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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Things to Do, Thursday, Jan. 16

Posted By on Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 1:00 AM

Mineral Madness. This event up at the Desert Museum is the perfect way to whet your appetite for the big Tucson Gem and Mineral Show that is coming up. Or, if you're looking for something a little less overwhelming (and, in many cases, cheaper prices), this might even be a good alternative. Check out rock-bottom prices (seriously, they start at 50 cents, and kids can collect some for free) on these mineral and fossil treasures, including special sales of fluorescent minerals, quartz crystals and chalcedony, fossilized shark poop, "decorator" rock and new gem stone donations. There's thousands of specimens that will appeal to everyone from serious collectors to folks who just think rocks are pretty. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 and Sunday, Jan. 19. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. $21.95 ages 13 to 64, $19.95 seniors, $9.95 youth, free for members and kids under 3. Discounts available for military and Arizona/Sonora residents. (Special preview for Desert Museum members from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16).

Copper Rock Craft Eatery Grand Opening. Alvernon Way's Doubletree Hotel is getting a new eatery with Copper Rock, which features a wide variety of foods from Chef Alan Lambert. Dishes range from Ahi nachos to Greek salad to ribeye and a wide selection of specialty burgers. The menu also includes multiple vegan and vegetarian options. But where Copper Rock really shines is their drink menu, featuring more than a dozen specialty cocktails, as well as plenty of wine and beer. While Copper Rock Craft Eatery has already served up dishes for a few specialty events, this is their official grand opening event, and that means you can get 30 percent off your meal, excluding alcohol. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16. 445 S. Alvernon Way.

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Where to Rock, Thursday, Jan. 16

Posted By on Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 1:00 AM

Average White Band
  • Average White Band
Widely regarded as one of the finest soul, funk and R&B bands in the world, snippets of their songs have been repurposed by the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Nas, TLC and many others making them the 15th most sampled act in music history. From Scotland, the Average White Band "Cut the Cake." At the Fox Theatre...

Arizona Friends of Chamber Music's Night Two sees the St. Lawrence Quartet exploring how Joseph Haydn's influence—Haydn was one of Beethoven's prominent music teachers—may have manifested in Beethoven's middle and late quartets. At Leo Rich Theater...

With echoing vintage keyboards (Wurlitzer organ and Fender Rhodes electric piano) and lush layers of vocals mashed together with fey Americana noir and pop song structures, this Portland singer-songwriter has coined a new genre: Dream country disco. Megan Diana is at Club Congress. With Soda Sun, Jillian Bessett and Emby Alexander...

Bringing together renowned jazz artists with local musicians, The Secret Jazz Series is a three night parallel jazz program during Tucson Jazz Fest. Night One: Hard Bop Night sees saxophonist Mike Monynihan, bassist Thøger Lund and drummer Casey Hadland back "The Secret Weapon" on piano. At El Crisol (formerly Exo Bar)...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Sheriff ID deceased driver in police chase

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 1:29 PM

According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, 52-year-old Brian Hieb died at the scene of a collision on North La Cañada and West Emerine Drive after fleeing from a traffic stop Tuesday night.

Around 9:46 p.m. the night of Jan. 14, sheriff’s deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop at La Cañada Drive and West River Road. The suspect vehicle did not stop and fled northbound on La Cañada, according to a release from the sheriff’s department.

After sideswiping another driver, the suspect collided into a guard rail on the east side of the roadway.

Hieb was the single occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced dead on the scene.

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Things to Do, Wednesday, Jan. 15

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 1:00 AM

Wine Dinner at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. Romano’s is toasting the new year by reimagining some of their most beloved dishes in a four-course meal, each dish paired with an international wine. Courses include toasted cheese ravioli or formaggio garlic bruschetta, paired with Chloe Rose; roasted rosemary potato soup or arugula caprese salad paired with Benziger Chardonnay; short rib ravioli cacciatore or wild mushroom chicken fettuccine alfredo paired with Trapiche Malbec; and somehow even more! 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. 5100 E. Broadway Blvd. $45 per person.

Buqui Bichi Brewing at Caps & Corks. Buqui Bichi, the first craft brewery out of Hermosillo, Mexico, are stopping by Caps & Corks. They’re taking over four taps, and will also have cans on site for purchase: citrusy “Sahuaripa” IPA, the creamy and roasted Talega coffee stout, the Chúcata amber ale, and the malty and sweet 21 pale ale. Representatives from Buqui Bichi will also be onsite to talk about their beers. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Vivre Sa Vie (Free Screening). Celebrating the life of the late singer/actress Anna Karina, The Loft Cinema is screening this French experimental drama directed by Jean Luc-Godard. This character study, starring Karina, follows a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress but instead ends up a prostitute in a surreal spiral of dances and daydreams. Before the screening, enjoy a collection of Anna Karina music videos. Also, check out last week’s Weekly for an article on the life of Anna Karina. Screening in French with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. 3233 E. Speedway. Free admission, suggested donation of $5.

Reminiscent of classic drummer-led ensembles of yesteryear (à la Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Max Roach), Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom has established themselves as innovators creating a diverse sonic palette that is unmistakably modern. At the Fox Theater…

Paying homage to one of the greatest composers of all time, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music presents St. Lawrence Quartet performing two different Beethoven-centered concerts in two consecutive nights. Night One’s program inserts a John Adams’ composition, based on Beethoven fragments, between two Beethoven string quartets. At Leo Rich Theater…

  • Reverend Horton Heat
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A Tucson favorite, “The Godfather of modern rockabilly and psychobilly,” the good Reverend Horton Heat propels napalm gel, figuratively of course, into the audience at 191 Toole. Flanked by L.A. garage rockers The Buttertones, roots rock veterans The Paladins and a special appearance by double-neck guitar maestro Deke Dickerson

The Carnivaleros Trio, with their accordion-fueled zydeco-tinged Tex-Mexican riffs, will make boots scoot. At Public Brewhouse…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Things to Do, Tuesday, Jan. 14

Posted By on Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 1:00 AM

The Play that Goes Wrong. This play-within-a-play starts with the audience seeing a backstage staff dealing with several mishaps, including a missing dog and a broken mantelpiece. Then you watch it go downhill from there with the cast members of a small theater company forgetting their lines, breaking character and being unconscious. It’s been called “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen” and “the illegitimate Broadway baby” of Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python. You’ll laugh your pants off, we promise. Tuesday, Jan. 14, to Sunday, Jan. 19, with shows at various times. UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. $25 to $115+, with discounts available for seniors, students and military.

Space Jam. Featuring Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, the cast of Looney Tunes, a reference to Pulp Fiction and “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly, Space Jam works as a kind of time capsule for ’90s entertainment. Sure, it’s cheesy and wacky, but did you know the director, Joe Pytka, has several permanent works in New York’s Museum of Modern Art? As part of their Tuesday Night Classics series, Harkins Theatres is screening Space Jam, to get you ready for its sequel, slated for release summer 2021. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14. 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz & 5755 W. Arizona Pavilions Drive. $5.

This esteemed bebop/swing vocalist’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11. She won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition, in 2015. Now, at age 25 she is being recognized as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. Veronica Swift will perform with the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble. At the Leo Rich Theater.  

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Adoptable Pets: Cleopatra Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 9:01 AM

“Hello! My name is Cleopatra and I’m a 4 year old girl who is very curious and loves to explore. I love being with my people, and have gotten along well with other pets as well. I like playing with toys and scratching on my scratching post. Please stop by and say hello to me at HSSA Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. For more information, give our adoptions staff a call at (520) 327-6088 ext 173.”

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Things to do, Monday, Jan. 13

Posted By on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 1:00 AM

Across The Waters. It is 1943 in Copenhagen, and a jazz musician realizes he must save his family from encroaching Nazis by fleeing on small fishing boats. But this involves putting their lives in the hands of strangers who may or may not have the best intentions. This 2016 Danish drama is based on real escapes to Sweden during WWII. This screening is part of the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13. At the Tucson JCC, 3800 E. River Road. $10.

This Milwaukee native first took his prodigious talent to the local clubs well before he was old enough to legally buy a beer. There, amid the booze and cigarette-permeated air, this gifted pianist caught the attention of jazz legends Chet Baker and Sonny Stitt, who encouraged him to move to The Big Apple. In 1992 he took their advice. David Hazeltine and the New York All Stars play the Leo Rich Theater…

Capturing an odd moment, these Torrance, California, indie rockers Tweeted, “Coolio just looked at Chase [guitarist for the band] in the bathroom at LAX and said, ‘Changing into your comfy shit?’ No joke. Coolio.” Joyce Manor bring their sense for the absurd and their fifth album Million Dollars to Kill Me to 191 Toole. Alt-rockers Oso Oso and Canadian garage rockers Peach Kelli Pop kick things off…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Support Your Miss Rodeo Arizona Queen This Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 1:09 PM

The Miss Rodeo Arizona Pageant has been around for over 60 years selecting rodeo queens to  represent communities throughout the state and promote rodeos and the western way of life.

This year’s queen for 2020 is Shelby Williams, a Pima Community College student and graduate of Marana High School.

On Saturday, Jan. 11, Williams will be crowned during the 2020 Miss Rodeo Arizona Coronation, taking place at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds T-Barn from 5 to 9 p.m.

Along with the crowning of Williams, there will be plenty of fun with entertainment by the Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros, food by Little Mexico Restaurant and drinks sponsored by Coca Cola.

This event is Williams' largest fundraising opportunity of the year, with all proceeds raised going to help offset her travel costs when she heads to Miss Rodeo America in December.

Seating is limited, but there are still tickets available on her website, here for $20 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under.

Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of for $25 for adults and $20 for children 10 and under.

This is a family event with no alcohol and the dress is casual/western.

For more information about Miss Rodeo Arizona visit

To follow Williams on her rodeo adventure, follow her on Facebook at

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