November has arrived, bringing with it the excitement of Thanksgiving, the hopes of cooler weather and a reminder that the end of the fall semester isn’t so far away. The month also kicks off a variety of celebrations and events in Tucson. Mark your calendars; we’ve got a list of fun events to come.
UnBarred: Nov. 1 to Nov. 2
With performances over two days, this show presents prose, dance, poetry and visual art all in one performance. The artists showcased include both undergraduate and graduate UA dance students, UA honors students in HNRS 160 writing classes and choreographers from the UA Dance Faculty Erika Colombi and Maya Lowney, an honors undergraduate student. The site-specific show will take place in the Environment and Natural Resources 2 building in Room N120 from 5:30 to 6:50 p.m. on both Wednesday, Nov. 1 and Thursday, Nov. 2.
All Souls Procession Weekend: Nov. 3 to Nov. 5
The annual All Souls Procession starts with a celebration of over 150,000 expected participants. The two-mile-long procession celebrates and mourns loved ones who have died and features performances, altars and installation artwork. The procession, presented by arts collective Many Mouths One Stomach, culminates with a ceremonial burning of an urn containing the public’s offerings and wishes for those no longer living. This is the procession’s 28th annual event, and it kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday with a concert by Mariachi Los Camperos in Tucson Music Hall. Tickets for the concert can be purchased on the procession’s website. Saturday holds the Procession of Little Angels for children and their families and the Personal Altar Vigil, both from 3 to 7 p.m. The annual procession and finale ceremony round out the weekend, with gatherings beginning at 4 p.m. at Grande Avenue south of Speedway Boulevard and the walk beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, please visit the procession’s website.
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“Rent” with UA Presents: Nov. 3 to Nov. 5
Jonathan Larson’s musical “Rent” comes to Centennial Hall with a production by Broadway in Tucson. The show is about young people living their lives in New York City and has won a variety of awards, including several Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This show is part of a 20th anniversary touring production. The show’s run at the UA starts with a performance at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 and closes three performances later with a final performance at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 5. Tickets can be purchased online and range from $29 to $74. This show contains adult content.
El Tour de Tucson: Nov. 18
This annual biking race offers a variety of distances for cyclists to choose from for their ride. Established in 1983, the event is open to all ages and abilities. Cyclists can choose from routes clocking in at 28, 37, 54, 76 or 106 miles or participate in the Fun Ride, which has 1/4-, 5- or 11-mile routes. There is also an indoor event for those wanting to count minutes, not miles. El Tour de Tucson, presented by Casino del Sol, raised almost $13 million for charities last year. The finish line for all routes is downtown at Armory Park. If you come to watch or participate, no need to rush away from the finish line, the El Tour Downtown Fiesta will have music and food at Armory Park. The first race starts at 7 a.m., and the event wraps up at 5 p.m. Register for the event online.
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