Friday, March 27, 2020

If You Don't Have Plans To Go Out Tonight: Fox Tucson Theater Presents "Friday Nights In"

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 3:04 PM

  • Courtesy Fox Theater
It's Friday, which usually means going and doing something fun to cap off the end of the work or school week. What's that you say? Everything is closed? Well, not to worry! Tonight, Fox Presents Friday Nights In!

Co-hosted by Tucson Weekly, tonight's "Friday Nights In" features Acoustic Crossroads with singer/songwriters Billy Shaw Jr. & Amy Munoz right in your living room. Stream starting at 7 p.m. to take part in this virtual concert, without having to worry whether you're standing six feet away from the closest concertgoer.

Billy Shaw Jr. is a Tucson native and country music award-winning entertainer. Amy Munoz is a rocker who hails from Bakersfield, California, but has become a beloved Tucsonan. Get a taste of their tunes from your couch or dance like nobody's watching in your room.

For more information, visit the Facebook event here. We'll see you there!

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Monday, March 16, 2020

KFMA Day Has Been Canceled Amid COVID-19 Closures

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 12:39 PM

Unfortunately we won't be able to sample some tasty rock jams this year as KFMA Day has been canceled.

KFMA announced earlier today that the yearly event has been canceled amid rampant COVID-19 closures:
Tickets will be refunded, but no information has been released as of yet on when.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Rialto Theatre Says the Show Will Go On, At Least For Now

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 12:01 PM

The Rialto Theatre
  • The Rialto Theatre
The performing arts community has plenty to be concerned about with the pandemic now raging across with globe, with major festivals like SXSW and Coachella either canceling or postponing their 2020 events. And while there is only one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Pima County, there remains a lot of uncertainty because there are so few test kits that at this point that testing has been extremely limited here and across the country.

Already, this weekend's Tucson Festival of Books has been canceled (although that was more about the reluctance of authors to travel than concern about being in danger of catching COVID-19 at the University of Arizona). Other major events are on the horizon, including the Fourth Avenue Street Fair, the Tucson Folk Festival and the Pima County Fair. As of this morning, all those events are moving forward.

The show is going on at downtown's Rialto Theatre and 191 Toole, according to an email from Rialto Theatre Foundation Executive Director Curtis McCrary, who says that staff is taking additional steps to sanitize surfaces, wash their hands and stay home if they are sick. Likewise, the Rialto asks patrons to stay home if they are not feeling well or have recently traveled to an overseas COVID-19 hot spot.

Here's the letter from McCrary:

Dear Rialto and 191 Toole patrons, ticket buyers, and the Tucson community at large:

We wanted to let you know that we are very closely monitoring the rapidly developing situation with the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, as it has officially been deemed as of today.

Although there are very few known cases in Arizona, and only one to date in Pima County, we understand the importance of doing everything possible to mitigate its spread. To that end, we are following CDC guidelines, any governmental guidance or strictures be they local, state, or federal, and we are in close communication with touring artist management as we collectively assess the situation as it unfolds.

We also have instructed our staff that it is of paramount importance they stay home if they are feeling even the slightest hint of sickness, and we will take any recommended measures, such as working from home or other social distancing, should they become necessary. In addition, we have issued extensive instruction to staff regarding hand-washing and sanitation practices that reflect the seriousness with which we take this matter, and will continue to do so on an ongoing basis.

It is our understanding that the spread of the COVID-19 virus comes most readily from surface contact transmission, so we’re taking every precaution possible regarding handwashing, use of hand sanitizer, and disinfection in bathrooms, bars and elsewhere.

For now, as shows and events on our calendar are still going on, we advise anyone planning to attend a show to consider carefully the potential risks, and follow best practices according to the CDC:

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Things to Do, Monday, March 9

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2020 at 11:10 AM

  • Eldritch Dragons
Representing women's voices in Celtic rock, the fire-breathing Eldritch Dragons perform under the light of the full moon. At The Metal Arts Village.

The dreamy folksy strains of Natty & The Sunset enliven Monday night. At Elliott's on Congress.

NOTE: The metal concert featuring Mortiferum with Thra and Suicide Forest that was scheduled for today at Club Congress has been canceled due to a family funeral. 

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Coronavirus Fears Shut Down SXSW 2020

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 3:33 PM


In news that is terrible for several members of our editorial department (and good news for those who would have done all our work while we were gone), this month's SXSW festival has been canceled over coronavirus fears:

The City of Austin has cancelled the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU. SXSW will faithfully follow the City’s directions.

We are devastated to share this news with you. “The show must go on” is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.

As recently as Wednesday, Austin Public Health stated that “there’s no evidence that closing SXSW or any other gatherings will make the community safer.” However, this situation evolved rapidly, and we honor and respect the City of Austin’s decision. We are committed to do our part to help protect our staff, attendees, and fellow Austinites.

We are exploring options to reschedule the event and are working to provide a virtual SXSW online experience as soon as possible for 2020 participants, starting with SXSW EDU. For our registrants, clients, and participants we will be in touch as soon as possible and will publish an FAQ.

We understand the gravity of the situation for all the creatives who utilize SXSW to accelerate their careers; for the global businesses; and for Austin and the hundreds of small businesses – venues, theatres, vendors, production companies, service industry staff, and other partners that rely so heavily on the increased business that SXSW attracts.

We will continue to work hard to bring you the unique events you love. Though it’s true that our March 2020 event will no longer take place in the way that we intended, we continue to strive toward our purpose – helping creative people achieve their goals.

The annual festival, which celebrates music, film, comedy, digital trends and so much more, draws hundreds of thousands of people to Austin, Texas, every year.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Things to Do, Tuesday, March 3

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2020 at 1:00 AM

Unseen Documents with Ariel Goldberg. Have you heard of the New York Photo League? It was a predominantly Jewish school, social group and center for debate on social documentary photography from 1936 to 1951. In this talk, Ariel Goldberg, author of several books, including The Estrangement Principle and The Photographer, will be talking about the group’s lesbian, queer and trans undercurrents. They’ll also be discussing the cross-sections of Jewish assimilation of immigrant Jewish League photographers with closeted queer life in the mid-20th century. Come learn more about this slice of Jewish history at this enlightening talk. 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave. Free.

25th Annual High School Art Invitational. More than 100 high school art and photography teachers were invited to submit their students’ work to this exhibit at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, and now you get to see the results on display throughout March. A jury of artists and representatives from arts organizations judged the work in six categories: best drawing, best painting, best mixed media, best sculpture, best photography and special recognition. But there’s something special about each of these pieces by up-and-coming young artist. On display from Tuesday, March 3, to Tuesday, March 31. Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 am. To 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Type-in Tuesday. If you have guests in town this week and want to give them a taste of the Old Pueblo’s quirky culture, this event is certainly a good fit. Head over to a Public Brewhouse, a brewery off of Fourth Avenue with exposed brick walls and plenty of board games, and spend the evening typing on an old school typewriter. Friends of the brewery are bringing them in by the dozen, so you can get your creative juices flowing, analog-style. Write a poem, write a short story, write a love letter, write your shopping list! It’s all going to be way more fun at this event. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. Public Brewhouse, 209 N. Hoff Ave. Free.

Capturing the sound and flamboyance of Freddie Mercury—who Brian May says bears “more than a likeness”—One Night of Queen is at the Fox Theatre…

UA Presents award-winning musician Ingrid Jensen, who has been hailed as one of the most gifted jazz trumpeters of her generation.. At Crowder Hall…

DJs Tell Yo Girl and DJ Tega drop killer techno bangers for Taco Techno Tuesday. At Batch…

La Bamba. As part of their Tuesday Night Classics series, Harkins Theatres is screening the film that celebrated the life and music of Chicano rock ‘n’ roll star Ritchie Valens. With a celebrated acting role from Lou Diamond Phillips, La Bamba is considered a standout of the “Hispanic Hollywood” film period of the late ’80s and ’90s. It should make sense the film carries such a legacy, as Valens himself (who died at only 17 years old!) has left such a massive impact on music in such a short amount of time. In 2017, La Bamba was even selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. 5755 W. Arizona Pavilions Drive & 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz. $5.

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Things to Do, Monday, March 2

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2020 at 1:00 AM

Lives Worth Living. The University of Arizona’s Disability Cultural Center is hosting a screening of this 2011 PBS documentary chronicling the disability rights movement from World War II until the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. The film features archival footage and interviews with disability rights activists such as Judi Chamberlin and Fred Fay. This screening is presented by UA Disability Cultural Center and assistant professor of English Dev Bose. 11 a.m. to noon., Monday, March 2. At the UA Disability Resource Center, 1224 E. Lowell St.

From Guadalajara, this electronic/experimental duo go “defy categorization.” Lorelle Meets The Obsolete push the envelope of sound. At Club Congress. Jrown and La Cerca add appreciably to the lineup…

Long time Tucson piano man Lamont Arthur teams with vocalist Krystil Jayde, covering Motown to London’s underground soul. LaJayde debut at Elliott’s on Congress…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Where to Rock, This Weekend, Feb. 29 - March 1

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 at 3:00 PM

Saturday, Feb. 29

It’s the Party of the Century: A Black & White Masked Ball Celebrating 100 years of The Historic Rialto Theatre. Cirque Roots performs live. Future Syndicate spins hits for your dancing pleasure. The eighth annual Rialto Theatre Foundation Fundraising Gala takes place at Rialto Theatre. KXCI’s Cathy Rivers hosts…

Igor Yuzov grew up in the Soviet Union when xenophobia led rock ’n’ roll to be banned. Ever rebellious, the Siberian surf-rock of Igor & The Red Elvises will cause your body to twist ’n’ shout involuntarily. At 191 Toole…

Formed in Echo Park these sonic contortionists, at once trippy and soulful, blend psych-rock aesthetics with pop sensibilities to create their synth-driven hybridized sound. Astronauts of inner space, James Supercave present M.O.W.O. (Money is the Only Way Out), their latest EP, at Club Congress. With Nightweather and Moontrax

Cantante Salvador Duran and folk harpist Adrian Perez present a select repertoire that captures the true essence of Mexican folk music. At El Crisol…

Vocalist/guitarist Cameron Hood—the other half of award-winning alt-folk duo Ryanhood— sings in the courtyard at Mercado San Agustin…

Led by Clark Kent-ish, horn-rimmed, fiddler extraordinaire, the Billy Shaw Jr. Band hold down Country Saturday Nights. In the Paradiso Lounge at Casino Del Sol…

Celebrate the quadrennial anomaly known as Leap Year Day with alt-rock disorder. Pocket Sand, United Snakes and DataData are at Sky Bar…

Spreading the plague the old fashioned way. Tucson Pyrate Punx presents Pigmy Death-Ray, The Cadaver dabba doos, The Distortionists, Sucker for the Sour, Los Diablos Gordos, Gutter Town and more. At Edge Bar…

Take a Quantum Leap when DJs Ben Annand (Moontribe) tag teams with Toby Roberts (Electric Feel), spinning deep house to techno. At Solar Culture Gallery…

97.5 The Vibe presents R Dub’s Slow Jams Live starring Jon B, Atlantic Starr, Frankie J, J. Holiday and Amanda Perez. At Tucson Music Hall…

“The world’s greatest” Metallica tribute band, Damage Inc and Tucson’s The Jack (AC/DC tribute) join forces to dominate the world. At House of Bards…

Sunday, March 1

Itzhak Perlman
  • Itzhak Perlman
Enjoying a superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician, the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman holds court at Centennial Hall…

Perhaps best known for his early work with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, this Texas guitar legend has been hailed by Guitar Player as a “virtual guitar deity.” That’s right. Jimmie Vaughan plays Rialto Theatre…

Bay Area underground rapper Ramirez trucks the Liquid Sunshine Tour into 191 Toole, itching for “40z and Shorties…”

Natty & The Sunset play dreamy folk music. At Public Brewhouse…

Named after “Father of Bluegrass Music” Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing electrify with a blend of traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel. At the Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley…

Rhythm & Roots presents violinist Tim Kliphuis and guitarist Jimmy Grant, who are teaming up to celebrate the music of famed Gypsy jazz duo Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. At Club Congress…

Arizona Friends of Chamber Music presents Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival 2020. This year’s festival features the award-winning Jasper String Quartet. Highlighting works by Ross Edwards, Lera Auerbach, Philip Glass and Beethoven’s seldom-heard String Quintet in C Major. The festival runs March 1-8 and includes a plethora of musicians. See for all details…

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Canceled: Sahba Home and Patio Show

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@ Tucson Convention Center March 6-April 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 260 S. Church Ave.

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