Ready to Launch: Arizona’s Place in Space
Sept. 1-Nov. 30
This exhibition investigates the impact that the people, landscape and universities in Arizona have played in space exploration. Photos, objects from NASA, the Lowell Observatory, UArizona, etc. Arizona History Museum.Tues-Sat: 10 am-2 pm. 6285774. Arizonahistoricalsociety.org/museum/Arizona-historymuseum.
Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler
This inperson event is an 8-mile run on a course that loops through the Rincon Mountains of Saguaro National Park East. Sponsored by The Running Shop. 5:15 a.m. 991-0733. Azroadrunners.org/ races/detail/saguaro.
Angel Charity Big Deal Poker Party
A Texas Hold ’em Tournament Casino & Entertainment with various prizes, this fundraiser also will include dinner and music by DJ Lokey. Proceeds benefit the 2020-21 beneficiaries of Angel Charity for Children. 6 pm. Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch & Resort. Angelcharity.org.
Sonoran Restaurant Week
This celebration of the Old Pueblo’s status as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy will feature more than 45 restaurants, each with a $25-35 prix fixe menu developed for the week to honor our food history and culture. Sonoranrestaurantweek.com.
Chasing Rainbows Gala/Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
The Fox Tucson Theatre will hold three events as part of its annual Chasing Rainbows fundraiser. This is the first, a concert featuring Southern California swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, who appeared in the movie Swingers, along with TV shows such as Party of Five and Ally McBeal. Food from downtown restaurants, and an online silent auction also are part of the festivities. 5 pm. 17 W. Congress. Foxtucson.com.
Heroes, Hearts & Horses
This fundraiser, held at Loews Ventana Canyon and emceed by Steve Ochoa, will include live music by After 7, and a live auction overseen by Paul Ramirez. Proceeds benefit the programs of TROT. 749-2360, ext. 600. Trotarizona.org.
9/11 Cochise Freedom Fest and Tribute
Honoring the victims of 9/11 on the 20th anniversary, the event will include music by Don McLean, The Gatlin Brothers, Keith Anderson and Trey Taylor, along with a car show, a beer garden featuring local wineries and mircobreweries, and other activities. 10 am-10 pm. Veteran’s Memorial Park, Sierra Vista. Cochisefreedomfest.com.
Dancing Under the Stars
Organized by Los Charros Foundation, this fundraiser benefits youth in Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties. Live music, live auction, dinner and dancing. 5 pm. Vera Earl Ranch, Sonoita, Arizona. Loscharrosfoundation.org/dancing-underthe- stars/#party-description
Sahuarita Rock and Roll
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and the Town of Sahuarita hold a celebration of music, arts and classic cars. Art activity stations, classic cars, artist demonstrations, food trucks, live bands. 1905 N. Old Nogales Hwy. Saaca.org.
FC Tucson Soccer
Sept. 11 FCT vs. Fort Lauderdale. 7 pm. Kino North Stadium.
Southern Arizona Go Red for Women
Sept. 24 The American Heart Association sponsors this event, which will include survivors of cardiovascular disease telling their stories, online silent auction, health and wellness expo, and breakfast. 7 a.m. Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. Ahatucson. ejoinme.org/MyEvents/20212022TucsonGoRedLuncheon/tabid/1207640/ Default.aspx
Tucson Greek Festival
Some restrictions due to the pandemic will be in place, with pre-ordering necessary for festival food (deadline Sept. 10). The festival will include a DJ spinning tunes, and a sitting area. Fri: 4-8 pm; Sat: 11 am-8 pm. 1145 E. Fort Lowell Road. 888-1299. Tucsongreek.com.
A fall banquet benefit for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, this evening will include a presentation by bestselling author Michael Hinson, whose service dog saved him on 9/11. 5-8 pm. El Conquistador Tucson. Hssaz.org.
Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta
Sept. 30-Oct. 3 The 10th annual fiesta will feature four Mexican Pacific League teams: Naranjeros de Hermosillo, Yaquis de Obregon, Aguilas de Mexicali, and Mayos de Navojoa. The band La Brissa will perform following the double header on Oct. 1. Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. Mexicanbaseballfiesta.com.
Evening of Play
The Children’s Museum Tucson invites in the grownups for a fundraiser that will include food from local restaurants, live music by Naïm Amor, DJ, karaoke, lawn games, roving entertainment and more. 6:30 pm. 200 S. 6th Ave. Childrensmuseumtucson.org
Live Theatre Workshop
Sept. 2-Oct. 9
Steven Dietz’ Bloomsday is an unconventional love story about a man and a woman who met in Dublin during a James Joyce literary tour, only to reunite 35 years later. Continuing through Sept. 26 in the Children’s Theatre is The Conundrum at Camp Catalina, written by Tyler West with music by David Ragland. 3322 E. Fort Lowell Road. 327-4242. Livetheatreworkshop.org.
Red Herring Puppets
Aesop’s Fables, with rhymed versions of classic tales such as “The Lion and the Mouse,” “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Owl and the Grasshopper,” et al., will be performed. 2 pm and 4 pm. Tucson Mall (upper level between Macy’s and Forever 21). 6356535. Redherringpuppets.com.
The Rogue Theatre
Christopher Johnson adapts and directs Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, set in turn-of-thecentury New Orleans, and widely considered to be one of the groundbreaking works examining female sexuality. 300 E. University Blvd. 551-2053. Roguetheatre.org.
Sept. 15-26 IT presents Matthew Lombardo’s Looped!, by turns comic and dramatic, about fading film star Tallulah Bankhead trying to record one line of dialogue for a 1965 low-budget thriller, only to drunkenly digress again and again, revealing more about herself, as well as the sound engineer and editor in the studio with her. 1400 N. First Ave. 882-9721. Invisibletheatre.com.
Arizona Theatre Company
Sept. 25-Oct. 16
The season begins with My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend, an award-winning musical about the relationship between a young actress and an elderly man who takes an interest in helping her. 330 S. Scott. 622-2823. Arizonatheatre.org.
UAFred Fox School of Music Concerts
Sept. 5-29 Sept. 5
Faculty Artist Series recital: Pianists Fanya Lin and Daniel Linder, with composers Daniel Asia and Yuanyuan (Kay) He. 3:30 pm. Crowder Hall. Sept. 19: Faculty Artist Series Recital: Tuba and euphonium player Matt Tropman. 3 pm. Holsclaw Hall. Sept. 25: Arizona Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 pm. Crowder Hall. Sept. 29: Faculty Artist Series recital: bassoonist Marissa Olegario. 7 pm. Holsclaw Hall. 621-3341. Music.arizona.edu.
Tucson Symphony Orchestra Classic Series Concert
Sept. 24, 26
The season opens with José Luis Gomez leading the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s passionate Symphony No. 4, as well as William Grant Still’s Festive Overture. The TSO will be joined by trumpet virtuoso Pacho Flores for Efraín Oscher’s Danzas Latinas, and his own composition, Morocota, Venezuelan Waltz. Fri: 7:30 pm Sun: 2 pm. TCC Music Hall. 882-8585. Tucsonsymphony.org.
Los Angeles Azueles Concert
Popular cumbia band Los Angeles Azules brings their “40 Años” tour to the Old Pueblo. 8 pm. Centennial Hall. Tickets available only through Ticketmaster.
Fox Tucson Theatre Concerts
Sept. 25: Bay Area rocker/balladeer Chris Isaak, whose hits include “Wicked Game,” “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing,” and “Somebody’s Crying,” comes to town.
Sept. 26: Rickie Lee Jones, best known for her hit “Chuck E’s in Love,” about singer/ songwriter Chuck E. Weiss, will perform. 17 W. Congress. 547-3030. Foxtucson.com.