Cultural events permeate Old Pueblo
Compiled by Rachel White
With the rodeo and gem show behind us, it is time to set our sights on a variety of events highlighting many different cultures.
From Caribbean-themed music and Brazilian traditions to alternate-reality come to life, upcoming Tucson events offer something for adventurers from every walk of life.
Tribal Seeds – March 1
Tribal Seeds hits the Tucson music scene March 1 at The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave.
Fusing rocking reggae roots with a Southern California background, Tribal Seeds’ musical stylings create sweet melodies of positivity.
Tribal Seeds debuted in 2008 with a self-entitled album release. The group has since topped iTunes reggae charts consistently.
The band began as a band of brothers, with Steven Rene Jacobo (lyrics/vocals/guitar) and Tony-Ray Jacobo (producer/keyboard/vocals).
It advanced as a sextet, featuring additional members Carlos Verdugo (drums), Victor Navarro (bass), E.N. Young (keyboard/vocals) and Ryan Gonzo (guitar/vocals).
Tickets for this all-ages show are $15, with the doors opening at 7 p.m.
Wild Wild West Steampunk Con – March 7-9
Sci-fi meets steam-powered machinery at the third Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention & Festival on March 7-9 at Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road.
The first and only convention of its kind, WWW Steampunk features a weekend of unorthodox fun in a theme-park setting.
Old Tucson will be transformed into an anarchists’ playground, with concerts, street performers, specialized workshops, amusement rides and more.
Events begin at 10 a.m. throughout the weekend. Workshop and concert times vary.
Convention tickets cost $59 for a three-day pass or $37 for a one-day pass. Additional events, such as a Steampunk Ball, cost extra.
Details: wwwc3.com or 883-0100
Brazilian Carnival 2014 – March 8
Tucson’s 36th annual Brazilian Carnival will take place March 8 at Club XS, 5851 E. Speedway Blvd. The celebration starts at 9 p.m.
The all-ages carnival will feature live music from Brazilian artists Sol Axé and Sambalanco. Disc jockey Toni Limon will also perform.
Brazilian food and beverages will be available, and a costume contest will be held. Participants who arrive wearing costumes receive a discounted entry.
The cultural carnival has moved its celebration this year to Club XS, which caters to high-energy clubgoers with three bars and an expansive dance floor.
Tickets cost $12, or $10 if in costume. Discounted $10 tickets are also available in advance at Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave.
Details: Carolina Ibáñez-Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-7026
Compiled by Jamie Verwys
This Valentine’s Day, celebrate your love of music at the fifth annual “Fall in Love With Me,” a showcase of Tucson’s disc jockey talent.
The free outdoor event will take place Feb. 14 from noon-8 p.m. at the Rose Garden at Reid Park. Nine DJs will spin everything from House to Drum & Bass throughout the day.
All ages are welcome. Partygoers may bring their own beer, but glass bottles and overt intoxication are prohibited.
“‘Fall in Love With Me’ is our Valentine to the Tucson rave scene,” said Dustin Carroll, one of the event founders. “Our park parties are family-friendly events geared toward giving back to the community.”
Compiled by Dana Boyd
Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair
The 43rd annual Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair, Tucson’s largest arts venue, will line Fourth Avenue between Ninth Street and University Boulevard from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. The fair features two stages for live entertainment, street performers, more than 400 arts and craft exhibits, 35-plus food booths and a free Tucson Children’s Museum hands-on-art pavilion.
All Night Screen-O-Rama Holiday Horror Show
Wear pajamas and bring your favorite blanket while enjoying holiday horror screenings at The Loft Cinema from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Movies will include “Black Christmas,” “Santa’s Slay,” “Silent Night, Deadly Night,” “Gremlins” and “Jack Frost.” Advanced admission costs $13 and day-of admission is $15, with a discount for Loft members.
Downtown Tucson Parade of Lights
Kick off your holiday celebration downtown with a day out to shop, eat, visit Santa Claus and take a horse-drawn carriage ride. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will lead a Holiday Tree Lighting in Armory Park at 5:30 p.m. End the evening watching a lighted parade filled with bright, shimmering floats. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. on 17th Street. It runs along Stone Avenue to Ochoa Street, and ends at 13th Street and Sixth Avenue.
Winterhaven Festival of Lights
For more than 60 years, the Winterhaven Festival of Lights has brought the wonder of holiday lights to the Old Pueblo. This winter wonderland in the desert has entrances at Fort Lowell Road and at Prince Road. Most nights, visitors walk through the neighborhood to view lights, but Dec. 17, 27 and 28 have been designated for cars to drive through. Along with a wide array of holiday-themed homes, Winterhaven offers hayrides and trolleys. There are no entrance fees, but donations of canned food or money for the Tucson Community Food Bank are encouraged.
Compiled by A. Greene
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
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.
By BRENDA PACHECO
Music festivals mixed with lots of spooky encounters present the top options for fun as Halloween approaches. Welcome fall season with these Tucson attractions.
Tucson Terrorfest: Oct. 17-19
The third-annual Terrorfest, a film festival showing horror movies from around the world, will also screen three films made by Tucson residents. Festival movies will be shown at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. Tickets cost $6 for individual films or $25 for a festival pass. The passes are limited to the first 50 buyers.
Halloween Howl: Oct. 18-19, 25-27
Ghost tours of Colossal Cave and a Haunted Hayride at La Posta Quemada Ranch offer visitors a spine-tingling walk through the cave and a dark, ghostly hayride through the ranch. Other events taking place from 5-9 p.m. include jumping castles, games, a petting zoo, a maze and pony rides. Park admission costs $1 per car, but is free with donation of a can of food for a community food drive. Tickets cost $7 for the cave tour or hayride (3 and under free with paid admission). Call (520) 647-3450 to reserve the hayride.
Blues Heritage Festival: Oct. 20
The Blues Heritage Festival draws people from all over southern Arizona, who come together for live, outdoor music. Featured performer will be Grammy winner Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings. The festival will take place 11 a.m.–7 p.m. at the Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. First Ave., just south of River Road. Admission is $10 for adults.
Howl-O-Ween: Oct. 25-27
Reid Park Zoo is throwing a safe and fun trick-or-treating event. This all-ages event with minimal spooks lets young children enjoy festivities without monsters. The entire family can enjoy costumed characters and decorations. Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. General admission costs $7.
Desert Bluegrass Festival: Oct. 25-27
Sol Casino will host the 14th annual Desert Bluegrass Festival, featuring performances by Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, The Tuttles and many more. All performances will be held outdoors at the AVA Amphitheater, in the shade. Ten bands will compete for $700 in prize money and a chance to perform at next year’s festival. There will also be food, drink, crafts and music vendors, plus workshops for people to hone their skills. Admission is free on Friday, but visitors are asked to bring non-perishable food to donate. Saturday admission is $20 and the shows run from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday admission is $15 and the shows run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weekend passes are $30.
Feast with the Dearly Departed: Oct. 26
Tucson Botanical Gardens will host its second-annual Feast with the Dearly Departed from 5-8 p.m. The event includes free workshops, children’s activities, sugar skulls and food. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $4 for children.
Slaughterhouse: Through Oct. 31
Tucson’s Slaughterhouse is back with an expanded zombie apocalypse experience featuring five haunted houses. Slaughterhouse will be open Wednesday-Saturday throughout October. Tickets start at $21 for all four haunted houses, and $35 for the haunted houses plus the zombie-shooting apocalypse experience.
Nightfall: Through Oct. 31
Old Tucson’s Nightfall has returned with new attractions and new monsters. Activities include magic shows, comedy, dances and haunted houses. Admission cost $25 for 12 and up, with various discounts available.
All Souls workshops: October weekends
Free mask and lantern making workshops for participants in the All Souls Procession will run every Saturday and Sunday in October, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Steinfeld Warehouse, 101 W. Sixth St. Donations encouraged.
The 25th annual Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze offers a tractor-drawn wagon ride to pick a pumpkin to purchase at 50 cents per pound.
Other activities include an 11-acre corn maze, arts and crafts tent, pumpkin carving, children’s games, petting zoo, Zombie Paintball Shootout, jumping castle and a pedal cart racetrack.
Festival gates open at 10 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October. Tickets cost $4.
In addition to a maze, the huge cornfield at Buckelew Farm offers Terror in the Corn, a spooky adventure that combines props and live actors. Attend both corn field events for $20. The Corn Maze and Terror In The Corn both open at dusk and close at midnight.
Details: buckelewfarm.com or 822-2277
Organizers know that visitors lovingly refer to the Tucson Meet Yourself folklife festival with a nickname: Tucson Eat Yourself. This year’s motto was “Come for the food, stay for the culture.”
More than 100,000 people attend the annual three-day festival, which celebrates the living traditional arts of the diverse ethnic and folk communities in Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico.
Food remains a star attraction, with booths selling culinary delights from all parts of the world. There’s much more to enjoy, however, with a spotlight on manual arts, songs, dances, music, dresses and languages.
Vendor Marvin Todacheenie demonstrates a Native American instrument that he sells. (Aztec Press photo by Larry Gaurano)
Grupo Folklorico Miztontli performs on the main stage during the Tucson Meet Yourself festival Oct. 11. More than 100,000 people turn out each year for the celebration of folk culture. (Aztec Press photo by Larry Gaurano)
Maeda Alejandra, right, teaches festival visitors how to make colorful pinatas. (Aztec Press photo by Larry Gaurano)
Pumpkins are turning into jack-o-lanterns, and Tucson is celebrating autumn with its own style of fall festivities. Here is a sample of some upcoming events.
Free mask and latern making workshops for participants in the All Souls Procession will run every Saturday and Sunday in October, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Steinfeld Warehouse, 101 W. Sixth St.
Buckelew Farm events: Each weekend in October
The 25th annual Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze offers a tractor-drawn wagon ride to pick a pumpkin to purchase, and an 11-acre corn maze to challenge the adventuresome. Other activities include an arts and crafts tent, professional pumpkin carving, children’s games, feeding animals at a 4-H petting zoo, a Zombie Paintball Shootout, jumping castle, inflatable slide/obstacle course and a pedal cart race track. Festival gates open at 10 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October. Tickets cost $4. In addition to a maze, the huge corn field at Buckelew Farm offers Terror in the Corn, a spooky adventure that combines props and live actors. The Corn Maze and Terror In The Corn both open at dusk and close at midnight. Tickets to both corn field events are $20 general admission.
Details: buckelewfarm.com or 822-2277
RinCon 13: Oct. 4-6
From board games to RPGs, CCGs to Minis, you won’t have to go on a quest to play your favorite games or discover new ones. Gamers can shop the many vendors or learn ancient secrets from .
If you enjoy celebrating the harvest with huge farm toys, bring the family to the Arizona Truck and Tractor Pulling event at 450 E. Grant Road. Here’s the perfect opportunity to marvel at antiques, hot rods, pickups and street stocks. The show will also feature modified tractor and truck pulls. Proceeds benefit local school scholarships and Northern Cochise Hospital Foundation. Tickets for adults cost $10.
St. Augustine Cathedral Festival: Oct. 5-6
The entire family is welcome to enjoy dancing and music by Gertie and T.O. Boyz at the St. Augustine Cathedral Festival on Oct. 5 from 6-10 p.m. and Oct. 6 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Festivities will include food, a children’s corner, entertainment and raffles, with a grand-prize raffle of $1,000. The cathedral is located in downtown Tucson, at 192 S. Stone Ave.
Tucson Reptile and Amphibian Show & Sale: Oct. 5-6
Captive-bred reptiles, supplies, art, jewelry and all things reptilian will be celebrated and sold at The Tucson Expo Center from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Oct. 6 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 7. Tickets cost $7 for adults. Experience displays of exotic reptiles from around the world and a petting zoo with an alligator, giant monitor lizard and snakes.
Tucson Pride Festival: Oct. 11-13
The Tucson Pride Festival celebrates the LBGTQ community during a weekend of festivities. The 2013 theme is PRIDE 365. Pride in the Park, an outdoor celebration filled with entertainment, will take place Oct. 12 and 13 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Kino Sports Complex. General admission tickets cost $10.
Tucson Film and Music Festival: Oct. 10-13
The Tucson Film & Music Festival has screened more than 200 films since its inception in 2005. The multi0-day festival celebrates filmmaking and music, showcasing music-related films and international music artists, with a special nod to filmmakers with a Southwest connection. Films and music will be presented all over Tucson at venues including La Cocina, Plush, The Loft and Century El Con 20. Event tickets are available day of show only at the specific venue box office. Advance tickets for the opening night film event are available at the Loft Cinema box office and website.
Tucson Meet Yourself – Oct 11-13
This annual festival celebrates traditional arts of southern Arizona’s and northern Mexico’s diverse ethnic and folk communities. The three-day event features hundreds of artisans, cooks, dancers, musicians and special exhibits. The 2013 events will take place at various locations in downtown Tucson. On Friday and Saturday, events will run from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. On Sunday, they go from 11a.m.-6 p.m.
AIDSWALK Tucson – Oct. 13
The 25th annual AIDSWALK Tucson benefits clients and communities served by the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. This year’s event will include a 5K walk as well as re-introduction of a Fun Run. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at Jacome Plaza, outside of the Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
BURGERAMA Caravan of the Stars – Oct. 15
The BURGERAMA Caravan of Stars Tour is making its way through Tucson this October. Club Congress will host the all-star Burger cast, which features Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, The Resonars and Curtis Harding. The music starts at 7 p.m. and the show is free.
Nightfall 2013 at Old Tucson: Through Oct. 31
Bury yourself in a totally terrifying town with outrageous shows, disturbing haunts, hideous live characters and the Gargoyles at Nightfall. Old Tucson is located at 201 S. Kinney Road. Tickets cost $25 for guests ages 12 and older.
Butterfly Magic at Tucson Botanical Gardens: Through April 30
Butterflies from 11 countries are featured in “Butterfly Magic” at the Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion at Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. The exhibit opened Oct. 1 and will be open daily from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. until it closes April 30. Tickets cost $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors.
Compiled by Brenda Pacheco and Kathryn Owczarzak
School has started, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over. Tucson will buzz with festivities throughout the fall. Here’s a sample of upcoming highlights:
Chinese Cultural Festival – Sept. 18-28
The 11-day festival with venues throughout Tucson will explore aspects of Chinese culture including traditional music, dance, food, literature and medicine. Most events are free. A Chinese health day will close the festival on Sept. 28 at Reid Park. Visit the website for a full schedule and additional details.
Glow Festival – Sept. 20-21
Celebrate art under a full moon at a five-acre ranch filled with twinkling lights at this two-day event spotlighting dancers, theatrical performances, illuminated sculptures and music. The festival will take place at the Triangle L Ranch in Oro Valley from 7-11 p.m. each day. General admission is $12.50 for ages 13 and up.
Santa Cruz County Fair – Sept. 20-22
Family fun at the Sonoita Fairgrounds, 3142 S. Highway 83 in Sonoita, features an old-fashioned carnival, food, rodeo competitions, all-day entertainment and exhibits. Gates open at 9 a.m. daily. Admission costs $3-5 per person.
Details: sonoitafairgrounds.com or (520) 455-5553
El Tour Adventure Run/Walk – Sept. 21
Participants will run or walk along the Rillito River Trail to benefit Ben’s Bells Project. The race starts at 6:30 a.m. at St. Gregory College Preparatory School, 3231 N. Craycroft Road.
Oktoberfest – Sept. 21-Oct. 13
Mount Lemmon’s Oktoberfest, a celebration of German food, beer, music and dancing, will be held at Ski Valley in Summerhaven on weekends from 9 a.m.-5p.m. Admission is free, with food and drinks available for purchase.
KFMA Fall Ball – Sept. 22
The radio station’s annual outdoor concert will take place at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Doors open at 11 a.m. Featured performers include American Fangs, Stars In Stereo, Asking Alexandra, Pierce The Veil, P.O.D, A Day to Remember and Korn. Advance tickets cost $39 plus a service fee. Food, drinks and merchandise from local vendors will be available for purchase.
Details: KFMA.com or 434-1346
Slaughterhouse Apocalypse – Sept. 27-28
If you enjoy shooting at real human zombies while navigating a grim, horrific maze in a 20,000-square-foot warehouse, buy tickets for the New Apocalypse. The Slaughterhouse, 1102 W. Grant Road, will host the zombie killing experience on Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. and Sept. 28 at 11 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, or $20 at the door.
Nightfall – Sept. 27-Oct. 31
Tucson’s annual horror fest of haunted houses, terrifying monsters, horrific illusions and magic will be held at Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. This year’s shows include “Magic of the Macabe,” “This Prison’s Got Talent” and “Kindred of the Dust.” General admission costs $25. Check the website for weekly ticket specials.
Greater Tucson Beer Festival – Sept. 28
The day of fun activities, food and beer tasting for adults benefits the nonprofit Sun Sounds of Arizona. The festival at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium begins at 6:30 p.m. General admission ticket are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. No one under 21 can attend.
By BRUCE HARDT
Director and musician Rob Zombie’s latest film, “The Lords of Salem,” is a stunning work of low-budget horror done at its very best.
The movie opened to a limited release on April 19. It is playing at the El Con Mal Century Theatre, 3601 E. Broadway Blvd., and the Harkins Spectrum Theatre, 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz.
Zombie’s previous films include his original “House of 1000 Corpses” and its sequel “The Devil’s Rejects.” He also directed a remake of the 1978 classic “Halloween,” and a sequel, “Halloween II.”
In addition, he directed the animated film, “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto.”
“The Lords of Salem” is likely Zombie’s most original work, and his most intelligent.
Zombie substitutes the vicious bloodbaths of previous works with atmosphere and portentous imagery. He signature is all over this film, in bold, thoughtful crimson.
The movie centers on the slow mental breakdown of Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie, his wife and a regular in his films).
Zombie couples her dissolving psyche with the impending rise of a coven of vengeful witches who are poised to claim the descendants of the founders of Salem, Mass.
His retro-approach to horror is at its best here. Made on a shoestring budget of $1.5 million, the film makes expert use of limited resources. It projects its intentions through uncomfortable imagery, haunting shots and thrifty directing.
This film will appeal to any casual horror audience. However, those put off by blasphemous content should steer clear: “The Lords of Salem” will not settle well with you.
Horror alumni round out his well-selected cast. They include Ken Foree (“Dawn of the Dead,” “The Devil’s Rejects”), Dee Wallace (“The Hills Have Eyes,” “The Howling”) and Udo Kier (“Blood for Dracula,” “Suspiria”).
John 5, known for his collaborations in Zombie’s musical projects, composed the superb soundtrack. Songs from The Velvet Underground, Rick James and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band also contribute.
A foreboding mood, shocking visuals and a well-executed cast make it not only Zombie’s best since “The Devil’s Rejects” but likely one of the best horror flicks of the year.
“The Lords of Salem” is rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug use.
By BRUCE HARDT
The “Evil Dead” series stands as one of the most beloved horror brands ever made. As has become inevitable, a remake of the first film is upon us.
Unlike other remakes that are barely even a half-thought of their source material, “Evil Dead” conducts itself accordingly.
“Evil Dead” follows a similar premise to its predecessors. Five 20-somethings travel to a remote cabin in the woods, where they find an ancient book that unleashes demons onto the world. Bland sounding I know, but “Evil Dead” handles itself with rarely seen confidence.
Director Fede Alvarez, known for his short films, infuses his version with gallons of blood and enough fan service to forgive the movie of its faults.
Easily one of the most graphic films I’ve ever seen, “Evil Dead” achieves its visceral results with convincing practical effects.
Sam Raimi, director of the originals, and Bruce Campbell, whose iron chin graced them gloriously, served as producers for this remake. In addition, long-time series producer Robert Tapert returns.
“Evil Dead” comes with my highest recommendation. While it does not replicate the demented whimsy of the original, it latches onto the franchise’s mythos, granting itself a unique identity with a genetic makeup comprised lovingly from elements of its predecessors.
“Evil Dead” is now in theaters. It is rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language.
‘Game of Thrones’ returns
The end of March brought us the season premiere of HBO’s seminal fantasy-drama series, “Game of Thrones.” It will run every Sunday at 9 p.m. through June 9.
The adult-oriented show weaves an elaborate tapestry of political intrigue, medieval warfare and foreboding prophecy.
Taking place dominantly on the continent Westeros and to a lesser extent, Essos, the show chronicles the war for the Iron Throne and dominion of the North.
The war is fought between powerful noble Houses, the most prominent being Stark, Lannister, Baratheon and Targaryen.
Adapted from author George R.R. Martin’s epic book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” Game of Thrones is named for the first novel, “A Game of Thrones.
The first season was an adaptation. The next season loosely followed the second book, “A Clash of Kings.”
The third season has the monumental task of bringing to life the third and longest entry in the series, “A Storm of Swords.”
Season three is dedicated to the novel’s first half, while the already announced fourth season will cover the remaining half.
Narratively speaking, “A Storm of Swords” is the series’ most rewarding read, a complex paper brick that gives Tolkien a run for his money.
Season three of Game of Thrones is poised to be the best installment yet in HBO’s staggering vision of Martin’s opus.
Seasons one and two are now available on home media. The current five books of “A Song of Ice and Fire” are available at your local bookseller.
The two remaining novels, “The Winds of Winter” and the tentatively titled “A Dream of Spring” are yet to be released.
Loft to screen cult ‘Evil Dead’ trilogy
The films of the “Evil Dead” trilogy will play at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., on April 13 starting at 9 p.m. The films featured will be “The Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness.”
Directed by Sam Raimi (“Oz the Great and Powerful”), the Evil Dead trilogy stands as one of the cult cornerstones of 1980s cinema. As a whole these films are a perfect medley of gore and giggles that chronicles the one-boomstick war between Ash (Bruce Campbell) and the Deadites.
Deadites are people possessed by the supernatural Book of the Dead, an ancient text bound in human flesh and inked in blood. When read from, the book unleashes ancient demons whose bloodlust will put any possession movie of the last 20 years to the chainsaw.
“The Evil Dead” (1981) and “Evil Dead 2” (1987) are classic “cabin in the woods” trope, pitting Ash against his demonized friends and eventual self in the setting of a remote mountain hideaway.
“Army of Darkness” (1992) raises the stakes and slapstick several notches. Ash and the Deadites clash in a final, epic battle in medieval Europe.
“The Evil Dead” will show at 9 p.m., “Evil Dead 2” at 10:30 p.m. and “Army of Darkness” at midnight. Single film admission is $9 general and $5 for Loft members. All three films are $20 general and $13 for members.
For information, including tickets, visit loftcinema.com/film/dead-by-dawn-the-evil-dead-trilogy-triple-feature.
No loopholes in ‘Looper’
2012 yielded a film trove of geeky goodness. We rejoiced at a sequel to “The Dark Knight,” were wowed by “The Avengers” and celebrated in unison with the long overdue death of “The Twilight Saga.”
“Looper,” one of the smaller gems from last year, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Its quality is surprising, given its ambition. “Looper” is easily one of the best science-fiction films in recent memory. Director Rian Johnson (“Brick”) threads genre into a masterful tapestry of time travel and all of the mindfuckery it entails.
Meet Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an assassin hired by mobsters to kill targets sent from the future. A looper’s contract is closed when his older self is sent back to be killed, effectively “closing the loop” and covering the mob’s tracks.
One day Joe meets old Joe (Bruce Willis), who has a score to settle with the elusive “Rainmaker,” a criminal warlord prematurely closing loops, among other atrocities, in the future. A literal race against time ensues that will challenge young Joe to the core of his very humanity.
“Looper” is a simultaneous wonder of action and thought, provoking your adrenaline and heartstrings. A self-aware screenplay deftly juggles the film’s myriad plot points while injecting believability into its characters and world.
This aspect is further enhanced by the performances, particularly Emily Blunt as Sara, a single mother with an explosive secret. Savvy sci-fi viewers will notice “Looper” influences, namely “The Terminator” and the works of manga artist Katsuhiro Otomo.
For information, visit sonypictures.com/homevideo/looper.
By BRUCE HARDT
Skrappy’s hosting punk show
North, Old Wounds, Vices and Territory will perform on March 21 at 7 p.m. at Skrappy’s, 191 E. Toole Ave.
North, Tucson natives, play a mesmerizing blend of sludge metal and post-rock, a combination that conjures an attention-grabbing, hardened atmosphere. North released their third full-length album, “The Great Silence,” last year and can be heard at galacticdads.bandcamp.com.
Old Wounds come all the way from New Jersey, bringing with them the metalcore apocalypse. Their addictively aggressive album, “From Where We Came is Where We’ll Rest,” was one of the freshest examples of its genre last year.
Vices, from Jacksonville, Fla., plays a moody brand of bluesy hardcore punk, a melodic sound with drenched in world weariness. Vices’ discography, including the knuckle-throwing “Demo 2013,” can be heard at vicesfl.bandcamp.com.
Territory, also from Tucson, play hardcore of the highest, unholiest caliber. Their crushing 2012 album, “Sic Semper Tyrannis,” and their entire catalogue, can be heard at territory.bandcamp.com.
This show is certain to be among the best Tucson will offer this year. Come out, rage and support these hard working artists and your local scene.
For further information, visit facebook.com/tucson.shows.
Cine Mexico 2013 at UA
The Cine Mexico 2013 film festival will continue through March 24.
An award-winning Mexican documentary, “Tierra Brillante” (“Brilliant Soil”), will have its Arizona premiere March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18, 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz.
Producers Omar Foglio and Paola Rodríguez will be on hand to introduce the documentary, which was named best film at the International Festival of Indigenous Film and Video in 2011.
The documentary explores the issue of toxic lead used by thousands of Mexican artisans in their glazed pottery.
A wide variety of other films will be shown at venues throughout Tucson.
For details on the films, venues and tickets, visit tucsoncinemexico.org.
By BRUCE HARDT
Catch Lariats show March 16
Local emo/punk band Lariats will play an all-ages show on March 16 at 6 p.m. at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St, for $5. The show will commemorate the release of the band’s new EP, “Our Native Tongue is Bad News.”
Lariats consists of members from other local talents such as The Bled, Youinseries, Versus the Mirror and American Black Lung. The concert will also feature Arizona hardcore punk bands American Standards and Territory, and psychedelic rock outfit Hollow Hills.
Following the positive reception to their 2012 debut, “If Mediocrity Was a Body of Water, We Would Have All Drowned by Now,” Lariats has won fans far and wide with their energetic, honest sound and lineup of seasoned musicians.
For information, visit hotelcongress.com/music/lariats-our-native-tongue-is-bad-news-album-release-party, facebook.com/lariats or on Twitter at @lariatsrock.
Children of God sets fire to the sky, review
Every once in a while a band will come along whose talent is evident from their demo moving forward. Orange County’s Children of God is such a band.
Starting out as a noisy hardcore punk band on their demo and “Coup de Grace” EP, Children of God began to incorporate elements of sludge metal and black metal starting with their split with peers, Seven Sisters of Sleep.
The result is a more contemplative sound that is no less vicious.
“We Set Fire to the Sky,” the band’s first full-length effort, is a culmination of the band’s previous work, and sets the bar to dizzying heights.
A package of torrential blasts and bleak landscapes, this record is mesmerizing, ambitious and loyal to the fiercely honest aesthetics of its genre.
A self-released piece, “We Set Fire to the Sky” has much to say about the state of society. Eight songs wreak havoc and impose peace, each a testament to Children of God’s unique brand and a dedication to combating personal and theological ills.
“We Set Fire to the Sky” can be purchased in vinyl from hellfishfamily.com or cvltnation.com/store-front and listened to and downloaded at cogofficial.stereokiller.com.
The Amazing Arizona Comic-Con
Compiled by Larry Gaurano
The third annual Amazing Arizona Comic Convention is back in Phoenix, Arizona, touted as the first comic convention of the year.
Legendary comic creator Stan Lee famous for creating Marvel Comics classics such as Spider-Man and Iron Man will be headlining the event alongside the head of DC Comic and top-selling comic artist, Jim Lee.
Over 100 exhibitors are set to have comics, toys, clothing and other comic related items for sale. Just as many artists will be selling their work and services in the famous “Artist’s Alley”.
Discussion panels held by comic companies, groups, and other industry individuals will be held all 3 days. Many previews for up and coming 2013 products will be showcased.
The convention will take place January 25-27, 2013. Weekend passes are available for $50, Saturday passes are $35, and Friday- or Sunday-only passes are $25.
Ticket information, VIP upgrades, and regular event updates are available at www.AmazingArizonaComicCon.com.
Lofty viewing of Miyazaki films
Compiled by Bruce Hardt
The Loft Cinema will be featuring the works of revered and seminal Japanese animator, Hayao Miyazaki from Jan. 24 to 30.
“Spirited Away” is one of Miyazaki’s most acclaimed films and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the ceremony’s 75th installment in 2002. In addition it is a darling of critics worldwide and considered among the greatest animated films.
The film is also one of the highest grossing films in Miyazaki’s native Japan, overtaking the record previously held by box office juggernaut, “Titanic.”
“Spirited Away” is the story of Chihiro, a 10 year old girl in the process of moving, and her adventures in a spiritual realm after her parents are transformed as punishment for their greed.
A modern fairy tale, “Spirited Away” will transport the viewer to a different, tender and dazzling world.
“Spirited Away” will play from Thursday, Jan. 24 to Saturday, Jan. 26. The film will play at 1 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:45 on the 24 and 11 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 7:15 and 10:15 on the 25 and 26.
All showings of this film will be in Japanese with English subtitles.
Jan. 27 through 30 will feature Miyazaki’s 2004 wonder, “Howl’s Moving Castle.” Based on the novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones, “Howl’s Moving Castle” is the story of a powerful magician, a young hat maker and their efforts against a growing war.
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2006, “Howl’s Moving Castle,” like “Spirited Away” is among the highest grossing films in Japan and received critical praise worldwide.
“Howl’s Moving Castle” will play at 11 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 7:15 and 10:15 on all dates.
This film will be the American dub featuring Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, Emily Mortimer, Jenna Malone, Jean Simmons, Blythe Danner and Josh Hutcherson.
Admission prices are $8 general admission and $6 for Loft members and children 12 and under.
For more information visit loftcinema.com/showtimes-tickets and loftcinema.com/coming-soon/?series=miyazaki.