guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.
Don't Cry for Me, Argentina
. Come experience the Tony-Award winning musical, Evita
. Learn the remarkable, true story of Eva Perón and how she went from living in the slums of Argentina to becoming the First Lady. Arizona Repertory Theatre concludes their season with this popular musical. It is directed by Danny Gurwin and features music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The show will run through April 30. Shows at various times through April 30. The Tornabene Theatre, 1025 N. Olive Rd. $32 with discounts available.
The Sci-Fi Slumber Party
. The Loft Cinema is hosting a slumber party dedicated to all sci-fi fanatics that will include 12 straight hours of aliens, robots and apocalypses. The night will include six sci-fi movies plus trailers, games and prizes. Movies include “The Matrix,” “Logan's Run” and “Robocop.” Food will be provided by The German Food Truck from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tickets purchased in advance and Loft member tickets are $13. Day-of tickets are $15.
Arts and Culture
Tucson International Mariachi Conference Espectacular Concert
. Spend your Friday night celebrating the sounds of the southwest with performances by Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, special guest Rafael Palomar and Ballet Folklorico los niños Colima under the stars. 7 p.m. Friday, April 28. AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Rd. $20.
Etherton Gallery presents Color Theory,
an exhibition featuring three local Tucson artists. Color Theory is a mixed media exhibition showcasing the work of Kate Breakey, Andy Burgess and Gail Marcus-Orlen. Through paintings, paper and photographs these artists show vibrantly colored artworks that transform their subjects. The exhibition will be open through May 31. Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14-May 31. Etherton Gallery, 135 S. 6th Ave. Free.
Pima Paws for Life at The Shelter Cocktail Lounge
. Calling all animals lovers who would like a well-deserved cocktail after a long workweek. All proceeds for the cocktails will go to support animals in the shelter that are ill or need a little care before getting adopted. What's better than helping animals while drinking booze? 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, April 28. The Shelter Cocktail Lounge, 4155 E. Grant Rd. Bring money to donate and for booze.
Fun in General
Fairy Garden Workshop with Cathy
. If you are looking for new ideas to plant this summer, head out to Green Things for a tutorial on how to make a fairy-themed mini garden. First there will be a short memo and then a workshop to create your own after. For those of you who already have gardening materials that you would like to reuse, you can bring them and Cathy will help give ideas on your future garden. You can also purchase materials for the event at Green Things but both the demo and workshop are free and the best part is you can bring as many people as you'd like. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Green Things, 3384 E. River Rd. Bring money if you'd like to purchase your materials there.
Tucson Arizona Terrain Racing Mud Run 2017
. Here's your chance to get muddy because Mud Run Guide is coming to Tucson and what's better than crawling over obstacles with those beautiful Tucson mountains behind you. If you think you are super competitive and already think you can beat everyone, think again because without a teammate, getting over those huge walls are going to be a struggle for everyone. There's even a kids 5K race for ages 9-15 but they must race with a parent as their teammate. They aren't kidding when they say “huge walls” because competitors will have to jump over 6 to 16 foot walls and cargo nets. Don't sweat the level of athleticism because if you can easily jog 3 miles and still do mini workouts after, this is perfect for you. For people who think a 5K is too easy, Mud Run Guide is offering a 10K race and a "little monkey" race for children who just love splashing around in mud. The "little monkey" race will be a one-half mile to one mile competition for the youngsters to be involved too. 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Rd. $20 for the Little Monkey race, free for adults.
Dragoon's Five-Year Anniversary
. Dragoon's is celebrating its 5th year of existence and they want locals to come and join in on the party. Their parking lot will turn into their main entertainment area including a draft trailer, live music from KXCI Community Radio, Tom Walbank, and Wooden Tooth Records, food from The Blacktop Grill, Ryan Clark, Tyler Fenton, Ken Harvey, Travis Peters, and Ramiro Scavo. But, that's not all. Five years calls for five different brewing companies to be at the event including Historic Brewing Company, Pueblo Vida Brewing Company, Lumberyard Brewing Company, Four Peaks Brewing Co., and Ten Fifty-Five Brewing. If you use Uber, Lyft, a bike or taxi, you can get your first beer at half the price - now that's worth it. 12- 10 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Dragoon Brewing Co., 1859 W. Grant Rd. Bring money for booze.
. Sure, she’s channeling some Loretta Lynn, but it’s the bawdy and tough Lynn, and the gorgeous balladeering Lynn, circa ’60s. Yet there’s up-to-moment edge beneath her rollicking twang and croon, a nervousness borne of the second decade of the 21st century (her first record dropped in ’11). You can sense the anxious, technology-driven world in the feel of her backward-gazing sonics. It adds wonderful and subtle then-versus-now tension to Lane’s beautiful storyteller narratives, which are all held together by her heartbending, often world-weary vocal tone. When this South Carolina native sings “700,000 rednecks, that’s what it takes to get to the top,” over deliberate country-pop twang, we almost feel sorry for the fact she “don’t get a shower.” But she doesn’t want your lame sympathy, yippee ki-yay; she’s singing the country rock-star electric here, with all of it road-challenged, sexualized undertones (which, in her hands, is damn glorious). Then, when she mixes personal pains and a sense of loss with landscape metaphors under the essence of “Muddy Waters” you just have to take off your hat. Sunday, April 30 at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. 7 p.m. $13-$15. All ages.
Justin Townes Earle
. He writes the kind of songs worthy of countless repeats, until every note, word, and pause is committed to memory. In case you're in a shitty place, hopeless with no power, you'll have this small consolation—someone out there has been through all this before and has even retained his sense of humor. Justin's last name (and middle one too) ensures he’ll never escape his past, both the pitfalls and privileges. And his music indeed sounds like a man out of time, a dude nostalgic for a time that’s not his own—but that’s his gift. See, any writer worth his salt can to do that, can make you long for someone’s nostalgia, because, when you think of it, that’s all love really is. More, his deep knowledge and adoration of musical history allows him to effortlessly access tropes and subvert them. In "Champagne Corolla," for example, he turns the classic car-fetish song on its head, "I know every man think that he need some high-tone woman … but you can’t trust a rich girl farther than you can throw her. Need a middle-class queen ridin’ by in a champagne Corolla." Justin may be a famous guy's kid, but his writerly empathy—and uncanny ear for song—is his own. Justin Townes Earle with the Sadies, Sunday, April 30, at 191 Toole. $20-$22. 7:30 p.m. 21+.
Doo Wop Project
. Dedicated fans of doo wop know that, due to historical circumstance, the genre is actually a two-part genre—original street corner Afro-Am groups like The Penguins inspired Italian immigrant kids like The Earls (later everything from The Temptations and The Beach Boys and so on). Both versions of the style quite literally reflect and accentuate the highs and lows of being in love. The two schools are usually presented separately, as with Broadway's Jersey Boys and, even, Motown the Musical. But Doo Wop Project shuffles and integrates black and white styles, using the best voices possible in all five parts. The result is the sweetness of Frankie Valli's falsetto finally paired with the humor and swing of a Moonglows' bass line. A modern, entirely new range of dynamics is suddenly possible. Close your eyes to hear the sweet, technical precision, or keep them open to watch five men, freed from the constraints of history, dressed to the nines, in harmony and in step. Friday, April 28, at Fox Tucson Theater, 17 West Congress. $27-$67. 7:30 p.m. All ages.