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Jan. 8:

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OPINION After Jan. 8, the firearms Tom Danehy 4 arms race didn’t lose a beat, says gun-show vendor Renée Downing 6 Scott Zike. Jim Hightower 6


Mailbag 8

CURRENTS The Skinny 9 By Jim Nintzel

Weekly Wide Web 9 Compiled by Dan Gibson

Police Dispatch 11 By Anna Mirocha

Media Watch 11 By John Schuster

JAN. 8: ONE YEAR LATER A Tucson Weekly Special Report 12-25 Recovery in Process 13 By Jim Nintzel

After a devastatingly bad day, the staff of Gabrielle Giffords went back to work Moving Forward 16

Let us be worthy of those we have lost.

By Mari Herreras, Jim Nintzel and Hank Stephenson

The victims of Jan. 8 and their loved ones vow to move on—but never forget The Heroes 20 By Mari Herreras and Jim Nintzel

We catch up with some of the people who made Southern Arizona proud on Jan. 8, 2011

Unanswered Questions After the shootings of Jan. 8, 2011, those of us here at the Tucson Weekly ripped up our planned Currents section for the Jan. 13 issue and dedicated the space to coverage and reaction to the tragedy. As we went to press that week, we were all still kind of stunned (like much of the rest of Southern Arizona) as we tried to process what had happened. In this space that week, I wrote: “We don’t know how complete (Gabrielle) Giffords’ recovery will be. We don’t know what the longterm fallout, political and otherwise, will be. Well, whatever happens, I promise you that the Tucson Weekly will be here to chronicle and explain it all.” Now, here we are, almost a year later, and those questions I posed are still, to a large degree, unanswered. Yes, we now know more, of course. We know that Giffords’ recovery has been pretty spectacular. We know that the fallout has been a mix of inspiring (our community responded by doing a lot of good after the shootings) and disappointing (our mental-health system is, in some ways, in worse shape than it was a year ago, and all those calls for civility seem to have fallen on deaf ears). But we do not know whether or not Giffords’ recovery will allow her to return to Congress or any other office anytime soon, and therefore, we don’t know what the political implications of the shootings will be. We don’t know the fate of the shooter. We don’t know whether the call by Jan. 8 heroes such as Patricia Maisch for better background checks on potential gun-buyers will lead to any sort of fruition. So … it looks like the Tucson Weekly still has a lot of chronicling and explaining to do regarding Jan. 8. As part of our continuing efforts, we offer you this special issue, much of which focuses on these aforementioned questions. Enjoy.



City Week 26 Our picks for the week

French Delights 46

TQ&A 28 Darren Rhodes, owner of YogaOasis, co-publisher of Yoga Resource

Arizona and Tucson need to shoulder some of the blame for the Jan. 8 shootings

At Frogs Organic Bakery, the pastries will amaze you Noshing Around 46 By Adam Borowitz



Pip Squeaks! 32

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The Tucson Symphony’s free Just for Kids series is being taken over by pirates


More Faves From 2011 52 Our critics continue to discuss the best music from the year gone by Soundbites 52 By Stephen Seigel

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Nine Questions 58

Last of a Breed 41 By Jon Shumaker

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Rhythm & Views 60


Locked Up 61

By Colin Boyd

You will be rewarded if you pay attention to the methodical Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Film Times 43 Now Showing at Home 44 By Bob Grimm

Reviews of Contagion (Bluray), The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and Apollo 18 (Blu-ray)



Slow Burner 42

Not in a Vacuum 24 By Tom Zoellner

By James Reel

Reclassifying marijuana as a Schedule 2 drug would come with some positives—but could lead to a train wreck

CLASSIFIEDS Comix 63-64 Free Will Astrology 63 ¡Ask a Mexican! 64 Savage Love 65 Personals 68 Employment 69 News of the Weird 70 Real Estate 70 Rentals 70 Mind, Body and Spirit 71 Crossword 71 *Adult Content 65-68


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here are election years that are set apart, like outcroppings of rock standing up stubbornly in a rushing stream with the flow of history bending around them. Years like 1950, when Richard Nixon used Red-baiting tactics to beat Helen Gahagan Douglas for a U.S. Senate seat from California and usher in a decade of paranoia that probably helped forestall civil-rights progress in the process. Or 1968, where the misadventure in Vietnam brought about a premature end to the momentum of the Great Society experiment. While some years (like 2008) produce momentous results, they are not automatically historic. The election of a black man was historic, but there was no way a Democrat was going to lose that race after the eight disastrous years of the Bush presidency, and the American economy that Bush’s cronies had wrought began crumbling down around us. It is quite likely that 2012 will be a crucial election year. Rarely are the elections that involve possible second terms for sitting presidents that big of a deal, but this election is different. Like all others, it pits us against us, although rarely has there been such a widespread urge to think in terms of us against them. It will define what Americans think their country is now, and will most certainly determine where the nation will go in the future. In the meantime, there are other political battles brewing—both locally and statewide—that will have a serious impact on what it means to be a Tucsonan, and an Arizonan, and an American. For example, there’s this: Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham wants to crack down on grocery-store plastic bags. It turns out that Cunningham has been driving down the streets of Tucson—you know, the ones with too few cops and too many potholes—and he has noticed plastic bags that are stuck to desert plants. It’s not a new idea; other municipalities have tried to squeeze some revenue out of the idea. San Francisco, which is way weirder than even right-wingers claim it to be, outlawed plastic bags altogether after California passed a law forbidding cities and towns from charging a fee for the bags. One would think that Tucson has more-important things with which to deal. It’s certainly a good idea to employ reusable bags (even I do, sometimes), but I hope that people remember that plastic bags (just like the Styrofoam hamburger containers that McDonald’s started using way back when) were a reaction to concerns about deforestation. It’s not as though some evil cabal decided to despoil our landscape with non-biodegradable crap. The plastic bags are functional; it’s just that some of the people who use them are dysfunctional. • Politicos and common folk in Marana, SaddleBrooke and Oro Valley have their butt cheeks clenched in response to the redistricting maps. Their complaint is that they are in

RANDOM SHOTS By Rand Carlson

a far-flung district that includes (and is perhaps anchored by) faraway Flagstaff. Anybody who understands math realizes that there would have to be at least one grotesque district under any plan. I guess they could have found the population center of the state and then just generated nine pie slices outward to the respective state lines (and the Mexico border), but then Maricopa County would have held sway in all nine districts. The leaders’ tears appear to be mostly of the crocodile variety, seeing as how the combined population of Oro Valley and Marana exceeds that of Flagstaff. Add in SaddleBrooke, and it’s a mismatch. If handled right, Southern Arizona could have three representatives in the House. What bothers me the most about the wailing and gnashing of teeth is that all three of the communities go out of their way to define and market themselves as, “We’re NOT Tucson.” You can’t have it both ways. • A longtime Arizona state legislator wants us to pass a constitutional amendment that allows freeloaders to send their kids to private school on the public dime. Jack Harper of Surprise (as in “Surprise! You actually thought I was a Republican!”) wants to provide vouchers to people who want to send their kids to private schools. There’s just that small problem of the courts having found such nonsense to be unconstitutional, oh, every single time it has come up. One of the owners in the National Football League (where all of the franchises share revenues equally) once said of himself and his fellow owners, “We’re (all) Republicans who vote socialist.” That defines voucher people perfectly. Here’s how it is supposed to work: You pay to send your kid to private school. If you can’t afford it, get a job. If you still can’t afford it, get another job. If you still can’t afford it, have your kids work really hard at public school, so that when they become parents, they can afford to send their kids to private school. Come on, Fake-Ass Conservatives. It kinda sucks when you can’t even get your own dogma right.

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o this morning, I sat down at my desk thinking I might write something about how much I love the Internet—and not just because I did 80 percent of my Christmas shopping on it this year. That’s one reason for my affection, but saying so would give the impression that I’m a shallow person. Not to mention lazy. Anyway, I thought I’d start off in a sprightly manner with a quotation illustrating how, in the olden days, people wondered what home computers could possibly be used for. I vaguely remembered a suitably dopey line to that effect from an early Time magazine article about Steve Jobs—I’d seen it cited somewhere in the flood of stories that appeared after Jobs’ death. I looked around for it briefly, but ran into Time’s paywall, so I settled for this, which Google turned up on a quotation site: “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home,” said by Ken Olson, co-founder, Digital Equipment Corp., 1977. Oh, the irony. Except that Olson didn’t mean it: He was a smart guy who, in this case, was quoted out of context. He was talking about the idea of using a computer to control all the systems in a house, Jetsonsstyle. I discovered this when I popped over to his Wikipedia page. And, no, you won’t hear any Wikipedia jokes from me. That thing rocks.

At last, a New Year cometh! I say “at last,” because politically, 2011 was a rough ride. Let me just mention a few of the bigger bumps: non-stop Congressional gridlock, Donnie Trump, the working-class depression, Obama’s serial surrenders to raw Republican partisanship, Newt Gingrich, the re-emergence of Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko arrogance, right-wing governors gone wild, Rick “Oops” Perry, more tax breaks for corporations, Newt Gingrich (again)—and, at year’s end, both Sarah Palin and The Donald suggested that they might still run for president (which could set up a titanic clash of big hairdos). Yet we should not despair about the many political downsides of the old year, for they have prompted a series of very While I was at it, I looked up a painting by Caravaggio— promising uprisings at America’s grassroots. his first version of the “Supper at Emmaus” (1601)—that I’d Progressives in states like Wisconsin, Ohio, heard discussed on the radio while I was on my way back Montana, Colorado and Mississippi (yes, from the grocery store. Diane Rehm had said that you Mississippi!) scored big gains, and the could see a Caravaggio on her talk show’s website, which is Occupy Wall Street eruption all across the considerate, but it made more sense just to type the name country has lifted spirits, revitalized grassof the one I wanted into Google, click on the Wikipedia roots-organizing and put some real “move” link (always conveniently situated at the top of the page)— in the movement as we head into 2012. and behold, there it was, along with Caravaggio’s second, In January, for example, a strong and more-subdued treatment of the same subject in 1606. savvy coalition will mobilize a nationwide Needless to say, I pulled these show-offy dates from the campaign to repeal “corporate personhood” Wikipedia entry, which was fine, but not nearly as interestand the Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United edict. Also, the rise of the noncorporate econTHIS MODERN WORLD By Tom Tomorrow omy is booming, with millions of Americans turning to co-ops, credit unions, farmers’ markets, fair-trade shops and other local enterprises that ordinary people control, not absentee profiteers. Plus, strong, genuinely populist candidates for the U.S. Senate and House are running next year, including Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin, Norman Solomon in California, Ilya Sheyman in Illinois and Eric Griego in New Mexico. We have important work to do, so don’t moan about 2011—organize for 2012.


ing as what the author of a new Caravaggio biography had to say on the radio. So I ordered the book from Amazon. com. (Of course there’s still a place for books—and other media help sell the good ones.) What there is not as much of a place for is books and other old-school media that try to compete with the online experience. For example, I have recently been brushing up my (terrible) Italian by puzzling through articles on Wikipedia Italia, which, not surprisingly, has more and better entries on all things Italian than the Wikipedia in English. Reading these turns out to be pretty fantastic with Google Translate open in another tab, because you get to watch the translator work on an unfamiliar word or phrase as you type it in. And, of course, you can follow links and check out multiple photos of everything mentioned. It’s a luxurious, gluttonous reading experience, one that a book— even a dual-language, illustrated one—couldn’t come close to providing. I’ve always loved books with pictures and notes, and reading with all the illustrative and referential power of the Internet at my fingertips makes me very happy. Here’s why: I remember the dead-tree days really clearly. Many years ago, I first read Remembrance of Things Past during a summer on a fire lookout a couple of hours north of Globe. Marcel Proust loved art, and he mentions hundreds of paintings in the course of the novel, often comparing characters and landscapes to them—it’s a sort of imageless illustrated narrative. All through that summer, I could only imagine what he meant when, say, a character sees a resemblance between a pregnant young maid and Giotto’s fresco of Charity in the Arena Chapel in Padua. Once I got back to town, I schlepped up to the fourth floor of the UA Main Library and hauled out a huge blackand-white double folio of images from the chapel, and I finally got to see what she looked like. That was then. Today, I—or a reader far from a major library—can type “giotto charity” into Google and see her almost instantly. I just did it, for fun. I’m telling you, it’s like a miracle.


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Jonathan Hoffman’s Guest Commentary “Occupy Tucson Is an Exercise in Contradiction” (Dec. 22) seems itself to be an exercise in contradiction. He seems to be saying that the Occupy movement should either be violent and radical in the tradition of the Weather Underground (“I can imagine Bill Ayres rolling his eyes and shaking his head” at the Occupy movement, Hoffman writes), or should work within the system like the Tea Party. Are these really the only choices we have for political action? Has he never heard of the Civil Rights Movement, which, in its first and most-important phase, effectively challenged an unjust social and economic order with creative acts of civil disobedience (the Freedom Rides, the lunch counter sit-ins, etc.)? Using similar tactics, the Occupy movement has, in just a few months, changed the national political debate by making everyone aware of the extreme inequities of wealth and power in American society. Greg Evans


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The Occupy Movement Serves as a Reminder of Injustice The recent disparaging Guest Commentary regarding Occupy Tucson managed to take up considerable column space and managed to completely ignore the key issues that drive the movement. The key issues were outlined by Nobel Prizewinning economist Joseph Stiglitz in May 2011 in a now-classic Vanity Fair article, “Of the 1 Percent, by the 1 Percent, for the 1 Percent.” In short, massive amounts of money flows from the very wealthy (the upper 1 percent) and many large corporations (most of which pay no income taxes) into the pockets of the politicians, who then write laws to benefit their paymasters. The current stalemate we now see serves their purposes just fine, as the current laws favor the further accumulation of wealth and profits while shortchanging the citizens of funding for basic needs. In fact, the majority of citizens are still fairly stable economically, including myself, but an ever-increasing number are suffering from a loss of jobs and poverty (one of four in Tucson). And with unexpected layoffs, even in the health-care industry, one never knows whether he or she may be next. There goes the income, the health coverage and, frequently, the home. There is nothing that bothers aspiring and elected establishment politicians more than a persistent and highly visible reminder of the above facts and the need for a massive political housecleaning in the upcoming elections. So, do not go away, Occupy Tucson, as well as the hundreds of others in our country. Raymond Graap


Stegeman: I Was Glad That Good Teachers Were Retained The interview with John Pedicone (“Turbulent Times,” Currents, Dec. 29) could, no doubt, unintentionally create confusion about my views on the turnaround high schools, Rincon and Palo Verde. When I voted in favor of the turnaround designations, I had asked staff detailed questions about the implications and believed—with at least two other board members—that the teachers who were released from the schools had no guarantee of other jobs within the Tucson Unified School District. I was glad when many of the released teachers applied for and won other jobs, but I was surprised when teachers who were unsuccessful and still wanted employment were assigned to other TUSD schools without giving the schools any choice in the matter. If I had anticipated this outcome, then I would have voted against imposing such a disruptive process upon the district and its employees. Having said that, I fully support the current efforts of the reconstituted staffs at the two schools to create a stronger academic environment, and I am optimistic that they will succeed. Mark Stegeman, TUSD board member

‘Young Adult’ Is Not a Comedy (Even Though It’s Classified as One) Your review of Young Adult (“Bitch Is Back,” Cinema, Dec. 15) wasn’t “funny,” although reviewer Colin Boyd used the word “comedy” five times. Sometimes we say a movie is humorous when we might instead call it sad, real or uncomfortable. There was some tittering in the audience, but by the end of the film, I think most of the viewers got it that this was a serious film about a pretty, intelligent lady making some dumb decisions about how to put those parts of her together with growing up in a small, middle-class town and a family that glamorized her, rather than understood her or helped her understand herself. David A. Ruben

Marijuana Laws Are Unconstitutional! The proscription of marijuana because it has no medicinal use is an unreasonable and unnecessary regulation of my fundamental rights to privacy, to liberty and to property, and contravenes the Fourth, Fifth and 14th Amendments (“Off Schedule,” Medical MJ, Dec. 8). For marijuana laws to be reasonable and necessary, there must be a victim who has suffered injury to their rights. The private use of marijuana by an adult does not threaten the rights of others. The proscription of marijuana is property discrimination and deprivation of rights under the color of law, without due process of law. Due process applies not only to the reasonable operation of law, but also the reasonableness of the law. Michael Dee



Over the Last Year was trying to think of something to write about in this space that is unrelated to last year’s shooting, considering that so much of the copy in this week’s issue is already focused on Jan. 8, but it seems a little strange to talk about, say, an amusing app instead of the anniversary of one of the biggest news events in Tucson history. It had been a while since I’d looked back on that first shootings-related post on The Range from Jan. 8, 2011, which we updated with new information as we received it, and today, it’s a surreal experience to read our coverage of what took place over that long, long day. That experience affected how I’ve done my job every day since—the Davis-Monthan non-shooting fiasco that turned out to be a non-event, in particular—and I wonder what else I should have learned over the last 365 days. While this might not be the most-optimistic take on those events, here goes: The trail of mental-illness-induced strangeness that Jared Loughner left on the Internet has led me to try to be more perceptive of others in my social circles who might be going through their own troubles (which are hopefully far-less severe). In a way, in the social-media age, we know so much more about the people we’re connected to—even if those connections are generally weaker. Who knows if anyone could have stepped in to really help Loughner? Meanwhile, at least we’ve learned something since the shootings about the seriousness of mental illness.


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COMMENT OF THE WEEK “Great article. Thanks for looking at this from the elephants’ perspective. Animals don’t live in zoos; they die in zoos. However you spin it, it’s captivity.” — commenter “Mo Orr” reflects on our editorial board’s comment last week on the situation at the Reid Park Zoo (Editorial, Dec. 29).

BEST OF WWW Josh Morgan was honored in October with a second-place award in the Best Multimedia Storytelling category of the Arizona Newspapers Association’s annual contest for his photo essay that was featured on The Range on Feb. 7, 2011, “Last Days of the UMC Memorial.” Morgan did a great job of capturing the expression of grief, memories and hope that Tucsonans felt, all of which found a focal point for expression on the University Medical Center lawn. We’ll again be featuring the photo essay on the site, along with more pictures, videos and other Jan. 8-related content. We’ll also cover some of the events marking the first anniversary.

THE WEEK ON THE RANGE We noted that Alexandre Sugiyama—who, like Mark Stegeman, is part of the University of Arizona Department of Economics—was appointed to fill Judy Burns’ seat on the Tucson Unified School District board; shared the news that The Arizona Republic gave Gabrielle Giffords its “Arizonan of the Year” award; compiled a (partial) list of what Ron Paul finds unconstitutional; questioned the timing of the latest ethnic-studies ruling; realized that nearly every Republican presidential candidate likes Superman; wondered why the Rio Nuevo board spends so much time in executive session; thought about anonymity on the Internet; and hit the campaign trail in Iowa, camera in hand. We looked forward to the new patio at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails; welcomed Jalopy’s Grillville to the Tucson brewery scene; cooked some exploding churros; and looked forward to the braciole at Gusto Osteria on the eastside. We paid tribute to sword-fighting genius Bob Anderson; made plans to see Citizen Kane; discussed goth superheroes; looked back on the year in pop culture with Chris Patyk, formerly of The Mountain’s morning show; gazed upward while college students safely fell from the sky in Eloy; cheered on a local racing dachshund; watched a music video about luggage; enjoyed the last track in our month of songs by local instrumental band Sleep Driver; rated things around the office with the formerly fake iPhone app Jotly; grimaced over a Michael Anthony-less Van Halen reunion; admired a retiree who is bicycling around the world; listened to some Croatian dance-pop; tried to catch up on the year in television; and finally noticed the feminist subtext beneath all those Nickelback songs.


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ROCK ON, DOUG BIGGERS Douglas Biggers had a love for downtown even before he co-founded the Tucson Weekly way back in 1984. That love was on glorious display in the pages of this rag’s earliest days as he championed the launch of a downtown arts district, the rescue and preservation of the Temple of Music and Art, and the efforts of downtown restaurateurs, barkeeps and merchants. So it was no surprise that after he sold the Weekly back at the turn of the century, he moved on to trying to help the ongoing revitalization of the city’s core. Biggers combined his passion for downtown with a love of live music to help make the Rialto Theatre what it is today. It was sometimes by sheer force of will alone that he was able to drive DOUG a renovation of the theater, which was brought out of mothballs by Jeb Schoonover and Paul Bear back in the mid-’90s. Early in Biggers’ run as executive director of the Rialto, the theater underwent a major facelift. To the relief of anyone who goes to shows, the sound quality is much-improved, thanks to a major investment in a new sound system. The atmosphere in the theater grew far more comfortable with a new air-conditioning system that helped prevent artists from suffering heatstroke. A flashy new marquee rose into the sky. The entire joint benefited from a facelift from designers Gary Patch and Darren Clark. Meanwhile, general manager Curtis McCrary—a TW contributor and a good friend of The Skinny—has brought national and local acts onstage, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to downtown. The political battles haven’t always been pretty, but Biggers deserves a standing ovation for being one of the biggest success stories of Rio Nuevo, the city’s troubled downtown revitalization effort. Biggers stepped down from his role as executive director of the Rialto last week. He’s ready to take on a new challenge of creating a new performance space in the funky town of Bisbee. Given his relentless drive, we have no doubt that we’re going to be hearing plenty about the Bisbee Royale in the future. In the meantime, the Rialto will carry on. There’s some good news coming out of the old warhorse; thanks to a developing deal with the developer who owns the surrounding building, it looks like the Rialto may have a nice little bar on the corner of Congress Street and Herbert Avenue in the near future. As always, the theater could use your help, too. If you love what’s going on down there, consider a membership in the Rialto Theatre Foundation. It doesn’t cost much, and membership has its privileges, including discounts on drinks, a chance to buy tickets ahead of the general public, and much, much more.


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KOLD-KMSB DEAL SETS OFF A SERIES OF MOVES Less than a month remains before Raycomowned KOLD Channel 13 takes over the production of Belo-owned KMSB Channel 11’s news broadcasts, and KOLD has nabbed a number of KMSB employees who will remain on board under the Raycom umbrella. Belo signed what is called a shared-services agreement with Raycom: Belo will pay Raycom to produce the news product and handle other production responsibilities from the KOLD studios, as of Feb. 1. Per the deal, KOLD has hired some of the people who are/were part of Belo’s news operation. Some former KMSB employees are finding spots at other local stations, such as anchor/reporter Marcelino Benito (KGUN Channel 9) and reporter Samantha Ptashkin (KVOA Channel 4). Viewers of the current KMSB news product will recognize a fair number of people moving to Raycom, including Gina Trunzo, David Kelly (sports), Cuyler Diggs (part-time weather) and Kevin Adger (reporter), among others. Trunzo will transition to a prominent role on KMSB’s new local morning-news program, where she will team up with Mark Stine and meteorologist Erin Jordan on Fox 11 Daybreak, from 7 to 9 am. Some familiar KOLD faces have locked down positions on the new Raycomproduced Channel 11 9 p.m. newscast. Scott Kilbury is saying goodbye to his splitshift anchoring duties, leaving the KOLD morning show seat for the solo anchor slot on KMSB at 9. Kilbury will continue his coanchor role alongside Heather Rowe for KOLD’s 4 p.m. newscast. Meteorologist Aaron Pickering will handle weather responsibilities at 9. Stine steps into Kilbury’s morning anchor position on KOLD from 4:30 to 7. The most noteworthy on-air name lost in the mix is Lou Raguse, who has anchored the 9 p.m. newscast on KMSB for almost its entire run. Raguse says he is pursuing

report. “It was not a normal laugh.” When deputies questioned him, the man began spitting, causing deputies to place a hood over his head. The Tucson Fire Department was called, and the man was taken to a hospital for treatment of the abrasions he’d suffered, as well as other possible issues. While at the hospital, he babbled, cursed and yelled, and was generally uncooperative. “It appeared as if he was speaking English words,” a deputy reported, “but he was using them out of context and did not make any sense.” At one point, the subject burped and attempted to breathe into the face of a firedepartment member. It turned out that the gate the man crashed into was on his mother’s property. The mother told deputies that earlier that day, her son, who had apparently been drinking heavily, had spontaneously started punching a man who was at the home to demonstrate how to use some recently purchased workout equipment. The subject was booked on multiple charges.


options, perhaps outside of the market, and is optimistic about some leads. Sportscaster Kevin Lewis will likely leave the market. It’s safe to say the new-look, KOLDproduced KMSB newscasts will feature a dramatic upgrade from the dreary, standard-def visuals provided by the current product. The newscasts had been exiled to an old studio, and employees were never able to utilize the equipment and resources promised by a more-modern studio construction project that mysteriously remained off-limits. One big decision that execs with the KOLD-produced 9 p.m. news product will have to face immediately: Will KMSB’s 1,000-day countdown to Arizona’s centennial continue, or will that ambitious, almostthree-year-long project be scrapped just 14 days short of the finish line?

noon with a 3.8 rating, compared with KOLD’s 2.9. KOLD delivered better numbers in the morning-news block.

TV NEWS-RATINGS REMAIN CLOSE All three major local television-news providers could find something positive in the ratings for their shows, released just before the holidays. Other than KOLD Channel 13’s dominant performance at 10 p.m., the numbers show strong competition among the three network affiliates. At 10 p.m. weeknights, KOLD registered a 9.0 rating vs. KGUN Channel 9’s 6.0 and KVOA Channel 4’s 5.1. Many observers argue that 10 p.m. newscasts ratings are often the result of how the networks are doing in prime time, but regardless, KOLD has reason to be pleased. In other news slots, the ratings numbers are significantly closer. A 6 p.m., just onetenth of a percentage point separated KGUN (5.0), KVOA (5.0) and KOLD (4.9). That’s about as close as you can get in the secondmost-important window for local news. KVOA led the way at 5 p.m. with a 6.2 rating, compared with KGUN’s 5.8 and KOLD’s 5.6. In the two-station race at 4 p.m., KVOA’s more-established news product beat KOLD’s entrant, 2.9 to 2.2. This is the time slot that KOLD used to dominate because of its ties with The Oprah Winfrey Show. Now, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, on KGUN, is the ratings winner in that slot. KVOA won the two-station news battle at


A debtor managed to lose his drugs as well as his vehicle after the latter was repossessed, a PCSD report stated. A man with a vehicle-repossession company reclaimed a white Buick from a Tucson man behind on payments, according to the report. When the man realized his car was missing, he called the repo company and said he had $500 in the glove compartment. He said he wanted to make sure it was going to be there for him to pick up later. An employee of the repossession company went to check the car for the money—and found something green, but it wasn’t cash. The company called law enforcement, and when deputies checked the glove compartment, they found a package of marijuana, as well as several plastic baggies and a scale. The report didn’t state what happened to the former owner of the car.

MEYER NEW NEWS VOICE FOR JOURNAL RADIO Chuck Meyer, who for nearly six years handled program-director duties at then-Citadelowned (now Cumulus-owned) KCUB AM 1290, is the new morning-news presence for three stations in the Journal Broadcast Group cluster. Meyer provides top- and bottom-of-thehour news cut-ins for talk station KQTH 104.1 FM, and twice-an-hour news updates for the cluster’s ratings linchpin KMXZ FM 94.9, aka MIXfm, and KTGV FM 106.3, aka The Groove. “The job is about three-fourths radio and one-fourth Web producing for KGUN,” said Meyer of what is technically a position at KGUN Channel 9. The TV station is also owned by Journal. Having the stereotypical radio voice has not been a requirement for working in the profession for quite a few years. Meyer, however, has enviable pipes, and brings an immediate command of delivery to the cluster’s newsbreaks. Not to mention a command of the format. “This is something I’ve done in the past,” Meyer said. “I’ve been a news director before. I’ve been doing the hour-long newscast and news-anchor (format) wheels for most of my career. When I was a news director in Miami, we were doing two newscasts in the morning every hour, and in the afternoon and midday. I’ve handled the news end in news-intensive news/talk stations. Spot-radio news is something I’ve been familiar with over the years. It’s nice to go back to it.” Meyer took a year off after leaving the program-director job at KCUB (which employs me for UA football and men’s basketball pregame and postgame broadcasts). At KCUB, he also co-hosted a morning-news block alongside Mike Rapp. Before coming to Tucson, Meyer had similar responsibilities at a radio station in Austin, Texas. “To be immersed in this again is nice,” Meyer said. “I knew I missed it.”


GRINNELL MUST GO! As you can tell from the previous Skinny item, we’re big fans of the Rialto Theatre. We believe it’s a vital anchor for downtown (and we’ve had plenty of good times there, most recently on New Year’s Eve). Take that into consideration as we tell you that we spit up our coffee when we read, in recent press reports about the Rialto’s latest negotiations with the Rio Nuevo Board, that Republican Rick Grinnell—whose was most recently seen epically failing in his clumsy bid to become Tucson’s mayor—is arguing that the Rialto should be put out of business so that the theater can be sold to the highest bidder. It’s an utter abdication of responsibility from someone who is supposed to be looking out for the best interests of downtown. It’s particularly absurd in light of the fact that one of Grinnell’s campaign promises, when he was running for mayor, was to find businesses ready to expand and help them do it. Well, the Rialto is ready to expand: It has a partner from the private sector who is willing to put more money into downtown. And what is Grinnell’s response? Shut it down, and sell it off! Rick Grinnell: He’s from the government, and he’s here to help. There’s a reason that the city acquired the Rialto as part of the Rio Nuevo effort: It brings people downtown. Those people then spend money at bars, restaurants, cafés and other downtown spots, generating revenue that brings in money to Rio Nuevo. That is the very definition of revitalization—which is evidently lost on Grinnell, who appears to be on a crusade to ensure that the Rialto faces the final curtain. And that doesn’t even begin to cover the support that the Rialto provides to non-profits, benefit shows and local bands. We have our own theory as to why Grinnell would like to see the Rialto put out of business: The law JONATHAN firm that represents the Rialto, on a pro-bono basis, is none other than Mesch, Clark and Rothschild—a law firm that, until recently, was headed up by Jonathan Rothschild, the Democrat who clobbered Grinnell in the mayor’s race last year. If Grinnell can’t put aside that bitterness, he should resign from the Rio Nuevo Board immediately. By Jim Nintzel Find early and late-breaking Skinny at The Range, our daily dispatch, at daily. Jim Nintzel hosts the Political Roundtable every Friday on Arizona Illustrated, airing at 6:30 p.m. on KUAT Channel 6. The program repeats on 12:30 a.m., Saturday. Follow the Skinny scribe on Twitter: @nintzel. Nintzel also talks politics with radio talk-show host John C. Scott on Thursday afternoons. Scott’s show airs from 4 to 5 p.m. on KVOI AM 1030. JANUARY 5 - 11, 2012








he h he horror orrro or ror erupted on Jan. 8, 2010, at 10:11 a.m. More than 30 gunshots. SSix Si ix dead. dead dead de d. Thirteen wounded. Countless lives shattered. Th rec Th The recovery started later that day. It would take many shapes: The sshrines sh rines of o flowers, photos and candles that spread across the University M edical Center C Medical lawn. The inspiring words of a president. A new assistance ccenter enter at the Community Food Bank. A rebuilt playground at Mesa Verde E lementa School. The stories of our heroes. A space mission that broke Elementary tthe he bounds boun of gravity, carrying the image of our youngest victim, the wedd ing band of our wounded congresswoman and a mechanism to help us ding u nderstan the mysteries of the universe. understand Tucson Tucsonans found ways to come together to cry, to grieve, to hug, to heal. We came together in candlelit vigils and crowded auditoriums. We came together in churches and concert halls. We came together to show our strength, our compassion, our resilience. We debated—and will continue to debate—questions raised by the shootings. Are our gun laws too lax? Are there enough resources for the mentally ill? Have our politics become too corrosive? We will find new ways to come together this weekend. We will ring bells in remembrance. We will enjoy the outdoors as part of Beyond Tucson. We will gather at Centennial Hall to hear the stories of those we have lost. We will stand on the UA mall to bind our broken hearts. And out of the darkness, may we find hope.




After a devastatingly bad day, the staff of Gabrielle Giffords went back to work


t’s been one hell of a year for the people who work for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords herself has been focused on recovering from the unthinkable: a gunshot wound to the head. Her district director, Ron Barber, who runs the Southern Arizona office, was shot twice and spent six months recovering before he could come back to work four hours per day. Another staffer, Pam Simon, was also shot twice, although her injuries were less severe. Gabe Zimmerman, whose calm and gentle manner earned him the nickname “the constituent whisperer,” was killed on Jan. 8. He was just 30 years old and had recently become engaged. Despite all that—and despite a blinding media spotlight on the office that has brought an increased demand for constituent service—staffers have pushed forward and continued to deliver for the residents of Southern Arizona. During a December appearance at UA’s Centennial Hall, Giffords’ husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, praised their work: “I’d put them up against any member of Congress. They do an incredible job. The job got much, much harder in the last year, and they’ve really stepped up. I don’t think anyone could expect anything more of them.”


he Congressional District 8 staff met at a member’s home the day after the shootings to figure out: What’s next? What would Gabby want us to do? Barber, who had been shot in the face and the upper thigh, heard about the meeting and called in from the intensive care unit. He let them know he wanted the office open on Monday morning. The staff had already decided that’s what would be done. “It was a tough decision to make, if you think about it,” Barber said. “There’s a vulnerability that people feel after an event like this. And the emotion: Gabe was gone; Pam and I were in the hospital; and Gabby was very seriously wounded.” But, as C.J. Karamargin, the Giffords spokesman who has since moved on to become a vice chancellor at Pima Community College, told the Tucson Weekly on Monday, Jan. 10: “It was important for us to send the message that ‘You ain’t gonna intimidate us.’” When staffers arrived to open the doors at 8 a.m. that Monday morning, they found a crowd of former employees and interns who came to help in whatever way they could. They all shared in a nationwide moment of silence for the victims. And then they got to work dealing with the parade of friends and strangers who came by to offer sympathy, solace and support. Having the former interns and staffers turn up “really saved us,” said Mark Kimble, now the spokesman for the office, and a longtime friend of Giffords from his days as associate editor at the Tucson Citizen. “They knew the computer systems. They didn’t need to be trained.” So many calls, letters, emails and packages poured in that the office had to get a special exemption from congressional rules that prohibit volunteer labor, so that the former interns and workers could help sort through it all. Roger Salzgeber, one of the men who tackled the shooter on Jan. 8, found it therapeutic to help the office record the names of people who left notes for the staff. “Those people really saved my ass,” Salzgeber said. “Having something to



Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords sits alongside chief of staff Pia Carusone at Navy Capt. Mark Kelly’s retirement ceremony in Washington, D.C., last October. do when you can’t do anything, and you’re so damned helpless, and Gabby is hanging on by a thread, and all this other stuff is going around … to be inside of there and opening these messages, and you come across one, and you really start to lose it, and you have other people who are in the same boat who prop you back up. Everybody could see when you got one of those notes that just really hit home.”


n Washington, D.C., the office has been under the command of Pia Carusone, Giffords’ chief of staff. Carusone and her team have found ways to advance Giffords’ agenda without her presence. The Congressional District 8 office brought congressmen from other states to the ArizonaMexico border to meet with ranchers and the Border Patrol. In the wake of that visit, Republican Rep. Ted Poe of Texas and Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania introduced legislation to provide $10 million to improve cell-phone reception along the border. The bill awaits action in the Senate. The office has also coordinated efforts to protect Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, continued to push the Pentagon to improve energy efficiency and wean itself from fossil fuels, worked with California Congressman Darrell Issa to name the Naco Border Patrol station for slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and taken up

a new fight to help ensure that people with traumatic brain injuries get the treatment they need to recover. Back here in Tucson, the CD8 office found itself fielding more calls than ever. Kimble estimated that the office’s caseload is running about 20 percent higher than in 2010. In late November, the staff had about 1,200 open cases. “That’s higher than ever before,” Barber said. “Part of it is, once you’re in the press, you get a lot more attention. But also, the reputation that our staff has for being really good constituent workers has gotten out there.” Gail Black turned to Giffords’ office when she tried to use a federal program to reduce her house payment following a divorce and a serious cardiac illness that left her unable to continue her job at the UA. After following a bank employee’s advice on how to qualify for a federal program to lower her monthly mortgage payment, she nearly saw her home go into foreclosure. Black credited the hard work of Amanda Sapir, who worked with the bank to accept Black’s application for federal aid. “I would be homeless today without their intervention and assistance,” Black said. “I’m now able to stay in my home at a more-affordable mortgage rate. Sapir has worked so many foreclosure cases that she’s now giving advice to other congressiocontinued on next page JANUARY 5 - 11, 2012




RECOVERY continued from Page 13 nal offices. Last month, the CD8 office hosted a public forum to aid homeowners who were struggling to keep their homes in conjunction with other local agencies. Aiding constituents who are about to lose their homes has become a major focus of the office over the last year, but Barber said that the staff is still handling plenty of other cases, such as helping veterans and seniors get benefits, assisting ranchers and others with troubles on the border, and boosting the local solar industry, a longtime priority for Giffords.


arber, 66, has been with Giffords since she launched her first congressional campaign in 2006. He retired from his job heading up the state’s programs for the developmentally disabled in Southern Arizona to help her win the CD8 seat because he was so impressed with Giffords’ work in the Arizona Legislature. Even now, almost a year after the shootings, his doctors insist that he limit himself to no more than four hours a day at work, although he’s hopeful he can expand that to six hours soon. He has such severe nerve damage to his left leg that it remains numb below the knee, except when he feels pain. His foot hangs limp from his ankle because he can’t control the muscles, so he’s forced to wear a brace and often walks with a cane. He needs to keep the leg elevated in the afternoon to prevent swelling and other complications, but says he’s grateful the doctors didn’t have to amputate it. Barber is still recovering from psychological wounds as well. He’s seeing a counselor to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. One of the toughest adjustments for Barber is the drop in his energy level. Barber used to get up at 5 a.m. and be off to work by 6:30. These days, it’s tough to wake up before 7. “I’ve had to come to terms with it,” he said. “I’m just really tired in the morning.” Even so, Barber keeps busy. In addition to his 20 hours a week at the congressional office, Barber has organized the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, which supports anti-bullying training in local schools and programs to help young people with mental illnesses. “There’s a lot going on,” Barber said. “The anti-bullying program is well underway. … If you want civility in adults, you have to work with kids.”

In the days after the shooting, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited Giffords staffer Pam Simon and her husband, Bruce Simon, and their children, Fritz and Summer Simon. “I literally wake up every morning and say the words, ‘I’m grateful to be alive,’” says Simon, who was shot twice on Jan. 8.



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am Simon, who retired from a career as a schoolteacher to help Giffords win the congressional seat in 2006 and later joined the office to do community outreach, was back at work by late February. Simon, 64, sometimes wonders if she should have taken more time off, but she wanted to get back to work as quickly as she could. She knew that Giffords would want her to ensure that the Congressional Art Competition for Southern Arizona high school students went off without a hitch. It did, with a ceremony at Tohono Chul Park in May honoring 65 students from high schools across Southern Arizona. “We had the biggest and best ever,” Simon said. It was something of a miracle that Simon survived the shootings. One bullet hit her in the chest and traveled the length of her torso without hitting any vital organs. It was lodged in her upper thigh for several days before doctors removed it. “I literally wake up every morning and say the words, ‘I’m grateful to be alive,’” Simon said. “If I can put one word on this year, it’s gratitude— grateful that Gabby’s alive and doing as well as she is. Grateful for incredible family and friends and community support. I can’t begin to say what it means when you’re standing in line at Starbucks, and somebody says, ‘I don’t mean to bother you, but I saw you on TV, and I’m glad you’re OK.’ You just feel like the town is with you.” She described the last year as a journey that has helped her better understand PTSD, healing and grieving. “I expected the grief process to be slow and sad and smooth,” Simon said. “Instead, it’s jagged. It’s like falling through glass. You feel fine one day, and the next, something hits you right in the face.” Simon said she has learned a lot about forgiveness. “Holding on to that anger weighs you down,” Simon said. “It’s a transforming power if you can learn to let the anger go. … One of the things I have to be quick to say is that I did not lose a child or a spouse. I’m not dealing with a permanent disability, like Ron is. I understand

that it would be much harder, but in all of those cases—the Greens, the Zimmermans, Ron—I don’t see them hanging on to anger toward Jared Loughner. He was a sick individual, and it’s a tragedy that society didn’t offer him help.” The year has also taught her new lessons about resilience. “In so many ways, Tucson is showing that positive spirit to pick up and move on,” Simon said. “One of the traits of resiliency is connectedness, and one of the things that helped me heal emotionally and physically is being connected to my neighbors, my family and my friends.” Moments of laughter have also helped the healing process. “In the last year, we’ve shed a lot of tears together,” Simon said. “We’ve had a lot of touching moments. We’ve had a lot of difficult moments … and we’ve had some really good laughs. The community reaches out in different ways, and some of those ways are a little humorous.”


iffords remains in Houston, going to rehab at TIRR Memorial Hermann, a hospital that specializes in helping people recover from brain injuries. Mark Kelly estimates that she does about five hours of therapy a day. “She marches out that door every day and works hard,” Kelly told Tucsonans at Centennial Hall last month. “She continues to get better, which is a really great, great thing.” Giffords took her first major trip from Houston in April, traveling to Cape Canaveral for the launch of the Endeavor space shuttle under the command of Kelly. A technical malfunction scrubbed the launch, but she was back in Florida in May when the Endeavor took off for the International Space Station. Her words upon watching the takeoff: “Good stuff.” Upon her return to Houston—while Kelly remained in orbit—Giffords had surgery to replace the parts of her skull that were removed by surgeons in the UMC emergency room. After Kelly returned to Earth, he was able to bring Giffords home from the hospital, although she returns there nearly every day for physical therapy.



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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made her first local public appearance on Thanksgiving, serving up turkey at DavisMonthan Air Force Base. Spokesman Mark Kimble says it was the happiest he’d seen Giffords since the shooting: “She was exuberant.”

win the election or not is not a factor in her making this decision. She’s a good campaigner. But the decision hinges on how well she can do the job.” Giffords’ proposed new district—the Congressional District 2, drawn up by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission—is a bit friendlier to Democrats. It has lost Republicanleaning precincts in areas like Oro Valley, Marana and SaddleBrooke. Other potential candidates are exploring campaigns. On the Democratic side, state Rep. Matt Heinz and state Sen. Paula Aboud are quietly building support, although neither is likely to challenge Giffords if she is healthy enough to run. On the Republican side, state Sen. Frank Antenori has been raising money and doing some polling. Antenori told the Tucson Weekly he’s leaning toward running, especially now that his home has been drawn into a Democratic legislative district mostly made up of Tucsonans as part of the redistricting process. Local sports broadcaster Dave Sitton, who has not sought public office before, announced in November that he was exploring a run on the Republican side. Kelly has downplayed rumors that he’ll seek the seat in Giffords’ place. “My job is to make sure she can run for office,” Kelly said last month. He told the crowd at Centennial Hall that Giffords continues to improve as her brain knits itself back together. “We have some work to do, but we’ll get there,” Kelly said. “Cognition, comprehension, personality—all of things that make up a person and who they are, that’s all there. … I know that if there’s anybody who’s strong enough to get through this, it’s her.”






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Giffords has made a handful of appearances in Washington, D.C., including a surprise appearance on Aug. 1 on the floor of the House of Representatives to vote on a controversial plan to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. While the plan eventually passed with enough votes to spare, Giffords was monitoring the political jockeying leading up to the day of the vote and, according to members of Team Giffords, wanted to be in Washington in case it came down to one vote. When she walked onto the House floor, both Republicans and Democrats broke into applause. In October, Giffords traveled to D.C. for a ceremony honoring Kelly and the rest of the crew of the Endeavour. She’s also made a handful of visits to Tucson, including trips for Father’s Day, Labor Day weekend and Thanksgiving. It was during that last trip that Giffords made her first public appearance in Tucson since Jan. 8, serving Thanksgiving dinner alongside Kelly to troops and veterans at DavisMonthan Air Force Base. Mark Kimble said he hadn’t seen Giffords so happy since the shootings. “She was exuberant.” During that trip, Giffords and Kelly also met with John and Roxanna Green, the parents of Christina-Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl who was slain on Jan. 8. “She wanted to express her condolences for their loss,” Kelly said. “It was an emotional experience but something she felt very strongly about. … Eventually, she wants to meet with the families of all the victims.” Giffords will be back in Tucson this weekend, although her staff has not released details regarding public appearances. Whether Giffords will be able to run for reelection remains to be seen. Kelly told Arizona Public Media last month that “whether she could




The victims of Jan. 8 and their loved ones vow to move on—but never forget



JOHN ROLL It was the faces of these retirees that reminded the community that anyone’s grandmother or grandfather could have been at that northwestside Safeway on the morning of Jan. 8. But Nowak says he’s not so sure it helps for everyone to be reminded of what took place that day, especially those who are older and were left behind. “We read about it on the news. We never forget, but we’re not allowed to forget,” Nowak says. “I worry about Mavy. This is a hard time.”




hen the Tucson Weekly talked to Mike Nowak almost one year ago, he was still recovering from the loss of his best friend, 76-year-old Dorwan Stoddard, who was killed on Jan. 8, 2011, while protecting his wife, Mavanell “Mavy” Stoddard. Mavy was shot in the legs three times. From a wheelchair at Dorwan’s funeral on Jan. 16, she told the packed Calvary Tucson East Baptist Church that she had to “live for him,” even though her recovery and loss were difficult. “So hang in there, everybody. Don’t ever let anybody, anybody, anybody leave without hugging (and) kissing them and telling them you love them. Tomorrow might not come,” she said. The two were high-school sweethearts who ended up marrying other people. But when their spouses died, they reunited and had been married for 15 years. The Stoddards were also loyal congregants at Mountain Avenue Church of Christ, where Nowak serves as minister. He got to know Dorwan, a retired construction worker, because Dorwan volunteered to help with the church building’s maintenance. The Stoddards also helped church members and neighbors in need with food, and rent and utilities assistance. Just days after the shooting, Nowak told the Weekly that Dorwan was easy to love and that he made other people feel special. “They were drawn to him naturally. There are no books written about him, and there are no street signs named after him, but he had a magnetic personality.” Today, Nowak says it hasn’t been easy for him or his congregation to recover from losing Dorwan, although it did bring the congregation closer together. “There’s a deeper fellowship with one another,” Nowak says, adding that when “incidents like this happen, we need the support of everyone, everyday. It’s also important to move forward as you draw strength from one another.” Nowak has seen volunteers from his congregation step forward to pick up Dorwan’s work. Nowak says he was surprised by the number of men who came forward to take over his jobs. “There are now more men involved than there were before,” Nowak says. Mavy is still active in the church, but physically frail compared to how she was before the shootings, Nowak says. She’s also emotionally fragile. “We all help her, but that doesn’t mean it gets better,” Nowak says. “Maybe if this happened to someone who was much younger, it would be easier, but to Mavy, she has lost the person she expected to be with in these last years of her life.” The Stoddards “enjoyed every event together. They were constant companions. She realizes she will never have that again,” Nowak says. The Stoddards weren’t the only retirees affected by the Jan. 8 shootings. Retired airline pilot George Morris, who was wounded, lost his wife Dorothy “Dot” Morris, 76, a retired secretary. When a photo of slain shooting victim Phyllis Schneck, 79, was displayed during President Barack Obama’s memorial speech at McKale Center on Jan. 12, Obama remarked that the retired mother of three, who had seven grandchildren and a 2-year-old great-granddaughter, was a Republican who “took a liking to Gabby, and wanted to get to know her better.”



DEALING WITH THE LOSS OF A CHILD oxana Green has lived through one of the most-devastating events a person can experience—the unexpected death of a child. While in New York visiting her husband’s family during the Christmas holidays, Green told the Tucson Weekly by phone that she was able to survive at first because of the people who rallied around her family, and now, she goes on



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SURVIVING WITH THE HELP OF KIDS hile recovering from the emotional and physical wounds she suffered on Jan. 8, Suzi Hileman found solace by going back to school—as a volunteer at Prince Elementary School in the Amphitheater School District. Hileman spent 12 weeks recovering physically and emotionally from gunshot wounds and the loss of her young friend Christina-Taylor Green, whom she accompanied to the Congress on Your Corner event so the girl could meet her congresswoman. Hileman was impressed by the diversity at the school, where a majority of students come from low-income households. Hileman discovered that when she felt down, all she had to do to feel better was head to the kindergarten class and get hugs from about 28 5-year-olds. “I became the official adopted grandmother of Prince,” Hileman says, laughing. Her experience at Prince Elementary led Hileman to start Grandparents in Residence, or GRIN ( The organization pairs retirees with Tucson-area school administrators. The group finds out what schools need, and then recruits seniors in the community who want to volunteer. For example, Rio Vista Elementary has a group of boys interested in knitting, so Hileman is looking for someone who wants to teach them, and also help them with reading. The idea to form GRIN came during Hileman’s convalescence. “It grew out of the 12 weeks I was laying at home recovering,” she says. Between 4 and 5 p.m. every day, the doorbell would ring, and “someone would bring us love” in the form of that night’s dinner, Hileman says. “It wasn’t easy accepting that help in the beginning. We always took pride in ourselves for being independent. We had to learn to accept help with grace.”

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rienced a similar loss has also helped—women such as Jeannette Maré, who started Ben’s Bells in honor of her late son. “I just know how important it was to me, talking with women who have lost children,” Green says. “Look, there’s no playbook when it comes to grief.”

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because she purposefully keeps busy. Green’s 9-year-old daughter, Christina-Taylor Green, was shot and killed on Jan. 8. A year later, the anniversary of that horrific day means Green has been busy talking to the media and re-living the events surrounding her daughter’s death. Those first days after the shootings were the most difficult, Green says. She couldn’t believe it was true, even though she had gone to the hospital to see her daughter’s body and touch her for the last time. That first week, she says, she had to pinch herself over and over again. She continues to ache for Christina-Taylor. “I just cry—I think it is healthy—in the shower, home and bedroom. Lots of times, (my husband, John, and I) cry ourselves to sleep. I try to stay busy, focused and be happy for our son,” Green says. “I know people say time heals all wounds. Maybe for other things, but not for something like this. Not when you lose a child in this way.” Still, Green retains a sense of humor. “We cry—and then we eat carbs,” she says, laughing lightly. While in New York, Green is appearing on some of the national talk shows and news programs. Besides talking about Jan. 8, Green is also touting her book, which came out this week. As Good as She Imagined, released by Worthy Publishing, was written by Green with Left Behind series writer Jerry Jenkins. This week’s issue of People magazine has a feature story about the Greens along with book excerpts. Green says writing the book gave her the chance to tell her family’s story about that day, and to tell the world about her daughter, in a way other books wouldn’t be able to. The title of the book refers to President Barack Obama’s memorial speech at McKale Center on Jan. 12. Speaking of Christina-Taylor, who had just been elected to the Mesa Verde Elementary School student council and wanted to meet her congresswoman, Obama said, “Here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy, just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship. … I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it.” Green says she and her family will observe the anniversary by doing “what we usually do on birthdays and Thanksgiving and those other holidays. We have a deep family faith in God. We’ll light a candle, go to church and have a favorite family meal.” Green says she rarely watches the news and has no interest in keeping up with the legal proceedings involving alleged shooter Jared Loughner. “I don’t watch items about him or want to see pictures of him,” she says. Green’s desire to keep busy led to the development of the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation (, of which Green serves as chief executive officer. On Nov. 1, the charitable organization received its nonprofit status, and much of Green’s spare time is devoted to its growth. “Our No. 1 priority is to give back to Tucson. We’re so grateful for how the community treated us,” Green says. “We had these dreams and goals for both of our children, and we’ve always tried to give back as much as we could. I guess one of the good things to come out of this is the outpouring of love. The idea is to give back to Tucson with youth programs and education needs in academics, arts and sports in K-12 schools. We want her legacy to endure forever.” The first donations provided $150,000 to local schools for computers, furniture, new physical-education equipment and supplies for art programs, drama and orchestra. The foundation has been a form of therapy for Green. She says she tried seeing a counselor, and realized that she needed something that kept her busy—not constantly thinking about her loss. While the foundation has helped her cope, talking to other women who have expe-

But she wanted to give back, so Hileman reached out to her social circle of other retirees, and on the first day of school at Prince, they put up welcome signs and handed out treats. As Hileman started to put the pieces together to start GRIN, she thought about all of the retirees living in Tucson who have no connections to local schools, because they are finished raising children. “There are people who want to be part of the community, but they don’t know how,” Hileman says. On Saturday, Jan. 7, GRIN will hold Stroll and Roll, a walk in memory of Christina-Taylor, at the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial River Park, along Canada del Oro between Magee and Thornydale roads, from 8 to 11 a.m. “I’ve heard people say how amazed they were with the friendship I had with Christina-Taylor,” Hileman says. “But I know that anyone can have that. It was special, but anyone can reach out to a child and offer them our friendship.” A FITTING TRIBUTE udge John Roll will be remembered by anyone who passes through the doors of the new federal courthouse in Yuma. The courthouse, which he worked hard to get built, will bear his name when it is completed. It is a fitting tribute to the 40-year veteran of the legal system. Roll had made it a priority over the years to secure funding for the new building, and he found an ally in U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Roll was heading home from Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral in downtown Tucson when he stopped by the Congress on Your Corner event to visit with Giffords and thank her for her help. He was killed while talking with Giffords’ district director, Ron Barber, who believes that Roll may have saved his life by pushing him down as the shooting started. Barber was at the groundbreaking ceremony for the courthouse last June to remember Roll and his work. “He was the real deal,” Barber said at the ceremony. “Nothing phony about him. I just wish he could have been here today to see the groundbreaking.” continued on next page


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MOVING FORWARD continued from Page 17 Though Giffords and Roll sat on different sides of the political spectrum, and Yuma is outside of Giffords’ district, the two had been working together to secure funding for the courthouse; Giffords hoped the new building would help ease the burden on the federal courts in her district. Just a few days before his death, Roll had signed off on the design of the building, praising its Southwestern design. President Barack Obama, speaking at the Jan. 12 memorial service at McKale Center, said, “In Judge Roll, we recognize not only a man who prized his family and doing his job well, but also a man who embodied America’s fidelity to the law.” The John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse is scheduled to open in 2013.

After Jan. 8, the firearms arms race didn’t lose a beat





REMEMBERING GABE abe Zimmerman made an astonishing number of friends in his 30 years of life, and those friends are making sure he won’t be forgotten. At the urging of hundreds of Arizonans who knew him, Congress has named a room for him at the U.S. Capitol. Scholarship programs at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he got his bachelor’s degree, and Arizona State University, where he earned a master’s in social work, now honor his legacy of helping others. The Pima County Board of Supervisors named a trailhead for Zimmerman in Davidson Canyon. His friends in Green Valley created a memorial for him. Students at his secondary-school alma mater, University High School, built a bench in his memory. Gabe had not set out to get involved in politics—his first love was civil service— but he joined the first congressional campaign of Gabrielle Giffords for a tiny salary, because he believed in her pragmatic philosophy of making government work for those who didn’t have the money or stature to advocate for themselves. After her victory in 2006, Giffords hired him to be the people’s liaison to the maze of federal agencies that could hold up things, such as a lost passport, a farmer’s subGabe Zimmerman, who sidy or a veteran’s benefit. became the first congresNo problem was too small sional staffer murdered for his attention. If you called in the line of duty when Giffords’ office with a gripe, he was slain on Jan. 8, Gabe would inevitably get helped bring an original involved. He was standing at copy of the Declaration her side at the Safeway to comof Independence to pile another list of requests Tucson in 2010. when he died. He became the first congressional staff member murdered in the line of duty in the history of the U.S. Congress. Gabe had to deal with thousands of incensed people through the years, and hardly anyone can recall him losing his temper. His calm was almost supernatural. His ability to connect with constituents— especially the cranky ones— earned him the nickname “the constituent whisperer.” Being evicted from a porch on the campaign trail or having a phone slammed down on him were hazards of the trade, and he laughed it off. Anyone who spent more than 30 seconds with Gabe ended up liking him. “Gabe was really gifted,” says his father, Ross Zimmerman. “He was really good at connecting with people and was fearless about it. He liked being out there.” Out there also meant the natural beauty of Tucson, and Gabe hiked dozens of trails in the ranges that surround the city. He proposed to his fiancée on an early-morning hike at the base of “A” Mountain. Gabe grew up with parents who cherished the outdoors. “He thought it was normal to do things like trot across the Grand Canyon with his dad,” Ross says. Thus, it’s appropriate that his extended family is working to create Beyond Tucson, an event that urges Tucsonans to enjoy the outdoors on Saturday, Jan. 7, as a way of honoring the memories of those who lost their lives on Jan. 8, 2011. “We’re never going to heal up from this,” Ross says. “We just have to learn how to cope and how to move forward.”

cott Zike makes black holsters for pistols, assault rifles and any other manner of weapon in between. And he’s selling them with a vengeance on this gray December morning, his inventory dangling overhead like so many dead crows. Surrounding him is a sea of like-minded vendors at a gun show that fills one cavernous, rented room on Tucson’s southside. Zike is a straight-ahead fellow who retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years and started manufacturing his gear soon after. He’s now based in Glendale. His decidedly niche market became even more specialized over the past year. “One thing that happened was that people wanted my large magazine pouches because they wanted to use the 33-round mags,” he says. “So I was making the large pouches to fit over those

extreme mags.” He links this blossoming demand directly to the Jan. 8 shootings. That mass carnage was due in no small part to the fact that alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner fitted his Glock pistol with a high-capacity, 33-round magazine. After the shootings, Zike says, “people were worried those magazines were going to be taken off the shelf.” But it’s not just endangered accessories that are driving folks to gun shows such as this one, operated by McMann’s Roadrunner, also based in Glendale. One after another, dealers at the chatty gathering claim to have enjoyed a robust 2011. Rather than dampening gun sales, the Safeway shootings have apparently heightened paranoia that new gun restrictions would soon follow. For gun enthusiasts, the logical impulse is to buy what you can, while you can. That perspective is not baseless. For instance, the oversized magazines that expedited Jared Loughner’s rampage and plumped up Scott Zike’s bottom line were outlawed as part of federal assault-weapons ban in 1994—although that prohibition was allowed to expire in 2004 under the watch of then-President George W. Bush. Nonetheless, rather than prompting reflection over the social costs of laissez-faire gun control, mass shootings seem to spur a corresponding jump in firearms purchases. Gun sales spiked, for instance, following the 1999 massacre at Colorado’s Columbine High School. The same has occurred in the aftermath of Jan. 8; during the past year, an estimated 200,000 guns were bought from licensed Arizona dealers. That’s on top of the thousands of weapons purchased privately, or at gun shows such as this one. The combustible pattern is further fed by national politics. According to the dealers I spoke with, the Loughner shootings fueled already-existing fears that the 2008 election of President Barack Obama would precipitate more gun restrictions. That paranoia persists despite the fact that, three years in, the Obama administration has pushed few reforms beyond better state-to-state enforcement against gun-traffickers, and beefed-up background checks. If paranoia about gun control is your thing, then Arizona is your paradise. In 1994, the Legislature passed a bill permitting residents to carry concealed weapons—as long as they were toting a state-issued permit. In 2000, then-NRA president Charlton Heston was invited to give the legislative session’s opening invocation. More-recent sessions saw the passage of bills allowing the possession of concealed weapons without permits or training, the designation of a state handgun—the Colt single-action Army revolver—and the strengthening of the ability for people to defend their homes or vehicles with firearms. The Legislature also passed measures that block cities and towns from banning hunting within their boundaries (except in proximity to occupied structures), prohibit local jurisdictions from enacting gun ordinances more restrictive than state law, and ensure the right of citizens to carry guns in parks and preserves. Last year, a law that would have allowed guns on college campuses was watered down and then ultimately vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer. However, last month, state Sen. Ron Gould said he would introduce a new version of the bill during the 2012 session.


JAN. 8: ONE YEAR LATER From that perspective, growing gun sales since Jan. 8 should surprise no one. “I think on Black Friday after Thanksgiving, they even set a record with gun sales to women,” Coniglio says.

To him, the logic driving that trend is a nobrainer. “Would you prefer to call 911—and wait for an hour, and maybe a cop will show up—as your wife is being attacked by some guy?” Gun-accessory dealer Scott Zike says that he saw a rush on pouches to hold extended ammunition clips, such as the one used on Jan. 8, after the shootings, because “people were worried those magazines were going to be taken off the shelf.” TIM VANDERPOOL

All of this dismays longtime supporters of stricter gun laws. “Anyone who wants a gun for any type of purpose can go to a gun show, knowing there will not even be the semblance of a gun check,” says Elliot Glicksman, a prominent Tucson attorney who specializes in representing crime victims. Glicksman’s caseload is grim testimony to the extent of gun violence. “I deal with this stuff all the time,” he says, “and to me, it seems unbelievable that we live in a place where people really believe there should be no limit on who gets guns and what kind of guns they get.” Other reform advocates have personally felt the impacts of gun violence. It was 30 years ago that Susan Agrillo’s sister was gunned down in Chicago during a botched mugging. Now a prosecutor with the Tucson City Attorney’s Office, Agrillo spent years working toward even minimal firearms control. She says her efforts were blocked at nearly every step by the National Rifle Association. “They have a lot of money, a lot of lobbyists, and they influence our legislators.” To Agrillo, the NRA’s clout overshadows public sentiment. “Most people want reasonable gun control,” she says, “and that’s been the case since I started doing this 30 years ago.” Judging from the December Tucson gun show, that’s also likely to be the case for years to come. On this day, NRA volunteers are out in full force, renewing memberships and hustling raffle tickets for a $400, .40-caliber Taurus handgun. Among those volunteers is Jim Coniglio, a retired electrical engineer, a weapons instructor and an NRA lifer. “When you have very strict gun controls such as in Washington, D.C., and New York City,” he says, “there’s more crime there with criminals having guns and people being defenseless.”


Local mental-health services these days are trying to do more with less in funding



central issue in the case against accused Jan. 8 shooter Jared Lee Loughner involves his sanity: Does he suffer from mental illness, and if so, did that impact the events of that tragic day a year ago? Can he ever be restored to competency so he can be tried for the crimes? The uncertainty of Loughner’s mental state also led to an inquiry into whether available mental-health services in the region were adequate—or if more needed to be done to ensure that those who need help could find it. A year later, those same questions are still being asked. While some improvements have been seen—most notably in terms of awareness—the collective feeling is that local mental-health services continue to trail demand. “We still are seeing many people fall through the cracks,” said Mindy Bernstein, whose Coyote Task Force employs the mentally ill. “There are not enough hospital beds for psych patients.” All of those interviewed about the state of mental-health services in Pima County agreed that things are as good as they’re going to get given the current, decreased state-funding levels. Recent cuts to AHCCCS and other services have

been felt heavily in the psychiatric community, and any further cutbacks could be devastating. Bernstein, whose organization helps more than 100 people with a mental illness find work via efforts such as a clothing store and a restaurant, said that despite the cuts, she has seen some improvements in local mental-health care. The most notable advancement, she said, was the August opening of a mental-health crisis center at the University of Arizona Medical Center’s South Campus, formerly Kino Hospital. The center, which is in effect a dedicated urgent-care facility for psychiatric issues, enables those who need mental-health care to avoid going to an emergency room, where they might not get the help they need, Bernstein said. “Psychiatric crises are just as significant as any other acute medical crisis,” she said. “ERs are not set up to treat them. It could mean a very long wait for some people, and they could just walk off.” The South Campus facility is part of a network of facilities and other services meant to provide assistance to those seeking it, or to those who are identified by others as being in need of help, said Neal Cash, CEO of the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona. This network, which has been in effect for

three years, also includes a call-in command center with dedicated phone lines for both public calls and law-enforcement issues, all in an effort to avoid having “our hospital emergency departments and our jails as a mental-health system,” Cash said. Since Jan. 8, there has been a huge spike in the number of initial inquiries the network has received, Cash said, likely the result of the “hyper-awareness and vigilance” that is almost expected after a tragedy such as the one Tucson experienced. “It’s not surprising that people’s awareness has risen,” he said. “But at the same time the demand is kind of ramping up, the resources are diminishing. Everything we’ve done is to make sure we did the best with the resources that we had, that we’ve used them effectively.” Since Jan. 8, CPSA has held about 30 mentalhealth first-aid training sessions. Cash said the 600 attendees have included law-enforcement officers and other first responders, as well as parents, teachers and people from faith-based organizations. The sessions are meant to educate the general public on what to look for in someone who may be suffering from mental illness. “It’s really meant to look at how you identify continued on next page JANUARY 5 - 11, 2012




ILLNESS, IGNORANCE continued from Page 19 early signs and symptoms, and how to reach out to people and let them know of the resources available,” Cash said. “It’s similar to first aid taught by the Red Cross. You can learn first aid even if you’re not a (medical) professional; it’s what you can do before the professionals arrive.” While some efforts are being made to improve the services available for people early on in a mental-health crisis, there are still many people who end up running afoul of the law, said Terri Rahner, the mental-health clinical coordinator for the Pima County Superior Court. Rahner, who handles all of the county’s court-ordered competency evaluations (known as Rule 11 evaluations), said about 700 Superior Court cases a year involve a defendant who may have mental-health issues. Many of those defendants, she said, might be facing charges because they were seen behaving erratically in public. And because no help is available on the outside, this situation often results in law enforcement “criminalizing that kind of behavior” in order to get a person assistance while incarcerated. “Right now, the county jail is our largest mental-health provider in the county,” Rahner said. “The availability of benefits in the community reaches into the courtroom just like anywhere else, and the lack of resources … poses limitations.” The state’s poor economy during the last few years has led to cuts in many services, not just health care, said Vic Williams, a state representative whose District 26 includes the shopping center where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others were shot. Williams said the Arizona Legislature has taken the appropriate steps to balance its budget, and as more revenue comes in, it can look to start increasing funding to some agencies, such as ACCCHS. But before doing so, he said, it’s necessary to take a close look at how organizations are using their funding to ensure it is being spent properly. “We obviously want to put money toward identifying people who are mentally ill or … need to be helped,” Williams said. “But before we can do that, we have to take care of the waste and fraud and misuse.” Tragedies such as the Jan. 8 shootings often lead to a wave of political efforts to make changes, but that didn’t happen here, Bernstein said. “There’s a stigma to mental illness,” she said. “It’s a shame-based illness, no doubt,

in the same way AIDS used to be. It’s significant that the community understand that psychiatric issues are illnesses.” The Community Partnership of Southern Arizona is holding a series of mental-health first-aid training courses to give the general public a basic

understanding of how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness. The 12-hour, two-day courses are free, and many of them are held at the CPSA Training Center, 2502 N. Dodge Blvd. For more information, go to mhfa, or call 318-6950, ext. 3000.

LOUGHNER UPDATE Accused Jan. 8 shooter Jared Lee Loughner remains in a Missouri federal facility, where he is being forcibly medicated in an effort to restore him to a level of competency that would enable him to face trial. Loughner, 23, faces 49 federal counts, but is currently not considered competent to stand trial, and no trial date has been set. His defense attorneys have fought to prevent authorities from forcing medication on Loughner, with further hearings on the issue scheduled before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The most recent ruling on the case came in late November, when U.S. District Judge Larry Burns denied a request by defense attorneys to have Loughner’s competency interviews videotaped.


We catch up with some of the people who made Southern Arizona proud on Jan. 8, 2011



ill Badger knows he’s lucky to be alive. The 75-year-old retired Army colonel went to the Congress on Your Corner event on Jan. 8 to talk to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords about how federal health-care reform would affect his military benefits. When the shooting started, his first thought was that someone was tossing around fireworks to cause a scare. Then he saw the gunman shooting people as they stood in line ahead of him. As the gunman turned his pistol toward him, Badger ducked, and a bullet grazed the back of his head. If he had been any slower, he knows he would have been killed. “I consider myself the luckiest person in the whole world,” Badger says. “If I hadn’t ducked exactly when I did, I wouldn’t be here today.” Badger hit the ground, dazed, and looked up to see the gunman, now out of bullets, pausing to reload. By instinct, he reached up to grab the gunman’s wrist, just as Roger Salzgeber hit the gunman from behind. The gunman went down and was subdued by the two men. The shooting had a deep impact on Badger, who still gets emotional as he talks about it. He’s gotten his share of awards and accolades since, including the Minuteman award from the National Guard Association of Arizona, and the Valley Forge Cross for Heroism from the National Guard Association of the United States. He’s met President Barack Obama. He enjoyed a week of rest and relaxation at Canyon Ranch. He traveled to baseball’s All-Star Game in Phoenix and to the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour in Florida. He’s also trying to put his newfound fame to good use. “After such a tragic event, one thing I’m trying to do is make something good come out of this,” Badger says. He has focused his efforts on trying to find a way to ensure that guns don’t fall into the hands of people like Jared Loughner. He’s been working with other Tucsonans and a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Although he’s a registered Republican and a fan of former NRA president Sandy Froman, Badger thought it was “terrible” when the Pima County Republican Party auctioned off a Glock to raise funds last year. “I turned on my TV that night, and I saw this Glock gun that looked just exactly like the one I saw laying on the sidewalk right after I’d been shot,” Badger says. “They were going to raffle it off, and I thought, ‘How in the hell can somebody do something like that?’ It was extremely poor




Daniel Hernandez, who provided first aid to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot: “We should define ourselves as a strong community that’s going to keep fighting for positive things—moving forward, not moving on, and doing what we can to make this a better place.”

judgment.” Badger still wears one of the blue “Gabby” wristbands that were sold to raise money for a scholarship fund honoring Gabe Zimmerman, the Giffords staffer who was slain on Jan. 8. He says the only time he takes it off is when he showers. “I’m going to let Gabby take it off,” he says.


f you’re going to use the word hero when you talk to Daniel Hernandez Jr., you better not be referring to him. The UA student, recently elected to the Sunnyside Unified School District governing board, is often credited with saving Gabrielle Giffords’ life, because he reacted quickly after she was shot and applied pressure to her head wound to contain the bleeding. In the days following the shootings, Hernandez was honored by both the LGBT and Latino communities, who saw him as a representative hero in a state where lawmakers have defined marriage as between only a man and woman, and where anti-Mexican sentiment has become a major export. “I’m going to be real honest: I don’t like the word ‘hero.’ It’s hard to disagree with someone like the president, but I’m going to keep doing it,” Hernandez says. “Jan. 8 is something I have repeatedly said is a one-time thing. You know, there are people in Tucson who are real heroes, working day in and day out without fame and without anyone calling them a hero. “It is really humbling … but as far as both communities claiming me, I’m not the model Latino or a model member of the LGBT community. I’m Daniel Hernandez. That’s the only person I know how to be.” Hernandez is slated to graduate from the UA in May, and he’s excited to be part of the Sunnyside school board. At the UA, he was working with the Arizona Students’ Association to advocate for public education, resigning when he ran for the school board. The ASA is a statewide organization directed and funded by Arizona’s publicuniversity students to lobby elected officials and involve students in issues such as proposed tuition increases. He describes his school-board campaign as an interesting experience. He graduated from Sunnyside High School in 2008, and a group of his former teachers went door to door for him and made several hundred phone calls on his behalf. “For me, it was full circle,” Hernandez says. He says his work with the ASA allowed him to meet legislators and get a better idea of how education was being dealt with. It’s how he met state Rep. Steve Farley, and became the campaign manager for Farley’s most-recent race. Hernandez says that support from friends like Farley and Farley’s wife, Kelly Paisley, has helped him through the days following Jan. 8, including the crush of interview requests. “I’ve been very fortunate that I had people who put themselves on the line for me several times, and went out of their way to help me get to the movies or decompress

after a long couple of days. They seemed to know when I needed it most,” he says. He also includes close friends at the UA, his two sisters and his parents as part of his support group. “It’s been important to have people around me who know my personality and knew after Jan. 8 that I didn’t like the attention and that I had to get back to work right away,” he says. Asked if it is possible to move on after the events of Jan. 8, Hernandez says it’s not about moving on, but about moving forward—and keeping alive the memory of those who were killed or wounded. “People have been stepping up … I’ve been helping different organizations, like the United Way, and finding other ways I can give back,” Hernandez says. “We could have left the city and let Tucson be defined by the actions of one person, but we’ve said, ‘That isn’t the best way.’ We should define ourselves as a strong community that’s going to keep fighting for positive things—moving forward, not moving on, and doing what we can to make this a better place.”


he Tucson Weekly recognized Patricia Maisch as one of our Local Heroes just last month, but we wanted to connect with her again to ask how she intends to mark the Jan. 8 anniversary. Maisch was praised for taking a magazine away from Jared Loughner when he tried to reload. When people call her a hero, she usually tells them that Roger Salzgeber and Bill Badger, the two men who tackled Loughner, are the real heroes. When she heard gunshots, “I didn’t think I had time to run, so I got on the ground,” she says. “At the same moment, Bill and Roger knocked him down, essentially on top of me. They yelled, ‘Get the gun—get the magazine!’ I knelt up but I couldn’t reach his gun, which was in his right hand, outstretched. But I got the magazine from his left hand, which he was getting out from his pants.” During the anniversary of Jan. 8, Maisch expects she’ll touch base with Badger, Salzgeber and others who were at the Safeway on that day, and participate in some of the events honoring the victims. “I think it is absolutely critical to their memory to be part of what’s taking place. If not, the killer’s name will be remembered much easier over time than the people who were murdered,” Maisch says. “When I talk, I try to say all of their names (Dorothy Morris, Judge John Roll, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard, Gabe Zimmerman and Christina-Taylor Green) and try not to say the shooter’s name. I think it is really important that we remember them.” Maisch says she finds it comforting whenever she meets with people who were at the scene of the shootings. “When we are together, a lot of us always say it is somewhat comforting, because only the people actually there have the physical experience—the horror and the mayhem and the carnage.” continued on next page

JAN. 8 BRIEFS Beyond Tucson Packs Jan. 7 With Events in Memory of Gabe Zimmerman, Other Shooting Victims Beyond Tucson: Commemorate, Celebrate, Commit—created by Gabe Zimmerman’s family and friends—is holding a wide variety of events on Saturday, Jan. 7. (For more on the creation of Beyond Tucson, see our TQ&A interview with Ross Zimmerman, Gabe’s father, in the Dec. 15 issue.) Most activities take advantage of public parks and trails with walking, hiking, yoga, dancing and other physical activities. There are also more than a dozen community-art projects. An opening event takes place at 8:15 a.m. at Tucson Medical Center, 5301 E. Grant Road. The main event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reid Park, Country Club Road and 22nd Street. The closing event is from 4 to 6 p.m. at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. For a list of all activities, visit Here are just some of the other events: • Downtown Art Walk, at the Toole Shed Art Space, 197 E. Toole Ave.: A stroll through downtown art galleries takes place from 1 to 4 p.m.; free. The walk begins at the Toole Shed and ends at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. • Festival of Democracy, Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, 206-6600: Attendees can participate in a “Run for Office” around the West Campus track, read passages from the U.S. Constitution at Constitution Corner, register to vote, paint a tile in remembrance of Jan. 8, and join in a mass singalong of patriotic music, from 8 a.m. to noon. • Mars and Beyond, at Science Downtown, 300 E. Congress St., 6228595: Multimedia exhibits show the history and technology behind exploration of the planet Mars. Admission is free from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. if you mention the Beyond project. • Oro Valley Family Fun Day, James D. Kreigh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia: The town of Oro Valley hosts a day of activities including carnival-style games, sand volleyball, kickball and nature walks for all ages from noon to 3 p.m.; free. The event begins with a moment of silence at the Angel of Steadfast Love. • Plant Trees for Peace, Manuel Herrera Jr. Park, 5901 S. Fiesta Ave., 791-4873: Activities related to peacebuilding include planting trees in the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association’s Children’s Peace Garden, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Storytelling, Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road, 323-1331: Children can listen to the favorite childhood stories of Gabe Zimmerman and Christina-Taylor Green, tour Tucson’s historic fairyland, and drop their own stories in a box for Stories That Soar, continued on Page 23 JANUARY 5 - 11, 2012




THE HEROES continued from Page 21 She says remembering those killed on Jan. 8 is also important because it could prevent other people from being murdered in the same way. Maisch was asked last spring to become a spokeswoman for a proposed law advocated by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of more than 500 members who want to tighten the background checks required of people who purchase guns. Although Maisch shrugs off the title of hero, she does describe herself as a “person of action.” “It takes both that and heroes to change things,” she says. “I hope there are more people of action out there to tell Congress that people who shouldn’t have guns shouldn’t have them.” If you’re interested in helping Maisch reach her goal, she asks that you sign a petition to support tougher background checks for gun sales at


oger Salzgeber was at the Congress on Your Corner event with his wife, Faith, to say hello to Gabrielle Giffords. Salzgeber, a self-described liberal, had worked hard on Giffords’ 2010 re-election effort. Before, he was never involved in politics much beyond casting a vote on Election Day. But that changed when a window at Giffords’ office was shattered, most likely by a pellet gun, after she voted to support the Democrats’ health-care reform package. Salzgeber, 62, who had recently retired after selling a wholesale desert-plant nursery, was so upset by the broken window that he signed up to help Giffords’ re-election effort. After winning a contest to gather the most signatures on nominating petitions, Salzgeber won a lunch with Giffords at the Arizona Inn—and came away smitten with her. He and Faith were in line waiting to talk to Giffords when the gunfire erupted. He dived one way; Faith went another—and somehow, neither was shot as the gunman walked past them. When the gunman stopped to reload, Salzgeber saw his chance and charged him, knocking him over. With the help of Bill Badger, he pinned the shooter to the ground,




n Jan. 8, 2011, Gabrielle Giffords and most of the other victims of the shootings at the Congress on Your Corner event were taken to the trauma center at University Medical Center (now called the University of Arizona Medical Center). Before that day, few people in Tucson knew much about the city’s trauma center, and even fewer knew anything about Dr. Peter Rhee, the former military surgeon and chief of trauma. Because of the national scope of the tragedy, members of the media descended on the hospital. The daily televised press conferences featuring Rhee and other members of the medical team became vital—not only for journalists, but also for people at home and work who were worried and praying. There’s a tendency to call members of the UMC trauma team heroes, and they certainly are to the people whose lives they saved that day. But Rhee says he looks at it a bit differently, especially after serving at a U.S. Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, where he treated hundreds of men and women wounded on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. “I know in my heart of hearts that they are not calling me specifically a hero; they are calling the system a hero,” Rhee says. “You and I know I am not the hero. In Landstuhl, when I see those guys who get blown up for the sake of someone else, that’s a hero to me. I didn’t take a bullet for somebody. I did what we were supposed to do.” The attention Rhee and other medical-team members have received since the shootings has been phenomenal, but Rhee says some of his peers are irritated by it, rather than seeing it as an opportunity to educate people about their work and the trauma facility in Tucson. Rhee also thinks the attention has been a great tool for teaching medical staff about the importance of talking to the media. “In many ways, the medical field, in a subtle way, is taught to avoid the media, but it actually needs the media,” Rhee says. “But I think my peers still don’t know how to handle it, and they just want it to go away.” Rhee says he’ll be participating in Jan. 8 anniversary events on Sunday, but admits the continued media attention feels a bit weird. “It was a catastrophic event for our city, and as a result, our city has changed in some ways for the better,” Rhee says. “This was a blemish to us, and because we know we’re normally not like that, we want to show the world that we have a better attitude.”

Dr. Peter Rhee: “It was a catastrophic event for our city, and as a result, our city has changed in some ways for the better.” twisting the shooter’s arm behind his back and planting his knee on the back of the shooter’s neck. Salzgeber doesn’t like to relive the details. Sometimes, he’ll get together with some of the

other survivors of Jan. 8, but when the topic turns to the shootings, he has to walk away. “When the subject turns to all this, I just can’t talk about it,” Salzgeber says. “I can’t move forward if they keep making me look backward.” It’s been a year of amazing honors for him: meeting President Obama; attending the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour at Cape Canaveral; and a head-clearing, 11-day rafting trip down the Colorado River. During a trip to Chicago’s Wrigley Field, he was seated in a box behind home plate and invited onto the field while an announcer sang his praises, and the team presented him with a Cubs jersey with his name on the back. As a lifelong Cubs fan who grew up in Chicago, it was an unforgettable experience. “I was just ear to ear,” Salzgeber says. “It was very, very cool for me.” He continues to throw himself into politics. He’s signed on to help Democrat Nancy Young Wright get elected to the Pima County Board of Supervisors, should she decide to run this year. He now attends meetings of the Oro Valley Democrats and other political organizations. He even attended many of the Southern Arizona meetings of the Independent Redistricting Commission, testifying about the important of competitive districts. He was “totally outraged” when Gov. Jan Brewer tried to remove IRC chairwoman Colleen Mathis in November. “It all makes me way more angry,” Salzgeber says. “I’m trying to channel that into getting people who are somewhat reasonable elected … and I’ve never been like that before.”

IN MEMORY OF Out of horror has come a lot of good BY HANK STEPHENSON,


t was exactly three weeks before the shootings, on a typical Saturday in Tucson, when the phone at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona rang. Gabrielle Giffords’ office ran an annual food drive, and the congresswoman was calling to say she wanted to come by and drop off the goods. “Down came Gabby and her entourage, with a truck all loaded with food,” recalls Bill Carnegie, CEO of the Food Bank. “Typically, when a member of Congress or an elected official visits an organization, they might be here for 10 or 15 minutes, and then they run off to their next event. Well, Gabby spent about two hours here on Dec. 18. She had her picture taken with staff and volunteers; she helped sort food. We just had a wonderful interaction with her.” During the first week of January, photos of Giffords with the staff and volunteers arrived in the mail. “I look at it every day,” Carnegie says of one of the photos, which he had framed; it now hangs above his desk. “It’s just kind of a reminder that we’re here for bigger reasons.” After the Jan. 8 shootings, Tucsonans—as well as people across the nation and around the world—were looking for ways to help. Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, suggested giving to two of Giffords’ favorite causes—the American Red Cross and the Community Food Bank.

Ron Barber, the district director for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, helped organize a rock ’n’ roll concert headlined by Jackson Browne and Alice Cooper to raise money for the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding.

To handle the flood of funds suddenly coming in, the Food Bank created the Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Hunger Action Fund. Roughly $215,000 from that fund went into building and launching the new Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center—a onestop shop for referrals for eyeglasses, dental care, prescription drugs and other help that people may need. Since building the center, requests for those services are up about 50 percent, and the Food Bank hopes to soon expand the center to help all of Southern Arizona. But need for all of the services offered by the Food Bank is increasing. In October, the Food Bank helped more than 240,000 people in Southern Arizona, compared with about 98,000 in the same month four years ago. Carnegie is also the board chairman of the Tucson Together Fund, which has raised about a half-million dollars, and has already paid out about $200,000 to help the Jan. 8 shooting victims and their families with immediate needs and long-term help. The Tucson Together Fund considers requests for such things as flying family members to town, covering costs for child counseling, and even thank-you cards. “There are just so many needs beyond what a typical victims’ fund covers,” Carnegie says. “And we’re in it for the long-term. … We know there are needs that are really going to last for years to come, because people are not going to get over this easily.” The Southern Arizona chapter of the American Red Cross also received a torrent of donations, says Jennifer Tersigni, chief development officer for the organization. “Rather than creating a separate fund, we felt the best way to honor the donations was to use the donations like we (normally) would—to help the community in need,” Tersigni said. “It’s the spirit (in which) the Giffords and Kelly family had asked people to support the Red Cross, because of our overall mission and the work that we do.” About $20,000 in donations specifically marked “in honor of Congresswoman Giffords” came in during the past year, but Tersigni says the overall effect of Kelly’s call has been much greater, with donations in general increasing this year. The Red Cross also worked with Giffords’ office to spearhead nationwide free Savea-Life Saturday training, during which more than 11,000 people—1,700 from Southern Arizona—have gathered to learn first-aid and CPR skills. Since the shootings, dozens of other opportunities have opened up to allow people to donate to causes near and dear to the hearts of those we lost. For instance, the ChristinaTaylor Green Memorial Foundation had accrued more than $286,000 from more than 1,800 donors as of December. The foundation created a scholarship in Green’s name that will allow Southern Arizona girls as young as 9 to participate in a young women’s political-leadership program that is usually open only to high school girls. The 9-year-old Green was interested in government and politics and had just been elected to the Mesa Verde Elementary School student council when her life was cut short.

Green was also honored with a University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy scholarship bearing the names of her and Daniel Hernandez Jr., the intern who stayed by Giffords’ side after the shootings. The scholarship, which is for students interested in government and public service, has accrued more than $95,000 from nearly 80 donors. The first two recipients were announced this year. Arizona State University, Pima Community College and the University of California at Santa Cruz have established scholarships in the name of Gabe Zimmerman, who was Giffords’ director of outreach and constituent services when he was killed on Jan. 8. Ron Barber, the district director for Giffords’ office who was seriously wounded in the attack, launched the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, which has raised more than $300,000. The fund received a major boost in March with a benefit concert that featured Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Calexico and more than a dozen other artists. Barber and his family ended up onstage at the end of the show, joining the musicians for a rendition of “Teach Your Children.” The Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding is supporting anti-bullying efforts in local schools and mental-health programs for teens and young adults. The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has been handling many of the memorial funds since the shooting. Evan Mendelson, vice president of donor relations and program services, says she’s been overwhelmed by the giving. “It’s amazing, the diversity of funds and ways to show support,” she said. “Each one has a different way to remember the victims.”



JAN. 8 BRIEFS CONTINUED from 2 to 7 p.m.; free. Families are asked to bring gently used books for Make Way for Books. • Together We Thrive Mural Project: A walk-up art station displays a mural design commemorating the community’s spirit in the wake of the Jan. 8 shootings. It features the “Together We Thrive” theme, and community members can share stories and ideas for the mural, from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, as part of the Beyond project; and from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16, to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.; at Winsett Park, 316 N. Fourth Ave; free. Students will restore an existing mural and integrate new ideas from the community based on the theme “Together We Thrive,” from 3 to 5 p.m., every Tuesday from Jan. 24 through April 17. Visit for more information. • Vail Letterbox/Geocache Site: The Vail Preservation Society hosts an activity involving walking, solving puzzles and clues, treasure-hunting and learning about the heritage of the area, from 9 to 5 p.m. Letterbox contents focus on communication and civility. Participants start at the Corona de Tucson Fire Station, 99 E. Tallahassee Drive, Vail. The Architects and Movement Salon Team Up to Explore Healing Members of the Architects and Movement Salon present Improvisologies, an evening of spontaneous compositions about healing from the events of Jan. 8, 2011, at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8; $10 to $15 suggested donation. The event takes place at ZUZI’s Theater, 738 N. Fifth Ave. No advance sales. Visit or for more information. Communitywide Ringing of Bells At 10:11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8—the exact anniversary of the shootings— Southern Arizonans are asked to ring bells in remembrance of the tragedy. Scholars Discuss Incivility in Political Discourse In “Political Discourse, Civility and Harm,” guest scholars from across the United States explore the role of incivility in political discourse, and what harm it might cause, including discrimination, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd. Reservations are required. Call 2251879, or email to register or receive more information. Ben Folds, Calexico, Others Perform to Benefit Fund for Civility At a fundraiser for the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, Ben Folds and Calexico each perform a full set; others participating include Mariachi continued on Page 25 JANUARY 5 - 11, 2012




NOT IN A VACUUM Arizona and Tucson need to shoulder some of the blame for the Jan. 8 shootings


hat was the ultimate meaning of the mass murder at the Safeway? What are we supposed to learn from such a perverse event? Did it mean nothing at all? These are uncomfortable questions. But as the anniversary comes around, it seems appropriate to reflect on whether this was a catastrophe that came out of nowhere, or whether there may have been specific human and societal factors behind the violence. First, there’s the mystery of what caused Jared Lee Loughner to buy a Glock from the Sportsman’s Warehouse off of Thornydale Road and use it to try to kill his congresswoman. He may never be able to explain it himself. Paranoid schizophrenia is a disease that makes fantasy inseparable from reality, and Loughner had been suffering from it—in an agonizingly public way—for at least four years. He had been kicked out of Pima Community College for making nonsensical and semi-violent statements. All of his friends had deserted him. There was no job for him, no life, no hope, and the neurological equivalent of a tornado spinning in his mind. We do know this, however: His choice for a target was inherently political. This was not a random selection. Nobody who lived through the 2010 congressional election will forget the way in which Gabrielle Giffords was publicly vilified. Her face had been cast in sinister shades in negative television advertisements and outdoor ads. Her opponent encouraged his donors to help him beat her by shooting an M16 rifle at a fundraiser. In Tucson that fall, she had become the embodiment of a federal government seen as wanting to raise taxes, open the border and kill jobs. You would have had to have been hiding under a rock not to have seen Giffords’ distorted face peering out from everywhere like Big Brother. (Disclosure: Gabrielle has been a friend for many years, and I volunteered on her campaigns. Gabe Zimmerman, who lost his life at the Safeway, was also a friend.) Jared Loughner was horribly sick, but he was certainly not hiding under a rock. This is a crucial point about schizophrenia that is not widely understood. Numerous studies show that the delusions of schizophrenic patients are powerfully influenced by the real-world stimulus that surrounds them. In China, for example, the delusions of paranoid-schizophrenia patients tend to center on themes of noble ancestry or the


Communist party. In South Korean an patients, there was a high degree of paranoia about secret agents sent byy Kim Jong Il. In Taipei, it was thee presence of gangsters. “Delusionss regarding political themes were thus highly sensitive to the local political situation,” wrote Dr. Kwangiel Kim, the lead researcher of one study. Of course, there is nothing unique about angry politics, gun imagery and negative campaigning that is unique to Arizona. But to ignore the context of what was happening in the final days of his sickness is to miss one of the most-important lessons of the Safeway shootings, which is the way in which we failed to take even basic care of one of our neighbors. Tucson is an easier-than-usual -usual place to get lost and forgotten. Our far-flung instant mega-barrios and our extremely rapid turnover of residents (“Three move in, two move out” has been the mantra for years among city planners) make it harder to form the lasting, informal social connections that make people take notice of fellow citizens in trouble. A Gallup Poll two years ago showed that just 12 percent of Arizonans strongly agreed with the idea that “neighbors here care for one another.” That this is the kind of state we’ve created for our children should give us all pause. Add the stigma of mental illness to the baseline loneliness of life in the Tucson suburbs, and you have another important part of the context that created the Safeway disaster. This was a local version of the infamous Kitty Genovese syn-

drome—nobody because d b d responds d to screams, b nobody wants to insert himself into the problems of a stranger. The social ties that would normally create a collective response are weak and flabby; people remain frozen in their privacies. Tucson makes it all too easy to live an isolated life, whether you’re a Jared Loughner, or whether you live in a gated foothills subdivision. My hope is that most Tucsonans will not take the easy intellectual route—which is to write off Loughner as a natural disaster that could not have been prevented. This was a collective human disaster. The environment of Arizona did not cause this disaster to happen per se, but there was an enabling context that was within our power to change. We can still change it. continued on next page

JAN. 8 BRIEFS CONTINUED Luz de Luna, Salvador Duran, the Silver Thread Trio, and Mitzi Cowell and friends featuring Sabra Faulk. The show takes place at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $30 to $70; $75 includes a pre-concert reception. The fund was established by Gabrielle Giffords’ district director, Ron Barber. Call 547-3040, or visit for more information. To read more about the concert, pick up the Jan. 12 Tucson Weekly. Beowulf Alley Examines Jan. 8 Word Clouds tells a moving story of ordinary and extraordinary responses to the tragedy of Jan. 8, at Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, 11 S. Sixth Ave. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6 and 7; $12. To read more about Word Clouds, see the Tucson Weekly’s City Week section. Call 882-0555 or visit for tickets and more information. Arizona Public Media Airs ‘Together We Heal’ Documentary Together We Heal, a one-hour documentary produced by Arizona Public Media, will air at 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5; and 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8, on KUAT Channel 6. The documentary, narrated by Savannah Guthrie, includes 36 interviews with victims and their families, staffers for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and the medical personnel who treated the victims. For more information, visit Pima County Dedicates Trailhead in Honor of Zimmerman The Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead was slated to be dedicated in a ceremony at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4. The trailhead— north of Interstate 10 on Marsh Station Road, about a quarter-mile west of Cienega Creek—was renamed by the Pima County Board of Supervisors to honor Zimmerman, an avid hiker and runner who helped to obtain the National Scenic Trail designation for the recently completed 817-mile Arizona Trail. The Arizona Trail Association has been working to add signs, a ramada, paths and tribute areas for Zimmerman and other Jan. 8 victims. For more information, visit Website Launched to Help Tucsonans Mark Jan. 8 Anniversary A new website intended to be a hub for Jan. 8 anniversary information was launched last month. The site, www.rememberingjanuary8.

org, includes a list of events and information on how to volunteer for or donate to various Jan. 8-related causes. Community partners behind the site include the UA; the YWCA of Tucson; Safeway; the Tucson Together Fund; the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding; the Community Food Bank; and numerous other organizations. Art Exhibit Focuses on Healing Process, Response to Shootings Healing in Tucson—The Healing Response to the Violence of January 8, 2011, at the University of Arizona Medical Center South Campus’ Behavioral Health Pavilion Gallery, 2800 E. Ajo Way, features works by Southern Arizona artists that focus on the healing process and responses to the Jan. 8 shootings. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 1:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, through Sunday, Feb. 26. For more information, call 310-2400. Food Bank Holds Open House for Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, 3003 S. Country Club Road, will open the doors of the new Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center for an open house and tour from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6. Shortly after the shootings, Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, suggested that well-wishers donate money to the Community Food Bank or the Red Cross; more than $215,000 later, the Family Assistance Center became a reality. “This center is a positive outcome of the Jan. 8 Tucson tragedy,” said Bill Carnegie, the Food Bank’s CEO, in a news release. “Future contributions to the Gabrielle Giffords Hunger Fund will be used to expand the center’s reach into other communities.” For more information or to donate, visit REFLECTIONS: Honoring the lives of the Jan. 8 shooting victims A series of speakers, including Sen. Mark Udall, Patricia Maisch, Judge Raner Collins, Lattie Coor, Andrew Ross and Ron Barber, will reflect on the lives of the six people who died on Jan. 8, the survivors and the citizen heroes who came to their aid after the shootings. The free event is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, at UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. Tickets can be picked up at the UA Centennial Hall box office, the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona (2250 E. Broadway Blvd.) and the Pima Council on Aging (8467 E. Broadway Blvd.)


NOT IN A VACUUM continued from Page 24 Pima County has made an excellent start with the opening of the Crisis Response Center (, which is taking thousands of calls a month from people who fear that they, or a relative or friend, are suffering from a serious mental illness. But the state’s leadership has shown no initiative in finding money to take care of nearly 5,000 impoverished and mentally ill citizens cut from the rolls of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. The Legislature found time to name an official state firearm, but did nothing to impede the sale of the extended-capacity magazines that allowed Loughner to mow down human beings like grass. To believe that the entrenched gun interests in Phoenix would never allow such a ban is to engage in defeatist thinking, for such a ridiculous product has no legitimate place in bigbox stores. And to say that someone as impaired as Loughner would have eventually found one on the black market is to misunderstand the horrifying casualness of his actions. Even one simple impediment, like a state-required gun-safety course, would have stopped all of this cold. Nobody in the world (except a disinterested clerk at the Sportsman’s Warehouse) would have put a Glock into his hands after listening to five seconds of his rants about a “genocide school,” or after taking even one look into those eyes. In 1755, an earthquake leveled the city of Lisbon, Portugal, killing between 10,000 and 100,000 people and permanently derailing the nation’s stature as a colonial power. It happened in the age of the printing press. Woodcut scenes of the destruction were sent worldwide. The quake had come on the morning of a church holiday, and its implications were chilling: How could a merciful God decide to take life on such a grand scale? What did it say about the justice of the universe that good and wicked people alike should die under the rubble, for no apparent reason? Preachers across Europe agonized over the Lisbon earthquake. A gloomy Voltaire concluded that this world was not “the best of all possible worlds” and blamed chance. John Wesley thought it was evidence that we should always be ready to meet God. Others thought the overcrowded conditions in the capital made the death toll even greater. The mass murder on Jan. 8 was Tucson’s version of such an earthquake, except that the seismic forces that caused it were always within our control. The city’s extraordinary show of sorrow in the days following the shootings was, to my mind, a sublimated fear of random death and a form of horror about how far we had allowed the civic discussion in our city to tilt toward the extremes. How could a person so sick be so roundly ignored that he could so easily inflict such extraordinary pain? The show of sadness was appropriate and necessary. But a more-uncomfortable discussion now needs to be more out in the open. The talk of healing and hope goes nowhere if no lessons are to be drawn, or no real improvements are made in our collective destinies; if the root causes are covered up—and this profane occurrence is allowed to be categorized as the “isolated act of a deranged gunman.” That is the worst kind of distortion. Events never happen in a vacuum. No man is an island, not even Jared Loughner. Tom Zoellner is the author of A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America. He will be at Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave., at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6, to discuss the book and sign copies.






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Re-enacting the Response


Just about everyone who was in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011, had something to say about the shootings that day that killed six people and wounded 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Michael Fenlason, of Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, decided to write down some of those responses—and the result is the play Word Clouds. Last Jan. 8, “We were going to get together and talk about what we were going to work on … for our March show, and then this happened. And we really couldn’t talk about anything else,” said Fenlason, who co-authored Word Clouds with Tomas Ulises-Soto. “We decided it might be an interesting idea, and useful, to take those different stories and points of view we were hearing, and keep the stories—not make them political or anything, but just keep the stories in response.” Beowulf Alley will perform its response to the Jan. 8 tragedy again this weekend with its second production of Word Clouds, with music by Tristyn Tucci. Written in the two weeks after the shooting, the play focuses on responses to the shootings in the immediate aftermath. “We really wanted to time-capsule it,” said Fenlason, who also directs the play. “These are really responses right after (it happened). There were a lot of things we didn’t know about that came (out later).” The responses in the play are diverse, Fenlason said, to mirror the variety of the actual responses. “For example, we have an older man who is a little more of a Democrat, or a younger man who is a gun enthusiast. We tried to create real conversations, and in some cases, these were at least part of the conversations that actually happened,” Fenlason said. Fenlason said the point of Word Clouds is not to make a political statement, but rather to “make the conversation happen. We’re just writers and actors; we’re not politicians. But we still want people to think about these things so it doesn’t happen again.” The company decided not to add anything new Ben Hoffman and Nicole Scott in Word to the second production, leaving the play “very true to the moment when Tucson came together,” he said. “In some cases, it’s a little prescient; in other cases, it reminds you of how amazing people were—nurses, doctors, even politicians,” he said. “People really stopped yammering stupid stuff. That’s what I was really shocked by, the people coming together in such an amazing way, so honestly and so powerfully.” One object of the play was to go beyond the responses of people who had personal connections to the victims, Fenlason said. “We just didn’t want it to be about people dealing with so much carnage,” he said. “We wanted to put it in perspective by putting characters around these stories. We wanted to make it more about who they are. We wanted to make characters you could attach yourself to.” The play’s premiere occurred last March. Fenlason hopes the new


production, like the previous one, will prompt people to ask questions and consider the long-term impact of the shootings on Tucson. Fenlason said the play doesn’t pigeonhole characters. “We didn’t want to cast gun-owners so they all came off like Jared Lee Loughner. But we needed to ask the questions: How does a guy walk into a Walmart at 5 a.m. and buy a couple of magazines for his Glock? We are trying to ask, ‘What is a reasonable response to this?’” Fenlason hopes the play will move people to action. “How do we look at what happened and look at sensible decisions about what we can do?” Fenlason asked. He said he hopes that taking a look back can help Tucsonans look forward with the same kind of togetherness the city experienced after the shootings. “Ultimately, we’re celebrating a fantastic moment where people came together in Clouds. Tucson in the wake of something awful. People were doing amazing things almost all the time. We don’t need a tsunami or shots fired to do amazing things. Maybe we can just do them all the time.” Fenlason also hopes the performance will encourage playgoers to share their own responses with each other. “What theater does that movies and video games don’t do is: Afterward, you go and have a beer and talk with your friends, and maybe have your own Word Clouds moment,” he said. Word Clouds will be presented by the Beowulf Alley Theatre Company at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6 and 7, at 11 S. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $12; children and younger 12 are admitted for free. (Fenlason warns parents that the F-word is used.) Group discounts are available. For more information, call 882-0555, or visit

DANCE Collaborators Collide Movement Salon and the Architects present Improvisologies 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8 ZUZI’s Theater 738 N. Fifth Ave.

Tucson’s Movement Salon is collaborating with the Architects dance group on an all-new improvisation inspired by The Architects. “They’re the Movement Salon’s mentors,” said Kimi Eisele, co-founder of Movement Salon. Four days of workshops with the two groups will culminate in a public performance on Sunday. “Every day, you’re delving into this form of improvisation where you’re building skills; you’re learning how to pay attention in new ways,” Eisele said. “It’s a very intense way of paying attention to not only what you’re called to do, not only what’s happening in the room, but your own response.” Kathy Couch, an adjunct artist with The Architects, is the set designer, Eisele said. “She’ll sort of design an installation in that space, and we work to create pieces within that installation. Now, not only are you paying attention to yourself and others, but you’re also paying attention to the space and objects in that space,” she said. Though this performance isn’t intended to offer a specific response to the anniversary of the Jan. 8 shootings, it probably will end up being influenced by the anniversary, Eisele said. During a similar workshop that took place on the same week one year ago, “We went ahead and performed that weekend, and that was very much in our hearts and minds,” Eisele said. “As artists, it will be on people’s minds, so it will probably show up in their bodies too.” Tickets, which are available only at the door only, are $10 to $15.


Far left: Christopher Johnson and Lucille Petty.




A Destructive Love Story

Wishes Come True Through Performance

Abstraction With Intention

Make-a-Wish Dance Competition by Obscene Gestures Dance Crew

Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7

7:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7

On display 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, through Saturday, Jan. 28

Etcetera presents Gruesome Playground Injuries 8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8 Live Theatre Workshop 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-4242;

Etcetera, the late-night arm of Live Theatre Workshop, is presenting a new play with a painful subject—to say the least. Gruesome Playground Injuries, by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Rajiv Joseph, follows the unfolding love story of two people who keep running into each other at hospitals and doctors’ offices—after they’ve been injured. “It’s kind of a really interesting take on a love story between a boy and a girl,” said Christopher Johnson, the artistic director of Etcetera who also stars in the staged reading, along with Lucille Petty. “It follows them from ages 8 to 38 … from hospital room to hospital room. All these horrible things happen to them. It shows the different things that attract people to one another and asks, ‘How much can you help a person that you’re in love with?’” The one-act play consists of scenes set five to 10 years apart. Johnson said it’s a compelling love story between two characters whose destructive nature is often self-induced, if not self-inflicted. “By the end of the play, they both have literal and figurative scars, either by having your eye blown out or your heart broken,” Johnson said. “It’s an interesting look at these injuries that you carry with you your whole life. “I remember the first time I read it, being simultaneously overwhelmed by the horror and just thinking, ‘It’s the most romantic thing I’ve ever heard in my life,’” Johnson said. “It’s a beautiful story.” Tickets are $5 and are available at the box office, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. You can also order them by phone at 327-4242 or by emailing

Berger Performing Arts Center 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. 820-2262;

Hip-hop dance teams from around the state are getting together for a competition that will help pay for the Christmas gifts that a local dance crew gave to a needy family. While selling tickets for the event, “We actually went and bought the gifts and went to the home of the people that were nominated online, so we actually gave them the gifts,” said Tyson Thurman, a spokesman for Tucson’s Obscene Gestures Dance Crew. “We made the wish of that family come true.” The competition involves eight dance teams from around Arizona: Element Dance Crew (Phoenix), Elektrolyttlez Dance Crew (Phoenix), United Dance Crew (Coolidge), Hidden Language (Tucson), Set 4 Life (Tucson), Demolition Dance Crew (Tucson), the Drop Company (Tucson) and the Drop Varsity Team (Tucson). Obscene Gestures will not compete but will perform several times during the show. Cash prizes will be awarded to the teams that finish first, second and third. Two judges will pick the winners. “The dancers that are competing are really great,” Thurman said. “They’re all amazing to watch—it’s just a lot of fun to come out with your families and enjoy the teams.” Tickets are $6.50 in advance and $8 at the door, and they can be ordered at Tickets for children 1 to 5 years old are $5, and there is no charge for infants (younger than a year old). For more information about the event or the Obscene Gestures Dance Crew, visit the website, or search for the crew on Facebook.

Below: “Sewa Masso” (cropped), by David Moreno.

David Moreno’s Indigenous Intentions

Contreras Gallery 110 E. Sixth St. 398-6557;

Abstract works by contemporary Yaqui artist David Moreno will grace the walls at Contreras Gallery this month, starting with an opening reception on Saturday. Moreno—who credits his late father, artist Eulogio Moreno, with inspiring his art—paints with a unique vision, said gallery owner Eugene Contreras. “I really like his art,” Contreras said. “He just wants to do fine art for art’s sake, and his abstract art reflects (that).” Moreno, who is also a youth counselor with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, says on his website ( david_moreno/33265/): “Painting for me is spiritual, and a part of me goes into every painting. I paint what I love, and on the canvas, I try to capture the essence of the human spirit.” Contreras said that Moreno delivers what many artists often can’t: abstract art that people can enjoy. “We have tried showing abstract art in the past, and it hasn’t worked,” Contreras said. But he added that Moreno’s art is different. “When you look at his paintings, you can see a really special quality in them. It has a lot of meaning behind it. It captures his own spirit.” Contreras said that Moreno was the first artist he asked to show works at his studio when it opened 3 1/2 years ago. “If it’s David Moreno, we’re always going to show his art here,” Contreras said. Entrance to the opening reception is free, as is entrance to the gallery. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Jan. 28.

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Darren Rhodes

BEYOND: COMMEMORATE, CELEBRATE, COMMIT Events take place all over Tucson and surrounding communities to get people up, out, moving and creating community to honor avid hiker Gabe Zimmerman and all those affected by events of Jan. 8, 2011. Most activities take advantage of public parks and trails by walking, hiking, yoga, dancing and other physical activity. There are also more than a dozen community art projects. An opening event takes place at 8:15 a.m. at Tucson Medical Center, 5301 E. Grant Road. A main event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reid Park, Country Club Road and 22nd Street. The closing event is from 4 to 6 p.m. at Kino Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. For a list of all activities, visit

Darren Rhodes, owner of YogaOasis, says his first experience with yoga came when his mother practiced hatha yoga while she was pregnant with him. Last September, Rhodes and Michael Longstaff, who did the photography and design, published Yoga Resource ($39.95). The book shows Rhodes doing a series of 400 yoga positions. For more info on YogaOasis and the book, go to

How long have you lived in Tucson? I’ve lived here for 13 to 14 years, and became the director and owner of YogaOasis in 1999. At that time, the studio had one room. That has expanded … and in 2001, we opened YogaOasis East, and in 2009, we opened a downtown YogaOasis we call YoDowntown. How did you get into yoga? It was kind of inevitable, even though I didn’t know it at the time. My mom started doing hatha yoga when I was in utero. I also grew up in our home with her teaching yoga classes in the living room. It was always part of the natural setting, but it wasn’t until I was in high school that I understood how it could help me. I was injured from wresting, and I thought I’d give yoga a chance to see if it could help me heal. I was amazed what strength and focus it requires … and how it brought about a mental and emotional state that I was not akin to. Because I saw what it could do for me, I decided that instead of getting injured in a sport, I could do yoga to keep me from being injured. Through personal practice, a lot of practice, I was able to start teaching. How did the idea for the book come about? Originally, we did a poster in June 2005. And then in 2006, we released a smaller version, called From Tadasana to Savasana, of these same poses. It was distributed worldwide, and so far, we’ve sold about 9,000 copies. The purpose … is we wanted 28 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

people to understand what our classes meant, the different groups of postures we were practicing, and classes and the names and definitions. We realized when we were making a smaller version that we could put every pose, the size of a page, into a book. It ended up being harder to do than the posters, and we didn’t know it would become bigger than our vision.

We ended up doing all the photos in two days. You decided to self-publish. How did you find the right company to work with? Daniel Martin Diaz’s gallery, Sacred Machine, is next door to us downtown. We went to him, and he sent us to the company he uses. It turned out beautifully. How do you see the book being used? Mostly for instructional purposes? I think it’s instructional and inspirational. It’s designed to fold and for people to be able to go through and find the pose (by) looking at the thumbnails and finding the page number. Then, once you get there and see the form itself, you can do the pose. Anyone who is doing yoga knows that the shape is an essential aspect of the pose—it actually is a form of studying, rather than just reading. Just seeing it can download a lot of nonverbal


Mari Herreras,

information—and in this case, a picture is worth a thousand words. The photos are artistic, but there’s a lot of information here, too. We worked on how we wanted the photos to look. We wanted a white background. Each large-format pose has the names of each pose in Sanskrit and English, and how to pronounce them. We also wanted to organize it in the different categories, like standing, arm balances, back bends and supine. There are seven categories. The book’s been out almost five months. How’s the reaction been? We’ve sold almost 2,000 books in almost 20 countries. What was the process of taking the photos like? First, we thought of taking photos for classes and thought, “Why not do a group thing?” I was talking to my friend Ross, and I said, “I can’t do all of these poses,” but he encouraged me. We ended up doing all the photos in two days—16 hours on a weekend. In order to complete the original project, I had to work on specific poses that I don’t usually do. What ended up happening is that the book itself became a form of study and integration for me. The project forced me to go to places I’d never been, with poses I’d never done before. We knew we wanted this to look a certain way, so I had to figure it out. It worked.

BEYOND: FESTIVAL OF DEMOCRACY Pima Community College West Campus. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 206-6600. Attendees can participate in a Run for Office around the West Campus Track, read passages from the U.S. Constitution at Constitution Corner, register to vote, paint a tile in remembrance of Jan. 8, 2011, and join in a mass sing-along of patriotic music, from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 7; free. Visit for details about this and other events commemorating Jan. 8, 2011. COOKIES AND CABERNET Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-7798. Tucson chefs create unique desserts incorporating Girl Scout cookies for a fundraising event from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6; $55 door, $45 online. Hors d’ouevres and wines also are included. Participating chefs represent Feast, Pastiche Modern Eatery, Kingfisher Bar and Grill, Bob’s Steak and Chop House, Hub Restaurant and Ice Creamery and The Abbey. Call 319-3147, or visit THUNDER IN THE DESERT GATHERING OF NATIVE CULTURES Rillito Raceway Park. River Road and First Avenue. 2935011. An event featuring representatives from more than 180 tribal nations includes Native American crafts, food, dancing, drumming and kids’ activities, continuing through Sunday, Jan. 8. Hours are approximately noon to 6 p.m., daily, with some evening and late-evening events; $12 per day, free child younger than 8, $30 three-day weekend pass, $90 for the entire event. Visit for a detailed schedule of hours and activities. WINGS OVER WILLCOX BIRDWATCHING DAYS An annual celebration of birds, nature and culture includes guided tours and field trips for bird-watching, photography, geology, ranching, agriculture, history and more. Also included are seminars, a crafts and trade show, live-animal educational exhibits, workshops and a banquet with a silent auction and a speaker, from Wednesday, Jan. 11, through Sunday, Jan. 15; free to $90. Call (800) 200-2272, or visit wingsoverwillcox. com for details.

UPCOMING ALLIANCE FUND QUEER YOUTH AWARDS NIGHT Hacienda del Sol. 5601 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. 299-1501. Grants are awarded from the Alliance Fund’s Queer Youth Initiative grant round, and food and beverages are provided, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12. Email to RSVP; visit for infor on the program. COWBOY POETRY AND MUSIC GATHERING Desert View Performing Arts Center. 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. SaddleBrooke. 825-5318. A program of songs and poetry inspired by the cowboy life takes place at 2:30 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14; $28. A meet-and-greet with the artists and a silent auction of Western art take place at 5 p.m. Visit tickets. for tickets and more information. FIESTA DE LOS OSOS 2012 Inn Suites Hotel Tucson City Center. 475 N. Granada Ave. 623-2000. Bears and their admirers from all over the world visit Tucson for a weekend of fun and camaraderie from Thursday through Monday, Jan. 12 through 16; $115, $105 member, does not include housing. Daily excursions to Bisbee, Kartchner Caverns and Casa Grande Ruins; a banquet; DJ-hosted pool parties; and a piñata-bust are among activities planned. Visit fiesta. to register or more information, including special room pricing.

ANNOUNCEMENTS MERCURY PORTAL Monterey Court Studio Galleries. 505 W. Miracle Mile. 582-0514. Installation and media artists, performers,

troupes, bands, scientists, photographers, characters, designers, circus acts and the like fill the former motel’s entire outdoor space for a celebration of all things midcentury kitsch-Western and space-age atomic. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29; $6. A night program for age 21 and older features guest DJs Camilo Lara of the Mexican Institute of Sound and Jim Allen of New York City at 6 p.m. , Saturday, Jan. 28; $16. Prospective artist-participants are sought; pay depends on ticket sales. Call 906-8177, or email for more information.

BULLETIN BOARD EVENTS THIS WEEK DEMOCRATS OF ORO VALLEY MONTHLY MEETING Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Elna Otter of the Climate Reality Project presents “An Inconvenient Update on Climate Change,” at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9. The Democrats of Oro Valley meet at 7 p.m., the second Monday of every month; free. All are welcome. Call 742-3774, or visit for more information. DIVORCE RECOVERY 1 St. Mark’s Methodist Church. 1431 W. Magee Road. 297-2062. Trained volunteers lead a nonsectarian support group from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5 through March 8. The group is closed after Jan. 12. Call 495-0704, or visit for more information. ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DROP-OFF Valencia Branch, Tucson-Pima Public Library. 202 W. Valencia Road. 594-5390. Donations of non-working computers and peripherals, home-entertainment electronics, microwaves, small appliances, cameras, cell phones and electrical wires allow RISE to provide refurbished electronics to nonprofit organizations and lowincome families at reduced prices. Collection concludes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5; free. Tube/ CRT televisions are not accepted. Visit for more information about RISE and its parent, COPE Community Services. FOOD TRUCK ROUNDUP Benjamin Plumbing Supply. 440 N. Seventh Ave. 777-7000. Jamie’s Bitchen Kitchen, Guero Loco’s Bubba-Que, Cyclopsicle, Robdogs, MaFooCo, Luncha Libre and Animal Farm are among food trucks participating in this month’s roundup, from 5 to 9 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9; free admission. Formerly at Dinnerware ArtSpace, the Roundup has moved down the street to the parking lot at Benjamin Plumbing Supply. Visit for more information. FREE POST-HOLIDAY SWAP Swap things you don’t want for others’ unwanted treasures from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; free. Tucson Freecycle and the Pima County Library host swaps at Nanini Branch, 7300 N. Shannon Road; Wheeler Taft Abbett Branch, 7800 N. Schisler Road; Murphy Wilmot Branch, 530 N. Wilmot Road; Eckstrom-Columbus Branch, 4350 E. 22nd St.; Woods Memorial Branch, 3455 N. First Ave.; Flowing Wells Branch, 1780 W. Wetmore Road; Joel D. Valdez Main, 101 N. Stone Ave.; and Joyner Green Valley Branch, 601 N. La Cañada Drive, Green Valley. Call 791-4010, or email for more information. IONS MONTHLY PRESENTATION Unity of Tucson. 3617 N. Camino Blanco. 5773300. Dr. Allan J. Hamilton presents a lecture about out-of-body experiences, “The Neuroscience of Transcendence,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6; $5. Call 399-8285, or visit for more information. KNITTY STITCHES Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. This all-ages knitting and crocheting group meets from noon to 1 p.m., the first Friday of every month; free. Participants bring their own supplies. NEW SOCKS FOR THE NEW YEAR New socks and shoes, and gently used pants and jackets, are collected for the TUSD Clothing Bank from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Myers/ Ganoung Elementary School, 5000 E. Andrew St.; and the Robert D. Morrow Education Center, 1010 E. 10th St. The drive continues through Tuesday, Jan. 31, except Monday, Jan. 16. Call 584-6752, or visit tusd1. org/clothingbank 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 for more info.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA ARTS GUILD Miguel’s. 5900 N. Oracle Road. 887-3777. Local artists are invited to participate in meetings at 8:30 a.m., the first and third Saturday of every month; $13, $10 member. Meetings on the third Saturday include a casual critique session. Visit to verify meeting location and for more information. TUCSON VILLAGE FARM AT BOOKMANS Bookmans. 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-9555. Representatives of Tucson Village Farm, a working urban farm operated as a youth farm-to-table project of the UA and Pima County Cooperative Extension, discuss the project with visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; free. VETERANS FOR PEACE Ward 3 Council Office. 1510 E. Grant Road. 791-4711. Cathy Starr of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services discusses how her office helps veterans apply for benefits, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9; free. Call 747-3138 or 298-7498 for more information. WORKSHOPS: PAPER AND JOURNALS Dry River Collective. 740 N. Main Ave. 882-2170. Participants create daybooks with collage and decorations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; $25 includes journals and supplies. Special papers are created with paints, ink and collage, from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12; $20 includes all materials. The workshops take place at Kaitlin’s Creative Cottage in the rear courtyard. Reservations are requested two days in advance. Call 622-6161 for reservations or more information. 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. 6. The topic is “Why We Should Abolish the Death Penalty,” with guest Dan Peitzmeyer, president of the Arizona Death Penalty Forum. Arrive at Studio A by 5:45 p.m. Rebroadcasts of the program will show on Cox Digital Channel 100, Comcast Channel 72 and at Call 7222837 for more info.

OUT OF TOWN DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF THE SANTA RITA AREA Green Valley Democratic Headquarters. 260 W. Continental Road. Green Valley. 838-0590. The club discusses current events every Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; free. All are welcome. Email, or visit for more information.

BUSINESS & FINANCE EVENTS THIS WEEK HOW TO PROSPER IN 2012 Raskob/Kambourian Financial Advisors. 4100 N. First Ave. 690-1999. Financial advisers provide tips for weathering uncertain economic times, from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6; free, no obligation. 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 each month. $25 per workshop. Scholarships and internships are available. Call 884-7810, ext. 102, to register or for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS DROP-IN JOB HELP Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. A computer instructor provides one-on-one job help, including resume-writing; choosing a career; and updating interviewing, networking and job-search skills, from noon to 3 p.m., each Monday, except Jan. 16; and from 9 a.m. to noon, each Thursday, in the second-floor Catalina Room; free. Walk-ins are welcome. Call 7914010, or email to register or for more information. JOB-SEEKERS’ GATHERING Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Former executive recruiter Beth Cole facilitates a gathering for adult job-seekers from 3 to 4 p.m., every Friday; free. SCORE BUSINESS COUNSELING Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Experienced executives give individualized advice about starting or building a business, from 3 to 5 p.m., every Tuesday; and from 9 a.m. to noon, every Saturday; free. Call for an appointment.


HUBBELL RUG SHOW AND SALE Western National Parks Association Bookstore. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. An exhibit and sale of Navajo rugs from the historic Hubbell Trading Post takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14; free admission.

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; aspiring auteurs sign in with a DVD or Blu-ray that can be played on a regular DVD player.

ADULT SPELLING BEE Sky Bar. 536 N. Fourth Ave. 622-4300. A familyfriendly spelling bee takes place the second Tuesday of every month; free. Prizes include trophies and $25 gift certificates for Brooklyn Pizza. Sign-up is at 6:30 p.m., and the bee begins at 7 p.m. Email tucsonspellingbee@, or search for “Tucson Spelling Bee” on Facebook for more information. COMMON SENSE FORUM Martha Cooper Branch, Tucson-Pima Public Library. 1377 N. Catalina Ave. 594-5315. The forum meets at 2 p.m., every first Saturday, for a discussion based on social structures that Miklos Szilagy described in his self-published book, How to Save Our Country. This month’s topic is immigration. Free. Call 275-5259 for more information. PIMA COUNCIL ON AGING INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The Pima Council on Aging offers free, one-on-one confidential information and referral sessions at many locations throughout the city. For a complete list, visit From 10 a.m. to noon, the second Tuesday of every month: Sahuarita Branch Library, 725 W. Via Rancho, Sahuarita. From 10 a.m. to noon, the second and fourth Wednesday of every month: 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 of every month: Quincie Douglas Senior Center, 1575 E. 36th St. From 10 a.m. to noon, the third and fourth Wednesday of every month: Freedom Park Recreation Center, 5000 E. 29th St. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., the third and fourth Thursday of every month: Clements Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive.

FOX THEATRE FILMS Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m.: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; $7, $5 student, senior or active-duty military. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m.: Bicycle Dreams, about the Race Across America; $10, $8 student, senior, active-duty military. Visit for more information. LOFT CINEMA SPECIAL EVENTS Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Unless otherwise noted, show time is 7:30 p.m. Visit for a complete list of all shows and special events. Wednesday, Jan. 11: The 2011 Sundance Shorts; $8, $6 member. Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m.: The Roundup (La Rafle), opening event of the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival; $8, $7 JCC members, seniors and students with valid ID. Visit tucsonjcc. org for advance tickets and more information about the festival. SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES St. Francis in the Foothills. 4625 E. River Road. 2999063. Blue Zones, a documentary about common diet and lifestyle habits in communities where people often live to be more than 100 years old, is screened following a potluck supper at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8; freewill donation. A discussion follows. Call 299-9063 for more information.

UPCOMING TUCSON INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL The festival features more than 20 films in three venues from Thursday, Jan. 12, through Sunday, Jan. 22; $78 festival pass, $29 six films; $8 per film, $7 member,




EVENTS THIS WEEK ALL ABOUT COMPOSTING Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Participants learn the benefits and the basics of making rich compost for the garden, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7; $20, $15 member; includes admission to the gardens. Call or visit to register or for more information. GARDENING CLASSES AT THE LIBRARY Master gardeners from the Pima County Cooperative Extension Service conduct free classes at the libraries: Wednesday, Jan. 11 and 25, at 1 p.m., MurphyWilmot Branch, 530 N. Wilmot Road; the first Saturday every month, at 10:30 a.m., Mission Branch, 3770 S. Mission Road; and every Friday through April 27, at 1 p.m., Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Visit for more information. 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.





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TMC SENIOR SERVICES TALKS TMC Senior Services. 1400 N. Wilmot Road. 324-1960. Unless otherwise indicated, all classes are free and take place at the TMC Senior Resource Center. Advance registration is required; call 324-4345 to register. Monday, Jan. 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: TMC provides free on-site screenings and consultations at the Lovin’ Life After 50 Expo, DoubleTree Hotel Tucson, 445 S. Alvernon Way. Wednesday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to noon: Kathryn Kennel presents “Elder Law: Advance Directives and Palliative Care.” Thursday, Jan. 12, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Dr. Eric P. Anctil, presents “Healthy Feet: Treatment Options for Common Causes of Foot and Ankle Pain.”

UPCOMING WRITE TO HEAL UA Cancer Center North Campus. 3838 N. Campbell Ave. 694-2873. A workshop focuses on reflecting positive values and transforming challenging experiences, including teachings by Rabbi Stephanie Aaron, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 12; free. Call 694-0845.

ANNOUNCEMENTS ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUPS All meetings are free; call for reservations. Family members and others caring for people with dementia gather for discussion, education and support from 1:30 to 3 p.m., the first and third Tuesday of every month, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive, 2295300. An Alzheimer’s Association Support Group meets at 4:30 p.m., the second Monday of every month, at Santa Catalina Villas retirement community, 7500 N. Calle Sin Envidia, 730-3132. An Alzheimer’s caregiver support group and concurrent activity group for those with the disease meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the second and fourth Tuesday every month, at TMC’s El Dorado Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Road, 324-1960. A second Alzheimer’s caregiver group meets there from 10:30 to noon, the first and third Thursday. HIV TESTING SAAF. 375 S. Euclid Ave. 628-7223. The Centers for Disease Control recommend HIV testing for all people ages 13 through 64. Visit for more information on AIDS testing and its benefits. Testing hours at SAAF are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Monday and

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BEYOND: PLANT TREES FOR PEACE Manuel Herrera Jr. Park. 5901 S. Fiesta Ave. 7914873. Participants plant trees in the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association’s Children’s Peace Garden and enjoy many other peace-oriented activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; free. Visit for more information about this and many other events taking place to encourage activity outdoors and in community.


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BEYOND: MARS AND BEYOND Science Downtown. 300 E. Congress St. 622-8595. Multimedia exhibits show the history and technology behind exploration of the planet Mars. Admission is free from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7 if you mention the Beyond project. Visit for more information about this and many other events taking place to encourage activity outdoors and in community.


BEYOND: STORYTELLING Valley of the Moon. 2544 E. Allen Road. 323-1331. Children listen to the favorite childhood stories of Gabe Zimmerman and Christina-Taylor Green, tour Tucson’s historic fairyland, and drop their own stories in a box for Stories That Soar, from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; free. Families are asked to bring gently used books for Make Way for Books.


BEYOND: VAIL LETTERBOX/GEOCACHE SITE The Vail Preservation Society hosts an activity involving walking, solving puzzles and clues, treasure-hunting, and learning about the heritage of the area, from 9 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7. Letterbox contents focus on communication and civility. Participants start at the Corona de Tucson Fire Station, 99 E. Tallahassee Drive, Vail. Visit for more information about this and many other events taking place to encourage activity outdoors and in community.

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CRAFTY READERS Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Children ages 6 to 8 listen to and discuss a picture book and then create a related craft from 4 to 5 p.m., the first Thursday of every month; free.

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HOW BUTTERFLIES WORK Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Butterfly Magic curator Elizabeth Willott talks about butterflies, including what makes their wings different colors, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; $12, $7 member; includes after-hours admission to Butterfly Magic. Call or visit MOTHERS AND MORE Rock’n Babies Upscale Resale. 3951 W. Ina Road, No. 123. 579-2300. Moms meet from 7 to 9 p.m., the first Thursday of every month. Call (850) 227-4120, or visit for more information.

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NATURE STORIES Agua Caliente Regional Park. 12325 E. Roger Road. 877-6000. An art activity follows a story-reading from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Jan. 6; free. Call 615-7855, or email for more information. SONORAN DESERT KIDS CLUB: DUCK BUTTS Agua Caliente Regional Park. 12325 E. Roger Road. 877-6000. Kids age 8 to 12 learn tips for identifying waterfowl from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 7. Reservations are required. Call 615-7855 or email for reservations or more info. TEENZONE MOVIE AND POPCORN Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 229-5300. Teens enjoy eating popcorn and sitting in loungers to watch a movie from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the first Saturday of every month; free. Beverages and other snacks are available in vending machines. TSO JUST FOR KIDS CONCERT The TSO Flute-Viola-Harp trio give three performances of Pip and the Pirate, a story of graduation day at the

pirate academy, on Saturday, Jan. 7; $3 suggested donation. Showtimes are 10 and 11:15 a.m., Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave.; and 10:30 a.m., Town Hall, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way, Sahuarita. Call or visit for more information. TUCSON’S RIVER OF WORDS YOUTH POETRY AND TRAVELING EXHIBIT Valencia Branch, Tucson-Pima Public Library. 202 W. Valencia Road. 594-5390. This exhibit of art and writing expressing local children’s understanding of watersheds and the natural world continues through Sunday, March 18. 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; free. Call 615-7855, or email

OUT OF TOWN BEYOND: ORO VALLEY FAMILY FUN DAY James D. Kreigh Park. 23 W. Calle Concordia. Oro Valley. The town of Oro Valley hosts a day of activities including carnival-style games, sand volleyball, kickball and nature walks for all ages from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; free. The event begins with a moment of silence at the Angel of Steadfast Love. Visit for more information about this and many other events taking place to encourage activity outdoors and in community.

UPCOMING TUCSON GIRLS CHORUS OPEN ENROLLMENT Tucson Girls Chorus Music Center. 4020 E. River Road. 577-6064. Girls grades K-12 are invited to attend a free open house and meet the girls from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14 or Feb. 11; free. Auditions for the chorus take place by appointment throughout January and February; $15, free to those who attend the open house. Call or visit

ANNOUNCEMENTS THE CREATIVE SPACE Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. An interactive space in the lobby provides materials and activities to encourage families to create museuminspired artwork; free with admission. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday; $8, $6 senior or veteran, $3 student with ID, free younger than 13 and everyone the first Sunday of every month.

OUTDOORS EVENTS THIS WEEK BIRDING WALK Tucson Mountain Park Ironwood Picnic Area. 1548 S. Kinney Road. Ages 12 and older can spot canyon towhees, rufous-winged sparrows, Gila woodpeckers and other birds of the desert Southwest on a guided walk from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; free. Call 615-7855, or email for more information. SABINO CANYON STAR PARTY Sabino Canyon. 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road. 7498700. The UA Astronomy Club operates several telescopes at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center from 5:30 to about 9:30 p.m., the first Saturday each month, weather permitting; free. The organization also typically has scale models to illustrate relative sizes in the universe. Email to confirm or for more information. SONORAN DESERT WEEDWACKERS Tucson Mountain Park. 2020 N. Kinney Road. 8776000. Volunteers age 12 and older help remove buffelgrass and fountain grass from 8 to 11 a.m., every second and fourth Wednesday; and every third Saturday; free. Work may require hiking and working on steep slopes. Meeting locations are in Tucson Mountain Park. Details are given with RSVP, which is required. Call 615-7855, or email to RSVP or for more information.

UPCOMING HAWKS, EAGLES AND ALLIES Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Learn the best sites for watching and identifying the thousands of hawks and eagles who winter in Southern Arizona, from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12; $20, $15 member. Call or visit to register or for more information.



CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS Professionals and enthusiasts are sought to fill 10 openings for advisers on the Arizona State Parks Board. Three openings require experience in botany, ecology, hydrology, zoology, wildlife biology, conservation or preserve-management fields. Others require experience with off-highway vehicle use or representation of nonmotorized trail interests. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20. Visit, or call (602) 542-7127 for an application and more information.

BHAGAVAD GITA STUDY Govinda’s Natural Foods Buffet and Boutique. 711 E. Blacklidge Drive. 792-0630. Shared reading and indepth study of the ancient Indian text takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., every Wednesday; free. A free light meal follows. Visit

SPIRITUALITY EVENTS THIS WEEK INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM Friends Meeting House. 931 N. Fifth Ave. 884-1776. A five-week introductory course in Buddhism takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., every Tuesday, through March 13; $45 includes the book. Email TUCSON DOWSERS MONTHLY MEETING Unity of Tucson. 3617 N. Camino Blanco. 577-3300. Nancy Clark presents “Soul Shifting,” from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; free. Call 531-8039, or visit for more information.

UPCOMING INTRODUCTION TO MASTERPATH Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. A video featuring Sri Gary Olsen is followed by an introductory talk by a longtime student of MasterPath, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14; free. Visit for more information. TIES SPEAKER SERIES Unity of Tucson. 3617 N. Camino Blanco. 577-3300. Speakers discuss their near-death experiences at 6:30 p.m., the second and fourth Thursday every month; $5 suggested donation. Jan. 12: Libby and Paul Carr. Jan. 26: Roberta Grimes. Call 395-2365, or email ties@ for more information.

BUDDHIST MEDITATION AND PHILOSOPHY Tara Mahayana Buddhist Center. 1701 E. Miles St. 296-8626. Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Lingpur teaches about Buddhist mediation and philosophy at 10 a.m., each Sunday, and repeats at 6:30 p.m., each Wednesday, at A Rich Experience, 7435 N. Oracle Road, No. 101; and 6:30 p.m., each Friday, at Sunrise Chapel, 8421 E. Wrightstown Road. Call or visit for more information. DESERT RAIN ZEN MEDITATION Little Chapel of All Nations. 1052 N. Highland Ave. 623-1692. Weekly sits aim to bring traditional forms inherited from China and Japan into the contemporary world from 4:30 to 6 p.m., every Saturday; free. Those who haven’t sat with the group are asked to arrive by 4:15 p.m. Visit for more info.

SINGING BIRD SANGHA Zen Desert Sangha. 3226 N. Martin Ave. 319-6260. Meditation and teachings in the Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh take place at 4:45 p.m., every Sunday; free. Call 299-1903 for more information. STILLNESS MEDITATION GROUP Kiewit Auditorium, UA Medical Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Stillness meditation for patients, families, staff and the community takes place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., every Monday; free. Call 694-4605 or 6944786 for more information. SUNDAY FEAST AND FESTIVAL Govinda’s Natural Foods Buffet and Boutique. 711 E. Blacklidge Drive. 792-0630. Mantra chanting takes place at 5:30 p.m., every Sunday, followed by a spiritual discourse at 6 p.m., and a ceremony consisting of music, chanting and dancing at 6:30 p.m.; free. An eight-course vegetarian feast is served at 7 p.m.; $3. Call or visit for more information. WISE WOMEN DRUMMING Unitarian Universalist Church. 4831 E. 22nd St. 7481551. Mature women meet to drum and sing from 1 to 3 p.m., the first and third Saturday every month; free. Drums are available. Call 797-9323 for information.

LGBT BUDDHIST MEDITATION AND PRACTICE Three Jewels. 314 E. Sixth St. 303-6648. Two 20-minute silent sitting meditations, readings from Buddhist spiritual texts, and discussion take place from 10 to 11:45 a.m., every Sunday. Bring a friend and a pillow or cushion; free-will donation, and no one will be turned away. Call 287-3127 for more information.


MEDITATION AND YOGA BY DONATION Yoga Connection. 3929 E. Pima St. 323-1222. Group meditation takes place from 7 to 8 p.m., every Monday. Meditation techniques alternate weekly among Mantra, Krya, Yoga Nidra and others. Yoga practice takes place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., every Tuesday; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., every Wednesday; and 8 to 8:30 a.m., every Thursday. Call for more information.

AZ BLISTER KICKBALL: TEAM REGISTRATION DEADLINE Joaquin Murrieta Park. 1400 N. Silverbell Road. 7914752. The deadline for team registration is Friday, Jan. 20. Each team must have 18 players; $70 per player. Individuals may sign up and be assigned to a team. Visit to register and for more information.

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION Tucson Buddhist Meditation Center. 1133 S. Swan Road. 745-4624. A Theravada Buddhist monk guides exploration of mindfulness and peacefulness for all levels at 3 p.m., every Sunday. A silent sitting meditation takes place at 6 p.m., every Sunday. Both are free. Visit for more information.


TUCSON ULTIMATE Ochoa Park. 3450 N. Fairview Ave. 791-4873. Hat games take place from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11; free for spectators. The winter league starts Wednesday, Jan. 18, and continues every Wednesday, from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit for more information and a schedule for 2012.

UA SWIMMING AND DIVING UA Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. 1827 E. Enke Drive. 621-0614. The UA men’s and women’s teams compete with Iowa, Ohio State, NAU and New Mexico State in a swimming and diving meet at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6; free. Visit for more information. UA WILDCAT HOCKEY Tucson Convention Center. 260 S. Church Ave. 7914101. Unless otherwise indicated, games are at 7:30 p.m.; $5 to $15. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6 and 7: San Diego State. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 and 14: Michigan State University. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21: Davenport University. Visit for tickets or more information. UA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL UA McKale Memorial Center. 1721 E. Enke Drive. Tickets are $5 to $10; visit for tickets and more information. Thursday, Jan. 5: UCLA. Saturday, Jan. 7: USC. Thursday, Jan. 19: Utah.

ANNOUNCEMENTS POOL TOURNAMENTS Pockets Pool and Pub. 1062 S. Wilmot Road. 5719421. Nine-ball tournaments take place according to handicap at 5 p.m., Sunday, and 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, for 9 and under; and at 7:30 p.m., Monday, for 8 and under. Tournaments for handicaps 9 and under take place at noon, every Saturday: 14.1 straight pool the first Saturday; nine-ball the second and fourth Saturday; 10-ball the third Saturday; and eight-ball the fifth Saturday; $10, optional $5 side pot. Unrated players arrive 30 minutes early to get a rating. Chess and backgammon also available. Call for more information. TUCSON LIGHTNING RUGBY Vista del Prado Park. 6800 E. Stella Road. 791-5930. Women rugby players age 18 or older, all shapes and sizes, are sought for the spring rugby season. Practice is from 6 to 8 p.m., every Tuesday and Thursday. Email, or visit UA MEN’S BASKETBALL UA McKale Memorial Center. 1721 E. Enke Drive. Tickets are $19 to $120; visit for tickets or more information. Thursday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m.: Oregon State. Saturday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.: Oregon.



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PERFORMING ARTS The Tucson Symphony’s free Just for Kids series is being taken over by pirates

Pip Squeaks! BY SHERILYN FORRESTER, o the rockin’ holidays are over. The kids are heading back to school, which is just as well, because their holiday toys and treats have lost a bit of their luster. According to every store’s ads, items that were must-haves a few days ago have now been demoted to “clearance� status. And flipping through those Sunday ads reveals that the most-exciting array of merchandise now available involves weight-loss paraphernalia and plastic storage bins. The post holiday blahs are upon us. But don’t despair. Sure to excite the little ones anew, as well as please the adults who accompany them, is a lively musical antidote to those blahs, served up this weekend by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Pip and the Pirate is an installment in TSO’s Just for Kids, a six-show series in which various TSO ensembles get upclose with kids, typically from ages 3 to 9. That’s right: Start ’em loving music while they’re young. Shawn Campbell, TSO’s director of education and community engagement, hatched the idea for this series about 20 years ago. Campbell says the musical storytelling and interactive experiences result in wide-eyed wonderment from the kids, as well as smiles from their adult chaperones. In fact, one of the most-important features of the shows is the shared experience of kids and their parents or, in many cases, their grandparents, Campbell says. “We really think this is a special element of Just for Kids. The kids see the adults engaged by the performance and participating by asking questions, so they feel more comfortable participating themselves,� she says. “And it’s something that can be discussed later between them. Kids this young might find it hard to try to talk about their experiences with their adult relatives, but since they were in attendance, too,


there’s that common ground which makes talking about the experience easier.� The upcoming event will feature a world premiere. TSO violinist Michael Fan has penned the story and composed the music, which will be performed by the TSO Flute, Viola and Harp Ensemble. Campbell was reluctant to reveal too much about the event, because it is a premiere, but according to the TSO website, the setting is graduation day at the Pirate Academy, and the new graduate wants a big, impressive parrot as part of his pirate paraphernalia. But all that’s available is a “pip-squeaker,� a decidedly unimpressive bird who begs to become the new pirate’s partner. “I’ll make you proud,� the squeaker asserts. Ensemble members Patricia Watrous, flute; Anne Weaver, viola; and Patricia Harris, harp, will bring the adventure to life. Peg Anderson is one of those grandparents who enjoy the Just for Kids series, and she and her grandson Henry are looking forward to this installment. The 6-year-old is a veteran of these fun affairs, having attended since he was 3. Anderson enjoys the shows herself, but one of her greatest joys is watching Henry become engrossed in the experience. “He’s always been a very observant child, and he just gets so immersed in the show, but quietly so. We sit in the front row, although there’s a carpeted space where the kids can gather close to the musicians. But he prefers to sit with me. “I think this program is so important,� adds Anderson, who has attended TSO concerts for the 25 years she has lived in Tucson. “Kids are exposed to so many kinds of music, but not necessarily this kind, and they should be. And this is the perfect setting. They get to interact with the musicians, discover how the musical instruments work and how they produce

Kiddos love the Tucson Symphony’s Just for Kids series. the sound they do, and how versatile they are. One thing I really enjoyed was in one of the shows where the musicians took a simple, well-known song—it may have been “Happy Birthday�—and played it in different styles, a variation-of-a-theme kind of thing. The kids were amazed and delighted. I was, too.� Campbell, who has played French horn with the TSO since she moved here from New York, says the development of the shows is a joint endeavor. “We usually toss around ideas, and then the musicians put it together.� But there will be a different sort of collaboration for the Feb. 4 concert. Tucson author Susan Lowell has collaborated with composer and TSO violist Ilona Vukovic-Gay to create The Great Grand Canyon Time Train. Fellow TSO String Quartet members David Rife, violin; Wynne Wong-Rife, violin; and Mary Beth Tyndall, cello, will join Vukovic-Gay to present this interactive tale. After Pip and the Pirate and The Great Grand Canyon Time Train, the Just for Kids series will close this season on March 3 with If You Could Talk to the Animals, which will feature the TSO Wind Quintet. Although the shows are instructive, the intent is not to make musicians out of the little guys, although the shows do often help spark interest in learning an instrument. “This is a kid-size experience where they can have fun and be exposed to a part of the world they really have no opportunity to experience elsewhere,� Campbell says. “Early exposure to music has been found to

Pip and the Pirate Part of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Just for Kids series 10 and 11:15 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 7 Tucson Symphony Center 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Free, but donations accepted 882-8585;

Variations on Tchaikovsky Part of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s MasterWorks series 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8 Catalina Foothills High School 4300 E. Sunrise Drive $40 to $50 882-8585;

be a critical part of a child’s development.� There are two shows, at 10 and 11:15 a.m., with about 250 expected to attend each one. And get this: The shows are free, although donations are accepted. If you can’t make it Saturday morning, the TSO MasterWorks series is featuring Variations on Tchaikovsky on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon at Catalina Foothills High School. The MasterWorks series utilizes a 40-member group, which was about the size of the orchestra for which Mozart wrote. These performances feature cellist Mark Votapek.

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DANCE EVENTS THIS WEEK 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. There’s an introductory lesson at 6:30 p.m.; dancing begins at 7 p.m. Call 325-1902, or visit FREE ZUMBA GOLD FITNESS CLASS Far Horizons Tucson Village. 555 N. Pantano Road. Zumba, an energetic fitness dance for people beginning a fitness regimen, is taught from 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5; free. Call 296-1234, ext. 11, or 270-7930. MAKE-A-WISH DANCE COMPETITION Berger Performing Arts Center. 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. 770-3762. Obscene Gestures! Dance Crew hosts a dance competition to raise money for families in need, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; $8, $6 advance $5 child, free infant. Competing crews include United, Element, Set 4 Life, Sinister Kidz, Elektrolyttlez, Hidden Language, Demolition and The Drop Varsity and Company. Call 8202262, or visit for tickets. THE MOVEMENT SALON WITH ARCHITECTS ZUZI’s Theater. 738 N. Fifth Ave. 629-0237. Members of the Architects and Movement Salon present Improvisologies, an evening of spontaneous compositions about healing from the events of Jan. 8, 2011, at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8; $10 to $15 suggested donation. No advance sales. Visit or for more information.

MUSIC EVENTS THIS WEEK 17TH STREET GUITAR AND WORLD MUSIC STORE 17th Street Guitar and World Music Store. 810 E. 17th St. 624-8821, ext. 147. Free concerts take place from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday. Jan. 7: Don and Victoria Armstrong, Southwest folk. Jan. 14: Three-part harmonies with Bobby Kimmel, Stefan George and Lavinia White. Jan. 28: Jamie O’Brien. Call 624-8821, ext. 7147, for more information. ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC Leo Rich Theater. 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. Yelizaveta and Yelena Beriyeva perform together on one and two pianos at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8; $25, $10 student. Visit for tickets. BILL CANTOS St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. 1145 E. Fort Lowell Road. 888-0505. International recording artist Bill Cantos, brother of St. Demetrios’ Father Earl Cantos, performs a concert of pop and jazz standards, religious music and original compositions at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6; $45, $35 advance, $250 VIP table for 4, $200 VIP table advance. Proceeds benefit the church. Call 8880505, or visit for tickets. BLUEGRASS MUSIC JAM SESSIONS The Desert Bluegrass Association hosts free public jam sessions monthly. The first Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m.: Udall Recreation Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road, 2961231. The first Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.: Rincon Market, 2315 E. Sixth St., 296-1231. The third Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m., Music and Arts Center, 8320 N. Thornydale Road, No. 150-170, 579-2299. The third Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m.: Pinnacle Peak Restaurant, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road, 296-0911. The fourth Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m.: Thirsty’s Neighborhood Grill, 2422 N. Pantano Road, 885-6585. The fourth Wednesday, from 4 to 6 p.m.: 17th Street Market, 840 E. 17th St., 792-2588, pickers only. Call the phone number provided for each venue for more information. RHYTHM AND ROOTS CONCERTS Suite 147 at Plaza Palomino. 2970 N. Swan Road, No. 147. 440-4455. Call (800) 594-8499, or visit for tickets. Call 319-9966 for more information. Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m.: You Say It’s Your Birthday with the Coolers, R&B and soul; $12, $10 advance. Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m.: Titan Valley Warheads 30th Anniversary Party with Special Guests; $20, $17 advance. Sunday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.: John McCutcheon, singer-songwriter; $23, $20 advance, $10 student with ID. TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA UA cello professor Mark Votapek makes his Tucson Symphony debut in an all-Tchaikovsky program including the “Pas de Deux” from Sleeping Beauty, “Variations on a Rococo Theme” and “Serenade for Strings.” Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m., Green Valley Recreation,

1070 S. Calle De Las Casitas; $41; call 625-0288, or visit for tickets or more information. Friday, Jan. 6, at 8 p.m., St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte; $45 to $55; Call 797-3959, or email for more information. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7 and 8, at 8 p.m., Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive; $40 to $50; call 882-8585, or visit for tickets.

OUT OF TOWN ARIZONA FOLKLORE PRESERVE Arizona Folklore Preserve. 44 Ramsey Canyon Road. Hereford. 378-6165. Performers of traditional music are featured at 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; $15, $6 younger than 17. Jan. 7 and 8: yodeling award-winner Judy Coder. Jan. 14 and 15: contemporary Western songwriter Jim Jones. Visit for information about the folklore preserve and a schedule of upcoming performances.

UPCOMING CASINO DEL SOL EVENT CENTER Casino del Sol. 5655 W. Valencia Road. (800) 3449435. The B-52s perform at 9 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15; $26 to $52. Visit the gift shop or for tickets or more information. FOX TUCSON THEATRE CONCERTS Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Friday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m.: Cab Calloway Orchestra, led by C. Calloway Brooks, with Alice Tan Ridley; $24 to $64. Call or visit for tickets. FUND FOR CIVILITY: BEN FOLDS, CALEXICO Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Ben Folds and Calexico each perform a full set; others participating are Mariachi Luz de Luna, Salvador Duran, the Silver Thread Trio and Mitzi Cowell and Friends featuring Sabra Faulk, at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15; $30 to $70, $75 includes a pre-concert reception. Proceeds benefit the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, established by Ron Barber. Call or visit for more information. JAVARITA COFFEE HOUSE Javarita Coffee House (The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ). 17750 S. La Cañada Drive. Sahuarita. 625-1375. Entertainer, teacher and activist Holly Near performs at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13; $20. Rick Nestler sings sea chanties, folk and Irish music at 10 p.m., Friday, March 16; $10. Visit for more information TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH DOC SEVERINSEN Tucson Music Hall. 210 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. Virtuouso trumpeter Doc Severinsen and his band El Ritmo de la Vida perform a Latin-themed show with the TSO at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14; $33 to $78. Call or visit for more information.

THEATER OPENING THIS WEEK BEOWULF ALLEY THEATRE COMPANY Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. Word Clouds tells a moving story of ordinary and extraordinary responses to the tragedy of Jan. 8, 2011. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6 and 7; $12. Call or visit for tickets and more information. COMEDY PLAYHOUSE Comedy Playhouse and School. 3620 N. First Ave. 2606442. The Comedy Genius of Mark Twain II, a compendium of vignettes from the author’s essays, opens Friday, Jan. 6, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 15. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $12. Call or visit thecomedyplayhouse. com for tickets or more information. ETCETERA Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-4242. A staged reading of Gruesome Playground Injuries takes place at 8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8; $5. Visit for more information. LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. Arthur Miller’s All My Sons opens Thursday, Jan. 5, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 12. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 5 and 6, are preview shows. Show time is 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $18, $12 preview, $16 student, senior or military. Call or visit for tickets and more info.

RED BARN THEATER Red Barn Theater. 948 N. Main Ave. 622-6973. The musical comedy How to Talk to a Minnesotan opens Friday, Jan. 6, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 29. Show times are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday; $16, $10 Friday, $13 senior, student or military. Call or visit for more information. THE ROGUE THEATRE The Rogue Theatre. 300 E. University Blvd. 5512053. With just three actors and three musicians, Shipwrecked: An Entertainment tells the tale of a castaway returning to British society after being marooned among Aborigines. The play debuts Thursday, Jan. 5, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 22. Following its Tucson run, the Rogue takes the play to Whitefield, Bangalore, India, for three weeks. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday; $30, $23 preview opening Thursday, $15 any other Thursday. Visit for tickets and more information. WINDING ROAD THEATER ENSEMBLE Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4875. The Last Five Years continues through Sunday, Jan. 22; $26, $23 senior, theater artist and student and military with ID. From Friday through Sunday, Jan. 20 through 22, performances are at St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Road. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday. Visit for tickets or more information.

CONTINUING BEOWULF ALLEY’S OLD TIME RADIO THEATRE Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. A reading of radio scripts from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s takes place at 7 p.m., the first and third Tuesday of every month; $10, $5 ages 4 through 12. Call or visit for more information. 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 Twin Peaks Road, Marana. Call 861-2986, or visit for more information.

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UPCOMING ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4875. Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, a comedy thriller in which four cast members play more than 150 characters, opens Saturday, Jan. 14, and continues through Saturday, Feb. 4. Performance times vary; $31 to $56 plus fees, $10 student with ID. Call or visit for tickets or more information. THE INVISIBLE THEATRE Invisible Theatre. 1400 N. First Ave. 882-9721. John Amos, known as Kunta Kinte in the miniseries Roots and James Evans in Good Times, performs his one-manshow Halley’s Comet at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15; $42. A post-show reception for Amos takes place at 10:30 p.m., Saturday. Call or visit for more info. ODYSSEY STORYTELLING Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. “The First Time” is the theme of six featured stories at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12. Odyssey Storytelling takes place the first Thursday of every month, except January. Anyone is welcome to tell stories based on personal experience; they cannot be read or memorized. Presenters are chosen in advance. Upcoming themes are listed at Call 730-4112 for more information.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS CALL FOR ACTORS Red Barn Theater. 948 N. Main Ave. 622-6973. A large cast is needed for a scheduled March production of Oliver. Boys age 6 to 18 and men and women age 25 to 50 are urged to bring a prepared reading or cold-read from the script from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 9 and 10. An accompanist is provided for auditions for singing parts. Call or visit

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CALL FOR PERFORMERS Theater, dance, performance art, clowning, sketch comedy and all other performance presentations are sought for the Tucson Fringe Theater Festival in February. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, Jan. 15. Visit, or email for more information.

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DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Davis Dominguez Gallery. 154 E. Sixth St. 629-9759. An exhibit of abstract paintings by Joanne Kerrihard, narrative paintings by Jean Stern and abstract sculpture by David Mazza continues through Saturday, Jan. 28. 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 for more information.

OPENING THIS WEEK AGUA CALIENTE PARK RANCH HOUSE GALLERY Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery. 12325 E. Roger Road. 749-3718. Cool Water, an exhibit of watercolors by Kathy Robbins and Mary Schantz, opens Friday, Jan. 6, and continues through Wednesday, Feb. 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday; free. Call 615-7855, or email eeducation@ for more information. BEYOND: DOWNTOWN ART WALK Toole Shed Art Space. 197 E. Toole Ave. A stroll through downtown art galleries takes place from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; free. The walk begins at the Toole Shed and ends at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Visit for more information about this and many other activities taking place to encourage being outdoors and in community. BEYOND: TOGETHER WE THRIVE MURAL PROJECT A walk-up art station displays a mural design commemorating the community’s spirit in the wake of Jan. 8, 2011 shootings. The mural has a “Together We Thrive,” theme, and community members can share stories and ideas for the mural from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, as part of the Beyond project; and from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16 to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.; at Winsett Park, 316 N. Fourth Ave.; free. Students restore an existing mural and integrate new ideas from the community based on the theme “Together We Thrive,” from 3 to 5 p.m., every Tuesday, Jan. 24 through April 17. Visit CONTRERAS GALLERY Contreras Gallery. 110 E. Sixth St. 398-6557. Indigenous Intentions, an exhibit of David Moreno’s acrylic paintings with contemporary abstract and traditional Yaqui themes, opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, and continues through Saturday, Jan. 28. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. FLUX GALLERY Flux Gallery. 2960 N. Swan Road, Suite 136. 6235478. Sculptor Peter Eisner talks about “Basic Techniques in Abstract Steel Sculpture” from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; free. Visit HAVE YOUR ART PROFESSIONALLY PHOTOGRAPHED Arts Marketplace. 403 N. Sixth Ave. 271-3155. Artists and collectors can have reproduction-quality digital images made of their flat mounted art (60” x 60” maximum) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; $20 each item, three-item minimum. Glass must be removed from frames before the session. Image files are available on CD within five days. Email, indicating the number of pieces and a preferred time slot. PSA ART AWAKENINGS PSA Art Awakenings Studio and Gallery. 450 N. Sixth Ave. 792-6272. Artists sell original paintings, jewelry and ceramics during the First Saturday Art Walk, from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; free. TUCSON TAMALE COMPANY Tucson Tamale Company. 2545 E. Broadway Blvd. 3054760. Guideposts and Anchors, an exhibit of mixedmedia works with Asian and Middle Eastern influences, opens Monday, Jan. 9, and continues through Saturday, March 3. An artists’ reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday; free.

CONTINUING CONRAD WILDE GALLERY Conrad Wilde Gallery. 439 N. Sixth Ave., Suite 171. 622-8997. High Contrast, a multimedia exhibition in 34 WWW. WEEKLY.COM


DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. 6300 N. Swan Road. 299-9191. Musical Compositions of Ted DeGrazia, an exhibition of paintings, drawings and musical scores Ted DeGrazia composed for his 1930s big-band orchestra, is on display through Monday, Jan. 16. 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 DIOVANTI DESIGNS GALLERY Diovanti Designs Gallery. 174 E. Toole Ave. 305-7957. Raíces Profundas/The Depth of Our Roots, a collection of work by Yovannah Diovanti, is displayed for sale through Saturday, Feb. 25. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. ETHERTON GALLERY Etherton Gallery. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. Kate Breakey: Slowlight continues through Saturday, Jan. 21. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment; free. Visit ethertongallery. com for more information. FLORENCE QUATER GALLERY Southwest University of Visual Arts’ Florence Quater Gallery. 2538 N. Country Club Road. 325-0123. An exhibit of senior thesis works by BFA students in photography and studio art continues through Friday, Jan. 20. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. HEALING IN TUCSON UA Medical Center South Campus. 2800 E. Ajo Way. 874-2000. Healing in Tucson: The Healing Response to the Violence of January 8, 2011 continues through Sunday, Feb. 26, in the Behavioral Health Pavilion Gallery. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 1:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. KIRK-BEAR CANYON LIBRARY Kirk-Bear Canyon Library. 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. 792-5021. Birds With Attitude, a solo exhibit of acrylic and watercolor paintings by Ruth Canada, continues through Tuesday, Jan. 31. 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; free.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA ARTS GUILD Sheraton Hotel and Suites. 5151 E. Grant Road. 3236262. An art show juried by SAAG members continues through Monday, April 30. The exhibit is always open; free. Visit for more information. SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Gallery. 5605 E. River Road, Suite 131. Creme de la Creme, an exhibit of watercolors by members whose work has been accepted into at least five juried shows, continues through Sunday, Jan. 22. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; free. TOHONO CHUL PARK Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 7426455. Wordplay: Artful Words, an exhibition that explores the relationship of art to language, is displayed through Sunday, Jan. 22; free with admission. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; $7, $5 senior or active military, $3 student with ID, $2 age 5 to 12, free younger child. Call or visit for information. TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER Tucson Jewish Community Center. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000, ext. 106. Synagogues of Mexico: Photographs by Moy Volkovich continues through Thursday, Feb. 2. Except for Jewish holidays, gallery hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday; 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; free. Visit for a schedule of holidays. TUCSON PIMA ARTS COUNCIL Tucson Pima Arts Council. 100 N. Stone Ave., No. 303. 624-0595. An exhibition of mixed-media paintings by Barbara Brandel and Lorrie Parsell continues through Wednesday, March 28, in the lobby. A free, public reception for the artists reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7. Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. UA POETRY CENTER ART EXHIBIT UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. Portraits of Poets, a limited-edition series of Gwyneth Scally’s hand-pulled linoleum prints of famous poets’ portraits, continues through Saturday, Jan. 28. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; free. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH Unitarian Universalist Church. 4831 E. 22nd St. 7481551. A Wave of Dreams, an exhibit of watercolors by Bernardita Reitz, continues through Sunday, Feb. 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and noon to 1 p.m., Sunday; free. An artist’s reception takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8; free.


MADARAS GALLERY Madaras Gallery. 3001 E. Skyline Road, Suite 101. 615-3001. Diana Madaras’ favorite paintings from the past 15 years of calendars are displayed for sale; and a raffle offers a complete set of her 15 years of calendars, through Tuesday, Jan. 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Visit for more information.

ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM Ironwood Gallery. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. Fiesta Sonora, an exhibit of paintings on desert themes by members of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, closes Sunday, Jan. 8; free with admission. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily; $14.50, $4.50 age 6 through 12, free 5 and younger.

MARK SUBLETTE MEDICINE MAN GALLERY Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-7798. An exhibit of paintings by Dean Mitchell continues through Wednesday, Feb. 15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday; free. Visit

MARK SUBLETTE MEDICINE MAN GALLERY Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-7798. An exhibit of paintings by Logan Maxwell Hagege and Dominik Modlinski, featuring the Two Grey Hills trading post and weavers, closes Thursday, Jan. 5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday; free. Visit for more information.

OBSIDIAN GALLERY Obsidian Gallery. 410 N. Toole Ave. 577-3598. Figures and Frames continues through Saturday, Jan. 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday; free. PHILABAUM GLASS STUDIO AND GALLERY Philabaum Glass Gallery and Studio. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. Studio Hotshots continues through Saturday, Jan. 28. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. PORTER HALL GALLERY Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Leading Inward, an exhibit of paintings for sale by Mary Rosas, continues through Tuesday, Jan. 17. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; $8, $4 child age 4 to 12, free younger child or member. Call or visit for more information. QUANTUM ART GALLERY Quantum Art Gallery. 505 W. Miracle Mile, No. 2. 9077644. A Taste of Things to Come, an exhibit of work by Matthias and Emily Stern Düwel, Micheline Johnoff and Citizen Zane, continues through Wednesday, Feb. 29. Hours are 2:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday; free.

NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL FINANCIAL NETWORK Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. 1760 E. River Road, No. 247. 325-4575. Expressions From Two Perspectives, an exhibit of mixed-media work by Sandy Brittain and Marti White, closes Thursday, Jan. 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. STONE DRAGON STUDIO Stone Dragon Studio. 1122 N. Stone Ave. 4055800. Moira Geoffrion’s exhibit Avian Personae closes Saturday, Jan. 7. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and by appointment; free. Call for an appointment or more information.

OUT OF TOWN GLOBAL ARTS GALLERY Global Arts Gallery. 315 McKeown Ave. Patagonia. (520) 394-0077. Barbara Brandel: Sacred Threads, an exhibit of paintings inspired by textiles from around the world, continues through Monday, Jan. 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; free. SPIRIT GALLERY Spirit Gallery. 516 Tombstone Canyon Road. Bisbee. (520) 249-7856. Rock Paper Fence, an exhibit of

recent work by Laurie McKenna, continues through Sunday, Jan. 15. Hours are noon to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday; free. Call (520) 432-5491 for more information. UA BIOSPHERE 2 GALLERY Biosphere 2 Center. 32540 S. Biosphere 2 Road. Oracle. 838-6200. Earth and Mars: Stephen Strom, a collection of diptychs that juxtapose abstract desert landscape images with photos of Mars from the NASA archives, is displayed through Friday, March 30; free with admission. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily; $10 to $20. Visit for more information. VENTANA GALLERY Ventana Medical Systems Gallery. 1910 E. Innovation Park Drive, Building No. 2. Oro Valley. 887-2155. Images of a Storied Land: From Above, a collaboration between photographer Adriel Heisey, the Center for Desert Archaeology and the Albuquerque Museum, features 60 large-format aerial photographs of historical landscapes across the Southwest. The exhibit closes Saturday, Jan. 7. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the first and third Saturday of every month, or by appointment; free. Call 797-3959, ext. 9, for an appointment or more information.

UPCOMING BISBEE CENTRAL SCHOOL PROJECT Bisbee Central School Project. 43 Howell Ave. Bisbee. (520) 432-5347. Forward Ever, Backward Never, an exhibit of James H. Barker’s photos of the 1965 Selma march for civil rights, opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 29. A gallery talk with James Barker takes place at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday; free. FRAMING YOUR ARTWORK Citron Paint and Interiors. 7041 E. Tanque Verde Road. 886-5800. Beginning-to-experienced art collectors learn strategies, trends and techniques for framing art from Diane Struse from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14; free. RSVP is requested by 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12. MESCH, CLARK AND ROTHSCHILD Mesch, Clark and Rothschild. 259 N. Meyer Ave. 6248886. An exhibit of paintings by Maurice J. Sevigny and Chuck Albanese opens with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, and continues through Thursday, May 31. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call or visit for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS CALL FOR ARTISTS Temple Gallery. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 624-7370. Arizona artists older than 18 may submit work in any two-dimensional media for consideration in Red: A Juried Invitational, to be exhibited from Saturday, April 7, through Friday, June 1, 2012. The exhibit accompanies the Arizona Theatre Company’s production of Red, a 2010 Tony Award-winning play about Mark Rothko. Submission deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Visit for submission guidelines. CALL FOR ARTISTS Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery. 12325 E. Roger Road. 749-3718. Artists are invited to submit work that’s in keeping with the park setting, reflecting nature, wildlife, landscapes, Southwestern themes or local cultures, to be considered for a four-week exhibit in 2013. The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 6. Call or email for information. CALL TO ARTISTS Raices Taller 222 Gallery. 218 E. Sixth St. 881-5335. Artists are invited to submit interpretations of vices (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride) and virtues (chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness and humility) for an exhibit, Vicios y Virtudes (Vices and Virtues), which opens Saturday, Jan. 14, and continues through Tuesday, Feb. 28. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, Jan. 8. Email JPEG images (55k) for consideration to raicestaller222@aol. com; or take work to the gallery for review from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8. 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. WOMEN’S CREATIVE PLAY DAYS Dry River Collective. 740 N. Main Ave. 882-2170. Women gather to make art and have fun in a relaxed setting from 10 a.m. to noon, every Friday, in Kaitlin’s Creative Cottage in the courtyard; $5. Bring something


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The Round Up (“La Rafle”) (France, 2010, French with subtitles, 121 minutes)

Made possible by the Marion and Gerald Gendell Holocaust Remembrance Fund & the Holocaust Education Resource Center of the Coalition for Jewish Education

This highly-acclaimed, “don’t miss” movie is a powerful, harrowing and deeply moving depiction of actual events in July, 1942, in which Vichy French police, at the direction of the Nazis, rounded up 17,000 Parisian Jews and detained them for weeks under appalling conditions before transporting them East to concentration camps.

Using old photographs, clips from Yiddish film and theatre, and thoughtful commentary, this film nostalgically examines immortal Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem’s life and art, and his impact on the development of our unique Jewish culture. Everyone whose family came to this country from the shtetl and evolved into “Americans” will appreciate Aleichem’s timeless humor and recognize his unforgettable characters.

Set in 1957 Buenos Aires, Sylvia Hermann, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, is enamored of her fellow student, Nick. However, she quickly learns that he is the son of the notorious Nazi, Adolph Eichmann, who has been living in Argentina under an alias. Sylvia and her father, along with German and Israeli agents, work relentlessly to capture Eichmann and bring him to justice.


A French family has escaped the Nazis and arrived penniless in Montreal’s garment district. As Noah struggles to provide for his family in this bewildering new world, 10-year-old Jacov has the shock of his life when he discovers his father is not the super hero he thought him to be.



Cohen on the Bridge is a faithful, animated retelling of the 1976 rescue raid on Entebbe by Israeli commandos, narrated by the first soldier to enter the terminal where the hostages were held.

(USA, 2010, English, 90 minutes)

This animated short tells the story of actress and child Holocaust survivor Ingrid Pitt’s miraculous escape from the notorious Nazi concentration camp, Stutthof. Pitt went on to enjoy a 40-year movie career and recorded the narration for this film in 2010, shortly before a at age 73. her death

War Against the Weak is a gripping chronicle, documenting how American corporate philanthropies (the Carnegie Institution, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Harriman railroad fortune) launched a national campaign of ethnic cleansing in the United States and helped found and fund the Nazi eugenics of Hitler and Mengele, creating the modern movement of human genetics.


An Ordinary Execution

(France, 2010, French with subtitles, 100 minutes)

In 1952, Josef Stalin became ill and paranoid and purged all of his Jewish doctors. Anna is a young Jewish physician who has gained a reputation for healing the sick. Summoned by Stalin, Anna is unwillingly made his secret personal physician, and is awed by the dictator’s capacity for both charm and evil.


The Matchmaker (“Pa’am Ha’iti”)

(Israel, 2008, Hebrew with subtitles, 10 minutes)

By family tradition, the bride-to-be must cook fresh gefilte fish for her wedding guests, so a carp is brought home to swim in the family bathtub, awaiting its fate. Laughs ensue when the bride can’t bring herself to sacrifice the poor fish.

We Were Here

(USA, 2011, English, 90 minutes)

We Were Here looks back on the arrival of AIDS in San Francisco and the tremendous impact that resulted. It reflects back not only on the toll of the disease but also on the power of a community when it works together with compassion and love.

It is summer in Haifa, 1968, and 16-year-old Arik finds a summer job with a matchmaker who unites lonely souls while doing a bit of smuggling on the side. The range of characters he meets gives him his first awareness of pain, longing and the depths of human love.

(UK, 2009, English, 82 minutes)


(USA, 2009, English, 40 minutes)

Sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council Ingelore Herz Honigstein was born deaf to Jewish parents in Germany, in 1924. Through her eyes we witness the stunning, shocking events that she experienced at the hands of the Nazis. She finally escaped to the United States, where she drew on her amazing past to become an extraordinary teacher. Directed by one of her sons, Frank Stiefel, Ingelore is a meditation on freedom, both emotional and physical, and a testament to the power of light over darkness.

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Grisha is an immigrant whose dream is to open a Russian restaurant in Israel. When his uncle – the last of the old hard-line Soviet Communists – dies and leaves him an inheritance, Grisha finally has the means to make the dream come true. But to get the money, Grisha must first comply with his uncle’s unusual last wishes.

It’s 1942 and the war is raging in a small seaside town in occupied southern Russia. Thirteen-year-old Vadik is embarrassed by his father who chooses to stay home from the front and despises him for what he thinks is cowardice. Little does Vadik know that this lame, downtrodden man is in fact risking his life for the underground, hiding Jewish children from the Germans.

(Israel/France, 2010, Hebrew with subtitles, 105 minutes)

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(USA, 2009, English, 61 minutes)

For 42 years, this remarkable lesbian couple shared their lives before finally being permitted to legally marry shortly before one of them died. Their love and devotion, and the graceful way in which they faced and overcame societal, political and personal challenges, are an inspiration to us all.

(Russia, 2010, Russian with subtitles, 97 minutes)


Ilan is a 58-year-old professor who adores his beautiful young wife, Naomi – but she also has a secret lover. This is a taut, dark Israeli love triangle/murder mystery, with a catch. We know all along who the killer is: the only question is whether the police will catch him before he is done in by his own guilt.

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I Shall Remember

(Poland, 2010, Polish with subtitles, 118 minutes)


(Israel, 2010, Hebrew with subtitles, 50 minutes)



Little Rose

In 1967 Soviet Poland, free thinking is discouraged. Israel has just dispatched Egypt and Syria, key Soviet allies, in the Six-DayWar and thousands of “Zionists” are being forced to leave the country. A government officer convinces his lover, Kamila, to spy on a Jewish intellectual and then pushes her into having an affair with the man, leading to a dangerous love triangle with unexpected consequences.

Lenin In October

(Israel, 2010, Hebrew with subtitles, 112 minutes)


The Jazz Baroness Sponsored by Living Interiors and Merle’s Automotive Eccentric Baroness Pannonica (“Nica”) Rothschild gave up family and position to love and live with pianist-composer, Thelonius Monk. From wildly different beginnings, his on a humble farm in America’s Deep South, hers in luxurious European mansions frequented by kings, queens and heads of state, the two struck up the unlikeliest of friendships. Directed by Nica’s great-niece, Hannah Rothschild, the film reveals their time together in a post-WWII New York City that was buzzing with pre-Civil Rights tension and the syncopation of bebop.

Cohen On The Bridge

(France, Israel, UK, USA, 2009, English, 21 minutes)

War Against The Weak

My Father, Joe

(Canada, 2010, English, 9 minutes)

Gefilte Fish




(USA, 2010, English, 6 minutes)

Made possible by the Marion and Gerald Gendell Holocaust Remembrance Fund & the Holocaust Education Resource Center of the Coalition for Jewish Education

Habermann tells a multi-layered story about a little-known aspect of WWII, the German annexation of Sudeten Czechoslovakia, and its consequences for those who lived there. This film has no heroes – only villains, victims and people doing what they have to do, moral or immoral, to survive. Habermann is a German-born Czech who finds he must protect his wife from her true identity.

Special Guest Dr. Jud Newborn, Co-Producer and Creative Advisor

Beyond The Forest

(Germany, 2010, German with subtitles, 90 minutes)

(Germany, 2010, German with subtitles, 104 minutes)

Sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council At the Bialik-Rogozin school in Tel Aviv, children from 48 different countries and cultures are educated and loved. Many have escaped genocide, war and hunger to be welcomed in a place where no child is a stranger. The film follows several students’ struggle to acclimate to life in a new land while slowly opening up to share their stories of hardship and tragedy.



Eichmann’s End


(USA, 2010, Hebrew with subtitles, 40 minutes)

The Tailor

(USA, 2011, Silent with titles, 6 minutes)

Set in New York and shot beautifully in black and white, this award-winning short film teases out the similarities in diversity, stitching a modern tale out of a tribute to the past.

Mabul (“The Flood”)

(Israel, 2011, Hebrew with subtitles, 100 minutes)

Viewed through the eyes of young Yoni during the weeks before his bar mitzvah, Mabul slowly reveals the strain that unemployment, addiction and infidelity can take on a family. His mother, Miri, is a preschool teacher who creates a magical fantasy world for her students but is unable to carry that beauty into her own home. His father demands honesty from his family but is deliberate in keeping his own life a secret. His autistic older brother, Tomer, kept for years in an institution, returns home right before the ceremony, shaking the already unstable foundation of the entire family.

Mary Lou (“Tamid Oto Cholom”)

(Israel, 2009, Hebrew with English subtitles, 150 minutes with intermission)

Sponsored by Yelp! From the gifted Israeli director Eytan Fox comes Mary Lou, the Israeli take on Glee. Based on the Israeli pop icon Svika Pick, it depicts a young gay man who, while looking for the mother who deserted him when he was 10 years old, discovers himself.

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to complete, or a small project you’d like to begin; tea and cookies are provided. Call 622-6161 for more information.

Ciudad Rodrigo are on display until further notice. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; $5, free member, student, child, faculty and staff with ID. Call or visit for more information.


MUSEUMS EVENTS THIS WEEK A HEALTHY CELEBRATION Arizona State Museum. 1013 E. University Blvd. 6216302. Terrol Dew Johnson’s Through the Eyes of the Eagle: Illustrating Healthy Living closes Saturday, Jan. 7. The family-friendly exhibition raises awareness about Type 2 diabetes prevention from a Native American perspective, using photographs, objects, artwork, storytelling, hands-on activities and video. Many Mexicos: Vistas de la Frontera is exhibited through November 2012. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; $5, free younger than 18, member, active-duty military and their families, UA and PCC staff or student with ID, researchers and scholars with appointments, visitors to the library or the store, and everyone on days of public programs. Visit for more info. CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Center for Creative Photography. 1030 N. Olive Road. 621-7968. Ansel Adams: The View From Here, featuring 40 photographs of the Yosemite wilderness taken in the 1910s and ’20s, continues through Sunday, Feb. 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. Visit for more info. HOLIDAY SHOWS AT UA SCIENCE: FLANDRAU UA Science: Flandrau. 1601 E. University Blvd. 6217827. Two light shows close Sunday, Jan. 8; free with admission; $7.50, $5 age 4 to 15, free younger child, $2 Arizona college student with ID, $2 discount to CatCard holders. Laser shows animated to favorite pop and classic holiday recordings take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday; 8 p.m., Friday; 5:30 p.m., Saturday; and 2:30 p.m., Sunday. An animated light show exploring traditions around winter solstice and Christmas takes place at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., Thursday; 1:30 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday; and 1:30 p.m., Sunday. Visit for more information. MOCA MOCA. 265 S. Church Ave. 624-5019. An exhibit of work by MOCA artist-in-residence Armando Miguelez continues through Sunday, March 25. Camp Bosworth’s Plata o Plomo, which interprets the Marfa artist’s perceptions of gangster culture in the Americas, also continues through Sunday, March 25. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday; $8, free member, child younger than 17, veteran, active military and public-safety officers, and everyone the first Sunday of each month. Call or visit for more information. RODEO PARADE MUSEUM Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum. 4823 S. Sixth Ave. 294-3636. A large collection of coaches, carriages, wagons and other vehicles, as well artifacts from Tucson’s aviation history, are exhibited from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through Saturday, April 7; $10, $8 senior, $2 child, 50 percent off for military personnel and their family with military ID. Call or visit for more information. TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Who Shot Rock ’n’ Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, continues through Sunday, Jan. 15. Visit for more information. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday; and noon to 6 p.m., Sunday; $8, $6 senior or veteran, $3 student with ID, free younger than 13 and everyone the first Sunday every month. UA MUSEUM OF ART UA Museum of Art. 1031 N. Olive Road. 621-7567. A reception takes place from 6 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, for Yaqui classical guitarist Gabriel Ayala; a concert follows from 7 to 9 p.m. in Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road. Brazilian guitarist Eduardo Minozzi Costa performs a concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15; free with admission. The concerts close the exhibit Good Vibrations: The Guitar as Design, Craft and Function. The Border Project: Soundscapes, Landscapes and Lifescapes continues through Sunday, March 11. Paseo de Humanidad, a 13-piece installation of lifesize migrant figures and Mayan and Aztec codices, is displayed through Sunday, March 11, as a backdrop for The Border Project and related events and symposia. The Samuel H. Kress Collection and the altarpiece from

UA SCIENCE: FLANDRAU UA Science: Flandrau. 1601 E. University Blvd. 6217827. Biters, Hiders, Sinkers and Stingers, an exhibit about poisonous animals and the good they do, opens Friday, Jan. 13, and continues through Thursday, May 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday; 6 to 9 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday; $7.50, $5 age 4 to 15, free younger child, $2 Arizona college student with ID, $2 discount to CatCard holders. Visit for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS ARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY DOWNTOWN MUSEUM Arizona Historical Society Downtown Museum. 140 N. Stone Ave. 770-1473. Exhibits depict early Tucson businesses and homes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; $3, $2 senior or age 12 to 18; free age 11 and younger. Visit arizonahistoricalsociety. org for more information. ARIZONA HISTORY MUSEUM Arizona History Museum. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. The museum focuses on Southern Arizona history from the Spanish colonial through the territorial eras. The exhibit Geronimo: Revered and Reviled (The Man Behind the Legend) continues until further notice. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; $5, free younger than 18, member, active-duty military and their families, UA and PCC staff or student with ID, researchers and scholars with appointments, visitors to the library or the store, and everyone on days of public programs. Visit for more information. ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. A world-renowned botanical garden, zoo and natural-history museum that features a vast collection of native plants and wildlife. Walk into the lush hummingbird and mixed-species aviaries, or learn about the statuesque saguaro and other desert denizens via daily tours and bird walks. Activities for kids include a simulated fossil dig. Open every day, but hours vary by month; free child younger than 6; $13, $4.25 ages 6 to 12 from September to May; $9.50, $2.25 age 6 to 12 from June to August. Visit FORT LOWELL MUSEUM Fort Lowell Museum. 2900 N. Craycroft Road. 8853832. The museum features exhibits about military life on the Arizona frontier. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday; $3, $2 senior or child 12 to 18, free younger child, member and everyone the first Saturday of every month. Visit arizonahistoricalsociety. org for more information. GADSDEN-PACIFIC DIVISION TOY TRAIN OPERATING MUSEUM Gadsden-Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum. 3975 N. Miller Ave. 888-2222. This family-oriented museum features toy trains of all sizes and shapes running on 16 different tracks, with whistles blowing, bells ringing, steam engines smoking and more. Hours are 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., the second and fourth Sunday of the month; free. Closed in July and August. Open the first three Saturdays in December. Visit for more information. INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE MUSEUM International Wildlife Museum. 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. 629-0100. The museum highlights more than 400 species of insects, mammals and birds from around the globe. Dioramas depict wild animals in their natural settings. Videos, interactive computers and hands-on exhibits promote wildlife appreciation and conservation. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; $8, $3 ages 4 to 12, free younger child or member, $6 senior, student or military. Visit for info. THE JEWISH HISTORY MUSEUM The Jewish History Museum. 564 S. Stone Ave. 6709073. The museum is housed in the oldest Jewish house of worship in Arizona and features the history of Jewish pioneers in exhibits, artifacts, research, genealogy and story-telling. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and noon to 3 p.m., Friday; $5, free age 17 and younger. Visit for more info. LA PILITA MUSEUM La Pilita Museum. 420 S. Main Ave. 882-7454. The museum exhibits the written and photographed history

of Barrio Viejo and El Hoyo. The permanent exhibit is Who Walked Here Before You, a collection of photos of Carrillo Gardens and Elysian Grove of the 1890s to 1920s. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free, $2 requested donation. Call or visit for more information. MINI-TIME MACHINE MUSEUM OF MINIATURES Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. 881-0606. The museum displays an array of antique and contemporary miniatures, featuring more than 275 miniature houses and room-boxes by notable artisans. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, except Saturday; $7, $6 senior or military, $5 age 4 to 17, free younger child. Visit for more information. MISSION SAN XAVIER DEL BAC San Xavier del Bac Mission. 1950 W. San Xavier Road. 294-2624. Founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino, the “White Dove of the Desert” continues to serve the religious life of the surrounding Tohono O’odham community. It is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; free. Free tours are on the half-hour from 9:30 a.m., through 12:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except during special religious observances. Traditional O’odham food and crafts are available year-round. Call or visit for more information. OLD TUCSON STUDIOS Old Tucson Studios. 201 S. Kinney Road. 883-0100. The attraction offers Old West entertainment, from cowboy gunfights and daring stunts to musical revues and comedies. Learn about Tucson’s film history; take a miniature train ride; have an old-time photo taken; or enjoy barbecue at the Grand Palace Saloon. Guided tours take place throughout the day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily; $16.95, $10.95 ages 4 to 11, free younger child and pass holders. Visit for more information. PIMA AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM Pima Air and Space Museum. 6000 E. Valencia Road. 574-0462. The museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world and is the largest non-government funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe and more than 125,000 artifacts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admittance, 4 p.m.), daily; free child younger than 7; $15.50, $9 ages 7 to 12, $12.75 senior, military, Pima County resident and AAA from November through May; $13.75, $8 ages 7 to 12, $11.50 Pima County resident, $11.75 senior, military and AAA from June through October. Visit for more information. PRESIDIO SAN AGUSTÍN DEL TUCSON Presidio San Agustín del Tucson. 133 W. Washington St. 837-8119. Take a trip into Tucson’s past with living history demonstrations, re-enactments and special events. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday; free. Visit for more information. SCIENCE DOWNTOWN Science Downtown. 300 E. Congress St. 622-8595. Mars and Beyond: The Search for Life on Other Planets, an exhibit created by the UA College of Science, which has made many contributions to Mars exploration programs, is on display until further notice. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Sunday and Monday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the second Saturday every month; $18, $10 child, $14 college student, senior or military with ID, free member and patron in wheelchair. Visit for tickets or more information. SOUTHERN ARIZONA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM Southern Arizona Transportation Museum. 414 N. Toole Ave. 623-2223. The museum features audio and visual interactive elements for youth and adults alike, a diorama with trains and a 1907 depot, a state-of-the-art media wall, knowledgeable docents and a locomotive. Locomotive Saturdays are held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offer an up-close-and-personal look at a real locomotive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday; $6, free during Locomotive Saturdays hours. Visit for more information.

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EVENTS THIS WEEK CLUES UNLIMITED BOOK CLUB Clues Unlimited. 3146 E. Fort Lowell Road. 326-8533. The book club discusses Martin Limon’s Jade Lady Burning at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8; free. LARRY KARP: A PERILOUS CONCEPTION Clues Unlimited. 3146 E. Fort Lowell Road. 326-8533. Larry Karp signs A Perilous Conception, a mystery set in the early days of fertility treatments, at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9; free. TOM ZOELLNER: A SAFEWAY IN ARIZONA Antigone Books. 411 N. Fourth Ave. 792-3715. Tom Zoellner discusses his book A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6; free. A Q&A and refreshments follow. Call or visit for more information.

UPCOMING WINTER PIMA WRITERS’ WORKSHOP Pima Community College West Campus. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 206-6600. Nine writers talk about writing and publishing fiction, nonfiction, plays, screenplays and stories for children, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14; $75. Call 206-6084 to register.

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. January’s title is Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. DONATE COPIES OF ‘THE GREAT GATSBY’ Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4875. Donated hardcover and paperback copies of The Great Gatsby are collected for The Big Read Literacy Initiative from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and immediately before performances, through Friday, March 16. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. FIRST SATURDAY BOOK CLUB Flowing Wells Branch, Tucson-Pima Public 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. Call for the current title.

LECTURES EVENTS THIS WEEK ARE WE LOSING OUR NATIVE POLLINATORS? Brandi Fenton Memorial Park. 3482 E. River Road. Stephen Buchmann, co-author of The Forgotten Pollinators, discusses the recent alarming loss of native bees, and how we can encourage the success of pollinators, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11; free. Reservations are required. Call 615-7855. ART LECTURE SERIES Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Docents from the UA Museum of Art discuss art topics from 2 to 3 p.m., every Wednesday; free. LIVING HISTORY: LARCENA PENNINGTON SCOTT Agua Caliente Regional Park. 12325 E. Roger Road. 877-6000. Shirley Pinkerton presents the life of Larcena Scott, who was raised on the Mexican border






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the southern half of the harsh and desolate Jornada del Muerto region. He worked as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;windmiller,â&#x20AC;? a hazardous job that involves climbing atop often-rickety windmills to maintain them. An errant gust of wind or a single moment of inattention could be fatal. Shaw and Weisenberger note how this likely led to Ligon feeling comfortable climbing trees and cliffs to collect birds and their eggs. It was in 1913 when Ligon landed work with the U.S. Biological Service. The late-19th and early-20th centuries were dramatic times in New Mexico, witnessing the last gasps and (often bloody) vestiges of the Old West and the technology-driven birth pangs of the New West. Against all of this, Ligon set out with two burros and a horse to see New Mexico and learn something about its birds. His job with the Biological Service was to survey the state for nesting birds. Covering a loop of some 1,200 miles alone and on horseback, it was one of the last â&#x20AC;&#x153;big rides,â&#x20AC;? great solo field journeys undertaken by early biologists before the days of four-wheel-drive vehicles and air-conditioned motels. It took a special kind of person, with an eclectic background of knowledge and skills, to undertake such a potentially hazardous journey. In addition to reconstructing Ligonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal history, Shaw and Weisenberger combine excerpts from the handwritten breeding-bird survey and journal with supplemental commentary and many of Ligonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photos, creating a rich context for his work. Shaw retraced parts of Ligonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey and incorporates some of his own keen observations. He also took photos at some of the same spots where Ligon did. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stoke,â&#x20AC;? as Ligon was called, died in Carlsbad, N.M., in 1961 at the age of 82, eulogized as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the gentlest of mountain menâ&#x20AC;? and praised â&#x20AC;&#x153;as a pioneer, ornithologist, biologist, zoologist, conservationist, author and senior citizen of New Mexico.â&#x20AC;? Aside from the handwritten breeding-bird survey and journal, obscure government records, and a few out-of-print professional publications, much of Ligonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s written legacy seems to be lost for good. We are lucky indeed that Harley Shaw and Mara Weisenberger have preserved for us what remains of the story of this remarkable man, the last of a breed.

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arley Shaw and Mara Weisenbergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fascinating new book, Twelve Hundred Miles by Horse and Burro: J. Stokely Ligon and New Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Breeding Bird Survey, tells the story of one of the last great field biologists/explorers in the American Southwestâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and one of the least-known. Shaw, one of our most-thoughtful and mostrespected wildlife biologists, worked for the Arizona Game and Fish Department from 1963 to 1990 studying mule deer, wild turkeys, mountain lions and desert bighorns. He is author of the classic Soul Among Lions and Stalking the Big Bird, important books about the complexities and realities of modern field biology. Weisenberger has been a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at New Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s San Andres National Wildlife Refuge for 18 years. Shaw and Weisenberger have determinedly pursued the sparse details of Ligonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, to our great benefit. While the bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main focus is the story of Ligonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first job as a professional wildlife biologist, it goes well beyond that. Ligonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and work represent the transition from a consumptive, economics-driven biology to a more-holistic, ecological view of life. James Stokely Ligon was born in Hays County, Texas, in 1879 to a family engaged in ranching, freighting and well-drilling. He learned about hard work early on. Growing up around horses, tools and machinery gave him the invaluable skills of independence and problem solving. His interest in wildlife began at a young age, and he credited his mother for an early fascination with birds. He remembered as a child the cards that came with boxes of Arm and Hammer baking soda, featuring illustrations of birds with short descriptions. We shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t underestimate the power of small childhood moments like this and the power they have to influence and guide a person toward a career. In 1900, he and two brothers floated down portions of the Pecos and Rio Grande rivers in a pair of homemade boats. He owned a field camera by then, one that used 4-by-5-inch glass plates. While no written record of the journey has surfaced, a set of excellent photos documented the adventure. Shortly after the river trip, Ligon completed a single year of college, studying biology, botany and zoology. By 1907, he was working on New Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous Bar Cross Ranch in


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CINEMA You will be rewarded if you pay attention to the methodical ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

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BY COLIN BOYD, lmost 20 minutes goes by before George Smiley (Gary Oldman) says a word in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and it’s this kind of quiet reservation that spills all over this adaptation of John le Carré’s classic spy caper. When Smiley finally does speak, he says only what he needs to—and the film reveals its information in very much the same way, which can be exasperating for viewers when so little about the plot is clear. Almost everyone’s a suspected double-agent, and terms like “The Circus” and “Karla” fly around like they’re days of the week. The key to navigating Tinker Tailor is simply paying attention; there are a lot of characters, none of whom outside of Smiley have loads of screen time. And there are lots of discussions that seem to begin or end somewhere in the middle. So putting all the pieces together is not easy. In 1973, Smiley is called out of retirement by MI6 to investigate the possibility of a mole inside the highest reaches of British intelligence (that’s “The Circus”). It seems someone keeps passing information to the head of Soviet intelligence (that’s “Karla”), jeopardizing all of MI6’s crucial European operations. Each suspect was given his own code name— Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Poor Man or Spy. It is worth pointing out that, in terms of movie pacing, methodical and slow don’t mean the same thing; this one is methodical. Director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) lets mood and patience play a major role, and though the film may not fly by, there are so many plot points and characters to account for that his slow-burning approach is the right one. It fits the temperament of George Smiley, because it pays to listen closely to what’s going on, as opposed to being frustrated that none of the scenes builds to a predictable crescendo leading linearly into the next scene. Tinker Tailor hearkens back to movies of its plot’s time. Put it side by side with, say, David Fincher’s Zodiac—an extremely modern interpretation of the late 1960s and 1970s— and Alfredson’s gutsy style is even more noticeable; this film is closer to All the President’s Men than almost any spy movie. There’s not even one hyperkinetic car chase. That is not to say that certain scenes don’t quicken your pulse, however. Once Smiley starts tightening the noose, Tinker Tailor becomes palpably tense, even if nobody breaks a sweat or throws a punch. Alfredson has assembled a terrific cast: Colin Firth is fresh off an Oscar win; Toby



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Sam Worthington in The Debt. Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Jones’ Truman Capote in Infamous was better than the Capote that won Philip Seymour Hoffman his statuette; the malleable Mark Strong improves just about every movie he’s in; and Tom Hardy—whose work is instrumental to these proceedings—is rapidly becoming a new Brando, thanks to Bronson, Warrior and this film. Then there is Gary Oldman. For years, it was his acting acrobatics that made him so ridiculously good. Occasionally, it also made him hard to watch. (Hopefully, Lost in Space and Hannibal at least helped him buy a nice house.) These days, Oldman leads not with his fire and daring, but with his experience and discretion. He’s more careful, and it gets him a lot more mileage. His world-weary Commissioner Gordon in the Batman films is a good complement to George Smiley. Smiley is an even-more-refined character, one with no wasted motion and fewer blind spots to his rational thinking. He still has one glaring bit of humanity, though, which he battles constantly and quietly. This could be,

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Rated R Starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy Directed by Tomas Alfredson Focus, 127 minutes Opens Friday, Jan. 6, at AMC Loews Foothills 15 (888-262-4386), Century El Con 20 (800-3263264, ext. 902) and Century Theatres at the Oro Valley Marketplace (800-326-3264, ext. 899).

bumper to bumper, Oldman’s finest and mostnuanced performance. Tinker Tailor Solider Spy zigs and zags quite a bit. Characters are barely introduced before they become part of the background, and then an hour later, they’re on the front-burner again. It can be a bit confusing, but never overwhelming. This film won’t hold your hand as it leads you through its maze. And it won’t let you get away with talking through the movie or zoning out for a minute. But what you’ll get in return for paying attention is more than worth it.

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

AMC Loews Foothills 15 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. 888-262-4386. The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Thu 11:30; Fri-Sun 10, 12:30, 8:05; MonWed 12:30, 8:05 The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG) Thu 2, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50; Fri-Wed 3, 5:30, 10:35 The Adventures of Tintin: An IMAX 3D Experience (PG) ends Thu 10 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Thu 10, 11:15, 12:15, 1:25, 3:45, 5:55, 8:15, 10:20; Fri-Wed 11:20, 1:35, 3:45, 5:50, 7:55, 10 Arthur Christmas (PG) ends Thu 11 The Darkest Hour (PG13) Thu 1:20, 8; Fri-Wed 9:35 The Darkest Hour 3D (PG13) ends Thu 3:30, 5:45, 10:10 The Descendants (R) Thu 11:50, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30; Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10 The Devil Inside (R) Thu 9, 11:15; Fri-Wed 11, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8, 10:15 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu 10, 11:45, 1:20, 3:30, 4:45, 7:05, 8:05, 10:30; Fri-Sat 10:05, 11:45, 1:25, 3:15, 4:45, 7, 8:05, 10:25, 11:25; Sun 10:05, 11:35, 1:25, 4:45, 7, 8:05, 10:25; Mon-Wed 11:45, 1:25, 3:15, 4:45, 7, 8:05, 10:25 Hugo (PG) ends Thu 10:55, 1:40 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu-Sat 11:15, 2:15, 5:15, 8:15, 11:15; SunWed 11:15, 2:15, 5:15, 8:15 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol: The IMAX Experience (PG13) Thu 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15; Fri-Sun 10:20, 1:20, 4:15, 7:15, 10:20; Mon-Wed 1:20, 4:15, 7:15, 10:20 The Muppets (PG) Thu 2:30; Fri-Wed 2:15 New Year’s Eve (PG-13) Thu 11:45, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35; Fri-Wed 11:35, 4:55, 7:40, 10:20 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Thu 10:20, 1:30, 2:30, 4:40, 5:40, 7:45, 8:30, 10:35; Fri-Wed 11:10, 2, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R) Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:55, 4:45, 7:45, 10:35 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG-13) Thu 4:30; FriWed 11:05, 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05

War Horse (PG-13) Thu 10, 1:05, 4:10, 7:25, 10:35; Fri-Sun 10, 1:05, 4:10, 7:25, 10:30; MonWed 1:05, 4:10, 7:25, 10:30 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu 11, 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 10:25; Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:20, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35; Sun 11:30, 2:20, 3, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35; Mon-Wed 11:30, 2:20, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35 Young Adult (R) Thu 10:45, 1, 3:25, 5:40, 7:55, 10:15; Fri-Sun 10:15, 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:20; Mon-Wed 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:20

Century El Con 20 3601 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 902. The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Thu 11:30; Fri-Wed 11:25 The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG) Thu 1:20, 4:10, 7:15, 10; Fri-Wed 2, 4:35, 7:15, 10 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) ThuWed 11:50, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:25 The Darkest Hour (PG-13) Thu-Wed 3:10, 7:50 The Darkest Hour 3D (PG-13) Thu-Wed 12:55, 5:35, 10:10 The Descendants (R) ThuWed 11:20, 2:05, 4:45, 7:35, 10:35 The Devil Inside (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 11:30, 12:30, 1:45, 2:45, 4, 5, 6:15, 7:15, 8:30, 9:30, 10:45 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu 12, 2, 3:30, 5:30, 7, 9, 10:30; Fri-Wed 12, 3:30, 5:30, 7, 9, 10:30 Hugo (PG) Thu-Wed 12:40, 4, 7:10, 10:10 The Metropolitan Opera: Faust Encore (Not Rated) Wed 6:30 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu 11:10, 12, 1, 2:20, 3:15, 4:15, 5:25, 6:30, 7:30, 8:50, 9:45, 10:45; Fri-Wed 12, 1, 2:25, 3:15, 4:15, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:45, 10:45 The Muppets (PG) Thu 1, 3:35; Fri-Wed 12:10, 2:50 My Week With Marilyn (R) Thu-Tue 11:45, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 10:05; Wed 11:45, 2:25 New Year’s Eve (PG-13) ends Thu 10:25 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30; FriWed 11:20, 1:30, 4:30, 5:25, 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, 10:30 The Sitter (R) ends Thu 6:15, 8:30, 10:40 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R) Fri-Wed 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 7, 10 War Horse (PG-13) Thu 11:15, 12:50, 2:40, 4:05, 6, 7:20, 9:20, 10:35; Fri-Wed 11:25, 12:50, 2:40, 4:05, 6, 7:20, 9:20, 10:35 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu 11:45, 1:25, 2:45, 4:25, 5:45, 7:25, 10:25; Fri-Wed 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:25

Young Adult (R) Thu-Wed 1, 3:20, 5:40, 8, 10:20

Century Gateway 12 770 N. Kolb Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 962. Contagion (PG-13) Thu 12:05, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45; Fri-Wed 12:05, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50 Courageous (PG-13) Thu 12:35, 4:05, 6:55; FriSat 12:50, 3:55, 6:45, 9:35; Sun-Mon 12:50, 3:55, 6:45; Tue 12:50, 3:55, 6:45, 9:35; Wed 12:50, 3:55, 6:45 Footloose (PG-13) Thu 12:20, 3:40, 7:20; FriSat 12:35, 3:40, 7:20, 10:10; Sun-Mon 12:35, 3:40, 7:20; Tue 12:35, 3:40, 7:20, 10:10; Wed 12:35, 3:40, 7:20 Happy Feet Two (PG) FriWed 11:55, 2:15, 7:05 Happy Feet Two 3D (PG) Fri-Wed 4:35 The Help (PG-13) ThuWed 12:30, 3:50, 7:10 The Ides of March (R) Thu 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35; Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05; Sun-Mon 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:40; Tue 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05; Wed 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:40 In Time (PG-13) Thu 7:40; Fri-Sat 9:30; Tue 9:30 Moneyball (PG-13) Thu 12:40, 3:45, 7:05; FriSat 12:40, 3:45, 6:50, 9:45; Sun-Mon 12:40, 3:45, 6:50; Tue 12:40, 3:45, 6:50, 9:45; Wed 12:40, 3:45, 6:50 Paranormal Activity 3 (R) Thu 7:50; Fri-Sat 7:45, 9:50; Sun-Mon 7:45; Tue 7:45, 9:50; Wed 7:45 Puss in Boots (PG) Thu 2:50, 7:15; Fri-Wed 2:40, 7:15 Puss in Boots 3D (PG) Thu 12:25, 5; Fri-Sat 12:25, 5, 9:40; Sun-Mon 12:25, 5; Tue 12:25, 5, 9:40; Wed 12:25, 5 Real Steel (PG-13) Thu 12:45, 4, 7; Fri-Sat 12:45, 4, 7, 9:55; Sun-Mon 12:45, 4, 7; Tue 12:45, 4, 7, 9:55; Wed 12:45, 4, 7 Seven Days in Utopia (G) Fri-Sat 12:20, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 10; Sun-Mon 12:20, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35; Tue 12:20, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 10; Wed 12:20, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35 The Smurfs (PG) Thu-Wed 12, 2:25, 4:50 Tower Heist (PG-13) Thu 12:10, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30; Fri-Sat 12:10, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30, 10:15; SunMon 12:10, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30; Tue 12:10, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30, 10:15; Wed 12:10, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30 A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas (R) Thu 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:55; Fri-Sat 10:20; Tue 10:20

Century Park Place 20 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 903. Call for Fri-Wed film times The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Thu 12 The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG) Thu 10:40, 1:25, 4:05, 6:55, 9:40

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Thu 10:05, 11:15, 12:25, 1:35, 2:45, 4, 5:10, 6:25, 7:25, 9:45 Arthur Christmas (PG) Thu 10:50, 1:20 The Darkest Hour (PG13) Thu 10:35, 12:55, 3:15, 5:35, 7:55 The Darkest Hour 3D (PG13) Thu 10:15 The Descendants (R) Thu 5:30, 8:30 The Devil Inside (R) Thu 9, Fri 12:01 a.m. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu 10:30, 2:05, 3:55, 5:40, 7:30, 9:15 Hugo (PG) Thu 9:50 The Metropolitan Opera: Faust Encore (Not Rated) Wed 6:30 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu 10, 11, 12, 1:05, 2:10, 3:05, 4:10, 5:15, 6:15, 7:15, 8:20, 9:20, 10:20 The Muppets (PG) Thu 10:45, 1:30, 4:20, 7 New Year’s Eve (PG-13) Thu 10:55, 1:40, 4:30, 7:25, 10:15 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Thu 10:10, 11:10, 1:10, 2:15, 3:10, 4:15, 5:20, 6:20, 7:20, 8:15, 9:25, 10:25 The Sitter (R) Thu 10:20, 12:40, 3, 5:25, 7:40, 10:10 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG-13) Thu 10:15, 1:15, 4:25, 7:35, 10:30 War Horse (PG-13) Thu 10:25, 12:05, 1:45, 3:25, 5:05, 6:45, 8:25, 10:05 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu 10:05, 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4:05, 7:05, 10


Century Theatres at the Oro Valley Marketplace 12155 N. Oracle Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 899. Call for Fri-Wed film times The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Thu 10:25, 1:10 The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG) Thu 10:45, 1:35, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Thu 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:35 The Darkest Hour (PG13) Thu 12:35, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45 The Darkest Hour 3D (PG13) Thu 10 The Descendants (R) Thu 10:55, 1:45, 4:40, 7:25, 10:05 The Devil Inside (R) FriWed 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:45, 10:05 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu 11:45, 3:20, 6:55, 10:15 Hugo (PG) Thu 10:40, 1:40 The Metropolitan Opera: Faust Encore (Not Rated) Wed 6:30 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu 10:50, 2:10, 3:50, 5:30, 7:10, 8:50, 10:10 My Week With Marilyn (R) Thu 11:40, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Thu 10:35, 1:30, 4:30, 6:05, 7:30, 9, 10:25 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R) Fri-Wed 1:10, 4:15, 7:10, 10:15 War Horse (PG-13) Thu 12:25, 3:45, 7:05, 10:20 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu 10:30, 1:25, 4:25, 7:35, 10:30

Crossroads 6 Grand Cinemas 4811 E. Grant Road. 327-7067. Call for Fri-Wed film times * Indicates a Reel Arts 6 film * Blackthorn (R) Thu 5:15; Fri-Wed 2:20 * Circumstance (R) Thu 12:40, 2:55, 7:30; FriWed 12, 7, 9:20 Dolphin Tale (PG) Thu 11:50 Drive (R) Thu 9:45 The Help (PG-13) Thu 10:50, 4:25 The Ides of March (R) Thu 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 Margin Call (R) Thu 12:45 Moneyball (PG-13) Thu 10:20, 1:05, 3:55, 6:50, 9:40 Mozart’s Sister (Not Rated) Thu 1:50, 7:25 *Puncture (R) Thu 10:30, 9:50; Fri-Wed 4:40 Puss in Boots (PG) Thu 11, 1:10, 3:15, 5:30, 7:35 Tower Heist (PG-13) Thu 10:25, 3:05, 5:25, 7:45, 10:10 A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas (R) Thu 10

Fox Tucson Theatre 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Not Rated) Sat 7:30

Gallagher Theater UA Student Union, 1303 E. University Blvd. 626-0370. No films this week

Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz. 806-4275. The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Thu 12, 1:10; FriWed 1:45 The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG) Thu 3:50, 6:30; Fri-Sat 11, 4:30, 7:15, 10:15; Sun-Wed 11, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Thu 11:20, 12:20, 1:50, 2:50, 4:05, 5:15, 6:55, 9:20; Fri-Sun 10:50, 11:50, 1:30, 2:30, 4, 5, 6:40, 9:10; Mon-Wed 11:05, 11:50, 1:30, 2:30, 4, 5, 6:40, 9:10 Arthur Christmas (PG) ends Thu 11:45 The Darkest Hour (PG-13) Thu 3:05; Fri-Wed 3:20 The Darkest Hour 3D (PG-13) Thu 12:50, 5:40, 8, 10:20; Fri-Sat 10:15, 12:40, 5:45, 8:10, 10:35; Sun 10:15, 12:40, 5:45, 8:10, 10:25; Mon-Wed 12:40, 5:45, 8:10, 10:25 The Descendants (R) Thu 11, 1:35, 4:30, 7:15, 10:15; Fri-Wed 11:15, 2, 4:50, 7:45, 10:30 The Devil Inside (R) Thu 9; Fri-Sun 9:50, 11:20, 12:20, 1:50, 2:50, 4:20, 5:20, 6:50, 7:50, 9:20, 10:20; Mon-Wed 11:20, 12:20, 1:50, 2:50, 4:20, 5:20, 6:50, 7:50, 9:20, 10:20 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu 11:40, 2:20, 3:20, 6:05, 6:50, 9:30; Fri-Sat 11:30, 3:05, 6:45, 10:25; Sun-Wed 11:30, 3:05, 6:45, 10:10 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu 1, 3:15, 4:15, 6:40, 7:40, 10; Fri-Sat 10, 12, 1, 3:10, 4:10, 6:20, 7:20, 9:30, 10:30; Sun 10, 12, 1, 3:10, 4:10, 6:20, 7:20, 9:30; MonWed 12, 1, 3:10, 4:10, 6:20, 7:20, 9:30 The Muppets (PG) Thu 12:10; Fri-Sun 10:05, 12:50; Mon-Wed 12:50 My Week With Marilyn (R) ends Thu 11:10, 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 New Year’s Eve (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 2:45, 6:15, 9:15; Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:30, 6:15, 9:15; Sun-Wed 12:30, 3:30, 6:15, 9:05 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Thu 12:45, 1:45, 3:45, 4:45, 6:45, 7:45, 9:50; FriSat 10:10, 12:10, 1:10, 3:15, 4:15, 6:30, 7:30, 9:40, 10:40; Sun 10:10, 12:10, 1:10, 3:15, 4:15, 6:30, 7:30, 9:40; MonWed 12:10, 1:10, 3:15, 4:15, 6:30, 7:30, 9:40 The Sitter (R) Thu 7:50, 10:05; Fri-Sat 8, 10:10; Sun-Wed 8, 10:05 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG13) Thu 1:30, 4:40, 7:30, 10:30; Fri-Sat 10:40, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:50; Sun 10:40, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:25; Mon-Wed 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:25

War Horse (PG-13) Thu 12:40, 3, 4, 6:20, 7:20, 9:45; Fri-Sat 11:10, 2:40, 3:40, 6:10, 7:10, 9:45, 10:45; Sun-Wed 11:10, 2:40, 3:40, 6:10, 7:10, 9:45 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu 12:15, 1:15, 3:10, 4:10, 6:10, 7:10, 9:10, 10:10; Fri-Sun 9:45, 11:45, 12:45, 3, 3:50, 6:05, 7, 9, 10; Mon-Wed 11:45, 12:45, 3, 3:50, 6:05, 7, 9, 10

The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Call 795-0844 to check handicap accessibility 2011 Sundance Shorts Program (Not Rated) Wed 7:30 First Friday Shorts (Not Rated) Fri 9 Le Havre (Not Rated) Thu 5, 10 Melancholia (R) Thu 4:30, 10; Sat-Wed 10 My Reincarnation (Not Rated) Fri 1:45, 6:45; Sat-Wed 2:45, 7:45 Return to Horror High (R) Mon 8 True Romance (Not Rated) Fri-Sat 10 The Way (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 2:15, 7:15; Fri 11, 4; Sat 12, 5; SunWed 12, 5, 10 The Women on the 6th Floor (Not Rated) Thu 11:30, 2, 7:30; Fri-Sun 2:45, 7:30; Mon 2:45; Tue 2:45, 7:30; Wed 2:45 Young Goethe in Love (Not Rated) Fri-Wed 12:30, 5:15

Oracle View 4690 N. Oracle Road. 292-2430. Dolphin Tale (PG) Thu 12:15, 5; Fri-Wed 11:45, 4:50 Drive (R) Fri-Wed 12, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:30 Footloose (PG-13) Thu 11:55, 4:50, 9:40; FriWed 4:25, 9:50 The Ides of March (R) FriWed 11:50, 2:10, 7, 9:20 In Time (PG-13) Thu 2:40, 7:25; Fri-Wed 7:25, 9:45 Midnight in Paris (PG-13) Thu-Wed 2:30 Puss in Boots (PG) ThuWed 11, 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:35 Real Steel (PG-13) Thu 11:15, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50; Fri-Wed 11:15, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10 The Rum Diary (R) ends Thu 11:45, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55

The Three Musketeers (PG-13) ends Thu 2:25, 7:15 Tower Heist (PG-13) Thu 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20; Fri-Wed 11:35, 2, 4:20, 6:45, 9:10 A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas (R) ends Thu 10

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Tower Theatres at Arizona Pavilions 8031 N. Business Park Drive. 579-0500. The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Thu 10, 1:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40; Fri-Wed 1:50 The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG) Thu 11:10, 1:35, 4, 6:25; Fri-Wed 11:25, 4:20, 6:45, 9:10 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Thu 10:25, 12:35, 2:45, 4:50, 7; Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:05, 4:10, 6:20, 8:30 Arthur Christmas (PG) Thu 9:45, 11:55; Fri-Wed 11, 1:20 The Darkest Hour (PG-13) Thu 11:20, 1:30, 3:40, 5:50, 8; Fri-Wed 3:50, 5:55, 8, 10:05 The Devil Inside (R) FriWed 11:30, 1:35, 3:40, 5:45, 7:50, 9:55 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu 12, 2:10, 3:20, 5:25, 6:45, 8:40; Fri-Wed 12, 3:15, 6:30, 9:45 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu 9:50, 11, 12:40, 1:50, 3:30, 4:40, 6:20, 7:30; FriWed 10:50, 12:30, 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 9, 10:10 New Year’s Eve (PG-13) Thu 7:45; Fri-Wed 11:40, 7:10 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Thu 10:15, 11:30, 1, 2:15, 3:45, 5, 6:30; Fri-Wed 11:15, 2, 3:25, 4:45, 6:10, 7:30, 10:15 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I (PG-13) Fri-Wed 2:10, 4:40, 9:40 War Horse (PG-13) Thu 10:10, 1:10, 4:10, 7:15; Fri-Wed 12, 3:10, 6:15, 9:20 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu 10:50, 1:45, 4:30, 7:10; Fri-Wed 10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:50 Young Adult (R) Fri-Wed 10:55, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 10

JANUARY 5 - 11, 2012



FILM CLIPS Reviews by Jacquie Allen, Colin Boyd and Bob Grimm.


You don’t get to choose your parents, the old saying goes, and apparently, you don’t get to choose your past lives, either. Yeshi is the son of exiled Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, but Tibetan elders believe Yeshi is actually the reincarnation of his father’s uncle, who died 10 years before Yeshi was born. Yeshi was raised in the West, so how can he live up to the traditions and his own calling? My Reincarnation covers a lot of ground— the production took 20 years of director Jennifer Fox’s life—but that doesn’t make the movie any better. In essence, it just gives her more note cards pinned to the bulletin board. And that’s really the problem with this movie: How much do you boil all of that stuff down? Is it an interesting story? Sure. But not that interesting. Boyd YOUNG GOETHE IN LOVE

This tells the story of poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and how an early love affair inspired his work. Alexander Fehling is quite enjoyable as Goethe, a sloppy law student who falls in love with a local singer (Miriam Stein). What he doesn’t know is that she is promised to his supervisor (Moritz Bleibtreu) in an arranged marriage. There’s nothing in this movie that is unique, but director Philipp Stölzl keeps things moving along at a pleasant-enough pace, and it’s worth seeing for the performances of Fehling and Stein. It’s a nice diversion for those who like their romances with style and brains. Grimm


Steven Spielberg, also responsible for War Horse, put together this moderately entertaining CGI-animated movie based on the comic-book series by Hergé. The series is big in Europe, but folks in the United States generally don’t care about the intrepid journalist Tintin and his dog, Snowy. After watching this, I can sort of understand the Western disenchantment. The visuals pop, but the character of Tintin himself (voiced by Jamie Bell) is far from engaging. The same can be said for Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), who is sort of annoying. The duo goes on a search for some treasure in a race against a mean British guy (voiced amusingly by Daniel Craig). The adventure never really soars to great heights, and the film winds up being one of Spielberg’s less-interesting films. This is OK … but maybe Spielberg should just make one movie at a time. Grimm ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED

In this extremely needless sequel, human chipmunkfather Dave (Jason Lee, who actually decided to show up for more than 10 minutes this time) takes the boys and the Chipettes on a cruise. Alvin (the voice of Justin Long), of course, screws things up, and everyone winds up marooned on an island. The subplots include a really bad Cast Away spoof, in which the chipmunk/ettes meet a stranded human being, Zoe (Jenny Slate). They also encounter the villain from the previous two chapters, Ian (David Cross). The movie is neither funny nor cute, with the only laugh coming early in the film, thanks to Cross. Considering the amount of talented names in the cast list (Long, Cross, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, etc.), one would think that parts of the film would be tolerable … and one would be wrong. Allen ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

There have been so many Christmas movies over the years that it’s worth taking note of a good one. From Aardman, the Wallace and Gromit people, comes Arthur Christmas, about the son of Santa Claus who, after spotting one present left undelivered, embarks on a worldwide journey to make sure it reaches its rightful home. What good is the “nice” list, after all, if the North Pole is going to muck it up? Deliciously served with snarky British sensibilities, Arthur Christmas is surprisingly sharp for adults and visually enormous and active for kids. The voice cast is top-notch, featuring James McAvoy as the title character, Jim Broadbent as the current yet tiring Santa, and Bill Nighy as the long-retired and feisty Grandsanta, who proudly proclaims he’s 136 years old. This is a tremendous amount of fun, even if you don’t like Christmas movies—or Christmas, for that matter. Boyd

In director Steven Soderbergh’s latest, Paltrow plays Beth, a world traveler who picks the wrong time to visit Hong Kong, becoming Patient 1 in a virus epidemic that will kill many—quickly. Matt Damon delivers some great work as Mitch, Beth’s husband, who is forced to deal with a lot of unexpected death mere hours after learning that his wife and kid have the sniffles. Not so good are Jude Law as a militant blogger, and Marion Cotillard as a kidnapped doctor. Their subplots muddy the waters and slow the film down. Overall, the film is uneven, with a strong start, a mediocre middle and an OK finish. Good movie, but not one of Soderbergh’s best. Grimm THE DARKEST HOUR

Five young tourists are thrust into a nightmare when aliens attack Moscow in The Darkest Hour, a humdrum invasion flick from director Chris Gorak. While the otherworldly invaders are a bit different—they strike through electricity—the story feels overly familiar. The actors, including Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby, seem totally disinterested. Hirsch is particularly lethargic; if he’d been replaced halfway through the film with Hayden Christensen, nobody would have noticed. The filmmakers try to make up for a lack of charisma by upping the action in the last 15 minutes, and while the action does get a weensy bit tense, it’s not enough to make up for the hour and a half that preceded it. Allen THE DESCENDANTS

We gravitate to what’s new and different, so you’ll read a lot about a star in the making named Shailene Woodley in The Descendants. But make no mistake: This is in almost every way George Clooney’s film. Directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways), The Descendants delves into forgiveness across generations. Woodley plays Clooney’s hellion daughter, but as a man trying to cope with pulling the plug on his wife and dealing with the impending loss of his family’s ancestral land in Kauai, Clooney once again delivers one of those patented leadingman performances that few actors dare try anymore. He isn’t a recovering addict; he isn’t disabled; and he’s not world-famous. He doesn’t even have George Clooney’s charisma. He’s just a guy figuring out how to take the next step, even though he just wants to take a couple of steps back. Boyd THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

I very much liked the original Swedish film based upon Stieg Larsson’s book The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Unfortunately, I don’t like David Fincher’s Americanized version. It’s one of the dumbest film projects of the year, a movie whose very existence constitutes a major waste of good, creative energy. I don’t see the logic in remaking the Swedish film so soon—especially when the American remake is also set in Sweden. It irritates me that Fincher, one of our finest directors, has dedicated a big chunk of his time to a film that feels like a re-creation of director Niels Arden Oplev’s 2009 original. While Rooney Mara is OK in the central role of computer-hacker Lisbeth Salander, Noomi Rapace did it much better, and that was only a couple of years ago. There is absolutely no need for this film. Grimm HUGO

Director Martin Scorsese has a field day with 3-D in this delightful film that, while touted as his first children’s movie, will probably go over the heads of most young ones. Asa Butterfield delivers one of the year’s best child performances as Hugo Cabret, a boy living at a train station. He keeps the clocks running and is trying to fix a robot-like contraption left to him by his father. He meets up with a toyshop owner named Georges Méliès (Ben Kingsley); many film buffs will know that name. The film winds up being a nice homage to early filmmakers, with some of the best visuals Scorsese has ever put onscreen. The ever-reliable Chloë Grace Moretz does good work with an English accent as Hugo’s friend, while Sacha Baron Cohen provides excellent comic relief as a train-station security man. Grimm IN TIME

Justin Timberlake will need to wait for another movie to become a kick-ass, bona fide action star, because In Time is intensely bad—an OK idea gone horribly awry. Timberlake plays Will Salas, a factory worker living in a world where humans have been genetically engineered to stop aging when they are 25. At that point, people must work, fight or steal to earn extra time for their lives. When the extra time they’ve earned runs out, they die, so Salas spends the whole movie stealing time, distributing time to the poor, etc. Time clocks appear on people’s forearms in a glowing green hue, and people can transfer time by holding hands … which is just stupid. Amanda Seyfried sports a bad wig as a time heiress who is kidnapped by Timberlake. The film is a visual mess, poorly paced and extremely boring. Grimm


After this deadly virus thriller, Gwyneth Paltrow will have the power to clear a room whenever she coughs. 44 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM



Matt Damon worked hard in 2011, with this, The Adjustment Bureau and We Bought a Zoo (plus his cameo as the “handsome drug addict” in the SNL Digital Short “Best Friends”). None of the feature films were extraordinary (and Bureau stunk!), but his work in at least two of the films helped to elevate them to “decent” status. In this pandemic thriller, he plays the husband of Gwyneth Paltrow’s character, who just happens to be an initial carrier of a deadly virus that will wipe out a good chunk of the Earth. Paltrow, it must be said, can look sick like nobody else. Her role in the film is short, but it’s powerful and grisly. Kate Winslet does a fine job as somebody who got the wrong job at the wrong time. She, like Paltrow, can also play sick like a champ. They are Olympian coughers. Not so good is Jude Law as a militant blogger with strange intentions. His character got on my nerves in a big way. Marion Cotillard also finds little success in the role of a kidnapped doctor. Director Steven Soderbergh crammed the film with too many subplots, and tried to say far too much. He should’ve kept to the main thriller aspect, rather than try to make so many grand statements. Still, there’s enough here to make it worth a watch—not the least of which is Paltrow coughing mightily. SPECIAL FEATURES: There are three features about deadly viruses, what’s being done to fight them, and how the likes of Matt Damon feel about the whole damn situation.

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret: Series One IFC SHOW B+ SPECIAL FEATURES B+ DVD GEEK FACTOR 7.5 (OUT OF 10)

This sinister and funny comedy set in England is a nice showcase for the demented talents of David Cross and Will Arnett. For Arrested Development and Mr. Show fans, this series is a must-see. Cross plays the title character, a meek employee who is mistaken for a corporate lion, given a promotion and sent to England to head up the sales of an energy drink of questionable quality. Before embarking on his trip, he must take care of his cat—so he leaves the window open, puts a month’s worth of cat food in a basin, leaves a bunch of water, and takes off. The progressively bad fate of his cat and his apartment is seen in hilarious tags after each show’s credits. Cross has no problem appearing pathetic, and Todd has to be his most-pathetic creation thus far. He can’t sell the energy drink; he’s prone to the public shitting of his pants; and he’s terrible with the ladies. Sharon Horgan winningly plays the owner of a local café whom Todd apparently wants to bang. Arnett is his usual brand of awesome as Cross’ boss, who has a strange backstory of his own, and is prone to some of the more lethally vulgar tirades ever put on television. In a small but very funny role, Spike Jonze plays Todd’s whiny boss. A new Arrested Development project involving a Netflix miniseries and a film is in the works. Until then, Cross and Arnett provide a nice fix here for Bluth fans. The show’s second season premieres on IFC on Friday, Jan. 6. SPECIAL FEATURES: Cross contributes to commentaries on all six episodes, and it’s BY BOB GRIMM,

always fun to hear that guy talk about anything. There’s also an extended version of the first episode, bloopers, deleted scenes and various featurettes. Overall, it looks like they put some work into this thing.


This is yet another “found footage” film, like those in the Paranormal Activity movies, The Blair Witch Project, etc. “Found footage” has become synonymous with: “We ain’t got no money, so let’s cheap out and pretend this shit is real so it can look all choppy like a documentary, and we don’t need to have any real monsters, ’cause they’re expensive.” Or something like that. The movie’s plot asserts that one last Apollo mission took place—one that the American public never found out about. It’s well-known in scientific quarters that Americans just couldn’t handle the existence of cheaplooking rock monsters on the moon, so the footage was hidden until found-footage films became really popular in this century, when this was taken out of mothballs. Early on, the scenario works a bit. However, things get progressively more ridiculous, to the point where it’s laughable. I certainly found this one to be more entertaining than, say, Paranormal Activity 3, but not so much that I can recommend it. The actors work hard, and there are a couple of good scares. But the overall tone is monotonous, and the foundfootage gimmick is worn out. SPECIAL FEATURES: A director’s commentary, some deleted and alternate scenes, and some alternate endings.




Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki goes about his business very quietly. Although he seldom leads viewers down a blind alley, little is known about the filmmaker’s work in the United States. Le Havre is his fourth Cannes entry, and it has already collected a few prestigious prizes on the festival circuit. It’s a lot lighter than his normal fare; after all, his debut was an adaptation of Crime and Punishment. The title of this film is also the name of a French city, which here is peopled by a unique cast of characters—a struggling author turned shoe-shine man, a young African refugee, and a fedora-clad detective hunting for the missing boy. There can be a cultural barrier in addition to the subtitled-language barrier with a lot of foreign films, but Kaurismäki’s spare direction and great faces make every scene more absorbing. Boyd MARGIN CALL

A terrific film built on a dialogue-heavy script by director J.C. Chandor, Margin Call zooms in on the beginning of the 2008 economic meltdown from the inside. Appropriate in this moment because of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Margin Call takes place over the course of one night at the firm that started it all with subprime mortgages—the night before all hell broke loose in the financial industry. Kevin Spacey, Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany and Jeremy Irons all survey the coming damage, but from different perspectives. Tucci and Irons, as great actors can do, make the most of their big monologues, sewing up this smart, fantastic and almost-thrilling think piece with an uncommon grace. Boyd MELANCHOLIA

The demented Lars von Trier makes his best film since Dancer in the Dark with the story of Justine (Kirsten Dunst), her sad wedding and the end of the world. Dunst deserves all of the accolades she has been receiving as the depressed new bride, who pretty much trashes any chance for a joyful union to her beau (an excellent Alexander Skarsgård) on their wedding night. Charlotte Gainsbourg (very good in von Trier’s Antichrist) is equally moving as Claire, Justine’s earnest and troubled sister. The family drama plays out as a mysterious planet threatens to collide with Earth. It’s a weird, wonderful movie that also stands as one of the year’s greater visual achievements. Kiefer Sutherland is excellent as John, Claire’s well-to-do husband who is quite confident everything will work out OK for planet Earth. Dunst could find herself in the heat of the Oscar race, although von Trier’s weird Nazi comments at Cannes could hamper her. Grimm MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

Midnight in Paris is a return to form for Woody Allen, who became well-known for his smart comedies, but hasn’t made much to laugh about over the last 15 years. This is his most energetic, original comedy since the caustic Deconstructing Harry. It’s also a return to form for Owen Wilson, playing the archetypal Woody character, a writer who lacks selfconfidence and finds himself at a crossroads in his career and life. He also starts finding himself in the Paris of the 1920s, surrounded by artists like Hemingway, Dalí and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Filled with fun anachronistic jokes between Wilson and usually familiar faces as the luminaries (Adrien Brody as Dalí, Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein), Midnight in Paris is an entertaining little pastry of a film. It could be better, but considering Allen’s most recent comedies, it could be a lot worse. Boyd MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—GHOST PROTOCOL

If you’re going to see Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, spend the extra bucks and head up to the AMC Loews Foothills 15 to see it in IMAX. The payoff scenes—and these movies are all about the payoff scenes—just come to life on the much-larger screen. Director Brad Bird and producer J.J. Abrams shot some of the action sequences using the same cameras that make those IMAX nature documentaries so jaw-dropping. And the movie, which comes from a sometimes-proud heritage of silly and conceptually bankrupt spy flicks, is a blast. It’s stunts, stunts, stunts—and cool gadgets thrown in to boot. Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, and he gives it his all. Pure dumb escapism. Hallelujah. Boyd MONEYBALL

Moneyball is one of the best baseball movies ever made—even though very little of the physical game is played within it. It’s the story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, and how he used computers instead of money to build a championshiplevel baseball team while teams in bigger markets outspent him … really outspent him. Brad Pitt plays Beane in a funny, understated and savvy performance. Jonah Hill is also very good as a statistician who helps Beane paste together a team that essen-

tially changed the way baseball teams are built. Sure, director Bennett Miller and his screenwriters cut a few corners and Hollywood-ize this already crazy story, but history does tell us that the A’s, under Beane, have put some pretty amazing teams on the field with paltry budgets. Grimm MOZART’S SISTER

It’s tough to be compared to a classic like Amadeus in almost any respect—and that’s not all that plagues Mozart’s Sister. It seems the prodigious musician had a gifted older sister, although she never reached the heights of baby brother. The reason we never heard of Nannerl Mozart, ostensibly, was that women could not have careers or, you know, earn respect. That theme is not unfamiliar, so outside of the revelation that Mozart had a talented sister, the film doesn’t break a lot of new ground. There’s a little nepotism on display, too: Director René Féret casts his daughter Marie as Nannerl, and his daughter Lisa as her best friend. Neither offers a lot of depth. But if you like the era and are intrigued by the setup, the film is great to look at. Boyd THE MUPPETS

Co-writer and actor Jason Segel, with help from director James Bobin, reboots the Muppets franchise with great success. Segel, Bobin and co-writer Nicholas Stoller have gone back to the Muppets’ roots, drawing energy from the 1970s TV show. Segel plays Gary, a happy-go-lucky guy planning a trip to Los Angeles, where he will ask his girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams), to marry him. He also plans to bring along his beloved brother, Walter … who is a Muppet. Walter has never met the likes of Kermit, Miss Piggy or Fozzie, but he idolizes them and hopes to meet them at Muppet Studios. They arrive—only to find the studios deserted. They seek out the Muppets, get them back together, and put on a show to save the studios from an evil oil baron (Chris Cooper). There’s fun music and good Muppet humor—and great to see Kermit plucking his banjo again. Grimm MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

No matter how often the word “icon” is thrown around, there have been few true icons—people whose fame actually shifts the world around it. One true icon is Marilyn Monroe. In My Week With Marilyn, Michelle Williams does not overly vamp or play into that iconography. She creates the Monroe underneath—a self-conscious, self-pitying child. That’s largely accurate, and since vulnerability is one characteristic Williams usually brings to her roles, it makes her performance here the one for which she’ll be remembered. The film chronicles the production of The Prince and the Showgirl, which Monroe made with an increasingly exasperated Laurence Olivier (a scene-stealing Kenneth Branagh). Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) is the assistant assigned to chaperone the starlet, and the action is seen through his eyes. Williams’ performance stands as one of the best all year. Boyd NEW YEAR’S EVE

If you have the stomach for it—or the liver—you should start a drinking game based on New Year’s Eve. The rules would be simple: Every time a new celebrity pops up, take a drink! Not only does the game keep going literally until the final credits (Oh, look, Amare Stoudemire!), but you’d end up so drunk you likely wouldn’t remember the movie you sat through. That’s a positive. There’s a real possibility that Katherine Fugate played that very game while writing this mountain of mediocrity. Devoid of a real story or character development, New Year’s Eve is somehow less of an achievement than Valentine’s Day, last year’s lazy Garry Marshalldirected all-call. Make no mistake, though: This parade through the big ball drop in Times Square is loaded with stars, just like the disaster movies of the 1970s. The operative word there is “disaster.” Boyd PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3

This movie franchise is a joke. The first film had one good scare, and now the premise has been stretched into a third tedious (yet extremely profitable) movie. This time out, we journey back to the 1980s, where Katie (Chloe Csengery) and Kristi Rey (Jessica Tyler Brown), the sisters we saw in the first two films, are wee ones. Kristi Rey has an imaginary friend that is really a ghost named Toby; he likes to play around with her Teddy Ruxpin and knock over lamps. Their stepfather, Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith), does the whole setting-up-cameras-around-the-house thing, and he videotapes lamps falling down and his kids getting tossed around. Still, Dennis keeps his family in the house and manages to keep operating his handheld camera even when he’s being attacked. If spoons falling on the ground scare the heck out of you, this is your movie. Grimm

accidentally helping old friend Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) with a crime in their hometown. Humpty and Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) come to Puss with an idea that can help him; however, everything is not quite as it seems. Filled to the brim with animated kitties, this movie may just be the mostadorable damn thing ever. The original idea was for this to be a direct-to-DVD release, and the story feels a bit rushed, but when there are tons of cute animals and some really great adult-themed jokes, who cares? It’s extremely entertaining and better than most of the crap being released today, animated or otherwise. Allen THE RUM DIARY

An adaptation of a semi-autobiographical Hunter S. Thompson novel is not expected to be exacting or linear—so at least The Rum Diary passes that test. But the movie, spearheaded by and starring the late writer’s good friend Johnny Depp, seems more lost than manic. Audiences may not know where a movie is headed, but the movie itself should, and The Rum Diary doesn’t act like it has that confidence. Depp is fine as fictionalized Thompson caricature Paul Kemp, and Giovanni Ribisi, whose overacting would drown out the intentions of a more sharply focused story, is easily the most-memorable aspect of the entire affair. Depp is tipping his cap to someone very important to him with this tribute, and that’s commendable. Almost everything else about The Rum Diary misses the mark. Boyd SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

The famous-detective franchise fronted by director Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr. keeps things entertaining, but loses a little steam this time out. Sherlock Holmes (Downey) faces off against the evil Professor James Moriarty, who looks to drag the entire world into war—and profit from it. Of course, Watson (Jude Law) is sleuthing alongside Holmes, and the two actors still have a fun screen chemistry. Noomi Rapace, the original Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, is a nice addition as a gypsy with a troublesome brother. This sequel has a tinge of “been there, done that,” and doesn’t really distinguish itself from the original. Still, Downey is good for a bunch of laughs, and Ritchie does manage some exciting fight scenes. Grimm THE SITTER

Jonah Hill, riding high on his excellent Moneyball performance, goes back to Superbad mode for this one as Noah, a slacker stuck baby-sitting some scary kids for the evening. The film has drawn comparisons to Adventures in Babysitting, the ’80s cult classic starring a super-hot Elisabeth Shue and Penelope Ann Miller. Director David Gordon Green also gave us medieval farce Your Highness, one of the year’s biggest disappointments, if not the biggest. Now comes this, Green’s third comedy feature in a row after starting his career with evocative, effective dramas like All the Real Girls and George Washington. While The Sitter represents an improvement over Your Highness, it’s still not worth your time. Hill’s shtick gets tired quickly. Grimm THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1

The Stephenie Meyer teen-vampire saga gets notably twisted and bloodier with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part I, easily the most-demented— and most-watchable—chapter in the series. That said, I still haven’t met a Twilight movie that I’ve liked. This is the first movie in the series to have something resembling a dramatic pulse. Some of the thanks can probably go to director Bill Condon, who has managed a few good films in his career, including Dreamgirls and Gods and Monsters. Condon can’t direct a compelling action scene to save his life, but he handles dramatic tension well. Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) get married and have one of cinema’s all-time-shittiest honeymoons as Bella gets pregnant with a vampire baby that tears up her insides. Hey, that plot twist alone makes this my favorite Twilight yet. Grimm WAR HORSE

Steven Spielberg directs this mixed bag. The film looks great, but the emotional stuff gets to the point where even the most-loving person could get uncomfortable; Spielberg just doesn’t know where to stop sometimes. The film is based on a children’s book and stage adaptation of the same name. As for the horse implied in the title, it’s named Joey. Numerous, identical horses play Joey, and they are some of the most-amazing creatures ever put to film. The Black Stallion, Seabiscuit, the head in the Godfather movie bed—they all take a back seat to the horses in this movie. It’s easy to forgive Spielberg’s slipups when the majority of his movie is a pleasure to look at, and it’s well-acted by humans and animals alike. Grimm



In this prequel to the Shrek films, Puss (the voice of Antonio Banderas) is out to clear his name after

What a strange year for the family Estevez. Although Charlie Sheen dominated the headlines with his talk

of “winning” and tiger’s blood (and his appropriate termination from Two and a Half Men), older-brother Emilio Estevez offers up the best work of his career, behind the camera (and a little onscreen) with The Way. Directing the brothers’ more-esteemed father, Martin Sheen, Estevez delivers a moving, inspirational surprise. The title refers to the famed trek of self-revelation that Camino de Santiago and its 500mile walk has offered over the centuries, which Sheen does to honor the memory of his son. Most movies covering this ground would schmaltz it up, but Estevez plays it as straight as possible. It’s a story. About people. Who want to accomplish something. And the biggest accomplishment here is reserved for Emilio Estevez. Boyd WE BOUGHT A ZOO

In most states, someone can be declared legally dead if they’ve been missing for seven years, so it’s time to file the paperwork for Cameron Crowe. Crowe, who once had the rare gift for saying what an entire generation would feel a year or two before they felt it, ran out of things to say with the classic Almost Famous. Now he’s just making movies. On the heels of Vanilla Sky and Elizabethtown comes We Bought a Zoo, a tepid story told with the gloves on. Worse, it’s not an original Crowe idea; instead, one of the best screenwriters of the past 25 years leans on a romantic-comedy hack (Aline Brosh McKenna of 27 Dresses) to grease the rails. And his uncanny knack for music direction—finding the perfect gem for just the right moment in the film—has abandoned him, too. Rest in peace, Cameron Crowe. Boyd YOUNG ADULT

There’s a lot to like about Charlize Theron in Young Adult, even if there’s no reason at all to like the woman she portrays. Mavis Gary (Theron) writes sappy teen books for a living, and with her living, Mavis drinks until she passes out most nights. She never moved past her high school boyfriend, and now that he’s married with a new baby, Mavis decides to get him back. A real biting comedy from Juno writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman, Young Adult gives Theron a chance to use her comedic skills more than she really ever has, and she gets a great helping hand from Patton Oswalt as the high school geek who’s still a geek. The conflict that’s ultimately resolved is a little weak, but this is still a funny, occasionally pungent movie. Boyd







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Café a La C’Art Expands Café a La C’Art, the restaurant inside the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave., has taken over four additional rooms and will soon begin offering longer hours and bar service. Managers tell us one room will contain a bar—the liquor license should be approved soon—while the other three rooms have already been converted into dining areas. Watch for new weekend hours in January, and dinner hours and cocktails in the early spring;

BY JAMES REEL, t Frogs Organic Bakery, owned by authentic French bakers, the wholesome breakfast and lunch fare is simple—perhaps even plain—while the pastries manage a superb balance of flavors, some of them subtle, without the slightest trace of French pastry-chef arrogance. Chef Jean-Luc Labat’s attitude toward food is neatly reflected in the bakery’s physical environment. It’s in Casas Adobes Plaza, an elegant, old-fashioned, true brick-and-mortar shopping center (rather than a stick-and-stucco strip mall). The bakery’s interior is defined by the simple brick walls and well-lacquered wood. The décor is free of French kitsch; only along one wall will you notice a few tastefully framed black-and-white movie stills from the early Godard era and before, most of them identified only by a slip of paper on which someone has typed: “France as it used to be.” I doubt Frogs truly represents France “as it used to be,” partly because Jean-Paul Belmondo would never have had to stub out his Gauloise before coming in to pay $9 for a slice of quiche. Nor would an old French bakery have found it necessary or desirable to declare, as this one does, that “all of the food prepared at Frogs is 100 percent natural … no chemicals, no preservatives, no artificial colors, and no trans fats. … We even have a gluten-free menu available. Everything on our moderately priced menu consists of fresh, local, organic ingredients from area farms.” So, you enter Frogs, peruse the somewhat limited range of offerings (a good thing; a small family business can’t sustain quality across an overly ambitious menu), and order and pay at the counter. Then you select a seat at an indoor or outdoor table—small for privacy, large for communal noshing with groups or strangers— and wait for your order to be delivered. Our first visit was midmorning on the Sunday before Christmas; although there was a pleasant buzz of conversation in the room, Frogs was hardly overcrowded. Basic coffee and tea ($2.30 and $3, respectively—frankly, overpriced) were delivered in traditional large, white cups; food came on wide, oval white plates that made the servings seem a bit small—but they turned out to be filling. It was a cold morning, and the cup of puréed vegetable soup that accompanied the quiche of the day ($11 as a pair) seemed a necessity. The soup included the usual root vegetables— carrots, turnips, potatoes, onions, leeks—with garlic and celery and a bit of sour cream, blended to a thick, creamy consistency. Frogs applies accent items like garlic with a very light 46 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM



Lemon meringue at Frogs Organic Bakery. touch, and in this case also goes easy on the herbs; the flavor was mild, and I’m sure some people would think it bland. The tall slice of quiche— which featured goat cheese, and green and yellow peppers—was light and fluffy, and had something of a nutmeg flavor. The omelet ($9) was a two-egger, from the look of it, and extraordinarily pale in the traditional French manner. For the price, you get your choice of two items from a list of seven standards; additional items would cost another 50 cents each. I was satisfied with just Swiss cheese, and red and green peppers. The Swiss did not overpower the eggs, and the flavor was, again, very mild. (I rarely add salt to anything I’m served, but I found during my visits that just a dash of fresh-ground salt and pepper really opened up the flavors of the omelet and the soups.) My omelet came with two modest slices of perfectly crisped whole-wheat toast, cut from what looks like an Italian loaf, and a helping of absolutely superb potatoes—diced, given a savory seasoning and sautéed in plenty of what I assume to be clarified butter. A subsequent lunch visit found Frogs, again, doing decent business but still offering patrons plenty of open tables. We tried the quiche Lorraine—again, fluffy and nicely eggy, and not overpowered by the well-distributed bits of ham— along with a cup of wonderfully rich, creamy tomato soup with just the right touch of basil ($9 for the combo), and a vegetable tartine ($10 with the cup of soup or field greens), or open-faced sandwich. Oil and balsamic vinegar were drizzled on the plate, upon which was set one slice of the toasted whole wheat bread (you could instead order a slice of French baguette, or basic white), topped with a pile of sautéed zucchini, eggplant and peppers, all glazed with Swiss cheese and a bit of pesto. Everything came together very nicely, the veggies tender but not mushy, the cheese a topping rather than a glop, the small amount of pesto and balsamic vinegar providing the intense flavor that many of the other dishes lacked. Of course, this being a bakery, it was necessary to raid the pastry case and take a sampling

Frogs Organic Bakery 7109 N. Oracle Road 229-2124; Open Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Coming Soon: More Asian Buffets We’ll soon have two more Asian buffets in town. Co-owner Daniel Lu says the new U Like Buffet at 330 S. Wilmot Road should open in mid-January; another location is expected to open in March at 5101 N. Oracle Road. Lu says both locations will feature sushi, hibachi-style dining, a salad bar, all-you-caneat Chinese and Japanese food, and a few American dishes.

Pluses: Wonderful, subtle pastries

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Minuses: Somewhat bland eggs and soups

Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails, 135 S. Sixth Ave., is adding an outdoor dining area. “We’ve been excited to build this patio since we opened last year,” owner Janos Wilder said in a press release. “It will complete the restaurant and enliven our streetscape.” About half of the patio will be an extension of the indoor bar; the rest will be reserved for additional seating. Wilder is also having heaters installed to ensure the area is comfortable on chilly evenings. The area should be completed later this month.

of goodies to a party where we forced friends to help us evaluate them. Two macarons (in English, macaroons, $1.60 each) never made it across town. One of the cookies was almond-vanilla, the other pistachio, and both were a delicate balance of cream and crunch. The lemon meringue ($4.80) was freshly lemony and tart, with the meringue forming a bit of a crust, as it should. The berry tart ($4.80) was a little dry, in a good way—not dripping with some sticky-sweet glaze, but allowing the berries to make their natural statement atop a flaky pastry base. Similarly, the pecan pie ($4.80) featured nicely caramelized pecans without becoming overly sweet. Neither was the tasty Normandy tart ($4)—with almond flour and raisins—supersweet. Are you detecting the pattern? All these items carry a very slightly enhanced sweetness without becoming cloying. You probably won’t be able to order this again until December, but remember to try the slices of bûche de Noël (Christmas log, $4.80 per slice; also available as whole logs for $18 and $36). Of the three varieties, the dark-chocolate mousse was rich but not overpowering; the raspberry mousse was subtle and free of the bitter aftertaste these berries sometimes leave; the hazelnut butter cream, like the others, involved springy, moist sponge cake, and in this case was topped with what resembled a big chunk of apricot. I want more of all of these. So: You must definitely visit Frogs Organic Bakery for the terrific pastries. While you’re there, you might as well have a bit of lunch.

Reopened: Home Den The Home Den bar, at 2607 N. First Ave., has reopened after a lengthy closure. This little gem is a local drinking hole that goes way back, but the owners have breathed a bit of new life into the aged building, thanks to a complete remodel of the interior. The bar will also start serving food when the kitchen opens in the coming months.

New: Jalopy’s Grillville Jalopy’s Grillville has opened at 4230 N. Oracle Road, No. 100, in the old Joe Mama’s Grill spot. The place serves hamburgers, pizza and other things, and has a hot-rod theme that should appeal to all the gearheads out there. Jalopy’s also brews its own beer—including lager, brown ale, IPA and cream ale—and delivery service for pizza and beer should be available soon;

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KEY PRICE RANGES $ $8 or less $ $ $8-$15 $ $ $ $15-$25 $ $ $ $ $25 and up. Prices are based on menu entrée selections, and exclude alcoholic beverages. FORMS OF PAYMENT V Visa MC Mastercard AMEX American Express DIS Discover DC Diner’s Club checks local checks with guarantee card and ID only debit debit cards CatCard University of Arizona CatCard. TYPE OF SERVICE Counter Quick or fast-food service, usually includes take-out. Diner Minimal table service. Café Your server is most likely working solo. Bistro Professional servers, with assistants bussing tables. Full Cover Multiple servers, with the table likely well set. Full Bar Separate bar space for drinks before and after dinner. RESTAURANT LOCATION C Central North to River Road, east to Alvernon Way, west to

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BUFFET AT THE DESERT DIAMOND CASINO AND HOTEL S 7350 S. Nogales Highway. 342-1327. Open MondaySaturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (champagne brunch) and 4-9 p.m. Counter/ Specialty Drinks. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. A lot of the food here is buffet-bland, yet hardly anything is less-thanaverage in quality in a surprisingly restful setting. It’s a decent respite from your casino exertions. (1-7-09) $$ CAFE TREMOLO NW 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., No. 152. 742-2999. Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Cafe Tremolo is like a Tucson version of the Hard Rock Café—except with better food. Beautifully presented entrées, sandwiches and desserts make this an ideal lunch or dinner spot, and if you know anything about classic rock or jazz, you can geek out at the awesome collection of music memorabilia. Friendly service and a full bar make the experience complete—and don’t miss out on the live music and the open-mic nights. (9-16-10) $$ CHAFFIN’S FAMILY RESTAURANT C 902 E. Broadway Blvd. 882-7707. Open daily 6 a.m.2 p.m. Diner/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Homemade mashed potatoes. Good chicken-fried steak. Homemade desserts. This is what greasy-spoon dining is supposed to be like. Don’t let the ugly, aged decor deter you! (5-22-03) $-$$ CLAIM JUMPER C 3761 E. Broadway Blvd. 795-2900. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. At Claim Jumper, you can expect several things: a wait to be seated, terrific service and portion sizes large enough to feed entire small villages. The décor at this Californiabased chain reminds one of an oversized ski lodge, including lots of wood and a chandelier made of antlers. The food is decent—you can’t go wrong with the salads and the ribs—and be prepared to take a ton of leftovers home. (6-2-05) $$$-$$$$ CODY’S BEEF ’N’ BEANS C 2708 E. Fort Lowell Road. 322-9475. Open MondaySaturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Café/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Grab your cowboy hat, boots and best gal or guy, and head on down to this down-home cowboy heaven. Great cuts of beef and pork done up just right are served with some mighty-fine spicy cowboy beans. Casual to the core, Cody’s is the place to get quality steaks at moderate prices. (10-28-04) $-$$ COYOTE PAUSE CAFÉ W Cat Mountain Station, 2740 S. Kinney Road. 8837297. Open Sunday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Café/Beer and Wine. AMEX, MC, V. It’s out of the way for most folks, but if you’re on your way to or from Old Tucson or the Desert Museum, Coyote Pause dishes up reliable breakfast and lunch café standards with a subtle individual touch. (6-5-08) $

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AMERICANA BOBO’S RESTAURANT C 2938 E. Grant Road. 326-6163. Open daily 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Diner/No Alcohol. MC, V. Long a favorite breakfast spot, Bobo’s serves up enough ham, eggs and pancakes to feed all of Tucson. Lunch specials are iffy, but breakfast—especially the omelets—is outstanding. $ BREAD AND BUTTER CAFÉ E 4231 E. 22nd St., No. 101. 327-0004. Open

Monday-Saturday 5 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Café/Diner/No Alcohol. MC, V. For a cheap, fast breakfast or lunch, the Bread and Butter Café is a longtime Tucson favorite (although the joint doesn’t serve butter; go figure). The coffee cup is bottomless and constantly refilled; the eggs are cooked perfectly to order. Be sure to save room for a “wedge” of homemade pie; dessert is where this café really excels. Expect a wait during peak weekend hours. (4-9-09) $ BUDDY’S GRILL E 7385 S. Houghton Road. 881-2226. Open Sunday-

Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight Bistro/Full Bar. DC, DIS, MC, V, Checks. Everything from burgers to sophisticated hickory-grilled seafood entrées are well-prepared and served with panache. $$

CUSHING STREET RESTAURANT AND BAR C 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984. Open TuesdayThursday 4:30-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 4:30-10 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, MC, V. This long-time bar and restaurant offers a pleasant way to enjoy uptown, down-home food while soaking up some local history. Spring nights on the patio can be quite romantic. While it’s a bit off the beaten path, once you’ve been there, you’ll want to go back, even for a few drinks after a night at the Convention Center. Plenty of free parking. (3-11-04) $$-$$$ DEB’S CONEY CAFÉ C 110 S. Church Ave. 624-5027. Open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Café/No Alcohol. MC, V. Serving nine different types of hot dogs, Deb’s Coney Café dogs the Old Pueblo in grand style. (3-1-01) $ DOWNTOWN KITCHEN + COCKTAILS C 135 S. Sixth Ave. 623-7700. Open SundayWednesday 11 a.m.-9:30 a.m.; Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. There is much to like about Janos Wilder’s return to downtown. He’s taken American cuisine and infused it with foreign influences in a delightfully urban setting. The service is top-notch, and don’t miss the “at the bar” menu. (3-10-11) $$-$$$$ DRY RIVER COMPANY E 800 N. Kolb Road. 298-5555. Open MondayThursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Counter/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This is a nifty little place that offers everything from light breakfasts to delicious pizzas to happy hour and beyond. Baked goods include scones, cupcakes, cookies, brownies cheesecake and more; enjoy these with one of the specialty coffees. Pizzas are baked in a wood-fired oven; toppings include


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all the old standbys as well as twists like potatoes. Sandwiches, salads and pastas round out the menu. (11-18-10) $-$$ EAT-A-BURGER C 100 N. Stone Ave. 445-4700. Open MondayThursday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. DIS, MC, V. Eat-a-Burger, the food truck, is now Eat-a-Burger, the restaurant. Located in the Pioneer Building, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an easy stop-in for a quick, simple and tasty downtown lunch or breakfast. The menu is small but well-executed, and the service comes with a smile. Limited breakfast hours (8-10:30 a.m.) are difficult for the downtown crowd, but the breakfast sandwiches offer a definite bang for your buck (or two). (11-24-11) $ FIREBIRDS WOOD FIRED GRILL NW 2985 E. Skyline Drive. 577-0747. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. This Rocky Mountain-themed restaurant chainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headquarters are in North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;go figureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but regardless of their geographical confusion, the Firebirds folks know how to grill up a top-notch steak. The service is friendly and efficient, too. At the midprice level in Tucson, restaurants donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get much better than this. (8-11-05) $$$-$$$$ FRANKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RESTAURANT C 3843 E. Pima St. 881-2710. Open Monday-Friday 6

a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.2 p.m. CafĂŠ/No Alcohol. MC, V. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing fancy or extravagant in the way Frankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s does business, but if you like a hearty, homestyle meal served with lots of hot, strong coffee, real honest-to-goodness mashed potatoes and hash browns and eggs cooked the way you like them, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love this place. Ample portions, brisk service and affordable prices ensure constant popularity. (1-6-00) $


THE GOOD EGG E 7189 E. Speedway Blvd. 885-4838. Open daily 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. CafĂŠ/No Alcohol. AMEX, MC, V. Also at 4775 E. Grant Road (795-7879), 5350 E. Broadway Blvd. (512-0280) and 5055 N. Oracle Road (2936139). The Good Egg works with several variations on a theme to provide an outstanding menu of breakfast and lunch fare. Even people on a restricted diet can find something to eat here, while those who envision a stack of pancakes will be astounded at the platter-sized monsters that come to their table begging for a maplesyrup bath. $

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a.m.-2 p.m. CafĂŠ/No Alcohol. MC, V. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for good eats and lots of them, this may just be your ideal place. The food is made fresh from scratch, and the portions will blow you away. Breakfasts include everything from biscuits and gravy to Belgian waffles. At lunch, both salad-lovers and fried-food fanatics will be happy. Service is down-home, just as one would expect. (9-10-09) $ KON TIKI E 4625 E. Broadway Blvd. 323-7193. Open Monday-

Thursday 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.- 2 a.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-midnight. Food served Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, MC, V. This tiki lounge has been around since 1963, largely due to the famous cold, fruity and lethal drinks. Appetizers are a consistent hit, while lunch and dinner entrĂŠes are hit or miss. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on the happy-hour appetizer and drink specials. (7-2-09) $$-$$$ LINDYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ON FOURTH C 431 N. Fourth Ave. 207-2384. Open Monday 11

a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. Diner/Full Bar. DIS, MC, V. Jonesing for a burger? Want it hot and juicyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and maybe a little kinky? Then hop on down to Lindyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find the most creative burger menu in the city. There are house-specialty burgers like the AZ Hooligan, with six half-pound patties topped with lots of cheese and Lindyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sauce. Those with normal appetites can enjoy juicy burgers with toppings ranging from the traditional to the offbeat (peanut butter, anyone?). Vegetarians can choose from two veggie patties that can be topped in any way. (4-17-08) $-$$ LITTLE ANTHONYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DINER E 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 296-0456. Open Monday 11

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GUS BALONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RESTAURANT E 6027 E. 22nd St. 748-9731. Open Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m. CafĂŠ/No Alcohol. Cash and checks. Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the grand tradition of eggs fried in butter and french toast made with large slices of white bread. The prices are beyond economical, the service warm and friendly and the coffee cups bottomless. Be sure to try the pies and cinnamon rolls. $ HOT ROD CAFĂ&#x2030; C 2831 N. Stone Ave. 903-2233. Open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. DIS, MC, V. Simple but tasty sandwiches, salads and breakfast items make the Hot Rod CafĂŠ a worthwhile place to stop in and grab a quick bite to eat. There is a bright, racingthemed dĂŠcor, lots of cool automotive memorabilia and service with a smile. The sandwiches are reminiscent of the food you might have found in your lunchbox once upon a time. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pass up the opportunity to order a root-beer float or an old-fashioned milkshake. (1-27-11) $ THE HUNGRY FOX RESTAURANT AND COUNTRY STORE E 4637 E. Broadway Blvd. 326-2835. Open MondayFriday 6 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Diner/No Alcohol. MC, V. Great breakfasts are served all day with double-yolk eggs, golden hash browns and fluffy bread made from scratch. The lunches are for those who miss Momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cooking, and the waitresses are all professional mama-surrogates. $ JAX KITCHEN NW 7286 N. Oracle Road. 219-1235. Open TuesdayFriday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Sunday 5-9 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Jax Kitchenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu offers a fine, playful balance of great stuff. Fresh, quality ingredients are present in such a way that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll remember each and every bite. The mussels and frites shine, and anything from the garden will please. Throw in pleasant service, moderate prices and a cool vibe, and you have a Tucson favorite. (12-4-08) $$-$$$

a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Diner/Beer and Wine. MC, V. Good, clean fun for the kids, with classic burgers and fries along with golden oldie tunes from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;50s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s. $ THE LOOP TASTE OF CHICAGO NW 10180 N. Oracle Road. 878-0222. Open Monday-

Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight; Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Cover. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC and V. The Loop Taste of Chicago delivers a true taste of the Windy City. Delicious deepdish and thin-crust pizza is just the beginning. A large menu is sure to please even the pickiest eater â&#x20AC;Ś and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on dessert. (11-26-09) $$ MAYNARDS MARKET AND KITCHEN C 400 N. Toole Ave. 545-0577. Open Sunday-Thursday

7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Fresh, flavorful dishes in a kitsch-free train atmosphere make this a leading downtown dining destination. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also seating for deli food in the adjacent convenience market, but the main dining room and dignified bar are the real draws. (7-16-09) $$-$$$$ MAYS COUNTER CHICKEN AND WAFFLES C 2945 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-2421. Open Monday-

Friday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Mays Counter offers Southern-style eats in a spot that could be described as collegiate sports-bar chic. The fried chicken is juicy, fresh and about 1,000 times better than the stuff youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get at a chain joint. The service is friendly; the prices are reasonable; and the waffle skins starter is one of the tastiest appetizers around. (12-23-10) $-$$$ THE MELTING POT NW 7395 N. La Cholla Blvd., No. 109 (Foothills Mall).

575-6358. Open Sunday-Thursday 4:30-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 4:30-11 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Fondue is in style again at The Melting Pot, a national chain. An upscale atmosphere and an expansive wine list combine with the cheese fondues, salads and cook-it-yourself meats and seafoods

for a delicious, if high-priced, dinner. Save room for the delightful chocolate fondue for dessert. (1-29-04) $$$-$$$$ MONKEY BURGER E 5350 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 128. 514-9797. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Counter/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 47 N. Sixth Ave. (624-4416). This joint nicely fills the burger niche between low (fast food) and high (ZinBurger), offering up delicious, cooked-to-order burgers with a variety of tasty toppings. The employees are friendly, and the whimsical mural is worth checking out at the Broadway Boulevard location. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss wafflecut sweet-potato fries, either. (3-11-10) $-$$ MOTHER HUBBARDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CAFE C 14 W. Grant Road. 623-7976. Open daily 6 a.m.-2

p.m. Summer hours: Open Monday and WednesdaySaturday 6 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Diner/ No Alcohol. DIS, MC, V. This old-school Tucson greasy spoon is still serving inexpensive and tasty breakfasts and lunchesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;now with a few new twists, including a series of dishes centered on chiles. The tasty corned beef on the reuben is brined in-house, and the corn bread waffle is a treat you should not miss. (6-30-11) $ MULLIGANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SPORTS GRILL E 9403 E. Golf Links Road. 733-5661. Open MondaySaturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-2 a.m. CafĂŠ/ Full Cover. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This eastside sports bar is doing some pretty good stuff in its kitchen. The steak sandwich is delicious, and the burgers feature big slabs oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Angus beef. The patio is lovely (if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind the view of Golf Links Road), and the Irish/golf-themed dĂŠcor is very, very green. (11-10-11) $$ NATIVE NEW YORKER NW 8225 N. Courtney Page Way, No. 115. 744-7200.

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midnight. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. With wings, pizza, hoagies, spaghetti, calzones, stromboli, hot dogs and burgers, Native New Yorker seemingly has it all. This chain sits right in the heart of all thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in Marana, yet it stands out from the other chain joints nearby. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great place to meet friends, watch a game or bring the family. The wings come in flavors from the traditional buffalo-style to strawberry to asiagoparmesan. (10-2-08) $-$$ OMARâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HIGHWAY CHEF S Triple T Truck Stop, 5451 E. Benson Highway. 5740961. Open 24 hours. CafĂŠ/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Local diners contemplating where to eat seldom consider a truck stop, but in the case of Omarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Highway Chef, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth making an exception. Clean and neat, this cafĂŠ specializes in typical blue-plate specials as well as a respectable array of Mexican dishes. All is made on the premises, with exceptional soups and pies. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served around the clock, and the portions are generous. Omarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breaks the typical truck-stop mold. $-$$ THE ONYX ROOM C 106 W. Drachman St. 620-6699. Open WednesdaySaturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-7 p.m. CafĂŠ/ Full Bar. DIS, MC, V. Soul food has finally arrived in Tucson! Yes, we have our fair share of rib shacks, but this midtown eatery/nightclub has the whole hog (or at least some great chops). The fried chicken is killer. Once you try it, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll definitely want to return for more. The sides are as delectable as they are authentic. Be sure to try the collard greens and the green beans. Nightly specials and live entertainment are also a vital part of the scene. These guys really know what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing. (7-28-11) $$ PASTICHE MODERN EATERY C 3025 N. Campbell Ave. 325-3333. Open TuesdayFriday 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Saturday and Sunday 4:30 p.m.-midnight. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. If you are looking for a lovely, spacious dining room,

quirky art and an experimental and adventuresome menu, try Pastiche. (10-5-00) $-$$ PATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DRIVE-IN C 1202 W. Niagra St. 624-0891. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.10 p.m. Drive-in/No Alcohol. Cash only. A Tucson tradition for more than 40 years, Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has won a devoted following with its tasty chili dogs (served in both mild and extra-spicy variations) and hand-diced, french-fried potatoes. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the pink lemonade to wash it all down. $

The bratwurst is delicious, and the odd charm of the placeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with three indoor tables and a patio just off of busy Pima Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is undeniable. (5-19-11) $ T.G.I. FRIDAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S E 4901 E. Broadway Blvd. 745-3743. Open SundayThursday 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.2 a.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Some chains do it right. An appealing menu and buoyant, speedy service make TGIFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good choice when a quick family lunch or dinnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the plan. $-$$ TANQUE VERDE RANCH

RISKY BUSINESS NE 6866 E. Sunrise Drive. 577-0021. Open daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Also at 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road (749-8555) and 250 S. Craycroft Road (584-1610). (Hours vary per location.) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to devise a restaurant scheme that will keep everyone in the family happy, but somehow, Risky Business has managed to pull this feat off admirably. Lots of goodies for the kids are in this spacious, colorful spot, and parents will enjoy a menu that caters to their palates with food that has real taste and character. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt that numerous premium beers are on tap, either. $$-$$$ ROBERTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RESTAURANT C 3301 E. Grant Road. 795-1436. Open Monday-

Saturday 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed mid-July to mid-August. Diner/No Alcohol. DIS, MC, V, checks. A friendly, neighborhood diner with outstanding homemade breads and pies. The staff is genuinely glad you came. The prices canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be beat, especially if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re watching the old budget. (6-24-04) $ SOUTHWEST DESERT DOGS E 5214 E. Pima St. 982-3504. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. DIS, MC, V. This tiny place is one of Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better hot dog joints, offering wieners with fixings in the styles of Chicago, Coney Island, New York, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Texas BBQâ&#x20AC;? and, of course, Sonora.

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7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. CafĂŠ/Diner/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V, Checks. Breakfast and lunch are a combination of a full buffet and table service for the main course. The dinner menu changes throughout the week and features four rotating entrĂŠes. The signature prime rib is available every evening. $$-$$$ THREE AND A HALF BROTHERS CAFE C 2350 N. First Ave. 2530 N. First Ave.. Open Monday-

Saturday 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. CafĂŠ/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The sign in front of Three and a Half Brothers promises â&#x20AC;&#x153;cookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; like Dad used to.â&#x20AC;? If your dad used to make hearty, workmanlike plates of food, then that promise is kept. Inexpensive breakfasts, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, wraps and a few specials here and there are served up with a smile. The Southern bell skilletâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;featuring chicken-fried steak, biscuits and gravy, hash browns and two eggs, all covered with gravyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;will fill your belly and raise your cholesterol a couple of points. (10-13-11) $-$$ TUCSON MCGRAWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ORIGINAL CANTINA E 4110 S. Houghton Road. 885-3088. Open Tuesday-

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hankering for red meat and ice-cold beer, you could do worse than this nifty cantina set on a hill overlooking the Santa Rita Mountains. The Tuesday-night steak special (a 10-ounce sirloin, ranch beans, white roll and salad) could brighten up your weekday outlook considerably. (6-8-00) $$ WILBUR’S GRILL E 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. 745-6500 ext. 5043. Open daily 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Some of the best restaurants are located in hotels—and ignored by locals. Wilbur’s fits this description perfectly, and locals are missing out. Fantastic service, great happy-hour deals and delicious food make this a great place to grab a beer after work and watch whatever game happens to be on. (10-2-03) $$-$$$ WILDFLOWER NW 7037 N. Oracle Road. 219-4230. Open Sunday-

Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Inventive and bright contemporary cuisine served in an elegant and stylish setting. Wildflower showcases excellent service, state-of-the-art martinis and outrageous desserts. An extremely popular dining spot that deserves its reputation. (7-27-00) $$-$$$

BARBECUE BRUSHFIRE BBQ CO. C 2745 N. Campbell Ave. 624-3223. Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 7080 E. 22nd St. (867-6050). Walking into this little midtown joint, the smoky, sweet smell of barbecued meat will hit you, and you’ll think: There’s no way BrushFire’s meats can taste as good as they smell. Well, they can, and do. The brisket is a revelation, and the rib meat is literally falling off of the bones. Finish off the meal with the baked beans and some corn on the cob, and you’ll be fat and happy. (11-29-07) $-$$ CATALINA BARBEQUE CO. AND SPORTS BAR W 3645 W. Starr Pass Blvd. 670-0444. Open MondaySaturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Café/ Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. This is dressed-up, competition-style barbecue, with plenty of tender pork, ribs and beef, prepared in a number of ways. The pulled-pork sandwich is fabulous, and the brisket burnt ends will please. The Catalina wings are smoked before being fried, and the sides are terrific. This restaurant isn’t located in the main JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa; it’s at the clubhouse at the Starr Pass Golf Club. (4-15-10) $$$ FAMOUS DAVE’S LEGENDARY PIT BAR-B-QUE NW 4565 N. Oracle Road. 888-1512. Open daily 11

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Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Also at 6390 E. Grant Road (298-2020). Is Tucson ready for an upscale burger joint? The existence of Zinburger provides the answer to that question: a resounding yes! The burgers are perfectly prepared, and the sides are satisfying, provided you like stuff that’s been fried. After you enjoy the Kobe burger, the truffle fries and the date-and-honey shake, you won’t be able to look at burgers, fries and shakes in the same way ever again. (5-15-08) $$-$$$

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a.m.-10 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Better than most chain restaurants, Famous Dave’s years of research really have paid off. A family-friendly place offering authentic barbecue, no matter how you like it. The St. Louis-style ribs mean more meat and bigger bones. The Wilbur beans are good enough to write home about. And the desserts could make Mom jealous. (4-01-04) $$-$$$ JACK’S ORIGINAL BARBEQUE E 5250 E. 22nd St. 750-1280. Open Monday-Saturday

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


MR. K’S BARBEQUE C 4911 N. Stone Ave. 408-7427. Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Counter/Beer Only. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The man behind this longtime southside institution has moved to bigger digs—but the food hasn’t changed. The heavenly aroma hits you as soon as you walk through the door. Grab a tray and utensils, and get in line. Order your meat and two sides. Hankering for some brisket? You have a choice of chopped or sliced. Are ribs more to your liking? Mr. K’s will satisfy and then some. The fried okra has a nice little kick to it, and the “county fair” corn on the cob is both smoky and sweet. (12-8-11) $$ THE ORIGINAL MR. K’S BBQ S 1830 S. Park Ave. 792-9484. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Mr. K’s décor isn’t much to look at—OK, it’s downright ugly—but the sweet, juicy meats and the peppery barbecue sauce, along with tasty sides and desserts, makes this one of Tucson’s best barbecue joints. And you can get a bottle of sauce to go if you’d like. (11-13-03) $ R&R BAR-B-QUE COMPANY E 1101 N. Wilmot Road, Suite 119. 886-1900. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 8270 S. Houghton Road, No. 140. (574-9166). R&R Bar-B-Que Company brings a little bit of the South to Tucson with an array of barbecue flavors, featuring meats from pulled pork to smoked sausage to beef brisket. The sweet signature sauce isn’t one for lovers of spicy or vinegary barbecue, but the smoked sausage steals the show. The sides are so-so, and the burgers need work—but stick with the traditional dishes, and you’ll be in hog heaven. (11-25-10) $$

BREW PUBS BARRIO BREWING COMPANY C 800 E. 16th St. 791-2739. Open Sunday-Tuesday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; ThursdaySaturday 11 a.m.-midnight. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This brewery, operated by the same folks who own Gentle Ben’s, is a down-home kind of joint. There are usually about 10 beers on tap, all of which are brewed right in the building. The food is pub fare done well, often using one of the house-made ales in the preparation. While burgers are the highlights, the other

sandwiches are tasty and complement the beers. The service is friendly, as to be expected. (3-6-08) $-$$ FROG AND FIRKIN C 874 E. University Blvd. 623-7507. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.- 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.2 a.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. A Britishstyle pub with the heart of an outré bohemian, Frog and Firkin is not only a great place to grab a tasty brew, but a fine place to sate your appetite as well. $$-$$$ GENTLE BEN’S BREWING COMPANY C 865 E. University Blvd. 624-4177. Open MondaySaturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-9 p.m. Café/ Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Better-than-decent food and a heavenly selection of 10 brews just ripe for the sampling make Gentle Ben’s a welcome respite from your wearying day. $$ IRISH PUB NE 9155 E. Tanque Verde Road. 749-2299. Open daily

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

Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m.11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. With a large selection of bottled and draught beers, Nimbus Bistro and Brewery is a great addition to the original. An upscale bar-food menu offers lots of delicious options, and don’t miss out on their signature dish, the “world famous” fried bologna sandwich. (1-7-10) $-$$ NIMBUS BREWING COMPANY TAPROOM S 3850 E. 44th St. 745-9175. Open Monday-Thursday

11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Counter/Beer Only. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The microbrewed beer is tasty, cheap and plentiful; the food is quite satisfactory and likewise inexpensive; and the close-up look at a microbrew operation is as entertaining as the live music that can frequently be heard there. What’s not to like? (2-17-00) $




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JANUARY 5 - 11, 2012





Our critics continue to discuss the best music from the year gone by

By Stephen Seigel,

More Faves From 2011

Gary Mackender of the Carnivaleros

BY THE USUAL GANG OF IDIOTS, As always at this time of year, we’ve asked some of our resident music critics what their favorite albums of 2011 were. Three writers weighed in last week, and this week, we present three more opinions on the matter.

Curtis McCrary (in no particular order) n the Annals of Pointlessness (which are kept in the Catacombs of Futility, out past the Cliffs of Insanity), few things have risen to the level of the following list. Making it even more pointless is the Internet, where you could conceivably spend the rest of your entire waking life reading nothing but top-album lists from 2011, and they’d mostly comprise the same 150 or so records from the past year. You’d also read the words “chillwave” and “dubstep” so many times that your brain would dribble out ya ears. Loath as I am to add to that morass, add to it, I must, under the terms of my multimilliondollar contract with the Tucson Weekly.


Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne (Roc Nation/RocA-Fella/Def Jam) The good news: Jay-Z and Kanye both released a 2011 album, and it’s the SAME ONE. The bad news: It’s a little too indulgent of Kanye, and the whole isn’t necessarily greater than the sum of the parts. The good news II: It’s a Jay-Z and Kanye album! Like, together! It gets the people goin’! Wye Oak, Civilian (Merge) This deservedly appears on most year-end best lists. It’s a blissed-out (read: female singer) yet melancholic tour of indie-rock touchstones with obvious Sonic Youth and Bettie Serveert influences. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Fat Possum) Somehow, U.M.O. bottled Andy Summers’ guitar sound from Zenyatta Mondatta and used it to ask the excellent question: “How can you luv me / when you don’t like me, bay-bay?” 52 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

The Black Keys, El Camino (Nonesuch) They keep getting better with each release. Adding Danger Mouse to the mix certainly didn’t hurt, but I suspect they’re keeping a photo of REO Speedwagon in their attic that gets uglier by the year. tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l (4AD) The most sonically inventive album of 2011, from New England beat-looper Merrill Garbus, a chick who sounds like a dude who sounds like a chick, as one intrepid YouTube commenter put it. Tom Waits, Bad as Me (ANTI-) It feels like his best record released in any year that starts with a 2. But as I sit here and listen to Real Gone for comparison, I’m not so sure. Anyway, it’s great. It’s Tom Waits; you either appreciate him, or you’re a dummy. Mariachi El Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx (II) (ATO) I know what you’re thinking—take a shitty punk rock band, and have them record a mariachi album, and put it out on Dave Matthews’ label— that must be 4chan trolling the Vans Warped Tour crowd. But the truth is, that shit somehow works. Undoubtedly, some mariachi purists would have a problem with it, but if you stay off the mariachi-purist chat boards, no worries. Marcellus Hall, The First Line (Glacial Pace) The first time in my life I ever cried upon first listen to a song was to this album’s “One Drop of Rain.” That means either it’s extremely moving, or I’m “emo.” Probably both. Lenguas Largas, Lenguas Largas (Recess) The second full-length from Lenguas Largas is the best local album released in 2011. It’s as nimble a slab of melodic punk as I’ve ever heard. If it had been released as 10 tracks of static plus the anthemic “I Feel,” I still would have included it on this list.

John Vanderslice, White Wilderness (Dead Oceans) The woefully underappreciated Vanderslice again demonstrates that he is deserving of wider renown, that he is a reliably excellent songwriter, and yet … and yet.

Michael Petitti (in order of preference) id I listen to Adele? No. Did I like Bon Iver? Sure, like, not LIKE. Musically, 2011 seemed at first pass paltry, but ended up proving too fertile to stop at 10 spots. So, here is my list, as well as a list of near-misses. Also, the fact that the Beach Boys’ Smile finally—as The Smile Sessions—saw the light of day in 2011 is too transcendent to ignore or overstate (read: buy, listen and love it already).


1. Tom Waits, Bad as Me (ANTI-) At 62, Waits indicts contemporary America with profound relevancy and rancor on this stellar release. There’s lounge-noir, trash-heap rock and drunken flamenco, with Waits’ inimitable bleat and worldview to brilliantly guide the way. A wonderful album that cuts to the bone and plucks the heartstrings in equal measure. 2. Destroyer, Kaputt (Merge) A gorgeous album whose lush, indulgent atmospherics (smoky saxophones, trickling guitar figures, synthesizer arpeggios) belie Dan Bejar’s prickly outlook and distant vocals. The most acridly charming and classy statement of apocalyptic fervor released in some time. 3. Girls, Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther Sounds) This young outfit beefed up their already impressive resume with this stunner that’s sacred without sacrificing the profane, soulful without embracing the continued on next page

SINCE JAN. 8 Since this issue marks the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 8 Safeway shootings, I thought we’d take a quick look back at the efforts made by musicians to help heal our community over the past year. The Rialto Theatre was the first to spring into action, announcing on its Facebook page on the afternoon of Jan. 8 that the staff would open the theater’s doors that night to anyone looking to gather, and to any musicians who might like to perform. Several took to the call, including Seashell Radio’s Courtney Robbins and Fen Ikner (whose set you can see at watch?v=TBeATewQu3M). The Rialto placed a message on its marquee—“We love you Gabby”— that remains today. On Feb. 16, Ron Barber, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ district director, who was injured in the shootings, established the Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding, whose mission is “to sustain and build upon the outpouring of good will, compassion and kindness that the community responded with after the tragic event on Jan. 8, 2011.” On March 10, the fund held its first benefit concert, a star-studded affair at the Tucson Convention Center Arena that drew about 4,500 people and featured performances by Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper, Ozomatli, Dar Williams, Sam Moore, David Crosby and Graham Nash, Calexico, Mariachi Luz de Luna, Nils Lofgren and Jennifer Warnes. Barber has said that he plans to do more fundraising concerts in the future, though mostly on a smaller scale. The next scheduled benefit for the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding will take place on Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Fox Tucson Theatre. The show will be headlined by Ben Folds and Calexico, and will also feature performances by Mariachi Luz de Luna, Salvador Duran, the Silver Thread Trio, and Mitzi Cowell and Friends featuring Sabra Faulk. (More on that next week. Head to for more info.) The first of two benefit albums, Can We Get Together?, produced by University of Arizona law student Robert Current, was released on April 11. Proceeds from the double-CD and download, which featured a collection of 30 songs by local acts that spanned genres from punk (Wax 78) to choir (Tucson Girls Chorus), are earmarked for Homicide Survivors, under the consolidated Tucson Together Fund, the only officially sanctioned fund established to assist victims, families and witnesses of the Jan. 8 tragedy. (For further details, go to On Oct. 22, the second compilation album, Luz de Vida, was released on Fort Lowell Records and feted with a release party at the Rialto Theatre. The album was released in two formats: as a 37-song download (originally $10, and currently discounted to $5) featuring local artists such as Kiss and the Tells, Lenguas Largas, Giant


M U S I C continued from Page 52 saccharine. Fragile pop melodies buttress against throttled glam guitar reveries so perfectly that they seem like kissing cousins. 4. The Black Keys, El Camino (Nonesuch) Too fun to ignore and too skillful to dismiss, this thrilling, concise release of fuzzy boogies, terse rockers and gutsy glam found the Black Keys remaining astoundingly relevant when its well-worn formula seemed destined for impoverishment. 5. Wilco, The Whole Love (dBpm) From the swaggering crunch of “I Might,” to the bubbly grind of “Whole Love,” to the breathless, wounded beauty of “One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend),” Wilco grandly strutted back into the spotlight. 6. Drake, Take Care (Cash Money) The 2011 contender for The Great Bummer hip-hop album. Lachrymose club anthems deliriously peppered with bathic serio-comic commentary. (“I’ve had sex four times this week, I’ll explain: Having a hard time adjusting to fame.” Hi-larious.) 7. Eleanor Friedberger, Last Summer (Merge) Eclectic and delightful, Friedberger’s solo outing is a breezy throwback to the ’70s glut of singersongwriter chanteuses; yet, be it vamp or hoedown, Friedberger struts with iconoclastic appeal. 8. Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador) Injured and flagrant, this album of baleful and blissful psychedelic folk has insidious charms. Vile’s jangly guitars, snarled drawl and hazy atmospherics prove immensely entrancing. 9. The Caretaker, An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (History Always Favours the Winners) An eerie, ethereal and evocative album derived primarily from crackly 78s. A potential gimmick turned haunting by its ties to Alzheimer’s and the deft musical ear of the Caretaker (James Kirby). 10. Fucked Up, David Comes to Life (Matador) And now for something completely different: a sprawling, ambitious prog-

rock-hardcore opera that is every bit as mindblowing and batty as that sounds. Tough and vulnerable, it’s a relentlessly invigorating, smartly executed guitar symphony. And, when you’ve exhausted those options (and need a break from Smile), give these a spin: Okkervil River, I Am Very Far; Wu Lyf, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain; Bright Eyes, The People’s Key; The Roots, Undun; Handsome Furs, Sound Kapital; Los Campesinos!, Hello Sadness; PJ Harvey, Let England Shake; Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne; EMA, Past Life Martyred Saints; Arctic Monkeys, Suck It and See.

Eric Swedlund (in order of preference) 1. Tom Waits, Bad as Me (ANTI-) f you agree—in any way—that “Hell Broke Luce” in 2011, then Bad as Me is the record to turn to for some wisdom and advice amid the chaos. Dark, preposterous, incensed and confrontational, Bad as Me encapsulates a year that saw misery boil over into anger. The message Waits delivers, through stomps and shouts: This year’s optimism is found in revolt.


2. The War on Drugs, Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian) Adam Granduciel takes some cues from Dylan and Springsteen, but Slave Ambient is on an entirely different sonic plane. On a dense bed of layered loops, ambient tones and swirling textures are striking and forceful rock songs, a sort of classic rock from some alternate universe. 3. Wye Oak, Civilian (Merge) Psychedelic folk might be an accurate label, but it falls far short of capturing what’s so successful about Wye Oak’s dynamic sound. “Civilian” is my top song of the year, a gathering storm— tense, beautiful and otherworldly—that then explodes with chaotic energy. 4. Bon Iver, Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar) Justin Vernon buried his quiet, somber muse and set out to chase a multihued adventurous one on Bon Iver. It’s a provocative shift, but the album’s complexity feeds off an exploratory urgency that pushes the songs into a bigger world, with rich instrumentation and an impressive depth and fluidity. 5. Richard Buckner, Our Blood (Merge) An esoteric and challenging songwriter, Buckner is second to none. Our Blood is an album of resuscitated and patched sounds, of peripheral intrusions, of expelled breath. Its songs are full of strange and seemingly discon-

nected details, short on explanatory meat, but marvelously evocative. 6. Roadside Graves, We Can Take Care of Ourselves (Autumn Tone) Using S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders as a cornerstone, the Roadside Graves explore the struggles of outsiders everywhere, with a sprawling sort of Americana that expertly keys in on the songs’ emotional shifts. 7. Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What (Hear) On his best album since Graceland, Paul Simon is both meditative and fearless, writing songs with restless curiosity to probe spirituality, mortality and the endless, mysterious power of love. 8. Akron/Family, Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT (Dead Oceans) An album written on a Japanese volcano and recorded in an abandoned Detroit train station, this is a musical collage of ideas and sounds, pushing the experimental boundaries of folk music.

TOP TEN Zia Records’ top sales for the week ending Jan. 1, 2012 1. Drake Take Care (Cash Money)

2. Adele 21(XL)

3. The Black Keys El Camino (Nonesuch)

4. Young Jeezy TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition (CTE/Def Jam)

5. Korn The Path of Totality (Roadrunner)

6. Skrillex Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Big Beat/Atlantic)

7. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (DVD) 20th Century Fox

8. Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Universal Republic)

9. Murs, Love and Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation (BluRoc) One of hip-hop’s most distinctly talented lyricists, Murs teams with producer Ski Beatz on an album of odes to love and marriage, international travelogues and vivid narratives.

9. Foster the People Torches (Columbia)

10. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack (Null)


10. Crooked Fingers, Breaks in the Armor (Merge) Sparse in sound and blunt in lyrics, Eric Bachmann’s latest is an album about vulnerability and perseverance, songs that speak to intensely personal struggles. Honorable Mention: As one of the organizers/ producers of the Luz de Vida compilation, it’s hardly fair for me to include it in the list. But it’s a stunning collection of songs that meant more to me this year than any other music. Wilco, The Whole Love; Mr. Gnome, Madness in Miniature; Amos Lee, Mission Bell; Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues; The Low Anthem, Smart Flesh; Gillian Welch, The Harrow and the Harvest; The Roots, Undun; Iron and Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean; Smith Westerns, Dye It Blonde; Generationals, Actor-Caster; St. Vincent, Strange Mercy; Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring for My Halo. JANUARY 5 - 11, 2012




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Sand, Calexico, and Dead Western Plains, as well as national artists with close ties to Tucson including Spoon, Robyn Hitchcock, Neko Case, the Meat Puppets, DeVotchKa, and Jimmy Eat World; there is also a yellow-vinyl LP version featuring a dozen songs by local acts which comes with a download card for all 37 songs. The album was produced by the organization Music Against Violence, of which I’m a member, along with the Rialto Theatre’s Curtis McCrary and Ryan Trayte; Loveland Studio producers and engineers Tom Beach and Nathan Sabatino; Tucson Weekly contributor Eric Swedlund; and Fort Lowell Records owner and operator James Tritten. More information is available at We haven’t seen the last of the generosity from local and national musicians. In addition to Barber’s upcoming benefit at the Fox on Jan. 15, this weekend, local blues band the Bryan Dean Trio has chosen to release its second album, Sobriety Checkpoint, as part of the Beyond Tucson commemoration, happening citywide on Saturday, Jan. 7. The band—guitarist Dean, drummer Ralph Gilmore, and bassist Koko—won the 2010 Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation’s blues challenge, and made it into the semifinals in the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Doors open at 7 p.m. for this free show, which will take place at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. For more information, check out, or call 622-8848.

POST-PREVIEW The Bryan Dean Trio isn’t the only local act releasing new material this week. If you’ve been following the Weekly’s daily dispatch, The Range ( you’ve no doubt seen (and heard) a new song each week for the last four weeks by instrumental rockers Sleep Driver. The first, “319,” is available for free download, and the other three are available to stream at The Range. The full album, Signals, features seven tracks that aren’t quite math-y enough to be considered post-rock, but that’s probably the catchall category they’ll be filed under. Good stuff. You can purchase the album as either a CD or download at, or better yet, pick one up directly from the band when they celebrate the release of Signals with a show at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Friday, Jan. 6. Doors open at 8 p.m.; the bill also features Tugboat and Scrilla Gorilla. Admission is $5. For more information, head to hotelcongress. com/club.

GIVING THANKS As a member of the team that put it together, I’d like to offer sincere, heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to the success of this year’s Great Cover-Up, which was held Dec. 15 to 17, at Plush, Club Congress and the Rialto Theatre. Thanks to your efforts, we’ll be writing a check for about $7,000 to the event’s beneficiary, the nonprofit TAMHA, the Tucson Artists and Musicians Health Alliance. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without all 54 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

of you, so let me take a moment to single out those who helped the most. Big ups to the following: Weekly contributor Mel Mason; Matt Milner and Randy Peterson of KXCI FM 91.3; Curtis McCrary, Ryan Trayte, Alyssa Hoyt, Bruce Momich and all at the Rialto Theatre; Tom Beach, Kris Kerry and all at Plush; David Slutes, Dana Fehr and all at Club Congress; promoter Dan Hernandez; our sponsors: Sticks N’ Strings, Chicago Music Store, KXCI and the Tucson Weekly; all of the participating food trucks; and most of all, all of the performers who donated their time and energy to a great cause and treated us to some truly amazing music: Muddy Bug, Jeremy Michael Cashman, The Swigs, Genevieve and the LPs, Still Life Telescope, The Monitors, Faster Than Light, The Distortionists, Shaun Harris and Full Release, Young Mothers, Early Black, Fish Karma, Shrimp Chaperone, Ferrodyne, Crosscut Saw, Ryan Green, Cameron Hood, Some of Them Are Old, Flagrante Delicto, Emergency Broadcast System (whose Alex Italics proposed to his girlfriend during their set—congrats!), Spacefish, Gabriel Sullivan, DJPJ and Celeste, the David Clark Band, Marianne Dissard, Smallvox, Affirming the Consequent, Run-On Sunshine, Peaks, Jumper, The Gunrunners, the Wayback Machine, Planet Jam, Roman Barten-Sherman, Worm, Boreas, Alisha Peru, the Good Little Thieves, Christopher Stevens, Katie Haverly, Sugar Stains, Gaza Strip, Funky Bonz, Al Perry, Monster Pussy, Leila Lopez, the Awkward Moments, Doctor Dinosaur, The Wyatts, American Android, The Jons, Seashell Radio and The Modeens, Sergio Mendoza, 8 Minutes to Burn, Krista Khrome’s Feed, and The Tryst. Of course, thanks to all who attended, too. Our appreciation is boundless. We’ll see you again next year.

ON THE BANDWAGON The Dirt Daubers (featuring Legendary Shack Shakers front man J.D. Wilkes) at Solar Culture Gallery on Tuesday, Jan. 10; Malaikat Dan Singa, Larkin Grimm, Vox Urbana and Jeremy Jules at La Cocina on Wednesday, Jan. 11; The Young (recently signed to Matador Records) at Solar Culture Gallery next Thursday, Jan. 12; The Temptations at the Diamond Center at Desert Diamond Casino next Thursday, Jan. 12; combination video release for Savant’s “Beast and the Best” and video shoot for Big Meridox’s “Whiskey Breath” featuring performances by Savant, Big Meridox and DJ Bonus, and Shaun Harris and Full Release at Mr. Head’s on Saturday, Jan. 7; HuDost at the Galactic Center inside the Arches building (at 35 E. Toole Ave., next door to Solar Culture); Rhythm and Roots Birthday Bash (celebrating its first year in its new location) featuring The Coolers at Suite 147 in Plaza Palomino on Saturday, Jan. 7; … music video?, Little Lo and Future Loves Past at Plush on Friday, Jan. 6; Wednesday 13, Aiden, Modern Day Escape and others at The Rock on Sunday, Jan. 8; the Carnivaleros at Boondocks Lounge tonight, Thursday, Jan. 5; the Black Jackalope Ensemble, Mean Beans and Havarti Orchestra at Sky Bar next Thursday, Jan. 12; Zo Carroll and the Soul Breakers at Boondocks Lounge on Sunday, Jan. 8.

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. AMADO TERRITORY STEAKHOUSE 3001 E. Frontage Road. Amado. 398-2651. 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. BOJANGLES SALOON 5244 S. Nogales Highway. 889-6161. BOONDOCKS LOUNGE 3306 N. First Ave. 690-0991. THE BRANDING IRON RUTHRAUFF 2660 W. Ruthrauff Road. 888-9452. BRATS 5975 W. Western Way Circle. 578-0341. BRODIE’S TAVERN 2449 N. Stone Ave. 622-0447. BUFFALO WILD WINGS 68 N. Harrison Road. 296-8409. BUGGY WHEEL BAR AND GRILL 3156 E. Drexel Road. 573-0035. CACTUS MOON 5470 E. Broadway Blvd. 748-0049. CAFÉ PASSÉ 415 N. Fourth Ave. 624-4411. CAFÉ ROKA 35 Main St. Bisbee.. (520) 432-5153. CAFE TREMOLO 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., No. 152. 742-2999. THE CANYON’S CROWN RESTAURANT AND PUB 6958 E. Tanque Verde Road. 885-8277. CASA VICENTE RESTAURANTE ESPAÑOL 375 S. Stone Ave. 884-5253. CASCADE LOUNGE Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive. 615-5495. CHICAGO BAR 5954 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-8169. CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. LA COCINA RESTAURANT, CANTINA AND COFFEE BAR 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351. COW PALACE 28802 S. Nogales Highway. Amado. (520) 398-1999. COW PONY BAR AND GRILL 6510 E. Tanque Verde Road. 721-2781. CUSHING STREET RESTAURANT AND BAR 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984. DELECTABLES RESTAURANT AND CATERING 533 N. Fourth Ave. 884-9289. THE DEPOT SPORTS BAR 3501 E. Fort Lowell Road. 795-8110. DESERT DIAMOND CASINO MONSOON NIGHTCLUB 7350 S. Nogales Highway. 294-7777. DESERT DIAMOND CASINO SPORTS BAR Interstate 19 and Pima Mine Road. 393-2700. DIABLOS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL 2545 S. Craycroft Road. 514-9202. DRIFTWOOD RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE 2001 S. Craycroft Road. 790-4317.

DRY RIVER COMPANY 800 N. Kolb Road. 298-5555. DV8 5851 E. Speedway Blvd. 885-3030. ECLIPSE AT COLLEGE PLACE 1601 N. Oracle Road. 209-2121. EDDIES COCKTAILS 8510 E. Broadway Blvd. 290-8750. EL CHARRO CAFÉ SAHUARITA 15920 S. Rancho Sahuarita. Sahuarita. 325-1922. EL CHARRO CAFÉ ON BROADWAY 6310 E. Broadway Blvd. 745-1922. EL MEZÓN DEL COBRE 2960 N. First Ave. 791-0977. EL PARADOR 2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 881-2744. ELBOW ROOM 1145 W. Prince Road. 690-1011. ENOTECA PIZZERIA WINE BAR 58 W. Congress St. 623-0744. 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. FIRE + SPICE Sheraton Hotel and Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road. 323-6262. FLYING V BAR AND GRILL Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive. 299-2020. FOX AND HOUND SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN Foothills Mall, 7625 N. La Cholla Blvd. 575-1980. FROG AND FIRKIN 874 E. University Blvd. 623-7507. LA FUENTE 1749 N. Oracle Road. 623-8659. FUKU SUSHI 940 E. University Blvd. 798-3858. GENTLE BEN’S BREWING COMPANY 865 E. University Blvd. 624-4177. GILLIGAN’S PUB 1308 W. Glenn St. 623-3999. GLASS ONION CAFE 1990 W. River Road, Suite 100. 293-6050. GOLD Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road. 917-2930, ext. 474. GOLDEN PIN LANES 1010 W. Miracle Mile. 888-4272. THE GRILL AT QUAIL CREEK 1490 Quail Range Loop. Green Valley.. 393-5806. GUADALAJARA GRILL EAST 750 N. Kolb Road. 296-1122. GUADALAJARA GRILL WEST 1220 E. Prince Road. 323-1022. HANGOVER’S BAR AND GRILL 1310 S. Alvernon Way. 326-2310. HIDEOUT BAR AND GRILL 1110 S. Sherwood Village Drive. THE HIDEOUT 3000 S. Mission Road. 791-0515. HILDA’S SPORTS BAR 1120 Circulo Mercado. Rio Rico. (520) 281-9440. THE HUT 305 N. Fourth Ave. 623-3200. IBT’S 616 N. Fourth Ave. 882-3053. IGUANA CAFE 210 E. Congress St. 882-5140. IRISH PUB 9155 E. Tanque Verde Road. 749-2299. JAVELINA CANTINA 445 S. Alvernon Way. 881-4200, ext. 5373.

JEFF’S PUB 112 S. Camino Seco Road. 886-1001. KINGFISHER BAR AND GRILL 2564 E. Grant Road. 323-7739. KON TIKI 4625 E. Broadway Blvd. 323-7193. LAFFS COMEDY CAFFÉ 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. 323-8669. LAS CAZUELITAS 1365 W. Grant Road. 206-0405. LEVEL BAR LOUNGE 4280 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 37. 615-3835. LI’L ABNER’S STEAKHOUSE 8500 N. Silverbell Road. 744-2800. LINDY’S AT REDLINE SPORTS GRILL 445 W. Wetmore Road. 888-8084. LOOKOUT BAR AND GRILLE 245 E. Ina Road. 297-1151. THE LOOP TASTE OF CHICAGO 10180 N. Oracle Road. 878-0222. LOVIN’ SPOONFULS VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT 2990 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 120. 325-7766. LUNA BELLA ITALIAN CUISINE AND CATERING 2990 N. Swan Road, No. 145. 325-3895. M&L AIRPORT INN BAR AND GRILL 2303 E. Valencia Road. 294-1612. MALIBU YOGURT AND ICE CREAM 825 E. University Blvd. 903-2340. MARGARITA BAY 7415 E. 22nd St. 290-8977. MAVERICK 6622 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-0430. MAYNARDS MARKET AND KITCHEN 400 N. Toole Ave. 545-0577. MCMAHON’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 2959 N. Swan Road. 327-7463. MIDTOWN BAR AND GRILL 4915 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-2011. MINT COCKTAILS 3540 E. Grant Road. 881-9169. MOONEY’S PUB 1110 S. Sherwood Village Drive. 885-6443. 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. MY BIG FAT GREEK RESTAURANT FOOTHILLS MALL 7265 N. La Cholla Blvd. 797-7444. NEVADA SMITH’S 1175 W. Miracle Mile. 622-9064. NORTH 2995 E. Skyline Drive. 299-1600. O’MALLEY’S 247 N. Fourth Ave. 623-8600. THE OFFICE BAR 6333 S. Sixth Ave. 746-9803. OLD FATHER INN 4080 W. Ina Road. Marana. 744-1200. OLD PUEBLO GRILLE 60 N. Alvernon Way. 326-6000. OLD TUBAC INN RESTAURANT AND SALOON 7 Plaza Road. Tubac. (520) 398-3161. ON A ROLL 63 E. Congress St. 622-7655. THE ONYX ROOM 106 W. Drachman St. 620-6699. ORACLE INN 305 E. American Ave. Oracle. 896-3333. O’SHAUGHNESSY’S 2200 N. Camino Principal. 296-7464. PARADISO BAR AND LOUNGE Casino Del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road. (800) 344-9435. LA PARRILLA SUIZA 2720 N. Oracle Road. 624-4300. PEARSON’S PUB 1120 S. Wilmot Road. 747-2181. PLUSH 340 E. Sixth St. 798-1298. PUTNEY’S 6090 N. Oracle Road. 575-1767. 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. LE RENDEZ-VOUS 3844 E. Fort Lowell Road. 323-7373. REVOLUTIONARY GROUNDS 606 N. Fourth Ave. 620-1770. RIC’S CAFE/RESTAURANT 5605 E. River Road. 577-7272. RIVER’S EDGE LOUNGE 4635 N. Flowing Wells Road. 887-9027. RJ’S REPLAYS SPORTS PUB AND GRUB 5769 E. Speedway Blvd. 495-5136. THE ROCK 136 N. Park Ave. 629-9211. ROYAL SUN INN AND SUITES 1015 N. Stone Ave. 622-8871. RUNWAY BAR AND GRILL 2101 S. Alvernon Way. 790-6788. 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. SHARKS 256 E. Congress St. 791-9869. SHERATON HOTEL AND SUITES 5151 E. Grant Road. 323-6262. SHOOTERS STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON 3115 E. Prince Road. 322-0779. SHOT IN THE DARK CAFÉ 121 E. Broadway Blvd. 882-5544. SINBAD’S FINE MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE 810 E. University Ave. 623-4010. SKY BAR 536 N. Fourth Ave. 622-4300. THE SKYBOX RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR 5605 E. River Road. 529-7180. SOLAR CULTURE 31 E. Toole Ave. 884-0874. STADIUM GRILL 3682 W. Orange Grove Road. Marana.. 877-8100. STOCKMEN’S LOUNGE 1368 W. Roger Road. 887-2529. SUITE 147 AT PLAZA PALOMINO 2970 N. Swan Road, No. 147. 440-4455. SULLIVAN’S STEAK HOUSE 1785 E. River Road. 299-4275. SURLY WENCH PUB 424 N. Fourth Ave. 882-0009. TANQUE VERDE RANCH 14301 E. Speedway Blvd. 296-6275. TERRY AND ZEKE’S 4603 E. Speedway Blvd. 325-3555. UNICORN SPORTS LOUNGE 8060 E. 22nd St., No. 118. 722-6900. V FINE THAI 9 E. Congress St. 882-8143. VERONA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 120 S. Houghton Road. 722-2722. VOYAGER RV RESORT 8701 S. Kolb Road. 574-5000. WHISKEY TANGO 140 S. Kolb Road. 344-8843. WILD BILL’S STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON 5910 N. Oracle Road. none. WILDCAT HOUSE 1801 N. Stone Ave. 622-1302. WINGS-PIZZA-N-THINGS 8838 E. Broadway Blvd. 722-9663. WISDOM’S CAFÉ 1931 E. Frontage Road. Tumacacori. 398-2397. WOODEN NICKEL 1908 S. Country Club Road. 323-8830. WOODY’S 3710 N. Oracle Road. 292-6702. ZEN ROCK 121 E. Congress St. 624-9100.

THU JAN 5 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Bob Linesch The Auld Dubliner Live local music Beer Belly’s Pub Open jam Boondocks Lounge Carnivaleros The Branding Iron Ruthrauff Ivan Denis Cactus Moon Los Gallegos and Robert Moreno Café Passé Jeff Grubic and Naim Amor Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Live classical guitar Cascade Lounge Doug Martin Chicago Bar Neon Prophet La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Stefan George Eddies Cocktails Cass Preston and His Band Fire + Spice Live jazz with Prime Examples La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live mariachi music Las Cazuelitas Live music Maverick Flipside McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Susan Artemis My Big Fat Greek Restaurant Foothills Mall Retro Rockets O’Malley’s Live music On a Roll Live music The Onyx Room Larry Loud and George Howard O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge Hollywood and Vine Plush Spiders Can Fly RPM Nightclub 80’s and Gentlemen Sheraton Hotel and Suites Prime Example Sky Bar gHosTcOw Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Wild Bill’s Steakhouse and Saloon Wild Oats

KARAOKE/OPEN MIC The Bamboo Club Karaoke with DJ Tony G Bedroxx Karaoke with DJ Chubbz Bojangles Saloon Buffalo Wild Wings Tucson’s Most Wanted Entertainment with KJ Sean The Depot Sports Bar El Charro Café Sahuarita Famous Sam’s Silverbell Amazing Star karaoke Famous Sam’s Valencia Gilligan’s Pub Glass Onion Cafe Open mic Golden Pin Lanes Karaoke and music videos with DJ Adonis Hilda’s Sports Bar M&L Airport Inn Bar and Grill Margarita Bay Mooney’s Pub Open mic Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Cutthroat Karaoke Music Box Karaoke with AJ River’s Edge Lounge Karaoke with KJ David Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y Not Karaoke Stadium Grill Karaoke, dance music and music videos with DJ Tigger Voyager RV Resort Karaoke with the Tucson Twosome

DANCE/DJ Azul Restaurant Lounge DJ spins music Diablos Sports Bar and Grill XLevel DJs Eclipse at College Place DJ spins music Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company DJ spins music The Hideout Fiesta DJs IBT’s DJ spins music Javelina Cantina DJ M. M&L Airport Inn Bar and Grill DJ Caliente Sam Hughes Place Championship Dining DJ spins music Sapphire Lounge Salsa night Sharks DJ Aspen Surly Wench Pub Clean Cut with DJ Natalia Unicorn Sports Lounge Y Not Entertainment Zen Rock DJ Kidd Kutz

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Amado Territory Steakhouse Becky Reyes featuring Scott Muhleman Arizona Inn Dennis Reed The Bamboo Club Live music The Bashful Bandit Live music Bojangles Saloon Live music Boondocks Lounge Neon Prophet The Branding Iron Ruthrauff Ivan Denis Buggy Wheel Bar and Grill Tumblinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dice Cactus Moon Robert Moreno CafĂŠ Roka Nancy Weaver and Cool Jazz Cafe Tremolo William Tell and Patrick Caulley The Canyonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crown Restaurant and Pub Live music Cascade Lounge Doug Martin Chicago Bar The AmoSphere Club Congress Sleep Driver CD-release party, Tugboat, Scrilla Gorilla La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Greg Morton Delectables Restaurant and Catering Live music Dry River Company The Railbirdz Eclipse at College Place Live music Eddies Cocktails Dust Devils El MezĂłn del Cobre Mariachi Azteca El Parador Descarga, Salsarengue, Tito y Su Nuevo Son Famous Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E. Golf Links Live music La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente Glass Onion Cafe Live music The Grill at Quail Creek Paul McGuffin Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music The Hideout Grupo la Madrid Irish Pub Johnnie and the Rumblers Las Cazuelitas Mariachis Liâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l Abnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse Arizona Dance Hands Lindyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Redline Sports Grill East2West Lovinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Spoonfuls Vegetarian Restaurant Elisabeth Blin Luna Bella Italian Cuisine and Catering Jay Faircloth Maverick Flipside McMahonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prime Steakhouse Daniel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slyâ&#x20AC;? Slipetsky Mint Cocktails Live music Mooneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub Roadrunner Gunner Mr. Anâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teppan Steak and Sushi Los Cubanos Mr. Headâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Gallery and Bar Collin Shook Trio Old Father Inn Live music Oracle Inn Greg Spivey Band Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shaughnessyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge Los Musicales La Parrilla Suiza Mariachi music Plush Lounge: Shrimp Chaperone. Main stage: Future Loves Past, Little Lo, ... music video? Ricâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe/Restaurant Live music Riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Edge Lounge Neil Russell Shot in the Dark CafĂŠ Mark Bockel The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Gentlemen Stadium Grill Live music Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steak House Live music Surly Wench Pub Black Cherry Burlesque V Fine Thai The Quartet Whiskey Tango Vintage Sugar Wild Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse and Saloon Beau Renfro and Clear Country Woodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Susan Artemis

KARAOKE/OPEN MIC Bedroxx Open mic Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites Karaoke with DJ Richard Brats Brodieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern Cow Palace Karaoke with DJ Famous Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s W. Ruthrauff Famous Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oracle Chubb Rock with Ray Brennan Famous Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pima IBTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Karaoke with Troy St. John Iguana Cafe Jeffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub Kustom Karaoke Margarita Bay Midtown Bar and Grill Putneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Karaoke with DJ Soup Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y Not Karaoke Salty Dawg II Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Wanted Entertainment with KJ Sean Shooters Steakhouse and Saloon Stockmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge Terry and Zekeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wings-Pizza-N-Things YNot Entertainment

DANCE/DJ The Auld Dubliner DJ spins music Azul Restaurant Lounge Ladies and Lyrics Night: DJ spins music Bedroxx DJ spins music Casa Vicente Restaurante EspaĂąol Flamenco guitar and


dance show Desert Diamond Casino Sports Bar Fright night party Diablos Sports Bar and Grill XLevel DJs DV8 Planet Q Live with Chris P. and JoJo 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&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Valencia DJ spins music Fuku Sushi DJ spins music Hangoverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar and Grill DJ spins music IBTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DJ spins music Javelina Cantina DJ M. Level Bar Lounge DJ Rivera Lindyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Redline Sports Grill DJ spins music Maynards Market and Kitchen DJ spins music Music Box â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s and more NoRTH DJ spins music Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DJ Dibs The Onyx Room DJ Mista T Sam Hughes Place Championship Dining DJ spins music Sapphire Lounge Flashback Fridays with DJ Sid the Kid Sinbadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Mediterranean Cuisine DJ spins music Sky Bar Hot Era party Unicorn Sports Lounge Y Not Entertainment Wildcat House Top 40 dance mix Wooden Nickel DJ spins music Woodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tori Steeleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cover Girl Revue Zen Rock DJ Kidd Kutz

COMEDY Laffs Comedy CaffĂŠ Rusty Z Revolutionary Grounds Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed

SAT JAN 7 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed The Bashful Bandit Live music Bojangles Saloon Live music Boondocks Lounge Tony and the Torpedoes Buggy Wheel Bar and Grill Tumblinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dice CafĂŠ PassĂŠ Elephant Head Trio Cascade Lounge George Howard Chicago Bar Neon Prophet Club Congress Bryan Dean Trio CD-release party Cow Pony Bar and Grill DJ spins music Cushing Street Restaurant and Bar Live jazz Delectables Restaurant and Catering Live music Desert Diamond Casino Monsoon Nightclub Lucky Break Desert Diamond Casino Sports Bar Retro Rockets Driftwood Restaurant and Lounge Live music Eclipse at College Place Live music Eddies Cocktails Classic rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll El Charro CafĂŠ Sahuarita Live salsa band El MezĂłn del Cobre Mariachi Azteca El Parador Descarga, Salsarengue, Tito y Su Nuevo Son Enoteca Pizzeria Wine Bar Phil Borzillo Famous Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E. Golf Links Live music Fire + Spice Tucson Jazz Institute Flying V Bar and Grill Domingo DeGrazia La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente Gold Live music Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music The Hideout Los Bandidos Kingfisher Bar and Grill Kevin Pakulis and Amy Langley Las Cazuelitas Mariachis Liâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l Abnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse Arizona Dance Hands Lookout Bar and Grille Live acoustic Maverick The Jack Bishop Band McMahonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prime Steakhouse Daniel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slyâ&#x20AC;? Slipetsky Mooneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub Live music Mr. Anâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teppan Steak and Sushi The Bishop/Nelly Duo Mr. Headâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Gallery and Bar Collin Shook Trio Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Live music The Office Bar Reggae Night: 12 Tribes Sound, Jahmar International Old Pueblo Grille Live music Old Tubac Inn Restaurant and Saloon Wildfire Oracle Inn Beau Renfro Clear Country Band Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shaughnessyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge Los Musicales La Parrilla Suiza Mariachi music Plush Kitchen on Fire, Cheepness Ricâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe/Restaurant Live music Riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Edge Lounge Shell Shock Sheraton Hotel and Suites Tucson Jazz Institute Sky Bar SuchaMC Stadium Grill Live music Suite 147 at Plaza Palomino You Says Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Your Birthday with the Coolers Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steak House Live music Tanque Verde Ranch Live music V Fine Thai Phony Bennett Whiskey Tango Live music Wisdomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ Bill Manzanedo

KARAOKE/OPEN MIC Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites Karaoke with DJ Richard Brats The Depot Sports Bar Elbow Room Famous Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silverbell Amazing Star karaoke Famous Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s W. Ruthrauff Famous Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oracle Chubb Rock with Ray Brennan Famous Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pima The Grill at Quail Creek Hangoverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar and Grill IBTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Amazing Star Entertainment Jeffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub Kustom Karaoke The Loop Taste of Chicago Karaoke, dance music and videos with DJ Juliana Margarita Bay Midtown Bar and Grill Nevada Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old Father Inn Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y Not Karaoke Stockmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge Terry and Zekeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

DANCE/DJ The Auld Dubliner DJ spins music Bedroxx DJ spins music Brodieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern Latino Night Cactus Moon Line-dance lesson Casa Vicente Restaurante EspaĂąol Flamenco guitar and dance show Club Congress Bang! Bang! dance party La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar DJ Herm Diablos Sports Bar and Grill XLevel DJs El Charro CafĂŠ on Broadway DJ Soo Latin mix El Parador Salsa dance lessons with Jeannie Tucker Famous Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Valencia DJ spins music Gentle Benâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewing Company DJ spins music IBTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saturday Starlets Drag Show, DJ spins music Lindyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Redline Sports Grill DJ spins music Music Box â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s and more On a Roll DJ Aspen Rustyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family Restaurant and Sports Grille DJ Obi Wan Kenobi Sam Hughes Place Championship Dining DJ spins music Sapphire Lounge DJ 64, DJ Phil Sharks DJ Chucky Chingon Sinbadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Mediterranean Cuisine Belly dancing with Emma Jeffries and friends Surly Wench Pub Club Sanctuary Wildcat House Tejano dance mix Wooden Nickel DJ spins music Woodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DJ Michael Lopez Zen Rock DJ Kidd Kutz

COMEDY Laffs Comedy CaffĂŠ Rusty Z

SUN JAN 8 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed Armitage Wine Lounge and CafĂŠ Ryanhood The Auld Dubliner Irish jam session The Bashful Bandit Sunday Jam with the Deacon Beau Brummel Club R&B jam session Boondocks Lounge Zo Carroll and the Soul Breakers Chicago Bar Larry Diehl Band La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Elisabeth Blin Driftwood Restaurant and Lounge Live music Eddies Cocktails Dust Devils La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente The Grill at Quail Creek Paul McGuffin Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music The Hut Grateful Dead-inspired songs by Mike and Randy Las Cazuelitas Live music

Liâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l Abnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse Titan Valley Warheads McMahonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prime Steakhouse David Prouty Old Pueblo Grille Live music Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shaughnessyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Live pianist and singer Plush The Clam Tostada Raging Sage Coffee Roasters Paul Oman The Rock Wednesday 13, Aiden, Modern Day Escape, Solace in Nothing, To Believe in Ghosts and others Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steak House Live music Verona Italian Restaurant Melody Louise

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What was the first concert you ever saw? The Beatles, in December 1965, at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. I was 13. … One of my main memories, besides the screaming girls, is that during one song, “Yesterday,” they all actually shut up to listen. What are you listening to these days? T With the Maggies, an all-woman Irish group formed by Triona Ni Dhomhnaill—it features the lead singers from The Bothy Band, Clannad and Altan. Then there’s La Bottine Souriante, a French-Canadian band. And The Little Willies’ second album, For the Good Times. What was the first album you owned? Beatles for Sale.


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KXCI’S ROAST ’EM AND TOAST ’EM TEMPLE OF MUSIC AND ART Friday, Dec. 30 To hold a roast, in the Dean Martin tradition, is probably more old-school than even the founders of community gem KXCI FM 91.3 could have imagined. Cutting-edge clever, or fraught with disaster? This easily could have gone either way. Here was the premise: Stick four of the oldest, crustiest, longest-tenured volunteer DJs onstage for three 15-to-20-minute segments, and allow more than a dozen friends and associates to poke fun at them between four musical interludes by various two- or three-piece acoustic ensembles. Then let it all run late (almost four hours) … and, well, pray that the gods of comedy are in your corner. Fortunately, they were— and big-time, on a night when roastee Carol Anderson, host of Ruby’s Roadhouse, exclaimed, “My face hurts so much from smiling so hard!” She was joined in the roastee box by Milo Solujic (The Bluegrass Show), Dave “Kidd Squidd” Squires (Mystery Jukebox) and Marty Kool (Blues Review). All were easy targets, except for Kool, who seemed to get a pass due to his ultra-nice-guy persona. That is, until his wife came onstage to give support to the “love of my life,” only to pass Kool’s outstretched arms and lay a big, juicy hug on Squires. As expected, there were plenty of old, recycled jokes. Former DJ Mary Buckley quipped, “We all know about the three stages of life— youth, middle age and don’t-you-look-wonderful?” Jazz Sundae host Mark Rosenbaum was so funny that he earned two trips to the lectern. Making fun of Squires’ nickname, he offered some alternatives, including “My Kids Are Old Enough to Have Grandkids Squidd” and “I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up Squidd.” There were lots of other highlights, including the roastee rebuttals, but no one carried the night better than KXCI general manager Randy Peterson, who killed with his monologue and managed to skewer not only the four guests, but nearly every roaster as well. Musically, Stefan George and Tom Walbank; Way Out West; and Los Hombres all turned in fine sets. What stood out most, however, was a stellar a cappella performance by the Titan Valley Warheads trio. The event will be broadcast at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6, on Access Tucson. Jim Lipson

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With five engaging and completely different retrospectives behind them, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have long since mastered the art of repackaging and rerecording much of their best—if not bestknown—works. With this collection of so-called “message songs,” the lads may have finally outdone themselves. Returning to the studio to commemorate their 40th anniversary, these vets—who continue to play small theaters, clubs and coffeehouses throughout East—sound as crisp and relevant as ever. There’s enough topical material to fill a historical text that would make Howard Zinn proud. Issues and headlines covered are as far-ranging as Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Coalition (“Falling Down Clowns”), the homeless (“Shantytown”), war in Northern Ireland (“Remembrance Day”), the 1972 Olympics tragedy (“Olga”), refugees in Southeast Asia (”Ban Vinai”) and the passing of John Lennon (“Just Another Nothing With a Name,” “Johnny’s an Angel”). Some of these songs are achingly heartfelt—the Lennon tunes, “Remembrance Day” and “John Gary,” a remake of one of Fowler’s earliest compositions, in particular. But there is also a sense of whimsy, with Shulman’s “Life in the ’80s” and Fowler’s “Better Watch Out (for the Rastafarians).” ATS die-hards itching for new material will also be pleased with this offering, which includes four stellar first-time recordings. Beefing up the sound is the presence of bassist Fred Holman. Having performed and recorded in many configurations over the years, the trio sound here fully accentuates ample strengths as songwriters, singers and players. Jim Lipson

GBV’s latest is a “let’s get the band back together” album, featuring what’s being marketed as the band’s “classic” lineup (Pollard, Sprout, Mitchell, Fennell, Demos). This is the same crew that put out the band’s (arguably) most-beloved trilogy of records: 1994’s Bee Thousand, 1995’s Alien Lanes and 1996’s Under the Bushes Under the Stars. As fans of those albums know, for all their love of the signifiers and aesthetics of 1960s and ’70s-style garage rock, power pop and psychedelia, they’ve never really put out albums that fit those molds. That aforementioned trilogy of “classic” records works like a series of transmissions more than anything else, with snatches of melody drifting in and out, propulsive choruses suddenly fading away, and beatnik-ish rants muffled by static and drone popping up in odd places. Then there’d suddenly be “real” songs that would appear (like “Tractor Rape Chain” off Bee Thousand, or Alien Lanes’ “Motor Away”) and—remarkably for GBV— break the two-minute mark. So how Alien Lanes-y is Let’s Go Eat the Factory? Sort of, but not very. Though … kind of. Some of the songs sound more polished and aestheticized than anything we ever heard during GBV’s “classic” period—I am not feeling the strings on “Hang Mr. Kite.” But when LGETF sounds good, it sounds really good: when the bass takes over the last third of “Waves”; “Doughnut for a Snowman,” which could be a lost track from Bee Thousand; and the wonderful “Chocolate Boy.” Sean Bottai

During the last 30 years, many more music buffs have heard of this proto-punk band—active in Cleveland in 1974-1975 and responsible for spinning members off into Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys—than have actually heard its music. In fact, this album is the band’s first fulllength studio recording of allnew material. Although founding member Peter Laughner died in 1977, he was replaced for a 2003 reunion tour by Television guitarist Richard Lloyd. And on this CD, Lloyd sounds as good as ever; melodic and hypnotic, he’s the punk-rock Jerry Garcia. The set starts out with the fierce “I Sell Soul,” which promises all the power and bluster of 1970s-era punk rock before veering for a few cuts in an avant-garage direction, not unlike that which singer David Thomas pursued in Pere Ubu and his solo projects. Some of these tunes are fascinating glimpses into urban anxiety, and the delicious backward-sounding guitar on “Butcherhouse 4” is worth the wait. “Sister Love Train” is a nice collision of punk and Motown, but it sounds better on the next cut, a revision titled “Love Train Express” that dispenses with the horns and speeds up the tempo. “Good Times Never Roll” splits the difference between Iggy and Lou, two of RFTT’s early inspirations. “Six and Two” is a midtempo burner, while “Maelstrom” rocks mercilessly—two minutes of noguilt garage indulgence. Rocket From the Tombs’ new album isn’t the rock ’n’ roll game changer that, judging from music-geek legend, one might have expected— but neither is it 37 minutes wasted. Gene Armstrong

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conventional wisdom used to say. And indeed, no one in history broke that barrier until May 6, 1954, when Roger Bannister raced a mile in three minutes, 59.4 seconds. Since then, lots of athletes have done it, and the record has been lowered by another 17 seconds. In fact, the subfour-minute mile is now regarded as a standard accomplishment for middle-distance runners. I suspect that in 2012, you will accomplish your own version of Bannister’s feat—a breakthrough that once seemed crazy-difficult or beyond your capacity. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Back in 1958, 17-year-old Bob Heft created a 50-star American flag for a high school project. Hawaii and Alaska were being considered for U.S. statehood at that time, and a new design was needed to replace the old 48-star flag. Heft’s teacher originally gave him a grade of B- for his work. When his model was later selected to be the actual American flag, the teacher raised his grade to an A. I suspect that a similar progression is in store for you in the coming year, Leo. Some work you did that never received proper credit will finally be accorded the value it deserves.

gest you choose the influences you unleash with great care and integrity. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “If you’re in a good relationship, chances are you’re bored out of your mind,” spouts comedian Chris Rock in his show Never Scared. “All good relationships are boring. The only exciting relationships are bad ones. You never know what’s going to happen tomorrow when you’re in a bad relationship. You never know when they’re gonna walk through the door and say, ‘Hey, you gave me crabs.’ That’s exciting!” Rock is making a satirical overstatement, but it does contain grains of truth—which is why, in accordance with the astrological omens, I deliver the following request to you: In 2012, cultivate stable relationships that are boring in all the best ways. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Once every decade or so, you’re asked to make a special point of practicing forgiveness and atonement. According to my reading of the astrological omens, that time will be the next few months. I think it’ll be quite important for you to cleanse the grungy buildup of regrets and remorse from your

psyche. Ready to get started? Compose a list of the sins you could expiate, the karmic debts you can repay and the redemptions you should initiate. I suggest you make it into a fun, creative project that you will thoroughly enjoy. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Happiness isn’t a state you acquire by luck. It takes hard work and relentless concentration. You have to rise up and rebel against the nonstop flood of trivial chaos and meaningless events you’re invited to wallow in. You have to overcome the hard-core cultural conditioning that tempts you to assume that suffering is normal, and the world is a hostile place. It’s really quite unnatural to train yourself to be peaceful and mindful; it’s essentially a great rebellion against an unacknowledged taboo. Here’s the good news: 2012 will be an excellent time for you to do this work. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): More and more musicians and authors are choosing to self-publish. That way, they retain the full rights to their creative work, keeping it from being controlled and potentially misused by a record label or publishing com-

pany. One example is singer-songwriter Terri Hendrix, who owns all 14 of her master recordings. She lives by the motto “Own Your Own Universe.” I urge you to adopt her approach in 2012, Aquarius. The coming months will be a prime time for you to do all you can to take full possession of everything you need to become what you want to be. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The coming months will be a time when you’ll thrive by seeking out novel ideas, using new words and regarding your imagination as an organ that’s as important to feed as your stomach. In that spirit, I’m offering you a slew of freshly made-up terms that’ll help tease your brain in ways that are in alignment with the upcoming astrological factors. They all come from the very NSFW dictionary 1. Assymectricity: energy generated by lopsidedness. 2. Enigmagnetic: a person who attracts mysteries. 3. Indumbnitable: incapable of being dumbed down. 4. Beneviolent: helpful chaos. 5. Fauxbia: a fake fear. 6. Craptometry: ability to see through all the b.s. 7. Adoregasm: when you treasure someone to the point of ecstasy.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Greek philosopher Plato suggested that we may become more receptive to spiritual beauty by putting ourselves in the presence of physical beauty. The stimulation we get when inspired by what looks good may help train us to recognize sublime truths. I’m not so sure about that. In my experience, people often get so entranced by their emotional and bodily responses to attractive sights and sounds that they neglect to search for higher, subtler sources of splendor. But I do believe you may be an exception to this tendency in the coming months. That’s why I’m giving you the go-ahead—indeed, the mandate—to surround yourself with physical beauty. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Before he died in 1902, Libran cartoonist Thomas Nast left a potent legacy. Among his enduring creations were the modern image of Santa Claus, the iconic donkey for America’s Democratic Party and the elephant for the Republican Party. I’m guessing that 2012 is going to be a Thomas Nast kind of year for you Librans. The work you do and the ripples you set in motion are likely to last a long time. I sug-

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¡ASK A MEXICAN! BY GUSTAVO ARELLANO, Dear Mexican: In my hometown of Playa Larga (Long Beach, Calif.), natives refer to a major avenida in our villa, Junipero Avenue (named for Father Junipero Serra, accused native genocider, a candidate for sainthood—but I digress) as Juan-a-pear-o. There is no “Juan” in Junipero, but that’s how everyone in this town pronounces it. People who reside on the street, real-estate agents, residents, business owners—I even heard a former mayor pronounce it that way. Why do white Americans (and even some Guatemalan Americans) bend over backward to pronounce Junipero as Juan-a-pear-o to sound like they know how to pronounce it like a Spanish-speaker, yet it is the most garbled malapropism of the word (and should be pronounced hoo-NEE-pear-o)? Hombre Blanco de Playa Larga Dear Gabacho From Long Beach: Gotta say that in my lifetime of living in Southern California, I’ve never heard nadie pronounce Junipero like you say people mispronounce it— the malapropism I hear is June-IH-pear-oh, a fascinating medley of the proper accent placement on the third-to-last syllable in Junípero’s Spanish incarnation, and a rigid following of English grammatical structure. Thus is the wonderful world of the grammatical gabacho colonizing of the American Southwest, where Yankees decided to keep many of the original Spanish names of territories, cities and geographical landmarks, but Anglicize them—Texas instead of Teh-haas, Loss An-ju-less instead of Loce AHNG-heh-less, or A-ri-zone-ah instead of Hell-on-Earth. (OK, in fairness to the Sonoran dog, I am just talking about the parts of the state where Arpayaso and Brewer roam.) Custodians of Cervantes, of course, cringe at gabacho mongrelization of Spanish-language place names, and that’s a beautiful thing: Remember that one of the few cardinal rules of this columna is that language is fluid, and anyone who tries to box it in or gets their chonis in a bunch about it is as deluded as Rick Santorum. Why is every overweight, tattooed, goateed, bead-wearing, late-model-Tahoe-driving, noneducated enchilada in Texas a University of Texas


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Snow Job A regional-development commission in Michigan, purchasing equipment for 13 counties in May using Homeland Security grants, bought 13 machines that make snow cones, at a total cost of $11,700 (after rejecting one county’s request for a popcorn machine). Pressed to justify the purchases, officials pointed out that the machines make shaved ice, which might be useful for medical situations stemming from natural disasters and heat emergencies (and that they also make snow cones to draw crowds at Homeland Security demonstrations). Recurring Themes Here are other recent instances of recurring themes of weird news: • Once again, a genius tried to pass a piece of U.S. currency in an amount not even close to being legal tender: a $1 million bill. (The largest modern denomination is $100.) Michael Fuller, 53, was arrested in Lexington, N.C., in November when a Walmart cashier turned him in after he attempted to buy electronics totaling $475.78 (apparently expecting change of $999,524.22). • Most News of the Weird cases of “scorned” lovers who seemingly never give up stalking their exes are Japanese women, but “dumped” Americans surface occasionally. In October, Toni Jo Silvey, 49, was arrested in Houston when her ex (artist Peter Main) reported that she made 146 phone calls in one day and more than 1,000 (and 712 e-mails) in three months, following their 2009 breakup over his seeing a younger woman. She was also charged with attacking his home with a tire iron, eggs and a sword. • “Take Your Daughter (Son) to Work” days are popular at some companies, to introduce children to their parents’ cultures. Inadvertently, even criminals mimic the phenomenon. Joseph Romano, with 2-yearold son in tow, was allegedly selling drugs when police picked him up in September in Tunkhannock Township, Pa. And Edward Chatman Jr., 32, who was arrested for raping a woman in Oak Ridge, Tenn., in August, had brought his 6-month-old baby with him when he climbed through the woman’s window (though, police said, he stashed the kid in another room during the assault). • A cutting-edge treatment when News of the Weird first heard of it in 2000 is now mainstream for those suffering from extreme diarrhea due to a lack of “predator bacteria” in the colon (perhaps caused by antibiotics). Among the primary treatments now is a transplant—a transfusion of “fecal flora” from the gut of a bacteria-normal person, to restore the natural balance (introduced by a colonoscope after the stool is liquified in a blender). Following months of failed alternatives, Jerry Grant, 33, said in October that his transplant, at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, worked remarkably well. A recent study reported success in 70 of 77 patients. 70 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

• Laws involving child support change slowly in the U.S., but not so much in Australia. American courts are reluctant to end payments even if the man later disproves paternity (citing the harm to the child if the payments stop). However, in October, the Federal Magistrates Court in Melbourne, Australia, acting on fertility-test results, ordered a mother to reimburse the man she swore was the father after he proved he had been sterile. The woman also “recalled,” after extensive therapy, that she might have had a one-night stand with a stranger around the time of conception. • Perversion du jour: The 10-year-old lawenforcement crackdown on Internet child pornography has hit a technicality-based roadblock. Several times recently, perverts have beaten charges after creating “child pornography” that consisted of nude adult female bodies onto which facial photos of young girls had been pasted. This handiwork was apparently arousing to two Lakeland, Fla., men—Danny Parker, convicted in 2011, and John Stelmack, convicted in 2010—but both ultimately had their convictions overturned because no actual child was involved in sex. • Forgetting to pay the monthly rental fees on a storage locker can have serious consequences if the locker was used to store embarrassing or incriminating materials. News of the Weird reported on one such hapless client in 2007: a central Florida political activist under investigation whose locker yielded a rich trove for a local reporter. Similarly, perhaps, Dr. Conrad Murray (then under suspicion in the death of Michael Jackson) reportedly missed three payments on a Las Vegas storage locker, and prosecutors recovered items that appeared to contribute to their case (although it is not clear that any of the items were ever presented in court). • Hospital protocols may be changing—too slowly for Doreen Wallace, who fell in the lobby of the Greater Niagara General Hospital in Ontario, Canada, in October and broke her hip. Though it was less than 150 feet from the lobby to the emergency room, hospital personnel, following rules, instructed her to call an ambulance to take her around to the ER, though the nearest such ambulance, in the next city, did not arrive for 30 pain-filled minutes. Hospital officials said they would handle things better in the future. • A New York City jury awarded the family of a late teenager $1 million in November in its lawsuit against the city for mishandling the boy’s brain after his 2005 death. Following “testing,” the medical examiner kept the brain in a jar on a shelf, where it was inadvertently spotted by the victim’s sister during a school field trip to the mortuary (treatment the family considered extremely disrespectful). The case calls to mind that of Arkansas rapist Wayne Dumond, who had been castrated by vigilantes in 1984 and whose genitals the local sheriff had recovered and kept in a jar on a shelf in his office as a symbol of “justice.” Dumond subsequently (in 1988) won $110,000 in a “disrespect” lawsuit against the sheriff.



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