Monday, February 12, 2018

The Three Best Ways To Have Fun in Tucson Today

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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

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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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Quick Bites: Frightnin' Feasts

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Devil’s Night Dinner at Hotel Congress. Hotel Congress isn’t limiting its Halloween festivities to one night—they’ve got a whole Halloweekend thing going on. But this dinner, featuring Kenny Bang Bang the magician and a fire juggling (FIRE JUGGLING!) performance, is a can’t miss. Each of the four courses—See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil and Devil’s Dessert—are paired with a delicious Halloween-inspired cocktail. Chili vodka, blackberry-hazelnut agave, angostura bitters and St. George Raspberry Liquer will all be involved (albeit all in separate drinks) for a culin-scary adventure that’s sure to be the ghost delicious feast in town for the evening.

Feast with the Dearly Departed. Take this opportunity to honor your loved ones without the solemnity. Celebrate life, appreciate the preciousness of the people you love and dance the night away to Tucson High School’s Mariachi Rayos del Sol. For the sixth iteration of this annual event, Tucson Botanical Gardens is bringing in face painters, pan de muerto, sugar skulls and a Dancing Skeleton exhibit—which will feature papier mâché skellies made by local artists, community groups, and even you, if you want to submit one (call 520-326-9686 ext. *10 for more info on that). Feast on the food available throughout the gardens, including tacos, tamales, pallets, refreshes and limeade. The community-made Ofrenda lies at the center of the event, and all guests are welcome to bring notes and mementos to place at the ofrenda. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. $13 GA, $7.50 children, $10 member adults, $4 member children.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Quick Bites: Prickly Pears, Pitas and Margaritas!

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World Margarita Championship
. Life is less hard when you have a marg, and furthermore… TEQUILA! Tucson Original Restaurants and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance are teaming up to make your life a little less hard and a lot more spirited with this opportunity to sample local cocktails and cuisine. A panel of judges (including the Weekly’s own Chow writer, Mark Whitaker) will deliver their verdict on the best of the Southwest, and attendees can vote for the People’s Choice Award for best signature margarita. Proceeds from admission and raffle ticket sales go to SAACA to support local arts education, art therapy programs and Tucson Originals restaurants. 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road. $55 in advance, $70 day of event.

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Desert Foods Fiesta. Give a man a prickly pear, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man how to safely harvest prickly pear fruits and make jellies and syrups out of the juice, and he’ll eat for a lifetime. At this festival, enjoy learning about prickly pear delicacies, solar cooking with the Solar Guild of Tucson, viewing the sun through telescopes, and milling your mesquite pods into flour. David Yetman of “In the Americas with David Yetman” and “The Desert Speaks” will also give a special presentation. Vendors ranging from El Saguaro Restaurant to Prest Coffee to Native Seed/SEARCH will be present to prepare and sell foods. The whole shebang is hosted by the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning, or Camp Cooper, which teaches kids (and adults!) all about the Sonoran Desert and the environment. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Cooper Center for Environmental Learning. 5403 W. Trails End Road. Free.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quick Bites: Mister Bing, Milkshakes and Mysteries

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Mister Bing’s The Supper Club Experience. Hacienda del Sol hosts international entertainers Jesse and Laura Berger and several other musical guests at this Hollywood-style celebration of the Great American Songbook. A swanky cocktail hour is followed by dinner and show. On the menu? Cesar salad to start, roast branzino or braised short rib for the entree and a s’more cake to finish things off. Sure “The Best Things in Life are Free,” but “You and the Night and the Music” and the food will form the perfect quartet, so perhaps it’s best to just “Pick Yourself Up," give into “Temptation,” and head over to Hacienda del Sol. 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Hacienda del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. $75 (plus tax and gratuity).

Flavor by Loews Hotels. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is now participating in the hotel’s initiative to offer guests lovable local flavors by partnering with the companies behind some of Tucson’s tastiest treats. The hotel will be offering tamales from the Tucson Tamale Company (called “the best tamales in the USA” by Alton Brown of The Food Network), French toast made with bread from Barrio Bread and beer on tap from Dragoon Brewing Company throughout the resort. It’s the perfect place for visiting friends and relatives to stay to get a taste of the city, and many Tusconans will probably now be tempted to stay at the resort themselves. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive.

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