Last night's birthday party for Tucson and underpass celebration was amazing, even if you had to wait an hour to get cake at Hotel Congress. If you stayed away because you aren't happy with how the underpass looks or because you're mad about anything to do with downtown redevelopment, then you missed out. I was amazed by the number people that continued to walk down Fourth Avenue, through the underpass and into downtown. From 4 p.m. and close to 9 p.m., I saw hundreds of people still walking back and forth. Congratulations to everyone involved in organizing the event. We'll have photos soon.
Here's another happening to consider just in case you want to repeat everything last night or you missed your chance. The wonderful folks of Creative City and the Parasol Project are putting on a grand party tonight to remind us of our creative community in Tucson and celebrate the underpass with Create Your City Art Party.
Events begin with the "Re-Connection Pre-Show” on the Winsett Park Stage at 6:30pm (free) featuring puppets, clowns, stilt-walkers and dancers. At 7:30 pm a festive parade extravaganza with performers from Winsett Park will lead people to the Rialto Theater. The Art Party at the Rialto will start at 7 pm with eight bands, performance installations, interactive arts, vending and so much more! “Be art, bring art” is the motto. Join in this family-friendly, all ages event- bring instruments and colorful costumes.
6:30 — 7:30 pm — Re-Connection Pre-Show at Winsett Park (North 4th Ave. & 8th St.), FREE
7:00 pm — Doors open at Rialto Theatre (318 E. Congress), $10-$25 suggested donation
7:30 pm — Re-Connection Procession from Winsett Park to the Rialto Theater
Bands at the Rialto include Mata Leau, Combo Westside, Michelle Blades, BATUCAXÉ, Tom Walbank & the Ambassadors, Ensphere, PLOY, Flagrante Delicto, and Mr. Free & the Satellite Freakout. Tickets for the Rialto event are $10 in advance by going to www.rialtotheatre.com. Tickets tonight at the box office cost $10-25 sliding scale.
For more information, visit www.creativecity.org or call Michael Schwartz at 791-9359, or Jacqueline Pollard, 762-4947.