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FEBRUARY 7-13 2013 VOL. 29, NO. 51

OPINION Tom Danehy 4 Irene Messina 6 Jim Hightower 6 Look! It’s our new TV and DVD column!

Guest Commentary 8 Mailbag 8


CURRENTS The Skinny 9 By Jim Nintzel

Howenstine Matters 9 By Mari Herreras

Parents worry their children will be worse off when TUSD closes their school Media Watch 10 By John Schuster

Trigger Happy 11 By Jim Nintzel

How exactly do you define a “secure” border? Weekly Wide Web 12 Compiled by David Mendez

Police Dispatch 12 By Anna Mirocha

Email Entropy 13

We have a suggestion for where you can put the film listings.

By Tim Vanderpool

Racing correspondence reveals a conflicted agency Aussies (and Wildcats) Gone Wild 14 By Tim Vanderpool

A party ended with gunshots, but who’s responsible? Stunning Tonto Forever 16 By Eric Swedlund

Looking back at one of Tucson’s greatest record labels


“You Selfish Little Pig” First of all, before anyone gets their hopes up, we didn’t bring back film times in this issue. We’re not going to in the future either, even if you leave me a voicemail calling me a “selfish little pig” and demand my firing. I hope you weren’t hoping to hurt my feelings, angered film aficionado. The ship containing my soul sailed long ago. I might remind you that hurt people hurt people. Don’t be afraid to ask for a hug once in awhile. I understand that seeing the page of movie listings was part of a weekly ritual for some of you, looking to see what you had until Thursday to catch and what to look forward to on Friday. However, I hate to say it, but we have to evolve as a paper to reflect the state of information in 2013. Movie times are available nearly everywhere, from a phone call to 1-800-FANDANGO (free Fandango plug there ... despite what some accused us of, we’re not getting a kickback from them) to our own website, several free smartphone apps, or even just Googling the name of a movie (the company’s Knowledge Graph project puts today’s showtimes at the top of the search page, conveniently enough). We only have so much page space to work with and only so many hours as a staff to put together a paper each week. When information like film times is available so many places, it doesn’t make much sense for us to manually compile them and devote three quarters of a page to printing them each week, especially since most people I talked about the change with said some variation on the sentiment “You still run film times in print? Why? People have phones, right?” I admit being a little surprised by how angry some people have been about this change, but I also understand that people have expectations about what the Weekly should be like. But we’re not getting rid of film reviews; in fact, I’m looking for more ways to cover local film. My goal in the editor’s chair is to provide the best possible product each week and the film times didn’t hold up to that standard. You can disagree (and gosh, you sure have!), but there’s a ton of good stuff you’ll miss in each issue if you rush off in a sullen fit. FYI, check out our new TV column this week. It’s really good. DAN GIBSON, Editor COVER PHOTO BY KEENAN TURNER, MDK MEDIA; DESIGN BY ANDREW ARTHUR



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Sit Down on 12th 41 By Rita Connelly

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El Merendero has a retroTucson feel Noshing Around 41 By Jerry Morgan

Breaking Routine 30 By Margaret Regan


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ast week in Newtown, Conn., a bipartisan panel of legislators heard from some of the parents of the kids who were massacred at school in mid-December. One father, obviously grief-stricken, asked openly why anyone needs to have a military-style assault weapon with a high-capacity ammo clip. At least three hecklers shouted out. One yelled “Second Amendment!” and another said “The Second Amendment shall not be infringed!” Who can argue with that?

Entire books have been devoted to the “real” meaning of the Second Amendment, which reads “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” I read a book in which an entire chapter was devoted to the comma after the word “arms” and another to the definition of “militia.” The book also argued that “people” is a collective term and so on. It’s an argument that I’m sure will rage on long after we’re all gone. I just wish that the framers of the Constitution hadn’t voted down the proposal to add the words “for the common defence” after “to bear arms.” That would have made my side’s argument so much stronger. But I don’t want to rehash those arguments here. Those hecklers reminded me of the time I went to a gathering of gun owners and, for just one time in my life, I decided to be something of an annoyance. OK, maybe for the second time. At a previous gathering of Tea Party members, I had gone around and asked people how many amendments there are to the Constitution. (See if you can get it right without having to look it up and, for a bonus, see if you know what the last amendment deals with. Here’s a hint: It involves something that may come up for public discussion during the current debt-limit suspension.) I got some amazing answers. One woman thought that there were 12, which would mean that, in her world, slavery hadn’t yet been abolished. Another thought there were 55. (We should have a colony on Io by the time there are 55 amendments.) In all fairness, several people came close and a couple of people got the right answer (27). But, in strict terms, the vast majority of the people who had gathered to protest an administration that they felt had strayed too far from the Constitution didn’t know one of the basic things about that Constitution. So, I’m at this gathering of gun owners and it was a fair-

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ly representative cross-sample (meaning that just about everybody there was a middle-class white guy). I had in my possession a gift card for a local restaurant. It had been given to me by a guy whose son I had helped with math, and since I don’t accept payment for such services rendered, I planned to pass the gift card along to someone else. Why not one of these guys? I went around and asked people if they could correctly quote the Second Amendment. If they got it right, they would get the gift card. I understand that the language is rather stilted, having been written 225 years ago, but it’s only one sentence. I ended up giving the card to one of my basketball players after she won a free-throw contest at practice. Most of the answers I got were like “Something about the militia … the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Interestingly, there were more respondents who correctly started with the phrase “A well regulated militia” than those who remembered to include the phrase “of the people” in their response. More than a couple thought it simply said “The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” I’m not a hypocrite. I can’t quote all of the amendments perfectly, but if there was one about which I got all tingly (like gun guys do with the Second), I think I would be able to get it right, especially if I used it as an argument for keeping my arsenal. The really fun part came when I asked people for the definition of “infringe.” I kept hoping that at least one of them would say that it meant putting a rifle in a buckskin sheath, like Davy Crockett (after which I would have to explain that such a response would mean that the right to keep and bear arms shall be fringed). But this was a sharp crowd, so no such luck. At least half of the people came close enough to where I would have given them at least partial credit, but just about everybody over- or misstated the definition. It does not mean to abolish or eliminate. There are multiple dictionaries online and the definition that I found that most closely resembles that which Second Amendment enthusiasts cite comes from Merriam-Webster Online: To encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another. Seems a bit harsh, but I can go along with that, seeing as how the Supreme Court has ruled that placing some limits on gun ownership is not unconstitutional. So, if by some long shot (no pun intended), Congress passes one or more gun control measures, such action will not be an infringement of the Second Amendment, but a reasonable upholding thereof.






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arbara Rose lives on an atypical farm on the northwest side. There are no horses or cows roaming, no irrigated rows of crops and no cornfields. Instead there are trees. “Everything out there taller than you that’s not a saguaro is a bean tree,” Rose says. “Every tree here is a legume tree with edible seeds and or pods.” Hence the name of her homestead: Bean Tree Farm. When people visit Rose on her 20-acre spread and ask, “Where’s the farm?” she often replies, “This is it.” Outside her window, there are ironwood, mesquite and paloverde trees; prickly pear, barrel and cholla cactus; hack and wolf berries and other edible or medicinal plants. Rose and her partner moved to the property in 1985 as caretakers and purchased the property in 1989. Rose says the home was practically falling down, so she set out to rebuild. She decided on a rammed-earth structure. But Rose didn’t build on her property the usual way. “The way that I designed this is kind of the opposite of how development has gone in this area. Usually there’s a driveway that goes all the way up to the top and then they put a house up there.” A map of Rose’s property shows that all development was done away from the mountains, leaving much of the land untouched. “All the building and development we did … is about the same footprint as one home in this area,” Rose says. There are several buildings on her property, including five residential spaces. “We really minimized our footprint by clustering the buildings as close as zoning allowed,” she says.

The Powers That Be say that the bulk of America’s middle-class manufacturing jobs are gone and won’t be coming back. High tech jobs are being outsourced, too, as are accountants, lawyers, and some other professional positions. So, where does that leave us? Grasping at straws, the most abundant of which are retail jobs. But wait, those aren’t jobs, they’re “jobettes” – part-time, poverty pay, no benefits, lousy schedules, little training, and no advancement opportunity. Most big retail chains treat their employees as nothing but a drain on profits, not an asset to invest in. Sales people are typically paid only $10 an hour, clerks get only $9.70, and cashiers just $9 – worse, 94 percent of retailers define full-time work as only 30 hours a week. People can’t make ends meet on “So much of what has happened here has happened from that, and America can’t have a healthy permaculture ethics: caring for the Earth, caring for people, economy without a solid middle class – yet reducing waste or creating surplus. Our job here is to live 15 million people are in retail work now, here and take care of ourselves, but also take care of the and it’s to be our second biggest source of land.” new jobs for the next decade. Caring for the land is evident as one walks around the Well, shrug the Powers That Be, the retail farm. All pathways are built higher than the land on each giants must compete on low prices, so they side, so that plants are watered naturally. “Everywhere we have no choice but to keep cutting corners shaped the land so that instead of water causing erosion and on their workforce. running off, we were holding the water on the sites,” Rose As we say in Texas: Bovine excrement! Look at Trader Joe’s (where THIS MODERN WORLD By Tom Tomorrow full-time jobs start at $40,000), or at Costco (where employee retainment is a priority and 98 percent of managers are promoted from within). Low-price chains that invest directly in workers are reaping industry highs in performance, morale, customer satisfaction, and profits. Bad jobs are not a retail necessity – just a corporate choice. This week, a Retail Justice Alliance has been launched to push America’s employers and policymakers to turn retail jobs into good jobs that spread a middle-class standard of living and rebuild our grassroots economy. To learn more and join in, go to


says. Water is also harvested off roofs into cisterns. “The water we harvest is a larger volume than what we draw out of the well,” Rose says. Solar panels are also used, creating a surplus of energy. “This is a zero energy house,” she says. Special evaporative coolers also contribute to the energy surplus. Tucsonan Bill Cunningham builds ultra-low-energy evaporative coolers that use between 25 and 120 watts, Rose says. In some cases, that’s less wattage than a light bulb. Permaculture ethics also include following the principle of reducing waste. Rose says she composts food and paper waste. And clippings from trees, rather than being hauled away, remain on the ground as mulch. And as Rose takes care of the land, it provides for her. “Everything here can feed you,” she says. A peek into Rose’s freezer illustrates this point. She has paloverde seeds, Ironwood seeds, prickly pear fruit and juice, cholla buds, barrel cactus fruit, hack berries, wolf berries and pomegranate seeds. On her shelves, there are chutneys, kimchees, syrups and barbecue sauces all made from the edibles outside. The goodies from the farm are not for Rose and her partner alone. She shares the harvested bounty with her neighbors and also teaches workshops so that others can do the same. The classes she offers include cactus fruit processing, cooking with mesquite, “clay play” with native soils, harvesting seasonal berries and beans, and even making salves and tinctures from medicinal native plants. Visit for more information. Rose says about 15 percent of her diet comes from her farm. Another 35 percent is from local sources, making 50 percent of what she eats local food. Rose says it’s important to start somewhere. “If you eat one local product a week, that’s a huge change. … The important thing is to want to start.” Rose likes to see people get inspired while learning about what is around them. Even if someone lives in the middle of town, Rose says, it’s possible to “re-wild” the urban center. In the end, she says, “I want people to fall more deeply in love with this place.”

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A SAMPLING OF REACTIONS TO OUR DECISION TO DROP FILM TIMES IN PRINT, NOT INCLUDING THE WOMAN WHO LEFT A VOICEMAIL HOPING DAN GIBSON GETS FIRED To the Weekly, I’ll keep this short since I’m sure you will be getting a big response about dropping the movie listings from the paper. No one in the public thinks that is a good idea, but most don’t want to bother writing you about it. The listings are probably the No. 1 reason to pick up your paper, as I have for the last 20 years. This is a real BONEHEADED move you have made. As far as making room in your paper, I can provide a list of many other things to remove than the movie times. Let me know if I can help in that regard. I expect you will come to your senses soon and return the list to their rightful place. Thank you. —Aubry Hemingway I am a long time reader of the Tucson Weekly and am not happy with one of the changes you made: the deletion of the movie times. One of the reasons I read the Weekly is to check the movie reviews and the movie times. I am not happy at all that they are gone. Please put them back into the paper. —Elise L. Hesser I’m pretty sure I haven’t looked for movie times in print since the ’80s. Even in the ’90s, we just called the theater. Funny thing, I never even noticed movie times in the Weekly. I’m guessing those who complained were most likely not in your ad demographic. —Monica Freedman, posted on Facebook Not a bad start, please consider getting rid of some of the disturbed cartoons. —posted online by “nam6870�

Should parents accept the consequences of the convenience of disposable diapers? BY MAXINE GOODMAN,


oday’s parents face a dilemma: cloth or disposable? Environmentalists say disposable diapers are bad for the environment but those who buy them say convenience outweighs that factor, and that a baby has to be in diapers only for a relatively short time. Cloth diapers first appeared in the 1800s. Today’s disposables originated in the 1960s with Procter & Gamble’s Pampers—a diaper made of cellulose. The Real Diaper Association estimates it can take 200 to 500 years for disposable diapers to decompose in landfills. The association estimates that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used each year in the United States, and more than 92 percent of them end up in landfills. Cristina Polsgrove, a spokeswoman for Tucson’s Environmental Services department, says the city “does not keep statistics on tonnages of diapers,â€? but that “diapers and diaper waste in them does not contaminate the groundwater.â€? She said the city’s landfill, Los Reales, is “designed and operated in compliance with federal regulations to protect the environment from contaminants which may be present in the solid waste stream.â€? Let’s take a closer look at the conflict parents face in choosing cloth or disposable diapers: •To produce a year’s supply of disposable diapers for one baby, more than 300 pounds of wood, 20 pounds of chlorine and 50 pounds of petroleum products are used, according to the Real Diaper Association. Disposable diapers also contain traces of dioxin, a toxic byproduct from the paper-bleaching process. The Environmental Protection Agency considers dioxin one of the most toxic of all carcinogens, and it is banned in most countries, according to the association. • Disposable diapers also contain sodium polyacrylate, a superabsorbent polymer that turns into a gel-like substance when wet, the association says. It is similar to the substance that increased the risk of toxic shock syndrome in the 1980s. • Another harmful chemical contained in disposables is tributyltin, a toxic pollutant linked to hormonal problems in humans and animals, the association says. Cloth diapers, however, “have no chemicals in them (and) can be reused or even sold after the baby is grown,â€? said Charlottes Lasselsberger, owner of the Little Bird Nesting Company, 2924 E. Broadway Blvd. “Cloth diapers use one-half the amount of water to laun-

der than it does to manufacture disposable ones,� Lasselsberger said, adding that they also put fecal matter where it belongs, in the sewer. “Cloth diapering saves money, babies have a soft fabric next to their skin and mothers avoid trips to the market,� she said. Cloth diapers are also easier to use these days because instead of pins, they are fastened with snaps and Velcro, said Tonya Scott, whose online company sells them. Scott said she decided to put her three boys in cloth diapers after seeing an ABC TV report that said disposables may cause infertility because of the higher temperatures from the plastic in the diapers. Parent Lori Hammed-Dow, 36, says it was convenience that made her decide on disposables. After potty-training her 2 1/2-year-old and dealing with “accidents,� she said she cannot imagine using cloth diapers. However, Carrie L. Beauto, the mother of children 3 1/2 years old and 19 months old, finds cloth diapers better for babies and the environment, and says she has saved money through the ability to reuse them. Erin Vaughn, a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona student who has a 2-year-old, says she decided on cloth diapers for a variety of reasons, including less space taken up in landfills and reductions in petrochemical and electricity use, especially when parents dry the cloth diapers on a clothesline. Consider the facts, then decide: a better environment or more convenience? Maxine Goodman is president of Words Ink, a public relations agency specializing in the environment.


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Parents worry their children will be worse off when TUSD closes their school


Howenstine Matters BY MARI HERRERAS, hen Rose Thomas found out Tucson Unified School District intended to close her son’s high school as part of a plan to shut down 11 schools to confront a projected $17 million deficit, she wondered if it was even worth looking into other schools. After all, before Thomas enrolled her son at Howenstine Magnet High School his freshman year, they had just spent a year at Naylor Middle School where her son struggled and where the school struggled to fulfill her son’s special education plan from his previous school in Texas. Thomas’ husband, in the U.S. Air Force and currently in Afghanistan, won’t be back from his tour until July and having to deal with school placement on her own is stressful. “Right now I’m thinking homeschooling,” she said. The problem is that this past school year has been one of the best years her son has had since they’ve arrived in Tucson. His attitude about school has changed and he’s improved academically. “When I found out it was closing I was completely crushed,” Thomas said. “He actually enjoys going to school and has experienced a lot of growth. … There’s no other school that I know that I can safely put him in.” Being part of a military family often means moving every four years. Thomas said her experience working with TUSD has been unlike any other district they’ve enrolled. “This is the first time I’ve come to a school system where I actually felt they weren’t here to help me.” Thomas and other parents the Tucson Weekly recently talked to all attended a meeting with TUSD personnel on Wednesday, Jan. 23, to get answers to remaining questions. Since a large percentage of Howenstine students fall into the category of special needs – either having an individual education plan (IEP) or a 504 plan for students with physical or mental disabilities – parents who attended the meeting wondered if receiving schools will be as amazing an experience as they’ve had at Howenstine. “My son came in at a third grade reading level last year, and in six months they’ve gotten him reading at least a fifth or sixth grade level,” Thomas said. At Naylor, Thomas’ son spent most of the year in resource classes where he was given what she describes as busy work. “I didn’t see hardly any growth. … He was losing what he had already learned prior to that.” When she needed to find a high school for her son, she visited every school and decided on Howenstine because she asked parents as they came in and out of the school what they thought.


It may seem an unorthodox method, “but I realized talking directly to parents was the best way. I never heard one bad thing from every parent I met that day. Not one,” Thomas said. At the Howenstine meeting, TUSD planner Bryant Nodine gave a presentation going over the district’s reasons for the closures. He also explained that TUSD filed a closure request with U.S. District Court Judge David S. Bury, the judge also looking at the district’s desegregation lawsuit. Nodine said the district expects a decision by April. As parents explained their stories, especially those who had students with specific needs doing very well at Howenstine, Nodine recommended they look into Project More. Parents we talked to said they don’t see it as an equal placement, but one where the alternative education setting has a more transient student population and may not be as safe. Nodine also said the school is under-enrolled and operates over budget. When one parent asked if there was an opportunity to recruit more students, she said Nodine replied the school didn’t have the capacity, which didn’t make sense if it is also under-enrolled. Mendoza desegregation case representative Sylvia Campoy also attended the Howenstine meeting. She shared with the Weekly that after parents explained their concerns, she introduced herself and asked Nodine and other district representatives to refrain from presenting school closures as slam-dunk. “I stated that both the Mendoza plaintiffs and Fisher plaintiffs had filed objections with the court on the school closures. I asked that in future presentations that the District inform parents of the court process in a more objective manner,” Campoy said. Campoy added that she also shared that according to the desegregation definitions, Howenstine is integrated, which is important as a magnet school. It’s a one-of-a-kind school offering an inclusion program not found in any other high school in TUSD. “It provides a safe and small high school environment for general education and exceptional education students who would not do well in a large high school environment,” Campoy said. “One-hundred percent of the special education students, except for one self-contained class, attend general ed classes 100 percent of the time. If these students are moved to other schools it is not likely that they will be mainstreamed for this amount of time; their IEP will need to be modified and they will go from the least-restrictive environment to a more-restrictive environment which would be cause for par-


ents to file a complaint. Given these facts, I asked why this school was selected for closure?” Campoy, a former TUSD school board member, said during the meeting she asked how much Howenstine was being subsidized by other schools and Nodine reported $700,000. However, some parents questioned that figure – looking at the 100th day attendance at Howenstine in 2012 which helped determined state funding, Howenstine had 160 students. The state pays between $6,000 to $7,000 for each students in attendance. On the conservative side at $6,000, that’s $960,000 in state dollars. According to the district’s own budget, Howenstine’s budget is $637,255. So why is Howenstine on the closure list? Nodine told the Weekly that Howenstine is “in the red” by $700,000, and part of the issue is that it is a small school, with mostly a special ed population that doesn’t pay for itself. He didn’t know why that number isn’t reflected in the school’s budget on TUSD’s website. The school, he confirmed, is not getting deseg dollars because those funds are for racial desegregation, not for students with IEPs. “There’s not enough room for Howenstine to ever be a break-even school. It’s not financially viable to even be a charter,” he added. Regarding Project More, which is a B school, Nodine replied that “some of what parents are going through is fear. More functions well and is a quiet environment for those who need that.” The Weekly talked to TUSD school board member Mark Stegeman, who voted against closing Howenstine during the meeting in December. “I’d like to see a working group talk about these issues and the viability of having a school, like Howenstine, that works with a special ed population. We need to look at the option,” he said. Howenstine parent Carol Easterbrook has two special ed seniors at Howenstine. Her daughter, she said, suffers from anxiety and is a selective mute. “Now she doesn’t hesitate to ask questions. If she was in a bigger high school, this would not have happened,” Easterbrook said. “Look, you have University High School for the gifted kids, and we need something for our kids.”

Gabby Giffords made a surprise statement last week at a Senate Judiciary Committee on gun violence. “Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important,” said Giffords, who was struggling with the words but determined to say them. “Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something. It will be hard but the time is now. You must act. Be bold. Be courageous.” Giffords’ husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, offered the committee four suggestions for gun-violence legislation: Expand background checks to include person-to-person sales by unlicensed dealers; enact a tougher federal guntrafficking statute; remove the limitations in federal law on collecting data and doing scientific research on gun violence; and start talking about “the lethality of firearms we permit to be legally bought and sold in this country.” Kelly interrupted his testimony to inform senators that as they were speaking, he had learned that another fatal shooting had erupted in Phoenix. The Phoenix shooting, which spiraled out of a legal mediation session gone terribly wrong, left three people dead, including the killer (who took his own life). That’s just another day in America now. The day before Kelly testified, an Alabama school bus driver was shot to death by a 65-year-old nutjob who then kidnapped a 5-year-old boy from the bus and stashed him in an underground bunker, starting a standoff that would last days before the FBI entered the bunker, rescued the boy and shot and killed the kidnapper. A day after Kelly’s testimony, an assistant D.A. was killed in San Antonio, Texas. Over the weekend, Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL veteran known as the deadliest sniper in Iraq, was shot alongside a fellow veteran at a gun range outside of Fort Worth, Texas, by a third vet said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The Tucson City Council took the first step toward wider background checks earlier this week, voting to require background checks at any gun shows on city property. That sets up a legal battle over a state law that forbids the city from enacting more stringent gun regulations than the state allows; City Councilman Steve Kozachik believes that the city has authority to control how gun sales are conducted on its property. If the city loses in court, it will have to decide whether to allow gun shows at the Tucson Convention Center. But the real question goes back to Washington and whether there’s political will to increase gun regulation. At the very least, it appears there’s movement to expand background checks, with more Senate Republicans— including Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake— saying they are open to reform.





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KFMA MORNING HOST RECOVERING FROM EAR DAMAGE Todd Fooks, the morning show host at KFMA 92.1 FM, has spent much of the last month recovering from ear trauma triggered by a trip to a local gun range. “We shot for about an hour, and at the end of that I was functionally deaf,” said Fooks, who goes by “Fook” on the air. “I could feel words and sounds more than I could hear them.” Fooks describes the event as an inevitable tipping point caused by years of inconsistent habits at other loud activities, certainly not an uncommon practice for a radio DJ. “I remember a Tool show in Chicago where I didn’t wear any protection and

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remember my ears ringing after that,” Fooks said. “I’ve been to a couple Metallica shows where I didn’t wear any protection. I started wearing some (earplugs) at some shows, but certainly not all of them.” Although he was familiar with the phenomenon of ringing in the ears, the latest incident was significantly more problematic. “I could barely hear conversation on the TV. I was freaked out,” Fooks said. “It gradually got better to where I could make out conversation by the next day, but my ears were still ringing like crazy, and I realized at that point I had some ear damage. Everything sounds super-jarring. It’s strange when they say you have hearing loss because everything is actually amplified. I went to Trader Joe’s four days after it happened and there were two kids fighting with each other, someone else had a squeaky shopping cart, a worker dropped a pallet of potatoes down really hard, and all of that combined made it sound like Vietnam. Nothing sounded like it should. Everything was fried. Some people like to say it’s like a blown speaker. I prefer fried because it all 10 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

has this kind of crunch.” Fooks took a week off work after the incident and has seen consistent progress since, even though he estimates it might be another six weeks before his hearing can assimilate the complexities of music again. “You don’t know if you’re getting better or if your brain is processing information differently,” Fooks said. “There’s a lot going on in music and it still has that fried sensation to me. It’s one of the things you take for granted, but when you can’t hear it right, it’s something you can’t enjoy.” Although it looks like the worst is behind him, Fook is taking his wake-up call seriously. The incident, which is fairly common for those in professions where loud noise is consistently part of the work environment, has made Fook something of an expert at preventing hearing loss. Fooks speaks about the importance of regular cleanings—Don’t use a Q-Tip, he says. It just pushes ear wax deeper into the ear canal and leads you to turn up the volume even more—and he says he will wear earplugs at any event where loud noise is a factor. His current ringing sensation, Fooks says, is a reminder that those sorts of precautions are a really good idea. As is paying attention to what your body is trying to tell you. “One thing I ignored, I was physically jumping when the guns went off. If you think it’s uncomfortable, your ears think it’s uncomfortable and you’re most likely doing damage to your ears. It’s not something you’re supposed to get used to. That’s a warning sign,” Fooks said. “If it sounds like that, you need to take measures.” As for the ringing in his ears, “I imagine I’ll have some degree of that for the rest of my life, which is kind of scary, but it’s something livable. I think I’m less concerned about hearing the last two octaves of Mariah Carey’s range than hearing what I can hear and hearing it the way I should be hearing, recognizing sounds like other people do. “Life was going pretty good for me, then all of a sudden life goes to shit,” Fooks said. “Radio makes me very, very happy. I’ve tried some other careers, and I was miserable. This is one of those accidents that turns your life upside down, but I’m happy it’s not as bad as it could have been.”

1290 AM TO BROADCAST TUCSON PADRES GAMES KCUB 1290 AM and the Tucson Padres have come to terms on broadcasting games for the minor league baseball team this year. Most Padres games, home and away, will air live unless there’s a conflict with UA baseball. If that’s the case, the Padres broadcasts will be tape-delayed. The season begins Thursday, April 4, in Salt Lake City. The first Padres home game is April 12 against Fresno. Tim Hagerty enters his third year as the team’s play-by-play voice. And now, for the obligatory disclosure: I work at KCUB as co-host of pre- and postgame shows for UA football and men’s basketball, and occasionally in a fill-in capacity for the station’s local sports-talk show, In the House, which airs weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

CURRENTS How exactly do you define a “secure” border?


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BY JIM NINTZEL, resident Barack Obama and a bipartisan group of senators both unveiled frameworks for immigration reform last week. There’s a lot of overlap between the plans. Both call for a more secure border, a guestworker program, better technology to help employers ensure they are hiring legal workers and—most controversially—a “path to citizenship” for undocumented people now living in the United States, provided they pass a background check to prove they haven’t been involved in serious criminal activity and they pay a fine and back taxes. But there’s a key difference: The White House plan calls a more rapid pace to normalize the status of those 11 million undocumented residents. “We can’t allow immigration reform to get bogged down in an endless debate,” Obama said last week in Las Vegas. “We’ve been debating this a very long time. So it’s not as if we don’t know technically what needs to get done.” The Senate plan—backed by Arizona Sens. John McCain (R) and Jeff Flake—also calls for normalization of the status of undocumented workers now in the country with an eventual path to citizenship, but that would only be triggered “upon securing the border and combating visa overstays,” according to the framework outline. To help determine if the border is secure, the Senate plan creates a commission of “governors, attorneys general, and community leaders living along the Southwest border to monitor the progress of securing our border and make recommendations.” Gov. Jan Brewer told Fox News last week that the assessment of border security “ought to be determined by all of us collectively together. We need to talk to the experts. We need to talk to the people that live at the border, and certainly the elected officials that are the people getting contacted and dealing with it not only on a daily basis, but you know, we’ve been dealing with it on a daily basis for years.” The definition of a “secure” border is going to differ, depending on who you talk to. During his Senate campaign last year, Flake said the Tucson sector of the border should have the same sort of operational control that the Yuma Sector now does. As Flake put it during a debate with Democrat Richard Carmona, “if we can do in the Tucson sector what we’ve done in the Yuma sector, then we can move on to all the other reforms that are really needed.” But others say the border is as secure as it’s likely to get, from a statistical standpoint. The Pew Research Hispanic Center noted in an April 2012



The mystery of border security continues. that the “net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped and may have reversed.” The federal government has boosted spending on border security over the last eight years to build more walls, hire more Border Patrol agents and invest in more technology. A recent Government Accounting Office report shows that the Border Patrol estimates that the number of people crossing into the Tucson Sector has decreased in recent years. The estimated number of border crossers peaked in 2007 at about 650,000 and dropped to about 200,000 in 2011. That’s partially due to increased enforcement efforts along the border, but also because of the slowdown of the U.S. economy in recent years, according to the GAO report. But the report reveals a fundamental problem for the Border Patrol: While they have a lot more resources, they don’t have a great grasp on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to assigning Border Patrol agents in the field. Congressman Ron Barber had a town hall meeting last week to discuss the results of the GAO report. “We’ve invested billions of dollars in solving the problem,” Barber said. “We need to see progress.” Barber added that he was still concerned about the security of Southern Arizona residents. “We are still the heaviest trafficked area of any sector along the border,” Barber said. “While

some improvements have been made and progress has been made, from my standpoint, we still have a ways to go to make sure that people feel safe in their homes along the border.” Cochise County rancher and veterinarian Gary Thrasher said he and his neighbors still have to deal with the impact of border crossers. “If you’re not worried about traffic coming across the border, you’re worried about animal diseases, fences being down and animals mixing,” Thrasher said. Thrasher said that towns along the border are “safer than they’ve ever been.” But as a result, undocumented border crossers are “pushed out to where I live, where my clients live, where I have to work everyday,” Thrasher said. The biggest revelation in the report, Thrasher said, was that local Border Patrol station chiefs determine how the agents are deployed in the Tucson sector. He said he’d like to see Border Patrol agents on the actual border where drug smugglers and coyotes are crossing. “I’d rather see the billions of dollars spent on more horse patrols sitting right at the border than I would on an enormous fence,” Thrasher said. “It would do a hell of lot less damage, it wouldn’t be so ugly, and they do a good job of getting up in there.”

Critics of Pima County government often point to the bond program when they’re knocking the Board of Supervisors or Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. They claim the county allows voters the opportunity to borrow too much and shifts the money around in order to reward friends and punish enemies. Former state lawmaker Terri Proud was one of the loudest critics of Pima County’s bond program, accusing Huckelberry of having “repeatedly taken bond money and spent it on projects other than what voters intended.” “Where’s the money, Huck?” Proud demanded in an article she penned for a right-wing blog. “What did you get for $1.5 billion?” Proud, who did not seek reelection last year, first tried to run legislation that would have allowed the small towns in Pima County to veto bond projects, but eventually settled on passing a bill calling for an audit of the Pima County bond program. That audit, which was released last week, notes that with bond projects that were approved by voters in 1997, 2004 and 2006, the county had completed 477 of 513 projects (or 93 percent) on time or ahead of deadline. Any changes were approved by the Board of Supervisors, “without any indication in the board’s records that changes were made to reward or punish an entity, party, or official who stood to benefit from or be affected by the project.” Huckelberry called the audit a “complete validation of the integrity and importance of the bond program.” “We hold as sacred voter trust and believe strongly that voters must have assurance that they will get what they paid for,” Huckelberry said in a prepared statement. “We are pleased that this independent review has unequivocally found Pima County to be accountable and transparent in its management of these programs.” Proud, who worked hard to undermine confidence in Pima County during her time in the Legislature, dropped her hostile tone toward the county after the audit was released. “I’d like to thank Mr. Huckelberry and his staff for their cooperation during this audit,” Proud told The Skinny via Facebook. “I am pleased it turned out well. It’s my hope that this audit will restore some confidence back into the taxpayers in Pima County knowing that the bond monies are being taken care of appropriately.”

FADING GREEN We mentioned last week that three incumbent Democrats on the Tucson City Council—Richard Fimbres, Karin Uhlich and Steve Kozachik—would be








A man who showed up at a hospital three times in two days with different complaints defecated in his pants on the third visit and told a deputy that he had drug cartel connections and that the deputy was in his “crosshairs.” Deputies responded to Northwest Hospital, 6200 N. La Cholla Blvd., where a man was refusing to leave the emergency room. Staff said the man had been kept overnight the previous evening because he said he wanted to kill himself, according to a Pima County Sheriff’s Department report. The next day, after adamantly denying suicidal thoughts—but requesting pain medication—the man left the hospital but returned later in the day complaining of back pain. A doctor said that when he tried to treat the man, he became belligerent, saying “fucker” and “fuck this.” The doctor told the man to leave the hospital, which he did, but the man returned again, this time in an ambulance. He then started cursing at a triage nurse and refused to leave the emergency room. When a deputy handcuffed him, the man said, “You squeezed the poop out of me,” explaining that he meant he had defecated in his pants (which was obvious, according to the report). While being taken to a patrol car, the man became belligerent and told a deputy that he had drug cartel connections and “it was going to suck” for the deputy because he was in the man’s “crosshairs and . . . should be afraid.” The man was booked on suspicion of criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.


An intoxicated shoplifter also was charged with underage drinking after he allegedly tried to get away with eating a bag of chips in a store and not paying for it, according to a University of Arizona Police Department report. The manager of the Highland Market, 544 N. Highland Ave., told UAPD officers that a young male had ordered a burrito and polished off a bag of chips while it was being prepared. The manager said that the subject left the empty bag behind when he went to pay for the burrito, and that when it was brought to his attention, he refused to pay for the chips. He then threw the bag on the ground and left the store. When UAPD officers found the subject nearby, one officer noticed that his eyes were red and watery, and said, “You probably wouldn’t have done that if you weren’t drinking.” The subject then said something he may have regretted: “You’re probably right.” The subject, who was younger than 21, was arrested on suspicion of underage drinking and shoplifting. 12 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

Lust, Lube and Newsprint or the unaware, last Friday we announced our erotic fiction contest, lovingly titled “150 Shades of Shame,” and in the short space of time between that announcement and this writing, we’ve already received a fair number of worthy entries—including at least one incredibly strong piece that’s bound to make a push for the top prize. But before we get into that, let’s recap: “150 Shades of Shame” is a contest that hopes to cultivate the one thing people tend to pick up romance novels for: unbridled passion, dirty role-playing, hilarious anatomic mishaps. In other words, sex; and the more heaving the bosom, the more turgid the wang, the better. That’s what we’re hoping to take in from all of you—but, in the interest of time, our alcohol budgets and our amusement, we’ve got a few caveats. First, each story has to be roughly 150 words long, which seems short, but remember—it’s not about the size of the boat, but the skill with which it’s maneuvered into the port. Or something like that. Either way, it’s about quality, not quantity—thus, “150 Shades of Shame,” not “260 Shades, Plus Footnotes About Lube.” Second, each story must, in some way, involve the Tucson Weekly. Whether the print edition itself is used as a prop (makeshift paddle?); Weekly World Central is noted in the background; or our writers are written to be in some sort of romantic/lustful entanglement, it’s all fair game. Finally, and most importantly, be creative. Be clever. Be funny. Don’t hold back. What you’re writing for, aside from the whole glory of your smut potentially being featured in the pages of Tucson Weekly, is this: First prize takes home $75 in gift cards from our friends at Fascinations, your one stop for Valentine’s Day shopping with the largest selection of romantic gifts. Two Second Prize winners earn $25 dollars in Fascinations gift cards. Stories will be judged—sternly yet tenderly—by Weekly staff, who are not only terrified of the possibilities but shamefully curious as to what we’ll be reading. You’ve got until the end of this week, Saturday, Feb. 9, to submit your entries to us. Send them over to, and we’ll do the rest. Good luck—now, get it on.


COMMENT OF THE WEEK “The argument about privacy just doesn’t have legs, especially in this day when new phones and new automobiles have GPS units which track information that can be obtained by police. (Hmmm, I wonder what the gun buyers would say to a GPS tracking device in all new guns instead of licensing?)” — commentor Ann Pattison making some sense in the midst of gun legislation insanity (“Background Noise,” Cover Story, Jan. 31).

BEST OF WWW While the conversation on gun legislation is both incredibly interesting and incredibly divisive (check out the comments on last week’s cover features for more), but what’s particularly interesting to me is the conversation between Weekly boss Dan Gibson and commentor Mammey, discussing whether or not society should be responsible for monitoring content that children could see on the Internet ... all in the context of our 150 Shades of Shame erotic fiction contest. Drop in on that to let your thoughts be heard.


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THE WEEK ON OUR BLOGS On The Range, we shared word that Tucson’s own Catnip: Egress to Oblivion is now an award-winning film; tut-tutted at Troubled UA Running Back Ka’Deem Carey’s latest run-in with the law; lamented the closure of Woody’s on Oracle, while sharing hope about the planned downtown location; celebrated the opening of Ten-55 Brewing; expressed our desire to become Hedwig’s sugar mama; noted as Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords testified in front of Congress about gun violence; discussed violence on television in Tom Danehy’s latest blogging effort; shared that El Charro hopes to maintain some kind of nightclub presence; and more! On We Got Cactus, we expressed our reasons for being pumped up about Coachella’s lineup this year; talked about the incredibly rare Fall Out Boy vinyl re-release; shared informaion about Phoenix’s 2013 Country Music Megaticket, featuring a whole mess of Country superstars; enjoyed the slow trickle of leaked music from Coheed and Cambria’s new release; followed the news of the Postal Service’s new headlining tour; and gave a thumbs-up to Dave Grohl’s Sound City documentary.

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Racing correspondence reveals a conflicted agency

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Email Entropy n rare occasions, mere citizens gain a glimpse behind the curtain, allowing us to see how government really works. Just such a peek occurred recently, when the Weekly obtained cozy email correspondence between members of the Arizona Racing Commission and Tucson Greyhound Park. The emails were procured through a public records request by Massachusetts anti-racing group Grey2K USA. There have long been accusations that the Racing Commission—and the Arizona Department of Racing, for which it sets policy— are more like drinking buddies than stern taskmasters when it comes to monitoring South Tucson’s greyhound track. That impression was only boosted when state lawmakers recently yanked department funding, forcing the ADOR to rely solely on revenues from the very racing industry it’s charged with overseeing. This might be a driver behind recent regulatory quirks, such as the fact that ADOR stewards no longer collect dog injury reports from Tucson Greyhound Park. This keeps those unsightly records outside the scope of public records requests—and beyond public scrutiny. The desire for obfuscation seems obvious, since lousy track conditions recently contributed to nearly 70 dog injuries in just two months. And what did the ADOR do about it? Not much, beyond issuing a few harsh words. The roots of this unseemly symbiosis date from November 2008, when the citizens of South Tucson voted to outlaw the track’s practice of feeding greyhounds with raw meat from diseased animals. Their ballot initiative also forbade the dosing of female greyhounds with anabolic steroids. The steroids keep females from going into heat, but are also believed to cause severe health problems. Ever since, track officials have done their best to weasel out of those restrictions. For instance, they claim to now cook the foul meat. And for a time, the dogs were hauled just beyond South Tucson’s city limits before a veterinarian injected them with steroids. When the Weekly reported on these surreptitious injections, the track veterinarian simply relocated his operation. But the hide-and-seek was halted in September, when Ward 6 City Councilman Steve Kozachik spearheaded a measure prohibiting the injections throughout Tucson. Pima County followed suit in January. But it appears that Greyhound Park manager Tom Taylor knew last spring where things were headed. “Do you have any suggestions as to how we can beat this?” he wrote in a May 7 email to ADOR Director Bill Walsh and Racing


Commissioner Rory Goreé. “My plan is to approach South Tucson City Council for an exemption or a grandfather clause.” In a follow-up email to Walsh, Commissioner Goreé waxed indignant. “First they went after birth control hormones, the food the greyhounds are fed and now this,” the commissioner wrote. “I believe city and county ordinances are pre-empted by state law and regulation.” Goreé then urged Walsh to check with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. “I would like to see this resolved as expediently as possible,” he wrote, “as I believe … ‘harassment’ of TGP will continue using city and county ordinances to drive up the expenditures of a legal, regulated business from operating that is under regulatory authority of the state and not local authorities.” In an interview with the Weekly, Walsh said he took no action on Goreé’s request. And the AG’s office says it was not contacted on this matter. While Goreé did not return numerous emails and phone calls from the Weekly, his penchant for online verbosity is impressive. His blog regularly savages groups opposed to greyhound racing. And in March, he sent a lengthy article to Walsh describing how groups like Grey2K will leverage dog-track injuries to end the sport. This recalls a similar dust-up last year when, as a newly appointed commissioner, Goreé publicly apologized after making vulgar sexual references to Grey2K president Christine Dorchak on his Facebook page. Carey Theil is Grey2K’s executive director. To him, the emails signal an agency that has lost its way. “When you have a racing commissioner openly strategizing with track executive Tom Taylor about how to defeat a local ordinance,” Theil says, “I think it’s very clear that the commission is effectively protecting Tucson Greyhound Park instead of regulating the track.” But Goreé is not alone. When informed by the ADOR of Grey2K’s records request, fellow Commissioner Melvin McDonald was disdainful. “I do not recall any Greyhound messages or emails,” McDonald wrote to the department on Jan. 3. “If I got any, I would have discarded them. It seems like almost all emails or letters I get fall into the kook categories.” McDonald’s term expired a few weeks later. But considering that he served as the U.S. attorney for Arizona in the 1980s, critics say he certainly should have known better than to simply ditch emails from the public. Susan Via is a retired federal prosecutor and the driving force behind South Tucson 2008 greyhound initiative. She says McDonald’s comments “shows utter contempt for Arizonans with



Arizona Department of Racing: What? Greyhounds? whom he may disagree. … Apparently he never bothered to read the AZ state open records laws, nor the case law interpreting them.” But when contacted by the Weekly, McDonald hedged. “I get emails all the time,” he says. “We’re talking about emails that come directly into my account. I get so much garbage that I discard. … The response speaks for itself.” Then come the emails that weren’t surrendered in Grey2K’s public request. They included terse exchanges last fall between Director Walsh and Councilman Kozachik. The councilman, a steadfast critic of Greyhound Park, invited Walsh to meet him at the Ward 6 office while the director was in Tucson for a seminar. But those plans hit a snag soon after Kozachik also invited Susan Via. “I understood the purpose of the meeting was to inform [Kozachik] on some of the issues he raised,” Walsh wrote to the Ward 6 staff. “While Ms. Via may have an interest in the greyhound industry, I’m uncertain how she fits into this discussion.” Kozachik’s response was tart. “The Arizona Department of Racing has been a taxpayer-subsidized oversight agency,” he wrote to Walsh, “that is charged with monitoring the activities of TGP, among other racing venues, each of which also receive tax subsidies. Ms. Via is a taxpayer, and has been active in ensuring the welfare of the animals at the TGP is respected appropriately. On all levels, she ‘fits into this discussion.’” Not surprisingly, the meeting with Kozachik never happened. “I offered him a number of opportunities,” Walsh told the Weekly by phone. “But he only had one way of doing it, so it didn’t work out.” Kozachik describes an agency that resists being dragged into the light—or clashing with businesses paying its way. “There’s no reason for them to be aggressive about looking at the track conditions or looking into the injury rates,” he says. “Walsh and the whole ADOR—they’re not an objective oversight group. It’s a direct conflict.”

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CURRENTS An off-campus party ended with gunshots, but who exactly was responsible for the chaos?

Aussies (and Wildcats) Gone Wild t’s been 11 years since the University of Arizona achieved the pinnacle of all college rankings: the No. 1 party school in America, according to Playboy magazine. But since earning that lofty distinction in 2002 it’s been a downward spiral for the UA as a party place. It was missing from Playboy’s most recent top-10 list, and hasn’t cracked the top 20 in the last three years of rankings from that noted (ahem) party-school evaluator, The Princeton Review. All that could change, though, considering the attention brought by a recent wellattended—and potentially deadly—party held at an off-campus apartment complex catering to UA students. Video from the party, which took over the courtyard, pool area and dozens of units at the Stone Avenue Standard complex a mile northwest of campus, has had more than 45,000 views on YouTube since it was uploaded a little more than a week ago. Clips from the so-called “Aussie Party” have also included a wild incident in the complex’s parking lot, where an unidentified person could be seen waving a handgun, with shots fired moments later. Tucson police don’t believe anyone was injured by the shots, which were fired into the air. But by the time they arrived at the complex, most of the roughly 1,500 partygoers had fled. No arrests were made, though Stone Avenue Standard was issued a red-tag notice, which TPD spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke said means the complex cannot host a communal party for six months. A few days later, evidence of the Aussie Party could still be seen at the complex. Employees were using power washers to clean the pool decks, and numerous exterior walls had touchup paint and spackle covering what might have been party-fueled holes. A big party atmosphere is what drew students like sophomore Tommy Johnson, 20, from New Jersey to the UA in general and Stone Avenue Standard specifically. “From what I saw last year I was expecting parties here,” said Johnson, who lives at the complex and attended the Aussie Party. “But I don’t think anyone expected something like this. I definitely enjoyed the party, but not when people started getting crazy. Somebody ripped off my friend, stole his TV right out of his apartment.” Johnson thinks there were close to 2,000 people at the party, which Hawke said was organized by a trio of Australian exchange students



who spread fliers around the UA campus and scrawled invitations in chalk on campus sidewalks about the come-one, come-all event. The date of the party, Jan. 26, is known as Aussie Day in Australia. The Aussies—who on Facebook and YouTube videos go by the names Aussie Blair, Aussie Dave and Aussie Jack—have been identified through a UA student directory search as Blair Limbert, Dave McQueeney and Jack Seymour. None of the three wished to speak to the Weekly for this story, other than McQueeney saying the gathering was the product of “just a couple of blokes who wanted to have a party.” But the magnitude and organization of the event say otherwise. Besides the word-of-mouth mass invitation approach, the Aussies employed an upstart media company founded by a pair of UA students to film the festivities and upload them to YouTube. They also flew in a pair of DJs from South Carolina and coordinated the acquisition of sophisticated lighting and stage equipment that goes far beyond the typical runof-the-mill college kegger. Such parties are becoming more and more common at apartments that bill themselves as student housing, said David Graff, a UA student and aspiring photographer who was hired by Blacked Out Media to shoot stills at the event. Nearly 300 of those pics are on Blacked Out’s Facebook page. “I’d say there’s about two to three per semester, on average,” said Graff, noting complexes such as Campus Crossings at Starr Pass and The Seasons have annual mass shindigs. “They are a lot of fun. They get a lot of students, and they’re probably pretty good for getting people booked into the apartments.” The difference between most of those largescale events and the one at Stone Avenue Standard, police say, is that many complexes give TPD a heads-up before such a big party. TPD and the Tucson Fire Department then provide guidance on what constitutes a safe crowd and how much security is needed to keep the peace. “The Standard has had parties there in the past, and told us about them,” Hawke said. “They didn’t this time.” Hawke said apartment complex employees contacted after the Jan. 26 party said they didn’t notify TPD because they didn’t want to be forced to spend a certain amount on security and other safeguards. Hawke said the info provided by the police and fire departments consists of suggestions and recommendations, not mandates. Officials with the Stone Avenue Standard and its property management company, NorthStar Management and Consulting Inc., declined to



UA still a party school? Well, yeah. comment. NorthStar’s website lists six “student living” sites among its 38 Tucson-area properties. By the letter of the law, Stone Avenue Standard and NorthStar didn’t commit any crimes by having such a large, out-of-control party. Despite the presence of only six security guards that night and the likely attendance of hundreds of underage drinkers, there was no evidence that Stone Avenue Standard provided the alcohol or that anyone was charged admission to the event. Even so, such a large party meant that Stone Avenue Standard “opened themselves up to some significant liability if any sort of injury or something happened,” Hawke said. Once the red tag expires, the complex can continue to have parties without fear of penalties, or even the need for a liquor license. The Tucson City Clerk’s office said the party didn’t need a special-event liquor license because it was essentially a BYOB event. Graff said many people had smaller, in-unit parties where alcohol was plentiful, and much of that circulated into the common areas, adding to the intoxicated atmosphere. Stone Avenue Standard employees told police they “sanctioned” the party, but did not put any money toward it. Graff said he heard otherwise, with the Aussies paying only about one-third of the costs. “They did all the legwork and then gave the

bill to the apartment complex,” Graff said. Hawke said TPD has no immediate plans to start targeting student-centric complexes with special enforcement details. The department does intend, though, to start communicating with managers of such complexes to let them know what’s happened elsewhere. It’s something TPD will likely do a lot in the next year, with the impending opening of massive student housing complexes downtown, just outside the UA campus boundaries and along 22nd Street near Park Avenue. “As always, we will address violations of law or ordinance on a case-by-case basis,” Hawke said. In the meantime, Blacked Out Media appears to be riding the wave of attention it got for filming the Aussie Day party. The company’s Facebook page, which notes its service is meant to “film what you won’t remember” and to help “make your event look like nextlevel sh*t,” indicates that Blacked Out Media has plans to make several more local party videos. Blacked Out Media’s co-founders, who asked that their names not be used in this story (although an elementary social media search links David Lee Orr, class of 2013, to the company), say they’re committed to returning the UA to Playboy’s roster of top party schools.

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“To the top! To the top!� —Chango Malo, “Pied Piper of Rock� EVERY BAND ON STUNNING TONTO Records shared two goals: pursue their own music and pull together to help build the scene. The longstanding punk ethos and do-ityourself model that Stunning Tonto began emulating morphed into a do-it-together agenda, fueled by local pride and deep friendships. Initially a discarded band name meant to convey legitimacy before there was any, Stunning Tonto came to signify a music scene that stretched to nearly a decade in Tucson, rock bands under a loose umbrella that displayed an endless, heartfelt enthusiasm for each other’s music. Centering on a wave of younger musicians who promoted like hell and began packing downtown-area clubs in 2000, Stunning Tonto did what it could to unite a fragmented music scene with a diverse selection of styles, a stubborn inclusiveness and a commitment to positive support for the bands. “It was certainly a fruitful period. You had a lot of bands playing under that umbrella, all the time, and any one of those shows you went to back in the day, the first however many rows was nothing but their friends in other bands just rooting them on,� says the Weekly’s music editor, Stephen Seigel. “In a sense they did create a scene that wasn’t there before.� Emerging from the basement headquarters of Chango Malo—Tucson’s hardest-working band—Stunning Tonto ended up releasing more than a dozen albums, including the ambitious 2002 compilation that represented 16 bands. Some toured the country extensively in the early and mid-2000s, looking to break through and drag the rest of the scene along with them. “The camaraderie is what set it apart,� says Chango Malo’s drummer, Jericho Davidson. “We weren’t money-driven and it wasn’t about us trying to use other bands to step-stool to the top or anything like that. It was about furthering our scene. There were all these bands that I genuinely loved and I thought that if only people just heard them, they’d be blown away like I was.� At the heart of Stunning Tonto were Chango Malo, scratchingthesurface, Manifold, Good Talk Russ, Red Switch, Lloyd Dobler, Ladies and Gentlemen and the Retainers, one of most tightknit collections of bands the city has ever seen, becoming the bridge between the eccentric Bloat Records era and the indie rock wave that blossomed afterward. “The Stunning Tonto thing encouraged everybody to find their own voice in their own way,� says Corey Reidy of Good Talk Russ. “It wasn’t like ‘We are a punk scene’ or ‘We are a heavier scene.’ The one quality we had in common was we were putting in the work practicing and hitting the pavement.� The lessons they soaked up from influences like the Minutemen meant it was OK to make whatever kind of music you want if you dedicate yourself entirely to that pursuit. That dedication showed strongest in the live shows— nearly every weekend for years—when the onstage energy hit intense peaks. “There was this esprit de corps that came from the shared endeavor and people doing

the same kind of thing. People supported each other in a very enthusiastic fashion. That was just what you did. You didn’t hang around in the back and not participate. You were up front and center. All of that stuff eventually coalesced around the label,� says Curtis McCrary, the Rialto Theatre’s general manager, who booked bands at Club Congress from 2002 to 2004. In the early and mid-2000s, the bands put forth “this crazy energy that just kept snowballing,� says Christy “Chita� Stevenson, who hosted a local show Sunday nights on KLPX, a rarity even then for commercial radio. “The fans were fans of the whole scene. People had their favorite bands, but they also wanted to earnestly support Tucson. Any given night you could go out and it was this whole landslide of the same people. It felt like a little Austin to me, like it was on its way to becoming the next music scene.� Though the Stunning Tonto roster is history, the musicians continue to populate the current scene of downtown rock bands—like HAIRSPRAYFIREANDGIRLS, Church Key and Fort Worth—and the urgent dedication that coursed through the Stunning Tonto projects lives on with a 10th-anniversary celebration.

DAVIDSON AND JUSTIN LILLIE ME AS Rincon High School freshmen in 1994. Their first conversation was about starting a band and they spent the rest of high school checking out shows at the Downtown Performance Center until it closed in 1995, then at Skrappy’s. Standing shoulder to shoulder, singing along with bands like Gat-Rot, Malignus Youth and Spill Blanket, they found local inspirations that were every bit as real as Fugazi and Bad Brains. Davidson teamed with guitarist Ian Philabaum and singer Quin Davis in Poot, a goofier band that took after Primus and Mr. Bungle. Guitarist Ryan Couch played in Veering Ever Red, while Lillie had joined up with a band named e on bass. Chango Malo (though the band was almost named Phineas Gage) emerged from the wreckage of those other projects, with David Clark recruited to play saxophone. The band’s sound reflected its influences and unique components: heavy rock, soulful edges and chameleonlike shifts. The band played with a crazy wall of sound and an indescribable genre bending amalgamation. The band settled on the term “post-everything,� but always insisted it was simply rock ’n’ roll. Chango Malo debuted at Velvet Tea Garden on Oct. 17, 2000, introducing the thunderous, calamitous rock that McCrary would later call a “hyperkinetic energy� onstage. “The culture we had amongst the Stunning Tonto community, our objective was focused on that live experience,� Philabaum says. “We worked hard at recordings at times and eventually we got better at it, but nobody produced an album that was a fucking through-and-through home run. We were really set on creating that experience, for everybody involved, and it was very successful.� At first, the band started a label just to have something to put on their CD, The Business of Fancy Dancing, a debut EP released in 2001. Hanging around Couch’s Sam Hughes-area

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ticularly well in Midwestern cities—Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Kansas City—that embraced the post-rock, shoegaze sound. The band played the legendary New York punk club CBGB before it closed. “We’d try to get on tour with bands and all of sudden there’s this open dialogue,” Beach recalls. “Bands are passing through, asking about places to play and needing some help, and then it turns into trade shows. We’re getting bands shows in Tucson and getting shows in San Diego or wherever out of it.”

Jeff Imler, Garth Bryson, Josh Skibar, Matt Hamblin, David Clark, Justin Lillie, Corey Reidy, Josh Wheat, Jericho Davidson, Beau Bowen, Kane Flint, Dave Williams, and Josh Levine. STUNNING TONTO CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17

house, which would come to serve as headquarters for the label, they picked up Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven from the coffee table and found the phrase Stunning Tonto. “It seemed so organic,” Lillie says. “I don’t think we talked about it much. We knew we were going to start a label. We were so driven at the time. We honestly didn’t want it to just be Chango Malo if we were to break it big. We wanted to bring all of our friends along with us, too.”

SHORTLY AFTER CHANGO MALO’S debut, Couch’s roommate at the band’s headquarters, drummer Justin Bernard, hooked up with a couple friends for what was supposed to be a one-off recording. Ed Slocum, soon to be a father, wrote a song called “Perfect,” a pop-punk power ballad about getting ready to welcome his first son into the world. Slocum recorded the song with Bernard and Danny Scalzo on bass “just to have it,” but practicing in the same basement space as Chango Malo, the trio gelled. The settled on the band name scratchingthesurface, for its connotations of youth versus maturity. “All the songs we were coming up with we felt were coming-of-age songs, diving into things that really matter to us,” Slocum says. “I was super straight-edge at the time and it was about development and self-growth for me. I was trying to learn how I felt about things. A lot 18 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

of the lyrical content was about growing up, so it was scratching the surface of all these emotions.” The first scratchingthesurface show, with Chango Malo and the Retainers at Club Congress, was a natural result of the bands’ friendship. Networking and pooling limited resources tied in with the aspirations of the fresh record label.

MANIFOLD STARTED IN 2001, playing with a wall of sound, channeling the atmospheric shoegaze of My Bloody Valentine through a post-rock lens. The band—singerguitarist Todd Alexander, guitarist Tom Beach, drummer Mike McLaughlin and bassist Joe Stover—played its first show in March 2002 at a house party with the Deludes and Red Switch. Manifold reached out to Chango Malo after reading a newspaper article about the band and the fledgling Stunning Tonto label. Manifold released a self-titled EP in 2002 and then the full-length Departures And Arrivals album in 2003, both on Stunning Tonto. More insistent on touring than anyone else on the Stunning Tonto roster, Manifold would go on to play nearly 200 shows before calling it quits at the end of 2005. “We were down to pay around and meet other bands, but our goal was to get out of town and tour as much as we could,” Beach says. Manifold mostly stuck to two-to-four-week “vacation” type tours, but the band blanketed the country in its four years, playing par-

LIKE CHANGO MALO, MOST BANDS’ members were Tucson natives and had long been friends. But the scene embraced like-minded newcomers. Drummer Greg Wheaton and guitarist Jeff Imler began playing as Loudmouth Soup in 1997, recording songs on a karaoke machine. The band lost their Dumb and Dumberinspired name to another group with a similar affinity for the comedy and turned to Vacation quotes to select Good Talk Russ. The lineup solidified with Aaron Wilson on guitar and Reidy on bass. All from the East Coast, the musicians found a sound that paired the fast, upbeat, thrashing punk of Fat Wreck Chords bands like NOFX with sad, relatable lyrics, mainly about shitty relationships. For the first show as Good Talk Russ, the band just happened to get paired with Chango Malo at the Double Zero on Congress Street. “Aaron looked at me as soon as Chango Malo started and said ‘Fuck, we can’t follow them.’ Chango Malo blew us away that night,” Imler says. “Their style of music was so different, but they were just the type of dudes who’d become bros. That’s how they’ve always treated pretty much every band.” Good Talk Russ practiced three to four times a week, intent on making their mark on the scene. “You can’t bullshit the Tucson fans. You have to be good or they won’t go to see you,” Wilson says. But, busy with work and family obligations, they ended up losing momentum before being able to fund a proper tour or quality recording sessions. For the band’s one Phoenix show, they were paid in laser tag. Good Talk Russ put out three albums: What’s Wrong With Me, Four The Road and The Panglossian Travels of the White Elephant. Though none of the band’s albums were officially under the Stunning Tonto label, Good Talk Russ found its place under that banner. “It was natural. Everybody in that scene was a certain kind of person, just really open and that’s what happened to converge,” Wilson says. “People with no attitude, no agenda, people who really loved to play music. It was a bunch of music nerds getting along. “The music will be lost, but people being close like that doesn’t happen very often. That community was something special and it was worth every bit of suffering for me to get there and make it happen.”

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Red Switch had all played in multiple bands before. Guitarists Andrew Skikne and Josh Levine, drummer Ernie Gardner and bassist Trent Purdy started the band in the fall of 2001. Red Switch played its first show to a packed house at 7 Black Cats, opening for the Quadratics. “I remember being very surprised at the reaction we got. It really did foreshadow what was to come with our own band and with the whole scene,” Levine says. “There was this feeling that we were all in it together and helping our friends out and helping out people who weren’t our friends, just for the sake of putting together something we could be proud of.” Levine recalls a particular Red Switch show, at a loft party above the Grill with Chango Malo. “I looked up at one point and everybody I could see was singing along to lyrics I’d written and that had never happened before,” he says. Levine described Red Switch as “real primitive, rhythmic rock ’n’ roll music” in a 2002 Tucson Weekly interview, but that downplayed the band’s gift for melody, the twin-guitar interplay and the songwriting that yielded explosive climaxes. “Red Switch always delivers the money shot,” the Weekly’s Seigel wrote. Red Switch released two EPs, in 2002 and 2003, the second an official Stunning Tonto release. As the band got more popular, they were able to follow Chango Malo’s lead and put together big shows, with bands on the bill that wouldn’t be able to play to that size of crowds otherwise. “There was this really big feeling of community that I hadn’t felt before, or since. Everybody was helping each other,” Levine says. “Chango Malo was the first band of our particular generation that got a lot of popularity locally and they used that popularity to help other bands up and make it into a scene.”

LIVING IN YUMA, BEAU BOWEN picked up the guitar at 14. Looking to find a band when he moved to Tucson in 2001, he stopped into Sticks and Strings, where his Sonic Youth T-shirt caught the attention of Kane Flint, who worked there and was starting to feel the itch to play again after a year without a band. With Flint, Mike Rowden on bass and a Yuma friend, Dale Estabaya, on drums, Bowen formed Lloyd Dobler, playing a hard-edged indie rock that spoke to its members’ influences and musical pasts: post-rock, metal and grunge. “They started playing that were really good and all the stuff I was looking for was laid our right there. All I had to do was contribute parts to it, help them sculpt the songs,” says Flint, who had known the Chango Malo crew for years. “I started telling all my friends that I’m jamming with these guys no one had heard of and everybody was really into it.” Davidson set up the debut show for Lloyd Dobler, with Chango Malo, Good Talk Russ and the Beating at the Pima County Fairgrounds “I thought we were good, but I realized I had to try harder. I was very inspired,” Bowen says. “Any time I had played anywhere else, it was small-town guys just barely learning instruments. These guys had their shit together more than any other band I’d played with. I was jealous, too, and I basically had to rethink everything. The songs got better and more creative.”

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AS bassist Garth Bryson puts it, were the “babies” of Stunning Tonto. The band’s roots date to 1998, the beginning of high school for bassist Garth Bryson and singer-guitarist Alex Porter, who formed a band called Letterbox Edition influenced by nerdy rock like They Might Be Giants. Adding Clay Letson on guitar and Mike Herman on drums, the band became Ladies and Gentlemen in 2000. The band’s music grew more serious as Porter’s songwriting progressed, but they retained a comical edge, with onstage gimmicks for every show. Ladies and Gentlemen played in a tent, played facing backward and once even recruited friends to dress up like them, while the band members themselves dressed as ninjas, rushed the stage and tied up the imposters. Bryson recalls when the band was asked to contribute to the compilation, hanging out with Davidson at the Grill, feeling honored to be a part of Stunning Tonto. “Simply being in that record, whether or not we were the dorky little kids, we definitely got respect from the other guys in well-established bands. It was definitely family,” he says.

SINGER-GUITARIST CARL JOHNSON formed the Retainers just out of high school, inspired by punk bands like Weird Lovemakers and Los Federales he’d seen at all-ages shows at Skrappy’s. The Retainers—Johnson, Ryan Lemme on

bass and Dave Williams on guitar—played punk through the prism of host of influences: early mod and garage bands, the pop-punk of Screeching Weasel and post-punk indie bands Jawbreaker and Superchunk. The Retainers became friends with Ladies and Gentlemen and from the very beginning, they two bands each other out. After a year or so of playing and making more friends in the scene, the Retainers branched out to playing shows with Stunning Tonto bands like Good Talk Russ, Lloyd Dobler and scratchingthesurface. “It was pretty apparent pretty quick that everybody was friends and it was a cool community to be a part of. You always had people to call to fill out a bill,” Johnson says. The Retainers recorded their full-length album Off And On with Justin Bernard and released the CD on Stunning Tonto, an important factor for the band even if didn’t translate to a lot of practical help. “We were really branding ourselves to be a part of the community,” Johnson says.

UNLIKE A REGIONAL MUSIC SCENE that coalesces around a particular sound—for example, the grunge era in Seattle—the Stunning Tonto bands had no distinct sound in common. “None of us sounded the same. Everybody played different kinds of stuff. That much diversity in such a small city, I just thought it was so weird,” says Lloyd Dobler’s Bowen. “That was the most interesting aspect,” says

Don Jennings, who hosted the Monday night Locals Only show on KXCI from 1998 to 2008. “It was almost like anybody and everybody. The label just embraced a lot of different styles.” Jennings says he didn’t begin to think of Stunning Tonto as a family of bands until the label released its compilation, putting all 16 bands onstage at Club Congress on Dec. 12 and 13, 2002. The eclectic disc also brought in hip-hop (Mankind), dense electro-rock (The Beating), hardcore (Gat-Rot) and heavy riff rock (Love Mound). “The unifying factor for the compilation and for the bands was everybody was out supporting everybody. You could go to a show of one of the bands on the comp and you could see people from just about every other band,” Jennings says. “Nobody cared individually about being a success, but they all wanted the scene to thrive.” The compilation came about as a way to document the scene, but it also became a catalyst, helping the bands that played on a regular basis reach a wider audience. Stunning Tonto itself attracted even more bands, releasing albums by the Demon City Wreckers and Innisfail, who weren’t on the comp. “There was a diversity in the type of music, but a shared solidarity for the community and an appreciation of music. I don’t think Tucson had been a place where all the bars were filled with live music and all the bands liked each other,” says Dan Hernandez, a music promoter and Optimist Club DJ. “The record itself wasn’t transformative, but it’s a good encapsulation of how the scene itself was being transformed. It’s a good record in both senses of the word.”

CHANGO MALO WENT ON SIX TOURS, typically staying on the road six to eight weeks. At one point, the band limped through a Northwest tour in an all-but-totaled van. The devotion looked as though it would pay off, with contact from three major record labels: Atlantic, Universal and Lava. The band sent in demos, never heard back and continued just as they always had. “We wanted to be with the ranks of people who did it well. The idea of making money was never in there. We wanted to make something that we were proud of and that the people around us like,” Davidson says. There was no day off for Chango Malo. The band members assigned everybody tasks after practices. Whoever had a day free of work or school took shifts on the phone, contacting clubs around the country, using the name of fictional band manager Randy Blokes for added credibility. “Everybody was all in, with no outside agendas,” Clark says. “It helps believing you’re going to conquer the world. Not just wanting to, but believing it 100 percent.” One major blow came when the band lost Matt Moore, a longtime friend who was the band’s sounding board and source of “why not?” inspiration. Chango Malo played a packed Club Congress show on May 30, 2003. Moore collapsed in the club after the show and died hours later. With a show in Nogales, Sonora, already booked for the next day, the band knew Moore would want them to play on and they did. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE







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“Honestly, when Matt passed, I think Stunning Tonto got stronger in his memory,� Philabaum says. “For a while, the passion we had was so inflamed by our sadness and the hurt of him being gone out of our lives. Every day we thought about Matt and did everything for Matt.� Dedication and dreams ultimately ran into the realities of life. Most Stunning Tonto bands split up long before Chango Malo, which went on to release two full-length albums: 2003’s Alas Poor Lucy and 2007’s The Whiskey Years. Handing the torch to the next generation of local bands like the Swim, Mostly Bears and Holy Rolling Empire, Chango Malo performed for the last time on Feb. 28, 2009, though nobody knew it was their last show at the time. “The desperation had started to set in,� says Clark, who points to that night as his favorite of the band’s 200-plus shows. “That was our heart and soul on a platter. Take it or leave it.� “I know bands that do not have as much energy and tenacity as Chango Malo who tour the country and world. I don’t see in their success as much commitment and passion as I saw in Chango Malo,� says Chita of KLPX. “That was the biggest attraction to working with them. They’d just go for it. They legitimately went out and hustled. They didn’t kick back and say ‘My band’s awesome. Come see me.’ “It’s lucky they came together. Their personalities are so infectious that when you put them together you can’t mess with that force. That’s the essence of what it takes to make a following.�




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REALIZING THAT THE 10-YEAR anniversary of the Stunning Tonto compilation was nearing, Reidy, Davidson and Philabaum brainstormed a new project, with the current bands picking songs to cover from the original bands. Raising $4,020 through Kickstarter, Stunning Tonto Forever seeks to revive and celebrate not only the music, but also the friendships that defined the label. “Stunning Tonto didn’t have to be this one thing. All that it wanted to be was a buoy, a beacon,� Reidy says. “The people involved just wanted everybody to get as much exposure and to have as much fun and to be involved and to do it together. It was a brotherhood. For me to come out here and fall backwards into the best friends I ever had in my life, I would’ve done whatever they asked me as far as promoting it.� The current bands—including Church Key, HAIRSPRAYFIREANDGIRLS, Anakim and the notorious Pangs—recorded an eight-song album with Fernando Rivas at OG7 Studios. Stunning Tonto Forever, a celebration of then, now and everybody, kicks off at 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, at Plush. “It’s hard not to romanticize the whole thing because it seemed like there was no doubt in my mind it was going to blow up and then all of a sudden, Tucson bands would be around the world,� Lillie says.

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Funky Night for a Cultural Cause


The Latin funk, Grammy award-winning Grupo Fantasma will perform at the Rialto Theatre’s inaugural fundraising gala this Saturday, Feb. 9. The group, whose horn section has played with Prince several times, has traveled the world to perform in international festivals and for U.S. troops overseas. The band’s fan base has grown in Tucson after playing at the Rialto twice before and performing at last year’s Festival En El Barrio. Grupo Fantasma has also been featured on popular TV shows such as Breaking Bad, Weeds, Ugly Betty and Law & Order. “We really like them a lot,” said Curtis McCrary, executive director of The Rialto Theatre Foundation. “So we were really excited that they were going to be around on the date of our gala.” Brownout, a subgroup of members from Grupo Fantasma, will also perform at the gala’s after-party, which can be attended separately with a $10 cover charge.

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“It has been very gratifying to know that there is so much community support out there,” McCrary said. McCrary hopes that more-stable funding for the theater will lead to more shows and bring more people downtown. Having more people enjoy Rialto shows also helps neighboring businesses, McCrary said. “I think the Rialto Theatre serves the community first and foremost,” McCrary said. “That was the idea in the first place … it would be a community resource.” McCrary said the foundation also wants the Rialto to become a key part of the changes that are happening in downtown Tucson. “I have no reason to doubt that what’s currently in process right now is a transformation of downtown,” McCrary said. “I’ve never seen so much change and great things happening all around us.” Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, a big supporter of the Rialto, will be a guest speaker at the gala. McCrary said he enjoys his job because the Rialto is a place where people go to have a good time and see artists they have come to love. “So the fact that this is a home for that and for people to have that spiritual moment, it rubs off on us in a nice way,” he said. Wagenheim said the foundation will be pushing for more people to join the Rialto’s membership program, which includes discounts on tickets and drinks, and the ability to buy tickets before they go on sale to the public. “It’s a constant reminder that you’re part of that organization,” she said. The Rialto Theatre Foundation’s Inaugural Gala begins at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Rialto, 318 E. Congress St. Tickets range from $25 to $100. For more info, call 740-1000 or email Stephanie Casanova ELLIOTT

Since the Rialto reopened in 2004, it has survived on ticket sales and merchandise sales during concerts. Because of the kind of shows it hosts, many community members are unaware that the Rialto Theatre Foundation is a nonprofit, according to Grupo Fantasma Lisa Wagenheim, a board member of the foundation. While there’s been talk about having a fundraiser since the theater reopened, the big push to make it happen came last year when the board added members and formed multiple planning committees. The Rialto survived the recession and a boycott by musical groups over Arizona’s immigration laws, but it has struggled to keep its doors open. Funds raised at the gala will help pay for repairs and improvements to the Rialto, including to the restrooms and the dressing rooms under the stage, said McCrary, noting that the building is almost 100 years old. McCrary said it’s unusual that the foundation hasn’t had a fundraising event since the Rialto reopened given that it has helped other local nonprofits raise money. “It’s exciting to be finally doing an event specifically for us to fundraise because it’s something that we as a nonprofit need to do,” McCrary said. Wagenheim said that when she reached out to the community, she found that many people had direct, personal experiences with the Rialto and were happy to donate money or help in other ways. “I think each person seems to tell their own story about how much they love it and why they love it,” Wagenheim said. Donations already received for the gala include items for the silent and live auctions as well as food that will be offered during the event. Items set for auction include signed UA memorabilia, art, gift cards and guitars.

The Time Travelers’ Outpost at the Trunk Show Tour Noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9 Haggerty Plaza 324 N. Fourth Ave. 982-0556;

To Jocelynne Weathers, Steampunk is a way for her to express herself with others who share this common interest. “To me personally, Steampunk is about working at the connection between humanity and technology and where we’re at now and exploring that in art, in culture, in music, in costuming,” said Weathers. The Tucson Steampunk Society will host a trunk show, titled The Time Travelers’ Outpost, at Haggerty Plaza on Feb. 9. The event will be filled with everything that encompasses the Steampunk culture. Weathers, one of the organizers for the Tucson Steampunk Society, is excited to shed light on the Steampunk culture for those who may not know about it, and enforce the community tie for those who do. “I hope that people will learn more about some of our local resources and enjoy those and then just have a great time and discover that Steampunk is for people of all ages,” she said. “From the six-year-old to 65-year-old, we really have everybody in our group and I hope people will see that too.” The name for the event not only spurs from the time travel aspect Steampunk includes, but it also serves as a way to promote the Wild West Steampunk Convention, occurring in March. “Part of the back-story for that convention is that the town is actually traveling through time,” said Weathers. “So we thought it would be nice to wrap up all this time travel, to sort of thematically connect with the tour aspect, but how would a Steampunk tour Fourth Avenue in 21st century Tucson? Well, you’d have to time travel to get there.” This free event will have music performed by Ukulele Catfish Keith, a belly dancing performance, a fashion show and a prop show, and a mustache contest. — M.M.

Far left: Sino Dance performers from the 2012 New Year celebration. Left: The Lesbian Looks 20th Anniversary Film Series presents Mosquita y Mari.




Another New Year

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Year of the Snake Celebration

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The Tucson Chinese Cultural Center is breathing new wind into the sails of the New Year’s celebration, with two events meant to usher visitors into the Year of the Snake. Families should flock to the first event, a “Taste of China” Festival at the Center. The event will feature live performances and entertainment for both children and adults, as well as a series of tents with authentic food and drinks so that “people can try tastes from different areas of China,” according to Tucson Chinese Association President Richard Fe Tom. Admission to the event is $2, with free parking and admission for children 12 and younger. Since the TCCC moved to a new facility five years ago, their events have defied expectation in terms of attracting the interest of a wide demographic. “Last year we were expecting 1,000 people or so and it turned out over 3,000 people showed up,” Tom said. “This year we’re making adjustments and hopefully we’ll be able to accommodate the public a little better.” A more extravagant celebration of the New Year will follow on Feb. 16 at the Year of the Snake Dinner, which serves as the TCCC’s major fundraising event. Admission to the dinner is $150 ($70 tax deductible) and will also include live music and dance performances, a silent auction, bar and casino. Inviting the greater community to the events, regardless of their background with the Chinese New Year, ultimately allows the TCCC to establish a stronger identity in Tucson while educating visitors on their heritage. “We just want to make sure people understand our culture,” Tom said. — K.N.

This coming weekend marks the beginning of a musical project that began over a year ago—the Tucson Desert Song Festival. Over the nine days, there will be different musical performances that bring together guest soloists and conductors with the Tucson Symphony and Orchestra, UApresents, Tucson Chamber Artists, Ballet Tucson, Chamber Music Plus, and Tucson Guitar Society. The reason this musical collaboration differs from other various music organizations around the world is because it takes the talent that is already found locally and enhances the sound with guest performers. “We’re pretty much using existing performances and we’re enhancing them by giving the organizations money to bring in solo performers, singers and conductors that they might otherwise not be able to afford,” said Cecile Follansbee, vice president of the Tucson Desert Song Festival. This nonprofit began when the board members came together about a year and a half ago. The members have spent that time raising money to make this music festival become reality. “We are our own organization that raises money, about $100,000 a year, that we then turn around and give to the different organizations that are involved,” she said. “We’re not having to compete with any of these organizations; we are simply enhancing their ticket sales and their own status.” The festival will also have master classes and lectures for the public to attend. “One of the requirements of one of our guest artists that we’re bringing in is that they have to teach a Master class at the university,” she said. For more information, including a schedule of the performances and their locations, visit the festival website: — M.M.

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By bringing back their film series Lesbian Looks for the 20th year, the UA Institute for LGBT Studies is showcasing the staying power of cinema in the Tucson community. The series has sponsored the growing presence of film both “by and about lesbian life” since 1993, according to series director Beverly Seckinger, in a continued partnership with the LGBT department. “The thinking at the very beginning was...this is a new area of study that isn’t represented here,” said Seckinger. “The film series is kind of a way to... make available to the broader community the fruits of what a university campus does.” Moving the screenings from campus to outside venues over the past few years has been representative of that outreach, drawing older audiences interested in queer-identified film while still retaining a college audience. Before Stonewall, the world-renowned 1984 documentary that will screen at the Loft on Feb. 28, was selected with that goal in mind, and will precede a meet-and-greet with filmmakers Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss. Mosquita y Mari, a film praised for its multi-faceted perspective of LGBT and immigrant issues, will kick off the series on Feb. 13. The film tells the story of two teen girls who develop a close friendship despite the constant pressure of school and family, and has had a steady presence on the festival circuit since its Sundance premiere in 2012. “We’re in 2013, and we don’t have a lot of films with that sort of crossidentity representation in film,” said film director Aurora Guerrero. Spanish-language film Morir de Pie (March 22, 7 p.m.) and My Best Day (April 4, 7 p.m.) will conclude the series. — K.N.

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Elena Díaz Bjorkquist is a short-story novelist and research affiliate for the UA’s Southwest Institute for Research on Women. A member of Sowing the Seeds, Bjorkquist helps to organize events that connect women in Tucson to humanities projects within the community. The group, which is made up of women writers, will host “Celebrating Women’s Voices Past & Present,” a benefit event for Sowing the Seeds and YWCA on Friday, Feb. 15. The event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the YWCA, 525 W. Bonita Ave. Admission to the event is free, though donations are accepted.

BE KIND TREE CHALLENGE Tucson Young Professionals has partnered with Planet Coexist to offer a sustainable alternative for Valentine’s Day. Instead of buying flowers or chocolate, an individual can sponsor the planting of a tree for $35. A portion of the contribution goes toward TYP’s section of the Ben’s Bells mural. The program runs through Thursday, Feb. 14. Visit earthwalkunited.Org/typtrees for info.

Kyle Mittan,

Where are you from? I’m from Morenci, Arizona. It’s a little bit north of Tucson here, about two hours away. It’s almost on the border with New Mexico. I was born there and then moved and lived in California most of my life and then came back 13 years ago to Tucson. What brought you back? My parents still lived in Arizona at the time and so I wanted to be closer to them, and then I have a son who also lives here in Phoenix. I was able to see my grandchildren more often and it brought us closer to our daughter who lives in San Antonio so that we didn’t have to make the trek from way up north in California all the way to Texas. What exactly is Sowing the Seeds? Sowing the Seeds was formed in 2000 and it was funded by the Stocker Foundation and Arizona Humanities Council to form a group of women to promote the humanities in our communities. And then it became a writers’ group, or writers’ collective, and we’ve been active in the community. What’s the idea behind the event that you’re hosting on Feb. 15? Well, it originated in 2012; it was the centennial for Arizona. We had a number of women that wrote monologues of unsung women of Arizona, and I was able to 24 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

get funding from the Tucson Pima Arts Council to put all of those monologues together into a mini-play and then I’m also having mariachis from Los Changuitos Feos, a children’s group. They’re also going to be performing, and we have a reading of Comadres — that’s what we call ourselves — all the women that belong to our writing group. And we’ll have an open mic, so anybody that wants to read poems or essays or memoirs excerpts are welcome to come up to the microphone. So it aims to celebrate a number of women in Arizona history who have gone unnoticed? Right. The “unsung women” are past and present, so the monologues are past and include three women: We have Carmen Soto, who did the Teatro Carmen, which was a very growing concern way back when and was very elaborate. Linda Leatherman is bringing her back to life to talk about what it was like for her to do this. Then, we have Rosalie Robles Crowe, who researched her grandmother’s life (Isabel Delgado Mayagoita Orosco) in Jerome (Arizona), a mining town, and what it was like for an ordinary woman just to raise her children during the Spanish flu, World War I and the different things. And then I’m performing Ida Redbird, who was a famous Maricopa Indian potter. She formed a co-op of potters to raise the fees that they

were getting and also to get into museums and galleries. Maricopa pottery became famous because of Ida Redbird. You’re a research affiliate for the UA’s Southwest Institute for Research on Women. How did you get involved with that? Well, I started with a history project that I worked on with SIROW to get funding from the Arizona Humanities Council, and that was to do an oral history on the elders in Morenci. And then the next project I worked on was through SIROW again and the Arizona Humanities Council funded it, and I did one on Tubac. How has your work in SIROW helped with coming up with and organizing events like this one? Has the research helped you come up with various ideas of community involvement? Well, actually, the work in SIROW helps in getting people out to our events because we also have a Sowing the Seeds writing workshop once a year and invite women to come. We’re trying to encourage women that haven’t had the opportunity to attend workshops or conferences to come and have a day where they can learn writing techniques, even if it’s journaling or just for their own purposes.

CHOCOLATE TASTING Copper Queen Library. 6 Main St. Bisbee. (520) 4324232. Taste Twist, the Friends of the Copper Queen Library’s annual fundraiser, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9. Bisbee’s bakers donate cookies, candies, truffles and cakes; coffee will be donated by the Bisbee Coffee Company. For $10, ticketholders can choose six treats, or call (520) 432-3401 for a to-go box. Wine sold by the glass; a raffle and music will be offered. Tickets may be purchased at the Copper Queen Library, the Friends’ Bookstore, the Bisbee Visitor Center, Atalanta’s Music and Books and Bisbee Office Supply. Some tickets will be sold at the door. FINE VALENTINE COUPLE’S RELAY Geronimo Plaza. 820 E. University Blvd. A celebration of Valentine’s Day that starts at 8 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, at the UA Main Gate, includes a 4-mile relay race for couples, an individual 4-mile ramp run race and a 2-mile noncompetitive walk/jog; $12 to $20. Email, or visit for more information. Race-day registration and packet pick up are at Geronimo Square. HEART HEALTH LECTURE Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library. 7800 N. Schisler Drive. 594-5200. Shari Schoentag presents “Fall in Love With the Heart Health Diet” at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13; free. A video and demonstration of the chest-compression-only lifesaving technique take place before the lecture. INVISIBLE THEATRE Invisible Theatre. 1400 N. First Ave. 882-9721. First Kisses opens with a preview on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and continues through Sunday, March 3; $28. Call or visit for tickets and more information. Rush tickets are available at half-price, one half-hour before each performance. THE JEWISH HISTORY MUSEUM The Jewish History Museum. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. The Ketubah Exhibit, a collection 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 MORE THAN 50 SHADES Himmel Branch Library. 1035 N. Treat Ave. 594-5305. The Saguaro Chapter of the Romance Writers of America presents a panel discussion, Q&A and workshop, from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; free. Reservations are suggested. PHILOSOPHY GROUP DISCUSSION Old Pueblo Grille. 60 N. Alvernon Way. 326-6000. A group meets for an open discussion of philosophical issues on the second Monday of every month; free. The Philosophy of Love is the topic on Feb. 11 for Valentine’s week. Call 298-1486 for more information. ST. VALENTINE’S ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR St. John’s Catholic Church. 602 W. Ajo Way 624-7409. One-of-a-kind arts and crafts by local artisans are sold from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10; free. Sales proceeds benefit the St. John’s Children’s Catechism Program. Call 792-3667 for more information. SWITCHBLADE PARADE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. A cabaret show explores the many phases and facets of love, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, and Thursday, Feb. 14; $9, $15 VIP, $25 VIP couples.

UPCOMING THE BASTARD (THEATRE) The Screening Room. 127 E. Congress St. 882-0204. Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a multi-award-winning off-

broadway hit about an East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess and victim of a botched sex-change operation, opens with a preview on Thursday, Feb. 14, and continues through Saturday, Feb. 23. Performances are at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; $15. Call 4254163, or visit for tickets. BUTTERFLY SEX Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Take your sweetheart to a presentation about butterfly trysts, followed by a stroll through the Butterfly Magic exhibit, from 6 to 7:15 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14. $22, $18 members. Call to receive special pricing for two: $40, $32 members. CANDLELIGHT VALENTINE’S DAY Colossal Cave Mountain Park. 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail. Vail. 647-7275. Dinner under the ramada follows a candlelight tour of Colossal Cave at 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Feb. 14 and 15; $45, $85 couple. Reservations are requested by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12. Call for reservations and more information. FOX TUCSON THEATRE Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Harold and Maude screens at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14. LOVE AND CHOCOLATE Kadampa Meditation Center, Arizona. 1701 E. Miles St. 441-1617. A talk about the benefits of real love is followed by indulgence in gourmet chocolate treats starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14; $15, or $10 for anyone who brings chocolate treats. LOVE AND HATE AT THE CHICKEN SISTERS RANCH Whistle Stop Depot. 127 W. Fifth St. 271-7605. Flam Chen and Chicha Dust perform for an intimate crowd of valentines, from 8 to 12 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16; $25, $40 for two. Dancing is encouraged. Call 272-9041 for more information. LOVE AND MUSIC Sky Bar. 536 N. Fourth Ave. 622-4300. Live music features Steff Koepper and the Articles, The Neeners and Union Pacific at 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14; free admission, special prices on drinks. LOVE BITES Radisson Suites Hotel. 6555 E. Speedway Blvd. 7217100. A Valentine’s Day Dinner Celebration and Singles Mingle, featuring buffet dinner and dessert, performance by Orbital Evolution hula-hoop troupe, comedy and song by Tom Potter and music for dancing by DJ Shorty, plus candy-grams and a mystery raffle takes place from 5 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14; $50. Call 797-9431, or visit for reservations and more information. MUSIC AT COMMUNITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Community Performing Arts Center. 1250 W. Continental Road. Green Valley. 399-1750. Classics presents So Many Loves at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14; $18, $15 advance. Visit for tickets and more information. PASSIONATELY PIAZZOLLA! Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4875. Ballet Tucson collaborates with Chamber Music PLUS and the Tucson Guitar Society for the Desert Song Festival, presenting Passionately Piazzolla, inspired by the life of one of the originators of tango music, from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 15 through 17. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m., Sunday; $35 to $41. Visit for tickets and more information. RED & WHITE VALENTINE’S AFFAIR Chicago Bar. 5954 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-8169. A Valentine’s party takes place at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17. Music by Twelve Tribes Sound with Papa Ranger and Jahmar International. Dress to impress; free; 21 and older. Free roses for the first 50 ladies. ROMANCE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café. 505 W. Miracle Mile. 207-2429. Vocalist and pianist Alisha Peru performs and a four-course dinner is served from 7 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14; $75. A la carte and vegan options also are available. Call for reservations. Visit for more information. VALENTINE’S DAY FEATURING CRAZY HEART Maverick. 6622 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-0430. Crazy Heart performs at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14. Ladies get in free. Proceeds from a kissing booth go to the UA Rugby Football team ($1 kisses, $2 dances). VALENTINE’S DAY BUFFET Hibachi Super Buffet. 4629 E. Speedway Blvd. 3260000. Roast duck, crab legs and jumbo shrimp are on the Valentine’s Day menu; $12.99. VALENTINE’S DAY COMEDY HYPNOTIST Laffs Comedy Caffé. 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. 323-8669. Dinner, chocolate strawberries and roses are included at a

comedy show featuring Don Barnhart at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14; $25. Reservations are requested. VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER New Delhi Palace. 6751 E. Broadway Blvd. 296-8585. A special appetizer is free with dinner for Valentine’s Day at this restaurant featuring the cuisine of Chettinad, from 5 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14. VALENTINE’S DAY MURDER MYSTERY Magical Mystery Dinner Theater. 2744 E. Broadway Blvd 624-0172. Murder at the Vampire’s Wedding is staged, following a candle-lit three-course seated dinner at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14; $42 also includes a rose. VALENTINE’S DAY SCREENING OF ANNIE HALL Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Annie Hall, a neurotic romance that won multiple Oscars for Woody Allen, screens for Valentine’s Day, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14; $5.75 to $9.25. Visit for a list of forthcoming films and to reserve tickets. VALENTINE’S DINNER AND DANCE Apache Spirit Ranch. 895 W. Schiefflin Monument Road Tombstone. (877) 404-7262. A three-course prime rib dinner is followed by a barn dance, starting at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15; $35. Reservations are requested by Thursday, Feb. 14. Discounted rates on rooms are available. Visit for more information. VALENTINE’S DINNER AND DANCE The Breeze Patio Bar and Grill. Radisson Suites. 6555 E. Speedway Blvd. 731-1414. A four-course Valentine’s dinner includes champagne, music by the Bad News Blues Band, dancing and a silent auction of handmade jewelry to benefit Casa de Los Niños from 6 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14; $35. Call for reservations. WOO AT THE ZOO Reid Park Zoo. 1030 S. Randolph Way. 881-4753. A Valentine’s Day event features a buffet with prime rib and roast turkey stations, live music by Indigo and a light-hearted discussion about the mating behavior of wild animals. Seatings are at 5:30 and 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14; $50, ages 18 and older, only. Reservations are required by Friday, Feb. 8. Call or visit for more information. ZUZI! DANCE COMPANY ZUZI! Theater. 738 N. Fifth Ave. 629-0237. No Frills-Have a Heart--Dance Happenin’ features new and evolving choreography from a range of Southern Arizona performers in a youth showcase at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15; and an adult showcase at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16; $10.

SPECIAL EVENTS EVENTS THIS WEEK 2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN Free events take place throughout downtown from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., the second Saturday of every month. The main stage on Scott Avenue just south of Congress Street features an eclectic mix of music and dance performances. A free concert takes place at 7 p.m., at the Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; and a kids’ area in the south parking lot of the Chase Bank building at 2 E. Congress St. features a jumping castle and a familyfriendly film. Jazz fusion, African, hip-hop and soul music is featured in La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave. Street activities include mimes, buskers, stilt-walkers, living statues, car clubs, food trucks and vendors. Visit for more information including an entertainment schedule and site map. AMERICAN INDIAN EXPOSITION Quality Inn Flamingo. 1300 N. Stone Ave. 770-1910. An exhibit of crafts and other items for sale 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. POLISH NIGHT St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Parish and School. 4725 E. Pima St. 795-1633. Entertainment is provided by Lajkonik Polish Folk Ensemble at a dinner featuring Polish food at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; $20, $15 in advance. Call 495-8959, or visit TIME TRAVELERS’ OUTPOST AT THE TRUNK SHOW TOUR Haggerty Plaza. 324 N. Fourth Ave. 791-4873. The Tucson Steampunk Society presents local artisans, authors, music, stage events and a mustache contest, from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; free. Call 9820556 for more information. TUCSON GEM, MINERAL AND FOSSIL SHOWCASE An expo featuring museum-quality exhibits and vendors of gems, minerals, fossils, meteorites, beads, art, jewelry

and supplies at nearly 40 locations, continues through Sunday, Feb. 17; free. The centerpiece Tucson Gem and Mineral Society 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 for a complete list of shows and locations.

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YEAR OF THE SNAKE CELEBRATION Chinese Cultural Center. 1288 W. River Road. 2926900. A Taste of China Festival features Chinese Arts and Crafts, kids’ games, live performances and food for sale, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; $2, free for children younger than 12; free parking. The Year of the Snake Dinner, featuring hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, entertainment, a silent auction and dinner by Harvest Moon restaurant of Oro Valley, takes place at 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16; $150. Proceeds benefit the center. Call for reservations.




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COCHISE COUNTY COWBOY POETRY AND MUSIC GATHERING Buena High School. 5225 Buena High School Blvd. Fort Huachuca. Arizona’s Western cowboy heritage is celebrated with performances by nationally known cowboy poets and musicians from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 8 through 10; $5 admission, $6 to $18 for show tickets each day. Visit for tickets and more information. TUBAC FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Exit 34 on Interstate 19 South. Tubac. Booths representing 175 juried visiting artists and artisans line the streets of Tubac from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, through Sunday, Feb. 10; free, $6 parking. Festival foods, free rides on a horse-drawn trolley and roving entertainers also are featured. Call 398-2704, or visit

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BULLETIN BOARD EVENTS THIS WEEK ADULT SPELLING BEE Sky Bar. 536 N. Fourth Ave. 622-4300. An adult spelling bee takes place from 7 to 8 p.m., the second Tuesday of every month; free. Sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m. The winner receives a trophy and a $25 gift certificate for Brooklyn Pizza. Email tucsonspellingbee@gmail. com, or search for “Tucson Spelling Bee” on Facebook for more information. 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, through Feb. 19; free. Feb. 12: Rwanda and a Serengeti safari. BEST OF ZUNI SILVER AND STONE Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 7426455. Zuni silver and stone crafts are displayed for sale, and carvers demonstrate the creation of Zuni fetishes, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday, Feb. 8 through 10; $8, $6 senior, $5 active military, $4 student with valid ID, $2 ages 5 through 12, free member

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or child younger than 5, includes admission to the park. Visit for more information. CAR SHOW Famous Sam’s E. Golf Links. 7129 E. Golf Links Road. 296-1245. Hot Rods in the Desert hosts a car show including trophies, a raffle, food and a DJ, from 9 am. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; $20 per car, free for spectators. Donations are requested for the Community Food Bank. COLD WET NOSES ADOPTION EVENT Ventana Animal Hospital. 6866 E. Sunrise Drive 2991146. Pets adopted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, receive a free examination, and heartworm testing at a reduced rate; free. Visitors are asked to bring a bag of dog or cat food for animals sheltered by Cold Wet Noses. COMMUNITY DIALOGUE ABOUT LGBTQ IMMIGRATION ISSUES Wingspan. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. A community dialogue including youth poetry, spoken word, personal stories and presentations about unique challenges faced by LGBT migrants, are shared from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8; free. Call 626-3431 for more info. FOURTH AVENUE HISTORY STORY SHARING Historic YWCA. 738 N. Fifth Ave. 622-4700. Anyone who grew up, worked, lived around or just loves Fourth Avenue is encouraged to join an evening of storytelling, food and art-making, from 6 to 8 p.m., the second Tuesday of every month, through May 14; $5 suggested donation. The information will be used in the design of a mural in Michael Haggerty Plaza, 316 N. Fourth Ave. Bring food and drink to share. ORIENTATION FOR LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. An orientation for volunteers of all abilities and interests takes place from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12; free. Complete the volunteer form at library.pima. gov and take it to the orientation. Call 791-4010, or email for more information. RROTT AND BENSON SHELTER Bookmans. 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-9555. Members of the Renegade Roller Girls host a pet-supply drive and adoption fair for the Benson Animal Shelter, from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; free. SAFE ZONE TRAINING UA Student Union Memorial Center. 1303 E. University Blvd. 621-7755. An ally-development workshop takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Picacho Room; free. Participants must previously have taken the General Education Workshop. Reservations are requested by Tuesday, Feb. 12. Call 626-1996, or email to register and for more information. VETERANS FOR PEACE Ward 3 Council Office. 1510 E. Grant Road. 7914711. Three members make presentations on the topic “Responsible Gun Control� at 7 p.m., Monday Feb. 11, and an open discussion follows until 8:30 p.m.; free Call 747-3138 or 298-7478 for more information.

WORLDWIDE TRAVEL TALKS Nanini Branch Library. 7300 N. Shannon Road. 5945365. Steve and Willy Campos present “Reminiscences of a Month in Romania� at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10; free.

UPCOMING GATHER: A VINTAGE MARKET Gather: A Vintage Market. 657 W. St. Mary’s Road. 7806565. Vintage and antique items are sold from Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 14 through 16; free. Hours are noon to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. Call 310-7531 for more information.

BUSINESS & FINANCE EVENTS THIS WEEK GRANTS DATABASES OPEN LAB Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Volunteers, staff and board members of nonprofit and community organizations research private grantmakers with the help of a librarian from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8; free. Seating is first-come, first-served. Call 791-4010 for more information. NAWBO LUNCHEON AND PROGRAM Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. 445 S. Alvernon Way. 8814200. National Association of Women Business Owners’ host a luncheon and program from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the second Tuesday of every month; $40, $45 for members; $15 less for registration by the previous Friday. Feb. 12: Carolyn Lukensmeyer, new executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the UA presents “Civil Public Discourse: Its Importance to Democracy and Effective Government.� Visit, or call 326-2926 for reservations. SURVIVAL SKILLS TRANSITION WORKSHOP SERIES St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Linda Dewey leads a career transitions group for job-seekers, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., selected Mondays, through March 4, in the La Paz room; free. Call 225-0432 for more information. WEALTH PRESERVATION WORKSHOP Raskob/Kambourian Financial Advisors. 4100 N. First Ave. 690-1999. Individuals and business owners learn how to accumulate and preserve personal or business wealth, from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8. Reservations are requested.

UPCOMING ADDYS V 32.0: ADDY AWARDS Leo Rich Theater. 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. Awards are presented to winners of American Advertising Federation Tucson’s annual competition, starting at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. Visit for ticket prices and reservations. Reservations are requested by Thursday, Feb. 14.

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MAYOR ROTHSCHILD’S 2013 STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa. 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. 792-3500. The Tucson Metro Chamber hosts Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s State of the City address at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 19; $55 Tucson Metro Chamber members, $75 nonmembers. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. To RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 12, visit

NOW SHOWING AT YOUR LIBRARY Himmel Branch Library. 1035 N. Treat Ave. 594-5305. The Powerbroker, a documentary about Whitney Young, Jr., the Urban League and the Black Power movement, is screened from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11, at Himmel Branch Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave.; and from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, at Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; free. TV DISCUSSION GROUP Woods Memorial Branch Library. 3455 N. First Ave. 594-5445. Anyone is invited to share their thoughts about television programming from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, through Sunday, Feb. 10; free. Clips of the television show The Closer are shown to spark discussion. Call 406-3385 for a reservation.

FILM EVENTS THIS WEEK CHRISTINA IN THE CUTTING ROOM: A QUEER MULTIMEDIA EVENT Playground Bar and Lounge. 278 E. Congress St. 3963691. The UA Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry presents Susan Stryker, associate professor of gender and women’s studies and director of the UA Institute for LGBT Studies screening her new multi-media project featuring electronic club music, video wallpaper and a VJ, at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13; free. Visit for more information.

WEIRD SCIENCE Bookmans. 1930 E. Grant Road. 325-5767. In honor of the Arizona SciTech Festival, the ‘80s classic Weird Science is screened promptly at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; free. Bring chairs.

FILM SERIES: LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY Integrated Learning Center, Room 120. 1500 E University Blvd. 621-7788. Movies that illustrate the linguistic, psychological and social aspects of meaning are shown from 3:30 to 6 p.m., every Thursday, through March 28, except March 14; free. Feb. 7: Do the Right Thing. Feb. 14: Snatch. Visit for more information.


LESBIAN LOOKS Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. The Lesbian Looks film series celebrates its 20th anniversary with four screenings, all at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13: Mosquita Y Mari, a coming-of-age tale. Thursday, Feb. 28: Before Stonewall, a documentary. Filmmakers Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss will present the film. Friday, March 22: Morir de Pie, co-presented with Cine Mexico, at Harkins Tucson Spectrum, 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz. Thursday, April 4: My Best Day, which premiered at Sundance in 2012. For complete details and ticket prices, visit LOFT CINEMA SPECIAL EVENTS Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. The Wrecking Crew, a documentary about the Hollywood studio musicians who performed on many musical hits of the 1960s, screens at 3 and 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7; $12, $10 members, students and seniors. After each screening, director Denny Tedesco and producer Snuff Garrett answer questions. Visit for info. NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY Donna Liggins Recreation Center. 2160 N. Sixth Ave. 791-3247. A screening of Ending Silence, Shame and Stigma: HIV/AIDS in the African American Family, and free HIV and Hepatitis C Rapid Testing take place from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7; free, including refreshments. The film is at 5:45 p.m.; discussion follows. Call 628-7223 or search for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2013 on Facebook for more information.

GARDENING 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. FREE GARDEN TOURS Pima County Cooperative Extension Center. 4210 N. Campbell Ave. 626-5161. The Pima County Master Gardeners offer free guided tours of the gardens at 9 a.m., Wednesday and Saturday, through Saturday, April 27. There are no tours Saturday, March 2, March 30 and April 6; or Wednesday, March 6 and April 3. Groups of more than eight must register. Call for more info. PLANT WALK Agua Caliente Regional Park. 12325 E. Roger Road. 877-6000. Learn about the historic plantings at the park, including palms, citrus, oleanders and olives as well as natives such as mesquite, willow and cottonwood trees, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13; free. Call 615-7855, or email for reservations and more information. SEED LIBRARY Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 594-5500. Check seeds out from the library, and return seeds from your crop. 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 7914010, or email for information. SEED LIBRARY VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. A workshop for volunteers of all abilities and






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interests takes place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; free. Complete the volunteer form at library. and take it to the orientation. Call 791-4010, or email for more information. TUCSON AFRICAN VIOLET SOCIETY The East Side Night Meeting of the Tucson African Violet Society gathers from 7 to 9 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month, at The Cascades, 201 N. Jessica Ave. The East Side Day Meeting takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., the second Wednesday of every month, at The Cascades. The Northwest Day Meeting takes place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the second Thursday of every month, at The Inn at the Fountains at La Cholla, 2001 W. Rudasill Road.




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EVENTS THIS WEEK ADULT LOSS OF HEARING ASSOCIATION (ALOHA) Santa Catalina Roman Catholic Church. 14380 N. Oracle Road. 825-9611. ALOHA meets from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., the first Thursday of every month through May 2; free. Call 795-9887 for more info.

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HEALTHY LIVING SEMINAR Jewish Community Center. 3800 E. River Road. 2993000. Edward Schevill, president of the Epilepsy Outreach Project, presents a short film and leads a discussion about outreach and advocacy for epilepsy patients, from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13; free. Call 299-3000, ext. 193, or email llambert@tucsonjcc. com for more information. OPEN HOUSE AND PEMF DEMONSTRATION Coyote Healing Center. 700 N. Country Club Road. 722-9787. An open house features demonstrations of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) to reduce pain and decrease inflamation, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; free. STROKE SUPPORT-GROUP MEETINGS University of Arizona Medical Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 694-0111. Stroke survivors and caregivers learn more about strokes, share positive solutions and support each other from 10 to 11 a.m., the second Monday of every month, in the cafeteria, dining room C; free. TMC SENIOR SERVICES TMC Senior Services. 1400 N. Wilmot Road. 3241960. Classes and events are free, but advance registration is required; call 324-4345 to register. Unless otherwise noted, events take place at TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Road. Thursday, Feb. 7, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Alzheimer’s Education, “Difficult Transitions,� Norma Patrick. Saturday, Feb. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon: “Love Your Bones,� orthopedic experts talk about bone and joint health in the Marshall Conference Center, 5301 E. Grant Road. Monday, Feb. 11, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.: Brain fitness discussion and exercises. Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.: Neurological Lecture, “Traumatic Brain Injury,� Stephen Gillespie.

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UPCOMING HEALING SPACES: IMPLICATIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH ARTHRITIS Arizona Inn. 2200 E. Elm St. 325-1541. Dr. Esther Sternberg, newly appointed director of research for the UA Center for Integrative Medicine, presents “Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being; Implications for Persons With Arthritis,� from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14; $45, $35 members of the UA Arthritis Center Friends. Call 626-7901. HEALTHY HEART CONFERENCE DuVal Auditorium, UA Medical Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 694-0111. Specialists from the Sarver Heart Center offer health screenings, information and lectures about risk factors and ways to prevent the onset of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 16; $15 includes continental breakfast. Visit for details about session topics and presenters. Registration is requested by Monday, Feb. 11.

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of America hosts a car wash from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, to raise funds for Sebastian’s Garden, a community garden in remembrance of Sebastian Cortez; freewill donation. Call 696-4068 for more info. CALL FOR ACTORS AND STAGE CREW Valley of the Moon. 2544 E. Allen Road. 323-1331. Volunteer actors and stage crew are needed for Valley of the Moon’s 90th annual Spring performance of The Crossroads. No experience is needed; families and friends are encouraged to volunteer together. Call or email for more information about volunteering. See for more info. ENTRANTS SOUGHT FOR YOUTH CONCERTO COMPETITION Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 15, for students ages 13 through 18 who would like to compete for cash prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000, and an opportunity to perform with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. Applicants may perform on any instrument. Competition dates are Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3. Visit for more info. FORT LOWELL DAY San Pedro Chapel. 5230 E. Fort Lowell Road. 3180219. Museum exhibits; self-guided tours, reenactments of life in and around 19th-century Fort Lowell and a vintage baseball game, using 19th century rules, gear and uniforms; are featured from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; free. Kids pick up a Passport to History at the old post hospital at the fort. Maps for selfguided tours are available at San Pedro Chapel. GET OUTSIDE CLUB Staff and volunteers from Ironwood Tree Experience lead an urban nature walk along the Rillito River, from 4 to 5 p.m. every Thursday; free. Collecting-jars, binoculars, lizard-catching rods, plant presses, field guides and other equipment are available to participants. Call 319-9868, ext. 7, for more info, including the meeting place. For more info, visit HAWK HAPPENING Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 7426455. Kathie Schroeder and Sueño the hawk present info about Harris hawks, in the children’s ramada, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the second and fourth Wednesday of

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every month; $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. KIDS CREATE Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. 881-0606. Kids Create, an ongoing series of workshops for children, takes place from 1 to 4 p.m., the second Saturday of every month; $9, $8 senior or military, $6 ages 4 to 17, free for younger children. Each workshop produces a different project. Call for reservations. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit for more info. REACHOUT TUCSON WALK Brandi Fenton Memorial Park. 3482 E. River Road. 877-6154. Reachout Pregnancy Center Tucson celebrates its 40th anniversary with a walk at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; $25, $15 for students and family members. Anyone may walk, and walkers are encouraged to organize teams. Visit to register. Visit for more info. SONORAN DESERT KIDS CLUB: HABITAT RESTORATION Agua Caliente Regional Park. 12325 E. Roger Road. 877-6000. Kids ages 8 through 12 help remove invasive weeds and make room for native plants, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 9. Reservations are required. Call 615-7855, or email for reservations and more information. STAR PARTY Green Fields Country Day School. 6000 N. Camino de la Tierra. 297-2288. Astronomers invite visitors to view star formations through their telescopes, and a variety of food trucks are available, at an open house that also includes a tour of classrooms, from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13; free. TUCSON RIVER OF WORDS YOUTH POETRY AND ART TRAVELING EXHIBIT Valencia Branch Library. 202 W. Valencia Road. 5945390. An exhibit of children’s poetry and art expressing their understanding of watersheds opens Tuesday, Feb. 5, and continues through Sunday, March 17; free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday. Call 615-7855, or e-mail for more information.

Temple Emanu-El's Bilgray Lectureship

from Petzl and Black Diamond 3 days of Mysticism, Spirituality and Kabbalah ...with Rabbi Arthur Green

1/30/13 through 2/12/13



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The Origins of Neo-Hasidism Thursday, February 7 at 7 pm – UA’s Hillel (1245 E. 2nd Street)

Reclaiming the Mystical Tradition: Why and How Friday, February 8 at 7:30 pm – Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Services

Re-Reading the Hasidic Masters: A Study of Sources Saturday, February 9 at Noon – Temple Emanu-El Rabbi’s Tish

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VOLUNTEER READERS SOUGHT Volunteers are sought to read to children at La Paloma Academy sites from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., any day during Love of Reading Week, Monday through Friday, Feb. 4 through 8; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Feb. 11 through 14. Volunteers are also needed from 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesdays throughout the school year. Call 882-6262 or email alejandra@ to volunteer and for more info. ZOO ANIMAL PRESENTATION McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. 2130 W. River Road. 887-5587. Animals from the Reid Park Zoo are available for observation and petting at noon, Saturday, Feb. 9; free.

OUT OF TOWN CAVE FEST Karchner Caverns. Cochise Cochise. (520) 586-2283. Activities include live animal displays, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, crafts, a mining history display, a cave-formation display and a signing by childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-book author Conrad Storad are featured, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 and 10; $6 per vehicle. Guided cave tours are available; $22.95 tour, $12.95 ages 7 to 13; free younger child where admitted. Call 586-2283, or visit for reservations.


HUMANDALAS WORKSHOP The Movement Shala. 435 E. Ninth St. 490-7875. Certified hatha and partner-yoga instructor Daniel Levy leads circle ceremonies integrating connection, movement and sound, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10; $20, $15 advance. Visit for registration. MARDI GRAS JAZZ MASS AND CREOLE BRUNCH Dove of Peace Lutheran Church. 665 W. Roller Coaster Road. 887-5127. A worship service at 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, is followed by a Creole brunch with music provided by the Original Wildcat Jass Band; freewill donation.

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PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN BOOK GROUP Rincon United Church of Christ. 122 N. Craycroft Road. 745-6237. Pastor Steve Van Kuiken leads an open book club at 4 p.m., the second and fourth Wednesday of every month; free.

UPCOMING TUCSON IANDS EXPERIENCE SHARING (TIES) Unity of Tucson. 3617 N. Camino Blanco. 577-3300. Clinical psychologist Lupita Kirklin, who specializes in Jungian dream work and anecdotal evidence about neardeath experiences, discusses her own near-death experience, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14. Call 395-2365 for more info.

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EVENTS THIS WEEK ROBLES PASS BIRDING WALK Mission Branch Library. 3770 S. Mission Road. 5945325. Carpool from the library at 8 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, to the southern edge of the Tucson Mountains, where birding expert Jeff Babson leads a walk to search for rufous-winged sparrows, raptors and songbirds; free. The group returns at 10 a.m. Reservations are required. Call 615-7855, or email for reservations and more information. TWILIGHT NATURE WALK Feliz Paseos Park. 1600 W. Camino de Oeste. 8776000. A naturalist-guided walk through the desert at dusk takes place from 5 to 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8; free. Reservations are required. Call 615-7855, or e-mail for more information. WALK LIKE MADD Reid Park Zoo. 1030 S. Randolph Way. 881-4753. Supporters are invited to bring their dogs to a fundraising walk benefitting awareness programs sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; $20 adults and pets, $15 for walkers age 20 and younger. Call 322-5253, or visit to register.

EVENTS THIS WEEK FC TUCSON Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. 2500 E. Ajo Way. 434-1021. Visit for tickets and more information. Tickets are $10 to $75. Friday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m.: Tucson plays Portland. The Desert Diamond Cup is played on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Feb. 13 through 23. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m.: Revolution plaus sounders FC; and at 7 p.m.: Red Bulls play Real Salt Lake. Saturday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m.: Sounders FC meets Real Salt Lake; and at 6 p.m.: Red Bulls plays Revolution. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m.: Real Salt Lake plays Revolution; and at 7 p.m.: Sounders FC meets Red Bulls. Saturday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m.: The Major League Soccer third-place team plays the fourthplace team; and at 6 p.m.: the MLS first-place team plays the second-place team. PUBLIC COMMENT ON ADOT BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PLAN Friday, Feb. 8 is the deadline for submitting comments on ADOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s updated Bicycle and Pedestrian plan. Review the draft final report at Complete the comment form at UA MENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BASKETBALL UA McKale Memorial Center. 1721 E. Enke Drive. The UA meets California at 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10; $20 to $115. Visit for tickets.

SPIRITUALITY EVENTS THIS WEEK ANIMAL WELLNESS WORKSHOP Kismet Boutique. 2627 E. Broadway Blvd. 207-9994. Reiki master and animal communicator Judy Ferrig discusses how to communicate with pets and help them energetically with behavioral and wellness issues, from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; $35, $30 advance. Call 245-4214 to register.

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Friday February 15, 2013 2:00 pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:00 pm Keynote Speaker:

Valerie Barr, M Ed Calgary Sexual Health Centre

Sensuality, Sexuality & Seniors There are a great deal of myths surrounding older adults and sexuality. What are your attitudes? This event explores research and observes digital stories written and narrated by older adult authors. You will be challenged to broaden your perspectives in order to increase your own sexual well-being.

Our Aging Bodies: Clinical Aspects of Aging and Sexuality Marlene Bluestein, MD, Geriatrics Merri Miller NP, Director, Geriatrics

Marshall Conference Center On the campus of Tucson Medical Center â&#x20AC;˘ 5301 E. Grant Road

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PERFORMING ARTS Alonzo King hates labels, blends cultures and brings the spirit of improv to dance

Breaking Routine he two dances on the Alonzo King LINES Ballet program this Sunday, Feb. 10, at Centennial Hall will be performed to two wildly different types of music. The lyrical “Dust and Light,” a series of 15 short duets and trios that has the dancers bathed in silver light, is set to European music. The score pairs Baroque compositions by the 17th-century Italian Arcangelo Corelli with sacred choral music of the 20th century by Frenchman Francis Poulenc. But for the second dance, “Scheherazade”—a re-envisioning of the famous Persian and Arabic tales The Thousand and One Nights— the dancers perform to music that goes back and forth between Europe and Asia. The score is played on both Persian and Western instruments and, even more dramatically, it’s a “reinterpretation” by Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain of Russian music by Nikolai RimskyKorsakov. Even so, choreographer King doesn’t want you to get carried away by the complex multicultural musicology. “We are fooled by form,” King declared by phone from San Francisco last week. People get unduly distracted by the stylistic differences between cultures, he explained. “If I take a (musical) lament from Pakistan or from a Quaker choir missal, a person blocked by their culture will think there’s a difference between the two. But the idea of difference never resonated with me. I’m more moved by commonality.” And all art—including that lament, that hymn and King’s own innovative dances— should be heading for the same profound place, he said. “The aim of art is to be awakened.” In the art of dance, it’s not particular steps or styles that matter, he noted. What’s important is if the people watching it “can feel like a child. Is this genuine? Or true? People can be open and come to experience living art.” King grew up in Santa Barbara, Calif., the son of a noted African-American civil rights activist. His dance training reflects a range of influences—in New York, he studied both at the American Ballet Theatre, bastion of classical ballet, and at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where modernism is melded with African-American vernacular dance. And back in California, he trained with famed modern dance choreographer Bella Lewitzky. He founded his own company in San Francisco in 1982, giving it the name LINES to evoke the mathematical principle that everything we see, whether circular or straight, is



delineated by lines. King’s muscular contemporary ballets have won him much of the acclaim that the dance world has to give. He’s been awarded the Bessie, the Jacob’s Pillow Creativity Award and an NEA choreography fellowship. He’s created dances for 50 companies around the world, including the Swedish Royal Ballet and Alvin Ailey, and he’s been named a San Francisco treasure by Mayor Gavin Newsom. His company regularly tours internationally—Israel and France are on the current itinerary. Critics have hailed him for “moving ballet in a very 21st-century direction” and for championing “the most sophisticated modernism in classical dance.” But King dislikes labels, and he doesn’t even like the word ballet. “I prefer to call ballet Western classical dance,” he said. He thinks of dances not as a particular series of movements, but as “thought treatises. Dance is thought made visible, just as music is sound made audible.” In his troupe, he strives to bring performances to those lofty heights by working with dancers who go beyond purely technical skills. “There’s a point, after you acquire skills as a dancer, and you do acquire skills, naturally, that you have conceit. Then humility has to enter. It’s a liberating place to be.” His 12 dancers hail from points around the globe, including Europe, the U.S., Australia and Asia, and their training represents an interesting mix of influences. Korean dancer Yujin Kim trained in Korean traditional dance before turning to ballet. Wisconsinite Meredith Webster studied with Pacific Northwest Ballet, and in her spare time, picked up a bachelor’s in environmental science from the University of Washington. Texan Zachary Tang graduated from Juilliard and made it to Dance magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” list. Brooklynite Ricardo Zayas danced with Ailey II. And Frenchwoman Caroline Rocher was for years a principal dancer at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, where King himself once danced. These dancers also help shape King’s choreography. “What’s interesting about this company,” he said, “is that the dancers are collaborators. Are the dances choreographed? Yes. Are there moments of improv? Yes. “Some people think dancers are Legos and choreographers place them around the stage. But they are human beings with a point of view, with an idea of what they bring to art. They have strong ideas.”



Caroline Rocher And even though the dancers perform the works again and again while on tour, they approach the pieces differently each time. “The dancers are given a detailed ‘text’—like Hamlet for actors—but they don’t want to become hacks,” King said. “They make lively choices all the time. “It’s like our relationship with God, or our spouse. When it becomes routine, it dies. A dance appears different at different times. It’s a living thing.”

Alonzo King LINES Ballet 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10 Centennial Hall, on the UA campus $30 to $50 general; $25 to $45 students, children, UA faculty and staff; $28 to $50 seniors and military Tickets available at box office, UA Student Union BookStore, the “A” stores in Tucson Mall and Park Place, by phone or online 621-3341;

DANCE EVENTS THIS WEEK UAPRESENTS Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.: Alonzo King Lines Ballet, at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $15 to $45. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14 through 16, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m.: UA Dance, Premium Blend, in the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd.; $15 to $29. Call 621-3341, or visit for tickets.

MUSIC EVENTS THIS WEEK 17TH STREET MUSIC 17th Street Music. 810 E. 17th St. 624-8821, ext. 7147. The Outlaw Rebels play rockabilly from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; free. ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC Leo Rich Theater. 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m.: The Harlem Quartet. Tickets are $30. Call 5773769,or visit for tickets. B.B. KING Casino del Sol. 5655 W. Valencia Road. (800) 3449435. Legendary blues man B.B. King performs at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13; $40 to $60. Visit tickets. for tickets and more information. CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF TUCSON UA Crowder Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 621-1162. Herschel Kreloff conducts the orchestra in a concert of music written by American composers, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; free. Visit for more info. FOX TUCSON THEATRE Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m.: Dwight Yoakam; $47 to $130. Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.: 2nd Saturdays Downtown presents guitarist Pavlo; free. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m.: Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel;

$31 to $41 advance, $2 more day-of-show. Call or visit for more information.

mance features 189 voices performing sacred anthems; several choirs and organists also perform separately.

School of Film and Television presents an integration of live song with video media, Crowder Hall; free.

LAVA MUSIC Abounding Grace Church. 2450 S. Kolb Road. 7473745. Shows are from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday; $15. Feb. 9: Sabra Faulk and the Angel Band, folk-rock and originals. Feb. 16: Dolan Ellis, Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official balladeer since 1966. Visit for tickets.

RHYTHM AND ROOTS CONCERTS Club Congress. 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. The Paul Thorn Band plays Americana, at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, in theater-style seating; $20, $18 advance. Visit for tickets. Call 440-4455 for more information.

NEW ORLEANS MUSIC AND CULTURE: TREME AND BEYOND Himmel Branch Library. 1035 N. Treat Ave. 594-5305. Learn about the origins of jazz, the history of Congo Square, the notorious red-light district of Storyville, the pageantry of Mardi Gras Indians, jazz funerals, early rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n roll, and more from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7; free.

TSO CLASSIC Beethoven and Wagner, featuring conductor Ulrich Windfuhr and soprano Amber Wagner, is performed at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, with a pre-concert chat at 6:30 p.m., at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo del Norte; $49. The event is part of the Tucson Desert Song Festival. For tickets call 797-3959 ext. 9, or send email to Beethoven and Wagner is repeated at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; and 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, at Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive; $26 to $79. Call 882-8585, or visit for tickets and more information.

UAPRESENTS Unless otherwise indicated, performances are in Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. Call 6213341, or visit for tickets and more information. Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.: St. Olaf Choir; $26 to $38. Thursday, Feb 14, at 7:30 p.m.: baritone Nathan Gunn, in Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road; $15, $40 and $50. Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m.: John Pizzarelli Quartet, at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $15, $30, $40. Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m.: From the Top Live with Christopher Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Riley, on the Centennial Hall patio; $15 to $35.

PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE MUSIC PCC Center for the Arts. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 2066986. Faculty tenor Jonathan Ng performs at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, in the Recital Hall; $6. Call or visit for tickets and more information. THE POETICS AND POLITICS OF HIP HOP A conference about hip-hop takes place on the UA campus on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7 and 8; free. Unless otherwise noted, events are in the UA Kiva Auditorium, School of Education, 1430 E. Second St. Thursday, Feb. 7: Susan Somers-Willett presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Poetry to Oversee the Dance Floor and the Streetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Saul Williams and the Hybrid Lyric,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m.; Halifu Osumare presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Poetics and Politics of Ghanaian Hiplife HipHop in West Africa,â&#x20AC;? at 3 p.m.; and Hip-Hop Unplugged features readings, a slam and performance at 7 p.m., in the Dorothy Rubel Room of the UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St. Friday, Feb. 8: Seth Whidden presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Confrontation and MĂŠtissage in French Rapâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Latest Wave: Binary Audjo Misfits, Oxmo Puccino and Zone Libre,â&#x20AC;? at 9:30 a.m.; Alain Milon Presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Illegal Mural Expressions in France,â&#x20AC;? at 11 a.m.; Marcyliena Morgan presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hip-Hop Critic in Political Cultures,â&#x20AC;? at 3 p.m.; and DJ Odilon, Cochise Genet and the Human Project perform at 7 p.m., in the UA Student Union Grand Ballroom, 1303 E. University Blvd. Visit hip-hop. for more information. PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CHOIR FESTIVAL St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presbyterian Church. 7650 N. Paseo del Norte. 297-7201. Choirs and organists from Presbyterian churches throughout Tucson perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10; freewill donation. The perfor-

TUCSON CHAMBER ARTISTS Rossini and Brunelle, featuring the TCA chorus, guest conductor Philip Brunelle and guest soloists as part of the inaugural Tucson Desert Song Festival, is presented at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, at Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at Our Saviourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church, 1200 N. Campbell Ave.; and 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, at Desert Hills Lutheran Church, 2150 S. Camino Del Sol, Green Valley; $20 to $30. For more information, visit TUCSON DESERT SONG FESTIVAL Internationally known soloists and conductors collaborate with Tucson orchestral, chamber and choral groups in a 10-day festival of recitals, seminars and master classes from Friday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, Feb. 17. See entries for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Passionately Piazzolla!, and Tucson Chamber Artists, as well as websites for UApresents, specifically the Nathan Gunn concert, Thursday, Feb. 14,; and the website for the UA School of Music, UA SCHOOL OF MUSIC UA School of Music. 1017 N. Olive Road. 621-1655. Concerts are $5 unless otherwise indicated. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m.: Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony, Crowder Hall. Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m.: A collaboration between the School of Music and the

ANNOUNCEMENTS CALL FOR MUSICIANS St. Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. The St. Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friends of Music seek applications from musicians and ensembles interested in performing for the three concert series from 2013 through 2014. Call 299-6421, or visit for an application and more info.

THEATER OPENING THIS WEEK A BURLESQUE AUDITION Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 8820242. Pisa Cake and Fanny Galore hold auditions for Undressing the Mouse: A Burlesque Fairy Tale from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10; free. Criteria are preparation, stage presence, professionalism and strength of content. Email or for more information. INVISIBLE THEATRE Invisible Theatre. 1400 N. First Ave. 882-9721. First Kisses opens with a preview on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and continues through Sunday, March 3; $28. Call or visit for tickets and more information. Rush tickets are available at half-price, one half-hour before each performance.


JOHN PIZZARELLI QUARTET At Fox Tucson Theatre SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 AT 8PM Jazz Series Sponsors: Paul & Alice Baker PREMIER SPONSOR: JDD HOLDINGS, L.L.C. Event Sponsor: Peggy Hitchcock Tickets from $30*

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ODYSSEY STORYTELLING Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. Six storytellers share tales from their lives based on a monthly theme, at 7 p.m., the first Thursday of every month; $7. Feb. 7: When in Rome. ASL interpretation is provided. Beverages are available for sale. To tell a story on a future topic, send a synopsis and a brief bio a month in advance. Call 730-4112, or visit for more information SUGARBEAST CIRCUS Mercado San Agustín. 100 S. Avenida del Convento. 461-1110, ext. 8. Members of Flam Chen and Zuzi Dance Company perform A Winter Show, a review reminiscent of a silent film, with a live score by Naim Amor and other Tucson musicians, at 8 and 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9; $15.50. Visit eventsbot. com for advance tickets. THEATRE 3 Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. Improviso! Contemporary Commedia Dell’Arte, an update of an old theatre form involving bawdy, vulgar and gross content, is performed at 10:30 p.m., Saturday Feb. 9, Sunday, Feb. 17, Thursday, Feb. 21, Friday, Feb. 22, Saturday, Feb. 23 and Monday, Feb. 25; and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17 and Thursday, Feb. 21; $10. Call 327-4242 for tickets and more information.

CONTINUING ARIZONA REPERTORY THEATRE UA Marroney Theatre. 1025 N. Olive Road. 621-1162. Love Song, which features adult themes and language unsuitable for children, continues through Sunday, Feb. 24; $17 to $28. Dates and times vary. Visit tftv.arizona. edu for more information. THE COMEDY PLAYHOUSE Comedy Playhouse. 3620 N. First Ave. 260-6442. My Friend From India by Henry Du Souchet continues through Sunday, March 3. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday; $18. Call for reservations. Visit for info. 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 for showtimes and reservations.

LAST CHANCE 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, closes Sunday, Feb. 10. Showtimes are 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8; 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10; $15, $13 senior and military, $8 child younger than 12. Visit for tickets and more information. 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, closes Saturday, Feb. 9; $35 to $80. Showtimes vary. Call or visit LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. The Chosen closes 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 for tickets and more info. WINDING ROAD THEATER ENSEMBLE Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. August: Osage County closes Sunday, Feb. 10. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday; $20, $17 student, military, senior or theater artist. Call 401-3626, or visit

UPCOMING THE BASTARD (THEATRE) The Screening Room. 127 E. Congress St. 882-0204. Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a multi-award-winning offbroadway hit about an East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess and victim of a botched sex-change operation, opens with a preview on Thursday, Feb. 14, and continues through Saturday, Feb. 23. Performances are at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; $15. Call 4254163, or visit for tickets. 32 WWW. WEEKLY.COM


PERFORMING ARTS Join in an old-timey community ritual at the Gaslight Theatre

Lone Stranger Rides Again BY LAURA C.J. OWEN, hile the exact origins of the art form we call theater are debatable, most folks would agree that theater emerged from ritual. Early societies had various ceremonies to ensure successful crops or to ward off enemies. They told myths about supernatural forces or heroic figures and the repetition of these stories over time paved the way for theater. It may seem a bit highfalutin, but I found myself thinking about myth, ritual and tradition at The Gaslight Theatre’s latest production, The Lone Stranger. The musical revue riffs off the iconic 1950s television show The Lone Ranger, about a masked man who fights for justice in the Old West. The show serves all the functions of ancient ritual: It retells a mythic story about a heroic figure. It brings people together in a festive atmosphere, complete with food, drink and merrymaking. And like all Gaslight productions, The Lone Stranger preserves cultural traditions by celebrating forms of entertainment—vaudeville, musical revue, classic television—that have fallen by the wayside elsewhere. In typical Gaslight style, Peter Van Slyke, the writer and director, spoofs the well-known Lone Ranger tale and adds in live music, dancing and lots of contemporary pop-culture jokes. For instance, our Lone Stranger, played by Todd Thompson on the night I saw the show, goes by the name Cade Winslow. But the rest of the cast keeps referring to him as Kate Winslet and telling him how much they enjoyed his film Titanic. One of the best parts of The Lone Stranger is watching Thompson’s serious hero banter with Joe Cooper, who plays his irreverent sidekick, Tonka. When they venture off script, they get even better. Cooper has improvised his own Gaslight tradition. If you’ve seen a show with him in it, you know that at a certain point, he’s going to deviate from the script, eschewing his lines in favor of off-the-cuff remarks. Cooper “forgets” his lines, then jokes about it and tries to make his fellow actors break character by laughing. And every time, these moments get huge laughs from the audience. You’d have to be pretty stone-hearted not to crack a smile at the show’s mixture of silly jokes, melodrama, song and dance. (Basic but fun choreography is provided by Sarah Vanek). The scenery is deliberately old-fashioned too. Designer Tom Benson and his technical staff make no attempt at realism, but their stage work—which includes flying axes, horses and a moving stagecoach—runs like clockwork. Live music is provided by the excellent


Todd Thompson as the Lone Stranger and Joe Cooper as Tonka. Linda Ackermann, the company musical director, on piano; Blake Matthies on bass guitar; and Adam Ackermann on drums. In true mythic fashion, Gaslight has put on The Lone Stranger many times. While the show changes a bit with every incarnation, Stranger is one of the company’s staples. Actor Jake Chapman, who plays the Durango Kid, notes in his actor’s bio that The Lone Stranger was the first Gaslight show he ever saw. Many of the actors have worked with the company for a long time. Van Slyke signed on for the first Tucson season in 1978. Two of The Lone Stranger’s cast members have been with Gaslight for 30 years: Armen Dirtadian, who plays the villain, Craven, and Cooper, who takes on the role of Tonka. All this together make Gaslight’s shows a local ritual, if you will, with deep local roots. Ancient Greek plays—one of the earliest forms of theater—were performed to honor the god Dionysus, the deity of wine, excess and general good times. There’s no excess at Gaslight shows—this is a family establishment, after all—but you can order wine, beer and eats from the adjacent Little Anthony’s Diner. In true ritual fashion, the production follows the time-honored Gaslight pattern. Before the show, the musical trio encourages you to sing along to well-known country songs. The singalong is followed by the show proper; you can eat your dinner, sip on your drink, or simply nibble your free bowl of popcorn as you follow

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the antics of the mock-heroic Lone Stranger. After the show, if it’s your birthday or anniversary, you get free ice cream, and those who have served in the armed forces are given a round of applause. There’s an “Olio Act” at the end, in which the Lone Stranger cast comes back as performers in an old variety show, Hee Haw. While the singing and dancing in the Olio is always impressive, it’s a little too much, like having an extra helping of apple pie when you should have stuck to just one. But the Olio is part of the tradition, and everything runs a certain way at a Gaslight show. There’s a comforting familiarity to that. Keep the ritual alive by paying The Lone Stranger a visit.

PERFORMING ARTS Shadow puppets, beer and transformation are on display as part of ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’

Traveling Via Theater BY SHERILYN FORRESTER, t starts in Turkey. A small group of theater pros are pooling their talents and training to create a unique theatrical road trip. Last weekend we were invited to partake in the latest installment of Theatre 3’s creative efforts as they launched Theatrum Orbis Terraram, a series of shows currently in four parts, but which has no specific endpoint. This is, after all, theater of the world, and that means if the members of the group retain their commitment to their curious natures, their discoveries and a willingness to share them, the whole wide world can be our playground. This “Family of Wandering Storytellers” has given us first a taste of Turkey, with music, storytelling with shadow puppets, belly dancing, singing and beer. Beer? Yes. More on that later. It began—if these sorts of things can actually be traced to a beginning—with the duo of Angela Horchem and Matt Walley, two talents schooled in physical theater, the use of masks and clown tradition. They share a belief that theater is a fun and effective way to create community. By drawing on ideas and practices from around the globe, they acknowledge and welcome various communities within Tucson—whether it is an ethnic group or the folks who love making their own beer—to join in a shared experience with those who may not even be aware these other communities exist. “We’ve been thinking about this two, two and a half years,” Walley said. “All of us are curious about the people and cultures of other countries, especially their use of ritual, masks, music, their stories and how they communicate them.” If they were curious, then others might be as well. So they began to experiment with the idea, which led to other ideas, and then wondering how this could all be most effectively shared within the conventions of their passions and skills. Musicologist Paul Amiel, who has frequently worked with the Rogue Theatre, as have Walley and Horchem, was interested in this concept as well. So the three talked and sang and experimented (and probably drank some beer, although I cannot say this for sure.) And, voila! The Ortelius siblings were born. Swerf (Walley), Alulu (Horchem) and Iznik (Amiel) are making their way around the world, experiencing the cultural traditions of the various places they visit: “Traveling the world to gather/ The truth in the lies/ The music in the silence/ And drink the beer.” Then they create an opportunity in which their discoveries can be shared, and they come alive


Paul Amiel, Angela Horchem and Matt Walley in Theatrum Orbis Terrarum through the unique vision and talents of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Ortelius clan. Presented by Theatre 3 and produced by Etcetera, the late-night arm of Live The shows will be organized similarly, Theatre Workshop although the sibs like to call this organization Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. “the order of the ritual.” Over the next few 2: Ireland—March 8 and 9 months they will invite us to Ireland and Japan, Episode Episode 3: Japan—April 5 and 6 and then to settle in for some Tucson tales, Episode 4: Tucson—April 26 and 27 because Tucson seems to have a mystifying 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. attraction for many of us. All these places have $12; $5 drinks special associations with the troupe. 327-4242; If last weekend’s offering is an indication of; what we can expect from the clan—and based on their past work, I think it’s safe to say that we can—this is going to be a unique, creative, supplied the musical accompaniment, recogcaptivating and thoroughly entertaining tour. nized that the story was running a bit long, he The three are not so much characters as goosed his puppeteer siblings good-naturedly. personas from the “old country.” They speak The imperfections were perfect. with rather generic eastern European accents Danielle van Dobben provided the dancing; and seem to be from a nameless, timeless Bruce Stanley, percussion; and Eric Schoon, place. They are not really the show; they bring viola accompaniment. And Evren Sonmez, us the show. Their personalities allow them Ameil’s wife, sang a lovely Turkish song. plenty of freedom as they assume various roles Michael Martinez was instrumental in bringin the evening’s activities. ing the whole thing together. This is really not theater in the traditional And about the beer. Audience members are sense. Well, actually it is theater in the tradiencouraged to purchase a brew representative tional sense, but not necessarily in the modern of the country in the spotlight when they buy sense. Don’t come expecting a totally scripted, their tickets in the lobby. There’s even a curalocked-down play. Yet it is a play. It’s an expetor of beer, Rebecca Safford. (There are also rience, one in which we all participate (and no, nonalcoholic choices, and there is a suggestion you don’t have to get up onstage). And it is of a maximum number of beers to be great fun. enjoyed.) The beer is what ties the ritual of Turkey was chosen for the first stop for sevthe evening together. And it is a ritual, eral reasons, one of which was that Amiel is although it’s an almost invisible one. Says married to a Turkish woman and so is familiar Horchem: “We are beer brewers, and we used with the culture. that process as a model for creating the ritual. A sizable portion of the evening was a The process of the evening is very similar to delightful shadow puppet show. When we the steps of brewing beer. It’s really about think of puppetry in our country, we usually transformation. And the most fun part of think of children. But in other cultures, pupbrewing is when it’s ready and you can share it petry is a sophisticated art meant to appeal to with people.” adults. And the sibs have devised a creative So we gather, sipping our brews—as do way to tell a Turkish folk tale with shadow Swerf, Alulu and Iznik—and we begin our puppets. Although scripted, surprises do hapjourney, which is casual but purposeful, pen and the performers responded cleverly. ordered yet spontaneous, lighthearted but proAnd when Amiel, who was the narrator and found. And thoroughly entertaining.

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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.

OPENING THIS WEEK DESERT ARTISANS’ GALLERY Desert Artisans’ Gallery. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-4412. Desert Dreams, an exhibit of work by several local artists, opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8; and continues through Sunday, May 12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday; free.

CAMPUS CHRISTIAN CENTER ART GALLERY Campus Christian Center Art Gallery. 715 N. Park Ave. 623-7575. Power of Color and Contour, an exhibit of acrylic paintings on canvas by Tucson artist Carol Lucas, continues through Friday, March 8. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. CONRAD WILDE GALLERY Conrad Wilde Gallery. 439 N. Sixth Ave., Suite 195. 622-8997. Willow Bader: A Night to Remember, an exhibition of encaustic paintings inspired by the romance and nightlife of tango-dancing, continues through Saturday, Feb. 23. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. CONTRERAS GALLERY Contreras Gallery. 110 E. Sixth St. 398-6557. Rocks, Trees and Water, an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Frank and Owen Rose, continues through Saturday, Feb. 23. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free.

FLAME OFF 2013 Rialto Theatre. 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000. A flame-working competition among 24 glass artists takes place at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.; $15, $10 advance. Visit for tickets and more information.

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, continues through Sunday, Feb. 24; free. Hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Visit

GERONIMO ART GALLERY Geronimo Art Gallery. 800 E. University Blvd. 3058997. The Marshall Foundation and Cuadro Arte Latino International host an exhibit of work by Tucson artist and muralist David Tineo that opens with a reception at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, and continues through Sunday, March 17. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; free.

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 for more information.

MARK SUBLETTE MEDICINE MAN GALLERY Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery. 6872 E. Sunrise Drive. 722-7798. Young Guns, an exhibit of works by three Western artists younger than 40, opens Friday, Feb. 8, and continues through Thursday, March 7. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday; free. Visit medicinemangallery. com for more information. MURPHEY GALLERY Murphey Gallery. St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Visions, an exhibit of more than 50 paintings by Ruth Canada, Lois McDonald and George Shively, opens with a reception from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, and continues through Wednesday, March 6. Hours are 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. PAINTING BY NUMBERS: WOMEN IN DETENTION CENTERS, BRINGING STATISTICS TO LIFE Armory Park Center. 220 S. Fifth Ave. 791-4865. Public participation in an interactive mural project that addresses the issue of women’s detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement includes a potluck, at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8; $5 suggested donation. Please bring a dish to share. The project’s originator, Wesley Fawcett Creigh, discusses her process of researching and implementing her idea. The mural is being completed by the public at various locations around Tucson. TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER Tucson Jewish Community Center. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000, ext. 106. Visions of the West, an exhibition of photographer Edlynne Sillman’s work, opens Thursday, Feb. 7, and continues through Wednesday, March 13. A reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m, Thursday, Feb. 14. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Sunday.

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. ATLAS FINE ART SERVICES Atlas Fine Art Services. 41 S. Sixth Ave. 622-2139. Albert Chamillard: Recent Work continues through Saturday, March 30. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.,


HOTEL CONGRESS Hotel Congress. 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. An exhibit of new figure paintings by Shana Zimmerman and Joe Pagac continues in the lobby, 24 hours daily, through Thursday, Feb. 28; free. 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, 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 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. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Visit for more information. KIRK-BEAR CANYON BRANCH LIBRARY Kirk-Bear Canyon Branch Library. 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. 594-5275. Western Vistas, an exhibit of paintings and sculpture by Marcia Broderick, continues through Thursday, Feb. 28. Hours are 10 a.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday; free. 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, continues through Friday, March 8. The gallery is closed Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21 and 22. 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 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@ for more information. MONTEREY COURT STUDIO GALLERIES AND CAFÉ Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café. 505 W. Miracle Mile. 207-2429. An exhibit of landscape photography by Victor Beer, continues through Thursday, Feb. 28. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday; free. 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. Visit OLD TOWN ARTISANS Old Town Artisans. 201 N. Court Ave. 623-6024. Desert Abstractions, an exhibit of work by Tucsonan Jeff Ferst, continues through Thursday, Feb. 28. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; free. 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, continues through Saturday, April 13. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. Call or visit for more information. RAICES TALLER 222 ART GALLERY AND WORKSHOP Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop. 218 E. Sixth St. 881-5335. ¡No Pasó! (It didn’t happen), an exhibition celebrating the failure of the world to end in 2012, continues through Saturday, Feb. 23. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. SHERATON HOTEL AND SUITES Sheraton Hotel and Suites. 5151 E. Grant Road. 3236262. Fall/Winter Fine Art Exhibit, featuring works by members of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild, continues through Sunday, April 7. The exhibit is open 24 hours, daily, on the first and second floors; free. SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Gallery. 5605 E. River Road, Suite 131. Experimental and Innovative Works in Water Media continues through Sunday, March 3. A reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; 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. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Call 622-2823, or e-mail for more information. TOHONO CHUL EXHIBIT HALL Tohono Chul Exhibit Hall. Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. The Art of the Cosmos, an exhibit of astrophotography and other artworks inspired by the stars, runs through Sunday, March 24. Paper: From All Sides, an exhibit of the many characteristics of paper as interpreted by Tucson artists, runs through Sunday, April 21. 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 for more information. 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. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. For more information, visit TUCSON SCULPTURE FESTIVAL An exhibit featuring an eclectic variety of sculpture by Tucson artists continues through Friday, Feb. 15. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Whistle Stop Depot, 127 W. Fifth St. and at Sculpture Resource Center, 640 N. Stone Ave.; free. Visit tucsonsculpturefestival2013. 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 for more information. WEE GALLERY Wee Gallery. 439 N. Sixth Ave., No. 171. 360-6024. Chasing Julian, a solo show by Keith Marroquin,

inspired by Southwestern archaeology, continues through Saturday, Feb. 23. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,. Thursday through Saturday; free. WOMANKRAFT WomanKraft. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976. Scenes From the Trails We Travel continues through Saturday, March 2. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday; free.

LAST CHANCE 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 closes Thursday, Feb. 7. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday; free. CATAVINOS WINE SHOP AND TASTING ROOM CataVinos Wine Shop and Tasting Room. 3063 N. Alvernon Way. 323-3063. An exhibit of abstract landscapes and seascapes by Barbara Strelke closes Thursday, Feb. 7. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; free. 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, closes 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 for more information. 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 closes Friday, Feb. 8. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily; free. DELECTABLES RESTAURANT AND CATERING Delectables Restaurant and Catering. 533 N. Fourth Ave. 884-9289. Imagination: Fast and Slow, an exhibit of mixed-media work by Bisbee artist Ken Boe, closes Thursday, Feb 7. The artist presents a reading at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday. PORTER HALL GALLERY Porter Hall Gallery. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. An exhibit of work by Andra King closes Wednesday, Feb. 13. Exhibits are included with admission. Hours are 8:30 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 for more information. TOHONO CHUL EXHIBIT HALL Tohono Chul Exhibit Hall. Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. The Mayan Calendar closes Saturday, Feb. 9. 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 for more information.

OUT OF TOWN 55 MAIN STREET GALLERY 55 Main Street Gallery. 55 Main St. Bisbee. Painter Steven Smelser demonstrates and discusses how he uses physics to create abstract works of art, from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; 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. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily; $10 to $20. RANCHO LINDA VISTA Rancho Linda Vista. 2436 W. Linda Vista Road. Oracle. An exhibit of landscapes in oil or pastel by Betina Fink continues through Thursday, Feb. 28. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m., Sundays, or by appointment. SUBWAY GALLERY Subway Gallery. 30 Main St. Bisbee. (520) 432-9143. Animal Art closes Thursday, Feb. 7. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday; free. Visit 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.






DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Davis Dominguez Gallery. 154 E. Sixth St. 629-9759. An exhibit of magic-realist paintings by Susan Conaway and abstract sculpture by John Davis opens Thursday, Feb. 14, and continues through Saturday, March 23. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; free. Call or visit for more information.

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

THE AUTHOR TALKS Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Mystery-authors Susan Cummins Miller, author of the Frankie MacFarlane Mystery Series, and Elizabeth Gunn, author of the Jake Hines mystery series, discuss their work from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; free.

MATA ORTIZ PAINTING DEMONSTRATION The Arizona Experience Store. 416 W. Congress St. 770-3500. Mata Ortiz pottery painter Oralia Lopez demonstrates her distinctive technique from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15; free. PORTER HALL GALLERY Porter Hall Gallery. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Quetzally Hernandez Coronado’s work is featured from Friday, Feb. 15, through Wednesday, March 20. An artist’s reception takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21. Hours are 8:30 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 for more information.

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 Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Submissions are sought for Flights of Fancy, an outdoor exhibit of bird houses created as real or imagined homes, to be displayed from Wednesday, May 1, through Sunday, June 30. Call 326-9686, ext. 35, or email with Flights of Fancy in the subject line for submission requirements and more 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 for an application; email for more information. CALL TO ARTISTS Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Submissions are sought for the Arizona Biennial 2013. Read the prospectus at; $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 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. OPEN STUDIO ART CLASSES WomanKraft. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976. Anyone can make crafts for free from 1 to 4 p.m., every second Friday and Saturday. Visit for info. UNDERGROUND ART GALLERY AND ART ANNEX 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 in the Underground Art Gallery, and from noon to 5 p.m. in the Art Annex in Unit 1 D; free. Visit 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. Visit

CASA LIBRE EN LA SOLANA Casa Libre en la Solana. 228 N. Fourth Ave. 325-9145. A Curiosity Symposium meets at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, to converse, read or show-and-tell on the topic of “The Road.” Singer-songwriter Edie Carey performs original pop-folk songs from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10; $10. A book-release party for Elizabeth Frankie Rollins’ The Sin Eater and Other Stories takes place at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16; $5 suggested donation. Raja Lewis, Joel Smith and Grace Polleys read from their work at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Edge Reading Series; $5 suggested donation. Kate Greenstreet and Dot Devota read from their work at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2; $5 suggested donation. Visit

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.

J.A. JANCE: DEADLY STAKES J.A. Jance discusses and signs her new book, Deadly Stakes, at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at Mostly Books, 6208 E. Speedway Blvd.; at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, at COSTCO, 6255 E. Grant Road; at 2 and 3:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11, at Joyner-Green Valley Library, 601 N. La Cañada Drive, Green Valley; and from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Nanini Branch Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road. All events are free.

DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. 6300 N. Swan Road. 2999191. The Way of the Cross continues through Monday, April 15. DeGrazia 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 for more information.

LITERATI St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. The St. Philip’s book discussion group meets at 7:30 p.m., the second Monday of every month, through May; free. Feb. 11: Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country. March 11: Sandra Dallas’s Prayers for Sale. April 8: Anthony Shadid’s House of Stone. May 13: Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin.

FLANDRAU SCIENCE CENTER AND PLANETARIUM Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium. 1601 E. University Blvd. 621-7827. Crystalline Treasures: The Mineral Heritage of China, a collection of colorful minerals and crystals, opens Friday, Feb. 8, and continues through Friday, Jan. 31, 2014; $7, $5

MORE THAN 50 SHADES Himmel Branch Library. 1035 N. Treat Ave. 594-5305. The Saguaro Chapter of the Romance Writers of America presents a panel discussion, Q&A and workshop, from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; free.

THE JEWISH HISTORY MUSEUM The Jewish History Museum. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. The Ketubah Exhibit, a collection 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 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 for more information. TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. The traditional holiday exhibit, El Nacimiento, runs through Saturday, June 1. Elements in Western Art: Water, Fire, Air and Earth continues through Friday, June 14. Desert Grasslands, works by 18 artists exhibited as part of the Desert Initiative Project: Desert 1, continues through Sunday, July 7. Art + the Machine continues through Sunday, July 14. Femina: Images of the Feminine From Latin America continues through Saturday, Sept. 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday; $10, $8 senior, $5 college student with ID, free age 18 or younger, active military or veteran with ID, and TMA members; free the first Sunday of every month. Visit for more info. UA MUSEUM OF ART UA Museum of Art. 1031 N. Olive Road. 621-7567. Broken Desert - Land and Sea: Greg Lindquist and Chris McGinnis, part of the UA’s Desert Initiative: Desert 1, exploring human impact on nature, continues 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 for info.

NORMAN FISCHER Antigone Books. 411 N. Fourth Ave. 792-3715. Norman Fischer discusses his new book, Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13; free. A Q&A and refreshments follow. SIGNING WITH BETTY WEBB AND DONIS CASEY Clues Unlimited. 3146 E. Fort Lowell Road. 326-8533. Betty Webb discusses and signs her new book, Llama of Death, A Gunn Zoo Mystery, with Donis Casey, who signs and discusses her new book, Wrong Hill to Die On, an Alafair Tucker mystery set in 1916 Arizona, at 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; free. UA POETRY CENTER UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. Maps, an exhibit about how poets use the concept of maps to explore space, place and the passage of time, continues through Wednesday, April 17. 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

OUT OF TOWN LEADING LADIES OF LITERATURE Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 594-5580. Marion Doane presents a reading series, “Leading Ladies of Literature: Standing Up, Speaking Out, Making Their Voices Heard,” from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the first Thursday of every month; free.

UPCOMING ANTIGONE BOOKS READINGS Antigone Books. 411 N. Fourth Ave. 792-3715. Authors Miriam Ruth Black and Camille Gannon read from their books Turtle Season and Woman Overboard at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15. A Q&A and refreshments follow; free. SHOP TALKS UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. Talks take place at 6 p.m., on selected Tuesdays, in the Dorothy Rubel Room; free. Feb. 19: Wendy Burk leads a discussion of the work of feminist Adrienne Rich. March 26: Lisa Cooper Anderson leads a discussion of the work of Nathaniel Mackey, who reads at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 28. April 23, at 6 p.m., Christina Vega-Westhoff

leads a discussion of the work of J. Michael Martínez, Carmen Giménez Smith and Roberto Tejada, who will read at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. Visit poetry. for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS BOOKLINKS: A BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS Miller-Golf Links Branch Library. 9640 E. Golf Links Road. 594-5355. Men and women share insights about a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books at 12:30 p.m., the second Friday of every month; free. BOOKWORMS Bookmans. 1930 E. Grant Road. 325-5767. This book club meets from 7 to 8 p.m., on the second Wednesday of every month; free. The selection for Wednesday, Feb. 13, is Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot. 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 for more information. CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE BOOK CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 594-5580. Current literary fiction is the topic from 10 a.m. to noon, on the second Thursday of every month; free. Call or visit for more info. ECLECTIC WRITERS’ GROUP The Eclectic Writers’ Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m., every Monday, at a residence at 2060 N. Painted Hills Road; free. Call 797-6614 for more information. ON-A-MISSION BOOK CLUB Mission Branch Library. 3770 S. Mission Road. 5945325. Discover new authors and enjoy conversation at 1 p.m., the second Wednesday of every month; free.

LECTURES EVENTS THIS WEEK AAUW FUNDRAISER Hacienda del Sol. 5601 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. 299-1501. Mystery writer Betty Webb, author of the Lena Jones series, keynotes a luncheon for the American Association of University Women from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; $40. Reservations are required. Call 296-9792, or email for info. ART LECTURE SERIES Dusenberry River Branch Library. 5605 E. River Road. 594-5345. Docents from the UA Museum of Art and the Tucson Museum of Art give talks from 2 to 3 p.m., the second and fourth Tuesday of every month; free. BERNARD NGOVO: HISTORICAL CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND LIBERIA Pima Community College District Office. 4905 E. Broadway Blvd. 206-4500. Reading faculty member Bernard Ngovo discusses the historic relationship between the U.S. and Liberia, from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12; free. COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET, COMING OUT OF THE SHADOWS: FROM DREAMERS TO “UNDOCUQUEERS” AND BEYOND UA Student Union Memorial Center. 1303 E. University Blvd. 621-7755. Karma R. Chavez of the University of Wisconsin discusses the strategic relationship between DREAM Act advocates and LGBTQ advocates, and suggests ways future collaboration may benefit both communities, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Ventana Room, Level 4; free. DR. NORMAN FROST: CREATING THE MASTER RACE Arizona Health Sciences Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 626-7301. Bioethics and medical ethics specialist Dr. Norman Frost presents “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race,” about the pseudo-medical roots of the Holocaust, at noon, Monday, Feb. 11, in the library; free. 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. 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. Tuesday, Feb. 19: Nathan Lyons speaks with Jessica McDonald about his life and role in expanding the art and popularity of photography in “A Life in Photography.” Tuesday, Feb. 26.: Sam Stephenson presents “The making of The Jazz Loft Project: Archives as Resource and Wellspring,” about the life and work of W. Eugene Smith. Visit for info.




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BOOKS P Moss scores points with his Vegas novel but can’t deliver literary clincher


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Antigone Books best-sellers for the week ending Feb. 1, 2013


1. Flight Behavior: A Novel Barbara Kingsolver ($28.99)

as Vegas’ budding downtown tech sector is on the minds and in the online columns of the digerati, or computerindustry elite. Thanks to non-gaming employer Zappos and the company’s CEO Tony Hsieh, there’s investment money being doled out. Walking around the city’s Fremont East district and hearing people talk, one feels caught in the boom of an old Southwest mining town— except it’s Internet start-up kids panning for gold instead of grizzled dudes with pans. Another explosion is reverberating in a tourist town that, until recently, has done little more than provide soft landings for the downwardsliding careers of pop singers, comedians and hard-rock bands. Since 2010, CityLife Books, the publishing imprint of alternative newsweekly Las Vegas CityLife, has been quietly restructuring the city’s literary landscape. (Disclosure: CityLife Books once paid me to contribute a nonfiction essay to an anthology.) While Vegas increasingly becomes a setting for works by native authors with national profiles—Claire Vay Watkins’ Battleborn, Charles Bock’s Beautiful Children—there’s also a serious contribution being made by writers who, by misfortune or choice, never left Sin City for the East Coast. CityLife Books flagship author P Moss runs a bar in New York called Double Down Saloon (he launched the first one in Vegas 20 years ago), but his tough, blue-collar, black-noir prose style shows that his aesthetic wasn’t forged in the sweatervested embrace of an Ivy League creative-writing program. Moss administers words the way a great bartender pours drinks—generously yet unfussily. His debut story collection—an assortment of vignettes, actually—Blue Vegas earned attention in places like the Los Angeles Times and some positive regional reviews. Until a couple months ago, though, it remained to be seen if Moss could produce a powerful novel. His second book, Vegas Knockout, comes close. Moss’ handicap is self-imposed. Knockout is subtitled “a novel in stories,” which is, to borrow a bookmaking term, a hedge-bet. In other words, Knockout could be a novel, but the author won’t commit to the endeavor. Did intention or desperation mother this hybrid? We don’t know. Like an off-Strip magician, Moss doesn’t want you to analyze his mechanics—in his case, conflict and plot. He asks to you to go along with his act, which is admittedly fun in a low-rent way.


Vegas Knockout By P Moss

2. I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats Francesco Marciuliano ($12.95)

CityLife Books $14.95, 180 pages

3. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Jonas Jonasson ($15.99)

Vegas is, at its core, a low-rent city, and Moss is a magician when it comes to pulling lowlifes out of a hat. Interestingly, many of his lowest characters aren’t even natives. Consider 33-year-old writer Lawford, who arrives from New York with a Rolling Stone magazine assignment to cover the weekend’s big fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Lawford gets sidetracked into exploring a metaphysical question at a casino bar: Lawford continued to scribble in a private shorthand. What motivates a con man? Is it a chance for to get something for nothing? Or is it simply in his DNA? He looked around and wondered if the trappings of casino culture begged an even bigger question. Does Las Vegas have a soul? The reporter’s question is answered by his own failings. Seduced by Vegas’ allure, he ends up violating journalistic ethics by placing a bet on the fight and then gets tangled up with, you guessed it, a hooker. Whom he happily introduces to strangulation sex. This promising setup is derailed by Moss’ failsafe, fallback specialties—the vignette and the character sketch. It’s easy to see why. Moss is funny and trenchant when introducing (mid-book) a new demimonde and spontaneous flash floods alike: Brutal November rain punished the city. A surprise purification that provoked power outages, crippled traffic, and drowned small animals. Gutters flushed east to west and west to east, wreaking havoc at the valley’s lowest point, the Las Vegas Strip. But if the uncompromising downpour happened to quarantine you between the sheets with a new love, it was the perfect storm. From there we’re a fly on the bedroom wall rented by an on-the-skids comedian and his new love. She sends him a singing clown telegram; he has the new jewelry he gave her boosted by a cop-impersonating buddy. It results in a misunderstanding at once horrifying and hilarious. Moss also subjects us to Vegas’, um, poodle-fucking 1 percent; a Cantonese restaurateur who ruins his culinary rep by winning a slot jackpot; and collegechums experimenting with a call-girl smartphone app. It’s all dazzlingly seedy, and Moss is smart enough to let his characters’ actions answer Lawford’s question: Vegas is only as soulful as the people who visit the place.

4. The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction Brian Kiteley ($15.99) 5. Life of Pi Yann Martel ($15.95)


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, through March 6; free. Feb. 13: “Genomics and the Complexity of Life.” Feb. 20: “The Nine-Billion People Question.” Feb. 27: “Epigenetics: Why DNA Is Not Our Destiny.” March 6: “Genomics Tomorrow: A Panel Presentation.” Details about presentations and speakers are at Call 621-4090. HISTORY OF VAIL, ARIZONA Agua Caliente Regional Park. 12325 E. Roger Road. 877-6000. J.J. Lamb discusses how the convergence of the railroad, copper mining, ranching and homesteading formed Vail in the 1880s, from 1 to 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10; free. Reservations are required. Call 6157855, or email for reservations. IRCA, ‘CRIMINAL ALIENS’ AND THE POLICING OF IMMIGRATION UA Education Building. 1430 E. Second St. Jonathan Xavier Inda discusses how the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 laid groundwork for contemporary policing and removal of immigrants, and the criminalization of undocumented workers, at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7; free. Call 621-4587 for more information. THE MAKING OF AN OPERA: THE TIN ANGEL UA Crowder Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 621-1162. Daniel Asia and Paul Pines discuss how they collaborated on the music and libretto of The Tin Angel at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13; free. 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. Feb. 7: “Is Mars a Desert?”, Peter Smith, principal investigator of NASA’s Phoenix Mars Mission.

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7. Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers Anne Lamott ($17.95) 8. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar Cheryl Strayed ($14.95) 9. 1Q84 Haruki Murakami ($16.95) 10. Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Being Andrew Weil ($15.99) Cheryl Strayed

ART TALKS Joyner-Green Valley Branch Library. 601 N. La Cañada Drive. Green Valley. 594-5295. Docents from the Tucson Museum of Art give talks at 2 p.m., every Wednesday, through March 27; free. Feb. 13: “Emily Carr: A Canadian Icon,” Vida Thomas. Feb. 20: “Washington, D.C., Public Monuments: Meaning and Mania,” Chuck Tampio. Feb. 27: “Pablo Picasso and His Women: Goddesses and Doormats,” Susie Heintz. JACK LASSETER: THE SPANISH HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA DesertView Performing Arts Center. 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. SaddleBrooke. 825-5318. Jack Lasseter presents “The Spanish History of California” at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13; $20. Visit tickets.saddlebrooketwo. com for tickets and more information.

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. “Desert Grasslands: Issues and Art,” a panel discussion, takes place from 4 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17; free with admission. The event “Desert Grasslands” features a tour of the exhibit, led by curator Julie Sasse, and food and wine pairings by Lodge on the Desert chef Ryan Clark; $50. 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 for information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS LECTURES AT THE WESTERN NATIONAL PARKS ASSOCIATION BOOKSTORE Western National Parks Association Bookstore. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. Lectures on a wide range of books, and historical, topographical, ecological and native-foods topics take place at noon and 2 p.m., every Wednesday and Saturday; free. Reservations are required, but must be made no earlier than one week in advance. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Visit for directions or more info.

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CINEMA Adapted from a teen novel, ‘Warm Bodies’ is a pleasant non-Twilighty surprise

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BY BOB GRIMM, he movie year gets it first big, sweet surprise with Warm Bodies, a funny and surprisingly moving take on the zombie genre from director Jonathan Levine, who gave us the wonderful 50/50. To call Warm Bodies a straight-up zombie flick would be off the mark. It’s a love story set in a horror movie world that actually works wonderfully as a love story. It’s everything the Twilight saga wanted to be, but failed at miserably. It’s a movie that knows it’s ridiculous, embraces its ridiculousness, and emerges as something that feels astonishingly real and true to life. The movie opens on a red-hoodied figure we will come to know as R (Nicholas Hoult in a stardom-cementing role), a zombie with a fried memory, but still able to conduct a relatively cohesive inner narrative. That inner narrative is heard through a Hoult voiceover, a voiceover that is clear and concise. But when R tries to speak out of his mouth, he slurs and moans and groans. He’s a lost boy in a zombie world yearning to articulate. He’s also a collector, spending his days in an airport and residing in an abandoned jet, surrounded by trinkets and vinyl albums. Of course vinyl is the music delivery mode of choice for zombies. In R’s opinion, vinyl is more “alive.” Enter Julie (Teresa Palmer, finally getting a role she deserves), a human survivor and the daughter of an emotionally dead general (John Malkovich). On patrol for medicine, her band of humans is attacked, and her boyfriend (Dave Franco) loses his life and his brains in the melee. R and Julie’s eyes meet in the aftermath, and R immediately starts to change. George Romero fans looking for zombie thrills in Warm Bodies might find themselves slightly disappointed. The movie is PG-13, so brains get eaten in an almost gentle fashion, and the zombie makeup is far from gory. I must also mention that the “Bonies,” which are zombies that have degenerated to the point of being skeletons, look terrible. They are the sort of CGI creation that stops a movie in its tracks whenever they pop up on screen. Some zombie purists might find it silly that R can eat a brain and then feel and see the memories of his victim. For those of you who criticize the notion that one could experience such a sensation after eating a brain, I would like to remind you that you are watching a movie in which THE DEAD HAVE COME BACK TO LIFE AND ARE WALKING AROUND. Pretty much anything goes in that sort of universe.



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Nicholas Hoult in Warm Bodies. Hoult and Palmer have adorable screen chemistry. This is a thinly veiled Romeo and Juliet replay, and the two even have a balcony scene. R doesn’t remember his full name, only that his name starts with R, so we can assume it’s Romeo, Rome, Roman … probably not Rupert, right? Julie is a play on Juliet of course, and Rob Corddry plays R’s best zombie friend, M (Mercutio … right?). Speaking of Corddry, he owns his scenes in this movie. The man is so gifted as a comedic actor and, as he showed in Hot Tub Time Machine, he can handle the emotional stuff with major finesse. Like R, M and his band of zombies begin to awaken and heal themselves when they remember what love is. It’s goofy, but Corddry sells it with real humor and soul. He is just one of those guys who can show up in any movie and make that movie better. Also excellent in a supporting role is Analeigh Tipton as Nora, Julie’s best friend, confidant and certified movie laugh-getter. Hoult and Palmer both have thick accents (Hoult is British, Palmer is Australian), but you can’t tell from this movie. (They have convincing American accents.) Hoult spends much of the movie sweetly trying to express himself like a love-struck teen who can’t put the words together. Palmer is so damned stunning that many can identify with Hoult’s struggle to get the words right. They are one of the more

Warm Bodies Rated PG-13 Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich Directed by Jonathan Levine Summit, 97 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).

endearing screen couples in many a year, and one of them is dead with all kinds of icky veins all over his neck. That doesn’t say much for the state of American romance movies. The film is based on Isaac Marion’s novel. He is apparently working on a sequel, and you can already read an excerpt from a prequel to his novel called The New Hunger, available on his website ( If you are a proud Twilight hater like me, you can rest assured that Warm Bodies has very little in common with that cinematic brown sludge. It’s a refreshing, heartwarming, humorous take on a society that has become emotionally stagnant and is in severe need of reanimation. You might find yourselves looking at your smartphone a little less after seeing this one.

CINEMA Michael Hanekeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Picture nominated â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Amoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a frightening look at love

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-PWF ZPVS #POFT Emmanuelle Riva in Amour.

Amour Rated PG-13 Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva Directed by Michael Haneke Sony Picture Classics, 127 minutes Opens Friday, Feb. 8, at the Loft Cinema (795-7777).

director might. In that respect, Amour might be Hanekeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most difficult work. It asks questions that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have good answers: How long do you keep your soulmate alive once the soul is all they have left? Is it selfish to just want it all to end? Where is the line between mercy and murder? To build Georgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; solitary confinement with these thoughts, we never leave their apartment after the stroke. Georges is constantly surrounded by memories of a shared life, which make his frame of mind even weaker and more desperate. He receives few visitors, primarily just his daughter and a nurse. And Haneke, as is his wont, shoots terribly long scenes with one or maybe two edits. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a more objective viewpoint than a parade of close-ups, and it subconsciously reminds you of the bubble Georges is trapped in. Amour is hard to watch but it is never contrived or graphic. In fact, the banality of most of the scenes makes the film all the more suffocating. Making this more expressive or introducing minor conflicts along the way would undercut Hanekeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s point, which is so beautifully and almost ruthlessly made. For two hours, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re forced to confront how you would handle such a terrible situation, and not one that involves escaping a faceless beast with a chainsaw. Because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not really scary. Letting the love of your life suffer day in and day out, only human in formâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scary.

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ow in their 80s and retired, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) have been married who knows how long, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no guesswork about the kind of marriage it is. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did I mention you looked very pretty tonight?â&#x20AC;? Georges asks her. The next morning, over breakfast and amid small talk, Anne fades. She isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite catatonic but she certainly isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in the moment with her husband. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conscious, sitting upright, but is totally unresponsive. He dabs her face with cold waterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;nothing. As Georges rushes to get dressed and drive Anne to the hospital, she returns, oblivious to what had just unfolded. She had suffered a stroke, and as Georges explains to the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, Eva (Isabelle Huppert), the operation to clear an obstruction of the carotid artery has failed. From now on, life will be different. Anne is paralyzed on the right side, and her deterioration will be slow and sure. Georges wears a brave face, but Anneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slide into incapacitation is ripping him apart just as slowly and just as surely. Some context for this film on the road to the Academy Awards: Amour is the ninth foreign language nominee for Best Picture, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also nominated in the foreign language category, as well as for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress. Trintignant starred in Costa-Gavrasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Z, which became the second foreign film to leap into the Best Picture race, in 1969. At 85, Emmanuelle Riva is the oldest Best Actress nominee ever, and her career dates back to the 1959 classic Hiroshima, Mon Amour. Director Michael Haneke, while long an art house favorite, was probably never in anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussion of potential Best Director nominees. His films are too uncompromising. In fact, they may be the measuring stick for how much all-consuming sadness audiences can bear. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no denying his unique talent; his previous film, The White Ribbon, won the Palm Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Or at Cannes and the foreign language Oscar, and Amour will almost undoubtedly repeat that feat. There are many ways to make an audience uncomfortable. Gore and violence work for some directors, heightened suspense for others. For Haneke, those would be shortcuts. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the dread of being held hostage by teenage psychopaths (Funny Games) or unflinching displays of sexual humiliation and paraphilia (The Piano Teacher), Haneke forces his audience to connect with the psychology of the characters and not to react to one stimulus or impulse the way a horror

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Community Thursday, Feb. 7 (NBC) Season Premiere: Is it October 2012 already? Way back when this TV season began, NBC had the WTF? plan to dump cult comedy Community on Friday nights with cult anathema Whitney as a lead-in. But then, new series Animal Practice was put to sleep, Up All Night was pulled off the air to be retooled as a puppet show, 30 Rock went to TV heaven, and bam! Community reclaims its old Thursday home. The delay will make for a few timeline displacements (a Halloween episode, a Thanksgiving episode, a Christmas episode, Chevy Chase episodes, etc.), but at least Community is finally back from summer break (just go with it). Six Seasons and a Movie!

The Jenny McCarthy Show Friday, Feb. 8 (VH1) Series Debut: Speaking of timeline displacements, when did Opponent of Science Jenny McCarthy become relevant again? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Love the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s,â&#x20AC;? indeed. If VH1 is so bent on fabricating its own Chelsea Handler-ish talk/pop-culture rehash show, there are plenty of funnierâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thinking it too, youngerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; unknowns who could host this rip-off. McCarthy doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come off so much a fresh glam-party-trash alternative to Handler as she does a sad dayshift hooker working the Taco Bell parking lot. When


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College, Cylons, dives and the dead this bombs, we can at least look forward to Late Night With Carmen Electra.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Sunday, Feb. 10 (Syfy) Movie: Prequel Blood & Chrome, a two-hour pilot for series that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t picked up because Syfy had already committed to 18 Ghost Hunters spin-offs (surest hit: Ghost Pawn), has been available in 10 parts on YouTube for months; this version includes unreleased footage and, oh yeah, full-length commercials. Seeing young fighter pilot Adama (Luke Pasqualino) at the dawn of the Human/ Cylon war is admittedly frakking cool, and the sleek Battlestar Galactica look and feel is in full effect (including some bonus Star Trek lens flare), but knowing that this chapter of the story ends here makes Blood & Chrome somewhat anticlimactic. Also, sexy No. 6 Cylons hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been invented yet â&#x20AC;Ś damn.

Bar Rescue Sunday, Feb. 10 (Spike) Season Premiere: The Only TV Column That Mattersâ&#x201E;˘ (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this one, for you newbies) has spent a lotta time in a lotta terrible drinkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; holes, but few like those fixer Jon Taffer runs across every week on Bar Rescue.

If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve somehow missed the 48-hour marathons on Spike every weekend, Bar Rescue goes like this: Taffer and his team stake out a dingy club; a ringer goes in and chokes down some Dranotinis and half-cooked wings for the hidden cameras while the drunk bar owner is off in the corner demanding lap dances from sobbing waitresses. Properly disgusted, Taffer storms in, yells at everyone, bitch-slaps the owner, remodels the club, revamps the food and drink menus, then renames the joint something like Krackyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tiki Shack or Club Spelunk. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awesome every time.

The Walking Dead Sunday, Feb. 10 (AMC) Winter Premiere: At press time, no showrunners had been fired from The Walking Dead this week; a couple of grips were executed for taking too many bagels, but nothing major. When last we left All My Zombies in December, the rescue of Glenn and Maggie from Woodbury was mostly successfulâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;except the part where Daryl was captured and tossed into the walker-fightinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ring with estranged bro Merle. Now, Rick has to go back in and get him, and finally go manoa-mano with The Governor (why not just call him on the phoneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ha!).



The Man With the Iron Fists Following up his star turn in Santa Monica Cop, RZA directs, acts and soundtracks the tale of a man (with iron fists) who teams with Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu to kung-fu the hell out of bad guys. Based on a true Wu-Tang fairytale. (Universal)

Skyfall James Bond (Daniel Craig) is back, then gone, then back again and up against his most fearsome villain yet: a cyberterrorist (Javier Bardem) with a ridiculous haircut and a vendetta against M (Judy Dench) and the MI6. Action, action, action! (MGM)

Smiley Is Ashley (Caitlin Gerard) being stalked by urban legend Smiley, a killer who supposedly creeps Internet chat rooms for victims, or just going crazy? Pertinent follow-up question: How did a 1998 generaslasher flick get made in 2012? (Arc)

Weeds: Season 8 The final season, wherein Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) recovers from getting shot in the head (sorry, not a spoiler) and jumps back into the pot business (ditto). Then, seven years later, weed is all legal and corporate. Mind. Blown. (Paramount)

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Aladdin (Darren Shahlavi) inadvertently unleashes an evil genie from his lamp, now only he can stop it from destroying the world. So, really, the lamp is faultless here and quite unfairly labeled as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;death lamp.â&#x20AC;? Stupid Liberal Media. (Sony)

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CHOW El Merendero has a retro-Tucson feel and solid choices for all three meals


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Woody’s On Oracle Has Closed Last week was the final hurrah for Woody’s, the bar at 3710 N. Oracle Road. Woody’s, a staple in the LGBT community, closed its doors with little fanfare. But the owners are keeping the name and hope to reopen as a restaurant and bar in the downtown area. They will begin looking for a location this month, and a menu is beginning to come into focus, according to Mike Kramkowski. In the meantime the folks at Woody’s encourage their patrons to stop in at IBT’s on North Fourth Avenue and follow the Woody’s Facebook page for updates.

BY RITA CONNELLY, l Merendero is one of those places you should take visitors to get a feel for Mexican food—Tucson style. The décor is simple, the servers are friendly, portions are huge, and the menu is filled with an array of good, solid choices. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served seven days a week, and the food can hold its own against the other choices available on South 12th Avenue. We did breakfast and lunch and stuck with traditional favorites (or at least our favorites). If we should return for dinner, one of the seafood choices would certainly be an option. Chips come to the table with two sauces and a bowl of limes. One sauce is chunky and mild (although every now and then a bit of heat popped up). The other sauce had been blended smooth and was decidedly hotter and more piquant. There wasn’t a clear favorite. The dining space is divided into two rooms: a small, square room in the back and a long, narrow space in the front. Booths line the windowed walls in the front room. The color scheme is tones of brown, and the circle patterns in the upholstery are repeated in the few pieces of art on the walls in the back room; nothing fancy, by any means, but certainly comfortable and clean. In its earliest incarnation El Merendero was an A&W drive-in, and if you use your imagination you can see the bones of earlier times. El Merendero means an open-air café, and I guess that’s what a drive-in is, in some ways. We found the place to be nearly empty when we stopped in for breakfast on a rainy midmorning. Customers arrived in dribs and drabs, and as far as we could tell there was only one server. As you’d expect, there’s a breakfast burro ($3.99) on the menu. It comes with beans and eggs, and additional ingredients range from potatoes and cheese (99 cents) to ham, chorizo, sausage and carne seca (50 cents each). We decided to go with huevos rancheros ($6.50) and scrambled eggs with carne seca ($6.50). Coffee ($1.99) and a large orange juice ($1.99) completed our order. It took some time for the food to arrive, but we chalked that up to everything being prepped to order. These were breakfasts for hungry people: creamy refried beans, hash brown potatoes, a tortilla with the scrambled eggs and hefty portions of both entrees. The scrambled eggs were fluffy and cooked through without being dry. The beef added a nice texture and deep flavor. The beans were



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Chile rellenos from El Merendero. smooth and full of all those flavors that make refries so damn good; strips of the warm, flour tortilla were all they needed. The potatoes could’ve been crisper, but there was so much other food they were almost unnecessary. The huevos rancheros—fried corn tortillas topped with well-cooked over-easy eggs and a tomato ranchero sauce rich with chiles—were most satisfying. All those textures and flavors came together well, especially with a dollop of the beans included. Our lunch choices were the three-taco special ($3.99 on Mondays) and a chile relleno ($8.99). Beans and rice accompanied both plates. The tacos—like everything else at El Merendero—were good sized and packed with tender, shredded beef, lots of lettuce and white farmer’s cheese. This was the very definition of a beef taco. The chile relleno had some of the same ranchero sauce as the eggs, but here it took on a more substantial role. The chile was filled with

El Merendero 5443 S. 12th Ave. 294-1522; Open Saturday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Pluses: Large portions Minuses: Service can be slow

hot, melted jack cheese. Its stem peeked out from the light, eggy batter (which meant a fresh chile rather than the canned ones that so many places use). Again, this was a fine example of what a dish is supposed to be. I’d order it again in a heartbeat. El Merendero is in many ways the kind of restaurant I ate at when I came to Tucson many years ago. It’s small and homey, with well-prepared food and large portions. You really can’t go wrong.

On Saturday, March 16, the Double Check Ranch in Winkelman will feature a six-course dinner using 100 percent local meats, cheeses and produce paired with local wines. Chef John Hall of the Bianco Group will be orchestrating the meal. “We’re wanting to really emphasize our regional fare—sourcing and supporting as many local food producers as we can, pairing with local wine producers, making connections with enthusiastic Arizona organizations.” Hall says on the ranch’s website. Also included in the Beyond Organic event is a ranch tour and live music. Activities start at 2 p.m. and last until 8. Tickets for the dinner—including transportation from Tucson—are $110 if purchased by Feb. 19. For more info, go to

Restaurants Coming to Aloft Hotel The Aloft Tucson University hotel slated to open in April at Campbell and Speedway will have a couple of oddly named places to get eats and drinks. There’s re:fuel, which looks like it will be a 24-7 spot that’s partially selfserve for guests on the go. And then there’s the w xyz bar, which looks more like a “sit and stay awhile” place.

Dragoon Named Best New Brewery The folks at RateBeer.Com have taken notice of our own local Dragoon Brewing Co. Using statistics that measure the popularity of beers and breweries around the world, they’ve pronounced Dragoon, at 1859 W. Grant Road, the best new brewer in Arizona. Check out the full list on the RateBeer website.

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EL SUR E 5602 E. 22nd St. 748-1032. Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. CafĂŠ. Beer and Specialty Drinks. MC, V. This is one of those secret little places that you might not want to share with everybody. Old-fashioned, damn good Mexican fare is served up with a smile. The tortillas are made specially for El Sur and definitely add an extra touch. The dĂŠcor is funky and down-home, and the servers treat you like family. With prices and flavors that remind of a simpler time, the place attracts a crowd. Try the flan if you have any room for dessert! (12-29-05) $ LA FRESITA W 1450 W. St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road. 622-4005. Open daily

6 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. DC, DIS, MC, V. More than just a friendly neighborhood taqueria, La Fresita offers full plates of goodies such as steak ranchero, chiles, tacos, burros, quesadillas and more. The corn tortillas are homemade and served up fresh and hot every day. The fruit shakes are sweet and delicious. With breakfast, lunch and dinner on the menu, La Fresita has literally something for everybody, even gringos! Hamburgers are on the menu. (10-6-05) $ LA FUENTE C 1749 N. Oracle Road. 623-8659. Open Sunday-

Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday noon-10 p.m. Bistro/ Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Take a fresh look at this Tucson classic. With tasty Mexican-food classics like chiles rellenos and unexpected surprises like fried red snapper, La Fuente is definitely worth a visit if you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been in a while. A nice tequila and margarita selection is also offered. (5-27-10) $$-$$$ GUADALAJARA GRILL C 1220 E. Prince Road. 323-1022. Open daily 10

a.m.-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Salsa is made tableside, and the customer is in charge of what goes into it. The chips are fresh, hot and endless, but leave room for what comes next. Every dish is redolent with distinct and finely tuned flavors. (10-21-04) $$-$$$ LA INDITA C 622 N. Fourth Ave. 792-0523. Open Monday,


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

Granada Avenue downtown, and south to 22nd Street. NW Northwest North of River Road, west of Campbell Avenue. NE Northeast North of River Road, east of Campbell Avenue. E East East of Alvernon Way, south of River Road. S South South of 22nd Street. W West West of Granada Avenue, south of River Road.

MEXICAN EL RIO BAKERY W 901 N. Grande Ave. 624-4996. Open MondaySaturday 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Counter/ No Alcohol. MC, V. El Rio Bakeryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been around for decades, and when you sample their delicious pastries (we particularly like the empanadas), youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know why. However, El Rio also offers up other tasty Mexican fare; the soups are especially good. We recommend a steaming-hot bowl of albondigas (meatball) soup. (2-18-10) $

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.; Saturday 6-9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Diner/Beer and Wine. DIS, MC, V. La Inditaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu shows its Michoacan Tarascan Indian heritage. Menu items like the Tarascan tacos and Indian fry bread make La Indita a continued favorite. $ LEOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MEXICAN RESTAURANT E 5114 E. Speedway Blvd. 325-9180. Open Monday-

Saturday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Leoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s may be one of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-kept secrets. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find such delicious standards as cheese enchiladas, flautas and burros, along with treats like mole and fish tacos. There are vegetarian specialties and a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; menu as well. The house margarita also is a winner. Finish off your meal with those airy puffs of fried dough: sopapillas. (11-22-07) $-$$ LUPITAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CAFE NW 7077 N. Thornydale Road. 744-7505. Open

Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. CafĂŠ. Beer, Wine and Margaritas. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Lupitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe brings a little southside flavor to the northwest with authentic, affordable Mexican fare. Friendly service and a bright, colorful atmosphere make this cozy cafĂŠ a great dining experience, and the Sonoran hot dogs are among the best in town. Breakfast is served all day, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on the expertly cooked menudo on Saturdays and Sundays. (6-17-10) $-$$ MAICO C 835 E. 22nd St. 294-2836. Open Monday-Saturday

6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. MC, V. One could easily miss Maico, situated along busy 22nd Street. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re glad we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Tiny as it may be, Maico serves some excellent Mexican chow for diners to enjoy in its outside dining area. Maico has a way with beef, chicken, pork and fish. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find all the usual taqueria items and friendly service. (11-13-08) $


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p.m. Diner/Beer Only. AMEX, DIS, MC, V, Cash and checks. Also at 1009 N. Grande Ave. (623-3563), 2902 E. 22nd St. (326-1529), 999 N. Swan Road (881-2372), 356 E. Grant Road (884-3457), 435 W. Irvington Road (294-3194) and 4185 W. Ina Road (572-2523). Alcohol served varies per location. A bit of the Mexican seaside has found its way north. At Mariscos Chihuahua, shellfish reigns supreme with fresh Guaymas shrimp being the specialty of the house. Don’t miss the shrimp ceviche, a Mariscos favorite that has regulars coming back for more. $-$$ MARTIN’S COMIDA CHINGONA C 555 N. Fourth Ave. 884-7909. Open Monday-

Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Café/BYO. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V and checks. Martin’s fits the Fourth Avenue vibe perfectly: It’s fun; it’s casual; it’s independent; and the food’s pretty darned good. The huevos rancheros—with a surprising number of delicious vegetables—is excellent, and the carne asada has a rich, smoky flavor. Just don’t ask for guacamole or sour cream. (9-23-10) $-$$ MARY’S LUCKY DOLLAR MARKET S 1555 S. 10th Ave. 884-8720. Open Monday-Friday

6 a.m.-1 p.m. Café/No Alcohol. Cash. Mary’s is one of Tucson’s least-refined restaurants, but the insanely cheap, flavorful food keeps locals a-comin’. The chorizo is the house specialty; alongside some eggs, potatoes and refried beans, it’s pure deliciousness. (2-18-10) $ MI NIDITO S 1813 S. Fourth Ave. 622-5081. Open Sunday,

Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Diner. Beer, Wine and Margaritas. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Another of the perennial Tucson favorites, with consistently good food and service generally worth the wait—particularly if you’re looking for a great chile relleño. $

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8 p.m.; Monday 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Diner/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. One of the perennial favorites among local Mexican food aficionados. The chorizos are made on site, and the chimis are crisp and full. $-$$ LA OLLA NW 8553 N. Silverbell Road, No. 102. 579-0950.

Open Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Café. Beer, Wine and Specialty Drinks. AMEX, MC, V. While chains dominate in Marana, La Olla is a wonderful mom-and-pop place with a Mexican bent. You’ll find all the traditional stuff—enchiladas, tacos, chimis—along with some surprisingly creative items, from appetizers to desserts. For starters, try the empanadas: tiny pies filled with cilantro pesto, shrimp chile and manchego cheese. Entreés include a breaded pork tenderloin topped with garlic shrimp and chipotle crema. (5-28-09) $$ PAPA LOCOS TACOS AND BURGERS S 8201 S. Rita Ranch Road. 663-3333. Open Monday-

Saturday 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, MC, V. What a find! To compete in Tucson’s intense Mexican-food scene, a restaurant has to hit all of the marks—atmosphere, service and food. Papa Locos does that, and then some. The food is delicious and fresh, and it’s served in a friendly, upbeat way. The burgers are big and juicy; the onion rings are hot and crisp. But it is the Mexican side of the menu that’ll bring you back. Try the enchilocos, a curious fusion of taco and enchilada. Can’t decide on red or green sauce? You can have both. The carnitas are amazingly rich and tasty. (10-4-12) $

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BY ERIC SWEDLUND, n troubled times, even the sky is blue. For Tucson’s gHosTcOw, it’s an observation that guides an album that asks a lot of big questions, sometimes outward, sometimes inward. “I’m not generally a dark person at all, but the last four years haven’t been that good. It’s a reflection of the people I hang out with and their viewpoints, malaise and struggles,” says David Hall, the band’s singer, songwriter and guitarist. It’s that ever-present why in the songs on Even the Sky Is Blue, gHosTcOw’s second album, that gives the album such a cohesive thread. Hall wrote the song “Danny Kaye” during 2009, the first year of the Obama administration, when the U.S. involvement in the war in Afghanistan spiked and the Fox News noise machine was on the rise. “I was sick of hearing about everything,” he says. “How can people buy all this crap?” “Without a doubt there’s no hope left/ All pessimist, sad and bereft/ Leadership is dead, politics are too/ All hyped-up media, nothing true,” Hall sings. The song is deeply pessimistic, but it’s a pessimism that’s bound up in that particular moment in time, Hall says. That’s where the album title comes from, the line “Don’t bother to look up baby, even the sky is blue.” But the tongue-incheek nature of the line is also telling. The album’s theme is consistent throughout, but there’s a musical playfulness that balances the Chicken Little cynicism. “Hopefully, those times are over,” says Hall, even though he finds it a bit easier to write songs when he’s under emotional stress. Typically, Hall will begin a song with a riff, playing it over and over again until something comes for the melody and lyrics. The method either works or it doesn’t, and he’ll set some promising riffs aside for later use if the song just isn’t coming. “For a while there, I was going to take the album to a pop place entirely,” Hall says, but it was one of the ideas the band reined in. Hall says there was a time he tried consciously making music that sounded familiar to people— rock ’n’ roll from the 1960s and 1970s—but on Even the Sky Is Blue those conventions are intentionally skewed and warped, as if they followed from some alternate history of rock music. The album is different from the first gHosTcOw recording, which had a stronger psychedelic thread throughout. But that era of the band included a second songwriter, and some of the resulting tension wore at gHosTcOw. A bit of disenchantment set in after the first album, but the lineup solidified as Hall was putting together the Even the Sky Is Blue songs.



Stylistically, Even the Sky Is Blue touches on pop, psychedelic, garage, country rock and funk. Hall says the album opener, “Fine,” is done in a “Beatles-y” pop style, telling the story of a man who chases all manner of women to fill the void when the true object of his affection leaves him longing. “Wonder” is a Moody Blues-style romp, while “Peekaboo” takes the inspiration for its very poppy solo from George Harrison’s slideguitar style. Hall wrote “Hide and Seek” in 1984 and could never work out an arrangement that worked for Falling Bodies, his former band. “It’s one I’ve always liked, and it seems to have a place on this album,” he says. “Danny Kaye” is loud, high-wire blues rock. Hall wrote the country rock “Can’t Last Forever” after listening to Old 97’s albums during a trip to the White Mountains, seeking to tie into that forlorn, love-struck muse. Written at a time when Hall was listening to a lot of Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Swampy Like Do” pairs outer-space lyrics with a sci-fi psychedelic sound. Hall wrote “Hold Onto” after Amy Winehouse died, reflecting on the singer’s internal darkness that overtook her shining talent. “Late in Life” is a funky jam that recalls the Meters. “Erosion,” the album’s jammiest and longest song, was inspired by a guy entirely infatuated with a woman who couldn’t care less. Hall started playing guitar in high school in Portland, Ore., with the typically intertwined dreams of being a rock star and scoring chicks. Though he loved playing Delta blues-style guitar, his musical future hinged just as much on the first two concerts he saw, which, remarkably enough, were Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa. He spent his 20s in cover bands, playing 1970s rock such as Heart and Doobie Brothers songs, but when he moved to Tucson in 1980 he started writing his own material. “After playing in all those cover bands, I swore I wouldn’t do that again and I started to write like crazy,” he says. From 1984 to 1990, Hall played in Falling Bodies, a Talking Heads-esque group in both

gHosTcOw, Even the Sky Is Blue CD-release show with the Tangelos and the Modeens 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9 gHosTcOw will perform the entire album in separate sets at 8 and 11 p.m. Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. $5 798-1298;

Before we get started here, I’d like to call your attention to a couple articles about musical events that appear outside of the music section this week. Be sure to check out Eric Swedlund’s story about Stunning Tonto Records and the Stunning Tonto Forever release party happening at Plush on Friday, Feb. 8. And when you’re finished reading that, check out the Pick of the Week in our City Week section. The Rialto Theatre Foundation—which, we should all remember, is a nonprofit—is throwing a fundraising party featuring Grupo Fantasma, as well as an after-party with music by Brownout, and that one goes down on Saturday, Feb. 9. Hopefully, after you’ve read about them, you’ll feel compelled to check them out. Both should be a blast. Onward!

MUSIC IS MEDICINE name and sound. gHosTcOw drummer Blaine Rybke and percussionist Bronwen Heilman were also in Falling Bodies, and bass player Jack Fandray rounds out the current gHosTcOw lineup. The term ghost cow came up when the band was forming. Hall was at a Denny’s in Palm Springs and overheard an odd conversation. “This woman—I swear to god Shelley Duvall—was talking and she said she’d just been to Tucson, which is what got me listening. She said it was all cowboys and ghost cows and I didn’t know what the hell that meant,” he says. The name also ties into his day job as a wildlife ecologist. The desert landscape around Tucson is totally different than it was 100 years ago, influenced by a century of grazing, as if the once-full grassland is haunted by the ghosts of the cows that so altered the desert. gHosTcOw had a much easier time recording Even the Sky Is Blue than the band’s selftitled 2008 debut. They started recording in March and finished in August, booking time at Waterworks Recording Studio when busy schedules allowed. Hall says producer Jim Waters commented during recording on how cohesive the band was. “This incarnation really gets into it and this album is special. All the members are so tight,” Hall says. gHosTcOw is a band that thrives playing live, with three full sets of original material and a tendency to improvise night by night. Still, some songs work better acoustically and the band applied to play the Tucson Folk Festival, under the name Acowstic.

Kudos to Susan Holden for keeping the Rhythm and Roots Concert Series going. Her husband, Jonathan Holden, began the series in the mid-‘90s, booking acts that he loved and wanted people to hear, at venues all over town, but that otherwise may not have come through Tucson to perform. Jonathan passed away on Jan. 17, 2012, and no one could have blamed Susan if she had decided to scrap the remaining shows in that season’s schedule. But not only did she decide to finish out the shows Jonathan already had booked; last week’s performance by the Desert Rose Band at the Fox Tucson Theatre was the first show of a full slate of shows Susan has booked for another concert season. Jonathan’s motto was “Music is medicine,” and we hope it’s working that way for Susan. So, the shows: Blues singer Johnny Rawls will be at Suite 147 in Plaza Palomino on Saturday, Feb. 23; Western music legends the Sons of the Pioneers will perform at the Berger Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 3; singer-songwriter Steve Forbert—the show I’m personally most excited about in the series—will be at the Plaza Palomino Courtyard on Friday, April 5; Chris Brashear with Peter McLaughlin and Todd Philips will appear at the Plaza Palomino Courtyard on Saturday, April 6. And, this week Rhythm and Roots brings to town the Paul Thorn Band, whose namesake bandleader is a hell of a songwriter in the literary tradition, possessed with a delightfully gravelly, soulful voice, and a formidable guitarist. Meanwhile, his band cranks out some killer, rockin’ Southern blues to accompany him. Following 2010’s critically acclaimed Pimps and Preachers, his most recent album of new, original material, Thorn took a detour last year with the release of What the Hell Is Goin’ On? (both on Perpetual Obscurity), his first all-covers collection, which











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ON THE BANDWAGON Brazilian Carnaval featuring BatucaxĂŠ, DJ Toni Limon, and Grupo AxĂŠ Capoeira at El Parador on Saturday, Feb. 9; Mardi Gras with Jazz Telephone and Tom Walbank at Sky Bar on Tuesday, Feb. 12; the Sadie Hawks and Bradford Trojan at La Cocina next Thursday, Feb. 14; Tommy Emmanuel at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 12; God Des & She at New Moon Tucson on Friday, Feb. 8; B.B. King at the Event Center at Casino del Sol on Wednesday, Feb. 13; Whole Lotta Zep at Boondocks Lounge on Saturday, Feb. 9; Triple Double Band at The Hut on Friday, Feb. 8; Stone Sour, Papa Roach, and Otherwise at the Rialto Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 12; Sabra Faulk and the Angel Band at Abounding Grace Sanctuary on Saturday, Feb. 9; TV Mike and the Scarecrows and Golden Boots at La Cocina tonight, Thursday, Feb. 7; Music and Mayhem Benefit for featuring Jon Russell at Runway Bar and Grill on Saturday, Feb. 9; Second Saturdays Downtown featuring Pavlo, Silverbell, and lots more in downtown Tucson on Saturday, Feb. 9; Mellow Bellow, Housebroken Deadbeat, and Secret Highway Secrets at La Cocina on Friday, Feb. 8; Top Dead Center and Xtra Ticket at Boondocks Lounge on Sunday, Feb. 10; Jazz Guild Jam featuring Tony Frank and guests at Elliottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Congress on Monday, Feb. 11 (and every Monday evening); Joe PeĂąa at Cafe Passe for Songwriter Thursdays tonight, Feb. 7, and every Thursday in February (except Feb. 14).

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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. THE 22ND ST. SHOW 600 W. 22nd St. ABOUNDING GRACE CHURCH 2450 S. Kolb Road. 747-3745. THE BASHFUL BANDIT 3686 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-8996. BOONDOCKS LOUNGE 3306 N. First Ave. 690-0991. BORDERLANDS BREWING COMPANY 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773. CASINO DEL SOL 5655 W. Valencia Road. (800) 344-9435. CATALINA FOOTHILLS HIGH SCHOOL 4300 E. Sunrise Drive. 209-8300. CHICAGO BAR 5954 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-8169. CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. EXECUTIVE INN TUCSON 333 W. Drachman St. 520-791-7551. FAMOUS SAM’S E. GOLF LINKS 7129 E. Golf Links Road. 2961245. FOX TUCSON THEATRE 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. GJ’S COFFEEHOUSE 5950 N. La Canada Drive. THE HUT 305 N. Fourth Ave. 623-3200. IRISH PUB 9155 E. Tanque Verde Road. 749-2299. JASPER NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT AND BAR 6370 N. Campbell Ave., No. 160. 5770326. THE JUNXION BAR 63 E Congress, No. 109. 358-3761. LAFFS COMEDY CAFFÉ 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. 323-8669. MARTIN’S COMIDA CHINGONA 555 N. Fourth Ave. 884-7909. MAVERICK 6622 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-0430. MONTEREY COURT STUDIO GALLERIES AND CAFÉ 505 W. Miracle Mile. 207-2429. MR. HEAD’S ART GALLERY AND BAR 513 N. Fourth Ave. 792-2710. OLD TOWN ARTISANS 201 N. Court Ave. 623-6024. THE PARISH 6453 N. Oracle Road. 797-1233. PLAYGROUND BAR AND LOUNGE 278 E. Congress St. 396-3691. PLUSH 340 E. Sixth St. 7981298. RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000. THE ROCK 136 N. Park Ave. 629-9211. RUNWAY BAR AND GRILL 2101 S. Alvernon Way. 790-6788. THE SLAUGHTER HOUSE 1102 W. Grant Road. 889-0441. SOLAR CULTURE 31 E. Toole Ave. 884-0874. TANLINE STUDIO 2610 N. Stone Ave. 907-9309. TOBY KEITH’S I LOVE THIS BAR AND GRILL 4500 N. Oracle Road. 265-8629. TUCSON LIVE MUSIC SPACE 125 W. Ventura St. UA CROWDER HALL 1020 E. University Blvd. 621-1162.

THU FEB 7 LIVE MUSIC Boondocks Lounge Ned Sutton & Last Dance Borderlands Brewing Company Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl Casino del Sol Queensryche Tribute Chicago Bar Neon Prophet Executive Inn Tucson The 7th Annual Tucson Gem & Jam Festival Official After Hours Event feat. Only Warning Fox Tucson Theatre Dwight Yoakam Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar Corey Spector Martin’s Comida Chingona Hey, Bucko Maverick Ladies Night feat. Crazy Heart Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Shaky Bones Old Town Artisans Stefan George, Golden Boots w/TV Mike and the Scarecrows The Slaughter House 7th Annual Gem & Jam 2013 Feb. 7-9 (Outdoor Stage) Solar Culture Gem Show: Sanctuary Within, Portland Cello Project w/Alialujah Choir Tanline Studio Prank War w/Parasol & Monster Pussy

the Blues Disciples Old Town Artisans Miss Lana Rebel w/Kevin Michael Mayfield; Ferrodyne; DJ Herm Plush The Modeens w/gHosTcOw & The Tangelos Rialto Theatre Rialto Gala Afterparty w/Brownout; Rialto Theatre Foundation Inaugural Gala Featuring Grupo Fantasma The Rock Before I Die w/My Only Virtue, This Is A Castle, Dreaming Awake, One After the Other, Cariad, Saving Today & Blueshift Odyssey Runway Bar and Grill Element A440 The Slaughter House 7th Annual Gem & Jam 2013 Night 3 Solar Culture Gem Show: Sanctuary Within Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill Marshal Reign


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The 22nd St. Show Tucson 22nd St. Mineral & Fossil Show Rock & Rolling Food Truck Roundup feat. 80’s and Gentlemen, Hey, Bucko & Shiraz String Quartet Boondocks Lounge Neon Prophet Casino del Sol Pacific Breeze Chicago Bar The AmoSphere Club Congress El Tambó Cumbia Sound Clash Gem Show Party Feat. DJ Dirtyverbs, Vox Urbana, Chicha Dust Executive Inn Tucson The 7th Annual Tucson Gem & Jam Festival Official After Hours Event feat. Zero Zero Famous Sam’s E. Golf Links Shell Shock The Hut Triple Double Irish Pub Jeff Carlson Band Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar Copper And Congress Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Ernie Votto Old Town Artisans The Greg Morton Band, Dream Sick w/ Lenguas Largas The Parish Spool Tractor Plush Happy Hour Show feat. Andrew See; Stunning Tonto Forever Album Release! feat. Simon Holmes w/ HAIRSPRAYFIREANDGIRLS, Anakim, Fort Worth, Church Key, Garboski & F*** Yes Rialto Theatre Sonoran Glass School Flame Off! The Rock Savannah’s Birthday party with Shining Through The Slaughter House 7th Annual Gem & Jam 2013 Night 2 Solar Culture Gem & Mineral Show Concert feat. Baba Marimba; Gem Show: Sanctuary Within Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill Marshal Reign Tucson Live Music Space Bryan McPherson

Boondocks Lounge The Bryan Dean Trio Chicago Bar The Ronstadt Generations The Hut Cadillac Mountain Solar Culture Gem Show: Sanctuary Within Tanline Studio Spoonboy w/Devil’s Coachwhip, Cottontail & Jean Trapezoid


TUE FEB 12 LIVE MUSIC Chicago Bar The Jive Bombers Fox Tucson Theatre Tommy Emmanuel Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Tommy Tucker The Parish Mardi Gras at The Parish Playground Bar and Lounge Mardi Gras Downtown feat. Nola Jazz & John Jerusalem Rialto Theatre Stone Sour w/Papa Roach Solar Culture Gem Show: Sanctuary Within


SAT FEB 9 LIVE MUSIC Abounding Grace Church Sabra Faulk The Bashful Bandit Johnny Ain’t Right Boondocks Lounge Whole Lotta Zep w/Tom Walbank Catalina Foothills High School Beethoven & Wagner — MasterWorks Series Chicago Bar Neon Prophet Club Congress That 1 Guy & The Magic Pipe Present: An Evening Of Musical Magical Wonder, the Likes of Which Ye Haven’t Yet Seen Executive Inn Tucson The 7th Annual Tucson Gem & Jam Festival Official After Hours Event feat. The Lineage Project Famous Sam’s E. Golf Links Barbara Harris Band Fox Tucson Theatre 2nd Saturdays Downtown feat. Pavlo GJ’s Coffeehouse Josiah James w/Timothy Sipe The Hut K-Bass w/Spirit Familia Irish Pub The Cobras Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar Birks Works The JunXion Bar Second Saturday’s with Cosmic Slop Maverick Flipside Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Angel Diamond And

Boondocks Lounge The Titan Valley Warheads Casino del Sol B.B. King Chicago Bar Bad News Blues Band Club Congress An Evening With Marques Emanuel Irish Pub The All Bill Band feat. Mindy Ronstadt, Bill Martin & Bill Ronstadt Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Nashville Songwriters Jam Old Town Artisans Collin Shook Trio, Black Jackalope Ensemble w/Mombasa & Best Dog Award Solar Culture Gem Show: Sanctuary Within UA Crowder Hall Nathan Gunn

COMEDY Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Comedy night

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What was the first concert you attended? Tom Petty. My parents wanted me to “experience the culture” of a rock show. Little did I know that “culture” was a sweaty man named Greg that knew all the words to “Free Fallin’.” What are you listening to these days? Podcasts, right? A.V. Club’s Undercover series, which has bands picking a song from a list of tunes and performing them, is great. What was the first album you owned? Queen, News of the World. I would stare at the cover with the band dead and bloody, making up stories as to what the giant metal robot guy did to them. Then I would hide the album because it freaked me out.

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Daniel Johnston saw fit to make up a show he bailed on a few months ago, much to the delight of his fan base, which pushed the capacity limit at Club Congress. Call me old-fashioned, but whenever a band takes the stage I expect a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hi, how you doing, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so and so from Anytown, U.S.A. Thanks for coming out!â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll even accept the tired, hack Spinal Tap â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello Cleveland!â&#x20AC;? joke. So when Reubens Accomplice, from Phoenix, opened the show and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t address the crowd until two songs in, I was slightly miffed. They still didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell the crowd who they were or where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re from, just some hoo-hah about some of the band members being slightly new and â&#x20AC;&#x153;please bear with us as we work this out.â&#x20AC;? The music was nothing special, unless watereddown Americana is your thing. Dan Fogelberg backed by Gordon Lightfoot could have wrung more life out of those wet rags. Ugh. Phoenix, man. Smiles ignited from the near sold-out crowd as the rotund Johnston entered, armed with an acoustic guitar and notebook chock full of songs atop a music stand. After rushing through two little ditties, Johnston took a slight break as the six-piece backing band got situated. Featuring members of Jimmy Eat World, Limbeck and (oh no!) Reubens Accomplice, the band provided a rollicking and fun backdrop for Johnstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earnest takes on the small and not-so-small things in life. Clutching and shaking his microphone, Johnston jumped into the lyrically brilliant â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bloody Rainbow.â&#x20AC;? He sang enthusiastically about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Space Ducks,â&#x20AC;? a new obsession of his it seems, as Space Ducks is not only a new album, but also a comic book and a movie heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently working on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wishing You Wellâ&#x20AC;? was a crowd favorite: I counted more than a few weepy eyes as Johnston sang â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because I love you/ Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the one who/ Brought me back to life.â&#x20AC;? After a fan shout-out for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speeding Motorcycle,â&#x20AC;? Johnston grinned as the band revved up and let loose the most fun number of the night. As is the case with certain â&#x20AC;&#x153;outsider artâ&#x20AC;? shows, gawkers are gonna gawk. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no secret that Johnston has psychological issues, and I got the feeling that a good-sized portion of the crowd was there to see what the crazy man was going to do or say. Too bad, rubberneckers, Johnston was on his best behavior and played a great show. Casey Dewey



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After the prompt dissolution of Girls, frontman Christopher Owens returns with a whisper of a solo effort. Framed around a pastoral folk leitmotif, Lysandre is occasionally touching and incredibly brief (29 minutes). The first official track is the gorgeous “Here We Go,” which deftly balances acoustic picking with a fuzzed-out chorus and Owens’ wounded perspective (“If your heart is broken/ You will find fellowship with me”). Lysandre proves Owens remains a fertile musical force, but the expectations created by the magnificent output of Girls leave this release feeling anemic. As its content makes clear, the origins of Lysandre are rooted in heartbreak adding depth to its rawness. Still, the giddy bounce of “New York City” and “Here We Go Again,” recurring themes be damned, are too similar, and the former suffers for an ill-advised saxophone backbone while the latter limps along as sloppy punk-folk. Thankfully, Owens bolsters Lysandre, as he still seems both a genuine article and a true believer. His sensibilities are truly tortured and tender, and his love of the possibilities of music—as expressive, as restorative—are consistently winning. This is why the calypso rockabilly of “Riviera Rock” may not logically fit the album’s overarching loveloss theme, yet manages to succeed through sheer tenacity and commitment. As a slight, ramshackle release, Lysandre manages to close strongly (and portend stronger future work) with the touching, reminiscent “Everywhere You Knew,” and the sunset country shuffle of “Part of Me (Lysandre’s Epilogue).” Michael Petitti

As the guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer for Radar Brothers, Jim Putnam has been releasing sun-drenched, slow and spacey pop records that evoke Meddle-era Pink Floyd by way of Crazy Horse since 1996. Rarely venturing too far outside the boundaries of this template, Putnam has carved out a niche for himself. But longevity and consistency have their downsides, too. The band has undergone several lineup changes, with members leaving to pursue other projects over the years. Luckily, this can also yield positive results. For Eight (the band’s eighth album), Putnam added additional guitars and keyboards to the existing drums-bassguitar/organ three-piece setup, thus broadening the band’s sonic palette. The results breathe life into the Radar Brothers’ well-honed sound. This comes across in tracks such as “If We Were Banished,” which adds drum machines and multiple layers of vocal harmonies to the song’s chorus. “Reflections” and “Time Rolling By,” on the other hand, find the band cutting loose from their typical pop craftsmanship in favor of rocking. “Couch” could easily be mistaken for a track on any of the band’s previous few albums, until the lap steel and strings come in at about the halfway point. It’s these extra touches that signal the progressions made by the band. While this is certainly not the soundtrack to a Saturday night on the town, it does give a little kick to the Sunday afternoon listening that Radar Brothers have perfected. Now, if only producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Tame Impala) could get his hands on their next record! Brian Mock

The sound of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s eponymous 2011 debut was a hodgepodge of psychedelia and funk filtered through a spacey garage-rock sheen. It’s a bewitching album, experimental but endlessly listenable, sonically layered but also fun to sing along to. II, the band’s latest, picks up where the last album left off, but doubles down on the band’s penchant for straying from an essentialist view of what a garage album should sound like. “So Good at Being in Trouble” is a straight-up soul song, with singer Ruban Nielson channeling more Al Green than Reg Presley. Overall, II is less interested in squelch. It’s a calmer album than its predecessor, constantly skirting the line between rock and R&B, like on “Monki,” a seven-minute-long come-on in which the bridge consists of nothing more than some minimalist psychedelic guitar noodling and a drum kit so muffled it sounds like it’s being played in a paper bag in the other room. It’s surprising that something so spare could sound so crammed with references—to krautrock, to Zeppelin, to Cream, to Sam Cooke. That spirit of synthesis dominates the album, from the raucous “Faded in the Morning” to the honey-sweet ’60s pop of “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” to the Hendrix-inspired swagger of “One at a Time.” II begs to be listened to during dark, early morning hours as you’re coming down from the previous night’s escapades. It’s haunted enough to match the mood, yet oddly comforting. Sean Bottai

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FACT 1 - Cannabis helps old people Over in Israel, where researchers have been the vanguard of cannabis research at least since they discovered THC back in 1964, there is recent new evidence—aka facts—showing that marijuana actually helps people. Duh. Documentarian Zach Klein teamed up with doctors from the Tel Aviv University medical school, school of education and hydrochemistry lab. The researchers followed 19 nursing home patients suffering from a variety of ailments, including posttraumatic stress disorder, cancer and chronic pain, for a year. Participants got cannabis three times daily, delivered either via smoke, vaporizer, powder or oil. The researchers and nursing home staff both provided patient observations. A couple of weeks ago the team released its findings. Guess what? Virtually every patient in the small, nonpeer-reviewed study saw dramatic improvement. Seventeen of the participants gained weight and reported noticeable improvement in pain, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and tremors. Almost all of the patients slept better and had fewer PTSD nightmares and flashbacks. They also noticed immediate and marked improvement in mood and communication skills. Hmmm. That last fact seems to fly in the face of stoner stereotypes. Toward the end of the study, researchers took a tally of the patients��� medications. The patients were averaging 1.7 fewer drugs with the cannabis. Critics sometimes claim we don’t need cannabis because we already have drugs for the ailments it relieves. OK, I’ll concede that we have drugs for all of these ailments, but using cannabis allows people to take fewer of them. How is that a bad thing, exactly? So there you have it—facts showing that 54 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

cannabis is viable medicine that can get people off the pills that bring a host of harmful side effects. Tov, toda, Yisra’el. FACT 2 - Cannabis hurts teens Another recent science tidbit offers a dim view of cannabis use among teens. This finding of facts comes from New Zealand, where a group of mental health researchers has been following just over 1,000 people for 38 years. The long-term look at a generation is a product of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary and Development Research Unit at the Dunedin School of Medicine. Madeleine Meier, a post-doc researcher at Duke University, pulled cannabis and IQ statistics from the study. She concluded that when kids are concerned, drugs are bad, mmmkay? Dunedin gave participants IQ tests at various ages through the past four decades. The tests include memory, reasoning and visual processing. Friends and relatives were also interviewed. Among participants who started using cannabis before age 18, Meier found a decline of an average 8 IQ points from age 13 to 38. Eight points might seem like a slight decline, but that’s 8 percent for the average Joe. That sucks. Some people claim IQ is a faulty indicator of intelligence. Maybe. But Meier didn’t compare the scores to the populace. She compared them to themselves. Friends and relatives of participants reported the regular teen cannabis users also showed memory and focus deficits in daily life. Though the study hints that drugs can dull some of the tools in the shed, some are left sharp and shiny. People who started using cannabis after age 18 showed no similar decline. None. So there are a couple of cannabis facts for you. They’re small ones, and they aren’t in themselves Earth-shattering, but they are facts. Feel free to use them to build some opinions for yourself, then go out and spread your opinions around. Shout them from a rooftop somewhere. Send them out in an email. Or share them with a guy next to you at the doctor’s office. But know this: Someone is sure to think your opinions suck.

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connections that no one else would be able to make … to seek out seemingly improbable harmonies between unlikely partners … to dream up interesting juxtapositions that generate fertile ideas. Your soul needs the delight and challenge of unexpected blending. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The collection called Grimm’s Fairy Tales includes the story “The Devil and His Grandmother.” In one scene, the devil’s grandmother is petting and rubbing her grandson’s head. Or at least that’s what the English translations say. But the authors wrote in German, and in their original version of the text, grandma is in fact plucking lice from the devil’s hair. Your job in the coming week, Leo, is to ensure that no one sanitizes earthy details like that. Be vigilant for subtle censorship. Keep watch for bits of truth that have been suppressed. You need the raw feed that comes straight from the source. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In her book Jung and Tarot, Sallie Nichols notes that the 16th card in most Tarot decks portrays lightning as a hostile force: “jagged, zigzag strokes that slash across the sky like angry teeth.” But there’s one deck, the Marseilles Tarot, that suggests a kinder, gentler lightning. The yellow and red phenomenon descending from the heavens resembles a giant feather duster; it looks like it would tickle and clean rather than burn. I suspect you’ll be visited by a metaphorical version of this second kind of lightning sometime soon, Virgo. Prepare to be tickled and cleaned! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Years ago, “bastard” was a derisive term for a child born to unmarried parents. It reflected the conventional moral code, which regarded a “birth out of wedlock” as scandalous. But I think we can safely say that this old dogma has been officially retired. According to recent statistics compiled by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), over 40 percent of the kids born in the U.S. are to unmarried mothers. Just goes to show you that not all forbidden acts remain forbidden forever. What was unthinkable or out of bounds or not allowed at one time may evolve into what’s normal. I bring this up, Libra, because it’s an excellent time for you to divest yourself of a certain taboo that’s no longer necessary or meaningful.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): While trekking up Mount Katahdin in Maine, naturalist Henry David Thoreau had a “mountain-top experience” that moved him to observe, “I stand in awe of my body.” You’re due for a similar splash of illumination, Scorpio. The time is right for you to arrive at a reverent new appreciation for the prodigious feats that your physical organism endlessly performs for you. What could you do to encourage such a breakthrough? How can you elevate your love for the flesh and blood that houses your divine spark? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): How do you like your caviar? Do you prefer it to be velvety and smooth, or would you rather have it be full of strong, fishy taste? If it’s the first option, beluga caviar is your best option. If the second, sevruga should be your favorite. What? You say you never eat caviar? Well, even if you don’t, you should regard the choice between types of caviar as an apt metaphor for the coming week. You can either have velvety smoothness or a strong taste, but not both. Which will it be? Set your intention.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Dear Astrology Guy: I have been reading your horoscopes since I was 19. For a while, I liked them. They were fun riddles that made me think. But now I’ve soured on them. I’m sick and tired of you asking me to transform myself. You just keep pushing and pushing, never satisfied, always saying it’s time to improve myself or get smarter or fix one of my bad habits. It’s too much! I can’t take it any more! Sometimes I just want to be idle and lazy. Your horoscopes piss me off! - Crabby Capricorn.” Dear Crabby: I’ve got some good news. In the coming week, you are completely excused from having to change anything about yourself or your life. Stay exactly the same! Be frozen in time. Resist the urge to tinker. Take a vacation from life’s relentless command to evolve. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Young art student Andrzej Sobiepan sneaked into Poland’s National Museum with a painting he had done himself and managed to surreptitiously mount it on one of the walls. It hung there for a while before authorities noticed it and took it down. “I decided that I will not wait 30 or 40 years for my

works to appear at a place like this,” he said. “I want to benefit from them in the here and now.” This is the kind of aggressive self-expression I’d like to see you summon in the coming weeks, Aquarius. Don’t wait for the world to come and invite you to do what you want to do. Invite yourself. P.S. The English translation of Sobiepan’s Polish last name means “his own master.” What can you do to be more of your own master? PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Before any system can leap to a higher level of organization, says poet Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge, it has to undergo dissolution. “Unraveling or disintegrating is a vital, creative event making room for the new,” she declares. Guess what time it is for the system we all know and love as YOU, Pisces? That’s right: It’s a perfect moment to undo, dismantle and disperse … as well as to unscramble, disentangle and disencumber. Be of good cheer! Have faith that you will be generating the conditions necessary for the rebirth that will follow. “To change from one reality to another,” writes Wooldridge, “a thing first must turn into nothing.” (Her book is Poemcrazy.)

¡ASK A MEXICAN! BY GUSTAVO ARELLANO, Dear Mexican: The pinche Republicans are making a gigante ruido about their “Hispanic” senators in Congress. Wachale! Lets call a pendejo a pendejo. Please discuss with tu audienca what Mexicans really think about Cubans in these Estados Unidos. El Güero Tejano (no Cubano) As a recent transplant from Miami to Albuquerque, I was wondering what is the Mexican’s take on the privileged status of our preferred border-crossers, the Cubans. If a Cuban manages to get his little toe on dry land in the U.S. he is immediately given a new Toyota, an American Express card and the keys to the city of Hialeah. Aturdido Floridian Are Cubans Mexicans with connections?? Quiero Ron Dear Readers: Next to Puerto Ricans and negritos, no other ethnic group gets pegged as the eternal enemy of Mexicans as Cubans. If you believe coños like Rush Limbaugh, Mexicans despise Cubans because it’s “a race thing. [Cubans are] just not quite dark—as dark [as Mexicans], and they’re oriented toward work.” (Rush obviously never met a beauty from Los Altos de Jalisco, or a paisa from Sinaloa). But Mexicans for the most part actually like Cubans, and definitely more so that Puerto Ricans. We enjoy Cuban rum and cigars, they believe in curanderos like us, their Spanish is as garbled as ours, we both love guayaberas, and Cuban music legends Beny Moré and Perez Prado spent so much time in Mexico that their tunes are part of the Mexican songbook (multiple bandas have covered Moré’s “La Culebra,” while “Parece Que Va Llover” was memorably sung by Pedro Infante and Luis Aguilar in their 1951 film ¡A Toda Maquina!). What does drive Mexicans crazy about Cubans, however, isn’t so much what they do or who they are but how gabachos treat them: as gods. One niggling fact: Cuban music inspires excessive mainstream media coverage in relation to its actual popularity in the United States, especially when compared to the ubiqui-

ty of Mexican regional music en el Norte. Another one: gabachos’ insistance that mariachis play “Guantanamera.” Even more infuriating for Mexicans is the immigration narrative gabachos have constructed of Cubans and Mexican. While Americans opened the gates to Cuban refugees as a Cold War ploy and continue to let said refugees come illegally into the U.S. as long as they land via sea, gabachos have never extended the same courtesy to Mexicans or our Central American brothers during our civil wars. You can’t hate the Cubans for their special status, but you can hate gabachos for this preposterous double standard. As if Mexicans needed another reason to hate gabas… I’m so annoyed with you printing the letters from idiots. The vast majority of white people don’t hate Mexicans. We don’t sit around bitching about Mexicans taking our jobs. Most of us don’t hate anyone. A lot of us love the fact that America is a melting pot of cultures where we share ideas, music, art, and we just plain love each other. When you print the letters from idiots, it implies that we all feel that way. We don’t. There are idiots of all races, creeds, and colors, and the idiots that write ignorant letters to you are not typical of us. They don’t represent the majority. There are different colors and cultures because God is an artist and she needed colors to decorate the world. Most of us celebrate our differences. Giving these idiots a forum is like putting a booger on a Picasso. It just don’t belong. No Hate Dear Gabacho: Gracias for your heartfelt letter—now, can you please indoctrinate Congress and other idiot gabachos with your wisdom? Because, as you can see with the current amnesty battle, they need it. Ask the Mexican at themexican@askamexican. net; be his fan on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @gustavoarellano; or ask him a video question at!

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Confused Upon Cheating Kink Your letter confused me, CUCK. Here’s why: You describe your relationship as open, then as poly, then as a “cuckolding thing.” First things first: Polyamorous relationships and open relationships are two different things. Some poly relationships are open, but many poly relationships are closed—that is, three people (or more) are involved with each other exclusively, i.e., no randoms, no romancing potential fourths, fifths, or sixths. The reverse is also true: Not all open relationships are poly. Two people in an open relationship may allow fucking around with other people with the understanding that there will be no dating or— God forbid—falling in love with anyone else. And then there’s cuckolding. The whole “cuckolding thing” is about the female half of a heterosexual couple breaking the rules and then rubbing her partner’s nose in the evidence of her cheating. (Some cuckolds get off on literally having their noses rubbed in the evidence.) Cuckolding is eroticized betrayal, CUCK, and you spent months fantasizing with your girlfriend about being betrayed. All that dirty talk, all those made up stories—remember? But when it came time to turn your fantasies into reality, CUCK, you laid out the rules for what sounds like a fairly standard open-not-poly relationship: She could fuck other people and so could you. Once again, I’m confused: The cuckold in a “cuckolding thing” typically doesn’t get to fuck around. He gets fucked around on. If your discussions with your girlfriend were as confusing as your letter, CUCK, it’s possible that she was likewise confused. It’s possible that she thought the rules applied to you and not to her. It’s possible that she figured she was free to break the rules because betrayal turned you on. Now she knows that betrayal turns you on as a fantasy and not a reality. I’m giving your girlfriend the benefit of the doubt here, CUCK, but seeing as you love her and want to make this work, and seeing as girlfriends who are open to cuckolding are hard to

come by, on, and in, I think you should give her the benefit of the doubt, too. Time will tell if she’s an honest “cheater” who can be trusted or a lying cheater who must be dumped. I’m a guy who can’t orgasm during oral sex. I can during vaginal. It’s frustrating, as I can see it bothers my girlfriend. But while I get close, I don’t quite reach the apex of that hill. I suspect it’s a control issue. During vaginal, I have some level of control—during oral, I don’t. Help. Almost There Maybe it’s not a control issue, AT. Maybe oral doesn’t do it for you—it can’t get you up and over them thar hills—because… oral doesn’t do it for you. If it were your girlfriend who had difficulty climaxing from oral alone—let’s say she required a vibrator to get her over them thar hills—the standard-issue, sex-positive, lady-empowering advice would be to accept that it’s just the way her pussy works. I would order you to incorporate the vibrator into oral and/or vaginal sex and not stress out about it. And if you were putting pressure on your girlfriend—if you were making it clear to her that this “inability” to climax from your oral skills alone bothered you, if you were having a sad each time she “failed” to climax during oral—I would slap you around for being an insecure prick. Why shouldn’t the same advice apply here? Vaginal gets you all the way there, oral gets you almost all the way there—maybe that’s just how your dick works. On the off chance there could be a psychological block, AT, experiment with letting her get you almost all the way there and then stroke yourself to get the rest of the way there. Stroke to the point of no return— “orgasmic inevitability”—and then put your dick back in her mouth and blow your load. With time and without sads, AT, you may find the number of strokes you need to get up and over the hill diminishing until you don’t need them at all. Or you may not—because this may be how your dick works. My girlfriend and I are having sex on a not-soevery-day basis, but that doesn’t matter anyways. The thing is, I’ve been lasting longer and longer every time we do have sex. However, she can’t last as long as I can, and eventually we’ll start having to use lube and then maybe 30 minutes later, it’ll start to hurt more. As if I’m “tearing” her or something. I’m left “blue balled” for fear of hurting her further, and she feels bad for not having me finish. What do I do? Fake it or just use copious amounts of lube? Bluer And Bluer Balls Who says you can’t finish? If it’s taking you forever, and your girlfriend’s pussy is giving out, pull out and stroke yourself until you finish. You could also incorporate strategic stroke breaks into your fuck sessions, BABB, to get you closer to the edge and give her pussy a rest. And you might find she’s able to last longer if you engage in a little midplay—think foreplay, but halfway through—during those stroke breaks: Make out while you stroke yourself, eat her pussy, play with her clit. I bet your girlfriend will need less lube if she’s less bored and/or more turned on during those epic fuck sessions. Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at, follow me on Twitter @fakedansavage and preorder my new book — American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics — which comes out in May!

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