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The bad news is Emmylou Harris' performance at the Fox on Friday is sold out. It has been for some time.

The good news is there are still plenty of other ways to get your entertainment fix this weekend, starting with Dave Alvin at Plaza Palomino.

Alvin is Americana personified. The California roots rock musician has taken up with bands, such as X and the Blasters since the late 1970s and has a new solo release out on Yep Roc Records, dubbed "Eleven Eleven."

Alvin sings of loved musicians ("Johnny Ace is Dead") and lost souls on the album. He even shares a duet with the late Chris Gaffney, a fellow So-Cal player with Tucson ties, on the acoustic track, "Two Lucky Bums."

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $27 in advance and $30 at the door, with discounts available. Visit for more info.

Centennial soul

Looking for a little more soul in your roll this weekend? Try Patti LaBelle at Centennial Hall.

The R&B/pop vocalist will open the UApresents' 2011-12 season Friday, mere months after receiving lifetime achievement honors from BET. LaBelle's career has seen its share of hits, but the singer is probably best known for her raucous Allen Toussaint-produced chart-topper, "Lady Marmalade."

She takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49-$104 through the Centennial Hall box office, 621-3341.

Goonies are good enough

Childhood fans of the 1985 adventure flick, "The Goonies" will get to relive a bit of their youth Saturday, as The Loft presents a one-time screening of the film at noon.

Here's the kicker: Jeff Cohen, who played Chunk in the film, will be on hand to sign autographs and participate in a VIP meet-and-greet before the show begins. None of it is free. A ticket to get in is $8, an autograph is $10 and the VIP treatment is $25. But all the proceeds go to benefit cancer research. For more information, visit

Bikes and buildings

Architecture enthusiasts who like a good workout might get a kick out of the free cycling home tour the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is putting on.

The three-mile trek will take riders through El Presidio, Armory Park and Barrio Viejo on Sunday. The tour is part of the much larger Architecture Week 2011, which starts tomorrow and includes competitions, lectures and exhibits. You can pick up bike tour packets at the Tucson Museum of Art at 8 a.m. and guide yourself or go with the Living Streets Alliance on a more structured tour at 9 a.m.

Either way, RSVP to with "Arch on Wheels" in the subject line. For more information on Architecture Week, visit


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