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Heritage and Harvest Festival
Nov. 29-Dec. 1
Old Tucson will offer a chance to go back in time during its Heritage and Harvest Festival Nov. 29-Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.
The festival will showcase living history, traditional music and dancing, farming demonstrations and authentic food. Santa will make a special appearance, arriving by stagecoach to kick off a Christmas show.
Old Tucson Studios is located at 201 S. Kinney Road. Admission costs $16. 95 for adults and $10.95 for children ages 4-11, with discounts for Arizona residents.
Tucson Botanical Gardens will light the desert sky with luminaries and twinkling lights during its 27th annual Luminaria Nights Dec. 6-8 from 5:30-8 p.m. each day.
Thousands of visitors turn out to enjoy live performances, holiday decor and a visit with Santa. Complimentary cookies and cider is available, and popular Tucson food trucks will be on hand for purchases.
The Botanical Gardens are located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way.
Admission to Luminaria Nights costs $11 for adults and $5 for children. Parking is available at Emmanuel Baptist Church, with a free shuttle to the Gardens.
Reid Park Zoo will sparkle with holiday displays and falling snow during its annual Zoo Lights Dec. 6-23 from 6-8 p.m. each day.
Zoo animals won’t be on display, but school and community groups will perform. Visitors can enjoy free cookies and buy hot chocolate for $1.
Reid Park Zoo is located inside the park, off South Randolph Way just south of East Broadway Boulevard. Zoo Lights admission costs $6 for adults and $4 for children.
Pima Community College students and employees can attend a private Zoo Lights preview on Monday, Dec. 9, from 6-8 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, with children 5 and younger admitted free.
Admission includes free holiday entertainment, hot cocoa, coffee and homemade treats. Participants may have their photo taken with Santa Claus.
People planning to attend are asked to RSVP before Nov. 29 by emailing email@example.com or calling 206-4888.
Tamal & Heritage Festival
Casino Del Sol will host the 9th annual Tamal and Heritage Festival on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The free festival offers activities for children and adults, including cultural dances, live music, food demonstrations and more than 50 food vendors.
Events will take place in the casino’s AVA Amphitheater, 7406 S. Camino De Oeste.
Celebration of Basketry and Native Foods Festival
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will commemorate native traditions of basket weaving and food preparation during a two-day festival Dec. 7-8 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.
Hundreds of native weavers and food producers will demonstrate their crafts. The festival will also feature traditional singing and dancing, and a film showcase.
The Desert Museum, located at 2021 N. Kinney Road, charges $19.50 for general adult admission. The festival is free with museum admission.
By KATIE STEWART
The best time to watch movies is during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. My family and I stuff our faces full of goodies and sit together watching hours of movies. You have to know my family to understand some of our choices, but here are my favorites:
10. The Godfather trilogy (especially movies 1 and 2)
The movies tell the story of a fictional crime family from the early 1920s to the 1970s. They feature drugs, murder, prostitution, cannoli and one ultimate rule: “Never take sides with anyone against the family.” It’s quite the odd choice but my family enjoys the films every year.
9. “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1974)
From King Arthur battling the Black Knight who won’t give up despite his missing limbs to the knights merely making sounds as they pretend to ride horses, this is British humor at its best. For some reason, it’s a classic holiday movie at my house.
8. Star Wars series (specifically, the last three films)
Long ago in a galaxy far, far away, my family started viewing the last Star Wars trilogy. Light sabers, Darth Vader and “Luke, I am your Father” provide a philosophy for life. We try to watch the movies on Thanksgiving before the turkey coma kicks in.
7. “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
Dorothy Gale tries to find her way home, only to realize that she’s been home all along because home is where the heart is. As corny as it sounds, it’s a wonderful message for the holidays.
6. “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944)
The legendary Judy Garland introduced the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in this movie. “Meet Me in St. Louis” changed my whole outlook on movie making and song writing. We watch it every year.
5. “Christmas Vacation” (1989)
Everything goes wrong for the Griswold family patriarch. In the end, he realizes that Christmas is not about possessions and gifts but about family and sharing the holidays with the people you love most. This should be a holiday favorite for any family.
4. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
In one of Natalie Wood’s first movies, a little girl starts to believe in Santa Claus with help from Kris Kringle himself. Its message: Believe in something bigger than yourself. This film is close to my heart, so I make sure to watch it during the holiday season.
3. “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)
This classic movie from a celebrated writer tells the story of a Grinch with a heart that is two sizes too small. He meets young Cindy Lou, who teaches him the spirit of Christmas. My sister and I like to watch it on Christmas Eve.
2. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)
“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.” George Bailey, who always puts other people first, gets an opportunity to see how life would unfold without him. It’s a great movie to watch with your family over the holiday season.
1. “A Christmas Story” (1983)
A Red Ryder BB gun “with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time” is the only gift that 9-year-old Ralph requests. He gets his ultimate Christmas wish, along with a pink bunny costume. Watching this film provides the ultimate way to spend your holiday season.
By BETO HOYOS
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You take life too seriously. Sure, bad things happen but find ways to cope. Some unexpected leisure time will bring you happiness and joy.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Behind every great woman there’s a great man, and behind every great man there’s a woman rolling her eyes. People aren’t meant to be understood, they are meant to be loved.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Hard work prevails for those who are patient enough to wait for the rewards. Don’t become overwhelmed. Remember: When you’re not working on becoming better, someone else out there is.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Your phases come and go more frequently than cycles of the moon. Stop and think about where you want your life to ultimately be. It’s not about being different, it’s about being you.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
We should never do anything solely for money, but let’s be honest — money helps. If you’ve ever had an urge to go into uncharted territory, otherwise known as the casino, now is the time to do so. After all, money trees are the best place to find shade.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You have a lot more to offer than you think. Know your worth and don’t lower the high expectations you’ve set in the past. Even blind dogs don’t bark up the wrong trees. Neither should you.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Surround yourself with positivity. Do not fear the unknown, for the unknown can bring forth the most memorable moments. The phoenix that is unafraid of fire will never burn.
Cancer (June 22-July 22)
You take for granted the small details that make life so worth living. Plant some seeds that you know will blossom into something beautiful. Life’s a garden, dig it.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You’ve become a little upset with the direction your life is going. Remember, you’re the captain of your own boat. Your faith will return just as surely as the sun will rise.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept.22)
OK, you’ve indulged yourself enough. You have got two helping hands at the end of your arms. Use one hand to help yourself and use the other to help people in need. Once that is done, give yourself a round of applause.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Time will keep passing us by and life will show no mercy. Stop dwelling on what you once had and focus on getting what you want now. We all change and life takes us through different obstacles.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You’ve recently discovered that you have a culinary talent. Use this to ability to create new relationships. Your food nourishes the mind as well as the heart. Don’t waste your gifts.
By KATIE STEWART
The Tucson-based band Sun Bones calls their upcoming performance at the Rialto Theatre their biggest performance to date.
The group, which plays a variety of genres from folk and hip-hop to rock and classical, continues to evolve from humble beginnings as high school musicians.
Sun Bones consists of:
- Evan Casler – guitar, vocals, percussion, bass
- Sam Golden – vocals, guitar
- Bob Hanshaw – bass, vocals, guitar
- Seth Vietti – drums, vocals
Golden and Vietti started in a folk band called Grandpa Moses, and invited Hanshaw to join them in 2007 for a high school battle of the bands. They later formed a rock band called Boreas. Casler joined as a University of Arizona student.
“We all met in high school and college,” Hanshaw said. “I met Evan Casler in the UA choir and he eventually joined the band.”
The close-knit musicians say they work together to form a whole.
“If we were a skeleton, Sam would be the head, Bob would be the spine, I would be the hips and Seth would be the flailing arms and legs,” Casler said.
Casler also described Hanshaw as a kind of a father figure and mad scientist, while Golden is the technician and Vietti is the gleeful heart-throb. Casler sees himself as the hype-man and boogie machine.
Each musician has had classical training, including vocal and music composition.
“I think it’s fair to say that we retain a part of the rigor and language of all classical music instruction,” Vietti said.
It helps them as a group to listen closely and think critically when they’re making new material or adding to old compositions.
The group is hard pressed to explain why they started to perform together.
Hanshaw said any bunch of teenagers that knows how to play music will think it is exciting and cool to be in a band.
Like most teen bands, they began by playing cover songs for friends. By the time they formed Sun Bones, music had become a life-affirming pastime.
“I don’t think any of us would feel whole at this point if we weren’t playing music in some kind of group,” Hanshaw said.
“The kind of music we play always comes back to one thing ‘accessible, but not ordinary,’” he added. “Leonard Bernstein said that about Beethoven’s music, and we try to make it true of ours.”
They love pop, punk, beautiful melodies and aggressive in-your-face energy, but also like to challenge themselves with twists. The goal is to create something unexpected but tasteful.
Their first song, “Kamikaze Dream” from their album “Sentinel Peak,” posed a challenge.
“It was really hard and kind of demoralizing,” Hanshaw said. “But we eventually did get it down how we liked it. Once it was there, it was kind of a relief.”
The “Sentinel Peak” album was transformative because it gave the group direction for genre and type of band. Their producer, Charles Dorman, helped them focus and narrow their range of sound.
“Sentinel Peak was very diverse, but also was clearly unified,” Hanshaw said.
When they gradually worked toward a second album, they had a better sense of where to go.
Their goal for the future is to make as much music as possible to its truest possible sound to make people happy.
Each performance provides a different experience, but band members say that they practice a set of songs so much that it eventually becomes a routine.
Vietti described performing as a strange and addicting confrontation between perfection and chaos.
Reactions from fans have touched them, almost in a spiritual sense, and they’re very honored by the impact they’ve had.
“If that’s something we can do for people, then we want to do that as much as possible,” Hanshaw said.
It amazes them that they’re making even a bit of difference in people’s lives through their music.
“We’re always so focused on making music better and better that we don’t really know how to react when people respond to it,” Casler said.
For more information about Sun Bones, visit http://sunbones.com/epk.
Sun Bones, with other alt indie bands including Best Dog Award and The Electric Blankets
When: Dec. 7 at 9 p.m.
Where: Rialto Theatre, 318 E Congress St.
BY RACHEL WHITE
Each spring, students of Pima Community College’s WRT162 course take on responsibility for producing PCC’s literary magazine, SandScript.
The class offers three academic credits along with hands-on production experience.
“Throughout the process, we become a tight-knit family,” said Sarah Nadolny, who served as SandScript’s Spring 2013 editor.
Adviser Joshua Cochran said student editors determine what gets published.
“The student production team makes all executive decisions,” he said.
Submission reviews are a primary focus of the class. Submitted works are accepted until midnight on two deadline dates: Dec. 1 for those enrolled in fall classes and March 1 for spring students.
“We review a majority of submissions within the last weeks, and even days, before deadlines,” Nadolny said.
The class reviews submissions anonymously to eliminate bias.
“The only thing we ever see is a student number, and we recuse ourselves from the process if we recognize a submission,” Nadolny said.
Cochran hopes that knowledge of the magazine’s confidential selection process will give more PCC students and employees “the courage to submit.”
After selection decisions and editorial revisions, the class dedicates an entire weekend to preparing the magazine for publication.
For the Spring 2014 semester, the staff will debut an e-book, downloadable via Kindle or iPad, in addition to the traditional print edition.
The semester ends with an unveiling ceremony in May. In addition to celebrating SandScript’s publication, staffers announce cash-award winners in prose, poetry and visual arts.
However, Nadolny said the greatest gift SandScript offers is a chance to “have something published, to hold in your hands, that you made.”
WRT 162 meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:40 to 2:55 pm. in the West Campus J-Building, Room 302. Enrollment is currently open.
College launches holiday season with four concerts
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Pima Community College will host four concerts in five days at the West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theater. Admission to each performance is $6, with discounts available. For more information, call 206-6986 or visit pima.edu/cfa.
Jazz Ensemble – Dec. 3
The PCC Jazz Ensemble and Tucson’s Big Band Express will perform on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
The Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mike Kuhn, will play big-band style jazz. Highlights include “Agua De Beber” by Antonio Carlos Jobim, arranged by lead trombonist Roger Wallace and sung by vocalist Rachel Ezonnaebi.
Lead trumpet player Kurt Thompson will perform a Maynard Ferguson tribute on two pieces, “Danny Boy” and “The Spirit of St. Frederick.” The Ensemble will also spotlight Count Basie with “The Heat’s On” and “Splanky.”
Tucson’s Big Band Express, led by Pete Swan, will close the concert with a five-song set.
Wind Ensemble – Dec.5
The PCC Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mark Nelson, will perform Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.
The woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles will perform chamber music selections. Highlights include “A Festival Prelude,” “Chorale and Fugue in G minor,” “A Sussex Mummers Carol” and a medley of big-band tunes.
The concert will close with the holiday classic, “Sleigh Ride.”
Chorale & College Singers – Dec. 6
The Chorale & College Singers, under the direction of Jonathan Ng, will perform Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
The Chorale, a large mixed-voiced choir, will sing “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind” and “Autumn Leaves.” It will also sing arrangements of two Christmas carols, “Fum, Fum, Fum” and “The Holly and The Ivy,” along with “African Noel” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”
The College Singers, a select mixed-voice a cappella choir, will sing the Baroque choral masterpiece “Gloria” by Vivaldi.
Both choruses will join to close the concert with “Psalm 100 (Sing and Be Joyful)” by Heinrich Schütz.
Orchestra – Dec.7
The PCC Orchestra will perform a holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m.
The program will include “Fascinating Rhythm” by Gershwin and “Fingal’s Cave Overture” by Mendelssohn, along with music by Mozart, Bach, Brahms and Faure.
PCC students Stacy Scheckel, Richelle Tewes and Brandon Sutter will perform solos.
Alexander Tentser directs the PCC Orchestra, which includes student and community musicians.
Artists and performers of all types gather for this unique Tucson event that honors departed loved ones. Festivities culminate with one of the nation’s largest non-motorized parades and a ceremonial lighting of an urn filled with offerings and prayers.
Aztec Press photos by Larry Gaurano
Ushers move through the crowd collecting prayers for the urn.
A performer on stilts sets off pyrotechnics for the finale of the All Souls Procession. The event has grown exponentially overs the years, with an estimated 90,000 people in attendance this year.
Ushers and other official participants dress in costumes symbolizing the power of fire, to coordinate with this year’s parade fire theme.
A participant uses lights in her costume for an eerie effects.
By BETO HOYOS
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
It’s been a long time since you touched base back home. If you forget where you come from, you won’t get where you want to be. The answer to your problems may await you in the place where it all began.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You set the bar too high. Lower your expectations. Not everyone is a utility player. Sometimes you need to just play your position.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Your character helps you out in awkward situations and your humor makes even bitter old men crack a smile. As seasons transition, however, so must you. Do something important to show people you’re not just a goofball.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You feel like taking off on a random adventure or road trip, but now is a bad time for that. Your work load shows no mercy. But fret not, the holidays will bring solace.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You’ve come a long way, Pisces. Hard work and good looks keep you swimming right along. However, you’ve drifted away from those who care. Reach out to them.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
You’ve been stuck in a routine, and some of your relatives think you’re boring. Try new things. Open your mind to new levels of consciousness.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You complain about your weight problem but never do anything about it. You can’t keep using the same old excuses.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
You’ve planted your seeds of success and cared for them. The grass isn’t always greener on the
other side; it’s green where you water it.
Cancer (June 22-July 22)
Life is not a race, my friend. Everybody runs the same course, some just finish faster
than others. Set your own pace and don’t trip over little things.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
When life gives you lemonade, make lemons, and then life will be all like “whaaaat?”
Beat life to the punch and establish mad credibility among new friends.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept.22)
You know the expression, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”? Well, this
does not apply to you. Many things make you weaker. Be cautious, for everyone’s sake.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You have a vibe that never quits. There will always be haters trying to bring you down, but you’re above that. Doing the right things will lead you to heaven.
Creative Writing Weekend
A writers’ workshop focusing on fiction is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 16, at Downtown Campus. Sessions will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Writer Naomi Benaron will lead the workshop. Her novel “Running the Rift” won the 2010 Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. One of her short story collections, “Love Letters from a Fat Man,” won the 2006 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for fiction.
She is a teacher in Los Angeles and also mentors the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.
The cost for the workshop is $131, plus $21 in fees. Current Pima Community College students can register through MyPima at pima.edu, or register in person at any PCC campus. Participants will earn two academic credits.
For more information, contact Brooke Anderson at 206-7350 or Josie Milliken at 206-7156.
-By Katie Stewart
‘No Fashion – Fashion Show’
The Pima Community College Fashion Club will hold a “No Fashion – Fashion Show” fundraiser on Nov. 22 in the Amethyst Room at the Downtown Campus.
Preparations begin at 3 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.
The event is open to high school students who will compete to make a garment exclusively from ribbons, macaroni and aluminum foil with a time limit of two hours.
Finished looks will be modeled on a runway and evaluated by a panel of judges who are locals working in the fashion industry.
Prizes include a $500 scholarship to Pima, a sewing machine and gift cards.
Entry to the event will be $7 per student or $20 per groups of no more than four people.
The club is accepting donations of pipe cleaners, aluminum foil, sewing kits, scissors and glue for the contest.
For questions or donations, contact Charlette Padilla at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-7206.
-By Loc Tran
By KATIE STEWART
The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery’s art exhibit “CONSTRUCT: Putting It Together,” has expanded to a new community outreach space at Tucson International Airport.
The extension is part of a cultural and community outreach commitment by Pima Community College, according to director David Andres.
The “CONSTRUCT” exhibit is on display through Dec. 11 in the West Campus Bernal Gallery, located in the Center for the Arts complex.
The free airport exhibit will be on display through Jan. 29, 2014. The airport gallery space is located in the Terminal A baggage claim area on the ground floor.
The extended exhibit features 12 artists: Ann Keuper, Joy Fox, Betty Harris, Joan Marum, Clark Trujillo, Judy Miller, Marvin Shaver, Lloyd Schermer, Albert Kogel, David Adix, Joe Hatton and Ellen McMahon.
The artists use metal, paper, wood, ceramics, photography, jewelry, fibers and found objects in their works.
Andres is directing the airport gallery space in partnership with Tucson International Airport public relations administrator Viki Matthews.
The TIA/Bernal Gallery exhibit space will change four times a year, and feature the local, regional, national and international artists exhibiting in PCC’s Bernal Gallery on West Campus.
“We’re really honored to have Pima’s Bernal Gallery show work at the airport,” Matthews said.
For more information, call 206-6942 or email email@example.com.
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Tucson’s third annual SlutWalk will take place Saturday, Nov. 16, beginning at the University of Arizona’s Women’s Plaza of Honor. Participants will gather at 4:30 p.m. and march at 5 p.m. from the UA to the Joel D. Valdez main library downtown.
SlutWalk is an international movement that aims to prompt discussion about rape culture and victim blaming, the tendency to blame the attacked instead of the attacker for sexual violence.
There will be speakers at the beginning and end of the march.
An open-mic survivor speakout and afterparty will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Fluxx Studio, 414 E. Ninth St.
The SlutWalk movement started in 2011 in Canada, after a police spokesman said that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.”
Outrage at the comment spawned SlutWalks around the world, as people aimed to show that the word “slut” could be arbitrarily applied to anyone and that it is never an excuse for sexual violence.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit facebook.com/SlutWalk.Tucson.
The Greater Arizona Bicyle Association’s semi-annual Bike Swap will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at 400 N. Fifth Ave.
Participants can buy or sell all types of bicycle-related items. Local bike shops and individual vendors will be present, along with Bicycle Inter-Community Arts and Salvage.
El Grupo Cycling will offer valet bike parking.
For more information, visit bikegaba.org.
The Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo will feature exhibits, hands-on displays, interactive activities and talks from professional astronomers, TV personalities and astronauts.
The expo takes place Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.
Featured speakers include retired astronaut Story Musgrave and Alexei Filippenko, an astrophysicist and professor at University of California-Berkeley.
Panels will discuss comets and science. There will also be daily solar observing through high-quality solar telescopes.
Professional astronomy exhibitors and manufacturers will display astronomical tools from around the world. More than 100 vendors will sell items including telescopes, cameras, mounts and binoculars.
Tickets cost $10 each day. They can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, or day-of at the TCC. The TCC charges a $1 surcharge.
For more information, visit scienceandastronomy.com.
Tour de Tucson
The 30th annual Tour de Tucson will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23. Participants must register before Thursday, Nov. 21, or by Monday, Nov. 18 if registering online.
Held annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour began in 1983 and is one of the largest road cycling events in the United States. In recent years, El Tour de Tucson has drawn in more than 9,000 riders.
Participants bike main event distances of 111, 85, 60 or 42 miles, or can opt for a Fun Ride of 10 or five miles. A quarter-mile activity course is another option.
All routes offer aid stations with water and snacks, and are spaced approximately seven to 10 miles apart. The Fun Ride offers an easy route along the Santa Cruz River path.
The start and finish line for El Tour is located at Armory Park, 220 S. Fifth Ave. After crossing the finish line, participants can join an El Tour Downtown Fiesta afterparty, with food, music, swag, kids’ activities and more.
For more information, or to register online, visit perimeterbicycling.com/el-tour-de-tuc
Must-have Thanksgiving foods
By SHAQ DAVIS
Thanksgiving Day is rapidly approaching. If you need ideas for delicious food or want to salivate a bit, this Top 10 is for you.
When you find yourself five pounds heavier at Thanksgiving’s end, do remember to wake up early and get your daily exercise on Black Friday.
10. Sweet potato pie
After you devour sweet potatoes on the side for dinner, go ahead and enjoy a slice of sweet potato pie. This is one dessert that cannot go wrong.
9. Peach cobbler
Save room after Thanksgiving dinner for peach cobbler, a tasty and filling dessert that keeps you wanting more.
8. Chocolate cake
Surely no one can deny layered chocolate cake. This mouth-watering goodness is a sure-fire way to bring about naptime sooner than expected.
7. Cranberry sauce
Combining cranberry sauce with dressing turns out to be an interesting combination. This sweet-tasting side dish or condiment should always be considered on Thanksgiving.
6. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes make a delicious side dish, and are one of the healthiest foods you can eat on Thanksgiving Day.
A bunch of ingredients come together to make a delicious, mouth-watering, plate-covering food. Eating two servings can make a meal before you even touch the rest of your plate.
4. Potato salad
Potato salad is a classic side dish to dig your mouth into during Thanksgiving dinner. Who doesn’t love potatoes? Who would have ever thought mayonnaise, mustard, eggs and potatoes would combine to make a delicious side dish?
3. Macaroni and cheese
The golden, gooey goodness that is Mac’ and Cheese proves time and time again to be a great side that takes up half of your plate.
More meat for everyone’s enjoyment! Partnered with turkey, ham can be one of many dangerous combinations for a Thanksgiving meal. Spiraled ham is the way to go. Also, go ahead and have yourself a ham sandwich days later.
The clear favorite for 95 percent of Americans. Juicy turkey is necessary for any Thanksgiving dinner and for three days of leftovers. Turkey is finger-licking good every year. Sandwiches, soups and even salads come from this versatile food meant for the enjoyment of people all around the world.
By ANDREW PAXTON
Anyone who has taken a trip to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Old Tucson Studios, Kitt Peak or Saguaro National Park West probably noticed a small building with a covered wagon in the parking lot.
Tiny’s Saloon and Steakhouse, located at 4900 W. Ajo Highway, is about 5 miles from I-19 at the intersection of Kinney Road.
The restaurant is a throwback to another time, with cowboy-themed regalia on the walls and country music playing over the speakers.
The decor clearly caters to tourists visiting west-side scenic spots.
“When the snowbirds come in, all hell breaks loose,” waitress Linda Breen said. “I love it.”
But I don’t go to Tiny’s for the music or decor. I have been a customer for more than two decades for one very simple reason: Steerburgers.
These signature hamburgers are some of the best around town.
Available in quarter-pound or half-pound offerings, the burger can be ordered with a host of toppings and is accompanied by a herd of fries. When the first bite begins to melt in your mouth, you will understand why people say the Steerburger is a must-order menu item.
The family-friendly restaurant boasts an impressive 89 percent approval rating on urbanspoon.com and 4.5 out of 5 ranking on tripadvisor.com, due in no small part to the iconic burger.
“I am a real hamburger lover and this place turns out real hamburgers!” one reviewer wrote on tripadvisor.com.
Tiny’s also serves up hot wings, sandwiches and, as the name implies, steaks. And since no self-respecting saloon can operate without serving alcohol, Tiny’s offers a robust selection of adult-beverages at low prices.
In fact, everything is affordable at Tiny’s. An average meal for two costs less than $25, including tip. Mixed drinks and pitchers of beer start at a few bucks each.
Cash is the only form of payment accepted. There is an onsite ATM.
The establishment isn’t afraid to shake the old-fashioned vibe with flat-screen TVs and karaoke nights, although the selection of songs performed is decidedly western-flavored.
This place is one of the few watering holes for miles around. If you stop in on a Friday or Saturday night, expect the joint to be packed with interesting characters.
Remember, most of these folks live away from the city because they are a little rough around the edges. Trust me, I grew up in the area affectionately referred to as “The Hill” and people out there don’t take any crap. But that doesn’t mean they are unfriendly.
“The people who come in are great,” said Brandi Wood, a high school friend of mine who has worked at Tiny’s on and off for six years. “I know everyone who comes in. It gets crazy but I love working here.”
I recommend visiting on a Tuesday afternoon to enjoy a Steerburger for a dollar off.
Tiny’s Saloon and Steakhouse is well worth the drive, even if horseshoes on the wall aren’t your idea of proper style.
Tiny’s Saloon and Steakhouse
Address: 4900 W. Ajo Highway
Hours: Daily except Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight
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Number of pilgrims and Wampanoag who attended the first Thanksgiving.
Approximate number of turkeys eaten on Thanksgiving Day.
Percentage of American families that eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
Year of the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Number of people who watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, both live and on television.
Number of Black Friday shoppers in 2011.
Dollar amount the average shopper spent on Black Friday in 2011.
Number of online shoppers on Cyber Monday.
Celtic Festival/Scottish Highland Games: Nov. 1-3
The festival celebrates the cultures and heritages of Scotland, Ireland and Wales with musical performances, vendor booths, bagpipes, athletics and a dance stage. It also hosts games, jumping castles, storytelling, crafts and a petting zoo.
Friday is Pub Night from 5-10 p.m. Pub admission costs $5. Saturday hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Evening performances include a Celtic fire concert from 6-10 p.m., with fire dancers from 7-7:30 p.m. Sunday hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with a closing ceremony at 4 p.m.
Festivities take place at Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. First Ave. Festival admission is $15 for ages 16 and up, with discounts available. A two-day ticket costs $20. Parking is $3.
All Souls Procession: Nov. 2-3
This unique Tucson event honors departed loved ones. Artists, performers and creators of all sorts have worked together for almost six months to prepare for the celebration.
Numerous activities take place on Saturday and Sunday.
A children’s event, the Procession of Little Angels, takes place Saturday from 3-7 p.m. at Armory Park, 221 S. Sixth Ave. Activities include workshops, art tables and sugar skull decorating. The costumed procession concludes with Stories that Soar.
Presidio Walls Talk, a Dia de los Muertos celebration, gets underway Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at Presidio de San Agustin del Tucson, 133 W. Washington St. Highlights include reinactments of early Tucson life, altars, an art exhibit, dance performances, puppet theater, a levitation show, a fortune teller, and children’s activities.
Festivities culminate on Sunday with a non-motorized parade. Elaborately costumed participants will walk along a two-mile route through downtown, carrying mementoes and displays.
The grand finale at Mercado San Augustin includes the ceremonial burning of a large urn filled with offerings, hopes and wishes for lives lost.
Parade participants will gather at 5 p.m. on North Sixth Avenue, north of the underpass and south of Sixth Street. The procession will leave the underpass at 6 p.m. and proceed south on Sixth Avenue to Alameda. It will continue west on Alameda, wrap onto Congress Street and travel west to Mercado San Augustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento.
Tucson Comic-Con: Nov. 2-3
This two-day event, filled with guests from the comic book industry, celebrates local comic book shops and an array of independent authors. A costume contest has been added this year.
Tucson Comic Con 2013 will be held at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Day passes cost $8, and a weekend pass costs $10.
Loft Film Fest: Nov. 7-11
Now in its fourth year, The Loft Film Fest showcases foreign, independent and classic films. It also celebrates emerging and established producers, directors, actors and writers.
The festival’s goal, according to the Loft website, is to expand the Tucson market for innovative cinema and to honor talented, passionate artists.
Tickets cost $100 for Loft members and $125 for the general public. Buy tickets online or at The Loft Cinema box office, 1103 N. Camilla Blvd.
Details: Loftcinema.com or 322-5638.
TusCon: Nov. 8-10
This convention, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, gives visitors opportunities to interact with guest artists, authors and panelists in sci fi, fantasy and horror genres.
Bestselling novelist Juliet Blackwell will be the author guest of honor, while freelance illustrator Jessica Feinberg will be the artist guest of honor. Ed Bryant, a two-time winner of the Nebula Award for works of fiction, will serve as toastmaster.
Panelists will include actors, filmmakers, artists, authors and top scientists in many fields, including space science.
The event will take place at Hotel City Center, 475 N. Granada Ave. Tickets cost $55 for ages 13 and up.
The Misfits: Nov. 11
Compiled by Rachel Smith
The musical mayhem of “punk rock’s monster squad,” the Misfits, will bring anarchy to Tucson’s Rialto Theater on Nov. 11. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the all-ages show.
Deviating from the original lineup when the band formed 30 years ago in the small New Jersey town of Lodi, the Misfits now consist of front-man Jerry Only performing vocals and bass, guitarist Dez Cadena and drummer Eric “Chupacabra” Arce.
The Misfits carved their way to cult-following fame with unconventional punk rock and costumed performances. Each bandmate plays in sinister character, from skeletal heads to ironclad toes.
Presentation is a point of pride when it comes to the band’s live portrayal of their “surrealistic and highly theatrical persona.”
The concert will also showcase performances by local up-and-coming punk artists SLUG, The Attack, Three White Lies, sinphonics, Hotchicks AZ Pop Punk, LLL and Deceptively Innocent.
Tickets purchased in advance cost $27 for general admission. Tickets purchased day of show cost $30. Call the box office at 740-1000.
Details: rialtotheatre.com. Click on “Calendar” and then on the Nov. 11 “Misfits” link.