guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo
Analog Hour at Tap & Bottle Downtown and Exo!
Try leaving the house without your phone, just to see if you can do it. We’d suggest starting with something small, like going outside to check the mail, and then maybe a trip to the grocery store. And, when you’re ready to actually try to enjoy some of this phone-free time, then read a book, play a game, listen to some music, have a conversation or just sit at this monthly event at Exo and Tap & Bottle. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Tap & Bottle, 403 N. Sixth Ave. Free entry.
2017 All-Zona Book Fest
. If a group of lions is called a herd, and a group of crows is called a murder, what do you call a group of local authors? Spend the day meeting a litter of authors responsible for some of the coolest mystery novels, memoirs, self-help books, children’s books and short stories around. The pack of pen-wielders will be available for a meet & greet, so attendees are in for a gaggle of good advice, behind-the-scenes info about favorite characters and the opportunity to meet the men and women behind the words. Bring a children’s book to help the event hosts, Gecko Gals, reach their goal of donating 500 books to Make Way for Books. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. Free.
Catalina Art Lovers Book Club
. Books, of course, are an art form in and of themselves, but some people like their art to be about other art. For those of you in the art squared club, this book club is not to be missed. They’ll be meeting every second Friday, starting this month with The Scribe of Siena, in which a woman sees her own face in a fourteenth century painting and finds herself transported to medieval times—and we’re not talking the dinner theater. If you can’t make it to this one, stay tuned for future books: November’s The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, December’s A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline and January’s Lisette’s List by Susan Vreeland. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Friday, Oct. 13. Dewhurst-Catalina Library, 15631 N. Oracle Road. Free.
The Year’s Strangest Art Show
. Tales from the Trash is made up of two guys who pick up wacky and wild and sometimes wonderful art from thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales, swap meets and the occasional dumpster. The two are exhibiting pieces form their carefully curated selection for this well-named show, where most of the pieces will be for sale, and for a pretty low price. Maybe you were dumpster diver in a past life, but your back just isn’t what it used to be. Or maybe you just don’t want to go in a dumpster. Either way, at this show you can skip the dirty part and just let yourself reap the rewards. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Iron Horse Fabricators, 503 E. Ninth St. Free.
2017 Tucson Miniature Showcase
. Find miniatures crafted by artisans from across the country, all in one place! The show will feature vendor sales, exhibits of miniatures, silent auctions, raffles, demonstrations workshops and activities for kids. The 2017 Tucson Miniature Showcase has changed location from prior years to allow for more visitors and more vendors. Proceeds from the show will benefit The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. The Tucson Woman’s Club, 6245 E. Bellevue St. $7, $3 youth ages 4 to 17, free for children 3 and under.
Theater and Shows
. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the case at Valley of the Moon's new show throughout the month of October. The walking theatrical tour is fun for the whole family as they join Sherlock and other characters on a hunt for the truth. Tickets are available online until 3 p.m. of the day of the show. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (performances every 20 min) Oct. 6 through Oct. 30 (every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as Monday Oct. 30). Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road. $10 GA, $5 students, free for children 7 and under.
Putting Your Best Foot Forward with Ballet Tucson
. The title pretty much sums it up: find your best foot, and present it to the world, all with the help of Ballet Tucson. Learn some basic ballet moves and some skills for real life during this afternoon with the company’s professional dancers and staff: it’s perfect for young and old, because ballet has the ability to be challenging for absolutely anyone. The Tucson J’s sculpture garden will be home to all of the “art that moves” created by students and teachers of the program. 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. $12 adults, $10 members, $8 children under 18, $7 members who are under 18.
The Addams Family: A New Musical
. The music and lyrics for this production were nominated for a Tony, and were written by Andrew Lippa, of The Wild Party and I Am Harvey Milk and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown fame. And if that doesn’t make you want to go this musical, then try to imagine Wednesday Addams breaking out into a musical theater number… You can’t, can you? So in order to see it, you’ll just have to be at the show. 1:30 or 7:30 p.m. from Sunday, Oct. 15, to Sunday, Nov. 5. Marroney Theatre, 1025 N. Olive Road. $15-$31.
Learn Something New
Tucson Humanities Festival
. This year, the UA’s Humanities Festival has taken on a monthlong format and an important theme: Resistance & Revolution. This means exploring people who have been rising up in solidarity and sticking it to the man for centuries. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the UA Poetry Center Rubel Room, Martin Espada and Odilia Galván Rodríguez will be doing readings in the “Poetry of Resistance: A Plea for Social Change” panel, moderated by Mari Herreras. A “Virtual Study Abroad” panel will explore the student option to study abroad with and the concept of digital humanities with 360-degree photos and videos taken during study abroad programs. That’s at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at Owls Club, 236 S. Scott Ave. Malcolm Compitello, a Spanish and Portuguese professor, will speak on the continued importance of the Spanish Civil War at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Rubel Room. And that’s just what’s going on this week in the Humanities Festival. The UA Poetry Center is located at 1508 E. Helen St. Free.
Bouqs & Brews
. Be sure to don your “delicate floral arranger” sun hat, but don’t forget your trusty beer-drinking cap, because tonight, you will wear two hats. Craft a gorgeous fall-inspired arrangement of flowers and succulents alongside a pint of brew from Crooked Tooth (or something non-alcoholic if you prefer). Take home your arrangement in its own vase, and carry with you the knowledge that will have your house looking like your Pinterest feed in no time. 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Crooked Tooth Brewing Co. 228 E. Sixth St. $35 in advance, $40 day of event.
Climate Change: Let’s Talk
. No, this isn’t exactly a fun-filled trip into a bounce castle, but it is important. And the fact that climate change is no fun to talk about is probably why, according to a 2016 Yale Climate Opinion Survey, less than half of us here in the U.S. ever talk about climate change. Nancy Petersen, program manager of the Agnese Helms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice at UA, is coming by to give us the straight story about the facts, what climate change means and why we need to face it. But it’s not all doom and gloom: she will also be there to remind us that, as average citizens, we can do our part to help, even if that means something as simple as switching to LED light bulbs. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Free.
Zen There, Done That
Feng Shui for Beginners
. You’ve probably heard of feng shui, or played with one of those sand gardens, but maybe you’ve never taken a deep dive into balancing your chi universal energy. But if rearranging your furniture has even the smallest chance of making you healthier, happier and more successful, isn’t that worth a shot? Nicole Williams, a certified feng shui practitioner, will teach attendees about using “living vision boards” to enhance the areas of your life you want to focus on, and will give everyone a feng shui map so that you can create your own sacred altar space at home. 10 a.m. to noon. Sunday, Oct. 15. The Harmony Hut, 2467 N. Treat Ave. Sliding scale donation $25 to $40.
DOOM Yoga at the Film Bar
. Doom metal fans are already aware of the way that the music can be hypnotic, almost conducive to a flow state. But even doom fans who are also into yoga, used to the soft, ambient music traditionally paired with yoga, might not have thought of even using “Black Sabbath” and “chakra” in the same sentence. But take your chance to do it at this morning class, hosted by Alexsey Kashtelyan. The cost of this film bar event includes a beer after the class, but if you can’t make it, or if you’re not into beer, Kashtelyan hosts the class every Sunday at 8 p.m. at Floor Polish, 215 N. Hoff Ave., for $6. Details for this event: 11 a.m. to noon. Thursday, Oct. 12. Case Video and Casa Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. $10.
Fun in General
Friday the 13th Tattoo Specials
. Feeling lucky? Or just feeling like getting a tattoo that will only cost you 20 bucks? Race the rest of the city over to Eastside Tattoo to make it happen. A flash sheet will be made available on the day of the event, and they’ll also be taking “reasonable requests,” which gives you the opportunity to either be completely spontaneous or to present a calculated pitch about “why you should give me this tattoo for $20.” Whatever your style, the Eastside tattoo artists have done everything from big, bold and colorful to understated and elegant. So if you don’t get your Friday the 13th tattoo by the 11 p.m. cutoff, you can always come back for more. Noon to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Eastside Tattoo, 7752 E. Wrightstown Road, #110. $20.
Other local shops doing doing Friday the 13th tattoo deals include:
UnHoly Ink Tattoo & Piercing Studio
($40 tattoos and $20 piercings, tip included)
Battleship Tattoo Shop
($13 1x1 one color, $31 2x2 black/2colors and $31 2x5 lettering)
Legacy Tattoo Tucson
($13 flash sheet tattoos, $7 minimum tip)
Spirit Room Studios
($13 with $7 tip on Friday, and $14 with $7 tip on Saturday)
($13 flash sheet tattoos, $7 minimum tip).
Cathey’s Cosplay Workshop
. Been holed up too long working on your Comic-Con getup? Head over to Cathey’s Sewing & Vacuum to work on your project with a group of other cosplay enthusiasts, and use the sewing machines, embroidery machines and sergers for free! It’s not a class—more like an open house, so there won’t be instructors. But there will be plenty of staff members (and fellow cosplayers!) around to offer tips, tricks and assistance. Feel free to bring your own tools and supplies as well. The store will be closed, so it will be a full-blown cosplayer takeover: you can spread out across the whole store to hunker down and make some serious progress. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Cathy’s Sewing & Vacuum-Oracle. 8700 N. Oracle Road. Free.
Tucson Coin Club Coin Show
. Don’t let the name fool you. This coin show will have dealers with U.S. and world coins, sure, but there will also be paper money, tokens, medals, gold, silver and other numismatic supplies. For non-coin enthusiasts, numismatics is the study or collection of currency, and the way the word rolls off the tongue is enough to make anyone want to get really into the coin scene. There will be 38 tables worth of this stuff, so at least one of them (if not all of them) is sure to interest you. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Fraternal Order of the Police, 3445 N. Dodge Blvd. Free entry.
The Great Pumpkin Race at Buckelew Farm
. Get your bottom in gear for autumn and your adrenaline pumpkin at this race to benefit autism awareness in Southern Arizona. Both a 5k and a mile-long kiddie race wind through the Buckelew family farm and through a part of their spooky corn maze. There will be T-shirts and pumpkins available for purchase, as well as pumpkin carving and face painting activities. The FitKidz! Mile starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 8. Entry fees to the farm are waived as long as racers arrive by 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Bucklelew Farms, 17000 W. Ajo Hwy. $20, but free for kids 12 and under running the FitKidz mile. Only cash and checks will be accepted as payment on race day.
$1 Sale to Benefit Tucson's All Souls Procession
. Love shopping for a good cause? Do you got a dollar, you got a dollar, you got a dollar hey hey hey hey? Buffalo Exchange is hosting a $1 sale to benefit Tucson's All Souls Procession. A selection of clothing and accessories will be available to shoppers for just a buck apiece. Official All Souls Procession merchandise will also be available for purchase at the sale. The sale is cash only and while select clothes and accessories last. 10 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Oct. 14. Buffalo Exchange, 2001 E. Speedway Blvd.
. He goes by a single letter, M, or the purposefully indistinct Him. He's been a Monster of Folk, a protégé of sorts to Tucson’s Howe Gelb and a guest musician and producer to the likes of Neko Case, Jenny Lewis and Mavis Staples. The somewhat meandering path of Matt Ward's career speaks to a creative restlessness that drives the Portland musician, as well as his uncanny ability to find creative inspiration in collaborative projects. His discography includes eight solo albums that stretch from acoustic folk to sonically layered indie pop, the self-titled album from supergroup Monsters of Folk, and six records with Zooey Deschanel under the moniker She & Him, featuring originals as well as a mix of standards and Christmas songs. Merge Records, Ward’s longtime label home, calls the singer-songwriter’s latest album More Rain, released in March 2016, a “true gotta-stay-indoors, rainy-season record that looks upwards through the weather while reflecting on his past.” With Whispertown on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 191 Toole, 7 p.m. $22-$25. 21+.
. “Think for yourself, pick up and rise!” If ever there was a time to surrender to heavy metal industrial thunder, it’s now. In the wake of Las Vegas, a German dude busting a blood vessel howling into a bullhorn about violence, war and oppression feels downright cathartic. A basement-dwelling fetish doll begging us to “Murder My Heart” or hypnotizing us with her accounts of “Amnesia” offers up a sweetly dark sexual antidote to current-affair death and destruction. What began as a performance art project 33 years ago in Hamburg, Germany has blossomed into one of the most influential industrial bands of all time. KMFDM, with dirty scouring beats, militant anti-fascist wordplay and mesmerizing on-stage visuals are an inoculation serum to our troubled times. Hell, they’d even scare old Hitler too—and they’ve made clear that they’re gunning for him, one double kickdrum beat at a time. This bill is also blessed with the presence of perennial nutball ohGr, of Canadian industrial pioneers Skinny Puppy. That’s two artists who played a big part is shaping an entire genre. One can only hope that there will an informal face-off, with both ohGr and Konietzko looking to out-shock each other. Both certainly have the tunes to carry an amazing set. With Lord of the Lost on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Doors at 7 p.m. $26-$29. All ages.
The 33rd Annual Blues Heritage Festival
. Former BB King disciple Big Llou Johnson and his Bluesville Revue headline an action-packed weekend full of blues music and fun, as the 33rd annual Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Festival hits the track at Rillito Park on Sunday. Other acts on Sunday include Ottawa, Canada native JW Jones, Black Cat Bones, as well as hometown artist Zo Carroll and the Soul Breakers, who will bring their eclectic take on the blues to the Old Pueblo. The Amphitheater High School Funky Panthers kick off Sunday’s daylong shindig, which bring their renowned horns section and vocals to the trackside stage. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Rillito Park, 4502 N. First Ave. Doors at 10 a.m., $15 at the gate, $12 in advance.
KC & the Sunshine Band
. Since 1973 (but for a break in the late 1980’s), disco-funk ensemble KC & the Sunshine Band has been dazzling crowds around the world with a spectacular live show and singles that have passed into the great American songbook such as “That’s the Way (I Like It)” and “I’m Your Boogie Man.” By all accounts, main man Harry Wayne Casey, aka KC, still puts on a stellar show too. The band might be light on original members (some of whom have sadly passed away in the intervening years), but he has assembled a group of musicians well capable of doing the legacy of the band justice. This might be a show for nostalgia-hounds, but if all you want to do is dance to some classic disco tunes, who better to go see? UA Centennial Hall. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. $65-$95.
Of Mice & Men
. Orange County metalcore band Of Mice & Men (often simply called OM&M) have only been around since 2009, yet they’ve already worked their way through a whole heap of ex-members. No matter—some bands take a little longer to find their feet than others, and these boys now seem to be settled. Four albums in, and last year’s Cold World is a career-definer, not least because of just how dramatically it polarized the critics. Both heavy and emotional, and also technically brilliant, this is the sound of a band in a groove. Not everyone is going to like the very of-the-time approach to post-hardcore, but that’s fine. The band pummels the crowd in the live environment, and we expect nothing less. With Cons at Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16. $19.50-$25.
Eagles of Death Metal
. Nearly two years after the dreadful events that took place at an Eagles of Death Metal concert in Paris, people are starting to be able to remember that this is in fact a really good rock ’n’ roll band. 2015’s Zipper Down album, with the cover of Duran Duran’s “Save a Prayer” on there, is a remarkably accomplished piece of work, an example of a band in its pomp, that got a little lost in the melee, and we can only encourage people to go give it a listen. Naturally, the people who lost their lives in Paris will not be forgotten. Meanwhile, the Eagles of Death Metal deserve to get their career back on track. Live, they’ve always given 100 percent, and this Tucson show will likely be no different. Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. $23-$25.