31 Great Things to Do in Tucson this Weekend: Friday June 15-Sunday June 17

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Summer Safari Nights. Come one, come all, especially dads! Because this week at the Reid Park Zoo’s summer program, all dads get in free with paid child admission, in honor of Father’s Day. It’s a great week for the kids too, and maybe even a way to get them interested in a future STEM career, as this week’s theme is “Earth’s Eco-Engineers.” It’s all about the incredibly unique structures like armadillos, anteaters, elephants and alligators build. The Manhattan Dolls are providing the live music. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 15. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court. $10.50 adults, $8.50 seniors, $6.50 kids 2 to 14. Half off for zoo members! Details here.


Dive-In Movie: Moana.
The Ott Family YMCA is giving you the option to fully-embrace the aquatic and summery vibes of Moana by allowing you to view it poolside. The giant, bedazzled crabs and The Rock playing a demigod will seem so much more realistic this way! 6 p.m. Friday, June 15. 401 S. Prudence Road. $3 for members, $5 for non-members. Details here.


The Fifty Percenter with Rich Hopkins and William Sedlmayr.
Billy Sedlmayr’s words and vocals ache—they’re sincere, painful and put forth because they had to be. It’s pure hard-won experience, each syllable and breathe summoning ghosts of the Sonoran Desert and the barrio shadows of past mistakes. Rich Hopkins’ guitar playing hums and sparks evoking the boundless liberation and melancholy of lives unraveling beneath open Arizona skies. In 2001, these two Southwestern music legends (Giant Sandworms and The Sidewinder/Sand Rubies respectively, at least) teamed up to create a much-lauded single album, The Fifty Percenter, but they never once played it live—until now. On tunes like “Apology,” Hopkins’ guitar rises on stark, warm gestures, upholding Sedlmayr’s voice, ever-tinged with street-corner regrets and a bizarre resilience: “And over by that tall tree, they’ll bury me with thieves/The snap, the sleep, the rope which sings one last apology.” The characters rise, stumble and swagger throughout, and hooks soar, and the whole thing now feels desert mythic all these years later. Friday, June 15, The Owls Club, 236 South Scott Ave. 8 p.m. 21+.—B.S. Eliot Details here.


Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Trek Movie Night. Casa Video Film Bar is going all-out in celebration of Zoë Saldaña’s 40th birthday. Did you know she starred in all three films? Me neither, but once you think about it, yep, that’s her alright. Now’s your chance to get down to Casa Video and start genuflecting the new queen of sci-fi. Avatar plays first, then Guardians, then Star Trek. 7 p.m., Friday, June 15. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.

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FIFA World Cup with Spain vs. Portugal. The US may be out of the World Cup already, but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the excitement of the games. Playground Bar and Lounge is opening its doors early for World Cup watching on its giant TVs in the main bar and the courtyard patios. Turn game day into brunch with breakfast specials and deals on drinks. $5 Negro Modelo USA drafts and $4 cans of Modelo Especial. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 15. Check Playground’s website to see which other games Playground will open early for. 278 E. Congress St. Details here.


Monsoon Duck Party.
Local waterfowl conservation group Tucson Ducks Unlimited is keeping it casual at this event. (Maybe you can even get them to put together a game of “Duck, Duck Goose.”) For 25 bucks, you’ll get a craft beer, wine or soda and plenty to munch on. You’ll also have the chance to get involved with raffles, games and an auction, all in support of their conservation mission. Duck, duck, brews! 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 15. Barrio Brewing Co., 800 E. 16th St. $25. Details here.




Attraction. The Screening Room is continuing the theme of a sci-fi summer with an alien invasion film from the very far, yet very close land of Russia. But this flick focuses not on the military aspects of alien invasions, but the civilian side. What would happen in regular neighborhoods is aliens showed up? Only one way to find out. 9 to 11 p.m., Friday, June 15. 127 E Congress St. Details here.


Laser Stranger Things. So you think the Stranger Things soundtrack made you nostalgic? Wait ’till you hear the theme song and the glorious array of ’80s music playing along with the sight of a totally gnarly laser show. It will be like watching the show for the first time all over again, except with way more lasers. And who doesn’t want to experience something beautiful for the first time all over again, but with way more lasers? 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays and at 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 2. Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd. Tickets can’t be purchased in advance, but call 621-4516 to be placed on the ticket reservation list. Arrive 15 to 20 minutes early. $8 adults, $6 for those 17 and under. Details here.


Bisbee Pride. It’s a little bit cooler over in Bisbee, and it’s about to be a whole lot prouder. From a cocktail lounge in pride village to a lingerie pub crawl to a street dance to live music, you’ll have plenty to do. Especially since all of that stuff is happening on just the first day. There’s a parade, there’s a Drag Day Stage, there’s bingo and there’s plenty of merch, so you can make your friends who can’t make it jealous for years and years to come. Performers include comedian Anthony Desamito, musician Namoli Brennet, performance artist Venus DeMars with her group All The Pretty Horses, and rocker Melissa Reaves. The fun starts at noon on Friday, June 15 and goes until the afternoon of Sunday, June 17. Downtown Bisbee, Arizona. Tickets for individual events range from $16 to $36. Details here.


Red, White and Tuna. Live Theatre Workshop is presenting the third in a series of plays that take place in Tuna, the (fictional) “third-smallest” town in Texas. Hey, every town deserves to have some sort of claim to fame. Tuna’s just happens to be more of a claim to lame… Anyway, Keith Wick and Stephen Frankenfield play a cast of more than 20 wacky character, both male and female, both young and old, Portlandia-style. In this chapter of Tuna’s tale, new town residents crash Tuna’s Fourth of July High School class reunion, and fireworks and funny stuff ensues. Thursday, June 14 to Saturday, July 21. Shows are usually at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. $15 to $20. Details here.


Michael Carbonaro at the Diamond Center. You might know this guy best from his hidden camera prank TV show, The Carbonaro Effect, which combines comedy with the kind of magic tricks that have you saying, “But wait, seriously, how did he do that? I need to know how he did that.” (Or maybe that’s just us?) Anyway, he’s so busy with his TV show that he doesn’t have much time for theatrical appearances, which makes this show even more exciting. Abraca-grab ya tickets now! Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment Sahuarita, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road. $15 to $47.50. Details here.


Healthy Summer Brunch Demonstration Class. Going out to brunch is great and all, but sometimes you just want to stay in your pajamas. With this class, you’ll learn how to recreate brunch in your own kitchen. Class participants observe a Garden Kitchen instructor prepare and explain recipes. On the menu are savory bread pudding, sweet blue corn crepes and Spanish tortillas. The best part: Students get to sample the dishes and bring the recipes home with them. $30 per person. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, June 16. 2205 S. Fourth Ave. Sign up online at thegardenkitchen.org. Details here.


Brew at the Zoo. Take a walk on the wild side and support the zoo this weekend. Reid Park Zoo and Craft Tucson are teaming up for an evening of ale and animals. Try out a variety of beers from 11 different breweries, including Borderlands Brewing Company and Public Brewhouse. There will also be music, games, glass painting with Creative Juice Art Bar and pub food. The zoo’s animal ambassadors will also make an appearance. Proceeds from the event will support the Zoo Project Fund. Designated driver tickets are $20, and the $125 VIP Package includes 16 tasting tickets, a souvenir shirt, $10 food voucher and early admission. General admission includes 14 tasting tickets and a souvenir cup. $45 per person or $40 for zoo members. Tickets will increase $10 on the event day. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16. 3400 Zoo Court. Details here.


Dash for Dad 5K. Some dads want ties for Fathers’ Day. Some dads want a good, strong drink. Some dads just want possession of the remote for one, whole interrupted day. And some want you to run a 5K race to prove you love them. If you have one of those dads, or if you have a dad who likes running, or if you just like running yourself, don’t miss this early morning race along the Rillito River Path. The first 100 finishers and the first place man and woman all get awards, and there’s also a special category for fastest dads. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m., race starts at 6:30 on Saturday, June 16. Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road. $10 to $25. Details here.


Sizzling Summer Saturday Nights. As the heat of the day starts to melt away and you get tired of complaining about how hot it is, summer evenings in Tucson really do turn into the perfect opportunity to kick back and reflect on how much you love this beautiful city in spite of it all (and to feel a little bit superior to the snowbirds who were clogging up Speedway traffic until they
decided they couldn’t handle the heat). The Jane Hamilton Fine Art Gallery is changing its hours for the summer to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. But they’re also holding these fun Saturday nights with local Tucson artists, music, food and wine. The next one is 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Jane Hamilton Fine Art, 2890 E. Skyline Drive, suite 180. Free. Details here.


Cool Summer Nights. As the sun sets, make your way over to the Desert Museum, to learn about the creatures that are just getting their days started as ours are ending. That’s right. We’re talking creatures of the night: Bats, owls and kangaroo rats, kissing bugs, scorpions and more! The stingray touch exhibit, the Packrat Playhouse and the knowledgeable docents will be available as usual, and tonight there will be a photo class introduction to Lightroom, a fine art exhibit called “Becoming Animal” about the artificial divide between humans and the natural world, plenty of crafts and a live animal presentation with venomous reptiles. 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. $22 GA, $20 seniors 65 and up, $9 kids 2 to 12, $18 military, $17 Arizona/Sonora resident. Details here.


How Things Fly. This event at the Pima Air & Space Museum is supposed to be for kids 8 and older with an adult guardian, but the adult guardians might find themselves bringing their kids along just so they can learn about all the cool science discussed at this event: air pressure, aircraft stability, the four forces of flight (what are they?!) and a chance to build, test and take home a series of experiments. Everyone there is probably going to walk out of there knowing way more about how things fly than they did before, and if that’s not a successful night, what is? The event is free with admission to the museum, so even if it sells out, you still get a day at the museum! 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road. $10 to $16.50, or free for 

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kids 4 and under. Details here.

Saguaro Fruit Harvest. The O’odham calendar celebrates its new year during high summer, but hold the fireworks. Ring in the new year with a saguaro fruit harvest hosted by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Gather the fruit with a harvesting pole made from cactus ribs and then learn how to traditionally cook the fruit into a syrup in the O’odham style. Get a little more knowledgeable about the signature desert plant and how animals use it for food and shelter. The spotlight shines on other desert plants too: Learn about other desert food sources for native peoples. Cap off the day with a native foods lunch. $66 for members or $72 for non-members. 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, June 16. 2021 N. Kinney Road. Registration required. Register online. Details here.


Tyler and the Very Very Very Big Magic Book. At the end of a theater show, the actors take their bows, and sometimes they give flowers to the director, thank the stagehands and the live band, and even thank the audience. But you never seem to hear them thanking the janitor. Live Theatre Workshop has a new janitor named Tyler, who, in lieu of thanks, has just discovered a book full of magical stories that lets him be a character in classics like Jack & the Beanstalk, King Arthur and The Princess and the Frog. This show mixes physical comedy, mime, sound effects and projections for a show that will have you laughing out loud and remembering to thank your janitor. 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 17. Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. $7 to $10. Details here.

Free Magic Show for Kids. Local illusionist Michael Howell is putting on this free show at Mildred and Dildred, purely to bring little kids joy. If you aren’t already thinking, “This guy sounds so wholesome,” then note that he’s a teacher, an instructor at a Christian youth theater, and a private magic instructor. He also rescues animals and founded a nonprofit called Rose Ranch Animal Rescue to help them. Sometimes he uses animals in his performances, and the proceeds go to toward the cost of their care. Go for the magic, certainly. But also go for the small chance that maybe some of this guy’s pure goodness will rub off on you. 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16. Mildren & Dildred, 2905 E. Skyline Drive, suite 186. Details here.


Taco Bar Crawl. If you haven’t gotten your fill of Mexican food at the Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival, no worries—here’s more where that came from. Only this time, the party is spread out through different bars. Crawl4Tacos is hosting a Taco Bar Crawl, complete with exclusive drink specials on margaritas, tequila and beer. The night kicks off at O’Malley’s, and participating bars include Mr. Head’s and the Surly Wench. Along the way, there will be stops with DJs and music to keep the party going. $25. Tickets include three tacos and free entrance to all the bars. 21+. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Register online. Details here.


Keeping Backyard Chickens. OK, be honest, you’d like to think of yourself as the kind of person who would love the fresh eggs and the sense of fulfillment that come with raising chickens. And hey, maybe you actually are that kind of person, but you could never figure out how to keep chickens in an urban setting. Well, now’s your chance to learn the basics: Everything from how to take care of chickens to what type of chicken is the best for your family and your set up. Nervous to get started? C’mon. Don’t be a chicken. 11 a.m. to noon. Saturday, June 16. Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Free. Details here.


Classic Car Show at Little Anthony’s Diner. What’s the best thing about Little Anthony’s Diner That it’s a part of the Gaslight Family? That they have car shows twice a month through half the year? Maybe it’s just that you think of Little Anthony as being a really nice guy, nothing like that kid from the Twilight Zone who sent people he was upset with “to the cornfield.” Another specialty of the diner to note is that during the summer, when the temperature is 106 or above, you can walk in and get a free junior sundae. Even if it doesn’t hit 106 this week (which, even if it means no sundae, is probably a good thing), you can still enjoy the music, food and classic cars. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Little Anthony’s Diner, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. Free. Details here.


Kitten Shower! We had April showers, we had May flowers, and now we’re back to showers again. But a kitten shower! Which is the best kind. The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary is hosting this celebration of kitten season, complete with adoption specials on kittens ($40), adults ages 1 to 7 ($20), adults over 7 ($10) and a mommy & me special ($45). Please bring treats including paper towels, cat scratchers, litter boxes, cat food, baby wipes, actual kitten treats and Amazon gift cards for the kitties. There’ll be food, plenty of fun and more furry cuteness than your heart may be able to handle. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary, 5278 E. 21st St. Details here.


Free Admission for Men and Boys at Old Tucson.
In honor of Fathers’ Day, Old Tucson isn’t just letting all the dads in free all weekend—they’re letting all males in for free too. After all, what guy is going to want to miss a car show at Old Tucson on Fathers’ Day, or the chance to enter their vehicle into the car show for free? Plus, car show participants get free admission for themselves and one guest, so the guys can share some of the free entry love. Enjoy the live stunt and comedy shows, history presentations, antique cars and vintage carousel all weekend. Just prepare to hear a lot of dad jokes flying around, like “Better get that pony some water—he looks a little horse!” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. $19.95 GA, $10.95 kids 4 to 11, with discounts for seniors, military, Pima County residents and—of course—guys. Details here.


The UA Art Museum. The UA’s art museum has several exhibitions up right now, including one on the evolution of women printmakers, one filled with art created by local high schoolers, an exploration of light and photography by multidisciplinary artist Richard Slechta and The Altarpiece of Ciudad Rodrigo, one of the most important works to come out of 15th-century Spain. Check them all out, by do try to see the exhibit X, Y, Z: Art in Three Dimensions, which features art that’s been formed, molded, carved, cast or otherwise arranged. As you take in the art, you can reflect on what it means to take up space, cast a shadow and have texture. X, Y, Z is on display through Sunday, June 24. Museum is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. UA Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Road. $8 GA, $6.50 seniors and groups of 10 or more. Free for members, students with ID, faculty, staff, military personnel, AAM members, visitors with a SNAP card or tribal ID and children. Details here.


Sun June. Think of Sun June’s Laura Colwell as a kind of female Nick Drake, with her gentle descending half-steps and minor turns, her blend of self-conscious assurance and quiet charm. A classically trained pianist, Colwell’s songwriting betrays a complex understanding of the relationship between melody and rhythm. Well-versed in mid-period Paul Simon, she makes allusion to “Kodachrome” and evokes his winsome sense of loss. Hailing from Austin but well-versed in the film industry, Colwell writes of the 405 quietly, personally, never over-reaching or broadcasting. These are songs that reward slowed down, close listens, not just because of where they transport the listener, but how they steer us there every step of the way. “I tried to love you right/I was on your side.” The bass is warm and cradling, the cymbals heavy and shimmering. A jazzy, melancholic guitar fills out the sound, like Yo La Tengo at their most tender. This is lonesome summer nights, this is slow builds, gentle melodies and more than a little discomfort. Sunday, June 17, Owls Club, 236 S. Scott. 21+. Tickets at door. —B.S. Eliot Details here.


Father’s Day at Catalina Brewing. Catalina Brewing Company is celebrating Father’s Day with deals for dads. Dads get drinks for happy hour prices all day long, and get discounts like 10 percent off merchandise and 20 percent off crowlers and growlers. Los Bravos Hot Dogs and Tacos will also be there serving up $2 tacos, $4 Sonoran dogs and “Sonoran Wings.” Yum! 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 17. 6918 N. Camino Martin, #120. Details here.


Second Annual Father’s Day Domino Tournament. Celebrate Father’s Day with a good ol’ fashioned game of dominoes in 1912 Brewing Co.’s tournament. No experience is necessary, and there will be prizes. Dominoes not your thing? 1912 Brewing Co.’s got you covered with dinner options, Micheladas and Father’s Day drink specials. $1 off draft beer, $1 off 32-ounce growlers and $2 off 64-ounce growler fills. Games begin at 4 p.m. but the event is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 17. 2045 N. Forbes Blvd., suite 105. Details here.


Happy Father’s Day at Civano Park. Nothing can top the simple childhood joy of a game of catch with your dad in the park. Well, nothing except a game of catch in a park with food trucks. Tucson Food Truck Roundup is celebrating Father’s Day with an evening at Civano Park. Bring the family and make your Father’s Day dinner special with meals from Don Pedro’s Peruvian Bistro, Meatball Madness, Taco/Queta, Los Tacos Locos, Gig’s Peruvian Fusion, Dragon Sno, Pin Up Pastries and more. 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 17. 5241 Richard Ashley Way. Details here.

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The Godfather and Royal Tenenbaums Father’s Day Screenings.
Take your dad out for a movie screening of a classic Dad-core film. Or, if The Godfather isn’t quite his thing and your dad is a bit artsier than the average pops, you can see The Royal Tenenbaums. If you aren’t sure which to pick, ask yourself this: Does your dad enjoy Crime and Punishment, or Crimes and Misdemeanors more? Either way, The Loft has your back. 2 p.m. for Godfather, 7:30 p.m. for Tenenbaums, Sunday, June 17. 3233 E. Speedway Boulevard. Details here.

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