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Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Weekly List: 15 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 3:35 PM

Your Weekly guide to keeping buy in the Old Pueblo.

Arts & Culture

Frida al Fresco Friday. Frida Khalo (essentially) moved into the Botanical Gardens at the beginning of the year and, as far as we're concerned, there's no need for her to ever move out. On the fourth Friday of every month, the gardens have been opening up for Frida al Fresco Friday. In addition to featuring the Frida exhibit, these evenings will offer a farmers market, food, drinks, live music, look-alike contests and lower crowns. Everybody love Frida, so grab the fam and settle in for a night of celebrating strong women, beautiful art and seriously gront eyebrow game. 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 26. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. "


Drug Church: A cosmovision, dude.
  • Drug Church: A cosmovision, dude.

Drug Church
. Imagine a lyricist who makes Morrissey sound lighthearted. A cosmovision based upon the notion that "entropy is the natural state of things" yelled with the gusto of Jesus Lizard but the wry delivery of The Hold Steady with bits of David Byrne tossed in. Yes, the aptly named Drug Church is gleefully soul crushing. Fortunately, the band's funked-out, dynamic and often careening walls of sound are almost enough to help you forget all that pesky mortal crap. Take the verve of Trompe Le Monde-era Pixies with a dash of Les Savy Fav brazenness and a pinch of Arcwelder's shape shifting and you have approximated the instrumentals that take hold of your body and drag you back towards the man on the mic yelling how no one here gets out alive. It's a mindfuck for sure and one that, if you're up for it, might make your worst day pale in comparison. Power! With Help Me Sleep and Sin Luz on Friday, May 26. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. 8 p.m. Free. 21+.

Hikikomori. Hikikomori has been called The Lost Generation of Japan. One GIF reads “Hikikomori—when you suck at everything in life, just retreat to your bedroom and never come out.” It's not just a word, it's a concept, and a damn good name for a Tucson screamcore outfit who harbors a love of old-fashioned punk rock and metal. Channeling the rage of alienation and its resulting self-isolation, this tumbledown act speed-shrieks through tight, technically masterful genre tunes. Sure, they’re hardly bustin’ new ground, but their hearts pump hard, and there’s a raw power that makes us down here TW headquarters want to hit the pit and fuck with with all that churning, cathartic energy. Artistic touches like a woman's voice, first mediated through television sampling, then singing sweetly in Spanish and finally screaming in an original duet, distinguish this band from an often generic pool of Dimebag Darrell rip-offs and wannabe Sepulturas. Aptly named, Hikikomori reflects a cross-cultural socio-anxiety in Spanish and English. Now get out the house and sweat shove peers. It is rare to find an embodiment of the sickness and the cure at once. With La Luna on Monday, May 29 at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. 7 p.m., $5. 16+.
Mommy Long Legs: Shoutin' down the patriarchy, bitches.
  • Mommy Long Legs: Shoutin' down the patriarchy, bitches.

Mommy Long Legs. More than two and a half decades after their riot grrrl antecedents first grabbed the mic, Mommy Long Legs is repping a glittery new distaff gen who dare shout down the patriarchy and its weary mores. Their predesisters did the heavy lifting, so these women can be the kind of spiders that tickle, not bite. Mommy Long Legs is more likely to nail you with a pillow than a bloody tampon. But they know well their history and its tropes—monotonous descending basslines, jarring dance-punk guitars, and shrill, shout-out singsongs. Join a gleeful pit of post Lisa Frank-inspired humans who revel in glorious wordplay like, "You can take your tech job … you can take your asshole, and put it in your new car." Whatever your gender, the irreverence is universal. With Crown Larks, Gamma, Like Very Ultra, Miss Abysmal at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress on Tuesday, May 30. 8 p.m. 21+. Free.

Karen Meat. Mix up the earnestness of Death by Chocolate, the fucked-up wit of early Courtney Love, and a loving unironic nod of Sheryl Crowe’s “good beer buzz early in the morning” tremble, and you begin to approach the comely vocal and lyrical worlds of Arin Eaton aka Karen Meat. What began as a one-woman endeavor out of Des Moines, Iowa (?!) has blossomed into a combo. The result is garage rock with a performance-art twist—like Guided by Voices fronted by a beautiful, self-deprecating woman. “You want me to be the girl of your dreams, but I’d rather barf all the things I scarfed down earlier.” Karen Meat is constant surprise, able to tackle two-minute ditties with a definite nod to Peaches’ sexualized ambivalence. The result is clever, hard-hitting skronk-rock worth its weight in color-coordinated outfits and good whiskey nights. Wednesday, May 31, at PoMoRo, 933 North Main Ave. 8 p.m. 21+. $5 donation.

Fitness & Body

Yoga 101 Body Basics. There are people who love yoga, and there are people who haven't yet given yoga a chance. If you're one of the holdouts, grab a mat and some stretchy pants because this three-hour workshop is perfect for beginners who aren't brave enough to march into a formal class. Hands-on training will teach you good habits in form alignment from the get-go, so you can improve your skills gradually. Get your Zen on! 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Barefoot Studio, 7352 N. Oracle Road. $35 non-members, $29 members.

Memorial Day Canna-Q. Yes, 4/20 just passed, but there's an another holiday we're going to need you to celebrate with MMJ in mind. The Memorial Day Canna-Q is meant to bring awareness to cannabis decriminalization and support veterans who should be able to medicate safely. This will be a peaceful event to remember and honor veterans who paid the ultimate price for freedom. Plus: BBQ! 3-9 p.m. Monday, May 29. 420 Social Club, 643 N. 4th Ave. Must Have MMJ Card To Medicate.


Some Like it Hot. Get your summer dose of mob movies when Some Like It Hot shows up at Cinema La Placita, telling the classic story of two male jazz musicians who flee from the mob by disguising themselves as performers in an all female band. When the band heads out on a train journey, the men (going by the pseudonyms Josephine and Daphne) meet the irresistible Sugar Kane (played to perfection by Marilyn Monroe). The men lust after Sugar, while she expresses her distaste for dating musicians—and her desire to find a millionaire to marry in Florida. Can these men-in-wigs on the run escape the mob and get the girl? There’s only one way to find out. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Tucson Museum of Art courtyard, N. Main Ave. $3 per person, including popcorn!

Boxing Helena. Wrapping up The Stars of Twin Peaks Month at the Loft’s Mondo Mondays is Boxing Helena, which stars Sherilyn Fenn (your Audrey Horne) as the titular character, a woman being preyed upon by Nick, a young surgeon played by Julian Sands, following a one-night stand. Watch as Nick tries to make the Beauty and the Beast-style Stockholm Syndrome love story work for him. 8 p.m. Monday, May 29. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $3.

Found Footage Festival. With the Loft Cinema’s main auditorium undergoing a makeover, the Loft staff is taking a trip to downtown’s Rialto Theatre for this year’s installment of the Found Footage Festival. Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prue (The Colbert Report) salvage VHS tapes from thrift stores, yard sales and who knows where else to assemble a very unusual collection of clips that they narrate for the audience. As a great man once said, when the going gets weird, the weird fire up the VCR—or something like that. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.

Movie Poster Sale. Take a second and look around at your walls. A little blank, eh? Surround yourself with scenes from your favorite flicks by purchasing movie posters from the Loft Cinema. Here's what the theater is promising at their poster sale which takes place the last Saturday of every month: Current posters of films that have ended their run during the month; miscellaneous Film posters of films the Loft did not show; and more than 100 posters (at least 50 titles) from their current poster inventory. At the end of the sale, the remaining posters will be donated to a local arts program. 8-11 a.m. Saturday, March 25. Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $5 per poster.


Mount Lemmon Sky Center Open House. You don’t really need an excuse to take a drive up Mount Lemmon, but if you’re looking for one, here it is: The Mount Lemmon SkyCenter is hosting an open house so you can check out everything the telescope compound has to offer, including 32” Schulman and 24” Phillips telescopes, science activities and much more. Schedule extra time for a short guided hike on Meadow Loop Trail if you need some steps on your Fitbit. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 27.

Fun in General

Improvathon. Ever feel like you need two days straight of improv in your life? Tucson’s first Improvathon is here, showing off ambitious amateurs and layers and established teams from improv companies—and a little stand-up comedy to boot. Indulge yourself with 167 hours of comedy, plus consider signing up for one of the two Improvathon workshops: Listening Ultra and Active Mind, Mellow Play. May 26-27. 329 E. Seventh Street. $20, and half of the proceeds go to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

Ladies' Garage Party. Always pictured yourself weaving in and out of traffic on a motorcycle? Leather on your back, wind in your hair and extra cash in your pocket thanks to you super fuel efficient ride? Skip the cosmos and spend your next ladies night making this dream come true. This workshop is geared to teach women how to get started riding and how to design, fit and personalize a bike as unique as them! There will be free food and raffles as well. RSVP here: and receive a free gift bag, too. Oh, and forget what we said about the wind in your hair. We're going to need you to wear a helmet. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Harley-Davidson of Tucson, 7355 N. 1-10 Frontage Road. Free.

Food & Booze

Produce on Wheels. It's the final Produce on Wheels event of the season, and you can take up to 60 pounds of produce home with you to cook and share with friends, family, neighbors and anyone else! If you volunteer for the event, you can even bring home your produce for free. 7-10 a.m. Saturday, May 27. St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, 4625 E. River Road. $10.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Weekly List: 14 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 8:51 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Nature & Plants

Desert Cacti Garden Workshop. Embrace the heat already and turn your backyard into a desert wonderland! Join Catalina and Green Things for a free class to learn how to make a cacti garden. Bring a pot (or purchase one there) and learn the dos and don'ts of how to keep a cactus alive. This free class will only pay for supplies used during the demonstration, the rest is all up to you. RSVP on their Facebook event so the crew knows how much supplies to provide. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. Green Things, 3384 E. River Rd. Free but bring money to buy more materials after the class.

Reid Park Zoo Summer Safari. After-hour summer fun is returning to the zoo. Yessir! You'll dig live music, family friendly animal features, special dining options and discounts in the gift shop. Bring a blanky and enjoy the outdoor concert (there’ll be beer or wine for purchase, but no drinking with the monkeys). Among other activities, you’ll be able to chat with zoo keepers and encounter cool animals—but remember, animals who want their evening privacy may be in for the night, while others will be out and about. It all starts this week with music by The Just Intervals as the zoo walks us through "The Bear Necessities." The festivities begin Friday, May 19 and continue every Friday through Aug. 4. 6-8 p.m. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court. $3-$25.

International Museum Day. Into going on a safari? Tucson is a little low on savannas and jungles for you to traverse, but you can get a similar (and slightly more ... dead) vibe up on the west side. Take advantage of International Museum Day with all-day free admission to the International Wildlife Museum! 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thursday, May 18. International WIldlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd. Free.

Beautiful Beneficial Bean Trees. There’s food all around us—do you know where to find it? Meet the mesquite, ironwood and palo verde trees. These trees create rich environments under their canopies where both plants and animals survive and thrive. Head down to the Co-Op to learn more about the wonders of those tasty pods. 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 22. Food Conspiracy Co-Op, 412 N. Fourth Ave. $10. Register online with 24 hours notice.


Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Summer in the desert means a lot of things—but mainly, it means avoiding the outdoors until after sunset. Every Thursday through August, head over to the Tucson Museum of Art in the evening for some cinematic delight courtesy of Cinema La Placita. Bonus: Cafe a la C'Art will be open, offering a special menu for movie night. This week, watch Paul Newman and Robert Redford deal with life on the run after a series of robberies. “The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles!” 7:30 p.m., May 18. Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.

Girlfriend From Hell. The Loft’s Mondo Monday series is always worth attending, but the cinema has perhaps outdone itself celebrating the return of Twin Peaks and it’s star’s ridiculous early films. This Monday brings us the story of a shy young woman, possessed by the devil and forced to seduce men and steal their souls. See Dana Ashbrook (Your Bobby Riggs) ‘Chasing’ down Liane Curtis’ Maggie in this silly, less the subtle comedy-horror film.

Fun in General

Cars, Karts and Coffee. Who says Go Karting ain’t for adults? A little competition is always a good thing—and going fast is hella fun. If you haven't hit up Autobahn Indoor Speedway yet, you're missing out. Enjoy a reduced price of $24 for two races around the track and fuel up with a warm cup of coffee before you hit it! 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, May 21. Autobahn Indoor Speedway and Events, 300 S. Toole Ave. $24.

4th Annual Summer Reading Kick-Off with Pima County Library. Summer reading is important, especially here in Tucson where you can only spend an hour outside before suffering dehydration and a serious sunburn. Get the kiddos excited to tackle their library stack when you bring the whole family for a free children's book giveaway and tour the library's Bookmobile. Your youngsters will even get a visit from a famous monkey, Curious George! 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. Tanque Verde Swap Meet, 4100 S. Palo Verde Rd. Free.


Band of Horses. Sweet-voiced bandleader Ben Bridwell pens tunes that effortlessly blend elements of The Band with soaring pop of, say, Big Star, and some good-old southern rock like Marshall Tucker Band (yes, the MTB!) But they sound wholly up-to-the-moment, as they should. Bridwell recently told Tucson Weekly what he remembers about his formative teen years living in Tucson in the mid-'90: "Fucking outrunning trains with my car while delivering pizzas on mushrooms. I got the cops called on me and they drew their shotguns when I shut down the fratbar's power every night." So now you have an idea what to expect if you didn't already know that Band of Horses songs "Casual Party” and "Larado" are two of the ten best pop songs released in the last decade. Truth. Let's hope that two recently departing band members won't diminish the band. (See the music feature in this week’s ish.) Tuesday, May 23, at the Rialto Theatre. $30-$35. All ages.

Shonen Knife. Since 1991, Osaka, Japan's Shonen Knife has blended the hard riff rock of Thin Lizzy and The Runaways with simple Ramones-y melodies, added dollops of Shirelles/Ronettes girl-group magic, and kneaded it all into an infectious rock 'n' roll din, while (re)defining how women, particularly Asian women, are viewed in rock 'n' roll and in society. Yes, these women advanced rock 'n' roll as a female cultural force and have not received the respect they deserve. Now, a full 20 studio albums later, they are still kicking ass but not taking names because, well, they don't need to know your name. You just need to know theirs. Tuesday, May 23, at 191 Toole.

Food, Booze, and Food Business

Arizona Food and Finance Forum. Tucson is a great place to eat—but every restaurateur has to take a moment to put their recipe book down and think about their business. Everyone who contributes to Arizona's local food system are invited to gather, network and learn new skills at this event. Nationally-recognized speakers will be presenting on critical topics such as: farming, food system development, local food marketing, building local and living economies, bridging the gap between farmers, local food entrepreneurs and access to capital. Get growing! 8 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday. Thursday, May 18 - Friday, May 19. University of Arizona Institute of the Environment, ENR2 Building, 1064 E. Lowell St. $59-$99.

Coloring and Beer Nights. Adult coloring books are not—I repeat, NOT—a trend. They’re here to stay. They’re a useful tool for calming down and flexing those artistic muscles your boring office job completely ignores. Every Tuesday, grab a beer at Casa’s film bar, and bring an extra $5 for a desert-themed coloring book and a little peace of mind. The bar provides the crayons, and won’t give you any side eye if your strokes don’t stay within the lines. 5-8 p.m. Every Tuesday. Casa Video Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd.


Las Adelitas Meet and Greet with Felicia Chew. Politically, things are a little rough right now. Let's keep all the horrors of The Handmaid's Tale categorized safely as fiction and speak out about challenges facing the community. Las Adelitas works to help engage Latinas in the political process, and you're invited to meet and chat with Ward 3 candidate Felicia Chew on her most important platform issues. 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, May 19. Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Cafe, 505 W. Miracle Mile. Free.


California Modern with Mark Mussari. Even though we’ve reached the epitome of style with Southwest design, it can’t hurt to check out what California has going on. Art and design writer Mark Mussari will expose patrons to the development of California Modernism as its European roots evolved through the post-war artists movement. The presentation will occur alongside the Etherton Gallery’s Color Theory exhibit featuring local artists Kate Breakey, Andry Burgess and Gail Maruc-Orlen. Tune in to the talk at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19. Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave. Free.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Celebrating and Showing Off the Best of Tucson

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 12:30 PM

Perhaps Tucson doesn't exactly shine in May—or perhaps it shines too much. Either way, the question is: Where shall I take my summer visitors? - BIGSTOCK
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  • Perhaps Tucson doesn't exactly shine in May—or perhaps it shines too much. Either way, the question is: Where shall I take my summer visitors?

I've lived in Tucson my whole life—Well, I grew up in Oro Valley, but try not to hold that against me. I flirted with the idea of moving to a bigger city when I was in my late teens, but somehow I couldn't quite bring myself to leave. These days, I'm not even tempted. For better or worse, I've fallen for this place and I don't see myself packing up in the near future.

There are places in Tucson that I love and visit more than others and they, of course, usually get my vote when it comes to Best of Tucson. This year, I'm looking at my ballot under slightly different lighting: I've got some family coming to town and next week my full time job is entertaining them.

The visitors are my dad, and his wife and daughter. Dad lived in Tucson for years, but left almost 15 years ago. My stepmother is visiting the United States for the first time, and my sister hasn't been here since she was a toddler. This city is essentially new to them, which means it's up to me to make it look good.

Thoughts like that run through my head now, as I'm filling out my Best of Tucson ballot. Time is running out for me to decide what is going to make the cut on my little family tour of Tucson—they fly in on Friday. But you've got until May 31 to fill out your ballot and tell me all about what you consider the Best of the Best the Old Pueblo has to offer.

Get voting!

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Laughing Stock: Improv 'Til You Drop and Smiles for Soldiers

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 10:15 AM

For $20, including $10 for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Tucson comedy fans can watch 18 hours of improv, comedy and performance art May 26 and 27.

Tucson’s first Improvathon includes ambitious amateurs from the community, as well as players and established teams from improv companies Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed, Comedy Temple and the host company, Tucson Improv Movement. Stand-up comedians and performance artists, both accomplished and aspiring, also will perform.

TIM’s Daniel Kirby is the event’s wrangler, coordinating the schedules of nearly 100 performers. “There's a community aspect of it,” Kirby says. “We have several opportunities for community members to jam with improvisers, and a special block late on Friday night and early Saturday morning that we're saving for bit shows.

“The idea of a bit show is that you have one joke and you try to make that into a five- or ten-minute show. They can be very loosely improv-related. We only ask that they be comedy.” Kirby says he’s seen a bit show in which improv team members invented characters that all spoke like Saturday Night Live’s Don Pardo. In another, team members brought pizza to audience members at and had conversations with them.

Some weekly TIM shows are featured in their regular time slots. Immediately following an Improvathon kickoff at 8 p.m., TIM’s weekly Soapbox show features offbeat, nationally syndicated cartoonist Max Cannon. On Saturday, the kids’ show, FOMP, goes on at 1 p.m., and TIM’s popular game show, Throwdown starts at 9 p.m.

Marathons have been popular with improv companies nationwide since the Upright Citizens Brigade held the first Del Close Marathon 19 years ago. “Most people who do improv just wish they could do it all the time,” says Kirby. “This is an opportunity to test yourself to see if you can actually do too much improv!”

The Improvathon takes place at TIM Comedy Theatre, 329 E. 7th Street. Visit for details.

Smiles For Soldiers

L.A. Improv comedy duo Rollin’ in Riches brings their high energy and quick wits two three nights of benefit performances for Ayuda of Southern Arizona, a nonprofit that connects vets to free dental services. Funds raised go to dental hardware and other material costs. Each show is at a different site, May 18, 19 and 20. Dinner and a cocktail, or two cocktails, are included in the $20 ticket price. Visit for details and reservations.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Laughing Stock: Mirth for Mom

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 3:08 PM

Musical Mayhem Cabaret presents Keepin' It Classy: A Night of Classic Broadway for Mother's Day - FACEBOOK: @MUSICALMAYHEMCABARET
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  • Musical Mayhem Cabaret presents Keepin' It Classy: A Night of Classic Broadway for Mother's Day

Stuck for a way to celebrate Mother’s Day? Tucson musical comedy veterans Musical Mayhem Cabaret celebrate moms with an “under-rehearsed and over-dramatic” performance, Keepin' It Classy: A Night of Classic Broadway.

The show includes several songs by Cole Porter and others from Broadway favorites like Fiddler on the Roof, Something Happened on the Way to the Forum, Wonderful Town, Company, and the sometimes-conflictedly mom-oriented, Gypsy. The show closer, from Chicago, also includes clogging.

Mayhem of course finds comedy in Gypsy’s mother-daughter songs, like If Mama Was Married and Rose’s Turn, then transforms them into mom-honoring parodies. But You’ve Gotta Get a Gimmick was tricky. In the play and the movie, strip-tease artists use the song to counsel a young Gypsy Rose Lee on tricks of the trade.

The company’s managing artistic director Nicolette Shaffer-Filippi says. “I told the cast, ‘Your gimmick is ‘How are you going to be goofy but family-friendly?’” Improv fan favorite Gretchen Dingman Wirges, who performs and teaches with both NBOJU (Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed) and The Comedy Temple, brings her powerful voice and character acting chops to the challenge. Shaffer-Filippi says, “She always surprises me with goofy things,”

Shaffer-Filippi’s performed in Tucson community theatre for nine years and serves in Arizona Theater Company’s outreach program for children. For the last two years, she also has acted in Beer With the Bard, a program of the Tucson Fringe Festival.

Unscrewed’s Rob Sparks gets a workout as the only male member of Mayhem’s Mother’s Day cast. He performs Friendship from Anything Goes with Wirges and, according to Shaffer-Filippi, “He's our one male so he gets to play everyoneb's duet.” She adds, of the Company entry, Being Alive, “That will be our crying ender. It’s about man looking for a woman, but we're making the show about our love for our moms.”

Keepin' It Classy: A Night of Classic Broadway is at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 14, at Unscrewed Theatre, 3244 E Speedway Blvd. Tickets are family-priced at $10, or $7 in advance via
Musical Mayhem performs the second Sunday of every month. Auditions will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, May 22 and noon, Saturday May 27. Visit Musical Mayhem Cabaret on Facebook for more information.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Laughing Stock: How to Play With Kids? FOMP!

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM

FOMP engages kids and families in silly fun. - PHOTO BY JEREMY SHOCKLEY
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  • FOMP engages kids and families in silly fun.
Zack Armstrong already is known to a generation of Tucson kids for his play in Wonderfools and Emergency Circus, and a host of smarter-than-they-need-to-be birthday clown appearances. It turns out he was also an improv pro all along, having trained with Chicago’s storied iO Theatre as well as with clowning genius Avner Eccentric, star of the ‘80s adventure hit movie, Jewel of the Nile.

FOMP (Friends of Make Pretends), features Armstrong with a team of kid-friendly improvisers, combining all his favorite things – clowning, improv and the unfettered laughter of children—into an original theater experience for families. The show is at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 13, and every second Saturday of the month, at Tucson Improv Movement, 329 E. 7th St. Admission is $5, or $20 for families of five or more, at the door or at

“It's important that parents enjoy it every bit as much as kids do,” Armstrong says. “Kids learn through play and helping. I think showing parents that grown folks can play also is useful.”
Armstrong describes the show as, “interactive and collaborative storytelling”—acting out stories, creating conducted stories, acting out scenes. “We might act out fairy tales. We might act out a whole fairy tale in 60 seconds. We'll invent a story from scratch based on the audience suggestions. We invite kids onto the stage so they can participate with us.

“It's just a fun environment where kids can have a theatre experience, but still be kids. They don't have to sit in their seat. They can walk around. They can come up to the front of the stage. As long as they aren't interfering with the game, they can be themselves.” He also notes that being part of the theatre experience exposes kids to theatre in a way that could make them lifelong fans.

As for his own enthusiasm for FOMP, Armstrong, who is also a fifth-grade English teacher, says, “I kind of feel like I never grew up. I like to be silly. I like to do silly voices and make up silly stories, and my sense of humor seems to jibe with kids’. They make me laugh, and I just really love the energy that I get from them.”

Next in Armstrong’s vision is a plan to engage refugee children and kids on the autism spectrum in improv games where they can learn to better interpret and express communication that doesn’t require language.

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The Weekly List: 15 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 1:00 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.


Sesame Street Live. Elmo Makes Music. Calling all parents with little kiddies who love Sesame Street's favorite puppet: You won’t want to miss Elmo’s upcoming visit to the Tucson Convention Center. The Sunny Seats package even includes premium seating and a meet-and-greet before the show. Don't forget your camera and notebook for autographs! Each meet and greet will last about 20 minutes. 2 -5 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. $37.80.

Clueless. The first time you hear that cinematic masterpiece Clueless is actually based on Jane Austen's Emma, you might be tempted to take a leaf out of protagonist Cher's book and declare, "As if!" But it's true. The Loft Cinema is offering you a chance to reconnect with this obviously timeless love story/literary masterpiece this weekend with two showings of Clueless. 10 p.m. Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $6.

First Friday Shorts. The Golden Gong Year-End Showdown. Another year of First Friday Shorts is going out with a golden-gong bang! Fan favorites from the last year will duke it out for all the glory of Golden Gong trophies and $1,000. But the night doesn't end there! As soon as a winner is crowned, a fresh round of First Friday Shorts starts. Enter a short film for a chance to win $200 that night and a chance at taking home the Golden Gong yourself next year. Because its going to be a long night, only six new films will have a chance to compete for that night's $200 prize, so get your film in early. 9 p.m. Friday, May 5. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $6.

Cactus Drive In presents Raiders of the Lost Ark. While the glory days of drive-in movie theater may have faded into memory, you still have the occasional chance to experience the wonder of watching a movie unfold on the big screen from the comfort of your front seat or tailgate. The Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation is presenting the latest in its ongoing drive-in movie series with the rip-roaring adventure of Raiders of the Lost Ark on at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4. It happens in the parking lot of the Tanque Verde Swap Meet, 4100 S. Palo Verde Road. Suggested donation is $15 per vehicle, so pile in and make it a bargain. More info on the Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation Facebook page.

Cinema La Placita. Downtown’s Cinema La Placita has a new home in the spectacular plaza of the Tucson Museum of Art plaza. The outdoor movie series presents a different classic movie every Thursday all summer long. The series kicks off Thursday, May 4, with Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Next Thursday, May 11, it’s Thelma and Louise. Films start at 7:30 p.m. 140 S. Main Ave. Admission is $3 and includes the popcorn is free. More info at

Galaxy of Terror. Do you ever wonder what dreadful films the stars of Twin Peaks totally regret working on? Kick off The Stars of Twin Peaks Month at Mondo Monday with Galaxy of Terror. See Grace Zabriskie (you'll know her as Sarah Palmer) as Captain Trantor in this sci-fi suspense thriller where a group of astronauts are tormented by aliens wielding the scientists’ worst nightmares. 8 p.m. Monday, May 8. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $3.


Paint Your Pet Pawtrait Fundraiser. Paint your fur baby with an optional flower crown and take home your new favorite portrait! An artist will sketch your dog or cat before you paint so you get the cutest version of your furry best friend. Part of the proceeds goes toward the SAANPR, the Nurse Practitioner Association. 6 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Gentle Ben's, 865 E. University Blvd. $40.

Catapalooza. Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary is a badass organization, with no mission more dear to their hearts than providing happy, healthy lives for the stealthiest of our four-legged friends. They're raising some funds for their felines when Stands With Fists
Saalythic, Blacklidge, WITHIN A DREAM, The Abstract, As We Watch Them Fall, Before I Die, Toylit and Tucson Maidens of Metal band together for a night of kitty love and dance music. All proceeds benefit the cats. 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Club XS, 5851 E. Speedway Blvd. $8.

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Centurions Party. An Oz-some Experience. The Centurions’ annual bash will take you down the yellow-brick road to fun, all to benefit the Big Brother Big Sisters of Tucson. The 21-and-older event will feature an Oz theme, so expect plenty of flying monkeys and pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Don’t forget your red ruby slippers, as there will also be a costume contest. 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 6. Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way. $95.

Sour Fest Guided Tasting with Peter Bouckaert at T&B. Ever try sour beer? Ever try Belgium beer? Well, here's your chance to do both and have a nice chat with brewmaster Peter Bouckaert, who will be giving a sour tasting guide in honor of Tap and Bottle's annual Sour Fest on May 6-7. Guests will have the chance to taste 15 different sour taps, including Rodenbach Grand Cru, French Oak Sour Saison, Imperial Coffee Sour Stout, La Folie, NBB Love Felix and NBB Love Blackberry Oscar. The tasting is from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 6. Tap & Bottle, 403 N. Sixth Ave. $30 per person, including tax. For more details on all of Sour Fest, visit

Festival 520. You’re invited to Lululemon Tucson’s celebration of its fourth year in the Dirty T. Come sweat it out with up to 24 classes offered such as boxing, yoga and cycling. The day will start with a 5K hosted by Legacy Ambassador, Hazel Chase. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 6. La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive. Free.


The Fallen Stars. If you're a fan of the first White Stripes record, the Fallen Stars will be your new favorite band. Mixing up a sonic medicine of Nashville twang with the train-derail rhythms and bluesy guitars of anyone weaned on Hasil Adkins, they add a dash of O.C. punk spirit and a world-weary survivor's gratitude that makes each tune relatable. The lead singer strains to reach notes in his best Graham Parsons (hair) shirt, and harmonies are often, but not always, nailed by a beautifully ordinary woman. “Should've seen the way I drive, must be someone by my side, sure am glad to be alive.” You could just as easily spark a J and join them in a campfire sing-a-long as watch them from the crowd, or from the backseat of a rusted old Pontiac rolling through forgotten America. This music is emotionally honest—human and fallible—and therefore capable of lifting us. Saturday, May 6, 6-7:30 p.m. at Bookman’s Midtown, 3330 E. Speedway Blvd. Also, Saturday, May 6, at the Tucson Folk Fest, on the Presidio Stage, At Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, half-block east of Old Town Artisans. Both events are free and all ages.

Marianne Dissard. Rich dynamic soundscapes swirl and unfurl around a breathy but commanding voice. You could be at the helm of a pirate ship steered by a siren, or homeless and helpless save for some passionate voice on the radio. If she were Mexican she’d be feminismo, but as a French chanteuse in Tucson, Marianne Dissard is surreal, unafraid to embrace the absurd, and the heart and intellect. Ably backed by Tucson locals (including guitar hero Annie Dolan) whose flare for frontera mystique perfectly backdrops the sultry syllables of the French language itself, Marianne's music, as corny as this sounds, offers up a mirror through which to look at ourselves. There’s an essence across language and culture that unifies Americana vitality, Norteño heartbreak and raw French sex appeal coupled with philosophical underpinnings that only brooding, cigarette-rich hours can conjure. "Tu-(t)sahn" she breathes. The name of our old town has never sounded quite so compelling as it does on her lips. Club Congress, 311 East Congress on Monday, May 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. 21+.

Handsome Ghost. With a popped-up soulish voice like Color Me Badd that lifts atop Maroon 5-like hooks, Handsome Ghost should be sound tracking a falling-hard montage in a PG-13 popcorn flick. Or at least enjoying his one-hit, VH1 song like Dog's Eye View, another middle-of-the-road "indie" pop band from Boston. With hints of Caribbean-inflected grooves circling back to the bland yet weirdly flavorful realm of Jack Johnson and his ilk, perhaps it's the distracting autotune/vocal coupling effects or the too-bright synthetic drum fills that keep Handsome Ghost forever small time. This music ain’t indie rock, more like radio pop with a bad producer. But listen with eyes closed and picture a stripped-down, acoustic version of any song, and you’re suddenly sipping overpriced latte inside Starbucks. The lyrical clichés will sound deceptively profound, and you’ll hum the chorus, and when the sugary caffeine hits your system, the world will suddenly feel like a better place. It’s the law of suburbia. With Frances Cone on Thursday, May 11 at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. $14. 16+

Dweezil Zappa, Fifty years of Frank. Yes, Dweezil Zappa plays whatever the fuck he wants, and this Cease and Desist Tour 2017 raises a not-so-subtle middle finger at DZ's two younger siblings over the fair use/copyright infringement of the Zappa Plays Zappa name. But make no mistake, this is the same amazing tribute band the eldest Dweez has been leading since ’06. With a reputation for playing almost two-and-a-half-hour shows and a history of Zappa musical guests from Terry Bozzio to Steve Vai sitting in, ZPZ is the closest thing many of us will ever get to experience the genius of old Frank live. While the cover band sometimes tackle whole albums, this tour gives the virtuosic band musos the liberty to cover anything—raging guitar solos, sweetly harmonized doo wop, cringe-worthy novelty songs or true psych symphonies magical enough you don't need drugs to trip. What? Friday, May 5, at Rialto Theatre, 318 East Congress. $33-$69. 8 p.m. All ages.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Lindy’s New Location is Open and Awaiting its Food Network Debut

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Check out Lindy's new sign and one of their huge burgers. - GABRIELLA VUKELIC
  • Gabriella Vukelic
  • Check out Lindy's new sign and one of their huge burgers.

Things are looking a little different on Fourth Avenue these days: Lindy’s Diner on 4th, a business of 13 years, moved to a bigger location—and they don't even have to change their name.

Lindy’s is now where Bumsted's once lived (and Bumsted’s isn’t happy about it, but as Lindon Reilly, owner of Lindy's put it: “We are trying to be respectful about it but we are also really excited for the new space.”)

The restaurant's reconstruction and cleaning process started on March 1 and is officially open.

Lindy’s is, of course, know for their menu of juicy, decadent burgers. Regular customers crave their burgers because of the toppings that go on it such as mac and cheese, guacamole, sour cream, bacon, and raspberry preserves. Yum.

That’s not all the exciting news for Lindy’s because Josh Denny, the host of Food Network’s Ginormous Foods, came to Lindy's to tape his show and try one of their infamous burgers. And it really sounds like he stopped in the right plave: Denny says his favorite burger topping is more burgers.

Reilly said Denny tried a new version of their three-pound burger with extra ghost pepper sauce and green chile. Denny travels all over America to find dishes large enough to feed an army and he makes it his goal to eat every bite.

If you want a chance to see your hometown featured on television, the episode will air on June 9, but that is subject to change, so keep an eye on your television schedule.

Lindy's has a new location and this one is a lot bigger. - GABRIELLA VUKELIC
  • Gabriella Vukelic
  • Lindy's has a new location and this one is a lot bigger.

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