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Friday, March 22, 2019

19 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: March 22 to 24

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 1:30 AM

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Borderlands Turns 7. Borderlands Brewing Company is celebrating its seventh birthday, which I guess makes it one of the older breweries in Tucson. They’re planning a whole weekend of celebrations for the occasion, including performances by the local bands Black Cat Bones, Zero Miles to Empty and Kevin Pakulis. Participating food trucks include Blacktop Grill and Substance Coffee Diner. Festivities run from Friday, March 22, to Sunday, March 24. 119 E. Toole Ave. Details here.

Goliath: A Story Retold. So, we all know the story of David and Goliath. I say “David,” you say, “Go, underdog!” I say, “Goliath,” you say, “Booo!” But wait a minute! No one ever really heard Goliath’s side of the story, did they? In this show, choreographer Ashley Bowman has used the music of recording artist, songwriter and composer Zack Hemsey to tell that story. In this version, he’s a lonely, wandering anti-hero, just trying to find his own purpose in a world full of mythical creatures and discoveries. In David, he finds a powerful foe who provides the key to understanding. Goliath is danced by Marquez Johnson, David is danced by Jeffery Griffith, and a cast of eight dancers supports. 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23. 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24. Pre-concert talk with the choreographer begins a half hour before showtime each day. Saturday night performance will be ASL interpreted. Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. $32. Details here.

Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair.
The Fourth Ave. Street Fair is one of those events that makes you hyper-aware of how quickly time is moving… didn’t we just have the winter street fair? Oh, that was four months ago? What year is it? How old am I? It’s the perfect way to soothe your angst about the passage of time, and also the perfect way to spend a March afternoon in Tucson. It brings more than half a million people to our sweet desert town, and brings you a perfect opportunity to get some shopping done for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and all those spring weddings and birthdays coming up. 10 a.m. to dusk Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24. Fourth Avenue. Free. Details here.

Spring Break! Family Fun Day at the Farmer’s Market. Trail Dust Town and the Heirloom Farmers Markets are hosting a day full of fun for kids, families and anyone who enjoys food. So, everyone! Fifteen local vendors, live music, face painting and a kids’ area with hula hoops are just some of the offerings. They’ll also have $6 wristbands to provide unlimited access to the Ferris wheel, carousel and train. Many of the gift shops will be open as well, and Trail Dust Town’s newest neighbor, Millie’s Pancake Haus, will be serving breakfast and lunch. Let the games begin! 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 22. Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. Free. Details here.
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The Illusionists. People on fire! People being cut in half! People making stuff disappear! People finding your card in really strange places! If you don’t think you like magic shows, maybe you just haven’t been to a really cool one yet. And The Illusionists, a direct-from-Broadway show featuring five of the world’s best illusionists, has shattered box office records all over the world with how good it is. So this would be a perfect example of a “really cool one.” Should you check it out? Abracadab-duh. 8 p.m. on Friday, March 22. 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. $10 off for students and $5 off for seniors and military (except for seats in the Gold Circle). $19 to $90. Details here.

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BREAKDOWN/BREAKTHROUGH. The Carport Theater is putting on this community performance event they’re describing as “metaphysical vaudeville,” which, as far as we’re concerned, should be a more common type of vaudeville. Through audience participation in a series of scenarios—one in which a young girl’s life is torn apart and she’s reborn as a she-wolf, one in which a betrayal is revealed, one in which someone recognizes an urgent, unmet need—the show tackles major issues like finding meaning and happiness. One of the lines in the show, for example, is, “Does my suffering offend? It may. Suffering offends both the one who tells and the one who listens.” 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. The Carport Theater, 3614 E. Presidio Road. Free, but reservations required, and can be made at carporttheater.com. Details here.
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The Secret Garden. We could all use a story about flowers and growth and redemption right about now, right? And we could especially use it in musical form. The story of little Mary Lennox’s search for the secret garden, and the life lessons, lifelong friends and life force she finds within herself along the way, is a timeless classic. Based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this Tony Award-winning musical will have you feeling happy and hopeful. 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, and March 29. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and March 30. 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, and March 31. Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. $20 GA, $15 seniors/students/military, $10 kids 12 and under in advance. Prices increase $5 at the door. Details here.

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Heather Hardy Band. Heather Hardy has been playing piano since she was six and violin since she was nine, and has been featured on more than 200 albums in her career. Now, the blues artist is based in Tucson, where she plays with her band (though she spends several months of the year performing in New York). The band is playing at Monterey Court in this fundraiser for TIHAN, a local network of religious, secular, corporate and nonprofit organizations that provides support for people in Tucson living with HIV. It’s some seriously good music for a seriously good cause, so come on down to support and enjoy! 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 22. Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café, 505 W. Miracle Mile. $20 donation—or whatever else you’re able to give on top of that! Details here.

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Vegan Brews & BBQ at Crooked Tooth. Southern Fried Vegan is bringing their signature sustainable flavors to Crooked Tooth Brewing. Their soul food menu includes fried chickun, BBQ, mac ’n’ cheeze. jambalaya, beer-cheeze battered Beyond burgers, Cajun corn, totchos and more. 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 23. 228 E. Sixth Street. Details here.

Speakeasy Party. While prohibition of alcohol was tossed out long ago, our fascination with the era is anything but. Espresso Art Café is hosting a special speakeasy party where you get to look the part, and drink the part as well! This annual party includes live music, dancing and drink specials. So you better dress up in your most dapper of attire and head on down before the Great Depression strikes! 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, March 23. 942 E. University Blvd. Details here.

WineDown with Wildlife. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is hosting their first wine festival! At the soiree, you’ll get to sip the best local and regional wines and celebrate World Wildlife Day at the same time. Wine producers include: Page Springs Cellars, Del Rio Springs Vineyard, Deep Sky Vineyard, Elgin Winery, AZ Hops and Vines, Lightning Ridge Cellars, Sonoita Vineyards and more. Also included are local foods, stargazing, live music and photo booths. Sponsored by Tucson Foodie. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. 2021 N. Kinney Road. General admission $40. Details here.
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Illusionist Rob Lake. Rob Lake has appeared and disappeared in front of audiences all over the world. Named “The Top Illusionist in the World” by Caesars Entertainment, Lake also appeared on season 13 of America’s Got Talent, and in 2008, he became the youngest magician in the world to receive the Merlin Award, the magic community’s highest honor. So yeah, he’s a pretty big deal. And who doesn’t love watching an entire man and entire motorcycle disappear from a stage in a blaze of fiery glory, or to watch someone safely be cut into several pieces? Don’t miss the magic. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Desert Diamond Casino–Sahuarita, 110 W. Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita. $32.50 to $52.50. Details here. 

Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona. No, it’s not monsoon season yet. It’s Davis-Monthan’s free air show and open house! See aircraft like the Air Force Thunderbirds, an A-10 Thunderbolt and a 22 Raptor, and watch a demo by U.S. Customs & Border Protection. The Red Bull helicopter and skydiving team will also be around to ooh and awe over, as will a shockwave jet truck. Big names in the world of aerobatic pilots, like Kirby Chambliss, Kent Pietsch and Vicky Benzing will be soaring through the air overhead, making you wonder why you never ended up pursuing your childhood dream of becoming a pilot. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23 to Sunday, March 24. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, 5405 E. Granite St. Free. Details here.
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The Works of Andrew Lloyd Webber & Stephen Sondheim. The phaaaaantom of the opera is theeeeeere. And so is Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Joseph and his amazing technicolor dreamcoat; and Rose and Louise from Gypsy. Musical theater nerds unite! The works of two of the art form’s most iconic trailblazers are coming to the stage in one night full of incredible melodies, brilliant lyrics and an audience full of people who will probably be singing along. TSO and a cast of Broadway singers will perform selections from Webber and Sondheim’s works that will have you getting ready to join a local theater troupe. 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. $15 to $96. Details here.

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Tohono Chul Spring Plant Sale. Maybe you’re good at keeping plants alive. Maybe you’re not. But hey, the only way to get better at something is to give it another try, right? With more than 1,200 species of plants, the Tohono Chul Spring Plant Sale is bound to have something sturdy enough to thwart even the most notorious “I forgot to water them for three weeks!”ers. You can even select specific blooming vegetation to attract local cuties like butterflies and hummingbirds. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24 Propagation Area at Tohono Chul, 7211 N. Northern Ave. Free admission during the sale. Details here.

The Urban Garden Festival + Plant Sale. Hosted by the Tucson Botanical Gardens, this event is dedicated to reconnecting people to their food while viewing (and purchasing) plants. There will be cooking demonstrations, food vendors, live music and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. $15. Details here.

Park Fest 2019. The Palo Verde Park Neighborhood Association is hosting their inaugural Park Fest event, a celebration of music, food and community connection. Park Fest 2019 features four music stages and three food trucks. The music lineup includes Chuckwalla, Paul Martin, Alégrate and more. Participating food trucks are Haus of Brats, Food Groupie Cafe and The Curry Pot. 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24. 425 S. Mann Ave. Details here.

To Kill A Mockingbird. Turner Classic Movies’ Desert Hollywood chapter is screening the film adaptation of Harper Lee’s groundbreaking novel for their Big Screen Classics series. This multiple Oscar-winning legal drama features a powerful performance by Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and a young Robert Duvall and Boo Radley. This event also includes a film discussion after the screening. 4 to 7:40 p.m. Sunday, March 24. At the AMC Loews Foothills 15. 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. $15. Details here.


The Greatest Showman Sing-Along. The Fox Theatre is showing a special screening of this recent musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum. More than a single-along, the Fox is also hosting a circus-inspired pre-show event, including fortune-telling Zoltar, mask fun for kids, a raffle and a museum of living oddities and curiosities. 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24. 17 W. Congress St. $5. Details here.

Events compiled by Briannon Wilfong, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Laughing Stock: What Will Millennials Do?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 3:45 PM

Here’s Jeanne Robertson pretending to use a rocking chair like an old person. She’ll rock the Fox Theatre March 29. - JEANNEROBERTSON.COM
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  • Here’s Jeanne Robertson pretending to use a rocking chair like an old person. She’ll rock the Fox Theatre March 29.
Internet Sensational Grandma

“Granny gone viral” is Jeanne Robertson’s handle these days. That’s what a TV station dubbed her a decade ago when her collection of humorous, slice-of-life observations first blew up the internet. Just last Monday, her YouTube channel logged its 67 millionth view.

The stylish, 6’2” former Miss Congeniality brings her class act to the Fox Tucson Theatre at 7 p.m., Friday, March 29.

“I was in my 60s when I embraced the internet,” she says. Now 75, she says she owes her continuing success online, and in her theater show, to “clean, family appropriate stories that are humorous.”

Don’t call her a comedian. She may crack up a crowd, but until the internet found her, she had never stepped foot in a comedy venue. She’s plied her humor as a corporate guest speaker and, for a time, even presided over the National Speaker’s Association. She says that in the corporate world, the word “comedian” scares them to death.”

Her day job is not motivational training or workshops. She swoops in to break up an eight-hour drag of conference sessions with a rib shaking luncheon or dinner talk, dressed in spike heels and pearls.

Most often, she says, her stories show how humor can be an essential skill for sanity and success—“to look for the humor in everyday situations, to laugh at yourself and to influence the people around you to keep a sense of humor.”

And how does she find humor in everyday life? “I have made it a priority to look for humor every day. I get up around 5 a.m. and start looking for speech material. I believe people find pretty much what they’re looking for. There are people who never try to find the humor. Everything is negative. Maybe they just never enjoy what they do.”

But finding the humor is just a start. The homey, hilarious stories Robertson crafts around her finds are what’s propelled her to influencer status on the internet and turned a popular convention presenter into a “humorist” selling out packed houses.

Fun With Conspiracy Theories

Tin Foil Hat with Sam Tripoli comes to 191 Toole at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 29. In a world where daily headlines can’t possibly be real, conspiracy theories are almost comic relief. The Tin Foil Hat podcast gives our blown minds permission to laugh at the genuinely ludicrous. 

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, March 21

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 1:30 AM

Claire Hancock in the Artifact concert “Goliath—A Story Retold,” this weekend. - TAYLOR THOENES
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  • Claire Hancock in the Artifact concert “Goliath—A Story Retold,” this weekend.

Goliath: A Story Retold. So, we all know the story of David and Goliath. I say “David,” you say, “Go, underdog!” I say, “Goliath,” you say, “Booo!” But wait a minute! No one ever really heard Goliath’s side of the story, did they? In this show, choreographer Ashley Bowman has used the music of recording artist, songwriter and composer Zack Hemsey to tell that story. In this version, he’s a lonely, wandering anti-hero, just trying to find his own purpose in a world full of mythical creatures and discoveries. In David, he finds a powerful foe who provides the key to understanding. Goliath is danced by Marquez Johnson, David is danced by Jeffery Griffith, and a cast of eight dancers supports. 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23. 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24. Pre-concert talk with the choreographer begins a half hour before showtime each day. Saturday night performance will be ASL interpreted. Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. $32. Details here.

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Spring Moon Flute Concert. Is there anything more Zen than the shakauhuchi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute whose sound is shaped by silence as much as by breath? Not that we know of. To celebrate the first night of spring, Paul Amiel, former music director of the Rogue Theatre, who spent a couple years living in Japan and studying this instrument, and who frequently performs with his ensemble Kyklo, will be playing a show at Yume Japanese Gardens. It’s a full moon the night before the event, so the traditional melodies will be floating through an air filled with almost-full moonbeams. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21. Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way. $18 tickets must be bought in advance. Details here.

Wild About Flowers Hike. For the serious lover of all things flowers, take a guided hike to see what's blooming in the desert.  You'll learn about and discuss pollination, flower habits and habitats. The hike will be two hours, water and sturdy shoes for hiking are recommended. 2 p.m. Saguaro East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail. Details here.

Events compiled by Briannon Wilfong, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Wednesday, March 20

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 1:30 AM

Dinner at Dragoon Brewery. This event will finally answer the question: do the hoppiest of IPAs go well with meatballs? Dragoon Brewery is teaming up with Meatball Madness food truck for one heck of a dinner. 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. 1859 W. Grant Road. Details here.


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  • Roadrunners defenseman Kyle Capobianco skates down the ice after the puck on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Tucson Roadrunners vs. Iowa Wild. It’s “Turn Back the Clock” week at the Tucson Arena, so grab your 70s garb and get down to the ice. Iowa Wild’s team mascot is an animal of unclear species named Crash who, according to their website, is “highly skilled in cowbell performance.” Ours is the ever-loveable, cuddly-yet-fierce Dusty the Roadrunner. Whose team (and mascot) will come out on top? At 70s night on Wednesday, March 20, they’ll have 7 for $70 packages. 7:05 p.m.  Wednesday, March 20. Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave. $10 to $61. Details here.

Open Studios Under the Full Moon. What better way to spend a warm spring evening than outside exploring local artwork? 12 open studios will be open for you to walk and explore wood, glass, steel and bronze artwork. Food trucks and craft beer will be available. This just keeps getting better! There will even be a free concert by Cadillac Mountain in the sculpture garden! 5-8 p.m. Metal Arts Village, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd. Details here.
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Events compiled by Briannon Wilfong, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Tuesday, March 19

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2019 at 8:59 AM


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Tucson Roadrunners vs. Iowa Wild. It’s “Turn Back the Clock” week at the Tucson Arena, which means you get your choice of which decade you want to hearken back to while you watch your favorite local ice hockey team throw down against Iowa. Iowa Wild’s team mascot is an animal of unclear species named Crash who, according to their website, is “highly skilled in cowbell performance.” Ours is the ever-loveable, cuddly-yet-fierce Dusty the Roadrunner. Whose team (and mascot) will come out on top? At ’50s night on Tuesday, March 19, they’ll have 5 for $50 ticket packages, and on ’70s night on Wednesday, March 20, they’ll have 7 for $70 packages. 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, and Wednesday, March 20. Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave. $10 to $61. Details here.

Terminator 2. This film holds several superlatives in my mind, mainly: best action film, best Schwarzenegger film and possibly even best sequel ever. It really is that good. And seeing its majesty on the big screen only makes it better. For those of you who’ve shied away from this masterpiece due to thinking it’s just another mindless shoot-’em-up, Harkins Theatre’s Tuesday Night Classics series is giving you the chance to fix your mistakes. 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz. Details here.

University of Arizona Baseball. What better way to enjoy the beautiful weather than at America's favorite pass time? Batter up! Watch the Wildcats and enjoy a night of baseball as they take on New Mexico State at Hi Corbett field. The game starts at 7 p.m. and tickets range from $5-$8. 700 S Randolph Way. Details here.   
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Monday, March 18, 2019

GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to KFMADay 2019!

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 2:04 PM

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Attention metal heads, rock enthusiasts, or anyone else interested in free things: The Weekly has free tickets to this year's KFMADay music festival, and they're up for grabs!

This year's KFMADay lineup is: multi-platinum hard rockers Shinedown, nu-metal legends Papa Roach, metalcore group Asking Alexandria and rap metal group Fever 333. The event will be opened up by KFMA Battle of the Bands winners Pyrotechnica, a local alternative metal band.


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Winners must be able to come to the Tucson Local Media office located at 7225 N. Mona Lisa Road to collect their tickets.

KFMADay takes place from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. For more information, visit kfma.com/event/kfmaday-2019

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Monday, March 18

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 1:30 AM

Spring Break Movie Marathon at Bookman's. For those of you who have the week off and haven’t fled Tucson, Bookman's East location is screening a kids movie every evening of the week. From March 18 to 23 they will be screening one movie every night: Trolls, The Lego Movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Shrek, The Lion King and Coco, respectively. 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 18 to Saturday, March 23. 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.

Chained Heat . In this 80's prison flick, Linda Blair finds herself behind bars and then she finds that life behind bars is no good! Fascinating stuff right there. The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Boulevard. 8 p.m. Admission $4. Details here.
Return to Woodstock! Watch iconic Woodstock songs being performed with the help of Allan Bartlett, Fred Coy, Walker Foard, Joe Murphy, Mike Serres and Mindy Rondstadt. Dress for the theme because the artists sure will be! The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Boulevard. 6 p.m. Tickets are $22.95. Discounts are available for students, children, seniors, and military members. Details here.
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Friday, March 15, 2019

25 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: March 15 to 17

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 1:30 AM

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TMA Spring Art Market & Flower Festival. Home is where the art is, right? And this weekend, the art is definitely down at TMA, where more than 100 unique and local artists will be showcasing their pottery, jewelry, fine art, glass, textiles and gift items. Florists and nurseries will be offering up living art as well, while local food vendors and bands round out the experience with some good eats and good beats. A special “Garden in the Galleries” event with floral arrangements by more than a dozen local nurseries and florists will be on display starting Thursday, March 14. The market is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 15, through Sunday, March 17. Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. Admission to the galleries is free during the market and festival! Details here.

Mahler Symphony No. 5. Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, particularly its horn bits, might sound familiar to you from the 1971 film Death in Venice. At this Tucson Symphony Orchestra event, you’ll also hear the Van Cliburn silver medalist, pianist Joyce Yang, team up with former TSO principal trumpet Conrad Jones to perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Rounding it out is Giuseppe Martucci’s Notturno, composed as part of his mission to get 19th century Italians interested in anything besides opera. (It worked—they loved it. And you will too!) 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. $15 to $86+. Details here.
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Marana Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival. Bill Monroe, often called the “father of bluegrass,” said this of the twangy, foot tappin’ genre: “It’s Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It’s blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound.” Get your fill of lonesome sounds this weekend by heading up to Marana, where bands from the local region will be playing original tunes. See bands like the Dusty River Band, Brokedown Palace, Out of the Blue and others that not only have a quintessential bluegrass sound, but those names are quintessentially bluegrass. And hey, they’ll throw in some blues as well. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 15, 10:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Gladden Farms Community Park, 12205 N. Tangerine Farms Road, Marana. $20 per day or $30 for a weekend pass. Details here.

The People Electric. Hawkinsdance is presenting this hour long show, with nine dancers and music by local artists, for their first self-produced contemporary dance concert. The title work of the evening, The People Electric, features six dancers, vocals by Katie Heavenly and Jillian Bassett, and fashion to represent feminism’s second wave in the 1970s. The evening’s other featured work, The Crystal Cave, presents a trio of male dancers dancing to music by Neo-classical pianist Anton Faynberg, and imagines a world uncorrupted by the effects of humanity. 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16. 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre, 738 N. Fifth Ave. $20 or $12 for youth (22 and under!) Details here.

Matilda (Free Screening).
A young girl uses her telekinesis to make the world a more fun place. What more do you need? Based off the beloved Roald Dahl book, this film is a Danny Devito extravaganza! Not only does he play Matilda’s father, but he’s the narrator and director as well. So if you’re looking for a classic ’90s film with a heaping helping of the Veet, this is the show for you. This screening will take place outdoors on “Hippie Hill” at Himmel Park, please bring your own seating. Presented by The Loft Jr. 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Friday, March 15. 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Details here.

El Patrón.
The Screening Room presents the public premiere of a locally made crime drama. Not only do you get to see the movie, plus a few local short films, but you get to meet the cast and crew as well. This is an all-around great networking opportunity for Arizona filmmakers. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 15. 127 E. Congress St. $5. Details here. 

Margarita & Sangria Festival. There’s only two ways to enjoy fruit: floating in your alcohol, or pinned on the rim of the glass. Either way, this festival is sure to entertain. The Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch is hosting a Margarita & Sangria Festival where you get to sample over 25 different drinks, dance to music and feast from local food trucks. 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16. 6801 N. Camino Verde. $25 regular admission, $40 VIP. Details here.
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All One Voice. “This is the sound of all of us, singing with love and the will to trust. Leave the rest behind; it will turn to dust. This is the sound of all of us.” These are the lyrics to “One Voice,” a song by Australian-born singer-songwriter and member of The Wailin’ Jenny’s Ruth Moody. On this night, 12 Tucson choruses will come together as one voice to perform this song together. We’re talking everyone from the Tucson Girls Chorus to Reveille to Tucson Desert Harmony. All the choruses will perform individually before joining together for the big finale. Couldn’t you use a heaping helping of unity? 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Ascension Lutheran Church, 7650 N. Paseo del Norte. $15. Details here.

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Raffi. Is there a more wholesome figure on this Earth than the children’s entertainer Raffi? Raffi, who has never made any commercial endorsements aimed at kids because he wants to treat his young fans with respect? Raffi, who sings tunes like “Baby Beluga” and “Bananaphone?” Raffi, who founded the Centre for Child Honouring, a nonprofit whose motto is “Respecting Earth & Child”? If there is a more wholesome figure (which we figure is pretty unlikely), he or she probably isn’t coming to Tucson this week, and Raffi is! It’s been 40 years since he released Singable Songs for the Very Young, and he’s celebrating with this tour, at which Beluga Grads (his child fans back in the ’70s and ’80s who are now grown up) and everyone else are welcome. 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. $35.50 to $83.50. Details here.

37th Annual Wa:k Pow Wow. Every month in Tucson is a pretty good month. But in March, it’s neither snowing nor unbearably hot. AND it’s the month that features Tucson’s largest gathering of Native American arts, crafts, culture, food and dancing! Everyone is welcome (but note that video cameras, drugs and alcohol are most definitely not) to enjoy watching team dancing, hoop dancing, owl dancing and inter-tribal dancing. On the non-dancing front, be sure to catch the drum contest. Ryan Rumley is the master of ceremonies, and Eldred Matt is the arena director. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17. San Xavier Mission del Bac church, $7 adults, $5 kids, free for kids 6 and under. $3 per vehicle to park. Details here.
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Climate Change in Arizona: What Can and Should We Do? Sometimes issues like climate change seem so enormous that you’re left feeling powerless. This program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson is designed to help mitigate this feeling. You’ll hear from three scientific experts: Diana Liverman, Regents professor of geography and development and former co-director of the UA Institute of the Environment; Kathy Jacobs, director of the UA Center for Climate Adaptation, Science and Solutions; and Edward Beshore, a member of the local chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Saturday, March 16. Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Free. Details here.

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Silver Spike Festival. On March 20, 1880, the Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in Tucson, with long-lasting effects including vastly expanding the city’s economy and causing people nearly 140 years into the future to have to sit in excruciating traffic while they wait for the damn thing to go by. Seriously though, the arrival of the train in Tucson was hugely important and definitely worth celebrating. Just see what Charles D. Poston, who some people call “The Father of Arizona,” said this in the Arizona Daily Star the day before the arrival: “And now the railroad comes along, like a giant anaconda, embracing the continent in its coil, and its ponderous machinery breathes the vitality of civilization in sonorous respirations, breaking the silence of the desert and awakening the reverberations of the mountains for the first time since the planet commenced its revolutions in the universe.” The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum is having a vintage vehicle display, a re-enactement of the arrival and live music to celebrate. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16. Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 414 N. Toole Ave. Free. Details here.

Tour of Tumamoc Hill. Tu-mamoc? Or not tu-mamoc? That is the question. You’ve probably seen Tumamoc Hill, and you’ve likely even hiked it. But have you ever had emeritus curators of the UA School of Anthropology and a research associate from the Arizona State Museum give you a guided tour of all the ceramics, rock art and pit remains on the hill? What about the village site? This is your chance. Paul and Suzanne Fish, the emeritus curators, and Gayle Hartmann, the research associate, are offering this guided tour of the hill as a fundraiser for the Tucson Presidio. Why not support a local cause while learning a little bit more about local history yourself? Tu-mamoc, indeed. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16. Tumamoc Hill. $30, or $25 for Presidio members. Details here.

Heart Medicine: Honey, Tonics and Tisanes. You’ve probably had honey before, are familiar with the idea of a tonic, and are not totally sure what a tisane is. It’s a medicinal herbal tea, originally made with barley. That’s just the sort of information you’re going to gain at this workshop hosted by Patrisia Gonzales, in partnership with the Dunbar African American Cultural Center, about how to identify desert plants that can calm the spirit, feed the heart and relax the system. You’ll be making herbal infused honeys, teas and floral waters, and you’ll be feeling so, so calm. We dare you to tell us that doesn’t sound appealing. 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday, March 16. UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 200 W. Douglass. $55. Details here.

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Shop Women-Owned Tucson. It’s Women’s History Month in the U.S.! Hooray! Celebrate by supporting some of Tucson’s local businesses owned by women. Here’s how it works: Stop by Pop Cycle to pick up a stamp card, and throughout March, get a stamp for every $10 you spend at participating establishments (ranging from Tiny Town Surplus to the MOCA Tucson museum shop to Crooked Tooth Brewing Co. See the Facebook event page for a full list!). When your card is full, go back to Pop Cycle to get a free sticker and a coupon for a free blizzard at the Fourth Ave. Dairy Queen, AND to be entered into a raffle. Raffle prizes include a $100 Pop Cycle Gift Card and other assorted Fourth Avenue swag. All month at participating locations! Pick up your card at Pop Cycle, 422 N. Fourth Ave. Details here.

Free Family Fun Day! Wonder World Jumping Castles, a family-based, veteran-owned bounce house business here in the Old Pueblo, has been around for five years now. To celebrate, and to thank the community for its support, they’re hosting this fun fest with about a dozen different kinds of enormous inflatables, free popcorn and cotton candy, and dozens of vendors selling goods. What, are you going to NOT take your kid to experience this child’s paradise? For that matter, are you yourself not going to take advantage of the chance to enjoy this free paradise for your inner child? 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16. 1825 N. Alvernon Way. Free. Details here.

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How Rednecks Saved Hollywood. The Loft Cinema presents a talk by author Joe Bob Briggs on the identity of “rednecks” in American film. The “drive-in movie critic” will use more than 200 clips and stills from movies to examine both grindhouse and mainstream movies. Beyond recounting the history, you will also learn about the most sacred redneck cinematic moments and why the redneck is the scariest monster in all of film history. For real! 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $18. Details here.

Civano Park Food Truck Roundup. Come one, come all, come hungry! All the best food trucks in Tucson are getting together so can have a little bit (or a lotta bit) of great food. Participating food trucks include: Stacey’s Irresistible Cheesecakes, Los Locos Tacos, TacoQueta, Meatball Madness, Fiesta Filipina, You Sly Dog, The Curry Pot Sri Lankan Fusion and more. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17. At Civano Park, 5241 Richard Ashley Way. Details here.

Downtown History and Libation Tour. Southern Arizona Guide is hosting a tour where you get to explore the history of Tucson, and taste it too. This walking tour allows you to see Tucson “with the eyes of George Hand, saloonkeeper.” Beyond the history, you will get to enjoy libations at the old Presidio and Maynards for lunch. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Meet at Mercado San Agustin at Congress and Convento. $69. Details here.
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De Kooning Revealed. Speaking of the UA Museum of Art, you might know that back in 1985, the Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre” painting was stolen from the museum, and that thanks to a series of fortunate events and a bunch of kind people, the priceless painting was recovered and returned in 2017. Now, the museum’s leadership council is hosting an exclusive, pre-conservation viewing of the painting, giving you a chance to become a part of history (or at least to have a cool story to brag about at your next family gathering). Enjoy cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by the Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble and the UA School of Dance. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 17. UA Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Road. $95 for museum members, $125 for non-members. Details here.

The Emperor! These free concerts put on by the Civic Orchestra of Tucson will feature Rimsky’ Kosakov’s Le Coq d’or (The Golden Cockerel) Suite, Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73, “Emperor.” This last one was Beethoven’s last completed piano concerto, and will feature piano soloist Rex Woods, who has been teaching at the UA since 1988 and who presented his first public solo recital more than 50 years ago. 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Journey Church, 4700 N. Swan Road. 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, at Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road. Free. Details here.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. What are your St. Patrick’s Day plans? Tossing back a few pints at the pub? Tossing back a few more pints at the pub after that? Well, of course. But what about all day before it becomes socially acceptable to head to the pub and throw back a few pints? Why not go to the Tucson St. Patrick’s Day parade? Last year, more than 10,000 Southern Arizonans were there, so it must at least be worth checking out. There will be traditional Irish dancing, a performance by Nancy McCallion and friends, and plenty of other traditional Irish cultural events. St. Patrick’s Day Committee president John Murphy and guest emcee David Fitzsimmons lead the opening ceremony. 10 a.m. Sunday, March 17. Armory Park south of Sixth Ave. Free. Details here.

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Steele Blue at Tohono Chul. Tohono Chul’s Sundays in the Garden spring concert series features music on Sundays throughout March and April, just before it gets too hot to endure any outdoor music. This week, vocalist Sheal Kimball and guitarist Mike Zimmerman will perform their covers and arrangements of everything from classic rock to jazz standards. Sheal studied jazz and classical voice in college, and cites Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Pat Benatar among her main vocal influences. Mike is a Guitar Institute of Technology graduate and guitar instructor largely influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Eddie Van Halen. Don’t miss them playing among the prickly pears. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Tohono Chul Performance Garden, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Fee with admission: $13 adults, $10 senior/military/student, $3 kids 5 to 12 and free for members and kids under 5. Details here.

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Witness to Democracy: The Journey of a Mother and a Photographer. Part of the Loft’s “Journalism on Screen” series, this documentary tells the story of three people brought together by the tragic killing of college student Lee Han-yeol, whose death propelled the South Korean Democracy Movement in June 1987. Followed by UA professors and filmmakers. 2 to 3:45 p.m. Sunday, March 17. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $8. Details here.

St. Patrick’s Day Roundup. What, you thought Tucson was going to let an excuse to have fun just slip by unnoticed? Here’s a list of only some of the many events happening when the Old Pueblo embraces the Old World on Sunday, March 17.

Arizona Beer House is hosting a free, family-friendly event along with Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games. This features a jumping castle, live music, food trucks, face painting, bagpipers, balloon twisting, Irish Whisky, and more. Noon to midnight. 150 S. Kolb Road. Details here.

1912 Brewing Co. is hosting an employee cook-off of corned beef and cabbage (what else?) and you get to eat it! They will also be releasing three beers in celebration of this event: the Shenanigans Pale Ale, the Irish Sobriety Imperial Red Ale, and a new Irish Creme Stout. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 2045 N Forbes Blvd, Ste. 105. Details here.

Ten55 Brewing and Sausage House is releasing a new Irish Red Ale and maybe even tapping a special keg just for the occasion. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 110 E. Congress Street. Details here.

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Events compiled by Briannon Wilfong, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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