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Friday, April 28, 2017

Get Your Fair On!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 3:43 PM

It's the final weekend for the Pima County Fair! Tonight, you'll hear from modern jam band Dirty Heads alongside all the carnival rides, deep-fried foods, cute critters and other fun that makes up one of our favorite annual shindigs. Tomorrow, country star Tanya Tucker and Latin sensation Septima Banda hit the stage and on Sunday, you'll hear from Kip Moore, who is a sure favorite of certain staff members at Tucson Local Media. You'll find all the details here.

Tell Us About Your Favorite Local Musicians

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 10:09 AM


The Best of Tucson ballot has been up for a week now, offering up its annual chance for you to tell the community about your local favorites. This year's ballot looks a lot like last year's ballot, with a few new categories sprinkled in. The most notable additions can be seen in the Spirits & Nightlife categories: Best Jazz, Best Folk, Best Reggae, Best Cover Band, Best Punk, Best Rock, Best Hip-Hop Act, Best Country Act and Best R&B.

Don't care about music? Don't worry. You only have to fill out  a minimum of 30 (out of 202) of the categories for your ballot to count.

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Laughing Stock: Estrogen Hour Beefs Up!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 8:17 AM


The popular live comedy show Estrogen Hour returns to Laff’s Comedy Caffe with a potential sell-out on Sunday, April 30. The line-up features Esther Brilliant and Corrina Eklund as the show’s traditional “comedy virgins,” community leaders performing stand-up comedy for the first time.

Supporting the “comedy virgins” are Estrogen Hour co-founder Nancy Stanley, cartoonist David Fitzsimmons and attorney and comedian Elliot Glicksman, who has opened for Jerry Seinfeld and Phyllis Diller. Tucson comedian Mo Urban fills out the bill, along with Phoenix comics Kelly Kerr and Genevieve Rice, and Tucson newcomer Steena Salido. Rice runs the annual Bird City Comedy Festival in Phoenix.

Brilliant, a Pima County Public Defender, is a member of Tucson Improv Movement and the all-female improv team, The Riveters. In November 2016, she co-founded a 5,500-member grass-roots organization promoting widespread political engagement. Eklund, is event coordinator at the UA’s James E. Rogers College of Law.

Stanley is widely credited with cultivating the women’s comedy scene in Tucson, in part by providing stage time for newcomers at Estrogen Hour shows. Stanley says, “When we started The Estrogen Hour there were only a couple of women regularly hitting open mics or hosting. Now we could easily do a marathon with (them.) It's such a very cool time for women in Tucson comedy.”

But, Stanley stresses, "We like to change it up. We know The Estrogen Hour audience is women who like supporting other women and love to laugh, but are not necessarily comedy club regulars. They're loyal to this show, so we try to vary what we do to hold their interest.” Those whom Stanley refers to as “guestosterone”, the high-profile locals Fitzsimmons and Glicksman, are expected to attract new fans to the show’s loyal following.

Stanley founded the Estrogen Hour with Mary Steed to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “The first Estrogen Hour fundraiser at Laff’s was in October 2014,” Steed says. “In nine shows, we’ve raised just over $16,000 for LLS.” The amount includes the proceeds from reservations and from a raffle featuring donations from local businesses.

Stanley, says, “I'd like to see us break the $20,000 mark in the next show or two.”

Reservations are $12 at Unreserved seats, if any, are sold at the door. Laff’s Comedy Caffe, 2900 E. Broadway Blvd., also has a two-item minimum. Visit @TheEstrogenHour or @llsaz on Facebook and Twitter for more details.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Weekly List: 12 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.


Don't Cry for Me, Argentina. Come experience the Tony-Award winning musical, Evita. Learn the remarkable, true story of Eva Perón and how she went from living in the slums of Argentina to becoming the First Lady. Arizona Repertory Theatre concludes their season with this popular musical. It is directed by Danny Gurwin and features music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The show will run through April 30. Shows at various times through April 30. The Tornabene Theatre, 1025 N. Olive Rd. $32 with discounts available.

The Sci-Fi Slumber Party. The Loft Cinema is hosting a slumber party dedicated to all sci-fi fanatics that will include 12 straight hours of aliens, robots and apocalypses. The night will include six sci-fi movies plus trailers, games and prizes. Movies include “The Matrix,” “Logan's Run” and “Robocop.” Food will be provided by The German Food Truck from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tickets purchased in advance and Loft member tickets are $13. Day-of tickets are $15.

Arts and Culture

Tucson International Mariachi Conference Espectacular Concert. Spend your Friday night celebrating the sounds of the southwest with performances by Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, special guest Rafael Palomar and Ballet Folklorico los niños Colima under the stars. 7 p.m. Friday, April 28. AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Rd. $20.

Etherton Gallery presents Color Theory, an exhibition featuring three local Tucson artists. Color Theory is a mixed media exhibition showcasing the work of Kate Breakey, Andy Burgess and Gail Marcus-Orlen. Through paintings, paper and photographs these artists show vibrantly colored artworks that transform their subjects. The exhibition will be open through May 31. Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14-May 31. Etherton Gallery, 135 S. 6th Ave. Free.


Pima Paws for Life at The Shelter Cocktail Lounge. Calling all animals lovers who would like a well-deserved cocktail after a long workweek. All proceeds for the cocktails will go to support animals in the shelter that are ill or need a little care before getting adopted. What's better than helping animals while drinking booze? 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, April 28. The Shelter Cocktail Lounge, 4155 E. Grant Rd. Bring money to donate and for booze.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Casa Video Top 10

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 1:58 PM

The Tucson sun is heating up again, which means indoor air conditioning will be everyone's best friend soon enough. For those days that it is too hot to do anything, including to leave your bed, kick back and relax in the comforts of your makeshift igloo with one (or all) of Casa Video's top 10 best-sellers of the week.

Star Wars: Rogue One

Hidden Figures

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


Why Him?




A Monster Calls


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Laughing Stock: Comedy for Tragedy

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM


“I have been involved in fighting violence and helping victims of violence since 1980 when my sister was killed in an armed robbery in Chicago,” Suzie Agrillo explains. That event also inspired the genesis of her annual Comedy for Charity variety show at the Fox Tucson Theatre.

This year’s extravaganza, “Thank You for Serving” is set for 7 p.m., Sunday, April 23. Tickets are $20 to $60, to benefit Emerge Center for Domestic Abuse and La Frontera’s “Rally Point,” which provides mental and behavioral health services for veterans, including suicide prevention and peer support. Tickets are at and

Mayor Jonathon Rothschild, recently a victim of a carjacking at gunpoint, is honorary chair of the event, and Tucson comic artist and comedian David Fitzsimmons emcees. Nationally acclaimed relationship comedian Tommy Blaze heads a comedy line-up that includes Dallas comedy club owner and Tucson favorite Butch Lord, Suzie Sexton (Agrillo’s stage name) and, from Washington D.C., USMC veteran Michael Garvey, who earned a Purple Heart in Afghanistan and performs with his service dog, Liberty.

Among the “variety” entries will be the super-tight hip hop dance team EgoKillAZ and the band Los Guapos, featuring U.S. Army Veteran Engel Indo. The Tucson group plays original music that blends Latin, surf and Spaghetti Western sounds. “Back by popular demand,” Agrillo says, is local superstar drag queen Janeé Starr, a crowd favorite at the 2014 show.

Lunch with Mayor Rothschild is a highlight of a raffle that also includes donations from Philabaum Glass, Kendra Scott jewelry and other local businesses.

Agrillo held her first Comedy for Charity show in 2011 at Laff’s Comedy Caffe. “Right when I was planning the event, the shootings at Safeway happened, and Gabrielle Giffords, Christina Taylor Green were shot and Christina died,” she says. “Maybe because of that it was sold out. All that just underscored the importance of raising awareness about violence in the community, assisting victims of violence and doing what I can to prevent violence.”

Asked how she found her own voice in comedy, Agrillo says, “Around the time of the first show, after my family reunion, I decided to do standup as a catharsis. (Tucson comedian) Nancy Stanley got me into it. Estrogen Hour (Stanley’s comedy benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) didn't exist then, but I kind of got addicted to it after that. I think having a dysfunctional family kind of disposes you to comedy.”

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

It's Best of Tucson® Time

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 11:30 AM


It's spring in the desert and we all know what that means: It's Best of Tucson® time.

I think the timing is a little poetic. Just as the temperature outside starts to make some of us desert rats think, "Maybe I'm done with living through the unique hell of monsoon season with a swamp cooler. Maybe I could brave a little snow in the winter months," or even, "Maybe I'm destined to be a snow bird," Best of Tucson is back to remind you with a (possibly too extensive?) survey forcing you to think about your local favorites.

Go fill out your ballot—you've got until the end of May. Here's a rundown of the rules, in case you're new:

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

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 9:08 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Earth Day

Earth Day at Biosphere 2. Our favorite terrarium is celebrating Earth Day with a full-day festival that will include talks about local food, energy, water and the environment, as well as a look at what’s happened at the Biosphere since the University of Arizona College of Science took it over 10 years and a look at what’s planned for the next decade, including a groundbreaking for a new farm inside Biosphere 2. You’ll also have food trucks to fill your belly, ladybug and hermit crab releases to entertain the kids, and a sunset concert by Calexico to cap off the day. The fun starts at 9 a.m. at Biosphere 2, at the intersection of Oracle Road and Biosphere 2 Road.

Rally for Science Tucson. With the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to deny climate change and otherwise cut research funding, scientists are taking to the streets to protest. Tucsonans will be joining other cities around the nation who are marching for science (although in Tucson, they’ll be doing a rally instead of a march because getting there was too much red tape to get a permit for a march). You’ll find speakers, science booths, entertainment and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22. El Presidio Plaza Park, 175 W. Alameda St. Free.

DIY Wedding Centerpiece Workshop Part 1. If you are looking for ways to stay green on Earth Day but don't want to get too muddy, this is the event for you. Green Things will be hosting a DIY Wedding Centerpiece Workshop where you can make your own centerpiece using your favorite succulents and more! The only catch is that you have to pay for your supplies at the event. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22. Green Things, 3384 E. River Road. Bring money for supplies.

Workshops in the Garden
. Learn how to make your vary own macramé hanging planter to brighten up your home with fresh plants! You'll also learn about air purification plants and utilizing herbs. 4-6 p.m. Sunday, April 23. UA Community Garden, 1400 E. Mabel St. Free.

Family Fun

Pima County Fair. The annual 11-day hootenanny that is the Pima County Fair kicks off Thursday, April 20, with all the usual fun—a senses-shattering carnival, all those cute critters in the 4H competition, arts and crafts created by your neighbors in Old Pueblo Hall, big fat turkey legs fresh from the grill and so much more—as well as a special concert by T-Pain and Naughty by Nature. The fun continues through Sunday, April 30, with more concerts—including the Village People on Tuesday, April 25, and Septima Banda on Saturday, April 29—and plenty of spectacle. Grab the family and head out the fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road. The main gate opens at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8, $4 for kids 6 through 10 and free for anyone younger. For more info, call 762-FAIR.

Kids Fix It! Parents and kids can learn how to maintain a child's bike without having to send it in for repairs every time something breaks. If your child loves to ride his or her bike, make sure they get as much mileage as possible out of it! Register for the class at 9-11 a.m. Sunday, April 23. BICAS, 44 W. Sixth St. $20.

Food and Booze

Cheba Hut's Annual 4/20 Party. If you're celebrating the stoner's Christmas, then head out to Cheba Hut for live music, games and eating contests. All food will be $4.20 and drinks will be provided the entire day—you can even play beer pong for as long as you want. So grab your favorite munchies and join Cheba Hut in their annual party of their favorite product. 10 a.m.-midnight Thursday, April 20. Cheba Hut, 1820 E. Sixth St. Bring money for food and booze.

Israel Carnival. Join Israel with Wildcats and support the Save a Child's Heart Philanthropy with this fun-packed festival. Some activities on deck are henna tattooing, raffles, bounce houses and photo booths. You can also munch on some falafel and sip on Israeli beer at a bar. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 25.1245 E. Second St. $2-$3.


Baja Beer Festival
. This festival will feature 50 breweries and 200 craft beers on tap, along with food vendors, live music and lawn games to keep the party rocking. All the proceeds go toward the Northwest Firefighters Charities and the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. 5-9 p.m. Saturday, April 22. 4502 N. First Ave. $15 for designated drivers, $40 for 20 tasting tickets and $60 for 25 tasting tickets, a food voucher and a VIP area. If you're quick (and lucky!) you might be able to win some tickets here.


Parks and Recreation Trivia Night. “Any dog under fifty pounds is a cat and cats are useless.” Think you're the biggest Parks and Recs fan in Tucson? Well, go find out by playing their ultimate trivia game and “TREAT YOSELF” with some food from the YouSlyDog food truck. Bring your A-game and if you're in it to win it, then you better believe Ron Swanson will be proud of you. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 25. Casa Video and Casa Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Bring money for food.


Spent Saints. TW arts and entertainment editor Brian Smith’s new collection of intertwined short stories, Spent Saints, is flying off the shelves—and for good reason: Smith mashes up Raymond Carver, Hubert Selby Jr. and Iceberg Slim but ends up with a voice all his own, telling stories of quiet desperation and occasional redemption that will hook you right on the first page. He’ll be reading from book at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Barnes and Noble, 5130 E. Broadway. Free, but be a decent human being and buy a copy of the book.


Jenny and the Mexicats. A jazz kit played with sticks and mano, an upright bass tattooed with comely women, jaunty Caribbean-influenced acoustic guitar and a beautiful blond siren with, yes, a trumpet. Do you wanna dance yet? Jenny will lure you in with her bluesy no-nonsense voice. She doesn't want to work, just to dance. This relationship is torture. It's just plain better in Buenos Aires. And always her case is compelling, the music a perfect dance in and of itself, pieced together like good jazz—every player counts. Jenny's from Britain but her Spanish is impeccable, the drummer is from Spain and the strings are from Mexico, but this group is original, like Manu Chau without the political agenda or a killer ska combo minus the kitsch. They are independents and the sum of their parts is from a land of heart and strong, quick rhythm. At Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. Saturday, April 22; 7 p.m. $8. 21+.

The Wailers. It's been five years since the world's most legendary reggae band played Tucson. Still led by Aston Barrett, still repping the most faithful and spirited renditions of the late, great Bob Marley's songs and often full-length albums, The Wailers can hardly be called a nostalgia act. Their incredibly tight 2-4 rhythms and genius pop melodies, perhaps the most recognizable worldwide only third to the Beatles and Stones, are always offered up with reverence for the listeners and the Prophet and the soulful charge of the music itself. "If you know your history, then you will know where I'm coming from." Rediscover the I-and-I vibrations from as close to the source as we can get this side of Mount Zion. With DJ Jahmar International at Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress. Sunday, April 23; 8 p.m. $18-$25.

Gaza Strip. Longing for the simpler days before boring high-gravity microbrews and limp lumberjack clones, when shitty facial hair was not an ironic statement but merely a signifier of true inner loathing? Then the kill-riff blast of Gaza Strip is all for you. See, there’s a poetic simplicity in their groin-deep basslines, thunderous rhythms and throat-ripping choruses. Gaza Strip have been together long enough (two albums, new one coming) that they're a kind of fringe-punk (with metal and art-pop overtones) nostalgia act that never needed to make it. Like a network re-run you count on; you might not even have liked it when it first came out, but by now the plotlines and senseless car chases have kept you company on sleepless nights while you’re folding laundry. Check your pretensions at the door and catch a fiery set from this heroically constant combo, one of Tucson’s finest. On Thursday, April 27 at The Flycatcher, 340 E. Sixth St. With Bryan Thomas Parker, Shooda Shook It and The Unday. 21+. 9 p.m. Free.

Twin Peaks. You've played VU's Loaded so damn often you got the box-set extras down. Those ambling jangle guitars nailed down tight by a straight-up R&B groove drums … You are both bored and exhilarated strolling suburbia looking for whatever shit comes your way. So here's the sweetly named Twin Peaks from Chicago, dudes all twisted up in a post-Velvets, post-Beasties world. (Wait. It’s good!) And the singer has got be more grating than flat to pull off the malcontent thing in these times—oh, but those fleeting moments of fucked-up doo-wop let you know he can sing. Zappa would approve. "Making Breakfast" is as profound as it is silly. And that "Butterfly" video, rolling five deep through the tombstones thinking about getting it on? Here’s a band that reminds us of the mundane joys of just being alive. What was that talk of suburbia before? Never underestimate. Go see ’em, fresh from Coachella. With Chrome Pony and Post Animal Tuesday, April 25. 191 Toole. 8 p.m. $13. All ages.

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