Tuesday, April 3, 2018


Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 2:52 PM

If you’re already feeling nostalgic for the way the Easter Bunny hopped in and out of your life last weekend, the perfect solution for this weekend is to fill that void with a different kind of hop.

The third annual Baja Beer Festival features more than 40 vendors, all from Arizona, with a special focus on India Pale Ales, or IPA’s, this year. In fact, the Tucson Homebrew Club recently judged the
 first-ever statewide IPA competition, and the winners will be announced this weekend as well.

Another first? The fest has teamed up with the Gastronomic Union of Tucson (GUT) to keep your stomach full of something besides bubbles. No outside food is allowed, unless in the form of a stylish pretzel necklace.

The Baja Beer Festival takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at Armory Park.

A $35 general admission ticket includes 20 tasting tickets (one ticket gets you one 4 oz beer tasting). $60 VIP tickets get you in at 1 p.m., an extra hour early, include 25 tasting tickets and a food voucher. Both come with a commemorative tasting mug, so you’ll have something to remember the afternoon by, even if you forget everything that actually happens. Designated driver tickets are available for 10 bucks.

Check out the full list of beers available at the event.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Two Dozen Ways To Have Fun This Weekend!

Posted By on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 4:20 PM

The ponies are back at Rillito Racetrack.
  • The ponies are back at Rillito Racetrack.
Wyatt Earp: Tombstone Brewing Company is pairing up with Casa Video Film Bar to give an authentic feel of the Wild West. See? Even films can get involved in Arizona Beer Week. Watch Kevin Costner play perhaps the most famous sheriff of Cochise County, and battle it out at the O.K. Corral. Or as the cool kids call it, the Okie Dokie Corral. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd.

Sans Soleil: Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church is opening up your mind with one of the most acclaimed documentaries of all time: Sans Soleil (or "Sunless"). This experimental documentary is part stock footage, part travelogue, part essay film, all combined to examine memory and what it means to be human. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. 2331 E. Adams St. Details here.

The Art of Truffles: No, not the thousand-dollar mushrooms people hunt for in the Black Forest. You'll learn how to make some awesome chocolatey treats, courtesy of Tamara from Chantilly Tea Shoppe. And all the while you're learning, you get to sip some wine! 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. 7090 N. Oracle Road.

Chinese New Year Dinner: The Carriage House is kicking off the Chinese new year with a five-course meal made specially by chef Devon Sanner. Included with the massive meal is a welcome cocktail and wine. And if all of that isn't enough, there is also a special performance by the Jade Lion. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. 125 S. Arizona Ave. For reservations, email

TEDxUofA: Uncharted. The first annual TEDxUofA conference is here! You'll hear from geologist, educator and writer Jess Kapp in her talk "Say Yes," about taking risks for the sake of self discovery. Shepard Robbins will talk about the dark side of comics in his talk "Under the Page." Biosystems engineering professor Joel Cuello talk about using amplified intelligence to achieve more sustainable methods of food development in "AI Does Food." Marketing assistant professor Caleb Warren will talk about why we love the products we do in "What Makes Things Cool." Jonathan Bean will talk about the shifting nature of markets in "Demand Less." Hester Oberman, Ph.D, will talk about religion and philosophy in "Belief Out of the Closet." And Nolan Cabrera, a scholar of race and racism, will talk about the pitfalls of privilege in "White Immunity." 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road. $20 GA, $20 VIP, $10 student, $15 student VIP.

Rachmaninoff Rhapsody: Vadym Kholodenko, a Ukrainian pianist who won the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, is making his TSO debut with Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. TSO Music Director José Luis Gomez commissioned a piece by former Young Composers Project student Anthony Constantino, and the piece, Luminosity's Witness, will make its world premiere at TSO. Also on the docket: Selections from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and Ginastera's Dances from Estancia ballet. 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18. Details here.

Quilt Fiesta! Are you ready for the most wholesome festival this world has ever seen? Well, you'd better get ready. With vendors, quilt appraisals, a vintage quilt turning and a special kids section, it's a show with something for everyone. (Even if you're not INTO quilts, you're into being warm, right? And seeing people love what they do?) Plus, there's demonstrations on the modern quilt movement and crafting the perfect border. Guest speaker Dixie McBride will be giving two talks: "Garage Sale Heirlooms" and "Quilt Judges and Jurors: Who Are They?" Admission comes with a raffle ticket to win the award-winning quilt Star Light, Star Bright. Friday, Feb. 16 to Sunday, Feb. 18. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $10 for one day, $20 for all three days (only available on Friday). Free for kids 14 and under. Details here.

TMA Annual Spring Artisans Market: More than 100 juried artists are coming together so that you can buy tons of beautiful things in one place. Pottery! Glass! Jewelry! Textiles! Fine art! You name it! This is also your last opportunity to see the museum's feature exhibition, Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor. Live performances by Andy Hersey and Shelly Hawkins Dance on Friday, Solidarity Sympa and Lisa O'Neill Saturday and Jazz Pyramid Scheme, ft. tidypaws, Dimitri Manos and Thøger Lund on Sunday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 to Sunday, Feb. 18. Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 N. Main Ave. Free. The museum is free and open to the public during all three days of the market as well. Details here.

24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. This team relay and solo rider mountain bike event is one of the largest 24-hour events in the world. Yes, it literally lasts from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday. While these maniacs are riding their bikes for longer than most of us have ever done anything continuously, we mere mortals can enjoy fun stuff too, like a Four Peaks Brewing beer garden, hot cocoa in the In-N-Out Burger Exchange Tent and a Maxis Tire Toss. 24 Hour Town is a tiny utopia that gets erected for the weekend (utopias can't last forever, you know) and that's where it's all going down. Friday, Feb. 16 to Sunday, Feb. 18. Starts at noon on Friday, 6 a.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. on Sunday. Camping sites vary in cost, but most include a requirement that you bring some canned goods for a food drive.

Wizards. From the man who brought you the world's first X-rated animated film comes a psychedelic and fantastical vision of the future. Ralph Bakshi's animation certainly is unique, and so is this movie. Elves, Orcs, laser guns and all the bizarre pre-digital animation you could ask for. This movie was made just one year before he released the 1978 animated version of the Lord of the Rings, but rivals it in scope and scale. Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. 10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17. $6.

Battle of the Beers. Huss Brewing Company is heading over to Tap & Bottle for the second annual Ro Sham Beaux competition. It's a tough competition between the Barrel Aged Koffee Stout and the Imperial Chocolate Porter, and many more. Who will survive? You'll just have to show up to find out. 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17. 403 N. Sixth Ave, suite 135. Details here.

Off the Vine Wine Festival. Wine takes over Steam Pump Ranch for a day. Not only will there be dozens of local wine tastings, but you get to talk with local winemakers and enjoy live music. Price of admission includes a commemorative glass and six tasting tickets. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17. 10901 N. Oracle Road. Details here.

When Immigration Hits a Wall: Life in the Borderlands Location. In case the issue of immigration ever feels like it's getting too abstract for you, hear from three locals about what the changing landscape of immigration policy means for them. Mo Goldman, a Tucson immigration attorney, will talk about what's changed and what to expect going forward on the legal side of things. Loreno Verdugo, a community health adviser and coordinator for El Rio Health Center and coordinator of Ventanilla de Salud in the Mexican Consulate, will share stories about immigrants she's seen make their way to Tucson. Alejandro Ursua, a UA grad and DACA recipient who now works for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, will share his own story of how the uncertain future affects his family. Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Feb. 17. Joel D. Valdez Library, 101 N. Stone, Lower Level 1 Meeting Room. Free.

Ansel Adams Public Celebration. On some level, aren't we all, always, celebrating the work of Ansel Adams? Here's a chance for us to do it all together, in the same place and at the same time. The Center for Creative Photography's new exhibit, Ansel Adams: Performing the Print, will open, and there will also be archival object tours (self guided-the best kind), vintage camera display and a presentation from Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and pal of Ansel Adams, David Hume Kennerly. Plus, cake! Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Road. Free.

Tucson Take Back the Night. Singer songwriter Charlie King is playing at this event to raise funds for Take Back The Night, which will in turn raise awareness of sexual violence and provide support to survivors. You'll enjoy a free concert with Charlie, performances by musical guests including the Tucson Women's Chorus and a FREE mean Mexican meal catered by Maria Garcia of La Indita Restaurant. A raffle gives you the chance to donate to a good cause, and possibly take home some good stuff, like TBTN T-shirts, some local art, free tickets to shows or gift certificates to area businesses. 6 p.m. meal, 7 p.m. concert. Saturday, Feb. 17. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E 22nd St. Free. Call Ted at 623-1688 or email for more info. Details here.

Happy Birthday, Arizona! The ol' girl is 106, but we all know she doesn't look a day over 25. To celebrate our sweet state, Old Tucson is offering buy one, get one free admission, living history presentations, and some classic Old West entertainment to remind you that 106 is actually pretty old. A special flag ceremony at noon both Saturday and Sunday will be held to make sure Arizona's feeling extra loved. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 18. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road.

Vigilante Days in Tombstone. Okay, yeah, this is a skip, hop and a jump outside of Tucson, but it'll be cool. There'll be tons of historical reenactments, the famous "Hanging Tree," a Geo Coin for geocaching and a chili cook. You can visit the Courthouse Museum, tour the Goodenough mine and ride a stagecoach around town. Plus, a fashion show by the Tucson Vigilettes, and the chance to enter a raffle to win a ROSSI Model 92, .45 caliber long colt lever action rifle and handmade case (just don't shoot your eye out). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 18. Allen Street in Tombstone, Arizona. Free entry. Details here.

Winter Meet at Rillito Park Racetrack. Everyone's favorite historic racetrack just started its Winter Meet last weekend, and there's five more weekends to go, including 12 live race days! This week on the docket, we have Military and First Responder Day on Saturday, Feb. 17 and Arizona VIP Day (government and civic leaders appreciation) on Sunday, Feb. 18. (Call them at 745-5486 to learn more about reserved seating). May the best horse and jockey win! The gates open at 10 a.m. on race days, with a post time of 1 p.m. 4502 N. First Ave. $5 GA, $10 Clubhouse admission.

Cruise, BBQ & Blues Festival and Car Show. If you're not into cars, this is a great chance to finally understand what all the hype is about. Over at SAACA, they're firm believers that automobiles are art - blending mechanics, design and science to produce beautiful, functional machines that have, in many ways, made the world feel like a smaller place. The event also features live blues music, barbecue and 20 different awards given in categories including Best Interior, Best Engine and People's Choice. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road. $5. $1 discount for military and veterans, free for kids 10 and under. Tickets available at the door. Details here.

Cornelio Vega y Su Dinastia ain't your papa's norteña. His colorful accordion and mariachi-inspired guitar show he's a genre scholar, but his lyrics offer modern twists. In "El Problema," Vega's cooing the blues of a Sonoran kid with a hankering for guns and fast cars and not his family in el norte. The usual romantic viewpoint is love trumps all but Vega sings, "Se que nada es para siempre" (I know that nothing is forever). This kid-jaded take on traditional values, while paying tribute to the genre's roots, is subtly revolutionary. Vega made a name for himself on YouTube, where he's earned more than 58 million hits. And it's no wonder; he offers relatable, well-executed Mexican music, from the perspective of a boy who grew up witnessing heartaches and limitations of older, honest workingmen's lives lived along the problematic frontera. With Adriel Favela, Omar Ruiz, Jonatan Sanchez and Helen Ochoa. Tucson Expo Center, 3750 E. Irvington Road. Doors at 9 p.m. $50. General admission. All ages.

Dent May. Mayer Hawthorne most recently proved how smooth saxes, disco beats and pitch-corrected blue-eyed soul can make for intricately arranged sugar-pop. Dent May fell in line. But just as you're swept up by May's well-crafted, lounge-y creepers, the lyrics bum out: "Caviar days, plastic surgery nights/90210 with you by my side." Originally from Mississippi, Dent May mecca'd to L.A., where his gifted melodic sensibility (Silverlake's love affair with Brian Wilson, natch) got packaged in hipster cat T's and Spencer's hippie bling. Too bad 'cause songs like "Best Friend" and "Meet Me in the Garden" are gorgeous, yet ultimately insincere. It's music for folks too embarrassed to let themselves feel. Unlike, say, Frank Zappa, May doesn't lift a corner on his schtick to let listeners in on the joke. His cynicism feels unearned, the irony too poker-faced. Yes, Congress will be packed. With Moon King and Liquid Summer on Saturday, Feb. 17. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. 7 p.m. $10. 16+. Details here.

Tucson Roadrunners. Our beloved hockey team has two home games this week against the Bakersfield Condors. Though both teams are avian, the roadrunners have the advantage of being more accustomed to doing battle on the ground, rather than in flight. At 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, you'll like $1 food night and the youth jersey giveaway, and at 4:05 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, you won't want to miss the fidget spinner giveaway. Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave. $10 to $56+. Details here.

National Wine Day with Cheese Pairing. It seems like there's a national day for everything now. Who's making this stuff up? But a National Wine Day is perfectly alright by me. Certainly better than a National Left Sock Day, or whatever is coming up next. 1912 Brewing is celebrating the occasion with some of the best wine and cheese this side of Napa Valley. 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. 2045 N Forbes Blvd, suite 105. Details here.

TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run. If you have to run on the dusty trails of Tucson, you might as well go big with it, and run a race that goes through Old Tucson Studios, a slice of the Old West. There's a men's 4-mile, a women's 4-mile and a family 1-mile, and everyone who registers gets a fee cowboy breakfast, and admission to Old Tucson for the day! (Your guests get special discounted pricing as well). And everyone registered gets free admission to the International Wildlife Museum for the day too. So honestly, you could just run a mile and wind up with a free breakfast and a free day at some of the coolest places in Tucson, which almost sounds too good to be true. Registration begins at 7 a.m. in the Old Tucson Parking lot. Women's start at 8 a.m. and men and family runs start at 9 a.m. Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road. $40 4-mile trail run and $25 1-mile run. Details here.

Kimya Dawson. Since Kimya Dawson left Moldy Peaches and blew up with "Loose Lips" (from the Juno soundtrack), she has quietly toured and recorded her quirksome folk-pop (and even made a smart, lovely album for toddlers). Gentle, basic guitars accompany her dense, multi-syllabic words, which are as earnestly unadonrned as they are funny and melancholy ("If you want to kill yourself/Remember that I love you/Call me up before you're dead/We'll make up some plans instead"). Her forlorn nursery rhymes are mostly open-hearted, and brave ones at that. When she veers whimsical ("I like my new bunny suit/It makes me feel cute"), it's the unwavering vocal sincerity that keeps her music from faltering. One gets the feeling that Dawson's best friends are still all imaginary and that a blanket tent in her bedroom (with a portable record player inside) is the only place she feels at home. With AJJ and Cesar Ruiz. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. 7 p.m. $8-$10. All ages. Details here.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Comedy, Beer, Theater & More: Eight Things To Do Today!

Posted By on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 2:00 AM


Beer Week: Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar.
Mexican food, BBQ, and beer? It's like they rolled Tucson into a perfect little ball (minus the saguaro needles). On top of the awesome food, Ermanos is also unveiling their new Cerezo beer! 5-9 p.m.

Beer Week: Pueblo Vida. Releases are fun, especially if alcohol is involved. Pueblo Vida will have a can release of Andromeda IPA and Momentum Pale Ale. Why not end a week dedicated to the celebration of beer with not one, but two can releases? 4-10 p.m.

No Man’s Land Film Fest Presented by the Climbing Association of Southern Arizona, this series of films celebrates lady adventurers. Check out female athletes conquering terrain and obstacles for the first time in Tucson, and stay after for a discussion with local women making a difference. 7:30 p.m. $12. The Loft Cinema.

Champagne Dinner. If Valentine’s Day left you feeling empty, go ahead and fill yourself back up with a five-course meal at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa. Featuring every kind of fancy dish you could imagine: oysters, peach jam, lamb, goat cheese, lime lavender vinaigrette, and more. 245 E Ina Road. For reservations, call (520) 297-1151.

No One Told Me This Sh*t Was Going to be Hard! Well, ain’t that the truth about just about everything in life. In this case, though, it’s about the ups and downs, failures and successes, trials and tribulations of being an entrepreneur and starting your own company. Hear from a panel of experts at this interactive event, including representatives from InHouse, the real estate software company. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Connect Coworking–Downtown Tucson Office Space, 33 South Fifth Ave. $5.

Sonoran Seasons. This is easier to remember at this time of year, when we’re not all making frantic dashes from our air-conditioned houses to our air-conditioned cars, and burning out hands on our steering wheels, but Tucson actually has more than one season. In fact, it has five: winter, spring, fore-summer, summer monsoon and fall. Tohono Chul Park’s new gallery exhibit celebrates Tucson’s array of seasons, and of biological specimens. Featured artist Janet Windsor uses graphic design and stitching skills to create fiber artwork of desert seasons. Exhibit runs through Wednesday, April 18. Artist’s reception: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 Curator’s Talk: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 and Thursday, Feb. 22. Tohono Chul Park, 7366 Paseo del Norte. $13 adults, $10 students, seniors over 62 and military. $3 kids 5 to 12 and free for kids under 5.

The Best Brothers. Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor brings us this tale of calamity, competitive siblings and canines. When a woman named Bunny Best loses her life at a Gay Pride Parade, her two sons are saddled with writing obituaries, giving eulogies and caring for their mother’s Italian greyhound, Enzo. In the midst of it all, their sibling rivalry comes to a head. It’s witty and lighthearted, and there’s a dog. What more could you ask for? Thursday, Feb. 15 to Saturday, March 24. 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. $15 Thursday nights and $18 to $20 Friday through Sunday.

Rob Schneider & David Spade: Joe Dirt and The Hot Chick are coming together for an absolutely unparalleled night of comedy. There’s no telling what these guys are gonna say, but just think about Schneider’s roles in Grown Ups, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan and The Animal, and Spade’s work in Dicke Roberts: Former Child Star, Tommy Boy and Benchwarmers (Schneider was in that one too), and you’ll get the idea. Buh-Bye. 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) Casino Del Sol Event Center, 45655 W. Valencia Road. Tickets start at $45. 21+.

Events compiled by Jeff Gardner, Emily Dieckman and Brianna Lewis.

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Three Best Ways To Have Fun in Tucson Today

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 11:09 AM

Dawson Rutledge. If Harry Connick Jr. was funnier, if Beck was Canadian, if Wes Anderson was a pop-folkster born in the late 1990s, you'd have something approximating the blinky yet sincere ponderings of Dawson Rutledge. He's an old-souled and wonder-filled 20-year-old. His music trips senses. Like a silent movie. Like physical comedy. Like he sees thought bubbles and captions above murals. It's clean and universal and destined to get better. Rutledge can sometimes be precious, but what the hell, he's 20. More than that, he's unafraid to play the fool in order to make overlooked wallflowers grin. His songcraft is kind and playful, like a sweet Valentine to your lonely self. Monday, Feb. 12. The Flycatcher, 340 E. Sixth St. 9 p.m. Free. 21+.

The Spouse Whisperer.
In the mood for a healthy dose of relationship realism during this over-romanticized month? Comedian Mark Cordes, here to make light of the roller coaster that is the dating world, the wild ride that is relationships and marriage and even the tilt-a-whirl nausea of divorce, is your guy. And lucky for you, he's coming to the Gaslight. Spend your evening laughing and learning about all the do's and don'ts of relationships (at least according to Cordes). 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway. $22.95 adults, $20.95 senior/student/military, $12.95 children.

Drink Beer, Make Your Valentine's Bouquet. You know what's coming up soon? Valentine's Day. You know how your significant other will feel if you forget to get them something? Pretty bummed out. No worries, if you go to Bouquet Making Class courtesy of The Soiree Girls, you're covered. You can learn how to make a bouquet for your S.O. or yourself. (Self-love is just as important). All while guzzling some beer. Now, how will your special someone ever doubt your love for them? Reserve your spot online. 6-8 p.m. $3.

Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Brianna Lewis

Friday, February 9, 2018

33 Awesome Ways To Have Fun This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 1:03 PM


Beer Week: Trivia at Crooked Tooth. Sure, while drinking you might better remember the horrific blunders you made 10 years ago, but are you better at trivia? Well, time to test your wits with a night of beer trivia and history. It's free to enter and the winner gets a $40 gift card to drink more beer! 7:45 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9.

Beer Week: Tap and Bottle. Party down on a Friday with T&B and Dragoon Brewing, with a salsa cook-off! There will be eight dragoon brewing taps and celebrity judges. Bring a salsa for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9.

Minutes to Midnight. Blistering instrumentals, dynamic operatic stomps and a name lifted from a Linkin Park LP? You bet! Indeed, here are four adolescents dead serious about kicking ass with gloss-free riffs and melodies, not tired jock jams. With the precision of a marching band cadet and the reckless abandon of a tweaked metal-head standing in line overnight to score Judas Priest reunion tickets, these Tucsonans embody the spirit of old nu metal, older prog and their namesake’s arena howl and crunch. They channel metal’s energetic release more than its rage, and rock with the youthful effortlessness of a Guitar Hero sofa king. While their cover tunes reveal a few holes, their lack of self-consciousness inspires—in that way that meltdown rock ’n’ roll music made by kids is supposed to. With Sorrows Ruin, Evasion, A Fall to Break, Like a Villain, and Sigils of Summoning. Friday, Feb. 9 at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress. Doors at 6:30. $1. All ages.

Lookas. It takes less than two minutes for Lookas to manifest a sense of zero gravity in song. It’s like that. This is the magic of Miami’s finest, who spins visual soundscapes based on intellectual ideas like some stoner cartoonist of the mind. But at its core, this is still shoulder-shrugging, open-palmed, feel-good dance and trap, whose heady throb works its way below the belt and under the skirt. Yet subtly layered even on straight-up party tunes like “Can’t Get Enough,” there’s an aural topography to keep the mind stimulated while the body’s aches and moves, pharm-grade toxins or no. It’s easy to understand why LooKas’ tracks get millions of spins—each unlocks a Fantasia of the head, even in the comfort of your crappy headphone jack. It’s heavy shit. Friday, Feb. 9 at 191 Toole. 9 p.m. $8-$20. 18+.

Steve Roach. He tunes in to the subtle play of atomic particles, which then create everything else. His music makes some yearn for nothing short of pre-verbal life in the womb. With concept albums that dare to embrace “The Magnificent Void,” these compositions soothe on a primal level that prevents loneliness from ever creeping in. This is the ambient soundscape we too might derive after hours in a sensory deprivation tank. And this particular show is furthered by swirling cosmic light. In other words, The Galactic Center will be transformed. For the last 36 years, Roach has been making “quiet music,” often beatless, using drone and didgeridoo. He is the Steve Reich of ambient, a composer and sonic performance artist who somehow sidesteps pretension with his unapologetic leaps into true psych. While based out of Tucson, this is a rare chance to see him in such an intimate setting. If John Lilly were alive, he and his dolphin friends would be here for sure. Know that. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10. Galactic Center, 35 E. Toole Ave. 8 p.m. $30 advance; $35 at door. All ages.

Valentine’s Wine Glass Painting. Get together with your lover to paint and bond over the only thing that’s keeping you together. Wine is fun, but who says it can’t be creative and cute as well? Creative Juice Art Bar has all the supplies and artistic guidance you need, and wouldn’t you know it, they even have some drinks available. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. 6530 E Tanque Verde Road, suite 160.

FOMP! Friends of Make Pretends. Tired of navigating the minefield of which comedy specials are okay for your kids to listen to? Realizing that, depending on household rules, it’s rare you’re going to be able to find one that’s kid-appropriate? Why not treat the kids to a live improv comedy show just for them instead? Kids can suggest topics for the improvisers to act out and just delight in the power of imagination. For less than the cost of a movie! 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Tucson Improv Movement, 414 E. Ninth St. $5 per person or $20 for a family of six or fewer.

Flashlight Night. Honestly, using a flashlight to find your way around in the dark at your own house is fun. But using a flashlight to wander around the International Wildlife Museum is even more fun. Check out the live reptiles and insects, watch a movie, listen to (only sort of scary) ghost stories, and, if you’re over 9 years old, try out some archery. Challenge’s Mexican and MJ’s Hotdogs food trucks will be on deck to make sure you’re well-fed for your flashlight adventure. Lights go out at 6 p.m., but come earlier to see the museum with the lights on, if you want. Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Flashlight Night is from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. $10 adults, $7 seniors/military, $5 kids 4 to 12, free for kids 3 and under. Archery is $2 a person.

Family SCIFest. Round up the kids, and any adults you know who love learning about robotics, astronomy, biology, engineering, environmental sciences, mathematics and physics, for a STEM-ulating day at Children’s Museum Tucson. Part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, the day features hands-on demonstrations and experiments for kids; PBS kids characters and R2-D2 on hand for photos; and plenty of special guests, including reps from The OSIRIX-REx mission, the Tucson Reptile Museum and the Society of Women Engineers Tucson. Hooray for Science! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave. FREE admission all day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Civil War Days. Feeling nostalgic for the good ol’ days, hearkening back to when our country was wracked by civil war? Old Tucson has got you covered, with a weekend full of encampments, battles and demonstrations about what life in the Arizona Territory was like during the U.S. Civil War’s years. You can even relive the battle of Picacho Peak! With two reenactments each day, marches through town, and plenty of ladies and gentlemen alike in period dress, the weekend is packed with enough to get even the biggest Civil War enthusiast their fix. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb. 11. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. Included with admission, which is $19.95 for adults and $10.95 for kids ages 4 to 11.

Chinese New Year at the Tucson Mall. It’s Year of the Dog! And how could 12 months that are all about canines be bad? It’s good to have hope, anyways. Fourteen-year-old Bobby Fischer won the United States Chess Championship in a Year of the Dog! Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was born in a Year of the Dog! It was a Year of the Dog that brought us blu-rays and the first Wii! It’s sure to hold great things for you. Kick it off at the Tucson Mall with Asian performances all day long, Asian gifts to buy for your loved ones/to give to your dogs/to treat yourself with. 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle. Free.

Fort Lowell Day/La Reunión de El Fuerte. There’s much to love about living in Arizona: the intersection of so many cultures, the rich history, the huge variety of wildlife. And a visit to the Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood is like taking a miniature tour of the whole state. Check out the ancient Hohokam buildings and artifacts in Fort Lowell Park, the historic Mormon aqueducts that are home to both water and wildlife, ruins of the Fort Lowell Military camp and the adobe homes built by Mexican settlers in the village of El Fuerte, where their descendants still live today. At Fort Lowell Day, watch presentations by doctors on 19th century medicine, take a tour of the neighborhood, see a game of vintage baseball, listen to the 4th Cavalry Regimental Band play 19th-century music and enjoy a variety of exhibits and games—including one where you can make your own adobe bricks! Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb 10. Fort Lowell Park, 2998 N. Craycroft Road. Free.

Let’s Dance! If you like Dancing With the Stars, you’ll love “Dancing with Professional Dancers,” which is what this show is. Aside from the pro dancers waltzing, swinging, tangoing and cha cha-ing, there’ll be two vocalists and a full orchestra led by conductor Stuart Chafetz. If you watch closely and take notes, you could be well on your way to being both a dancer and a star by the end of the night! 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. $15 to $77+.

Beauty and the Beast Dinner Show. Be our guest! Well, actually be the Elks Lodge’s guest at this show put on by the Arizona Arts Conservatory and Collective. As if the rose and the pretty princess and the dancing teapots weren’t charming enough, this is actually a Beauty and the Beast ballet, so you get all of the extra magic of a troupe of children dancing. Money from ticket sales will go toward costumes for The Little Mermaid spring ballet. Cocktails are served at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Elks Lodge, 615 S. Pantano Road. $25 each, $40/couple, $15 kids 12 and under.

2nd Saturdays Downtown. It’s hard to believe we’re in the second month of 2018, but take comfort in the fact that at least it’s about to be the second Saturday of the second month of 2018. Downtown Kitchen and Cocktails will have Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m., Borderlands Brewing will have the Blacktop Grill Food Truck starting at 5 p.m., Maynards will have extended happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m. and Penca will have happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. Local Band Miss Olivia and the Interlopers will be playing outside on the Scott Street Stage on Congress as well! There’s really nothing like walking the streets of downtown in the city you call home on a Saturday night.

2018 Arizona Military/Veteran Women’s Expo. Calling all women—and families of women—who have served or are currently serving in the military! The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services is hosting a day of education and relaxing to honor your service. Enjoy raffle prizes, breakout sessions, exhibitors and free breakfast AND lunch. It’s safe to say you definitely earned it. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, 3601 S. Sixth St, Building 4 Auditorium. Free, but do try to pre-register.

Beer Week: Playground Bar and Lounge. Rooftop dance party, local Latin bands, no cover charge. If that doesn’t get your excited, maybe some great beer will. Catch local all-star Latin collective Zona Libre Band on top of the Playground Bar and Lounge for a radical weekend evening. 5 to 8 p.m.

Beer Week: Pueblo Vida. We get it, sometimes all you’ve ever wanted to do is finally beat someone at Monopoly. Why not chase the victory with a cold glass beer? The taproom will be full of friendly tension with Board Game Night. You can bring your vintage board game that only you know how to play or use one of Pueblo Vida’s. Good luck drinking and remembering how to play Monopoly at the same time.

Exhibition on Screen: Rembrandt. If you like your classical portraits of tired vagabonds in the streetlight, it’s hard to do better than Rembrandt. The Hanson Film Institute and UA Museum of Art celebrate the Dutch master with an inside look his paintings, life and long-lasting influence. The film also documents landmark exhibitions of his works. 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. 1030 N. Olive Road.

Cool Runnings. When I say Jamaica, what’s the first thing you think of? That’s right, the exhilarating and wonderful world of bobsledding! It’s a classic film, part of “Loft Jr.,” a free monthly series showing great new and classic family-friendly films from around the world. I mean, who wouldn’t to see John Candy coach Jamaicans in the Winter Olympics? The Loft Cinema. 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Free.

The Buzz Behind Bone Broth and Collagen. You might be asking yourself, what the hell are these words? Do they actually do anything for your health? Well, Natural Grocers has you covered. They’re offering a health class and food tasting presentation on the history and use of these products. Presented by April King. 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 10. 5600 E River Road.

Beer Week: Hazed & Infused IPA Day. According to some brewer’s mythology, the taste of IPA beer was originally viewed negatively, and the strong hoppiness was cause for additional distilling. Whether or not that’s completely true, IPAs are certainly in fashion now, and I can admit to enjoying their floral fabulousness myself. Come celebrate IPAs at Tab & Bottle, where they’ll have a wealth of various brands and brews for you to enjoy. Noon to 11:55 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. 403 N. Sixth Ave, suite 135.

The Estrogen Hour with Lisa Landry. We’re all affected by estrogen, so it’s good for all of us to take some time to laugh about it. With Lisa Landry—host of the Womenace to Society podcast and featured on Comedy Central—headlining, Nancy Stanley hosting and a fantastic line up of other LOL-inducing ladies, you’ll be laughing all night long. Funds from the seats and raffle tickets all go toward the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Laugh loud, feel good. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Laffs Comedy Caffe, 2900 E. Broadway Blvd., suite 154. $15 in advance, $20 cash at door if there’s any seats left. 21+.

Artists’ Alchemy. Jane Stern, who uses mixed-media forms to create pieces she calls “healing angels” and Ira Wiesenfeld, a veterinarian-turned-blacksmith who uses iron to create botanical, aquatic and landscape dioramas, have an exhibit at the DeGrazia Little Gallery. At the opening reception, Wisenfeld will be doing a blacksmithing demo, and Stern will be there to share stories about her creative process. Support local artists, learn about blacksmithing and see some gorgeous art? Yes, please. Exhibit runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Sunday, Feb. 11 to Friday, Feb. 23. Opening reception Sunday, Feb. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, 6300 N. Swan Road. $8 adults, $5 ages 12 to 18, free for kids 12 and under.

Lauri Kaye’s Tour of Tucson. It’s always wonderful to see art that highlights some of the sights and spectacles that make Tucson so special. And now that we mention it, isn’t part of what makes Tucson so special all of the artists who live here and the ways they see the world? Check out this reception in honor of Lauri Kaye’s “Tucson Portrait Stories,” a series of mixed media paintings done on brushed metal. While you’re there, you can also enjoy breakfast with Diana herself, and have some colorful food and drinks to complement Kaye’s gorgeous work. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Madras Gallery, 3035 N. Swan Road.

Fine Valentine Relay. A lot of us have pretty much accepted that we really… fill out during the holiday season. We make jokes about how much we eat on the Fourth of July, and on our birthdays. But Valentine’s Day, a day of Italian meals and bottles of wine and big ol’ boxes of chocolates, sometimes gets overlooked for its plump-ing potential. Make up for it by going on this 2- or 4-mile run a few days before. Not into running? Do it for the costume and PDA contest. For the soft race T-shirts, for the group challenge to win a keg from Gentle Ben’s Brewing Co., for the free post-race breakfast, and to benefit Ben’s Bells! There’s also a two-person relay option for the 4-miler. Gun goes off at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Main Gate Square outside of Gentle Ben’s, 865 E. University Ave.; start line in from of UA’s Centennial Hall. $50 per team for relay, $25 per person for either 2- or 4-mile race.

I Love Zoo. Zoo love me, we’re a happy zoo-visiting family. The Reid Park Zoo doesn’t have any big, friendly purple dinosaurs, but it does have lots of other lovable animals, and in honor of Valentine’s Day, take your chance to offer them a little bit of extra love. The zoo keepers will be feeding the animals special Heart Day-themed treats, you can make your own furry, feathery or scaly valentine at a craft table, visit vendors and activity booths to pick up some last-minute gifts, and even get a glittery animal tattoo! Kids with memberships also get four Valentines to share with their friends. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court. Free with admission ($10.50 adults ages 15 to 61, $8.50 seniors ages 62+, $6.50 children ages 2 to 14, free for kids 0 to 1).

Beer Week: Pueblo Vida: We get that your New Year’s resolution was to adopt a healthy lifestyle, but don’t dismiss this because you think one bear will ruin your diet. During Pints and Poses with Nychole Reilly, relax your mind with an hour of yoga, then reward yourself with beer after. The class is $5 and beer is covered. Don’t forget to bring your ID, since this is a 21+ event, and to get there 20 minutes early for a spot. Beer can be healthy, see? 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Beer Week: Public Brewhouse: This brewery is perfect for local musicians, and Eugene Boronow is perfect for the Public Brewhouse; it’s a match made in heaven. If you like Fleet Foxes, the Beatles, or beer, be sure to check this out. 5 to 7 p.m.

Transforming Agave. Exploded View “micro-cinema” presents the premier of local filmmaker Bryan Nelson’s short film. It is a film about a local craftsman, making didgeridoos out of agave. All filmed around the Tucson area, it’s about as local and homegrown as you can get. Kyle Bert and Ryan Chavira, the film’s subject and soundtrack composer, respectively, will be on site to perform music and discuss the film. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. 197 E Toole Ave. $6

Smoke Signals & More Than Frybread. A double-feature of two great Native American movies, co-presented by the UA American Indian Alumni Club. One is the first feature film entirely written, directed and acted by Native Americans, and the other is a culinary competition between all 22 federally recognized tribes in Arizona. And of course, fry bread will be for sale. The Loft Cinema. Noon Sunday, Feb. 11. $15

Beer Week: Beer Dinner at Anello Pizzeria. You might want to fast for a few days before this one, because Anello Pizzeria is pairing up four courses with four of their beers, and you get to try them all. It’s simple: beer is great, pizza is great. You really can’t go wrong here. Menu and pairing to be announced online soon. 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. 222 E. Sixth St. $60. Reserve your seat online.

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

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Three Best Ways To Have Fun Tonight: Dance, Drag Queens and Beer, Beer, Beer

Posted By on Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 1:24 AM

Beer Week! A few highlights as Beer Week kicks off: Pueblo Vida celebrates with a spirit of friendliness and teamwork by releasing a brand new beer. The "Just Friends," a pale ale, is the product of a collaboration with Wren House Brewing. 4-10 p.m. Meanwhile, at downtown's Thunder Canyon, two of the biggest and most active local breweries are joining forces like the Power Rangers to release a delicious Pineapple Gose beer. What better way to start off the week than that? 5 p.m. to midnight. If you just can't get enough of those sweet, sweet carbs, consider pairing them together in two of their greatest forms: beer and pan dulce! (That's Mexican sweet bread). 1912 Brewing and Rancho Preciado are teaming up to give you some of the best of both worlds. You might never go back to pretzels to accompany your brews. 5 p.m. 2045 N Forbes Blvd, suite 105.

UA Presents: Straight Outta Philly.
Phildanco, the dance group founded by Joan Myers Brown in 1970, is bringing its innovative, traditional African American dance-influenced, barrier-breaking performance to Tucson. Rennie Harris Pure Movement, founded by Harris himself and expanding the boundaries of hip hop, will take the stage as well. Both dance institutions will fuse hip-hop and ballet for a show that will have you bopping and reflecting in equal parts. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb 8. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. 8. $20 to $55+.

Drunk Drag Queen Storytellers. Sometimes you just need a night at the diner with some friends. Sometimes you just need to hear some stories from drunk people. Sometimes you just gotta hang out with your fave local drag queens. But did you know you could get all of these pleasures in one place? Head over to Welcome Diner to enjoy all of the above, plus $1 PBRs, $4 well drinks, half-off bottles of wine, and-of course-food to fuel you through the night. 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. Welcome Diner Tucson, 902 E. Broadway Blvd.

Complied by Emily Dieckman and Jeff Gardner

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Quick Bites: Maize, Murder Mysteries and Meatballs

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Get to tastin', Tucsonans!

Gelato Festival Tucson 2017. Get ready for a lot o’ gelato, and a lot o’ authentic Italian artisanal gelato to boot. Gelato’s a huge deal over in Italy, but is starting to gain popularity in the U.S., and the benevolent Gelato Festival America is taking on the noble mission of raising awareness of the neat, sweet treat from across the pond. Try flavors from some of the world’s best gelato artisans, and learn how to make you own as well. To quote Gwen Stefani: Go Gelato! G-E-L-A-T-O Fest! 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 5. La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive. $13.50-$40.

Murder Mystery Dinner. Let the games begin, and let the Game of Thrones begin first and foremost. Damascus Road Tucson presents this event, billed as a coronation for Queen Cersei, and everyone from Lord Marana to Lady South Tucson is invited. (Everyone is invited). Rincon Market will cater a formal dinner, so that guests will be plenty fueled up for part two of the evening: solving a mysterious murder (cue spooky music). Dress formally, but also dress ready to solve some crimes. 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. University of Arizona, Institute of the Environment, ENR2 Building, 1064 E. Lowell St. $20.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Quick Bites: Macabre Miscellany

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Yume Japanese Gardens Tea Ceremony. There’s something inherently mindful about drinking a cup of tea. You don’t drink it to help you move faster, like coffee, and the flavor is usually subtle, so as you slow down to focus on the taste, it feels like time slows down as well. In Japan, a tea ceremony is even more ritualistic, to the point where it’s a work of art that leaves a deep impression on participants. A master of “The Way of Tea,” will prepare a cup of matcha for everyone, and offer a traditional Japanese sweet to go with it. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Yume Japanese Gardens. RSVP by Oct. 24 to with name, phone number and number in your party. $15 plus Gardens admission fee ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $7 students and military, $5 kids 3 to 15, free for kids under two, free for members.)

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