Mezcal Tastings at Exo Roast Co.
Mezcal Tastings at Exo Roast Co.
Feel like drinking and learning at the same time? How about learning about what you drink? Mezcal-tasting proprietor Doug Smith is at Exo Roast, and will give you a high-quality education about high-quality mezcal. Come on, you live in Tucson—you’re surrounded by agave! You might as well know a bit about the plant and the drinks made from it. 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. 403 N. Sixth Ave. $20. Details here.
The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence is hosting a screening of this documentary at the Northwest YMCA. The film examines how stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children. But it also showcases a movement that is determined to fight back, using therapies to “protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress.” A Q&A with local experts follows the screening. 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. 7770 N. Shannon Road. Details here.
National Park Star Party.
If you go to the right place in the Sonoran Desert, every night is a star party. One of the right places is Saguaro National Park—especially tonight, where park naturalists will share telescopes and binoculars and offer an introduction to astronomy. Celebrate the end of the shortest month of the year (which felt like it dragged on forever, no?) by looking upward at the stars and remembering that, to them, February was just the blink of an eye. Call ahead to make the required reservations! 733-5153 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Saguaro National Park. Details here.
The Secret in the Wings.
Courtesy of Rogue Theatre
Set in a basement play space, this play by Mary Zimmerman is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast and seven other fairy tales. So it’s got romance! It’s got danger! And it’s got intrigue and rich scenes full of fantasy. When young Audrey’s parents leave her with a terrifying babysitter, he starts reading her a book of fairy tales, and then the characters all come to life. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Thursday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 17. The Rogue Theatre at the Historic Y, 300 E. University Blvd. $38, or $28 for preview performances the first two days. $15 student rush tickets sold starting 15 minutes before curtain, pending availability. Details here.
A Conversation With Edith Head.
Hollywood’s most famous costume designer worked on more than 1,100 movies over the course of more than five decades, picking up 35 Academy Award nominations and eight Oscars along the way. This play is based on Edith Head’s Hollywood, a biography of the designer which was written with the help of more than 13 hours of recollections recorded by the legend herself, and chock-full of what she herself liked to call “Edithisms.” Susan Claassen is the show’s actor, director, producer and designer, and was there to help the book’s author sort through the hours’ worth of recordings and talk to people who knew Head best, like her sketch artist and her friends. 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 1. 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave. $35, with discounts available for groups, seniors, active military and students. Details here.
Did you know the Oro Valley Public Library has monthly poetry discussions led by docents from the UA Poetry Center? It’s truly a pleasant opportunity to share knowledge about your favorite poets and to learn about new ones. Docents provide reading material from the center’s world-renowned collection as well. This month’s topic: “Donald Justice: One of 20th Century America’s most quietly influential poets.” Here’s a bit from his poem, A Dancer’s Life. “On the train window trembles the blurred / Reflection of her own transparent beauty, /and through this, beautiful ruined cities passing, dark forests, and people everywhere.” 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Free. Details here.
BANFF Mountain Film Festival.
Summit Hut and the Fox Theatre are coming together to screen three nights of films on “remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers.” From snowy peaks to green forests, these films document the most exciting hikes and climbs around the world. Maybe you can’t scale the front face of Half Dome, but watching someone do it on the big screen is almost as good. Proceeds from the festival will support local outdoor-oriented non-profits. Doors open at 6 p.m., films start at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, to Saturday, March 2. $15 or $60 VIP. 17 W. Congress St. Details here.
Events compiled by Briannon Wilfong, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.