Sunday, September 30, 2018

Arizona's Late Comeback Falls Short Against USC, 24-20

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A horde of blue-clad players with matching white helmets trudged inside the depths of Arizona Stadium in the late evening hours of Saturday night.

The long-faced young men had just slogged their way through a three-hour contest with longtime Pac-12 foe USC, with the visiting Trojans pulling off a 24-20 victory.

It was a long and arduous affair, with the two combatants committing a combined 26 penalties—with each side having its share of offensive inefficiencies.

The hometown Wildcats (2-3, 1-1) had their share of miscues, falling behind 24-0 midway through the third quarter, before junior quarterback Khalil Tate found former Mountain View High School wide receiver Stanley Berryhill III for a 33-yard touchdown, bringing the Wildcats within 17.

Arizona was able to draw closer in the game's final stanza, with Tate hitting Cedric Peterson for a 32-yard touchdown with 9:32 remaining.


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Friday, September 28, 2018

Pride Events This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 4:39 PM

Tucson Pride is this weekend. Here are a few of the many upcoming events where you can celebrate:

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Tucson Pride Parade
11 a.m. to Noon
Saturday, Sept. 29
Parade Staging Location: CODAC Behavioral Health Parking Lot (Broadway & Country Club)
3130 E. Broadway Blvd.
Parade Route:
Beginning: South Country Club Road at East Manchester Street
Ending: South Country Club Road at Concert Place (Reid Park Festival Parking Entrance)

Pride in the Desert Festival

Noon to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29
Georges DeMeester Performance Center in Reid Park
900 S. Randolph Way
$5-$20
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Satisfaction: Pride Dance Party
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29
191 Toole
191 E. Toole Ave
$5 / 21+

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Tucson Organizations Works to Match Migrant Remains to Families

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 4:17 PM

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Every year, migrants crossing into the U.S. die in the desert borderlands. More often than not, when and if the bodies are recovered, their identity remains a mystery.


Meanwhile in the countries from which they came, families are also left with many unanswered questions. Did they make it? Are they okay? Are they alive? Encompassing forensic scientists, scholars, and human rights partner organizations, part of the Forensic Border Coalition's mission is to answer those questions.


The FBC will be heard by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, Colorado to address problems identifying “missing” migrant remains found along the border.

The FBC is supported by 46 different human rights entities on and along both sides of the border. One of which is Colibrí Center for Human Rights, based here in Tucson, which uses forensic anthropology to try to make those matches and provide closure to the families of the deceased.

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As it stands currently, the comparison of genetic information from family members on the other side of the border and the remains found on this side is done on a case-by-case basis, specific to circumstantial information provided by the family, according the Sept. 26 press release from Colibrí.

A large-scale comparison— comparing all available DNA information from relatives of missing migrants against all DNA data from unidentified remains found on U.S. soil, has not been done. The FBC will be arguing for the creation of a formalized process to allow such large-scale comparisons, which should yield a significant number of matches and identifications, allowing hundreds, if not thousands, of families to finally know the fate of their missing loved ones.

Families of the missing will also be there to provide testimonies in addition to forensic scientists and human rights experts, according to the press release.

A vigil will be held on the CU Boulder campus following the hearing in honor of the countless missing migrants lost among our borderlands.

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SBS to Host Lecture Series: "Soundscapes: Music, Place, and Identity"

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 3:43 PM

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For the month of October, the University of Arizona’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will be hosting a downtown lecture series entitled “Soundscapes: Music, Place, and Identity.”

The lectures will take place at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. They are free to the public but seating is on a first come first serve basis. After each of the lectures, a special guest artist will play three songs for the audience.

The first lecture on October 4, is named “Music: All this Useless Beauty" presented by Jake Harwood, professor of communications. The second, on October 11, is entitled “From Little Richard to Beyonce: Cultural Blending in Music by UA historian Tyina Steptoe.” On October 18, Maurice Rafael Magaña, an assistant professor of Mexican American studies, will present “Hip Hop Culture and its Visual Impact in Mexico.” Celestino Fernández, Sociology professor emeritus, will finish the series on October 25 with “Norteño, Corridos, and Mariachi: Culture and Conflict in Border Music.”

This will be the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences sixth year of the Downtown Lecture series. Tickets can be reserved through eventbright. Learn more here.

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Watercolor with Creative Tribe at Reforma Mexican Cantina

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Paint your very own Fall Harvest Water Color painting with Creative Tribe, a community of creative women that gather to be creative!

Creative Tribe will be hosting the watercolor workshop at Reforma Modern Mexican restaurant on Friday, Oct. 12 from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Local artist, Alyssa Robinson, will be instructing the workshop and will teach beginners the basic fundamentals, styles and techniques of water color painting. Participants will also be able to take their water color art home. 
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  • Visit the Reforma for a Watercolor Painting workshop with Creative Tribe on Friday, Oct. 12.



The Reforma Mexican restaurant venue is located on 4340 N. Campbell Ave., and will be serving up chips and salsa and alcoholic beverages including $6 margaritas, $6 sangrias, $6 house wine, and $5 cocktails!

Tickets for the workshops are $35. 

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Child Welfare Organizations Call for Systemic Reform

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 10:15 AM

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On Wednesday, Sept. 26, candidates for state offices gathered at the new Casa de los Niños family center to discuss the progress and pitfalls of Arizona’s child welfare system.

LD9 Senate candidate Victoria Steele, LD3 House candidate Andrés Cano, LD10 House candidate Domingo DeGrazia, state Rep. Kirsten Engel (D-LD10)
state Rep. Todd Clodfelter (R-LD10), state Rep. Randy Friese (LD-9), LD11 House candidate Marcela Quiroz, state Sen. David Bradley (LD-10), LD3 House candidate Alma Hernandez and LD11 House candidate Hollace Lyon were in attendance.

Michelle Crow, the Southern Arizona director of the Children’s Action Alliance, began the discussion by laying out a few key trends in the system. She said that in 2016 the number of Arizona children in foster care peaked at around 18,000, but that number has been on a steady decline ever since.

For Arizona organizations that deal with child welfare, Crow said the goal is always to keep children with their parents or family members whenever possible and avoid placing them in the foster care system, unless absolutely necessary. She said that taking kids out of their family circle is an extremely traumatic and disconnecting experience that has lasting effects on their adult lives.

“They are more likely to have a connection and feel a sense of love and feel a sense of permanency and stability if they’re placed with somebody that they already have a relationship with,” Crow said. While the best option is to place children with a family member, it is the most burdensome option for the new caretaker. Crow explained that when the Department of Child Safety intervenes and takes a child out of a home and places them with a licensed foster family, that licensed caretaker receives an average of $681 every month to take care of that child.

If a non-licensed relative intervenes and takes responsibility for a child without DCS getting involved, they receive no financial support. If DCS is able to place the child with a relative instead of in a foster care home, which is ideal, that caretaker receives an average of $45 every month.

This $636 difference puts non-licensed family members at a disadvantage and makes it harder for that ideal familial relationship to be sustainable. Also, many times family members are called upon a moment’s notice to take custody of a child that they are related to, whereas licensed foster care providers are trained and prepared for that event.

“Because the system was built around licensed foster care, the system reflects that still,” Crow said. “What we need to do is get the system to catch up to the new reality today.”

On a national scale, Arizona is above the average for placing kids with a relative as opposed to foster care or a group home. While this is good, Kelly Griffith with the Southwest Center for Economic Integrity believes it is still very important to pay attention to how the financial capabilities of families can affect the children in the long-term.

Griffith explained how in Arizona, rent and child-care costs are constantly increasing. She said that there is a capacity problem, where many child-care centers have either closed or stopped accepting subsidies from the Department of Economic Security, because “you can’t afford to stay in business if you’re subsidizing DES, you just can’t.”

Last month Patty Machelor with the Arizona Daily Star reported that “Arizona families lost 788 providers of subsidized child care between January 2016 and July 31, 2018, including 369 centers and group homes ending their state contracts.”

She explained that these child-care providers lose money by accepting families that qualify for state financial assistance because the government’s reimbursement rates have been static for decades. With limited access to quality child care, children across the state are at risk of falling behind.

“Children who attend high-quality preschool are much less likely to participate in criminal activity, when you start looking at the state budget line item, look at how much it costs to house people in private prison facilities … think about that school-to-prison pipeline,” Griffith said.

Susan Huhn, executive director of Casa de los Niños, added that the organization will be opening a quality preschool program that will accept DES subsidies in the 85705 zip code, which is significant because there are many high-quality care providers in the area but most don’t take DES subsidies.

So what do these organizations want from the elected officials in the room? They want to see a financial investment in the relatives who take care of these children through eliminating the disparity in funds provided to licensed and non-licensed caretakers, making it easier for non-licensed relatives to become licensed and receive that extra money and making high-quality child care an accessible option.

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25 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: Friday Sept. 28 - Sunday Sept. 30

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Tesla may be the most dedicated hard-rock band alive, if you discount Alice Cooper. Quietly, and 35 years since debut album Mechanical Resonance dropped, these five Sacramento dudes are still “Comin ’Atcha Live.” Though they lost Hessian guitar hero Tommy Skeoch, their commitment to heavy, working-class white-boy blues has never been stronger, or better. Seriously, Peter Green had nothing on ’em. (You’ll recall singer Jeff Keith teaching himself to sing while driving big rigs cross country.) They may have hopped the nostalgia train at this point, after releasing a greatest hits collection, but a band needs to earn a living. Besides, they still write and record new tunes, and they don’t at all suck. Friday, September 28, Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road. Doors at 8 p.m. $37-$103, All ages. Details here.

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Get the Greek. The 43rd annual Tucson Greek Festival will take place from Sept. 27 to Sept. 30 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. The event is a celebration of Greek faith and culture and raises funds for ministries of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. There will be authentic Greek food and pastries, a live Greek band with a DJ and dancers performing, assorted wine and beer and lots of family friendly activities. The event will take place on Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday from 5-11 p.m., Saturday from 4-11 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. $3 general admission. Admission will be free for Seniors, first responders, military and children 12 and under. Students with an ID will be free on Thursday. Come and get your Greek on for a few days! Details here.

The Book of Life. In order to get you ready for the spooky season, this free family event is hosting a screening in Oury Park. This Golden-globe nominated animated film tells the story of a bullfighter who embarks into the afterlife during the Day of the Dead. Crafts and entertainment, including Mariachi Aguilitas de Davis, will proceed the screening. Hosted by the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Student Services Department. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. 600 W. St. Mary’s Road. Details here.

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If your excuse for not visiting the International Wildlife Museum has ever been “I don’t have more than $3,” then this event has banished your excuses to high heaven. Adults and kids alike need only mention this special offer through Sept. 28 to get into the museum for less than the cost of… well, pretty much anything. What else are you going to do with $3? The museum is open until 5 p.m., with last admission given at 4:15 p.m. Don’t miss this chance to check out Jana Booker’s IndigenoUS exhibit and all of the museum’s other offerings on the cheap. International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. Details here.

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Nightfall at Old Tucson. It’s that time of year again already! Time to eat and drink pumpkin-flavored everything, start wearing sweaters (OK, you might need to wait another month or so on that one because we live in Tucson) and voluntarily scare yourself out of your wits. And Old Tucson sure is the place for that last one. Live shows, terrifying haunts like Nightmare Infirmary and Rattlesnake Gulch, and other amusements will abound. Take a haunted hay ride! Run from zombies! See some sword swallowers and glass chewers! Try out a VR experience! Whatever you do, go out there and get your Halloween on. Fridays through Sundays, Sept. 28 through Oct. 4, and Thursdays through Sundays through Halloween, plus Halloween itself, which is on a Wednesday. Hours vary, but this weekend is 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. $29.50 adults, $22 kids 9 to 11, free for kids 8 and under (though it may not be suitable). This weekend tickets are only $20 on Friday and Saturday! Details here.

Bear Down Fridays. Every day in Tucson is a day to Bear Down, but we like to do it on Fridays especially, to get all pumped up right along with our Wildcat football team. Starting at 3 p.m., restaurants and shops along University Blvd. will offer food specials, happy hour pricing, discounts, giveaways and activities, and at 6 p.m., the pep rally kicks off—complete with the Pride of Arizona Marching Band, UA Poms, Twirlers and Flags, Wilbur and Wilma and UA Cheer. A Junior Cats Zone from 4 to 6 p.m. has lots of all-ages activities as well. Parking in the Tyndall Garage is free after 4 p.m. with merchant validation. Bear Down! Yay Cats! Go Tucson! 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Main Gate Square, 814 E. University Blvd. Details here.

Ramen Heads with Fat Noodle. Movie and a bite to eat? How about a documentary on ramen while you eat? Casa Film Bar will be hosting a special showing of Ramen Heads while Fat Noodle Food Truck provides the ramen. Ramen Heads follows Osamu Tomita, Japan’s “King of Ramen,” showing every single step to his approach of creating the perfect ramen soup. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday Sept. 28. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.

Sauti Documentary. The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts is hosting a “Refugee Youth Empowerment Concert & Film Event” featuring the award-winning documentary, Sauti, about the women in Uganda’s Kyangwali Refugee Settlement. The event is also featuring artists from Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda, including refugee/artist DJ Grin “the peacemaker” and the launch of his first album in the U.S. following his resettlement to Tucson two years ago. Hosted by Tucson Refugee. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. 330 E. Seventh St. $15. Details here. 

Tucson Pride. Happy Pride, Tucson! The theme for this year’s festival and celebration is “New Beginnings,” in honor of a new direction for the Tucson Pride organization, the community and new, better starts in general. The Mr. and Miss Tucson Pride Pageant’s theme is “The Wizard of Oz,” starring Lady Ashley and Justin Deeper. The parade is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Reid Park. Check out more than 50 retail, nonprofit and food vendors, tons of entertainers that are both local and headliners and plenty of community resources. And check out the great festival and parade logos by local artist Joanne Contreras as well! Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. DeMeester Performance Center, 900 S. Randolph Way. $5 to $20. Details here.
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Desert Museum Fall Plant Sale.
Fall is the perfect time to brighten up your landscape (or your windowsill) with some new plants—especially if you’re the type of plant owner whose specimens didn’t exactly make it through the summer. As the weather cools down, it also becomes even more enjoyable to head to the Desert Museum. So why wouldn’t you want to drive over to the Desert Museum to check out the more than 250 different plant species they’ll have available, including lots of popular perennials and low shrubs? They’ll also highlight five categories of plants that will help you take your garden to the mythical next level. Members-only sale is from 6:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 29, and members get 10 percent off. Public sale is 6:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 30. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. Admission is $21.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors, $8.95 for kids 3 to 12, $17.95 for active or retired military and $16.95 for Arizona/Sonora residents. Details here.

Pajama Jam Bar Crawl Tucson. You know when you sort of want to leave the house, or you feel like you should sort of want to leave the house, but it’s all-too tempting to just stay home in your pajamas? Tonight, you can have the best of both worlds (as long as your pajamas are appropriate for the public, so don’t try anything funny!). Your ticket includes your first drink at Desert Sky Event Planning, and the night will take you all through downtown. Bars and specials are subject to change, so throw on your pajamas and be ready for whatever comes your way. 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Maloney’s Tucson, 213 N. Fourth Ave. $15. Details here. 

Family and Friends Fiesta at the Zoo. Honestly, there’s something about being at the zoo that feels like a party 24/7, but the Reid Park Zoo and Apex Real Estate Network are teaming up to take things to the next level. We’re talking VIP exclusive access to the zoo, food, drinks, entertainment, prizes and all sorts of activities. For you and your whole family (up to six tickets per family)! All for free! Put on some comfy shoes, slap on your party hat and get ready to party like you’re an animal that just escaped from the zoo. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court. Free. Details here. 

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Marana Farm Festival.  From live music to the rodeo, it will be sure to be a night of fun and games (literally). There will be carnival games and your typical carnival food. The best place to give your kids a sugar overload is at the carnival because by the time they're finally off of their sugar high, you'll be heading home while they're passed out in the back seat. Disclaimer: Marana Farm Festival is not responsible for all of the cotton candy and funnel cakes your children consume. Beer will also be sold to the parents, get it while supplies last, we know many of you will be lining up for that booth. Even better, you could go home with a dog! Talk about quite the carnival prize. Marana Animal Services and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona will be attending the carnival for on-site adoptions. If you're not looking to adopt a dog but want to get your kids their animal fix, there will also be a petting zoo. The Rodeo is calling all future cowboys and cowgirls: they're providing three different activities to keep the energy up including Mutton Busting, Rodeo Demonstrations and activities for the children. If your son or daughter isn't in the next generation of bull riders, there will also be a pumpkin race all night long for $10. Sept. 29, 2018 from 4-9 p.m. Details here.

Nabhan. Nabhan dedicates his work to conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity, and wow, bless him for it. His new book, Food from the Radical Center: Healing Our Lands & Communities, is available to purchase—and have signed by Nabhan himself—after this talk. Food and music under the stars will be available as well, and so will drinks with a donation. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Mission Garden: Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace, 946 W. Mission Lane. $20 suggested donation. Details here.

Steampunk GLOW! It’s the second GLOW! of the season, and it’s time to get goggly! Think science fiction meets technology but all in the Victoria Era and also glowing. Because this is GLOW! So you have to light up the trails with your costumes and the glow of your excitement. Mount Lemmon  HiWay and hypnopad will play music on the paths from 7 to 9 p.m., Los Puchos will perform on the main stage from 9 to 11 p.m. and Laurel Wilson will be performing “Death Wears a Miniskirt” throughout the night. In addition, grab a tarot card reading by Felicitas and check out Karel Moonan’s photo booth. Ready, set, GLOW! 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Triangle L Ranch, 2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Road. $21.44 adults, $12.86 kids 4 to 12, $75.04 for a carpool (four adults per car). Details here.
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A Very Arizona Oktoberfest. Beer, food, ice cream, live music and a jumping castle? Now that sounds like a fun afternoon. Arizona Beer House is hosting their own version of the famous German holiday “Oktoberfest.” Arizona-brewed and German-style beers, German-inspired cuisine by Haus of Brats, additional food options by Sazon El Cebo-Yon Food Truck and Udder Delights Desserts should keep your appetite satisfied while local musicians perform. This is a family-friendly event where, on top of the jumping castle, free face paintings and free balloon twistings are available. Noon to midnight. Saturday Sept. 29. 150 S. Kolb Road. Details here.  

BIG Gala Jazz & Gin, a Tucson Speakeasy.
Do you want to dress up and take a trip to the past? Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson is celebrating 55 years with a gala at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort’s Grand Ballroom. The dress code is “guys in suits and dolls in glam,” and guests will be served appetizers, a meal, gin, wine and more. The Wildcat Jazz Band will perform, and an auction will take place with prizes available. 5 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday Sept. 29. 160 E. Alameda St. $150. Details here.

Pride Brunch 2018. After Tucson Pride’s annual Pride in the Desert Festival on Sept. 29, make sure to attend the Pride Brunch hosted by Macaroni Grill. This is the first-ever After Pride Brunch, and 20 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Tucson Pride. Let Macaroni Grill know you are dining for Pride. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. 5100 E. Broadway Blvd. Details here.

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2018 Free Flight Film Festival. Cans Deli is getting you high and free with a series of films about “free flight” in hang gliding and paragliding. These five selections, chosen by the Southern Arizona Hang Glider Association, highlight the wonders of free flight. There will also be a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses and even tandem flights! 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. 340 N. Fourth Ave. $5 donation suggestion. Details here. 

50 Pounds from Stardom. Like any good musical, this show at the Gaslight Music Hall is packed with comedy, rockin’ tunes and a message about overcoming adversity. Specifically, it tells the story of one singer’s attempts to “make it big” in showbiz and her niece’s dream of taking a walk in her aunt’s shoes. You’ll be blown away by the vocal talents of the two stars, Marianne LeMoine and Yvette Karr, and the body positivity will have audiences of all shapes and sizes feeling refreshed and like there is no amount of weight between them and stardom. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Gaslight Music Hall, 13005 N. Oracle Road. $20. Details here.

Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater.
Gregory Popovich grew up as the child of Russian circus performers and started juggling at age six then went on to be part of the Great Moscow Circus Group. Now he travels the United States putting on this crazy show with dozens of animals he rescued from all over the country. Dogs walk on tight ropes, cats jump rope, miniature ponies perform, and a whole crew of geese, parrots and white doves all get in on the action too. Plus, there’s a crew of world-class humans who juggle, perform acrobatics and make the audience laugh. He says on his website that, rather than “train” his animals, he designs performances based on his animals’ existing interests and talents. This show is perfect for human children, human adults and probably the whole animal kingdom, but try not to bring any non-humans with you. 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. $17 to $37. Details here.
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Karaoke Hotline. As the months grow colder, two of the most effective ways to stay warm, according to science, are to warm up your limbs with a little bit of alcohol and warm up your soul with a little bit of singing your heart out. This week, why not try it out at R Bar, where they claim to have access to the largest collection of karaoke known to this plane of existence. There could be songs in their karaoke repertoire that aren’t even WRITTEN yet. Get groovin’, get movin’, and get on down to R Bar. 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. R Bar, 350 E. Congress, Free. Details here.

Tipsy Tea. Café a la C’Art has another alcohol-involved event coming with their second Tipsy Tea. Enjoying your afternoon tea takes a new meaning as the restaurant will serve tea cocktails with a side of elegant sweet and savory fare. Non-alcoholic tea is also available. There will be two seatings possible. 3 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. 150 N. Main Ave. $32. Details here.

Buy a Plate and get a Plant. Here’s an interesting offer: Buy a plate of food and receive a one-gallon-sized native plant. Spadefoot Nursery, Zinman’s Food Shop and Vegan Bistro are using this event to promote biological diversity in Tucson. If you do not have a place to keep the plant or someone to give it to, it can be planted on site. 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday Sept. 30. 111 W. Fourth St. $8.75. Details here.

The Second Annual Tucson Heritage Food & Wine Festival. Hacienda Del Sol is back with their second edition of the Tucson Heritage Food & Wine Festival. With some of the best local food and drink vendors, the event will treat people to an array of traditional beer, wine, cocktail and culinary options. 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday Sept. 30. 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. $65. Details here.

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Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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