Kaleidoscopic curtains of color envelop the fashion, cuisine, drinks, and live art at Splash!, a vibrant charity event with proceeds going toward bolstering arts-education programs in area schools. The idyllic La Encantada courtyard hosts the four-hour soiree, which begins at 6 p.m. with dinner samplings from more than 10 local restaurants. As homegrown painters create abstract art onsite, attendees can sip on libations courtesy of an expert mixologist, who can conjure cocktails in every color of your favorite rainbow suspenders. Local celebrities strut down the runway at 7:30 p.m., offering a sneak peek at La Encantada's clothing lines for the summer and fall, as well as hand-painted dresses and suits fashioned by local artists. After the final skirt swirls its way offstage, live musicians brazenly underscore a silent auction of the event's impromptu artwork with a set of shush-resistant tunes.
Simply Swingin' with Sinatra & Friends resurrects the classic works of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, and Nat King Cole under the expert guidance of guest conductor Bob Bernhardt at Tucson Music Hall. Steve Lippia, the Chairman's vocal doppelgänger, takes the stage backed by the talented stylings of the TSO Pops!, a big band capable of delivering the gleeful, sonic slam dunks unattainable by a small band. Groupon holders must pick up their tickets at the box office by March 25. A full seating chart is available here.
Jeffrey Hatcher's Three Viewings, lauded in the Tucson Weekly for its charm and smart pacing, depicts a trio of eccentric characters and their connections to the town's funeral parlor. Witty monologues from the undertaker, a peculiar brand of thief, and a newly widowed woman regale audiences on the theater's intimate black-box main stage, which positions viewers close enough to chart the stars in actors' eyes. The show runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The music factory of PHAT Entertainment marks its 10-year anniversary by thumping and bumping downtown Tucson with a two-day celebration of elephantine beats and contagious dance music. More than 30 performers fill two kaleidoscopic stages and one seemingly boundless clown car. The first day of PHATFest takes over the Hotel Congress, infusing both the outside stage and Club Congress’ innards with a pulsating soundtrack. Friday night's line-up features a dozen specialists in electronic euphoria, including the Arizona debut of mixologist duo Run DMT, licensed knob-twiddler DJ mLe, and the first Tucson appearance of Parisian bass-blasters Dirtyphonics, who have played some of the biggest festivals and most intimate PTA meetings in the world.