by Dan Gibson
You might have seen some World AIDS Day events in the Weekly or online somewhere, but Jeffrey Scott Brown has done a great job putting together on Facebook a list of events happening all day long, including a free breakfast at Mother Hubbard's right now and running until closing time early tomorrow.
If you know of anything else happening today, feel free to pass the information on in the comments.
HIV NEVER TAKES A DAY OFF - WHY SHOULD WE?
6am to 10am ~ Start the day off right and RED: tell your server you're "with WORLD AIDS DAY" or you're "HIV-POSITIVE" and get a FREE simple breakfast (2 eggs, potatoes, toast) compliments of the ultra-hip Harley riding Mother Hubbard herself. One free breakfast per person, please. Coffee, other menu beverages and tip not included (please treat your server well). If you have messages and names of those you've lost to the disease, a section of AIDS Ribbon Tucson will be available for you to sign.
Address: Mother Hubbards Cafe, 14 W. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 623.7976
11am to 1pm ~ Jacome Plaza at Valdez Main Library: FREE and Confidential HIV TESTING courtesy of the Pima County Health Department Mobile Testing Unit. Enjoy the musical stylings of GROUPO TESORO featuring Mary Silva, Frank Martinez and Patti Licon. Bring a lunch and relax while you wait for your HIV test results & be proud of yourself - you're a part of the solution! Rumor has it that Tucson's one-and-only Sister from the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Sister STELLA VIRGIN, might make an appearance as your hostess. Glory be~ (Heaven help us!)
Address: Stone & Pennington-NW corner, Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: (520) 791.7676
4:30pm to 9pm ~ International flair and entertainment fills the historic Hotel Congress as the anchor venue for all the evening's festivities. See our local AIDS Memorial, AIDS Ribbon Tucson, rise up RED for the occasion, sample finger foods from 5-until they're gone, take advantage of FREE & Confidential HIV testing upstairs in the hotel's historic guest rooms. Wear RED to show your support for those living the daily battle and hear touching stories from folks living with and impacted by HIV and AIDS. This family-friendly celebration of life is completely FREE and open to the public.
Address: Hotel Congress, 311 East Congress Street, Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: (520) 622.8848
4pm to 8pm ~ Let the RED flow at Vila's palace to fabulous cuisine and downtown's hippest drinkery to eat at: V. Order RED: $3 Cosmos. Dress RED and give Vila a hug for good fortune & good health then tell her the answer to the secret order of the "V" (answer at the AIDS Ribbon Tucson Facebook page) and she may reward you with even greater discounted RED drinks or a special RED not-on-the menu item created in memory of someone special she lost to AIDS. Don't forget to also say "hey" to her RED-hot man-toy, Chef REDman Jarrell.
Address: V Modern Thai, 9 East Congress Street, Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: (520) 882.8143
7:00pm ~ Odyssey Storytelling Presents: "SUPERPOWERS: the extraordinary show!" at Fluxx Studios. $7 / Doors open at 6:30, come early to get a good seat. Free parking on the street.
How have you defied the odds? Tell us about your special talents and abilities. The magical things you can do ...Whatever your superpower—we wanna hear it!
Storytellers: Man-about-town, Jeffrey Scott Brown; KXCI programmer, Jim Lipson; wandering minstrel, Jordan Hill; BDSM performer, Molly Bottom; pediatrician, Tracey Kurtzman; and social justice advocate, Claire Louise Swinford.
NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE. Fluxx Studios and Gallery is a non-profit community art space designed to host exhibitions, performance art, movie screenings, workshops and special events. They are located just off 4th Avenue, next to the underpass, across the street from the Shanty.
Address: Fluxx Studios, 414 East 9th Street, Tucson, AZ 85705
8:00pm ~ John Waters Live at The Rialto Theatre. The man who put the X in Xmas, legendary filmmaker and raconteur John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, A Dirty Shame, Serial Mom) rides into town to share his own unique brand of holiday Mary-making, including a compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts, a religious fanaticism for Santa Claus, and an unhealthy love of true-crime holiday horror stories. Special VIP ticket packages including the Red Ribbon Ball available only at: www.redribbonball.org (a portion of this special ticket package price will go to SAAF).
Address: The Rialto Theatre, 318 East Congress Street, Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: (520) 740.1000
9:00pm to 2am ~ Positively Beautiful and Optimist Club present "WORLD AIDS DAY CELEBRATION 2011" featuring a live feed to a Tanzania, Africa village and footage of their World AIDS Day festivities. FREE and confidential HIV testing in the hotel's historic rooms until Midnight. Music by O/W/L/S and wear RED or dress the part for an anything goes AIDS awareness COSTUME CONTEST. 21 and over, no cover for Opti-Club members - $3 guest entry. A portion of the door and donations goes to the Tucson World AIDS Day Fund to produce next year's DECEMBER FIRST community event.
Address: Club Congress, 311 East Congress Street, Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: (520) 622.8848
9:00pm to 2am ~ Pete King Presents: "THE RED RIBBON BALL" pulling out all the stops in the RED and wild ZEN ROCK Nightclub. Drag queens swinging from the ceiling is just the beginning! Fabulous lighting, four bars and two dance floors to choose from, plus multiple DJs, dancers and performers will make this an evening not to miss! 100% of all ticket sales and door donations to benefit Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF).
Address: ZEN ROCK, 121 East Congress Street, Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: (520) 624.9100