Creative Happenings in Tucson: April 30 to May 6

Sunday | April 30, 2017


Words on the Avenue Featuring Araceli Montaño & Alexia Vazquez

6:30 to 9 p.m.

Celebrating national poetry month WOTA Style!!! To celebrate poems, this month we have two amazing poets featuring for us! Words on the Avenue has a suggested donation of $5. Part of the proceeds supports a local organization that is resisting the Trump Administration by uplifting their community.

This open mic is for all community writers to share short stories, fiction, poetry, prose, thoughts, diary entries, love.. and more!

Where: Cafe Passe, 415 N 4th Ave
Cost: $5

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Presidio Museum Offering Guided Walking Tour of the Turquoise Trail

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum is now offering guided walking tours of the Turquoise Trail. Originally designed by Marjorie Cunningham and Gayle Hartmann, knowledgeable historians and members of the Tucson Presidio Trust at the time, the Turquoise Trail is a 2.5-mile walking tour of downtown Tucson that follows a turquoise line and leads walkers past many architectural and artistic gems important to Tucson’s history.

Where: Presidio San Agustín del Tucson, 196 N Court Street
Cost: $12

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Monday | May 1, 2017


Engineering Design Day 2017

11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Design Day 2017 is UA Engineering’s biggest annual event, and for good reason. More than 100 student engineering projects will be on display at this public event – including a robotic softball umpire, an unpowered exoskeleton and a neighborhood AED network.

Where: Arizona Student Unions, 1303 E University Blvd
Cost: FREE

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Wednesday | May 3, 2017


Cinco de Mayo Themed Paper Crafting Work/Shop

6 – 8 p.m.

Fiesta like there's no mañana with this Cinco de Mayo themed paper crafting card class! We will use bright and bold colors featuring Arizona's famous Saguaro cactus to create wonderful projects for everyone in your life! RSVP includes your very own Birthday Fiesta stamp set to take home at the end of the evening!

Price includes instruction, all supplies, stamp set and more!

Where: Saguaro Market, 657 West St. Mary's Rd.
Cost: $45

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Thursday | May 4, 2017


Screening of "Infiltrators" by Khaled Jarrar

7 – 9 p.m.

Join us for a screening of “Infiltrators,” a visceral “road movie” that chronicles the daily travails of Palestinians of all backgrounds as they seek routes through, under, round, and over a bewildering matrix of barriers. Khaled Jarrar’s debut documentary was the standout success at the 2012 Dubai International Film Festival, winning the Muhr Arab Documentary Prize, the Special Jury Prize, the International Critics Prize, and the Gold Hugo for the best Documentary at Chicago International Film Festival.

Where: Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N Olive Rd
Cost: FREE

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Odyssey Storytelling presents: Only In Tucson

7 – 9 p.m.

From saguaros to snake bridges. Chimichangas to cholla bud salsa. Mounts Lemmon and Wrightson. Wasson and Rincon peaks! And everything in between that smells like creosote when it rains. The Old Pueblo has stories, and these folks are telling them. This month’s show will benefit the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th – A SAAF Place for Youth

Where: The Screening Room, 127 E Congress St
Cost: $8

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Art in the Lobby Artist Reception

6 – 8 p.m.

Come and see the great art work of local artists Diane Bombshelter and Paul Mirocha displayed on the famous walls of Hotel Congress during the festival event dates.

Where: Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St
Cost: FREE

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Mezcal and Chocolate Pairing Seminar

7 – 8 p.m.

Chocolates can bring out the distinctive characteristics of Mezcal in a unique way. Join artisanal chocolatier Anayency Gomez and experience how these two complement each other!

WHERE: Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N Toole Ave, Ste 100
COST: $15

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Embodying Soundscapes: Explorations in Palestinian Hip-Hop

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Fusing lecture, discussion, and music, UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry Graduate Fellow and doctoral student of gender and women's studies Alex Karaman takes us on an immersive and interactive exploration of the Palestinian hip-hop scene, based on his fieldwork in Israel-Palestine.

WHERE: Playground Bar & Lounge, 278 E Congress St

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Friday | May 5, 2017


Agave Heritage Festival

Time Varies

Do you know how tequila is made? Have you seen our new Agave Garden? If the answer is no, join us during the first weekend in May (Friday-Sunday)! The Desert Museum is participating in the Agave Heritage Fest, which explores and celebrates the cultural, commercial, and culinary significance of the agave plant. We will have activities for everyone!

Where: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N Kinney Rd
Cost: $15.50+

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Saturday | May 6, 2017


Festival 520

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sweat with us as we celebrate our 4th year in the Old Pueblo. 24 classes: Yoga hatha, vinyasa, acro and yin, Functional Fitness, Boxing, Barre, Bootcamps, Meditation, Kids Yoga, MIndfulness- all of your favorite classes and instructors from barre3, Session Yoga, Two Forty Four, Undisputed Tucson, revolve cycling, Sumits Yoga Tucson, Pure Barre Tucson - Casas Adobes, 4th Avenue Yoga, HardVolume CrossFit, studio 520, Om Yoga, Psychosomatic Transformation Center- Central Tucson, YogaOasis, SWAT Fitness, Orangetheory Fitness Tucson - Foothills, The Core at La Encantada and more...... ivivva Scottsdale Fashion Square will be in store with a pop up shop - The Day starts at 8am with a 5k hosted by Legacy Ambassador Hazel Chase!

Where: La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive
Cost: FREE

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1 – 4 p.m.

Select your botanicals and take home a bottle of GIN that you made at Three Wells Distilling Company's BUILD-A-GIN Workshop!

At BUILD-A-GIN workshops, Three Wells co-founder and distiller Matt Montgomery will teach and coach you on making your own GIN! And you will go home with a Legally Labeled bottle of distilled GIN you created! While we have many botanicals to choose from, feel free to bring your own.

Both Chris and Matt are open to answer questions about starting a craft distillery, what are the legalities, what is a dephlegmator, any just about anything else you ask. This is a very interactive workshop!  

Where: Three Wells Distilling Company, 3780 E. 44th St. #120
Cost: $75

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Multi-genre Writing: Workshop and Critique Group

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Are you working on a memoir, poem, or story and looking for some guidance and feedback at any stage of the writing or publishing process? Maybe you just want to put pen to paper and see where it takes you (with fun writing prompts provided)?

This writing group is open to writers of all genres to share their writing or just be inspired by others; "take away-s" guaranteed. All levels of experience are welcome.

Presented by Lili DeBarbieri, Pima County Public Library's Writer in Residence.

Where: Himmel Park Library, 1035 N Treat Ave
Cost: FREE

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Time Varies

The final shows of SLANT are fast approaching! Come experience two unique concerts featuring the UA Dance Ensemble, with works by six Graduate student choreographers, rising voices in their field! As each artist presents their vision, the audience is invited to consider how personal perspectives shape the way dance is experienced. Choreographer, dancer, collaborator, and viewer may not see things the same, but they all play a role in the performance.

Where: Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1713 E University Blvd
Cost: $10+

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