CinemaSesame Street Live. Elmo Makes Music. Calling all parents with little kiddies who love Sesame Street's favorite puppet: You won’t want to miss Elmo’s upcoming visit to the Tucson Convention Center. The Sunny Seats package even includes premium seating and a meet-and-greet before the show. Don't forget your camera and notebook for autographs! Each meet and greet will last about 20 minutes. 2 -5 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. $37.80.
First Friday Shorts. The Golden Gong Year-End Showdown. Another year of First Friday Shorts is going out with a golden-gong bang! Fan favorites from the last year will duke it out for all the glory of Golden Gong trophies and $1,000. But the night doesn't end there! As soon as a winner is crowned, a fresh round of First Friday Shorts starts. Enter a short film for a chance to win $200 that night and a chance at taking home the Golden Gong yourself next year. Because its going to be a long night, only six new films will have a chance to compete for that night's $200 prize, so get your film in early. 9 p.m. Friday, May 5. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $6.
Cinema La Placita. Downtown’s Cinema La Placita has a new home in the spectacular plaza of the Tucson Museum of Art plaza. The outdoor movie series presents a different classic movie every Thursday all summer long. The series kicks off Thursday, May 4, with Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Next Thursday, May 11, it’s Thelma and Louise. Films start at 7:30 p.m. 140 S. Main Ave. Admission is $3 and includes the popcorn is free. More info at cinemalaplacita.com
CommunityPaint Your Pet Pawtrait Fundraiser. Paint your fur baby with an optional flower crown and take home your new favorite portrait! An artist will sketch your dog or cat before you paint so you get the cutest version of your furry best friend. Part of the proceeds goes toward the SAANPR, the Nurse Practitioner Association. 6 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Gentle Ben's, 865 E. University Blvd. $40.
Catapalooza. Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary is a badass organization, with no mission more dear to their hearts than providing happy, healthy lives for the stealthiest of our four-legged friends. They're raising some funds for their felines when Stands With Fists
Saalythic, Blacklidge, WITHIN A DREAM, The Abstract, As We Watch Them Fall, Before I Die, Toylit and Tucson Maidens of Metal band together for a night of kitty love and dance music. All proceeds benefit the cats. 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Club XS, 5851 E. Speedway Blvd. $8.
Centurions Party. An Oz-some Experience. The Centurions’ annual bash will take you down the yellow-brick road to fun, all to benefit the Big Brother Big Sisters of Tucson. The 21-and-older event will feature an Oz theme, so expect plenty of flying monkeys and pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Don’t forget your red ruby slippers, as there will also be a costume contest. 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 6. Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way. $95.
Festival 520. You’re invited to Lululemon Tucson’s celebration of its fourth year in the Dirty T. Come sweat it out with up to 24 classes offered such as boxing, yoga and cycling. The day will start with a 5K hosted by Legacy Ambassador, Hazel Chase. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 6. La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive. Free.
MusicThe Fallen Stars. If you're a fan of the first White Stripes record, the Fallen Stars will be your new favorite band. Mixing up a sonic medicine of Nashville twang with the train-derail rhythms and bluesy guitars of anyone weaned on Hasil Adkins, they add a dash of O.C. punk spirit and a world-weary survivor's gratitude that makes each tune relatable. The lead singer strains to reach notes in his best Graham Parsons (hair) shirt, and harmonies are often, but not always, nailed by a beautifully ordinary woman. “Should've seen the way I drive, must be someone by my side, sure am glad to be alive.” You could just as easily spark a J and join them in a campfire sing-a-long as watch them from the crowd, or from the backseat of a rusted old Pontiac rolling through forgotten America. This music is emotionally honest—human and fallible—and therefore capable of lifting us. Saturday, May 6, 6-7:30 p.m. at Bookman’s Midtown, 3330 E. Speedway Blvd. Also, Saturday, May 6, at the Tucson Folk Fest, on the Presidio Stage, At Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, half-block east of Old Town Artisans. Both events are free and all ages.
Handsome Ghost. With a popped-up soulish voice like Color Me Badd that lifts atop Maroon 5-like hooks, Handsome Ghost should be sound tracking a falling-hard montage in a PG-13 popcorn flick. Or at least enjoying his one-hit, VH1 song like Dog's Eye View, another middle-of-the-road "indie" pop band from Boston. With hints of Caribbean-inflected grooves circling back to the bland yet weirdly flavorful realm of Jack Johnson and his ilk, perhaps it's the distracting autotune/vocal coupling effects or the too-bright synthetic drum fills that keep Handsome Ghost forever small time. This music ain’t indie rock, more like radio pop with a bad producer. But listen with eyes closed and picture a stripped-down, acoustic version of any song, and you’re suddenly sipping overpriced latte inside Starbucks. The lyrical clichés will sound deceptively profound, and you’ll hum the chorus, and when the sugary caffeine hits your system, the world will suddenly feel like a better place. It’s the law of suburbia. With Frances Cone on Thursday, May 11 at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. $14. 16+