Thursday, July 27, 2017

In The Flesh: Jimmy Carr and the Awkward Moments Create a Raucous Musical Celebration Aboard Sun Link

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Jimmy Carr and the Awkward Moments ripping it up aboard a Sun Link streetcar. - XAVIER OMAR OTERO
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  • Jimmy Carr and the Awkward Moments ripping it up aboard a Sun Link streetcar.

Eager passengers gathered under dark, threatening clouds at Mercado San Agustin station, early Saturday evening. It was a celebration—a moving one too thanks to Jimmy Carr and The Awkward Moments—to commemorate the third anniversary of Tucson’s modern streetcar (Sun Link). (Since its July, ’14 launch, the streetcar has provided approximately 2.93 million rides to passengers.)

Once everyone that could possibly fit onto the streetcar was loaded, the tram departed. The affable Jimmy Carr addressed the audience with a handheld megaphone, that he also used for singing, before he cued into action The Awkward Moments. (Violinist Samantha Bounkeua, brothers Tony and Dante Rosano on sousaphone and trumpet, Hillary Engle and Javier Garcia on drums and percussion, Erin Henderson on kazoo and vocals, guitarist Johnny O’Halloran, and Carr on accordion and vocals.) Mixing Carr’s gruff blues vocals with the sounds of gypsy jazz, americana, klezmer, classical and elements lifted straight from the high-school marching band of Anytown, USA, the sound landed somewhere between Gogol Bordello and Slavic Soul Party.

Beloved by Tucsonans, renowned for their improvisational dexterity, fans called requests, which Carr tried to accommodate—at least for a few bars—whether his heady combo band knew the song or not. According to Carr, “The band started on the streets of Tucson busking for beer money.” The group began with O'Halloran on saw and Carr (a Fat Possum Records session man) on accordion and vocals.

By the time the crammed, music-filled streetcar hit downtown, Tlaloc, the Aztecian god of rain, shook his rattle. By the time the tram reached UA’s Main Gate Square, where the band disembarked to continue the revelry inside Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company. And the rain pissed down in sheets.
Jimmy Carr and the Awkward Moments at Gentle Ben's. - XAVIER OMAR OTERO
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  • Jimmy Carr and the Awkward Moments at Gentle Ben's.

Bounkeua tells Tucson Weekly of the streetcar experience. “[It’s] one of my favorite gigs. There is an immediate, intimate and very direct relationship with the audience, practically zero separation between us and them, as we find a way to balance in this small, moving, crowded space. It's like surfing and jamming at the same time. It suits the improvisatory nature of our music well; we are, after all, called the ‘Awkward Moments.’ Super fun.” And their performance? Far from awkward. It was pulsating with life.

Jimmy Carr and The Awkward Moments have released five records to date, all available as downloads on bandcamp.


Quick Bites: HarvestFest & Grape Stomp 2017

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 3:43 PM

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Just about an hour south of Tucson lies Sonoita Vineyards, Arizona’s first commercial vineyard and producer of 10,000 gallons of wine a year. The winery’s annual event to celebrate the harvest features wine tasting, as well as wine and food pairings. To help work off the tastings, patrons can do some grape stomping, as well as tour the winery and vineyard. A VIP package grants access to an after-hours party, a private bar and lunch voucher.   10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29. Sonoita Vineyards, 290 Elgin Canelo Road. $25-$80.      

For more information, visit their website.

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Laughing Stock: Something for Everybody

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 3:05 PM

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Hot! Hot! HOT!

Formerly a featured performer in Black Cherry Burlesque, Lola Torch has um, lit out on her own and, um, bumped things up a notch. Her new project, the Tucson Libertine League, promises, “Like the libertines of old, our shows celebrate freedom from limitations and restraint, honoring sensuality.”

The League debuts with a Burlesque Battle of the Bands at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 29, at 191 Toole. Local favorites Sugar Stains and Tom Walbank perform live music for Lola and five other Tucson burlesque artists.

Angels of WTF?

Surely you saw the recent viral YouTube of the 80s’ omnipresent pop idol Corey Feldman. He mimics Michael Jackson’s dance moves while approximating music with women (dressed as sexy angels) he says he picked up at the Playboy mansion. If you didn’t scratch your eyes out, you might want to take in Corey’s Heavenly Tour: Angelic 2 the U.S. at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1 at the Rialto Theatre; $23 to $100. Local bad-taste-makers B4 Skin open.

According to Feldman, he’s helping unfortunate women who aspired in vain to a future on stage and screen. Voila! He created for them a concept universe: a double album, costumes, music lessons (we’re guessing), a backstory, a tour and merchandising with everything but action figures. The concept? In the epic battle between good and evil, the angels are rescuing Feldman from … irrelevance?

Laugh out Loud (house)!

Tucson comedians Cindell Hanson and Rory Montserrat now partner with The Loudhouse Rock & Roll Bar to present open-mic comedy on Tucson’s north side every Tuesday. “I think we’re enhancing the strong scene that we have here,” Hanson says. “Everyone needs stage time, and Loudhouse is giving us the flexibility and support to provide that.” The Loudhouse is at 915 W Prince Road, loudhousetucson.com. Sign up at 6; go up at 7.

Mark Twain meets Batman


Our personal favorite Batman, Val Kilmer, brings spirited and engaging life to America’s most beloved humorist, Mark Twain, in Cinema Twain. A decade ago, he might have toured the project live, but the actor who has flown a car instead presents a digital version. The result is a 21st- century interactive experience. Kilmer gives us the meta in person – what he learned and how he made friends with this incredible, and uniquely American 19th-Century satirist and wit, Samuel Clemens. The show’s at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5 at The Rialto Theatre; $36, rialtotheatre.com.

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Burlesque Battle of the Bands This Weekend? Yep, You Read That Right.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Then fetchingly monikered Lola Torch explains the Tucson Libertine League’s second event with this tagline: “We guarantee we’ll make you sweat, but we promise you’ll love it."
Les Femmes Marveilleuses in rehearsal.
  • Les Femmes Marveilleuses in rehearsal.

It’s unlike anything else that you likely see in a Moldy Pueblo summer. 

Combining the raw power and tension of rock ‘n’ roll with the expressive movement of dance, Tucson Libertine League’s Burlesque Battle of the Bands promises to be a monumental clash of sorts. Think of it: Hellfire rockers the Sugar Stains will battle against blues titan Tom Walbank while providing raucous live music for acro-act Les Femmes Marveilleuses, a maverick half-time marching band Hi Polish Floor Show and Tucson Libertine League’s burlesque dancers.

Torch, aka Emilie Marchand, president and producer at Tucson Libertine League, fleshes out, “I wanted to bring something different to the Tucson stage. We haven't really seen burlesque done to these types of music live. Usually when live music is involved it's more traditional ’40s music. We're bringing the rock ‘n’ roll!”

Here’s the tale of the tape:

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Quick Bites: Sandwich Smackdown

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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Rincon Market hosts this the Summer Slugfest: Sandwiches, a competition between some of Tucson’s top family-owned sandwich restaurants. Patrons, armed with five different sandwich samples and one craft beer, cast their votes to crown one sandwich supreme. The winning competitor receives a cash donation to a charity of its choosing. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 30. Rincon Market, 2513 E. Sixth St. $15.

For more information, visit their Facebook event page.


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

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Your weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo

Family Friendly

Family Funday at the Farmers Market. Bring the kids to this carnival-meets-farmers-market event presented by Trail Dust Town and Heirloom Farmers Market. More than 20 food vendors will be on site, and the carnival portion of Trail Dust Town will be open for the kids (and young at heart). Enjoy live music, rides and face painting while perusing some of the finest local products on the market. 8 a.m to noon. Saturday, July 29. Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. $6.

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Summer Safari Nights. The Tucson Medical Center hosts these childhood utopias Friday evenings at the Reid Park Zoo. Aside from their regular lions and tigers and bears, they’ll be offering face painting, glitter tattoos and camel rides, oh my! Adults can enjoy the live music, sponsor booths and the café specials: chimichangas on July 28 and pulled pork on Aug. 4. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 4. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court. $3-$9.

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Meteor Mania! The Kitt Peak National Observatory is hosting a viewing party of the Delta Aquariid meteor shower. The viewing starts at 10 p.m. and goes until 3 a.m., so those in attendance are encouraged to bring warm clothes, blankets and lawn chairs. Thanks to a waxing crescent that sets before midnight, the Delta Aquariids shouldn’t be blocked out by moonlight, and viewing may reach peak rates of up to 15 to 20 meteors per hour. 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday, July 29 to Sunday, July 30. Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center. noao.edu/kpno. $47-$55.

Sports

Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN. Summer can be a slow time for sports. If you enjoy the sweet science, you'll love the fight card being put on by Golden Boy Promotions. Head down to Casino del Sol and catch the headliner between talented welterweight contender Sadam Ali, as he takes on long-time veteran Johan Pérez. Undercard fights will begin at 3:05 p.m. 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29. Casino del Sol Conference Center, 5655 W. Valencia Road. $40-$120.


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Quick Bites: Exo's 5th Birthday Party

Posted By on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 6:30 PM

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The coffee shop and roaster is rolling five years of being open, the halfway point of summer and Linda Ronstadt’s 70th birthday into one big celebration. The all-day event will offer coffee cocktails, Exo’s signature “Old Pueblo Opry” event and twilight movies during which you can sober up and simmer down from your coffee cocktail. 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 29. Exo Roast Co. 403 N. Sixth Ave. Free.

For more information, visit their Facebook event page.


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Quick Bites: Main Gate Square Culinary Challenge

Posted By on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 5:15 PM


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Free food! And we’re not talking stale donuts or bags of chips. Samples of signature dishes from Main Gate Square eateries include everything from gourmet mac and cheese to loose leaf tea to high-end sushi. As at the Rincon Market slugfest, attendees cast votes for the winner of the People’s Choice Award, but at this challenge, a panel of guest judges select winners for the Best of Main Gate 2017. Bar proceeds will go toward the Caridad Community Kitchen’s food training program. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 29. Geronimo Plaza at Main Gate Square, 800 E. University Blvd. Free.

For more information, visit their Facebook event page.

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The Harry Potter Charity Ball

Strada Company presents a celebration and cosplay party of all things Harry Potter for the benefit of… More

@ Tucson Scottish Rite Cathedral Sat., July 29, 6-10 p.m. 160 S. Scott Ave.

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