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Your guide to the Tucson arts and entertainment scene

Christy Delehanty Arts Editor 520•621•3106

How fun can ‘Spelling Bee’?

Musical Theatre students act like elementary schoolers in Repertory Theatre play

Phoros by Valentina Martinelli/Arizona Daily Wildcat

Members of the cast of ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ rehearse a scene in the Tornabene Theatre on Nov. 2.

By Miranda Butler ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT How can you make a spelling bee into a musical? For the next several weeks, UA musical theater students are showing audiences that one small competition can turn into an explosion of comical satire, eccentric characters, and energetic song and dance numbers. From now until Dec. 5, the UA School of Theatre, Film and Television is putting on a performance of the Tony Awardwinning Broadway musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” This Arizona Repertory Theatre production takes place at UA’s own Tornabene Theatre, and the actors are UA undergraduate students pursuing musical theater and acting. The show follows six quirky elementary schoolers as they embark on comical journeys of self discovery while vying to win a spelling bee. Their stories are entertaining as well as charming because “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” plays off of the eccentric people who we all encountered in our early school days. From the overbearing know-it-all girl

who can speak six languages to the zany and awkward kid who wears a cape to class, the actors in this show do an exemplary job at creating a social satire. In addition, the show is filled with witty and intellectual humor. As the actors participate in the spelling bee, the concepts of words, their definitions, and “Can you use that in a sentence?” create clever jokes out of language and culture. Similarly, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” utilizes improvisation and audience participation to really make the audience laugh out loud. During each performance, a few audience members volunteer to take part in the play. Actors improvise jokes about these people, as well as challenge the volunteers to spell words alongside the other characters. Some of the spelling bee words are easy, whereas others are completely random and bizarre. And any word is reason enough to burst into song. The Tornabene Theatre is a small, intimate environment where the audience sits nearly all the way around the stage, so all the seats in the house are good ones. Tickets are $21 for UA students. For more information, go to

Marcy, played by Claire Graham, spells out a word at a rehearsal of ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,’ on Nov 2. The show runs through Dec. 5.

Reading life with ‘Asshole’ author Tucker Max By Jake Seliger GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Tucker Max’s sordid tales of debauchery and sex make him an icon to many college students. In one section from his recent book, “Assholes Finish First,” Max drives a rented RV drunk through Harlem, eventually getting arrested and bailed out. He finds his way to a bar where “everyone saw (him) for the hero (he) was, a modern Jesus risen from the dead to drink again.” As a result, “the girls fawned over (him)” and he “went home with a cute girl who worked for Playboy.” Being an unabashed, selfproclaimed asshole evidently has its benefits, but Max’s stories are also peppered with advice (don’t go to law school because you can’t imagine anything else) and allusions (a comparison to bodhisattva — look it up — and another to Roman Polanski ). At the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe , Max

talked about the deeper messages of his writing and how to make sure your life doesn’t suck. He recounted how he was “fired from the legal profession” and then worked for his father ’s restaurant, which “basically ends with me getting fired by my father.”

“When I was 25, five, six nights a week, I would’ve gone through a brick wall at the smell of (women) — I was an unguided missile of debauchery, dude” — Tucker Max author of “Assholes Finish First” But he kept trying to find a way forward, and his way turned out to be through writing autobiographical stories based on what he was

like as a younger person. Now, he knows that “When I was 25, five, six nights a week, I would’ve gone through a brick wall at the smell of (women) — I was an unguided missile of debauchery, dude.” The word “dude” fills his conversation. In recounting how he went from Tucker Max the man to Tucker Max the persona, he said that his friend “PWJ” “was like, ‘Dude, this is what you should be doing. This is really good. This is the funniest shit I’ve ever read. You need to put this stuff up on a website, write a book, whatever.’” He did, and Max said now he’s trying to tell others how to avoid a boring life, which is what most people are set up for, according to Max. “When you’re an undergrad, generally you think you can do two things,” Max said. “You’re gonna have to get a job after you graduate or you gotta go do more school. Because everyone who’s giving you advice or telling you how to live your life are

people who’ve done one of those two things. “You don’t generally have anyone in your life who has gone out on their own and done something entrepreneurial or done something artistic or truly risky or truly taken the path less-traveled.” In his talks with college students, Max said he goes beyond getting drunk and having sex. His books are about more than that too — but only if you know how to read them. Read the complete Q&A at






be boring? Let whatever smart phone app you favor find you a dining spot off the beaten path.

just a little longer — the first installment of the 7th Harry Potter movie hits theaters in fewer than 48 hours.

keep your bong hidden for just another few months. Just because 203 passed doesn’t mean you can light up on the Mall.

check out Physics Phun Nite on Friday to see UA professors perform best-loved demonstrations. Physics and Atmospheric Sciences building, room 201. 7 p.m.

about the Poetry Center! Poets Lisa Gill and Matthew Conley will perform a staged reading of Gill’s “The Relenting: A Play of Sorts,” Tuesday at 2 p.m.



• wednesday, november 17, 2010 • arizona daily wildcat

local scene To get you through the weekend … Thursday


NOV. 18

Steve Aoki Powerhouse DJ and club promoter Steve Aoki is coming to the Rialto Theatre, and he’s bringing friends. Aoki created the label Dim Mak Records way back in 1996, and has remixed and spun for an impressive list of artists, including Bloc Party, Drake, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne and everyone in between. His label has also released records for MSTRKRFT and Klaxons. Aoki is a force to be reckoned with and has a huge stage presence. Aoki will be performing along with Marshall Barnes, DJ Eye and Dame Fifty5. The Rialto Theatre 318 E. Congress St. 7 p.m. doors / 8 p.m. showtime, $30 Loft Film Fest presents: “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy began with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and became a worldwide bestselling book instantly. The film adaptation of the final installment in his trilogy, “The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest,” comes to the Loft Cinema this Thursday for a special sneak preview as part of the Loft’s Film Fest. “The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” stars Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, the introverted, punky protagonist of Larsson’s trilogy and the elusive “Girl.” In this final chapter, maverick detective Salander’s life has been upturned; she has been accused of triple homicide and must fight to prove her innocence.

NOV. 19

College of Humanities presents: The 13th Annual Milton Marathon The time has come to gather ‘round for a solid 12-hour reading of John Milton’s epic opus, “Paradise Lost.” Now in its 13th year, the Milton Marathon is the finale of the UA’s Humanities Week, celebrating the proliferation and education in the liberal arts. Distinguished UA professor of English John Ulreich will be hosting the reading at the UA’s Special Collections Library. Come for 30 minutes, an hour or, if you’re truly dedicated to Milton, complete the marathon and stay all day long. UA Library Special Collections Room C205 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday NOV. 20

Gallery of the Unexpected A benefit for the Tucson Poetry Festival has conjured the theme of “the gallery of the unexpected,” and surprises are certainly in store. The event will be held at private residence, and the opening of each new door or turning of each new corner will yield a new poetry reading or musical performance. The event will be a celebration of multimedia fine arts and poetry. 4133 E. Pima St. 7:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m., $10

Sunday NOV. 21

“Art 4 Food” at the UA Museum of Art This weekend, the UA Museum of Art will offer free admission in exchange for two cans of non-perishable food items. Supported by the community, the UA Museum of Art wants to give back. Art, too, is sustenance, and though the UA Museum of Art is small in size, it is filled with beautiful and rare collections. Enjoy the permanent collections as well as the “PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death and God” traveling exhibition. UA Museum of Art 1031 N. Olive Road Noon - 4 p.m. Admission: two cans of food

Salsa Nights at El Parador If the only Latin culture you’ve experienced in Tucson is the food, come to El Parador this Saturday for their weekly salsa night. The DJ will be playing only the best salsas, carumbas and sambas. El Parador has two full bars and a huge dance floor, as well as authentic Latin food to fuel your moves. El Parador 2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 10 p.m. - 2 a.m., $4 cover


The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 11 p.m., $10 general admission, $8 Loft members

GiveBack KickBack an entertaining chance to help refugees By Miranda Butler ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT Wyclef Jean isn’t the only refugee we should be thinking about. In fact,

although we don’t hear about it very often, there are somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 refugees living in Pima County alone. By definition, refugees are those who were targeted for oppression in their home countries based on their religion, ethnicity and other factors. Most refugees now living in Tucson have fled from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Sudan, Bhutan, Somalia and the Congos. They oftentimes enter the country

with no education, and many of them can’t speak English. Integration into society is difficult, and government funding doesn’t last long. That’s where volunteers and nonprofit organizations can help. One of these groups, called the Arizona Refugee Connection , or ARC, is established right here on the UA campus. The ARC is a small group of UA students that strives to help integrate refugees into society here in Pima County. Dr. Cindi Gilliland, a senior lecturer at Eller College of Management, is the founder and faculty advisor for the ARC . This Friday, they are hosting a large fundraising event called ARC’s GiveBack KickBack .

Gilliland explains it this way: “It’s going to be a big street party, and the idea is that we want to have a really fun event. But at the same time, know that the money is going to make a positive difference.” GiveBack KickBack will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 at Main Gate Square , and admission is free. The street party features a variety of entertainment from a DJ spinoff, to performances by African drummers and Bhutanese dancers. There will also be carnival games, artists, merchants, chair massages and henna art done by a Somali refugee. The event will raise money for the ARC, as well as their recent project “A School for Abul ,” which seeks to give clean water and a school building to a small village in Sudan, Africa. The ARC hopes to raise this money through donation booths at the event and the proceeds from product

sales. Several surrounding restaurants are also offering to donate a percentage of their profits that night, including Silver Mine Subs, Malibu Yogurt , Johnny Rocket’s and Espresso Art . Gilliland explained that the ARC is excited, and the event is sure to be a fun way to make a difference. “It’s local people. It’s our students. It’s our community. I have been overwhelmed to see how many students are willing to put time and effort into something to help other people.”

IF YOU GO Arizona Refugee Connection’s GiveBack KickBack Main Gate Square Friday, 5 - 10 p.m.

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Sincere Weepies to sail through Plush By Graham Thompson ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT Steve Tannen and Deb Talan are the husband and wife duo behind The Weepies. Their latest album, Be My Thrill, supports their first tour in four years, which stops at Plush on Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. “(Our name) came from wanting to make music that reaches people in that feelingful place where tears come from … for joy or sorrow … but that intensity of feeling is why we’re drawn to music,” Talan said to Kim Ruehl of This is the foundation for their name as well as their identity within the competitive world of music. Americans function in a cyclical rut, obsessed with the latest fads and sounds, often forgetting what most musicians omit from their music: feeling. The Weepies want to reach people with the sincerity of their music as opposed to driving

IF YOU GO The Weepies Plush 340 E. Sixth St. Nov. 22 8 p.m. $15



Alyve agency makes shows for students By Kristina Remy ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT

Photo courtesy of The Weepies

them into an overzealous frenzy with pounding bass and illadvised lyrics. It is especially refreshing to know that such a philosophy exists in the creators of music, and it definitely shines through their lyrics and their performances. They sound better in person than on their record. Talan has a clear tone which, when it climbs out of her range, becomes slightly flat, yet it shimmers with Tannen’s steady tenor when they switch leads and harmonies. Their acoustic guitars stay within the

realm of blocked chords, but this does not limit their ability to compile perfectly pleasant tunes, which gives all the background instrumentalists a chance to be heard. They may not be the most famous or the most ingenious tour coming our way, but their intentions aren’t to astound us with bravado and a light show. Rather, they want to astound us with the indelibility of their words and allow this steady format to capture the energy of old friends with intoxicating spirit.

The collegiate entertainment scene is coming “Alyve” thanks to twosome Ryan Roy and James Allen. Roy, an interdisciplinary studies senior, and Allen, a former UA student, cofounded Alyve Entertainment after teaming up in 2008. Two years ago, the two started by bringing Greek Life events to a whole new level with themed parties and live DJs. Now Alyve Entertainment has become a full-fledged entertainment agency, focusing on collegiate markets. “We really are synonymous with college entertainment,” Allen said. Not only has Alyve Entertainment made a name for itself on the UA campus, “we’ve extended our business beyond Arizona to Washington and other states,” Roy said. The company does everything from artist bookings to concert production and even celebrity appearances. This Thursday, Alyve Entertainment is bringing Steve Aoki to the Rialto Theatre. This

will be Aoki’s first performance in Tucson. Aoki is a famed DJ, producer and record label owner who has been selling out shows thanks to his huge club-banging singles. Aoki has residency at Surrender Nightclub at Encore in Las Vegas and will take the stage after opening acts Dame Fifty5, Marshall Barnes and former UA student, DJ Eye. Showgoers should prepare themselves for a night full of entertainment, both musically and visually. “For this show, we are really focusing on production,” Allen said. Alyve Entertainment is bringing a laser system, Plasma/LED screens with video loops and more to the show. “We’re taking it from being just a concert to a full experience,” Roy said. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. For more information on Alyve Entertainment or the show, check out alyveentertainment. com or email

Demystifying the music-merchandise connection

or at least chirpingly twee. Your music is best consumed on a retro floral couch, while drinking a cocktail and assembling hors d’oeuvres. Heard at Anthropologie: Zuco 103, British Sea Power

COMMENTARY BY Kellie Mejdrich arts writer

Ever walked into a store and suddenly felt the urge to buy everything off the shelves because the music makes you feel so ecstatic to be engaging in the capitalist experience? No? Well, merchandisers are doing everything they can to make you feel inclined to shell out cash, and music choice is highly effective. Stores play specific music to match their target demographic — it’s been proven to increase revenue. While it might sound like mind control, it’s also pretty humorous and telling about where bands playing at certain stores fit on the style continuum. Here are a few examples of what it means if your album is playing at those ever-coveted trendy merchandise monoliths.


If your album is being promoted at Starbucks, your music is probably a safe bet for most people. If you’re not a classic artist who’s already famous, you might be “edgy,” but let’s face it — entrants into the shop will feel the same level of satisfied trendiness regardless of their own music tastes or age. Reaching the level of Starbucks cool might be an achievement if you’re trying to communicate to a pop-friendly base, but your music will probably end up on that hits radio station twenty years from now — and cause a lot of grumbling from music snobs in the process. Heard at Starbucks: John Legend, Colbie Calliat

Urban Outiftters:

Pat yourself on the back, you hipster fiend — your album has reached a special level of achingly hip that most bands are already too well known to reach. As the budding hipsters (who happen to have enough money lying around that they haven’t already spent on PBR) shop for some canvas shoes, they’ll hear your album and sigh with contradiction — they loved you way before everyone else, but now that you’re playing at Urban … But don’t worry. You’ll probably become more famous in exactly the way you want — people will snatch up your album as a representation of the coolest, hippest thing on the market (that’s playing at a store, at least). Heard at Urban Outfitters: Girls, Discovery


If your album is playing at Anthropologie, you’re either a tried-and-true retro artist who makes us all feel a little classier, or an extremely trendy pop band that is so eclectic most people have never heard of you. But your music is probably upbeat,


Your music is pretty “cool” right now, especially among teenagers whose favorite hobbies include surfing, wishing they were surfing and buying trendy clothes. Get excited — you’re probably going to get a fairly wealthy base of tweens and highschoolers interested in you, and their parents will probably shell out oodles of cash to buy your next album. At least you’ll get a lot of recognition, since a lot of people walk through the store and don’t buy anything. Heard at Hollister: Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend


You already know you’re popular if your music is playing at Abercrombie — in fact, your agent probably begged you to let Abercrombie play your music (it’ll sell even more records). Your music is most likely dance pop — you have to have a good baseline to use those mysteriously powerful woofers in the showroom. Go ahead, bask in your unbelievably fast climb to superstardom (or wealth, or both) — you’ve definitely hit a high point in your career with a large portion of the population. Heard at Abercrombie: Lady Gaga, Junior Boys

Hot Topic:

Your music has something to say, and it’s not always pretty. In fact, you scream about it a lot, usually on your album. But if it’s reached the speakers of Hot Topic, you’ve attained a level of fame among your like-minded fans that is pretty significant. Buy yourself a new pair of gauges already, you have plenty of cash with all those rebellious dreamers buying your album along with their mesh gloves and black t-shirts or nail polish. Heard at Hot Topic: My Chemical Romance, Disturbed

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Ryan Roy, an interdisciplinary studies senior, and James Allen, a former UA student, are co-founders of Alyve Entertainment. The entertainment agency will be bringing Steve Aoki to the Rialto Theatre this Thursday, Nov. 19.


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• wednesday, november 17, 2010 • arizona daily wildcat

Oh, the humanities! On a campus with 16 colleges and nearly 30,000 undergrads, it’s easy to lose track of everything that happens. Sometimes, a well-meaning college needs to take things into their own hands. Sometimes, you need …


If you’re a human, Humanities Week has something for you. The following is a schedule of events for the rest of the week.

By Brandon Specktor ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT This Monday marked the beginning of the 3rd annual celebration of the College of Humanities , one of the most diverse colleges on the UA campus. “The goal of Humanities Week is to engage the community at large, as well as students and staff, in what the Humanities are and what sorts of things our college has to offer,” said Mary Wildner-Bassett, dean of the College of Humanities . The goal is an ambitious one. The College of Humanities defies any simple definition. According to its website, the college offers 32 degree programs and employs 140 faculty members. Departments within the college span cultures and languages, including Africana studies, German studies, Russian and Slavic studies, Spanish and Portuguese, East Asian studies, French and Italian, classics, English and creative writing, religious studies and the Critical Languages program, which includes an additional 21 foreign languages. In the past two years, the celebration of Humanities Week has taken various forms, including community lectures, screenings and redecorating Heritage Hill as a garden of literary quotes. This year will also offer a

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17 The History of Wonder in the New World Professor Alex Nava, UA Religious Studies Program Helen S. Schaefer building (UA Poetry Center), 1508 E. Helen St. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Tolstoy: The Man Behind Those Big Books Professor Adele Barker, UA Department of Russian and Slavic Studies Helen S. Schaefer building (UA Poetry Center), 1508 E. Helen St. 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. THURSDAY, NOV. 18 Mike Christy/Arizona Daily Wildcat

Composer Martin Bresnick speaks to a crowd of about 40 people on Monday at the UA Poetry Center. Bresnick spoke on his concerto “Caprichos Enfaticos,” which is based on Francisco Goya’s “Desastres de la guerra.”

diverse program of lectures, screenings and discussions that focus on myriad texts ranging from “Paradise Lost,” to the history of tango, to an emerging discipline called the digital humanities. Digital humanities is a broad term that involves, among other things, digitizing print archives. “We’re doing a lot of that at the Poetry Center right now, digitizing texts to make them searchable and accessible online,” said Dean Wildner-Bassett. “The term also includes learning games and social networking. Even

Facebook is a text that connects people and the humanities. It’s literary and communicative.” Several guest speakers will be in attendance this year, including Professor Martin Bresnick of the Yale School of Music and Olivier Barrot, a French journalist and writer who gave a lecture on the history of the Cannes Film Festival on Monday night . Getting guests to attend has not been a difficult process, says Dean Wildner-Bassett. “So far, we don’t get turned down. Our guests understand the value of the humanities in general and our engagement with the campus and community.”

Kick-Off for UA Reads, UA’s Common Read Program Co-sponsors: College of Humanities and UofA Bookstore UofA Bookstore, Student Union Memorial Center 9:30 a.m. Change: Expect the Unexpected Donna Swaim, Senior Lecturer Emerita, UA Religious Studies Program Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St. - $45/ person fee for lecture and lunch Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Women and Politics in the Italian Renaissance Professor Aileen Astorga Feng, UA Department of French and Italian Helen S. Schaefer building (UA Poetry Center), 1508 E. Helen St. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Teaching Classics Today: Sparta and Athens as Classroom Models Professor Mike Lippman, UA Department of Classics Helen S. Schaefer building (UA Poetry Center), 1508 E. Helen St. 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. German Film Screening: “Nordwand / North Face” (In German with English subtitles) Hosted by Professor Barbara Kosta, UA Department of German Studies Integrated Learning Center 150 (under the campus Mall) 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. FRIDAY, NOV. 19 13th Annual Milton Marathon Hosted by Professor John Ulreich, UA Department of English University of Arizona Library, Special Collections, Room C205 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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Professor Ken McAllister discusses the role the humanities play in today’s society in the UA Poetry Center on Tuesday.


UA Press author investigates ‘Tucson Four’ in book, Friday reading By Steven Kwan ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT Author and lawyer Gary Stuart will be coming to the UA Poetry Center on Friday at 7 p.m. to discuss his latest book, “Innocent Until Interrogated: The True Story of the Buddhist Temple Massacre and the Tucson Four.” It is the first book-length treatment of Phoenix’s most notorious mass murder. On Aug. 10, 1991, two teenagers walked into the Wat Promkunaram Buddhist Temple, west of Phoenix, and executed nine temple members — six Buddhist monks, one nun, one novice and a temple helper, all of whom were Thai citizens. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office led the search for the killers and assigned a task force of 66 officers to the case full-time. After a month of intense public pressure, investigators still didn’t have any suspects. Then an anonymous tip came from Tucson. The police got in contact with the caller, Michael Lawrence McGraw.

Investigators discovered that in their possession in Sept. McGraw was a mental patient 1991, but didn’t connect it to who had called from the then 16-year-old Alex Garcia Tucson Psychiatric Institute . until more than a month after For unknown reasons, McGraw McGraw’s interrogation. In told investigators he knew who the meantime, Garcia and the five suspects were because another person had shot and he was in the killed Alice car waiting for Marie Cameron “The victim or the victim’s family all them. Despite at a remote believe that the perpetrator who McGraw’s campground confessed is in fact the perpetrator, status as a north of Phoenix. but that’s not the case in a false mental patient, In conducting confession — the actual perpetrator investigators research for is out there on the streets.” brought the this book, the — Gary Stuart five people UA alumnus Author of “Innocent Until Interrogated” into custody examined the and subjected hundreds of them to long interrogations, records and transcripts from all many of which lasted for at the interrogations conducted least 24 hours. Four falsely and recorded by the Maricopa confessed to the crime but County Sheriff’s Office. What immediately recanted their saved innocent people from confessions. They were later being thrown into prison in this named the “Tucson Four” by case, according to Stuart, was the media. the fact that the investigators Stuart calls the crime recorded the interrogations. Arizona’s “most famous false “But many police confession case” because the departments across the nation sheriff’s office placed too resist having their officers much weight on the coerced tape-recorded while they’re confessions and not enough extracting confessions,” on forensic evidence and Stuart said. “It’s like making detective work. The sheriff’s sausage: it’s not pretty, it’s not office had the murder weapon comfortable, it’s not something


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anybody wants to see or read about.” While interrogation methods do yield results, they come with unintended consequences. “These types of confessions plainly do work. That’s what folks should be worried about: they do work. People do confess falsely. That’s what ought to terrify everybody about this book,” Stuart said. “What happens when someone falsely confesses to a crime is that the real perpetrator remains free on the street. The victim or the victim’s family all believe that the perpetrator who confessed is in fact the perpetrator, but that’s not the case in a false confession — the actual perpetrator is out there on the streets.” Stuart said out of the 10 suspects arrested in this case, five falsely confessed while only two confessions were true. None of them invoked their Miranda rights because they didn’t understand them. Stuart said one person thought he was entitled to a lawyer if he went

to court, while another said he thought he had a right to a lawyer only if he were guilty. “I hope (readers) will not continue to believe that they are too smart, too strong to ever be manipulated into a false confession because they’re not,” Stuart said. “Nobody is immune to this, nobody is invulnerable.”

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Reading and Book Signing with Author Gary L. Stuart Innocent Until Interrogated: The True Story of the Buddhist Temple Massacre and the Tucson Four Hosted by the University of Arizona Press and the College of Humanities Helen S. Schaefer building (UA Poetry Center), 1508 E. Helen St. 7 - 8:30 p.m.


This is the first year that Professor Barbara Kosta considers herself a “full-fledged” department head, but she has been teaching in the Department of German Studies for 19 years. In order to raise awareness of a department and culture that is near and dear to her heart, Kosta will host a free screening of the 2008 film “North Face” (“Nordwand,” if you want to get German about it) Thursday night for Humanities Week. “I thought the film would be interesting for a wider public,” Kosta said. “It’s a contemporary film that deals with German history, based on a true story.” “North Face” tells the story of two German mountain climbers, goaded by their government into scaling the North face of the Eiger, one of the most challenging and deadly climbs in the Alps. The events take place in 1936, shortly before the Third Reich hosted the Berlin Olympics. “It’s a fascinating film in its combination of sports, nature and politics,” said Kosta. “It’s really suspenseful, and the case of these two young mountain climbers being used politically is tragic.” The goal of the screening, beyond entertainment and the spread of German culture, is to create greater visibility for the Department of German Studies. “As any department, we want to show the greater public that we are an active department.” And active is certainly the operative word. In September, the department hosted a soccer tournament that attracted 32 teams from around Tucson to compete on the UA Mall. According to Kosta, the event made $5,000 for scholarships to send students abroad in Germany. — Brandon Specktor

Students will journey though John Milton’s epic poem, “Paradise Lost,” on Friday. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., students and the public will read from all 12 of the poem’s books. The idea of the marathon at the UA was born 13 years ago when John Ulreich, Ph.D., professor of English, saw information about other Milton marathons on the Milton listserv. After getting positive feedback, the event was organized and a tradition was born. “Paradise Lost” was read in the old Student Union each year until it was remodeled, after which the marathon was held in various classrooms until attendance grew too large. For the past six years, the marathon has been housed in the Main Library’s Special Collections room C205. Hundreds of people filter through the room during the marathon enjoying refreshments and poetry, according to Ulreich. Some students opt to stay for the whole 12 hours. These participants receive Norton Critical Editions of “Paradise Lost,” which Ulreich says are “cheerfully donated.” Hackett Publishing, Penguin Books, Signet and Modern Library all sent copies of the poem that will be used as prizes, thanks to English major Steven Minas. Some of these donated books will be given to students who made a video advertisement for the event. Their video can be viewed on the marathon’s website. “It’s fascinating to see these undergraduates … how intrigued they are with this poem,” said Pat Brooks, director of external affairs in the College of Humanities about the event. Last year, UA President Robert Shelton came and read. Shelton was the first president to attend the marathon. “I enjoyed my very minor contribution last year to the Milton Marathon. The portion of the readings I heard reminded me of my first efforts to read, comprehend and discuss ‘Paradise Lost’ when I was in high school. I think the event is an excellent reminder to all of us about the importance of great literature,” Shelton said in an email. Students don’t have to sign up to read, and many come just to listen. “One of my students one year said, ‘You know, Dr. Ulreich, there’s something in ‘Paradise Lost’ for everyone.’ I think that’s part of the secret. It’s a difficult poem to understand. Thirty years ago, I thought I understood it. I know better now.” Last year, a Phoenix woman traveled to UA to attend the marathon for the 12th time, according to Ulreich. “It’s a place to come and enjoy poetry. The fact that ‘Paradise Lost’ was written 400 years ago doesn’t matter so much; the fact that it’s great poetry matters,” Ulreich said. “If you come and listen, there’s a good chance you’ll hear something that will matter to you. If you come and read, which is great, then it’s even likelier that something will grab your imagination and start your thinking.”

— Bethany Barnes

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Melissa Fitch, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, dances with a member of the tango community following her presentation on tango in the global perspective at the UA Poetry Center on Tuesday.

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John Ulreich, Ph.D., a UA English professor, spoke in his office last Friday about the upcoming Milton Marathon. The Norton critical editions of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” beside Ulreich will be prizes for some Milton Marathon participants.



• wednesday, november 17, 2010 • arizona daily wildcat

finer things PIE WEEK of the

By Ali Freedman Arizona Daily Wildcat If last week’s apple pie didn’t get you fired up to bake, you should give this chocolate-tinged Thanksgiving classic a try. This chocolate pecan pie is simple, rich and sure to please a crowd. We’ll start out with the same dough used in our apple pie and move on to a pecan and chocolate filling with a local twist. Piecrust is simple to make with a little care. This recipe will make one 9-inch piecrust. The key is making sure that your butter and water are very cold. Mix together your flour, salt and sugar in a bowl. Next, add in your chopped-up butter and use your fingers to starts to mix it into your dry ingredients. Mush it all together until it is about the consistency of dry oatmeal. It should be crumbly. Begin to add in your water a little bit at a time until you’ve created pie dough that’s totally pulled together, but not wet or sticky. Be careful not to overwork your dough. Once

it has come together, form it into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Put in into the refrigerator for at least an hour. For this pie, you’ll bake your crust first. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees while you roll out your piecrust. Be sure your surface and pin are well floured. Roll the disk out until it is a few inches larger than your pie tin and to about a quarter of an inch in thickness. Once you’ve transferred your dough into the pan poke some holes in the bottom — six or so — to allow steam to escape. Mix together the butter, eggs, sugar, bourbon or vanilla and corn syrup. Stir until combined. Add your chocolate and pecans and stir again. Pour into your piecrust, placed on a cookie sheet to catch any spill over. Bake for 10 minutes. Lower your temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Serve room temperature and add some ice cream if you’re really feeling crazy. This pie is a simple twist

Chocolate Pecan What you’ll need Pie dough: 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, chopped into small pieces Approx. 3 tablespoons very cold water. Filling: About 2 cups of Arizona pecans, halved 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 3 tablespoons of melted butter 1/2 cup of dark corn syrup 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons of bourbon (or vanilla extract if you’re not of age) 2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips

on the classic. If you’re worried about piecrust, you can purchase premade uncooked piecrust and substitute. Arizona pecans can be purchased at any Tucson farmers

market, Whole Foods or this weekend’s pecan festival in Sahuarita. If you’re crazy for pecans you’ll go nuts for this festival. The second annual Sahuartia Pecan Festival will be

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Modern opera to test student voices, emotion By Kellie Mejdrich Arizona Daily Wildcat The UA School of Music is bringing highbrow comedy to Tucson this Friday and Sunday with the modern opera “Albert Herring” by Benjamin Britten, performed by The University of Arizona Opera Theater with the Arizona Symphony Chamber Ensemble. The chamber opera, an opera that uses a chamber ensemble instead of a full symphony, describes the antics of an English town in search of morality in anticipation for the May Day festival.

The production, according to Director of Opera Theater Charles Roe, has cost between $30,000-$40,000. This performance is a highly-anticipated event in the UA School of Music, and has been in the workings since school started in August. It is a chance for students “to see what kind of skills their fellow students have developed,” Roe said. “Albert Herring” is a traditional twoand-a-half hour production with one intermission, but the modern opera, composed in 1947, is different from typical opera fare.

“The melodies don’t always sound really pretty to sing or are easy to learn,” Roe said. “But it does express the emotions of the characters.” Roe said students have spent a great deal of time getting to know their characters and practicing this difficult production. The opera is sung in English and is known for its humorous wording, which can be read on the supertitles that will be provided for the audience. “You can hear some beautiful human voices,” Roe said. “It really shows how dedicated our students are.”

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• wednesday, november 17, 2010 • arizona daily wildcat

A ‘hole’ weekend

Street artist Melanie Stimmell paints the UAMA’s floor Friday through Sunday

By Steven Kwan Arizona Daily Wildcat

Street artist Melanie Stimmell created a hole in the UA Museum of Art’s floor over this past weekend, and no one complained. In fact, museum visitors and staff were fascinated by the entire process, which was broadcast live on the museum’s website. The museum held special weekend hours so that visitors could watch Stimmell work in real-time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Made with pastel sticks and paper, Stimmell’s painting with its unusual viewpoint served as the capstone for the museum’s new exhibition, “The Aesthetic Code: Unraveling the Secrets of Art.” The goal of “The Aesthetic Code: Unraveling the Secrets of Art” the exhibition, according the museum’s website, is UA Museum of Art to help visitors “develop Tuesday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. a vocabulary to approach Saturday - Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m. unfamiliar works of art.” Closed Mondays Stimmell said her inspiration came from the museum’s Renaissance art collection, a love of Baroque art and the visual style of Sofia Coppola’s movie “Marie Antoinette.” Before she begins a project, Stimmell takes photographs of models and objects for reference. She then creates a composite drawing in Adobe Photoshop. For the hole in the museum floor, Stimmell had on hand a mock-up of the final painting scaled down to a grid comprised of 1-inch squares. Stimmell said one of the most challenging aspects of her work is sitting for hours at a time for a project, which usually take two to three days to complete. She said dealing with the weather could be difficult if she is working on an outdoor painting over several weekends. “The Aesthetic Code: Unraveling the Secrets of Art” is on display at the UA Museum of Art through April 3.

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