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June in Tucson

June 1st, 2015 by samhughesinn

June in Tucson is, perhaps, the cruelest month. That’s especially true this year because last month was wonderfully mild. When 100 degree temperatures return, Tucson’s residents have to become creative and develop tough skins because they know there will be many, many more days like this one. So, resident or visitor, here are some things to do in June that will help build up endurance for the hot days and nights to follow.

Movies Under the Stars

Three locations are offering evening outdoor movies for people who want to enjoy being outside after sunset.

outdoor theater

Demeester Performance Center

Every other Friday Reid Park’s Demeester Performing Arts Pavillion, 900 S. Randolph Way, is hosting free admission movies. Some bench seats are available but most people prefer to bring a blanket or a folding chair & sit on the grassy hillside. June 19th’s show is Shrek, a favorite with families with children .Food trucks are nearby to satisfy hunger & thirst.

La Placita

Every Thursday evening beginning at about 7:30, Cinema La Placita at 100 S. Church Avenue, presents oldie but goodie movies on its patio. Seats are available at tables scattered around the patio and some bench seating, but to be assured a good seat you can always bring your own. A $3 charge includes popcorn. June 4 will have Private Benjamin starring Goldie Hawn, June 11, A Shot in the Dark with the never to be forgotten, Peter Sellers, and on June 19, King Kong (the 1933 version) and June 25th, Dr. Stranglove (Peter Sellers again). Refreshments are also available at the restaurants of La Placita.

And for a real change of pace in outdoor movies, the next Movie Under the Stars event will be 7:30 p.m. June 26 at East Lawn Palms Cemetery, 5801 E. Grant Road. Movies are projected on an inflatable screen. Watch the newspaper,, for the name of the next production. Bring blanket for seating although some chairs will be set up and concessions will be open. Sounds a little creepy but it’s a Tucson Thing now that the drive-ins are all gone. Seating is on grassy lawn not on grave sites.

Art Center Offerings in June

Zac Harmon Guitar

Zac Harmon Guitar


The Sea of Glass Center – Center for the Arts, 330 E. 7th Street, an unusual indoor venue, has scheduled three very different events in June. On June 19th, Zac Harmon (called International Blues Ambassador), with his 4 piece band, presents a concert at 7:3PM. A dinner/concert package is available. Tickets available online at the website and read more about Zac’s blues career beginning in Jackson, MS..


Documentary with speaker

One Track Heart Promo

Saturday, June 20 at 7:00 PM, the documentary, “One Track Heart:The Story of Krishna Das”  will follow the speaker, Jivananda dasa Vanacarif of ISKCON, describing the basic philosophies of Hinduism. He has traveled the world lecturing and sharing the word of his favorite guru. The documentary describes the evolution of rock musician turned spiritual leader, Jeffrey Kagel,(Krishna Das) who in 1970 turned his back on rock stardom to pursue a personal search for spiritual fulfillment. Check website for tickets and more information on both men.


Dalai LamaAnd on Saturday, June 27, Sea of Glass will showcase the film, The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle For Freedom. The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, has lived in exile for most of his life trying to reach a compromise with China.The struggle continues to this day. Again, information and tickets can be found on the website along with a trailer from the film. Tickets purchased in advance are less expensive than day of the show tickets.

And enjoy lovingly prepared, locally sourced & reasonably priced plant based food items at The Food for Ascension Cafe, located next door, before or after these shows..


Music Scene


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


The historic Fox Theatre announces these special events in June all starting at 7:30 PM: June 6, Nitty, Gritty Dirt Band (country/folk), Thursday, June 11, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (Americana), Saturday, June 13, Phil Wickham (Christian), and Friday, June 19, Art Garfunkel (super famous singer/songwriter).

Phil Wickham

Phil Wickham



Art Garfunkel


Fleck & Washburn

Tucson Folk Festival 2015

April 20th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Folk Music Festival

Tucson Folk Festival 2015

Tucson Folk Festival

May is not the best month for exciting events in Tucson but the 30th annual Tucson Folk Festival ranks near the top of the list for the year. Live music, outside, and presented by the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association this is one of the largest free festivals in the USA, showcasing at least 120 local, regional and national musicians performing live acoustic music on five stages in downtown Tucson, May 2 & 3, 2015.

Acts will be presented on five stages, the Plaza in El Presidio Park, the Courtyard at the old Pima County Courthouse, in the Museum of Art Courtyard, at La Cocina at Old Town Artisans and in the Patio in front of the Museum of Art.

Ray Wilie Hubbard (songwriter and storyteller), the Ronstadt Generations (5 of them including Michael, younger brother of Linda along with his two sons presenting Southwestern & Mexican songs of their heritage), and Tom Chapin (23 albums, three Grammy Awards and now a children s’ book) will highlight this year’s festival.

Tom Chapin will perform on the Plaza Stage, Saturday, May 2 at PM for an all age audience and will present his children s show on the same stage Sunday, May 3rd from 2-3 PM. Among his many accomplishments he has narrated a series of children’s books, three of which have won Grammy awards in the Best Spoken Word Album for Children category. And he has written his own book for children 4 through 8 years old, called The Backwards Birthday Party.

Ronstadt Generations perform at 7:30 PM, May 2nd on the Plaza stage and Ray Wilie Hubbard will be on the same stage on Sunday, May 3rd at 9 PM. Check the Tucson Folk Festival website for exact times and venues for all the artists as some changes may occur.

Workshops, including Harmony Vocals, Flat-picking & Bluegrass guitar, Story & Song (Tom Chapin), Gospel Sing-A-Long, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele and other related instruments & songwriting will be held on both Saturday & Sunday (see schedule on Folk Festival website for locations and times.) A food court and arts & crafts will also be offered during the festival.

If you are a fan of bluegrass and any kind of folk music you won’t want to miss this once a year music extravaganza with performances scheduled from Noon to 7:30 PM on Saturday and from 11 AM to 9 PM on Sunday.