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Friday, August 17, 2018

18 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: August 17-19

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Friday, Aug 17

TGIF ’90s Spectacular. For every Friday in August, Casa Video is allowing you to relive the ’90s! Go back to a wonderful decade where we didn’t have any of the strife we have today; no unnecessary wars and no corrupt politicians. It was just technicolor tracksuits and Tamagotchis, all day every day. For this week’s party, they’re screening episodes of Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Step by Step and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, August 17. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.

Stand Up 101 Class Showcase + Carnival Diet. Students over at Tucson Improv Movement just spent six weeks honing their comedy chops, and they’re ready to show off their stuff. You’re not going to want to miss this opportunity to see what just a month and a half of classes can do to a person’s sense of comedic timing and ability to go with the flow. In addition, Carnival Diet, one of Tucson Improv Movement’s house teams, will take a suggestion and weave you a world that’s as weird and wonderful as a carnival—vomit-inducing rides, fantastical performances, fried miscellany and all. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. Tucson Improv Movement, 414 E. Ninth St. $5. Details here.

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WomanKraft Rummage Sale. You were probably looking for the perfect way to support the mission of validating and empowering women artists and other underrepresented groups this weekend, so we are pleased to tell you that there’s a perfect event for that—one where you can walk away having gained more than just a good feeling. This rummage sale has toys, decorations, art books, novels, household items, tools, records, furniture, a huge variety of art supplies… and the list goes on. Pick up the piece you’ve been looking for to complete your wardrobe, or to tie together the décor of your living room. Bring a friend! Come more than once! Just don’t miss out! 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18. No early birds, please! 388 S. Stone Ave. Details here.

Saturday, Aug 18

The Gaslight Music Hall Car Show. It’s that time of month again! This family-friendly event is the perfect opportunity to unwind in the midst of all this back-to-school stress. Listen to some old school tunes, check out some beautiful cars and talk to people who love cars as much as you do—or, if you’re not super, super into cars, talk to people who can teach you all sorts of cool things about cars. Of course, don’t miss the delicious, classic diner food being served up at the Gaslight Music Hall, because most experiences are made better with French fries. 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. The Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley, 13005 N. Oracle Road. Free. Details here.

College and Career Day at the Library. The period after graduating from high school can be pretty confusing. How do you make a resume? What do you put on a resume anyway? What the hell are you supposed to major in? How does financial aid work? Don’t worry, though: You’re not alone. The Joel D. Valdez Main Library is putting on this event full of college-and career-related workshops led by the Library’s Idea+Space staff, Pima Community College and Earn to Learn. Reps from ASU, NAU, UA,, Prescott College and the Metropolitan Education Commission will also be on hand to answer questions. The event is open to the public, so you don’t need to be a recent high school graduate to swing by and pick up some knowledge! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Free. Details here.

Flashlight Night at the International Wildlife Museum. Scientists have puzzled over the issue for decades, because there’s really no rhyme or reason to it, but most everyone agrees than any game becomes more fun when you’re playing it in the dark with flashlights. And kudos to the International Wildlife Museum for recognizing this with this night where you can hang out with reptiles and insects, take safari selfies, watch movies and participate in a spotlight scavenger hunt. Archery is available for ages 9 and up as well. Lights go out at 6 p.m., but feel free to come earlier if you want to see the museum with the lights on. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. $10 adult, $7 senior/military, $5 kids 4 to 12 and free for kids 3 and under. Archery is two bucks per person. Details here.

Yoga for Stronger, Healthier Bones. Yoga is supposed to make you feel stronger and more capable, but if you’re dealing with bone troubles like osteoporosis or osteopenia, then the varied weight distribution that comes with it might not sound too fun. But at this class, you’ll learn 12 poses to help enhance bone strength, and also exactly which poses to consider avoiding if you’re dealing with weakened ones. There will also be discussion about the benefits of yoga for bone density, balance, strength, range of motion, coordination, anxiety and fall prevention. Whether you’re brand new to yoga, or a yoga teacher looking for ways to better serve your students, you bone’t want to miss it. 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. The Yoga Connection, 3929 E. Pima St. $35. Details here.

Women & Money Masterclass. As a print publication, we’ve had our fair share of moments where we realized we had more month than money. And really, who couldn’t benefit from a YWCA-hosted class on how to create a realistic financial plan, to work with the money you have and to master the art of negotiating? This weekend is part two of this master class, and it’s called “Let’s Get Real About Money.” 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Aug. 18. Frances McClelland Community Center, 525 N. Bonita Ave. $60. Details here.

Sizzling Summer Nights. The last iteration of this beat-the-heat event at the Jane Hamilton Fine Art Gallery is upon us! Their philosophy at the gallery is simple: Yes, it’s absurdly, unreasonably hot, but, hey, at least the town has slowed down for the summer and the restaurants are less crowded. It’s the perfect time to take a deep breath and relax, then to head over to the gallery for some more relaxing, but with wine, music and food. Ahhhh, summer. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Jane Hamilton Fine Art Gallery, 2890 E. Skyline Drive, suite 180. Free. Details here.

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Cool Summer Nights at the Desert Museum. It’s time someone said it: Sometimes not even the nights are that cool during the Tucson summer. But you know what? Heading out to the Desert Museum is still worth it. This week at their “Creatures of the Night” event: live presentations from the Herpetology Department featuring venomous reptiles, two “glow & flow” yoga sessions offered by Tiffany Georgia from Tucson Yoga Studio (glow sticks will be provided!) and a photography workshop by Jay Pierstorff all about using flash correctly. Plus all the usual fun in the form of fine art exhibits, the stingray touch exhibit, docent presentations and the Packrat Playhouse. 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. $22 GA, $20 seniors 65 and up, $9 kids 2 to 12, $18 military, $17 Arizona/Sonora residents. Details here.

Sorrytown. Reverbed-out guitars eviscerate silence. “Go away,” a dude urges, but the song drones on, jagged and un-attenuated, a relentless aural disaster. Sorrytown lifts the corners of the polite straight world and reveals the skittering, frenetic bugs underneath. “Everyone you know is somewhere you could never go,” Simeon Beardsley exhales, like Built to Spill sans tidy deductions. Heavy drums and bass push tunes forward, headlong into uncertainty, demanding to “know.” Then the answer comes—sonic booms and cathartic bass waves. There is no inner narrator, only a vast noisy void. “We have no reason to speak.” Heavy primal fucking and alienation ensue. If Reznor routinely dips a toe in this black pool, Sorrytown is a headfirst dive into the abyss. This is bleak and mighty and could only hail from the forsaken Las Cruces desert. With The Big Bad, Medvedi and Her Mana on Saturday, August 18. Cans Deli, 340 N. Fourth Ave. 8 p.m. $5. 21+. Details here.

Native Son. Ahead of the release of the remake, The Tucson Black Film Club is screening the original film adaptation Richard Wright’s classic novel. It tells the story of an impoverished black man taking the job of a chauffeur for a rich white family, where unforeseen complications arise. The screening will be held at the Dunbar African American Culture Center. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. 325 W. Second St. Details here.

The Greatest Showman Sing-Along. Yeah, who cares if the movie glossed over a lot of exploitation, the songs are a great time! Join The Loft and Loft Jr. for a special version of the musical with on-screen lyrics to the hit songs like “This is Me,” “Rewrite the Stars” and “The Other Side.” 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. 3233 East Speedway Blvd. $12. Details here.

Sunday Aug 19

5 Points Farmers Market. You can never have too many farmers markets! Especially farmers markets like Grassroots, which charges nothing for their farmers to sell goods. Head over to 5 Points for a heaping helping of food that’s local and sustainable. Try the organic produce! The antibiotic- and hormone-free meats! Even some baked goods and hot coffee from 5 Points to munch on while you shop! You’ll walk away feeling good—not only because you got up before noon on a Sunday, and not only because you’re going to fill up on foods that are good and good for you, but because you’re supporting local farmers. And that’s pretty dang cool. 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 (and every Sunday through Dec. 2). 5 Points Market & Restaurant, 756 S. Stone Ave. Free. Details here.

Valley of the Moon Historic Tours. If you don’t know much about how the Valley of the Moon got started, for now we’ll just tell you that it involved a Spiritualist preacher, a little girl sick with tuberculosis and about 800 sacks of cement. But we don’t want to spoil the story. Head over there this Sunday (or any third Sunday, really) to take a tour and go behind the scenes to learn about some of the history and stories behind this magical little corner of the world. 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. Valley of the Moon Tucson, 2544 E. Allen Road. $5 adults, free for kids 12 and under with adult, members and teachers. Details here.

Oro Valley’s Got Talent Finale. This is it! After months of preliminary auditions and two rounds of semi-finals, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is upon us! The finals and awards for Oro Valley’s talent competition. Who will it be? Kelly Clarkson? Clay Aiken? That little girl with the yellow pants and the ukulele? Unless any of those people live in Oro Valley, then probably not. This is about homegrown talent, baby. And this is a really neat chance to step back and realize just how many of your neighbors are full of secret, impressive skills. First-place winner gets $1,000, and second place gets $500! 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. The Gaslight Music Hall, 13005 N. Oracle Road. $15. Details here.

Interfate. Phoenix is a hard, hot and shitty place to live and the boys of Interfate are nothing if not a product of their environment. The word “alone” is often purged from within, reinforced by the crash of a five-cymbal kit, pinned down by chest-crushing bass lines and shot through with whiplash guitars. “Our fates are intertwined.” The trio rails against confinement of the impoverished living under wide open skies, the loneliness of a burned lover forced to mill amidst millions of strangers, only wanting The One. More emo than angry, vocalist J-Money manages to find nuance in his belted outcries for help, and though there’s no new musical ground here, the band is dynamic enough to avoid whiffs of suburban generic. This is windows-down, sun-blazing, Red Bull-fueled gestalt that those turned off by plastic consumptive tripe will feel—head back, mouth open, fists pumping. Sunday, August 19 at House of Bards, 4915 E. Speedway Blvd. 7:30 p.m. 21+. Details here.

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Bar Cinema: Anime Arcadia.
 Sky Bar is throwing it back and keeping it wack with Anime Arcadia: a showing of the biggest and baddest animated robots battling it out. First, two episodes of the ’80s mecha series Armored Trooper Votoms. Then, the main feature Patlabor: The Movie. More ’80s Japanese robots blowing stuff up. What’s not to enjoy? Hosted by Batwings Photography. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. 536 N. Fourth Ave. Details here.

Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Salsa, Tequila & Tacos Take Over Tucson

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The latest entry in a string of fantastically delicious events set up by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance is better than just a Salsa, Tequila & Taco Festival — it’s a Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge!

Over 50 vendors will converge in Tucson to battle it out for nearly 20 culinary awards. Both professional judges and the general public get to choose the winners. And serving as a special judge: our very own Logan Burtch-Buus!

Participating restaurants and breweries include: El Cisne Restaurant, Series 19, Barrio Brewing, Applewood Creek Farms, Rigo’s Restaurant, Three Wells Distilling, Embajador Tequila, Angie’s Kick Ass Salsa and much more.

General admission tickets get you menu samplings from over 50 local restaurants and chefs, with custom salsa and tequila cocktails, plus plenty of beer and tacos. VIP tickets are also available, and come with a special tequila toast and commemorative shot glass.

Get out there and get partying!

If you’re going: 7 p.m., Sunday Sept. 2 at the La Encantada Shopping Center (2905 E. Skyline Drive). $60 General Admission, $100 VIP. 21-plus.

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Four Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, August 16

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Natural Grocers 63rd Anniversary. Who said grocery stores can’t have birthday parties? Natural Grocers is celebrating its 63rd anniversary with savings, snacks and more. Select items will ring in at 33 to 60 percent off, and carry your items off in a reusable bag, free with purchase. Enter to win prizes ranging from gift cards to a grand prize trip to Thailand. And what’s a birthday party without food? Catch a recipe demo and samples of Chocolate Powerhouse pudding from noon to 2 p.m., and stick around for a free ice cream social with sundaes and root beer floats from 4 to 6 p.m. Free event is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. 3016 E. Broadway Blvd. Details here.

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Is This Thing On? Emo Night Tucson. Tucson is still reeling from the closing of the Flycatcher, but in the wake of the storm, one of the bar’s moodiest events will live on. Emo Nights, which are known for being all vinyl, all emo, all the time, have moved rig ht on over to Cobra Arcade. This Thursday is the very first night that the event will take place at its new home. So bring your quarters, bring your American Football song requests, bring your denim jacket and bring your broodiness, because #emonighttucson is still in business! 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Cobra Arcade Tucson, 63 E. Congress. Free. Details here.

Field Studies Class: Rain Garden Care. You fill your garden with plants that don’t need too much water because we’re in the middle of the desert. And then monsoon season comes and threatens the whole empire you’ve built. What do you do? You go to this seminar by the Watershed Management Group, where they’re going over proper care for different plant types, how to identify and solve potential rain garden issues, watering schedules, seasonal plant needs like trimming and weeding, and more. There’s an indoor classroom session as well as some hands-on outdoor work, so come prepared—and dressed—for both. The class is designed for new gardeners or new-to-the-Sonoran-Desert-gardening-environment gardeners, but all are welcome. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Watershed Management Group, 1137 N. Dodge Blvd. $15. Details here.

Planets on Parade. You wanna see some planets? You wanna see some planets that are practically putting on a little show for us Earthlings? Mars and Earth came the closest to one another since 2003 at the end of July, Jupiter and Saturn are prominent right now, and Venus is starting the show at sunset. The night includes a light supper, a sunset viewing and a chance to look through the Kitt Peak Visitor’s Center 20-inch telescope while you learn about the history of planetary exploration. The final portion of the night includes telescope observations of the planets and other celestial spectacles. Bring layers, as it tends to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler up there (thank God). Make reservations in advance, and keep your cell phone handy, because they’ll make calls at 2 p.m. on the day of the event to let you know if it’s still on or if it’s cancelled (hard to see the stars when it’s cloudy, you know). Thursdays through Mondays through Aug. 31. Kitt Peak Visitor’s Center doesn’t have an address, but its coordinates are Lat.: 31.96, Long.: -111.598. $75 if reservations made online, $80 if by phone. Details here.

Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Wednesday, August 15

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Untitled (Corridor). This week is your last chance to see this art installation at the UA Museum of Art, and the perfect chance to go to the closing reception. Untitled (Corridor) is an installation of cement bricks made from sand and debris from specific coordinates in Tucson—coordinates that have witnessed the deaths of migrant bodies. This hard-hitting exhibit takes displaced materials and makes them not into units of construction, but into meditations on the cause of migrant death and disappearance. Artist Karlito Miller Espinosa was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, and is an MFA candidate at UA. His work has been exhibited in several countries, including the Tucson Museum of Art’s 2018 Arizona Biennial exhibit. Visible 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Wednesday, Aug. 15. Closing reception is 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15. University of Arizona School of Art, 1031 N. Olive Road. Free. Details here.

Primavera Cooks! at Tavolino Ristorante Italiano. Head over to Tavolino Ristorante Italiano for a wine-paired gourmet dinner with Primavera Cooks! Dine on the restaurant’s classic Italian fare at the nonprofit fundraising dinner, part of the 17th season of Primavera Cooks! 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. 2890 E. Skyline Drive. Make reservations through Primavera at 520-308-3104. $125 per person. Details here.

YWCA STAT Ballot Party. When was the last time heading to the polls made you feel like you were at a party? Maybe don’t answer that. The point is, voting is such an important and cool right, and we should definitely exercise it. So bring your ballot! Bring a friend! And dress up as your favorite patriot, revolutionary, rebel or politico for the chance to win a prize, if you want! This nonpartisan evening features music and nosh, with some special speakers (again, it’s nonpartisan, so don’t worry. And in fact, make sure you’re not trying to do any campaigning while you’re there). The Pima County Recorder’s Office will be on hand to collect your ballots for the 2018 primary. Voters, start your engines! 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. The Dusty Monk Pub, 201 N. Court Ave. Free. Details here.

Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Tuesday, August 14

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Spelling Bee[r]. Haunted by that time you accidentally spelled “machine” as “mashin” in the third grade spelling bee? No? Just me? Well, whatever the case may be, relive your grade school days and head to Tap & Bottle to put your spelling skills to the test in a free spelling bee. Winner takes home a trophy and gift certificates to Tap & Bottle. If you mess up on “machine” again, no worries; there’s always beer! The Blacktop Grill will be there ready to refuel spellers. Signup at 6:30 p.m.; the bee starts 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14. 403 N. Sixth Ave. Details here.

Eating Animals. The ironic thing here: This documentary will probably make you not want to eat animals. Who’d’ve guessed? Based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by Natalie Portman, this film shows the story of farming from its household roots to its perversion into the factory farming we have today. It also spotlights farmers who have pushed backed against industrial agriculture with more humane and sustainable practices. 7:30 to 9:15 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Regular admission prices. Details here.

Geeks Who Drink. It's time to get geeky! Did you know that Geeks Who Drink can be found at over 300 bars and restaurants across 25 states? Pretty cool huh? Join your local geeks at this week's Hotel Congress installation of the ever-popular trivia game. Find your sweet spot of just enough beer to make you good at trivia starting at 8 p.m. on the Hotel Congress plaza.  Details here.

Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Monday, August 13

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Quiz for a Cause. Show off your trivia skills in the name of helping animals. Lead your team through eight rounds of trivia—ranging in subject—hosted by Natasha Noir of Tucson C.A.R.E.S. The contest raises funds for the organization’s work in animal rescues. During the rounds, snack  on vegan treats from the on-site vegan bake sale and sip on brews from Public Brewhouse. 8 to 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. 209 N. Hoff Ave. $5 per person to play. Details here.

Speed Dating. Sick of blind dates, online dating or trying to find time to meet people after a long day at work? Arizona Singles and the Playground Bar & Lounge are partnering to put on this event for all single professionals in their 20s and 30s. And why not try it? Think about it: No information is exchanged unless you request it, you meet tons of people you’d never normally run into, and you get to meet people in person so you can more effectively determine whether you have a connection—and if you don’t, you’re not stuck in an awkward date for the whole night. Really, the worst that could happen is you’ll end up with a funny story. As far as the best case scenario? The sky’s the limit! 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. Playground Bar & Lounge, 278 E. Congress St. $32, but save $5 with the code TUCFB. Details here.

Mondo Mondays. Head over to The Loft tonight to see the next installment of their College Cut-Ups month theme with Pledge Night. This spooky school film pitches frat boys against a supernatural killer. According to The Loft, this film includes pointless sex and nudity, and the world's oldest stripper. How could you let that pass you by? Admission is $3, or $2 for Loft members. The show starts at 8 p.m. Details here.

Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Laughing Stock: On Battles and Recoveries

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It’s not funny at all, per se, and it’s almost certainly the world’s worst career choice, but years of addiction have made comedy stars of Kurtis Matthews and Andy Gold … now that they’re in recovery.

The pair perform as the Addicts Comedy Tour at 8 p.m., Thursday, August 16, at the Jewish Community Center, 3800 E River Rd. Tickets are $20 ($12 for groups of 10), at

Gold recently told The Phoenix Entertainer, “I started doing comedy maybe six months after I got clean, and my whole existence at that time was not using one day at a time.”

For addicts, and their relatives, co-dependents and friends who can relate to that, the JCC show offers a rare opportunity to laugh with recognition, insight and occasionally compassion for their addict’s struggles. For comedy fans and everyone else, it’s just plain funny.

Matthews has toured nationally and internationally since 1984 when a second DUI inspired him to give up alcohol and drug abuse. In 1999, he founded the San Francisco Comedy College, the most popular standup comedy school in the US.

Andy Gold is a favorite at treatment centers and in recovery groups, as well as in comedy festivals and competitions all over the U.S. He began his comedy career in Salt Lake City just six months after a nearly fatal overdose.

Epic Roast Battle

Rich Gary hosts a comedy battle among Tucson comics from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, August 17, at Epic Café; free.

Reigning champion Roxy Merrari, host of Monday night Comedy at the Wench, defends her title against 15 contenders, tournament style. Judges are Mo Urban, Clint Lapsansky and Collin Chomiak.

Contestants include Steena Salido, John Hernandez, Drake Horner, Paul Fox, Kathie Hedrick, Autumn Horvat, Eli Turner, Dominic DiTolla, Joel Martin, Jesse Andrews, Darryl Graves, Phillip Showers, Sam Racioppo, Julian Moreno and Tony Kanani-Bruhn.

Comedy returns to the Screening Room

The Screening Room Presents Comedy Night at 9 p.m., Wednesday, August 15. Marcus Gallegos hosts and Matt Ziemak headlines. Rounding out the bill are Charles Ludwig, Eden Nault, Cindell Hanson, Andrew Scott and Randy Ford. Doors are at 8:30 and the show is free.

The comedy revival at The Screening Room follows a hiatus in programming as the theatre transferred to new owners. The theater’s previous incarnation supported at least two comedy shows weekly, including a Tuesday night standup open mike and a Friday night comedy variety show that mixed standup acts and teams from local improv companies.

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25 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: August 10-12

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Friday, August 10

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World Margarita Championship.This SAACA-presented event pits Tucson Originals cocktail creators against each other in a throwdown for the People’s Choice award for the Best Signature Margarita. Along with watching the contest, attendees can sample margaritas, tequilas and Southwestern snacks. Try your luck with raffles for gift cards and gift baskets. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at 21+ event. Details here.

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Joe Peña Record Release Party. Head to Club Congress to celebrate the release of Joe Peña's new album, Dust of Our Love. Although this is Peña's debut solo release, his musical history begins far from this album. And if you've been paying any attention to Tucson's music scene over the past few decades, you'd already know that. Peña sings and plays guitar for Greyhound Soul, a local desert rock band that has consistently released records since the mid-90s. Peña will be celebrating with Miss Olivia and the Interlopers at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St.; $5. 21+. Details here.

The 3rd Beats ft. Harold Team Omega. The Tucson Improv Movement’s finest hip-hop improv team is taking to the stage to drop some sick beats, dope rhymes and—of course—fresh improv. But first, to open! Harold Team Omega just needs ONE audience suggestion, and then they’ll run with it. What will they do with it? No one knows? But we do know that anyone who’s anyone—and anyone who knows anything about hip hop—is going to be there. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Tucson Improv Movement, 414. E. Ninth St. $5. Details here.

Free Nature Expo. The Southeast Arizona Birding Festival is in full swing, and here’s your reminder to stop by this totally free event full of fun, games, vendors and free talks. Even if you’re not into birding, how can you argue with that? Check out the Nestbox building workshop, or the short birding strolls around the DoubleTree of Reid Park grounds. Maybe you can get your binoculars cleaned, or do an owl pellet dissection. Or, if you’re kids, perhaps a face painting session or a story time with the Pima County Library children’s services is more up your alley. Free talks will offer up knowledge on everything from bats to moths to monsoons. There’s also a session for beginning birders, a talk about the role of citizen science in the Sonoran Desert and a reminder on how to bird safely in rattlesnake country. Noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson–Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way. Free. Details here.

Karaoke Fridays at Espresso Art Café. When was the last time you did karaoke? If it was more than a month ago, what are you waiting for? The people of Tucson need you singing your hit, whether it’s “Billie Jean,” “Summertime” or “Baby Got Back.” Not too sure about it? Sure you are! You certainly will be after a few of the café’s signature drinks, like the Irish Maiden or the Muay Thai. Alternatively, you could enjoy some coffee, tea or hookah, and enjoy watching other people reach Friday night Nirvana as they belt out “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” 9 p.m. to midnight. Friday, Aug. 10. Espresso Art Café, 942 E. University Blvd. Free. Details here.

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