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OPINION Mark Wahlberg wants to know how your mom is doing.

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Tom Danehy 4 Ryn Gargulinski 6 Jim Hightower 6 Guest Commentary 8

CURRENTS The Skinny 9 By Jim Nintzel

Shuttered and Stored 9 By Mari Herreras

TUSD begins the next steps in the school closure process Media Watch 10 By John Schuster

Move Over, Astronomy 11 By Mari Herreras

A new UA minor places hiphop culture front and center Weekly Wide Web 12 Compiled by David Mendez

Police Dispatch 12 By Anna Mirocha

Bond Backlash 13 By Tim Vanderpool

Should taxpayers drop $197 million to boost Raytheon?

Sending out invitations to our annual Pro Bowl extravagazna.

Biz Bits 14 By Jim Nintzel

Chamber CEO Mike Varney talks about jobs, education and downtown Kicking Success Around 15 By Brian J. Pedersen

Tucson has a generally unfortunate history with professional sports, but Tucson is on its way to being a soccer hotspot

It’s Soccer Time! When Brian J. Pedersen pitched me the idea of a story about soccer in Tucson and how the sport became Tucson’s semiofficial professional sport over the last three years, I was a little jealous. He did a great job, so it worked out, but I’m usually the soccer guy around here. That’s been my Weekly turf (sorry for the terrible pun). I think most people know an insufferable soccer fan, the person who calls it “the beautiful game,” owns multiple team scarves, waxes poetically over 0-0 draws, etc. I’m not quite that bad (although there are probably people who would disagree) and all sports have their irritating superfans, but I do own multiple jerseys. I scheduled my birthday festivities this year around Chelsea’s triumphant Champions League victory in May (and nearly got into a fight in the process). I get up early on weekend mornings (willingly!) to watch matches live from England. I care a little about sports in general, but as a lifelong fan of sports teams from Cleveland, it wasn’t terribly hard for me to leave baseball, the NFL and the NBA behind. So, I’m an easy mark for the SoccerFest games starting this weekend at Kino Stadium. I actually can name players from the Major League Soccer teams participating, which probably isn’t healthy. However, if you’re not a soccer fan, please make an effort to check out a game or two (or more, but I don’t want to seem pushy). The expansion of the MLS preseason (plus one international match-up) is a bold move by the organizers. Will people ditch work for day games, like they used to from baseball’s spring training? Is there enough enthusiasm to sustain crowds when there are five games played over a week? No one really knows, but with professional baseball constantly running for a million-dollar bill dangled at the end of a fishing pole somewhere else, there really is an opportunity for Tucson to become a hub for professional soccer this time each year. When I’ve talked to MLS bigwigs, they’ve always mentioned bringing more and more here, building on each year’s success. This can be our game, and you don’t even have to be an obnoxious super fan to appreciate that. DAN GIBSON, Editor dgibson@tucsonweekly.com COVER DESIGN BY ANDREW ARTHUR

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CULTURE

CHOW

City Week 20

Greek, Family Style 40 By Rita Connelly

TQ&A 22

PERFORMING ARTS

The Little Greek is a welcome addition to the eastside, but would it hurt to start accepting credit cards?

Lives in Letters 28

Noshing Around 40

By Sherilyn Forrester

By Jerry Morgan

Chamber Music PLUS’s production of ‘Confidentially, Chaikovski’ also serves as a ‘Waltons’ reunion Listings 30

VISUAL ARTS

MUSIC Playing in a Post-Genre World 45 By Gene Armstrong

Geographer are the friends that used to make you great mixtapes

The Beauty of the Land 31 By Margaret Regan

Rancho Linda Vista remains a part of Tucson’s artistic history

BOOKS The Power Affair 35 By Tim Hull

A new look at a highlight of Arizona’s gunfighting days

Soundbites 45 By Stephen Seigel

Club Listings 48 Nine Questions 52 Live 53 Rhythm & Views 54

CINEMA

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Old Guy vs. Drug Cartel 36

A Green Dream 55

By Bob Grimm

The former governor of California kills bad guys, saves farmers

By J.M. Smith

Film Times 37

CLASSIFIEDS

Detective Detritus 38

Comix 56-57 Free Will Astrology 56 ¡Ask a Mexican! 57 Savage Love 58 Personals 60 Employment 61 News of the Weird 62 Real Estate/Rentals 62 Mind, Body and Spirit 63 Crossword 63 *Adult Content 62-68

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DANEHY OPINION

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pretty much stay off the Internet as much as possible. Depending on one’s point of view, there’s either not much that is interesting on the Web, or there is way too much. Either way, it can be a big waste and/or consumer of time. But the other day, I was checking my email and a thing popped up on AOL. (Yeah, I know. AOL? Really?) It was titled “The 25 Weirdest (Job) Interview Questions.” I thought, “I need to print this out, just in case I ever go for a job interview.” It could happen. I sent a copy to Frank Antenori, who apparently is angling for work. I know that he has one of those phony-baloney jobs that they hand out at Raytheon like they were jelly beans, but it’s apparent that Citizen Antenori is itching to get back in the political game. He recently tried to piss on City Councilman Steve Kozachik’s gun buyback by holding an adjacent gun buy. My favorite part was when Antenori labeled what Kozachik was doing a “political stunt.” If anything, what Antenori was doing was a political stunt. And let’s be real here; just about anything could be considered a political stunt. Heck, the original Boston Tea Party was a political stunt. Some serve a purpose; others just serve an individual. I was thinking that it would make a great question on a math final to plot the trajectory of Frank Antenori’s political career. The last part would be undefined. (That’s math humor, which is often the best kind.) Anyway, to the questions. Some are indeed weird; others are absolutely cringe-worthy. No. 19 is “Have you ever stolen a pen from work?” Technically, the answer is no, but I have taken pens from other people’s workplaces. I mean, you go into the credit union and there’s a cup just full of those things, all black-and-yellow and new and stuff. They’re just moaning, “Please take me, even if you have no use for me whatsoever. I’m stuck in this cup with all these other pens.” So, it’s not so much stealing as liberating. Lately, however, the credit-union folks have been putting the pens out without caps on them, which makes me think that maybe they don’t want me to liberate them. It’s a quandary. I asked my wife (whom I am never, ever supposed to mention in this column) No. 9, “Name three Nobel Prize winners.” She semi-cheated by naming Menachim Begin and Anwar Sadat, who were co-winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for the Camp David accords, and their host at Camp David, Jimmy Carter, who won the Peace Prize a couple of decades later for his body of work. No Einstein, no Martin Luther King, no Marie Curie (who won it in physics for her work with radioactivity and again in chemistry for her discovery of polonium and radium). Seeing as how she has done extensive postgraduate work

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in economics (which, to me, is like devoting serious study to mood rings), I asked her why she hadn’t at least named Paul Krugman or Milton Friedman. She gave me that beautiful left stink-eye and then started in: “Friedrich August von Hayek, Franco Modigliani, John Nash (the A Beautiful Mind guy), Ragnar Frisch …” It was nerdy, even by my standards. Thank God she left out Christopher Pissarides. I would’ve lost it. In another question, an HR person at Kimberly-Clark, interviewing a biomedical engineer candidate, asked, “If you had turned your cellphone to silent and it suddenly rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what would you tell me?” I would tell him that I don’t own a cellphone and never have. That would impress the hell out of him. The questions were compiled from a variety of business sources. With the economy still in bad shape, it’s definitely a buyer’s market for HR people and they can go to great lengths to weed out all but the top candidates. Some of the other questions included: • “How would people communicate in a perfect world?” I would just stare at the person with my eyes half-closed and say, “I just answered you telepathically.” • “A penguin just walks into the room wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?” I would just stare at the person with my eyes half-closed and say, “I just answered you telepathically.” Apparently, that’s my go-to move. • “Pick two celebrities to be your parents.” (The correct answer is Sofia Vergara and anybody else.) • “What kitchen utensil would you be?” There was one really cool question that I will save for later. I think I’ll ask a bunch of people and see what responses I get. One of the more interesting questions was “What song best describes your work ethic?” The absolutely wrong answer to that is “9 to 5” because that’s only eight hours, and in this economy, we’ll need a lot more than that out of a worker. Someone in the article answered “Under Pressure” by David Bowie and Queen. I wonder if “Stayin’ Alive” would be a good answer or a bad one. My favorite song of all time (and yes, I have a single all-time favorite song) is “Born on the Bayou” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. In that song, John Fogerty growls, “My poppa said son, ‘Don’t let The Man get ya and do what he done to me …’cause he’ll get ya.” So far, I’ve managed to avoid that.


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GARGULINSKI OPINION

This year’s flu, coming soon to a home near you! HIGHTOWER BY JIM HIGHTOWER

THE “BECKINIZATION” OF THE FAR RIGHT

BY RYN GARGULINSKI, rgargulinski@tucsonweekly.com

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an can land on the moon, and digitalize and stream endless reruns of Columbo, but we still can’t beat the flu. Sure, we can get flu shots based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “best guess” on what virus may be kicking around on any given year. But a sensational strain stretching across our fair land is blissfully immune to the standard vaccinations. We’re calling it the Lucas virus, in honor of my 4-year-old cousin, who we are convinced brought it to the Christmas Eve family gathering. As news reports said, this year’s monster virus did indeed stem from the Great Lakes region. And Lucas did indeed open his mouth really wide at least once to scream in the middle of the living room. As family members hugged, laughed and shared pierogies, no one was the wiser that we had become carriers of this abominable bug. The Lucas virus made its way to the West Coast via my brother and sister-in-law, who brought the thing to Sacramento. It came to the Southwest on US Airways Flight 281 from Detroit to Phoenix, then shimmied down to Tucson thanks to a ride from my beau from the airport.

Perhaps you thought that, surely, the far right wing in American politics couldn’t get any nuttier. If so, you clearly hadn’t factored in Glenn Beck. Since losing his glory-spot as a Fox-TV yackety-yacker, Beck has been less visible, but no less busy, continuing to promote himself as leader of the political wacky, and still delighting them as the P.T. Barnum of conspiracy theories. His hottest-selling shtick in recent months is a piece of fear mongering about an entity that few other people in the world consider at all fearsome: The United Nations. “Agenda 21,” wails the Beckster on his subscription-TV show and other forums, Once it hits your house, don’t be surprised if you don’t referring to an obscure, innocuous, and think it’s the flu right away. Mom was actually ordered to get non-binding resolution approved by UN a CAT scan since her version of the virus decided to seize members (including the US) 21 years ago. the muscles on one side of her chest, making it nearly Be very afraid, Beck bleats in alarm, for impossible to breathe. this document lays out the secret, diaboliOn my end, I was sure I was on death’s door. Never mind cal scheme of internationalists to seize that I also thought I was on death’s door when I got a spider America’s autonomy. Under the guise of bite some time back—this was the real door. Symptoms promoting “sustainable” development, goes included aching muscles, aching eyeballs and aching bones. the theory, the United Nations intending to Even my cuticles ached. ban our suburbs, take our golf courses from Add a sensitivity to light so severe that I had to wear us, usurp our freedoms, and impose a globsunglasses in the house on a head that was about to explode. al dictatorship. To depict the horror of Th e raw and fiery throat at least gave me an excuse to dig Agenda 21, the cover of Beck’s new book on the topic features the UN logo looming over an THIS MODERN WORLD By Tom Tomorrow American landscape, which is imprisoned behind barbed wire. Subtle! Silly, too. But it’s the hot new thing on the far right. “Heroic” lawmakers in Alabama and Tennessee have already banned any implementation of Agenda 21-style provisions in their states – even though none were proposed. Five other state legislatures are considering the same this year. Also, the new tea party senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, says the UN takeover of America will be a top issue for him. And, of course, the big rumor on the right is that Barack Obama is using CIA mind-control-techniques to implement the UN dictatorship. Do these people ever even visit reality?

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out the humidifier (which does wonders for your skin!). The sweat-inducing fever had me changing my sheets on a daily basis. The only symptoms lacking were nausea and vomiting, although everything I ate tasted like Cheese Puffs without the cheese. The final punch in the face from this dandy virus is the insomnia. “Sleep it off ” is not an option. You are instead wide awake, aching and sweating in the dead of night. Here’s where you ramble and moan as you pace about the house, a wide-eyed, wild-eyed, sunglasses-wearing zombie. Your wails and whines wake up your boyfriend, who is in the later stages of his own version of the virus, a stage where you actually get to sleep. “Do you want me to take you to the emergency room?” Don’t go to the emergency room. Unless you’re bleeding to death, the emergency room is not a wise option, and even then the wait is likely to last longer than your blood supply. You don’t even have to go to the doctor, as mine has already confirmed the Lucas virus is neither influenza A nor B. It’s not strep throat. Besides, you’re likely to pick up a cold in the doctor’s waiting room. Don’t be the hero who goes to work. Please. People who go to work when they are seething with sickness belong in the same category of yokels who think they drive better when they’re drunk. For starters, your productivity is going to be nil, and you may even screw something up. You’ll also infect the office, making the productivity of the entire staff nil and possibly sending the company out of business. Then you’ll be in the doghouse along with Lucas. Do get your psychosomatic kicks. Nothing really helps this virus, but you can make yourself think you’re being active in your recovery by downing Super Orange Emergen-C, popping echinacea capsules and drinking cup after cup of herbal tea. Slippery elm-bark tea does help the fiery throat, as does the humidifier and not talking unless spoken to. Do relax. Your only option is to ride it out, and perhaps take something for the killer headache. Meditate with a focus on healing. Break out your feng shui singing bowl to purge the evil virus energy from your home. Sit back, prop your pillows, hug your dogs. And you may as well take advantage of man’s technological advances by streaming endless digital reruns of Columbo.


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GUEST COMMENTARY OPINION

The head of Rockingham LLC disputes our version of the Liberty Cove story BY CRAIG RICKETTS

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he tone of “The Case of Liberty Cove,” (Jan. 3) suggests malfeasance or mismanagement at the project I headed and continue to steer in Puerto Libertad, Sonora. I write to correct factual information and also provide my opinion to refute that perception. Lost in the details is one overarching fact: The men who sold the property to us in 2004, Donald R. Diamond and Mort Freedman, never had the standing to do so. We believed that we were protected from any title issue because of their personal written warranties—warranties on which they subsequently reneged upon. These title ownership violations were not born by Mexicans as most perceive but by U.S. sellers Donald R. Diamond and Mort Freedman who knowingly concealed information and reneged on their personal guarantees and even duped First American Title Insurance a $2.8 billion company. As to the particulars:

Donald Diamond’s failure to provide his E&O Insurance: Donald Diamond represented that he had a $50 million Errors and Omissions Insurance policy however he has refused to provide me and the investors with the insurer’s name. This could to satisfy all investors’ claims. I speculate that fraud is not covered in such policy. Donald Diamond and Mexican Criminals: “[Diamond] A tenacious dealmaker who once visited a Mexican jail to close a sale with an inmate,…” quoting a New York Times article in 2008 discussing Diamond’s litigation and manipulative ties to Senator John McCain at Fort Ord a U.S. Naval Base preferential price. Past activities of Morton Freedman: Morton Freedman is not new to fraud claims as published in CORONADO DEVELOPMENT CORP. v. SUPERIOR COURT (1984) – “They argue that Mr. Freedman “perpetuated the original lie and thereby concealed [their] cause of action for fraud,…” Perpetuating a fraud: The law firm of Fennemore Craig was accused of perpetuating a fraud etc. and had full knowledge of Diamond and Freedman using deceased people powers of attorneys to transfer title, wire fraud and the violation this had on 200 REIT investors PPM agreements. Written notification was made both to Managing Partner Tim Burg and their insurance company ALAS, Inc. yet they chose to pursue. The attorneys Benjamin Bauer, George O. Krauja and Scott D. McDonald commenced in concert. The Pima County court case: The reporter had not prior to publication analyzed the May 26, 2011 decision by Pima County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Lee in favor DF-MX Holdings LLC, et. al., wholly owned by Donald R. Diamond and Mort Freedman. There is no question in my mind that these new “alter ego” entities were set up specifically to separate these men from allegations of fraud. Secondly, Benjamin Bauer at Fennemore Craig Attorneys held an auction on our Mexican stock while the assets remained in litigation in Mexico leaving its value highly questionable. This Mexican stock sale sham is nothing less than a second separation of fraud in my opinion. The buyer of that stock has been withheld. The casualties and consequences: Matt Mickley, who killed himself as a result of the controversy surrounding this project, was a friend and a hardworking family man. Diamond, Freedman and Fennemore Craig whom perpetrated this fraud, have blood on their hands, in my opinion. They should all be ashamed. Mickley will never be able to participate in restitution. In my opinion after knowing Diamond for 11 years The Diamond’s Children Hospital sign is an embarrassment for duped Tucsonans. Bernie Madoff and Lance Armstrong are not monuments for our children.

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Our track record: Our proven track record of success led to executed agreements from two governments—Korea and Viet Nam—to develop environmentally-based projects of similar magnitude. Institutions such as New England Mutual Life Insurance and First Nationwide Bank along with numerous private wealth individuals have been key investors and partners of mine over the last 40 years. This article is insulting to my reputation; we delivered as per the PPM. The amount of money with which we worked: The article states that $21 million was raised from investors. The combined funding was approximately $18.3 million, all of which was spent in accordance with the information stated in the Private Placement Memorandum, (PPM), provided to— and signed by—every investor. The PPM stipulated that the first offering was not for construction but for an interest reserve pay-back, brokerage fees, legal, engineering, land planners, consultants and years of overhead for obtaining entitlements and other requisites. This is a nominal amount to design a city on 72 square miles with development estimates in excess of $25 billion and to deliver a building construction permit on a first phase. The second PPM: The second PPM was for construction as stated, yet was halted as a result of title disputes. Construction however did commence contrary to article. The permit was paid and issued by the State of Sonora and the property was staked in accordance with our engineered specifications. Earthmoving equipment was purchased. At one point the development was ahead of schedule and under budget. Secondly, the well-recognized global recession halted most every development around the world. Such a risk was properly disclosed within the PPM. Interest rates: Comparing interest rate today to that of nine years ago is misleading in the article. The interest rate provided at 10 percent matched the range of the standard of norms for development projects at that time and stage of development. Deed of trust: Conclusive statements made in the article that the investor have “lost their money” is not correct. A first deed of trust for $25 million is in place and offers a guarantee to investors that their investment is secure, even if they have not received interest. The outcome of this security remains in the courts. Personal investment: I have been personally funding the continuation of these many years of legal fees and overhead.

Investor communication: Communication access has never left the project’s web site as erroneously stated in the article. Investors have received responses to every phone call or email within 24 hours. This was a common article misrepresentation investors have let me know. Investors settlement: The article implies that a settlement was reached of $582,000 with the lawsuit to Rockingham. No settlement was ever made. The legal defense funds were demanded and paid by Diamond and Freedman to quiet actions to protect them and not Rockingham and its investors. Diamond and Freedman were the ones responsible for the fraudulent title transfers and not Rockingham. Loss of our records: Accounting and record keeping was impeccable under the guidance of Robert Chernick. Responsibility to make payments for storage of Rockingham records was rested by Mr. Freedman, who never fulfilled his word. The reporter failed to confirm with prior employees that fact and implies that it was our fault. There was no better way to destroy the records and to destroy investment evidence and deflect the malady back onto Rockingham. First American Title Insurance: First American Title, our insurer was notified in accordance with our policy to represent us as the insured. They refused to support any necessary legal defense in the United States to protect us and subsequently filed a law suit against us as the insured. Diamond was contacted even as late as last month and continues to refuse to support the litigation with First American to the benefit of the REIT investors. Litigation between the insured and First American is ongoing. Accountability: Foremost, I represent the face of a $25 million mortgage with about 200 accredited investors who have experienced a broad range of hardship due those mentioned that have misbehaved. I will continue to hold accountable those whom have created that hardship. Mexico remains a great place to invest with a 3.9 percent economic growth about twice that of the U.S. and Canada. Ford Motor last year expanded their investment of $1.3 billion in Sonora. Costco, Walmart and an innumerable number of companies continue. I would continue to invest there. Craig Ricketts is the Chairman and CEO of Rockingham Asset Management, LLC.


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Shuttered and Stored BY MARI HERRERAS, mherreras@tucsonweekly.com ure, Yvonne Merrill recognizes that Brichta Elementary School is going to close, but that doesn’t mean she and her neighbors accept it. “The last thing we want to see is the building shuttered,” Merrill says. “For how long?” If the school—which is the centerpiece of her neighborhood west of Silverbell Road—must be closed, the Brichta Neighborhhod Association Volunteer says residents would rather see the building razed and a green space created for everyone to use. If that’s not an option, they want the property put to another productive use. “Maybe a community center, or even an assisted living facility for our seniors,” she said. During a December special meeting, just before Tucson Unified School District students headed into winter break, the governing board voted to close 11 district schools and turn one into a district-run charter school. Despite the desires of neighbors, and parent and teacher concerns, the closure process continues. The next step is preparing other schools to take students from the closed schools in the fall of 2013. As the Weekly goes to press, a series of school meetings continue as the district finalizes boundaries and addresses desegregation requirements for federal court approval. A committee of parents and TUSD representatives from the schools slated for closure and the ones set to receive their students has been studying how the process went the last time the district closed schools, in 2009. A meeting on the boundaries and closure process was to be held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Menlo Park Elementary, one of the schools to be closed, and another meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 28, at Wakefield Middle School, also a target for closure. According to Shaun Brown, a TUSD planning technician working with the closure and boundaries committee, part of the committee’s focus has been how closures were handled three years ago. Both the schools to be closed and those receiving students are communicating about special concerns with particular students, transportation issues and what is needed to make the transition easier. Transferring equipment, such as computers and electronic white boards, from the schools to be closed has become a key issue. Some items, because of how they were funded or due to warranties, can’t be transferred to the receiving schools. Shuttering school buildings will also be discussed at each meeting. The district wants to prevent vandalism that can further damage the properties and degrade the neighborhoods. Brown said

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TUSD’s Brichta Elementary windows will be shuttered when the school closes at the end of the school year. to work with Community Gardens of Tucson so windows will be protected and air-conditioning residents of the neighborhood could have their units will be removed from the buildings. own plots. This is the center of our neighborBrown says the boundary discussions will hood. Can’t we figure out how to make sure it include which blocks, streets and ZIP codes will doesn’t go away?” be added within the boundaries of the schools The potential receiving schools for Brichta receiving students from the closed schools. are a new K-8 school at Maxwell Middle School TUSD governing board member Adelita and Tolson Elementary as K-5. Grijalva, who was appointed president of the Hohokam Middle School is up for closure, board this month, said that once the boundary and it’s potential receiving school is Valencia meetings have concluded, the committee will Middle School. Maxwell Middle School’s potenpresent a plan to the school board. Once the tial receiving schools are Mansfield, Safford, board approves the plan, the district will submit Valencia middle schools, as well a Maxwell itself it to federal court. as a new K-8 and Robins as a K-8. For Menlo Grijalva said she has heard from parents who Park, it’s potential receiving schools are the new still have questions about the open enrollment Maxwell K-8 and Tolson Elementary. For process for those who do not want to send their Wakefield Middle School, potential receiving children to the receiving schools proposed for schools are a new K-8 at Hollinger and Van their current school. Buskirk Elementary. The meetings are “an opportunity to clear the For Fort Lowell/Townsend K-8, a closing air on what’s going to happen from here and school, the potential receiving schools are explaining the next steps,” Grijalva said. Whitmore Elementary and Doolen and Magee However, Merrill, doubts she and her neighmiddle schools. For Schumaker Elementary, bors will ever get a satisfactory answer to one of Bloom and Henry elementary schools are their most pressing concerns: Why Brichta? potential receiving schools. Students at the to“We’re really distressed,” Merrill said. “This is a performing school with an aggressive program be-closed Howenstine High School will be directed to attend their neighborhood high with a wide range of students. This seems like schools. the kind of school TUSD would want to remain The meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24 at Corbett open.” Elementary, a closing school, and on Wednesday, Merrill said many of the neighborhood’s Jan. 30, at Carson Elementary, also a closing elderly residents have been counting on being school, will discuss Carson’s potential receiving able to sell their homes to young families schools, Secrist Middle and Dietz K-8, and attracted to the neighborhood because of the Corbett’s receiving schools, Wheeler Elementary school. “Who is going to want to buy a family with GATE students going to Kellond Elementary. home here now?” she asked. Lyons Elementary closure will also be discussed, Merrill suggested that the Brichta school along with its potential receiving schools, Erickson building be torn down, and the property given and Ford elementary schools. to the city for use as a park. “We were planning

The Obama administration and Congress have plenty to work out on the fiscal front, even if GOP House members seem to be moving away from weaponizing the debt limit (for at least a few months). And the subject of gun regulation is taking center stage in Washington. But right behind those two issues is the sticky question of immigration reform. Democrats want to hang onto Latino voters after more than seven out of 10 voted for Obama in the presidential election, while Republicans recognize that cheering on bills like SB 1070 might be great for stirring up support from the party’s base, but it’s a recipe for disaster in national elections. Congressman Raul Grijalva tells The Skinny that he wants to see immigration legislation that is “comprehensive and not piecemeal,” reflecting concerns that Republicans might want to tackle the issue with a series of bills and leave out one key component: Resolving the status of the millions of people who are now in the country without legal status. “The debate, like gun control, is going to be fierce and intense,” Grijalva said. Grijalva is encouraged that Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is working on a plan that includes a “path to legalization,” but he’s concerned that “many Republican members of the House of Representatives can’t seem to utter those words.” Congressman Ron Barber, a Democrat who has the longest stretch of border with Mexico in his District 2, takes a similar position. Barber says he wants to create “a visa program that allows people to come to this country safely and legally to do the jobs we need them to do because there aren’t people in this country who want those jobs, and then they can go home to their families.” He’d also like to see more H-1B visas so people who come from other counties to get an education in hightech fields can remain in the United States rather than return to their home countries to find work. Barber supports the DREAM Act and wants to a new program that would allow people now in the country illegally to remain here, as long as they paid fines and back taxes and did not have criminal records. “I want to see a sensible, no-amnesty approach to dealing with those people,” Barber says. With all that said, Barber is still leaning hard on the secure-the-border rhetoric, telling The Skinny that he intends to “continue to work to ensure that the people I represent are safe in their homes.” Barber added that during a recent conference call with Cochise county ranchers, he was told “they still feel unsafe on their land. The drug cartels are still crossing through their land.” Barber, who sits on the House

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HANSEN, SCOTT AMONG TUCSON ADFED WINNERS Arizona Daily Star sports columnist Greg Hansen has been named the winner of the American Advertising Federation Tucson’s Golden Pen award. Hansen has long been the most noteworthy figure on the Tucson sports media landscape. Among local sports fans, he’s go-to reading, whether it’s an editorial on the current state of one the UA’s higher-profile athletic programs, a well-crafted feature on a local personality or his popular Sunday Notebook. But in the early days, Hansen figured Tucson was more “go-through” en route to loftier aspirations. “When I came here I thought two years maybe and I’ll leave,” Hansen said. “I had already job-hopped from Salt Lake to Tampa back to Oregon and here. That was the only way you could move up in the journalism business. I thought this could be fun. I could learn some stuff, and then move to a big-time market. But I got lucky because I traveled with UA football and basketball through all those Pac-10 cities and it took me about two years to realize I didn’t want to live in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle or Phoenix. I really appreciated Tucson. Not driving in that gridlock. And then I really liked the community atmosphere here, and the college atmosphere. I covered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for three years and knew right away I didn’t want to be in pro sports. I got lucky and found an only-game-in-town spot like this.” Hansen remains at the top of his game. Over the years, beyond his columns, which consistently offer a unique—and sometimes controversial—take on a subject, his real passion has been to build on his personal interest in the players of Tucson sports lore. It’s the human-interest component that has kept him going. “I’ve been to more than 1,000 UA basketball games, and while I appreciate it, the most enjoyable part of the job is getting to know people through the years,” Hansen said. “That’s been the most rewarding by far. The one thing that struck me in the last 10 years or so is I wanted to be a historian of Tucson sports. I wanted to know about the players and coaches of the past. It’s been fun, and I’ve researched and referenced people as far back as 1912.”

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The Tucson AdFed also recognized the contributions of John C. Scott, the longtime political talk show host whose program airs weekday afternoons on KVOI 1030 AM. “My greatest fear wasn’t not winning a great award like this; my greatest fear was running out of radio stations,” Scott said. “I was always thinking what’s the last station on the rail track. I’ve got a two-year deal with KVOI, and we’ve expanded it to two hours, and it’s one of the highest-rated shows there. I think it’s as much a recognition of what we do as the longevity.” That longevity dates back to the onset of talk radio’s appeal, but Scott crafted a model that involves leasing time from the station and selling ad revenue. He started

the talk portion of his career with KTUC 1400 AM in 1989. That lasted until 1996, when he transitioned to KTKT 990 AM, which changed formats eight years later. “Then KTKT went Spanish,” Scott said. “I remember the GM coming up to me, saying we’re going Spanish tomorrow, and I thought boy, it’s time to get out Rosetta Stone right now.” He found a home at KJLL AM 1330 AM (the station’s call letters are now KWFM) before leaving for his first stint at KVOI in 2008. He then returned to KJLL as general manager in 2009 and negotiated a second stint at KVOI in 2011 after KJLL underwent massive upheaval. As he’s moved from station to station, and as he’s taken the program on the road to destinations as far away as Washington D.C., China, Israel and Vietnam, Scott has kept the behind-the-scenes aspects of the operation a family affair. His son, executive producer Mark Ulm, handles booking duties and gets more guests for the interview-driven program than anyone else in the market. “(He’s) as good at getting people as anyone I know,” Scott said. “Any of the success we have is attributed to getting the right people on the air based upon the day’s current events. When Giffords was shot (on a) Saturday (Jan. 8, 2011), CSPAN chose our show to broadcast on Tuesday. Choosing us to air the drama that was unfolding in Tucson and across the nation was remarkable. Mark put that show together.” Scott’s wife, Amy Hameroff-Ulm, handles the sales side. “She’s billed over $2.5 million since we’ve been doing this. Nobody’s done that. Ever. It’s made money for our great radio partners and us. That’s why it’s been on the air and has been successful,” Scott said. “Here you have the best combination of a damn-good time peddler in the market, and the best producer in the market, and me, who follows whatever is in front of me. “Will anyone say this was pretty good and relevant radio when it’s all said and done?” Scott asked. “Probably. If they don’t, they didn’t listen.” Other Tucson AdFed honorees are Journal Broadcast Group commercial producer Steve Swinehart, the Advertising Professional of the Year; AAF Silver Medal Award winner Art Waller of Waller Advertising; and Sharmon Woods of Southwest University of Visual Arts, who was honored with the Phyllis Ehlinger Women of Excellence Award. This year’s Addy’s ceremony is slated for Feb. 16 at the Leo Rich Theater at the Tucson Convention Center.

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Homeland Security Committee, recently shined attention on a General Accountability Office report that examined what kind of job the U.S. Border Patrol has been doing in recent years. The GAO report asserts that fewer people were trying to cross over into the United States—partially because the U.S. has put more Border Patrol agents (assisted by the National Guard) into the field and partially because the U.S. economy’s slowdown since 2008 has meant that there are fewer job opportunities here for border crossers. But the GAO also concluded (and the Department of Homeland Security agreed) that the Border Patrol does not have a very good system in place to determine the best use of the additional agents that have been put on the ground—or, in government-speak, the Border Patrol “has not identified milestones and time frames for developing and implementing performance goals and measures in accordance with standard practices in program management.” Barber has scheduled a meeting here in Tucson on the GAO report on Border Patrol operations on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Pima Community College East Campus, 8181 E. Irvington Road. “I’m going to be focused on making sure that the money that we’ve given to the Homeland Security Department is spent in the right way to begin to reduce the impact on Southern Arizona from the cartels,” said Barber.

lain-Philippe Durand was a high school student in Aubagne, France, when he first heard the scratches and rhythms on Herbie Hancock’s 1983 album, Future Shock. From that point, his teen years were all about hip-hop culture, including Adidas sneakers, the moon walk and a hip-hop show on French TV that aired five years before the creation of Yo! MTV Raps. The UA French professor says he and his classmates were never the same, and neither was France. Turns out French youth loved this new sound of music and poetry exported from the United States—they’ve loved it so much that France is now the second largest hip-hop market in the world, after the U.S. “There’s a documentary that was on VH1 on the 30th anniversary of hip-hop, and one of the guys being interviewed was talking about scratching. I remember the first time I heard that sound, I stopped right there,” Durand says. “It was like a revelation. I didn’t know what they were talking about, but that beat … it just takes you over. I really loved it.” But Durand had no idea that his new love would propel him to become a hip-hop scholar and one day work at the UA, where he would help direct the school’s Africana Studies program and start its first hip-hop minor. But that’s exactly what’s happened, and the minor was offered for the first time last fall. Before coming to Tucson, Durand taught at the University of Rhode Island for 11 years. While he was putting together a presentation on a multicultural curriculum in Rhode Island, he realized that while his native country is the second-largest market for the medium, not much is written about that French connection. So he wrote a book, Black, Blanc, Beur: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World, published in 2002. From there, Durand says, he realized he could create a class on the history of hip-hop. The freshman-level class looked at U.S. history, starting with slavery and got into the gangster rap of the 1990s. When Durand arrived at the UA in 2010, he signed on to be director of the UA School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Then he became interim director of Africana Studies. He began to meet other UA faculty interested in hip-hop who taught classes in film, religion, dance and theater. He realized there were enough classes and other faculty who shared an interest and specialty in hip-hop that the UA could offer it as a minor. “When you are a professor in France without tenure, there’s no way you could start something like this,” Durand says. “When you talk about

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the American dream, well, this is it. Only in America could this happen.” The minor requires students to take courses on research methodology and everyone is required to take African-American Studies 220. The description of the minor says it “provides students with a solid introduction and broad understanding of the origins and development of the forms of expression that make up hiphop cultures throughout the world: hip-hop dance, rap music, graffiti/tagging, fashion, business, and film. The minor introduces students to the main themes represented in hip-hop cultures: appropriation and defense of spaces, mixing of different cultures, migrations, multilingualism, race, class, gender, religions, sexuality, nationality, politics. … Our view of hip-hop cultures goes beyond the stereotypical gangster and drug cultures to incorporate this expressive medium’s relationships and presences across different academic disciplines such as music, dance, language, religion, gender, culture, history, politics, marketing, fashion and management as well as film, radio, TV and performance studies.” Durand says there could be more hip-hop academic offerings in the future at UA, including a research presence. The UA, he says, is definitely on the map when it comes to hip-hop. But one reminder that hip-hop was part of the academic setting at the UA long before the new minor was established is the class that Alex Nava has taught for the past eight years, Rap, Culture and God, which is offered through the religious studies department. Nava says he grew up in Tucson listening to rap music, and went to the University of Chicago to study religion for his Ph.D. “The University of Chicago is on the South Side and I experienced academic work that often didn’t have a connection with what was happening in the surrounding community,” Nava says. “Sure, on one hand we look at hip-hop from an academic perspective, and of course, we’re going to look at it very critically—poverty, inequality, history of racism and even questions about the lack of spirituality or spiritually in situations of poverty. But perhaps one way of looking at it is that hip-hop can teach academics.” Nava says he has more than 300 students enrolled in his class and often has to turn students away. He figures students think it’s going to be interesting and fun, but when he gets the evaluations he learns they also found the course to be challenging and insightful. “I don’t think many people understand that hip-hop courses are more common than they realize. I believe there are about 300 to 400 hiphop classes taught across the country at other

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Alex Nava’s UA class on Rap, Culture and God is included in the UA’s new hip-hop minor. universities,” Nava says. His class covers everything from sociology to African-American history and music, as well as the importance of Latinos in hip-hop. It also covers spirituality in hip-hop. “Searching for meaning, purpose and belonging, if you look at hip-hop, a lot of artists bring this into their work. But it is different. It’s not like the civil rights generation that was churched. I’d say, spiritual but not religious,” Nava says. Tupac Shakur is one example of a hip-hop artist who, Nava says “was constantly evoking God in his music. Constantly wrestling with God. … Not a simple embrace and not a rejection.” There are also Muslim rappers now and others who’ve been influenced by Islam. To celebrate the new UA minor, the school is hosting The Poetics and Politics of Hip-Hop Cultures, an international symposium on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7 and 8. It includes talks by French and U.S. hip-hop scholars, entertainment by Tucson’s Human Project hip-hop dance company, poetry slams at the UA Poetry Center and the 2010 International DJ Association’s world champion of scratching. Durand says symposium organizers received a $25,000 grant from the UA Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry. Part of the money will be used to bring DJ Odilon to Tucson from Belgium as well as a few poetry slammers from Los Angeles. Durand said he is particularly excited about a lecture by Marcyliena Morgan, founder of the HipHop Archive at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University. For more information and to register for The Poetics and Politics of Hip-Hop Cultures symposium, visit http://hip-hop.arizona.edu/program.

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Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposed 2014 budget, released last week, has a wishlist of new spending. Brewer’s big ticket items: She wants to boost education spending by roughly $110 million this year for teacher training, schoolresources officers and bonuses for schools that improve their test scores, as well as $122 million to pay for new technology and other infrastructure improvements. She wants an additional $65 million for the state’s strapped Child Protective Services Program. She wants $25 million to boost state employee pay and $40 million to pay off some of the state’s debt. “My budget plan for fiscal year 2014 includes a strong focus on our core functions: educating our citizens, protecting our children, caring for our most vulnerable and modernizing state business,” Brewer said in a prepared statement. “Fulfilling these priorities will strengthen Arizona’s position as a global competitor, and make Arizona a better place in which to work, live and raise our families.” Brewer’s budget triggered a cautious response from Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin, who released a joint statement saying they’d had a “productive” meeting with Brewer and her budget staff.

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A woman became enraged when a deputy refused to arrest her father’s ex-maid for theft and threatened to hold a one-person sit-in at Sheriff’s Department headquarters, according to a Pima County Sheriff’s Department report. A deputy met with the elderly father, who reported that his former maid came to his house about 2:30 a.m. that morning and requested a co-payment for a visit to a doctor. The man said she was at his house for about 10 minutes and that he gave her no money and went back to sleep. But when he awoke, he noticed that his wallet—containing his credit cards and about $400—was missing from the bedroom. The man told the deputy he didn’t recall the maid wandering around his house. He said he lived alone, but his daughter visited him monthly. When the deputy told the daughter about the incident, she immediately became irate and told the deputy to arrest the former maid “now.” When the deputy explained that evidence was necessary in order to charge someone with a crime, the daughter again demanded that the ex-maid be arrested. She said that deputies were “not doing (their) job” and that they “needed to go out and arrest this woman now and stop this.” She ignored the deputy’s advice to get a restraining order against the maid and threatened to stage a sit-in in the parking lot of Sheriff’s Department headquarters as well as contact the media unless “something was done.” The deputy told her to contact the Sheriff’s Department once she had evidence of the ex-maid’s guilt.

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A University of Arizona student standing outside the Student Union and holding a sign that said “Homo Sex is a Sin” claimed he was assaulted, a UA Police Department report said. The student told officers that while he was holding the sign, he was approached from behind by an unknown male who ripped the sign from his hands and ran off with it. The student said he chased the sign stealer and managed to retrieve his sign intact. He also told UA police that the man who stole the sign had scissors with him that could have been used to cut up the sign or attack the student. The student said he would pursue criminal charges if the sign thief was found. Police found no witnesses to the incident.

Help From Hackers s we note Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration, which happened to fall upon Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year, it’s worth noting that Obama’s presidency has been, at once, the most technologically conscious presidential administration and the one that has done the most to attack those attempting to share information. From Reddit founder Jason Swartz to whistleblower Bradley Manning to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to hacktivism collective Anonymous, the government has been doing its damndest to shut down anyone who is spreading information en masse to the Internet. Looking at Manning in particular, the release of the July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike video was damning evidence that our military had not only killed Reuters photojournalists and unarmed citizens in firing upon insurgents, but covered up and blocked investigations into the deaths of those journalists. Swartz, who was found to have hanged himself recently, was charged with 13 counts relating to downloading roughly 4 million academic journal articles from the digital library JSTOR. The charges would have led to a maximum of 35 years in prison; given the Justice Department’s insistence on pursuing the charges against Swartz (despite JSTOR choosing to release 4.5 million documents to the public for free). Admittedly, hackers are not all angels—some are, at best, honorable whistleblowers, exposing injustices that absolutely need to be righted; some are Robin Hood wannabes, acting out fantasies of righting injustice as revenge for perceived personal wrongs brought against them. No one involved in these instances is as pure as the fallen snow. But the fact that the Manning and Swartz cases are instances of throwing the book at people as hard and viciously as possible in order to make examples out of them is bordering on despicable. No amount of Tweets, Facebook posts and online petition sites will make that ok.

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The statement noted that Republicans have shrunk state government spending and built up a “rainyday” fund for unexpected financial bumps. “Our hope is that the final enacted budget will replicate the success we have implemented thus far,” the statement continued. “There is clear evidence that the conservative approach to state funding is the proper way to bring our state back to full economic recovery. The members of our two bodies look forward to working with the governor in order to resume the continued success these measures have had for the people of our great state.”

hese might just be the golden days for Raytheon Missile Systems. In November, the defense industry giant scored $18.4 million in U.S. Air Force contracts, and unveiled a new plant in Huntsville, Ala. Just months earlier, it also saw Pima County taxpayers procure 382 acres from land speculator Don Diamond at a cool $5.9 million. The barren parcel will become a safety buffer for Raytheon’s plant here, off Old Nogales Highway near Tucson International Airport. Then there’s the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee, which is now chewing over whether it should ask citizens to spend another $197 million in southside road projects, mostly to benefit the missile maker. However, this latest strategy has revealed a schism in the ranks, namely from committee member Brian Flagg. In his day job, Flagg manages South Tucson’s Casa Maria Soup Kitchen. And he has trouble reconciling the hungry faces he sees each morning with spending millions of taxpayer dollars to boost a booming missile maker. He points to new U.S. Census Bureau data ranking Tucson as the nation’s sixth-poorest metropolitan area, with an unemployment rate steadily lingering around 9 percent. When this matter was broached at a Jan. 18 committee meeting, says Flagg, “it got quite a response from a whole lot of people from across the spectrum who wanted to discuss it.” To him, the notion that Raytheon might abandon Tucson if taxpayers don’t pony up is more baloney than he serves in lunch-time sandwiches. “It’s just guys on the top using the whole notion of economic development to enrich themselves,” he says. “My point is, economic development for whom? For the whole community, including the 20 to 25 percent who live in poverty? Probably the same percent lives just above the poverty level. Taking care of Raytheon … at best it trickles down on the bottom 50 percent. But I want economic development to be more than trickledown economics.” A call to Raytheon spokesman John Patterson for comment was not returned at press time. But Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, who assembled the $197 million project as part of a broader economic development plan, downplays Flagg’s defiance. While conceding to a “minor division on the bond committee,” he calls the package crucial. “When you look at coupling the airport environs with the (UA’s) Science and Tech park— which is what this roadway does—you really have 40,000 employees that go between those two facilities,” he says.

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Huckelberry describes efforts to court Raytheon as a shifting approach to prosperity. “Four or five years ago, economic development focused on going out and stealing somebody’s employees to relocate them in Tucson,” he says. “There was not a great deal of attention to protecting our base. But Raytheon is the single largest employer in Southern Arizona. We need to protect those 11,000 jobs at Raytheon and not let them diminish.” That mission crystallized in 2010 when, citing a lack of expansion space in Tucson, Raytheon instead picked Huntsville for its new, 300-employee plant that company president Taylor Lawrence called “the most advanced missile integration facility in the world.” The following spring, Huckelberry and Pima County District 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson flew to Huntsville for a little confab with Raytheon officials. “It was a learning experience,” Bronson says. “Huntsville consistently scored on these military contracts. We wanted to learn what they doing right and hopefully take lessons from that.” Their takeaway message: Huntsville consistently sweetened the pot through tax breaks and incentives. To Bronson, that meant Pima county needed to do the same, by making life easier for the plant here at home. For instance, “We learned that Raytheon needs that (safety) buffer if they were going to get any new contracts or keep current contracts,” she says. “And they needed a secure entrance to the facility.” Huckelberry likewise returned from Huntsville with the conviction that pumping money into a “tech corridor” around Raytheon was critical. Ergo the $197 million in taxpayerfunded road improvements around Tucson’s Raytheon complex. Indeed, he found the project so essential that he pulled an end-run around the Bond Advisory Committee, and in November took his development package straight to the Pima County Board of Supervisors for their preemptive approval. To some observers, it appeared that Huckelberry was attempting to muscle his measure through, since bond projects are normally only forwarded to the supervisors following a committee recommendation. Still, bond committee chairman Larry Hecker, a Bronson appointee, suggests that Huckelberry’s maneuvering was no big deal. “I wouldn’t characterize it as unorthodox,” he says. “The process followed by the bond committee is the same no matter how (a proposal) comes to us.” ´ But to District 5 Supervisor Richard Elias, tinkering with the established process is dicey, especially since Pima County’s bond process

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Brian Flagg: “It’s just guys on the top using the whole notion of economic development to enrich themselves.” recently underwent a nasty, politically driven ´ says audit at the behest of Gov. Jan Brewer. Elias the soon-to-be-released audit report gives the county high marks because of its clean system for selecting bond projects. “The audit says we’re doing things right. So why are we changing it? It says we’re doing what we said we were going to do, and those folks who accused us of being cheaters and liars were wrong. This speaks very well of our bond program, and that process is important because it’s what fueling a lot of voter support. If you’re bullshitting people, people aren’t going to vote for it.” ´ was among the supervisors ultiWhile Elias mately giving Huckelberry’s plan a thumbs-up, he hints that his vote came with reservations. “The problem is size,” he says. “If we’re talking about a total (bond) package of $700 or $800 million, that’s taking $200 million out of it right off the top. There are a lot of community needs. …Where do you draw the line between economic need and community development?” To Bronson, however, the impetus is clear. “Raytheon has the ability to move,” she says, dismissing critics who contend that the company can afford its own improvement projects. “I don’t agree that they have deep pockets. And they’ll have even less deep pockets when defense cuts come through.” So what exactly are the fortunes of the giant armaments company? According to analysts, a report due this month could show a drop in Raytheon’s fourth-quarter profits to $1.30 per share, down from $1.74 per share a year ago. But market watchers also predict yearly earnings of $5.54 per share, with revenues projected at $24.39 billion. Brian Flagg has a hard time dredging up tears for a company with those kind of numbers. And he believes most locals feel the same. “The bond needs to win the votes of Tucsonans,” he says, “and I don’t think I’m out of the mainstream on this.”

A POTENTIAL BUDGET SNAG The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled last week that GOP lawmakers violated the Voter Protection Act when they failed to increase school funding to account for inflation in recent years. “Without question, the Legislature faces substantial challenges in preparing the state budget, particularly during difficult economic circumstances,” Judge Michael J. Brown wrote in the ruling. “But our constitution does not permit the legislature to chance the meaning of voter-approved statutes by shifting funds to meet other budgeting priorities.” The decision overturns a Maricopa County Superior Court decision that concluded the Legislature did not have to increase funding to keep pace with inflation. The inflation funding was included as part of a proposition that created a .6-cent per dollar sales tax to support education. Voters passed Prop 301 in 2000. Attorney Tim Hogan, who led the lawsuit against the state, called the ruling “a terrific decision.” “The court upheld the will of the voters, who approved this required inflationary funding,” said Hogan, executive director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest. “Giving some vitality to the Voter Protection Act is important. And this is a significant amount of money, too.” Hogan said the decision to not increase funding to keep up with inflation cost the schools more than $80 million this year. But he added that, from his reading of the appeal, the state would not be obligated to provide that funding in this fiscal year; instead, if the decision is upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court, the Legislature will have to provide the inflation-related funding in future years. Attorney General Tom Horne is expected to appeal the decision, but if it holds up, lawmakers will have to dig into that surplus to provide the funding. By Jim Nintzel Find early and late-breaking Skinny at The Range, our daily dispatch at daily. tucsonweekly.com JANUARY 24–30, 2013

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We have to change the product we have to offer. Our streets need to be fixed. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to get TUSD off the front page. Wherever you stand on TUSD issues, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not here to say Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on one side or the other, but like SB 1070, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grabbed the headlines. When many companies and many individuals talk about Tucson, the TUSD topic surfaces and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generally unfavorable for the city, just as when 1070 surfaced, it was unfavorable publicity and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying very hard to turn around the image of Arizona with a much more progressive, comprehensive approach to immigration. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping that TUSD can settle its matters so that the future publicity about TUSD is positive. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lay this one all on TUSD, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a workforce problem here. We need to upgrade our education in this state and certainly in this community. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t graduate one out of four of our high-school seniors. Somebody who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t graduate probably, sooner or later, ends up on the social rolls in some capacity. So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to graduate kids who have a running shot at earning a living for themselves. Right now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not doing a very good job of that. And if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to attract the 21st-century jobs, the biotech jobs, the high-tech jobs that everybody is talking about, we have to build a city that keeps more of this treasure that we have at the UA. We educate kids from all over the world here and then they go somewhere else to work. That workforce is here, but we have to have the jobs for it. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a

Tucson Metro Chamber CEO Mike Varney: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to get TUSD off the front page.â&#x20AC;? chicken-and-egg kind of thing. What are we doing right? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got political leaders in the townships and now we have a political leader in (Tucson Mayor) Jonathan Rothschild and the county administrator, Chuck Huckelberry, who are paying very close attention to our economic future. So the cast of characters has changed in a favorable way. The townships have had a history of being very probusiness and willing to grab opportunities that come their way. That kind of thinking has now permeated City Hall and the county. We have the tech parkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a fantastic facility. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got room to grow. Bruce Wright is doing a terrific job with that, as well as the bio park, which he also oversees. When that bio park is filled out, there is no question that Tucson will be a high-tech cluster for technology and biomedical research and development. The opportunities to create more trade with Mexico are bigger than any of us can define. You collaborated recently with Huckelberry on a Joint Business Objectives agreement. There are critics who complain the county is anti-business. Is that a legitimate perception? There are a lot of perceptions that the county isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as welcoming to business. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had people tell me that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel they have an ally when they go to the county to conduct their business. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had enough of that. And frankly, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard the same thing about the city, too. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken steps to address thatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;steps of good communication and heightened awareness and making some positive suggestions for change. The Joint Business Objectives agreement is a list of 10 things that the county commits to do for the business communi-

ty. It has to do with their processes, their communications, their attitudes and so forth. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been sincere that they want to make those things work. At the same time, we know that there are times that the county is doing its job and the person in the private sector isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t getting things done the way they should be done. So we asked the county, what are the top 10 things you expect from the business community? And the county put together its list. So if the private sector does what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supposed to do and the county does what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stated it will do, business should be a lot easier to conduct. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on a similar agreement with the city of Tucson. How important is downtown to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future and do you think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moving on the right track? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enormously important, as it is to every city. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a metro area of a million people and we should have a downtown that is a magnet. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where we should find our arts, our culture, our entertainment, our restaurants. There should be that downtown hub of excitement and culture and arts that every decent-sized city should have. I think the changes that have been made to the composition of the Rio Nuevo board have been steps in the right direction. I think the mayor and the city have had very productive discussions as of late over the Rio Nuevo matters. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tremendously contentious, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tremendously complicated, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tremendously expensive. I really am hopeful theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the verge of an agreement. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already a lot of small business coming into downtown. I really am hopeful that if we get some iconic developments with some big frames down there, that it will spur even more interest for companies to come down there.


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The game of soccer is all about making connections. • The right pass, to the right player, at the right place and time. Put all those together and the result is brilliant and poetic. • Getting a professional sports vortex like Tucson to buy into soccer—or any game, for that matter—as an economyboosting entertainment option requires making a similar number of connections, though in a much less picturesque fashion. • Sometimes it starts with a phone call, a conversation or an email. Soon it’s discovered that you, the rabid soccer fan, are not alone in this community, which has seen both minorleague baseball and major-league spring training pack up and leave, not to mention countless failed attempts at getting other pro sports teams to take root here. • You find there’s plenty of interest, plenty of desire and, most important, quite a bit of willingness to take a chance on making the beautiful game a permanent fixture here. • “Soccer has always been there, under the radar,” says Chris Keeney, a co-owner of pro club FC Tucson and one of a handful of people spearheading the push to make Tucson a soccer mecca. “I think people, especially in Tucson, are ready to buy into something they can call their own.” Keeney is a recent transplant to Tucson, having come here from Houston, where he worked in marketing and public relations for the NFL’s Houston Texans. Prior to that, he spent time in the front office of three different Major League Soccer teams, and he considers Tucson a ripe market for soccer growth. • “From an outsider’s point of view, I think Tucson is highly undervalued, highly underused,” he said. • Keeney is speaking purely on observation, having not experienced how Tucson has seen spring training bail to the north, and how not one but two (after this summer) minor league baseball teams have jumped ship. He also wasn’t here to witness the very short-lived tenures of teams competing in minor league hockey, pro volleyball and several incarnations of pro soccer.

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But all of that was before connections started getting made here. The series of conversations, messages and meetings over the past three years has led to the upcoming monthlong exhibition of pro soccer at, of all places, a facility built solely for this region’s interest in baseball. This Saturday afternoon, Jan. 26, Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium will host a “friendly” match between the national teams from Canada and Denmark. It will be the first-ever international match played in Tucson, and it kicks off a stretch of 18 matches in 29 days at the Kino Sports Complex involving national teams, MLS clubs and minor league club FC Tucson. Known as Tucson SoccerFest, the four-week event will serve as Pima County’s coming-out party as a pro soccer destination. If things go right, there’s also the chance of MLS naming the Tucson area as its western hub for preseason training. “It’s not an official title, but (Tucson) is the only place being looked at,” said Nelson Rodriguez, MLS’ executive vice president of competition. “The league is working towards establishing certain locales to be officially part of MLS. As soon as this year’s events … culminate, we will engage both Tucson and Pima County in continued discussions. We’re very pleased with where the situation resides at the present.” It’s a far cry from where things began: a chat between Greg Foster (a local attorney), FC Tucson head coach and co-owner Rick Schantz and Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham in 2010 about what could be done to improve the region’s sports appeal. The three self-professed footie junkies wondered whether Tucson could ever be known for soccer beyond its well-received annual youth mega-tournament, the Fort Lowell Shootout, which blanketed the city’s fields last weekend. Foster had prior experience making something from nothing, having petitioned Salpointe Catholic High School to add soccer as a varsity sport in 1981. Salpointe has since developed the most successful prep program in state history. FC Tucson—run by the collective of Foster, Schantz, general manager Jon Pearlman and Keeney—was formed in late 2010 with hopes of playing in 2011, but Foster said there was a strong desire to do more than just have a local pro team. As fate would have it, the Tucsonans learned that the MLS club Sporting Kansas City was planning to do some preseason training at a city park in Phoenix. Willing to take a risk, Foster said he and his cohorts floated the idea

of Sporting KC playing an exhibition match in Tucson, possibly against a makeshift version of what would become FC Tucson. The next thing they knew, Sporting KC had agreed to the match and also offered to bring along another MLS club, the New York Red Bulls—with its international star Thierry Henry. Cunningham then used his city connections to secure Hi Corbett Field. And with the addition of the Phoenix-based minor league club Arizona Sahuaro, a four-team event was suddenly on the books for March 2011. The marquee matchup, between KC and New York, drew a sellout crowd of 10,097 to watch soccer on a field that had previously been used only for baseball. Had there been more seats, Foster said, they would have been filled. “There was a line of fans wrapped around the stadium that couldn’t get in,” Foster said. “Once we realized we could do that … MLS took notice.” Armed with the support of the Tucson City Council, thanks to a unanimous vote in June 2011, FC Tucson folks were ready to approach

Move Over Textbooks. Classroom Technology Has Taken Over. MLS about entering into a commitment for more preseason games in Tucson. But word then came from Cunningham that a deal was soon to be struck to turn Hi Corbett into the University of Arizona baseball team’s permanent home, taking away the best available site for MLS. Foster said he tried to hold off talking to MLS “until at least the fall” so he would have a better idea of where matches could be played, but a proactive Rodriguez flew to Tucson in summer 2011 to tour the community. “He was very impressed (with the city), but then he said, ‘I haven’t seen a soccer field,’” Foster recalled. “He challenged us to make it happen in Tucson.” Rodriguez said he wasn’t making demands of Tucson. “I was merely making an observation. What we seek as a league are good partners. There are plenty of opportunities for us to cut a good deal, but we need partners that are willing

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FC Tucson SoccerFest schedule All matches at Kino Memorial Stadium, 2500 East Ajo Way Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m.: Canada vs. Denmark with the Danish Performance Team presenting a half-time show. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 11 a.m.: Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m.: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m: FC Tucson vs. Sporting Kansas City Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.: Houston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids Friday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m.: Sporting Kansas City vs. Portland Timbers Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m.: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Colorado Rapids Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m.: Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m.: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers Friday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m.: FC Tucson vs. Portland Timbers

The Desert Diamond Cup Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m.: New England Revolution vs. Sounders FC Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.: New York Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m.: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake Saturday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.: New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m.: Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.: Seattle Sounders FC vs. New York Red Bulls Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m.: The third-place team vs. the fourth-place team Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.: The first-place team vs. the second-place team Ticket information available at FCTucson.com.

Other events: VelociPrints: On the Pitch An art show at Borderlands Brewery (119 E. Toole Ave.) featuring soccer-themed prints starting at $40. For more info, visit facebook.com/events/412875445440520. Saturday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.

Soka Afrika Screening A screening of a film about two young African soccer players dreaming of the opportunity to play the game at the highest level. Fox Tucson Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. Sunday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m.

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to grow with us, that are patient, good to work with. We feel really good about what the folks in Tucson and Pima County have been able to accomplish.â&#x20AC;? Enter the county, which, thanks to the exodus of the Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks from Kino, found itself with many well-manicured but rarely used ball fields. Work needed to be done to convert the fields for soccer use, but with the county looking for ways to increase its soccer field supply, a deal was quickly struck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better to have more (field) options,â&#x20AC;? Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to have a number of entertainment options, and those interests need to be diverse. With the (MLS success), it became kind of an awakening. People basically said, well maybe this is something we ought to stress to try and get visitors to Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to replace the economic loss from baseball.â&#x20AC;? The north fields of Kino Sports Complex were temporarily converted to soccer in 2011, enabling FC Tucson and the county to go back to MLS with a plan for more preseason games in 2012. The results were far better than anyone could have imagined: Nine MLS teams committed to play games here, including four in what would eventually be called the Desert Diamond Cup. Among the DDC participants were the Los Angeles Galaxy and their bigger-than-humanity star, David Beckham, meaning Tucson would play host to two of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous athletes in the same week. Tiger Woods was at

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the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana. The Desert Diamond Cup matches were held at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, which has now become known as much for football and soccer events as for the baseball games it was built for. Four doubleheaders drew a combined 30,000 fans, enabling FC Tucson to write â&#x20AC;&#x153;a very large check to the countyâ&#x20AC;? last year as part of a revenue-sharing agreement, Foster said. The MLS preseason success served as a springboard for FC Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first season in the Premier Development League, a lower rung on U.S. Soccerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ladder of leagues. FC Tucson finished second in its division and reached the playoffs, and in December was named the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rookie Franchise of the Year. By then FC Tucson had secured another roster of MLS teams to play preseason friendlies in 2013 on the north fields, which the Pima County Board of Supervisors had unanimously approved converting to permanent soccer use. The lineup for the 2013 Desert Diamond Cup was set as well, with Henry and the Red Bulls returning for the third straight year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The local team is demonstrating their own growth,â&#x20AC;? Rodriguez, the MLS executive, said of FC Tucson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our preseason event is nice, but I think the growth in (soccer interest in) the region is demonstrable. That is a secondary responsibility of our league.â&#x20AC;? Seeing how well Tucson had received pro soccer, the promotional arm of MLS, Soccer United Marketing, managed to line up an international friendly between Canada and Denmark to be played in Kino Stadium. The game serves as a warm-up for Denmark before it hosts Mexico in Glendale on Jan. 30, part of both of those clubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; training for 2014 World Cup qualifying. While Tucson SoccerFest will showcase some of the best talent to be found in this country, those working behind the scenes say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not satisfied with just putting on games. Partnerships continue to form to provide other forms of soccer entertainment, such as viewing parties at the Playground Bar & Lounge for international competitions, screenings of soccer-themed films at the Fox Theatre and other off-the-field events. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s developing almost in the way San Diegoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comic-Con morphed from a small convention for comic book fans into a must-attend happening for the whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who of the fanboy culture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think what drives soccer here is the local soccer culture,â&#x20AC;? Foster said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to work if we impose some sort of corporate structure on the town. Soccer is happening now in America. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only going to succeed if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a connection to the community.â&#x20AC;? Of course, SoccerFest also coincides with the Tucson areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busiest time of the year for big-ticket entertainment options. The gem and mineral shows have already begun to invade us, with tents popping up in parking lots all over downtown and parts of the Kino Sports Complex. And both the rodeo and the Accenture match play take place during the tail end of the Desert Diamond Cup. Thousands of tourists will be in town for those events, which makes it the best time to start up another option, Huckelberry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our most successful venue out there at the Kino Sports Complex is the gem show, and hav-


ing soccer fans concurrently there is beneficial to everyone,â&#x20AC;? he said. Foster said the competition from other events provides an â&#x20AC;&#x153;interesting tension,â&#x20AC;? though it also enabled the Desert Diamond Cup to secure television coverage of its title game, thanks to the presence of an NBC TV crew already here for the match play. Cable station NBC Sports is scheduled to air the championship game. Once Tucson SoccerFest is completed, MLS and FC Tucson hope to iron out a long-term deal to keep preseason competition in town. Such a deal will likely be contingent on the continued improvement and enhancement of Kinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s north fields. Beyond just revamping them for permanent soccer use, a de facto stadiumâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with seating for up to 3,000 as well as a press boxâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is scheduled to be finished by October, while FC Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home field this season will have bleacher seating for between 1,000 and 1,500 fans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to continue to make those investments that are necessary in order to improve the north complex as a training complex,â&#x20AC;? Huckelberry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helps satisfy the diverse recreational needs for the community.â&#x20AC;? If the Tucson area continues to support soccer, Rodriguez sees no reason why MLS cannot continue to train here. The proximity to northern Mexico is a plus, he said, as is an abundance of young people who have grown up alongside MLS, which was formed as part of the deal to get the 1994 World Cup in the U.S. It begins its 18th season in March. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because the league is now 18 years old, there is an entire population of children that has grown up with MLS,â&#x20AC;? Rodriguez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For

them it is very much on par with the NBA and Major League Baseball. We know weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not on par, economically, with those leagues. But my son, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12 years old. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know life without MLS.â&#x20AC;? Current interest aside, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still unknown whether the work being done now will be enough to reverse Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poor reputation for supporting anything sports-related that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have â&#x20AC;&#x153;University of Arizonaâ&#x20AC;? attached to it. The Tucson Padres are set to move to El Paso in 2014, making them the second minor league baseball team to skip town. Other failures include a pair of minor league hockey teamsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; including one, the Tucson Scorch, that folded as its players were getting on a bus to head to their first gameâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and even a few soccer teams. But Keaton Koch, president of FC Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support group, the Cactus Pricks, believes this soccer team will be different because of both the backing of MLS and the overall makeup of a soccer season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just going to take time, like everything,â&#x20AC;? said Koch, a Pima Community College student who heads the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 80-member fan gang. They wear matching shirts and scarves, sit together and do chants during any and all pro soccer matches in Tucson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just in our third year MLS has labeled Tucson as the western hub. Imagine after 10 years what is going to happen here? â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I think the biggest key is the (length of) the season,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have 30 or 40 or 60 games. Only two or three times a month do you need to come to a game. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why soccer will succeed in Tucson.â&#x20AC;?

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JANUARY 24-30, 2013 OUR TOP PICKS OF WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO DO IT BY MEGAN MERRIMAC, KYLE MITTAN AND STEPHANIE CASANOVA

Getting a Grip on the Human Genome

PICK OF THE WEEK

How furthering our understanding of the human genome can help improve many aspects of our lives is the topic of Genomics Now, a new series of lectures at the UA. A deeper knowledge “will allow us to figure out what are the causes of diseases, what we will need to do to be able to feed the billions of people that we expect will be on this Earth in the next 50 to 100 years and how … it is that we got here through the process of evolution,” said Dr. Fernando Martinez, who delivers the first lecture in the series, “Are Genes the Software of Life?” on Jan. 30. Martinez, a scientist and physician, is director of the Arizona Respiratory Center at the University of Arizona. In his Centennial Hall lecture, Martinez will briefly explain the human genome and clarify the false notion that we operate like software. “People tend to think of the series of DNA as the software of life, and that we work like a computer or like a machine,” Martinez said. “We have some evidence of what a machine is about but we are very, very different from machines.” way to inform the public He hopes his audiof the latest findings in ence will gain an underscientific research, and standing that there are the topics being dismany factors that concussed in the scientific tribute to who we are in community, said Elliot addition to our genetic Cheu, associate dean in composition. the college. Cheu said Martinez compares the series has become our genomic makeup to increasingly popular and a whiteboard in a classhe expects the genome room. He explained that lectures to continue the there is a specific portion trend. prewritten for us by our He anticipates filling parents before we enter Centennial Hall, and the the world, but there are college has set up a room several environmental for the expected overflow factors that add to the in the nearby Social data on the whiteboard Sciences building, where as we progress through the lectures will broadlife. cast live. “We’re not just a piece “The first year we had of whiteboard which the a line going from environment is writing Centennial Hall, all the on, but we’re not speciway down Park Avenue, fied at the start. We’re all the way to Sixth both,” he said. “That’s Street,” Cheu said. what makes life so differAttendance, however, ent to anything else that’s isn’t the only measure of on the face of the Earth.” Fernando Martinez is the first lecturer in the Genetic Now series. success, Cheu said. “The real purpose of the lecture series is to demMartinez began exploring the genome because of his first passion onstrate to our local community the relevance of what we do at the in life, finding a cure for asthma. university. “We do all this wonderful research and we really need “My first remembrance in my life … was of my mother, who had people to understand how relevant what we do is to their daily lives.” very serious asthma, having a very significant asthma attack,” he said. The Genomics Now lecture series runs Wednesdays from Jan. “I decided that, one day, I was going to cure asthma.” 30 to March 6 at Centennial Hall on the campus of the University Although he has not yet been successful in curing asthma, he of Arizona. All lectures are free. For more information, visit the believes he has found a way to get closer through considering “the UA Science Lecture Series website, http://cos.arizona.edu/connecway in which our genes somehow develop this dialogue with the tions/genomics-now. environment we live in and we either become healthy or not healthy,” Megan Merrimac he said. mailbag@tucsonweekly.com The College of Science’s lecture series, which began in 2006, is a

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SPECIAL EVENTS German Engineers Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race Continues through Sunday, March 31 Arizona Health Sciences Library, Tucson Campus 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 626-6143; http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/ online/deadlymedicine

An exhibit on display at the Arizona Health Sciences Library aims to illustrate the medical side of the Holocaust, focusing on the attempts by Nazi Germany to genetically sterilize much of Europe’s population. The traveling exhibit, entitled Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and features scans of artifacts, documents and photos to retell the story of German scientists who turned to eugenics to create what they believed to be the perfect race. A useful tool in medical ethics education, the exhibit shows how the Holocaust became possible at the time, said Susan Bachrach, the exhibit’s curator. Dr. Ron Grant, director for the University of Arizona’s program in medical humanities, said he recognizes the value of the exhibit on a number of levels as someone who has done work in Holocaust education, taking Jewish youth on trips to Israel. “Holocaust education, I believe, is important just as a reminder of man’s worse face of humanity,” Grant said. “… More specifically, for physicians, we live by the Hippocratic oath and we’re supposed to practice a certain type of medicine, and I think sometimes we become complacent in our own jobs about ethical issues.” The exhibit is currently open at the library, and an opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. As an addition to the exhibit, the library is hosting a lecture by Dr. Norman Fost, director for the University of Wisconsin’s program in bioethics on Feb. 11 at noon. The exhibit is open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. —K.M.


Far left: Dancers in Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure Left: A scene from The Spectacular Now.

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Drawing Your Own Adventure

Sundance Comes to Tucson

UApresents annual Children’s Festival

Sundance Film Festival USA screening of The Spectacular Now with director James Ponsoldt

Uncovering the Latin Unknown

Sunday, Jan. 27 Children’s Festival: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Hubbard Street 2: 4 p.m. Centennial Hall 1020 E. University Blvd. 621- 3341; www.uapresents.org

Children will be greeted with giant cardboard cutouts of houses waiting to be colored and drawn on at this year’s Children’s Festival in the patio of Centennial Hall. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson is the theme of the fifth annual Children’s Festival put on by UApresents. The book and the performance later that evening are about a boy who, with his oversized purple crayon, draws himself an adventure. Families can enjoy various activities, from face painting to making beads with Beads of Courage to interacting with animals at a petting zoo. A Japanese taiko group will exhibit drums and let children play them. The group will also perform at the festival. Sarah K. Smith who organized the event will be reading Harold and the Purple Crayon live. Smith said she loves the “sea of people” that attend the event every year and loves to watch the children and families interact with local artists. “That’s one of my favorite things is doing the book reading and getting to see all these kids wide-eyed, you know absorbing this awesome story and watching their minds creating these new worlds,” Smith said. After the three-hour festival, Hubbard Street 2 from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will perform Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure in Centennial Hall. “They’re going to get to see this wonderful children’s book come to life through dance and movement,” Smith said. The Children’s Festival is free. Tickets to Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure range from $10 to $25. —S.C.

Fourth International Latin American Music Symposium

7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31

Thursday, Jan. 24 through Saturday, Jan. 26

The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

Stevie Eller Dance Theatre 1713 E. University Blvd.

795-7777; loftcinema.com

621-1655; www.music.arizona.edu

If you couldn’t make the trip up to north to catch this year’s Sundance Film Festival, The Loft Cinema is bringing a piece of it to Tucson. The theater will hold a screening of The Spectacular Now, complete with a question-and-answer session after the show with the film’s director James Ponsoldt and actress Brie Larson, who has starred in films such as 21 Jump Street and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The screening is part of Sundance Film Festival USA, an expansion of the festival that gives local theaters in 10 cities across the nation the chance to screen a film. This will be the Loft’s second year participating after screening Goats last year. The film itself is a comedic drama adapted from Tim Tharp’s novel, and was most recently nominated for the festival’s Grand Jury Prize in the drama category. The story follows Miles Teller’s character Sutter Keely, a senior in high school slipping into alcoholism, as he’s drawn to a new girl after experiencing a break up. Writers include Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter, the pair that wrote (500) Days of Summer. While this isn’t The Loft’s first time collaborating with Sundance, Jeff Yanc, the theater’s program director, said that having the event could lead to bigger things for art in Tucson. “Our hope is that this will bring recognition to the Tucson arts community,” Yanc said. “It indicates that we have a good film exhibition community here.” The screening will likely draw a large crowd, Yanc said, adding that last year’s screening completely sold out. Prospective attendees are advised to buy their tickets as early as possible. Admission to the screening is $15. —K.M.

A four-day music symposium intends to expose Latin American music to the UA community through a combination of lectures, discussions, workshops and concerts. The Fourth International Symposium on Latin American Music is intended to answer questions about what it means to perform Latin American music. “Should composers be writing music that represents their nation? Should it be representing a more cosmopolitan view? When players outside of Latin America play this music should they take into account Latin American identities or should they play it in their own way?” said Janet Sturman, professor at the UA School of Music, referring to some of the questions that will be discussed at the events. The symposium will feature an opening concert and a special closing ceremony where The Villancicos of Antonio Bartolome Remacha, an Arizona choir, will be performing choral and orchestral music that was once performed in cathedrals in Mexico. Sturman will also be directing Friday evening’s performance by El Duo la Africana en Tucson at the Stevie Eller Theatre. The performance is a zarzuela, a combination of dialogue, music and dance. The zarzuela will combine works from a Spanish composer and from Latin American zarzuelas, responses to the original Spanish music zarzuela. “There’s always something really magical about how the group of performers works together to make the production happen,” Sturman said. Full event tickets are $20, individual evening performances range from $5 to $9. —S.C.

David F. Brown, “Sweep.” (cropped) 2012, oil on canvas, 60 x 47 3/4 inches A reception for David F. Brown: Life Boat takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, at Temple Gallery, 330 S. Scott Ave. The exhibition continues through Tuesday, Feb. 26. Call 622-2823, or e-mail info@ethertongallery.com for more information.

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TQ&A Jeik Ficker

KATE NEWTON

Tucson’s Tanline Silkscreen Printing (2610 N. Stone Ave. and tanlineprinting.com), expanded its artistic offerings in October by doubling as a live music venue. The studio’s grand opening show drew an audience of more than 200 and its doors are always open to artists and musicians looking to show off their work ... and maybe get some free stickers in the process. We spoke with owner Jeik Ficker about Tanline’s schedule for 2013, the local music scene and the perks of printing. Kate Newton, mailbag@tucsonweekly.com

What inspired you to incorporate live music and the studio into your shop? I’ve always had shows at my house, and now it’s just done commercially, in a commercial building. I don’t know, I’ve always printed where I lived, and liked having shows whenever there’s bands coming through town. … I don’t know where the name Tanline Studios came from. Someone made that on Facebook and I just went with it. But the company’s Tanline Printing, and we mainly just screen-print out of here. But I figure we have the extra room, we throw shows and between all my friends, we know a lot of touring friends that need places to play. And it’s all ages. When did you guys have your first official show? It was Oct. 27. It was our Tanline Studio grand opening, and it was just a big party. We had some of our friends play, we had Golden Boots play, Happiness Machine, the Wanda Junes, Treasure Mammal. ... We didn’t get the cops called, so we figured we could just have more shows. I don’t know. So we’ll see how far it goes. The all-ages thing is a little hard to do, I mean, it’s the way it is I guess. I can’t refuse anyone. Are you a musician as well? Yeah. And I screen-print, so having bands around is nice because I can make stickers for them, I can make shirts for them, whatever. Stay the night, get me drunk and I’ll print you some stuff! 22 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

What do you have planned for upcoming shows? The next show here is Feb. 7. That’s it so far, and then ... we want to plan another party for early February, early March. We were going to do it Feb. 2, but there’s another party in Phoenix that I want to go to ... so ... (laughs). We just like to play music, and I love to screenprint. We deal with a lot of different artists in town. We also have the vending machines at Che’s and Congress, so we’re just trying to support the art community as much as possible. Do you change out the art in the vending machines often? If there’s something new in there I usually put it in the front, but now that it’s the beginning of the year we’re going to revamp it. At Che’s, the three artists that are the big sellers are Rich Rogowski, Donovan White and Danny Martin. They’re all going to have their own front, and design their own front. So it’s gonna be a plethora of their designs. That’s the great thing about them being only 50 cents, you can just try. Do you represent mostly local artists? Yeah, mostly Tucson. I just have people send me art all the time. Pretty much with the vending machines now I run a deal that if you send me an image, and I like it, I’ll print it and give you 20 stickers and 80 will go in the vending machine, so you get 20 free stickers for just send-

ing me a design. So hopefully one day I’ll just have an email account of random designs and every time I print them I’ll just give them to the person. We’ll see what happens in the next year and a half. What’s your favorite part of the creative process in both printing and music? I stopped playing music for like five years, and started playing again like a year and a half ago. I went and worked at a shop and learned how to screen-print. I screen-printed like 60 hours a week, and that was my school. I guess my main motivation is not having to go work for someone ... I work for tons of different people and they’re my friends, most of them are my friends, so it’s just nice having customers that are your friends. What is it about Tanline that brings a different feel to the music scene? It’s kind of like Solar Culture where you can BYOB, so it appeals to everyone because you can be underage and see the music, and be of age and be drinking. Just be responsible is the biggest thing. Whenever someone makes an event page for a show here, they always put “Be respectful to the place!” What was your favorite Tucson show that didn’t happen at Tanline? I guess when I first moved here I was at the roller derby and Bob Log III played. I didn’t even know he was playing, and I was like, hell yeah! That’s probably my most memorable, but there’s so many good shows.

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EVENTS THIS WEEK AMERICAN INDIAN EXPOSITION Quality Inn Flamingo. 1300 N. Stone Ave. 770-1910. An exhibit of crafts and other items for sale opens Sunday, Jan. 27, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 17. Entertainment, food and blessings also are featured. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; free. Call 622-4900 for more information. AUSTRALIA DAY Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Celebrate Australia’s national holiday and its connection to Arizona with lectures, a plant tour, Australian music featuring the didgeridoo, and an international Vegemite cook-off that is open to anyone; $13, $12 for students, seniors and military, $4 ages 4 to 12, free for younger children. Visit tucsonbotanical.org for more information. CATS, COZIES AND COOKIES Clues Unlimited. 3146 E. Fort Lowell Road. 326-8533. Phoenix veterinarian Kristen Nelson reads from her book Covered in Fur, and Tucson artist Deb Bagoy Skinner offers one-of-a-kind hand-painted sweatshirts with portraits of guests’ pets at a benefit for PAWSitively Cats No-Kill Shelter from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26. Teas, cat poems, cat cookies, rafffle baskets and book prizes are also featured. FORT LOWELL ENCAMPMENT: ARIZONA’S MILITARY EXPERIENCE Fort Lowell Park. 2900 N. Craycroft Road. Reenactors present historical military displays and demonstrations of weapons, uniforms and equipment from the Civil War nd the Indian Wars, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27; free. Medical displays and an amputation demonstration also are featured. ROBERT BURNS NIGHT Z Mansion. 288 N. Church Ave. 623-4889. A traditional Scottish Robert Burns supper, including a reading of Burns’ poetry, takes place from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25; $40. Music, satire, wit, wisdom and toasts also are promised. Kilts are encouraged. Reservations are requested. Call 909-7299, or visit tucsoncelticfestival. org for reservations or more information. UNSUNG HEROES DINNER Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. 7000 N. Resort Drive. 299-2020. A banquet and silent auction celebrate the Tucson Police Foundation, at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; $150. Call 201-2878, or visit tucsonpolicefoundation. org for tickets and more information.

OUT OF TOWN COWBOY AND COWGIRL ROUNDUP Singing Wind Bookshop. 700 W. Singing Wind Road. Benson. (520) 586-2425. Cowboy poetry, music, Western history, Western music and rope-spinning demonstrations are featured from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27; free, including snacks. Valet parking is available. RIVER OF BIRDS GALA Hilton El Conquistador Resort. 10000 N. Oracle Road. Oro Valley. 544-5000. Arizona Public Media’s Tony Paniagua emcees and Nan and Dick Walden are honored at a dinner and silent auction to benefit Tucson Audubon, from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30; $150. A live raptor free-flight and a keynote presentation by Princeton University professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs David Wilcove, author of No Way Home: The Decline of the World’s Great Animal Migrations, are also featured. Reservations are requested by Tuesday, Jan. 29 Call or visit tucsonaudubon.org for reservations and more info.

UPCOMING PERFORMING AND FINE ARTS FESTIVAL La Encantada. 2905 E. Skyline Drive. 299-3566. Art, metalwork, locally designed fashion, jewelry, kids’ activities, and live music are featured from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3; free. Call 797-3959, or visit laencantadafestival.org for more information. TUCSON GEM, MINERAL AND FOSSIL SHOWCASE The annual Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase, featuring museum-quality exhibits and vendors of gems, minerals, fossils, meteorites, beads, art, jewelry and supplies at nearly 40 locations, opens Saturday, Feb. 2, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 17; free. The gem and mineral show at the Tucson Convention Center opens to the public Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 14 through 17; $10, free for children younger than 15 with a paying adult. Visit visittucson.org for a complete list of shows and locations. WISH UPON A STAR GALA JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa. 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. 792-3500. A gala to benefit the UA Medical Center’s Diamond Children’s and Steele Children’s research center takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Feb. 2; $225. Music is provided by the Walkens. Call 694-1324, or email richelle.litteer@ uahealth.com for tickets and more information.

BULLETIN BOARD EVENTS THIS WEEK ARMCHAIR ADVENTURES Murphy-Wilmot Branch 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, from Jan. 22 through Feb. 19; free. Jan. 22: “1,000 Places to See Before You Die.” Jan. 29: Alaska. Feb. 5: Switzerland. Feb. 12: Rwanda and a Serengeti safari. Feb. 19: England, Edinburgh, France, Belgium and Amsterdam. DANES IN THE DESERT RECEPTION Copenhagen Imports. 3660 E. Fort Lowell Road. 7950316. A reception takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, for Danish Ambassador Peter TaksoeJensen, Danish athletes, Danish clubs and others interested in Danish culture; free. The event includes “A Dane Did It,” a presentation about Danes’ contributions to American culture and history, and a demonstration and samples of Danish pastries with master baker Steve Hashemi of Mona’s Danish Bakery. DENIM DRIVE FOR YOUTH ON THEIR OWN Loop Jean Company. 7047 N. Oracle Road 219-9785. Donations of gently used jeans are sought for Youth on Their Own, through Sunday, Jan. 27. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS Handmaker Jewish Services. 2221 N. Rosemont Ave. 322-7035. Activities for people and their pooches, large and small, take place from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; $25. Presentations cover pet first aid, animal communication and useful herbs. Call 409-4347 for reservations and more information. FOURTH SATURDAY COURTYARD ARTISANS FAIR Old Town Artisans Courtyard. 201 N. Court Ave. 6236024. Tucson artists and craftspeople display and sell their work, and local authors discuss and sign their books, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the fourth Saturday of every month through February; free admission. I DO IN TUCSON BRIDAL SHOW 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. 27; free. Visit idointucson.com for more information. INTRODUCTION TO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Fine-art photographer Vicky Stromee conducts a class from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; $17, $12 for members, includes admission to the gardens. LIGHTNING RUGBY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BINGO Kappy’s Bar and Sandwich Place. 2190 N. Wilmot Road. 296-9500. A benefit for Tucson’s women’s rugby team takes place at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; $10 includes a souvenir cup, bingo cards and a dabber for marking numbers called. Call (480) 204-0232 for more information.


NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK EVENT Salpointe High School. 1545 E. Copper St. 327-6581. Salpointe Catholic High School presents its annual Elizabeth Ann Seton Award for making a difference in education at a breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 28; free. Reservations are requested by Monday, Jan. 222. Call 547-5878 to RSVP. PIMA COUNTY YOUNG REPUBLICAN CLUB Thunder Canyon Brewery. 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. 797-2652. The annual meeting, including election of officers, takes place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24; free. Socializing begins at 6:30 p.m. Email pimayrs@gmail. com for more information. RUMMAGE SALE FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES UN Center/UNICEF Store. 6242 E. Speedway Blvd. 881-7060. Donations of ethnic items, jewelry, books, CDs, small furniture, decor and shoes are sought for a rummage sale to benefit refugees from the civil war in Syria, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2. Donations are collected at the store from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 615-7644 for more information. SAFE ZONE TRAINING UA Student Union Memorial Center. 1303 E. University Blvd. 621-7755. The UA Office of LGBTQA Affairs hosts a general education workshop for allies of the LGBTQA community, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Picacho Room; free. Registration is requested by Tuesday, Jan. 29. Call 626-1996, or email ehkelley@email.arizona.edu to register and for more information. TV DISCUSSION GROUP: THE CLOSER Woods Memorial Branch Library. 3455 N. First Ave. 594-5445. Fans of the TNT cop drama The Closer are sought to watch clips and discuss the appeal of the show’s themes and characters, from 1 to 5 p.m., any Saturday or Sunday, from Saturday, Jan. 26, through Sunday, Feb. 10; free. Call 406-3385 for a reservation. VEGETARIAN SPAGHETTI FOR PEACE First Christian Church. 740 E. Speedway Blvd. 6248695. The Tucson Peace Center, which sponsors the annual Peace Fair, hosts a vegetarian spaghetti dinner and fundraiser at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; $7 requested donation. Call 235-0694, or visit peacecalendar.org for more information.

OUT OF TOWN GREAT DECISIONS Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. An eight-week foreign-policy discussion group encourages thoughtful consideration of global challenges, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., every Monday except Feb. 18; free. Optional briefing books are for sale, but the library has a reference copy. Registration is required; call the library to register. GUIDED TOUR OF THE BARRIO DE TUBAC ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Alice Keene leads a tour of the original adobe buildings and discusses the history of Arizona’s first European settlement, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, every Friday in January. A guided tour of the Spanish-colonial archaeological site where the original Tubac townsite is preserved takes place at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23; $7.50, includes admission to the park. Reservations are suggested. VOLUNTEER TRAINING FOR HISTORIC CANOA RANCH Historic Hacienda de la Canoa. 5375 S. Interstate 19 Frontage Road Green Valley. 877-6004. Volunteer tourguide training takes place from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 29 and 30; from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26; and from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, March 6. Volunteers interpret preserved and restored historic buildings and landscapes, cultural history and natural resources. Reservations are required. Call or email canoaranch@pima.gov to register and for more information.

UPCOMING DANISH SMÖRGÅSBORD Hitchcock Pavilion. 3705 Old Sabino Canyon Road. the Danish Club of Tucson and Danes in the Desert host an event featuring singing and a traditional smörgåsbord meal with beverages, from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2; $30. Visit danesinthedesert.com or email danishcluboftucson@gmail.com for reservations and more information. DIVORCE RECOVERY 1 Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church. 5360 E. Pima St. 325-1114. Trained facilitators lead nonsectarian support groups from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday or Thursday; $60 requested donation, but no one is turned

away. Each course is eight weeks and closes after the second week. A new course starts Tuesday, Feb. 5. Call 495-0704, or visit divorcerecovery.net for more info. SAFE ZONE TRAINING El Portal. 501 N. Highland Ave. 621-6501. The UA Office of LGBTQA Affairs hosts a two-part training for people who want to provide support and a safe environment for members of the LGBTQA community, on Sunday, Feb. 3, in the Saguaro Room; free. A general education workshop takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Anyone who has had a general education workshop may take the Ally Development Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. the same day. Registration is requested by Saturday, Feb. 2. Call 626-1996, or email ehkelley@ email.arizona.edu to register and for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 24-HOUR CRISIS LINE: 624-0348, (800) 553-9387 Wingspan. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. Report a violent or discriminatory action against you or someone you know by calling the 24-hour bilingual crisis line at 6240348 or (800) 553-9387. If it’s an emergency, please first call 911. Services available in English and Spanish. BEAGLE RESCUE Several beagle-adoption events and play dates are scheduled throughout the month. Visit soazbeaglerescue.com for the schedule and to learn more about Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue. BEARS OF THE OLD PUEBLO Bears of the Old Pueblo provides social activities for gay and bi bearish men and their admirers. Check the website to verify dates, times, locations and programs, but newcomers are welcome at all regular activities, including a meeting and potluck from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the second Saturday of every month, at the Ward 6 Council Office, 3202 E. First St.; coffee from 7 to 9 p.m., every Wednesday, at Crave Coffee Bar, 4530 E. Broadway Blvd.; happy hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., every Friday, at Venture-N, 1239 N. Sixth Ave.; Bears Dinner Out, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., every third Thursday, at a location announced in the online calendar and on Facebook; and Bear Burgers from 5 to 7 p.m., on the last Sunday of every month; free admission. Many other activities are scheduled throughout the year and may also be open to guests. Visit botop.com, or follow “Bears of the Old Pueblo” on Facebook for a complete calendar of events. Call 829-0117 to leave messages, or email bop@botop. com for more information. BICAS CRAFTER HOURS BICAS. 44 W. Sixth St. 628-7950. Workshops make useful objects and art projects from recycled materials, from 5 to 8 p.m., every Tuesday; freewill donation. Materials are provided but donations of craft supplies are always welcome. BIKE MAINTENANCE FOR WOMEN AND TRANSGENDER FOLKS BICAS. 44 W. Sixth St. 628-7950. BICAS is open exclusively for women and transgender folks from 4 to 8 p.m., every Monday. Learn bike maintenance, or earn a bike with volunteer labor. Workshops are led by female and trans-identified mechanics. Visit bicas.org. BINGO Water of Life MCC. 3269 N. Mountain Ave. 292-9151. Join in a game of bingo at 6:30 p.m., every Friday; $6 to $20. Call 822-6286 for more information. BRIDGE CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. Adults play bridge from 1 to 4 p.m., every Wednesday; free. Call for more information. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Project for Civil Discourse, a division of the Arizona Humanities Council, solicits videos about improving civility, fostering collaborative problem-solving and improving civic engagement. Entries may be submitted in two categories: high school student, or college student and adult. Visit projectcivildiscourse.com for an entry form and more information. CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: TUCSON CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL Community groups, businesses, religious groups, neighborhood associations and ad hoc groups of five or more volunteers are needed to adopt parks, streets, washes and other public areas on an ongoing basis. Call 7913109, or visit tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org for more information. CHESS CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. All serious chess players are invited from 1 to 5 p.m., every Friday; free. Call for more info. THE COFFEE PARTY Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. Friendly discussions of current

events take place from 1 to 3 p.m., every Tuesday; free. Candidates from all political parties are invited to speak. Call 878-0256 for more information and to arrange a time to speak. COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE Himmel Park. 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. 791-3276. A community drum circle takes place from 3:30 to 6 p.m., every Sunday; free. All are welcome. Call 743-4901, or e-mail cactuscarrie10@gmail.com for more information. CONQUISTADORS TOASTMASTERS CLUB Jewish Community Center. 3800 E. River Road. 2993000. Anyone who wants to conquer fears of public speaking may practice in a supportive environment at 7 p.m., every Wednesday. Email davidmegaw@comcast.net for more information. DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF THE SANTA RITA AREA Green Valley Democratic Headquarters. 260 W. Continental Road. Green Valley. 838-0590. Current events are discussed from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Wednesday; free. Email acalkins10@aol.com, or visit gvdemocrats.org for more information. DESERT CRONES Fellowship Square Villa III. 210 N. Maguire Ave. 8865537. Women older than 50 meet from 1 to 3 p.m., every Thursday except holidays, to enjoy companionship and creativity. Programs include guest speakers, writing workshops and drumming circles. Call 409-3357, or email hobbitmagick@hotmail.com for more information. DIVORCE RECOVERY DROP-IN SUPPORT GROUP Ward 6 City Council Office. 3202 E. First St. 7914601. An open support group for anyone ending a relationship takes place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., every Tuesday; free. DRINKING LIBERALLY The Shanty. 401 E. Ninth St. 623-2664. Liberal and progressive Democrats meet every Wednesday at 6 p.m.; free. The meeting often features special guests. Search for “Drinking Liberally Tucson” on Facebook. EXTREME COUPONING Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. 375 S. Euclid Ave. 628-7223. Cents-off coupons are collected from the Sunday newspaper and Tuesday home mailings to help support the food programs of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. Coupons need not be cut out. They may be delivered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. FARMERS’ MARKETS Alan Ward Downtown Mercado: south lawn of the Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, October through May; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June through September (339-4008). Arivaca Farmers’ Market: 16800 Arivaca Road, Arivaca, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Bear Canyon Open Air Market: northwest corner of Tanque Verde Road and the Catalina Highway, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (982-2645). Bisbee Farmers’ Market: Vista Park in the Warren section, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday (520-227-5060). Community Food Bank: 3003 S. Country Club Road, 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday (622-0525). Corona de Tucson Farmers’ Market: 15921 S. Houghton Road, Vail, 8 a.m. to noon, Friday (870-1106). Douglas Farmers’ Market: Raul Castro Park, between D and E avenues, downtown Douglas, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday (520-805-5938 or 520-805-0086). Downtown Mercado at Maynards: 400 E. Toole Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (339-4008). El Presidio Plaza Park Mercado: 115 N. Church Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday (339-4008). El Pueblo Farmers’ Market: El Pueblo Neighborhood Center parking lot, SW corner of Irvington Road and Sixth Avenue, 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday (882-3304). Elgin Farmers’ Market: KiefJoshua Vineyards, 370 Elgin Road, Elgin, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May through October (520-455-5582). Farmers’ Markets at La Posada Green Valley: 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley, is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday (603-8116). Farmers’ Market at Voyager RV Resort: 8701 S. Kolb Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday (603-8116). Friday Farmers’ Market at Broadway Village: 2926 E. Broadway Blvd., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday (603-8116). Green Valley Village Farmers’ Market: 101 S. La Cañada Drive, Green Valley, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday (490-3315). Marana Farmers’ Market: 13395 N. Marana Main Street, Marana, 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday (882-3313). Metal Arts Village Saturday Morning Market: 3230 N. Dodge Blvd., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday (326-5657). Oracle Farmers’ Market: 2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Road, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday (896-2123). Oro Valley Farmers’ Market: Town Hall at the corner of La Cañada Drive and Naranja Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (882-2157). Plaza Palomino: 2970 N. Swan Road, winter: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; summer: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (plazapalomino.com). Rincon Valley Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market: 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail, winter: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; summer: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (591-2276). St. David Farmers’ Market: St. David High School, 70 E. Patton St., St. David, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May through October (520-221-1074). St. Philip’s Plaza Saturday Farmers’ Market: St. Philip’s Plaza, southeast corner of

River Road and Campbell Avenue, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (603-8116). Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market: Mercado San Agustín, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, 3 to 6 p.m., Thursday, in winter; 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, in spring (622-0525). San Manuel Farmers’ Market: 801 McNab Parkway, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday (520-2122337). Sierra Vista Farmers’ Market: corner of Carmichael Avenue and Willcox Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday; and corner of Charleston Road and Highway 90 bypass, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday (520-678-2638). Sunsites Farmers’ Market: Shadow Mountain Golf Course, 1105 Irene St., Sunsites, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday (520-8261250). Tucson Farmers’ Market: St. Philip’s Plaza, southeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue, winter: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday; summer: 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday (882-2157). Tucson Farmers’ Market at Jesse Owens Park: Jesse Owens Park, 400 S. Sarnoff Drive, winter: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday; summer: 8 a.m. to noon, Friday (918-9811). Tucson’s Green Art and Farmers’ Market: 8995 E. Tanque Verde Road, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (982-2645). Ventana Plaza Farmers’ Market: 5455 N. Kolb Road, 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday (603-8116). FLUXX STUDIO AND GALLERY Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. This nonprofit community space hosts exhibitions, performance art, movie screenings, workshops and special events to increase the visibility and promote the creation of queer arts and culture in Tucson. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help with business, art and production projects. Visit fluxxproductionsstudioandgallery.tumblr.com for more information and details about upcoming events. Email joes@fluxxproductions. com for information about volunteering. FOUNTAIN FLYERS TOASTMASTERS Coco’s Bakery Restaurant. 7250 N. Oracle Road. 7422840. Participants learn and enhance speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment, from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m., Tuesday; free. Call 861-1160 for more information. GAM-ANON MEETING University of Arizona Medical Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 694-0111. A 12-step support group for families and friends of compulsive gamblers meets in dining room No. 2500D at 7 p.m., every Monday; free. Call 570-7879 for more information. GLOBAL CHANT St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church. 3809 E. Third St. 3251001. Group chanting from all spiritual traditions takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday. No musical experience needed. Admission is free. Call 838-4194, or email info@actonwisdom.com for more information. ITALIAN CONVERSATION Beyond Bread. 3026 N. Campbell Ave. 322-9965. All skill levels practice from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., every Tuesday; free. Call 624-9145 for more information. JIGSAW PUZZLE EXCHANGE Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Exchange your jigsaw puzzle for a different one at the Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange display. Parking is free on Saturday, Sunday, evenings or for less than an hour. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday; free. Call 791-4010, or email askalibrarian@pima.gov for more information. MAHJONG Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. Play Mahjong from 1 to 3:30 p.m., each Saturday; free. Call for more information. PIMA COUNCIL ON AGING INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE A volunteer for the Pima Council on Aging provides information and answers questions about support available to seniors for caregiving, meals, housing, legal services and transportation; free: from 10 a.m. to noon, the second Tuesday of every month, at Sahuarita Branch Library, 725 W. Via Rancho Sahuarita; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the second Tuesday of every month, at Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; from 10 a.m. to noon, the second and fourth Wednesday, at Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road; from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the second and last Wednesday, at Quincie Douglas Senior Center, 1575 E. 36th St.; and from 10 a.m. to noon, the third and fourth Wednesday, at Freedom Park Recreation Center, 5000 E. 29th St. For more information, visit pcoa.org. RECYCLING CENTERS Neighborhood drop-off centers are located at Himmel Park, Joaquin Murrieta Park, Mansfield Park, Morris K. Udall Park, Miller-Golf Links Library, Golf Links Sports Park, Kennedy Park, Booth-Fickett Magnet School, Jacobs Park, Tucson Convention Center, Ward 5 Council Office, Patrick K. Hardesty Midtown Multi-Service Center, Himmel Park and the Los Reales Landfill. Visit tucsonrecycles.org, or call 791-5000 for more info.

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SUNDAY FEAST AND FESTIVAL Govindaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Natural Foods Buffet and Boutique. 711 E. Blacklidge Drive. 792-0630. A ceremony consisting of music, chanting and dancing takes place at 6:30 p.m.; free. An eight-course vegetarian feast is served at 7 p.m.; $3. Call or visit govindasoftucson.com for more information. TOASTMASTERS OF UNITY Risky Business. 6866 E. Sunrise Drive. 577-0021. Participants learn the art of public speaking, listening, thinking and leadership in a relaxed, informal and supportive atmosphere, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., every Saturday; free. Call 861-7039, or visit toastmastersofunity.com for more information. TUCSON SINGLETARIANS A social club for singles age 50 and older meets for a variety of weekly activities, a hosted monthly social hour, and happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday. Call 326-9174, or visit tucsonsingletarians. tripod.com for more information. TUCSON SOCIAL SINGLES Singles meet from 5 to 7 p.m., every Friday, at a different location; free. Call 219-4332, or visit tucsonsocialsingles.org for locations and more info. URBAN YARNS Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Knitters and crocheters gather informally from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., each Friday, to work on their own projects, review the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiber-themed books and find inspiration for new projects; free. No instruction is provided. Call 791-4010 for more information. XEROCRAFT: A PLACE TO CREATE Xerocraft. 1301 S. Sixth Ave. 906-0352. Tools and space for creative individuals to materialize their visions are available from 7 to 10 p.m., every Thursday; and from noon to 4 p.m., every Saturday; free. Visit xerocraft.org for more information. YARNIVORES: A CROCHET AND KNITTING MEET-UP GROUP Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library. 530 N. Wilmot Road. 594-5420. A brown-bag dinner and socializing devoted to the yarn arts take place from 6 to 7 p.m., every Thursday; free. Bring dinner and a project.

BUSINESS & FINANCE OUT OF TOWN CAREER MANAGEMENT AND SELF-EMPLOYMENT SKILLS Joyner-Green Valley Branch Library. 601 N. La CaĂąada Drive. Green Valley. 594-5295. Deborah Knox helps participants assess their competence and set goals for career planning or creative retirement, at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; free.

ANNOUNCEMENTS DROP-IN JOB-HELP Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. A computer instructor is available to answer questions and offer help with resume-writing, online jobsearching, email accounts, Internet-searching and more from noon to 3 p.m., every Monday; and from 9 a.m. to noon, every Thursday, in the second-floor Catalina Room; free. Walk-ins are welcome. Call 791-4010, or email askalibrarian@pima.gov to register or for more information.

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IRS SEEKS VOLUNTEERS Volunteers are needed to provide four to five hours a week of free tax-preparation services to low-to-moderateincome residents of Green Valley and the Tucson metropolitan area. No prior experience is needed. Spanishspeaking volunteers are also needed as interpreters. Email taxvolunteer@irs.gov with your contact information to learn more. SCORE BUSINESS COUNSELING Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. Experienced executives give individualized advice about starting or building a business, from 9 a.m. to noon, every Monday and Saturday, by appointment; free. TUCSON PRESIDIO ROTARY CLUB Hotel Tucson City Center. 475 N. Granada Ave. 6232000. Lunch is open to the public at noon every Wednesday; $15. Call 623-2281 for reservations and more information.

FILM EVENTS THIS WEEK 5 BROKEN CAMERAS St. Francis in the Foothills. 4625 E. River Road. 299-9063. An Oscar-nominated documentary about a Palestinian farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nonviolent resistance to actions by the Israeli army screens at 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27; free. Call 299-9063 for more information. FOX TUCSON THEATRE Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. The Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; A Hard Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Night screens at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; and 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27; $5 to $7. Visit foxtucsontheatre.org for tickets and more information. HAYAO MIYAZAKI FESTIVAL Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Newly struck 35mm prints are shown throughout the month of January; $8, $6 Loft member or child younger than 12. Visit loftcinema.com for film times, reservations and a complete list of forthcoming films. Spirited Away: Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 24 through 26. Howlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moving Castle: Sunday through Wednesday, Jan. 27 through 30. MOVIE IN THE PARKING LOT Bookmans. 3733 W. Ina Road. 579-0303. Pee Weeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Big Adventure screens at 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; free. Bring chairs. OUT IN THE DESERT LGBT FILM FESTIVAL The festival opens Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Scottish Rite Temple, 160 S. Scott Ave.; and continues through Sunday, Jan. 27, at Fluxx Studio and Gallery, 414 E. Ninth St. Featured are 164 new LGBT films from the U.S. and 12 other countries. The Black Cat of Tucson, Miss Ajia Simone, is the festival host; and comedian Keith Price of Sirius XM emcees the awards and silent auction at the closing night party, Sunday, Jan. 27. Festival passes are $125, which includes all films and parties; passes are $5 for seniors, military and students with ID. Single-ticket prices are $8. Several other combination packages are available. Visit outinthedesertff. org for titles, schedules, single-ticket prices and details about related events as they are available.

OUT OF TOWN THE RENNAISANCE OF MATA ORTIZ Western National Parks Association. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. A film about the revival of an ancient pottery art form that changed thousands of lives is screened at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29; freewill donation. Proceeds benefit the production of this project.

UPCOMING LOFT CINEMA SPECIAL EVENTS Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. A Sundance Film Festival USA screening of The Spectacular Now, and a meet-and-greet with director James Ponsoldt, take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31; $15. A Fistful of Spaghetti features three classic spaghetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood on Saturday, Feb. 2; $20, $15 for Loft Members, $8 for individual movies. Screenings are A Fistful of Dollars at noon; For a Few Dollars More at 2:10; and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly at 4:50. Visit loftcinema.com for tickets and more information.


GARDENING EVENTS THIS WEEK BUTTERFLY MAGIC Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Walk through a greenhouse full of beautiful and rare butterflies from 11 countries, through Tuesday, April 30. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily; $13, $7.50 ages 4 through 12, $12 students, seniors or military, includes admission to the gardens. DR. BESSEY’S GARDEN PARTY Himmel Branch Library. 1035 N. Treat Ave. 594-5305. Paul Bessey, past president of Gardeners of America, answers questions about gardening, plants and trees, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28; free. GARDENING IN SMALL SPACES Dusenberry River Branch Library. 5605 E. River Road. 594-5345. A representative of the Community Food Bank tells how to grow flowers, herbs and vegetables in small places, from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24; free.

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 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; $15, free for members of the Friends of the UA Arthritis Center. Dr. Esther Sternberg, of the UA Center for Integrative Medicine and the UA College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, gives the keynote speech, “The Science of the Mind-Body Interaction: How Understanding the Brain-Immune Connection Can Help Maintain Wellness.” Other speakers include specialists in limb salvage, orthopedics, osteoporosis, nutrition, sports medicine, transformative touch and heart health. Call 626-5040, or visit www.arthritis.arizona.edu (the www is required) for reservations or more information from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $15, free for members of the Friends of the UA Arthritis Center. REDUCING STRESS THROUGH MEDITATION Himmel Branch Library. 1035 N. Treat Ave. 594-5305. William Smith discusses how meditation can reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration and build harmonious relationships, from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29; free. A brief meditation follows.

LANDSCAPING WITH WATER FEATURES AND POOLS Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 7426455. A workshop covers ways to incorporate sustainability into ecologically sensitive water features that attract beneficial wildlife, at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; $8, $4 members, includes admission to the park.

REVERSING CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE Edna Silva, a cardiac-rehabilitation nurse, and Richard “Richy” Feinberg, a survivor of two heart attacks and quadruple-bypass surgery, present information about how blockages are formed and how coronary artery disease can be prevented, stabilized and reversed, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Northwest YMCA-Pima Community Center, 7770 N. Shannon Road. Call 797-2281 for more information.

MANAGING GARDEN INSECTS NATURALLY Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. UA entomologist Carl Olson discusses how gardeners can create conditions that are more or less inviting to insect inhabitants, from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; $12, $7 members includes admission to the gardens. Visit tucsonbotanical.org.

SENIOR OLYMPICS FESTIVAL Parks and Recreation. 900 S. Randolph Way. A festival promoting active lifestyles among people age 50 and older takes place daily through Sunday, Jan. 27. Many activities are free. Visit tucsonseniorgames.org.

UPCOMING SEED LIBRARY GRAND OPENING Dusenberry River Branch Library. 5605 E. River Road. 594-5345. A celebration of the new seed library begins with family story time at 11 a.m., and continues until 1 p.m. with hands-on crafts and planting activities, on Saturday, Feb. 2; free. WATER HARVESTING Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 7426455. A presentation about active and passive water harvesting takes place at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, in the education Center; $8, $4 for members, includes admission to the park.

ANNOUNCEMENTS PLANT CLINIC WITH PAUL BESSEY AND ASSOCIATES Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Retired UA plant sciences professor Paul Bessey answers questions about plant pests, disease and nutrient deficiencies, from 10 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday, through June 26; $13, $7.50 ages 4 through 12, $12 students, seniors or military personnel, free for younger children, includes admission to the gardens. PLANT LOW-COST TREES FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY Customers of Tucson Electric Power Company qualify for native shade trees to plant within 15 feet of their homes on the west, south or east side. Trees are $8 including delivery. Call 791-3109, or visit tucsonaz.gov/tcb/tft. TOURS OF THE TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. “Exploring Tucson Botanical Gardens” is offered at 10 a.m., every Friday. The “Birds and Gardening Tour” is given at 10 a.m., the first and fourth Wednesday of every month. A “Historical Tour of the Gardens” is given at 10 a.m., and the “Butterfly Walk” is offered at 11 a.m., the third Thursday of every month. Tours are included with admission; $13, $7.50 age 4 through 12, free younger child, $12 student, senior and military personnel. Visit tucsonbotanical.org.

HEALTH EVENTS THIS WEEK INFORMATION FOR SENIORS AND CAREGIVERS Sunrise at River Road. 4975 N. First Ave. 888-8400. Anne Morrison, coordinator of senior services at Tucson Medical Center, presents “Perils of Hospitalization,” at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24; free.

TMC SENIOR SERVICES TALKS TMC Senior Services. 1400 N. Wilmot Road. 3241960. Classes and events are free, but advance registration is required; call 324-4345 to register. Thursday, Jan. 24, from 1 to 2 p.m.: “New to Memory Loss,” discussion. Monday, Jan. 28, from 10 to 11 a.m.: “Vitamins,” discussion; and from 1 to 2:30 p.m.: “Foundations of Wellness: Move Right.” Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 9 to 11 a.m.: “Elder Law: Advance Directives,” attorney Patrice Ryan; and from 2 to 3 p.m., Diabetes Prevention, discussion. Thursday, Jan. 31, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.: “Home Safety and Fall Prevention,” discussion.

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KIDS & FAMILIES EVENTS THIS WEEK ART BY BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF TUCSON Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. An exhibit of art works created by children in six Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, with help from faculty of The Drawing Studio, continues through Thursday, Jan. 31. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday; free. Call 791-4010, or email askalibrarian@pima.gov for more information. FAMILY DAYS UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. An open house for kids and families takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, Feb. 16, March 16 and April 27; free. Poetry Joeys workshops for children ages 4 through 10 take place from 10 to 11 a.m., and the center’s poetry collection is open to youth for writing projects. Other activities include yoga, multilingual story time and Book Club 11+, which features a different title each Family Day. Special guests from community arts organizations lead unique creative activities. Visit poetry. arizona.edu for a schedule. GET OUTSIDE CLUB Staff and volunteers from Ironwood Tree Experience lead an urban nature walk along the Rillito River, at 4:30

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p.m. every Thursday; free. Collecting-jars, binoculars, lizard-catching rods, plant presses, field guides and other equipment are available to participants throughout the walk. Call 319-9868, ext. 7, for more information, including the meeting place. Visit ironwoodtreeexperience.org for more information about the sponsoring organization. GRIFFIN GALLOP 5K ROAD RACE AND ONE-MILE FUN RUN Green Fields Country Day School. 6000 N. Camino de la Tierra. 297-2288. Green Fieldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; athletic program benefits from this event, which starts at 9 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 27. The event features a 5k race, 1-mile fun run, breakfast and awards; $25 5k; $20 fun run. The fee includes a T-shirt. Call visit gallop.greenfields.org for more information. ILL INTENT 2: B-BOY/B-GIRL BATTLE RebelArte Collective (Skrappyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s). 191 E. Toole Ave. 358-4287. Live Djs, vendors and exhibition battles are featured at a two-on-two B-Boy/B-Girl battle for a $600 prize; 4 p.m. doors. Visit rebelartecollective on Facebook for more information. MULTI-GENERATIONAL INTRO TO KINGIAN NONVIOLENCE Western Institute for Leadership Development. 1300 S. Belvedere Ave. 615-2200. A two-day participatory workshop about how to apply Martin Luther Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six principles and steps of nonviolence as a way of life and a powerful strategy for social change takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2 and 3; $20, $10 college student, $5 high school student. Snacks and drinks are provided; participants bring their own lunches. Reservations are requested by Friday, Jan. 25. Call 991-6781, or email nvlp@ cultureofpeacealliance.org for more information. NATURE DISCOVERY PACKS Agua Caliente Regional Park. 12325 E. Roger Road. 877-6000. Explore nature and learn about the diversity of wildlife at the park through self-guided activities and tools included in the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nature packs, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; free. The packs are available to families and youth groups. Reservations are not required. Call 615-7855, or email eeducation@pima.gov for more information. RALPH C. ROMERO BENEFIT CONCERT Flowing Wells High School. 3725 N. Flowing Wells Road. 696-8000. An annual concert honors the memory of Flowing Wells alumnus and UA Dance student Ralph C. Romero Jr., at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25; $5. Proceeds go to a foundation in Romeroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name. Donations for the foundation may be sent to the school in care of Megan Shaffer. TUCSON RIVER OF WORDS YOUTH POETRY AND ART TRAVELING EXHIBIT Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library. 7800 N. Schisler Drive. 594-5200. An exhibit of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poetry and art expressing their understanding of watersheds continues through Thursday, Jan. 31; free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to

UAPRESENTS ANNUAL CHILDRENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FESTIVAL UA Centennial Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 6213364. Interactive arts, crafts, storytelling, science activities, live entertainment and community resources for children and families are featured from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27; free. At 4 p.m., the Hubbard Street 2 production of Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure combines art, literature and dance in the story of a boy who uses a purple crayon to choreograph his adventures; $10 to $20. Call 621-3341, or visit uapresents.org for tickets and more information.

OUT OF TOWN LIVING HISTORY Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Examples of medicinal herbs and plants, and discussions about how curanderas used them to treat illness and wounds, are featured in a living history event from noon to 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25; $5, $2 youth ages 7 through 13, free for younger children, includes admission to the park. OUTDOOR FAMILY DAYS: WILDLIFE AT CIENEGA CREEK Cienega Creek Natural Preserve. 16000 E. Marsh Station Road. Vail. Families learn about the diverse plants and wildlife that make their homes among the mature cottonwood and willow trees, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; free. Reservations are required. Call 615-7855, or email eeducation@pima.gov for reservations and more information.

UPCOMING PUPPETS AMONGUS Puppets Amongus Playhouse. 657 W. St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road. 444-5538. The Silken Thread, in which dragons and mystics relate Chinese legends to celebrate The Year of the Water Snake, is staged at 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2 and 3. Tickets are $8, $6 for children older than 2, and free for younger children. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Visit puppetsamongus.com for more info. SONGS AND STORIES Tucson Community School. 2109 E. Hendrick Drive. 326-9212. Families with young children enjoy song, drama, and storytelling featuring professional storyteller Jordan Hill, Puppets Amongus, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s folk music by Dennis Pepe and Banjo Paul, a book booth, and UA planetary scientist Shane Byrne from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $10, $5 for children, $20 for a family of four. Food and drinks are available. STORIES THAT SOAR Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; original stories come to life in a theatrical production by the Stories That Soar ensemble, at 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 1, at Lineweaver Elementary, 461 S. Bryant Ave.; free. Guests must sign in at the main office. TSO JUST FOR KIDS The Flute Viola Harp Trio presents Pip and the Pirate, the story of graduation day at the pirate academy, at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Oro Valley Town Council

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SPIRITUALITY EVENTS THIS WEEK TONY REDHOUSE NEW YEAR BLESSING Bookmans. 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-9555. Tony Redhouse performs native music and a Navajo healing and blessing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; free.

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ANNUAL BEAT BACK BUFFELGRASS DAY Organizations and inviduals from throughout Tucson organize from 8 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, to remove the invasive fire hazard, buffelgrass, from areas citywide. Call 626-8307 to register and for information about organizations participating and sites in your area.

LEARNING TO MEDITATE Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. Pat and Joe Ambrosic present the benefits of meditation and relaxation activities from 1 to 2:30 p.m., every Saturday, through Feb. 16; free.

OUT OF TOWN ANZA TRAIL HISTORY WALKS TumacĂĄcori National Historical Park. 1891 E. Frontage Road. TumacĂĄcori. 398-2341. National Park Service Ranger Al Watson leads a walk on the Anza Trail and talks about the 1775 expedition to establish San Francisco, at 10:30 a.m., the last Friday of every month through March; $3. The walk covers 4.5 miles to Tubac, and takes about one and one-half hours. HONEY BEE CANYON PARK BIRDING WALK Honey Bee Canyon Park. 13880 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. Oro Valley. 877-6000. A guided bird walk for ages 12 and older leads to Gambelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quail, verdins, gnatcatchers and other birds of the Southwest desert, from 8 to 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 25; free. Reservations are required. Call 615-7855, or email eeducation@pima.gov for more information. PATAGONIA LAKE STATE PARK Patagonia Lake State Park. 400 Patagonia Lake Road. Patagonia. (520) 287-6965. Visitor center hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Avian tours take place on the pontoon boats at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., daily. Pontoon boats depart for the Lake Discovery Tour to the west end of the lake at 11:30 a.m., daily. A twilight pontoon tour takes place just before dark on Saturdays. Each boat trip is $5. Bird walks are held every Monday and Friday at 9 a.m.; walks are about three hours long; free. Park entrance fees are $10 vehicle, $17 non-electric camping sites, $25 electric sites. Visit azstateparks.com for more information. SANTA CRUZ RIVER WALKS TumacĂĄcori National Historical Park. 1891 E. Frontage Road. TumacĂĄcori. 398-2341. A guide leads half-mile walks along a level, unpaved trail through rare habitat for birds and wildlife, at 10:30 a.m., every Wednesday, through April 24; free.

UPCOMING ORACLE STATE PARK REOPENS Oracle State Park. 3820 Wildlife Drive. Oracle. 8962425. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, through Sunday, April 28. Spring activities include guided bird walks and hikes, and tours of the historic Kannally ranch house. Visit azstateparks.com for more information.

SPORTS EVENTS THIS WEEK FC TUCSON Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. 2500 E. Ajo Way. 434-1021. Visit fctucson.com for tickets and more information. Tickets are $10 to $75. Saturday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m.: Canada meets Denmark; the Danish Performance Team presents a half-time show. Tuesday, Jan. 29: at 11 a.m., Colorado plays Portland; at 3 p.m., a Desert Friendly Double Header: San Jose Earthquakes play Houston Dynamo; and 6 p.m.: FC Tucson plays Sporting KC; $15 double-header. Thursday, Jan. 31, 6 p.m.: Houston plays Colorado. PUBLIC COMMENT ON ADOT BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PLAN Feb. 8 is the deadline for submitting comments on ADOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s updated Bicycle and Pedestrian plan. Review the draft final report at azbikeped.org/studyupdate/ documents.asp. Complete the comment form at surveymonkey.com/s/adotbikepedplan. SUNRISE AT OLD TUCSON CROSS COUNTRY TRAIL RUN Old Tucson Studios. 201 S. Kinney Road. 883-0100. A 4-mile cross country trail run takes place on the grounds of Old Tucson Studios starting at 8:15, Sunday, Jan. 27; $20 to $30, free for children younger than 10. Events include four-mile races for men and women, and a one-mile family walk and run. Registration includes a long-sleeve technical shirt (except for children younger than 10), free breakfast, free admission to attractions at Old Tucson Studios, free entry to the Wildlife Museum all day after the race, and one free pass to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum good for the rest of 2013. Visit azroadrunners.org to register and for more information. UA GYMCATS UA McKale Memorial Center. 1721 E. Enke Drive. The UA meets Utah at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25; $8, $5 youth or senior. Visit arizonawildcats.com for more information. UA MENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BASKETBALL UA McKale Memorial Center. 1721 E. Enke Drive. The UA meets UCLA at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24; and USC at 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 26; $20 to $115. Visit arizonawildcats.com/sports for tickets and more info.

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PERFORMING ARTS Chamber Music PLUS’s production of ‘Confidentially, Chaikovski’ also serves as a ‘Waltons’ reunion

Lives in Letters BY SHERILYN FORRESTER, sforrester@tucsonweekly.com he saying goes, “Behind every good man is a good woman.” In the case of composer Piotr Ilich Chaikovski, this was unarguably the case. When Nadejda von Meck heard Chaikovski’s work, she wrote in one of the 1,200 letters the two exchanged that it was “impossible to describe the impression your work made on me, for several days I was as one in a delirium from which I could not emerge.” She became his patron and savior, as he proclaimed: “Without exaggeration I can say that you saved me, that I would surely have gone mad and perished had you not come forward with your friendship and sympathy.” Harry Clark, artistic director of Chamber Music PLUS, who writes scripts that weave together music and the spoken word for the organization’s unusual approach to concerts, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pull some of these extraordinary letters together as the heart of Confidentially, Chaikovski, which will be performed this Sunday. Nor could he pass up the opportunity to ask Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned back to Chamber Music PLUS to lend her talents to reading von Meck’s letters. And while capitalizing on opportunities, how could Clark not extend an invitation to Emmywinning Richard Thomas, with whom Learned had worked for several seasons on the 1970s television series, The Waltons, to lend his talents in voicing Chaikovski’s contributions to this remarkable correspondence? He couldn’t, of course. So the duo of Learned and Thomas will reunite on the stage for the first time since their work on The Waltons. Although this will be Thomas’ first time with Chamber Music PLUS, Clark said he knew of Thomas’ love of music, and he appre-

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ciated that the age difference between Learned and Thomas is similar to that of Chaikovski and von Meck. Cellist Clark and pianist Sandra Schuldmann will perform works by Chaikovski, of course, as well as by Wagner, Saint-Saens and Rachmaninoff, all composers Chaikovski knew. This will be Learned’s third appearance with Chamber Music PLUS. “Michael opened our season here in Tucson nine seasons ago in Sister Mozart,” a work about Mozart’s older sister, Clark said in an email. A few seasons later, she performed Love Letters, as a retiring head librarian of the music division of the Library of Congress reading letters from composers in the library’s collection. “Michael is a brilliant stage actor capable of wonderful emotion stretching from the comic to the very dark. . . Both Sandra (Clark’s wife and artistic associate) and I clicked with her and it’s been fun ever since.” The admiration is mutual. “Harry and Sandra are marvelous people, so it’s always something I look forward to,” Learned said in a telephone interview from her home in Los Angeles. “And Richard and I are very close friends. That’s definitely part of the draw. “I’m not schooled in classical music, but I love it because I grew up with it as a child. I loved ballet as a kid. I used to dance for hours to Swan Lake. My parents always had the concerts on, and the radio was always on to classical music. Then we lived in Austria and we were exposed to opera. I tune in to classical music in my car, but I couldn’t tell you who the composer is.” It’s a different story for theater. “I walk into a theater and I feel like I’m at home,” said Learned, was a stage actress before she was tapped for the part of Olivia Walton. And although she has continued work in television

Michael Learned and film, she loves the stage. After Tucson, Learned heads to Florida and North Carolina, where she will perform in Driving Miss Daisy, a show she does frequently these days. “Usually the parts are most interesting in the theater, but television money is very nice.” Her time on The Waltons has proved to be special. “In retrospect I had a wonderful time, although while I was doing it I didn’t know it. I look back on it now, and first of all, it saved my ass financially because I had no money and I was going through a divorce and had three kids to support, so it was a gift to me in that respect. “It did become a joke after a while. I’d say, ‘I can’t stand another scene where all I do is say, ‘Do you want more coffee, John?’ Or, ‘Do you want more coffee Grandpa?’ So (writer) Earl Hamner, such a beautiful man, and the producers began to have other people pour the coffee. “But there were days when the day just seemed to go on forever. … That’s the hardest part about television and film, the waiting. In the theater you get to run the race from A to Z, and in television it’s stop and start, stop and start.” Learned says she thinks part of The Waltons’ success was that it launched many “firsts.” “We dealt with very major issues in the first five years of the show. But . . . like a lot of shows, it

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went on a little too long. Now heroes of TV dramas are serial killers and rapists. I don’t think The Waltons would go now, unless John Boy was a serial killer,” she says with a laugh. “Really, we were very, very fortunate. We had wonderful producers, great directors, and we are still like family.” Do they keep in touch? “Absolutely! I just talked to Ralph (Waite) yesterday. And the kids and I email all the time. We’re very close.” Learned is excited about the opportunity to work with Thomas, as well as the chance to tackle the Chaikovski correspondence. “It’s difficult to make reading letters interesting unless you’re very familiar with the material. You walk a fine line between overdramatizing the letter and yet making it seem a little more interesting than just reading the letter out loud. That’s the challenge.”

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DANCE EVENTS THIS WEEK BALLROOM WITH A TWIST Tucson Music Hall. 210 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra presents Ballroom with a Twist, a symphonic dance presentation by the creators of Dancing With the Stars at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; and 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27; $26 to $69. Call 8828585 or visit tucsonsymphonyorchestra.org for tickets and more information. NATIONAL DANISH PERFORMANCE TEAM Acrobatics, rhythmic gymnastics, modern dance and artistic vaulting are combined into a performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27, at Pima Community College West Campus Gymnasium, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $12, $10 students, $5 children ages 12 and younger.

ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTRA DANCING First United Methodist Church. 915 E. Fourth St. 6226481. Live music, callers and an alcohol- and smokefree environment are provided for contra dancing at 7 p.m., the first, third and fourth Saturday each month; $8, $7 member of Tucson Friends of Traditional Music, $6 student. An introductory lesson takes place at 6:30 p.m.; dancing begins at 7 p.m. Call 325-1902, or visit tftm.org for more information. FREE TANGO LESSONS AND DANCE Casa Vicente Restaurante Español. 375 S. Stone Ave. 884-5253. A free class for beginners (no partner necessary) takes place from 7 to 8 p.m., each Wednesday; and tango dancing continues from 8 to 10 p.m.; free. Call 245-6158 for information. FREE ZUMBA CLASS Bookmans. 3733 W. Ina Road. 579-0303. Instructor Leslie Lundquist leads a workout for all skill levels, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., every Thursday; free. TUCSON LINDY HOP Armory Park Center. 220 S. Fifth Ave. 791-4865. Lindy-hop lessons take place at 7 p.m., and dancing to a live band follows at 8 p.m., the fourth Saturday of every month; $10. No partner required. Call 990-0834, or visit tucsonlindyhop.org for information.

MUSIC EVENTS THIS WEEK 17TH STREET MUSIC 17th Street Music. 810 E. 17th St. 624-8821, ext. 7147. Larry Armstrong and Copper Moon perform classic and modern country songs from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; free. BONNIE LOHMAN AND MARILYN RYAN Pima County Tucson Women’s Commission. 240 N. Court Ave. 624-8318. Bluegrass performers Bonnie Lohman and Marilyn Ryan perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; $5 suggested donation. Email kgw@ williamsonandyoung.com for more information. CHAMBER MUSIC PLUS Michael Learned and Richard Thomas perform Confidentially, Chaikovski at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd.; $40. Call 400-5439, or visit chambermusicplus. org for reservations and more information. INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC UA Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. 1737 E. University Blvd. 621-4698. “Complexities of Cultural Representation in the Performance of Latin American Music” is the theme of a symposium and performances taking place from Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 24 through 26. Highlights include a Festive Concert of Latin American Music featuring special guests and faculty artists; Merrie Siegel performing flute selections from her CD Flute Music of the Americas, Vol II; John Milbauer performing piano selections from his CD Manuel M. Ponce: The Mazurcas; and a concert by Orquídea Guandique on viola, and Fernando Zúñiga on piano. An original production, Zarzuela: El Duo de La Africana en América, concludes the symposium on Friday evening. Most presentations and performances are free to the public. Call 621-1162 for tickets. Call 621-2998, or visit www.u.arizona.edu/~sturman/CLAM/CLAMhome.html. JOHN SHERER, ORGANIST Northminster Presbyterian Church. 2450 E. Fort Lowell Road. 327-7121. John W. W. Sherer, organist

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and music director at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, performs a concert on the church’s uniquely designed Quimby pipe organ, at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27; free. Call for more information. LAVA MUSIC Abounding Grace Church. 2450 S. Kolb Road. 7473745. Shows are from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday. Jan. 26: BiG WiDE GRiN, songs about peace and love. Visit lavamusic.org for tickets and more information. OLD PUEBLO BRASS BAND Atria Bell Court Garden. 6653 E. Carondelet Drive. 8863600. The Old Pueblo Brass Band, a British-style band with 30 musicians, performs at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25; freewill donation. Email fuegal7@hotmail.com for more information. ST. PHILIP’S IN THE HILLS FRIENDS OF MUSIC CONCERTS St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Organist Woosug Kang performs at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, in the Sanctuary; freewill donation. Visit stphilipstucson.org for more information. TUCSON GUITAR SOCIETY Holsclaw Hall. UA School of Music, 1017 N. Olive Road. 621-1162. Vladimir Gorbach, winner of the 2011 Guitar Foundation of American Competition of Russia, performs at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27; $25, $20 society member, $15 student. A guitar recital takes place at 11 a.m., every Friday while school is in session, UA Museum of Art, 1031 Olive Road; free. Call 342-0022, or visit tucsonguitarsociety.org for reservations and more information. UA SCHOOL OF MUSIC UA School of Music. 1017 N. Olive Road. 621-1655. Concerts are $5 unless otherwise indicated. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m., in Crowder Hall: Part Monk, Part Rascal, the music of Francis Poulenc featuring pianists John Milbauer. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m.: faculty artists Hon-Mei Xiao, viola, and Tannis Gibson, piano, in Holsclaw Hall.

OUT OF TOWN BROWN BAG OPERA Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. The Opera Guild of Southern Arizona presents a preview of the Arizona Opera Company’s upcoming production of Puccini’s Tosca at noon, Friday, Jan. 25; free. Call 289-6145 for more information. SCHOOLHOUSE CONCERT Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Artist-in-residence Ted Ramirez presents multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Gilbert Brown at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; $18, free for children age 14 or younger. Reservations are advised. Call or visit tubacpresidiopark.com for more information.

UPCOMING ARIZONA OPERA Tucson Music Hall. 210 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday. Feb. 2 and 3: Tosca. Visit azopera.com for tickets or more information. ARTIST SERIES DesertView Performing Arts Center. 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. SaddleBrooke. 825-5318. Saturday, Feb. 2: New West, Western songs and comedy. Saturday, Feb. 16: Patrick Murray and Matilda present Jamaican Me Laugh. Performances are at 4 and 7:30 p.m.; $24, $22 advance. Visit tickets/sadlebrooketwo.com for tickets and more information. FOX TUCSON THEATRE Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m.: A Salute to the Blues Brothers, with Mike Yarema, Charlie Hall and the Bad News Blues Band; $15 to $30. Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m.: An Acoustic Evening with the Desert Rose Band, featuring Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, John Jorgenson, Bill Bryson; $23 to $49. Call or visit foxtucsontheatre.org for more information. LEE COULTER Bookmans. 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-9555. Lee Coulter performs at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31; free. Visit leecoulter.com for more information. MUSIC AT DESERTVIEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER DesertView Performing Arts Center. 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. SaddleBrooke. 825-5318. Blues and soul singer Joe Bourne presents a tribute to Lou Rawls at 7:30, Friday, Feb. 1; $27, $24 advance. Visit tickets/ sadlebrooketwo.com for tickets and more information.

ST. PHILIP’S IN THE HILLS FRIENDS OF MUSIC CONCERT St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Guitarist Phil Hemmo and Friends perform a benefit concert in the Bloom Music Center, at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, for St. Philip’s afterschool music program; freewill donation. Visit stphilipstucson.org for more information. STRAIT COUNTRY SaddleBrooke Ranch. 59638 E. Robson Circle Oracle. 818-6403. Strait Country, featuring Kevin Sterner, performs the music of George Strait, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1; $25, $23 advance. Visit tickets. saddlebrooketwo.com for tickets and more information THE LOVE SHOW Westin La Paloma. 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. 742-6000. Elliot Glicksman and David Fitzsimmons co-host “The LOVE Show,” featuring Jeff Haskell and Moisés Paiewonsky producing an evening of love songs by Tucson celebrities accompanied by the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble, at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1; $75, $100 VIP. Visit www.saaca.org/LOVE_Show.html for tickets and more information. TUBAC CENTER OF THE ARTS Tubac Center of the Arts. 9 Plaza Road. Tubac. 3982371. Freund and Gorbachev play piano and balalaika at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1; $20. Visit tubacarts.org for tickets and more information. UAPRESENTS UA Centennial Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 6213364. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1; $15 to $75. Call 621-3341, or visit uapresents.org for tickets and more information.

THEATER OPENING THIS WEEK PASS IT ON: AN EVENING WITH BILL W. AND DR. BOB St. Gregory College Preparatory School. 3231 N. Craycroft Road. 327-6395. A play based on the lives of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous is presented at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26; $20. Proceeds benefit Compass Behavioral Health Care of Tucson and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Call 628-3371 for reservations. READERS THEATER St. Francis Cabrini Church. 3201 E. Presidio Road. 326-7670. Classic comedy skits and comedy plays are read at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27; $10. Proceeds go to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Call 326-4146 for more information. RED BARN THEATRE BARNSTORM PLAYERS AND THE RED BARN CHOIR Red Barn Theatre. 948 N. Main Ave. 622-6973. A musical extravaganza featuring adults and children performning songs from Mary Poppins; a puppet show, Conversations With Handy Andy; a sing-along and snacks starts at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; $5. UAPRESENTS UA Centennial Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 6213364. Saturday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m.: Laughter and Reflection With Carol Burnett; $15 to $125. Call 621-3341, or visit uapresents.org for tickets and more information. WINDING ROAD THEATER ENSEMBLE Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. August: Osage County previews on Thursday, Jan. 24, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 10. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday preview; 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday; $20, $15 preview, $17 student, military, senior or theater artist. Call 401-3626, or visit windingroadtheater.org for more information.

CONTINUING ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4875. Freud’s Last Session, an imaginary conversation between Freud and C.S. Lewis, continues through Saturday, Feb. 9; $35 to $80. Showtimes vary. Call or visit arizonatheatre.org for tickets or more information. THE GASLIGHT THEATRE The Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 8869428. The Lone Stranger, or “Hilarity Rides Again” continues through Sunday, March 31. Showtimes are 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 3 and 7 p.m., Wednesday; 6 and 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 and 6 p.m., Sunday; $17.95, $7.95 child age 12 and younger, $15.95 student, military and senior. Dates and times

vary; additional matinees are available. Visit thegaslighttheatre.com for showtimes, reservations. LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. The Chosen continues through Saturday, Feb. 9. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $18, $16 senior, military or student. Call or visit livetheatreworkshop.org for tickets.

LAST CHANCE RED BARN THEATRE Red Barn Theatre. 948 N. Main Ave. 622-6973. Jeanmarie Simpson stars in a production of Steel Magnolias that closes Sunday, Jan. 27. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday; $10 to $20. Call 887-6239 for tickets and more info.

UPCOMING ARIZONA REPERTORY THEATRE UA Marroney Theatre. 1025 N. Olive Road. 621-1162. Love Song, which features adult themes and language unsuitable for children, opens Sunday, Feb. 3, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 24; $17 to $28. Dates and times vary. Visit tftv.arizona.edu for more information. ARIZONA ROSE THEATRE COMPANY Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4875. The Rainmaker, a love story about a huckster and the farmer’s daughter, opens Saturday, Feb. 2, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 10. Showtimes are 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 and 10; 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8; and 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; $15, $13 senior and military, $8 child younger than 12. Visit arizonarose.cc for tickets. ETCETERA Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. The series Theatrum Orbis Terrarum comprises four original plays by Tucson collaborative Theatre 3. Each play revolves around a traveling family troupe that uses music, storytelling, puppets, masks and beer to engage the audience in the culture of a different geographic region. Audience members share their own stories in the final episode. Performances are at 10:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays. Feb. 1 and 2: Turkey. March 8 and 9: Ireland. April 5 and 6: Japan. April 26

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OPENING THIS WEEK DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN LITTLE GALLERY DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Little Gallery. 6300 N. Swan Road. 299-9191. An exhibit of oil paintings and wood-block prints by Earl Wettstein and Southwestern art by Pam Davidson opens Sunday, Jan. 27, and continues through Friday, Feb. 8. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily; free. LOUIS CARLOS BERNAL GALLERY Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery. PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. 206-6942. Rearranging the Sands, an exhibit that features the work of Joe Dal Pra, Ben McKee and Barbara Penn, and includes the video The Shadows of Men by Jason Stone, opens Monday, Jan. 28, and continues through Friday, March 8. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, a gallery talk takes place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and a reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is closed Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21 and 22. MADARAS GALLERY Madaras Gallery. 3001 E. Skyline Road, Suite 101. 615-3001. An artist’s reception and exhibit of mosaic art by Susan Wechsler takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24; free. Wechsler repeats several of Madaras’ works in mosaic. CONTINUED ON PAGE

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VISUAL ARTS Rancho Linda Vista remains a part of Tucson’s artistic history

The Beauty of the Land BY MARGARET REGAN, mregan@tucsonweekly.com n a sunny morning in 1968, artist George Harkins painted a watercolor of a lush piece of high desert an hour north of Tucson. In the painting, now at The Drawing Studio, thick stands of saguaros, mesquites and agaves cascade down the slopes. A rattlesnake curls up in the sun near some red-roofed cottages and a pair of Gambel’s quails soar overhead. And in between the beater cars, a bearded man—stark naked—gallops full speed ahead on a horse down the hill. This is Rancho Linda Vista, the now legendary artists’ colony, in the year it was founded. In his joyous watercolor, Harkins, an early member, captured the colony’s hippie heyday. In free-spirited RLV, rules were made to be broken—and art was meant to be made. That art would be shaped not only by the fertile desert garden that Harkins painted, but also by the gorgeous north face of the Catalina Mountains looming overhead. During the next 44 years, that ridgeline of the Catalinas would be painted over and over again in works by dozens of Rancho Linda Vista artists. You can see it, for example, in an untitled litho/collage by James G. Davis, also at The Drawing Studio. (It’s one of 15 works in Contemporary Masters of Tucson, a show that traces spheres of influence on the city’s artists.) Davis is a longtime RLVer known for edgy urban work inspired by his long sojourns in Paris and Berlin. This piece, like much of his art, is all sharp angles and uneasy surrealism: a man in a dark room gazes out a window, watching as a woolly mammoth does battle with an elephant. A mysterious woman stands in shadow nearby. But out that big window, Davis has drawn that beautiful craggy line of the Catalinas. Rancho Linda Vista—the Ranch of the Beautiful View—helped trigger what you might call the Tucson Landscape School. The late Bruce McGrew, another early member, here represented by the luminous watercolor “Catalina State Park,” defied ’60s art trends by sitting out in nature and painting what he saw. That newly radical art forced viewers to pay attention to the Earth at a time it had begun to be put at risk. And art-wise, McGrew pioneered a technique of painting that lay somewhere between abstraction and realism. You could see the rocks, mountains and sky in his works, but they were transformed into pure color. Not all the ranch artists were interested in representation. Founder Charles Littler and his wife, Pat Dolan, operating as the environmental art team RUBYLEE, didn’t depict the land-

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scape—they used the actual desert and its plants and soil as elements in their site-specific sculptures and large-scale installations. Inside RLV’s lush patch of desert, they created art literally out of the landscape. But the ranch’s artists were not tied down to Oracle. Like Davis, Andrew Rush, another longtime RLVer, often ventured to Europe, where he made lovely drawings of hills, rivers and stone buildings that he converted into softground etchings. Rush went on to found The Drawing Studio, a downtown art school and gallery now celebrating its 21st year. For Contemporary Masters, The Drawing Studio solicited donations from some of Tucson’s best-known artists; their work will be auctioned off to benefit the nonprofit school. The nicely curated exhibition demonstrates that Rancho Linda Vista was just one of a number of artist-run enterprises that helped shape Tucson art in the past 40 years. Others are Dinnerware Artists Cooperative, The Drawing Studio itself and the UA School of Art, which each year produces a dozen or more freshly minted MFAs. The founders and earliest members of Rancho Linda Vista—Littler, Rush, McGrew and Davis—were all professors of art at the UA. They bought the run-down dude ranch not only because they were captivated by the very ’60s idea of going back to the land. They were also disillusioned with academe, and wanted to re-establish an alternative system for teaching and creating art, Rush said in an interview. Even so, the four profs stuck it out at the UA long enough to teach hundreds or even thousands of students. A number of the show’s artists, including Jim Waid, Nancy Tokar Miller and Cynthia E. Miller, got their MFAs at the UA. All three of these UA grads are influenced by landscape but, like the RLV artists, they approach it in radically different ways. Waid takes the desert’s surrealistic cacti and critters, magnifies them into surreal sizes and paints them in hot, ratcheted-up colors. His “Chelsea #2,” a pastel on paper,” is pure Waid: colored in neon gold, ultramarine, pink and cerulean, its undulating organic shapes could be desert flowers or birds—or maybe the sun breaking over the mountains at dawn. Tokar Miller has lived in Tucson for years, but she rarely paints its landscapes. Instead, the frequent traveler conjures up Asia, Spain, Hawaii in gorgeous semi-abstractions. She paints quickly, in broad strokes of acrylic; her layers of paint are lush but thin, a distinct contrast to Waid’s thick impastos. “Etude No. 7,” is

Untitled, lithograph/collage, cropped, by James G. Davis a small but typical work, an acrylic and pastel Contemporary Masters of Tucson on canvas that suggests sea and sky, but barely. Noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Black calligraphic lines darting across the surSaturday, through Jan. 31 face evoke Asian characters. The Drawing Studio Cynthia Miller delights in multiple media 33 S. Sixth Ave. mixes—oil stick, paint, pastel, glitter. Lately, Free she’s been painting long, horizontal paintings 620-0947; on paper, whose unusual shape mimics www.thedrawingstudio.org Chinese scrolls and whose multiple images Extra: Silent auction of works in the exhibition tend to tell stories. In “Orchid Fever,” all manwill take place at the Paper Ball, a gala fundraiser at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25. Tickets to ner of orchids cascade across the long stretch the gala are $100 and $125. Each gala ticket of paper. On the right, a white orchid is planted holder is eligible to take home a work from a sedately in a pot. But in the middle panel, the companion exhibition of small works on paper. Bidders on the works in the Contemporary orchids have turned into shooting stars, Masters exhibition need not attend the gala. exploding into the black night. Waid and Cynthia Miller were also founders of the old Dinnerware Artists Co-op in 1979. For years, nearly every serious Tucson artist tion of artists. joined Dinnerware, and a stint of several years Her “Reflectore,” is a pure landscape—popat it was a rite of passage. (Poor business deciulated by two birds in mirror image of each sions eventually led to the sale of its Congress other—that goes back to the McGrew practice Street gallery.) of close observation. A lovely plein air paintArtist Betina Fink, interestingly, embodies ing in oil, it pays careful attention to the colall four of the spheres of influence that the ors in the clouds, to the variations in the blues show examines. She lived at Rancho Linda of the sky, to the land turning from leaf- to Vista for years; she got her MFA at the UA; she earth-green. once served as president of Dinnerware; and “Reflectore” returns to the old Rancho now she’s a Drawing Studio teacher and head Linda Vista reverence for the land—and to of the youth program, nurturing a next generathe pure joy to be found in its beauty. JANUARY 24–30, 2013

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THE METAL ARTS VILLAGE Metal Arts Village. 3230 N. Dodge Blvd. 326-5657. Artists’ studios featuring hand-crafted furniture, sculpture, home decor, landscape design, metal, glass, wood and other art are open from 5 to 8 p.m., on the evening of the full moon, Saturday, Jan. 26; free.

ARTSEYE GALLERY ArtsEye Gallery. 3550 E. Grant Road. 325-0260. Landings, an exhibit of work by Stephen Strom and Stu Jenks, continues through Thursday, Feb. 14. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; free. Visit artseye.com.

TOHONO CHUL EXHIBIT HALL Tohono Chul Exhibit Hall. Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Paper: From All Sides, an exhibit of the many characteristics of paper as interpreted by Tucson artists, opens with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, and runs through Sunday, April 21. The Mayan Calendar runs through Saturday, Feb. 9. The Art of the Cosmos, an exhibit of astrophotography and other artworks inspired by the stars, runs through Sunday, March 24. An exhibit of student artwork from the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind continues through Saturday, July 20. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; $8, $6 senior, $5 active military, $4 student with valid ID, $2 ages 5 through 12, free member or child younger than 5, includes admission to the park. Visit tohonochulpark.org for more information.

BENTLEY’S HOUSE OF COFFEE AND TEA Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea. 1730 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-0338. An exhibit of new paintings by Wil Taylor continues through Friday, Feb. 15. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday; free. Call 275-9484, or visit wiltaylor. com for more information.

CONTINUING AKESO THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Akeso Thearapeutic Massage. 4715 N. First Ave. 3495183. Tranquility, an exhibit of art by Christy Olsen, continues through Friday, March 8. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday and Wednesday; and 2 to 7 p.m., Friday. Call 777-1405 for information. AQUA CALIENTE PARK RANCH HOUSE GALLERY Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery. 12325 E. Roger Road. 749-3718. An Arizona Ramble, pastel landscape paintings and ceramic animal sculptures by Elizabeth Manfredi and Lewis Schnellmann, continues through Thursday, Jan. 31. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Call 615-7855 for more info. ARTHRITIS ASSOCIATES Arthritis Associates. 2101 N. Country Club Road, No. 3. 792-1265. An exhibit of oil paintings of horses and donkeys at work in the 19th century continues through

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DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Davis Dominguez Gallery. 154 E. Sixth St. 629-9759. An exhibit of abstract paintings by David Pennington and Amy Metier, and abstract metal sculpture by Steve Murphy, continues through Saturday, Feb. 9. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; free. Call or visit davisdominguez. com for more information. DESERT ARTISANS’ GALLERY Desert Artisans’ Gallery. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-4412. The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Art Gala continues through Sunday, Feb. 3. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday. Visit desertartisansgallery.com. EPIC CAFÉ Epic Café. 745 N. Fourth Ave. 624-6844. Epic Adventure in Art, an exhibit of southwestern designs by Jill Williams, continues through Thursday, Jan. 31. Hours are 6 a.m. to midnight, daily. ETHERTON GALLERY Etherton Gallery. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. Surface Tensions, an exhibit of works by Joel-Peter Witkin, Alice Leora Briggs and Holly Roberts, continues through Saturday, April 6. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and by appointment; free. Visit ethertongallery.com for more information. JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY Joseph Gross Gallery. 1031 N. Olive Road, No. 108. 626-4215. Language of the Land: Popular Culture

Within Indigenous Nations and the New Wave of Artistic Perspectives, featuring the work of Chris Pappan and Ryan Singer, continues through Friday, March 29. An artists’ talk and reception takes place from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Visit cfa.arizona.edu/ galleries for more information. THE JUNXION BAR The JunXion Bar. 63 E Congress, No. 109. 358-3761. The exhibit Dillinger Days: From Gangs of New York to Gotti, featuring images of real-life and movie mobsters, continues through Thursday, Jan. 31. Hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Friday; and noon to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. KRIKAWA JEWELRY DESIGNS Krikawa Jewelry Designs. 4280 N. Campbell Ave., No. 107. 322-6090. A juried exhibition of one-of-a-kind jewelry by Tucson jewelry artists continues through Thursday, Jan. 31. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; free. MARK SUBLETTE MEDICINE MAN GALLERY Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery. 6872 E. Sunrise Drive. 722-7798. Fred Harvey and the American Southwest, an exhibit of paintings by Dennis Ziemienski, continues through Friday, Feb. 15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday. Visit medicinemangallery.com for more info. MESCH, CLARK AND ROTHSCHILD Mesch, Clark and Rothschild. 259 N. Meyer Ave. 6248886. The Artistry of Assemblage, a juried show of 30 pieces by 20 artists, continues through Friday, May 10; free. Hours are by appointment, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call or email ccanton@ mcrazlaw.com for more information.

a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily; $13, $7.50 age 4 through 12, free younger child, $12 student, senior and military personnel, includes admission to the park. Visit tucsonbotanical.org for more information. SHERATON HOTEL AND SUITES Sheraton Hotel and Suites. 5151 E. Grant Road. 3236262. Fall/Winter Fine Art Exhibit, featuring works by members of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild, continues through Sunday, April 7. The exhibit is open 24 hours, daily, on the first and second floors; free. TEMPLE GALLERY Temple Gallery. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 624-7370. David F. Brown: Life Boat continues through Tuesday, Feb. 26. A reception takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Call 622-2823, or e-mail info@ethertongallery.com for more information. TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Tucson International Airport. 7250 S. Tucson Blvd. 573-8100. An exhibit of works by Cima Bozorgmehr, Betina Fink, Katya Micklewight, Barbara Strelke and Dee Transue continues through Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Lower Link Gallery; free. The gallery is open 24 hours every day. TUCSON PIMA ARTS COUNCIL Tucson Pima Arts Council. 100 N. Stone Ave., No. 303. 624-0595. Inner Chambers, an exhibition of works by Lisa Agababian, Jonathan Bell, Elizabeth von Isser and Kyle Johnston, continues through Friday, March 15, in the lobby and No. 109. A reception takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Visit tucsonpimaartscouncil.org for more information.

OBSIDIAN GALLERY Obsidian Gallery. 410 N. Toole Ave., No. 120. 5773598. An exhibit of ceramic sculpture by Thaddeus Erdahl and Hirotsune Tashima continues through Sunday, March 10. Hours are 11 a.m to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. Call or visit obsidian-gallery.com for more information.

UA POETRY CENTER UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. From What I Gather: Works by Karen McAlister Shimoda, continues through Wednesday, May 15. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; free. Call or visit poetrycenter.arizona.edu for more information.

PORTER HALL GALLERY Porter Hall Gallery. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. An exhibit of work by Andra King continues through Wednesday, Feb. 13. Exhibits are included with admission. Hours are 8:30

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH Unitarian Universalist Church. 4831 E. 22nd St. 7481551. Three-Cycle, an exhibit of mixed-media work incorporating recycled materials by Rand Carlson, Barbara Brandel and Sara Spanjers, continues through Sunday,

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Feb. 3. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday through Friday; and and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday; free. ZOË BOUTIQUE Zoë Boutique. 735 N. Fourth Ave. 740-1201. Art and ornaments by a dozen Tucson artists are featured for sale through Thursday, Jan. 31. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday; free admission.

LAST CHANCE CONRAD WILDE GALLERY Conrad Wilde Gallery. 439 N. Sixth Ave., Suite 195. 622-8997. Running Amok, an exhibit of work by five women artists in a range of media, closes Saturday, Jan. 26; free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. COPENHAGEN IMPORTS Copenhagen Imports. 3660 E. Fort Lowell Road. 7950316. Victor Borge – A Smile is the Shortest Distance and Danish Gymnastics in America continue through Sunday, Jan. 27; free. THE DRAWING STUDIO The Drawing Studio. 33 S. Sixth Ave. 620-0947. An exhibit of 200 works on paper and works made with paper, and Contemporary Masters of Tucson, a silent auction, close Friday, Jan. 25. Hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. Talks take place from 7 to 9 p.m.: Friday, Final bids in the silent auction are determined at a party featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres and music at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25; $125, $100 associates. Call for reservations and more information. LIONEL ROMACH GALLERY Lionel Rombach Gallery. 1031 N. Olive Road. 6264215. Adrift: Beirut, an exhibit of work by MFA candidate Michael Fadel inspired by six weeks of immersion study in Lebanon, closes Wednesday, Jan. 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY AND STUDIO Philabaum Glass Gallery and Studio. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. The Ins and Outs, featuring work by Wes Hunting and Bob and Laurie Kliss, closes Saturday, Jan. 26. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. Call or visit philabaumglass.com.

OUT OF TOWN ARIVACA ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR Downtown Arivaca. 17000 W. Arivaca Road. Arivaca. 594-5239. Thirteen artists show their work in nine studios and two galleries from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; $10. Food is available at the Arivaca Community Center as well as local restaurants. Call 591-0852, or email artiststour2013@gmail.com. ARK PASSENGERS AND SOME WHO MISSED THE BOAT Green Valley Village. 101 S. La Cañada Drive. Green Valley. 625-6551. An exhibit of works by local coloredpencil artists closes Wednesday, Jan. 30. Viewing hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., daily; free. BIOSPHERE 2 CENTER Biosphere 2 Center. 32540 S. Biosphere 2 Road. Oracle. 838-6200. The Art of All Possibilities, an interdisciplinary exhibition that relates art to the scientific research, architecture and culture of Biosphere 2, continues through Thursday, Feb. 28; $10 to $20. CELEBRATING FORTY YEARS OF THE ‘ARTIST OF THE YEAR’ AWARD Western National Parks Association. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. A show and sale features lithographs by Western artists who have won the Artist of the Year award conferred by the Friends of Western Art, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; free admission. The 2006 award-winner Buck McCain speaks at 11 a.m.; and 2001 winner Michael Ewing speaks at 2 p.m.; free. Visit wnpa.org. FIBER ARTS FRIDAY Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Fiber-art enthusiasts gather from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the last Friday of every month; $5, $2 ages 7 through 13, free younger child. Bring knitting, crocheting, spinning or quilting for uninterrupted project time hosted by members of the Southwest Fiber Arts Resource Group. MATA ORTIZ POTTERY DEMONSTRATIONS Karchner Caverns. Cochise. (520) 586-2283. Demonstrations take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28; free. SUBWAY GALLERY Subway Gallery. 30 Main St. Bisbee. (520) 432-9143. Animal Art continues through Thursday, Feb. 7. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday; free. Visit subwaygallerybisbee.com for more information

TUBAC PRESIDIO STATE HISTORIC PARK Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Southwestern Vistas, an exhibit of landscape paintings by Tubac artist Walter Blakelock Wilson, continues through Tuesday, April 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; $5, $2 ages 7 through 13, free younger child. WESTERN NATIONAL PARKS ASSOCIATION KIVA GALLERY Western National Parks Association Kiva Gallery. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. Michael McNulty Botanical Photography continues through Thursday, Jan. 31. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; free. The gallery is closed for lectures from noon to 1 p.m., and from 2 to 3 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday. Visit wnpa.org for more info.

UPCOMING CONTRERAS GALLERY Contreras Gallery. 110 E. Sixth St. 398-6557. Rocks, Trees and Water, an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Frank and Owen Rose, opens Saturday, Feb. 2, and continues through Saturday, Feb. 23. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. THE DRAWING STUDIO The Drawing Studio. 33 S. Sixth Ave. 620-0947. Brush Spirit, an exhibit of work prepared by Yoshi Nakano using traditional Japanese media, opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 24; free. Visit thedrawingstudio. org for more information. JOEL D. VALDEZ MAIN LIBRARY Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. In Dreams, an exhibit of mixed media works on paper by Ellen Campbell, opens Friday, Feb. 1, and continues through Thursday, Feb. 28. An artist’s reception is held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday; free. Call 791-4010, or email askalibrarian@pima.gov. PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY AND STUDIO Philabaum Glass Gallery and Studio. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. Cast and Cut, featuring the work of Mark Abildgaard and Michael Joplin, opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, and continues through Saturday, April 13. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. Call or visit philabaumglass.com for more information. VENTANA MEDICAL SYSTEMS GALLERY Ventana Medical Systems Gallery. 1910 E. Innovation Park Drive, Building No. 2. Oro Valley. 887-2155. Plein air works by Judy Nakari, Jane Barton, Lou Knight and Walter Porter are featured at a public reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31. WESTERN NATIONAL PARKS ASSOCIATION Western National Parks Association. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. Exhibits, demonstrations and sales of traditional Native American arts take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on selected Fridays and Saturdays. Feb. 1 and 2: Mata Ortiz pottery and Zapotec rugs. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16: Oaxacan wood-carving and painting. Saturday, March 23: antique California and contemporary baskets. Admission is free. WINTA FRESH Undisputed Gym. 1240 N. Stone Ave. 882-8788. Tucson’s fifth annual Graffiti Expo takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2; $5. The event features a mural incorporating the work of more than 50 Tucson artists, each of whom was allotted a four by eight-foot space. The event was established by Tucson artist Rock Martinez, whose work may be found across the U.S. WOMANKRAFT WomanKraft. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976. Scenes From the Trails We Travel opens with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, and continues through Saturday, March 2. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday; free.

ANNOUNCEMENTS BICAS COMMUNITY ART STUDIO BICAS. 44 W. Sixth St. 628-7950. Community members are invited to use the work space, donated art supplies, tools, sewing machines and recycled bike parts for personal projects, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; free. CALL FOR ARTISTS Tucson Arts Brigade seeks artists to create work on 22-by-30-inch high-quality paper that will be provided. The finished works will be included in a traveling art-

show fundraiser, and auctioned sometime in 2013. Artists receive promotion, plus 30 percent of the auction amount for their work. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 1. Phone 623-2119, email curator@ tucsonartsbrigade.org, or visit tucsonartsbrigade.com for more guidelines and information. CALL FOR ARTISTS WomanKraft. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976. Submissions are sought for several upcoming exhibits. Deadlines are Saturday, Jan. 26, for Scenes From the Trails We Travel, Saturday, Feb. 2, through Saturday, March 30; Saturday, March 23, for Drawing Down the Muse, works by women, Saturday, April 6, through Saturday, May 25; and Saturday, June 22, for It’s All About the Buildings, Saturday, July 6, through Saturday, Aug. 24. Call for more information. CALL FOR CLOTHING DESIGNERS The deadline is Monday, Feb. 11, for applications to participate in Tucson Fashion Week in October. Visit tucsonfashionweek.com for an application; email tucsonfashionweek@gmail.com for more information. CALL TO ARTISTS Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Submissions are sought for the Arizona Biennial 2013. The prospectus goes online Friday, Jan. 25, at tucsonmuseumofart.org; $30 for three works. Entry forms, fees, CDs and videos are due by 4 p.m., Friday, March 22. Guest curator Rene Paul Barilleaux will jury submissions. The exhibit opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 19, and continues through Friday, Sept. 27. Call 624-2333, ext. 125, or email jsasse@ tucsonmuseumofart.org for more information. THE FIBER SHOP Bisbee Community Y. 26 Howell St. Bisbee. (520) 432-3542. Works by members of the Bisbee Fiber Arts Guild are displayed for sale every Friday and Saturday through Friday, March 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; free admission. UNDERGROUND ART GALLERY BICAS. 44 W. Sixth St. 628-7950. A nonprofit gallery showcases hand-crafted art, jewelry and functional objects that reference bicycles or cycling culture or are created from re-purposed bicycle parts, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; free.

MUSEUMS EVENTS THIS WEEK ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM Arizona State Museum. 1013 E. University Blvd. 6216302. Basketry: An Essential Part of Life, an exhibit of paintings illustrating basketry in ritual and everyday life, continues through Thursday, Feb. 28. Basketry Treasured, an exhibit of 500 pieces from the museum’s collection of Southwest American Indian basketry, which is the world’s largest, continues through Saturday, June 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; $5, free youth younger than 18, active-duty military and their families, people with business in the building and everyone for public events. Visit statemuseum.arizona.edu for more information. CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Center for Creative Photography. 1030 N. Olive Road. 621-7968. The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith, 1957 to 1965, a national touring exhibit of more than 200 vintage black and white prints and several hours of rare recordings, continues through Sunday, March 10. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. Photo Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the first Friday of every month, gives the public opportunities to review portfolios of unframed photographs on a different topic each month. Feb. 1: Interiors. March 1: Faith. April 5: Illusion. May 3: Twins. Visit centerforcreativephotography.org for more info. DEADLY MEDICINE Arizona Health Sciences Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 626-7301. Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, an exhibit featuring high-quality scans of artifacts and documents assembled by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, continues through Sunday, March 31, in the library. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday. DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. 6300 N. Swan Road. 299-9191. DeGrazia Watercolors and the annual exhibit The Way of the Cross open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25. The Way of the Cross continues through Monday, April 15. Watercolors runs through Wednesday, July 31. Ted DeGrazia Depicts the Life of Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino: 20 Oil Paintings is on permanent display. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily; free. Call or visit degrazia.org for more information.

THE JEWISH HISTORY MUSEUM The Jewish History Museum. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. The Ketubah Exhibit, an exhibit of wedding apparel dating to the 1600s, continues through Thursday, Feb. 28. The exhibit includes an 18th-century gold-bullion-thread wedding cap, and the gown worn by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at her wedding to Capt. Mark Kelly. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and noon to 3 p.m., Friday; $5, free member. Visit jewishhistorymuseum.org for reservations and more information. MOCA MOCA. 265 S. Church Ave. 624-5019. An exhibit of Peter Young’s large-scale abstract paintings from the 1960s to the present continues through Sunday, March 31. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday; $8, free members, children younger than 17, veterans, active military and public-safety officers, and everyone the first Sunday of each month. Call or visit moca-tucson.org for more information. TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Elements in Western Art: Water, Fire, Air and Earth opens Saturday, Jan. 26, and continues through Friday, June 14. Desert Grasslands, works by 18 artists exhibited as part of the Desert Initiative Project: Desert 1, opens Saturday, Jan. 26, and runs through Sunday, July 7. Art + the Machine opens Saturday, Jan. 26, and continues through Sunday, July 14. Femina: Images of the Feminine From Latin America opens Saturday, Jan. 26, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 14. The traditional holiday exhibit, El Nacimiento, runs through Saturday, June 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday; $10, $8 senior, $5 college student with ID, free age 18 or younger, active military or veteran with ID, and TMA members; free the first Sunday of every month. Visit tucsonmuseumofart.org for more information. UA MUSEUM OF ART UA Museum of Art. 1031 N. Olive Road. 621-7567. In Relief: German Op-Art Ceramics continues through Sunday, Jan. 27. Broken Desert - Land and Sea: Greg Lindquist and Chris McGinnis, part of the UA’s Desert Initiative: Desert 1, exploring human impact on nature, runs through Sunday, March 3. The Samuel H. Kress Collection and the altarpiece from Ciudad Rodrigo are on display until further notice. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; $5, free members, students, children, faculty and staff with ID. Visit artmuseum.arizona. edu for more information. WOMEN POTTERS OF MATA ORTIZ POTTERY EXHIBITION AND JURIED SHOW Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. More than 230 women potters have submitted more than 150 original pieces for a juried competition and sale that opens Saturday, Jan. 26, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 3. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $14.50, $5 ages 4 to 12, includes admission to the museum. Visit desertmuseum.org for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS ARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY DOWNTOWN MUSEUM Arizona Historical Society Downtown Museum. 140 N. Stone Ave. 770-1473. Exhibits depict early Tucson businesses and homes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; $3, $2 senior or age 12 to 18; free younger child, 2-for-1 admission the first Tuesday of every month. Visit arizonahistoricalsociety.org for more information. ARIZONA HISTORY MUSEUM Arizona History Museum. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. The museum focuses on Southern Arizona history from the Spanish colonial through the territorial eras. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; $5, $4 senior or age 12 to 18, free younger child, member, visitor to the library or the store, 2-for-1 admission the first Tuesday every month. Visit arizonahistoricalsociety. org for more information. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM TUCSON Children’s Museum Tucson. 200 S. Sixth Ave. 7929985. Ongoing exhibits include Bodyology, a healthand-wellness exhibit, and Investigation Station, a playful, participatory exhibit about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Unique events for kids take place monthly, and daily programs enrich early-childhood education. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; $8, $6 ages 2 through 18, free younger child, $2 the second Saturday of every month. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Visit childrensmuseumtucson.org for more information.

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LITERATURE EVENTS THIS WEEK THE AUTHOR TALKS Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Bill Broyles and Gayle Hartmann discuss their book Last Water on the Devil’s Highway, a cultural and natural history of Tinajas Altas, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; free. CASA LIBRE EN LA SOLANA Casa Libre en la Solana. 228 N. Fourth Ave. 325-9145. Thursday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., Sueyeun Juliette Lee presents a workshop, “That Forward Trajectory: Poems From the Future”; $40. To register, email casakeepers@casalibre.org or mbuckheit@casalibre.org. A silent art auction of art by Tucson youth takes place from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26. Proceeds benefit World Bicycle Relief; $5 suggested donation. Email jenai.mrl@gmail.com for more information. Visit casalibre.org to register and for more information. CATHY PARK HONG READING UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. Cathy Park Hong reads from her poetry at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24. EVERYDAY POEMS, EVERYDAY SONGS: THE PATH TO POPULISM IN AMERICAN POETRY UA Student Union Memorial Center. 1303 E. University Blvd. 621-7755. The ConfluenceCenter for Creative

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Inquiry hosts Everyday Poems, Everyday Songs, a program featuring the evolution of the American poetic voice and the role of poetry in our lives, at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; free. The program includes baritone Seth Kershisnik performing songs from an all-American song cycle, Another Reason I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House, and former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins reading from his work. Call 621-5137 for more information. POG POETRY READING The Drawing Studio. 33 S. Sixth Ave. 620-0947. New York City poet Barbara Henning and Tucson poet Lisa M. Cole read from their work from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; $5, $3 for students. Call 615-7803 for info. UA POETRY CENTER UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. Selections From the Permanent Collection: Big Books continues through Wednesday, Jan. 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; free. Call or visit poetrycenter.arizona.edu for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS CALL TO SHORT-FICTION WRITERS Entries are due Monday, March 11, for the Kore Press 2013 short-fiction contest. Prizes are $1,000 and publication in a chapbook; $15 entry fee. Visit korepress.org for more information, and use the Kore Press submission manager to enter.

I LOVE BOOKS GROUP TMC Senior Services. 1400 N. Wilmot Road. 3241960. Books with aging as a central theme are discussed from 2 to 4 p.m., the fourth Thursday of every month; free. MURPHY-WILMOT BRANCH LIBRARY BOOK CLUB Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library. 530 N. Wilmot Road. 594-5420. Readers share insights into a variety of fiction and nonfiction at 10 a.m., the fourth Saturday of every month; free. WOODS MEMORIAL LIBRARY BOOK CLUB Woods Memorial Branch Library. 3455 N. First Ave. 594-5445. Adults read and discuss fiction and nonfiction titles at 1 p.m., the fourth Saturday of every month.

LECTURES EVENTS THIS WEEK DANES IN THE DESERT LECTURE SERIES Lectures are free unless otherwise noted. Stig Thornsohn, writer and TV producer, presents “A Dane Did It,” at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, in the PCC West Campus Community Room, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Ambassador Peter Taksoe-Jensen presents “Denmark’s Green Agenda,” from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, at the Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway; $20. Pre-registration is required at

danesinthedesert.com. Ambassador Taksoe-Jensen presents “Denmark’s Global Initiatives and Green Agenda” at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law Ares Auditorium, 1201 E. Speedway. Educator and journalist Mark Mussari presents “Danish Design and Modernism” at noon, Sunday, Jan. 27, at Copenhagen, 3660 E. Fort Lowell Road; and Curt Pederson presents “Maersk, Danish Shipping Giant, and Tucson-Guaymas’ Potential as a Port of Entry” at 12:45 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27, also at Copenhagen. DISTINGUISHED INDIGENOUS SCHOLAR SERIES: PHILIP J. DELORIA Center for Creative Photography. 1030 N. Olive Road. 621-7968. Philip J. Deloria launches this series of 6 p.m., Thursday, lectures on Jan. 24, with a presentation about his father, for whom the series is named: “The Vine Deloria Jr. Autobiography and Other Tales of Mystery and Surprise.” Feb. 21: Oren Lions, of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation, and Professor Emeritus at SUNY Buffalo. March 28: Suzan Harjo, poet, writer, policy advocate and activist. April 25: Thomas Holm, a co-founder of the UA American Indian Studies Program. Lectures are free; donations are welcome. Visit ais. arizona.edu for details about the speakers. FINE-ART PHOTOGRAPHY TALKS Center for Creative Photography. 1030 N. Olive Road. 621-7968. All talks are at 5:30 p.m., in the auditorium; free. Friday, Jan. 25: The first director of the Center for Creative Photography, Harold Jones, presents “And Then: My First Years at CCP,” covering early funding battles using news clippings, snapshots and his own

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BOOKS A new novel delivers a new look at a highlight of Arizona’s gunfighting days

The Power Affair BY TIM HULL, mailbag@tucsonweekly.com n the cold month of February 1918, the notorious Power brothers kept the population of southeastern Arizona restless and nervous as they led thousands of men on a relentless 29-day chase through the wilderness that would become one of the most famous manhunts in the state’s history. The young miners and ranchers, who lived on a spread in the Galiuro Mountains with their father, had run afoul of the law in Graham County for failing to register for the draft. The Allies were stalemated in the trenches in France, and they looked to America for fresh cannon fodder. Early one morning, a group of lawmen rode into the mountains to take Tom and John Power to jail. A gunfight ensued. Three of the lawmen were shot dead, as was Jeff Power, the family patriarch. Tom and John, both wounded, took off running with their hired man, Tom Sisson. They gave it a legendary effort for weeks but eventually surrendered to the Army just inside Mexico. Sisson died in prison, but the Power brothers were eventually paroled as old men after spending about 40 years behind bars. It’s a favorite story of those who revel in Arizona’s gunfighting days, when a man could still be an absolute son of a bitch and get away with it just fine. That it has antifederal overtones makes it all the more appealing to the politically romantic. In the hands of Thomas Cobb, the author of Crazy Heart, the well-worn tale becomes a thin slice of dark and nasty realism mixed with scattered paeans to rugged libertarianism. That’s not to say that the first ever novel written about the Power shootout isn’t a good read. It is that and much more. The “true” story of what became known as the Power affair is rather sparse. The Power brothers always maintained that the posse shot first. The lone surviving lawman said otherwise. Newspaper reports from the time, including those of the Arizona Daily Star, paint the fugitives with a broad boogeyman law-and-order brush typical of the genre. It’s impossible to determine the true motives of any of the key players, which is why the story lends itself so easily to the novel form. In a brief note at the beginning of the book, Cobb writes, unhelpfully, “Though the vast majority of events and people in this novel are true, they are also fictional.” Cobb, who grew up in Southern Arizona

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but now lives in Rhode Island, knows the rough land over which the brothers fled toward Mexico, and he understands deeply its social history. He dresses up the skeletal facts of the affair with conflicts between the majority Mormon population and “gentiles” like the Power family; with scenes of bootlegging and police corruption in the wake of a burgeoning state-level Prohibition movement that would soon go national; with precise and often beautiful descriptions of ranch work and cowboy life nearly devoid of intentional romanticism; and with a riveting side plot about the fitful, brutal rise and fall of the Power family, including a harrowing take on the mysterious death of young Ola May Power, the novel’s most compelling character. With Blood in Their Eyes is a well-written page-turner of the highest order. And while Cobb uses historical personages like so many marionettes, he does so with what seems to be more sympathy than most puppet masters usually allow. He is clearly on the Powers’ side. Consider a speech by Jeff Power, in response to a sheriff ’s suggestion that his boys should register for the draft because it is their duty to defend the United States of America. “That ain’t our country,” Jeff Power says. “That’s New York and Pennsylvania and Kansas and whatever the hell other states they got now, including this one. That ain’t my country. You can have the whole damned bunch of it for all I care. I wouldn’t lift a finger to stop you if you was to burn it to the ground, because I don’t give a damn. Rattlesnake Canyon. That’s my country. Bought and paid for. And I will defend that. You send someone up to take what we got up there, and you will see some defending. And you won’t want a lot of it.” While such tribalism, still defended in some corners of Arizona, is an absurd impediment to the very idea of human society, not to mention political union, coming from Cobb’s version of Jeff Power, it sounds quite logical. Because once you have read Cobb’s tale of all the woe and violence and hard work—of aching bones and broken, muted hearts—that brought the Power family to that gunfight now frozen in time, all you can think is, “Yeah, leave them alone.”

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recollections. Thursday, Feb. 7: Sly Johnson, teacher of jazz arranging and theory at NYU, discusses the photographed musicians in the current exhibit The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith, 1957 to 1965. Visit creativephotography.org for info. GENOMICS NOW UA Centennial Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 6213364. The UA College of Science presents a series of lectures exploring the role of DNA and how it expands our understanding of life, at 7 p.m., every Wednesday, Jan. 30 through March 6; free. Jan. 30: “Are Genes the Software of Life?” Feb. 6: “The Genesis of the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic.” Details about presentations and speakers are at cos.arizona.edu/genomics.

TOP TEN Antigone Books’ best-sellers for the week ending Jan. 18, 2013 1. Flight Behavior: A Novel Barbara Kingsolver ($28.99) 2. Queen of America: A Novel Luis Alberto Urrea ($14.99) 3. How to Tell if Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You The Oatmeal and Matthew Inman ($14.99) 4. Food Lovers’ Guide to Tucson: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings Mary Paganelli Votto ($14.95) 5. Chocolate Nations: Living and Dying for Cocoa in West Africa Orla Ryan ($14.95) 6. Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth Craig Childs ($27.95) 7. A Memory of Light Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson ($34.99) 8. Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Being Andrew Weil ($15.99) 9. Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion Alain de Botton ($16) 10. Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, the Metal That Runs the World Bill Carter ($26)

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GREAT DECISIONS KICKOFF El Parador. 2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 881-2744. Gary Guertner, former dean of the College of International and Security Studies at the George Marshall Center for European Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany, keynotes the first Tucson meeting of Great Decisions at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30; $20, $18 advance, includes breakfast. Email info@tgda.org, or visit tgda.org. AN INSIDE LOOK AT BUTTERFLY MAGIC Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Elizabeth Willott, curator of Butterfly Magic, gives an illustrated lecture about what’s involved in creating the Butterfly Magic exhibit, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29; $12, $7 for members, includes entrance to Butterfly Magic after hours. An after-hours tour of the exhibit follows. Visit tucsonbotanical.org. MARTHA NUSSBAUM: THE NEW RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE UA James E. Rogers College of Law. 1201 E. Speedway Blvd. 621-1413. Martha Nussbaum, philosopher, author, and the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, presents the Marks Memorial Lecture, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28; free. A short reception follows. Reservations are requested. Visit law. arizona.edu for reservations and more information. SECULAR HUMANIST JEWISH CIRCLE Kirk-Bear Canyon Branch Library. 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. 594-5275. Robert Varady and Sharon Megdal lecture about their book Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water, exploring the history and diplomacy of shared water in the region, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; free, but participants are asked to donate food for the Community Food Bank. Reservations are requested. Call 296-3762, or email irene.sattinger@gmail.com.

OUT OF TOWN ART LECTURE Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 229-5300. Tammy Bearden of the UA Museum of Art discusses how mid-20th Century artists depicted urban life, from 2 to 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25. ORI PARNABY: CHAOS TO CALM Joyner-Green Valley Branch Library. 601 N. La Cañada Drive. Green Valley. 594-5295. Learn techniques to help tame clutter and reclaim space to make your home a sanctuary, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25; free.

UPCOMING DESERT GRASSLANDS Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. A series of talks are presented in conjunction with the TMA’s exhibition Desert Grasslands, which continues through Sunday, July 7. Greg McNamee signs and discusses his book about the tension between mining and ecological interests at Otero Mesa, New Mexico, from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31; free with admission. Admission is $10, $8 senior, $5 college student with ID, free age 18 or younger, active military or veteran with ID, and TMA members. Visit tucsonmuseumofart.org. UA MUSEUM OF ART UA Museum of Art. 1031 N. Olive Road. 621-7567. Lectures are from 5 to 7 p.m., selected Thursdays; free. Jan. 31: “Wildcats in the Desert,” Lisa Haynes, coordinator of the UA Wildcat Research and Conservation Center. UA SCHOOL OF ART VISITING ARTISTS AND SCHOLARS SERIES Center for Creative Photography. 1030 N. Olive Road. 621-7968. A series of speakers discuss how art practice and scholarship can produce critical awareness about ideologies and create new meaning for familiar objects. Lectures are at 5:30 p.m., Thursday; free. Jan 31: Andrea Zittel. Visit cfa.arizona.edu/vase.

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CINEMA The former governor of California returns to the spotlight, kills bad guys, saves farmers

Old Guy vs. Drug Cartel

TOP TEN Casa Video’s top rentals for the week ending Jan. 21, 2013

BY BOB GRIMM, bgrimm@tucsonweekly.com rnold Schwarzenegger returns to starring roles with The Last Stand, a fledgling film that falls somewhere in the middle of the Arnie canon. It’s not a totally bad effort, but it’s not anything to get all that excited about, either. That’s right, Arnold is back, murdering the English language with his own special brand of finesse and refusing to take his top off. He needs a little more time for the HGH to kick in so he can take off his shirt, Stallone style! Yep, Stallone is 66 and has no problem showing off his gloriously fake old-guy pecs, a standard I’m sure Arnie aspires to. The Last Stand is basically an exercise in watching a former movie star knocking the rust off his bones after slumming around as the governor of California for a few years. Arnie plays Ray Owens, sheriff of a small town near the Mexican border. When stopping at a local diner to have some coffee, he notices one of the patrons (played by Peter “Where is pancakes house?” Stormare, the same actor who put Steve Buscemi through the wood chipper in Fargo). Ray correctly assesses that this guy means trouble, and bad things begin to happen. A drug cartel baddie named Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega) has busted out of a U.S. prison and is racing toward Ray’s town in an incredibly fast Corvette in an attempt to cross the border. The Stormare character is part of a team sent in advance to make sure conditions are clear for crossing, which means shooting the occasional farmer brandishing a shotgun and demanding you get off his land. The angry farmer is played by, you guessed it, Harry Dean Stanton. Ray has “seen things” in his past L.A. cop days, so he’s prepared for a good fight. His deputies include wet-behind-the-ears newbie Jerry (Zach Gilford), the hot girl deputy (Jaimie Alexander) and another cop played by Luis Guzman, who, like Stanton, always seems to show up in movie like this. The same can be said for Johnny Knoxville, who once again finds himself playing the wily comic relief in a “sheriff takes a stand” movie (something he did, to relatively little success, with the Rock in Walking Tall). He’s basically in this movie to wear kooky hats and make funny faces. I have come to the decision that I do not enjoy Knoxville on screen unless he’s being struck in the gonads by a charging bull or run over by a buffalo herd. A subplot involves an FBI guy (Forest Whitaker) tracking Gabriel. He makes a couple of crucial phone calls to Ray, and spends

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Penelope Cruz in To Rome With Love. Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand. much of the movie staring at computer screens and acting all antsy. Didn’t this guy win an Oscar? Director Jee-woon Kim offers up some great car chases (including an especially good one in a dried-out cornfield), some decent explosions, and lots of cartoon violence. A stand-out gory moment occurs when Knoxville shoots somebody with a flare gun. The film is never boring, and gets some good grades for its action content. However, it is not nearly on par with Kim’s A Tale of Two Sisters, one of the best horror films of the past 10 years. As for the plot, it feels much like a movie you have seen before, like the aforementioned Walking Tall, or even Cop Land, which starred a somber Sly Stallone as a lonely sheriff taking a stand against corruption. Stallone played that role when his career took a dip, and he was looking to change his image and get a vocational jump-start. As we now know, Stallone didn’t get things swinging again until he played Rocky and Rambo as old guys. I’m thinking Schwarzenegger won’t see his career really spark up again until some of his future slate comes to fruition. That future slate includes a new Terminator; a shirtless, older Conan the Barbarian with saggy man tits; and a sequel to Twins. The first-weekend box office for The Last Stand seems to prove that the general public couldn’t care less about Schwarzenegger emoting in a sheriff’s uniform.

The Last Stand Rated R Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville and Luis Guzmán Directed by Jee-woon Kim Lionsgate, 107 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).

On a purely performance level, this probably contains Arnie’s best acting yet. He has a few moments where it almost seems like he knows how to actually act rather than blow things up or punch people. I guess nearly two decades in politics gave him a chance to hone his bullshitting skills. Something about this whole enterprise feels a little off. The Last Stand is drive-in movie material released in the dead of winter. Bad move, Lionsgate. It doesn’t help that movie violence and gun control issues are hot topics right now, making folks more likely to see a Jessica Chastain movie rather than an aging action star looking for a comeback. Mediocre movie aside, it’s good to see Arnold back on the big screen. Next time out, I’m hoping the movie is a little better.


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AMC Loews Foothills 15 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. 888-262-4386. Broken City (R) Thu 11:45, 2:25, 5, 7:45, 10:25; Fri 11, 1:35, 4:15, 7:20, 10:35 Django Unchained (R) Thu 11:20, 3, 6:45, 10:15; Fri 11:55, 3:30, 7, 10 Gangster Squad (R) Thu 11:05, 2:05, 4:45, 7:30; Fri 11:40, 2:30, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (R) Thu 10; Fri 11:15, 4, 8:30 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters -- An IMAX 3D Experience (R) Thu 10; Fri 10:15, 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:30, 9:45 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D (R) Thu 10:15; Fri 1:30, 6:15, 10:45 A Haunted House (R) Thu 12:55, 3:10, 5:25, 7:40; Fri 10:15, 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:50, 10:35 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG13) Thu 1:50, 5:40; Fri 11:45, 3:25, 7:05, 9:55 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey -- An IMAX 3D Experience (PG13) Thu 11, 2:35, 6:15 The Impossible (PG-13) Thu 1:30, 4:10, 7 Jack Reacher (PG-13) Thu 1:25, 4:25, 7:20 The Last Stand (R) Thu 11:30, 2:15, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05; Fri 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:25, 10:30 Life of Pi 3D (PG) Thu 9:45 Lincoln (PG-13) Thu 11:50, 3:40, 7:25, 10:45; Fri 10, 1:15, 4:30, 7:20, 10 Mama (PG-13) Thu 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30; Fri 10:25, 12:50, 3:20, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45 Les Misérables (PG-13) Thu 11, 3:20, 7:05, 10:35; Fri 11:50, 3:15, 6:50, 10:15 Movie 43 (R) Thu 10, 10:15; Fri-Sun 10:30, 12:55, 3:15, 5:35, 8, 10:30; Mon 12:55, 3:15, 5:35, 8, 10:30 Parental Guidance (PG) Thu 2, 4:45, 7:10 Parker (R) Thu 10; FriMon 11:05, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10 Silver Linings Playbook (R) Thu 1:15, 4:15, 7:35, 10:20; Fri 11:10, 2, 4:55, 7:45, 10:35 Zero Dark Thirty (R) Thu 11:55, 3:45, 7:20, 10:45; Fri 11:30, 3, 6:45, 10:15

Century El Con 20 3601 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 902. Listening devices and closed captioning are available. Argo (R) Thu 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:30; Fri-Wed 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 The Best of RiffTrax Live: Manos, the Hands of Fate (Not Rated) Thu 7:30 Broken City (R) Thu 11:25, 2:10, 4:50, 6:20, 7:30, 9, 10:10; Fri-Tue 11:25, 2:10, 4:50, 7:25, 9:40, 10:05; Wed 11:25, 2:10, 4:50, 7:25, 10:05 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (PG) Wed 2, 7 Django Unchained (R) Thu-Wed 11:35, 3:10, 6:45, 10:20 Gangster Squad (R) Thu 11:30, 12:40, 2:15, 3:20, 5, 6, 7:45, 9, 10:30; Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:15, 4:55, 7:45, 10:35 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (R) Thu 10, 12:01; Fri-Wed 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D (R) Thu 10, 11; Fri-Wed 11:15, 1:40, 2:20, 4:05, 4:40, 6:30, 7:10, 9, 9:35 A Haunted House (R) Thu 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:20, 9:40; Fri-Tue 11:35, 4:35; Wed 11:35 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG13) Thu-Wed 11:40, 6:45 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D (PG-13) Thu 2:50; FriWed 2:50, 9:25 The Impossible (PG-13) Thu 11:15, 2:05, 4:45, 7:25, 10:05; Fri-Tue 1:50, 7:05 Jack Reacher (PG-13) Thu 1:40; Fri-Wed 11:20 The Last Stand (R) Thu 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25; Fri-Tue 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:35; Wed 11:45, 2:25, 5:05 Life of Pi (PG) Thu 3:25, 10:25; Fri-Wed 3:20, 10:30 Life of Pi 3D (PG) Thu 11:45, 6:30; Fri-Wed 11:55, 6:30 Lincoln (PG-13) Thu-Wed 12:20, 3:40, 6:55, 10:10 Mama (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 12:30, 1:55, 3, 4:20, 5:30, 6:50, 8, 10:30; Fri-Wed 11:30, 12:30, 1:55, 3, 4:20, 5:30, 6:50, 8, 9:30, 10:40 Les Misérables (PG-13) Thu-Wed 11:50, 3:30, 7, 10:25 Movie 43 (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:30, 10 One Night Stand: Overnight Musicals (Not Rated) Wed 7:30 Parker (R) Thu 10, 12:01; Fri-Wed 11:25, 2:15, 5:05, 7:55, 10:45 Quartet (PG-13) Fri-Wed 11:45, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Rise of the Guardians (PG) Thu 11:15 Rust and Bone (R) Thu 11:20, 2:05, 4:50, 7:35, 10:20 Silver Linings Playbook (R) Thu-Wed 11:20, 2:05, 4:50, 7:35, 10:25

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Century Gateway 12 770 N. Kolb Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 962. Listening devices and closed captioning are available. Finding Nemo 3D (G) Thu 1, 3:40, 6:40; Fri 12:50, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30; SunMon 12:50, 3:40, 6:40; Tue 12:50, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30; Wed 12:50, 3:40, 6:40 Flight (R) Thu 12:35, 3:35, 5, 6:45; Fri 12:35, 3:50, 5:30, 7, 9; SunMon 12:35, 3:50, 5:30, 7; Tue 12:35, 3:50, 5:30, 7, 9; Wed 12:35, 3:50, 5:30, 7 Frankenweenie (PG) Thu 12:30, 2:45 Here Comes the Boom (PG) Thu 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15; Fri 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55; Sun-Mon 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20; Tue 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55; Wed 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20 Hitchcock (PG-13) Thu 12:25, 2:50, 5:20, 7:40 Hotel Transylvania (PG) Thu 12:15, 12:55, 2:30, 3:25, 4:45, 6, 7:10; Fri 12:15, 12:55, 2:30, 3:25, 4:45, 6, 7:15, 8:30, 9:40; Sun-Mon 12:15, 12:55, 2:30, 3:25, 4:45, 6, 7:15; Tue 12:15, 12:55, 2:30, 3:25, 4:45, 6, 7:15, 8:30, 9:40; Wed 12:15, 12:55, 2:30, 3:25, 4:45, 6, 7:15 The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13) Thu 12:05, 2:30, 5:05, 7:35; Fri 12:05, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:05; Sun-Mon 12:05, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40; Tue 12:05, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:05; Wed 12:05, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40 Pitch Perfect (PG-13) Thu 12:45, 3:45, 7; Fri 12:45, 3:45, 7:05, 9:45; Sun-Mon 12:45, 3:45, 7:05; Tue 12:45, 3:45, 7:05, 9:45; Wed 12:45, 3:45, 7:05 Playing for Keeps (PG-13) Thu 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:45; Fri 12:25, 3; SunWed 12:25, 3 Red Dawn (PG-13) Thu 12:40, 2:55, 5:15, 7:30; Fri 12:40, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 9:50; Sun-Mon 12:40, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35; Tue 12:40, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 9:50; Wed 12:40, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35 Skyfall (PG-13) Fri 12:10, 1, 3:20, 4:05, 6:30, 7:10, 9:35; Sun-Mon 12:10, 1, 3:20, 4:05, 6:30, 7:10; Tue 12:10, 1, 3:20, 4:05, 6:30, 7:10, 9:35; Wed 12:10, 1, 3:20, 4:05, 6:30, 7:10 Taken 2 (PG-13) Thu 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:25; Fri 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:25, 10:10; Sun-Mon 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:25; Tue 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:25, 10:10; Wed 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:25

Century Park Place 20 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 903. Listening devices and closed captioning are available. The Best of RiffTrax Live: Manos, the Hands of Fate (Not Rated) Thu 7:30 Broken City (R) Thu 11, 1:45, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10; Fri-Wed 11:10, 1:55, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (PG) Wed 2, 7 Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D (PG) Thu 11:05 Django Unchained (R) Thu 11:55, 3:45, 7:40; Fri-Wed 12:05, 3:45, 7:30 Gangster Squad (R) Thu 11:30, 12:50, 2:15, 3:35, 5:05, 6:30, 7:55, 9:20; Fri-Wed 11:25, 2:15, 5:05, 7:55 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (R) Thu 10:15; Fri-Wed 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D (R) Thu 10; Fri-Wed 11:30, 1:10, 1:55, 3:35, 4:20, 6, 6:45, 8:25, 9:10 A Haunted House (R) Thu 12, 2:25, 4:55, 7:20, 9:40; Fri-Wed 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG13) Thu 11, 6:20; FriWed 11:35, 7:05 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D (PG-13) Thu 2:40; FriWed 3:20 The Impossible (PG-13) Thu 11:25, 2:10; Fri-Wed 1:30, 7:40 Jack Reacher (PG-13) Thu 1:35, 4:45, 8; FriTue 4:25 The Last Stand (R) Thu 11:10, 2:05, 4:50, 7:45, 10:25; Fri-Wed 11:20, 2:05, 4:50, 7:30, 10:20 Life of Pi (PG) Thu 3:50; Fri-Wed 1:40, 7:25 Lincoln (PG-13) Thu 11:45, 3:05, 6:35, 10:05; Fri-Wed 11:55, 3:15, 6:40, 10:10 Mama (PG-13) Thu 11:40, 1, 2:20, 3:40, 5, 6:20, 7:35, 9; Fri-Wed 11:15, 12:35, 1:50, 3:10, 4:30, 5:50, 7:10, 8:30, 9:50 Les Misérables (PG-13) Thu 11:20, 2:55, 6:25, 9:55; Fri-Wed 11:20, 2:55, 6:25, 10 Monsters, Inc. 3D (G) Thu 11:50, 2:30, 5; Fri-Wed 11:25 Movie 43 (R) Thu 10; FriWed 12, 2:30, 5, 7:40, 10:15 One Night Stand: Overnight Musicals (Not Rated) Wed 7:30 Parental Guidance (PG) Thu 11:15, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55; Fri-Wed 11:05, 4:40, 10:25 Parker (R) Thu 10; FriWed 11:05, 2, 4:55, 8 Silver Linings Playbook (R) Thu 1:05, 4, 7, 10:05; Fri-Wed 1, 4, 6:55, 9:45 Texas Chainsaw 3D (R) Thu 7:25 This Is 40 (R) Thu 2, 5:10, 8:10; Fri-Wed 4:25, 10:30

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N O W S H O W I N G AT H O M E Paul Williams Still Alive (DVD) VIRGIL FILMS MOVIE ASPECIAL FEATURES C DVD GEEK FACTOR 7.5 (OUT OF 10)

Paul Williams was one of the entertainment heroes of my youth (along with Ernest Borgnine). The little singer-songwriter was everywhere: awards shows, The Love Boat, Muppets, Bugsy Malone, etc. And then, in seemingly one day, the dude mostly disappeared. I’d see him getting a songwriting credit here and there but, for the most part, he seemed to have gone away. It makes sense that director Stephen Kessler, also a Williams fan, would think he was dead. Upon finding out that Paul Williams was still alive, he set out to meet him, and eventually made this highly enjoyable film. It turns out Williams was just fighting some chemical dependency demons. Also, with the death of variety shows and weekly television shows relying on guest stars (The Love Boat, Fantasy Island), there just weren’t many places for Williams to show his face on the boob tube anymore. Kessler takes his camera along on a small Paul Williams tour and visits him at his house. What makes this movie so much fun is how Williams interacts with Kessler. Sometimes he’s friendly; sometimes he’s a little nasty. All in all, he’s a great sport in this movie, and shows that he can laugh at himself and take criticism like a champ. Strange thing about Williams is, he almost looks younger as an older man. He certainly doesn’t look his age (72), and that long hair has been replaced by a short, spiky hairdo that looks cool. His singing voice remains distinctive and cuddly. Nobody sounds like Williams, and nobody ever will. Good to see that Williams is clean and sober, and nice to

find that interest in him remains healthy. Hey, this is the guy who wrote “The Rainbow Connection,” “Evergreen” and “We’ve Only Just Begun,” for God’s sake. It’s about time we showed him some respect here in the relatively new millennium. By the way, if you have never seen Bugsy Malone, the musical gangster movie parody with an all-youth cast including Scott Baio and Jodie Foster, seek out the Bluray. It’s an overlooked classic. SPECIAL FEATURES: There’s some additional Paul Williams concert footage, and that’s a good thing, but the disc could’ve used some more stuff.

To Rome With Love (Blu-ray) SONY MOVIE D SPECIAL FEATURES DBLU-RAY GEEK FACTOR 2 (OUT OF 10)

The Woody Allen world tour continues. First, he hung around New York a lot. Then London, followed by Barcelona, and Paris. Now, Allen takes his weary, played out, hackneyed charms to Rome and makes one of the world’s most majestic cities appear boring. This one has Allen in bizarre mode, recycling a lot of his own jokes and themes, and co-starring for the first time since Scoop. Allen plays an American tourist visiting the city to meet his daughter’s boyfriend. He discovers that his soon-tobe son-in-law’s father (Fabio Armiliato) has an incredible singing voice, with a catch: he can only sing in the shower. This is a direct steal from the Flintstones episode where Barney Rubble could only sing while taking a bath. Allen is clearly running out of tricks. Alec Baldwin is on hand as an architect who visits a younger architect (Jesse Eisenberg in full Woody mode) as he meets and falls in love with his wife’s best friend (Ellen Page). Baldwin’s character mentors the

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Eisenberg character as if he is witnessing something that happened to him as a younger man, or something like that. It’s a writing gimmick that fails miserably. Of course, there’s a whore in this movie (Woody can’t write a movie without a hooker, it seems) and she’s played by Penelope Cruz. Her subplot involves her being mistaken for a young man’s fiancée, and the sex jokes ensue. Another subplot involves Roberto Benigni as a normal guy who finds fame for no reason. This is supposed to be Allen’s commentary on how undeserving people become famous. His observations in regard to this are lame. The whole movie is lame. SPECIAL FEATURES: One, minuscule special feature with cast interviews, so the features suck, too.

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Part two of this adaptation of Frank Miller’s classic graphic novel has lots of Joker and Superman. For fans of the novel, this makes for a fine interpretation of Miller’s work, even if it isn’t the live-action adaptation you (well … I) wanted. Because it is PG-13, it isn’t nearly as dark and nasty as the novel. But the David Endocrine massacre does happen (Sadly, Endocrine doesn’t sound or look like David Letterman, as he did in the novel), and Superman’s battle with a nuclear missile is very well done. The two animated movies serving Miller’s classic opus are faithful, but not total copies. The Joker’s end is brutally depicted in this one, and it’s the moment that best captures that Miller vibe. SPECIAL FEATURES: Some behind-the-scenes featurettes, and a look at the upcoming Superman: Unbound.

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Yawk” accent, but Dillahunt seems to be sleepwalking any time he’s not shouting out a hackneyed courtroom speech. Sadly, the message of this film is much too relevant today. So, while Any Day Now is bogged down with numerous missteps, it still manages to drive its point home. Dewey CHASING ICE

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Holy cow … Ginger Baker, former drummer of Cream and somehow still walking the Earth, is totally crazy. This documentary does a good job of displaying just how crazy and nasty he is. Through fairly recent interviews and archival footage, you get the whole deal, from his days with Cream through his stint in South Africa. This movie starts with Baker cracking the director in the face with a cane, a moment that isn’t staged at all. He bloodies the director’s nose while threatening to put him in the hospital (Baker has played a lot of polo in his life, and he has pretty good form when wielding his cane). Jay Bulger’s documentary is a fun watch, a true rock story. This is a guy who looks like he’s bloody well done, and then he just manages to get up behind a kit again and make the magic happen. He is one of the greatest drummers to ever walk the planet. He stands alongside the great Keith Moon as a rock god. And, man, is he ever crazy. Grimm DANGEROUS LIAISONS

Sometimes, actresses get the part because they’re pretty. So do cities. An update of Dangerous Liaisons sets the action in 1930s Shanghai and stars Ziyi Zhang, who first found public acclaim in the states through Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon before starring in Memoirs of a Geisha. And yes, almost everything about Liaisons looks tremendous. But this isn’t a portrait, so there’s more to consider. Or not, since director Jin-ho Hur gives us nothing of substance to weigh. Perhaps the thought is that this story, told several times already (including the teen drama Cruel Intentions), is familiar enough that we don’t need depth. If that’s the case: mission accomplished. But what a shame this one has no teeth, because the production looks great, the cast is gorgeous and the source material would be worth adapting to this setting, rather than merely being retold. Boyd MAMA

This genuinely chilling haunted fairytale comes from producer Guillermo del Toro and writer/director Andres Muschietti, and is based on Mushcietti’s original short film. Two little girls are abandoned by their demented father in the forest. They are discovered years later and adopted by their uncle (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend (Jessica Chastain). The little girls have taken on the characteristics of feral beasts and are convinced they are being watched over by a force they call “Mama.” As it turns out, Mama is very real, and a decent CGI creation that is both scary and just the right touch of funny. The film works not just because Muschietti knows how to construct a good scare, but also because he does a great job getting you to care for the little girls and the Chastain character. Chastain, looking rather gothic in this one, delivers another good performance, even though she isn’t very convincing as a bass player in a punk band. I was scared throughout much of this movie. Grimm

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While it’s extremely colorful, this update of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel tries way too hard to reinvent a perfectly good wheel. Director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) gives Anna Karenina a much-unneeded facelift, soaking the story in more style than it knows what to do with. The performances by Keira Knightley and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (as Anna and Count Vronsky, respectively) are forced to extreme ends of the spectrum thanks to Wright’s fussing, which places more of an emphasis on how he envisions the world in which the story takes place, and less of an emphasis on the story itself. All in all, this is just a handsome mistake. There’s not enough that’s new, and Wright’s gimmicks generally subtract from what makes Anna Karenina such a great story to begin with. Boyd ANY DAY NOW

Based on an agonizing true event, Any Day Now tells the story about a gay couple fighting to gain legal custody of a teenager with Down’s syndrome in the late 1970s. What should have been a compelling tale about unconditional love in the face of discrimination and a biased legal system instead feels like a Lifetime movie of the week, complete with numerous saccharine music montages and bad wigs. Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt, two of the finest actors today, try to steer their way through a clunky script with mixed results. Cumming has brilliant moments, assuming you can ignore his lousy “Noo

Let’s suppose that, for you, 2012 didn’t happen. There was no Hurricane Sandy; the first half of the year was not the hottest on record in U.S. history; there weren’t 15,000 record highs in March alone. Let’s suppose that, for you, climate change or global warming is still a hoax. OK, then: Watch Chasing Ice. For the past half-decade, photographer James Balog has chronicled the receding of glaciers around the world, one picture per hour. To him, glaciers are the canaries in the coal mine of the global-warming debate. We’re not talking a couple of feet every month or year—the Columbia glacier in Alaska retreated more than 2 miles in three years. A chunk of Greenland ice the size of lower Manhattan broke off and submerged in a matter of minutes with Balog’s video cameras running. Sadly, this is all real—whether everyone believes it or not Boyd DJANGO UNCHAINED

Well, look, it’s just good practice to ignore the Golden Globe nominations whenever possible. This year is no exception: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is in the running for a Best Picture award. Not that Django Unchained isn’t entertaining, but it got a massive amount of good news when the Globe nominations were announced. It’s minor Quentin Tarantino, to be sure, another revenge flick in a long line of them. Freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) goes on a warpath with a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), culminating in a lot of bloodshed over Django’s wife (Kerry Washington). Great fun in spots, a little heavier on the n-word than it really needs to be to get any point across, and not as tightly spun as Tarantino’s scripts are when they’re really cooking, Django Unchained may get some consideration here and there, but it’s far from a Best anything. Boyd GANGSTER SQUAD

An impressive cast is assembled to play one lousy game of cops and robbers. Sean Penn mugs and squawks through the role of Mickey Cohen, a reallife L.A. gangster who didn’t really do anything depicted in this moronic movie. This is about a late ’40s, mostly fictional effort to dethrone Cohen led by a gutsy cop (Josh Brolin). His squad includes Ryan Gosling (in his worst performance yet) and Giovanni Ribisi (pretty much doing his Giovanni Ribisi thing), and they “leave their badges home” to take down the monster. And a monster he is, badly acted by Penn who can be the worst man in his trade when he tries. Gosling utilizes a soft and highpitched gangster voice that renders him silly. Emma Stone is on hand in what is a rather unlikable role, yet we are supposed to like her (She sleeps with Cohen, then two-times him, so she’s stupid and unfaithful). Sure to stand as one of the year’s worst films. Grimm THE IMPOSSIBLE

A family struggles to survive in Thailand after the massive 2004 tsunami that claimed more than 230,000 lives. Naomi Watts is Oscar-worthy as Maria Belon and Ewan McGregor is equally good as her husband, Henry. The two are on Christmas vacation with their children when the tsunami hits, and they become separated. Tom Holland gives one of the great breakthrough performances of 2012 as their oldest son. Amazingly, the film is based on real people and their actual experiences. Director Juan Antonio Bayona has made a respectful film about one of the worst recorded disasters in human history. It’s a testament to the people who lost their lives, and those who survived. Watts will tear your heart out, especially when she lets out her first, terrifying scream. Of all the images that stuck in my head from 2012 films, that might be the one that I remember the most. Grimm RUST AND BONE

You almost never get comfortable watching Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone. Between the back-alley mixed martial arts fights, the desperate sex fighting to fill a void of intimacy, and the aftereffects of amputation, it’s a lot to get through. But primarily, the discomfort comes from Stéphanie (Marion Cotillard) and Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), who are so uncomfortable with themselves that there’s tension and loneliness in every expression on their faces. When they come together, it’s not exactly like a dark veil has been lifted, though you sense misery truly does love company. Films that examine such raw emotions can get overbearing, and off-key performances are usually easy to spot. Not so here. Schoenaerts is either fighting to keep it in or fighting to get it out, and he manages that lit fuse really well. The headline here, though, as it usually is, is Marion Cotillard. Boyd

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Concern Over New Nightclub Something a little different than the usual “this is opening” or “that place is closing” came across my email recently. Some of the folks who live in the neighborhood near Broadway Boulevard and Craycroft Road are concerned about a liquor license application posted on the door of the now-closed Cactus Moon nightclub and, more specifically, the name on the application. The business applying for the license is Entertainment Dynamics LLC, owned by Kirby Bond. Bond previously owned the New West nightclub in Marana. Bond was forbidden to apply for a liquor license for five years after having it revoked in 2002 following a spate of liquor violations and violence at the club, including a fatal shooting in the parking lot. It’s that history that has the neighbors concerned.

BY RITA CONNELLY, rconnelly@tucsonweekly.com anni’s The Little Greek is tucked into a corner of the Trader Joe’s shopping plaza at Wilmot Road and Speedway Boulevard. It’s a family joint, small, unassuming and easy to miss (although a busy Saturday night dinner proved that many people have discovered this place). The food is homey and good, portions are plentiful, the people are friendly and the room is cozy, with splashes of Greek everywhere. The dozen or so tables are topped with silvery oilcloth that adds a “fancy” touch. On each table you’ll find a tiny vase with delicate red silk flowers and one (just one) menu. The walls are painted Aegean blue and hung with white, circular plaques that resemble ancient architecture. Photos of Greece can also be found. The kitchen is partly exposed with the pass right in the middle of everything. After you’ve read the menu, you order at the counter (more about that later). At lunch, we were practically the only people in the place, and we had the server/ cashier/cook’s undivided attention. We got wonderful explanations about all of the food. He was passionate about the avgolemono ($6.95), as well he should be. The soup was a wonderful reiteration of this classic dish. The good-sized portion was silky smooth, fragrant with a lemony goodness and studded with shreds of white-meat chicken and bits of orzo pasta. Warm pita was served alongside. The soup was hearty and heartwarming. We also ordered the gyro sandwich with Greek fries ($8.95) and the shrimp souvlaki sandwich ($8.95) with rice pilaf. Both were topped with tomato, feta and onions, with a delicious tzatziki sauce on the side. The gyro was packed with tender meat. The seasoning was perfect in that it allowed the meat to shine rather than overpowering it. The wedge fries were a big hit. Hot from the fryer, they were lightly crisp on the outside and soft and puffy inside. The souvlaki was also tasty. Again, the seasoning was practically perfect and the shrimp was tender and sweet. The pilaf passed muster. The one dessert we tried, the galaktobouriko, had been warmed just a bit and then drizzled with a touch of honey. It was a delightful bit of eggy lightness redolent with lemon and a hint of vanilla. At dinner, we ordered the lamb shank ($12.95), the pastitsio ($12.95) and the spanakopita ($6.95 a la carte). Dinners come with a small but tasty Greek salad, rice pilaf, pita and tzatziki sauce. The spanakopita was a good-sized portion 40 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

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Braised lamb shank in tomato burgundy wine sauce with carrots, celery and onion, served with pita bread, rice pilaf, and small greek salad. loaded with spinach that was flecked with feta Yanni’s The Little Greek and held just a hint of mint. We cleaned the 1101 N. Wilmot Road, No. 119 plate and really should’ve asked for another 288-4735; order to take home. thelittlegreektucson.com The lamb had been cooking all day, according Open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; to the chef/server/cashier, and the meat fairly Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. fell off the bone. The piece was a bit fatty, but Pluses: Mom and pop and family style in every way was full of flavor from all that long, slow cookyou can imagine ing in a tomato-ey sauce. Minuses: Cash only; specials offered at odd hours I was served moussaka instead of the requested pastitsio. I seldom send things back to the kitchen, and never do when I’m working, so I dug into the meaty casserole. The ground meat was plentiful and well seasoned, and topped A couple of minor quibbles: The Little Greek with a wonderfully smooth and nicely browned has special prices on the sandwiches ($6.95 béchamel, but the dish could’ve used a little rather than $8.95) between 2 and 4 p.m. I don’t more eggplant. get that. If the specials were offered at lunchOddly enough, another table was also given time, it might bring in a bigger crowd. the wrong food. And I think I know why. It should also be noted that The Little Greek There was a nice crowd at dinner and only is strictly a cash or check operation. There is an two people working. So just as at lunch, the ATM machine in the restaurant, but being able cashier was also the cook, the server and the to pay with a credit/debit card is essential. It busser. That’s too many balls in the air for one can be costly to work with the credit card comperson to handle and likely led to the food mixpanies, but customers would probably spend up. Being a small family business means operatmore money if they could use their cards. ing on a tight budget, but table service might’ve The Little Greek has a lot going for it. The worked better—at least at dinner. Ordering at owners are passionate about their food, which the counter makes it too easy to forget which translates into some really good dishes, and the table ordered what dishes. room is cozy and inviting. Although the neighNo alcohol is served, but The Little Greek borhood has well-known Mexican, Japanese and invites patrons to bring their own wine or beer. Chinese restaurants nearby, a touch of the The corkage fee is a mere $2. That’s a deal and a Mediterranean is most welcome. The restaurant half when you check out corkage fees around hasn’t been open long, so as time passes let’s town. hope those minor kinks are worked out.

Reilly Adding Beer Garden Construction is scheduled to start in February on a beer garden at Reilly Craft Pizza, 101 E. Pennington St. Permits have been approved for the addition to the former mortuary. With the beer garden and the recent opening of Thunder Canyon Brewery at 221 E. Broadway Blvd., downtown continues to develop as a magnet for beer lovers.

Borderlands Reopening Borderlands Brewing, 119 E. Toole Ave., will hold its grand reopening Friday, Jan. 25. Following an extensive upgrade involving jackhammers, crane holes in the roof and lots of pipe-laying, the beer will start flowing at 4 p.m. There’s also talk of making cheese pairings available.

The Mystery at 50 E. Broadway The papered windows and the “coming soon” sign are still in place at 50 E. Broadway Blvd., but when I spoke with Patricia Schwabe recently, she informed me that they are shooting for an opening by early February. She revealed the menu would be focused on Mexican food, but not the typical kind available in Tucson. She has also settled on a name for the place: Penca.


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CAFĂ&#x2030; DESTA C 758 S. Stone Ave. 370-7000. Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/BYO. MC, V. CafĂŠ Desta is more than just a place to grab some grubâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shared dining experience. With more-than-generous portion sizes and flavorful traditional Ethiopian dishes, the cafĂŠ is livening up the south-of-downtown scene, filling a small void in an area lacking restaurants. (5-12-11) $$ ZEMAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S C 2731 E. Broadway Blvd. 323-9928. Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. CafĂŠ/ BYO. MC, V, Checks. For a quick transport to North Africa, try Zemamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and savor the complex and spicy regional fare. Served with the traditional bread called injera, the food at Zemamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a delightful excuse to eat with your hands, get sloppy and have good fun. (11-0200) $-$$

FRENCH AGUSTĂ?N BRASSERIE W 100 S. Avenida del Convento, No. 150. 398-5382. Open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 5-10 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. MC, V. This French-themed bistro in the westside Mercado San AgustĂ­n sits in a space that exudes an elegant charm without crossing into pretentiousness. The menu is limited, but the fare is generally excellent. The vichyssoise and the risotto should not be missed. (8-9-12) $$-$$$

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GREEK ATHENS ON FOURTH AVENUE C 500 N. Fourth Ave. 624-6886. Open MondaySaturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V, Checks. To sup with the gods, one needs to stroll no farther than up Fourth Avenue to Athens on Fourth. A small restaurant where Andreas Delfakis has quietly been serving the best authentic Greek cuisine in Tucson for years. (3-7-02) $-$$ THE FAT GREEK E 3225 N. Swan Road, Suite 105. 784-7335. Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Counter/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This locally owned Tucson restaurant serves up great Greek food, fast, with a smile. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss one of Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tastiest gyros, but also consider trying one of the lesser-known specialties. Inexpensive and delicious. (11-5-09) $-$$ FRONIMOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GREEK CAFĂ&#x2030; C 3242 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-8321. Open daily 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Counter/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This unpretentious but attractive family-owned spot provides quick service of the Greek basics, plus burgers and gyros. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very good Greek food at equally good prices. (2-28-08) $-$$ ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GREEK TO ME NW 15920 N. Oracle Road. 825-4199. Open MondaySaturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Bistro/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. From luscious appetizers like the rich taramosalata, to savory entrĂŠes like the pastitsio and the lamb shank, and concluding with a heavenly honey cake or lovely baklava for dessert, the food at this Greek joint sings. These are the same people who run the wonderful Athens on Fourth Avenue, so you know the foodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to impress. The atmosphere is casual, and the service is sincere and friendly. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky, George, the chef and owner, will come out to share a glass of wine or a little insight on how he prepared your dinner. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth the drive to Catalina. (11-17-11) $$-$$$

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Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This Phoenix-based chain offers delicious food at extremely reasonable prices. The souvlaki is moist and marinated perfectly; the spanakopita is a spinach-and-feta delight. The dĂŠcor reminds one of Applebeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and the serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; while fastâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;may suffer from an occasional lapse or two. However, the Greek standards served here are as good and inexpensive as anywhere else in Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if this is a chain joint. (4-3-08) $$-$$$ OPA! C 2990 N. Campbell Ave., No. 130. 327-2841. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This Greek restaurant on the Campbell Avenue restaurant row offers a full slate of traditional Greek favorites in a hearty, homey atmosphere. Try the souvlaki or perhaps a spanakopita platter or the gyros wrap. Greek beer and wine are available. Raise your glasses and say OPA! (2-14-08) $$-$$$

HAWAIIAN LANIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LUAU HAWAIIAN RESTAURANT E 2532 S. Harrison Road. 886-5828. Open TuesdayThursday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. MC and V. Enjoy an authentic taste of Hawaii right here in Tucson. Dishing up luau-style food (think lots of pork), the family-owned and -operated joint is a great place to cure that craving for laulau, kalua pork or chicken long rice. With a fairly extensive menu and a significant nod to the Filipino influence in Hawaiian food, Laniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is definitely worth the trip to the eastside (2-16-12) $-$$

INDIAN CURRY LEAF C 2510 E. Grant Road, No. 100. 881-2786. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m. CafĂŠ/No Alcohol. DC, DIS, MC, V. Curry Leaf offers affordable lunch specials, as well as delicious dinner

entrĂŠes. The food is fresh; the service is friendly; and the portion sizes are generous for the price. Be sure not to miss out on the soft, buttery garlic naan. (9-15-11) $$ GANDHI C 150 W. Fort Lowell Road. 292-1738. Open daily 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Gandhi offers an expansive menu including a dozen curry dishes, a plethora of tandoori dishes, breads, biryanis (jambalaya-like stews) and other entrĂŠes. Vegetarians, take note: There are more than two dozen dishes offered that are sans-meat. And the buffet may be the best lunch deal in town. As one diner put it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like â&#x20AC;&#x153;a roller coaster in your mouth.â&#x20AC;? (8-28-03) $-$$ INDIA OVEN C 2727 N. Campbell Ave. 326-8635. Open daily 11

a.m.-2:45 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This cozy little Campbell Avenue restaurant has long been a Tucson favorite for its large (more than 100-plus items) menu. The lunch buffet features a surprisingly good selection of tasty items, and the samosas are consistently fantastic. (4-27-06) $-$$ NEW DELHI PALACE E 6751 E. Broadway Blvd. 296-8585. Open daily

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. New Delhi Palace is a great eastside spot for a quick, inexpensive and tasty Indian lunch buffetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as long as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not looking for super-spicy fare. Dinner is served fast and with a smile, and the menu offers an extensive selection of authentic and tasty Indian appetizers, entrĂŠes and desserts, as well as a great international beer selection. (11-4-10) $$-$$$ SAFFRON INDIAN BISTRO NW 7607 N. Oracle Road. 742-9100. Open Monday-

Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Subtle, delicate preparations in mod, minimalist surroundings. Portions are pricier than at other local Indian restaurants, but large. If you want to taste the heat, you need to ask for it. (9-18-08) $$-$$$ SHER-E PUNJAB C 853 E. Grant Road. 624-9393. Open daily 11 a.m.-

2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/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 restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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) $$-$$$ BAZILâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t walk away hungry. (7-15-04) $$-$$$ BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE C 150 W. Wetmore Road. 887-2388. Open Sunday-

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 youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re within range of the mall, hungry and in the mood for something better than Olive Garden. Breads and salads are terrific; appetizers and entrĂŠes 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 Monday-

Wednesday 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. CafĂŠ/Counter/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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) $$-$$$ 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. CafĂŠ/ Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Caffe Torino serves gigantic, shareable portions of beautifully executed entrĂŠes. 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 experienceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect a quick meal. (4-21-11) $$-$$$ CARUSOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Carusoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has been around since 1938, and based on the crowds the restaurant draws on the weekends, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be around beyond 2038. The service is warm and friendly while the food is inexpensive and satisfying. Carusoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patio seating offers a special dining experience. (7-17-03) $-$$ DOLCE VITA E 7895 E. Broadway Blvd. 298-3700. Open MondayFriday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 4-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Spaghetti and meatballs is a surefire hit here, as are the pizza and eggplant parmigiana. $$-$$$

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GIACOMOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NE 6878 E. Sunrise Drive. 529-7358. Open TuesdaySunday 4:30-9:30 p.m. Summer hours: ThursdaySunday 5-9:30 p.m. CafĂŠ. Beer, Wine and Specialty Drinks. AMEX, MC, V. Pictures of Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coastline adorn this Italian restaurant with a cozy authentic atmosphere. Friendly service, delicious food and reasonable prices make Giacomoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place to find amore. (12-18-03) $$-$$$ GUSTO OSTERIA E 7153 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-9487. Open

Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. In this charming eastside spot, rustic Italian food is served in a most convivial atmosphere, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wine list with prices that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be beat. The tender manicotti is freshly made and stuffed with a delightful cheese mix; the eggplant sandwich is delicious. Service is top-notch, and the patio is the kind of place you could easily spend a couple of hours. Remember that the initial recipes are courtesy of the master, Joe Scordato. (3-22-12) $$-$$$

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a.m.-8 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. DIS, MC, V. While Mad Marioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers a wide variety of tasty Italian entrĂŠes, the sandwiches are the way to go here. The corned beef reuben is simply amazingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and so is the jovial service from Mario himself. The restaurant offers free delivery in the UA/midtown area for orders more than $20. (2-212) $-$$

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Thursday 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. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to find anything wrong with Mama Louisaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a Tucson treasure since 1956. The foodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing; the service is superb; the prices are reasonable. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a large menu for both lunch and dinner, with plenty of vegetarian options. Try Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Special; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the signature dish for a reason. (3-20-03) $-$$

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Playing in a Post-Genre World BY GENE ARMSTRONG, garmstrong@tucsonweekly.com nce upon a time, indie rock didn’t have much love for synth pop, and vice versa. Lines were more clearly drawn between styles of music in the 1980s and ’90s than they are today. These days, San Francisco-based trio Geographer exemplify the contemporary blurring of stylistic divisions, melding guitar-based rock and synth pop, with a little cello thrown in for good measure. Geographer is fortunate to be “making music after all the music wars are over,” says Mike Deni, who plays both guitar and synthesizer in the band. “Now is a particularly unique time,” Deni says. “People who like Fleet Foxes also like MGMT. You could have them on the same bill and people would not only accept it, they’d be overjoyed. I don’t think fans or musicians want that monochromatic thing anymore.” On tour to promote their second album, Myth, Geographer will play Monday, Jan. 28, at Club Congress. Opening acts are Chicago’s On An On and the duo Bogan Via, from Phoenix. Deni also sings and writes Geographer’s songs. He was born and raised in New Jersey, and after living briefly in Boston and Vermont, he moved to San Francisco in 2005 with the express goal of starting a band. “The first musician I met was Kacey Johansing, and we started playing music together,” he says. Johansing had gone to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she had met cellist Nathan Blaz and drummer Brian Ostreicher, whom she introduced to Deni. “What we had been doing together at the time was way more folk-oriented. I wanted it to get more rock and bring in a drummer. And as soon as I heard Nathan play cello, I knew I had to be in a band with him, to write songs around that sound.” Actually, drummer Ostreicher didn’t pass the first audition, Deni says. “Brian didn’t make the tryout, and he just wasn’t that interested at first. But a couple of months later, we asked him to come back. This time we played together and he nailed it. For my tastes, he’s the perfect drummer for our music.” With the Geographer lineup finally complete, Deni, Blaz and Ostreicher recorded the band’s 2008 debut, Innocent Ghosts. Johansing sang with Deni on many of that album’s songs. Although she and the guys in Geographer remain friends, she eventually left to pursue a solo career. “Kacey makes her own music. She got more and more into writing songs, and the music she makes is very different from our music,”

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WAIT AND SEE If recent show announcements are any indication, we’re going to have quite the bounty of awesomeness in the way of touring acts in Tucson this spring. But for now, things are fairly slow in that respect. Luckily, there are some great local shows this week to make up for it. But first, those touring acts…

Geographer Deni says. “I think when you’re young, you spread yourself really thin, and you’re trying out new things, seeing what works for you. When you get a little older you become more serious and focused, and you have to concentrate on what you want to do most.” The members of Geographer concentrated, too. They made the EP Animal Shapes in 2010, moving toward a slightly richer electronica sound. “With Innocent Ghosts, those were just the songs I was messing around with. A couple were written back when I was in New Jersey, and then we started the band, and I said, ‘Here’s my band, so let’s play the songs I have.’ “After playing with Nate and Brian, and hearing the combination of cello with guitar or synthesizer, I started writing to that instrumentation. We were doing things in a much more purposeful manner, and we discovered that we thought of ourselves as rock band, and began to explore what that felt like.” Animal Shapes is an example of that change in perspective, Deni says, while Geographer’s latest album shows the band evolving. “With Myth we have been a band together for a while now, and it is our first attempt at making a really good, long, sustained album that depicts where we are, and one we hope you’ll listen to all the way through, maybe more than once, and pay attention to. We want to make music that means as much to our listeners as the music our heroes made has meant to us.” On Myth, Geographer’s integration of indie guitar rock and synth pop feels more seamless than it has in the past. Deni may have grown up listening to Depeche Mode and New Order in the 1980s, but he and his bandmates have developed more diverse tastes over the years. This is reflected in the end-of-the-year list, titled Soundtrack of the Year—2012, that he and Ostreicher compiled last month on the Geographer website.

Geographer with On An On and Bogan Via 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28 Club Congress 311 E. Congress St. $10 advance; $12 day of 622-8848; hotelcongress.com

Among the Geographer favorites you’ll find on the list are artists you might expect, such as Com Truise, Tame Impala, Little Dragon and Frank Ocean. More unpredictable choices include Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Scott Walker, Fleetwood Mac, Roy Orbison, the Rolling Stones and the Jackson 5. Deni also says Radiohead is a big inspiration. “If you look at that list of music, it tells you a lot about our band. That’s the music that inspires us, whether it came out last year or not.” Deni says Geographer began by aping its influences, and began to grow as a result. “If you really love something, you’ll start out making an imitation of it. And if you do that long enough, you can start making something creative all your own. And we hope to ultimately make something that creates an emotional reaction and puts you in a different world.” That doesn’t stop Geographer from playing and recording songs by their heroes. For an early B-side, they covered “Age of Consent” by New Order. Last fall, before starting work on their new album, Deni and his collaborators recorded tunes by four of their favorite artists, and they are posting each homage as a free download on their website (www.geographermusic.com). The first cut to be released is a beautiful cover of Kate Bush’s “Cloudbusting,” with a full string arrangement by Blaz. Subsequent covers, scheduled to be released in the next couple of months, remain a secret, Deni says. “We want them each to be a surprise.”

WE STILL MISS THE BEARD The story of Matisyahu is a peculiar one. Born Matthew Paul Miller in 1979, he was raised as a Reconstructionist Jew. He initially dropped out of high school to follow Phish around the country, gobbling up mushrooms along the way. He eventually finished high school and embarked upon a two-month study program in Israel, where he reconnected with his Jewish roots—enough so that it spurred him to join the Lubavitch branch of Hasidic Judaism. Around the same time he was studying Torah, he began his musical career as a dancehall reggae artist, incorporating elements of hip-hop, rock, and Jewish hazzan. All of which is interesting enough, but not as interesting as this: Completely out of left field, the guy got huge, attracting an audience composed equally of Jews, reggae fans, and college kids (OK, the last two might be a bit redundant), and scoring a pair of back-to-back gold albums—2005’s Live at Stubb’s and 2006’s Youth (both on Sony). But then a funny thing happened. At the end of 2011 he posted a fairly cryptic item on Twitter that read in part: “When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process. It was my choice. … I felt that in order to become a good person I needed rules—lots of them—or else I would somehow fall apart. I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission. …” Throughout his career Matisyahu had only been seen in a long beard and yarmulke; in the photo accompanying the Twitter post, he was clean shaven, and wrote: “And for those concerned with my naked face, don’t worry … you haven’t seen the last of my facial hair.” Last summer he released a new album, Spark Seeker (Fallen Sparks), which was a bit more modern sounding and seemed meant to appeal to a wider audience. Although spiritualism is still at the root of his music, it’s no longer the music’s main purpose. Matisyahu returns to Tucson for a show billed as An Acoustic Evening With Matisyahu on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m. with an opening set by Levi Robin. Advance reserved seats on the floor range from $29 to $41, and are available at rialtotheatre.com or by calling 740-1000. Use the same info for more details.

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BONUS SPAGHETTI If you missed the Supersuckers’ homecoming show at Club Congress last month, you’re in luck. The frontman of the self-proclaimed “greatest rock and roll band in the world” is returning to Hotel Congress this week for a solo show on the hotel’s patio. While still fronting the ’Suckers, Eddie Spaghetti has found time to release three solo albums since 2004, the most recent being 2011’s Sundowner (Bloodshot). Those albums are, for the most part, a lot more country-leaning than the balls-out rock ’n’ roll of the Supersuckers, and contain more cover songs than originals. Eddie Spaghetti hits the patio at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., around 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Admission is free. For more info head to hotelcongress.com/club or call 622-8848.

MARSHALL STACKS AND PROVOCATIVE NAMES From the “Wow, those guys are still together?” file, Nashville Pussy brings its brand of raw, hard Southern rawk to town this week. The band formed in the late ’90s when the cowpunk band Nine Pound Hammer broke up. That band’s guitarist, Blaine Cartwright, formed the Pussy, assuming vocal duties in addition to guitar, with his guitarist wife Ruyter Suys in the fold. The pair has been the core of the band ever since; these days they’re joined by bassist Karen Cuda and drummer Jeremy Thompson. The sleaze-rock band’s most recent album is 2009’s From Hell to Texas (Steamhammer), so don’t be surprised if you hear them road-testing some new material. Nashville Pussy performs at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Sugar Stains and Texas Trash and the Trainwrecks open the show at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $10; they’ll be $12 on the day of the show. For more details call 622-8848, or log on to hotelcongress.com/club.

HEAVENLY HARMONIES The co-ed bicoastal trio—from Virginia and California—of Elaine Dempsey, Lawrence Lambert, and Karl Weme comprise Big Wide Grin, a harmony-rich (all members sing) contemporary, soulful folk-pop band whose members switch instruments—guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, and all sorts of percussion instruments—depending on which song they’re performing. They’ve gotten rave reviews along the folk festival circuit on which they regularly perform, and I’m guessing the Baby Boomer gen will eat this stuff with a spoon. Big Wide Grin make a return appearance to town as part of the Live Acoustic Venue Association’s spring series of shows at Abounding Grace Sanctuary, 2450 S. Kolb Road, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. Advance tickets are available for $15; they’ll be $20 cash at the door. Get more info and advance tickets at lavamusic.org.

YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LET IT WHIP Combining the words “danceable jazz” to arrive at their name, the Dazz Band began life as a funk band in Cleveland in the early ’80s, eventually scoring a trio of crossover pop hits: “Let It Whip,” Joystick,” and “Let It All Blow,” which still sound funky fresh today. The Dazz Band will perform at Monsoon Nightclub at Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road, at 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25.

Tickets are $15. For more info check out ddcaz.com or call 294-7777.

FUN WITH GENRES Speaking of funk, four of Tucson’s funkiest acts will perform a show under the banner Local Love Funk Fest this week at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, and will feature sets by Cosmic Slop, The Tryst, the AmoSphere, and Intertwine. Admission is $5 in advance, $7 on the day of show. Also at the Rialto: Local promoter Tucson Rock Alliance begins a monthly series of genrespecific shows at the theater this week, all featuring exclusively local acts. The inaugural “Tucson’s Best” showcase is being billed as the “alternative edition,” and will feature performances by (in descending order of appearance) Stands With Fists, Scorned Embrace, Neiphi (the band’s final show), Armastus, Drowning Arizona, and Brandon Jim, who will also host the event. The all-ages show begins at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. Tickets are $10 in advance. The Rialto Theatre is located at 318 E. Congress St. For tickets or more info head to rialtotheatre.com, or call 740-1000.

LOCAL SHORT TAKES When the three instrument-playing members of Cadillac Steakhouse performed a show as Steakhaus sans singer recently, a shelf full of beer was on the stage front and center, with a mic stand placed in front of it. It was a good joke, sure, but there’s no replacing the band’s tiny dynamo of a singer, Nikki Rosing, who no longer lives in Tucson. The good news: She’ll return to town this week to front the band at a show at The District Tavern, 260 E. Congress St., on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The show should get rolling around 10 p.m. and will also feature performances by Havarti Orchestra and Sleep Like Trees. Admission is free. Call 791-0082 for more info. Another great, free, locals-only show will take place at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Sunday, Jan. 27, when two psychedelic country-rock bands—Ohioan, who will have just arrived back in town after a West Coast jaunt, and Golden Boots, who have suddenly become active again while Dr. Dog is on a brief hiatus before starting work on a new album (the two bands share Dimitri Manos as a member)—take to the stage. That one starts around 7 p.m. Finally, Plush has a pair of jam-packed local shows this week, too. Up first, on Friday, Jan. 25, is a mostly acoustic showcase featuring the angelic harmonies of the old-timey Silver Thread Trio, the acoustic modern pop of duo Ryanhood, and the co-ed bluegrass act Run Boy Run, who appeared on last weekend’s edition of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion and will kick off the show at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8. On Monday, Jan. 28, Plush will play host to another sweet-ass lineup of locals, this one featuring Gabriel Sullivan and the Taraf de Tucson, Billy Sedlmayr (playing with a full band), Mariachi Luz de Luna, and the French Tourist DJ (aka Nantes, France’s Laurent Allinger, formerly of Little Rabbits). That one gets started at 8 p.m., and admission is a fivespot. Plush is located at 340 E. Sixth St., and more information is available at plushtucson.com, or by calling 798-1298. There’s lots more great stuff happening around town this week, so be sure to check our listings sections.

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CLUB LIST Here is a list of venues that offer live music, dancing, DJ music, karaoke or comedy in the Tucson area. We recommend that you call and confirm all events. APPLEBEE’S ON GRANT 4625 E. Grant Road. 319-0544. APPLEBEES ON WETMORE 565 E. Wetmore Road. 292-2600. ARIZONA INN 2200 E. Elm St. 325-1541. ARMITAGE WINE LOUNGE AND CAFÉ 2905 E. Skyline Drive, No. 168. 682-9740. THE AULD DUBLINER 800 E. University Blvd. 206-0323. AZUL RESTAURANT LOUNGE Westin La Paloma, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. 742-6000. THE BAMBOO CLUB 5870 E. Broadway Blvd., No. 524. 514-9665. THE BASHFUL BANDIT 3686 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-8996. BEAU BRUMMEL CLUB 1148 N. Main Ave. 622-9673. BEDROXX 4385 W. Ina Road. 744-7655. BEST WESTERN ROYAL SUN INN AND SUITES 1015 N. Stone Ave. 622-8871. BIG WILLY’S RESTAURANT AND SPORTS GRILL 1118 E. Sixth St. 882-2121. THE BISBEE ROYALE 94 Main St. Bisbee. (520) 432-6750. THE BONE-IN STEAKHOUSE 5400 S. Old Spanish Trail. 885-4600. BOONDOCKS LOUNGE 3306 N. First Ave. 690-0991. BORDERLANDS BREWING COMPANY 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773. BRATS 5975 W. Western Way Circle. 578-0341. THE BREEZE PATIO BAR AND GRILL Radisson Suites. 6555 E. Speedway Blvd. 731-1414. BRODIE’S TAVERN 2449 N. Stone Ave. 622-0447. BUFFALO WILD WINGS 68 N. Harrison Road. 296-8409. BUMSTED’S 500 N. Fourth Ave. 622-1413. CAFÉ PASSÉ 415 N. Fourth Ave. 624-4411. THE CANYON’S CROWN RESTAURANT AND PUB 6958 E. Tanque Verde Road. 885-8277. CASA VICENTE RESTAURANTE ESPAÑOL 375 S. Stone Ave. 884-5253. CHE’S LOUNGE 350 N. Fourth Ave. 623-2088. CHICAGO BAR 5954 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-8169. CHUY’S MESQUITE BROILER 22ND STREET 7101 E. 22nd St. 722-5117. CIRCLE S SALOON 16001 W. El Tiro Road. Marana. 682-5377. CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. LA COCINA RESTAURANT, CANTINA AND COFFEE BAR 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351. COLT’S TASTE OF TEXAS STEAKHOUSE 8310 N. Thornydale Road. 572-5968. COPPER QUEEN HOTEL 11 Howell Ave. Bisbee. (520) 432-2216. COW PALACE 28802 S. Nogales Highway. Amado. (520) 398-8000. COW PONY BAR AND GRILL 6510 E. Tanque Verde Road. 721-2781. CUSHING STREET RESTAURANT AND BAR 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984. DAKOTA CAFE AND CATERING CO. 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-7188. DELECTABLES RESTAURANT AND CATERING 533 N. Fourth Ave. 884-9289.

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THE DEPOT SPORTS BAR 3501 E. Fort Lowell Road. 795-8110. DESERT DIAMOND CASINO MONSOON NIGHTCLUB 7350 S. Nogales Highway. 294-7777. DESERT DIAMOND CASINO SPORTS BAR Interstate 19 and Pima Mine Road. 294-7777. DIABLOS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL 2545 S. Craycroft Road. 514-9202. DON’S BAYOU CAJUN COOKIN’ 8991 E. Tanque Verde Road. 749-4410. DRIFTWOOD BAR 2001 S. Craycroft Road. 790-4317. EDDIES COCKTAILS 8150 E. 22nd St. 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. ELLIOTT’S ON CONGRESS 135 E. Congress St. 622-5500. FAMOUS SAM’S BROADWAY 1830 E. Broadway Blvd. 884-0119. FAMOUS SAM’S E. GOLF LINKS 7129 E. Golf Links Road. 296-1245. FAMOUS SAM’S SILVERBELL 2320 N. Silverbell Road. 884-7267. FAMOUS SAM’S VALENCIA 3010 W. Valencia Road. 883-8888. FAMOUS SAM’S W. RUTHRAUFF 2480 W. Ruthrauff Road. 292-0492. FAMOUS SAM’S IRVINGTON 2048 E. Irvington Road. 889-6007. FAMOUS SAM’S ORACLE 8058 N. Oracle Road. 531-9464. FAMOUS SAM’S PIMA 3933 E. Pima St. 323-1880. FOX AND HOUND SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN Foothills Mall, 7625 N. La Cholla Blvd. 575-1980. FROG AND FIRKIN 874 E. University Blvd. 623-7507. LA FUENTE 1749 N. Oracle Road. 623-8659. FUKU SUSHI 940 E. University Blvd. 798-3858. GENTLE BEN’S BREWING COMPANY 865 E. University Blvd. 624-4177. GOLD Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road. 917-2930, ext. 474. THE GRILL AT QUAIL CREEK 1490 Quail Range Loop. Green Valley. 393-5806. GUADALAJARA GRILL EAST 750 N. Kolb Road. 296-1122. GUADALAJARA GRILL WEST 1220 E. Prince Road. 323-1022. HIDEOUT BAR AND GRILL 1110 S. Sherwood Village Drive. 751-2222. THE HIDEOUT 3000 S. Mission Road. 791-0515. HILDA’S SPORTS BAR 1120 Circulo Mercado. Rio Rico. (520) 281-9440. THE HOG PIT SMOKEHOUSE BAR AND GRILL 6910 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-4302. THE HUT 305 N. Fourth Ave. 623-3200. IGUANA CAFE 210 E. Congress St. 882-5140. IRISH PUB 9155 E. Tanque Verde Road. 749-2299. JASPER NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT AND BAR 6370 N. Campbell Ave., No. 160. 577-0326. JAVELINA CANTINA 445 S. Alvernon Way. 881-4200, ext. 5373. JEFF’S PUB 112 S. Camino Seco Road. 886-1001. KNOW WHERE II 1308 W. Glenn St. 623-3999. KON TIKI 4625 E. Broadway Blvd. 323-7193.

LAFFS COMEDY CAFFÉ 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. 323-8669. LAS CAZUELITAS EVENT CENTER 1365 W. Grant Road. 206-0405. LI’L ABNER’S STEAKHOUSE 8500 N. Silverbell Road. 744-2800. LB SALOON 6925 E. Broadway Blvd. 886-8118. LOOKOUT BAR AND GRILLE AT WESTWARD LOOK RESORT 245 E. Ina Road. 297-1151. LOTUS GARDEN RESTAURANT 5975 E. Speedway Blvd. 298-3351. MARGARITA BAY 7415 E. 22nd St. 290-8977. MAVERICK 6622 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-0430. MAYNARDS MARKET AND KITCHEN 400 N. Toole Ave. 545-0577. MCMAHON’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 2959 N. Swan Road. 327-7463. MESCAL BAR AND GRILL 70 N. Cherokee Trail. Mescal.. (520) 586-3905. MIDTOWN BAR AND GRILL 4915 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-2011. MINT COCKTAILS 3540 E. Grant Road. 881-9169. MONTEREY COURT STUDIO GALLERIES AND CAFÉ 505 W. Miracle Mile. 207-2429. MR. AN’S TEPPAN STEAK AND SUSHI 6091 N. Oracle Road. 797-0888. MR. HEAD’S ART GALLERY AND BAR 513 N. Fourth Ave. 792-2710. MUSIC BOX 6951 E. 22nd St. 747-1421. NEVADA SMITH’S 1175 W. Miracle Mile. 622-9064. NEW MOON TUCSON 915 W. Prince Road. 293-7339. NORTH 2995 E. Skyline Drive. 299-1600. O’MALLEY’S 247 N. Fourth Ave. 623-8600. OLD FATHER INN 4080 W. Ina Road. Marana. 744-1200. OLD PUEBLO GRILLE 60 N. Alvernon Way. 326-6000. ORACLE INN 305 E. American Ave. Oracle. 896-3333. O’SHAUGHNESSY’S 2200 N. Camino Principal. 296-7464. OUTLAW SALOON 1302 W. Roger Road. 888-3910. PAPPY’S DINER 1300 W. Prince Road. 408-5262. PARADISO BAR AND LOUNGE Casino Del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road. (800) 344-9435. THE PARISH 6453 N. Oracle Road. 797-1233. LA PARRILLA SUIZA 2720 N. Oracle Road. 624-4300. PEARSON’S PUB 1120 S. Wilmot Road. 747-2181. PLAYGROUND BAR AND LOUNGE 278 E. Congress St. 396-3691. PLUSH 340 E. Sixth St. 798-1298. PURGATORY 1310 S. Alvernon Way. 795-1996. PUTNEY’S 6090 N. Oracle Road. 575-1767. PY STEAKHOUSE 5655 W. Valencia Road, inside Casino del Sol. (800) 344-9435. R PLACE BAR AND GRILL 3412 N. Dodge Blvd. 881-9048. RA SUSHI BAR RESTAURANT 2905 E. Skyline Drive. 615-3970. RAGING SAGE COFFEE ROASTERS 2458 N. Campbell Ave. 320-5203. RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000. RIC’S CAFE/RESTAURANT 5605 E. River Road. 577-7272. RILEY’S IRISH TAVERN 5140 N. La Cholla Blvd. 408-0507. RIVER’S EDGE LOUNGE 4635 N. Flowing Wells Road. 887-9027. RJ’S REPLAYS SPORTS PUB AND GRUB 5769 E. Speedway Blvd. 495-5136.

THE ROCK 136 N. Park Ave. 629-9211. ROYAL SUN INN AND SUITES 1015 N. Stone Ave. 622-8871. RUSTY’S FAMILY RESTAURANT AND SPORTS GRILLE 2075 W. Grant Road. 623-3363. SALTY DAWG II 6121 E. Broadway Blvd., No. 106. 790-3294. SAM HUGHES PLACE CHAMPIONSHIP DINING 446 N. Campbell Ave. 747-5223. SAPPHIRE LOUNGE 61 E. Congress St. 624-9100. SHERATON HOTEL AND SUITES 5151 E. Grant Road. 323-6262. SHOOTERS STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON 3115 E. Prince Road. 322-0779. SHOT IN THE DARK CAFÉ 121 E. Broadway Blvd. 882-5544. SINBAD’S FINE MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE 810 E. University Ave. 623-4010. SIR VEZA’S TACO GARAGE WETMORE 220 W. Wetmore Road. 888-8226. SKY BAR 536 N. Fourth Ave. 622-4300. THE SKYBOX RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR 5605 E. River Road. 529-7180. STADIUM GRILL 3682 W. Orange Grove Road. Marana.. 877-8100. THE STATION PUB AND GRILL 8235 N. Silverbell Road, No. 105. 789-7040. STOCKMEN’S LOUNGE 1368 W. Roger Road. 887-2529. SULLIVAN’S STEAK HOUSE 1785 E. River Road. 299-4275. SURLY WENCH PUB 424 N. Fourth Ave. 882-0009. TANQUE VERDE RANCH 14301 E. Speedway Blvd. 296-6275. TANQUE VERDE SWAP MEET 4100 S. Palo Verde Road. 294-4252. TERRY AND ZEKE’S 4603 E. Speedway Blvd. 325-3555. THIRSTY’S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL 2422 N. Pantano Road. 885-6585. TOPAZ 657 W. St. Mary’s Road, No. C1A. TRIDENT GRILL 2033 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-5755. UNICORN SPORTS LOUNGE 8060 E. 22nd St., No. 118. 722-6900. V FINE THAI 9 E. Congress St. 882-8143. WESTWARD LOOK RESORT 245 E. Ina Road. 297-1151. WHISKEY TANGO 140 S. Kolb Road. 344-8843. WILDCAT HOUSE 1801 N. Stone Ave. 622-1302. WINGS-PIZZA-N-THINGS 8838 E. Broadway Blvd. 722-9663. WISDOM’S CAFÉ 1931 E. Frontage Road. Tumacacori. 398-2397. WOODEN NICKEL 1908 S. Country Club Road. 323-8830. WOODY’S 3710 N. Oracle Road. 292-6702. WORLD FAMOUS GOLDEN NUGGET 2617 N. First Ave. 622-9202. ZEN ROCK 121 E. Congress St. 624-9100.

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KARAOKE/OPEN MIC The Bamboo Club Karaoke with DJ Tony G Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y-Not Karaoke Buffalo Wild Wings Y-Not Karaoke Driftwood Bar El Charro Café Sahuarita Famous Sam’s Silverbell Amazing Star Karaoke Famous Sam’s Valencia Hilda’s Sports Bar The Hog Pit Smokehouse Bar and Grill Steve Morningwood acoustic open-mic night Know Where II New Star Karaoke Margarita Bay Music Box Outlaw Saloon Chubbrock Entertainment Pappy’s Diner Open mic River’s Edge Lounge Karaoke with KJ David Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y Not Karaoke Stadium Grill Chubbrock Entertainment Thirsty’s Neighborhood Grill

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What was the first concert you attended? Janet Jackson on the Janet World Tour. I went with my cousin after she got tickets for her bat mitzvah. I was super pessimistic, but LOVED it! What are you listening to these days? NPR. But musically, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m listening to the Roots, the xx, always Radiohead, Erykah Badu, Delicate Steve, the Electric Blankets, Camera Obscura, Feist, Andrew Bird, and cannot avoid hearing my girlfriend play Florence and the Machine. What was the first album you owned? Hysteria by Def Leppard was my first tape. Please Hammer Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Hurt â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Em by MC Hammer was my first CD. What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get? All the classics that make up karaoke favorites: Journey, Boston, AC/DC, Grease, all that crap. I would rather listen to nails on a chalkboard. What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live? Jimi Hendrix or the Doors. Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure? Hall and Oatesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and proud of it! What song would you like to have played at your funeral? â&#x20AC;&#x153;In My Lifeâ&#x20AC;? by the Beatles, or maybe have Will Ferrell sing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dust in the Windâ&#x20AC;? (assuming I go before him). What band or artist changed your life, and how? Bob Marley. He made me realize that lyrics mean something and not to settle for what usually passes on the radio. Bob always had a positive message that either addressed political strife or had a simple but true mantra or rational replacement thought that could be used to bring peace to oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. And I am not referring to â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Woman, No Cry.â&#x20AC;? Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time? Abbey Road.


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Widowspeakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excellent, eponymous 2011 debut was a murky record that paid homage both to the psychedelic grit of 1960s garage and the soundscapes of 1990s shoegaze. Singer Molly Hamilton cooed and rasped in the spirit of Hope Sandoval or Naomi Yang. The album toyed with genres, from spaghetti Western on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gun Shyâ&#x20AC;? to spooky post-punk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brain Freezeâ&#x20AC;? (a digital bonus track) without ever compromising the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dominant mood. The band returns on Almanac with a lot less grit and a lot more polish. They recorded the album with Kevin McMahon, whose rĂŠsumĂŠ includes Real Estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magnificent Days (an album with an autumnal fuzz very in the spirit of 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Widowspeak) and Titus Andronicusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; raucous The Monitor. And yet Almanac feels overwhelmingly glossy on tracks like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ballad of the Golden Hour,â&#x20AC;? which builds from campfire folk song to steel-guitar-inflected serenade, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thick as Thieves,â&#x20AC;? an orchestral dirge that could easily be a lost B-side by Starera Belly. Despite moments of static on tracks like â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dark Ageâ&#x20AC;? (which is also the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest), the album lacks attitude. But Almanac suffers from a preciousness that Widowspeak lacked. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a more baroque record, more glistening and prettified. What worked so well on their first record was the juxtaposition of Hamiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thin and delicate vocal presence with the slightly dirty production values. On Almanac, a cleaner sound translates into something less dynamic and less exciting. Album opener â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perennialsâ&#x20AC;? is angelic but empty. Widowspeakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songcraft has been traded in for repetitive atmospherics. Sean Bottai

Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a full original score or a collection of various tunes, film soundtracks are either able to stand on their own legs or they need to be heard within the film to be fully appreciated. Broadcastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest album firmly belongs in the former camp. Their first film score is the logical next step for a band thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been engrossed with the psychedelic sounds of the late 1960s. While their earlier material was a kaleidoscopic haze of groovy spaceage discordia, this is their descent into the occult underworld where black magic has replaced the Age of Aquarius. The film itself centers on a Foley artist working on an audio track for an Italian giallo film in the 1970s. Eerie lounge music has always been a staple of the giallo film, and Broadcast doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold back on the chills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Equestrian Vortexâ&#x20AC;? is a rollicking haunted hayride with its cocktaillounge drums, fleeting gasps and a mad organistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fifth Clawâ&#x20AC;? could have been an outtake from the Suspiria soundtrack; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a minute-long piece of grinding electronics and witch cackling, while â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teresa, Lark of Ascensionâ&#x20AC;? is a sinister number masquerading as a tender reprieve. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on this track that I was reminded of vocalist Trish Keenanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s untimely death in 2011, her angelic vocal chorus swirling majestically with a haunting calliope. Throughout the album, snippets of the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dialogue, sound effects and atmosphere seep seamlessly into the music, and, like the best giallo soundtracks, melodies and motifs are oft-repeated with different instrumentation. Broadcastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest should be a welcome addition for any soundtrack aficionado. Casey Dewey

The first single from Free Energyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sophomore album cracks like a big olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; whip of 1970s rockâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;big crunchy guitars, a magnetic oh-oh chorus and the steady 4:4 beat augmented by plenty of cowbell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Electric Feverâ&#x20AC;? is a rock song that celebrates all those great rock songs of that Thin Lizzy-Cheap Trick era, achingly sincere in both its ambition and its reverence: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Electric fever is in my blood/ You know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been there all my life.â&#x20AC;? The next song explains that continuing love: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girls Want Rock.â&#x20AC;? Both are wellcraftedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if derivativeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;songs that sit in the sweet spot between power-pop and riff rock, and both will stick in listenersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; heads for a good while. Free Energy places its trust in the power of rock music, but after that energetic start, though, Love Sign is dragged down by the heard-oneheard-them-all phenomenon as well as ballads (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance All Nightâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;True Loveâ&#x20AC;?) that suffer from their inability to convey the same enthusiasm for the rock music the band holds dear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Backscratcherâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Street Survivorâ&#x20AC;? donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stray from the formula and would also make for fine singles, but Love Sign doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t match the high of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Electric Feverâ&#x20AC;? anywhere else. Songs that pay homage to an era, a style, a feeling certainly have their place, but diminishing returns take hold of Love Sign and the band is basically spent before the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 38 minutes run out. Eric Swedlund


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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny. Go to RealAstrology.com to check out Rob Brezsny’s EXPANDED WEEKLY HOROSCOPE 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700 $1.99 per minute. 18 and over. Touchtone phone required. ARIES (March 21-April 19): The German government sponsored a scientific study of dowsing, which is a form of magical divination used to locate underground sources of water. After 10 years, the chief researcher testified, “It absolutely works, beyond all doubt. But we have no idea why or how.” An assertion like that might also apply to the mojo you’ll have at your disposal, Aries, as you forge new alliances and bolster your web of connections in the coming weeks. I don’t know how or why you’ll be such an effective networker, but you will be. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The United States Congress spends an inordinate amount of time on trivial matters. For example, 16 percent of all the laws it passed in the last two years were devoted to renaming post offices. That’s down from the average of the previous eight years, during which time almost 20 percent of its laws had the sole purpose of renaming post offices. In my astrological opinion, you Tauruses can’t afford to indulge in anything close to that level of nonsense during the next four weeks. I urge you to keep timewasting activities down to less than five percent of your total. Focus on getting a lot of important stuff done. Be extra thoughtful and responsible as you craft the impact you’re having on the world. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): What if your unconscious mind has dreamed up sparkling answers to your raging questions but your conscious mind doesn’t know about them yet? Is it possible you are not taking advantage of the sly wisdom that your deeper intelligence has been cooking up? I say it’s time to poke around down there. It’s time to take aggressive measures as you try to smoke out the revelations that your secret self has prepared for you. How? Remember your dreams, of course. Notice hunches that arise out of nowhere. And send a friendly greeting to your unconscious mind, something like, “I adore you and I’m receptive to you and I’d love to hear what you have to tell me.” CANCER (June 21-July 22): In his book Our Band Could Be Your Life, Michael Azerrad says that the Cancerian singersongwriter Steve Albini is a “connoisseur of intensity.” That means he’s picky about what he regards as intense. Even the two

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kinds of music that are often thought of as the embodiment of ferocious emotion don’t make the grade for Albini. Heavy metal is comical, he says, not intense. Hardcore punk is childish, not intense. What’s your definition of intensity, Cancerian? I see the coming weeks as prime time for you to commune with the very best expressions of that state of being. Be a connoisseur of intensity. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): There’s a butterfly sanctuary at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It’s called the Enchanted Garden. As you enter, you see a sign that reads, “Please do not touch the butterflies. Let the butterflies touch you.” In other words, you shouldn’t initiate contact with the delicate creatures. You shouldn’t pursue them or try to capture them. Instead, make yourself available for them to land on you. Allow them to decide how and when your connection will begin to unfold. In the coming week, Leo, I suggest you adopt a similar approach to any beauty you’d like to know better. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Do you ever fantasize about a more perfect version of yourself? Is there, in your imagination, an idealized image of who you might become in the future? That can be a good thing if it motivates you to improve and grow. But it might also lead you to devalue the flawed but beautiful creation you are right now. It may harm your capacity for selfacceptance. Your assignment in the coming week is to temporarily forget about whom you might evolve into at some later date, and instead just love your crazy, mysterious life exactly as it is. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Novelist Jeffrey Eugenides says he doesn’t have generic emotions that can be described with one word. “Sadness,” “joy,” and “regret” don’t happen to him. Instead, he prefers “complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic traincar constructions,” like “the disappointment of sleeping with one’s fantasy” or “the excitement of getting a hotel room with a mini-bar.” He delights in sensing “intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members” and “sadness inspired by failing restaurants.” In the coming days, Libra, I think you should specialize in one-of-a-kind feelings like

these. Milk the nuances! Exult in the peculiarities! Celebrate the fact that each new wave of passion has never before arisen in quite the same form. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): After analyzing your astrological omens for the coming weeks, I decided that the best advice I could give you would be this passage by the English writer G. K. Chesterton: “Of all modern notions, the worst is this: that domesticity is dull. Inside the home, they say, is dead decorum and routine; outside is adventure and variety. But the truth is that the home is the only place of liberty, the only spot on earth where a person can alter arrangements suddenly, make an experiment or indulge in a whim. The home is not the one tame place in a world of adventure; it is the one wild place in a world of set rules and set tasks.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): My general philosophy is that everyone on the planet, including me, is a jerk now and then. In fact, I’m suspicious of those who are apparently so unfailingly well-behaved that they NEVER act like jerks. On the other hand, some people are jerks far too

much of the time, and should be avoided. Here’s my rule of thumb: How sizable is each person’s Jerk Quotient? If it’s below six percent, I’ll probably give them a chance to be a presence in my life—especially if they’re smart and interesting. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Sagittarius, this gauge may be useful for you to keep in mind during the coming weeks. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The French painter Cezanne painted images of a lot of fruit in the course of his career. He liked to take his sweet time while engaged in his work. The apples and pears and peaches that served as his models often rotted before he was done capturing their likenesses. That’s the kind of approach I recommend for you in the coming days, Capricorn. Be very deliberate and gradual and leisurely in whatever labor of love you devote yourself to. No rushing allowed! With conscientious tenderness, exult in attending to every last detail of the process. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trou-

ble doing it.” So said the eccentric, outspoken, and hard-partying actress Talullah Bankhead (1902-1968). Can you guess her astrological sign? Aquarius, of course. Her greatest adventure came from trying to keep up with all the unpredictable urges that welled up inside her. She found it challenging and fun to be as unique as she could possibly be. I nominate her to be your role model in the next four weeks. Your assignment is to work extra hard at being yourself. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The Dardanelles Strait is a channel that connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, separating Europe from Asia. In some places it’s less than a mile wide. But the currents are fierce, so if you try to swim across at those narrow points, you’re pushed around and end up having to travel five or six miles. In light of the current astrological omens, I’m predicting that you will have a comparable challenge in the coming days, Pisces. The task may seem easier or faster than it actually is. Plan accordingly.


¡ASK A MEXICAN! BY GUSTAVO ARELLANO, themexican@askamexican.net Dear Mexican: In 1983 or 1984, I was walking home from work down Haight Street in San Francisco one evening and stopped into Watusi Records to look through the dollar cutout bin. I flipped through it for a bit and then stopped dead when I saw the Jonny Chingas Pachuco LP. I looked closer, saw what was written in small print on the license plate of the car on the cover (“se me paro”), and went, “Holy shit! I’ve gotta have this!” The record (especially the title cut and “El Corrido del Bato Loco”) was funnier than shit (and musically not too bad). A dozen years later, just after the Internet came in, I ran a search on AltaVista and got a single result, for a little indie record company in East L.A. I wrote to ask them if they had any more Jonny Chingas recordings and received a single-sentence reply: “Hey man, I think the vato’s dead.” Running a Google search now, there seems to be no info whatsoever on who the dude was, other than his name, Raúl Garcia, which matches the credits on the original Billionaire LP: “R. Garcia.” In 200 words or less (to match your column length), who was this incredibly funny, talented guy and what in hell happened to him? Ye Olde Gabacho Dear Gabacho: “Se Me Paro”! Literally translating as “It Stood Up,” but Mexican Spanish for “I Got Hard”—as in, “My Chorizo is Ready to Get Into Your Pink Taco” hard! By the legendary Jonny Chingas, the Blowfly of Chicano rap! Man, I hadn’t heard that song—a raunchy doowop Spanglish retelling of a homeboy getting it on with his heina, complete with moans and mecos—in years. And I urge everyone to give it a spin, as it was a rite of passage for all Mexican men who came of age during the 1990s to listen to this rola off their cholo cousin’s Lowrider Magazine Volume 1 CD. Chingas’ other songs are similarly hilarious—“El Corrido del Bato Loco” (“Ballad of a Crazy Vato”), “Yo Quiero Tirar Chingasos” (“I Want to Fuck Someone Up”) and “La Dolencia” (“The Longing”), the most romantic song about blue balls EVER. But who was he? Real name Raul Garza, recorded mainstream Chicano tracks with a bunch of East L.A. Chicano rock bands during the 1960s and 1970s under the names Raul Garcia and Ruly Garcia, but achieving immortality with

the Jonny Chingas persona. J-Vibe of Dragon Mob Records produced some of Chingas’ last recordings—and, yep, Chingas is now cruising alongside Jesus in that dropped ’64 Chevy Impala in the sky. Finally, sorry for crossing your 200-word border, but you know how we Mexicans are with imaginary boundaries… In what state and city are the cintos piteados made? Una Metiche que Quiere Saber si Sabes Tú Información del Piteado Dear Nosy Wabette Who Wants to Know If I Know Information About the Piteado Technique: You’re referring, of course, to the belts featuring arabesque designs that are a staple of hombres from central Mexico. The most famous city for production is Colotlán, Jalisco, but the best ones come from Jerez, Zacatecas— not that I’m biased or anything. Ask the Mexican at themexican@askamexican. net, be his fan on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @gustavoarellano or ask him a video question at youtube.com/askamexicano!

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I just read your column about evangelical girls “saddlebacking” (having anal sex in order to preserve their virginities). I am a 21-year-old and have been sexually active since age 14. I engage in oral and anal sex. I have never had vaginal intercourse, so technically I am still a virgin. My reason for doing this has NOTHING to do with religion and everything to do with AVOIDING PREGNANCY. And, yes, I think it would be nice to give the man I marry a rare gift on our wedding night. And with my experiences over the past seven years, I believe I will be able to keep my future husband fulfilled and quite happy in the bedroom. No Name Anal is a highly effective birth-control method, and there’s only one known case of someone getting pregnant through oral sex. (Google around and you’ll find it pretty quickly.) But anal intercourse is also the most effective means of HIV transmission—18 times more effective than vaginal intercourse—so I hope you’re using condoms, regardless. And one quibble: If technically you’re still a virgin, NN, then technically my husband is still a virgin, too. Yeah… no. My husband isn’t a virgin, technically or otherwise, and neither are you, NN. Your vagina might be a virgin, sure, but you’re not. PAULINE “DEAR ABBY” PHILLIPS: I grew up reading both Eppie “Ann Landers” Lederer in the Chicago Sun-Times and Pauline “Dear Abby” Phillips in the Chicago Tribune. I always preferred Ann’s column to Abby’s column—did you know they were twin sisters?—and I’m actually sitting at Ann’s desk, which I bought at auction after her death, as I write this. So you could definitely call me more of an Ann fan. But I have a newfound appreciation for Abby after reading Margalit Fox’s terrific obit in the New York Times (read it here: tinyurl.com/abbyobit). The obit ends with the most famous three-word response in the whole sordid history of the advice-column racket: Dear Abby: Two men who claim to be father and adopted son just bought an old mansion across the street and fixed it up. We notice a very suspicious mixture of company coming and going at all hours—blacks, whites, Orientals, women who look like men, and men who look like women. This has always been considered one of the finest sections of San Francisco, and these weirdos are giving it a bad name. How can we improve the neighborhood? —Nob Hill Residents Dear Residents: You could move. Phillips wrote that decades ago—back when adult gay men often resorted to adopting their adult partners because it was the only way to secure any legal protection for their relationships—and people are still quoting it today. I don’t think anyone working in this genre will ever top it. My sympathies to Jeanne Phillips, Pauline’s daughter and the current author of the Dear Abby column. QUEER READERS: Help advance psychosocial research and do your part to include the LGB community in research while examining critical questions about the effect of rejection in the lives of LGB people. Adults (18–49) of all sexual orientations are needed for an important study on the relationship between sexual orientation, rejection, and the attachment system. Go to surveymonkey. com/s/attachmentandalienation to learn more and to participate in the study. Thanks. Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at thestranger.com/savage and follow me on Twitter @fakedansavage.


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