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So, This Is Happening Not that it matters to you as a reader, but the last six weeks have been a little strange for me. I left the Weekly in August, but since I helped out with uploading each week’s issue to the web through the monstrous Best of Tucson™ issue, sent blog ideas to my successor David Mendez via Facebook message and I spent a few Thursday nights with members of the staff at Bumsted’s for quiz night, it sort of seems like I never left in some ways. When Jimmy Boegle told me he was leaving to start the Coachella Valley Independent, I applied thinking that the gig would likely go to someone with a more prestigious editorial pedigree, but here I am, writing my first note for this space, which had the byline of someone for whom I have an incredible amount of respect for around ten years. It’s a lot to process. Understandably, people asked what I have planned for the Weekly … and so far, I’d say the basic premise of what we’re going to do will stay the same. I want to help tell great stories, help promote what’s great about this town and help change what isn’t. How that manifests itself in print and online will change style-wise as we do some redesigning over the year, but I’ll also be asking for your input through an extensive reader survey and some focus group-styled events. Also, feel free to contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (facebook.com/ dangibson520) or in short bursts on Twitter (@dangibson520). Let me know what you like, dislike and what you’d like to see in the future (kindly and graciously, if possible, but who am I kidding, right?). At this rate, the Tucson Weekly and the Arizona Daily Star will probably be absorbed into the list-churning Buzzfeed empire by 2014, but until then, we’ll keep trying to inform and entertain. I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be a part of that mission. Wish me luck. DAN GIBSON, Editor email@example.com COVER DESIGN BY ANDREW ARTHUR
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ike millions of Americans, I sat agape as I watched National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre’s stunning response to the slaughter of 26 innocent people, including 20 small children, at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., just before Christmas. My mother used to tell me not to sit around with my mouth open because a bug might fly into it. As I listened to the nonsense that issued forth from the Head Gun Nut—equal parts bluster and paranoia—my mouth was so wide open, an eagle could have flown into it. Apparently, LaPierre is French for tone deaf. God help me, but all I kept thinking of as he spoke was, “This guy had better hope that there’s no video (or photos, for that matter) of what went on in that school.” Two day later, just in case there were people out there who hadn’t caught Crazy, Act I, he went on Meet the Press and solidified his legacy by quibbling over the reported muzzle velocity of the multiple bullets that ripped through each of those little kids’ bodies. How is it even possible to be that out of touch? A few days after the shooting, Arizona Daily Star cartoonist Dave Fitzsimmons had a brilliant cartoon depicting Uncle Sam and a guy in an NRA cap, both chest-deep in guns. The NRA guys says, “The answer is more guns.” The next morning, on his local radio show, Jon Justice ripped into Fitz for what Justice considered to be an unfair representation of the NRA and gun-rights advocates. Not long after that, Justice came up with his own solution—more guns, this time in the schools, in the hands of janitors and teachers and whomever. Amazingly, Justice was himself trumped by several dimbulb members of the Arizona Legislature who, over the past few years, have taken a few days off from the gutting of Arizona’s public-education system to try to see to it that Arizona is wall-to-wall guns, everywhere, all the time. They want guns in churches, in court, in bars and, especially, in schools. Here’s a really frightening thought: The only thing standing between us and the implementation of some of the crazier guns über alles ideas is Gov. Jan Brewer. If that doesn’t send a shudder through you, nothing will. As I listened to the NRA press conference that first day, I kept waiting for Cyborg LaPierre to stop talking and let Human LaPierre get a few words in. Didn’t happen. I’ll be honest; I’m not opposed to his idea of having police on campus, as long as it doesn’t turn the schools into armed camps. However, security experts figure that having an armed response already on campus might prove beneficial in about 8 percent of such incidents. (During the Meet the Press interview, LaPierre either dodged or tried to downplay the facts that there was an armed resource officer
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on campus the day of the Columbine shootings and that Virginia Tech has an armed police force. In both cases, guns on campus weren’t helpful in any way.) What bothers me the most about this situation is that I know a whole lot of good, decent, hard-working Americans who happen to own guns. Most like to shoot them, some like to collect them; some, for all I know, like to fondle them. I have no fear whatsoever of any of these people using a gun to commit a crime. But when you try to talk to them rationally, they go all snake-eyed, like Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man. It’s eerily similar to the recent discussion on the national debt. People who claimed to be fiscal conservatives said that all of the changes had to involve the cutting of spending. It seemed ludicrously logical to me (and others) that if we raised revenue and simultaneously cut spending, we could solve the problem in half the time. That would also show the business community (and the world) that we are serious about dealing with the problems that we created. The No-Taxers’ position got so absurd that they rejected a suggestion that we raise revenue by $1 for every $10 of spending cuts. Fortunately, there was a national referendum on that particular issue this past November and a majority of the electorate spoke rather loudly and clearly on the matter. Similarly, there is a gun-worshiping faction in this country that sees the word “compromise” and reads it as “surrender.” When it was suggested that the multiple factors that led to the Newtown slaughter of children included widespread flaws in our mental-health system, a violence-obsessed media, the breakdown of the American family, ultra-violent video games and the ridiculously easy access to guns, the NRA and its minions said, “Yup, it’s all of those things … except guns. Guns have nothing to do with it.” LaPierre could have done his organization (and America) a solid by getting out in front of a ban on assault weapons, the sole purpose of which is to kill lots of people in a short period of time, and/or magazines that hold an insane number of rounds. But he chose Ted Nugent over the dead kids. We’ll see how that goes. (Next week: How to argue with Gun Guy. It involves logic, which means it might not work, but at least you’ll be in the right.)
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ecause of the ideal way the holidays fell this year, I got eleven straight days more or less off from work. I dialed in from home for three of them, but there was almost nothing to do. The office was nearly dormant, with one email drifting in here, and hours later, another there–more like snowflakes than the usual fusillades. Everyone was off. Even broken up by spasms of holiday-prep running around, this luxurious stretch of hometime was an enormous pleasure for me, and an even greater one for my two dogs. There were visitors, of course–much to their taste–but their keenest enjoyment was the daily walks. I am their only walker, and I was there to deliver day after day. Food, shelter and love are important to dogs, but nothing is better than a walk. Normally they only get to go on the weekends. I work long hours and have a 40-minute commute so I don’t get to it during the week. My husband, Ed, can’t take them because he has an iffy back and a newly replaced hip. Lai Fu, the big guy, is an 80-pound part-husky who’s an inveterate forger–the technical term for a dog that can and will drag you while wearing a choke collar. Fu and I understand one another. He’s allowed to forge to the park, where he begins to sniff and amble, but I don’t want him yanking Ed around, and when Fu sees a cat or squirrel, significant yanking can occur. (How his windpipe and carotids take it, I can’t imagine. He once snapped a rivet on a long tie leash when he glimpsed a cat across the street.) The traditional hour-long perambulation through the scruffier edges of the neighborhood always beings the same way, but can turn right or left in the bottom of the wash, rather like the Guermantes’ versus Swann’s ways in Proust.
And now, for some happy talk—by which I mean a non-corporate, “little-d” democratic, and altogether-pleasurable economic development that’s spreading across our country. In a word: Beer. More specifically, craft breweries are flourishing from Maine to Oregon, with happy hopheads in town after town now able to boast of their own local, unique, zesty, and fun batch of suds. While Anheuser-Busch (now owned by a German conglomerate) and MillerCoors (partiallyowned by Canadians) still dominate America’s beer market, sales of the nondescript national brands have soured in recent years. But innovative, small-batch, hometown yeast-wranglers have tapped a burgeoning market of brewski lovers reaching for the real gusto. Since 2004, craft beers have doubled their share of the U.S. market. Some 250 upstart breweries opened last year alone, (Joke. It’s nothing like Proust–although our walk through bringing their total number to nearly 2,000. unpicturesque midtown Tucson is probably as emotionally This has been a true populist economic and sensually resonant for the dogs as Marcel’s long ramphenomenon. Consumers and artisans have bles through the French countryside with his parents are found each other and spontaneously created for him.) The walk’s challenges increased with the advent an alternative, locally-based economy this spring of Mr. Man, an initially sickly but now vigorous that helps sustain themselves and their old dachshund. As soon as he was well enough to perceive community, rather than having their money siphoned out by faraway profit-takers. THIS MODERN WORLD By Tom Tomorrow Of course, the big boys are slyly trying to sink their own taps into the craft success of the small guys. Budweiser and Miller, for example, are now marketing pretend-craft beers, having bought such once-local brands as Chicago’s Goose Island and Wisconsin’s Leinenkugel. Unabashed by this consumer deception, however, a Miller spokesman sniffed: “We don’t concern ourselves with what (someone else) defines as a craft brewer?” Wow—sounds like Miller’s man quaffed one too many mugs of a genuine local beer from San Diego called “Arrogant Bastard”! When in doubt about whether a local beer is really local, ask the locals.
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that Fu was getting to go somewhere that he wasn’t, he raised holy hell. So he goes. It took a while to work out the kinks. A loose-jointed stroll for a big dog equates to a trot for Mister, and Fu’s opening three-block-long lunge to the park is a stiff aerobic challenge during which I have to moderate between the forging, choking monster up ahead and the 12-pound butterball valiantly trying to keep up the pace behind, his short legs going like pistons. A further complication is that Mister declines to walk in grass or deep sand, or to go up or down steep inclines. This means he gets carried, which creates a tableau that people seem to find amusing. (Okay, it is amusing. But not ridiculous. Footing that drags on dachshunds’ paws really isn’t good for overextended backs.) Their experience of the various stages of the walk is quite different, I think. Fu loves the park and the wash, which he patrols in the role of proprietor. Mister gets carried through the park and down into and up out of the wash (see above), and along the difficult parts of its damp, shadowy, smellladen length (rockiness for Fu and me constitutes bouldering for him). The two of them seem to enjoy Petco and the alleys about equally, with Mister strongly favoring woodpiles and dark recesses. The apartment complex across Rosemont is Mister’s favorite. It meets all his requirements, being flat, sidewalked and full of obscure corners, not to mention mined with wonderful random treats (Fu once found a whole chicken carcass in a hedge). It’s also populated. He’s eager to greet everyone he sees. A nice, lonely-seeming little boy we’ve often run into in the apartments always asks if he can pet Fu and Mister. Then he wants to talk about them and about his hopes of someday having a dog of his own. Last time we saw him, he breathed as we were walking away, “Both of your dogs are just beautiful.” Be that as it may, the midtown is wide and beautiful through their eyes.
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hat have we learned in the past two years? How has it changed all of us? Those are the questions I have been asked over and over since the tragic shootings of Jan. 8, 2011. And certainly at this time of the year, as the anniversary of that terrible day comes around for the second time, the questions are more frequent. The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School has added urgency, renewing a call to address the issues that lead to mass shootings. After six people were killed in our city two years ago, it is tragic to know that the violence has continued. Within the past year, seven people were killed in Oakland, Calif.; 12 in Aurora, Colo.; six in Oak Creek, Wis.; five in Minneapolis and 26 in Newtown, Conn. Thatâ€™s a horrifying toll: 56 lives lost in five mass shootings. In less than nine months. We all remember the calls for action after our own tragedy. And we all know that those calls led to no action or changes. As a father and a grandfather, I am deeply affected by the murder of 20 little ones and six adults in Newtown. I have two granddaughters the same age as the children who were killed. It could have been their school. As the survivor of a mass shooting, I am determined that no one else should have to endure such grief and loss. And as a member of Congress, I am unwavering in my commitment to take a leadership role in pushing forward with legislation to make a real difference. Many of these mass shootingsâ€”including the one in Tucsonâ€”came at the nexus of two issues: an untreated serious mental illness and the easy access to military-style weapons. It is crucial to point out that this combination rarely causes problems. As Michael Gerson noted recently in the Washington Post, there are an estimated 270 million guns in the country and more than 11 million people who have a serious mental illness. It is a small percentage of individuals and guns that leads to tragedy. But we must act to prevent future occurrences. This requires that we act to expand mental health awareness and treatment services and to prevent access to assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. I have joined a congressional task force that will develop needed legislation. Shortly after I was elected, I co-sponsored legislation that would be a step forward in getting help for those with serious mental illness. It was the Mental Health First Aid Higher Education Act, which would provide training to help people identify and respond to signs of mental illness and deal with a psychiatric crisis. The bill did not pass last year, but I am committed to reintroducing it this session. It also is essential that we protect state and federal funding for mental-health services. Looking back at our community and how it has moved toward healing in the past two years, many positive things have happened to bring good out of that horrific day. Jan. 8, 2011 was a day that shocked our community. It broke our hearts and we struggle still to come to grips with it. Six families lost loved ones and their hearts will ache for as long as they live. My family and the families of the 12 others who were wounded had their lives forever changed. I, and many others, have wounds that will never leave us. But we move forward and focus on healing. Congresswoman Gabrielle
Giffords, shot in the head that morning, has made an inspirational recovery. In the last year, she returned home, and we in Tucson are proud to have her back. I never will forget seeing my dear colleague die at my sideâ€”a young man I worked closely with every day for more than five years. Gabe Zimmerman was the first person we hired to work in Rep. Giffordsâ€™ office and he was beloved by constituents and staff alike. He was my go-to guy and a human being with so much compassion and a great commitment to service. Gabe was a social worker whose brief life was dedicated to helping others. We lost Judge John Roll, a jurist who strove always for fairness. He was respected by prosecutors, defense attorneys and all who entered his courtroom. We lost Christina-Taylor Green, a promising 9-year-old with a future that was beyond bright. She wanted to learn about government and meet her congresswomanâ€”and she died because of that. We lost Dorwan Stoddard, who died while shielding his beloved wife, Mavy. We lost Phyllis Schneck, a dedicated mother, wife, friend and Christian who lived a full life by serving those around her. We lost Dorothy â€œDotâ€? Morris, who was married for 54 years to her high school sweetheart. Those six individuals made Tucson a bet-
ter place. Those six individualsâ€™ lives will not be forgotten. Nonetheless, I am determined that the 45 seconds of violence inflicted on us two years ago will not define who we are individually or as a community. Instead, this tragedy has shown us so much about what it means to help each other. Strangers came to our aid until first responders moved in quickly with professional calm to treat the wounded. At the University of Arizona Medical Center, skilled doctors and nurses saved lives. We saw our community spontaneously build memorials to those who were killed or wounded. Members of the community now are discussing how best to permanently memorialize the lives that were lost and those that were altered forever that day. The most powerful way to honor those killed and wounded in Tucson, in Newtown and elsewhere is to do our best to ensure it does not happen again. Those of us in Tucson, as well as all Americans, are moving forwardâ€”not because of what has happened but in spite of it. Tucson is a special community that was deeply wounded two years ago. But as the nation witnessed in 2011, the healing started as soon as the shooting stopped. This is a painful journey that we all are taking together. By helping each other, weâ€™ll get there. Of that, I am confident.
The arrest of TUSD’s former MAS director brings forth contrition, as well as questions about gender and domestic violence
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A Night to Regret BY MARI HERRERAS, email@example.com here are several ways to look at the Sunday, Dec. 9, arrest of Tucson Unified School District’s former Mexican-American Studies director and cofounder, Sean Arce, who now faces charges for allegedly assaulting his ex-wife and for vandalism and trespassing. There’s the view from rabid critics of the district’s beleaguered MAS department, who see state Attorney General Tom Horne a hero and buy into a mythology that the classes are anti-American. To them, Arce’s arrest somehow exposes the dark underbelly of the program. But there’s also another view, from people who have supported the program and its return to TUSD but see Arce’s arrest as an example of issues that need to be addressed within a movement that formed in response to Horne’s antiMAS law as well as SB 1070. In the days after Arce’s arrest, the Tucson Weekly talked to dozens of people who were responding to the news, and to gossip that at times grew out of control. While many expressed heartbreak for someone they respect, others said they worried about how Arce’s arrest could fuel further attacks against MAS. Here’s what happened that night, according to a Tucson Police Department report obtained by the Weekly. Police said they responded to what was described as a break-in in progress. One witness interviewed said he heard banging at his neighbor’s house, went to investigate and saw two broken windows and a man he didn’t know bleeding from his right hand and standing inside the house. When the man saw the witness, he left the house, and the neighbor followed him and saw the man get into a white sedan. More information about what occurred that night came from a police interview with Arce’s ex-wife, who told police she was at La Cocina the night of Saturday, Dec. 8, when Arce showed up, grabbed her arm and pulled her away from a table where she sat with friends. After several patrons separated the couple, she left with friends and drove home. A friend who was leaving the ex-wife’s house saw Arce in the neighborhood, according to the ex-wife’s interview, and called to tell her that Arce was driving toward the house. After she got off the phone, Arce’s ex-wife heard something banging against a sliding glass door and she left with friends through the garage. They drove off and she called the police. The report noted that when police arrived at the house, they found the front door and garage door open, and two broken windows, one of them with no glass left in the frame. But no one
was inside. Blood found on glass from a broken window and on the front door was collected for evidence, according to the report. Arce’s ex-wife told police that she thought he was staying at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa to celebrate his birthday. Police arrested Arce at his Starr Pass room and he was transported to the Pima County Jail and booked on suspicion of domestic violence/assault, domestic violence/criminal damage and domestic violence/trespassing. The week after the arrest, some MAS supporters noted a palpable silence about the arrest and hoped news of the alleged incidents would go away. However, Arce had reportedly discussed his arrest with members of UNIDOS, the student-led group that helped bring national attention to MAS when it took over a TUSD school board meeting last spring. The Weekly reached out to Arce’s ex-wife for comment, but response came from Tucson attorney Richard Martinez, the attorney representing former MAS teachers who filed a complaint in U.S. District court challenging the legality of the anti-MAS law. The plaintiffs are awaiting a decision from federal Judge A. Wallace Tashima. Martinez, who is representing Arce on the Dec. 9 alleged domestic violence charges, is also representing Arce and former MAS teacher Jose Gonzalez in a defamation lawsuit filed last year by former TUSD teacher John Ward, who now works for the state Department of Education. When Martinez called the Weekly, he said he had counseled his client not to discuss what occurred on the night of Dec. 8. But on Thursday, Dec. 27, I heard again from Martinez, who said he wanted to set up an interview with Arce. During that interview, Arce said he wanted to clear up “a lot of misinformation...” “Nonetheless, I own up to what I did and I regret bringing this attention to my kids … I am a father who loves my children more than anything. No one has a right to disrespect their mother. ... my conduct was inexcusable.” Arce confirmed that he met with students from UNIDOS after his arrest. “It was important because I let down a lot of people in the community. I have dedicated my life to youth advocacy, and try to provide an example and be a model for the youth. I think it’s important to own up to what is true,” he said. Arce was fired last year when the TUSD governing board voted to not renew his contract as director of MAS. The meeting that night was packed with MAS supporters who pleaded with the board to keep Arce in his position.
Shortly after his dismissal, Arce received the 2012 Myles Horton Award for Teaching People’s History from the Zinn Education Project. Arce told the Weekly the past four years have been particularly difficult for him. In addition to the fight for MAS classes, there was the fight for his job, a divorce and losing his home. The stress, he said, has at times been unbearable. “... Still, what took place is inexcusable and I should have sought help earlier,” said Arce, who has now sought counseling. Martinez, who attended the interview with Arce, said there is a pretrial hearing in Tucson City Court on Monday, Jan. 8. Usually the victim, in this case Arce’s ex-wife, has “an important voice in where the case goes,” Martinez said, but neither he nor Arce would say whether Arce’s ex-wife intends to drop the domestic violence/assault charge. Martinez acknowledged there are people in the community with an agenda to discredit Arce, even within the community that supports MAS. Shortly after Arce’s arrest, an online blog surfaced called Malintzine (malintzine.wordpress.com). The first entry is titled “Dear Sean” and is a letter directed at Arce. Kim Dominguez, program director for the UA Department of Mexican American Studies’ Social Justice Education Project and a supporter of the MAS classes, told the Weekly she’s familiar with the blog and that Malintzine is a collective of women and “queer people of color,” who are interested in MAS and gender issues. Dominguez has been a constant voice on gender and sexual violence issues within the local movement sparked by the anti-MAS law and SB 1070, also known as the “Papers, please” law. She said it’s important for members of the movement to speak out, even though she understands how hard that can be when they are also dealing with trauma inflicted by the likes of Horne and others. “We know that in social history that often, (troubled) men get highlighted as the leaders of these movements, while there are underdogs (that carry the movement),” Dominguez said, adding that those underdogs are most often women. The Malintzine blog, she said, received 500 views in its first week. There is a lot, she said, that local women in the movement want to say, but they’ve felt they haven’t had a voice. Women, Dominguez said, have felt dismissed and left out of the organizing. “There is worry that talking about this perpetuates a narrative of young brown men and machismo. I understand that,” Dominguez said. “But at this point, there needs to be change.”
Republican Jon Kyl, who is stepping down this week after three terms in the U.S. Senate, recently spent half an hour saying his goodbyes on the floor of the Senate—and sadly, he spent a good chunk of that time spouting a load of supply-side poppycock based more on ideology than on evidence. His speech, full of rhetoric about how tax cuts are the magic solution to economic growth and budget stability, went so far as to cite the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 as big boosts to the economy. And his citing of America’s drop from “free” to “mostly free” in the Index of Economic Freedom—a silly scale developed by The Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation—didn’t help substantiate his argument. Look, we’d concede that the Reagan administration’s tax cuts helped juice the economy back in the early ’80s. But as rates get lower, you get less and less of a return on additional cuts. And let’s not forget this crucial bit of history: The tax increases in the first Bush administration and the Clinton administration set the stage for a federal government surplus that was squandered once the GOP slashed taxes during the second Bush administration. Kyl loved to cut taxes but cutting the deficit rarely seemed to be much of a concern. He joined in the GOP’s spending spree during the Bush administration and just three years ago, he insisted that there was no reason to balance tax cuts with spending cuts. Kyl had a good side, although it became harder and harder to see in his final years. He did dig into policy details on issues that mattered to him, such as the complex legal web of water rights for Native American tribes. And he was accessible; even if he disagreed with you, he’d talk with you. We’ll give Kyl credit for his efforts to lead on immigration reform in 2007. Sadly, once the base turned on him as a result, Kyl threw in the towel and started running with the build-the-wall crowd. Only in his final weeks did he return to developing meaningful policy with his ACHIEVE Act, a watered-down version of the DREAM Act that seemed more like a pander to Hispanic voters than a serious effort to resolve the challenges that undocumented kids face. On too many other issues, he had an awful voting record. He lied on the Senate floor when he said that ”well over” 90 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services were related to abortion; after a spokesman delivered the remarkable explanation that Kyl’s comment was “not intended to be a factual statement,” he had the remarks erased from the congressional record. His environmental record is mostly terrible, including his blocking of the Santa Cruz Heritage Area designation that could have paid dividends for the
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Syndicated political talker Michael Savage has been picked up by KVOI AM 1030, and began a two-hour weeknight broadcast stint from 7 to 9 p.m. this week. Savage has unintentionally been a part of one of the more curious recent syndicated loopholes in Tucson talk radio. A few years ago, Tucson’s Clear Channel ownership let the Savage contract lapse, and format newcomer KQTH FM 104.1 took advantage of the oversight. However, KNST AM 790/FM 97.1 tried an 11th hour maneuver to keep the then popular show. As a compromise, KQTH aired the program in afternoon drive. KNST then aired the show later in the evening. Eventually, KNST let the Savage deal lapse, and just last year, KQTH pulled the show from the afternoon drive slot and transitioned local talk show host James T. Harris into that void. KVOI has often billed itself under a moniker of intelligent talk. From a personal listening standpoint, I enjoy its lineup as something of a toned down alternative to the familiar rhetoric doled out by syndicated heavyweights Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. But I’ve had a healthy disdain for Savage pretty much since he debuted in the market nearly 15 years ago. In a world of bombastic, egomaniacal absurdity, Savage is at the top of the game. From a quality of production standpoint, the show is an amateurish disaster. If KNST and KQTH haven’t pushed very hard to keep him, perhaps his act has finally run thin. KQTH is in the midst of some syndicated lineup tweaks as well, and has yet to solidify its direction with November’s departure of Laura Ingraham and the impending retire-
FOX SPORTS OUT, CBS SPORTS IN AT 1290 KCUB AM 1290, the Cumulus owned station that acts as the flagship for the UA’s radio broadcasts, has changed affiliates. KCUB began broadcasting a syndicated lineup from CBS Sports Jan. 2. To listeners, much of the lineup will remain the same, especially lynchpin programs Dan Patrick and Jim Rome. Rome signed a radio agreement with CBS that started first of the year. “We made the decision to change based on a number of different things,” said 1290 Program Director Rob Lantz. “First, we get to keep the Jim Rome Show. He’s the biggest name in sports talk radio. We were also given the option of keeping the Dan Patrick show, which, in my opinion, is the best show going in the format.” The most noteworthy day-time change takes place in the early afternoon. Doug Gottlieb replaces The Loose Cannons. In the House, which Lantz hosts alongside Kevin Woodman, remains in its 3 to 6 drive-time slot. Scott Ferrall will air from 8 to midnight. “Gottlieb is a West-coast guy that has a great understanding of college basketball. I think that plays well in this town,” Lantz said. “Ferrall is an old pro in the format. He has a unique sound and quite the cult following.” Cumulus-owned sports formats in larger markets switched to CBS from their prior affiliations with ESPN. KCUB made its decision without corporate influence. KCUB employs me for UA football and men’s basketball pre and postgame broadcasts.
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tourism industry in Southern Arizona. Just last month, Kyl joined with other Republicans to scuttle a United Nations treaty that encouraged other nations to ban discrimination against disabled people. It was essentially an effort to spread across the globe the same decency that was established here in the United States by the Americans With Disabilities Act. Kyl, pandering again to the paranoid base of the country, voted against it. And his last great chance to lead was a colossal failure. Kyl was one of the six lawmakers in a “super committee” tasked with coming up with a budget deal to avoid the fiscal cliff the country just tumbled over. Not only did he fail to hammer out an agreement; by some accounts, he was the one who blew up the talks, although Kyl’s defenders have denied the story. But the fact remains that the nation was (as of our deadline) on the verge of toppling over the fiscal cliff because the super committee failed to do its job—which was to find enough compromise to put the nation on a sound financial footing. We were counting on Kyl, who didn’t face reelection, to have the courage to come up with reasonable middle ground, but his ideology stood in the way.
he last time Esteban Tiznado-Reyna got busted, he was sneaking back into his own country. That much seems clear. Whether he can be here legally is another matter. In between the two is a web of tribal ancestry, protean government policies and bureaucratic absurdity. But either way, Esteban TiznadoReyna sits in jail, a Native American waiting for a judge to decide whether he’s an American citizen. And if he’s deported to Mexico, he’ll just come back again. To officials with U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, or ICE, TiznadoReyna is a common criminal. And several judges have ordered him back to Mexico time and again. But while he may not be an upstanding citizen, his advocates say he’s a citizen nonetheless—a 38-year-old mentally challenged man whose legal status was decided in district court, so decisively, in fact, that never again can he be charged with illegally entering the United States. Indeed, they consider him symbolic of a twisted immigration system that targets bona fide Americans for deportation. Among those proponents is San Diego attorney Kara Hartzler, who in December filed an emergency petition with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals requesting that TiznadoReyna be released while an immigration court deliberates on his nationality yet again. And though Tiznado-Reyna’s is among thousands of cases currently snagged in a court backlog—one that can keep people lingering behind bars for years—his situation has a certain resonance. According to Hartzler, this case is animated by two distinct issues. The first is whether Tiznado-Reyna can be deported at all. The second hinges upon the government’s right to keep her client jailed while it makes up its mind on the first issue. “The law says that if he has a ‘nonfrivolous’ claim to citizenship,” she argues, “then (ICE) is not allowed to keep him in detention while this process is going on.” The details appear to make his citizenship claim about as “nonfrivolous” as they come, says Tucson attorney Jesse Smith. Although Tiznado-Reyna was born in Mexico, says Smith, the man’s American-born father is a member of the Tohono O’odham tribe. While the O’odham have inhabited the Sonoran Desert for centuries, the 1853 Gadsden Purchase carved a new boundary through the heart of their ancestral range. Today, some 1,000 tribal members remain scattered among small Mexican villages south of that border, and the rest inhabit a vast reservation southwest of Tucson.
Given a tribal tradition of migrating back and forth across the border, often to remote villages, it was hardly unusual for birth records to be misplaced or simply nonexistent. That appears to be the case with Esteban’s father, Jesus Tiznado, who was born in a remote village north of the border in 1922. Jesus later moved to Mexico, where in 1974 Esteban was born to a Mexican mother. By 1977, says Smith, the family had settled in Tucson. In 1979, Jesus Tiznado received a delayed birth certificate from the U.S. government. Nonetheless, 10 years later that same government denied certificates of citizenship for his children. Esteban Tiznado-Reyes already had one drug conviction under his belt when he was sent to prison for attempted auto theft in the 1990s. After completing his sentence, he was immediately deported to Mexico, only to be caught trying to return. Following what many consider shoddy legal advice, he pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry and served another 51 months in prison. Upon release, Tiznado-Reyna was deported once more, only to return and face fresh charges of illegal re-entry. But this time, Smith was appointed to handle his case. In 2008, using an expert witness and documents proving Jesus Tiznado’s U.S. citizenship, Smith convinced a federal jury that Tiznado-Reyna could hardly be guilty of illegally entering the country when he wasn’t even an illegal immigrant. Smith also won a “double jeopardy” ruling that his client could never again be tried for crossing into the United States. Yet U.S. Customs and Immigration was not so easily dissuaded. Soon after Tiznado-Reyna’s aquittal, he was deported one more time. In February 2011, he was caught accompanying a load of dope through the desert. But Smith says he was just crossing with the smugglers, who increasingly mix their human and drug cargoes. A judge agreed, and in November of that year Tiznado-Reyna was acquitted of drug charges. And though he couldn’t be prosecuted for illegal re-entry, ICE reignited deportation proceedings against him. Today, Tiznado-Reyna cools his heels in federal detention, and Smith keeps a copy of his 2008 double-jeopardy motion on hand, dispatching it to the feds whenever they arrest his former client for illegal re-entry. “Kafkaesque” is how Smith describes this case. “It’s ridiculous, because they can’t prosecute him for re-entry. And they know if they kick him out he’s going to keep coming back because his whole family is here. He doesn’t have any family in Mexico. All they’re doing is making him run the gauntlet through the desert risking his life.”
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Jesse Smith: “All they’re doing is making him run the gauntlet through the desert risking his life.” The Weekly was unable to directly contact Tiznado-Reyna by press time. Nor could ICE immediately provide information specific to his case. But the agency did issue a press release saying that “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement … treats all claims of U.S. citizenship with the utmost seriousness and has taken numerous steps to ensure that the detention of U.S. citizens does not occur.” Ironically, this case of double jeopardy actually puts the feds in a double bind. Last fall, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a policy shift that included reviewing the cases of some 300,000 undocumented aliens in the throes of deportation proceedings. The goal, Napolitano said, was deciding which of them could be referred to low-priority status and possibly have their cases closed. This new approach, called “prosecutorial discretion,” was aimed at freeing clogged immigration courts, making room for speedier removal of criminal aliens stuck in our prisons on the taxpayers’ dime. As a result, the government is even more compelled to deport a repeat offender like Tiznado-Reyna—assuming it can prove he’s not an American citizen. Regardless, he’s not alone. That is revealed in one recent study by Jaqueline Stevens, a political science professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and author of the book States Without Nations: Citizenship for Mortals. Her investigation indicates that database glitches have led to an increasing number of American citizens in ICE detention. Stevens says Tiznado-Reyna’s case is just particularly appalling example of that trend. “It illustrates the problems that people—not just those with claims of U.S. citizenship, but anyone in ICE detention—has in getting their due-process rights heard.”
CAT TROUBLE The University of Arizona’s Jaguar Survey and Monitoring Project recently used automatic cameras to get snapshots of an endangered jaguar wandering around the Santa Rita Mountains. That creates trouble for Rosemont Copper, which is pushing to build a massive open-pit mine in the Santa Ritas. Under court order, the U.S. Forest Service has been developing a plan to designate critical habitat for the jaguar in Arizona and New Mexico. Center for Biological Diversity Executive Director Kieran Suckling tells The Skinny via email that the photos may doom the mining project. “It should be the last nail in Rosemont’s highly leveraged coffin,” Suckling says. “The company has been betting on being able to nullify the Fish and Wildlife Service’s jaguar habitat proposal with political pressure. That avenue is impossible now.”
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Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik is bringing together Arizona Daily Star cartoonist Dave Fitzsimmons and a lot of central Tucson politicians for a get-together that’s being billed as a cross between a town hall and a roast next week at the Loft Cinema. Kozachik hopes the evening will be “a combination of some light sautéing of the elected officials by Fitz, and Q&A from the audience. This is our addressing issues that are
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A man who apparently loved books but loathed baths took a stand against personal hygiene in a conflict with librarians, according to a University of Arizona Police Department report. A UA officer reported to the UA’s main library in response to an “unwanted person” call. He spoke with the reporting librarian, who told him that staff and library patrons were complaining of a man in the library who smelled bad. The librarian said it wasn’t the first time there had been complaints about the man’s odor, and that she had spoken to him before “in regards to his poor personal hygiene in violation of the library’s code of conduct.” The librarian said she’d asked the malodorous man to leave the library and he refused. The librarian said she had initially told him he was welcome to return to the library later that day if the hygiene issue was addressed. Apparently, her diplomatic attitude soon disappeared and she decided to let law enforcement deal with him. She told the reporting officer that she wanted the subject barred from the library. The officer found the smelly man sitting alone (no surprise) in a corner, and he escorted the man outside and obtained his identification card. A records check revealed that the man had six previous encounters with UA police, including an arrest for violating a previous ban from the library. The officer served the man with another order barring him from the library.
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A dog walker became enraged after he was caught with his female pit bull running loose and barking at people on the UA Mall, according to a UAPD report. An off-duty UA officer in plainclothes saw a man holding a leash and standing near the pit bull, which had “charged barking at numerous people” before pooping on the lawn near the Integrated Learning Center, the report said. The officer said that “the male looked as if he was ensuring no one had observed the dog defecate” and then walked away. When the officer confronted the man, he became extremely agitated, claiming that leash laws didn’t apply on university property. The officer cited a law forbidding unleashed dogs on public school grounds as well as a criminal littering law (the “littering” in this case referring to abandoning the dog’s feces). The man then got even angrier, yelling that the officer “had no business telling him what he needed to do.” The officer then showed the man proof that he was a police officer, and told the man he could have a uniformed peer come to the scene and cite him. The man then begrudgingly leashed his dog and cleaned up the poop. 12 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM
Opinions Are Fun and Useful! ’ve made fun of online petitions in the past, (“Sign This!,” Weekly Wide Web, Nov. 22), but it appears that, occasionally, Internet petitions actually have some value beyond letting us know which members of our citizenry we should consider flinging off of Earth and into the sun. Last week on The Range, I mentioned an item about a 13-year-old girl named McKenna Pope, who successfully petitioned for Hasbro to create a masculine (or at least, less feminine) version of their Easy Bake Oven. She had done so after noticing her brother’s interest in cooking things (apparently she watched him warming a tortilla with a light bulb, which is basically Easy-Bake Oven-ing without the box), and learned after a trip to the local Target that, apparently, Hasbro only made Easy Bakes in pink and purple. One month, one petition and more than 45,000 signatures later (among them, celebrity chef Bobby Flay) and McKenna achieved victory, earning an invite to Hasbro headquarters to view the new, boy-friendly Easy Bake. Combine this with the recently circulated petitions to call for firearm legislation reforms and to examine the tax-exempt status of the hatemongering Westboro Baptist Church and one could make the argument that, after one of the most divisive periods in our nation’s history, we’re actually starting to get each other’s backs about issues involving equality and public safety. Sure, we still get tripped up over incredibly stupid issues (nearly 90,000 people knee-jerked themselves onto a petition to have Piers Morgan deported because he doesn’t like the Second Amendment, in a fabulous case of wishing to ignore one part of the Bill of Rights in favor of another), but it appears that there’s finally a reason to have some hope for a change.
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COMMENT OF THE WEEK “Well there you have it. There should already be a law against indecent exposure (deliberate showing of genitalia in a sexually provoking or aggressive manner), and a warning should suffice to cure the problem, if not, there are heavy handed laws in place, and the store can ban him. If he’s covered up, I don’t think you can do anything but refuse service. I don’t see what the big deal is unless he is showing off his privates. Tacky isn’t always illegal or millions more would be in jail!” — TucsonWeekly.com user Mike L. Taylor commenting about the problems with pajama pants on a blog post that’s nearly a year old (“Finally, a Proposed Law I Can Really Get Behind,” The Range, Jan. 18).
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Scurran Returns BY BRIAN J. PEDERSEN, firstname.lastname@example.org he first comment attached to the Facebook post said it all: “Here we go again.” The commenter was Joan Scurran, the wife of the most successful and—depending on whom you talk to—the most controversial high school football coach in Southern Arizona history. It was the evening of Dec. 20, and Jeff Scurran decided it was time to get “back in the saddle again,” as he put it, posting that he would take over the woeful football program at Catalina Foothills High School. Scurran heading back to the sidelines means two things: Foothills is going to become very good, and probably very soon; and the We Hate Jeff Scurran Club will dust off the cobwebs after three years of hibernation. Scurran might have as many haters as fans in this community, though the former haven’t flooded his Facebook page or his iPhone inbox with messages since his return to the preps was announced. The detractors will wait before making their voices heard—though some will probably take to the comments section of the online version of this article—choosing instead to gripe and undoubtedly find fault later on with the inevitable success Scurran will have at Foothills. The school dominates the country club sports but has won just a single playoff game in 19 years of football. The Falcons were 0-10 last year, the same record that Santa Rita High School had the year before Scurran went there in 2007. That season, Santa Rita went 11-2, followed by back-to-back 12-2 seasons that both ended in defeats in the state title game. If Scurran can turn around yet another crummy football program, it’ll cement his status as a coaching mastermind. Unless you’re anti-Scurran—then it’s because he cheated. Scurran knows his detractors aren’t about to stop. It comes with being successful, he says, adding that it’s not worth worrying about. He doesn’t understand why people feel compelled to bring up the many allegations about him tossed about over the years. Most of them remain unproven, although his departure from Santa Rita did coincide with the firing of the principal who brought him there. “I’ve finally just gotten tired of people always feeling they need to say, ‘Oh, he’s alleged to do this or that,’” Scurran said, putting down his 6-inch Subway turkey sandwich in frustration during a recent interview. Despite the haters, Scurran didn’t hesitate to throw his hat back in the ring after learning that Lute Olson, of all people, thought he’d be a good fit at Foothills.
“The stars just aligned,” Scurran said, referring to how Foothills athletic director Jody Brase—Olson’s daughter—said Lute brought up Scurran when Brase asked her dad for advice on hiring a coach. Scurran didn’t need to come back to the sidelines in Tucson. He had a cushy gig coaching a semipro team in Italy, not to mention a recurring role as head coach for a high school all-star team that would travel to other countries to play games. He’s also been a longtime motivational speaker for national weight training outfit Bigger, Faster, Stronger. But traveling the world and racking up frequent flier miles had started to wear on the 65-year-old, who seemed to be looking for an excuse to get tied to Tucson again on a full-time basis. It wasn’t that he needed to prove anything on the field, not after he’d already blazed a trail of victories at Sabino High School, then Pima Community College and then—amazingly—at Santa Rita. Including his short stints at out-ofstate schools prior to moving to Tucson in the mid-1980s, Scurran has won 255 games in his career against just 79 losses and two ties. He won three state titles in 12 seasons at Sabino, from 1988 to 1999, turning the northeast side school into a nationally recognized football power, something current coach (and former Scurran assistant) Jay Campos has for the most part continued, albeit in a much less Scurran-like (read: attention-grabbing and envy-inducing) manner. He then did what no one in the previous 30 years could do: Get Pima College to back a football program. During his stay there from 2000 to 2004, Scurran developed a nationally ranked team that gave hundreds of local athletes a chance to keep playing after high school. He then added to his legacy with the threeyear run at Santa Rita, going 35-6 at a school that since has gone 8-21. But for every instance of on-the-field magic attributed to Scurran, there are claims that he abused the system to reach his lofty perch. There are accusations of recruiting players and massaging grades while at Sabino, and of turning Pima into a win-at-all-costs program that preferred out-of-state talent to local players. While at Santa Rita, he was accused of negotiating a position at the school that he never really held but still got paid for. Other than aspects of the Santa Rita allegations, which TUSD says they found during a 2009 investigation that led to the firing of John Hanson, the principal who brought Scurran there in 2007, there’s no tangible proof for any of the other claims.
meaningful to you in a serious manner, and doing so in an environment in which we won’t be allowed to take ourselves too seriously.” Among the guests who are expected to attend: Two of Southern Arizona’s congressmen, Ron Barber and Raul Grijalva (provided they’re not stuck dangling off the fiscal cliff in D.C.); state lawmakers Olivia Cajero Bedford, David Bradley, Steve Farley, Sally Ann Gonzales, Macario Saldate, Stefanie Mach, Bruce Wheeler and Ethan Orr; and ´ Pima County Supervisors Richard Elias and Sharon Bronson. An important detail: Kozachik has earned the ire of local right-wing radio clowns with his suggestion that the city get behind a gun buyback program in the wake of Newtown, so some Second Amendment enthusiasts have been promising to show up packing heat. Kozachik would like to remind citizens that the Loft does not allow firearms in the theater, so he asks that you leave your guns at home and be prepared for a bag check on the way in. Also, you can videotape the proceedings, but you can’t create sight issues for others in the audience. Access Tucson will be on hand to tape the town hall and will repeat it Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. for a few weeks. The whole thing goes down from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. By Jim Nintzel Find early and late-breaking Skinny at The Range, our daily dispatch at daily. tucsonweekly.com Jim Nintzel hosts the Political Roundtable every Friday on Arizona Illustrated, airing at 6:30 p.m. on KUAT-TV, Channel 6. The program repeats on 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Nintzel also talks politics with radio talk-show host John C. Scott on Thursday afternoons. Scott’s show airs from 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays on KVOI, 1030 AM.
Then why bring them up, Scurran wonders. “I’ve said my piece about the past,” he said. “That’s the last I’m going to say about it.” Those are essentially the same words Scurran used when he was introduced to more than 250 Foothills players and parents the night he was hired. Scurran says he’s not going to worry about what happened in the past, and is focusing on what’s going on now and what will happen. “I have a lot of expectations,” he said. “But there’s no calendar attributed to any of them. I’m going to take this seriously, like I do everything. I don’t have a part-time gear.” Foothills will beat some teams next year that it has no business beating. And depending on whom you talk to, it will either be because of Scurran’s coaching or his ability to work the system and get away with murder.
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Finger-pointing and anger replace dreams of high returns and idyllic retirement on the Sonoran coast THE TERMS WERE JUST TOO SEDUCTIVE.
Dean Stein, a Phoenix anesthesiologist, bought in. So did Gary Leavitt, an Arizona developer. Matt Mickley, a businessman, followed suit. Who could say no to 10 percent Another dozen Phoenicians reached for their checkbooks, as did another 200 people from across the United States, Canada and Mexico. interest? Arizona. There would be membership, The literature and the presentations were compelling. There would be deep discounts on Mexican beachfront lots a few hours’ drive from so well-thought-out that it included a was project The clubs. equestrian and yacht with racetrack, 1 Formula too, in an exclusive, ecologically advanced community built along a chic employee village so American retirees wouldn’t have the help living in their midst. stood behind sales. The men behind the Yes, Mexican investments were notoriously risky, but not this one. This one was guaranteed. First American Title, a household name, project waved a prospectus and mentioned the Securities and Exchange Commission. It sounded fail-safe. would be $10,000. Many, participating No cash on hand? No worry. American IRAs could be rolled over and used for the investment. The minimum to get in on this opportunity in so-called “accredited investor groups,” wrote checks for $50,000, with some for as much as $250,000. with management posing with Management of Rockingham Asset Management LLC, the Los Angeles-based promoter, posted enticing videos and mailed slick newsletters prince, Barry Goldwater Jr. and actor celebrities. The principals stood with Al Gore in one photo, and with racecar drivers Davy Jones and Michael Andretti in another. A Saudi Steven Seagal were friends of another executive. In another picture, African orphans flanked a Rockingham executive. Most important, the company sent out The personal touch was everything. The promoters doted over prospects. Staff members answered phone inquiries around the clock. interest checks. For a while, at least. Then, one day in 2008, everything suddenly stopped. office. There was no one to explain The project froze. No interest payments. No newsletters or website updates. No one answered the company’s phone at its Wilshire Boulevard where $21 million raised had gone. And little by little, investors who had not known one another started to become acquainted. have offered a portent. The investors swapped stories on a piecemeal basis. Had they been more familiar with one another, one exchange in particular would officer of Rockingham, for her money executive chief Ricketts, Craig asked Ore., Beaverton, of Tibbits, Marsha investor In a note written at 4:18 a.m. on a day in June 2010, back. Tibbits had invested $25,000. in an email she provided to the Tucson “I cannot sleep. I am sure you can at least come up with the approx. $6,200 … you owe me in back, promised interest,” she said out of foreclosure. This amount … home my get would payment interest The Weekly. ”I would just love to get out of the whole thing, but will take the interest payments for now. morals.” your find and heart is probably less than you spend on a bottle of wine when you are entertaining clients. Please dig down into your CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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1946—A decree by the president of Mexico allocates 4.8 million acres in Sonora as part of a massive land redistribution for poor called Distrito de Colonización de Altar y Caborca. Land is classified fuera del comercio, or banned from sale, and is to be used only for communal farming or grazing. Oct. 28, 1957—Eight residents of the Caborca area receive grants of land at Puerto Libertad as communal farmers, or colónos (colonists), under Ley Federal de Colonización. The eight are guided by Sonora businessman Porfirio Gastelum Lemus, who himself does not qualify. Each colonist must work in agriculture or livestock, the law stipulates. December 1962—The government terminates the colonization program but keeps in place Ley Federal de Colonización to adjudicate disputes and changes. April 1986—The eight landholders beholden to Gastelum provide him powers of attorney since there can be no buy-sell contracts, because colony property cannot legally be transferred unless withdrawn by the government or transferred/bequeathed following precise protocols. None of these criteria apply to the eight. April 1986—Gastelum in turn transfers the powers of attorney to Ciudad Obregón attorney Eduardo Estrella Acedo and an assistant, Pedro Gorozpe Lopez. 1986—Tucson investors Donald R. Diamond and Morton Freedman start paying Gastelum for rights to the parcels. Still, no deeds can be issued, because sales of colony lands are forbidden. Dec. 28, 1990—Pedro Gorozpe Lopez, the Ciudád Obregon lawyer, creates a trust through Banco de Atlántico that he contends can be used to sell the eight parcels. Gorozpe acts on behalf of the eight colonists, as well as Diamond and Freedman. The trust, valid for two years, provides the Tucsonans authority to give instructions to Banco del Atlántico as fiduciaries. On Dec. 11, 1992, the term on that trust is extended from two years to 30 years. February 1992—Mexico passes a law permitting colonists (and other communal farmers/ranchers) to convert land to private property and obtain deeds—known as dominio pleno title—if requisites are followed. Trusts, however, have no place in the new law. Sept. 2, 1997—Gorozpe and Estrella, the Ciudad Obregón attorneys, turn over to Miguel Angel Tapia Guell, attorney for Diamond and Freedman, the powers of attorney for the eight colonists. By that time, however, two have died: Juan Manuel Valenzuela González, on June 15, 1997; and Dora Huerta Calleja, on Oct. 9, 1993. Sept. 28, 1998—Applications for private property deeds, including by the deceased, are reinitiated by Tapia. Dominio pleno deeds are issued to several of the colonists, and several more are issued in years to come. January 2003—Diamond and Freedman agree to sell the eight parcels for $2.4 million to Nevada LLCs managed by Rockingham Asset Management LLC of Los Angeles. The sale is to be conducted through an initial buyer, David LeTourneau of Scottsdale. Diamond and Freedman’s offer guarantees that title on all eight parcels is “marketable fee simple, free and clear of all claims, liens (and) encumbrances.” Closing is postponed, however, because of boundary issues on two parcels. August 2003—Tapia appears before Francisco Manzo Taylor, a notary public lawyer, claiming to possess powers of attorney for all colony owners, even though two of them have died. Tapia asserts his duties have “not been revoked, nor limited,” even by the deceased. His intention is to incorporate all eight parcels, some with dominio // CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
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Ricketts, virtually incommunicado up until then, according to investors, responded. Tibbits’ letter had moved him, he wrote her, and he had forwarded it to Tucson. He said it would go to the culprits really responsible for undermining the project: octogenarian Tucson developer and philanthropist Donald R. Diamond, and his longtime friend and occasional partner, Morton Freedman. “You,” he wrote Tibbits, “are one of many investor activists who have contacted me and have provided ideas and are demanding action for me to exert pressure on this situation immediately. We believe (Diamond and Freedman) have violated their numerous ongoing title contractual-stated warranties.” Ricketts said he had himself recently tried to contact Diamond, but he noted sarcastically that the businessman was “on his private boat fishing for a week commencing about two weeks ago.” Attached to the email was a photo of Diamond, Freedman and their Tucson attorney, Benjamin Bauer, in the seats of a private jet. An additional 2 1/2 years have elapsed since that correspondence, and now the absence of interest payments is just a footnote to a more profound realization: The principal is gone as well. The money was spent properly, Ricketts said in interviews. But many of the 200 investors say it was squandered.
iberty Cove would be no mere coastal development. It was more like a country. The master-planned project would be built along 12 miles of virgin beach just north of Puerto Libertad, Sonora. A building frenzy that had reached Rocky Point, Guaymas, Mazatlán and other coastal Mexican cities was heading to the desolate coast about 100 miles south of Rocky Point. (Photos of and details about the project were still available online as of this writing at www.libertycove.com/home.asp.) It was right for the moment. Puerto Libertad was just a four-hour drive from the Arizona border, and six hours from California. An unused 6,600-foot landing strip at the site would be converted to commercial use. The project was in a zone with no major history of flooding, typhoons, earthquakes or other disasters. Homes, to be built around the race track, would be built in sync with the terrain and would be inexpensive. The small amount of electricity required to heat and cool them would be inexpensive, too. The development would forgo service from Mexico’s electric company in favor of self-generation from wind or tidal power. The claims—made in brochures, on the company’s website and in presentations to groups in the U.S. and Canada—were enticing. Subordinate Nevada companies JNR Partners LLC and Liberty Cove Resort Holdings LLC, and the Mexican MXC Properties S.De R.L. de C.V., had differing functions, but investors lumped everything into Rockingham, and the three executives at its helm controlled the other entities. Ricketts, chief executive officer and also a building contractor, pointed to successful, residential mountaintop projects in the L.A. area and elsewhere. Stephan Haah, a real estate investor, was a pillar of L.A.’s Korean community. Chief financial officer Robert Chernick, a Canadian living in Scottsdale, had 30 years of offshore banking and real estate experience. The company’s literature listed offices in Scottsdale, Los Angeles and Hanoi. Those men and a half-dozen salesmen trotted from one investor gathering to another. One particularly common venue was seminars sponsored by International Living, a Baltimore-based company specializing in retirement-abroad publications. The pitch was simple, say those in attendance: There was no better place to retire. Similar property in the U.S., if available, would cost four times as much. As tantalizing as an idyllic retirement was the chance, in the meantime, to make excellent returns. Rockingham already had cash accumulated, investors were told. And just in case revenues lagged, the company had created a “set-aside” account to cover three years of interest payments. Robert Reach, an investor from Greenwood Lake, N.Y., attended an International Living conference in November 2006. One of the key factors in deciding to invest, Reach said, was “that we were told … three years worth of interest at 10 percent annually would be set aside in a segregated fund for repayment to investors. I knew we were getting our own money back. We received exactly four payments, the first dated March 31, 2007, and the last dated Dec. 31, 2007. Since that time—no additional payments.” Another benefit meant to induce investors was a 35 percent discount on lots. That was enough to convince many. But to assuage doubts, there was another card to play: the prestige of previous land-owners Diamond and Freedman. Diamond, who declined several times to comment on this story, is a household name in Tucson and well known outside of the city. In addition to a streak of successful real estate deals, the namesake of Diamond Ventures Inc. has endowed the Diamond Children’s center at the University of Arizona Medical Center and donated generously to a cross-section of Southern Arizona charities. Freedman, president of Nationwide Resources, has been a fixture in Tucson real estate for decades. Rockingham’s prestige, the credibility of the previous owners and the celebrities somehow peripherally connected to the project provided the allure. But this was still in Mexico, home of prodigious real-estate disputes, and prospective investors would still need a final assurance. (Disclosure: I worked for Rockingham LLC at intervals from mid-2006 through 2008 in a liaison capacity, setting up meetings between Ricketts and federal officials in Mexico City. I accompanied him on four trips to Mexico City and on a separate trips to Hermosillo, Puerto Libertad and Mexicali. I was paid about $35,000 during that time and was owed $7,500 when Rockingham stopped paying bills.) Those assurances were provided by First American Title Co., a premier name in the industry. Pronouncements of coverage by First American, in fact, became a mantra of Rockingham principals, and Steve Simkovich of Las Vegas, a primary fundraiser, according to investors. Also raising funds for Rockingham: Joseph Isaac of Temecula, Calif.; Todd Smith of Scottsdale; and Marc Olsen and Allen Weintraub of Phoenix. As investors would come to learn, however, there is a vast difference between coverage offered in the U.S. and abroad. Although title insurance in the U.S. covers improvements such as houses and other buildings on property,
policies written in Mexico often cover only the land. In a dispute, therefore, a buyer may be compensated only for the land value, and risks losing the value of a structure upon it. Similarly, title insurance paid by Rockingham on the entire 46,500 acres would cover only the amount paid originally, and not for any appreciation. In the rush to get in on a good deal, few investors grasped this difference. It was an oversight that would haunt them. Under the structure devised by Rockingham, investors like Kevin Malone of Port Orchard, Wash., became shareholders in what is called a real estate investment trust, or REIT. Legally, Rockingham could not advertise the REIT, but could make presentations at clubs or networks of so-called “accredited” or “sophisticated” investors. Also under REIT terms, investors are allowed to convert IRAs with no penalty. Rockingham raised money easily, as investors wrote checks or rolled over their retirement accounts. The investment ranged from as little as $10,000 to as much as $250,000. The first investor, according to records, was William Coburn, a California doctor who wrote a check for $25,000 on June 14, 2004. What is believed to be the largest investment was made by Alejandro González, an executive of Sonora Fields, a Mexican company planning a bio-fuels project next to Liberty Cove, according to records. Though there was no mechanism yet for lot sales, González was verbally assured of a beachfront lot, he said in an interview. “Everyone had nothing but great things to say about the project,” Malone wrote the Weekly. “Others said they were getting their payments as promised and right on time. (It) seemed like a great time to buy … and I did. But problems soon began!” The companies that were used to raise funds were also controlled by the Rockingham principals. Westridge Investment Inc., the financial umbrella for the first REIT, started in the summer of 2004 and took in more than $19 million. Warrington Investments Inc., umbrella for the second, raised $2.3 million. One might suspect that with so much money at stake, investors would be anxious to see or at least glimpse their purchase. However, just a half-dozen investors ever set foot on the property. The job of showing those few around fell to Richard Rendon, a retiree from Tucson who lived part-time in Puerto Libertad. As a consequence, there was little verification of what progress, if any, was occurring. The public-relations efforts at Rockingham filled that void. “Liberty Cove is exploding with life and progress on a daily basis,” trumpeted a 2007 newsletter edited by vice president Catherine Miller. That fall, an ad on a marquee in New York City’s Times Square with a stunning photo of the property announced “Construction Begins on North America’s Largest Resort and Retirement Community.” The truth was slightly less grandiose, however. There had been no construction progress.
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hoenix investors Stein and Leavitt became worried when promised interest payments didn’t show up for consecutive quarters in 2008, both men said in interviews with the Weekly. Once, Rockingham staff had courted and pampered them, but now their inquiries were ignored, they said. The Rockingham website offered no clues. When calls were answered, they were handled by assistants and never by Ricketts, Haah or Chernick. Haah, the president, had little involvement in day-to-day activities and was working instead on a pending project in Vietnam, he said in an interview. Ricketts and Chernick were always out of the office, ostensibly working on partnerships and funding, Stein and Leavitt said. If someone was lucky enough to get through to the company, Carol Ackerman, the marketing director, and assistant Lena Shim were instructed to say that although cash flow was low, this was temporary, and checks were to be sent out shortly, both told the Weekly. “Communications between the principals and the investors became less and less frequent over time … to the point where you had to actually track them down to get an update,” Malone, the investor from Washington state, recalled. “They would never contact you. The excuse was they didn’t have the staff to keep up communications, which in a world of email was just B.S.” Concerned investors, including Stein and Leavitt, followed up on scant information, posting letters online and doing their best to contact others, they said. “We didn’t know one another’s identities,” Stein recalled. “We didn’t know who else had invested, nor how many of us there were.” Stein, Leavitt and dozens of others queried Rockingham management, but there was no response. It was clear that money had been spent—but where? There was no physical infrastructure. Rockingham had hired lawyers, architects, urban planners and a project manager. But even if they had been contracted at exorbitant costs, it was hard to imagine sums that would approach $21 million. It was not until June 2010 that Stein and Leavitt made genuine inroads in learning identities of other investors. The two organized a conference call with a dozen participants that led to a second call with several dozen. Rockingham’s continued lack of a response prompted a number of theories, the men said. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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May 20, 2004—Banco del Atlántico, in a fiduciary role, transfers all rights of the original eight colonists to Diamond and Freedman through attorney Tapia. Diamond and Freedman appear as the seller, and Construcciones Doble B, S.A. de C.V., owned by the same men, is the buyer. This sale signifies the dissolution of the trust, which is now unnecessary, Banco del Atlántico states. July 1, 2004—A sale takes place between Construcciones Double B, S.A. de C.V. and the Rockingham affiliates, JNR Partners and Liberty Cove Resort Holdings, which hold the stock of the Mexican companies. First American Title Insurance Co. of Sunrise, Fla., issues the title policy. Six of the eight parcels supposedly change ownership, and it is agreed that the north and south parcels (Lots 1 and 8) will be closed when deeds are granted. This sale represents execution of the 2003 agreement, using the same $25,000 escrow deposit, according to Craig Ricketts, Rockingham’s chief executive officer, and attorney Ben Aguilera of Phoenix. That means Diamond and Freedman are bound by terms guaranteeing title, the men say. Diamond and Freedman maintain the 2004 agreement is a new contract and, therefore, no longer carries any such warranty, Ricketts and Aguilera say. July 25, 2004—Westridge REIT is introduced to fund Liberty Cove. Rockingham solicits at gatherings of “investor clubs” and conferences sponsored by International Living, a division of Baltimore-based Agora Inc., whose magazines and seminars specialize in overseas retirement. The REIT brings in approximately $19 million in two years. It is to pay investors 10 percent annually and offers investors a 35 percent discount on lots. It is followed two years later by another REIT, called Warrington, which raises more than $2 million. Rockingham tells investors that it maintains three years of interest payments in a “set-aside” account in case there’s no revenue. A clause in the private placement memorandum, however, states the company has no such obligation. January 2005—The township of Pitiquito, Sonora, which controls zoning in Puerto Libertad, changes classification of the eight parcels from ranching/grazing to Zona de Uso Especial 2, allowing multiple uses. The Sonora government provides conditional approval of Liberty Cove as 60,000-unit development. Jan. 5, 2005—Bruce Greenberg, principal of Tucson-based Bruce D. Greenberg Inc., real estate appraisers and consultants; and Valuaciones Montaña Verde S.A. de C.V., assigns a $605 million value to Liberty Cove on an “as if” basis. The document is presented regularly by Rockingham. “(A)ll assignments conform to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), Appraisal Institute (MAI/SRA), American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and International Valuation Standards,” Greenberg asserts. October 2005—Carlos Ruink, a Hermosillo attorney, working with Marco Antonio Encinas Cajigas, a Universidad de Sonora instructor and expert on agrarian law, issues a report concluding that the title is clouded. Ruink cites a number of reasons, including that powers of attorney were exercised illegally on behalf of the four deceased colonists. The report is commissioned by Liberty Cove’s project manager, Walter Bouchard of W.L. Bouchard and Associates of Scottsdale. Ruink’s conclusion: “Because of flaws in the prior transactions ... we can conclude that the title currently held by MXC Properties de R.L. is not a clean title.” At a meeting in Tucson at Diamond Ventures Inc., Diamond and Freedman maintain the sale is legitimate. 2006—Rockingham announces it is starting construction on Liberty Cove. // CONTINUED ON PAGE 20
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pleno status, into a Banco del Atlántico trust. By this time, another two colonists, Francisco Valenzuela Serna and Angel Duarte Olivas, also have died.
The investors shared tidbits in conversations that I monitored. Those courted had been told during presentations that the company would provide a lien to protect them on all eight of the project’s parcels; that funds from investors would pay off the original sellers, Diamond and Freedman, for the $2.4 million purchase; and that the “set-aside” account for dividend payments was funded. None of this occurred, they said. Rockingham officials had been deceitful, Leavitt said. “There is risk in any investment, and I don’t have any problem losing money on a deal that has been executed honestly,” he said. “This wasn’t. Ricketts gave us no information about where the money has gone. And then, one day, he tells us that the fine print actually allowed them to avoid any of their promises.” Added Stein: “If Rockingham had leveled with us and explained themselves, I’d have been the first to say, ‘I apologize (for insinuating fraud).’ I lose my $150,000, lick my wounds and move on. But they had never been forthcoming.” In interviews and emails, Ricketts said management fulfilled its commitments. Language in the REITs gave the company “flexibility” and the option not to establish the set-aside fund, he said. A lien was required on only a single parcel, and it had been recorded as promised, he said. As for an accounting of the $21 million? Ricketts said he could not reveal that information because of the danger of lawsuits. How could there be such a discrepancy between what investors had been told and what had happened? Rockingham management could not vouch for what its salesmen, most of whom were independent contractors and not employees, had offered, Ricketts explained. The written word was paramount. “When we put together this private placement memorandum,” Ricketts said, “the attorneys warned us from the get-go that there is no way to control who says what.” Law firms Greenberg Traurig LLP of New York and Squire, Sanders and Dempsey of Phoenix approved the REIT language, Ricketts said. Those who attended presentations say that Rockingham fundraisers routinely touted the set-aside fund. I heard the same assertions, but never a word about any written disclaimers. Moreover, in company literature, the pitch was just as compelling. A letter from Steve Simkovich, initially an independent fundraiser and then a Liberty Cove vice president of sales, alluded to “triple security” for investors. “First, three years’ worth of interest on your investment is set aside in a reserve account to guarantee your payments,” he wrote. “Second, the REIT has a first mortgage position on the phase-one land, with a title policy issued by USA-based First American Title, so the title position is clear. And third, as sales are made, the REIT investors will be exchanging their first mortgage on unsold land for title to the loans made on sold land … .”
here would be plenty of reasons in 2008 for Liberty Cove to founder. The drastic fall in the world’s economy was top among them. But what investors did not know was that there had actually been plenty of reason to worry well before. At issue: Did the Tucsonans who sold the property to Rockingham actually have the standing to do so? The 46,500 acres that were to make up Liberty Cove are a fusion of eight parcels known as the Santa Maria Ranch. The properties were supposedly acquired by Diamond and Freedman in the 1980s and 1990s from the eight parcel-holders, residents of Caborca and Pitiquito, Sonora. Several of the original owners, called “colonists,” had died, and so the Tucson men and their attorneys had also dealt with a group of heirs. (For a full chronology, see the accompanying timeline.) The link between the Tucson investors and the parcel owners was Porfirio Gastelum Lemus, a Caborca businessman who had assisted the eight in applying for the parcels. (Gastelum could not be located for comment.) And when those eight parcels were sold to Rockingham in 2004, no one expressed doubt about the legitimacy of the sale. Though the Tucsonans had ostensibly been buying the parcels, none of the eight could actually be sold under Mexican law unless a series of rigid protocols were followed, according to two legal experts, Carlos Ruink, of Ruink y Asociados, and Marco Antonio Encinas Cajigas, an expert on agrarian law at the University of Sonora, both in Hermosillo. The original eight owners had all attested to being farmers or ranchers whose land had been granted by the Secretaría de la Reforma Agraria, or SRA. The parcels, thus, could only be sold to others intending to use the land for farming or grazing—and even then, only after filing a notice of “previa autorización” (prior authorization) to change ownership. This had never taken place, the experts said. Instead, each of the eight parcel-owners, or their heirs, signed powers of attorney in 1986 to Gastelum, who in turn provided the powers to Eduardo Estrella Acedo and a partner, Pedro Gorozpe Lopez, of Ciudad Obregón. Gorozpe had attempted a novel approach—the use of a bank trust. But it, too, was questionable, the experts said, because of a clause in the Mexican Constitution. Under Article 27, a foreigner acquiring property within 62 miles of the border or 31 miles from a coast must purchase the land through a trust. This means that property-owners sell to a bank, which, in turn, has an irrevocable contract with the foreigner. Banks earn around 3 percent to 5 percent of the purchase price through this arrangement. In 1990, Gorozpe put the parcels in a single trust with Banco del Atlántico, a local bank. While placing parcels into a trust might have made sense for private property, these parcels were “colony” properties, considered social property under Mexico’s Constitution, and there was no provision for placing them in a trust in order to transfer title, according to the experts. (Unexpectedly, in 1992, Mexican President Carlos Salinas announced reforms that could be used to transfer social property to private property, but these reforms were not retroactive and, according to agrarian lawyers, could not be applied to bank trusts.) CONTINUED ON PAGE 20
Liberty Cove’s newsletters made it seem like luxury was just around the corner – along with huge economic returns for the project’s investors.
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Sept. 18, 2007—A press release from PR Newswire, an international corporate news wire service, announces, “Construction Begins on North America’s Largest Resort and Retirement Community—Liberty Cove.” Among the venues for the announcement: a marquee in New York’s Times Square. October 2007—A squatter movement takes place on the property. Those in the movement allege that land has been taken from them improperly. April 30, 2008—MortgageIT, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank, sends a “preliminary letter of intent” to Rockingham stating it is willing to create “a permanent mortgage structuring program” through which it will offer mortgages up to $300 million. It is signed by Doug Naidus, managing director, and Alex Gemici, director. Feb. 23, 2009—Four REIT investors sue Ricketts and partners in Maricopa County Superior Court, claiming securities fraud, breach of contract and misrepresentation of expertise. They ask for $582,000. Ricketts, in turn, demands that Diamond and Freedman pay for the legal defense. They do. The lawsuit is dropped. March 13, 2009—A lawsuit is filed by Pedro Murillo Garcia of Caborca and Edgardo Ortega of Hermosillo on behalf of three living colonists and heirs of five others against Diamond, Freedman, the two Mexican entities controlled by Ricketts, lawyers, notary lawyers and others involved in all the sales to date of the eight parcels. It alleges that properties have been taken illegitimately from the original colonists and that all sales should be annulled. March 2009—To protect REIT investors, a lien for $25 million is placed on Liberty Cove Parcel 2, which is supposedly free and clear, and is to be the site of first construction. The amount represents investments made in the REITs by the more than 200 investors, plus interest. June 26, 2009, First American retains Tapia Robles and Cabrera, a Hermosillo law firm, to handle a claim contending the title insured by company in 2004 is clouded. July 1, 2009—Ricketts refuses to pay Diamond and Freedman $1.52 million due on the two $2 million notes to which he agreed in 2007. The March 13 lawsuit by Murrillo and Ortega freezes Rickett’s ability to continue the project and demonstrates title was never legitimate, he maintains. Aug. 7, 2009—Rockingham’s president, Stephan Haah, in conflict with Ricketts, asserts that he and his Hermosillo lawyer, Alberto Bringas Cañez, have rights to all parcels. Ricketts says the claim is invalid because Haah has been expelled from the corporation. October 2009—A payment of $25,000 is made to Porfirio Gastelum by Diamond and Freedman’s attorney, Miguel Tapia, in order to satisfy heirs of a Dora Huerta, a colonist, who have disputed the sale, Ricketts is told by Diamond and his U.S. lawyer, Benjamin Bauer. Ricketts calls the payment “hush money” and “a wasted payment,” and contends it offers additional proof as to the lack of certainty over title to parcels. Oct. 13, 2009—Rockingham receives a letter from attorney Eduardo Ortega of Hermosillo advising the company that he // CONTINUED NEXT PAGE
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2007—Rockingham’s Ricketts, who is obligated to place a lien on the property for investors, agrees to pay $4 million more—$2 million apiece—to Diamond and Freedman for the remaining two parcels in exchange for “full release” of a parcel upon which construction is to begin. Diamond and Freedman take notes for the debt and stock in companies controlling Liberty Cove as collateral.
This was the foggy status of the parcels when their “sale” to Rockingham was first considered in 2003. At that time, a contract was prepared calling for Rockingham to pay $2.4 million for all eight parcels. In that contract, Diamond and Freedman made a number of personal warranties about the property, according to a copy provided to the Weekly by Ricketts. The sale would be “fee simple” and “marketable.” The contract was not executed until 2004, however, because of a boundary dispute, according to Ricketts. When the sale did occur, the same $25,000 held in an escrow account the year before was used. At that time, the buyers and sellers may have thought they had cleanly transferred title. They had not.
t would be a year before Rockingham became aware there might be something awry with its 46,500 acres. When that moment came, Ricketts said, it was more by fluke than design, and it presented the company with a dilemma. In preparation for development, Rockingham had hired as project manager W.L. Bouchard and Associates Inc., a Scottsdale firm. Its namesake, Walter Bouchard, had worked for two decades for Arizona Public Service Co., the Phoenix electric power company, where he dealt with permitting, logistics and site-preparation issues. Bouchard became the face of the project to the government of Sonora, representing the company at gatherings and handling correspondence with then-Gov. Eduardo Bours and his staff. It was at those gatherings that Sonora leaders privately expressed doubts about the title to Bouchard, Sonora officials told the Weekly. Among those dubious about the project: Ricardo Platt, then Sonora’s secretary of economy, who had been on the Rockingham payroll, and Ricardo Bours, brother of the governor. Bouchard, reportedly without permission from Rockingham, followed up by hiring Ruink to undertake a study at $15,000. The study, a compendium of agrarian and commercial law, took six months and was completed on Oct. 6, 2005. Its stunning conclusion: “Because of flaws in the prior transactions, civil and agrarian, we must conclude that the title currently held by MXC Properties de R.L. (the Rockingham Mexican affiliate) is not a clean title.” The report is 10 pages long, with two dozen addendums and lists of parcel owners and heirs. It explains in detail how a stream of Mexican lawyers and lawyers with special fiduciary responsibilities known as “Notaries Public” had taken one step after another to sell the colony properties, but, in the end, had never met requirements established by the half-century-old law that governed transfers. The finding blindsided Ricketts, he said, and he requested a meeting with Diamond, Freedman and their attorney at the time, Mark Raven. The meeting took place at Diamond Ventures’ office in Tucson, where Ruink explained that the title was tainted, said a witness who did not want to be identified. Powers of attorney had been exercised illegally, Ruink said. Miguel Angel Tapia, the Mexican attorney for Diamond and Freedman, had asserted that four of the colonists he represented were alive when, in fact, they had died years before, Ruink noted. And no one had filed, as required, the “prior authorization” with the Secretary of the Agrarian Reform. Among the scenarios Ruink posited was this: All eight parcels could yet wind up back with the original colonists or their heirs. Tapia, contacted in Hermosillo, refused to comment for this story. Immediately after Ruink and Bouchard spoke, they were “criticized and derided, and told they had no idea of what they were doing,” the witness said. Diamond, Freedman and Raven left the room to confer, and a meeting that had no set time limit was suddenly terminated, according to the witness. Ricketts, now aware that Rockingham’s ownership was in doubt, did not tell investors—or stop development plans—for two reasons, he said. Diamond and Freedman had offered their own “personal warranties” in the sale and would personally be responsible for any damages, he said. Moreover, title to the land was backed by First American Title, Latin America. “Either way, I felt we were covered,” he said. Raven, who now practices in Tucson, declined to comment on the record; so did Bauer, their current lawyer and Bouchard. After an initial interview, Ruink would not consent to additional questions. Another attorney familiar with the project, Ben Aguilera, of Phoenix, would not speak to the Weekly.
hy stop promoting a project just because there might be doubts about ownership? The project’s land alone was worth an astonishing $605 million, Ricketts and others told prospective investors. The figure, assigned by Tucson appraiser Bruce Greenberg in an appraisal obtained by the Weekly, was based on what is called an “as if ” developed basis. That detail was omitted from Ricketts’ presentation, however. The newsletter enthusiasm persisted. “So much growth occurs between each newsletter edition and it is our goal to keep you apprised of all these exciting breakthroughs,” one entry read. The optimistic promotion of Liberty Cove continued after the Ruink study and until the company missed its interest payments in 2008. When the payments stopped, Rockingham, in its sporadic communication, told investors that a bailout was pending. Over the last three years, however, the investors have become almost a subplot as Rockingham and the sellers engaged in a legal, two-country slugfest that today favors Diamond and Freedman. The most recent venue for the conflict was Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, and it was centered on the issue of liens.
Under the terms of the REIT, Rockingham committed in 2004 to placing a lien in favor of investors on at least one of the eight parcels. In 2007, Ricketts acted on that pledge, but was hindered because his companies had never paid in full the $2.4 million purchase price. Ricketts approached Diamond and Freedman and explained his need for the lien, but the two were unsympathetic, Ricketts said. They would “release” the southernmost parcel to permit filing of a lien in exchange for new promissory notes of $2 million apiece. Said Ricketts: “I agreed to arbitrary $2 million notes, or otherwise, they would not allow me to comply with the REIT investors’ security. I had to do what I said I was going to do. I complied—at the price of a $4 million extortion.” In October 2007, Jorge Gómez Unger, Ricketts’ Hermosillo lawyer, placed a $25 million lien on the parcel most likely to be developed first. Ricketts agreed to make a first payment of $1.52 million on the notes by July 1, 2009. Before that date arrived, however, there was a twist: Lawyers for three living colonists, and for five sets of heirs of the others, filed an action in Sonora courts contending that the properties should revert to their clients. The lawyers, Pedro Murillo Garcia of Caborca, and Edgardo Ortega of Hermosillo, named as defendants Diamond, Freedman, Ricketts and the Mexican entities controlled by Rockingham. To Ricketts, the suit was proof that the title issues were real and insurmountable, he said. When the July 1, 2009, payment came due, he refused to pay, declaring that Diamond and Freedman had sold land to which they had never held proper title. A series of vitriolic letters from Ricketts to Diamond and Freedman followed. In copies of the correspondence obtained by the Weekly, Ricketts accused the Tucsonans of bad faith, wire fraud and breach of contract. The Tucsonans were responsible for bringing the project to a stop, he said. Ricketts also accused Fennemore Craig P.C., attorneys in Tucson, of “perpetuating a fraud” by continuing to represent the two while aware that the original sale was fraudulent. The firm responded to Ricketts that his complaint had no merit. Diamond and Freedman refused to comment on the particulars of Ricketts’ accusations, but, in August 2010, Diamond said they were unfounded. The two men had owned the properties for more than 20 years before agreeing to sell them to Ricketts and his two partners, Diamond wrote. “The bottom line is the buyers defaulted twice during the five-year pay period, so the sellers (D&F) are foreclosing—properly and legally. The buyers are making unsubstantiated accusations in an attempt to divert attention from themselves and their responsibilities to their investors.” Ricketts’ accusations made no difference in Pima County Superior Court, where Diamond and Freedman sued him for defaulting on the two $2 million notes from 2007. In a May 26, 2011, decision, Judge Kenneth Lee found in favor DF-MX Holdings LLC, wholly owned by the Tucsonans. The court ruled that shares held by Rockingham’s Mexican affiliates be transferred to the Tucsonans. That stock transfer and return of the land is being contested in Mexican courts, Ricketts said.
ost Liberty Cove investors have abandoned hope—and few are familiar with any of the legal machinations of the last seven years. Yet as information about the conflict has emerged, Ricketts has actually found some supporters. Ricketts maintains that he is a victim, not a perpetrator. Rockingham dealt with Diamond and Freedman in “good faith,” he said, while the Tucsonans’ sale of the property had been uncertain at best, and a sham, at worst. “There is no greater victim in this case than my family and myself,” he said. “We are the ones who have invested the most in this project. I believe, too, that most all (investors) will end up appreciating me for hanging in there to protect them.” Matt Mickley, the Phoenix-area businessman who was one of the few investors to visit the project site, had been an unconditional supporter of Ricketts. Mickley shot himself to death in April of last year, apparently a casualty of the strains from his losses, acquaintances said. “I would talk to Matt three times a week,” Ricketts recalled. “Whenever I spoke with him, he was upbeat and said he was great. The last time, he just said he was ‘OK.’ When I shared with him the status of the litigation, he became despondent.” Who will wind up with the property is far from certain. In addition to the competing claims, there are now additional lawsuits from people who provided professional services at the property. What does appear certain is that, barring high-level intervention, nothing definitive will happen for years. There is no civil or criminal investigation in either country. In an interview last year, Abel Murrieta, then the Sonora attorney general, said the state was aware of “the controversy surrounding Americans who have lost money,” but had received no formal request to intervene. His office, lest it be accused of favoritism, would not start any action unless it received a formal complaint, Murrieta said. The attorney general’s successor, Carlos Navarro Sugich, has not looked into any wrongdoing, said Tatiana Gómez, a spokesperson. Still, the legal free-for-all continues to eclipse the wrenching stories of the 200-plus people whose investments are most likely gone. Included in that group is Terrie Little Sr., of Delafield, Wis., who invested $170,000. “We were all initially filled with lofty promises and dreams of an affordable seaside retirement,” Little said. “Few of us investors were acquainted with each other, so in the beginning, and individually, we could only patiently await the development of the real estate investment that had been promised us. (We were seduced) by glossy, magazine-like reports filled with enticing photographs and progress reports, boasting of high-level meetings and new developments that had taken our investments to an even higher level. We perused the plot maps with a dream of locating the perfect retirement spot. What we are left with now is an understanding that our nest egg’s gone.”
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represents colonists, and that the land has never been legally transferred. February 2010—A lawsuit by REIT investors against Rockingham companies is dismissed in Maricopa County Superior Court. July 2010—Ricketts accuses Diamond and Freedman of bad faith and wire fraud, alleging the two are liable for the $25 million to investors for having knowingly “sold” property to which they didn’t have title. July 27, 2010—The first of two conference calls organized by REIT investors Dean Stein and Gary Leavitt of Phoenix brings together investors previously unknown to one another. They share experiences and agree to fund a group to look into legal actions. November 2010—Robert Chernick, Rockingham’s chief financial officer, reveals, in response to repeated inquiries, that Rockingham records had been sold at auction after nonpayment at a Scottsdale storage locker. Backup copies should be available, however, he says. Dec. 23, 2010—Rockingham receives a subpoena for records from Peggy Scozzari, a special investigator with the Arizona Corporation Commission’s Securities Division. The ACC does not confirm ongoing investigations, and says in late January 2012 that it has “no current enforcement action.” April 2, 2011—Matt Mickley, an early investor with Rockingham and a supporter of Ricketts, commits suicide. May 26, 2011—Pima County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Lee finds in favor DF-MX Holdings LLC, owned by Diamond and Freedman, in a breach-of-contract action against Rockingham affiliates JNR and Liberty Cove Resort Holdings. Lee rules that Ricketts’ failure to make a 2007 payment must result in the return of all eight parcels to Diamond and Freedman. The decision is narrow, finding only that JNR and Liberty Cove Resort Holdings failed to meet the $1.52 million payment due July 1, 2009, on promissory notes dated April 20, 2007. The ruling does not take into account proceedings in Mexico or allegations of fraud that predate the promissory notes. June 2011—First American Title sues JNR and Liberty Cove Resort Holdings, contending that it owes nothing because of a statute of limitations on the title claims. July 2011—Sonora Attorney General Abel Murrieta says he is aware of the controversy surrounding Americans who have lost money on the Liberty Cove project, but has taken no action because there have been no complainants. He says his office, lest it be accused of favoritism, will not take any action unless it receives a formal complaint. Sept. 23, 2011—Garcia Murillo, the Caborca lawyer, says all sales of property to date are void because powers of attorney were used for the four deceased, a violation of Mexican law. (It would have to be the estates of the deceased that, through another process, sold the parcels, according to the lawyer.) The previous suit had not mentioned use of powers of attorney for the four deceased. March 23, 2012—Fennemore Craig, P.C., Tucson, publishes in El Imparcial, a Sonora newspaper, plans to auction the 46,500 acres that make up the Liberty Cove project. Attorney Bauer does not respond to an inquiry about the sale. Nov. 18, 2012—Tatiana Gómez, a spokesperson for Sonora attorney general Carlos Alberto Navarro, says there are no civil or criminal investigations pending in the state.
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JANUARY 3-9, 2013 OUR TOP PICKS OF WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO DO IT BY GENE ARMSTRONG AND A. GREENE
Something Fishy This Way Comes
THEATER Classically Comic
Although constructing the new Warden Aquarium at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum took a full year, the aquarium was conceived more than 50 years ago. “Early in the museum’s history, the idea was to have a ‘Gulf Hall,’ but for a variety of reasons, that never happened until now,” says Craig Iyani, the museum’s executive director. Officially named the Warden Aquarium “Rivers to the Sea,” it is the first new major exhibit to open at the museum in more than 10 years. The aquarium will explore the integral roles that the Gulf of California and the region’s rivers, including the Colorado, play in the ecosystems of the Sonoran Desert.
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The other half of the aquarium The 1,100-square-foot aquarium is dedicated to the rivers of the will include 14 tanks in two gallerSonoran Desert. “The main river in ies: one focusing on the region’s this region is the Colorado, and freshwater rivers and aquatic life, even though we don’t live right and the other representing the Gulf near the Colorado, we largely bene(also known as the Sea of Cortez). fit from the water and habitats that Almost three dozen examples of are part of it,” Iyani says. living species will be included. He says the aquarium also will The aquarium will open to the play a part in ongoing conservation public with a grand opening efforts by the Desert Museum, and Saturday, Jan. 5. A variety of activithat much of 7,500 gallons of water ties and events at the museum that used in the exhibit is repurposed day are in the planning stages. through the museum’s wetland Details were not available at press treatment facility or reused to suptime, but you can learn more by plement irrigation. visiting www.desertmuseum.org. The aquarium will also include a The Warden Aquarium’s primary “touch tank” with marine invertefunding of $400,000 came from the brates, such as sea stars and hermit Bert W. Martin Foundation, Iyani crabs, for hands-on encounters says. “That’s the Warden family— with visitors. they’re the ones who actually made Pacific seahorses are among the 30-plus living species on At first, the touch tanks will be this possible.” display at the Walden Aquarium. available to visitors only during The total cost of the aquarium, behind-the-scenes tours, to allow the animals to adjust to their new including construction and renovation of some areas of the museum, environment and to being handled by humans. The museum plans to came to about $750,000, he adds. make the touch tanks available to all visitors by late spring. In a way, the Warden Aquarium was given a boost when the Desert Admission to the aquarium is included in the price of a general Museum began working with the University of Arizona on the nowadmission ticket to the museum but capacity is limited, and you’ll abandoned Sonoran Sea Aquarium project planned for the Rio Nuevo need a reservation for one of 15 viewing times scheduled throughout development downtown. Some of the programs begun with that projthe day, says marketing specialist Gina Compitello. ect have been carried over at the new aquarium, Iyani says. You can reserve a viewing time on a first-come, first-served basis Cynics or the uninformed might wonder why an aquarium is upon arriving. Or you can make an advance reservation at the museimportant in the desert. um’s website for an additional charge of $5, Compitello adds. “We “The Gulf of California is certainly part of the Sonoran Desert want to ensure that visitors have the best experience possible,” region. The desert stretches across the gulf, and includes more than she says. 900 small islands with desert vegetation. And a large part of Baja The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is at 2021 N. Kinney California is part of the Sonoran Desert,” Iyani says. Road, in Tucson Mountain Park. It’s open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 Among the sea life in the Gulf of California are more than 800 p.m. (with final entry at 4:15) through February; starting in types of fish; one of the most endangered marine mammals, a rare March, the museum opens at 7:30 a.m. Now through May, general porpoise called the vaquita; migratory whales that no longer migrate; admission is $14.50; kids ages 4 to 12 get in for $5, and those 3 five species of sea turtle; and the little-known American crocodile, and younger are admitted free. For driving directions and Warden according to Desert Museum literature. Aquarium reservations, visit www.desertmuseum.org. Call 883And, in case you haven’t noticed the monsoon season, the climate 2702 for more information. in Southern Arizona is inextricably linked to the Sea of Cortez. Gene Armstrong “When you live in Tucson, you are directly affected by seasonal firstname.lastname@example.org fall that comes up from the Gulf of California,” Iyani says.
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Spring 2013 at The Comedy Playhouse Season starts Friday, Jan. 4, and continues through Sunday, June 23 The Comedy Playhouse 3620 N. First Ave. 260-6442; thecomedyplayhouse.com
The plays to be put on by The Comedy Playhouse for its spring season exemplify the kind of classic humor that doesn’t disappear over time; there’s something about the plays that hits the funny bone of every audience member. “The goal is to make you feel better when you walk out the door than when you walked in,” said Bruce Bieszki, director of The Comedy Playhouse, which is celebrating its third year of operation. Up first, beginning Friday, Jan. 4 and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 13, is The Comedy Genius of Mark Twain III. The playhouse has done a play about Mark Twain each year since it started. The new show focuses on some of Twain’s comic short stories. “Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are just scratching the surface,” Bieszki said. “Mark Twain wrote many funny short stories. He was a master.” Following the Mark Twain show is The Mystery Genius of Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel. The play is based upon the play created by Baroness Emmuska Orczy in the 1900s, in which a British aristocrat rescues French aristocrats during the French Revolution. The first performance is Friday, Jan. 18, and the play continues through Sunday, Jan. 27. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; and 3 p.m., Sundays. The plays last about two hours, with a 15-minute intermission. Tickets range from $12 to $18, with a $2 discount available for seniors and students. — A.G.
Far Left: The January 8th Memorial Foundation is encouraging every church, school, business and organization to pause at 10:10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, and ring a bell to acknowledge those lost and affected by the Jan. 8 shootings. Left: “Poetic License” by Alex Pennington
Utopia or Uniformity?
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Making it up on the Fly
Photo Friday: Suburbia
It’s Been Abstract
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4
Thursday, Jan. 3, through Saturday, Feb. 9
This Here Now: An Evening of Improvised Performance
The Center for Creative Photography 1030 N. Olive Road, on the UA campus
Davis Dominguez Gallery 154 E. Sixth St.
“I grew up in the suburbs,” said David Benjamin, archivist and assistant head of research services at the Center for Creative Photography. He said that while he can appreciate suburbs for their calm uniformity, some of his friends who grew up in urban areas feel exactly the opposite. The Suburbia showing is part of the monthly Photo Friday series at the center. It’s been going on for about a year, and arose from patron interest in seeing more of the vast collection of photographs that the center houses. Photo Fridays have a more relaxed atmosphere than other photo exhibits. “They’re not behind glass; it’s not in a formal setting,” Benjamin said. There are 24 images in the show, selected from a wide range of photographers. Benjamin said that the idea for Suburbia came about when he was helping a patron and started examining photos of construction and development. Having grown up in the suburbs led him to look at the images through a different lens. “It’s a hot-button topic,” Benjamin said. “One person might look at a photograph and say, ‘I don’t see suburbia at all!’ That’s what’s great about photography.” “Photo Fridays in general are a great way for people to have access to our photographs,” Benjamin said. “A chance to really see the breadth and depth of our collection, (and) to view images they might not normally see.” Admission to Photo Friday: Suburbia is free. — A.G.
In some ways, abstract art can be intimidating. Maybe you’re not an art buff and you’re just not sure what to look for. If you’ve ever felt that way, the new abstract art exhibit at Davis Dominguez Gallery is a good chance to familiarize yourself with the genre. And even if you’re an old pro and love the form, you’re likely to discover something new. The exhibit features the works of three artists: painters David Pennington and Amy Metier, and sculptor Steve Murphy. Each artist has a unique style and personal take on the abstract form. Pennington, who has lived in Arizona since 1978, has been making art for 30 years. He says he generally sticks to nonrepresentational artwork. “It’s pure, raw experience,” Pennington said. “It’s about the state of a pure painting without attempting to represent anything.” Pennington said he enjoys the process of making art. “For me, art is a verb,” he said. “Art should be an adventure. ... Take risks and do new things.” Pennington also does collage work, but all of his works at this exhibit are paintings. He uses acrylic and enamel, and says he likes having a hard surface to work on. Metier will also be showing paintings, and Murphy has submitted several sculptures. This art is not concrete—and perhaps that’s what can be so intimidating about abstract art. These are not landscape paintings or sculptures of people. It is art that, as Pennington says, is all about experience. “Be mindful of the experience,” he said. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Admission and parking are free. — A.G.
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 ZUZI! Theater in the Historic Y 738 N. Fifth Ave.
Swap things you don’t want for other treasures from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5; free. Swaps take place at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Woods Memorial Library, Valencia Branch Library, Dusenberry-River Library, Flowing Wells Branch Library, and Martha Cooper Branch Library.
It’s difficult to know what to expect ct at This Here Now. Kimi Eisele, one of the performers at the event, doesn’t know what to expect either. And that’s a good thing. Eisele is part of the local improvisation ensemble Movement Salon, which has been performing for about five years. “We practice improvisation,” Eisele said. “We compose using movement and spoken word, (and)) we have a musician, so we create pieces.” bers For this performance, the members aying of Movement Salon will also be playing e host to their original mentors, The o have Architects, a group of women who on been doing movement improvisation performances for almost 20 years.. This will be the third time Movement Salon has hosted the Architects. On Saturday, Movement Salon will start nd the the show with a 20-minute piece and nute Architects will follow with a 45-minute na piece. The evening will culminate in ps. merged performance by both groups. re So how do you know what you’re getting yourself into? Movement Salon doesn’t work with themes. It’s justt as the title suggests: a focus on the here and now. ind of “We don’t give ourselves that kind k with parameter,” Eisele said. “We work ebody whatever we’re feeling; what somebody said, if someone in the audience coughs—it all becomes fodder.” e that This Here Now is a performance ou are is, in a sense, being created as you watching it. Nobody knows exactlyy what will happen. hing a “There’s something about watching hink is spontaneous performance that I think inviting to an audience member,” Eisele ention said. “It’s an invitation to pay attention in a different way.” Tickets are $10 to $15. — A.G.
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Anita Fernández Prescott College’s Anita Fernández often brought her students to Tucson Unified School District meetings, where she spoke on behalf of the Mexican-American Studies program. That connection led her to a project with former Tucson Magnet High School MAS teacher Curtis Acosta to provide college credit to high school students taking his Chicano literature class at the John Valenzuela Youth Center. Students can now earn up to two college credits in the Sunday class, and a scholarship fund has been started to help with tuition. For more info, go to www.prescott.edu.
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How did the project come together? The idea came from Curtis. He shared with me that there was no way he was going to stop teaching what he’s been teaching, and he figured out a way to teach his Chicano literature class. He shared with me that he was teaching this Sunday class at the John Valenzuela Youth Center (1550 S. Sixth Ave.). I started thinking about the experiences I had visiting his classes in the past, and bringing my college students there, and the knowledge that was being shared and the literature that is now banned. We talked about the idea of offering them college credit, but it was a matter of figuring out the logistics and if the college would go for it. Is anything similar offered to high school students through Prescott College? We have a thing called the Early High School Experience that just started. But most of those classes are in the summer and offer a taste of what you might be able to experience at Prescott College. But this is different. Do you want to open this up to other types of classes? We’re just kicking it off. Right now there are 10 students. This is sort of a pilot to see if we can … perhaps bring in another class, with
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former MAS teachers like ´ Federico Brummer Maria doing American government with Chicano perspectives. What about involving more high school students? I could see the goal down the road to have the classes being open to any high school students interested in the subject matter who are engaged and want to spend their own time. You have to keep in mind that under Curtis, this group has been meeting faithfully every Sunday. It’s a commitment, like taking a college class one evening a week. Does Prescott College have any say in the curriculum? Curtis is in control of what’s taught and this is his project. My part is how can we make this have a different kind of academic value that the students can leave with that they don’t necessarily have now. I don’t take any credit at all for the classes. Not all students have to enroll for college credit, right? If they want credit, they would enroll. We’ve opened up a scholarship fund even though we are offering it at a really low cost. The school has to process everybody just for that class so any money that goes to the scholarship fund is applied to the student’s tuition. If all 10 students decide to go for
college credit, we’d cover all of them with the scholarship.
HOLIDAYS AT THE CORBETT HOUSE Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. The historic mission-revival style Corbett House, which is included on the Tucson Museum of Art historic block, is decked out in holiday finery for tours at noon and 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, and Friday, Jan. 4; $10, $8 senior, $5 college student with ID, free age 18 or younger, active military or veteran with ID, and TMA members. Visit tucsonmuseumofart.org for more information.
OUT OF TOWN Why the scholarship? It doesn’t seem fair if we create this thing and no one could afford it. We are charging as little as we can, only (enough) to cover the overhead to process the students and do the paperwork for the business office. The college is being extremely generous and has helped set up the scholarship fund. Is this also one way to expose future college students to Prescott College? That was one of my hopes, that we would be able to interest Tucson students in particular, but also Southern Arizona students. We have a pool of incredibly intelligent social justice-minded youth. Another hope is this would offer an opportunity to offer credit for a MAS class, but it is also the college wanting to show its support for MAS and take a stand that they don’t believe these classes should be eliminated or any literature banned. Where do folks send donations for the scholarship fund? Checks can be mailed to Prescott College, 220 Grove Ave., Prescott, AZ 86301. They have to write “Class” in the memo line of the check.
FIRST SATURDAY IN ARIVACA 17000 W. Arivaca Road. Arivaca. 594-5239. A rock and mineral show, including artifacts and collectibles for sale, highlights activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5; free. At the Old Schoolhouse, Geologist Richard Conway discusses volcanic activity in Southern Arizona at 10:30 a.m. Author Tallia Cahoon leads a tour of the historic mining town of Ruby at 1:30 p.m. Call 955-0823 for more information.
ture and facilities, the natural environment, revitalization and development, land use and transportation are reviewed in public meetings about Plan Tucson, a new general plan required by state law. Meetings take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Tucson Police Westside Service Center, 1310 W. Miracle Mile; 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Tucson Police Dapartment Hardesty Multi-Service Center, 1100 S. Alvernon Way; and from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Ward 2 Council Office, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. Comments are also taken online at tucsonaz.gov/plantucson. RECYCLE THE CHRISTMAS TREE The city of Tucson provides no pickup service for Christmas trees. Homeowners may discard their Christmas trees at nine Fairfax Companies locations on Thursday, Jan. 3, and Friday, Jan. 4. Drop-off locations are at tucsonaz.gov/esd. Trees are shredded into chips for mulch and other uses. Chips are available free at Udall Park, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road; and Randolph Park, 200 S. Randolph Way. TUCSON YOGA EXPO Tucson Yoga. 150 S. Fourth Ave. 988-1832. Classes are free from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5. Visit tucsonyoga.com/expo for details. Bring a yoga mat or rent one for $1. WANT TO BE IN OUR SPRING ARTS PREVIEW? We want to tell the world everything you’re doing in fine art, theater, music, literature, performance and the humanities, from Thursday, Jan. 24, through Wednesday, Aug. 14. Our deadline is Friday, Jan. 4. Just send the basics--title, date, time, place, ticket prices, contact info and website--to firstname.lastname@example.org, and put “Spring Arts” in the subject line. We don’t even need complete sentences! WORLD HARMONY: CAN IT HAPPEN? Access Tucson. 124 E. Broadway Blvd. 624-9833. A live taping of World Harmony: Can It Happen? takes place from 6 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4. Guests Jamie Massey of S.P.E.A.K. and Leila Sleiman representing P.E.T.A. discuss the treatment of animals. Arrive at Studio A by 5:45 p.m. to watch the taping. For more information, call 722-2837.
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BULLETIN BOARD EVENTS THIS WEEK ADULT SPELLING BEE Sky Bar. 536 N. Fourth Ave. 622-4300. An adult spelling bee takes place from 7 to 8 p.m., the second Tuesday of every month; free. Sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m. The winner receives a trophy and a $25 gift certificate for Brooklyn Pizza. Email tucsonspellingbee@gmail. com, or search for “Tucson Spelling Bee” on Facebook for more information. COMMUNITY BELL RINGING The January 8th Memorial Foundation is encouraging every church, school, business and organization to pause at 10:10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, and ring a bell to acknowledge the tragedy that shook Tucson.
COMPUTER CLASSES Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. Classes are free, but reservations are required. A workshop, “Computer Survival Skills,” covers performance issues and troubleshooting, from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Jan. 9. A workshop, “Safety First: Privacy and Security Online,” covers the use of passwords, good security habits, virus protection, firewalls and more from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10 and 17. Call to register. Adults and teens learn how to buy and sell goods worldwide on eBay, from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16 and 23; free. Call to register. ORO VALLEY TOASTMASTERS Golder Fire Station No. 377. 355 E. Linda Vista Blvd. Oro Valley. 825-9001. Toastmasters meetings help participants increase self-confidence and communicate more effectively, at 6:16 p.m., the first and third Monday of every month; free. Call 314-8008 for more information.
DIVORCE RECOVERY 1 Trained facilitators lead nonsectarian support groups from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday or Thursday; $60 requested donation, but no one is turned away. Each course is eight weeks and closes after the second week. A new course starts Tuesday, Jan. 8, at St. Phillip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., Room 6. Call 495-0704, or visit divorcerecovery.net for more information.
PIMA COUNCIL ON AGING REPRESENTATIVE Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. People older than 50 who need information and referrals for housing options, transportation, food, mental health, caregiving, social services and legal aid meet with a representative of the Pima Council on Aging from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. No appointment is needed.
FREECYCLE FREE POST-HOLIDAY SWAP Swap things you don’t want for others’ unwanted treasures from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5; free. Swaps take place at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.; Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Ave.; Valencia Branch Library, 202 W. Valencia Road; Dusenberry-River Library, 5605 E. River Road, No. 105; Flowing Wells Branch Library, 1730 W. Wetmore Road; and Martha Cooper Branch Library, 1377 N. Catalina Ave.; free.
MARKET ON THE MOVE Saguaro Canyon Church. 10111 E. Old Spanish Trail. 885-7088. Market on the Move sells USDA-inspected surplus fresh produce from 8 to 11 a.m., the first Saturday of every month; free admission. Call 7499429, or visit the3000club.org for more information and additional locations. OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS TO DISCUSS A DRAFT OF THE PROPOSED GENERAL PLAN FOR TUCSON Proposed priorities for future economic development, parks and recreation, arts and culture, public infrastruc-
CRIME AND FRAUD PREVENTION Jewish Community Center. 3800 E. River Road. 2993000. A representative of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office speaks about crime and fraud prevention from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Jan. 10; free. Call 2993000, ext. 147, for more information.
ANNOUNCEMENTS 24-HOUR CRISIS LINE: 624-0348, (800) 553-9387 Wingspan. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. Report a violent or discriminatory action against you or someone you know by calling the 24-hour bilingual crisis line at 6240348 or (800) 553-9387. If it’s an emergency, please first call 911. All services are available in English and Spanish. BEAGLE RESCUE Several beagle-adoption events and play dates are scheduled throughout the month. Visit
soazbeaglerescue.com for the schedule and to learn more about Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue. BEARS OF THE OLD PUEBLO Bears of the Old Pueblo provides social activities for gay and bi bearish men and their admirers. Check the website to verify dates, times, locations and programs, but newcomers are welcome at all regular activities, including a meeting and potluck from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the second Saturday of every month, at the Ward 6 Council Office, 3202 E. First St.; coffee from 7 to 9 p.m., every Wednesday, at Crave Coffee Bar, 4530 E. Broadway Blvd.; happy hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., every Friday, at Venture-N, 1239 N. Sixth Ave.; Bears Dinner Out, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., every third Thursday, at a location announced in the online calendar and on Facebook; and Bear Burgers from 5 to 7 p.m., on the last Sunday of every month; free admission. Many other activities are scheduled throughout the year and may also be open to guests. Visit botop.com, or follow â€œBears of the Old Puebloâ€? on Facebook for a complete calendar of events. Call 829-0117 to leave messages, or email bop@botop. com for more information. BICAS CRAFTER HOURS BICAS. 44 W. Sixth St. 628-7950. Workshops make useful objects and art projects from recycled materials, from 5 to 8 p.m., every Tuesday; freewill donation. Materials are provided but donations of craft supplies are always welcome. Call 628-7950 for more info. BIKE MAINTENANCE FOR WOMEN AND TRANSGENDER FOLKS BICAS. 44 W. Sixth St. 628-7950. BICAS is open exclusively for women and transgender folks from 4 to 8 p.m., every Monday. Learn bike maintenance, or earn a bike with volunteer labor. Workshops are led by female and trans-identified mechanics. Visit bicas.org. BINGO Water of Life MCC. 3269 N. Mountain Ave. 292-9151. Join in a game of bingo at 6:30 p.m., every Friday; $6 to $20. Call 822-6286 for more information. BRIDGE CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. Adults play bridge from 1 to 4 p.m., every Wednesday; free. Call for more information. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Project for Civil Discourse, a division of the Arizona Humanities Council, solicits videos about improving civility, fostering collaborative problem-solving and improving civic engagement. Entries may be submitted in two categories: high school student, or college student and adult. Visit projectcivildiscourse.com for an entry form and more information. CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: TUCSON CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL Community groups, businesses, religious groups, neighborhood associations and ad hoc groups of five or more volunteers are needed to adopt parks, streets, washes and other public areas on an ongoing basis. Call 7913109, or visit tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org for more information. CHESS CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. All serious chess players are invited from 1 to 5 p.m., every Friday; free. THE COFFEE PARTY Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. Friendly discussions of current events take place from 1 to 3 p.m., every Tuesday; free. Candidates from all political parties are invited to speak. Call 878-0256 for more information and to arrange a time to speak. 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. COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE Himmel Park. 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. 791-3276. A community drum circle takes place from 3:30 to 6 p.m., every Sunday; free. All are welcome. Call 743-4901, or e-mail email@example.com for more information. CONQUISTADORS TOASTMASTERS CLUB Jewish Community Center. 3800 E. River Road. 2993000. Anyone who wants to conquer fears of public speaking may practice in a supportive environment at 7 p.m., every Wednesday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. 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 email@example.com, or visit gvdemocrats.org for more information.
DESERT CRONES Fellowship Square Villa III. 210 N. Maguire Ave. 8865537. Women older than 50 meet from 1 to 3 p.m., every Thursday except holidays, to enjoy companionship and creativity. Programs include guest speakers, writing workshops and drumming circles. Call 409-3357, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. DIVORCE RECOVERY DROP-IN SUPPORT GROUP Ward 6 City Council Office. 3202 E. First St. 7914601. An open support group for anyone ending a relationship takes place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., every Tuesday; free. DRINKING LIBERALLY The Shanty. 401 E. Ninth St. 623-2664. Liberal and progressive Democrats meet every Wednesday at 6 p.m.; free. The meeting often features special guests. Search for â€œDrinking Liberally Tucsonâ€? on Facebook. ELDER CIRCLES: THE WISDOM JOURNEY St. Francis in the Foothills Church. 4625 E. River Road. 299-9063. Elders hear presentations and share stories each month on one of four topics intended to encourage pro-active aging: life review; life repair; legacy and mentoring at 4 p.m., the first Saturday of every month at New Moon Haven, 16256 N. Oracle Road, Catalina; and 10 a.m., the second Friday of every month. Call 2986542, or email email@example.com for more info. EXTREME COUPONING Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. 375 S. Euclid Ave. 628-7223. Cents-off coupons are collected from the Sunday newspaper and Tuesday home mailings to help support the food programs of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. Coupons need not be cut out. They may be delivered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. FARMERSâ€™ 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 Farmersâ€™ Market: 16800 Arivaca Road, Arivaca, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Bear Canyon Open Air Market: northwest corner of Tanque Verde Road and the Catalina Highway, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (982-2645). Bisbee Farmersâ€™ 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 Farmersâ€™ Market: 15921 S. Houghton Road, Vail, 8 a.m. to noon, Friday (870-1106). Douglas Farmersâ€™ 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 Farmersâ€™ Market: El Pueblo Neighborhood Center parking lot, SW corner of Irvington Road and Sixth Avenue, 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday (882-3304). Elgin Farmersâ€™ Market: Kief-Joshua Vineyards, 370 Elgin Road, Elgin, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May through October (520-455-5582). Farmersâ€™ Markets at La Posada Green Valley: 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley, is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday (603-8116). Farmersâ€™ Market at Voyager RV Resort: 8701 S. Kolb Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday (603-8116). Friday Farmersâ€™ Market at Broadway Village: 2926 E. Broadway Blvd., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday (603-8116). Green Valley Village Farmersâ€™ Market: 101 S. La CaĂąada Drive, Green Valley, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday (490-3315). Marana Farmersâ€™ 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 Farmersâ€™ Market: 2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Road, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday (8962123). Oro Valley Farmersâ€™ Market: Town Hall at the corner of La CaĂąada 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 (plazapalomino.com). Rincon Valley Farmersâ€™ and Artisansâ€™ 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 Farmersâ€™ Market: St. David High School, 70 E. Patton St., St. David, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May through October (520-221-1074). St. Philipâ€™s Plaza Saturday Farmersâ€™ Market: St. Philipâ€™s Plaza, southeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (603-8116). Santa Cruz River Farmersâ€™ Market: Mercado San AgustĂn, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday (6220525). San Manuel Farmersâ€™ Market: 801 McNab Parkway, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday (520-212-2337). Sierra Vista Farmersâ€™ 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 (520-678-2638). Sunsites Farmersâ€™ Market: Shadow Mountain Golf Course, 1105 Irene St., Sunsites, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday (520-826-1250). Tucson Farmersâ€™ Market: St. Philipâ€™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 (8822157). Tucson Farmersâ€™ 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). Tucsonâ€™s Green Art and Farmersâ€™ Market: 8995 E. Tanque
Verde Road, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (982-2645). Ventana Plaza Farmersâ€™ Market: 5455 N. Kolb Road, 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday (603-8116). FLUXX STUDIO AND GALLERY Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. This nonprofit community space hosts exhibitions, performance art, movie screenings, workshops and special events to increase the visibility and promote the creation of queer arts and culture in Tucson. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help with business, art and production projects. Fore more information and details, visit fluxxproductionsstudioandgallery.tumblr. com. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. FOUNTAIN FLYERS TOASTMASTERS Cocoâ€™s Bakery Restaurant. 7250 N. Oracle Road. 7422840. Participants learn and enhance speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment, from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m., Tuesday; free. Call 861-1160. GAM-ANON MEETING University of Arizona Medical Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 694-0111. A 12-step support group for families and friends of compulsive gamblers meets in dining room No. 2500D at 7 p.m., every Monday; free. Call 570-7879 for more information. INDOOR SWAP MEET Tu-Swap Indoor Swap Meet. 1301 E. Apache Park Place. 222-7927. An indoor swap meet is open daily for vendors, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday to the public; free. ITALIAN CONVERSATION Beyond Bread. 3026 N. Campbell Ave. 322-9965. All skill levels practice from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., every Tuesday; free. Call 624-9145 for more information. JIGSAW PUZZLE EXCHANGE Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Exchange your jigsaw puzzle for a different one at the Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange display. Parking is free on Saturday, Sunday, evenings or for less than an hour. 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. MAHJONG Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. Play Mahjong from 1 to 3:30 p.m., each Saturday; free. Call for more information.
MARXIST DISCUSSION GROUP Revolutionary Grounds. 606 N. Fourth Ave. 620-1770. A discussion of selected readings takes place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the first and third Sunday of every month; free. Call 235-0694 for more information. 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. PIMA COUNCIL ON AGING INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE A volunteer for the Pima Council on Aging provides information and answers questions about support available to seniors for caregiving, meals, housing, legal services and transportation; free: from 10 a.m. to noon, the second Tuesday of every month, at Sahuarita Branch Library, 725 W. Via Rancho Sahuarita; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the second Tuesday of every month, at Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; from 10 a.m. to noon, the second and fourth Wednesday, at Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road; from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the second and last Wednesday, at Quincie Douglas Senior Center, 1575 E. 36th St.; and from 10 a.m. to noon, the third and fourth Wednesday, at Freedom Park Recreation Center, 5000 E. 29th St. For more information, visit pcoa.org. PUERTAS ABIERTAS Studio One. 197 E. Toole Ave. 304-7803. Wingspanâ€™s Latin social group hosts bilingual Spanish-English meetings, workshops and social events at 7 p.m., the first Sunday of every month; free. Conversation is safe and friendly. Visit wingspan.org/programs, or call 624-1779, ext. 131, for more information. RECYCLING CENTERS Neighborhood drop-off centers are located at Himmel Park, Joaquin Murrieta Park, Mansfield Park, Morris K. Udall Park, Miller-Golf Links Library, Golf Links Sports Park, Kennedy Park, Booth-Fickett Magnet School, Jacobs Park, Tucson Convention Center, Ward 5 Council Office, Patrick K. Hardesty Midtown Multi-Service Center, Himmel Park and the Los Reales Landfill. Visit tucsonrecycles.org, or call 791-5000 for more info. THE ROADRUNNERS TOASTMASTERS Atria Bell Court Garden. 6653 E. Carondelet Drive. 8863600. The Roadrunners Toastmasters meet weekly from
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6:30 to 8 a.m., Wednesday, to mutually support public speaking and leadership skills. Call 261-4560, or visit roadrunnerstoastmasters.com for more information. SCRABBLE CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. Play Scrabble from 1 to 5 p.m., each Monday; free. Call for more information. SINGLES 50+ LUNCH GROUP Thunder Canyon Brewery. 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. 7972652. A group meets for conversation and no-host lunch at noon, Sunday. Call 797-9873 for more information. SOCRATES SATURDAY FORUM Ward 6 City Council Office. 3202 E. First St. 7914601. All are welcome to join a philosophical discussion at 9 a.m., the first and third Saturday of every month; free. Email email@example.com for more info. SUNDAY FEAST AND FESTIVAL Govindaâ€™s Natural Foods Buffet and Boutique. 711 E. Blacklidge Drive. 792-0630. A ceremony consisting of music, chanting and dancing takes place at 6:30 p.m.; free. An eight-course vegetarian feast is served at 7 p.m.; $3. Call or visit govindasoftucson.com. TOASTMASTERS OF UNITY Risky Business. 6866 E. Sunrise Drive. 577-0021. Participants learn the art of public speaking, listening, thinking and leadership in a relaxed, informal and supportive atmosphere, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., every Saturday; free. Call 861-7039, or visit toastmastersofunity.com for more information. TUCSON SINGLETARIANS A social club for singles age 50 and older meets for a variety of weekly activities, a hosted monthly social hour, and happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday. Call 326-9174, or visit tucsonsingletarians. tripod.com for more information. TUCSON SOCIAL SINGLES Singles meet from 5 to 7 p.m., every Friday, at a different location; free. Call 219-4332, or visit tucsonsocialsingles.org for locations and more info. URBAN YARNS Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Knitters and crocheters gather informally from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., each Friday, to work on their own projects, review the libraryâ€™s fiber-themed books and find inspiration for new projects; free. No instruction is provided. Call 791-4010 for more information. XEROCRAFT: A PLACE TO CREATE Xerocraft. 1301 S. Sixth Ave. 906-0352. Tools and space for creative individuals to materialize their visions are available from 7 to 10 p.m., every Thursday; and from noon to 4 p.m., every Saturday; free. Visit xerocraft.org for more information. YARNIVORES: A CROCHET AND KNITTING MEET-UP GROUP Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library. 530 N. Wilmot Road. 594-5420. A brown-bag dinner and socializing devoted
BUSINESS & FINANCE EVENTS THIS WEEK MONDAY MIXER Redline Sports Grill. 445 W. Wetmore Road. 888-8084. Conversation and connections take place from 5 to 7 p.m., the first Monday of every month; free. Call 9099375 for more information. REAL ESTATE INFORMATION NETWORK Village Inn. 6251 N. Oracle Road. 297-2180. Discussions about wealth formation take place over breakfast, from 7 to 8 a.m., the first Friday of every month; free program, no-host breakfast. Call 909-9375.
LOFT CINEMA SPECIAL EVENTS Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. A performance by the Bolshoi Ballet of a new production of The Pharoahâ€™s Daughter is screened in high definition at noon, Sunday, Jan. 6; $15, $10 member. Flamenco Hoy, a showcase of flamenco with dance, music and singing, will be shown in 3-D at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9. $15, $10 member. The Simpsons and Other Jewish Families: An Evening With Mike Reiss takes place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10. Reiss has written or produced more than 300 episodes of The Simpsons. Mature content; not for young children. $10. OUT IN THE DESERT FILM FESTIVAL Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. A launch party and fundraiser takes place at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4. An artistsâ€™ reception takes place at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11. The festival runs from Wednesday through Sunday, Jan 23 through 27; $125 festival pass, $TBA individual screenings. Visit outinthedesertff.org.
OUT OF TOWN HIDDEN JOB MARKET PROGRAM PLAN Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. John Shattuck of Tucson Job Seekers presents a workshop about how to identify and use the hidden job market, from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7; free. Call to register. SCORE BUSINESS COUNSELING Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. Experienced executives give individualized advice about starting or building a business, from 9 a.m. to noon, every Monday and Saturday. Free; by appointment.
ANNOUNCEMENTS 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 ywcatucson.org to register and for more info.
FILM EVENTS THIS WEEK FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Max Cannon hosts a contest among filmmakers to win prizes or be gonged at the discretion of the audience, starting at 9 p.m., the first Friday of every month; $6, $5 Loft member. The maximum film length is 15 minutes;
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UPCOMING SOUL FOOD JUNKIES Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. Soul Food Junkies explores how the consumption of soul food affects the health of African Americans, from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10; free.
GARDENING EVENTS THIS WEEK BUTTERFLY MAGIC Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Walk through a greenhouse full of beautiful and rare butterflies from 11 countries, through Tuesday, April 30. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily; $13, $7.50 ages 4 through 12, $12 students, seniors or military, includes admission to the gardens. GARDEN DESIGN COMPETITION Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Landscape designers and architects must apply by Friday, Jan. 4, to participate in a 3-day competition to transform an empty 15- by 20-foot lot into Tucsonâ€™s Best Pocket Garden. To apply and for more information, visit tucsonbotanical.org. Judging and awards take place on Sunday, March 24, at a luncheon featuring Mary Irish as keynote speaker. Gardens remain on display through Thursday, May 30. ORGANIC GARDENERS COMPOSTING EXHIBIT Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Tucson Organic Gardeners members answer questions in the composting-demonstration area from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the first and third Saturday of every month, through May 18; $13, $4 ages 4 through 12, free for younger children, $12 students, seniors and military personnel. Call or visit tucsonbotanical.org. PLANT CLINIC WITH PAUL BESSEY AND ASSOCIATES Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Retired UA Plant Sciences professor Paul Bessey answers questions about plant pests, disease and nutrient deficiencies, from 10 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday, through June 26; $13, $7.50 ages 4 through 12, $12 students, seniors or military personnel, free for younger children, includes admission to the gardens.
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.
HEALTH EVENTS THIS WEEK ADULT LOSS OF HEARING ASSOCIATION (ALOHA) Santa Catalina Roman Catholic Church. 14380 N. Oracle Road. 825-9611. ALOHA meets from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., the first Thursday of every month through May 2; free. Call 795-9887 for more info. HEART HEALTH LECTURE Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library. 530 N. Wilmot Road. 594-5420. â€œSo, Youâ€™re 40 (or Older) and Feel Fine: Itâ€™s Time to be Serious About Heart Attacksâ€? will be presented on Wednesday, Jan. 9, by Gordon A. Ewy, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Arizona Sarver Heart Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A chest-compression-only video and hands-on training take place at 5:40 p.m. The lecture begins at 6:10 p.m. Free. Reservations requested: Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 6264146. Visit heart.arizona.edu for more info. MENTAL ILLNESS OVERVIEW St. Philipâ€™s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. St. Philipâ€™s Mental Illness Ministry, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Interfaith Community Services will present â€œJanuary 8 Reflections: Moving Forward Toward Understanding and Compassionâ€? at 10:15 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 6, in the East Gallery. An overview of four serious mental illnesses will be discussed, along with signs of symptomatic behaviors and resources for help. NAWBO HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. 445 S. Alvernon Way. 881-4200. An expo including breakout sessions and a luncheon presentation, â€œIntegrative and Traditional Medicine,â€? by Karen Mercereau, RN, takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8; $25. Reservations are requested. Visit nawbotucsion.org, or call 326-2926 for reservations and more information. NON-SURGICAL WEIGHT MANAGEMENT Mimi Klaiman presents weight-management methods at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat. Ave.; and Saturday, Jan. 19, at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.; free. Call 323-7291 for more information. â€˜TIS THE SEASON TO BE POISONED Arizona Health Sciences Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 626-7301. An exhibit of holiday hazards and related safety tips arranged around a parody of â€œA Visit From St. Nicholasâ€? continues through Thursday, Jan. 10, in the library near the Java City coffee bar; free. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Call 626-6165, or email email@example.com for more information. TMC SENIOR SERVICES Classes and events are free, but advance registration is required; call 324-4345 to register. Thursday, Jan. 3, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: â€œAlzheimerâ€™s Education: Hiring
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BEYOND: LIGHTS OF KINDNESS Valley of the Moon. 2544 E. Allen Road. 323-1331. Historic tours, storytelling and crafts take place with fairy lights lining the paths, grottos, gardens and magic statues, from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5; freewill donation or a gently used book for Make Way for Books, an organization that promotes early literacy. BOOKWORM CLUB Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Families enjoy storytime and a related hands-on activity in the Childrenâ€™s Discovery Garden, from 10 to 11 a.m., the first Saturday of every month; $13, $7.50 ages 4 through 12, $12 students, seniors or military personnel, free for younger children, includes admission to the gardens. Visit tucsonbotanical.org for more information. TSO JUST FOR KIDS Tucson Symphony Center. 2175 N. Sixth Ave. 8828585. The TSO Percussion Ensemble presents two performances of Peter and the Wolf, at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5; $3. Children are encouraged to dress as a favorite animal or to bring a stuffed-animal toy. Visit tucsonsymphony.org for more information.
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BACKYARD BUGS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. David Jester answers questions about bugs, and discusses the important roles they play in the garden and in the larger ecosystem, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the first Sunday of every month; $13, $7.50 ages 4 through 12, $12 students, seniors or military personnel, free for younger children, includes admission to the gardens.
TSO JUST FOR KIDS Oro Valley Town Hall Council Chambers. 11000 N. La CaĂąada Drive. The TSO Brass Quintet presents Musical World Tour!, at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5; free. Children are encouraged to dress in an ethnic costume of their choice. Visit tucsonsymphony.org for more information. TUCSON CREATIVE DANCE CENTER Tucson Creative Dance Center. 3131 N. Cherry Ave. Mettler-based dance teacher Margo Taylor leads improvisational dancing for all ages, from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 5; free. Call 360-4442 for more info. TUCSON RIVER OF WORDS YOUTH POETRY AND ART TRAVELING EXHIBIT Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library. 7800 N. Schisler Drive. 594-5200. An exhibit of childrenâ€™s poetry and art expressing their understanding of watersheds continues through Thursday, Jan. 31; free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 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. Call 615-7855, or e-mail eeducation@ pima.gov for more information.
OUTDOORS EVENTS THIS WEEK AUDUBON KEYSTONE PEAK TRAIL BIRD WALK Darlene Smyth leads an exploration of mixed habitat in a seldom-birded area, at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5; free. Expect steep climbs and no rest facilities. Reservations are required. Call 629-0510, ext. 7011, for reservations and more information. AUDUBON PENA BLANCA LAKE BIRD WALK Join Sally Johnsen for a walk around Pena Blanca Lake to see a wide selection of migrating birds, at 7 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8; free. Meet at Interstate 19 Exit No. 63, West. Call 399-4050 for information, Jan. 1. PLANT WALK Agua Caliente Regional Park. 12325 E. Roger Road. 877-6000. Learn about the historic plantings at Agua Caliente Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9. Free; all ages. Call 615-7855 for more info.
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OUT OF TOWN BEYOND: DAY OF DISCOVERY Colossal Cave Mountain Park. 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail. Vail. 647-7275. A â€œDay of Discoveryâ€? takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5. The free event includes nature journaling, nature tables, information tables and the following events: At 7:30 a.m., a multi-sport event with a 5k run, 13-mile bike ride and 2-mile run. Register at taggrun.com. At 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: free guided hikes on the Arizona Trail. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.: an easy-to-moderate guided archaeology trail walk. Visit colossalcave.com for info.
UPCOMING IRONWOODS AND MORE SEIU Meeting Room. 1600 N. Tucson Blvd., No. 100. 884-8100. Learn about Ironwood Forest National Monument and how to protect it from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10. The free lecture is presented by Lahsha Brown and Bill Thornton of the Friends of Ironwood Forest. Call 326-7883 for more info.
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SPORTS EVENTS THIS WEEK ARIZONA WILDCAT HOCKEY TCC Arena. 260 S. Church Ave. Thursday, Jan. 3, at 7:30 p.m.: Williston State. Friday, Jan. 4, and Saturday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m.: Minot State. Tickets are $5 to $17. Visit arizonawildcathockey.org for tickets. BEYOND: FREE SOCIAL RUN Saguaro National Park West. 2700 N. Kinney Road. 733-5158. Participants run or walk a 5-mile loop at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5; free. Advance registration is required. Visit azroadrunners.org to register.
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John Cage and Chance BY SHERILYN FORRESTER, email@example.com elcome back Chamber Music PLUS. We’ve missed you. The creative venture of cellist Harry Clark and his pianist wife, Sandra Schuldmann, has been on hiatus for more than a year. “We just really needed to recharge our batteries,” Clark explains. “Sandra and I have been doing this for over 30 years, and for part of that time we were performing our season in two locations, Tucson and Connecticut.” The concept for Chamber Music PLUS was born in Connecticut, where both Clark and Schuldmann taught for many years. For each themed production, Clark writes a script, performed by a single actor or small cast, that weaves together the spoken word with featured musical pieces. The effect is not just musical, but theatrical as well. This weekend they will premiere Cage @ The Cabaret, which honors composer and artist John Cage. “The show is a commemoration and celebration of this fascinating and influential American composer. Whether you like his work or not, he was such a great thinker, always asking questions about music. He was a provocateur, a maverick, perhaps, but as an artist he was constantly morphing, from creating visual art to involvement with dance, particularly associated with Merce Cunningham, his partner of 40 years. “He had so many interests. At one time he was one of the foremost authorities in the world on mushrooms. He studied Zen Buddhism and the I Ching, and they both play important roles in his compositions. He was constantly reinventing himself throughout his life.” For that reason, Clark said it was difficult to choose what part of Cage’s life to focus on. He credits Laura Kuhn, director of the John Cage Trust, with helping to define some parameters for his script. “I had a couple of meetings with her, and lots of emails. We agreed that a seminal moment for him was about the time he composed 4’33” at age 40. So the script focuses on the earlier part of his life and the influences which led him to this moment.” This piece, 4’33” premiered in 1952. It can be presented with a single performer or a group coming on stage and remaining for four minutes and 33 seconds without playing anything. Although it seemed like the piece consisted of nothing but silence, Cage, who died in 1992, intended his audience to become aware of the ambient sounds of the hall. Music, he stated in a later lecture, “was an affirmation of life, not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply waking up to the very life we are living.” “So I’ve focused on how he got to that place,”
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said Clark, who also credits Seattle writer/ director Marcus Goodwin with helping to shape this new piece. “Harry’s done the heavy lifting,” Goodwin says. “I was able to make some suggestions.” Clark acknowledges that this show will be a bit unusual compared to the company’s past shows, including being presented in the intimate Cabaret Theatre at the Temple of Music and Art. In keeping with Cage’s sensibilities, “in the spirit of his questioning, the way he wrote, talked and spoke,” Clark says he has crafted a “modular” script consisting of nonchronological vignettes that highlight various aspects of Cage and his work. “Ideally, these modules could be rearranged for different performances. Cage hated repetition, and he created his work with what he called ‘chance operations,’ literally using the I Ching or a roll of the dice. We won’t do that here, but that’s the idea behind my approach.” Neither Clark nor Schuldmann will be performing in this piece. Two University of Arizona doctoral students, pianist Ian Houghton and percussionist Kyle MaxwellDoherty, will provide the music, which will include works of some of Cage’s influences, like Arnold Schoenberg, with whom he studied, and Edvard Grieg, who, Clark says, was a favorite of Cage’s in his younger days. Portraying Cage is Los Angeles actor Bob Clendenin, who has worked with Chamber Music PLUS in two previous shows and professes great respect for both Clark and Schuldmann. “Both are extremely talented. I like the way Harry writes, and he’s just a very gentle soul.” For Clendenin, whose résumé includes extensive credits in television and film, working with Chamber Music PLUS gives him a chance to “do stuff I would never get to do otherwise. It gets me outside my comfort zone, and I feel this is a safe place to do that.” Clendenin confesses he didn’t know much about Cage when he was approached to play the character. His research has revealed that “Cage is complicated, an enigma. It’s hard getting a handle on him.” Clendenin watched a YouTube video of Cage appearing on the I’ve Got a Secret TV show in 1960. “He performed this piece using utensils, household items, a squishy duck, a kazoo. He played it absolutely straight. The panel and the audience didn’t know how to read him. He had an Andy Kaufman-like quality. You ask, is there a joke? Is he in on the joke? Is there even a joke at all?” Complementing Clendenin’s Cage, Tucson actress Martie van der Voort will take on about 20 different characters, male and female. “The
Bob Clendenin plays composer and artist John Cage in Cage @ The Cabaret. characters she plays ask questions, help set up Cage @ The Cabaret Presented by Chamber Music PLUS scenes. It makes it more theatrical,” Clark says. Director Goodwin described in an email 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4 and 5; 1 and 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6 how he will approach his work. “There will be (The 1 p.m. performance was a feeling of the show being created ‘in the sold out at press time.) moment’ . . . There will be a sense of randomThe Cabaret Theatre at the ness, and sometimes apparent mistakes are Temple of Music and Art 330 S. Scott Ave. made by the actors and musicians which aren’t mistakes at all. This is all in keeping with $40 Cage’s aesthetic and his belief in chance occurRuns two hours and 15 rences producing art. minutes, with one intermission “I think audiences will find this show intrigu400-5439; chambermusicplus.org ing, thought-provoking, and even amusing.”
Film Festival January 10-20, 2013 Fabulous Faygeleh LGBT Film Series Sunday, January 20!
3800 E. River Rd., Tucson, AZ 85718 "!!!
Visit www.TucsonJewishFilmFestival.org or call 615-5432 for information and tickets. JANUARY 3â€“9, 2013
Tucson International Jewish Film Festival Sponsors FESTIVAL STAR
Marion Cerf Fund for Holocaust Education
Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation
DIRECTOR Anonymous Arizona Commission on the Arts Fay Green & Family via the Shteinshleifer Philanthropic Fund Lexus of Tucson Robin McGeorge, Morgan Stanley Susan and Larry Moss Chris Sanger
BENEFACTOR Barbara and Bill Addison, Jr., Evergreen Mortuary Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona, LLC Joan and Bill Davidson Madeline Friedman Barbara and Gerald Goldberg LGBT-Straight Alliance Fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona Robert Nichol Jill and Herschel Rosenzweig Steve Sattinger, Merle’s Automotive Bob Wright, Living Interiors Zuckerman Family Foundation
FESTIVAL SUPPORTER Audrey Brooks and Dick Lauwasser Linda and David Caplan Gayle and Pierre Carasso Sara Cohen Deanna Evenchik Fern and Ed Feder Renee Geffen Gail Kushner and Gordon Goodman Bowman Hinckley Gerri and Barry Holt Alan and Cynthia Kaplan Jane and Rabbi Lee Kivel Elaine and Harold Lisberg Emelie and Harold Loewenheim
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FILM FAN The Bag Company Judy and Ken Baker Esther Capin and Jack Marks Carol and Burton Cunin Sylvia Dunkleman Rosie Eilat-Kahn & Paul Kahn Gloria and Ben Golden Lydia and Evan Hersh Marcelle and Leonard Joffe Raskob Kambourian Financial Advisors Joan Kleinerman Bertie Lefkowitz and Tom Herz Edith Michelson and Sumner Milender Victoria Newman Noral Southwest Jewelers Micah Salafsky Meg and Ron Sivitz Ruth and Art Solomon Karen and Alex Vo, Nail Trix Joan Wallick Wild Orchids Salon
PATRON Candace Alper Amado and Associates, CPAs Jaye and Dale Arouty Teddi Barlin* Robin and Art Cohen Ruth and Steve Dickstein Brina Grusin Roslyn & Arthur Kroft Nancy Lefkowitz
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Bob Polinsky Memorial Media Arts Fund Helen and Tony Bernard Joyce and Alan Berner Colleen Brosnan Beth and Chuck Brummer James Burdick and Don Boswell Lynn and John Cooper Susan Corey John Craig Leanna Crosby Lynn Davis and Chance Agrella Lillian and Norman Essex John Ewoldt Raymond Falkenberg Caryn and John Foss Julie Gal-Or Jonathan Giddings Diane and Douglas Gnepp Joan and Robert Grant Carolyn and Richard Grisham Marion Gendell Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Peggy Johnson, The Loft Cinema Linda and Steve Jones Tana Jones Fran and Jeff Katz Janice and Al Kivel Mae Krueger and Gerry Oldenski Susan and John Ladd Wayne Lawson and Bill Mitchell Emelie and Harold Loewenheim Pearl and Daniel Magence Michael Mallonee Lori Maurer
Thomas Melendez and Brian Bateman Anne and Jerry Moore David Morden Mark Mussari and Peter Dillard Victoria Newman Bob Nichol Angela and Steven Perryman Suzan and Stephen Plath James Quinn Irene and Bernard Raden Janice and Richard Randall Lucy and Peter Read Judith Reisman and Jane Levin Phyllis and Maier Sadwin Chris Sanger Lea and Dror Sarid Saiah Schneider Laura Schoenfeld Andy and Stuart Shatken Lovey and Bob Sider Carol and Al Stern Carol and Charles Sumner Lee and Earl Surwit Jane Swicegood Mary Taylor Luanne and Bart Unger Brenda and Bill Viner Carmen and Roger Wiswell Mary Cochran Wolk and Bob Wolk Becky and Al Zehngut
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DANCE EVENTS THIS WEEK MOVEMENT SALON, THE ARCHITECTS ZUZI! Theater. 738 N. Fifth Ave. 629-0237. Local ensemble Movement Salon and visiting artists the Architects offer an improvised live performance of dance, music and spoken word, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5; $10 to $15. Call 882-6092 for reservations and more information.
UPCOMING SOLEDAD BARRIO’S NOCHE FLAMENCA UA Centennial Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 6213364. A troupe of singers, guitarists and percussionists accompany dancers led by Soledad Barrio in a performance of authentic flamenco at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13; $15 to $42. Call 621-3341, or visit uapresents.org for tickets and more information.
ANNOUNCEMENTS 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, $7 member of Tucson Friends of Traditional Music, $6 student. 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. FREE TANGO LESSONS AND DANCE Casa Vicente Restaurante Español. 375 S. Stone Ave. 884-5253. A free class for beginners (no partner necessary) takes place from 7 to 8 p.m., each Wednesday; and tango dancing continues from 8 to 10 p.m.; free. Call 245-6158 for information. 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.
MUSIC EVENTS THIS WEEK BORDER SONGS Southside Presbyterian Church. 317 W. 23rd St. 6236857. Cyril Barret, Chuck Cheesman, Robert Neustadt, Ted Warmbrand, Glenn Weyant, m. henry and others will perform selections from Border Songs, a compilation album to benefit No More Deaths, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5. $5 donation or the purchase of a CD for $20. All proceeds go to No More Deaths. CHAMBER MUSIC PLUS Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4875. Cage @ the Cabaret, a multimedia production featuring actor Bob Clendenin celebrates the hundredth anniversary of avant garde composer John Cage, at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4 and 5; and 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6; $40. Call 400-5439 for reservations 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. Pianist Bonnie Bird joins soprano Dianne Iauco and bass Arizeder Urreiztieta for International Treasury of Song, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6. The world premiere of a composition by the late Camil Van Hulse, co-founder of the Tucson Symphony, will be performed. Admission is by donation; $15 suggested. TUCSON CHAMBER ARTISTS Bach and Britten, featuring the TCA chorus, orchestra and soloists, is performed at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte; and at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6, at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St.; $25. Call 401-2651, or visit tucsonchamberartists.org for tickets and more information.
OUT OF TOWN COMMUNITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Community Performing Arts Center. 1250 W. Continental Road. Green Valley. 399-1750. Friday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m.: Dale Young and Kip Calahan present You’re Looking at Country, the stories and songs of countrymusic greats; $18, $15 advance. Monday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m.: Arthur and the Blues Redeemers, featuring Boogie Woogie pianist Arthur Migliazza, Tom Walbank, Larry Lee
CALL FOR MUSICAL ACTORS New Moon Tucson. 915 W. Prince Road. 293-7339. “So You Think You Can Mayhem?”, a six-week competition among contestants for a slot in the cast of Musical Mayhem Cabaret, takes place every Wednesday from Jan. 9 through March 27; $5. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or search for “Musical-Mayhem Cabaret” on Facebook for more info.
ETHERTON GALLERY Etherton Gallery. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. An exhibit of works by Joel-Peter Witkin, Alice Leora Briggs and Holly Roberts opens Tuesday, Jan. 8, and continues through Saturday, April 6. A reception takes place from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan 12. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and by appointment; free. Visit ethertongallery.com for info.
LONELY STREET SERIES DesertView Performing Arts Center. 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. SaddleBrooke. 825-5318. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays; Jan. 9: Dream Lover, a salute to Bobby Darin. Jan. 23: Blues and Soul Explosion, a salute to the Blues Brothers. Feb. 6: Piano Pumpin’ Rock n’ Roll Revue. Feb. 20: Doo Wop Divas. March 6: Last Stop, Bakersfield. March 27: The Best of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. $30, $25 advance. Visit tickets/ sadlebrooketwo.com for tickets and more information.
LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. The Chosen opens with a 7:30 p.m. preview Thursday, Jan. 3, and continues through Saturday, Feb. 9. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $18, $16 senior, military or student. Call or visit livetheatreworkshop.org for tickets.
THE JUNXION BAR The JunXion Bar. 63 E Congress, No. 109. 358-3761. The Dillinger Days: from Gangs of New York to Gotti, featuring images of real-life and movie mobsters, opens Tuesday, Jan. 8, and continues through Thursday, Jan. 31. Hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Friday; and noon to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free.
RENOIR BLUE Antigone Books. 411 N. Fourth Ave. 792-3715. A theatrical reading of Renoir Blue by Joni Morris takes place from 7 to 7:45 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4. The reading is directed by Esther Almazan. Free.
SCULPTORS’ MONTHLY MONDAY MEETUP Metal Arts Village. 3230 N. Dodge Blvd. 326-5657. Sculptors meet to welcome new colleagues, share ideas and discuss new techniques, at 10 a.m., the first Monday of every month. Call 795-9792 for information.
COMMUNITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Community Performing Arts Center. 1250 W. Continental Road. Green Valley. 399-1750. Friday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.: The Voice of an Angel Trio performs traditional Latin-American, Italian Baroque and French music; $25, $20 advance. Saturday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m.: the Arizona Opera partners with the center to present a program of popular selections from opera, Broadway and musical theater; $35. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m.: Cowboy singer Dave Stamey performs; $18, $15 advance. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.: The Retro Rockets perform music of the 60s and 70s; $18, $15 advance. Visit performingartscenter.org for tickets and more information.
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE The Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 8869428. Scrooge: A Gaslight Musical closes Sunday, Jan. 6; $17.95, $7.95 child age 12 and younger, $15.95 student, military and senior. Dates and times vary. Visit thegaslighttheatre.com for showtimes and reservations.
Lerma and Doug Davis; $25, $20 advance. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m., Big Band Sounds performs a variety of standards; $18, $15 advance. Visit performingartscenter.org for tickets and more information. DESERTVIEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER DesertView Performing Arts Center. 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. SaddleBrooke. 825-5318. Saturday, Jan. 5, at 4 and 7:30 p.m.: Arizona Wildcat Jass Band; $24, $22 advance. Visit tickets.saddlebrooketwo.com for tickets and more information.
LAVA MUSIC Abounding Grace Church. 2450 S. Kolb Road. 7473745. Performances are from 7 to 9 p.m., selected Saturdays; Jan. 12: Minnesota’s Monroe Crossing, bluegrass. Jan. 19: Arvel Bird, Native American and Celtic fiddle player. $15 to $20. Visit lavamusic.org for tickets and more information. TSO MASTERWORKS Violinist Danielle Belen and guest conductor Michael Hall are featured in Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons followed by Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons des Buenos Aires at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, at Green Valley Social Center, 1111 S. Via Arcoiris. Call 882-8585 for ticket prices. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo del Norte; $49 via saaca.org; and at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13, at Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive; $41 to $51 via tucsonsymphony.org. TUCSON GUITAR SOCIETY UA Museum of Art. 1031 N. Olive Road. 621-7567. A UA School of Music Guitar Area recital takes place at 11 a.m., every Friday while school is in session; free. Visit guitar.arizona.edu for more information. UA MUSIC Holsclaw Hall. UA School of Music, 1017 N. Olive Road. 621-1162. Scott Pool plays bassoon with guest and faculty artists Paula Fan, piano, and William Dietz, bassoon, at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14; $5. Call or visit tickets.arizona.edu for tickets and more information. UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY CHORUS UA School of Music. 1017 N. Olive Road. 621-1655. The University Community Chorus seeks new singers for the spring season. Rehearsals take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m., every Tuesday, starting Jan. 15; $75 registration fee includes music. New singers are asked to arrive at 6:15 p.m. Call 626-8936, or visit cfa.arizona.edu/ucc/ for more information.
THEATER OPENING THIS WEEK BEOWULF ALLEY THEATRE COMPANY Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. Three Hotels by Jon Robin Baitz previews at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 20. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m., Sunday; $8 to $20. Word Clouds, an inspirational play in remembrance of the January 8, 2011 shootings, is staged at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7; $10 at the door. A portion of proceeds benefit Demand a Plan, a non-partisan organization seeking to find solutions to gun violence. Call or email theatre@ beowulfalley.org for reservations.
UPCOMING INVISIBLE THEATRE Berger Performing Arts Center. 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. 770-3762. Celebration!, starring Broadway songand-dance star Valarie Pettiford, is staged at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12; and 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13; $42. Visit invisibletheatre.com for tickets and more info. RED BARN THEATRE Red Barn Theatre. 948 N. Main Ave. 622-6973. Jeanmarie Simpson stars in a production of Steel Magnolias that opens Friday, Jan. 11, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 27. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday; $10 to $20. Call 887-6239 for tickets and more information. THE ROGUE THEATRE COMPANY The Rogue Theatre. 300 E. University Blvd. 551-2053. Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children opens at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 27. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. the last Saturday of the run; and 2 p.m., Sunday. Tickets are $20 to $30. Visit theroguetheatre.org for tickets and more information.
ANNOUNCEMENTS NOT BURNT OUT JUST UNSCREWED A comedy troupe performs family-friendly improv for freewill donations at 7:30 p.m., the first Friday of every month, at Revolutionary Grounds Coffee House, 616 N. Fourth Ave.; and the third Friday of every month, at Rock N Java, 7555 W. Twin Peaks Road, Marana. Call 861-2986, or visit unscrewedcomedy.com.
ART OPENING THIS WEEK AQUA CALIENTE PARK RANCH HOUSE GALLERY. Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery. 12325 E. Roger Road. 749-3718. An Arizona Ramble, pastel landscape paintings and ceramic animal sculptures by Elizabeth Manfredi and Lewis Schnellmann, opens on Thursday, Jan. 3, and continues through Thursday, Jan. 31. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Call 615-7855 for more info. CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA St. Francis in the Foothills. 4625 E. River Road. 2999063. A group of 130 artists who work in mixed media meet for a program from 9:30 to noon, the first Friday of every month; free. Jan. 4: Josh Goldberg, abstract painter, philosopher and teacher, discusses the Painter’s Path; a workshop follows. Email email@example.com. DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Davis Dominguez Gallery. 154 E. Sixth St. 629-9759. An exhibit of abstract paintings by David Pennington and Amy Metier, and abstract metal sculpture by Steve Murphy, opens Thursday, Jan. 3, and continues through Saturday, Feb. 9. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; free. Call or visit davisdominguez.com for more information.
UNDERGROUND ART GALLERY BICAS. 44 W. Sixth St. 628-7950. A nonprofit gallery showcases hand-crafted art, jewelry and functional objects that reference bicycles or cycling culture, or created from re-purposed bicycle parts, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; free.
CONTINUING ARTHRITIS ASSOCIATES Arthritis Associates. 2101 N. Country Club Road, No. 3. 792-1265. An exhibit of oil paintings of horses and donkeys at work in the 19th century continues through Thursday, Feb. 7. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday; free. ARTSEYE GALLERY ArtsEye Gallery. 3550 E. Grant Road. 325-0260. Landings, an exhibit of work by Stephen Strom and Stu Jenks, continues through Thursday, Feb. 14. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; free. Visit artseye.com for info. ATLAS FINE ART SERVICES Atlas Fine Art Services. 41 S. Sixth Ave. 622-2139. A group exhibition of works created on a small scale, smallWORKS, continues through Saturday, Jan. 19. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment Monday and Tuesday; free. CONRAD WILDE GALLERY Conrad Wilde Gallery. 439 N. Sixth Ave., Suite 195. 622-8997. Running Amok, an exhibit featuring the work of five women artists pushing the boundaries of process and materials in a range of media, continues through Saturday, Jan. 26; free. An artists’ reception takes place from from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. DESERT ARTISANS’ GALLERY Desert Artisans’ Gallery. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-4412. The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Art Gala continues through Sunday, Feb. 3. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday. Visit desertartisansgallery.com for info. DRAGONFLY GALLERY Amity Foundation’s Dragonfly Gallery. 146 E. Broadway Blvd. 628-3164. The Divine Feminine: A Three-Woman Exhibition continues through Thursday, Jan. 10. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday; free. KRIKAWA JEWELRY DESIGNS Krikawa Jewelry Designs. 4280 N. Campbell Ave., No. 107. 322-6090. A juried exhibition of one-of-a-kind jewelry by Tucson jewelry artists continues through Thursday, Jan. 31. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; free. LIONEL ROMBACH GALLERY Lionel Rombach Gallery. 1031 N. Olive Road. 6264215. Advance, a showcase of work from the Fall 2012 advanced photography class taught by Joe Labate, continues through Wednesday, Jan. 16. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. MONTEREY COURT STUDIO GALLERIES Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café. 505 W. Miracle Mile. 207-2429. Watercolor Images of an Impermanent World, an exhibit of work by Julia Graf, continues through Monday, Jan. 14; free. Visit montereycourtaz.com for more information. MURPHEY GALLERY Murphey Gallery. St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. The Tucson
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Pastel Society Holiday Charity Show continues through Thursday, Jan. 10. Sales proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Southern Arizona. Hours are 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY AND STUDIO Philabaum Glass Gallery and Studio. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. The Ins and Outs, featuring work by Wes Hunting and Bob and Laurie Kliss, continues through Saturday, Jan. 26. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. Call or visit philabaumglass.com for more information. PORTER HALL GALLERY Porter Hall Gallery. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Sonoran Inspired!, an exhibit of fiber art by Nancy Polster, continues through Monday, Jan. 14. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily; $13, $4 age 4 through 12, free younger child, $12 student, senior and military personnel, includes admission to the park. Visit tucsonbotanical.org for info. SHERATON HOTEL AND SUITES Sheraton Hotel and Suites. 5151 E. Grant Road. 3236262. Fall/Winter Fine Art Exhibit, featuring works by members of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild, continues through Sunday, April 7. The exhibit is open 24 hours, daily, on the first and second floors; free. SOUTHERN ARIZONA ARTS GUILD Miguel’s. 5900 N. Oracle Road. 887-3777. Monthly meetings at 8:30 a.m., the first Saturday of every month, feature a buffet breakfast, guest speakers, networking, socializing, promotion opportunities and critiques by qualified experts; $13, $10 member. Visit southernazartsguild.org, or call 574-6966 for info. TOHONO CHUL PARK Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Adam Block of the UA’s Mount Lemmon SkyCenter, presents interstellar images and demonstrates his astrophotography process in conjunction with the exhibit Art of the Cosmos, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17; $8, $4 for members. Horse Country: Horses in the Southwest, depicting the role of horses in Southwestern history, and an exhibit of work by Tucsonan Wil Taylor run through Sunday, Jan. 20. The Mayan Calendar runs through Saturday, Feb. 9. The Art of the Cosmos, an exhibit of astrophotography and other artworks inspired by the stars, runs through Sunday, March 24. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; $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 tohonochulpark.org for info. TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Tucson International Airport. 7250 S. Tucson Blvd. 573-8100. An exhibit of works by Cima Bozorgmehr, Betina Fink, Katya Micklewight, Barbara Strelke and Dee Transue continues through Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Lower Link Gallery; free. The gallery is open 24 hours every day. TUCSON PIMA ARTS COUNCIL Pioneer Building. 100 N. Stone Ave. 207-5182. Navigations, an exhibition of work that engages the eye in visual exploration, continues through Thursday, Jan. 10. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Call 624-0595, ext. 10, for more info. ZOË BOUTIQUE Zoë Boutique. 735 N. Fourth Ave. 740-1201. Art and ornaments by a dozen Tucson artists are featured for sale through Thursday, Jan. 31. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday; free admission.
LAST CHANCE ETHERTON GALLERY Etherton Gallery. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. An exhibit of photographs by John Loengard, Ralph Gibson and Harry Callahan closes Saturday, Jan. 5. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and by appointment; free. Visit ethertongallery.com for info. JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY Joseph Gross Gallery. 1031 N. Olive Road, No. 108. 626-4215. Cheryl Molnar’s Subdivision #3, an installation exploring the paradox of suburban living, closes Wednesday, Jan. 9. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Visit cfa.arizona.edu/galleries for more information. MARK SUBLETTE MEDICINE MAN GALLERY Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery. 6872 E. Sunrise Drive. 722-7798. An exhibit of Navajo blankets closes Friday, Jan. 4. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday; free. Visit medicinemangallery.com for more information.
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OBSIDIAN GALLERY Obsidian Gallery. 410 N. Toole Ave., No. 120. 5773598. Home for the Holidays, an exhibit of works by Rowena Brown, Lynn Cornelius and Robert Winokur, closes Saturday, Jan. 5. Hours are 11 a.m to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. Call or visit obsidian-gallery.com for more information. RITA WATTERS ART GALLERY AND CRAFTERS GIFT SHOP Rita Watters Art Gallery and Crafters Gift Shop. 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road, No. 27. 777-7034. A collection of works suitable for gift-giving closes Thursday, Jan. 3. Hours are 1 to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; free. TEMPLE GALLERY Temple Gallery. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 624-7370. An exhibit of illustrations by Valerie Galloway closes Wednesday, Jan. 9. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Call 622-2823, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH Unitarian Universalist Church. 4831 E. 22nd St. 7481551. Paintings of Frances Dorr closes Sunday, Jan. 6. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday through Friday; and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday; free.
OUT OF TOWN ARK PASSENGERS AND SOME WHO MISSED THE BOAT Green Valley Village. 101 S. La Cañada Drive. Green Valley. 625-6551. An exhibit of works by local coloredpencil artists is on display through Wednesday, Jan. 30. An artist reception takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Suite 13; free. Viewing hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., daily. DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. Adults older than 50 learn the basics of drawing by observation in a six week class, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., every Wednesday, from Jan. 9 through Feb. 20, except Jan. 23; free, including supplies. Advance registration is required.
ANNOUNCEMENTS BICAS COMMUNITY ART STUDIO BICAS. 44 W. Sixth St. 628-7950. Community members are invited to use the work space, donated art supplies, tools, sewing machines and recycled bike parts for personal projects, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; free. CALL FOR ARTISTS Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop. 218 E. Sixth St. 881-5335. Artists are sought to be included in the juried exhibit ¡No Pasó!, celebrating that the world didn’t end in 2013. Email .jpg images of up to three pieces to email@example.com; include the title, dimensions and price of each piece. Artists may also bring work to the gallery from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan 5. The exhibit takes place from Saturday, Jan. 12 through Saturday, Feb. 23; free. CALL FOR ARTISTS Tucson Arts Brigade seeks artists to create work on 22-by-30-inch high-quality paper that will be provided. The finished works will be included in a traveling artshow fundraiser, and auctioned sometime in 2013. Artists receive promotion, plus 30 percent of the auction amount for their work. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 1. Phone 520-623-2119, email curator@ tucsonartsbrigade.org, or visit tucsonartsbrigade.com for more guidelines and info. CALL FOR ARTISTS WomanKraft. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976. Submissions are sought for several upcoming exhibits. Deadlines are Saturday, Jan. 26, for Scenes From the Trails We Travel, Saturday, Feb. 2, through Saturday, March 30; Saturday, March 23, for Drawing Down the Muse, works by women, Saturday, April 6, through Saturday, May 25; and Saturday, June 22, for It’s All About the Buildings, Saturday, July 6, through Saturday, Aug. 24. Call for more information.
dimensional pieces, furniture and functional crafts. The deadline for submissions is 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19. Call or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for complete entry information. CALL FOR CLOTHING DESIGNERS The deadline is Monday, Feb. 11, for applications to participate in Tucson Fashion Week in October. Visit tucsonfashionweek.com for an application; email email@example.com for more information. THE FIBER SHOP Bisbee Community Y. 26 Howell St. Bisbee. (520) 432-3542. Works by members of the Bisbee Fiber Arts Guild are displayed for sale every Friday and Saturday through Friday, March 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; free admission. TINY TOOLE GALLERY Tiny Toole Gallery. 19 E. Toole Ave. 319-8477. Sculpture, painting and contemporary bronze works are displayed from 8 p.m. to midnight, the first Saturday of every month; free.
MUSEUMS EVENTS THIS WEEK CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Center for Creative Photography. 1030 N. Olive Road. 621-7968. The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith, 1957 to 1965, a national touring exhibit of more than 200 vintage black and white prints and several hours of rare recordings, continues through Sunday, March 10. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. Photo Friday, the first Friday of every month, gives the public opportunities to review unframed images from the archives based on a theme. Visit centerforcreativephotography.org. DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. 6300 N. Swan Road. 299-9191. DeGrazia’s Unseen Treasures, a selection of paintings from a vault holding thousands of works by Ted DeGrazia, continues through Tuesday, Jan. 15. Portraits of DeGrazia, an exhibit of photographs and paintings of Ted DeGrazia, including works by Louise Serpa and Thomas Hart Benton, runs through Sunday, Jan. 20. 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 degrazia.org for more information. GRAND OPENING: WARDEN AQUARIUM Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. Rivers to the Sea, the grand opening exhibit of the museum’s new aquarium, opens at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, and continues through Thursday, Feb. 28; $14.50, $5 ages 4 to 12, includes admission to the museum. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Visit desertmuseum.org for reservations and more info. INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE MUSEUM International Wildlife Museum. 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. 629-0100. Families visit special exhibits of natural features, like blubber, camouflage and fur, that protect wildlife in winter, from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5; $8, $6 seniors and military, $3 children ages 4 through 12, free for younger children. Visit thewildlifemuseum.org for more information. THE JEWISH HISTORY MUSEUM The Jewish History Museum. 564 S. Stone Ave. 6709073. The Ketubah Exhibit, an exhibit of wedding apparel dating to the 1600s, opens with a reception at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1. The show continues through Thursday, Feb 28. Tickets for the opening are $20. Reservations required; seating is limited. The exhibit includes an 18th-century gold-bullion-thread wedding cap, and the gown worn by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at her wedding to Capt. Mark Kelly. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and noon to 3 p.m., Friday; $5, free member. Visit jewishhistorymuseum.org for reservations.
CALL FOR ARTISTS Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery. 12325 E. Roger Road. 749-3718. Artists are sought to show their work for one of a series of four-week exhibitions planned for the calendar year 2014. Work must reflect nature, wildlife, landscapes, Southwestern themes or local cultures that are in keeping with the park’s setting. Thursday, Jan. 10, is the application deadline. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 749-3718 for details.
MINI-TIME MACHINE MUSEUM OF MINIATURES Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. 881-0606. Holiday decorations throughout the museum ends Sunday, Jan. 6. Decor includes more than a dozen miniatures depicting holiday traditions, through history and around the world. Holiday musical performances and craft projects are also featured. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday; $9, $8 senior or military, $6 age 4 to 17, free younger child. Visit theminitimemachine.org for more information.
CALL FOR ARTISTS Contents Interiors. 3401 E. Fort Lowell Road. 8816900. Artisans who live and work in Tucson are asked to submit works for a juried art show of two- and three-
MOCA MOCA. 265 S. Church Ave. 624-5019. An exhibit of Peter Young’s large-scale abstract paintings from the 1960s to the present continues through Sunday, March
31. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday; $8, free members, children younger than 17, veterans, active military and public-safety officers, and everyone the first Sunday of each month. Call or visit moca-tucson.org for more information. TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. The Shape of Things: Four Decades of Paintings and Sculpture closes Sunday, Jan. 6. Barbara Rogers: The Imperative of Beauty, a 50-year Retrospective runs through Sunday, Jan. 13. Henri Matisse: The Pasiphaé Series and Other Works on Paper runs through Sunday, Jan. 20. The traditional holiday exhibit, El Nacimiento, continues through Saturday, June 1, in the Casa Cordova. Art + the Machine runs through Sunday, July 14. Hours are 10 a.m. 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 seniors, $5 college students with ID, free ages 18 or younger, active military or veterans with ID, and TMA members; free to all the first Sunday of every month. Visit tucsonmuseumofart.org for more information. UA MUSEUM OF ART UA Museum of Art. 1031 N. Olive Road. 621-7567. An exhibit of drawings and prints from the UA Museum of Art’s permanent collection closes Sunday, Jan. 6. In Relief: German Op-Art Ceramics continues through Sunday, Jan. 27. Broken Desert: Greg Lindquist and Chris McGinnis, part of the UA’s Desert Initiative: Desert 1, exploring human impact on nature, runs through Sunday, March 3. 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 members, students, children, faculty and staff with ID. Visit artmuseum.arizona.edu for info.
OUT OF TOWN WESTERN NATIONAL PARKS ASSOCIATION Western National Parks Association. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. Exhibits, demonstrations and sales of traditional Native American arts take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free. Saturday, Jan. 5: turquoise jewelry, including talks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. about how to buy it.
LITERATURE EVENTS THIS WEEK FIRST SATURDAY BOOK CLUB Flowing Wells Branch Library. 1730 W. Wetmore Road. 594-5225. A book club meets for coffee and conversation at 10 a.m., the first Saturday of every month; free. UA POETRY CENTER UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. Selections From the Permanent Collection: Big Books continues through Wednesday, Jan. 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; free. Call or visit poetrycenter.arizona.edu for more information. THE WRITER’S STUDIO INTRO CLASS 3861WellnessFirst. 3861 N. First Ave. 209-1755. The Writers Studio free introductory class will introduce writers to elements of the craft from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5. A writing exercise will be given and work will be shared. Beginner and advanced writers welcome. Call 743-8214 for more info.
OUT OF TOWN LEADING LADIES OF LITERATURE Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. Marion Doane presents a reading series, “Leading Ladies of Literature: Standing Up, Speaking Out, Making Their Voices Heard,” from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the first Thursday of every month; free. A handout is available at the library’s info desk.
ANNOUNCEMENTS BOOKWORMS Bookmans. 1930 E. Grant Road. 325-5767. This book club meets from 7 to 8 p.m., on the second Wednesday of every month; free. CALL TO SHORT-FICTION WRITERS Entries are due Monday, March 11, for the Kore Press 2012 short-fiction contest. Prizes are $1,000 and publication in a chapbook; $15 entry fee. Visit korepress.org for more information, and use the Kore Press submission manager to enter.
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BOOKS Robert L. Dorman examines the identity of the area left of the 100th meridian
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NONFICTION BOOK CLUB: ‘TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION’ Dusenberry River Branch Library. 5605 E. River Road. 594-5345. A book club focusing on nonfiction meets at 1:30 p.m., the first Monday of every month; free.
ON-A-MISSION BOOK CLUB Mission Branch Library. 3770 S. Mission Road. 5945325. Discover new authors and enjoy conversation at 1 p.m., the second Wednesday of every month; free.
Regionalism and the West
Mostly Books best-sellers for the week ending Dec. 28, 2012
BY TIM HULL, email@example.com
1. Flight Behavior: A Novel
Barbara Kingsolver, HarperCollins ($28.99)
EVENTS THIS WEEK
he agrarian urge that has ever bothered the American soul is ascendant once again. Blame it on trends wrought deep down in our humanity driven by the slow realization that climate change is upon us. Or maybe it’s a similarly deep reaction to decades of religious devotion to unseen, all-knowing markets. Whatever the cause, the fact is that many of us, if we are truthful, dream at night of rural acreage. The brave avant garde has been growing its own kale and making its own cheese for several years now. This new agrarianism, with its attendant local gaze, has necessarily brought about a resurgence, whether conscious or not, of regionalism. In his absorbing new book on its history in the West, scholar Robert Dorman defines regionalism as not only the “spatial conceptualization of a region,” but also “self-identification with a region, or the feeling that one is a native, inhabitant, or otherwise has special ties to a particular region.” Such feelings in Westerners (those inhabitants of the “17 coterminous states located on and westward of the 100th meridian”) have waxed and waned over the decades since the postbellum land rushes, but the attachment nearly disappeared in the Cold War era of nationalism and consolidation, according to Dorman. Technology and globalization could have easily killed (and may do so yet) the concept of American regionalism altogether, before the housing bubble burst and the Great Recession reminded everybody that boom and bust were better catchwords for the West than cowboy and cactus. From the 1980s to 2008, the Southwest, especially, became nothing more than a rich man’s dormant view, an empty “postwestern” landscape awaiting the construction of an oversized climate-controlled dream house. Despite these ups and downs, there have always been deep strains of regionalism in the West. At its core, the concept is about meaning, and that’s what everybody wants. But meaning has often been troublesome in the West because so many of its most attractive creation stories are based on legends, lies and half-truths, and so many of its alleged successes can be qualified nearly out of existence. In many ways to be a Western native today is to be the left-over, fading offspring of myopic conquerors. Much of the settlement of the West was driven on one level by a nationalist belief in manifest destiny, but on a more personal level the moving force was often the romantic
Hell of a Vision: Regionalism and the Modern American West
2. Gone Girl Gillian Flynn, Crown ($25)
By Robert L. Dorman University of Arizona Press 272 pages, $50
Jeffersonian concept of agrarian republicanism. This term captures not only the lure of the small, self-sufficient farm, but also the cowboy on the range, perhaps even the mountain man with his fur traps. So many of us have this unshakeable belief that it is the land, and our attachment to it, that gives us meaning. This is regionalism at its most useful, though it can often have divergent effects in the real world. It has inspired the will to prevent the destruction of America’s wilderness, and it has kept cattle on arid ranges that should have never welcomed them in the first place. It has led to both the destruction of Native American cultures and the scramble to preserve them. It filled up the Great Plains with stalwart, inspiring settlers and emptied it of the same after they ruined the grasslands with overproduction and invited the Dust Bowl. In Hell of a Vision (which takes its name from the end of Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove), Dorman leads a fascinating, 150-year tour through works of literature, essays, government reports and sociology texts relating to the agrarian and regionalist impulses in the West, which, unlike those of the South, grew out of all proportion and grasped the nation’s imagination. “The West and its agrarian archetypes, the cowboy and the pioneer, came to be seen as quintessentially American, part of the pantheon of the national civic religion,” he writes. “The tourism, film, and publishing industries were critical to disseminating these western archetypes to the broader public. Yet the more widely shared these western archetypes became, the more generic and abstract—and disconnected to a specific place—they necessarily were.” And now we see this kind of romanticism rising again in the locavore movements of recent years. These new regionalist ideas may be good for the Southwest, a desert land that needs a certain level of communal thinking to stay inhabited but that, perhaps more than any other subregion of the West, still believes to the point of absurdity in the radical individualism of the “agrarian archetypes.” But so far the new agrarianism, while conservative in its heart, has been populated mostly by progressives and has inspired a small, hesitant but still very real move toward sustainability in food and energy production, and thus water use. Otherwise, this idyll cannot last.
3. Life of Pi Yann Martel, Mariner ($15.95)
4. The Fault in Our Stars John Green, Dutton ($17.99)
5. The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien, Ballantine ($8.99)
6. Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife Eben Alexander, M.D., Simon & Schuster ($15.99)
7. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From the Road Willie Nelson, William Morrow ($22.99)
8. Notorious Nineteen Janet Evanovich, Bantam ($22.40, sale)
9. Who I Am: A Memoir Pete Townshend, Harper ($32.50)
10. Les Misérables Victor Hugo, Simon & Schuster ($6.95)
ALAIN-PHILIPPE DURAND: “I RAP THEREFORE I AM” Playground Bar and Lounge. 278 E. Congress St. 3963691. UA Professor of French and interim director of Africana Studies Alain-Philippe Durand, author of Black, Blanc, Beur: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World, discusses hip-hop culture from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9; free. ARNOLD ROY: “FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT” Arnold Roy, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright’s and a current resident of Taliesin West, presents “Frank Lloyd Wright and Organic Buildings for Arizona” at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5; $10, $5 member, free with a $25 ticket to the Tubac Home Tour, Saturday, Jan. 12. Visit tubacarts.org for more information. ART LECTURE SERIES Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library. 530 N. Wilmot Road. 594-5420. Docents from the UA Museum of Art lecture at 2 p.m., the first Friday of every month; free. Jan 4: “Surrealism,” Norman Miller. Feb. 1: “The Pfeiffer Collection: An Essay in Social Realism,” Johanna Stein. ART LECTURE SERIES Dusenberry River Branch Library. 5605 E. River Road. 594-5345. Docents from the UA Museum of Art and the Tucson Museum of Art give talks from 2 to 3 p.m., the second and fourth Tuesday of every month; free. TMA BREAKFAST CLUB Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. A series of art talks take place over brunch from 10 a.m. to noon, on selected Tuesdays; $35. Jan. 8: Christine Brindza, Glasser curator of Art of the American West, presents “It’s Elementary: Symbolism, Tradition and Media in Western Art.” A tour of the exhibit Elements in Western Art: Water, Fire, Air and Earth follows. WOMEN IMPACTING TUCSON Arizona Inn. 2200 E. Elm St. 325-1541. Cultural anthropologist Deborah Neff discusses Betty Makoni, Zimbabwean gender-rights activist and founder of a worldwide organization to save girls from sexual abuse and economic hardships, at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7; $25. Visit arizonainn. com/witlunch for reservations and more information.
OUT OF TOWN ART LECTURE SERIES Joyner-Green Valley Branch Library. 601 N. La Cañada Drive. Green Valley. 594-5295. Docents from the Tucson Museum of Art lecture at 2 p.m., every Wednesday, through March 27. Jan 2: “Modigliani: Portraits of a Bohemian Life,” Penny David. Jan. 9: “Street Art: Adventures in Urban Expression,” Carlye Dundon and the TMA’s Green Valley Docents. JACK LASSETER: “THE HISTORY OF TEXAS” DesertView Performing Arts Center. 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. SaddleBrooke. 825-5318. Jack Lasseter presents “The History of Texas” at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan 9; $20. Visit tickets.saddlebrooketwo.com for tickets and more information.
ANNOUNCEMENTS LECTURES AT THE WESTERN NATIONAL PARKS ASSOCIATION BOOKSTORE Western National Parks Association Bookstore. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. Lectures on a wide range of historical, topographical, ecological and native-foods topics take place at noon and 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Saturday; free. Reservations are required, but must be made no earlier than one week in advance. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Visit wnpa. org for a schedule of talks or more info.
JANUARY 3–9, 2013
CINEMA Matt Damon’s message movie misses the mark
Fracking and Feelings
TOP TEN Casa Video’s top rentals for the week ending Dec. 28, 2012
BY BOB GRIMM, firstname.lastname@example.org romised Land wants to be a message movie, but it’s too messy to deliver that message coherently. Originally slated to be Matt Damon’s directorial debut, it was instead directed by his pal Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting), who, with this and last year’s mawkish Restless, finds himself in a bit of a slump. Although Damon relinquished the director’s chair, he still shared screenwriting duties with John Krasinski, and both have big roles in the film. Damon plays Steve Butler, a likable corporate pawn for a natural gas company sent to a farming town with a mandate to sell the community on allowing its presence. That presence would mean a lot of “fracking,” a natural gas extraction process that involves deep drilling and some possible environmental side effects. Steve is presented as a virtuous fellow who looks to do well and get ahead. He’s just about to get a big promotion, and with a wisecracking co-worker at his side (Frances McDormand), he’s set to sell fracking to a town mixed with differing opinions on what to do with the land. Some, like Paul (Lucas Black), are looking for a big payday, while others, like Frank (a well-placed Hal Holbrook), look to get in Steve’s way. Also looking to get in Steve’s way would be Dustin (Krasinski), a rebel environmentalist who claims fracking wrecks farms and kills livestock. He posts pictures of dead cows around town and playfully intimidates Steve at local bars. He even makes a move on Alice (Rosemarie DeWitt), the small-town girl Steve has his eyes on. Is Promised Land trying to preach that fracking and natural gas as a resource are bad choices? I really couldn’t tell you in the end. The film is far more preoccupied in giving us a nice, happy, pleasant outcome for Steve. Van Sant wants you to leave this movie thinking Damon’s Steve is just swell, even if he did put people’s livelihoods and land in jeopardy. There’s also a big twist that is nothing but a screenwriting stunt to throw the likes of you off course. It completely undermines any “message” the film is trying to deliver, and comes off as something that would never, ever happen in a movie that is supposed to be realistic. It’s too bad. I liked the idea of Van Sant tackling a simple farm-town story. It really is his most conventional film yet, and the subject matter had me curious. But the Damon/ Krasinski screenplay betrays him in the end. Damn your pen, Matt Damon!
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1. Ted Universal
2. Total Recall Sony
3. Arbitrage Lionsgate
4. Premium Rush Sony
5. The Dark Knight Rises Warner Bros.
6. The Bourne Legacy Universal
7. Pitch Perfect Universal
8. Ice Age: Continental Drift 20th Century Fox
9. Killer Joe Lionsgate
10. Beasts of the Southern Wild Fox Searchlight
Brit Marling in Arbitrage.
Matt Damon and Frances McDormand in Promised Land. Damon’s acting is OK. He’s playing somebody similar in mannerisms to the character he played in We Bought a Zoo (he wrote Promised Land with Krasinski while taking breaks from making Zoo). His acting is better than his writing. The same can’t be said for Krasinski, who both writes and acts badly for this one. Love the dude on The Office, but I’m lukewarm on him at the movies thus far. As for McDormand, she rises above the material and makes her moments in the film worth watching. The same can be said for Rosemarie DeWitt, who made a habit this year of showing her face in movies unworthy of her. She also starred in the mediocre Nobody Walks, the lousy The Odd Life of Timothy Green and The Watch (I am one of the few critics who actually liked that one). Promised Land left me feeling weird, and I
Promised Land Rated R Starring Matt Damon, John Krasinki, Frances McDormand and Rosemarie DeWitt Directed by Gus Van Sant Focus Features, 106 minutes Opens Friday, Jan. 4, at AMC Loews Foothills 15 (888-262-4386) and Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 (806-4275).
don’t think that was its intention. Sure, it made me curious about fracking, but it seemed a little too chicken to stick to its guns and deliver a meaningful statement on anything. Instead, it just wants to get all touchy-feely in the end. Van Sant has made an awkward movie that I think will be fracking forgotten by this time next year.
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AMC Loews Foothills 15 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. 888-262-4386. Call for Fri-Wed film times Django Unchained (R) Thu 9, 11:30, 3:15, 5, 7:15, 8:30, 10:50 The Guilt Trip (PG-13) Thu 10:15, 12:40, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:25 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG13) Thu 9, 10:40, 2:45, 6:45, 10:25 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey -- An IMAX 3D Experience (PG-13) Thu 11:50, 3:45, 7:30, 11:15 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D (PG-13) Thu 1 Jack Reacher (PG-13) Thu 10:05, 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:20 Life of Pi (PG) Thu 3:20 Life of Pi 3D (PG) Thu 12:30, 6:15 Lincoln (PG-13) Thu 9:30, 12:45, 4:15, 7:30, 10:45 Les Misérables (PG-13) Thu 9:45, 11:55, 1:25, 3:30, 4:50, 7, 8:15, 10:30 Monsters, Inc. 3D (G) Thu 9:15, 11:45, 2:15, 4:40, 7:05 Parental Guidance (PG) Thu 10:10, 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:35, 10 Promised Land (R) FriMon 11:55, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Rise of the Guardians (PG) Thu 9, 12:15, 2:35 Silver Linings Playbook (R) Thu 9:05, 11:15, 2:15, 5:05, 7:55, 10:45 Skyfall (PG-13) Thu 4:55, 8:05, 11:15 Texas Chainsaw 3D (R) Thu 10; Fri-Sun 10:35, 12:55, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45; Mon 12:55, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45 This Is 40 (R) Thu 9:15, 10:45, 1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:45 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (PG-13) Thu 9:05
Century El Con 20 3601 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 902. Listening devices and closed captioning are available. Call for Fri-Wed film times Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D (PG) Thu 12:10, 2:30, 5, 7:25, 9:50 Django Unchained (R) Thu 10:20, 11:30, 2, 3:15, 5:40, 7:10, 9:20, 10:45 The Guilt Trip (PG-13) Thu 11:20, 1:50, 4:20, 6:45, 9:20 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG13) Thu 10:30, 11:30,
2:15, 3:15, 6, 7, 9:45, 10:35 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D (PG-13) Thu 1:10, 4:45, 8:30 Hyde Park on Hudson (R) Fri-Wed 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Jack Reacher (PG-13) Thu 10:30, 1:30, 4:35, 6:20, 7:40, 9:30, 10:45 Life of Pi (PG) Thu 2:05, 7:20 Life of Pi 3D (PG) Thu 10:15, 4:55, 10:15 Lincoln (PG-13) Thu 12:20, 3:40, 6:55, 10:10 The Metropolitan Opera: Les Troyens Live (Not Rated) Sat 10 The Metropolitan Opera: Un Ballo in Maschera Encore (Not Rated) Wed 6:30 Les Misérables (PG-13) Thu 10:15, 11, 12, 1:45, 3:30, 5:20, 7, 9, 10:30 Monsters, Inc. (G) Thu 11:45, 5, 10:15 Monsters, Inc. 3D (G) Thu 2:20, 7:50 Parental Guidance (PG) Thu 10:40, 12, 1:15, 2:35, 3:50, 5:10, 6:25, 7:45, 9, 10:20 Rise of the Guardians (PG) Thu 10:45, 1:15, 3:45 Rocky (PG) Wed 2, 7 Silver Linings Playbook (R) Thu 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20 Skyfall (PG-13) Thu 1:10, 7:05, 10:20 Texas Chainsaw (R) Fri 12:01 a.m. Texas Chainsaw 3D (R) Fri 12:01 a.m. This Is 40 (R) Thu 10:20, 11:50, 1:20, 2:55, 4:25, 6, 7:40, 9:10, 10:40 Wreck-It Ralph (PG) Thu 10:25, 4:25
Century Gateway 12 770 N. Kolb Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 962. Listening devices and closed captioning are available. Call for Fri-Wed film times Cloud Atlas (R) Thu 11:55, 3:30, 7:05 Finding Nemo 3D (G) Thu 12:30 Frankenweenie (PG) Thu 2:50, 7:20 Here Comes the Boom (PG) Thu 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:55 Hotel Transylvania (PG) Thu 12:10, 12:55, 2:30, 3:35, 4:45, 6, 7:10, 8:30, 9:40 Hotel Transylvania 3D (PG) Thu 4, 6:30, 9 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu 12:35, 5:05, 9:45 Looper (R) Thu 12:50, 3:55, 7, 9:50 The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13) Thu 2:35, 7:30 Pitch Perfect (PG-13) Thu 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:35 Playing for Keeps (PG-13) Thu 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15 Red Dawn (PG-13) Thu 12:40, 2:55, 5:10, 7:35, 10 Seven Psychopaths (R) Thu 12:05, 5, 10:05 Taken 2 (R) Thu 12:15, 2:45, 5:20, 7:40, 10:10
Century Park Place 20 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 903. Listening devices and closed captioning are available. Call for Fri-Wed film times Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D (PG) Thu 10:55, 1:25, 3:55, 6:35, 9 Django Unchained (R) Thu 10, 11:55, 1:50, 3:45, 5:40, 7:35, 9:30 The Guilt Trip (PG-13) Thu 11:50, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30, 10:15 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG13) Thu 10:15, 12, 1:55, 3:40, 5:35, 7:20, 9:15 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D (PG-13) Thu 11:05, 2:45, 6:25, 8:35, 10:05 Jack Reacher (PG-13) Thu 10:10, 1:20, 2:50, 4:30, 5:55, 7:40, 9:05, 10:40 Life of Pi (PG) Thu 10:05, 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 Lincoln (PG-13) Thu 12, 3:30, 7, 10:25 The Metropolitan Opera: Les Troyens Live (Not Rated) Sat 10 The Metropolitan Opera: Un Ballo in Maschera Encore (Not Rated) Wed 6:30 Les Misérables (PG13) Thu 10:35, 11:55, 12:55, 2:15, 3:35, 4:45, 5:50, 7:15, 9:25 Monsters, Inc. (G) Thu 10:10, 2, 7:15 Monsters, Inc. 3D (G) Thu 11:20, 4:35, 9:45 Rocky (PG) Wed 2, 7 Skyfall (PG-13) Thu 12:30, 3:50, 7:05, 10:20 Texas Chainsaw 3D (R) Fri 12:01 a.m. This Is 40 (R) Thu 10:30, 12:05, 1:40, 3:15, 4:50, 6:25, 8, 9:35 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (PG-13) Thu 2:20, 7:55, 10:40 Wreck-It Ralph (PG) Thu 11:30, 5:10
Century Theatres at the Oro Valley Marketplace 12155 N. Oracle Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 899. Listening devices and closed captioning are available. Call for Fri-Wed film times Django Unchained (R) Thu 11:40, 3:20, 7, 10:35 The Guilt Trip (PG-13) Thu 11:55, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG13) Thu 2:10, 4, 9 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D (PG-13) Thu 12:20, 7:45 Jack Reacher (PG-13) Thu 10:40, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:40 Life of Pi (PG) Thu 11:05, 5:55 Lincoln (PG-13) Thu 12:05, 3:25, 6:55, 10:15 The Metropolitan Opera: Les Troyens Live (Not Rated) Sat 10, 10 The Metropolitan Opera: Un Ballo in Maschera Encore (Not Rated) Wed 6:30, 6:30
Les Misérables (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 1:30, 3, 5, 6:30, 8:30, 10 Monsters, Inc. (G) Thu 11:15, 4:25 Monsters, Inc. 3D (G) Thu 1:45, 6:50 Parental Guidance (PG) Thu 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Rocky (PG) Wed 2, 7 Silver Linings Playbook (R) Thu 10:30, 1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05 Texas Chainsaw (R) Thu 10, 12:01 Texas Chainsaw 3D (R) Thu 10, 12:01 This Is 40 (R) Thu 10:45, 1:55
Crossroads 6 Grand Cinemas 4811 E. Grant Road. 327-7067. Call for Fri-Wed film times Arbitrage (R) Thu 5:30 Cloud Atlas (R) Thu 1:25, 7:55 Frankenweenie (PG) Thu 12:20 Here Comes the Boom (PG) Thu 11, 1:10, 9:50 Hotel Transylvania (PG) Thu 10:55, 1, 3:10, 7:30 The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13) Thu 2:50, 7:10, 9:30 Pitch Perfect (PG-13) Thu 4:50, 9:45 Playing for Keeps (PG-13) Thu 12:10, 2:30, 7:20 Red Dawn (PG-13) Thu 3:30, 5:40, 7:50, 10 A Royal Affair (R) Thu 5 Searching for Sugar Man (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 1:30, 5:10 The Sessions (R) Thu 11:15, 3:20, 7:40 Taken 2 (PG-13) Thu 5:20, 9:40
Fox Tucson Theatre 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. No films this week.
Gallagher Theater UA Student Union, 1303 E. University Blvd. 626-0370. Call for films and times
Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz. 806-4275. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (PG) Thu 1:15; FriWed 1:20 Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D (PG) Thu 10:45, 3:50, 6:40, 9:10; Fri-Sun 10:45, 4, 6:40, 9:10; Mon-Wed 4, 6:40, 9:10 Django Unchained (R) Thu 10:50, 11:50, 2:40, 3:40, 6:20, 7:20, 10; FriSat 11, 12, 2:40, 3:40, 6:20, 7:20, 10, 11; SunWed 11, 12, 2:40, 3:40, 6:20, 7:20, 10 The Guilt Trip (PG-13) Thu 12:10, 2:50, 5:20, 8, 10:35; Fri-Wed 11:15, 2:10, 5:20, 8:10, 10:35 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG13) Thu 11:30, 12:30, 3:20, 4:20, 7:10, 8:10; Fri-Sat 11:50, 3:30, 7:10, 10:50; Sun-Wed 11:50, 3:30, 7:10, 10:45
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D (PG-13) Thu 10:30, 2:20, 6:10, 9:50; Fri-Wed 10:50, 2:30, 6:10, 9:50 Jack Reacher (PG-13) Thu 10:10, 1:20, 4:30, 7:40, 10:45; Fri-Sat 10:10, 1:10, 4:20, 7:40, 10:45; Sun 10:10, 1:10, 4:20, 7:40, 10:40; MonWed 1:10, 4:20, 7:40, 10:40 Life of Pi (PG) ends Thu 11:10, 6:05 Life of Pi 3D (PG) ends Thu 2:45, 9 Lincoln (PG-13) ends Thu 11:20, 3, 6:30, 10:15 Les Misérables (PG-13) Thu 12, 3:30, 7, 10:30; Fri-Wed 11:10, 2:50, 6:30, 10:10 Monsters, Inc. (G) Thu 2:10; Fri-Wed 1 Monsters, Inc. 3D (G) Thu 11:40, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45; Fri-Sun 10:20, 3:45, 6:15, 9; Mon-Wed 3:45, 6:15, 9 Not Fade Away (R) FriSat 10:05, 12:50, 3:50, 6:45, 9:45; Sun 10:05, 12:50, 3:50, 6:45, 9:40; Mon-Wed 12:50, 3:50, 6:45, 9:40 Parental Guidance (PG) Thu 10:20, 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:30; Fri-Sat 10:40, 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:40; Sun 10:40, 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30; Mon-Wed 10:55, 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30 Promised Land (R) Fri-Sat 11:20, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20; Sun-Wed 11:20, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 Rise of the Guardians (PG) Thu 10:35, 11:45, 1:30, 2:30, 4:15, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20; Fri-Sat 11:40, 2:20, 5:10, 7:45, 10:40; Sun-Wed 11:40, 2:20, 5:10, 7:45, 10:30 Silver Linings Playbook (R) Thu 10:40, 1:40, 4:40, 7:50, 10:55; FriSat 10:15, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15; Sun 10:15,
1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:05; Mon-Wed 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:05 Skyfall (PG-13) ends Thu 6:45, 10:10 Texas Chainsaw (R) FriSat 10, 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30; Sun 10, 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:20; MonWed 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:20 Texas Chainsaw 3D (R) Fri 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30; Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30, 11:30; Sun-Wed 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 This Is 40 (R) Thu 10, 1, 4:10, 7:30, 10:40; FriSat 10:30, 1:40, 4:50, 7:50, 10:55; Sun 10:30, 1:40, 4:50, 7:50, 10:50; Mon-Wed 1:40, 4:50, 7:50, 10:50 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (PG-13) Thu 12:20, 3:10, 6:15, 9:20; Fri-Sat 12:10, 3:10, 6:05, 9:20; Sun-Wed 12:10, 3:10, 6:05, 9:05
The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Call 795-0844 to check handicap accessibility Abraxas: Guardian of the Universe (PG-13) Mon 8 Anna Karenina (R) Fri 1, 6; Sat 11:30, 2:15, 7:15; Sun 2:15, 7:15; Mon 11:30, 2:15; Tue 11:30, 7:15; Wed 11:30, 2:15, 7:15 Barbara (PG-13) Thu 2:15, 7:30; Fri-Sun 11:45, 2, 7:30; Mon 2; Tue 11:45, 2, 7:30; Wed 11:45, 2 Castle in the Sky (PG) Sun 11:30 (dubbed), 7 (subtitled), 10:15 (subtitled); Mon 11:30 (dubbed), 7:30 (subtitled), 10:15 (subtitled); Tue and Wed 11:30 (dubbed), 7 (subitled),
10:15 (subtitled) The Central Park Five (Not Rated) Thu 11:30, 4:45 Chasing Ice (PG-13) Thu 5; Fri-Wed 5:15 Dragon (R) Fri-Wed 9:45 First Friday Shorts Fri 9 Flamenco Hoy 3D (Not Rated) Wed 7:30 Hitchcock (PG-13) Thu 2:45, 10:15; Fri 3:45; Saturday 2:30, 4:45; Sunday 4:45; Monday 2:30; Tue and Wed 2:30, 4:45 The Master (R) Thu 11, 2, 8, Fri-Wed 4:30 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (PG) Thu 12, 7; Fri noon (dubbed), 2:30 (subtitled), 7 (subtitled); Sat noon (dubbed), 7 (subtitled), 10:15 (subtitled) Pan’s Labyrinth (R) FriWed 10 The Pharaoh’s Daughter (Not Rated) Sun noon Psycho (R) Thu 10 Simon and the Oaks (Not Rated) Thu 5:15 Ward VI Nonpartisan Community Forum (Not Rated) Mon 7
Seven Psychopaths (R) Thu 9:10 Taken 2 (PG-13) Thu 1:20, 3:30, 5:40, 7:50, 10
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This is a fun, twisted martial arts adventure. Set in a Chinese village in 1917, Donnie Yen stars as a seemingly affable villager who manages to stop two thieves in a general store with what seems to be some lucky, clumsy fight moves. An investigator (Takeshi Kaneshiro) comes to town, digs a little deeper, and finds out that the town hero has a few, big, nasty secrets. Yen is at his best here, giving both an interesting dramatic performance along with some major kickass fights (which he designed and choreographed). Director Peter Chen mixes in some scary horror elements that make this one of the more unique martial arts movies of recent years. High marks for cinematography and score in this one. If you are a fan of martial arts films, this one is not to be missed. Grimm THE GUILT TRIP
In this unpleasant comedy, Seth Rogen plays an unsuccessful organic chemical inventor, and Barbra Streisand is his nagging, overbearing mother. Rogen, who is about to embark on a cross-country road trip to peddle his product at conventions, invites his mother along after he secretly makes a plan to hook her up with an old flame at the final destination. Together, they bicker endlessly, awkwardly listen to Middlesex on audiobook and talk about hot flashes. There’s zero chemistry between the two, and the repetitious combination of Streisand’s nagging with Rogen grumbling and mumbling becomes nauseating. Colin Hanks and Adam Scott pop up in small roles and contribute absolutely nothing to the film. If you’ve ever wanted to see Babs enter a steak eating contest at a Texas roadhouse, this is the movie for you and you probably need help. Dewey HYDE PARK ON THE HUDSON
Bill Murray plays Franklin Delano Roosevelt in this tonally abhorrent, stank movie about the former President’s dalliances with distant cousin Daisy (Laura Linney) around the time he was meeting Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and King George VI (Samuel West) to discuss WWII and eat hot dogs. Watching FDR get a hand job from his cousin is bad enough, but this film’s obsession with hot dogs is maddening. Olivia Williams is on hand as Eleanor Roosevelt, and she’s good enough to make you wish the movie was just about the former First Lady. Murray is dull here, giving us an FDR that doesn’t seem capable of staying awake let alone running a country. Even worse is Linney, who looks and sounds lost (her voiceover narration is infuriating). Director Roger Michell doesn’t seem to know whether he is making a historical drama, a comedy, or sleep fuel. It’s uneven, it’s embarrassing, and it needed to be stopped. Yet, here it is, trying to garner Oscar nominations. In case you can’t tell, I hate this movie. I hate it very much. Grimm JACK REACHER
Tom Cruise brings the popular action-novel title character to the big screen, and while he isn’t as physically big and imposing as the Reacher portrayed in the novels, boy howdy, is he ever mean. When civilians are disturbingly shot by a sniper, it seems to be an open-and-shut case. That is, until the suspect summons investigator Jack Reacher, who has an unorthodox approach to homicide investigations that occasionally involves the snapping of somebody’s leg. This is Cruise in nasty mode, but he mixes in some good humor that makes Reacher a well-rounded character for him. Rosamund Pike delivers a memorable performance as the attorney representing the accused sniper, as does Richard Jenkins as her father. On top of the good performances, this is a decent mystery that will keep you guessing. This is a violent one, so know what you are getting into when you go to see it. Grimm
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It’s no crime not being familiar with the work of director Christian Petzold. So many great foreign films never gain traction in the U.S. that it’s hard to find them all. But he’s been making worthwhile films for about a decade and now he has Germany’s official Oscar entry in the Best Foreign Picture category. Petzold reteams with actress Nina Hoss for Barbara, the unlikely story of a nurse who requests to leave East Berlin to be with the man she loves and winds up a doctor in rural East Germany, under a police microscope. The film slowly gets more and more intense, as Barbara weighs helping patients in
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Billy Crystal, who used to be funny (remember?) is an unlikable lead in ‘Parental Guidance’
A Low Blow BY COLIN BOYD, email@example.com shot to the nuts. It’s the laziest gimmick in comedy, with a tradition that probably goes back to a time when it was funny ... so before America’s Funniest Home Videos. But because it’s such an easy trick to pull off—intended to get a cheap laugh by appealing to the lowest common denominator—a planned shot below the belt almost always backfires. It’s dubiously unfunny. So when Billy Crystal receives an aluminum bat to his City Slickers in Parental Guidance, there is also an aftershock. Billy Crystal, you see, used to be funny. But give him some credit: Steve Martin took his desperate low blow almost a decade ago in one of those Cheaper by the Dozen movies, so for Crystal to hold out this long is quite an accomplishment. Crystal plays Artie (which, spoiler alert, rhymes with the oft-heard “Fartie”), and one day he and his wife, Diane (Bette Midler), get a call to come watch the grandkids. Their daughter Alice (Marisa Tomei) wants to go out of town with her husband for a big awards banquet but she doesn’t exactly trust her folks around her three kids. Alice raises her children differently than Artie and Diane raised her. So it’s tofu dogs and baseball games with no outs or winners or losers for young Harper, Turner and Barker. Artie is old school, however. He can’t help it. He’s hard-wired to see the world a certain way. He’s reminded of that fact when he’s fired as the voice of a minor league baseball team in Fresno whose games he has announced for eons. It’s an iPad world and Artie’s a calculator watch. He has no clue how to relate to kids, especially these kids, with their interchangeable, androgynous names and experimental rearing. Of course, there would be no conflict if everything went smoothly on the grandparents’ visit, but because a few things actually pay off in admittedly small ways, it’s a wonder Parental Guidance aims so low ... with and without the aluminum bat. For starters, it’s good to see Bette Midler working again. Not great to see her again, but since The First Wives Club and Beaches are her only hits in the past 25 years, anything’s better than nothing. She and Crystal can play off of each other pretty well, too, although there aren’t many opportunities. Crystal carries the film’s bigger burden, but Artie is really an unlikable guy in many ways. He thinks that, instead of evolving with the times, the baseball team is wrong to look to the future. He also thinks his daughter is loopy for raising his grandkids in a nonconfrontational home, and while he goes along with her wishes when dealing with them, he’s never genuine in
Bette Midler and Billy Crystal in Parental Guidance.
Parental Guidance Rated PG Starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marissa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott Directed by Andy Fickman Walden Media, 104 minutes Now playing at AMC Loews Foothills 15 (888262-4386), Century El Con 20 (800-326-3264, ext. 902), Century Park Place 20 (800-326-3264, ext. 903), Century Theatres at the Oro Valley Marketplace (800-326-3264, ext. 899), Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 (806-4275) and Tower Theaters at Arizona Pavilions (579-0500).
his efforts and it’s a constant wink to the audience about how today’s parents are raising kids poorly prepared for a dog-eat-dog world. There is absolutely room for some of that but Parental Guidance seems to present each and every scenario relying on the same set of instructions. There’s not much successful comedy along the way, either, and that would certainly excuse a lot of the unchanging scenery here. Jokes about old people not understanding the apparently new-fangled wireless home phone won’t get you too many laughs these days. But just to make sure you get that Artie is out of touch, his daughter’s house is one digital contraption after another. The film’s hip athlete cameo is Tony Hawk, who is now 44. Nothing against Hawk, but a movie about a baseball announcer (starring a former co-owner of the Diamondbacks) couldn’t land a single MLB walk-on? And of course, when all else fails, what does a lurching comedy do? It goes for the nuts. When you stop to think about it, this is a poetic fade for any comedian who reaches a certain vintage, loses his ticket-buying audience, or suffers any combination of the two. As if appearing in Parental Guidance wasn’t its own kick in the tool shed, Billy Crystal must also endure the dumbest call-and-response in all of comedy. So that’s what you get. If you still—somehow, against every impulse of Darwinian thinking— find a swift knock to the crotch entertaining enough to spend $10 on (or what the hell, $30 or $40 since it’s a family movie), just remember that this is how even less-inspired sequels get started.
N O W S H O W I N G AT H O M E Looper (Blu-ray) SONY PICTURES MOVIE A SPECIAL FEATURES B BLU-RAY GEEK FACTOR 8.75 (OUT OF 10)
If you missed this one in theaters, you missed one of the year’s best big-screen experiences. Director Rian Johnson’s time-travel thriller is a startlingly good-looking film. It’s also a great brain twister, featuring a bravura performance by Joseph GordonLevitt as Joe, a hired assassin killing people sent back from the future the instant they pop up in front of him. Things get a little kooky when the person sent back to be offed is actually an older version of himself (a strong Bruce Willis). Gordon-Levitt wears some makeup to achieve a look more akin to Willis, but it’s the smirk and airy voice that really nail it down. GordonLevitt had a banner, blockbuster year with this and The Dark Knight Rises, with this being the best screen work he has done to date. A supporting cast including Paul Dano, Noah Segan and Jeff Daniels are all topnotch. Dano is especially good as a fellow assassin (or “looper”) who loses his nerves at the wrong time and pays a big, grisly price for it. In a role that isn’t getting the notices it deserves (although she has gotten a nomination from the Broadcast Film Critics Association), Emily Blunt takes a break from funny stuff to deliver stellar work as a mom protecting a very strange son (talented child actor Pierce Gagnon). Blunt holds her own with GordonLevitt, matching his dramatic power levels at every turn. Willis gets a chance to do some seedy stuff in this movie as his character goes on an unfortunate crusade. He does a good job making his version of Joe a sympathetic character even as he does unspeakable things. As time-travel movies go,
this is one of the best. The moment where future Joe sits down in a diner with present Joe is a real winner (The universe does not end, as Doc Brown predicted would happen when future and past selves meet in Back to the Future Part II). And if you missed this on the big screen, don’t fret. The Blu-ray will look mighty good in your living room. Let it be noted that this movie cost $30 million. That’s a pretty low budget considering the look Johnson has achieved. It seems like the movie should have cost five times that amount, at least. SPECIAL FEATURES: A great commentary with the director, Gordon-Levitt and Blunt. It’s actually one of the year’s better commentaries, a truly fun listen. You also get deleted scenes, a couple of featurettes on the making of the film, and a short doc about the film’s score.
Liberal Arts (Blu-ray) MPI HOME VIDEO MOVIE BSPECIAL FEATURES BBLU-RAY GEEK FACTOR 5.75 (OUT OF 10)
Josh Radnor (TV’s How I Met Your Mother) writes, directs and stars in this sweet little movie about a man in his mid-30s (Radnor) returning to his college to honor his favorite teacher (Richard Jenkins). While there, he meets a sophomore (Elizabeth Olsen), and immediately starts wondering just how old is too old to date a college sophomore. Olsen is the best thing about the movie, an actress who improves with every movie, even when the movies aren’t all that good (Silent House). As a young woman who easily matches the intellect of Radnor’s character, she brings a lot of charm to the film. Radnor is good here, especially in his scenes with the almighty Jenkins. He also shows some decent directing chops. This movie hasn’t actually set the world on fire,
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but it’s good enough to warrant another directing gig for the sitcom star. Zac Efron makes up for some recent cinematic flubs (The Lucky Ones, The Paperboy) with a funny small role as a campus weirdo. SPECIAL FEATURES: Radnor provides a commentary and you get some deleted scenes.
Arbitrage (Blu-ray) LIONSGATE MOVIE B SPECIAL FEATURES BBLU-RAY GEEK FACTOR 6 (OUT OF 10)
Richard Gere has procured himself a deserved Golden Globe nomination for his fine performance as Robert Miller, a hedge fund guy who screws up in many, many horrible ways. This is some of his best work since Primal Fear, and one of the more memorable characters of his career. On the eve of an important transaction that will save his future, Robert makes a real scumbag error. He finds himself contending with a dogged detective (Tim Roth), an annoyed wife (Susan Sarandon) and a pissed-off daughter (Brit Marling). Gere can squirm on screen with the best of them, and Robert gives him plenty of chances for squirming. He’s part Bernie Madoff and, thanks to a car accident fairly early in the film, also draws comparisons to Ted Kennedy. Gere doesn’t make him anybody to really root for (that would be wrong) but he does make Robert a captivating character who will draw you in. This is the feature-directing debut of Nicholas Jarecki (who also wrote the script). It’s a decent debut, and a nice shot in the arm for Gere’s career. SPECIAL FEATURES: A director’s commentary, some behind-the-scenes interviews, deleted scenes and a further examination of the Robert Miller character.
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dire need against her window to freedom closing forever. Without ever deliberately announcing those stakes, Petzold patiently and almost invisibly lets a noose tighten around Barbara with each passing minute. Boyd
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Ken Burns co-directs this documentary about five minority youths who were wrongly convicted in the 1989 Central Park-jogger case. Burns recalls the media frenzy that occurred when the group of young men, arrested after possibly participating in a night of “wilding” (random beatings and harassment), were prosecuted for the woman’s beating. With no physical evidence, and nothing but a bunch of coerced confessions, New York City prosecutors were able to convict the youths and send them to jail for a long time. Justice wasn’t served until the real perpetrator confessed. This case reminds of the West Memphis Three, another example of coerced confessions netting jail time for innocent kids. This is a well-made film from a guy who knows how to make documentaries. Grimm DJANGO UNCHAINED
Look, it’s just good practice to ignore the Golden Globe nominations whenever possible. This year is no exception: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is in the running for a Best Picture award. Not that Django Unchained isn’t entertaining, but it got a massive amount of good press when the Globe nominations were announced. It’s a minor work for Quentin Tarantino, to be sure, another revenge flick in a long line of them. Freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) goes on a warpath with a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), culminating in a lot of bloodshed over Django’s wife (Kerry Washington). Great fun in spots, a little heavier on the n-word than it really needs to be to get any point across, and not as tightly spun as Tarantino’s scripts are when they’re really cooking, Django Unchained may get some consideration here and there, but it’s far from a Best anything. Boyd LES MISÉRABLES
This is a grand, beautifully shot adaptation of the legendary musical, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman in the heavy-lifting role of persecuted bread thief Jean Valjean. Set in 19th-century France, it calls for nearly every word to be sung, and it’s a major undertaking. Amazingly, Hooper had his cast sing live on the set rather than prerecording in a sound booth, and this results in a moving musical experience. Jackman has a spectacular voice, and you get a true sense that he and his co-stars are acting these songs, rather than lip-synching. Anne Hathaway will probably win an Oscar for her work as Fantine, singing her big number in one take and summoning honest, heart wrenching tears. Russell Crowe, as Valjean’s lawman nemesis Javert, doesn’t have half of Jackman’s voice, but there’s something about his interpretation that is appropriate and amplifies the character’s loneliness. Every number is treated with a majestic grace that makes this one of the greatest movie musicals I have ever seen. Grimm
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As Pat, a recently institutionalized former teacher battling through his newly single life and his bipolar disorder, Bradley Cooper sends a thunderous message in Silver Linings Playbook: He’s a legitimate, big-time dramatic actor. However, as good as Cooper is, the movie (and indeed, possibly the year) belongs to Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, whose portrayal of the unstable nymphomaniac who somewhat literally waltzes into Pat’s life is simply transcendent. The fact that both of them are executing at such high levels in a rather unconventional film is a testament as much to director David O. Russell as the actors. Russell (The Fighter) has been working for nearly 20 years to find his signature project, and here it is—strange, kinetic, funny, sad, totally original and surprisingly moving. Silver Linings Playbook is one of the best films of the year. Boyd THIS IS 40
Writer-director Judd Apatow spins off Knocked Up with the further family adventures of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann). The two characters prove worthy of their own movie thanks to the appeal of Rudd and Mann, who make a great screen couple. Debbie is not interested in turning 40 on her 40th birthday, and Pete wants to eat cupcakes without persecution while trying to get his independent album label up and running. Apatow pits the two against each other, and great comedic arguing ensues. Rudd is always a pleasure, while Mann continues to show she’s one of Hollywood’s funniest actresses. The supporting cast includes Melissa McCarthy (who steals the movie in her few scenes, including a hilarious closing credit outtake), Jason Segel, Albert Brooks and John Lithgow. They are all in top form. Grimm
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CHOW Umi Star has a cool space and great cocktails, but needs to learn to chill on the condiments
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Another Culinary Throwdown The Healthy Iron Chef Competition will be heating things up at the American Home Show at the Tucson Convention Center from Friday, Jan. 4, through Sunday, Jan. 6. Participants will include Tucson-area high school culinary program teams as well as teams from Pima Community College and The Art Institute of Tucson battling it out in the Junior category. Professional chefs will also be on hand, with Albert Hall of Acacia restaurant taking on Maria Mezon of Boca at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Aris Cabrera of Quail Creek Country Club up against Jesse Bright of Social House Kitchen at noon on Sunday.
BY JACQUELINE KUDER, firstname.lastname@example.org kly.com he current street food movement reminds me a lot of the fusion cuisine movement of the ’90s. It started out as a great thing, and then was largely (and often poorly) overdone by masses of well-intentioned chefs trying to hop on the bandwagon of the latest and greatest food movement. Eventually, it became just another everyday part of our culinary lexicon. When Chili’s is serving Southwestern egg rolls, you know fusion cuisine is no longer a movement. Thankfully, I have yet to see street tacos or some horribly bastardized version of Sonoran hot dogs on the menu at Applebee’s (though I’m sure they’re probably coming soon). However, in my experience, street food is better from street vendors than from restaurants. Tucson’s latest Asian street food-style restaurant, Umi Star, does a relatively good job replicating the experience, but has some relatively serious roadblocks to overcome. Umi Star (umi means “sea” in Japanese) is a very cool space. And by cool, I mean it’s got that “Ooooh, neat!” factor. However, it’s also very austere, cold and warehouselike. The Umi Star folks took over the former Cartel coﬀee shop space—on the Campbell Avenue corridor between Grant Road and Glenn Street—and turned the big, open, glass-andconcrete coﬀee shop into a big, open, glassand-concrete restaurant. Parking is terrible, although the seating is ample, though less than comfortable. Umi Star has a super-small selection of beers and sakes. The cocktail menu is where you should spend your time. All of the cocktails are $8 ($6 during happy hour, weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m.) and there is a nice range of options, from sweet to refreshing. The owners obviously take pride in their cocktails, and they should. The Smokey Pistola and the Dublin Donkey Punch were particularly fantastic. We picked a smattering of sushi on our ﬁrst visit—the menu is about half sushi and half tapas-like items. The spicy lobster roll (eight pieces for $10, or $8 during happy hour) came out ﬁrst along with the sushi burrito (two larger pieces for $6). The lobster roll was not spicy at all. In fact, it was completely bland. I’m not sure if they forgot to put in the chili plum soy sauce, or if there was so little that the ﬂavor was undetectable. But the cucumber, avocado, lobster and tempura ﬂakes gave the roll a nice contrast of textures. The sushi burrito was tasty, but way too heavy on the cream cheese and cucumber. And there wasn’t nearly enough crab or 42 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM
The spicy lobster roll from Umi Star. shrimp tempura. The “sushi salsa” was a nice addition, giving a much-needed kick to counteract all of that cream cheese. Just as Ted and I were ﬁnishing oﬀ the two rolls, our server delivered some escolar nigiri ($6), and informed us that they had run out of the Spanish mackerel nigiri we had ordered ($6). So I decided on some tuna nigiri ($6) instead. Moments later, the server dropped oﬀ a yellowtail nigiri ($6), which was actually ordered as yellowtail sashimi ($14). I’ve deﬁnitely had better sushi in Tucson. It wasn’t terrible, but the ﬁsh was sliced far too thin, so the balance of rice and ﬁsh was way oﬀ. The tuna seemed fresh enough, but the escolar had a deﬁnite tinge of ﬁshiness. The yellowtail sashimi (once it ﬁnally arrived, after we had ﬁnished everything else) was fresh but the pieces were awkwardly thick. At the end of the meal, our server delivered the spicy edamame ($4, or $2 during happy hour) with chili paste and brown sugar. It was messy to eat but tasty enough. And it would have been nice to have had it at the beginning of the meal while we were waiting for our sushi to arrive. My second visit suﬀered from many of the same issues as on the ﬁrst. My friend Grace, visiting from Chicago, and I decided to go for the tapas-style menu items, so we ordered a laundry list of dishes. I was positive it was going to be too much food for two people, but the portions all ended up being quite small. The sushi bruschetta ($8 for four pieces) was the ﬁrst to arrive at our table, and it was by far the best dish that we ordered. The crostini were herbed with a faint blue cheese taste, and topped with a small tower of ﬁnely diced bigeye tuna and a squirt of aioli. They were absolutely delicious, and quickly devoured. Hot dogs ($6 each) and Asian street tacos ($6 for two tacos, $5 during happy hour) appeared at our table next, though I would have preferred the edamame hummus ($4) or the smoked eel ($9) before the
Umi Star 2502 N. Campbell Ave. 777-4465; umistar.com Open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Pluses: Coolness factor, great cocktails, inventive dishes that shine when they’re properly seasoned and prepared Minuses: Lots of preparation mistakes, bland food, overuse of condiments
tacos and hot dogs. The tacos were unimpressive and were swimming in aioli, which overpowered the cucumber, ginger cabbage slaw and the meat. The chicken was moist and had decent ﬂavor, but the beef tri-tip was bland and chewy. The hot dogs fared a bit better. The “Ned” beef dog was overpowered by way too much spicy mustard, but I enjoyed the textures of the fried onions and shredded nori. I thought the “Rhyno” pork dog was delightful and playful, with basil aioli and a pickled veggie mix with carrots, onions and radishes that was topped with cilantro. But Grace wasn’t a fan of the basil aioli in the blend. Our meal ended with the edamame hummus and the smoked eel. The menu said the hummus came with taro fries and wonton chips, but ours came with just four wonton chips, which weren’t enough for the hummus, which we both found to be quite boring. We ended on a high note with the smoked eel, which consisted of four or ﬁve eel pieces topped with whipped avocado, goat cheese, a candied macadamia nut and fruit puree. It was delicious, though nearly impossible to eat with ﬁngers or chopsticks. And apparently they don’t keep any forks on hand … I think that disqualiﬁes it as street food.
Bento Boxes on Ina Road A “casual Asian” restaurant has opened at 4299 W. Ina Road. Zento Box specializes in bentostyle meals. The restaurant building, which most recently housed China Box, has a drivethrough from its days as an Arby’s, but a sign at Zento Box says the drive-through won’t be used. Japanese, Korean and Chinese options are on the menu.
Going and Coming The Famous Sam’s at First Avenue and Prince Road has closed, as has Dicky’s Barbecue Pit, 4210 N. First Ave. A martial arts studio now fills the spot at 4825 N. First Ave. that once was home to La Cocina de Gabby and Brundog’s Zy-de-que Cajun and Barbeque. A Panda Express is supposed to open soon at Campbell Avenue and Glenn Street.
47 Scott Extends Cocktail Menu; Hacienda Del Sol Visits Argentina 47 Scott has added a few signature cocktails to the menu. Inventive twists on eight classic cocktails (including the Brick House Old Fashioned with bacon-washed rye) are now available for your sipping pleasure. The focus is on Argentina, Sunday, Jan. 20, at Hacienda Del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. Argentine Heart and Soul features food and wine pairings from the land of the gauchos. The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and costs $55 per person. For more info or reservations, call 529-3500.
round out the menu. This is an all-American pizzeria. (2-4-10) $-$$
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VERO AMORE E 3305 N. Swan Road, No. 105. 325-4122. Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 12130 N. Dove Mountain Blvd., No. 104 (579-2292). The Dove Mountain location has a full bar. The only pizza joint in town thatâ€™s certified as following the rigid guidelines of pizza from the old country, Vero Amore serves great pies. A couple of pasta dishes and salads round out the menu. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, and the service is sincere. The wine list is just right. This little pizza joint is a nice addition to the myriad restaurants in the Swan/Fort Lowell roads area. (8-24-06) $$
PRICE RANGES $ $8 or less $ $ $8-$15 $ $ $ $15-$25 $ $ $ $ $25 and up. Prices are based on menu entrĂŠe selections, and exclude alcoholic beverages. FORMS OF PAYMENT V Visa MC Mastercard AMEX American Express DIS Discover DC Dinerâ€™s Club checks local checks with guarantee card and ID only debit debit cards CatCard University of Arizona CatCard.
BEYOND BREAD C 3026 N. Campbell Ave. 322-9965. Open MondayFriday 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, MC, V. Also at 6260 E. Speedway Blvd. (747-7477) and 421 W. Ina Road (461-1111). Voted best bread in Tucson ever since it opened, Beyond Bread specializes in reviving the art of artisan bread, with its small batches and hand-formed loaves. Monstrous sandwiches, excellent pastries and swift service have earned this venue its status as one of the best places in Tucson to grab a quick bite to eat. (2-5-01) $ THE DAGGWOOD CAFĂ‰ C 736 E. Fort Lowell Road. 903-9663. Summer hours: Open Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular hours: Open Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. DIS, MC, V. The Daggwood CafĂŠ offers belly-busting sandwiches that run from the usual offerings to a few house specialties. All are big, of course; what else would you expect from a place with such a name? Everything is fresh and tasty. Catering is also available. (10-27-05) $-$$
TYPE OF SERVICE Counter Quick or fast-food service, usually includes take-out. Diner Minimal table service. CafĂŠ Your server is most likely working solo. Bistro Professional servers, with assistants bussing tables. Full Cover Multiple servers, with the table likely well set. Full Bar Separate bar space for drinks before and after dinner. RESTAURANT LOCATION C Central North to River Road, east to Alvernon Way, west to
Granada Avenue downtown, and south to 22nd Street. NW Northwest North of River Road, west of Campbell
Avenue. NE Northeast North of River Road, east of Campbell
EAST COAST SUPER SUBS C 187 N. Park Ave. 882-4005. Open daily 11 a.m.8 p.m. Counter/Diner/Beer and Wine. AMEX, MC, V. A slice of the turnpike right here in our own back yard, East Coast Super Subs will make transplanted Easterners weep with joy. The cheesesteaks are unparalleledâ€”great rolls, tender sliced beef, sautĂŠed sweet onions, melted provolone and a red-pepper relish to die for. Super Subs come in sizes up to 16 inches. Without a doubt, a complete meal in a bun. (9-9-99) $-$$ FRANKIEâ€™S SOUTH PHILLY CHEESESTEAKS C 2574 N. Campbell Ave. 795-2665. Open MondaySaturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. If youâ€™re looking for an authentic Philly cheesesteak or a hoagie made from fresh ingredients, Frankieâ€™s is the place to go. Fresh Amoroso rolls are flown in, and the meats come from Italy via Philadelphia. The Philly wings will give Buffalo-style a run for the money. Prices are more than fair. Service is upfront and friendly. A great place to eat in, take out or call for delivery. (3-24-05) $
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.
PIZZA TINOâ€™S PIZZA E 6610 E. Tanque Verde Road. 296-9656. Open Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday 3-9 p.m. Counter/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. You canâ€™t argue with the success of Tinoâ€™s; the place has been around since the mid-â€™80s. The pies here will satisfy any pizza craving; theyâ€™re hot, cheesy and just plain good! Sandwiches, salads, calzones and sides
LUKEâ€™S ITALIAN BEEF C 1615 S. Alvernon Way. 747-8399. Open MondaySaturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Counter/Beer Only. DIS, MC, V. Also at 101 E. Fort Lowell Road (888-8066), 4444 E. Grant Road (3219236), 6741 N. Thornydale Road (877-7897) and 2645 E. Speedway Blvd. (795-6060). These sandwiches are big and beefy, and the dogs snap when you bite. They come in wrappers filled with crisp, hot, crinkle-cut fries. Italian sausage and pizza are also first-rate. $ MELT E 5056 E. Broadway Blvd. 326-6358. Open MondaySaturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Itâ€™s a sandwich shop! Itâ€™s a cupcake store! Itâ€™s two eateries in one! At Melt, all of the sandwiches are
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named after American cities. Whether you prefer your sandwiches hot or cold, youâ€™re bound to find something youâ€™ll like. Salads and sides are available, and if youâ€™re craving a fried-egg sandwich on your way to work in the morning, stop by. Of course, then there are all those cupcakes from 2 Cupcakes, which shares the building (www.2cupcakes.com). They are as tasty as they are pretty. (9-8-11) $
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PJ SUBS T6 FILLING STATION C 2500 E. Sixth St. 326-9500. Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Want a tasty sandwich, some well-prepared fries and wings, and a cocktail, all while watching the game? PJ/T6 may just be the place for you. Thereâ€™s nothing here on the menu thatâ€™s particularly noteworthy, but they do what they do well. (9-24-09) $-$$ WHICH WICH? C 943 E. University Blvd., Suite 125. 884-0081. Open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Within about a dozen broad categories (various kinds of flesh, seafood, vegetarian, Italian, comforts, classics, etc.), you can customize your sandwich down to the type of mustard. The results can be terrific, if you choose wisely. Donâ€™t pass up the thick shakes and warm, soft cookies. (6-4-09) $ WORLD WIDE WRAPPERS C 500 N. Fourth Ave., No. 7. 884-7070. Open MondayThursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. MC, V. The folks at this longtime Fourth Avenue eatery offer fresh and healthful world-influenced food and drink. The veggies are bright and colorful, attesting to their freshness. The proteins are perfectly seasoned, and the other ingredients pop with flavor; we especially love the mango salsa. You get your choice of tortillas, or you can forgo them and have it all in a bowl. A great break during all that fun shopping on the avenue. (6-21-12) $
SEAFOOD BLUEFIN SEAFOOD BISTRO NW 7053 N. Oracle Road. 531-8500. Open MondayThursday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Bistro/ Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Kingfisherâ€™s sister restaurant is making a name for itself on the northwest side. Delicious seafood dishes for both lunch and dinner are the star attractions, but youâ€™ll also be wowed by the comfortable, industrial-chic dĂŠcor, the quaint outside patio and the large, welcoming bar. (10-13-05) $$$-$$$$ LA COSTA BRAVA S 3541 S. 12th Ave. 623-1931. Open Monday-
Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. DIS, MC, V. A well-kept secret, La Costa Brava offers up a down-anddirty deal on some of the freshest fish in town. Local distributor Rodriguez Seafood serves fresh catches in a simple yet satisfying fashion. The real deal. (1-31-02) $-$$
KINGFISHER BAR AND GRILL C 2564 E. Grant Road. 323-7739. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-midnight; Saturday and Sunday 5 p.m.-midnight. Bar is open Monday-Saturday to 1 a.m.; Sunday to midnight. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. This venueâ€™s strength is the creative talent of its kitchen
and innovative renditions from the American regional repertoire. The late-night bar menu is deservedly popular. Award-winning wine selections. (3-27-03) $$-$$$ RESTAURANT SINALOA W 1020 W. Prince Road. 887-1161. Open SundayThursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.11 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMES, DIS, MC, V. Restaurant Sinaloa should be Tucsonâ€™s new hotspot for freshly prepared, affordable seafood of every sort. Shrimp is the specialty, and with more than 20 different shrimp preparations on the menu, there is something for every palate. Service is quick and friendly. Be sure to branch out and try the smoked-marlin taco. (10-6-11) $-$$$
SOUTHWEST AGAVE S 1100 W. Pima Mine Road. 342-2328. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Off Interstate 19 on the way to Green Valley, Agave is a gem in the desert, well worth the drive. Featuring a menu heavy on steak and seafood, along with delightful service and an upscale, earth-tones decor, itâ€™s easy to forget youâ€™re dining on the grounds of a casino. The prices are reasonable, too. (2-5-04) $$-$$$ FIRE + SPICE E Sheraton Hotel and Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road 3236262. Open Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC and V. Hidden next to the pool at the Sheraton is Fire + Spice, a restaurant that shows a ton of potential. Southwest-inspired appetizers like nachos, quesadillas and jalapeĂąo snake bites are a delight, and the service and dĂŠcor are friendly and welcoming. The kitchen occasionally skimps on ingredients or otherwise loses focus, but the quality of the menu is undeniable. (6-11-09) $$ FLYING V BAR AND GRILL NE Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort
Drive. 299-2020. Open Sunday-Thursday 5:30-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5:30-10 p.m. Full Cover/ Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V, Checks. Overlooking a golf course and Tucsonâ€™s city lights, Ventana Canyonâ€™s Flying V has one of the nicest atmospheres of any local restaurant. Featuring salads, fish and meats, the restaurantâ€™s fare is consistently delicious. The prices are a bit steep, but the view is worth the extra money. Sit on the wooden deck next to the large fountain if you can. (7-22-04) $$$-$$$$ HIFALUTIN RAPID FIRE WESTERN GRILL NW 6780 N. Oracle Road. 297-0518. Open Sunday-
Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Servers are dressed in Western wear and topped with cowboy hats at this warm and cozy restaurant. The open kitchen gives you the opportunity to see the cooks in action. The generalâ€™s favorite chicken and margaritas are standouts. (11-28-02) $-$$ LODGE ON THE DESERT C 306 N. Alvernon Way. 320-2000. Open Sunday-
Thursday 7-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 7-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. This classic Tucson restaurant is in the process of reinventing itself after a major renovation, followed by a devastating kitchen fire. The entrĂŠes are executed well, with attention to detail. The flavors lean toward Southwestern, with a few oddities thrown in. Itâ€™s definitely worth a visit. (12-16-10) $$-$$$$
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bar and grill, says it all. Add a friendly atmosphere and big-screen TVs, and youâ€™ve got a great neighborhood eatery. The baskets are big, and dinners range from steak to spaghetti and meatballs. Happy-hour prices attract a nice crowd. (9-27-07) $-$$ MIDTOWN BAR AND GRILL E 4915 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-2011. Bar is open daily 9 a.m.-2 a.m.; Food is served daily 10 a.m.-1 a.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Visit this place for the abundant TV screens on game days, and very good burgers; the rest of the menu is not bad, but rather undistinguished. (2-12-09) $-$$
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Our music critics continue their look at the best of 2012
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Tony and the Torpedoes
BY THE USUAL GANG OF IDIOTS, email@example.com ust as we always do at this time of year, we’ve asked some of our resident music critics what their favorite albums of 2012 were. Three writers weighed in last week, and this week we present three more opinions on the matter.
Curtis McCrary In order of awesomeness Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls (Rough Trade/ATO) Festival circuit breakouts Alabama Shakes walked the walk on their debut, an album that blows a giant hole in the notion that rock is dead, or will ever die, for that matter. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist (Macklemore LLC) Hip-hop heads, especially those in the Northwest, were on to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis long before the release of their debut fulllength The Heist took everyone else by surprise this year when it plopped right down atop the iTunes chart and landed at No. 2 on Billboard. “Thrift Shop” was 2012’s most fun song and “Same Love,” a remarkably powerful attestation in support of gay rights, still gives me chills. The fact that it’s a self-released album tells you all you need to know about how much the landscape has changed—the only gatekeeper now between any act and an audience is quality. Tame Impala, Lonerism (Modular Recordings) Tame Impala must have a time machine, because there’s no way they didn’t record this in 1971 and bring it to the exact moment in the future when its bell-bottomed, heavy psychedelia would be again welcomed with open arms. I realize that this premise makes no sense, but then neither did the movie Looper, conclusively demonstrating that time travel is confusing. Grizzly Bear, Shields (Warp) Despite lacking anything nearly as hook-y as Veckatimest’s “Two Weeks,” Grizzly Bear’s third record is decidedly their most assured, and best. Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory (Carpark) Recording with a band rather than as a oneman-operation was a wise and necessary move by Dylan Baldi, and asking Steve Albini to engineer Attack on Memory seems entirely necessary, based on the buzz-bomb nature of the result, even if Albini occupied himself mostly with Facebook Scrabble during the sessions.
Ty Segall Band, Slaughterhouse (In The Red) This young rock maniac is bringing new meaning to the term prolific, with three full-length albums this year bearing his moniker. So it’s tossed off, then? Hardly. Slaughterhouse is the standout but Hair (Ty Segall and White Fence) and Twins (solo) are also worthy efforts. Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits (Merge) This album brought together the pleasingly orthogonal songwriting talents of Spoon frontman Britt Daniel and Wolf Parade/Handsome Family singer Dan Boeckner, with Sam Brown of the New Bomb Turks on the ones and twos. And, lo, a “supergroup” was born. However it’s the lowest-profile member of this entourage, keyboardist Alex Fischel, who makes the biggest impact. Calexico, Algiers (ANTI-) Posted without elaboration. Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Aftermath/Interscope) The most talented young rapper to come along in a generation shows what the mixtape-generated excitement was all about on his major label debut. That it’s one of the five best albums released this year seems to be a more or less consensus opinion across all seven Internets. You like rap, yes? You like this, then. White Rabbits, Milk Famous (TBD) As tempted as I am to continue comparing White Rabbits to Spoon, I’ll not do that here, except, goddamn it I just did it. Anyway, Milk Famous goes off in several pleasingly newish synthy directions, kinda like how Spoon does that on some of their songs. Fuck! Honorable mention: Jimmy Cliff, Rebirth (Universal); Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE (Island/Def Jam); Dr. Dog, Be The Void (ANTI-); Miike Snow, Happy to You (Downtown); Father John Misty, Fear Fun (Sub Pop); Cat Power, Sun (Matador) Michael Petitti (in order of preference) Swans, The Seer (Young God) Dread and beauty—core ingredients of the sublime—here are masterfully twisted and extended. A willful encapsulation of a peculiar 30-year career, The Seer is an inspired collage of anxiety, excitement and horror. It’s a peerless work, nimble enough to balance the caterwaul and the whisper, the ephemeral and the epic.
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DIIV, Oshin (Captured Tracks) A moody album that isn’t morose; a dreamy album that isn’t soporific; Oshin is a consistently thrilling release. With seemingly only an accent of vocals, waves of guitars and piles of melodies, it’s a shimmying, slivery and smart work capable of mesmeric grandeur. Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE (Def Jam) An immensely funny, sad, silly and lovely album, channel ORANGE speaks of a world of endless freedoms and intense boredoms. Ocean inhabits this spoiled, decadent landscape with velvety vocals, smooth production and studio flourishes both inspired and absurd (John Mayer’s guitar noodles for an incidental track? Sure!). Beach House, Bloom (Sub Pop) That an album so ornate, so affected, swerves past overwrought into transcendent is a minor miracle. An incredibly gorgeous release, Bloom brilliantly melds Victoria Legrand’s throaty vocals with twinkling, lush dream-pop. Bob Dylan, Tempest (Columbia) It feels irrefutable when Dylan bellows, “I ain’t dead yet/ My bell still rings,” deep into Tempest—an elegiac work masked as a venomous blues record. As loose and angry as nearly anything in Dylan’s 50-year canon, it finds the iconic troubadour striking a delicate balance between prickly codger and bemused romantic. Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (Interscope/Aftermath/Top Dawg) Easily the year’s best, most ambitious hip-hop album (or “short film”). Here, Lamar runs through a well-trod story about rising above environment and influences, yet succeeds by fusing the sacred with the profane, mixing continued from Page 48
Veteran local blues singer and guitarist Tony Uribe is putting the brakes on his current band, the beloved Tony and the Torpedoes, after 18 years. The band–whose heavy-hitting current lineup includes bassist Nick Augustine, violinist and singer Heather Hardy, drummer Marx Loeb, and guitarist Chris Leonard–has been a constant fixture on the local blues scene since the band formed in 1995. They’ll play a final gig at Boondocks Lounge this week. Uribe, an Arizona Blues Hall of Famer, posted the following announcement on the venue’s website: “This will be the final performance of the Torpedoes as I am retiring the band permanently. After 18 years of faithful service to the Tucson Blues Community this will be the band’s final performance. You may be asking yourself why at this point, so I will tell you. I am going to take a much needed hiatus from live performance after playing for 35 years, to get some health issues sorted and to write new material for a new band project I want to get started on. I know some of you may be sad to see the Torpedoes come to an end but as you all know nothing lasts forever. So come on out and party with us and help us celebrate 18 years of Torpedo blues from Tucson’s own premier blues band, Tony and the Torpedoes. See you there :) – Tony.” Catch the final performance by Tony and the Torpedoes from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Boondocks Lounge, 3306 N. First Ave. Cover is $5. For more information call 690-0991 or head to boondockslounge.com.
BORDER SONGS BENEFIT Although it was officially released in October, at a show in Flagstaff, the benefit CD Border Songs will be feted with a release party in Tucson this week. The album, a two-CD set, features 31 tracks ranging from blues and hip-hop to reggae and folk, spoken word poetry and rock to cumbia and mambo. One track combines a poem by Margaret Randall with a field recording of the wall itself by experimental sound artist Glenn Weyant. The list of contributors ranges from local performers such as Giant Giant Sand, Cyril Barrett, Calexico, and Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta, to national artists including Pete Seeger, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Tom Russell, and Amos Lee. According to a press release, since its October release the disc has raised about $16,000 for No More Deaths//No Más Muertes, “a volunteer group that caches water in the desert, provides medical assistance and food to migrants, and helps recently deported people on the Mexican side of the border.” All proceeds from sales of the CD, which is
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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Mature Themes (4AD) Calling this a more palatable dose of Pink’s fractious, batty avant-pop still makes it the strangest album to find a critical and commercial foothold. From lascivious, smoldering disco-pop to jangly, Laurel Canyon folk rock, Pink embraces the silly, introspective, glib and apocalyptic with impunity, making it all the bolder. Spiritualized, Sweet Heart Sweet Light (Fat Possum) On the heels of a deep, severe illness, Jason Pierce returns with a shaggy, confident rock album. Staring down the abyss with cool aplomb and vulnerable honesty, Pierce relies upon a children’s choir, oceans of guitars and organs, Dr. John, and his skewered, redemptive worldview. The resulting album is a frank meditation on love and death that is neither trite nor maudlin. Titus Andronicus, Local Business (XL) Bratty Jersey punks return stripped down— meaning abandoning 14-minute bagpipeencrusted paeans to the Civil War for 10-minute garage-blues boogies—without losing too much bark or bite. Barnburning punk and grandiose rock nestle alongside Patrick Stickles’ always loquacious, often witty observations on wretched modernity. Cat Power, Sun (Matador) Heartbreak, Paris and Miami can make, on paper, for a horrible cocktail of gaudy misery, but here Chan Marshall funnels her anger and environments into a muscular, meditative pop album. The whole affair is informed by dire sadness, but Marshall circumvents the ponderous by processing her grief through buoyant calypso, electronic panache and skittering pop.
The Portland, Ore., duo put together a new practice space/studio alongside this album, working for four years on Negotiations, which balances the band’s sense of shimmering cool with an entrenched sense of isolation. It’s a night record, full of reflection, doubts, comforts and haunts. Japandroids, Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl) Appropriately beginning with the sound of fireworks exploding, this head-rush of an album fits its title to a T. Celebrating big guitars, pounding drums and hooks galore, Japandroids made their mark on rock ’n’ roll this year with simple perfection.
The 17th St. Guitar and World Music Store’s top sales for the week ending Dec. 28, 2012 1. Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta Mambo Mexicano! (Cosmica)
The Walkmen, Heaven (Fat Possum) Without entirely abandoning the urgency of the band’s early albums, the Walkmen stretch out and slow down a bit on Heaven, their most irresistibly melodic batch of songs yet.
2. Grams & Krieger 5 (self-released)
3. Gabriel Sullivan By the Dirt (Fell City)
Jaill, Traps (Sub Pop) In a taut 34 minutes, Jaill delivers an album packed with jangly guitars, big garage riffs and psychedelic tangents. It’s the sound of a scrappy band making good on 10 years of hard work. Metric, Synthetica (Metric) Metric’s best-yet record, Synthetica is a sci-fi concept album—exploring disorientation, disillusionment and the defiant search for authenticity—packaged as a muscular and thrilling dance-rock record. Jens Lekman, I Know What Love Isn’t (Secretly Canadian) Swedish songwriter Lekman returns after five years with a lush, wistful album that explores a painful breakup through his inimitable songwriting voice, which combines tenderness, wit and honest self-awareness.
Here are, to my ears and in no particular order, the best and the next best of 2012:
Dr. Dog, Be the Void (ANTI-) Be the Void finds Dr. Dog thriving with a joyful, live spontaneity that bounds from song to song without ever losing the band’s magnetic catchiness. It’s an eclectic, adventurous, ramshackle album that swings between abstraction and dialed-in melodies.
Chuck Prophet, Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc) A love song to San Francisco delivered on a hot plate of raucous rock ’n’ roll, Temple Beautiful is instantly catchy. From the churning chords of opener “Play That Song Again” (which I did, again and again) to the celebratory “Willie Mays Is Up at Bat,” Prophet makes San Francisco come to life in all its enduring, freaky glory.
Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits (Merge) Shockingly more than the sum of its weighty parts, this collaboration between Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs, Wolf Parade) and Britt Daniel (Spoon) treads adventurously beyond “supergroup” expectations to deliver 11 fantastic, compelling songs.
Kelly Hogan, I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (ANTI-) Kelly Hogan enlisted a who’s who of songwriters to pen tunes for her first solo album in 11 years. The title song (from Robyn Hitchcock) and “Ways of This World” (from the late Vic Chesnutt) are particularly well suited for Hogan’s gorgeous voice, which amid all the excellent words and music (including Booker T. Jones on organ) still rises above. The Helio Sequence, Negotiations (Sub Pop)
Honorable Mention: Bob Dylan, Tempest; Shearwater, Animal Joy; Alabama Shakes, Boys and Girls; Giant Giant Sand, Tucson; Sharon Van Etten, Tramp; Nada Surf, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy; Plants and Animals, The End of That; Calexico, Algiers; Field Report, Field Report; Kathleen Edwards, Voyageur; Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball; Jay Farrar, Anders Parker, Yim Yames and Will Johnson, New Multitudes; Heartless Bastards, Arrow.
4. Justin Valdez Deuce-Seven Oﬀ Suit (Los Muertos)
5. Gabriel Sullivan Where the Bad Ones Go (Fell City)
6. Ronstadt Generations Prelude (Ronstadt Record Company)
7. Stefan George Songs From the Losers Bar (self-released)
8. The El Camino Royales Boogie Royale (self-released)
9. Francisco Gonzalez The Gift (17th Street)
10. Fred Knipe Swimming With Tigers (self-released)
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CASHMAN RETURNS Although heâ€™s played some solo gigs here and there, including a set of songs by Evan Dando and the Lemonheads at last monthâ€™s Great Cover-Up, itâ€™s been more than two years since Jeremy Michael Cashman performed with his band, a situation that will be remedied at a gig this week. As for why the singer-songwriter-guitarist hasnâ€™t performed with his band, the Wooden Heartsâ€”Andrew See on upright bass, drummer The Mighty Joel Ford, Dante Rosano on piano and coronetâ€”Cashman, in an e-mail sent to Soundbites, cites â€œpersonal tragedyâ€?: â€œI lost my wife of 15 years up at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., due to complications from ulcerative colitis on March 27, 2011. Therapy continues, and I hope music can bring its own version of therapy back into my life.â€? JMC and His Wooden Hearts return to the stage for the first time in more than two years at 10 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Jan. 3, at La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave. For more information about Cashman head to reverbnation.com/ jeremymichaelcashman/ for questions about the show, the number to call is 622-0351.
WHATâ€™S UP, FATLIP? A pair of rap veterans is headed our way this week to perform at two respective shows. First up, at The Rock, is whatâ€™s being billed as â€œBrokencyde with Fatlip from the Pharcyde,â€? which is both odd and confusing. Brokencyde is regarded as one of the founding artists of the crunkcore genre, which, to be somewhat simplistic about it, sounds like LMFAO. Fatlip, on the other hand, is something of an underground legend, having been a member of pioneering alt-rap collective The Pharcyde and a solo artist (his 2000 single â€œWhatâ€™s Up Fatlip?â€? still stands as one of the greatest exercises in self-deprecating hip-hop). But the two have very little in common, save looking favorably on spelling â€œsideâ€? â€œcyde.â€? Will Brokencyde serve as Fatlipâ€™s backing band? Will they collaborate at all? Will they give each other high-fives because they both enjoy spelling things incorrectly? I have no idea.
But I can tell you that at a 2006 show at Plush, Fatlip absolutely killed it, performing a set that consisted mostly of old Pharcyde classics with a few solo tracksâ€”including â€œWhatâ€™s Up Fatlip?â€?â€”tossed in the mix. Brokencyde with Fatlip will perform at The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave., on Sunday, Jan. 6. The all-ages show starts at 6 p.m. with opening sets by Mike Fair and Await Thy Hero. Advance tickets are available for $13 at rocktucson.com. For further details use that same website or call 629-9211. A few days later, at Club Congress, founding Freestyle Fellowship member Aceyalone, whoâ€™s been active as a solo artist since 1995, when he released the stone-classic All Balls Donâ€™t Bounce, will take the stage. A pioneer of whatâ€™s become known as backpack-rap, at a time when gangster rap was all the rage, Acey is regarded as one of the West Coastâ€™s finest rappersâ€”even if his flow wasnâ€™t so smooth, one would still have to be impressed by his vocabulary; put them together in one package and youâ€™ve got one very talented dude. Aceyalone performs at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The 21-and-older show begins at 8 p.m. with an opening set by Jivin Scientists. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 on the day of show. For tickets and more info head to hotelcongress.com/ club or call 622-8848.
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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. APPLEBEE’S ON GRANT 4625 E. Grant Road. 319-0544. APPLEBEES ON WETMORE 565 E. Wetmore Road. 292-2600. 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. BIG WILLY’S RESTAURANT AND SPORTS GRILL 1118 E. Sixth St. 882-2121. THE BISBEE ROYALE 94 Main St. Bisbee. (520) 432-6750. THE BONE-IN STEAKHOUSE 5400 S. Old Spanish Trail. 885-4600. BOONDOCKS LOUNGE 3306 N. First Ave. 690-0991. BRATS 5975 W. Western Way Circle. 578-0341. THE BREEZE PATIO BAR AND GRILL Radisson Suites. 6555 E. Speedway Blvd. 731-1414. 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. CAFÉ PASSÉ 415 N. Fourth Ave. 624-4411. THE CANYON’S CROWN RESTAURANT AND PUB 6958 E. Tanque Verde Road. 8858277. CASA VICENTE RESTAURANTE ESPAÑOL 375 S. Stone Ave. 884-5253. CHE’S LOUNGE 350 N. Fourth Ave. 623-2088. CHICAGO BAR 5954 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-8169. CHUY’S MESQUITE BROILER 22ND STREET 7101 E. 22nd St. 722-5117. CIRCLE S SALOON 16001 W. El Tiro Road. Marana. 6825377. CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. LA COCINA RESTAURANT, CANTINA AND COFFEE BAR 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351. 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) 398-8000. COW PONY BAR AND GRILL 6510 E. Tanque Verde Road. 721-2781. CUSHING STREET RESTAURANT AND BAR 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984. DAKOTA CAFE AND CATERING CO. 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-7188. DELECTABLES RESTAURANT AND CATERING 533 N. Fourth Ave. 884-9289.
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THE DEPOT SPORTS BAR 3501 E. Fort Lowell Road. 7958110. DESERT DIAMOND CASINO MONSOON NIGHTCLUB 7350 S. Nogales Highway. 294-7777. DESERT DIAMOND CASINO SPORTS BAR Interstate 19 and Pima Mine Road. 294-7777. DIABLOS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL 2545 S. Craycroft Road. 514-9202. DON’S BAYOU CAJUN COOKIN’ 8991 E. Tanque Verde Road. 749-4410. DRIFTWOOD BAR 2001 S. Craycroft Road. 790-4317. 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. ELLIOTT’S ON CONGRESS 135 E. Congress St. 622-5500. ENOTECA PIZZERIA WINE BAR 58 W. Congress St. 6230744. 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. 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. FUKU SUSHI 940 E. University Blvd. 798-3858. 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. 3231022. 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. THE HOG PIT SMOKEHOUSE BAR AND GRILL 6910 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-4302. THE HUT 305 N. Fourth Ave. 623-3200. IGUANA CAFE 210 E. Congress St. 882-5140. IRISH PUB 9155 E. Tanque Verde Road. 749-2299. 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 EVENT CENTER 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. LOTUS GARDEN RESTAURANT 5975 E. Speedway Blvd. 298-3351. 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. MESCAL BAR AND GRILL 70 N. Cherokee Trail. Mescal. (520) 586-3905. MIDTOWN BAR AND GRILL 4915 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-2011. MINT COCKTAILS 3540 E. Grant Road. 881-9169. MONTEREY COURT STUDIO GALLERIES AND CAFÉ 505 W. Miracle Mile. 207-2429. 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. NEW MOON TUCSON 915 W. Prince Road. 293-7339. 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. ON A ROLL 63 E. Congress St. 622-7655. 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. THE PARISH 6453 N. Oracle Road. 797-1233. 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. 7981298. 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. 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. 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. 8879027. 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. 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. 6234010. SIR VEZA’S TACO GARAGE WETMORE 220 W. Wetmore Road. 888-8226. SKRAPPY’S 191 E. Toole Ave. 358-4287. 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. THE STATION PUB AND GRILL 8235 N. Silverbell Road. 789-7040. 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. 2966275. TANQUE VERDE SWAP MEET 4100 S. Palo Verde Road. 294-4252. TERRY AND ZEKE’S 4603 E. Speedway Blvd. 325-3555. THIRSTY’S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL 2422 N. Pantano Road. 885-6585. TRIDENT GRILL 2033 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-5755. TUCSON LIVE MUSIC SPACE 125 W. Ventura St. . UNICORN SPORTS LOUNGE 8060 E. 22nd St., No. 118. 722-6900. V FINE THAI 9 E. Congress St. 882-8143. WHISKEY TANGO 140 S. Kolb Road. 344-8843. WILDCAT HOUSE 1801 N. Stone Ave. 622-1302. WINGS-PIZZA-N-THINGS 8838 E. Broadway Blvd. 7229663. 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 JAN 3 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Bob Linesch Boondocks Lounge The Ed Delucia Band The Breeze Patio Bar and Grill Live music Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Live classical guitar Chicago Bar Neon Prophet La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Stefan George Elliott’s on Congress The Kachina Speakeasy Review La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live mariachi music Hacienda del Sol Aaron Gilmartin Hideout Bar and Grill The Gebbia/Barrett Acoustic Duo Las Cazuelitas Event Center Live music Maverick Jack Bishop Band McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Lounge: Susan Artemis Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Shaky Bones O’Malley’s Live music On a Roll Live music O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Plush Justin Martinez, Spiders Can Fly RPM Nightclub 80’s and Gentlemen Sheraton Hotel and Suites Prime Example Sky Bar Live music Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Whiskey Tango Live music
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 Driftwood Bar 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 Bob Paluzzi Know Where II New Star Karaoke Margarita Bay Music Box Outlaw Saloon Chubbrock Entertainment Pappy’s Diner Open mic River’s Edge Lounge Karaoke with KJ David Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y Not Karaoke Stadium Grill Chubbrock Entertainment Thirsty’s Neighborhood Grill
DANCE/DJ Big Willy’s Restaurant and Sports Grill DJ Hurricane and Project Benny Blanco Diablos Sports Bar and Grill Bikini bash with DJ Mike Lopez Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company DJ spins music The Hideout Fiesta DJs The Hut DJ MGM Javelina Cantina DJ M. Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar DJ Bonus Pearson’s Pub DJ Wild Wes RJ’s Replays Sports Pub and Grub DJ M. Sam Hughes Place Championship Dining DJ spins music Sapphire Lounge Salsa night Sir Veza’s Taco Garage Wetmore DJ Riviera 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
COMEDY Laffs Comedy Caffé Open mic
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FRI JAN 4 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed The Bamboo Club Live music The Bashful Bandit Live music The Bisbee Royale Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl Boondocks Lounge Neon Prophet CafĂŠ PassĂŠ Tom Walbank, Roman Barten-Sherman Chicago Bar The AmoSphere Chuyâ€™s Mesquite Broiler 22nd Street Bobby Wilson Club Congress Rich Hopkins and the Luminarios La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar The Greg Morton Band, Ohioan, Pork Torta Cow Palace Live music Dakota Cafe and Catering Co. John Ronstadt and Howard Wooten Delectables Restaurant and Catering Live music El MezĂłn del Cobre Mariachi Azteca El Parador Descarga, Salsarengue, Tito y Su Nuevo Son Famous Samâ€™s E. Golf Links Live music La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music Hacienda del Sol Freddy Vesely The Hideout Sol Down Las Cazuelitas Event Center Mariachis Liâ€™l Abnerâ€™s Steakhouse Arizona Dance Hands Maverick Flipside McMahonâ€™s Prime Steakhouse Lounge: Daniel â€œSlyâ€? Slipetsky Mint Cocktails Michael P. Nordberg and band Monterey Court Studio Galleries and CafĂŠ Titan Valley Warheads Mr. Anâ€™s Teppan Steak and Sushi Edna and Ely Mr. Headâ€™s Art Gallery and Bar Mothership Connection and Captain Antenna Old Father Inn Live music Oâ€™Shaughnessyâ€™s Live pianist and singer The Parish Stefan George La Parrilla Suiza Mariachi music Plush The Growlers, Vacant Lots, The Electric Blankets Redline Sports Grill East2West Ricâ€™s Cafe/Restaurant Live music Shooters Steakhouse and Saloon Andy Hersey Shot in the Dark CafĂŠ Mark Bockel The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar 80â€™s and Gentlemen Stadium Grill Live music Sullivanâ€™s Steak House Live music Surly Wench Pub Black Cherry Burlesque Tanque Verde Swap Meet Live music V Fine Thai Phony Bennett Whiskey Tango Live music
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Iguana Cafe Jeffâ€™s Pub Kustom Karaoke Know Where II New Star Karaoke LB Saloon Karaoke with 1Phat DJ Margarita Bay Midtown Bar and Grill Putneyâ€™s Karaoke with DJ Soup Rileyâ€™s Irish Tavern Chubbrock Entertainment Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y Not Karaoke Salty Dawg II Tucsonâ€™s Most Wanted Entertainment with KJ Sean Shooters Steakhouse and Saloon Stockmenâ€™s Lounge Terry and Zekeâ€™s Wings-Pizza-N-Things YNot Entertainment Woodyâ€™s
DANCE/DJ The Auld Dubliner DJ spins music Big Willyâ€™s Restaurant and Sports Grill DJ Obi-Wan Kenobi Casa Vicente Restaurante EspaĂąol Flamenco guitar and dance show Circle S Saloon DJ BarryB Delectables Restaurant and Catering After Dark: DJs Elektra Tek, Seth Myles, Resonate, Fix The Depot Sports Bar DJ and music videos Desert Diamond Casino Monsoon Nightclub Groovinâ€™ Fridays Old School party Desert Diamond Casino Sports Bar Fiesta DJs: Latin/ Urban night Diablos Sports Bar and Grill DJ Mike Lopez El Charro CafĂŠ Sahuarita DJ spins music El Charro CafĂŠ on Broadway DJ spins R&B El Parador Salsa-dance lessons with Jeannie Tucker Famous Samâ€™s Valencia DJ spins music Fuku Sushi DJ spins music Javelina Cantina DJ M. Maynards Market and Kitchen DJ spins music Music Box â€˜80s and more NoRTH DJ Phatal Oâ€™Malleyâ€™s DJ Dibs Sam Hughes Place Championship Dining DJ spins music Sapphire Lounge Flashback Fridays with DJ Sid the Kid Sinbadâ€™s Fine Mediterranean Cuisine DJ spins music Skrappyâ€™s Fresh Friday: Rap, hip-hop, b-boy battles Sky Bar Hot Era party The Station Pub and Grill Chubbrock Entertainment Unicorn Sports Lounge Y Not Entertainment Wildcat House Top 40 dance mix Wooden Nickel DJ spins music Zen Rock DJ Kidd Kutz
COMEDY Laffs Comedy CaffĂŠ Chris Simpson
SAT JAN 5 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed The Bashful Bandit Live music The Bisbee Royale Roll Acosta, Steff Koeppen and the Articles The Bone-In Steakhouse Bobby Wilson Boondocks Lounge Tony and the Torpedoes CafĂŠ PassĂŠ Matt Lynn and Kaia Chesney, Tallhart Cheâ€™s Lounge Live music Chicago Bar Neon Prophet Club Congress Cash Lansky CD Release, Golden Ghost, The Aces
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NINE QUESTIONS Lisa Novak While Lisa Novak spends days cutting hair at her salon in Houston, the rest of her life is devoted to making music. The singersongwriter and guitarist has recorded four albums of country- and folk-tinged rock, the most recent being 2012â€™s Canâ€™t Go Back. Local music fans will recognize her as a member of her fiancĂŠ Rich Hopkinsâ€™ band, the Luminarios, who play Friday, Jan. 4, at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Admission is $5. Doors open at 7 p.m. Gene Armstrong, email@example.com
What was the first concert you attended? Dan Fogelberg with my older sister at the Houston Music Hall. What are you listening to these days? The Gosdin Brothers, the Mastersons, Luna. Old Fleetwood Mac is perfect on the road trips from Tucson to Houston. What was the first album you owned? My older brother gave me Lynyrd Skynyrdâ€™s Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd for my 13th birthday. What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just donâ€™t get? Not naming namesâ€”white women who try to sing like the great black artists, or artists who have to have dancers and shows instead of just listening to their music. What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live? The Rolling Stones in the â€™70s. I saw a great documentary, Crossfire Hurricane, recently on HBO and had no idea their shows were so crazy. Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure? Anything that Rich pulls out of his vinyl collection when he plays DJ for me. It ranges from old Jefferson Airplane to Bread to totally uncool one-hit wonders. What song would you like to have played at your funeral? â€œSecure Yourselfâ€? by the Indigo Girls.
What band or artist changed your life, and how? Melissa Etheridge and her song â€œBring Me Some Water.â€? I had just started to write music and was inspired by her grit. Also, Rich Hopkins, because although I had my own band, the playing, writing and touring with him definitely has expanded me musically.
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EX-COWBOY, ALLI GATO, LITTLE CREATURES TUCSON LIVE MUSIC SPACE Saturday, Dec. 29 As I walked into Tucson Live Music Space on Saturday night, I looked up, and in front of all the bands I came to see, I was greeted with a very audible “Hey! It’s the press!” by the inhouse booker. I pulled him aside and whispered, “You probably don’t want to say that in front of the bands I came to review.” He smiled and replied, “This is DIY!” Those three words said it all, for TLMS proves the very punk ethos of self-reliance. In this all ages venue, community is everything. Thirty years ago, mohawked morons The Exploited released a song called “Punks [sic] Not Dead.” But they were correct; they just had no idea of the implications of what they had said. It turns out that the original idea of punk rock permeates just about every form of independent music there is. You just have to do it yourself. So, whether it was the Grateful Deadvia-Sonic Youth stylings of Little Creatures, the disquieting confessionals of Alli Gato, or the desolate country affectations of Ex-Cowboy, punk turned out to be all-inclusive, where, again, community is everything. Tucson’s Little Creatures let the jams run free three minutes at a time, condensing hippie boredom into short blasts of trippy trad-rock. All buildups and breakdowns, alternately hazy and abrasive, Little Creatures’ brief songs lingered long after they ended. They may have looked like the Allman Brothers circa 1972, but their primitive musicianship and commitment made everything just fine. A great band in the making. Hailing from Phoenix, singer-songwriter Alli Gato, whose upcoming album on local label Cat Cassettes is currently being recorded, was a force to be reckoned with. Her graphic and explicit character sketches, set to simple and pretty melodies, were very uncomfortable, but absolutely engrossing. Her songs were so honest and brutally personal; it was like she was reading her diary to the audience. Similar in spirit to John Lennon’s post-primal scream therapy solo records, only about 80 decibels quieter, you could whisper over her performance, but nobody did. Finishing out the night were locals Ex-Cowboy, who brought the volume up a few notches and eased the tension in the room. This quartet played dark Appalachian folk songs, heavy on gloomy textures and high and lonesome Spaghetti Western soundtrack guitar, and they were extraordinary and mysterious. Three vastly different artists, under one roof and equally appreciated. It was a great night. And community is everything. Joshua Levine firstname.lastname@example.org
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Colt’s Taste of Texas Steakhouse Live music Cow Pony Bar and Grill DJ spins music Cushing Street Restaurant and Bar Live music Dakota Cafe and Catering Co. Howard Wooten Delectables Restaurant and Catering Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl Don’s Bayou Cajun Cookin’ Melody Louise El Charro Café Sahuarita Live salsa band El Mezón del Cobre Mariachi Azteca El Parador Descarga, Salsarengue, Tito y Su Nuevo Son Enoteca Pizzeria Wine Bar Phil Borzillo Famous Sam’s E. Golf Links Live music La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente Gold Live music Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music Hacienda del Sol Freddy Vesely The Hideout Los Bandidos Irish Pub The Cobras Las Cazuelitas Event Center Mariachis Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse Arizona Dance Hands Lookout Bar and Grille at Westward Look Resort Live acoustic Maverick Flipside McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Lounge: Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Kevin Pakulis and the Coyote Supper Club Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Local Motion O’Malley’s Live music Old Pueblo Grille Jazz Jam with Pete Swan Trio O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer La Parrilla Suiza Mariachi music Plush Lexa Raquel, Yardsale Heart Rialto Theatre K-Bass and Farafina Musiki, Planet Jam, Batucaxe, Mamaxe Dance Collective Ric’s Cafe/Restaurant Live music Sheraton Hotel and Suites Tucson Jazz Institute Sky Bar Live music The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar Live music Stadium Grill Live music Sullivan’s Steak House The Bishop/Nelly Duo Tanque Verde Ranch Live music Tanque Verde Swap Meet Live music Tucson Live Music Space Family Thief, Anika’s Basement Show, Lost Land Lost Love Whiskey Tango Live music Wisdom’s Café Bill Manzanedo
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Arizona Inn Dennis Reed Armitage Wine Lounge and Café Ryanhood The Auld Dubliner Irish jam session Azul Restaurant Lounge Live piano music The Bashful Bandit Sunday Jam with the Deacon Boondocks Lounge Heather Hardy and the Li’l Mama Band Chicago Bar Reggae Sundays La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Catfish and Weezie Dakota Cafe and Catering Co. Howard Wooten Driftwood Bar Acoustic rock La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music Hacienda del Sol Freddy Vesely Las Cazuelitas Event Center Live music Lotus Garden Restaurant Melody Louise McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Lounge: David Prouty Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Sunday Jazz Showcase Old Pueblo Grille Jazz Jam with Pete Swan Trio O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Raging Sage Coffee Roasters Paul Oman The Rock Brokencyde with Fatlip Shooters Steakhouse and Saloon Live music Sullivan’s Steak House Howard and Loud
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TUE JAN 8 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Bob Linesch Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Live classical guitar Chicago Bar Jive Bombers Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live mariachi music Hacienda del Sol Aaron Gilmartin Las Cazuelitas Event Center Live music Maverick Jack Bishop Band McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Lounge: Susan Artemis Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Stefan George Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar The Jeff McKinney Band Sheraton Hotel and Suites Arizona Roadrunners Sky Bar Live jazz Stadium Grill Open jam Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Whiskey Tango Pozer
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The Auld Dubliner DJ spins music Bedroxx DJ spins music Brodie’s Tavern Latino Night Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Flamenco guitar and dance show La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar DJ Herm Desert Diamond Casino Monsoon Nightclub Noches Caliente Desert Diamond Casino Sports Bar Fiesta DJs: Country Tejano night Driftwood Bar ‘90s R&B with DJ Qloud Nyne 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 Music Box DJ Lluvia On a Roll DJ Aspen Pearson’s Pub DJ Wild Wes 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 Sir Veza’s Taco Garage Wetmore DJ Du Surly Wench Pub Poison Lips Electro Dance Party Wildcat House Tejano dance mix Wooden Nickel DJ spins music Zen Rock DJ Kidd Kutz
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MON JAN 7 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed Boondocks Lounge The Bryan Dean Trio Chicago Bar The Ronstadts Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music Hacienda del Sol Aaron Gilmartin Las Cazuelitas Event Center Live music McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Lounge: David Prouty Sullivan’s Steak House Live music
KARAOKE/OPEN MIC The Auld Dubliner Margarita Bay Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Cut-Throat Karaoke Music Box O’Malley’s Purgatory
Applebees on Wetmore Team Trivia Club Congress Geeks Who Drink
WED JAN 9 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Bob Linesch The Bamboo Club Melody Louise The Bisbee Royale Amy Ross Boondocks Lounge The Titan Valley Warheads Café Passé Glen Gross Quartet Chicago Bar Bad News Blues Band Club Congress Aceyalone La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Elephant Head Copper Queen Hotel Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl, Amy Ross Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music Hacienda del Sol Aaron Gilmartin Irish Pub Mindy Ronstadt, Bill Martin, Bill Ronstadt Las Cazuelitas Event Center Live music Maverick Jack Bishop Band McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Lounge: Susan Artemis Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Nashville Songwriters’ Association jam O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Playground Bar and Lounge Live jazz PY Steakhouse Angel Perez Raging Sage Coffee Roasters Paul Oman Shot in the Dark Café Open mic Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Tanque Verde Ranch Live music
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KARAOKE/OPEN MIC Brats Diablos Sports Bar and Grill Tequila DJ karaoke show Famous Samâ€™s Broadway Famous Samâ€™s W. Ruthrauff Famous Samâ€™s Irvington Famous Samâ€™s Oracle Chubbrock Entertainment Fox and Hound Smokehouse and Tavern Karaoke, dance music and music videos with DJ Tony G Frog and Firkin Singâ€™n with Scotty P. Hideout Bar and Grill Old Skool DJ, Karaoke with DJ Tigger Jeffâ€™s Pub Kustom Karaoke Margarita Bay Mint Cocktails Amazing Star karaoke Mooneyâ€™s Pub On a Roll Pappyâ€™s Diner Open mic Pearsonâ€™s Pub
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Nervous Circuits & 25:37
Hung at Heart
Like many great bands, the VSS existed during a small, finite window of timeâ€”about 36 months in the mid-1990s. The Colorado-by-way-of-San Francisco band eschewed trends of the day by combining abrasive post-punk with synthesizers, simultaneously harking back to early punk rock of the late 1970s (when no rule went unbroken) and foreseeing a terrifying future. The confrontational hurricane that was the VSSâ€™ music included nightmarish soundtrack music, angular guitar, bellowed vocals in the manner of Big Black, rubbery Fugazi-style bass and swatches of pure intoxicating noise. This new double-LP collection (also available as a digital download) was released at the end of November. It combines the bandâ€™s only full-length recording, Nervous Circuits from 1997, with an expanded version of the 2001 singles collection originally titled 21:51. Cuts such as â€œEffigy,â€? â€œLunar Weightâ€? and â€œDeath Sceneâ€? (from Nervous Circuits) will cause fire to explode behind your eyes. When those flames ebb, tracks from 25:37 such as â€œThe Fist and Fingers,â€? â€œCosmic Retributionâ€? and â€œCrawling in Placeâ€? will pour accelerant on the warm embers. And when you hear the amazing title track on Nervous Circuits, youâ€™ll know what a union of Glenn Branca, At the Drive-In and Suicide mightâ€™ve sounded like. The members of this band have all gone on to other projects, including Pleasure Forever and Red Sparowes, and vocalist Sonny Kay founded the now-defunct indie label Gold Standard Laboratories. But, fortunately, the VSSâ€™ music has been preserved so that todayâ€™s listeners can enjoy it. This is monumental stuff, truly exhilarating and among the best reissues of 2012. Gene Armstrong
The Growlers play a sort of thrift-store rock music, creatively reappropriating vintage sounds according to both whims and some master plan that calls for a party full of mischief. The Costa Mesa, Calif., band plays psychedelic, country-tinged surf rock that borrows a bit of Beckâ€™s old slacker attitude (they call it â€œbeach gothâ€? and the record label tosses in terms like â€œhobo tranceâ€? and â€œboom-boom twangâ€?). On Hung at Heart, the band finds a way to pack a rock history lessonâ€™s worth of sounds into something entirely unique to the Growlers. Opener â€œSomedayâ€? is an easy hum-along that features a broke dreamerâ€™s imagery of turning â€œbologna into steak and tallboys into champagne.â€? â€œOne Million Loversâ€? sounds like a long-lost Kinks tune, an altogether quirky blend of bold chorus hooks and bouncily detouring verses. â€œNo Need for Eyesâ€? spins around like a kaleidoscope, its swirling vocals grounded by a steady drumbeat, while â€œPet Shop Eyesâ€? takes a bit of a country shuffle out to the shoreline. â€œThe Fruit Is for Everyoneâ€? puts a woozy instrumental coda on the party, a satiated half-stumble through the detritus of a time too good to completely remember. Hung at Heart finds the Growlers in an inclusive mood, fitting 15 songs into a sprawling 50 minutes that never grows old, shifting styles song by song without losing the core of poppy magnetism. Eric Swedlund
On Simplicity, local MC Cash Lansky delivers a stellar debut, an album that explores self-determination, destiny and the hard work it takes to make it. The core of Simplicity is Lanskyâ€™s personal story, which plays out like a boxing film, emphasizing the endless training that leads up to the moment of arrival. Collaborating with a series of producers, Lansky pairs his rhymesâ€”sharp, defiant and confidentâ€”with beats that range from smooth to spacey to bass-heavy. Opening with sampled dialogue from John Carpenterâ€™s 1988 sci-fi film They Live, â€œWorld of Simplicityâ€? delivers an introduction that lays out Lanskyâ€™s hard-working positivity: â€œPlease donâ€™t mistake my confidence for being cocky.â€? The albumâ€™s strongest tracksâ€”like â€œEnough Is Enoughâ€? and â€œHard Timesâ€?â€” blend that confidence with more detailed stories of how Lansky came to rise above with music. Riding a beat filled with piano and saxophone, â€œEnough Is Enoughâ€? finds Lansky taking a realistic look back in time, turning away from petty drug dealing and sticking it to those who expected from him nothing but jail. â€œHard Timesâ€? puts a spare beat behind Lanskyâ€™s rhymes that explore the deeper motivations and focus behind his self-confidence and pride as an artist. With local guests like kAZual and Runt, Simplicity is an album about living out dreams and what it takes to get there. Still, itâ€™s somewhat limited as such an inward-looking album, so hereâ€™s hoping that Lanskyâ€™s promising arrival represents just the beginning of his ambitions as a rapper. Eric Swedlund
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The Growlers perform with the Vacant Lots and the Electric Blankets at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. $8 advance, $10 day of; 798-1298; plushtucson.com
Cash Lansky performs at a CD-release party with GLDN GHST and The Aces at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. All Ages; $5; 622-8848; hotelcongress.com/club.
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J.M. Smith Resolves BY J.M. SMITH, email@example.com ead three times and committed to the editor, Tucson Weekly, made the order of the day and days henceforth until Dec. 31, 2013, and ordered to be printed, Mr. Smith, medical marijuana columnist, reported the following resolution concerning Medical Marijuana.
Sec. 1: Be it resolved that Mr. Smith will exercise more due diligence in fact-finding. I’ve spent a fair amount of my Mr. Smith time telling you what I think. That’s what I’m here for, largely, but at a certain point, telling you what I think with a thinnish foundation of facts starts to sound pretty empty. I frequently burn 80 percent of my space on my opinions. Sometimes that’s too much. Who gives a fuck what I think, ultimately? It’s not like I am an oracle, sent by The Editors to enlighten you with my astute Observations of The World and my nuances of introspection. I’m just some guy who can spell, basically, sent by the Mother of Invention to sell grammar to the Tucson Weekly. There’s a little more to it than that, but I guess I am saying I plan to lean more toward real information in this space as opposed to the bullshit opinions of some guy who can spell. Sec. 2: Be it resolved that Mr. Smith, recognizing that his vernacular can, in some circles, detract from his credibility, and recognizing that a paradigm shift is in order for cannabis terminology, will make a run at using more serious words and shit. Like the vast majority of my readers, I started using cannabis long before its medical uses were common knowledge. I started smoking pot because it’s fun, not because it was relieving my neck pain. So when I started this column, I decided to recognize the recreational underpinnings of the drug. I mostly suck at ignoring elephants in the room, partly because it’s my nature and partly because it’s my job. I am much more
inclined to say, “Hey, look at that!! There’s a fucking elephant in the room!! Cool! Why is there an elephant in here?!?! Whose elephant is this!? How long has he been in here? Wow. Doesn’t he get in the way?? This is awesome. I like elephants.” So I decided not to ignore the recreational elephant in the room. As a result, I have taken some fire for not being serious enough. But if you read past them, my stoner refs are usually a thin veneer on thoughtful, fact-based writing. But I’m not trying to alienate anyone, so in 2013 I plan to inject a little more Watson and Crick and a little less Cheech and Chong. Sec. 3: Be it resolved that Mr. Smith, recognizing that advocacy isn’t a sin and that it might even help advance the conversation, will support the burgeoning medical cannabis industry in Arizona and beyond. I’ve said a couple of times in this column that I’m not an advocate, but I have pretty much come to the conclusion that I can’t be the Charles Barkley of the medical cannabis world. Like it or not, I am a role model, so to speak. It’s starting to seem a little silly, given my role here, to cling to the traditional (and very valuable and dear-to-my-heart) concept of unbiased reporting. Fuck that. I am a medical cannabis advocate. There, I said it. I will continue to offer you facts about medical cannabis, and I will certainly call the kettle black when it’s black. But henceforth I am considering myself a bit more of a medical cannabis advocate and a bit less of an objective reporter. And I won’t feel guilty about it anymore ;) Committed this First Day of January, 2013, and duly noted in the files of the Tucson Weekly, a publication of Wick Communications.
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny. Go to RealAstrology.com 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): In 2013, I pledge to conspire with you to increase your mastery of the art of friendship. Together we will concentrate on making you an even stronger ally than you already are. We will upgrade your skill at expressing your feelings with open-hearted clarity, and in ways that don’t make people defensive. We will also inspire you to help others communicate effectively in your presence. I hope you understand that doing this work will empower you to accomplish feats that were never before possible for you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Chickens and alligators share a common ancestor. Seventy million years ago, they were both archosaurs. That’s why chickens possess a gene that has the ability to grow teeth. A few years ago, a biological researcher at the University of Wisconsin managed to activate this capacity, inducing a few mutant chickens to sprout alligator teeth. I predict there will be a metaphorically comparable event happening for you in 2013, Taurus. The “chicken” part of you will acquire some of the gravitas of an alligator. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground,” said French novelist Marcel Proust. An attitude like that is always a barrier to growth, of course, but in 2013 it would be especially ill-advised for you Geminis. In order to win full possession of the many blessings that will be offering themselves to you, you will have to give up your solid footing and dive into the depths over and over again. That may sometimes be a bit nerve-racking. But it should also generate the most fun you’ve had in years. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Here’s the horoscope I hope to be able to write for you a year from now: You escaped the chains that kept you enslaved to your primary source of suffering. You broke the trance it kept you in, and you freed yourself from its demoralizing curse. Now you have forged a resilient new relationship with your primary source of suffering—a relationship that allows you to deal with it only when it’s healthy for you to do so and only when you feel strong enough to do it. Very nicely done! Congratulations! Excellent work!
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “In this world,” said Oscar Wilde, “there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” I’m counting on you to refute the last part of that questionable assertion, Leo. According to my analysis of the long-term astrological omens, you will definitely be getting what you want in the next six months. You will receive your prize … you will earn your badge ... you will win a big game or claim your birthright or find your treasure. When that happens, I trust you will make sure it is an enduring blessing. There will be no sadness involved! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): English poet Alfred Tennyson wrote so many memorable lines that he is among the top 10 most frequently cited authors in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. One of his most famous passages was “‘Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all.” When he was on his death bed at age 83, his enigmatic last words were, “I have opened it.” Let’s make that declaration your mantra for the coming year, Virgo. In your case, it will have nothing to do with death, but just the opposite. It will be your way of announcing your entrance into a brighter, lustier, more fertile phase of your life. Try saying it right now: “I have opened it!” LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Back in 1830, it was expensive to stay up and do things in your room after dark. To earn enough money to pay for the whale oil that would light your lamp for an hour, you had to work for 5.4 hours. And today? It’s cheaper. You have to put in less than a second of hard labor to afford an hour’s worth of light. I suspect that in 2013 there will be a similar boost in your ease at getting the light you need to illuminate your journey. I’m speaking metaphorically here, as in the insight that arises from your intuition, the emotional energy that comes from those you care about, and the grace of the Divine Wow. All that good stuff will be increasing. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life,” said Scorpio painter Georgia O’Keeffe, “and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” I think her declaration is excellent
medicine for you. In 2013, you will have great potential for upgrading your relationship with your fears—not necessarily suppressing them or smashing them, but rather using them more consistently as a springboard, capitalizing on the emotions they unleash, and riding the power they motivate you to summon. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Ambition can creep as well as soar,” said Irish philosopher Edmund Burke. That will be good for you to remember throughout 2013, Sagittarius. Later this year, the time may come for your ambition to soar— in the month of April, for example, and again in the month of August. But for the foreseeable future, I think your ambition will operate best if you keep it contained and intense, moving slowly and gradually, attending to the gritty details with supreme focus. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In Tom Robbins’ book Skinny Legs and All, one of the characters, Ellen Cherry, has a conversation with a voice in her head. The voice gives her a piece of advice: “The trick is this: keep your eye on the ball.
Even when you can’t see the ball.” I think that happens to be excellent counsel for you to heed during the next six months, Capricorn. You may not always be able to figure out what the hell is going on, but that shouldn’t affect your commitment to doing the right thing. Your job is to keep your own karma clean and pure—and not worry about anyone else’s karma. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I’ll be bold and predict that 2013 will be a time when you’ll discover more about the art of happiness than you have in years. Here are some clues to get you started. 1. “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” -Agnes Repplier. 2. “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things that are beyond the power of our will.” -Epictetus. 3. “For the rational, healthy person, the desire for pleasure is the desire to celebrate his control over reality. For the neurotic, the desire for pleasure is the desire to escape from reality.” -Nathaniel Branden. 4. “Our happiness springs mainly from moderate troubles, which afford the mind a healthful stimulus, and are followed by a reaction
which produces a cheerful flow of spirits.” -E. Wigglesworth. 5. “Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.” -William H. Sheldon. 6. “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” -Charles Kingsley. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In 2013, I pledge to help you feel at peace and in love with your body; I will do everything in my power to encourage you to triumph over media-induced delusions that tempt you to wish you were different from who you actually are. My goal is to be one of your resourceful supporters in the coming months—to be a member of your extensive team of allies. And I will be working with you to ensure that this team grows to just the right size and provides you with just the right foundation. If all goes well, your extra help will ensure that you finish almost everything you start in the coming year. You will regularly conquer everyday chaos and be a master of artful resolutions.
¡ASK A MEXICAN! BY GUSTAVO ARELLANO, firstname.lastname@example.org an.net Dear Readers: My muchos apologies for this Best Of edition—I’m still in the rancho getting faded on the Herradura and stuﬀed with tamales, pozole, birria and empanadas. But this is an oldie-butgoodie even Art Laboe would appreciate: a 2007 piece ripping apart former CNN personality Lou Dobbs, who I hear does magic shows at Tea Party events now to pay the bills. What’s amazing about this is that Know Nothings still cite the discredited stats mentioned here as proof of Reconquista. Need proof, pendejos? Just look at the sales ﬁgures of salsa! Enjoy! Dear Mexican: Is Lou Dobbs right when he says
that close to 80 hospitals in California have been closed because of the illegals, or is he lying?. Cabrónes No Necesitamos Dear CNN: Dobbs is right to a certain point, and only in spite of his idiocy. The father of two halfwabs spouted oﬀ his closed-hospitals claim at least three times: in a Dec. 11, 2006, interview with Charlie Rose; an Oct. 18, 2006, CNN broadcast (in which he incorrectly attributed the ﬁgure to a spring 2006 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine); and a May 1, 2006, special on that year’s amnesty marches. During that May special, Dobbs said, “Well, just for the record, it’s about 60 hospitals and clinics in California have had to close (because of uninsured illegal aliens), and in Texas. This is not a new phenomenon, and it’s just one of the hidden costs that the national, the mainstream news media, hidebound by political correctness, doesn’t want to deal with.” Know Nothing blogs, radio bros and activists repeat Dobbs’ assertion as gospel, transforming it into an Alamo moment for those circles. Dobbs ﬁrst discussed California’s shuttered hospitals in a June 8, 2005, interview with Madeleine Cosman, who had just published “Illegal Aliens and American Medicine,” an essay in the spring 2005 edition of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Dobbs identiﬁed her as a “leading medical attorney,” but the Southern Poverty Law Center later exposed her as little more than a résumé-padding racist who once said of Mexican immigrants, “Most of these bastards molest girls under 12, though some specialize in boys, and some in nuns.” Cosman’s paper claimed that 60 California
hospitals shut down between 1993 and 2003 and that “84 California hospitals are closing their doors,” using a Sept. 24, 2004, Los Angeles Times article as citation for the latter stat. Problema is, Times reporter Jia-Rui Chong never wrote such a thing and didn’t even mention immigrants in her piece. Cosman, by the way, is the same “expert” who claimed illegal immigrants introduced 7,000 leprosy cases to the United States over the past three years, a fallacy repeated as fact on Dobbs’ show that he later retracted. And earlier this year, the pendejo stated on Lou Dobbs Tonight, “We would never have used (Cosman) as a source if we had known of her controversial background” when he aired her leprous lie. The loco-est part of this mess is that both Cosman and her parakeet Dobbs have their ﬁgures relatively right: According to the California Hospital Association (CHA), 82 hospitals in the Golden State folded from 1996 to 2006. But in an August interview with The New England Journal of Medicine, CHA vice president of external aﬀairs Jan Emerson noted, “It would not be fair to place the blame solely on undocumented immigrants, but certainly, they are a contributing factor.” The article by contributing editor Susan Okie, M.D., also revealed that illegals make up only about 20 percent of the country’s residents who lack medical insurance and about 10 percent of the “uncompensated care in California hospitals”—10 percent too much, sí, but hardly the invasion the now-dead Cosman and still-whining Dobbs want Americans to believe. Strangely, Dobbs has yet to mention Okie’s article. Ask the Mexican at email@example.com, be his fan on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @ gustavoarellano or ask him a video question at youtube.com/askamexicano!
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Deﬁne “work.” Most people deﬁne “work”—in the context of a relationship—as “a loving, lasting, long-term relationship that ends only with the death of one or both parties.” But I deﬁne “work” as “a loving relationship that makes the people in it happy, whether that relationship lasts for the rest of their lives or whether both parties—or all parties, if we’re talking about a poly or open scenario—decide at some point to end the relationship amicably.” So, yes, I do think the relationship you’ve described can work. Whether you’ll be in this relationship—or these relationships—for the rest of your life remains to be seen. You may wind up getting more serious about one person, or you may move on from both and ﬁnd someone else—or a couple of someone elses—but if you’re happy right now, and if they’re happy right now, then your relationship is working. I know you lived in Madison for a while. Got any great Mad Town stories? Savage Love got its start in Madison: I wrote my ﬁrst columns on a computer in the back oﬃce of Four Star Fiction and Video, where I worked as a night manager/VHS-tape-slingin’ clerk. I did other things—after-hours things—in the storeroom of Four Star. Those things are known only to me, an insanely sexy guy named Roger, and one of the bartenders at the Plaza who one night overheard us talking about the things we’d just done to each other in that storeroom. What would you say to Ann Coulter, who said that if her son told her he was gay, she’d “tell him he was adopted”? Parental rejection of a gay child (which doubles a gay kid’s already quadrupled risk for suicide), the implication that adopted parents are less emotionally invested in their children and that adopted children are loved conditionally—only Ann Coulter could pack so much hatred, malice, and emotional violence into a single “quip.” I’m not sure what I would say to Coulter—I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting her—but I can’t imagine that any child of Coulter’s, gay or straight, would be on speaking terms with her anyway, so I’d probably tell her that her feelings about her hypothetical children are irrelevant. I have been treated badly in several past relationships. I am now in a great one, but I have a hard time believing/trusting that nothing bad will happen. How can I get over this dread?
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Something bad is going to happen—believe it. Sooner or later, your new squeeze will do something bad and you’ll get hurt. Hopefully the bad that happens won’t be as bad as the bad you experienced in the past relationships—no physical or emotional violence, no unforgivable betrayals, nothing that requires you to end this relationship—but your new partner will behave badly toward you at some point. And you will behave badly toward your new partner. There’s some bad even in the best relationships. You’ll experience less dread if you can accept that.
to admit you’re wrong even when you know you’re not. So the answer is “no.” How and when is it good/best to use whipped cream? We’ve covered this before: Whipped cream is NOT A SEX TOY. Two minutes after you put it on your nipples—or two minutes after you ﬁll your belly button or ass crack or armpits with it—you begin to smell like baby puke. It’s not sexy. And it’s not like you’re not getting enough dairy in your diets, Wisconsinites. Save the whipped cream for your ice cream, and if you want to lick something oﬀ your partner, work up a sweat and lick that oﬀ ’em. My friends and I have a weekly tradition where we read your column aloud, wear bathrobes, and drink whiskey. What would you add to this already awesome ritual? Remote-control vibrating butt plugs, of course, each one set to go oﬀ at a diﬀerent time. Facials: degrading or sexy? Yes.* Do you have any bisexual friends? “Dan has bisexual friends, and I am one of them,” says Eric Olalde, a yogi, a hottie, and a close friend who happens to be bisexual. “He has seen me shift between male and female partners at diﬀerent stages of my life and has even made brunch for me and my ex-girlfriend. Dan has never shown me anything but support and true friendship.” My partner lives far away, and we can’t live together for at least two years. He says I can sleep with whomever I like. I want to tell him the same thing, but I am kinda jealous and insecure. I told him to just not tell me, but he doesn’t want to lie. What to do? Withholding information at your request—holding that info back until you’re ready for it—doesn’t make your partner a liar. It makes him a considerate partner. Tell him to do what he needs to do, but to spare you the details. Okay! Thanks for a great event, Madison, and I hope to come back soon. We have one more letter this week. It wasn’t a question asked at the talk I gave in Madison, but it does have a Madison connection… I met you brieﬂy in Madison, Wisconsin, a long time ago. As a physician, I’m usually impressed with your savvy advice and medical accuracy. And your It Gets Better Project is a major contribution to the mental and physical health of adolescents and young adults. Now for a quick medical comment: I agree with your suggestion that doctors give “ﬂared-base” advice to patients who use anal toys. But there’s a simple way for a person who didn’t get that advice to remove an object that is stuck in the rectum. They should squat—do a deep knee bend—stay still, relax, breathe, and voila! The item will pop out onto the ﬂoor. No probing or uncomfortable procedure necessary. After learning about this technique from a very wise woman physician (who recalled the history of women giving birth in that position and applied the same principle to relaxing the rectal muscles), I used this with young adult patients who would come to my clinic in an embarrassing predicament. The result was simple and comfortable for both patient and physician. Feel free to pass this advice on to others who might beneﬁt! Best Advice Simpliﬁes Exit Thanks for sharing, BASE!
Can a successful long-term relationship form if the other person can never admit that they’re wrong?
*Sometimes both at once!
Anyone who’s ever been in a successful long-term relationship knows that both parties have to be able to admit that they’re wrong—sometimes you have
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