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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Tuesday, April 16

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Bleed for The Throne. Donate blood by April 30 for a chance to win a full-size Iron Throne from HBO's Game of Thrones. Win a full-size poster as well. For your chance to win the throne, make an appointment at Foothills Mall Blood Donation Center, 7325 N La Cholla Blvd, or any American Red Cross blood donation center in Tucson. Details here.

The Tucsonics.
Did you know there are free concerts at Monterey Court every third Tuesday of the month? Well, now that you do, how could you miss them? This month, Alvin Blaine, Nick Coventry, Evan Dain and Matt Mitchell are serving up some Western swing and Django Jazz from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. We’re talkin’ twin fiddles, steel, a standing bass and covers of folks like Milton Brown and Gene Autry. You’re probably going to realize this is just what your Tuesdays are missing. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16. Monterey Court, 505 W. Miracle Mile. Free. Details here.

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Considering Matthew Shepard. In 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young, gay college student, was kidnapped, beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in Wyoming. When he died, the world noticed, and composer Craig Hella Johnson took note. This Grammy-nominated three-part oratio combines spoken word, cowboy songs, American hymns and popular songs, spirituals, jazz and more to tell this powerful, at times overwhelming, and even sometimes hopeful tale. UA Presents is putting on the show. 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. $19 to $50. Details here.


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

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Monday, April 15

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Yappy Hour Monday. Bring your furry friend to the Playground for happy hour with Tito's Vodka. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. No cover. Doggy treats made from HUB Ice Cream Factory will be provided. 4 to 7 p.m. Details here.
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Maynard's 10th Birthday. It's time to party downtown, but maybe not at one of your frequented downtown party spots. Maynard's is hosting a birthday bash! Meet me at Maynards is traveling downtown tonight to celebrate their 10th birthday. It's way more than just a walk, this a party you won't want to miss!  Details here. 

Adult Painting Class. Does spring time have you dreaming of summer vacation? Are images of palm trees and beach sand dancing in your head? If so, join the Creative Juice Bar and paint a paradise at Bianchi's Italian restaurant. Arrive early for happy hour specials. Painting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 3620 W Tangerine Rd. Details here.  

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Friday, April 12, 2019

29 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: April 12 to 14

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April Flowers Wine Tasting. Bring in the spring at Maynards Market & Kitchen by sampling five wines all featuring floral and herbal notes. Sure, smelling flowers is nice, but have you ever tasted one? How about catching a buzz from one? 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 12. 400 N. Toole Ave. $12. Details here.

Spring Fling. Tucson is a constant surprise. To the uninitiated, there’s all sorts of unexpected records, like it being home to one of the largest gem shows in North America, or it being such a gastronomical destination. This week’s Tucson near-superlative? One of the largest student-run carnivals in the nation. Spring Fling is celebrating 45 years of food booths, games, entertainment and more than 30 carnival rides helping desert dwellers to ring in the spring. 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 12; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 13; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14. UA Campus East Mall. Admission closes one hour prior to closing. $5 GA, or free for CatCard holders, military ID holders and kids under 7. Discounts available for groups like alumni and students available on other days. Tickets are $5 for 10. Details here.

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SAHBA Home & Patio Show. It’s here! Or should we say “they’re here?” Because more than 300 exhibitors are coming to town. You want a new spa? Come and get it. How about products and inspiration for how to remodel your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or outdoor landscape? Oh yeah. Fancy household gadgets with demonstrations you will be unable to tear yourself away from? You bet. There’s even face painting on Saturday for the kids! 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. $8 GA, free for kids 12 and under. Military discounts every day and half-price admission for seniors 50+ on Friday. Visit sahbahomeshow.com for a $2 coupon. Free parking. Details here.

Dune. Fresh off of haunting classics like Eraserhead and The Elephant Man, director David Lynch tackled this sci-fi leviathan of a project with, shall we say, mixed reception. With its deep religious themes, giant sand worms, space battles and more, Frank Herbert’s massive novel was no easy feat to put onto film. What we’re left with is a fascinating time capsule of a film, a doomed project with all the hype and funding in the world. Screening back-to-back days at The Loft Cinema. 10 p.m. Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $8. Details here.

Day One.
The University of Arizona’s Global Experiential Learning program is hosting a free screening of a documentary about a Missouri academy which provides a transitional education for immigrants and refugees into the American schooling system. A Q&A panel discussion with Tucson refugee community members will follow the screening. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12. At the Gallagher Theatre, 1303 E. University Blvd. Free. Details here.

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Tucson Margarita Crawl 2019. Now that the weather is heating up, it’s the perfect time to embrace margarita season. Hosted by Desert Sky Event Planning and Bar Crawl Unlimited, this event starts at Playground Bar & Lounge and includes multiple samples of exclusively discounted margaritas. The only real question: Do you want salt on that rim? 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13. 278 E. Congress St. $10. Details here.

Pico de Gallo Mini Fest. Who knew tomato, onion and cilantro could create such a holy trinity? Diego’s Tapas Y Tequila is gathering multiple local authentic pico de gallo vendors for a tasty showcase of Mexican fruit salad creations. This event is free to the public and also includes music and entertainment as well. 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13. 943 E. University Blvd., suite 101. Free. Details here.

Turkish Bazaar. The Sema Foundation, an Arizona nonprofit dedicated to promoting harmony across cultures, is hosting their second annual Turkish Food Festival. These dishes include gozleme, kebabs, baklava and more. But the culture doesn’t stop there! Beyond the food, this event also includes authentic Turkish music and artisanal Turkish crafts. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13. 2843 North Alvernon Way. Free entry. Details here.

Wine Gone Wild. The Reid Park Zoo is calling all winos and rhinos for this fundraising event. Featuring samples and wines from a huge amount of Arizona wineries and distilleries, this event aids all the animals at the zoo. There will also be appetizers, live music, painting and animal encounters. Drinks include samples from Rancho Rossa Vineyards, Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Tequila, Sand Reckoner Vineyards, Sonoita Vineyards and more. 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13. 3400 E. Zoo Court. $65 or $120 VIP. Details here.

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Annual Eggstravaganza. We hope, one way or another, that you and your family, or you and your friends, are going to treat yourselves to an eggstravaganza at some point this year. Maybe that means an Easter egg hunt. Maybe that means a breakfast party with boundary-pushing omelets. Maybe that just means you order quiche at a restaurant. But ideally, it means this Easter egg hunt, where there will also be carnival games, prizes and the Easter Bunny himself, here to chat with children about how their springtimes are going. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Mansfield Park, 2000 N. Fourth Ave. Details here.

International Wildlife Museum Eggstravaganza.
Another one! We’ll just say it: An eggstravaganza is an eggstravaganza, no matter which way you crack the egg. So, yeah, this eggstravaganza is a lot like the last one: There are crafts, games with prizes, plenty of candy, an Easter egg hunt and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. It just depends on which works best with your sch-egg-ule. Everything is included with museum admission. 10 a.m. to noon. Saturday, April 13. International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. $10 adults, $7 senior/military, $5 kids 4 to 12, free for kids 3 and under and for museum members. Details here.

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Dear Diary. Is there anything more cringe-inducing than reading an old diary? We can’t think of anything. Ally Tanzillo, who began taking classes at Live Theatre Workshop when she was 9 years old and is now part of the improv duo Ex-Boyfriend, was partly inspired to put together this show from rereading her own diaries. Then she asked for submissions of old diary entries and letters to put together this hilarious show. In her own words: “Young people are so intense, but they don’t have any context. I can’t believe how serious I was about the lists I made—favorite albums, boys I thought were cute…And when I read submissions from others and talked to people for this project, I noticed that every person had a story in which he or she felt alone, but no one really was. That really struck me.” 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, and 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. $10. Details here.

Chris Rush Reading & Book Signing. Chris Rush is an award-winning image and text artist who lives in Tucson, and who just wrote his first book, a coming-of-age memoir set against the social upheaval of the late 1960s full of delicious lines like this one, about buying LSD from a girl with a sign reading “California’s Best Acid”: “Orange hair and freckles, she gushed, ‘These tabs are from Berkeley, handmade with gold glitter by my friend Gregory, who is super interesting. One dollar, or three for two. I took one this morning to stay clear. It’s really fresh.’ I smiled at her, in love with love.” SIGN US UP. This is also one of only five book signings Rush has planned for the year, and the only local one, so don’t miss it! 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave. Free. Details here.

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The Marriage of Figaro. With a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte and music by a composer named Mozart you may have heard of, this comic opera is one of the most commonly performed operas today. It tells the story of two servants, Figaro and Susanna, who are about to get married. But then, Figaro’s master Count Almaviva decides he wants Susanna for himself. How do they untangle this love triangle and get everyone in Seville their own happy ending? Only one way to find out—go see Arizona Opera’s rendition of it. 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. $25 to $130. Details here.

La Boutique Fantasque & Les Sylphides. April is the perfect time to treat yourself to a one-act ballet about two can-can dancers falling in love in a magical toyshop, put on by the Tucson Regional Ballet, wouldn’t you say? This 1919 ballet has elements of mime, folk dance and comedy—in addition to classical ballet. For dessert, Fokin’s masterpiece Les Sylphides, one of those pretty ballet blancs where all of the dancers wear white tutus, and often cited as the first ballet to just be about mood and dance with no narrative. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. $18 to $20+. Details here.

Celebrate Oro Valley. The Oro Valley Farmer’s Market is at Steam Pump Ranch every Saturday, and before the weather gets too hot, they’re still having events like tours of the Pusch House Ranch and live music. This week is Celebrate Oro Valley, featuring the music of artists like David Rychener, Cochise County All-Stars, the Hot Lizards and more. PLUS, photo and art shows, a petting zoo, an antique fair, crafts for kids, hands-on archaeology and tons more activities hosted by local organizations. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road. Free. Details here.

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20th Annual Master Gardener Home Tour. Springtime is the perfect time to take a tour of four of the most beautiful and creative gardens in Tucson, grown and maintained by the Pima County Master Gardeners. And 2019 is the perfect time for the theme of the garden tour to be “water wise,” so you can learn about the best way to collect rainwater, get some xeriscaping started and select native and desert adapted plants to help conserve one of our most precious resources. The Demonstration Gardens at the UA’s Cooperative Extension Service will also be open for touring at 4210 N. Campbell Ave. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13. $15 to $20. Four locations listed at extension.arizona.edu. Details here.

HoTArt. Heart of Tucson Art is an artist-organized, artist-run tour of studios all over the city. It’s your chance to wander around town seeing works by artists like Angela Red Heart Woman Flanagan, who was given the name Red Heart Woman when she was culturally adopted by a Lakota/O’odham family, and who makes paper mâché art (3054 N. First Ave.) or Catherine Pearson, who says she uses photography to better understand reality (3935 N. Country Club Road). Not to mention mosaics, ceramics, metalsmithing, jewelry, paintings, drawings and fiber art galore. The tour is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14. See heartoftucsonart.org for more info on gallery locations. Details here.
GABA Bike Swap 2019. There ain’t enough room in this town for the two of us, but there is room for the largest bicycle swap in the southwest. Seriously, this puppy attracts more than 5,000 people and 40+ vendors twice a year. And it’s part of the Living Street Alliance’s Bike Fest, going on throughout April, which also includes things like an Enchanted Hills Mountain Bike Trails build day on Saturday, April 13, and community bike rides on several dates. If you’re mostly in it for the swappin’, your best bet is 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14. 400 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Details here.
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Old Tucson 80th Anniversary Weekend Celebration. It’s sort of funny that, at 80 years old, Old Tucson is younger than regular Tucson, at more than 240 years old (or considerably older, depending on how you figure its age). But an anniversary of one of the Old Pueblo’s most beloved attractions is always a good reason to celebrate. Alumni performances, featuring can-can girls and stunt actors from years’ past, will abound, 43 Miles North will be performing cowboy western classics and there will be plenty of other ceremonies and surprises throughout the weekend. Sunday night even has a screening of the 1940 classic that started it all, Arizona! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. GA $19.95, child, $10.95, with discounts for senior, military, Pima County residents, arrival between 3 and 5 p.m. and groups. Details here.

City Market and Dive-in Movie. The AC Hotel by Marriott is sponsoring five markets throughout the year to celebrate the five distinct seasons of the Sonoran Desert. The spring one is this Saturday, and will highlight artists and entrepreneurs from around town, including a floral designers, photographers and people selling handmade home décor. Afterward, head to the “Dive-in” movie, and watch Finding Nemo in the hotel’s rooftop pool. Tickets come with a free drink (nonalcoholic options available) and fresh popcorn! City Market is from 4 to 7 p.m. and the movie is from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 13. AC Hotel by Marriott Tucson Downtown, 151 E. Broadway Blvd. Market is free and movie is $10. Details here.
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Arizona International Film Festival. The oldest and longest-running independent film festival in Arizona is returning for its 28th year! Continuing every day through its closing night on Sunday, April 21, this festival has ample time to screen all sorts of indie cinema from across our state and world. Featuring both full-length and short films, AIFF will take over The Screening Room, hosting multiple events there every single day of its runtime. For a full list of events and films, visit filmfestivalarizona.com. Details here.

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Drop In at the Dropout. Culinary Dropout and Angel Charity for Children are hosting a pop-up event to benefit children throughout Pima County. This fundraiser is a “unique sip and shop experience that combines shopping fun with food, craft cocktails, music, entertainment and a cigar and whiskey lounge.” While there is plenty of food and drink, this also includes crafts from local retailers and live music. 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 14. 2543 East Grant Road. $35, or $100 VIP. Details here.

Kosher Wine & Matzah Sale. The Chabad Tucson, a Jewish outreach network for Southern Arizona, is hosting a sale of red and white wines from California, Israel, France, Italy and Spain. In addition, they will be selling fresh handmade Shmura Matzah, a specialty kind of flatbread. Whether or not wine and matzah are a commonly paired dish, there’s a meal here waiting for you! 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14. 2443 E. Fourth St. Details here.

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Sundays in the Garden: Dos Sueños. Everybody loves a good violin and guitar, husband and wife, Latin and tango duo. And pretty much everyone enjoys all of those things even more in a nice garden setting, perhaps with a prickly pear margarita or lemonade in hand. Tohono Chul has got you covered with this week’s performance. Johny and Katie Vargas perform classical music, their own arrangements and acoustic covers of popular songs. Both are UA grads now working toward their master’s degrees in music education at ASU. Come sit in the garden and let your troubles float away on the sounds of their string instruments. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Tohono Chul, 7366 Paseo del Norte. Free with admission, which is $13 adults, $10 military & student with IDs and seniors, $3 for kids 5 to 12 and free for kids under 5 and members. Details here.

Second SundAZe Family Day @ TMA. Happy Earth Day! Celebrate with Mr. Nature over at the Tucson Museum of Art, where there will also be art-making activities and a performance by Patricia Carr Morgan—the final performative element of her Blue Tears exhibition. Morgan’s performance is at 11 a.m., Mr. Nature’s is at 1 p.m. and the part where you get in free lasts all day, so you’ll have plenty of time to spend some time outside in nature today as well if you’d like. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 N. Main Ave. Free. Details here.
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State of Play. As part of their ongoing “Journalism on Screen” series, The Loft Cinema is screening this dramatic retelling of a murder in D.C. This mystery thriller “echoes such classic ‘70s conspiracy thrillers as All the President’s Men, updated for the era of modern journalism.” Presented by The New York Times, The Arizona Daily Star, The Daily Wildcat and the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and School of Journalism. 2 to 4:45 p.m. Sunday, April 14. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $8. Details here.

Uncle Vanya.
Filmed on stage at the Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow, this reproduction of Chekov’s 1898 play brings the drama to Harkins Theatres. Filmed in HD, this tells of the parallels between urban and rural life in Russia, with plenty of interpersonal strife to remain interesting to the modern audience. 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Tucson Spectrum, 5121 S. Calle Santa Cruz. $8.50. Details here.

Game of Thrones Viewing Party at Sky Bar. Part of their cinema series, Sky Bar is screening brand new episodes of Game of Thrones season 8. They’ve been screening recap episodes of season 7 through the past few weeks, and now they’re ready for some brand new action. Plus, Sky Bar has new 4K HD projectors for the event. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 14. 536 N. Fourth Ave. 21+. No cover. Details here.
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Events compiled by Briannon Wilfong, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Temple of Tiny Monkeys to Open Saturday

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Dasher and Dancer and Donner and Blitzen... wait, wait, no. Glitter, Sparkles, Dazzle and Parker are now at the Reid Park Zoo!

The brand new Temple of Tiny Monkeys will be open for the first time on Saturday, April 13.

"For such tiny animals, they have huge personalities," Animal Care Supervisor Alex Zelazo-Kessler said in a release. "They're super active and it is fun to watch their antics and how they interact with each other, as well as their environment and their enrichment."

The tiny monkeys are all squirrel monkeys, with Parker being the only boy. He is also the youngest of the troop, having recently turned two years old.

Squirrel monkeys are some of the tiniest primates, measuring in at about a foot long with another 16 inches of tail. Their long tail is perfect for helping them balance as they use their hands to swing through trees.

"It's really great to bring a treetop level animal into the South America loop at the Zoo," Zelazo-Kessler said. "We have Andean bears, jaguars, capybaras, and South American birds, but we haven't had a canopy-dwelling species from the area in some time. They bring a different aspect of South America to the Zoo."

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Laughing Stock: All over the place!

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 1:59 PM

All Over the Place!

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 Some comedy fans first drop in on an open mic for the free entertainment and drink specials. As they come more regularly, they learn to watch how a joke gets crafted and polished over time.

They trade snaps about how it might have landed better or what kind of future they see for a comic. Eventually they can enjoy watching people grow enough to start getting local showcase bookings. Who doesn’t love saying “I told you so”?

Maybe it’s like watching minor-league baseball? We honestly wouldn’t know. But in just the last six months, Tucson has sprouted several new playing fields for stand-up comedians at every level. Almost every night, our comics have a chance at bat, and sometimes get to play away venues.

Vail has been home to monthly Vail Laughs clean comedy shows for a few years already. But last month, Tucson comic Paul Fox introduced an over-21 showcase series at The Spotted Bull Eatery and Bar, 13005 E. Benson Highway. His next showcase there is at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 13. The lineup includes Roxy Merrari, who hosts the weekly Comedy at the Wench series; local touring professional Ali Musa; and Roy Lee Reynolds. Admission is $3.

With his comedy-business partner Jules Moreno, Reynolds is a kind of Johnny Appleseed of Tucson comedy. The pair blazed a trail to Benson in August with a monthly series at Riverside Inn Saloon, and they continue to take shows to Cilantro’s in Douglas about every other month. Lately Reynolds has helped organize and run an almost monthly Sunday open mic at the Music Box Pub, 6951 E. 22nd Street. It’s a natural, he says, because nine Tucson comics live within walking distance.

In the Fourth Avenue area, thick as it already is with comedy, Joel Martin has launched a combination showcase and open mic in the spacious beer garden of Corbett Brewery, 309 E Seventh Street. The show, Good Enough Comedy, starts at 9:30 every Wednesday night. The crowd swells with a pack of hardcore comedy lovers around 10 p.m. That’s when Mo Urban’s long-running 7:30 pm Wednesday open mic at Café Passé lets out. It’s around the corner at 414 N. Fourth Ave.

Monday has open mic fans scrambling for their Ubers. After Merrari’s three-year-old, 7 p.m. mic at Surly Wench Pub, 424 N. Fourth Ave., they dash to a mic recently started by Stephanie Lyonga at Putney’s Pitstop Sports Bar and Grill, 6070 N. Oracle Road. Show time is 8 p.m. After a long break from comedy, Lyonga’s working on new material every week and that alone is worth the drive.

Farther north, fans find Dave Margolis’ new Monday showcase and mic at Casa Marana Craft Beer and Wine, 8225 N Courtney Page Way, suite 191. The show, called Casa de Comedy, starts at 7 p.m. This week’s guests are Ron B. Rown, Drake Horner, Chris Quinn, Paul Lucie, Emma Stephens and Danny Keaton.

Meanwhile ...

Let's also celebrate the long-running pinnacle of Tucson’s open mic scene, Laffs Comedy Caffé (8 p.m., Thursdays, 2900 E. Broadway Blvd). Saving the best for last, we welcome the already famous Patton Oswalt this weekend. (8 p.m. Sunday, April 14, foxtucson.com, $39.50 to $75).

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, April 11

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The Presidio District Experience: A Food Heritage & History Tour. So you’ve munched on a prickly pear and think you’re an expert on local foodstuffs, huh? Well this Presidio District Experience Tour is about to show you all you didn’t know. Stopping at several locations in the historic Presidio District downtown, this tour examines Tucson’s “complex food heritage and the fusion of Old and New World ingredients while hearing great stories of Tucson’s history in historic locations.” 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11. 196 N. Court Street. $65 for Presidio Museum Members, $75 for non-members. Register at TucsonPresidio.com. Details here.

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Community Gardening Hour. Join The Garden Kitchen every Thursday morning for an hour of helping maintain the community garden. Learn how to garden at your own home and help grow a healthier community at the same time. Sounds like a win-win! The event is free. 8 to 9 a.m., 2205 S. 4th Ave. Details here.

UA Graduate String Quartet. Join the members of the University of Arizona string quartet as they perform melodies of  Beethoven, Dan Coleman and Debussy in their spring student recital. Members of the string quartet are doctoral and master's students who have been selected from a competitive international search. Sure to be a delightful evening! 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd. The event is free. Details here.

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

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Wednesday, April 10

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Bicycle Thief
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In memory and honor of local cycling advocate Collin Forbes, the local non-profit Living Streets Alliance is hosting the inaugural “Collin Forbes Memorial Bike-In Movie Series,” beginning with this beloved Italian film. 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. 2275 N. Fourth Ave., located in the northeast corner between the tennis courts and swimming pool. Details here.

Animator Ron Campbell.
Legendary animator of beloved cartoon characters such as Scooby Doo the Smurfs, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, Flintstones, Jetsons & Yogi Bear to name a few will be exhibiting Beatles cartoon pop-up artwork at the Arizona Picture & Frame Gallery. These cartoons encompass his 50-year career in Children's Television. 2-6 p.m. 4523 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.

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Arizona International Film Festival. The oldest and longest-running independent film festival in Arizona is returning for its 28th year! With its opening night on Wednesday, April 10, and its closing night on Sunday, April 21, this festival has ample time to screen all sorts of indie cinema from across our state and world. Featuring both full-length and short films, AIFF will take over The Screening Room, hosting multiple events there every single day of its runtime. For a full list of events and films, visit filmfestivalarizona.com. Details here.

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

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Four Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Tuesday, April 9

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Miles of Portraits: L.A. to Santa Fe. Cyclists Annalisa and Erik rode their bikes across America and even around Alaska. Miles of Portraits is a magazine and film that captures the stories on their travels. Starting in March, they are cycling from L.A. to Santa Fe, New Mexico, stopping at REIs along the way to tell their story. They’ll stop by the REI at the Tucson Mall to screen their film and talk about the kind souls they’ve met across on their bike travels. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. 160 W. Wetmore Road. Free, reserve online. Details here.

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Animator Ron Campbell. Legendary animator of beloved cartoon characters such as Scooby Doo the Smurfs, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, Flintstones, Jetsons & Yogi Bear to name a few will be exhibiting Beatles cartoon pop-up artwork at the Arizona Picture & Frame Gallery. These cartoons encompass his 50-year career in Children's Television. 2-6 p.m. 4523 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.

Fiddler on the Roof. It’s got romance, it’s got song and dance, and—of course—it’s got plenty of traditioooon (tradition!) That’s right: Fiddler on the Roof, the Tony award-winning tale about a Jewish family finding a balance between their cultural tradition and the influence of the outside world, is coming to Tucson. It’s got songs like “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” so you might already be more familiar with this musical than you realize. Tony award winner Bartlett Sher directs. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, through Thursday, April 11. 8 p.m. on Friday, April 12. 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. 1 and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. $19 to $120+. Details here.

No Home Movie. Continuing the Feminist Jewish Cinema Series, this is a documentary screening of Chantal Akerman’s final film, a portrait of Akerman’s relationship with her mother, who is a Holocaust survivor. This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish History Museum, University of Arizona’s Gender & Women Studies and Hanson Film Institute. At Exploded View Microcinema. 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. 197 E. Toole Ave. Free. Details here.

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

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