Sixth Annual Firestone Walker Showcase.
The Firestone Walker Brewing Co. is doing a complete tap takeover at the Tap and Bottle Downtown in the brewer’s sixth annual showcase. The “Parabola” or the “Scubula” are just a couple of the several tap options Firestone Walker is bringing to the table. 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16. 403 N. Sixth Ave. Details Here.
. In the mood for delicious ceviche? The Villa Peru Restaurant will be serving their range of classic ceviche dishes during their bi-annual Ceviche Festival this weekend. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17. The event is free to get in, and each of the ceviche dishes are individually priced. 1745 E. River Road. Details Here.
We all know Arizona’s 5 Cs, and we all know that if we had to pick just one C to represent our desert state, it would be copper (with climate in a close second, probably, though that’s debatable). After all, in the mid-19th century, a quarter of the state’s population were miners! Even today, Arizona accounts for about 60 percent of copper production in the United States. To celebrate all the color, history and importance of copper, Tohono Chul asked artists to create pieces that reflect all of that, in any medium they choose. See some beautiful art, take a stroll in the gardens and reflect on what a neat state we live in. Reception is 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, and exhibit runs through Feb. 6, 2019. Tohono Chul Main Gallery, 7366 Paseo del Norte. $13 adults, $10 military/student/senior, $3 kids 5 to 12 and free for members and kids under 5. Details Here.
Bette Davis Ain’t For Sissies.
Here at the Weekly, we love a good one-woman show. This 90-minute performance, written by and starring Jessica Sherr, tells the story of 1930s actress and icon Bette Davis on the night of the 1939 Academy Awards. Davis was nominated for best actress in the film Dark Victory
, but the LA Times leaked the names of the winners early (we won’t say who—we don’t want to spoil it in case you didn’t pick up the Times that day). Defiant and disillusioned, Davis straight up just walks out of the Oscars, a moment that is only a part of the story of her battle against Hollywood studios. 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave. $35. Details Here.
All Right Now Dance Party with the Rillito River Band.
If you haven’t heard the Rillito River Band play yet, where have you been? These long-time Tucsonans cite influences ranging from Cream to the Cure to Van Morrison to James Taylor, and you might hear songs by all of those artists, along with a few originals. If you like three-part harmonies, touching love songs or totally raucous rock ’n’ roll (so, if you’re a human who likes any kind of music), this is a show for you. Get ready to dance, because they’re clearing a space for those of you who will hear this music and not be able to stay off your feet. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Gaslight Music Hall, 13005 N. Oracle Road. $12.50. Details Here.
Danny Lyon: The American Southwest, and Mexico
. If you’re a fan of Etherton, you’ve probably seen some of this renowned photographer’s work. But this exhibit, featuring photos from his Southwestern Portfolio taken between 1967 and 1983 and photos from his international traveling retrospective, will include more than a dozen of his works that have never been seen before. And if that doesn’t excite you enough, then how about the fact that Danny Lyon himself is coming to Tucson for the West Coast debut of his new film Wanderer
, the fourth in a series he began back in 1971, and to offer an artist talk for the public with Rebecca Senf, the chief curator of the Center for Creative Photography? Photography exhibit opens with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave. Film screening starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Road. But try to get there at least half an hour early if you want a seat. Details Here.
Coyote Classics Dog Shows
. If you’re a dog person, then what could be more pleasant than spending your weekend watching a dog show? You can watch your favorite breeds compete in categories like their structure, their temperaments and the way they move; you can figure out if showing your own dog is something you might be interested in; and you might even see dog breeds you’ve never seen before. There’s plenty of vendors selling food to fuel you through the day, and it’s Western-themed, so bring your cowboy hat and big ol’ belt buckle if you’d like! Just don’t bring your own dog, OK? Only dogs eligible to be shown are allowed on the grounds. Friday, Nov. 16, through Monday, Nov. 19. Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road. Free. Details Here.
TMA Holiday Artisans Market.
OK, you have just over a month left to get your Christmas shopping done, and way less than that if we’re talkin’ Hanukkah. So put on your shoppin’ shoes , roll up your sleeves and head over to TMA. You can support local artists by buying their gorgeous handmade jewelry, artwork, textiles, crafts and other gifts for your loved ones to wear, hang up and use every day. What’s a better gift than the kind that will have the recipient constantly fielding questions like, “where did you GET that?” and “How can I get one of those?”? When you’re done with a full day of thinking about others, you can treat yourself to something nice right at the same market. Plus, there’s family-friendly activities all day! And a vibraphone! 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18. Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. Free. Details Here.
Amado Chili Cook-Off/Classic Car & Motorcycle Show.
This event is a fundraiser to help replace the Amado Youth Center that was destroyed by flood this fall. You’ll find a car and motorcycle show, food and craft beer from local vendors, musical entertainment and different chili tasting. Sizzle your palette for a cause! 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satuday, Nov. 17. 3001 I-19 Frontage Road. Details Here.
Sonoran Harvest: Taste the Desert.
What does it mean to taste the desert? In this festival, enjoy food found in the Sonoran Desert, while also being shown how to incorporate it into your everyday life. At the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, have a beer while tasting samples among the saguaros and help determine the Sonoran Harvest Queen or King based on your votes for favorite. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17. 2021 N. Kinney Road. $45. Details Here.
The UA Chemistry Club Fall Science “Magic” Show.
Did you have one of those cool chemistry teachers in high school who did neat tricks with fire that came with an explicit “don’t try this at home, even though you wouldn’t be able to because you don’t have the necessary chemicals” warning? If you did, this is going to make you nostalgic. If you didn’t, now’s your chance to finally live this little slice of the American Dream. The UA Chemistry Club is hosting this free event, full of excitement and education, to remind us that there’s nothing quite so magical as pure, unadulterated science. 11 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Nov. 17. Chemistry Building, Room 111, 1306 E. University Blvd. Free. Details Here.
Charlie Parker’s Yardbird.
The Arizona Opera is taking us on a journey through the mind of one of jazz’s greatest legends this week, the man who said beautifully simple, intensely powerful stuff like “don’t play the saxophone. Let it play you.” The show is told through a series of connected scenes following his death, about Parker attempting to compose his final masterpiece while also facing some of the very demons that made him such a master. One hour before each performance, there’s a lecture on the historical and musical context of the show, and after the Sunday show, there’s a talk back with composer Daniel Schynder and librettist Bridgette A. Wimberly. 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. $25 to $110. Details Here.
El Tour Fiesta.
We’re not going to suggest participating in the actual El Tour race this weekend as a spur-of-the-moment weekend activity. If you’re going to do the tour, you’ve probably known that for a while. If you’re not, you can still decide to head downtown for the after party! Cheer on the finishers, visit the Children’s Museum and nearby art galleries and check out the El Tour Exhibitors. The Michelob Ultra Garden, with food and drink, opens at 11 a.m., and there’s family-friendly entertainment in the downtown area all day until 5 p.m. Registration for the El Tour Fun Ride begins at 7:30 a.m., the first 100-mile finishers are expected around 11 a.m., and the party goes until 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Armory Park, 221 S. Sixth Ave. Details Here.
Family Festival in the Park.
Tucson Parks and Rec is partnering with Cigna for the 13th annual iteration of this event, full of games, prizes, crafts, face painting, tennis, disc golf and that most coveted of childhood event attractions: inflatables. Admission to the Reid Park Zoo will be just $1, with proceeds benefiting the zoo’s conservation fund, and the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center will host free swimming with an inflatable obstacle course. Plus, you can tour the park’s rose garden, enjoy free entertainment and chow down on food from local vendors. Give back to the community by bringing a canned goods donation for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Reid Park at 22nd and Country Club. Free, but please bring a non-perishable food donation! Details Here.
Hotel Congress Copper Jubilee: A Celebration of 100 Years.
This Sunday, Hotel Congress will be celebrating 100 years with a Copper Jubilee. The event will include historic tours, a birthday cake lit with 100 candles, specialty cocktails, a John Dillinger gun show and poetry readings. In celebration, Hotel Congress will also be creating a time capsule to be re-opened in 100 years from now to which you can bring something to be included. 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. 311 Congress St. Free. Details Here.
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Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.