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OPINION OPIN Different show, same story: Tom Danehy 4 The Gaslight Theatre is its usual silly self in The Three Randy Serraglio 6 Amigos. Jim Hightower 6


Guest Commentary 8 Mailbag 8

CURRENTS The Skinny 9 By Jim Nintzel

In the Works 9 By Jim Nintzel and Hank Stephenson

Rumors, notes and half-truths regarding this year’s elections Media Watch 10 By John Schuster

Pro or Con? 11 By Tim Vanderpool

A popular program withers from neglect Weekly Wide Web 12 Compiled by Dan Gibson

Police Dispatch 12 By Anna Mirocha

Now banned in the Tucson Unified School District.

What Now? 13 By Mari Herreras

Confusion reigns after the TUSD board votes to eliminate ethnic studies Thirsty Tourists? 14 By Brian J. Pedersen

Tombstone claims the Forest Service is threatening its water

Appalling Times Several weeks ago, I drove up Interstate 10 to meet with a bunch of college friends at the Fiesta Bowl. The day was a blast. It was fantastic to catch up with old friends (who now live in New York City, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh and the San Francisco Bay Area) I hadn’t seen in years. The game—save the final three seconds of regulation and the overtime—was fantastic. However, there was one downer about the day: the reminder I received about the fact that my adopted home state doesn’t have a great reputation outside of extremeright GOP circles. Of course, after the unfathomable crusade by the state against the Tucson Unified School District’s ethnic-studies program—which, now that the crusade has ended in an apparent state victory, has devolved into something that’s awfully close to book bans—our state’s reputation has only become more embarrassing. And horrifying. While I can’t completely fault the TUSD school board for voting the way it did—the loss of millions of dollars could effectively cripple the district—I can fault the board and TUSD administrators for the clusterfuck that’s followed since the Jan. 10 vote. (See “What Now?” on Page 13.) Certain teachers are being told they can’t teach certain books? Certain topics may or may not be off-limits? Really? In 2012? John Huppenthal, Tom Horne, Jan Brewer and every legislator who voted for House Bill 2281 should be ashamed— and so should all of the TUSD officials who let this happen, either by not fighting the state or by not adequately preparing for all eventualities. Some students in classrooms in the city I call home had to watch as their books were taken away. I’ve never been more embarrassed to be an Arizonan.

It Never Ends 15 By Colin Boyd and Bob Grimm

The year 2011 in film had some good—and a whole lot of terrible

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City Week 22 Our picks for the week

Charming Cottage 40

TQ&A 24 Chris Ward, Lawyers for Literacy

PERFORMING ARTS Justice Is Served 30 By Sherilyn Forrester

The Gaslight Theatre is its usual silly, fun self with The Two Amigos

By Rita Connelly

This popular midtown spot offers a limited menu of delicious Polish treats Noshing Around 40 By Adam Borowitz

MUSIC Rare Finds 44 By Carl Hanni


A small Tucson record label is making big waves by re-releasing obscure psychedelic albums

Despite the Hardships 32

Soundbites 45

By Margaret Regan

Powerful works make UAMA’s uneven Border Project worth a visit

BOOKS African Adventures 35 By Paul Wine

By Stephen Seigel

Club Listings 48 Nine Questions 50 Live 51

Tucsonan Richard Grant details his attempt to make history in Crazy River

Rhythm & Views 52


Open for Business 54

Disingenuous Journey 36

A new medical-marijuana center in Tucson takes a onestop-shop approach

By Colin Boyd

Extremely Loud packs a wallop at the end—but the rest of the film is too manipulative Film Times 37 Smuggle Bungle 38 By Bob Grimm

Numerous silly twists and surprisingly subpar performances doom Contraband Now Showing at Home 39


CLASSIFIEDS Comix 55-56 Free Will Astrology 55 ¡Ask a Mexican! 56 Savage Love 57 Personals 60 Employment 61 News of the Weird 62 Real Estate 62 Rentals 62 Mind, Body and Spirit 63 Crossword 63 *Adult Content 57-60

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ith the election year already in full stride, here are several things I absolutely know to be true (and a couple of things about which I am quite certain): • If Barack Obama wants to get re-elected, he is going to have to drop his Cool Breeze persona and go on the attack. The soul of America is at stake. • As we’ve been reminded throughout our lives, great civilizations crumble from within. The minute that the American middle class blinks out of existence is the moment when America ceases to exist. Karl Marx believed that for communism to take hold, the middle class had to be obliterated beyond recognition. How much would he be smiling if he learned that the eventual means toward that end would be runaway capitalism?

• What I find sad and embarrassing is the large number of people who, barring that one-in-a-billion lottery payoff, will never rise above their current modest economic status, and yet are willing to suspend their own disbelief by falsely equating what is being perpetrated by the banks and the corporations as just a 21st-century manifestation of the American Dream, which it most certainly is not. • The American Dream used to involve a good idea, lots of hard work, a ton of discipline so as to resist the urge to cut corners, and even a little luck. The way that far too many people are getting rich these days is through an unholy combination of loopholes, dodges, shady deals and cover fire provided by butt-licking politicians. • I don’t begrudge Bill Gates his money, or Sergey Brin his, or Serena Williams hers. They’ve earned it. I don’t even mind that the six Walton (Walmart) heirs have as much money as the bottom 30 percent of all Americans combined. At least old-man Sam Walton had a good idea, worked hard and exercised discipline. • I begrudge every rotten penny taken in by derivativeusin’, money-shufflin’, golden-parachute-havin’ crumbs who do nothing but enrich themselves at the expense of others and the overall American economy. They are like voracious worms eating away at the core of an apple, ceaselessly engorging themselves, knowing full well that their actions will eventually cause the shell to collapse on itself. • In theory, the rising tide of capitalism lifts all boats. But this is, at best, a bastardized form of capitalism, one that acts like an inversion layer, pushing down from above. • For people in the middle class to praise and defend those whose actions would hasten the demise of said middle class is an abomination. I have a couple of friends who, like me, are on the down slope of life. These two are creepily

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effusive in their praise of a broken system that will almost certainly prevent them and their progeny from ever making that time-honored leap from the middle class to the upper class. Their defense of those who, by hook or (mostly) crook, have found themselves on the plush side of the Ever-Greater Divide and have used their ill-gotten positions and connections to see to it that no one else joins them in the land of über-wealth saddens me. It’s one step away from old Rastus saying, “Oh, Massa, he’s all right. He hardly don’t beat me any more, and he lets me sleep in the barn on a rainy night.” • A recent report in The New York Times showed that, among advanced countries, America is distinguished as being the place where people born into the lower socioeconomic strata are least likely to advance to the upper or even middle class. Most Americans believe the opposite to be true (and the opposite should be true!), but it isn’t. • Just as there are people these days who are famous simply for being famous, there are people who are rich simply for being rich. They don’t make anything or serve anybody. They just have lots of money. And unlike people in the past, they’re not using their money to make more money; they’re using it to take more money. • We have to stop equating success with the acquisition of huge amounts of money. Some rich people are successful; many successful people aren’t rich. • The old Republican mantra used to be: I got mine; now you get yours any way you can. It’s now: I got mine, but I don’t want you to get yours, because it might make mine look smaller by comparison. • It’s hilarious that the congressional whores who shill for the money-grabbers call for less government regulation. It’s like bank-robbers saying that it would make their lives easier if vaults didn’t have locks. • This is the scariest statistic I’ve come across in the past year: According to an article by Tim Dickinson in Rolling Stone, the wages for the bottom 90 percent of all American taxpayers have gone up $1.50 an hour over the past 15 years. For the top 0.01 percent over that same period, they have gone up $10,000 an hour. • The real reason that Republicans keep complaining about “class warfare” is that they’ve already started it on behalf of their corporate and financial masters. If they can get away with it and blame it on somebody else, that’s a 2-for-1 deal. • There’s absolutely nothing worse than being cheap and greedy. I want to hit those for whom more than enough is never enough.

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used to love politics. I was fatally attracted by the intrigue and unpredictability of it, the written and oral combat, the clash of ideas and ideologies, and the noble notion that one person could move millions and change society for the better. Conversely, I also was fascinated by the propaganda, lies and subterfuge that have been a part of politics since the moment people began seeking institutional power. Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill famously said that “all politics is local,” in the sense that the concerns and problems of small-town America influenced what happened at the highest levels of representative government. It may have been true then, but no longer.

Good grief—how can someone so smart be so stupid? So clueless? So wrong? John Roberts is not just any someone. He’s chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the judicial body of last resort with God-like power to impose “justice” and alter the rules that the rest of us are expected to obey. But what rules of ethical Today, especially at the federal level, all politics is financial, conduct must these nine justices obey? and very little of it serves small-town America—or any other The answer is: None. While there are America. For proof, just watch a presidential debate, if you can written codes of conduct for every other stomach it. Virtually none of the rhetoric has anything to do judge in America, the Supremes have with reality, and none of the promises made will be delivered. majestically exempted themselves from any Regardless, the candidates know that if they convincingly such enforceable ethical burden. This is spew the correct vitriol toward the most useful targets— now causing a public stink for the court, their own government, Muslims, gays, Mexicans—then since three of the exalted jurists have New Englanders and Iowa caucus voters (caucusians?) will recently been exposed as participating in gather in secret granite caves and cornfield mazes and exenakedly political events to advance the forcute the political voodoo necessary to propel them to “viatunes of the right-wing corporate interests ble candidate” status. The Republibots understand who they for whom they’ve been ruling. This political really serve, and they’ll do what’s necessary to keep the partisanship is expressly prohibited by the money flowing. “My Vegas billionaire will see your corpocode of conduct that governs other federal rate raider’s $3 million, and raise $2 million.” judges, so why should these nine public This political kabuki may temporarily mesmerize the officials be exempt? sleeper cells of the American Taliban that will decide the Because, explained Chief Justice Republican nominee, but soon after the election, the buzz Roberts, all nine of us are “jurists of excepwears off, and the hangover sets in. Politics used to be a war tional integrity and experience.” He added between competing agendas, some of which were actually that they do “consult” the code, ducking implemented. Now, it’s just a war for the sake of war, and the obvious difference that he and his eight privileged colleagues can ignore the code with THIS MODERN WORLD By Tom Tomorrow impunity. “At the end of the day,” sniffed the imperious Roberts, “no compilation of ethical rules can guarantee integrity.” Wow, Chief, how sage is that? Since written rules can’t “guarantee” your integrity, why have them for lower courts, for any public office-holder, or even for common citizens? Roberts proves that you can’t cover stupidity with a law degree and a black robe. A coalition of citizen organizations is demanding that the Supreme Court stop toying with the integrity of the judicial system and at least follow the code of conduct for other judges. To join the push, contact


virtually nothing changes, no matter which party is in power. There’s a reason Congress is flirting with single-digit approval ratings: It’s earned it. The Bible-beaters of South Carolina will strike the next blow on the nominating gong. The Carolinian Christofascists face a conundrum, however: They don’t trust Mitt Romney’s McCain-like conversion and Johnny-come-lately arrival to the revival tent. He may be sufficiently country club for national consumption—he has the presidential hair, the blond accessory and the requisite litter of attractive whelps—but I think the Christo-fascists correctly perceive that there is really very little separating Mittsy from the man he would bump from the White House bubble. And that’s why none of this federal political bluster really matters. The difference between the two parties at the national level boils down to this: At least 99 percent of Republicans serve wealth and corporate power. With the Democrats, it’s only about 90 percent. President Obama quickly abandoned the change he promised during the last election and instead has spent three years toeing the corporate line. But if he’s lucky enough to see the unemployment rate come down another a half-tick by November, he’ll crush anybody the Republican mullahs put forward. Tip O’Neill is rolling in his voluminous grave. These days, politics is local only in the sense of who pays the price for it. For example, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal’s ruthless witch hunt against the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican-American studies program is not about the ideology of the state party, the Arizona Constitution or even budget priorities. It’s really about the students who will be affected—you know, the ones who marched out of class and showed up at administration offices with their fists in the air when their educational heritage was sacrificed on the altar of political expedience. Huppenthal says that the MAS program breeds racial resentment. In the sense that the true history of how gringos seized this land by violent force and proceeded to treat its Mexican inhabitants as second-class citizens for the next 150 years breeds resentment, then I guess he’s right. He says that the program promotes ethnic solidarity, as if that was a bad thing, rather than the glue that held an oppressed community together for all those years. Which is more important: hundreds of high school kids clamoring for a little dignity and respect on the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., or a bunch of wealthy men blowing billions of dollars to persuade fearful peons to continue voting against their self-interest? I’ll bet that King would not have bothered running for the White House, or even Congress. He’d be in the streets with those high school kids, still trying to prove that, not only should all politics be local, but local politics is all that matters.

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With Bob Barker’s help, the Tucson City Council can keep Connie and Shaba together BY JESSICA SHUMAN AND TRACY TOLAND

J.M. Smith has nothing to worry about regarding the move to take cannabis out of Schedule 1 (“Locked Up,” Medical MJ, Jan. 5). If history is any prelude to the future, the petitions for rescheduling cannabis will languish for years in the Drug Enforcement Administration inbox. After lawsuits to force action and discussion, and probably with dissent from the agency’s administrative law judges, the head of the DEA will deny the petition by fiat. Jay Bergstrom

Thanks for the Jan. 8 Coverage I very much appreciate all the articles you published about the shooting at Safeway on Jan. 8, 2011 (Jan. 5). I particularly appreciated the article which mentions Daniel Hernandez Jr. The article suggests that Mr. Hernandez has chosen modestly to stay out of the limelight in favor of emulating the everyday heroes he most admires, who do their best day after day to serve their communities. He is a role model for us all. Thanks to Tom Zoellner as well for doing his homework so carefully in “Not in a Vacuum.” I would add Sheriff Dupnik’s remarks that “people tend to pooh-pooh this business about all the vitriol that we hear inflaming the American public by people who make a living off of doing that. That may be free speech, but it’s not without consequences.” He was so right—and he was chastised for this remark by opportunistic Arizona conservatives. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ opponent was not the only Republican inciting voters to violence in the last election. We might also remember the advertising campaign of Sarah Palin, literally targeting Arizona in her crosshairs. These two were ample evidence of the truth of Sheriff Dupnik’s comments. Well done, Weekly editors and staff. Thank you. Patricia A. McKnight

Correction In the Jan. 12, Noshing Around, we reported that Gusto Osteria was open on Sunday; the restaurant is actually closed on Sunday. We apologize for the mistake.


elebrated television personality and animal-welfare activist Bob Barker is going to “come on down” for Connie and Shaba so that Tucson’s beloved elephants can remain together—but will the City Council join him? On a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, both the Reid Park Zoo and San Diego Zoo have refused to find a way to keep them together—and believe us, we’ve asked. Aside from those zoos, no other accredited facility that houses African and Asian elephants together is remotely suitable for Connie and Shaba due to a small exhibit size, the use of bull hooks or requirements that elephants give rides and perform circus tricks. This speaks strongly to their so-called “rigorous” standards. Forced to reach beyond that system, we approached PAWS (the Performing Animal Welfare Society), which has agreed to provide sanctuary for Connie and Shaba— together—when no one else has. The folks at PAWS know, as so many do, that their 30-year bond trumps all. Located in San Andreas, Calif., “PAWS can provide them with the nurturing care and space they deserve. Plans include a spacious barn and an expansive natural habitat designed exclusively for them,” says Barker, who is contributing $500,000 in matching funds toward the cost of construction. Now, Connie and Shaba’s future is truly in the hands of City Council members, who can vote to send them to PAWS. If four of them can summon the courage to take a stand and find it in their conscience to make the right decision, Connie and Shaba will never be at risk of being separated or transferred again. When Connie passes, Shaba would be integrated with PAWS’ African herd, an easier transition on such expansive acreage, compared to the close quarters at the Reid Park Zoo’s new elephant exhibit. PAWS’ director and founder have more than 75 years of experience between them. The organization employs 17 keepers for nine elephants, and the dedicated staff monitors the elephants 24/7. Neither the Reid Park Zoo nor San Diego Zoo can offer this. PAWS is also renowned for its progressive foot and joint treatment for arthritic elephants. Our proposal requests that the City Council allow Connie and Shaba to stay six more months in their current exhibit so the community can raise the remainder of the required funds ($500,000), and construction can be completed at PAWS. This is a relative bargain considering the cost of care per elephant ranges from $75,000 to $130,000 a year, and considering that the Reid Park Zoo’s new elephant exhibit cost more than $10 million, and has far less space and fewer amenities. The city of Tucson has agreed to give

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In the Works BY JIM NINTZEL AND HANK STEPHENSON, fter Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission wrapped up the work of drawing new boundaries for the state’s 30 legislative districts, lawmakers started scrambling. Here’s a quick look at how the new map affects Southern Arizona—and how the plans of the Southern Arizona delegation are shaking out. Legislative District 2: This area includes parts of what’s now LD 29 on Tucson’s south and southeast side, sans downtown Tucson. It includes South Tucson and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and snakes down Interstate 10 and the Santa Cruz River to take in Green Valley, Sahuarita and Nogales. More than 60 percent of the population is Hispanic, and the district should be an easy win for Democrats, who lead Republicans in voter registration by 17 percent. Democrat Sen. Linda Lopez is hoping to remain in her Senate seat without a fight, but it appears there’s a Democratic primary brewing in the House: Rep. Daniel Patterson wants to run in the district, which he says is a perfect fit for his ecology background; Andrea Dalessandro, who unsuccessfully sought a House seat in 2008 and 2010, now finds herself in the heavily Democratic district; and Salomon Baldenegro Jr. wants to make his political debut. Current LD 29 Rep. Matt Heinz is toying with the idea of a run for the new Congressional District 2, should Rep. Gabrielle Giffords not run for re-election. All the candidates so far are from the small Pima County portion of the district, and Santa Cruz County Democratic Party officials say their chances of fielding a candidate are slim. One of their former top prospects, ex-Nogales Mayor Octavio Garcia-Von Borstel, is currently serving a 3 1/2-year prison term for bribery. Legislative District 3: About half of the people old enough to vote in this downtown and westside district are Hispanic, and Democrats hold a solid 32-point voter-registration advantage in the district that is largely the former LD 27. Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford, who has represented the area since 2003, announced that she’s moving into an old house in the district, since her current residence ended up on the wrong side of the line with the new Republican-leaning LD 11, leaving her—as she put it—“screwed.” LD 27 Reps. Macario Saldate and Sally Ann Gonzales are planning House runs. Although both ran impressive campaigns through a crowded primary to win their seats in 2010, hot westside politics have bred many Democratic challengers in recent years. Legislative District 4: Democrats hold a 15-point advantage in this solidly blue district, which reaches into Tucson on the southwest


Where will Matt Heinz, Frank Antenori and Lynne Pancrazi end up? side, but mainly stretches west across the Tohono O’odham reservation and into the southern half of Yuma. The residents are 60 percent Hispanic and 6 percent Native American. State Rep. Lynne Pancrazi, a Yuma Democrat, is a likely candidate for the House or Senate. Pima County Democrats say they’re still recruiting candidates for the race. Legislative District 9: This metro district includes northern Tucson, the Catalina foothills and the Casas Adobes area, but stretches as far south as Speedway Boulevard between Campbell Avenue and Craycroft Road. While Democrats hold a voter-registration advantage of about 4 percent, it’s considered one of the state’s competitive districts. LD 28 incumbent Rep. Steve Farley is running for the Senate seat on the Democratic side. Mohur Sidhwa, who aimed for a House seat in 2010, is oiling up her campaign machinery, as is newcomer Victoria Steele, a former TV and radio reporter. Republican Rep. Terri Proud of the current LD 26 lives in this district, but rumor has it that she will not seek re-election, and will instead pursue other opportunities, while Republican Rep. Vic Williams is preparing a run for the Pima County Board of Supervisors. Democratic Sen. Paula Aboud also lives in the district, but she’s reached her term limit and, like Heinz, is weighing a run in Congressional District 2, should Giffords step down. Legislative District 10: Composed of the Tucson area east of downtown and mainly south of Speedway, LD 10 has roughly 3 percent more Democrats than Republicans and is considered another of the state’s few “competitive” districts. On the Democratic side, former state lawmaker Dave Bradley is planning a run for the Senate, while current LD 28 Rep. Bruce Wheeler is planning on staying in the House. An open seat will likely lure aspiring Democrats. Current LD 30 GOP Sen. Frank Antenori and Rep. Ted Vogt also ended up in LD 10.

Despite the voter-registration disadvantage, Vogt is planning to run for the House seat. Antenori is setting his sights on a run for the new CD 2 seat, setting up an exploratory campaign while waiting to see if Giffords will run. Legislative District 11: Republicans have an 11-point voter-registration lead in this Pima and Pinal county district, which includes Oro Valley, SaddleBrooke, the city of Maricopa and part of Casa Grande. Both LD 26 Sen. Al Melvin of SaddleBrooke and Sen. Steve Smith of Maricopa got drawn into the district, and Melvin has said he won’t step down to the House. We’ll see whether Smith decides he wants to run against Melvin in a primary, or move down to one of the two open seats in the House of Representatives. Republican Adam Kwasman, who has already landed the endorsement of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is running for one of those House seats. Although Dems are outnumbered in the district, Democrat Jo Holt is getting a Senate campaign off the ground. Legislative District 14: This largely rural district covers the southeast corner of the state, including all of Cochise and Greenlee counties, most of Graham County, and a sliver of the east side of Pima County, including Vail, Summerhaven and the eastern edge of Tucson’s city limits. Republicans have a nearly 10-point voter-registration advantage in the district, which consolidates big parts of the current LDs 25 and 30. LD 25 Sen. Gail Griffin is looking to keep her title, while LD 25 Rep. David Stevens and LD 30 Rep. David Gowan will try to hang on to the remaining House seats. As we mentioned above, LD 30 Sen. Frank Antenori is considering a congressional run, and LD 30 Rep. Ted Vogt has been drawn into Democratic leaning LD 10. After one term in office, current LD 25 Rep. Peggy Judd is ready to ditch the Legislature for a run at the Cochise County Board of Supervisors.


Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer released her vision for the state budget last Friday, Jan. 13, showing the people of Arizona just how lean and mean a government can be. Despite all of her Tea Party talk, the size of the state budget would actually grow under the governor’s proposal— from $8.3 billion this year, to nearly $9 billion for the fiscal year 2013, which starts July 1. But the budget is still at 2007 levels, and if you’re looking for massive backfills to compensate for the deep cuts of recent years, that’s not happening. Brewer’s budget calls on the state university system to double the number of degrees they award by 2020. To that end, she proposed a $15 million bump in funding for the three state universities—which isn’t exactly doubling their budgets. However, most of that money is directed toward Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University; in fact, the University of Arizona will have to absorb another blow if Brewer’s plan to redraft the formula for funding the state universities catches on: The new formula would cut some funds from the UA—which is currently receiving the highest per-student state funding of the three state universities—and redistribute them to the other two schools. Brewer is offering a bit of help for community-college students who work full time and are in need of tuition help. The budget package includes $10 million in need-based scholarships of up to $2,000 per year, which students can receive for up to two years. In K-12 funding, the budget calls for a one-time allocation of $100 million, as well as backfilling $100 million in soft capital within the school system. That money pays for all sorts of school needs, like textbooks and computers, which have not been fully funded since 2008. The budget calls for $50 million to be spent on getting kindergarten, firstgrade and second-grade students up to speed regarding the “Move on When Reading” third-grade reading test, which students will need to pass to move on to the fourth-grade beginning in 2013. All-day kindergarten, a key accomplishment of the Janet Napolitano administration that was cut from the budget in 2010, will not be restored. Brewer has said any spending would need to be closely examined, and funding for a program will not be restored simply because funding was provided in the past. The governor also wants changes in how the state funds school construction—meaning, of course, that she wants the state to be less of a part of it. Brewer proposed giving state employees a 5 percent raise—the first






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The American Advertising Federation of Tucson revealed its 2012 Golden Mic Award winner last week—and he’s a big talent, both literally and figuratively. Allen Kath, known to radio and television audiences as “Big Al,” said he has the market cornered for older, larger men on TV. Cornering the market—whether in a facetious or a practical manner—is not new territory for Kath. As the Tucson manager of Metro Networks, he dominated the trafficreport niche in radio and television from the late ’80s until 2006, when the organization downsized his position. In the process, Kath opened the door for a number of familiar media personalities, providing them with early opportunities in the industry. “I hired all kinds of people who are still in the business,” Kath said. “Tim Tyler (KHYT FM 107.5 morning host and longtime market talent) worked for me. Shannon Black (KIIM FM 99.5 morning co-host) worked for me. (KGUN Channel 9 meteorologist) April Madison, (Cumulus traffic reporter) Cricket and others who are no Allen Kath longer in the market or in the business—(many) of them started with me. They were young, and they learned how to do it.” Kath recognized the value of good leadership when he started his career in the late 1970s in Phoenix. Among other things, he did afternoon traffic reports for news/talk station KTAR for two years before stints with other well-known stations such as KSLX, KFYI and KOOL FM. In the process, he worked under a number of talented radio personalities, including Bill Heywood, who committed suicide with his wife at a resort in Phoenix in early January. Kath attended last weekend’s memorial service for the couple. “When I came to Phoenix in 1978, my first job was at KOY, and he was the morning guy,” Kath said. “Their talent bench was so deep, you couldn’t help but learn when you were a teenager in Phoenix during that time. You worked with some of the best people in the industry at that time who were riding the wave of greatness. When you’re around that, you learn how to win. You learn how to do the right things, and not make the mistakes you might if others were training you, because those guys were the class of the field. I did learn a lot from Bill. It was sad to see what happened to him and his wife. The service was both funny and sad in spots.”

At the peak of his legendary career, Heywood was a morning institution in Phoenix. He was also a model for the industry’s excesses: The Heywood morning show had not one, but two news voices; two character actors who made up skits on the fly; airborne traffic reports; and an in-house meteorologist with radar used exclusively for that show. It was highly successful, but also pricey. After his storied career started winding down, Heywood attempted to transition into high-end real-estate sales—but his timing was terrible. He began just as the market was starting its free fall. At the time of his death, Heywood was dealing with bankruptcy, and his wife of 34 years was enduring the pain of debilitating illness. Kath has certainly witnessed his share of industry changes. For most of his run with Metro Networks, he provided morning traffic reports from an airplane. Metro discontinued that practice a few years ago. Kath pretty much created the traffic report in Tucson, including what he believes to be one of the only examples of a private/public trafficreporting arrangement, which led to the construction of the city of Tucson’s impressive traffic-monitoring room downtown. After Metro Networks, Kath transitioned to KGUN Channel 9 and owner Journal Broadcast Group’s cluster of radio stations, where he remains a fixture on KGUN’s morning-news program, Good Morning Tucson. He provides updates across Journal’s radio stations, most notably as a regular contributor of personality-driven traffic reports alongside fellow Golden Mic recipient Bobby Rich on the morning program at KMXZ FM 94.9, aka MixFM. “They’ve let me be me on TV and on their four radio stations, and that’s been great,” Kath said. “MixFM continues to be an extremely successful station. The (Mix) format is clean fun; kids can listen, and we’re the ‘at work station’ for their parents. I enjoy working that type of format. I’ve been with them since 1992. Bobby trusts me enough that if I have something to contribute, not necessarily just traffic, he’ll let me.” Kath also provides traffic info for the Jon Justice Show on KQTH FM 104.1, aka The Truth. “It’s a different show, different audience, and that show makes me think a lot about Jon’s perspective on things. He’s just signed a new agreement, so he’s on his way to becoming a long-timer, too,” said Kath, who will receive his Golden Mic during Tucson Advertising Federation ceremonies on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Fox Tucson Theatre. “Looking back, I know my family has sacrificed a lot. … I wasn’t around home in the mornings,” Kath said of setting the alarm for 3 or 4 a.m. “Plus that kind of shift necessitates that I go to bed early, so they’re up at the regular hours of the evening when I’m going to bed. It would be nice to have fixed a few more breakfasts and taken (the kids) to school more frequently when they were younger. I don’t have normal hours. I never did. “The business is changing, but I would always like to find a way to adapt and make my skill set relevant, and keep it relevant for viewers and listeners. I’ve been in it since I was 14. It’s still a good gig.”



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in many years—but that deal comes with a catch: Most workers who are currently covered under personnel laws can only receive the pay raise if they agree to work at-will, which would make them easier to fire. The counties would get a reprieve of sorts under the proposed budget, which eliminates a plan to make counties take on their own prisoners serving less than a year, or pay the state to do it. The governor called for lawmakers to pass a bill by statehood day (Feb. 14) to buy back the Capitol buildings they mortgaged off, a plan she says would save about $47 million in interest— though they still couldn’t retire the debt until 2019. It was the first time in years that lawmakers haven’t started the budget process already in the hole, and the proposed budget contains about $600 million in surplus, which state lawmakers have said they want to put aside for the financial cliff the state will be facing after the one-cent sales tax expires in 2013. As tight as this budget is, it probably represents the best that Arizonans can hope for, since the Republicans who control the Legislature will be looking to find ways to trim spending even more.

Pro or Con? hris Wilke stands in an upstairs apartment, amid a clay press, whimsical molds and rows of terra cotta tiles elegantly imprinted with leaves and flowers. Those tiles will eventually be fitted onto benches, to adorn a bucolic pocket park in the UA-area Rincon Heights Neighborhood. Life in the shadows of an ever-expanding educational behemoth offers its challenges, with protection of neighborhood integrity foremost among them. That’s precisely where this collaborative park effort comes in. Funded with a $5,000 grant from an organization called PRO Neighborhoods—short for People, Resources and Organizations in Support of Neighborhoods—it’s been a boon for creating ties among residents. “A lot of people are quite invested in it,” Wilke says. “They’re learning a skill, as well as participating with their neighborhood.” She pauses, gently lifting a tile from the floor. “We’re creating stuff here that we can use time and time again. Not only will this be a one-time project for our neighborhood, but we can also use these molds to create tiles for projects in other neighborhoods.” Rincon Heights residents might consider their timing quite fortunate, after news recently emerged that PRO Neighborhoods is on the rocks. Despite the program’s successful, 18-year run of funding local projects, the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, along with other founding partners—the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, the city of Tucson and Pima County—appear ready to pull the plug. The reason tossed out for public consumption—the PRO Neighborhoods budget has run dry—is certainly true enough, but critics wonder why the nongovernment partners, with all their fundraising expertise, hadn’t thought up a Plan B. Instead, skeptics say, this appears to be demise by design. For instance, it’s long been understood that PRO Neighborhoods’ only remaining funding source, a $586,743 stimulus grant, was good just through March. “This financial challenge didn’t just come up in the last three weeks,” says Rincon Heights resident Mark Homan, who was involved with the creation of PRO Neighborhoods back in 1994. “If you were a fan of keeping the program alive, you don’t sit there and say, ‘Well, gee, there’s this financial crunch—I hope that something happens.’” That apparent planning gap has led to speculation among many people interviewed for this story that the United Way and the Community Foundation hope to see PRO Neighborhoods simply fade away—a supposition vigorously


denied by officials from both organizations. The current crisis is bitter tea for longtime PRO supporters such as Homan. He helped plant the program’s seeds in the early 1990s, joining other activists to score a hefty grant from the progressive-minded Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. “The intent of that grant,” Homan says, “was to assist in the development of neighborhoods that were not already organized.” This included workshops on everything from mobilizing community groups to conflict resolution. When that clicked, thoughts turned to making the effort permanent. “So PRO grew directly out of that,” Homan says. It flourished in subsequent years, conducting workshops in communities ranging from metro Tucson to the Tohono O’odham Nation, and providing small grants for scores of projects such as the Rincon Heights garden. PRO’s downslide appears to have begun last fiscal year, when the cash-strapped city of Tucson cut its funding contribution to zero. While the United Way continues to provide administrative support—valued at around $50,000 annually—its direct funding was also eliminated in fiscal year 2011. Pima County has continued to contribute roughly $80,000 per year, and the Community Foundation chips in with $25,000 annually. Still, that’s not enough to pay the $205,000 in staff costs. And yet … an endowment created by the United Way and the Community Foundation in 1999 now contains approximately $400,000, with about $45,000 in spendable income. The grant budget for the current fiscal year is $223,000. So what is really driving PRO’s downfall? Some speculate that the United Way simply no longer wishes to foot that bill, although those staffing costs don’t total much more than the salary paid to the United Way’s former CEO, who resigned two years ago amid scandal. Still, PRO Neighborhoods is hardly the kind of cash cow the United Way has found in children-oriented First Things First. In fiscal year 2010 alone, that statewide program garnered the local United Way nearly $500,000 in administrative fees. Others suggest that this shrinking support is driven by the business community’s unhappiness with neighborhood groups—and PRO Neighborhoods by extension—over constant rezoning scraps. That certainly seems a possibility, given the United Way’s symbiotic relationship with Tucson’s corporate community. However, current United Way CEO Tony Penn calls that pure speculation, saying he’s “not aware of any negative” buzz about PRO coming from business leaders. “My decision was strictly



Chris Wilke: “A lot of people are quite invested in it. They’re learning a skill, as well as participating with their neighborhood.” based on the fact that we have made a very aggressive effort, in my opinion, to maintain the program over the years—and even more so in recent times, because we knew the grant was about to run out.” He notes that the funding partners have even extended the life of PRO Neighborhoods to June—three months beyond the end of its stimulus grant. Still, the extent of these efforts is hardly transparent to community members worried about PRO Neighborhoods’ precarious future. Instead, as news of PRO’s dilemma dribbled out, the United Way went into bunker mode. When I tried to interview PRO Neighborhoods executive director Lana Bruno by phone, I was told she wasn’t allowed to comment. When I later visited the organization’s downtown offices and attempted to interview Bruno in person, I was stonewalled and locked out of the PRO Neighborhood offices. I’m hardly alone. Numerous community activists have contacted the United Way, hoping to participate in efforts to save PRO, only to be told no thanks by Kathy Wilson, United Way’s seniors director. The activists include Mark Homan. “I was never invited to discuss the program,” Homan writes in an email to the Weekly. “I don’t know if any other folks have been invited, but all (people) I know who have offered to help have been rejected or put on hold. This includes a number of good, creative people.” Meanwhile, there is some interest on the City Council in funding PRO Neighborhoods. “It will definitely be part of the budget discussion,” says Ward 3 Councilwoman Karin Uhlich. “I think that it’s going to be a challenge to dedicate city resources to anything but core services. … But if we can be creative about how the city might participate, there’s going to be some good possibilities.”



Republican Jon Huntsman has dropped out of the presidential race, endorsing Mitt Romney just a week after warning ABC News that “the American people, the voters, are going to have a hard time finding, I think, a gut-level trust when it comes to someone who has been on so many sides of major issues.” Somehow, Huntsman—just like Arizona Sen. John McCain—has found a way to trust Mitt. Or maybe he’s just making the smart play that a primary loser makes when he wants a future in politics. Pundits are offering plenty of reasons why Huntsman dropped out the race: He didn’t catch fire with voters; he doesn’t have enough money to stay in; he’s just too sane for today’s Republican Party. We’d like to suggest another: He failed to qualify for the Republican primary in Arizona, and his staff realized that without the Grand Canyon State, there was simply no path to the nomination. OK, so that’s probably a stretch, especially since a Rocky Mountain Poll released last week showed that Huntsman wasn’t exactly setting the state on fire. The survey of 553 registered voters—with a margin of error of plus or minus 7.1 percent—showed that 41 percent of Arizona Republicans are


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A man who flashed the peace sign at several diners at an upscale restaurant combined it with some decidedly un-peaceful language, according to a Pima County Sheriff’s Department report. Deputies were called to the Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, 5601 N. Hacienda del Sol Road, where they found an elderly man who smelled strongly of alcohol sitting in the courtyard outside of the resort’s restaurant. The man, whose speech was slurred, admitted to deputies that he had just slapped his girlfriend’s brother in the face, because he believed the brother wasn’t supporting his sister as he should. As a deputy prepared to read the man his Miranda rights, the man said, “I’m not going to fucking tell you anything.” At one point, the man suggested to the deputy that maybe the man should do something that would cause the deputy to shoot him. When asked why he would want the deputy to shoot him, the man would not reply. As the deputy waited for backup, the man’s manner fluctuated from polite and cooperative to angry and hostile. One of the deputies charged with watching the subject said that upon many occasions, when the subject saw people entering and exiting the restaurant, he would yell, “Fuck you!” while giving a peace sign. After one guest—despite the peace-sign gesture—said, “Lock him up in a cell,” the older male said, “Fuck you; come on,” as if ready for a fight. He was arrested on suspicion of disturbing the peace.


A man reported death threats by a person he’d done drugs with, according to a PCSD report. Deputies made contact with a “somewhat hysterical individual” to talk about a person nicknamed “Migs.” The reportee said that “Migs” had kidnapped the reportee’s friend, because “Migs” was seeking $500 that he was apparently owed. The reportee said “Migs” had left threatening voicemails on his cell phone, such as, “You are done for,” and, “I know where you and your lady lay your heads at night.” The reportee said he’d “done drugs” (including marijuana and methamphetamine) with “Migs.” When deputies tried to reach “Migs” via telephone, he repeatedly hung up or wouldn’t answer his phone. They were continuing attempts to contact him at the conclusion of the police report.


Wi-Fi and Your Washing Machine here’s much about technology that’s truly amazing. This weekend, I was traveling back from California while playing videos on YouTube over a cell-phone connection in an attempt to entertain my kids for a few minutes—an idea that would have melted my 10-year-old brain, when the only option to see music videos on demand was to dial a 900 number and request something from The Box TV service via UHF. Still, technology will never be fully satisfying until we’re living like The Jetsons. (And even then, who knows?) The space-age family had flying cars that folded up into briefcases; everything was automated; and the troubles of our previous Industrial Revolution-based existence were washed away. I don’t know if they had a washer and dryer that were operated via an iPhone app. If they did, that aspect of their spectacular future has finally arrived … but why? I really do enjoy my phone and the world of possibilities it provides that I largely ignore while playing Tiny Tower, but I’ve never really felt the need to control the spin cycle of my washing machine with it. However, that’s exactly what Samsung is offering on some of their front-loading washers. Thankfully, there’s also some other technology involved that reduces the time it takes to wash things; otherwise, this would seem like just another attempt to tie everything to an app, whether it actually makes life better in some way or not. I don’t think I need to pause my washer via iPhone … but maybe that’s just because I didn’t dream quite big enough before.


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We followed the news after the Tucson Unified School District board shut down the ethnic-studies program; introduced you to candidates participating in Project White House, including Al Perry, who attracted the attention of Rachel Maddow and Fox News; followed the latest salvos in the battle of Steve Kozachik vs. the Rio Nuevo Board; cringed at the latest attack on Arizona’s poor by Republicans in the state Legislature; looked at some photos from the Fund for Civility concert at the Fox; were amazed that Jan Brewer lifted the block on medical-marijuana dispensaries (sort of); let you know that Jonathan Paton is eyeing a congressional seat again; watched with chagrin as the Jan. 8 shooting became a political football; let you know that Bob Barker has offered to help the Reid Park elephants; and talked about the State of the State with Paton and Rodd McLeod on Arizona Illustrated’s Political Roundtable, with your host, Jim Nintzel. We drooled over a feast to be offered by Roma Imports; dedicated ourselves to the study of bourbon with David Chang; ate chicken-foot soup in Peru; sighed as a plant in Dublin, Texas, was forced to stop making Dr. Pepper; celebrated the opening of Playground; tried to figure out what Taco Bell was thinking by taking on Chipotle; planned to start drinking out of canning jars more often; and thanked People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for the nice bouquet of flowers. We suggested you purchase tickets to see St. Vincent and tUnE-yArDs at the Rialto; marveled at the video effects from a 1996 Bon Jovi cover; thought about what a car-free Congress Street would be like; watched a new video from Brian Lopez; posted another Michael Kiwanuka clip; talked to Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters; and asked AMC not to make a Goodfellas TV show.

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CURRENTS Confusion reigns after the TUSD SD board votes to eliminate ethnicc studies

What Now? BY MARI HERRERAS, .com everal days after the Tucson Unified School District’s governing board voted on Jan. 10 to dismantle its Mexican-American studies classes, a confusing picture emerged from teachers and supporters. Chicano-literature teacher Curtis Acosta—a finalist for the UA Circle K Teacher of the Year award—talked about how the changes were affecting his classes, his students and how he teaches at Tucson High Magnet School. “We’re filled with the vagueness that the law is founded upon,” Acosta said. “No one knows what to tell us definitively.” Acosta was told to switch his junior and senior level classes from Chicano literature to English literature, and that he can no longer teach from books like Luis Alberto Urrea’s novel The Devil’s Highway; Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya; or Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Peña. However, teachers who were not under the MAS banner can teach apparently from any of the books banned from TUSD’s former MAS classrooms. Acosta was a literature teacher at University High School before he left to teach Chicano literature at Tucson High. At UHS, he taught Shakespeare’s The Tempest from a historical context, which includes looking at issues such as slavery, race and oppression. In a discussion with his department head and principal, Acosta said it was determined that it is best to stay away from The Tempest. Acosta figured if this classic play is off-limits for those reasons, then works like Huckleberry Finn are probably off-limits, too. Acosta said he’s scrambling to put together a curriculum that will need to be approved by his supervisors. Beyond what he teaches, he wonders about his students who’ve been in his classes since August: What if they bring up the topics Acosta is no longer allowed to teach? “We’re all ignorant on how we’re supposed to move forward. No one has answers,” Acosta said. TUSD Deputy Superintendent Maria Menconi told the Weekly on Friday, Jan. 13, that she’s not surprised by former MAS teachers’ frustrations. “It’s going to take awhile. It’s a messy process,” she said. When asked if books like The Tempest have been banned from TUSD, she said she feels that the book can still be taught, and that the issues Acosta wants to teach can be discussed in his classroom. “I get this is very, very personal, and that it hurts,” she said. “We have an obligation to carry out the order.” Responding to an email for additional information, TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone referred calls to Menconi, but also wrote back: “Also, please know that we are not banning



Tucson High Magnet School senior Nicolas Dominguez defends his Mexican-American studies classes at a Jan. 14 community forum. appeal in Superior Court and ask for a “stay of books in the district—we have met the requirethe fine” that was being levied by Huppenthal. ment of the law and removed the books from The board was told that an appeal would cost the classrooms (unfortunately while students were present—not what we expected), and those the district $50,000. Grijalva said she was amazed that board presare stored with other books in our depository. ident Mark Stegeman and clerk of the board Any other books in the places where they were Michael Hicks said the cost was one reason they located remain in place.” didn’t want to appeal—yet last year, they tried to At a community forum on Saturday, Jan. 14, push for a TUSD special election to replace the supporters of Mexican-American studies heard late Judy Burns. from TUSD board member Adelita Grijalva “They were willing to move forward on regarding discussions that took place during the (almost) $1 million for a special election to have Jan. 10 board meeting. Grijalva, the only board a board member sit on our seat from May to member to vote against ending the classes, said December. To me, that’s crazy. That was somethat when board members discussed next steps, thing that they were willing to do. That again she asked what was going to happen in the speaks to the willingness and their desire (to get classrooms and with MAS instructional materirid of these classes),” Grijalva said. als. The answer was, “We’re not really sure.” (Stegeman told the Tucson Weekly via email The road map to ending the program— that he “always felt that an election was a bad which, according to the district’s own courtidea, because of the cost,” and that he didn’t ordered desegregation plan, should be expanded—is to use the final rulings by Superintendent think the cost of an ethnic-studies appeal was prohibitive. “I have simply said that it was a bad of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, as well idea, and cost is only one of the reasons.”) as the state administrative judge who upheld Grijalva and others at the forum, including Huppenthal’s ruling that the classes violated Tucson attorney Richard Martinez—who is repstate law, as the guide. resenting students and teachers in a federal lawGrijalva said anything highlighted by the suit that seeks to get rid of the state law—spoke administration in a copy of the ruling and referabout the need for a three-person slate of candienced by Huppenthal was expected to be dates to run against Stegeman, Miguel Cuevas changed and taken out of the classrooms. and newly appointed board member Alexandre The first book she saw highlighted was 500 Sugiyama, who took Burns’ seat. All are up for Years of Chicano History in Pictures. election this year. “You know, that’s not an interpretation; it’s a During the Jan. 14 community forum, three picture. For me, I sat there in awe and looked people introduced themselves as candidates— out at my fellow board members and superinMiguel Ortega, who lost during the last school tendent and said, ‘This is the road we want to take? Are you sure you want do this, because we board election; Sunnyside School District teachare banning books in this district—and not any- er Kristel Foster; and TUSD parent Betts Putnam-Hidalgo. thing controversial? We’re banning pictures.’” Grijalva told the community to take advanGrijalva said. tage of the national attention being given to the “… I couldn’t believe I was sitting there with ethnic-studies decision to push for an appeal so-called educated people willing to go down and new school board members. this road … but I am looking forward, because “It’s not going to go away. … That was the three of these (board members) are up for rehope of some of the board members on Tuesday election at the end of this year.” (Jan. 10),” Grijalva said. Grijalva said the district had the option to


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supporting the man who appears to be the inevitable nominee: Mitt Romney. Coming in second: undecided, at 25 percent. From there, the news isn’t good for challengers: 14 percent are supporting Rick Santorum; 9 percent are supporting Newt Gingrich; 5 percent are supporting Rick Perry; 4 percent are supporting Ron Paul; and 2 percent are supporting Huntsman. (The poll was taken Jan. 5-9, before Huntsman dropped out.) The survey also showed that 43 percent of voters are supporting Romney in a general-election matchup, while just 37 percent were supporting President Barack Obama. Obama, interestingly enough, was beating the other potential GOP nominees, which says a lot about how the general public views most of the GOP field. But back to the primary: We look at that undecided number, and we think to ourselves: There’s BARACK a real opportunity here for one of the Project White House 2012 candidates to catch on! Project White House 2012, for those of you who haven’t been following along, is a Reality Journalism competition that allows contenders on the GOP and Green Party presidential ballots to compete in a variety of challenges in hopes of winning the Tucson Weekly endorsement. So far, Project White House candidates are showing some ability to grab the attention of the media: Republican Al “Dick” Perry has been featured on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, and has garnered mentions on the websites of Talking Points Memo, Texas Monthly and the Cronkite News Service. Republican Charles Skelley was in Tucson’s own morning daily, telling Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services that he “drew up a platform where I solved most of the major problems the country faces.” And Green Party candidate Gary Swing landed an interview with Phoenix radio station KJZZ. We’ll introduce you to many of our Project White House candidates in next week’s print edition, but if you want to meet them now, you can find biographies and more at By Jim Nintzel and Hank Stephenson 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. 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., weekdays, on KVOI AM 1030. Follow the Skinny scribe on Twitter: @nintzel. JANUARY 19 - 25, 2012



CURRENTS The town of Tombstone claims the U.S. Forest Service is threatening its water supply

Thirsty Tourists? BY BRIAN J. PEDERSEN, ombstone’s history is the stuff of Wild West lore, with gunfights in the street and strong-arm robberies by masked men. But the “town too tough to die” has adapted to modern times—and, like the rest of us, now fights its battles in court. Last month, Tombstone officials filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service in an effort to regain access to water they say the town has owned the rights to for more than 130 years. A series of freshwater springs nestled in the Huachuca Mountains west of town—not to mention a 26-mile pipeline connecting Tombstone to the water—were badly damaged last year by the massive Monument Fire, as well as subsequent monsoon-fueled mudslides. The pipeline, which is the conduit for Tombstone’s main water source, has been out of commission for nearly six months, putting the town in a situation where it must pump from a pair of local wells that can provide only two days’ worth of water at a time. That means that until the pipeline is fixed, any out-of-the-ordinary incident could be disastrous to Tombstone’s water supply, City Manager George Barnes said. “If we had a well fail right now—we nearly had one freeze a while ago—we’d have to start thinking about what we’re going to do,” Barnes said. “We’d have to pray for rain or something.” Barnes said efforts to repair the pipeline have been under way since Gov. Jan Brewer declared a state of emergency in August and released $50,000 in funding to help out Tombstone. But delays in receiving the necessary permits from the U.S. Forest Service—a requirement for any project that could dis-


turb land within the Coronado National Forest, which include the Huachuca Mountains—have resulted in Tombstone having access to only two of its 24 water sources. That’s a violation of Tombstone’s claim to those water sources, claims that go back to the town’s formation in 1879, according to the lawsuit, filed Dec. 28 in U.S. District Court in Tucson. “Our argument is simple: We have property and water and access rights that we’ve had for 130 years,” Barnes said. “When does a federal agency have the authority to deny access to what is essentially our property?” U.S. Forest Service officials declined to comment specifically about the lawsuit. But Heidi Schewel, a spokeswoman for the Coronado National Forest, said any delays Tombstone is experiencing in its attempt to repair the pipeline are the same procedural ones that would happen with any request to “disturb” the wilderness. “The wilderness has been set aside to preserve values that people expect from it,” she said. When a work request is made, a Minimum Requirement Decision Guide must be completed to determine whether such activity is necessary, and the minimum number of tools necessary to complete the work, Schewel said. Coronado National Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch approved permits in early November and mid-December for two areas where Tombstone wanted to bring in heavy machinery to fix its pipeline, but three more permits are waiting on the results of the MRDGs, Schewel said. “Everything we do, practically, is defined by law,” she said. “We don’t have much wiggle room.” Tombstone officials say the permitting process may be a stall tactic in an effort to try to

e n o t s b m o T Folks in s to want acces as h n w o t e h t r e wat . 9 7 8 1 e c n i claimed s ultimately deny the town’s rights to the water. er. “We have seen veiled efforts by the Forestt Service to capture our water,” Barnes said. Barnes wouldn’t go into specifics, but court rt filings associated with the suit mention some innthe-field verbal exchanges between town employees and Forest Service personnel that bordered on schoolyard-style chest-puffing. Statements by Tombstone Mayor Jack Henderson rson and two city employees say they were told by Forest Service officials to “call President Obama if you want to get your repairs done,” and that Tombstone officials were referred to as “just a bunch of children who think they know the law and what you are doing.” So far, no water-rationing has been ordered for Tombstone’s 1,500 permanent residents or the dozens of bars, restaurants, hotels and tourist shops. But that hasn’t kept business owners from being concerned as the town’s tourist season begins. “I’m just sitting back, waiting,” said Kim Herrig, owner of the Crystal Palace Saloon. “Of course it would be an impact (to lose water). It wouldn’t be good, that’s for sure.” Herrig, who already offers her customers the option of tap water or (for $1.50) bottled water with their meals, said the biggest impact a water shortage or rationing would have on her business is in keeping clean dishes on hand. “My dishwasher is going all the time,” she said.

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THE BEST 1. The Tree of Life: Terrence Malick makes films that are poetry, movies in which every second means something. Now that this, a film that is basically about everything, is out on video, I have friends trying to watch it. But they tend to want to pause the film to fix a snack or hit the bathroom. DON’T DO THAT! This movie must be experienced from start to finish uninterrupted (as most movies should), or you will cheapen its impact. Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain are marvelous as two parents dealing with the loss of their son in the Vietnam War. Sean Penn is excellent in a present-day story as the brother who has grown up grieving that same loss. There’s also the creation of the universe and dinosaurs in there, too. It’s ambitious; it succeeds in its ambitions; and it is beyond beautiful; This is an amazing cinematic achievement. 2. Drive: This was the year of The Gosling. This, Crazy, Stupid, Love. and The Ides of March all featured strong performances from Ryan Gosling, but this one contains the best performance of his career. Director Nicolas Winding Refn established himself as a name to be reckoned with (even though it’s near impossible to remember it) with this moody, shocking film about a stunt driver who gets in all sorts of trouble. That trouble involves Albert Brooks with a knife, and you’ll be surprised how scary that is.

3. Rango: Johnny Depp did wonderful voice work as a wayward pet lizard, accidentally dumped in the desert, who eventually becomes a hero to a water-starved town. I loved how trippy this animated gem was, especially when Clint Eastwood (sort of) showed up at the end driving a golf cart. 4. Take Shelter: Michael Shannon delivers the year’s best performance as a man haunted by apocalyptic visions. Jessica Chastain delivers powerful work (she did that a lot in 2011) as his justifiably frightened wife. 5. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil: My favorite comedy of the year is also the year’s best horror film. Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk are hilarious as a couple of rednecks heading to their vacation home on a secluded lake, where college kids just happen to be camping. What happens is a very funny play on horror clichés, with Labine and Tudyk constantly bringing the funny. 6. We Need to Talk About Kevin: A nasty, nasty movie about a bad, bad kid and a mother (Tilda Swinton) who was dealt a really terrible hand. Swinton is phenomenal here, as is Ezra Miller as a kid who just doesn’t get along with others. If you don’t have children yet, you probably won’t want to after seeing this. 7. Like Crazy: Felicity Jones shines as a British exchange student who falls in love with a furniture designer (Anton Yelchin) and starts having all kinds of visa problems. I just made it sound lame … it’s not. Jones and Yelchin will break your heart. 8. Moneyball: One of the best movies ever made about baseball—and you hardly ever see

the sport played. Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, the man who put together a championship-level Oakland A’s team with something like $50 and a box of crackers. 9. The Artist: An homage to silent films that is actually a silent film. This is a funny, touching and innovative piece of work, with a fun performance from Jean Dujardin. 10. Warrior: This one has drawn comparisons to the almighty original Rocky, and those comparisons are deserved. Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy are brilliant and rousing as two brothers who take separate paths to a steel-cage-match tournament, while Nick Nolte burns the house down in an amazing performance as their father. So that’s the Top 10. The following 10 are the next best, leading up to 20. You probably would’ve figured that out without me telling you.

11. Source Code: Duncan Jones, son of Bowie, delivered a great follow-up to his alreadyclassic Moon with this sophisticated piece of sci-fi starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier who “mind-travels” into the body of a bombing victim. Jones is becoming a master of sci-fi with big brains. 12. The Iron Lady: I started thinking the best of Meryl Streep may be behind us, and then I saw this. She’s incredible as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Incredible.

13. The Descendants: George Clooney and director Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways) prove a decent combination in this offbeat family drama/comedy about a man trying to relate to his daughters while his wife is in a coma. 14. Young Adult: Three cheers for Charlize Theron, who commits to playing one of the lousiest, most-repugnant people to hit the screen in decades. As Mavis, a former prom queen returning home and causing some major trouble with her ex 16 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

(Patrick Wilson), she is just horrible—and it’s perfect. 15. Melancholia: Kirsten Dunst is quite good in this apocalyptic meditation from crazyas-all-heck director Lars von Trier. This is an interesting examination of how different people react to the end of the world. One of the year’s more beautifully shot films. 16. A Dangerous Method: Keira Knightley is brilliant as a temporarily insane woman who has an affair with her psychiatrist—and that psychiatrist just happens to be Carl Jung (masterfully played by Michael Fassbender). Viggo Mortensen does an impressive turn as Sigmund Freud in this spellbinder from director David Cronenberg. 17. Super: I love Ellen Page in this wacky film about a depressed husband (Rainn Wilson) who decides to become a superhero and do battle with an evil drugdealer (Kevin Bacon, kicking mortal ass). Page is perfect as Wilson’s sidekick, Boltie. 18. Red State: Writer-director Kevin Smith took a big detour with this “horror” film about religious fanaticism and obtrusive governments. It’s a detour well worth taking. 19. 13 Assassins: Takashi Miike’s samurai movie, in which a small band of assassins faces off against an entire army, is totally bananas … and totally great. 20. Hugo: It was between Martin Scorsese’s first family film and Bridesmaids for the final slot. While Kristen Wiig and company got me laughing often, I have to go with Scorsese’s beautiful train-station story. It’s a stellar 3-D achievement, and its slow start is the only reason it isn’t ranked higher on this list. THE WORST I seriously considered flipping the format this year, and doing the Top 20 lousy films, followed by the 10 best. You see, I had a much tougher time picking the 10 worst this year—because there were so many turds to choose from. What was bad this year? Hmmm … let’s start with Madea’s Big Happy Family; Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son; Sucker Punch; Larry Crowne; Paranormal Activity 3; In Time; Battle Los Angeles; Season of the Witch; Bad Teacher; The Way; Red Riding Hood; No Strings Attached; Dream House; The Smurfs; Restless; Spy Kids: All the Time in the World; The Roommate; Just Go With It; Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules; Shark Night 3D … all bloody awful. And yet there were at least 10 movies worse than the garbage listed above. And now I shall share those with you. Please, before you read, put on some protective eye gear, and keep some hand sanitizer nearby, because these films are toxic, and the mere reading of their names in print could cause dysentery. 1. The Human Centipede 2: I didn’t think there was any way my No. 2 film on this list could lose its place as the year’s worst movie … until I saw this. What started as an almostfunny sick joke in the first installment becomes an absolute abomination by the second.

2. The Beaver: We all know that Mel Gibson is a nutbag, so this stupid film in which he plays a depressed man acting out through a beaver puppet comes off as more of a documentary than a fictional narrative. And I hated the stupid accent he used for the puppet. I wanted to burn that puppet in a fire and revoke Gibson’s SAG card. Asshole. 3. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: The latest Sept. 11 movie is the worst one yet, focusing on an obnoxious kid (Thomas Horn) on a quest to find the lock for a key that his father (Tom Hanks) left behind after dying on Sept. 11. Horn is just impossible to watch, and the plotting of this thing is deplorable. It wastes decent performances by Hanks and Sandra Bullock.

4. Jack and Jill: You wouldn’t know it from my reviews for his movies in the last eight years or so, but I used to be a big Adam Sandler fan. Even though I have written this simple fact here, I will deny it in person. Ask me if I was a fan, and I shall deny Sandler’s name three times before the rooster crows twice. 5. Immortals: A cheap-looking costume pageant starring a very uninteresting actor named Henry Cavill. Let’s look at the Internet Movie DataBase and see what this dull bastard is doing in the future, so we can avoid it. Oh, shit … he’s the next Superman. 6. Mr. Popper’s Penguins: Jim Carrey plays second fiddle to penguin crap here. No film this year better represented the decline of a mega-career. Fun Movie Trivia Note: Actor Michael Keaton also experienced a major career decline after acting in the vicinity of penguin feces during Batman Returns, assuming that Danny DeVito did indeed take a dump at some moment during the production. continued on next page

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THE BEST If you needed a time capsule to store all that was truly great about 2011 at the movies, a small moving box ought to

do it. Not that the previous several years were astounding, but at least you had more to talk about. For all the good 2011 brought us, it’s mostly this or that—a memorable performance, a cool scene, a great ensemble in the service of an OK script. Not too many films put it all together. Different, sure. Solid, absolutely. But first ballot Hall-of-Famers? Nope. The Artist: If there is one 2011 film that seems destined to pop up in montages years from now, it’s The Artist. Admittedly, that is a rather dismissive way to talk about a likely Best Picture winner, but director Michel Hazanavicius has created a film that works as well in the little moments as it does as a whole. Of all the films on this list, it probably has the most to recommend it: classic storytelling, a sense of poetry onscreen, and those intangible qualities all great films have when they just shouldn’t be that great. While everyone else is busy going deep, here’s simplicity in beautiful packaging. Don’t be overwhelmed by the black-andwhite silent-film business: Those things are merely the architecture. The Artist is as lovely as could be, and the perfect reminder that the best movies, above anything else, tell their stories in unique and unforgettable ways. They don’t always need 3-D or afflictions or existentialism to move the needle. Beginners: Every so often, audiences don’t get around to seeing a smaller film or even hearing about it until it’s too late. That could be the case with Beginners. It’s starting to pop up on a lot of lists like this, and it will hopefully get the attention it deserves. It’s a humane portrayal of humanity at its most complex and vulner-

able. Christopher Plummer ought to win the Supporting Actor Oscar. Hugo: The unthinkable has happened: Martin Scorsese has made a great 3-D family film with no F-bombs. Or the mob. It’s appropriate, too, that such a stirring love letter to cinema comes from Scorsese, who founded The Film Foundation in 1990 to fight for film preservation, a pivotal idea in this story. Seeing his passion for saving the foundations of film sneak its way into Hugo indicates just how much the subject means to Scorsese. Margin Call: This film is the Glengarry Glen Ross of its time (even though that began as a stage play). It’s got the right amount of worldweariness, a cast littered with able performers, and a crackerjack script with an undeniable rhythm all its own. Oh ... and Kevin Spacey is a glorified office manager in both films. Go figure. Senna: The documentary of the year, but sadly, almost nobody saw it. Well, it did OK across the pond (and was nominated for a couple BAFTA awards, including editing, which is rare for a nonfiction film). It chronicles the life of late Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna and strings a story together in impeccable fashion. Built primarily out of footage from races 15 to 20 years ago, Senna is one of the most beautifully constructed two-hour edits of archival footage in history. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: This works at a snail’s pace compared to Bond and Bourne, but the thinking-man’s spy caper is razor-sharp, capped by Gary Oldman’s terrific, quiet performance. It also supports the notion that director Tomas Alfredson, who also made Let the Right One In, is the real deal. He’s made two magnetic films without a lot of action, focusing on the quiet moments to seize us. Moneyball: It’s a sports movie about percentages, and somehow, it works. Brad Pitt deserves most of the credit, for both a solid outing onscreen and for fighting like hell to get the movie made. Jonah Hill delivers, too, adding a new wrinkle to his usual comedic performances. There are a few 2011 movies like this or The Descendants (which is not omitted here accidentally) that are good at consensusbuilding—they’re the movies a lot of people can agree on. The Help is in that category, too, albeit with an overachieving cast and an underachieving screenplay. But of those middle-ofthe-road flicks that test well with focus groups, Moneyball has the most staying power. The Guard: Remember In Bruges? It snuck into theaters in early 2008, and made

about as much money as a barbershop quartet at Coachella, yet it still went on to get some awards attention for Colin Farrell’s great performance and director Martin McDonagh’s screenplay. The Guard doesn’t fall far from the tree. It keeps Brendan Gleeson from that film, and was written and directed by McDonagh’s brother. And it proudly flies the flag of filthy Irish profanity. Take Shelter: Who would have thought that Chicken Little could turn out to be so dramatic? Michael Shannon plays paranoia to the hilt, and while the rest of his sleepy town goes about its business, he believes the world is days away from the end. It’s one of those movie-dwarfing performances where you imagine the actor took the next year to decompress. Tabloid: The great documentarian Errol Morris cheekily recounts a bizarre love story including an adult model, a handcuffed Mormon missionary, and the British gossip rags. If it were a joke, it would need a better punch line, but it’s a story too unbelievable not to be true.

A NOTE ON ACTING While not a lot of 2011 movies will stand the test of time, it was a fantastic year for actors, both established and new to us. Beyond those already named here, and the usual rank-andfile stars who deliver Oscar-worthy (or at least Oscar-nominated) work year after year, new names (or names we had often taken for granted) delivered some of the most-memorable portrayals of the year. That list might as well begin with Jessica Chastain. A 30-ish redhead, Chastain transitioned from the New York stage by appearing in five films, most of them worth seeing, if only to chart her rise. Take Shelter is great, and much has been said of Tree of Life, although because of its origins-of-life and Sean Penn subplots, it’s a little too esoteric to rise to the level of absolutely good. But Chastain was fantastic in The Debt, and equally impressive but totally different in The Help. If anybody used 2011 to show what she could do, it was Jessica Chastain. While we’re on the subject of The Help, that’s an outstanding cast through and through, rare to see (and particularly admirable) for a studio film well outside of prestige season. A bigger individual story than Chastain’s accumulated success might be the appearance of Elizabeth Olsen. She’s the sister of Mary Kate and Ashley, and you’d think that would be enough to strip her of any credentials. But she excelled through some pretty intense scenes in Martha Marcy May Marlene, even though the film’s ending is loopy, and a lot of her effort ultimately goes for naught. In the same film, continued on next page



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2011 FILM continued from Page 19 you can find a disturbing villain played by John Hawkes. He was nominated for Winter’s Bone last year, and under similar conditions, will be again this time around. Michael Fassbender’s brave work in Shame deserves recognition, too. Playing an addict is tricky business; it’s easy to go too far. Playing a man addicted not just to sex but to anonymous sex, Fassbender remains enigmatic but never entirely unsympathetic. This guy is going to be one of the better actors of this decade, so get used to seeing him. More than likely, his career will follow a Christian Bale path. At least he can hope for something like that. Demián Bichir may have provided us with the year’s most-dignified performance in A Better Life. The timely immigration film certainly tells a predictable story, and the movie would not have stood out at all without Bichir’s heartbreaking work as an illegal immigrant whose only other crime is wanting his son to have a chance to succeed in the land of opportunity. Another great performance in a movie that came and went quickly was Nick Nolte’s unconscious embodiment of a failed father and successful drunk, trying desperately to piece his fractured family together, in the mixed-martialarts flick Warrior. Where has this intensity been since Cape Fear? And Michelle Williams, who is already taken pretty seriously, showed her control and the depths of her vulnerability in My Week With Marilyn. The film shows not the Marilyn Monroe the cameras fell in love with, but the one we know now was never too far below the

Best Actors: Michael Shannon (Take ake Shelter), Ryan Gosling (Drive), George Clooney (The Descendants), Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Jean Dujardin (The Artistt) Best Actresses: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Jessica Chastain (Take Shelter), Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), Charlize Theron (Young Adultt) Best Supporting Actors: Nick Nolte (Warrior), Albert Brooks (Drive), Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life), Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Viggo Mortensen (A Dangerous Method) Best Supporting Actresses: Keira Knightley (A Dangerous Method), Ellen Page (Super), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) Best Performance in a Movie by a Person Who Was Dead by the Time We Saw It: Jill Clayburgh (Bridesmaids)

surface. It’s tough business channeling someone like Monroe, but Williams was utterly perfect: charming, fragile, beautiful and sad. THE WORST Curiously enough, even though there are no ironclad all-time classics from 2011, there weren’t as many repugnant, insipidly bad movies as you’d expect. Oh, there were bad movies, just not an endless parade of them. The worst films of the year are pretty easy to spot: If Adam Sandler’s fingerprints are anywhere on them, they made the list. Sandler starred in two particularly shitty

Worst Actor: Mel Gibson (The Beaver) Worst Actress: Deborah Kara Unger (The Way) Best Actor in a Bad Movie: Tom Hanks (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) Best Actress in a Bad Movie: Sandra Bullock (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) Worst Actor in a Good Movie: Jude Law (Contagion) Worst Actress in a Good Movie: Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help) Best Director: Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) Most-Flagrant Flaunter of the Glorious Rachel McAdams Ass: Woody Allen’s lingering butt shots in Midnight in Paris

comedies, Just Go With It and Jack and Jill, his first big comedy not to earn $100 million in entirely too long. For anyone else, that would be a bedrock-shifting miscue, but audiences still love Sandler, despite the fact that he hasn’t been funny in more than a decade. Take it to the bank: Sandler will win Worst Actor and Worst Actress at the Razzies for Jack and Jill … and that’s with Taylor Lautner in the mix. However, the worst film of the year was one that Sandler only produced. Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star is lazy, stupid, insulting, infuriating, infantile and unnecessary. The fact that its intention all along was to be a bad movie

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only makes it worse. Sandler blew about $10 million on this train wreck, because every charity in the world was apparently doing just fine. Here’s some additional perspective on Bucky Larson. A few years ago, Sandler’s fellow Saturday Night Live alum Mike Myers offended at least one-sixth of the world’s population with The Love Guru, a film that forever set a new standard for bad comedies. In the bloopers that were shown over the final credits, Verne Troyer made a flub that made the whole cast and crew laugh. It was the biggest and maybe only laugh of the entire movie. When a mistake is funnier than anything you planned, you’ve made a bad comedy. Bucky Larson doesn’t even reach that bar. There’s no laugh anywhere, not even when you recognize Don Johnson. Another easy target from 2011 was Atlas Shrugged. With Tea Party flames fanned on both sides of the political spectrum, this novel— long believed impossible to film—generated a fair amount of word of mouth, but not much else. It’s terribly misguided and underfunded, as if Canadian television tried to adapt Ayn Rand’s epic and thought the miniseries route would be too expensive. So every corner was cut, and the acting is monotonous, but it’s still not as big of a boondoggle as it should be. Yes, that’s the saving grace: There’s room to be worse. Still, the free market spoke, and nobody wanted to see it. Oh, irony … On a similarly conservative note, that Sarah Palin documentary you heard about was the worst “nonfiction” film of the year. It was called The Undefeated, and that should give you enough ammunition right there: Palin was defeated. That’s why she’s not vice president right now. It should be pointed out that Palin appears in archival footage and is not really aligned with this film (although if memory serves, she did promote it or go to a premiere or something). It should also be pointed out that this thing is pure maverick-y propaganda. Indeed, it functions as a two-hour campaign ad, so imagine how fun that is to sit through. Also atrocious but not worth more ink: Conan the Barbarian, What’s Your Number?, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, Your Highness, and Priest.




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Humorist Jeanne Robertson has spent most of her hilarious career—which is nearing the half-century mark—as a professional speaker for conventions. “Sometimes, the number of people at my speeches has depended on the weather at the convention that day,” she says. “If it rains, you pack the room.” Wherever she goes, this 68-year-old Methodist grandmother and former president of the National Speakers Association has audiences laughing so hard they literally shake. As evidence, you can watch examples of her performances on YouTube—with 14 million hits and counting. Among her many topics, Robertson describes her reaction to the suggestion that she go bungee-jumping, dishes about her relatives and friends, relates ongoing adventures with her husband (nicknamed “Left Brain” for stage purposes) or tells of gambling in Las Vegas with her Baptist friend, Norma Rose. Robertson has released seven DVDs, with audio versions available through iTunes. She has authored three books and can be heard regularly on SiriusXM Radio—but only recently has Robertson started attracting paying fans to concerts in theaters. “I’ve spent 48 years as convention speaker, but it was always at conventions and meetings, where the admission wasn’t open to the public. But with the new social media and avenues through the Internet, people started seeing parts of my speeches. And a couple of years ago, I started getting the questions: ‘When is your show coming,’ for example, ‘to Tucson?’ After the second year of that, we started to think we could sell tickets.” Tickets, by the way, are on sale for her performance this Friday, Jan. 20, at the Fox Tucson Theatre. “I’ve performed a lot in Tucson and in Arizona in the past, but near my hotel, I make sure and go. But my style of humor wouldn’t this will be the first time for a theater in Tucson,” she says. fit in there.” A sophisticated 6-foot-2 beauty, Robertson is a native of Graham, She also is convinced that people who want to make others laugh N.C. She got her start in public speaking after being named Miss must be able to poke fun at themselves first. “I do believe you can North Carolina in 1963. She went on to compete in the Miss develop a sense of humor, but not comedic timing. Laughing at America pageant, where she won the Miss Congeniality award. yourself is one of the things that we tell people is essential to devel“Pageants were big then. They were all on television, and you oping a sense of humor.” had a big responsibility if you Among Robertson’s won. After winning Miss North favorite comedians are Bill Carolina, I gave 500 speeches Cosby, Bob Newhart and in 12 months, so I dug up all Jerry Seinfeld. Although her my old stories, and I would tell observations are perhaps them, and people liked it.” more homespun than the Robertson taught piano for humor of those pioneers, she a while, but kept returning to shares similar values with public speaking, and after a few them: Robertson makes peoyears, she decided she could ple laugh because her humor market herself full-time on the is universal and accessible to convention circuit. all audiences. Jeanne Robertson will perform at Fox Tucson Theatre on Friday, Jan. 20. She saw convention humor “When I tell jokes about up until that point as tired and predictable—and predominantly how I was 6 feet tall at 13, and how awkward I felt, it’s really the male. “I looked around and thought about what I could do to get same material for people who are very short. We go through the ahead here. Most of the speakers at conventions at that time were same things. male, and they’d tell a few sports jokes or something about a guy “I’m not saving the world, but I think people who might come who walked into a bar. I saw room for opportunities.” to my speeches forget their problems for a little bit. When we are Robertson says she prefers to be called a humorist rather than a all laughing so hard we’re hurting, it doesn’t matter whether we are comedian. She tells stories, not jokes. Jewish or a Southerner, or black, or women or men; we’re laughing “The comedian’s sole goal is to get people to laugh, but at the at the same thing.” expense of others. My goal is to make people laugh, too, but my Jeanne Robertson will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, at the humor is not meant to offend. I love to go to comedy clubs, and if Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. Tickets cost $32.50 and I am in a town for more than one night, and there is a comedy club are available at, or by calling 547-3040.


LECTURES Using Media Rather Than Letting It Use You “Empowering Youth Through Critical Thinking” 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21 Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-0844;

Cyndy Scheibe has made it her mission to observe the world’s media and ask, “What does it mean to be literate in today’s world, and how can those literacy skills be developed?” In an era when we are inundated with a dizzying array of information choices and outlets, it’s often difficult for teachers, parents and other educators to empower today’s youth to be critical thinkers. That is the challenge posed by Scheibe’s free, interactive seminar, “Empowering Youth Through Critical Thinking and Media Literacy in the Age of Google, Facebook and YouTube,” on Saturday morning at the Loft Cinema. Scheibe, executive director of Project Look Sharp, will demonstrate how a savvy education in media literacy can engage students of all grade levels through the processes of inquiry, analysis and creation. The seminar also will offer participants the opportunity to reflect on the roles that media play in their daily lives. An associate professor of psychology at Ithaca College, Scheibe teaches courses in developmental psychology, media literacy and television research. She has conducted research on television content and children’s understanding of media messages for more than 20 years. Scheibe’s latest book is The Teacher’s Guide to Media Literacy: Critical Thinking in a Multimedia World. Participants in the seminar will learn more than a dozen ways to incorporate media literacy for youth into curriculumdriven approaches that can be employed in any classroom. Sponsored by the Loft Cinema, Literacy Connects and the Educational Enrichment Foundation, the seminar will earn teachers from the Tucson Unified School District two hours of professionaldevelopment credit.

Far left: Cristin Phibbs in Comedy Playhouse’s The Mystery Genius of G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown.


Left: Dillinger Days at Hotel Congress.



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7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m., Sunday, through Saturday, Jan. 28 Comedy Playhouse 3620 N. First Ave. 260-6442;

Following its success with The Comedy Genius of ... series, the Comedy Playhouse will kick off a new series of plays with The Mystery Genius of G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown. The show will present four Father Brown mysteries onstage in one show. Unlike Sherlock Holmes, who used the process of logical deduction to solve mysteries, Chesterton’s Father Brown employed his keen knowledge of human nature to get to the bottom of his cases. Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a muchloved English writer from the turn of the 20th century until his death in 1936. The scope of his writing was astonishingly wide. In addition to detective fiction and plays, he wrote philosophy, poetry, journalism, literary and art criticism, biography, history, literary fiction and fantasy fiction. Although Christian themes and symbolism often appeared in his writing, Chesterton was at times known as a satirist or social commentator in the style of contemporaries Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, whom he knew well. The Mystery Genius of … series is slated to continue every other month, for two weekends, joining The Comedy Genius Series of … series between productions of the Comedy Playhouse’s full plays. Upcoming mystery writers slated to be featured in the series include Arthur Conan Doyle, E.W. Hornung, Thomas Burke and Sax Rohmer. General-admission tickets for the twohour show (with one 15-minute intermission) are $12, or $10 for seniors and students. For more information or to make reservations, visit

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One of the most-colorful episodes in Tucson history came in 1934, when bank-robber John Dillinger and his gang were arrested after a fire at the Hotel Congress. To commemorate the anniversary and share a little local history, the historic downtown hotel presents the annual Dillinger Days. The man known as the FBI’s first “Public Enemy No. 1” came with his associates to the Old Pueblo to lie low after months of brazen bank robberies and murders in the Midwest. Some members of the gang were staying at Hotel Congress when it caught fire, and firefighters helping the criminals remove luggage—filled with firearms and cash— tipped off local police, who later arrested the felons. The hotel will provide the location for the events, which are being presented as part of a new partnership with the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. On Friday night, a new addition is The Speakeasy, a party re-creating the spirit of the 1930s. There’ll be a museum of ’30s memorabilia, a premium-whiskey tasting, and music by Kings of Pleasure and Duo Vibrato. A $10 suggested donation will help the foundation restore a 1923 American LaFrance Fire Engine— the very engine that responded to the Hotel Congress fire. The documentary film Hot Pion, which recounts the 1970 fire at the Pioneer Hotel, another historic downtown building, will be shown Friday night and regularly throughout the day Saturday. The family-friendly Saturday events will include re-enactments of Dillinger’s capture, vintage car shows, historical lectures, live music, an old-time radio show and tours. The Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., will supplement these activities with a screening of the 1957 film 3:10 to Yuma at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets cost $5 to $7.

He’s one of the rising young stars of a new generation of classical guitarists. He’s the first-prize winner of the 2010 Guitar Foundation of America n. International Concert Artist Competition. And Sweden’s Johannes Möller is crazyy cute, with a head full of floating blond al curls. He’ll visit Tucson for a solo recital on Thursday. ts Möller played his first public concerts at 13, and since then, he has performed more than 500 times throughout Europe, Asia, South America and North America. He holds three degreess in guitar performance from some of Europe’s top conservatories and has won numerous prizes in international guitar competitions. Winning the GFA competition affords him the opportunity to play more than 50 concerts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and China—including a Carnegie Hall debut. The young guitarist is acclaimed for his sensational musicality and breathtaking technique. A Soundboard magazine reviewer called his performing style “some of the mostt sheerly beautiful playing I have ever iheard, with gorgeous sounds and exquisitely balanced sonorities.” Within the last two years, Möller hass e seen the release of three albums in the e United States, one of them a showcase A of his work recorded as part of his GFA award. His concert here will combine the work of classical composers such as Albeniz and Barrios with more-contem-porary compositions. The concert is presented by the Tucson Guitar Society in collaboration with Bolton Guitar Studies and the Guitar Foundation of America. Tickets cost $20 for Guitar Society members; $25 for nonmembers; and $15 for stu-dents with ID.

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Christopher Ward

CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL UA Centennial Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 6213364. Performers from the Shaolin Chinese Martial Arts Institute in China; acrobat Haitao Duan from Las Vegas; classical violinist Lan Qiu; performers from UA Dance, the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, Tucson Sino Dance; and a grand chorus of five local singing groups accompanied by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22; $12 to $18. Call 621-3341, or visit for tickets.

How long has Lawyers for Literacy been around? It’s been going on in Tucson since 1991. I’ve only been involved since 1998 or so. I run it and recruit attorneys and schools as a project of the Pima County Bar Association. How do you get people involved? Starting in August, I recruit attorneys and schools, and we start in mid-October. We end the first Monday in May. I also have to check to make sure my schools from the previous year are interested, and if lawyers are ready to come back. … (I) hit the law school. … Announcements go out in the bar newsletter, and we also reach out to legal assistants, judges and even my own office—and the public defenders, too. We always have a lot of success with both public defenders and prosecutors, including the federal defenders and prosecutors as well. It ends up being a broad cross-section that comes together, and people from private firms help us out as well. How many groups are participating this year? This year, we have three schools and about 30 tutors. Years ago, we had more schools and more tutors, but it ebbs and flows … based on factors I can’t even put my finger on. It usually works out between the number of interested schools and tutors. What expectations do you have for participants? They are told they are going to be working with one kid 24 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

for an entire school year— third-, fourth- and fifthgraders selected by their teacher to join the program. Sometimes, the student needs a little more help with their reading, or they’re a good reader, and it’s to increase their interest. Those are the primary reasons. There is also a mentoring component as well. During their participation, kids are exposed to someone who is successful, is a member of a legal community, and enjoys reading. Do only attorneys get involved? No. If you go to TUSD’s website (, there is a tab to see what the volunteer opportunities are. There’s a tutoring program designed for persons (older than) 50 to help kids with homework. … There’s Read and Seed. They help out at TUSD and other school systems. We have a lot of people who would be interested but can’t work with those groups (but work with us). Volunteers work Monday evenings at the school, right? Yes, the tutoring takes place at the school library, but the teacher has to be present to monitor our activity. A teacher is assigned to the school that helps us out and is available only one day a week. How did you get involved with Lawyers for Literacy? I got recruited by a co-worker to join back in 1998 or 1999. I’d never heard of it before I came here. We kind


If you’re an attorney in town, chances are you’ve received an invitation from Chris Ward to show up at a local school to read to a child. Every August, Ward, a prosecutor in the Pima County Attorney’s Office, makes his pitch for attorneys and legal staff to get involved in Lawyers for Literacy, which is sponsored by the Pima County Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division. For information, visit, or email Ward at Christopher.Ward@ Mari Herreras, of borrowed the program from an existing program in Colorado. A few years later, I was asked to coordinate the program. I started off as a tutor, and now I’m just an overall coordinator. What do volunteers get out of it? There’s a lot of satisfaction and appreciation from the schools and the kids. Everyone thanks you for what you do. It’s always great to hear that. When I was a tutor, it was more meaningful to be involved every Monday. The feedback and instant gratification is great, because you know what you’re doing is helping, and if (the students) can develop a lifelong interest in terms of being a better reader, on a personal level, that’s very gratifying. … It’s something they will use all their lives, and their lives are better off if they are better readers. There’s so much connection. What schools are you at right now? We are at Manzo Elementary, … Ford Elementary and Pueblo Gardens. All are interested and have been with us for several years. … When we lose a school, it is mostly because the school can’t devote a person to come after school anymore. We’ve had teachers in the past who were involved for a long time, but they retire or sometimes go to another school, and then we lose them. It can be tough for us to find someone at a school to fill that role. We can’t be at a school without that teacher.

COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT FUNDRAISER Tucson Women’s Club. 6245 E. Bellevue Road. 2963142. A card party and luncheon hosted by the Tucson Women’s Club raises funds for T.R.O.T. and the Autism Society from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23; $15 includes lunch, cards and prizes. Call 546-3856 for more information. DILLINGER DAYS Hotel Congress. 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. Hotel Congress and the Historic Train Depot host a look back at 1934 with re-enactments of the Dillinger gang’s exploits in Tucson and guided tours of the historic Hotel Congress, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21. Visit for more information. DRAWING THE PERFECT CIRCLE BENEFIT GALA The Drawing Studio. 33 S. Sixth Ave. 620-0947. The Drawing Studio celebrates its 20th anniversary with a gala fundraiser from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20. The event includes hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity to take home one of the works on display; $100, $90 associates. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit gallery’s operations and art awards. An artists’ reception and preview of works available at the gala takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19; free. Visit thedrawingstudio. org for more information. OLD WEST ROUNDUP AND COWBOY COLLECTIBLES SALE Old Tucson Studios. 201 S. Kinney Road. 883-0100. A national trade show features cowboy-and-Indian collectibles and Western decor from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22; $8, $18 includes a ticket to Old Tucson Studios. Visit for info. ROBERT BURNS NIGHT Z Mansion. 288 N. Church Ave. 623-4889. A traditional Scottish Robert Burns supper, including a reading of Burns’ Address to the Haggis, takes place from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20; $50. Entertainment is by the singers, dancers and musicians of the Seven Pipers Scottish Society. Satire, wit, wisdom and toasts also are promised. Kilts are encouraged. Call 807-9509, or visit for tickets or more information. SAFOS WEBSITE KICKOFF PARTY La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar. 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351. A presentation by Web designer and guest artist Luis Valdez highlights a fundraiser from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; $3 suggested donation. La Cocina donates 10 percent of food and drink revenues. Proceeds help underwrite Safos Dance Company productions. TEA AND SALON: EXOTIC LOCALES IN OPERA Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. 7000 N. Resort Drive. 299-2020. An afternoon of lectures, arias, sweets and tea takes place from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; $65. Proceeds benefit the Tucson League of the Arizona Opera. Call 329-8156 for tickets or more information. UNITED WAY RECOGNITION DINNER Z Mansion. 288 N. Church Ave. 623-4889. The United Way Leadership Giving Society and Loyal Contributor Society Recognition Dinner takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23; free. Seating is outdoors with heaters; no one will be seated without a reservations. Call 903-3907 for reservations or more info.

UPCOMING ARIZONA CENTENNIAL CONCERT San Xavier del Bac Mission. 1950 W. San Xavier Road. 294-2624. A centennial tribute hosted by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences features the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus performing in the state’s oldest European structure, completed in 1797, at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28; free. Visit for more information about UA tributes to Arizona’s Centennial. 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. ONE GIRL CAN CHANGE THE WORLD Berger Performing Arts Center. 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. 770-3762. An event celebrating women’s achievements features Zuzi! Dance Company, Heather Rowe of KOLD News 13, X-Factor contestant Tora Woloshin, cartoonist and raconteur David Fitzsimmons and DJ Chica from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 28; $25, $20 advance. Proceeds benefit the 2012 a3 Workshop Series. Visit for reservations. SOUTHERN ARIZONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FUNDRAISING GALA Mountain View Country Club. 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd. SaddleBrooke. 818-1000. A reception and dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment by the Tucson Junior Strings Chamber Orchestra are featured at 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28; $90. Call 308-6226, or visit for reservations or more information. TUCSON SCULPTURE FESTIVAL Sculpture Resource Center. 640 N. Stone Ave. 4039131. A large variety of Southern Arizona Sculpture opens with a free reception and performance from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 12. Opening-night entertainment includes Flight School Acrobatics, Parasol Project, a puppet show by Maki Maki, Anarchestra interactive sculpture band, and a parading tour of galleries led by the Fiestacles Marching Band. Food and beverages also are available. Gallery hours are from noon to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; free. YEAR OF THE DRAGON: FUNDRAISER JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa. 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. 792-3500. A casino night, silent auction, dinner, dancing and a Chinese-fashion show highlight a fundraiser at 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28; $125, $70 is tax-deductable. Proceeds benefit the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center. Pre-paid reservations are required; call 292-6900 for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS THE WATER FESTIVAL Armory Park Center. 220 S. Fifth Ave. 791-4865. Exhibitors, theater and dance performances, panel discussions, speakers, workshops, films, music, children’s entertainers and water-centered spiritual practices are sought for The Water Festival: Synergy of Art, Science and Community, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 18; free. Call 791-9359, or visit waterfestivaltucson. org to register as a volunteer, artist, performer, speaker, workshop leader or exhibitor, and for more information.




DIDGERIDOO WORKSHOP AND AUSTRALIA DAY EVENTS Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Highway 60. Superior. (520) 689-2811. Australia Day visitors take walk-about tours of the Australian plant collections from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, and, beginning at 1:30 p.m., stories of life in the Outback and the call of the didgeridoo fill the air; free with admission; $9, $4.50 ages 5 through 12, free younger child. A workshop for those interested in learning to make and play the didgeridoo takes place at 8:30 a.m.; $180. Visit Boyce Thompson Arboretum Australia Day on YouTube for more information.

ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES Murphy-Wilmot Branch, Tucson-Pima Public Library. 530 N. Wilmot Road. 594-5420. World travelers show and discuss slides, DVDs and videos of their travels at 2 p.m., every Tuesday through Feb. 28; free. Jan. 24: A riverboat trip from Brussels, Belgium, to Lucerne, Switzerland. Jan. 31: Bavaria, Germany. Feb. 7: The Amazon and Bolivia. Feb. 14: Grand Teton National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Feb. 21: The Pacific Rim. Feb. 28: Ireland, England, France, Holland and Germany by bicycle. BICYCLE MECHANICS CLASS FOR WOMEN Ward 6 City Council Office. 3202 E. First St. 7914601. A class focuses on basic mechanical aspects,

BICYCLE TRAFFIC AND SAFETY SKILLS FOR COMMUTERS Ward 6 City Council Office. 3202 E. First St. 7914601. Cyclists who have taken the Road 1 class learn fitness and physiology for longer rides, and advanced mechanincs and traffic negotiation, in a two-part class from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, and 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28; free. Registration is required; call 245-2453 to register or for more info.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA ROCKETRY ASSOCIATION Tucson International Modelplex Park Association. 3250 N. Reservation Road. 299-0593. Spectators watch and learn about model rocketry from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22; $5 launch, free spectator. Rental rockets with motors are available for $2 per launch. The club has an FAA waiver for high-power rockets that fly up to 4,500 feet. Visit for more info.

BRIDAL SHOW: I DO IN TUCSON Marriott University Park. 880 E. Second St. 792-4100. Gowns, cakes, flowers, DJ services, invitations, photographers, videographers, reception sites, wedding planners and more are represented from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22; free. Call 629-2804, or visit for more information. CAFĂ&#x2030; INQUIRY Gil Shapiro moderates a group discussion of the intersection of religion and culture from 8 to 9:15 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 22; freewill donation. Call 297-9919 for more information. COFFEE PARTY CAFĂ&#x2030; Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 229-5300. Local candidates for the 2012 election speak and answer questions from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25. Email, or call 878-0257 for more information. FREE BIKE-SAFETY CLASSES Bicyclists ages 16 and older earn a free helmet, a light set, a high-quality bicycle U-lock, safety reflective tape and tire levers by attending a free, two-part bike safety course. Classes are from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18; and 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Ward 6 Council Office, 3202 E. First St. The course is repeated from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26; and 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at Perimeter Bicycling, 2609 E. Broadway Blvd. Call 243-2453 to register or for more information. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE Valencia Branch, Tucson-Pima Public Library. 202 W. Valencia Road. 594-5390. Hundreds of gently used fiction, nonfiction, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Spanish-language books are sold to help promote literacy and to support Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public libraries, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22; free. Visit ftppl. org for more information. LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF GREATER TUCSON Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Program Planning and Civil Discourse: An Interactive Experienceâ&#x20AC;? is the topic of a public meeting and workshop at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; free. Emphasis is on how to restore civility under a variety of common situations. Refreshments are served at 9:30 a.m. Call 622-0905 for more information. 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. Call 584-6752, or visit for info. PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR ADVOCATES FOR THE DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING COMMUNITIES Westward Look Resort. 245 E. Ina Road. 297-1151. The Interpreter Application Review Committee reviews American Sign Language interpreter applications at 2 p.m.; and the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard-of-Hearing meets at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19; free. ASL Interpreters, CART and assistive listening devices are available. Persons with disabilities may request additional reasonable accommodations by calling (602) 542-3383. Visit for more information. SOUTHERN ARIZONA AGAINST SLAVERY MONTHLY MEETING Northminster Presbyterian Church. 2450 E. Fort Lowell Road. 327-7121. An organization dedicated to combatting all forms of human trafficking meets at 6 p.m., the fourth Monday of every month. Email, or visit 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.

THAI FOOD BUFFET DINNER FUNDRAISER Tucson Buddhist Meditation Center. 1133 S. Swan Road. 745-4624. A buffet prepared by members of Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thai community includes pad Thai, egg rolls, chicken curry, vegetable curry and more from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; $10; free child younger than 10. Visit THINK PAWSITIVELY WINE TASTING CataVinos. 3063 N. Alvernon Way. 323-3063. Pawsitively Cats, Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest no-kill cat shelter, formerly named Casa de los Gatos, hosts a wine-tasting from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22; $20 for six tastings. Proceeds benefit the shelter; donations of scoopable litter, Kirkland brand adult dry cat food and Friskies canned cat and kitten food are encouraged.

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

UPCOMING FIBER ART FRIDAY Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Members of the Southwest Fiber Arts Resource Group host an opportunity for knitters, crocheters, spinners and quilters to work on their projects in community from 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m., the last Friday of the month, from Jan. 27 through March 30; $4 includes admission to the park. FOOTHILLS DEMOCRATIC FORUM Skyline Country Club. 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. 2990464. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting Ahead? Or Losing Ground?: Are Your Children Downwardly Mobile?â&#x20AC;? is the topic of a discussion from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26; $15. An RSVP is requested by Friday, Jan. 20. Call 4771093 for reservations or more information. NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK Salpointe High School. 1545 E. Copper St. 327-6581. Salpointe Catholic High School honors Mary Gioco with its annual Elizabeth Ann Seton Award at a breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 30; free. Gioco is the executive assistant to the superintendent of Catholic schools in Tucson. Reservations are required by Monday, Jan. 23. Call 547-5878 to RSVP. SAVE MONEY IN THE KITCHEN AND AT HOME Mercado San AgustĂ­n. 100 S. Avenida del Convento. 461-1110, ext. 8. Joyce Speirs of Dragnass Soaps leads a workshop on how to make laundry soap from 3 to 4 p.m., and integrative nutritionist Tiffany Rose Wood demonstrates how to preserve seasonal foods and plan meals around them to reduce food costs, from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26; free. The workshops are hosted by Santa Cruz River Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market. Call 882-3304 for more information. SHERLOCK HOLMES SCION SOCIETY The Canyonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crown Restaurant and Pub. 6958 E. Tanque Verde Road. 885-8277. Desert Prospectors of Arizona, a Sherlock Holmes Scion Society, meet to report on the annual Baker Street Irregulars meeting, discuss A Game of Shadows and take a quiz on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milvertonâ&#x20AC;? from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28; free. Lunch is available from the menu. Email, or call 4950877 for more information. TIHAN VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Grace St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church. 2331 E. Adams St. 327-6857. An orientation about HIV/AIDS and current volunteer opportunities with the Tucson Interfaith HIV/ AIDS Network takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28; $17. Call 299-6647, or visit for more information or to download a volunteer application packet.

ANNOUNCEMENTS BEAGLE RESCUE Several beagle-adoption events and play dates are scheduled throughout the month. Visit for the schedule and to learn more about Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue. BRIDGE CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 229-5300. Adults play bridge from 1 to 4 p.m., every Wednesday. Call for more information. CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: TUCSON CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL Community groups, businesses, religious groups, neighborhood associations and ad hoc groups of five or more volunteers are needed to adopt parks, streets, washes and other public areas on an ongoing basis. Call 7913109, or visit for info. CHESS CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. All serious chess players are invited from 1 to 5 p.m., every Friday. Call for more information.

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components of an essential tool kit, and repair and adjustment for the most common problems, from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; free. Bring your bike and prepare to get dirty! Participants receive a free flashingreflective leg band and a choice of a U-lock or a bike light set. Reservations are required; call 243-2453 to register or for more information.


COATS FOR CUBS Donations of real fur apparel, in any condition, can provide bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife. Buffalo Exchange has donated 6,331 used furs since 2006, and will take donations through Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. Visit for a complete list of U.S. locations. THE COFFEE PARTY Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Friendly discussions of current events take place from 1 to 3 p.m., every Tuesday. Call 878-0256 for more information. COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE Himmel Park. 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. 791-3276. A community drum circle takes place from 3:30 to 6 p.m., every Sunday. Free. Call 743-4901, or email for more information. DESERT CRONES Fellowship Square Villa III. 210 N. Maguire Ave. 8865537. Women older than 50 meet from 1 to 3 p.m., every Thursday except holidays, to enjoy companionship and creativity. Programs include guest speakers, writing workshops and drumming circles. Call 409-3357, or email for more information. DESERT SINGLES AND NETWORK SINGLES Desert Singles and Network Singles meet from 5 to 7 p.m., every Friday, at a different location. Free. Call 219-9985, or visit for locations and more information. FARMERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; MARKETS Alan Ward Downtown Mercado: south lawn of the Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, October through May; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June through September (339-4008). Arivaca Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: 16800 Arivaca Road, Arivaca, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Bisbee Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: Vista Park in the Warren section, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday (520-227-5060). Community Food Bank: 3003 S. Country Club Road, 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday (6220525). Corona de Tucson Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: 15921 S. Houghton Road, Vail, 8 a.m. to noon, Friday (8701106). Douglas Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: Raul Castro Park, between D and E avenues, downtown Douglas, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday (520-805-5938 or 520-805-0086). El Presidio Plaza Park Mercado: 115 N. Church Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday (339-4008). El Pueblo Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: El Pueblo Neighborhood Center parking lot, SW corner of Irvington Road and Sixth Avenue, 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday (882-3304). Elgin Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: Kief-Joshua Vineyards, 370 Elgin Road, Elgin, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May through October (520455-5582). The Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Markets at La Posada Green Valley: 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday (603-8116). Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market at Voyager RV Resort: 8701 S. Kolb Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday (603-8116). Friday Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market at Broadway Village: 2926 E. Broadway Blvd., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday (603-8116). Green Things: 3235 E. Allen Road, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday (299-9471). Green Valley Village Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: 101 S. La CaĂąada Drive, Green Valley, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday (4903315). Marana Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: 13395 N. Marana Main Street, Marana, 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday (882-3313). Metal Arts Village Saturday Morning Market: 3230 N. Dodge Blvd., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday (795-1770). Oracle Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: 2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Road, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday (896-2123). Oro Valley Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: Town Hall at the corner of La CaĂąada Drive and Naranja Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (8822157). Plaza Palomino: 2970 N. Swan Road, winter: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; summer: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,



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thoughtful consideration of global challenges from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, through March 19; free. Briefing books are $15, but a reference copy is available at the library. Registration is required; call the library to register. ITALIAN CONVERSATION Beyond Bread. 3026 N. Campbell Ave. 322-9965. All skill levels practice from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., every Tuesday; free. Call 624-9145 for more information. LET’S SPEAK SPANISH Himmel Branch, Pima County Public Library. 1035 N. Treat Ave. 594-5305. A language and logistics professor leads practice from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Wednesday except holidays; free. MAHJONG Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 229-5300. Play Mahjong from 1 to 3:30 p.m., each Saturday; free. Call for more information. PIMA COUNCIL ON AGING INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE Free, one-on-one confidential information and referral sessions are offered 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. POZ CAFÉ AND SOCIAL St. Francis in the Foothills. 4625 E. River Road. 299-9063. Poz Café provides people living with HIV a nutritious lunch and an opportunity to socialize from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the third Thursday of each month. The event includes games and shopping at the Poz Marketplace, a table stocked with donated toiletries and personal-care items. Reservations are required. Call 299-6647 to RSVP or request transportation. The monthly Poz Social includes a light lunch and refreshments; an opportunity to socialize; and an array of arts and crafts, new movies and board games. The social

is held at a convenient central location from noon to 3 p.m., the first Tuesday of every month. Call 299-6647 for more information.


PUERTAS ABIERTAS Wingspan’s Latin social group, Puertas Abiertas, holds monthly events and special events throughout the year. A Café Chat at Revolutionary Grounds, 606 N. Fourth Ave., offers safe and friendly conversation at 7 p.m., the third Friday of every month. The group goes bowling at Santa Cruz Lanes, 3665 S. 16th Ave., at 8 p.m., the last Thursday of every month. Email, or call 624-1779, ext. 124, for info.


RAINBOW PEER SUPPORT GROUP Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Leynda J.P. Erwin leads a group that provides safe, confidential, peer-to-peer support for life problems regardless of identity, orientation or ethnicity, from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday; free. Call 822-7638 for more info.

FOX THEATRE FILMS Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Tickets are $7, $5 student, senior or active-duty military. Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m.: 3:10 to Yuma. Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m.: The Searchers. Call or visit for tickets.

SCRABBLE CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Play Scrabble from 1 to 5 p.m., each Monday. Call for more information. SINGLES 50+ LUNCH GROUP Thunder Canyon Brewery. 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. 7972652. A group meets for conversation and no-host lunch at noon, Sunday. Call 797-9873 for more information. TAX VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Pio Decimo Center and the IRS seek volunteers to provide four to five hours a week of free tax preparation services to low-to-moderate-income residents of Green Valley and the Tucson metropolitan area. Volunteers don’t need prior experience. Spanish-speaking volunteers are also needed as interpreters. Call 622-2801, ext. 127, or email for more information. TUCSON SINGLETARIANS A social club for singles age 50 and older meets from 5 to 7 p.m., each Wednesday on the westside, and Thursday on the eastside, at locations that change each month. Free; no-host food and beverages. Call 3269174, or visit for more information about the club’s many other activities. URBAN YARNS Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Knitters and crocheters gather informally from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., each Friday, to work on their own projects, review the library’s fiber-themed books and find inspiration for new projects; free. No instruction is provided. Call 791-4010 for more information. YARNIVORES: A CROCHET AND KNITTING MEET-UP GROUP Murphy-Wilmot Branch, Tucson-Pima Public Library. 530 N. Wilmot Road. 594-5420. A brown-bag dinner and socializing devoted to the yarn arts take place from 6 to 7 p.m., every Thursday; free. Bring dinner and a project.

BUSINESS & FINANCE EVENTS THIS WEEK BATTLE OF THE ADS Manning House. 450 W. Paseo Redondo. 770-0714. Teams have competed to create, in 24 hours, the best advertising for a nonprofit program, all while being videotaped. A winner is decided at a luncheon meeting of the Tucson Chapter, American Advertising Federation, from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24; $25 to $44, $5 less if prepaid. Call 326-1060, or visit cvent. com for reservations or more information. INFORMATION POWER FOR SMALL BUSINESS Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Learn how to do market research and analysis, develop market strategies, track industry trends, locate suppliers and identify customers by using library resources, from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; free. Call 791-4010 for more information. INTRODUCTION TO FUNDRAISING FOR SMALL NONPROFITS Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Board members and volunteers learn tips and strategies for creating strong board leadership and vision from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m., Friday, Jan. 20; free. Registration is required; call 791-4010 to register. SURVIVAL SKILLS CAREER TRANSITION WORKSHOPS St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Linda Dewey facilitates workshops to help job-seekers find new focus from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Feb. 21; free. Workshops take place in Room 10. Call 225-0432, or email for more information.


ECKSTROM-COLUMBUS BRANCH LIBRARY Eckstrom-Columbus Branch, Pima County Public Library. 4350 E. 22nd St. 594-5285. Revolution ’67, a documentary about the black urban rebellions of the 1960s, reveals the riots’ roots in poverty and police brutality, at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; free.

LOFT CINEMA SPECIAL EVENTS Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Visit for tickets and a complete list of all shows and special events. Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.: Chasing Legends; $9, $7 member. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m.: The City Dark with director Ian Cheney in person; $10, $8 member. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m.: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, the directorial debut of Angelina Jolie; $5 to $9. Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.: Goats; sold out. Sunday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m.; and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m.: Citizen Kane; $5 suggested donation. SHAOL POZEZ MEMORIAL LECTURESHIP SERIES Jewish Community Center. 3800 E. River Road. 2993000. The Faces of Israel: A Discussion of Marriage, State and Religion in the Jewish Homeland is screened at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25; free. Visit judaic. for more information. TUCSON INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL The festival continues through Sunday, Jan. 22; $29 six films; $8 per film; $7 JCC member, student or senior. Through Saturday, Jan. 21, films are shown at the Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. The Fabulous Faygeleh LGBT Film Series features three films on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Grand Cinemas Crossroads 6, 4811 E. Grant Road. Visit for a complete schedule and showtimes.

OUT OF TOWN THE RENAISSANCE OF MATA ORTIZ Western National Parks Association Bookstore. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. A documentary about the American anthropologist and the gifted Mexican artist who made Mata Ortiz a home for world-class art screens at noon and 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25; free. Reservations are required; call during business hours for reservations or more information. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Visit for directions or more information.

GARDENING EVENTS THIS WEEK BIRDS AND GARDENING TOUR Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. A 45-minute tour explores the plants and gardening practices that attract birds to home gardens, and identifies birds frequently seen in the Botanical Gardens and urban Tucson, at 10 a.m., the first and fourth Wednesday of every month; free with admission. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily; $8, $4 child age 4 to 12, free younger child or member. Call or visit for more information. BUTTERFLY WALK Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. A 45-minute tour identifies butterflies common to urban Tucson, and explores the plants and gardening practices that attract butterflies to the home garden, at 11 a.m., the third Thursday of every month; free with admission. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily; $8, $4 child age 4 to 12, free younger child or member. Call or visit 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. 25, at 1 p.m., Murphy-Wilmot Branch, 530 N. Wilmot Road; the first Saturday of 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.

SPECIAL CLASSES AT TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Class fees include admission to the gardens. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2:30 to 4 p.m.: Basics of Preserving Butterflies; $14, $10 member. Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.: Arizona’s Ducks and Geese; $20, $15 member. Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Gardening in Tucson; $20, $15 member. People with a disability may request accommodation. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Visit to register and for more information.

UPCOMING SCOTT CALHOUN: THE GARDENER’S GUIDE TO CACTUS Antigone Books. 411 N. Fourth Ave. 792-3715. Scott Calhoun discusses his new book, The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus: The 100 Best Paddles, Barrels, Columns and Globes, at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27; free. Refreshments and a Q&A follow. Visit for info.

ANNOUNCEMENTS BUTTERFLY MAGIC Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Butterflies from farms in tropical regions make their homes in Tucson through Monday, April 30. They may be viewed from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, except holidays; $13, $7.50 age 13 or younger, free infant, includes admission to the gardens. Call or visit for more information. EXPLORING TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Plant trivia, history of the gardens and introductions to native flora are featured on a guided tour at 10 a.m., every Friday, through May 25; $8, $4 age 4 to 12, free younger child or member, includes admission to the gardens. Call or visit tucsonbotanical. org for more information. MONTHLY CLASSES AT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. No preregistration is required for these monthly classes, which are held from 9:30 a.m. to noon, unless otherwise noted; $14, $7 member includes admission to the gardens. First Thursday and first Saturday: Gardening for the Newcomer. Second

Opening Celebration

Saturday: Xeriscape Doesn’t Mean Zeroscape. Third Saturday: Successful Plants for Tucson Gardens. Call or visit for more information.

HEALTH EVENTS THIS WEEK INCREASING PEACE Casa de la Luz Hospice. 400 W. Magee Road. 5449890. Part one of a two-part workshop, Increasing Peace: Embodying Positive Values Handed Down in Our Families, takes place from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22; free. Part two takes place from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5. The workshops include teachings by Rabbi Stephanie Aaron and writing exercises by Deborah Mayaan. LIVING HEALTHY WITH ARTHRITIS CONFERENCE DuVal Auditorium, UA Medical Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 694-0111. A program of learning and socializing takes place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; $10, free member of the UA Arthritis Center Friends. Topics include joint replacement, alternatives to ankle arthritis, advances in cartilage regeneration, pain and the power of perspective, weight management and exercise, and new developments in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Call 626-5040, or visit for reservations or more information.

Monday, Jan. 23, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.: “Healthy Living: Managing Chronic Health Conditions;” $15, $25 couple. Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon: “Fit at 50 and Beyond.” Thursday, Jan. 26: from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., “Alzheimer’s Disease: New to Memory Loss?” A Heart Health and Blood Pressure Clinic takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. the same day. Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 10 to 11 a.m.: “The Eyes Have It!,” an introduction to medical conditions of the eye. WELLNESS FAIR Bookmans. 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-9555. Local businesses geared toward healthier, greener living provide exhibits, samples and information from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; free.

CRAZY SCIENCE! Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Children try their hands at bizarre, shocking and messy experiments while learning science concepts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22; free with admission. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily; $8, $4 child age 4 to 12, free younger child or member. Call or visit for more information. LEARN-INSPIRE-MOVE-EAT CONFERENCE Tucson Village Farm. 4210 N. Campbell Ave. 6265161. Workshops cover nutrition and healthy foodpreparation, gardening skills, fun ways to get kids moving and teacher-training for school-garden programs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; $20, $10 age 6 through 11, includes a healthy lunch from Renee’s Organic Oven. Call 349-3224, or visit limeconference. org to register and for more information.

OUT OF TOWN SARVER HEART CENTER LECTURE SERIES Canoa Hills Social Center. 3660 S. Camino del Sol. Green Valley. 625-6200. Lectures take place at 10 a.m., every Thursday, through April 19; free. Jan. 19: Dr. Gordon A. Ewy presents “What’s So Different About Heart Disease in Women?” Refreshments are served. Visit for more information.

MAGIC TREE HOUSE BOOK CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 229-5300. Fans of the Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne meet from 4 to 5 p.m., the third Thursday of every month, to discuss a different title and enjoy activities, crafts and discussion; free. The club is for ages 6 to 10; registration is required.


OASIS STANDALONE CLASSES Support, referrals and the power of telling grief stories are shared in “Grieving Is Healing” from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, at Atria Bell Court Gardens, 6653 E. Carondelet Drive; $9. “Dreams: Hidden Language for Healthy Living” is presented from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, at Villa Hermosa, 6330 E. Speedway Blvd; $9. Call 322-5607 to register or for more info.

ALL TOGETHER THEATRE Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. Original adaptations of popular children’s stories are presented at 1 p.m., Sunday; $5 to $8. A musical adaptation of The Tortoise and the Hare continues through Jan. 29. Bringing Literature to Life! is staged one day only, Feb. 5. Call or visit livetheatreworkshop. org for reservations and more information.

TMC SENIOR CENTER TALKS TMC Senior Services. 1400 N. Wilmot Road. 3241960. 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. Thursday, Jan. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m.: “Chronic Disease Management: Respiratory Health,” a free lung-function screening and a lecture on Valley Fever.

BEYOND: TOGETHER WE THRIVE MURAL PROJECT Students work on a mural with a “Together We Thrive” theme from 3 to 5 p.m., every Tuesday, Jan. 24 through April 17, at Peter Howell Elementary School, 401 N. Irving Ave. Visit for more info. BICYCLE INFORMATION FOR KIDS Perimeter Bicycling. 2609 E. Broadway Blvd. 745-

2033. Kids age 8 to 12 bring a parent and a bicycle to learn about bicycle safety and basic mechanics from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 21; free. Registration is required; call 243-2453 to register or for more info.

READ TO A DOG Murphy-Wilmot Branch, Tucson-Pima Public Library. 530 N. Wilmot Road. 594-5420. Kids age 2 to 12 improve their reading skills by reading to a therapy dog from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., every Wednesday; free. SMARTY PANTS Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Children age 3 and 4 and their adult companions collaborate in hands-on art-making at 10 a.m., the third Saturday of every month; $10 child, $8 member, includes admission to the museum. TEEN ADVISORY BOARD Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. TAB, the teen advisory board, shares ideas and plans teen events for the library, from 3 to 4 p.m., the third Saturday of every month, except holidays; free.



January 28 - June 3, 2012

Friday, January 27

Members’ Reception 6 pm - 8 pm

Art Galleries

8 pm - 11 pm A festive evening of live music, dance, and art! $10 general admission FREE for members.

Nickolas Muray (1892-1965), Frida on White Bench, New York, 1939, Inkjet print C Nickolas Muray Archives, Alta, Utah

Digital images by Jessica Faith Heyden and Christopher Molla thru February 5, 2012.

MERCHANTS of Monterey Court

140 north main avenue 520.624.2333

This touring exhibition originates from the Nickolas Muray Archives, Alta, Utah. Tour Management by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, Kansas City, Missouri.

Silver Streak Contemporary Gallery

505 W. Miracle Mile 520-582-0514

Retail Shops Small Miracle Craft Mall

Where you will find things you didn’t know you needed and now desperately want.

Blue Dog Confectionery & Gallery Grand Opening Celebration, Friday, January 20th from 5-8pm

Victorian West

Gone to Pieces Mosaic Design and Artwork

Grand Opening Celebration, Friday, January 20th from 5-8pm

The Quantum Art Gallery

Arts, Jewelry, Talavera & Unique Collectibles

Velvet Rags & Mercantile

Hacienda Belles Artes Coming Soon!

Dragon’s Spark Urban Boutique

Handmade, Recycled and Vintage Fashions for You and Your Home.

JANUARY 19 - 25, 2012





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 for more information.

Saturday, Jan. 28; $30 individual, $45 to $75 family. The fee includes breakfast, and the first 500 registrants receive a T-shirt. Proceeds benefit enrichment programs in the Tanque Verde Unified School District. Visit tvseef. org to register or for more information.

TEAM IN TRAINING HIKE Saguaro National Park East. 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail. 733-5153. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training hosts a conditioning hike at 9 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 22; free. Call 390-4566 for more info.

YOUTH CONCERTO COMPETITION Student musicians have until Friday, Jan. 27, to apply for the Youth Concerto Competition co-sponsored by the Symphony Women’s Association and the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. Students compete for prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250; one will perform a solo with the orchestra in a future program. For an application and mailing instructions, e-mail info@sasomusic. org, or call 882-6653.

TUMAMOC HILL OPEN HOUSE Tumamoc: People and Habitats. 1675 W. Anklam Road. 621-6797. Spanning more than 860 acres, Tumamoc: People and Habitats, a 100-year-old desert laboratory, opens to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21 and 22; and Jan. 28 and 29. Featured are relics of 2,300 years of history at the site, and information about current programs to prevent mass extinction of species. Visit for more information.



TANQUE VERDE FOUNDATION TECH TREK Agua Caliente Elementary School. 11420 E. Limberlost Road. 749-2235. A certified 10k race, a 2-mile fun run and a 4-mile bike race get under way at 9 a.m.,

EVENTS THIS WEEK 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.

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UPCOMING SPIRITUAL HEALING WITH THE TEACHINGS OF BRUNO GROENING University of Arizona Medical Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. The Bruno Groening Circle of Friends Community gathers in Room E of the cafeteria at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, free. Email, or visit for more information.


UPCOMING CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL AND IMAGO THEATRE: ZOOZOO UA Centennial Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 6213364. Acrobatics, mime and fanciful costumes portray whimsical stories in a revue of illusion and dance for all ages at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29; $13 to $24. The performance follows a children’s festival featuring arts, science and crafts from 2 to 4 p.m., on the Centennial Hall patio; free. Call or visit for tickets or more information.



EVENTS THIS WEEK SOUTHWESTERN INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY Vehicles that require IHRA Chassis Certifications can get them at Test N Tune events at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at Southwest International Raceway, 12000 S. Houghton Road; $25. For more information or to make a private appointment, email The 2011 Awards Banquet is held at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, at Celebrations, 2823 N. Stone Ave.; $20. Call 465-4354, or email for reservations

SUN RUN 5K AND 10 K Reid Park. Broadway Boulevard and Alvernon Way. A benefit for the Pima Community College cross-country and track-and-field programs starts at 9 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 22, at Ramada 31; $20, $18 Southern Arizona Roadrunners member. A Kids’ Dash follows the runs; free. Visit to register and for more information. TUCSON DRESSAGE SHOW Pima County Fairgrounds. 11500 S. Houghton Road. 762-3247. The Tucson Dressage Club hosts a show in Ring 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21 and 22; free spectator, rider fees are variable. Visit for more information and entry forms for riders. TUCSON LIGHTNING WOMEN’S RUGBY CLUB Estevan Park. 1000 N. Main Ave. 780-0288. Saturday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m.: San Diego. Free to spectators. TUCSON ROLLER DERBY Bookmans Event Center. 5120 S. Julian Drive. 8811744. Saturday, Jan. 21, in a 5:30 p.m. doubleheader, the Furious Truckstop Waitresses meet the Copper Queens, and Vice Squad meets Bad News Beaters; $10. Visit for tickets and more information. TUCSON ULTIMATE Ochoa Park. 3450 N. Fairview Ave. 791-4873. League play takes place from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday; free for spectators. Visit for more information and a schedule for 2012. UA GYMNASTICS UA McKale Memorial Center. 1721 E. Enke Drive. The UA women’s gymnastics team meets Oregon State at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20; $8, $5 senior or child, 15 percent discount to active-duty military with ID. Visit for tickets or more information. UA WILDCAT HOCKEY Tucson Convention Center. 260 S. Church Ave. 7914101. Games are at 7:30 p.m.; $5 to $15. 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. Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.:

Utah. Sunday, Jan. 22, at 2:30 p.m.: Colorado. Visit for tickets and more information.

UPCOMING AZ BLISTER KICKBALL: TEAM REGISTRATION DEADLINE Joaquin Murrieta Park. 1400 N. Silverbell Road. 7914752. The deadline for team registration is Friday, Jan. 27. Each team must have 18 players; $70 per player. Individuals may sign up and be assigned to a team. Pickup games and a rules clinic take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2 and 9. Visit to register and for more information. SUNRISE AT OLD TUCSON CROSS-COUNTRY TRAIL RUN Old Tucson Studios. 201 S. Kinney Road. 883-0100. A benefit running event takes place at 8:15 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 29; $35 4-mile, $15 1-mile walk/run; free fun run for child 10 or younger. Entry fee includes breakfast, a T-shirt, and a free pass to Old Tucson Studios good for one year. Additional breakfasts are $6.50. Proceeds Benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. Call 9910733, or visit for more information. UA MEN’S GOLF Arizona National Golf Club. 9777 E. Sabino Greens Drive. 749-3636. UA hosts the Arizona Intercollegiate Tournament all day Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 30 and 31; free spectator, no carts. Visit for more information. UA MEN’S TENNIS LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. 900 N. Martin Ave. 6219902. Matches are free to spectators. Friday, Jan. 27, at noon: Sacramento State. Sunday, Jan. 29, at noon: San Francisco. Saturday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m.: Cal Poly. Visit for more information. UA SWIMMING AND DIVING UA Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. 1827 E. Enke Drive. 621-0614. The UA Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams meet Texas in the last home meet of the season at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28; free. Visit for more information. Find more @ .com

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EVENTS THIS WEEK ECSTATIC DANCE TUCSON Rhythm Industry Performance Factory. 1013 S. Tyndall Ave. Participants express themselves with dance, and have fun in an alcohol-, drug- and judgment-free environment, at 7:30 p.m., the third Saturday every month; $7 suggested donation, free child. Call 229-6247. TUCSON AREA SQUARE-DANCE FESTIVAL Tucson Convention Center. 260 S. Church Ave. 7914101. Hundreds of dancers from throughout the U.S. and Canada attend workshops, square-dance and clog at all levels with top callers and cuers, from Thursday, Jan. 19, through Sunday, Jan. 22; $12 to $42, free spectator. Visit to register. UAPRESENTS UA Centennial Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 6213364. Performances are at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21: Forever Tango; $27 to $59. Saturday, Feb. 4: National Dance Company of Columbia; $20 to $42. Saturday, Feb. 18: Trisha Brown Dance Company; $22 to $46. Saturday, March 3: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; $27 to $59. Friday, March 23: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; $31 to $79. Saturday, April 14: River North Dance Chicago; $20 to $42. Call or visit for tickets or more information.

OUT OF TOWN DESERT VIEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Desert View Performing Arts Center. 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. SaddleBrooke. 825-5318. Sunday, Jan. 22, at 5 p.m.: Ballroom Dance Showcase and Dinner; $40. Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.: Simply Ballroom, featuring the Utah Ballroom Dance Company; $24, $22 advance. Visit for tickets.

UPCOMING TUCSON LINDY HOP Armory Park Center. 220 S. Fifth Ave. 791-4865. Lindy-hop lessons take place at 7 p.m., the fourth Saturday of every month. Dancing to a live band begins at 8 p.m., the same evening. $10 to $15. No partner required. Call 990-0834, or visit

ANNOUNCEMENTS FREE TANGO LESSONS AND DANCE Casa Vicente Restaurante Español. 375 S. Stone Ave. 884-5253. A free class for beginners (no partner necessary) takes place from 7 to 8 p.m., each Wednesday; and tango-dancing continues from 8 to 10 p.m.; free. Call 245-6158 for information. T-SQUARES DANCE CLUB Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall. 2909 N. Geronimo Ave. 622-4626. A modern square-dance club for lesbians, gays and allies meets from 6 to 8:30 p.m., every Tuesday; free. All dancers are welcome. Call 886-0716, or visit 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., Jan. 21: Banjo workshop with Andy McCune. Jan. 28: Jamie O’Brien. Call 624-8821, ext. 7147, for more information.



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Justice Is Served BY SHERILYN FORRESTER, f it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This might as well be the mantra of Tucson’s wildly successful Gaslight Theatre, a one-stop shop for over-the-top silliness masquerading as a play; the happy rhythms of a rambunctious band; bottomless baskets of free popcorn (subtly symbolic of the corn that is Gaslight’s onstage fare?); the nonstop energy of talented players who seem to be having as much fun as the audience; and a full restaurant menu where there’s something for everybody. In short, it’s a rip-roaring evening of entertainment for all ages—and one of the best bargains in town. For 35 years, the Gaslight has taken a simple idea—bad guys are taking advantage of good guys who are in need of heroic guys who always come to the rescue—and, with a little creative pilfering, placed this formulaic adventure within settings that shamelessly echo familiar stories. There have been a couple of versions of Gnatman, an intergalactic adventure called Space Wars, The Ballad of Two-Gun McGraw—you get the idea. To welcome the new year, the Gaslight is presenting The Two Amigos, in which bad guys are taking advantage of good guys—well, you know. Here, the setting is Santa Feliz, a sleepy Mexican town run by the corrupt Comandante Maximo (Armen Dirtadian), who, with his right-hand buffoon—er, man, Lt. Gonzales (David Orley), threatens all who cross him with being sent “to my stinkin’ dungeon.” (This phrase, with the “stinkin’” sounding more like “steeeeek-nnnnn,” is oft-repeated, with the audience completing the phrase.) The good guys are represented by Señor Bautista (Charlie Hall) and his daughter Augelita (Sarah Vanek), who tick off the comandante because—well, because they’re honorable folks unwilling to bend to his will. The heroes are—can you guess?—the Two Amigos, Renaldo (Todd Thompson) and Paco (Mike Yarema). They are entertainers (from the U.S., it would seem, since they have no accent) hired to perform at the comandante’s fiesta, but they meet with displeasure and are fired. But Renaldo, who has fallen for Augelita, decides to right the wrongs being perpetrated in Santa Feliz. He assumes a disguise, looking very much like a Zorro-type creature; with Paco, they bring the comandante to justice. The specifics of the story are barely plausible, but they don’t need to be. What is important is that once the story is set in motion, it charges like a high-speed train—a revved-up rhythm in which we are instantly and constantly engaged. This pace is absolutely necessary, and the players never let up, just as they


Mike Yarema and Todd Thompson in The Two Amigos. nail the timing that this hyper-silly comedy requires. Just because the battle between good and evil is being played out before our eyes, that doesn’t mean that the good and bad guys can’t drop their hostilities and break into song every few minutes. So they do, raiding familiar tunes and revising the lyrics with a silly sensibility. I suppose one could still count his life fulfilled without hearing a paean to huevos rancheros sung to the tune of “La Bamba,” but if the chance presents itself, why wouldn’t one grab the opportunity? The literary, um, brains behind the script and lyric reinvention is Peter Van Slyke, who has been doing this gig for quite a while and knows the territory well. He also directs the shows, and with the help of work by some practiced players, the mighty musical direction of Linda Ackermann, and the delightful visual settings and clever low-tech effects by set designer Tom Benson, Van Slyke manages to synthesize a total entertainment package. Besides the impressive scene-painting, Benson treats us to galloping horses bouncing across an ever-shifting landscape, gunshots that leave bullet holes in adobe walls, and a burning hacienda with charred lodge poles crashing down around a pair of lovers. Renee Cloutier’s costumes are fine, and lighting designer David Darland makes sure we can see it all. The kids will giggle with glee at all of the over-the-top shenanigans, and the adults will chortle when they recognize the “punishment” to which they are being subjected. No, it’s not high-class theater, but it is welldone entertainment, true to its historic roots in melodrama. But wait—there’s more! After each play, the troupe regroups and

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bursts forth with a musical variety show. This time, the olio features a Gaslight take on the granddaddy of country-music shows, the Grand Ole Opry. This “Grand Old Opry”—these Gaslight guys know how to avoid copyright infringement—features a bountifully, blondly coiffed Porter Wagoner (Orley); the “how-dee” honey, Minnie Pearl (Vanek); and Tammy Wynette impersonator Maria Alburtus, whose flexible lips are hugely impressive. There’s a guys’ quartet singing a rendition of “Flowers on the Wall,” and Dirtadian impersonating Tennessee Ernie Ford and singing “Sixteen Tons.” The facility with which these players transition from one type of fun to another is a treat to watch. So is Ackermann’s band, whose contribution to the Gaslight fun can’t be underestimated. Ackermann on piano, Blake Matthies on bass and guitar, and Jon Westfall on drums drive the energy of the evening. The Two Amigos is standard Gaslight fare— and that’s a very good thing. In fact, it could be argued that they have set the standard for full-out family entertainment in Tucson, and excel at maintaining that standard.



ARIZONA CENTENNIAL BARBERSHOP CONCERT TCC Music Hall. 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. Traditional and contemporary songs of Arizona are performed in four-part harmony by four award-winning barbershop groups and a group formed just for the occasion, the Men’s Centennial Chorus, at 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19; $20. Call 977-1587, or visit for tickets. ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC Leo Rich Theater. 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. The Jupiter Quartet, featuring cellist Denise Djokic, performs at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25; $25, $10 student. Call 577-3769, or visit GASLIGHT FAMILY CONCERT The Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 8869428. Heartbreak Hotel, Robert Shaw’s Elvis tribute, is staged at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23; $12 to $22. Visit for tickets and more information. MUSIC AT THE UA UA School of Music. 1017 N. Olive Road. 6211655. Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.: Swedish guitarist Johannes Moller, Holsclaw Hall; $25, $15 student. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m.: Daniel Katzen, horn, and Michael Dauphinais, piano, with the Betty Katzen Horn Studio Ensemble, Crowder Hall; $5. Call 6211162, or visit for tickets. PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CHOIR FESTIVAL St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. 7575 N. Paseo del Norte. 297-7201. Nine Presbyterian churches join together for a concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22; freewill offering. In addition to combined choir pieces, several choirs sing individually, accompanied by instrumentalists from several churches. RHYTHM AND ROOTS CONCERTS Suite 147 at Plaza Palomino. 2970 N. Swan Road, No. 147. 440-4455. Singer-songwriter John McCutcheon performs at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22; $23, $20 advance, $10 student. Call (800) 594-8499, or visit for tickets. Call 319-9966 for info.

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, unless otherwise noted; $15, $6 younger than 17. Jan. 21 and 22: Belinda Gail. Jan. 28 and 29: Dolan Ellis. Visit for information about the folklore preserve and a schedule of upcoming performances. DESERT VIEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Desert View Performing Arts Center. 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. SaddleBrooke. 825-5318. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m.: A Salute to Our Heroes with Robert Shaw and The Lonely Street Band; $40, $35 advance, proceeds benefit the Military Family Partners Group. Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m.: Old but Goodies Revue; $22, $20 advance. Visit tickets. for tickets or more information. MICHAEL LICH COMBO: NOCTRANE Western National Parks Association. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. A concert combining the influences of jazz, bluegrass and roots music takes place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; $18, $15 member. Call or visit for reservations.

UPCOMING FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC Bisbee Women’s Club. 7 Ledge Ave. Bisbee. (520) 4323204. Linda Chatterton, flute, and Rex Woods, piano, perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28; and 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29; $10. Call (520) 432-7217, or visit for reservations. LAVA MUSIC Abounding Grace Church. 2450 S. Kolb Road. 7473745. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; shows are 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday; $20, $15 advance unless otherwise noted. Jan. 28: Nathan and Jonathan McEuen. Feb. 4: BiG WiDE GRiN. Email, or visit for tickets or more information. MUSIC AT THE UA UA School of Music. 1017 N. Olive Road. 621-1655. Sunday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m.: Renee Anne Louprette, Roy A. Johnson Memorial Organ Series, Holsclaw Hall; $5 to $9. Monday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m.: Brinton Smith, cello, and Evelyn Chen, piano, present Songs Without Words, Crowder Hall; $5 to $11. Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m.: The President’s Concert, featuring the Arizona Symphony, with youth concerto-competition winners as soloists, Crowder Hall; $5 to $9.

TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Tucson Music Hall. 210 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. Wicked Divas, featuring guest vocalists Alli Mauzey and Julia Murney, plays at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28; and 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29. Tickets range from $25 to $78. Call 882-8585 or visit UAPRESENTS UA Centennial Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 6213364. Europa Galante with Biondi and Genaux is featured at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28; $27 to $59. Call or visit for tickets or more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 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.

additional performances at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, and Friday, Feb. 3; $25 includes tea, coffee, dessert and a $5 donation to Tucson Music Theatre. Call 9094913, or email LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. Arthur Miller’s All My Sons continues through Sunday, Feb. 12. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $18, $16 student, senior or military. Call or visit for tickets and more information. RED BARN THEATER Red Barn Theater. 948 N. Main Ave. 622-6973. The musical comedy How to Talk to a Minnesotan continues through Sunday, Jan. 29. Showtimes 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 GASLIGHT THEATRE The Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 8869428. Two Amigos, the comic adventures of circus performers Reynaldo and Paco, continues through Sunday, March 25. Showtimes are 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 6 and 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 and 7 p.m., Sunday; $17.95, $7.95 child age 12 and younger, $15.95 student, military and senior. Visit for reservations or more info.


THEATER OPENING THIS WEEK ARIZONA ONSTAGE PRODUCTIONS Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4875. The Marvelous Wonderettes, a familyfriendly story of a 1958 senior prom, opens with a preview at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 5. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday; $15 to $32. Call 882-6574, or visit THE ARIZONA RADIO HOUR Tucson Scottish Rite Cathedral. 160 S. Scott Ave. 6228364. To celebrate Arizona’s centennial, students from the UA School of Theatre, Film and Television’s musicaltheater touring company, Encore!, perform songs from the Wild West and World War II eras, and love songs in tribute to Arizona’s Valentine’s Day statehood, in between vintage commercials and facts about Arizona and its people, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; free, but tickets are required. Call 621-1162, or visit for tickets or more information about UA tributes to Arizona’s centennial. COMEDY PLAYHOUSE Comedy Playhouse. 3620 N. First Ave. 260-6442. The Mystery Genius of G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown, which launches a new series of plays adapted from the work of mystery writers, opens Friday, Jan. 20, and continues through Saturday, Jan. 28. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $12, $10 senior and student unless otherwise noted. Call or visit for tickets. JEANNE ROBERTSON Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Humorist Jeanne Robertson shares her experience as a 6-foot-2 Miss Congeniality of the Miss America Pageant, and tells how to develop a sense of humor, at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20; $32.50. Call or visit foxtucsontheatre. org for tickets and more information.

CONTINUING 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, continues through Saturday, Feb. 4. Showtimes vary; $31 to $56 plus fees, $10 student with ID. Call or visit for tickets or more information. 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. ESCAPE REALITY PRODUCTIONS AND TUCSON MUSIC THEATRE The Hungry Fox Restaurant and Country Store. 4637 E. Broadway Blvd. 326-2835. Hats: The Musical, a 90-minute show based on the stories, experiences and mission of the Red Hat Society, is staged at 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, through Saturday, Feb. 5, with

THE ROGUE THEATRE The Rogue Theatre. 300 E. University Blvd. 5512053. With just three actors and three musicians, Shipwrecked: An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself) tells the tale of a castaway returning to British society after being marooned among Aborigines. The play closes 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, $15 younger than 18 or student with ID, $15 Thursday. Visit for tickets and more information. WINDING ROAD THEATER ENSEMBLE The Last Five Years closes Sunday, Jan. 22; $26, $23 senior, theater artist and student and military with ID. 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. Call 401-3626, for visit for tickets or more information.

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UPCOMING BEOWULF ALLEY THEATRE COMPANY Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 882-0555. We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! opens with a preview at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 26. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m., Sunday; $21, $15 preview. Call or visit for tickets and more information. CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION Doubletree Hotel. 445 S. Alvernon Way. 881-4200. Award-winning illusionists Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed present Carnival of Illusion: An Evening of Intimate Magical Wonders at 6 and 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28; 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17; 3:30 and 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18; and 6 and 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25; $29 adult, $24 senior and ages 8 to 16. Tickets include a 2-for-1 dinner special. Audience limited to 35. Call 615-5299, or visit for tickets.

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VISUAL ARTS Powerful works make UAMA’s uneven ‘Border Project’ worth a visit

Despite the Hardships BY MARGARET REGAN, even years ago, when hundreds of thousands of Mexicans were pouring into Arizona, American photographer Paul Turounet walked the borderlands. Unlike the migrants, he stayed on the Sonoran side of the international line. His mission was to photograph the travelers on one of the most important days of their lives—the day they would leave their country and cross into el Norte. Turounet gave them small Polaroid portraits as a memento. For himself—and for us—he made large black-and-white pigment photos on gleaming aluminum. These wrenching, gorgeous images, tacked to a grim swath of the real border wall salvaged from San Diego, are a highlight of The Border Project, the sprawling exhibition now at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. The 11 photos in his “Estamos buscando a/ We’re Looking For” capture both hope and fear on the faces of the travelers. A woman named Joseline smiles in anticipation as she rides in the back of a pickup, but her little girl, sitting next to her, looks puzzled. Why, the child must wonder, are they leaving their home? The dusty young men resting in a desert shelter seem equally worried, with good reason. That year, 2004 into 2005, at least 282 migrants were found dead on the other side of the border in the Arizona desert. Turounet’s pictures confront some of the dangers of the trail. A makeshift migrant grave, covered with stones by fellow travelers, is in one. A bra is strung out across prickly desert plants in another, a sign of the brutality that’s another risk of the trail. Migrants report that smugglers who rape women leave their bras behind as a trophy—and a warning. The work is steeped in art history. Turounet gave his pictures the look of 19th-century tintypes by printing them on aluminum, linking them to portraits of the immigrants who arrived a century ago on ships from Europe, dressed in rags and as desperate as the latest arrivals. The metal, the artist notes, also conjures up Mexican retablos, the religious folk paintings on tin painted in thanksgiving for safe passage through danger. All by itself, Turounet’s wonderful piece makes this uneven exhibition worthwhile. Co-curated by four UA people in different fields—UAMA curator Lauren Rabb, art-history grad student John-Michael Warner, musicology professor Janet Sturman and English professor Jennifer Jenkins—the show is meant to be about the rich, shared culture of our borderlands. But it’s literally all over the map, without



a coherent narrative or even guiding principle. The printed gallery guide doesn’t help. It’s a turgid piece of academic writing so wrapped up in theory that it forgets about the living— and dying—human beings this show is supposed to be about. The history section is so small, it only confuses the complicated past. The few objects standing in for centuries of history are given almost no context. It’s hard to know what to make of the sword from Tucson’s Civil War days, or of the abacus left behind by a Chinese immigrant long ago. Instead of halfheartedly evoking the past, the organizers should have stuck with the present. They’ve certainly gathered up good examples of the wild art being produced in the borderlands today, a delicious hybrid that’s part pop culture, part art history and part political rage. Dozens of artists contributed work in every medium imaginable. There are cyanotype photos printed on tamale papers (Annie Lopez); paper hand-made from desert plants framing a passageway for the desert’s dead (M. Gabriela Muñoz); a clever print of a saguaro as a prickly Statue of Liberty (May Hariri Aboutaam); a furious manipulated photo of the Virgin of Guadalupe as a cleaning lady (Carlos Encinas). Fragments of “Paseo de Humanidad,” the metal artwork by the Sonoran art team Taller Yonke that once hung on the border wall, is suspended on the façade of the architecture building across from the museum. Inspired by Mayan and Aztec imagery, along with contemporary Mexican folk art, its metal figures run across the desert, trying to flee death. Many artists critique the border wall that scars the landscape and pushes migrants to their deaths in the wilderness. (Early numbers for fiscal 2012 suggest that border deaths are up again, after a dip last year.) In a 2008 photo by Scott Hopkins, a dime-store piñata hangs on the old barbed-wire border fence near Sasabe; that flimsy barrier has now been replaced by a 16-foot-high metal monster. Julie Anand and Damon Sauer dispense with the border wall altogether in their “Border Crossing,” 2008. They’ve shredded their photo of the barrier slicing through the land, and woven the pieces back together, blending north and south into a single place, undivided. Some of the most-interesting works, like Turounet’s, give a face or voice to the people living in the borderlands, or trying to get here. Luis Alex Levy’s “Gateway,” 2011, an eloquent soundscape in Spanish and English, layers the voices of a dozen people into a mesmerizing oral symphony that mourns the ruptures creat-

“Baja Arizona,” 2011, acrylic on wood panel, by Melo Dominguez and kids from the Holmes Tuttle Boys and Girls Club on 36th Street. ed by the international divide. (The words are also written on a placard inside a sound booth where visitors can sit and listen.) A Mexican woman living in the U.S. laments the loss of her family. On brief visits home, she says, she “soaks up” her beloved parents and siblings. A U.S. poet speaks sorrowfully of the borderlands, where “some lives we value / some lives we take.” An American woman recounts how bird-lovers flock to see border-crossing birds, whose arrival is celebrated and cherished; not so, she notes, the border-crossing humans. Similarly, M. Jenea Sanchez videotaped the passengers in a van traveling north to Phoenix; their stories demonstrate the unbreakable social ties linking north and south. (The riders are apparently all documented—they pass successfully through a Border Patrol checkpoint.) A Mexican woman explains that she prefers home, but she must go to the U.S. to care for her ailing mother. A man bound for California says his whole family is in Sacramento, where’s he lived for years; a quick trip back to see friends in Nogales, Sonora, made him realize how much America is now home. Lopez’s tamale-paper piece examines the duality of a hyphenated life. A well-known Phoenix artist, she says her Mexican-American family has been in the U.S. for 120 years. Still, when she was a child, she tried to hide her identity. She uses the fierce Arizona sun to emblazon her childhood pictures onto tamale-wrapping paper, a nod to the Mexican nana who used a Good Housekeeping recipe for her tamales. Blending the images with text that’s deliberately difficult to read—an echo, perhaps, of the multiple languages she heard in childhood—

The Border Project: Soundscapes, Landscapes and Lifescapes 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, through Sunday, March 11 University of Arizona Museum of Art 1031 N. Olive Road $5 adults; free for children, military and UA students, faculty and staff 621-7567; Also: Visit the website for information on numerous related events and lectures

Lopez writes around the pictures, “I allowed people to think I was anything but Mexican.” That remembered hurt could serve as a warning for the current immigrants starting a new life in a brave new world. So could Aboutaam’s angry Miss Liberty cactus blocking entry into Arizona, and Alfred Quiroz’s metal death head warning of desert dangers. Still, despite the hardships, despite the hate, despite the dangers, today’s immigrants have the same optimism that yesterday’s did. In one of Turounet’s pictures, you can see that undiluted hope in the luminous faces of a married couple. The photographer captured them lit up by the sun, just moments before they climbed the wall and struck out north into the Promised Land. Tucson Weekly arts editor Margaret Regan reports on the arts twice monthly on the Buckmaster show, which airs from noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, on KVOI AM 1030. Her next radio report will be on Tuesday, Jan. 24.


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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.

DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. 6300 N. Swan Road. 2999191. Portraits of DeGrazia, an exhibit of photographs and paintings of Ted DeGrazia, including works by Louise Serpa and Thomas Hart Benton, opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013; free. Ted DeGrazia Depicts the Life of Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino: 20 Oil Paintings is on permanent display. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily; free. Call or visit for more information. GEORGE STRASBURGER ART GALLERY George Strasburger Art Gallery. 172 N. Toole Ave. 8822160. George Strasburger conducts an oil-portrait painting demonstration at 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22; free. All ages are welcome, but registration by phone is required. Visit for more information. PORTER HALL GALLERY Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Tracy Ledbetter: Bugs and Blooms opens Thursday, Jan. 19, and continues through Tuesday, Feb. 28. An artist’s reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20. Gallery admission is free with paid admission to the gardens. Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., every day; $8, $4 child age 4 to 12, free younger child or member. Call or visit tucsonbotanical. org for more information. STITCH WITCHES QUILT EXHIBIT Casas Adobes Congregational Church. 6801 N. Oracle Road. 297-1181. Thirty quilts and church banners designed and sewn by needlework artisans in the congregation are on display from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22; free. TEMPLE GALLERY Temple Gallery. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 624-7370. Jeff Smith: Drivescapes, a travelogue of work by the Tucson photographer, opens with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, and continues through Tuesday, Feb. 21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and before Arizona Theatre Company performances on Saturday and Sunday; free. Call 622-2823, or e-mail for more information.

CONTINUING 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, continues through Wednesday, Feb. 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday; free. Call 615-7855, or email for more information. CONRAD WILDE GALLERY Conrad Wilde Gallery. 439 N. Sixth Ave., Suite 171. 622-8997. High Contrast, a multimedia exhibition in black and white, continues through Saturday, Jan. 28. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. Visit for more information. CONTRERAS GALLERY Contreras Gallery. 110 E. Sixth St. 398-6557. Indigenous Intentions, an exhibit of David Moreno’s acrylic paintings with contemporary abstract and tra-

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. THE FRONT ROOM GALLERY The Front Room Gallery. 105 W. Fifth St. (406) 624-9792. Paula Wittner: 9 Paintings, an exhibit of vignettes and portraits both humorous and serious, continues through Saturday, Feb. 11. Hours are by appointment; free. Visit for more information. 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. 594-5275. Birds With Attitude, a solo exhibit of acrylic and watercolor paintings by Ruth Canada, continues through Tuesday, Jan. 31. An artist’s reception takes place from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22. 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. 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. 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 for more information. 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. 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.

RAICES TALLER 222 GALLERY Raices Taller 222 Gallery. 218 E. Sixth St. 881-5335. Vicios y Virtudes (Vices and Virtues), an exhibit of paintings, sculpture and multimedia work interpreting artists’ personal values, continues through Saturday, Feb. 25. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, or by appointment; free. Call or visit for more information. 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. TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Tucson International Airport Gallery. 7250 S. Tucson Blvd. Tom Kiefer’s Journey West, an exhibit of blackand-white photographs taken between Phoenix and Ajo, continues through Saturday, March 31, in the TIA Center Gallery between the Southwest and Delta Air Lines ticket counters; free. Visit for more 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. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 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, continues through Saturday, March 3. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday; 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.

LAST CHANCE ETHERTON GALLERY Etherton Gallery. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. Kate Breakey: Slowlight closes Saturday, Jan. 21. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment; free. Visit for more information. FLORENCE QUATER GALLERY Southwest University of Visual Arts’ Florence Quater Gallery. 2538 N. Country Club Road. 325-0123. An

A Series of 6 Free Lectures Exploring Our World and Ourselves University of Arizona College of Science Spring 2012 Lecture Series

Living Beyond 100

Emerging science and medical technologies are redefining our understanding of how we age. The University of Arizona College of Science invites you to hear about the potentials posed by longer lifespans, and the challenges faced by global communities. Join us Tuesdays, January 24 through February 28 for these six free lectures exploring the opportunities and costs of our new longevity. All lectures are free and begin at 7pm at Centennial Hall on the UA campus. See or call 621.4090.

exhibit of senior thesis works by BFA students in photography and studio art closes Friday, Jan. 20. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. 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, closes 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. 742-6455. Wordplay: Artful Words, an exhibition that explores the relationship of art to language, closes 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.

OUT OF TOWN 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, continues through Friday, March 30; free with admission. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily; $10 to $20. Visit for more information.

UPCOMING TOHONO CHUL PARK Tohono Chul Exhibit Hall. Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Arizona Centennial Exhibit opens with a reception at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, and continues through Sunday, April 22. The exhibit features works highlighting the landscapes, historic locations, culture and wildlife of our region; free with admission. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; $8, $6 senior, $5 active military, $4 student with ID, $2 child age 5 to 12, free members and children younger than 5. Visit for info.

ANNOUNCEMENTS CALL TO 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.

MUSEUMS EVENTS THIS WEEK ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM Arizona State Museum. 1013 E. University Blvd. 6216302. An exhibit of 20 Hopi quilts opens Saturday, Jan. 21, and continues through Monday, Aug. 20. Many Mexicos: Vistas de la Frontera is exhibited through Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,


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off for military personnel and their family with military ID. Call or visit for more info.


Monday through Saturday; $5, free youth younger than 18, active-duty military and their families, people with business in the building and everyone for public events. Visit for more information. 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. The center’s founding director Harold Jones presents “Every Picture Tells a Story” at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, on the birth date of influential 19th-century photographer Hippolyte Bayard; free. Regular 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 information MINERAL MADNESS Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. Mineral Madness Sale and Family Fun Event features thousands of specimens, family activities throughout the museum grounds, and an opportunity for kids to collect rock specimens in an egg carton brought from home, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21 and 22; $14.40, $4.50 age 6 to 12. Visit for more information. MOCA MOCA. 265 S. Church Ave. 624-5019. Legislate Crazy, 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 runs 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

UA MUSEUM OF ART UA Museum of Art. 1031 N. Olive Road. 621-7567. The Border Project: Soundscapes, Landscapes and Lifescapes continues through Sunday, March 11. This exhibit is the centerpiece of many events, symposia and related exhibits. The closing event features tours, contests and discussion at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 8; free. Visit for details of related activities. Paseo de Humanidad, a 13-piece installation of life-size 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 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. UA SCIENCE: FLANDRAU UA Science: Flandrau. 1601 E. University Blvd. 6217827. Biters, Hiders, Stinkers and Stingers, an exhibit about poisonous animals and the good they do, 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.

OUT OF TOWN TUBAC PRESIDIO STATE HISTORIC PARK Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with admission to the park; $4, $2 youth age 7 to 13, free child. Thursday, Jan. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations. Friday, Jan. 20, from noon to 3 p.m.: Spanish Colonial livinghistory volunteers, dressed in period clothing, guide tours in character. Friday, Jan. 20 and 27: a walking tour of Old Town Tubac. Encounters: A Native American Ethnic Costume Exhibit, a glimpse into the lives of the Yaqui, Seri, Tohono O’odham and Yuma people via costumes from the Castañeda Museum of Ethnic Costume of Tucson, continues through Sunday, Feb. 26. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily.

NATHAN CASTLE: AND TOTO, TOO Bookmans. 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-9555. Nathan Castle discusses and signs And Toto, Too: The Wizard of Oz as a Spiritual Adventure, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20; free. PHILIP WARING: SIGNS OF ARIZONA Hotel Congress. 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. Retired minister Philip Waring discusses and signs Signs of Arizona: Getting Our Attention for 100 Years, an anthology and tribute to unique and humorous signage across the state, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as part of Dillinger Days on Saturday, Jan. 21; free. Visit for more information. ROXANNA GREEN: AS GOOD AS SHE IMAGINED Roxanna Green, mother of Christina-Taylor Green, signs her book about Jan. 8’s youngest victim, from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, at Barnes and Noble, Foothills Mall, 7325 N. La Cholla Blvd., No. 100; free. UA POETRY CENTER UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. Readings and lectures are at 7 p.m.; free. Thursday, Jan. 19: David Rivard alumni reading. Call or visit poetry.arizona. edu for more information.

UPCOMING VOICES FROM THE PAST Arizona Poetry Center. 1216 N. Cherry Ave. 626-3765. In tribute to Arizona’s centennial, Voices From Arizona’s Past: Sharlot Hall and Hattie Lockett, an exhibit of manuscripts and materials from the lives of pioneer poets, opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, and continues through Saturday, March 31. Several members of the Lockett family are present for the reception. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; free. Visit for more information about UA tributes to Arizona’s Centennial.

GREAT LITERATURE OF ALL TIMES Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. A reading and discussion group meets from 10 a.m. to noon, on the third Thursday of every month. Free. Information about each month’s selection is available at Pick up the handout at the library in advance. Call for more information.





BETH ALVARADO AND SUSAN FOX ROGERS Antigone Books. 411 N. Fourth Ave. 792-3715. Beth Alvarado, author of Anthropologies: A Family Memoir, and Susan Fox Rogers, author of My Reach: A Hudson River Memoir, discuss and sign copies of their memoirs at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20; free. A Q&A and refreshments follow. Visit for more info.

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.

Wednesday and Friday from 4PM-7PM







Each month’s topic may be found at www.orovalleylib. com. Call for more information.


MAIN LIBRARY BOOK CLUB Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. This group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the third Thursday each month; free. Copies of each month’s reading selection are available at the firstfloor information desk. January’s selection is The Great Gadsby. Parking for two hours is validated for the lot below the library. Participants bring lunch. Call 7914010 for more information. MYSTERY BOOK GROUP Mostly Books. 6208 E. Speedway Blvd. 571-0110. A mystery book club meets at 7 p.m., the fourth Wednesday every month; free. December’s title is Peter Temple’s Truth. SCIENCE-FICTION BOOK CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. A science-fiction book club meets from 7 to 8 p.m., the fourth Tuesday of every month. Visit www. for a schedule of titles. SONORAN SLEUTHS MYSTERY BOOK CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Fans of mystery and suspense meet from 11 a.m. to noon, the fourth Wednesday of every month; free.

EVENTS THIS WEEK AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SOCIETY LECTURE UA James E. Rogers College of Law. 1201 E. Speedway Blvd. 621-1413. Justice Marsha Ternus, former chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, presents “The Increasing Politicization of Judicial Elections and the Impact on Judicial Independence” from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19; free. Call 621-8430 for more information. ART LECTURES AT DUSENBERRY LIBRARY Dusenberry River Branch, Tucson-Pima Public Library. 5605 E. River Road. 594-5345. Docents from the UA Museum of Art and the Tucson Museum of Art give talks from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday; free. Jan. 24: Carlye Dundon, “My Kid Could Paint That: Child Prodigies of the Art World.” Feb. 14: Norman Miller, “Surrealism and Art.” Feb. 21: Carol Lehrman, “Castoff to Creation: The Use of Recycled, Reclaimed and Found Materials by Arizona Artists.” March 13: Francis Chen, “Power and Humility.” March 27: Sandy Cord, “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Intriguing Life in Glass.” BEYOND KUMBAYA: CULTURALLY RELEVANT HUMANISM DuVal Auditorium, UA Medical Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 694-0111. Sikivu Hutchinson discusses how to effect social justice in the current environment, from 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Jan. 22; freewill donation. Call 297-9919 for more information. CRITICAL THINKING AND MEDIA LITERACY FOR KIDS Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Results of research about television content and children’s understanding of media messages are discussed in “Empowering Youth Through Critical Thinking and Media Literacy in the Age of Google, Facebook and YouTube,” a presentation by Cyndy Scheibe, author of A Teacher’s Guide to Media Literacy: Critical Thinking in a Multimedia World, from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 21; free. TUSD teachers earn two hours of professional development credit for attending. Visit for more information. EGYPT AND THE PROSPECTS FOR DEMOCRACY Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Born in Egypt and a longtime resident there, Dina Jadallah gives her perspective on that country’s current political unrest, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19; free. GAYATRI SPIVAK: A BORDERLESS WORLD? UA Crowder Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 621-1162. Gayatri Spivak, a founder of postcolonial and cultural studies, presents “A Borderless World?,” a discussion of globalization and borders, at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19; free. Visit for more info. GLOBAL WARMING: HOW SERIOUS IS IT? UA Kuiper Space Sciences Building. 1629 E. University Blvd. 621-6963. Planetary scientist and professor emeritus Robert Strom discusses the research behind his recent book, Hothouse: Global Climate Change and the Human Condition, in Room 308 at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19; free. Email or call 409-5797 for more information. JEFF SAMBUR: BIKE RIDE FROM SAN DIEGO TO MAINE Sky Bar. 536 N. Fourth Ave. 622-4300. Jeff Sambur gives a DVD presentation and talk about his 6,500-mile ride, at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19; free. Call (970) 484-8323, or e-mail for more information. LIVING BEYOND 100 UA Centennial Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 6213364. UA Science presents a lecture series on the effects of long life, addressing the opportunities and costs of the new longevity, the biology of aging, the effects of aging on the brain, regenerative medicine, and the impact on global populations, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, through Feb. 28; free. Call 838-6136, or visit cos. for more information. OLD FORT LOWELL LECTURE SERIES San Pedro Chapel. 5230 E. Fort Lowell Road. 3180219. Lectures are at 3 p.m., Sunday; free. Jan. 22: Sharon Urban, “The Hohokam,” with artifacts and video. Jan 29: Jim Turner, “Old Fort Lowell From Camp Street to the River,” including anecdotes. Feb. 5: Ken Scoville, “Fort Lowell: The History of Arizona,” about how the



BOOKS Tucsonan Richard Grant details his attempt to make history in ‘Crazy River’


African Adventures

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1. The Hunger Games

he Malagarasi River, Tanzania’s second-longest, originates in the mistclad mountains of Burundi and takes a serpentine path southward before meandering west and merging with Lake Tanganyika. A few years back, Tucson writer and compulsive explorer Richard Grant learned from a Zimbabwean safari guide that the Malagarasi had never been navigated from beginning to end. The two of them decided to give it a shot. Unfortunately, the guide had to bow out of the expedition. But in 2009, with a gargantuan backpack and a growing sense of trepidation, Grant set off by himself to conquer the river. He flew to Zanzibar, a small island off the coast of Tanzania, and after connecting with a cranky, gout-stricken big-game hunter who agreed to be his guide, he eventually made his way across Tanzania to the Malagarasi. He failed in his attempt to descend the entire river, but, as detailed in this thoroughly engrossing new book, Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa, Grant’s quest for adventure and discovery didn’t go unrewarded. If there is such a thing as an adventure gene, Grant has it. He suffers from a perpetual case of itchy feet, an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a “strange compulsion to hurl myself into the unknown.” Arriving in Zanzibar, Grant quickly discovered that his Western ways of thinking wouldn’t be very useful in making sense of this magnetic but discombobulating continent. He writes that during his three months in Africa, he was “never at ease, always wary and uncertain.” However, Grant adds, too much wariness can dim the potential for a heightened travel experience. “It’s better,” he says, “to plunge in, and get used to feeling off-balance and out of your depth, than to cling to the remnants of your comfort zone. Don’t be too concerned about your personal dignity. Accept that you are a fool here, and hope that people will teach you this gently.” Indeed, in this land over which magic holds powerful sway, guides and teachers seemed to materialize at just the right moments, including the book’s most-memorable character, an alcoholic South African golf pro stuck in the deep rough of life, who introduces Grant to Zanzibar’s urban street scene, taking him on a raucous tour of night clubs and dive bars. Grant joins up with his new river guide and team in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s chaotic


Suzanne Collins, Scholastic ($8.99)

Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa By Richard Grant Free Press 352 pages, $15

coastal metropolis. Their trek westward—following the path of Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke, an absurdly mismatched pair of 19th-century British explorers—gives readers a vivid impression of African life. Battling constant physical maladies, Grant traverses a land of bone-grinding poverty ravaged by overgrazing and drought, and swarming with beggars, bandits, hustlers, prostitutes, poachers, venal officials and disease-bearing insects. Reaching the Malagarasi near the Burundi border, the party rafts portions of the oftenimpassable river, threading its way through rock outcroppings and tangled vegetation, and negotiating rapids—ever watchful for hippos, crocodiles and other denizens of the wild. Upon reaching Lake Tanganyika, Grant proceeds on alone through Burundi, one of the poorest countries in the world, to its neighbor, a post-genocidal Rwanda, where he interviews Rwanda’s popular but despotic president. Grant clearly loves Africa, writing about it with a mixture of sadness and frustration. Noting a spirit of warmth, generosity and optimism, and a level of resourcefulness and “basic mental sharpness” in the average African that seems to surpass that of the typical Westerner, Grant laments that the continent is in “shambles and a disgrace.” He considers a host of possible reasons—including a harsh climate, rampant disease, superstition, corruption, a resistance to change, the lingering effects of colonialism and, ironically, the unstinting flow of humanitarian aid. But he ends up even more perplexed than when he started his journey. Returning to another discombobulating continent—where people throw tantrums when their coffees are made with the wrong kind of milk, and pet superstores advertise $7,000 courses teaching “the correct massage techniques for your pet”—Grant writes that he was drawn to the Malagarasi because of a fascination with an earlier age of exploration. But the part of Africa most worth exploring today, he says, is the dynamic “human geography” of its cities. “I look at a place like Dar es Salaam and see the future gathering strength … a crucible where the skills for the future are being forged and honed … (with) urban slum-dwellers pioneering new ways of surviving.”


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2. Cooking With All Things Trader Joe’s Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati, Brown Bag ($18.95)

3. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand, Random House ($21.60, sale)

4. 1984 George Orwell, Signet ($9.99)

5. Catching Fire Suzanne Collins, Scholastic ($17.99)

6. A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 George R.R. Martin, Bantam ($8.99)

7. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson, Vintage ($9.99)

8. Mockingjay

ONE DOZEN STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE MEMORY Murphy-Wilmot Branch, Tucson-Pima Public Library. 530 N. Wilmot Road. 594-5420. A class presented in collaboration with Tucson Oasis covers techniques for improving memory, at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19; free. TRAIN YOUR BRAIN TO MANAGE YOUR WEIGHT Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 229-5300. Jill Jones discusses how different parts of the brain motivate food cravings, and how to recognize triggers and modify behavior patterns to diminish them, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; free. UA HUMANITIES SEMINARS UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. Classes are held in the Dorothy Rubel Room; $195 each course unless otherwise noted. Friday, Jan. 20 through April 6, 9 a.m. to noon: Ancient Greek Drama, including its current influence. Monday, Jan. 23 through April 2, 9 a.m. to noon: 20th-Century Art. Monday, Jan. 30 through Feb. 20, 1 to 3 p.m.: Franz Liszt, $85. Tuesday, Jan. 24 through April 3, 9 a.m. to noon, or 1 to 4 p.m.: Dancin’ Fools: The Art of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Wednesday, Jan. 25 through April 4, 1 to 4 p.m.: James Joyce’s Ulysses. Thursday, Jan. 26 through April 5, 9 to 11 a.m.: Tolstoy’s Russia; $150. Call 6267845, or visit to register or for more information. URBANIZATION, UNCERTAINTY AND WATER: PLANNING FOR ARIZONA’S SECOND HUNDRED YEARS Student Union Memorial Center. 1303 E. University Blvd. 621-7755. The Water Resources Research Center 2012 Conference, held in collaboration with the ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy, takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24; $115. A workshop takes place from noon to 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23; $160 includes both the workshop and the conference. Reports include “Watering the Sun Corridor: Managing Choices in Arizona’s Megapolitan Area”; “The Water Resources Development Commission Final Report”; and “Arizona at the Crossroads: Water Scarcity or Water Sustainability?” Email, or call 621-9591 to register or for more information.

Suzanne Collins, Scholastic ($17.99) OUT OF TOWN

9. Inheritance Christopher Paolini, Knopf ($22.39, sale)

10. If I Stay Gayle Forman, Speak ($8.99)

WESTERN NATIONAL PARKS ASSOCIATION BOOKSTORE Western National Parks Association Bookstore. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. Thursday, Jan. 19, at noon and 2 p.m.: Jack Lasseter presents “The History and Development of Our American Legal System.” Lectures are free, but reservations are required. Call during business hours for reservations or more information. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Visit for directions and more info.

UPCOMING ARROWHEAD-MAKING AND FLINTKNAPPING WORKSHOP Old Pueblo Archaeology Center. 2201 W. 44th St. 7981201. Flintknapper Allen Denoyer teaches a hands-on workshop about making arrowheads and spear points from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 28. Reservations are required. $35; $28 for Old Pueblo Archaeology and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary members, includes all materials and equipment. Call or e-mail info@oldpueblo. org for reservations or more information. HOLLYWOOD AND THE SANTA CRUZ RIVER VALLEY Tubac Golf Resort and Spa. 1 Otero Road. Tubac. 3982211. Robert Shelton, founder of Old Tucson Studios, and Don Collier, Western movie and television actor, share personal anecdotes and film clips at the Tubac Historical Society’s annual luncheon, at noon, Thursday, Jan. 26; $30. Reservations are required. Call (520) 308-2020, or email for reservations or more information. PRESENT AS FUTURE Center for Creative Photography. 1030 N. Olive Road. 621-7968. As part of the lecture series “Present as Future: Science, Technology and the Visual Arts,” Josiah McElheny discusses the role of contemporary art in representing the critical issues of the present day, at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan 30; free. Visit for more information.

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CINEMA ‘Extremely Loud’ packs a wallop at the end—but the rest of the film is too manipulative

Disingenuous Journey

TOP TEN Casa Video’s top rentals for the week ending Jan. 15, 2012

BY COLIN BOYD, ike everything else, enough time passes, and we can look back at the events of Sept. 11 through film and literature without focusing squarely on that day. It becomes understood that planes were flown into the World Trade Center, into the Pentagon, and into the earth in western Pennsylvania—and to the degree that we can, we move on. Somehow, it even becomes understood that 3,000 people died on that day as a result of the attacks. It happened with Pearl Harbor; it happened with the Holocaust and Hiroshima; and now it has happened with Sept. 11—it can be dramatized. United 93 was one of the best films of 2006, although it was so tense and so directly associated with that day that many people skipped it altogether. World Trade Center was a little more sanitized and hopeful. Reign Over Me, with Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle, pushed the events into the world of character backstory, and quite a few productions since have done the same thing. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close uses Sept. 11 as its launching pad, but it’s entirely unnecessary. A lead character dies early, but it could have really been from anything—a car crash, diabetes, a robbery gone wrong— because Extremely Loud is only concerned with closure from the death itself, not really the World Trade Center attacks. However, it may conjure up unpleasant memories of that day, which actually makes the film rather cynical: Could it not engage an audience emotionally without it? The film does engage us emotionally, at the end, but it’s thankfully disconnected from our recollections of the attacks. Reaching that climax, however, is very mechanical. That’s mostly due to the central performance in Extremely Loud, delivered by a first-time child actor named Thomas Horn. A former Jeopardy! Kids Week champion, Horn might be an ideal fit to play the fastidious Oskar Schell from Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel: He seems that smart, seems that peculiar, and seems that fragile. But Horn also comes across as a little robotic. It’s his first performance, so it’s hard to say if that’s a deficiency or a design. This could be a fantastic performance or just a grating one, depending on where you sit. Oskar describes himself as having been tested for Asperger syndrome, but notes that the results were inconclusive. He’s a Francophile. He counts the number of lies



1. Moneyball Sony

2. Contagion Warner Bros.

3. Killer Elite Universal

4. Midnight in Paris Sony

5. Margin Call Roadside

6. Colombiana Sony

7. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark Sony

8. What’s Your Number? Thomas Horn and Tom Hanks in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

20th Century Fox

he tells. So he’s not, in the strictest sense of the term, your normal everyday kid, even before he loses someone close to him in the World Trade Center. A year after Sept. 11, Oskar begins a remarkable adventure. Reconnaissance Mission has always been his favorite game, and a key to an unknown lock gives him an opportunity to begin his greatest mission yet. It appears to belong to a safe-deposit box, but whose and where? The name Black was written on the envelope that contained the key, so Oskar makes a list, and then a map, and then a plan of attack to contact all 400-odd Blacks in New York City. Most of the action of the film—though very little of the anticipation, as it turns out— revolves around Oskar’s makeshift census. Along the way, he attracts a companion in his travels, an elderly man who has been renting a room from his grandmother. The Renter (Max von Sydow) doesn’t talk. He communicates primarily through hand-written notes, which is pretty inefficient on a movie screen, but he does have “Yes” and “No” tattooed on either palm, so that speeds up some conversations. If watching Thomas Horn is something like watching an adding machine at tax time, then seeing Max von Sydow perform silently is like watching a sculptor shape mounds of clay into life. He understands that the audience is not watching him perform to see how he does it so much as they are watching The Renter go through his daily life. And to him, not speaking is no big deal. So von Sydow doesn’t use big,

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

9. Dolphin Tale

Rated PG-13

10. Apollo 18

Starring Thomas Horn, Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks and Max von Sydow


Warner Bros.

Directed by Stephen Daldry Warner Bros., 129 minutes Opens Friday, Jan. 20, at AMC Loews Foothills 15 (888-262-4386), Century El Con 20 (800-3263264, ext. 902), Century Park Place 20 (800326-3264, ext. 903), Century Theatres at the Oro Valley Marketplace (800-326-3264, ext. 899), Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 (806-4275) and Tower Theaters at Arizona Pavilions (579-0500).

sweeping gestures to punctuate the character’s emotions, and he doesn’t fumble the performance through vanity. He’s built this guy from the ground up to live silently, when he could be more forcefully showy. It tempers Horn’s performance and gives the film some muchneeded centering. Director Stephen Daldry is three-for-three to this point. He made three films before this—Billy Elliot, The Hours and The Reader— and he has been nominated each time for the Best Director Oscar; the most-recent pair were Best Picture nominees. However, Extremely Loud seems unlikely to keep the streak alive. It’s so incredibly manipulative, and not even in the way Oscar voters generally like or admire. Despite the wallop it certainly packs in act three, it all feels as if there was no genuine emotion spent to get to the waterworks late in the game.

Brad Pitt in Moneyball.

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. Call for Fri-Wed film times The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Thu 11:10, 1:40, 7:05 The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG) Thu 4:35, 9:35 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Thu 11:20, 1:35, 3:40, 5:45, 7:50, 9:55 Beauty and the Beast (G) Thu 3 Beauty and the Beast 3D (G) Thu 12:45, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Contraband (R) Thu 11:35, 2:10, 5, 7:45, 10:25 The Devil Inside (R) Thu 11, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8, 10:15 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (PG-13) opens Fri The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu 11:45, 3:15, 7, 10:25 Haywire (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Sun 10:10, 12:30, 2:55, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15; Mon-Wed 12:30, 2:55, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 The Iron Lady (PG-13) Thu 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:35, 10:05 Joyful Noise (PG-13) Thu 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10; Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:20 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu 11:15, 2:15, 5:20, 8:15; Fri-Sun 10:05, 1, 4, 7, 10; Mon-Wed 1, 4, 7, 10 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol: The IMAX Experience (PG-13) Thu 1:20, 4:15, 7:20, 10:20 New Year’s Eve (PG-13) Thu 1:55, 7:25 Red Tails (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:25 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Thu 11:10, 2, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R) Thu 11:05, 1:55, 4:45, 7:45, 10:35 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG-13) Thu 11:15, 4:40, 10:10 Underworld: Awakening 3D (R) Fri 12:01 a.m. War Horse (PG-13) Thu 1:05, 4:10, 7:25, 10:30 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu 11:30, 2:20, 5:05, 7:50

Century El Con 20 3601 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 902. Call for Fri-Wed film times The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG) Thu 11:25, 2, 4:35, 7:15, 10 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) ends Thu 11:50, 2:20, 4:40, 7:05, 9:25 The Artist (PG-13) Thu 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 9:55 Beauty and the Beast (G) Thu 11:45, 8 Beauty and the Beast 3D (G) Thu 12:45, 2:10, 3:15, 4:35, 5:40, 7, 9:25, 10:25 Carnage (R) Thu 12:20, 2:40, 4:55, 7:20, 9:40 Contraband (R) Thu 11:45, 1, 2:25, 3:45, 5:05, 6:30, 7:50, 9:15, 10:40 The Descendants (R) Thu 11:20, 2:05, 4:45, 7:35, 10:35 The Devil Inside (R) Thu 11:30, 12:30, 1:45, 2:45, 4, 5, 6:15, 7:15, 8:30, 9:30, 10:45 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (PG-13) opens Fri The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu 12, 3:30, 7:05, 10:30 Haywire (R) Fri-Wed 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30 Hugo (PG) Thu 1:05 The Iron Lady (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 2:05, 4:40, 7:10, 9:50 Joyful Noise (PG-13) Thu 11:20, 2:10, 5, 7:45, 10:30 The Metropolitan Opera: The Enchanted Island—Live (Not Rated) Sat 10:55 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu 2:25, 4:15, 7:40, 8:30, 10:45 Red Tails (PG-13) Fri-Wed 11:20, 2:10, 5, 7:50, 10:40 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Thu 11:20, 1:30, 4:30, 5:25, 7:30, 10:25 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R) Thu 1, 4, 7, 10 Underworld: Awakening 3D (R) Fri-Wed 12:25, 2:45, 5:05, 7:25, 9:45 War Horse (PG-13) Thu 12:50, 4:05, 7:20, 10:35 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:25

Century Gateway 12 770 N. Kolb Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 962. Contagion (PG-13) Thu 12:05, 2:55, 5:25; Fri-Sat 3:50, 10:20; Sun-Mon 3:50; Tue 3:50, 10:20; Wed 3:50 Courageous (PG-13) ends Thu 3:35, 6:45 Footloose (PG-13) Thu 12:35, 3:40, 7:20; FriSat 12:35, 3:40, 7:20, 10:05; Sun-Mon 12:35, 3:40, 7:20; Tue 12:35, 3:40, 7:20, 10:05; Wed 12:35, 3:40, 7:20 Happy Feet Two (PG) ThuWed 11:55, 2:25, 7:15 Happy Feet Two 3D (PG) Thu 4:45; Fri-Sat 4:45, 9:40; Sun-Mon 4:45; Tue

4:45, 9:40; Wed 4:45 The Help (PG-13) Thu 12:30, 3:50, 7:05; FriWed 12:30, 6:55 The Ides of March (R) Thu 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45; Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15; Sun-Mon 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45; Tue 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15; Wed 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45 Immortals (R) Thu 12, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40; Fri-Sat 12, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20; Sun-Mon 12, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40; Tue 12, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20; Wed 12, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40 Jack and Jill (PG) Thu 12:20, 2:50, 5:05, 7:30; Fri-Sat 12:20, 2:50, 5:05, 7:30, 9:50; SunMon 12:20, 2:50, 5:05, 7:30; Tue 12:20, 2:50, 5:05, 7:30, 9:50; Wed 12:20, 2:50, 5:05, 7:30 Martha Marcy May Marlene (R) Fri-Sat 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:35, 10; Sun-Mon 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:35; Tue 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:35, 10; Wed 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:35 Moneyball (PG-13) Thu 12:40, 3:45, 6:50; 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 7:55; Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:15, 5:20, 7:50, 9:55; Sun-Mon 12:50, 3:15, 5:20, 7:50; Tue 12:50, 3:15, 5:20, 7:50, 9:55; Wed 12:50, 3:15, 5:20, 7:50 Puss in Boots (PG) ThuWed 2:40, 7:10 Puss in Boots 3D (PG) Thu 12:25, 4:55; Fri-Sat 12:25, 4:50, 9:30; SunMon 12:25, 4:50; Tue 12:25, 4:50, 9:30; Wed 12:25, 4:50 Real Steel (PG-13) Thu 12:45, 4, 7; Fri-Sat 12:45, 4, 7, 9:55; SunMon 12:45, 4, 7; Tue 12:45, 4, 7, 9:55; Wed 12:45, 4, 7 Seven Days in Utopia (G) ends Thu 12:50 Tower Heist (PG-13) Thu 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:25; FriSat 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:25, 10:10; Sun-Mon 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:25; Tue 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:25, 10:10; Wed 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:25

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 10:25 The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG) Thu 1:15, 4, 6:55, 9:35 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Thu 10:05, 12:25, 2:45, 5:10, 7:30, 9:45 Beauty and the Beast (G) Thu 10:30, 1:30, 6:15 Beauty and the Beast 3D (G) Thu 10, 11:10, 12:20, 2:40, 3:50, 5, 7:20, 8:40, 9:40 Contraband (R) Thu 10:20, 11:40, 1, 2:20, 3:40, 5:05, 6:20, 7:45, 9, 10:25

The Darkest Hour (PG-13) ends Thu 7:50, 10:15 The Devil Inside (R) Thu 10:40, 11:50, 1:05, 2:10, 3:20, 4:30, 5:40, 6:50, 8, 9:10, 10:20 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu 11:30, 3, 6:30, 9:55 Haywire (R) Fri 12:01 a.m. The Iron Lady (PG-13) Thu 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:25, 10:05 Joyful Noise (PG-13) Thu 10:30, 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50 The Metropolitan Opera: The Enchanted Island—Live (Not Rated) Sat 10:55 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu 10:10, 1:10, 2:35, 4:10, 7:10, 8:35, 10:10 The Muppets (PG) ends Thu 11, 1:45, 4:35 New Year’s Eve (PG-13) Thu 10:35, 1:35, 4:25, 7:35 Red Tails (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Thu 10:15, 11:35, 1:15, 4:15, 5:35, 7:15, 10:15 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R) Thu 10, 12:55, 3:55, 7:05, 10 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG-13) ends Thu 1:25, 4:20, 7:30, 10:30 Underworld: Awakening 3D (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10 War Horse (PG-13) Thu 12, 3:15, 6:45, 10 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu 10:05, 1:10, 4:15, 7:15, 10:20

Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) ends Thu 12:40, 3:40, 6:55, 10:05 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) ends Thu 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:25 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R) Thu 1:10, 4:10, 7:15, 10:15 Underworld: Awakening (R) Fri-Wed 12:45 Underworld: Awakening 3D (R) Fri-Wed 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 War Horse (PG-13) Thu 12:25, 3:45, 7:10, 10:20 We Bought a Zoo (PG) ends Thu 10:25, 1:25, 4:25, 7:35, 10:30

Crossroads 6 Grand Cinemas 4811 E. Grant Road. 327-7067. Call for Fri-Wed film times *Reel Arts 6 film *Blackthorn (R) Thu 12:55, 7:15, Fri-Sat 1:20, 5:30; Sun 4:30; Mon-Wed 1:20, 5:30 *Circumstance (R) ends Thu 5 Happy Feet Two (PG) Thu 12, 2:20, 4:40 The Help (PG-13) Thu 4:15 The Ides of March (R) Thu 11:10, 4:20 Immortals (R) Thu 2, 7:10, 9:50 Jack and Jill (PG) Thu 11:50, 2:10, 7:20, 9:35 Margin Call (R) Thu 9:30 Melancholia (R) Thu 1:25, 6:40, 9:40 Moneyball (PG-13) Thu 4, 6:50, 9:45 Mozart’s Sister (Not Rated) Thu 11:25, 4:30 My Afternoons with Margueritte (Not Rated) Thu 11, 3:05 Puss in Boots (PG) Thu 11:40, 1:50 Tower Heist (PG-13) Thu 7, 9:25

Century Theatres at the Oro Valley Fox Tucson Marketplace 12155 N. Oracle Road. Theatre 800-326-3264, ext. 899. Call for Fri-Wed film times The Artist (PG-13) opens Fri Beauty and the Beast (G) Thu 11:25 Beauty and the Beast 3D (G) Thu 1:55, 4:20, 6:55, 9:20 Contraband (R) Thu 11:05, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10 The Descendants (R) Thu 10:55, 1:45, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10 The Devil Inside (R) ends Thu 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:45, 9:55 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (PG-13) opens Fri The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) ends Thu 11:45, 3:20, 6:50, 10:15 Haywire (R) opens Fri The Iron Lady (PG-13) Thu 10:50, 1:35, 4:15, 7, 9:35 Joyful Noise (PG-13) Thu 10:30, 1:20, 4:05, 7:05, 9:50 The Metropolitan Opera: The Enchanted Island—Live (Not Rated) Sat 10:55

17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. 3:10 to Yuma (Not Rated) Sat 7:30; Sun 2

Gallagher Theater UA Student Union, 1303 E. University Blvd. 626-0370. Call for films and times

Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz. 806-4275. The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Fri-Sun 10:05, 12:45, 3:25; Mon-Wed 12:45, 3:25 The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG) ends Thu 12:30, 3:15, 6:05 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Thu 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:30; Fri 10:25, 12:50, 3:45, 9:30; Sat-Sun 10:25, 12:50, 3:45, 6:30, 9; Mon-Wed 12:50, 3:45, 6:30, 9 Beauty and the Beast (G) Thu 12:10, 3:50; Fri-Wed 2:20, 3:50

Beauty and the Beast 3D (G) Thu 11:10, 1:30, 2:30, 4:50, 6:10, 7:10, 8:30, 9:20; Fri-Sat 10:50, 11:50, 1:20, 4:50, 6:20, 7:20, 8:50, 9:50; Sun 10:50, 11:50, 1:20, 4:50, 6:20, 7:20, 8:50, 9:40; Mon-Wed 11, 11:50, 1:20, 4:50, 6:20, 7:20, 8:50, 9:40 Contraband (R) Thu 11, 12:50, 1:50, 3:40, 4:40, 6:30, 7:30, 9:15, 10:15; Fri-Sun 10:20, 12:10, 1:10, 3:20, 4:10, 6:10, 7:10, 9:10, 10:10; MonWed 12:10, 1:10, 3:20, 4:10, 6:10, 7:10, 9:10, 10:10 The Darkest Hour (PG13) ends Thu 2:20 The Darkest Hour 3D (PG13) ends Thu 9 The Descendants (R) ends Thu 11:05, 2, 5, 7:45, 10:30 The Devil Inside (R) Thu 11:40, 12:40, 2:10, 3:10, 4:30, 5:30, 6:50, 7:50, 9:10, 10:10; FriSat 9:55, 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:35; Sun 9:55, 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:25; Mon-Wed 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:25 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (PG-13) Fri-Sun 10, 1, 4, 7, 10; Mon-Wed 1, 4, 7, 10 Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (Not Rated) Fri 7 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu 11:15, 2:45, 6:15, 9:55; Fri-Wed 6:15, 9:45 Haywire (R) Fri-Sun 10:10, 12:40, 3:10, 5:40, 8:10, 10:40; MonWed 12:40, 3:10, 5:40, 8:10, 10:40 Joyful Noise (PG-13) Thu 1, 4, 7, 9:50; Fri-Sun 10:15, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15; Mon-Wed 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu 1:10, 4:10, 7:20, 10:25; Fri-Sat 12, 3:30, 6:40, 10:05; Sun-Wed 12, 3:30, 6:40, 9:50 New Year’s Eve (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 5:10, 8, 10:40; Fri-Wed 11:15 Red Tails (PG-13) Fri-Sun 10:30, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30; Mon-Wed 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Thu 12:20, 3:30, 6:40, 9:45; Fri-Sat 10:40, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:45; Sun 10:40, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:35; Mon-Wed 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:35 The Sitter (R) Thu 1:05, 3:20, 5:50, 8:10, 10:20; Fri-Wed 2:30, 5:15, 7:45, 9:55 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG-13) Thu 1:20, 4:20, 7:40, 10:35; Fri-Wed 6:05, 9:15 Underworld: Awakening (R) Fri-Wed 12:20, 5:20, 10:20 Underworld: Awakening 3D (R) Fri-Sun 9:50, 11:20, 1:50, 2:50, 4:20, 6:50, 7:50, 9:20; MonWed 11:20, 1:50, 2:50, 4:20, 6:50, 7:50, 9:20 War Horse (PG-13) Thu 11:20, 2:50, 6:20, 9:40; Fri-Sat 11:45, 3:15, 6:45, 10:25; Sun-Wed

11:45, 3:15, 6:45, 10:05 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 10; Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:40

The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Call 795-0844 to check handicap accessibility Chasing Legends (Not Rated) Thu 7 The City Dark (Not Rated) Tue 7 The Conquest (Not Rated) Thu 11:30, 4:30 Dragonslayer (Not Rated) Thu 10 Drive (R) Fri-Sat 10 Mausoleum (R) Mon 8 Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (Not Rated) Wed 7 The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) Sat 12 Shame (NC-17) Fri 12:30, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 10; Sat 12:30, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 10, 12; Sun-Wed 12:30, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 10 The Skin I Live In (R) Thu 2:15, 7:30, 10; Fri-Sat 1:45; Sun-Wed 10 The Way (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 4:45; Fri-Sun 11:15, 4:15; Mon 11:15, 5:15; Tue-Wed 11:15, 4:15 The Women on the 6th Floor (Not Rated) Thu 2; Fri-Sat 7; Sun 1:45, 7; Mon-Wed 1:45

Oracle View 4690 N. Oracle Road. 292-2430. Courageous (PG-13) Thu 11:20, 2:10, 7:10; FriWed 1:50 Dolphin Tale (PG) Thu 11:10; Fri-Wed 12 Drive (R) Thu 4:55, 9:55; Fri-Wed 9 Footloose (PG-13) ends Thu 11:50, 4:50 Happy Feet Two (PG) FriWed 11:50, 2:10, 4:30, 6:45 The Ides of March (R) Thu-Wed 11:40 Immortals (R) Thu 2, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50; Fri-Wed 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 In Time (PG-13) Thu 7:25, 9:45; Fri-Wed 6:50 Midnight in Paris (PG-13) ends Thu 2:25 Moneyball (PG-13) FriWed 11, 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55 Puss in Boots (PG) Thu 11, 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:35; Fri-Wed 11:10, 1:10, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:35 Real Steel (PG-13) Thu 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:40; FriWed 4:40, 7:20, 10 Tower Heist (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 1:50, 4:20, 6:45, 9:10; Fri-Wed 11:30, 2, 4:20, 9:15

The Screening Room 127 E. Congress St. 882-0204. The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry (Not Rated) Sat 8

Tower Theatres at Arizona Pavilions 8031 N. Business Park Drive. 579-0500. The Adventures of Tintin (PG) ends Thu 11, 1:35, 6:20, 8:45 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Thu 10:55, 12:55, 2:55, 4:55, 6:55, 9; Fri-Wed 10:30, 12:35, 2:50, 5, 7:20 Beauty and the Beast (G) Thu 2:50; Fri-Wed 12:50 Beauty and the Beast 3D (G) Thu 10:40, 12:45, 5, 7:05, 9:10; Fri-Wed 10:40, 3, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 Contraband (R) Thu 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15; Fri-Wed 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 The Darkest Hour (PG-13) Thu 2:30, 7:35, 9:40; Fri-Wed 10:15 The Devil Inside (R) ends Thu 11:20, 1:25, 3:30, 5:45, 7:55, 10 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (PG-13) Fri-Wed 10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu 11:40, 3, 6:30, 9:45; Fri-Wed 2:45, 6, 9:15 Haywire (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 11:10, 1:20, 3:30, 5:40, 7:50, 10 Joyful Noise (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:55; Fri-Wed 11, 1:35, 4:10, 6:45, 9;20 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu 10:50, 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10; Fri-Wed 10:30, 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:45 Red Tails (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:55 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Thu 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15; Fri-Wed 10:50, 1:35, 4:20, 7:05, 9:50 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG-13) ends Thu 11:50, 4:50 Underworld: Awakening (R) Fri-Wed 11:40, 1:45 Underworld: Awakening 3D (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 3:50, 5:55, 8, 10:10 War Horse (PG-13) Thu 12, 3:10, 6:15, 9:20; FriWed 10:35, 1:40, 7:15 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu 10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:50; Fri-Wed 12, 4:40, 9:25 Young Adult (R) ebds Thu 4

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


Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos follows the recent Fullmetal Alchemist anime series, Brotherhood. After running into a prisoner who has escaped 4 1/2 years into his five-year sentence, the Elric brothers decide to investigate. They are then led to Table City, where they meet Julia, the child of two murdered alchemists. Soon, they learn that the prisoner is her long-lost brother, and the four embark on a quest to find the Philosophers Stone in order to lead a rebellion to take back their homeland. Confused? Well, it takes the film about an hour and a half to get through all of this plot development, but the animation is so beautiful that one doesn’t really care. However, if the viewer has no previous knowledge of the Fullmetal Alchemist world, this flick will be pretty hard to follow; the mythology is very multifaceted and can get quite confusing. Allen THE RENAISSANCE OF MATA ORTIZ

More than three decades ago, anthropologist Spencer MacCallum bought some pottery in New Mexico. It turned out to be the work of Mexican potter Juan Quezada, and so a journey began to track down Quezada. When their paths finally crossed, MacCallum convinced the artist that there was a market for his pottery, and together, they turned the Mexican village of Mata Ortiz into a kind of artists’ community. Like a lot of documentaries, Scott Petersen’s The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz is more about the story it’s telling than the filmmaking. Outside of the admirable craftsmanship, who knew this pottery had this kind of tale to tell? The film is a little dry, maybe, but it’s definitely a fascinating subject about two remarkable characters and one village that might not still be around without Quezada and MacCallum. Boyd SHAME

Michael Fassbender lets it all hang out, literally, in director Steve McQueen’s naughty, grueling, NC-17

movie about sex addiction. Fassbender plays Brandon, a New York City resident who can’t get enough sex. He masturbates at work; he screws in public; and he loves his porn a lot. This makes things awkward when his sister (Carey Mulligan) drops by unexpectedly, bringing her problems with her. While the actors are giving it their all, there’s no real story here. It’s a character study, and that’s about it. It’s worth watching to see Fassbender and Mulligan acting up a storm, but there’s no real payoff. McQueen employs a mournful soundtrack that fortifies the mood, and the movie looks great—but a little more plot would’ve made it a great film. Grimm


Steven Spielberg, also responsible for War Horse, put together this moderately entertaining CGIanimated 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 THE ARTIST

It is hard to discuss The Artist without acknowledging how special it is, and it will likely ride a wave of that kind of affection straight to the podium to accept the Best Picture Oscar. A black-and-white silent movie from out of nowhere, this is not the sort of film Hollywood bets on—which is why Hollywood loses so much money on remakes of Conan the Barbarian. A very simple story set at the pivot point when silent movies gave way to talkies, The Artist shows two careers at the crossroads. As George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) fades away, Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) becomes America’s first sweetheart of the sound era. This is a beautiful film start to fin-









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CINEMA Numerous silly twists and surprisingly subpar performances doom ‘Contraband’

Smuggle Bungle BY BOB GRIMM, ark Wahlberg can be cool in a movie. In fact, he’s cool in most of his movies, and the right director can make the man look like a pro. But, oh boy, when Mark Wahlberg stinks, he stinks. (See The Happening.) Wahlberg looks clueless and tired in Contraband, and who can blame him? Director Baltasar Kormákur packs this silly action film full of so many garbage subplots and locales that most actors would grow weary. I know I did watching it. Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) has gone legit after a career as a smuggler. Life is good due to his beautiful wife, Kate (Kate Beckinsale), and his alarm-system business. He attends weddings, hangs out with his best friend, Sebastian (Ben Foster), and grins that infectious Wahlberg grin. Of course, watching Farraday live this life would make for a boring movie, so Chris’ brother-in-law Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) gets himself into trouble on a smuggling run. He drops a bunch of drugs into the ocean to avoid getting arrested, and this upsets bigtime drug-dealer/whiny-guy Tim Briggs (a painfully over-the-top Giovanni Ribisi). After Chris intervenes and tries to get Andy off the hook, Briggs threatens the lives of Chris’ wife and children. Chris then kicks Tim’s ass, in the sort of confrontation that might cause a man to be a little more vigilant about protecting his family afterward. The crazed drug-dealer with no moral code did, after all, voice his intentions to kill everybody. You might want to at least buy a really big dog. Nope. Instead, Chris decides to go back into crime, and heads to Panama to get some counterfeit money, which he will exchange for real money, which he will use to pay off the drug-dealer. Terrifically predictable plot twists (and there are many) ensue. The cast that was assembled for Contraband is superb. You will also find Lukas Haas as a guy who doesn’t do anything really worth noting, J.K. Simmons as the captain of the boat in Chris’ smuggling run, and Diego Luna as a crazy Panamanian criminal—and all of these performers turn in some of the worst work of their otherwise reputable careers. The film goes from gritty street drama, to high-seas thriller, to foreign heist actioner, and back to gritty street drama. Lots of twists can be fun, but the script gets far too outrageous to be enjoyed, and the direction is flat. Contraband is actually a remake of ReykjavikRotterdam, an Icelandic film in which


Mark Wahlberg in Contraband.

Contraband Rated R Starring Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi and Kate Beckinsale Directed by Baltasar Kormákur Universal, 110 minutes Now playing at AMC Loews Foothills 15 (888262-4386), Century El Con 20 (800-326-3264, ext. 902), Century Park Place 20 (800-326-3264, ext. 903), Century Theatres at the Oro Valley Marketplace (800-326-3264, ext. 899), Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 (806-4275) and Tower Theaters at Arizona Pavilions (579-0500).

Kormákur starred and produced, but did not direct. He shouldn’t have directed Contraband, either. By the time the film’s big, final twist arrives—a twist that anybody with any knowledge of modern art will be able to peg well before it’s revealed—any hope for Contraband being a scintillating thriller is long gone. The film becomes tiresome within the first 15 minutes; it’s a total train wreck by the time credits roll. After hilarious work in The Other Guys and Date Night, Wahlberg should perhaps line up a few more comedies. He probably thinks he has muscle as an action star, but he really doesn’t—he stinks as an action star. (The Fighter, while it had boxing action, doesn’t really count as an action film. Drama reigned in that project.) A look at Wahlberg’s slate reveals more of the same (although there is a Seth MacFarlane comedy, about a teddy bear that comes to life, which looks promising). Wahlberg is tentatively scheduled to make another film with Kormákur. Let’s hope that project doesn’t happen.


In 1967, this was hot stuff. In 2012, it’s still pretty hot, thanks to the timeless beauty and performance of Catherine Deneuve. Deneuve plays Séverine, an affluent housewife who has, um, issues. She can’t sleep with her husband, but she decides to start turning tricks at a local brothel. This must’ve shocked the piss out of people in the ’60s. It’s a film that must be watched while considering the context of what was going on with women and sexual politics at the time. In many ways, it’s a landmark movie. Director Luis Buñuel and Deneuve would work together again with 1970’s Tristana, but this is the coupling for which they are most remembered. SPECIAL FEATURES: There’s a commentary by Michael Wood, author of a book about the film. There’s a new piece about the movie and its significance regarding sexual politics in cinema. You also get an archival interview with Deneuve, and the usual awesome Criterion booklet.

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) HBO SHOW A SPECIAL FEATURES ABLU-RAY GEEK FACTOR 9 (OUT OF 10)

based on a real Atlantic City politician, Enoch Lewis “Nucky” Johnson. Johnson rose to power during the Prohibition era, as does Thompson in the show. The criminally underrated Michael Pitt stars as James “Jimmy” Darmody, a protégé of Thompson who becomes at odds with Nucky as the series progresses. There’s also the mighty Michael Shannon as the conflicted Agent Nelson Van Alden, one of the more messed-up law-enforcement officers to hit screens in a long time. Kelly Macdonald, Josh Brolin’s sad wife in No Country for Old Men, scores big points as Thompson’s mistress, as does Paz de la Huerta as the woman she replaces. You’ll also find Dabney Coleman as Jimmy’s influential father, and Gretchen Mol as his hot and troublesome mother. One must acknowledge the amazing acting achievements of Jack Huston (grandson of John Huston), who plays Richard Harrow, a World War I veteran left with half a face who wears a creepy mask to hide his scars. Huston is one of the unsung heroes of this show. Plot lines include Al Capone and Lucky Luciano, and while Season 1 is a good start, Season 2 is where things go completely nuts. I have no idea what direction this show will go in when it returns for a third season on HBO, but I know I will be watching. SPECIAL FEATURES: This one is loaded with making-ofs, commentaries and featurettes on Atlantic City history. If you buy it at Best Buy, you get an extra disc containing the first episode of the second season, and more features. Most notably, you get “enhanced viewing” on all episodes, with picture-in-picture info about the history of Atlantic City and the making of the show. A lot of work went into this package.

The second season of this excellent series just concluded a few weeks ago, and it was a doozy. If you haven’t seen an episode, know that it is addictive—and if you have seen all of Season 2, do not talk about it to friends unless you are sure they have seen it as well. This set contains Season 1, as the saga of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi) begins. Thompson is loosely BY BOB GRIMM,


Billy Beane’s turn-of-thecentury baseball feats are at the core of this sports film with a big brain. Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill are electric in the story of how the Oakland A’s were able to compete with the big-market boys while utilizing a miniscule budget. “Moneyball” refers to the way Beane and his cronies used stats to determine what players were actually worth in dollars for runs produced. In one amazing year, Beane was able to repeat the success of a prior year while replacing big guns like Jason Giambi and Johnny Damon with a combination of question marks and major league toss-offs. Bennett Miller has put together a quiet yet rousing film that features many minutes of Pitt and Hill simply talking to each other—and it’s entirely absorbing. Hill plays Peter Brand, who is actually a representation of real-life former Beane assistant Paul DePodesta. Hill is funny, but in an understated way, as opposed to his more-raucous comedy roles. For baseball fans, it’s a must see. The love of the game is palpable in every frame. If you couldn’t care less about baseball, you still must see it. The strategy and risk-taking that went into Beane’s scheme is an amazing thing to behold. SPECIAL FEATURES: My favorite is a blooper of Pitt trying to deliver a serious line while facing Hill—and failing miserably. His constantly breaking up and laughing is guaranteed to induce smiles. There are plenty of making-of featurettes that delve into casting and the making of the film. There are also interviews with the real Billy Beane. A Beane commentary would’ve been cool, but no such luck.



ish, one of the very few movies from 2011 you’ll remember just as fondly in, say, 2013. Boyd BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D

Is it worth it? Is seeing Beauty and the Beast again on the big screen—piling the kids in the car and plunking down the 3-D ticket prices for a movie you own on DVD—worth it? Yeah, probably. Certainly, if you don’t own it, this film is a must-see. The 3-D adds nothing (it actually subtracts), but here is Disney unquestionably at the top of its game. The story is pitch-perfect; the performances are great; and the songs are probably unmatched by any other Disney film since The Jungle Book. It’s a movie for people who love movies made at a time when you could still be confident that Disney loved making them. Boyd CARNAGE

Four frequently great performers are put in a room together, and not surprisingly, the results are worth watching in the latest from director Roman Polanski. Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz all deliver good work in this somewhat predictable but ultimately enjoyable adaptation of the Yasmina Reza play, God of Carnage. Foster and Reilly play Penelope and Michael Longstreet, parents of a young boy who takes a stick to the face in a scuffle with a classmate. Winslet and Waltz play Nancy and Alan Cowan, the parents of the kid who did the swinging. The four parents come together to have a discussion—and the talk unravels in a maelstrom of cell-phone interruptions, hamster-abandonment stories, alcohol consumption and generally childish human dysfunction. Grimm 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 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 THE IRON LADY

Meryl Streep is my pick for 2011’s best actress for her incredible, uncanny work as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in director Phyllida Lloyd’s engaging biopic. Streep disappears into the role. Yes, it’s in part due to excellent makeup work, but it’s mostly due to Streep’s beautifully nuanced performance. She plays Thatcher at many ages, including Thatcher’s recent declining years—and Streep is spot-on. Her accent is natural, and her physicality is perfection; this is, quite simply, a performance that can be stacked up against any other. Yes, the film glosses over a lot of the political aspects that made Thatcher controversial (although it does spend some decent time on the Falklands War). It focuses mainly on Thatcher’s relationship with her husband (played in later years by Jim Broadbent), and her psychological and emotional difficulties in her elder years. This film is all about Streep and an actress showing the world how this sort of thing is done. Grimm JOYFUL NOISE

Queen Latifah has one nice dramatic moment, and Dolly Parton blows the doors off of one gospel song in Joyful Noise, but movies aren’t like SportsCenter—you don’t just watch for the highlights. Almost everything else about this faith-based movie is awkward. It’s uncomfortable enough watch-

ing Dolly Parton’s stretched face cover the entire screen without a parade of lame jokes about her character’s trips under the knife. There also seems to be a lot of premarital-sex talk for a movie of this ilk, and during the sneak preview, the biggest laugh came when a man died after the unholy act. The music is tepid when it should be the driving force, and on the one occasion when Dolly lets loose, it’s pushed to the background for the unnecessary reunion of minor characters. Joyful? That’s debatable. But it’s certainly noise. Boyd THE SKIN I LIVE IN

It takes a wild, sharp left turn halfway through, but Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In is one of his more complete and entertaining oddities in a long time. Per usual, the legendary Spanish filmmaker takes a unique look at sexuality, this time through a stylish thriller involving a surgeon (Antonio Banderas) who creates a synthetic skin for one of his patients. But why does she suddenly look so much like the surgeon’s late wife, and why is she being kept as something of a prisoner? Just who is this woman? The actress portraying the mystery patient is Elena Ayana, and even though Banderas is strong in his long-overdue reunion with Almodóvar, she is the glue (or maybe the sutures) that holds together The Skin I Live In. Boyd TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

I remember the stunts in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, probably because there aren’t any. As espionage flicks go, this one is really low-key. It gets that somber streak from its protagonist, semi-retired MI6 officer George Smiley (Gary Oldman), who is investigating a Soviet plot to infiltrate British intelligence. The “action,” such as it is, comes from watching Oldman’s mind work out all the details, and then watching the other agents under his magnifying glass start to squirm. Oldman is utterly fantastic here, never forcing so much as a syllable or a raised eyebrow. The rest of the cast—uniformly good but reduced to small speaking parts in comparison to Oldman—are almost at his mercy. Which is kind of the point. Bonus points for making a Julio Iglesias cover of Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea” work far better than it probably does on its own. Boyd 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 THE WAY

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 THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR

Beautiful Spanish maid Maria (Natalia Verbeke) unwittingly turns the lives of a rich family inside out when she begins to work for them in 1960s Paris in this adorable little flick from French filmmaker Philippe Le Guay. When Maria’s boss, repressed husband-and-father Jean-Louis (Fabrice Luchini), takes a liking to her, he befriends the other maids living in the building in order to learn more about her and her culture. This opens him up to a world he has largely ignored throughout his life, and he finds a new sense of peace among these women. While the film is standard stuff, the charisma and charm of all the actors involved—especially the women playing the servants—makes it feel like something more than just an ordinary romantic comedy. Allen

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This popular midtown spot offers a limited menu of delicious Polish treats


Beautiful Breakfast

Charming Cottage

The Grill at Hacienda del Sol, the restaurant on the grounds of Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road, started serving breakfast this week. The menu includes offerings ranging from yogurt parfait to eggs Benedict made with buffalo chorizo and tomato-jalapeño hollandaise. Most breakfast items fall in the $10 to $15 range. It’s a lovely spot to start the day, thanks to gorgeous views of the Catalinas;

BY RITA CONNELLY, com olish food does not immediately come to mind when I’m trying to figure out where to go for dinner— but it must to plenty of other people, because on both of our visits to Polish Cottage, just about every table was filled with smiling, happy people—people who seemed like regulars at this midtown restaurant. The “cottage” part of the name conveys so much here. The room is like a dwelling you might imagine coming across during a walk through a forest in Poland. The room is small, with a faux fireplace against one wall, and a curio cabinet filled with cheerful tableware against another. Pottery, silk flowers, a spoon rack, a child’s brightly colored outfit and doilies are set comfortably about the room. Cut paper artwork hangs on the walls; more is tucked under the glass tops of the tables. The café curtains are made of cut paper and look so much like lace that I had to touch them to be sure. Even the music is Polish—an odd but interesting mix of polkas, new age, light rock and rap. (Yes, Polish rap.) All the items on the small menu—there are maybe a dozen choices in all—are listed in both English and Polish. The imported beer menu is rather extensive, and there is a decent assortment of Polish vodkas and other alcoholic choices. We sampled only one beer, Okocim Palone ($4), which was dark and rich, but not chilled enough. Pierogi are on the menu, of course (six for $5.65, or eight for $7.50). We ordered two each of the four kinds: beef; cheese and potato; sauerkraut and mushroom; and sweet farmer cheese. You can order toppings—sour cream, caramelized onions and bacon—for 50 cents each. We ordered only the sour cream on the side. The pierogi weren’t much to look at, but they were all quite enjoyable. My fave was the sweet farmer cheese, followed closely by the beef. We had the bigos ($7.50), a traditional version of the classic hunters’ cabbage stew. It’s made with a mix of meats, shredded cabbage, tomatoes, butter and seasonings. It’s the kind of recipe that is basic, but differs with every cook. There could’ve been more meat, but the dish was sweet and tangy, and came accompanied by a chunk of garlicky Polish sausage. A roll was there for sopping up the juices. It was a nice touch, but rye bread might’ve been more fitting. For cutlets, you have your choice of either breaded chicken or breaded pork ($9.95). Both come with pan-fried potatoes and a cucumber salad. We opted for pork, and the



More Burgers and Custard Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers is open at 3725 W. Orange Grove Road in Marana. The chain offers an assortment of burgers, hot dogs, fried foods and concoctions made with frozen custard;

Citrus Fest


Two local farmers’ markets celebrate the citrusy side of things this week. Oranges, lemons, tangelos, kumquats and other citrus take center stage at the Friday farmers’ market at Jesse Owens Park, 400 S. Sarnoff Drive, and the Saturday farmers’ market in Oro Valley at 11000 N. La Cañada Drive. Both events feature presentations by Chris Duggan of Desert Treasures Groves, reportedly the only remaining orange grove in Tucson. Goodies made from fresh citrus will also be available.

The stuffed cabbage at Polish Cottage. cutlet was cooked perfectly—crispy and brown. The wonderfully fresh salad was made with a sour-cream dressing. Sadly, although the potatoes were flavorful, they were woefully undercooked. On our second visit, for a Sunday lunch, we ordered the white borscht ($2.95), the crepes ($6) and the stuffed cabbage ($8). The borscht was a clear broth, lightly seasoned, with chunks of sausage and hard-boiled egg. An undertone of vinegar added a level of flavor to this somewhat bland soup. The two crepes were filled with more of that sweet farmer cheese. These could easily have worked as a dessert or a breakfast dish with a cup of good coffee. They were light with goldenbrown crispy edges. The large swirl of sour cream on top added a perfect bit of tang. Stuffed cabbage is something I ordinarily would not order, but I did, because the menu is so small. Two rolls were so stuffed with ground meat and rice that the well-cooked cabbage leaf had a hard time containing the mixture. I had to salt them, unfortunately; otherwise, they were pretty good. It was the house-made tomato sauce, flecked with herbs and such, that made this dish.

Polish Cottage 4520 E. Broadway Blvd. 891-1244; Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

Mardi Gras! The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona holds its annual Mardi Gras dinner at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28. The event features New Orleans-style fare; performances by Flam Chen, 80’s and Gentlemen, Batucaxé, and Zo Carroll and the Soul Breakers; and a raffle of Mardi Gras masks made by local artists. It takes place at the Manning House, 450 W. Paseo Redondo. Tickets are $100; proceeds benefit the Food Bank’s child-nutrition programs. Call 622-0525, ext. 492, or visit

Pluses: Hearty, home-style food Minuses: Limited menu

Service was friendly, although a little shaky at times. But warm smiles made us feel at home. Two desserts are available ($3.50): cheesecake and Polish apple cake. The apple cake was delish: a layer of dense, yellow cake; a layer of sweet apple slices; and a final flaky layer. We had that on our first visit, with plans on having cheesecake the second time around; alas, the cheesecake was all gone. We were assured it was homemade. Polish Cottage is a charming little spot. So if you’re craving some of your babcia’s pierogi or stuffed cabbage, you might want to give this place a try.

Wines Without the Mystery If you’re ready to uncork your inner wine aficionado, consider checking out Wines Without the Mystery. Jon Rogers has been teaching for some 30 years. Classes typically cost $25, which includes tastes of four to five wines, food and two hours of wine education. Seats are limited—usually eight to 10 per class—and you have to prepay to reserve a spot. Call 3250566, or email for more information.

Canceled The Smart Choices for Healthy Dining event slated for Sunday, Jan. 22, which we wrote about last week, has been canceled.

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AMERENO’S LITTLE ITALY C 2933 E. Grant Road. 721-1210. Open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday 5-10 p.m.; Sunday 4:30-9:30 p.m. Bistro/Wine Only. MC, V. Amereno’s offers a wide but not unwieldy menu of traditional Italian fare, and an attractive atmosphere. The dishes haven’t achieved a consistent quality, but nothing is poor, and many items, including the calamari, are quite good. (1-22-09) $$-$$$ BAZIL’S NE 4777 E. Sunrise Drive. 577-3322. Open daily 5-9 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, MC, V. This foothills favorite has been serving up plenty of great Italian and Continental cuisine for more than 25 years. A dizzying array of choices, huge portions and friendly service add up to a more-than-pleasant dining experience. The cioppino is outstanding. You won’t walk away hungry. (7-15-04) $$-$$$ BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE C 150 W. Wetmore Road. 887-2388. Open Sunday-

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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INDIAN SHER-E PUNJAB C 853 E. Grant Road. 624-9393. Open daily 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Café/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Sher-e Punjab is near the top of many lists as one of the best Indian restaurants in Tucson. Whole, fresh foods and an amazing and eclectic array of spicing lends every dish here a distinct and delicious character. A daily lunch buffet with changing dishes gives diners a chance to sample from a wide swath of the restaurant’s extensive menu. $-$$

ITALIAN AMARSI RISTORANTE NW 12152 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. 297-9491. Open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 4-9 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. With a wonderful assortment of standards, servers who know their stuff and an interesting wine list, Amarsi rocks. Pasta offerings run the gamut, and there’s a nice assortment of veal, chicken and steak plates. We especially liked the stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer. Most desserts are house-made. (12-9-10) $$-$$$

Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This upscale chain serves fine American-style centralItalian food. Warm service, a elegant room and an inviting terrace (curtained off from the Tucson Mall parking lot) make it worth a shot if you’re within range of the mall, hungry and in the mood for something better than Olive Garden. Breads and salads are terrific; appetizers and entrées are more hit-or-miss. The wine list, mostly California and Italian, features more than 40 interesting choices, many available by the glass. (12-15-11) $$-$$$ CAFFE MILANO C 46 W. Congress St. 628-1601. Open MondayWednesday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday 5:30-9:30 p.m. Café/Counter/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Whether it’s by weekday or weekend night, this downtown spot is a joy. Lunches are affordable and offer sandwiches, soups, salads and pastas. Dinner offers a full menu of Italian staples and house specialties. The patio at night is a great spot to enjoy downtown at its finest. The wine list is intensely Italian but has a price range for every pocket. Desserts and breakfasts also sing of Italy. (10-5-06) $$-$$$

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CAFFE TORINO NW 10325 N. La Canada Drive, No. 151. 297-3777. Open Monday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Café/ Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Caffe Torino serves gigantic, shareable portions of beautifully executed entrées. Flavors are authentic, and the menu offers a wide range of options. A well-thought-out wine list and a beautifully decorated space complete the experience—but don’t expect a quick meal. (4-21-11) $$-$$$ CARUSO’S C 434 N. Fourth Ave. 624-5765. Open Tuesday-

Thursday and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Café/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Caruso’s has been around since 1938, and based on the crowds the restaurant draws on the weekends, it’ll be around beyond 2038. The service is warm and friendly while the food is inexpensive and satisfying. Caruso’s patio seating offers a special dining experience. (7-17-03) $-$$ DOLCE VITA E 7895 E. Broadway Blvd. 298-3700. Open MondayFriday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 4-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Spaghetti and meatballs is a surefire hit here, as are the pizza and eggplant parmigiana. $$-$$$ ENOTECA PIZZERIA WINE BAR C 58 W. Congress St. 623-0744. Open TuesdayThursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 4-10 p.m. Bistro/Beer and Wine. AMEX, MC, V. Enoteca is a busy restaurant with delicious pastas, salads, pizzas and dinner entrées and more. The food is consistently tasty and reasonably priced. (5-12-05) $-$$ GIACOMO’S NE 6878 E. Sunrise Drive. 529-7358. Open TuesdaySunday 4:30-9:30 p.m. Summer hours: ThursdaySunday 5-9:30 p.m. Café. Beer, Wine and Specialty Drinks. AMEX, MC, V. Pictures of Italy’s coastline adorn this Italian restaurant with a cozy authentic atmosphere. Friendly service, delicious food and reasonable prices make Giacomo’s a place to find amore. (12-18-03) $$-$$$ J. MARINARA’S NW 8195 N. Oracle Road. 989-3654. Open Tuesday-

Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday 3:30-8:30 p.m. Café/Full Bar. MC, V. Brought to you by the folks who ran Ascolese’s, this East Coast Italian joint


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LUNA BELLA ITALIAN CUISINE AND CATERING E 2990 N. Swan Road, No. 145. 325-3895. Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The service is friendly and professional, and the food is largely fantastic; you can’t go wrong with the veal osso bucco and the shrimp linguine. For a livelier, more casual experience, check out the bar, where TVs tuned to sports and happy-hour specials await hungry diners. (2-19-09) $$$-$$$$ MAMA LOUISA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT S 2041 S. Craycroft Road. 790-4702. Open MondayThursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-8 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. It’s hard to find anything wrong with Mama Louisa’s, a Tucson treasure since 1956. The food’s amazing; the service is superb; the prices are reasonable. There’s a large menu for both lunch and dinner, with plenty of vegetarian options. Try Joe’s Special; it’s the signature dish for a reason. (3-20-03) $-$$ MICHELANGELO RISTORANTE ITALIANO NW 420 W. Magee Road. 297-5775. Open MondayThursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.10 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, MC, V. A popular northwest side venue, Michelangelo’s is sure to please if you temper your expectations with a note of realism--that note being this is Tucson, and good, authentic Italian fare is very hard to find. (5-2-02) $-$$ NORTH NW 2995 E. Skyline Drive. 299-1600. Open MondayThursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday noon-9 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. La Encantada has itself a gem in NoRTH, brought to you to the folks behind Wildflower and Zinburger. The pastas, fish and pizzas are all tasty, if a bit pricey, but the view pushes NoRTH over the top. (2-26-04) $$$-$$$$ ROMA IMPORTS

VITELLO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO NW 15930 N. Oracle Road, No. 178. 825-0140. Open Monday 4-8 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Café/ Beer and Wine. DIS, MC, V. What a pleasant surprise Vitello’s is. It’s cozy; the staff is friendly; and the menu has just about everything Italian you might crave. The sauces range from a house marinara to a creamy vodka to a rich gorgonzola to a briny white clam. The pizzas are also quite good; they’re simple and rustic. Panini, salads, veal, chicken, seafood and dishes are also available. The cannoli is like Nana used to make. (1-13-11) $-$$$ VIVACE C 4310 N. Campbell Ave. 795-7221. Open Monday-

Thursday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, MC, V. If there’s something Vivace doesn’t do well, we’ve never been able to discover what it is. Lots of innovative pasta dishes, grilled meats and fresh seafood distinguish the menu, along with salads, appetizers and desserts to die for. It’s a bustling bistro that deserves its ongoing popularity. (4-26-01) $$-$$$ ZONA 78 NW 78 W. River Road. 888-7878. Open daily 11 a.m.-

10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 7301 E. Tanque Verde Road (296-7878). It’s casual; it’s cool; and the food makes the most of many fine Italian items (goodies from Willcox and Australia are also a big part of the scene). The bar is a great place to hang out while you enjoy one of the many wines or house specialty drinks. The pizzas are stone-fired with great combos, or you can build your own. This is definitely a place to be a regular. (7-6-06) $$

JAMAICAN CEEDEE JAMAICAN KITCHEN E 1070 N. Swan Road. 795-3400. Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, MC, V. Yes, you’ll find jerk chicken here (and oh, what heavenly jerk it is), but there are plenty of other island specialties to choose from as well: curry chicken, oxtails, plantains and more. The side called festival is like a hush puppy, only bigger and better. Desserts are unusual but tasty; the cold drinks refresh. There’s Bob Marley music, and the staff is friendly. The only thing missing here is the beach. (10-21-10) $-$$

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p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Summer hours: MondaySaturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. MC, V. Despite its odd location, Roma Imports manages to draw a crowd. Why? Its food rocks. The sandwiches and pasta specials are almost perfect for a causal meal to eat at La Taverna, Roma’s in-house dining area. If you want some prepared goodies to take home, or are looking for the perfect ingredients to make your own Italian meal, you can’t fail. And the desserts are amazing, too. (3-8-07) $ TAVOLINO RISTORANTE ITALIANO NW 2890 E. Skyline Drive. 531-1913. Open MondayThursday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-11 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Tavolino is now a shiny, chic kind of place—and it didn’t miss a beat in the move. The appetizers are fresh and fabulous. The pastas will delight. (Try the tagliatelle alla Bolognese; it’s killer.) Other entrées, especially those coming off the grill, are great examples of how Italian food is supposed to be. Service is most professional. (8-12-10) $$-$$$

Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 4:30-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, MC, V. Some individual dishes shine, but others would do well to be avoided. If you order carefully and bring the right company, the spectacular mountain views can seduce you into a moment of sheer well-being. (11-30-00) $-$$ VERONA ITALIAN RESTAURANT E 120 S. Houghton Road. 722-2722. Open Tuesday-

Saturday 4-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V, Checks. With more than four dozen entrées to choose from, there are options aplenty at Verona. The portion sizes are huge, too. And the taste? Our veal Florentine and chicken picatta were divine, as were the desserts. The far eastside has itself a winner. (11-6-03) $$-$$$ VIRO’S ITALIAN BAKERY AND CAFE

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KOREA HOUSE E 4030 E. Speedway Blvd. 325-4377. Open MondayThursday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 4:30-9:30 p.m. Diner/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Bulgoki of fire and flavor, and mouth-watering grilled beef ribs, Korean-style. Good noodle soups, also. $-$$ SEOUL KITCHEN E 4951 E. Grant Road. 881-7777. Open Monday-

Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Bistro/Beer and Wine. AMEX, MC, V. Seoul Kitchen dishes up quick, affordable and authentic Korean food with a smile. The crab puffs are a can’tmiss item, and be prepared to be overwhelmed with tasty side dishes and banchan plates. Portions are generous, and the food is delicious; you definitely won’t leave hungry. (2-11-10) $-$$

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Wednesday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 9 a.m.8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Counter/Beer and Wine. MC, V, Checks. This charming little Italian joint serves up meaty sandwiches, fresh breads and pastries, pizzas and a handful of pasta dishes, along with impressive daily specials—-including a Sunday breakfast buffet that may be one of the best brunch deals in town. (10-25-07) $-$$

LATIN AMERICAN CONTIGO COCINA LATINA NW 1745 E. River Road. 299-1730. Open MondaySaturday 5-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Contigo adds a touch of class and chic to Tucson’s restaurant scene with delicious Spanish, South and Central American-inspired dishes and inventive cocktails. Serving up twists on classics from these regions, Contigo puts a focus on sustainably sourced ingredients. With lots of seafood and vegetarian options, there’s something for every palate. (8-19-10) $$$ DON PEDRO’S PERUVIAN BISTRO S 3386 S. Sixth Ave. 209-1740. Open Monday-

Saturday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Bistro/No Alcohol. DIS, MC, V. Don Pedro’s, a transplant from Rocky Point, Sonora, is one of the latest additions to the growing Peruvian-cuisine scene in Tucson. With mild flavors and quick, friendly service, it’s a tasty vacation for your palate from the sea of southside Mexican-food restaurants. (3-3-11) $$ DOS LOCOS NW Hilton El Conquistador, 10000 N. Oracle Road. 544-5000. Open daily 5-11 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar.

AMEX, DC, MC, V. Dos Locos easily holds its own in the limited local nuevo Latino market. If its dishes lack the unusual imagination of those at, say, CafĂŠ Poca Cosa, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a restaurant that lets you feel a little daring, without really straying too far afield. (12-6-07) $$-$$$ INCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PERUVIAN CUISINE NE 6878 E. Sunrise Drive. 299-1405. Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Bistro. Beer, Wine and Specialty Drinks. DIS, MC, V and checks. Incaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is the place to go for a twist on the usual meat and potatoes. Warmly decorated with friendly service and delicately spiced food, Incaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers dishes that are truly unique. The pollo entero (whole roasted chicken), the ceviche mixto and the pisco sour are canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t-miss hits. Make sure you make a reservation. (4-1-10) $-$$ MAYA QUETZAL C 429 N. Fourth Ave. 622-8207. Open MondayThursday 11:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon-8:45 p.m. Summer hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon-8:45 p.m. CafĂŠ. Beer, Wine and Specialty Drinks. MC, V. Nearly magical yet simple taste combinations from the Yucatan and Central America are featured. You can almost taste the green of the tropics in Maya Quetzalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vegetable and nut-meat combinations. $ MIGUELâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NW 5900 N. Oracle Road. 887-3777. Open daily 11

a.m.-10 p.m. Summer hours: Monday-Thursday 3-10 p.m.; Friday-Sunday noon-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Enjoy regional Mexican dishes in a lovely setting. Plenty of seafood and other entrĂŠes are served up in unique and tasty sauces. A tequila loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heaven with choices aplenty. (10-7-04) $$-$$$ TUCSON TAMALE COMPANY C 2545 E. Broadway Blvd. 305-4760. Open Monday 10

a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The Tucson Tamale Company offers a great origin story: Intuit executive decides to follow a dream by starting a tamale business in the middle of a heinous economy. The Tucson Tamale Company also offers some delicious food: Try the Santa Fe tamale, with pork loin, green chiles, cheddar, tomatoes and garlic. Vegans and those with gluten allergies have plenty to eat here, as the masa is gluten-free. Get a dozen tamales to go; they reheat easily and quickly in the microwave. (3-12-09) $



EUROPEAN MARKET AND DELI E 4500 E. Speedway Blvd., No. 36. 512-0206. Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. DIS, MC, V. A smattering of EasternEuropean beers, wines, sweets, liquors and other groceries makes this market/deli unique. Fast, friendly service and tasty classics round out the menu along with a wide selection of deli meats and cheeses. (1-29-09) $

BIRRĂ?A GUADALAJARA C 304 E. 22nd St. 624-8020. Open daily 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Counter/Diner/No Alcohol. Cash only. One of the best quick-stop Mexican food venues in town. The carne asada and birrĂ­a burros are standouts. $

LEE LEE ORIENTAL SUPERMARKET NW 1990 W. Orange Grove Road. 638-8328. Open daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket is far more than an average grocery store. With thousands of products that span the globe, along with fresh produce, meats and seafood, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure to discover some new favorites. Thuan Kieu Vietnamese restaurant (open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., cafĂŠ) has an extensive selection with really fresh, tasty ingredients, and Nan Tian BBQ (open Wednesday through Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., counter) serves up all kinds of barbecued delicacies, from chicken and duck feet to whole roasted suckling pigs. (5-6-10) RINCON MARKET C 2513 E. Sixth St. 327-6653. Open Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V, Checks. Open as a neighborhood market since 1926, Rincon Market today is known for its wide variety of fresh, inexpensive foods. In the dining area, there are options aplenty: deli sandwiches, a large salad bar, a grill, baked goods, coffees, rotisserie chicken and more. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an iconic Tucson place to grab a quick, simple, delicious meal. (7-14-05) $ TIME MARKET C 444 E. University Blvd. 622-0761. Deli open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; pizza daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Counter/Beer and Wine. MC, V. Time Market is four things in one. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a top-notch deli; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a popular woodfire pizza joint; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a coffee bar; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a quirky market full of hard-to-find foods. With a friendly staff and reasonable prices, Time Market is a longtime Tucson favorite. We recommend the green gringo sandwich, mixing a green corn tamale with shredded chicken, cheddar, salsa and green olives on sourdough. Yum! (7-14-05) $-$$

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Wednesday 10:30 a.m.-midnight; Thursday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sunday noon-midnight. Counter/ Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Boca offers upscale indoor versions of Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s street food, and is doing tacos the right way, with lots of flavor and high-quality ingredients. Generous portions and playfully presented food are just the beginning. With a few dozen tequilas at the bar and reasonable prices, Boca is the perfect addition to the university-area restaurant scene. (10-7-10) $-$$ LA BOTANA TACO GRILL AND CANTINA C 3200 N. First Ave. 777-8801. Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-9 p.m. CafĂŠ. Beer and Margaritas. MC, V. This little â&#x20AC;&#x153;cantinaâ&#x20AC;? offers big flavors and lots of fun. Build your own burrito or quesadilla by mixing and matching grilled meats, seafood and an assortment of other goodies. Seafood dishes are done

CAFĂ&#x2030; POCA COSA C 110 E. Pennington St. 622-6400. Open Tuesday-

Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. DIS, MC, V. For years, owner Suzana Davila has delighted residents and visitors alike with her Like Water for Chocolate style of Mexican food. The sauces at CafĂŠ Poca Cosa are extraordinary, reflecting an intricate blend of chiles and spicing as unusual as they are delicious. Pile on the incredible purĂŠed salsa, and try not to miss the mole and pipian. (4-1300) $$-$$$ CASA MOLINA E 6225 E. Speedway Blvd. 886-5468. Open daily 11

a.m.-10 p.m. Bistro/CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Also at 3001 N. Campbell Ave. (795-7593) and 4240 E. Grant Road (326-6663). A family operation with roots tracing back over the last five decades, Casa Molina is one of the most consistent places in town to sample true Mexican food. With an extensive menu that includes tacos, tostadas, enchiladas and chimichangasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as well as fried shrimp and hamburgers for more timid palatesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Casa Molina boasts something for every taste. Children are always welcome, and the margaritas are top-flight. (8-12-99) $-$$ CHACOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CAFE S 2027 S. Craycroft Road. 790-1828. Open Monday-

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LAS BRASAS TAQUERĂ?A C 2928 E. 22nd St. 881-6077. Open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Counter/Beer Only. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Watch your own steak, chicken or tripas de leche sputter on the brazier grill and be deftly placed in a tortilla, taco or torta roll. The sides are fresh and zippy, and the mealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a deal! $




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BY CARL HANNI, ucson is one of those towns where things don’t necessarily announce themselves, and a little sleuthing can reveal interesting and surprising artistic, cultural and entrepreneurial ventures—like, say, an independent, locally owned record label run by a father-and-son team dedicated to reissuing obscure psychedelic records. Such is the case with Lysergic Sound Distributors. Run by the father-son combo of Steve and Trent Purdy, the label has four archival releases to date, with more in the works. L.S.D. was a logical, long-pondered progression from Steve Purdy’s 25-plus years as a buyer and seller of vinyl rarities. He’s one of a small group of experts and fanatics dedicated to finding, buying, selling and trading 1960s and early ’70s psychedelic and prog records. Before starting his company, he published a sales catalog of rarities called Psychedelic Happenings that eventually morphed into L.S.D. With connections that span the globe and several decades of experience, he’s in a perfect position to uncover and obsess about obscure records and bands. As for the genesis of the label, he says, “I kept finding these really rare records—some really obscure, off-the-wall things that were almost unheard of. I kept thinking, ‘Some of these are really good; people need to hear these things.’ I always knew, in the back of my mind, 10 or 15 years ago, that eventually, I’d have the time and a little bit of money to maybe license some of these things and reissue some of them so people could hear them. So, finally, it evolved to that point.” For their first release, in 2009, the Purdys put together a compilation of 12 tracks of obscure “Jesus rock,” or “Jesus psych,” called Electric Holy Land. “What really kind of got me started was I was finding these strange religious records,” Steve Purdy says. “Some of them would have eight or 10 not-very-good songs, and then there’d be one song with screaming fuzz guitar all over it. I found eight or 10 or 15 of these things, and thought, ‘You know, somebody should put a compilation together.’” The bands include First Revelation, Earthen Vessel, The Ark, Children of the Lamb and The Four Corner Gospel Experience. So far, the Purdys have sold 700 of the 750 albums pressed. L.S.D.’s second release was a double-LP by the ultra-obscure, hard rock/psych one-man band Vulcan, called Meet Your Ghost. According to L.S.D., it’s “two discs of raw, distorted, overblown, fuzzed-out sludge rock by the eccentric and enigmatic small-town, selfproclaimed son of an intergalactic space travel-

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er who claims to have been visited years ago by the guitar-playing ghost of Jimi Hendrix.” This limited edition of 600 albums is sold out. For their third release, the Purdys came up with something so obscure that it had never even been released: a collection of eight tracks by the late ’60s San Francisco Bay Area band Devil’s Kitchen, who were a house band at the Family Dog in San Francisco and played quite a bit at the Fillmore West (also in San Francisco), but never released a record. Nearly 1,000 copies have been sold. L.S.D.’s most-recent release is a true rarity, a re-release of Opus 1, the sole album by the Gallup, N.M., band World, of which 300 copies were originally released. According to L.S.D., it’s a “recently discovered 1972 teen soul-funk private-press mega-rarity from rural New Mexico. … This previously unknown gem is a very accomplished mix of smooth-gliding soul and up-tempo funk, complete with swirling Hammond organ and mellow harmonies to go with the fuzz and funk guitars.” These records are beautifully packaged, with period-perfect cover art and high-quality vinyl; they are also winging their way around the world and bringing attention to the label. Steve says, “People tell me, ‘I saw your Electric Holy Land at Intoxica in London, or I saw Devil’s Kitchen in Toronto.’” Although the market for this kind of music is not huge, it is devoted and perhaps a little fanatical. “I found a thing four (or) five years ago from Mexico,” Steve says. “It was a Mexican religious psych record. I took it to (the Austin Record Convention), and these guys were practically beating each other up over the thing!” That passion goes for both the dealers/crate-diggers like Purdy, and the collectors they are selling to,

although there’s quite a bit of crossover between the buyers and the sellers. Of his search for rarities, Steve says, “I’ve made almost a science out of it. You have to think: How can I find the stuff when nobody else can? How can I do that?” Being a longterm player in the field certainly helps: “I sell to people in almost every country you can imagine: Russia, Syria, China, Malaysia,” he says. There’s always the hope of a lost-cities-ofgold-type find: “There’s stuff out there waiting to be discovered that might blow away anything we’ve ever heard,” he says. Trent Purdy is producing L.S.D.’s next project, which started with his discovery of an acetate in a friend’s closet from an early-’70s band in Akron, Ohio, called Bold Chicken. Trent, who has played bass and toured with The Okmoniks, Nobunny and Sneaky Pinks, among other bands, describes it as “very crude proto-punk. The songs are very short—no guitar solos, with crude song topics—very street.” Plans are to release it as a four-song 7-inch EP in March. Both Purdys agree on the need for tight quality control. Steve says, “I always knew that if we were going to do it, we were going to do it right. … We were going to have really eyecatching, first-class artwork on all of our stuff. I wanted the vinyl to be heavy-duty and wellrestored, well-re-mastered.” Steve says L.S.D. also would “really love to do an album, an unreleased album by a Tucson group from the late-’60s or early-’70s who are really guitar-oriented, a heavy rock or psychedelic band.” If that sounds like you, or you’re curious, check out the label at

SOUNDBITES By Stephen Seigel,

DIGGING UP ‘BURIED TREASURES’ Although his “other” band—the Sand Rubies—is no more, guitarist-singer Rich Hopkins continues to churn out at least an album per year with his ongoing pursuit, Rich Hopkins and Luminarios. Hell, even when the Rubies were still around, he was releasing them at about the same pace. And it’s not like he’s a young man anymore; no, he’s a lifer. In recent years, Hopkins has been spending much of his time in Houston, to be with his girlfriend and collaborator, Lisa Novak, whose name is attached as a co-writer to nine of the dozen songs (13 counting a bonus track) on the Luminarios’ latest, Buried Treasures (San Jacinto). The album was mostly recorded in Tucson by Thomas Beach at Loveland Studio, and by Lars Goransson, Nathan Sabatino and Bill Cashman at the Cavern Studios; it features a roster of mostly Tucson musicians backing Hopkins up. After a brief instrumental “Intro,” the album kicks into gear with “Dark Side of the Spoon,” which sounds like a long-lost Byrds cut with crunchier guitars; it doubles as a heroin cautionary tale: “Hating myself every day / Lies the only things I say / Sleeping until noon / Living on the dark side of the spoon.” Hopkins comes off like a less-amped-up Craig Finn on the mostly spoken verses of “A Stone’s Throw,” which benefits from a catchy chorus bolstered by Novak’s vocal harmonies and a typically soaring guitar solo from Hopkins. (The album, like any Hopkins album, is fully stocked with killer guitar-playing.) I’m always a sucker for a song with a descending chord structure, and “Betcha Gotcha Now!” doesn’t disappoint in that department—it’s a rollicking, three-chord power-pop tune that aims to please and succeeds. (When I finished listening to the album for the first time, it’s the song I was left humming.) Other highlights include “Strutter” (not a Kiss cover), which sounds a little bit like what the Velvet Underground might have sounded like if they hailed from Los Angeles instead of New York City; the vicious “Alycia Perez,” which features a somewhat-sinister-sounding guest vocal from Salvador Duran before hitting a gorgeous midsection of tangled guitars; and the backwardlooking “Buried Treasures (It’s Not Out There),” which implores us all to count our blessings. But the album’s centerpiece is the 7 1/2-minute “Friend of the Shooter,” which, against a swirling backdrop of distorted guitar, re-imagines the Jan. 8 Safeway shootings from the point of view of a narrator who was once friends with the suspect: “I knew him when / I knew him then / now I’m a friend of the shooter.”






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Although there are a couple of superfluous tracks on Buried Treasures—“Good Morning” and the bonus track are both meandering sound experiments that sound a bit out of place—this is among the most consistently enjoyable albums Hopkins has released under the Luminarios banner. Rich Hopkins and Luminarios perform at a CD-release party for Buried Treasures next Thursday, Jan. 26, at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. Saint Maybe and the Sugar Stains open at 9 p.m. Cover is $5. For more information, check out, or call 798-1298.

MUSICAL BEANS Mean Beans, the duo of Matt Molina and Matthew Taylor (though they’re often joined by other local players such as Nick Letson, Rhae Vaiana and Darren Simoes), are splitting town for the greener pastures of San Francisco soon, but not before giving Tucson one last taste of what we’ll be missing in their absence. The band veers from raw, primal garage rock (“The Situation”), to indie-rock inspired by Modest Mouse and their ilk (“Drunk Man”), to sweet, ramshackle pop songs (“Raise”). The song they’ve most recently posted online, “Honey Bee,” seemingly merges all those disparate elements into one catchy-as-hell little package, which would seem to bode well for their Bay Area future. Good luck, boys. Mean Beans perform at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Friday, Jan. 20. Havarti Orchestra and Vine St. open at 10 p.m. Admission is free. For further details, head to, or call 622-8848.

SKA TIME New York City’s The Toasters remain one of the most important and influential American ska bands ever. In the early 1980s, while British second-wave-of-ska acts like the English Beat, Madness and The Specials were attempting to make inroads in America (and largely failing), Brit expat Rob “Bucket” Hingley formed The Toasters in an attempt to do the same. He also formed Moon Ska Records, which was the primary outlet for American third-wave ska bands (The Pietasters, The Slackers, Dance Hall Crashers) to release their material to a ska-hungry U.S. subculture. In other words, Hingley and The Toasters were one of the few bridges between the second-wave British ska bands of the 1970s and ’80s, and their American offspring in the 1980s and ’90s. Some things have changed since then. Ska isn’t as popular as it once was, and Moon Ska Records went out of business in 2000 as a result. But these days, Hingley operates Megalith Records, a smaller operation that still releases albums by ska bands, including The Toasters, of which he is now the sole original member. The fact that The Toasters still tour regularly, and that Hingley is still releasing albums at all, signals that ska never really died; it just did what all other subcultures do when the masses jumped off the bandwagon: It went back underground. The Toasters perform at The Hut, 305 N. Fourth Ave., on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Tucson’s The Gunrunners open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 623-3200.

SHORT TAKES In the 1990s, Kansas City, Mo.’s Shiner was among a handful of Midwestern indie-rock outfits that forged a sound based on a huge guitar sound, melodicism and a few time-signature tricks. Shiner broke up in 2003, but the band’s singer and guitarist, Allen Epley, now fronts a new band, The Life and Times, which released its third full-length, No One Loves You Like I Do, earlier this week on SlimStyle. These days, Epley places more of an emphasis on inviting melodies, and shoegaze and space-rock textures. The Life and Times perform at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., on Saturday, Jan. 21. American Android and The Vases open at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $7. For more info, head to, or call 798-1298. Expect a blues-harp showdown (blowoff?) when Fabulous Thunderbirds singer, songwriter and harmonica player Kim Wilson headlines a show at the Rialto on Saturday. Wilson will bring the goods, of course—but the opener is none other than Tucson’s own harp king, Tom Walbank. Here’s hoping Walbank gets the nod from Wilson to join him on a tune or two. Kim Wilson and Tom Walbank perform at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., on Saturday, Jan. 21. Start time for the all-ages show is 8 p.m. Tickets are $21 in advance, or $23 on the day of the show. For more info, go to, or call 740-1000. On Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Surly Wench Pub, Bettie Rage Arizona will hold a benefit show for their friend Ty, who is battling cancer. Live music will be provided by the Moonlight Howlers and The El Camino Royales, and there will be raffles as well. Suggested donation is $5 at the door, with all proceeds going directly to Ty. It all gets started at 9 p.m. on Saturday. The Surly Wench Pub is located at 424 N. Fourth Ave. For further details, head to surlywenchpub. com, or call 882-0009.

ON THE BANDWAGON Standby Red 5, Gabe Borquez and Molly Hadeed, Rescue Lights and Lariats at Club Congress on Wedndesday, Jan. 25; La Cerca, Dream Sick, Mombasa and DJ B-Rad at La Cocina tonight, Thursday, Jan. 19; the Kristin Chandler Band and Black Cat Bones at Boondocks Lounge on Saturday, Jan. 21; Grapla, The Effin’ Sumbodies and Lee Hybrid at Vaudeville on Saturday, Jan. 21; Combo Westside at Club Congress on Saturday, Jan. 21; Some of Them Are Old, Gorky and Sleep Trigger at Plush on Friday, Jan. 20; Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles and Dylan Ludwig and the Red River Outfit at Sky Bar next Thursday, Jan. 26; Ernest Troost at Abounding Grace Sanctuary on Saturday, Jan. 21.

R.I.P. Just as the Tucson Weekly was going to press on Tuesday night (Jan. 17), we learned that Jonathan Holden, the tireless music promoter behind the Rhythm and Roots concert series, has died after a brief illness. We’ll have more information online at daily. and in next week’s print issue. Our condolences go out to Holden’s friends and family.

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CLUB LIST Here is a list of venues that offer live music, dancing, DJ music, karaoke or comedy in the Tucson area. We recommend that you call and confirm all events. 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. BLUEFIN SEAFOOD BISTRO 7053 N. Oracle Road. 531-8500. BOJANGLES SALOON 5244 S. Nogales Highway. 889-6161. BOOKMANS 1930 E. Grant Road. 325-5767. 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. CACTUS MOON 5470 E. Broadway Blvd. 748-0049. CAFÉ PASSÉ 415 N. Fourth Ave. 624-4411. 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. DAKOTA CAFE AND CATERING CO. 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-7188. 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. 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. JASPER NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT AND BAR 6370 N. Campbell Ave., No. 160. 577-0326.

JAVELINA CANTINA 445 S. Alvernon Way. 881-4200, ext. 5373. JEFF’S PUB 112 S. Camino Seco Road. 886-1001. 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 AT WESTWARD LOOK RESORT 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. 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. PINNACLE PEAK 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. 296-0911. 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. RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000. 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. ROCK N’ JAVA 7555 W. Twin Peaks Road. Marana. 572-5738. 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. 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 19 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 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 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 The Iron Maidens Pinnacle Peak Bluegrass Music Jam Plush Courtney Robbins RPM Nightclub 80’s and Gentlemen Sheraton Hotel and Suites Prime Example Sky Bar Hank Topless, Al Perry 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 The Hut DJ White Shadow 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

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

FRI JAN 20 LIVE MUSIC Amado Territory Steakhouse Becky Reyes featuring Scott Muhleman Arizona Inn Dennis Reed The Bamboo Club Live music The Bashful Bandit Live music Bluefin Seafood Bistro George Howard Duo Bojangles Saloon Live music Boondocks Lounge Neon Prophet The Branding Iron Ruthrauff Ivan Denis Cafe Tremolo William Tell and Patrick Caulley The Canyon’s Crown Restaurant and Pub Live music Cascade Lounge Doug Martin Chicago Bar The AmoSphere Club Congress Mean Beans, Havarti Orchestra, Vine St. La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Greg Morton Delectables Restaurant and Catering Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl Dry River Company Wendigo Crossing Eclipse at College Place Live music Eddies Cocktails Dust Devils El Mezón del Cobre Mariachi Azteca El Parador Descarga, Salsarengue, Tito y Su Nuevo Son Famous Sam’s E. Golf Links 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 Martin Baca and Solitario Norte The Hut The Jits, Mercury Transit, Danger Kats Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar Stephen Budd Las Cazuelitas Mariachis Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse Arizona Dance Hands Lindy’s at Redline Sports Grill Live music: old-school rock Luna Bella Italian Cuisine and Catering Holmes-Levison Group Maverick Flipside McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky Mint Cocktails Live music Mooney’s Pub Roadrunner Gunner Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi Los Cubanos Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Collin Shook Trio Old Father Inn Live music Oracle Inn Wild Ride Band O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge Blue Tattoo La Parrilla Suiza Mariachi music Plush Kristen Chandler, Sleep Trigger, Gorky, Some of Them Are Old Ric’s Cafe/Restaurant Live music RJ’s Replays Sports Pub and Grub Tall Paul Band Shot in the Dark Café Mark Bockel The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar 80’s and Gentlemen Stadium Grill Live music Sullivan’s Steak House Live music V Fine Thai Phony Bennett Whiskey Tango Live music Whiskey Tango Vintage Sugar Wild Bill’s Steakhouse and Saloon Beau Renfro and Clear Country Woody’s Susan Artemis

KARAOKE/OPEN MIC Bedroxx Open mic Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites Karaoke with DJ Richard Bookmans Brats

Brodie’s Tavern Cow Palace Karaoke with DJ Famous Sam’s W. Ruthrauff Famous Sam’s Oracle Chubb Rock with Ray Brennan Famous Sam’s Pima Iguana Cafe Jeff’s Pub Kustom Karaoke Margarita Bay Midtown Bar and Grill Putney’s Karaoke with DJ Soup Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y Not Karaoke Salty Dawg II Tucson’s Most Wanted Entertainment with KJ Sean Shooters Steakhouse and Saloon Stockmen’s Lounge Terry and Zeke’s Wings-Pizza-N-Things YNot Entertainment

DANCE/DJ The Auld Dubliner DJ spins music Azul Restaurant Lounge Ladies and Lyrics Night: DJ spins music Bedroxx DJ spins music Casa Vicente Restaurante Español 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 Café Sahuarita DJ spins music El Charro Café on Broadway DJ spins R&B El Parador Salsa dance lessons with Jeannie Tucker Famous Sam’s Valencia DJ spins music Fuku Sushi DJ spins music Hangover’s Bar and Grill DJ spins music IBT’s CelloFame Javelina Cantina DJ M. Level Bar Lounge DJ Rivera Lindy’s at Redline Sports Grill DJ spins music Maynards Market and Kitchen DJ spins music Music Box ’80s and more NoRTH DJ spins music O’Malley’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 Sinbad’s Fine Mediterranean Cuisine DJ spins music Sky Bar Hot Era party Surly Wench Pub Club Sanctuary Unicorn Sports Lounge Y Not Entertainment Wildcat House Top 40 dance mix Wooden Nickel DJ spins music Woody’s Tori Steele’s Cover Girl Revue Zen Rock DJ Kidd Kutz

Stadium Grill Live music Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Surly Wench Pub Betty Rage benefit Tanque Verde Ranch Live music Whiskey Tango Live music

KARAOKE/OPEN MIC Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites Karaoke with DJ Richard Brats The Depot Sports Bar Elbow Room Famous Sam’s Silverbell Amazing Star karaoke Famous Sam’s W. Ruthrauff Famous Sam’s Oracle Chubb Rock with Ray Brennan Famous Sam’s Pima Glass Onion Cafe Bobby Ronstadt open-mic showcase The Grill at Quail Creek Hangover’s Bar and Grill IBT’s Amazing Star Entertainment Jeff’s Pub Kustom Karaoke The Loop Taste of Chicago Karaoke, dance music and videos with DJ Juliana Margarita Bay Midtown Bar and Grill Nevada Smith’s Old Father Inn Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y Not Karaoke Stockmen’s Lounge Terry and Zeke’s

DANCE/DJ The Auld Dubliner DJ spins music Bedroxx DJ spins music Brodie’s Tavern Latino Night Cactus Moon Line-dance lesson Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Flamenco guitar and dance show Club Congress Bang! Bang! dance party La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar DJ Herm Diablos Sports Bar and Grill XLevel DJs El Charro Café on Broadway DJ Soo Latin mix El Parador Salsa dance lessons with Jeannie Tucker Famous Sam’s Valencia DJ spins music Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company DJ spins music IBT’s DJ spins music Lindy’s at Redline Sports Grill DJ spins music Music Box ’80s and more


COMEDY Laffs Comedy Caffé Chris Simpson, Rob Gleeson Rock n’ Java Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed

SAT JAN 21 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed The Bashful Bandit Live music Bluefin Seafood Bistro John Ronstadt Duo Bojangles Saloon Live music Boondocks Lounge Kristen Chandler, Black Cat Bones Café Passé Elephant Head Trio Cascade Lounge George Howard Chicago Bar Neon Prophet Club Congress Combo Westside Cow Pony Bar and Grill DJ spins music

TROPICAL DRINKS • LIVE MUSIC Thurs 1/19- DJ White Shadow Fri 1/20 - The Jits, Mercury Transit & Danger Kats

Cushing Street Restaurant and Bar Live jazz Dakota Cafe and Catering Co. Larry Redhouse Delectables Restaurant and Catering Greg Morton Desert Diamond Casino Monsoon Nightclub Lucky Break Driftwood Restaurant and Lounge Live music Dry River Company Singer/songwriter showcase: Betsy Scarinzi, Jason Steed, Joe Pena, Hank Topless DV8 Dumb Geek Eclipse at College Place Live music Eddies Cocktails Classic rock ‘n’ roll El Charro Café Sahuarita Live salsa band El Mezón del Cobre Mariachi Azteca El Parador Descarga, Salsarengue, Tito y Su Nuevo Son Enoteca Pizzeria Wine Bar Phil Borzillo Famous Sam’s E. Golf Links Live music 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 The Hut Cosmic Slop Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar Birk’s Works Kingfisher Bar and Grill Larry Redhouse Las Cazuelitas Mariachis Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse Arizona Dance Hands Lookout Bar and Grille at Westward Look Resort Live acoustic Lovin’ Spoonfuls Vegetarian Restaurant Flame Luna Bella Italian Cuisine and Catering Joe Bourne Maverick The Jack Bishop Band McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky Mooney’s Pub Live music Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi The Bishop/Nelly Duo Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Collin Shook Trio O’Malley’s A.M. Eyes CD-release party, Rescue Lights, Falling August, Message to the Masses The Office Bar Reggae Night: 12 Tribes Sound, Jahmar International Old Pueblo Grille Live music Old Tubac Inn Restaurant and Saloon Chuck Wagon and the Wheels Oracle Inn Gone Country Band O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge Tito y su Nuevo Son La Parrilla Suiza Mariachi music Plush The Vases, American Android, The Life and Times Rialto Theatre Kim Wilson, Tom Walbank Ric’s Cafe/Restaurant Live music RJ’s Replays Sports Pub and Grub Tall Paul Band Sheraton Hotel and Suites Tucson Jazz Institute Sky Bar Ferrodyne, The Tangelos

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On a Roll DJ Aspen Rusty’s Family Restaurant and Sports Grille DJ Obi Wan Kenobi Sam Hughes Place Championship Dining DJ spins music Sapphire Lounge DJ 64, DJ Phil Sharks DJ Chucky Chingon Sinbad’s Fine Mediterranean Cuisine Belly dancing with Emma Jeffries and friends Solar Culture Milonga, DJ Joanne Canelli Wildcat House Tejano dance mix Wooden Nickel DJ spins music Woody’s DJ Michael Lopez Zen Rock DJ Kidd Kutz

COMEDY Laffs Comedy Caffé Chris Simpson, Rob Gleeson

SUN JAN 22 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed Armitage Wine Lounge and Café Ryanhood The Auld Dubliner Irish jam session The Bashful Bandit Sunday Jam with the Deacon

Beau Brummel Club R&B jam session Boondocks Lounge Railbirdz Chicago Bar Larry Diehl Band 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 Sun-Dazed Las Cazuelitas Live music Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse Titan Valley Warheads McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse David Prouty Old Pueblo Grille Live music O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Raging Sage Coffee Roasters Paul Oman Suite 147 at Plaza Palomino John McCutcheon Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Verona Italian Restaurant Melody Louise

KARAOKE/OPEN MIC The Bashful Bandit Y-Not Karaoke Club Congress Club Karaoke Cow Pony Bar and Grill Diablos Sports Bar and Grill Elbow Room Open mic Famous Sam’s W. Ruthrauff Family karaoke The Hideout IBT’s Amazing Star Entertainment Margarita Bay Mint Cocktails Open mic Mooney’s Pub Putney’s Karaoke with DJ Soup River’s Edge Lounge Karaoke with KJ David Salty Dawg II Tucson’s Most Wanted Entertainment with KJ Sean Shooters Steakhouse and Saloon The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar Karaoke and music videos with Jamie J. DJ Stockmen’s Lounge Whiskey Tango Karaoke and dance music with DJ Tigger Wooden Nickel Woody’s



Fox and Hound Smokehouse and Tavern Team Trivia with DJ Joker IBT’s DJ spins music Kon Tiki DJ Century





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Level Bar Lounge DJ Phatal Ra Sushi Bar Restaurant DJs spin music Runway Bar and Grill Singing, drumming DJ Bob Kay plays oldies Shot in the Dark Café DJ Artice presents Power Ballad Sundays



In addition to singing for rock-band American Android, native Tucsonan Carlos Arzate is recording a solo project with guitarist Ryan Alfred and drummer Josh Harrison. Arzate, 35, works by day creating solar electric plans and as a freelance graphic designer. He and his wife, Beth, are the parents of three, including an 8-month-old daughter. You can see American Android on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. They’ll play between The Vases and The Life and Times. The show starts at 9:30 p.m.; cover is $7. Gene Armstrong,

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

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

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

TUE JAN 24 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Bob Linesch Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Live classical guitar Chicago Bar Jive Bombers Club Congress Tranceducer, PC Party, Table Manners Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live mariachi music The Hut The Toasters Las Cazuelitas Live music Maverick The Jack Bishop Band McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Susan Artemis Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Open jazz and blues jam Plush Aztral Folk Sheraton Hotel and Suites Arizona Roadrunners Sky Bar Jazz Telephone Stadium Grill Open jam Sullivan’s Steak House Live music V Fine Thai Trio V Whiskey Tango Karaoke and music videos with DJ Tigger



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Kathleen Edwards’ fourth album, Voyageur, is a reinvention that scrapes away the altcountry traditions to reveal an even deeper and richer talent. Since her first record in 2003, the Canadian has been lauded for her poetic and introspective songwriting. Asking for Flowers, in 2008, had Edwards positioned as an heir to Lucinda Williams. But four years later, Edwards has transcended such comparisons. The departure that characterizes Voyageur isn’t anything radical, but a series of lesser alterations that add up to an unexpected new sound, surprisingly dynamic and provocative. Those alterations— shared songwriting, adding an array keyboards, varied percussion—come courtesy of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Edwards’ new beau. While Vernon had a big hand in playing on and recording Voyageur at his April Base Studios in Fall Creek, Wis., his contributions are merely background. The craftsmanship is Edwards’ alone. From the opening “Empty Threat,” Edwards writes, plays and sings with a confidence that comes from rising to meet huge challenges. An album that mixes catharsis with self-empowerment, Voyageur is full of references to the breakup of her marriage and the tumult and itinerant life of a touring musician. Top cuts on Voyageur—an early contender for 2012’s top album—are the propulsive lead single “Change the Sheets,” the up-tempo “Sidecar” (co-written with longtime guitarist Jim Bryson) and the plaintive “A Soft Place to Land” (co-written with John Roderick of the Long Winters). Voyageur is remarkably strong throughout, a record of introspective beauty, yearning and restlessness, and a career-best for the 33-year-old Edwards. Eric Swedlund

Is there not something sublime about the best marching bands? Without irony, they deliver joyful melodies, inventive charts and the natural power of amassed brass—and for the last decade or so, Portland, Ore.’s MarchFourth Marching Band has taken the marching-band format in exciting new directions. Guided by producer Steve Berlin (of Los Lobos), MarchFourth has made its most-ambitious album yet, and the breadth is truly amazing. “Sin Camiseta” is smoky Latin jazz. The psychedelic and rubbery groove of “Cowbell” pokes fun at the notorious percussion instrument while giving it the spotlight. The band brings jazz to Bollywood on “Delhi Belly,” and “Rose City Strut” covers both the waterfront and the French Quarter, with help from members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. One of the best cuts is “The Finger,” which starts out with a sound-bed of Philip Glass-style minimalism, and adds a nastily stomping funk beat and blasts of purepleasure brass before gang vocals intone, “Oh yeah, feeling alive.” That song is actually the first jab in a one-two punch that finishes off with the booty-shaking groove of “Git It All,” a cover of a tune by the 1970s progressive-funk outfit Mandrill. Even amid all this diversity, the bouncy ska number “Soldiers of the Mind” sounds a little forced, although it would probably sound great in a different context. Gene Armstrong MarchFourth Marching Band plays with Diego’s Umbrella at 8 p.m., next Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. $14; $16 day of; all ages; 740-1000.

It’s the start of a new year—a time to give things second chances. I hated The Big Pink’s debut, A Brief History of Love, which was mushy cock-schlock in a rind of new-wave-flavored dance. But Future This, the band’s second record for 4AD (they still seem like a weird fit for the label), feels both hammier and more-committed—and commitment can go a long way. The band’s project of channeling Depeche Mode through Oasis still registers a big, “Why do that, of all things?” But I’ll be damned if “Lose Your Mind” isn’t a fun-as-hell riff on the melodrama of late-’80s dance music (which had been fully suffused with “gothic” pallor and self-seriousness). It’s the kind of song that makes you want to cut holes in all your T-shirts and slather on black nail polish. “1313” splutters and yowls primally. The R&B patina on “Give It Up,” however, is both selfconsciously trendy and a bit embarrassing. Music-video idea for the song: the band running around London with an iPhone snapping pictures of each other “planking.” That would be about as six months ago as the song is. But truthfully, this record targets the ’80s-music lizard brain pretty well. A good example of this last year was Digitalism’s I Love You, Dude, which was even more phenomenally fun, but less criminally embarrassing. The moral of the story: Pop knows no rules, and cares not for the whims of critics. It just has to get into you. Sean Bottai




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much extra weight. In fact, historians say this is one reason that a modest force of English soldiers defeated a much-larger French army at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. The Frenchmen’s armor was much bulkier, and by the time they slogged through muddy fields to reach their enemy, they were too tired to fight at peak intensity. The moral of the story, as far as you’re concerned: To win a great victory in the coming weeks, shed as many of your defense mechanisms and as much of your emotional baggage as possible. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): One way or another, you will be more famous in the coming months than you’ve ever been before. That might mean you’ll become better known or more popular … or it could take a different turn. To tease out the nuances, let’s draw on Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Famous.” “The river is famous to the fish. // The loud voice is famous to silence, / which knew it would inherit the earth / before anybody said so. // The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds / watching him from the birdhouse. // The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek. // The idea you carry close to your bosom / is famous to your bosom.” (Read the whole poem here:

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loves learning for its own sake. I nominate him to be your role model for the coming weeks, Sagittarius. Your opportunities for absorbing new lessons will be at a peak. I hope you take full advantage of all the teachings that will be available.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Purslane is a plant that’s also known colloquially as pigweed. It’s hearty, prolific and spreads fast. In a short time, it can grow out of control, covering a large area with a thick carpet. On the other hand, it’s a tasty salad green and has a long history of being used as a cooked vegetable. As a medicinal herb, it’s also quite useful, being rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as a number of vitamins and minerals. Moral of the story: Keep pigweed contained—don’t let it grow out of control—and it will be your friend. Does anything in your life fit that description?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The Bible addresses the subjects of money and possessions in about 2,000 verses, but devotes only 500 verses to prayer and 500 to faith. As you know, my advice in these horoscopes usually tends to have the opposite emphasis: I concentrate more on spiritual matters than materialistic concerns. But this time, in acknowledgment of the specific cosmic influences coming to bear on you, I’m going to be more like the Bible. Please proceed on the assumption that you have a mandate to think extradeeply and super-creatively about money and possessions in the coming weeks. Feel free, too, to pray for financial guidance and meditate on increasing your cash flow.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): As he approaches his 70th birthday, retiree and Michigan resident Michael Nicholson is still hard at work adding to his education. He’s got 27 college degrees so far, including 12 master’s degrees and a doctorate. Although he’s not an “A” student, he

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Here’s one of my favorite quotes from American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you think.” The

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Three famous actresses formed the British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League last year. Rachel Weisz, Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson say they believe people should be happy with the physical appearance that nature gave them. Is it rude of me to note that unlike most of the rest of us, those three women were born gorgeous? It’s easy for them to promise not to mess with their looks. Do you ever do that, Virgo? Urge other people to do what’s natural for you, but a challenge for them? I recommend against that this week. For example: If you want to influence someone to change, be willing to change something about yourself that’s hard to change. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I predict major breakthroughs in your relationship to intimacy and togetherness in 2012, Libra—if, that is, you keep in mind the following counsel from psychologist Dr. Neil Clark Warren: “Attraction and chemistry are easily mistaken for love, but they are far from the same thing. Being attracted to

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¡ASK A MEXICAN! BY GUSTAVO ARELLANO, Dear readers: I usually save reruns of my columna for when I have to smuggle in the latest cousin from the rancho, but the ascendancy of Republic presidential candidate Mitt Romney must be addressed—namely, that he’s half-Mexican. The lamestream media is treating this as a revelation—never mind that I addressed this issue during the last presidential campaign. Not only that; many voters fear Romney’s Mormon faith. Pendejos: That’s the least-scary part of the Romney agenda. So, sin further ado, here’s my PSA for Mitt to clear up any confusion. Note to Mitt: I hope you don’t win, but I’ll expect the ambassadorship to Guatemala for this service if my candidate Alfred E. Neuman doesn’t triumph, cabrón. Dear Mexican: I feel that the more Mexicans who come to this country, the better. I am a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In our Book of Mormon, on Page 54, it says on the left side of the page in Verse 6, “There shall none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord.” I want as many Mexicans in this country as possible, and then I want to tell them about Joseph Smith and get them baptized and enjoy the blessings of the temple. Come on down—you are welcome by me. Love My Brown Brothers Dear Gabacho: Gracias for your welcoming heart, even if your ulterior motive is stealing Mexicans away from the Virgin of Guadalupe for a religion in which Jell-O is the only allowable narcotic. While we’re talking about Moroni worshipers, can you do me a favor, and ask Mitt Romney why he’s such an ingrate toward Mexicans? After all, Romney probably would’ve been some Jack Mormon jerk-off if it weren’t for porous fronteras and living in violation of a country’s laws. His great-grandfather Miles Park Romney fled los Estados Unidos for Mexico during the 1880s to escape American authorities and continue his polygamous ways, while Mitt’s papi, George, was born in Chihuahua and therefore is more Mexican than your typical Chicano-studies major. Not only that, but Pancho Villa’s troops were kind enough to not massacre Mormon colonies during the Mexican Revolution, thus


allowing the infant George and his family to return home and ensure Mitt’s Brilliantined hair would grace America. One final point, Brown Brothers: Por favor, tell Mitt and all other Mexican-hating LDSers that the Book of Mormon requires amnesty for illegals. The above quote you cited came from the Second Book of Nephi and is a wonderful passage, but what about the one before it? 2 Nephi 1:5 tells the Saints that Lehi prophesied about America, “Yea, the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me, and to my children forever, and also all those who should be led out of other countries by the hand of the Lord.” Hear that, Mitt? Let my gente go—into the United States for the free health care, por supuesto. I heard Mormonism is a quickly spreading religion down in ye olde Mexico. What is it about this religion that a lot of Mexicans find so fascinating? Jack Mormón Dear Gabacho: Historically? Mexico has long had the second-largest community of Mormons in the world after the United States—official LDS figures estimate 1.2 million members live in Mexico, a significant increase from the 783,000 estimated in 1999. This community has existed for almost 135 years, created after polygamous Mormons who wanted to keep their multiple wives moved down south because, hey, anything goes down Mexico way, right? Sociologically? Mormons are masters of proselytizing—the increase in numbers “shows that a church group can produce a short-term phenomenal growth rate by committing resources to missionary activity,” according to Professor James W. Dow in his 2003 scholarly paper “The Growth of Protestant Religions In Mexico and Central America.” Theologically? My understanding of Mormonism is that it places an emphasis on the family, encourages couples to have as many children as possible, stresses the dominion of the husband over the family, and hates homosexuals. If those attributes aren’t appealing to Mexicans, then I’m Moroni himself.

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My 13-year-old son came out to us this morning. He plans to tell his brothers in the next few days. We love and accept our son, and this news isn’t surprising (although we’re wondering: When will the stereotypical neatness kick in?), but we do have some concerns. He has, apparently, already made the news public at school. Any pointers you can give? We want to make sure he knows that we love him and don’t care about his sexuality, while at the same time preparing him to deal with those people who do. Also, any advice you can give for when he starts dating would be appreciated. Dad Seeks Support “On behalf of advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth everywhere, let me be the first to say ‘thank you,’” says Eliza Byard, executive director of GLSEN (, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, which works to create safe school environments for LGBT—and straight—youth. “Simply by giving your son your love and support, you have already significantly increased his chances of living a happy and fulfilling life. The importance of an accepting home cannot be overstated.” (The damage that can be done by a hostile family also cannot be overstated: LGBT youth whose families are hostile are eight times likelier to commit suicide than their straight peers. Hostile parents can’t make their gay kids straight, but they can make them dead.) “The bad news is that school can be a miserable place for LGBT youth,” says Byard. “GLSEN’s 2009 National School Climate Survey found that nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT teens experienced harassment in school in the past year. The good news is that engaged parents can make a huge difference.” So, DSS, while it’s admirable that you want your son to understand that you “don’t care about his sexuality,” you also have to make your son understand that you care about him, and that you’re aware of the challenges he faces. “Talk to your son and learn more about his school and his experiences there since coming out,” advises Byard. “What kind of response has he received? What supports are in place for him at school? Does the school have a gay-straight alliance? Do students have access to LGBT-affirming resources in the library? Does the school have policies that address bullying? Are there adults in the school community whom he trusts and feels are supportive?” Call your son’s school, DSS, and set up a meeting. Making sure his teachers and school administrators know that you’re on your son’s side—and making sure they know you intend to hold them accountable—can go a long way toward creating a safe environment for your son at school. “Send a GLSEN Safe Space Kit (www. to your son’s school to give educators the tools they need to provide support and create a safe space in their classroom for your son,” advises Byard. “Visible signs of support, such as a GLSEN Safe Space sticker on a door, can fundamentally alter the school experience of an LGBT youth by helping them identify those adults in the community who are supportive.” As for dating and sex … “Treat your son with the same awkwardness you would your other kids,” says Byard. “I’m speaking as a mom myself now. Make sure he has access to all the health and safety information he needs. (Sitting down to watch reruns of Will and Grace together won’t cut it.) I have two daughters and want to be absolutely sure they have access to all the information they need to make smart and healthy—and potentially life-saving!—decisions. Make yourself available to talk whenever he needs, and welcome his boyfriends inside the house the same way you would if they were girlfriends.” I’m into BDSM, and my safe word is “safe word.” It’s short, memorable and unmistakable in its intent. Someone recently told me that “any serious BDSM player” would laugh me out of the com-


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Grapefruits Aren’t Good I may not be the best person to adjudicate this dispute, GAG, as my safe word is “popcorn.” (And, yes, I cross my arms over my chest when I use it, as demonstrated here: safewordpopcorn.) But in my opinion, the woman who informed you that you would be laughed out of “the community” for your choice of safe word is being a huge dickhead. In fact, it sounds like she has a bad case of You’re Doing It Wrong. YDIW is a social-skills disorder that members of the BDSM community are at particular risk of acquiring. (Others at heightened risk: religious conservatives, sports fans, advice columnists.) BDSMers with YDIW feel they have a right to inform other BDSMers that they’re doing it wrong—whatever it might be—even if the “it” being done wrong poses no risk to the YDIW sufferer or anyone else. BDSM players should speak up, of course, when they witness other BDSMers doing something dangerously wrong. BDSMers who observe dangerous or nonconsensual play at public parties have a responsibility to speak the fuck up before someone is seriously injured. The secondary, tertiary and quaternary goals of creating a BDSM community are the sharing of skills, the promotion of good play practices, and the holding of dangerous or malicious players to account, respectively. (The primary goal? Getting BDSMers laid.) But some BDSMers confuse a responsibility to speak up when they witness dangerous play for an invitation to critique other people’s kinks, sexual interests, preferred fetish roles, safe words, etc. YDIW in BDSMers—and social conservatives—can be treated and cured through the application of “NO ONE GIVES A FUCK WHAT YOU THINK, ASSHOLE.” It should be applied liberally whenever YDIW flares up. I enjoyed your pieces and posts about monogamish couples. However, it’s time for a Savage Love column or two dedicated to people who are in successful monogamous relationships! I have been with my partner for 10 years. Sure, we’ll both flirt with a cute waiter and dance with hot guys at gay clubs, but we always go home together. It pisses me off when people assume that, because we are gay, we’re having sex with every Tom, Dick, and Harry. Couple Of Compatible Keepers That’s a wonderful idea, COCK. People in successful, long-term monogamous relationships—even those of you who aren’t but think you are—are invited to send in their stories. Letters from monogamous sufferers of YDIW will not make it into the column, however. If you can’t write about your monogamous relationship without disparaging those in nonmonogamous or monogamish relationships, then, um, you’re doing it wrong. (I told you advice columnists were at heightened risk of YDIW.) Tell us why monogamy works for you, how you’ve made it work, and what the upsides are. But please refrain from telling everyone who isn’t doing it the way you do it that they’re doing it wrong. That’s my job. CONFIDENTIAL TO CANADA’S UNKNOWN LAWYER The next time there’s a legal hiccup in the fair application of Canada’s marriage laws where same-sex couples are concerned, let’s err on the side of not declaring thousands of same-sex marriages—mine included—to be “invalid,” shall we? Let’s skip the shitstorm next time, and jump right to the fair and just resolution. Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at, and follow me at @fakedansavage on Twitter.

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tally shot by a stranger who was having a dispute with another partygoer. Later, as his wounded hip was being treated at a hospital, doctors discovered and removed two “huge” tumors in D’Amato’s abdomen that had so far gone unnoticed. The tumors were not cancerous, but had they not been found, they would soon have disabled him. (2) At a home in Taylorsville, Utah, in December, one housemate who was pursuing a mouse in the kitchen accidentally shot another housemate. As police investigated, they discovered a 13-year-old girl hiding in a closet. A third housemate, Paul Kunzler, 28, was then arrested and charged with carrying on a months-long sexual relationship with her. Police Report • John Whittle, 52, was charged in December with robbing a Wells Fargo Bank in Port Richey, Fla. According to police, Whittle ordered a beer at the Hayloft Bar shortly after 1 p.m., then excused himself, and a few minutes later, returned to finish his beer. In the interim, police said later, Whittle walked down the street to the bank and robbed it. • In December, Russell Mace, 55, was caught soon after robbing a Union Savings Bank branch in New Milford, Conn. A bank employee had spotted Mace acting “suspicious” in the parking lot, and indeed, he said, Mace entered, robbed the bank of about $3,000, and fled to a waiting car. Police, however, identified the car, which they had noted from Mace’s recent arrest for shoplifting. The “suspicious” behavior the bank employee had noticed, he told police: Mace, pants down, was defecating in plain view among parked cars. Clichés Come to Life (1) A 28-year-old man in New York City quietly excused himself the morning after his wedding in November (at a hotel following an elaborate reception), took a taxi to a Harlem River overlook, and jumped to his death. According to a relative, the man’s suicide note mentioned that he “couldn’t take it anymore.” (2) Luna Oraivej, 37, was ordered in 2010 by a court in Seattle to take an anger-management course to settle a charge of domestic violence, but in December 2011, she sued the creator of the course, because a fellow attendee had stabbed her in the arm during a classroom dispute. (The instructor was playing a video of Dr. Phil, and Oraivej had urged the classmate to listen to Dr. Phil’s message—but the classmate apparently could not bear it.) Least-Competent Criminals Tyechia Rembert, 33, was arrested and charged with robbing a Burger King drive-thru cashier in York, Pa., in December, but only after making police officers’ job easier. After her clean getaway, she called the restaurant to reassure herself that none of the witnesses had noted her car’s licenseplate number. None had, but using cell-phone records, police traced that call to Rembert.



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