You'll find club, movie, and concert listings in the Tucson Weekly (www.tucsonweekly.com), free at newsstands, and in the entertainment sections of the Arizona Daily Star (www.azstarnet.com) and Tucson Citizen (www.tucsoncitizen.com).
Club Congress (311 E. Congress St., 520/622-8848, www.hotelcongress.com) presents local and national artists on Friday, then DJ music or bands the rest of the week. The action, mostly for ages 21 and up, takes place downtown in the Hotel Congress. Berky's Bar (5769 E. Speedway Blvd., 520/296-1981) has the blues with some rock and roll nightly. Chicago Bar (5954 E. Speedway Blvd., 520/748-8169) moves to sounds of reggae, blues, and rock nightly. O'Malley's (247 N. 4th Ave., 520/623-8600) is a popular bar downtown with live music (mostly 80s and 90s) on Thurs. and Saturday.
Musicians play Latin-jazz favorites Mon.-Wed. and mariachi Thurs.-Sun. in the evenings at La Fuente Restaurant (1749 N. Oracle Rd., 520/623-8659), where you can dine Mexican or sit at the lounge. For jokes, it's Laffs Comedy Caffe (2900 E. Broadway Blvd., 520/323-8669, www.laffscomedyclub.com) Tues.-Saturday.
Loft Cinema (3233 E. Speedway Blvd., 520/795-7777, www.loftcinema.com) screens independent and foreign films. See local papers or online listings for other area theaters.
Theater and Concerts
The University of Arizona (520/621-1162 or www.cfa.arizona.edu Fine Arts box office, 520/621-3341 or www.uapresents.org Centennial Hall) presents theatre productions, music concerts, and big-name performers on campus.
Many performances take place at the Tucson Convention Center (520/791-4101, www.tucsonaz.gov/tcc/), including Ballet Arizona (888/322-5538, www.balletaz.org, Oct.-May), the Tucson Symphony (520/882-8585, www.tucsonsymphony.org, Sept.-May), the Arizona Opera (520/293-4336, www.azopera.org, Oct.-April), and Arizona Friends of Chamber Music (520/577-3769, www.arizonachambermusic.org, Oct.-April).
Pima Community College's Center for the Arts (2202 W. Anklam Rd., 520/206-6986) offers a large variety of theatrical and musical performances produced not only by the college but by many of the area's cultural organizations. The college's facilities include Proscenium Theatre, Black Box Theatre, Recital Hall, and a small art gallery just west of downtown (head west on Sixth St., which turns into St. Mary's Rd., then into Anklam Rd.).
The professional Arizona Theatre Company (330 S. Scott Ave., 520/622-2823, www.arizonatheatre.org, Sept.-May) presents a series of plays at the 1927 Temple of Music and Art, which also has an art gallery upstairs; the box office and art gallery are open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Friday. The experimental Invisible Theatre (1400 N. 1st Ave. at Drachman St., 520/882-9721, www.invisibletheatre.com, Sept.-June) offers performances one mile northeast of downtown. For hilarious family entertainment, take in an old-fashioned melodrama at the Gaslight Theatre (7010 E. Broadway Blvd., 520/886-9428, www.gaslighttheatre.com, Tues.-Sun. year-round) on the southwest corner of Broadway Blvd. and Kolb Road, eight miles east of downtown.
Local tribes provide 24-hour gambling, but don't expect the favor of non-smoking areas. The Tohono O'odham's Desert Diamond Casino (520/294-7777 or 866/332-9467, www.desertdiamondcasino.com) has two locations south of town, 7350 S. Old Nogales Highway one mile south of Valencia Road and the new casino just east of I-19 Pima Mine Road Exit 80. The Pascua Yaqui tribe runs two casinos on the southwest edge of town off W. Valencia Road (west from I-19 Exit 95), the Casino of the Sun (7406 S. Camino de Oeste, 520/883-1700 or 800/344-9435, www.casinosun.com) and Casino del Sol (5655 W. Valencia Rd., 520/838-6506).
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