft beers. The kitchen will serve a full menu, with what Woodbury calls “good food that’s bad for you,” including brisket tacos, street corn and hush puppies.

Levy is looking forward to the possibilities of the Western.

“It’s a great location, and an alternative to the nightclub scene,” he said. “It will be a real country bar, and attract people from all over the Valley.... I’m excited for a place I can finally see good music in Scottsdale.”

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/uponsun/2013/03/coming_soon_the_western_in_old.php


Tucker Woodbury and Charlie Levy Bringing Country Joint The Western to Scottsdale
There's certainly no dearth of hangouts in the Valley where cowboys, cowgirls, or anyone else sporting a western shirt can down something tall and strong, get in some two-stepping action, or just hear some ol' fashioned daggum country music, pardner. Off the top of our heads, we can name close to two-dozen down-home dives or other Southern-fried spots alone.
Early next month, said list will have one more entry -- and a stylish one at that -- when the buckaroos behind The Vig, The Little Woody, and Crescent Ballroom open The Western in Scottsdale. Dreamt up by nightlife impresario Tucker Woodbury, who's partnering once again with concert promoter Charlie Levy, it's going to be a vintage roadhouse and country music venue with the heart of an old-school honky-tonk and plenty of style to boot.

The Western will be located in the old Sugar Shack sports bar located along Fifth Avenue, near the street's intersection with Indian School Road on the edge of Old Town Scottsdale (hence the establishment's cute subtitle, "Cowboys and Indian School").

The 54-year-old entrepreneur (who isn't kin to New Times music editor Jason P. Woodbury, by the way) told Up on the Sun that it's sort of a revival of the old Rocking Horse country bar he owned in the late '80s/early '90s, across from the equally rustic Coach House.

Much like his old joint, which was destroyed by fire in 1996, Woodbury will offer a vintage honky-tonk vibe, a calendar filled with rootsy musicians and country bands, and plenty of room to dance.

"Ever since . . . The Rocking Horse burned down, there really hasn't been a real-deal kind of Austin-esque roadhouse in the greater Phoenix area, with the exception of maybe Handlebar-J's," he says. "And when I use the phrase 'Austin-esque,' that's probably the best way to characterize it. Like a comfortably rough-and-tumble little roadhouse if nothing else, but nicely appointed. I've told people that what The Little Woody is to neighborhood dive bars, this will be to honky-tonks."

The now-defunct Sugar Shack in Scottsdale, which is being transformed into The Western.Woodbury adds that The Western, while stylish, will feel "legit" and not like "some franchised-out, brand-spanking-new" cowboy club.

"Its not a pop-country bar or the kind of country bar that's defined in this day and age," he says.

Woodbury is aiming to open during the first week of April and offer the same sort of Americana-laden musical menu as the Rocking Horse.

"It was a really cool venue," he says. "We did country on weekend and then programmed it with nationals. Brought in everybody from Son Volt, Wilco, Joe Ely, Michelle Shocked . . . all these really great bands. And this is just derivative of that. We're not doing anything new; we're not reinventing the wheel here. It's like, 'Okay, here's a chance to do kinda what we had some success doing 20 years ago."

He's already recruited local Tony Martinez and his country act, a staple of the Yucca Tap's Valley Fever night, to serve as his house band on weekends. Woodbury says that having Martinez and his band is one of the keys to the place.

"That kind of help drives the whole concept. I don't think we would've done the deal if we didn't know that we could bring Tony on and that there was a Tony Martinez out there," he says. "He kinda epitomizes what we're going after. You come into the place, dance on a hardwood dance floor to authentic country and [Western] swing music and have a great time."

Valley Fever resident DJ and promoter Dana Armstrong also will be developing a spin-off of her signature event (which will remain at the Yucca) for Thursday evenings at The Western, Woodbury says.

"We're giving her a night and she will sort of take and shape in her own way," he says. "It won't take the place of Valley Fever, but she's going to do a different version of it that will be similar in some respects."

He's also tapped the Valley's Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special to take over Sundays each week. Woodbury adds that in addition to the blues/roots/soul band, as well as Armstrong and Martinez's endeavors, The Western will fill its stage with local twang-filled acts in the Americana, roots, and alt-country vein and will make use of Levy's involvement to occasionally bring in national touring acts from those genres.

"We're really going to strive for things that fit the theme of the bar, like a Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, or Junior Brown, something like that, that would be off to the left-center of country yoke," he says. "I don't we'll do crazy indie stuff or anything like that. We'll do an occasional national [act] when it makes sense and it fits the room."
Woodbury adds that teaming up with Levy was a no-brainer.

"Charlie and I are partners at Crescent, so when I decided to do this thing, I brought him on as a partner," Woodbury says. "He books the music, and that's his specialty. He loves that kind of music -- we both kind of do -- and think this will resonate with country music fans in the Valley."

He's been hankering to open a venue such as The Western for years but was waiting to find a suitable building. He found it when the Sugar Shack closed last year.

"I love the fact that we're located on the fringe [of Scottsdale]. It kind of works in support of what we're doing, this little roadhouse that's in Scottsdale but not. It's a kind of romantic notion," Woodbury says. "It's a neat old building. It's got a soul. There haven't been a lot of successful businesses in there, but there's still something about it when you walk in. There have been a lot of good times in that building, and I'm sure there's going to be a whole lot more. It's just one of those kind of joints."

Like Woodbury's other projects, the décor will be a pastiche of metro and retro, which in this case will also be infused with a well-worn Western bent. When describing The Western's look, the 54-year-old uses phrases like "rough-hewn" and "rustic and industrial," mentions that there's antique-looking mushroom wood and other shabby-chic elements involved (like old benches, vintage booths, and found objects), and sums it up as "kind of like if a country bar was opened in an automobile garage."

He also hauled some old metal bar stools that survived the fire at the Rocking Horse out of storage and had them cleaned, restored, and reupholstered with cowhide.

"As you walk into the lounge at Crescent, there's the feel where there's some nice elements in place, but it's not too slick. And that's kind of the same deal you'll find here," Woodbury says. "People should expect exactly what they've come to expect from things that we work on. Really good service, a cool comfortable vibe, great sound, and really good bands both national and local. That's what we try to do, create spaces that are real and authentic. And I think The Western will be like that as well."

amyzzz
04-26-2013, 09:36 AM
This thread feels dead. Can we change it to Phoenix the band thread now? And fuck a new western bar.

locachica73
04-26-2013, 09:47 AM
I think that means we should plan a happy hour soon...

amyzzz
04-26-2013, 09:49 AM
Yes to happy hour! I get paid next Thursday. lol. Coachella sucked up all of my cash.

(edit: sorry for the blasphemy -- just really loving the new Phoenix album. It's on repeat in my car CD player at the request of my daughters)

captncrzy
05-09-2013, 08:15 AM
Hey Phoenix people that aren't on my facebook or on Sparks' facebook or whatever. Sparks found a kitten that needs a home.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/921581_10200512895858327_1657379075_o.jpg

westcoastpirate
07-12-2013, 09:03 AM
Bump...

So our family lives in Phoenix District 6. We have a total douche as our representative for City Council, Sal DiCiccio. In the last election for City Council they had a runoff between him and the other candidate because the race was so close, and I had no idea who either one was so we opted not to vote. I have been regretting that decision ever since DiCiccio was elected. I never thought I would have to interact with a City Council member on much of anything, but soon after DiCiccio took office Valley Metro proposed to eliminate the express bus route I used to take to work. I sent his office numerous emails asking him to oppose the reduction, and he was non responsive. Everyone that lived in his district that used the route for commuting was urged to contact him. We sent him petitions signed by all the riders. A couple people even went to some of his community meetings to talk with him about it. DiCiccio brushed them off and said he wanted to repeal the food tax. We also had a pretty cool neighborhood circulator that ran through our neighborhood and throughout Ahwatukee. I would say we live in one of the oldest, probably lowest income areas of Ahwatukee and DiCiccio worked with Valley Metro and a coalition of citizens from Ahwatukee (which I am almost certain didn't include anyone from our neighborhood) to figure out a revised route for the neighborhood circulator that basically eliminated service for our neighborhood. I'm lucky that I have a car, but now the closest bus stop to our home is a little over a mile. I know, some of you are probably like, whatever, but when you move to an area based on the mass transit infrastructure it is a big deal when it is taken away.

Everyone I know that has worked with DiCiccio said he is the worst, and pretty much just wants to eliminate all city services and privatize everything. He is an obstructionist, and votes no on issues where all other city council members vote yes just to say, "Look, I voted no", even though it doesn't mean anything. DiCiccio's reelection campaign is primarily funded by lobbyists and developers. DiCiccio is a rich former developer who decided to run for office. Oh, and he's also supported by the Tea Party.

I've been looking forward to the upcoming election to cast my vote for Karlene Keogh-Parks, who is running against DiCiciccio. Lately I have seen a bunch of signs popping up on public property where the election banners are, that say Developers Support Sal DiCiccio and Lobbyists Support Sal DiCiccio. I've been chuckling to myself when I pass those signs, but my wife is like, "What's that all about? I can't figure out if this is for or against DiCiccio's campaign." I found out in an article this morning that the signs were put up by the public service unions since DiCiccio is obviously opposed to all unions and any cost of living increases for public service workers like firefighters and police. I'm really bummed since I think the money from the unions could have been used a little better to promote Keogh-Parks or just put up signs that are clearer about either the positive aspects of Keogh-Parks or the negative aspects of DiCiccio.

http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/20130710phoenix-diciccio-lobbyist-signs-beat.html

Anways, TL;DR, if you live in Phoenix and in District 6, please vote for Karlene Keogh-Parks.

amyzzz
07-12-2013, 09:33 AM
Does Ivy live there?

westcoastpirate
07-12-2013, 09:37 AM
I think so.

amyzzz
07-12-2013, 10:03 AM
Post it to Facebook.

insbordnat
07-12-2013, 01:02 PM
Haboob again.

westcoastpirate
07-12-2013, 01:29 PM
Post it to Facebook.

I'm not her friend on Facebook.

amyzzz
07-12-2013, 01:38 PM
what?? That's odd.

chairmenmeow47
07-16-2013, 11:19 AM
OMG WHO WANTS TO COME TO THE PRICE IS RIGHT?!?! we can yell ONE DOLLA, ONE DOLLA and play plinko. presale tomorrow, "fireworks"

http://concerts.livenation.com/event/19004AE9D09949BA?c=EML_LN_105967&camefrom=EMLN_105967

in response to westcoastpirate. that sucks, but isn't DiCiccio the only one opposing the south mountain freeway? i really oppose the freeway as i do not think it will help traffic in any significant way. so i'm torn.

amyzzz
07-16-2013, 11:23 AM
I want to go! I can't afford to buy a ticket until next Thursday though.

amyzzz
07-31-2013, 09:10 AM
I preordered an ivory satin jacket with PHOENIX and a rainbow emblazoned on the back. And I'm moving to Phoenix in 2 weeks!

amyzzz
09-20-2013, 04:45 PM
You can get discount Arizona State Fair tickets prior to October 10th if you use the code phxcc13 at azstatefair.com. (15% of proceeds go to the Phoenix Children's Chorus.) FYI if anyone is going to any shows there this year.

westcoastpirate
09-20-2013, 07:35 PM
in response to westcoastpirate. that sucks, but isn't DiCiccio the only one opposing the south mountain freeway? i really oppose the freeway as i do not think it will help traffic in any significant way. so i'm torn.

I know this is super delayed, I just don't read the forums that much anymore. Diciccio doesn't fully oppose the expansion, he just opposes it north of Pecos Rd. The only reason Diciccio opposes the 202 expansion on the north side of Pecos is because he has a major stake in the property that would be leased for the expansion on the Gila River Reservation south of Pecos off 40th St, so he is set to make a shit ton of money if they move it there. Sign up for the District 6 email newsletter and you will get weekly vitriolic rants. Good times.

amyzzz
09-20-2013, 08:12 PM
You're in good company because Ivy hardly comes here anymore either.

amyzzz
09-25-2013, 08:39 AM
Not quite Phoenix, but my co-worker said the Safeway at Hayden and Chapparal (sp?) in Scottsdale has a bar inside the grocery store. Apparently it is always packed when my co-wrker shops there.

TomAz
09-25-2013, 08:49 AM
The Whole Foods at Scottsdale & the 101 does too.

amyzzz
09-25-2013, 08:50 AM
So Scottsdale is filled with lushes I guess.

TomAz
09-25-2013, 08:51 AM
Not lushes so much as sots, I'd say.

amyzzz
09-25-2013, 08:53 AM
Moneyed drunks.

westcoastpirate
09-30-2013, 07:37 PM
There is a new Whole Foods that opened at 20th St and Highland in Town and Country mall that has a bar. The Whole Foods at the 101 and Ray also has a bar, and it's almost always packed around happy hour and on Saturdays. They have one of the best beer selections in the Phoenix area.

westcoastpirate
10-04-2013, 08:26 AM
Is anyone going to Tour de Fat tomorrow?

http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/tempe.aspx

Somewhat Damaged
10-04-2013, 09:36 PM
I'm working on a movie tomorrow, so no.

amyzzz
10-05-2013, 06:35 AM
There is a new Whole Foods that opened at 20th St and Highland in Town and Country mall that has a bar. The Whole Foods at the 101 and Ray also has a bar, and it's almost always packed around happy hour and on Saturdays. They have one of the best beer selections in the Phoenix area.
I just drove by that the other day! It's so big and bright. My kids were all excited and wanted to go in, but I was too hungry (for restaurant food) to stop. haha, we did end up at AJ's though because they have great prepared food reasy-to-go.

M Sparks
10-05-2013, 07:37 PM
You can get discount Arizona State Fair tickets prior to October 10th if you use the code phxcc13 at azstatefair.com. (15% of proceeds go to the Phoenix Children's Chorus.) FYI if anyone is going to any shows there this year.

I'm thinking of going to and being disappointed by the Star Trek exhibit.

Alligator Bogaloo
10-07-2013, 06:34 PM
The Pixies presale is up. Working on getting tickets. Nice to see Live Nation is now charging $5.00 to ship tickets standard mail. This used to be free since forever. Assholes...

insbordnat
10-07-2013, 09:08 PM
A non-profit I support (Phoenix Conservatory of Music) is hosting a screening of Back to the Future on Sunday October 20th at the Deer Valley AMC @ 4pm. There is a Doc Brown look alike contest (paging Ivy) and the Arizona DeLorean club has been invited. The students will perform a couple of songs in the courtyard prior to and after the movie.

Tickets are $15 and you're supporting a great cause - to help give subsidized music lessons to students.

For more information visit www.pcmrocks.com.

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Drewski27
10-07-2013, 09:24 PM
I'm going to Phoenix in December for a wedding. any recommendations on god places to get sloshed that night before?

insbordnat
10-07-2013, 09:45 PM
What kind of crowd are you looking for?

Drewski27
10-07-2013, 10:00 PM
I dunno, the type of assholes you would meet on this message board, more or less.

Drewski27
10-07-2013, 10:00 PM
... i mean assholes in a good way, btw.

captncrzy
10-08-2013, 08:14 AM
Not many god places allow you to drink in them.

Drewski27
10-08-2013, 08:16 AM
Not many god places allow you to drink in them.

well i was hoping to avoid going to church...

TomAz
10-08-2013, 08:39 AM
Not many god places allow you to drink in them.

http://i.usatoday.net/news/_photos/2011/11/14/Bishop-backtracks-on-limiting-Communion-wine-8IJFAM9-x-large.jpg

amyzzz
10-08-2013, 08:45 AM
There's that cool church inside Brophy/Xavier.

getbetter
10-08-2013, 08:47 AM
I'm going to Phoenix in December for a wedding. any recommendations on god places to get sloshed that night before?

only if you can solve this puzzle

_AGGE_ (space) _HI_KE_

captncrzy
10-08-2013, 02:18 PM
http://i.usatoday.net/news/_photos/2011/11/14/Bishop-backtracks-on-limiting-Communion-wine-8IJFAM9-x-large.jpg

GRAPE JUICE, MOTHERFUCKERS

TomAz
10-08-2013, 02:40 PM
Errr, no.

edit: Were you raised a baptist or something?

faxman75
10-08-2013, 02:46 PM
only if you can solve this puzzle

_AGGE_ (space) _HI_KE_

You didn't need to turn it into a puzzle Zach. It would have taken us a bit if you just typed your normal way. I'm guessing the second word is Chicken even though it has nothing to do with alcohol. Am I right?

captncrzy
10-09-2013, 08:40 AM
Errr, no.

edit: Were you raised a baptist or something?

Southern Baptist.


Not a joke. I used to get dragged to the Southern Baptist church where Grand Canyon Uni is now.

TomAz
10-09-2013, 09:19 AM
well that explains it.

in the RC and more mainstream protestant churches, that's real wine in there. sometimes they even use port, which you know is fortified (higher alcohol) wine.

captncrzy
10-09-2013, 09:21 AM
We ate a lot of fried chicken after church. That is also not a joke.

getbetter
10-09-2013, 09:21 AM
Its not chicken,faxy.

guedita
10-09-2013, 09:26 AM
Faxman does Wheel of Fortune, fails miserably.

guedita
10-09-2013, 09:27 AM
_AGGE_ CHICKEN

TomAz
10-09-2013, 09:27 AM
I thought he was joking.

guedita
10-09-2013, 09:29 AM
Faxy does "jokes?"

TomAz
10-09-2013, 09:30 AM
You know, since the answer was so obvious, he was poking playful fun at GB doing a word puzzle at all?

that's how I read it.

guedita
10-09-2013, 09:31 AM
I'm an _D_OT

amyzzz
10-09-2013, 09:33 AM
My non-denominational church also served grape juice and Communion was a rare event; I'm not even sure how often they did it. I was never baptized though. (going to hell)

Drewski27
10-09-2013, 11:18 AM
What's cool in Scottsdale?

faxman75
10-09-2013, 11:25 AM
This place is solid.

http://www.chopandwok.com/

TomAz
10-09-2013, 11:26 AM
What's cool in Scottsdale?

leaving

Drewski27
10-09-2013, 11:28 AM
yes im sure. at least the hotel has a pool. looks like its gonna be drink, swim, wedding, drink, swim and leave.