Tucson Rodeo Parade

THE WORLD’S LONGEST NON-MOTORIZED PARADE HIGHLIGHTS TUCSON’S LA FIESTA DE LOS VAQUEROS

Each year, more than 200,000 people enjoy the western-themed floats and buggies, historic horse-drawn coaches, festive Mexican folk dancers, marching bands and outfitted riders. The route begins at Park Avenue and Ajo Way, continues south to Irvington Road, then heads west on Irvington Road to South 6th Avenue.
Grandstands for viewing are located on Irvington at South 6th Avenue. See tickets for information for Grandstand tickets.  Viewing along both sides of the route, which stretches just over a mile, is available at no charge.
Tickets for Grandstand seating at Irvington and South 6th Ave, $10 adults, $5 kids under 13. Call (520) 294-1280 for grandstand tickets.
The main parking lot at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, just behind the parade grandstands, opens at 4 a.m. on parade day for spectator parking. Enter the lot from 3rd Ave. at Irvington Road. Parking is $5 per vehicle.
February 26th 9am
Tucson Rodeo Grounds | 6th Ave & Irvington | tucsonrodeo.com

Spamalot

Spamalot, a silly and highly irreverent musical comedy “lovingly ripped off” from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail, parodies the legend of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical,” and received 14 Tony Award nominations.

The play borrows lines and jokes freely from the film Monty Python’s Holy Grail. Fans of Monty Python will delight in the trademark silliness and humor they have come to expect. Spamalot adds swipes at Vegas glitz and Broadway conventions to the film’s anarchic spirit. The quest of King Arthur and his comically inept knights for the Holy Grail has been woven into another quest: that of bringing the king and his entourage to the enchanted land called Broadway.
Thursday February 26 – March 8
Proscenium Theatre | 2202 W. Anklam Rd. | www.pima.edu/cfa

Zap Mama & Antibalas

Two World Music Trailblazers Unite! Collaborating for the first time ever, the pioneering vocalist Zap Mama & Brooklyn-based band Antibalas come together to celebrate the evolution of contemporary Afro music. From Afrobeat to Afro-pop music, Zap Mama mixes African vocal techniques with European polyphony, while Antibalas effortlessly fuses Afrobeat with New York City Latin funk and traditional drumming of Cuba and West Africa.

America’s premier afrobeat band, Antibalas, is excited to hit the Fox stage in a collaborative performance with Zap Mama – Marie Daulne’s international polyphonic vocal group!
Wednesday February 25th, 7:30pm
Fox Theatre | 17 W Congress | foxtucsontheatre.org 

Tig Notaro

TIG NOTARO has guest Starred on NBC’s “Community” and is slated to appear on HBO’s animated series, “The Life and Times of Tim.” Most notably, she played “Officer Tig” on Comedy Central’s “The Sarah Silverman Program” and was a regular on ABC’s “In the Motherhood,” opposite Cheryl Hines and Megan Mullally.  She has performed stand-up on numerous shows, such as “Comedy Central Presents,” Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “The Benson Interruption” and “Carson Daly.” Tig has also had regular invitations to festivals such as SXSW, Montreal Just For Laughs, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Sketch Fest and Bumbershoot, just to name a few. On August 2, 2011, Tig is released her debut album, “Good One” partnered with the long-anticipated DVD, “Have Tig at Your Party” on prestigious indie music label, Secretly Canadian, where she is the first and only comedian to be signed.
Wednesday February 25th, 7pm
Rialto Theatre | 318 E Congress | rialtotheatre.com

Guys and Dolls

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, this screwball romantic comedy – considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy – soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll,” out to reform the evildoers of Times Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.
For tickets and showtimes visit-
Centennial Hall | 1020 E University Blvd | uapresents.org

Trailer Park Boys – Live

Fox Theatre | Friday March 20th | 7:30 pm
Nova Scotia’s trailer parks are colorful thanks to residents Ricky, Bubbles and Julian. Together, they plan mad capers, usually get-rich-quick schemes, with plenty of screw-ups along the way. They’re constantly being hunted by their former trailer park supervisor, Jim Lahey, and his perpetually shirtless, pot-belled assistant, Randy. There are a host of other quirky characters that make up this zany locale of below-income characters in this Canadian mockumentary series that has spawned two feature films.

Eddie Spagetti

Surly Wench | Friday February 20th | 9pm
Everybody’s got that pal they turn to whenever they need a party, and for a long time Eddie Spaghetti, Supersucker Soul Brother Number One, has been that guy. Revelling in the center stage spotlight and the wallop of thousands of PAs for thousands of shows across the land, Eddie’s learned how to coax the inner life of the party out of all of us. His solo career is an extension of his life-long love of roots music, but full of pop hooks and wiseguy humor delivered with a brain, a heart, & a beer.

Eddie grew up in Tucson, Arizona trying desperately to ignore the country music that floated all around him. Seems like every pick-up truck and storefront speaker was cranking out the syrupy wails of some heartbroken hick and he just wasn’t having it. So, as a kid, he turned to Heavy Metal, then Punk Rock, to block out the noise and that’s how his band, The Supersuckers, was born. Formed in late ’88, The Supersuckers aim was to strip away some of the pretense of late ’80’s Heavy Metal and put a little showmanship into the Punk scene. It was a tightrope act few bands could achieve but, by the beginning of ’89, not only had the band done it, they were ready to make a move away from the dirt roads, dead ends and dust of their hometown. Heads was New Orleans, tails Seattle. Tails.

Rosanne Cash

Fox Theatre | Thursday February 19th | 7pm

The River & The Thread, Rosanne’s first album in more than four years, was released on January 14, 2014 by Blue Note Records. Cash wrote the album’s 11 original songs with her longtime collaborator (and husband) John Leventhal, who also served as producer, arranger and guitarist.

The Chicago Tribune hailed Cash’s 2010 bestselling memoir, Composed, as “one of the best accounts of an American life you will likely ever read.” With The River & The Thread, Cash turns her attention to other American lives and locations. The album richly evokes the Southern landscape – physical, musical, emotional – and examines the indelible impressions it has made on our own collective culture and on Cash.

The River & The Thread is sweeping in its breadth, capturing a unique, multi-generational cast of characters – from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas to a contemporary Mobile, AL couple. While Cash and Leventhal found inspiration in the many musical styles associated with the South – swampy Delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country and rock, to name a few – this is a completely contemporary collection. Cash’s crystalline voice and Leventhal’s compelling guitar work are at the heart of the album, and they bring in additional instrumentation to suit the tone of each particular song – from the delicate orchestral passages of “Night School,” (which nods to Stephen Foster, who also had a deep affection for the South) to the ghostly keyboards of album closer “Money Road.”

The River & The Thread follows 2009’s The List, which was named Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association and nominated for two GRAMMY Awards.

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