Tucson Motor Show
10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5
Tucson Convention Center
260 South Church Ave.
The words "car show" usually conjure up images of colorful, shiny automobiles, retired Rob Reiner-esque men with their car enthusiast T-shirts neatly tucked into their vacation shorts and hot women in bikinis. Well, the Tucson Motor Show will at least have the shiny autos.
This year's event will shy away from the typical beer and babes concept and open its doors to entertain a broader audience.
"This is a family event," said Jonas Hunter, the motor show's events director. "We want to bring everybody in, of all ages ... womb to tomb."
In the cool confines of the Tucson Convention Center—despite blistering heat or sporadic downpour—families will be able to enjoy the motor show, complete with bounce houses, a joust arena, food vendors and an array of local performers and celebrity appearances.
Performers include the UA cheerleaders, disco tribute band The Boogie Oogies and cameos by several Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters.
Oh, and of course, there will be a plethora of cars. An expected 250 classic cars will be shown.
"We're pulling primarily from Tucson and Oro Valley," said Hunter. "There's a huge car club community within Tucson. There are some really prized possessions, a lot of very old unique cars, from Bucket-T's to Dragsters."
And, as a heartwarming side-note, a portion of the profits form the car show will go to Southern Arizona art education programs, and to future art and cultural events in the area.
Tickets cost $6 (children 10 and younger are free) and are available at the door, or in advance at the TCC box office.—E.A.
Reception for Once5 Exhibition
What Keeps Me Radicalized
1 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4
My Addiction Gallery
439 N. Sixth Ave., Suite 1559
Tucson has a decent amount of local art adorning buildings in its urban areas, but as far as nitty-gritty, politically charged street art, cities like New York and London reign supreme.
For those who don't have the luxury to travel to see the dynamic walls of these vast urban cities, Harvey Kivel, curator of My Addiction Gallery, has extracted a portion of the bursting urban art scene from New York and brought it to Tucson, compliments of Jeffrey Peña, a vital artery in the heartbeat of contemporary street art.
Peña, aka Once5, will be showing a series of imagery inspired by his feelings regarding issues of immigration reform, gay rights, religious freedom and race riots, titled What Keeps Me Radicalized. His art is displayed in various media including plaster casting, paper cutout, panel work, paint and wheatpasting.
With forerunners like Basquiat and Banksy still gaining popularity years after their start, Peña and other urban artists have big shoes to fill.
"Like punk rock, it started on the streets ... now everyone is picking up a stencil, everyone is picking up a can of spray paint," said Kivel. "We'll see what shakes out and who lasts, and I think Jeffrey will definitely be one of them."
Whether or not Peña's art venture will inspire social change or community consciousness remains to be seen. However, his goal—like great urban artists before him—to make art available to everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, is already well in place. And not in the manner that the listless galleries of Google Images have afforded, but in the way that art should, inarguably, be experienced—in person.—E.A.
Blues Brothers Concert
7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 6
The Gaslight Theatre7010 E. Broadway Blvd.
Jake and Elwood Blues have hit the Old Pueblo. OK, it's actually Charlie Hall and Mike Yarema starring as Jake and Elwood in a Blues Brothers tribute concert, but you can still get a taste of the characters from the classic movie
Hall began performing the Blues Brothers tribute about two years ago for the variety after-show at the Gaslight Theatre. It was such a hit that the set turned into a full-blown two-hour-long performance, which they launched last year with three sold-out shows.
Things are pretty laid-back for the Blues Brothers performers at the Gaslight. "Before a show, Mike and I both take a 5-Hour Energy shot just to give us a little bit of extra liveliness. We just kind of psych ourselves up," said the 25-year-old performer.
"The greatest thing about performing at the Gaslight is that during a song we will jump in the audience and start dancing with people," said Hall. "It's almost like a drug for an actor. The energy is just so great."
Hall and Yarema will perform such favorites as "Soul Man," "Sweet Home Chicago," "Rubber Biscuit," and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love."
Their backup band, Bad News Blues, has been around since the mid '90s and has toured all over the world. Hall was lucky enough to become friends with some of the band members and was given the opportunity to incorporate their talent into the Blues Brothers show. Bad News Blues perform a 20- to 30-minute opening set before the arrival of Jake (Hall) and Elwood (Yarema).
"Once I get on stage, it's like I'm in a whole different mindset. There is literally no end to the energy that we come up with," said Hall of the performance.
Additional Blues Brothers performances take place at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18 and Nov. 15. Tickets cost $19.95.—K.M.
IMAX 3-D Experience Theater
Screening of Inception
11:40 a.m.; 3:15, 7:15, and 10:25 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 through Thursday, Sept. 9
AMC Loews Foothills 15
7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.
If you have not yet joined the movement and witnessed an IMAX film, you will have the option to attend a show at AMC Loews Foothills 15.
Under a joint-agreement with AMC theaters and IMAX Corporation, Foothills 15 will open an IMAX 3-D Experience theater on Friday, Sept. 3. The first film to screen will be Inception.
The IMAX Experience combines clear images, powerful digital sound and customized theater geometry to create a unique viewing experience.
"It is the most immersive way someone can see and hear a film; it's all about putting the audience in the movie," said Jackson Myers, an IMAX Corporation representative.
The theater will be the first IMAX in Tucson and will be equipped with the latest IMAX digital technology.
"The auditorium was reconstructed and completely customized, which involved removing the original screen and installing an IMAX screen, new digital projection system, and a new ... sound system among other things to contribute to the overall multiplex experience," said Myers.
Viewers hoping for a multi-dimension experience will be able to catch the premiere of Resident Evil: Afterlife: An IMAX 3-D Experience on Friday, Sept. 10.
As of press time, ticket prices had not been determined.—K.M.