Friday, December 7, 2018

Winter Street Fair: How to get there and where to park

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 1:42 PM

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Fourth Avenue is one again taken over by a jumble of white tents and confusing road closures. With so many people attending the Winter Street Fair among other downtown events this weekend, parking can be a headache.

Here's how to get around this weekend according to Park Tucson:

This weekend there are free shuttles to the 4th Ave. Street Fair from both Pennington St. and Tyndall Garages.

Also, this weekend only, Park Tucson will not be enforcing residential permits in the neighborhoods surrounding the Street Fair, so extra street parking will be available.

The Sun Link Street Car has been diverted because of the tents covering its tracks, so riders can board Sun Tran buses from temporary end point stops at 4th Ave. and 9th St. and University Boulevard and 3rd Ave. to reach the street car's usual destinations.

So, don't worry UA students, you can sill get to your finals today!

For the entirety of the Street Fair (now through Sunday, Dec. 9) 4th Ave. will be closed to all traffic from University to 8th St. with the exception of 6th St. which will remain open. With over 300,000 people estimated to attend, the whole area is best avoided by car if possible. Walk, bike or ride to the fair and save yourself the parking headache.

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Thornydale Elementary Closing After 4-1 Governing Board Decision

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 12:49 PM

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The Marana Unified School District Governing Board decided to permanently close Thornydale Elementary School, located at 7651 N. Oldfather Road, in a 4-1 decision on Thursday evening.

Enrollment at the K-6 school has been declining for over two decades, according to the district. In 1994 there were 733 students enrolled, compared to just 306 this year.

Officials said the decline was caused by a demographic change in the neighborhood, with fewer elementary school-aged children living there. There are no new home developments planned either. Only 192 students at the school live within the Thornydale attendance boundaries.

“In keeping with good fiscal responsibility, the district acknowledges that school district budget revenues are solely generated on a per pupil basis; therefore school enrollment is vitally important to the sustainability of a school,” Superintendent Doug Wilson wrote in an open letter to families of Thornydale Elementary.

The district spends about $2 million annually to keep the school running. At the meeting, Wilson said they spend about $6,468 per pupil at Thornydale, compared to $4,662 at the other elementary schools.

The students of Thornydale will be relocated to the neighboring Quail Run and Butterfield elementary schools. At the public meeting, parents of students enrolled at the school expressed concerns over the hardships of transitioning their children, many of whom have special needs.

Board member Dan Post gave the sole “no” vote, stating that closing the school was the practical thing to do, but not the right thing to do.

Board president Tom Carlson said that this was an extremely difficult decision to make, and that he understood the parents’ frustration. However, he said the closure of Thornydale would be for the greater good of the district as a whole.

Assistant superintendent Carolyn Dumler said all of Thornydale’s teachers, administration and support staff will be relocated to different schools in comparable positions, per district policy.

Following the decision to close the school, the board members unanimously voted to convert the Thornydale campus into a multi-use facility for the district’s Dr. Marianne Valdez Play and Learn (PAL) preschool program, the Extended Learning Opportunities Department, the Health Services Department and the Student Services Department.

The school is expected to close at the end of this school year.

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All About the Brandons: Arizona Uses Second Half Surge to Beat Utah Valley, 80-69

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 11:36 AM

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The course of Arizona's home contest with Utah Valley turned on the right hand of sophomore guard Brandon Randolph.

The sophomore's steely eyed shooting touch guided a second half surge that stirred the venerable McKale Center into a frenzy, hitting four-of-five three pointers to pace the Wildcats 51-38 advantage in the game's latter half.

The home side's fate looked glum at the half, with the visiting Wolverines (6-4) hitting 42.6 percent of their shots, while forcing 11 turnovers to give them a 31-29 lead at the half.

The tide took a sharp turn in the immediate aftermath of the break, however, when Randolph drained three straight three pointers to cut the Wolverines' lead to one with 18:06 to play.

Randolph, who finished the night with a team-high 16 points, described his second half surge as a feat he won't soon forget.

"I definitely got going," Randolph said. "My teammates found me and it hyped me up, the crowd up, hyped our whole team up, and I think it helped us move into the game a little more."

Arizona's (7-2) victory over the Wolverines extended their non-conference home win streak to 52 games, with their last loss coming in 2011, when San Diego State beat the Wildcats, 61-57.

Arizona coach Sean Miller gave Utah Valley its share of acclaim for their strong first half, saying his team wasn't ready to fight a scrappy Wolverines squad.

Miller said his team's early struggles were more a result of the Wolverines' defense than any sort of letdown from Sunday's 76-72 road victory over the University of Connecticut. 

"We didn't really get after them at halftime and that might be surprising. Our team doesn't have a great margin of error, especially against a team with skill and as experienced as Utah Valley," Miller said.

"They did not catch us off guard. This wasn't a situation where we were still thinking about our UConn victory, it was just the opposite. We had excellent practices, our guys understood that Utah Valley has great size, unbelievable skill level and they run their offense as well as any team we have faced this season. We knew we were in for a fight and it was great for us to respond the way we did at halftime."

Randolph and freshman guard Brandon Williams were the main cogs in Arizona's victory, with the latter scoring 15 points and pulling down a career-high 10 rebounds in the win.

The 6-foot-2-inch guard was caught off-guard by his first collegiate double-double, saying that his teammates had to inform him of his impressive feat.

"When someone told me on the bench, I was shocked when they said I had a double-double; I thought it was assists," Williams said. "As I said, it's just taking a load off of the guys: Ryan Luther, Chase (Jeter) and Ira (Lee). As a guard, that goes a long way."

Tuscaloosa Bound

Miller's squad returns to action to face SEC stalwart, Alabama, on the road on Saturday, with the game tipping off at 11 a.m. Arizona time.

The Wildcats and Crimson Tide have met three times, with Alabama winning two of those contests.

Arizona defeated Alabama in Tucson last year, 88-82, thanks to a combined 54 points from center Deandre Ayton and guard Allonzo Trier.

Both players are now starring in the NBA, along with the Crimson Tide's high scorer from last year's contest, Collin Sexton, who scored 30 points in the contest.

Saturday's game between the Wildcats and Crimson Tide will be carried nationally on ESPN against a 5-3 Alabama squad. 

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Claytoon of the Day: Paris...France...Underpants

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 9:19 AM

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23 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: Dec. 7 to 9

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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Ryanhood. Hailing from right here in Tucson, this acoustic-virtuoso duo puts the folk in folk and the pop in pop. In a Ryanhood song, it’s not uncommon to hear both sweet vocal melodies and dexterous stringwork. Looking at their favorite albums, it’s easy to see influences as well. Whether it’s harnessing the power of pop like U2 or the intimate acoustic sounds of Nickel Creek, Ryanhood wield the proficiencies of being a songwriting duo better than many. Catch Ryanhood at the Fox Theatre. 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. 17 W Congress St. Free! Details here.

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The Paladins. Dear God, after 38 years and 12 albums, they’re still kickin’ up the devil’s din with the same sort of sweaty, fresh-from-prison verve as ever. (Well, maybe they never did actual prison time but it sure sounds like they did, like how a proper rock ’n’ roll and ’billy band should.) Those years have seen several band members come and go, and a bust-up or two, sure, but the core trio is intact, complete with band leader and six-string saint Dave Gonzalez (one of Guitar Magazine’s “Unsung Guitar Heroes of All time,” natch) and co-founding bassist Thomas Yearsley. Those mad, distorted seventh and ninth chords are intact too, and the tortured country and soul croons, the thumping hillybilly jack, and all those singsong choruses that made everyone from The Stray Cats to the Fabulous Thunderbirds green with envy. With The Blues Guitar Rumble (with Arizona Blues Hall of Famers) at the mighty and historic El Casino Ballroom 437 E. 26th St. azblues.org. Friday 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. All ages. Details here.

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Dirt Monkey. aka Patrick Megeath, has made a career of merging trippy, crisp Intelligent Dance Music (IDM) with wonky, high-energy dubstep. The result is an infectious groove that is satisfying for mind and body, while anticipating those heavy beats to drop. Hailing from Boulder, Dirt Monkey paid dues in the Colorado scene, co-founding Kairos Audio with EDM legend Jantsen and playing a five-year residency at Denver’s legendary Beta Nightclub. He’s got a bent ear for remixes too, taking Rusko’s “Woo Boast” to new levels on Subcarbon, endorsed by the legend himself. Dirt Monkey’s music is cartoony fun, like being trapped in a video game designed by Atari programmers, but with modern day VR navigation. He’s got a formidable handle on EDM, able to understand the joyful components of each ingredient and create a playful mix more than the sum of its parts. With Subdocta, Saturday, Dec. 8. Gentle Ben’s, 865 E. University Blvd. 9 p.m. 18+. $10. Details here.

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ward Scissorhands. It’s that time of the week for another “Wait, that was a Christmas movie?” This time, it’s Tim Burton’s 1990 gothic/drama/satire/romance/whatever-you-want-to-call-it-as-long-as-it-has-Johnny-Depp fairy-tale hit, Edward Scissorhands. An imaginative retelling of the Frankenstein story, this film tells of an unfinished man, and his path to becoming whole. Plus, you get to relive the Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder drama all over again. 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $6. Details here. 

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The Nutcracker. If you’ve got nuts to crack, and if you’ve got love in your heart for this holiday classic, you’d better head over to go see Ballet Tucson’s production of this show. Among many, many other things, the show’s original score was notable for its use of the celesta, which is that twinkly, magical, jingle bell-y sounding instrument in the sugar plum fairy’s dance. Tchaikovsky discovered the instrument while he was in Paris and decided it was perfect for the show. Of course, it was. And now it’s almost difficult to imagine Christmas without the sweet sound of the celesta. 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8. 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. $30 to $58, with discounts for seniors, students, military and groups. Details here. 


La Fiesta de Guadalupe.
You’re probably overdue for a visit to the DeGrazia Gallery anyway, and there’s not really a more fabulous time to go than during this festival honoring the patron saint of Mexico. Mariachi bands, folklorico dancers, the Yaqui Deer Dancers and Domingo DeGrazia’s Spanish-guitar band will be providing entertainment, and a Los Posada procession featuring children from Carrillo Magnet School will honor the saint. Local food, local art and local souvenirs are all available as well, so you can fill your tummy and your shopping bags while the musicians and performers fill your soul. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, 6300 N. Swan. Details here.

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Holiday Cards for Prisoners Party.
It’s the time of year where holiday cards from loved ones are starting to pour in, decorating the fridge, the front door, the junk drawer or wherever you choose to display them. The American Friends Service Committee-Arizona is hosting this event to help bring a little bit of holiday cheer to some of the places that need it the most. Write messages of support to hundreds of incarcerated people in Arizona while also enjoying live music by Loveland, an ugly sweater contest and a coloring book station for kids. If you’d like, let group members help you write letters to state representatives and senators, advocating for reform of the sentencing laws that have left us with the fourth-highest incarceration rate in the country. 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave. Free. Details here. 

Luminaria Nights in Tubac. Abundant food, warm drinks and artist receptions are staples of the cozy holiday season. But adding thousands of luminaria lights to the mix really levels up any holiday event. Holiday carolers, carriage and hay rides and a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony are like three perfect little cherries on top of this festive sundae. Luminarias were traditionally used to guide people to Christmas mass, and during the final night of Las Posadas. This week, let your GPS guide you to Tubac, and then enjoy the festivities once you get there. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 Tubac. Free. Details here. 

The Polar Express. The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum is the sort of charming little place that feels like it’s right out of a children’s Christmas book, so it’s only fitting that they’d be hosting this reading of one of the best children’s Christmas books around. This family-friendly event also features arts and crafts, rides on the Fun Farm Choo Choo and a chance to ring the bell on Locomotive 1673. And it’s always fun to stroll through the museum itself, browsing the bilingual exhibits. Treat yourself to some holiday cheer and head on down! 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. AMTRAK Historic Depot, 400 N. Toole Ave. Free. Details here.


Rally for Vets. HERO Events & Management is putting on their first-ever veteran’s event designed to raise support and awareness for local nonprofits supporting veterans. And there’s plenty of ways for you to show your support. You could check out the yoga and meditation zone by Athleta, enjoy some live glass blowing demonstrations by the Sonoran Glass School, or if you are brave or young at heart, check out any of the 11 interactive inflatables. Enjoy music by local musicians Caiden Brewer, Andrew Daniel Cates, Clinton Wyatt Smith and Keila Womack. And check out the food and drinks from vendors like Jacki’s Food Court, Sarges Cheesecakes, Cupcake Queens and Smoothie Factory. Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Demeester Outdoor Performance Center, 900 S. Randolph Way, $5, or free for kids 10 and under.

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Second SundAZe Family Day @ TMA. The Tucson Museum of Art always delivers, and it’s always especially awesome at Second Sunday events, but they’ve really stepped up their game for the holiday season. AZ Opera will be doing a special performance of The Magic Flute, and Santa himself will be visiting the museum’s Corbet house. Jewelry artist Julie Rose is holding a trunk show in the museum store as well. If taking in all of this art has you feeling inspired, you can jump into some of the art-making activities at the museum, including ornaments with Santa pictures, gingerbread houses and paper snowflakes. Fill your heart with art for the holidays! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 N. Main Ave. Free. Details here.


Sonoran Glass School Winter Open House. If you think looking at handcrafted glass art is exciting and impressive, wait until you see local glassblowers in the act, creating intricate sculptures, ornaments, houseware and jewelry right before your eyes. A narrated demonstration at 2 p.m. will walk you through what these masters are doing, and a series of holiday themed make-your-own experiences will show you how to become a master yourself. For $50, make your own glass ornament in a quick 15/20-minute introduction to the craft (this one gets busy, so try calling 884-7814 to reserve a time slot). Make a snow flurry drink stirrer on the torch at the flame shop for $10, or try out the new fused snowman experience ($15 or two for $25). Get your glass over here! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. 633 W. 18th St. Free. Details here.

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Tucson Girls Chorus: Sounds of Winter. If you caught the Reveille Men’s Chorus concert last week, you probably got your fill of rich, low tones. This week, treat yourself to the lovely harmonies of the Tucson Girls Chorus, made up of young women all the way from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Over 200 young performers will be presenting a mix of folk, traditional, contemporary and seasonal music. With so much bad news in the world, their notes are sure to be a sound for sore ears, and the image of hundreds of the young women who represent a bright, beautiful, musical future is enough to make anyone feel hopeful. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. $15 to $18. Details here.


Holiday Memories. Desert Voices, Tucson’s premiere LGBTQA chorus, is celebrating 30 years of understanding, cooperation, peaceful coexistence and sweet, sweet music. And this is your chance to celebrate with them! Three nights of shows will feature holiday music sung by community members of all creeds, races, genders and gender identities, letting you sit back, enjoy and reflect on all there is to be grateful for. 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8. 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. Third St. $15 for Friday show, $20 for Saturday and Sunday. Details here.


Signature Selections. Pima Community College dancers have been working throughout the semester on this concert directed by Nolan Kubota. Kubota earned his MFA in dance from the UA, and has worked as everything from a parade performer at Disneyland to a nationally touring burlesque dancer. He brings his range of experience to the show, which features everything from hip-hop, jazz, modern and ballet styles. Pieces are choreographed by both dance faculty and students, for a show that will keep you on your toes—but not as high on your toes as these impressive dancers. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Proscenium Theatre. $5 to $10. Details here.

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Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair.
Go forth to Fourth for a 40-plus-year-old tradition that just gets more fun every year. The artists from all over the world, delicious food and local entertainment draw more than half a million people into Tucson every year, and we’re lucky enough to already be here! The North Fourth Avenue Merchants Association Inc., a local nonprofit, produces the event, and funds from the day support infrastructure on Fourth Ave, local neighborhoods and nonprofits, and other events on the avenue throughout the year. Get your Christmas shopping, your street food fix and your community spirit on all at once. 9 a.m. to dusk Friday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 9. Historic Fourth Avenue, 434 E. Ninth St. Free. Details here.

Monterey Court Artisans Holiday Fair. Maybe you’re the type of person who needs a full bar nearby to get through the stress of holiday shopping. If so, this might be the holiday artisan fair for you. Whether you need a hard drink to get you through, a brunch to kick off the shopping festivities or a spot to break for lunch, Monterey Court has what you need. They’ll have what you need as far as gifts go, too. With a selection of fabric, glass, jewelry, metal, pottery, wood and leather, you should be able to find the perfect gift. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café, 505 W. Miracle Mile. Details here.


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Weegee With a Side of Eegee. It was only a matter of time before this event happened in Tucson. It honors the photographer, photojournalist and Kubrick collaborator and his equal parts iconic and influential black-and-white photography. And it comes with a side of sandwiches and Tucson’s signature frozen drinks! Notorious erotica photographer Eric Kroll will be talking about Weegee’s time as the official photographer of a New Jersey nudist colony; Weegee’s longtime companion, Wilma Wilcox; and his work with Cass Carr and Bettie Page. Kroll will be selling distortion prints he printed from Weegee’s original negatives himself—signed by Wilcox and stamped by Kroll. Why would you miss this? 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave. Free. Details here.


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Santa Bar Crawl. For those wanting to be more festive during their night-outs, the Santa Bar crawl is the opportunity for that. Starting at Maloney’s, show up in your favorite seasoned clothing with your friends and hit the streets, jumping from bar to bar. Or just go downtown to see drunken Santas on the loose. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. 213 N. Fourth Ave. Details here.


Ignite at Night. The Ignite Sign Art Museum is inviting you to an evening to see all of their changes and new additions, with all historic signs supposed to be lighted. The event will include music, beer and wine tastings, holiday shopping, snacks and a game. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. 331 S. Olsen Ave. Regular admission prices apply. Details here. 

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Holiday Tree Lighting. Receive complimentary chestnuts, hot cocoa or cider, and holiday sugar cookies while watching the annual lighting of the tree at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. More holiday entertainment will feature while photos with Santa are also available, in this free and open to public event. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. 7000 N. Resort Drive. Details here.


Santa at Little Anthony’s Diner. Starting this Friday, Santa will be at Little Anthony’s Diner for the weekends leading up to Christmas. Before dining, get a free photo by bringing in a non-perishable food item. Each donation will go to benefitting the Tucson Community Food Bank. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. Details here.


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X-Mas Double Feature. Casa Film Bar is offering movie showings every Friday in December. First up? Elf and Jingle All the Way back to back. Grab Sonoran hot dogs from the You Sly Dog food truck, and watch Will Ferrell and Arnold Schwarzenegger take it away. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.


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Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Laughing Stock: Now n' Later

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 4:07 PM

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Weekend Laff’s

Monica Nevi is featured supporting Jason Russell at Laff’s Comedy Caffe this weekend. We’re starting with Nevi because, at this writer’s age, it could be time to start sucking up for an interview in her hilarious Amazon Prime documentary series, 80 for 80, featuring interviews with folks 80 and over.

Nevi turned to stand-up comedy in college when injuries stymied her basketball career. She appeared in several Northwest comedy festivals and on FOX TV’s nationally syndicated show Laughs. She also co-hosts the popular podcast, HugLife and toured the US in the adorably named Blanket Fort Tour.

Jason Russell says he grew up a comedian.

“Every Saturday night, we’d have a family party with chips, candy bars and watch SCTV and SNL,” he remembers. Russell would imitate the characters. Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor were favorites. Soon he started creating voices and performing skits for family and friends.

He says his silly humor endeared him to most teachers and fended off the fights other biracial kids endured. Hosting the high-school talent show inspired him to try stand-up.

Russell’s comedy style is clean, silly and full of memorable characters. His performance credits include shows with Patti LaBelle and Martin Lawrence, and with Tommy Davidson of In Living Color. He also was part of a documentary about interracial comedians called Crossing the Lines.

Nevi and Russell perform with local openers at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Admission is $12.50, $17.50 for preferred seating. There’s also a two-item minimum. Details and reservations are at laffstucson.com.

Holidays at the Wench

Bunny Boom Boom, Stormy Leigh, Lela Rose, Natasha Noir, Nikki Riot, Kitten Minx LaFemme, Divina Moorephina, Taryn Garters and Ms. Trixie Phillips are featured in the holiday edition of First Fridays Burlesque at the Surly Wench Pub.

Roxy Merrari promises a holiday extravaganza starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the club, where she hosts a weekly open mic and monthly showcase. Watch for details on the Facebook page, Comedy at the Wench.

Family-friendly comedy

Clean Comedy Shows in Marana and Vail feature popular stand-up comedian and hypnotist Jim Kellner in their monthly series. He performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at 8000 N. Silverbell Road, Marana; and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Vail Theater of the Arts, 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way. Tickets are $10; $30 for a family.

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Spread Cheer This Holiday Season at Local Toy Drives

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It's that special time of year again and while you are busy shopping for your family, consider buying a toy for a local child in need. There are multiple toy drives happening all over Tucson this holiday season to make donating simple and easy.

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Stuff the Bus at Walmart

The Salvation Army is partnering with iHeart Media, SunTran and Walmart to stuff five SunTran busses full of toys on Friday, Dec. 14.

“This is our biggest event of the holiday season. It is vital we receive toy donations, so we can continue to serve the children of Tucson. Last year we were able to collect 3,684 toys and provided assistance to 1,500 families. The goal this year is to collect 6,000 toys and fill 5 SunTran buses with new toys so we can help more families in need this Christmas,” said Captain David Oh, The Salvation Army Tucson Area Coordinator.

Meet radio stars from 93.7 KRQ, Hot 98.3, My 92.9, 97.1 The Bull and KNST AM 790 when you bring new, unwrapped toys to the Walmart on Speedway and Kolb and make a local kid's holidays a little brighter.

More information about Stuff The Bus.

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Holiday House at Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse

Donate toys, clothes, accessories and household goods this holiday season to Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. Survivors can choose gifts for their families with no cost at the Holiday House and start to build happy holiday memories.

New, unwrapped donations can be dropped off at 2545 E. Adams Street through Dec. 10.

Boys & Girls Clubs Holiday Gift Drive at Walgreens

If you are stopping by Walgreens for your prescription or some last minute holiday cards, look for their decorated boxes for donations. Local Walgreens locations have partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson to collect toys for children from age 7 to 17 and other items such as pajamas, candy, gift cards, makeup and items you can conveniently pick up while in the store. Gifts are being collected through Dec. 11.

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Fill the Streetcar

This year, the annual Miracle on 31st Street expects over 15,000 children to attend, so they need a lot of toys.

In 1970 Ramon Gonzales donated $125 of his own money to host a holiday party and cook hotdogs in his yard for children in his neighborhood that didn't have anything for the holidays.

Now, Miracle on 31st Street has grown into a huge event, hosted at Casino Del Sol's AVA Amphitheater, that provides toys, food and a holiday party for thousands of local kids.

The Regional Transportation Authority is helping collect toys for the event by filling a streetcar this holiday season. The Sun Link Streetcar will be parked on 8th Street, just west of 4th Avenue on Friday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Between 4 and 6 p.m. listen to songs from Salpointe and Canyon del Oro High School choirs and CDO Pep Band. And if you're lucky you might even see Santa! Find out more about the event here.

Operation Holiday Open House

Military families can head over to the Arizona Air National Guard 162nd Wing this Saturday, Dec. 8 to "go shopping" for the holidays for free! Throughout November and December the Military Assistance Mission has been collecting toys and other gifts for military children.

“This program, Operation Holiday Open House, is to thank those in uniform including the families, during this this very special time of year,’ said Margy Bons, Founder and CEO of Military Assistance Mission.

6620 S. Air Guard Way, building 5 just south of Valencia Rd. connected to Tucson International Airport.

So, happy holidays and merry giving! Help brighten a child's holiday this year. 

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CANS Venue and Lounge to Close on New Year's Day

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 10:17 AM

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One of the newest food and music fixtures on Fourth Avenue will shut its doors for good on January 1.

CANS Venue & Lounge (340 N. 4th Ave.) announced it will close in a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon, attributing the closure to disappointing sales and an inability to compete with other, more established venues, like the Rialto Theatre and Club Congress.

"This decision has not been an emotionally or financially easy one," the post states. "Our experience running a venue has taught us many things, and we hope to have gained wisdom and spiritual growth throughout the process. We are incredibly grateful to Tucson for the opportunity to try our wild ideas and create an artist oriented community. Unfortunately our dreams of running a profitable business have fallen short. Truthfully we are sad, disappointed and at a loss."

CANS, which opened in May as a traditional Jewish diner, went through several transformations in its short lifespan, thanks to poor execution from the start, according to the company.

"Our initial opening proved to be a public relations nightmare based on hearsay and internet toxicity," CANS Facebook post said. "We overcame that but not without scars. We live by the ethos of vote with your dollar."

The restaurant and venue, which was opened and operated by Tallboy's founder Ben Schneider, is the latest 4th Avenue fixture to close this year.

Others include Mabels, the Flycatcher, Ordinary Bike Shop and Revolutionary Grounds, highlighting an evolutionary shift on the venerable downtown street. 

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Mercado Flea Market

The Mercado Flea features 35 + vendors selling vintage/antiques goods on the second Sunday of every month… More

@ Mercado San Agustín Second Sunday of every month, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Continues through May 12 100 S. Avenida del Convento.

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