Friday, November 17-Sunday, November 19 — Seek out some artsy holiday gifts at TMA
Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block’s 32nd Annual Holiday Artisans Market this weekend, Nov. 17-19. More than 100 artisans will offer paintings, jewelry, ceramics, fabric art and plenty of other handmade arts.
It’s designed to make your holiday shopping easier and to support local artists.The market will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Nov. 17-18,; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19 on the museum’s campus at 140 N. Main Ave. in historic downtown.
The event is free and open to the public.
Friday, November 17 — Party with the stars at free meteor shower party
If you missed the giant meteor that lit up the Arizona skies Tuesday night, head to Sabino Canyon this Friday to watch a parade of meteors pass overhead during the Leonid meteor shower.
Mount Lemmon SkyCenter will be hosting a free star party at the canyon's visitor center to honor the natural event.
The evening runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. More information can be found on the Facebook event page.
Friday, November 17 — Catch the quirky, culty 'Scott Pilgrim' at The Loft
We don't normally promote feature film screenings 7 years after their initial release, but we felt "Scott Pilgrim vs the World" deserved another go (or a first look if you haven't seen it before.)
The 2010 movie, directed by "Shaun of the Dead" filmmaker Edgar Wright, follows slacker Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) as he fights (video-game style) for the love and honor of his new Toronto crush, Ramona Flowers.
The Loft is screening the movie (which they believe is a cult classic) at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
More information on the Loft website.
Friday, November 17 — Express yourself at the inaugural PCC Poetry Slam
Have a way with words and absolutely no fear of performing in public?
Show off your talents at the inaugural PCC Poetry Slam, happening this Friday at the PCC downtown campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave.
Pima students, faculty and community members are all invited to come down and express themselves through their art.
The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone interested in reading should contact Ashley Zambos at email@example.com
Find out more information on the Facebook event page.
Saturday, November 18 — Celebrate Bear Canyon Pizza's 1-year anniversary
For craft beer enthusiasts living off of East Tanque Verde Road, Bear Canyon Pizza has served as a welcome addition to the northeast side of town, due to its tasty selection of rotating beers and equally delicious food items.
Bear Canyon will celebrate its 1-year anniversary this Saturday in true style, with live music, games, a petting zoo, pony rides and specials running all day long.
The fun will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Bear Canyon Pizza is at 8987 E Tanque Verde Road.
Saturday, November 18 — Welcome Paula Poundstone back to town
Paula Poundstone has a message for all those folks who think she had something to do with the New Year’s Day 2013 fire at Wig-O-Rama.
OK, so she passed by the iconic Tucson wig shop just hours before fire engulfed the long closed Grill dive diner next door. But that was hours earlier, just before she did a New Year’s Eve show at Fox Tucson Theatre.
And, yes, she mocked the shop, which suffered water and smoke damage from the diner blaze. “What year did we use that O Rama phrase?” was among her barbs.
“It was this kind of old, rundown business that was just like what it is,” she recalled. “So I kept making Wig-O-Rama jokes in my show.”
And then, lo and behold, the very next day her Twitter feed blew up with people pointing the finger at Poundstone for the fire.
“All these people were tweeting that I had something to do with it. For heaven sakes, I had nothing to do with the demise of the Wig-O-Rama!” she was quick to proclaim in a phone call last week as she prepared to return to the Fox on Saturday, Nov. 18. “What on earth would make me do that? What was my connection? I walked by it, there was nothing else to it! I’ve been blamed for the Wig-O-Rama debacle.”
You can be sure “Wig-O-Rama-gate” will be among the random thoughts and reflections the standup brings up Saturday night.
She also might talk about the recent rash of powerful Hollywood and political figures caught up in sexual abuse/harassment/assault allegations. She has a theory why it’s happening, and a prediction: “It’s going to be a really long several years,” she said.
“When you look at Twitter, it used to be that you feared that when you saw someone’s name, ‘Ah, s****, they’re dead.’ Or they said something stupid. But now,” the 57-year-old comedian said. “Here’s what I think; it’s not a new concept the whole casting couch thing. ... The truth is it is really very widespread and not just in politics and not just in Hollywood. Part of the problem is that as a society, we send lots and lots of mixed messages. We are not in lockstep about what we want behaviorally from one another.”
Examples are rampant, from the antics played out in the 1978 frat-boy comedy “Animal House” to one of her favorite pop songs, Ben Harper’s 2001 single “Steal My Kisses.”
“It’s playful and wonderful. Technically, what he’s describing, right, would be sexual harassment,” she said, then delivered her punchline: “It’s really going to bring down rock ‘n’ roll, I’ll tell you that.”
What: Paula Poundstone in concert.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18.
Where: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.
Tickets: $29 to $61 through foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com
- Cathalena E. Burch
Saturday, November 18 — Play the Mismatch Game with Tempest DuJour
Tempest DuJour, Tucson's favorite drag queen and "Delicate Flower of the Desert," is at it again this weekend as host of Retro Game Show Night at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St, this Saturday.
DuJour has a habit of keeping the audience on its toes as she enlists potential contestants from the crowd. This month she'll be playing The Mismatch Game.
The show starts at 7 p.m. More information here.
Saturday, November 18 — Dress like a zombie, go on a bar crawl
Halloween is well over, but zombies never go out of style!
Just ask the creators of "The Walking Dead."
Perhaps that's why Slaughterhouse Tucson and Specto Entertainment are running a Tucson Zombie Bar Crawl, hitting points up and down North Fourth Avenue this Saturday.
Registration for the crawl starts at the Hut, 305 N. Fourth Ave., at 6 p.m. The horde will then make its way to Sky Bar, Bar Passe, Surly Wench, Mr Head's, IBT's and then back to The Hut.
Participants are encouraged to dress like zombies. Drink specials will be available at participating bars for those with the appropriate wristbands. Professional make-up artists will be on-hand to spruce up any bad zombie make-up jobs.
Sunday, November 19 — Bacon, Bacon, B A C O N
The Arizona Bacon Festival returns to Tucson this Sunday, this time at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave., downtown.
A long list of local restaurants will be creating bacon-friendly breakfast, lunch and dinner bites.
The event, which runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., will be screening NFL games on the big screen and will, of course, be serving craft beer. Lots and lots of craft beer.
General admission tickets are $38 through Ticketmaster online.
Sunday, November 19 — See what makes Tucson a UNESCO City of Gastronomy
In honor of Tucson's recent designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, some of the city's most noted chefs were recruited in 2017 to travel to other UNESCO cities and conferences to show what Tucson cuisine is made of.
This Sunday, four of those chefs will be dishing out samples of what they served on their travels. The list includes (according to the Facebook event page):
— Janos Wilder from DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails traveled to Paris, France where he served Roast Pork Shoulder Adobado, with Chipoltle Anasazi Beans, Achiote Vinaigrette and Guacamole
— Travis Peters from The Parish traveled to Denia, Spain where he served Shrimp Tacos, Sonoran White Wheat Tortillas, Tepary Beans, with Fermented Chiltepin Salsa
— Brian Smith, Maynard’s Kitchen & Market traveled to Parma, Italy and Belem, Brazil where he served Pirarucu and Mussel Seafood Stew, with Tomato Chiltepin Broth, Ga’ivsa Farro and Pirarucu Arnacini, Cholla Bud Relish and Cilantro
— Michael Montesano from Tohono Chul traveled to Parma, Italy where he served Sea Bass with Calamari, Tepary Beans, Squash Broth, Cholla Buds and Dried Corn Vinaigrette
The evening runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Carriage House, 125 S. Arizona Ave., downtown. Tickets for the event are $40. The money raised will go to help underwrite travel expenses for chefs from other Cities of Gastronomy to come to Tucson.
More information can be found here.