Jon Simon’s Jazz Piano.
Sometimes, when a person is so fantastic at what they do that it makes you jealous, it helps to think about the things they might be bad at. Beyonce probably isn’t that great of a cook, for example. Maybe Usain Bolt is really bad at math, or something. Unfortunately, when it comes to composer and pianist Jon Simon, it is difficult for us, the average Joes of the world, to find solace. Not only has he performed all over the world, been voted one of Moment Magazine’s Top 10 Jewish Instrumental Performers and studied music composition under the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, but he also has an MBA from Harvard and graduated summa cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. Plus, he’s a family man, with a wife and three kids. This man does it all. Come see him play at this night of music and three-course dining hosted by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. The Buttes at Reflections, 98090 N. Oracle Road. $45. Details Here.
ArtNow! With Pablo Rasgado.
In case you’re unfamiliar, ArtNow! at MOCA is a laid-back lecture series that gives you a chance to hear from artists about the work they create and how they do it. Rasgado just completed a five-week residency at MOCA, and will be talking about that along with the interventions he does in urban spaces and architectural settings. This is a guy who’s constantly discovering new mediums and techniques, and who likes to combine areas as disparate as archeology, restoration, linguistics and chemistry. He has a particular interest in the potential held in inactive spaces in cities. Did we mention there’s snacks? 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, 265 S. Church Ave. $10 for nonmembers, free for members. Details Here.
King Lear starring Ian McKellen
. Chichester Festival Theatre’s recent production gave Shakespeare’s classic new life by bringing Sir Ian McKellen onstage. (That’s possibly the most British sentence I’ve ever written.) Now, you can see one of McKellen’s greatest stage performances on-screen at The Loft. 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, and 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $15. Details Here.
S.Y.STEM Coalition Cooks.
Come for a night of food, fun and science. Local chefs will be presenting the science behind their favorite dishes while giving you a taste. All proceeds will help S.Y.STEM Coalition bring free and low-cost educational programming to Tucson youth, in a night featuring music, a silent auction and fun activities for families. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. 2325 West Sunset Road. $12 Details Here.
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Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.