guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.
Pick of the Week: All Souls Procession
All Souls Procession
: Come together and celebrate the dearly departed at one of Tucson’s most well loved traditions: The All Souls Procession. This two-mile walk gathers on Sixth Ave. and Seventh St. at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, and the walk will start at 6 p.m.— Sugar skull face paint is highly encouraged. Once the procession reaches the Mercado San Augustin, and offering will be burnt to symbolize gifts to the dead. Saturday, Nov. 6 Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street (832 W. Congress St.) Free, but bring money for food. Need more All Souls in your life? The Procession of Little Angles
takes place the afternoon before the main event, inviting kids and their families to come together to paint wings, paint faces, and look at death and grief from a kid's perspective. Saturday, Nov. 5. 3-7 p.m. Armory Park, 221 S. Sixth Ave. Free to attend, but donations are appreciated.
Is the Election Apocalypse of 2016 really almost over? If you haven't sent in you your mail-in yet, save it for hand delivery this Tuesday. Then boogie on down to Club Congress
, the Rialto Theatre
, Public Brewhouse
, Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar
, the Women's Resource Center
or Brodie's Tavern
. You can also hang out with the Pima County Dems
at the Marriott (880 E. Second St.) or the GOP at the Sheraton
(5151 E. Grant Road). Need help filling out your ballot? We published a recap of our endorsements in this week's Weekly
The Loft Film Fest
: Sure, every weekend can be a film festival if you spend enough time at the Loft. But then the annual Loft Film Fest rolls around and the reels really start rolling. The Loft will be showing 40 films between Wednesday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 13, when retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly will be on hand to close out the festival with the screening and discussion of The Martian
. Nov. 8-13. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Passes: $125 ($100 for Loft members). Individual Tickets $10 ($8 for Loft members). Read more in this week's Weekly
Food & Booze
Boots & Brews at Tanque Verde Ranch
: Delight in a outdoor BBQ dinner fit for a king. At Boots & Brews, there will be delicious appetizers and the best that Arizona brew has to offer. The breweries feaured are Dragoon Brewing Company, Sentinel Peak Brewing Company, Uncle Bears Brewery and Thunder Canyon Brewery. 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 Tanque Verde Ranch 14301 E. Speedway Blvd. $35+.
A Tucson Thanksgiving Demonstration Class and Dinner
: Thanksgiving is coming early this year! Head over to The Carriage House Tucson on Friday, Nov. 11 to eat thanksgiving inspired food made by Chef Janos Wilder who will offer one of his most popular classes featuring some of his favorite dishes in a southwestern style: Roast turkey adobado with smoked poblano, portobello stuffing, whole turkey stuffed under the skin, cornbread, smoked poblano chilies and more!" 5:30pm-7:30pm Friday, Nov. 11 The Carriage House Tucson, 125 S. Arizona Avenue. $80 per person.
The Big Green Event
: Want to finding which local businesses are eco conscious? Drive up to Marana to hang out with local restaurants, growers, educators, artists, contractors and community activists who agree that planetary concerns need to be at the top of our list of priorities. Saturday, Nov. 5. Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, 7548 N Silverbell Road.
Night of the Living Fest
: Get ready for three full days of music. Local favorites Foxx Bodies, Lenguas Largas, Lando Chill and Asian Fred will all be stopping by 191 Toole to help you boogie down. The festival is open to people of all ages—and Saturday night's festivities are free. Tickets to the other events range from $10-$30. Read more about the event in this week's Weekly
Death Valley Girls
: What a glorious mess of mad sun-burned psych, damaged surf and switchblade-bludgeoned biker rock. It’s like what might result if the Manson girls were given musical instruments, a ton of speed, a good songwriter and a bit of time to get good. Other times you swear you hear a teenaged Michael Monarch (the kid from early Steppenwolf) on guitar and Darryl Hooper from The Seeds on organ and they’re playing along with The Cramps. More, Death Valley Girls’ singer Bonnie Bloomgarden has the remarkable ability to bring sugary joy and elation to gloom. This three-chicks-and-one-penis outfit call their killer ruckus “California doom boogie.” We’ll go ahead and call it the new glam. Their new album, Glow in the Dark
, is just out on Burger Records. With Peach Kelli Pop, Lenguas Leguna, The Sloths, The Resonars, Patsy’s Rats and many others on Friday, Nov. 4 at 191 Toole, 191 Toole. Part of Night of the Living Fest. 5:30 p.m. $10. All Ages.
: Gogol Bordello’s so-called gypsy punk twists ears. It’s a multi-gender, multi-ethnic danceable din that’s filled with sweat-soaked sexuality and boozed-up delights. It’s an East clashes with West mix of punked-out Ukrainian and Romani folk, pub chants, Jamaican dub, Slavic accordion and violins, purposely grating noisescapes, and the occasional Yiddish anthem. There’s even guitar-heroics that Sex Pistol Steve Jones said he digs. GB’s Russian-born singer Eugene Hütz grew up learning much of his Engliish listening to The Pogues, so there’s plenty of quasi-political and poetical sad-drunk fist-raisers, and some songs even mourn dying drinking traditions and ghosts of folkloric heroes. But you’d never tell because there’s so much celebration going on. They pack houses the world over, are downright huge in Turkey, and some audiences have even been known to bust out the Korobushka! Monday, Nov. 14 at the Rialto Theater, 318 E, Congress. $30-$45. All ages.
: This hard-to-believe-they’re-from-Tucson quartet creates what could be described as the sonic equivalent of creepy dark basements in rural Ohio, or creepy dark basements anywhere there’s a high percentage of low-income serial killers per square mile. This terror-house rock can also be the deep interior sound of your own imprisoned sex dying to be exorcised! Wait. Maybe these dudes just aren’t gettin’ any? But whatever, Sex Prisoner is dark dark
metal—sludgy, heartbeat-altering down-tuners similar to old-school Scandinavian metal like Entombed, only heavier (yes, heavier). It’s got weirdly twisted codas, larynx-shredding vocals and floorboard-shaking power. Go celebrate the release of their brand new album, Tannhäuser Gate
, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. With Gatekeeper, Gay Kiss and Get a Grip. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. $8. 16+.
: No, this isn’t a collective of tatted and half-nude dudes offering pucker-lipped come-hithers. This New Orleans duo of Ruby da Cherry and $lick $loth spit insanely hypnotic and incendiary rhymes over bass-heavy glitch trap, using tried-and-true rap themes like addiction, racism and religion, as well as murder and suicide—but it’s not clichéd in their hands. They suckerpunch with lived-in truths, offer a present tense that’s often downright horrific (the kind that’d do an old-school horrorcore rapper like Esham proud). Their debut album, My Liver Will Handle What My Heart Can’t
, is dirt-grind poetic, a brilliant record that justifies their meteoric rise. With Germ, Rvmirexz, Shakewell, Mikey the Magician, Don Krez Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress, 7 p.m. All ages. $21-$51.
: This lovely, Cali-born, classically trained violinist grew up in Gilbert, Ariz. and hit huge mainly on the strength of YouTube—more than 675 million views (!?) and counting. Her concert tours do huge business, and her records actually sell really stinking well (gold in many countries), always charting high in the states. But it stands to reason that Stirling might’ve flown completely under the radar had the old major record label system been in place. In 2010 she was called “the hip-hop violinist” on America’s Got Talent
, and everything started there. She masterfully blends soaring violin, orchestral mannerisms, EDM, fusion and cunning songcraft with massive choruses, and it’s not genre-specific at all. On stage she taps into an audience’s desire for fantasy and incorporates animation, dancers and surreal imagery. With The Federal Empire, Friday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m. Centennial Hall, 1020 University Blvd. All ages. $29.50-$59.50.
: There’s lots of beauty in Darlingside’s melodies, and so much autumnal melancholy in there too, that when slivers of joy happen to slip through the strings and vocals it’s almost
unwelcome. That’s crazy sounding, to be sure, but that same quality made Simon and Garfunkel so incredible. So, yeah, this Massachusetts foursome is incredibly gifted, no question. They also happen to be deceptively literate, disarmingly gentle and wickedly powerful, and their songs show a deeply knowledgeable connection between what’s old and what’s new, from classical to folk to indie to pop to rock to bluegrass, but they’re never sound silly and “retro” sounding. So simply calling them folk-pop or string-rock is a disservice. Their voices, banjos, violins, cellos, drums and guitars add up to much more than that. They even made the Smashing Pumpkins’ overrated crusty “1979” sound graceful. With Frances Luke Accord, Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. $12-$14. 21+.
: You might remember their massive post-nu metal/pop hit “Headstrong” back in the early aughts. It blasted from every damn open car window from here to Fresno to Augusta. And then after 2005’s big-selling Someone in Control
, the band began its inevitable long, slow slide from playing big venues to playing clubs. But man, don’t hold that against them because their records only got better, and they began melding highly memorable choruses and emotional gravitas to the lyrics and songs. Their latest, 2016’s DNA, sounds like the band wrote it like their lives depended on it. But not in a desperate way—it sounds more like necessity. Big difference. Kudos to the band for sticking through the tough times, going from providing a soundtrack for bored suburban kids to providing a soundtrack for young adults who’ve come to realize that some things just don’t happen as hoped. Nicely done. With As We Watch Them Fall, Pyrotechnica, Alien Atmosphere, Fire Glass and Swindy at 6:30 p.m. The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave. All ages.
Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games
: Celebrate the culture of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales Friday, Nov. 4 - Sunday, Nov. 6 (times vary by day) at the Rillito Raceway Park
(4502 N. First Ave). There will be piping and drumming competitions and pipe band performances all day Saturday and Sunday along with the World Highland Games Championships. There will be an area for kids along with live bands, performances and much more." "Fri. 6pm-10pm Sat. 9am-10pm Sun. 9am-5pm Friday, Nov. 4 - Sun, Nov. 6 "Rillito Raceway Park
(4502 N. First Avenue)" "adult $16-$22 Student/Seniors/Military $10; Kids $5; ages 5 and under free.
Evening Series Concert-Imani Winds
: Join Arizona Friends of Chamber Music as they presents an Evening Series Concert, Imani Winds. The Imani Winds are a wind quintet who are based in New York City. They will be performing with their ususal eclectic flare and will be performing folk inspired music from South America. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. Leo Rich Theatre,
260 S. Church Ave. Tickets: $31. Student tickets: $11.
Fun in General
Tucson Comic Con
: Tucson Comic Convention holds its 9th annual event with local creators as well as professionals from the comic book industry on Saturday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 6 starting at 10am both days. The event is held at the Tucson Convention Center (260 S. Church Avenue). According to the website, it is a chance to experience a good old-fashioned comic book convention. Preview night is Friday Nov. 4th, from 4pm-8pm. Fri. 4pm-8pm Sat. 10am-7pm Sun. 10am-5pm Friday, Nov. 4 - Sun, Nov. 6 Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Avenue. $30 - $35 for 3 day pass; Kids 8 and under free.
Tucson Comic Con Afterparty
: Join the Tucson's Comic Con crowd for a free afterparty at Club Congress. Enjoy some cocktails before the party and music every half hour during. Music acts include The Mission Creeps as ESP - Electric Shadow Project, The Spider Hole and Mik and Scott. The event will be at the main stage of the Congress patio. Cocktail hour: 7- 8 p.m., Event from 8 - 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Hotel Congress Patio, 311 E. Congress St. Free, bring money for food.
Foam N Glow - Worlds Largest Foam Party
: The Tucson Convention Center (260 S. Church Avenue) will is hosting the largest foam, dance party on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7pm with state of the art visual effects, ground shaking bass, and World class DJs. All participants must be 16 or older to attend and tickets can be bought at the Tucson Convention Center Ticket Office any Ticketmaster location. 7:00 PM Tuesday, Nov. 8 Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Avenue. $25 - $75.