Wednesday, Nov. 25
Captured by Robots. Yes, it's a band — and no, they haven't been captured by robots. It's guitarist/keyboardist Jason Vance, otherwise known as JBot, and his mechanical bandmates, made from bicycle chains and old tractor parts. No, really. Also featuring Flagrante Delicto — and no, they haven't been … well, never mind. 21+ 7 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. $5.
""American Casino."" A casino in America? Surely you jest! Seriously, this critically acclaimed documentary focuses on the recent collapse of the U.S. economy, exploring how Wall Street treated our financial system a bit like one of those guys who waltzes into Caesar's Palace one morning a millionaire and winds up eating Hot Pockets for the rest of his life. 7:30 p.m. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $8.75 general admission, $6.50 for students.
Casa Maria Benefit. A benefit show for Casa Maria, which
provides food, shelter and other services to the homeless. I'm hard-pressed to think of a snarky remark for this one, folks. I'm afraid you'll just have to go snarkless for this entry. Featuring Luminarios, Cathy Rivers, Kevin Pakulis, Sand Rubies and Trible Double Band. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m. Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. $5 donation requested.
Thursday, Nov. 26
Optimist Club. Club Congress's regular dance event, Thanksgiving-style. Featuring dollar vodkas — and what's Thanksgiving without vodka? To be followed by Pessimist Club, where you sit around glaring at everyone and don't buy any drinks because you assume they're too expensive. 9-10 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Free.
Friday, Nov. 27
Garboski. Said to be one of Tucson's best local live bands, Garboski is apparently reminiscent of bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement. Which still doesn't explain what they've got to do with Greta Garbo. Or skiing. With Mr. Gnome and The Gentlemen of Monster Island. Doors open at 9 p.m. Garboski plays at 11:45 p.m. Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. $5.
Saturday, Nov. 28
Stitch and Bitch. The Old Pueblo Queer Knitters Guild's weekly meeting to — what else? — knit. Call 576-6706 for more information. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Revolutionary Grounds, 606 N. Fourth Ave. Free.
Bobfest: A Benefit for Positively Beautiful. A concert to benefit a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping people living with HIV or AIDS. Which is all well and good, but don't leave us hanging, guys — is ""Bob"" Dylan, Seger or Marley? 7 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Free.
Sunday, Nov. 29
""UA Steel: Traditional to Contemporary — The Sound of Steel."" The UA's two steel drum bands, UA Steel and Blue Steel, will be performing contemporary jazz and traditional Caribbean music. No word on whether the Man of Steel himself will be making an appearance, but we rather doubt it. 7:30 p.m. Crowder Hall. $9 general admission, $7 UA employees and seniors, $5 students.
Monday, Nov. 30
""Cinderella 2000."" A ""truly atrocious low-budget oddity"" from 1977 featuring a decidedly grown-up Cinderella in the far future, and how she becomes ""sex-ucated."" Don't take the kids. Just trust us on this one. 8 p.m. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $2.
Tuesday, Dec. 1
World AIDS Day. Darn it, guys, here's another one I can't make fun of. This event includes performances of scenes from the acclaimed Tony Kushner play ""Angels in America"" as well as bands like Metalhead and Batucaxe. OK. I guess I can make fun of the name ""Batucaxe."" 4 p.m. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Free.
The Haymarket Squares. Now that is a quality band name. Too bad they're from Phoenix. The Haymarket Squares combine angry lefty lyrics with three-part harmonies, accordion and banjo. You know, sort of like Rush — only completely different. 9:30 p.m. Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. Free.
— compiled by Justyn Dillingham