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Beyond the tip of the iceberg Faculty plays Haydn’s lovers By Kellie Mejdrich ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT
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A patron to the Royal Mail Steamer “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” views a leather bag that is on display at the Rialto Building on Sunday. This garment is still intact because the tanned leather from which it was made gives it the ability to resist decomposition by microorganisms on the ocean floor.
Artifacts, replicas illuminate Titanic’s story By Miranda Butler ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT I’ll come right out and admit it: I’m one of the very few people who never saw “Titanic.” After all, I was a kid when it came out — so my parents forbade me because of that oh-so-raunchy sex scene with the steamy handprint. But this weekend I got the chance to see something
IF YOU GO “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” The Rialto Building 300 E. Congress St. Now until February 2011 $18 for college students Sunday - Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. MuseumTix.com
even better. Premier Exhibitions, Inc., the company that brought us “BODIES…The Exhibition” this summer, is offering another exceptional experience at the Rialto Building. “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” opened on Oct. 23 and will be on display until February. This unique collection takes visitors on a journey back to the Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage in 1912. It offers 127 authentic artifacts that have been recovered from the shipwreck. According to Shawndon Beavers, the Education Coordinator for the exhibition, five of these pieces have never been displayed in public before. But the excitement doesn’t end there. “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” is not only an exhibit, but an experience. The exhibition focuses on the stories of the people on board the Titanic that fateful April 14. Many of the personal triumphs and losses of the Titanic’s passengers are often forgotten in the bigger TITANIC, page B4
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A replica of a first-class cabin in the Titanic sits on display at the Rialto Building on Sunday. The furniture had to be replicated because the original wood furniture was destroyed.
Did you know?
• Though the story goes that the Titanic was said to be “unsinkable,”people of the time were well aware that it wasn’t completely invincible. However, newspapers called the ship “practically unsinkable,”which is where this modern day story comes from. • The most expensive cabin on the Titanic cost the equivalent of $103,000 today.
A third class ticket would cost the equivalent of $900. • The plotline of Jack and Rose in the movie “Titanic” is fictional, but other than that, the film stays true to the facts and utilizes many true characters and stories. • The last living survivor of Titanic, Millvina Dean, passed away in 2009. “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” is dedicated to her.
Geeks unite over pub trivia By Kristina Remy ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT When John Dicker played pub quizzes in New York City in 2000 and 2001, he had no way of knowing he would soon become the co-founder and owner of one of the most wellknown pub trivia companies in the United States. “I liked the social aspect of it. It’s sort of unique,” Dicker said. After playing pub trivia, he decided to try being a quizmaster, and the rest is history. Dicker co-founded Geeks Who Drink in Denver, Colo. in 2006, and since then has brought pub trivia to bars all over the U.S. including New Mexico, Washington, Texas and Tucson. So what makes a night with Geeks Who Drink different from other pub trivia events?
Generally speaking, pub trivia consists of pop culture questions thrown intermittently between club music. Dicker, however, became unsatisfied with this method since the rate of play is about six questions per hour. As a result, pub trivia by Geeks Who Drink is a lot more methodical and diverse. Each quiz is made up of eight rounds including visual and musical rounds. Every question is conversation-based, so the entire experience is very social and engaging. Dicker explains the company has “pioneered using the web to reinforce/glorify what happened in the pub.” Every quiz gets blogged the next day with photos, a narrative recap of the night’s events and even the final scores. “It really brings all of the
Sometimes, classical music is sexy. A group of performers from Tucson and beyond will be performing famous pieces from composer Franz Joseph Haydn, along with an impromptu theatrical performance to enhance the story of Haydn, his friends and his lovers. The performance, titled “A Musical Evening at the Home of Eminent Surgeon Mr. John Hunter, and Mrs. Anne Hunter,“ will provide listeners with a unique experience of both performance art and traditional classical music. “It’s going to be the equivalent of stopping in and being a guest at a party in 1792,” said Paula Fan, a professor of piano at the UA School of Music. Fan will be playing Ann Home Hunter, the wife of a doctor and friend Haydn frequented in London, where the performance will take place. Fan’s character is a musician and poet whose work was put to music by Haydn, which will be performed at the event. Additionally, pieces will be played on a replica of a Shantz fortepiano, a smaller different It’s going to be style of the the equivalent of stopping piano we in and being know today a guest at a and one of party in 1792. Haydn’s favorite — Paula Fan instruments. Professor of piano There are multiple dramatic threads in the performance, with another notable character being pianist Dian Baker as Rebecca Shroeter who, through letters written by Haydn, is thought to have been a student and lover of the famous composer. “This is sort of like ‘Masterpiece Theatre’-meets-apiano-recital,” Fan said. The performers also include Eckart Sellheim, who performs often as a duo with Baker and is a classically trained pianist originally from what is now Gdask, Poland and received her training in Germany and Switzerland. He currently serves as director and professor of classic piano at Arizona State University, in addition to many master classes and guest lectures both in the U.S. and abroad. UA Professor Susan Hardy Aiken will also comment on women poets during the 18th century, like Fan’s character, Ann Home Hunter. The performance will be on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at Holsclaw Hall in the UA School of Music building. For $5, it’s sure to be a dramatic thrill. “They were real people,” Fan said. “They were three-dimensional — this (performance) is a function of the way people felt. That makes music more interesting, I think.”
different bars together,” Dicker said. If you head to geekswhodrink. com and check out the section with the best team names of the week. There are two local bars that host weekly pub trivia events, Hotel Congress and The Auld Dubliner; Congress’ pub quiz night is Tuesdays at 8 p.m., and the Dubliner ’s is on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Trivia topics vary, but every month or two Geeks Who Drink host a themed quiz night. Past events have included Harry Potter and The Simpsons-based trivia. For November, the themed quiz is South Park, and the event has been named “Screw Your Quiz, I’m Going Home!”
James Jefferies, a media arts senior and quizmasterin-training, grades game cards as Joe Montoya, the official quizmaster, enters the scores into the computer at Club Congress on Tuesday. Pub trivia by Geeks Who Drink began in Denver and is now nationwide. Ginny Polin/ Arizona Daily Wildcat
The event is pay-to-play, and the winning team will take a cash prize. Anything else you should know about pub trivia before you head down and try it? “Don’t think you have to be good at trivia to enjoy the quiz,” Dicker said. “It’s a good way to hang out socially.” Oh and remember, don’t ever shout the answers … ever.
IF YOU GO “A Musical Evening at the Home of Eminent Surgeon Mr. John Hunter, and Mrs. Anne Hunter “ Holsclaw Hall Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. $5
WEEKLY FIVE WHY
does Halloween weekend bring out the worst in people? The holiday does not equal an excuse to be offensive.
to see “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” until it comes out in IMAX 3-D if you want the full experience.
be cautious when walking to class — a number of pedestrians have been involved in accidents in the past month on campus.
stock up on discount Halloween candy now that the weekend is over!
to finalize your spring 2011 schedule. Registration will be open to all students on Nov. 15.
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local scene To get you through your weekend … Thursday NOV. 4
“Desert Hearts” 25th Anniversary Screening presented by Lesbian Looks The Loft Cinema and the Lesbian Looks 2010 Film Series present a screening of “Desert Hearts.” Since its debut in 1985, “Desert Hearts” has proved to be a landmark in gay/lesbian cinema and is considered the first commercial lesbian love story. “Desert Hearts” tells the story of Vivian Bell, an English professor who travels to Reno, Nev. for a divorce and there meets Cay Rivers, a young artist with a free spirit, and the two women fall in love. “Desert Hearts” is groundbreaking in its open and honest approach to showing a homosexual love story and was truly ahead of its time.
Friday NOV. 5
Five Finger Death Punch Hailing from Los Angeles, heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch has met rapid success since the release of their debut album, The Way of the Fist, in 2007. Fronted by Hungarian-born guitarist Zoltan Bathory, the band has developed a solid and faithful fan base — known in the metal world as the Knuckleheads — that are committed to 5FDP’s intense and driven sound. 5FDP has toured over the past few years with Slipknot and Korn, and are known for their notoriously rowdy and chaotic live shows.
The Rialto Theatre 318 E. Congress St. Doors open at 7 p.m., $30
The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 7:30 p.m., $7
Saturday NOV. 6
Saturday Sippers at the RumRunner On the first Saturday of every month, the RumRunner offers a wine tasting during the afternoon that showcases a changing buffet of a dozen wines. The RumRunner is a Tucson landmark — during the 1960s it was a drive-thru liquor store and has evolved into the wellstocked wine and spirits emporium that it is today, with an impressive selection and home to the Dish Bistro Bar. Wine tasting is free, so take the opportunity to sample reds, whites and everything in between. Wines are sold at a 15 percent discount during Saturday Sippers.
The RumRunner 3131 E. First St. 2 - 4 p.m., free
An Afternoon with Billy Collins and Friends at Centennial Hall: A Benefit for the Poetry Center In celebration of their 50th anniversary, the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center is honored to welcome former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins for a special reading. Collins, hailed as the most popular poet in America, will be joined on the Centennial Hall stage with friends from the literary world — New York poet Howard Altmann, novelist Jennifer Lee Carrell, journalist Ernesto Portillo and Arizona Daily Star columnist and cartoonist David Fitzsimmons. Collins and all the rest will read their favorite poems to celebrate the art of poetry in America.
Centennial Hall 1020 E. University Blvd. 3 p.m., $15 - $150 All Souls Procession The All Souls Procession was born in 1990, when local artist Susan Johnson needed an outlet to mourn the death of her father. Today the All Souls Procession is a festival of more than 20,000 participants, and offers the community a spiritual gathering to mourn, reflect, and celebrate. The All Souls Procession is a nod to the Mexican holiday of Dia De los Muertos and is a celebration of the lives of loved ones who have passed. More than just a parade, the procession is important to Tucson as a catharsis of emotion. The festival will display an abundance of local art, and the two-mile procession will end with the annual burning of the urn in which patrons offer their hopes and thoughts.
Beginning at Epic Café 745 N. Fourth Ave. 5 p.m., free
Odyssey sets up circles for storytelling By Maitri Mehta ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT Stories are constantly being told — through newspapers, podcasts, YouTube videos, iChat. But with the steady barrage of stories in a haze of technology, it’s easy to tune out. This Thursday at Club Congress, the StoryArts Group presents its monthly storytelling event, Odyssey Storytelling, where one story is told at a time, and everyone else just listens. Odyssey’s producer, Penelope Starr, also a blogger for the Tucson Citizen, created the event in 2004 after she was inspired by a similar event at Porchlight Storytelling in San Francisco. At each Odyssey event, six people tell 10-minute stories about a specific theme — they aren’t memorized or read, but told to the audience like a close circle of friends. “We recruit people from all walks of life (to tell their stories),” Starr said. “Audience members are often so intrigued that they will try their hand at storytelling.”
StoryArts’ mission is straightforward — to preserve and promote the tradition of storytelling to build community. Stories have always been used to pass on tradition, impart morals and tell history. Odyssey takes its name from Homer’s epic, one of the most widely read stories in history. But Homer’s “Odyssey” also fits Odyssey’s mission — it was told orally and captured the spirit, values and history of a people. “It’s all about Penelope Starr community,” Starr said. “We always producer of Odyssey Storytelling have community announcements during breaks between stories. It’s about networking, linking and making connections.” Each event has a designated theme, but that’s about where the homogeny ends.
purest and most naked form. Every storyteller is strikingly unique, Starr continues to be surprised with each and no two have the same story. This Thursday’s theme is “Masks: The Hidden storytelling event. “Sometimes the stories are tragic, sometimes hilarious; they’re all over the Identity Show,” and Starr encourages place. That’s the thing, you don’t know what creative interpretation of the theme. you’re going to get,” she said. “The storyteller “The themes are meant to be interpreted could be a plumber, a extremely broadly. If the theme were flying, student friend down the hall, a lawyer. The tellers it could be literally invite all their friends to flying or high on drugs. build an audience, and it’s That’s what makes a fun “Masks: The Hidden more fun for them to share show — when there’s Identity Show” a lot of diversity in our and get support.” Odyssey’s goal is to storytellers,” Starr said. Club Congress Three stories encourage people to keep 311 E. Congress St. telling stories, but more are told at a time, Thursday, 7 p.m. importantly, to keep followed by a short intermission during listening to them and $7, 21+ which community learning from them. “We announcements are are here to facilitate other people telling their stories,” Starr says. “It’s made. During this break, too, is when not about our stories, but the community’s.” Starr recruits a bold volunteer from the audience to take the stage and tell a totally If you are interested in becoming a storyteller, contact StoryArts at their website, spontaneous, totally unprepared story for three minutes, capturing storytelling in its storyartsgroup.org.
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‘The Color Purple’ delivers sass, soul
whom have been wrenched from her hands; she is traded for a cow to an abusive husband who loves “The Color Purple” is a another; and her sister, beautiful decadent and stunning way to and presented with opportunities, commence the 2010-11 season of disappears from her life to Africa. Off Broadway productions at the Her closest friends, Sofia and Shug Tucson Music Hall. Avery, teach her the values of Before there was “Precious,” healthy relationships and to resist there was Celie. “The Color Purple” misogyny. follows Celie and her sorrowful This first half is almost entirely journey through abuse and sung against a backdrop of a field of abandonment purple flowers only to awaken and a setting her alacrity sun. The light for life. It is is almost too a poignant perfect, giving “The Color Purple” story that is the sensation Tucson Music Hall inspirational, of being 260 S. Church Ave. and the cast truly immersed in the delivers. humidity and Through Nov. 7 The entire first sun-drenched Visit broadwayintucson.com half of the play pastures of for times and pricing centers on Celie’s Southern land. downward The musical spiral into the numbers are depths of repression. She has had aggressive and the use of simple two children by her father, both of props and gospel inspired vocals
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convey a broad depth of passion. Amidst field hands with backhoes and sisters playing pattycake, alongside heavier scenes, comes the best number of the show in the second act. A chorus dance conveys the solidarity of an almost decimated tribe, ruined by the introduction of slavery. The juxtaposition of a suffering tribe and a suffering community of African Americans in the South in the 1930s
is haunting. Dayna Jarae Dantzler, the actress who portrays Celie, by no means has the most powerful voice of the cast; she is at times drowned out by the orchestra. By far the best voice belongs to Kadejah One, a church soloist who acts as muse and messenger with a posse of church ladies who gossip, sass and scold. They are the pinnacles of virtue and their presence gives the production a
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Masterful magic duo enchants By Graham Thompson ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT As soon as you get your hands on a ticket to Sarlot and Eyed’s “Carnival of Illusion,” you know that when you “step right up,” you’re in for an excellent experience. It isn’t the calligraphy or the reputation that entices you so; rather it is the thickness of the paper used to admit and invite that tells you the quality of this dynamic duo. Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed are nationally touring illusionists who have performed cross-country from the Adirondacks to the Hollywood Magic Castle; from huge “rock star” stages and world-class resorts to small settings, like that of their current intimate Victorian parlor at the Doubletree Hotel. They perform around 150 shows per year and were recently recipients of the Jack Gwynne Award for Excellence in Magic. Their unique show incorporates their adaptation of ancient traditional magic from around the world as both expressive and healing art forms through riddles, humor, dance, handmade props and the most stunning and clever illusions, set to international music of eras past. The acts get more astounding as the night goes on. Rings are used in an intricate dance and linked together. Some playing cards are impaled on swords. If you are lucky enough to be picked to participate in an illusion, you and another audience member will each sit on ten cards and three of those
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cards will be transported from yours to the other person’s pile. Money travels around the world only to end up on the inside of a grapefruit an audience member has been holding. “We watch you as you watch us,” Eyed said. “Seeing people change is the best part of being an illusionist.” Some of the illusions are quite dangerous, and one, in particular, took Sarlot seven years to develop. “Learning magic is like learning a musical instrument,” Sarlot said. “It’s really, really, really hard.” Though they have humorous acts and perilous performances, their most beautiful piece is undoubtedly their last. Out of one piece of tissue paper, hundreds of multicolored tissue paper butterflies emerge, set in graceful motion by Sarlot and Eyed’s red Japanese fans. Being able to watch Sarlot and Eyed perform is a wonder. They are truly artists of their craft who execute flawless illusions and extol the virtues of devotion to their craft.
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You had better get your tickets now, because one of the greatest names in tap is taking the stage of Centennial Hall. On Saturday, Nov. 13, Savion Glover — who has been hailed by the great Gregory Hines and critics alike as “the greatest tap dancer of all time” — is set to bring some funk and rhythm to UApresents audiences with his energizing and aurally pleasing show “Bare Soundz.” The concert, which draws on the sounds and cadences of jazz and Caribbean music, as well as several other contemporary genres, highlights Glover’s remarkable ingenuity and ability to transform dance into music. As the impetus and inspiration for Glover’s rhythmic choreography, the unique and individual flavor of each musical genre is brought to life through the percussions of the tappers’ feet. Performed without musical accompaniment, Glover and two other tap greats — Marshall Davis Jr. and Maurice Chestnut — essentially become the instruments in “Bare Soundz,” capturing and blending the essences of both dance and music to produce a visually and acoustically pleasing show. Glover, who first received national recognition with his performance in “The Tap Dance Kid,” was, at the age of 15, also the youngest performer to ever receive a Tony Award nomination for his role in “Black and Blue.” In turn, his performance in the award-winning Broadway show “Bring in ‘da Noise/ Bring in ‘da Funk,” produced by George C. Wolfe, is often credited as having transformed the way many view the art of tap dancing. Audiences may also recognize Glover from his numerous appearances on Sesame Street in the early ’90s. Recently, Glover has also been featured in several commercials, as a guest on Dancing with the Stars and was cochoreographer and main motioncapture dancer for the loveable penguin, Mumble, Photo courtesy of Google Images in Warner Bros.’ Visit dailywildcat.com for a “Happy Feet.”
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November booked with novel writing, networking 30 days. 50,000 words. Challenge accepted. Every year, an organization called the Office of Letters and Light , whose mission is to “believe in ambitious acts of the imagination,” hosts its National Novel Writing Month contest . This web-based challenge asks writers from all across the country to write a 50,000-word novel between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30, and is commonly called NaNoWriMo . It sounds crazy, but the number of participants in the contest has been rising steadily since its first appearance in 1999. Last year, nearly 170,000 people accepted the challenge. Since it’s all online, National Novel Writing Month is easy to join. Participants create a online profile about themselves and their novel. There is an automated wordvalidator on the site that allows writers to chart their progress by inputting their word count as the month goes by. Anyone who reaches 50,000 words before the Nov. 30 deadline is a winner. Besides receiving a snazzy certificate, writers are also offered a free proof copy of their novel through a self-publishing website. Participants in National Novel Writing Month also affiliate themselves with a region. This allows them to gain access to forums where they can talk with other writers, discuss ideas and pick up some tips and tricks along the way. And the
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advice isn’t from just anywhere. National Novel Writing Month is a well-known event among the writing and publishing community. Many published authors take part in the contest alongside everybody else, and some of these authors even send out emails or create videos as pep talks for participants. In this way, National Novel Writing Month takes the solitary art of creating a novel and makes it into a social event for amateur writers and professional authors alike. And the camaraderie goes even further than that. When participants choose their region, they get connected to local events happening in their area. National Novel Writing Month has countless volunteers who work as “municipal liaisons.” These coordinators plan times for participants to meet up at places like coffee houses and book stores to work on their novels together. They also plan celebratory gettogethers for the beginning and end of the contest.
about writing a novel one day. This dream goes unrealized for most of their lives, either because they don’t think they can do it or they just never think to. NaNoWriMo is for the what we call the “One Day Writers” (meaning one day they want to write a novel), to finally set aside some time and write that idea they’ve had sitting in the back of their minds for years.
on the Tucson Region on the forums of nanowrimo.org, or they can email me at email@example.com. How does attending official events further the experience? I find that attending the events builds solidarity and camaraderie. Mostly, writing is a solitary event. You’re sitting in your room, no loud noises, staring intently at a blank screen, willing your paper to write itself. When you go to the events, you’re in a room or cafe with fellow writers who are doing the same thing you are. You can gain tips and experiences from veteran participants or just hang out and bask in the glow of inspiration. And you gain friends from this experience.
What kind of events are happening in Tucson this November? Every year we have a kickoff party where participants gather to meet each other and talk about their upcoming novels. On Halloween, we gather at the IHOP on Oracle (Road) and Limberlost (Road) around 11 p.m. and wait anxiously for midnight so that we can get a jumpstart on our novels. Then in December we have a “thank God it’s over” party where we celebrate our novels, complete or incomplete. We’re even thinking about having an all-night write-a-thon. More details can be found
National Novel Writing Month at the UA It may seem overwhelming to enter the contest in the middle of the semester. But
“NaNoWriMo has always been a wonderful and positive experience,” Ciarvella said. “At first, it seemed overwhelming to write so much so quickly, and during the busiest time of the semester.” “But the experience of pulling it off, the feeling that you get when you hit that 50k milestone, is absolutely worth all the hardship.”
National Novel Writing Month success stories This November marks the start of new writing projects for everybody involved. But here are the novels that Felton and Ciarvella have created during National Novel Writing Months of the past.
Tucson municipal liaison and UA alumnus Username: ThorinLight Novel: “The Quest for the Shiny Thing” Genre: Fantasy Final word count: 75,000
“It was a spoof of the fantasy quest novels where a farm boy is destined to go on a quest looking for the ‘Shiny Object’ that does Insert-Shiny-PurposeHere, and keep it away from Insert-Bad-Person-Here.”
UA creative writing student Username: MCiarvella Novel: “The Fallen” Genre: Supernatural Final word Count: 115,000
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“I hit the 50,000 word count during NaNoWriMo, but the story wasn’t finished yet, so I’ve kept working on it since then. It has since evolved into this 115,000-word behemoth. It’s a modern supernatural story based on a fallen angel who escapes from hell and ends up triggering the apocalypse ahead of schedule in order to throw both heaven and hell off her trail. I’m actually hoping I’ll be able to publish that one when I’m done.”
Wildlife had the opportunity to speak with Xander Felton, the Tucson municipal liaison, about the contest and the events that he planned for this year. Here’s what he had to say: Why should people participate in National Novel Writing Month? I feel that people should participate because everyone, doesn’t matter who they are or what they do, has thought
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picture of the tragedy. However, this exhibit is committed to remembering those people. At the beginning of the tour, each visitor is given a boarding pass, which represents a passenger who traveled on the Titanic. These boarding passes give the name, age and social class of the traveler. They also indicate where the person was coming from, where they were going to, who accompanied them and their reason for traveling. It brings a whole new level of meaning to the story of the Titanic when we grasp how real these people were. The exhibition is split into various sections telling the Titanic’s story in chronological order. This method is particularly effective because each part of the exhibit is able to convey a specific mood. Background music, historical photographs, written information and the actual artifacts all play a part in creating the Titanic experience. For example, in the beginning of the tour visitors hear upbeat songs from the 1920s, see pictures of the Titanic in all its glory, read facts about the people who built it and see the massive propellers that moved the ship. Other
so far, the National Novel Writing Month forums have logged participants from 102 universities, including the UA. It’s a lot of work to do, but if you divide the word count evenly, you’ll be writing about 1667 words per day. Xander Felton was a student at the UA when he participated in his first National Novel Writing Month. “I started doing NaNo my junior year at the University of Arizona (2004). When I complained to a friend about the amount of papers I had to do, he mocked me and told me that he would be writing more than me because of NaNoWriMo,” Felton said. “I looked it up and I said, ‘I can do that!’ Despite the mountain of papers, I did it.” Since then, Felton has won National Novel Writing Month every year — with a grand total of six successes. Likewise, creative writing student Matt Ciarvella has participated in National Novel Writing Month twice, and has also entered the contest this year.
Actual flatware from the second- and third-class cabins of the Titanic sits on display at the Rialto Building on Sunday. In an effort to reduce theft of dining ware, second- and third-class cabins were served on flatware showing the White Star Line insignia. Gordon Bates/ Arizona Daily Wildcat
sections include a room that recreates a first class passenger cabin, a place that shows the menu and a large section dedicated to the stories of various travelers on board the ship. Information in each section is clearly displayed, and visitors to the “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” are given automated headsets that guide the tour. In addition, employees stationed around each section of the
exhibit are very knowledgeable and tell even more personalized stories than what the audio tours have to offer. I highly recommend speaking with them because it really adds to the overall experience. After walking through the entire exhibit, visitors enter one more room. Here, they must remember their boarding pass. They can look for their person’s name on the wall that lists who survived — and who
was lost at sea. “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” is an emotional, educational and meaningful exhibit. Much like the movie (which I went home and watched for the first time — and fell in love with), the exhibit makes people feel a vast array of emotions. It helps us remember the tragic events of the Titanic’s sinking, as well as the inspirational stories of people who survived.
Harpist Newsom to charm Rialto
Radin’s reinvention of ‘whisper rock’ Acoustic artist amps up percussion for a stronger sound By Graham Thompson ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT
By Kellie Mejdrich ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT Joanna Newsom isn’t your typical female vocalist. By all means, she provides listeners with something wildly unique. The harpist, pianist and vocalist crafts tunes with the harp, which she then layers with her voice. Newsom is one of those artists who can make a much different first impression. Her untrained voice can sound grating to the untrained ear — but a second listen and a look at her body of work shows how the harpist uses her music to express, more than in just a typical performer’s sense. Newsom’s work is artistic and expressionist, which often produces a less-than-studio smooth sound. Though that’s something charming about her work — it sounds so fundamentally pure. Her work has changed, too. The release of Have One On Me in February displays a voice that sounds more studiotrained but presents the same innocent lilt, just slightly smoother. And then one can’t forget the ethereal, technically masterful harp that is central to her work.
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Joshua Radin’s conventional sound of hushed vocals and acoustic guitar has been reinvented for the release of his third studio album The Rock and the Tide released Oct. 12 by Mom and Pop Records. His music made its first appearance in 2004 when his friend Zach Braff selected his song “Winter” for the TV show “Scrubs”; it was the first song Radin had ever written. Since then, his music has been featured more than 75 times on television sitcoms and full-length feature films, as Radin developed what has been described as “whisper rock.” Radin’s ability to say more with a murmur than most can with a shout is what makes him so captivating. His gift for creating and evoking a variety of complex emotions through lyrical melodies is evident when he says, “The rain in New Orleans, forgot to end / But the mouths of the people are dry /
And we watch and wait / And do nothing but sigh” on his first studio album, We Were Here. The impressive caliber and range of his voice isn’t the only effort Radin has made to re-invent the authentic and unique sound of his earlier work. His first albums were virtually without percussion, dominated by simple harmonic ideas and arpeggios. The Rock and the Tide invites in the percussion and blocked chords, which lends to the album the complex sound of soulful rock. The opening track “Road To Ride On” is a firm foundation, and we finally get to see what Radin is truly capable of. The subtlety of the steady crescendo of synths, strong vocals and startling percussion gives this song an epic feeling. You’ll also find yourself tapping your foot to “The Ones With the Light,” a strong anthem late in the CD. His most dedicated fans might be a little bit confused at Radin’s reinvention of himself, though he gives them some of
his traditional sound in “One Leap” and the title track “The Rock and the Tide” where his voice and acoustic guitar convey some emotional depth and tranquil repose. This is the kind of Sunday afternoon music that does not get lost in the shuffle of newspapers or the thought of two tests and a paper due Monday. Give it a listen; let Radin’s music take you on a satisfying journey while you drive down the Iinterstate 10 or fly home, or while you make dinner alone in your apartment. In either case, he will give you what you need.
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Third annual Tucson Comic Con cometh By Steven Kwan Arizona Daily Wildcat
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A Star Wars character takes a picture at Tucson Comic Con 2009. Comic book fans of all intensities at last year’s convention met other fans, showed off their elaborate costumes and even got the chance to meet some of their favorite artists.
As Tucson Comic Con returns to The Hotel Arizona for its third year this Saturday, it is difficult to imagine that the event might have been called “Wizard World Tucson.” Convention director Mike Olivares said that after its first year, Wizard World contacted him with an offer to purchase the convention. “They would have picked up the tab, paid for the promotions … Basically, I think it was just to test the waters, test the market for conventions in Arizona,” Olivares said. Wizard World handles the funding and logistics for more than a dozen comic book and pop culture conventions throughout North America. It is part of Wizard Entertainment, a New York-based media company that publishes Wizard Magazine and Toyfare Magazine. “The one enticing thing about that (offer) was that you would have a booth at any Wizard World in the United States and in Canada,” Olivares said. Olivares would have been able to send comic book creators to the company’s conventions to promote their products. Wizard Entertainment also would have advertised the Tucson event in
its national and international publications. Despite the financial security Wizard World would have provided, Olivares declined the offer. After last year’s event, the company approached him again with an offer to purchase the convention. This time, Olivares sought advice from convention organizers, friends and his wife, Teresita. He ultimately declined the offer again. “It just went against everything I felt that I didn’t want to do for a comic book convention,” Olivares said. “I think any other sane person would have taken the money, but I just couldn’t do it.” Wizard World programs many of its conventions around TV and movie actors, some of whom may or may not be involved in comic book-related projects. Olivares wanted to keep Tucson Comic Con’s focus primarily on comic books, their creators and their readers. “I just want a big room of creators and people who love comic books — a big hangout session,” Olivares said. “Those are my celebrities: writers, artists and just anybody that is participating.” Tucson Comic Con guests this year include “Red Meat” cartoonist Max Cannon, Arizona Daily Star political cartoonist David Fitzsimmons and John Layman, a Will Eisner Comic
Industry Award winner and writer of the New York Times bestseller “Chew.” This year, the convention will hold panels on different aspects of creating comic books, from writing to production. Despite his own doubts about declining Wizard World’s offers, Olivares said plans for Tucson Comic Con next year are set. The convention would move to the Tucson Convention Center, which might result in admission fees, and the event might last for two days instead of one day. A prelude to the event is the one-night Tucson premiere of “Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods” at The Screening Room, near the corner of East Congress Street and North Sixth Street. The documentary looks at the life of the Scottish writer of “AllStar Superman” and “Batman & Robin.” The screening is Friday at 8 p.m. and admission is $6.
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Ben Folds and Nick Hornby best sold separately By Miranda Butler Arizona Daily Wildcat
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‘Howl’ film just misses the Beat what hope is / hope is a bastard / hope is a liar / a cheat and tease / hope comes near you / kick its backside.” It’s funny, too, that in the same song, a singer who’s not afraid to say “shit” and “fuck” sings the lyric, “symbolism’s all crap.” If you’re a longtime fan of Ben Folds, or enjoy Nick Hornby’s books, keep the two separate. This album makes a valiant attempt to do something new, but Folds’ music is much better when he writes the lyrics himself.
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By Maitri Mehta Arizona Daily Wildcat The Allen Ginsberg biopic “Howl” is a strange beast. The film adaptation, written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, is a story told in four parts — it cuts between an interview with Allen Ginsberg, played by James Franco; his reading of the poem for which the film is named, set to computergenerated imaging; scenes of the 1957 obscenity trial in San Francisco debating the publication of the poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti; and black-and-white flashbacks from Ginsberg’s past that would eventually appear in the famous poem. However, this blunt, choppy style detracts from its greater mission. “Howl” attempts to capture the spirit of the Beat Generation — the huddled collective of beatnik poets who came out the other side of World War II lost and displaced. The blend of four formats is disorienting, but does not add to the tension the plot is supposed to evoke. A bit unclear at first, the main narrative emerges as the obscenity trial in which the literary merit of Ginsberg’s poem is debated: is it unnecessarily obscene, or does it have validity? The film attempts to provoke questions of censorship and authenticity, the issues that surrounded Ginsberg’s experience, but the pace of the film is stunted and the progression halts rather than builds. The animation in the film, too, detracts from the power of Ginsberg’s “Howl.” The poem is deeply disturbing,
erotic, woeful and brilliant, yet the images in the film seem to marginalize the imagination and scope of the poem. Though the images are inspired by the book “Illuminated Poems” by Ginsberg himself, in the film they seem awkward and clunky — almost contrived. James Franco’s portrayal of Allen Ginsberg redeems the film. In the interview portion, Franco is composed, mature and jaded; this presents a stark contrast to the Ginsberg portrayed in the flashbacks, where he is decidedly younger and more vulnerable. Franco builds a complex and layered character full of shy passion and speaks so honestly that it’s easy to fall under the spell of his poetic charm. Franco brings to life not only Ginsberg, but also the spirit of a generation in transition, wandering from the confines of conservatism to freedom of speech and choice. In his reading of Ginsberg’s poetry especially, Franco is the driving force of this film. Though “Howl” is rough around the edges, Franco’s nuanced performance merits a trip to The Loft.
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Pete Hoge, left, of Kingfisher Bar & Grill, and Harold Garland of Cup Café celebrate their respective “People’s Choice” and “Judge’s Choice” awards at the World Margarita Championship on Thursday at Maynard’s Market and Kitchen in downtown Tucson.
Foodies rejoice at local culinary festival By Ali Freedman Arizona Daily Wildcat The eighth annual Tucson Culinary Festival took place this weekend, bringing Tucson’s many wine and food lovers out. The four-day culinary festival began with the Margarita Championship, moved on to the Reserve (wine) Tasting, was topped off with a Grand Tasting and finished with the Copper Chef Challenge and Barbecue. The event raised money for the new Diamond Children’s Medical Center and brought out “Top Chef’s” Tony Abou-Ganim and “Bon Appetite’s” Barbara Fairchild. The festival highlighted the Tucson Originals local eateries and highlighted a plethora of fine wine vendors. The event was well-attended; while many younger people and students came out for the first night’s event, the Reserve Tasting brought out Tucson’s wine connoisseurs. The Grand Tasting was a busy event that showed just how diverse the foodies of Tucson are. With much of the weekend being hosted at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, there was no lack of lavish to be found. The annual event will return next October and is worth saving up for. While tickets to the Margarita Championship — a must-do featuring margaritas from dozens of Tucson’s best restaurants — generally start at
$35, the Reserve and Grand Tastings are a bit pricier. This event is just another example of the culture our town has to offer. Whether you’d like to try cocktails from a master mixologist or simply sample some of the finest fair Tucson has to offer, you’ll be satisfied at the Tucson Culinary Festival.
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An entrant pours a margarita for judging at the World Margarita Championship Thursday at Maynard’s Market and Kitchen in downtown Tucson.
Allegro brings natural taste of Italy to Tucson By Ali Freedman Arizona Daily Wildcat A new gelateria has set up shop in Tucson, bringing an authentic taste of Italy to town. While Frost is known for its many flavors and extravagance, Allegro: Il Gelato Naturale takes the cake — or should I say gelato — with its simple, rich flavors. After spending five weeks of my summer in Italy eating gelato at least once daily, I’ve come to know the good from the bad. Allegro is a genuine taste of Italy in the Sonoran desert. Located within walking distance of campus at Sixth Street and Campbell Avenue, next to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria , the close proximity to school makes this place dangerously delicious. Once you’ve had a bite of the rich gelatos or fresh sorbets, you’ll hardly be able to contain yourself. Made with all-natural ingredients in shop, these frozen treats are absolutely magnificent. From the coffee gelato made with fresh espresso, to the melon sorbet that tastes like a bite of honeydew, you simply cannot go wrong. Everything is made with care and passion that comes through in each bite. Allegro also offers espresso drinks and granita, a slushed ice beverage. This place is the epitome of authenticity. The fun, spinning display case is right out of Italy — quite literally: It’s a design seen all over the country. The space is sleek and hip. It’s
a perfect spot for a first date or just a great place to relax and chat with friends. The Italian-born owner is excited to have opened doors right next door to the university. His passion for gelato shines through his creations. On my first visit he offered up a sage and lemon gelato he’d simply been inspired to create the night before. He allowed my group and myself to sample every flavor and even gave us a hefty serving of granita to share. The no-frills approach to serving gelato is a refreshing change. It’s all about the gelato at Allegro, and when it comes to such a great dessert, that’s how it should be.
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Allegro: Il Gelato Naturale, a new gelato shop on the corner of Sixth Street and Campbell Avenue, serves all-natural gelato like coffee gelato made with fresh espresso, pictured with stracciatella gelato.
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