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Friday, June 28, 2019

29 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: June 28 to 30

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Pride Night and Queer Bazaar at Tucson Hop Shop. Although the words are synonymous, there's a big difference between a bizarre bazaar and a queer bazaar. Tucson Hop Shop is hosting the latter to benefit Reveille Men's Chorus and THEM Youth Ensemble. The prideful night includes $1 off your first beer and food by Molecular Munchies and Black Market BBQ. There will be live music, face painting, and more than likely a couple of rainbow flags. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 29. 3230 N. Dodge Blvd.

All Set In The West Beer Release. It seems to be the week of awesome pairings, and they keep coming with this collaboration between 1912 Brewing Co. and Samuel Adams. In September 2018 at the Great American Beer Festival, Sam Adams announced 1912 Brewing as the winners of Brewing The American Dream program. As part of that victory, 1912 brewed with Sam Adams' head brewers and came up with the "All Set In The West" Kettle Sour, featuring ingredients like agave nectar, cranberries and tamarind. Now's your chance to try it out! Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 29. 2045 N. Forbes Blvd.

El Tour De Kino. Part of the Gastronomic Union of Tucson's summer series, this meal event allows you to learn about and try the foods Father Eusebio Kino introduced to Pimería Alta and Tucson. This five-course meal includes everything from "orchard fruits to staple grains" to legumes and vegetables and more. The evening also includes a welcome cocktail, hors d'œuvre and wine. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 30. At the Carriage House. 125 S. Arizona Avenue. $75.

Tombstone Throwdown at Craft. It's a beautiful combination of Tucson and Tombstone! Craft, A Modern Drinkery will host Tombstone Brewing Company. The tap list is: an imperial coffee stout, the "All The People Will be Checked" DIPA, the Oak Fermented Blackcurrant Brett Saison and the Citra Single Hop IPA. In addition, Burgerrito food truck will join in on the fun. From the town too tough to die, comes the beer too good to miss. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 28. 4603 E. Speedway Blvd.

Pizza Luna x Cartel: Pizza & Wine Dinner. Pizza Luna is heading over to Cartel Coffee Lab for their first-ever collaboration dinner. The evening includes summer-inspired courses, such as the bianca pizza with aged prosciutto, asparagus, parmesan and arugula paired with Cartel's Dos Cabezas red blend. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 28. 210 East Broadway Boulevard. $55.

Tap & Bottle Downtown: Six Years on 6th. Tap & Bottle is hosting a party all day long at their downtown location to celebrate six years on Sixth Avenue. This includes an all-day beer garden and live music, plus appearances by local food vendors like You Sly Dog and Los Locos Tacos. T&B will also host a collaborative beer release with Tombstone Brewing Company. Noon to midnight, Saturday, June 29. 403 N. Sixth Ave. #135.

Three Sisters Culinary Series. What are the three sisters? Corn, beans and squash, of course. The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and Native Seeds are pairing up for a series of meals to celebrate these three ingredients. This event includes live entertainment, paired libations, educational touch points, and food to remember. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa. 245 E. Ina Road. $65. 21+

Summers of Fire: Author Talk with Linda Strader.
Back in the '70s, Linda Strader was one of the first women to work on a fire crew for the U.S. Forest Service in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson. She later went on to write Summers of Fire: A Memoir of Adventure, Love and Courage, all about her experiences trying to advance in a career where women weren't always considered worthy. At this talk, Strader (who is also a landscape architect, watercolor artist and certified arborist!) will talk about her book and some of the challenges women on fire crews face even today. 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29. Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Dr. Free.

In From the Heat. Yes, the heat of summer is upon us, but you know what that means: The summer portion of the Catalina Organ Festival is upon us as well! This year, we've got Maxine Thévenot and Edmund Connolly in from Albuquerque, New Mexico, an organist duo also known as Air & Hammers. Connolly is also an opera singer who's performed as a baritone soloist all over the world, while Thévenot's playing has been described as a "masterful manipulation of the instrument's myriad tonal colors." They'll be playing work by Josef Rheinberger, Clara Schumann, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and more. Noon. Saturday, June 29. Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway Blvd. $10.

June Bachata Social ft. DJ FnF.
Bachata originated in the Dominican Republic to go along with the rhythmic, often sexy Bachata music. This one-hour class will have sections for both beginners and intermediate-level dancers, and will be followed by a social with more dancing and fun. Mohankumar Ns leads the beginner class and Bachadicto Fnf leads the intermediate class. You'll hear the best of Salsa, Bachata, Timba, Kizomba and more. Classes are from 8:50 to 10 p.m. and social is from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, June 28. Tucson Creative Dance Center, 3131 N. Cherry Ave. $10 for class and social, $7 for social only. Bring dance shoes if possible, for the wooden floor!

Rhymes and Poetry (RAP).
Tucson-based hip hop record label UG Desert Artists was started in 2018 by Benny Loc and Phase Cre8tions to build a community through art and event hosting. Here's one such event, serving up spoken word poetry and conscious hip hop to take your Saturday night to the next level. Performers include Benny Loc, Ill V, trahma, Nathan Villins, Solo and Sid LC. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 29. The Elder Hookah Lounge, 2900 E. Broadway Blvd., Ste. 118. $5 at the door.

Bach Without Borders.
You've heard of Bach, one of the most famous composers ever, right? But have you heard his music played without borders? At this show, husband and wife duo Bin Hu and Jing Xia will be performing their interpretations of Bach's music, with Bin on classical guitar and Jing on the Guzheng, a Chinese stringed instrument. And they're not just performing Bach – Isaac Albeniz, Stephen Goss, and Chenyu Hunag and Wang Zhou are also on the program. Treat yourself to a night that will be equal parts relaxing and awe-inspiring. 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church. $15 GA, $10 student.

Comedians Who Aren't Boys.
Not only are women, nonbinary people and other non-men funny, but they're funny at TWO separate events this week in Tucson alone. Imagine that! Head on over to Hotel McCoy (you should head over to check it out anyway!) to see Autumn Horvat, Mo Urban, Chinna Garza, Rebecca Tingley, Priscilla Fernandez, Nicole Riesgo and Cierra Renee Amanda take the stage and make you laugh. Enjoy the local beer and wine, plus eats from the Mexican food truck Pinches. All ages, but recommended for 18+. 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 28. Hotel McCoy, 720 W. Silverlake Road. Free.

Cool Summer Nights: Creatures of the Night.
During summer, many of the college students that take to the streets of Tucson so often at night head home, away from the UA campus. But there are still lots of creatures roaming around at night in the desert, like bats, owls and kangaroo rats. Learn more about them in two presentations at the Desert Museum at this Saturday evening event. The night also features Native American-inspired flute music, the feather carving art of Chris Maynard, specialty cocktails, stingray touching and the chance to climb around the Packrat Playhouse. 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. $21.95 GA, $19.95 seniors 65+, $8.95 for kids 3 to 12, free for kids under 3, $17.95 for active or retired military, $16.95 for Arizona/Sonora residents.

Flashback Friday Nights at Old Tucson.
You're not going to get the kids to bed at a reasonable hour during the summer anyway, so you might as well take 'em somewhere fun and free. Every Friday night through August, Old Tucson will be open from 4 to 9 p.m., free for kids 11 and under. Enjoy their signature entertainment, plus food and drinks specials that they're whipping up just for this sunset time. Just think of how fondly you and your kid will look back on summer evenings spent wandering around the Wild West. 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 28. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. Adult admission is $19.95.

Summer Safari Saturday Nights.
You know when you've had a long, stressful week, and you treat yourself to something relaxing, like a bath, a pedicure or a massage? Sometimes the animals at the zoo deserve to be pampered, too. And pampered they are! From rhinos and elephants to tortoises, vultures and anteaters, the animals featured on this night at the zoo enjoy rituals like pedicures, manicures and mud baths. Learn all about it this evening! Michael P. and the Gullywashers provide the live music, and there will be plenty of games, activities, and food and drink specials. 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Ct. $10.50 adults, $8.50 seniors, $6.50 kids ages 2 to 14 and free for zoo members.

Western Month at the Madaras Gallery.
As the gallery continues its celebration of 20 years, they're featuring a different theme every month. For July, it's all about that western vibe. From cowboys to cowboy hats, from horses to saddles, walking through this exhibit will have you singing "Happy Trails To You." Get your butt over to the gallery to see some buttes. Why would you want to miss out on an air-conditioned gallery full of art? July 1-31. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 am. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Madaras Gallery, 3035 N. Swan Road. Free entry.

Summer Night Market 2019. There's nothing like shopping at an open-air market in Tucson, especially if you can time it so that you're not going to an open-air market in the midday or early morning heat. So head on over to the MSA Annex to pick up something nice for yourself, like a piece of amazing, homemade jewelry, an antique, or a truly artisan outfit. Plus, food trucks, art installations, drinks aplenty and live music by DJ Herm. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 28. MSA Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento. Free.

Summer in the Philabaum Gallery.
Tom Philabaum and his wife have operated this glass art gallery in a former Tastee Freez building since 1985, and man are we lucky to have such a cool space in Tucson. From jewelry to vases to cups to insanely intricate decorative pieces, the gallery is home to works by dozens of artists for you to admire and even buy, if you're interested. The studio will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 28. They've got more glass than ever, and they're adding new stuff to the website all the time, so you can check it out before you go if you want. Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio, 711 S. Sixth Ave.

Vail's Colossal Fourth at the Farmers Market.
This Fourth of July, the Vail Preservation Society has decided to blow right past going big, in favor of growing colossal. The Heirloom Farmers Market is getting in on the fun a little early, with this day full of live bluegrass music by Cadillac Mountain, pony rides, a petting zoo and homemade crafts. At Taste of the Market, get an education experience that includes a taste test of some of the freshest organic foods around. More than 50 food and artisan vendors means there's something to eat, and something to appreciate, for everyone. 8 a.m. to noon. Saturday, June 29. Rincon Valley Farmers and Artisans Market, 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail.

Car Show at Tucson Asphalt.
You already know and love the Original El Taco, known for their Green & Red Chili, and for their signature mix of both flavors. But now, El Taco is mixing things up even more by hosting a car show! They'll have drag cars, juniors dragsters, racing go karts, 10 ¼ midgets, street cars, circle track cars and motorcycles. And, of course, they'll have food. Looking at cool stuff and eating cool stuff at the same time: Isn't that what life is all about? 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Tucson Asphalt Contractors, Inc., 2425 W. Curtis Road. Free.

Asteroid Day at Flandrau. Asteroid Day is celebrated all over the world to highlight the science and exploration of asteroids, those little rocky guys orbiting the sun with us. You might have heard of a little asteroid called Bennu, which a team of scientists—led by the UA's own Dante Lauretta—have sent a spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx out to go explore. OSIRIS-REx team member Dolores Hill will do a presentation at Flandrau all about the spacecraft's mission to bring a sample back to Earth. The planetarium will also feature hands-on activities and a special screening of the fulldome planetarium show ASTEROID: MISSION EXTREME. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd. $5 for exhibits, $5 for planetarium shows and free for Hill's presentation, but reserve your tickets online.

Star Wars: The Original Trilogy. The Fox Theatre, in partnership with Film Fest Tucson, is screening all three original Star Wars films this weekend. It's A New Hope on Friday, The Empire Strikes Back on Saturday and Return of the Jedi on Sunday. Here's your chance to see every film of the original trilogy on the big screen, the way it was meant to be experienced. The ferns of Endor never looked so good! A New Hope: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 28. The Empire Strikes Back: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Return of the Jedi: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30. 17 W. Congress Street. $10 each or $25 for all three.

Before Stonewall.
The Screening Room and Tucson Pride are teaming up to show a new restoration of this documentary that details the history of the queer community before the Stonewall Riots began the major gay rights movement. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, they will also host a social hour and mini resource fair. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 28. 127 E. Congress Street.

Woodstock: The Director's Cut. This documentary covers the most iconic music festival of them all from both the stage and the audience. Released a year after Woodstock, it won the Oscar for best documentary, and this director's cut gives you even more of the hippie goodness. This screening is also part of the Loft's fundraiser to restore and expand their marquee. 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29. 3233 East Speedway Blvd. $80.

Wall-E (Free, Bike-In Movie).
The Living Streets Alliance is hosting a free screening of Pixar's best movie. (Yeah, I said it.) The public is invited to Mitchell Park for a "completely off-grid" outdoor movie experience. And what better setting to enjoy a lovable children's movie about the horrors of pollution and social stagnation? 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 28. 1100 E. Mitchell Street. Free.

Do The Right Thing. The Loft Cinema is screening Spike Lee's examination of Brooklyn life on the same day it was released to theaters in 1989. The film takes a look at race and prejudice in modern America, showing how a riot can erupt out of a series of small misunderstandings. The screening is of a 4K digital restoration. 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30. 3233 East Speedway Blvd. Regular admission prices.

Asteroid Day.
UA's Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is hosting a day of special presentations and screenings all about space rocks. The public is invited to learn about discoveries from the OSIRIS-REx mission, asteroids, and how we ourselves are made of stars. 12:30 p.m: We Are Stars. 1 p.m. Asteroid: Mission Extreme. 2 p.m: Special Presentation: OSIRIS-REx Discoveries. 3 p.m: Great White Shark. 4 p.m: Special Presentation: Fire In the Sky. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 30. 1601 E. University Blvd. $5 exhibits, $5 shows.

This 2018 cult-classic-from-on-release features Nicholas Cage as a lumberjack fighting cultists and supernatural entities. What more could you want? Well, how about the fact it's also a combination of multiple '80s film tropes: oversaturated colors, vigilantism, slasher and more. Throw some LSD into the mix and you have a recipe for fun. 10 p.m. Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29. $8. The Loft Cinema. 3233 East Speedway Boulevard.

Events compiled by Tirion Morris, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

It's Here! Vote Now in the Final Round of Best of Tucson

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Our annual competition seeking to find the best of the best in the Old Pueblo is at it again. The first round of voting closed last week, a huge thank you to the almost 3,000 people who voted, and the finalist round is live now.

So, if you voted in the first round, check in to see if your favorites made the finalist cut and if you haven't voted yet this year, this is your chance!

Tucson is a magical town but we need your help celebrate those that make it that way. Vote now for your favorite restaurants, singers, places to take the kids, spots to stay, museums to visit, comedians to laugh along with and more in Best of Tucson 2019.

Voting for this second round is online until midnight August 5, so make sure to get your votes in now!

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, June 27

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Monsoon Gardening Workshop. Did you know some gardeners call monsoon season "second spring" because it's a traditional time to plant many veggies in the desert? Well, now you do! If you're a newbie desert gardener, or if you're a well-versed green thumb who would just like a refresher course on the perils, pitfalls and possibilities of monsoon planting, this workshop is for you. What veggies and herbs can you plant? How can you maximize rainwater? How can you protect your garden from the heat and wind? Register today—you get a variety of monsoon-ready seeds to take home and plant if you attend! 9 to 11 .m. Thursday, June 27. Native Seeds Search Conservation Center, 3584 E. River Road. $20 Native Seeds members, $25 nonmembers. Details here.

Be the Rising Tide: Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing. Is this the way you would have spent a Thursday night when you were in college and your drink of choice was a straight shot of Fireball? No. But, if you have a little bit more responsibility (and a little bit more susceptibility to hangovers) now, this event sponsored by Local First Arizona and Conscious Capitalism might just be super useful. It's geared toward businesses and organizations interested in profit sharing and employee ownership, or who are contemplating succession planning. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27. Goodmans Furniture, 3925 N. Business Center Dr. $10 for Local First Arizona and Friends of Conscious Capitalism member, $15 for nonmembers. Details here. 

F*ST! Presents: It's a Tucson Thing. You know 'em, you love 'em. Female Storytellers is a league of women, femmes and trans folks who make their voices heard—and make their audiences laugh—by sharing their stories. The group will be sharing stories all about what makes our city what it is? Saguaros? Potholes? Eegees? Mattress firms? The feeling you get looking up at the clouds in the evening after a day of work with the evening stretched out before you? Hear it firsthand. 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 27. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. $8. Details here.
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Events compiled by Tirion Morris, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Wednesday, June 26

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Lawrence of Arabia in 70mm. Few films truly earn the description "epic," but this nearly-four-hour adventure and war extravaganza featuring Peter O'Toole earns it more than nearly any other. The Loft Cinema is screening this classic of classics in 70mm, with a greater aspect ratio and higher resolution than 35mm, so you can see every detail caught from the far-off Arabian vistas. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23, & 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $12. Details here.

On the Brink, Unconstellating: Messages from Tucson Poets.
Head on over to Tucson's Museum of Contemporary Art for a night of poetry and pondering. Described by event organizers as a reading with local writers "sustaining an address to the specters of collapse present in the ecologies we inhabit in the Southwest, animated by hauntologies of precarity and pastoral grievances against the indigenous, the farmer, the waterways, the bees and their foremothers." Woah, if the poetry is half as beautiful as that intro, then we are in for a great night. Readings by Raquel Gutiérrez, Brandon Shimoda, Claire Meuschke and Miranda Trimmier will take place from 6 to 8p.m. 265 S. Church Ave. Details here. 

Girls' Night Out. Sometimes scheduling time in our lives to spend time with friends is difficult, and scheduling time for yourself can be even harder. This event provides the perfect combination of both! Fuchsia Spa at La Encantada is hosting a Girls' Night Out. Event attendees can choose between an express facial, an express massage or a polish change. Complimentary makeovers and custom color matches are also in the plans for the evening. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided, all for $20. Limited number of reservations left. Call to reserve. 2905 E. Skyline Drive. Details here.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Tuesday, June 25

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Bourdain Day at Café Passe. Happy birthday to culinary icon Anthony Bourdain! He would have been 63 today, and, since he'll live on forever in our hearts, we're going to celebrate in a way we think would have made him happy: by cooking, drinking and talking. Café Passe will also be playing episodes of his cooking shows at the bar. Raise your standards for what you enjoy eating, in honor of one of the greats. As he said, "Your body is not a temple. It's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride." Hear hear! 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25. Passe, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Details here. 
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Double Feature. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves as the embodiment (and parody) of high schoolers in the '80s, this double feature of both Bill & Ted films will get you ready for the third installment in the series. That's right, Bill & Ted 3 is in the making! 7 to 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. June 25. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $13. Details here.

Discovering Science. Get your brain working this summer at today's Discovering Science workshop at the International Wildlife Museum. Participants get to make their own slime! Join in fun science experiments starting at 10 a.m. The workshop is $3 with museum admission, or free to members and summer pass holders! Get ready for explosions, reactions and science galore. 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd. Details here.Events compiled by Tirion Morris, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.
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Events compiled by Tirion Morris, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Monday, June 24

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El Dia de San Juan Fiesta. Monsoons are a weather phenomenon worth celebrating, to say the least. And John the Baptist is a guy with a birthday worth celebrating. And June 24 is a day to celebrate both! This festival features live bands and folkloric dancers performing on stage and celebrates the traditional culture and history of Tucson, along with the renewed life that comes with the "chubasco." There's a traditional procession starting at the Mission Gardens (946 S. Avenida del Convento) through Barrio Sin Nombre and to the MSA Annex, where the party kicks off with food, music, vendors, games and a blessing. 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, June 24. MSA Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento. Free. Details here.

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Em Bowen and Friends: The Liberal Agenda, a feminist comedy show. In celebration of Pride Month, Crooked Tooth Brewing Company is hosting a special comedy event. Hosted by local comedian, educator and writer Em Bowen, the show will include Mo Urban, Chinna Garza, Amber Frame and Noel Hennessey. 8 p.m. at 228 E. 6th St. Details here. 

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2.8 Million Gallon Release. As part of the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, 2.8 million gallons of water per day will be released into the Santa Cruz river bed. The water is hoped to bring a consistently flowing river to the heart of Tucson, and this is something that has people celebrating. Hispanic Access Foundation, Watershed Management Group, 40 Pastors from the Tucson Evangelical Pastoral Association and Por la Creación Faith-based Alliance are celebrating from noon to 5:30 p.m. with tours at the Living Lab and Learning Center at Watershed Management Group and Mission Gardens. Hotel McCoy is celebrating the new river right in their neighborhood with a celebration from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The water is set to be released at 4:30 p.m. and can be viewed at 1580 S. Santa Cruz Lane. Details here.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Laughing Stock: Jill Kimmel at the O and a Boy-Free Stage at Hotel McCoy

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Autumn Horvat—comedian, host, booker, rabble-rouser—is at Hotel McCoy on Friday, June 28. - CLAY BRAASCH
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A boy-free stage at Hotel McCoy

Tucson comedians tell no jokes on their private Facebook page. It’s all about stage time, except when interrupted every few weeks by the kind of dustup typical of that medium. Last week a flurry of emotional debate circled around how few local women are seen on local comedy stages. When comedian Autumn Horvat called out a particular local open mic on the matter, a feeding frenzy ensued. 

No one denied that local comedy lineups rarely include more than zero to one woman, but men defended the status quo objectively: Women are a small fraction of Tucson’s comedian population, and even they are frequently unavailable for shows. 

“I think that just going up as a woman is more of a challenge,” Horvat says. “I think people are conditioned to think men are funny, but women have to prove themselves. I feel like some men in our scene already have decided that we aren’t funny and they won’t listen to us.” 

Wait. Men don’t listen? 

“I also feel like men have an easier time getting started,” Horvat adds. “Other men will (mentor) them, take new male comics under their wings, pay attention to their sets and offer them tips.”

With women comics, she adds, that situation often feels like a dating dynamic. Also, some men apparently still have a problem relating to women who may be as smart and funny as them. We feel a facepalm coming on.

Chad Lehrman, a Tucson show promoter who also runs a local comedy series, is very aware of the issue. He already had planned a comedy show to address it: Comedians Who Are Not Boys, at 8 p.m. Friday, June 28 at Hotel McCoy.

He invited Horvat to book the comedians and host the show. “I just named it Comedians Who Aren’t Boys at the McCoy because it rhymed,” Lehrman says, not even wincing. “I wasn’t sure, but Autumn liked it.”

Asked if he thought women are more difficult to book, he answers with a firm and simple “no.” He notes, too, that there are more women than ever now on the national scene. “There’s more of everybody though,” he says, “Indians, Asians, gay comics and women.”

As part of the McCoy Hotel’s Last Friday, Last Laugh series, the Comedians Who Are Not Boys show is free. The bar is open and a food truck is available. Besides Horvat, who also hosts, the lineup includes Mo Urban of The C*nt Show and The Dating Game, and Priscilla Fernandez, host of the long-running Retro Game show at Hotel Congress. Others are Chinna Garza, Rebecca Tingley, Nicole Riesgo and Cierra Renee Miranda.

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Jill “Yes, She’s Jimmy’s Sister” Kimmel comes to The O

Since we’re on the topic, Jill Kimmel has life stories to share about being a woman in comedy. She’s a mother of two teenage children, and the first to say that all by itself motherhood is a barrier to the open-mic training and travel required to be a comedian. 

“If I didn’t have my parents (to take care of the children), I don’t think I would have been able to start doing comedy, to go out on the road and do it full time,” Kimmel says.

A Phoenix native, Kimmel performs at The O, 2000 N. Oracle Road, at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Tickets are $10 on Eventbrite or at the door.

Asked to describe her own comedy, she quickly denies political content but doesn’t turn down a comparison to Roseanne Barr. 

“She always was the overweight housewife talking about her relationships and raising kids and being married and how horrible it was,” Kimmel says. “I’m not talking about politics, I’m not insulting people, I’m talking about myself, my life. Every time I go somewhere I haven’t been, people tell me I’m not going to be young enough, cool enough, sexy enough. But no matter where I go, people relate to a 40-year-old woman who’s divorced, back in the dating pool, has children in school, has lost weight, gained weight.... It’s just a lot of stuff that’s very relatable. (People) go ‘Yeah, that happened to me. Oh my God!’ I love that!”

Kimmel has worked with Jimmy Fallon, Norm Macdonald and Jeffrey Ross. She’s performed at Stand Up Live, the Improv comedy club and The Comedy Store, among other well-known venues. She creates the weekly segment “What A Mouth” on the “Lu Valentino Show.”

Kimmel suggests that women who don’t get booked enough should start their own shows. She names Tucson comics Mo Urban and Roxy Merrari as examples who have not only benefitted from their own shows but have used them to lift up other women comedians. Autumn Horvat, for example, got her start on Merrari’s Comedy at the Wench series.

For others, she advises, “Just be seen more and network more. I find that the women … booked on shows are the ones who hustle. They’re out there, they’re working and networking. They’re nice and they’re funny.”  

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Wednesday, June 19

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Guitar Show. You already know and love the Epic Café. This month, make it a point to stop by so you can see some of local artist Dell McCartney’s pieces, which are on display all through June. McCartney uses raw steel, autobody paint and decorative accents to create life-sized steel guitars, as well as earrings made out of themed guitar picks. See something you need for your home or you earlobes? It’s all for sale down at the Epic Café! Rock ‘n’ roll downtown to check it out. 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day throughout the month of June at the Epic Café, 745 N. Fourth Ave. Details here.

Southern Arizona Senior Pride Book Club.
Happy LGBTQ+ pride month! One of the ways our local senior pride group is celebrating is by reading a true classic in their book club: Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Here’s a line from it: “One’s duty is to feel what is great, cherish the beautiful, and to not accept the conventions of society with the ignominy that it imposes upon us.” Hear, hear! Just add one more thing to your list of duties and we’re set: Join a book club! It’s a great way to make friends, and, of course, to keep yourself reading. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. Ward 3 Council office conference room, 1510 E. Grant Road. Details here.

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Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday. Add some humor to your Wednesday with this Jacques Tati 1953 classic. Monsieur Hulot takes a summer vacation to a seaside resort that turns out to be anything but relaxing. Dogs, boats and firecrackers dazzle with delightfully silly antics. Co-presented by the Loft and the Tucson Museum of Art, this showing is one not to miss. 7:30 to 9:15 at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.

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