Tucson: Events: 2009: October

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The Kite Runner runs at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson through October 3, 2009.

Photo: Craig Piaget and Lowell Abellon in THE KITE RUNNER.  Photo by Kevin Berne. 

A New York Times Best-Seller becomes an equally compelling stage production. War on Terrorism is just as real today as it was eight years ago. Nearly eight years after the United States declared war on Afghanistan, ATC will proudly bring the most widely experienced account of the other victims of global terrorism to chilling life. Read more about the Kite Runner nd other ATC upcoming performances..

October 3-31: Nightfall: Release the Beast – Old Tucson Studios, on weekends all month, scary and fun Halloween activities for all ages (with gory stunts, thrilling walk-through adventures, and a trick-or-treat trail) presented as only a movie studio can, 520-883-0100 or www.nightfallaz.com

Occtober 17-31 21st Annaul Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival & Corn Maze - horse-drawn wagon rides, haunted cornfield, $4 for the festival, $18 for the corn maze, 10 am, weekends, 520-822-2277 or www.buckelewfarm.com

October 17-11/7 George is Dead – Temple of Music and Art, (330 S. Scott), new comedy by Elaine May, George is rich and Doreen is helpless; Michael is disillusioned and Carla is the capable one, when a bogus bomb scare in the New York subway starts a fatal series of events, combines whimsical wit with tart social commentary in a story of urban living, sudden death and learning to use the remote control, 520-622-2823 or www.aztheatreco.org

Oraclce State Park: Ongoing Weekends: Historic Kannally Ranch House Guided Tours. Tours are held at 10am and again at 2pm and are 45-minutes in duration. The four- level Mediterranean revival style adobe ranch house was built from 1929-33 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours are scheduled by reservation by calling (520) 896-2425. Oracle State Park is open Thursday through Monday from 7am to 3pm.  The park is closed to the public Tuesday and Wednesday (the main gate on Mt. Lemmon Road is locked).  The American Avenue parking lot and trailhead remain open seven days, dawn to dusk.  The park entrance fee through Labor Day is $5 per vehicle ($2 per person non-motorized entry on bicycle, horseback, or walk-in; kids free) For more information about the 30 State Parks, statewide hiking opportunities, off-highway vehicle trails, and other outdoor recreational and cultural opportunities in Arizona, call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit AZStateParks.com. Follow us on twitter.com/AZStateParks. See also Arizona State Parks.

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October 17 - November 7, 2009: George is Dead, ATC Production. Comic legend and Academy Award nominee Elaine May offers up a new comedy starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Marlo Thomas as Doreen, the socialite wife of a right-wing Republican named George.  On her way to a fundraiser, driven by a possibly illegal immigrant, she ends up at the home of a former employee and her left-wing husband.  How?  Why?  Do they kill her?  Reject her? Adopt her?  Is George really dead?  See this comedy by the award-winning writer of The Birdcage, Primary Colors and Heaven Can Wait to find out! Arizona Theatre Company's 2009-2010 Season as of Monday, August 17, 2009. Tickets range from $26-$54 depending on performance date and section choice. See 2009 ATC.

Through October 4, 2009 THE INVISIBLE THEATRE Presents THE COMEDY ABOUT FAMILY VACATIONS! LEAVING IOWA by Tim Clue and Spike Manton. Directed by Susan Claassen. Through the generous support of Dr. Bella Eibensteiner. Ticket Price:  $16 - $25. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm ($22). Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm ($25). Sundays at 3:00 pm ($25). Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. RUSH TICKETS:  One half-hour prior to curtain for any scheduled performance, tickets are available for half price – subject to availability. CAST: Terry Erbe, Roberto Guajardo, Lori Hunt, David Johnston, Susan Kovitz and Victoria McGee. The Invisible Theatre kicks off it’s 39th Anniversary “Season of Love” with LEAVING IOWA BY Tim Clue and Spike Manton.  This heart warming comedy is about a journalist who returns home to Winterset, Iowa to find a final resting place for his father’s ashes and is a nostalgic ode to days gone by.  With a generous dollop of humor and a heart as big as the Midwest, LEAVING IOWA shows us that the journey really is as important as the destination. The Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Avenue (at Drachman), Tucson, AZ 85719. Call (520) 882-9721 for reservations and information.

October 15-October 31, 2009: Winding Road Theater Ensemble announces its inaugural presentation, Dorothy Parker’s Last Call, which will take place this fall in the Cabaret Theatre at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson, Arizona. Dorothy Parker’s Last Call was written by highly-acclaimed Tucson actress Lesley Abrams, who will also portray Dorothy Parker in this original one-woman show. The play will be presented cabaret style without intermission and is a dynamic exploration of the life of one of America’s first ladies of letters. Dorothy Parker was a famous member of the infamous literary-group “The Algonquin Roundtable” in New York City, circa 1919 to 1929, and one of The New Yorker magazine’s original contributors. Quotes from her poetry and short stories are often un-attributed but have become part of the American lexicon. They include pearls such as: “Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.” Another famous quip, “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” Dorothy Parker’s Last Call previews on Thursday, October 15. The play opens Friday, October 16, with evening performances on October 17, 22, 24, 29, 30 and 31, and matinees on Sunday, October 18 and Sunday October 25. (Note: A Sunday matinee may be added on November 1, if needed.) All evening shows are at 7:30 PM; matinees are at 2 PM. Tickets are $15, with a student and senior discount available for $12. Reservations can be made by calling (520) 749-3800. No credit card sales are available, cash and check only. The Cabaret Theatre is located on the second level of the Temple of Music and Art, 330 South Scott in Tucson. Winding Road Theater is an Ensemble of theatre artists whose mission is to tell dynamic, theatrical stories that illuminate the human condition and celebrate the theatre’s power to entertain us, move us and bring us joy. Guided by the principle that proscription is the enemy of imagination, we produce plays classic and new, traditional and unconventional, comic and tragic, and tell stories from as many perspectives as we are fortunate to discover. Call for more information: 520-749-3800.

Through November 6, 2009: The Border Project is a mixed-media art installation highlighting the perspectives of high school students living along the borders of Arizona, Mexico, the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, and the town of Ajo. This exhibit is the result of the students sharing their views through artistic expression. Deep in the heart of the Tohono O’odham Nation in southern Arizona, an exhibition created by students from the tribe as well as Anglo and Hispanic students from the United States and Mexico is challenging how many Americans view the U.S.-Mexico border. Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona. Read the full article at http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/exhibits/
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Weekend of October 1-4, 2009

Thursday, Oct. 1-2: Opening Night of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra – Tucson Music Hall, with conductor George Hanson and featuring soloist Alain Lefèvre, piano, $20, 520-882-8585 or www.tucsonsymphony.org

Thursday, Oct. 1-3: Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival – Tucson Expo Center, (3750 E. Irvington Rd., 85714-1958), exhibits from many companies, new products, techniques and ideas, ‘make and take’ workshops, educational seminars, $10, 10 am – 5 pm, www.rustybarn.com

Thursday, Oct. 1-4: Tucson Culinary Festival – Tucson’s premier wine and food event featuring gourmet samplings from Tucson’s finest independently owned, original restaurants, wines and spirits from around the world, and the annual World Margarita Championship, 520-488-8601 or www.tucsonculinaryfestival.com

Saturday and Sunday, October 3-4: MT. LEMMON SKI VALLEY: Oktoberfest on Mt. Lemmon - German bands & dancers, German food & beer, free, $3 parking, Sat-Sun, 520-576-1400 or www.visitTucson.org

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Harvesting Workshop and Bug Fest at Oracle State Park. Arizona State Parks celebrates the legacy of conservationist and author Aldo Leopold at the 10th Annual Fiesta de las Calabazas from 11am to 3pm. The annual harvest festival at Oracle State Park will also feature mesquite pod milling, music, food, archery, and more.  Parking will be onsite at Oracle State Park. The special event fee is $10 per vehicle.  Call the park for more information at (520) 896-2425.

10th Annual Fiesta de las Calabazas at Oracle State Park from 11am-3pm at Oracle State Park.  This year's event will not only celebrate wildlife conservationist, Aldo Leopold, but also wild foods and the wonders of the Mesquite tree. All event parking for the public is on-site at Oracle State Park this year.  The normal park entrance fee of $6 per vehicle will apply and carpooling is appreciated. Oracle's own harvest festival welcomes back live music by "Tortolita Gutpluckers" from 1-3pm on the Main Stage, playing desert bluegrass featuring banjo, guitar, vocals, fiddle and tub bass.  Opening up the event at 11am will be female duo "InAscent" who will perform with guitar, harmonica and vocals.  Visit calabazas.org for more details. The Fiesta de las Calabazas, as in past years, will highlight the cultural and natural diversity of the Oracle area, along with local talent.  Take a guided tour of the historic Kannally Ranch House.  Authors include: Herbalist, Charlie Kane, with a display of useful wild roots and second edition copies of his book, "Herbal Medicine of the American Southwest." Aldo Leopold scholar, David E. Brown, will be on hand for book signings.  Evaline Auerbach will provide books by Aldo Leopold and more. For more information, call Oracle State Park at (520) 896-2425. Oracle State Park, Center for Environmental Education, is a 4,000-acre wildlife refuge, set on the old Kannally Ranch in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains.  The park is located in the town of Oracle, approximately 45 minutes north of Tucson off of Highway 77.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Opera 101 Concert & Lecture Series. Shakespeare in Opera. St Mark's Church - 3pm. Tickets $15, preferred seating available with advance ticket purchase. The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance Announces 2009-2010 Schedule of Events, Festivals & Concerts. www.SAACA.org, www.SOUTHERAZFESTIVALS.org

A Night of Classical Music of India. Classical Indian musicians violinist Kala Ramnath and tabla player Ty Burhoe make a very special inaugural appearance in Tucson on Sunday, October 4th in for an evening of Classical Indian Music, an evening not to be missed. The Night if Classical Music of India begins at 7:00 pm at the Berger Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind,1200 West Speedway.  Tickets, $15 in advance and $18 at the door, are available at Antigone Books, at the Maya Tea booth on Saturdays at the Oro Valley Farmers’ Market, Sundays at the Tucson Farmers’ Market at St. Philip’s Plaza, and online at www.TalaRecords.com.  For more information contact Manish Shah at 400-9992 or Camillo Scherer at 390-9161.

Jazz Under the Stars – St. Philip’s Plaza, this evening Kristin Korb, nationally known singing bass player, opening is the Tucson duo of Christine Vivona, jazz harp, with Rob Boone, keyboard and trombone, presented by the Tucson Jazz Society, $15-20, 6:30 pm, 520-903-1265 or www.tucsonjazz.org.

The cool sounds of a live jazz band filter into the Sunday morning air at 3809 East 3rd Street – not a usual time for live jazz.  Unusual too is the location—St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church.  Oct. 4 is  Jazz Sunday.  It has become a tradition to invite some of Tucson’s best loved jazz  musicians to translate an entire worship service into jazz. Jazz Sunday is coordinated by Mike Smith, former pastor at St. Mark’s and a musician himself (he plays the drums.)  Joining him Oct. 4 will be Lisa Otey, piano and vocals; Diane Van Duerzen; John Snavely, clarinet; and Mike Levy, bass.

Tucson’s Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes. This year, more than 1,500 area residents will come together at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park to raise funds for Tucson’s Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes, the signature fundraising walk benefiting the American Diabetes Association. Every dollar raised through Step Out plays an important role in supporting the Association’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes presented by Desert Diamond Casino is an event for the whole family, or for anyone who enjoys the feeling of being part of a community. It’s an event for those who want to join the Association’s family and help stop diabetes. Be a part of the cure and start raising money today! To register, volunteer or find out more information, please visit main.diabetes.org/stepouttucson or call (520) 795-3711.

Wed., Oct 7- 11, 2009

Tucson Aerobatic Shootout - sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, www.desertaircraft.com

Friday, October 9, 2009

32nd Tucson Pride on Parade and Pride in the Desert – Friday parade on 4th Avenue at 6 pm followed by a block party, Saturday all-day festival at Reid Park, live entertainers, vendors, food court, Southern Arizona’s largest gathering of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community, 10 am – 8 pm, 520-622-3200 or www.tucsonpride.org

Weekend of Fri, Oct 9, Sat, Oct. 10 and Sun., Oct. 11, 2009

85th Annual Tucson Film & Music Festival – various cinemas and concert venues around Tucson, the festival celebrates independent film and music, www.tucsonfilmandmusicfestival.com The Tucson Film Office is proud to be a sponsor of the 5th annual Tucson Film & Music Festival (TFMF) which showcases music-related films, filmmakers and international music artists.  This year’s line up is definitely a chance to indulge your inner Rock Star. Below are some of the TFO picks, but go to http://www.tucsonfilmandmusicfestival.com/ to see the complete line up and all the details. Opening Night Film: LARGO [Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:00pm – Loft Cinemas] Featuring performances by Aimee Mann, Jackson Browne, Grant-Lee Philips, Zach Galfianakis, Flight of the Conchords, Andrew Bird, Fiona Apple and many others, this is an intimate concert  film which gives viewers an up close and personal look  into the legendary Los Angeles' bar/nightclub “Largo.” Executive produced by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There Will Be Blood). [112 mins.]. THE SWEET LADY WITH THE NASTY VOICE [Saturday, Oct. 10 at 5:30pm – Crossroads Cinema, followed by Q&A with Directors and Wanda Jackson herself]. Meet legendary rockabilly star Wanda Jackson who  kicked open the door for women in rock and roll, and empowered female rockers to be sexy, in control and to write their own songs. The documentary THE SWEET LADY WITH THE NASTY VOICE takes you from the beginning of Jackson’s career at age 16 to the present day, where Jackson still tours nightly. Featuring never-before-seen footage of Jackson’s concerts with rock icons Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, as well as interviews with performers singing her praises such as Joan Jett, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen and Crissie Hynde of The Pretenders.  [72 mins.]. Don’t miss Wanda Jackson herself, performing a set at Plush at 10:30pm! Closing Night Film:  ROCK PROPHECIES [Sunday, Oct. 11 at 7:30pm – Rialto Theatre] Imagine seeing  bands like Led Zeppelin, Guns and Roses or the Rolling Stones long before they became famous. Legendary rock photographer Robert Knight did just that, and has the photos to prove it. The documentary explores Robert’s amazing career and follows him on his quest to help the bands of today become the rock legends of tomorrow.  [79 mins.]. LOST DREAM  [Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9:30pm – Crossroads Cinema, followed by Q&A with Director and star Michael Welch]. Two college students, Perry (played by Twilight star Michael Welch) and Giovanni, develop a delicate friendship based on their mutually destructive behavior. Perry, the son of a corrupt Congressman, is tormented by his position in society. Giovanni, distraught by a troubled childhood, has lost his desire to live. Together, they challenge each other's existence in search of salvation. POCKET FULL OF SOUL [Sunday, Oct. 11 at 12:00pm – Crossroads Cinema] See and hear a documentary about the greatest musical instrument in music, the harmonica!  Narrated by Huey Lewis, featuring interviews and performances by Clint Black, James Cotton, Delbert McClinton, Robert Klein, Taylor Hicks, John Popper and more.  This is a film that explores the mythos surrounding the harmonica, bringing you the unvarnished and exciting world of harmonica players as never seen before.

37th Annual SAHBA Fall Home & Garden Show - TCC, Southern Arizona Home Builders Assn, bi-annual show featuring landscaping, building materials & beautiful arts & crafts, 520-795-3025 or www.sahba.org

Tucson Meet Yourself 2009 – El Presidio Park, celebrate the richness and diversity of the living and traditional arts of Southern Arizona's folk and ethnic communities: ethnic food, performances and folk arts demonstrations, "Meet the Cooks," "Meet and Greet," and more, Fri-Sat. 11am - 10pm; Sun. 11am - 5pm, 520-792-4806 or www.tucsonmeetyourself.org

Fall Plant Sale - Tohono Chul Park, more than 500 species of native and arid-adapted plants and tree grouped by who they attract, butterflies, hummingbirds and birds, free, Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm, 520-742-6455 or www.tohonochulpark.org H

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Arizona’s Children Association Celebrate! Arizona’s Children Gala. Proceeds from this dinner and dancing event benefit the programs and services of Arizona's Children Association in Pima County.  The event will honor the Tucson Conquistadores for their dedication to children in Southern Arizona.  Event Chair: Ingrid Novodvorsky. 6:00 p.m. held at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa. Arizona’s Children Association is the state’s largest non-profit child welfare and behavioral health organization, which provides more than 40 Prevention, Intervention and Permanency programs to 45,000 children and families throughout the state. Proceeds from this event will specifically benefit Arizona’s Children programs and services in Pima County, including The Parent Connection, Las Familias, foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption, counseling, and many others. ONTACT:   Miguel Quezada at (520) 622.7611 ext.1311 or email him at [email protected] to purchase sponsorships, group or individual tickets for the event or to make a donation.  Ticket purchases can also be made online at www.arizonaschildren.org/events.htm

BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage) invites you to “Kuruma Banare”, a 20th Anniversary Birthday Bash! In celebration of 20 incredible years in the Tucson community, The Hut (305 N. 4th Ave.)  is hosting a birthday party benefit for BICAS. The event will take place on Saturday, October 10th, 2009. Events include live music, dancing, juggling, circus performances and a cargo bike raffle. Confirmed performances feature local Tucson groups Tom Walbank, Sunny Italy, Evasion Pixel, Garboski, and Mexico City’s Sour Soul. Doors open at 7 pm. All proceeds from the entry will be donated directly to BICAS. Minimum suggested donation is $5.00. Located in the heart of downtown Tucson, BICAS was founded in 1989. BICAS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit collectively-run community education and recycling center for bicycles that welcomes people of all ages and walks of life. BICAS promotes education, art, and a healthy environment while providing services and opportunities for those in need through bicycle advocacy and recycling. For more information, contact Kylie Walzak at (520) 891-9094 or [email protected] or visit www.bicas.org. BICAS is located at 44 W. 6th St.

32nd Tucson Pride on Parade and Pride in the Desert – Friday parade on 4th Avenue at 6 pm followed by a block party, Saturday all-day festival at Reid Park, live entertainers, vendors, food court, Southern Arizona’s largest gathering of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community, 10 am – 8 pm, 520-622-3200 or www.tucsonpride.org

Jet Car Nationals - Southwestern International Raceway, Quik Mart Series #3 Saturday Only, free-$20, 4 pm, 520-762-9700 or www.Sirace.com

Safe from the Sun Walkathon for Melanoma Awareness. This melanoma awareness event will honor and remember those touched by melanoma and spread the word about skin cancer prevention.  Proceeds from the event will support melanoma research, prevention activities and patient support services.  To register for the walkathon, please visit www.safefromthesun.org. $25 for adults ($30 day of the event), 3-6pm, Arizona Cancer Center at UMC North, 3838 N. Campbell Ave.

Musical Magic for Kids An interactive Music & Dance Experience. Ralph's Secret Weapon. 10:30am - FREE ADMISSION. Oro Valley Music & Dance Academy. Southeast corner of Magee & Oracle (next to Trader Joes). The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance Announces 2009-2010 Schedule of Events, Festivals & Concerts. www.SAACA.org, www.SOUTHERAZFESTIVALS.org

Sunday, October 11, 2009

5th Annual Carondelet Get Moving Tucson – Tucson Convention Center, the 28th running of the annual SAR 10-miler and 5K running race and non-competitive family fitness walk, awards and raffles, children under 12 are free (no shirt), post race festivities include music, face painting, climbing wall, $12-40, 7:30 am, 520-991-0733 or www.arizonaroadracers.com

17th Annual Architecture Home Tour – part of Architecture Week, a selection of homes throughout Tucson, featuring local residential projects that are varied and represent the unique architectural designs for the diverse lifestyles of Tucsonans, $25, benefits Habitat for Humanity, 520-323-2191 or www.aiasouthernarizona.org

Jazz Under the Stars – St. Philip’s Plaza, this evening is The Big Band Express, led by Tom Patrick with vocalist Katy Martin, presented by the Tucson Jazz Society, $15-20, 6:30 pm, 520-903-1265 or www.tucsonjazz.org

A Butterfly Affaire: Tucson’s first Green Gala At the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Celebrate the opening of the Butterfly Magic exhibit and living green in the desert. Set amid the “greenest” garden in town, the Tucson Botanical Gardens, attendees will enjoy dinner prepared by Chef Janos, an eclectic array of music, amazing silent auction and raffle items and inspiring earth friendly décor for you to admire.Tucson Botanical Gardens is a private, non-profit organization that promotes botanical, horticultural, and ecological education; encourages responsible environmental stewardship; and provides a beautiful setting for enjoyment and relaxation. The Gardens, designated as America’s Best Secret Garden by Reader’s Digest, is an urban oasis in the heart of Tucson featuring a 5 acre collection of 16 specialty gardens. It is located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Tickets $150 per person, $1,500 table for 10. Tickets can be purchased by calling (520) 326-9686, Ext. 10 or online at www.tucsonbotanical.org.

Thursday, October 15

ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES THE ARIZONA PLAYWRITING AWARD Playwrights residing in the state of Arizona are encouraged to submit scripts for the Award. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2009 (scripts must be postmarked by this date). Each script will be read and evaluated by a member of ATC’s Artistic Staff. Finalists will be judged by ATC’s artistic staff including the Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director and Literary Manager. Continue reading bout the 2009 ATC Playwriting Award guidelines.

Fall Concert Series – Tohono Chul Park, featuring the Santa Cruz River Band with Ted Ramirez and Michael Ronstadt, an authentic representation of Southwestern music and culture and presenting their stories in a positive way, $18, 7 pm, 520-742-6455 or www.tohonochulpark.org

Friday, October 16, 2009

Think Fast!”, the annual Mensa Testing Day event, will be held in Tucson, Arizona on October 17, 2009. If your readers score in the top 2 percent on the Mensa Admission Test, they'll qualify to join the organization. The Craycroft Towers, 1635 N. Craycroft Rd. Details: The test fee is $40 and a photo ID is required. Test takers should show up 30 minutes prior to the test for registration. The test is open to anyone age 14 and older, but parental permission is required for anyone age 14 – 17. American Mensa is an organization open to anyone who scores in the top two percent on an accepted, standardized intelligence test. The organization has more than 56,000 members in the United States and more than 110,000 members around the world. Members of Mensa attend local and national events, join special interest groups such as astronomy and philosophy, and help out in their communities through various projects. For more details, please visit www.tucson.us.mensa.org, or www.us.mensa.org/MTD. Call (800) 66-MENSA.

George is Dead, ATC Production from October 17 - November 7, 2009. Comic legend and Academy Award nominee Elaine May offers up a new comedy starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Marlo Thomas as Doreen, the socialite wife of a right-wing Republican named George.  On her way to a fundraiser, driven by a possibly illegal immigrant, she ends up at the home of a former employee and her left-wing husband.  How?  Why?  Do they kill her?  Reject her? Adopt her?  Is George really dead?  See this comedy by the award-winning writer of The Birdcage, Primary Colors and Heaven Can Wait to find out! Arizona Theatre Company's 2009-2010 Season as of Monday, August 17, 2009. Tickets range from $26-$54 depending on performance date and section choice. See 2009 ATC.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

October 17-31 21st Annaul Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival & Corn Maze - horse-drawn wagon rides, haunted cornfield, $4 for the festival, $18 for the corn maze, 10 am, weekends, 520-822-2277 or www.buckelewfarm.com

Around the World in Two Hours – Berger Performing Arts Center, (1200 W. Speedway), a musical tour to feature the sounds of Brazil, Ireland, Japan and Africa, the groups are Batucaxe, Round the House, Odaiko Sonora and Planet Djembe featuring master drummer Adama Dembele, world music, drumming and dance, sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Living of Tucson, $20-25, 7 pm, 800-825-3773 or 520-319-1042 or www.tucsoncsl.org

Tucson Wool Festival –The Withers Ranch (4010 W. Palo Seco, 85742), tour a working fiber farm and meet llamas, alpacas, angora goats and rabbits, Shetland, Rambouillet, Jacobs and Border Leicester sheep, try your hand at a workshop or visit fiber artists from throughout the Southwest as the demonstrate their craft, free, 9 am – 3 pm, 520-572-3758 or 520-401-6117 or www.uniquedesignsbykathy.com H *

Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival – Rillito Downs Park (4502 N. 1st Avenue, Tucson), more than 200 food, art, wine, beer and everything culinary themed art vendors and booths, live music, dancing and cooking demos, children’s activities, $5, Sat. 10:30 am – 8 pm, Sun 10:30 am – 5 pm, www.saaca.org

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival. Admission $5, 12 and under free. Rillito Raceway Park (1st & River). The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance Announces 2009-2010 Schedule of Events, Festivals & Concerts. www.SAACA.org, www.SOUTHERAZFESTIVALS.org.

Blues Festival - Reid Park, promotes an awareness and enjoyment of blues music & culture, 11 am – 6:30 pm, www.azblues.org.

Jazz Under the Stars – St. Philip’s Plaza, this evening it The Super Jam Tribute to Steve Emerine, produced by Pete Swan with an all-star assembly of the city’s top jazz musicians, presented by the Tucson Jazz Society, $15-20, 6:30 pm, 520-903-1265 or www.tucsonjazz.org.

Friday, October 23, 2009

October 23, 24 & 25: The Desert Bluegrass Association presents the Tucson Bluegrass Music Festival on October 23, 24 & 25, 2009 at Desert Diamond Casino. The tenth annual festival will feature all-day (10am - 5:30pm) performances on Saturday and Sunday by The Gibson Brothers, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Goldwing Express, The Brombies, Headline Bluegrass Band and the Blues "N" Grass Neighborhood Band  - all staged in a beautiful outdoor plaza. Friday evening (7pm - 9 pm) features the Desert Bluegrass Association band contest.  Up to 10 bands will compete for $750 in prize money and the opportunity to perform on the festival stage on Sunday.  The evenings are for jamming so bring your instrument and join us.  Workshops will help pickers hone their skills, vendors will offer crafts and music for sale and Desert Diamond offers dining options ranging from fine dining to casual snacks.  A section of parking area near the plaza will be reserved for camping and jamming.  Daily admission is $20.  Weekend passes are $30.  Children under 16 are free with a paying adult.  Camping is included in the price of admission.  The Desert Diamond Casino is located at Interstate 19 & Pima Mine Road just south of Tucson, AZ.  For more information visit www.desertbluegrass.org or call Mike Headrick at (520) 760-0745.  The Desert Bluegrass Association is a non-profit, all volunteer organization who promotes Bluegrass Music in the Greater Tucson metropolitan area.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

JAZZ LEGENDS, in concert LIVE! Hilton El Conquistador Resort, 5pm Dinner, 6:30pm Concert. Tickets $25 Lawn Seating, $50 Reserved Poolside Seating, $75 Reserved Seating with Dinner. The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance Announces 2009-2010 Schedule of Events, Festivals & Concerts. www.SAACA.org, www.SOUTHERAZFESTIVALS.org

10th Annual Tucson Bluegrass Festival – Desert Diamond Casino, features top national, local and regional bluegrass bands with performances daily from 10 am – 5:30 pm, jam sessions, music and craft vendors, workshops, daily $18, weekend $25, food, 520-296-1231 or www.desertbluegrass.org

Sunday, October 25, 2009

10th Annual Tucson Bluegrass Festival – Desert Diamond Casino, features top national, local and regional bluegrass bands with performances daily from 10 am – 5:30 pm, jam sessions, music and craft vendors, workshops, daily $18, weekend $25, food, 520-296-1231 or www.desertbluegrass.org

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

FORT KNOX FIVE, DC based funk and global recording four-part group,, who is coming to Hotel Congress on Wednesday, October 28. FORT KNOX FIVE will end their U.S. tour with the release of their new album The New Gold Standard 2 (Fort Knox Recordings). The compilation album, set for release November 3, contains 15 new tracks including “Shift” featuring hip-hop and international masterminds Afrika Bambaataa and Mustafa Akbar. www.myspace.com/fortknoxfive

Friday, October 30, 2009

Cultural Concert Series at Steampump Village in Oro Valley. Performer TBA. 6:30pm - FREE ADMISSION. The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance Announces 2009-2010 Schedule of Events, Festivals & Concerts. www.SAACA.org, www.SOUTHERAZFESTIVALS.org

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween

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