Originally Published: May 19, 2011 9:55 p.m.
After the bike race, marathon and festivals of the past few weeks, music and entertainment fans have a bit of a respite this weekend - or at least from rubbing shoulders with other sweaty music and arts fans.
Nonetheless, there are a few events going on around town to keep an eye on.
Fans of gravelly-voiced folk icon Bob Dylan are in for a treat at Old Town Center For the Arts in Cottonwood, which is hosting a Bob Dylan birthday party and concert on Saturday. The tribute is now in its sixth year. Organizer and self-described Dylanophile Joe Neri is leading the event, and estimates that in the six years, he and his fellow musicians have played 60-80 Dylan songs at the tribute, which lends a special credence to the Dylan song title "I've Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know," because he probably has, Joe.
If you love flamenco and/or palak paneer, then you should head to Prescott's lone Indian restaurant, Taj Mahal on Montezuma, for Rio Flamenco on Saturday. Normally you wouldn't associate Indian food and beautiful Spanish guitar, but hey, why not?
Correction: I've just been told this show is NEXT weekend, May 28, same time, same day. Regardless, go!
I've seen a lot of references to steampunk in style and fashion lately, and it's coming to Prescott in the form of "Steampunk Opera: Thime Machynes" at The Frame & I art gallery on Gurley. If someone asked me what a steampunk opera was, I'd probably guess it involved robots dressed in corsets performing "Mary Poppins." Chim chiminy, chim chiminy, chim chim chiree! (Imagine it in a robot voice and it's funnier.) Whether or not that happens, there will be some live music featuring trained opera singers, "refreshments from another time" and Victorian-era inspired fashions.
As far as the bar scene, there are some of the usual favorites and some new ones performing this week. Local blues heroes Big Daddy D & The Dynamites are performing at Hooligan's. Pudge & Astis Sports Grill on Sixth Street will have their birthday bash on Friday with Battle of the Bands winner Agent Audio. And Sundance's will feature a lineup of parody bands on Friday, including the charmingly named "F-inmeow." I think you can probably guess what the dash stands in for. On Saturday, the Raven will have two separate country/bluegrass acts, Here Come Cowboys and Steve Smith and Hard Road, which I'm sure will fit nicely with their enormous beer selection and dessert menu. Mmmm ... dessert.
If you've watched "American Idol" and though to yourself "My uncle Joey could do that," let him know that the Prescott Valley Idol is now under way, with qualifying rounds at a variety of PV bars, including Outpost Saloon, Tailgaters and Jackass Bar & Grill, where I'm hoping no one lives up to the name. The preliminatry competition takes place throughout the next two weeks, before ending in the final in June. Don't worry, Paula Abdul won't be there. I don't think.
On the movie front, the big opener is the new "Pirates of the Caribbean," which features about 19 different well-known actors joining Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow. Does anyone else remember when the first movie was considered fresh and new?
See you next week!