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The Cost of Culture

On the first Friday of every month, humble brick buildings turn into houses for festivals of light and sound. Innocent front yards are transformed into outdoor clubs as DJs spin records while pedestrians venture off the sidewalk to try a few new dance moves. The walkways come alive with people from every side of the Valley: roller derby enthusiasts, punks, soccer moms and college students.

Appropriately titled "First Fridays" what started as an agreement between a few galleries to hold openings on the same night has turned into one of the largest art walks in the country. A perusal of newspapers across the country reveals such art walks aren't uncommon in major cities and neither are the problems that come with their success.

Studio Visit: Karl Kroeppler
Karl Kroeppler dreams of writing his memoirs, but you won't find his story in any bookstore. Instead, the experiences and characters of Kroeppler's life are found in his paintings.

Dimensional: Psychic Sleuth

Photo courtesy of Allison DuBois Allison DuBois does more than see dead people, she communicates with them. But you won't find her sitting behind a table, waving her arms around a crystal ball and speaking in tongues.

Instead, she uses her psychic abilities to help solve crimes. DuBois, 33, is the inspiration behind NBC's hit show "Medium."

Work and School: Will Clean for Food
Patrick Lenderman hasn't paid for his own food in two months. Instead, his roommates feed him under an agreement they made at the beginning of the fall semester. Lenderman cleans their house, and his roommates understand that whatever is in the refrigerator is up for grabs.

Top 5: Ways to get your parents to give you money
1. Send your parents a letter from ASU in the
"letter from summer camp" style: "Dear Mom and Dad,
ASU is fun and classes are great. The only problems are
the heat, the unsanitary dorm room conditions and ...

Fashion: Phoenix Fashionista

Photo courtesy of Tiffe Fermaint Tiffe Fermaint, one of the leading ladies of the local clothing design industry, has been creating clothing since she was in high school. On November 17, she will unveil her Spring/Summer 2006 collection at the annual Phoenix Fashion Week.

Enjoy the Scenery: Ratings Game
ASU's Palm Walk, the walkway from the University Bridge on the north side of campus to the Student Recreation Complex on the south, has been a selling point for ASU tour guides for years.

Local Limelight: Interview with Asleep in the Sea

Photo courtesy of Asleep in the Sea SPM caught up with Eli Kuner from Asleep in the Sea last weekend to talk about violent disputes and the trials of old age. The band is comprised of Eli Kuner on drums (and tambourine), Tom Filardo on guitar and vocals and Owen Evans on keyboard and vocals. The guys recently performed at the annual South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and are currently awaiting the release of a new EP, 3005

SPM: When you get old and your five senses start to dwindle, which sense do you hope to hold onto the longest?

Gadget Corner: Beam Me Up
For those of you who don't find roasting marshmallows over a fire appealing, Mitsubishi has a product that will make camping trips a little more enjoyable.

Mitsubishi's Pocket Projector is a portable projection system that can project images on to almost any flat surface. The device is a 14-ounce box the size of a pack of beef jerky, minus the leather-textured meat.

Culture Shock: Knitting Nuts
While some students get sore thumbs from sending text messages or playing X-box, English literature junior Alison Lewis has another use for her fingers and free time.

Lewis is president of the Mad Hatters, a campus club that meets to knit and crochet, teach its skills to new members and donate its work to charity.

Calendar: What's Happening
Saturday, Nov. 5
Those who say Arizona doesn't have a thriving local music scene are crazy. SPM knows Phoenix has a killer scene, and there are two bands who we'd bet our paychecks (note: we earn meager salaries) on actually going somewhere --- the Stiletto Formal and Lydia.

Scene Points: Metal Chick
I was stopped at a red light the other day and a UPS truck pulled up beside me. The mid-20-ish man in brown looked confused and kept glancing at me. All of a sudden, he lit up with excitement and was grinning from ear to ear. He figured out that the music he was hearing was bubbling out of my moon roof. The small, blonde girl in a fitted hot pink T-shirt next to him was cranking Slayer's "Raining Blood," a thrash metal classic. He threw up the horns, the international "fuck yeah" hand gesture of metalheads, as the light turned green.

I get this reaction all the time, and I love it. There just aren't many women into heavy metal. The stereotypical metal fan is a burly, heavily tattooed guy with lots of hair basically a fat dude in a Cannibal Corpse shirt. He headbangs and yells out for any band he sees to, "Play some Slayer!" Women make up roughly 10 percent of the crowd at mainstream metal shows, and the number declines as you get into the death metal scene.

From the Edge: Editorial
This summer I lived in New York City. One thing you should know about New Yorkers is that they never give their actual address -- directions are given by cross streets only. So I lived on 14th Street between Third and Fourth avenues, also known as Union Square.

There was a time, before New York was "cleaned up" when that address was coveted by artists and free thinkers. Just down the street from Washington Square Park, where freaks and folkies and poets once gathered in the 60s, Union Square is now barely recognizable as the haven for artistic expression it once was.

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