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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Four Things to Do, Thursday, Sept. 19

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Día de los Muertos Exhibit. This Mexican holiday which celebrates death as part of a natural cycle of life is a colorful, lively celebration that's become a rich part of Tucson's cultural heritage. Modern celebrations combine ancient traditions with contemporary art, and this exhibit honors the way that artists capture the spirit of this holiday in their work. Artists from the region are displaying both 2D and 3D art, exploring motifs of the holiday including altars and shrines, flowers, candles, sugar skulls and graveside vigils. The exhibit is on display 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Tohono Chul Main Gallery, 7366 Paseo del Norte. $15 adults, $13 senior/student/military, $6 kids 5 to 12 and free for kids under 5 and members. Details here.

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. Details here.

A Taste of Sullivan's Steak Experience. Want a taste of local food? How about much more than a taste? Sullivan's is serving up a chef-inspired, four-course meal including samples of four 3oz portions of Sullivan's favorites cuts of steak. The meal starts with an "arrival cocktail" (always a good start) before getting into white cheddar and bacon au gratin potatoes, cajun ribeye, creme brulee and more. You can even chose to enhance the meal with special wine pairings. 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. 1785 E. River Road. $80 (an extra $20 for the wine pairings). RSVP at sullivanssteakhouse.com

Turquoise Trail Walking Tour. Have you ever noticed the turquoise line painted on the sidewalk through the heart of downtown Tucson? It actually has a purpose! Docents from the Tucson Presidio can take you on a walking tour and point out some of the city’s finest architectural gems, while also telling you stories from our city’s fascinating history. If you’re getting along with your group, you can all enjoy a lunch together after the tour, but if you’d rather digest on your own, you’re free to do that as well. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Meet at 196 N. Court Ave. $15 for members or $20 for non-members. Details.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Five Things to Do, Wednesday, Sept. 18

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

Día de los Muertos Exhibit. This Mexican holiday which celebrates death as part of a natural cycle of life is a colorful, lively celebration that's become a rich part of Tucson's cultural heritage. Modern celebrations combine ancient traditions with contemporary art, and this exhibit honors the way that artists capture the spirit of this holiday in their work. Artists from the region are displaying both 2D and 3D art, exploring motifs of the holiday including altars and shrines, flowers, candles, sugar skulls and graveside vigils. The exhibit is on display 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Tohono Chul Main Gallery, 7366 Paseo del Norte. $15 adults, $13 senior/student/military, $6 kids 5 to 12 and free for kids under 5 and members.

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.

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In Fabric. The Loft is celebrating Arthouse
Theater Day 2019 with a special one-night-only advanced screening of this new thriller based around the busy season in a department store. This story includes ghosts, cursed dresses, and plenty of eerie department store shots. Arthouse Theater Day is an annual celebration of arthouse and indie theaters and the vital role they play in their communities. 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $10.

Zinburger Fundraiser for Ben's Bells. It's a meeting of two of Tucson's favorite businesses! From 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, Zinburger's River location will be donating 20 percent of all sales to Ben's Bells. Talk about a feel-good meal! Remember to mention the fundraiser when ordering. 1865 E. River Road.

Roasted Chile Festival at Heirloom Farmers Market. If, for whatever reason, you're trying to keep the summer heat alive as we inch toward autumn, head over to the latest stop on this spicy circuit. The Heirloom Farmers Market is celebrating their 18th Roasted Chile Festival, featuring fresh roasted chiles and salsas from multiple local farms and markets. Lasting all weekend, the fest includes live music, dozens of vendors, a margarita garden, and more. This also features foods and spices from all around Southern Arizona, including Green Valley and Vail. 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 18 to Sunday, Sept. 22. 4502 N. First Ave.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Three Things to Do, Tuesday, Sept. 17

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Día de los Muertos Exhibit. This Mexican holiday which celebrates death as part of a natural cycle of life is a colorful, lively celebration that's become a rich part of Tucson's cultural heritage. Modern celebrations combine ancient traditions with contemporary art, and this exhibit honors the way that artists capture the spirit of this holiday in their work. Artists from the region are displaying both 2D and 3D art, exploring motifs of the holiday including altars and shrines, flowers, candles, sugar skulls and graveside vigils. The exhibit is on display 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Tohono Chul Main Gallery, 7366 Paseo del Norte. $15 adults, $13 senior/student/military, $6 kids 5 to 12 and free for kids under 5 and members.

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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.

Escape from New York. In the far distant future of 1997, the island of Manhattan has been turned into the USA's maximum security prison. But when Air Force One is hijacked and crashes inside New York, it's up to an ex-soldier (AKA Kurt Russell!) to rescue the President. If all goes according to plan, Russell will receive a pardon. But can he escape from New York? For their Tuesday Night Classics series, Harkins Theatres is screening this 1981 action film, directed by John Carpenter. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz & 5755 W. Arizona Pavilions Drive.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Nine Things to Do This Weekend in Tucson: Napoleon Dynamite, Craft Beer and More

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Friday, Sept. 6

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Shows and Entertainment The Vinyl Grooves at The O. Did someone say “go-go dancers?!” And if no one said it,
why not? We should all be talking about go-go dancers all the time! I can’t even walk in those crazy boots, and they dance in them! The special ’60s arm of Desert Melodies is putting on this blast from the past with hits from one of the grooviest times in music. Lead singer and UA grad Amberlee Harrington will be belting out the tunes, and you’ll probably be belting (and dancing) right along with her! 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. The O, 2000 N. Oracle Road. Free.

Fall Colors of Tucson. Finding yourself missing the spring’s gem show? Head on over to Casino Del Sol, where To Bead True Blue, Colors of the Stone and Tucson Bead & Design are hosting this workshop retreat full of jewelry, gemstones, clothing and handcrafted goods. Learn how to make handmade jewelry, metal works, clay art, ceramic pottery and other unique artisan gifts, and check out silk scarves, vintage fabrics, handcrafted art and more lovely jewelry than you can begin to imagine. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 8. Forbes Four-Star Casino Del Sol Resort, 5655 W. Valencia Road. Free.

AZ Wilderness Feature at Craft. Hopping down from Gilbert, Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company is bringing a specialty tap list to Craft, A Modern Drinkery. AWB is concocting a collection full of “tasty one offs rarely seen in Tucson.” Drinks include the LA Ciudad IPA, the July 11th slurpee-dragonfruit IPA, the Waterways blonde ale, the Prickly Pear Wallow Berliner, and Muir’s Mure B.A. sour. In addition, representatives from AWB will be on hand to discuss their specialty brews and sell packages of the beers to go. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. 4603 E. Speedway Blvd.

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Napoleon Dynamite: A Conversation With. For this comedy cult classic’s 15th anniversary, the Fox Theatre is rounding up a panel of speakers alongside a film screening. Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico) will attend for a discussion of the film, and whatever else they wind up rambling about. It’s a chance to get to the bottom of this hit. Hosted in conjunction with Film Fest Tucson. This is sure to be well attended, VIP packages are already sold out! 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. 17 W. Congress St. $30-$80.

Saturday, Sept. 7

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Syrian & Somali Pop-Up Souq. Elfa is an Arabic word that “conveys a deep sense of warmth, safety, and the love of home and family.” And what better way to elicit that feeling than with a home cooked meal? The Elfa non-profit refugee organization is hosting an international food market at the YWCA. Here’s your chance to try out locally made Syrian and Somali sweets and savory dishes. The pop-up market also includes crafts created by Elfa’s youth empowerment club. Proceeds from the day’s purchases go directly to the chefs, bakers, and artists. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. 525 N. Bonita Ave.

Arts & Drafts. More than a good name for an event, this includes arts, drafts, live music and food trucks! Crooked Tooth Brewing is teaming up with Old Pueblo art collective for an evening that will be a feast to multiple senses. Local artist Chris Mitchell will be showing off his art, and you can try out some of Crooked Tooth’s specialty brews as you peruse. And if the drinks and art inspire creative confidence in you, Old Pueblo Collective will be handing out mini coloring books. Plus, The Brothers Too band will perform, and Ricuras de Venezuela food truck will dish up some awesome Venezuelan food. 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Sept. 7. 228 E. Sixth Street. Free. All ages, however minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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2018 ‘w’ Release at Sand-Reckoner. If the continuing heat of summer is just wearing you down, head over to Sand-Reckoner, which is releasing their specialty white blend to cool you off. Part of their “variable series,” the ‘w’ white blend is a vintage blend of Malvasia, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier and Picpoul. 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. 510 N. 7th Ave.

The Gun Show (Can We Talk About This?): Well... can we? So often, people on both sides of the debate about guns in this country seem to talk right past each other, missing each other’s nuances. In this one-man play by award-winning playwright E.M. Lewis, a single actor shares five of Lewis’ personal stories about her own varied experiences with guns. The show, which runs about 60 minutes long, will be followed by a post-show discussion moderated by Tucson playwright, political science Ph.D. and Good Works Production representative, Monica Bauer. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave. Admission, by dona- tion, goes to GIFFORDS PAC. Call 882-9721 to reserve your seat.

The Royale. Arizona Theatre Company isn’t
 so much kicking on their next season as they are punching it on, with this Obie Award and Drama Desk Award-winning drama about boxing. Well, it’s sort of about boxing. The show is set in 1910, and loosely based on the life of Jack Johnson, the world’s first African-American heavyweight boxing champion. It explores his struggle in the ring, his relationship with his sister and the larger struggle both of them are facing deep in the midst of the Jim Crow era. Don’t miss this work, written by Marco Ramirez and directed by Michael John Garcés. Saturday, Sept. 7 through Saturday, Sept. 28, with shows at 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., depending on the day. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. $40 to $70.

Sunday, Sept. 8

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JFCS presents ¡FlaMÉXico! This evening is designed to be a celebration of culture through music and dance—and not just one culture, either. It’s hosted by Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona, and the show blends Spain’s Gypsy and Flamenco music
and dance with Mexico’s mariachi and charro music. Creator and artistic director Chris B. Jácome was born and raised in Tucson, trained with a Spanish guitar master in Sevilla, Spain, and is now one of the most in-demand flamenco guitarists in the United States. Watch a world-class group of singers, dancers and musicians light up the stage in a colorful, joyous spectacle that will have you running to a local dance studio to sign up for dance lessons yourself. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. $25 to $60.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

One Seed Pima County: Blooming Black Russian Sunflowers

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At Pima County Public Library, it starts with a seed...

Were you one of the thousands of Pima County residents that checked out Black Russian Sunflower seeds as part of the Library's 2019 One Seed program? For many of you, now could be the time to start harvesting and saving your seeds! If you planted Black Russian Sunflowers back in April or May, your sunflowers are probably ready for harvest.

Our wonderful Seed Librarians have put together a helpful guide on how to tell if your seeds are ready for harvest or what to do if they're not quite ready.

We'll be wrapping up this year's program at our Weigh-Off Party on Saturday, September 21 at Martha Cooper Library from 8 to 11 am. Bring your saved Black Russian Sunflower seeds and your donation will join the donations of other gardeners to ensure we have seeds to plant for seasons to come.

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Jacob Tobia makes Tucson a stop on their national book tour!

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Have you read Jacob Tobia's (pronouns: they/them) national bestseller, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story?

You really should!

Then join us on October 6 at Murphy-Wilmot Library (530 N. Wilmot Rd.) from 6 to 8 pm for an open and honest discussion about how we can build a world free from gender-based trauma and bursting with trans-inclusive feminism.
"A story of audacity and courage," (Billie Jean King), Sissy explores gender, stereotypes, and growing up not  sure if you're (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above.

Among their many remarkable achievements, Jacob is a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 and the Out 100. They served as the Social Media Producer on the Emmy Award-winning series, Transparent and collaborated with Instagram and GLAAD to produce #KindComments, a campaign for Trans Day of Visibility that was viewed over 14 million times.

This event is brought to you by the Library's LGBTQ+ Services Team, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018. It is generously funded by the Friends of the Pima County Public Library.

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Four Great Things to Do in Tucson: Thursday, Sept. 5

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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Akira. This 1988 animated film is such a dazzling mishmash of genres and themes it almost had to be a big deal from the beginning: science fiction, anime, hallucinatory body horror, cyberpunk action sequences and noir elements all blend together into one of the most influential Japanese films since the ’80s. More than just influential for its contemporaries, Akira helped introduce the anime genre to audiences outside of Asia. Part of their “Anime Essentials” series, The Loft Cinema is screening this “twisted dystopian parable of violence and rock-n-roll.” 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $10.

Fall Colors of Tucson. Finding yourself missing the spring’s gem show? Head on over to Casino Del Sol, where To Bead True Blue, Colors of the Stone and Tucson Bead & Design are hosting this workshop retreat full of jewelry, gemstones, clothing and handcrafted goods. Learn how to make handmade jewelry, metal works, clay art, ceramic pottery and other unique artisan gifts, and check out silk scarves, vintage fabrics, handcrafted art and more lovely jewelry than you can begin to imagine. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 8. Forbes Four-Star Casino Del Sol Resort, 5655 W. Valencia Road. Free.

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Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Disaster. “Disaster” is one of those words that can mean a lot of diferent things. Yeah, it would be a disaster if you pooped your pants on a first date. But an earthquake is also a natural disaster. A disaster can be political, or economic or of the untied-shoelaces-and-a-steep-flight-of-stairs variety. Molly McCloy and Roscoe Mutz are curating this show where local storytellers share their stories of fiascos and misfortune. It’s a good way to make yourself feel a little less alone about your own disasters. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts. $10 adults, $7 students.

Julius Schlosburg’s “Works in Cyan.” Local photographer Julius Schlosburg specializes in a few diferent kinds of photography, including portraiture and music-related events. In this series, he’s challenged himself to convey the details and emotion of scenes without the layers of color he’s used to having, by distilling images down to just a few shades of cyan. He says he’s found that these pieces say much more than the ones he’s used to producing. Come see his work on display (and for purchase) in the Hotel Congress lobby through Dec. 3, but come especially to this reception, where Julius will be around and the Cup Café will serve free chips and salsa. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress. Free.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Crime, Punishment, and Prisons in America

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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The United States officially incarcerates more people than any other nation on earth.

Incarceration cost U.S. taxpayers more than $80 billion in 2016. Some states such as New York and Washington spend between $50,000 and $60,000 a year for each prisoner.

What does that cost buy?
What purposes does imprisonment serve?
What purpose should it serve?
Who should be imprisoned? For what? Why?
Who should operate prisons in the United States–government or for-profit corporations?

Pima County Public Library is inviting the community to explore these questions and share ideas at an upcoming FRANK Talk facilitated by Dr. T.J. Davis, Arizona Sate University, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.

The event will take place Saturday, March 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. The event is free to attend and open to all. No advance registration required. 

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