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If you live in Tucson, there’s no excuse for staying home this week. If you plan to visit for next weekend’s Way Out West Fest, you might consider going early to catch some incredible shows this week…
Friday, April 8 - Sunday, April 10 | Way Out West Fest | “60+ Bands from all over for $26” | Various Tucson Venues (check link for details)
Sunday, April 10 @ 7pm | Hunx and His Punx, Shannon and the Clams | Club Congress (311 E. Congress St.) | $8
Arizona’s homegrown answer to that other festival offers the simplicity of two nights of music - both Phoenix and Tucson - at a fair price instead.
Not to say there won’t be some “indie” antics and general tomfoolery, with a reported celebrity appearance by Cookie Monster (with free cookies in tow!) promised, but expect far less of that typically overblown festival bullshit.
Where? At The 7th Annual Real Coachella Festival!
Friday, April 29 | The Hang Art (512 N. Echols Ave, Tucson)
Saturday, April 30 | The Trunk Space (1506 NW Grand Ave, Phoenix)
Responding to comments by a Canadian police officer, who reportedly said, “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized” while speaking to students at York University about community safety tips, activists in Toronto organized a one-off Slutwalk in protest.
Purposely defiant in name, the parade-style event attracted about 1000 people and quickly spread globally - with similar Slutwalks taking place in Boston, Melbourne, and London (to name but a few cities) - all in protest against those who blame the victims of sex crimes, as a statement about sexual assault and victims’ rights, and to demand respect for all.
“Historically, the term ‘slut’ has carried a predominantly negative connotation,” Slutwalk Toronto states, “aimed at those who are sexually promiscuous, be it for work or pleasure, it has primarily been women who have suffered under the burden of this label. And whether dished out as a serious indictment of one’s character or merely as a flippant insult, the intent behind the word is always to wound, so we’re taking it back. “Slut” is being re-appropriated.”
To that end, Slutwalk Tucson will be held this Friday, beginning at 5pm from the downtown Tucson Police Department (270 S. Stone) to the Joel D Valdez Main Library Plaza (Congress & Church), where “participants in the parade may dress as ‘slutty’ as they are comfortable doing and are encouraged to bring signs to march with.”
Slutwalk Tucson | Friday, May 13 @ 5pm | 270 S. Stone
Tucson’s Solar Culture gallery is again hosting one of its semiregular community-building “No Jury, No Commission, All Work Accepted” group shows. Work will be accepted through this evening, with the opening reception/”bring food to share” potluck slated for Saturday, June 4th, from 6pm-9pm.
If you’re in the neighborhood, join in on the community fun.
Saturday, June 4 @ 6pm | Solar Culture Gallery | 31 E. Toole (Tucson)
Tucson’s 24-hour diner and adjacent music venue, the Grill and Red Room respectively, will be shutting its doors for the final time this Tuesday night (at midnight).
The joint-business has long been the epicenter of the city’s hipster weirdness and will be sorely missed. The official statement, from Red Room, reads in part, “You, our faithful clientele, have made our bar into a social institution. You placed your faith in us and your money, and you made us into a thriving bar. But we are part of the Grill, and the Grill is not a thriving business for a number of reasons beyond anybody’s control. We are still working the details out, but the bottom line is that we are going out of business… This is a sad day for Tucson, but lets try and go out with grace and style, and remember what this place meant to us, whatever that might have been for each of us.”
Both businesses are located in the heart of downtown Tucson, 100 E. Congress St., if you’re able to stop by to say your farewell in person, and - let’s admit it, you’ll want to - get that last big bowl of tater tots… to go.
- words & photos by Pete Petrisko
As reported here yesterday, with a timely update from today’s Tucson Weekly: The Range dispatch:“It turns out Grill didn’t make it to their planned Tuesday night closing, running out of food last night and closing, seemingly permanently…”
See the closing night online slideshow HERE.