The atmosphere at Brush & Bottle is calm and relaxing: music drifts through the air, and friends chat, sip wine, and nibble the snacks that they've brought along. In this comfortable setting, groups tap into their own creative reserves as local artists guide them, step by step, through the process of creating works of art. Subject matter ranges from still-life paintings of tulips to renderings of a Dia de los Muertos skull. Paint, canvas, brushes, and aprons are provided, as are wine openers and cups. In addition to group classes, the studio hosts girls'-night-out events and private parties.
Catalina Cleaners' meticulous staffers continue a 25-year tradition of purifying patrons' garb with environmentally safe solvents. A member of four professional dry-cleaning associations, including the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute, Catalina Cleaners painstakingly rids customers' apparel of stains or Rorschach tests. Six family-owned locations are sprinkled throughout the Tucson area, providing quick access to pristine garments while ensuring that clients never again have to assemble suits of newspapers and duct tape.
When the piñata refuses to break and the cake's been dropped, in walks a Tucson Party Time costumed character for the win. Kids pose for photos as huggable icons interact and celebrate with tykes of all ages. A famous yellow bird, a well-known inquisitive monkey, a bob wearing a specifically geometric style of pant, and other recognizable characters liven up all manner of festivities such as bar mitzvahs and holiday office parties as teams of lawyers peep out from behind potted plants.
For most people, the sound of shuffling cards signals an oncoming game of gin rummy. For the fortune teller at Tarot Deva, it is a portent, a gentle flutter that signals the unfurling of the past and future. Whether delivered in-person or over the phone, the skillful reading of these cards gives guidance to client, whether they are unsure of what path to follow or simply want to learn the identity of the celebrity who keeps sending them anonymous love letters.
As part of the organization’s Santa Cruz River restoration project, volunteers will replant native mesquite trees and combat invasive species such as Russian thistle, amaranth, and bermuda grass. Volunteers will also conduct water-harvesting tasks such as earth contouring and rock work to help slow the flow of water and increase water infiltration in order to reduce erosion and promote the growth of native vegetation. The restoration project needs funding so that the Sonoran Institute can purchase supplies including an emergency-first-aid kit, pruning shears, spade shovels, McLeod rakes and hoes for water harvesting, and snacks for volunteers.
The Rialto Theatre saturates its spacious 90-year-old confines with film, comedy shows, and music performances. Groupon holders can roll into the all-ages nonprofit venue and redeem the $20 gift card for any event on the schedule. The Flor de Muertos film screening on July 22–24 explores attitudes about death in Mexico and the United States, interspersed with concert footage from Calexico ($6–$15). Laughter enthusiasts can inject humor into their veins at Doug Benson's Saturday, September 10 show ($21 in advance; $26 day of show), soaking in absurd comedy and the answers to every Magic Eye ever. Peruse the theater's photo gallery online, which displays high-profile past performances and the tasteful decorations of the Rialto.