Thursday, July 12, 2018

8 Great Things To Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, July 12

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The Seventh Seal. Yeah, there’s going to be a lot of Ingmar Bergman in the coming weeks. The Loft Cinema is celebrating the Swedish director’s 100th birthday to the glee of beret-wearers and Philip Glass-listeners everywhere. Picture this: A tired, old knight meets up with Death incarnate on an empty beach and they sit down for a game of chess. It’s a simple, yet powerful, story idea, and this movie starts there and only goes further. 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday, July 12. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Regular admission prices. Details here.

Desert Sun. In the heat of the summer, when you might be wondering why exactly you still live in Tucson anyway, there’s nothing like a desert sunset to remind you that we actually live in a pretty beautiful, wonderful place. Unfortunately, it’s about a million degrees at sunset, so driving to the edge of town or hiking up A Mountain to get that perfect view isn’t as fun as it is in the fall. Enter the Madaras Gallery: Throughout the month, they’ll be featuring Southwest and desert sunset paintings by Diana Madaras herself. Throughout July. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Madaras Gallery, 3035 N. Swan Road. Free entry. Details here.

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Summer. In case you hadn’t noticed, summer is here! And Odyssey Storytelling is celebrating it with its summer program, exploring the season in all of its facets, from Little League baseball games and popsicle-stained lips to summer romances and trips to the library. People who are getting up on stage to tell 10-minute personal stories include Aimee Finkelstein, Stephen Krohn and Paul Lucie. Maybe you’re not the type of person who likes to tell personal stories in front of people, but this show is sure to get you thinking: What summer story would you tell? 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 12. The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts, 330 E. Seventh Ave. $10 GA, $7 students with ID. Details here.

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The Breaking Point. Fed up with this heat? Fed up with your job? Fed up with the meaninglessness of life? Whatever you’re fed up with, you probably feel like you want to smash something. Maybe break some plates, maybe go bigger, and take a bat to your refrigerator. Well, say no more. Because the Breaking Point, Tucson’s new (and only!) rage room, is exactly the place you need. Head into one of their rooms full of shatter-able items with a blunt object they provide and start smashing away. Take a hammer to an old washing machine. Take a metal rod to a table covered in glass bottles. (And do it all while wearing the appropriate safety gear they provide, and, for the love of God, don’t wear flip flops). Call ahead to make your reservation! The Breaking Point, 2006 E. 14th St. Prices range from $10 to $400 based on the length of your session, how many people you bring, and which experience you choose. Details here.

Mirror Lab Tours. You’ve probably heard of the UA’s mirror lab, but might not know exactly what it is, or at least haven’t seen it in person. But you can! They have tours all the time! If you haven’t checked it out yet, why not this week? You’ll have the chance to see LITERALLY the biggest and most advanced telescope mirrors in the world (like 27 feet across), because they’re made at the UA campus. The stuff that goes on in the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab make it possible for astronomers to look deep into the universe, and, technically, if you walk through the lab, you can say you’re a part of it, right? Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. 527 National Championship Drive. The lab is located on the east side of the UA Football stadium. Adults $20, seniors and military $18, students 10-20 years old with ID, $10. Details here.

Arizona Biennial 2018 at the Tucson Museum of Art. Artwork from all over the state was juried into this exhibition by guest juror Rebecca R. Hart, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum. Works by dozens of artists, in dozens of mediums, will be on display in the James J. and Louse R. Glasser Galleries, the Chann Gallery and the Green Gallery. After all, you can’t spell “Tucson, Arizona” without “art.” On display through Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. $12 adults, $10 seniors 65+, $7 college students with ID and youth 13-17, free for kids 12 and under, veterans and museum members. Details here.

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Dog Days of Summer menu. Bring your four-legged friends to Café Botanica inside the Tucson Botanical Gardens from now until Sept. 30 for a chance to try out the café’s new menu. Your dog can enjoy an upgrade from their bone; the café is debuting three different options from a dog-friendly menu, such as a hamburger, chicken and rice or a handmade dog biscuit. For the humans, the café offers a menu including apricot-glazed chicken, sweet cornbread strata and more. To visit the café, pay the Tucson Botanical Gardens’ admission, which for non-members is $15 for adults and $8 for children over 3. Admission for dogs is $3 a day and $10 for additional dogs. 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Details here.

The Resiliency of Hopi Culture: 500 Years of Planting. There’s something about photographs taken or curated by a member of a community, rather than from the outside looking in, that gives pictures a certain power. This exhibit at the Arizona State Museum, guest curated by Hopi farmer, photographer and UA PhD candidate in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment Michael Kotuwa Johnson, is a perfect example. This series of photographs illustrates traditional Hopi farming practices and the values they’re based on. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through June 29, 2019. Arizona State Museum, 1013 E. University Blvd. $5 adults and free for museum members, anyone 17 and under and UA faculty, staff and students with a Cat Card. Details here.

Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, Dylan Reynolds, BS Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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