The Weekly List

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Weekly List: 13 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.


Seed Processing Workday. It’s time to turn your lackluster backyard into a botanical paradise. Come help out Native Seeds Search Conservation Center and learn about seed saving. Free chile seeds from their walls, sort out the best beans, shell corn and winnow squash. Children welcome but parental supervision is required. 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 20. Native Seeds Search Conservation Center, 3584 E. River Road. Free.

Edible Desert. The desert gets a bad rap, and it's not well deserved. These thorny lands are thriving with life and life-sustaining tools. Tohono Chul Park will be teaching the relationship between the people of the Sonoran Desert and the plants of the region that provide food, shelter and medicine. Take home samples and recipes. 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 22. Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Free.

Cool Summer Nights. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum continues its “Cool Summer Nights” series. On Saturday, July 22, the focus is on “Insect Insanity” and you’ll be able to get up-close and personal with the insects and arthropods of the Sonoran. On Saturday, July 29, “Creatures of the Night” will feature a live animal show, animated animals and art activities. Saturday, July 22 and July 29. 2021 N. Kinney Road. More info at and 883-2702.

Food and Drink

Cooking Class. Ever wonder how you can prepare a meal like legendary local chef Janos Wilder of DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails? Here’s your chance to learn from the master and his team. Janos is presenting a cooking class and pop-up dinner at downtown’s Carriage House on from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 21. For $80 (plus a service fee and tax), foodies can learn about the history of food in Florianopolis, Brazil, see a culinary demonstration by Chef Devon Sanner, and then enjoy ho’s d’oevres and a four course meal.

Peach Mania. Apple Annie’s Fruit Orchard in Willcox celebrates peaches with wagon rides, peach picking, free samples of peach product, and all-you-can-eat peaches and pancake breakfasts. This weekend and next (July 22-23, July 29-30) is Watermelon Weekend paired with a Sweet Corn Extravaganza. On Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, there will also be a craft fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info at or 520-384-2084.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Weekly List: 11 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Food & Booze

Tucson World Music & Culture Showcase. Enjoy a little culture from all over the world The University Of Arizona Africana Studies Department and the Community Food Bank are coming together for a day of music, dancing, poetry and, of course, food. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, July 14. CeeDee Jamaican Kitchen, 5305 E. Speedway Blvd. Free.

Summertime Speakeasy & Del Bac Showdown. Hamilton Distillers is partnering with Scott & Co. for the distillery’s first-ever hosted cocktail competition. For one evening, 47 Scott/Scott & Co will close its doors and reopen for a summertime speakeasy complete with candlelit live music, delicious food samples, and Whiskey Del Bac cocktails. Guests can sample cocktails from six local bartenders from across the city as they compete for Judges Pick. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Living Streets Alliance. Tickets Includes food and 6 cocktail samples. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 15. 47 N. Scott Ave. $40.


Cool Summer Nights. Beat the Arizona heat and enjoy an night out at the Desert Museum. The desert comes alive as the sun sets. Skies become speckled with stars and animals rise from their daytime naps. Bring your flashlight and explore, experience a live animal encounter, or participate in special nightly activities. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. $16.


FC Tucson vs. Colorado Rapids U23. Come out and watch Tucson's only professional soccer team take on division rival (and MLS Development team) Colorado Rapids U23. With FC Tucson currently sitting atop the Western Conference Standings, the game serves as a finale before the playoffs for both teams. Enjoy a hot dog and a beer and help cheer the team on to victory! Gates open 6 p.m., kickoff at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Kino Sports Complex, North Stadium, 2801 E. Ajo Way. Adults $12, Children (5-12) $8.


Cactus Drive-In Theatre. Indulge in the iconic drive-in experience at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet on Thursday night in July. On Thursday, July 13, you can catch a screening of La La Land, 2016's award-winning musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Follow the lives and love of two L.A. dreamers as they await their big break. On Thursday, July 20, The Princess Bride will pay homage to (and skewer a little bit) all your favorite fairy tales. Movies start at 8 p.m. Suggested donation per carload is $15. More info at

Cinema La Placita Summer Series. Take a trip downtown and enjoy the Cinema La Placita's continuing outdoor summer film series. This Thursday, July 13, enjoy a legendary piece of resistance cinema. Do the Right Thing, is a groundbreaking examination of race relations in America. Directed by the iconic Spike Lee, this movie spans the length of a day and examines the whole spectrum of life and culture in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. By the end of the movie, Lee challenges audiences to decide whether anyone truly does the "right thing" when it comes to race. On Thursday, July 20, you can see the classic Inherit the Wind (1960), which dramatizes a 1925 courtroom battle over the teaching of evolution. (We’re kind of hoping that this is a settled matter, but could see it back on the Supreme Court’s docket sometime in 2019.) Movies start at 7:30 p.m. in the Tucson Museum of Art plaza. In addition to the screenings, audiences are invited to enjoy the cash bar and food truck on site. More info at


Kolezanka. Don't let the drum machine chump you—everyone in Kolezanka (Polish for friend) has soul. In fact, this dreamy postmodern pop trio from Phoenix has the unearthly quality of Vespertine-era Bjork and the tight-fist chemistry of Yo La Tengo. Their delicate minor harmonics move like how seaweed catches you and gently claws. The bass echoes of nimble-fingered Marcus Miller (Miles Davis, yo) in his most sexual playing groove. Keys shimmer and pool around female vocalists, strong as sirens, vulnerable as people. In “Pageant,” one voice sings, "Anytime they ask, you know that I lie. It's easier to just pretend that I'm fine," while her breathy backup counters, "I always wanted a sis-ter." It’s an utterly grounded and relatable emotion, backed by haunting and transcendent musicality. It rises to something good as beauty. Songs feel like they're organically poured from the musicians at once—arrangements wind around one another, creating an underwater spiral, pretty and circular and always rising toward the surface without ever quite breaking into the light. With Karimer Walker and Lowlife on Friday, July 14. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. 8 p.m. 21+. Free.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Weekly List: 12 Things To Do This Week

Posted By on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.


Dogbreth. "I want you to feel like you could rely on me if you need to" ... but I’m not sure if you can. This typifies the brutally honest, slightly neurotic voice of Dogbreth, a self-effacing indie combo from Phoenix and Seattle. Despite the lead singer’s openhearted rawness, the band is surprisingly well-produced and polished. Kindred to Fang Island, though by far less straight-ahead rocking, these kids were suckled on Belle and Sebastian's Tigermilk, reared on The Shins and came of age to Wayne Coin's quirked-up psych-pop earnestness. By calling themselves out on their own awkwardness, "head shaved, eating pizza at the Christown mall, waiting for you to call," Dogbreth is instantly endearing. That the fuzz guitars really soar and the bass really pounds make up for the wavery vocals, hell they highlight how authentic they really are. "Rock ’n’ roll won't make it all OK, but it used to seem that way.” Damn straight, and when we hear bands like this we remember why we felt that way. With Nice Try, Her Mana and CTV. Sunday, July 9
at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. $7. 7 p.m. 16 and up.

Satanik Goat Ritual. Rimshots pound your skull with relentless determination, a guitar pelts you with driving black rain and a vocalist terrifies, growling unholy utterances that keep popping up in an unseen speakers, like some Wackamole demon. The effect is disorienting, dark and appears utterly devoid of irony. This is Satanik Goat Ritual. Hailing from El Paso (fuck, yeah!), the band channels the violence of life lived debajo de la frontera. There’s no native language that will help you understand SGR's lyrics—they are utterly indescifrable— or universally understandable, depending on your perspective. In a "Prayer for Death," it’s like the deep vocal bark and repetitive hammer-fist downstrokes evoke thing you’re really ashamed of, sexual or otherwise. That’s power in song! This brutal combo channels real menace and conjures and harnesses that energy, and it’s primally unnerving. With Olden, Shadows of Algol, Bloodtrail and Xiuhcoatl on Saturday, July 8 at The Flycatcher, 340 E. 6th St. 9 p.m. $5. 21+.

decker. With the melodic sensibility of early Wallflowers, harnessing the jaunty chorale energy of the Polyphonic Spree, decker continuously bounces the listener like a baby on his knee and turns well-worn phrases over like quarters in his hands. He takes old-timey Americana orchestration to tackle modern topics like being a suburban "Patsy" ("Never better over there"), or the fact ODB will take his secrets "to the grave." His voice is a sincere blend of high nasal wine and perfect jazz control, a stellar combo and this music would be impeccable if it weren't for the irony. The production is perfect, stylized, craft-cocktail-hip, as are his pro YouTube vids. Perhaps he wants to be up-to-the-moment Jonathan Richmond (that’s be a real drag), but the music lapses into hipster clever-clever land too often. In the bluesy "Blackwash" he asks, "You want it real hot baby, how you feel it now?" I just want to feel something. And we’d much rather this mustached dude be real than hot. Ultimately his mastery over his music is his lorded mastery over us. As he strings together cliché after cliché, I wonder if he's just smirking inside, stringing listeners along too. With the mighty Carlos Arzate and The Kind Souls, Upsahl on Friday, July 7. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. 8 p.m. 21+. Free.

Patsy's Rats. "Rock ’n’ roll friend/Come see me again?/I'm starting to miss you" is sung to the limits of earnest Patsy Gelb’s vocal range. A dude sorta harmonizes overtop for emphasis, and punchy glimpses of a "My Sharona"/“Pretty Vacant” guitar punctuates and soars. The whole thing’s sweetly nostalgic, like Holly and the Italians or early Cars. Her vocals can be coolishly indifferent-sounding like VU's Mo Tucker, so when Patsy invites her friend to join her in a big black car, who wouldn’t wanna get on in with her. The band hails from Portland, but Patsy's dad is Pennsylvania-via-Tucson hero Howe Gelb, and her mom co-wrote Belinda Carlisle’s giant killer hit “Mad About You.” So, yeah, pretty good genes. On "Hard Time Karen,” we say goodbye to the girl enough times to make this song a solid drinking game selection. It's bouncy but dark and captures the duality of pop and macabre that’d make Lou Reed or Ric Ocasek green with envy. See the Rats before they blow into full-on underground superstars. With The Resonars, Al Lover and Wooden Tooth Record DJs on Thursday July 6. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. 7 p.m. Free.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Weekly List: 18 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 11:45 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Patriotic Shenanigans
Wet Hot American Party. Celebrate America, Tucson style! Hotel Congress is throwing its annual kinda-4th-of-July themed bash, and it sounds like it's gonna be more extra than ever. Expect a water slide, giveaways and DJ performances from Jalph, Sid the Kid and more. 10 p.m. July 1. Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. $3. Free if you wear a swimsuit or stars-and-stripes.

Tucson Saguaros Baseball and Fireworks. If you want to be extra-American and take in a baseball game with your fireworks show, head out to Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, which is hosting a night full of games, entertainment, obstacle courses and more at its second annual 4th of July Diamonds in the Sky Celebration. The evening will kick off at 6 p.m. with a game between the Tucson Saguaros and Monterey Amberjacks, followed by a 30-minute fireworks show. During the game, face painting, jumping castles and an obstacle course will be set up for the kids. Food specials include $1 hot dogs and beer to pair. General admission tickets are $4, reserved seating costs between $11 and $15 and children 5 years old and under enter for free. Kino Sports Complex is located at 2500 E. Ajo Way.

21st Annual “A” Mountain Fireworks Celebration. The 21st Annual “A” Mountain Fireworks Celebration will start this year at approximately 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Enjoy the celebration from anywhere in downtown, including the Tucson Convention Center’s Parking Lot B or Parking Lot C (off Granada between Broadway Boulevard and Cushing Street). Parking will be free. There also will be entertainment and food vendors (burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and refreshments) available from 7 until 9 p.m. in Lot B. For more information, call the Tucson Convention Center at 791-4101.

Celebration at Naranja Park. The town of Oro Valley has a new location for its fireworks show: Naranja Park. Leading up to the 9 p.m. fireworks show will be a variety of family-friendly activities that begin at 5 to 9 p.m., including live music from the Bryan Dean Trio and Little House of Funk, fun games and food trucks. You can park at Naranja Park or an overflow lot just down the street at Ironwood Ridge High School (2475 W Naranja Drive, west of La Cholla Road). Free shuttle service will begin at 5 p.m. and will run approximately every 10-15 minutes between the two locations. Naranja Park is located at 810 West Naranja Drive.

Star Spangled Spectacular. Come out to Marana's Independence Day celebration. Enjoy live music, food trucks, inflatables for the kids, beer gardens for parents, and a magnificent fireworks show starting at 9 p.m. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road.

Fourth of July in the West. Join Old Tucson for a Fourth of July celebration. Kids 11 and younger get in free July 1-4 in honor of Independence Day. Play games to win prizes and enjoy a daily patriotic flag ceremony, with a special parade on July 4. There will be a pie-eating contest, chuck wagon food along with Old Tucson’s regular shows and attractions. Enjoy a special July 4 show in the Grand Palace, train rides for kids and kids at heart, antique cars and a vintage carousel. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Old Tucson, 201 S Kinney Road. $18.95.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Weekly List: 15 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy (and staying cool!) in the Old Pueblo.

Food & Booze

Chorizo and Sonoran Hot Dog Challenge. Tucson is well known as the Sonoran Hot Dog capital of the U.S. Less well known is how great the chorizo in town is. Ask any Phoenician with family in the Old Pueblo: Tucson has it going on when it comes to good chori. Now in its second year, KLPXs' Chorizo and Sonoran Hot Dog Challenge aims to settle any dispute about who's the best when it comes to two Tucson staples. Desert Diamond Casino hosts, while the winner in each category will walk away with a cool $1,000. 2-5 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629.

Summer Wine Tasting. Summer in Tucson is looking a little extra hot this year, so you might as well drink a little more than usual. Vintage Wine Estates is bringing Middle Sister Moscato, Cosentino The Blanc, and Clayhouse Adobe Red Blend. Stop by and sample each offering. Bottes will be available for purchase, so the fun can continue when you get home. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 27. Tucson Hop Shop, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd. Free.


Moana at the Cactus Drive-In. Indulge in the iconic drive-in experience at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet this Thursday, June 22. The Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation presents Disney's latest film about an adventurous young woman (Auli'i Cravalho) on a journey to save her people. 8 p.m. Thursday, June 22.

Cinema La Placita Summer Series. Learn to stop worrying and love Cinema La Placita’s screening of Dr. Strangelove, director Stanley Kubrick’s suspenseful parody examining the comedy of errors that occur when an insane general triggers a path to a nuclear holocaust. In addition to the showing, audiences are invited to enjoy the cash bar and food truck on site. 8 p.m. Thursday, June 22. Tucson Museum of Art outdoor plaza. $3.

Summer Classic Films at the Temple. You can catch James Dean in his final role before his untimely death with a screening of Giant, an epic tale of dysfunctional family dynamics set amid Texas oil rigs that also stars Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor. 7 p.m. Friday, June 23, at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. $10.

Jackson. Movies are fun, sure, but they’re also culturally significant. Take part in the Loft Cinema’s Social Justice Summer, a free weekly series with talks lead by local experts. This week’s film, Jackson, explores the conflict between religious freedom and reproductive rights in the Deep South. When state restrictions threaten to shut down the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the tensions between leaders of the pro-life and pro-choice movements come to a head. Wednesday, June 28. The Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th St. Free.

Frida. The Loft Cinema is teaming up with the Museum of Contemporary Art-Tucson for a series of free outdoor screenings. First up: Frida, a biopic about the life and career of one Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most prominent, iconoclastic painters. Bella’s Gelato food truck will be on site selling tasty treats, or BYO picnic food. 8 p.m. Friday, June 23 at MOCA, 265 S. Church Ave. Future screenings take place on the fourth Friday of the month in July, August and September. Free.

Maniac Cop. June is Cracked Cops month for the Loft Cinema’s Mondo Mondays, and it’s not too late to enjoy a campy police fun. Watch as young cop Jack Forrest finds himself as the main suspect in the investigation about his wife’s murder. As the cops dig deeper, the death toll rises. What’s a cop to do when the maniac he’s investigating also has a badge? 8 p.m. Monday, June 26. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $3.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Weekly List: 16 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 12:30 PM

Your Weekly guide to having fun in the Old Pueblo.

Food & Booze

2nd Annual Tucson 23: A Mexican Food Festival. This festival celebrates Visit Tucson's "Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food in America." Ticket prices include menu samplings from over 25 local wineries, breweries and local Mexican restaurants. There will also be weekend stay-cation packages, food demo for cooking education, live music and more. Come stuff your face with the best-tasting Mexican food north of the border! 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17. JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. $49.

Brew at the Zoo. Bearded dragons, bears and beer—just three of many things awaiting you at this year's Brew at the Zoo. This event features local vendors, live music, as well as games and prizes. Enjoy a longneck with Reid Park's “long-necks.” All proceeds from the event benefit the Zoo Project Fund, which works to maintain and improve the Reid Park Zoo. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court. $20-$45.

The Surf-a-palooza. Hang 10 and catch a wave down to Hotel Congress! Surfapalooza is this summer's premiere surf party with fun for the whole family. Celebrate surf rock with music from Shrimp Chaperone, Grave Danger and The Boogienauts. Experience a night of seemingly endless summer vibes with seaside snacks and cold brews. 6-10 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Free.

Tasting the Wines of Southern France. Sample wines from Bordeaux, Rhone Valley, Languedoc, Provence, Cahors and some lesser known areas. Maynards Market happy hour is in full swing during the tasting. 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 16. Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave., Suite 100. $10.

Mystery and Magic Dinner Theater Playhouse. Ever wanted to solve a whodunit? Or get sawn in half? All in the same evening? Now's your chance. Five Palms Restaurant plays host to the most exciting dinner theater experience in Tucson. Enjoy the three-act play, magic by Ross the Magician and after-show dance party. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and show begins at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 16-17. Five Palms Restaurant, 3500 E. Sunrise Drive. $75.

Health & Fitness

Hula Workout Class. Want a more fun way to get your cardio workout in? This class is for you! Jam out to Hawaiian and Tahitian music, shake those hips and burn off the calories from all those frozen summer treats. 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Movement Culture, 435 E. Ninth St. $10 per class.

Tour de V3s. Have some Ice cream and try indoor rock climbing in a drop-in instructional clinic. Experienced climbers can expect to get tips on improving. Climbers can also attempt to do all of the boulder problems of a certain grade. This event is for anyone looking to socialize and improve their rock climbing skills. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 20. The BLOC climbing+fitness, 8975 E. Tanque Verde Road, suite 155. $5.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Weekly List: 12 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Science & Nature

Spacefest. Southern Arizona was an early hotspot in the space race, so it's no surprise that it's also home to the annual Spacefest, which brings astronauts, space scientists, rocket ship engineers, astronomers, meteorite hunters, artists and other space cadets together for a great big confab about the final frontier. Get up close and personal with Apollo and Gemini astronauts such as Richard Gordon, Charlie Duke and Dave Scott, who was the first to drive the lunar rover. June 8-11. JW Marriott Starr Pass, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. Prices vary.

Cory Trépanier’s Into the Arctic. As a member of both the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Explorer’s Club of Canada, Cory Trépanier probably doesn’t have a hard time following a nature trail. His traveling museum exhibition “Into the Arctic” is a testament to his many expeditions into Canada’s largely unexplored northern reaches. Featuring oil paintings of glacial formations and landscapes, and original videos documenting his travels, “Into the Arctic” offers a glimpse into one of our planet’s most beautiful and endangered habitats. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10-Aug. 20. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, The Ironwood Gallery, 2021 N. Kinney Road. General admission is $20.50 for adults. With an Arizona drivers license, $15.50. Children age 3-12, $8. Children under 3 are free.

Living with Snakes. Ever think, “Man, the Sonoran Desert is beautiful, but how the heck am I supposed to cope with all these snakes?” Well, learn from the experts over at the Western National Parks Association. These “Living with Snakes” presentations will share recommendations for how to manage backyard snakes based on the latest research and observations of wild snake behavior. This information is critical for anyone that lives, works or plays in our desert. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Western National Parks Association, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Free.

Nature's Gym Pint Night with Merrell. Are you the outdoorsy type? Test your agility at Merrell’s Nature’s Gym Agility Course. Merrell is hosting a Pint Night at Summit Hut. Enjoy a pint and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Jackson Standefer Scholarship Memorial Fund. Demo the latest footwear while testing out the Nature’s Gym Agility Course. Participants are given a gift for effort and a raffle entry for a chance to win Nature’s Gym Merrell shoes. 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 9. Summit Hut, 5251 E. Speedway Blvd. $5 pints include two refills. Free admission.

Pima County Home and Garden Show. It may be hot, but that's no excuse to let your garden die. Get tips from pro green-thumbs and rub shoulders with fellow weekend-warriors at the Pima County Home and Garden Show. Now in its sixteenth year and held at Tucson Convention Center, the event will showcase speakers with expertise in both indoor and outdoor Do-It-Yourself improvements as well as vendors looking to fill your every domicile need. Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, June 11; 10 a.m. go 4 p.m. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. General Admission $8. Kids 16 and under Free. Senior can get two-for-one admission on Friday. Active military free.


Live Poetry Reading with Mayor Rothschild + Jefferson Carter. Besides fighting climate change, housing homeless veterans, planting trees and reading to kids, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is also a writer of poetry. His Honor will read some of his poems alongside fellow poet and man-about-town Jefferson Carter as part of a Creative Tucson production this Saturday, June 10. Arizona Daily Star cartoonist Dave Fitzsimmons will be moderating the event, so expect plenty of laughs, probably at the mayor’s expense. Be part of the studio audience or tune in on the Creative Tucson network, Cox Channel 20 or Comcast Channel 74. 7 p.m. at Brink Creative, 11. S. Sixth Ave. Free.


Art After Dark. School’s out, but that doesn’t mean the kids should take a break from using their creativity and making beautiful things. Children’s Museum Tucson is hosting a workshop with the Sonoran Glass School to demonstrate how glass can be transformed into artwork. Kids will be able to make their own wearable pendant and help create a mural that will stand in the Museum’s courtyard. This event is for anyone with a child who is looking for the world of art and science to blend. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Children's Tucson Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave. Free

Paint a Pot Workshop. Disconnect your child from their latest “screen time” obsession and remind them how cool gardening and painting can be. Bring your child to Greener Things for morning arts and crafts. The family-owned plant nursery is hosting a workshop for kids to paint terracotta pots. Maybe you’ll even pick out a plant on to show off in your new highly fashionable creation. 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 14. Green Things, 3384 E. River Road. Free.


FC Tucson Women's Soccer. It's a doubleheader weekend of matches for Tucson's Women's Professional Soccer League team. Come catch the action as the home team hosts two southern California powerhouses: the San Diego Sealions and the L.A. Galaxy. 7:30 p.m. each night. Friday, June 9, and Saturday June 10. Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Adults $8, Kids (5-12) $5.


Kehlani. Her three-dimensional ’tude and delivery could never have existed until now. Kehlani’s got Left Eye’s strength and Janet’s vulnerability at once. Much like B.I.G., Kehlani shines despite shitty production; grating Auto-Tune self-harmonies are every bit as distracting as Diddy’s dismal off-tempo hype. But she's got a post-gangster rap, internalized braggadocio that could only come from being raised on Jean Grey's fractured feminism and Lil Kim's warm, long pussy confidence. On “Too Much,” Kehlani drops a rap verse that is neither defensive nor angry, she's merely “too much of a woman, too much of a badass” to suffer a cheating fool. Twenty years after “bitches ain't shit but hos and tricks,” Kehlani has recaptured and reclaimed the self-assurance of old blues greats, while retaining Lady Rage's hard-fought personhood. As her album promises, she is in fact sweet, sexy and savage at once. Her lyrics will no doubt benefit from maturity, but this is an exciting and necessary new voice. Go see her work the room live. Monday, June 12, at the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress. 8 p.m. $26-$39. All ages.

Siamese. Aimless guitars ascend and descend and shimmer like surface rings formed by skipping rocks across water. The minor-y downturns of female vocals haunt more like solo Nico than VU. This mixed-gender Dallas foursome creates a mood for the ages, more atmospheric than song-driven—like some time-warped ode to “Chelsea Girls” and aspiring, dimestore-draped junkies. So they’re sorta Dandy Warhols-y, replete with effects-soaked guitars and a dreampop feel. Though Siamese never allow themselves to be ironic, and their often droll delivery rescues them from pretentiousness. It leaves you feeling like you've heard them before—in some well-heeled Victorian parlor, not a new, fake speakeasy. And those brain cells you killed that night? That effort was not in vain. Wednesday, June 14, at The Flycatcher, 340 E. Sixth St. 21+. 8:30 p.m.

Black Medicine. A powerful female voice that’s part early Lucinda Williams, with a touch of Bonnie Raitt's spirit and phrasing, belts and waivers with control and precision. A guitar weaves around her melody sorta like old Duane Allman, with confidence and proficiency. Add git-fiddle on “Poison Potion” and suddenly the Mardi Gras spirit is everywhere. This is Black Medicine, straight outta the Old Pueblo. Their sound may be firmly rooted in Cajun and Southern rock, but it could only blossom in the Sonoran. Singer Erin Henderson sings the blues, facing down 30, both acceptant and reflective of living right here now with the "thorns and sand, spurs and sun." While not many songs are yet available to hear—this show launches Black Medicine's debut album, Monsoon Rain—those that are have a fully realized vision and hometown charm that's damn worthy. We’ve never seen them live but their videos are lovely. With Havarti Orchestra on Friday, June 9. The Flycatcher, 340 E. Sixth St. 21+. 8:30 p.m. Free.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Weekly List: 14 Things To Do In the Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 8:54 AM

 Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Fun In General

Cool Summer Nights. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a striking monument to the gorgeous desert we live in. Like other local pros, the museum knows Tucson summers are best done after dark. Spend your Saturday evenings at the park, which has extended hours for Cool Summer Nights. This week, they’re showing off Creatures of the Night. Get a dose of nocturnal animal fun and a bite to eat while you cruise around the park. 5-10 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N Kinney Road. General admission is $20.50 for anyone 13 and older; $18.50 for seniors; $16.50 for active or retired military; $15.50 if you have an Arizona drivers license; $8 for kids 3-12; and free for kids under 3.

Tucson Fire Fighters Ball and Pool Party. Support first responders while your dance the night away at the Tucson Fire Fighters Ball and Pool Party. Join Tucson Fire Department for dinner, dancing and fun at its annual ball and pool party. Money raised will benefit Firefighter Charities. All proceeds from this event will go back into the community and help support the Adopt-a-Family program. Starts Saturday at noon. Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4. JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. Ball is $80, Pool Party is $40.

Old Tucson Open Weekends All Summer Long. Think going to Old Tucson for Halloween is fun? You're going to love that the film funland is open all summer long. Bring your children and let them experience the beginnings of Tucson and what it used to look like back in the olden days, including gunfight reenactments, saloon musicals and plenty of Hollywood magic. Don't forget your cowboy boots and a wallet full of money ready to be spent because you'll want to try their fun desserts and exhibits offered. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. Admission is $18.95 for adults, $10.95 for kids between 4 and 11 and free for 3 and younger.


The Maltese Falcon (Film Noir Series). A private detective (misguidedly) takes on a case involving three eccentric criminals—and one gorgeous liar—on a quest for a priceless statuette. Humphrey Bogart is Sam Spade in John Huston’s directorial debut, The Maltese Falcon. See it yourself, with all the luxury the Fox Theater has to offer. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.

The Searchers. The Temple of Music and Art launches its classic film series this Friday, June 2, with John Ford’s 1956 western masterpiece The Searchers, starring John Wayne, a Confederate Army veteran who goes out to hunt for his niece (Natalie Wood) after she is kidnapped by Comanche Indians. 7 p.m. at the Temple, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $10.

Back to the Future Outdoor Screening. The Loft Cinema is always screening classic films, and in the summer you even get to enjoy some of them outside. This Thursday, catch—Great Scott!—Back to the Future. Join in as Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd join forces to go back in time, mess up history, and set it right again. If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour... you're gonna see some serious shit. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

Cinema La Placita. Want to see how presidential scandals used to unfold instead of watching the current one play out in the daily paper? Cinema La Placita presents All the President's Men, the story of how enterprising Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncovered the Watergate scandal and unseated President Richard Nixon. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Tucson Museum of Art plaza, 140 N. Main Ave. Admission is $3 and the popcorn is free.


Movies in the Park: Moana. Get your youngsters out of the house for Moana, the story of a precocious young woman looks to expand her horizons, sing with a god and keep her community afloat. Watch this Disney hit with food trucks on site and activities for kids starting at 6 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and kick back while the little ones enjoy bounce houses, balloons and arts and crafts before the movie. 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Friday, June 2. Demeester Outdoor Performance Center, 900 S. Randolph Way. Free.

CHARM Pageant. Is there a little beauty queen in your life? Remember: Miss America is the No. 1 scholarship agency for women in the United States, and tuition isn’t cheap. Start practicing now the the big leagues: The CHARM pageant is for female youngsters ages 3 and up. Contestants only need a party dress to get a chance to be Tucson's next little Cinderella! Contact Dee at for more information. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 4. Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road.


Katie Haverly. Whether backed by a violin or acoustic guitar or muted trumpet or piano, Tucson's Katie Haverly has one of those voices that lifts and soothes, creates tension and then releases it. It suggests adoration of golden-age (jazzy) folk-pop like Rickie Lee Jones, Judee Sill, David Crosby and Joni Mitchell—all lovely DNA, certainly—as well as Erykah Badu and Fiona Apple. Yet her songwriting alone could take center stage. The deceptively breezy “Wood,” from her ’15 album Aviary, slips into your heart with cool, beat country shuffles, but in the end it's a story of dreaded male gaze and ugly sexualization. It's brilliant, and works as a personal social takedown inside wide-appeal pop. Many of songs are remarkable because the pathos never sounds forced or fake—sad poetry of deception sidesteps the maudlin; requiems to lost loves steer clear of self-pity. How does she do that? Well, the tune and the voice and the compassion and the ability to translate unfiltered moments into gentle epistles and hurtsongs is nothing that can ever be taught or learned. It just is. And most don't have it. Thursday, June 1, at Tap & Bottle.

Nina Diaz. Not since Katharine Whalen stepped up to the mic 21 years ago to seduce us with her retro-swinger "Blue Angel" have we heard a voice as powerful yet controlled as Nina Diaz’s. After 15 years of fronting indie godheads Girl in a Coma, Nina has struck out on her own and the results are spooky, confessional, playful and sad. Through her captivating vocalizations—be they belted, crooned or whispered—we are privileged to bear witness to the emotional depth of a gifted singer and songwriter who came of age playing rock ’n’ roll, who likely looked to Patti Smith, Pauline Murray and Ari Up early on. Nina's delivery is unflinching and almost intimidating in its feminismo sexuality. In her hips is the ritmo of her San Antonio roots, in her heart the rawness of a newly sober being and in her mouth is PJ Harvey, Amy Winehouse and a little bit of Lola Beltran. Easily the best $8 you'll spend all week. With See, Birds and Arrows, on Saturday, June 3. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. 7 p.m. 21+.

Underground Coverage Tour. Respect the Underground is repping quality hip-hop acts you've never heard of. Take Phoenix-based rapper (with Detroit street cred!) Bag of Tricks Cat, his quick-spitting spindle, “Too nerdy for the streets/Too street for the nerds.” Or Justus, who pulls off an entire verse in dimeter. There's the stick-and-move rat-a-tat of Tommy Will and the hard-working Brixx, whose post-Portishead hooks are as memorable as anything out there. The event is well curated with different MC styles to ensure the listener doesn't get burnt too quickly. And none of these dudes are wanksta. They all sidestep cliché, more Atmosphere than Easy, more Yellow Wolf than Common Sense, at least in his post-Kanye affiliation. Of course, as with any hip-hop show, some will probably suck live. And the sheer number of acts will likely be too much, but this is a chance to support the ever-evolving, smarter side of the scene. For the first time in years we can breathe a sigh of relief; Nas was wrong—hip hop ain’t dead yet. Featuring Bag of Tricks Cat, Justus, Tommy Will, Brixx on Friday June 2. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress, 8 p.m. $15. All ages.

Mr. Kitty. Waves of ascending and descending synths envelope you like a drunken Philly night in a dark alley. Once you’re surrounded by that oddly dreary comfort, a dude’s voice pleads, "I need you to kill me, I need you to destroy me." Ah, but it's metaphoric, there’s nothing direct about this combo, and like most pallid, self-confessed gothic boys, Mr. Kitty sidles up to you slowly, as if approaching a cornered hyena. He charms you with his frisky visions of doomed cat-faced brides, and slips his hand gently inside of yours. The corporeal intent of The Sisters of Mercy is faithfully rendered, even furthered by this Texan’s twists. So come alone, shrouded in the comfort of heavy fabric and sway in sync … The velvet crush and thick clove smoke ain’t cliché here—Mr. Kitty really is (unironically) celebrating life by facing down mortality. With The Rain Within and Iamdrugs on Tuesday, June 6. Club Congress, 311 Congress. 8 p.m. Free. 21+.

Planet Booty. By all rights, Planet Booty should be terrible. Six white folks playing chicken-butt funk, rap and hot-buttered soul, while ironically dressed in Adidas track and shiny poly suits. But what at first glance appears to be an elaborate joke on Euro trash quickly deepens into a hip-shaking sweet frolic as the John Holmes-like frontman, Dylan Germick, lets it loose. The band's YouTube videos, depicting Planet Booty on a yacht, flipping burgers and slapping fetching rows of booty are, for us first-gen MTV viewers, pretty dang clever. But if Luke Skywalker allusions were all these guys offered, it'd be whack—it's the genuine musicality, complete with solid vocal harmonies, that launch them up into Beck’s Midnight Vulture territory. We ain’t claiming they're genius, but if you adore the spectrum of dance music that kicks between Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Darkness and Beck, it’s your show. Freak like you're 15 at high school Homecoming, yo. Early show! Sunday June 4, at 4 p.m. With Dadsdad, and B4Skin. The Flycatcher, 340 E. Sixth St. 21+. Free.

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