Cinema La Placita at the Tucson Museum of Art
May 4, 11, 18, 25
On May 4, the annual outdoor movie screening series Cinema La Placita returns to downtown. But although the name is the same, the location has shifted to the Plaza of the Pioneers at the Tucson Museum of Art. The $3 per person fee includes free popcorn, and seating is provided. Food, beer and wine will be available for sale, thanks to Café a la C’art and various food trucks. The schedule for May is: May 4: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? May 11: Thelma and Louise May 18: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid May 25: Some Like It Hot. Screenings will begin at 7:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/cinemalaplacita.
Movies in the Park at Reid Park
May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1
Starting May 5, Cox Communications will sponsor free family friendly movie showings on a 40-foot screen. Also part of the festivities are balloon artists, face painting, and bouncy castles for the kids. Food trucks will be on site so patrons can purchase snacks, dinner and beverages. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. The film schedule will be: May 5: Wall-E June 2: Moana July 7: The Secret Life of Pets Aug. 4: Zootopia Sept. 1: Finding Dory. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.; screenings will begin around 7:45 p.m. www.saaca.org/Cox_Movies_in_the_Park.html
Found Footage Festival
Remember the days when nearly everyone had a VHS camcorder and filmed everything? (Kids, ask your parents about this!) Some of the craziest, most unusual footage — ranging from industrial training videos to home movies mistakenly donated to Goodwill — will be featured in this May 27 event at the Rialto Theatre, co-presented by The Loft Cinema. Hosted by Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, veterans of The Onion and The Late Show with David Letterman, the evening will include outtakes and bloopers from North Dakota local news; exclusive selections from David Letterman’s VHS Collection; and a new prank pulled by the hosts posing as a strong man duo on morning news shows. Tickets are $12 each ($10 each for Loft members). Screening starts at 8 p.m. 318 E. Congress. www.foundfootagefest.com.
Memorial Day Jazz Concert
Phoenix native Michael Eckroth, who holds a doctorate in jazz performance from NYU, comes to Tucson on May 29 with his trio, composed of bassist Alex Ayala and drummer Joel Mateo. With Eckroth — who has toured with legendary guitarist John Scofield — on piano/keyboards, the group plays an eclectic blend, often exploring the Latin jazz roots of Ayala and Mateo (both natives of Puerto Rico). The concert takes place in the intimate back room of Brother John’s Beer/Bourbon/BBQ, with tickets going for $20 (close-up) and $15 (further back). Prices at the door will be $5 higher. https://eckrothtrio.eventbrite.com; http://brotherjohnsbbq.com or www.peteswanjazz.com.
Joe Bourne and Trio
Soul/jazz/pop/R&B singer Joe Bourne performs a fundraising concert on June 7. Bourne, whose most recent CD is Upbeat and Sweet, which showcases his ability to re-interpret rock and pop hits of the 1960s/1970s, has a large repertoire to draw from, and always works with top-notch musicians. This evening concert will take place under the stars at Dove of Peace Lutheran Church. Admission will be free, but donations are requested to benefit a local charity (TBA). 5 W. Roller Coaster Road. http://joebourne.com.