Thursday, April 18, 2019

Eight Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, April 18

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Third Annual Neighborhood Brewery Ride. To celebrate Bike Fest Tucson, the Rincon Heights Neighborhood Association is sampling brews at a few locations near their home and making some new friends along the way. Stops include Public Brewhouse and Crooked Tooth Brewing Co. before ending up at Tap & Bottle. The meet-up starts at Ninth Street on the west side of Campbell, before promptly leaving at 7 p.m. on the way to the breweries. 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 18. Ninth Street and Campbell Avenue. Details here.

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Dragoon Anniversary. To celebrate their lucky 7th birthday, Dragoon Brewing Co. is hosting a party all week long. For seven days, they’re hosting daily raffles, food trucks and beer releases. And especially through this weekend, they’ll be tapping specialty brews from their cellar, selling new merchandise and hosting live music. 3 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 18, to Sunday, April 21. 1859 W. Grant Road. Details here.

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Polaroid Stories. This fascinating show combines stories told by real teens who have lived on the street with a retelling of Ovid’s Metamorphoses to tell a series of vignettes that explore difficult themes like abuse, violence, drug addiction and lost love. Street language and poetry come together as well, to create an atmosphere that director Marc Pinate describes as “a terrible beauty.” Thursday, April 18, through Sunday, April 28, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. ASL interpreters on Thursday, April 25. PCC Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. $17 GA, $10 PCC students. Details here.

Sinkers: An Original Work of Physical Theatre. The School of Theatre, Film & Television Studio Series is putting this show on as part of their Studio Series. It’s focused on physical theatre, and they brought in Wolfe Bowart, a physical theatre playwright, performer, educator, artist-in-residence and mentor to work with the BA theatre art students. They started rehearsals at the start of the spring semester, and let the performance piece evolve throughout. How would Bowart describe it? Well, he says it’s counterintuitive to describe something so visual with words. But he does add, “I’ve enjoyed watching as we solve the puzzles inherent in translating a theatrical form that is more about muscle than memory.” 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, through Saturday, April 20, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. Harold Dixon Directing Studio, Drama Building, room 116 (SE corner of Park and Speedway on the UA campus). $7. Details here.

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Horizons–Student Spotlight. The UA has a nationally reputed dance program that teaches its students ballet, modern and jazz in equal amounts. As dancers prepare to graduate and take the stage at professional venues all over the world, the School of Dance presents this concert as a culmination of all of their work here in Tucson. The student choreography and diverse perspectives will have the whole audience looking forward to what lies on the horizon for the dancers. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 24. 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 and April 27. 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. $25 GA, $23 senior/military/UA employees, $12 students. Details here.

The Musical Box–A Genesis Extravaganza. The year was 1973, and five British musicians were about to change the world of rock concerts as the world knew them as they toured their fourth album, Selling England by the Pound. The surreal sets, fantastical visual effects and (obviously) rockin’ music mean it’s considered by some as one of the first multimedia performances. If you missed it then, this restaging of the show, based on hundreds of photos, slides, amateur films, and media articles, is your chance to see it again. The Musical Box went out and found all the right instruments, meticulously replicated the special effects and costumes and got together a group of talented musicians, who have been touring this show since 1993. That’s more than 25 years! It must be pretty damn good to still be going. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18. The Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. $26 to $86. Details here.

Pima County Fair.
From carnival games to a beer fest to an exhibit on the pharaohs of Egypt, you’ll find there’s something for everyone at the fair—there always is. Thursday, April 18 through Sunday, April 28. Gates open at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The carnival starts at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 11300 S. Houghton Road. $9 GA, $5 youth 6 to 10, free for kids 5 and under with the purchase of a GA ticket. Admit discount day is Monday, April 22, with $2 tickets for all ages! Details here.
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ZOFO Piano Duet. ZOFO—the super cool stage name of Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi, have been wowing audiences and earning Grammy nominations since they banded together as one of the only duos in the world exclusively devoted to playing piano duets back in 2009. This live concert experience features 15 new commissioned duet compositions from top composers all over the world. ZOFO asked each composer to pair their work with a painting representative of his or her culture and how it relates to the creative process. It’s like a 21st-century version of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18. Pima Community College Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. $10 to $30. Details here.

Events compiled by Briannon Wilfong, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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XOXO: Where to Rock Thursday, April 18

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Mid-1990s chart topper, “Mr. Boombastic,” Shaggy takes gaslighting to a new level of denial trumpeting “It Wasn’t Me.” At the Pima County Fair. Full details at Details here.

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Some of the fledgling bands that musician/record producer/songwriter John Vanderslice has hand-picked to accompany him on tour—Sufjan Stevens, Okkervil River and St. Vincent—went on to critical acclaim. Vanderslice holds court at 191 Toole. This time around, Meernaa occupies the opening slot. Details here.

Based on hundreds of photos from articles and amateur videos of the original Selling England By The Pound concerts—one of the first-ever multimedia performances—The Musical Box: A Genesis Extravaganza captures the surrealism of these shows that took place between 1973 and 1974. At the Fox Theatre. Details here.

“Who cares if you come from paradise or hell/Appalling Beauty, artless and monstrous scourge/If only your eyes, your smile or your foot reveal the infinite I love and have never known.” Full of dark, cold condemnation, Danish post-punkers Iceage commit acts of simony at Club Congress.
With South London alt rockers Shame and Pelada. Details here.

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Drawing from Sufi trance, African beats, Indian ragas and Aboriginal motifs, Baraka Moon deliver pulsing, spiritually charged music for dancing. At Solar Culture. Serena Gabriel provides the opportunity for healing through music. Details here.
A diverse lineup: Fanclub, Sea Moya, Asian Fred and Cool Funeral are at Sky Bar. Details here.

Northern California neo-soul/funk outfit The Gold Souls are at The Sea of Glass-Center for The Arts. Details here.

Gooch Palms, The Exbats and Feverfew are making an in-store performance at Wooden Tooth Records. Filling the shop with love. Details here.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Laughing Stock: Overstock!

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More than a dozen comedians will snap it out on Saturday, April 27 in the Battle at the Roast Room. - CLAYTON BRAASCH
  • Clayton Braasch
  • More than a dozen comedians will snap it out on Saturday, April 27 in the Battle at the Roast Room.

Comedy on a roll with popcorn

When David Pike took over operations at the Screening Room last year, he says, “Booking comedy was only a matter of finding the right person. After that it was mostly about who you know.” The right person turned out to be Marcus Raymond Gallegos. An actor and recent graduate of the UA School of Journalism, Gallegos started doing standup at Laff’s open mics before he was old enough to drink. In a meeting last June, Pike gave Gallegos a monthly slot on the second Wednesday. Thus began the reboot of comedy at the Screening Room.

For a few months in 2016, the theater hosted comedy five nights a week. That ended with a large gap in the comedy scene as management changed and work was done on the building. Pike began his own programming last May. He’ll celebrate the anniversary early next month with merch and special events, including a Cinco de Mayo comedy night. Tell us more! “It’s a secret,” Pike says. On May 9, though, standup comedians perform sets between shorts at Reel Tucson–Comedy. It’s a special edition of the monthly filmmakers’ showcase hosted by drag queens Zoey Ruby Bernard and Mary Jane.

Pike recently moved Gallegos’ showcase from the second Wednesday to a Friday or Saturday. Good news for the show’s status, but hard on fans. The exact date will change every month.

Meanwhile, Pike’s “who you know” angle landed the venue two shows with big production values for local comedy: Rich Gary’s Battle at the Roast Room and Keep Tucson Sketchy, a sketch comedy show. Both take full advantage of the venue’s deep stage and wide screen. Gary came to Pike’s attention through Frank Powers, whom Pike knew from multiple shows at The Screening Room. “Frank knows everybody,” Pike says. Yes. Yes he does. 

Hosted by Powers, Gary’s Battle at the Roast Room won the most buzz of any show in the recent CATcomedy520 LOL Crawl. The popular event repeats at the Screening Room at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 27. Sixteen comedians face off in a bracketed competition to determine who can snap the hardest. The audience keeps its own brackets; judges are comedians Rebecca Tingley, Jade Silence and Collin Chomiak. They determine the winners in each face-off. Comedians Cindell Hanson and Autumn Horvat offer color commentary between brackets. Andrew Applepie deejays. 

Contestants are reigning champion Monte Benjamin, Lex Schau, David Ross, Cody Stucki, Kathie Hedrick, Julian “Jules” Moreno, Alex Kack, Danyella Renae, Jack Fletcher, Roxy Merrari, Jeremy Segal, Joel Martin, Paul Fox, Harjap “Logan” Khangura and Daniel Villa. Tickets are $5 via

Keep Tucson Sketchy returns to The Screening Room on Saturday, May 18, with all new sketches, videos and sets projected on the big screen. Follow Keep Tucson Sketchy on Facebook for details as they are available.

So it’s a couple days late, my dude. Chillax, OK?

Roxy Merrari and Comedy at the Wench host a 420 comedy showcase on Monday, April 22. Take your time, but the show starts at 8. Requested donation is $5 at the door or via Venmo @comedyathewench. Tucson’s undisputed comedy king Pauly Casillas headlines. Nicole Riesgo, Marcus Gallegos, Julian “Jules” Moreno, Valdez Rene and Danyella Renae round out the bill.Tony Bruhn hosts. Vapen CBD will be on hand with swag.

Romo does Che’s. What?

Thursday, April 18 at 9 p.m., Steve Romo hosts the first known comedy show at Che’s Lounge. Incredibly, it’s free. Jericho Davidson tops a bill that includes some of Tucson’s best: Alex Kack, Rory Monserat, Leslie Barton, Matt Ziemak and Roxy Merrari, plus special guest Joe Tullar. Paul Jenkins provides live piano fills.n

Meanwhile, across the river ….

The indefatigable Mo Urban has started yet another show and it looks like it’s here to stay. The third BlackRock Brewery Showcase happens on Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m.; free. Pauly Casillas headlines; the rest of the bill includes Matt Ziemak, Bridgitte Thum, Joe Tullar, Steena Salido, Jana Gojic and Megan Gossen. 

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Claytoon of the Day: Peter On Pence

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Wednesday, April 17

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Southern Arizona Senior Pride Book Club. There’s nothing like finishing a great book and then discussing it with a group of people who enjoyed it just as much as you did. Three cheers for book clubs! This month, Tucson LGBTQ+ seniors are meeting to discuss Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. Both a Pulitzer Prize winner and a New York Times #1 bestseller, the book tells the story of two slaves in the 19th-century United States who try to escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad, which, in this telling, is a literal rail system. 2 to 3:30 pm. Wednesday, April 17. Ward 3 Council Office conference room, 1510 E. Grant Road. Free. Details here.
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Arizona History Tour. Quick! Give us your best University of Arizona historical trivia. How about that soldiers training for WWI were among the first to use the school’s infirmary (which was where the Koffler Building is now)? Or that a big ol’ line of students holding buckets of paint all banded together to whitewash the “A” on Sentinel Peak in 1954? At this tour, an alumnus will show you around campus and teach you about some of the campus’ history and traditions. Reservations required, so call 621-5130 or visit 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17. UA Visitor Center, 811 N. Euclid Ave. Free. Details here.

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Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble & Experiential Ensemble.  Join the UA Experimental Ensemble and the Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble as they perform a combined ensemble of eclectic mixed arrangements as well as original compositions. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Crowder Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd. Free admission. Details here.

Events compiled by Briannon Wilfong, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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XOXO: Where to Rock Wednesday, April 17

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Co-founder of Animal Collective, experimental popper Avey Tare herds the Cows on Hourglass Pond into 191 Toole. Ambient experimentalists Paradot provide underpinning. Details here.

This soulful Syrian-American vocalist’s lyrics touch on love, loss and the Syrian Civil War that has touched his family. Prompting this funk/neo-soul ensemble to donate a portion of their merchandise proceeds to the Karam Foundation, a humanitarian relief organization. Bassel & The Supernaturals are at Club Congress. Flanked by the formidable Adara Rae & The Homewreckers. Details here.

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Expect the unexpected. Listening Room show with Alex Dupree, Re De Ye, Sun Riah and Chelsey Lee Trejoat Exo Roast Co. Details here.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Yarmulkes, Money and Labels: Trump's Antisemitism and Racism

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Is Trump our Racist/Antisemite-in-chief, or does he just play at it on TV and Twitter?

The nicest thing you can say about Trump's racist and antisemitic comments and tweets is what Andrew Gillum said about Ron DeSantis when the two of them were running for Florida governor: "I’m not calling Mr. Desantis a racist," Gillum said. "I’m simply saying the racists believe he’s a racist."

I'm not running for office so I don't have to be as careful as Gillum. I'll say it without equivocation: Trump is an antisemite. Trump is a racist. Full stop.

Except that, some will counter, we know Trump will say or do anything to win the news cycle, pander to his base and vilify his enemies. Can we separate the actual prejudices festering inside his fevered brain from his slash-and-burn political tactics?

After the 2018 clashes between participants in the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and protestors, Trump said there were "fine people on both sides." Was that Trump's honest opinion or a way to assure the continued allegiance of people like neo-Nazi leader Richard B. Spencer whose post-election speech praising Trump's victory included Nazi salutes and the triumphant call, “Hail Trump. Hail our people. Hail victory!”

Me, I'd say anyone who can find a way to defend people chanting "Jews will not replace us" is an antisemite. But we're talking about Trump who lies whenever it suits his needs, so the point is open to debate.

Trump has joined other Republicans in turning Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is black, Muslim and has a foreign accent (she was born in Somalia) — she's a bigot's trifecta — into the Democratic villain du jour. Is he just looking toward 2020, or does he despise Omar as much as he says?

It's hard to tell the difference in Trump's most public statements, but we can get at the genuine bigotry inside that twisted head of his by looking at less publicized moments.

Let's start with his antisemitism. Yes, I know Jared, Trump's son-in-law, is Jewish and Ivanka converted, making her children, his grandchildren, Jewish. He dotes on his daughter and, to the extent he's capable of affection, it's possible he may actually love his grandchildren, but as anyone who has taken a close look at bigotry knows, that doesn't stop him from accepting stereotypes and harboring ill feelings toward Jews.

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Free Pima County Fair Admission with Food Bank Donation

Posted By on Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 9:59 AM


Fairgoers interested in skipping the $9 admission fee to the Pima County Fair may do so either this Sunday or next with a donation to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Between 10 a.m. and noon, April 21 and 28, the fair will allow free admission for three cans of food per person.

The Pima County Fairgrounds are located at 11300 S Houghton Road. Parking is available on site for a $5 fee. Shuttles are available.

Rich the Kid performs April 21, and Dia de la Banda plays April 28. More information can be found at

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Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & Oooh La La!

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