Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.
Food & Booze
Arizona Wine Dinner: If you're looking for a fun, night out with delicious food and wine, be sure to check out the Arizona Wine Dinner at Maynards Market & Kitchen. All the food will be prepared by the Maynards Kitchen team to complement hand crafted wines from the wonderful state of Arizona. Each ticket costs $69 and includes all the meals, tax and gratuity! 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave. $69 each.
World Margarita Championship: This 10th Annual Margarita Championship is back again! The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and Tucson Originals partner together to bring you an unforgettable evening of spirited cocktail competitions, tastings of world-class margaritas and tequilas, southwest cuisines and more. Tickets are $55 and this is also a 21+ event and tickets are expected to sell out, so get yours quickly while you can! Friday, Sept. 30. 6 p.m. The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. $55 each.
Taste of Tucson: Have an appetite to show your town pride? Joining the Tucson Originals as they host the second annual Taste of Tucson on Sunday, Sept. 25. Among the 16 restaurants who will be at the festi-val: Kingfisher Bar and Grill, Fresco Pizzeria and Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Baker/Bistro. You’ll also enjoy music, raffles, games and spot for kids to play. The fun starts at 11 a.m. and wraps up at 2 p.m. at the northwest corner of Reid Park. Admission is free but you’ll have to pay for your food. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson. Reid Park, Reid Park, 100 Country Club Road.
40th Annual Greek Tucson Greek Festival: Come celebrate Greek traditions at Tucson's 40th Annual Greek Festival at the St. Demetrios Orthodox Church! The event is being held for four days this month from Friday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 25. There will be a variety of foods, drinks and entertainment. The festival will hold concerts from local Greek music groups and award-winning Panathenian Dancers. There will also be a Greek Market that will offer traditional breads, pastries, cheese, olives, hummus, jewelry, clothing and much more. The event is $3 per person and is free for children under 12, active duty military, fire police and first responders with ID card. Times very by day, check in on their website. Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1145 East Fort Lowell Road. $3, free for children under 12.
13th Annual Chile Festival: Are you a fan of local food festivals? Heirloom Farmers' Markets is holding its 13th Annual Chile Festival in three different locations starting at the Trail Dust Town from 8am-12pm on Friday, Sept. 23rd, the Oro Valley Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 24th, and the Grande Chile Fiesta at the Rillito Park Farmers Market on Sunday, Sept. 25th. All the vendors will have chile-themed food including tamales, green chiles, spices, chile salsas and much more. On Sunday, there will be a chef demonstration at the Rillito Park Farmers Market Pavilion by Tucson Iron Chef Danny Perez from PRIMO along with live music from Spanish guitarist, Gabriel Francisco. Sept. 23-25 8am-12pm Trail Dust Town, Oro Valley Farmers Market, Rillito Park Farmers Market. Free.
Tucson's Pomegranate Festival: Pay homage to the ancient fruit on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Second Annual Pomegranate Festival. The fruit party will be hosted by the Friends of Tucson's Birthplace in conjunction with the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture from 9 -11 a.m. at the Tucson Mission Garden. Festival goers can expect to see a wide variety of the seedful fruit as well as music, tastings and presentations from leaders in local agriculture. The event is free and open to all ages. 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Mission Gardens, 946 W. Mission Lane. Free.
It's just about time for Museum Day Live! Get your pen ready, because it's time to wrote a thank you letter to the Smithsonian. Museums across the country are granting free admission for a day. Find a local museum and get your tickets here (local participants include the Arizona history Museum, the Arizona State Museum, DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, the Jewish History Museum & Holocause History Center and the Botanical Gardens—plus the following museums, which as always free: the Downtown History Museum, the For Lowell Museum and the Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House) Saturday, Sept. 24. Free!
Retro Game Show Night: Hotel Congress invites you to enjoy a blast from the past. Join Tempest DuJour, one of Tucson's most famous drag queens, as she hosts a night full of vintage gameshows and tons of audience participation. The event starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.
Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas: The fetching Detroit frontwoman and songwriter, whose voice sounds like what might result if you crossed Etta James with Wanda Jackson, offers up songs that swing wildly between roots rock, southern soul, swampy twang and even surf. And her rollicking band of backup boys is aptly named. Get there early for local psyche-outs The Gayboys and swooning inward-gazing popster Tancred, who happens to be driving both boys and girls subtlety wild. Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. $10-$12. 16+.
UA Wind Ensemble, Symphony and Chamber Winds: The three groups will play their first concert of the semester at the Fred Fox School of Music (1017 N. Olive Rd.) Crowder Hall stage on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. This season opener will feature two new faculty members: Chad Nicholson, the director of the bands, and Chad Shoopman, a UA alumnus, associate director of the bands and director of the athletic band. Tickets for the event range from $5 to $10.
Young Hunter: The Tucson/Portland, Oregon band creates its place in the ever-confusing and white-noised out world by blending heavy punk-metal riffs (even close to Blue Oyster Cult!) with often soaring female vocals and melodies that float and haunt. They also balladize in a languid way that suggests the best narcotics. In all, a lovely combination. With area pop-swirl blasters The Myrrors and Cobra Family Picnic. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. Free. 21+.
Hatebreed: Connecticut’s Grammy nominated(!?) Hatebreed have been bringing on the punishing American hardcore with absolute muscular aplomb since 1994. They’ve suffered line-up changes, downer years, and were once wrongly accused of being racists after a temple shooting in Wisconsin. They’ve also altered the course of hardcore and metal. Now they’re back in Tucson for the first time in four years, with all the chest-hair sprouting, sweat-splashing verve intact. With the equally menacing Devil Driver and Devil You Know. Friday, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Club XS, 5851 Speedway. $22.50-$25. All Ages.
Mute Swan: Mute Swan has the uncanny ability to swing effortlessly between aching guitar-chime drones and lilting passages, in the same way the great poppy neo-psych groups can—we're thinkin' classic Trashcan Sinatras and Echo and the Bunnymen as well as the contemporaneous Beach House and Tame Impala. Toss in some Neu! and Can (yes, Can) too and you’ve a stellar quartet with songs that’ll bounce in your skull for days (good luck trying to escape the soaring “Bim.”) More, they’re Tucson-based, and this show celebrates their latest record, the aptly titled Ultraviolet. With San Francisco’s song-splendid Luke Sweeny. Friday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. 21+. Free.
JayteKz: Chicago rapper JayteKz is master storyteller whose spits offer uncanny empathy, the kind that translates into a selflessness that transcends genre and song—hell he even raps about how much he misses his mother in a way that isn’t maudlin. That ain’t easy, and the pretty piano ostinatos don’t hurt either. He kills it live as well. With Fresno, California’s own groundswell-building rapper Beaza. Friday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m. The Studio, 4648 E. Speedway. $20 or $40 (includes meet and greet). All ages.
Asian Fred: Asian Fred frontman Fred Haung can deliver little nuggets of wisdom with a kind of half-lidded indifference (but in deliciously pop way) that’d even do old Emitt Rhodes proud, and that’s saying something folks. This Tucson combo trades in lovely songcraft that miraculously sounds up-to-date in beautifully backdated ways. There’s Revolver-era Beatles as much as Sou Cal psych as much pop master-strokers like XTC. Or something. Oh whatever, go see them with Dirt Friends and Electric Circus on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. 191 Toole, 191 Toole Ave. All Ages. $5.
Ani DiFranco: Ani DiFranco might as well be her own state now, so great is her influence in social movements and helping to give voice to the voiceless and stirring up shit that needs to be stirred up (who could forget putting her career on the line to support Ralph Nadar back in the 2000 presidential election?). Woman’s buckin’ for sainthood, yo. But that should never get in the way of how her music, and her 18 studio albums, have managed to move so many people, from so many sections of society, in many emotional ways—the folk and the rock and the spirituals and the punk and the poetry. Just think of the love Kris Kristofferson and RZA feel for her. That says everything. Saturday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress. $31-$41. All Ages.
Mystic Braves: All hail any band that manages to capture what it might’ve sounded like on Sunset Boulevard in 1966, when baby-faced Sky Saxon and Arthur Lee were regular cockeyed eccentrics bringing wan light to the interior at Pandora’s Box. Sure, the band’s name is both pompous and self-glorifying, but that’s the point because this all about the fury of psychedelics and their mind-bending impact on slinky surf licks and jangly sheens and reverbed-out wordplay. Killer band. Great live. With The Dream Ride. Sunday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. $5. 16+.
Spotlight with former Boston Globe publisher: The Oscar-winning film will be screening at on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. This is no ordinary screening, after the film the Loft will host Richard Gilman, a publisher with The Globe while the Pultizer prize winning investigation was underway. This showing is part of the Loft's Journalism on Screen series which feature films involved in the world of journalism and post show talks with journalism professionals. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tickets are $6 for students and Loft members and $8 for non-members.
Barbara Hammer's Visionary Lesbian Cinema: Don't pass up this opportunity to see Dyketactics, No No Nooky TV, Sanctus and Maya Deren’s Sink with Barbara Hammer in the flesh. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. EXPLODED VIEW gallery/microcinema, 197 E. Toole Ave. $10, $6 with UA ID.
Serenity in the Desert: Browncoats, grab your Captain Hammer shirt and head over to the Fox Theatre because it's time for the annual Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog and Serenity gathering at the Fox. Can't contain your excitement? Get your Whedon fix with Joss' latest production: This PSA about voting.It's time for some thrilling heroics! Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress Street. Saturday, Oct. 1. 5-10 p.m. $12.
4th Friday Films with The Loft Cinema: Marwencol: Watch the story of Mark Hogancamp, a man who builds a WWII-era miniature town while seeking to regain his memories after an attack. His photos gain notoriety and Mark must choose between the comfort of his imaginary world and the real world he’s been avoiding. Bring your own snacks or buy some from POPPED Artisan Popcorn. MOCA, 265 S. Church Ave. $5 suggested donation.
Butterfly Adventures at Cienega Creek: Enjoy some fresh air and scenic walk with a pair of bionoculars at the Cieniga Creek Natural Preserve on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for this family outing hosted by Pima County Parks and Recreation. The all ages event encourages families to get out, exercise and spot local Tucson butterflies and wildlife. Binoculars are available for use and admission is free for members and $5 for per family for non-members. Registration before the event is required. 7:30-9 a.m. Sept. 24. Cienega Nature Preserve$5 non-members. Winter Veggie Container Garden Class: It's really about time you started gardening, isn't it? Jump start your soon-to-be lush garden with some winter veggies. Saturday, Sept. 24. 10 a.m. to noon. The class is free, but you pay for any plants you wish to include. You're welcome to bring a planter.
The Desert Museum's 19th Annual Plant Sale! The Desert Museum's plant sale is always a must-attend event, but this year they're doing something kinda special: Helping you "plant with a purpose: with special attention to vegetation related to hummingbirds, butterflies, tortoises and ethnobotany. Want a little preview? Get a look at this year's Plant List. 6:30 a.m. to noon. Sunday, Sept. 25. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road.
Creative Juice Art Bar and Gifted Custom Art is teaming up to raise money for the local Boys and Girls Clubs in Tucson. You don't have to be a modern Monet to attend this painting philanthropy event. The concept is simple: Gifted provides a photo for you and your friends to convert into a painted masterpiece and Creative Juice gives you a place to do it. Every registration gives one painting experience to a child at the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson - Frank and Edith Morton Clubhouse. Saturday, Oct. 1 Creative Juice Art Bar, 6530 E. Tanque Verde Road. $55 per person.
Mariachi Miracle Lecture: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Thursday, Sept. 22, by attending a lecture by Daniel Buckley as he sings the praises of mariachi music. Buckley has spent several years documenting how mariachi music has inspired Tucson schoolchildren for decades. He’ll talk from 6 to 8 p.m. about his Mariachi Miracle film and book project. UA Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd.
Masculinity in the Mix: A public performance by Mark Gonzales (international storyteller, speaker and philosopher) plus a film screening and post-film community dialogue with Bocafloja (poet, rap artist, scholar, cultural ambassador and founder of the Quilomboarte collective on his latest project Nana Dijo. 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. UA Chavez building in rooms 211 and 217, 1110 E. James E Rogers Way.