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Sunday, July 21, 2019

High Energy Swing Show~ Live Music and Dance {Gaslight Theatre Tucson}

High Energy Swing Show ~Live Music and Dance {Gaslight Theatre Tucson}

WHAT: Magdalena Productions is proud to bring back one of their favorite live events—SWING SHOW! A salute to swing, jazz, and blues from the Golden Era of Song, Swing Show will feature a 6-Piece New Orleans-style band with 4 incredible singer/dancers. You can look forward to a hefty dose of favorites by Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Prima, and more! Led by Charlie Hall, the night is sure to be filled with his usual zany style and showmanship. He welcomes Gaslight favorites Janée Page, Todd Thompson, and Manhattan Doll Chelsee Hicks to join in on the fun. Take the A-Train to The Gaslight Theatre and witness Swing Show’s moves and music - LIVE - that will have you Jump, Jive, an’ Wailin’ the night away!

  • Piano - Sly Sleptsky 
  • Bass - Sam Eagon
  • Drums - Adam Ackermann
  • Guitar - Matt Mitchell
  • Saxophone - Mike Moynihan
  • Trombone/ Trumpet - John Black 
WHEN:Monday, July 22 at 

WHERE: The wonderful Gaslight Theatre

TICKETS:$22.95 with discounts available for kids, students, seniors and military members. Tickets HERE

Thursday, July 4, 2019

An Evening with Marilyn Monroe at the Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley {A Giveaway}

An Evening with Marilyn Monroe at the Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley {A Giveaway}

An Evening With Marilyn Monroe
One of the most iconic stars of the 20th century comes to life as Tucson Favorite, Janée Page, pays homage to Marilyn Monroe’s truly unforgettable personality, as well as her incredible voice.  Welcome to a tribute show unlike any other as Ms. Page and her star-studded guest list transport you back to classic American entertainment at its finest.

MARILYN MONROE  ...................................   Janée Page
            JANE RUSSELL  .........................................  Katherine Byrnes
 LOUIS PRIMA     .......................................    Alex Flores

Featuring the Chanel Band with Adam Ackermann,
Sly Slipetsky, Alex Flores, Max GoldSchmidt and Jack Wood.

July 13 at 6PM
At The Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley
13005 N. Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ  85739

GIVEAWAY HERE on FACEBOOK there will be 4 winners and each one will won a table for 4!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Tucson Fireworks and Fourth of July Events {Tucson 4th of July 2019}

Tucson Fireworks and Fourth of July Events
 {Tucson 4th of July 2019}

There are so many different fireworks and celebratory events happening in Tucson, Arizona for the fourth of July this year! Fun for the entire family! If you know of any other public events to list please let us know

WHAT: Please join Hacienda del Lago for the annual A Colossal Fourth Block Party and Fireworks.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 3
Block Party: 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Fireworks: 8:30 - 9:00 pm

WHERE: Hacienda del Lago 1455 E. Via Del Lago Vail, AZ

- Free Parking at Cienega HS & Ocotillo Ridge Elementary
- Free Shuttle buses to & from Block Party (starting at 4:30pm)
- Kids Fun Zone: Jumping Castles, Water Slides, Climbing Wall
$5 per child, $10 per family, proceeds to Vail Preservation Society
Free to Military, past and present, courtesy of Lytle Electric LLC
- Vendor Booths
- Great Food from Hacienda del Lago & our Food Trucks
- Alcohol Tent outside: MUST have ID

Bring blankets to sit and enjoy. No chairs or pets please.

 WHAT: Make our forefathers proud and rush(more) to make plans to be at Salute to America on July 3rd! (not open to the public but you can see the fireworks off bass if you are not DOD and guests)

Bring the whole family to this FREE EVENT (even the water slides and pony rides!) and enjoy a night full of fun, great food, awesome music, and an EPIC 25-minute fireworks display. Start your Independence Day holiday off with a bang at DM!

This is gearing up to be the best Independence Day celebration Davis-Monthan AFB has seen in years, so you won't want to miss out on all the incredible activities we have lined up for our block party! All this and more will be at the Blanchard Recreation Complex (the old golf course), and a shuttle bus route will be available, as well as plenty of parking! Event is open to DOD ID-cardholders and their guests.

WHEN: July 3rd 5-9:30pm

Waterpark featuring 7 inflatable slides
Inflatable Challenges
Carnival Games
Petting Zoo & Pony Rides
Live Music
- Johnny City Band
- Connie Brannock & Little House of Funk
Reserved Chalets with premium viewing area
- Only 7 left!
- Call Outdoor Recreation at 520.228.3736 to reserve
25 Food & Craft Vendors & Private Orgs - cash only
Wine & Beer Garden featuring local vendors
- Tasting tickets on sale NOW at DM Lanes
Massive Prize Giveaway*
- Vacations
- Tickets & Passes
- Gift Cards
- Electronics
- Kids' electric cars
- And much, much more!!!
*Must be present to win!

WHERE: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

What: Fireworks after the FC Tucson game

When: July 3rd after game approximately 9pm

Where: Kino Sports Complex

Cost: cost of ticket

What: Diamonds in the Sky MORE INFOIt's an Independence Day Celebration! Bring the family to enjoy an All-Star baseball game featuring the Sun Belt College league and stay for the post-game firework spectacular.

WHEN: 4th of July 5-9:30pm

WHere: Kino Sports Complex

We'll have games, prizes, $1 hot dogs, giveaways and more...all for $4 admission. Kids 5 and under get in free.Tickets available June 10 at Cactus Bowl, Pizza Hut restaurants and Food City stores. Buy them early to save. All advance tickets will include FREE parking.

 What: Oro Valley Celebration Join Oro Valley friends and neighbors for the annual FREE July 4th Celebration

WHEN: 4th of July 5-9:30pm 
WHERE: at James D. Kriegh Park!Please note the event will NOT be at Naranja Park this year. It has been moved to James D. Kriegh Park.

The schedule includes:

6 – 7 p.m. Little House of Funk
7 – 7:45 p.m. Games and giveaways with Frank!Powers
7:45 – 8:45 p.m. Little House of Funk
8:55 p.m. National Anthem
9 - 9:30 p.m. Fireworks (Launched from JDK Park)


Backyard games for all ages
Photo booth
Face painting
Arts & crafts
Jumping castles
Obstacle Courses
Bubble Ball


WHAT: 4th of July at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center
The Oro Valley Aquatic Center will also be hosting a 4th of July Celebration.

When:  5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:23 W. Calle Concordia
COST: There will be a reduced fee for admission ($1 kids, $3 adults) and there will be games and competitions, along with all of the fun amenities of the Aquatic Center!

What:Star Spangled Spectacular Marana

When:July 4 5-9:30 p.m. FIREWORKS at 9

VIsit for more information.

Come out to Marana's spectacular Independence Day celebration. Enjoy live music, dozens of food trucks, inflatables for the kids, a beer garden for the adults, and of course, a magnificent fireworks show.

**No OUTSIDE alcohol is permitted inside the event. Alcohol will be sold at the event.**

**CLEAR BAG RULE APPLIES with the exception of diaper bags. All bags subject to a check before entering the park**


OnesAll Band
Steff and The Articles
Taken By Drones
Mr. Skynyrd

Thank you to our sponsors!
Arizona Lotus Corp with 96.1 FM KLPX, Rock 102.1 KFMA, 94.9 MIXfm, and ESPN Tucson 1490 AM & 104.9 FM
Vulcan Materials Company
Tucson Local Media

For information on other Town of Marana events visit our website
Where: Crossroads at Silverbell District Park 7548 N. Silverbell


What: Salute to America
We honor our brave men and women in uniform by celebrating the lyrics and melodies that make our country great. Hosted by Tucson music legend Armen Dirtadian and a world-class band, you’ll be inspired by rousing renditions of flag-waving favorites such as “God Bless America,” “America The Beautiful,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and many more. With special guest appearances by audience favorites The Manhattan Dolls and Robert Shaw, this musical salute to freedom and liberty will be dedicated to those who've defended it. You won't want to miss an evening that's sure to make you Proud To Be An American! 

 When: July 1st 6pm

Where: Gaslight Theatre 7010 E. Broadway

 WHAT: Please join us for the annual A Colossal Fourth Parade with Splashzone.

WHEN: Thursday, July 4 8:00 - 10:00 AM
WHERE: Between Christ Lutheran Vail Church and Del Lago Golf Club on Colossal Cave Road.

- Splash Zone is on the North side of the Parade Route: be ready to get wet!

NOTE: Colossal Cave Rd will be CLOSED from 7:45 - 10:00 am


WHAT:Join us on July 4th for our 4th of July Movie Event! This year's featured film will be 'The Rocketeer'! This event is fun for the whole family and a great way to beat the heat before you head out to catch some fireworks! 

WHEN: Juky 4th Doors open at 11 a.m. and the movie starts at Noon.

WHERE: University Marriott

COST: Admission $6
Menu available for sale:
Hot Dogs
Soft Drinks
Smoked BBQ Pork Sandwiches
Pretzels with Cheese
All you can eat popcorn
Candy bars

WHAT:Join the salute to America USO-style! Entertainment will be provided by the Manhattan Dolls. All-American fare will be available along with refreshments. Then, get ready for an outdoor laser show.

WHEN:Thursday, July 4 | 5PM – 9PM
Desert Diamond Casino Sahuarita
Outdoor in the plaza
COST:FREE TO ATTEND Plus, first 150 people will receive a $10 Free Play Offer!

WHAT: Celebrate the 4th of July with us in the Mercado District. Musical guests to perform in the Mercado San Agustin Courtyard. Food trucks set up along Avenida Del Convento. Perfect views of “A” mountain and the firework show at the MSA Annex.

When: 4th of July 6-10pm



 WHAT: Bring the whole family out and enjoy our 4th of July Parking lot Party. Grab a drink and a bite to eat from one or all of the food concepts. There will be fun activities for everyone, Food, Drink- Specials, Ice Cream, Jumping Castles, Games, live music and much more!

Enjoy live music from "Spirits Dancing" (A Carlos Santana Tribute Band) under the Fireworks.

Entertaining Tucson with Glitter Tattooing and Face Painting and Balloon "@GlittergirlAZ"

There will be specials all day but the party starts at 7pm,
Bring a chair and watch the Fire works with your American Eat Co. Family.

Food Concepts
Market Bar, The Bite, Opa! Time, Upper Crust Pizza, AZ Steak House, Pinches, AZ Ribs House, Berry Greens Acai & Juice Bar, Cafe Con Lech, Isabella Ice Cream, Dos Amigos Meat Market. 

WHEN: 4th of July 7:30-9:30pm

WHERE:1439 S. 4th Ave


WHAT: Celebrate America’s 243rd birthday with BBQ, make-your-own glass art projects, “A” Mountain fireworks, and an educational talk on American Stained Glass.  NEW THIS YEAR: We now have a BYOB license! Guests 21 and up may bring beer and wine to the event when they RSVP by emailing ALL NIGHT — MAKE YOUR OWN GLASS ART PROJECTS Make exciting glass art projects! No appointment or experience necessary.In the torchworking studio, known as the Flame Shop, you can create Lemonade Drink Stirrers ($15), and Old Glory Frit Magnets ($10) for ages 10 and up.For those who might be a little fire shy, you can try cold-glass assembly projects in our kiln fusing studio including the Firework Sun Catchers for $15 (or two for $25) and Firework Magnets for $5 each for ages 5 and up.

WHEN: 6-9PM — BBQ FOOD! (Pre-order only!)**preorder at

WHERE:Sonoran Glass School  633 W. 18th Street

COST:Entry is $5 with kids 12 and under admitted free.

What: In honor of Independence Day we are offering free admission for kids ages 11 and under, July 4 – 7! Plus, enjoy kids games with prizes, pie eating contests and special July 4th shows.

When: July 1-4, 10 am-5pm

Where: Old Tucson

For more information and to buy tickets, visit

What:Let Freedom Sing  
Presented by Arts Express for 35 years, Let Freedom Sing has delighted audiences and embraced the patriotic spirit of Southern Arizonans. Emceed by TV Anchor Guy Atchley at the Fox Tucson Theatre, the theme for Let Freedom Sing 2019 is “The Freedom Dream.” It will surely be an inspiring celebration of our nation’s birthday in song and visual artistry – uniting our diverse backgrounds and fostering a sense of community.

Under the direction of Susan Lane Stokes and Mark Gary, musical selections will include patriotic standards and all-American hits, featuring the Arts Express choir and orchestra with special guests including the Manhattan Dolls, Andrew Stuckey, Flamenco guitarist Ismael Barajas and many more! Our nation’s colors will be presented by the Davis Monthan Color Guard underscored by the beauty of a lone bagpiper from the Tucson Fire Fighters Pipe and Drum Band.
When: July 4th at 3pm and 7pm

Where: Fox Theatre Tucson

Tickets: Tickets and Info: or 520-319-0400. Premium Reserved $35 per Person; Reserved Orchestra $25 Adult and $15 Student/Youth; Reserved Balcony $50 for Loveseat with Two People/Seat and General $10/Person

What: Parade on Mt. Lemmon

When: JULY 4 Parade is  at 12noon road is closed from 11am-2:30 so come early. No fireworks and fire restrictions are usually in effect. y’all! If you’re planning on joining us in this beautiful, cool weather on the 4th of July - be sure you get up the mountain before 11:00! The parade starts at 12, but the road will be closed an hour beforehand. Hope to see you soon!

Where: Mt. Lemmon

Cost: Parade is free

Disney on Ice Mickey's Search Party Coming to Tucson October 10-13, 2019 {Tickets On Sale Now}

Disney on Ice Mickey's Search Party Coming to Tucson October 10-13, 2019 {Tickets On Sale Now}

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats. 

Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., Disney On Ice is once again elevating the ice show experience with brand-new engaging elements that will fascinate both newcomers and seasoned guests alike. We were able to preview this show that will be coming to Tucson, AZ and were in awe for every act. Not only do the timeless Disney tales come to life with beautiful skating but each segment adds an awe-inspiring acts with very cool aerials, acrobatics and even hover boards! The audience is also included in impromptu moments with each storyline.

Throughout the entire show, the audience follows along with Captain Hook’s treasure map and look for clues in the search for Tinker Bell in immersive, fantastic worlds. 

Our favorite segment was COCO with Miguel and his giant guitar. So fun to sing along with the songs like "Poquito Loco" and "Remember Me". The beautiful and bright set themed after traditional colors from Dia de los muertos like the cempasuchil (Marigold) orange and vibrant pinks, greens and yellows help transport the entire audience to another time and place.

 The other spectacular stories and songs include our favorite Mermaid, Ariel and our bright bookworm, Belle. We also see Aladdin and the Genie soar though the air and Toy Story soldiers show off their acrobatics.  Moana finds  Maui and everyone has a good time following along the adventures until we finally find Tink at the end.

For this show, we were able to meet and talk to the cast members backstage. We asked them what their favorite part of Mickey's Search Party was and most commented that they really enjoyed Toy Story because it is big, boisterous and really involves the audience. How does it involve the audience? - get your tickets and find out over Fall Break with your family when Disney On Ice comes to the Tucson Convention Center!

Follow along on INSTAGRAM for more behind the scenes expereinces here: 

What:Disney On Ice Mickey's Search Party

When:October 10th through the 13th, 2019 
Thursday 10/10 7:00 p.m.
Friday 10/11 7:00pm
Saturday 10/12 11:00am 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday 10/13 1:00pm and 5:00pm

Where:Tucson Convention Center
260 S. Church Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

Tickets: Get your tickets for TUCSON HERE starting at $16 for opening night!


Monday, June 24, 2019

Gaslight Theatre Transports Us to the Excelsior in Space Trek {Ticket Giveaway}

Gaslight Theatre Transports Us to the Excelsior in Space Trek {Ticket Giveaway}
Mike Yarema as Captain Quick Jake Chapman as Sprock
The Gaslight Theatre is such a great place for a family night out. Some themes of the shows I wait for in great anticipation more than others and I must admit that I have never watched "Space Trek" themed shows, so I wasn't sure what to expect. 
David Orley as Commander Titan
I should realize by now that it never matters the theme because the melodrama at Tucson's amazing local theatre is always a well-oiled machine. You cannot leave the show without feeling laughter, joy, and happiness.

Why is that?

Heather Stricker as L.T. O'Hara and Jacob Brown as Doc. McCea
Gaslight has the most amazing local talent, live music from the house band, fabulous free popcorn, 2 hours of entertainment, witty writing, cool sets, perfect costumes, and a fantabulous menu.
Joe Cooper as Monty 
Janee Page as Princess Serena Photo: Brian Gawne
For this show, the Space Fleet officers band together for PEACE in the galaxy. The gorgeous and ethereal Princess Serena, and the crew of the Excelisior make way from Mylanta towards Kaopectate, the capital city of Zantac while crossing over Pepto Bismol.
Erin Thompsona as Ambassador Risa Galacticus and Todd Thompson as Voltaire
What could stop their innocent quest for peace? Well, Volatiare of course- the evil, larger-than-life Zantacean played by Todd Thompson. He is the perfect mix of 80's hairband dude, alien, and goofy class clown. His timing and singing is right on and like always, I like the bad team! His sidekick, played by is the pint size version of giddy wrongdooer, Erin Thompson as Ambassador Risa Galacticus.
Janee Page featured
Erin Thompson, Jake Chapman, and Jacob Brown
Olios give the audience an entire "second show" that showcases live music by the Gaslight Band directed by Linda Ackerman and the cast singing other fun songs. This time it was The Gong Show! We saw a carwash and some ice, ice, ice baby just to mention a couple.

What:Space Trek

When:Shows Tuesday to Sunday through August 25, 2019

Where:The Gaslight Theatre 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.

Tickets:Call 520-886-9428 or box office open 10am-9pm daily.

Enter to win a table for 4 to any showtime of "Space Trek" (subject to availability) HERE on Facebook and HERE on Instagram! Both giveaways will give you and a friend a chance to win!