The Neon Desert Music Festival is a one-day event featuring 29 live music and electronic acts on four stages throughout the downtown parks. Sway into summer with a lineup of full-tilt guitars, funk, bass, and beats to fit all styles of dancing shoes. The top-billed Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group brings a trippy blend of jam-centric rock with grooves more winding than juicy ribbon candy. Kick back to audible streams of psychedelia, as warbling bass, hot saxophones, and thunderous percussions headline the night. A supporting cast of dance-driven talent including MSTRKRFT, Kinky, Dirty Vegas, and Sao Paulo's CSS, inspire collective beat bobbling among laid-back armies of concert cohorts. Peep covert acts hovering below the radar or about to blast into the big time, so you can brag to friends how you saw them first.
Tote up to five other people and your most elusive poses to either the studio or a scenic setting of your choice located within a 20-mile radius of the 79905 zip code, and Ayer Eternal's passionate, knowledgeable shutterbug, Luis C. Rodriguez, will capture them in a careful chase across the light spectrum (a $40 value). Rodriguez's extensive portfolio includes shooting a cover for Latinitas magazine, being a featured artist on fashions.org, and photographing the Miss Texas Latina beauty pageant. He will use imaginative techniques and a lifetime partnership with light to confine your memories from the most winsome angles. After the shoot, Rodriguez will prepare your chosen photos backstage with digital proofing before printing them with fine inks on fine papers. He'll also hand over four digital files so customers can cover hallways in clear, quality school-presidential-campaign propaganda (a $160 value). The prints leave walls and wallets with a fresh yield of bright, crisp sentimental currency that's bound to last longer than regular currency—all Ayer Eternal's prints are guaranteed for life (a $55 value).
Maria Chuchena's staff updates traditional Mexican cuisine to feature contemporary adaptations on their lunch and dinner menus. Dive into modern Mexican with an order of La Rosas—cheese empanadas topped with strawberry and rose petal sauce ($7). Beer-battered fish tacos ($9) or trio mixteco—grilled chicken topped with a mixture of adobo, mole verde, and poblano sauces ($12)—give spice to afternoons otherwise spent cataloguing DVDs by the number of actors in each one. Sautéed shrimp enchiladas ($12) and slow-braised duck carnitas ($15) surprise tongues with a twist of typical Mexican eats. The currently featured Viva Oaxaca tribute menu highlights the flavors of its eponymous region with dishes including ensalada de cabra, a goat cheese salad in mango vinaigrette ($9), and lengua de estofado, an oaxacan beef-tongue stew ($18).