Five Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Wednesday Feb. 27

Revel’s Northern Italian Wine Dinner. Revel Wine Bar is taking you on a taste tour of the old country, from Piedmont and Liguria to the Veneto and Friuli. The dinner features four courses of Northern Italian cuisine prepared by local chef Janet Jones paired with a selection of wines curated by the Revel team. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. 416 E. Ninth Street. $48 (Gratuity not included). Details here.
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In-Depth Tour at the Museum of Natural History Research Collections. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how many hidden treasures there are right here in our hometown. For example, these research collections, maintained by the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, include birds, reptiles, mammals and fish from different periods of history. So maybe you can’t afford to take a trip around the world this year, but you can take a trip through time right in your own backyard just by heading over to the UA. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. Biological Sciences East Building, Room 129, 1311 E. Fourth St. Free. (Closest parking is the Sixth Street Garage or the Cherry Avenue Garage) Details here.
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Shen Yun. If you don’t have a friend or family member that has seen Shen Yun in their city and had rave reviews for it, are you even living in the 21st century? With classical Chinese dance, stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops and a live orchestra, this show aims to bring 5,000 years’ worth of Chinese civilization to life. Take it from the show’s website: “The traditional Chinese culture Shen Yun presents cannot be seen anywhere else in the world—not even in China.” This is a whole new level of authentic. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. $80 to $150. Details here.
Singing Our Way to Freedom (Free screening!) University of Arizona’s Gallagher Theatre presents the Tucson premiere of this documentary on the life and music of Chicano musician, composer and community activist Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez. His music drew influence from both sides of the border, a theme clearly present in much of the Tucson music scene. Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Paul Espinosa. 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. 1303 E. University Avenue. Free. Details here.

To Sleep with Anger (Free screening!)
This free screening is of the third feature by acclaimed filmmaker Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep), whom The Loft Cinema recently awarded their “Lofty Achievement Award.” Using a gospel and blues mythos, and combining it with contemporary and experimental filmmaking techniques makes this a unique and important pillar in the Black film world. Danny Glover’s incredibly awesome performance helps, too. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. 3233 East Speedway Boulevard. Free. Details here.

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