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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Laughing Stock: Something for Everybody

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 3:05 PM


Hot! Hot! HOT!

Formerly a featured performer in Black Cherry Burlesque, Lola Torch has um, lit out on her own and, um, bumped things up a notch. Her new project, the Tucson Libertine League, promises, “Like the libertines of old, our shows celebrate freedom from limitations and restraint, honoring sensuality.”

The League debuts with a Burlesque Battle of the Bands at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 29, at 191 Toole. Local favorites Sugar Stains and Tom Walbank perform live music for Lola and five other Tucson burlesque artists.

Angels of WTF?

Surely you saw the recent viral YouTube of the 80s’ omnipresent pop idol Corey Feldman. He mimics Michael Jackson’s dance moves while approximating music with women (dressed as sexy angels) he says he picked up at the Playboy mansion. If you didn’t scratch your eyes out, you might want to take in Corey’s Heavenly Tour: Angelic 2 the U.S. at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1 at the Rialto Theatre; $23 to $100. Local bad-taste-makers B4 Skin open.

According to Feldman, he’s helping unfortunate women who aspired in vain to a future on stage and screen. Voila! He created for them a concept universe: a double album, costumes, music lessons (we’re guessing), a backstory, a tour and merchandising with everything but action figures. The concept? In the epic battle between good and evil, the angels are rescuing Feldman from … irrelevance?

Laugh out Loud (house)!

Tucson comedians Cindell Hanson and Rory Montserrat now partner with The Loudhouse Rock & Roll Bar to present open-mic comedy on Tucson’s north side every Tuesday. “I think we’re enhancing the strong scene that we have here,” Hanson says. “Everyone needs stage time, and Loudhouse is giving us the flexibility and support to provide that.” The Loudhouse is at 915 W Prince Road, Sign up at 6; go up at 7.

Mark Twain meets Batman

Our personal favorite Batman, Val Kilmer, brings spirited and engaging life to America’s most beloved humorist, Mark Twain, in Cinema Twain. A decade ago, he might have toured the project live, but the actor who has flown a car instead presents a digital version. The result is a 21st- century interactive experience. Kilmer gives us the meta in person – what he learned and how he made friends with this incredible, and uniquely American 19th-Century satirist and wit, Samuel Clemens. The show’s at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5 at The Rialto Theatre; $36,

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Burlesque Battle of the Bands This Weekend? Yep, You Read That Right.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Then fetchingly monikered Lola Torch explains the Tucson Libertine League’s second event with this tagline: “We guarantee we’ll make you sweat, but we promise you’ll love it."
Les Femmes Marveilleuses in rehearsal.
  • Les Femmes Marveilleuses in rehearsal.

It’s unlike anything else that you likely see in a Moldy Pueblo summer. 

Combining the raw power and tension of rock ‘n’ roll with the expressive movement of dance, Tucson Libertine League’s Burlesque Battle of the Bands promises to be a monumental clash of sorts. Think of it: Hellfire rockers the Sugar Stains will battle against blues titan Tom Walbank while providing raucous live music for acro-act Les Femmes Marveilleuses, a maverick half-time marching band Hi Polish Floor Show and Tucson Libertine League’s burlesque dancers.

Torch, aka Emilie Marchand, president and producer at Tucson Libertine League, fleshes out, “I wanted to bring something different to the Tucson stage. We haven't really seen burlesque done to these types of music live. Usually when live music is involved it's more traditional ’40s music. We're bringing the rock ‘n’ roll!”

Here’s the tale of the tape:

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

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Your weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo

Family Friendly

Family Funday at the Farmers Market. Bring the kids to this carnival-meets-farmers-market event presented by Trail Dust Town and Heirloom Farmers Market. More than 20 food vendors will be on site, and the carnival portion of Trail Dust Town will be open for the kids (and young at heart). Enjoy live music, rides and face painting while perusing some of the finest local products on the market. 8 a.m to noon. Saturday, July 29. Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. $6.

Summer Safari Nights. The Tucson Medical Center hosts these childhood utopias Friday evenings at the Reid Park Zoo. Aside from their regular lions and tigers and bears, they’ll be offering face painting, glitter tattoos and camel rides, oh my! Adults can enjoy the live music, sponsor booths and the café specials: chimichangas on July 28 and pulled pork on Aug. 4. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 4. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court. $3-$9.

Meteor Mania! The Kitt Peak National Observatory is hosting a viewing party of the Delta Aquariid meteor shower. The viewing starts at 10 p.m. and goes until 3 a.m., so those in attendance are encouraged to bring warm clothes, blankets and lawn chairs. Thanks to a waxing crescent that sets before midnight, the Delta Aquariids shouldn’t be blocked out by moonlight, and viewing may reach peak rates of up to 15 to 20 meteors per hour. 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday, July 29 to Sunday, July 30. Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center. $47-$55.


Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN. Summer can be a slow time for sports. If you enjoy the sweet science, you'll love the fight card being put on by Golden Boy Promotions. Head down to Casino del Sol and catch the headliner between talented welterweight contender Sadam Ali, as he takes on long-time veteran Johan Pérez. Undercard fights will begin at 3:05 p.m. 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29. Casino del Sol Conference Center, 5655 W. Valencia Road. $40-$120.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

HoCo Fest Labor Day Weekend Schedule Unveiled Today

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 4:23 PM

Make your reservations now: Hotel Congress today released the schedule for the annual HOCO Fest running Wednesday through Sunday over Labor Day weekend.

With a lineup of nearly 60 bands, the festival offers everything from local favorites to what are sure to be some diamonds in the rough. HOCO Fest offers not only music, but a series of events focused on food and music.

Lando Chill will take to the stage Wednesday, Aug. 30 to charm the audience with his lyrical hip-hop and mellow vibes touching on themes of race and gender. Chill just released his second album The Boy Who Spoke the Wind in July.

The Mexico Institute of Sound brings a blend of traditional Mexican instrumentals with DJ electronica from Mexico City to Tucson on Friday, Sept. 1. DJ/producer Camilo Lara was tapped to supervise the soundtrack for Pixar’s latest creation, Coco, about a 12-year-old boy and his magical guitar in a Day of the Dead tribute, set to release Nov. 22.

That same day, Tucson’s very own Orkesta Mendoza—led by Sergio Mendoza, who has frequently collaborated with Mexico Institute of Sound—offers pysch rock-infused mambo inspired by legend Pérez Prado. The band is known for its showmanship in crisp matching suits and intricate big band sounds. The show comes on the heels of a months-long European tour.

Lee Fields and The Expressions will travel from New York City to deliver some soul on Sunday, Sept. 3. Sampled by several of today’s hip-hop artists, Fields’ sway is something hips can’t shy away from. A 50-year career hasn’t slowed as the band returns from a European tour.

Community radio KXCI will broadcast live from the station's new satellite studio inside Hotel Congress with an open house Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check out the station’s new digs and donate your favorite CDs and album to help pack their playlists.

HOCO Fest will also give festival goers a tour of Tucson intoxicants to the first 300
arrivals each day, featuring Arizona wineries, Four Peaks Brewery, mezcal and more.

Two fairs will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the Maynard’s plaza with vintage clothing and record vendors.

And if that’s not enough, the after parties will keep you satisfied ’til sunrise with electronic music brought to you by Threshold by Ascetic House.

Check out the full list of artists and events on the site.

Laughing Stock: The Dating Game, Repeatedly

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 12:30 PM

Chuck Barris may never die. At least the TV game shows that made him millions—The Gong Show, The Treasure Hunt and The Dating Game—seem immortal. In memory, scratchy videos, sequels and knock offs, they continue to resonate with universal human drives—winning, foraging, mating. Are they popular because the beasts are less daunting in a comical light?

Tucson Comedians Bethany Evans and Mo Urban resurrect The Dating Game at The Flycatcher, 430 E. 6th St., at 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 30; free. Anyone who’d like to find something funny in dating, i.e. anyone who’s ever had or wanted a date, might want to join the fun. Literally.

“We are still looking to fill a spot,” Evans says. “We especially welcome contestants from our LGBTQ community.” Prospective contestants should get their names in as soon as possible, but plans are for the show to be quarterly; you’ll have another chance. Like washing the car to provoke rain, applying for The Dating Game might even inspire the universe to find you a date, meanwhile. Email your interest to

“A lot of contestants are comics,” Evans says, “because those are the people Mo and I know. Comics like to play because of the opportunity to improvise. About half of (the contestants) are regular people we know through work or other networks. We really want a lot of diverse people to play the game, though.”

Evans first hosted a dating game in 2003 at Bumsted’s (R.I.P.) at the suggestion of then owner Barb Shuman. In 2015, again at Shuman’s invitation, she brought the show back for five “episodes’ with partner J. Lugo Miller. Miller co-produces the 2017 iteration, taking charge of sound, sound effects and simple props.

Evans says, “The reboot will follow the original format: one bachelor or bachelorette, questioning 3 unseen contestants, and choosing one for a date, based solely on their answers.”

Recalling the Bumsted’s years, Evans says, “It was a blast, I heard a lot of great stories about people’s experiences with it.” Urban, an early contestant, has even woven her Dating Game turn into her comedy routine.

“My experience was so positive I was sad to see it go,” she says. “It wasn’t so much about finding someone. It was more about just putting myself out there.” And that’s just what you have to do.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Weekly List: 13 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.


Seed Processing Workday. It’s time to turn your lackluster backyard into a botanical paradise. Come help out Native Seeds Search Conservation Center and learn about seed saving. Free chile seeds from their walls, sort out the best beans, shell corn and winnow squash. Children welcome but parental supervision is required. 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 20. Native Seeds Search Conservation Center, 3584 E. River Road. Free.

Edible Desert. The desert gets a bad rap, and it's not well deserved. These thorny lands are thriving with life and life-sustaining tools. Tohono Chul Park will be teaching the relationship between the people of the Sonoran Desert and the plants of the region that provide food, shelter and medicine. Take home samples and recipes. 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 22. Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Free.

Cool Summer Nights. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum continues its “Cool Summer Nights” series. On Saturday, July 22, the focus is on “Insect Insanity” and you’ll be able to get up-close and personal with the insects and arthropods of the Sonoran. On Saturday, July 29, “Creatures of the Night” will feature a live animal show, animated animals and art activities. Saturday, July 22 and July 29. 2021 N. Kinney Road. More info at and 883-2702.

Food and Drink

Cooking Class. Ever wonder how you can prepare a meal like legendary local chef Janos Wilder of DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails? Here’s your chance to learn from the master and his team. Janos is presenting a cooking class and pop-up dinner at downtown’s Carriage House on from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 21. For $80 (plus a service fee and tax), foodies can learn about the history of food in Florianopolis, Brazil, see a culinary demonstration by Chef Devon Sanner, and then enjoy ho’s d’oevres and a four course meal.

Peach Mania. Apple Annie’s Fruit Orchard in Willcox celebrates peaches with wagon rides, peach picking, free samples of peach product, and all-you-can-eat peaches and pancake breakfasts. This weekend and next (July 22-23, July 29-30) is Watermelon Weekend paired with a Sweet Corn Extravaganza. On Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, there will also be a craft fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info at or 520-384-2084.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Weekly List: 11 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Food & Booze

Tucson World Music & Culture Showcase. Enjoy a little culture from all over the world The University Of Arizona Africana Studies Department and the Community Food Bank are coming together for a day of music, dancing, poetry and, of course, food. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, July 14. CeeDee Jamaican Kitchen, 5305 E. Speedway Blvd. Free.

Summertime Speakeasy & Del Bac Showdown. Hamilton Distillers is partnering with Scott & Co. for the distillery’s first-ever hosted cocktail competition. For one evening, 47 Scott/Scott & Co will close its doors and reopen for a summertime speakeasy complete with candlelit live music, delicious food samples, and Whiskey Del Bac cocktails. Guests can sample cocktails from six local bartenders from across the city as they compete for Judges Pick. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Living Streets Alliance. Tickets Includes food and 6 cocktail samples. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 15. 47 N. Scott Ave. $40.


Cool Summer Nights. Beat the Arizona heat and enjoy an night out at the Desert Museum. The desert comes alive as the sun sets. Skies become speckled with stars and animals rise from their daytime naps. Bring your flashlight and explore, experience a live animal encounter, or participate in special nightly activities. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. $16.


FC Tucson vs. Colorado Rapids U23. Come out and watch Tucson's only professional soccer team take on division rival (and MLS Development team) Colorado Rapids U23. With FC Tucson currently sitting atop the Western Conference Standings, the game serves as a finale before the playoffs for both teams. Enjoy a hot dog and a beer and help cheer the team on to victory! Gates open 6 p.m., kickoff at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Kino Sports Complex, North Stadium, 2801 E. Ajo Way. Adults $12, Children (5-12) $8.


Cactus Drive-In Theatre. Indulge in the iconic drive-in experience at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet on Thursday night in July. On Thursday, July 13, you can catch a screening of La La Land, 2016's award-winning musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Follow the lives and love of two L.A. dreamers as they await their big break. On Thursday, July 20, The Princess Bride will pay homage to (and skewer a little bit) all your favorite fairy tales. Movies start at 8 p.m. Suggested donation per carload is $15. More info at

Cinema La Placita Summer Series. Take a trip downtown and enjoy the Cinema La Placita's continuing outdoor summer film series. This Thursday, July 13, enjoy a legendary piece of resistance cinema. Do the Right Thing, is a groundbreaking examination of race relations in America. Directed by the iconic Spike Lee, this movie spans the length of a day and examines the whole spectrum of life and culture in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. By the end of the movie, Lee challenges audiences to decide whether anyone truly does the "right thing" when it comes to race. On Thursday, July 20, you can see the classic Inherit the Wind (1960), which dramatizes a 1925 courtroom battle over the teaching of evolution. (We’re kind of hoping that this is a settled matter, but could see it back on the Supreme Court’s docket sometime in 2019.) Movies start at 7:30 p.m. in the Tucson Museum of Art plaza. In addition to the screenings, audiences are invited to enjoy the cash bar and food truck on site. More info at


Kolezanka. Don't let the drum machine chump you—everyone in Kolezanka (Polish for friend) has soul. In fact, this dreamy postmodern pop trio from Phoenix has the unearthly quality of Vespertine-era Bjork and the tight-fist chemistry of Yo La Tengo. Their delicate minor harmonics move like how seaweed catches you and gently claws. The bass echoes of nimble-fingered Marcus Miller (Miles Davis, yo) in his most sexual playing groove. Keys shimmer and pool around female vocalists, strong as sirens, vulnerable as people. In “Pageant,” one voice sings, "Anytime they ask, you know that I lie. It's easier to just pretend that I'm fine," while her breathy backup counters, "I always wanted a sis-ter." It’s an utterly grounded and relatable emotion, backed by haunting and transcendent musicality. It rises to something good as beauty. Songs feel like they're organically poured from the musicians at once—arrangements wind around one another, creating an underwater spiral, pretty and circular and always rising toward the surface without ever quite breaking into the light. With Karimer Walker and Lowlife on Friday, July 14. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. 8 p.m. 21+. Free.

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Laughing Stock: Retro Game Show

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM

“It's not a drag show,” Holt says. “(They’re not) going to see someone lip-synching. It's a game show that happens to be hosted by a drag queen." - RETRO GAME SHOW
  • Retro Game Show
  • “It's not a drag show,” Holt says. “(They’re not) going to see someone lip-synching. It's a game show that happens to be hosted by a drag queen."

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At 6’ 6”, Tucson’s Patrick Holt is an imposing drag queen. But height’s the least of the assets he brings to his alter-ego, Tempest DuJour. There’s also the drop-dead fabulousness of her costumes, created by the head of the UA’s costume design program—Holt, himself. Her sass is comedy gold, too.

What doubtless earned Tempest a spot in Ru Paul’s Drag Race, though, is her megawatt charisma. As an emcee, her performance is brash, sophisticated, and funny, but it's as kind as it is subversive. Tempest openly cherishes the quirks and complexities of human nature.

Since her star turn as a “Ru girl,” she has scored gigs in Brazil, Australia and the UK among other drag hotspots. “The exposure is amazing,” Holt says. “We get booked regularly to perform all over the world.”

Yet Tempest still finds time to emcee the Retro Game Show, an original entertainment that Holt created with David Hoffman almost six years ago. Hoffman, a graphic designer, prop-builder and all ‘round creative mind also serves as producer. The format allows Tempest to cross over from traditional drag shows for gay audiences, to a format that can play to widely diverse audiences, anywhere.

“It's not a drag show,” Holt says. “(They’re not) going to see someone lip-synching. It's a game show that happens to be hosted by a drag queen. Some of our more popular shows are Sassword, The Wheel of Misfortune, The $9.95 Pyramid. We just added BattleMimes. It’s like charades, but you have to wear a mime mask and a beret and white gloves.” It’s also original and exclusive to the Retro Game Show.

“My favorite is Sassword because it was the first thing we ever did, and it's really so much about the contestants. I love that the most.” Holt says it’s impossible to profile a perfect guest, but “If I call their names and they walk up to the stage with a cocktail in their hand—I pray for those.”

See Retro Game Show at 7 p.m., the second or third Saturday of every month at Club Congress, 311 East Congress Street. Follow Retro Game Show Night on Facebook for each month’s schedule and advance ticket information. Admission is $12 for the “splash zone” an $10 for available seats and standing room the evening of the show.

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