Five things to do this weekend

May 15, 2014 12:00 am

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  • What: Willcox Wine Country Festival.

    When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    Where: Willcox's Historic Railroad Park in downtown Willcox and wine tasting rooms throughout downtown.

    Cost: $15, which includes six wine tastings, a commemorative festival wine glass and live entertainment.

    Live music:

    Saturday — Buzz and The Soul Senders, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Noctrane 2 to 5 p.m.

    Sunday — Chris Jamison, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Duo Vibrato 2 to 5 p.m.

    Vineyards: See the list of vineyards participating in the festival at

  • The University of Arizona commencement exercises are a sight to see. In addition to speakers and mortar boards flying through the air, there is a light show and fireworks.

    Exercises begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arizona Stadium.

  • Tucson native Brenda Rentfro, this month’s artist in residence at Agua Caliente Park’s Ranch House Gallery, is pulled in by the eyes of the wildlife she paints. They are also the first piece that goes on the canvas.

    See her paintings at the gallery this weekend and you may even meet the artist.

    What: “Windows to the Soul,” artwork by Brenda Rentfro.

    When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through May 28.

    Where: The Ranch House Gallery at Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road.

    Cost: Free.

  • Six months ago, A Great Big World made its great big Tucson debut as the opening act for The Fray during a My 92.9 promotional concert at Hotel Congress.

    On Saturday, the New York pop duo, made up of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, will return, this time as headliners at the Rialto Theatre.

    The upgrade in venue can be attributed in part to their song “Say Something” which was featured on their 2013 album, “Is There Anybody Out There.” 

    If you plan to go, call the box office first. The concert could be quite popular.

    What: A Great Big World in concert.

    When: 8 p.m. Saturday.

    Where: Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.

    Cost: $18 in advance and $20 the day of the show through the Rialto box office, 740-1000.

  • Join our twist-party contest and you could twist your way into prime seats for the opening night of Broadway in Tucson’s upcoming “Jersey Boys” and be pictured in the June 12 Caliente.

    Here’s what to do: Email a video of you twisting the night away to

    Include your name, phone number, email address and the name of who shot the video. (Your phone number and email address are for us to contact you, if needed. We won’t post your contact info.)

    We’ll compile the videos, and you’ll get the chance to vote at

    The top vote-getter will receive two tickets for “Jersey Boys” on opening night, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Centennial Hall, compliments of Broadway in Tucson. These will be Gold Circle seats valued at $95 each.

    The winner and his or her twist moves will be photographed by Star photographers and included in our June 12 preview article on “Jersey Boys.”

    Runners-up, don’t despair. Broadway in Tucson will be giving some “Jersey Boys” swag for close-to-the-top vote-getters.

    Start twisting — voting ends June 2. Questions: email

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