guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.
Fun in General
Going to the Dogs
. Join the Humane Society of Southern Arizona as they attempt to set the world record for most dogs in a photo right here in Tucson. Bring your furry friend and a leash to be a part of the (hopefully) legendary snapshot. 9 a.m. Saturday, April 1. La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive. Free, but donations encouraged.
Sonoran Spring April Market.
Step outside and enjoy the blooming flower’s favorite season. You’ll find food, drinks, crafts and more with Saguaro Market’s annual spring fair. You can shop until you drop by getting the freshest crops of the season. It's only happening for three days, so mark your calendars for organic-lovin' fun. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 6, to Sunday, April 9. Saguaro Market, 657 W. St. Mary's Road.
Free Neighborhood Bike Repair.
Get your bike fixed up for free courtesy of Living Streets Alliance. There will also be a limited supply of free bike helmets for kids. Ride or walk on over and don't miss out on this generous opportunity! 10 a.m.-noon. Saturday, April 1 at the John Valenzuela Youth Center, 1550 S. Sixth Ave. Free.
Spoiler Alert: the Easter Bunny is real! Take your kiddies to an eggcellent event at the International Wildlife Museum for crafts, games and pictures with the Easter Bunny himself, so bring a camera. And there’s a candy hunt at 11 a.m. so bring your egg-game (get it?) 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 8. International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W Gates Pass Road. $9/adult; $7/senior or military; $4/child ages 4-12; children ages 3 & under free. Museum members admitted free.
Paint your hound with Courtney Kelly and Danuta Jakubowski.
Ever wanted to get a self-portrait of your dog? This is your chance—and you can be the one to paint it. Arizona Greyhound Rescue will be hosting international artists Courtney Kelly and Danuta Jakubowski, who will give some painting pointers while everyone enjoys a well-deserved glass of wine and appetizers. Make sure you wear your lucky jeans for a chance to win some raffle baskets during the event. This is a human-only event, so you can't bring your own pup but there will be some dogs for petting pleasure and artistic inspiration. 6-9 p.m. Saturday, April 1. 4975 N. First Ave. Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door.
Stories in the Garden: Resilience.
It's been a rough run since the recent vandalism of the UA's community garden but the green thumbs are working to get it up and running sooner than expected. So join them and the rest of the community if you are looking to hear a good story and want to see the new garden's atmosphere. Stories in the Garden features a fun potluck dinner with friends, music and long-told tales. The event will take place in the garden under the string lights to set a relaxing and calm mood for everyone who attends. Anyone can attend to help bring the Tucson community together. 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 2. UA Community Garden, 1400 E Mabel St. Free.
Awesome as They Blossom.
If you love fashion and have never attended a fashion show, what are you waiting for? The best part of any fashion show is seeing that outfit strut down the aisle and immediately wanting to buy it. Come on, shopaholics: Join the Eagles Wings of Grace as they support women in the community by hosting their very own show. Lunch will be included, along with a sneak peak of Jo Young's foot in fashion and a silent auction. The fashion show's proceeds will help fund for educational programs that Eagles Wings of Grace will be supporting. So go be fashion forward and get the latest scoop on this season's trends. Hurry, because tickets sell out every year! Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Eagles Wings of Grace, Intl., 3219 N First Ave. $30.
Food & Booze
Wine Gone Wild 2017.
The Reid Park Zoo isn't just going wild over the lions and tigers and bears, but over wine too. Sample a variety of wines from different distributers while enjoying treats and live music all in support of our cute zoo animals. You’ll be able to paint wine glasses and have encounters with the critters, although you probably don’t want to be too tipsy while interacting with wild animals. This year's event is offering a VIP Package for guests who want to learn more about the conservation life while getting to meet one of the zoo's rhinos. VIP guests will also receive a T-shirt and bottle of wine. The Early Access VIP Package will allow you to enter the zoo at 5:30 p.m. to begin your rhino experience. Otherwise, the event is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 7. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E Zoo Court. Advance tickets: $65 per person, $55 for zoo members, $25 per designated driver, $120 VIP “Winos for Rhinos” VIP Package (or $150 if you want the early access option). Day-of-event pricing: $70 per person; $60 per member; $25 per designated driver.
Ginormous Food Filming.
If you are a Food Network junkie and want a behind-the-scenes peek, head out to Stray Dogs and see a live taping of the Food Network's Ginormous Foods. The title is pretty self explanatory, but for those of you who have never watched the show, the host drives around the U.S. in search of America's largest foods—the kind of plate that holds enough calories to feed an entire Nicaraguan village. Don't forget to sip one of Stray Dog’s loaded milkshakes while you’re there and who knows? You might end up on TV! 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 9. Stray Dogs, 78 W. River Road. Free to attend, but bring money if you want something to munch on.
Arts & Culture
The Flam Chen Pyrotechnic Theater presents this fantastical show filled with amazing visuals and human performances that transport you to another world. The show features the media artwork of Adam Cooper-Terán and Heather Gray, music by DJ Dirty Verbs, stunning aerial work by Jennifer Coughlan and Monica Boccio and the Flam Chen core cast with special guest To-Ra-Nee Kaier Wolf (as "The Wife"). 7 p.m. both days. Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1. Creative Machines, 4141 E. Irvington Road. $25 single or $45 couple.
Celebrate the "Queen of Cumbia" with this inspiring performance of the iconic Latin singer. A Tribute to Selena Quintanilla will remind everyone who attends why her memory is held so close to people's hearts. 21+. 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30. Casino Del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road. Free.
Miranda Sings with Special Guest Colleen Ballinger.
If you are a long-time fan of the lip-stick-lovin' Miranda Sings, you’ll be delighted that she’s coming to Tucson. Colleen Ballinger is an actress most famous for her character Miranda Sings, who has become a YouTube phenom. Miranda Sings is overly confident and loves to give advice on singing and life in general, but in the silliest form. Colleen Ballinger is an actress, comedian and singer, most famous for her character Miranda Sings. She has been every awkward teenage girl's hero since 2008 and is now touring the U.S. You may have seen her on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon or as a guest co-host on The View but out of character which has fans go crazy over Colleen's double life. VIP at 5 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. VIP $75, general admission $39.50
Take Back The Night Presents: Tough Guise 2 and Community Panel.
If you hear about a rape and wonder how the victim was dressed or how drunk they were, that's a problem. Across the globe, women are taking back the night and refusing to normalize the sexual violence against women. Head down to the Loft to support the local Take Back the Night chapter, take in Tough Guise 2 (a documentary that investigates the epidemic of men's violence) and participate in a discussion about men's roles in challenging toxic masculinity. As long as women are unable to move freely throughout the night without experiencing harassment or assault, we've still got work to do. 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 3. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Admission pricing for this event is entirely by donation, with 100 percent of proceeds will go to Take Back the Night Tucson.
17th Annual Cesar E. Chavez March and Rally.
Fight the power and march alongside others in Tucson to support your affiliated organization, social group and the school that you attend. The Arizona Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Coalition will host its 17th annual March and Rally to support education. So if you want to be a part of the movement, go march for funding public education and other lefty causes. This year’s theme for this year's march is "La Union Hace La Fuerza/Stronger United." 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Meet at Pueblo High School, 3500 S. 12th Ave., march east on 44th St., turn south on South Sixth Ave and continue to Rudy Garcia Park (formerly Rodeo Park). Free.
11th Annual Autism Walk and Resource Fair.
Autism affects one in every 66 kids born in Arizona, according to the Autism Society. This event is your chance to make a difference in the fight against autism. Build a team for the walk and enjoy food, drink, a resource fair and activities for all ages. 7:30 a.m. to noon. Saturday, April 1. Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Pre-registration: $19 adults and $5 children 14 and under. Registration on the day of event: $25 adults.
La Misa Negra.
This eight-piece multi-gender, multi-ethnic combo mixes cumbia with Caribbean and Afro-Colombian rhythms and it’s done with absolute verve and punk-rock passion and love of form. The lovely sonic melting pot sounds like multi-ethnic neighborhoods on Saturdays at sundown; horns blip and blurt, drums and upright bass race, vocals and harmonies soar, and you see tilted fedoras and colorful faldas and dirty converse, and the universe feels absolutely alive. That ain’t all, La Misa Negra’s music runs the voodoo-hypnotic to wild-ride gamut. It pushes and pulls in visceral even sexual ways. So you heat up and then they guide you down gently. You could sum up the combo’s entire musical experience in the band’s tune “La Cumbia Cura,” which simply says to let the cumbia do the healing. Indeed. We could all use some of that. Part of the El Tambo Fest! with Vox Urbana, Bidi Bidi Banda on Friday, March 31. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. 7 p.m. $10. 21+.
We could recommend this guy to fans of sadder songs by someone like Todd Snider, or any songster with a novelist’s eye for storytelling and ear for Nashville (East Nashville that is). Tennessee resident Tim McNary writes really well of busted lives and broken hearts, and that sense of longing and darkness that seems to permeate both. His music gets under the skin because he knows the downsides, what it feels like to be homeless and have nothing, as well as the feeling of pulling himself out from attendant ugliness and sadness. His songs all carry weight of necessity, which separates them from so much hipster chaff that passes itself off as country or folk these days. With Adam Ledford at Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E. Toole. 7 p.m. Free. 21+.
Smokepurpp fans scream the scarcely known but quickly rising emcee is the future of hip hop, and lord they might be right. The 19-year-old (AKA Lil Water and Lil Purpp) who appeared in 2015 from nowhere Florida is now wowing kids with pro-weed windups, anti-coke raps and stoner odes to ski-mask heists. (Listen to the oddly beautiful “Whoa”). Dude can subtlety mine a dub motherlode, mellow down easy on rib-tickling trap and turnaround on the requisite amount of youthful pomp. The weirdo wisdoms in his rhymes belie his age, and the hooks hang heavy. The future is here, punk. With Lil Pump, Roja, House Phone, and Cam Girl. Wednesday, April 5 at 191 Toole. $20. 7 p.m. All ages.
Hey, cool dad, still interested in teaching pit etiquette to your kid who’s just now discovering to all your old punk records? Shit, take him (or her) to a Social D show. It’s not too late! See, when a 12-year-old or a matronly punk chick or even just another 200-pound OG fan slips in such a sweat-slimy pit, some punk will no doubt offer a hand, shout, "you good." So no, this ain’t early ’80s Orange County—that kind of punk subversiveness can’t even begin to be understood in 2017. But no matter, ’cause Social D frontman Mike Ness will never waste your time with a crap show. If his voice is shattered, all the better, he’ll spit and growl through now-hallowed hick-punk wallops of hard luck, hard-knocks, and busted-heart love epistles. Remember, few bands enjoy the kind of loyal following that Social Distortion has—and not just because their perfect, filthy-bathroom version of "Ring of Fire" continues to blare on lower-rung dive-bar jukes the world over. With Jade Jackson. Rialto Theater, Wednesday, April 5. 8 p.m. $40. All ages.