Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Weekly List: 41 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Pick of the Week

Tucson Meet Yourself is back to offer us a celebratory experiment in beauty and diversity with annual festivities supporting the living traditional arts of Southern Arizona's and Northern Mexico's diverse ethnic and folk communities. Spend three days getting to know the Old Pueblo's artists, home cooks, dancers, musicians and celebrating our city's hidden beauty. Read more about the festival (and the food at the festival) in this week's Weekly, plus see the performance schedule here

Food & Booze

Oktoberfest at Trail Dust Town: Barrio Brewing Co., Beast Brewing Company, Borderlands Brewing Company, Iron John's Brewing Company, Thunder Canyon Brewery, Sentinel Peak Brewing Company, Uncle Bear's Brewery. Sounds like a local beer Best Of list, doesn't it? Sip on your brew, enjoy some German-inspired food and get October started right. 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. $2 per ticket, with food and booze ranging from 1 to 5 tickets. Details on food ticket system are on the event page

Fall Wine Tour: Unusual Whites: To start off their Fall Wine Tour tasting series, Maynards Market & Kitchen is hosting their Unusual Whites event. Tastings are $10 and Maynards Market happy hour will be in full swing. Entry to the event is free for members. You can sign up in person at Maynards Market or online. Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Avenue. Friday, Oct. 7. 6-8 p.m. Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Avenue. 

A Very Arizona Oktoberfest: Arizona Beer House is hosting their second annual AZ-style Oktoberfest celebrationt. Come out for a day full of AZ-brewed Oktoberfest & German style beers, german fare by American Flying Buffalo, collectible steins (with refill discounts), Stein Raise contests and prizes and live music. Arizona Beer House, 150 S. Kolb Road Saturday, Oct. 8. Noon-Midnight. Arizona Beer House, 150 S. Kolb Road. 


2016 TFMF Narrative Shorts Program: If you're a fan of sci-fi and short films, come join the Tucson Film & Music Festival to watch a variety of films offered from Southwest Premiere, Tucson Premiere and World Premiere. There will also be a Q&A panel for filmmakers after the show. Tickets are $8 each for adults or $6 each for students with a college card, you must purchase tickets online to secure your spot. Sunday, Oct. 9 3-5:30 p.m. The Screening Room
127 E. Congress Street.

Sing-A-Long: A Grease Movie Night: The Hearth Foundation is hosting a sing-a-long version of the classic film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton. The doors open at 6 p.m. with a silent auction. Then, the movie will start at 7:30 p.m. Don't worry about gargling warm water beforeyou come: The host will lead a vocal warm-up and you'll even get a chance to learn how to hand jive. Then for the rest of the evening, kick-back, relax and participate in Grease—dressing up is strongly encouraged! Be sure to get your tickets online for $20 each to secure your spot. Friday, Oct. 14. 6-10 p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress Street. $20 each online.

Learning to Drive: This beautifully rendered and ambitious short film, directed by Roderick Stevens, involves the true story of a young man with Down Syndrome who is absolutely resolute in his determination to learn to drive, and so he enlists his scatterbrained brother to teach him how. This beautifully wrought mini-feature is packed with truth, empathy and humor, and was shot in in Sierra Vista and Wilcox, and a bit in Tucson. It stars Connor Long, an award-winning actor and self-advocate stricken with Down syndrome. Stevens says the film has been a passion project of his since 1998, inspired by his brother Andy. Its world premiere is Saturday, Oct. 9, 4:45 P.M. at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. $7.

Literature & Poetry 

Hello My Body Is...: Come check out nine of Tucson's spoken word artists talking about their bodies in a twenty-first century world. At this body-loving event, the speakers present their uncensored views on how they introduce their bodies to the world. All ages are welcome to this event, but adult content is at the speakers' discretion. Friday, Oct. 7 6:30 - 8 p.m. Cafe Passe, 415 Fourth Ave. Free.

Climate Change + Poetry: Brenda Hillman & Robert Hass
: The University of Arizona Poetry Center will feature presentations from eight world-class poets as they address what overlaps, contradictions and confluences climate change and poetry have in common. The event will also include readings and a craft talk over the 2016-17 Reading & Lecture Series. Thursday, Oct. 6 7-8:30 p.m. The University of Arizona Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen Street. Free.  

Odyssey Storytelling: Take a seat at the UA's Flandrau Planetarium and Science Center to hear personal stories all about nature. Curated by Tony Paniagua, six of Tucson's storytellers will present their pieces on nature at this all ages event. Thursday, Oct. 6. 7-9 p.m. Flandrau Plantarium and Science Center, 1601 E. University Blvd. $8 general admission, $6 students with ID.

October Book Club: A new month, means a new book! For October, the Tucson Steampunk Society is reading a novel of adventure, time travel, and intrigue, called The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason, which is the start of a new Steampunk series. You can pick up a copy of the book for 10 percent off the cover price at Antigone leading up to the book club meeting.
Sunday, Oct. 9 3:30pm-5pm Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Avenue. Free.


Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life: Have you ever wanted to take a trip to the past and visit Frida Kahlo in her Mexican home? Well, now you can at least feel like you're with the acclaimed artist while at the Tucson Botanical Garden. This exhibit examines Kahlo’s work through the lens of the plants and nature in her paintings and her personal gardens. Tucson Botanical Gardens was selected as the only institution to receive this extraordinary exhibition designed by one of the world’s premier botanical gardens, the New York Botanical Garden. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a re-creation of Frida Kahlo’s Gardens at Casa Azul and the pyramid originally built by Diego Rivera that will now be used to showcase the flowers and plants that inspired the artist. Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life opens Monday, Oct. 10 and runs through May 31, 2017. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Included with Gardens admission.

Paint your pet's paw-trait: If you feel like making a masterpiece of your doggo or any other four-legged friend, you can paint its portrait to help raise money for Save the Pets AZ. The non-profit organization works to save animals that are at risk of euthenasia in shelters around Arizona and placing them into proper homes. Don't forget to sign up and pay for for the event by sending a high quality image of your pet to and writing your pet's name and the date in the Paypal notes. Saturday, Oct. 8 2 - 5 p.m. Pistache, 3025 N. Campbell Ave. $45 per painting community, art 

DIY Photo Transfers on Wood: "Wood" you like to learn a new skill? Well, on Sunday, Oct. 9 the 1st Rate Second Hand Thrift Store (5851 E Speedway Blvd) is giving you that opportunity without having to spare a hughe chunk of your time. Join them as the teach how to transfer your favorite pictures onto wood in only 30 minutes. Not only is this skill great to use for yourself, it can also provide for a gift giving opportunity to a friend. Email to register! Sunday, Oct. 9 11-11:30 a.m. 1st Rate 2nd Hand Thrift Store 5851 E Speedway Blvd Free art, community 


Raptor Free Flight Opening Day: Hawks, Ravens, Falcons, oh my! Enjoy a day full of a few feathered friends by joining the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum as it brings back Raptor Free Flight. The day consits of a bird walk, bird-themed activities, and two flight shows. Don't miss out on this high flying event! Saturday, Oct. 15 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum 2021 N Kinney Rd, 85743 Regular Museum admission entertainment 


Bike and Sell in the Valley: With a successful bike swap in April, Oro Valley Parks and Recreation is back at it again with another Oro Valley Bike Swap Sell on Oct. 8 at the Steam Pump Ranch (10901 N Oracle Rd). If you are looking for a bike to buy and ride or would like to sell your old bike, this is the place to do it. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. and will include: a bike valet, a bike rodeo, food trucks, The Heirloom Farmers Market and a performance by Bill Ganz Western Band! Saturday, Oct. 8 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Steam Pump Ranch 10901 N. Oracle Rd Free Community 

Color Vibe 5K: As October arrives, it is time for the annual Tucson Color Vibe 5K Run. Get blasted with a rainbow of colors as you make your way around the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. This year the color run has paired with HOPE Animal Shelter. Register online. 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

A Race in Time for Fall: Southern Arizona Road Runners will be hosting this year’s The Great Pumpkin Race on Oct. 9 at the Buckelew Farm (7000 W Ajo Highway) A 5-mile race in the style of cross country, runners will race though the farm which include portions of their corn maze! Participants will also be eligible to win prizes, race day activities like pumpkin carving and kid’s can get their face painted! The proceeds will go to The Arizona Center for Autism. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 11a.m. Registration for the race in online and is $17. Registration on race day will be $20. Sunday, Oct. 9 8a.m.-11 a.m. Buckelew Farms, 7000 W. Ajo Highway. $17 online, $20 on site. 

Brewery Bootcamp: It is a truth universally acknowledged that you should always have a beer after a workout. Dragoon is offering a full body regimen followed by post-exercise brews. All fitness levels can participate. Bring your own mat, water, and sweat towel. (21+) 11 a.m. to noon. Sunday, Oct. 9. $10 per person, which includes one beer. Dragoon Brewing Co., 1859 W. Grant Road #111.


Free Frights for the Kids: As part of The Loft Cinema’s Loft Jr. monthly free showing series, this months free showing is both relevant and will give you and the kiddos and ghostly good time. Enjoy a free screening of Hotel Transylvania, plus some pre-show activities hosted by the superheros of Mildred & Dildred Toy Store starting at 9:15 a.m. 9:15- 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Free. 

Little Angels Kid's Costuming Workshops: Kids love to dress up, adults love to save money to save money. The Little Angels Kid's Costuming Workshops is here to make both happen and help kids create their perfect costume for the Procession of Little Angels, with proceeds benefiting the All Souls Procession. The workshop will take place through Nov. 2 on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays 6 to 9 p.m. Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, 1013 S. Tyndall Ave. 

Spooky Times at TIM

Murder on Fourth, an Improv Experience: Tucson Improv Movement (329 E 7th St.) wants to make October as spooky as possible with its month-long special programming. On Saturday, Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. the Movement will feature Murder on 4th, a improv murder mystery series that will take on every Saturday night in October. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $5 or $7 at the door. If you think you have what it take to solve murder, put your detective skills to the test. For more information visit: Oct. 8 9 p.m. Tucson Improve Movement 329 E 7th St. $5-7. 

We Were Dead the Whole Time: Starting Friday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 p.m., the Tucson Improv Movement will kick off its Friday night spooks of October. This free improv event chronicles the tale of two Twilight Zone fanatics and one guy who doesn't fancy the other worldly series, when suddenly seem to enter it themselves. The comedy improv show is free every Friday in October, doors open at 10 p.m. Oct. 7 10:30 p.m. Tucson Improve Movement 329 E 7th St. Free.


Silent Planet: You gotta give mad props to any raucous combo that, a) takes their name from a C.S. Lewis novel and, b) has a frontman/songwriter with a master’s in clinical psychology, who himself has bipolar disorder, and who pens tunes—these heavy, riff-furious metalcore screamos—that feature deceptively complex mentally ill characters. More, the sextet will sometimes suddenly shift to a kind of gone-fishin’ ambience, and then jolt right back to the fury. So, yeah, the hooky din can shock like shock therapy. It’s dynamic as hell. And not since Alice Cooper’s From the Inside or the Ramones “Pinhead” have such bent characters sprung to life in song. This band of miscreants, who made Alternative Press’s prestigious bands to watch list, just got off the Warped Tour too, and they’re more than ready to unload the Moldy Pueblo’s head. With Lifelink, Saturday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. Gary’s Place, 125 W. Ventura St. $12-$14. All ages.

Valley Queen: There’s loveliness inherent in Valley Queen singer Natalie Carol’s mounting voice, and the band’s sweetly languid country-rockish soundscapes. It suggests top-down drives late-night down into Laurel Canyon back in ’68, when guys like Gene Clarke and Papa John Phillips were playing guitars at Mama Cass’s place, and David Crosby was scoring acid off aspiring screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski, and song-goddess Judee Sill was just discovering her songwriting legs. Indeed, this Echo Park quartet has true gentle power—graceful, literate and often melancholy. The rising yet haunting “My Man” is song of the year, this year or any year to come. Saturday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. 2nd Saturdays, Scott Avenue Stage, on Scott between Broadway and Congress. Free. All ages.

Jock Gang:  OK, Danger Mouse digs ’em as do mighty indie pop-noise mastercrafters Deerhunter, who’ve tapped them for support on their current US tour. Such career-affirming backslaps shouldn’t surprise, not when tunes like the noisy pop drone of “Tell Me About It”—with its mocking indifference toward suburban trappings and listenable abstracts that demand repeated listens—lead you to develop new fascinations with brilliant oldsters like Suicide and Neu! We hear this noise-on-melody-on-noise Georgia quintet stun live. With Deerhunter and Aldous Harding on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. 191 Toole, 191 Toole Ave. $20-$22. All ages.

NAMJAM 2016: Kick out the Nam jams, brothers and sisters, and see Reid Park come absolutely alive in the never-say-die spirit of rock ’n’ roll as it applies to everlasting reminiscences of, and tributes to, Vietnam vets everywhere. Dig this: eight different bands will each perform a 45-minute set, among them are Eric Shaffer & the Other Troublemakers, The Snouts, Main Street–Reloaded, The Smoky Bones Band, The Jack, Bold as Love and killer tribute acts Kinda Kinks and the Lynyrd Skynyrd Experience. The event, which also includes raffles, a flag posting and a dove release, will kickoff with a hypnotic Native-American drum-circle performance by Wind Raven and Rainbow Feather. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will issue a proclamation honoring all Vietnam veterans. This 29th annual live concert and memorial is hosted by the folks at Vietnam Veterans of America, Tucson chapter No. 106. Saturday, Oct. 8th, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Reid Park band shell, 900 S Randolph Way. Free. All ages.

Hubby Jenkins earned his stripes and learned his chops as a busker on the New York City streets, and you can hear that rattle-tat sidewalk empathy in the soul in his voice and playing. It’s in his blood now. This reach-out-touch-you folk and blues master happens to a walking encyclopedia on African-American history and old-time music, and that too informs the beauty and joy in his playing and songs. The 26-year-old Hubby’s a madman on instruments like banjos and guitars (and bones!)—he can pick and rip and thump—and found ones too, like, say, a coat hanger. His rich, powerful voice is so persuasive it glides effortlessly between gentle traditionals of heartbreak to day-to-day proletariat hardships. In 2010 he joined Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, because they knew it when they saw him. A Real Deal thing, yo. With 13-year-old Delta blues guitar sensation Roman Barten-Sherman. Friday, October 14, 6 p.m. Monterey Court, 505 W. Miracle Mile. $14-$17.

The Darts: No, this Darts ain’t the 9-piece UK doo-wop group, or the Melbourne-based combo of dubious distinction, nor do they have anything to do with that killer and forgotten CBGB outfit Tuff Darts. This group are The Darts (US), a rousing female quartet that rose from Phoenix’s glorious mod-garage-soul combo Love Me Nots and features that band’s dynamic soul-stirring singer and writer (and municipal court judge) Nicole Laurenne and bassist Christina Nunez, as well drummer Rikki Styxx (from The Two Tens) and Michelle guitarist Balderrama (from Brainspoon). The new L.A.-Phoenix supergroup recently completed one EP of punchy, fizzy-banging pop, the kind whose melodies rise from sweet rosy beds of harmonic distortion and pummeling rhythms, and whose singsong refrains would do both Tommy James (Shondells-era) and Suzi Quatro proud. They’ve a full-length dropping spring 2017. If they are anything like their previous bands then step back, punk. With Tucson’s own Sugar Stains, and The Surfboards. Wednesday, Oct 12, 9 p.m. The Flycatcher, 340 E. 6th St. 21+. Free.

Zachary Kibbee creates propulsive, huge-chorus soul-blues, with a sort of ’60s garage-pop tint (listen to the “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone” curve of Kibbee’s great “Readin’ Your Will”). You’ve heard his songs in film and TV soundtracks, but that’s how it works. The best music is often discovered in TV and films. In fact, his skull-invading hit “My Own Two Feet” pimped both a Microsoft campaign and Jackie Chan’s Skiptrace film. Cha-ching! But listen man, don’t hold the corporate shit against him ’cause the guy can pen and sing an irresistible, powerful, hook-filled tune, and folks around the country are responding in kind to that fact. The L.A.-based songwriter/guitarist also has a backing band that he’s taking out on his debut national tour, and they’re in Tucson on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 9 p.m. The Loudhouse Bar and Grill, 915 W. Prince Road. 21+.

Jackson Browne: The man who wrote what might be the best folk-rock song ever when he was all of 16 (“These Days”) still carries the warm torch of singer/songwriter folk-rock to the masses. No longer viable at radio or in pop media, but it doesn’t matter, Browne has managed to transcend all that noise with things he was born with—the writing and the playing and the voice, all of which has moved millions of people with deceptively simple tales of workaday lives and workaday loves. His humanitarian work is beyond reproach too. It’s needless to go on. This solo acoustic set will sellout so get your tickets early. Friday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 17 West Congress. 

Una Noche de Corridos (A Night of Ballads): Corridos tell human stories in song, of people and events, sacred places even, and are born of insights from experience, and hard-earned wisdoms, often involving unquenchable lusts and avarice. Modern corridos from throughout the last 100 years tell of drug traffickers and old-time bootleggers and whiskey-soaked heroes and martyred gunslingers, fallen women and corrupt border agents and so on. Songs become a sort of running monologue on aspects of life, romantically filled with beauty, tragedy and hidden truths, as well as haunting refrains. It’s some of the most honest storytelling you’ll ever hear in song on earth. This Noche de Corridos (A Night of Ballads) will feature guitarist Juan Aguilar and other local musicians performing Mexican corridos in Spanish. The music will be preceded by a short lecture, “An Introduction to the Corrido,” by Bob Diaz, the Special Collections curator for the performing arts. Thursday, Oct. 6, 6 p.m. At the UA Special Collections Library, 510 E University Blvd. All Ages. Free. 


Dance of the Dead 2016: Night of the Wild Hunt is a fundraiser to benefit the All Souls Procession. Channel your hunter ancestors, dress up as both the wild and the tamed and join the Night of the Wild masquerade. Accompany your dancing with dining and drinking with performances by Vox Urbana, Logan “Dirtyverbs” Phillips and Dj Aqua. Oct. 8. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E Toole Ave. $10.

The 3rd Annual Arizona Burlesque Festival: Escape reality for the weekend and immerse yourself in two nights of some of the worlds best Burlesque, right here in Southern Arizona. For the third year in a row, Tucson will be the host for the Arizona Buurlesque Festival. The first night of festivites will be held at The Hut and the last hoorah will be at Pima Community College West Campus. Don't miss a weekend to see the best and brightest of Burlesque with your own eyes. Oct. 14-15. Friday 8 p.m. The Hut, 305 N. 4th Ave. Saturday 11 p.m. Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Friday: VIP $15, general admission $10. Saturday $25. 


Tour the Tucson Archives: In honor of National Archives Month, the Arizona Historical Society will open its doors to a special, behind-the-scenes look at the library archives. This all ages event will feature a guided tour of the archives in the AHS reading room with a special selection of archival material. Don't forget to RSVP by emailing: or calling 520-617-1157 Friday, Oct. 7 4 -6 p.m. Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. Second St. Free community, free stuff 

I'm a Survivor: In need of advice? Listen to women that have been through it and have lived to tell the tale. These women are survivors and they are ready to tell their stories. Join the discussion at The Flycatcher (340 E. 6th St.) on Wednesday Oct. 13. Wednesday, Oct. 12 7:30 p.m. The Flycatcher 340 E. 6th St. Free Community 

QTPOC Fest: Tucson is great in a lot of ways, but there really aren't that many queer spaces—let alone queer spaces made for and fun by people of color. Enter QTPOC Fest, a two-day festival making space for locals who identify as a queer, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, gay, asexual, intersex, femme, genderqueer, gender nonconforming people of color. Anyone is welcome to attend the second day of the event (day one is a mix and mingle for QTPOC people only), but are respectfully asked to make space for persons who identify along the aforementioned spectra. There will be workshops (learn how to do stenciling and how to keep your finances in order), entertainment and free food. Want to throw some support towards the event organizers? Here's their GoFundMe page. Oct. 14-15. La Pilita Cultural Center, 420 S. Main Ave. Free.

Pima to Showcase its Science: Pima Community College will be hosting an Innovation Challenge Showcase on Oct. 15 at there West Campus (2202 W. Anklam Rd.) Take part in interactive exhibits, attend workshops on smart cities, STEM jobs, space technology, sustainability, and global opportunities and even hear from NASA/JPL engineer Nagin Cox talk about innovation and entrepreneurship! The event is from 1 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. and enjoy food trucks and a DJ at this free, all-ages event. Saturday, Oct. 15 1 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Pima Community College's West Campus 2202 W. Anklam Rd. Free Community, Arts,Technology 

City Chic, a Fashion Show, Art Exhibit and Party: Get ready for not one but three days of art, fashion and rock 'n roll at Hotel Congress and the Rialto Theatre. Join artist and musician Caesar Padilla as he show cases his micro-vintage rock 'n roll t-shirt collection at Hotel Congress event for VIP ticket holders only. This vintage fashion collector is the owner of Cherry Vintage and supplied clothing for major films like "American Hustle" and "American Gangster." Later, head on over to the Rialto Theatre for a super chic fashion show featuring works from local, regional and national designers. A peak of Padilla's fashion on HBO's Vinyl will also be a special highlight at the event as well as musical guest Jason Maek and Zayna of Maek. Oct. 13 Hotel Congress with Caesar Padilla (VIP tickets holders only): 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Rialto Theater Fashion Show: 7:30 - 10 p.m. Hotel Congress 311 E. Congress St., Rialto Theatre 318 E. Congress St. GA Tickets: $20- $50 fashion, community 

The Great Cartoon Debate of 2016: As the height of election season tensions can get high. Luckily, the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and The Loft Cinema are giving you an opportunity to take a load off, while staying informed. On this night, left-wing Arizona Daily Star cartoonist David Fitzsimmons, will take on right-wing Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis, as they analyze the election from the perspective of cartoons. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $12.

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