The Tucson Movie Club and State Bar of Arizona are screening a documentary on the controversial subject of fracking. The film features interviews from affected citizens, oil executives and all the middlemen in between. After the screening, panelists will hold a discussion on current environmental and industry laws, and their effect on Arizona. 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 29. 270 N. Church Ave. $75. Details here.
Joe Rogan: Strange Times 2018 Tour.
You may know him as an MMA guy, you may know him as the guy from Fear Factor, you may know him as the host of your favorite podcast or you may know him as the host of a podcast you’ve listened to a couple times when there are guests you’re interested in. But chances are, you probably know about Joe Rogan. It turns out, Joe Rogan knows about Tucson, too! He’s swinging by on his Strange Times comedy tour, because he’s also been a standup comic for more than two decades. 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 29. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. $43 to $63. Details here.
Ah, the wondrous high school comedies of days gone by. What’s better than the nostalgic feelings? The throwback soundtracks, especially when it’s full of grunge and golden-age hip hop. It’s kind of the Mean Girls of the ’90s, and what’s not to like about that? Head on over to The Fox Theatre and get your prep on. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30. 17 W. Congress St. $7. Details here.
Summer Safari Nights at Reid Park Zoo.
Is your hair going gray from the stress of trying to make it through a whole week without going to the zoo? Well, you’re in good company. This week’s theme is “Saving Wild Places,” and will be filled with information about how our local zoo is helping to conserve nature for animals that are black and white and gray all over. We’re talking rhinos, elephants, zebras, anteaters, armadillos and tropical birds covered in dust (just kidding about that last one). In addition, you can soak up some entertainment from the Freddy Parish Band, check out local vendors and—if you wear gray—enjoy $1 off admission. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 29. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court. $10.50 adults, $8.50 seniors, $6.50 kids 2 to 14. Half off for zoo members! Details here.
Tron: Double Feature.
It’s a feast for the eyes and the ears as Casa Video screens this ’80s classic and its sequel. We all know about the technological romp these movies are, so I’ll take this space to tell you this fun fact: Did you know Tron was disqualified from receiving an Oscar for special effects because, back in the early ’80s, the Academy felt using computers for special effects was “cheating”? 7 p.m. Friday, June 29. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.
Everyone knows June 30 is International Asteroid Day! And if you forgot to plan a big party this year, don’t worry: Flandrau Planetarium has got you covered. An array of hands-on activities will inform and entertain (did you know that there are more than 17,000 Near Earth Objects that fly close to Earth at some point in their orbit?), and exhibits about asteroids and meteorites will really get you in the Asteroid Day spirit. At 2 p.m., there’s a screening of the planetarium show ASTEROID: MISSION EXTREME (to which members get in free). It will be immediately followed by an update from scientist Bashar Rizk on the status of the OSIRIS-Rex mission. Heck, even if you did plan an Asteroid Day party of your own, this one is going to be hard to beat. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd. Tickets to the show are $16 adults, $12 seniors/military/college students with ID/kids 4 to 17 and free for kids 3 and under. Details here.
Two Year Anniversary Celebration.
Murphy’s Public House is celebrating two years of business with a party fit for St. Patrick’s Day. Though the Irish holiday was months ago, get a little more mileage out of your green gear and head over to Murphy’s decked out in St. Patrick’s style. Flying Buffalo Food Truck will be on hand for food from 4 to 9 p.m. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, June 30. 140 S. Kolb Road. Details here.
The Best Show… Period.
The funny ladies over at Tucson Improv Movement are taking the stage to deliver what they’re confident is going to be LITERALLY the best show ever. On this night with TIM, there may be no such thing as TMI. Say, did you ever hear the one about the middle school girls who were sticking sanitary napkins onto lockers in the locker room, so their gym teacher called them into a group to give them a talking to? “This behavior is so immature!” she shouted. “You should know better, and this is absolutely going to stop. You need to behave yourselves. PERIOD.” Legend has it, the group of girls is still laughing. We’re expecting that this show will be much better than that joke. 9 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Tucson Improv Movement, 414 E. Ninth St. $5. Details here.
Great American Picnic Day.
Ah, the simple joy of spreading out a blanket and enjoying a meal outdoors on a summer day. Well, maybe a little less joyful here in Tucson when the temperature hits the triple digits. To capture that carefree feeling sans heat, 1912 Brewing Company is hosting a flight with three picnic staples to pair with their new beers. Rancho Preciado will be there if you want to add snacks to your picnic. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30. 2045 N. Forbes Blvd., suite 105. Details here.
Yeah, like the Tim Burton movie! It’s always been exactly the kind of story that would do well as a stage musical, and now this “little-bit-of-Wizard-of-Oz, little-bit-of-the-Music Man” show is hitting a Tucson stage for the first time ever. Follow the story of traveling salesman Edward Bloom, a spinner of tall tales, and his straight-laced journalist of a son, Will (those journalist people are so boring), now with more music and spectacle than you’ve ever seen it before. 7 p.m. on Friday, June 29 and Friday, July 6. 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 and Saturday July 7. 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 1 and Sunday, July 8. Stevie Eller Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. $20 GA, $15 senior/students/military, $10 kids. Ticket prices increase by $5 at the door. Details here.
Mediums James Van Praagh and Deb Sheppard.
What do you get when two mediums are sharing the same stage? That’s right: A large. Just kidding. There isn’t a real answer to the question, because who can say? Van Praagh, who has appeared on Oprah, Dr. Phil and 48 Hours (so you know he’s legit) is a “survival evidence medium,” which means he provides evidence of life after death through detailed messages from the great beyond. Sheppard is an “evidential medium,” which is pretty much the same thing, but she connects to unseen realms using emotions and feelings in her body. Whether you believe in ESP or not, this will, at the very least, be an entertaining evening. And if you do, you may even have an opportunity to speak with a loved one who has crossed over through these mediums. Worth a shot, right? Show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday June 30. Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment Sahuarita, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita. $15 to $37.50. Details here.
The Screening Room celebrates the recent release of a movie filmed right here in Arizona by locals. This post-apocalyptic action film might feel a little too familiar for Tucsonans: There are guns, wild costumes and plenty of dust. What more could you want? 8 p.m. Saturday, June 30. 127 E. Congress St. $7. Details here.
Cool Summer Nights at the Desert Museum.
It’s Dino night, and the feeling’s right, oh what a sight. Head on over to the Desert Museum for the evening, where you can cool down, check out some of the desert nightlife, enjoy the Packrat Playhouse and enjoy their ongoing art exhibit, “Becoming Animal.” This week, you’ll also have a chance to hear some Native-American inspired flute music, and then hear some presentations about the Sonorasaurus, Arizona’s new official state dinosaur (every state has to have one). You’ll hear from Senator Steve Farley about the importance of our new state dinosaur, a proponent of the bill to have the Sonorasauras named our state dinosaur and from Rich Thompson himself—the guy who discovered it! 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. $22 GA, $20 seniors 65 and up, $9 kids 2 to 12, $18 military, $17 Arizona/Sonora resident. Details here.
The Sci-Fi Slumber Party.
The Loft Cinema dares you to maintain your worldly groundings for this 12-hour extravaganza of science fiction. Starting with a special 50th anniversary screening of Planet of the Apes, the slumber party will progress through films like The Terminator, Flash Gordon and many more. The party includes vintage movie trailers, trivia games and “out-of-this-world” prizes. 7 p.m. June 30 to 7 a.m. July 1. 3233 E Speedway Blvd. $13 to $17. Details here.
Yoga with Ashley Celeste Leal and Special Tumerico Meal.
Start out the new month on a healthy note and wind down your weekend with yoga and a meal at vegan restaurant Tumerico. Leal will lead a one-hour all-levels yoga flow, and then Tumerico founder Wendy Garcia will prepare a meal that shows off the restaurant’s signature commitment to vegan, gluten-free and organic ingredients. $25 per person and includes yoga, chai and a meal. 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 1. 2526 E. Sixth St. Purchase tickets at paypal.me/ashleyceleste/25. Details here.
Cinderella is an interesting story, sure. But are you ever watching the movie or reading the story to a kid and thinking to yourself how much better it would be if it just had more rock music? Say no more. With this original adaptation by Richard Gremel, Live Theatre Workshop is putting on a version of Cinderella that takes place in the 1950s—complete with poodle skirts, malt shops and a sock hop at a place called Burger Palace. In this version, the handsome prince is the Burger Palace king’s son, the fairy godmother is a fairy godfather and there’s way, way fewer mice than in the movie version. Showing at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays through Aug. 19. Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. $7 kids, $10 adults. Details here.
Dinner with Chefs and Celebs at PY Steakhouse.
PY Steakhouse’s latest installment of its Dinner with Chefs and Celebs series gives guests a chance to hang out with Arizona Cardinals football player A.Q. Shipley. When you’re not freaking out over meeting a NFL star, munch on heirloom tomato salad, SRF wagyu ribeye and whipped cheesecake. Each course is paired with wine and the night starts off with some spice with a jalapeño vodka gimlet. $65 per person. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 1. 5655 W. Valencia Road. Call (520) 324-9350 to make reservations. Details here.
Brewery Bootcamp at Dragoon Brewing Co.
Work off your beer belly—or earn your way to your next brew—at Dragoon’s boot camp. All fitness levels are welcome to this full-body workout. Bring a water bottle and a mat or beach towel. Class admission also includes your first beer, so you can celebrate your fitness with a cold one. Summer rate of $6 per person. Registration opens at 10:45 a.m. and class starts at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 1. 1859 W. Grant Road, Suite 111. 21+. Details here.
Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, Dylan Reynolds, BS Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.