Friday, November 15, 2019

Laughing Stock: Jamali Maddix keeps it real at The O

Posted By on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 1:04 PM

If my id were as erudite as Jamali Maddix, I might not be so mad at the world, either. Or maybe it’s just the British accent that sees him through his smart and dispassionate reporting on, for example, the world of camming and virtual sex.

Maddix is blessed, or afflicted, with almost unnatural confidence. He has a journalist’s curiosity and a clear eye for human activity others may overlook or choose not to see. But his greatest gift is his ability to joke us into suspending judgement just long enough to find the hilarity in indiscretion and ignorance, as well as the absurdity of our judgement itself.

The O takes another big step forward in its comedy programming by delivering this glib Brit to a Tucson audience at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15. Admission is just $10, too, for a show that’s sometimes unavailable at any price. Maddix occasionally has sold out shows in Europe and the UK, some with audiences in the thousands.

We recommend you check out his online videos from BBC2’s Live from the Apollo and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and his series, Hate Thy Neighbor, exploring neo nationalism. The Sunday (London) Times notes that his comedy offers “Something to offend everyone,” but we agree with Chortle, the UK’s most comprehensive outlet for UK comedy news, that “Maddix genuinely feels like a fresh voice.”

SNL’s Norm MacDonald at the Diamond Center

We remember Norm MacDonald as that guy Chevy Chase called “the best anchor to ever grace the chair” on SNL’s Weekend Update. Conan O’Brien has said MacDonald is his favorite guest after he told a joke that yielded a full, one-minute laugh. And David Letterman referred to him as the funniest man in the world, even inviting him to perform the last standup set ever on his show.
Also a hit on screens large and small, MacDonald starred in Billy Madison, the cult classic, Dirty Work, and three television series.

In 2017, Macdonald released his own special, Norm Macdonald: Hitler’s Dog Gossip and Trickery. He currently hosts Norm Macdonald Has a Show. The Guardian named his comedy special, Me Doing Stand-up, one of the best of all time, and Comedy Central named him in their top 100 comedians of all time.

MacDonald performs at 8 p.m, Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Diamond Center. Tickets are $20 to $35 via startickets.com

Live from Rehab

We count on the best comedians to entertain us with their personal experiences and inner truths. There may be no inner truths tougher to bring to strangers than addiction.
Zane Helberg entertains his fellow travelers along life’s dark fringes at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17 at CODAC Behavioral Health, 3100 N. 1st Ave.

Helberg has always been this crazy. Now he’s learned to work it, instead of the other way around. He has the rare energy level and active physicality to bring folks along without bringing them down. He made it, after all, and came out a comedian.

Back at the Blackrock

Mo Urban hosts another showcase in her ad hoc series at Blackrock Brewers at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22. Unless you’re a far East-sider, have Siri give you directions. Blackrock is tricky to find, but we follow headliner Pauly Casillas anywhere we can. And there’s always a great food truck. This month’s lineup includes smart and rising local newcomer Nick Chant; Mexico City comedy scene import Andrea Salazar, top Phoenix comedian Savannah Hernandez, Sedona comedy veteran Phyllis Voren and emerging local comic, Danyella Renae.

More Laughs!

Friday, Nov. 15: Standup with David Sedaris at 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall ($50 to $160) and Jason Russell, feat. Daniel Eachus, at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Laffs Comedy Caffe ($12.50 and $17.50). Improv at 7:30 p.m. and The Soapbox at 9 p.m. at Tucson Improv Movement (TIM)($5). Family-friendly improv with Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed (NBOJU) at 7:30 p.m. at Unscrewed Theatre ($5 and $7).
Saturday, Nov. 16: Standup with Jason Russell, feat. Daniel Eachus, at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Laffs Comedy Caffe ($12.50 and $17.50). Improv at 7:30 and 9 p.m. at TIM ($5). Family-friendly improv with NBOJU at 7:30 p.m. and House Team Double Feature with Big Daddies at 9 p.m. at Unscrewed Theater ($5 and $8).
Monday, Nov. 17: Standup showcase, Brew Ha Ha, at Borderlands Brewery ($5).
Free Open Mics
Sunday, Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m., The O, and 8 p.m., Chuckleheads in Bisbee.
Monday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Comedy at the Wench, The Surly Wench Pub.
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:45 p.m., Neighborhood Comedy at The Music Box Lounge.
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., The Screening Room and 8:30 p.m. at The Mint.
Thursday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., Laffs Comedy Caffe and 8:30 p.m., Rockabilly Grill.

Claytoon of the Day: Trump's Gobbler

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Zeke Nnaji's Double-Double Helps Arizona Rout San Jose State, 87-39

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Arizona freshman forward Zeke Nnaji had a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds in the Wildcats' 87-39 win over San Jose State University on Thursday, Nov. 14. - MIKE CHRISTY | ARIZONA ATHLETICS
  • Mike Christy | Arizona Athletics
  • Arizona freshman forward Zeke Nnaji had a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds in the Wildcats' 87-39 win over San Jose State University on Thursday, Nov. 14.
The Arizona Wildcats achieved their largest margin of victory in two years on Thursday night, shellacking an overmatched San Jose State team, 87-39 in Tucson.

The Wildcats (3-0), never trailed in Thursday's victory, with freshman forward Zeke Nnaji leading the charge offensively, scoring 26 points on 8-of-8 shooting, with 11 rebounds in the win.

Eleventh-year head coach Sean Miller praised the effort that Nnaji and his teammates put forth against the Spartans in his postgame comments, while pointing out areas his players could improve upon before the team's next game, against New Mexico State at noon on Sunday, Nov. 17.

"We have to get a lot better on defense. In each game that we've played, we've had really good moments, and I think we have some things that we have to learn from and, I don't want to say bounce back from, but really try to look at and fix and teach," Miller said. "You're still at the very beginning of a season.

We have a lot of new faces. So, how much progress we can make from one game to the next is something we're talking a lot about, especially on defense."

The team's offense certainly wasn't much of an issue on Thursday, hitting 48.4 percent of its shots (30/62), while out-rebounding SJSU, 50-37.

Nnaji, who has averaged 21.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 81.3 percent from the field in three games, praised those around him for setting him up with quality opportunities.

"My teammates are giving me the ball and the coaching staff have a good offense for us that's been working so far," Nnaji said. "I think we're just continuing to go with the flow."

That flow was virtually unimpeded Thursday, with 11 Wildcats scoring points, while dishing out 24 assists to 8 turnovers in the victory.

Miller remarked that the Wildcats have an embarrassment of riches, with a deep bench full of experienced players, such as University of California-Irvine transfer, Max Hazzard, who scored six points in the team's win.

Hazzard is joined by fellow transfers, Jamarl Baker Junior (Kentucky) and Stone Gettings (Cornell University) on this year's bench. The trio of newcomers excelled against the Spartans, combining to score 22 points in the win.

"We have a lot of guys that can play, and that should allow us to be really good in the second half of games, which has already shown up," Miller said. "It should make us a durable team throughout the long course of the season. We're not just dependent on one or two guys. We can strike from a lot of different areas."

Looking forward

The Wildcats will look to strike gold once again, when the Aggies of New Mexico State (2-1) come to McKale Center.

The Aggies enter Sunday's matinee off a 79-63 victory over Southern University, after capturing a Western Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament championship in 2018-19.

Miller expects the Aggies to present a hell of a challenge to the Wildcats on Sunday, bringing a unique style of basketball to the Old Pueblo.

"I think New Mexico State will be one of the most difficult games we'll play all season," Miller said. "It will be one of our biggest non-conference games that we'll play. They won 30 games a year ago. Chris Jans is an outstanding coach.

"...We have outstanding respect for Wichita State and [Jans] runs his program very similar to what Wichita State does."

Miller expects the Aggies, who are led by seniors Trevelin Queen and Ivan Aurrecoecha, to challenge the Wildcats for 40 minutes, giving the team a good sense of their progress after last year's disappointing 17-15 finish.

The longtime Arizona coach hopes the crowd will be electric, despite the early tip-off time, giving the Wildcats a unique advantage over their visitors from Las Cruces.

"What I'll tell you is it's going to be an amazing test and we have to be ready to go," Miller said. "You know, hopefully McKale Center will be electric. You hear about a lot of late starts. Well, this is the opposite. This is an early start and we're going to need our home crowd and we're going to need everything that we can really muster up to be ready for a very good team."

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XOXO: Where to Rock This Weekend, Nov. 15 - 17

Posted By on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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Friday, Nov. 15

The son of Nigerian immigrants. The title of this Texas rapper's major label debut, Brandon Banks (RCA, 2019), is his father's alias—the name listed in a federal case that led to his incarceration. Turning a troubled past around—his teenage years without a father and days running with the Crips—this MC's stark storytelling chronicles a rise from abject poverty to critical acclaim. "I don't do any fabricated-ass shit. Everything I'm talking about in my raps is real." Underground legend, Maxo Kream keeps it real. At 191 Toole. Backed by Q Da Fool and REY... Hip-hop/gangsta rap/horrorcore artist Chris Rouleau's adopted stage persona is that of a reincarnated gang member killed in the late 1980s. Out on the Forever Dead And Dirty Tour catch Blaze Ya Dead Homie at House of Bards. A.X.E. and Boonbox are up first...

Akin to a piping hot bowl of spicy pozole rojo—Mexican soul food—that soothes, helping to remedy malaise, The Carnivaleros offer up a rambunctious "Danceroo" to get the hangover started right. At Monterey Court...

Genre hopping, Mexi-Americana singer-songwriters FebboFuentes perform for the betterment of the human soul. In the tasting room at Sand-Reckoner...

Joined by a rotating cast of Tucson's best pickers—tracing back the roots of country music, from the Appalachian Mountains to the flats of Bakersfield—Freddy Parish's monthly residency continues. Dry 'n' Dusty at Exo Bar...

Influenced by afrobeats, dancehall and UK funky, this rising London-based producer's vibrant and melodic tracks fuse together syncopated rhythms from around the world. This edition of El Tambó features Mina. Resident DJs Sonido Tambó spin sides into the night. On the plaza at Hotel Congress...

Smog City indie poppers Raised on TV despondently drag themselves off the couch to bring the Road Dogs Tour to Sky Bar...

Guitarist/lap steel player Joe Novelli (Orkesta Mendoza, The Cloud Walls, Nive and the Deer Children) is known to perform a genre-jumping hybrid of fuzzed out soul-rock, noir-folk, dirty-country and punk-blues, to form a lush musical palette. At Hotel McCoy...

Pelt, Tongs and Soda Sun promise to fill the rapidly cooling night air with diversity. At The Boxyard...

While attending college, recording on his laptop, this young hip-hop artist caught the attention of Bombcity Records, which released his first mixtape, Songs For Debutantes, in 2008. Out of Oklahoma, Jabee is at Thunder Canyon Brewstillery. Sharing the stage with Cash Lansky, Jaca Zulu and Topnax & FonZ. Runt hosts...

Metric Tones presents Communiverse Vol. IV: A three-day micro-music festival, art, dance and community event. Featuring Soulular, Lunarfluxx, Santa Pachita, Paper Airplane Project, Legion of Mario, SkrUb, Tell Your Girl and more. At Solar Culture, MSA Annex and Irene's Holy Donuts...

With songs about "Stripper Poles" and "Cherry Pop Tarts," Funky Bonz have been "Making It Funky" since 1993. At Saint Charles Tavern...

Jazz saxophonist Autumn Dominguez leads her trio. On the patio at Bacio Italiano...

Multi-instrumentalist Amo "Chip" Dabney joins Rockers Uptown for a night of reggae with an occasional hip-hop twist. At Chicago Bar...

Saturday, Nov. 16

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Influenced by alt-rock and Native American traditional music, Katherine Paul grew up on a reservation in Washington state. On her 2018 release, At The Party With My Brown Friends, this Swinomish/Iñupiaq singer-songwriter finds her power as a radical indigenous queer feminist. Black Belt Eagle Scout tells her heart's dreams at Club Congress. Hikes provide support...

This Russian-American band performs a mishmash of funk, surf, rockabilly, reggae, disco and traditional Russian music. "Let's get drunk and funk" being their motto, Igor & The Red Elvises get freaky at 191 Toole...

Playing original jazz, bossa novas and experimental French esoterica, Dark Maps—Jeff Grubic, Sean Rogers and Dmitri Manos—create a unique atmosphere in the courtyard at Mercado San Agustin...

Flying like an eagle, Miller Time: A Tribute to Steve Miller swings into town. At the Rialto Theatre. "Take The Money and Run"...

The ukulele-driven, gypsy-inspired, whimsical indie-pop of Little Cloud create a microcosm of bitter-sweetness inside a glass of wine. In the Sand-Reckoner tasting room...

Holding steady after 34 years, reggae institution Neon Prophet demonstrate just "How The West Was Won." At Chicago Bar...

Club Sanctuary resident DJs Plastic Disease and Black Flagg host Strange & Unusual: A Tim Burton themed dance party. Industrial/EBM/dark dance shall spin. At the Surly Wench Pub...

They play as if the fate of their very souls were held in the balance. That look of intense passion—along with the same rush of exhilaration they must have felt when jamming these songs out for the very first time—is the reason why this band of veterans continues to draw an audience. The mighty Greyhound Soul return to Che's Lounge...

Driving down a lonesome highway, the sun setting behind a ridge, singer-songwriter June West travels with her Fender guitar, a beat machine and a repertoire of songs that draw inspiration from soul, country, blues and rock 'n' roll. She performs with "Angels in Disguise," Sadgalnina—a 21-year-old R&B singer—and THEM&i, both a part of Ojalá Systems. At Exo Bar...

Led by vocalist (retired Command Sergeant Major) Connie Brannock, Little House of Funk, like a violent thunderstorm, will energize the evening air with R&B. At Monterey Court...

The Iron Maidens pay tribute to the music of, you guessed it, Iron Maiden. At EncoreTucson. Locals Drop D and Flying Half Full add to the lineup...

"Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues." A distant relative of folk hero Davy Crockett, red-dirt Texas country crooner Charley Crockett does just that. With pop singer-songwriter Abraham Alexander. At The Rock...

Still can't get enough live music, food trucks and local brews? The Fifth Annual Stone Avenue Block Party features sets by Los Esplifs, Sonido Tambó, Mariachi Los Diablitos and The Jovert Street Steel Drum Band. At the Jewish History Museum...

Sunday, Nov. 17


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Acclaimed guitarist Sharon Isbin in cahoots with the mighty Tucson Symphony Orchestra perform a program featuring works for guitar and orchestra by Wagner, Corigliano and Rachmaninoff. Conductor Case Scaglione is at the podium. At the Tucson Convention Center...

Art + Music + Poetry + Dance = Chick Magnet. Enter the creative world of womxn, non-binary and femme artists. Featuring the rad sounds of Moontrax, Hannah Yeun, Mattea, WestOasis, Lano, Just Najima, Mudpuppy, Chelsey Trejo, Andrea Delmerico and Gabi Jr. All-ages event. At 191 Toole...

This installment of Sunday Sessions features acclaimed Americana singer-songwriter/storyteller Kevin Pakulis and his Band. At Borderlands Brewing Company...

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

Like a 21st-century mash-up of Sonic Youth and Pete Seeger with cartoonist R. Crumb, Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage's style is scuzzy, urban indie/folk rock. At Club Congress. Golden Boots opens the show...

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Things to Do This Weekend in Tucson

Posted By on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Friday, Nov. 15

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. You already know and love Sherlock Holmes. In this fast-paced comedic play by Ken Ludwig, five actors portray dozens of different characters as the famous detective tackles his most notorious case yet. Can he crack the case before a family curse dooms its newest heir? And for that matter, can you? This plot is designed to keep you guessing just as much as it keeps you laughing. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, through Saturday, Nov. 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Black Box Theatre at PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd.. $17. (ASL interpreters are available at the Nov. 14 performance). Information.

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I Just Want to Ride.
In 2015, Lael Wilcox set the women’s record on the Tour Divide, a massive 2,700 mile mountain bike race from Canada to Mexico along the “Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.” But that’s only the beginning of the story. In 2019, Wilcox returned in an attempt to win the overall race. This documentary follows Wilcox along that most recent race, a journey full of storms, competition and determination. Campfire Cycling is hosting a screening of this documentary, featuring Wilcox and director Rugile Kaladyte in person. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. 2801 N. Flowing Wells Road Suite 101. Free. Information.

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Sharon Isbin Guitar
. You might have heard Sharon Isbin soloing on the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning film The Departed. In this show, she’s returning to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for the first time in nearly 20 years to play Troubadours, a guitar concerto by Grammy, Oscar and Pulitzer-prize winning composer John Corgliano. She’s also playing the Prelude and Liebestod, the opening and closing music from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, the composer’s last major composition. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. $35 to $91, with discounts for those under 18. Information.

Tournament of Destruction. Tucson’s only monster truck and demolition derby is coming to town to wreak some havoc and to remind you that sometimes, watching other people wreak havoc is just the catharsis you need to stop yourself from wreaking havoc on your own life. Trucks like “Tuff E Nuff,” Rat Attack,” “Nasty Boy” and “Unnamed and Untamed” will be going all out in a glorious showcase of destruction. Plus, there’s an inflatable zone for the kids! 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16. Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. Sixth Ave. $20 adults, $10 for kids 12 and under and $50 for a family pack (two adults and three kids). Information.

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1912/Craft Collaborative Release Party.
Beer collaborations generally mean two beer groups come together, and that’s true in this situation. But this collaboration is special, because it also includes the coming together of two of nature’s greatest bounties: the apricot and plum. 1912 Brewing and Craft, A Modern Drinkery present the “Rock Out With Your Pluot” milkshake sour. Featuring the fruity sourness of the pluot (a plum/apricot hybrid) this new beer contains lactose and brewer’s sugar for creaminess, and clocks in at 6 percent ABV. Get a taste of this fusion of local businesses and fruits. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. 4603 E. Speedway Blvd. Information.

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Made for Each Other.
This show by Tucson playwright Monica Bauer is dramatic and funny and thought provoking and lighthearted and award winning and shouldn’t be missed. New York guest artist John Fico is playing all four parts in this show about same-sex marriage, Alzheimer’s disease and the importance and power of the truth. If you’re not already hooked, here’s just enough of the plot to really draw you in: Vincent wants to have at least one good year before the effects of what could be Alzheimer’s really start to set in. Does he tell his fiancé Jerry before the wedding, to give him an out? 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave. $35. Information.

Premium Blend. Put on your dancin’ shoes! Well, more specifically, put on the shoes you wear when you go to a show to watch amazing dancers perform. UADance is presenting several beautiful pieces in this show. George Blanchine’s masterpiece The Four Temperaments features four movements based on the medieval belief that humans are made up of four “humors”: melancholic, sanguine, phlegmatic and choleric. In Escaping the Weight of Darkness, Alvin Ailey principal dancer Kanji Segawa performs a danced interpretation of the journey between isolation and hope. There will also be two pieces choreographed by UA faculty members Autumn Eckman and Elizabeth George-Fesch. Thursday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 17, with varying showtimes. Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. $25 GA, $30 senior/military/UA employees, $15 students. Information.

Saturday, Nov. 16

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. You already know and love Sherlock Holmes. In this fast-paced comedic play by Ken Ludwig, five actors portray dozens of different characters as the famous detective tackles his most notorious case yet. Can he crack the case before a family curse dooms its newest heir? And for that matter, can you? This plot is designed to keep you guessing just as much as it keeps you laughing. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, through Saturday, Nov. 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Black Box Theatre at PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd.. $17. (ASL interpreters are available at the Nov. 14 performance). Information.

Fifth Annual Stone Avenue Block Party. Ah, Stone Avenue, one of the core pillars of downtown. The Jewish History Museum is celebrating the fifth annual Stone Avenue Block Party with food, drinks and plenty of local music. The festivities include a beer garden with brews from Barrio Brewery and Sentinel Peak Brewery, as well as a food truck roundup. There will also be the Jovert Steel Drum Band (Tucson High Magnet School) and Mariachi Los Diablitos (Sunnyside High School). 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. 564 S. Stone Ave. Information.

17th Annual Mesquite Milling Fiesta. Who spilt the beans all over Tucson? Oh, it turns out that’s just what mesquite trees do naturally. Come get locally harvested mesquite pods ground into delicious desert flour at the Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm. The Mesquite Milling Fiesta is a celebration of our local desert beans, and includes food demos by Desert Harvesters, EXO Roast and Desert Forager. Desert Harvesters, for instance, is offering samples of “mesquite pod broth hot chai tea.” Who knew the desert could be so abundant? 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. 2405 S. Cottonwood Ln. Admission is free, milling charges will apply. Information.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Free screening!).
As part of their continued Loft Jr. children’s film series, the Loft Cinema is screening the film that’s come closest to replicating the feel of actually reading a comic book. This Spider-Man spectacular features reality jumping, wild animation and more Spider-Men than you can keep track of. The screening includes pre-show activities hosted by Mildred & Dildred Toy Store, and is sponsored by the Pima County Public Library. 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday Nov. 16. Pre-show activities start at 9:15 a.m. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Free. Information.

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Footprints at the Fox.
Have you heard of Ballet Tucson’s ChoreoLab initiative? It provides budding choreographers with a chance to show their work to new audiences, and audiences to see some of the freshest new pieces in choreography today. Styles including classical ballet, neo-classical and contemporary will all be in the lineup in this show at the Fox Tucson Theatre, and audience members can even vote for their favorite piece. The top three choreographers will get prizes. This show, now in its third year, is for one afternoon only! 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. $25 GA. Information.

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Tournament of Destruction
. Tucson’s only monster truck and demolition derby is coming to town to wreak some havoc and to remind you that sometimes, watching other people wreak havoc is just the catharsis you need to stop yourself from wreaking havoc on your own life. Trucks like “Tuff E Nuff,” Rat Attack,” “Nasty Boy” and “Unnamed and Untamed” will be going all out in a glorious showcase of destruction. Plus, there’s an inflatable zone for the kids! 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16. Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. Sixth Ave. $20 adults, $10 for kids 12 and under and $50 for a family pack (two adults and three kids). Information.

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Seventh Annual Turkey Trot.
The reason that there are so many running events in the fall and winter is probably because those are the cooler months, during which running isn’t quite so hellish as it is during the Arizona summers. But it works out pretty well that so many of them fall during the holiday season, in time to offset the extra calories so many of us are taking in. Run a 5K, get five extra slices of pumpkin pie—that’s what we like to say here at the Weekly. The Marana Turkey trot is one of the first holiday-themed events of the season, and features a 5K, 10K and fun run along the Santa Cruz river path. And feel free to bring a food donation to support veterans! Check in begins at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road. 5K and 10K are $20 in advance or $25 day-of. Fun run is free. Information.

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Tucson Parkrun.
Did you know that every Saturday morning, no matter the weather, a group of runners, walkers, run-walkers and volunteers do a free, timed 5K at Himmel Park? They’re part of a global “parkrun” movement, in which more than 350,000 people in 21 countries do the same thing in their own towns every week. The Tucson parkrun started a year ago this weekend, and to celebrate, organizers are planning a celebration, complete with cake. Getting out into the sunshine for some exercise and camaraderie is certainly worth celebrating, if you ask us. Hit your first one this weekend and see how you like it! 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov 16. Himmel Park Library, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Free, but signup in advance at parkrun.us/register. Information.

Premium Blend. Put on your dancin’ shoes! Well, more specifically, put on the shoes you wear when you go to a show to watch amazing dancers perform. UADance is presenting several beautiful pieces in this show. George Blanchine’s masterpiece The Four Temperaments features four movements based on the medieval belief that humans are made up of four “humors”: melancholic, sanguine, phlegmatic and choleric. In Escaping the Weight of Darkness, Alvin Ailey principal dancer Kanji Segawa performs a danced interpretation of the journey between isolation and hope. There will also be two pieces choreographed by UA faculty members Autumn Eckman and Elizabeth George-Fesch. Thursday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 17, with varying showtimes. Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. $25 GA, $30 senior/military/UA employees, $15 students. Information.

Made for Each Other. This show by Tucson playwright Monica Bauer is dramatic and funny and thought provoking and lighthearted and award winning and shouldn’t be missed. New York guest artist John Fico is playing all four parts in this show about same-sex marriage, Alzheimer’s disease and the importance and power of the truth. If you’re not already hooked, here’s just enough of the plot to really draw you in: Vincent wants to have at least one good year before the effects of what could be Alzheimer’s really start to set in. Does he tell his fiancé Jerry before the wedding, to give him an out? 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave. $35. Information.

Fellow Travelers. Based on a 2007 novel by Thomas Mallon, this opera takes place during the McCarthy-era Lavender scare. Let’s set the stage: When Timothy Laughlin, a young, ambitious college grad, meets Hawkins Fuller, a U.S. State Department official, he finds both his first job and his first love affair. So he must choose: his political convictions or his love? This story explores the idea of how much bravery it sometimes takes just to be yourself, and is set to music by Gregory Spears and a libretto by Greg Pierce. Performance is by the Arizona Opera. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. $25 to $110. Information.

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Sonoran Harvest: Taste the Desert. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum invites you to get a taste of the Sonoran Desert. And it’s a lot less dry and prickly than it sounds! For their second annual food and drink festival, the Desert Museum is partnering with Tucson Foodie and the UA Center for Regional Food Studies for a celebration of local food culture. The core of the event: local chefs battle to be crowned the “Sonoran Harvest Champion” and you get to vote for your favorite. Competitors include chefs from Geronimo’s Revenge, Ciao Down, Welcome Diner and Batch Cafe. As an embrace of the desert, chefs are required to use prickly pear and/or mesquite in their competition food. This food fanatic’s fiesta also includes tasting stations from Mestizo Sonoran Bistro, Mad Batter Bakery, Geronimo’s Revenge, Fat Noodle, August Rhodes Market, Prep & Pastry and more. And local brewers are invited as well, including Harbottle Brewing, Town Under Black Distillery, Borderlands Brewing Company and Button Brew House. The night even features a specialty guided tasting with tequila expert, Jesús García. Tequila tasting tickets sold separately. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. 2021 N. Kinney Road. Food-only tickets: $35. Food and alcohol tickets: $50. Information.

Sunday, Nov. 17

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. You already know and love Sherlock Holmes. In this fast-paced comedic play by Ken Ludwig, five actors portray dozens of different characters as the famous detective tackles his most notorious case yet. Can he crack the case before a family curse dooms its newest heir? And for that matter, can you? This plot is designed to keep you guessing just as much as it keeps you laughing. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, through Saturday, Nov. 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Black Box Theatre at PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd.. $17. (ASL interpreters are available at the Nov. 14 performance). Information.

Puppies, Yoga & Beer. Those are probably the three favorite things of quite a few people. And I’m sure most enjoy at least one of them. That’s a good enough reason as any to head down to Harbottle Brewing Company while they support the local dog and cat rescue charity Lil Bit of Love. The entrance fee will get you an hour of yoga while playing with puppies, and a pint from Harbottle Brewing. Culinary Graduate food truck will also be standing by to fuel you up post-workout. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. 3820 S. Palo Verde #102. $15. Information.

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The Colorado
. Once one of the mightiest rivers in North America, the Colorado River now slows to a trickle before it reaches the sea. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Loft Cinema are teaming up to present this documentary about one of the West’s most important and influential rivers. This screening also includes a post-film Q&A with the director and the author of the companion book. The documentary takes the audience on a journey in nine chapters, including examining Native Americans around the river, European arrivals, the dam-building era and more. 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. $12 general admission and $10 for Desert Museum members. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Information.

Sharon Isbin Guitar. You might have heard Sharon Isbin soloing on the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning film The Departed. In this show, she’s returning to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for the first time in nearly 20 years to play Troubadours, a guitar concerto by Grammy, Oscar and Pulitzer-prize winning composer John Corgliano. She’s also playing the Prelude and Liebestod, the opening and closing music from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, the composer’s last major composition. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. $35 to $91, with discounts for those under 18. Information.

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Champions of Magic
. Even the otherworldly realm of magic isn’t immune to the rules of simple multiplication: If one magician escaping a water cell, predicting the future and levitating high above the stage will blow your mind, FIVE magicians doing tricks like this should leave your mind five times as blown. This cast of world-class, international award winners are on their 2018 tour across the world after a run at London’s West End. They’ve got more than 20 million online views between them, but joining the ranks of those who have seen them in person will be worth it. 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. $27.50 to $64.50. Information.

VintagePalooza. Hear, hear! It’s time to get going with your holiday shopping, and it’s also time to treat yourself to a little shopping yourself in the midst of the most hectic (but still wonderful) time of year. So head over to Cat Mountain Station for a morning of vintage vendors, hidden treasures and live music. While you’re up there, check out Buffalo Trading Post as well, for both vintage and new clothing, jewelry and housewares. Then, grab lunch at Coyote Pause Café and take a moment to remind yourself that one of the wonders of living in Tucson is prickly pear flavored items all year ’round. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Cat Mountain Station, 2727 S. Kinney Road. Information.

GABA Fall Bike Swap. It’s the largest bicycle swap in the southwest! And, though these metrics are harder to measure, we feel pretty confident in saying it’s also the rootinest, tootinest bicycle swap in the southwest. This biannual event attracts more than 5,000 attendees and 40 vendors each time GABA puts it on, so why not join the throng and head over? Maybe you want to buy a bike. Maybe you want to sell a bunch of bikes. Maybe you just have one bike you want to sell, or exchange for something different. Whatever you’re in the market for, it’s bike-a-palooza down here, so pedal on down and peddle your wares. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. 311 E. Seventh St. Free. Information.

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Rooftop Del Bac Party.
Who doesn’t love a good rooftop party? And for those of you who have never been to a rooftop party, who doesn’t want to try one out? This one has a raffle for a Del Bac Tour Experience, five custom Del Bac cocktails with appetizer and dessert pairings, and live music from the Street Blues Family. You can also decorate ornamental creations with Pueblo Nouveau and get some Christmas shopping (and wrapping done) with the bottles and glassware they’ll have on sale. Now that’s a party! 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Playground Bar & Lounge, 278 E. Congress St. $10 to $15. Information.

Premium Blend. Put on your dancin’ shoes! Well, more specifically, put on the shoes you wear when you go to a show to watch amazing dancers perform. UADance is presenting several beautiful pieces in this show. George Blanchine’s masterpiece The Four Temperaments features four movements based on the medieval belief that humans are made up of four “humors”: melancholic, sanguine, phlegmatic and choleric. In Escaping the Weight of Darkness, Alvin Ailey principal dancer Kanji Segawa performs a danced interpretation of the journey between isolation and hope. There will also be two pieces choreographed by UA faculty members Autumn Eckman and Elizabeth George-Fesch. Thursday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 17, with varying showtimes. Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. $25 GA, $30 senior/military/UA employees, $15 students. Information.

Fellow Travelers. Based on a 2007 novel by Thomas Mallon, this opera takes place during the McCarthy-era Lavender scare. Let’s set the stage: When Timothy Laughlin, a young, ambitious college grad, meets Hawkins Fuller, a U.S. State Department official, he finds both his first job and his first love affair. So he must choose: his political convictions or his love? This story explores the idea of how much bravery it sometimes takes just to be yourself, and is set to music by Gregory Spears and a libretto by Greg Pierce. Performance is by the Arizona Opera. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. $25 to $110. Information.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

All Bets Are On, Volume 39: Nico Mannion and Arizona Host San Jose State/New Mexico State, Pac-12 Superlatives and Picks of the Dragon

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All Bets Are On is back, with an action-packed episode breaking down the latest in Pac-12 college basketball and football.

The dynamic duo of Christopher Boan and Tyler Vondrak break down Arizona's 6 p.m. tipoff against San Jose State on Thursday, before previewing Sunday's home clash with New Mexico State.

They then analyze the early results from the Pac-12 in mens basketball, picking how many teams from the Conference of Champions will make the NCAA and NIT tournaments.

The duo then venture into their weekly Pac-12 Superlatives segment, handing out their selections for game of the week, upset watch and blowout watch for the weekend's football action.

The final segment of Thursday's podcast breaks down the weekend at-large in college football, with Boan and Vondrak handing out their picks for the weekend's games.

Tune in each week for a new episode of All Bets Are On, the Tucson Weekly's podcast, either on SoundCloud or via the Tucson Weekly's website.

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Claytoon of the Day: Poo-Flinging Republicans

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XOXO: Where to Rock, Thursday, Nov. 14

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"Fast Times at Dropout High." It all started with a 4-track demo slipped to The Vandals' bassist Joe Escalante at a Cincinnati show in 1996 that landed them a record deal. Twenty-three years later, these pop punks are still touring the world and doing things their way. The Ataris sing "The Saddest Song" at 191 Toole. Alien Atmosphere opens...

"Lemme hear ya holla." E is for Exbats! The bubblegum pop and slashing garage rock of Bisbee's The Exbats promises to bring a "Maximum of Happy" to Tap + Bottle–Downtown...

Dropping atomic bombs of bass, EDM duos Barely Alive + Bandlez maraud in search of plunder. At Gentle Ben's. Flanked by Oblivion and Wolfie...

Guitarist Eugene Boronow spreads bossa nova's heart-warming sound. On the Agustin Kitchen patio...

It's free jazz! Lookout Tucson Jazz Concert Series continues. This week sees the dynamic configuration of pianist Chris Peña, upright bassist Thøger Lund and Josh Carruthers on drums. In the Lookout Bar and Grille at The Westward Look Resort...

Go Deeper: DJs Atom Energy and Lunarfluxx take you on a trek through the EDM underground. This week they welcome guest DJ CHKLZ. At Passé...

Led by award-winning fiddler, Billy Shaw Jr. Band perform Southwestern country rock for Boots & Balls Thursday. At The Maverick King of Clubs...

"Americana's Most Wanted," Mark Insley and guitarist Damon Barnaby, are at Iron John's Brewing Company–Congress...

Impending doom fills the air as Denver-blackened sludge metallists Oryx are at Wooden Tooth Records. Flanked by locals Manguera and Demon Grass...

Divinely scratchy vinyl will be spun, anything goes. At The Libertine...

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UA Dance presents a powerful Premium Blend program of George Balanchine's "The Four Temperaments," Jessica Lang's "Escaping… More

@ UA Stevie Eller Dance Theatre Nov. 13-16, 7:30-9 p.m., Nov. 16-17, 1:30-3 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 17, 6-7:30 p.m. 1737 E. University Blvd.

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