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Your guide to the Tucson arts and entertainment scene
Spice up your spirit Football season is officially in full swing, which means ZonaZoo fashion has also arrived. This year, we have already seen a ton of inventive do-ityourself creations at Arizona Stadium — so for those of you who want to jazz up your ZonaZoo gear, we have three ideas for you. And don’t worry if you don’t have the skills of a Project Runway contestant — all three are sewing-free and will take you only minutes to complete. For step-by-step instructions, please visit the Daily Wildcat’s website at wildcat.arizona.edu.
With a little t-shirt surgery, you can turn your Wildcat top into a dress. Definitely use an XL for this option or you might reveal more skin than you intended. You can also personalize this option by creating a keyhole in the front, or even making larger or thinner ties in the back. You could also save the bottom hem and make yourself a cute wrapped bracelet or a thin red headband.
For those of you who are simply looking for a subtle change, this look is perfect for you. Pick up a ZonaZoo or Wildcat shirt in your regular t-shirt size and prepare for a nice, breathable neckline. Of the three looks, this one is definitely the quickest and would look really cute with a pair of white shorts and some silver or bright blue beaded necklaces. Complete with a keyhole ribbon tie in the front, throw on this tee and get ready to Bear Down.
By Miranda Butler Arizona Daily Wildcat
3. Halter tie-back tunic
This swanky tunic is super comfy and can be worn as a top with shorts or a skirt — or you can follow our model’s example and sport it with leggings. Make sure you snag an XL so you have enough fabric to make the adorable corset-inspired back ties. For extra pizzazz, you could add shiny blue ribbon to the halter portion behind your neck or even outline the “ZonaZoo” text with a silver glitter pen.
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— Tips and tricks by Kristina Remy
Fourth ‘Resident Evil’ flick one-third watchable By Brandon Specktor Arizona Daily Wildcat Alice (Milla Jovovich) has been through a lot. Not only did she watch all her loved ones and most of the human race die in the zombie apocalypse, but she also lost her job at the Umbrella Corp — and in this economy, that can be a fate worse than undeath.
In “Afterlife,” the fourth installment of the Resident Evil film series, Alice goes after her old boss, Wesker (Shawn Roberts), in what will hopefully be their final showdown. But vengeance is not the focus of this bipolar, 3D murderfest. Here’s how the film breaks down:
33 percent actual zombie thriller If you didn’t see “Resident Evil: Extinction” in ’07, don’t worry. Lingering plotlines, like Alice’s superhuman powers and the army of clones that follows her around wreaking havoc on Japanese lab technicians, get cleared up in a nuclear explosion about ten minutes into “Afterlife.” The next chunk of story evokes old
zombie flicks like “Dawn of the Dead,” focusing on suspense and character building instead of wirefighting shenanigans. Alice and her entourage of fellow survivors find themselves holed up in a California maximumsecurity prison (nevermind how) while the undead horde pounds at the gates. Director Paul W.S. Anderson gets old school with chilling sound effects, creeping crescendos and narrow camera angles to keep the zombie presence imminent but unseen. In their paranoid claustrophobia, the survivors turn guns on one another, making for a genuinely suspenseful psychological thriller. Unfortunately, this soon turns to …
33 percent cheese-ball action
Fans of the “Resident Evil” game series know how hard it can be to draw a bead on the vulnerable cranium of a single zombie. Alice avoids the tedious process of “taking aim” by whipping out a katana, launching off a wall with Keanu Reeves-style agility and decapitating multiple enemies at the crest of a midair flip before touching down and walking it off. And her hair still looks great. The “Zombieland” code of
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a double-tap to the head is an apparent triviality when you’re a sexy zombie huntress fresh off the T-virus wagon. It also helps when slow-motion kicks in during all your critical combat maneuvers. Once the horde breaches the prison walls, Alice goes Neo and spends the rest of the film swinging from skyscrapers, performing physically impossible acrobatics and dodging enough bullets to outfit the invasion of a Middle Eastern nation. Her nemesis, Wesker, is a white man’s Morpheus who somehow succeeds in making CG Kung fu stodgy and boring. At least there’s plenty of …
34 percent throwing things
Like all films specifically produced for 3D viewing, “Afterlife” takes every opportunity to get in your face. This usually comes in two forms: 1) “Look out! That zombie is trying to kill you with that thing he’s throwing!” and 2) “Here! Use this thing I’m throwing to kill that zombie!” See the movie in IMAX and enjoy an extra-crisp view of whizzing bullets, sailing shuriken, spinning scalpels, giant axes and bursting brain matter all up in your goggleclad grill. Truly, getting shot, stabbed, bombed and cannibalized has never felt so authentic.
What’s free, local and would make both Mother Teresa and Andy Warhol proud in one fell swoop? If you’re thinking of American Institute of Architects’ Southern Arizona’s “Canstruction” exhibit, you’re thinking right. From Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, the Tucson Museum of Art is going to be “the location for canstruction” as it offers an exciting fusion of architecture, engineering and sculpture. The American Institute of Architects Southern Arizona Chapter is an organization that promotes artistic excellence within the world of architecture and seeks to share this vision with public. In Tucson, they also inspire UA students by working with the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. As a part of Architecture Week 2010 , the American Institute of Architects is bringing us “Canstruction,” an annual building and design competition. In the words of the organization, this contest “brings together Tucson architecture and engineering offices to design and build sculptural installations using only canned food.” The designs will be constructed in the lobby of the Tucson Museum of Art over a period of just a few hours on the morning of Sept. 25. Then, at around 10 a.m., the exhibit will be open to the public. This exciting contest challenges architects to create large-scale sculptures out of an unconventional material. The designs are creative and impressive — subject matter can range anywhere from hot dogs and ketchup bottles to garden gnomes and beyond. Innovation is the key to success in the competition, so you’re sure to be surprised at what these groups are capable of building entirely out of cans. On the morning of Oct. 1 , the most creative canstruction will be awarded with special honors from the museum. Afterwards, the sculptures will be taken down, and the cans will be donated to the Community Food Bank. The event is a subtle reminder that we’re all connected within the community. Whether you’re an art patron, an engineer or a charitable civilian, we can all come together to support both the arts and the sciences of architecture. In the words of the American Institute of Architects’ mission, we can make our towns and cities beautiful by “encouraging design excellence in the built environment.” And with this exhibit, we can also feed the hungry while we’re at it.
— by Maitri Mehta
is the projected temperature for all of September still in the high 90s? Stay hydrated while you’re walking around campus. The heat isn’t avoidable, but dehydration is. Bike paths are already congested enough — we don’t need students passing out on them, too.
before you try to Bursar another iPod or sweatshirt. Bursar’s accounts are officially closed (until January, that is).
remember, the library is for reading, not raging. It’s true that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but at least he’ll be a good student. Keep it down!
visit the University of Arizona Museum of Art to see their exhibit on Fritz Lang’s 1927 futuristic, German expressionist film, “Metropolis.” Don’t overlook the art museum even though it’s tucked away behind the Harvill building.
Friday is the last day to use UAccess to drop classes without a W and the deadline for Grade Replacement Opportunities (GROs). Keep your GPA up and don’t miss these important dates.
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“Winnebago Man” Jack Rebney was a YouTube star before YouTube was even born. Also known by his notorious alias, “The Angriest Man Alive,” Rebney is the star of a viral sensation — a VHS tape featuring the outtakes from his Winnebago commercial in the ‘70s, which is a riotous montage of his crabby, foul-mouthed outbursts. The tapes spread like wildfire and later became some of the first clips on YouTube, and have now been seen by over 20 million people. The question is — who was Jack Rebney, and why was he so angry? Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer wants to find out, and “Winnebago Man” follows him in pursuit of Rebney, now a recluse in the wilderness of California and apparently oblivious to his international cult status. Thursday is the last day to catch this hilarious and surprisingly fresh perspective of an Internet celebrity documentary at The Loft Cinema.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Jefertitti’s Nile Stateside Presents brings Black Rebel Motorcycle club to Plush this weekend. With a nostalgic sound that recalls classic rock with the driving intensity typical of the likes of The Velvet Underground and Led Zeppelin, BRMC is still able to create its own unique blend of the past and present. Their sound is round and rich with influences of blues, country and hard rock, weaving a soundtrack that’s at once chaotic and composed.
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Pepper with Shwayze Shwayze (the self-proclaimed “only black kid in Malibu”) joins Hawaiian reggae-rock band Pepper at the Rialto. Though both artists have met extreme success, they still maintain a mellow, house-party kind of vibe. Shwayze’s summery, light-hearted hip-hop and Pepper’s melodic island harmonies make a good match.
“What I Did Last Summer” UA’s own Repertory Theatre presents A.R. Gurney’s “What I Did Last Summer,” a coming-of-age play that explores the difficult turbulence of youth. Jeremy Selim directs the production, which sets itself in the memory of the main character, Charlie, as he reflects on the summer he was 14 during the final months of World War II. The play is a poignant look at the transition from adolescence to adulthood, innocence and experience, and individuality and conformity. Though the setting is historical, the themes are timeless and universal. Come support the UA arts program at this matinee showing.
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318 E. Congress St. Doors open at 7 p.m. $23 “Rocky Horror Picture Show” If you have a soft spot for the Time Warp, sweet transvestites from transsexual Transylvania and Meatloaf, then check out Tim Curry and a young Susan Sarandon in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” this Saturday at midnight at The Loft. The cult classic will be played on the big screen, accompanied by a live performance of the movie by the “Heavy Petting Shadow Cast.” Let your hair down and let go of your inhibitions if you’re coming, though — this movie makes no attempts at modesty; there is, however, an excess of thrusting, strange science and some macabre kitsch. Costumes encouraged.
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‘Jumbee’ is the new vampire taking a journey of thrilling action, suspenseful romance and ancient legend. The novel will be available in bookstores and online Oct. 14. Wildlife sat down with Pamela Keyes to discuss her new book:
By Miranda Butler Arizona Daily Wildcat Do you enjoy “Twilight,” “The Hunger Games” or other young adult novels that leave you on the edge of your seat and dying for more? Then get ready for the next big work of suspense and romance. This October, local author Pamela Keyes is releasing a new novel, “The Jumbee,” and it’s already getting rave reviews. Keyes has spent most of her life in Tucson, but has also lived in the Virgin Islands of the Caribbean. There, she found inspiration for her latest book. Keyes says that she “loved the culture. It was so different,” and explains that the islanders’ beliefs have an interesting contradiction. Although the West Indians typically consider themselves Christians, they still maintain some of their traditional folklore. One of these interesting beliefs is the legend of “jumbees” — mythological spirits that are somewhat comparable to demons or zombies. Although some jumbees can be benevolent, they are usually viewed as scary, dark creatures that must be warded off through various superstitions. In Keyes’ novel, readers follow the story of Esti, a high school senior who has recently moved to the Virgin Islands. There, she is adjusting to a new school and pursuing her dreams as an aspiring actress. She is rehearsing for the school’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” when she begins to hear a mysterious voice in the theater. This elusive friend, who calls himself Alan, becomes her personal acting coach. From here, the locals begin to accuse Esti of befriending a jumbee, and she suddenly finds herself seeking answers to many questions. “Is (her) secret mentor a wicked ghost?” Keyes asked. And what will it cost her — and those she loves — to unmask the truth?” Kirkus Book Reviews has praised “The Jumbee,” explaining that it is “laced with eerie mystery and the
What inspired you to write this book? I saw the “Phantom of the Opera” — which I loved, and right after I saw that, I moved to the Virgin Islands. And I thought: (they have so many legends there, like jumbees and ghosts) how cool would it be to try to come up with that kind of plotline in the Virgin Islands using jumbees? And at that point, I couldn’t sit down quick enough. How was this novel influenced by Shakespeare and other stories? This is kind of a combination of “Phantom of the Opera,” “Romeo and Juliet” and jumbee legends, all twisted together in a suspense romance. Who are some of your writing influences? You’ve mentioned that your stories compare to Stephanie Meyers’? I just can’t put down (Stephanie Meyers’ books). Mine have nothing to do with vampires — there are enough of those out there already — but just the whole concept of … an opposing character who’s kind of larger than life. I really like that. And it’s really appealing. That’s part of what influenced this book. In the past, I’ve also been influenced by the Harry Potter books, and future dystopia stuff like the “Hunger Games.” (I enjoy) science fiction and fantasy.
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Local author Pamela Keyes reads a passage from her new novel “The Jumbee,” which will be available Oct. 14. She is also the author of “The Rune of Zachary Zimbalist” and “The Legend of Zamiel Zimbalist.”
lush scenery of the West Indies,” and adding that it is “perfect for readers who like their love stories served with spine-tingling suspense.” Similarly, other online reviewers
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What kind of audience would enjoy “The Jumbee”? If you like “Twilight,” if you like “The Hunger Games” — any of the books in that genre. And “Phantom of the Opera,” of course. It also has a lot of Shakespeare in it, so people that like “Romeo and Juliet.” There’s a lot of that going on … I really think that college students would like the book because it’s the audience I was thinking of when I was writing it. It’s my favorite genre: exciting young adult.
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Bras are so last year By Kristina Remy Arizona Daily Wildcat
Exposed bra. No bra. These two fashion faux pas have actually transitioned into fashion trends on the UA campus. The traditional assumption that your bra should be the generic underwire version and completely hidden has been replaced by a slew of options from exposed bandeaus to lace bralettes peeking through semi-sheer tops. And there are females who are opting for the riskiest option — skipping the bra all together. Are the fashionistas on campus alone in their daring attempts to redefine the bra? Well, according to an article in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar, celebrities and socialites are going completely braless this fall. Furthermore, bra alternatives (such as the bandeau and bralette) are being praised by numerous fashion blogs all over the web. The real question is … are these trends trashy or revolutionary? Exposed bras can be high fashion à la Fendi and Alexander Wang in their spring 2010 ready-to-wear collections. Considering the quality of these designs and their textile choices, I don’t think anyone can
UA women favor braless look, let the bandeaus show
call their ensembles trashy. And off the runway in the “real world” you can definitely find cute, affordable bra alternatives. For example, American Apparel on University Boulevard has dozens of stretch bandeaus and crossback bralettes in every shade and pattern you can imagine. Experiment without over exposing yourself, and I think you will find this trend liberating, not tasteless. Now let’s discuss bralessness. Harper’s Bazaar lays out a few guidelines by stating, “The breasts cannot be fake, they can’t be pancakey, and the nipples can’t go off in different directions like Marty Feldman’s eyes.” In my opinion, as long as it is not visibly obvious that you aren’t wearing a bra, then you’re good to go. So if your ta-tas would look better with a little extra coverage or boost, be sensible and wear a bra. All in all, this trend speaks to the evolution of women’s clothing in the sense that utility is no longer the deciding factor when building a wardrobe. Nowadays, one’s style is a reflection of confidence, comfort and more. So ladies, get out there and experiment with what makes you look and feel beautiful. And gents — you have been warned that the bra hook is no longer your only enemy. The crossback spandex strap may prove to be a bit of a challenge.
PARK(ing) Day to make space By Graham Thompson Arizona Daily Wildcat Space is one of the most pivotal, ubiquitous and inexpressible entities that exists. And it’s coming to Tucson Friday, Sept. 17, when you’ll have the opportunity to create your own public space between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PARK(ing) Day is a global, one-day event that began in San Francisco in 2005 when an art and design studio called Rebar converted a metered parking spot into a temporary park in an area of the city where public space is practically nonexistent. Since then, PARK(ing) Day has come to exist as a diversified resource that addresses “a variety of social issues in diverse urban contexts around the world,” according to parkingday.org. It grants activists, artists and average citizens the opportunity to temporarily convert a parking space — which seem to be consuming urban areas like a disease — into a park or site of public art for a day. This program stresses, through the medium of public art, the value of space and uses it to demonstrate many global issues such as war, self-expression, kindness and the indelible wisdom of service to society. In this world that we live in, space is becoming more precious to money-grubbing corporations, which tear down fields and parks, historic buildings and key lots to line their pockets. This action limits the scope to which we can appreciate what nature has to offer. Simply put, it also limits the space in which we can thrive. PARK(ing) Day, through service to society, creates community, a place that we can enjoy temporarily, “[all] this in the context of this most modest urban territory — the metered parking space,” according to the Rebar website. Reclamation of the community, for the community, and harkening back to these traditional values is important for humanity, and PARK(ing) Day gives us an opportunity to do just that. It challenges the existing notion of public space and allows for the expression of the individual in that space. PARK(ing) Day instantaneously creates community and concurrently reclaims wasted space. This quiet activism is not only raising awareness for the amount of urban space that is wasted but also gives the community a chance to generate their own thoughts on the issue. In the past, participants of PARK(ing) Day have used the space to create small parks by rolling out little mats of grass, setting up young potted trees and beautiful wildflowers, bringing in park benches and laying out and enoying the new shade. Others set up picnic tables to play chess while wheelbarrows, grills and lawn chairs line the pavement. Tucson had one of the highest levels of PARK(ing) Day participation in the world last year. This Friday spaces will be available throughout Fourth Avenue, Main Gate Square and the greater metropolitan area. Feel free to buy a space and improve the quality of the urban habitat or come and mingle or create your own space. The possibilities are limitless.
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Super Stereo launch into the future of pop a distinct indie pop vibe, mixed with soulful male-female vocal harmonies. It’s the product you might expect if Passion When not studying the intricacies of Pit and Prince were forced to share the the universe at ASU, Patrick McGarey same spacecraft and compose an EP in sings about them in front of gyrating geostationary orbit. club-goers and psychedelic lights. “Modern music has a lot of hate in it,” You’ll find him dressed in all white, McGarey said of the band’s philosophy. perched behind a dual keyboard/ “We want to take the vibe that the soul drum-kit/guitar stand that he built in a music of the ’60s had, and we want to focus machine shop class, or standing front and on the love and tie that into the future. We center crooning about the difficulties of deal with love in the coming generations.” intergalactic romance. Under the stage The song “Life Passed Me By” is a name PM Nightly, prime example of McGarey is a lead space-age loving. creative force behind While rocketing Super Stereo, a fiveaway from Earth piece futurepop outfit at the speed of Super Stereo from Tempe who light, a nostalgic at Optimist Club will introduce Club narrator pines for Congress’ Optimist Hotel Congress his lover back on the Club to a new galaxy of surface who is aging 311 E. Congress St. sound tomorrow night. astronomically faster Thursday, Sept. 16 But what is than he is. You don’t futurepop? Super Doors open at 8 p.m. need a quantum Stereo has anticipated physics degree to $3, or free with Optimist Card this question and sympathize. answers it with their Super Stereo’s debut album on This is Futurepop is Fervor records. This is Futurepop. The scheduled for release in December but tracks are electric and airy, loaded with in the meantime, you can get a copy at crunchy synth riffs and irresistible dance their show tomorrow. Join the gang at beats. Behind space-themed lyrics is Optimist Club for a cosmic time.
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Wander campus for the most scenic secret hideouts
By Brett Haupt Arizona Daily Wildcat
Nearly 30 hours of searching, inquiring and possibly some trespassing have led to this — a compilation of some of the most beautiful yet leastknown places on campus to relax, eat, study or just enjoy the ambience. I have been threatened with death to keep some places I unearthed a secret, been bribed to not blow the lid off of some of these joints. But these spots are by no means universal in their anonymity; many of you walk past them every day. However, I would encourage you to slow down and enjoy the breathtaking splendor that our campus has hidden just off the beaten path.
North of Speedway Boulevard, off of Cherry Avenue, is possibly the most intriguing architectural marvel on campus. However, the large white awning that stretches out from the Medical Research building is not the most recognizable feature of the building. The balconies on every upper floor, which sport some nifty lime green chairs, represent the real magnificence here. With picturesque views to the west and a great assortment of break room necessities just inside, it is easy to see why so many in the medical field take their lunch breaks out on these balconies.
9 Vine arches at the Forbes building
Many of you bike past these arches without a second thought or sideways glance. Three brick arches lead in the back way toward the Forbes building courtyard, but you’d be hard-pressed to see any brick without closer inspection. Two baby palm trees mark the entrance and highlight the often underappreciated landscaping that the campus employs. Take a second to sit on the benches by the opening of the arches and watch life slow down before your eyes as bikers whiz by and the shadows creep across the pavement. The vine arches at the Forbes building are an excellent example of beauty hidden under the common red brick all over our campus.
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Take the northeast stairs in the Chemistry building up to the third floor and hang a left. Down a quick set of stairs you will find yourself on a bridge back to Old Chemistry. Take a seat in one of the four study chairs, and you will understand what the meaning of ergonomic is. The chairs are luscious, and the best part is that they have wheels. So as annoying as you might be, take a second to wheel yourself back and forth across the bridge in comfort; it feels great. Stay long enough and you’ll witness grad students hustling back and forth with supplies and necessities to conduct experiments. While you’re at it, check out the history of chemistry at the UA displayed on the east wall, represented by a timeline on several panels. Take close note of the 1990s panel: At the bottom there is a picture of graduate students at a Halloween party. However, in the caption Halloween is spelled “Haloween.” Oops!
Ninth floor study area at the Gould-Simpson building
An incredible amount of traffic perambulates around Old Main on a daily basis. Take a moment and walk up the steps to the second floor balcony — situated on the single oldest building on campus — that circles the building and find an assortment of benches, the best of which is on the southeast side and faces the UA Mall. Take a seat, preferably right before class gets out around lunchtime, and watch the masses from a higher perspective. It almost seems that you transcend the moment, watching from above, as people flow like water down the streets from building to building. Looking down the Mall at the palm trees that line the sides and the grass extending off into the distance, it is hard not to let go of all that has been troublesome or worrying in your life. If you’re having a rough day, sit down and watch your cares blow away like the teeming masses of people streaming in all directions.
This is the spot that started it all, that sparked my interest and paved the way for my exploration of the entire campus. Passing by Highland Market or coming out of the gym, there is a balcony on the northwest corner of Highland Avenue and Sixth Street that seems more like decoration than for actual use. For those willing to explore, this might be the most inaccessible place out of the 10. Enter El Portal from the Highland courtyard and take the stairs that run along the windows on the left up to the third floor. Here you will find a bevy of cubicles and people who will generally ignore you if you look like you’ve been there before. Hang a left when you get to the top of the stairs and take another left down a hallway that leads to a conference room. Now if a conference is taking place you’re out of luck; if not, make your way to the far end of the room and unlock the glass door. Walk out onto the geometrically designed balcony and behold! You are now in a curious little nook that has been so little traveled I doubt even UA President Robert Shelton knows where it is. Take in the views over the intersection and students braving Sixth Street traffic to jaywalk, or be fascinated with the construction workers toiling across Highland building the new dorm. Either way, you are standing in one of the university’s best-kept secrets.
Bridge from Old Chemistry to Chemistry building
Between Gila and Maricopa residence halls is a pathway that is as foreboding at night as it is enticing in the day. The grove of orange trees amidst the dorms makes a perfect tunnel on your way from Third Street to Second Street or vice versa. Though it is an extremely well-traveled place, many students who don’t live in nearby dorms or who rarely walk on the north side of campus don’t know about the tree grove that looks like something out of Narnia. Take a second to lock up your bike on the surrounding bike racks as an excuse to stand and relish in the shade of the orange trees, or simply make the trip through the tunnel part of your daily routine.
Break balconies at the Medical Research building
Helen S. Schaefer building
Home to the UA’s Poetry Center, this building is a wealth of architectural fortitude, quietness and, of course, poetry. Just north of Speedway Boulevard at the southeast corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, the Poetry Center is the quintessential, architectural wonder at the UA. Featuring huge sweeping windows, dynamic walls and breathtaking architecture, the Poetry Center is a great example of money spent for the right reasons here at the UA. Housing over 70,000 items of poetic merit, this building is a veritable gold mine of ingenuity. Make sure you step out the back door into the garden and look up at the seemingly innocuous set of holes in the wall, which form a set of letters in binary code. The poem is by Richard Shelton and is set in the stone, reading: “If I stay here long enough I will learn the art of silence.” Enough said.
Outside of the geosciences community, little is known about the Gould-Simpson building besides the fact that it is the largest building at the UA. Unless you count the Arizona Stadium press box, no building stands taller on campus. While it doesn’t quite rival the views from, say, the Empire State Building, it still offers up some breathtaking vistas. Take a trip up the northeast elevator to the ninth floor. Exiting the elevator will leave you in-awe immediately, as a small area with couches sits next to a window that looks off across the university to the north. Take a left, and the area opens up into a two-story room with tables and chairs that overlooks all of campus to the north and the Santa Catalina Mountains through 30-foot windows. I can’t imagine it would be easy to study up there when you look up and realize you’re hundreds of feet off the ground. Utter silence is the name of the game up here while people study. . So step into the Gould-Simpson way of life, and you’ll see why the geosciences majors have kept this place under wraps.
Tucked away next to the Forbes building and the Yavapai Residence Hall is a seemingly small and ignorable structure with white columns running up the front. Walk inside Herring Hall — the second oldest building still standing on campus — and find yourself standing on a hardwood basketball court. More curious still, is that there is a key painted on the floor and a hoop that seems a little too high and out of the way, perched on a second-floor balcony. Stranger still are the tables standing out with microscopes, right on the gym floor. Look up at the ceiling, and it’s hard to imagine the hall as being this big when you initially approach from the outside. You are now standing in the first basketball gym for the UA, which was used prominently in the early 1900s before Bear Down Gymnasium was built. Its transformation over the years from gym to radio station and now to a plant storage facility is quite interesting; and if you’re lucky enough, Phil Jenkins, the curator of Herring Hall, might show you around.
The entire Meinel Optical Sciences building
You’ve all done a double take at the crazylooking siding protruding from the southeast corner of University Boulevard and Cherry Avenue — and probably mused at what exactly was in that glass basement. Now take a step inside. The west section of the Meinel Optical Sciences building is an architectural marvel, a feat in aesthetics as well as functionality. Start by making your way to the glass-covered section in the middle of the building’s two sections. Once inside, head west and around a couple corners to the far west stairwell. This stairwell is by far the coolest on campus, with a graduated curve sloping outward and up towards a skylight at the top. Every flight has lighting underneath for the stair below, and the walls are textured in a way that gives off an interesting glow in the light. Take a moment and look off the side of the stairwell, up toward the top of the building to keep yourself from getting lost in reverse vertigo. Burn some calories, step up to the eighth floor and exit to your right. The area opens up into an outside break area and an inside study area. Both overlook the mall and campus to the north. When sitting in the open-air room, notice the Big Ass Fan overhead, and yes I did capitalize that for a reason. The Big Ass Fan is an actual product as so aptly described by a placard on the south wall. Don’t think that it doesn’t deliver, either. The Big Ass Fan is quite the wind-maker, and it seems probable that it has blown away a lunch or two in its day. As amusing as the outdoor break room is, the inside study room is even more serene. Once again, the overwhelming views make it silly to study rather than to just stare off at the clouds scurrying by the mountains to the north. Travel down to the seventh floor and check out the conference room, in particular the skylight above and the awesome door leading in. Now drop back down to the fourth floor and take the open stairs to the glass bottom of the building. Stand directly in back of the large crystal on display and watch a flower appear out of nowhere, all the way around the display and try to find how such a small etch can be reflected into a flower on the other side. This doesn’t even begin to explain all the subtleties of architecture and brilliance the building has to behold but rather just glosses over the striking beauty of the best-kept secret on campus.
• wednesday, september 15, 2010 • arizona daily wildcat
Taco Showdown Mexican food means cheap chow near campus
By Ali Freedman ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT In Tucson, tacos are a staple. Why bother with fast-food knock offs like Taco Bell and Del Taco when authentic, tasty and cheap tacos can be found on all sides of campus. Take note and chow down on some of Tucson’s best one-stop taco shops.
Recently opened in the building that Greasy Tony’s used to call home, Boca offers a ton of gourmet tacos at reasonable prices. From basic pollo and carne asada, to veggie tacos and seafood options like octopus, they’ve got a lot to offer. The tacos are generously filled and offer an array of homemade salsa. While Boca may not provide the most authentic taste of Mexico available in Tucson, at about $2.50 a pop their tacos make for one great meal. Their motto is “Taco and Tequila” and they certainly offer it up. Within walking distance to and from campus, Boca offers some good tacos for a reasonable price.
828 E. Speedway Blvd. 10:30 a.m. to midnight, Sundays through Wednesdays. Open to 3 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
You can’t go wrong with a mom and pop-type operation and that is what Molcas offers. As small stand on Grant Road near Stone Avenue, Molcas has some fantastic tacos. Their fresh, homemade food and great prices really take the cake. And don’t forget the homemade salsas, which are to die for. This place offers Sonoran-style tacos, among other items, that put big-name taco shops to shame. You’ve got to pair your tacos with a fresh lemonade. If you’re looking for a filling meal for a small price, try larguchonas. These rolled tacos come with chicken or steak, and are fried up to golden perfection and topped with salsa verde and rojas. You simply cannot go wrong with Molcas.
Grant Road, east of Stone Avenue Open daily until 11 p.m.
I know, I know — it seems like a given. However, I think Los Betos’ tacos deserve a nod. They offer up steak or chicken tacos that are fried up and make for a great late-night meal. While these tacos are by no means healthy, they are yummy. Paired with beans and rice, you do get a lot of bang for your buck. I
cannot deny that I am a sucker for their chicken tacos. The hot, red, spicy chicken tacos with some cool sour cream really hit the spot when it comes to needing a fried taco fix. With multiple locations near UA, Los Betos is a solid option for late-night eats.
914 E. Speedway Blvd. 32 N. Campbell Ave. Open 24 Hours
The Taco Shop
This place is another perfect late night eatery. While they offer similar plates to those you’d find at Los Betos, The Taco Shop offers their own unique seasonings and flavors. And don’t forget that the salsa bar means free reign in making your taco your own. Ask around campus and most people will not deny the Taco Shop is the place to get your munchies on. So, if you’re looking for late-night drunk taco eating action, this is your place.
The Taco Shop
1350 E. Broadway Blvd. Open 24 Hours
Last but not least, La Salsa makes the
top five taco stops near campus. Not only is it conveniently located, but La Salsa has recently started to offer street tacos. These small tacos are simple and good. It’s a tortilla, chicken, steak, fish or shrimp, some cilantro, onion and a squeeze of lime. They are to the point. If you want a taco with no frills, La Salsa has you covered. They’re now offering happy hour specials, which means you can grab a couple tacos and a beer for an early evening dinner for cheap. You can’t sell simplicity short — especially when it comes to tacos — and when you pair that with tons of the great locations it only adds to their appeal.
825 E. University Blvd. Monday Through Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Whether you like authentic, salsa covered, rich and delicious tacos à la Molcas or a simpler taste of what lies South of the border like La Salsa, there is a taco shop for you near campus. When it comes to Southwest living you can’t say no to the temptations of a good taco every once in a while. Good friends, cold beer and a taco or two does the body and soul good, so load up and chow down at these top five taco shops.
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May’s Counter Chicken & Waffles on Speedway Boulevard offers up some serious soul food. Patrons can choose from several combinations of chicken and malted waffles as well as more traditional burgers like the “Wildcat” burger.
Chicken and waffles find a home in Tucson By Ali Freedman ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT If you’ve been thinking to yourself that Tucson needs a chicken and waffle joint then your dreams have come true. Chef Aaron May has brought May’s Counter to the hungry masses. While it may seem an odd combo, it’s one you have to give a try. If you just can’t muster up the will, don’t fret — May’s offers a great, well-rounded menu that includes burgers and sandwiches. May’s offers down home comfort food. You can’t go wrong with their staple, chicken and waffles — it’s sweet, crispy waffles and savory fried chicken. The moist, nicelyseasoned fried chicken is a perfect addition to their waffles. If you’re going for appetizers the tot-chos — yes, tater tot nachos — offer a hefty portion of tater tots covered in cheese, chicken, salsa and more. I opted for the cheddar dip with chips. It was a delicious blend of cheddar cheese and green chilis served with a delectably spicy picante sauce. Load up your tortilla chips and savor this appetizer. And don’t forget the libations! From the kid friend orange, red and purple soda pop to the array of cocktails there is something for everyone. I went with the adult Arnold Palmer. It was a sweet
blend of tea and lemonade with a hint of orange-infused Stoli vodka. To top it all off, they’ve got beers and wine galore. The burgers are juicy, big and come with a giant spear through them to hold it all together. What more could you want? The mac and cheese is creamy perfection; May’s makes mac and cheese right. Their grits are cooked to perfection and the sweet potatoes — blended with a perfect almost pumpkin pie type spice blend — are fantastic. You really cannot go wrong with May’s. And it won’t hurt the pocket book too much. Entrees range from $8-$13 and sides are only a buck or two. If you prefer your waffles in the morning, May’s offers up breakfast including omelets and morning po’ boys. If you’re crazy enough to take your waffle chicken-free, there are tons of ways to customize it. Try adding their hefty-sized pecans, chocolate chips or bacon. Needless to say, May’s is a welcome addition to Tucson’s culinary community. Although now the hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., the plan is to soon become the spot for late night weekend eats. May’s staff is fast and friendly. They know the menu well. Given that they’ve been open just over a week, this is quite the accomplishment. Step outside your comfort zone and experience chicken and waffles the right way at May’s Counter.
IF YOU GO May’s Counter
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• wednesday, september 15, 2010 • arizona daily wildcat
Dancers benefit from guest instructor’s visit By Dallas Williamson Arizona Daily Wildcat
aturday afternoon marked the beginning of what is most likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 10 members of the University of Arizona’s School of Dance Ensemble. While approximately 130 dancers attended the School of Dance’s open auditions for its coming season, which were held during the first week of classes, only two men and eight women were selected to take part in this year’s guest work — an opportunity that allows students to work with prominent dancers and choreographers to learn a celebrated work. In years past, the School of Dance has honored the mastery of distinguished choreographers, such as George Balanchine, by presenting “Serenade” in 2008 and “Four Temperaments” in 2010; Donald McKayle, in performing “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” also in 2010; and Paul Sanasardo, with the school’s reconstruction of Metallics in 2006. This year, the school is set to pay homage to one of the best in the world of modern dance: Bella Lewitzky. While she is now recognized around the globe as a masterful choreographer, Bella Lewitzky first emerged in the dance scene around 1934 as a protégé of Lester Horton, a figure who is considered to be one of the founders of modern dance. Along with serving as a principal in his company, Lewitzky was basically the “canvas” on which Horton built his technique, known as the Horton Technique. Several years later, Lewitzky then also collaborated with Horton and founded the Dance Theater of Los Angeles in 1946. It was not until 1966, many years after she had left the Dance Theater of Los Angeles, that Lewitzky made her own directorial mark by founding her own company, Lewitzky Dance Company. Over the course of its 30year duration, her Los Angeles-based company performed around the U.S. and internationally. Lewitzky received many accolades for her work throughout her career, including the National Medal of Arts awarded by President Clinton. To honor Lewitzky’s legacy, the UA School of Dance will present “Recuerdo,” which is claimed to be one of Lewitzky’s most poignant works of art, as part of its February concert entitled Premium Blend. But bringing her work to the stage is no easy matter. The School of Dance not only had to gain permission to present the work but also had to find a dancer in tune with Lewitzky’s movement: the style, the vision and the slightest nuances of her choreography. So they called in Walter Kennedy, her right-hand man. A famed performer and choreographer himself, Kennedy, who currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Department
of Dance at the University of Oregon, has danced with numerous companies throughout his career, including Lar Lubovich, Anna Sokolow and John Goode. In turn, Kennedy’s choreographic works have been featured around the country — more specifically, at the Dance Kaleidoscope Festival in LA and numerous American Dance College Festivals. Kennedy, however, spent most of his career as a principal dancer with Lewitzky Dance Company and was trained by Lewitzky herself to be one of her master teachers. “I danced with Bella for nearly 20 years,” said Kennedy. “And then I was the company’s rehearsal assistant for seven years — from 1990 until our farewell concert in 1997.” Lewitzky’s originality and passion for the art is what Kennedy says attracted him to her movement. “Bella was always experimenting with new ways of movement. She never wanted to repeat herself,” says Kennedy. “And she rarely came in to a rehearsal with a rigidly set plan. It was about the process. She said to me that sometimes the movement tells you where the piece must go.” “Recuerdo,” as Kennedy remembers, was a piece that took Lewitzky on an emotional journey. “‘Recuerdo’ means ‘I remember’,” says Kennedy. “And essentially that is what the dance is about. It was a sort of ‘looking back’ for Bella.” Accompanied by a hauntingly beautiful piano score by one of her most important and closest collaborators — her music director Larry Attaway — the dramatic movement seems to speak in a tone of lament. “The piece, begins with a trio of women who, after dancing, leave the soloist. A man then enters the stage and partners the woman soloist; however, he also ends up leaving her alone on stage,” Kennedy said. “We don’t know why — we never really receive a literal explanation as to what their relationship is.” The relationships throughout the piece, as Kennedy expresses, are up to the audience’s interpretation. The aesthetics of the dance also lead the audience to draw their own meaning from the work. “This was a fairly different piece for Bella in 1990,” Kennedy said. “It uses more of a traditional movement vocabulary than what we were using at the time.” However, the lucky few students chosen to learn “Recuerdo” do not seem to mind learning a more traditional piece of choreography, especially when working to learn such memorable choreography. “I was really excited when I found out that I had gotten picked to work with (Kennedy),” says Lauren Truby, a dance and physiology senior. Truby was one of the 10 students selected perform “Recuerdo” in February. “He has been so much fun to work with. Since he danced
“The dancers have been incredible to work with. The movement is very demanding, but they are very mature for their age. They walk into rehearsal strong and hungry to take it on. They see it as a challenge.”
— Walter Kennedy Guest instructor, associate professor of dance at the University of Oregon
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Walter Kennedy, associate professor of Dance at the University of Oregon, instructs Briley Neugebauer, a dance senior, in the Inna E. Gittings building on Tuesday. Kennedy is teaching UA dance students as a guest choreographer.
with (Lewitzky) for so long, he gives us a lot of insight into her movement and the intentions behind it. And he is also able to draw from his experiences working with her, like the way he believes she would have wanted things to be done.” After two days of rehearsal, Kennedy seems just as pleased to be working with the UA Dance students. “The dancers have been incredible to work with,” he says. “The movement is very demanding, but they are very mature for their age. They walk into rehearsal strong and hungry to take it on. They see it as a challenge.” For Truby, the challenge has been in the specificity and power of Lewitzky’s choreography. “It’s been quite a test to really learn to adapt to a really specific style and a specific way of doing things in such a short amount of time. I’ve been focusing on really trying to absorb what Bella’s intentions were and what her type of movement was since I haven’t been trained extensively in it,” Truby said. “There’s also a lot of strength involved in the dance, so it’s been a challenge to train our bodies to find that strength and to know how to use it to make the movement work and convey the energy that (Lewitzky) was envisioning.” Not only have the dancers had the arduous task of mastering the style and steps to Lewitzky’s piece, but they also must do it before Kennedy leaves at the end of this week. “It’s a 17-minute piece, and the dancers are learning it in five days,” Kennedy says, shaking his head in disbelief. “We are really biting down on it. The dancers are working hard, but we are going to have them tired by Wednesday.” As tired as they may be, the dancers don’t seem to mind the dance’s strenuous schedule. As they wait for rehearsal to start, many sit against the wall, laughing and talking amongst themselves.
“We have been rehearsing around four or five hours each day,” said Truby of the rehearsal process. “But the rehearsal is divided into sections, depending on what part of the dance he wants to work on at that time. There’s a trio section which I am in, a soloist and a partnering section. So that gives us a little bit of a break.” Along with getting to work with UA students, this endeavor has also reunited Kennedy with former Lewitzky company member, Amy Ernst. “It has been such a pleasure to work with Amy again,” says Kennedy. “We were partners for many years when we both danced in the company and are the dearest of friends.” Ernst, an associate professor here at the UA School of Dance, performed with the Lewitzky Dance Company for ten years and is helping Kennedy teach “Recuerdo” to the UA Dance Ensemble. “Neither I nor Amy had the opportunity to dance this piece. The male solo is meant for a taller man, and unfortunately I was never tall enough,” Kennedy said. “There always seemed to be someone else taller than me in the company at that time. So, we are actually teaching the dance from a video, which is actually a fun challenge for us.” After Wednesday, Ernst will then take over “Recuerdo” rehearsals, meeting with the dancers several times a week to polish and run the piece until Kennedy returns for the dance’s premiere in Premium Blend. “I have no concerns about leaving the piece with Amy,” Kennedy said. “Amy is a phenomenal dancer. She has a fantastic eye for, and a deep knowledge, of Bella’s work. I know she will bring it fully into performance quality for Premium Blend.” With its drama, strength, and great emotional passion, “Recuerdo” will certainly be a dance to remember. “It may be a bit somber at times,” says Kennedy. “But it really draws the audience in.”