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The newest venue on Tucson’s block is presenting a californicationalized night of touring music this Wednesday, featuring San Jose’s Stickup Kid, which just released a “name your price” 3-song EP download via bandcamp, and the melodic punk of Heart to Heart, recently signed with Anchor 84 Records for the release of its 7” record this spring.
Also on the bill is local act O.C.D., and rumor has it that the venue may be seeking other bands to join in the fun.
Jan. 12 / 8pm / Project Noise Venue / 657 W. St Marys Rd., Tucson / $8 / All Ages

The newest venue on Tucson’s block is presenting a californicationalized night of touring music this Wednesday, featuring San Jose’s Stickup Kid, which just released a “name your price” 3-song EP download via bandcamp, and the melodic punk of Heart to Heart, recently signed with Anchor 84 Records for the release of its 7” record this spring.

Also on the bill is local act O.C.D., and rumor has it that the venue may be seeking other bands to join in the fun.

Jan. 12 / 8pm / Project Noise Venue / 657 W. St Marys Rd., Tucson / $8 / All Ages

Tucson is celebrating the anniversary of John Dillinger’s 1934 capture - with tours, era-related car shows, lectures, period costumes, and a re-enactment of the big moment when the long arm of the law finally caught up with the Dillinger Gang in the downtown area - next weekend (Jan. 21 and 22).

Johnny Depp’s Public Enemies ain’t got nothing on this real life ballyhoo, being held on Congress Street and Toole Avenue.

For more info on this dieselpunk dream come true, click HERE.

Tucson: Bright City, Big Noise

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…

Tuesday, April 5 @ 8:30pm | The Mission Creeps, Sunday Drivers | The Red Room (100 E. Congress St.) | Free, All Ages

Thursday, April 7 @ 7pm | Roger Miret & The Disasters, Flatfoot 56, Bricktop, The Fighting 48th | The Rock (136 N. Park)

Friday, April 8 - Sunday, April 10 | Way Out West Fest | "60+ Bands from all over for $26" | Various Tucson Venues (check link for details)

Sat, April 9 @ 7:30pm | Longway, Majazlendie, Awful Truth, El Gulag, Wide Eyed | Rhino Pub (1118 E 6th St.)

Sunday, April 10 @ 7pm | Hunx and His Punx, Shannon and the Clams | Club Congress (311 E. Congress St.) | $8

The Real Coachella: NO CAMPING. NO YOGA. NO KANYE WEST.

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)

Protest Against Slut-Shaming to be Held in Tucson on Friday

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

artDRAW: Alignment - A Community Transmutation

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)

Two Shows That Make Us Choose

Here’s details on the first of two shows tomorrow night, both happening at exactly the same time…

Agression | Friday, Sept 30 @ 8pm | Rips Ales & Cocktails (3045 N. 16th St, Phoenix) | with Scorpion vs Tarantula, Dirty Filthy Mugs, and Asses of Evil | Details here.

Agression also plays in Tucson (with same acts + Dead Chiefs) on Saturday, Oct 1 @ 8pm, Vaudeville Cabaret (110 E. Congress St), see more info here.

FUNDS RUN DRY AT TUCSON’S DRY RIVER COLLECTIVE

Tucson’s premier volunteer-run alternative arts/politics collective, Dry River Radical Resource Center, has hit a financial roadblock and seeks the community’s help to stay above ground.

Current fundraising efforts has raised about one-tenth of the set goal, with the Dry River collective putting out the following update:

"Over the past six years, we have been host to countless shows, classes, presentations, and benefits for activist projects from a local to international scale. We stay open without pay most of the week with a computer lab, library, and free store, as well as a venue space where local and touring bands can play.

However, this has not been without setbacks. During the past year we have fallen drastically behind on our rent and are now faced with contemplating the future of our space. We’re working on long-term fundraising options, but without immediate financial help, it is unlikely that we will stay open until year’s end.”

For ways to help, follow this link to Save the Dry River!

(Radical Resources: A Story of the Dry River Collective documentary film short courtesy of Pan Left Productions)

Tucson’s Grill and Red Room Close Tomorrow

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