guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.
Science & Nature
. Southern Arizona was an early hotspot in the space race, so it's no surprise that it's also home to the annual Spacefest, which brings astronauts, space scientists, rocket ship engineers, astronomers, meteorite hunters, artists and other space cadets together for a great big confab about the final frontier. Get up close and personal with Apollo and Gemini astronauts such as Richard Gordon, Charlie Duke and Dave Scott, who was the first to drive the lunar rover. June 8-11. JW Marriott Starr Pass, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. Prices vary.
Cory Trépanier’s Into the Arctic
. As a member of both the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Explorer’s Club of Canada, Cory Trépanier probably doesn’t have a hard time following a nature trail. His traveling museum exhibition “Into the Arctic” is a testament to his many expeditions into Canada’s largely unexplored northern reaches. Featuring oil paintings of glacial formations and landscapes, and original videos documenting his travels, “Into the Arctic” offers a glimpse into one of our planet’s most beautiful and endangered habitats. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10-Aug. 20. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, The Ironwood Gallery, 2021 N. Kinney Road. General admission is $20.50 for adults. With an Arizona drivers license, $15.50. Children age 3-12, $8. Children under 3 are free.
Living with Snakes
. Ever think, “Man, the Sonoran Desert is beautiful, but how the heck am I supposed to cope with all these snakes?” Well, learn from the experts over at the Western National Parks Association. These “Living with Snakes” presentations will share recommendations for how to manage backyard snakes based on the latest research and observations of wild snake behavior. This information is critical for anyone that lives, works or plays in our desert. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Western National Parks Association, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Free.
Nature's Gym Pint Night with Merrell
. Are you the outdoorsy type? Test your agility at Merrell’s Nature’s Gym Agility Course. Merrell is hosting a Pint Night at Summit Hut. Enjoy a pint and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Jackson Standefer Scholarship Memorial Fund. Demo the latest footwear while testing out the Nature’s Gym Agility Course. Participants are given a gift for effort and a raffle entry for a chance to win Nature’s Gym Merrell shoes. 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 9. Summit Hut, 5251 E. Speedway Blvd. $5 pints include two refills. Free admission.
Pima County Home and Garden Show
. It may be hot, but that's no excuse to let your garden die. Get tips from pro green-thumbs and rub shoulders with fellow weekend-warriors at the Pima County Home and Garden Show. Now in its sixteenth year and held at Tucson Convention Center, the event will showcase speakers with expertise in both indoor and outdoor Do-It-Yourself improvements as well as vendors looking to fill your every domicile need. Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, June 11; 10 a.m. go 4 p.m. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. General Admission $8. Kids 16 and under Free. Senior can get two-for-one admission on Friday. Active military free.
Live Poetry Reading with Mayor Rothschild + Jefferson Carter.
Besides fighting climate change, housing homeless veterans, planting trees and reading to kids, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is also a writer of poetry. His Honor will read some of his poems alongside fellow poet and man-about-town Jefferson Carter as part of a Creative Tucson production this Saturday, June 10. Arizona Daily Star cartoonist Dave Fitzsimmons will be moderating the event, so expect plenty of laughs, probably at the mayor’s expense. Be part of the studio audience or tune in on the Creative Tucson network, Cox Channel 20 or Comcast Channel 74. 7 p.m. at Brink Creative, 11. S. Sixth Ave. Free.
Art After Dark
. School’s out, but that doesn’t mean the kids should take a break from using their creativity and making beautiful things. Children’s Museum Tucson is hosting a workshop with the Sonoran Glass School to demonstrate how glass can be transformed into artwork. Kids will be able to make their own wearable pendant and help create a mural that will stand in the Museum’s courtyard. This event is for anyone with a child who is looking for the world of art and science to blend. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Children's Tucson Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave. Free
Paint a Pot Workshop
. Disconnect your child from their latest “screen time” obsession and remind them how cool gardening and painting can be. Bring your child to Greener Things for morning arts and crafts. The family-owned plant nursery is hosting a workshop for kids to paint terracotta pots. Maybe you’ll even pick out a plant on to show off in your new highly fashionable creation. 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 14. Green Things, 3384 E. River Road. Free.
FC Tucson Women's Soccer
. It's a doubleheader weekend of matches for Tucson's Women's Professional Soccer League team. Come catch the action as the home team hosts two southern California powerhouses: the San Diego Sealions and the L.A. Galaxy. 7:30 p.m. each night. Friday, June 9, and Saturday June 10. Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Adults $8, Kids (5-12) $5.
. Her three-dimensional ’tude and delivery could never have existed until now. Kehlani’s got Left Eye’s strength and Janet’s vulnerability at once. Much like B.I.G., Kehlani shines despite shitty production; grating Auto-Tune self-harmonies are every bit as distracting as Diddy’s dismal off-tempo hype. But she's got a post-gangster rap, internalized braggadocio that could only come from being raised on Jean Grey's fractured feminism and Lil Kim's warm, long pussy confidence. On “Too Much,” Kehlani drops a rap verse that is neither defensive nor angry, she's merely “too much of a woman, too much of a badass” to suffer a cheating fool. Twenty years after “bitches ain't shit but hos and tricks,” Kehlani has recaptured and reclaimed the self-assurance of old blues greats, while retaining Lady Rage's hard-fought personhood. As her album promises, she is in fact sweet, sexy and savage at once. Her lyrics will no doubt benefit from maturity, but this is an exciting and necessary new voice. Go see her work the room live. Monday, June 12, at the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress. 8 p.m. $26-$39. All ages.
. Aimless guitars ascend and descend and shimmer like surface rings formed by skipping rocks across water. The minor-y downturns of female vocals haunt more like solo Nico than VU. This mixed-gender Dallas foursome creates a mood for the ages, more atmospheric than song-driven—like some time-warped ode to “Chelsea Girls” and aspiring, dimestore-draped junkies. So they’re sorta Dandy Warhols-y, replete with effects-soaked guitars and a dreampop feel. Though Siamese never allow themselves to be ironic, and their often droll delivery rescues them from pretentiousness. It leaves you feeling like you've heard them before—in some well-heeled Victorian parlor, not a new, fake speakeasy. And those brain cells you killed that night? That effort was not in vain. Wednesday, June 14, at The Flycatcher, 340 E. Sixth St. 21+. 8:30 p.m.
. A powerful female voice that’s part early Lucinda Williams, with a touch of Bonnie Raitt's spirit and phrasing, belts and waivers with control and precision. A guitar weaves around her melody sorta like old Duane Allman, with confidence and proficiency. Add git-fiddle on “Poison Potion” and suddenly the Mardi Gras spirit is everywhere. This is Black Medicine, straight outta the Old Pueblo. Their sound may be firmly rooted in Cajun and Southern rock, but it could only blossom in the Sonoran. Singer Erin Henderson sings the blues, facing down 30, both acceptant and reflective of living right here now with the "thorns and sand, spurs and sun." While not many songs are yet available to hear—this show launches Black Medicine's debut album, Monsoon Rain—those that are have a fully realized vision and hometown charm that's damn worthy. We’ve never seen them live but their videos are lovely. With Havarti Orchestra on Friday, June 9. The Flycatcher, 340 E. Sixth St. 21+. 8:30 p.m. Free.