Friday, November 29, 2019

Things to Do This Weekend in Tucson

Posted By on Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Friday, Nov. 29

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Black Friday Cupcake & Stout Pairing.
For one of the most intense holidays of the year, Caps & Corks is getting dark (and rich!). This Black Friday celebration allows you to take a break from the crazy shopping and relax with drinks and cupcakes. Caps & Corks is pairing with Daniela’s Cooking for some specialty cupcakes. This chocolatey line-up might just be what you need to get through the holiday season. 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. 3830 W. River Road. Information.

Tilly the Trickster.https://www.downtowntucson.org/visit/parade-of-lights/ For the holiday season this year, Live Theatre Workshop is putting on a show that’s not full of snowflakes or Christmas trees, but centers around some of the other core tenets of the season, like family, music and raucous laughter. Mischievous Tilly loves to play tricks on her family, friends and even her teacher, from feeding them toothpaste-flavored cookies to giving them leaky cups. How will she react when her family decides to turn the tables and get back at her? You’ll have to come see! The show is based on the book by Molly Shannon, who’s created characters in Saturday Night Live, Superstar and Never Been Kissed. Fridays through Sundays from Friday, Nov. 29, to Saturday, Dec. 28 with 7 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. shows on Saturdays and Sundays. Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. $12 adults, $10 kids. Information.

Miracle on Congress Street. Tucson may not have a 34th St., but we do have a street that’s pretty much the place to be all year round, and that’s no different during the holidays. Throughout the holiday season, the HUB and Playground Bar and Lounge are partnering to provide a little holiday cheer downtown on the weekends. Crafts, holiday treats and family fun will be made even better by the presence of adoptable puppies and Santa Claus himself! There’s also a bar with holiday-inspired cocktails, and hot cocoa and cookies for the kids. Fridays through Sundays from Nov. 29 to Dec. 22. 4 to midnight Fridays, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. 300 W. Congress St. Information.

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25th Annual Parade of Lights. There’s something about being downtown in a city during the holidays that makes everything feel especially festive. Is it because there are so many Christmas movies that take place in New York City? Is it because going downtown often means you’re celebrating and having fun anyway? Is it just because of all the decorations? Whatever the reason, don’t miss this event full of lit-up floats, the must-see tree lighting ceremony and free streetcar rides all day long! With 60 illuminated buildings and nearly 150 street trees wrapped with lights, downtown truly is a wonderland this time of year. 4:30 to 9 p.m. (tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. and parade at 6:30 p.m.) on Saturday, Nov. 30. Jacome Plaza, 101 N. Stone Ave. Free. Information.

Friends and Family Skate Night. When was the last time you put on a pair of roller skates and glided (or stumbled) your way around a roller rink? The Tucson Indoor Sports Center invites you to relive the glory days of your youth at this open skate with games, races, music, drinks and fun! You gotta bring your own skates, so if you don’t have a pair, face it: It’s probably time to invest in some roller skates/roller blades. Odds are, they’ll make your life a lot more fun and whimsical. L8R SK8R. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. Tucson Indoor Sports Center, 1065 W. Grant Road. $5. Information.

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Western Heritage Festival. In some ways, it feels like there’s always a Western Heritage Festival going on at Old Tucson. But in this special partnership with the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation, they’re adding demonstrations from local cultural groups to the normal entertainment mix—and not to mention a visit from Santa Claus. Power from the Past will have early engines, tractors and equipment on display, and they’ll be making ice cream using the engines! The Sonoran Plein Air Painters will be holding a “quick draw” competition and selling art. And Ha:San Preparatory and Leadership School will be selling traditional O’odham food. There’s also a period fashion show, handweaving demonstrations and the release of a new whiskey! Truly the best of the West! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 1. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. $21.95 GA, $10.95 kids 4 to 11. Information.

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Cabaret. If you’re not a fan of musicals because you think they’re all full of manically cheerful performers living out painfully predictable storylines, how’s this for a setting? It’s 1931 in Berlin, and most of the action takes place surrounding a seedy nightclub called the Kit Kat Klub. There’s a love story between a German landlord and a Jewish fruit vendor, some deliciously racy numbers, a whole lot of metaphor and several Tony Awards. Don’t miss the Arizona Theatre Company’s production of it! Sara Bruner directs, Jesse Sanchez music directs and Jaclyn Miller choreographs. Saturday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 29. With showtimes at 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., depending on the day. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. $50 to $80., or $29 to $58 for preview shows Saturday, Nov. 30 through Thursday, Dec. 5. Information.

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My Neighbor Totoro. For their Cult Classics series, the Loft Cinema is screening a film Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children. And they’re screening it three days in a row, no less! Released in 1988, My Neighbor Totoro was one of the first animes to find broad success in the West, due in no small part to its universal themes of childhood and humanity’s relationship with the Earth. Having a bus-sized cat running throughout the countryside probably helped woo audiences as well. My Neighbor Totoro is one of those children’s movies that is so beloved and artistic, it expands into being a film suited for any and all. 10 to 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, through Saturday, Nov. 30. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $8. The film will be presented in Japanese w/ English subtitles. Information.

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Weird Science. Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith co-star in this 80s classic about (what else?) nerds getting even. But unlike other films of the time, Weird Science features just a dash of science fiction, resulting in said nerds creating a magical goddess via early computer wackery. With an Oingo Boingo soundtrack, Frankenstein themes, and a level of ’80s goofiness only capable from John Hughes, Weird Science is a bonafide cult classic. Casa Video invites you into the cyber realm. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Information.

Saturday, Nov. 30

Tilly the Trickster. For the holiday season this year, Live Theatre Workshop is putting on a show that’s not full of snowflakes or Christmas trees, but centers around some of the other core tenets of the season, like family, music and raucous laughter. Mischievous Tilly loves to play tricks on her family, friends and even her teacher, from feeding them toothpaste-flavored cookies to giving them leaky cups. How will she react when her family decides to turn the tables and get back at her? You’ll have to come see! The show is based on the book by Molly Shannon, who’s created characters in Saturday Night Live, Superstar and Never Been Kissed. Fridays through Sundays from Friday, Nov. 29, to Saturday, Dec. 28 with 7 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. shows on Saturdays and Sundays. Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. $12 adults, $10 kids. Information.

Reid Park Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. This fair, full of work by local painters, photographers, potters, jewelers and other artists, has been going strong for more than three decades, attracting over 160 vendors from all over the Southwest. Everything at the show is handmade, which makes giving one of these items as a gift extra special (especially if you decide to lie and tell the recipient that you made it with your own hands). But it’s also just a lovely way to spend an afternoon, whether you are gift shopping, treating yourself, or just enjoying the park on a weekend afternoon. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1. Reid Park (900 S. Randolph Way), just west of the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center. Free. Information.

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O’odham Made It Market.
Okay, there’s room for one more holiday market in City Week this week, right? These art pieces, including art, clothing, jewelry and décor, are handmade by local members of the Tohono O’odham tribe. There’s also a nice selection of farm-to-table produce so you can cook yourself a nice meal when you get home, as a reward for getting some holiday shopping done. Enjoy live Waila music by Mumsigo Family while you shop, and the kids can hang out in the bounce house. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. San Xavier Co-Op, 8100 S. Oidak Wog. Information.

Miracle on Congress Street. Tucson may not have a 34th St., but we do have a street that’s pretty much the place to be all year round, and that’s no different during the holidays. Throughout the holiday season, the HUB and Playground Bar and Lounge are partnering to provide a little holiday cheer downtown on the weekends. Crafts, holiday treats and family fun will be made even better by the presence of adoptable puppies and Santa Claus himself! There’s also a bar with holiday-inspired cocktails, and hot cocoa and cookies for the kids. Fridays through Sundays from Nov. 29 to Dec. 22. 4 to midnight Fridays, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. 300 W. Congress St. Information.

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Western Heritage Festival. In some ways, it feels like there’s always a Western Heritage Festival going on at Old Tucson. But in this special partnership with the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation, they’re adding demonstrations from local cultural groups to the normal entertainment mix—and not to mention a visit from Santa Claus. Power from the Past will have early engines, tractors and equipment on display, and they’ll be making ice cream using the engines! The Sonoran Plein Air Painters will be holding a “quick draw” competition and selling art. And Ha:San Preparatory and Leadership School will be selling traditional O’odham food. There’s also a period fashion show, handweaving demonstrations and the release of a new whiskey! Truly the best of the West! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 1. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. $21.95 GA, $10.95 kids 4 to 11. Information.

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Cabaret. If you’re not a fan of musicals because you think they’re all full of manically cheerful performers living out painfully predictable storylines, how’s this for a setting? It’s 1931 in Berlin, and most of the action takes place surrounding a seedy nightclub called the Kit Kat Klub. There’s a love story between a German landlord and a Jewish fruit vendor, some deliciously racy numbers, a whole lot of metaphor and several Tony Awards. Don’t miss the Arizona Theatre Company’s production of it! Sara Bruner directs, Jesse Sanchez music directs and Jaclyn Miller choreographs. Saturday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 29. With showtimes at 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., depending on the day. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. $50 to $80., or $29 to $58 for preview shows Saturday, Nov. 30 through Thursday, Dec. 5. Information.

My Neighbor Totoro. For their Cult Classics series, the Loft Cinema is screening a film Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children. And they’re screening it three days in a row, no less! Released in 1988, My Neighbor Totoro was one of the first animes to find broad success in the West, due in no small part to its universal themes of childhood and humanity’s relationship with the Earth. Having a bus-sized cat running throughout the countryside probably helped woo audiences as well. My Neighbor Totoro is one of those children’s movies that is so beloved and artistic, it expands into being a film suited for any and all. 10 to 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, through Saturday, Nov. 30. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $8. The film will be presented in Japanese w/ English subtitles. Information.

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (In Concert!). What’s one of the only things that can rival the spectacle of a Spielberg film? An original score by John Williams, of course! E.T. was lucky enough to have both, and now the Tucson Symphony Orchestra is bringing the experience to you in full force. This screening features E.T. projected HD on a huge screen, while TSO and conductor Keitaro Harada perform the score live. While it isn’t really a holiday film, E.T. is so full of warmth and wonder, you might as well count this as one of your holiday to-dos. 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. 260 S. Church Ave. $30 to $80. Box office opens 90 minutes before performance. Information.

Sunday, Dec. 1

Sonoran Glass School Winter Open House. Curious about the art of glassblowing? Want to watch some handblown ornaments getting made right before your eyes? For that matter, want to try out making your own glass ornament or snowflake? Head over to this open house to do some learning, Christmas shopping and general fawning over this fascinating, beautiful art. You can tour the studios, gallery and sculpture garden, and, if you make any purchases, know that your proceeds support glass art education in Southern Arizona. And who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with torchworking, ornament-designing or glass orb-creating. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Sonoran Glass School, 633 W. 18th St. Free. Information.

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Tea Ceremony.
It seems tea has always been a source of comforting ritual through the ages, whether you settle with a book and a cup of tea after a long day, make tea at an electric kettle at your desk at work, or like to meet up for tea with friends. The canons of etiquette for Japanese tea ceremonies have been around for nearly a thousand years, and at this ceremony, you can take part of them. A tea master in classical kimono will prepare and serve you a bowl of matcha and a traditional Japanese sweet to nibble on. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way. $25, or $15 for members. Information.

Western Heritage Festival. In some ways, it feels like there’s always a Western Heritage Festival going on at Old Tucson. But in this special partnership with the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation, they’re adding demonstrations from local cultural groups to the normal entertainment mix—and not to mention a visit from Santa Claus. Power from the Past will have early engines, tractors and equipment on display, and they’ll be making ice cream using the engines! The Sonoran Plein Air Painters will be holding a “quick draw” competition and selling art. And Ha:San Preparatory and Leadership School will be selling traditional O’odham food. There’s also a period fashion show, handweaving demonstrations and the release of a new whiskey! Truly the best of the West! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 1. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. $21.95 GA, $10.95 kids 4 to 11. Information.

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Cabaret.
If you’re not a fan of musicals because you think they’re all full of manically cheerful performers living out painfully predictable storylines, how’s this for a setting? It’s 1931 in Berlin, and most of the action takes place surrounding a seedy nightclub called the Kit Kat Klub. There’s a love story between a German landlord and a Jewish fruit vendor, some deliciously racy numbers, a whole lot of metaphor and several Tony Awards. Don’t miss the Arizona Theatre Company’s production of it! Sara Bruner directs, Jesse Sanchez music directs and Jaclyn Miller choreographs. Saturday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 29. With showtimes at 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., depending on the day. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. $50 to $80., or $29 to $58 for preview shows Saturday, Nov. 30 through Thursday, Dec. 5. Information.

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XOXO: Where to Rock This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Friday, Nov. 29

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Always wanted to sing in a group? Come kick the tires at this open participation event—turning the audience into a choir. The science shows the therapeutic benefits (neurotransmitters spark the right temporal lobe to life releasing endorphins that make us healthier and happier) and when we sing together this effect is amplified. Choir! Choir! Choir! At the Rialto Theatre...

A descendent of the Tarahumara people, this award-winning artist recognized the connection between hip-hop and indigenous culture. Artson headlines Red Friday: A Traveling Music and Art Festival for Tribal Nations. Featuring Odin Rock, Communal, Dream Team, Tonight's Sunshine, Saint Jamain and Luxy Vinyl. At 191 Toole...

Escape materialism and capitalism and dance for Black Friday. Mexican emo/queer synth popper Flor de Nopal joins DJ Mijito at R Bar...

Is This Thing On? An emo, post-hardcore, punk night rages forth. This installment sees Signals, Taking Back Harambe, Tucson Is The Reason and Annie Jump Cannon take to the stage in the flesh. At Club Congress...

Dreamy, surfy sounds commingle in harmony with Southwestern gothic soul music. Nelene Deguzman (of The Rifle) and Just Najima are at Saint Charles Tavern...

Since 2005, these multiple Best of Tucson winners for Best Cover Band channel new wave classics, pop and power ballads from what could be your favorite decade. 80s & Gentlemen rock on the rooftop at Playground...

Resident DJs W3$T Friday and Elektra Tek host some of the Old Pueblo's top and up-and-coming turntablists. Funk Yo House Fridays goes off at Irene's Holy Donuts...

A night of many rich flavors. Grungy fuzz and indie rockers Feverfew and The Electric Blankets are paired with hip-hoppers Jivin' Scientists and turntablist/beatmaker Halsero. It all goes down at Thunder Canyon Brewstillery...

Saturday, Nov. 30

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Not feeling the spirit? Celebrate the anti-Christmas. Festivus—a term coined by Frank Costanza (on TV comedy Seinfeld) stands as a secular backlash to the commercialization of the Yuletide—features Gutter Town, Black Cat Bones, Desert Fish, Nocturnal Theory, Sworn Apart and AJ's Rockabilly Ruckus. At the Rialto Theatre...

Street cred? In addition to releasing three full-length albums under his own name, this L.A. alt-rocker has contributed to recordings by Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, King Tuff and others. Mikal Cronin is at 191 Toole...

"The King of Strings," celebrated blues/rock guitarist Carvin Jones returns to The Rock...

Three generations collide on the dancefloor, The Fineline Revisited: DJ Stubbie keeps the infamy alive. At the Surly Wench Pub...

Rock 'n' roll, loud AF, straight up. Reuniting to toast 20 years of noise making. Dirtnap are at EncoreTucson...

Performing on tiny keyboards, musical instruments and non-instruments both variegated and amusing—Thøger Lund, Dimitri Manos and Jeff Grubic—SRS (Spontaneous Response Squadron) explore ambient improvisation at Exo Bar...

Performing original compositions and adaptations rooted in various pan-African nastyles: African Folk, Afro-pop, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. The Key Ingredients of African Soul will perform what Doc Twang says, "...will be our last show for a while." At Monterey Court...

Natalie Pohanic & The Sunset's honey sweet indie-folk songs shine brightly at the end of the day. In the courtyard at Mercado San Agustin...

Let's Get Hyphy finds DJ Jahmar and a mysterious special guest spin Bay Area hip-hop. At Mr. Head's Art Gallery & Bar...

Revealing themselves prismatically in a "Daffodil Daydream" Texan alt-rockers Deliah Blue along with Tucson's In Lessons, Heroes Reunion and Manguera lay siege to the Sky Bar...

Award-winning indie-folk duo Ryanhood perform in a free event at the Fox Theatre...

Giving soul to the universe, wings to the mind, Still Life Telescope and Max Parallax skew the great divide. At Saint Charles Tavern...

The intrepid Tucson Symphony Orchestra presents E.T. the Extra-terrestrial In Concert. At Tucson Convention Center...

Sunday, Dec. 1

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Celebrate World AIDS Day with a party on the patio. Ras Jahge, Lexi Kay Moncada, Veronica Chase, Tucson High Folklorico and Dust Dance Collective are set to perform in this family-friendly event. Free HIV testing is available. At Hotel Congress...

Inspired by ancient Egyptian and near-Eastern mysticism as well as the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, death metallists Nile bring A Vile Caustic Attack Tour to EncoreTucson...

"We're here to tell a story, about fame, decadence, triumph and tragedy." Mercury: A Celebration of Freddie Mercury's Life and Music is at the Fox Theatre...

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Laughing Stock: Comedy for the Ages

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 1:00 AM

The cast of Keep Tucson Sketchy brings a fourth SNL parody show to the Screening Room November 30. - CLAYTON BRAASCH
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  • The cast of Keep Tucson Sketchy brings a fourth SNL parody show to the Screening Room November 30.

Laughs for the Social Security Set

“By my own estimation, I was the funniest lawyer in Illinois,” says Ira Leavitt, instigator of a new comedy show for old folks that features Dave Fitzsimmons. “Last year, I was looking through the course catalog for UArizona’s OLLI (Osher Life Long Learning Program for seniors) and I noticed ‘Comedy 101’. It said the final exam was (to perform) at a real comedy club.

“What the hell! I took the course (taught by veteran comedian and artist manager Ron Reid) and, once I took the stage in class, I was hooked.” Leavitt was so enthusiastic about his first material that he tried it out at a local open mic. He bombed so badly that he almost decided to stay home from the class performance.

“The final was (for students’ friends and family) at Laffs Comedy Café. The audience laughed, even howled, at my 5 minutes. On the way home I figured out something I already knew. Comedy is generational and what the 20-somethings at that other club did not relate to, the 55+ crowd at Laffs found funny. “The next day Ron and I exchanged emails (about) a need for senior humor.”

Leavitt tapped your humble, 75-year-old scribe to join forces, and Reid, invited Casa de Comedy’s Dave Margolis. Fitzsimmons got involved somehow (He claims he was “poached like a gazelle from the Veldt.”), and he recruited his long-time collaborators Elliot Glicksman and Jay Taylor. A year later, a comedy show for seniors, Still Standing Up, debuts at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Tickets are $10 via Eventbrite.com

All of us, except Reid, are in the show. Reid oversees tech and keeps us amused with horror stories about his HOA. Leavitt is the emcee and pitchman. He’s pursuing opportunities with social directors of 55+ communities.

Fitzsimmons is enjoying the ride. He says, “One of our comedians entertained passengers on the Butterfield Stage Route. Another once played the Globe theater, and I don’t mean in Globe.

“Being around these jokers has done me a world of good. We’re close. We swap as many stories as we swap catheters.”

Better than Pumpkin Spice

Last Friday Last Laughs cooks up a Thanksgiving menu of Tucson favorites at Hotel McCoy at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29. Popular local Pauly Casillas headlines the free show, which features the smartly hilarious Phoenix comedian Savannah Hernandez. Among her many talents is an unmissable, spot-on Rihanna vocal impersonation.

The show also features local host Matt Ziemak (Brew Ha Ha, The Switch, The O open mic) and Steena Salido, the sparkplug comic now organizing LatinX shows in both Tucson and Phoenix. Rebecca Tingley, Zack Lyman, Eli Turner, Andrew Scott and rising newcomer Michael Barnett round out the bill.

Return of Keep Tucson Sketchy

The rambunctious 40-plus-person cast and crew of Keep Tucson Sketchy presents the fourth of their bimonthly SNL parodies on Saturday, Nov. 30 at The Screening Room. The show features all-new, original sketches and props onstage and in video. Green Shirt Guy Alex Kack hosts and the elusive Seanloui is the musical guest. KTS had to turn people away from its first two shows. Now, they offer two performances, at 6 and 9 p.m. Reservations are $8.50 via Ticketleap.com.

Giggles for kids!

Children’s librarians at The Pima County Public Library just made a list of picture books virtually guaranteed to make kids, and their story readers, laugh out loud. Called “Giggle Magic”, the list is posted at https://bit.ly/35heaDC. All the titles are available at the libraries, including books now out of print. Many are also available in local bookstores and online for a chuckle break in your holiday shopping, and a gift of happy future memories.

Even More Laughs

Friday, Nov. 29: Standup with Zane Helberg at 8 p.m., The O ($5) and Jason Resler and Cory Michaelis at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Laffs Comedy Caffe ($12.50 and $17.50). Improv with The Ugly Sweater Show and The Riveters at 7:30 p.m. and The Soapbox at 9 p.m., TIM Comedy Theatre (TIM)($5). Family-friendly improv with Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed (NBOJU) at 7:30 p.m., Unscrewed Theater ($5 and $8).

Saturday, Nov. 30: Standup with Jason Resler and Cory Michaelis at 7 and 9:30 p.m., at Laffs Comedy Caffe ($12.50 and $17.50). Improv with the Game Show Show and Laugh Tracks at 7:30 p.m., and Pilot Season and PurseWine at 9 p.m. at TIM ($5). Uncensored improv with NBOJU at 7:30 p.m. at Unscrewed Theater ($5 and $8).

Free Open Mics


Sunday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m., at The O, and 8 p.m., at Chuckleheads in Bisbee.
Monday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Comedy at the Wench, The Surly Wench Pub.
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6:45 p.m., Neighborhood Comedy at The Music Box Lounge.
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. at The Screening Room and 8:30 p.m. at The Mint.
Thursday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m. at Laffs Comedy Caffe and 8:30 p.m. at Rockabilly Grill.

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Things to Do on Thanksgiving in Tucson

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Brains & Brews. I don’t know about you, but my brain always feels a lot more creative after a couple of beers. Will that translate to me being better at answering science trivia? Only one way to find out. This series at Sky Bar features different scientist guest speakers every week, followed by some trivia. This week’s theme, “Science Speakeasy,” features graduate students from the UA College of Science, talking about the cutting edge, fascinating research going on at the university in the laid-back environment of Sky Bar. 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27. Sky Bar Tucson, 536 N. Fourth Ave. Free. Information.

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Wee Winter Wonderland. Don’t ask us why, but there’s something especially charming about holiday scenes—a little girl scooting across the living room on a new scooter Christmas morning, a Georgian dining room decorated for Hannukah, a father and daughter celebrating Kwanzaa—when they’re recreated in miniature. And where better to go for such a fix than the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, which is decorated for the holiday season and features more than a dozen holiday-themed displays? Enjoy this exhibit from Tuesday, Nov. 26, to Monday, Jan. 5. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. Included with museum admission—or free for members! Museum admission is $10.50 adults, $8.50 military/senior, $7 students and youth ages 4 to 17. Purchase tickets in advance by Nov. 25 and save $2 per ticket. Information.

Thanksgiving Brunch at Starr Pass. Thanksgiving dinner is overrated, brunch is where it’s at. JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort is hosting a heaping helping of holiday cheer with a massive brunch at their Signature Grill. Main dishes include Spanish chorizo stuffed chicken, Steelhead trout, rainbow quinoa pilaf, and whipped sweet potato; plus an antipasti bar, pumpkin bisque and Signature pozole. Of course, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey and prime rib, with butternut squash ravioli on the side. The day also includes a kids buffet and plenty of pastries. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28. 3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard. $72 per adults, $27 per child 6-12 years, free under 5 years. Call (520) 791-6064 for reservations. Information. Information.

Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic. Yeah, this is a 5K and 1.5-mile run literally on Thanksgiving morning. There are some people who would never even consider spending the morning of what is supposed to be the most gluttonous day of the year in this country with some organized exercise, and that’s not unreasonable. But if this sort of thing is up your alley, here are the details: The race is around Reid Park, with separate events for men and women. It’s “European-style,” which means it’s on grass and dirt, and even has obstacles, like hay bale and water jumps. And the prizes include treats like pumpkin pies! 8 a.m. start for the first race. Thursday, Nov. 28. Reid Park (900 S. Randolph Way) at Ramada 10. $25, or $23 for Southern Arizona Roadrunner members. Or $30 for day-of registration. The 1.5K fun run is $15, or $20 for day-of registration. Information.

XOXO: Where to Rock, Thanksgiving

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 1:00 AM

The Hatpin duo
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Happy Thanksgiving! Folk harp and viola delicately commingle to arrive at a mysterious landing. Mariah McCammond and Deanna Cross are The Hatpin Duo. They will pay a lovely instrumental set at Agustin Kitchen...

Disco. Techno. House. The Optimist Club, Tucson's longest running club night, welcomes H.R. Guerin and Lance Fairchild—co-founders of Project Atlas—as the newest resident DJs. At Club Congress...

Arizona's Most Wanted finds outlaws Mark Insley and Damon Barnaby adding a rock 'n' roll twist to a tall stein of alt-country. At Iron John's Brewing Company-Congress...

DJs Atom Energy and Lunarfluxx continue to tap into a rich motherlode of house music, deep from the underground. Like a stick of dynamite, Deeper explodes at Bar Passé...

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Rep. Grijalva Responds to Report of Mistreatment in Eloy Detention Center

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 3:46 PM

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Rep. Raúl Grijalva weighed in on a recent report from two national human rights groups on the harsh conditions for individuals in the Eloy Detention Center.

The report, "The Carceral State of Arizona" was released by the Advancement Project and Puente this October, and alleges degrading and inhumane treatment of migrant detainees in the Eloy facility.

The report ranks Eloy as one of the deadliest ICE facilities in the country, claiming there is a lack of adequate emergency services, food and medications, among other mistreatments. 

Grijalva, who has introduced legislation since 2015 to combat private prisons and detention centers, said that the Eloy Detention Center has been "plagued by a long and tragic history of neglect."

"Since 2003, there have been more than a dozen deaths," Grijalva said in a statement Wednesday.  "Unfortunately, many of these deaths could have been prevented had the facility acted according to law. Yet, the reality is that for-profit detention centers and private prisons are motivated by profit, not human decency. The incarceration of pregnant women, individuals with serious health needs and immigrants must stop. The federal government continues to contract with the private prison complex who acts without accountability or oversight. We must end private prisons and immigration detention centers. Congress must provide that accountability and oversight."

In 2017, Grijalva introduced the Justice is Not For Sale Act which, along with requiring "federal, state, and local governments to directly operate and perform core services at adult prisons and detention centers," requires ICE to "use Alternatives to Detention, and increases oversight to prevent companies from overcharging inmates and their families for services like banking and telephone calls."

To see the full report, visit https://insideeloy.org/pdfs/carceral-state-report.pdf

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Tucson’s Holiday Ice Rink Opens This Friday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 11:52 AM

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The City of Tucson is opening its inaugural outdoor ice skating rink on Friday, located at 45 N. 5th Ave., across the street from Hotel Congress.

The rink, which will open at 4 p.m., will operate from Nov. 29 to Jan. 5, and will be open seven days a week, except for Christmas Day.

The rink will be available to the public and for private events during off-hours, with the facility operating from 4-10 p.m. on Monday-Friday, noon-10 p.m. on Saturday and noon-7 p.m. on Sunday.

Open skate will cost $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, with skate rental included in that cost. Socks are required and gloves are highly recommended.

All purchases must be made at the rink, with no discounts given out for bringing your own skates. For more information on the rink and to make a reservation, call (520)-791-4101.

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