Eight Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, Feb. 21

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Lagunitas Beer Dinner. For their specialty February Beer Dinner, Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ is serving up a specialty four-course dinner. They will be pairing brand new dishes from their kitchen with beers from Lagunitas Brewing Company. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. 1801 N. Stone Ave. Call (520) 867-6787 to reserve a spot. Details here.
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Founders Beer Dinner at Craft Republic. Founders Brewery is pairing their beer with food from Craft Republic. In this three-course beer dinner extravaganza, you’ll have courses accompanied by Founders Solid Gold beer, their All Day IPA and their Rubaeus. And on top of all this at the evening’s reception, you get to try out their porter. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. 7625 N. La Cholla Blvd. $30 individual or $55 for a couple. Details here.

Portals–Tim Fain Violin. Tim Fain plays violin, yes. But he also put together this multimedia concert that explores the way humans long for connection in the digital age. With music by leading living composers like Philip Glass and Nico Muhly, film choreographed and directed by Black Swan’s Benjamin Millepied, more films by Kate Hackett and spoken-word poetry by Leonard Cohen, this night really is going to be a portal, straight up to the next level of existence. 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. $30. Details here.

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Time Stands Still. Live Theatre Workshop’s latest show is a piece by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies. When Sarah, a photojournalist returning from a tour in a war-torn country, and her boyfriend James, a foreign correspondent who returned home earlier than Sarah because he needed a change of pace, are reunited, settling in isn’t simple. How do you find happiness, peace and purpose in a world that seems like it’s going totally crazy? The characters in this play explore a question we’ve all faced at one time or another. Preview shows at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, and Friday, Feb. 22. Show run is 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., plus a special 3 p.m. Saturday show on March 30, the last day of the run. Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. $20 GA, $18 military/senior/student, $15 Thursdays and previews. Details here.

Mamma Mia! At Pima Theatre. Pima Community College is stepping it up for their next production of the iconic musical based on the songs of ABBA and guaranteed to get “Dancing Queen” stuck in your head for at least 24 hours. Especially because this run is going to feature Friday night sing-along performances for those of you who just can’t resist singing along to that title track. The PCC Pit Orchestra provides live music, a newly designed set transports the audience to a small Greek island and PCC students sing their faces off. Don’t miss it! Thursday, Feb. 21, through Sunday, March 3. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. ASL interpreters Thursday, Feb. 28. PCC Center for the Arts West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. $24/$21/$18, or $12 for Pima students. Details here.

Black Box Theatre Festival. Black box theater is all about taking things back to basics, with a simple, unadorned stage space, usually with black walls and a black floor… kind of like you’re inside a big, black box. Anyway. The minimalist aesthetic of black box is a great way for theater artists to display their raw talent without the distractions of big set pieces and elaborate props. Come support your local theater students and faculty members with a whole weekend of experimental black box theater—and treat yourself to a heaping helping of local art and talent. Thursday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 24. Harold Dixon Directing Studio, Drama Building Room 116, 1025 N. Olive Road. $7. Details here.



Camille A. Brown & Dancers. In 1903, W.E.B. Du Bois coined a term called “double consciousness” in his work The Souls of Black Folk, to describe the duality of African-American existence. “One ever feels his twoness, an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” In 2000, Spike Lee directed Bamboozled, a movie about race and network television. Mr. TOL E. RAncE, a dance performance by Camille A. Brown and Dancers, with live music by Scott Patterson, takes its inspiration from these sources, as well as from Mel Watkins’ book, “On The Real Side: From Slavery to Chris Rock.” The performers use dance as a dialogue to engage, provoke and move a conversation forward about where we go next. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. $19 to $65+. Details here.
Free Third Thursdays at MOCA: Yappy Hour. You know the drill with the local museum of contemporary art third Thursdays: performances, live music, art making activities, a cash bar and plenty of food trucks are the icing on top of a chance to explore the museum. At their quarterly “Yappy Hour,” you can bring your pup down to the museum to play! Or, you can adopt a dog at the event from Saving Animals From Euthanasia. Humans can enjoy the signature drink, the classic Greyhound, and pups can enjoy a special dog cocktail and a peanut butter-eating contest. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Tucson MOCA, 265 S. Church Ave. Free. Details here.
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