Friday, September 20, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock, Friday, Sept. 20

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In 1966, this New Orleans legend scored his first gold record with the R&B classic "Tell It Like It Is" (the single reached #2 on the Billboard charts, behind "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees), launching a storied musical career. Aaron Neville has withstood the test of time at the Fox Theatre. Neville will perform a set of doo-wop-inspired R&B, pop music and new songs as a duo with his longtime pianist Michael Goods.

Residing in the sweet spot somewhere between melancholic and sunshiny—quirky guitar riffs and vintage synths float atop sparse drum machine beats—this Monterey, Nuevo León, pop duo have spurred a wave of '80s-indebted nostalgia. Guitarist/vocalist Coco Santos explains: "New bands inspire us, and older bands do too. It's a mix. We take some things, but it's not stealing. It's the art of stealing. It's research." Clubz and Girl Ultra are ready to burst with effervescence at 191 Toole.

Dress to impress. DJ NoirTech presides over the Risky Business '80s Dance Party: A night of nostalgia and the decade's best music videos at Surly Wench Pub.

"Tucson's answer to Chicago-style electric blues." Whose Blues are in the tasting room at Sand-Reckoner.

The Amber Norgaard Band performs original pop-rock at Monterey Court.

With "Nowhere To Run," Atlanta rockers Fozzy will have you "Drinkin' with Jesus." At EncoreTucson.

Brodie's Tavern offers three bands—Habitual Resonance, Phoenix's Killing Sunday and Amateur Palm Trees—along with "ice cold beer and no cover..."

The Jacob Acosta Band smokes at The Elder Hookah Lounge...

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Raid Area 51 Party at Sky Bar finds DJs Plastic Disease and Mijito, like agents Scully and Mulder, setting on a course to explore the underground in search of the truth...

Tracing back the roots of country music from the verdant trails of Appalachia to the gritty streets of Bakersfield, Freddy Parish hosts Dry 'n' Dusty at Exo Roast Co...

Featuring pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, The mighty Tucson Symphony Orchestra returns with a program that highlights Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Piano Concerto No. 3. José Luis Gomez is at the podium. At the Tucson Convention Center... The R&B/soul will surely shake

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XOXO: Where to Rock, this weekend, Sept. 21-22

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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Saturday, Sept. 21

Frontman Brian Hurd describes “Mornin’, Noon & Nite” as “a Hoodoo Stomper in the vein of John Lee Hooker. And is about one’s pure, savage lust for his or her lover.” Maniacally preaching the gospel, New York blues bashers Daddy Long Legs display their Lowdown Ways (Yep Roc Records) when they motor the “Death Train Blues” straight towards 191 Toole. Shooda Shook It warm up hearts and the audience…

Eight years deep, The Annual Tucson Hip-Hop Unity BBQ—with performances by Da Sleepers Elite, ZCO, Benny Loc, Ill V, Jae Tilt, Yaqui B, Soul Point, Pariah Pete, Mastermind, Rey, Jalopy Bungus, Sinclair The Masked Zombie, DJ smashlames y mas—goes off at Rudy Garcia Park…

Virtuoso violinist Beth Daunis, nylon string master Mark Wilsey and steel string psychobilly slinger Phil Lipman may provide “the link between the Old Pueblo and galaxies far, far away.” Reno del Mar fill the evening air with something other. At Sand-Reckoner…

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What better way to celebrate The Buffet’s 85 birthday than with the infamous Texas Trash and the Trainwrecks providing the tunes? A whiskey-fueled bacchanal filled with cowpunk and blazing rock ’n’ roll awaits. With Lost in the Sauce

Led by vocalist (retired Command Sergeant Major) Connie Brannock, Little House of Funk will take charge, filling the night air with R&B. At Monterey Court…

“Committed to kicking ass and drinking beer,” Phoenix trash metallists Scattered Guts celebrate the release of The Wake, their latest contribution. At The Rock. Guardians, Stubborn Old Bastard, Total Failure, Blacklidge and Scar Eater provide the party favors…

Paying homage to the music and culture, Jaca Zulu is behind the turntables…

Like a summer monsoon, English bluesman Tom Walbank will leave you shaking your head in bewilderment wondering what just hit you. In the courtyard at Mercado San Agustin…

The timelessly modern sound of The Paper Airplanes Project floats through the air. At Saint Charles Tavern…

“The Grand Leveler,” rapper Apathy and Celph Titled roll the Paragraphs of Murder Tour into Thunder Canyon Brewstillery. With N.M.E. The Illest

Bifurcated, Half Full is an eight-piece band comprised of a string quartet and a rhythm section. They cherry-pick songs from a wide reserve—pop, jazz, and classical music—and various eras. At Exo Bar…

Club Sanctuary resident DJs Plastic Disease and Black Flagg spin industrial/goth/electro/EBM. At the Surly Wench Pub…

Boot stompin’ Tejano is what is in store at the AVA Amphitheater with Ramon Ayala Y Sus Bravos del Norte y otros

Spanning decades. With a catalog that includes hits like “Listen to the Music,” “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes” these four-time Grammy Award winners have sold more than 48 million records worldwide. The Doobie Brothers are at the Desert Diamond Casino…

Sunday, Sept. 22

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Following Bob Marley’s untimely passing in 1981, bassist/founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett vowed to hold the band together and to keep Marley alive through music. Reggae legends The Wailers will do just that performing their classic album Survival on its 40th anniversary. At the Rialto Theatre. DJ Jamar International spins…

Five voices strong, this acapella country group met tenor Austin Brown, in 2012, on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship where he was working as a featured singer. After scoring a win on NBC's The Sing-Off, in 2013, the spoils they carried away—a recording contract with Sony Music—fueled their major label debut, Crazy Life. Home Free bring their latest Dive Bar Saints to the Fox Theatre...

The Tucson Pops Orchestra performs Music Under the Stars. At Demeester Outdoor Performance Center...

Electronically looping together snippets of funk, rap, jazz and R&B with humor, Mik and the Funky Brunch perform at La Cocina...

Vocalist Diane Van Deurzen and pianist Lisa Otey perform boogie woogie, blues and torch songs. At Monterey Court...

Like a horror flick spilling off the movie screen, The Bring Out The Dead Tour herds industrial metallists Dead Animal Assembly Plant and Requiem Rust into The Rock for a zombie walk. With Sons of Providence...

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Golden BooTs' Ryen Eggleston and Dimitri Manos accompanied by percussionist Tommy Larkins perform lovely instrumental background music. At The Coronet...

As the low-watt drone of swamp coolers wears on for a bit longer, acclaimed Americana singer-songwriter/storyteller Kevin Pakulis and his Band offer relief. At Borderlands Brewing Company...

These first-generation New Yorkers were weaned on a diet rich in heavy metal, psychedelic funk and soul. Combo Chimbita bring Afro-Caribbean percussion laden "tropical futurism" to Club Congress. With Vox Urbana and SadGalNina...

The Tucson Musicians Museum's Celebration of Music and Induction Ceremony 2019 takes place at the Tucson Convention Center, North Exhibit Hall. This year's inductees: Musician/recording engineer Craig Schumaker, guitarist Mike "Johnny Guitar" Blommer, music mogul/jazz vocalist Gary LeMel and jazz vocalist Julie Anne. Proceeds to benefit Tucson Musicians Museum Community Youth Music Outreach and Mentorship Programs...

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

XOXO: Where to rock, Thursday, Sept. 19

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“If you ain’t first, you’re last,” a wise man once said. And those words may best summarize this fire-breathing truth-tellers’ life. His robust baritone has earned this Texas troubadour the nickname “Big Velvet,” as evidenced on tracks like “Holy Ghost Fire” and “Cocaine Country Dancing.” Paul Cauthen preaches at 191 Toole. Pop rock singer Anna Rose sets the tone… Whether it’s funk, disco, rock or early new wave, DJ Carl Hanni drops the needle on ’70s timebombs. At The Libertine… Lookout Tucson Jazz Concert Series sees Parisian guitarist Gabriel Naim Amor and jazz vocalist Katherine Byrnes performing a mix of standards, French classics and original compositions. In the Lookout Bar & Grille at Westward Look Resort… Boots & Balls Thursday [use your imagination] sees this award-winning fiddler transform from a mild-mannered Clark Kent into a Southwestern country rock Superman. Billy Shaw Jr. Band perform at The Maverick… Playing bossa novas, ballads and blues, The Jed Paradies Trio swing at The Coronet… Heavy metallists Sea of Treachery and Decayer wreak havoc at the House of Bards… Nashville music crusader Virginia Cannon presents a Thursday Night Singer-Songwriter Showcase. Six performers, four original songs, taking turns round robin. At Monterey Court… Taking you Deeper, DJs Atom Energy and LunarFluxx drop a motherlode of house. At Bar Passé… Drawing from a repertoire of acoustic originals and Americana covers, Mark Insley with guitarist Damon Barnaby are Arizona’s Most Wanted. At Iron John’s Brewing Company–Congress… Cameron Hood, one half of award-winning alt-folk duo Ryanhood, performs at Tap + Bottle–Downtown. Songwriter Paul Opocensky opens the show… Hark! The Queens are Coming: A drag extravaganza. At The Dusty Monk Pub… “Surf rock at its most offensive.” These kaiju-themed surf rock revivalists bring music, chaos and fire, literally, wherever they may roam. Daikaiju blitz Sky Bar…

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

XOXO: Where to rock, Wednesday, Sept. 18

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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Last year when this electronic rock duo was in town, vocalist Sarah Barthel and guitarist Josh Carter took the audience through the hills and valleys of love—from the euphoria of "Fall In Love" to the dispirited realization that "You Don't Get Me High Anymore." At song's end, Barthel said coyly, "We've all got a little bit of hoe in us." Indeed. Phantogram play the Rialto Theatre. With the "scruffy-sounding" bedroom pop-rock of Hana Vu.

This downtown lo-watt FM station is on a mission to shine a spotlight on the creative spirit while giving maximum airtime to Tucson music. The Logan Greene Whatever, Feverfew and Sad Reptilian provide the sonic accelerant to fuel the KMKR 99.9 FM Radio Benefit. At Club Congress.

Propelled by three accordions and synthesizers, cumbia sonidera rhythms have become as emblematic of Mexico as tacos and tequila, yet this musical style originated in Colombia, before crossing borders. Los Ángeles Azules bring their 35 years of performance experience to Centennial Hall.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock, Tuesday, Sept. 16

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His early pioneering work with eastmountainsouth—blending ancient folklore and modern technology—caught the attention of Robbie Robertson, who signed them to DreamWorks before a major label shakeup precipitated the duo's demise. Now, this folk-pop singer-songwriter's sixth solo effort, A Face Like Mine, continues to introspectively mine of the middle ground between hope and heartache. Peter Bradley Adams performs at Club Congress.

"Is It Any Wonder?" It started as a side project between a handful of Indiana University music students. "Did I expect to do this shit once I got out of college? Hell no," says vocalist Durand Jones, laughing. "But this is what God is telling me to do. Move and groove. So I'm gonna stay in my lane." Durand Jones & The Indications capture the dreaminess and naiveté of '70s soul. At 191 Toole. With the mysterious psych-pop of Rudy De Anda.

Drawing compositions from his extensive catalog that spans four decades as well as those of Piazzolla and The Beatles, guitarist Al Di Meola bridges the past, present and future. At the Rialto Theatre.

A rousing night of post-modern Americana is promised when P.D. Ronstadt & the Company perform as part of Plaza Live! Tuesday Night Concert Series. At St. Philip's Plaza...

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

XOXO: Where to Rock This Weekend, Sept.14-15

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"I Remember Now." In 1988, the release of landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime garnered this "thinking man's progressive metal band" critical acclaim and comparisons to epic works: Pink Floyd's The Wall and Tommy by The Who. Led by Queensrÿche's operatic vocalist, Geoff Tate's Operation: Mindcrime expose conspiracy theories at the Rialto Theatre. Flanked by Irish rock singer Mark Daly and Tribulance...

Twenty years in the waiting, Southern rock legends The Outlaws perform their latest album It's About Pride at 191 Toole. The psycho country skirmish that is Hank Topless gets this hoedown underway...

Eva Sierra and Isaac Kirkman launch The Reading Series: A new open mic platform. Esteemed poet Teré Fowler-Chapman will read as part of this inaugural event. At La Pilita. DJQ mans the tables...

Hard rockers Her Name Echoes, Pyrotechnica and Echoes spark into flames. At Club Congress...

La Cerca's latest is dark and loud. Decidedly, Night Bloom is less of a pop record than Sunrise For Everyone (2014). This album revels in the guitar. Andrew Gardner explains the new sound: "The pop elements have been exchanged for louder guitars. We wanted the guitars to express as much emotion as the vocals." And, to that end they have succeeded. At Exo Bar...

They're back. Those bass-driven purveyors of psychedelic/post-punk/folk rock/cabaret, Breaking Glass, will raise a dust. At Saint Charles Tavern...

The Jacob Acosta Band, Big Grin and Brian Berggoetz Band cover a wide spectrum at Skybar...

Recording 28 Days in the Valley was anything but "Flawless." After being lambasted by producer Linda Perry for showing up wasted to a recording session, vocalist Dorothy Martin received a wake-up call. "You know, the main message of this album is to not live in fear; It's to transform everything in your life to be on the frequency of love, which is so powerful and all healing." Dorothy are at The Rock with blue-haired rock 'n' rolla with a show-stopping voice, Diamante...

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Sunday, Sept. 15

Unlike their previous albums, Summer of Sorcery (2019) swears off political discourse. "I wanted to get away from those things," Steven Van Zandt explains. "The politics seemed necessary in the '80s...but now it's too obvious. It's attacking us 24/7 and people need a break from it." Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul spread sunshine and love at the Rialto Theatre...

Out on The Empty Sea Tour, Berliner Laura Carbone brings her distinct brand of noisy "dreamadelica" to the American heartland. At Club Congress. Local newcomers jrown are up at bat first...

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Friday, September 13, 2019

24 Great Things to Do This Weekend in Tucson

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Friday, Sept. 13

Born & Brewed Pre-Party at 1912 Brewing. Before the festivities truly commence for “Born & Brewed,” hop over to 1912 Brewing for a special tasting of two specialty beers: The Baya Gose and the Blueberry Pie Gose. At last years’ Born & Brewed, 1912 took home the People’s Choice award for their Baya Gose. This year, they hope to do the same with their Blueberry Pie Gose. 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. 2045 N. Forbes Blvd.

Neto’s Exhibit Reception. Los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucsón is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the unique cultural influences derived from the Spanish and Mexican periods of our history. For Hispanic Heritage Month, they’re hosting an exhibit to honor the writings of Ernesto “Neto” Portillo Jr., the Daily Star columnist and La Estrella editor who retired in June. Come see a few of his writings from 20 years’ worth of his columns sometime between Sept. 13 and Sept. 27, when the exhibit is running. But you may as well come to the opening reception! 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. 151 S. Granada Ave. Free.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Widely considered playwright Eugene O’Neill’s best work, this play premiered in 1956 and won a Tony Award and a Pulitzer prize. The four-act play takes course over a single day in the Tyrone family household, where morphine addiction, alcoholism, tuberculosis and a shared sense of regret over unpursued dreams swirl together into a story that’s both deeply personal (indeed, semiautobiographical) and profoundly relatable. Cynthia Meier directs this production, and Russell Ronnebaum is doing music direction. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Thursday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 29. The Rogue Theatre at the Historic Y, 300 E. University Blvd. $42, or $32 for previews on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Friday, Sept. 13. $15 student rush tickets available 15 minutes before curtain, pending availability.

Comedy Returns to Black Rock: Following a summer hiatus, The Black Rock Brewery Comedy Showcase returns with host Mo Urban at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13. Headlined by Josiah Osego (What Really Happened), the lineup includes Autumn Horvat (Comedians Who Aren’t Men), Tim Maggard, Mariah Dickson, Joel Martin (Good Enough Comedy) and Alice Valpey.

Standup with Eliot Chang and Alex Elkin at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Laffs Comedy Caffe ($12.50 and $17.50). Improv with Performance Evaluation, Harold Alpha and Choice Cut at 7:30 p.m. and The Soapbox at 9 p.m. at Tucson Improv Movement ($5). Family-friendly improv with Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed at 7:30 p.m. ($5 and $7) followed by Free Form Friday at 9 p.m. (free) at Unscrewed Theatre.

Arizona Underground Film Festival 2019. Whether or not you knew about it, the Arizona Underground Film Festival is back for its 12th year! From Friday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 22, AZUFF is screening more than a dozen horror, documentary, drama and experimental films. This is Arizona’s “premier cult film festival” and this year will be screening films like That’s La Morte, a documentary on Italian horror; Feral, about life in the tunnels below New York; Foosballers, about people talking about their favorite quirky sport; Ghosttown, an experimental “Glitch Western”; and multiple blocks of short films. AZUFF is on a sole mission to “showcase the work of filmmakers with defiantly independent visions.” And if watching these local and independent films inspires you, you can always submit a film of your own for next year’s festival. Friday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 22. All films at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St.

Cinema is screening this 2006 psychologically thrilling sci-fi. With surreal, mind-bending visuals and a plot examining the very nature of reality, Paprika became one of the highest-grossing animes when it hit the American box office. This will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 & Saturday, Sept. 14. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $8.

Us. The Southern Arizona Friends of Jung volunteer psychology organization is screening this psychological horror film for their 2019 annual meeting. Directed by Jordan Peele, this 2018 film follows a family terrorized by a group of doppelgängers. A discussion on the film will follow the screening. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. 2331 E. Adams St. $10.

Saturday, Sept. 14

Bacon, Blues and Brews
. It’s that time of the year again! Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ is making you happy with some bacon, then giving you the blues, then picking you back up with some locally crafted brews. It’s an evening of bacon-themed plates, courtesy of multiple local restaurants, including Kingfisher, Bisbee Breakfast Club, Mama Louisa’s Italian Restaurant, Tanque Verde Ranch, Fresco Pizzeria and more. Brews provided by Barrio and Dillinger Brewing companies. And although this is a food column, I feel it necessary to mention the blues, provided by Michael P. and the Gullywashers featuring Charlie Hall. Hosted by Tucson Originals Restaurants in partnership with 96.1 FM KLPX. 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. 1801 N. Stone Ave. $35, purchase tickets at 21+

Born & Brewed. It’s the week for local beer festivities, it seems. This Saturday night, Hotel Congress will be the home for all things local beer. The eighth annual “Born & Brewed: Tucson’s Beer Cup” includes drinks from more than a dozen local breweries, and you get to vote on who you favorite is! Entry gets you a taste of each competing beer, a commemorative tasting glass and a plate of food provided by the Cup Café. But VIP tickets get you into a four course beer-paired dinner before the festivities even begin. The participating breweries are 1912, Barrio, BlackRock, Borderlands, Button, Catalina, Copper Mine, Crooked Tooth, Dillinger, Green Feet, Harbottle, Iron John’s, Sentinel Peak, Ten55 and Thunder Canyon. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. 311 E. Congress St. $40, or $100 VIP.

The Tucson Flea. The cool weather is coming back, which means this opportunity to buy handcrafted and vintage goods from a group of local artisans and sellers is back too! Hooray! We’re talking cosmetics, baked goods, art, beanies, jewelry and watches, steampunk goods and handmade mini hobo bags. Get ready to do some serious shopping, but don’t worry: Los Locos Tacos will be there to keep you fueled so you don’t literally shop ’til you drop. September is one of the most common birth months, so you probably have plenty of birthday gifts to pick up for loved ones. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Brings Café, 236 S. Scott Ave.

Second Saturdays Downtown. Whether you’re going out to eat, visiting a nightclub, seeing a live show, checking out the shops and galleries, or just wandering around, downtown Tucson is almost always a good bet for a way to spend a Saturday night. But on the second Saturday of the month, artists showcase their handmade products along Congress Street, the restaurants have special menu items and there’s live entertainment. In the truest sense of the phrase, downtown is poppin’ off on second Saturdays. Put on your Saturday night shoes (but the comfy ones, because you’ll be walking around), and we’ll see you there! 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. 125 E. Congress St. is a good place to start.

Mexican Independence Day Celebration at the Presidio. The City of Tucson was actually established as a Spanish military fort back in 1775, and the Presidio Museum we have today is a reconstruction of the original. This Saturday, in honor of Mexican Independence Day, the Presidio will be flying the Mexican flag, just as it did from 1821 to 1854, while it was operated by the Mexican Republic. Soldades of the Mexican Republic and La Gente will be there in period costume, Danzacultura and Tucson High’s Mariachi Rayos del Sol will be performing, and you can taste horchata and handmade tortillas. ¡Viva México! And viva handmade tortillas! 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum, 196 N. Court Ave. Regular admission is $5, or $1 for kids 6 to 14.

THEMposium. Have you heard of the THEM Youth Ensemble? It’s Tucson’s LGBTQ+ and allied youth chorus, for young people ages 13 to 24. Desert Voices, the Reveille Men’s Chorus and the Thornhill Lpez Center on 4th are behind this group that accepts singers of all experience levels and gender identities. While regular rehearsals (always open to new members!) are on Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m., this day-long extravaganza is full of gender-affirming musical instruction, games, a free lunch and a culminating performance. Direct your questions to artistic director Nicky Manlove (they/them pronouns) at 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th, 526 N. Fourth Ave. Free, but register online at

Wonder World Jumping Castles Free Family Fun Day. Do we even need to say anything about this event hosted by Wonder World Jumping Castles LLC? There are jumping castles, which makes it perfect for the kids, and it’s free, which makes it perfect for you. You don’t even have to tell the kids it’s free—just let them think you’re treating them to this day full of more than a dozen different inflatables, popcorn and cotton candy (also free). More than 35 local vendors will be onsite showcasing their goods, services and delicious treats, so this is truly a winning event for everyone. Might as well jump. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1825 N. Alvernon Way. Free.

Kids’ Improv with F.O.M.P at 1 p.m., and Spanish language standup and improv with Carcajadas: Una Noche De Comedia at 7:30 p.m., followed by round 1 of the 3 v 3 team competition at 9 p.m. at Tucson Improv Movement ($5). Family-friendly improv with Unscrewed Family Hour at 6 p.m. and Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed (NBOJU) at 7:30 p.m., followed by Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed Uncensored at 9 p.m. at Unscrewed Theater ($5 and $8). Standup with Jason Love at 6 p.m. at Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene ($5). Standup with Eliot Chang and Alex Elkin at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Laffs Comedy Caffe ($12.50 and $17.50).

Harry & The Hendersons (Free). Perhaps more important a question than “How did this get made?” is “How does this film have this kind of longevity?” As part of Loft Jr. children’s series, The Loft Cinema is screening this wacky ’80s family film about an Average American family who more or less adopt a LITERAL SASQUATCH. Featuring John Lithgow, this unexpected hit won an Oscar for Best Makeup, and inspired a spin-off TV series. This screening is sponsored by the Pima County Public Library and includes pre-show activities hosted by Mildred & Dildred Toy Store. 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 14. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Free.

Italian Dinner at Maynards. For this special four-course dinner, Maynards Market & Kitchen is going international (and not just with their food). Maynards chef Brian Smith is teaming up with chef Simona Fabrizio from Orvieto, Italy for this meal, which includes wine alongside the dishes. While the menu remains a mystery, Smith and Fabrizio plan to combine cultures over the course of four dishes. And knowing Maynards, you can assume it’s going to be classy yet leave you full. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. $90. 400 N. Toole Ave. For more information, and to reserve tickets, visit


Let’s Get Physical, TMC Tucson 10K. Say that 10 times fast. Now run a kilometer, 10 times, fast (or at whatever pace you want). This course goes through the lovely rolling hills of the Painted Desert part of the Tucson Mountains, and ends with a quick descent into the shade, which is the best way for any physical activity to end, if you ask us. Proceeds benefit the Southern Arizona Roadrunners and the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation, the finishers medals are super snazzy, and there are cash prizes for some of the top finishers. Why not? Packet registration and pickup is from 5:30 to 6:15 a.m. 10K starts at 6:30 a.m., 5K starts at 6:45 a.m. and the Kids Dash is around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Pima Community College West, 2202 W. Anklam Road. $45.

Establishing New Plants & Basic Plant Care. Have you ever taken a trip to a nursery and gotten so excited about all of the plants there are in this big, beautiful world that you just bought an armful of them? Only to come home and realize you don’t know how to help them acclimate to their new home in your garden, how to prepare the soil, or what they need to stay healthy and happy? Spadefoot Nursery has got you covered with this class about gardening and landscaping in the Southwest. They’ll talk about how to prep the soil for landscapes and gardens, go over basic soil biology and answer your questions. 7:30 to 9 p.m. (but doors open at 6:30 p.m. for some pre-class shopping). Sunday, Sept. 15. Spadefoot Nursery, 2831 E. Broadway Blvd. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Hummingbird Workshop. You know they’re the only birds that can fly backwards? Or that the word for a group of hummingbirds is “a charm?” It’s no wonder they’re one of the most popular birds in the United States. This workshop hosted by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation will discuss the biology of hummingbirds, how to identify them and ways to attract them. 9 a.m. to noon. Sunday, Sept. 15. Brandi Fenton Memorial Park Visitor Center, 3482 E. River Road. $10 for members or $15 for nonmembers. Ages 12 and up.

Rainbow Reads Book Chat. It’s pretty cool to live in a city where there’s more than one LGBTQ+ book club. This one, run by the Pima County Public Library, meets every month to talk about LGBTQ+ books. On odd months, like this one, feel free to come gush about any book you love, and to gather recommendations for new books to read from other attendees. Readers from anywhere on the gender and sexuality spectrum are welcome to attend for a fun, respectful dialogue. (If you prefer an assigned book, which everyone will be discussing together, the Rainbow Reads Book Club meets during even months.) 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Exo Roast Co., 403 N. Sixth Ave. (Meet in the back space.) Free.

Free Open Mic at 8 p.m. at Chuckleheads in Bisbee.

XOXO: Where to rock, Friday Sept. 12

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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Their full-flavored sound is a mezcla of rockabilly, cumbia, jazz and Gypsy. This multicultural cookery got its start when a 20-year old trumpet wielding firebrand of an English singer moved to Spain to form a band with a rockabilly double bassist and the "best flamenco/punk guitarist" in town. Clear away any buffelgrass when Jenny & The Mexicats blaze a trail towards the Rialto Theatre. With slamming Oakland quartet Bang Data. "It's enough to drive a motherfucker loco"...

It would be easy to make comparisons. What singer-songwriter Leila Lopez does is all her own. Reckless and blind, hammering nails, she is courageous. At Crooked Tooth Brewing Co...

A black cat crossing your path may serve as an omen. Superstition: A Friday The 13th Burlesque Show entices and beguiles at 191 Toole...

"Packed like lemmings into shiny metal boxes," Moontrax, Yip Deceiver, Future Scars and Jillian Bessett cram a diversity of musicality onto the Club Congress stage...

Live large. Smile broadly. Big Grin unspool their homegrown brand of Southwest indie folk at Sand-Reckoner...

Released on International Women's Day, "Dueña de Mi" [Owner of Me] is a fierce anthem affirming a woman's right to govern her own body. La Misa Negra [The Black Mass] create a funky mix of Afro-Latin/cumbia. They join the weekly Friday night El Tambó dance party on the plaza at Hotel Congress. Residents Sonido Tambó spin sides...

Taking a decidedly minimalistic approach, Prelude stands in opposition to the large-scale studio production of Brian Lopez's previous albums: Static Noise and Ultra. Using only a nylon string guitar, micro-synth, upright piano and one condenser microphone, he allowed himself no more than two takes at each track. Filled with glitches and sonic abstractions, like the movement of fluttering butterfly wings that a camera shutter cannot quite capture, the effect is disquieting. The timbre in Lopez's voice is like that of a child reciting prayers before bed to an unseen god to "take his blessed soul." Nightmare or a lullaby? One is never quite sure. If you are hoping to attend the vinyl re-release of Brian Lopez's Prelude you still may be in luck. Although tonight's Exo Bar show is sold-out, an encore performance at the same venue has been added for Sunday, Sept 15...

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Tucson Pops Orchestra: Music Under the Stars™

The TUCSON POPS ORCHESTRA proudly presents its 2019 Fall Concert Series at 7:00 pm on Sundays, September… More

@ DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center Sun., Sept. 22, 7-9 p.m. 1100 S. Randolph Way.

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