Saturday, September 21, 2019

How To Improve Student Success At TUSD, Guaranteed

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Don't get me wrong. I think TUSD needs lots more money. To raise salaries. To lower class size. To buy new books, technology and other classroom supplies. To hire nurses, librarians, counselors and people who teach art and music. To fix the schools' crumbling infrastructure. To upgrade school buses.

All that is an important part of improving the education students receive, especially in Arizona's cash-starved schools. But if I were to do one thing to improve student success at TUSD, it wouldn't be boosting the district's budget. It would be improving the standards of living of students whose families are near the bottom of our socioeconomic ladder. Improve their quality of life outside school and school success will improve on its own. Standardized test scores, classroom attentiveness and attendance will rise. Incidents requiring discipline will fall.

It's a simple idea, really. If students' lives improve before they arrive at school in the morning and after they leave in the afternoon, they will come to school more prepared to learn. They'll become better students, even in overfull, undersupplied classrooms.

Reputable educational studies in schools around the world conclude that family income correlates directly with student achievement. As incomes rise, student achievement rises as well. If we raise the overall income of families at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder— by "overall income," I'm referring to a host of goods and services which raise people's standard of living, not just money — their children's success in school will rise as well.

It should be clear by now, I'm not talking only about TUSD. I'm talking about the way the country approaches the task of improving student success in school. Instead of focusing on "failing schools," we need to shift the conversation to the ways society fails our children during the hours they aren't in school.

But there's an obvious problem. It's not easy, or cheap, to improve the lives of people at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. It's a heavy lift. It costs a lot of money, the majority of which will come from the uber-wealthy. Our response to the economic inequality which has grown worse over the past half century will have to change radically. And the automatic privilege granted to whites, especially those with means, will have to be replaced by a more equitable way of dealing with economic and racial disparities.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

All Bets Are On, Volume 31: On Arizona Slaying Texas Tech, Pac-12 Football and CFB Picks of the Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 3:31 PM

The newest episode of the Tucson Weekly's sports podcast, All Bets Are On, is live.

The boys are back and ready to break down week four of the college football season, handing out their upset picks of the Pac-12 slate, as well as games to keep an eye on in the Conference of Champions.

Co-hosts Christopher Boan and Tyler Vondrak then hand out their Picks of the Dragon for the weekend's games, focusing on contests outside of the Pac-12.

Tune in for a new episode of the Weekly's sports podcast each Friday.

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XOXO: Where to Rock, Friday, Sept. 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, Sept. 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, Sept. 22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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31 Things to Do This Weekend in Tucson

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Friday, Sept. 20

Harvest Moon at Maynards. To celebrate the coming harvest, Maynards Market and Kitchen is hosting a tasting of some earthy wines to get you in the spirit. While we don’t get too many falling leaves or frosty mornings in the Sonoran Desert, this is a good chance to get into that magical post-summer part of the year you hear about so much. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. 400 N. Toole Ave. $12. Free entry for Maynards’ Wine Club members. Details.

Storm Area Ten55. Oh yeah, remember how people were planning on storming Area 51 in the hopes of securing an interstellar bunkmate or whatever? Well, if you can’t make it out to Nevada, Ten55 Brewing is giving you the next best thing: a chance to get spacey with a significantly lowered risk of being attacked by military personnel. Ten55 will be serving up specialty mixed drinks while showing extraterrestrial-inspired films. Show up in an alien costume to get a dollar off your pints. 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. 110 E. Congress Street. Details.

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Beethoven Symphony No. 7.
Talk about a throwback! The very first concert the Tucson Symphony Orchestra put on, on Jan. 13, 1929, featured this piece. And when Beethoven premiered it back in 1813, even he said it was one of his best works. This evening features pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, the 2017 Gold medal winner of the prestigious Cliburn Competition. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor and Bach/Webern’s Fugue for Six Voices from Musical Offering are also on the schedule. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. $31 to $87. Details.

Fiesta de los Bomberos Feast & Fairways. This Southern Arizona tradition is an opportunity to support several great causes: Proceeds benefit cardiac, cancer and mental health and wellness programs for local firefighters, with the majority of funds going to the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will also receive funds for its firefighter safety research and survivor support programs. Lastly, it’s a gala, so you get to support your own desire to get dressed up and spend a fancy evening out. This year’s guest speaker is longtime UA softball coach Mike Candrea, and the night features an auction dinner and entertainment. 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. $75. Details.

Friday, Sept. 20: Standup with Ben Roy, featuring Monica Nevi, at 8 and 10:30 p.m. at Laffs Comedy Caffe ($12.50 and $17.50). Improv with Constable, Three’s Company and Chocolate Wheatie Things 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). Details.

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The Goonies (Free). In celebration of the totally real holiday of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, The Loft Cinema is screening this ’80s adventure for free at Himmel Park. Featuring Sean Astin, Corey Feldman and Ke Huy Quan, it’s about as classic as a PG movie can get. So instead of retelling you the plot for the 100th time, did you know Quan spells out all his cusses because his mother made him promise not to use any bad language in the movie? Part of the Loft Jr. series. 6:30 to 8:35 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Details. 




Saturday, Sept. 21

Meet the Winemaker: Four Tails Vineyard. The Arizona Wine Collective is continuing their educational (and tasty) series with a Southern Arizona winery. This month, they are hosting Cale and Barb from Four Tails Vineyard for a special tasting event, and they’re bringing along three wines: the 2017 Big Paw Petite Syrah, the 2017 Amigos Petit Verdot, and the 2018 Pete Rose Rosé. 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. 4280 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 155. Details.

Pueblo Vida Oktoberfest. Pueblo Vida is celebrating the official beginning of autumn! That means it automatically becomes 60 degrees and the leaves fall... right? Well maybe not in the desert. But it does mean you have access to Pueblo Vida’s new Oktoberfest-style Lager, the “Eiskalt.” They are also selling special steins and four packs of the brew. And because it’s Oktoberfest, they’ll be serving German food to go along with your beer. Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. 115 E. Broadway Blvd. Details.

The Buffet’s 85th Anniversary. The Buffet Bar is celebrating their 85th anniversary with a night of music and merrymaking. And you can’t call your business The Buffet without serving up plenty of food and drinks. Order a drink, get some special food, and party like it’s 1934. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. 538 E. Ninth St. Details.

El Rio Vecinos Block Party. El Rio Vecinos, a community of young professionals, is bringing Las Vegas to Jacome Plaza! This special block party in the middle of downtown includes samplings from local restaurants and breweries. And because it’s Vegas-themed, there will also be casino games, live music and photo booths. And if any of that wears you out, there will also be a beer garden to fuel you back up. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. 10 W. Pennington St. $85. 21+ Visit elriovecinos.com for tickets. Details.

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Plant Geek Festival + Sale.
Calling all plant enthusiasts! You don’t want to miss this extravaganza at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, where more than a dozen of the best growers and nurseries in Tucson will be in one convenient location to make all of your wildest botanical dreams come true. Local food vendors and live music will keep you energized through the event, and the fact that admission to the gardens is FREE all day long means that you’ll have plenty of money to spend on new plant pals. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Details. 

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Canoa Cup Collector Car Show.
Did someone say vintage automobiles? Yes! The first car show at Historic Canoa Ranch in Green Valley will feature more than 50 classic vehicles, along with music, food, drinks and lots of vendors. And it’s for a good cause, too—all proceeds benefit the restoration and preservation of Canoa Ranch, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Place. For 130 years in the 19th and 20th centuries, all 4,800 acres of it were devoted to cattle ranching and agriculture. From cattle to cars, it’s always been a place that can show you a good time. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Historic Canoa Ranch, 5375 S. 1-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley. $5. Details.

Morning Coffee with St. Michael’s Guatemala Project. St. Michael’s Guatemala Project is an all-volunteer, non-sectarian partnership with rural Mayan farmers of the Communities of Population in Resistance of the Sierra in the Ixil area of Guatemala. The 2019 summer teams visited 14 communities in the area this year, meeting with community councils and testing for conditions like anemia and high blood sugar. Now, they’re back, and they’ve got stories to share about the tumultuous election year, migration pressures, and the hospitality of their hosts. Come hear them at this event, which will also feature coffee and snacks, as well as traditional Mayan textiles and handcrafted items for sale. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church Parish Center, 602 N. Wilmot Road. Free, but donations encouraged. Details.

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Sonoran Native Plants Tour
. Have you ever noticed how many cool plants there are on the UA campus? Take this chance for a docent to show you around the Joseph Wood Krutch Garden. Not only will you get to see the lovely plant variety, but you can learn about the historical and current role of Sonoran native plants to the health of the environment and of the people who live here. And what more wonderful time to take this all in than on a fall morning? 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. UA Campus Arboretum, 1140 E. S. Campus Dr. (Meet by the fountain in front of Old Main.) Free, but RSVP required at visitorcenter.arizona.edu. Details.

TEDxTucson Presents [r]evolution. Sometimes, when things seem dark and difficult, we could all just really use a good TED Talk on something interesting and inspiring, like how to make blue collar work more satisfying, how to build portable tiny house communities or how to explore the galaxy. Come hear some ideas worth spreading (and in fact, those mentioned above exactly) from 12 speakers and performers at TEDxTucson’s fifth annual conference. On the performers side of the house, we’ve got an award-winning folk/rock duo, a living Lucha Libra legend and the Prince of Promotion. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Berger Theater, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. Tickets are $90 at the door, $65 for student/military/senior and $100 for the VIP package. Details.

The Legend of Georgia McBride. In this show put on by Arizona Repertory Theatre, the protagonist, Casey, is really going through it. In one night, he loses his beloved job as an Elvis impersonator, his landlord demands the rent and his wife tells him she’s pregnant. But then, a ray of hope: A drag show moves into his old place of employment, and the former king becomes a (drag) queen. You’ll smile, you’ll laugh and you’ll cheer for the production numbers in this heartwarming show. Preview shows 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. Show runs Wednesday, Sept. 25, through Sunday, Oct. 6, with 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. showtimes, depending on the day. UA Tornabene Theatre, 1025 N. Olive Road. $32 adults, $30 seniors/military/UA employees, $15 students. Details.

Tucson 5K Dash & Walk Like MADD 2019. Technically, the organization is called “Mothers Against Drunk Driving,” but, whether you’re a mother or not, stopping drunk and drugged driving is the sort of mission that lots of different people can get behind. Walk Like MADD is happening in 90 cities all over the nation to raise money for MADD, and your chance to participate is right here in Reid Park. Celebrate afterward with a barbecue and other festivities? If you’re into supporting the cause, but not so much into the getting up early to exercise, then you can register as a virtual walker, too. Run starts at 8:30 a.m. and walk starts at 8:45 a.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way. $30 for the run and $20 for the walk. Details.

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Loop de Loop
. El Tour season is upon us! Let’s kick it off with this free cycling celebration on the beloved Loop. Just start cycling along the Chuck Huckelberry Loop wherever you want, riding from station to station to meet El Tour charitable beneficiaries and sponsors. Maybe you’ll find a nonprofit or team to ride with, or just get a chance to learn more about what El Tour is all about. And after the ride, head to Ramada Tucson for a party full of live music, food, drinks and a raffle (pick up free raffle tickets at the booths along the Loop). Ride from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Ramada Tucson, 777 W. Cushing St. Free. Details.

The Franklin Auto Museum Fall Preview Event. Have you ever checked out the Franklin Auto Museum? It was founded by Thomas Hubbard to preserve his extensive collection of Franklin autos, produced between 1902 and 1934, and bet-known for their air-cooled engines, and (at least at first) how light and responsive they were compared to other cars. The museum also includes some other items Hubbard put into trust: a library of Franklin Company research materials and an extensive collection of Native American artifacts that once belonged to his aunt. At their first annual fall-mini tour, take a look around for half price! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. The Franklin Auto Museum, 3420 N. Vine Ave. $5. Details.

Smithsonian Museum Day. Happy free museum day! The Smithsonian partners with participating museums every year to offer a day of free admission to whoever wants it! This year, six Tucson museums are participating: the Tucson Desert Art Museum (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), the Tucson Botanical Gardens (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), the UA Museum of Art (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), MOCA (noon to 5 p.m.) and Tohono Chul (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) So, yes, hours and location vary, but, wherever you choose to go, download your free ticket for two people at smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Saturday, Sept. 21. Details.

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Love of Literacy. Reading is so cool. What better way to learn about the real world, expand your mind’s world and enter completely new worlds? The Tucson Children’s Museum is free all day in honor of this children’s book festival. Create a bookmark, write poetry, make a storybook or enjoy a performance of a story written by kids. Want to practice reading aloud? Read to a dog, a pony or even a snake! There are also book giveaways, a story corner, snacks and food trucks. You’d better book it on over to the book party! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave. Free. Details.

My-Oh-My Apple Pie Weekend. It’s fall! And with October already being widely recognized as the “all things pumpkin” month, Apple Annies is giving its namesake fruit a time to shine in September. Head over this weekend and start off with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with apple pie syrup, then spend the early afternoon taking a free wagon ride out to the orchard to pick your own apples. To refuel, come back for an apple-smoked burger lunch at the Orchard Grill. And be sure to try the free samples of apple pie and test out their homemade apple crumb pie ice cream. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22. Apple Annie Fruit Orchards, 2081 W. Hardy Road, Willcox. Details.

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GLOW!: Intergalactic. Heavenly bodies and space beings and UFOs—oh my! It’s time to head over to the Triangle L Ranch for another evening at this glow-in-the-dark wonderland of an outdoor art installation. This week’s live performance offerings feature Ric Volante and Vicky Smith, Oracle Moon Belly Dance, Sir T. Beckles, Poi-Zen Fire, hypnopad, Gila Bend and Heidi MacDonald, plus tarot readings by Felicitas and Chad. Enter the best illuminated intergalactic costume contest to win a one-night stay at the Triangle L Ranch B&B, plus two tickets for next year’s GLOW!. This night also features the Oracle premiere of the dark sky bubble hut, a little glamping alcove with a clear, domed top so you can stargaze the night away—soon to be available as an accommodation at the ranch. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Triangle L Ranch, 2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Road in Oracle. $21.44 for adults, $12.86 for kids 4 to 12 and free for kids 3 and under. $75.04 for a carpool of four adults. Details:

Tucson’s most famous comedian Kristine Levine opens a new venue for greater Tucson comedy at 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. She’ll headline and host a show at Circle S. Saloon in Marana. Tickets are $10 at the door or $5 in advance at (520) 682-5377. Levine is best-known locally as Frank Brinsley’s partner on KLPX’s popular World-Famous Frank Show. She performed on several episodes of Portlandia and has guested at comedy festivals all over the U.S.

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Comedia standup en español with Franco Escamilla at Fox Tucson Theatre ($42 to $128). Standup with Joe Koy at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Tucson Music Hall ($40 to $55). Standup with Ben Roy, featuring Monica Nevi, at 8 and 10:30 p.m. at Laffs Comedy Caffe ($12.50 and $17.50). Improv with The Openers and Spanish language team Como Se Dice at 7:30 p.m., followed by Round 2 of the 3 v 3 Tournament at 9 p.m. at TIM, ($5). Family-friendly improv with NBOJU at 7:30 p.m. followed by House Team Double Feature at 9 p.m. at Unscrewed Theater ($5 and $8).

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The Simpsons binge watch (Free). University of Arizona’s Cats After Dark group is hosting a screening on the UA mall in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the longest-running sitcom in TV history. This free public event includes two hours of Simpsons episodes. Here’s your chance to watch some good ol’ Simpsons episodes from before they became zombified. Fun! 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. 1303 E. University Blvd. Free. Please bring your own seating. Details.

Sunday, Sept. 22

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

The Legend of Georgia McBride. In this show put on by Arizona Repertory Theatre, the protagonist, Casey, is really going through it. In one night, he loses his beloved job as an Elvis impersonator, his landlord demands the rent and his wife tells him she’s pregnant. But then, a ray of hope: A drag show moves into his old place of employment, and the former king becomes a (drag) queen. You’ll smile, you’ll laugh and you’ll cheer for the production numbers in this heartwarming show. Preview shows 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. Show runs Wednesday, Sept. 25, through Sunday, Oct. 6, with 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. showtimes, depending on the day. UA Tornabene Theatre, 1025 N. Olive Road. $32 adults, $30 seniors/military/UA employees, $15 students. Details.

Tucson Pops. Hooray for free live music in the park! This week’s performance features soloists from the orchestra, Michael Fan on the violin and Joseph Pagán on the viola. Fan is the concertmaster of Tucson Pops, who writes, plays and arranges music in genres ranging from classical to jazz to klezmer. Pagán has been a member of the Tucson Symphony viola section for literally 30 years, so he almost certainly is better at and knows more about the viola than you do. On the evening’s schedule are selections from Ragtime and Carousel, works by Mozart and Puccini, “What a Wonderful World” and “America the Beautiful.” 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way. Free. Details.

Free open mic at 8 p.m. at Chuckleheads in Bisbee. Details.

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Voices of Vail.
This locally made documentary examines a century of change in the Southern Arizona’s “Town Between the Tracks,” Vail. It is a celebration of the “people, history, and remarkable natural beauty that make Vail special.” In addition, the film includes an original overture, written by Tucson Symphony Young Composer, Claire Thai. This screening at the Loft Cinema is hosted by the Vail Preservation Society. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $15. Details.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Laughing Stock: All kinds of funny

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Lisa Landry at the Wench

Comedy at the Wench steps up its game with its first booked national act, Lisa Landry, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23. The show is also the series’ first for which advance tickets are available. They are $10 on Eventbrite.

Tucson comedy regulars know Landry from her headlining sets at Laffs Comedy Caffe. At the Wench she’ll top the bill of the club’s annual Cat Show, featuring cat-themed outfits and laughs in tribute to the next best pet to a dog.

It seems impossible that the life of a popular comedian with cover-girl looks could be anything like ours, but apparently it is. She nails the nexus of daughterhood, motherhood, the grind in general and the mixed legacy of her Louisiana birthplace with line after line of laugh-makers. It’s pretty much exactly what’s in our own 21st-century-afflicted brains, if we were that funny.

Landry uses swear words like a first language, which is to say deftly and where nothing else will do. She won her stripes at the crucible of New York comedy clubs, but her comedy is as grounded as a Costco. She’s had a Comedy Central special, headlined shows in Las Vegas, appeared on a dozen TV shows and released four CDs.

Comedy at the Wench is now in its fourth year with host Roxy Merrari at the helm. The Cat Show is a favorite in the series of special shows that take place on the fourth or last Monday every month. The club’s weekly Monday open mics are free, and past special shows, featured on the fourth or last Monday of the month, have been funded by audience donations.

Kristine Levine and Friends

Tucson’s most famous comedian Kristine Levine opens a new venue for greater Tucson comedy at 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21. She’ll headline and host a show at Circle S Saloon in Marana. Tickets are $10 at the door or $5 in advance at (520) 682-5377.

Levine is best-known locally as Frank Brinsley’s partner on KLPX’s popular World -Famous Frank Show. She performed on several episodes of Portlandia and has guested at comedy festivals all over the U.S.

Last Friday, Last Laughs

This popular free monthly comedy series continues at Hotel McCoy on Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. In recent months the crowd has regularly overflowed into the patio and an adjacent room so we recommend arriving by 7:30. This month’s lineup includes, among others, Ashley Tappan, Tony Bruhn, Jerry Robin, Leo Skrzypczak, Mo Urban and Jarrod Martin.

Polo Ceniseros and Ryan Talmo at The Screening Room

Los Angeles comedy scene regulars Polo Ceniseros headlines a show at The Screening room with fellow angeleno Ryan Talmo at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27. Tickets are $10 via Eventbrite.com. Rich Gary (Battle at the Roast Room, Keep Tucson Sketchy) hosts the show, which also features Chris Quinn (Open Mic Night at The Screening Room) and Dom DiTolla.

Hot Ticket: Keep Tucson Sketchy

If you were shut out of the first two, standing room only Keep Tucson Sketchy shows, they’ve heard you. The Saturday, Sept. 28 edition offers two showtimes: 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $15, but $10 in advance via keep-tucson-sketchy.ticketleap.com/ktsep3/.

Tucson Improv Movement (TIM) cast member Amanda Tennyson hosts the event with includes funny videos as well as hilarious sketches, written, produced and performed by a cast of more than 40 talented Tucsonans. Local musician Amanda Rochelle, also a TIM member, provides a musical break and DJ Sonario plays music for dancing in the aisles.

More Laughs

Friday, Sept. 20: Standup with Ben Roy, feat. Monica Nevi, at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Laffs Comedy Caffe ($12.50 and $17.50). Improv with Constable, Three’s Company and Chocolate Wheatie Things 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, Sept. 21: Comedia standup en español with Franco Escamilla at Fox Tucson Theatre ($42 to $128). Standup with Joe Koy at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Tucson Music Hall ($40 to $55). Standup with Ben Roy, feat. Monica Nevi, at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Laffs Comedy Caffe ($12.50 and $17.50). Improv with The Openers and Spanish language team Como Se Dice at 7:30 p.m., followed by Round 2 of the 3 v 3 Tournament at 9 p.m. at TIM, ($5). Family-friendly improv with NBOJU at 7:30 p.m. followed by House Team Double Feature at 9 p.m. at Unscrewed Theater ($5 and $8).

Sunday, Sept. 22: Free open mic at 8 p.m. at Chuckleheads in Bisbee.

Tuesday, Sept. 24: Free open mic at 6 p.m. at The Music Box

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Free open mics at 7 p.m. at The Screening Room and 8:30 p.m. at The Mint.

Thursday, Sept. 26: Standup with Tom Segura at The Fox Tucson Theatre ($43 to $79). Free open mics at 8 p.m. at Laffs Comedy Caffe and 8:30 p.m. at Rockabilly Grill.

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Claytoon of the Day: Canadian Brownface

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XOXO: Where to rock, Thursday, Sept. 19

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

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