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Calendar: Something to do

 by Stephanie Berger
 published on Thursday, April 6, 2006


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Expo:Arizona Tattoo Expo
Friday, April 7 - Sunday, April 9

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about tattoos, body modification and more at this three-day expo.

Enter yourself in one of many tattoo contests, with separate categories for everything from tribal and mythical tattoos to sexual and pin-up tattoos. Attend seminars on a variety of subjects, from learning how to tattoo to performing genital bead insertion (we never said this was for the faint of heart).

Also see live bands and suspension demonstrations, shop at erotic apparel and jewelry vendors, and make an appointment to get tattooed at the expo, located at the Phoenix Marriott (200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa). Tickets are $15 for one day and $35 for a three-day pass. Call (480) 664-2103 for more information.

Film:"a.k.a Don Bonus"
Tuesday, April 11

Imagine fleeing your home country, only to discover that the American dream is much tougher to accomplish than you ever imagined.

This is the reality presented in "a.k.a. Don Bonus," the 1995 film/self-documentary shot by Sokly Ny, an 18-year-old Cambodian refugee high-school student who, with the help of veteran filmmaker Spencer Nakasako, created a video portrait of his own life. Ny's name was changed to "Don Bonus" when he moved to San Francisco.

See the film, shown by the Community Outreach and Advocacy for Refugees organization, at the Tempe Historical Museum (809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe) at 6:00 p.m., and stay for a panel of guest speakers and discussion.

Enjoy regional appetizers and beverages, and while you're at the museum, check out "A Proud Journey Home," the museum's current exhibit about Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese refugee communities in Arizona.

If you enjoy the film, come back on April 18 and 25 at the same time for two more films that address refugee issues. Call the museum at (480) 350-5100 for more information.

Festival:International Wine Festival
Saturday, April 8

While you probably prefer your booze cheap and easy to obtain (think, whatever's in the keg or on tap at the bar), it might be time to expand your tastes.

If you've seen the movie "Sideways," you have an idea of how much fun being a wine snob is. Visit the ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Seventh Annual International Wine Festival at Old Main from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and enjoy one of the only times you'll be able to legally drink on campus (assuming you're 21 or older, of course).

Learn the difference between a merlot and a pinot noir, all while sampling appetizers and wine pairings from local restaurants like P.F. Chang's, Grilled Expedition, Rustler's Rooste and Caffe Boa. Also enjoy the silent auction and live music.

The only problem is that a ticket will set you back $50, but it's all for a good cause -- establishing a first-generation scholarship endowment for ASU students. Get your ticket online at http://clas.asu.edu/alumni/chapter/winefestival.htm, or call (480) 965-0207 for more information.

Comedy:
Norm MacDonald
Thursday, April 6 - Sunday, April 9

Remember the funny Weekend Update news anchor on "Saturday Night Live," the one back before Colin Quinn, Tina Fey or Jimmy Fallon garnered lackluster laughs?

Norm MacDonald is no longer a "SNL" cast member, but he'll be in town at the Tempe Improv (930 E. University Drive, Tempe) this week to make you chuckle.

Check him out on Thursday at 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. shows, and Sunday at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for Thursday and Sunday and $27 for Friday and Saturday. Call (480) 921-9877 for tickets and more information.



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