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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:06 am | Updated: 9:24 am, Fri Jun 7, 2013.

SPLASH!

Saturday, June 8, 6 p.m.

La Encantada (NW corner of Skyline and Campbell Ave. - lower level courtyard)

TICKETS 50% OFF FOR ONLY ONE MORE DAY - OFFER ENDS 9 A.M., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5

LIVE ART - COCKTAILS - VIBRANT FASHION DISPLAYS - DJ MUSIC - GOODIE BAGS - SILENT AUCTION - GOURMET FOOD - WINE

Tickets - $70 per person LIMITED TIME ONLY - TICKETS $35 BUY NOW

Includes cocktails and dinner samplings from over 15 participating restaurants, goodie bags with coupons and giveaways. Ticket also includes access to the live art auction, silent auction, fashion displays and more. 


Park Place Guitar Festival and US Air Guitar Competition!

Friday, June 14   KICK OFF CELEBRATION Guitars & Growlers

Sears and Total Wine Breezeway - Free Admission - 6 p.m.

Live Blue Guitar and Performance with Johnny Faber and the Road Kings

Complimentary food sampling from Park Place Merchants and Beer Samplings provided by Total Wine and More.

Saturday, June 15  Park Place Guitar Festival and US Air Guitar Competition

Free Admission

Presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, the Guitar Festival will include live music, Air Guitar Competition, giveaways, guitar show and swap, an improvisation jam, kids' activities, guitar orchestra and mariachi performances by local school groups, GuitART, vendors and exhibitors.  More information online at: http://www.saaca.org/Guitar_Festival.html

US AIR GUITAR COMPETITION

http://usairguitar.com/   In space, no one can hear you play air guitar Limited Space! Register Online Today at: http://2013usagqctucson.eventbrite.com/     GRAND PRIZE $300


Friday Night Live! Jazz Summer Music Series at Main Gate Square

Alternating Fridays at 7 p.m., Free Admission, parking validated for Tyndall Garage

Geronimo Plaza at Main Gate Square, between Park Avenue and Euclid Avenue on University Boulevard

Upcoming Performances

June 7:  DeGrazia Band - Spanish guitar

June 21: Real Tears - contemporary jazz/blues

July 5: Butch Diggs - jazz sax

July 19: Heather O'Day - jazz vocal standards

Aug. 2: Annon & The Late Show - Latin jazz/R&B

Aug. 16: Hot Club of Tucson - jazz


Oro Valley Musical Magic for Kids

Oro Valley Council Chambers

11000 N. LA CAÑADA DRIVE. ORO VALLEY, ARIZONA 85737

Free Admission   10 a.m.

Saturday, July 6   Civic Orchestra of Tucson

You are invited to join us in July for some Evans Family Musical Merriment! We plan to involve you in several musical adventure stories. You will hear diverse instruments including violin, cello, ukelele, guitar, ocarina, piano and more! Be ready to participate in our terrific tales!! You'll see storytelling in a whole new way! It will be a noisemaking narrative, a melodic myth, a fusion fable, and a singing saga.

Saturday, August 3   Oro Valley Music and Dance Academy

THE INTER-PLANETARY ADVENTURES OF PEPPY THE POODLE TRAVELING CIRCUS


2nd Saturdays Downtown

June 8, 2013

Event Location: 110 E. Pennington St., Tucson, AZ 85701

Venue: Downtown Tucson Partnership

Time: From: 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Admission: The outdoor entertainment is all free to the public, and most other shows are free. Those that cost are denoted on the entertainment page.


Music Under the Stars: Tucson Pops Concert

June 9, 2013

Event Location: 900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ 85716

Venue: DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park.

Time: Starting: 7 p.m.

Admission: Free. Please bring a chair or blanket for sitting.

More information at: http://www.tucsonpops.org/


Oro Valley Concert Series

Oro Valley Marketplace -Southwest corner of Oracle Road and Tangerine Road  

Century Theatres SECOND THURSDAYS at 6 p.m.

FREE ADMISSION

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs to enjoy the concert

June 13: Greg Spivey Band Country

July 11: George Howard Band Blues / R& B

August 8: Outlaw Rebels Rockabilly

September 12: Michael Friedmann Jazz Guitar / Vocal

October 10: Bouncing Czechs German / Polish Ocktoberfest

November 14: Dr. Mojo & The Zydeco Cannibals Zydeco


Iron Chef Tucson

July 6, & 7, 2013

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days

Loews Ventana Canyon

The Stella Artois Iron Chef Tucson competition takes place at the Annual Culinary Weekend on Saturday, July 6th at 6:00 p.m. http://www.ironcheftucson.com/


Hilton El Conquistador Indoor Summer Fine Art Festival

August 10 & 11

Hilton El Conquistador Resort - Free Admission

Captivating watercolor images, elegant pottery creations, nationally-exhibited photography and eye-catching fine jewelry will bring an eclectic mix of arts to the Oro Valley Indoor Summer Fine Arts Festival.

Set at the base of the majestic Pusch View Mountains, the Oro Valley Indoor Summer Fine Arts Festival will take place at Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road, on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For applications and more info, visit www.saaca.org


Southern Arizona Salsa / Tequila Challenge

Saturday, August 24

5:30 p.m.   La Encantada Upstairs and Lower Walkways and Courtyards

Once a year, top chefs and restaurants compete in an event that serves the region's cultural garden to modern day taste buds.

The Southern Arizona Salsa and Tequila Challenge has shaken up the summers in Tucson for three years, with 2013 mixing up to be more flavorful than ever at La Encantada.

On Saturday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m., the culinary competition will once again support Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, much-needed charitable causes raising money for hunger relief and the arts in our community.

This year, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber has added another ingredient to the charity mix with Fiesta Fantastica, a decorative fundraiser to raise money for Hispanic students seeking higher education through the Tucson Hispanic Foundation.

More than 20 piñatas will line the arches of La Encatada's courtyard, each sponsored by a business and created by a local artist. Attendees will buy raffle tickets to use as a vote for their personal favorite piñata design. Businesses interested in participating can call Cindy Ramirez at (520) 240-6303.

The Salsa and Tequila Challenge brings up to 50 chefs and restaurants preparing unique salsa recipes and mixologists creating innovative Tequila-based drinks along with sweet and savory menu pairings. A judging panel of culinary experts and enthusiasts select winners of the amateur and professional competitions, which are awarded at the main event, and attendees place their own votes for the People's Choice awards.

Mexican traditions will be expressed live on stage through Ballet Folklorico de San Juan at 6 p.m., a colorful, energetic and captivating group of performers. San Juan has been a part of the Tucson community since 1987, touring across the United States and Mexico with performances in places such as Disneyland in Anaheim and the International Mariachi Festivals in Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Flamenco sensation Tesoro will take the stage at 7:15 p.m. The group has a unique sound that captivates even the most sophisticated flamenco purists and enthusiasts. Tesoro's sound is a mestizo of world genres layered on top of the aggressive yet sensual sounds of acoustic and electric guitar riffs rooted in flamenco.

Tickets to the event, $40 per person, include chips, salsa tastings, tequila cocktail sampling and shooters, menu pairings, silent auction browsing, live music and dance performances, cultural activities and more.

Purchase tickets online at www.saaca.org

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