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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Tucson Botanical Gardens Announces Luminaria Nights Dates

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 2:46 PM

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The Tucson Botanical Gardens will transform into a winter wonderland in early December.

The garden’s popular Luminaria Nights, sponsored by Tucson Electric Power, returns on Friday, Dec.6 through 8 and will continue the following weekend, Friday, Dec.13 through 15.

This year, they will release over 3,500 luminaries and will also feature over 20 Korean lanterns. Along with the lights, the Gardens are adding a Poinsettia Pavilion, Winter Wonderland: Our Garden Snowfall Experience, appearances by the Grinch, a write a letter to Santa mailbox and multiple musical performances, including the Manhattan Dolls.

The event will also have food and drinks.

“We take tremendous pride in creating a magical experience for our guests during the holiday season,” said Michelle Conklin, Executive Director, in a release. "We hope children of all ages will come and begin their holiday season with us at TBG.”

Parking at the Gardens is limited and free parking will be available at the Emmanuel Baptist Church at 1825 N. Alvernon Way with a free shuttle to the Gardens.

Tickets are available online and cost $18 for adults, $12 for Gardens members, $9 for children and $6 for children members of the Gardens.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit https://tucsonbotanical.org/event/luminaria-nights/.

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XOXO: Where to Rock, Thursday, Oct. 31

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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One-ticket. Three venues. Phantasia is a multi-venue Halloween block party. Producer/dubstep & bass fiend Sluggo tops the bill. Cat Child, Chris Miranda, Chupacabra, Lance Fairchild, Toby Roberts, H.R. Guerin, Justin Silva, DJ Hart, Nic Nasty, We>I, Shelby Athouguia and SoundScrybe spin into the night. Live performances by AWN, Liquid Space Atmosphere and SET. Solar Culture, Kinetic Arts and Borderland Brewing Company form a triad...

DJs Mother Tierra and Bob Really add spine-tingling thump and bang to Halloween Night. At Hotel Congress...

Looking for something different on All Hallows Eve? "Rock and Roll All Nite" with Gods Of Thunder: A tribute to KISS. In the Paradiso Lounge at Casino Del Sol...

Bordering on surreality, Golden Boots and The Pork Torta promise a phantasmagorical Halloween not soon to be forgotten. At Tap + Bottle-Downtown...

Whether it's funk, disco, rock or early new wave, DJ Carl Hanni drops the needle on '70s timebombs. At The Libertine...

From the City of Fallen Angels (L.A.) on one of the biggest party nights of the year, Club '90s presents '90s vs. '00 Halloween Massive. Spinning all the retro madness, DJ Jeffrey transforms the Rialto Theatre into a haunted party paradise...

"Aww Shit." In addition to spooktacular jams, The Bennu add a pinch of "Indica Sativa" to Halloween. At Tucson Hop Shop...

Resident DJs Lunarfluxx and Atom Energy preside over Grave Beats. A foray into the EDM underground, Deeper at Bar Passé...

A fabulous AF Disco Bloodbath takes place at the Surly Wench Pub. Behind the decks, DJs Plastic Disease, Mijito and special guest CXNTRESS spin murderous sides...

When feasting from a smörgåsbord, pace yourself. Perish (hardcore punk), Rough Draft (indie/emo/punk), Hallow (grunge/punk), Whistlepig (Phoenix folk-punk), Gutter Town (country punk), Monks and Telepathy (rock), Sauced Up! (rock, with syrup ) and BYOM (queer AF punx) are on the menu. Halloween House Benefit For Girls Rock Camp 2020. At 102 W. Sahuaro St. All ages welcome...

Haunted Honky Tonk Halloween features Billy Bones & The Skeletunes [aka Billy Shaw Jr.]. At The Maverick King of Clubs...

Mark Insley with guitarist Damon Barnaby play outlaw Americana. At Iron John's Brewing Company-Downtown...

The Monster Bash will be a graveyard smash. DJ RamRod and Jamaste drop the needle in the groove. At Sky Bar...

DJ Jahmar International and guests L3XX, Papa Ranger and Dre Day promise to rock the turntables Halloween Night. "Party 'til you scream." At Mr. Head's Bar...

Recreating Halloween 1979, Elevenacity perform the music of The Grateful Dead. At Irene's Holy Donuts...

"Calling all refugees, rebels, American girls. Hell, even the losers." Falling through the looking glass every All Hallows Eve, this year Spacefish transmogrify into Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. On the patio at Che's Lounge. With an encore performance on Saturday, Nov. 2...

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock, Wednesday, Oct. 30

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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On Devil's Night, this musical preacher leads a congregation that accepts everyone. With a force-of-nature voice, blues/folk/soul singer Shawn James examines The Dark & The Light (Parts + Labor Records, 2019). At 191 Toole. Austin singer-songwriter Sam Houston & BLK ODYSSY champion the cause...

Former Dead Kennedy Jello Biafra says "Fish's music is your basic Fugs-style electric grunge folk. His lyrics feature some of the meanest put-downs of American consumer culture I've heard in years." Fish Karma and/or The DeRailleurs celebrate Karma's 60th Birthday. At Club Congress. Jim Nyby adds to the hoopla...

Drawing from a repertoire of familiar classic country and old time music and handcrafted original material, Lookout Tucson Singer-Songwriter Series sees Freddy Parish performing in the Lookout Bar & Grille at Westward Look Resort...

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Adoptable Pets: Lulu Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 10:50 AM

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"Hi friends! I'm Lulu. I'm a friendly 4-year-old girl who loves people! When getting attention I will  quickly roll on my back so that you can scratch my belly. I love treats and know sit, but you'll have to be quick to see it before I am on the move again." Lulu (878134)

In the past Lulu has done well with male dogs who are similar in size. She is a little clumsy, and a lot of goofy, which will best be matched with older kids. Learn more about Lulu by visiting her at The Humane Society of Southern Arizona's Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. Have questions? Give an adoptions counselor a call at 520-327-6088, ext. 173.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Heirloom Farmers Markets’ Healthy Living Expo Celebrates Healthy Lifestyles

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 11:49 AM

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An event celebrating a healthy lifestyle will return for the second year to two area farmer's markets this November.

The Heirloom Farmers Markets’ second annual Healthy Living Expo will take place at the Green Valley Village Farmers & Artisans Market (101 S. La Cañada Dr., Green Valley) on Wednesday, Nov.6, and Rillito Park Farmers Market (4502 N. 1st Ave.) on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Both events start at 9 a.m. and will go on until 1 p.m.

The mission of the event is to provide visitors access to fresh produce, demos by chefs, healthcare services and resources through community health partners. They will also be doing hourly giveaways and providing healthcare enrollment assistance.

Some of the special activities will include free clinics for diabetes checks, flu shots and mammogram Screenings. Clinic services will be provided on a first come, first come basis and are free.

For those interested in a mammogram screening, it is recommended to contact Assured Imaging at 1-888-233-6121 to make an appointment.

For more information on the Healthy Living Expo, contact the Heirloom Farmers Markets at 520-882-2157 or visit www.heirloomfm.org.

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XOXO: Where to Rock This Weekend, Oct.25-27

Posted By and on Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Friday, Oct. 25

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Fishnet-clad mistresses of maritime trauma The Surfbroads raid their closets for titillating surprises in advance of raining theremin-drenched hi-jinx and sunny oblivion at this year's Nightmare on Congress Block Party. At Hotel Congress...

The cultural remezcla that typifies the borderlands spills over to the Maynard's plaza late night. DJ Q and Quiahuitl from the El Tambó crew spin sides...

These purveyors of "south of the border, Pulp Fiction-esque, Latin blues-rock" got their start playing raunchy strip clubs in Nogales, Sonora. Now, Los Nawdy Dawgs provide the soundtrack for Día de las Luchas. Briny, spandex-clad luchadores top the bill. At the Rialto Theatre...

Brace yourself. Composer Brandon Boone, performing a live score, transports the audience into a web of terror when The No Sleep Podcast brings its touring show Live For Halloween to 191 Toole...

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

At once sophisticated, yet whimsical, if not quirky. Two-Door Hatchback perform in the tasting room at Sand-Reckoner...

A perfect pairing for date night. Naim's A Jazz Trio is at Exo Roast Co...

Halloween Havoc 2 features sets by Shaun Harris, McNastee, J.G. SWAYZE Stoner Jordan, Hannibal Havoc, Tony Jaw, Ernie D, I am Gilgamesh, Stacc Styles and others. At Thunder Canyon Brewstillery. Hosted by Eddie Ohnesorgen and DJ Looney...

Taking inspiration from Alice in Chains and Creed, these post-grungers scored a platinum record with their self-titled debut album. Tantric bring Mercury Retrograde (Pavement Records, 2018) to EncoreTucson. Hard rockers Bravo Delta kickstart your heart...

Saturday, Oct. 26


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Inspired by "older kids who smoked weed and listened to Title Fight," wide-eyed brothers Erik and Stephen Paulson formed a band while in high school. Dubbing their debut album Greatest Hits—an album gripped by self-reflection and suburban malaise—captures their sense of ironic humor. "I'm in the trunk gagged and hog-tied/But I've never felt so alive." Remo Drive present their sophomore release Natural, Everyday Degradation (Epitaph, 2019) at Club Congress. Rockers Summer Cannibals and Diners commence the feast...

These Berklee College of Music grads formed in 1985 under the name Majesty. Now, the Distance Over Time Tour sees progressive metallists Dream Theater roll the semi-trucks into the Tucson Convention Center...

Released on Inauguration Day 2017, Apocalipstick revealed gnashed teeth. "I was an over-confident teenager trying to solve the world's problems," says singer/guitarist Clementine Creevy, with go-for-broke honesty. On Stuffed & Ready (Secretly Canadian, 2019), "I am a much more weary and perhaps cynical woman who believes you need to figure your own self out first." Cherry Glazerr take a "Sip O' Poison" at 191 Toole. Cowgirl Clue breaks the ice...

From her salad days with The Stone Poneys to her timeless pop classics, Ann Hampton Callaway celebrates the many faces of love in Linda Ronstadt's iconic career. At the Fox Theatre...

From California, Rock 'n' Rollers with cowpunk tendencies, The Mutineers ride the Tidal Wave. At Che's Lounge. Lana Rebel kicks up the dust first...

Representing women's voices in Celtic rock, the mighty Eldritch Dragons perform two sets. At Saint Charles Tavern...

Gonna set the place on "Fire." Funk-A-Palooza features R&B Music Hall of Famers Ohio Players with Zapp and Con Funk Shun. Ride the "Love Rollercoaster." At Desert Diamond Casino-Sahuarita...

Sunday, Oct. 27


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From West Virginia, Eric Burton grew up singing to the congregation in church. After moving to Austin in 2016, he saw the power of the human voice while busking in the streets—eventually becoming the subject of a short documentary film, Street Music. Retro-soul slayers Black Pumas rise like a black moon above the clouds. At 191 Toole. Piano prodigy Neal Francis opens...

Melding together synthesizers, vocal loops and extraneous noise and field recordings, Gardner creates a place where nothing was. At Club Congress. Chelsey Lee Trejo and Ryan Chavira add to the sonic experimentation. Adan Martinez Kee contributes visuals...

Her latest album Diosa De La Noche (Universal Latin, 2019) has been hailed as gutsy and relevant as ever by RollingStone. Mexican pop superstar Gloria Trevi brings her firebrand intensity and spectacle to the AVA Amphitheater. Colombian reggaeton singer Karol G sets the dance party en fuego...

Like your toast with jam? Mik & The Funky Brunch provide family-friendly funk. At La Cocina...

Sunday Blues & BBQ continues. Smokestack Lightning supplies the music. Hotel Congress serves up the BBQ...

Be tragic. Tunes From The Crypt finds DJs Nullus and SET spinning goth and industrial from the '80s and '90s to darkwave and witch house from today. Darkness knows no bounds. At the Surly Wench Pub...

Enjoy the patio life with Golden Boots and Feverfew. At Che's Lounge...

The post-modern American western of P.D. Ronstadt & The Co. and the home-grown indie folk of Big Grin can be found at Monterey Court...

Wooden Tooth Records presents: Anodyne: A film Noir Comedy. Musical score by Ryan O'Rourke. At Exo Bar...

Words and music collide. Tucson author Frankie Rollins and queer experimental performer Rogue Violin collaborate on the fantastical. It's Sunday Session at Saint Charles Tavern...

Featuring violinist Tessa Lark, The Tucson Symphony Orchestra performs Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. At Tucson Convention Center. Perry So is at the podium...

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock, Thursday, Oct. 24

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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Taking you Deeper into the vaults of EDM, DJs Atom Energy and LunarFluxx tap into a motherlode of house. At Bar Passé...

Singer-songwriter Joe Peña's distinctive blues songs bear enough heart to prompt St. Peter to give this sinner a pass. He performs on the patio at Agustin Kitchen...

Pianist and composer Larry Redhouse leads a world-class ensemble whose repertoire incorporates straight-ahead jazz, Latin, funk and reggae. The Larry Redhouse Trio play the Lookout Bar and Grille at the Westward Look Resort...

Tucson Jazz Guild hosts Jam for Vets. Featuring Chakalo, Beyond Words! and Tony Frank & Mike Moynihan. At Irene's Holy Donuts. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Pay It Forward Tucson, a local charity helping homeless veterans and low income families...

Whether it's funk, disco, rock or early new wave, DJ Carl Hanni drops the needle on '70s timebombs. At The Libertine...

A DJ Competition is taking place at Gentle Ben's. Five DJs step behind the decks, rockin' 30-minute sets, for a chance to perform on the DUSK Music Festival main stage in November...

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Free Animal Vaccine Clinic This Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2019 at 3:57 PM

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Need a vaccine and microchip for your pet? Head down to the Donna Liggins Center this Saturday for a free clinic from Pima Animal Care Center.

The clinic starts at 8 a.m. and continues until 300 pets have been served. The service is a partnership between PACC and the City of Tucson, Ward 3.

“The community wants these types of events,” said director of animal services Kristen Hassen-Auerbach, in a release. “We’ve seen huge turnouts at every vaccine and microchip clinic we have put together. Pet owners will often line up hours before they start.”

According to PACC, animals can receive free rabies vaccines, DHPP/FRCP vaccines, microchips, flea/tick medicine and de-wormer. A licensed veterinarian will administer the vaccines.

There is no set limit on the number of pets a single family can bring. Dogs should be on leashes and cats need to be in carriers marked with the owner's name, cat name, and owner phone number.

“I’m excited to partner with PACC and the staff at the Donna Liggins Center to bring this free clinic to Ward 3,” said council member Paul Durham, in a statement. “For the health of your pet and our community, I hope you’ll stop by and take advantage of the services PACC has put together.”

The Donna Liggins Center is located at 2160 N. Sixth St. in Tucson.

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