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JULY 12-18, 2012 VOL. 29, NO. 21

OPINION The once-mighty Gavi Tom Danehy 4 empire is down to one restaurant—but it’s a damn Ryn Gargulinski 6 fine restaurant. Jim Hightower 6


Guest Commentary 8

CURRENTS The Skinny 9 By Jim Nintzel

Demolition by Neglect 9 By Tim Vanderpool

Left to decay, historic homes continue to disappear Media Watch 10 By John Schuster

Fired Up! 11 By Mari Herreras

Tucson cabbies question the legality of their independentcontractor status Weekly Wide Web 12 Compiled by Dan Gibson

Police Dispatch 12 By Anna Mirocha

Back From the Dead 13 By Brian J. Pedersen

The official newsweekly of college kids, baby sitters and nail ladies who just don’t understand what’s going on.


After bouts with bankruptcy and the housing downturn, a Sahuarita development is roaring back to life Tales From the Outskirts 15 By Weekly staff and contributors

A mural and historic district make Clifton worth the drive—and your attention; thanks to a small group of passionate people, Southern Arizona wine is making its mark; a visit to Southern Arizona’s other Spanish mission; and much more!

Our Elected Bigots Gov. Jan Brewer, state Attorney General Tom Horne and other Arizona officials who are trying to deny health-care benefits for the same-sex partners of state employees are bigots. This is not a controversial statement. This is not up for debate. Open up the dictionary (I am using the online version of Merriam-Webster here), and look up “bigot,” and you’ll see this description: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices. By that definition, Brewer, Horne and others are bigots. Again, this is not up for debate. I say this, because yet again, this group has tried to take away domestic-partner medical benefits that former Gov. Janet Napolitano extended to state workers. They are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn other court rulings that said taking these rights away would be unconstitutional, because it’s illegal to exclude a specific group from rights available to others. “In legal papers … Attorney General Tom Horne said lawmakers should be allowed to deny such benefits because it ‘furthers the state’s interest in promoting marriage,’” reported Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services. Brewer, Horne and co. are obstinately or intolerantly devoted to their own opinions and prejudices when it comes to domestic-partner benefits. Bigots. I bring this up (and I have brought it up before) to illustrate the fact that no matter how much some religious and/ or culturally conservative folks claim to stand for tradition and (a narrow definition of) “family,” and cite ambiguous Old Testament scripture (while ignoring less-ambiguous Old Testament commands), and even claim to “love” “sinners” in same-sex relationships, these people are bigots if they try to deny equal footing to gays and lesbians. Bigots. Period. It says so right there in the dictionary. JIMMY BOEGLE, Editor COVER DESIGN BY ANDREW ARTHUR



City Week 22 Our picks for the week

Now That’s Italian 41

TQ&A 24 Beverly Kay Borum, Tucson Area Marine Moms

PERFORMING ARTS The Master as Young Artist 30

By Rita Connelly

The last remnant of the Gavi empire serves up tasty food in humongous portions Noshing Around 41 By Adam Borowitz

MUSIC A Man of Many Influences 47

By Sherilyn Forrester

By Gene Armstrong

Eugene O’Neill’s recently discovered Exorcism foreshadows the themes of his later works

Stephane Wrembel is famous for his Django Reinhardt-style gypsy tunes, but he traces his guitar licks to Pink Floyd


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Art Gone Wild 33 By Margaret Regan

Repurposed thrift-shop knits and giant balloons boost the excitement at downtown’s contemporary galleries

BOOKS Bridging Two Worlds 36 By Tim Hull

A Yavapai Indian survives the 1872 Skeleton Cave massacre and is adopted by the people who killed his family

By Stephen Seigel

Club Listings 49 Nine Questions 52 Live 53 Rhythm & Views 54

MEDICAL MJ Homegrown Controversy 55 By J.M. Smith


Not all MMJ patients look forward to the opening of dispensaries

Just Good Enough 37


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Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love has too many subplots, but it still entertains Film Times 38 Five to See, Five to Skip 39 By Bob Grimm

The best—and worst— movies of 2012 so far Now Showing at Home 40

Comix 56-57 Free Will Astrology 56 ¡Ask a Mexican! 57 Savage Love 58 Personals 60 Employment 61 News of the Weird 62 Real Estate/Rentals 62 Mind, Body and Spirit 63 Crossword 63 *Adult Content 58-60

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s a citizen of Tucson, Ariz., the United States and the world, it is my honor and duty to offer advice to those in need. I do so willingly and at no cost. I only hope that people listen and that it does some good. Here goes: ADVISEE: San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, the former National League Cy Young Award-winning pitcher whose blazing fastball has slowed down considerably and whose once-gaudy win total is now more of a jaw-dropping loss total. ADVICE: Smoke more marijuana. Back when you were riding high (you know), you made no secret of your affection for the herb. Having witnessed pothead behavior for decades, I can say that the accepted belief in that community is that if some is good, then more must be better. Jeez, you’re less than an hour’s drive from Petaluma, for crying out loud. ADVISEE: U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., said, among other things, that up to 80 members of Congress are communists; that anyone with an Obama bumper sticker is “a threat to the gene pool”; that liberal women are making men subservient, which somehow leads directly to an increase in the national debt; and that “we should be censoring the American news agencies.” West also claimed that the Arab news agency Al-Jazeera wanted to kidnap him, and that Democrats would have a fan in Joseph Goebbels. (Yes, he called Democrats both communists and Nazis.) Plus (as if we need more), the guy Sarah Palin is recommending as Mitt Romney’s running mate said some members of Congress “should get shot at,” this just a few months after Gabrielle Giffords got shot. This guy’s got class written all over him. Except for the “c” and the “l.” ADVICE: Milk the Tea Party circuit before they all get too scared and go back to being underground militia members. Dude, you could really clean up on the election circuit the rest of this summer and into the early autumn. Apparently, the jackasses in Florida gave you an even loonier district than before, so you won’t have to worry about being re-elected. You can go out and help like-minded lunatics get elected. You can be like that guy on Scrubs who was hired to walk around medical conventions, point at people with both hands and say, “Bust a move!” You can show up and spew your stupid crap and, since you’re not of the Caucasian persuasion, no one can criticize you. And, the Tea Party folks can feel good about themselves, because they’ve found a sorta-black guy who agrees with them. You’re money! ADVISEE: Suha, widow of Yasser Arafat, who claims that a Swiss lab found abnormally high levels of radioactive polonium-210 in a pair of underwear once worn by Arafat, who died

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in 2004. She’s thinking of having his body exhumed to see whether he was poisoned by the Israelis. ADVICE: Keep the wedding photos, lose the chonies. Doctors have said that the symptoms of what Arafat died from aren’t consistent with radiation poisoning. More important, he was kind of a grungy guy when he was alive. After eight years, even the pope’s underwear would probably be radioactive. ADVISEE: The Arizona Highway Patrol, which … patrols Arizona’s highways. ADVICE: Please put a real-life officer near the Prince Road area of Interstate 10. Please. My middle finger is becoming arthritic responding to people who honk and whiz past me at 75 miles per hour on a part of the interstate where the speed limit is 55. Heck, just park an empty Highway Patrol vehicle near that spot where the eastbound lanes veer into what used to be the westbound lanes. I’d just love for some of those clods who go racing down I-10, heading towards downtown, to get an industrial-strength case of sphincter lock. And we won’t even talk about the westbound lanes along the frontage road, where the speed limit is supposedly 45. ADVISEES: All the whiners who are beside themselves because, for once, a U. S. Supreme Court decision didn’t go their way. ADVICE: For all you crybabies who are aghast that the Supreme Court upheld the centerpiece of the Obama administration, the Affordable Care Act, I have some words of advice left over from 12 years ago, when the same court decided to unilaterally determine the outcome of the 2000 presidential election. In the all-too-mortal words of Justice Antonin Scalia (who may very well be the worst Supreme Court justice of all time), get over it. ADVISEES: People who can’t handle the truth. Last year, this group included a coalition of apologists who were outraged at the suggestion by Sen. John McCain that some wildfires are caused by people who are in this country illegally. Oh, the moaning and gnashing of teeth over that outrageous suggestion (which turns out to be true). Now it’s the gun folks who are getting the vapors because Forest Service officials claim that dozens of Western wildfires were sparked by shooting enthusiasts, including a handful of geniuses who fire incendiary ammunition. Instead of saying, “Gee, that’s not very bright; we should be more careful,” they retreat to the safe haven of seeing it as just another potential gun grab by politicians and bureaucrats who simply don’t know what it means to be an American. ADVICE: Learn to handle the truth.







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Does our fair town really need another Walmart? HIGHTOWER BY JIM HIGHTOWER




hether you think Tucson needs another Walmart like we all need another hole in the head, we may be getting one anyway. After a judge’s decision this week, Walmart is getting ready to hone in on El Con Mall. Demolition of the structure that once housed Levy’s, then Macy’s, has already begun, as has the outrage about another Walmart coming to town. To be fair, there are only a dozen or so Walmart locations in the Tucson area. The retail giant still has a long way to go to match the 140-plus used-car dealerships in the area. Certainly, one more Walmart couldn’t mess things up too bad—or could it? Surrounding midtown neighborhood residents certainly think so, with five historic ’hoods opposing the store’s proposed location. The biggest complaints on their list are that the behemoth would have only a single entrance, which would face nearby homes; that it would be open 24/7; and that it would sell booze until 2 a.m. and guns and ammo until 10 p.m. Perhaps the only folks who would not oppose such unattractive conditions in their own backyard are those who like to get drunk, shoot things and tend to run out of bullets at 9:59 p.m. The anti-Walmart sentiments include rumors that, even if untrue, are vile enough to pump terror through our veins. Some have cried that installing a Walmart in a particular area turns the entire neighborhood to, well, shit. Complaints include fears of higher crime rates, messy parking lots and shopping carts deposited at nearby intersections, bus stops and front-yard flower gardens. Tucson police crime statistics for the past six months show 29 incidents near the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Grant Road and Alvernon Way, and 13 incidents near the store at Wetmore Road and First Avenue. None of them involve shopping carts or flower gardens. And some appear to have no relation to Walmart at all.

Washington, D.C., keeps handing massive bailouts to Wall Street giants and multibillion-dollar annual subsidies to the likes of Big Oil, which is a nice boost to the bottom lines of the 1-percenters. But these giveaways do nothing to perk up America’s grassroots economy, which not only is where the rest of us live and work, but also is the only place that can generate real national prosperity. Congress can’t seem to grasp a basic law of nature: You can’t keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. Sadly, America’s corporate and political powers today are content to be a bunch of leaf-spritzers, blithely oblivious to the dangerous shriveling of the grassroots. To witness the damage they’re doing, just look at our nation’s desiccated minimum wage. Set at $7.25 an hour three years ago, its real value has since been gutted by inflation, reducing the wage’s current Or do they? Too many questions arise. We have to purchasing power to a sub-poverty level wonder, if a store other than Walmart were in the area, if the of $6.75 an-hour. That’s only $14,000 stats would be higher or lower. We also have to wonder if a a year for full-time work! Not only would high-crime area that includes a Walmart was high-crime to increasing it help these hardworking people make ends meet, but it also would provide a direct THIS MODERN WORLD By Tom Tomorrow jolt of nourishment to our overall economy. It’s been shown again and again that every dime of a minimum-wage hike is spent by its recipients, circulating upward in our local economies as they increase their purchases of such basics as food, kids’ clothing and health care. This kind of percolate-up economics works for the many, not just the wealthiest few—and that helps (at least minimally) to restore a bit of moral balance to an economy and society now being torn apart by gross inequality. For more information on raising today’s poverty wage, go to


begin with, or became that way after the big “W” moved in. Then we have the murmurs about employee abuse. Walmart supposedly mistreats its employees. But customers do the same. A 71-year-old Walmart greeter was allegedly choked by two Ohio women. An 80-year-old greeter in Los Angeles was clocked in the head with a liquor bottle by an alleged shoplifter. Both involved greeters who had asked to see the customers’ receipts. And we can’t forget the photos of certain Walmart shoppers. Unless you live sans computer, you’ve probably seen the photos depicting Walmart customers from across the nation. Without getting into too much detail, suffice it to say many of these customers have exposed butt cheeks. Despite the moans, groans and saggy butt cheeks, Walmart continues to thrive in America and beyond. Walmart founders Bud and Sam Walton helped build the family fortune to a staggering $93 billion, Forbes reports, making the Waltons the richest family in the world. Why the massive chain continues to enjoy massive success comes from the bottom line: Walmart has some of the cheapest prices around. No matter how loudly or vehemently you may oppose a Walmart in any way, shape or location, plenty of people will continue to shop there. And shop there again. And again. Unless people figure out that the only way to stop more Walmarts is to stop buying from the company, new stores will continue to take over our towns. And with more exposed butt cheeks right along with them.

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‘Bullies begone!’ is the battle cry of an octogenarian who’s not taking any crap BY GRETCHEN NIELSEN


fter 80 years on this planet, I’m in pretty good shape, and I believe it’s mostly because I get a lot of exercise insisting upon my right to exist. Whether I’m out on the trail for my morning walk or standing on the sidewalk with a peace sign, Tucson’s assorted bullies, who don’t experience themselves as such, are a handy aid in my workout—like jumpropes for a boxer. The vast majority of Tucsonans are well-meaning folks who have been trained to be “seen, but not heard” and are just as sick and tired of having their “goodness” used against them as I am. But bullies need to be exposed. And they will be when well-meaning people are heard and seen in action. We have to be ready to be judged as cranky, petty and a pain in the ass. We also have to remember, as products of this world, that there’s a little wimp and a little bully in most of us. Here’s this morning’s exercise: She’s approaching with two cute little dogs, one on a leash and the other running ahead. “Your dogs are darling,” I say, “but this one should be on a leash.” “I know, but she won’t hurt you; she’s very friendly,” she replies, with an implied, “You’re being silly.” “I can see that, but I have a sore leg, and I can’t be sure what she might do.”

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The keeper makes no attempt to get the actively friendly dog away from my leg and says, “I think you should mind your own business,” as she starts to walk past me. “Well, this is my business! I’ve recently had skin cancer surgery …” “So what?” she shouts over her shoulder. “I have abdominal cancer!” Now I had to yell because she was well on her way: “You also have an unleashed dog, and you’re extremely impolite!” I was taught to feel for “the other guy,” but we have to stop accepting the behavior of folks who haven’t yet learned that we’ll all be better off if we have some regard for each other. After all, I didn’t have a dog jumping on her abdominal cancer, did I? (A runner who heard our exchange gave me a delighted thumbs-up.) At a recent protest, I was startled by a young woman who came up behind me on the sidewalk and whizzed past on a bicycle (while the bike lane was right next to us). I shouted, “Get off the sidewalk!” She paid no attention and pedaled through the pro-war bullies who, intimidated by her superior wheel power, wordlessly stepped aside. In a matter of minutes, she was back again, heading directly toward me. I didn’t move. She couldn’t believe it, kept coming, and said, “Beep-beep.” I yelled, “Get off the sidewalk!” I stepped aside, stuck out my sign and let her run into that. She shook her head like, “This old woman is crazy,” and left. Nonviolence training: I did not kick her in the spokes. That girl didn’t think of herself as a bully

and neither did the woman walking her dog. To them, a bully is somebody who commits a hate crime or a big kid who torments a little kid. After all, it’s scary to ride in the bike lane, and the dog was friendly; all wellmeaning people have to do is watch out for their dogs and their bicycles, and there would be no problem. I used to acquiesce to that sort of thing. Most of my life, unaware of the downside of my compliant behavior—“do and say the kindest thing in the kindest way”—I have been a bully enabler. Not anymore. I apologized for shoving my sign in the face of the disturbed pro-war guy who knocked me off balance. But the big—really big—Marine who, with his bully buddy, was tormenting me and accidentally struck my face, I believe had it coming. I do not know where I got the strength to wrench the sign from that man’s hand; I felt like an angry parent taking a toy away from a misbehaving child. I admit that when I saw him taken aback in utter amazement, his shocked expression was a gift I joyfully received. The police officer said I had the right to defend myself, but that when I started to jump up and down on his pro-war sign, I had gone too far. I agreed and apologized for that part. The kindly officer also informed me that the gentleman would not press charges. I don’t want to hurt anybody, including me. But I’m not going to pray for peace and at the same time allow bullies to imprison our spirits while we wait for the “meek to inherit the Earth.”



Left to decay, historic homes continue to disappear


Demolition by Neglect here’s a house on my block that probably dates back to the early 1900s, with stout adobe walls and a squat chimney in the corner. For years, there was an old man living there, but he is now gone. His passing revealed a substantial debt on the house, and none of his relatives would pick up the tab. So the old man’s house is now owned by the bank, which apparently is quite content to see it simply wither away. The roof has split open in spots, allowing monsoon rains to seep in. Tree roots are wrenching the ancient foundation; a porch is buckling from disrepair. This humble home, like many others in my neighborhood, is a bona fide piece of history. And like so many others, it is slipping away through benign neglect. At some point, whoever comes to own the house might find demolition far cheaper than bringing it back to life. That notion, common throughout Tucson’s historic neighborhoods, came into sharp focus recently as several new overlay zones were implemented in the central city. Critics say these zones, ostensibly aimed at spurring development, actually encourage the demolition of decaying historic properties, and putting shiny new buildings in their place. At the same time, the city has flimsy deterrence, with meager fines for demolition of historic properties without first obtaining permits, and no money to help struggling historic property owners who do want to maintain their homes. Like my own Armory Park neighborhood, the West University neighborhood—scene of a recent and bitter fight about an overlay zone that will allow 14-story private dorms next to single-family dwellings—is pocked with aging properties that could easily slide into complete decay and ultimate demolition. “People are doing neglect for the sake of neglect,” says Chris Gans, president of the West University Neighborhood Association. “We have a number of them in our neighborhood. They rent the houses out; they don’t put any money into (maintaining) the outside. They’re run-down and really crappy.” Owners complain that their properties aren’t worth the money to repair them. “But those homes are a part of history,” Gans says. “You can keep making those kinds of arguments until there’s nothing left.” But a familiar argument it is, and one that brushes right up against City Hall. Lowell Rothschild is the father of Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and co-owner of a frontierera adobe building in downtown’s Barrio Viejo that has sat empty for years, its window frames covered with warped plywood, the crumbling


adobe walls exposed to sunlight and rain. In 2010, city officials took compliance action against the owners for such disrepair. But those owners appealed, gaining them another five years before repairs of the building must be done. In past interviews, Mayor Rothschild has said his father was simply waiting for the real estate market to rebound before taking action on the property. Today, it sports a “for sale” sign out front. But according to Jonathan Mabry, the city’s historic-preservation officer, taking a hard line in such situations can spur unintended consequences. “If the city pushes too hard on the owners of a historic building that’s really in bad shape,” he says, “one way they can come into compliance with the building code and all the other regulations is to knock it down.” The goal, says Mabry, is preservation rather than punishment. “In those situations, the city is willing to work with the property owners on a long-term plan, beginning with stabilization and blight remediation—not having the doors and windows boarded up forever. “We’re more interested in saving the building and ameliorating blight for the neighbors than in winning in court or collecting fines.” That’s hardly just an academic point in a city with 6,960 historically designated properties, and 31 districts now listed with the National Register of Historic Places. Five of those districts also have locally designated historic preservation zoning overlays. Unlike the national registry, the local designations have some regulatory teeth, with enforceable design guidelines, and mandatory reviews of significant changes proposed for building exteriors. They also govern demolitions, in what Mabry calls a “rigorous” process. He argues that the city also does a good job of requiring property owners to maintain their historic buildings. “But there are cases where the buildings are pretty far gone—they’re basically adobe ruins—and we have worked with the property owners.” Bringing those buildings up to current codes and making them inhabitable can incur “tremendous costs,” he says. While some owners can afford the expense, he calls it a misconception that historic districts are filled with rich people able to restore their properties on a whim. “It may be the case in historic districts in other cities,” Mabry says. “But Tucson has a number of working-class historic neighborhoods.” This reality was spotlighted recently when a state lawmaker moved to gut property-tax breaks awarded to the owners of historic prop-



The Rothschild property in Barrio Viejo. erties. “She had the perception that only wealthy people lived in historic districts, and are benefiting from this tax break,” he says. “We had to help educate (the Legislature), and say, ‘Well, that’s not the case in a lot of Tucson’s historic districts. That property-tax break, which goes back to the early 1970s, is the margin of difference for some longtime Hispanic families in older parts of town—the difference between them being able to continue living in their ancestral homes, or being forced out.’” It can also be the margin that keeps a building from getting razed. And every demolition carries a price far beyond the destruction of a single property. For districts to retain their national historic designation, more than 50 percent of their structures must have historic status. Some Tucson neighborhoods are inching precariously close to that threshold; the Barrio Anita Historic District, near St. Mary’s Road and Interstate 10, has already lost 43 percent of its historic properties. Nor is the West University neighborhood— site of the recent city rezoning overlay—that far behind. Mabry noted as much at a City Council meeting on Dec. 13, when he described how 55 contributing structures have been demolished since West University’s historic district was created in 1984. The rezoning, he said, could remove many more. “Clearly, previous councils found rationales compelling (demolition) about 50 times. Twenty-nine property owners in the transition area now have a significant incentive to apply for demolition applications. Based on the historical trend that I just described, it’s not farfetched to think that 10, 15 years from now, all or a majority of those historic properties will have demolition applications approved for them. … That type of erosion to the historic district may lead to a loss of the historic district designation over time.” Clearly, there are two types of demolition by neglect: Those perpetrated by sly and slovenly property owners, and those executed by government fiat. And both take the same grim toll.

When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision on the Affordable Care Act a couple of weeks ago, most of the media focus was on the portion of the ruling that upheld the mandate that people buy health insurance, or else pay more in taxes. But there’s another aspect of the case—namely, the part about whether low-income Americans will be covered by Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act calls for an expansion of Medicaid to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, which varies depending on the size of your household. The FPL for a family for three is $19,090, so under the Affordable Care Act, a single mom with two kids would be able to earn up to $25,390 and still be eligible for Medicaid—meaning most of the family’s medical bills would be picked up by the government. The Democrats, when they passed the health-care package, tried to force the states to expand coverage by saying they wouldn’t be eligible for any Medicaid funding unless they agreed to the expansion. The basic idea: People living near the poverty line don’t have extra money to spend on health insurance, so to make sure they have insurance, the government would extend coverage to them. But the Supreme Court shot that coercive provision down, so the states now must individually decide whether to expand coverage. Not every state is game. Earlier this week, for example, Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared that the Lone Star State would not be expanding health-care coverage to poor people. If states do accept the deal, the feds will pick up almost all of the costs for the first several years, with the federal match dropping over time. For states where childless adults are only eligible if they earn a small percentage of the FPL income, the expansion is a pretty good arrangement. But Arizona (where Medicaid goes by the name of AHCCCS) ends up with a comparatively raw deal, because voters already expanded coverage up to 100 percent of the FPL back when they approved the Healthy Arizona proposition in 2000. So the federal government will only cover the expansion from 100 percent to 133 percent of the FPL (although the feds will also provide a 4-to-1 match on dollars that the state spends on people below the FPL). Arizona’s situation is made more complicated by the fact that the state froze enrollment for childless adults altogether when the Legislature made budget cuts last year. As a result, the Brewer administration estimates that there are about 100,000 fewer childless adults on the AHCCCS rolls right now. (The freeze saves the state an estimated $190 million, according to Monica Coury, an assistant director for intergovernmental relations for Arizona.) There are a lot of moving parts to all of this, because the expansion is

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TRACKING TUCSON’S TWITTER STARS To maintain a semblance of their onceunquestioned relevance, traditional media outlets are now all but required to interface with social media sites in an effort to keep in constant contact with their audiences. Instead of breaking stories via traditional methods, newspaper, television and radio can utilize social media to tell followers what’s happening in a timelier manner, and what they may cover more in-depth later. Newsmakers also routinely conduct what amount to short press conferences through their Twitter handles. Nowadays, persons of interest are just as likely to do the initial reporting themselves. They’ll tell the world about a decision in 140 characters or less. But how are local news outlets doing in terms of drumming up interest through Twitter? This question popped into my head while watching a friend of mine start a mustard blog (, and pardon me for the cheap plug). For the record, I despise mustard. But I am impressed with said friend, who has shown herself to be something of a social media expert. In roughly a month, she’s generated about 800 Twitter followers. That number hasn’t necessarily translated into website hits, which is another struggle that traditional media outlets face. Folks might read a Twitter headline, but it doesn’t mean they’re going to click through to read the story, so the actual benefit of having a Facebook presence or a Twitter page remains uncertain. That said, if my non-media-savvy friend is clever enough to generate nearly 800 Twitter followers for a mustard blog, how well are highly trained traditional news purveyors doing at this whole social-media extravaganza? Let’s find out. It’s always dangerous to go through a list such as the one that follows because there’s an excellent chance I’ll forget someone or something that’s immensely popular and has 3 million followers. So, apologies if I forgot you and your awesome numbers. If you have crappy numbers, that’s the way it goes. Let’s start with the news outlet of record in the Old Pueblo, the massively popular Arizona Daily Star. After all, it has a daily circulation that’s nearly in six figures, so its Twitter presence must be impressive. Well, as of Sunday, July 8, Starnet, the online presence of the Star, had 4,678 followers. That seems like a pretty darn good number. Of course, the Star has a bunch of sections with Twitter handles, and employees who are encouraged to tweet under personal accounts monitored by the paper, so let’s see how those stack up. Sportswriter Ryan Finley has 2,100 followers, while his brother, fellow sportswriter Patrick Finley, has more than 1,400 followers. Men’s basketball beat writer Bruce Pascoe has nearly 2,000 followers. But longtime sports columnist Greg Hansen doesn’t even appear to have a Twitter profile, and he’s all controversial and stuff. Popular editorial cartoonist Dave

Fitzsimmons: pretty much zilch on Twitter. But medical reporter Stephanie Innes does quite well. She has somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,500 followers. County government and transportation reporter Becky Pallack has more than 1,700 followers. Across the way at, Mark Evans, the guy Gannett pays to run the community blog site, has a paltry 144 Twitter followers. Fortunately, Anthony Gimino, the other guy paid by Gannett to help with, has nearly 1,700 folks following him. David Morales, the guy who operates the controversial Three Sonorans blog that recently left, has 650 followers. In the television realm, KVOA Channel 4 has more than 5,300 followers, and KGUN Channel 9’s main Twitter account has nearly 4,500 followers. But tech-savvy KOLD Channel 13 has more than 7,500 followers of its TucsonNewsNow handle. Among TV news personalities, KOLD meteorologist Chuck George registers nearly 1,400 followers, and KOLD anchor Dan Marries is pushing 2,400, which is way better than the 800 folks tracking the Twitter pronouncements of co-anchor Heather Rowe. Even the top of the KOLD food chain is in on the act. General manager Debbie Bush has more than 1,800 followers. At KVOA, anchor Kristi Tedesco has nearly 1,500 folks on board, while Tom McNamara has less than 300. Sportscaster Ryan Recker hovers around 800. KGUN anchors Jennifer Waddell and Guy Atchley barely top the 100 followers mark. Elsewhere, PBS/NPR affiliate Arizona Public Media has close to 3,300 followers. Among terrestrial radio stations, KIIM FM 99.5 has close to 700 followers, but morning show co-host Shannon Black has twice that amount. KMXZ FM 94.9 MixfM is pushing 1,100 while Top-40 KRQQ FM 93.7 has more than 3,700 followers. Carrie Moten, now working in a part-time capacity for Top-40 competitor KSZR FM 97.5, has worked Twitter to the tune of close to 6,800 followers. News producer Ken Carr boasts a lofty 2,500 followers. Perhaps more impressive: He’s tweeted more than 31,000 times. Community radio KXCI 91.3 FM has more than 2,700 followers. The Tucson Weekly seems to get this whole Twitter thing pretty well. It has more than 6,900 followers. Jim Nintzel? Not so much. He has yet to top 550. Sadly, Tucson seems to be lacking in the media sarcasm/parody realm. This is a Twitter staple: Folks who create fake accounts of real people or businesses to showcase their comedic talents. The only parody account I could find belonged to NotReallyKGUN, which takes jabs at the news product of the ABC affiliate. NotReallyKGUN has returned to posting after a six-month hiatus, with recent ditties such as “RAIN, WIND and LIGHTNING! How Mother Nature is going to ruin your 4th! We’ll expose this unpatriotic bitch tonight at 10:00.� If you’re a wannabe local-media mocker, that’s the bar you’ll have to clear. I expect that some why-didn’t-youmention-me emails will soon be coming my way, and that’s fine. I might even tweet the best complaints to my 93 followers at schuniverse.



Tucson cabbies question the legality of their independent-contractor status

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phased in over time; people shift from one program to another; and state officials have to estimate some of the numbers, because there are no exact counts as to how many people would qualify. But the bottom line is this: The Joint Legislative Budget Committee estimates that the state will have to spend roughly $250 million in 2014 to get an additional $1.38 billion in federal healthcare funds and provide AHCCCS coverage to people living below 133 percent of the federal poverty line. The state’s contribution then begins to drop, and the feds’ contribution rises; the state is on the hook for $169 million the following year, while the feds contribute $1.82 billion, for example. However, in 2020, the state’s costs are projected to start rising again. While some folks might look at the idea of bringing an extra $2 billion or so a year in health-care dollars into the state as a plus (especially since it would mean that more than 300,000 more Arizonans would have health insurance), we’re confident that the Republicans who now run the Arizona Legislature are not going to bite. While we expect that Republicans will not hang onto their super-majority after the 2012 elections, we do expect that they’ll still hold the majority. Shorter version: In Arizona, there’s still going to be a pretty big hole in the health-insurance safety net for the poor.

BY MARI HERRERAS, he last time we talked to Christopher Kroh, he was in the early stages of starting a group to organize Tucsonarea taxi drivers. Now, a month later, his contract with Yellow Cab has been terminated. Kroh, a taxi driver here since 1996, told the Tucson Weekly he was motivated to start the Tucson Hacks Association (See TQ&A, June 7, 2012) because he saw the job go from being one where you could make a decent living to one where drivers are nickel-and-dimed because of their independent-contractor employment status. “It comes down to this: If we are truly independent contractors, treat us as such, or hire us as employees,” Kroh said. “But if we’re hired as employees, think of how much money the companies would lose having to pay FICA, workman’s comp or health insurance. That’s why we remain independent contractors when we really should be employees.” Kroh said he was asked to come into Yellow Cab’s Tucson office last week to get the news that his contract would not be renewed. The reason given was because of a cab-dispatch business Kroh started this year with the purpose of helping all Tucson drivers not be dependent on the dispatch equipment provided by the cab companies in the cars the drivers lease. The Weekly tried to reach Lyle Wamsley, a AAA Transportation manager who Kroh said terminated his contract. AAA Transportation owns Yellow Cab. Wamsley did not return the Weekly’s calls or email asking for comment. Although the Weekly interview from June wasn’t discussed during his termination, Kroh suspects the interview had something to do with it, along with him forming the Hacks Association and the dispatch business. Kroh said the Allcabs Dispatch Service he started is based on the idea of radio dispatching, but in this case, all that drivers need to have is a cellphone that takes texts. Drivers who sign up get a mass text asking what zone the driver is in to determine if a driver can take a call. The business would make money charging $2 for each call, but it would be based on minimum fares of $10 for cab customers paying with cash and $15 for those using a credit card. Kroh said his interest in starting the dispatch service was sparked by the 60-hour weeks cab drivers often must put in. Kroh wasn’t alone in organizing the Hacks Association. At the group’s first meeting, in June, more than 35 drivers and others showed up, including Kroh’s friend and fellow Yellow Cab driver Bob Aros. Aros has been driving a cab in Tucson since the early 1980s when drivers were part of Teamsters



Bob Aros: “We’re no different than the person who works in a hospital or drives a bus, yet we’re not given the same respect.” it with a computer-based system that Aros and Local 310, before federal deregulation entered the picture in 1982. Deregulation forced unions out of Kroh believe was put in to better control drivers’ actions and fare selection. the cab business and allowed companies to go Aros explained that when drivers sign their from hiring drivers as employees to hiring them contracts, certain attributes are entered in the as independent contractors. dispatch system that filter the kinds of calls Aros said he believes the independentdrivers agree to take. Some drivers, for instance, contractor status violates certain aspects of want only cash calls. Others decline medicalArizona law. For example, Aros said that transportation calls, paid through a statecompanies cannot require that independent voucher system, because they don’t pay as much contractors work exclusively for them, because if as regular calls. Others want lots of airport calls. it is required, then they must be considered “But airport calls are listed under the same employees. attribute as vouchers,” Aros said. “If I want If Yellow Cab terminated Kroh based on his airport calls, then I have to take vouchers. starting the dispatch business, the company is “When it comes to gas and time, it’s better for violating state law, according to Aros. He said the me to sit and wait an hour for one cash call then law requires that employers not provide tools to independent contractors. Therefore, the dispatch go out for two voucher calls. I make more.” The other issue is a drivers’ queue set up in the equipment in each cab could be in violation of system. If a driver is on the westside of town and the law, he said. rejects a call for a voucher pickup on the Deregulation has also led to an increase in the eastside, he is placed at the end of the line and number of cabs on Tucson’s streets, according to may wait hours for another call. Kroh and Aros, who estimated there are close to And once a driver rejects 17 voucher calls, 200 now. Their estimate includes gypsy cabs Kroh said, the driver is suspended. “It’s all set up driven by people who use their own vehicles, to make sure drivers take voucher calls. It’s the and small companies not associated with Tucson’s biggest cab companies, including Yellow mainstay for Yellow Cab,” he said. Aros said it may be time to ask the National Cab and Discount. Labor Relations Board to intervene again. One In 1982, Tucson cab drivers organized and glimmer of hope for local drivers is a 2008 filed a complaint with the National Labor ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Relations Board. Although the drivers lost, Aros supporting an NLRB decision that taxi drivers in said the complaint “scared” cab companies into Oakland, Calif., were company employees, not making changes. Before the changes, cabbies independent contractors. The ruling allowed weren’t told the location of the fare and the them to seek union representation. destination until after accepting the fare. “Part of the challenge is how the public sees The companies acquiesced and began giving us,” Aros said. “There isn’t a high opinion of cab drivers more details. drivers. But really, we’re no different than the “That helped,” Aros said. person who works in a hospital or drives a bus, But 2 1/2 years ago, Yellow Cab took the old yet we’re not given the same respect.” dispatch equipment out of its cars and replaced



The incumbents on the Pima County Board of Supervisors have a lot more money for their campaigns than their challengers, according to campaignfinance reports covering activity through the end of May. District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll had raised more than 14 times as much as his GOP opponent, Sean Collins. Carroll, a Republican who was first appointed to Board of Supervisors in 1997, had raised $75,277 from more than 300 contributors, including many of the standard GOP heavy-hitters: legendary land speculator Don Diamond and his wife, Joan Diamond, who each gave Carroll the maximum $430; auto dealer Jim Click, who gave $430; District 1 GOP candidate Mike Hellon, who gave $200; and Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash, who gave $430. Carroll also received checks from Democrats like onetime Tucson City Council candidate Gayle Hartmann ($100), political consultant David Steele ($430), attorney Larry Hecker ($430), Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham ($40) and one of Cunningham’s top aides, Katie Bolger ($50). Adding in what Carroll had in the bank at the start of the reporting period and subtracting the $45,864 he’d spent so far, Carroll had $44,070 in

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A mailman proceeded with his duties after he was shot three times by someone wielding what looked like a rifle, according to a Pima County Sheriff’s Department report. It turned out that the mailman was shot with an Airsoft gun, a replica firearm that shoots plastic pellets instead of bullets, so the injuries weren’t life-threatening. The mailman’s truck was also hit a couple of times. The mailman told deputies he had been delivering mail when he saw a man standing on a corner with a weapon in hand. The man then fired several rounds in the mailman’s direction. The mailman said he drove his mail truck over to the man, who refused to give him any information. The mailman said he then told the subject, “What the fuck is your name?” but got no reply. The mailman said he then finished his route on foot. Upon returning to his truck, he found the subject still there. He asked the subject for identification once more, and this time, the subject told him, “Fuck you. You are going too lose your job. ... Your job is mine.” Another deputy caught the subject and took him to jail.


A pair of thieves who stole a wallet from a woman’s car were likely disappointed when they opened it, according to a PCSD report. A woman told sheriff’s deputies that a female acquaintance had recently told the woman’s father that the woman was using drugs. But the woman said that was not true. And when she told the acquaintance so, the acquaintance threatened to go to the woman’s workplace and “kick her ass.” The woman told deputies that the acquaintance later appeared at her restaurant job accompanied by a large male. The woman and her manager reportedly persuaded the pair to leave, but when they left the restaurant, the male reached through the woman’s partly open car window and grabbed a wallet. The woman said that as the pair drove away, one of them waved the wallet at her and yelled, “Ha, ha.” But it turned out that the joke was on the thieves, because the wallet was a plaything of one of the woman’s children. It didn’t contain even a dime. Neither of the pair could be found. Deputies documented the incident.


Way to Go, ‘Star’ uring my tenure here at the Tucson Weekly, it has been a point of some pride that we’ve consistently had more Facebook likes than the Arizona Daily Star. Admittedly, this isn’t exactly the most significant or meaningful thing to care about, and I am not accusing the Star of this, but likes can be engineered relatively easily, either through fake profiles or services that will add phantom profiles from semi-imaginary Bangladeshis. However, now the race is on, since the Star kicked off an initiative called, no joke, “Like-A-Palooza,” which is somewhat embarrassing on its premise, but also in the fact that the (suffix)palooza is still being used in 2012. I don’t hold the naïve belief that the Star is engaging in this scheme of running five consecutive contests, all of which require you to “like” their page, to compete with an alt-weekly located a few miles away on the southside, but it is a strange move to stack up numbers to please someone up the line at corporate. It’s like someone at the Star said: “Hey, people want to help nonprofits, right? Let’s give away a page of advertising in a future issue through some elaborate contest of sorts, getting those aforementioned nonprofits to funnel their fans to the Star’s page.” Plus, add a contest that gives away groceries, the classic monsoon photo contest, and some other stuff vaguely related to summertime and the Padres (although I wouldn’t mind winning tickets to see the new Batman movie, so maybe I’ll enter that one). Good luck, Arizona Daily Star. Hope it’s worth living with “Like-A-Palooza.”


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THE WEEK ON THE RANGE We bought prints from an artist capturing the great (possibly imaginary) exploits of Ronald Reagan; shook our collective heads at the stupidity of Louisiana legislator Valarie Hodges; challenged TUSD school-board member Michael Hicks’ assertion that he was assaulted; watched the money in the race to succeed Ann Day on the Pima County Board of Supervisors; read the report on Paul Cunningham’s regrettable actions in San Diego; wished Jesse Kelly the best of luck in his new job (well, not really); and discussed the highlights of the week’s political events with Carolyn Cox, Pete Hershberger and Jeff Rogers on Arizona Illustrated’s Political Roundtable, with your host, Jim Nintzel. We noted that we’ll miss the deep-dish pizza at Zachary’s, which is set to close at the end of the month; let you know you can get beer with your tamales in midtown now; drooled over the new menu at Noble Hops; and tipped you off to a forthcoming restaurant called Urban Belly. We thought deeply about a Billy Ocean video; congratulated FC Tucson for making the PDL playoffs; wondered what will come next from the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon; appreciated the music of Bay Area rapper E-40 (and let you know that Tina Fey is getting into hip-hop now as well); watched a video by Giant Giant Sand; kept you in the loop on schedule changes at Tucson’s NPR station; shared some of Bisbee’s urban art; watched a bunch of fireworks go off at once; mourned the death of Andy Griffith; and made our plans to enjoy every moment of the Muppets film festival at the Loft.


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After bouts with bankruptcy and the housing downturn, a Sahuarita development is roaring back to life

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Back From the Dead BY BRIAN J. PEDERSEN, he land was bladed; the roads were paved; the utilities were in place. Large signs indicating the two entrances to Estancia del Corazon had floral touches on them as well as electrical stub-outs for eventual lighting of the signs. All the neighborhood lacked was homes. About 90 were slated for the development smack-dab in the middle of one of the region’s most well-regarded master-planned communities, Rancho Sahuarita. Estancia had a prime location, across the street from a new K-8 school and a park featuring iron animal sculptures and a pool. It was adjacent to a dog park and just around the corner from a grocery store and other businesses. But by the time the neighborhood was ready for start-up in 2007, Estancia developer Townsend Homes had gone belly up. Townsend was owned by Prescott resident Elise Townsend, who briefly ran for the Arizona Senate in 2006 before she pleaded guilty to stealing from her company and was sent to prison. The Townsend bankruptcy affected two communities in Rancho Sahuarita. The other was a 16-lot custom home project along Sahuarita Lake, but much of that development had been built out. Estancia, despite plenty of interest from prospective homebuyers—including some who had put down deposits on lots—remained empty for nearly five years. “It was as close to being complete and moving forward as you could get,” said Ted Herman, vice president of residential land for Sharpe and Associates, Rancho Sahuarita’s master developer. Then a little more than two months ago, seemingly out of nowhere, activity popped up at Estancia del Corazon. Within days, new property owner D.R. Horton had built two model homes and started the framework for block walls along the development’s perimeter. “They were selling homes before they even got their models finished,” said Sahuarita planning director Sarah More, who first got wind of D.R. Horton’s intentions for Estancia late last year when it submitted updated plans for review. “It was platted some time ago, and no changes were being made, so everything was ready to go,” More said. As of last weekend, D.R. Horton had sold 32 of the 86 lots in Estancia, according to information provided in the leasing office, which occupies the garage of one of the model homes. About two dozen homes are under construction, and a quick drive through the neighborhood showed that as many as eight may be ready for move-in. D.R. Horton officials did not return calls



Building progress in Estancia del Corazon. seeking comment for this story. The builder’s website lists five models for Estancia, each with up to four bedrooms. One of them can be expanded to six bedrooms and almost 3,500 square feet of living space. Prices start at $198,900 for the smallest base model, well above the median sale price of $140,000 the Tucson Association of Realtors reported for May 2012. “People have been inquiring to me and others for some time because of the size of those lots,” said Tom Murphy, a spokesman for Rancho Sahuarita, referring to the 85-by-120foot dimensions of the Estancia lots, the largest in the 4,200-home master-planned community. Murphy said that Rancho Sahuarita’s amenities have made the Estancia homes a de facto infill project, rather than a new development far from shopping or parks. “If you have choices, and you have the amenity package that we have down here, it makes sense,” Murphy said. Jennifer Katsenis, who toured Estancia’s models last weekend with her three children, said she and her husband, Rick, had been interested in the neighborhood when it was first set to be built. Now that it’s within a thriving community, she said, it’s not surprising the homes are selling so quickly. “There’s so much already around here,”

Katsenis said. “My kids could go to school across the street.” Estancia is a big reason Rancho Sahuarita leads the area in new-home construction. More, the Sahuarita planning director, said her department has issued 247 building permits so far in 2012, more than double the number during the year-earlier period. Of those, 147 were for homes in Rancho Sahuarita. “The numbers have pretty much taken off since February,” More said. The Estancia project has taken off at the same time that Rancho Sahuarita and Sharpe and Associates are shoring up a wash that runs along Estancia’s north edge. The developer is spending about $1 million to remove vegetation and build concrete channels in the wash in an effort to avoid another bout of flooding, which happened last September when several homes in the Presidio del Cielo neighborhood on the north side of the wash were inundated with silt and muddy water. “Everything that we’re doing (in the wash) and would be doing is totally separate and apart from the D.R. Horton project,” Murphy said. “We’ve been working with our professional engineers for the last few months. We’re trying to mitigate a sub-100-year event happening again. But it never hurts to show people (looking to move down here) we’re on our game.”

the bank as of May 31. Collins, a political newcomer, had raised $5,090 from 31 contributors and lent his campaign another $3,589. He had spent $5,522, leaving him just $3,157 in the bank. Given that Carroll has been one of the most-outspoken opponents of the Rosemont Mine, it’s no surprise to discover that some of Collins’ biggest contributions have come from Rosemont employees, including $400 from Jamie Sturgess, a Rosemont senior vice-president, and $430 from Fermin Samorano, a Rosemont engineer. Local attorney John Munger, a former chairman of the Pima County Republican Party, also kicked in $430. “I’m very unhappy with Ray Carroll over his opposition to the Rosemont Mine,” says Munger, who received $2,000 from the Collins campaign for “campaign services,” according to the finance report. In another potentially competitive race for the Board of Supervisors this year, Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson had a significant fundraising advantage over Republican challenger Tanner Bell. Bronson, a Democrat who has represented District 3 since winning the seat in 1996, had raised $40,165 from more than 200 contributors, and $2,350 from political committees, including $1,250 from Arizona’s List and a range of contributions from PACs representing firefighters, EMTs and Southwest Gas. Bronson had spent about $5,000 since the beginning of the year, leaving her with $56,615 after you add in the cash she had on hand before the reporting period started. Bronson has pulled in contributions from the expected list of Democrats: Mayor Jonathan Rothschild ($430), former Pima County Supervisor Dan Eckstrom ($430) and Joan Kaye Cauthorn ($430), to name a few. But she has also scored with the development community; Chris Sheafe was good for $100, while David Williamson of Fairfield Homes gave $430; Joan Diamond contributed $430; and Priscilla Storm of Diamond Ventures kicked JOHATHAN in $215. Bell, a former UA football player who now works for the UA Athletics Department, had raised $5,070 from 27 contributors and spent $3,212, leaving him with $1,858 in the bank. His major contributors included Jim Click and his wife, Vicki Click, and Pima County Republican Party chairwoman Carolyn Cox and her husband, Garland Cox, who each kicked in $430. Barney Brenner, who ran against Bronson in 2000 and 2008, contributed $200. By Jim Nintzel Find early and late-breaking Skinny at The Range, our daily dispatch, at daily. JULY 12 – 18, 2012




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Better Not Blink


A mural and historic district make Clifton worth the drive—and your attention

Dentist Jeff Gaskin, owner of the former Morenci Miners Local 616 Union Hall in Clifton, is also a caretaker of a historic mural by Tucson artist David Tineo. BY MARI HERRERAS, A friend warned me as I took off for the eastern Arizona mining town of Clifton that I’d better not blink, or I’d miss it. But isn’t that the point of road trips—to take you to places you think time forgot to be reminded that interesting people live in those far corners, and that what we really need to do is to visit more often? That was the lesson learned from my trip to Clifton, a three-hour drive east on Interstate 10 and U.S. Highway 191. I started out with one goal: to meet an African-American dentist with the federal prison in Safford who unknowingly became the caretaker of an important slice of Arizona’s Chicano history. While the road trip started out as a way to connect with history through Clifton’s noted mural and its 1916 union hall, it ended up being a chance to meet a group of newcomers to Clifton who’ve bought and remodeled historic structures in the business district. Dentist Jeff Gaskin bought the former Morenci Miners Local 616 Union Hall about 10 years ago. In the main room is a mural by Tucson artist David Tineo that’s at least 25 feet wide and almost 10 feet tall. When a real estate agent took him to the building, Gaskin said, it was obvious the hall was in need of care. “Parts of the ceiling were coming down, and there was water damage,” Gaskin recalled during my visit. “I didn’t know anything about the mural or the history, but I felt that I better buy this building in order to save it.” The mural is one of about 100 that remain out of the more than 200 murals Tineo created during his 40-plus-year career. It depicts the 1983-1986 United Steelworkers strike in Clifton and neighboring Morenci. The union hall was the center of the strike, which still sparks anger from many Arizona Chicanos and union organizers. In 1983, thenArizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt sent in the National Guard to break up the strike against Phelps Dodge, sending tanks and helicopters into Morenci to help strikebreakers continue copper mining production. That move earned Babbitt the nickname Bruce “Scabbitt.” I had a chance to spend the night in the old hall, which Gaskin has turned into his residence and a boarding house. When I arrived, Gaskin

introduced me to a roomful of people sitting at tables with plates of food and glasses of champagne and wine. I learned that this scenario in the hall’s large meeting room, with Tineo’s mural looming, wasn’t unusual. Someone joked with me later that Gaskin is the unofficial mayor of Chase Creek Street, where the old union hall sits with other historic buildings. Gaskin told me he believes it’s important to bring people together, so he hosts regular potlucks that welcome both newcomers and longtime residents who care about the town’s history and future. “I enjoy good company and conversation,” Gaskin said. “It’s wonderful when we get together and everyone brings a dish to share. You have a good story to share, and you like to laugh, you are welcome here.” I was introduced to Frank Gonzales (the father of Tucson artist Pancho Gonzales), who retired from Phelps Dodge. Gonzales went over the town’s early mining history, which began in the late 1870s. He brought up the racism and the other struggles Mexican Americans experienced over the years with the mining companies, and eventually brought up the strike. Gonzales looked up at the mural and recalled how difficult that time was. Because he was a supervisor, he crossed the picket line every day and continued to work. “Even to this day, when you go to weddings, there are people who will sit on one side (who were) involved in the strike, and people on the other side who crossed the picket line,” Gonzales said. “It tore the community apart.” John Lunt, another Phelps Dodge retiree, spends his free time taking photos of the area’s bighorn sheep, fall colors along the San Francisco River, spring wildflowers, and mountain views along the Coronado Trail. Hunting, he said, is popular with many area residents, who go after deer, elk, bear and antelope. “Even bighorn sheep?” I asked. “Yes, but I’d never shoot those. It would be like killing your dog,” Lunt said, pointing out a photo he took of bighorns lying beneath a tree in a residential area of Morenci. It was published in a recent issue of Arizona Highways. Lunt’s wife runs the Greenlee County Historical Society museum just down the street.

The museum covers the history of this part of Arizona, and even includes the childhood high chair of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who was born in the area. When the potluck ended, I got a tour of the Chase Creek Street historic district from Ray and Jeanette West. Like Gaskin, the Wests bought several buildings to turn into residences and use for their businesses. Jeanette sold their bed-and-breakfast in Flagstaff as Ray got close to retiring from the city of Tempe. He said his dream was to move to an old Western town in Arizona, and they fell in love with Clifton, especially the area along Chase Creek. On one side of the street sits a building with their apartment and a vintage dress shop Jeanette runs. Across the street is an antique shop filled with Ray’s collection of furniture, old tools and housewares. “It’s everything we’ve collected over the years,” Ray says. We stop at the Clifton Armory, a gun shop owned by another newcomer and building renovator, Dave Riley. Riley owns a print shop in Mesa and, like Ray, he was interested in finding the next Bisbee—a Western town with history and potential. Riley and his wife bought several buildings and opened the gun shop, selling firearms from Riley’s collection as well as new guns, ammunition and hunting licenses. Next door and above the shop is a bed-and-breakfast the couple is still decorating. Riley pointed out a photo recently discovered in the town museum of the notorious Arizona Rangers. It was taken in Clifton in the late 1800s. Riley said he felt particularly lucky when he discovered the name of each ranger on the back of the photo. Farther down the street is the Chase Creek Marketplace, where Susan Snyder sells works by local artists, salsa, handmade soaps and lotions, and locally made handicrafts. When we walked in, Snyder was busy with customers, but I noticed a series of Tineo’s paintings for sale. Snyder says he comes to town often. With interest in the area growing, neighbors have formed the Chase Creek Historic Association and started a website, visitcliftonaz. com, that highlights businesses and gives potential visitors a sense of Clifton’s history as well as what to do there. Back at the union hall, Gaskin took me out for another tour, driving his truck down to the San Francisco River, an idyllic setting where locals camp during the summer. Next, we headed to Morenci, to the copper mine where the first Morenci mining camp once stood. It’s now just a memory. That evening, I finally got a complete tour of the union hall, which is decorated with Gaskin’s large collection of African art and paintings he’s collected by an African-American artist from Cleveland. There’s some Mayan art, and more paintings by Tineo scattered around—two are Day of the Dead dentists treating their patients. Over strawberry Häagen-Dazs and shortbread cookies, Gaskin shared how important it was for him to connect with Tineo and learn more about the mural. Tineo, speaking from his Tucson studio, said

he’s always looked at Gaskin as a “guardian angel of history.” “It fell in the right hands, and because Jeff is so inviting, the doors are always open for people to visit and really enjoy. It’s a constant open house for the community,” Tineo said. Gaskin said he meets people looking for the union hall almost every week. Sometimes they ask about the mural, and he always invites them in. “It’s still important for a lot of people, and I never want people to feel that they aren’t welcome.” Tineo said that, to him, the mural represents the resilience of the people who lived through the era. Because the strike was so divisive, some families remain divided, and strong emotions are still unresolved. “Maybe that’s why they keep coming back,” he said. The next morning, the light coming through the window behind the union hall stage cast an interesting glow on the mural. It was quiet, but as I sat there looking at the mural’s images of National Guard soldiers, picketers, Cesar Chavez and iconic steelworkers, all surrounded by Gaskin’s collection of African and Mayan art, it made sense and felt right. I was thinking, “I want to come back.” After breakfast at PJ’s Restaurant, Gaskin takes me back to Morenci, to the same spot where John Lunt took his photo of the bighorn sheep. There are no sheep today, but there is still much to see. Gaskin stops to show me how early mining families buried their dead by blasting gravesites into the rocky hillsides. Driving out of Clifton, we stop at Three Way, a pit-stop store off U.S. Highway 191, to grab a Coke for a drive to Duncan, an agricultural community about 30 miles away where Gaskin’s friend Deborah Mendelsohn owns the Simpson Hotel Bed and Breakfast. Before ending the day with tacos at Los Mendoza in Clifton, there are final visits with Frank Gonzales and his wife, Lydia. Frank places in my hand a small scorpion figure he’s made from copper wire. We return to the old union hall, where I give Gaskin a goodbye hug, before I drive through desert and hills back home to Tucson. To meet Jeff Gaskin and get a tour of the union hall and Chase Creek Street, go to visitcliftonaz. com. I also recommend in Duncan. Owner Deborah Mendelsohn has put together a great list of 100 things to do within 100 miles of Duncan.

JULY 12 – 18, 2012



The Big Stuff Band/Musician of the Year

Up-and-Coming Artist(s) of the Year

Broken Romeo (R) Lenguas Largas (C) Brian Lopez (C) Ryanhood (R) LeeAnne Savage (R) Silver Thread Trio (C)

Boreas (C, R) Dream Sick (C) Saint Maybe (C) This Group of People (C) Young Hunter (C)

Best New Release (since May 2011) Lenguas Largas, Lenguas Largas (C) Brian Lopez, Ultra (C) Ryanhood, After Night Came Sun (R) LeeAnne Savage, To the Nines (R) Gabriel Sullivan and Taraf de Tucson, None of This Is Mine (C) Tesoro, Live at Hotel Congress (R) Various Artists, Luz de Vida (C)

Bluegrass Cadillac Mountain (C, R) The Dusty Buskers (C, R) Greg Morton Band (C, R) Run Boy Run (C) Country/Western Cochise County All Stars (C) Al Perry (C) LeeAnne Savage (R) Hank Topless (C) Cover Band 80’s and Gentlemen (R) Atom Heart Mother (C) Top Dead Center (R) Vintage Sugar (R) Whole Lotta Zep (C) The Zsa Zsas (C) DJ Bonus (C) Carl Hanni (C) Herm (C) Kidd Kutz (R) Matt McCoy (C, R) Electronic Altrice (C, R) CrimeKillz (C) Leather Clutch (R) ... music video? (C, R) Zackey Force Funk (C) Folk Namoli Brennet (C) Dylan Charles (C) Amber Norgaard (R) Ryanhood (R) Silver Thread Trio (C, R) The Tangelos (R) Funk/Soul 8 Minutes to Burn (R) The AmoSphere (C, R) Kate Becker and the Zodiacs (C) Funky Bonz (C, R) Kiss and the Tells (C) Hip Hop Big Meridox (C) Shaun Harris (C, R) The Project (R) Isaiah Toothtaker (C) Jazz The Black Jackalope Ensemble (C) Matt Mitchell/Hot Club of Tucson (C) Collin Shook Trio (C, R) Jazz Telephone (C, R) The Tryst (R) 16 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

Tucson Area Music

Latin Jazz/Salsa Combo Westside (C) Salvador Duran (C) Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta (C, R) Reno del Mar (R) A Son y Sol (C) Tesoro (R) Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School (C, R) Luz de Luna (C, R) Tesoro de Tucson (C) Metal Anakim (C) The Gallery (C) Stands With Fists (R) Young Hunter (C) Punk Acorn Bcorn (C) Church Key (C) Deceptively Innocent (R) Lariats (R) Lenguas Largas (C) Ultramaroon (C) Reggae/Ska Neon Prophet (C, R) Planet Jam (C, R) Skitn (C, R) Rock Broken Romeo (R) HAIRSPRAYFIREANDGIRLS (C) Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout (C) Seashell Radio (C) The Whiskey Knuckles (R) Roots Rock/Rockabilly The El Camino Royales (C, R) Al Foul (C, R) Last Call Brawlers (C) Tejano The Festival Band (R) Los Gallegos (C) Hollywood Knights (C, R) Relente (R) Suerte (R) World Batucaxé (C, R) Key Ingredients of African Soul (C) Spirit Familia (C) Gabriel Sullivan and Taraf de Tucson (C) Vox Urbana (C)


(C) = Critics’ Choice finalist (R) = Readers’ Choice finalist

Musicians Awards Female Vocalist Katherine Byrnes (Sweet Ghosts, Michael P.’s Big Band) (C) Keli Carpenter (The Tryst) (C, R) Sabra Faulk (C) Amy Rude (C) LeeAnne Savage (R) Silver Thread Trio (C) Male Vocalist Carlos Arzate (American Android) (C) Cameron Hood (Ryanhood) (R) Paul Jenkins (… music video?) (C) Brian Lopez (C, R) James Turpin (Broken Romeo) (R) Songwriter Keli Carpenter (The Tryst) (R) Cameron Hood (Ryanhood) (R) Isaac Reyes (Lenguas Largas) (C) Amy Rude (C) LeeAnne Savage (R) Hank Topless (C) Guitarist Bryan Dean (R) Doug Floyd (Funky Bonz, The Jits, Amber Norgaard, Bad Tourist) (R) Connor Gallaher (Catfish and Weezie, Andrew Collberg, Marianne Dissard) (C) Ryan Green (Ryanhood) (C, R) Clay Koweek (Taraf de Tucson, Donky Tonk



2012 Finalists


Performance Awards

Blues Bad News Blues Band (R) Bryan Dean Trio (C, R) Tom Walbank (C, R)


Music, Andrew Collberg, Otherly Love, Will Elliott) (C) Mike Sydloski (Cheepness, Atom Heart Mother) (C) Bassist Garth Bryson (Church Key, Garboski) (C) Taylor Bungard (The Tryst, This Group of People) (R) Brian Green (The Impossibles, Leila Lopez, Courtney Robbins) (C) Mark Lee (Funky Bonz, Bad Tourist) (R) Troy Martin (The Tangelos, LeeAnne Savage) (R) Chris Pierce (Faster Than Light, The Black Jackalope Ensemble) (C) Drummer Ray Clamons (8 Minutes to Burn, Top Dead Center) (R) Dick Solomon (Ultramaroon, Lenguas Largas, Shark Pants) (C) Carlos Solorzano (Come Thirsty) (R) Winston Watson (Saint Maybe, Greyhound Soul) (C) Keyboardist John Gatty (Top Dead Center) (R) Ralph Martinez (Relente) (R) Collin Shook (Collin Shook Trio, The Black Jackalope Ensemble) (C, R) Cassie Van Gelder (Seashell Radio) (C)

Horn Player Jeff Grubic (Jazz Telephone, Amor/Grubic) (C) Rick Hernandez (Festival Band) (R) Aldy Montufar (The Tryst) (C, R) Ruben Moreno (Mariachi Luz de Luna) (C) Jacob Valenzuela (Calexico) (C) Jon Villa (The Jons, Taraf de Tucson, Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta, Giant Giant Sand) (C, R) String Player Vicki Brown (Brian Lopez, Amy Rude) (C, R) Mona Chambers (Brian Lopez) (C, R) Beth Daunis (Reno del Mar) (C, R) Heather Hardy (C, R) Multi-Instrumentalist Chris Black (Chamberlab, Taraf de Tucson, The Awkward Moments) (C) AmoChip Dabney (The AmoSphere, Gentle Thunder) (R) Gary Mackender (The Carnivaleros) (C) Sergio Mendoza (Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta) (C) Michael P. Nordberg (Michael P.’s Big Band, The El Camino Royales) (R) The Rosano Brothers (C) (Rosano Bros. Virtual Quartet, etc.) Ben Schneider (Otherly Love, Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout, Golden Boots) (C)

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Willcox Wine Renaissance Thanks to a small group of passionate people, Southern outhern Arizona wine is making its mark



From the moment we pulled off the main road heading toward Coronado Vineyards, we knew there was something special going on. We first noticed a large building with a sloping, reddish roof, with the sun creating a golden glow on its walls. Then, the lush, well-tended rows of vines came into view. There was also a lone pine tree that looks as though it has been there for decades. We found out later that they call the tree El Pinito. A rendering of it can be found on several of the labels for wine produced at this charming vineyard. Owners Jacque and Mark Cook opened Coronado Vineyards in November 2006. They’ve developed a reputation for outstanding hospitality and for producing some excellent wines. Willcox is about a 90-minute drive east of Tucson on Interstate 10. With a population of just more than 4,000, this once-thriving farming community has seen better days. But now, thanks to people like the Cooks and others, Willcox is making a comeback. About 15 wineries are in various stages of development, and tasting rooms allow visitors to sample a wide range of wines at reasonable prices. Both of the Cooks were raised in farming families. Mark grew up in the Willcox area, where his family still runs a pistachio ranch, and Jacque grew up in Chandler, where her family grew cotton. Their daughter, 9-year-old Kennedy, whose personality is as bright as her sunbathed blond hair, is growing up much the way her parents did, only with grapes instead of nuts or cotton. The Cooks met at the UA, where Jacque earned a degree in agricultural management, and Mark graduated with a degree in agronomy. It was Mark’s expertise with pistachios that got the Cooks started in the wine business. Mark was hired to help with the startup of the pistachio industry in Argentina. There, he befriended a woman whose father was an important player in the Argentine wine industry. He spent three years there, with Jacque visiting as often as possible. “That was our first introduction to the process of owning a winery, making wine, growing grapes, that kind of thing,” Jacque said. They wanted to give winemaking a try, especially because they knew that Willcox, with its long growing season, warm days and cool evenings, would be an ideal spot to grow grapes. “We have nice long, hot summers, but yet we cool down in the evening, and we knew that that was really good for the grapes. We get these big temperature swings where the skins thicken up and they color, and that’s what gives you the nicer quality of wine,” Jacque says. Mark estimates that between 75 percent and 80 percent of wine

grapes grown in the state come from Cochise County. The winery building itself was the clubhouse for a golf course that went bust awhile back. By the time the Cooks stepped in, it was nothing but a shell: no wiring, no plumbing, no walls. But they’ve turned it into a lovely space, with a spacious tasting room, a charming gift shop stuffed with wine-related items (including Coronado wines and pistachios from Mark’s family’s ranch) and a dining room. The dining room is small, but big picture windows allow for great views of the vineyard, making the room seem larger and more open. A patio holds more seats. Once the sun begins to set, the patio tables fill up with locals enjoying an upscale dinner. The restaurant is open evenings on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. The tasting room has a large horseshoe-shaped bar where you can choose from among 12 Coronado wines, including Dolce Veritas, a sparkling sweet wine that won a gold medal in a competition held by the Arizona Wine Growers Association. Maintaining a vineyard, like other farming, means dealing with the vagaries of Mother Nature. One year, rabbits found their way into the vineyard and decimated the vines. The next year, it was deer. “The vines didn’t have a leaf on them until Memorial Day,” Mark recalls. Recent dry weather has also created challenges. But that’s part of life running a vineyard, and the Cooks understand that. The grapes grown at Coronado include cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese, syrah, riesling, chenin blanc and malbec. The Cooks produce everything from sweet rieslings to a lovely syrah and a deep, rich cabernet sauvignon. According to Jacque, their sweet wines are also quite popular in these parts (a sentiment that was echoed by the people we talked with at other tasting rooms). “We have such a diverse list of wines on our tasting sheet that you can come in here and, no matter what kind of wine you like, you can generally find something that you like,” Jacque says. “That’s been our philosophy since we opened: to create a quality product with a wide range of flavors.” Traveling through the area and talking to people in the wine business, it is obvious they all hold a deep respect for one another. “We have the best relationships,” Jacque says. “We all have a similar philosophy. Give your customers a quality experience. Make a quality product to offer and treat each other with respect.” The sun is casting long shadows now as it dips in the western horizon. As promised, the temperature drops, and we take a walk through the vineyard behind the main building. Close up, the vines are nothing short of beautiful. The long, neat rows of vines are shored up with tight wires, which according to Kennedy, collect snow during the occasional winter storm. Lush, bright green and veined, the leaves are nearly as big as my hand. They protect the huge clusters of the still-green grapes, which will turn purple-red come fall. The Cooks have created something interesting here. A visit to Coronado Vineyards is warm and welcoming, fun and relaxing. The setting is gorgeous; there’s great food; and you get to enjoy some truly great wines. Could you ask for more?

The Willcox Wine Trail includes about 14 small vineyards and five tasting rooms, with more tasting rooms in the works. Tip: If you purchase a glass at one of the tasting rooms, bring it with you to the others, and save a couple of bucks on the tastings. All rooms sell the wines they pour. Coronado Vineyards 2909 E. Country Club Road, Willcox (520) 384-2993; Coronado Vineyards also hosts several events during the year. In August, there’s the annual Grape Stomp. For $10, you get tastings of new releases, a commemorative glass, live music and, yes, a chance to stomp some grapes. In October and May, the winery participates in the twice-yearly Willcox Wine Country Festival, where the local wineries offer tastings and food in Railroad Park. In November, Coronado celebrates its birthday with a bash that includes its newest wines. $7 for six pours and a commemorative glass. Open Monday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Carlson Creek Vineyard 115 Railview Ave., Willcox (520) 766-3000; This tiny tasting room is set in a modern, blue bungalow across the tracks from downtown. It pours wine from grapes grown on the Willcox Shelf, a ideal spot for grapes. The winery is family owned and operated and currently produces four to five wines. You can also purchase wine-related items. $6, with a commemorative glass. Open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards 154 N. Railroad Ave., Willcox (520) 766-0600; Located in a former bank between the Rex Allen Museum and the Marty Robbins Gift Shop, this tasting room also pours wines from Arizona Stronghold and Kokopelli Vineyards. Trust Art Gallery is also in the building. $7 for four pours, with a Keeling-Schaefer glass. Open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Zarpara Vineyard 6777 S. Zarpara Lane, Willcox (602) 885-8903; Not only do you get to taste the wonderful wines produced by Mark Jorve and Rhona MacMillan, but you also get a chance to sip wines from neighboring wineries that don’t have their own tasting rooms. They include Sand-Reckoner Vineyards, Golden Rule Vineyards, Sierra Bonita Vineyards and Gallifant Vineyards. $7 for five pours. Open Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fort Bowie Vineyards 156 N. Jefferson St., Bowie (888) 299-5951; Pouring both Fort Bowie Vineyard wines and Chiricahua Cellars wines, this room is about 25 east of Willcox via I-10. You can also buy homemade fudge and walnuts, pecans and pistachios, all of which are grown locally. $3 for five pours; a glass is extra. Open daily, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. JULY 12 – 18, 2012



From Boom(town) to Bust


A ghost town’s history tracks the ups and downs of Southern Arizona’s economy

BY BRIAN J. PEDERSEN, Ghost towns are common throughout Arizona, thanks to this state’s rich Old West history and our tendency to abandon a community when its usefulness has been exhausted. Take, for example, the short-lived town of Sasco, which popped up in 1902 during one of Arizona’s many copper-fueled booms. Nestled between the Silverbell Mountains and Picacho Peak, both of which were being actively mined for copper ore, Sasco seemed poised to become a boomtown. Author James Sherman, in his 1969 book Ghost Towns of Arizona, noted that Sasco was the typical burgeoning company town, complete with hotels, saloons and shops. It even had a train station, where workers caught a shuttle to the nearby mines. But within eight years, the community— named for and essentially owned by the Southern Arizona Smelting Company (aka Sasco)—was already on the downswing. Copper prices plummeted, and the smelter that Sasco was built around was shut down due to a lack of profit. As many as 600 people lived in Sasco—about eight miles west of the Red Rock exit on Interstate 10 northwest of Tucson—during its brief history. The post office, which opened in July 1907, was closed by September 1919.


The foundation of a building used by the smelting operation at Sasco in the early 20th century.

By that time, most of the residents had moved away. In a bit of an ironic twist, the road to Sasco takes you past Red Rock Village, a masterplanned community where Pulte Homes hoped to build 4,000 houses. But thanks to the state’s housing crash, there are no more than 500 rooftops. Signs touting a “future commercial site” and a “future fire station” have been up since 2008. Sasco’s cemetery, located about a mile east of the town, contains about 100 tombstones and assorted markers. Many of the dead succumbed to an influenza epidemic that tore across the globe in the early 20th century. The closest thing to a scandal in Sasco came in its final days, when Charley Coleman, a Bisbee resident, traveled there in April 1919 with the intention of killing two men he believed had been sleeping with his wife. Coleman, a man of “questionable reputation,” according to author Sherman, jumped off a moving train outside of town one night and snuck into Sasco, only to end up getting shot to death by a saloon owner who came upon Coleman arguing with Mrs. Coleman in a hotel room. Debe Branning, an author and ghost enthusiast who is director of a Mesa-based group

known as MVD Ghostchasers, suggests on her website that Coleman’s death has left Sasco haunted, and that those who visit the town’s ruins can “hear children at play.” Nowadays, all that’s left of Sasco are the remains of some concrete outbuildings and the smelter itself. The 30-foot tall structure, complete with a large hole carved through the middle, looms over the area from a hillside west of town. The area has become a haven for a variety of off-the-grid uses, including target practice. On a recent Sunday morning, five people fired handguns from the back of a pickup at targets they’d brought with them. The ghosts of Sasco have also hosted paintball competitions and plenty of desert partyers. Nearly every remaining structure is pocked with bullet holes or splotched with paintball remnants and graffiti, while broken bottles are strewn everywhere. Videos uploaded to YouTube by the Tucson Airsoft Coalition show paintball events held in Sasco. It doesn’t appear that any effort has been made to maintain the remaining structures, and the current property owners haven’t indicated there are plans to do anything. Sasco lies within a nearly 19,000-acre swath

of land known collectively as La Osa Ranch. Nine years ago, it was on the cusp of becoming a mega-planned community. The Pinal County Board of Supervisors voted to allow developer George Johnson to build as many 61,000 homes and 5,700 apartments. The area was projected to become home to between 150,000 and 175,000 people. But around the same time, Johnson was accused of illegal blading parts of the land and blamed for endangering the bighorn sheep population in nearby Ironwood Forest National Monument. Johnson paid the state several million dollars in fines, and sold the land in 2004 to W Holdings, a Tempe development outfit owned by Conley Wolfswinkel, whose Tucson projects include Rancho Vistoso. The company’s website says that it is still “working in coordination with resource agencies” to determine the best use for the La Osa land. Officials with W Holdings did not return calls from the Weekly. Until then, Sasco will remain a place that Tucson’s outdoor enthusiasts can visit on a quick day trip and experience a genuine Arizona ghost town.

JULY 12 – 18, 2012



The Ghosts of Tumacácori The relationship between native people and Europeans stretches back three centuries at this Spanish mission Franciscans eagerly filled the void. By then, the spiritual work of their predecessors had somewhat quieted the frontier, and Franciscan friars took advantage of the relative peace by incorporating a far more sophisticated style of architecture, adding finer touches to the Jesuit’s rustic adobe churches, such as fired-brick facades and elaborate adornments. Still, it was hardly a risk-free venture. In 1793, one friar recalled strife at a mission called Tubutama, where Apaches “stole all the village livestock. Some of our village Indians they killed; others they took captive. They killed my missionary companion, Fray Felipe Guillén.” Pimería Alta’s penchant for tempering ambition is likewise evident at Tumacácori. A string of factors led the O’odham and other villagers to abandon the still-unfinished mission in 1848. For one, the war between the U.S. and Mexico had left the region uneasy. “Then there was a particularly bad winter,” Badertscher says. “There was an attack by Apaches up near Tubac, and there had been periodic attacks since the Apaches arrived in this area. The community of Tumacácori was quite small, and they hadn’t had a priest for 20 years at that point. “It seems like it was a last-straw kind of thing. A number of difficult things happened at once;

Even in the heat of late June, their whispers float on slender breezes that wander up from the Santa Cruz River. And nearby, beneath a stand of mesquite, sun-bleached crosses offer corporeal testimony to these ghosts of Tumacácori. Indeed, the spirits of this lovely and rustic mission hearken back to the primeval—long before a strapping Jesuit priest named Eusebio Francisco Kino first ventured here in 1691. But the native peoples no doubt saw him coming, and graciously welcomed the stranger. “We ascended to the valley…” Kino wrote in his journal, “and arrived at the village of San Cayetano de Tumacácori. Here they had prepared three ramadas for us; one in which to say Mass, another for sleeping, and the third for a kitchen. There were more than forty houses together here ... .” More than three centuries later, those houses are gone. However, the mission’s dignified ramparts survive, in the shadows of Interstate 19 near Nogales. After fitful construction during Kino’s time, the church that remains was begun by Indian laborers in 1800. It enjoyed a moment of baroque frontier glory in the late 1820s, with an ornate, painted facade and walls resplendent in crushed red brick. But by 1848, the Tumacácori mission was abandoned. The mission site became federal property in 1908, and part of the U.S. Park Service when that agency was created in 1916. Unlike San Xavier, which was fully restored and remains an active church today, the walls of San José de Tumacácori exist in a state of arrested decay beneath a burnt-adobe bell tower. But you can still sense its former grandeur, when a choir loft was perched high above the 75-foot nave, a domed baptistery sat beneath the bell tower, and the walls were bursting with all the devotional elegance of Catholicism—apostles beseeching parishioners from lush paintings, and Stations of the Cross portrayed through intricate carvings. While much of that is now gone, what remains is intriguing. Weathered columns frame the arched doorway, leading your eye to the facade. A cross mounted there catches the sun and throws lean shadows across a grassy field and the gracefully preserved outer buildings. 20 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

Inside, the beauty of the nave and altar survive in simple, rough adobe. Exit through the sacristy, and stroll through the cemetery chapel. Beyond are those humble graves topped by piles of stones and the squat, weathered crosses. Yet the simple beauty of this site also belies the complexity of its creation. Franciscan friars first accompanied Spanish expeditions into what is now Arizona in the 16th century. But the church’s hand wasn’t fully felt until 1687, with the arrival of Kino to this region. The tireless Jesuit quickly began a network of missions, typically placed, like Tumacácori, near Indian settlements and alongside rivers. Stretching from modern-day Arizona into northern Sonora, these churches dot a land Spanish explorers call La Pimería Alta. Named after its indigenous residents, Land of the Upper Pima was certainly ripe for dreamers. Home to Indian villages, small farms and mineral wealth, it was seen by the priests as a vineyard to be plucked. But first, they needed to impress the natives with monuments to their faith. Built mostly of adobe, the priests’ chapels displayed an ingenious blend of local and far-flung influences: flat-roofed, rectangular structures swept forward into graceful belfries; vigas—interior wooden beams rooted in Islamic and Gothic styles—supported ceilings of saguaro ribs, mud and straw. Then they worked hard, and sometimes coercively, to convert the masses. “The people who lived here all called themselves O’odham,” says Anita Badertscher, acting chief of interpretation for Tumacácori National Historical Park. “But the Spanish divided them up, and had the name Pima for the O’odham along the river, Papago for the O’odham in the desert, and variations on names for the O’odham who were far out in the desert towards Yuma. But they were all basically O’odham to start with.” At Tumacácori, the missionaries discovered a lush spot already inhabited by the Indians. “They managed to grow a lot, irrigating large fields of wheat and corn, and they had fruit trees,” Badertscher says. “It was also a floodplain and the groundwater table here is very high, so the combination made it pretty fertile.” When European politics forced the Jesuits from Spanish territories in 1767, competing



The Tumacácori mission.

times were tough and unsettled anyway, and they just decided to go join their families at San Xavier. But they didn’t go empty-handed. “When Tumacácori was abandoned,” she says, “the O’odam people took all the santos (saints) out the church here and carried them to San Xavier, and kept them in safety there.” That’s why San Xavier remains more intact today. “They went there and never left, whereas they left here, knowing that it wasn’t likely that they would return soon.” And so the once-proud church sat abandoned to the elements until the 1920s, when the roof was finally replaced. But damage in the meantime had been extensive. “Lots of the artwork just faded away,” Badertscher says. “Now, our philosophy is to try to protect the remaining material.” Beyond the chapel, Tumacácori’s saga and that of the region are detailed in a small but excellent park museum, complete with terrific, vintage wax dioramas portraying Kino’s arrival and the church’s once ornate interior. But the real story of this enchanting place is told by its ghosts, whose whispers float on slender breezes that wander up from the river.

Drinking It All In Meet the regulars at St. Elmo’s, perhaps the oldest bar in the state



An overflow crowd at Brewery Gulch and the St. Elmo’s Bar hangs out during the recent Independence Day celebration in Bisbee.

It’s early Sunday afternoon, and the sunlight filters gently into St. Elmo’s Bar. The Bisbee drinking establishment looks dingy in the daylight. A cast of regular characters lines the bar, including the guy with the upside-down cross tattooed on his forehead. Posters, old license plates, hunting trophies, neon lights and even bullet holes decorate the walls. Elmo’s is the quintessential dive bar. The claw vending machine sitting next to the Ms. Pacman game is filled with colorful stuffed animals and sex toys. Basketball plays on the four televisions perched high on the wall just above the liquor cabinets. The pool table in the back of the bar awaits the first game of the day. The room next to the bar, with the stage and dance floor, is empty. Perhaps St. Elmo’s is still recovering from the night before. It gets notoriously rowdy on Friday and Saturday nights. A longtime St. Elmo’s employee wanders in, and the regulars greet and hug him. His real name is Valente Rodriguez, but everyone knows him as “Tequila,” a nickname he says his mother gave him. He recalls that when he was 2 years old, his father would invite friends over to drink tequila and play Mexican music. He says his dad would set the bottle of tequila on a table while they played. “I would grab the bottle and drink it, and I liked it,” he says. According to Tequila, his father was also a patron of St. Elmo’s. “I used to come get my dad out of here, and take him home,” he adds. Tequila’s brother, Mike Rodriguez, sits at the bar. He lives in Nevada, but comes back to Bisbee once a year to visit friends and family. He says St. Elmo’s is always his first stop. “It’s a ritual,” he says. “This is home away from home. … It’s amazing. There’s always someone I haven’t seen in years.” Shortly after that, two women he went to high school with come into the bar. “I haven’t seen them in 35 years,” he says. As Rodriguez sips his drink, the jukebox kicks on, blasting “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses. Next to the jukebox, old black-andwhite photographs cling to the wall beneath the stuffed buffalo head. They are mostly pictures of Bisbee during Arizona’s mining boom in the early 1900s. Among the old photographs is one of longtime patron Frenchy riding a horse when she was a little girl. Phil Yossem, the current owner of the bar says, “She calls in sick when she doesn’t come in.” She even has her own designated bar stool. In addition to its cast of eccentric characters, St. Elmo’s brims with unbelievable stories and memories from more than 100 years of operation. According to Bisbee historian Boyd Nicholl, St. Elmo’s opened in 1902 and is the oldest continuously operated bar in the state. Nicholl calls it “one the last of the old-time Western bars.” Bartender Heather Rowley says it received the 20th liquor license issued in Arizona, and it “was good for prostitution, gambling and liquor.” Located in Brewery Gulch in historic Old Bisbee, St. Elmo’s continues to live up to the legacy of this part of town, which, according to the Discover Bisbee website, housed 47 saloons

in its heyday during the mining boom. Bordellos, better known as brothels, once lined the Gulch as well. In fact, Yossem says that part of a former bordello, the Blair House, constitutes the third floor of his building. He said it once rested at ground level farther up the Gulch. “A bunch of horny guys had to carry it down the street … there were no cranes then,” he added. Apparently, they plopped it right on top of the St. Elmo’s building. “They needed more rooms for fucking,” Yossem says with a laugh, adding that the bathroom doors in St. Elmo’s came from the bordello. Yossem owns the bar by himself now, though he used to have a partner, Jan Carter-Light. “Jan exiled me from here for six months once—I had too much fun,” he says. “I’ve been drug outta here by my ankles, out crying on the curb.” Yossem describes St. Elmo’s as “a focal point of the community.” He says the bar is never closed, even on holidays, because for the regulars, “this is their family.” According to longtime bartender Buzz Pearson, the ashes of five old-time regulars rest above the liquor cabinets. This prompts Pearson to recall a time when one of them, “Loki,” wanted to snort rum off the bar. Pearson says he decided to pour a tiny puddle of the liquor onto the bar for Loki. “His eyes immediately teared up,” he says. “That was the day he licked everyone that came into the bar.” Loki also took his shirt off and set fire to his chest hair that day. Tequila remembers another occasion when Loki stuck his bare butt out of the second-floor window above the bar. “Tourists were taking pictures and freaking out,” he says. Yossem calls St. Elmo’s “the most eclectic bar in the world.” He says police officers come in to drink, and “they know so and so is a drug smuggler, but they don’t care. Elmo’s is like Switzerland—it’s safe. People let their hair down here. You can do whatever you want to in here.” Pearson recalls that you could once buy women’s T-shirts in St. Elmo’s that said, “Just another good girl gone gulch.” He remembers his reply when a female customer asked him what that meant. “Let’s take you for example,” he recalls telling her. “You’re getting drunk, maybe you go out and take a couple of hits, do a couple of bumps. Next thing you know, you’re up dancing on the bar, topless,” he says. According to Pearson, she then asked him, “If I do that, can I have one of these shirts?” “Absolutely,” Pearson says he replied. And he swears that she did, and to a packed bar. Just another good girl gone gulch. On nights like that, when the bar gets rowdy, things can get a little fuzzy toward last call. It takes real effort to get everyone out after closing. For some reason, people don’t want to leave St. Elmo’s. Nicholl says he spent more than three years bartending at St. Elmo’s to help put his daughter through college. He recalls being in the bar alone late at night after closing. “It has a real aura when you’re in there by yourself,” he says. “You get everyone out of there, you can feel 100 years of emotion—love, hatred, despair, the whole thing.” JULY 12 – 18, 2012





Pottermania—The Musical Version

They also helped co-found the Harry Potter Alliance, an organization that tries to inspire social activism and make the world a better place, just as Harry did in the books. Concertgoers will be able to play quidditch video games, receive tea-leaf readings, take wizard and Harry and the Potters chess tutorials, purchase Harry Potter-themed toys and treats and, of course, enjoy some delicious butterbeer. “The event is great because it kind of transcends all age groups. I really like the level of enthusiasm and excitement from everyone,”


said Bookmans’ Armstrong. “I really love the vibe and the atmosphere. Everyone is in a great mood and dressed up and experiencing our world of Harry Potter.” The free Harry and the Potters concert starts at 6 p.m., next Thursday, July 19, at Club Congress in Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. For more information, visit, or call 622-8848. Rachel Cabakoff BRAD MEHLENBACHER


Ever wish you could get away from the real world and immerse yourself in another dimension filled with quidditch, butterbeer, spells and potions? Just because J.K. Rowling has ended the Harry Potter series and the movies are completed doesn’t mean we have to stop celebrating all things Harry. Come in your cloak and don’t forget your wand as you listen to Harry and the Potters jam out with their Harry Potter-themed lyrics at Club Congress next Thursday, July 19. This is the second year Congress has collaborated with Bookmans Entertainment Exchange to bring the band to Tucson. The event was extremely successful last year. “We had no idea how big the fan base for Harry and the Potters was, and we were phenomenally taken back by the amount of people,” said Michelle Armstrong, community relations director for Bookmans. “It was a great surprise to hear the band was going on tour again this summer.” Last year, about 500 people attended the concert, and the band ended up putting on a second show. “It was supposed to be an early show last year, but we had such a huge response, we ended up booking the band again a couple of hours later,” said Josh Osteen, club liaison for Hotel Congress. “We weren’t expecting that many people last year; that’s the kind of stuff you dream of when you go out to have a show,” said Paul DeGeorge, one of the band members. “It was one of the best shows of our tour last summer.” Harry and the Potters consists of two people: Paul and his younger brother, Joe, who started the band in 2002 and did their first show in their parents’ backyard. In 2003, they released their first album, Harry and the Potters. “My brother and I imagined this idea: What if Harry Potter quit the quidditch team and joined a rock band as a weapon against evil?” Paul DeGeorge said. “So many people enjoy these stories and this world, and I think our concert is a way for them to re-enter and re-engage in that world.” Harry and the Potters have played more than 500 shows in 49 states and several foreign countries. In 2007, the DeGeorge brothers launched the Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club, a subscription-based club featuring releases from wizard-rock bands, with profits going to nonprofits that promote literacy.

KIDS & FAMILIES Artistic Animal Flare Free Pet Caricature Artists 2 p.m., Saturday, July 14 Bookmans 3733 W. Ina Road 579-0303;

Take Sparky with you to Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, and get a free drawing of you and your pet together. Local artists Eric Schock and Arnie Bermudez will sketch caricatures of people with their furry friends, which makes for a funny and unusual keepsake. The event is part of the annual “Dog Days of Summer” theme at Bookmans, and treats will be available for pooches of all shapes and sizes. Event liaison Mary Wray said that while the store has held events where artists draw caricatures of people, “this is the first time we’re doing it with animals.” She expects it will be a hit with kids and that people will get a hoot out of the charming drawings the artists create. Although having a good time is the ultimate goal of this event, Wray noted that the “wellness of animals” is a cornerstone of the Bookmans philosophy, and that the Arizona usedbook-and-music chain regularly holds events that promote the proper treatment of animals. Bookmans has partnered with local animal shelters, such as the Hermitage Cat Shelter and HOPE Animal Shelter (both no-kill facilities) to educate people on caring for their four-legged friends. Other animal-related events scheduled for the Ina Road store this summer include a reptile show. The other Bookmans locations in town are participating in animal-themed events as well. Of course, this isn’t the only time that animals are allowed in Bookmans. “We always want (your pets) in the store,” Wray said. “As long as they’re on leashes … we want people to bring their animals.” The event is free, but tips for the artists are accepted. —H.M.

“Asterisk” (series), cropped, colored pencil on paper, by Ken Hill.

Left: Learn to grow vegetables in containers, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, July 16, at Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road; free. Materials are free to the first 12 registrants. Call 594-5225 to register.




Optical Illusions

Making It Up On the Spot


Slow Clap Improv Comedy

Time Travel With Country Songs

11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, through Saturday, Aug. 11

10 p.m., Saturday, July 14

ATLAS Fine Art Services 41 S. Sixth Ave. 622-2139

Local artist Ken Hill has created a variety of pieces that may mess with your eyes. His optical illusions, which incorporate a palette’s worth of colors, are on display in his Progressions exhibit at ATLAS Fine Art Services. Hill has always been interested in art, and he has created works ranging from landscapes and figurative images to more abstract works that incorporate optical effects. He has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he taught art. ATLAS gallery owners James Schaub and Albert Chamillard knew they wanted to exhibit Hill’s pieces as soon as they saw them. “We set up a studio visit to see the work in person, and we made a really quick decision to get him in the exhibit,” Schaub said. “He is a young artist who is very directed and he has a good grasp and understanding of what he is about.” Schaub and Chamillard have been supportive of Hill and have helped guide him through the process as he created pieces for the exhibit. “They are very supportive of artists and really respectful of my work and how I would like to show them,” Hill said. “They’ve been really great to work with and very generous with my time.” Hill will have a total of 20 pieces of various sizes in the exhibit. One of his pieces “Asterisk,” consists of a series of optical images created with colored pencil on paper. “I play with multiple perspective points and kind of explore the range of effects I can get from a very similar drawing simply by changing the relationship with colors,” Hill said. The exhibit is free. —R.C.

Beowulf Alley Theatre 11 S. Sixth Ave. 622-4460;

If you like improvisation and the kind of humor that made Saturday Night Live a success, head to Beowulf Alley Theatre for an improv show that showcases local talent. “The type of improv that we do is a little different than the normal type of improv that people might be expecting,” said director Daniel Kirby. “It’s a little bit more free-form, a little bit more long form.” The cast members of Slow Clap Improv Comedy take suggestions from the audience and then integrate them into the acts. Food (pineapples in particular) and sexual innuendos have been the most popular pitches at past performances, especially with a slightly intoxicated audience, Kirby said. So if you have food on the brain or your mind is in the gutter, you’ll fit right in at this event. Kirby likened the show to SNL in style, but said that because the Beowulf actors don’t get to rehearse their material, it’s much more spontaneous. “A live performance is always exciting because you know that people are making things up on the spot,” Kirby said. “I think we’ll surprise you.” One facet of the show is the “Living Room” segment, in which the actors tell anecdotes from their lives in an effort to make the audience chortle. Kirby said that the theater also likes to bring in a guest monologist, such as a local comedian, to keep the performance dynamic. This is the third improv show that Beowulf Alley Theatre has held, and Kirby said he hopes to make it a monthly happening. He said it’s an ideal event for people who want to “experience something new” and see local talent shine by thinking on their feet. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. —H.M.

Robert Shaw

Classic Country Jukebox 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13 The Z Mansion 288 N. Church Ave. (888) 718-4253;

You can revel in a live performance of the greatest country music hits of the 1950s through the 1990s and also chow down on typical country food at the Classic Country Jukebox. The Lonely Street Productions show, featuring a six-piece band, will include songs made famous by some of country music’s greatest artists, from Patsy Cline to Dolly Parton and Hank Williams to George Strait. Robert Shaw, who has been with LSP for seven years, and Kaci Bays, who has worked with LSP in the past, will sing the hits. The band includes typical country instruments such as the fiddle and the pedal steel guitar. The group has played around Arizona, including Phoenix, Green Valley, Yuma and Prescott, said Trish Thayer, director of operations for Lonely Street Productions. “Something we really pride ourselves with all our shows is that it’s more than just a concert. It’s theatrical,” Thayer said. “We tell stories and history along with the songs. So you’ll learn something about the people who made the songs.” A new addition to this show that can’t be done at most show locations is a dinner that includes typical country dishes such as barbecued chicken and potato salad. Tickets are $23, or $45 with dinner included. Doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner guests, with dinner served at 6:30. —S.V.

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Beverly Kay Borum

2ND SATURDAY DOWNTOWN Free events take place throughout downtown from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., the second Saturday of every month. The main stage on Scott Street just south of Congress Street features Ballet Folklorico La Paloma, the Collin Shook Trio, Roll Acosta and Funky Bonz. Sticks and Fingers performs at Ronstadt Transit Center. FC Tucson Soccer hosts a soccer showdown in the parking lot of the MLK Apartments at Toole and Fifth avenues. A kids’ area in the south parking lot of the Chase Bank building at 2 E. Congress St. features a jumping castle and a screening of a family-favorite movie. The Southwest Soul Circuit features jazz fusion, African, hip-hop and soul music at La Placita Village. Street activities include mimes, buskers, stilt-walkers, living statues, car clubs, food trucks and vendors. Visit for more information including a site map. MARI HERRERAS

In 2004, when Beverly Kay Borum’s son was serving in the Persian Gulf, she reached out to connect with other Marine moms. Eventually, she and those moms started Tucson Area Marine MomS, or TAMMS. Today, it has more than 100 members. The group is holding a socks drive and collecting other foot-care items and cash for the quarterly care packages it sends to members of all branches of the military. Donations can be mailed to TAMMS, P.O. Box 1636, Sahuarita, AZ 85629. For more info, go to Mari Herreras,

Does your son still serve in the Marine Corps? My son joined in 1996, and he got out after doing four tours of duty in Iraq. He was one of the first ones over. How have you reached out to more moms? After about our third or fourth meeting, we talked to the Tucson Marine recruiter to tell them about our group and what we wanted to do, and how we wanted to help them and have them help us. And now once a year, they have a family day (for people in the Marines’ Delayed Entry Program), and we’ve been guest speakers ever since. And we’ve put together a packet for new moms, a boot camp information packet. What did the recruiter’s office ask of you? That we were available to talk to the mother of a future Marine and let them know that there was a support group locally to answer questions about boot camp and other training. We support each other and the moms as soon as their kid signs the papers … and definitely through deployment. You know the Marines have a saying, “Once a Marine, always a Marine,” and we have our own saying, too, “Once a Marine mom, always a Marine mom.” What special projects are you working on now? The radio station KLPX got in touch with us about working on a sock drive called Socks for Soldiers. 24 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

Socks? Troops in Afghanistan, regardless of what branch, have rougher conditions than what they all had in Iraq. This is due to the topography of the land and the type of fighting that they are doing—none of our troops there or in Iraq has it easy. Facilities are so hard to get to for the troops: They can’t come in at night and go around the corner and do their laundry, and in Afghanistan, they walk a lot more than Iraq. It’s so hilly. It’s harder to be in a vehicle and go place to place. What kind of socks? We would like 100 percent cotton, but you can’t find them. But we need them in black, navy blue, dark green and dark brown in the solid color, and that goes over the calf. The date has been extended from July 4 to July 20, and people can drop off socks at 12 Brake Masters locations in Tucson and two Miller’s Surplus stores. All have drop boxes, plus some people have taken socks to the radio station. Currently, I know we have 210 pairs coming in from a group called the Tucson OldTimers Baseball Club. What else do you guys do? We also are collecting waterproof bandages to put over blisters, antibacterial foot powder and cream. Our July 21 box-packing party (for care packages) is predominately for foot care.

Can anyone help? No. Our packing parties are closed and by special invitation, because if your sons or daughter are deployed, this is a very emotional time for a mother. The box-packing parties are informal. A mom can come with two of her best buds and cry if she wants to—a lot of us do when we are packing boxes. I’ve seen the gals pick up a pair of socks, put it over their heart and kiss it before putting it in the box. What do you think is important for folks to know? The Tucson area and surrounding communities have really supported TAMMS over the past seven years. … We appreciate it and all our deployed troops appreciate it. I have a 23-year-old grandson-in-law. When he was in the Army and deployed in Afghanistan, and TAMMS sent him a care package, the other guys crowded him as he unpacked the box and they saw all the goodies. “Tell you grandma my name and address,” they said. Those guys got care packages, and as good as the Arizona air is, we do our best not to send any of it there. If there’s a rattle, we put more stuff in it. We can always fit another pair of socks in that box. What other donations can you use? Well, no chocolate in summer. The troops really like hard candies and food bars, also individual soft drink mixes, like Kool-Aid or Gatorade.

PIMA COUNTY HOME SHOW TCC Exhibition Hall. 260 S. Church Ave. Resources for design ideas, green living, home improvement and landscaping are featured from noon to 7 p.m., Friday, July 13; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, July 14; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, July 15; $8, free senior, adult, active military with ID and child younger than 16 with a paid adult. Featured celebrities include comedian, author and handyman Joey Green, and Chef Barry Infuso, the 2012 recipient of the Canyon Ranch Institute’s Prevention Pioneer Award. Visit for more information.

OUT OF TOWN PARANORMAL AND GHOST-HUNTING WEEKEND Copper Queen Hotel. 11 Howell Ave. Bisbee. (520) 432-2216. Lectures on paranormal investigations and procedures, a ghost-hunt of the hotel and a spiritcommunication session highlight a weekend exploring the Victorian Era and its spiritualist movement, Friday through Sunday, July 13 through 15; $584 to $629 includes lodging for two. Participants must be at least age 18. Call (520) 432-2216 for reservations; visit for more information.

BULLETIN BOARD EVENTS THIS WEEK COMMUNIST PARTY U.S.A CLUB MEETING Salt of the Earth Labor College. 1902 E. Irene Vista. 235-0694. A discussion of party activities takes place at 7 p.m., the first and third Monday of every month; free. Call 624-4789 for more information. DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Bookmans. 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-9555. Meet-and-greets with animals and knowledgeable representatives of rescue organizations take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; free. Friday, July 13: Hermitage Cat Shelter, Saturday, July 14: Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue, soazbeaglerescue. com. Saturday, July 21: Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue, southern-az-golden-retriever-rescue. org. Saturday, July 28: The Humane Society of Southern Arizona,; Arizona Greyhound Rescue, Also from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, on the 28th, customers bring their dogs to be photographed with impersonators of the Blues Brothers; free. FOOD TRUCK POD Civano Nursery. 5301 S. Houghton Road. 546-9200 ext. 9. Food trucks serving a variety of foods and beverages gather from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, through Friday, Aug. 31; free admission. Call 248-9218 for more information. FREE PET CARICATURES Bookmans. 3733 W. Ina Road. 579-0303. Artists offer caricatures of pets from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 14; free. Treats are given to visiting dogs. GARAGE SALE AT THE LOFT CINEMA Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Props, posters, office items, theater seats and more are sold from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 14; free. Proceeds benefit expansion of the Loft Cinema. Donated items are welcome; all unsold items are donated to Casa de los Niños. GET A FREE LISTING IN OUR FALL ARTS PREVIEW! Weekly readers want to know about your performances and exhibits! Send us your info by noon, Monday, July 30, and we’ll list your shows in our Fall Arts Preview, on the streets Thursday, Aug. 16. Use the form at, or email

PAPER. PAPER. PAPER. Murphy-Wilmot Branch, Pima County Public Library. 530 N. Wilmot Road. 594-5420. An interactive class about getting control of paperwork takes place from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 14; free. PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSION GROUP Metropolitan Grill. 7892 N. Oracle Road. 531-1212. Lively, friendly and civil discussions of philosophical questions old and new take place at 6 p.m., the first and third Monday of every month; free. Call 575-1743. PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR PROPOSED AIR QUALITY PERMIT RENEWAL Sunnyside High School. 1725 E. Bilby Road. An open house and public meeting are held related to a request by Materion Ceramics, formerly Brush Ceramics, to renew a five-year air-quality permit involving emissions prevention and control. The public hearing is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 12. The official public comment period closes Friday, July 13. Call 243-7400, or visit (the www. is required). SAGUARO EASTSIDE DEMOCRATS AND LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 10 New Spirit Lutheran Church. 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail. 296-2461. The candidate for the Arizona Senate and the three Democratic candidates for two seats in the Arizona House of Representatives from Legislative District 10 participate in a reception and forum starting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 16; free. Call 850-6755. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR BOOKS ON WHEELS Volunteers help select books for homebound Tucsonans and deliver the books by bicycle. Complete the application at and submit it at one of the following training sessions: Saturday, July 14, at 9 a.m., at the Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road; Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m., at the Himmel Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave.; Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m., at the Wilmot Library; and Monday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at the Himmel Library. Call 594-5245, or email tara. for more information. WONDERFUL WINES AND SPECIAL FELINES CataVinos. 3063 N. Alvernon Way. 323-3063. Wine samples, gourmet snacks, a silent auction, cat-themed jewelry and gifts and a raffle are featured at a benefit for PAWSitively Cats, Tucson’s largest no-kill cat shelter, from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, July 15; $20.

OUT OF TOWN DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF THE SANTA RITA AREA Green Valley Democratic Headquarters. 260 W. Continental Road. Green Valley. 838-0590. Current events are discussed from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Wednesday; free. Email, or visit for more information. I DO IN TUCSON BRIDAL SHOW Heritage Highlands Clubhouse. 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd. Marana. 579-9574. Gowns, cakes, flowers, DJ services, invitations, photographers, videographers, reception sites, wedding planners and more are represented from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 15; free. Visit for more information.

UPCOMING AAUW LUNCHEON MEETING Chantilly Tea Room. 5185 N. Genematas Drive. 6223303. Members and prospective members of the Tucson Branch of the American Association of University Women meet for a no-host lunch from the menu at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 19. RSVP is requested by noon, Monday, July 16. Call 795-3952 for reservations. COMMUNITY FAIR Pantano Christian Church. 10355 E. 29th St. Dozens of vendors represent health and wellness, food, home decor, kitchenware, inspirational gifts, jewelry, books, gifts, artwork and candles from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 21; free. Family-friendly activities include a kid boutique, a mom-to-mom sale, a jumping castle and face-painting. DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Bookmans. 1930 E. Grant Road. 325-5767. Bring a pet and take home a free photo from the pet photo booth from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 21. Bring a leashed pet and receive 10 percent off your purchase from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 28. LIONESS CHRISTMAS IN JULY FUNDRAISING EVENT SAAVI. 3767 E. Grant Road. 795-1331. Holiday cookies to decorate, holiday games and the opportunity to create holiday craft items are featured at an event to raise funds for the service projects of local Lioness clubs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 21; $5, free child with paid adult. Baked goods and handmade crafts are for sale. Call 322-3800, ext. 202, for more information.

MESQUITE HARVEST AND COOKOUT Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Laurie Melrood of the Mesquite Harvesters Working Group shows how to harvest and process mesquite pods and cook mesquite pancakes from 8 to 10:30 a.m., Sunday, July 29; $22.50 includes admission to the park. Visit, or call 3982252 for information and reservations. NATURE IN A BOX Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Bring collected rocks, feathers, nests, twigs, shells and dried flowers, and gather more from a stroll through the gardens, then assemble a boxed nature-montage from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 21; $25, $20 member.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FARMERS’ MARKETS Alan Ward Downtown Mercado: south lawn of the Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, October through May; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June through September (339-4008). Arivaca Farmers’ Market: 16800 Arivaca Road, Arivaca, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Bisbee Farmers’ Market: Vista Park in the Warren section, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday (520-227-5060). Community Food Bank: 3003 S. Country Club Road, 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday (6220525). Corona de Tucson Farmers’ Market: 15921 S. Houghton Road, Vail, 8 a.m. to noon, Friday (8701106). Douglas Farmers’ Market: Raul Castro Park, between D and E avenues, downtown Douglas, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday (520-805-5938 or 520-805-0086). El Presidio Plaza Park Mercado: 115 N. Church Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday (339-4008). El Pueblo Farmers’ Market: El Pueblo Neighborhood Center parking lot, SW corner of Irvington Road and Sixth Avenue, 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday (882-3304). Elgin Farmers’ Market: KiefJoshua Vineyards, 370 Elgin Road, Elgin, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May through October (520-455-5582). Farmers’ Markets at La Posada Green Valley: 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday (603-8116). Farmers’ Market at Voyager RV Resort: 8701 S. Kolb Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday (603-8116). Friday Farmers’ Market at Broadway Village: 2926 E. Broadway Blvd., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday (603-8116). Green Valley Village Farmers’ Market: 101 S. La Cañada Drive, Green Valley, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday (490-3315). Marana Farmers’ Market: 13395 N. Marana Main Street, Marana, 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday (882-3313). Metal Arts Village Saturday Morning Market: 3230 N. Dodge Blvd., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday (326-5657). Oracle Farmers’ Market: 2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Road, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday (896-2123). Oro Valley Farmers’ Market: Town Hall at the corner of La Cañada Drive and Naranja Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (882-2157). Plaza Palomino: 2970 N. Swan Road, winter: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; summer: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday ( Rincon Valley Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market: 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail, winter: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; summer: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (591-2276). St. David Farmers’ Market: St. David High School, 70 E. Patton St., St. David, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May through October (520-221-1074). St. Philip’s Plaza Saturday Farmers’ Market: St. Philip’s Plaza, southeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (603-8116). Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market: Mercado San Agustín, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday (622-0525). San Manuel Farmers’ Market: 801 McNab Parkway, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday (520-212-2337). Sierra Vista Farmers’ Market: corner of Carmichael Avenue and Willcox Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday; and corner of Charleston Road and Highway 90 bypass, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday (520678-2638). Sunsites Farmers’ Market: Shadow Mountain Golf Course, 1105 Irene St., Sunsites, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday (520-826-1250). Tucson Farmers’ Market: St. Philip’s Plaza, southeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue, winter: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday; summer: 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday (882-2157). Tucson Farmers’ Market at Jesse Owens Park: Jesse Owens Park, 400 S. Sarnoff Drive, winter: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday; summer: 8 a.m. to noon, Friday (918-9811). Tucson Farmers’ Market at Maynards: Maynards Market and Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave., winter: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday; summer: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday (5450577). Tucson’s Green Art and Farmers’ Market: 8995 E. Tanque Verde Road, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (9822645). Ventana Plaza Farmers’ Market: 5455 N. Kolb Road, 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday (603-8116).

BUSINESS & FINANCE EVENTS THIS WEEK AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, REPAIR, OVERHAUL AND STORAGE Viscount Suite Hotel. 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. 7456500. Colin Buxton, vice president of Marana Aerospace

Solutions, speaks at a dinner meeting of the Southern Arizona Logistics Education Organization from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18; $30, $25 member or first-time visitor. Reservations are requested by noon, Tuesday, July 17. Call 977-3626, or email rsvp@saleo. org for reservations or more information. DROP-IN JOB-COUNSELING AND COMPUTER HELP Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. A computer instructor is available to answer questions and offer help with resume-writing, online jobsearching, email accounts, Internet-searching and more from noon to 3 p.m., every Monday; and from 9 a.m. to noon, every Thursday, in the second-floor Catalina Room; free. Walk-ins are welcome. Call 791-4010, or email to register or for more information. GRANTS DATABASES OPEN LAB Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Volunteers, staff and board members of nonprofit and community organizations research private grantmakers with the help of a librarian from 2 to 4 p.m., the second Friday of every month; free. Seating is firstcome, first-served. Call 791-4010 for more information. NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR COPPER CACTUS AWARDS The awards honor Tucson businesses in the categories of Best Place to Work, Business Growth, Community Service and Innovation Through Technology. Nominees must be for-profit businesses, more than two years in operation, locally owned and operated and with 250 or fewer employees. A Small-Business Leader of the Year also is named. Nominations are due by Friday, July 20; guidelines and a nomination form may be found at PLANNING A SECURE FINANCIAL FUTURE Raskob/Kambourian Financial Advisors. 4100 N. First Ave. 690-1999. Learn steps to take now for a secure retirement, from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, July 13; free. Reservations are required by Thursday, July 12. Call for reservations and more information. YWORKS EMPLOYMENT TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR WOMEN YWCA Frances McClelland Leadership Center. 525 N. Bonita Ave. 884-7810. Employment-training and development workshops for women who are unemployed, underemployed or transitioning in the workforce take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the second and third Tuesday of each month. Computer-skills help is available from noon to 5 p.m., the second and third Wednesday of each month. Each workshop is $25; scholarships and internships are available. Call 884-7810, ext. 107, or visit to register and for more info.

FILM EVENTS THIS WEEK ANSHEI ISRAEL’S SUMMER FILM SERIES Congregation Anshei Israel. 5550 E. Fifth St. 7455550. Free film nights also feature free popcorn and lemonade. Screenings are at 7 p.m., Sunday, and a discussion follows each film. July 15: Time of Favor. July 22: Inside Hana’s Suitcase. Aug. 5: Nora’s Will. Aug. 12: A Serious Man. Call 745-5530, ext. 231, for more information. CINEMA LA PLACITA Cinema La Placita. La Placita Village, Broadway Boulevard and Church Avenue. 326-5282. Classic movies are shown outdoors at 7:30 p.m., every Thursday, through Oct. 25; $3 includes popcorn. July 12: The Man in the White Suit (1951). July 19: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). July 26: Sons of Cuba (2009). Visit for a schedule and parking info. FOX TUCSON THEATRE Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo screens at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 13, and Sunday, July 15. $5 to $7. Visit for more information. INDEPENDENT FILM ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company. 865 E. University Blvd. 624-4177. A mixer and meeting for filmmakers begins at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 17; free, including complimentary appetizers. Email for more information. LOFT CINEMA SPECIAL EVENTS Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Visit for a complete list of upcoming films and to reserve tickets. Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m.: Dead Ringer with Bette Davis; $5 to $9. Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m.: Hide Away with director Chris Eyre






in person; $10, $8 member or student. Sunday, July 15, at 7 p.m.: Duck Soup; $5 suggested donation. Wednesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m.: Shut Up and Play the Hits, a documentary about LCD Soundsystem; $8, $6 member. NOTHING IN COMMON TMC Senior Services. 1400 N. Wilmot Road. 3241960. Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason are featured in a movie about an advertising executive, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 12; free. RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. The LGBT film festival Out in the Desert hosts the Arizona premiere of a documentary about the controversial 2009 police raid of a Fort Worth gay bar that resulted in arrests and injuries, at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 12; $8, $10 VIP. Visit southwestlgbtfilmsociety.ticketleap. com for tickets and more information.

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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. The Rocky Horror Picture Show screens at midnight on the third Saturday of every month with Heavy Petting as the shadow cast; $6, $5 member. The film deals with mature subject matter and is not recommended for the easily offended. No one under 17 is admitted; ID required.

OUT OF TOWN THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE Western National Parks Association Bookstore. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. Pictographs and petroglyphs are interpreted in Canyon de Chelley: American History, Heritage and Tradition, at noon and 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 18. Pre-Columbian archaeological sites are explored in Those Who Came Before, at noon and 2 p.m., Saturday, July 21; free. Reservations are required; call between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; or from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Visit for directions.

UPCOMING COCOON TMC Senior Services. 1400 N. Wilmot Road. 3241960. A fantasy adventure featuring a group of senior citizens screens from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19; free.

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LOFT CINEMA SPECIAL EVENTS Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Visit for a complete list of forthcoming films and to reserve tickets. Thursday, July 19, at 7 p.m.: Kitten With a Whip, with Ann-Margaret; $5 to $9. Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, at 7 p.m.: The Invisible War, with director Kirby Dick in person, co-presented by The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona; $5 to $9. Wednesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m.: Multiple Argentinian award-winner Chinese Take-Away; $5 to $9.

ANNOUNCEMENTS CALL FOR FILMS The Tucson Film and Music Festival seeks features, short films and music-videos to be considered for screening at the festival, which runs from Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 11 through 14. The festival especially welcomes entries that emphasize music-related content, documentaries and narratives, and films and filmmakers with a connection to Arizona and the

Southwest. Submit entries via 5791 or Entry fees range from $25 to $55.

GARDENING EVENTS THIS WEEK CONTAINER-GARDENING CLASS Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center. 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road. 887-9786. Learn to grow vegetables in containers, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, July 16; free. Materials are free to the first 12 registrants. Call 594-5225 to register. GARDENS OPEN FOR DOGS AND COOL NIGHTS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Dogs are admitted from 7 to 8:30 a.m., every Tuesday, through Aug. 28; $7 adult, $3 ages 4 to 12 and dogs, $2 members’ dogs, free member or child 3 and younger. Bring food or treats to support Hope Animal Shelter for a $1 discount for your dog. Bring a leash, water and waste-disposal bags. The gardens also are open longer hours for people only, from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 27 and Aug. 24; $8, free member. Call or visit for more information. NATIVE SEEDS/SEARCH SALON Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store. 3061 N. Campbell Ave. 622-5561. A gathering of gardeners and cooks takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the third Monday of every month; free, including recipes and samples. Visit for more information. SMART LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Certified water auditor Ezra Roati discusses simple and effective ways to reduce water consumption, and to design, construct and maintain an irrigation system, from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 14; $25, $20 member. SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE DISCUSSION COURSE Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture offers a six-week discussion course analyzing the connection between food and sustainability. Participants meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m., every Thursday, from July 12 through Aug. 16, at 1135 E. Edison St.; $30 for materials. Advance registration is required; call 331-9821 to register. TUCSON AFRICAN VIOLET SOCIETY The East Side Night Meeting of the Tucson African Violet Society gathers from 7 to 9 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month, at The Cascades, 201 N. Jessica Ave. The East Side Day Meeting takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., the second Wednesday of every month, at The Cascades. The Northwest Day Meeting takes place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the second Thursday of every month, at The Inn at the Fountains at La Cholla, 2001 W. Rudasill Road. WATERSMART LANDSCAPES FOR HOMEOWNERS Pima County Cooperative Extension. 4210 N. Campbell Ave. 626-5161. Classes are free; call to register. Saturday, July 14, from 9 to 11 a.m., “Rainwater Harvesting�; and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., “Residential Drip Irrigation.� Visit smartscape for more info about all classes in the series.

OUT OF TOWN PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS FRUIT CLASSES Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Highway 60. Superior. (520) 689-2811. Learn how to harvest prickly pear

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SEMINAR: AUDITORY DEPRIVATION Arizona Hearing Specialists. 7574 N. La Cholla Blvd. 742-2845. Suggestions to help prevent auditory deprivation, the loss of the brain’s ability to process sound as hearing ability declines, are discussed in a seminar from 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 18; free, including breakfast. Reservations are requested by Monday, July 16.


TMC SENIOR SERVICES TMC Senior Services. 1400 N. Wilmot Road. 3241960. Classes and events are free, but advance registration is required; call 324-4345 to register. Tuesday, July 17, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.: “Straight Talk: Decrease Your Risk of Death by 50 Percent,” Dr. Michael Maximov. Wednesday, July 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.: “Medicaid Fraud Awareness,” representatives of the Pima Council on Aging.

EVENTS THIS WEEK ALZHEIMER’S AND OTHER DEMENTIA: CAREGIVER WORKSHOPS Home Instead Senior Care. 3208 N. Tucson Blvd. 770-9943. Caregivers get tips for managing behaviors, encouraging engagement, and caring for themselves as well as their loved ones, from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, and Tuesday, July 24; free. Call 770-9943, or visit for reservations and more information. ARIZONA LYME DISEASE ASSOCIATION MEETING Dusenberry-River Center Branch, Pima County Public Library. 5605 E. River Road, No. 105. 594-5345. A discussion follows a screening of the recent Dr. Phil episode about Lyme disease, from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 14. Support and sharing time follows from 4 to 5 p.m.; free. Call 529-0221, or visit for more information. FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Any family caregiver who needs a safe place to share highs and lows, learn about resources, ask questions and develop coping skills is invited to drop in for this facilitated group from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the first and third Wednesday of every month; free. Participants may attend as often or as seldom as they like. Call 790-0504 or 891-3299 for more information. MEDITATION FOR HEALTH ENHANCEMENT TMC Senior Services. 1400 N. Wilmot Road. 3241960. A class on meditation for health takes place from 11 a.m. to noon, the second Thursday of every month; free. Pre-registration is required. Call 324-4345 to register or for more information.

UPCOMING TMC SENIOR SERVICES TMC Senior Services. 1400 N. Wilmot Road. 3241960. Classes and events are free, but advance registration is required; call 324-4345 to register. Friday, July 20 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: volunteer training for people interested in making a positive difference in the lives of older adults. Call 324-3746 for information and an application.

KIDS & FAMILIES EVENTS THIS WEEK ALL TOGETHER THEATRE Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland continues through Sunday, Aug. 12. Showtime is 1 p.m., every Sunday; $5 to $8. Call or visit for reservations and more information. ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. The museum features its nocturnal plants and wildlife after sundown on Saturdays through Aug. 25, with special programming beginning at 6 p.m., and special rates after 4 p.m.; $7, $3 ages 6 through 12,

free younger child. A different program is presented each Saturday. July 14: Insect Insanity. July 21: Astronomy and Physics Night. July 28: Musical Summer Night. Visit for more information. AWESOME AIR AND STOMP ROCKETS Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Kids from grades K through 6 learn about air pollutants in the Tucson area and how they may affect our health from 2 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 18; free. Participants make air-driven stomp rockets to keep. Tickets are required and are distributed at 1:30 p.m. CRAFTERNOONS Dusenberry River Branch, Pima County Public Library. 5605 E. River Road. 594-5345. From noon to 2 p.m., Friday, July 13, teens braid friendship bracelets; and from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, July 19, they recycle comic books, manga and graphic-novel pages into wallets; free. JUGGLING AND MORE FUN SHOW Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Juggling, tricks and laughs are featured from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 12; free, but tickets are required. Tickets are distributed at 5:30 p.m. PERMIT PREP 101 Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. A representative of AAA Arizona presents a session that prepares teens for their written permit test, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, July 16; free, but reservations are requested by 5 p.m., Friday, July 13. Email with parent name, teen name, phone number and how you heard about the workshop. REPTILE RAMBLE Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 7426455. Docents present characteristics of snakes and lizards, the differences between species, and the roles each serves in the Sonoran Desert, during an interactive presentation and walk at 10 a.m., every Friday, through July 27; $8, $6 senior, $5 active military, $4 student with ID, $2 child ages 5 to 12, free member or child younger than 5, includes admission to the park. Call or visit for information. SABINO CANYON STORYTIME Sabino Canyon Visitors’ Center. 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road. 749-8700. Ages 3 through 7 enjoy stories about a different desert theme each week, then play a game or make a craft from 9 to 10:30 a.m., every Wednesday

through July 25; free. Request a free daily parking pass at the visitor center. SONORAN DESERT KIDS CLUB Agua Caliente Regional Park. 12325 E. Roger Road. 877-6000. Kids ages 8 through 12 gather and learn about aquatic invertebrates using plankton and hand-dip nets, while completing an art project using materials from nature, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 14; free, but reservations are required. Call 615-7855, or e-mail for more information. TEEN MUSIC Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Teens invite friends to hang out and listen to favorite CDs in surround sound from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month; free. WEDNESDAY TEEN NIGHTS Golden Pin Lanes. 1010 W. Miracle Mile. 888-4272. Teens ages 13 through 17 with ID enjoy music by a live DJ, unlimited Kosmic Bowling, karaoke and dance contests, and food and drink specials from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, every Wednesday, through Aug. 1; $7. Call for reservations. WRITE TO READ Woods Memorial Branch, Pima County Public Library. 3455 N. First Ave. 594-5445. Youth ages 14 through 21 learn to improve writing skills, from 4 to 6 p.m., every Thursday, through July 26; free. Participants also learn illustration and publish their writing in the library’s magazine. Call 750-9667, ext. 231, for more info. YOUTH JOB-DEVELOPMENT AND READINESS WORKSHOP Woods Memorial Branch, Pima County Public Library. 3455 N. First Ave. 594-5445. Activities for learning job skills, and presentations about a wide range of career options are offered for youth ages 10 through 13 in a series of workshops from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, through July 28; free. Call 750-9667, ext. 231.

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place at 1:30 p.m., every Sunday, through Sept. 2. Visit for more information. TITAN MOONLIGHT MADNESS Titan Missile Museum. 1580 W. Duval Mine Road. Sahuarita. 625-7736. Seltzer-rocket launchings, visits to the rocket-launch control room, space-food samples, astronaut tests and more take place from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8; $5 to $8.50, free child younger than 6. The last tour is at 8 p.m. Reservations are required. Call for reservations; visit for more information.

UPCOMING AUDITIONS FOR BORDER FILM Martha Cooper Branch, Pima County Public Library. 1377 N. Catalina Ave. 594-5315. A child who sings in Spanish is sought for a recurring role on the soundtrack of an independent film about getting along on the border. Other auditions are for Hispanic and Anglo boys around age 10, a Hispanic teen age 16 to 18, and adult to play the role of a border guard. Auditions are from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 21. Email for more information. CARDIO KUNG FU Martha Cooper Branch, Pima County Public Library. 1377 N. Catalina Ave. 594-5315. A-Long’s Kung Fu Academy presents a high-intensity aerobic fitness program for teens from 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 21 and 28; free. CLOTH DIAPERING WORKSHOP Little Bird Nesting Company. 426 E. Seventh St. 6032694. Environmentally conscious moms and dads learn how and why to use and care for cloth diapers, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19; free. Reservations are requested. Call 203-7372, or email littlebirdtucson@ for more information. FREE BACK-TO-SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION School-age children ages 5 to 18 get current on shots, dental screenings and vision screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 21, at the Roy Drachman Clubhouse of the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, 5901 S. Santa Clara Ave.; 3 to 6 p.m., Thursday, July 26, at the Frank and Edith Morton Clubhouse, 3155 E. Grant Road; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 28, at the Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse, 2585 E. 36th St. A parent or guardian must be present and have shot records. Activities for children are available, as well as information for parents about affordable insurance programs and services available from El Rio Community Health Center. Call 205-4947, or visit HARRY AND THE POTTERS Hotel Congress. 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. Wizardrock band Harry and the Potters perform hard-rock music about magic and books at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 19; free admission. A side show starts at 5 p.m. Fans also enjoy butterbeer, wizard chess, tea-leaf reading, electronic gaming, a souvenir photo booth and more. Costumes are encouraged. PICK PEACHES AND SWEET CORN Apple Annie’s Produce and Pumpkins. 2081 W. Hardy Road. Willcox. (520) 384-2084. Visitors enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22; and peach ice cream, peach pie and fresh-roasted sweet corn are available from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free admission. Visitors pay for all the produce they pick. Visit for prices on food and refreshments.

REPTILE SHOW Bookmans. 3733 W. Ina Road. 579-0303. Reptile specialists show and discuss snakes, lizards, bearded dragons and other slithery critters from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, July 21; free. TUCSON INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. A Yellow Submarine sing-along at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 21, launches a festival of vintage animated classic films and cartoons, and new animated features, screened daily through Sunday, July 29. Visit

OUTDOORS EVENTS THIS WEEK BIRDING AT SWEETWATER WETLANDS Sweetwater Wetlands. 2667 W. Sweetwater Drive. 7914331. Ages 12 and older see a variety of wintering and migrating birds and raptors along easy trails from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 18; free, but reservations are required. Call 615-7855, or email eeducation@ for reservations or more information. NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTERS Saguaro National Park West. 2700 N. Kinney Road. 733-5158. An easy 100-yard walk in the cactus garden reveals recognizable faces in the thorns and plants at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, through July 29; free, and wheelchair accessible. NIGHT WALK Saguaro National Park East. 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail. 733-5153. Take an easy 2-hour hike to explore the Sonoran Desert at night, at 7 p.m., Friday, July 13 and 27; free. Reservations are required; call for reservations.


EVOLVE TUCSON St. Francis in the Foothills Church. 4625 E. River Road. 299-9063. A discussion about how to create a healthy, sustainable, peaceful and prosperous community in Tucson takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., every Sunday; freewill donation. LGBTQ BUDDHIST MEDITATION AND PRACTICE Three Jewels. 314 E. Sixth St. 303-6648. Two 20-minute silent-sitting meditations, readings from Buddhist spiritual texts and discussion take place from 10 to 11:45 a.m., every Sunday; free-will donation. Bring a pillow or cushion. Call 884-4691 or 306-469. MEDITATION AND YOGA Yoga Connection. 3929 E. Pima St. 323-1222. Group meditation takes place from 7 to 8 p.m., every Monday; freewill donation. Meditation techniques alternate weekly among Mantra, Krya, Yoga Nidra and others. Yoga practice takes place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., every Tuesday; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., every Wednesday; and 8 to 8:30 a.m., every Thursday; freewill donation. SINGING BIRD SANGHA Zen Desert Sangha. 3226 N. Martin Ave. 319-6260. Meditation and teachings in the Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh take place at 4:45 p.m., every Sunday; free. Call 299-1903 for more information. STILLNESS MEDITATION GROUP Kiewit Auditorium, UA Medical Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Stillness meditation for patients, families, staff and the community takes place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., every Monday; free. Call 694-4605 or 694-4786. SUNDAY FEAST AND FESTIVAL Govinda’s Natural Foods Buffet and Boutique. 711 E. Blacklidge Drive. 792-0630. Mantra chanting takes place at 5:30 p.m., every Sunday, followed by a spiritual discourse at 6 p.m., and a ceremony consisting of music, chanting and dancing at 6:30 p.m.; free. An eight-course vegetarian feast is served at 7 p.m.; $3. Call or visit for more information. TIBETAN BUDDHIST PRACTICE HOUR Little Chapel of All Nations. 1052 N. Highland Ave. 623-1692. Meditation instruction and practice, chanting and a short dharma talk by Khenpo Drimed Dawa (Dean Pielstick) take place from 11 a.m. to noon, every Sunday; free. Call 622-8460, or visit

EVENTS THIS WEEK BRUNO GROENING CIRCLE OF FRIENDS University of Arizona Medical Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 694-0111. The community meets to discuss teachings of Bruno Groening from 3 to 4:30 p.m., in Room E of the cafeteria; freewill donation. Dates are July 14, Aug. 4 and 25, Sept. 15, Oct. 6 and 27, Nov. 17, Dec. 8 and 29. Call 904-4801, or visit www.bruno-groening. org/english for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS BHAGAVAD GITA STUDY Govinda’s Natural Foods Buffet and Boutique. 711 E. Blacklidge Drive. 792-0630. Shared reading and indepth study of the ancient Indian text takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., every Wednesday; free. A free light meal follows. Visit for more info. BUDDHIST MEDITATION AND PRACTICAL TEACHINGS A discussion about Buddhist meditation and philosophy takes place at 10 a.m., Sunday, and 7 p.m., Thursday, at Kadampa Meditation Center, 1701 E. Miles St. A lesson also is given at 7 p.m., Tuesday, at A Rich Experience, 7435 N. Oracle Road, No. 101; and 7 p.m., Friday, at Sunrise Chapel, 8421 E. Wrightstown Road; freewill donation. Call 441-1617, or visit for more information.

WAKE UP TUCSON Hi Corbett Field. 3400 E. Camino Campestre. 3279467. Ajahn Sarayut of Wat Buddhametta leads a walk around Randolph Park to promote physical and mentalhealth awareness, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., every Tuesday and Saturday; free. Visit

SPORTS EVENTS THIS WEEK AZ BLISTER WAKA KICKBALL Joaquin Murrieta Park. 1400 N. Silverbell Road. 7914752. Games take place at 7 p.m., every Thursday, through Aug. 2; free spectator. Playoff games are held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9 and 16. Visit for more information. NPC TERMINATOR 2012 Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. A bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini and men’s-physique competition takes place at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Saturday, July 14; $18 at 10 a.m., $36 at 6 p.m. Visit for tickets and more information.


TUCSON PADRES Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. 2500 E. Ajo Way. 434-1021. Thursday through Sunday, July 12 through 15: Fresno. Monday through Thursday, July 16 through 19: Reno. Saturday through Tuesday, July 28 through 31: Tacoma. Games start at 7:05 p.m., except Sunday at 2:05 p.m.; $7, $10 box seats, $15 premiere seats. Call 434-1367, or visit for tickets. WWE TUCSON ‘RAW’ AND ‘SMACKDOWN’ SUPERSHOW TCC Arena. 260 S. Church Ave. Superstars of Raw and Smackdown put on a wrestling show at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 14; $16 to $97. All ages require tickets. The event includes a steel-cage match, a triple-threat match for the WWE championship, a world-heavyweight championship match, and six other matches. Call (800) 745-3000, or visit or any Ticketmaster outlet for tickets.

UPCOMING BREEZE IN THE TREES 5K Green Valley Pecan Farm. 1625 E. Sahuarita Road. Sahuarita. (800) 327-3226. A 5k race through the shade of a pecan orchard starts at 6:30 a.m., Saturday, July 21; $30. Registrants enjoy a post-race pancake breakfast and farmers’ market. Proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance. Call 429-1394, or visit to register and for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS POOL TOURNAMENTS Pockets Pool and Pub. 1062 S. Wilmot Road. 5719421. Nine-ball tournaments take place according to handicap at 5 p.m., Sunday, and 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, for 9 and under; and at 7:30 p.m., Monday, for 8 and under. Tournaments for handicaps 9 and under take place at noon, every Saturday: 14.1 straight pool the first Saturday; nine-ball the second and fourth Saturday; 10-ball the third Saturday; and eight-ball the fifth Saturday; $10, optional $5 side pot. Unrated players arrive 30 minutes early to get a rating. Chess and backgammon are also available. Call for more info. RAINBOW RIDERS CYCLING GROUP A group of LGBTA cyclists dedicated to the enjoyment of all types of bicycling meets every Sunday, and other occasions at the suggestion of members; free. Times vary. All levels of riders are welcome. E-mail, or visit com/group/wingspan_fun2bhealthy/messages. TUCSON ULTIMATE Lincoln Park. 4325 S. Pantano Road. The goal is to have fun, and experience is never required. Each team has a good mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced players of both genders; $25 league membership. Play is from 7 to 10 p.m., Wednesday. On Aug. 1, the league moves to a location TBA. Visit league for more information. TUCSON WOMEN’S LIGHTNING RUGBY CLUB Vista del Prado Park. 6800 E. Stella Road. 791-5930. Women rugby players age 18 or older, all shapes and sizes, are sought. Practice is from 6 to 8 p.m., every Tuesday and Thursday. Email, or visit for more information. VOLLEYBALL Randolph Recreation Center. 200 S. Alvernon Way. 7914870. Play volleyball every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. $1.50 adult; $1 youth or senior.


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PERFORMING ARTS Eugene O’Neill’s recently discovered ‘Exorcism’ foreshadows the themes of his later works

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Ken Beider and Evan Engle in Exorcism: A Play in One Act.

BY SHERILYN FORRESTER, ometimes there is more drama about a script than is actually demonstrated within the script. This is certainly true of Eugene O’Neill’s recently discovered Exorcism: A Play in One Act, which is currently onstage at the evolving Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. It’s a presentation by the Next Theatre, Beowulf Alley’s experimental subgroup. O’Neill is undisputedly an American master. He won four Pulitzer Prizes for plays, including Beyond the Horizon and Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and was awarded a Nobel Prize for literature, the first American playwright to be so recognized. His works are studied as the foundation of 20th-century American theater. Because of their density and length, and hence their requirement that production companies and audiences make a big commitment, they are not staples of current theatrical production. But O’Neill’s influence on how modern theater has developed is immeasurable. Last fall, a manuscript of a very early oneact play was discovered as part of the estate of screenwriter Philip Yordan, who had obtained a copy of the script years earlier from O’Neill’s much despised ex-wife, Agnes Boulton. It is the last surviving copy, as far as is known, of Exorcism, because after its production in 1920 by the Provincetown Players, O’Neill destroyed every copy of the script—or at least he thought he did. Scholars were aware that the play had been produced, but it was assumed that the playwright had set out to do what he wished, and the work had perished. The New Yorker published it last fall after its rediscovery, and last spring, the play was published in book form by Yale University Press. It has been given some readings, but no known full productions—until now. The Next Theatre


has mounted a decent production of Exorcism, giving us a rare opportunity to see this early O’Neill work, unseen since 1920. It is a very slight piece, and is more interesting for its academic and historical value than for its good drama. But it’s commendable that a local theater recognized that value and risked a production of this less-than-stellar sliver of O’Neill’s body of work. There has been speculation about why O’Neill wanted his copies of his play destroyed. Perhaps he simply didn’t think it worked well and didn’t want evidence of inferior work to penetrate further into the theater world. However, it was merely a year after the production of Exorcism that O’Neill won his first Pulitzer Prize. More likely, it is conjectured, the autobiographical nature of it subject— O’Neill attempted suicide while in his early 20s—seemed much too personal and might bring shame to O’Neill’s family. So, in deference to his father, in particular, O’Neill may have abandoned the piece. However, autobiographical subjects and themes are not only common, but are also central to his body of work. So the motivation for O’Neill’s decision to try to eliminate any evidence of Exorcism remains speculative. Although the story is lean, there are nascent themes that his later work probes and exploits: an all-consuming pessimism, the blessed oblivion offered by alcohol, a troubled family life and overwhelming anger and guilt. Ned Malloy (Evan Engle), who represents a 23-year-old O’Neill, is a down-and-out young man living in a New York flophouse. He has left his wife, whom he claims he despises, and is estranged from his family, including a hard and distant father. One night, he returns to

the room he shares with another down-andouter, Jimmy (Ken Beider), frustrated, angry and humiliated. The only way he can legally get a divorce is if he commits adultery, and he relates to Jimmy his experience, orchestrated by his lawyer, of a visit to a whorehouse so that his adultery can be documented. In the morning, when he wakes and looks at his bed partner, he sees her as “a pitiable clown—and yet loathsome. There were all the weak sins of the world in her face.” He realized that, “My whole life—all life—had become too rotten. … I was drowning and the thick slime of loathing poured down my throat—strangling me.” When Jimmy leaves, Ned takes pills and lies down to die. But in the next scene, Ned wakes to find Jimmy and another flophouse resident rousing him and celebrating their intervention, which has saved Ned’s life. Ned’s father makes an appearance, offering to send him to an institution for respite and restoration, and Ned accepts. The play ends with Ned’s pals toasting the future, with Ned declaring, “God evidently wants to retain my services here below—for what I don’t know yet.” Fortunately for the world of theater, O’Neill figured it out. Engle does a nice job as Ned, but one questions whether he seems too full of life and the energy of anger to be totally believable as one who wishes to end it all. And we really don’t see a noticeable change when he realizes

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he has survived his suicide attempt. His energy and demeanor seem much the same as it was before his pill-taking. One of the weaknesses of O’Neill’s playmaking here is the huge reversal of Ned’s fortunes, which simply does not feel plausible. Director Nicole Scott and her crew can’t make this big conversion work well enough; consequently, we are not sure that the performance has come to its conclusion, which is always a bit awkward for audience and players alike. Since the play is so short—barely 45 minutes—the evening seems a bit stingy. Perhaps it would have been a good idea to present another O’Neill one-act to complement this newly found one. Still, it’s a treat to see a nod to one of the more exciting developments in American theater history of late. Kudos to the Next Theatre.


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CONTRA DANCING First United Methodist Church. 915 E. Fourth St. 6226481. Live music, callers and an alcohol- and smokefree environment are provided for contra dancing at 7 p.m., the first, third and fourth Saturday each month; $8. An introductory lesson takes place at 6:30 p.m.; dancing begins at 7 p.m. Call 325-1902, or visit tftm. org for more information.

AVA: ANSELMO VALENCIA TORI AMPHITHEATER AVA: Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater. Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road. (800) 344-9435. Performances are at 8 p.m. Visit for tickets and more information. Sunday, July 15: Joe Cocker, Huey Lewis and the News; $40 to $125. Friday, July 20: KLPX Birthday Bash with Skid Row, Warrant and LA Guns; $10 and $25. Tuesday, July 31: Earth, Wind and Fire; $24 to $75.

FREE ZUMBA CLASS Bookmans. 3733 W. Ina Road. 579-0303. Instructor Leslie Lundquist leads a workout for all skill levels, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., every Thursday; free.

ANNOUNCEMENTS LET’S DANCE CLUB Tucson Women’s Club. 6245 E. Bellevue Road. 2963142. A group meets for ballroom dancing at 7 p.m., every Wednesday; $10, $8 members. No partner necessary. Call 623-2384 for more information. SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE LESSONS Vineyard Church Hall. 625 N. Second Ave. 791-9971. Learn the social dancing of Scotland in a fun and informal environment from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m., every Thursday; free. The location changes in August. Call 319-8468, or 203-7987 for more information. T-SQUARES DANCE CLUB Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall. 2909 N. Geronimo Ave. 622-4626. A primarily straight modern squaredance club that welcomes lesbians, gays and allies to dance in the position of their choice meets from 4 to 6 p.m., every Sunday; and from 6 to 8 p.m., every Tuesday; free. All dancers are welcome. Call 886-0716, or visit for more information.

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FOX TUCSON THEATRE Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Wednesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m.: Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo; $50 and $60. Call or visit for more information. HANS HUTCHISON Café Passé. 415 N. Fourth Ave. 624-4411. Singersongwriter Hans Hutchison releases his newest CD at a party from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 14; free. MÚSICA SIN FRONTERAS Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 2331 E. Adams St. 327-6857. A benefit concert features a choral ensemble with members from both Arizona and Mexico at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 14; $10 donation. Repertoire includes classical and popular works from both sides of the border. Proceeds benefit the cultural exchange programs of the Bi-National Arts Institute. Call 628-8119 for more information. NATIONAL KARAOKE SINGING AND PERFORMANCE CONTEST F.O.E. Eagles No. 180 Lounge. 1530 N. Stone Ave. 624-2461. A karaoke singing and performance elimination competition takes place at 5 p.m., every Sunday, through July 29; $7. One male and one female are chosen each week to compete in a final round at 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 5. Winners advance to the Talent Quest 2012 National Finals in September in Laughlin, Nev., with all expenses paid. Participants must be at least age 21 by Sunday, Sept. 16, and not signed to any professional contract. No burned discs, downloaded CDs or original songs are permitted. Call 301-7709.

ST. PHILIP’S IN THE HILLS FRIENDS OF MUSIC St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Concerts take place at 2 p.m., Sunday; freewill donation. July 15: Mary Paul and Larry Alexander, Singing the Joys of Summer: Romantic Summer Favorites from Opera, Operetta and Music Theatre. Call or visit TUCSON REPERTORY ORCHESTRA St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church. 3809 E. Third St. 325-1001. A new Tucson orchestra, conducted by Toru Tagawa, makes its debut at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 14; free. The inaugural program comprises Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Op. 20, Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. For more information, visit Z MANSION Z Mansion. 288 N. Church Ave. 623-4889. Doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner patrons; the show begins at 7:30 p.m.; $23, $45 includes dinner. Friday, July 13: Classic Country Jukebox with Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band. Call (888) 718-4253, or visit lonelystreet. for tickets and more information.

RED BARN THEATRE Red Barn Theatre. 948 N. Main Ave. 622-6973. Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest continues through Sunday, July 22. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday; $13, $11 senior, student or military, $10 every Friday. Call or visit for more information. THE GASLIGHT THEATRE The Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 8869428. Back to the Past, a time-traveling musicalcomedy, continues through Sunday, Aug. 26. Showtimes are 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 6 and 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 and 7 p.m., Sunday; $17.95, $7.95 child age 12 and younger, $15.95 student, military and senior. Visit for reservations or more information.

LAST CHANCE OUT OF TOWN MARANA BLUEGRASS CONCERT SERIES Crossroads at Silverbell Park. 7548 N. Silverbell Road. Marana. 382-1999. Live bluegrass music is presented at 7 p.m., the second Saturday of every month, through September; free. July 14: The Sonoran Dogs. Aug. 11: Providence. Sept. 8: Superstition Ridge. Visit for more information. ORO VALLEY CONCERT SERIES Oro Valley Marketplace. Oracle and Tangerine roads. Oro Valley. Butch Diggs and Friends perform smooth jazz at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 12; free. Visit

UPCOMING HOT 98.3 SUMMER JAM TCC Arena. 260 S. Church Ave. J. Cole, Travis Porter, Baby Bash, Y.G. and others perform an all-ages show at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 21; $29.50 to $108. Tickets are available at the TCC Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. MAIN GATE SQUARE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Geronimo Plaza. 820 E. University Blvd. Free jazz concerts take place at 7 p.m., Friday. July 20: Kelland Thomas, saxophone. Aug. 3: Crystal Stark, vocals. Aug. 17: Sonoran Soul, fusion. Visit for more info.

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p.m., Monday; $12 to $22. July 16: Big Band Express. July 23: Dana Daniels and His Psychic Parrot Luigi. July 30: The Legends of Country Music. Call or visit for tickets and more information.

ST. PHILIP’S IN THE HILLS FRIENDS OF MUSIC St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Concerts take place at 2 p.m., Sunday; freewill donation. July 22: Ben Nisbet, violin. Call or visit for more info.

THEATER OPENING THIS WEEK LAUGHING LIBERALLY The Auld Dubliner. 800 E. University Blvd. 206-0323. A showcase of politically liberal comedy and comedians takes place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 17; free. Comics include Phil Gordon, Mike Sterner, Henry Barajas and Nancy Stanley among others.

COMEDY PLAYHOUSE Comedy Playhouse. 3620 N. First Ave. 260-6442. Her Husband’s Wife closes Sunday, July 15. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $18. Call or visit for tickets or more information. LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. The classic comedy Harvey closes Saturday, July 14. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; $18, $16 student, senior or military. Call or visit for tickets and more info. NEXT THEATRE COMPANY Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. The autobiographical Exorcism: A One-Act Play by Eugene O’Neill closes Saturday, July 14. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; $8 to $15. Call or visit for tickets and more information.

UPCOMING COMEDY PLAYHOUSE Comedy Playhouse. 3620 N. First Ave. 260-6442. The Comedy Genius of Montague Glass opens Friday, July 20, and continues through Sunday, July 29. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $12, $10 senior and student, unless otherwise noted. Call or visit for tickets or more information. LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. The modern thriller Mauritius opens with a preview on Thursday, July 19, and continues through Saturday, Aug. 18. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Thursday preview, Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $18, $16 student, senior or military, $12 preview. Call or visit for tickets and more info. NEXT THEATRE COMPANY Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. Hope, a new play in Jem Street’s series including Faith and Love, opens Friday, July 20, and continues through Saturday, July 28. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m., Sunday; $8 to $15. Call or visit for tickets and more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS SLOW CLAP IMPROV COMEDY Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. Suggestions from the audience are incorporated into short discussions and anecdotes that lead to longer improvised comedy scenes, at 10 p.m., Saturday, July 14; $5 suggested donation. SUMMER COMEDY SHOWCASE Laffs Comedy Caffé. 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. 3238669. Every comedian in Tucson can perform in a showcase this summer if they apply by Thursday, July 12. Comedians appear in groups of four every Thursday night until all have performed. The audience rates each comedian, and at the end of the series, the comics with the top three ratings are awarded guest spots in a Laff’s professional show. Email to apply and for more information.

CONTINUING GASLIGHT THEATRE FAMILY CONCERTS The Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 8869428. Unless otherwise noted, shows take place at 7


CALL FOR ACTORS Red Barn Theatre. 948 N. Main Ave. 622-6973. Auditions for South Pacific take place from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, July 17 and 18; free. Bring sheet music; an accompanist is provided. The show runs all four weekends in September. Call 733-0733 for more information. CALL FOR SCRIPTS The Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Artists seeks original, never-produced scripts for staged readings leading to development and possible production. The scripts must be of social, human, political or historical relevance. Chosen scripts may be eligible for cash prizes. Call (310) 367-5640, or email to submit scripts or get more information. MAGICAL MYSTERY DINNER THEATER Magical Mystery Dinner Theater. 2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 624-0172. Murder at the Vampire’s Wedding, a 2 1/2-hour, interactive comedy whodunit that includes a three-course dinner, takes place most Fridays and Saturdays; $29 to $42, includes dinner. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call for reservations or more information.

VISUAL ARTS Repurposed thrift-shop knits and giant balloons boost the excitement at downtown’s contemporary galleries

Art Gone Wild BY MARGARET REGAN, onrad Wilde Gallery’s new space may be small, but it’s hard to miss, at least right now: A giant fungus in orange knit has alighted on the front window. Even the artist, Renee Prisble, calls the work a “large-scale fungal invasion.” What it really is, is a new form altogether: a sweater sculpture. “Orange Jelly” is composed entirely of old thrift-shop knits, twisted and stuffed and arranged into orange orbs on a white board. The blobs cavort across the backboard like a bunch of out-of-control cancer cells. Unlike cancer cells, though, they’re pleasing to look at. Prisble diligently searched out knits in varying stitch sizes, scrunching up yarns from fat to fine, and she’s got a lovely spectrum of oranges, going all the way from blazing red to a merely glowing tan. Wilde is the premier location in town for contemporary experimental work. Contemporary art is dedicated to the proposition that anything and everything can be art, and generally delights in the shock of the new, to borrow critic Robert Hughes’ phrase. In a summer when the city’s main art museum, the Tucson Museum of Art, is filled with traditional art of the West, I decided to take a quick tour through downtown’s cuttingedge spaces. The aptly named Wilde specializes, you guessed it, in art gone wild. Inside, you’ll find PVC pipe, carved-up books and stained ceramics, along with Prisble’s orange yarn. The gallery encourages groundbreaking materials and processes, but director Miles Conrad always insists on superb craftsmanship. “Orange Jelly” easily meets his high standards, as do the other works in the current show, Addition/Subtraction. Gallery favorite Jessica Drenk is back with elegantly carved PVC pipes. Drenk arranges the workaday white plastic in rows, and then cuts such lovely patterns into them that they look more plantlike than commercial. That’s the point. As she explains in her artist’s statement, Drenk deliberately blurs the line between natural objects and manufactured goods—between plants and plumbing supplies. Her “Erosions 43” is a lovely sculptural abstraction, alive with flickering lights and shadows. The surface of the curving pipe is bright white, but the carved openings allow a view into the darks in the interior. In her “Procession Four,” a cut-wood work, she’s started with a wholly natural material— wood—and sliced and diced it into tiny regimented pieces. Then, going back in the


other direction, she’s arranged these little wooden cogs into patterns that suggest nature once again. Wilde has been in business about seven years, weathering the economic downturn by downsizing both its space and its hours. Displaying admirable optimism, James Schaub and Albert Chamillard opened ATLAS Fine Art Services last fall, with a focus, like Wilde’s, on abstraction and innovation. Its last exhibition, just for instance, displayed works on paper that Katherine Monaghan created out of hardware washers, water, rust and paper. The art in the new show, Ken Hill: Progressions, at first glance seems more conventional. A Philadelphia artist recently transplanted to Tucson, Hill makes paintings and colored-pencil works on paper, some of them just 5 inches square. Their rocketing colors, shooting diagonally across the surface, make them just right for the Fourth of July season. Despite their good cheer, these works are serious, and more complex than you might think. Hill uses multiple vanishing points, confounding a viewer’s attempt to nail down the pieces’ geometry. “Asterisk 1” and “Asterisk 2” seem to have their origins in a point right in the middle of the picture plane. But the more you look at their bursting colors—green, red, yellow, hot pink—and at their darting lines, the more confused you get. With vanishing points all over the place, you don’t know where one troop of lines starts and another one stops. It’s op art meets conceptual art. MOCA Tucson could probably hold a dozen ATLASES and Wildes in its cavernous spaces. The museum occupies the former downtown firehouse, and the old fire-truck garage makes a handsome Great Hall for the monumental works MOCA routinely displays. The current show, Vinjon Global Corp.: Quietly Taking Over the World, was put together by a pair of visiting artists, Floridian Jordan Vinyard and Minnesotan Hunter Jonakin, who gave their combined last names to their imaginary corporation. Unlike contemporary artists who strip their work of narrative, the Vinyard-Hunter team put their unusual materials—cardboard boxes, shiny Mylar, harnesses—to the service of satire. That’s partly because they’re performance artists, and the pieces they worked on at the museum during the month of June became props for their live show two weeks ago. Now displayed in a static exhibition, these works have no doubt lost some of their dramatic

Jessica Drenk’s “Erosions 43” (PVC pipe on panel), cropped, at Conrad Wilde Gallery. power. Still, some still carry a satiric edge, critiquing corporate power in a time of economic woe and sympathizing with artists trying to do authentic work in a plastic world. “Life Buoy for the Struggling Artist” is a giant balloon lying on its side. Kept inflated by an electric fan blowing air into its innards, it wobbles around, trying to go aloft. Two harnesses sized for adults are tethered to it by cords. If the struggling artists in question were only strapped in, and if the balloon could be set free, they could all fly to liberation. “Utility Harness for the Tortured Artist” is less buoyant. This set of straps has no balloon for rescue, and it’s fitted with wires evidently designed to inflict pain, in case the artists using it haven’t already hurt themselves enough. “Suits of Scintillation: Vinjon Ghillie Suits” is a set of head-to-toe costumes made of strips of shiny Mylar fluttering in the AC. These all-over suits would offer a hiding place to artists weary of the madding crowd—or to any citizen seeking to escape the machinations of corporations. A series of deft drawings on the wall show that these installation artists also know their way around a pencil. Called “Vinjon Stocks,” the drawings take their aesthetic from the flowery paper stock certificates that prevailed before online trading. In one fake certificate, a huge and menacing corporate blimp makes a beeline for the fragile towers of the city. And it doesn’t look like the blimp is going to lose the battle. An unrelated painting by the late Robert Colescott, the eminent Tucson artist, hangs in a back gallery of the museum. It’s not part of the show, but it illustrates another side of contemporary art, one that draws on centuries of painterly tradition while taking a sharp look at current mores. The roughly, beautifully, colorfully painted “Kitchen Assassination,” circa 1971, pictures the 1968 death of Robert F. Kennedy. Colescott was

Vinjon Global Corp.; Quietly Taking Over the World Works by Jordan Vinyard and Hunter Jonakin Noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, through Sept. 22 MOCA Tucson 265 S. Church Ave. $4; free to members, kids under 17, veterans, active military and public safety officers; free to all the first Sunday of the month 624-5019;

Addition/Subtraction Noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, through Saturday, July 28 Conrad Wilde Gallery 439 N. Sixth Ave., No. 195 Free 622-8997;

Ken Hill: Progressions 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Saturday, Aug. 11 ATLAS Fine Art Services 41 S. Sixth Ave. Free 622-2139;

a master of historical but thoroughly modern paintings that brilliantly dissected themes of race. In this one, Rosey Grier, a black man painted like the Sambo of early racist literature, overcomes the nation’s negative stereotypes. He couldn’t stop Kennedy’s murder, but he is a hero nonetheless, a man who doesn’t hesitate to leap forward to grab the killer’s gun. JULY 12 – 18, 2012



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INDUSTRIA STUDIOS Industria Studios. 1441 E. 17th St. 235-0797. Miscommunication and the Human Condition, a juried exhibition of works in a range of media by Tucson artists, opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 14, and continues through Saturday, Aug. 4. Hours are by appointment. Visit for more information. WIL TAYLOR Café Passé. 415 N. Fourth Ave. 624-4411. Paintings and prints by Wil Taylor are exhibited in a reception at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 14, and continue through Friday, Aug. 31. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday through Tuesday; and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.



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ARTSEYE GALLERY ArtsEye Gallery. 3550 E. Grant Road. 325-0260. The fourth annual Curious Camera Event, featuring images from around the world made with pinhole, plastic, vintage, instant and cell-phone cameras, continues through Tuesday, July 31. The exhibit also features pinhole images made with the Giant Holga by Swiss photographer Francois Robert. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Call 327-7291, or visit for info. ATLAS FINE ART SERVICES Atlas Fine Art Services. 41 S. Sixth Ave. 622-2139. Ken Hill: Progressions, an exhibit inspired by geometric abstraction and op art, continues through Saturday, Aug. 11. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 7 pm., Friday and Saturday; free. BLUE RAVEN GALLERY AND GIFTS Many Hands Courtyard. 3054 N. First Ave. 419-7191. Express Yourself ... Anything Goes!, paintings, photographs, ceramics, gourds, mixed-media works and more by local artists, continues through Saturday, Aug. 18. Hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; or by appointment. Visit for more information. CONRAD WILDE GALLERY Conrad Wilde Gallery. 439 N. Sixth Ave., Suite 195. 622-8997. Addition/Subtraction, an exhibition of eight artists’ multimedia work, paintings and sculpture on the theme of positive versus negative space, continues through Saturday, July 28. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday; free. Visit for more information. CONTRERAS GALLERY Contreras Gallery. 110 E. Sixth St. 398-6557. When Sight Speaks, an exhibit by Green Fields Country Day School art teacher Jane Buckman, continues through Saturday, July 28. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Davis Dominguez Gallery. 154 E. Sixth St. 6299759. The Works: Painting and Sculpture by All Davis Dominguez Artists and Small Things Reconsidered: Selections From the 20th Small Works Invitational continue through Saturday, Sept. 15. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; free. Call or visit for more information. DESERT ARTISANS’ GALLERY Desert Artisans’ Gallery. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-4412. Summer Shades, representing several local artists, continues through Sunday, Sept. 9. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 10 a.m.

to 1:30 p.m., Sunday. Visit for more information. ETHERTON GALLERY 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. A Classic Collection: Photographs From the Estate of Julian T. Baker Jr. (1939-2011), a selection of works by 20th-century masters, continues through Friday, Aug. 31. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and by appointment; free. Visit for more information. FLORENCE QUATER GALLERY Southwest University of Visual Arts Florence Quater Gallery. 2538 N. Country Club Road. 325-0123. Loosely Arranged, an exhibit of quirky and often humorous visual expressions, including cartoon strips, children’s books, and paintings, continues through Friday, July 27. A reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 13. Participating artists are Max Cannon, whose cartoon strip Red Meat runs in the Weekly; David Christiana, illustrator of more than 20 picture books; Michael Nolan, whose work was featured in the Arizona Biennial; and Adam Rex, whose work is included in Magic the Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit for more information. JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER FINE ART GALLERY Jewish Community Center Fine Art Gallery. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000. Crossing About, a collection of 30 works by Christine Zabramny, continues through Wednesday, Aug. 8. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Sunday. JOEL D. VALDEZ MAIN LIBRARY Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. An exhibit of diverse works submitted by staff from the 27 Pima County Library branches continues through Tuesday, July 31. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday; free. Call 791-4010, or email for more information. JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY Joseph Gross Gallery. 1031 N. Olive Road, No. 108. 626-4215. Above and Below, an exhibition of work by Josh Keyes, continues through Thursday, Aug. 30. A closing reception takes place from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit for more information. KIRK-BEAR CANYON BRANCH, PIMA COUNTY LIBRARY Kirk-Bear Canyon Branch, Pima County Library. 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. 594-5275. An eclectic exhibit of oil and watercolor paintings and three-dimensional work by Pamela D. Howe continues through Tuesday, July 31. An artist’s reception takes place from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday; free. LONG GALLERY, ACADEMY VILLAGE Academy Village. 13701 E. Langtry Lane. 647-7777. Sparking the Imagination: Abstract Impressions by Marti White continues through Friday, Aug. 24, in the community center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. MURPHEY GALLERY Murphey Gallery. St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. An exhibit of works in graphite by Alan Jaffe, and works in pastels, acrylics and charcoal by Tom Bulow continues through Thursday, Aug. 9. Hours are from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday; free. PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY AND STUDIO Philabaum Glass Gallery and Studio. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. Philabaum and Phriends, an exhibit of glass art by Tom Philabaum and his colleagues, continues through Saturday, Sept. 1. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and Monday by appointment; free. PORTER HALL GALLERY Porter Hall Gallery. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. An exhibit of paintings and photography by Valerie Galloway continues through Sunday, July 29. An artist’s recepton takes place from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 19, as part of the gardens’ Twilight Third Thursday event. Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily; $8, $4 child age 4 to 12, free younger child or member, includes admission to the gardens. Twilight Third Thursday admission is $9, $5 member, $4 child, $3 child member, free child younger than 4. For more information, call or visit

QUANTUM ART GALLERY Quantum Art Gallery. 505 W. Miracle Mile, No. 2. 907-7644. Never Again, featuring the contemporary art of Mychal Trujillo and Micheline Johnoff, continues through Monday, Aug. 27. Hours are by appointment.


RAICES TALLER 222 ART GALLERY AND WORKSHOP Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop. 218 E. Sixth St. 881-5335. ¡Chubasco!, an exhibit of works featuring monsoon and water themes, continues through Saturday, July 21. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and by appointment; free. A closing reception featuring poetry readings takes place at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 21. Call or visit for more information.

ART AWAKENINGS Art Awakenings-Old Bisbee Gallery. 50 Main St. Bisbee. (520) 432-3765. An exhibit of Ken Boe’s newer mixedmedia work and paintings from his Teapot series continues through Sunday, July 29. A reception takes place from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 14. Regular hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; free. Visit for more information.

RONALD ZACK, PLC Ronald Zack, PLC. 177 N. Church Ave., No. 1015. 664-3420. Artistic Reflections: Truth and Beauty in Creation, an exhibit of oil paintings and graphite drawings by TurningBear Mason, continues through Friday, Aug. 3.; free. Hours are by appointment.

TRIANGLE L RANCH Triangle L Ranch. 2805 Triangle L Ranch Road. Oracle. 623-6732. Big Desert Sculpture Show continues through Sunday, Sept. 16. The exhibit includes metal, glass and ceramic works for sale, and site-specific installations. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Saturday; and by appointment; free.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD GALLERY Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Gallery. 5605 E. River Road, Suite 131. An exhibit of art by almost two dozen artists who work in water-based media continues through Monday, July 30. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. TEMPLE GALLERY Temple Gallery. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 624-7370. Desert Dreams, an invitational exhibit organized by VSA Arizona, a state organization concerned with arts and disability, continues through Friday, July 27. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. TOHONO CHUL PARK GALLERY Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 7426455. Mesquite, an exhibit of photography and art representing mesquite trees in a range of media, continues through Sunday, July 22. Pollinators: The Art of Interdependence, an exhibit focusing on bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other actors in spreading pollen, runs through Sunday, Aug. 12. Zoom In! A Photographic Exploration of Pollinators runs through Saturday, Sept. 1. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, through Friday, Aug. 31; $8, $6 senior, $5 active military, $4 student with valid ID, $2 ages 5 through 12, free member or child younger than 5, includes admission to the park. Visit for more information. TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Flights of Fancy, a garden-wide display of decorated bird houses of all shapes and sizes, continues through Sunday, Sept. 30. Many of the bird houses are for sale and may be picked up at the end of the exhibit. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily; $8, $4 child age 4 to 12, free younger child or member, includes admission to the gardens. Call or visit for more information about the exhibit and the many bird-related classes and activity taking place. TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Tucson International Airport. 7250 S. Tucson Blvd. 573-8100. Flight, Sight and Watermelons, an exhibit of watercolor paintings on paper by Catharine Kim Woodin, continues through Saturday, Sept. 8, in the Main Gallery. Arizona Summer Skies, an exhibit of laser prints on aluminum by Lynn Rae Lowe, is displayed through Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Upper Link Gallery. Blooms and Bugs, an exhibit of works by Tucson photographers, runs through Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Lower Link Gallery. TIA galleries are open 24 hours, daily; free. Visit for more information. UA MEDICAL CENTER SOUTH CAMPUS UA Medical Center South Campus. 2800 E. Ajo Way. 874-2000. An exhibit featuring photography by faculty members of Pima Community College continues through Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the Behavioral Health Pavilion Gallery. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 1:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH Unitarian Universalist Church. 4831 E. 22nd St. 7481551. The Members and Friends Photography Show continues through Sunday, Sept. 2. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and Sunday.

LAST CHANCE AGUA CALIENTE PARK RANCH HOUSE GALLERY Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery. 12325 E. Roger Road. 749-3718. This exhibit of art and writing expressing local children’s understanding of watersheds and the natural world closes Wednesday, July 18. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free.

Call 615-7855, or email for more information.

TUBAC PRESIDIO STATE HISTORIC PARK Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. An exhibit of art that tells the story of Juan Bautista de Anza’s 1775 expedition from Tubac to establish San Francisco continues through Friday, Aug. 31. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; $4, $2 age 7 to 13, free younger child. Call or visit TubacPresidioPark. com for more information. WESTERN NATIONAL PARKS ASSOCIATION Western National Parks Association. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. Art Inspirations, an exhibit of art inspired by Donald Knight’s photographs, continues through Tuesday, July 31. An artists’ reception takes place from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 14. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; free. Visit for directions or more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS BICAS UNDERGROUND ART WORKSHOPS BICAS. 44 W. Sixth St. 628-7950. BICAS offers workshops to create useful objects and art projects from recycled materials from 5 to 8 p.m., every Tuesday; freewill donation. Materials are provided, or you may bring your own. Call 201-5011, or search for “Bicas Underground Art” on Facebook for information about each week’s project. BRIDGE GALLERY Bridge Gallery. 5425 N. Kolb Road, No. 113. 5774537. Southwest contemporary art is featured. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment; free. Visit for more information. CALL FOR ARTISTS Tucson Pima Arts Council. 100 N. Stone Ave., No. 303. 624-0595. Exhibit proposals are sought for the entrance lobby adjoining the TPAC conference room in the Pioneer Building. Exhibits last approximately 12 weeks and include a hosted reception. The deadline for submissions is noon, Wednesday, July 25. Call 6240595, ext. 16, or visit for the submission form and guidelines. CALL FOR ARTISTS Natural Way Wellness Spa. 329 E. Seventh St. 8828828. A new spa seeks art on consignment. Themes are mind, body and spirit. Call for more information. CALL FOR ARTISTS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Artists are sought for individual monthlong exhibits in the Porter Hall Gallery. Work should be two-dimensional with desert themes. Email low-res digital images or a website link, an artist’s statement and a resume, and put “Porter Hall Gallery” in the subject line to The deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 31; selected artists are notified by Sunday, Sept. 30. Call 326-9686, ext. 35, for more information. CALL FOR ARTS PRESENTERS Galleries, studios, arts merchandisers and presenters in the downtown Tucson area are sought to extend their open hours on the first Saturday of every month for First Saturday Art Walks. Visit, or email for more information. GALLERY ROW ARTWALK Fine art, live music and wine-tastings are featured at several art galleries at the corner of Skyline Drive and Campbell Avenue, from 5 to 7 p.m., every Thursday. Call 615-3001, or visit for more information.

GEORGE STRASBURGER GALLERY AND STUDIO George Strasburger Gallery and Studio. 172 E. Toole St. 882-2160. An exhibit of new paintings by George Strasburger and photographs by Alfonso Elia is featured from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Visit and for more information.

to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday; $10, $8 senior, $5 college student with ID, free age 18 or younger, active military or veteran with ID, and TMA members; free the first Sunday of every month. Visit for more information.

OPEN STUDIO ART CLASSES WomanKraft. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976. Anyone can make crafts for free from 1 to 4 p.m., every second Friday and Saturday.

UA MUSEUM OF ART UA Museum of Art. 1031 N. Olive Road. 621-7567. Joshua Olivera’s Palimpsest: An Image of What Once Was continues through Sunday, Sept. 2. Exhibitions featuring Sol LeWitt, who is among the founders of both Minimal and Conceptual art, and David Headly, who specializes in large-scale triptychs, continue through Sunday, Oct. 21. As part of the exhibition, six teams construct works according to LeWitt’s specifications; call for a work schedule. Visit for details of related activities. The Samuel H. Kress Collection and the altarpiece from Ciudad Rodrigo are on display until further notice. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; $5, free member, student, child, faculty and staff with ID. Visit for more information.

OPEN STUDIO TOUR APPLICATIONS The Tucson Pima Arts Council invites artists to participate in the Fall Open Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11. TPAC must receive all registration materials by 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20. Call 6240595, ext. 16, or visit for registration materials and more information. VICTOR STEVENS STUDIO AND GALLERY IN THE DESERT Victor Stevens Studio and Gallery in the Desert. 14015 S. Avenida Haley. Sahuarita. 399-1009. Original work and giclee prints are shown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., every Saturday; and by appointment. Visit for more information.

MUSEUMS EVENTS THIS WEEK ARIZONA HISTORY MUSEUM Arizona History Museum. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. 100 Years: 100 Quilts continues through Saturday, Dec. 29. The quilts, created for the state’s centennial, depict Arizona landscapes, cultures, historical places and unique events. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; $5, $4 senior or ages 12 through 18, free younger child. ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM Arizona State Museum. 1013 E. University Blvd. 6216302. An exhibit of 20 Hopi quilts continues through Monday, Aug. 20. Many Mexicos: Vistas de la Frontera continues through Friday, Nov. 30. Basketry Treasured, an exhibit of 500 pieces from the museum’s collection of Southwest American Indian basketry, which is the world’s largest, continues through Saturday, June 1, 2013. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; $5, free youth younger than 18, active-duty military and their families, people with business in the building and everyone for public events. Visit for more information. DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. 6300 N. Swan Road. 299-9191. Portraits of DeGrazia, an exhibit of photographs and paintings of Ted DeGrazia, including works by Louise Serpa and Thomas Hart Benton, continues through Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Ted DeGrazia Depicts the Life of Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino: 20 Oil Paintings is on permanent display. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily; free. Call or visit for more information. FORT LOWELL MUSEUM Fort Lowell Museum. 2900 N. Craycroft Road. 8853832. An exhibit of artifacts from the centennial celebration at Bunker Hill Monument continues through Friday, Aug. 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday; $3, $2 senior or student, free member, child younger than 12 or military family with ID. Bette Bunker Richards, historian of the Bunker Family Association, is curator of the Fort Lowell Museum. MOCA MOCA. 265 S. Church Ave. 624-5019. Subcontracted Installation, work that artists-in-residence Hunter Jonakin and Jordan Vinyard created collaboratively with museum visitors throughout the month of June, continues through Sunday, Sept. 16. A performance-art panel with Arizona Between Nosotros takes place at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 21; $5, free member. Works by previous participants in the MOCA artist-residency program are featured in Air Show, which runs through Sunday, Sept. 16. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday; $8, free member, child younger than 17, veteran, active military and public-safety officers, and everyone the first Sunday of each month. Call or visit for more information. TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Arizona Doodle 4 Google, an exhibit of Arizona students’ entries in a Google doodle competition, runs through Friday, Aug. 31. Tucson Collects: Spirit of the West, an exhibit of Western art from private collections, and 100 Years: 100 Ranchers, a collection of photographs by Scott T. Baxter for the Arizona centennial, continue through Sunday, Sept. 23. Summer hours are 10 a.m.

OUT OF TOWN AMERIND MUSEUM Amerind Museum. 2100 N. Amerind Road, Exit 318 off Interstate 10. Dragoon. (520) 586-3666. A Journey: The Art of Glory Tacheenie-Campoy, an exhibit of paintings, sculpture, mixed-media works and prints, continues through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; $8, $7 senior, $5 ages 12 through 18, free younger child. Visit amerind. org for more information. FRONTIER PRINTING PRESS DEMONSTRATION Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Printer and teacher James Pagels demonstrates the 1858 Washington Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 14; $5, $2 ages 7 to 13, free younger child, includes admission.

LITERATURE EVENTS THIS WEEK EDGE 46: EMERGING AND YOUNGER WRITERS Casa Libre en la Solana. 228 N. Fourth Ave. 325-9145. Elizabeth Brown, Sarah Kortemeier and Lawrence Lenhart read from their work at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18; $5 suggested donation. Visit for more information. OTHER VOICES READING SERIES Antigone Books. 411 N. Fourth Ave. 792-3715. Featured readers are Melissa Buckheit and Shannon Cain from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, July 13; free. Refreshments and an open reading follow. Anyone is welcome to read a short piece of writing in fiction, nonfiction or poetry. Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign up to read. THIRD WEDNESDAY FICTION GROUP Mostly Books. 6208 E. Speedway Blvd. 571-0110. A group meets to discuss a work of fiction at 7 p.m., the third Wednesday of every month; free.

UPCOMING MUJERES QUE ESCRIBEN (WOMEN WHO WRITE) Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop. 218 E. Sixth St. 881-5335. Members of a nationally published Latina writers’ group present their poetry and readings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 21, in conjunction with the closing reception for ¡Chubasco!, an exhibit of works featuring monsoon and water themes. Free. SUMMER RESIDENT READING UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. The center’s summer resident prose writer Harrison Candelaria Fletcher and Tucson writer Naomi Benaron read from their work from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 19, in the Dorothy Rubel Room; free.

ANNOUNCEMENTS OMNIVOROUS READERS Sahuarita Branch, Pima County Public Library. 725 W. Via Rancho Sahuarita. Sahuarita. 594-5490. Maurynne Maxwell leads discussions of a mix of contemporary fiction and nonfiction from 10 a.m. to noon, the second Saturday of every month; free.





LECTURES EVENTS THIS WEEK THE CCC IN SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK Saguaro National Park West. 2700 N. Kinney Road. 733-5158. Learn how the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s developed the park’s trails, picnic areas and scenic drives, in a 45-minute presentation at 2:15 p.m., every Friday and Saturday, through July 28; free and wheelchair accessible. DESPERADO TRAILS: OUTLAWS ON THE ARIZONA FRONTIER Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Jan Cleer, author of Outlaw Tales of Arizona, discusses the massacres, mayhem and mischief caused by notorious outlaws in Arizona Territory, from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 17; free. FAST FOOD IN THE DESERT Saguaro National Park West. 2700 N. Kinney Road. 733-5158. A 40-minute talk covers the ways ancient desert peoples relied on the natural world for food, at 3:15 p.m., every Sunday through July 29; free and wheelchair accessible. MEET THE CUCKOO OF THE DESERT Saguaro National Park West. 2700 N. Kinney Road. 733-5158. Learn the natural history, behavior and other interesting facts about the roadrunner at 3:15 p.m., every Tuesday, through July 31; free and wheelchair accessible. QUILTING SERIES Arizona History Museum. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. Quilt-makers who contributed to the centennial exhibit 100 Years, 100 Quilts give informal talks at 11 a.m., the second Saturday of every month, through Nov. 10; $5, $4 senior or ages 12 through 18, free younger child, includes admission. July 14: Karen Fisher. Aug. 11: Sue Franklin. Sept. 8: Joyce Harrison and Diane Osborne. Oct. 13: Nancy Arseneault. Nov. 10: Karen Fisher. Visit for more info. RON D. MEAD: GRAMMAR AND WRITING Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. The author of A Concise Book for Those Who Hate Grammar discusses how to identify and overcome common grammar and writing errors, ways to improve spelling, and how to remember grammar rules, from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, July 12; free. THE SLITHER FACTOR Saguaro National Park West. 2700 N. Kinney Road. 733-5158. A 40-minute presentation explains how snakes of all kinds play important roles in desert ecology, including controlling the rodent population, at 10:45 a.m., every Friday and Saturday, through July 28; free and wheelchair accessible.

OUT OF TOWN JIM TURNER: TUCSON PROFESSOR SHOOTS CHEATING HUSBAND! Western National Parks Association Bookstore. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. Historian Jim Turner discusses Louise Foucar Marshall and her sensational celebrity-murder trial at noon and 2 p.m., Saturday, July 14; free. Reservations are required; call between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; or from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Visit for directions or more information.

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BOOKS A Yavapai Indian survives the 1872 Skeleton Cave massacre and is taken in by soldiers who killed his family

Bridging Two Worlds BY TIM HULL, oor little Wet Nose was scooped up and taken in by the same soldiers who had directed the massacre of his entire extended family. It happened at Skeleton Cave, near the Salt River, in 1872—just another mass murder in the desert, another little-remembered horror of the Apache wars. Wet Nose (in his language, Hoomothya), a Yavapai Indian, was about 8 years old when he became Mike Burns, adopted as a kind of hardworking mascot by cavalry soldiers fighting a variety of tribes across central Arizona out of Prescott’s Fort Whipple and the Verde Valley’s Fort Verde. Capt. James Burns, one of the perpetrators of the Skeleton Cave massacre, gave Wet Nose his new name, and even promised to take him to Ireland, the captain’s homeland. But he died, and responsibility for little Mike fell to Capt. Hall S. Bishop, with whom the boy would later travel the West, fighting Indians and living the life of a frontier soldier. Mike Burns eventually went to school and returned to his beloved Arizona, where he died in 1934. It wasn’t uncommon in those days for young Indian children to be taken into the homes of settlers and soldiers. More often than not, these unfortunates worked like slaves while losing their cultural knowledge and identity, not truly part of the victor’s camp and no longer a member of their own. It was exceedingly uncommon, however, for such a lost child to grow up and write an autobiography. Though Burn’s original tale was written, according to writer and editor Gregory McNamee, “in a language that is not quite English, interspersed with grammatical constructions that are not quite Yavapai,” the finished book, as edited by McNamee, is a kind of terse masterpiece, shot through with an earthbound poetry that gives Burns’ sometimes improbable memories the ring of truth. The manuscript had apparently been gathering dust for years at Prescott’s Sharlot Hall Museum. McNamee, rather heroically, rescued it from obscurity. Burns seems to have been something of a frontier Forrest Gump, always hanging around the edges of Arizona history. He was loved and often assisted in his early life by none other than Gen. George Crook, and he claims to have assisted Capt. John G. Bourke, the famed ethnologist and writer, with his classic 1892 book about the Apache wars, On the Border With Crook.


The Only One Living To Tell: The Autobiography of a Yavapai Indian By Mike Burns; edited by Gregory McNamee

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“I helped him with much of what he wrote, and he promised that when the book was finished and selling, I would get a share of the money,” Burns writes. “I went to a lot of trouble to talk with old Indians about how they used to live, and the kinds of things they used to eat before the white man’s food, such as flour, sugar, coffee, beans and potatoes, came into general use among the Indians.” Burns’ tribe, the Kwevkepayas, was one of four different groups that had ranged over central Arizona for centuries when the white man came for gold in the 1860s. They lived in the pine-covered highlands around Prescott, in the lush Verde River Valley, along Date Creek, in the red rock country around Sedona and as far north as Flagstaff. Though these distinct peoples would later be referred to generally as the Yavapai, in Mike Burns’ day, they were called Apache and hunted down as such. “They were all different people, and they spoke different languages, with the same trouble that a white man meeting a Mexican has,” Burns writes, though he calls himself an Apache throughout the book. From this vantage, it may be easy to read too much into Burns’ struggles with identity. His was really the same struggle as that of thousands of Indians who worked as scouts for the Army, hunting down and killing their own people. People are people, in the end, and they almost always revert to “what’s in it for me.” At one point, Burns is given the opportunity to return to the native life. He declines, choosing comfort over the unknown, as most of us probably would, too. “At that time I was asked if I did not want to return to my people, but I went on with my business as if I had not heard, since I was satisfied where I was,” Burns writes. “I had no relatives living, for they had all been killed on the Salt River, and I would have been lost among the Indians. Was there any use of my going back to them just because they were Indians and so was I? I had a good house to stay in, a good bed, plenty of blankets, plenty to eat, and only a little work to do. I didn’t need anything. Life was comfortable. What more could anybody want? I’d like to know.”

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CINEMA Woody Allen’s ‘To Rome With Love’ has too many subplots, but it still entertains

Just Good Enough

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BY COLIN BOYD, BS recently broadcast an illuminating documentary about the life and work of Woody Allen. Directed by Curb Your Enthusiasm producer Robert Weide, it provided rare insight into Allen’s world. He used to appear on talk shows all the time before becoming a full-time filmmaker, but these days—especially since the microscope fell on his personal life about 15 years ago—Woody doesn’t grant as many interviews. One thing that really stands out about the documentary is how he works. Like a lot of curmudgeons, Woody still uses a typewriter; in fact, it’s the same typewriter he’s used since 1952. And if he has to cut and paste part of a script to a new page, he does it the old-fashioned way. What is remarkable isn’t that he still uses a 60-year typewriter, but rather that he’s written 40 films in 40 years on it. Allen’s ceaseless pace has recently taken him to Europe, and it has unquestionably reinvigorated his work—Match Point is one of his best dramas, and last year’s Midnight in Paris was his most commercially successful film ever. The typewriter and the European bent now take Woody to Italy, although it is sadly relegated to more of a background role in To Rome With Love. That cutting and pasting Woody does manually? He might have needed a new pair of scissors by the time he was through with this script. It feels like a compilation of bits and pieces of several ideas that never reached artistic maturity, half of them good. He has worked this way before but perhaps not quite to this extent; there are four independent subplots here, and while there are highlights in each and even some signs of life in the filmmaker’s pat banter, none of the subplots are satisfying in their present form. Allen himself is a co-star, playing a retired opera director who discovers a rare talent during a trip to see his daughter (Alison Pill). She’s recently engaged, and during a family get-together, Woody overhears his future sonin-law’s father singing in the shower. It is magical. And it should be: The amateur singer is portrayed by the great tenor Fabio Armiliato. But as great as his voice is, he’s nervous performing … unless he’s singing in the shower. Is La Scala equipped for that? And is the opera world ready for a tenor who sings while taking a shower onstage? Elsewhere, newlyweds Antonio and Milly (Alessandro Tiberi and Alessandra Mastronardi) have come to Rome so Milly can meet her extended family. She decides to doll up first but can’t find the salon, eventual-


1. 21 Jump Street Sony

2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Warner Bros.

3. Wrath of the Titans Warner Bros.

4. The Hunter Magnolia

5. The Artist Weinstein

6. Wanderlust Universal

7. Project X Warner Bros.

8. Jeff Who Lives at Home Paramount

9. Mirror Mirror Relativity

10. God Bless America Magnolia Ellen Page and Jesse Eisenberg in To Rome With Love. ly winding up at lunch with one of Rome’s biggest movie stars. Meanwhile, Antonio is unwittingly visited by a prostitute (Penélope Cruz) who is promptly mistaken for his wife. It’s just filler, but Mastronardi certainly lights up the screen. A successful architect, John Foy (Alec Baldwin) has returned to Rome, where he studied and lost his heart 30 years ago. He encounters a current architecture student (Jesse Eisenberg) and warns him about the romantic pitfalls of the fair city, and about women in general. This is the subplot you can skip. Without revealing too much, the concept is dried up, and everyone is sleepwalking through it. Our lot improves when we meet Leopoldo (Roberto Benigni from Life Is Beautiful). He’s a nobody, completely middle class and predictable. But suddenly, one day, the paparazzi are at his door; he appears on TV; and Leopoldo becomes the toast of Roma. He is now famous simply for being famous. It’s a great bit of modern satire from Allen, who isn’t really known for that, and Benigni excels, believe it or not. In fact, this should have been the entire film. There’s certainly more to explore here than anywhere else (the tenor story is basically a 10-minute sketch), and Woody seems to have the most fun

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capturing it. Because these stories have no intersecting points, juxtaposing them only takes us away from the episodes that do work to idly walk through the others. But despite that, Woody Allen still gives an energized showing. For all its faults, To Rome With Love has some laughs, takes some comedic chances, and does just enough to be worth the price of admission. Allen essentially has no contemporaries. Who else churns out self-penned movies every year that he also occasionally stars in, while bouncing around from broad comedy to sober drama, and while maintaining a pretty good track record? Given all that, “worth the price of admission” is something of a compliment for a guy whose typewriter should have retired from exhaustion decades ago. JULY 12 – 18, 2012



FILM TIMES Film times reflect the most current listings available as of Tuesday evening, with screenings beginning on Friday for most opening titles. As schedules at individual theaters frequently change post-press, we recommend calling ahead to avoid any inconvenience.

AMC Loews Foothills 15 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. 888-262-4386. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) ends Thu 10, 12:30 The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu 9:45, 11:45, 12:45, 3:15, 3:45, 5:45, 6:15, 6:45, 9:15, 9:45; Fri-Wed 11, 11:55, 2, 5, 6, 8, 11 The Amazing Spider-Man 3D (PG-13) Thu 2:45, 8:45; Fri-Wed 3, 9 The Amazing Spider-Man: An IMAX 3D Experience (PG-13) Thu 10:30, 1:35, 4:40, 7:45, 10:50; FriWed 10, 1, 4, 7, 10 Brave (PG) Thu-Wed 10, 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:15 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Fri-Wed 10, 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:30, 9:50 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Fri-Sun 11:15, 1:30, 3:55, 6:30, 8:45, 11; Mon-Wed 11:15, 1:30, 3:55, 6:30, 8:45 Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG) Thu 11:55, 5, 10; Fri-Wed 12:40, 5:30, 10:30 Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D (PG) Thu 2:30, 7:30; FriWed 10:05, 3:05, 7:55 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu 11:10, 4:10, 9:20; FriWed 10:40, 3:25, 8:10 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 3D (PG) Thu 1:35, 6:45; Fri-Wed 1:05, 5:50 Magic Mike (R) Thu 11:35, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:25; Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:45, 4:30, 7:25, 10 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu 10:05, 4:15, 10:35; Fri-Sat 1:10, 7:20; Sun 2:15, 8:10; Mon-Wed 1:10, 7:20 Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13) Fri-Wed 10:15, 12:35, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:05 People Like Us (PG-13) Thu 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15; Fri-Wed 2:25 Prometheus (R) Thu 11:15, 2:15, 5:15, 8:05, 10:55; Fri-Sat 10:20, 4:20, 10:25; Sun 5:20, 11:15; Mon-Wed 10:20, 4:20, 10:25 Savages (R) Thu 10:15, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15; Fri-Wed 10:20, 1:15, 4:15, 7:10, 10:10 Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) Thu 1:10, 7:20; Fri-Wed 10:30 Ted (R) Thu 10:15, 11:50, 12:45, 2:20, 3:15, 4:55, 5:55, 7:30, 8:30, 10, 11; Fri-Wed 10:10, 11:45, 12:45, 2:15, 3:15, 4:45, 5:45, 7:15, 8:15, 9:45, 10:45


Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) Thu 10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45; Fri-Wed 11:30, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35

Century El Con 20 3601 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 902. The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu 11, 12:40, 2:10, 3:50, 5:20, 7, 8:30, 10:10, 11:55; FriWed 11, 12:40, 2:10, 3:50, 5:20, 7, 8:30, 10:10 The Amazing Spider-Man 3D (PG-13) Thu 11:40, 12:15, 1:20, 2:50, 3:25, 4:30, 6, 6:35, 7:40, 9:10, 9:45, 10:45; FriTue 11:45, 12:15, 2:50, 3:25, 4:30, 6, 6:35, 7:40, 9:10, 9:45, 10:45; Wed 11:45, 2:50, 4:30, 6, 7:40, 9:45, 10:45 Brave (PG) Thu 10:45, 11:30, 2:05, 4:15, 4:40, 7:20, 10; Fri-Wed 10:45, 11:30, 1:30, 2:05, 4:50, 7:20, 10 Brave 3D (PG) ends Thu 1:30 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Fri-Wed 10:45, 12, 1:10, 2:20, 3:35, 4:40, 6, 7, 8:25, 9:20, 10:45 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 11:15, 11:40, 12:30, 1:40, 2, 3, 4:05, 5:30, 6:30, 7:50, 8:50, 10:15 The Intouchables (R) ends Thu 11:05 Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG) ends Thu 11:40 Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D (PG) Thu 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40; Fri-Wed 11:35, 2:15, 4:45, 7:10, 9:55 Lucia Di Lammermoor Met Summer Encore (Not Rated) Wed 1, 6:30 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu 11:30, 2, 4:30; Fri-Tue 11:30, 2, 4:25; Wed 11:30 Magic Mike (R) Thu 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:20; Fri-Wed 11:35, 2:25, 5, 7:40, 10:30 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu 12:15, 6:45; Fri-Tue 6:50, 10:05 Moonrise Kingdom (PG13) Thu 11:45, 2:10, 4:35, 6:55, 9:20; Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:10, 4:35, 6:55, 9:25 North by Northwest (Not Rated) Wed 2, 7 People Like Us (PG-13) ends Thu 3:55, 9:55 Prometheus (R) ends Thu 7:35, 10:30 Savages (R) Thu 10:40, 12:10, 1:40, 3:20, 4:45, 6:25, 7:45, 9:40, 10:45; Fri-Wed 10:40, 12:10, 1:40, 3:20, 4:45, 6:25, 7:45, 9:30, 10:45 TCM Presents Singin’ in the Rain 60th Anniversary Event (Not Rated) Thu 2, 7 Ted (R) Thu 11, 12, 1:40, 2:40, 4:20, 5:20, 7, 8, 9:45, 10:40, 11:40; FriWed 11:05, 12:05, 1:45, 2:40, 4:20, 5:20, 7, 8, 9:50, 10:40 To Rome With Love (R) Thu 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10; Fri-Wed 11:10, 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 10

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) Thu 11:35, 2:15, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35; FriWed 5:05, 7:55, 10:35 Your Sister’s Sister (R) ends Thu 7:55, 10:15

Century Gateway 12 770 N. Kolb Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 962. Call for Fri-Wed film times 21 Jump Street (R) Thu 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 7:50, 10:25 Battleship (PG-13) Thu 12:30, 3:50, 7, 10:05 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13) opens Fri The Cabin in the Woods (R) Thu 12:40, 3:15, 5:30, 8, 10:15 Chimpanzee (G) Thu 12:15, 2:25, 4:35, 6:55 Dark Shadows (PG-13) Thu 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 The Dictator (R) Thu 12:50, 2:55, 5:25, 7:35, 9:40 Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax (PG) ends Thu 12:20, 2:30, 4:55 The Hunger Games (PG13) Thu 12:05, 12:45, 3:20, 4, 6:30, 7:30, 9:45 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Fri 12:05 a.m. Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Sun 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 Lucia Di Lammermoor Met Summer Encore (Not Rated) Wed 6:30 The Lucky One (PG-13) Thu 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:10 Mirror Mirror (PG) Thu 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) Thu 11:55, 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:35 The Pirates! Band of Misfits 3D (PG) Thu 9 Rock of Ages (PG-13) opens Fri Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (R) opens Fri TCM Presents Singin’ in the Rain 60th Anniversary Event (Not Rated) Thu 2, 7 What to Expect When You’re Expecting (PG-13) ends Thu 7:15, 9:50

Century Park Place 20 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 903. Call for Fri-Wed film times Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) Thu 11:40, 2:25, 5, 7:45, 10:30 The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu 10, 11:20, 1:20, 2:40, 4:40, 6, 8, 9:20 The Amazing Spider-Man 3D (PG-13) Thu 10:40, 12, 2, 3:20, 5:20, 6:40, 8:40, 10 Brave (PG) Thu 10:05, 12:35, 1:55, 3:15, 5:50, 7:10, 8:25 Brave 3D (PG) Thu 11:15, 4:30, 9:45 Dolphin Tale (PG) Wed 10 a.m. Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Fri-Mon 10:10, 11:20, 12:35, 1:45, 3, 4:10, 5:25, 6:35, 7:50, 9, 10:15

Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Mon 10:45, 11:55, 1:10, 2:20, 3:35, 4:45, 6, 7:10, 8:25, 9:35 Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG) Thu 10 Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D (PG) Thu 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25 Lucia Di Lammermoor Met Summer Encore (Not Rated) Wed 6:30 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu 11:30, 1:55, 4:20, 6:45, 9:05 Magic Mike (R) Thu 11:35, 2:20, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) ends Thu 9:55 Men in Black 3 (PG-13) ends Thu 9:25 Moonrise Kingdom (PG13) Thu 11:10, 1:40, 4:10, 6:50 North by Northwest (Not Rated) Wed 2, 7 People Like Us (PG-13) Thu 10:45, 1:35 Prometheus (R) ends Thu 7:30, 10:30 Savages (R) Thu 11:15, 12:55, 2:30, 4:05, 5:40, 7:15, 8:50, 10:20 Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) ends Thu 10:30, 1:30, 4:25 TCM Presents Singin’ in the Rain 60th Anniversary Event (Not Rated) Thu 7 Ted (R) Thu 10:10, 11:05, 11:55, 12:55, 1:50, 2:45, 3:40, 4:35, 5:30, 6:25, 7:25, 8:15, 9:10, 10:10 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) Thu 11, 1:45, 4:45, 7:35, 10:15

Century Theatres at the Oro Valley Marketplace 12155 N. Oracle Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 899. Call for Fri-Wed film times The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu 11:35, 6:05 The Amazing Spider-Man 3D (PG-13) Thu 10:30, 12:40, 1:45, 2:50, 3:55, 5, 7:10, 8:15, 9:20, 10:25 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13) ends Thu 11:05, 4:30, 10 Brave (PG) Thu 10:55, 1:35, 4:10, 6:55, 9:35 Dolphin Tale (PG) Wed 10 a.m. Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 10:50, 1:10, 3:30, 5:50, 8:10, 10:30 Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG) Thu 12 Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D (PG) Thu 2:30, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 Lucia Di Lammermoor Met Summer Encore (Not Rated) Wed 6:30 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) ends Thu 2:05, 7:25 Magic Mike (R) Thu 10:50, 1:40, 4:20, 7:05, 9:50 Moonrise Kingdom (PG13) Thu 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40 North by Northwest (Not Rated) Wed 2, 7 Savages (R) Thu 1:15, 4:25, 7:30, 10:30

TCM Presents Singin’ in the Rain 60th Anniversary Event (Not Rated) Thu 2, 7 Ted (R) Thu 11:30, 2:20, 4:55, 7:40, 10:20 To Rome With Love (R) Thu 10:35, 1:25, 4:15, 7, 9:45

Cinema La Placita La Placita Village, Broadway Boulevard and Church Avenue. 326-5282. The Man in the White Suit (Not Rated) Thu 7:30

Crossroads 6 Grand Cinemas 4811 E. Grant Road. 327-7067. The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Thu-Fri 10 a.m. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) MonWed 10 a.m. Battleship (PG-13) Thu 10:40, 1:30, 6:45, 9:35; Fri-Sun 4:15, 9:10; Mon 4:15; Tue-Wed 4:15, 9:10 Bernie (PG-13) Thu 12:35, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35; Fri-Sun 2:05, 4:25, 6:50; Mon 2:05, 4:25; Tue-Wed 2:05, 4:25, 6:50 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13) Fri-Wed 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Chernobyl Diaries (R) ends Thu 9:55 Chimpanzee (G) Thu 12:05, 2, 3:55, 5:50, 7:45; Fri-Wed 10:55, 12:55 Dark Shadows (PG-13) Thu 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40; Fri-Wed 11:20, 1:50, 7:25, 9:55 Dolphin Tale (PG) MonWed 10 a.m. The Hunger Games (PG13) Thu-Wed 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (PG) Thu-Fri 10 a.m. Monsieur Lazhar (PG-13) Thu 4:20; Fri-Wed 4:55 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) Thu 10:50, 12:55; Fri-Wed 12 Rock of Ages (PG-13) FriTue 11:35, 2:15, 7:05, 9:45; Wed 2:15, 7:05, 9:45 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (R) Thu 10:20, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10; Fri-Wed 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 Think Like a Man (PG-13) ends Thu 9:45

Fox Tucson Theatre 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Vertigo (PG) Fri 7:30; Sun 2

Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz. 806-4275. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) Thu 12, 2:40, 5:30, 8, 10:50; Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:50; Sun-Wed 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:15 The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu 9, 9:50, 12:20, 1:10, 2, 3:40, 4:30, 7, 7:50, 8:40, 10:20, 11:10; Fri-Sat

9:30, 12, 12:50, 1:40, 3:20, 4:10, 6:40, 7:30, 8:20, 10, 10:50; SunWed 9:30, 12, 12:50, 1:40, 3:20, 4:10, 6:40, 7:30, 8:20, 9:45 The Amazing Spider-Man 3D (PG-13) Thu 10:40, 11:30, 2:50, 5:20, 6:10, 9:30; Fri-Wed 10:20, 11:10, 2:30, 5, 5:50, 9:10 Brave (PG) Thu 11:10, 2:10, 4:50, 7:40, 10:25; Fri-Sat 11:15, 2:10, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30; SunWed 11:15, 2:10, 4:50, 7:40, 10:10 Brave 3D (PG) ends Thu 10:10, 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:40 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Fri-Wed 9:50, 11:30, 12:20, 2, 2:50, 4:30, 5:20, 7, 7:50, 9:30, 10:20 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Fri-Sat 10:40, 1:10, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40, 11:10; Sun-Wed 10:40, 1:10, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40 Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG) Thu 10:50; Fri-Wed 10:45 Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D (PG) Thu 1:20, 4:10, 6:50, 9:50; Fri-Wed 1:30, 4:15, 6:50, 9:20 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu 10:15, 12:45, 3:30, 6:15, 9; Fri-Wed 10:50, 1:15, 3:50, 6:30, 9 Magic Mike (R) Thu 10, 11, 12:50, 1:50, 3:45, 4:40, 6:30, 7:30, 9:20, 10:15; Fri-Sat 11, 2:15, 5:15, 8, 10:45; Sun-Wed 11, 2:15, 5:05, 7:45, 10:30 People Like Us (PG-13) Thu 11:20, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30; Fri-Wed 12:10, 6:15 Prometheus (R) ends Thu 3:20, 9:55 Puss in Boots (PG) ThuFri 9:45 a.m. The Savages (R) Thu 9:20, 11:45, 12:40, 3, 4, 6:20, 7:20, 9:45, 10:40; Fri-Sat 11:40, 12:40, 3, 4, 6:20, 7:20, 9:40, 10:40; Sun-Wed 11:40, 12:40, 3, 4, 6:20, 7:20, 9:25 Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) Thu 12:10, 6:45; Fri-Sat 3:10, 9:15; Sun-Wed 3:10, 9:05 Ted (R) Thu 10:45, 11:40, 1:30, 2:30, 4:20, 5:15, 7:10, 8:10, 10, 11; Fri-Sat 10:30, 11:20, 1:20, 2:20, 4:20, 5:10, 7:10, 8:10, 10:10, 11; Sun-Wed 10:30, 11:20, 1:20, 2:20, 4:20, 5:10, 7:10, 8:10, 9:50 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) Thu 10:20, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:10; FriSat 10, 1, 4:05, 7:15, 10:15; Sun-Wed 10, 1, 4:05, 7:15, 10

Duck Soup (Not Rated) Sun 11 a.m.; Tue 7 Elena (Not Rated) Fri-Sun 2:45, 7:30; Mon 2:45; Tue 2:45, 7:30; Wed 2:45 Hide Away (PG-13) Sat 7 Hysteria (R) Thu 2:15, 7:30; Fri-Wed 12:30, 5:15 Nobody Else but You (Not Rated) Sun-Wed 10 Peace, Love and Misunderstanding (R) Thu 12, 4:30; Fri-Sat 12, 4:45; Sun 4:45; Mon-Wed 12, 4:45 Polisse (Not Rated) Fri 2, 7; Sat 2; Sun-Mon 2, 7; Tue 2; Wed 2, 7 Pulp Fiction (R) Fri-Sat 10 Shut Up and Play the Hits (Not Rated) Wed 7:30 Sleepless Night (Not Rated) Thu 3, 10 Turn Me On, Dammit! (Not Rated) Thu 1, 5:30 Twice Dead (R) Mon 8

Oracle View 4690 N. Oracle Road. 292-2430. Call for Fri-Wed film times 21 Jump Street (R) Thu 7:20, 9:55 Battleship (PG-13) Thu 10:30, 1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:50 The Cabin in the Woods (R) Thu 4:30, 9:20 The Dictator (R) Thu 1, 3, 7:30, 9:35 Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax (PG) Thu 10:40, 2:55, 5:05 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) Thu 12:40 The Lucky One (PG-13) Thu 7:15, 9:40 Mirror Mirror (PG) Thu 11:30, 2, 6:50 Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG) Thu-Fri 11 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) Thu 11, 1:05, 3:10, 5:15 The Three Stooges (PG) Thu 10:50 What to Expect When You’re Expecting (PG-13) Thu 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 Wrath of the Titans (PG13) Thu 5:10

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Tower Theatres at Arizona Pavilions 8031 N. Business Park Drive. 579-0500. The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Mon-Wed 10 a.m. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Thu-Fri 10 a.m. The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu-Wed 10:45, 12:45, 1:45, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45, 6:45, 7:45, 9:45 The Amazing Spider-Man 3D (PG-13) Thu-Wed 11:45, 5:45, 8:45 Brave (PG) Thu 10:15, 11:25, 12:35, 2, 4:20, 6:40, 9; Fri-Wed 10:15, 12:40, 3:05, 5:20, 7:40, 10 Hop (PG) Thu-Fri 10 a.m. Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Fri-Wed 10:30, 11:45, 2, 4:15, 5:15, 6:30, 8:45, 9:45 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Fri-Wed 12:45, 3, 7:30 Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG) Thu 11:35, 5:20, 7:40; Fri-Wed 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:25, 9:40 Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D (PG) ends Thu 3, 10 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) ThuWed 10:05, 12:15, 2:25, 4:35, 6:50, 9:05 Magic Mike (R) Thu 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10; FriWed 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Men in Black 3 (PG-13) Thu 4:55, 7:20; Fri-Wed 12:20, 2:30 Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG) Mon-Wed 10 a.m. People Like Us (PG-13) Thu 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:40; Fri-Wed 10 Prometheus (R) ends Thu 11:20, 2:10, 9:45 Savages (R) Thu 10:30, 1:25, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55; Fri-Wed 10:20, 1:15, 4:10, 7:05, 9:55 Ted (R) Thu 10:10, 12:35, 3, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15; Fri-Wed 10:10, 12:35, 3, 5:25, 7:50, 10:10 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) Thu 11:10, 1:40, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50; Fri-Wed 5, 7:35, 10:05

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Reviews by Jacquie Allen, Colin Boyd and Bob Grimm.

The best—and worst— movies of 2012 so far


Five to See, Five to Skip BY BOB GRIMM, hile this hasn’t been an overly exciting movie year so far, it is shaping up to be better than last year. At the midyear point of 2011, I was already calling it one of the worst movie years imaginable, a feeling that stuck when the year changed over. I’m feeling a little better about 2012. And while it isn’t one of the year’s worst films, I would have to call The Amazing Spider-Man the most disappointing film of the year thus far. That movie is getting off way too easy with the critics; it’s a mess. Here are the 2012 five best and worst as of early July.


An excellent throwback to the sort of horror movies they never should have stopped producing, Asylum Blackout is simple, tense, graphic and bloody. It’s an endurance test punctuated by the genre highlights its audience expects. Everything you need to know is in the title: There’s a blackout at an asylum, and the natives become restless. An electrical storm allows the inmates to break out of their cells, but they’re still trapped inside the stoic facility. Unfortunately, so are several guards and cooks, from whose perspective most of the unhinged violence is seen, if not felt. While most films in this genre have become far too clever or too stupid for their own good, Asylum Blackout is exclusively a fastball pitcher. It never deviates from its objective and ratchets up the intensity quickly and effectively. This is a very solid lowbudget claustrophobia terrorizer. Boyd ELENA

Jack Black in Bernie.

There is a payoff in Elena, but it takes a lot of resolve to get there. The film opens with several minutes of birds on a tree branch outside a window ... and the pace really doesn’t pick up much over the next hour. Elena (Nadezhda Markina) lives in a loveless marriage with a wealthy tycoon (Andrey Smirnov) who is putting his affairs in order after suffering a heart attack. They married late in life, arrived there from different castes, and have their own histories to sew up while working on this final chapter. Elena wants some of the inheritance to take care of her struggling family, and her husband wants to leave it all to his daughter from a previous relationship, so something has to give. The strong character development is welcome, but ultimately the strength of the performances is weighed down by the droning pace. Boyd

The Best So Far

The Worst So Far

1. Moonrise Kingdom: Wes Anderson returns to live action after Fantastic Mr. Fox with a very Wes Anderson movie. It features a great cast, awesome cinematography and shot-forshot genius. Any year in which Anderson makes a movie is a happier movie year for me.

1. The Devil Inside: The year’s worst movie so far is a found-footage movie. Can you believe it? I’m seriously hoping that crap like this has rung the death bell for found-footage films. If I have to sit through another found-footage exorcism, I’m going to enter a convenience store, gather up all of the flu medicine, and put it in the ice cream freezer where people won’t find it. I know that this particular act isn’t all that awful or impactful, but it’s all I can come up with right now.

Katy Perry is one of the best things to happen to pop music in a long time. However, does her so-far short career deserve such an in-depth documentary … and does it need to be in 3-D? That’s a giant “hell no” on both counts, but these two facts don’t make Katy Perry: Part of Me any less fun or less engrossing. The film follows Perry on her 2011 California Dreams tour, and features interviews with the starlet, her family and friends. The doc charts the singer’s upbringing as the child of a pair of Christian ministers, her ups and downs in eventually getting her singing career off the ground, and her marriage to (and eventual split from) comedian Russell Brand. It’s a joy to see a celebrity so open, real and truly thankful for such a blessed career, even when it comes to the painful parts of her life. Allen

2. Battleship: Oh, yeah … let’s make a boring movie based on a boring board game. Let us tap that untapped mine of gorgeous cinematic ideas that is the American board game. I want a Chutes and Ladders movie now!



2. The Grey: Liam Neeson should be an Oscar contender for his work as a man battling a harsh, snowy wilderness and wolves after a plane crash. Joe Carnahan’s movie is a great survival flick, and an excellent monster movie to boot. There are a lot of people out there whining about the ending. To these people I say: “AAAAHHHH SHUDDUPPP!!! 3. The Avengers: A rousing, funny, overall exciting meeting of the Marvel superheroes that has made a huge impact on the box office, but most important, depicts the Incredible Hulk in a way that most everybody seems to be happy with. Well, perhaps Edward Norton isn’t a fan. And maybe Eric Bana, but everybody else is stoked. 4. Prometheus: Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien universe is a mind-bending and somewhat perplexing movie that qualifies as one of the year’s most-beautifully shot films. Scott has used 3-D technology much to his advantage. Oh, sure, the film’s logic is all over the place, but I don’t really care. Bring on more Prometheus movies, please. 5. Bernie: Jack Black gives one of the year’s best performances so far as Bernie, the reallife murderer of an elderly widow (played by Shirley MacLaine) in Carthage, Texas. Richard Linklater, reteaming with his The School of Rock star, knows how to handle Black better than anybody else.

3. Act of Valor: Please, members of the military, don’t beat my ass for hating this movie. While it was cool to cast real soldiers in this thing, it wasn’t cool to give them a script that makes the Chuck Norris film Missing in Action look like Rambo: First Blood Part II. (Let me make this perfectly clear … RAMBO RULED!) 4. Contraband: Mark Wahlberg action films have a tendency to suck, as does this one. I still love him, and found Ted to be extremely funny. As for this, he should be ashamed of himself. 5. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance: I’m so lame that I actually went into this hoping it would be good. I usually like it when Nicolas Cage gets all weird. Not this time. While the skull looks better in this movie, everything else looks like it was produced by 10-yearolds during a massive papier-mache artsand-crafts session.

The best thing about Nobody Else But You is JeanPaul Rouve’s leathery face. He expertly plays author David Rousseau, who stumbles onto a peculiar crime while visiting a tiny town near the French-Swiss border while racking his brain for a new novel. A local celebrity named Candice Lacouer (Sophie Quinton) was found dead in the snow, apparently a suicide. But nobody is investigating her death because her body was found in a nonjurisdictional no-man’s land between the two countries. The weathered Rousseau sees not only a plot for his next book, but also a chance to solve a real crime for once. Nobody Else But You is definitely quirky. It has shades of the Coens and Twin Peaks, and thanks to Candice Lacouer acting as a rural French surrogate for Marilyn Monroe, maybe a little “Candle in the Wind” iconophilia, too. Boyd POLISSE

About half an hour into Polisse, you may start wondering why we spend so much time with the personal lives of a group of French child-protection police officers, but before too much longer, you realize they need the distractions. And so do you. The interrogation scenes, primarily featuring incestuous rapists and child abusers, have no soft edges. And it appears that, over time, they have eroded some of the soft edges of the officers, as well. Directed by Maïwenn (a French actress who infamously married Luc Besson at 16), Polisse splashes off-duty scenes against the interrogations so that they almost don’t fit, but after two hours, the composition really pays off. It gives the film the release we need to power through the tougher moments. The content can be jarring, but Maïwenn’s confidence and the work of her ensemble make the journey worthwhile. Boyd


If you’re looking to go deeper into the story of Peter Parker and Spider-Man, you’re going to have to wait.

The Amazing Spider-Man is a total origin-story reboot, meaning we get reintroduced to Parker (Andrew Garfield) as he suffers a fateful spider bite that leads to superpowers he can’t immediately master. So that brings us nothing new. Most of the film follows the time-honored formula for these things, and it actually feels like a superhero movie made in the years before Marvel and DC figured out that they didn’t need to play it so safe to draw massive audiences. Garfield is really good, and Emma Stone balances him as Gwen Stacy, but the Lizard isn’t a great villain, so Rhys Ifans is wasted. It’s well-made and all, but not revelatory, so a better title might be The Eminently Competent Spider-Man. Boyd SAVAGES

For the first time in years, Oliver Stone has made a film worth watching—maybe because it doesn’t feel like he made it. Savages explores two sides of the War on Drugs from an unusual perch: Instead of dealing with the victims or the policies at work (or not at work), it’s dealer versus dealer to see who can outsmart and outmuscle the other. Salma Hayek is the ball-busting queenpin from Mexico trying to horn in on profitable upstarts Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson in Southern California. There’s a tug-of-war over Blake Lively—why not?—but the real stars are supporting players Benicio del Toro and John Travolta. They rather unconsciously steal every scene they’re in, and they might steal the drugs and money, too. A bit loose around the edges, Savages is still the best Oliver Stone movie since JFK. Boyd TED

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane makes his feature directorial debut with one of the year’s funniest movies. MacFarlane lends his voice to the title character, an obnoxious teddy bear given the gift of speech and life after a wish by his child owner, John. The two never part, even when John (played as an adult by Mark Wahlberg) is in his 30s. They become pot-smoking buddies, and John’s girlfriend (Mila Kunis) starts to get annoyed. For those of you simply looking for good, raunchy, R-rated comedy, Ted has got the goods. But MacFarlane also takes the human elements of the story seriously, and they wind up being quite charming. It has to be recognized as a major directorial feat when a first-timer creates an animated teddy-bear character that is more well-rounded than most actual human characters in movies today. Grimm

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Willem Dafoe stars in this interesting indie film about a hunter for hire in search of an allegedly extinct animal in Tasmania, the Tasmanian tiger. Director Daniel Nettheim’s film, based on the novel by Julia Leigh, makes nice use of Tasmanian locales, where Dafoe reportedly battled leeches and other nasty beings while filming. Dafoe plays Martin, a loner sent to Australia to seek out the animal for a corporation that wants it for its chemical attributes. They don’t really care about saving the animal; they just want to use it for experiments, and they don’t need it alive. Martin doesn’t care about whatever the evil corporation wants; he just wants to get the job done and collect a check. He’s sent to live with a family where the father has gone missing searching for the same beast. After getting acclimated, he starts warming up to the missing hunter’s wife (Frances O’Connor) and her two children. Above all, it’s interesting to see a film set in Australia that doesn’t take place in the outback. The scenery in this film is beautiful, yet very different. You get a true sense of a land that humans, perhaps, should steer clear of. It’s good to see O’Connor again; the reliable actress hasn’t been in much worth talking about lately, and she does nice work here. Sam Neill chips in as a local with ambiguous intentions hired to guide Martin. Morgana Davies is quite good as Sass, one of the two children Martin befriends. This was marketed as a “hunting” movie, but the most effective parts are the human dramas between Martin, the family and the angry townspeople who don’t want his type around. Dafoe brings typical greatness to the

role, making this much more than a film about a guy trying to catch a tiger. The filmmakers scored a major victory when they got him on the project. SPECIAL FEATURES: A welldone behind the scenes doc that features all the main performers. Dafoe appears to be having fun reminiscing about the physical travails of the shoot. You also get a commentary and deleted scenes.


This recent winner of the Best Picture Oscar is a funny, touching and innovative piece of work with a fun performance from Jean Dujardin (also an Oscar winner for Best Actor). He plays a silent movie star at the dawning of the sound age, much like Charlie Chaplin, who either must make the leap to sound or slip away. Bérénice Bejo plays Peppy Miller, a star on the rise. After sharing a scene in a film, their careers go in separate directions. They are wonderfully expressive performers, which suits Michel Hazanavicius’ film perfectly. Their final dance number is the sort of movie magic that’s been missing since the days of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. It was one of last year’s biggest surprises. They’ll be watching this one 100 years from now. It’s quite the bold achievement. SPECIAL FEATURES: Plenty of behind-the-scenes stuff, including an in-depth look at the locations used in the movie. There’s also a blooper reel.



One would hope that a pairing of Paul Dano (so good with Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood) and Robert De Niro would create performance fireworks. In the case of this film, based on the Nick Flynn memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, we get only a few sparklers and wet bottle rockets. Dano plays Nick, a wayward soul who gets a job in a homeless shelter. After a short time on the job his father (De Niro), whom he only recently met, winds up at the shelter looking for a room and eventually raises hell. The role provides De Niro with the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a cab Travis Bickle-style (Cool!), and progressively lose his mind. De Niro is strong for the film’s first half, but he sort of loses control of his performance as the movie plays out. By the time the film wraps, his character’s rages have lost their effectiveness. Dano’s character, who battles chemical dependency, is not well written. He just doesn’t register as anything near realistic, an odd thing because he is based on a real person. His dalliances with drugs and his mental struggles are glossed over. Director Paul Weitz, the ultimate example of a hitand-miss director, had a chance for something really gritty here, but he settles for mildly coarse. It’s too bad. I keep waiting for the role that will return De Niro to glory, and I thought this one had a good chance. It’s much better than Little Fockers (which Weitz also directed) but nothing in comparison to his best work. We De Niro fans just have to keep waiting. SPECIAL FEATURES: A short featurette on the making of the film, and that is all.

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Dizzy G’s reopens Dizzy G’s, at 75 E. Pennington St., has reopened after a lengthy closure. Signs in the window of the restaurant, which debuted its affordable and classic diner fare in 1983, say the place has new managers and that it’s open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Breakfast is available all day; lunch starts at 10:30 a.m.

BY RITA CONNELLY, com f it’s true what they say about the French inventing restaurants, then it was the Italians who invented hospitality. Making sure people’s appetites are satisfied and that every need is met is an integral part of dining Italian-style, and this is evident at Piazza Gavi. The Gavi empire once included several trattorias scattered through the city and a couple of larger dining venues. They were all wildly popular, winning the Tucson Weekly’s Best of Tucson® several years running. Today, Piazza Gavi is all that remains. But at this roomy, far-northeast-side restaurant, the Gavi reputation for good food—and plenty of it— continues. Unlike the small places Gavi was noted for, this is a good-sized space with a sloping high ceiling, a large mural of vegetables, columns here and there, an open kitchen and a wraparound patio (where no one was seated due to the hot weather). With great views of the nearby Catalinas, this area must be packed during winter-visitor season. Service was superfriendly on both our visits, but not perfect: Points for the server who brought me a glass of soda water when I spilled part of my dinner on my top; points are deducted because we had to ask for Parmesan on both visits. Gavi serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. At breakfast, you’ll find a passel of omelets, frittatas and sweet stuff. The lunch and dinner menus overlap a bit, but lunch has sandwiches and lower prices on some items. There’s also a killer happy hour with reduced prices on wine, beer and cocktails. If you order a drink, you can also get great deals on appetizers, including a 10-inch cheese pizza for a mere $3. Options are plentiful in every category. There are four soups; 16 pizzas (plus panzerotti); 15 appetizers, with the bruschetta coming 11 different ways; more than 20 pasta sauces; and a choice of four pastas (spaghetti, fettuccini, mostaccioli and angel hair). Our apps included the calamari New Yorkstyle ($11) and the Mozzarella Caprese ($8). If you think the price of the calamari is a bit steep, rest assured that the portion more than made up for any sticker shock. There was enough to satisfy four, maybe even six people. These were big rounds of calamari, as well. We brought home enough for two days of leftovers (which we ate cold, yum!). The squid had been breaded and then dressed with lots of spicy marinara sauce. All in all, it was a delightful change of pace from the usual way folks do calamari. The Caprese was a complete surprise. I



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The eggplant Parmesan sandwich at Piazza Gavi. thought it would be served as a salad. Instead, four slices of fresh tomato were topped with breaded, deep-fried mozzarella, and then drizzled with a creamy dressing and more chopped tomatoes. The cheese was hot and crispy, the tomatoes cold and juicy. And the dressing added a creamy little punch. We ordered two sandwiches from the lunch menu: steak with peppers and mushrooms ($10) and breaded pork ($12). Again, the portions were gargantuan. Served on chewy and extra-large Italian rolls (as big as a small loaf of bread), both sandwiches delighted. If there were mushrooms on the steak sandwich, they weren’t evident, but the roasted peppers (and chopped pickles) more than made up for any missing ingredients. The huge piece of pork was crispy and seasoned nicely. Peperoncini kicked it up a notch or two. Both came with a farfalle pasta salad with chopped tomatoes, chopped basil and lots of Italian seasonings in a decent-enough dressing. One thing that dinner has over lunch is the amuse-bouche. It comes to the table with crusty, sesame-seeded bread. There’s a bit of that farfalle salad and a mix of red and green peppers cooked to almost melting in a red sauce. Our pasta choice was fettuccini with the Bolognese sauce ($16 at dinner; $11 at lunch). From the house-specialty menu, we chose the Veal Milanese ($29). Each came with a choice of soup or salad. We ordered one salad with the house dressing and one soup, the stracciatelli. The salad was good-sized for a dinner salad and filled with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and such. The soup, whose name translates to “little rags,” consisted of a rich chicken broth that reminded me of the soup I ate in my Italian

Piazza Gavi

The Wine Depot, 3844 E. Grant Road, has announced a series of tasting events that run through the end of the month. The 31 Days of Reisling features tastes of 31 different riesling wines during the month. Each tasting features five to seven wines, some of which are so rare that the Wine Depot crew says Tucson may never see them again. Event officials say the riesling grape, a white grape with German origins, is one of the “world’s greatest and most misunderstood” grapes, which should make these tastings all the more interesting. The next tasting is from noon to 7 p.m., Friday, July 13. Reservations can be made through

5415 N. Kolb Road 577-1099; Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday Pluses: Portions big enough for leftovers to enjoy later Minuses: Not enough filling in the cannoli; had to ask for Parmesan on both visits

family’s kitchens. It included egg-drop shreds, cheese tortellini and spinach. It was wonderful. Although the veal was prepared in the same manner that the pork in the sandwich had been prepared, it took a different spin. Three slices had been cut paper thin, lightly breaded and cooked to the point where you barely needed a knife. The side of spaghetti came with the house marina, a nice version of this basic sauce. The fettuccini Bolognese was outstanding. The creamy tomato sauce got better with each bite. And, again, the portion size was over the top. I swear there was a pound of pasta in the bowl. The leftovers lasted for two more meals. We skipped dessert (all $6) at lunch but felt obligated to order it at dinner, despite being sated. Unfortunately, the cannoli wasn’t up to the standard set by the rest of the food. When we cut it in half to share it, the middle was empty. The affogato worked, although I could’ve done without the huge amount of whipped cream on top. When we return to Piazza Gavi—and we most definitely will—I think we’ll try the happy hour pizza special, another pasta dish, the meatballs, a seafood entrée, the …

Now Serving Dinner: Café à La C’Art The lovely café and restaurant inside the Tucson Museum of Art, 150 N. Main Ave., now offers dinner service. A recent evening featured offerings such as ratatouille Thai pasta, grilled pork chops, seared salmon, Mediterranean chicken and filet mignon. There are also salads—a salmon salad with fennel, oranges and orange vinaigrette dressing, for one—and appetizers to be had. The owners are still tweaking the dinner menu, so call ahead to see what’s available. Dinner hours are 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. The restaurant is also open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week;

Rum Revival Patrons of Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road, can score $5 drinks made from premium rum or $5 mojitos made from Mount Gay Silver. Aaron DeFeo, mixologist for the casino, is also hosting a poolside tasting of five premium rums on Friday, July 20. Admission is $5. We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: If you’re into innovative cocktails and modern mixology, keep an eye on what DeFeo is up to at the casino. His cocktail program is one of the best in the area. Visit for more information.

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11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday noon-9 p.m. Counter/Diner/ Beer Only. AMEX, DIS, MC, V, Checks. For more than 50 years, Jack’s BBQ has been conquering the carnivores with mighty portions of meat and comforting sides. Jack’s caters and offers a 10 percent military discount. (1-16-03) $ MR. K’S BARBEQUE C 4911 N. Stone Ave. 408-7427. Open daily 11 a.m.-9

p.m. Counter/Beer Only. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The man behind this longtime southside institution has moved to bigger digs—but the food hasn’t changed. The heavenly aroma hits you as soon as you walk through the door. Grab a tray and utensils, and get in line. Order your meat and two sides. Hankering for some brisket? You have a choice of chopped or sliced. Are ribs more to your liking? Mr. K’s will satisfy and then some. The fried okra has a nice little kick to it, and the “county fair” corn on the cob is both smoky and sweet. (12-8-11) $$ R&R BAR-B-QUE COMPANY

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E 1101 N. Wilmot Road, Suite 119. 886-1900. Open

Counter Quick or fast-food service, usually includes take-out. Diner Minimal table service. Café Your server is most likely working solo. Bistro Professional servers, with assistants bussing tables. Full Cover Multiple servers, with the table likely well set. Full Bar Separate bar space for drinks before and after dinner. RESTAURANT LOCATION C Central North to River Road, east to Alvernon Way, west to

Granada Avenue downtown, and south to 22nd Street. NW Northwest North of River Road, west of Campbell

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FAMOUS DAVE’S LEGENDARY PIT BAR-B-QUE NW 4565 N. Oracle Road. 888-1512. Open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Better than most chain restaurants, Famous Dave’s years of research really have paid off. A family-friendly place offering authentic barbecue, no matter how you like it. The St. Louis-style ribs mean more meat and bigger bones. The Wilbur beans are good enough to write home about. And the desserts could make Mom jealous. (4-01-04) $$-$$$

Avenue. NE Northeast North of River Road, east of Campbell

Avenue. E East East of Alvernon Way, south of River Road. S South South of 22nd Street. W West West of Granada Avenue, south of River Road.

BARBECUE BRUSHFIRE BBQ CO. C 2745 N. Campbell Ave. 624-3223. Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 7080 E. 22nd St. (867-6050). Walking into this little midtown joint, the smoky, sweet smell of barbecued meat will hit you, and you’ll think: There’s no way BrushFire’s meats can taste as good as they smell. Well, they can, and do. The brisket is a revelation, and the rib meat is literally falling off of the bones. Finish off the meal with the baked beans and some corn on the cob, and you’ll be fat and happy. (11-29-07) $-$$ CATALINA BARBEQUE CO. AND SPORTS BAR W 3645 W. Starr Pass Blvd. 670-0444. Open MondaySaturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Café/ Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. This is dressed-up, competition-style barbecue, with plenty of tender pork, ribs and beef, prepared in a number of ways. The pulled-pork sandwich is fabulous, and the brisket burnt ends will please. The Catalina wings are smoked before being fried, and the sides are terrific. This restaurant isn’t located in the main JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa; it’s at the clubhouse at the Starr Pass Golf Club. (4-15-10) $$$

Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 8270 S. Houghton Road, No. 140. (574-9166). R&R Bar-B-Que Company brings a little bit of the South to Tucson with an array of barbecue flavors, featuring meats from pulled pork to smoked sausage to beef brisket. The sweet signature sauce isn’t one for lovers of spicy or vinegary barbecue, but the smoked sausage steals the show. The sides are so-so, and the burgers need work—but stick with the traditional dishes, and you’ll be in hog heaven. (11-25-10) $$

BREW PUBS BARRIO BREWING COMPANY C 800 E. 16th St. 791-2739. Open Sunday-Tuesday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; ThursdaySaturday 11 a.m.-midnight. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This brewery, operated by the same folks who own Gentle Ben’s, is a down-home kind of joint. There are usually about 10 beers on tap, all of which are brewed right in the building. The food is pub fare done well, often using one of the house-made ales in the preparation. While burgers are the highlights, the other sandwiches are tasty and complement the beers. The service is friendly, as to be expected. (3-6-08) $-$$ FROG AND FIRKIN C 874 E. University Blvd. 623-7507. Open Sunday-

Thursday 11 a.m.- 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.2 a.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. A Britishstyle pub with the heart of an outré bohemian, Frog and Firkin is not only a great place to grab a tasty brew, but a fine place to sate your appetite as well. $$-$$$ GENTLE BEN’S BREWING COMPANY C 865 E. University Blvd. 624-4177. Open Monday-

Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-9 p.m. Café/ Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Better-than-decent food and a heavenly selection of 10 brews just ripe for the sampling make Gentle Ben’s a welcome respite from your wearying day. $$ IRISH PUB NE 9155 E. Tanque Verde Road. 749-2299. Open daily

11 a.m.-midnight. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This friendly, neighborhood pub is just what the doctor ordered for a bit o’ fun and food. Daily specials range from an all-you-can-eat Friday-night fish fry to steak dinners on Saturday night. Burgers come with all the usual sides, but you can also find interesting toppings—olive mayo, anyone? Dining on the patio is a pure pleasure. You may even make a new friend or two. (7-10-08) $-$$ NIMBUS BISTRO AND BREWERY E 6464 E. Tanque Verde Road. 733-1111. Open

Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m.11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. With a large selection of bottled and draught beers, Nimbus Bistro and Brewery is a great addition to the original. An upscale bar-food menu offers lots of delicious options, and don’t miss out on their signature dish, the “world famous” fried bologna sandwich. (1-7-10) $-$$


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Central •Tucson Tamale Company

2545 E. Broadway Blvd. • Beyond Bread 3026 N. Campbell Ave. • Mario’s Pizza 3157 N. First Ave. • Ghini’s French Caffe 1803 E Prince Rd. • Yoshimatsu/Sushimatsu 2660 N. Campbell Rd. • Falafel King 1800 E. Ft. Lowell Rd. • Guilin Chinese Restaurant 3250 E. Speedway Blvd. • Ali Baba 2545 E. Speedway Blvd. • Choice Greens 2829 E. Speedway Blvd. • Greek Taverna on Swan (formerly Fat Greek 2) 3225 N. Swan Rd. • Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ 850 E. Speedway Blvd. • Pastiche 3025 N Campbell Ave. Ste 121. • Takamatsu 5532 E Speedway Blvd. • Vero Amore 3305 N. Swan Rd. • Sir Veza’s Taco Garage 4699 E Speedway Blvd. • Chad’s Steakhouse 3001 N Swan Rd. • Monterey Court Café 505 W. Miracle Mile

• Brushfire BBQ 2745 N Campbell Ave. • Frankie’s South Philly Cheesesteaks 2574 N Campbell Ave. • Rocco’s Little Chicago 2707 E. Broadway Blvd. • Risky Business 250 S. Craycroft Rd. • Sausage Deli 2334 N. 1st Ave. • Sher-E-Punjab   853 E. Grant Rd. • Fresco Pizzeria & Pastaria 3011 E. Speedway Blvd. • Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club 4001 N. Country Club Rd. 

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Creamery 266 E. Congress St. • Playground 278 E. Congress St. • Enoteca Pizzeria & Wine Bar 58 W. Congress St. • Mother Hubbard’s Café 14 W Grant Rd. • La Cocina 201 N. Court Ave. • Lindy’s on 4th 431 N. 4th Ave. • Café 54 54 E. Pennington St. • Cushing Street Bar 198 W. Cushing St.

• El Charro 311 N Court Ave. • V Modern Thai 9 E Congress St. • Brooklyn Pizza Company 534 N 4th Ave. • Sky Bar 534 N 4th Ave. • Arizona Bagel & Deli 117 N. Church Ave. • Caruso’s Italian Restaurant 434 N. 4th Ave.

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Northwest • The Parish Gastropub 6453 N. Oracle Rd. • Beyond Bread 421 W. Ina Rd. • Genghis Grill 4386 N. Oracle Rd. • Golden Dragon 6433 N. Oracle Rd. • Noble Hops 1335 W. Lambert Lane • Saigon Restaurant 7332 N. Oracle Rd.

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Northeast • Risky Business 6866 E. Sunrise Dr. • Risky Business 8848 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

East • Nimbus American Bistro & Brewery 6464 E. Tanque Verde Rd. • Beyond Bread 6260 E. Speedway Blvd. • Diablos Sports Bar & Grill 2545 S. Craycroft Rd. • Renee’s Organic Oven 7065 E. Tanque Verde Rd. • My Big Fat Greek Restaurant 7131 E. Broadway Blvd. • Joe’s Pancake House 2532 S. Kolb Rd.

• Golden Dragon 6166 E. Speedway Blvd. • Venice Pizzeria 7848 E. Wrightstown Rd. • El Charro 6310 E Broadway Blvd. • Brushfire BBQ 7080 E 22nd St. • Canyon’s Crown Restaurant & Pub 6958 E Tanque Verde Rd. • New Delhi Palace 6751 E Broadway Blvd. • Jerry Bobs 7066 E Golf Links • Molina’s Midway Restaurant 1138 N Belvedere Ave. • Casa Molina 6225 E Speedway Blvd. • Thai China Bistro 5121 E Grant Rd.

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NIMBUS BREWING COMPANY TAPROOM S 3850 E. 44th St. 745-9175. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Counter/Beer Only. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The microbrewed beer is tasty, cheap and plentiful; the food is quite satisfactory and likewise inexpensive; and the close-up look at a microbrew operation is as entertaining as the live music that can frequently be heard there. What’s not to like? (2-17-00) $ THUNDER CANYON BREWERY NW 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. 797-2652. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Bistro/CafÊ/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Spacious, gracious and blessed with a seemingly endless supply of bona fide brew wonders, Thunder Canyon is the perfect antidote to a trip to the mall. The food can’t quite match the excellence of the beer, but the fish and chips with the shoestring fries make a valiant attempt at equity. $$



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47 SCOTT C 47 N. Scott Ave. 624-4747. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Offering a variety of comfort food with a bistro twist—think macaroni and cheese, grilled-cheese sandwiches, burgers and more—and an affordable, diverse wine list, 47 Scott is a great place for a casual dinner before a show. The ingredients are fresh, and the food is expertly prepared. However, if you’re going for lunch, be sure you have a little extra time. (10-14-10) $-$$ THE B LINE C 621 N. Fourth Ave. 882-7575. Open MondaySaturday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Diner/Beer and Wine. DIS, MC, V. A retro approach to urban food. The menu focuses on breakfast and lunch burritos, salads, pastas, soups, baked desserts and breakfast pastries. The affordable fare includes good salads, vegetarian soups, fresh burritos and pies like old family favorites. (12-19-02) $ CAFÉ À LA C’ART C 150 N. Main Ave. 628-8533. Open daily 11 a.m.-3

p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This lunch venue located in the historic Stevens House adjacent to the Tucson Museum of Art is a small culinary masterpiece. With a limited menu, the focus is on quality and taste, both of which are outstanding. Ordering from the counter gives patrons ample time to ogle the mouthwatering desserts, which are best selected with the rest of your lunch; with patrons lining up outside, the case might be empty by the time you make it through the line a second time. The patio and French garden chic add extra appeal. (4-20-00) $ CAFÉ PASSÉ C 415 N. Fourth Ave. 624-4411. Open Sunday-Tuesday

8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m. CafÊ/Full Bar. DIS, MC, V. CafÊ Passe is a quirky coffee house, sandwich shop and neighborhood hangout in the heart of Tucson’s quirkiest area. Offering sandwiches, panini, salads, baked goods, coffees, teas, smoothies and other refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere, this is a go-to place for a break while shopping on Fourth Avenue. (10-1-09) $-$$ LA COCINA RESTAURANT, CANTINA AND COFFEE BAR C 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351. Open Monday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. CafÊ/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. With creative fare that’s actually good for you, a little history and some unique, nifty shopping, La Cocina offers a most wonderful experience. Vegans, vegetarians and those with gluten issues have a full array of goodies. The world is the inspiration here: Corn cakes with maple syrup, sweet potato and corn enchiladas, edamame hummus and pad Thai are just a few of the choices. The courtyard is lovely; the cantina is funky and fun. And there’s brunch on weekends. (2-10-11) $-$$ CRYING ONION CAFÉ NW 3684 W. Orange Grove Road, Suite 156. 531-

1330. Open Saturday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Friday 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. CafÊ/No Alcohol. MC, V, Cash and checks. Big breakfast portions and friendly service are two reasons why this northwest-side eatery draws such big crowds. The baked goods from scratch are another reason. Try a scrambler or the cinnamon roll French toast for a real treat. You won’t walk away hungry, and your wallet won’t be depleted. (128-05) $


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THE CUP CAFÉ C 311 E. Congress St. 798-1618. Open SundayThursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 7 a.m.midnight. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Variety offered in an energetic environment. The Cup makes for one of the best reasons to eat downtown. (1-23-03) $-$$ DAKOTA CAFE AND CATERING CO. E 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-7188. Open

Monday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, MC, V. Fresh salads, hot grills and taste-pleasing combinations make this casual setting a continuing favorite. $$-$$$ DELECTABLES RESTAURANT AND CATERING C 533 N. Fourth Ave. 884-9289. Open Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, MC, V. The bohemian atmosphere of Fourth Avenue is enhanced by the lasting presence of one of the most consistently delicious eateries in town. Delectables specializes in simple dishes elegantly prepared and is perfect for either fine dining or after-game snacks. Desserts are extraordinary, and the people-watching along the avenue can’t be beat. (1-20-00) $$ THE ECLECTIC CAFÉ E 7053 E. Tanque Verde Road. 885-2842. Open

Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Café/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V, Checks. A longstanding local café, the Eclectic excels at serving legendary breakfasts that feature fresh ingredients in robust portions. While service can be harried during peak hours, breakfast is worth the wait. Lunch and dinner are available, and while the menu dedicates itself to fresh ingredients, some of the other offerings aren’t as consistently solid as breakfast. Don’t miss the habit-forming chilaquiles, worth getting up and waiting in line for. (8-30-01) $ EPIC CAFÉ C 745 N. Fourth Ave. 624-6844. Open daily 6 a.m.midnight. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, MC, V. This is as close as you can get to Berkeley without leaving Tucson. The inexpensive, healthy food with fresh vegetables. The diverse crowd. The casual, occasionally cranky counter

FEAST C 3719 E. Speedway Blvd. 326-9363. Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Chef Doug Levy takes usual ingredients and creates unusual, innovative and delectable fare. He changes the menu every month, which means two things: The menu is seasonally driven, and you can’t get too attached to any one item—but whatever the month may be, everyone will find something to enjoy. Many of the items can be prepared gluten-free. The wine book is one of the best in town, and service seldom falters. (2-24-11) $$-$$$ FROGS ORGANIC BAKERY NW 7109 N. Oracle Road. 229-2124. Open Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Counter/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Owned by French bakers, Frogs prepares food with no chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors or trans fats. Ingredients are fresh, organic and from area farms. Menu offerings include moderately priced soup, sandwiches, salads, quiche and breakfast items. But you must visit to sample the terrific pastries. Choose from delectable fruit tarts, macarons, sticky buns, muffins and more. Don’t miss the almond croissants and the dessert of the day. (1-5-12) $-$$ GLASS ONION CAFE NW 1990 W. River Road, Suite 100. 293-6050. Open Saturday-Monday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Good coffee, tasty sandwiches, sumptuous desserts and a comfortable atmosphere constitute this charming little Beatles-themed café. The service is warm and friendly, and Friday nights bring live music. The addition of green chiles makes the “Lonely Hearts Club” tastier than a run-of-the-mill club sandwich. (1127-08) $-$$ GOURMET GIRLS GLUTEN-FREE BAKERY/BISTRO NW 5845 N. Oracle Road. 408-9000. Open TuesdaySunday 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Café/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This tiny bakery and bistro is a godsend for folks with gluten issues. In the bakery, you’ll find muffins, cupcakes, breads, pizza shells, bread crumbs, crostini, cakes, pies—you name it. The bistro menu includes fresh salads, homemade soups, sandwiches and breakfast items. Breakfast and lunch are served all day. (5-10-12) $$ JASPER NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT AND BAR NE 6370 N. Campbell Ave., No. 160. 577-0326. Open

Tuesday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday and Monday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Jasper, now in its third iteration, is a chic hangout spot for cocktails and tapas with a Peruvian twist. With delicious and shareable dishes like the piquillo rellenos or the escabeche de pescado, be sure to bring a few friends along. The breakfast and lunch offerings are nice, too. (7-14-11) $$-$$$ JOEL’S BISTRO C 806 E. University Blvd. 529-7277. Open daily 8

a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday 5-8 p.m. Summer hours:

open daily 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 5-8 p.m. Bistro/BYO. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Quiches, hot sandwiches, salads and a handful of regular entrées are all worth eating at Joel’s Bistro, but the star of the show is the crepes. It’s a beautiful thing to dine on sweet, succulent fruit crepes on a gorgeous day in the university area. (3-31-05) $-$$ SEVEN CUPS C 2516 E. Sixth St. 881-4072. Open Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Café/ No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Tucson is lucky to have Seven Cups, a traditional Chinese teahouse that serves a variety of some of the best teas you’ll find anywhere. Order a pot of tea and a Japanese pastry, take in the calm elegance and forget that the outside world exists for an hour or two. (9-2-04) $-$$ SOMETHING SWEET DESSERT LOUNGE E 5319 E. Speedway Blvd. 881-7735. Open Monday and Tuesday 5 p.m.-midnight; Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11 a.m.-midnight; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Café/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Featuring dozens of desserts, late-night hours for the allages crowd, free wireless Internet and a book-exchange program, Something Sweet is carving out a new niche in Tucson. The colossal carrot cake is a wonder to behold. (1-22-04) $ SON’S BAKERY CAFÉ E 5683 E. Speedway Blvd. 885-0806. Open Monday and Tuesday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. MC, V. Son’s is an absolute gem, featuring amazing sandwiches and salads, and wonderful homemade desserts and pastries. Son, the proprietor, makes all the breads and baked goods himself, and he is a master. With the prices low and the service so welcoming and enthusiastic, Son’s is a delight in almost every way. (4-8-04) $ SUNNY DAZE CAFÉ S 4980 S. Campbell Ave. 295-0300. Open SundayTuesday 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Café/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Tasty, inexpensive food can be found in abundance at Sunny Daze—but what really sets this southside café apart is its clean, tropical-themed décor. The small, square room is decorated to the hilt, and definitely worth checking out. (11-6-08) $-$$ TOOLEY’S COFFEE SHOP C 299 S. Park Ave. No Phone. Open daily 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. Cash only. Simple, honest food makes this café worthy of repeat visits. Breakfast is big, but the lunches are also quite satisfying. Coffee and teas are plentiful, and the vibe is kicked-back and cool. The décor is especially charming, with a patio that is ideal for alfresco dining. Be warned: Hours seem to change on a whim. It’s that laid-back. (3-26-09) $ WILKO C 943 E. University Blvd. 792-6684. Open MondaySaturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Bistro/ Full Bar. DIS, MC, V. This gastropub is a wonderful addition to the university area; in fact, it’s a plus for the entire city. Artisan cheeses and meats are a big part of the menu. The Sonoran hot dog becomes the Sonoran bratwurst, locally made and topped with guindilla relish.

Other entrées include delicious pasta and a wonderful tilapia. Desserts are top-notch, which is no surprise, since they’re made by the folks at The B Line. (8-1111) $$

CAJUN DON’S BAYOU CAJUN COOKIN’ NE 8991 E. Tanque Verde Road. 749-4410. Open Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Counter/BYO. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Craving some crawdads? Just gotta have a piece of pecan pie? We recommend heading over to Don’s. This teeny joint offers some of the Old Pueblo’s best Cajun cooking. This is truly down-home food, served simply, but with a lot of heart. (6-10-10) $$ THE PARISH NW 6453 N. Oracle Road. 797-1233. Open daily 11

a.m.-midnight. Bistro/Full Bar. MC, V. The Parish is a fine drinking establishment. Oh, and they serve food, too—really good food. The Southern-fusion gastropub features dishes with a Cajun/Creole twist, and the bold flavors are served with a smile. Consider yourself warned: When something is described as spicy, they mean it. (3-8-12) $$

CHINESE BA-DAR CHINESE RESTAURANT E 7321 E. Broadway Blvd. 296-8888. Open MondayThursday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Café/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The range of flavors is not especially broad or intense, but with that caveat, the mix of Mandarin, Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine can be quite satisfying, with a particular variety of fish and seafood dishes. (10-30-08) $-$$ C. I. CHU’S MONGOLIAN BARBECUE E 4540 E. Broadway Blvd. 881-4798. Open daily 11

a.m.-9 p.m. Diner/Beer and Sake. MC, V. Also at 7039 E. Tanque Verde Road (886-8619). C.I. Chu’s does Mongolian barbecue right. While the do-it-(mostly)yourself experience can be a bit confusing for first-time diners, this is a place to go for a relatively fast, affordable, uncomplicated and tasty bit of Asian food. (8-1204) $-$$ CHINA BOY C 1800 E. Fort Lowell Road, No. 136A. 867-8470.

Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Café/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. At this tiny midtown spot, the flavors are fresh and bright; the prices are reasonable; the portions are huge; and they pack up everything in those charming little white boxes. The family dinners offer a nice assortment of choices, and the lunch specials do, too. The Mongolian beef pops with flavor, and the orange chicken is a great version of this standby. The crystal shrimp could be addicting—and the restaurant delivers, too! (10-20-11) $-$$ CHINA PASTA HOUSE C 430 N. Park Ave. 623-3334. Open Monday-Friday

8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Café/No Alcohol. MC, V. This small UA-area restaurant features the delicious cuisine of Dandong, China. Gruel, dumplings, buns and noodle dishes fill out the menu. The pasta quality may vary—sometimes, it’s mushy; sometimes, it’s not—but the food is always tasty. The spicy, peppery “hot and sour noodles with three shredded stuff” is highly recommended. (5-3-12) $ CHINA PHOENIX NW 7090 N. Oracle Road, Suite 172. 531-0658.

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Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Café/Beer and Wine. MC, V. If you have a taste for dim sum on the weekend, you’re in for a cultural treat. The procuring of dumplings from pushcarts is a noisy business, but if you are hard up for dim sum, it will get you by. Dim sum is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (10-17-02) $-$$ DRAGON VIEW W 400 N. Bonita Ave. 623-9855. Open Monday-

Thursday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon-3 p.m. and 4-9:30 p.m.; Sunday noon3 p.m. and 4-8:30 p.m. Bistro/Beer and Wine. MC, V. Since original owner Harry Gee regained control of this secluded westside restaurant (it’s on a street that winds along the west side of the Santa Cruz between St. Mary’s Road and Congress Street), the fare is once again some of the best Chinese food in town. The duck, for one thing, is excellent, and the greens are also terrific if you let the staff guide your choice. (4-2-09) $-$$



Stephane Wrembel is famous for his Django Reinhardtstyle gypsy tunes, but he traces his guitar licks to Pink Floyd

By Stephen Seigel,

A Man of Many Influences BY GENE ARMSTRONG, Bob Schneider tephane Wrembel has been called one of the best guitarists in the world. He’s become known for his uncanny abilities, and for playing Django Reinhardtstyle gypsy music, not to mention healthy doses of jazz, folk, rock, bluegrass, classical, flamenco, Middle Eastern, blues and African music. Born in France, but a resident of New York City for the last decade, Wrembel has headlined at Lincoln Center and played with such masters as mandolin player David Grisman and violinist Mark O’Connor. This year, Wrembel performed his composition “Bistro Fada” (the theme from Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris) live at the Academy Awards. And following a boost from a recent appearance on National Public Radio, Wrembel saw his fifth album, Origins, shoot up the Billboard and iTunes jazz charts. That all may sound sophisticated, but Wrembel chooses to describe what he does in different terms. “We are really, in our hearts, a jam band,” he says on the phone from New York. “We play our songs, but also have open structures in which anything can happen. Improvisation is very important, and so is a rock-type energy. “The way I see it, what we do is more like rock music, but with an acoustic guitar. And, actually, now I am playing an electric guitar sometimes. The next recording will probably be different because of that, too.” Wrembel will play in Tucson for the first time on Sunday, July 15, at Club Congress. Joining him onstage will be his longtime band: bassist Dave Speranza, rhythm guitarist Roy Williams, drummer Nick Anderson and percussionist David Langlois. As much as any contemporary guitarist, Wrembel has brought renewed attention to the spirit and music of French guitarist Reinhardt. “There is a growing fascination for Django everywhere in the world. People are finally discovering again what a genius he (was), and I am flattered if they hear that a part of my playing style is like his.” But Reinhardt wasn’t Wrembel’s first musical love or influence. That would be Pink Floyd. “When I was 5 years old, The Wall came out, and when I heard it as a teenager, that is what first gave me the will to play music, to play the guitar. I had taken classical piano lessons from the age of 4 to 16, but after I heard Pink Floyd, it was all the guitar.” Wrembel says that as a teenager, he used to set The Wall CD on repeat and let it play all night. “There were (other) things that I am attached (to) because of my childhood. I used


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to admire them, but as I got older and became better as a musician, I thought this one or that was not that great. With the works of Roger Waters, especially The Wall, I’ve become more and more impressed by it. I am still learning from Pink Floyd.” As Wrembel grew and played, he became exposed to other rock music as well as jazz, classical and folk from all over the world. “My favorite guitarists are still David Gilmour, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page and Andy Summers, who used a lot of textures in a similar way to the Edge from U2. I transcribed a lot of the Police when I was younger.” This was around the same time Wrembel became engrossed in the tradition of folk music played by Sinti gypsies in camps in the French countryside, and he ventured out to visit and learn from them. He wanted to play all day, like the gypsies he encountered in the countryside. “This idea of playing 12 hours a day was very exciting to me. I was not afraid of that. I wanted to master the guitar, and to reach the level of the masters, that is what I felt I had to do.” Wrembel says the term gypsy jazz, which lazily is used to describe Reinhardt’s style, is a misnomer. “I don’t consider Django’s music as jazz. Django was influenced by jazz. “When you play with gypsies, it is more like folk music rather than jazz. They have access to a certain power to play acoustic instruments, and the techniques of theirs are like a secret. Jazz is very intellectual and very cold. I wasn’t very into jazz until I learned how to improvise. That felt like gypsy music—warm and powerful and intense. And I think that is what I saw in common with what happens in rock.” After high school, Wrembel pursued paint-

Stephane Wrembel and His Band 8 p.m., Sunday, July 15 Club Congress 311 E. Congress St. $20 622-8848;

ing in art school, but the guitar kept drawing him away. He eventually enrolled in the Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated summa cum laude two years later. He moved to New York full time in 2003. His first album, Introducing Stephane Wrembel, was released in 2002 to much acclaim, and the critical praise has only gotten stronger over the years. Many listeners got their first taste of Wrembel when Woody Allen borrowed “Big Brother” (from his album Barbes-Brooklyn) for the soundtrack of his 2008 film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Communication is at the core of music, Wrembel says. Its existence requires that it be heard as well as played. “I play music, because otherwise, I would die. If you are an apple tree, you have to give apples. Music is a way to express things you can’t say in words; it is a very particular, abstract language … and it’s hard to decipher, but you can feel it. “Music is like a good session of acupuncture—after it is over, you are floating. My role as a musician is to tap into that.” And each performance is unique. “Everyone can play the notes, if they practice. No two people will play the same notes the same way. And each time I play the same notes, they are different. Music is what is left after the notes.”

As we all know by now, rock ’n’ roll (and, by virtue of extension, the blues and rap) is the devil’s music—which might explain why there’s an abundance of musical options on Friday, July 13 (aka Friday the 13th). Of course, this sort of thing happens virtually every Friday night. But why let that spoil the fun? These Friday the 13th shows are bound to be eeeevil. (Or not.) With a long-running (and almost always soldout) weekly residency at Austin’s famed Saxon Pub, Bob Schneider somehow makes time to frequently hit the road, and when he does, he usually makes a stop in Tucson. While one would put him in the folk-rock category if pressed, part of Schneider’s charm is that he so frequently jumps from genre to genre in his live performances: He’ll follow up a foul-mouthed country ditty with a heartfelt funky one, and so on, and audiences—especially the ladies—eat it up. His latest album, A Perfect Day (2011, Kirtland), apparently inspired by an afternoon boat trip, is one of his more breezy, straightforward affairs. Bob Schneider performs at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Friday, July 13. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $15 in advance, or $17 on the day of the show. For more info, go to, or call 622-8848. Los Angeles rapper Kid Ink fits squarely into the pop-rap template set up before him by the likes of Drake and Lil Wayne. With a debut album, Up and Away (Tha Alumni), released at the end of June—which shot to No. 1 on the iTunes hip-hop album chart—Kid Ink is the current rapper of the moment, and it’s easy to see why. He nicks the best tricks from his peers—Lil Wayne’s phrasing, Drake’s smoothness, and some sweet lines (even delving into hashtag rap on occasion: “These streets are a monster / Happy Halloween” on “No One Left”). You’re as likely to hear these songs blasting from a whip in South Tucson as you are to hear them at bar mitzvahs in a few months (the clean versions, of course). Kid Ink performs an all-ages show at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., on Friday, July 13. The show starts at 8 p.m. with (an) opening act(s) that hadn’t been announced by the time we went to press. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 on the day of the show. For more information, check out, or call 740-1000. Pan Left Productions is a local nonprofit production company that helps aspiring activists and artists make video productions to help spread their messages. According to its Facebook page, “We are a membership-driven collective of progressive artists. Our mission is threefold: to create and distribute videos—nonfiction, documentary, narrative and experimental—that educate and expose viewers to social, political and cultural issues; to promote do-it-yourself media and creative expression through video and other media





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1. Mac and Devin Go To High School (DVD) Anchor Bay

2. Chris Brown Fortune (RCA)

3. Linkin Park Living Things (Warner Bros./Wea)



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arts; to provide an outlet for creative, artistic expression and dialogue.” This week, the organization will be hosting Pan Left Productions Blues Night, a celebration of the blues that doubles as a fundraiser for the nonprofit’s executive director, Mary Charlotte Thurtle, who is undergoing cancer treatments. (She’s also a co-producer of the upcoming documentary Under Arpaio, which will preview at the end of the month.) The Blues Night event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Pan Left Productions, 631 S. Sixth Ave., on Friday, July 13, and will feature music and video by blues greats including Willie Dixon, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Memphis Slim, and T-Bone Walker, as well as a live performance by Tucson’s Pinche Blues Band. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information about the organization, head to Four hard and heavy bands will gather this week to honor Tucsonan Trevor Mendoza, who recently passed away. In Memory of Trevor Mendoza will feature performances by Line of Fire, Hell Follows, Psygoat and Skinkfinger starting at 9 p.m., Friday, July 13, at The District Tavern, 260 E. Congress St. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Call 791-0082 for details. You never know exactly who’s going to be playing in Greyhound Soul each time they play a gig, but a show this week brings together the vintage lineup of Joey Pena, Glen Corey, Duane Hollis, Robin Johnson and Alan Anderson. It all goes down at 8 p.m., Friday, July 13, at Dry River Company, 800 N. Kolb Road. Admission is free, and you can call 298-5555, or log on to for more info. Local mainstay indie-rockers La Cerca will also play a free show, in two sets—a mellow one followed by a more rockin’ one—starting at 7:10 p.m., Friday, July 13, at Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar, 6370 N. Campbell Ave. Call 577-0326, or head to for further details. Mesa’s Authority Zero, which has dabbled in punk, metal, reggae and hard rock, will headline a show at The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave., on Friday, July 13, that will also feature sets by Three White Lies, Contraband and Orange Kids. Doors for the all-ages show open at 7 p.m., and advance tickets are available for $12 at Bookmans and For more information, point your browser to, or call 629-9211. Meanwhile, Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., will feature a diverse lineup of three local acts— … music video?, Caught on Film and Logan Greene and the Players—starting at 9:30 p.m.,

Friday, July 13. Admission is $5, and you can head to, or call 798-1298 for more information. Finally—and this one’s a bit tricky—two beloved local bands will play farewell shows on Friday the 13th. Long-running blues-punk-rock duo Ultramaroon and oddball prog-punks Cadillac Steakhouse will be playing their final shows at a house party that doubles as a CD-release event for both bands. Quiet Please and Acorn Bcorn will be on the bill as well. But here’s the rub: Because it’s at a private location, I can’t disclose where it’s happening. Still, the intrepid local music fan will surely be able to sleuth out the details. Thanks for all the great rock over the years, lady and gentlemen!

4. Asia XXX (Frontier)

5. Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Epic)

6. Nile At the Gates of Sethu (Nuclear Blast America)

7. The Offspring Days Go By (Columbia)

8. Gojira L’Enfant Sauvage (Roadrunner)

SHORT TAKES Eighties rock goddess Pat Benatar and her husband/guitarist Neil Giraldo will perform an all-ages show jam-packed full of hits at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., on Wednesday, July 18. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available for $50 and $60 via the Fox box office, online at, or by calling 547-3040. Speaking of hits: Did anyone have more of them in the 1980s than Huey Lewis and the News? It sure as hell didn’t seem like it at the time. Catch one of Patrick Bateman’s favorite bands on a co-headlining bill with Joe Cocker at 8 p.m., Sunday, July 15, at AVA at Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road. Tickets range from $40 to $125, and are available online at, or by calling (800) 344-9435.

ON THE BANDWAGON Hans Hutchison CD-release party at Café Passé on Saturday, July 14; Second Saturdays Downtown featuring performances by the Collin Shook Trio, Roll Acosta and others on the Scott Avenue Stage on Saturday, July 14; Billy Sedlmayr at Plush on Tuesday, July 17; Anakim and Territory at Surly Wench Pub on Friday, July 13; The Far West and the Last Call Girls at Boondocks Lounge on Saturday, July 14; Summer Sweet Love featuring Fortunate Youth, Salacious and Brewfish at The Hut on Friday, July 13; Wayward Saints, The Gunrunners and The Wyatts at Vaudeville on Saturday, July 14; Haley Jane at O’Malley’s on Saturday, July 14; Dan Dan Noodles at Plush next Thursday, July 19; The Rebel Set and The Sadie Hawks at RR Nites at La Cocina, tonight, Thursday, July 12.

9. Flo Rida Wild Ones (Atlantic)

10. Whitechapel Whitechapel (Metal Blade)


CLUB LIST Here is a list of venues that offer live music, dancing, DJ music, karaoke or comedy in the Tucson area. We recommend that you call and confirm all events. ARIZONA INN 2200 E. Elm St. 325-1541. ARMITAGE WINE LOUNGE AND CAFÉ 2905 E. Skyline Drive, No. 168. 682-9740. THE AULD DUBLINER 800 E. University Blvd. 206-0323. AZUL RESTAURANT LOUNGE Westin La Paloma, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. 742-6000. THE BAMBOO CLUB 5870 E. Broadway Blvd., No. 524. 514-9665. THE BASHFUL BANDIT 3686 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-8996. BEAU BRUMMEL CLUB 1148 N. Main Ave. 622-9673. BEDROXX 4385 W. Ina Road. 744-7655. BEST WESTERN ROYAL SUN INN AND SUITES 1015 N. Stone Ave. 622-8871. BOONDOCKS LOUNGE 3306 N. First Ave. 690-0991. BORDERLANDS BREWING COMPANY 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773. BRATS 5975 W. Western Way Circle. 578-0341. BRODIE’S TAVERN 2449 N. Stone Ave. 622-0447. BUFFALO WILD WINGS 68 N. Harrison Road. 296-8409. BUMSTED’S 500 N. Fourth Ave. 622-1413. CACTUS MOON 5470 E. Broadway Blvd. 748-0049. CAFÉ PASSÉ 415 N. Fourth Ave. 624-4411. THE CANYON’S CROWN RESTAURANT AND PUB 6958 E. Tanque Verde Road. 885-8277. CASA VICENTE RESTAURANTE ESPAÑOL 375 S. Stone Ave. 884-5253. CASCADE LOUNGE Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive. 615-5495. CHICAGO BAR 5954 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-8169. CIRCLE S SALOON 16001 W. El Tiro Road. Marana. 682-5377. CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. LA COCINA RESTAURANT, CANTINA AND COFFEE BAR 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351. COLORS FOOD AND SPIRITS 5305 E. Speedway Blvd. 323-1840. COLT’S TASTE OF TEXAS STEAKHOUSE 8310 N. Thornydale Road. 572-5968. COPPER QUEEN HOTEL 11 Howell Ave. Bisbee. (520) 432-2216. COW PALACE 28802 S. Nogales Highway. Amado. (520) 398-1999. COW PONY BAR AND GRILL 6510 E. Tanque Verde Road. 721-2781. CUSHING STREET RESTAURANT AND BAR 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984. DELECTABLES RESTAURANT AND CATERING 533 N. Fourth Ave. 884-9289. THE DEPOT SPORTS BAR 3501 E. Fort Lowell Road. 795-8110. DESERT DIAMOND CASINO MONSOON NIGHTCLUB 7350 S. Nogales Highway. 294-7777. DESERT DIAMOND CASINO SPORTS BAR Interstate 19 and Pima Mine Road. 393-2700. DIABLOS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL 2545 S. Craycroft Road. 514-9202. DON’S BAYOU CAJUN COOKIN’ 8991 E. Tanque Verde Road. 749-4410.

DRIFTWOOD RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE 2001 S. Craycroft Road. 790-4317. DV8 5851 E. Speedway Blvd. 885-3030. ECLIPSE AT COLLEGE PLACE 1601 N. Oracle Road. 209-2121. EDDIES COCKTAILS 8510 E. Broadway Blvd. 290-8750. EL CHARRO CAFÉ SAHUARITA 15920 S. Rancho Sahuarita. Sahuarita. 325-1922. EL CHARRO CAFÉ ON BROADWAY 6310 E. Broadway Blvd. 745-1922. EL MEZÓN DEL COBRE 2960 N. First Ave. 791-0977. EL PARADOR 2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 881-2744. ELBOW ROOM 1145 W. Prince Road. 690-1011. FAMOUS SAM’S BROADWAY 1830 E. Broadway Blvd. 884-0119. FAMOUS SAM’S E. GOLF LINKS 7129 E. Golf Links Road. 296-1245. FAMOUS SAM’S SILVERBELL 2320 N. Silverbell Road. 884-7267. FAMOUS SAM’S VALENCIA 3010 W. Valencia Road. 883-8888. FAMOUS SAM’S W. RUTHRAUFF 2480 W. Ruthrauff Road. 292-0492. FAMOUS SAM’S IRVINGTON 2048 E. Irvington Road. 889-6007. FAMOUS SAM’S ORACLE 8058 N. Oracle Road. 531-9464. FAMOUS SAM’S PIMA 3933 E. Pima St. 323-1880. FLYING V BAR AND GRILL Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive. 299-2020. FOX AND HOUND SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN Foothills Mall, 7625 N. La Cholla Blvd. 575-1980. FROG AND FIRKIN 874 E. University Blvd. 623-7507. LA FUENTE 1749 N. Oracle Road. 623-8659. GENTLE BEN’S BREWING COMPANY 865 E. University Blvd. 624-4177. GOLD Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road. 917-2930, ext. 474. THE GRILL AT QUAIL CREEK 1490 Quail Range Loop. Green Valley. 393-5806. GUADALAJARA GRILL EAST 750 N. Kolb Road. 296-1122. GUADALAJARA GRILL WEST 1220 E. Prince Road. 323-1022. HACIENDA DEL SOL 5601 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. 299-1501. HIDEOUT BAR AND GRILL 1110 S. Sherwood Village Drive. 751-2222. THE HIDEOUT 3000 S. Mission Road. 791-0515. HILDA’S SPORTS BAR 1120 Circulo Mercado. Rio Rico. (520) 281-9440. HILTON EL CONQUISTADOR RESORT 10000 N. Oracle Road. Oro Valley. 544-5000. THE HOG PIT SMOKEHOUSE BAR AND GRILL 6910 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-4302. THE HUT 305 N. Fourth Ave. 623-3200. IBT’S 616 N. Fourth Ave. 882-3053. IGUANA CAFE 210 E. Congress St. 882-5140. JASPER NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT AND BAR 6370 N. Campbell Ave., No. 160. 577-0326. JAVELINA CANTINA 445 S. Alvernon Way. 881-4200, ext. 5373. JEFF’S PUB 112 S. Camino Seco Road. 886-1001. KNOW WHERE II 1308 W. Glenn St. 623-3999. KON TIKI 4625 E. Broadway Blvd. 323-7193.

LAFFS COMEDY CAFFÉ 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. 323-8669. LAS CAZUELITAS 1365 W. Grant Road. 206-0405. LI’L ABNER’S STEAKHOUSE 8500 N. Silverbell Road. 744-2800. LB SALOON 6925 E. Broadway Blvd. 886-8118. LOOKOUT BAR AND GRILLE AT WESTWARD LOOK RESORT 245 E. Ina Road. 297-1151. THE LOOP TASTE OF CHICAGO 10180 N. Oracle Road. 878-0222. LOTUS GARDEN RESTAURANT 5975 E. Speedway Blvd. 298-3351. MALIBU YOGURT AND ICE CREAM 825 E. University Blvd. 903-2340. MARGARITA BAY 7415 E. 22nd St. 290-8977. MAVERICK 6622 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-0430. MAYNARDS MARKET AND KITCHEN 400 N. Toole Ave. 545-0577. MCMAHON’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 2959 N. Swan Road. 327-7463. MIDTOWN BAR AND GRILL 4915 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-2011. MINT COCKTAILS 3540 E. Grant Road. 881-9169. MISS SAIGON 1072 N. Campbell Ave. 320-9511. MR. AN’S TEPPAN STEAK AND SUSHI 6091 N. Oracle Road. 797-0888. MR. HEAD’S ART GALLERY AND BAR 513 N. Fourth Ave. 792-2710. MUSIC BOX 6951 E. 22nd St. 747-1421. NEVADA SMITH’S 1175 W. Miracle Mile. 622-9064. NIMBUS BREWING COMPANY TAPROOM 3850 E. 44th St. 745-9175. NORTH 2995 E. Skyline Drive. 299-1600. O’MALLEY’S 247 N. Fourth Ave. 623-8600. OLD FATHER INN 4080 W. Ina Road. Marana. 744-1200. OLD PUEBLO GRILLE 60 N. Alvernon Way. 326-6000. OLD TUBAC INN RESTAURANT AND SALOON 7 Plaza Road. Tubac. (520) 398-3161. ON A ROLL 63 E. Congress St. 622-7655. ORACLE INN 305 E. American Ave. Oracle. 896-3333. O’SHAUGHNESSY’S 2200 N. Camino Principal. 296-7464. OUTLAW SALOON 1302 W. Roger Road. 888-3910. PAPPY’S DINER 1300 W. Prince Road. 408-5262. PARADISO BAR AND LOUNGE Casino Del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road. (800) 344-9435. LA PARRILLA SUIZA 2720 N. Oracle Road. 624-4300. PEARSON’S PUB 1120 S. Wilmot Road. 747-2181. PLAYGROUND BAR AND LOUNGE 278 E. Congress St. 396-3691. PLUSH 340 E. Sixth St. 798-1298. PURGATORY 1310 S. Alvernon Way. 795-1996. PUTNEY’S 6090 N. Oracle Road. 575-1767. PY STEAKHOUSE 5655 W. Valencia Road, inside Casino del Sol. (800) 344-9435. RPM NIGHTCLUB 445 W. Wetmore Road. 869-6098. R PLACE BAR AND GRILL 3412 N. Dodge Blvd. 881-9048. RA SUSHI BAR RESTAURANT 2905 E. Skyline Drive. 615-3970. RAGING SAGE COFFEE ROASTERS 2458 N. Campbell Ave. 320-5203. REDLINE SPORTS GRILL 445 W. Wetmore Road. 888-8084. LE RENDEZ-VOUS 3844 E. Fort Lowell Road. 323-7373.

RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000. RIC’S CAFE/RESTAURANT 5605 E. River Road. 577-7272. RILEY’S IRISH TAVERN 5140 N. La Cholla Blvd. 408-0507. RIVER’S EDGE LOUNGE 4635 N. Flowing Wells Road. 887-9027. RJ’S REPLAYS SPORTS PUB AND GRUB 5769 E. Speedway Blvd. 495-5136. THE ROCK 136 N. Park Ave. 629-9211. ROYAL SUN INN AND SUITES 1015 N. Stone Ave. 622-8871. RUSTY’S FAMILY RESTAURANT AND SPORTS GRILLE 2075 W. Grant Road. 623-3363. SAKURA 6534 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-7777. SALTY DAWG II 6121 E. Broadway Blvd., No. 106. 790-3294. SAM HUGHES PLACE CHAMPIONSHIP DINING 446 N. Campbell Ave. 747-5223. SAPPHIRE LOUNGE 61 E. Congress St. 624-9100. SHERATON HOTEL AND SUITES 5151 E. Grant Road. 323-6262. SHOOTERS STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON 3115 E. Prince Road. 322-0779. SHOT IN THE DARK CAFÉ 121 E. Broadway Blvd. 882-5544. SINBAD’S FINE MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE 810 E. University Ave. 623-4010. SKY BAR 536 N. Fourth Ave. 622-4300. THE SKYBOX RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR 5605 E. River Road. 529-7180. STADIUM GRILL 3682 W. Orange Grove Road. Marana. 877-8100. STOCKMEN’S LOUNGE 1368 W. Roger Road. 887-2529. SULLIVAN’S STEAK HOUSE 1785 E. River Road. 299-4275. SURLY WENCH PUB 424 N. Fourth Ave. 882-0009. TANQUE VERDE RANCH 14301 E. Speedway Blvd. 296-6275. TANQUE VERDE SWAP MEET 4100 S. Palo Verde Road. 294-4252. TERRY AND ZEKE’S 4603 E. Speedway Blvd. 325-3555. UNICORN SPORTS LOUNGE 8060 E. 22nd St., No. 118. 722-6900. UNION PUBLIC HOUSE 4340 N. Campbell Ave., No. 103. 329-8575. V FINE THAI 9 E. Congress St. 882-8143. VAUDEVILLE 110 E. Congress St. 622-3535. WHISKEY TANGO 140 S. Kolb Road. 344-8843. WILD BILL’S STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON 5910 N. Oracle Road. 887-6161. WILDCAT HOUSE 1801 N. Stone Ave. 622-1302. WINGS-PIZZA-N-THINGS 8838 E. Broadway Blvd. 722-9663. WISDOM’S CAFÉ 1931 E. Frontage Road. Tumacacori. 398-2397. WOODEN NICKEL 1908 S. Country Club Road. 323-8830. WOODY’S 3710 N. Oracle Road. 292-6702. WORLD FAMOUS GOLDEN NUGGET 2617 N. First Ave. 622-9202. ZEN ROCK 121 E. Congress St. 624-9100.

THU JUL 12 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Bob Linesch Boondocks Lounge Titan Valley Warheads Café Passé Jeff Grubic and Naim Amor Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Live classical guitar Chicago Bar Neon Prophet La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Stefan George, The Rebel Set, The Sadie Hawks Colors Food and Spirits Melody Louise Eddies Cocktails Cass Preston and His Band La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live mariachi music Hacienda del Sol Aaron Gilmartin The Hut The Bitchells, Forever Of Las Cazuelitas Live music McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Susan Artemis Mint Cocktails Open mic with DJ Deacon O’Malley’s Live music On a Roll Live music O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge The Ohio Connection Plush Wayward Saints PY Steakhouse Gabriel Ayala RPM Nightclub 80’s and Gentlemen Sakura EQ Sheraton Hotel and Suites Prime Example Sky Bar Karma Breakdown Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Union Public House George Howard and Larry Loud Whiskey Tango Live music Wild Bill’s Steakhouse and Saloon Wild Oats

KARAOKE/OPEN MIC The Bamboo Club Karaoke with DJ Tony G Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y-Not Karaoke Buffalo Wild Wings Y-Not Karaoke The Depot Sports Bar Karaoke with DJ Brandon El Charro Café Sahuarita Famous Sam’s Silverbell Amazing Star karaoke Famous Sam’s Valencia Hilda’s Sports Bar The Hog Pit Smokehouse Bar and Grill Steve Morningwood acoustic open-mic night Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar Open mic with DJ Odious and Relic Know Where II New Star Karaoke Margarita Bay Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Cutthroat Karaoke Music Box Karaoke with AJ Outlaw Saloon Chubbrock Entertainment River’s Edge Lounge Karaoke with KJ David Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y Not Karaoke Stadium Grill Chubbrock Entertainment

DANCE/DJ Diablos Sports Bar and Grill Bikini bash with DJ Han Solo Eclipse at College Place DJ spins music Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company DJ spins music The Hideout Fiesta DJs IBT’s DJ spins music Javelina Cantina DJ M. Sam Hughes Place Championship Dining DJ spins music Sapphire Lounge Salsa night Surly Wench Pub Jump Jive Thursday with DJ Ribz Unicorn Sports Lounge Y Not Entertainment V Fine Thai Foundation Thursdays: DJs spin music, art show, wine tasting Zen Rock DJ Kidd Kutz

CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE If you would like your band, club or solo act to be listed, send all pertinent times, dates, prices and places to: Club Listings, Tucson Weekly, P.O. Box 27087, Tucson, AZ 85726. Fax listings to 792-2096. Or e-mail us at Deadline to receive listings information is noon on Friday, seven days before the Thursday publication date. For display advertising information, call 294-1200.

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COMEDY Laffs Comedy Caffé Open mic

TRIVIA/PUB QUIZ Bumsted’s Geeks Who Drink The Canyon’s Crown Restaurant and Pub Geeks Who Drink Salty Dawg II Team trivia

FRI JUL 13 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed The Bamboo Club Live music The Bashful Bandit Tumblin’ Dice Bedroxx DJ Du and the Cooper Meza Band Borderlands Brewing Company Tortolita Gut Pluckers Café Passé Tom Walbank The Canyon’s Crown Restaurant and Pub Live music Cascade Lounge Doug Martin Chicago Bar The AmoSphere Club Congress Bob Schneider La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar The Greg Morton Band Colors Food and Spirits Melody Louise Delectables Restaurant and Catering Live music Eclipse at College Place Live music Eddies Cocktails Dust Devils El Mezón del Cobre Mariachi Azteca El Parador Descarga, Salsarengue, Tito y Su Nuevo Son Famous Sam’s E. Golf Links Shell Shock Flying V Bar and Grill Solo guitarist La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente The Grill at Quail Creek Paul McGuffin Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music Hacienda del Sol Amber Norgaard The Hideout Sol Down Hilton El Conquistador Resort George Howard and Larry Loud The Hut Fortunate Youth, Brewfish, Salacious Las Cazuelitas Mariachis

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Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse Arizona Dance Hands Maverick Flipside McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Patio: Day Job.; Inside: Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky Miss Saigon EQ Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi Los Cubanos Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Collin Shook Trio Old Father Inn Live music Oracle Inn Sunset Holiday O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge Jadi Norris La Parrilla Suiza Mariachi music Plush Lounge: Shrimp Chaperone. Main stage: Logan Greene and the Players, Caught on Film, ... music video? Redline Sports Grill Giant Blue Rialto Theatre Kid Ink Ric’s Cafe/Restaurant Live music River’s Edge Lounge Wild Ride RJ’s Replays Sports Pub and Grub Ultrasonic Time Travelers The Rock Authority Zero, Three White Lies, Contraband, Orange Kids, Despondency Denied Shot in the Dark Café Mark Bockel The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar 80’s and Gentlemen Stadium Grill Live music Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Surly Wench Pub Anakim, Territory Tanque Verde Swap Meet Live music Whiskey Tango Live music Wild Bill’s Steakhouse and Saloon Beau Renfro and Clear Country Woody’s Susan Artemis

KARAOKE/OPEN MIC Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y-Not Karaoke Brats Brodie’s Tavern Cow Palace Karaoke with DJ Famous Sam’s W. Ruthrauff Famous Sam’s Pima Iguana Cafe Jeff’s Pub Kustom Karaoke Know Where II New Star Karaoke LB Saloon Margarita Bay Midtown Bar and Grill Mint Cocktails Karaoke with Rosemary Putney’s Karaoke with DJ Soup R Place Bar and Grill Karaoke with RichieRich



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Riley’s Irish Tavern Chubbrock Entertainment Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y Not Karaoke Salty Dawg II Tucson’s Most Wanted Entertainment with KJ Sean Shooters Steakhouse and Saloon Stockmen’s Lounge Terry and Zeke’s Wings-Pizza-N-Things YNot Entertainment

DANCE/DJ The Auld Dubliner DJ spins music Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Flamenco guitar and dance show Circle S Saloon DJ BarryB La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar E_rupt, Matt McCoy The Depot Sports Bar DJ and music videos Desert Diamond Casino Monsoon Nightclub Friday Night Groove Desert Diamond Casino Sports Bar Fiesta DJs: Latin/ Urban night DV8 Planet Q Live with Chris P. and JoJo El Charro Café Sahuarita DJ spins music El Charro Café on Broadway DJ spins R&B El Parador Salsa dance lessons with Jeannie Tucker Famous Sam’s Valencia DJ spins music IBT’s CelloFame Javelina Cantina DJ M. The Loop Taste of Chicago DJ and dancing Maynards Market and Kitchen DJ spins music Music Box ’80s and more NoRTH DJ Phatal O’Malley’s DJ Dibs Sam Hughes Place Championship Dining DJ spins music Sapphire Lounge Flashback Fridays with DJ Sid the Kid Sinbad’s Fine Mediterranean Cuisine DJ spins music Sky Bar Hot Era party, Elemental Artistry Fire-Dancing Unicorn Sports Lounge Y Not Entertainment V Fine Thai Ultra Fridays: DJs Soo and Zeta Wildcat House Top 40 dance mix Wooden Nickel DJ spins music Zen Rock DJ Kidd Kutz

COMEDY Laffs Comedy Caffé Vince Morris

SAT JUL 14 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed The Bashful Bandit Live music Boondocks Lounge Last Call Girls, The Far West Café Passé Country Saturday Cascade Lounge George Howard Chicago Bar Neon Prophet La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Holmes and Levinson Colt’s Taste of Texas Steakhouse Live music Cow Pony Bar and Grill DJ spins music Cushing Street Restaurant and Bar Live jazz Delectables Restaurant and Catering Live music Don’s Bayou Cajun Cookin’ Melody Louise Driftwood Restaurant and Lounge Live music Eclipse at College Place Live music Eddies Cocktails Classic rock ’n’ roll El Charro Café Sahuarita Live salsa band El Mezón del Cobre Mariachi Azteca El Parador Descarga, Salsarengue, Tito y Su Nuevo Son Famous Sam’s E. Golf Links Live music Flying V Bar and Grill Solo guitarist La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente Gold Live music Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music The Hideout Los Bandidos The Hut Clarice and the Lotionbaskets Iguana Cafe The Benjamins Las Cazuelitas Mariachis Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse Arizona Dance Hands Lookout Bar and Grille at Westward Look Resort Live acoustic Maverick The Jack Bishop Band McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi The Bishop/Nelly Duo Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Collin Shook Trio O’Malley’s Live music Old Pueblo Grille Live music Old Tubac Inn Restaurant and Saloon Freestyle Oracle Inn Wild Ride Band O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge Noches Nortenas La Parrilla Suiza Mariachi music Ric’s Cafe/Restaurant Live music River’s Edge Lounge Ben Hyatt Band The Rock Godhunter, Angelic to Ashes, Our Daily Trespasses, Eight Legged Horse, We Killed the Union, Wrathgate Sakura The Equinox Band

Sheraton Hotel and Suites Tucson Jazz Institute Sky Bar Tracy Shedd, Snow Songs The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar Live music Stadium Grill Live music Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Tanque Verde Ranch Live music Tanque Verde Swap Meet Max Weiland Vaudeville Wayward Saints, The Gunrunners, The Wyatts Whiskey Tango Live music Wisdom’s Café Bill Manzanedo

KARAOKE/OPEN MIC Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y-Not Karaoke Brats Circle S Saloon Karaoke with DJ BarryB The Depot Sports Bar Karaoke with DJ Brandon Elbow Room Famous Sam’s Silverbell Amazing Star karaoke Famous Sam’s W. Ruthrauff Famous Sam’s Pima The Grill at Quail Creek IBT’s Amazing Star Entertainment Jeff’s Pub Kustom Karaoke The Loop Taste of Chicago Margarita Bay Midtown Bar and Grill Nevada Smith’s Old Father Inn Chubbrock Entertainment Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y Not Karaoke Stockmen’s Lounge Terry and Zeke’s

DANCE/DJ The Auld Dubliner DJ spins music Bedroxx DJ spins music Brodie’s Tavern Latino Night Cactus Moon Line-dance lesson Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Flamenco guitar and dance show Club Congress Bang! Bang! dance party La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar DJ Herm Desert Diamond Casino Sports Bar Fiesta DJs: Country Tejano night El Charro Café on Broadway DJ Soo Latin mix El Parador Salsa dance lessons with Jeannie Tucker Famous Sam’s Valencia DJ spins music Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company DJ spins music IBT’s DJ spins music Mint Cocktails Fiesta DJs Music Box ’80s and more On a Roll DJ Aspen Rusty’s Family Restaurant and Sports Grille DJ Obi Wan Kenobi Sam Hughes Place Championship Dining DJ spins music Sapphire Lounge DJ 64, DJ Phil Sinbad’s Fine Mediterranean Cuisine Belly dancing with Emma Jeffries and friends Surly Wench Pub Fineline Revisited Wildcat House Tejano dance mix Wooden Nickel DJ spins music Zen Rock DJ Kidd Kutz

COMEDY Laffs Comedy Caffé Vince Morris

KARAOKE/OPEN MIC The Bashful Bandit Y-Not Karaoke Club Congress Club Karaoke Cow Pony Bar and Grill Diablos Sports Bar and Grill Elbow Room Open mic Famous Sam’s W. Ruthrauff Family karaoke The Hideout IBT’s Amazing Star Entertainment Margarita Bay Mint Cocktails Karaoke with Rosemary Pappy’s Diner Putney’s Karaoke with DJ Soup River’s Edge Lounge Karaoke with KJ David RJ’s Replays Sports Pub and Grub YNot Productions Karaoke Salty Dawg II Tucson’s Most Wanted Entertainment with KJ Sean Shooters Steakhouse and Saloon The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar Stockmen’s Lounge Whiskey Tango Wooden Nickel Woody’s World Famous Golden Nugget

DANCE/DJ La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar DJ Herm IBT’s DJ spins music Kon Tiki DJ Century Ra Sushi Bar Restaurant DJs spin music Shot in the Dark Café DJ Artice Power Ballad Sundays

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TRIVIA/PUB QUIZ Fox and Hound Smokehouse and Tavern Team Trivia with DJ Joker



LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed Boondocks Lounge Bryan Dean Trio Chicago Bar The Ronstadts Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music Las Cazuelitas Live music McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse David Prouty Plush Stefan George Sullivan’s Steak House Live music

FRIDAY: MILITARY DISCOUNT $3 Cover & Drink Specials With ID


KARAOKE/OPEN MIC The Auld Dubliner Margarita Bay O’Malley’s Purgatory River’s Edge Lounge Karaoke with KJ David Shooters Steakhouse and Saloon Whiskey Tango Wooden Nickel


SUN JUL 15 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed Armitage Wine Lounge and Café Ryanhood The Auld Dubliner Irish jam session Azul Restaurant Lounge Live piano musuic The Bashful Bandit Sunday Jam with the Deacon Boondocks Lounge The Last Call Girls Chicago Bar Reggae Sundays Club Congress Stephane Wrembel La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Catfish and Weezie Driftwood Restaurant and Lounge Live music Eddies Cocktails Dust Devils La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente The Grill at Quail Creek Paul McGuffin Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music Las Cazuelitas Live music Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse Titan Valley Warheads Lotus Garden Restaurant Melody Louise McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse David Prouty Nimbus Brewing Company Taproom Larry Armstrong and CopperMoon Old Pueblo Grille Live music O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Plush Tommy Tucker Raging Sage Coffee Roasters Paul Oman Sakura EQ Shooters Steakhouse and Saloon Titan Valley Warheads Sullivan’s Steak House George Howard and Larry Loud

Club Congress DJ Sid the Kid IBT’s DJ spins music Surly Wench Pub Black Monday with DJs Matt McCoy and Dewtron

COMEDY RJ’s Replays Sports Pub and Grub Improv Comedy Night

TRIVIA/PUB QUIZ Playground Bar and Lounge Geeks Who Drink Sky Bar Team trivia

TUE JUL 17 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Bob Linesch Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Live classical guitar Chicago Bar Jive Bombers Colors Food and Spirits Melody Louise Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live mariachi music Las Cazuelitas Live music McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Susan Artemis Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Open jazz and blues jam Plush Billy Sedlmayr Sakura The Equinox Band






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Beau Brummel Club Cactus Tune Entertainment with Fireman Bob The Canyon’s Crown Restaurant and Pub Open mic Famous Sam’s W. Ruthrauff Jeff’s Pub Kustom Karaoke Malibu Yogurt and Ice Cream Open mic Margarita Bay Music Box Karaoke with AJ Old Father Inn Chubbrock Entertainment Outlaw Saloon Chubbrock Entertainment Purgatory River’s Edge Lounge Karaoke with KJ David RJ’s Replays Sports Pub and Grub YNot Productions Karaoke Salty Dawg II Tucson’s Most Wanted Entertainment with KJ Sean Terry and Zeke’s

DANCE/DJ IBT’s DJ spins music Sam Hughes Place Championship Dining DJ spins music Whiskey Tango 80’s night

COMEDY The Auld Dubliner Laughing Liberally Comedy Showcase

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What was the first concert you attended? Tool, on the Undertow tour, at the Tucson Convention Center.

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What are you listening to these days? Against Me!, Hot Water Music and Cory Branan.

LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Bob Linesch The Bamboo Club Melody Louise


What was the first album you owned? Poison, Open Up and Say ‌ Ahh! on cassette. What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get? Modern rap/hip hop.

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WEDNESDAY – Open Mic Rock Jam

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THURSDAY – Original Music Night

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What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live? Realistically? Bear vs. Shark, but the correct answer here is Queen. Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure? I try not to be too cool for any music, but I do listen to the modern country station in my truck, and that’s pretty terrible. What song would you like to have played at your funeral? “Voice of Fire� by the Doomriders, followed directly by “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)� by Michael Jackson. What band or artist changed your life, and how? Rancid’s Let’s Go introduced me to all sorts of new music. In their videos, I would see a patch on their vests or a sticker on their guitars and go to Zia to buy it. Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time? Deftones, White Pony. Not a bad track on the album.

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KING TUFF, THE RESONARS, THE ELECTRIC BLANKETS PLUSH Friday, July 6 After opening sets by locals the Electric Blankets and the Resonars, Sub Pop’s King Tuff, aka Kyle Thomas, slayed the hipster-heavy packed house with miniature rock ’n’ roll masterpieces. While each song felt momentary, they weaved themselves into one long piece of music that played as pure rock ’n’ roll transcendence. Each song upped the ante of the last, and audience members followed suit, dancing and screaming themselves into a frenzy. There was no climax: Thomas’ entire set was an elongated peak. As with King Tuff ’s stylistic brethren, sortof-local-boys Harlem, this was garage rock from a child’s perspective: all helium-inhaling vocals and reverent discovery. Also as with Harlem, this take on the original punk rock was historically incorrect but revelatory and self-aware. If Thomas offered absolute rock ’n’ roll perfection, the Resonars were a much more complicated affair, and left the biggest impact on the evening. Precise, well-rehearsed and coming on the heels of their first shows in more than 15 years, the Resonars were treated as returning hometown heroes. They took the stage roaring, crafting three-minute nuggets made of Pete Townshend’s shards of feedback, Keith Moon’s crashing waves of drum rolls and John Lennon’s picking hand, completed by Merseybeat harmonies. However, this was not mere ’60s nostalgia: This was ’90s nostalgia, in stark, bold contrast to both the Electric Blankets and King Tuff. This was the sound of Tucson’s Class of ’95 indie-rock scene being validated as historically relevant and capable of seismic impact. The Resonars’ classmates were well-represented, with members of erstwhile ’90s local upstarts the Weird Lovemakers, Los Federales and others scattered across the floor. Hell, even Isaac Reyes of punk-rockers Swing Ding Amigos (and, currently, Lenguas Largas and Shark Pants) was onstage playing rhythm guitar. The punk-rock prom aspect, with the Resonars unintentionally playing house band at this formal, did threaten to derail the considerable excitement of their music, but somehow, they walked each song home, sweaty palm in sweaty palm. And by the time the Resonars completed a triumphant set, those who missed them the first time were converts—and those who didn’t were vindicated. Joshua Levine




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Fiona Apple’s new album is one of the best and one of the worst records of the summer. In fact, I can’t remember the last time an album has been such a perfect amalgam of an artist’s virtues and faults. At its worst, The Idler Wheel … is jazzy pablum, a schematic so mannered and self-reflexive that it borders on parody of “that kind of ” woman (à la Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Poe, Eleanor Friedberger, Joanna Newsom, Feist, et al.). But Apple’s best corollary might be the filmmaker Wes Anderson, whose Moonrise Kingdom is also a perfect distillation of all the reasons why people who love his movies love them, and why those who hate his movies hate them. The Idler Wheel … is just like that. Apple is, per Anderson, so committed to her vision and so exhaustively herself that her work can feel airless and claustrophobic. But The Idler Wheel … is also gripping and fascinating. Songs like “Valentine” are small revelations—as stagy as a show tune, as guttural as anything PJ Harvey has ever done. There’s no one but Apple who could make the understated refrain of, “You, you, you, you,” feel so accusatory but nonchalant. Fiona Apple, the persona, is a raw, exposed nerve and also an ethereal presence that hovers above human drama. That’s not an easy paradox to embody. Apple makes it seem effortless. Sean Bottai

Josh Tillman’s Fear Fun is an album so steeped in its own self-mythology of nakedly embracing a self-mythology that its appeal will vary depending on the listener. If, for instance, you favor the bummer Los Angeles canon of Neil Young’s caustic On the Beach or John Phillips’ cosmic John Phillips (John, the Wolf King of L.A.), then Tillman’s psychotropic and dour tunes may strike you as etiolated. If, however, Harry Nilsson or Gram Parsons represent musical genres more than complete artists, Tillman’s album may sound evocative. Tillman’s voice is certainly luxurious enough to beguile. His coos on the plinking, lush opener “Funtimes in Babylon” or his gristle on the prickly shake of “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” captivate even after his ham-fisted lyrical nods to Los Angeles grow tiresome. The album’s highlights, however, are neither hushed folk nor pastiche pop. The haunted shuffle of “Nancy From Now On” provides the album’s most-enthralling moment. Meanwhile, the menacing, rising electronic dissonance of “This Is Sally Hatchet” presents both the expert mixing of Phil Ek and Tillman’s knack for composition. Still, Fear Fun’s sincerely cracked or deftly composed moments can be overwhelmed by a studied sycophantic patina that is distracting. Whether it’s the folky ramble of “I’m Writing a Novel,” the countrified of “Tee Pees 1-12,” or the disco waltz of “Well, You Can Do It Without Me,” Tillman seems so concerned with crafting affect that his passions and talent become stifled Brilliantly (perhaps), given the album’s mythological obsessions, Fear Fun plays like a true L.A. story: an artist polluted and diluted by ghosts. Michael Petitti

First a benefit and now a tribute, Inner Flame is a fabulous presentation of songs by the late Rainer Ptacek, a Germanborn Tucsonan known the world over for his unique slide guitar playing. This expanded reissue is an 18-song double-LP that explores different sides of an artist who was never easily boxed up. Coming to the blues as an outsider, Rainer’s talent didn’t sit still, reaching and roaming with a restless wonder that endures today. Top tracks from the original 1997 record are the angelic Emmylou Harris singing “The Good Book,” Vic and Tina Chesnutt giving a country-tinged duet on “Where’s That At,” the perfectly paired Robert Plant and Rainer playing swampy blues on “21 Years,” and the torchy jazz of Madeleine Peyroux on “Life Is Fine.” Among the outstanding new tracks are Lucinda Williams’ absolutely beautiful cover of “The Farm,” a slowed version shining with her weary and wistful twang, and Chuck Prophet turning “Limit to It” into chug-along boogie rock, slinging fiery guitar licks and singing with a rugged sneer. The album ends with Howe Gelb and his ’Sno Angel choir giving a stomping blues take on “That’s How Things Get Done,” and then Rainer once again, backed by Joey Burns and John Convertino, singing his bravely elegiac “Be Prepared,” with his haunting slide guitar solo bringing the song and the album to its defiant, triumphant and incredible close. Inner Flame celebrates the essence of Rainer’s music, somewhere between mysterious and warm, exotic and familiar. It’s Rainer’s sad, beautiful music, as alive as ever. Eric Swedlund

MEDICAL MJ Not all MMJ patients look forward to the opening of dispensaries

Homegrown Controversy BY J.M. SMITH, here’s been a lot of talk lately about the 25-mile rule for medical-marijuana patients. The rule, which says no patient can grow for himself unless he lives more than 25 miles from a dispensary, will finally kick in this summer when dispensaries open. It seems to be pissing off a lot of people and causing a spate of arm-waving, foot-stomping and righteous indignation. Through the end of May, about 25,000 patients had asked to grow statewide. Assuming even that half of them did, there are roughly 13,000 Arizona bedrooms or garages or corners of dens blossoming with hardy green flowers with little white hairs on them. It was a beautiful accident of Gov. Jan’s decision to halt dispensaries. Thousands upon thousands of tiny grow operations popping up all over the state for the past year, spreading joy and love and kindness in the form of cheap medication. I’m guessing most patients won’t pack up the compact fluorescents next month. A lot of these folks waited many, many years to grow pot, and now they feel like they have a right to keep going after dispensaries open. There is a nascent effort to change the rule, to make growing an option for all patients. But until then, most patients will be forced to choose between affordable meds and legality. It seems unfair and forces a huge expense on patients. I smoke about an eighth of an ounce a week, which isn’t much by most standards. A lot of people go through twice that much, meaning they are smoking or eating or vaporizing about an ounce a month. At the going collective rate of more than $300 per ounce, that’s a killer medication bill. Carol, a patient in her late 50s who is growing three plants, agrees. So she intends to keep right on growing after the dispensaries open. “It’s not like I’m out there selling it,” she


said. “I’m just going to keep a low profile and continue doing it. I don’t think the Sheriff ’s Department is going to be going door to door looking for people growing medical marijuana.” Unlike urban patients, some caregivers won’t have to stop growing—even if they’re next door to a dispensary. Harold, a caregiver who lives on the eastside, is among them. As long as his patients live more than 25 miles from a dispensary, Harold can grow at his house. “I went out of my way to find patients outside the 25-mile limit,” he said. He converted a spare bedroom, adding $3,000 worth of lights, trays, ventilation and CO2 equipment. He does not plan to let that investment sit idle.

For the record, I agree we should all have the right to switch out the home office for a grow room full of Blueberry and O.G. Kush and Tropicana Gold. We should have the right to set aside a corner of the living room where we could cultivate to our hearts’ content a flowery bunch of Jack Herer or Banana Kush. But for now, it’s a moot point. So Mr. Smith kinda wishes some of the 25-mile rule naysayers would STFU a little, drop the sprayer and back away from the hydro trays when the time comes. I’m grateful for the chance to buy meds somewhat legally in a dispensary. Yes, I would like to grow my own meds, and I hope sometime that rule changes so I can. But in the meantime, I hope those 25,000

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny. Go to to check out Rob Brezsny’s EXPANDED WEEKLY HOROSCOPE 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700 $1.99 per minute. 18 and over. Touchtone phone required. ARIES (March 21-April 19): During an author tour a few years ago, I was a guest on San Francisco radio station KFOG. For a while, the host interviewed me about my book and astrology column. Then we moved into a less formal mode, bantering about psychic powers, lucid dreams and reincarnation. Out of nowhere, the host asked me, “So who was I in my past life?” Although I’m not in the habit of reading people’s previous incarnations, I suddenly and inexplicably had the sense that I knew exactly who he had been: Savonarola, a controversial 15th-century Italian friar. I suspect you may soon have comparable experiences, Aries. Don’t be surprised if you are able to glean new revelations about the past and come to fresh insights about how history has unfolded. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Tease and tempt and tantalize, Taurus. Be pithy and catchy and provocative. Don’t go on too long. Leave ‘em hanging for more. Wink for dramatic effect. Perfect your most enigmatic smile. Drop hints and cherish riddles. Believe in the power of telepathy. Add a new twist or two to your body language. Be sexy in the subtlest ways you can imagine. Pose questions that no one has been brave or smart enough to ask. Hang out in thresholds, crossroads, and any other place where the action is entertaining. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): American political leaders who have never been soldiers tend to be more gung-ho about sending U.S. fighting forces into action than leaders who have actually served in the military. So said former Marine captain Matt Pottinger in I recommend that you avoid and prevent comparable situations in your own life during the coming weeks, Gemini. Don’t put yourself under the influence of decision-makers who have no direct experience of the issues that are important to you. The same standard should apply to you, too. Be humble about pressing forward if you’re armed with no more than a theoretical understanding of things. As much as possible, make your choices and wield your clout based on what you know firsthand. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Let’s hypothesize that there are two different kinds of freedom possible for you to pursue. One is simplistic and sterile, while the


other is colorful and fertile. The first is characterized by absence or emptiness, and the second is full of rich information and stimulating experiences. Is there any doubt about which is preferable? I know that the simplistic, sterile freedom might be easier and faster to attain. But its value would be limited and short-lived, I’m afraid. In the long run, the tougher liberation will be more rewarding. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Some people believe that a giant sea serpent lives in a Scottish lake. They call it the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie for short. The evidence is anecdotal and skimpy. If the creature actually lurks in the murky depths, it has never hurt any human being, so it can’t be considered dangerous. On the other hand, Nessie has long been a boon to tourism in the area. The natives are happy that the tales of its existence are so lively. I’d like to propose using the Loch Ness monster as a template for how to deal with one of your scary delusions. Use your rational mind to exorcise any anxiety you might still be harboring, and figure out a way to take advantage of the legendary story you created about it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “The soul should always stand ajar,” said 19-century Emily Dickinson poet in one of her poems, “That if the heaven inquire, He will not be obliged to wait, Or shy of troubling her.” Modern translation: You should keep your deep psyche in a constant state of readiness for the possible influx of divine inspiration or unexpected blessings. That way, you’re likely to recognize the call when it comes and respond with the alacrity necessary to get the full benefit of its offerings. This is always a sound principle to live by. But it will be an especially valuable strategy in the coming weeks. Right now, imagine what it feels like when your soul is properly ajar. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Some people wonder if I’m more like a cheerleader than an objective reporter. They think that maybe I minimize the pain and exaggerate the gain that lie ahead. I understand why they might pose that question. Because all of us are constantly besieged with a disproportionate glut of discouraging news, I see it as my duty to provide a counterbalance. My optimism is medicine

to protect you from the distortions that the conventional wisdom propagates. Having said that, I’d like you to know that I’m not counterbalancing at all when I give you this news: You’re close to grabbing a strategic advantage over a frustration that has hindered you for a long time. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment,” said Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck. “This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath.” While I appreciate Beck’s advice, I’m perplexed why she put such a heavy emphasis on lessons that arise from difficult events. In the weeks ahead, you’ll be proof that this is shortsighted. Your teachers are likely to be expansive, benevolent and generous. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A lathe is a machine that grips a chunk of metal or wood or clay and rotates it so that someone wielding a tool can form the chunk into a desired shape. From a

metaphorical point of view, I visualize you as being held by a cosmic lathe right now. God or fate or whatever you’d prefer to call it is chiseling away the non-essential stuff so as to sculpt a more beautiful and useful version of you. Although the process may be somewhat painful, I think you’ll be happy with the result. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I’m hoping you will take maximum advantage of the big opportunity that’s ahead for you, Capricorn: an enhancement of your senses. That’s right. For the foreseeable future, you not only have the potential to experience extra vivid and memorable perceptions. You could also wangle an upgrade in the acuity and profundity of your senses, so that your sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch will forevermore gather in richer data. For best results, set aside what you believe about the world, and just drink in the pure impressions. In other words, focus less on the thoughts rumbling around inside your mind and simply notice what’s going on around you. For extra credit: Cultivate an empathetic curiosity with everything you’d like to perceive better.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): What kind of week will it be for you? It will be like you’re chewing gum while walking down a city street and then suddenly you sneeze, catapulting the gooey mess from your mouth onto the sidewalk in such a way that it gets stuck to the bottom of your shoe, which causes you to trip and fall, allowing you to find a $100 bill that is just lying there unclaimed and that you would have never seen had you not experienced your little fit of “bad luck.” Be ready to cash in on unforeseen twists of fate, Aquarius. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Having served as executive vice-president of the Hedonistic Anarchists Think Tank, I may not seem like the most believable advocate of the virtues of careful preparation, rigorous organization and steely resolve. But if I have learned anything from consorting with hedonistic anarchists, it’s that there’s not necessarily a clash between thrill-seeking and self-discipline. The two can even be synergistic. I think that’s especially true for you right now, Pisces. The quality and intensity of your playtime activities will thrive in direct proportion to your self-command.

¡ASK A MEXICAN! BY GUSTAVO ARELLANO, Dear Mexican: Magdalena has worked for me many years—15, to be exact. She came over as a mojada with her two little girls when they were 4 and 6. The girls went to school but only until middle school because they are undocumented; they can’t get a job or a bank account or a driver’s license for the same reason. One of them is almost 30 and has three kids; somehow, she manages to work regularly. The other one has been sitting in jail for nearly two years because she hung out with the wrong cholo crowd in her neighborhood. Never shot anyone, never killed anyone, no record, no papers, no school, no money, no car; she didn’t want to clean homes like her mom. What is she supposed to do in Mexico, where they’d consider her a pocha and where she knows no one? What can she do here as an undocumented American? She came with her mom, grew up here, and her main language is English. Of course, Obama has taken a small step to keep Mexis voting for him in November, but at least it is recognition that the problem exists. Why not just allow these kids to live here, pay taxes, and be a part of the social fabric? Que chingadera, como diríamos en México…

deported cholos usually ended up in the services of the drug cartels—and we know what’s happened there. Mass deportations of all illegal immigrants is much like Mitt Romney: seemingly plausible in paper, but a nightmare if it in fact happens.

Good Gabacha Dear Gabacha: Although your question is problematic (you didn’t tell me what the jailed sister is up for, and you should be more judgmental of your worker for letting her girls drop out of school as teenagers—for crying out loud, you have DREAMers getting advanced degrees, and if they can do it, Magdalena’s hijas could have, as well), you also brought up an inadvertent point that should give pause to those Know Nothings who want immediate deportations of all illegals. During the 1980s and 1990s, the United States government deported young Central American illegal immigrants who had joined the gang life. What did they do? They started gang chapters in their home countries, which connected with their cliquas up here, and turned a local problem into a transnational nightmare, with nearly 80,000 such gang members in Central America alone, according to a 2006 study by the USAID Bureau for Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Office of Regional Sustainable Development. The same thing happened in Mexico, except those

I’m a small woman, certainly too small to be pushing my car down the street towards a gas station when it breaks down, as it frequently does. My fellow Americans, driving new, big-asswheeled trucks wearing their faux gangsta apparel, appear to think I am doing this to piss them off and slow them down because their response is to honk and scream at me. It is those gallant men in their beat-up vehicles (often packed with gardening equipment) from south of the border who pull over, jump out and lend me a mano. What’s up with that? Pequeña y Agradecida Dear Dear Petite, Grateful Gabacha: You know why—because Mexicans, since the beginning of time, are AWESOME. Except for new president Enrique Peña Nieto, of course—pinche puto pendejo baboso. Ask the Mexican at themexican@askamexican. net; be his fan on Facebook; follow him on Twitter @gustavoarellano; or ask him a video question at!

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I’m a smart, professional woman in my mid-30s who dates the same. I also happen to use a wheelchair; I was diagnosed shortly after my first birthday with a motor neuron disease. I have about as much physical strength as a quadriplegic, but I have full sensation. (Boy howdy, do I!) I am careful about who I date because of my physical dependence on the people around me. I am also wary of folks who call themselves “devotees.” These are individuals with disability-related fetishes. They gravitate toward amputees, but some are attracted to women in chairs. I’m not sure what about this bothers me so much; I suppose it feels reductionist, and I’ve spent my adult life becoming more than a girl in a chair. I’m sure you can see where this is going. I started dating a lovely, successful, witty, beautiful woman a little more than a year ago. As time progressed, it became clear that we were sexually compatible. Things have been great. At the eightmonth point, I told my BFF that this might be “the one.” At the nine-month point, she confessed to being a devotee. I was crushed. But I trusted her, as I had gotten no icky feelings from her. Then she said that she wanted to try using my chair during sex—except with our roles reversed. Because I try to be GGG, I consented, as long as she agreed to couples therapy, which she did. In therapy, she said she had no idea I was in a chair before we met—which is plausible, as it was a blind date—and she just felt lucky when I showed up in a chair and then didn’t know how to tell me. So… we’ve been working it out. Until last night. We were out with friends. She asked me to take a picture on her phone, and I found pics of me, from the neck down (clothed, thank god), and pics of my chair. I quickly sent them to myself and then, later, checked them on Google Images. My fears were confirmed: She’s been posting these photos, without my consent, to “devotee” websites. I feel sick and heartbroken. I haven’t confronted her yet. What do I do, Dan? In every other way, this woman’s a catch, and I really care about her. At the same time, I feel like my trust has been horribly violated. Is it time to DTMFA? Girl InMassive Pain

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Yes, GIMP, it’s time to DTMFA. And you gotta dump the motherfucker like you mean it. You can’t be a lesbian about this. No “taking a break,” no “putting things on hold,” no “scheduling an appointment” with your couples counselor. You’re dumping her. The end. Your soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend needs to understand that, as a direct result of her unbelievably selfish actions, she was promptly and unambiguously dumped. It’s the only way this motherfucker will ever be able to wrap her head around just how thoroughly she violated you. (It doesn’t help that she lies to you—I mean, excuse me, but who sets a friend up on a blind date with someone in a wheelchair without mentioning that fact?) And now, thanks to her, pictures of you are floating around fetish websites. Your soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend destroyed your sense of sexual safety and shat all over the trust that had been placed in her by her dream girl. (That would be you, GIMP.) And for what? A cheap thrill? Bragging rights? Dump the motherfucker already. And then, GIMP, after your ex has had some time to wallow in regret (you were the girl of her dreams!) and self-recrimination (how could she have been so fucking stupid!), give her a call. Depending on what you hear—and hopefully you’ll hear an extended apology and that she’s in therapy—you can make up your mind about whether you wanna TTMFB: “take the motherfucker back.” It sounds like your girlfriend has many good qualities, GIMP, and it sounds like you two

clicked. Maybe your girlfriend can be salvaged. Maybe losing you will be the shock she needs to get help. If it is—if she went and got help of her own accord, not because she thought it would win you back (because that wasn’t on the table)—then bizarro DTMFA (“date the motherfucker again”) might be an option. But you two should start seeing a counselor together if you TTMFB; you should take things four times as slowly this time; and she should get a phone that doesn’t have a camera. I’m a straight 32-year-old woman who has been in a monogamous relationship with a guy for two years. Recently, we took the plunge and moved in. Before moving in, we had experimented with some kinky stuff. (I have never come so hard or fast as the first time I fucked him in the ass with a strap-on.) Then he told me, after moving in, that he had given some thought to poly relationships before committing to me. Now I am feeling insecure about the viability of this relationship. Although he claims no desire to be in a poly situation now, I can’t help but feel that I alone will ultimately not be able to fulfill him entirely. He is a soul mate who I can see growing with over time. But I worry this relationship is doomed. Fem Fetish Frosh This probably isn’t what you want to hear, FFF, but here goes: You alone will ultimately never be able to fulfill your boyfriend entirely … just as he alone will never be able to fulfill you entirely. One person simply can’t be all things to another person—sexually or otherwise—and unmet needs, unfulfilled desires and unexplored possibilities are prices we pay to be in LTRs. Monogamous, polyamorous, Femdom, or whatever: All coupled people walk around feeling a little unfulfilled. (Single people, too.) Because no one gets everything they want. So, FFF, while some aspects of the polyamorous lifestyle appeal to your boyfriend, he has decided that he prefers the kind of relationship he’s in now, with its perks and drawbacks, to the hypothetical polyamorous scenarios he used to contemplate, which would’ve had their own perks and drawbacks. I’d say your relationship is only doomed if you can’t bring yourself to take his “yes”—yes to you, yes to monoamory—for an answer. My husband and I have been together for three years, and we’re not having as much sex as we used to. A big part of the problem: In the time we’ve been together, he’s put on a lot of weight. I’m not looking to blame his weight gain for my libido issues. I just need to shut up and put out more, and I’m working on that. But I’m wondering if it’s ethical to suggest incentivizing his weight loss with more sex. Sex every time he drops three pounds, followed by sex once a week once he hits his target weight? I don’t think losing the beer belly will make me want to drop my pants all the time, but it couldn’t hurt, right? Like Boys Slimmer If you think your husband would respond positively to the challenge—if he’s not weepily sensitive about his weight, if he likes set goals and specific rewards—then I think you should toss this proposal on the table right next to that bag of Doritos. Of course, I couldn’t give you the same advice if the genders were reversed because … well, it looks like we’re out of room. So we’ll have to leave the gendered politics of fat for a future column. Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at, and follow me on Twitter @fakedansavage.

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