Monday, October 1, 2018

Wildcat Wine Club Starts at UA

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 3:10 PM

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It's easy to find t-shirts, bumperstickers and water bottles in Tucson stamped with the Wildcat  logo or University of Arizona "A" but now, thanks to a partnership with Mano's Wine, you can receive engraved bottles of wine in the mail to celebrate the Wildcats.

Mano's Wine and the UA have partnered to start up a wine club, which will send members three bottles of wine every quarter, each painted and engraved with a different UA Wildcats designs.

"We think this is a really fun way for Arizona fans and alumni to engage with the university," said Alixe Holcomb, director of Arizona Trademarks and Licensing.

Proceeds from the wine club will benefit the university and help create new programing and enrichment opportunities.

Perfect for graduations, alumni parties and other UA themed events, the high-quality bottles would make a perfect gift for any Wildcat.

"This collaboration with Mano's Wine gives our alumni another way to display their Wildcat pride," said Melinda Burke, president of the Alumni Association. "We look forward to the wine club's growth, which will open up future opportunities to collaborate with out talented alumni in the wine industry."

Currently, Mano's wine sources their grapes from around the world. After the wine is selected, artists create designs for the wine club members. Each new wine club member will receive a custom-etched bottle with their name and member number.

Throughout the year they will receive three hand-selected varietals each quarter, all with Wildcat designs.

For members who join soon, this quarter's selections are Mano's Pinot Noir, a Handcrafted Reserve which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and a California Rose.

The initial bottle costs $29.95 and the three bottle packages are $89.95 each quarter after that.

For more information about Mano's Wines click here and for more information about the Wildcat Wine Club click here.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Salsa, Tacos and Tequila, Oh My!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 3:16 PM

2018 Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge at La Encantada - COURTESY SAACA
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  • 2018 Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge at La Encantada

A little rain couldn't dampen the festivities on Sunday night at the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance's Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge. There was plenty of music, food and drink to go around.

39 local restaurants, distilleries and chefs flooded the La Encantada mall this past weekend and the community turned out to circle their way around the many tasting tables and end up on the dance floor. Local band Zona Libre played a combination of "latino urbano" and "pop americano" that set the fun and festive mood of the evening.

Zona Libre playing at the Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge, Sunday, Sept. 2. - COURTESY SAACA
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  • Zona Libre playing at the Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge, Sunday, Sept. 2.
Guests were handed a bag of chips upon entering the mall, and the salsa tasting commenced. A personal favorite in the food category were the tacos from Crossroads Restaurant, which were a tiny meal complete with a side of rice and beans, but all of the salsa and tacos ranging from traditional to unique were delicious.

An abundance of mini margaritas also filled the courtyard, with flavors like prickly pear, mango and citrus. Varying levels of added jalapeno or Tajin (chili lime salt) added a particularly Tucson-esque flair.

Other stand-out challengers included Highwire Lounge, which gave tasters a magic berry to eat that changed their tastebuds to taste sweetness, and then provided a very sour margarita that tasted surprisingly sweet. The only downside to this science experiment was that the sweet taste stayed in your mouth for about 15 minutes after eating the berry, a little problematic when there were other tacos and tequila to taste.

SpunLight Cotton Candy was another a fun stop in the line around the courtyard, and slightly tequila-drunk adults dancing around with large white fluffs of cotton candy made for a comical scene.

Challengers set up their tasting table on both levels of the mall and tasters milled around under the string lights and impressive lightning show overhead.

The event's competition was split into multiple categories, each of which had judges choices and people's choices.

The official results were as follows:

Taco Awards
Judge's Choice 1st Place — Tequila Factory – Tecate Traveling Taco
Judge's Choice 2nd Place – The Living Room — Chilaquiles
People's Choice 1st Place — El Coronado Restaurant - Birria Taco
People's Choice 2nd Place — The Grill at Quail Creek - Pork Belly Taco

Judge's Choice 1st Place Tequila – Cruz Del Sol Tequila with their Cruz Resposado Tequila
  • Judge's Choice 1st Place Tequila – Cruz Del Sol Tequila with their Cruz Resposado Tequila

Tequila Awards

Judge's Choice 1st Place – Cruz Del Sol Tequila — Cruz Resposado Tequila

Judge's Choice 2nd Place — 3 Amigos – 8 Year Extra Anejo Tequila

People's Choice 1st Place – The Lodge at Ventana Canyon — Berry White

People's Choice 2nd Place — 3 Amigos – 8 Year Extra Anejo Tequila

Salsa Awards

Judge's Choice Traditional Salsa 1st Place — Crossroads Restaurant — Tomatillo Salsa

Judge's Choice Traditional Salsa 2nd Place— The Grill at Quail Creek – Brasas Salsa

Judge's Choice Alternative Salsa 1st Place — Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain — Sweet Mango Chile Salsa

Judge's Choice Alternative Salsa 2nd Place — The Tequila Factory — Fruit Pico de Gallo Salsa

People's Choice Salsa 1st Place — Angie's Kick Ass Salsa — Hot Salsa

People's Choice Salsa 2nd Place — Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain — Sweet Mango Chile Salsa

People's Choice Salsa 3rd Place — Angie's Gourmet To Go - Fire Roasted Tomato Mango Habanero Salsa

Display Award

Judge's Choice Most Creative Display — Rigo's Restaurant

The Southern Arizona Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge is a fundraising event to benefit the presenting nonprofit organizations. All proceeds that are raised through ticket sales are invested into programs that provide foundational support to the communities' well-being.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Laughing Stock: Cool Summer Comedy

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Willie Barcena headlines at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Saturday, June 16. - WILLIE BARCENA'S FACEBOOK PAGE
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  • Willie Barcena headlines at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Saturday, June 16.
Comedians Willie Barcena and Gilbert Esquivel bring their combined 50 years’ experience in high-energy showmanship and irreverent comedy to the Fox stage at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 16. Tickets for the 18-and-over show are $22 to $47 via

Barcena, a 12-time guest on the "Tonight Show," is known to fans for appearances on several TV series, tour stops all over the world, and his own stand-up specials on Comedy Central, Showtime and Netflix. He also hosted Si TV’s "Latino Laugh Festival: The Show." Barcena’s live appearances are said to cover everything we wouldn’t talk about in polite company.

Esquivel was practically born a road warrior having grown up following the harvest seasons across the U.S. with his migrant-worker family. Now he tours comedy clubs, colleges, prisons and the Las Vegas strip, taking time out to reap TV credits and produce a commercially available DVD, "Thou Shalt Laugh."

Take the kids retro!

See "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 23, and "Clueless" at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 30 at Fox Tucson Theatre. Tickets are $7, $5 for students and free for Fox members and kids under 12. Did you know that the Fox was Tucson's first air-conditioned entertainment venue?

Unscrewed Theatre Lives: Neighborly and kid-friendly.

As its new space in Midway Business Park #39 (4500 E Speedway Blvd.) is being transformed, Unscrewed sustains its fans with free weekly comedy, hosted by two of its new neighbors. Four of the company’s house teams cycle through shows at 7 p.m. Fridays at Dedicated Gluten-Free Coffee Shop, #41, and 7 p.m. Saturdays at Mama’s Famous Pizza & Heros, #79. Visit the Unscrewed Theatre page on Facebook for updates on the new theater’s progress.

Unscrewed also offers summer camps for teens. Two, one-week sessions for ages 12 to 14 and 15 to 18 take place July 16 to 20, and 23 through 27. Kids can have fun building listening and communication skills, teamwork, character development and the selflessness of making their scene partner look good, all within the context of improv games that encourage noisy, active fun. Visit for more information and to register.

Date Night!

With the fabulous Lola Torch as host, the Tucson Libertine League features a DJ throw down as the sound track for its burlesque show at 9 p.m., Saturday, June 16 191 E. Toole. Tickets are $12. DJ Herm and B-Rad provide the beats. Acorn B-Corn perform live music with dancers and Lela Rose is a special guest among the dozen dancers featured.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Catalina Brewing Beers Good News for Striking Teachers

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Catalina Brewing Company is throwing their hat into the educational ring, offering specials for all teachers and their allies. The support may a bit seem odd until you learn their staff is mostly made up of former or current teachers. This week they’ll be hosting a few events for #RedforEd.

Wednesday, April 25, 4 to 9 p.m.: A pre-strike special will be open for everyone who wants to show their support. CBC will sell two slices of pizza and a pint for $7. Owner and brewmaster Hank Rowe, who is a retired social studies teacher from Coronado and Amphi, will be pouring and serving!

Thursday, April 26: Teachers can get a beer and a sandwich from The Jersey Grill for $10.

This week CBC is also releasing their "Hop For Teacher" Session IPA, and their "Teacher's Aid" Scottish Ale will be kegged in the coming weeks. In addition, they always offer a 10 percent discount to all those involved in education, both current and former.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Three B's of This Weekend's Baja Beer Festival

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 9:01 PM

(Four if you count bloat, and five if you count bliss.)

The Brews

The guys over at Sentinel Peak are bringing their Salida del Sol Amber beer, which is like a desert sunset in beer form, both because of its warm color and the way drinking it melts away the stresses of the day into the cool stillness of the evening. Equal parts smooth and spicy, it’s their most popular brew by far.

“If we brew five days a week, we brew that one four days a week, just to keep up with demand across the state,” said Sentinel Peak co-owner Jeremy Hilderbrand.

Whether you’ve admitted it to yourself yet or not, temperatures are starting to creep up, but Sentinel Peak’s crisp, light and local (some of the brew’s wheat grains are grown over in Marana) Heatwave Hefeweizen will keep you cool.

With a repertory of beers including "Señorwheata" and “Oats, Oats Baby,” the owners of Dillinger Brewing (all UA alumni!) knew they had to come to Baja Beer Fest prepared. So they’ve got the Boatshoes Hazy IPA, their entry into the festival's IPA competition, judged by the Tucson Homebrew Club, and named for their old college kicks that they still wear when they’re brewing.

Their second new offering is “The Notorious ESB.” The “ESB” stands for “Extra Special Bitter,” and the mild, malty brew is a part of Dillinger’s series of traditional beers. Said co-founder Aaron Long, "I mean, I think everyone likes old-school rap."

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. A full list of the beers available from the festivals' 40+ vendors can be found here.

The Bites

Reps from the Gastronomic Union of Tucson will be present — four teams worth of them. Chefs from all over town teamed up to put together a collection of beer-friendly menus.

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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.

For more information, visit

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.

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