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Weekend preview: Good things come in threes

From Shakespeare to Lovemound, find the weekend's best below

Perhaps you are the sort for whom a hike in this heat sounds like a fate worse than death. If so, here are three options for each weekend day to keep you cool.

Friday

Toast to Teachers at Maynard's/TCC Music Hall

It's National Teacher Appreciation Week, and Tucsonans should take some time out to celebrate their K-12 educators. A family-friendly event, the Toast to Teachers will be held at Maynard's and environs on Friday. There will be  a special Teacher Tribute Wall around Hotel Congress where you can post a message or place a memento in honor of your favorite teacher.

Maynard's will have an apple juice toast to teachers and free cupcakes. Other food vendors are participating, and all of the great food at Maynard's and Hotel Congress will be available as well. 

And entertainment:  from high school marching bands to mariachis and a DJ – music will be intergral to the celebration. After the Maynard's event, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra is offering a free "Celebrate the Future" concert at 8 p.m. at the TCC Concert Hall. This full-orchestra annual concert features winners of the TSO Young Artists Competition and selected works by students in the TSO Young Composers Project.

  • Maynard's, 400 N. Toole Ave. 545-0577.
  • Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4101.

Tom Walbank/Golden Arm Trio/Bajo Turbato at Plush

This triple bill promises to delight anyone who loves jazz, blues, experimental classical and world music. Sandwiched between two of Tucson's finest local acts, Austin's Golden Arm Trio hits the stage at 10:30.

The vehicle of composer/pianist/drummer Graham Reynolds, the moniker is a bit misleading; Reynolds is the only stable member of the project, which employs different musicians for various projects in experimental classical music (think John Zorn), including theater and film projects, notably, the film score for Richard Linklater's adaptation of "A Scanner Darkly" (2006).

Opening for the Trio will be Tucson Sonoran Gypsy party band duo, Bajo Turbato, whose instrumental work is both challenging and happily raucous. To close the evening, Tom Walbank and the Ambassadors will take the stage with their version of electrified lowdown blues. It's a dance night for the smart set, and by midnight, no one should be sitting down.

Tom Walbank/Golden Arm Trio/Bajo Turbato, Friday 9 p.m. at Plush, 340 E. 6th St. 798-1298. $5.

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First Friday Shorts: The Golden Gongs at the Loft Cinema

After 12 monthly competitions, another year of First Friday shorts comes to a close at the Loft with a final round. And the purse is nothing to sniff at; not only does the winning filmmaker receive the coveted Golden Gong trophy, but also $1000 for the next film, or to pay off the credit card debt from making the last one.

Hosted by "Red Meat" creator Max Cannon, this is the fifth year of First Friday Shorts, and all twelve winners should be in attendance to shepherd their short through the final round. And audience votes are all that stand between these films and the grand prize, so prepare to make some noise for your favorite.

This Friday's festivities also kick off year six of the series, with seven new shorts facing off for this month's prize.

Golden Gongs Friday 9 p.m. at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. 795-7777. Admission $5.

Saturday

Shop Your Girlfriend's Closet drop off event at MAST

Shop Your Girlfriend's Closet is one of the smarter charity drives one might come across. We all have closets ripe for spring cleaning, and why not prune your drawers and racks for a good cause?

On Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at MAST Gallery, Voices for Tucson will be collecting clothing and accessories in advance of their seventh annual Shop Your Girlfriend's Closet event, to be held October 22-25. The fine ladies at MAST will provide a little nosh, and Voices for Education will be there to tell donors all about the cause for which they have jettisoned their duds.

What's more, all-around entertainer Jimmy Carr will be at the event to play piano. Shop MAST's collection of artisan clothing, accessories, decor items and fine art while you listen to Carr and gossip with your girls; after all, you will have cleared space for some new swag.

Shop Your Girlfriend's Closet event at MAST, Sat. 1-3 p.m. 299 S. Park Ave.

Boys R Us presents 'Sweet Sixteen' at Club Congress

As a benefit for local film collective Pan Left Production, drag kings extraordinaire Boys R Us host "Sweet Sixteen" at Club Congress Saturday night. It is, in fact, Pan Left's 16th birthday, and the boys at Boys R Us have enlisted some help for the evening's festivities.

Joining the drag kings will be the ladies of Dragstar Cabaret and the daring burlesque performers of Switchblade Parade. Everything should get sexily gender-bending at this affair, and is sure to be captured on film by some of the talented Pan Left-ers.

The show starts at 8, and doors open at 7. Bear in mind that this all happens in the midst of the launch of 2nd Saturdays Downtown, so leaving time for parking — and gawking at the outdoor spectacle before the indoor one— is a wise idea.

"Sweet Sixteen" Sat. 8 p.m. at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. Admission $8/VIP $12.

Lovemound at Che's Lounge

Some nights call for the simple pleasures in life: a cold beer, some good friends, and some kickass rock and roll. Enter Lovemound.

Led by Mike Mihina, Lovemound has been holding down the louder, harder end of things in Tucson for years, and this Saturday's Che's appearance is a perfect introduction to the band in their native habitat.

Lovemound cites such various influences as ZZ Top, Funkadelic, Black Sabbath and the Meat Puppets. Think hard rock that knows how to move its hips, or funk on several Red Bull and vodkas. According to Che's owner Jill Brammer, "They're amazing. Mike Mihina is mindblowing. It'll rock your pants clean off."

Lovemound Sat. 9 p.m. at Che's Lounge, 350 N. 4th Ave. 623-2088. No cover.

Sunday

Tucson Farmers' Market at St. Philip's Plaza

Perhaps your mom is an earth mother — or a great cook— and would like to spend the morning of her special day at the Tucson Farmers' Market at St. Philip's Plaza. Plus, it starts at 8 a.m., so you can avoid the heat by going early.

The Tucson Farmers Market is the largest farmer's market in southern Arizona, and boasts over 60 vendors. Open at St. Philip's every Sunday from 8 a.m.-noon, it's a great weekly habit to get into. And who better to make sure you are getting your fill of healthy, organic produce than Mom?

The Farmers' Market at St. Philip's Plaza is located at 4380 N. Campbell Ave. Open every Sunday 8 a.m.-noon.

Movement Theatre Workshop at Rhythm Industry Performance Factory

Local dancer, teacher and activist Jodi Netzer is launching a new Sunday series of movement workshops this Sunday.

According to Netzer, exercises,games and meditations will draw from a wide variety of movement theatre styles: Butoh, clown, dance, puppetry, physical theatre, and more.

Drop-ins are welcome, and every class is unique. And don't worry if you're not exactly ready for a prima ballerina spot with the Bolshoi; these classes are for any age and experience level.

Movement Theatre Workshop Sunday 3-4:30 pm at Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, 1013 South Tyndall Ave. 791-9359. $10-15 (pay what you can).

'Othello' at Rogue Theatre

While performances of one of Shakespeare's most compelling tragedies will be held at the Rogue Friday and Saturday evenings as well, there is something truly delicious about the ritual of the Sunday matinee. Have a big brunch, perhaps with Mom in tow, and spend your afternoon with the Moor and his Iago-fed paranoia.

Cynthia Meier's direction has received nods from several critics; Joseph McGrath's portrayal of Iago is central to this production. Rather than making the uber-villain a scary monster, McGrath and Meier opt to portray Iago as all too human — which may be scarier, if we are all susceptible to jealousy and mistrust.

"Othello" has always been a great play for actors and audiences alike; while it is a tragedy by Shakespeare, it is less complex fare than, say, "King Lear." And we have all at some point or other "lov'd not wisely but too well."

Rogue Theatre's "Othello" at The Historic Y, 300 E. University Blvd. Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. with musical preshow 15 minutes before curtain. Tickets $24.

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Rogue Theatre's 'Othello' cast Avis Judd (Desdemona), Nathan Crocker (Othello), and Joseph McGrath (Iago)

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