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Pick of the Week
Tucson Modernism Week: Dive into our town’s mid-century modernist architecture with Tucson Modernism Week, an extravaganza of tours, lectures, exhibitions, movies and parties. Festivities include a Vintage Trailer show, an unusual architectural bus trip to Nogales, Ariz, a lecture on American Modern Architecture in Alfred Hitchcock's Cinematic Space, a tour of the diner most recently known as Chaffins, self guided tours of six Tucson homes—and so much more. Grab your calendar and read more about the events in this week's Weekly.
Food & Booze
World Margarita Championship: This 10th Annual Margarita Championship is back again! Join the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and Tucson Originals as they partner to bring serve up an unforgettable evening of tequila and southwest cuisine. Tickets are $55, and are expected to sell out. Friday, Sept. 30 6 p.m. The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, 3800 E. Sunrise Dr. $55 each. 21+.
Booze, Blues and BBQ: Enjoy some whiskey while you learn about the making of your favorite spirit from Charlie Garrison of the Garrison Brothers distillery from Hye, Texas and Stephan Paul of Hamilton Distillery. The two whiskey connoisseurs will be at the bar to chat about their booze at this whiskey seminar. Guests can enjoy some custom tasting flights that highlight the spirits of the two distilleries. There will be blues, snacks and (of course) whiskey all night long. Thursday, Sept. 29 3-4 p.m. The Good Oak Bar, 316 E. Congress St.
Oktoberfest at Trail Dust Town: Barrio Brewing Co., Beast Brewing Company, Borderlands Brewing Company, Iron John's Brewing Company, Thunder Canyon Brewery, Sentinel Peak Brewing Company, Uncle Bear's Brewery. Sounds like a local beer Best Of list, doesn't it? Sip on your brew, enjoy some German-inspired food and get October started right. 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. $2 per ticket, with food and booze ranging from 1 to 5 tickets. Details on food ticket system are on the event page.
Beer Geek Bakery pairing at Dragoon!: Snackin' and boozin'—sounds like a pretty great Saturday night! Beer Geek Bakery is preparing three baked goods with different Dragoon beers to be paired in a special flight. Delicious. 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Dragoon Brewing Co., 1859 W Grant Road.
The Loft Cinema is the place to be this weekend if you're looking for some true cinematic entertainment. Coming up: Mona Lisa is Missing: The True Story of the Man who Stole the Masterpiece: In 1911, and Italian workman named Vincenzo Peruggia stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre and kept it hidden for more than two years. Crazy, right? Learn more about this moment in history through the documentary, which combines photographs, animation and interviews with Peruggia’s descendants, showing a man struggling to find his way in the world. 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. $6. Infinitely Polar Bear: Mark Ruffalo plays a man struggling with manic depression, learning to keep his mental health and family afloat. Based on a true story, Infinitely Polar Bear is a funny and heartbreaking portrait of the many unexpected ways in which parents and children save each other. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3. $9.50. Android in La La Land: Get a look that the film that reveals the cold android myth of Gary Numan as a person. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. $8.
Serenity in the Desert: Browncoats, grab your Captain Hammer shirt and head over to the Fox Theatre because it's time for the annual Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog and Serenity gathering at the Fox. Come prepared: There's a costume contest and photo booth, so you're going to want to make sure you look Shiny. Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress Street. Saturday, Oct. 1. 5-10 p.m. $12, all proceeds benefit the Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona.
Golden Boots: This mad group of Tucson star-shiners offer up tart sundowner psych and weirdly haunting soundscapes all mixed up in tumbledown honky-tonk. Irresistible pop vocals and harmonies, and deceptively witty lyrical subtexts (“they’ll sell you for a song”) all rise on slinky guitars and open-sky pedal-steel ambiance and killer glitches, beats and reed instruments and things. As if they’re canvassing space between Gene Clark, Captain Beefheart, the Dead Milkmen and what’s left of the ghosts of Laurel Canyon, and maybe ’60s UK mod (Small Faces, yo). So, yeah, that is to say that these guys can pen tunes. Yes, ma’am. See ’em do three sets at Thursday, Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m. Tap and Bottle, 403 N. 6th Ave. 21+. Free.
The Coven starring Magic Kenny Bang Bang: Keef doppelganger Magic Kenny Bang Bang brings his winning parlor tricks and little shop of frights to the every-one-claims-it’s-haunted Hotel Congress for a Wednesday night residency that’ll run through October. He and his darker sidekick, the comely Miss Midnight “Raven” Melange, will host a beguiling interactive parlor show cleverly called The Coven twice nightly in the one room that survived the hotel’s 1934 fire. We’re told that the room’s been closed off since, but they’ve opened it up specifically for Mr. Bang Bang. You’ll hear frightening tales of the hotel’s past, and be included in a brief walking tour by "The Caretaker" Harold Garland. A paranormal freakout, to be sure. Our own Brian Smith attended one of Bang Bang’s séances in Bisbee earlier this year and wrote, “Magic Kenny’s suspension of disbelief is big. It has as much to do with how others are drawn to him as it does his innate ability to sell. He's charismatic as hell, and either he's acutely intuitive about people and things or he's a great actor and a beguiling raconteur. He'd make a killer grifter.” So, yeah, Bang Bang’s good at this kinda fright and sleight-of-hand. Every Wednesday in October, two shows, 7 and 9 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. $15.
Spite: Straight from the gentle folks at Stay Sick records comes one of the most beastly combos ever to roam the good states of America. Bay Area’s Spite’s deathcore wallop truly is the sound of cars crashing in slow motion, or that of things dying slowly only sped up really really fast. Spite singer Darius Tehrani can rattle the floorboards with his larynx alone. Fans of Entombed and Six Feet Under stand and salute! This is Spite’s Tucson debut. With The Last Seconds of Life, Traitors and Seeker. Saturday Oct. 1, 7 p.m. Gary’s Place, 125 W. Ventura St. $10-$12. All Ages.
City and Colour: We’ve got to adore any contemporary folkster who came up the post-hardcore route, just as this bespectacled, huge-in-Canada gent did, screaming his damn head off in the mighty Alexisonfire, going by the name of Dallas Green. Now this guy’s songs are most often as gentle as autumn rain falling on Lake Ontario, near his Canadian home of St. Catharines. And he’s got hausfraus swooning and sensitive teens penning love-you lines and sending City and Colour playlists to each other. His albums all have that graceful power. He’s got the pop thing down, too. With young, quickly rising singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, Monday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress. $35-$45. All Ages.
West African Drum Lessons: You’ll never live long enough to learn to play like the master of masters Mamady Keita, or that performer some have accurately called “god’s drummer” Mustapha Tettey Addy, but you will learn of a few lovely traditions and how challenging rhythms can be played straight from the heart. You’ll also create balance through rhythm, and perhaps learn to overcome the pesky obstacles that are keeping you from being expressive and clear, and you’ll make the drum sing. Yes, African drumming can do that. Tuesdays beginning Oct. 4, 7-9 p.m. Galactic Center, 35 E. Toole. $15 plus $5 drum rental fee (if needed). For more info, call 245-4547.
S U R V I V E: This fairly new (born 2009) foursome from Austin soars on the experimental synth trip, and their two LPs and EPs are winning fans quickly, no doubt helped by killer song placements in Netflix’s buzzed-up ’80s throwback series Stranger Things, as well horror flicks like The Guest, and a super hypnotic deep-pulse sound that sometimes nods to Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder and the like. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. $10. 16+
Jackson Browne: The man who wrote what might be the best folk-rock song ever when he was all of 16 (“These Days”) still carries the warm torch of singer/songwriter folk-rock to the masses. No longer viable at radio or in pop media, but it doesn’t matter, Browne has managed to transcend all that noise with things he was born with—the writing and the playing and the voice, all of which has moved millions of people with deceptively simple tales of workaday lives and workaday loves. His humanitarian work is beyond reproach too. It’s needless to go on. This solo acoustic set will sellout so get your tickets early. Friday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 17 West Congress.
Una Noche de Corridos (A Night of Ballads): Corridos tell human stories in song, of people and events, sacred places even, and are born of insights from experience, and hard-earned wisdoms, often involving unquenchable lusts and avarice. Modern corridos from throughout the last 100 years tell of drug traffickers and old-time bootleggers and whiskey-soaked heroes and martyred gunslingers, fallen women and corrupt border agents and so on. Songs become a sort of running monologue on aspects of life, romantically filled with beauty, tragedy and hidden truths, as well as haunting refrains. It’s some of the most honest storytelling you’ll ever hear in song on earth. This Noche de Corridos (A Night of Ballads) will feature guitarist Juan Aguilar and other local musicians performing Mexican corridos in Spanish. The music will be preceded by a short lecture, “An Introduction to the Corrido,” by Bob Diaz, the Special Collections curator for the performing arts. Thursday, Oct. 6, 6 p.m. At the UA Special Collections Library, 510 E University Blvd. All Ages. Free.
Margaret Glaspy’s debut album, Emotions and Math, hums and punches on spare guitar and drum arrangements and songs hang on her sometimes blinky but often spry little narratives and stinging self-deprecating asides. She’s remarkable in her ability to sway listeners with the bare essentials, in shaping raw-boned guitar parts into swirling little pop missiles. You can tell she came up digging Elliot Smith and, maybe popsters like Weezer. She’s buzzing like a hives full of panicked bees, for good reason. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. $12-15. 21+
Mute Swan, Asian Fred vs Dirt Friends with Luke Sweeny and The Rifle: Get ready to rock out with four local/indie bands and Luke Sweeny, a San Franciscan artist, at Hotel Congress this weekend. Mute Swan, Asian Fred and Dirt Friends are all releasing some of their new music at the show. Friday, Sept. 30 8 - 11 p.m. Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St. Free. 21+.
JayteKz: Chicago rapper JayteKz is master storyteller whose spits offer uncanny empathy, the kind that translates into a selflessness that transcends genre and song—hell he even raps about how much he misses his mother in a way that isn’t maudlin. That ain’t easy, and the pretty piano ostinatos don’t hurt either. He kills it live as well. With Fresno, California’s own groundswell-building rapper Beaza. Friday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m. The Studio, 4648 E. Speedway. $20 or $40 (includes meet and greet). All ages.
Oro Valley Music Festival 2016: This weekend, Tucsonans get to experience the fun of a big music festival without the drag of being away from home. The Oro Valley Music Festival is bringing nationally appreciated musical acts to town, among them: Daughtry, Billy Currington, Phillip Phillips, Vid Nail and Simple Plan. Local talent Kaylor Cox will also be performing. Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday Oct. 2 Starts at 1 p.m. The Golf Club at Vistoso, 955 W. Vistoso Highlands Drive. Two-Day general admission tickets are $85.Tickets for Saturday are $65 and tickets for Sunday are $50.
Ani DiFranco: Ani DiFranco might as well be her own state now, so great is her influence in social movements and helping to give voice to the voiceless and stirring up shit that needs to be stirred up (who could forget putting her career on the line to support Ralph Nadar back in the 2000 presidential election?). Woman’s buckin’ for sainthood, yo. But that should never get in the way of how her music, and her 18 studio albums, have managed to move so many people, from so many sections of society, in many emotional ways—the folk and the rock and the spirituals and the punk and the poetry. Just think of the love Kris Kristofferson and RZA feel for her. That says everything. Saturday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress. $31-$41. All Ages.
Mystic Braves: All hail any band that manages to capture what it might’ve sounded like on Sunset Boulevard in 1966, when baby-faced Sky Saxon and Arthur Lee were regular cockeyed eccentrics bringing wan light to the interior at Pandora’s Box. Sure, the band’s name is both pompous and self-glorifying, but that’s the point because this all about the fury of psychedelics and their mind-bending impact on slinky surf licks and jangly sheens and reverbed-out wordplay. Killer band. Great live. With The Dream Ride. Sunday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. $5. 16+.
Local Musician Kickstarter Series featuring 1/2 Broke Town: Local band 1/2 Broke Town will play some tunes at Thunder Canyon Brewery's downtown location as part of it's new local band support series. The event is focused on helping the band raise money for its upcoming multi-media exhibition. Part of the proceeds of all $6 Millennial beer will go toward the band's project. Friday, Sept. 30 Beer specials start at 5 p.m. shows starts at 7 p.m. Thunder Canyon Brewery, 220 E. Broadway Blvd. Free, bring money for drinks.
Tucson Pride: It's Pride time! Get your rainbow leggings, Tucson’s 39th annual Pride festival is just around the corner. This year's festivities include a show at the Rialto with stars from RuPaul's Drag Race (Pandora Boxx, Mariah Balenciago, Jasmine Master, Venus D'Lite and, of course, Tempest DuJour), the traditional community parade, beats by DJ Tylr and activities for families with kids. Pride is going to keep you busy all weekend, so check out the details, read about how the celebration is moving on from a few tough years and read this refresher about why you absolutely must attend.
Stress Painting: Students, this one's for you. Join the interns of The Men's Project while they combat midterms stress with—what else?—painting. Food, music and art supplies will all be there waiting for you. University of Arizona Women's Resource Center Student Union Memorial Center, Suite 404, 1303 E University Blvd. Tuesday, Oct. 4.
15th Annual Tucson Reptile Show: Arizona’s largest and oldest reptile show is returning this fall at the Red Roof Inn in Tucson and will include a large selection of reptiles that will be for sale including tortoises, snakes, lizard, frogs, turtles, bugs, cages, art and much more. The show is bigger and better than ever this year and has fun for the whole family. Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday Oct. 2 Saturday 9:30am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm Tucson Expo Center, 3750 E. Irvington Road. Adults: $10, Kids 5-12: $5, Under 5: Free.