Fords on Fourth. The Southern Arizona Mustang Club has been around for more than 50 years, and its nearly 300 members host this annual car show to get the community as excited about cars as they are. And it usually works! Hundreds of vehicles will make like UA students and flock to Fourth Ave. to show off their stuff. A Sunday morning and afternoon on Fourth Avenue are always well-spent at the shops and restaurants on the stretch, but today, the gorgeous vehicles lining the road will be the main attraction. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Historic Fourth Avenue. Free for spectators.
Phoenix Scottish Games. So, yes. Technically this is not in Tucson. But it's the 55th annual celebration of Scottish culture up in Phoenix, complete with dancing, live pipes & drums, and athletics. Try events like the caber toss, the sheaf toss, the hammer throw and "putting the stone," or let wee ones try mini versions of the games. And check out the clothing, instruments, jewelry and culinary delights (Scotch whisky or haggis, anyone?) over in the Celtic Village. AND take a chance to learn about your heritage in the genealogy tent. What have you Scot to lose? 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road. $20 at the gate or $17 in advance, with a second day for just $10.
Rails in the Garden. Did you know that there's a Tucson Garden Railway Society, dedicated to modeling large-scale railroads and educating the public about the wonders of modeling railroads? If you didn't, then you probably don't know that they have an annual self-guided, self-paced tours of some of the city's neatest model train layouts created by their members. Taking in art and learning about railroad history is a great way to spend a weekend morning or afternoon no matter how old you are, so get your caboose out there. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3. See tucsongrs.org for route information. Free.
Learn Something New
John Michael Talbot. Being known as Catholic music's most popular artist comes with a lot of hard work. John Michael Talbot, who released his 55th album, The Inner Room, in 2016 and his 30th book, Lessons from a Troubadour, in 2018, has several active ministries. And he's earned dozens of awards and nominations along the way. His "Lifetime of Music & Ministry" tour will feature music from across his four decades of recordings, presented more as a prayer experience, complete with stories and meditations, than a concert. The Tucson show in particular will be presented as preparation for the start of Lent. 7 p.m. Friday, March 1. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5150 N. Valley View Road. $25 GA and $50 VIP.
National Park Star Party. If you go to the right place in the Sonoran Desert, every night is a star party. One of the right places is Saguaro National Park—especially tonight, where park naturalists will share telescopes and binoculars and offer an introduction to astronomy. Celebrate the end of the shortest month of the year (which felt like it dragged on forever, no?) by looking upward at the stars and remembering that, to them, February was just the blink of an eye. Call ahead to make the required reservations! 733-5153 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Saguaro National Park.
Art Party: Best Buds. This month, downtown clothing store How Sweet It Was is featuring the art of Tucson's favorite freelance florist, Brittany Peña. You may have seen her bouquets around town, mixing and matching specimens, playing with space and exhibiting totally unique textures. What you almost definitely haven't seen is these sculptural arrangements translated to an entire room. Come down to this show to be surrounded by glorious petals and ponder concepts like impermanence and the way art galleries, flowers and humans alike morph over time. (And enjoy some snacks and arrangements that are for sale.) 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 2. How Sweet It Was, 424 E. Sixth St.
Things To Do at the U Tour. If you've read the whole Tucson Weekly and still haven't found any arts, events or attractions in this town that interest you, maybe this tour hosted by the UA Visitor Center will give you the deeper knowledge you need. Check out some of the living laboratories, world-class fine art institutions and other hidden treasures campus has to offer in this tour that's ideal for non-student visitors. (Maybe you have family coming to town that just missed the gem show? Or an old scientist pal who loves seeing other labs?) 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 6. UA Visitor Center, 811 N. Euclid Ave. Free, but reservations required.
Music and Performances
Soundwalk with MOCA. You ever walk down the street and just listen? We mean, like, really listen. Listen more than you look. Listen to the sounds of people's pant legs moving past each other as they walk, and to the sounds of car windows being rolled down in the distance, and to the sounds of birds moving around in the trees? Local field recordist David Dearmore does. At this event, he'll lead us through downtown Tucson's streets, washes, gardens and parks and teach us how to listen, and how to use listening as a way to understand what is being lost and replaced as Tucson becomes further gentrified. Stop at any time to focus on a sound, using either your ears or a set of microphones and recorders. (Some will be provided, but you're encouraged to bring your own—a phone works just fine.) At the end, get a 'zine full of sound walking and field recording best practices compiled by Dearmore. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, 265 S. Church Ave., is the starting point. $30, or $25 for MOCA members.
Tess Redmoon & Red Clay. When was the last time you heard a really solid flute performance? What about a performance by a flutist who can play jazz, classical, world music or original songs? Award-wining flutist, singer, songwriter and composer Tess Redmoon's song "Borderlands" was a finalist in the ACLU songwriting competition to convey the struggles of immigrants crossing the United States' southern border. Today, she and her group Red Clay will perform original music at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, out in the open where we can all get a breath of fresh air. 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Tucson Desert Art Museum, 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. $15 includes museum admission.
The Secret in the Wings. Set in a basement play space, this play by Mary Zimmerman is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast and seven other fairy tales. So it's got romance! It's got danger! And it's got intrigue and rich scenes full of fantasy. When young Audrey's parents leave her with a terrifying baby sitter, he starts reading her a book of fairy tales, and then the characters all come to life. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Thursday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 17. The Rogue Theatre at the Historic Y, 300 E. University Blvd. $38, or $28 for preview performances the first two days. $15 student rush tickets sold starting 15 minutes before curtain, pending availability.
A Conversation With Edith Head. Hollywood's most famous costume designer worked on more than 1,100 movies over the course of more than five decades, picking up 35 Academy Award nominations and eight Oscars along the way. This play is based on Edith Head's Hollywood, a biography of the designer which was written with the help of more than 13 hours of recollections recorded by the legend herself, and chock-full of what she herself liked to call "Edithisms." Susan Claassen is the show's actor, director, producer and designer, and was there to help the book's author sort through the hours' worth of recordings and talk to people who knew Head best, like her sketch artist and her friends. 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 1. 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave. $35, with discounts available for groups, seniors, active military and students.
PCC Music Presents the Chorale & College Singers. Get ready to hear some beautiful music! Our local community college is putting on this concert full of classical and 20th-century repertoire, including Pie Jesu, from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem, Mozart's "Vesperae solennes de Confessore" and Susan LaBarr's arrangement of "Hold Fast to Dreams." The select mixed-voice a capella choir will be performing numbers by Samuel Barber, Francis Poulenc and Renaissance composer Michael East. Supporting local students who are making art and following their dreams? We can't think of a better way to spend a Tuesday evening. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. PCC Center for the Arts at West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. $5 to $6.
Hoge Day–Lithophilia. The word of the day, or maybe of the month, here in the Old Pueblo, is lithophilia, or the love of stones. The Triangle L. Ranch over in Oracle is celebrating the work of artist Hoge Day—in which the artist's lithophilia is evident—in their Adobe Barn Gallery. His graphite and charcoal works, sometimes accented with acrylics and pastels, range in size from 40-inch x 32-inch to eight feet! Exhibit is on display throughout March, but a free opening reception is 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. Triangle L Ranch Adobe Barn Gallery, 2805 N. Triangle L Ranch, Oracle.
Group Show at the Wilde Meyer Gallery. This month, the Wilde Meyer Gallery is dedicated to highlighting more than just one local artist. So come see art by the likes of Bill Colt, Jacqueline Rochester, Sushe Felix, Greg Dye and Barbara Duzan. From colorful landscapes to portraits of animals to scenes from everyday life, it's a show where there's something for everyone. Step right up and feast your eyes on some local art! Show is open throughout March, with gallery hours being 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Receptions are 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1 and Friday, March 15. Wilde Meyer Gallery, 2890 E. Skyline Drive.
Fun in General
Monster Jam Arena Tour. Most people don't realize how much they need monster truck events in their lives until they experience the high-octane thrill of a weekend jam-packed with monster trucks doing donuts, flying off jumps and performing other tricks, like a "stoppie," where the back wheels come off the ground and, nose down, drivers "moonwalk" the truck in reverse. (Maybe you have to see it to get it). With trucks like "Bad News Travels Fast," "Barbarian" and "Stinger Unleashed," you know this event is going to be larger-than-life. Don't miss your chance to watch your childhood Hot Wheel dreams come to life! 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1; 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 2; and 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave. $20 to $48+.
Nurturing the Diverse Soul. There are practically countless options for what to explore at the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend, but here's just one example of a panel worth checking out: The library's Nuestras Raíces committee, which celebrates and honors the county's Latinx and Spanish-speaking communities, is hosting this panel on how staying rooted in culture can hep women of color thrive and stay resilient in motherhood, self care and activism. Dominique Calza moderates this panel of local authors Naomi Ortiz and Michelle Tellez, and the rest of us get to sit back and soak up the wisdom. 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3. Tucson Festival of Books, Nuestras Raíces tent on the UA Mall.
Grand Canyon State. It's the 100th annivesary of the Grand Canyon being designated a national park, and if you've ever seen that beauty, you know that it's something worth celebrating. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra is on it! Watch film of the park, as well as a 1958 Walt Disney Short film about it, played to Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite, which premiered in Tucson. The suite might sound familiar because one of the movements was heavily featured in that most classic of movies: A Christmas Story. The Grand Canyon is our collective pride and joy, so why miss a chance to watch a symphony play in its honor? 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. $15 to $86.
Mardi Gras at Hotel Congress. Ah yes, Mardi Gras. If you're Catholic or like to use Lent as an opportunity to go without something or develop a good habit, then it's your last night to engage in total debauchery. If you don't do lent, then it's still a great excuse to engage in total debauchery. Food and drink specials, capoeira dancers, tarot card readings and face paintings will abound. Try three different varieties of Abita beer, or order a Hurricane or Sazerac just like in NOLA. Plus, grab a slice of the largest King Cake in all of Arizona, then take a photo of yourself eating it in the photo booth. Starts at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5. Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Free before 6 p.m. and $3 after (Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m.)
Poetry Circle. Did you know the Oro Valley Public Library has monthly poetry discussions led by docents from the UA Poetry Center? It's truly a pleasant opportunity to share knowledge about your favorite poets and to learn about new ones. Docents provide reading material from the center's world-renowned collection as well. This month's topic: "Donald Justice: One of 20th Century America's most quietly influential poets." Here's a bit from his poem, A Dancer's Life. "On the train window trembles the blurred / Reflection of her own transparent beauty, /and through this, beautiful ruined cities passing, dark forests, and people everywhere." 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Free.
Zócalo Open House. If you like to keep up with local business or art news, you might know that Tucson shopping destination Zócalo was sold last year. You might not know that it was sold to the local garden Green Things, and that the previous proprietors have stayed on to help continue and expand their vision for the shops. What are we left with? A super cool home and garden center full of paintings, home décor and plants with a southwestern and Latin American flair. This is their grand opening event! Swing by for refreshments, snacks and a tour of the new digs. 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3. Zócalo, 3384 E. River Road. Free.
Arizona Friends of Chamber Music Festival. With five days' worth of music, this festival will have something for all instrumental music lovers. Day one features, just for example, both Philip Glass and Shostakovich. Day two's got Beethoven and Mozart. Day three features Bacewicz and Arensky. Day four has Kevin Puts and Taneyev. And day five will be serving up Brahms and Mendelssohn. And that's just some of the music you'll hear! There's so much more to enjoy at this festival, so attend one day, some of the days or all five to soak up some songs. 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, Wednesday, March 6, and Friday, March 8. 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. $30 adults, $10 students.