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    Second Saturdays welcomes community


    graphic by Jessie Webster

    This weekend’s Second Saturdays and Rendezvous on Fourth Avenue brings the UA community a mixture of free music, a fashion show and food. Each with its own series of events happening with merchant and food specials, here are some noteworthy and unique events you should go check out at these two venues.

    1. The 12th Annual Fashion Show

    The show was originally started as a way to welcome UA students and snowbirds (aka elderly Midwesterners who flock to Arizona in the winter) back to the community by the merchants of Fourth Avenue. This year features about 65 models with eight stores participating, according to Terri Moorhead, event coordinator for the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association. Participating stores include Goodwill Industries, Hippie Gypsy, Del Sol International Shops, How Sweet It Was, Razorz Edge, Pop Cycle, Silver Sea Jewelry and Creations Boutique. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

    “It’s a good way to get the name and image out there,” said Devon Duhart, an associate of Goodwill.

    2. ChamberLab’s Free Performance at Hotel Congress

    ChamberLab is a string quartet performing the first alternative-classical concert series in Tucson — bringing concert music to venues other than what you might find in Centennial Hall. Founded in 2010 by Chris Black, the group performs in bars, churches and community centers to bring everyone music it has composed. The difference between ChamberLab and other orchestra members is that the group had little to no classical music training when they went about making their own music. Members of the Tucson Symphony participate with the group in its concerts across Tucson. The show begins at 8 p.m. at Hotel Congress.

    3. Saturdaze Dance Party at Hotel Congress

    If checking out a classical music performance doesn’t exactly float your boat, then this might. From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Hotel Congress will have a dance party with DJ Bob Felix, Sid the Kid and Jalph.

    There will be both an inside performance and an outside performance at the event. It’s free to get in, but there is the stipulation that you have to be 21 and over to attend the concert. Sorry, freshmen.

    4. Free Music Performances on Fourth Avenue

    So, for those of you who are under 21 and can’t attend the dance party at Hotel Congress and don’t really want to hear classical music, fear not. There will be free musical performances along Fourth Avenue in four different locations. Delectables Restaurant & Catering will have Jacques Taylor playing music themed around funk and soul from 7 – 9 p.m. Chocolate Iguana will have Mik Garrison play funk urbania from 7 ­- 9 p.m. Lifted will play rock music from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Haggerty Plaza. And Hey Bucko! will play spaghetti Western and surf from 8 – 10 p.m. at Magpies Gourmet Pizza.

    5. Keep An Eye Out For Those Food Specials

    And last but not least, food. After all the wandering around in shops and attending events, it’s easy to work up an appetite. But don’t let that hunger get the best of you. Keen senses are the key here. It would be easy to miss all the merchant specials, sidewalk sales and food deals in the search for food. Downtown, Miss Saigon is having a Spicy Eats and Boba Treats special from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Café a la C’Art, Gio Taco, Borderlands Brewing Company, Maynards Market and Kitchen, Unplugged Wine Bar and Downtown Kitchen and Cocktails will also be offering various deals.

    —Follow Ivana Goldtooth @goldiechik93

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