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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Last Hurrah

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 8:32 AM

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The twilight of summer is here (womp womp).

Upsides? Walking out the front door will soon no longer feel like accidentally opening a pre-heated oven. And hey, here's a list of five awesome events to attend before the onslaught that is the first week of school descends upon our once empty, tranquil desert streets.  

1) Silversun Pickups at the Rialto
Although ideally we'd rewind back about a month and blast these driving rhythms through an iPod stereo on some beach in Mexico, we'll just have to enjoy them now at the Rialto when Silversun Pickups roll through on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. Full of sway-worthy, 90s-esque complex sound, the Pickups are the perfect act to celebrate the angst that comes with the last days of summer. Check them out here.    

2) Open Studios Under the Full Moon
The Metal Arts Village's (3230 N Dodge Blvd) monthly gathering of booze, food and art is happening this Thursday, Aug. 18 starting at 6 p.m. Wander around and meet local artists doing what they do best, followed by some food truck fare and perhaps a summery Hef from Tucson Hop Shop. Family friendly and free, check out the Facebook event page for more details.

3) Twilight Bicycle Mural Tour | COX Plaza Dance Party
This one's for the bikers and dancers out there looking for one more night of empty streets and breathable dance floors. The tour will start at MOCA (265 S Church Ave) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 and will officially set off at 7:15 p.m. After a 2-hour, flat ride showcasing some favorite murals in the area, (and for the non-cyclists among us) the night will end with a dance party at Cox Plaza with DJs BayBay Ruthless + Illslur. Tickets are 5 bucks or free if you're a MOCA member. Here's the info.

4) Wild Style at the Loft 
This month's Staff Selects takes us to the hip-hop glory that was 1980s New York City, a docudrama that features the graffiti, freestyling, scratching and breakdancing that exploded onto the city scene on the heels of a new artistic culture. Even the actors were taken right from the neighborhoods featured in the film. The flick airs Sunday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Loft (3233 E Speedway Blvd). You can take a look at the trailer before heading out. 

5) Brew-HaHa Comedy Showcase
Coming in hot a few days after the first day of school, the Brew-HaHa Comedy Showcase at Borderlands Brewery (119 E Toole Ave) is promising an "amazing" show, with plenty of beers on tap just in case the laughs don't land for everyone. The latter shouldn't be too much of a problem with headliner Monte Benjamin at the comedy helm, with local AZians Randy Ford, Charles Engle and Dan Thomson also on the bill. The show, on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m., has a $3 cover, here are the deets. 


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Monday, August 8, 2016

Pick Up Some Clever Condoms, Save the World

Posted By on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 2:15 PM

How could you think of anything else? - CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
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Time for a sex ed lesson! Thanks to environmental stressors such as overpopulation the Earth is hurting and endangering wildlife. What can we do about it? The Center for Biological Diversity says it's petty simple: Stop hogging the planet. 
The rapid growth of our human population is pushing other species off the planet in what most scientists are calling the sixth mass extinction crisis. Yet this population explosion is too often ignored by the public, the media and even the environmental movement, while it continues to drive all the major environmental problems that plague our planet — including climate change, habitat loss, ocean acidification and resource depletion.

That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity launched our Endangered Species Condoms project in 2009, and since then has distributed hundreds of thousands of free condoms across the United States. Wrapped in colorful, wildlife-themed packages (with artwork by Shawn DiCriscio), Endangered Species Condoms offer a fun, unique way to get people talking about the link between human population growth and the species extinction crisis.
The art is pretty great and we've got a boxful to give away. Want a pack? Send me an email (chelo@tucsonlocalmedia.com) with the subject line "Endangered Species Condoms." I'll hand 'em out until they're gone. As they say: Wrap with care, save the polar bear. 

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

3V3 Improv Comedy Tournament

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 6:04 PM

In honor of the summer backyard basketball season, Tucson Improv Movement is hosting a comedy tournament. Teams of three comedians will perform, and you can help crown the champions. 
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The first round is Saturday, Aug. 6 from 9 to 10:15pm at Tucson Improv Movement, 329 E. 7th St. 

For just $5 you can attend and be a member of the audience who will vote and decide who advances onto the next round.

Eight unique teams will compete over the next month and you can determine the champion, just make sure to attend each live game every Saturday for the next four weeks.

Fighting for the title of 3V3 Improv Comedy Champion, enjoy Tucson's best and most hilarious comedians duke it out. 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pokémon Go in the Gardens (Plus a Plant Sale!)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 4:21 PM

Attention all Pokémon Go players: Head over to the Tohono Chul Park to get access to 13 poké stops and a gym. 
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The park is now offering players half off admission, all you have to do is show them the app on your phone, provide your handle and you can get access to the deal. 

Asking only that players stay hydrated, safe and aware of their surroundings—especially with cacti and wildlife along the trails—the park only wants to help players catch them all responsibly. 

Normal admission prices are as follows:
Member: Free
Student with ID: $5
Adults: $10
Children 5-12: $3
Children under 5: Free
Active Military: $5

Head over to Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, to catch this deal, which is being offered though Aug. 31. 

If you've got some time for Pokémon Go hunting this weekend, the deal gets sweeter: This Friday, July 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. the park is hosting it's annual Monsoon Madness Plant Sale. Admission fees are waived during this time, so go enjoy the desert and pick up some plants while you're hunting for a Charizard.

For more information on specific times visit tohonochulpark.org or call 742-6455. 

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Cosplay Confidential: Check Out These Outfits from Phoenix Comicon

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 2:26 PM

With the San Diego Comic Con now in full swing, the Range is bringing you a collection of photos from this summer's Phoenix Comicon, which drew at least 100,000 people and has become one of the biggest events in downtown Phoenix. (A hotel manager told us it was second only to the Super Bowl—and even the Super Bowl wasn't as big in some ways, since so many of the events were off in Glendale.)

Photos by Scott Smith, who had the most massive stash of comics I'd ever seen in my life when I met him in the sixth grade at Lineweaver Elementary.

By the way, if you want a chance to celebrate geek culture at a cooler time of the year, the Phoenix Comicon folks now have a fall event, the Phoenix Fan Fest, coming up Oct. 22-23. Learn all about it here.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wig Out Downtown

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Find yourself a fun wig (or maybe bring out the one from last Halloween?) and participate in Tucson's first ever Wig Out
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What it is: You and your friends get the wigs that you’ve been hiding in your closets, like, forever. Get them out. Get your wig self out! Go to a venue in downtown Tucson. Post images of yourselves with the hashtag‪ #‎tucsonwigout‬. Simple. Fun. Find your flamboyant self! It’s Friday, wear your wig to work! Take pics!
Express yourself all day long this Friday, July 22, yes (even at work) and enjoy the eccentric hair you wish you had everyday. 
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Day Trippin' Across the Universe—or Just to the Loft for a Beatles Sing-a-Long

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 1:46 PM

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The Loft Cinema (3233 E. Speedway Blvd.) is hosting A Hard Day’s Night Sing-A-Long on Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the film that typifies the height of the Beatles' revolutionary career. The movie follows John, Paul, George, and Ringo as they prep for a London TV gig in the midst of shenanigans and screaming fans. Directed by Richard Lester, A Hard Day’s Night includes some of the Beatles' most famous tracks like, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” “Tell Me Why,” and “If I Fell."

The 87-minute film will have all the lyrics to your favorite Beatles tunes displayed on screen for the optimal sing-a-long experience, and pre-show entertainment includes Beatles music videos and a costume contest. 10 bucks won't 'buy you love' but it is the general admission price, and children under 12 get in for $8. 

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Best of Tucson: The Closest Races So Far

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 3:30 PM

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We're just about half way done with the second round of Best of Tucson voting. While (technically) every category is still anybody's game (well, any of the finalists), some races really are incredibly close. 

These are the most competitive categories in each section:

Best Art Classes
Interestingly, this category was pretty quiet in Round 1. Now that the finals have hit the ASDM Art Institute, Creative Juice Art Bar, the Drawing Studio, Pima Community College and Sonoran Glass School are all pulling in a ton of votes. Each contender is pretty different, but it's up to you to pick the best place to pursue an artistic education.

Best Hotel
Tucson is a city of beautiful places, and our local hotels make sure visitors realize that. The Arizona Inn, Downtown Clifton, Hacienda Del Sol, Hotel Congress and Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa are our finalists in this category. Where do you tell your visitors they should stay?

Best Games Store
I've said it before: It seems like Tucson has an abundance of board game stores. Whether you're an Agricola superstar or the person who always finishes last in Sorry!, a good local game store is a handy resources come Hanukkah, homebody houseguests or Sunday nights at home. So, you need a board game. Where are you going to go? Amazing Discoveries, Heroes and Villains, Tucson Games and Gadgets, Isle of Games or Yikes Toys, probably. 

Best Tattoo Parlor
We know Tucson loves Tattoos—that was pretty much the entire premise around last year's Best of Tucson. But getting an ugly tattoo is a lot worse than getting a bad hair cut. So, where to go? Our readers reccomend Black Rose Tattooers, Enchanted Dragon Tattoos, Haunted Hands, Sacred Art Tattoo Studio and Tattoo Artistry.

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