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Friday, December 2, 2016

You're a Wizard, Harry: A Harry Potter Ball at Your Favorite Barnes & Noble

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 2:10 PM

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Have you always known you're a witch or wizard at heart? Well, shed your muggle-ness for an evening of holiday celebration and magic at your local Barnes and Noble for the Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball.

Barnes and Noble locations across the country will hold a Yule-ball inspired dance party at all stores in the U.S. on Friday, Dec. 9 from 7-9 p.m. Muggles of all ages are welcome to join in on the holiday fun. 

Whether you want to come in your best-dressed, as your favorite Potter character or in your Hogwarts uniform, there will be festive activities to celebrate all things Potter.

Because of the obvious popularity of this free event, Barnes and Noble said customers should call their local store ahead of time for capacity limits or special instructions.  

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Fifth Annual Rock Lottery with The Flycatcher

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM

It's a unique night of local music and it's something you've never heard before. The Flycatcher, a local bar and small-time music venue on Fourth Avenue, will host Tucson's fifth annual rock lottery to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
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The concept is simple: Gather 25 of Tucson's local musicians and fashion them into five musical groups, which are selected all by chance. Each group will be sent off to different practice locations across town and will have only 12 hours to create a band name, write four original songs, learn a song to cover and perform all five pieces to a Flycatcher audience.

All of the musicians chosen for this rock lottery comes from all walks of life and musical genres, according to The Flycatcher's official website. The hope is to highlight the unique musical styles within the Tucson community and bring together new genres while still maintaining the styles of each musician.

Where: The Flycatcher, 340 E. 6th St.
When: Dec. 10 at 9 p.m.
How to get in: Be at least 21; $5 admission at the door and/or bring two non-perishable food items to donate, all proceeds go to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

For more info click here.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Gobble Some Finger Foods With Pivot Produce in Celebration of Tucson's Local Eats

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 10:02 AM

Tucson food fiends unite, a food party is only a few days away.

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In a celebration of local food and with hopes of meeting a fundraising goal, Pivot Produce is teaming up with four local businesses to throw an hors d'oeuvres party with local produce on Dec. 4 from 4-8 p.m. at Pueblo Vide Brewing Co., 115 E. Broadway Blvd.

Pivot Produce is a for-profit company that work to supplying food-based businesses with local produce near the Tucson-metro area. The company is a distributor for Arizona farmers' produce in hopes to alleviate the worry of selling and to keep farmers doing what they do best.

Get ready for some finger foods from local businesses like 5 Points Market and Restaurant, EXO Roast Co., The Carriage House and Welcome Diner. Pueblo Brewing, the hosting location, will feature its special beet-infused PV Pale Ale—proceeds of this limited-times brew will benefit Pivot's cause.

The company is working toward a $20,000 fundraising goal to keep Arizona produce flowing into Tucson's kitchens. If the company reaches its goal, it will be eligible for the USDA's Local Food Promotion Grant. See their fundraising page here.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Laughing Stock: Eddie Pence, Abby Louise Jensen, 'Set - Unlisted' and Wildcat Comedy

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 3:23 PM


“You want to teach your kids about heartache and loss, buy a hamster,” Eddie Pence says. The line comes near the end of a series of laughs about how we think about our pets. For example, we panic when a dog “gets lost,” whereas cats just leave. “It’ll be back in a week with something dead,” he says.

Pence fashions laugh lines out of the familiar flotsam of 21st century dad life, and sometimes steals them directly from his toddler son. He’s performed at the HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival and HBOs The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, and has appeared on Comedy Central and the Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Pence comes to Laff’s Comedy Caffé, this weekend, with shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26. Laff’s is at 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. Admission is $10 to $15 with a two-item minimum. Make reservations at Artist information is at

Public Defender Abby Louise Jensen is featured in the T.I.M. Soap Box performance at 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25. The Soap Box improv team spins scenes from true stories shared by each week’s guest. An attorney with the Pima County Public Defender, Jensen is vice president and general counsel at Southern Arizona Gender Alliance and co-chairs the Tucson Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues. Before all that she parachuted into wildfires for a living.  The show is $5 at T.I.M. (Tucson Improv Movement), 329 E. Seventh St.,

Comedy impresario Matt Ziemak’s mind = blown. “This is my baby,” he said in announcing the event. “I thought of this idea when I was really lonely in L.A.“ Tucson Improv Movement debuts a comedy show he invented that melds improv and stand-up into a new format called “Set - Unlisted." In the performance, comedians do their routines and then improv teams, who have been kept out of the room, create scenes from fragments of the comic’s notes. Guest comedians for the premise’s debut are Mo Urban, Ali Musa, Rory Montserrat, Pauly Casillas and Ziemak’s co-host T.I.M. company member Leland Long. The show is $5

Wildcat Comedy, formerly on Mondays at Illegal Pete’s, returns on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. The show will benefit from fewer frat boys daring companions to take the mic. Opening comics are hosts Rich Gary and Matt Ziemak plus Dom Ditolla, Randy Ford, Charles Ludwig, Leland Long and yours truly. The Screening room serves beers, movie snacks and Empire pizza.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Laughing Stock: Laugh at the Patriarchy

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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“I don't want to be disrespectful,” said Alisha Ratan recently in a Phoenix New Times interview, “but a lot of misogynistic humor gets a free pass. I think we felt more and more like, 'I feel less safe as a woman onstage, and in the audience.'"

In response, Ratan and a colleague, Meredith D. Howell, formed an improv team, Overtly Sensitive. The name refers to a phrase women would like you to stop saying when they make their feelings known. The duo pokes fun at “the patriarchy,” at the pitfalls and life hacks of millennial females and, in a recent show, at stress-relieving meditation, coaxing their audience into centering the heart chakra on the mattress of the body’s core.

Affiliated with the Torch Theatre in Phoenix, Overtly Sensitive will perform on Tuesday, Nov. 22, in Comedy at the Wench, a monthly comedy showcase at Surly Wench Pub. The show starts at 9 p.m.
Also on the bill is Tucson favorite Steven Yanez Romo, host of the popular local talk show Romo Tonight Live. His concoction of chaos, hilarity and special guests was broadcast monthly from the Flycatcher until Romo recently moved to Bisbee. Fans will want to catch what may become a rare stand-up appearance in the Old Pueblo.

Writer and storyteller Em Bowen, salty army vet Stephanie Lyonga and Californian James Quinn round out the bill.

Tucson comics Roxy Merrari and Mo Urban host and perform in the showcase every fourth Tuesday, and an open mic every second Tuesday, at The Surly Wench Pub Bar and Grill at 424 N 4th Ave. Admission is free; a donation is requested. Artist information is available online.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Send Some Love to Your Local Library

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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Now, you no longer have to adore your local library in private. You can send a love letter to the your favorite library about anything that swoons you—the old book smell, the never-ending shelves or the cool librarian that always helps you out. 

After four years of Love Letters to Tucson, a project started by local blogger Rachel Miller, Pima County libraries is now starting their own version of the project called Love Letters to My Library. This new project started on Oct. 21 in collaboration with local libraries and Miller herself.

Local libraries will take in new entries every month on the libraries' website and on the official website for Love Letters to Tucson. If you've got some love to share to your library or any questions about the program you can email

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Celebrate the End of Campaign Season at an Election Night Party

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM


Well, it's almost over! Many ballots have already been cast, and soon, we'll be free from heated radio and television campaign ads, the pollster calls and the serious influx of junk mail.

So, what are you doing election night? You can stay home, prepare a big American feast (apple pie and chicken fried steak encouraged) and hang out with us online, where we'll be posting results from the polls, interviews with politicians and other election night updates.

Or you can head out into the world and celebrate (fingers crossed!) with your fellow voters.

Your election night party options:

Hotel Congress
Polls close at 7 p.m., and that's when the party is getting started at Hotel Congress (311 E. Congress St.). Declaring itself the "Unofficial Democratic Headquarters of Tucson and Arizona," Congress is delivering an evening of live music, prizes and surprises. They're advertising drink specials from 9 p.m. to midnight ($4 Bulleit and Stoli, $6 Doubles, $4 Lagunitas), which might prove necessary depending on how the evening goes.

Rialto Theatre
Across the street, the Rialto Theatre (318 E. Congress St.) will be projecting election results as they roll in. Bring the kids, munch on some popcorn and try to handle your anxiety about the future of the world. The party starts at 7:30 p.m.

Public Brewhouse
Public Brewhouse (209 N. Hoff Ave.) is inviting you over to laugh and cry as this mess of an election cycle finally rolls to an end. Poppy the beer dog will be there to offer up some snuggle therapy and, of course, there will be lots of local beer. Cast your ballot and start the party early at Public, which is opening its doors at 4 p.m.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Top Out Downtown's New Hotel With a Block Party

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 1:45 PM

The AC Hotel in Tucson by Marriott is in its final stages and will host a "topping out" party to celebrate the placing of the final beam on the building. Everyone in the community is invited to come to this free event on Nov. 5 from 1-5 p.m. at the site, 151 E. Broadway Blvd.

Guests are invited to enjoy free ice cream from HUB, tacos from Charro Steak, coffee from Cafe Lucé live music and refreshments for sale. Some of the proceeds from drink purchases will benefit the Sister Jose Women's Center for Tucson's homeless women.

At 2:30 p.m., Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will take the stage to say few words about the new hotel in downtown. Other speakers include: council member Steve Kozachik, developer Scott Stiteler, and Rio Nuevo board member Mark Irvin.

If you want to take home a few memories from the event, guests can also enjoy a photo booth at the site. Bring your friends, your dog and your mom for this afternoon block party. For more information click here.

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