Thursday, October 12 — Watch Baez, Earle and Griffin perform for a good cause
Joan Baez will join a star-studded cast of fellow folk-rockers on Thursday, Oct. 12, for a concert to benefit refugees.
It’s one of five that Baez will do for Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees, which raise awareness and money to support expanded educational opportunities for displaced people.
Baez said there are 10 concerts in all and the artists signed on to perform include Lila Downs, Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile and Lucinda Williams.
In addition to Baez, Tucson’s concert features Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, The Mastersons and James McMurtry.
“It’s very cool for me,” the 76-year-old singer-songwriter-activist said. “They are fun to be with and it’s a very musically adept group.”
Lampedusa is produced by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, in partnership with UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency. Baez, reached at her home last week, said she had worked with the organizers in the past and was excited to do the shows closest to her California home, including in Los Angeles, Tucson, New Mexico and two in Texas.
When we spoke with Baez, the musicians had yet to hold their one and only rehearsal, so she was not sure how the concert would shake out. But she guessed that each artist would do their own short set and possibly sing together at some point.
Baez said one of her big joys of doing the concerts is meeting new artists, especially young artists who are barely aware of her history and the impact she has had on music and social activism. At a recent benefit gig, a female duo tiptoed around her backstage and observed from afar. After a while, the pair determined Baez was “a badass,” the singer said, which made her chuckle.
Well, you are the original badass, you tell her, and the singer, whose career stretches back to 1960 and the birth of the counterculture, is all too happy to accept that.
Baez also is happy to announce that her collection of portraits of social activists dubbed “Mischief Makers” just went on display at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, California. It’s a collection of portraits of risk-taking visionaries and people who have brought about social change including Martin Luther King Jr.; folk legend Harry Belafonte; Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi; Vaclav Havel, who led the Czech “Velvet Revolution” that toppled communism in that country; Bob Dylan and other world activists who effected change in the world.
She said she’s been painting seriously for six years and “Mischief Makers” is her first solo exhibit.
Baez has been a regular on Tucson stages since the early 1990s and has developed friendships and a fondness for the area, she said. “I love Tucson. I have friends there and it’s always been beautiful,” she said.
- Cathalena E. Burch
What: Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees.
Featuring: Joan Baez, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, The Mastersons and James McMurtry.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.
Where: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.
Tickets: $48 to $90 through foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com
Saturday, October 14-15 — Meet yourself downtown
Tucson, it’s time to meet yourself. Again.
The annual Tucson Meet Yourself festival, where folks submerge themselves in food, performances and art, runs from Friday through Sunday. The festival helps tell the stories of over 50 different cultures thriving throughout Tucson.
“Of course it’s entertaining, of course there’s amazing food,” says Maribel Alvarez, director of the Southwest Folklife Alliance, which mounts the event. “But it’s very educational — not in the sense that you have to sit through lectures, but you get to meet so many people.”
Food from all over the world will be served (BBQ, pad thai, gyro sandwiches) and entertainment options will be plentiful. We recommend checking out Piedmont blues musician and harmonica player Phil Wiggins, who will be appearing on the City Hall Stage both Friday and Saturday.
Get all the information you need about the festival here.
Friday, October 13 — Celebrate Tom Petty's life, career
Tom Petty was an iconic rock musician and a master of his craft, worthy of the praise Hotel Congress plans on giving him at its planned memorial concert this Friday night on its patio.
Details are vague, but you can probably expect some of Tucson's brightest musicians playing some of Petty's best works.
Petty died on October 2.
The free show starts at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
Saturday, October 14 — Learn about Hi-Fi living in midcentury America
Tucson Modernism Week hits its stride this weekend with a series of lectures, tours, a cocktail party and furniture expo.
One of our favorites is a lecture dubbed, "Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America," slated to take place at Faith Lutheran Church, 3925 E. Fifth St., this Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
The lecture will revolve around the use of modernist art, furniture and graphics on LP covers in the 1950s and 1960s.
Jonathan Schroeder, the William A. Kern Professor in the School of Communication, Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and Janet Borgerson, a Visiting Fellow at City, University of London, will be on hand to share their knowledge on the topic.
More information can be found here.
Saturday, October 14 — Drink and be merry at one last Tucson Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest gets one more weekend in Tucson, this time at Arizona Beer House, which is holding "A Very Arizona Oktoberfest" from noon to midnight this Saturday.
Here is what they have to offer per the Beer House Facebook page:
- Arizona-brewed, German-style craft beer
- Delicious German-inspired cuisine by American Flying Buffalo
- Huge jumping castle with obstacle course
- Stein raise contests & prizes
Arizona Beer House is at 150 S. Kolb Road.
Saturday, October 14 — Have a 'Maleficent' evening at Casa Film Bar
Casa Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway, gets all "Sleeping Beauty" on its customers this Saturday with screenings of "Maleficent" and "Sleeping Beauty" in its taproom from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The screenings are free. The beer is not.
Sunday, October 15 — Enjoy trumpets and tequila at a downtown brunch
Mariachi Luz de Luna, Calexico's go-to mariachi group, will entertain the masses at Martin Drug Co. this Sunday as part of the pop-up restaurant's Trumpets & Tequila brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In addition to the daily menu, the brunch will include the following options (according to the Facebook event page):
— Chicken & French Toast – chicken strips deep fried in southern-style batter with ranch dressing, cinnamon french toast sticks with fresh berry compote $12
— Open-Faced Sammy – butter bread toast, two eggs any style, sliced avocado, Welsh cheddar and whole-grain mustard sauce, with mixed green salad $10
— Brunch Flatbread – Spanish chorizo, two eggs over medium, creamy cheese, red potato, arugula and sliced red onion $11
à La Carte items and specialty drinks also will be offered.
Sunday, October 15 — Learn to make bagels at the JCC
If you have $60 handy and a penchant for bagels, this Sunday's "Learn to Bake Bagels" workshop at the Tucson Jewish Community Center is the class for you.
Jaime Lawhorn, the executive pastry chef at AKA Deli & Bakeshop downtown, will lead the workshop from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Jennifer Selco, director of Jewish Life and Learning at the JCC, will explore the history and importance of bagels in Jewish culture.
The class will be held in the JCC's second-floor demonstration kitchen. More information here.
Sunday, October 15 — Spend the day enjoying the blues
Tucson's Blues Heritage Festival returns this Sunday to Rillito Downs, promising a full roster of high-energy, local and national acts.
Among the performers: Amphi HS Funky Panthers, Black Cat Bones, Zo and the Soul Breakers, JW-Jones and Big Llou and the Bluesville Revue with Zac Harmon, Johnny Rawls, Bob Corritore and Steve Grams, among others.
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. More information can be found here.
Sunday, October 15 — Shop vintage at Brandi Fenton
Fill your vintage goodie bags full of antique treasures this Sunday as the Brandi Fenton Antique Fair makes its big fall debut at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road.
Dealers from across Southern Arizona will be selling everything from tin toys to tintype photographs.
The October fair will also include a Country Fair section, where local artisans can sell their arts, crafts, pottery, glass, jewelry and artwork.
The antique fair runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the Pima County website for more information.