Friday, September 7, 2018

25 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: Friday Sept. 7 - Sunday Sept. 9

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Friday, Sept. 7

Summer Wine Tour. For this tour, head south of the border and enjoy some wines from Mexico. You might not think Mexico has a thriving wine scene, but if any of the other Wine Tours from Maynards Market & Kitchen prove true, there will be a pleasant surprise in every crafted sip. Plus, you get to enjoy all the flavors from the comfort of Maynards patio at Tucson’s train depot. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. 400 N. Toole Ave. $12. Details here. 

First Fridays at the Arizona History Museum. It’s never a bad time to go check out the Arizona History museum, which houses artifacts of famous Arizonans like Geronimo and Wyatt Earp, as well as family-friendly exhibits like a mining tunnel and a recreation of 1870s Tucson. Not to mention the stories of other fascinating figures, like Emperor and Empress Maximillian and Carlota of Mexico. But going on first Fridays, when admission is two for one for the evening, is an especially good idea. 4 to 8 pm. Friday, Sept. 7. Arizona History Museum, 949 E. Second St. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 adult students, $4 students 7 to 17, free for kids 6 and under/veterans/AHS members. Details here.

Desert Dwellings” Opening Reception. This new exhibit at the DeGrazia Gallery in the sun runs through Jan. 30, 2019, and features an array of Ted DeGrazia’s landscape paintings. Whether he’s depicting adobes and ranch houses for people to dwell in or saguaros and mountains for animals to dwell in, these moody paintings are all about the hot homes of the Sonoran Desert. These paintings have never been on display before, so don’t miss an incredible opportunity to see and experience these dreamy landscapes by one of Tucson’s finest. 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, 6300 N. Swan Road. Free. Details here.

Cacao Yoga. There are a lot of different types of yoga out there, and they’re all supposed to relieve stress. But this one involves cacao, which we already know relieves stress, or at least is so good that it distracts you from whatever was stressing you out in the first place. This monthly practice at Barefoot Studio celebrates the new moon and includes a sacred cacao elixir to help you tap into your heart center, and your creativity and breath along with it. If you’ve never honored the new moon with a yoga routine, why not try it? The worst that could happen is that you have some nice quiet time and some magical elixir. 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Barefoot Studio, 6718 Thornydale Road. $25 members, $30 nonmembers. Details here.

Pink Floyd Planetarium Show. If you were alive in the ’70s and have never seen a Dark Side of the Moon laser light show, then shame on you. In fact, no matter when you were born, at this point, seeing a Dark Side of the Moon laser light show is sort of just part of the human experience. The Flandrau Planetarium is launching a revamped version of the show with spellbinding visuals, an upgraded sound system and that special kind of magic only Pink Floyd can make. To launch the new spectacular, they’ll be showing it at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. every Friday and 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. every Saturday for a month. The show opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. Eos Foundation Planetarium Theater in the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd. $8 tickets are available for purchase on the day of the show. Call 621-4516 to reserve tickets. Details here.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? He showed the world the power of caring and compassion, and while he was at it, sported some of the finest sweaters ever seen on American television. Even with a calm demeanor, Mr. Rogers was radical: fighting for civil rights and petitioning the Senate for PBS funding (and winning!). Casa Video is screening a new documentary on the life and times of everyone’s favorite neighbor. Wear your best cardigan for a dollar off your first beer. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.

Saturday, Sept. 8.

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Sour Candy And Sour Beer Pairing. Brace yourself, or at the very least pucker up, because 1912 Brewing is pairing their best sour brews with an assortment of sour candies. Some people enjoy particularly sour beers. I call them masochists, but it’s probably more common than you’d think. After all, this is 1912’s second annual sour pairing. 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. 2045 N. Forbes Blvd. Details here.

Back in the Day Saturday. “Their memory’s like a train, you can see them getting smaller as they pull away.”—Tom Waits. Hot 98.3, DJ Chuckie Chingon and Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ are helping you get back to the good old days with music and drink specials for the first Saturday of every month. Drinks are only 98 cents from 10 to 11 p.m.! 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. 1801 N. Stone Ave. $5-$7 cover charge. Details here. 

MOCA Fall Fundraiser: Surrealist Dinner Party Featuring David Henry Nobody Jr. Just another run-of-the-mill dinner party inspired by Les Diners de Gala, Salvador Dali’s surrealist cookbook. The book has a whole chapter devoted to snail and frog dishes, a recipe for avocado toast with lamb brains and tequila on it and a special section devoted to aphrodisiacs. It, like this party, is completely nuts in all the right ways. David Henry Nobody Jr. will be the “ringmaster” of the night, which features an Art-ini, an edible buffet of food porn, Molly Gabbard’s fascinating Everyday Titties exhibit, Brian & Ryan’s All American Hotdog Eating Invitational, performances by the Pork Torta & Shooda Shook It and video installations. The highlight of the night is David Henry Nobody Jr’s live, red-carpet runway show, “Edible Wardrobe Malfunctions.” 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. MOCA Tucson, 265 S. Church Ave. $100 tickets include food and two drink tickets. Details here.

Sense of Place. This new exhibit at the Tucson Children’s Museum is being billed as their newest and biggest yet! It takes museum guests on a trip around Tucson while staying all in one room. With depictions of desert landscapes and animals, maps of the area, and photos, the exhibit is a celebration of all the things that make Tucson wonderful—and boy, there sure are a lot of them. You’ll travel from the walls of Sabino Canyon to the hills of Sentinel Peak, check out Colossal Cave, see the stars through the Kitt Peak Telescope and even see the inside of a saguaro. Exhibit opens 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. Tucson Children’s Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave. $9 admission. Details here.

The Story of Owney the Postal Dog. Way back in 1888, this scruffy little dog started following the mailmen in Albany, New York around. The mailmen liked Owney pretty well, so they started letting him ride on the railway’s train cars across the state… then across the country… and then internationally. The first unofficial postal mascot has one cute story, and children and adult Tucsonans alike deserve to hear it. So head over to the Transportation Museum, where Postal History Foundation Director Lisa Dembowski will tell the story, and Will and Lee MacDonald will provide music. While you’re at it, check out the museum and have some family fun. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Tucson Historic Depot, 400 N. Toole Ave. Free. Details here.

Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch. Another weekend, another farmer’s market. And Second Saturdays at the Oro Valley Farmer’s market have more than the usual local produce and baked goods. This week, they’re hosting a special craft for kids: making lace dreamcatchers to celebrate National Lacemaking Day, National Aunt’s Day and National Grandparent’s Day. What a perfect way to knock out gifts for all those grandparents and aunts, especially considering that kids can do it at the farmer’s market, while parents are picking up their groceries. 8 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Sept. 8. Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road. Details here. 

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Native Gardens. The Arizona Theatre Company is opening their season with a hilarious new show about the border wall… well, about the border fence between two houses in a well-to-do Washington D.C. neighborhood. When Pablo and Tania Del Valle, a high-powered lawyer and a PhD student, respectively, move next door to Frank and Virginia Butley, a retired government employee and an engineer, the couples exchange pleasantries, but find they have different philosophies when it comes to gardening. Which wouldn’t be a problem if there wasn’t a disagreement as to exactly where the fence line between the two properties should lie. This play looks at the pursuit of the American dream, discrimination and compromise in a refreshingly funny way, leaving you both chuckling and contemplating as you walk out of the theater. Saturday, Sept. 8 to Saturday, Sept. 29, with shows at 7:30 p.m. most Tuesdays through Sundays, and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. $25 to $90. Details here.

Climate Change: Arizona’s New Reality. Much like the rest of the world, Arizona is suffering the effects of climate change, including high temperatures and a years-long drought. This speaker series hosted by the Pima County Public Library, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the UA Institute for the Environment details the threats of climate change, and also presents ways you can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for what the future has in store. While the series will feature three talks, along with presentations by Tucson-area high schoolers and UA students who are studying climate change themselves, UA scientist Gregg Garfin kicks off the series with this Southwest-centric talk. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. lower level meeting room. Free. Details here. 

Third Annual Putt for Paws Golf Tournament. You’ve probably heard that GOLF was originally an acronym that stood for “Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden.” That’s actually incorrect. In fact, it stands for Game Of Lovable Furballs. All proceeds at this tournament benefit the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, so enjoy a day full of golfing, kegs throughout the course, prizes, contests, awards and a luncheon afterparty secure in the knowledge that you are being completely selfless. And make sure you don’t miss the complimentary Bloody Mary bar. 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club, 6200 N. Club House Lane. $125 per player or $475 for a foursome. Details here.

Gamera Triple Feature. Yeah, Godzilla is cool, but is it a massive flying turtle with horns that breathes fire? No, that’s a claim reserved for Gamera alone. The Screening Room is paying homage to the testudinal terror by showing three Gamera movies back-to-back! Gamera: The Giant Monster, Gamera vs. Barugon, and Gamera vs. Gyaos will destroy Tokyo and blow your mind. Sponsored by Tucson Comic-Con and Cobra Arcade, with special retro trailers and giveaways all night. 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. 127 E. Congress St. Free. Details here.

Before the Flood. From National Geographic and Leonardo DiCaprio, this documentary takes a look at the very real signs and science of human-caused climate change, and what we can do to stop it. This free screening at Changemaker High School is part of the Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice rallies across the United States. Hosted by Sierra Club Rincon Group and Changemaker High School. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. 1300 S. Belvedere Ave. Details here.

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Acorn Bcorn (AB): This band may be from Tucson, but they kick it like hillbilly riot girls. These storming sisters are Slater Kinney meets Stripes-era Jack White with their chortle-belted vocals, heavy spare guitars, bass, and drums. And they trade off, sharing everything as only sisters can, using both hands and feet to play multiple instruments at once. AB is a multi-headed hydra—and dudes shouldn’t mess. “I like everything about you/Except how you live your whole life.” With their latest EP, Ladies in Waiting, the dynamic duo demonstrates just what they are doing in lieu of said “wait”—they are raising self-empowered, musical Cain. Already Tucson rock venue vets from their days in The Beta Sweat, the Cornelius sibs are known for their live takedowns and onstage synergy—what the hell, they’ve had a lifetime to perfect it. With Dovi, Cool Funeral, Lano and Feverfew. Saturday, Sept. 8. 191 Toole. Doors at 6, show at 6:30. $7-$10. All ages. Details here.

Sunday, Sept. 9

Mercado Flea. This eclectic vintage market at Mercado San Agustin was on hiatus for the summer, but it’s back from September to May! Antique and vintage dealers from all over the Tucson area are coming together to sell furniture, industrial equipment, collectibles, vintage clothing and all things old and authentic. Whether you’re looking for a final piece to tie your redecorating project together, are searching for some inspiration to get your redecorating project started, or just like to look at pretty things and see where it takes you, the Mercado Flea is always a treat. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. Lot between the Mercado San Agustin and the Mercado Annex, 100 S. Avenida del Convento. Details here.

Nama-Stay for a Beer. If you need a little more help getting into that Zen state, Tap & Bottle North has your back. All levels of experience are invited to this yoga class, taught by Rosemary Bietendorf, certified personal trainer. Stay for a beer, wine or mimosa after class. This event is BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat). 9:45 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. 7254 N. Oracle Road. Details here.

Breakfast Ride at Tanque Verde Ranch. Become a true Sonoran pioneer by riding a horse through the early morning desert and then enjoying a breakfast courtesy of Tanque Verde Ranch. Here you’ll get to live out two dreams: horseback riding and eating blueberry pancakes. The full breakfast includes pancakes, ranch-style eggs, bacon, orange juice and more. 7:15 to 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 and Thursday, Sept. 13. 14301 East Speedway. $75. Sign up online at TanqueVerdeRanch.com Details here. 

Second Sundaze Family Day at TMA. The museum is celebrating World Peace Day on Sept. 21 a little early at this second Sunday celebration, where there’ll be art-making, live performing and new-art unveiling. Make kites, postcards, paper crains, or even impressionistic art as part of the night’s creative component. You can even add your wish for peace to a big, collaborative web. Julie Sasse, chief curator and curator of modern and contemporary art, will lead a tour of some of the new works from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation—including a painting by the famed impressionism pioneer himself, Claude Monet. And of course, it wouldn’t be a peace-lovin’ event for Tucsonans without a performance by Mr. Nature at 1 p.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 N. Main Ave. Free. Details here.

Teddy Bear Clinic at the Reid Park Zoo. Happy National Teddy Bear Day! In honor of this momentous occasion, the Reid Park Zoo is offering an opportunity for you to bring in your favorite plush friend to get a check-up. Stuffed animals will be measured, weighed, diagnosed, and all bandaged up, if necessary, by a team of caring zoo staff and volunteers. Do you even remember the last time you took your teddy bear to the doctor? Probably not, which means you might be overdue. 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court. Free with zoo admission, which is $10.50 for adults 15 to 61, $8.50 for seniors 62 and up, $6.50 for kids 2 to 14 and free for kids 0 to 1. Details here.

African Children’s Choir. This insanely adorable, incredibly talented group of kids was put together by Music for Life, an organization that proves education to children in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa. Their goal is to help create new leadership for Africa, and one way they do this is by raising funds through children’s choir performances. While the children get an education and a chance to travel the world, the world gets to have their hearts melt and to learn just a little bit about different cultures as they watch these kids sing and dance and perform traditional African songs and dances (as well as some spirituals and Gospel faves). They’ve performed alongside artists like Paul McCartney and Mariah Carey, and for people like the Queen of England—and now you! 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. First Southern Baptist Church of Tucson, 445 E. Speedway Blvd. No tickets, donations appreciated. Details here.

The Blues Brothers (Aretha Franklin Tribute). Celebrate the Queen of Soul, civil rights icon and humanitarian with a special screening of this 1980 classic. Prior to the movie, The Loft Cinema will screen a collection of vintage Aretha music videos. Plus, enter the free raffle to win a fabulous “Aretha prize.” 2 to 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $8. Details here.

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

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