Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Weekly List: 44 Great Things To Do in Tucson in the Next Seven Days

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Welcome to the first edition of The Weekly List, our brand-new curated guide to all the fun you should be having in Southern Arizona. Look for it every Thursday on The Range and then plan your week accordingly!

Food & Booze

Green Things Farmer's and Artisan Market. Stock up on homemade jams, fresh-baked bread, handcrafted jewelry and everything else you find at a Farmer's Market, along with all the cactus, trees and plants you'll find at Green Things. 8 a.m. to noon. Thursday, July 28 at Green Things Nursery Free Farmers Market, 3235 E. Allen Road.

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Baja Brews Tasting Event: Cactus Fruits. Edible Baja teams up with a dozen local breweries to host the first Baja Brews Tasting co-sponsored by Arizona Craft Brewers Guild and Visit Tucson. You'll be able to talk to the brewers, sample beers made just for the event and your admission goes right towards great local non-profits Desert Harvesters, Native Seeds/SEARCH, Iskashitaa Refugee Network and Trees for Tucson. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28. Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E. Toole Ave. $15

Harvestfest Sonoita Vineyards Sonoran Tasting Tours. Want to explore Sonoita wine country without risking a DUI? Sonoran Tasting Tours is for you. Your ticket includes roundtrip transportation along with tastings, lunch, and a souvenir glass. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 30. $89 all inclusive, with discounts for parties of four or more. 

Demonstration Class and Lunch with Chef Wendy Gauthier.
The Carriage House brings Wendy Gauthier of Chef Chic to tell you all about enhancing your meals with oils and balsamic from local purveyor Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oils. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30. The Carriage House, 125 S. Arizona Ave. $60 per person.


Art


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The Artists of Lewis Framing. An exhibition featuring local artists David F. Brown, Leslie Wardlaw, Doug Shelton, David Kish, Joe Forkan, Dustin Leavitt and William Wiggins, who have all had their work framed by Lewis Framing. The show continues through Aug. 27 at Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Free. 

Wish You Were Here Art Exhibit Opening Reception.
A national juried exhibition of art and photography of Southern Arizona. The exhibit runs through Sunday, Aug. 28.
Friday, July 29. 5-7 p.m. Tubac Center of the Arts, 9 Plaza Road, Tubac. Free. 

The Fine Art of Printmaking. An exhibition featuring 15 artists and showing intaglio, relief and monotype prints. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Saturday, July 30. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contreras Gallery, 110 E. Sixth St. 

Free Day at MOCA. Explore the Museum of Contemporary Art's latest show, Tucson 3 Ways, without having to dig into your wallet. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 31. 265 S. Church Ave. 

AHS Tucson Museums. Blue Star Museums are offering free admission for active-duty military and up to five family members at all the Arizona History Museum and other Arizona Historical Society museums through Sept 5. The Arizona History Museum is currently exhibiting Chasing Villa, which explores the world of Pancho Villa and the Punitive Expedition with uniforms, rifles and other artifacts. Chasing Villa continues through Dec. 31. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 949 E. Second St. Other AHS branches offering free admission include the Fort Lowell Museum, Downtown History Museum and Sosa Carrillo Fremont House.


Music

Good Friends, Great Enemies. Phoenix band Good Friends, Great Enemies plays a show with Foxx Bodies and Dread Cat & the Transitional Wave. 21+Thursday. Doors at 7 p.m. July 28. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Free.

In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles: If you never got to see the Fab Four live, this musical tribute show (narrated through the eyes of late manager Brian Epstein) is the next best thing. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28. Fox Theatre, 17 E. Congress St. Ticket prices vary.

Jarabe Mexicano
: This ensemble incorporates the diversity of its backgrounds and musical training into a vast Latin repertoire. Go and dance to the compelling musical rhythms. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 28. Sea of Glass Center for the Arts, 330 E 7th St. Free. 

Los Master Plus: As we said in B-Sides this week, nobody at the Rialto Theatre this weekend will be able to resist dancing when Guadalajara-based Los Master Plus starts playing. Local superstars DJ Dirty Verbs, Santa Pacha and Mono Sound will also take the stage. 8 p.m. Friday, July 29. Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. $15, $12 in advance. Then head to Club Congress for the El Tambó Tropical Afterparty with El Haru Kuroi and DJ Dirtyverbs. 9:30 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Free.

Nacho Picacho: You may know Macho Picacho as a member of Moor Gang rap collective, but his solo stuff is absolutely worth a listen. Avatar Darko, SneakGuapo, yawns, Papi Noir w/ Postive Satan, Q the Phenom are also on the bill. 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 29. 191 Toole Ave. $8. 

Dueling Pianos:
 Maloney's on Fourth Avenue plays host to dueling pianos every Friday night. No cover, but arrive early for the best seats. 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, July 29. Maloney's Tavern, 213 N. Fourth Ave. Free.

Adara Rae and the Homewreckers: Local singer/songwriter Adara Rae has a beautiful voice and universally loved music. If you haven't heard her musical group Adara Rae & The Homewreckers yet, you should probably cancel any plans you had for this Saturday night.  6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Free.

Mark Farina.
Mark Farina brings jazz-inspired tunes at the Rialto Theatre. 9 p.m. Saturday, July 30. 9 p.m. Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. $15. 

Whispering Wires & Lenguas Largas. 
Che's is teaming up with Wooden Tooth Records and bringing live rock with Whispering Wires and Lenguas Largas with no cover. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, July 30. Che's Lounge, 350 N. Fourth Ave. Free.

Performance

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Summer Onstage Presents Urinetown. In this three-time Tony award-winning musical, romance develops in a troubled world where water is scarce and it's "a privilege to pee." This dark comedy is put on by Arizona Theatre Company's Summer on Stage educational program, which trains high-school students in the theater arts. 7 p.m. Friday, July 29. $5. 

Birthday Bash Burlesque.
Celebrate Natasha Noir's birthday by enjoying gorgeous people performing their favorite. burlesque routines. 9 to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, July 30. The Flycatcher, 340 E. Sixth St. $20 VIP, $12 general admission.

Funny Shorts 2.
Unscrewed Theatre is providing you with a night of laughs (hopefully) through a program of live sketches and short films all by improv performers. 9:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E. Speedway Blvd. $5 (Tickets available online)

Strange Family Circus with Frytown Toughs. The Surly Wench will host the Strange Family Circus in a night of mystery and magic and comedy and music. The show opens with Bisbee's Frytown Toughs. 9 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 29. Surly Wench Pub, 424 N. 4th Ave. $5. 

The Freedom League. Gaslight Theatre does the usual melodramatic sendup, this time with colorful superheroes and dastardly supervillains. Enjoy free popcorn as you boo the bad guys, cheer the good guys and laugh during the show's opening weekend. The Freedom League continues through Aug. 13. The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. $19.95.  

Kids

Loft Kids Film Fest. You had us at Bugs Bunny on the big screen. The Loft Kids Film Fest continues with free films for the wee ones. Renowned French director Michel Ocelot's Tales of the Night, an exciting and visionary animated adventure rendered in a gorgeous shadow puppet style, screens on Thursday, July 28. A delightful collection of Looney Toons shorts screens on Friday, July 29. James and the Giant Peach screens on Saturday, July 30. Despicable Me screens on Sunday, July 31. Along with the movies, kids will enjoy games, raffles and hands-on activities. All films show at 10 a.m. at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. Free.

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Cool Summer Nights. Meet creepy, crawly bugs and other creatures of the night at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Cool Summer Nights program, featuring activities, special exhibitions, demonstrations and general exploration. The theme changes every week so check out the website for a full summer program. 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. Regular admission fees apply.

Where's Waldo Scavenger Hunt. It's the last weekend! The elusive chap in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is hiding in 26 businesses in central Tucson. Find Waldo in 20 locations and enter a raffle for prizes from Tucson businesses. Pick up a passports at Antigone Books, YikesToys or at The Main Library Downtown. Continuing through July 31. Free. 

Cinema

Opening this Friday at the Loft Cinema: Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a New Zealand film that echoes The Goonies; Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, a documentary portrait of the late Frank Zappa. This week's cult classic: Shaun of the Dead at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30. Mondo Monday: Faster Getaway 2, filmed right here in Tucson. 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1.

Rocky. The 40th anniversary of the 1976 classic film starring and written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by John G. Avildsen. 7:30 p.m. July 30. Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. $5-$7.

Arizona Sunburn Film Festival. The Screening Room is bringing back the Arizona Sunburn Film Festival Shorts Block for 2016. The entire screening will be roughly 105 minutes. Films include 11 Minutes, Amoo Nowruz, Big Sister Rug, Brotherhood, Hello!, Ode to Joy, Piper in the Woods and Rougarou. 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m Saturday, July 30. The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. $3. 

Suicide Squad preview party with Ballast Point: Casa Video's Film Bar wants to help you get the lowdown on the Suicide Squad in preparation for the major motion picture. Enjoy Suicide Squad films and, of course, some locally brewed beer. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday,  July 29. Casa Video, 2905 E. Speedway. Free, but you'll have to buy your own beer.

Blazing Saddles: Grab a seat for downtown for an old favorite spoofing all your other old favorites: Blazing Saddles. Rated R, so just adults, please. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 28. Check it out at Cinema La Placita's new home, the Arizona Superior Court. 115 N. Church Ave. Free.

Literature

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A Great and Terrible Beauty at the Young Adult Book Club. Even if young adult readers can't make it to book club, they should check out Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty, the story of Gemma Doyle, who is forced away from her home in India when her mother dies in 1895. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable tendency to come true, Gemma is sent to an unfriendly English boarding school. Join the folks at Bookmans for snacks, crafting and a discussion of what is sure to be one of your new favorite YA books. 1 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, 6230 E. Speedway. Free.

Harry Potter Day. The literary version of the new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming out on the last day of July. (Of course it is; it's Harry Potter and JK Rowling's birthday.) Antigone Books is reopening at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, to get the book in the hands of readers ASAP . Then, at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 31, head back to the store to celebrate with a costume contest. Midnight Saturday, July 30; 1 p.m. Sunday, July 21. Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 

Renee Angle & Wendy Burk. The UA Poetry Center is kicking off its Reading & Lecture Series celebrating new publications from Renee Angle and Wendy Burk. 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 28. UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St. Free.

Nature

Twilight Thursdays: The Botanical Gardens are beautiful year-round, but the intense summer sun makes daytime summer visits a little rough. Never fear! The gardens are open in the evenings on Thursdays during the summer to help Tucsonans get their nature fix, no sweat. 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 15. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way.  $9, free for members. 

Monsoon Madness.
Skip the admission fee and enjoy the desert during the Monsoon Madness plant sale at Tohono Chul. The event features a "rare opportunity to access the area’s foremost plant experts about everything from agaves to herbs, and adeniums to aloes."  3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 30. Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Free.        

Community

Out and About Mixer. Enjoy food and network while you learn about Rainbow Build, Habitat Tucson's efforts to fight housing discrimination. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 29. Habitat for Humanity, 3501 N. Mountain Ave. Free. 
 
Coffee with Creatives. Grab a mocha and prepare to be inspired at this meetup, designed to connect creative humans living, working and playing in Tucson. 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, July 29. Cartel Coffee, 210 E. Broadway. Free.  

Little Anthony's Diner Car Show. Even if cars aren't your bag, there will absolutely be something for the whole family at the Little Anthony's Car Show. The usual fun fare inside the diner, a grill outside he dinner and a free jumping castle to boot. 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Little Anthony's Diner, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.

Adult Recess Night. This is not your kid's recess hour, although you'll probably feel like a 10 year old by the end of the night. Xtreme Sports and Fitness is hosting a frolicking evening for adults 21 and older, complete with jumping castles, games, and activities. Plus, you get two drink tickets with your admission. 8 p.m. to 1 am. Friday, July 29. Xtreme Sports and Fitness, 1861 W. Grant Road #100.

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