City Week

Our top picks of what to do and where to do it

The Sounds, Tastes and Sights of Death

It's been an amazing season for the UA's Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, and this week's opportunities just prove this program is a great connector for the UA and the greater community. Full Circle, a three part event, begins Saturday, Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., examines how humans deal with dying and facing mortality at the UA School of Music and Art complex, located at the northwest section of 2nd Street and Olive Road. Changing the Face of Death, taking place at 11 a.m., is a presentation with pianist, professor emerita and Confluencenter's senior fellow, Paula Fan in dialogue with hospice chaplin and counselor Greg Griffen. Death: Customs and Cuisine will feature Southwest Folklife Alliance's Executive Program Director Maribel Alvarez with resident folklorist Nic Hartmann at 12:30 p.m. For a full schedule of the program, visit or call 621-4587 for more information.

KXCI + El Casino Ballroom = Tradition Heaven

In the 1980s, KXCI's House Rockin' concert series at El Casino Ballroom were a popular tradition bringing in the likes of Queen Ida, Buddy Guy, Lonnie Mack and more. That tradition, back under concert promoter Jeb Schoonover's direction, brings back The Paladins and Candye Kane for a Halloween rockabilly and blues supreme event on Friday, Oct. 31, from 8 to 11 p.m. at the 437 E. 26th St. venue. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets—$15 advance, $12 for KXCI members and $18 at the door—can be purchased at KXCI, Antigone Books, Folk Shop and The Parish. Food will be available for purchase by Allyn Haynes Catering. For more info, go to

Buffet Bar Celebrates 80 Years

Long-time Buffet Bar icon and bartendress, Miss Peggy, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15 (she retired her post at the bar in 2012), and here we are, getting ready to celebrate the legendary dive bar's 80th birthday. You know she'll be there right? I can't imagine she'd miss such an important occasion, so you better not either on Saturday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m. in the 538 E. 9th St. bar's parking lot. It's a full-on party with bands, comedians and other entertainment. FLUXX Gallery and Studio, just up the street, will be there with homemade BBQ pork, baked beans, pasta salad and homemade brownies for $5 a plate. Proceeds go to FLUXX and Positively Beautiful. Well, alright, sounds like a good Tucson day to me.

Cyclovia: The Day No Bikes Stand Still

The Living Streets Alliance's Cyclovia is a twice a year time when bike riders of Tucson officially get to take over the streets unencumbered by those pesky cars. On Sunday, Nov. 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., up to 25,000 people are expected to take over Midtown streets with a new route going north from Blacklidge Drive and the Fontana Bike Boulevard to south on Seventh Street and Sixth Avenue. No cars. No trucks. Just pedestrian and bike and skater friendly people going at their own pace—kids, old folks, dogs and cats—everyone, plus vendors and DJs and art. For more info, and a route map, visit

14th Annual Day of the Dead Pilgrimage

This the 14th year Derechos Humanos and other immigrant rights organizations and supporters, have held a caminando, or pilgrimage walk from St. John's Catholic Church, 602 W. Ajo Way to the San Xavier Mission, on Saturday, Nov. 1, starting at 8:30 a.m. The walk honors those who have passed away, especially those who have died along the border. The walk is a total of 8.5 miles, but you are welcome to walk as far as you can. A car will pick up people as needed. Those who walk will carry white crosses with the names of those who've been lost in the desert. The crosses are places in a circle in front of the mission as those walking arrive on the church property. If you can't make the walk, we recommend going to the church as people leave and being at the mission when people arrive—in total, it is a very moving and spiritual experience for everyone involved. For more information, call Derechos at 770-1373.