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Pick of the Week
Downtown Radio One-Year Anniversary Bash
: The fight-the-good-fight, anti-corporate folks over at Downtown Radio (99.1 FM) have been on-air for a glorious 12 months. That’s right, a whole damn year in an impoverished city. By our (or any) calculation, that’s a feat worth lifting toast or ten to. Five premier Tucson bands are tapped to celebrate said feat, including Katterwaul, Golden BooTs, Adara Rae and the Homewreckers, Louise Le Hir, and 8 Minutes to Burn. Friday, Sept. 16. 8 p.m. The Flycatcher, 340 E. 6th St. $7. 21+.
Food & Booze
15th Annual Roasted Chile Festival
: Green corn tamales. Pork tacos. Salsa. Green Chile Cornbread. Green enchilada sauce. Challenge yourself to make your favorite green chile delights this fall (and even try some new
ones), after you stock up on peppers at the Roasted Chile Festival. Don't be afraid to get a big bag: Internet wisdom says these chilies freeze for up to six months, but we know a Nana who would stretch her green chile harvest out all year long. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Rincon Valley Farmers Market, 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail. Free to attend, but don't forget your wallet!
Tucson 5th Annual Beer Cup
: It is a battle royal as Tucson's top 10 breweries compete to determine who has the best beers in the categories of Best Flagship Beer, Best Specialty Beer, and People's Choice. Along with the breweries, other beer loving organizations will be in attendance as well, including: Local First Arizona, Living Street Alliance, Tucson Homebrew Club, Yelp Tucson, and Girls Pint Out. The event takes place on Saturday, Sep. 17 from 6-9 p.m., tickets can be bought on the event website. 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress Street. $25 before $30 at the door.
Paint the Pints
: Paint the town blue on Friday, Sept. 16 as Blue Moon sponsors the event Paint the Pints on 4th Ave. Paint the Pints is a night full of shopping, food, fun and beer and all of it goes to help local charities. All bars on 4th Ave. will be selling Blue Moon for $4, so it is the perfect time to stop, grab a drink and enjoy a great night with some friends. Friday, Sept. 16. 6-10 p.m. 4th Ave.
Wine Tasting with The Princess Bride:
Enjoy a well-loved classic, paired with some wines matches to your favorite lines. Casa's Film Bar will be serving up the following combos: Hello My name is Inigo montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die,
Pasqua Sangiovese; As you Wish
, Paseo Red; Stop Saying That
, Paseo White; You are the Brut Squad
, Veuve Devienne Brut; Have fun stormin da castle
, Veuve Devienne Rose Sec.
: Step the hell back ’cause it’s death-metal superheroes Goatwhore, straight outta the murky south (the Big Easy, natch) and making their first Tucson appearance in six years. God bless ’em too because the sun-resisting combo never fails to burn faces with rapid-fire, Sabbath-on-meth riffs, throat-scorching vocals and precise, hyper-focused rhythms. Their last album, the punishing Constricting Rage of the Merciless, shows wicked distaste for anything that’s not death, doom and destruction. Hallelujah! Wednesday, Sept. 21. 9:30 p.m. The Flycatcher, 340 E. 6th St. $12. 21+.
: DiÄt are the aural equivalent of a walking tour through Berlin or Detroit ruins at dusk, or the feeling of standing in long lines down at DES over off 22nd Street. Like that, Germany’s DiÄt deliver seemly post-punk sonics (dig the absolute power and glory of “Nausea”), where anthemic riffs meet downer prose and memorable choruses. Sound like the bastard descendants of Joy Division, Magazine, and even The Desperate Bicycles. With Seattle’s mighty Vacant Life, plus Detached Objects, Hikikomori and Lenguas Largas. Saturday, Sept. 17 at 191 Toole, 191 E. Toole Ave., $5. All ages.
Karaoke at The Mint
: Believe us, there’s no better venue in Tucson than The Mint for Sunday karaoke. You’ll likely hear a sweetly rising, almost pitch-perfect rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, a sexily rousing All That Jazz (from Chicago
), or a hulking, serious-faced spin on Evanescence’s My Immortal. You might even see that one dude with a happy beer belly whose sartorial flair sees him donning a red feather boa and dancing with a chair. Sometimes there’s a statuesque soul-shouter with a voice like Andre Williams, and always a soused hausfrau who tortures Beyoncé or The Pretenders as if angling for a spot on The Voice
. That’s entertainment, as they say, all in the cozy and Bukowskian confines of the dimly lit Mint Cocktail Lounge, 3540 E. Grant. Sundays, 8 p.m. Free. 21+
: It’s rare to hear a contemporary blues voice as punchy, persuasive and powerful as that belonging to Jersey City’s Christina Santelli. Don’t believe us? Soul goddess Bettye LaVette says this lady walks on water. More, Santelli’s southern-steeped soul-blues songwriting—which is profound and literate and storyteller-y—is sweet carriage for that world-weary voice. She’s been nominated for a Grammy twice, has nine albums out, yet still she’s still a secret. Damn shame. Go see her with the Lil’ Mama Band
on Friday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m. at Monterey Court, 505 W. Miracle Mile. Or see the two on Saturday, Sept. 17, 8 p.m. at The Boondocks Lounge
, 3306 N. 1st Ave. Both shows are $10.
The Loft is always a good place to look for an evening of cinematic fun. Highlights this week include: Rocky Horror
(11:55 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. $6 admission, plus $3 for prop bags), a Grease Sing-A-Long
(7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. $10), Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil
(7:30 p.m., Monday, Saturday Sept. 19. $9.50) and David Bowie is
(Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.).
2016 Arizona Insect Festival
: Love insects? The UA will be displaying insect-related research conducted by UA scientists and local organizations. Come for the hands-on activities and exhibits. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Arizona Student Unions, 1303 E University Blvd. Free.
: Do you want to enjoy a calm, relaxing evening after a long work week? The Tucson Botanical Gardens is hosting a few evenings this month with beautiful visuals, presented at twilight every Thursday until September 29th as part of the Tucson Botanical Gardens’ Summer Oasis Series. The garden will be open in the early evening with dinner at Café Botanica from 5 pm to 8 pm. You can even bring your own dinner (and beer or wine) and have a picnic under the trees in the garden. Sept. 15th - Sept. 29th (Thursday's only) 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tucson Botanical Garden, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Adults $9, Children $5 (4-12), Members free. Community
closes out their non conference slate with a home game against Hawaii. Arizona Stadium has been a tough place to play for non-conference opponents under Rich Rodriguez as the Wildcats have gone 10-0 against non Pac-12 foes at home since 2012. The Rainbow Warriors look for their second win in as many seasons against a Pac-12 foe after beating Colorado in 2015. 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Arizona Stadium, 1 National Championship Dr. $12-$265.
Angels in America
: Millenium Approaches: Get ready to cry, the Rogue Theater has graced us with a phenomenal play about heartbreak and destiny. The theater's season opener is part one of the Pulizter Prize winning, two-part play Angels in America
by Tony Kusher. The story follows the lives of two very different couples whose lives become intertwined after an unlikely meet in a men's restroom. While the content of the play is filled will heavy topics, comedy seamlessly ties together this story with laughter as well as sorrow. Read our full review here
. This Rogue production opened on Sept. 8 and will run through Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. Other matinee shows are on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. with all evening performances from Sept. 15-24 starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35 for all performances and $15 for student's 15 minutes before the show as supplies last. Sept. 15-25 (Sunday matinee 2 p.m.) Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m., matinee on Sept. 17 and 24 at 2 p.m., all other performances form Sept. 15-24 evening at 7 p.m. The Historic Y, 300 E. University Blvd. $35 per person per performance, $15 for students w/ ID 15 minutes before showtime.
Love animals, drinking and eating? Well, this is going to be a busy week for you. Join the Tucson Roller Derby Girls and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona on Sunday Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Barrio Brewing Co. for Tails & Ales 2
, a fundraising dog wash. Buy a custom pint glass to take $1 off your beer, and nurse it while your dog gets a bath. It's $15 for a regular wash and $40 for a VIP wash, which includes a VIP bandana, custom pint glass, line-cutting privileges and doggie goodies. Barrio Brewing Co., 800 E 16th St. Tickets are available online. Or, if you're a little farther East, head over to Arizona Beer House for Happy Meower
between 6 and 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19 . Kitties will be available for adoption, American Flying Buffalo will be serving wings and Arizona Beer House will be matching tips received during the event as a direct donation to the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary of Tucson. Arizona Beer House, 150 S. Kolb Road. Or you can support Pawsitively Cats while eating fancy at Feast for Felines
. Come in for lunch or dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 21 with a flyer
and 20 percent of your check will be donated to the kitties! Feast, 3719 E. Speedway Blvd.
It's been a stressful few days/weeks/months/years, hasn't it? Grab a mat, calm down and center yourself with one of Tucson's many, many yoga classes. Our recommendations: Yoga newbies and pros, ease into your weekend with the Free Community Yoga Class (Slow Flow)
: Everything you need to know is in the name: It's free, it's a community, you'll be taking it slow. Make sure you grab tickets
! Noon. Saturday, Sept. 16. Om Yoga, 5961 N. Oracle Road. Looking for a little more nature with your child's pose? Check out Deep House Yoga Fall Flow
: Enjoy Tucson's cool evenings while getting your yoga on at Brandi Fenton. Start the evening with dharma talk & meditation at 7:15 p.m. and then get into the swing of things when the yoga starts at 8 p.m. Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 East River Road. Suggested donation $5-$10. Interested in a little less dharma and a little more Goatsnake? DO(OM) Yoga
is the place for you. Every Sunday, you can get your fix of slow & low yoga—inspired by a Sabbath-worship and doom metal soundtrack. It's the yoga class you've been waiting for. 8 p.m. Sundays. Floor Polish, 215 N. Hoff Ave, Suite 107. $6. Or, maybe what you really need to help you relax is a drink. Check out Arizona Beer House's Barefoot Yoga
, where $5 gets you an hour of yoga and any draught beer sold by the pint. Arizona Beer House, 150 S. Kolb Road.
The Joker and Jester Comedy Tour
: Are you in need of a good laugh? Well, the Hotel Congress is proving you with that and a little bit more. On Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8pm, the Joker and the Jester will be performing their famous comedic magic show. After traveling around the world, they have made a stop in Tucson to spread some laughs to all who choose to attend. The event is 21+ and tickets can be purchased on the Hotel Congress website. Sunday, Sept. 18 8 p.m. Hotel Congress 311 E. Congress Street. $7.
Cirque Roots Free Class Day
: Give yourself a chance to fulfill your circus dreams (or desires for a fun workout routine) by attending Cirque Roots Free Class Day, featuring instruction on bellydancing, hoop dance and circus conditioning. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Cirque Roots, 901 N 13th Ave Free. 18+.
: Are you ready for some live entertainment, good food and much needed family time? then the "Fiestas Tucson" event has got you covered! This free family event is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with live music and entertainment, food, beer and much more. Entertainment includes Mariachi Corazon de Tucson, Los Hermanos Cuatro, Conjunto Bravo-Arizona, The Festival Band, Suerte Musical, folklorico dancers, car show with Imagination Car Club... and more! Some of the proceeds will also go to support Chicanos Por La Causa. 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Kennedy Park, 3357 S. La Cholla Blvd. Free.
Mexican Independence Day Concert
: It's time to have a fiesta! Join the Fox Tucson Theatre for a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. The night of excitement will feature the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and is free to the public. Thursday, Sept. 15 music begins at 7 p.m. Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. Free.