Thursday, July 19, 2018

7 Great Things To Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, July 19

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Wild Strawberries. Continuing their Bergman centennial, The Loft is screening the Swedish master’s second great film. Wild Strawberries is part psychological drama, part road movie, part surrealism. It examines the memories, dreams, hopes and fears of an aging professor as he drives through the country with a rotating cast of characters. Since its debut in 1957, only a small group of films have so masterfully captured the abstract horror and humor of the human mind (Tarkovsky’s The Mirror and Lynch’s Mulholland Drive among them). 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Regular admission prices. Details here.

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Four Peaks Beer Dinner. Upgrade your barbecue dinner with brews from Four Peaks Brewing Co. Brother John’s is hosting a pairing dinner that offers a broad sampling of the local beer and their signature barbecue. For more menu information, RSVP and call 520-867-6787 for reservations. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 19. 1801 N. Stone Ave. 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.

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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.

Summer Artisan Showcase. Downtown clothing store Laura Tanzer Atelier is hosting an opportunity to meet Arizona artists, learn about their passions and buy some completely unique merchandise. Quiana Nwagbara is the daughter half of a Scottsdale mother-daughter business designing and creating African-inspired handbags and accessories out of mud cloth and leather. And Sam Patania is a third generation silversmith jeweler from Tucson. Both will be around to share stories and handcrafted goods, so bring your ears for listening and your money for spending. 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Laura Tanzer Atelier, 410 N. Toole Ave. Details here.


Krav Maga/Self Defense Basics Class. It’s a mad, mad world out there, so it’s never a bad idea to beef up your self-defense skills (or even to start building them from scratch). If you head over to Tucson’s Rising Phoenix Fitness and Defense, you can learn the basics of self-defense in a quick introductory lesson, then try out what you learned in a 45-minute hands-on class. You’ll meet lots of talented people who practice Krav Maga, the military self-defense system that uses techniques from boxing, wrestling, judo, karate and other techniques. Your first class is totally free, and after that, it’s only $35 to Krav Maga again. Or, if you’re really into it, you can get a monthly membership, and the class will be included. 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19 (and every Thursday through the end of the year). Tucson’s Rising Phoenix Fitness and Defense, 1548 S. Euclid, suite B. Details here.


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Drop-in Hula Class. If you’ve had the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack on repeat ever since it came out (and who hasn’t?), then it’s about time you learned how to dance along. Those little dashboard hula dancers make it look so easy! It’s time to find whether that’s at all true. Movement Culture is hosting a chance for people of all ages to learn the basics of hula, what they describe as a “low-impact workout.” And hey, we can’t think of a more fun or interesting way to get a workout in than to give hula a shot. Get your head in the game, and get your hips in a hula skirt. (Actually, probably just wear workout clothes. And bring water!) 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Movement Culture, 435 E. Ninth St. $10, cash only. Details here.

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

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