The Weekly List: 26 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

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Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Pick of the Week

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Dusk Music Festival: Music festival season has officially hit Tucson! Dusk is an all-ages music festival held featuring greats Calexico, Danny Brown, Matt and Kim, RL Grime, A-Trak, DJ Mustard, Wild Belle, Gaby Moreno and Luna Aura. Fill out the day enjoying local food and beer, taking in the art installations and letting loose with carnival games and rides. Rumor has it the festival has big plans to expand into a two day event next year, so that must mean this  year's event is gong to be pretty spectacular. See for yourself: Noon, Saturday, Oct. 22. Rilito Regional Park, 600 E Bromley Street. $49 general admission. 

Food & Booze 

4thtober Fest: The fall brings a change of weather, a change in the color of the leaves and also many delicious and refreshing Oktoberfest festivals. But the only one to have beer, bands and enjoy the deliciousness of a brat plate contest on 4th is the 4thtoberfest. Enjoy 10 brews from local brewers, 18 live performances and food throughout bars in Tucson’s 4th Ave. For more info and tickets visit 4thtoberfest.com. 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. It's free to attend, but a $15 ticket grants exclusive access to special beers, a logo sample glass, and 8 five-ounce pours for a nickel each.

Tucson Firefighters Chili Cook Off: Warm your belly and your heart this weekend and spend a day with your local firefighters as they compete in the 21st annual Chili Cook Off. All proceeds made from the event will go to the Local 479 Adopt-A-Family program. 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 The Bandshell at Reid Park, 998 S. Concert Place. Free.

Southwest Craft Beer & Sports Festival: The name pretty much says it all: This festival is about sampling (more than 40!) craft beers, eating great local food and competing in target golf, beer pong, bean bag, toss and a putting contest for prizes. Brin the kids, dance near the DJ, and see what you can score at the silent auction. 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Tickets range from $35 to $75—but designated drivers can get in for $20.
 
Happy Birthday, Tucson Girls Pint Out: If you're new to the world of Tucson Girls Pint out, this is the weekend to immurse yourself. This weekend the group is celebrating three years of fun with a beer brunch and bra donation drive. Amazing. Tere will be an omelet bar from Chef's Kitchen, beers from Historic Brewing Company and New Belgium Brewing, and the release of thir special Molé Stout collaboration with Ten Fifty-Five Brewing. Don't miss out. Sunday, Oct. 23. Tap and Bottle, 403 N. 6th Ave #135. 

Arts

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Danny Martin Coloring Book Release: Local Tucson artists Danny Martin is inviting all to come and celebrate the release of his newest coloring book Danny Martin’s Cowgals and Dudes. Coming off the heels of his last book, Tucson Neon Coloring Book, which showcased neon signs in the old pueblo, Cowgals and Dudes will allow you to color in old cowboy mythology with Martin’s blend of Dia de los Muertos. 6 to 9 p.m Friday, Oct. 21. Tap & Bottle, 403 N. 6th Ave.

Arts in the Plaza Fine Art Festival: A fine arts expo, presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, features a juried art show by local and national artisans working in diverse media, with live musical performances, and even fun activities for children. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday Oct. 23 St. Philip's Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Avenue. Free.

Tucson Mural Arts Panel: Make your voice heard in the local arts community. Join the discussion on the status of murals in Tucson. The University of Arizona School of Art is partnering with the Tucson Arts Brigade to talk and make decisions of the present and future of public murals in Tucson. Don't miss out on the chance to make a difference. 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. 1030 N. Olive Road. Free. 

Cinema

Film Fest Tucson: Want to attend a film festival that gives Cannes a run for its money? Well luckily for you, there is one in your own backyard. With four nights, and 32 films, there is bound to be something there for everyone. Individual film tickets are $10 and VIP packages run at $150. Read more in this week's Weekly.  For more information visit . Oct. 20-23 Tucson Scottish Rite Temple, 160 S Scott Ave. $10 for each individual screening entertainment.

Music

Jesse Dayton: This hick-punk Texas reprobate can groove like an old Jerry Reed side, flex like early X, and spin literate yarns full of busted-luck everydayisms that inspire even the ghosts of old Townes Van Zandt and hard-luck novelist Harry Crews to lift countless toasts. See, this guy Dayton believes in the devil’s music, from the depths of his troubled soul. This shout-along singer-songwriter has pockets of mad followers the world over too, and it makes sense: there’s no one working today who can turn campfire storytelling into flame-red rock ’n’ roll. His name has often been mentioned alongside Waylon, Cash and Nelson, even when he wasn’t playing or recording with them. When X guitarist Billy Zoom was down, Dayton filled in. That’s the kind of dude Dayton is. His brand new album, The Revealer, is crammed with some real true shit too, fist-pumpers rooted in what he calls his “insane childhood and all the desperate characters” he was “subjected to” along the way. It’s one of those from-the-heart records made for no other reason than it had to be made. And you can hear that. It’s music that’s so rare anymore, yet so goddamned necessary. See his rollicking three-piece with the Supersuckers and The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn on Sunday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress; $8-$10. 21+.

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She Wants Revenge: Even if you’re not a fan of electronic or dance music, She Wants Revenge could still capture your heart. And that, kids, takes a super persuasive leap of songwriting. In fact, for a pair of DJs influenced by post-punk mopers like Joy Division and Peter Murphy, these guys can sure churn out the toe-tappers, and it’s no wonder they made ’80s throwback poppers like Interpol and Stellastar green with envy. Hell, these L.A. popsmiths fairly recently toured with Depeche Mode and The Psychedelic Furs. Their shows pump and thump with goth-y verve, dancefloor-ready sex-you-ups, and brain-tattooing hooks—and they sing words like “dance” with no irony! And the tunes are so fun you might not even realize you’re singing along to a tune that details harsh realities of loveless sex or some wedding that’s turned into a blood ritual. With Raw Fabrics and The Dig on Friday, Oct. 28 at The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave. $25-$28. All ages.

Kishi Bashi at Congress
: This founding member of Jupiter One and erstwhile member of of Montreal, this gifted violinist/multi-instrumentalist brings a sense of grace, radiance and class to the pop song. Layers of incredible classically trained violins, percussions, pianos and vocals fill songs with lifting hooks, subtle powers and dreamy worlds. Other times, simple acoustic guitars and strings may lift pleasantly placed and perfectly arranged harmonies and Bashi’s lovely tenor to gentle heights. It’s orchestral pop that soars and glides, and you can hear influences as disparate as Paul Simon, Andrew Bird and Ryuichi Sakamoto. With Laura Gibson Wednesday, Oct. 26, 8 P.M. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress; $16-$75. 16+.

Cruel Hand at 191 Toole: This punkrock band debuted its first album back in 2007, since its formation the band released five album through various record labels and its most recent album dropped Sept. 9. The show is open for all ages of headbangers. Doors 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. 191 E. Toole Ave. $12- $14. 

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Old Man Gloom: You gotta love any band that for years have never been about the dismal glitter of fame, have never preened on social media, and have never altered whatever musical vision to sell more records. In this short-attention-span age of here-today-gone-today singles, the burly doom-metal Old Man Gloom even risked career suicide by releasing a double album (2014’s The Ape of God I and The Ape of God II)! More, this New Mexico-by-way-of-Boston supergroup (starring Aaron Turner of Isis) took a little break in ’04 and it lasted eight years! But rest assured they are one still one the loudest monster combos on earth when they want to be. They’re also weirdly melodic, subtle, and sludge-y, and can shift from gloomy ambient passages (that’d fit an old Roman Polanski horror film) into big looming drones into face-melting walls of guitars and shrieks. Part of Southwest Terror fest, with Behold!, The Monolith, and others, on Friday Oct. 21, 9 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress; $20. 21+.

Howe Gelb: Celebrate the 60th birthday of Pennsylvania-raised Tucson resident Howe Gelb, the Euro-famous co-founder of Giant Sandworms and Giant Sand, and odd-duck purveyor of desert-voodoo song. Yeah, he’s pretty storied in the Old Pueblo, with dozens of albums, solo and otherwise, to justify the legends. No wonder it takes at least a theater-sized venue in Tucson to honor his birthday. His show will feature Steve Shelley, Maggie Björklund, local guitar heroine Annie Dolan, plus 'Sno Angels Jerusha Lewis and Neema Lukumbuzya. Sharing the bill is John Doe (Gelb produced his latest album) and Exene from the wondrous X, and brilliant and haunting English singer/songwriter Scout Niblett. Saturday, Oct. 22, 7p.m. Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress; $20.

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Pleasures: And what a pleasure it is to hear sexy female-fronted combo that mixes saucy beats and trippy electronic blips with psych guitars and synth-y hums, which the band themselves sometimes calls “Sex Music for Robots.” Sure, you can hear echoes of Tame Impala or Tortoise or even a gentler NIN and so on, but that’s too trivializing. This rising (from the depths of South Florida!) quartet, with its droning ironic love epistles layered over popped-out science fiction din, has something no other band has – a singer who’s chirpy-syrupy delivery is both immediately engaging in a very hypnotic/robotic way and also utterly unforgettable. This is their first Tucson appearance, and they’re touring in support of their debut album, Fucked Up Dreams Come True. Monday, Oct. 31 8 p.m. The Loudhouse Rock and Roll Bar, 915 W. Prince. 21+.

Community

Sweat for Pets: Spend the day with man's best friend. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is putting on its second annual Sweat for Pets: Walk, Run, Roll event and they want everyone to attend, humans and canines alike. All proceeds raised from the event will go to benefiting the lives of homeless animals in the communities of South Tucson. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Sunday, Oct. 23. University of Arizona Mall. $10.

TEDxTucson October Speaker Auditions
: Have an idea or experience you would like to share with Tucsonans and hopefully a larger audience in the future or would just like to listen to inspirational thoughts? Look no further than the TEDxTucson October Speaker Auditions happening this Saturday. Earn your place before the official salon by sharing your ideas in a free and private setting. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. TEDxTucson, 610 S Park Ave. Free.

Bike Safety: The League of American Bicyclist alongside Pima County Bicycle & Pedestrian Program will be having free bike safety classes. Participants will be able to learn cycling fitness and physiology, training for longer rides, advanced mechanics, pace line skills, advanced traffic negotiation etc. They ask you to bring a bike in good working condition and an approved bicycle safety helmet. To sign up, call 724-BIKE or email Olga.Valenzuela-Ochoa@pima.gov. 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. Tucson City Council Ward 9 Office, 3202 E. 1st St.

Ecoaesthetic in the Anthropocene: Enter the Anthropocene, a time that marks humanity as having the largest impact on the climate and environment. Andrew Yang, a professor at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, explores human interaction with the planet through his visual art to tell the story of humanity and climate. 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. UA ENR2 Building, 1064 E. Lowell St. Free.

Halloween, All Souls & Fall

Tucson Pumpkin Toss: More than a dozen college, high school and non-academic teams in Tucson and Southern Arizona are bringing their catapults to battle against each another in a contest to throw four-pound pumpkins the length of the University of Arizona Mall on Sunday, using different types of catapults to throw for distance and accuracy. This event is sponsored by the Physics Factory at the UA, Raytheon and the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement. The public is welcome to come and watch this event, free of charge! 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. University of Arizona Mall. Free.
 
Halloween Boo Bash: The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation presents the Halloween Boo Bash for a spooky, fun night full of tricks and treats. Admission includes a haunted hay ride, entertainment, temporary tattoos, carnival games, trunk-or-treat, and a costume contest. Food will also be available for purchase. 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Abraham Lincoln Park Soccer Field, 4325 S. Pantano Road. Free.

Monster Group Show: Embrace your inner dark side by attending Pop Cycle's Monster Group Show. All artists showing at the event are local and they will be displaying their best dark artwork. All of the proceeds from the art work will go to benefit the All Souls Procession. There will be food, drinks, and tunes, don't miss out! 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Pop Cycle Shop, 422 N 4th Ave. Free. 

Nightmare on Congress - Halloweekend: Halloween is quickly approaching and Hotel Congress is hosting four different Halloween parties every night starting Friday, Oct. 28 through Monday, Oct. 31 with live music, alcohol and costume contests. There are a ton of events to attend over the four nights, so be sure to check the Hotel Congress website to view prices, times, age restrictions and activities for each event. Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress Street. Price varies per day, $6-$26 depending on age and event.

Night of Fright: The Pima Air and Space Museum is hosting a family Halloween event as Flight Central Hangar takes on a look of its own with spider webs and ghosts taking to the Hangar skies. The event includes "Ghoulish" games, pony rides, fishing for prizes and much more for all ages to enjoy. The Flight Grill restaurant will transform into Fright Grill for the night and will serve many delicious halloween dishes. 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Flight Grill, 6000 E. Valencia Road. $10 for adults. Children 12 and under free. Free for members.

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Chiles, Chocolate & Day of the Dead: Tohono Chul is celebrating Día de los Muertos this weekend. Vendors at the event will feature chile and Day of the Dead-inspired crafts and chile, chocolate and culinary delights. There will be food trucks, chile roasters, live music, chile plant sales, free face painting and plenty of activities for children at this family-friendly event. Tickets are available at the door and online. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29. Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte. $5 members, $15 public, 12 under free. 

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