July 4, 2008

Forgive and Forget

By Albert Ching, The Tribune, Mesa, Ariz.

Jul. 4--BRAVE THE FOOD: We all know the stereotypes about British food -- specifically, that it's terrible -- but you can decide for yourself with the fish and chips, bangers and mash and bread pudding at the British Open Pub in Scottsdale. There's also the Cornish Pasty Co. in Tempe, which features pasties (the name refers to the food, not the complexion of your average Briton), which are basically fancy Hot Pockets that originate from the southwestern England county of Cornwall.

>> British Open Pub is open 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily at 1334 N. Scottsdale Road. (480) 941-4915 or thebritishopenpub.com. Cornish Pasty Co. is open 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday at 960 W. University Drive, Tempe. (480) 894-6261 or cornishpastyco.com.

Yep, it's the Fourth of July. The day America celebrates its independence from Great Britain.

But it's not 1776 anymore. In this day and age, we love the British. We gave "Wanted," starring Scottish actor James McAvoy, more than $50 million in U.S. box office last weekend; we put Coldplay's latest album on top of the Billboard charts for the past two weeks; and we've embraced the many Fresh & Easy (owned by British retailer Tesco) locations across the Valley.

So here are some "jolly good" things you can do this Independence Day weekend to remember our former redcoat rulers. Just don't drive on the left side of the street.

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BLUE FRIDAY: Peter Hook played bass with two legendary British bands: the short-lived but vastly influential Joy Division and dance/rock group New Order. He's made his way across the pond and all the way to Homme Lounge in Phoenix for a DJ set as part of his mini-tour of the states. New Order is responsible for "Blue Monday," one of the most successful dance tracks of all time, so it's a good bet that Hook knows what it takes to rock a dance floor.

>> The Peter Hook DJ set starts at 8 p.m. at Homme

Lounge, 138 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. $5-$15.

(602) 234-3023 or clubfrenchkiss.com.

PLEASE, SIR: Few people evoke images of the United Kingdom more than Charles Dickens, the definitive author of the Victorian era. His second novel, "Oliver Twist," was adapted into the musical "Oliver!" by fellow Brit Lionel Bart in 1960 and is being staged at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. The theater is helping to give back to the community by holding a food drive to benefit United Food Bank of Mesa; interested parties can donate nonperishable canned, boxed or bagged food items.

>>"Oliver!" plays 1:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday through July 26 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa. $22-$54

(480) 325-6700 or broadwaypalmwest.com.


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