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Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Weekly List: 15 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 3:35 PM

Your Weekly guide to keeping buy in the Old Pueblo.

Arts & Culture

Frida al Fresco Friday. Frida Khalo (essentially) moved into the Botanical Gardens at the beginning of the year and, as far as we're concerned, there's no need for her to ever move out. On the fourth Friday of every month, the gardens have been opening up for Frida al Fresco Friday. In addition to featuring the Frida exhibit, these evenings will offer a farmers market, food, drinks, live music, look-alike contests and lower crowns. Everybody love Frida, so grab the fam and settle in for a night of celebrating strong women, beautiful art and seriously gront eyebrow game. 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 26. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. "


Drug Church: A cosmovision, dude.
  • Drug Church: A cosmovision, dude.

Drug Church
. Imagine a lyricist who makes Morrissey sound lighthearted. A cosmovision based upon the notion that "entropy is the natural state of things" yelled with the gusto of Jesus Lizard but the wry delivery of The Hold Steady with bits of David Byrne tossed in. Yes, the aptly named Drug Church is gleefully soul crushing. Fortunately, the band's funked-out, dynamic and often careening walls of sound are almost enough to help you forget all that pesky mortal crap. Take the verve of Trompe Le Monde-era Pixies with a dash of Les Savy Fav brazenness and a pinch of Arcwelder's shape shifting and you have approximated the instrumentals that take hold of your body and drag you back towards the man on the mic yelling how no one here gets out alive. It's a mindfuck for sure and one that, if you're up for it, might make your worst day pale in comparison. Power! With Help Me Sleep and Sin Luz on Friday, May 26. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. 8 p.m. Free. 21+.

Hikikomori. Hikikomori has been called The Lost Generation of Japan. One GIF reads “Hikikomori—when you suck at everything in life, just retreat to your bedroom and never come out.” It's not just a word, it's a concept, and a damn good name for a Tucson screamcore outfit who harbors a love of old-fashioned punk rock and metal. Channeling the rage of alienation and its resulting self-isolation, this tumbledown act speed-shrieks through tight, technically masterful genre tunes. Sure, they’re hardly bustin’ new ground, but their hearts pump hard, and there’s a raw power that makes us down here TW headquarters want to hit the pit and fuck with with all that churning, cathartic energy. Artistic touches like a woman's voice, first mediated through television sampling, then singing sweetly in Spanish and finally screaming in an original duet, distinguish this band from an often generic pool of Dimebag Darrell rip-offs and wannabe Sepulturas. Aptly named, Hikikomori reflects a cross-cultural socio-anxiety in Spanish and English. Now get out the house and sweat shove peers. It is rare to find an embodiment of the sickness and the cure at once. With La Luna on Monday, May 29 at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. 7 p.m., $5. 16+.
Mommy Long Legs: Shoutin' down the patriarchy, bitches.
  • Mommy Long Legs: Shoutin' down the patriarchy, bitches.

Mommy Long Legs. More than two and a half decades after their riot grrrl antecedents first grabbed the mic, Mommy Long Legs is repping a glittery new distaff gen who dare shout down the patriarchy and its weary mores. Their predesisters did the heavy lifting, so these women can be the kind of spiders that tickle, not bite. Mommy Long Legs is more likely to nail you with a pillow than a bloody tampon. But they know well their history and its tropes—monotonous descending basslines, jarring dance-punk guitars, and shrill, shout-out singsongs. Join a gleeful pit of post Lisa Frank-inspired humans who revel in glorious wordplay like, "You can take your tech job … you can take your asshole, and put it in your new car." Whatever your gender, the irreverence is universal. With Crown Larks, Gamma, Like Very Ultra, Miss Abysmal at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress on Tuesday, May 30. 8 p.m. 21+. Free.

Karen Meat. Mix up the earnestness of Death by Chocolate, the fucked-up wit of early Courtney Love, and a loving unironic nod of Sheryl Crowe’s “good beer buzz early in the morning” tremble, and you begin to approach the comely vocal and lyrical worlds of Arin Eaton aka Karen Meat. What began as a one-woman endeavor out of Des Moines, Iowa (?!) has blossomed into a combo. The result is garage rock with a performance-art twist—like Guided by Voices fronted by a beautiful, self-deprecating woman. “You want me to be the girl of your dreams, but I’d rather barf all the things I scarfed down earlier.” Karen Meat is constant surprise, able to tackle two-minute ditties with a definite nod to Peaches’ sexualized ambivalence. The result is clever, hard-hitting skronk-rock worth its weight in color-coordinated outfits and good whiskey nights. Wednesday, May 31, at PoMoRo, 933 North Main Ave. 8 p.m. 21+. $5 donation.

Fitness & Body

Yoga 101 Body Basics. There are people who love yoga, and there are people who haven't yet given yoga a chance. If you're one of the holdouts, grab a mat and some stretchy pants because this three-hour workshop is perfect for beginners who aren't brave enough to march into a formal class. Hands-on training will teach you good habits in form alignment from the get-go, so you can improve your skills gradually. Get your Zen on! 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Barefoot Studio, 7352 N. Oracle Road. $35 non-members, $29 members.

Memorial Day Canna-Q. Yes, 4/20 just passed, but there's an another holiday we're going to need you to celebrate with MMJ in mind. The Memorial Day Canna-Q is meant to bring awareness to cannabis decriminalization and support veterans who should be able to medicate safely. This will be a peaceful event to remember and honor veterans who paid the ultimate price for freedom. Plus: BBQ! 3-9 p.m. Monday, May 29. 420 Social Club, 643 N. 4th Ave. Must Have MMJ Card To Medicate.


Some Like it Hot. Get your summer dose of mob movies when Some Like It Hot shows up at Cinema La Placita, telling the classic story of two male jazz musicians who flee from the mob by disguising themselves as performers in an all female band. When the band heads out on a train journey, the men (going by the pseudonyms Josephine and Daphne) meet the irresistible Sugar Kane (played to perfection by Marilyn Monroe). The men lust after Sugar, while she expresses her distaste for dating musicians—and her desire to find a millionaire to marry in Florida. Can these men-in-wigs on the run escape the mob and get the girl? There’s only one way to find out. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Tucson Museum of Art courtyard, N. Main Ave. $3 per person, including popcorn!

Boxing Helena. Wrapping up The Stars of Twin Peaks Month at the Loft’s Mondo Mondays is Boxing Helena, which stars Sherilyn Fenn (your Audrey Horne) as the titular character, a woman being preyed upon by Nick, a young surgeon played by Julian Sands, following a one-night stand. Watch as Nick tries to make the Beauty and the Beast-style Stockholm Syndrome love story work for him. 8 p.m. Monday, May 29. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $3.

Found Footage Festival. With the Loft Cinema’s main auditorium undergoing a makeover, the Loft staff is taking a trip to downtown’s Rialto Theatre for this year’s installment of the Found Footage Festival. Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prue (The Colbert Report) salvage VHS tapes from thrift stores, yard sales and who knows where else to assemble a very unusual collection of clips that they narrate for the audience. As a great man once said, when the going gets weird, the weird fire up the VCR—or something like that. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.

Movie Poster Sale. Take a second and look around at your walls. A little blank, eh? Surround yourself with scenes from your favorite flicks by purchasing movie posters from the Loft Cinema. Here's what the theater is promising at their poster sale which takes place the last Saturday of every month: Current posters of films that have ended their run during the month; miscellaneous Film posters of films the Loft did not show; and more than 100 posters (at least 50 titles) from their current poster inventory. At the end of the sale, the remaining posters will be donated to a local arts program. 8-11 a.m. Saturday, March 25. Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $5 per poster.


Mount Lemmon Sky Center Open House. You don’t really need an excuse to take a drive up Mount Lemmon, but if you’re looking for one, here it is: The Mount Lemmon SkyCenter is hosting an open house so you can check out everything the telescope compound has to offer, including 32” Schulman and 24” Phillips telescopes, science activities and much more. Schedule extra time for a short guided hike on Meadow Loop Trail if you need some steps on your Fitbit. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 27.

Fun in General

Improvathon. Ever feel like you need two days straight of improv in your life? Tucson’s first Improvathon is here, showing off ambitious amateurs and layers and established teams from improv companies—and a little stand-up comedy to boot. Indulge yourself with 167 hours of comedy, plus consider signing up for one of the two Improvathon workshops: Listening Ultra and Active Mind, Mellow Play. May 26-27. 329 E. Seventh Street. $20, and half of the proceeds go to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

Ladies' Garage Party. Always pictured yourself weaving in and out of traffic on a motorcycle? Leather on your back, wind in your hair and extra cash in your pocket thanks to you super fuel efficient ride? Skip the cosmos and spend your next ladies night making this dream come true. This workshop is geared to teach women how to get started riding and how to design, fit and personalize a bike as unique as them! There will be free food and raffles as well. RSVP here: and receive a free gift bag, too. Oh, and forget what we said about the wind in your hair. We're going to need you to wear a helmet. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Harley-Davidson of Tucson, 7355 N. 1-10 Frontage Road. Free.

Food & Booze

Produce on Wheels. It's the final Produce on Wheels event of the season, and you can take up to 60 pounds of produce home with you to cook and share with friends, family, neighbors and anyone else! If you volunteer for the event, you can even bring home your produce for free. 7-10 a.m. Saturday, May 27. St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, 4625 E. River Road. $10.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Weekly List: 14 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 8:51 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Nature & Plants

Desert Cacti Garden Workshop. Embrace the heat already and turn your backyard into a desert wonderland! Join Catalina and Green Things for a free class to learn how to make a cacti garden. Bring a pot (or purchase one there) and learn the dos and don'ts of how to keep a cactus alive. This free class will only pay for supplies used during the demonstration, the rest is all up to you. RSVP on their Facebook event so the crew knows how much supplies to provide. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. Green Things, 3384 E. River Rd. Free but bring money to buy more materials after the class.

Reid Park Zoo Summer Safari. After-hour summer fun is returning to the zoo. Yessir! You'll dig live music, family friendly animal features, special dining options and discounts in the gift shop. Bring a blanky and enjoy the outdoor concert (there’ll be beer or wine for purchase, but no drinking with the monkeys). Among other activities, you’ll be able to chat with zoo keepers and encounter cool animals—but remember, animals who want their evening privacy may be in for the night, while others will be out and about. It all starts this week with music by The Just Intervals as the zoo walks us through "The Bear Necessities." The festivities begin Friday, May 19 and continue every Friday through Aug. 4. 6-8 p.m. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court. $3-$25.

International Museum Day. Into going on a safari? Tucson is a little low on savannas and jungles for you to traverse, but you can get a similar (and slightly more ... dead) vibe up on the west side. Take advantage of International Museum Day with all-day free admission to the International Wildlife Museum! 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thursday, May 18. International WIldlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd. Free.

Beautiful Beneficial Bean Trees. There’s food all around us—do you know where to find it? Meet the mesquite, ironwood and palo verde trees. These trees create rich environments under their canopies where both plants and animals survive and thrive. Head down to the Co-Op to learn more about the wonders of those tasty pods. 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 22. Food Conspiracy Co-Op, 412 N. Fourth Ave. $10. Register online with 24 hours notice.


Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Summer in the desert means a lot of things—but mainly, it means avoiding the outdoors until after sunset. Every Thursday through August, head over to the Tucson Museum of Art in the evening for some cinematic delight courtesy of Cinema La Placita. Bonus: Cafe a la C'Art will be open, offering a special menu for movie night. This week, watch Paul Newman and Robert Redford deal with life on the run after a series of robberies. “The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles!” 7:30 p.m., May 18. Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.

Girlfriend From Hell. The Loft’s Mondo Monday series is always worth attending, but the cinema has perhaps outdone itself celebrating the return of Twin Peaks and it’s star’s ridiculous early films. This Monday brings us the story of a shy young woman, possessed by the devil and forced to seduce men and steal their souls. See Dana Ashbrook (Your Bobby Riggs) ‘Chasing’ down Liane Curtis’ Maggie in this silly, less the subtle comedy-horror film.

Fun in General

Cars, Karts and Coffee. Who says Go Karting ain’t for adults? A little competition is always a good thing—and going fast is hella fun. If you haven't hit up Autobahn Indoor Speedway yet, you're missing out. Enjoy a reduced price of $24 for two races around the track and fuel up with a warm cup of coffee before you hit it! 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, May 21. Autobahn Indoor Speedway and Events, 300 S. Toole Ave. $24.

4th Annual Summer Reading Kick-Off with Pima County Library. Summer reading is important, especially here in Tucson where you can only spend an hour outside before suffering dehydration and a serious sunburn. Get the kiddos excited to tackle their library stack when you bring the whole family for a free children's book giveaway and tour the library's Bookmobile. Your youngsters will even get a visit from a famous monkey, Curious George! 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. Tanque Verde Swap Meet, 4100 S. Palo Verde Rd. Free.


Band of Horses. Sweet-voiced bandleader Ben Bridwell pens tunes that effortlessly blend elements of The Band with soaring pop of, say, Big Star, and some good-old southern rock like Marshall Tucker Band (yes, the MTB!) But they sound wholly up-to-the-moment, as they should. Bridwell recently told Tucson Weekly what he remembers about his formative teen years living in Tucson in the mid-'90: "Fucking outrunning trains with my car while delivering pizzas on mushrooms. I got the cops called on me and they drew their shotguns when I shut down the fratbar's power every night." So now you have an idea what to expect if you didn't already know that Band of Horses songs "Casual Party” and "Larado" are two of the ten best pop songs released in the last decade. Truth. Let's hope that two recently departing band members won't diminish the band. (See the music feature in this week’s ish.) Tuesday, May 23, at the Rialto Theatre. $30-$35. All ages.

Shonen Knife. Since 1991, Osaka, Japan's Shonen Knife has blended the hard riff rock of Thin Lizzy and The Runaways with simple Ramones-y melodies, added dollops of Shirelles/Ronettes girl-group magic, and kneaded it all into an infectious rock 'n' roll din, while (re)defining how women, particularly Asian women, are viewed in rock 'n' roll and in society. Yes, these women advanced rock 'n' roll as a female cultural force and have not received the respect they deserve. Now, a full 20 studio albums later, they are still kicking ass but not taking names because, well, they don't need to know your name. You just need to know theirs. Tuesday, May 23, at 191 Toole.

Food, Booze, and Food Business

Arizona Food and Finance Forum. Tucson is a great place to eat—but every restaurateur has to take a moment to put their recipe book down and think about their business. Everyone who contributes to Arizona's local food system are invited to gather, network and learn new skills at this event. Nationally-recognized speakers will be presenting on critical topics such as: farming, food system development, local food marketing, building local and living economies, bridging the gap between farmers, local food entrepreneurs and access to capital. Get growing! 8 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday. Thursday, May 18 - Friday, May 19. University of Arizona Institute of the Environment, ENR2 Building, 1064 E. Lowell St. $59-$99.

Coloring and Beer Nights. Adult coloring books are not—I repeat, NOT—a trend. They’re here to stay. They’re a useful tool for calming down and flexing those artistic muscles your boring office job completely ignores. Every Tuesday, grab a beer at Casa’s film bar, and bring an extra $5 for a desert-themed coloring book and a little peace of mind. The bar provides the crayons, and won’t give you any side eye if your strokes don’t stay within the lines. 5-8 p.m. Every Tuesday. Casa Video Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd.


Las Adelitas Meet and Greet with Felicia Chew. Politically, things are a little rough right now. Let's keep all the horrors of The Handmaid's Tale categorized safely as fiction and speak out about challenges facing the community. Las Adelitas works to help engage Latinas in the political process, and you're invited to meet and chat with Ward 3 candidate Felicia Chew on her most important platform issues. 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, May 19. Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Cafe, 505 W. Miracle Mile. Free.


California Modern with Mark Mussari. Even though we’ve reached the epitome of style with Southwest design, it can’t hurt to check out what California has going on. Art and design writer Mark Mussari will expose patrons to the development of California Modernism as its European roots evolved through the post-war artists movement. The presentation will occur alongside the Etherton Gallery’s Color Theory exhibit featuring local artists Kate Breakey, Andry Burgess and Gail Maruc-Orlen. Tune in to the talk at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19. Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave. Free.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Weekly List: 12 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Celebrating Moms

The Mamma Mia Sing-A-Long. With the main auditorium getting a makeover, the Loft is taking its show on the road and hosting a huge Greek wedding you won’t want to miss. Spend Mother's Day with singing along with the music of your favorite Swedish pop group! Don't worry, if it's been a little too long since you rocked out to “Super Trooper,” the lyrics will be on the screen. All guests will get goodie bags with mini props and surprises inside that you can use throughout the movie. So what are you waiting for? Get up and jive, dancing queens! 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 14. Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. General Admission: $10, Children 12 and under: $8.

Mother's Day Brews & Jewels. Just about all moms love sparkles and booze, right? Celebrate Mother's Day the right way with drinks and jewelry. Get mom tipsy and shop with her for the perfect necklace or bracelet by Stella & Dot. Drink specials are $1 off draft beer, $1 off 32 oz growler, and $2 off 64-ounce growler fill. Wine and $3 mimosas will also be available. 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 14. 1912 Brewing Co., 2045 N. Forbes Blvd.

Manly Manlesque Mother's Day Show. Calling all slightly wild matriarchs: Treat mom to a sexy show to thank her for all she's ever done for you. This Manly Manlesque show claims it puts the "burly" in burlesque, including all the muscle, tattoos and blue collars of (some) women's dreams. 9 p.m. to midnight Sunday, May 14. Surly Wench Pub, 424 N. Fourth Ave. $10 general admission and $20 VIP.

Free Yoga for Mom. Flexibility and core body strength is important across generations. Cash in on that and spend time with your mama  when you choose from a variety of classes (with mom in for free) thanks to Barefoot Studio and its two locations. The classes are gentle and power flow at the Thornydale location and Yin, gentle and power flow at the Oracle location. This might be the only time you can find inner peace with your mom beside you! (Just kidding. Mostly.) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14. Barefoot Studio, 7352 N. Oracle Road and 6781 N. Thornydale Road.

Muffins with Mom. Want something tangible to commemorate this Mother's Day? Get artsy with Mom this year—and enjoy muffins and beverages while you're at it! The price includes a reservation for two in the studio, but make your reservation ASAP on the Tucson Mall website. 10 a.m. to noon. Sunday, May 14. Color Me Mine Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road. $25.

Downtown Fun

Second Saturdays Downtown. It’s another Second Saturday downtown, with fun for the whole family throughout the day. You can check out Etherton Gallery’s spectacular new show, Color Theory, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; learn about frontier life at Living History Day at Presidio San Augustin de Tucson; and bring the kids to the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum’s Train Day at the Depot (beginning at 10 a.m.), which will feature choo-choo rides, model trains in Amtrak lobby and a free outdoor screening of The Little Mermaid at 7 p.m. Among the musical acts in the evening: Nick Stanley is playing at La Cocina (7 p.m.), the Ronstadt Generations are peforming on the Club Congress Plaza (7 p.m.) and the Tortolita Gutpluckers will be at Borderlands Brewing Company (7 p.m.). And if you need a nostalgia fix, The Fox will be showing American Grafitti at 7:30 p.m. ($7). Find out more details about all the fun at

Animal Love

10th Annual Howling for the Hounds. Presented by the Wolves Motorcycle Club and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, come enjoy door prizes, live music, raffles and food for homeless animals. All of the proceeds will be going to the HSSA. Plus, the first 100 people get a free T-shirt. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13. Wolves Motorcycle Club Clubhouse, 2702 N. Flowing Wells Road. $20.


The Red Balloon and White Mane. The most recent French election sure went better than the most recent U.S. Election, eh? Bring your kids into the mix and celebrate good things coming out of France when the Loft Jr. presents a double feature of The Red Balloon and White Maine. Mildred & Dildred will get the party started at 9:15 a.m., and the film starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Free.

Silver Bullet. Twin Peaks is gearing up for its much anticipated return to pop culture relevance, and to celebrate the Loft is dedicating this month of Mondo Monday to the stars of the show, and the movies they probably regret making. Watch Big Ed Hurley (er, I mean Everett McGill) as Reverend Lowe in this over-the-top Stephen King piece based on Cycle of the Werewolf. 8 p.m. Monday, May 15. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $3.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. In addition to dedicating this entire month of Mondo Monday showings to The Stars of Twin Peaks, the Loft Cinema is also marking the show’s return to television with two screenings of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Venture all the way back to 1992 when you arrive an hour early to either screening, wrap yourself in plastic and join in the Black Lodge for a Twin Peak Party, with free “damn fine” pie, coffee and donuts, commemorative Twin Peaks coffee cups, a cherry stem-tying contest, and a Twin Peaks costume contest with oh-so fabulous prizes! 10 p.m. (9 p.m. for the party!) May 12-13. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $6.

Public Safety

Women's Self Defense Seminar. Taught by Celia Webb, a second-degree black belt and owner of Ultima Krav Maga, this class is designed specifically for women on protections against the most common attack techniques. You can never be too prepared when it comes to personal safety, so why not take advantage of this kick-butt opportunity? Spots are limited, so sign up online. Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13. North Tucson Fit Body Boot Camp and PTI, 6430 N. Swan Road. $40.

2017 Ride of Silence. Don't want to die (or kill anyone!) horribly in a car/bicycle accident? Put that cell phone down and take a stand against distracted driving and support cyclists in this worldwide ride, while honoring the memory of cyclists who have been killed or injured by distracted driving. Don't forget to stretch beforehand because the ride is roughly eight to 10 miles total. 5-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way. Free.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Weekly List: 15 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 1:00 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.


Sesame Street Live. Elmo Makes Music. Calling all parents with little kiddies who love Sesame Street's favorite puppet: You won’t want to miss Elmo’s upcoming visit to the Tucson Convention Center. The Sunny Seats package even includes premium seating and a meet-and-greet before the show. Don't forget your camera and notebook for autographs! Each meet and greet will last about 20 minutes. 2 -5 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. $37.80.

Clueless. The first time you hear that cinematic masterpiece Clueless is actually based on Jane Austen's Emma, you might be tempted to take a leaf out of protagonist Cher's book and declare, "As if!" But it's true. The Loft Cinema is offering you a chance to reconnect with this obviously timeless love story/literary masterpiece this weekend with two showings of Clueless. 10 p.m. Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $6.

First Friday Shorts. The Golden Gong Year-End Showdown. Another year of First Friday Shorts is going out with a golden-gong bang! Fan favorites from the last year will duke it out for all the glory of Golden Gong trophies and $1,000. But the night doesn't end there! As soon as a winner is crowned, a fresh round of First Friday Shorts starts. Enter a short film for a chance to win $200 that night and a chance at taking home the Golden Gong yourself next year. Because its going to be a long night, only six new films will have a chance to compete for that night's $200 prize, so get your film in early. 9 p.m. Friday, May 5. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $6.

Cactus Drive In presents Raiders of the Lost Ark. While the glory days of drive-in movie theater may have faded into memory, you still have the occasional chance to experience the wonder of watching a movie unfold on the big screen from the comfort of your front seat or tailgate. The Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation is presenting the latest in its ongoing drive-in movie series with the rip-roaring adventure of Raiders of the Lost Ark on at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4. It happens in the parking lot of the Tanque Verde Swap Meet, 4100 S. Palo Verde Road. Suggested donation is $15 per vehicle, so pile in and make it a bargain. More info on the Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation Facebook page.

Cinema La Placita. Downtown’s Cinema La Placita has a new home in the spectacular plaza of the Tucson Museum of Art plaza. The outdoor movie series presents a different classic movie every Thursday all summer long. The series kicks off Thursday, May 4, with Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Next Thursday, May 11, it’s Thelma and Louise. Films start at 7:30 p.m. 140 S. Main Ave. Admission is $3 and includes the popcorn is free. More info at

Galaxy of Terror. Do you ever wonder what dreadful films the stars of Twin Peaks totally regret working on? Kick off The Stars of Twin Peaks Month at Mondo Monday with Galaxy of Terror. See Grace Zabriskie (you'll know her as Sarah Palmer) as Captain Trantor in this sci-fi suspense thriller where a group of astronauts are tormented by aliens wielding the scientists’ worst nightmares. 8 p.m. Monday, May 8. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $3.


Paint Your Pet Pawtrait Fundraiser. Paint your fur baby with an optional flower crown and take home your new favorite portrait! An artist will sketch your dog or cat before you paint so you get the cutest version of your furry best friend. Part of the proceeds goes toward the SAANPR, the Nurse Practitioner Association. 6 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Gentle Ben's, 865 E. University Blvd. $40.

Catapalooza. Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary is a badass organization, with no mission more dear to their hearts than providing happy, healthy lives for the stealthiest of our four-legged friends. They're raising some funds for their felines when Stands With Fists
Saalythic, Blacklidge, WITHIN A DREAM, The Abstract, As We Watch Them Fall, Before I Die, Toylit and Tucson Maidens of Metal band together for a night of kitty love and dance music. All proceeds benefit the cats. 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Club XS, 5851 E. Speedway Blvd. $8.

Do This!

Centurions Party. An Oz-some Experience. The Centurions’ annual bash will take you down the yellow-brick road to fun, all to benefit the Big Brother Big Sisters of Tucson. The 21-and-older event will feature an Oz theme, so expect plenty of flying monkeys and pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Don’t forget your red ruby slippers, as there will also be a costume contest. 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 6. Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way. $95.

Sour Fest Guided Tasting with Peter Bouckaert at T&B. Ever try sour beer? Ever try Belgium beer? Well, here's your chance to do both and have a nice chat with brewmaster Peter Bouckaert, who will be giving a sour tasting guide in honor of Tap and Bottle's annual Sour Fest on May 6-7. Guests will have the chance to taste 15 different sour taps, including Rodenbach Grand Cru, French Oak Sour Saison, Imperial Coffee Sour Stout, La Folie, NBB Love Felix and NBB Love Blackberry Oscar. The tasting is from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 6. Tap & Bottle, 403 N. Sixth Ave. $30 per person, including tax. For more details on all of Sour Fest, visit

Festival 520. You’re invited to Lululemon Tucson’s celebration of its fourth year in the Dirty T. Come sweat it out with up to 24 classes offered such as boxing, yoga and cycling. The day will start with a 5K hosted by Legacy Ambassador, Hazel Chase. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 6. La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive. Free.


The Fallen Stars. If you're a fan of the first White Stripes record, the Fallen Stars will be your new favorite band. Mixing up a sonic medicine of Nashville twang with the train-derail rhythms and bluesy guitars of anyone weaned on Hasil Adkins, they add a dash of O.C. punk spirit and a world-weary survivor's gratitude that makes each tune relatable. The lead singer strains to reach notes in his best Graham Parsons (hair) shirt, and harmonies are often, but not always, nailed by a beautifully ordinary woman. “Should've seen the way I drive, must be someone by my side, sure am glad to be alive.” You could just as easily spark a J and join them in a campfire sing-a-long as watch them from the crowd, or from the backseat of a rusted old Pontiac rolling through forgotten America. This music is emotionally honest—human and fallible—and therefore capable of lifting us. Saturday, May 6, 6-7:30 p.m. at Bookman’s Midtown, 3330 E. Speedway Blvd. Also, Saturday, May 6, at the Tucson Folk Fest, on the Presidio Stage, At Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, half-block east of Old Town Artisans. Both events are free and all ages.

Marianne Dissard. Rich dynamic soundscapes swirl and unfurl around a breathy but commanding voice. You could be at the helm of a pirate ship steered by a siren, or homeless and helpless save for some passionate voice on the radio. If she were Mexican she’d be feminismo, but as a French chanteuse in Tucson, Marianne Dissard is surreal, unafraid to embrace the absurd, and the heart and intellect. Ably backed by Tucson locals (including guitar hero Annie Dolan) whose flare for frontera mystique perfectly backdrops the sultry syllables of the French language itself, Marianne's music, as corny as this sounds, offers up a mirror through which to look at ourselves. There’s an essence across language and culture that unifies Americana vitality, Norteño heartbreak and raw French sex appeal coupled with philosophical underpinnings that only brooding, cigarette-rich hours can conjure. "Tu-(t)sahn" she breathes. The name of our old town has never sounded quite so compelling as it does on her lips. Club Congress, 311 East Congress on Monday, May 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. 21+.

Handsome Ghost. With a popped-up soulish voice like Color Me Badd that lifts atop Maroon 5-like hooks, Handsome Ghost should be sound tracking a falling-hard montage in a PG-13 popcorn flick. Or at least enjoying his one-hit, VH1 song like Dog's Eye View, another middle-of-the-road "indie" pop band from Boston. With hints of Caribbean-inflected grooves circling back to the bland yet weirdly flavorful realm of Jack Johnson and his ilk, perhaps it's the distracting autotune/vocal coupling effects or the too-bright synthetic drum fills that keep Handsome Ghost forever small time. This music ain’t indie rock, more like radio pop with a bad producer. But listen with eyes closed and picture a stripped-down, acoustic version of any song, and you’re suddenly sipping overpriced latte inside Starbucks. The lyrical clichés will sound deceptively profound, and you’ll hum the chorus, and when the sugary caffeine hits your system, the world will suddenly feel like a better place. It’s the law of suburbia. With Frances Cone on Thursday, May 11 at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. $14. 16+

Dweezil Zappa, Fifty years of Frank. Yes, Dweezil Zappa plays whatever the fuck he wants, and this Cease and Desist Tour 2017 raises a not-so-subtle middle finger at DZ's two younger siblings over the fair use/copyright infringement of the Zappa Plays Zappa name. But make no mistake, this is the same amazing tribute band the eldest Dweez has been leading since ’06. With a reputation for playing almost two-and-a-half-hour shows and a history of Zappa musical guests from Terry Bozzio to Steve Vai sitting in, ZPZ is the closest thing many of us will ever get to experience the genius of old Frank live. While the cover band sometimes tackle whole albums, this tour gives the virtuosic band musos the liberty to cover anything—raging guitar solos, sweetly harmonized doo wop, cringe-worthy novelty songs or true psych symphonies magical enough you don't need drugs to trip. What? Friday, May 5, at Rialto Theatre, 318 East Congress. $33-$69. 8 p.m. All ages.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Weekly List: 12 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.


Don't Cry for Me, Argentina. Come experience the Tony-Award winning musical, Evita. Learn the remarkable, true story of Eva Perón and how she went from living in the slums of Argentina to becoming the First Lady. Arizona Repertory Theatre concludes their season with this popular musical. It is directed by Danny Gurwin and features music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The show will run through April 30. Shows at various times through April 30. The Tornabene Theatre, 1025 N. Olive Rd. $32 with discounts available.

The Sci-Fi Slumber Party. The Loft Cinema is hosting a slumber party dedicated to all sci-fi fanatics that will include 12 straight hours of aliens, robots and apocalypses. The night will include six sci-fi movies plus trailers, games and prizes. Movies include “The Matrix,” “Logan's Run” and “Robocop.” Food will be provided by The German Food Truck from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tickets purchased in advance and Loft member tickets are $13. Day-of tickets are $15.

Arts and Culture

Tucson International Mariachi Conference Espectacular Concert. Spend your Friday night celebrating the sounds of the southwest with performances by Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, special guest Rafael Palomar and Ballet Folklorico los niños Colima under the stars. 7 p.m. Friday, April 28. AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Rd. $20.

Etherton Gallery presents Color Theory, an exhibition featuring three local Tucson artists. Color Theory is a mixed media exhibition showcasing the work of Kate Breakey, Andy Burgess and Gail Marcus-Orlen. Through paintings, paper and photographs these artists show vibrantly colored artworks that transform their subjects. The exhibition will be open through May 31. Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14-May 31. Etherton Gallery, 135 S. 6th Ave. Free.


Pima Paws for Life at The Shelter Cocktail Lounge. Calling all animals lovers who would like a well-deserved cocktail after a long workweek. All proceeds for the cocktails will go to support animals in the shelter that are ill or need a little care before getting adopted. What's better than helping animals while drinking booze? 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, April 28. The Shelter Cocktail Lounge, 4155 E. Grant Rd. Bring money to donate and for booze.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Weekly List: 15 Things To Do in Tucson in the Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 9:08 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Earth Day

Earth Day at Biosphere 2. Our favorite terrarium is celebrating Earth Day with a full-day festival that will include talks about local food, energy, water and the environment, as well as a look at what’s happened at the Biosphere since the University of Arizona College of Science took it over 10 years and a look at what’s planned for the next decade, including a groundbreaking for a new farm inside Biosphere 2. You’ll also have food trucks to fill your belly, ladybug and hermit crab releases to entertain the kids, and a sunset concert by Calexico to cap off the day. The fun starts at 9 a.m. at Biosphere 2, at the intersection of Oracle Road and Biosphere 2 Road.

Rally for Science Tucson. With the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to deny climate change and otherwise cut research funding, scientists are taking to the streets to protest. Tucsonans will be joining other cities around the nation who are marching for science (although in Tucson, they’ll be doing a rally instead of a march because getting there was too much red tape to get a permit for a march). You’ll find speakers, science booths, entertainment and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22. El Presidio Plaza Park, 175 W. Alameda St. Free.

DIY Wedding Centerpiece Workshop Part 1. If you are looking for ways to stay green on Earth Day but don't want to get too muddy, this is the event for you. Green Things will be hosting a DIY Wedding Centerpiece Workshop where you can make your own centerpiece using your favorite succulents and more! The only catch is that you have to pay for your supplies at the event. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22. Green Things, 3384 E. River Road. Bring money for supplies.

Workshops in the Garden
. Learn how to make your vary own macramé hanging planter to brighten up your home with fresh plants! You'll also learn about air purification plants and utilizing herbs. 4-6 p.m. Sunday, April 23. UA Community Garden, 1400 E. Mabel St. Free.

Family Fun

Pima County Fair. The annual 11-day hootenanny that is the Pima County Fair kicks off Thursday, April 20, with all the usual fun—a senses-shattering carnival, all those cute critters in the 4H competition, arts and crafts created by your neighbors in Old Pueblo Hall, big fat turkey legs fresh from the grill and so much more—as well as a special concert by T-Pain and Naughty by Nature. The fun continues through Sunday, April 30, with more concerts—including the Village People on Tuesday, April 25, and Septima Banda on Saturday, April 29—and plenty of spectacle. Grab the family and head out the fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road. The main gate opens at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8, $4 for kids 6 through 10 and free for anyone younger. For more info, call 762-FAIR.

Kids Fix It! Parents and kids can learn how to maintain a child's bike without having to send it in for repairs every time something breaks. If your child loves to ride his or her bike, make sure they get as much mileage as possible out of it! Register for the class at 9-11 a.m. Sunday, April 23. BICAS, 44 W. Sixth St. $20.

Food and Booze

Cheba Hut's Annual 4/20 Party. If you're celebrating the stoner's Christmas, then head out to Cheba Hut for live music, games and eating contests. All food will be $4.20 and drinks will be provided the entire day—you can even play beer pong for as long as you want. So grab your favorite munchies and join Cheba Hut in their annual party of their favorite product. 10 a.m.-midnight Thursday, April 20. Cheba Hut, 1820 E. Sixth St. Bring money for food and booze.

Israel Carnival. Join Israel with Wildcats and support the Save a Child's Heart Philanthropy with this fun-packed festival. Some activities on deck are henna tattooing, raffles, bounce houses and photo booths. You can also munch on some falafel and sip on Israeli beer at a bar. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 25.1245 E. Second St. $2-$3.


Baja Beer Festival
. This festival will feature 50 breweries and 200 craft beers on tap, along with food vendors, live music and lawn games to keep the party rocking. All the proceeds go toward the Northwest Firefighters Charities and the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. 5-9 p.m. Saturday, April 22. 4502 N. First Ave. $15 for designated drivers, $40 for 20 tasting tickets and $60 for 25 tasting tickets, a food voucher and a VIP area. If you're quick (and lucky!) you might be able to win some tickets here.


Parks and Recreation Trivia Night. “Any dog under fifty pounds is a cat and cats are useless.” Think you're the biggest Parks and Recs fan in Tucson? Well, go find out by playing their ultimate trivia game and “TREAT YOSELF” with some food from the YouSlyDog food truck. Bring your A-game and if you're in it to win it, then you better believe Ron Swanson will be proud of you. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 25. Casa Video and Casa Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Bring money for food.


Spent Saints. TW arts and entertainment editor Brian Smith’s new collection of intertwined short stories, Spent Saints, is flying off the shelves—and for good reason: Smith mashes up Raymond Carver, Hubert Selby Jr. and Iceberg Slim but ends up with a voice all his own, telling stories of quiet desperation and occasional redemption that will hook you right on the first page. He’ll be reading from book at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Barnes and Noble, 5130 E. Broadway. Free, but be a decent human being and buy a copy of the book.


Jenny and the Mexicats. A jazz kit played with sticks and mano, an upright bass tattooed with comely women, jaunty Caribbean-influenced acoustic guitar and a beautiful blond siren with, yes, a trumpet. Do you wanna dance yet? Jenny will lure you in with her bluesy no-nonsense voice. She doesn't want to work, just to dance. This relationship is torture. It's just plain better in Buenos Aires. And always her case is compelling, the music a perfect dance in and of itself, pieced together like good jazz—every player counts. Jenny's from Britain but her Spanish is impeccable, the drummer is from Spain and the strings are from Mexico, but this group is original, like Manu Chau without the political agenda or a killer ska combo minus the kitsch. They are independents and the sum of their parts is from a land of heart and strong, quick rhythm. At Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. Saturday, April 22; 7 p.m. $8. 21+.

The Wailers. It's been five years since the world's most legendary reggae band played Tucson. Still led by Aston Barrett, still repping the most faithful and spirited renditions of the late, great Bob Marley's songs and often full-length albums, The Wailers can hardly be called a nostalgia act. Their incredibly tight 2-4 rhythms and genius pop melodies, perhaps the most recognizable worldwide only third to the Beatles and Stones, are always offered up with reverence for the listeners and the Prophet and the soulful charge of the music itself. "If you know your history, then you will know where I'm coming from." Rediscover the I-and-I vibrations from as close to the source as we can get this side of Mount Zion. With DJ Jahmar International at Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress. Sunday, April 23; 8 p.m. $18-$25.

Gaza Strip. Longing for the simpler days before boring high-gravity microbrews and limp lumberjack clones, when shitty facial hair was not an ironic statement but merely a signifier of true inner loathing? Then the kill-riff blast of Gaza Strip is all for you. See, there’s a poetic simplicity in their groin-deep basslines, thunderous rhythms and throat-ripping choruses. Gaza Strip have been together long enough (two albums, new one coming) that they're a kind of fringe-punk (with metal and art-pop overtones) nostalgia act that never needed to make it. Like a network re-run you count on; you might not even have liked it when it first came out, but by now the plotlines and senseless car chases have kept you company on sleepless nights while you’re folding laundry. Check your pretensions at the door and catch a fiery set from this heroically constant combo, one of Tucson’s finest. On Thursday, April 27 at The Flycatcher, 340 E. Sixth St. With Bryan Thomas Parker, Shooda Shook It and The Unday. 21+. 9 p.m. Free.

Twin Peaks. You've played VU's Loaded so damn often you got the box-set extras down. Those ambling jangle guitars nailed down tight by a straight-up R&B groove drums … You are both bored and exhilarated strolling suburbia looking for whatever shit comes your way. So here's the sweetly named Twin Peaks from Chicago, dudes all twisted up in a post-Velvets, post-Beasties world. (Wait. It’s good!) And the singer has got be more grating than flat to pull off the malcontent thing in these times—oh, but those fleeting moments of fucked-up doo-wop let you know he can sing. Zappa would approve. "Making Breakfast" is as profound as it is silly. And that "Butterfly" video, rolling five deep through the tombstones thinking about getting it on? Here’s a band that reminds us of the mundane joys of just being alive. What was that talk of suburbia before? Never underestimate. Go see ’em, fresh from Coachella. With Chrome Pony and Post Animal Tuesday, April 25. 191 Toole. 8 p.m. $13. All ages.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Weekly List: 19 Things To Do In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 10:04 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Fun in General

Going to the Dogs. Join the Humane Society of Southern Arizona as they attempt to set the world record for most dogs in a photo right here in Tucson. Bring your furry friend and a leash to be a part of the (hopefully) legendary snapshot. 9 a.m. Saturday, April 1. La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive. Free, but donations encouraged.

Sonoran Spring April Market. Step outside and enjoy the blooming flower’s favorite season. You’ll find food, drinks, crafts and more with Saguaro Market’s annual spring fair. You can shop until you drop by getting the freshest crops of the season. It's only happening for three days, so mark your calendars for organic-lovin' fun. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 6, to Sunday, April 9. Saguaro Market, 657 W. St. Mary's Road.

Free Neighborhood Bike Repair. Get your bike fixed up for free courtesy of Living Streets Alliance. There will also be a limited supply of free bike helmets for kids. Ride or walk on over and don't miss out on this generous opportunity! 10 a.m.-noon. Saturday, April 1 at the John Valenzuela Youth Center, 1550 S. Sixth Ave. Free.

Eggstravaganza! Spoiler Alert: the Easter Bunny is real! Take your kiddies to an eggcellent event at the International Wildlife Museum for crafts, games and pictures with the Easter Bunny himself, so bring a camera. And there’s a candy hunt at 11 a.m. so bring your egg-game (get it?) 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 8. International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W Gates Pass Road. $9/adult; $7/senior or military; $4/child ages 4-12; children ages 3 & under free. Museum members admitted free.

Paint your hound with Courtney Kelly and Danuta Jakubowski. Ever wanted to get a self-portrait of your dog? This is your chance—and you can be the one to paint it. Arizona Greyhound Rescue will be hosting international artists Courtney Kelly and Danuta Jakubowski, who will give some painting pointers while everyone enjoys a well-deserved glass of wine and appetizers. Make sure you wear your lucky jeans for a chance to win some raffle baskets during the event. This is a human-only event, so you can't bring your own pup but there will be some dogs for petting pleasure and artistic inspiration. 6-9 p.m. Saturday, April 1. 4975 N. First Ave. Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Weekly List: 16 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 2:45 PM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.


The Brain. Sure, watching television is probably "bad" for couch potatoes who have been known to binge an entire Netflix series in one weekend (Hello, Santa Clarita Diet)—but at least the risk is limited to bad eyesight and antisocial tendencies instead of, say, mind control. It's mind over matter in The Brain, an ’80s film about a mad scientist/television host and a giant space brain teaming up to take over the great white north through the airwaves. Don't miss out: This is the last of the BAD BRAINS movies this month at the Loft. 8 p.m. Monday, March 27. Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $3.

But I'm A Cheerleader. Natasha Lyonne is probably best known for her role as Nicky Nichols on Orange is the New Black, where she plays a heroin-addicted inmate known for her wild hair, mischievous smile and lady killer charms. OITNB won't have a new season out until June, but you get your lesbian cinema fix when the Loft screens But I'm a Cheerleader. The film stars (you guessed it!) Natasha Lyone as a young woman named Megan whose parents ship her off to a gay-to-straight conversion camp hoping she'll be able to focus on back handsprings instead of boobs during cheerleading practice. We don't want to spoil anything, but those camps never work. Michelle Williams, RuPaul (out of drag) and the guy who played Rufio also show up in this cinematic delight. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26. Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $6.

Forbidden Planet. Space nerds, this is the movie event for you. Participate in National Evening of Science on Screen with Astronomer/longtime UA professor Chris Impey is coming to the Loft Cinema to discuss all things space travel and developing human colonies on other planets—fittingly tied in with a viewing of the 1956 classic sci-fi flick Forbidden Planet, where the crew of the starship C-57D have to uncover the mysteries of Dr. Morbius and the alien Krell. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $9.50.

Movie Poster Sale. Take a second and look around at your walls. A little blank, eh? Surround yourself with scenes from your favorite flicks by purchasing movie posters from the Loft Cinema. Here's what the theater is promising at their poster sale which takes place the last Saturday of every month: Current posters of films that have ended their run during the month; miscellaneous Film posters of films the Loft did not show; and more than 100 posters (at least 50 titles) from their current poster inventory.At the end of the sale, the remaining posters will be donated to a local arts program. 8-11 a.m. Saturday, March 25. Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $5 per poster.

Dr. Strange at the Drive-In. We’ve been around this town long enough to remember those high-school days of squeezing into the trunk to sneak into the much-missed De Anza Drive-In—and we sure wish this cowtown still had a drive-in that was regularly open. There is a group of drive-in fans trying to make that happen with the nonprofit Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation, but while the hunt is on for a permanent home for those massive screens, the group is hosting the occasional drive-in flick at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet. This weekend, the group is screening Marvel’s most recent blockbuster, Dr. Strange. Catch a little movie magic at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 26, in the swap meet’s north parking lot, 4100 S Palo Verde Road. Organizers advise that you should only enter the north lot to get to the flick. Also, they’ll be directing larger vehicles and hatchbacks to park in the back or on the far right and far left side so as to not screw up the view for everyone else, so try to show a bit of courtesy if you’re behind the wheel of one of those. The suggested donation is $15 per vehicle.

Fun in General

Con-Nichiwa. If you’re a fan of Dragonball Z, Himura Kenshin or Yagami Light, you’ll want to get to the Con-Nichiwa this weekend. The American anime convention returns to Tucson on Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27 at the Tucson Convention Center. It’s three days of anime fun with actors, animators and even performers such as Chii Sakurabi, a J-POP singer and recording artist from Tokyo, Japan known for her high-energy music, angelic voice, and kawaii style. And there will be plenty of lessons on how to get your cosplay right. Full weekend membership is $45.

Odyssey Storytelling. The past 13 years, Odyssey Storytelling has created community through monthly live storytelling events. Founder Penelope Starr celebrates the release of her book The Radical Act of Community Storytelling: Empowering Voices in Uncensored Events during a fundraiser emceed by David Fitzsimmons from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 24. YWCA Southern Arizona, 525 N. Bonita Ave. $10 suggested donation.

Succulent Bowls with Mimosas. All the best gardening clubs involve a little bit of drinking. Green Things got that memo and thought, “If we offer mimosas, they will come.” Get that drink in your hand and learn how to construct a beautiful little desert haven at this Saturday morning gardening class. The $5 class fee includes your drink, but no other supplies. Planets and pots will be available for purchase, but you can also bring supplies of your own. Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook so they bring enough booze. 10 a.m. to noon. Saturday, March 25. Green Things, 3384 E. River Road.

The Office Trivia Night: That’s What She Said Edition. Have you ever gotten a new job, only to find yourself completely identifying with the poor, unfortunate souls in The Office? Binge watch the whole show to experience some catharsis, then put your “research” to good use by dominating at trivia night. Teams can have one to six people, and you should probably pick your team based on which of your friends squeal with delight when you yell, “Dwight, you ignorant slut!” in their direction. 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. Casa Video Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd.

Animal Love

Diamonds in the Ruff. You know the internal struggle: You want to buy a new rug, but there are so many homeless animals in the world! However should you distribute your paycheck? Worry not, dear animal/décor lover. You can contribute to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona while bidding on your favorite hand-woven rugs from around the world, with 10 percent of each purchase donated to HSSA. There will be hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and live jazz. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the auction starts at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25. On Sunday, March 26, doors open at noon and the auction starts at 2 p.m. Karomo Rugs, 3630 E. Fort Lowell Road.

Trail Dog Day. Want to adopt a dog? Want to find about local businesses who can do cool things for your dogs? This Sunday marks the third annual Trail Dog Day at Trail Dust Town. There will be booze and there will be adoptable dogs—sounds like an ideal Sunday afternoon. 10 a.m. Sunday, March 26. Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road.


Tucson Weekly Arts and Entertainment Editor Brian Smith is celebrating the publication of his book of short stories, Spent Saints, with a pair of readings this weekend. Smith will be at the Owl's Club, 236 S. Scott Ave., from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 25. On hand to entertain the crowd alongside Smith will be fellow authors Isaac Kirkman, Billy Sedlmayr. and John Freeman, as well as some violin from Brian's brother, Barry Smith, and piano from Nick Letson. You'll also have a chance to see 11 short films by various directors inspired by Smith's stories. Then on Sunday, March 26, Smith will read from the book at 2 p.m.  at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, 6230 E. Speedway. Get a taste of the book that author Laurie Notaro has praised as as a collection that "reaches down to the bottom rung and pulls up despair as it melts into unlikely beauty, brings the reader dangerously close to unfolding, ominous dread and unveils the side of life that is dark, wanting and formidable."


American Friends Service Committee-AZ Centennial. This group takes on Arizona crazyland, challenging the state’s private prison love affair and taking on mass incarceration and immigrant detention. Help them celebrate their 100th birthday on from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, at La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave. Tucson desert rock icon Billy Sedlmayr will perform alongside poetry readings from the North Star Collective. There’s also a silent auction to raise funds for the program’s ongoing work. La Cocina will donate 10 percent of all sales this night.


KFMA Day. Powerhouse local alt-radio station KFMA trips the day electric with the fattest punk-metal-pop flourishes on earth. You’ll hear unyielding fist-jacking choruses, youthful balls-to-walls guitars, as well as heavyweight vets like Blink 182 (who, make no mistake, to this day, turn pop-punk force into precision-tuned rock ’n’ roll) and A Day to Remember. Sharing this killer bill is one of our current faves here at TW HQ, Goodbye June. This suitably hirsute combo hails from the great American south and sounds in tradition with that, and boy can they write good songs with hammering riffs, the likes of which hasn’t really been heard since Buckcherry was good. So slam Monster-in-a-can until your heart-rate levels out at a good 120 BPM and dig some of the other bands too, like the heavy-menacing money riffs of Islander and the super-melodic metalist pop of Highly Suspect. What a fun, glorious day of briny push-tits and ear-ringing, shout-out madness. Sunday, March 26 at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E Ajo Way. $40. Doors at noon. All ages.

Lukie D. From the moment the strident horns sound and the hyper recording pops its 2/4 groove, the music is obviously authentically Jamaican. Although at its worst, Lukie D sounds cheesy and his emotional range often appears more limited than his vocals, there’s something guttural and compelling about his pristine croons. His tracks may sound more at home on the Cool Runnings soundtrack than the Harder They Come, yet there’s so much damn sweetness below the sheen. It makes us want to give in to his catalog of love songs just a little bit. Unlike other reggae-lite acts like Maroon 5 or even UB40, Lukie D grew up in the third world and his music betrays some resulting depth in spite of itself. His too-perfect covers have an undercurrent of poverty and its resultant longing for a better life that makes Lukie D a sympathetic and relatable character. God, and his AC/DC cover! Saturday, March 25, Grand Luxe Hotel Event Center (Africa Night Dance Fusion), 1365 West Grant. 9 p.m. $25. All ages.

Ozomatli with Squirrel Nut Zippers. Anyone who's been to an Ozomatli show knows it's nigh impossible not to dance. We’ve seen totally wiped EDM kids summon up their last legs to skank, old-school vatos start the set by nodding their heads only to end up passing their cane to a homie and ducking in and out of the pit. Frat boys drop their solo cups to raise the roof and get down and there's always that universal thought bubble after the first few songs—“So this is what Sublime was getting at.” One of the only acts that can energetically hold a candle to Ozomatli live is the Squirrel Nut Zippers, with their frenetic jump-jive dancehall, one part homage, one part parody. And now thanks to Trump, two of the loudest, proudest Latin American and so-called “Americana” outfits have teamed up for six shows. There's no way this won't be smokin' caliente and chido al misma vez. Tuesday, March 28, Rialto, $35, 6:30 p.m., all ages.

Dieselboy. The Philly-raised Dieselboy (Damian Higgins) is the godhead drum and bass DJ (and now a respected chef!) who made his name back in the 1990s as a gifted jungle DJ. His longevity in a world where DJ careers are usually gone with a change of seasons is remarkable; no doubt due to his crafty, chest-caving productions, and savvy ear for beats, hooks, moods and, yes, trends. He smartly released his recordings on his own badass Human Imprint, and proceeded to enjoy dubstep and electro hits. His videogame work has won over countless sets of ears. Dude’s a master at fusing the urban with the urbane, and take heads off in the process. His new “Angel Dust” kills. This is a super-rare Tucson performance at a killer downtown space. Saturday, March 25, at Solar Culture Gallery and Performance Space, 31 E. Toole. 10 p.m. $15.

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Tucson Pops Concerts "Music Under the Stars"

May 14th marks the opening of the 63rd season of Tucson Pops “Music Under the Stars” Concerts… More

@ DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center Sun., May 14, 7-9 p.m., Sun., May 21, 7-9 p.m., Sun., May 28, 7-9 p.m., Sun., June 4, 7-9 p.m. and Sun., June 11, 7-9 p.m. 1100 S. Randolph Way.

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