guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.
. Celebrate the senior kitty-zens of the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary, and maybe even take one home to love. Aside from food and fun, the event will be offering adoption fees of only $5 for cats over 7 years old. Show your support for a local shelter and try to process the fact that you could theoretically take home 20 of these lovable furballs for only $100. (I’m not saying you should, I’m just saying you could). If you’ve been wanting a calm, older cat, now’s the time to go for it. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary 4501 E. 22nd St. Free.
Hiking with Dogs in the Desert
. Have you sat down with your pup to have a chat about safety when hiking? What about trail etiquette? Do you know which trails in the area are dog-friendly? Sandy McPadden Animal Behavior Consulting is hosting this educational event about the best hiking practices when bringing along your best friend. This is a woman who worked as an animal trainer on the national tour of 101 Dalmatians, so she knows her dog stuff, and lots of it. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17. REI, 160 W. Wetmore Road. Free.
August Indoor Rummage Sale
. The WomanKraft Art Center, a nonprofit which works to validate and empower women artists and other under-represented groups, is hosting its biggest biannual fundraising bash. From toys to tools to tech gizmos, they’re practically guaranteed to have something that will strike your fancy. And since it’s held in an air-conditioned sanctuary and not in a driveway, you can browse to your heart’s content, without worrying about coming across a melting lamp, or having a heat stroke. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19. 388 S. Stone Ave. Free.
Rescue Blooming Barrel Sale
. If you’ve thought about getting a rescue dog, but weren’t quite ready to make the commitment, try starting with a rescue plant, which is an option, apparently. The nonprofit Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society is holding a sale of plants that would otherwise be plowed away by developers or AZDOT when new roads are built. Sales of specialty cacti and succulents will begin at 7 a.m., and the rescue mission begins at 8. There’s a limited number entry system (to keep things efficient). Native barrels are a’bloomin, so selection ranges from yellow to red. Stop by and brighten your home with a feel-good investment. Gates open from 7 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 Amphi Land Lab, 4342 N. 4th Ave. Free entry.
You Say It’s Your Birthday
Tucson’s 242nd Birthday Celebration!
Ah, Tucson. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 242 years since our saguaro-y, monsoon-y foodie mecca started playing The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Loft every month. Okay, maybe the monthly screenings haven’t been around that whole time, but 242 years of the Old Pueblo is something to celebrate either way. Mariachi music, speeches and birthday cake will abound. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Historic AMTRAK Tucson Train Depot 400 N. Toole. Free.
. Look carefully through your solar-observing sunglasses! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an eclipse! Witness the partial solar eclipse in safety and style at the Oro Valley Library, where pinhole projectors will be set up to view its Tucson visibility peak at 10:36 a.m., and solar-observing eyeglasses—courtesy of NASA/Google/The Moore Foundation—will be available for use as well. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21. Oro Valley Public Library 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. Free.
Solar Eclipse Party at Sky Bar
. If you’re looking for more of a 21+ way to watch the eclipse, do it from Sky Bar down on Fourth Ave. Real, live astronomers will be on hand to help viewers work the telescope, and protective glasses will be provided as well. Happy hour will go all day, with coffee for a dollar in the morning and a one-dollar drink at the peak of the eclipse (10:36 a.m.) The event will also be offering pizza from Brooklyn Pizza Company and a special Cosmic Cosmo cocktail. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. 536 N. Fourth Ave. Free.
Achievement Unlocked: 3D Printing
. We’re over here in 2017, but The Oro Valley Public Library, which has 3D printers, is living in 3017. And you can too, with this beginner class about how the process works and what it can do. What sort of skills do you need to be able to make 3D printed objects? What objects can be made with 3D printing? Transport yourself into the next century of cutting edge technology with this educational opportunity. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Oro Valley Public Library 1305 W. Naranja Drive, Oro Valley. Free.
Space Night 2017
. Have a sleepover at the Children’s Museum Tucson, where there will be way more offerings than just pizza and pajamas. Kids will have the chance to meet PSI planetary scientists, use telescopes and binoculars, have their photo taken with a thermal camera, touch a real meteorite and launch a rocket! The cherry on top is that, even with all of these educational opportunities, there’s still going to be pizza and pajamas. And the cherry on top of that cherry is that there’s no ancient Egyptian exhibit, so guests won’t be dealing with anything Ben Stiller had to during his job as a museum night guard. Families are welcome to pitch tents in spaces throughout the museum and in the main courtyard. 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 to Sunday, Aug. 27. Children's Museum Tucson 200 South 6th Ave. $50, $45 for museum members.
Splash and Dash
. Does your kid ever turn to you after a nice, strenuous swim and tell you that all they want to do is to go for a run? The USA Triathlon Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series will be held at 50 locations throughout the U.S., including the Tucson J, where the event is in its third year. The event is not officially timed (though it is allowed if someone wants it), and is open to youths ages 7 to 15 years old. Bring a swimsuit, a smile and your registration fee! 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. $25 for USAT members, $35 for non-members (includes $10 registration fee).
Yoga for Women Who Adventure
. This REI-hosted event is geared particularly toward triathletes, but is also for any women who use different sets of muscles in their recreational workouts than they do in everyday life. Not only will the event work to increase coordination, flexibility and balance, but yoga is known to reduce stress, strengthen the connection between mind and body and contribute to a feeling of community. Take a quick break from summitting mountains to take a deep breath and stretch. 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23. REI 160 W. Wetmore Road. Free.
. Learn how to get a book into a bind, and, if you’re struggling to figure out what to get your mom for her birthday, get yourself out of a bind. Tanline printing is offering this class that shows participants (no experience necessary!) five different bookbinding techniques. They provide the materials, but you’re also welcome to bring different types of fancy paper if that’s more your mom’s style. Everyone leaves the class with samples of hardcover bound, accordion-style bound, Japanese stab bound and pamphlet-stitched books, as well as bragging rights for having bound four small books. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Tanline Printing 1537 S. Fourth Ave. $80
Sizzling Summer Art Walk
"Pueblo Morning" oil by Pat Parkinson
. New Mexico Comes to Tucson. Artist Pat Parkinson’s work will be featured at the Jane Hamilton Fine Art Gallery as a part of the gallery’s summer art walk. Parkinson’s featured landscapes portray the beauty and individuality of New Mexico, as well as the hazy heat of Southwest summers. Simple things, like the way she captures the way that shade in the summer feels like a heaven sent oasis, or snowy mountains painted in the background that enhance the hot summer scenes in the foreground, make these paintings feel close to home. 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17. Jane Hamilton Fine Art. 2890 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 180. Free.
Día de los Muertos Opening Reception
. Tohono Chul’s next exhibit is in honor of the Mexican holiday which celebrates joyful honoring and remembrance of the dead, and whose modern celebration has become a part of Tucson’s culture. Local artists can submit two or three-dimensional art to be considered for the exhibit, and selected art will be displayed until the its closing on Nov. 8. The show’s selected artists will be present for the opening night reception. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. 7366 Paseo del Norte. Free.
Neon Foam Party 2017
. An ancient proverb reads, “The weekdays are for working, but the weekends are for twerking.” And what better place to twerk than at Tucson’s premier glow-in-the-dark dance party? Foam cannons and glow-in-the-dark face painting will be set to the sounds of EDM, Moombahton, twerk, trap and house music. VIP guests will have access to an exclusive lounge area with appetizers and cocktail samples, as well as free face painting and glow-in-the-dark goodies. 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 18. 4340 N Campbell Ave, Suite 101 in St. Philip's Plaza. $10-$35.
. If you’ve never really thought of yourself as a boxer, consider this: You probably think of yourself as a person who likes glow-in-the-dark stuff, because everyone likes glow-in-the-dark stuff. So if you’re ever going to enjoy boxing, it’s probably going to be at this glow boxing event at UFC Gym North Tucson, which has black lights, glow bracelets and a live DJ. They’ll also be offering a cardio workout, for people who really just don’t want to try boxing (not even glow-in-the-dark). And if you’re still not convinced, Taste of Texas will be hosting the gym post-workout, offering free-appetizers and Happy Hour specials! 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18. UFC Gym North Tucson, 8330 N. Thornydale Road. Free. Call 337-4222 to make reservations.
(featuring Dave Lombardi, Mike Patton, Justin Pearson and Michael Crain). Most super groups are shit and never amount to the sum of their parts. (Dear God, old enough to remember Asia? We are.) But Dead Cross ain’t one of those. Pairing Mike Patton and his crazy, multi-octave vocal range with one of the world's greatest metal drummers (Yes, Slayer's Dave Lombardi) is sweet—all the dramatic majesty of, say, Dream Theater, cut through with the heaviest, most complex polyrhythms possible. Add in Retox's Justin Pearson and Michael Crain, and you got yerself instant hardcore cred. Hell, you can even hear Patton smiling as he duets with Pearson, who adds some bro-man bravado to these operatic death anthems! Aside from a darkly velvet cover of "Bela Lugosi's Dead," Dead Cross tackles death and politics, and death and corruption and—you get the idea. Every song is under three minutes so the shrill, experimental noise, punishing shrieks and Vincent Price vault slams can be sustained. This is ugly, challenging music with understated humor—the sound of frustrated smart folk. Friday, Aug. 18, at Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress. 8 p.m. $20-27. All ages.
. The human voice is the most psychedelic instrument there is. And at 25, Milo knows this. Dude’s eight albums deep. Think Deltron 3030, think Doc Octagon and definitely prepare for some Prince Paul-inspired production, melting your mind back in time to a smoky jazz club where white people held the mic. That’s right, Milo (as Scallops Hotel) explores white folk's contributions to hip-hop on the new LP, Over the Carnage Rose a Voice Prophetic
, with spoken word, piano music and stream-of-consciousness prose. It’s Ken Nordine and Subterraneans
-era Kerouac reimagined by a hyper-intelligent, but never self-serious, black man. "The universe is mostly at a distance/The universe is mostly disinterested." With the domestic focus of De La, the organic Afrocentricity of BlackStar, and the incredible cosmic flow of André 3000, Milo nods to the past, roots us in the struggle of the present and propels us forward, in a ship bound for space, but fueled by the boundless curiosity of the astronaut. With Randal Bravery, Sb the moor, and Kenny Segal on Thursday, Aug. 17. The Flycatcher, 340 E. Sixth St. 8 p.m. $10. 21+.
The Shadow Band
. There's always that jittery feeling at the launch of a psychedelic journey. Your mind speeds, your body slows and you begin to see the shadows. They're everywhere, churning in your periphery, offering three-dimensionality to flat walls and ceilings. This is the headspace the The Shadow Band occupies. If The Beachwood Sparks are a sunny day in Beechwood Canyon, the Shadow Band are the dark clouds rolling in over the Hollywood sign. Begin with The Stone's "Paint It Black," add theremins and flutes. Sometimes The Stones allusions are goofily overt: "What's a poor boy to do but sing these doomsday blues." On the sparser tunes, their modern, post-Byrds twang recalls Palace Brothers and solo Gene Clark, yeah! The doubled-tracked vocal sound suggests the Os Mutantes' darker stuff. That black psilocybin maze eating through the light, even when you close your eyes. The exquisite gentility of this darkness creeps up and enshrouds you slowly like, well, a shadow. Sunday, August 20 at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. 7:30 p.m. 21+. Free.
. They are so good you never miss the bass player. Shit, you hardly miss the vocals—it’s like how old Mahavisnu turned guitar heroes loose Miles, sans voice … but we digress. Anyway, here’s a monster drummer, every bit as skilled, but less showy than Mike Portnoy, and a Flying V guitarist who has ingested Dimebag and Hetfield and a little bit of Jim James, and it’s a dropdead-killer stoner/doom metal duo. Yes, fulfilling without vocals, over half of TY's material is instrumental. With flashes of prog, super-catchy melodies and crushing kickdrum, their first album, Abomidable
, rocks as hard as the first Liquid Tension Experiment or the entire Pelican catalog (erm maybe Love, Devotion, Surrender
-era Mahavishnu Orchestra. Yes, their back and forth is super dynamic. As their name implies, TY’s metal is playful and often psych. Think "Through the Never" without the self-serious, cartoonish singing. This show is going to rock you so hard you'll be left post-coital (yes, we just said that). With Waysted Youth on Friday, Aug. 18. The Loudhouse, 915 W. Prince. 8 p.m. $6. 21+.