guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.
Seed Processing Workday
. It’s time to turn your lackluster backyard into a botanical paradise. Come help out Native Seeds Search Conservation Center and learn about seed saving. Free chile seeds from their walls, sort out the best beans, shell corn and winnow squash. Children welcome but parental supervision is required. 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 20. Native Seeds Search Conservation Center, 3584 E. River Road. Free.
. The desert gets a bad rap, and it's not well deserved. These thorny lands are thriving with life and life-sustaining tools. Tohono Chul Park will be teaching the relationship between the people of the Sonoran Desert and the plants of the region that provide food, shelter and medicine. Take home samples and recipes. 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 22. Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Free.
Cool Summer Nights
. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum continues its “Cool Summer Nights” series. On Saturday, July 22, the focus is on “Insect Insanity” and you’ll be able to get up-close and personal with the insects and arthropods of the Sonoran. On Saturday, July 29, “Creatures of the Night” will feature a live animal show, animated animals and art activities. Saturday, July 22 and July 29. 2021 N. Kinney Road. More info at Desertmuseum.org and 883-2702.
Food and Drink
. Ever wonder how you can prepare a meal like legendary local chef Janos Wilder of DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails? Here’s your chance to learn from the master and his team. Janos is presenting a cooking class and pop-up dinner at downtown’s Carriage House on from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 21. For $80 (plus a service fee and tax), foodies can learn about the history of food in Florianopolis, Brazil, see a culinary demonstration by Chef Devon Sanner, and then enjoy ho’s d’oevres and a four course meal.
. Apple Annie’s Fruit Orchard in Willcox celebrates peaches with wagon rides, peach picking, free samples of peach product, and all-you-can-eat peaches and pancake breakfasts. This weekend and next (July 22-23, July 29-30) is Watermelon Weekend paired with a Sweet Corn Extravaganza. On Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, there will also be a craft fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info at Appleannies.com or 520-384-2084.
HarvestFest & Grape Stomp 2017
. Just about an hour south of Tucson lies Sonoita Vineyards, Arizona’s first commercial vineyard and producer of 10,000 gallons of wine a year. The winery’s annual event to celebrate the harvest features wine tasting, as well as wine and food pairings. To help work off the tastings, patrons can do some grape stomping, as well as tour the winery and vineyard tours. A VIP package grants access to an after-hours party, a private bar and lunch voucher. July 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sonoita Vineyards. $25 presale, $30 at the door and $85 for the VIP package. 290 Elgin-Canelo Road in Elgin. More info at sonoitavineyards.com.
! The Kitt Observatory is hosting a viewing party of the Delta Aquariids meteor shower. The viewing starts at 10 p.m. and goes until 3 a.m., so those in attendance are encouraged to bring warm clothes, blankets and lawn chairs. Thanks to a waxing crescent that sets before midnight, the Delta Aquariids shouldn’t be blocked out by moonlight, and viewing may reach peak rates of up to 15 to 20 meteors per hour. Saturday, July 29 at 10 p.m. to Sunday, July 30 at 3 a.m. $47-$55.
Macbeth and the Addams Family
. Forty Tucson-area students are putting on theater productions at the Temple of Music & Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Through an annual three-week program offered by the Arizona Theatre Company, students gained skills for both onstage and behind the scenes. MacBeth will be showing July 27 and The Addams Family will be showing July 28. $10 or $25 for a pack of five. Curtain is 7 p.m. for both shows.
Game of Thrones Trivia Night
. We would never say the days you've dedicated to watching Game of Thrones have been a waste of time. Never. However, if you could translate your hours of dedication into bragging rights, you should absolutely do so. Casa Video's devine film bar is hosting a GoT themed trivia night and you could slay all the other fantasy nerds in the Old Pueblo. If you start rewatching right now, you might be able to binge—er, study—the whole show over again before your knowledge is tested. After all, winter is coming. Eventually. 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 25. Casa Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd.
. Finally a band that unites all the best hardcore genres: punkass wiggers, streetwise gangstas, cholos and skateboarders. This is equal-opportunity rage, yo, and no one is blinking an eye when the white dude channeling the devil through his voice box drops an N-bomb. Phoenix’s Easy Money, it is well understood, is here to help everyone find catharsis when they drop their newest EP, The Midas Touch
, in Tucson. Dank herb will be twisted up and all that violent aggression released through bomb-shelter bass and drums, stinging rhythm guitar, and the howl of a man screaming his frustrations and nightmares. Perfect din to skate, get fucked up, beat down, dance or have sex to. Simultaneously even, maybe. Go suck the marrow out of a Friday night. With Iniquity, Arm’s Reach, Blackened and Liar’s Tongue, at the old Osborn Jim, 5112 E. Pima St. Friday, July 21. 6:30 p.m. All ages.
. Imagine Pharrell’s charisma and Jimmy Cliff’s voice. The unflinching sexuality of Sean Paul, but the spiritualized heart of Ziggy Marley. You’re close to materializing Grammy-nominated Raging Fyah, a truly irie reggae outfit that faithfully honors the past while advancing the genre. This hyper-skilled, straight-outta-Jamaica combo, sing perfect three-part harmonies, even live. The classic Roland and Korg keys roll off positive, melodic waves while the dub bass thumps its way into your hips and libido, as it should, and the drummer keeps the groove locked down tight. So then it’s the singer, who stares down the camera, straight into your bedroom, repping his weed and his religion. “Want to feel my vibrations?” he asks. Bob Marley seems like a minister in comparison. But Raging Fyah never strays into debasing “Skeet Skeet Skeet” land; no, they keep it classy. All that sexual prowess and herbal kindness and religious adherence are enough to roust the I-and-I in us all. With Desert Fish on Wednesday, July 26. The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave. 8 p.m. $12-$15.
. Beneath a blanket of ’verb, a dude drones half-audibly on vague explorations on the meaning of New Age. A Hendrix-y guitar yanks and twists through its own muffled effects, occasionally piercing through the layers of vocals and bass thumps to take commanding, old-school solos even Timothy Leary would’ve approved. Only the floor tom cuts straight on through to the other side. This is post-Warlocks, post-Dandy Warhol-inspired pop psych from Santa Cruz/San Fran darlings Sleepy Sun. On tour behind them will be disorienting and ever-morphing visuals, inspired by the spirit of the ’60s and love-ins and Manson chick revelry, but made possible by today's Silicon Valley youth. In this way, Sleepy Sun embodies old hippy nostalgia and Bay Area techie sheen. It’s the drummer who dutifully keeps this wonderfully ambling train on track, and who deserves heavy accolades. Sleepy Sun's psych-out concertos, though often aptly aimless and by no means groundbreaking, are still glorious, live or in grooves. With Daycones and The Elegant Rabies at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Sunday, July 23. 8 p.m. Free. 21+.
. Close your eyes, listen close, and hear the Mississippi Delta running through the nuanced interpretation of a modern-day bluesman. When you open them, a baby-faced thirtysomething of Norwegian descent stands before you, his mouth and body contorted by the persuasive beat and lilt of the sonics. The disconnect is so startling as to inspire laughter, because hardly anybody can stomach white blues. But over the last two decades, Jonny Lang has proven himself to be anything but a fleeting child star riding the backs of American black masters. By surrounding himself with well-versed players since the age of 12, and touring with incredibles like The Stones, Buddy Guy and B.B. King, Lang has deepened as an artist. Although he has preternatural talent, both as a vocalist and a guitarist, he’s hardly lazy. Each of his seven solo records is more personally connected to gospel and blues than the last. Lang is a student of music, to be sure, and like what Gillian Welch is to folk and Old Crow Medicine Show is to bluegrass, Lang is to the blues. Critics? Of course, and for good reason: Lang ain’t black, broke and from the south; but, by sheer will, he’s keeping the American blues tradition alive for generations to come. With Leigh Lesho on Thursday, July 20. Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. 8 p.m. $37-$48. All ages.