Spend the night of Saturday, Feb. 25 from 6-9 p.m. helping the sweet companions at Pima Animal Care Center find their forever homes and getting crafty at the same time. Win-win.
An art class sponsored by Tipsy Picassos will teach you how to paint this "Starry Night Dog" masterpiece for $35. All art supplies are included in that price, and food and drink will be available for purchase at the event. Pima Animal Care Center receives $10 of every purchase.
You can purchase your tickets here: https://www.paypal.me/tipsypicassos/35, and make sure you write you're planning to attend "Starry Night Dog" in the notes.
What could be more fun and rewarding than helping the pups at PACC who are as adorable as the one you'll be painting? Maybe only adopting a new best friend, too.
Over a million fans have attended the Wheelmobile events. Here's what it looks like, can't miss it.
Have you got game show ambitions? If you think you've got what it takes to be on Wheel of Fortune. Well, this is your chance because the Wheelmobile is rolling into Tucson and looking for contestants on their next show.
The Wheelmobile is the show’s promotional bus that travels from city to city in search of the most, high energy, fun and spunky contestants in America.
The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Casino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater. Gates to AVA will open at 10 a.m.
“We usually have about 1,000 to 3,000 people a day. All attendees are welcome to fill out an application which are then chosen at random from a raffle drum,” said Rachel Hartz of Wheel of Fortune media.
Once people are selected, they will come up on stage and do a speed round of the game. Hartz said it is not possible for everyone to be selected on stage but everyone who fills out an application can still become a contestant and can be contacted at a later date for an audition.
The majority of contestants who appear on the Wheel of fortune are chosen from these events in their hometowns. Since this began in 1999, the Wheelmobile have driven over 350,000 miles which has visited more than 300 cities.
If you or a family member is chosen and want to get the DVR ready, Wheel of Fortune airs weeknights at 6:30 p.m. on KGUN 9.
So don’t miss your opportunity to potentially wins thousands of dollars by visiting the Casino del Sol this weekend.
If you never had the top of your head blown off by heavily storied Brazilian metal monsters Sepultura then you’ve never had the top of your properly blown off.
(Sepultura were the loudest band on earth, we swear it—laid waste to both Slayer and Metallica back in the day).
Now, Sepultura originals, irreplaceable singer/guitarist Max Cavalera and his brother, drummer Iggor (AKA Iggor Skullcrusher!), are out touring the big clubs playing that band’s seminal Roots album, start to finish.
That ’96 release was, um, a skullcrushing, shouldn’t-work-but-does mix of heady acoustic world music, sociopolitical scream-outs and gnarly down-tuned deathmetal. To this day there’s never been an album quite like it. Get your cranium crushed on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Rock, 136 N. Park Ave. With Immolation, Full of Hell, Apostles of Ale, Evasion, Guerilla Tactics at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $24-$27, or you can enter to win below.
By Linda Ray
on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Formerly a “Citizen of Portlandia,” comedian Kristine Levine brings 18 years’ experience as a comic to her new-to-Tucson show, Critical Comedy. Her unique format, an improbably entertaining combination workshop and mentoring session, was a hit in Portland for three years before she moved here last year. She now hosts what she calls an “episode” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Mint Cocktails.
The Jan. 25 series opener featured professionals rarely seen in Tucson’s many other open mics, no doubt a show of respect to their colleague but also likely because Levine’s keen comedy ear and spontaneous patter make the show as valuable as it is fun. “Tucson comics are just so kind and helpful and generous,” she says.
A veteran touring comic, most recently with Doug Stanhope, Levine also has guested at the Edinburgh Festival, among others, and appeared on several episodes of the series Portlandia, including the “Journaling Workshop” at the Woman and Woman First bookstore. Much of her comedy revolves around her eccentric mothering (she and her three kids have podcast their exploits) and ribald anecdotes from her years as a clerk in a porn store.
Each “episode” of critical comedy begins with seven to ten comics delivering material they’re working out.
“I ask them to bring in jokes that they're trying to get ready for shows,” she says. These are bits that the punchline isn't landing like you need it to, or you need some tags for it or it’s too long. You need to take some teeth out and make it funny. After you do your bit, I'm going to lead discussion, and we're going to ask questions or we're going to give you comic advice. That is always needed and I find the experience is valuable for everyone.
“Basically (the audience) can come and watch how comics discuss comedy, and how jokes are born, but the big picture, really, is to foster mentorship in comedy,” Levine says. Critical Comedy is free at 8 p.m., Wednesdays, at Mint Cocktails, 3540 E. Grant Road.
PLUS: Comedy Train Wreck!
Good luck on Wednesday, Feb. 8, comedy lovers! Levine’s Critical Comedy is at 8, but Female Storytellers starts at 7:30 p.m. at The Flycatcher, 340 E. 6th St., and Michael Paul Kohn is featured at Brew Ha Ha, an irregularly scheduled monthly comedy show at Borderlands Brewery, 119 E. Toole Ave. But don't count on heading to Mr. Heads afterward. After four years, the venerable pro Pauly Casillas hosted his last 10:30 p.m. open mic there on Feb. 1.
Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.
Pick of the Week: The Gem Show
International Gem and Jewelry Show Tucson: It's that time of the year again: White tents are popping up all over town and Tucson's tourism season is in full swing. The best treasure hunt ever takes place right here in Tucson with more than 40 gem and mineral shows across the city. Pick one (or 20) shows to stop in at, admire the jewelry, beads and foils and shop for some of the most beautiful rocks you'll ever see! Visit Tucson has the details on the locations, times and any entrance fees for the various shows.
Lesbian Looks presents Southwest of Salem: Relive the tumultuous times when four young Latina lesbians became entangled in a modern-day witch-hunt in San Antonia, Texas through this eye-opening documentary. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Free.
The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies: Enjoy this monstrously entertaining musical of this 1960s cult classic, complete with all the catchy song-and-dance numbers you could ever want. The Loft Cinema will be showing this as part of Mondo Musicals Month. 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $3 general admission or $2 for members.
Seed: The Untold Story: Watch the Tucson premiere of the breakthrough documentary depicting the people behind the political and agricultural aspects of the food industry throughout the world. Stay after the movie too for a Q & A with Belle Starr and Bill McDorman of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance. 2-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $8 or $6 for Loft members.
1 Year Anniversary at Casa Film Bar: Knock back one or two limited, aged bottled beers while watching classics like Edge of Tomorrow and Groundhog Day. If the munchies hit you, you can grab a hot dog from a You Sly Dog's food truck from 5-9 p.m. too. 5-11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Beer, wine and coffee prices vary.
First Friday Shorts: If you haven't been yet, it's time. On the first Friday of each month at Red Meat’s Max Cannon (yes, that cartoonist you love to send us letters about) hosts the biggest, baddest short film contest in town. Bring your short film (before the show starts, plz) and they’ll play the first 15. Every film plays for at least 3 minutes, but after that the audience can call for respite. Or just don't bring your own art and just come to judge other people's. Whatever suits your fancy. Just remember: The monthly grand prize is $200, and the yearly grand prize is $1,000—that's a lot cash you could be spending at the Gem Show. 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $6.
Civil Rights and Immigration Law Under the Trump Administration: The tides are changing with our new president – and fast. Have concerns about new policies? Want to be more educated on Trump's decisions so far? Come listen and participate in this open forum with four lawyers who are experts in these topics at the Muslim Community Center of Tucson. 10 a.m.-noon. Saturday, Feb. 4. 5100 N. Kevy Pl. Free.
Savor Food and Wine Festival: Are you a foodie? Just want an excuse to eat amazing food and get a casual buzz? Go to this event; the ticket price includes drinks and menu samplings from over 75 local wineries, breweries and restaurants. The menu offerings are catered to highlight the diversity of Southwest food. Bonus: you'll be surrounded by the grounds of a beautiful garden. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. $65 per person.
Wine and Garden: Succulent Terrarium Garden: Be surrounded by beauties of the desert while learning how to plant and grow succulents and other garden varieties. With a glass of wine in your hand too, how much more relaxation could you ask for? 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Green Things, 3384 E. River Rd. $5.
Arts and Culture
The Gift Of The Infinite: Workshop & Meditation with don Jose Ruiz: We could all use a little more self-love, which is exactly what don Jose Ruiz and don Miguel Ruiz, co-author and author of New York Times bestselling books, want to teach you in a workshop and meditation. Kiss those toxic relationships and bad habits goodbye! 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. 35 E. Toole Ave. $35 with early registration or $45 at the door.
Ballet Tucson Winter Concert 'Love Songs and Other Dances': Treat your valentine to this concert featuring big band swing tunes, romantic duets, and famous opera numbers. 2/3: 7:30 p.m., 2/4: 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., 2/5: 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3- Sunday, Feb. 5. Stevie Eller Dance Studio, 1737 E. University Blvd. General Admission: $45, Seniors/Military/Students: $40.
Frida's Roots: Frida Kahlo as Subject and Object in Contemporary Art: Edward J. Sullivan, an art history professor from New York University, will be giving a lecture at the Pima Community College district office on the influences of popular culture in the iconic Frida Kahlo's work. 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. 4905 E. Broadway Blvd. Free.
2017 Arizona Chinese New Year Festival: Ring in the Year of the Rooster while watching performances from over 200 Chinese folk singers, dancers, instrumentalists and martial artists. 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. Price TBD.
Sonoran Glass School
Flame Off: Come watch 18 of the world’s hottest glass artists battle it out in this 16th annual glassblowing contest. Glass makers will participate in one of two 90-minute competitions to create glass art that sticks to this year’s theme: “The Textures and Sparkle of Tucson’s Gem Show.” See anything that strikes your fancy? You can bid on pieces during the competition, at the Sonoran Glass Art Show tent or Flame Off’s Facebook page starting Saturday, Feb. 4. Each finished product will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the Sonoran Glass School. Also be sure to browse through The Sonoran Glass Art Show showcase during the event. Peruvian fare, bratwursts and burritos among the options for purchase from several food trucks. Those 21+ can also buy wine and local craft beers. VIP tickets include a VIP lanyard, preferred seating, two drink tickets and access to Sonoran Glass School’s VIP lounge. Order tickets at www.sonoranglass.org/flameofftickets or at the door. 7 p.m.- 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. 633 W. 18th St. General admission: $20, VIP: $50.
Reed Karaim Book Reading: Listen to Reed Karaim read his book, The Winter in Anna, at Antigone Books. The book has been described as “haunting” and “emotionally-generous” as it follows the narrative of a young journalist as he begins to learn a coworker’s dark secrets. It sounds like one of those books that can bring goose bumps to your skin. You don’t want to miss it! 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. 411 N. 4th Ave. Free.
Ynot: What a bill! A roundup of some of the 520’s best, brightest rappers, and more, headed by battle-rap champ and budding clothing mogul Ynot. Known to his mom as Anthony Ardrey, this kid Ynot has that look in his eye when he spits that says there’s nothing else in the world that matters but that very moment—he forever hits from his gut and from his heart. His freestyles are crazily dead-on, especially when he drops in scathing anti-Trump screeds. He masterfully blends old-school underground battlers like Esham with fluid jazzy-speak of somebody like Madlib. But his fresh flow is refashioned for the young and the restless, and the pissed off. He’s toured the country, has pockets of followers on the coasts and flyover states, and he has gone lengths to help place the Old Pueblo on the national rap map, however unlikely that may seem to some folks. Real deal flash, man. With Cash Lansky, Marley B, Tommy Will, Jae Tilt, and EZ Goin. On Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. $10. 21+.
Cash’d Out: Full discloser: We’ve never seen Cash’d Out. But a few of our trusted (um, non-stoner) pals have, and they tell us that this San Diego-based Johnny Cash tribute is as the close to “the real shit as you can get.” Yeah, that’s saying a lot considering that nearly every musical tribute act we’ve ever seen—from hairball Jovi tributes to straight-to-hell Clash homages—are but gushy sycophants taking idolatry to growth-stunting extremes. Besides, both The Clash and Johnny Cash are sacred, so why on God’s green earth fuck with them? Having said that, and understanding just how the Man in Black single-handedly altered the course of rock ’n’ roll, folk, country and even soul music, we here at TW HQ are looking forward to seeing Cash’d Out. We want to trip through Cash’s scrappy, speed-addled Sun Records run, dig his “Bitter Tears” era of Native America activism, be caressed by his barrel-rumble vocal tones on gospel zingers like “Peace In The Valley,” etc. In short, we want Trump out of our heads and can think of no better way this week than through a worthy replica of the troubled saint Cash. Saturday, Feb. 4 at 191 Toole. 8 p.m. $12-$15. 21+.
Zeppelin USA: Two big tribute acts hit major venues in the Moldy Pueblo this week, so let’s not underestimate the ticket-selling power of mixing musical theater with the backward gaze. And anyone old enough to remember old cocaine rock bars in Tucson back in the late-’70s and early ’80s will recall you couldn’t fling a pair of flared satin hip-huggers without hitting a goofy Zep cover band mangling “D’yer Mak’er.” A couple of us here at TW were in our early teens then so we sorta remember those days and that’s how we know how difficult it is to tackle Zep with any necessary subtly and grace. That’s what makes Zeppelin USA miraculous. They forego the posturing—Plant’s patented poodle shag/Christ pose and Page’s spine curvature/glam boots are nowhere to be seen—but absolutely nail the sonics, managing to capture some of the soul and feel of the real Zep. It’s uncanny (even if they do look more a Free tribute band). Close your eyes and the folky acoustics of “That’s The Way” will send you straight to Bron-Y-Aur, and the sex-riff chords of “Living Loving Maid” will get you right in the skirt. Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones haven’t sounded like this since ’79. Saturday, Feb. 4 at The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress. 7 p.m. $24-$28. All ages.
Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots: If you never had the top of your head blown off by heavily storied Brazilian metal monsters Sepultura then you’ve never had the top of your properly blown off. (Sepultura were the loudest band on earth, we swear it—laid waste to both Slayer and Metallica back in the day). Now, Sepultura originals, irreplaceable singer/guitarist Max Cavalera and his brother, drummer Iggor (AKA Iggor Skullcrusher!), are out touring the big clubs playing that band’s seminal Roots album, start to finish. That ’96 release was, um, a skullcrushing, shouldn’t-work-but-does mix of heady acoustic world music, sociopolitical scream-outs and gnarly down-tuned deathmetal. To this day there’s never been an album quite like it. Get your cranium crushed on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Rock, 136 N. Park Ave. With Immolation, Full of Hell, Apostles of Ale, Evasion, Guerilla Tactics. 5 p.m. $24-$27.
Drab Majesty: This guy called Deb DeMure, who is Drab Majesty, looks fetchingly like what would result if you crossed a young Alice Cooper with a Warhol Factory girl and dressed him/her in Marc Jacobs’ glam-goth line introduced into couture last fall. So, yeah, any observer would expect a certain self-seriousness about Drab’s brand of gray-day, synth-and-programmed-drums pop. But it’s much smarter and hookier and challenging than one might expect. Any fan of Peter Murphy or Cocteau Twins or even Joy Division would love Drab’s latest, the just-released The Demonstration—recorded by somber-sonic guru Josh Eustis (NIN, Telefon Tel Aviv)—it rises and falls on all the reference points used by great downer-poppers of yore, without sounding all retro. Sure, DeMure calls his comely din “tragic wave,” but we’d prefer to call it “cool metro,” to borrow a phrase from old David Jo. With I Am Drugs and Rough Night on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at The Flycatcher, 340 E. 6th St. 9 p.m. 21+. Free.
Authority Zero: Hard to believe this Arizona punk-pop-ska combo has been together for more than two decades, because that’s no mean feat. For one thing, it’s really hard for punk dudes to hang together that long—just having to, for example, smell the bass player’s feet wears on groups. But the band has killed it, almost quietly, both stateside and internationally, beginning in the early aughts. Their relationship with Atlantic Records yielded lots of fruit including our fave, 2004’s massive, diverse (by punk standards) and punchy Andiamo. The suckerpunch anthems and singsong metalist refrains just get under your skin. It’s the sound of angry suburbia, which never seems to tire, and their signature tune, “Revolution,” is perfectly relevant right now with that horrible creep in office. The band’s AZ following has remained steadfast too, because good songs can do that for bands. With Endless Pursuit, Desert Fish, and Mouse Powell on Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Rock, 136 N. Park Ave. $16-$18. 7 p.m. All ages.
UA Presents: Bettye LaVette: Ever heard of Bettye LaVette? Not many have. The Grammy-nominated vocalist was part of the 1960s Detroit music scene but never quite achieved the stardom of her era’s fellow singers. Those actually familiar with LaVette have dubbed her “The Godmother of Soul. LaVette will put her powerful, unique voice on display when she takes the stage at the Fox Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. 17 W. Congress St. $15-$50.
President Trump's recent immigration and refugee executive order has sparked passionate discussions on both sides of the spectrum of human rights and freedom of religion versus national security safeguards. Whether you want to support or reject this executive order, it's important to be informed on what exactly this order states, and the implications of those statements for Americans as well as the people from the seven countries banned in the order: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Tucsonians can come to the Muslim Community Center of Tucson for an open forum on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. to hear lawyers who specialize in these areas discuss this executive order and what legal changes Americans could expect to see within the next four years. Isabel Garcia will make the opening remarks and moderate the discussion, Tarik Sultan will be leading the conversation on "immigration law in the Trump era," Thabet Khalidi in "Civil Rights and Wrongs," and Jose Vasquez in the "Use and misuse of criminal law against targeted minorities."
Don't let ignorance be your compass to your political decisions. It's your right as an American to think, believe and say whatever you choose, but your voice will be much more effective if you make the time and effort to ensure it's an educated one.
A phone case with an intergalactic kitten. A coffee mug with enough turquoise cactuses that it practically screams "Tucson." Laptop case stickers with quotes from your favorite sitcom or Netflix binge. Even products with the campaign logos of whatever political statement you want to make. It's all on Redbubble, and once you peruse their site, you'll be convinced it just "gets" you.
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Redbubble is an online marketplace that sells art designs from more than 400,000 independent artists. This artwork can be placed on your pick of clothing, phone cases, stickers, wall art, home decoration, stationery and bags for a relatively low price. With as many options as you have for artists, it is near impossible to not leave the site with items emptied from your shopping cart and on their way to your home.
My last order from Redbubble consisted of 10 laptop case stickers that encompass the essence of my personality and interests perfectly, and the entire order was only $15.66. The best part of the order, being so incredibly busy as many of us are, was that it took me approximately 20 minutes maximum to find all these unique designs and consequently fall in love with them. They were delivered in both a protective and aesthetically-pleasing envelope.
My laptop case with nine of the 10 new Redbubble stickers. All of the stickers are from this creative company except for the "This is Tucson" cactus and the large "Love, Cherish, Protect" Mount Lemmon sticker on the right.
I can personally vouch for these stickers' high quality, too. My laptop has now ventured to school, home, work and a friend's apartment for about a week now with these new bad boys and I have noticed they seem to be scratch-resistant and won't be peeling any time soon.
Personalize that phone case, laptop case, reusable water bottle or anything else your heart desires with this company. I'll definitely be a returning customer.
Your Weekly guide to saying busy in the Old Pueblo.
Weekly Pick: Rethinking Reality
Rethinking Reality: The UA College of Science’s Spring Lecture Series will explore the strange world of physics this year with the theme of “Rethinking Reality.” The first of five lectures features UA physics prof Keith R. Dienes, who will lay the groundwork for the series with “Rethinking the Rules of Reality.” Get ready to blow your mind with a talk that will take you from the basic building blocks of our world all the way to “weirdness at the extremes” and the latest theories of a new “dark sector” populated by modern ghosts. The talk is 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at UA Centennial Hall. Free, but get there early—Tucsonans like to expand their consciousness, so seats fill up fast for these science lectures. For more info, call 621-4090.
The All Nite Scream O' Rama: If you love the goosebumps, cold sweats and yelps of terror scary movies incite, the Loft Cinema is the place to be. The theater will be showing 12 hours of horror, encompassing seven of the most hair-raising films ever made. The movie list includes: The Shining, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Fright Night, Green Room, Trick 'r Treat, Return of the Living Dead and Cat in the Brain. Tasty food and drinks will be ghoulishly themed. Enter ... if you dare. 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Jan. 28- Jan. 29. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $13 for members or in advance online or $15 at the door.
Aladdin and Other Tales: Grab the kids and enjoy some classic fairytales told to the music of Prokofiev, Ravel, Humperdinck and Nielsen played by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Tucson Convention Center. 260 S. Church Ave. $12 for children under 18 and $18 for adults.
Movie Poster Sale: Want Voldemort staring down at you while you sleep, or The Rock watching over your workouts? Basically we're asking what's your favorite movie of all time and do you have a poster of it? There will be more than 1,300 movie posters for sale featuring over 750 different film titles today. The remaining posters left after the sale will be donated to a local arts program. 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 28. The Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Posters will be $5 each.
Celebrate the Life of David Bowie: Come witness David Bowie in two of his finest forms, as Jareth the Goblin King and the iconic Ziggy Stardust. Taking place a little over one year after his death, this night celebrates Bowie’s many public personas. First on the lineup is Bowie’s family-favorite film Labyrinth. After that, bar-goers can enjoy a film documenting one of Bowie’s most famous concerts, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. We’re almost certain you’ll leave with the lyrics to “Magic Dance” or “Suffragette City” stuck in your head. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Casa Video and Casa Film Bar. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Free (but bring money for drinks and bar snacks).
Gilmore Girls Trivia: Oy with the poodles already! Put your pre-reboot Stars Hallow binge watching knowledge to good use. Come by and show everyone how well you know the show while munching on Fresco Pizza! There will be prizers, but we don't know what they are. So, go anyways and if the prizes aren't up to snuff, try to take home a wookie as a consolation prize. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31. Casa Video and Casa Film Bar. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Free.