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OPINION Tom Danehy 4 Randy Serraglio 6 Jim Hightower 6 Mailbag 8 Guest Commentary 8

SPORTS Pedersen on Sports 14

CURRENTS The Skinny 9 By Jim Nintzel

Fee or Flight 9 By Tim Vanderpool

Membership at Tucson’s Parks and Recreation centers takes a dive Media Watch 10 By John Schuster

Respond to Hate 11 By Mari Herreras

An alleged hate crime takes place outside IBT’s Weekly Wide Web 12 Compiled by David Mendez

Not all that concerned about the special this month at Subway.

Police Dispatch 12 By Anna Mirocha

Under the Gun 13 By Jim Nintzel The push for a universal background check continues as the U.S. Senate gets back to work

Go See a Concert This Month Particularly astute readers might have noticed that both this week’s issue (Tegan and Sara) and last week’s (Phoenix) included an extra music feature. This might not be a permanent change (although we are working on adding some new content in that section as part of a forthcoming redesign, so look forward to that), but it is a sign that April and May signal a great time to be a music fan here in Tucson. A lot of this is due to the two weekends of Coachella starting this Friday, but for some reason, it seems like this year is even more a bounty of wallet-emptying riches than usual. Looking over our concert calendar, the first night that there isn’t at least one show (and often, two or three I’m trying to pick from) I’m thinking about attending is Saturday, April 27 and that night I’ll be at Club Congress for Retro Game Show Night (Match Game night and I’m on the panel, apparently, doing my best Charles Nelson Reilly impression). The very next night, the streak of concerts I’d like to attend starts up again. My wallet aches in advance, believe me. The point is that you really ought to get out and see a show, whether it’s the electro-swing of Parov Stelar at the Rialto on the 19th, your opportunity to do the live Harlem Shake with Baauer at Club Congress, the Jesus Acedo Memorial show at the Hut (both on Sunday) or any number of the seemingly countless options on the horizon. Of course (and I’m certainly biased), you should definitely include plans to attend Exile on Congress Street on the 20th as well, featuring Dinosaur Jr., Poliça, Chick Cashman and a bunch of great stuff at three venues. Plus tickets are cheap (relatively speaking, for the amount of entertainment) at $12. You’ll be huddling around the air conditioner barely clothed cursing the sun soon enough. Get out while you still can.

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Depicting Tucson’s Soul 16

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Daniel Martin Diaz creates art large enough for a parking garage and small enough to hear through headphones The Power of Music 33 By Sherilyn Forrester

The Tony-award winning musical ‘FELA!’ brings the life of an Afrobeat superstar to the stage Casts Old and Young 34 By Laura C.J. Owen

Actors charm in ‘Almost, Maine’ at Beowulf, and warm the heart in LTW’s ‘Cemetery Club’

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For their second album, Local Natives needed a change of scenery Soundbites 53 By Stephen Seigel

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unday will mark 120 days since 26 people were slaughtered in a small Connecticut town. For a majority of the people in Congress, the number 26 appears to have little or no meaning, but a lot of them having been sweating out that 120 days. Shortly after the massacre, one of the cable news outlets presented a graph that showed that, while interest in gun control spikes after a mass shooting, after 120 days or so it goes back to normal levels. And while these “normal” levels are still plenty high, they’re not nearly high enough to get the gun fetishists and the NRA slaves to actually do something. (I don’t know which is sadder: that there is an expiration date on concern following a mass shooting or that there have been so many of them that people are able to make graphs out of the data.)

I’ll admit that, even at this advanced age, I was naïve enough to believe that things would be different this time. It was hard to believe that a sitting member of Congress could get shot in the head—and that a judge and a 9-year-old girl could be murdered in the same attack—and the gun-control needle in Congress (and the White House) barely moved. Then a guy shoots up a crowded movie theater and again nothing. But this had to be different. These were first-graders, literally shot to pieces in their classrooms, less than two weeks before Christmas. No way Congress could ignore that. It was no surprise that the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre came out with guns blazing. He’s like a modern-day Chauncey Gardiner, an idiot who spouts idiotic sayings. People with brains in their heads think, “There’s no way that anybody is going to believe that nonsense.” Meanwhile, legions of other idiots are nodding their heads in unison like stoners at a Grateful Dead concert. But you can’t really blame LaPierre for stating that the only solution to gun violence is more guns. He’s beholden to the gun manufacturers and nut jobs like the Koch brothers who pump tens of millions of dollars into the NRA’s coffers every year. Members of Congress, however, have taken an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and are supposed to represent their constituents. You just knew that, right after the school shooting, the NRA would start tightening the vises on scrotums all over Capitol Hill. (However, that’s not that hard to do when there’s nothing inside the scrotums to provide any resistance to the vises.) Just like that, you had a steady stream of representatives and senators going on TV, spouting the same stupid things that the NRA brass was coming up with. I swear, if I had to interview one of those “lawmak-

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ers,” my only question would have been, “So, what does Wayne LaPierre’s junk taste like?” Take, for instance, Georgia congressman Paul Broun, who stated (and I quote), “There are more people killed with baseball bats and hammers than are killed with guns.” This ridiculous notion has a shocking number of “Yeah, huh?!” co-signers who believe it to be true. In fact, the numbers aren’t even close. According to FBI statistics, in 2011 in the United States, 8,583 people were murdered with guns. That same year, 496 were murdered with blunt objects, a category that includes baseball bats, hammers, hockey sticks, rocks, crowbars, statuettes and even electric guitars. In fact, when it comes to murder, guns are used more than twice as often as all other methods combined, including knives, poison, bombs, fists, arson and strangulation. In that same year, 606 people died from accidental gunshot wounds, while 18 (a stunningly high number!) died from accidents involving sports equipment and four were killed by nonpowered hand tools. (I recently wrote about how it would suck to die stupidly. How would you like to fit in the category of Accidental Death by Nonpowered Hand Tool?) In his meager defense, Broun is known as one of the leading morons in Congress. He’s one of those anti-science guys who “knows” that the Earth is only 9,000 years old. After four months, a few states have passed a few laws. But in the U.S. Congress, a place where the best and the brightest are supposed to look out for the best interests of the rest of us … nothing. No limits on completely unnecessary high-volume ammo magazines. No ban on militarystyle assault weapons. Not even a vote on universal background checks, which the NRA supported as recently as a decade ago and support for which hovers at around 90 percent of the American populace today. (A pox on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who won’t even call for a vote on many of these things because he doesn’t think he can win. In his State of the Union Address, President Obama—in an obvious nod to realpolitik—said that the dead kids in Newtown at least deserved a vote. Now, they won’t even get that.) I sincerely believe that if you lined up a group of kindergartners on the Capitol steps and then gunned them down on national TV, the reaction of some members of Congress would be, “Damn, now I have to use the side entrance so I don’t get blood on my shoes.”














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on’t look now, but here comes the tax man. Like the bogeyman, he holds a special place in the American psyche—a shadowy predator with an insatiable hunger. Except, rather than coming for you in the dark with a blunt instrument, the tax man prefers a precision scalpel to carve the life out of your paychecks and bank accounts. The problem with this legend is that it assumes you get nothing in return, as if all tax revenues are composted in a vast government outhouse that forever precludes useful social and economic benefits. Never mind that government expenditures provide living wages and good benefits to millions of people employed in the important business of conducting the nation’s business—which, in a democracy, is ostensibly the people’s business.

What fun! The latest political game sweeping the nation is called “Pee on the Poor.” Republican lawmakers in some 30 states – including Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and (of course) Texas – are competing to be national champions of this X-treme right-wing sport. Being poor used to be considered its own Direct economic benefits notwithstanding, there’s a dispunishment, but in a rush to pander to their torted perception that the public sector workers we pay fringiest anti-government constituencies, through our taxes do nothing good for us. I ran this misguidGOP governors and legislators are trying to ed perspective past Aimee Roads, recreational coordinator add state harassment and humiliation to the for Tucson Parks and Recreation. She responded graciously, burden of people in poverty. Bellowing such describing all the really cool stuff she does with our taxes. bellicose words as “moochers” and “takAimee runs a program that a good friend of mine ers” at their targets, these politicians want attends with her 1-year-old boy once a week at Randolph to force welfare recipients to submit to drug Recreation Center called Little Movers and Shakers. tests before getting any financial aid. Parents bring their little ones to a gymnasium at the center Curiously, corporations – which enjoy for 45 minutes of loosely organized wiggling and giggling. millions more in welfare payments than They pay a small fee—a fraction of what they’d pay for a the poor – are not included in any of the similar service in the private sector—to enjoy this collecRepublican pee-in-the-cup proposals. tive activity in a public space. Curious-er yet, the Republican pushers of Alarmed by this report of subversive socialist activity, this overbearing state intrusion piously pose I tagged along with my friend to check it out. I didn’t go as “small government” conservatives. in—only one adult per child in the gym—but I watched It turns out, though, that they’re not through the observation window, thoroughly bemused. very skilled gamers. Florida took an early Inside the bambino rumpus room, shoeless parents and lead in the right-wing competition, but its drug-test mandate cost taxpayers more than it saved, because so few welfare recipients tested THIS MODERN WORLD By Tom Tomorrow positive. A federal appeals court recently suspended the Sunshine State’s dark law, pointedly noting that there’s no evidence that “simply because an applicant for [welfare] benefits is having financial problems, he is also drug-addicted.” Then an Indiana legislator made a run, but he was tripped up when Democrats passed an amendment requiring drug testing for state lawmakers, as well as the poor. The sad sack Republican had to pull his bill, but he huffily claimed that he would “be happy to take the test.” Yeah, but what about an IQ test? This gaming of the poor isn’t merely mean-spirited, it’s just plain mean.


babies walked, stumbled, crawled and rolled around on soft mats; chased colored balls and shiny things; climbed, pushed and banged on various challenging devices; and generally had a great time. The kinetic chaos reminded me of Monkey Island at the zoo. One of the driving purposes of the program is motor skill development, so there were also structured activities like an obstacle course and rhythmic clapping. I don’t have kids (I know my limitations—I can barely take care of my cats) but I must say, it looked like a total gas, especially when they broke out the giant rainbow parachute. (If they ever come up with an adult version of that, I’m in!) Not surprisingly, Aimee proudly proclaimed that the classes are very popular, and they’re not limited to ittybitty kidlets. Age groups range from 6 to 12 months, 12 to 18 months, 18 to 24 months and on up to beginning level gymnastics for preschoolers and beyond. She rattled off some impressive numbers for each cohort—when you add them up, thousands of Tucson kids and parents are benefiting from these programs. When the class was over, I chatted a bit with some parents. They really liked the public aspect of it, the opportunities for socialization and the normalization of an organized, regular group activity in their children’s experience. My friend even made plans with another mom to get their kids together outside of the sessions. Aimee confirmed that socialization is an important aspect of the programs and pointed out that kids are not all developmentally equal at a given age. In fact, she’s been particularly moved by the amazing progress she’s seen in kids who are developmentally delayed—through Down syndrome or some other condition—and benefit from interacting with peers in a low-stress, nonjudgmental atmosphere. Then she said something that gave me pause: The Tucson City Council has been great at budgeting for and supporting programs like this. I cringed, considering the vitriol politicians are often subjected to for things like that. I could just hear the tax-legend trolls whining, “Why don’t they fix the potholes in the streets instead of wasting our money on all this other stuff?” There’s more to life than potholes, folks—there is, in fact, life itself. If I had to rank the things my taxes are spent on, Little Movers and Shakers would be way ahead of potholes. And investing in healthy children and cohesive communities in general would be light years ahead of, oh, let’s say, tax breaks for corporations that facilitate the bombing of other people’s kids in Afghanistan. Programs like this give me hope that the Little Movers and Shakers will one day grow up to be Big Movers and Shakers who will help to dispel the tax legend and won’t object to sharing a little wealth, or spreading a little love.

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The interest of some Arizona politicians in Bisbee’s civil union law is peculiar

Open Letter to my Fellow Tucsonans:


On Friday, March 22, I conducted myself in a manner that is deeply embarrassing. I am extremely regretful and offer my apologies to the men and women of the Tucson Police Department, who were doing their jobs serving the community. I was walking home after a night out on Fourth Avenue. I crossed Speedway at Fifth Avenue and was stopped by a Tucson police officer. The officer informed me that another car had to perform an “evasive” maneuver to avoid hitting me. Instead of acknowledging that I had dangerously crossed the road, I became angry with the officer. Three more patrol cars responded to the scene and I became verbally offensive. Multiple times I was asked to sign the citation for jaywalking, but I stubbornly refused and instead spent the night in jail. On Sunday March 24, I called Tucson Police Chief Villaseñor to offer my apologies for my rude, inexcusable, unprofessional conduct towards his officers. I am a public official in that I serve as a staff member for an elected City Councilman. For this, I am held to a higher standard of public conduct—as I should be. I write this letter not only as an apology to the officers who were witness and subject to my unbecoming conduct, but to the residents of the city of Tucson. I was born and raised here in Tucson. I have never lived anywhere else. I am blessed in many ways. I have been given the opportunity to work for the city I love. I have embarrassed myself, family, friends, and co-workers, and for that I am truly sorry. I want to thank Councilman Cunningham for believing that I am worth a second chance serving in his office. My goal is to prove to him, and the Tucson community, it is a chance worth taking.


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A CLARIFICATION On March 21, we ran a letter by Gretchen Nielsen in this space with the header “We Have No Idea What This Letter Is About, But We’re Running It Anyway.” Ms. Nielsen responded following that issue’s publication date to contend (paraphrased) that a) the text was intended as a guest commentary; b) that a line that did not appear in print would have clarified the letter’s meaning; and c) that the header was unnecessary. While we believed we edited the letter fairly (and reserve the right to do so) and we still are not entirely sure what the letter was about, we apologize for any confusion and for the somewhat unnecessary editorializing.

hen Arizona was admitted to the Union a century ago, the copper mining metropolis of Bisbee was the state’s third-most-populous city. It remained a center of economic and political power for the first six decades of statehood. Everything is different now. The mine closed long ago and copper is no longer the backbone of Arizona’s economy. Bisbee held on as a community by embracing an influx of bikers, bohemians, hippies and other nonconformists of all stripes. It is now a colorful town of less than 7,000 people that is largely forgotten by the powers that be in Arizona.

That changed last week when the Bisbee City Council did something to earn the notice of people who rarely acknowledge that Arizona extends south of Baseline Road. As has been extensively reported, the council voted to recognize same-sex civil unions. Though the move seems to have solid public support, it inspired spirited debate in the community. Its most prominent opponents, however, have come from far away, namely Cathi Herrod of the Phoenixbased Center for Arizona Policy and state Attorney General Tom Horne, a resident of Paradise Valley. By the time this sees print, Horne may well have made good on a threat to sue the city of Bisbee over this. Horne’s stated reason for pursuing this is that the local legislators, all from Sierra Vista, wrote to him to express their concerns. This is vaguely reminiscent of a colleague of mine when I was at the Legislature who once told me that he had to push a certain bill because his constituents in Green Valley were always complaining about the Tucson City Council. It seemed to me that what our council was doing was really none of their business, and a better response would have been to simply shrug and say something like “Oh, those crazy liberals in Tucson. What will they do next?” Maybe these legislators did hear complaints from Bisbee residents who were not happy about the vote. Perhaps there would be cause for the state to intervene if there was some corruption or civil rights violation, but this is not the case here. Ending up on the losing side of an issue every once in a while is part of the cost of living in a democracy. Oddly enough, Herrod and Horne’s allies among conservative Republicans in the Legislature have blocked efforts to intervene in Colorado City, a notoriously crooked town run by a criminal enterprise. It is funny how selective some people’s outrage can be. It would be welcome if folks at the Capitol were to look

at Bisbee to see what they could do to make sure that such towns have the resources to address issues of economic development and to keep their streets paved. Even though these things are well within the purview of the Legislature, they are hardly a priority for our state’s leadership. Instead, we get this needless meddling in local affairs. In 2008, during the debate in the Legislature over what became the constitutional amendment that is the subject of this argument, one supporter rose to say that the bill was necessary to prevent future legislators from making samesex marriage legal. In other words, this was about making sure that others, not only people whom we did not know, but people who did not even yet exist, conformed to our values. Enforcing conformity seems to be what is behind much of what comes out of the Capitol, including the persistent attacks on Tucson. A leadership dominated by the suburbs that surround Phoenix simply cannot tolerate the idea that other communities are different. If they succeed, it would be tragic. Towns like Gilbert and Glendale may well be nice places to live, but they never get written up in national magazines or featured on cable shows. Nor would tourists flock to Arizona to see strip malls and tract homes. By attacking Bisbee, Herrod and Horne seek to impose a rigid sameness across the state. The chest-thumping from Arizona’s political leadership about freedom rings a bit hollow when it becomes clear that they have little respect for the freedom of folks in communities that look different than their own. It makes it clear that they have a very narrow concept of who Arizonans are. Herrod and Horne should stay where they are comfortable, in suburban Maricopa County, and just leave Bisbee and the rest of us alone. Tom Prezelski blogs at Rum, Romanism and Rebellion.

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Membership at Tucson’s Parks and Recreation centers takes a dive




Although many programs offer discounts and payment plans for low-income families, the predictable result of shortened hours and accelerating fees was that membership plummeted at many centers. The southside El Pueblo Activity Center, for example, saw its membership drop from roughly 2,000 in 2010 to just half that two years later. Other centers, from Udall to Santa Rosa, saw similar drops. At Liggins, memberships fell from just more than 400 in 2009 to 200 in 2012. Fee hikes and staff reductions hit Kidco even harder, with registration shrinking from 7,692 children in 2009 to 4,216 three years later. To critics, exacting such fees on the city’s poor and fixed-income citizens signals skewed priorities, particularly for a department that still managed to spend roughly $5 million on the zoo’s new elephant exhibit—a display also predicted to cost taxpayers $400,000 annually to maintain. But according to Gray, the City Council’s mandate left little alternative to the painful hikes. He also disagrees with critics who see those increases as indicative of a floundering department. “That’s certainly their perception,” he says. “We have restructured our department, and there are also new people in different places. You would anticipate some growing pains, but we’ve always had fees and charges, even if they weren’t being implemented across the board.” Yet that perception is also apparently shared by Councilwoman Uhlich, particularly after she sat through a couple of meetings about the Liggins Center. “It’s clear that we need to work with the Parks Department on what the results of the new fee structure have been, and how it’s being implemented,” she says. That includes scrutinizing new or raised fees. “I think it’s a dollar just to use the centers,” she says. “For very low-income seniors and other people who just want to come in out of the heat in the summer, and sit and rest in a safe place, even a dollar a day can sometimes be more than they can afford.” But it also involves rethinking a reportedly ham-handed approach toward people who’ve long volunteered their time at the centers, organizing everything from basketball camps and dance classes to Easter-egg hunts. It seems that Parks has managed to ruffle more than a few of them. “What we heard was that maybe part of the issue was the fees, but it was also just the way we are communicating and working with people who have been our partners over the years,” Uhlich says. “It’s important, when groups come



t’s a hushed Saturday morning at the Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center on Tucson’s near northside. And to longtime neighborhood resident Armando Vargas, that’s precisely the problem. Today, with the exception of a receptionist, we’re just about the only folks in the center’s crisp, modern and largely vacant lobby. “Once you felt you were in your home when you came here,” Vargas says. “That feeling isn’t there any longer.” Tucson’s Parks and Recreation Department has become so myopic about squeezing revenue from rec centers such as Liggins, he says, that it has alienated the very neighborhoods those centers were created to serve. And Vargas knows a bit about the mechanics of hospitality; now retired, he was a longtime director of the UA’s Student Union. He traces the Liggins Center’s demise partly to fee hikes launched by the Parks Department during the recession’s darkest days. But there’s something else at work as well, he suggests, an indifference epitomized by the department’s recent attempt at transferring the center’s beloved “Eggstravaganza” Easter event to Reid Park. Fuming neighbors vented their frustration at a Feb. 25 meeting with Ward 3 City Councilwoman Karin Uhlich and Parks Director Fred Gray. In the end, Eggstravaganza was returned to Liggins. The fee boosts, however, are not so easy to reverse. They date from January 2010 when, wallowing in red ink, the City Council commanded departments to cut costs and raise cash. As the Parks Department budget tumbled from a 2008 peak of $49.7 million—and with deep cuts on the horizon—Gray responded with a 33 percent staff reduction, abbreviated operating hours at its 14 centers, and a revamped fee schedule. The new fee structure, which ultimately received the council’s blessing, based price on use. The broader a program’s reach—municipal swimming pools, for instance—the lower the cost to participate. But those attending more individualized “leisure” classes, ranging from ceramics to swim lessons, were expected to pay full freight, with fees ranging from $40 to $60. The cost to those who led such classes rose as well. Many services that had essentially been free—such as just hanging around a center to watch the tube—now came with a fee attached. But perhaps the biggest adjustment came in the after-school Kidco program, which went from mostly free in 2008 to $500 per kid in 2012.

Armando Vargas: “Give people something to do, and let them see their tax dollars at work.” in and have really been generous in offering programs and services, that we not surprise them (with new fees) and lose them. “We need to make sure that people are treated with respect, and that there’s enough discretion on the staff ’s part to administer these policies in a humane way. … It’s a difficult challenge, but I also think that executive-level people within the city government ought to be able to meet that challenge.” She points to the Eggstravaganza event as exemplifying a “culture shift” away from the community within the Parks Department. “When you take an event that’s 15 years in the making—one that isn’t even primarily sustained by Parks and Rec—and move it out from under the people who made it possible, then we’re somehow losing track of Parks and Rec as a service that really needs to stay rooted in the community.” Clarence Boykins was also at that February meeting. As a longtime community leader and president of the Tucson Southern Arizona Black Chamber of Commerce, he sees deeper dynamics at work—such as weakened neighborhood clout and the city’s penchant for dictating from the top down. “The No. 1 positive change would be an inclusive working relationship with those neighborhood people,” Boykins says. “Quit assuming that you know what they need.” Back at the Liggins Center, Armando Vargas hopes that Parks will again find its footing, before falling numbers result in unforeseen consequences. “Parks and recreation programs started in the late 19th century to keep kids out of trouble,” he says. “That philosophy has always been part of the parks and recreation model. Give people something to do, and let them see their tax dollars at work.” Though soft and unassuming, his voice still bounces along these quiet hallways, suggesting that our tax dollars may have stopped working about three years ago.

A tempest in a pot of some kind erupted last week after a conservative website alleged that Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik urinated in public while out on a jog. Kozachik called the allegations “bullshit” after local right-wing radio jocks spent several days repeating the unsubstantiated claim, which was first made at the Arizona Daily Independent website. Kozachik told TW via a blunt email statement: “They’re clearly desperate. Anybody can make an anonymous allegation, and that’s all the ADI blog is. Nobody is ever on the record and so it makes it easy for them to put guys like me in the position of having to prove a negative. They smeared Ray Carroll during his campaign, and are so fringe that they’ve called guys like Bruce Ash and Al Melvin RINOs.” Kozachik continued: “It also says something about the journalistic professionalism of KNST and Journal Broadcasting that they’re running this shit on the radio day after day, but I guess that’s the small-minded echo chamber of hatred that the fringe right in this town seems to thrive on. Two weeks ago it was me ‘testing’ prostitutes through my efforts at offering a diversion program. Before that it was me having a ‘gay wedding with my secret lover’ that they had posted on Facebook. I won’t be spending the next six months of this campaign giving them any level of relevancy by answering false and anonymous allegations, but I’m more than happy to put it out there with you this one time that this group of children needs to grow up. The fact is that they’ll show that they’re incapable of that and that’ll validate the reason behind them being a bunch of losers in virtually every election in this region.” The Arizona Daily Independent article in question, like most of the content on the website, is bylined “ADI News Services.” The nonattributed story cited anonymous sources who allegedly witnessed Kozachik standing against a wall in a neighborhood near El Con: The City Councilman, an avid runner, stopped and urinated against a wall outside of Gabby Gifford’s new neighborhood in full view of stunned passersby. Kozachik was seen moments later, at approximately 10:16 a.m. near the Starbucks at El Con mall. One witness to Kozachik’s public indecency said, “He ran up to the wall, faced it, and just started peeing and peeing and peeing. It seemed like an eternity.” Witnesses had considered calling law enforcement for the public indecency, but feared retaliation. The Councilman is well-known for his angry temperament and with the mismanagement of the City budget it was unlikely, in their estimation that the cops could come any way.










The media jobs search for Tucson generally brings up pretty barren results, but the folks at Arizona Public Media seem bent on bucking that trend. Weeks after the new multihost launch of AZ Illustrated, the UA-based organization is in the market for reporters and promotional hires on the television and radio side. Among the recent additions is Zac Ziegler, one of the new voices for AZPM’s radio interests. He provides news reports at midday and on weekend mornings for the NPR affiliate. Ziegler also is a member of the reporting pool, where he’ll assist in the morning and afternoon drive-time programming and on AZ Spotlight. “I love working for the NPR station that I grew up listening to,” said Ziegler, who filed stories for the NPR outlet in Flagstaff before returning to Tucson for his second local radio stint. “This is a staff made up of consummate professionals. It’s an environment that will let me grow as a reporter and learn from some really talented people.”

If you follow the radio business in Tucson, you are likely familiar with Tim Richards, who had two stints in program management roles at the Clear Channel cluster. A few years ago, Richards relocated to Phoenix to become executive producer of the JohnJay and Rich morning-drive radio program, based out of the Valley and syndicated on a few regional Clear Channel signals, including KRQQ 93.7 FM. Richards left that position a month or so ago, thus ending a relatively lengthy tenure with Clear Channel. But it didn’t take him long to find another opportunity. He was recently hired as program director for CBSowned KMLE 107.9 FM, a country station in Phoenix that has been in a long battle with KNIX 102.5 FM, the legacy country station in the market, which happens to be owned by Clear Channel. During one of Richards’ stays in Tucson, Clear Channel attempted to make a move on the Old Pueblo’s legacy country offering, KIIM 99.5 FM, but the Coyote Country experiment on 92.9 FM flamed out in short order. Coincidentally, Clear

Channel has added voices to its most recent country offering, Wild Country, at the shoddy 97.1 FM signal, but some of that voice talent is piped in from KNIX.

KVOI LINEUP CHANGE News/talker KVOI 1030 AM is making a change to its syndicated slate. The Andrea Tantaros Show begins its run on the station from 8 to 10 weekday mornings, replacing Dennis Miller. Tantaros is one of the hosts of The Five on Fox News and also is a political columnist for the New York Daily News. “We are always looking for the next rising star in talk radio and I think Andrea is it,” said Good News Radio and KVOI GM Doug Martin. “She is highly accomplished and brings a youthful zeal to her show.” Miller’s show will still air on KVOI, but it’s relegated to weeknights from 9 to 11. That move shifts Herman Cain’s syndicated offering to weeknights from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m. Dennis Prager is available for insomniacs from 1 to 4 on weekday mornings.

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Respond to Hate BY MARI HERRERAS, t was a night out gone terribly wrong for a UA law school student and his boyfriend, but what makes it particularly difficult for the LGBT community is that what allegedly took place late on a March night didn’t happen just anywhere but outside a popular Tucson gay bar. The incident occurred after the student, his boyfriend and the attacker left IBT’s, a Fourth Avenue gay bar, according to a press release from Pride Law, a student group at the UA’s James E. Rogers College of Law. “In the late night/early morning of Saturday, March 2, the president of Pride Law, a student organization at the University of Arizona law school, was attacked in what can only be described as a hate crime against an LGBTQ person,” the press release states. “Both the victim and attacker had been in IBT’s … and upon leaving through the back exit and walking down the side street behind IBT’s, the victim was approached by his attacker without provocation, who punched the victim’s boyfriend and then began to hit the victim in the face while yelling anti-gay slurs at both of them.” The Tucson Weekly talked to Jennifer Hoefle Olson, UA program director of LGBTQ Affairs in the Dean of Students office, who said the UA law school student does not want to be interviewed or identified. In reaction to the incident, however, a community forum has been organized by Wingspan for 6 p.m., Thursday, April 11, at the LGBT community center, 430 E. Seventh St. “When this happened the student reached out to me,” Hoefle Olson said. “I reached out to Wingspan and (Wingspan programs manager) Casey Condit to see how they could help support the student by creating a community forum.” The forum will be moderated by Kent Burbank, a former Wingspan director who works as director for the Victim Services Division at the Pima County Attorney’s Office. Included in the discussion is Tucson Police Department Detective Valerie Berg, who investigates hate crimes. The Pride Law press release states that the victim went home in shock after the incident and “encountered difficulty when attempting to file a police report the next day.” The Weekly called Berg’s office for comment on the TPD process for filing police reports, specifically hate crimes, but had not heard back from her by press time. Joining Berg on the panel will be a representative from IBT’s, a member of Wingspan’s anti-



A UA law school student and his boyfriend were assaulted outside IBT’s on Saturday, March 2. violence project and a representative from the years for felonies where victims are targeted Safe Streets Arizona project. because of their race, color, religion, sexual oriHoefle Olson noted that this isn’t the first entation, sex, national origin or disability. time Tucson LGBT community has experienced an act of violence. In 2000, a young gay man PROTECT YOURSELF was stabbed outside a Fourth Avenue coffee UA Pride Law offers these tips on staying safe: shop. There’s also the beating death of Philip 1. Leave bars through the Fourth Avenue Walsted, a 24-year-old attacked in downtown entrances and exits. You have the right to feel Tucson. But it’s the 1976 death of Richard safe leaving any exit, but until steps are taken to Heakin, beaten to death outside one of Tucson provide more secure areas, we suggest this. first gay bars, the Stonewall Eagle, that is often 2. Be aware of your surroundings and of all considered the community’s first significant those around you. hate crime. 3. If you are assaulted, it does not matter if you The state’s hate crime law, enacted in 1997, have been drinking. Call the police and insist adds additional sentencing of six months to 10 on filing a report.

The Skinny called Kozachik and asked him straight up: Did he pee on a wall? “It’s bullshit,” he told us. “Folks, grow up.” Here’s the deal: We don’t know if Kozachik pissed against a wall. (And frankly, we wouldn’t care all that much if he did; we don’t make a habit of it, but we’ve been known to take a leak in appropriate places when desperate times call for desperate measures.) But we know this: There’s no police report. There’s no photo. There are not even witnesses willing to go on the record that they saw the alleged act. Bottom line: Anonymously sourced articles like this just don’t pass the sniff test (if you’ll excuse the expression in this case). If no one is willing to go on the record—including the author of the piece—you’re simply not credible. It’s amateurish and clownish. Is this really the best that conservatives in this town can come up with when they’re trying to criticize public officials? The way that the radio guys have seized on this nonsense is not a reflection on Kozachik. It just demonstrates that his critics have a hard time coming up with a substantive argument, primarily because they do virtually no investigating of anything. They’re not engaged in journalism. They’re engaged in epistemic closure. That’s not a criticism based in ideology. Listen to how Emil Franzi, a longtime local GOP political consultant, went off against the ADI report on his own website, the Southern Arizona News Examiner. “There is a totally unsupported claim made in a rather disreputable website that Councilman Kozachik was seen publicly urinating,” Franzi wrote. “This is the same hit sheet that similarly smeared Supervisor Ray Carroll last summer with the claim that an ‘anonymous source’ told them he has solicited a bribe from them. In both cases, this website claims that they cannot divulge the name of the accuser because they ‘fear retaliation.’ Right.” Franzi continued: “While I realize feeling against Kozachik runs high on the right (I’ve stoked some of it myself) the public peeing story has no credibility whatsoever and those repeating it should be ashamed of themselves and knock it off.” Franzi is no fan of Kozachik, but he told The Skinny last week that there’s no reason to believe anything you read on the ADI website. “All you have to do is look at that piece of shit for about 10 seconds and you know there’s something wrong with it,” Franzi said. Franzi, who hosts the Inside Track radio show on Saturday afternoons on KVOI 1030 AM, said the radio hosts who have been hyping the story “give talk radio a bad name with their complete inability to investigate a claim. They’ve been conned by a publication that’s clearly a scam. You ever read that






A man engaged in empty chatter while emptying his bladder on a woman’s car, according to a University of Arizona Police Department report. An officer was called to the Tyndall Avenue Garage, 880 E. Fourth St., to interview a woman who had parked her vehicle there. She told the officer that as she returned to her car that night, she saw an unfamiliar male urinating on it. “I am urinating on your car,” the man reportedly told her when she asked what he was doing. The woman said the man, who appeared to be extremely intoxicated, apologized for his actions three or four times. However, he continued to pee and to expose himself while saying he was sorry. The officer apprehended a man near the scene who fit the subject’s description. The man admitted urinating on the woman’s car, and said he randomly chose it as a target for his stream. He said he was willing to pay for any damage to the car. The man was booked into jail on suspicion of indecent exposure, criminal damage and criminal nuisance.


A woman awoke to find her Jeep wrapped in toilet paper and the words “Fuck you faggot” scrawled on her driveway with what appeared to be chocolate syrup, a Pima County Sheriff’s Department report said. A deputy responding to a call from the woman noted that someone had also used a marker to write “fag” repeatedly on the Jeep’s windows and windshield. The Jeep’s antenna was missing, but the woman said nothing had been taken from inside the vehicle. The woman said she had no idea of who might want to vandalize her vehicle and the report offered no explanation for why someone might try to antagonize her by using a term not usually applied to females. The deputy photographed the vandalism and told the woman to call if she had any more information.


Insane in the Brain o it turns out that Americans are crazy. I know I touched on this last week (“More Than One in Four Voters Believe in a New World Order; My Faith in Humanity Plummets” The Range, April 2), but honestly, I feel it bears repeating. For those who missed it, the post is based on a recently-released poll from Public Policy Polling, checking on the various conspiracy theories Americans might believe in and gauging just how batshit the people in this country are getting—you know, so the rest of us will have fair warning to make sure we’re prepared for when the riots and famine, caused by mass insanity, begin. Truth be told, I have no problem with people believing in absurd things—I mean, if people want to believe that Osama bin Laden is still alive (6 percent of those polled), good for them. If folks want to say that Saddam Hussein was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks (28 percent, including 36 percent of Romney voters polled), hey, why not? And if good, decent American citizens want to think that Barack Obama is literally the Antichrist (13 percent; 22 percent of Romney voters), then God bless ‘em. That’s their right as free-thinking American citizens. The problem is, these people don’t just believe these things—they’re voting as well, electing crazies such as state legislator John Kavanagh, responsible for the bill that bullies transgendered folks for their bathroom preferences. Last year, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts championed a campaign called “De-Kook the Capitol,” a hopeful attempt at removing insane legislators from the State Capitol and replacing them with ones who, uh, aren’t. Unfortunately, eight of the 10 legislators she considered “kooks” won their races, even though many shouldn’t be considered fit for being in public, much less public office. At least this latest PPP poll allows me to make some sort of sense of that—after all, only the kind of person who would elect supporters of “birther” bills (hi, Michelle Yee!) would believe lizard people are fighting to control our government. Let’s be clear; I don’t believe that voters with different political views than mine are insane—I believe that insane people tend to gravitate toward and vote for other insane people. How else would you explain the fanaticism behind Russell Pearce, Joe Arpaio or Jan Brewer’s re-election? Hmm. Come to think of it, the “lizard people” thing might have some validity after all. —David Mendez, Web Producer


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The push for a universal background check continues as the U.S. Senate gets back to work

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thing? There are no bylines. Why would you believe that source on anything? If you’re going to use that as your source, there’s something wrong with the way you’re doing the news at your station.”



Jeff Flake tanding in the Safeway parking lot where a madman opened fire on Jan. 8, 2011, Patricia Maisch made a point of remembering the names of all of those who were killed on Jan. 8, 2011. “I’m Pat Maisch, a survivor of the shooting tragedy right here where Gabby Giffords and 12 others were injured and six of her constituents were murdered,” she said. “They were Dorothy Morris, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard, Judge John Roll, Gabe Zimmerman and beautiful little Christina-Taylor Green, just 9 years old.” Maisch, who wrestled an extended magazine away from the shooter and prevented him reloading on that terrible morning, also spoke the names of all of the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December. “It took the murders of Daniel and Charlotte and Olivia and Josephine and Ana and Dylan and Madeleine and Catherine and Chase and Jesse and Emilie and James and Jack and Noah and Caroline and Jessica and Avielle and Benjamin and Allison and Gracie to even start the conversation about sensible, public-safety gun laws,” Maisch said. Maisch was just one of those touched by the Tucson tragedy to appear last Wednesday, April 3, for another push to keep the media focused on the issue of gun violence. With her: Pam Simon, the former Giffords aide who was shot twice and now is speaking out against gun violence with the support of Mayors Against Illegal Guns; Daniel Hernandez, the former Giffords intern who provided the congresswoman with first aid in the minutes after the shooting; and Nancy Bowman, a nurse who helped triage the shooting victims before the ambulances arrived on Jan. 8. Bowman said she sometimes grows weary of the slow pace of the political fight, but then Maisch reminds her “that I can speak out because I’m not a murder victim. I’m not a politician and this whole political process just totally bumfuzzles me. But I do know that we have an epidemic of gun violence in this country, and it’s spreading like a terrible disease.” Last week’s event focused on the release of America Under the Gun, a report by the Center for American Progress that compared the level of gun violence in all 50 states. The report pulls together a few key numbers that were available through the Centers for Disease Control, FBI and ATF. They show that Arizona, overall, was ranked fourth in the nation across 10 measures of gun violence. In particular: • 411 children under 18 years old were killed between 2001 and 2010. That put Arizona as the ninth highest in the nation, adjusted for population. • 493 women were shot to death between 2001



and 2010. That’s the ninth-highest rate in the country, adjusted for population. • 18 law-enforcement officers were killed with a firearm between 2002 and 2011. That was the seventh-highest rate in the nation, adjusted for population. The report also compared restrictions on gun ownership in the 50 states and noted that states with fewer gun restrictions tended to have higher incidents of gun violence. The report did contain a caveat: “While this analysis demonstrates a correlation between weak laws and bad gun-violence outcomes, a correlation does not necessarily imply causation. And of course, a state’s gun laws are but one of many factors that influence the rate of gun violence in a state.” One of the report’s authors, Arkadi Gerney, urged support for a bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate that would expand background checks. “We need a universal background check bill to make sure that the laws that we already have— laws that say that felons can’t get guns, that domestic abusers can’t get guns, that people who are seriously mentally ill can’t get guns—that those laws are, in fact, enforceable,” Gerney said. “Because having a law against a domestic abuser getting a gun is not a very effective law if that person can go to a gun show or go online or go to a parking lot like this one and buy a gun out of the trunk of a car with no questions asked, and use that gun to kill someone.” Last week’s event was just one of many in recent weeks designed to bring attention to issue of gun violence as the U.S. Senate wrapped up its spring recess. Americans for Responsible Solutions, the political action committee headed up by Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, aired TV spots and plastered websites with ads advocating a universal background check. Mayors Against Illegal Guns continued to coordinate events across the

country. Local volunteers delivered petitions to the offices of Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, calling on them to support efforts to expand background checks. But as the U.S. Senate got back to work Monday, April 8, the question of whether the bill on background checks would even get a vote remained up in the air. A total of 13 Republican senators, including Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky, have signed a letter saying they’d filibuster a bill expanding background checks that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote last month. Supporters of expanding the checks to nearly all unlicensed gun sales are holding out hope that they can get the support of Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, according to an April 7 report by the Washington Post. During a Sunday appearance on Face the Nation, Arizona Sen. John McCain sidestepped a question over whether he supported expanding background checks to gun shows, saying that it would depend on how the checks are done. But McCain expressed exasperation with Republican colleagues who are threatening to filibuster the legislation. “I don’t understand it,” McCain said. “The purpose of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the people know where we stand. … What are we afraid of?” Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake has said that expanding background checks to unlicensed sales would require too much paperwork; instead, he wants to see more mentally ill people added to the list of prohibited possessors. In the Safeway parking lot last week, Maisch expressed her disappointment with Flake’s position. “What good is being on the list if the list is not being checked?” she asked. “It is far easier to get a gun in Arizona than a small package of Sudafed.”

Gov. Jan Brewer’s continuing push for Medicaid expansion has slowed down a lot of the action at the Arizona Legislature. We’ve written a lot about Brewer’s Medicaid expansion in recent months, but in a nutshell it’s this: Brewer is working with the business community and Democrats to pass a law so that anyone with an income of 133 percent or less of the federal poverty level would get health insurance through the state’s AHCCCS program. Advocates argue that it would bring billions and billions of federal dollars to the state in the next few years and the hospitals would essentially tax themselves to cover the state’s matching-fund requirement. Opponents, including most Republicans at the Legislature, say that it could cost too much someday and that the expansion is helping to implement the federal Affordable Care Act. So while Brewer tries to lock in enough Republicans to get the measure passed, budget negotiations have gotten tied up in the debate. Many lawmakers are reluctant to get their bills passed by both chambers because they fear Brewer will veto them. In short: There’s a lot of horse trading and other maneuvers going on, but only a few bills are on a fast track. Among the ones that are moving slowly along: • SB 1439, which would allow Arizonans to make their own gold and silver coins, passed the House of Representatives on Monday, April 8, on a 36-22 vote. It was amended in the House to prohibit people from paying their taxes with their homemade coins, so it’s headed back to the Senate to work out the details. • HB 2573 was amended last week to prevent the state, cities and towns from implementing sustainable-development strategies as part of UN Agenda 21, which some Republican lawmakers view as a secret plot to eliminate property rights and force everyone to live in apartments or detainment camps or something. The bill passed the House of Representatives on a 34-24 vote on Thursday, April 4. By Jim Nintzel Find early and late-breaking Skinny at The Range, our daily dispatch at Follow Jim Nitzel on Twitter, @nitzel.

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but that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen,â&#x20AC;? said Mike Feder, the T-Padsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; general manager and a staple of Tucson pro baseball for most of the last 25 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Make it workâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; meant drawing enough people to convince an owner this was the right place.â&#x20AC;? While Reno was drawing more than 6,000 fans per game in 2011, the T-Pads drew a scant 3,410 per contest, by far the worst in the Pacific Coast League. Last season was even worse, with Tucson pulling in a little more than 200,000 fans over 68 games. The average of 2,956 was roughly two-thirds of what Las Vegas drew last year, and we all know where minor league baseball ranks on the list of things to do in Sin City. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like the Padres werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trying to draw fans, and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t continue to do so in what is likely their final season in Tucson. While local management has no control over which players the big league club chooses to put on the field, the marketing and promotions peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;most of whom have deep roots in this communityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are busting their butts to get people to come to Kino, difficult as that has proved to be. There are food and drink promotions (shameless plug: the Weekly is a sponsor of Thirsty Thursdays, which returns to $1 beers and sodas after going to $1.50 in 2012), seven postgame fireworks shows and plenty of giveaways lined up for what Feder expects will be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;funâ&#x20AC;? season. Feder said he recently got the blessing of former owner Jay Zucker to use the old Toros name at points during the season, meaning weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re apt to see some of the interesting (read: hideous, with diagonal multi-colored stripes) jerseys that past incarnations of the Tucson Triple-A franchise have worn.

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Below: Mystery of the Apocalype, Apocalyptic Beast and Celestial Christ, by Daniel Martin Diaz


AS A KID LIVING NEAR Mission Manor Park, a heavily Mexican neighborhood on Tucson’s southwest side, Daniel Martin Diaz took readily to the local dusty diamond. “I played baseball my whole life,” the artist and musician says, sitting in a cool cafe on Congress Street near his even cooler gallery, Sacred Machine Museum and Curiosity Shop, ground zero for this weekend’s Beyond the Sacred Music & Arts Festival. “I did it as soon as I could throw the ball.” An outstanding center fielder at Sunnyside High School in the mid1980s, he caught the attention of scou ts at the city championship his senior year . Somebody invited him up to take a look at Yavapai College. His first reaction: “Where’s Yavapai?” His second reaction: pure delight. The two-year college is in Prescott, a mountain town in northern Arizona, and when Diaz paid a visit he was enthralled. “It was beautiful up there,” he says. “I’d played in the desert my whole life. This was a baseball field with pine trees around it.” Diaz accepted a baseball scholarship and headed north. But a funny thing happened up there in the pines. The outfielder started sneaking into a mus ic room in the evenings after baseball practice. He had only dabbled at keyboards before but now, “I’d practice the piano into the late hours,” he remembers. A professor finally stuck his head out of his office one night and asked, “Have you ever thought of studying music? “We’ll help you get money to study.” The baseball player said yes. “I grew up listening to Mexican music and rock ’n’ roll,” Diaz says. But in a music appreciation class, he soon learned what else music could be. The teacher put on a recording of Bach’s Fugue in G minor, an organ masterp iece whose notes seem to soar to cathedra l heights. “It blew my mind,” Diaz says. “I had never heard music doing that. I got serious about music.” So much so that when baseball scholarship offers came in from four-year universities, he didn’t even open the letters. He went off to Northern Ariz ona University on a music scholarship and never looked back. • • • • • Nowadays, Diaz is a musician whose band, Blind Divine, has released 10 CDs. He and his wife, Paula Catherine Valencia, have written hundreds of

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songs and sold many of them as soun dtrack tunes for film and television. Diaz plays piano and guitar and Valencia handles vocals and lyrics, which she writes herself. Tucson Weekly music scribe Gene Armstrong has praised Blind Divine’s “baroque structures”—shades of Bach — “sonic textures (and) melancholic vocals.” “Listening to Blind Divine,” Armstrong wrote, “one can imagine wandering through a crumbling Victorian mansion, the walls of whic h whisper subtle secrets.” Kind of like that cathedral conjured by those organ chords in the fugue. But music is not the only art form that has captivated Diaz post-basebal l. He came to visual art a few years after his music epiphany, and his paintings are now shown not just in Tucson but internationally—in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Rome. He has a waiting list of collectors willing to pay five figures for works of what Valencia calls “surreal iconography”—strange, edgy paintings filled with winged skeletons and drifting hearts

His third book of his art, Soul of Science, is about to come out, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign and essays contributed by heavyweight scientists at the UA and elsewhere. Earlier this week, his giant public-art piece “Journey Through Nature” opened at Phoenix Sky Harb or International Airport. A crayon-brigh t terrazzo piece that doubles as the floor , Journey stretches 500 feet through an enclosed pedestrian bridge. Hundred s, if not thousands, of passengers will walk daily over Diaz’s twisting colored patterns. Tucson already has a Diaz work of public art. Affixed to the parking garage at the entrance to downtown, “Desert Splendor” is a metal swathe of maize-colored plant forms softening the straight lines of Congress Street. Diaz and Valencia can see the piece when they step outside their bustling art emporium up the street. Occupyin g a newish build-out space jutting from the former Martin Luther King Jr. apar tments, Sacred Machine purveys all of Diaz’s art forms. Blind Divine music reverberates through the galleries, a

perpetual soundtrack for his painting exhibitions. And the art space often metamorphoses into a club by night, when Blind Divine and other bands play live. “It’s a little cultural center for downtown Tucson,” Valencia says, not to mention a “showcase for Daniel’s art and music.” But Sacred Machine also showcases the works of like-minded visual artis ts from out of town. Every fall, Valencia curates a show on the theme of Santa Muerte—Holy Death—the new deathhead cult figure of the borderlands, timed to coincide with Day of the Dea d and the All Souls Procession. The annual spring show begins this weekend. Sacred Machine celebrates its upcoming third anniversary with the Beyond the Sacred Art & Music Festi val, combining three nights of music with a monthlong exhibition of underground artists from around the U.S. The music opening is Thursday, April 11, at Plush, with a performance by Blin d Divine. Joining Diaz and Valencia in the live show will be three other mus icians, including their 20-year-old son, Damien, on guitar. Saint Maybe also performs and Horse Black opens the show. Music from Bad Lieutenant opens the art exhibition at Sacred Machine on Friday night, and Chris Black plays the gallery Saturday night. (See info box for details.) Usually, on art-cum-live-music nights, Diaz says, the joint is “wall-towall people.” There’s a goth vibe to the place: the walls are painted black and plenty of the artists who exhibit there work through a repertory of apocalyptic religious imag ery, with skulls and pyramids to spar e. In Beyond the Sacred, just for example, Norbert H. Kox of Wisconsin has pain ted over a classic Jesus: in Kox’s redoing, the son of God has blood-red eyes and frogs’ legs sprouting from his head. Diaz shares this aesthetic, to a certain point. But he’s also seriously steeped in art history, and his beautifully crafted paintings and drawings point to multiple influences, from the 15th-century Flemish master Jan van Eyck to Gior gio di Chirico, a 20th-century painter of haunted cityscapes, to the contemporar y photographer Joel-Peter Witkin, crea tor of surreal tableaux. And in Diaz’s painted floating body parts, Latin texts and distorted saints and sinners and skulls, you can find traces of the retablos and ex-votos that were the visuals of his Mexican Cath olic




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on Daniel Martin Diaz was born in Tucs from ts igran imm of child the , 1967 in Sonora. His parents, Alfredo and Francisca, might have been far from home, but they were part of a big extended family. Alfredo had a business with his brothers, Diaz Garage, a car repair shop on Stone Avenue at Sixth Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was there all the time,â&#x20AC;? Diaz says. t â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad would try to teach me abou fixing cars.â&#x20AC;? The son resisted learning about brakes and spark plugs and radia . tion atten paid had I wish I tors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now .â&#x20AC;? The older I get, the more I admire him at ish Span only The family spoke home, but Daniel was the baby of the family and early on began picking up the English his two older brothers and his sister brought home from school. He went to public school, t Liberty Elementary, but learned abou hism catec ool -sch after Catholicism in in classes, where, he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was always trouble.â&#x20AC;? The Diazes were faithful parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Church on Ajo Way, a bilingual church where con-

gregants could choose between Masses e in English or Spanish. The spare, whit after eled exterior of St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is mod Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first church, a chapel built by the Spanish at the base of Sentinel Peak in 1775. That simple, old Spanish church no longer exists. But a short drive away from the Diazesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; neighbor hood, another, far grander, 18th-century er mission church still stands. San Xavi ish Span of e hous ure treas a is del Bac colonial art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would go to the mission, San dXavier,â&#x20AC;? Diaz says. Every inch is crow ed with painted and gilded angels, and ge animals and virgins and saints. Stran A s. wall the r cove s etrie painted geom sculpted San Francisco lies in state near a side altar, and the faithful line up to leave him tiny silver milagros in the shape of a heart or a leg. The amulets are visual prayers that beg the saint for cures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be brought up Catholic is serious,â&#x20AC;? Diaz says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That art stays with you. â&#x20AC;? That was definitely an influence on me. who kids e thos of one was Diaz doodles on everything. Despite this propensity, and his immersion in both folk in Spanish colonial art and Mexican art, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had no inkling about art,â&#x20AC;? he says. Back in Tucson after college gradua ation, Diaz was soon a husband and , father. He and Paula had met in 1989 was She ity. affin and immediately felt an





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from Tucson, too, by way of Douglas, the daughter of a Mexican father and American mother. And she was a sing er who had long performed in choir. The couple quickly started working on music together. They married in 1992 , and when their son was born the follo wing year they dived into making mus ic out of their home studio. One of Diaz’s uncles had gotten him a day job as a Procter & Gamble rep. The budding musician would wear a suit and tie every day, he says, and call on grocery stores in Mexican neighbor hoods all over Southern Arizona, mak ing sure they had enough Tide and Mr. Clean and Comet to fill their shelves. The job had the bonus of providing Diaz with a flexible schedule. One day he casually wandered into Etherton Gallery in downtown Tucson. Diaz was dumbfounded by the show on view: photographer Joel-Peter Witkin’s cinematic tableaux of hermaphrodites and dwarfs and limbless people and severed body parts. “When I saw Joel-Peter Witkin, it was like listening to Bach,” he says. And like that pivotal music moment in college,

seeing Witkin was another epiphany. “I kept going back to Terry (Etherton). I’d ask, ‘What else do you have of Witkin?” In those pre-Google days, Diaz devoured Etherton’s one Witkin book, but he soon discovered more volumes in Phoenix. He was goin g up to the Valley of the Sun regularly for P&G meetings and he learned that the Phoenix Public Library had all of Witkin’s books. He went to see them every chance he got. The same thing happened when he saw the Robert Márquez Soujourn in the Labyrinth solo show at the Tucson Museum of Art in 1994. A Mexican who had moved to the U.S., Márquez filled the museum with paintings of intense dreamscapes. “I kept going back to study his pieces,” Diaz remembers. “I’d say, ‘This is so complex. How did he do this?’” The day finally came when Diaz started to paint. He cleared the kitch en table in a house that already had a music studio and a toddler running around. He had supplies aplenty: His brother’s girlfriend worked at the UA and she’d given Diaz the paints that art


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 students left behind at the end of the school year. The first painting he remembers was a “Virgin Mary upside down, hanging on a meat hook,” he says. “Christ was floating. Paula said, ‘You’re onto som ething.’” • • • • • “I had no art experience,” Diaz says, but he drew on the fevered religious imag ery burned into his memory in child hood, turning more than virgins on their heads. He often added mysterio us Latin words that mimicked the hand written texts on the retablos and exvotos of popular Mexican religious art. Once he’d made a goodly number of paintings, he got up the courage to ask Terry Etherton to take a look. Remembering the eager young Witk in fan, Etherton went to Diaz’s studio. He was immediately hooked, and took the unusual step of offering the untried artist a solo show in the Temple Gallery. Pushing his luck, Diaz next called on Joanne Stuhr, then the curator at

the Tucson Museum of Art. Stuhr had the same reaction as Etherton, and she scheduled a Diaz show in the museum ’s New Directions Gallery for emerging artists. The exhibitions were hung nearly back to back in the 1997-1998 season, right around the time Diaz was turning 30. “Terry gave me the whole show at the Temple. It was called Saints and Sinners—the saints were hanging upsi de down. People loved it. They hadn’t seen anything like it anywhere.” In those day’s Tucson’s two daily papers, the Star and the Citizen, and the Tucson Weekly and KUAT all ran regu lar art reviews, and the young painter out of nowhere got what Diaz modestly calls “good media attention. That establishe d me. Those shows put me on the map .” But he was still his parents’ son. Francisca and Alfredo are religious, and Diaz “worried that they’d think my art was blasphemous.” But his mother and father turned up at both shows and “they were so proud.” Ever since, they have gone to as many of their son’s exhi bitions as they can. A gallery owner in Los Angeles, Billy Shire, came across a Diaz painting in a

Valley of the Dry Bones, Biography and Local Knowledge, oil on met al, by Matthew Couper collector’s California house. He gave the young Tucsonan a show at his La Luz de Jesus Gallery in 2001. Shire prides him self on exhibiting art “ranging from folk to outsider to religious to sexually devi ant,” according to the gallery website, and the art press pays attention. “Magazines started writing about me,” Diaz says. He’s since had many exhibitions at Luz, and invitations from galleries in big cities in the U.S. and Europe. Even with all his success, Diaz hasn’t lost his fervid enthusiasm. In Paris for an exhibition, Diaz hurried Paula and Damien off to Ghent, in Belgium, for the sole purpose of seeing the Ghent Altarpiece by van Eyck, one of Diaz’s heroes. A marvel of double-sided pain tings and hinged panels, the famed work from about 1430 depicts the grea t themes of the Bible in luminous colo rs. Another epiphany awaited. “It was beyond my expectations, phenomenal!” Diaz exclaims in his usual superlatives. “Van Eyck’s technica l achievements, his skill and talent—it ’s one of the most important paintings ever created.” • • • • •

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Sacred Machine Museum was Valencia’s epiphany. At a meeting with city officials in 2010 in the raw space that would become the gallery, she turned and whispered to her husband, “We need this space. Let’s make an art gallery.” “Downtown was changing quickly,” Valencia explains. “There was a great energy going on,” and the Diazes wan ted to be part of it. They raced to finis h the space so they could open in May, in time for the first-ever Second Saturday . “We got a great response.” The pair started out running the place in the daylight hours, but downtown was turning into a nighttime scene. Sacred Machine switched to a night-owl schedule unusual for a galle ry, opening the doors in the late afternoon through evening. The couple keep it open as late as midnight when there’s a big event going on downtown.

“When the sun goes down, people in Tucson come out to play,” Valencia says, and the twilight schedule has paid off. “We meet people from all over the world here. It’s fantastic. Daniel gets the best exposure.” Many patrons tell the owners they’ve never been in a gallery before. “Daniel’s work is so edgy, so rock ’n’ roll they’re not intimidated by it,” she says. Artists tell the pair they get inspiration from the work they see there. “And we get kids coming in,” Diaz says. “I want to do that, to show art to them. “I remember being that kid.”

Beyond the Sacred Music & Arts Festival An art exhibition and three days of music performances celebrate the third anniversary of Sacred Machine Museum and Curiosity Shop, 245 E. Congress St. Music kickoff: 9 p.m., Thursday, April 11. Blind Divine, Saint Maybe and Hors e Black play at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. $5 cover . 798-1298; Art opening: 7 p.m., Friday, April 12, at Sacred Machine. Bad Lieutenant perfo rms music. Free. Music finale: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13, at Sacred Machine. Chris Black plays . Free. The gallery will also be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Tucson Artists’ Open Studios tour. (See City Week for details.)

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Artists at Work


Acts of creativity often unfold behind closed doors, but every spring the Tucson Artists’ Open Studios gives local artists an opportunity to welcome visitors into their workspace for a weekend of discovery and demonstration. Now entering its eighth year, the Tucson Artists’ Open Studios is a more grass-roots companion to the Fall Open Studio Tour, which is sponsored by the Tucson Pima Arts Council. While the two are formally unrelated, many of the same artists participate and are the main initiators behind its success, according to Dirk Arnold, the artist who has organized the spring event since its inception. Arnold’s motivation for creating a spring studio event was simple: In a strong “creative community” like Tucson, visiting every venue in a single weekend is flat-out impossible. “My feeling is if there’s only one studio tour a year, that’s half as many opportunities for artists to show their work and for the public to view the works,” Arnold said. useful for new participants. Arnold recommends that first-time tour What began as a small tour of 35 artists has since quadrupled in visitors use the mapping feature to find studios closest to home on size, uniting creative disciplines from acrylic painting to metal sculpSaturday before expanding their horizons. ture, and sprawling desert spaces from Oro Valley to the far corners of “On Sunday, pick some places across town and use that as an Tucson. While the earliest studio tours originated downtown, artists excuse to go on an outing and explore Tucson,” Arnold said. Picking who set up shop in the outlying areas were eager to share in the interdestinations in advance will help make the experience more seamaction even if their art was already being displayed in local restaurants, less and, most important, help visitors plan ahead so they can frecoffee shops or more formal venues. quent as many studios as possible, he said. “When the art is hanging in a gallery somewhere, there’s no conWhile many of the artists will be conducting live demos of their nection there other than through the art itself,” Arnold said. “This is work and also offering some pieces for sale, some local artists apprethe chance to meet the person behind the work and to find out more ciate the Open Studios for exactly what it is: a chance to share their about the process that goes behind the creation of said work.” passions with those who may Unlike similar studio not encounter art in their tours in other cities, up-andday-to-day experience. coming artists who don’t “For people who are not have a public place to show their work are encouraged to artists, they’re fascinated with join Open Studios: with an how the workspace is orgaapplication fee of $35 and no nized, and just how people qualifications for approval, work in their spaces,” said the event is “open to anyone” Robin Chlad, a local artist who wants to participate, who sculpts mosaics, potaccording to Arnold. tery and other decor from “There are other cities high-fired clay. “You always where you have to pay $150 get an audience when you’re just to be considered to be explaining the process.” on the studio tour, then go Chlad, who has participated Work by Robin Chlad, a participating artist in Tucson Artists’ Open in Open Studios for the past through a jury process,” Arnold said. “This one is wide Studios. three years, acknowledged that open to anybody who wants to some visitors are more inquisitive get their work out and seen, to give them that opportunity.” than others. After participating in the fall and spring events for 10 years with “I had an engineer come by last year and he wanted to know every Endangered Architecture, his outlet for building miniature facades of little detail on how it works, and his wife ended up apologizing for Tucson’s most historic and recognizable buildings, Arnold is well aware him,” she said with a laugh. “But it was OK! I always welcome any of the exposure that the Open Studios can bestow on “emerging” artists. questions or any curiosities.” “Almost my entire professional art career has been studio tourrelated,” Arnold said. The Tucson Artists’ Open Studios will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 The artists sign up on the Open Studios website in the weeks p.m. on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. All studios will be leading up to the event, providing contact information and the locaopen free to the public and refreshments will be provided at most tion of their studio, which in many cases is within the privacy of of the venues. Maps and more information about participating their home. Their page on the website lays out their chosen art form artists can be found online at and a visual example of their work, and includes a mapping feature Kate Newton that shows where they can be found on the tour, which can prove


ART The Magic of Glass, Live The S.T.E.A.M. Off 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14 Sonoran Glass School, 633 W. 18th St.; Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio, 711 S. Sixth Ave.;

“We feel there’s a gap between science and art. They are not appreciated equally, when really one is needed for the other in order to innovate,” Nick Letson of the Sonoran Glass School said about this weekend’s S.T.E.A.M. Off event. S.T.E.A.M., the idea behind the glass competition, is an educational philosophy that stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. Twelve prominent Arizona glass artists will choose teams of two or three people and have two hours to complete their pieces. They will also create a poster explaining the science behind the glasswork they are creating as well as explain it as they work. “I think what’s interesting and different about this live competition … is that it’s really focused on science,” Letson said. The competition will be judged by Roger Angel, director of the mirror laboratory at UA’s Steward Observatory. It takes place simultaneously at the Sonoran Glass School and Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio, which are within walking distance of each other. The first-place winner will receive $1,000. Second and third place are worth $500 and $250, respectively. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony and gallery reception at Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Letson said that people “can expect to see glass in a whole new light and gain a new appreciation for the role that science and art can play together.” Tickets are $25 a day. Pieces created during the competition will be for sale, with the proceeds going to Sonoran Glass School’s youth programs, which serve lower-income schools and at-risk youth. —M.M.

Charlie Sides

Frisbee-flinging robot “Murphy’s Lawyer”

Below: The Diary of Anne Frank opens Thursday, April 11, and continues through Sunday, April 21, in the PCC Black Box Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday; $15. Call 206-6986, or visit for tickets.




Local Talents Take Center Stage

World’s Largest Wild West Convention

Robots Take Over Himmel Park

The 2013 Marana Bluegrass Festival

Wild West Performing Arts Society’s Annual Convention and Championships

Robotics in Tucson

9:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14 Ora Mae Harn Park 13250 N. Lon Adams Road

A dozen bluegrass bands from the Tucson and Phoenix areas will perform this weekend at the 2013 Marana Bluegrass Festival. The festival is presented by the Desert Bluegrass Association of Tucson, the Arizona Bluegrass Association of Phoenix and S&S Bluegrass Promotion. The 12 bands scheduled to be on hand are Bost Family Traditions, Run Boy Run, Superstition Ridge, Grits N Roses, Titan Valley Warheads, Dusty River Boys, Old Pueblo Bluegrass, The Real Deal, Cinder Mountain, Rusty Strings, Nehemiah 4:20 and Desert Heart. “Our aim at the Desert Bluegrass Association is to really promote bluegrass in the Southwest, Southern Arizona specifically,” said Jim Sanchez of the Desert Bluegrass Association and S&S Bluegrass Promotion. “The Arizona Bluegrass Association, they promote bluegrass in the Phoenix metro area and Northern Arizona. So together, we hope that … we get to showcase Arizona’s bands.” Sanchez and his business partner, Charlie Sides, started working to put this festival together in 2011, and hope it will become a tradition. Sides said the festival gives local bands that might not otherwise have a chance to perform in public a place to showcase their talent. “There are a lot of bands that are fully qualified and capable but will never get to see (a) festival stage,” he said. “We felt like this was a good opportunity to put together something where those bands will get an opportunity to be on the festival stage and get exposure.” Tickets are $7 per day, or $12 for a weekend pass. Children younger than 12 are admitted free with an adult. Camping is $5 per day, or free with a weekend pass. —M.M.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14 Old Tucson Studios 201 S. Kinney Road 883-0100;

Some of the best trick ropers, sixgun twirlers and knife throwers in the world will be on hand at Old Tucson Studios this weekend for the Wild West Performing Arts Society’s convention and world championships. The event is known as the largest annual gathering of Wild West performers anywhere, said Buck Montgomery, the society’s founder. The society is based in Phoenix, and the event has been held in Las Vegas for the past three years. But an organizational change has resulted in it moving to Tucson, and Montgomery said Old Tucson Studios is likely to be its longtime home because it’s the perfect venue. “Probably the best place to do a Wild West arts convention would be at Old Tucson,” Montgomery said. “It’s so iconic. It just lends itself to it.” While many performers have a number of Old West skills, some are very specialized. Adam “Crack” Winrich, for instance, has been named top bullwhip artist at the championships for the past three years, and is among the competition’s most popular performers, Montgomery said. Although the competition is focused on Wild West performances, Montgomery said that the talent on display will interest just about anyone. “You could hate cowboys—you could hate anything that’s Western,” Montgomery said, “But once you see a guy do some trick roping, this is something you don’t see every day. There’s mass appeal for this.” Spectators will be encouraged to participate in a number of workshops. Admission to the competition is included in the regular admission price for Old Tucson, which is $16.95 for adults and $10.95 for children ages 4 to 11. —K.M.

Gabriella De Brequet in The Diary of Anne Frank

3:30 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 13 Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. 834-5730

In celebration of National Robotics Week, several local clubs are hosting an event that invites the public to learn more about the world of robotics. Local robotics clubs the Bit Buckets and Jackalope Science are hosting “Robotics in Tucson,” a local competition to build a robot that aims to showcase the work of local teams. The competition will also provide resources to those in the community interested in joining or creating a robotics team of their own, said Terry Nordbrock, a volunteer parent mentor for the Bit Buckets. Tables will be placed throughout the Himmel Park Library meeting room, with the competitors at each table divided by age group. So far, three teams have signed on for the competition. Nordbrock said that the competition helps students learn how to build robots. “These competitions are marvelous for focusing your efforts,” she said. The competition “has a certain magic that really inspires the kids to learn all the programming that’s involved.” The robots themselves will vary in size and capability, but are all interesting in their own way, Nordbrock said. The smaller ones are easy to play with, and the larger ones can perform complex tasks such as throwing a Frisbee or operating underwater. “[The robots] do get more impressive as the builders get older,” she added. “The Frisbee-tossing ones are especially impressive to engineers, who kind of really get how much work it was to make it do what it does.” But Nordbrock emphasized that attendees won’t need engineering degrees to enjoy the competition. Certain robots will be available for attendees to operate. The event is free. —K.M.

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TQ&A John Lewis


John Lewis has been a tattoo artist in Tucson for 13 years and started the Tucson Tattoo Expo five years ago. The expo features artists from all over the country and includes contests, art auctions and a car show. Proceeds from the car show and the art auction are donated to a different cause each year. This year’s Tucson Tattoo Expo is Friday through Sunday, April 12-14, at Hotel Tucson, 475 N. Granada Ave. The cost is $10 per day or $20 for a weekend pass. For more information, visit Stephanie Casanova,

How long have you been tattooing? I did my first tattoo in … 1992 … I don’t like thinking about it. It reminds me of how old I am. Do you own any tattoo shops in town? Yeah, but to be honest with you, most people that put on an expo, they use it to promote their shop. That’s not what I do. Why did you start the Tucson Tattoo Expo? As an artist, I had traveled to expos outside of Tucson and got to see a lot of different art and a lot of different artists, broadening my horizons, you know, giving me a different look from one end of the country … to the other. There’s a lot of different artists and there’s a lot of different styles. There’s different styles from the West Coast to the East Coast … so I got to see a lot of this and when I would come back, friends of mine that worked at other shops would always ask me “How was it?,” and I’d always tell them “I had a great time. I got to meet a lot of people.” So I thought to myself, “Hey, this would be great to give everybody in Tucson the opportunity to see artists from elsewhere and to expose the people of Tucson not only to that but to the fact that we’re not just tattooists, we’re also fine artists.”

What was your first tattoo? My first tattoo was this black rose done in 1983, I believe … done in Southern California. That’s where I’m from. How old were you? Nineteen. When did you know you wanted to be a tattoo artist? It just happened. … I was a commercial artist for years in Los Angeles doing graphic design work, T-shirt designs and stuff like that. And I used to draw stuff for people that they would get tattooed. One day I was working on some stuff and this guy comes up to me who had been tattooing for like 10 years or so and he asked me, “Why do you let these other guys do your stuff? If you can draw like that you can tattoo.” And so that’s where it all kind of began. Tell me more about the charity work at the expo. We do what’s called an art fusion. That’s where three artists combine on a canvas or charcoal paper and collaborate in a set period of time to create a piece of work. At the end of that, we auction it off to charity. Each year it’s a little bit different. Last year, we just did an art auction and that was to benefit an artist that’s a Tucson native that’s in

Atlanta now, Tony Olivas, who almost passed away. And his medical bills were close to $100,000. So all the tattoo artists in Tucson and from out of town got together and donated stuff. We raised several thousand dollars to help him because … he’d maxed out his insurance. Now this year we’re going to do the same thing, and (it’s a surprise to) the person that we’re giving it to so I can’t tell you his name. What’s your favorite tattoo—on yourself? I think it’s my first one, because it’s my first exposure to tattooing. Knowing that that first tattoo led me to where I am now is one of the reasons why it will never get covered up. At the expo contests, do the people who have the tattoo get the prizes or do the artists? Normally, the way it works is the person that has the tattoo gets the award but out of respect they give it to the artist. … I myself, personally have won a lot of stuff over the years. Some guys have given them to me and some guys have kept them. For me it doesn’t much matter.

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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 live music: 6 p.m., Sabra Faulk and the Angel Band; 7:30 p.m., The Wayback Machine; 9 p.m., Mike Hebert Prison Band. A free show features Lori Laska Sumberg at 7 p.m., and Domingo DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band at 8 p.m., at the Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. 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. ALTRUSA BENEFIT FOR LITERACY PROJECTS Z Mansion. 288 N. Church Ave. 623-4889. Wine-tasting and a silent auction are featured, and music is provided by the Tucson Jazz Institute Combo, at a benefit for Tucson literacy projects from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 15; $35. Call 751-8748, or visit for more information. ANGEL CHARITY COPA ROOM CASINO FUNDRAISER Tucson Country Club. 2950 N. Camino Principal. 2982381. The Best Is Yet to Come is the theme of a casino party in the Copa Room. Poker, Casino and Sportsbook, set up Las Vegas style starting at 6 p.m., Friday, April 12; $120. Costumed showgirls, Rat Pack-style entertainment and buffet food tables are featured. Proceeds benefit Angel Charity’s programs for children. Call 326-3686, or visit for tickets and more information. BIKE-IN HAPPY HOUR Borderlands Brewing Company. 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773. A family-friendly happy hour for anyone who arrives via bicycle takes place from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 11; free. Hors d’oeuvres are compliments of New Belgium Brewing Company, and cumbia music is provided by Vox Urbana. Door prizes and giveaways are also featured. BLOOMS AND BITES Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. A silent auction of garden art and a food and wine tasting take place from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 12; $35. Visit for reservations and more information. THE CHANGING FACE OF IMIGRATION UA Student Union Bookstore. 1209 E. University Blvd. 621-2426. “The Changing Face of Immigration, Parts 1 and 2” are presented at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, on Saturday, April 13; free. Part 1 features faculty members speaking about their immigration experiences, and a performance of the song cycle Vignettes: Ellis Island. Part 2 is “Esvariaciones de la Canción Mexicana/ Un-variations of Mexican Song,” featuring pianist Héctor Acosta and singer-actress Verania Luzero of the Universidad de Sonora. Visit confluencecenter.arizona. edu for more information. DAY OF SILENCE UA Mall. 1303 E. University Drive. Wednesday, April 17, students at the UA and across the country take a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment. The UA Pride Alliance hosts a “Raise Your Voice” photoshoot and educational exhibits on campus. DAY TRIPPING TO GLORIOUS GARDENS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Four homes featuring colorful desert gardens, including cactus specimens, outdoor


entertaining solutions and diverse landscape groupings, are shown from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13; $140, $125 member, $240 couple. Brunch is included; wine and hors d’oeuvres are served at the fourth house. Visit for tickets and more information. THE EVENT La Encantada. 2905 E. Skyline Drive. 299-3566. The Boys and Girls Club of Tucson benefits from an event featuring wine, cocktails, music, dancing and samples from more than 50 restaurants from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 14; $150. Visit for reservations and more information. GABA BIKE SWAP MEET An open market features everything for and about bikes, including clothing, gear, bicycles of every description, parts for sale or trade, and experts on all aspects of cycling, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, April 14, on Seventh Street between Fourth and Sixth avenues; free. Visit for more information. LOS TUCSONENSES FOLKLORICO: NUESTRA HERENCIA CULTURAL Armory Park Senior Center. Sixth Avenue and 13th Street. 791-4865. Los Tucsonenses, the folklorico troupe of Tucson High Magnet School, celebrates its 40th anniversary with a reunion mixer at 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 12; $5. The event features folklorico and mariachi performances, a display of a 1973-2013 timeline and a DJ for dancing. Combination plates of Mexican food are for sale. Call 245-3114 or 624-8580 for more information. PEDAL THE PUEBLO An entire week of incentives is aimed at encouraging both new and experienced riders to bicycle for every trip Friday, April 12. Wilko, Falora, Antigone Books, Food Conspiracy Co-op, Sparkroot, Fourth Avenue Yoga and other businesses offer discounts and giveaways to people who ride bikes to shop. Visit livingstreetsalliance. org for details. TASTES OF MANY CULTURES McCormick Park. 2950 N. Columbus Blvd. Sweets, finger foods and sandwiches from around the world are served by the Noor Women’s Association from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 14; free admission. Kids’ activities include a jumping castle, train rides and balloons. The association helps refugee widows make the transition to life in the U.S. TSO MOVEABLE MUSICAL FEAST: TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Art, gourmet food and music are featured in the grand lobby with performances by Tucson Symphony Piano Duo and Brass Quintet, starting at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, April 14; $135. Visit for tickets and more information. UA SPRING FLING AND FOOD DRIVE Rillito Downs. 4502 N. First Ave. More than 35 rides and games, and more than 20 food booths offering corn dogs, crab puffs and a wide range of other snacks and beverages are featured in a student-run carnival from Thursday through Sunday, April 11 through 13. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight, Thursday and Friday; noon to midnight, Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m., Sunday; $5, free with CatCard and military ID. On Friday, attendees get a $5 discount on an all-ride wristband with a donation of four cans of food for the Community Food Bank. Tickets for rides and games are 75 cents each, 14 for $10, and 32 for $20. An all-ride pass is $25 Thursday and Friday, and $15 Sunday. There is no all-ride pass on Saturday. Parking is $5; shuttle service from Old Main is free. URBAN PICNIC AND ART AUCTION La Encantada. 2905 E. Skyline Drive. 299-3566. A luncheon and art auction feature art works in a range of media, and a picnic lunch served in lunchboxes that are also original works of art, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, April 12; $45 to benefit Ballet Tucson. Visit for information, reservations and to see art that will be auctioned. WILD WEST PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY CHAMPIONSHIPS Old Tucson Studios. 201 S. Kinney Road. 883-0100. A convention and competition among trick ropers, trick and fancy gun handlers, knife and tomahawk throwers, bullwhip artists, trick riders, stuntmen and more take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, April 12 through 14; $16.95, $10.95 for children ages 4 though 11, free for children ages 3 and younger. Visit for more information. WORKER INC.: CENTERS AND STREET CORNERS Centers and Street Corners, a participatory exhibit that considers the physical and social components of centers and intersections, is staged from 6 to 9 p.m., each Saturday, April 13 through 27, at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Congress Street; free. Visitors may

help define what a center is, list favorite and memorable street corners, locate their own geographic centers, and compare street corners through photography and interactive overlay maps. Visit

OUT OF TOWN DISCOVER THE HORSE THAT DISCOVERED AMERICA The Amerind Foundation and Museum. 2100 N. Amerind Road, Exit 318 off Interstate 10. Dragoon. (520) 586-3666. The Barb horse of the Spanish Colonial era carried explorers, missionaries and, eventually, Native Americans throughout Mexico and the Southwest. The Amerind Foundation celebrates the animal’s influence by hosting a day of demonstrations, presentations, children’s activities, Native American food and local artisans from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 13; $5. Call or visit for more info.

UPCOMING EARTH DAY FESTIVAL AND WATER FESTIVAL Reid Park. Broadway Boulevard and Alvernon Way. A joint event, with the theme Green Planet, Green Future, takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, April 21. The Earth Festival features competitions for the best model solar race car and solar house, open to middle school students. Kits are available at solar. The Water Festival features theater and dance performances, workshops, music, live art “happenings,” a mermaid and children’s activities. Community groups and businesses host displays and exhibits for both events. Visit or waterfestivaltucson. org for more information. INTERMOUNTAIN 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Westin La Paloma. 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. 742-6000. Dinner, entertainment and a live and silent auctions for a Bruce Springsteen concert, trips to Hawaii, Costa Rica and Telluride and more are featured at a celebration of the Intermountain Centers for Human Development, from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 18; $150. Call 7215239, or visit for reservations. PIMA COUNTY FAIR Pima County Fairgrounds. 11500 S. Houghton Road. 762-3247. Home arts, fine arts, entertainment, horse

shows, 4-H animals, concerts, games, rides, junk food, educational exhibits, and a gem-and-mineral show are among the attractions at the county fair, which opens Thursday, April 18, and continues through Sunday, April 28; $8, $3 child ages 6 through 10, free younger child, $5 parking. The fair opens at 1 p.m., daily through Friday; and 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday. Closing time is midnight. The carnival opens at 3 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 11 a.m., Saturday and Sunday. Livestock displays open at 8 a.m. via the Brekke Road gate.

BULLETIN BOARD EVENTS THIS WEEK ARIZONA MYSTERY WRITERS El Parador. 2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 881-2744. U.S. Border Patrol agent René Noriega describes strategic use of pack animals and Indian tracking techniques to catch smugglers near the border, at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 13; $10, $15 members, includes lunch. Following lunch, Tucson author Elizabeth Gunn gives a workshop on revising a manuscript to balance description and dialogue. Reservations are requested by Wednesday, April 10. Call (575) 313-2837 for more information.

homemade dog treats are for sale. All proceeds help provide vet care, housing and family-finding through Arizona Greyhound Rescue. ESTATE SALE Items from several estates are for sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, at the Tucson Symphony Women’s Association music school, 8 E. 15th St. Proceeds benefit after-school music programs. FAST PLANES AND FAST DOGS Pima Air and Space Museum. 6000 E. Valencia Road. 574-0462. Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption holds a meet with some of its rescued dogs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13; free with admission to the museum, $7 to $15.50. Visit for more information. FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY Bookmans. 3733 W. Ina Road. 579-0303. Ten local food tucks are available from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 12; free admission. GARDEN DISTRICT NEIGHBORHOOD-WIDE YARD SALES Yard sales begin at 7 a.m. throughout the Garden District, from Grant Road to Speedway Boulevard, and from Alvernon Way to Swan Road. Visit for more information. A map of existing homes will be posted on Friday, April 12.

BRIGHTEN YOUR LIFE: DRAWING IN COLOR Martha Cooper Branch Library. 1377 N. Catalina Ave. 594-5315. Participants learn the basics of color mixing, how colors work together to create color harmonies, and how to use color for self expression, in a class that meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m., every Thursday, through April 25; free. Call to register.

GATHER: A VINTAGE MARKET Gather: A Vintage Market. 657 W. St. Mary’s Road. 780-6565. Vintage and antique items are sold from Thursday through Sunday, April 11 through 14, and May 9 through 12; 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 or 955-0348.

CHICKEN AND WAFFLES FUNDRAISER Donna Liggins Recreation Center. 2160 N. Sixth Ave. 791-3247. A chicken-and-waffles dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 13, raises funds to provide scholarships to local students. Family activities and raffle prizes are included.

GROUP READING OF MARTIN LUTHER KING’S ‘LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL’ Quincie Douglas Branch Library. 1585 E. 36th St. 5945335. From 5 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, the 50th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther King, Jr. began writing his letter from Birmingham Jail, participants worldwide will read the letter aloud in rounds with each person reading a paragraph until the whole letter is read; free. Participants are encouraged to bring family and friends, and to use social media to share photographs and impressions of the event. The hashtag for Twitter and Instagram is #letterfrombirminghamjail.

DOG WASH AND SPA Pantano Animal Clinic. 8333 E. 22nd St. 885-3594. All dogs are welcome to enjoy a wash and style, a manipedi and a massage from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, April 14; $10 to $15. Doggie-themed merchandise and

JEFFERSON PARK HOME AND GARDEN TOUR International School of Tucson. 1701 E. Seneca St. 406-0552. Food trucks, arts and crafts booths, a silent auction and sales of Talavera pottery, plants and rain barrels are featured at the school, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 14; free. Tickets and maps for a home tour are $10, free for children younger than 12. Call 300-1980 for more information. POETRY MESSAGE POT PROJECT Tucson Clay Co-op. 3326 N. Dodge Blvd. 792-6263. Participants inscribe a favorite poem on greenware bowls made by local potters, Thursday, April 11, and by appointment. Poems are read from the finished glazed bowls at an exhibition and potluck party, at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 20; freewill donation. Call or visit for more information. PRACTICING CIVIL DISCOURSE IN AN UNCIVIL WORLD St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Catherine Tornbom of the Center for Community Dialogue leads exploration of tools and techniques to improve our ability to skillfully engage others respectfully in difficult topics, from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 13; free. Reservations are requested. Call for reservations and more information. RESPECT ARIZONA: RECALL ARPAIO Las Cazuelitas Event Center. 1365 W. Grant Road. 206-0405. William James Fisher, native Tucsonan and campaign chair of the Recall Arpaio campaign, discusses why Democrats, Republicans and Independents are working together to recall Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and how volunteers can help, at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 11; free. ROBOTICS IN TUCSON Himmel Park Branch Library. 1035 N. Treat Ave. 594-5305. An open house for National Robotics Week features interactive robots, a 3D printer and opportunities to learn more about robots and engineering over the summer and next school year, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 13; free. SAGUARO EASTSIDE DEMOCRATS New Spirit Lutheran Church. 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail. 296-2461. Saguaro Eastside Democrats meet at 6:30 p.m., the third Monday of every month; free.


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TANQUE VERDE VALLEY DEMOCRATIC CLUB Kirk-Bear Canyon Branch Library. 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. 594-5275. Tucson City Council member Richard Fimbres and Pima County Democratic Party Chairman Don Jorgensen are featured guests at the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly meeting, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 13; free. TELLING TALES MEMOIR WRITING Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center. 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road. 887-9786. Guided practice is available to anyone interested in writing a memoir to share with family and friends, from 1 to 3 p.m., Friday, April 12; free. Call to register. TOASTMASTERS CATALINA DIVISION Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Toastmasters International holds an International Speech Contest in which members compete for an opportunity to rise to the next level in the World Championship of Public Speaking, at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13; free spectator. TOOLE AVENUE ARTS BAZAAR An art fair takes place from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, on the sidewalks and loading docks along Toole Avenue, from Sixth to Stone avenues; free. Artists interested in participating email details to or call 884, 0874.


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FRONTIER PRINTING PRESS DEMONSTRATIONS Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Professional printer and teacher James Pagels demonstrates the 1858 Washington press used to print Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first newspaper, and answers questions about early printing methods from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13; and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 18; $5, $2 ages 7 through 13, free younger than 7, includes admission to tour the park. Visit for more information. INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT EXCEL Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 594-5580. Participants learn to use a spreadsheet program to track and analyze data, calculate formulas and create graphic charts for the data, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Tuesday from April 16 through 30; free. Advance registration is required. ORO VALLEY TOASTMASTERS Golder Fire Station No. 377. 355 E. Linda Vista Blvd. Oro Valley. 825-9001. Toastmasters meetings help participants increase self-confidence and communicate more effectively, at 6:16 p.m., the first and third Monday of every month; free. Call 314-8008 for more information. WRITERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; WORKSHOP Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 594-5580. Alexis Powers leads a workshop about creative-writing techniques, and discussion follows about participantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; essays, short stories, novels, memoirs and stories for children, from 9 to 11 a.m., the first and third Wednesday of every month, through June 19; free. Visit for dates and more information.

UPCOMING GREEN VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church. 600 N. La CaĂąada Drive. Green Valley. 625-1370. Edie Sly, Gerald Wallin, Bud Jay and Carol Bates-Smith discuss lessons learned from the biggest mistakes and best successes in their many years of genealogical research, from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 18; free. Call 396-4630 for more information. SPRING DOLL SHOW AND SALE Tucson Convention Center. 260 S. Church Ave. 7914101. Antique, vintage, modern, reproduction and art dolls; accessories, parts and supplies; restringing and

repair; and identification and appraisals are available from 9:30 a.m., to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20; $6, free age 12 and younger. Door prizes, raffles and a grand-prize drawing also are featured. Call 321-0003 for more information. SPRINGFEST Rillito Downs. 4502 N. First Ave. More that 50 U.S. breweries feature their spring and summer craft brews from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 20; $40, $30 advance, $40 VIP. VIP entrance is at noon. The event includes live music and food for purchase. Visit for more information. TOUR HISTORIC ADOBES OF BARRIO VIEJO Hotel Congress. 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. A tour of historic homes in Barrio Viejo takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 20; $35. The tour highlights six of Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest and most unique properties of the late 19th century. Visit to register and for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FARMERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; MARKETS MONDAY Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Markets at La Posada Green Valley: 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley, is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday (603-8116). TUESDAY Community Food Bank: 3003 S. Country Club Road, 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday (622-0525). Marana Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: 13395 N. Marana Main Street, Marana, 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday (882-3313). WEDNESDAY Alan Ward Downtown Mercado: south lawn of the Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, October through May; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June through September (339-4008). Green Valley Village Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: 101 S. La CaĂąada Drive, Green Valley, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday (490-3315). THURSDAY Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market at Voyager RV Resort: 8701 S. Kolb Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday (603-8116). Santa Cruz River Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: Mercado San AgustĂ­n, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, 3 to 6 p.m., Thursday, in winter; 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, in spring (622-0525). San Manuel Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: 801 McNab Parkway, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday (520-212-2337). Sierra Vista Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: corner of Carmichael Avenue and Willcox Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday (520-6782638). FRIDAY Corona de Tucson Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: 15921 S. Houghton Road, Vail, 8 a.m. to noon, Friday (8701106). El Presidio Plaza Park Mercado: 115 N. Church Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday (339-4008). Friday Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market at Broadway Village: 2926 E. Broadway Blvd., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday (603-8116). Heirloom Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market at Jesse Owens Park: Jesse Owens Park, 400 S. Sarnoff Drive, winter: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday; summer: 8 a.m. to noon, Friday (918-9811). SATURDAY Arivaca Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: 16800 Arivaca Road, Arivaca, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Bear Canyon Open Air Market: northwest corner of Tanque Verde Road and the Catalina Highway, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (982-2645). Bisbee Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: Vista Park in the Warren section, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday (520-227-5060). Downtown Mercado at Maynardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: 400 E. Toole Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (339-4008). El Pueblo Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: El Pueblo Neighborhood Center parking lot, SW corner of Irvington Road and Sixth Avenue, 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday (882-3304). Heirloom Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: St. Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plaza, southeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue, winter: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday; summer: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday (882-2157). Loft Cinema Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., 8 to 11 a.m., every Saturday (322-5638). Metal Arts Village Saturday Morning Market: 3230 N. Dodge Blvd., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday (326-5657). Oracle Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: 2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Road, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday (896-2123). Oro Valley Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: Town Hall at the corner of La CaĂąada Drive and Naranja Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (882-2157). Plaza Palomino: 2970 N. Swan Road, winter: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; summer: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday ( Rincon Valley Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Artisansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail, winter: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; summer: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (591-2276). St. David Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: St. David High School, 70 E. Patton St., St. David, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May through October (520-221-1074). St. Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plaza Saturday Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: St. Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plaza, southeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (603-8116). San Manuel Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: 801 McNab Parkway, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday (520-212-2337). Sierra Vista Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: corner of Charleston Road and Highway 90 bypass, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday (520-678-2638). Sunsites Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: Shadow Mountain Golf Course, 1105 Irene St., Sunsites, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday (520-8261250). Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Green Art and Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: 8995 E. Tanque Verde Road, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday (9822645). SUNDAY Douglas Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market: Raul Castro Park, between D and E avenues, downtown Douglas, 9 a.m.


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SUNDAY, April 21 THURSDAY, April 18 FREE ADMISSION 1:00 – 3:00 WITH TWO CANS OF UNOPENED FOOD! Cumulus Tucson Presents Coca-Cola Wristband Day! Purchase a $30.00 wristband for unlimited rides on the Tucson Weekly Carnival, 3:00 p.m. – midnight. Receive a $5.00 discount towards your purchased wristband with an unopened, 20oz. bottle of Coke or Diet Coke. Wristbands sold until 10:00 p.m. $2.00 games today on the Tucson Weekly Carnival! Brought to you in part by KVOA

NEW! Free admission 10:00 - Noon with a $5.00 or more receipt from any Bruegger’s Bagels! Enjoy breakfast or lunch at any Bruegger’s and redeem the receipt of $5.00 or more to receive your free admission! One original receipt per person. Stylistics Tucson Invitational Low Rider Car Show until 5:00 p.m. with a special performance by MC Magic at 4:00 p.m. on the Corner Stage. AZTECA America Tucson presents the KUMBIA KINGS ALL STARZ IN CONCERT at 7:30 p.m. on the NEW Budweiser Main Stage. Visit the Wild About Monkeys Show! Brought to you in part by Desert Diamond Casino and Hotel. Adopt a pet today at the Pima County Fair! Visit for a complete list of rules and requirements for adoption.

MONDAY, April 22

FRIDAY, April 19 92.1 KFMA PRESENTS SILVERSUN PICKUPS AT 8:00 p.m. on the NEW Budweiser Main Stage, brought to you in part Geico. Enjoy some of our fun attractions like the Amazing World of Birds and Comedic Hypnotist, Michael Swenson at the Miller Lite Central Park Stage, Fire Dancers and Acrobats at the Corona Plaza! Don’t forget to use your Fry’s Discount Ride Coupons today and enjoy some great shopping in Thurber, Old Pueblo and Pima Halls! Check out the new KIDDIE KINGDOM and Mother’s Convenience Area plus the improved Creepy, Crawly and Slimy exhibits in Pima Hall. Brought to you in part by the Journal Broadcast Group, KGUN 9 and CW Tucson.

SATURDAY, April 20 96.1 KLPX and Piggly’s Fries Presents the Demoltion Derby at 4:00 followed by THE KLPX FEST WITH SKID ROW, WARRANT AND LA GUNS, in concert at 7:30 p.m. on the NEW Budweiser Main Stage! Welcome Zapatistas Motorcycle Club Show and Shine today! Brought to you in part by FOX 11, Dominos Pizza, Harley Davidson of Tucson and Ride Now Motor Sports. Adopt a pet today at the Pima County Fair! Visit Pimacountyfair. com for a complete list of rules and requirements for adoption.

DISCOUNT DAY!!!! Good News Communications and KLOVE Present Family Discount Day! $2.00 Parking! $2.00 Admission! It’s also the AARP Celebration present by KCEE with fun activities at Central Park from 1:00 – 4:00. There’s lots of shopping in Thurber Hall, and more Tractor Pulls today. Stop by the Corona Plaza and watch Fire Dancers and Acrobat performances and take the little ones to the NEW KIDDIE KINGDOM in Pima Hall! Brought to you in part by Civano Nursery and Desert Diamond Casino.

TUESDAY, April 23 DISCOUNT DAY! Journal Broadcast Group presents $2.00 rides and $2.00 games today on The Tucson Weekly Carnival starting at 3:00 p.m.! Enjoy discounted fair food today, from 4:00 – 6:00. Sample $2.00 menu items from participating food vendors and $2.00 beer menu items at Miller Lite Central Park and the Budweiser Main Stage beer gardens. Check out the Frisbee Dogs and listen to Gradymusic in Old Pueblo Hall. Visit the animal barns! Wanna get creeped out? Check out the Creepy, Crawly, Slimy exhibit inside Pima Hall. Wanna get creeped out? Check out the Creepy, Crawly, Slimy exhibit and the just added CREEP FACTOR SHOW, at 2:00 and 6:00, inside Pima Hall!


A limited number of upgraded seating is available for Fair concerts on the Budweiser Main Stage. Get here early to purchase your upgraded seating for only $10.00 day of show at the Pima County Fair. Tickets are available at the Budweiser Main Stage Beer Garden.


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NEW! Free admission 10:00 - Noon with a $5.00 or more receipt from any Bruegger’s Bagels! Enjoy breakfast or lunch at any Bruegger’s and redeem the receipt of $5.00 or more to receive your free admission! One original receipt per person. Also, today is the first annual Pima County Fair BEERFEST! 12:00 – 4:00 at the Sunset Cantina Bar and Grill with music, games, prizes and BEER! Tickets are only $10.00 for 10 tastes on sale at the Sunset Cantina Bar and Grill. Don’t miss the Door Slammers Car Club Show and Shine plus Power from the Past steam engines and modified tractor pulls today. Adopt a pet today at the Pima County Fair! Visit Pimacountyfair. com for a complete list of rules and requirements for adoption. LARGE STOCK AUCTION IS TODAY AT 11:45 UNDER THE RAMADA! Clear Channel Radio Presents Coca-Cola WRISTBAND DAY! Purchase 99.5 KIIM FM and The Boot Barn Present EASTON CORBIN IN CONCERT AT 8:00 P.M. a $30.00 wristband for unlimited rides on the Tucson Weekly Carnival, 3:00 p.m. – midnight. Receive a $5.00 discount towards your purchased on the NEW Budweiser Main Stage! Learn about 4/H, home arts and fine arts in Old wristband with an unopened 20 oz. bottle of Coke or Diet Coke. Pueblo Hall. Large stock auction takes place Wristbands sold until 10:00 p.m. Game Day! $2.00 games on the Tucson Weekly Carnival! Brought to you in part by CW Tucson and KGUN under the ramada today at 11:45 a.m. Visit the 9. Brought to you in part by CW Tucson and KGUN 9. Wanna get creeped Creepy Crawly Slimy exhibit in Pima Hall today Watch the Frisbee Dog Show Today! Brought to out? Check out the Creepy, Crawly, Slimy exhibit and the just added you in part by Dominos Pizza, Desert Diamond CREEP FACTOR SHOW, every day at 2:00 and 6:00, inside Pima Hall! Casino, Geico and REM Sleep Solutions. 93.7 KRQ AND 98.3 KOHT PRESENT TYGA IN CONCERT AT 8:00 P.M. on the NEW Budweiser Main Stage. Brought to you in part by Allstate Insurance Reality Ride. Don’t drive distracted.

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FRIDAY, April 26 92.1 KFMA PRESENTS HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD on the NEW Budweiser Main Stage! It’s also Military Appreciation Day! $2.00 Admission with any Military ID. Don’t Miss Kobert’s Amazing World of Birds Show, Hypnotist Michael Swenson, Pig Races, Petting Zoo, Frisbee Dogs, Kiddie Kingdom, Pony Trail Ride, Wild About Monkey’s and More! Don’t forget, today is your last chance to use the Fry’s Discount Ride Coupons! Brought to you in part by KTTU. Wanna get creeped out? Check out the Creepy, Crawly, Slimy exhibit and the just added CREEP FACTOR SHOW, every day at 2:00 and 6:00, inside Pima Hall!

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Wendy’s Discount Day! FREE admission today until 3:00 with any Wendy’s combo meal receipt. One original receipt per customer, good for one admission. Arizona Lotus Presents CocaCola Wristband Day! Purchase a $30.00 wristband for unlimited rides on the Tucson Weekly Carnival, 3:00 p.m. – midnight. Receive a $5.00 discount towards your purchased wristband with an unopened, 20oz. bottle of Coke or Diet Coke. Wristbands sold until 10:00 p.m. Brought to you in part by Univision. Wanna get creeped out? Check out the Creepy, Crawly, Slimy exhibit and the just added CREEP FACTOR SHOW, every day at 2:00 and 6:00, inside Pima Hall! $2.00 Games today on the Tucson Weekly Carnival AND Enjoy discounted fair food today, from 4:00 – 6:00. Sample $2.00 menu items from participating food vendors and $2.00 beer menu items. 96.1 KLPX PRESENTS TESLA IN CONCERT AT 8:00 p.m. on the NEW Budweiser Main stage!

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5 and under: FREE • Children ages 6-10: $3.00 • General: $8.00 • Parking: $5.00 Main Gates and Buildings: Open at 1:00 p.m. on Weekdays and 10:00 a.m. on Weekends Tucson Weekly Carnival Hours: Open at 3:00 p.m. Weekdays & 11:00 a.m. Weekends

FREE Admission until noon with two cans of unopened food! 102.1 La Caliente and Telemundo. Check out these great shows: Wild About Monkeys, Pig Races, Acrobats, Frisbee Dogs, Hypnotist, Fire Dancers, Creepy Crawly Slimy and Kiddie Kingdom in Pima Hall! Final tractor pulls are today and the small stock auction starts at 10:30 under the big ramada. Brought to you in part by Desert Diamond Casino. Adopt a pet today at the Pima County Fair! Visit for a complete list of rules and requirements for adoption. Wanna get creeped out? Check out the Creepy, Crawly, Slimy exhibit and the just added CREEP FACTOR SHOW, every day at 2:00 and 6:00, inside Pima Hall! SMALL STOCK AUCTION IS TODAY AT 10:30 UNDER THE RAMADA!

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to 1 p.m., Sunday (520-805-5938 or 520-805-0086). Elgin Farmers’ Market: Kief-Joshua Vineyards, 370 Elgin Road, Elgin, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May through October (520-455-5582). Heirloom Farmers’ Market: St. Philip’s Plaza, southeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue, winter: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday; summer: 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday (882-2157).

BUSINESS & FINANCE EVENTS THIS WEEK CASE STUDY: DEUTSCH LA AND PLAYSTATION Hotel Tucson City Center. 475 N. Granada Ave. 6232000. Jason Elm, group creative director for Deutsch LA describes his company’s marketing of Playstation, at a luncheon meeting of the American Advertising Federation of Tucson, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16; $20 to $50. Reservations are requested. Call 326-1060, or visit for reservations and more information. 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 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 12; free. Seating is first-come, first-served. Call 791-4010 for more information. INDIVIDUAL JOB COUNSELING Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. A job counselor from Career Services Unlimited provides free, one-on-one counseling about choosing a career, resume-writing, interview skills, networking and job-search skills from 9 a.m. to noon, every Thursday; and from noon to 3 p.m., Monday, April 15 and 29; free. No appointment is needed; sessions are limited to 30 minutes. Call 791-4010 for more information. NAWBO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Veterinary Specialty Center. 4909 N. La Cañada Road. Karina Godoy of Online Internet Results reviews basic Search Engine Optimization practices and discusses how to create a basic online marketing strategy that

will bring in more customers, from 7 to 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 17; $20, $15 member, $5 discount for reservations by Monday, April 15. Call 326-2926, or visit to register and for more info. NO PLACE LIKE HOME Keller Williams Realty. 1745 E. River Road. 615-8400. A home-ownership workshop takes place from 6 to 7 p.m., the second Thursday of every month; free. Call 909-9375 for more information. TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM YWCA Frances McClelland Leadership Center. 525 N. Bonita Ave. 884-7810. Get free tax preparation help, free electronic filing and asset development assistance from IRS-certified tax preparers from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11. Bring driver’s license or picture ID, social security card or tax ID for each family member, income information (W-2s, Social Security statements, unemployment info, etc.), deductible expenses, other tax info, prior year tax return if possible, account and routing numbers for direct deposit. Call 884-7810, ext. 113 for more information.

UPCOMING WOMEN ON THE MOVE: KEYS TO BECOMING A VISIONARY LEADER YWCA Frances McClelland Leadership Center. 525 N. Bonita Ave. 884-7810. A panel discussion features visionary women leaders from business, nonprofits, academia and public service discussing vision and how to infect others with it, from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 18; $25. Visit for information about presenters and to register.

FILM EVENTS THIS WEEK ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL More than 120 films are featured in Arizona’s longestrunning and largest film festival, which opens Friday, April 12, and continues through Sunday, April 28, at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., and Grand Cinemas Crossroads, 4811 E. Grant Road. The festival

also includes panels, parties and opportunities to talk with filmmakers. Tickets are $6 to $8 for single admission, $22 for 5 screenings, $45 for a weekend pass, and $100 for an all-access pass. Call 882-0204, or visit for a schedule of films, ticket prices and additional information. OUT ON THURSDAYS Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. As part of the Southwest LGBT Film Fest, a film is screened at 7 p.m. following a meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m., on the third Thursday of every other month; $8, $10 VIP. Light refreshments are served. SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES St. Francis in the Foothills Church. 4625 E. River Road. 299-9063. A story about a small Jewish community’s efforts to escape Nazi Germany by imitating Nazis, Train of Life, screens after a potluck supper, Sunday, April 14; free. Bring food to share with six people. A TERRENCE MALICK RETROSPECTIVE Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. To celebrate Terrence Malick’s new film To The Wonder (screening at the Loft starting Friday, April 26) Malick’s iconic films are shown at 7 p.m., each Wednesday in April; $5 to $9. April 17: The Thin Red Line. April 24: The Tree of Life.

UPCOMING NOW SHOWING AT YOUR LIBRARY: THE ISLAND PRESIDENT Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 594-5580. The Island President, a PBS Independent Lens Documentary about President Mohamed Nasheed’s fight to keep the Maldives above water, screens from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18; free.

GARDENING EVENTS THIS WEEK BUTTERFLY MAGIC Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Walk through a greenhouse full of

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BUTTERFLY BASICS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Elizabeth Willott, curator of Butterfly Magic, presents an introduction to butterfly biology, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16; $12, $7 for members, includes entrance to Butterfly Magic after hours. Visit to register and 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.

DRAGONFLY BOOK CLUB Himmel Park Branch Library. 1035 N. Treat Ave. 5945305. Kids ages 8 to 12 discuss books, enjoy snacks and make a craft at 3 p.m., the third Wednesday of every month; free.

TUCSON ORGANIC GARDENERS St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church. 3809 E. Third St. 325-1001. Members and prospective members of Tucson Organic Gardeners meet for a program at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, in the Geneva Room; free. Free literature, refreshments and a mini-market are available. Call 670-9158, or visit for more information.

UPCOMING CHOLLA BUD AND NOPAL HARVESTING CLASS Learn how to harvest, process, preserve and cook with cholla buds and nopalitos, traditional foods of the native peoples of the Sonoran Desert, from 8 to 11 a.m., Thursday, April 18; $40. Call 331-9821, or email to register and for location details. The class takes place near Camino de Oeste and Trail’s End Road.

HEALTH EVENTS THIS WEEK TMC BRAIN WEEK FOR SENIORS TMC Senior Services. 1400 N. Wilmot Road. 3241960. Daily education sessions feature specialists in the aging brain; free, but reservations are requested. Call 324-4345 to register. Monday, April 15, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Brain Basics; and from 4:30 to 6 p.m.: Psychological Issues of Stroke/TBI -- Emotional and Behavioral. Tuesday, April 16, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Nutrition for a Healthy Brain. Wednesday, April 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.: All About Alzheimer’s Disease. Thursday, April 18, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.: Advances in Brain Treatments. Friday, April 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Meditation, the Brain and Aging. 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. Thursday, April 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Reducing Inflammation through Nutrition; and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Current Concepts in Joint Replacement. Saturday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to noon: Stroke Check at TMC’s Marshall Auditorium, 5301 E. Grant Road. Tuesday, April 16, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.: All About Parkinson’s Disease.

UPCOMING DIABETES LECTURE Canoa Hills Social Center. 3660 S. Camino del Sol. Green Valley. 625-6200. Betsy Dokken, NP, presents “Controlling Diabetes: The Role of Food and Exercise,” at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 18; free.

KIDS & FAMILIES EVENTS THIS WEEK ALL TOGETHER THEATRE Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. A musical adaptation of The Brave Little Tailor continues at 1 p.m., every Sunday through May 12; $7 to $10, discounts for cash. Call or visit for reservations and more info. BALLET RINCON Civano Conference Center. 10501 E. Seven Generations Way. Ballet Rincon’s Performance Ensemble presents Peter and the Wolf at 1 and 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13; $7, $5 for children. Call 574-2804 for more info.

FELA! WORKSHOP UA Centennial Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 6213364. In conjunction with the UApresents staging of the Broadway show Fela!, a theater workshop for students grades 9 through 12 takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 13; $55. The day also includes lunch, a behind-the-scenes look at the production of Fela! and admission to the show. FREE PROM DRESSES High school juniors and seniors can pick up barely used prom dresses from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 13. Advance registration is required at Call 270-7833, or email for more info. HIGHLAND FREE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE Highland Free School. 510 S. Highland Ave. 623-0104. Prospective students’ families meet the staff, tour the campus and learn about the school’s philosophy and teaching methods from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 17; free. 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. LET’S GET FIT! Children’s Museum Tucson. 200 S. Sixth Ave. 7929985. Cooking demonstrations, gardening tips, Wee Wiggle exercises and a film screening of Curious George Swings Into Spring celebrate health and fitness for kids, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13; free, including admission to the museum. LIONS CAMP TATIYEE RUN, WALK AND ROLL Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind. 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. 770-3468. Registration begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 13, for a run, walk and roll for people of all abilities that starts at 9 a.m.; $10 to $25. An award ceremony follows at 10 a.m. Proceeds help provide scholarships to attend the Lions’ Clubs camp for special needs’ kids, Camp Tatiyee in the White Mountains. Visit to register and for more information. MAKE YOUR OWN OJOS DE DIOS Himmel Park Branch Library. 1035 N. Treat Ave. 5945305. Representatives of Nuestra Raices present a workshop about the Huichol cultural artifact known as Ojo de Dios, or “God’s Eye,” from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 13; free. Wooden sticks and brightly colored yarn are provided. PACK THE PODS YOUTH SPORTS EQUIPMENT COLLECTION Donate gently used sports equipment daily through Saturday, April 27, in the Pod in the parking lot at Journal Broadcasting Group parking lot, 7280 E. Rosewood St. Equipment will be distributed through the Tucson Conquistadores youth sports programs. QUEENS AND KINGS CHESS FEST Hotel Congress. 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. A family chess festival takes place from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 13, on the patio; free. Beginner chess lessons, pick-up chess games, a human-size chess board, chess arts and crafts and face-painting are featured as well as a tandem simultaneous chess exhibition by Women’s World Federation of Chess (FIDE) Master Amanda Mateer, and International Master Mac Molner. Visit for more information. RUMMAGE SALE, PLANT SALE AND SCHOOL CARNIVAL Miles ELC School. 1400 E. Broadway Blvd. 225-2200. A 300-family rummage sale, cake walk and garden sale take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 13; free admission. The sale includes clothing, jewelry, collectibles, housewares, furniture, books, toys, tools and baked goods. The annual school carnival, including games, prizes, a dunk tank, a cake walk and a silent auction, runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free admission.

SPORT CLIMBING SERIES 2013 YOUTH LOCAL COMPETITION Rocks and Ropes. 330 S. Toole Ave. 882-5924. Local youth climbers compete for a chance to participate in a regional competition, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 13; free for spectators. Visit to register and for more information. STORIES THAT SOAR Students’ original stories come to life in a theatrical production by the Stories That Soar ensemble, at 8:30 a.m., Friday, April 12, at Robison Elementary School, 2745 E. 18th St.; free. Guests must sign in at the main office. TUCSON’S RIVER OF WORDS YOUTH POETRY AND TRAVELING EXHIBIT Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center. 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road. 887-9786. This exhibit of art and writing expressing local children’s understanding of watersheds and the natural world opens Thursday, April 11; and continues through Wednesday, May 15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; free. Call 615-7855, or email for more information. YOUTH ULTIMATE FRISBEE Mansfield Park. 2000 N. Fourth Ave. 791-4405. A Youth Ultimate Frisbee League plays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., every Wednesday, through April 24; $10 to join, free specator. Each league night begins with a 20-minute mini-clinic.

OUT OF TOWN BAT DAY AT KARTCHNER CAVERNS STATE PARK Kartchner Caverns State Park. Highway 90, nine miles south of Interstate 10. Benson. (520) 586-4100. In honor of the return of the Myotis veliver bat colony to the caverns, all things bat-related are celebrated from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 13. At 11 a.m., Ted Fleming presents “The Columnar Cactus-Nectar Bat Connection. At noon, Sarah Kirk presents “Bats of Arizona.” At 1:30 p.m., Yar Petryszyn presents “Bat Specimens from the UA Mammal Collection.” At 2:30 p.m., Ronnie Sidner presents “Bats of Kartchner Caverns.” Children’s activities also take place throughout the day. Cave tours require advance reservations, and tickets must be claimed at least one hour in advance. Visit for reservations and more information. KIDS CRAFT PROGRAM: DESERT PLANTS Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Kids from 8 through 13 learn how to make rope from roasted agave pads, face paint and dye from mesquite bark, hairclips from mesquite pods, and painted and decorated gourds, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 13; $8, free for parents and children not participating. LIVING HISTORY OF THE SPANISH COLONIAL ERA Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Volunteers dressed in period clothing reenact the daily lives of soldiers in the Spanish Colonial period from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 12; $5, $2 youth ages 7 to 13, free for younger children. A display of native and imported foods from the era is also featured. TEEN MUSIC Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 594-5580. Teens invite friends to hang out and listen to favorite CDs in surround sound from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month; free.

ANNOUNCEMENTS CALL FOR STUDENT ARTISTS High school students who live in the Second Congressional District are invited to submit art for Congressional Art Competition: Artistic Discovery 2013. A work can be no larger than 28 by 28 by 4 inches including the frame. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., Friday, April 12. Visit serving-you/art-competition for details. CPES LOVING HEARTS FOSTER CARE CPES Loving Hearts Foster Care. 2828 N. Country Club Road, No. 100. 884-7954. An informational meeting about the requirements and the process for becoming a foster family takes place from 10 a.m. to noon, the second Saturday of every month; free. Call 884-7954, ext. 156, for more information. THE CREATIVE SPACE Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Materials and activities are available in the lobby to encourage families to create museum-inspired artwork; free with admission. 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; and closed Monday

and Tuesday; $8, $6 senior and veteran, $3 student with ID, free younger than 13, free the first Sunday of every month. Visit for more information. 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 throughout the walk. Call 319-9868, ext. 7, for more information, including the meeting place. Visit for more information about the sponsoring organization. RAILROAD DAYS Southern Arizona Transportation Museum. 414 N. Toole Ave. 623-2223. Docents guide visitors through the history and mechanics of the refurbished steam locomotive No. 1673, featured in the movie Oklahoma, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., every Saturday; free. A Gadsden scale railroad is featured inside the museum. Visit for more information. RAPTOR FREE FLIGHT Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. Harris’ hawks, great horned owls, ferruginous hawks, gray hawks, prairie falcons, redtailed hawks, Chihuahuan ravens and peregrine falcons fly completely untethered, often close to visitors, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., daily, through Sunday, April 14; $14.50, $5 ages 4 through 12, free younger child; includes admission. Visit for more information. READ TO A DOG Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library. 530 N. Wilmot Road. 594-5420. Kids ages 2 to 12 improve their reading skills by reading to a therapy dog from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., every Wednesday; free. STORIES IN THE GARDEN Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 7426455. Kids and their parents listen to traditional and original stories about the desert and its creatures in the Garden for Children at 10 a.m., every Tuesday; $8, $6 senior, $5 active military, $4 student with valid ID, $2 ages 5 through 12, free member or child younger than 5, includes admission to the park. Visit tohonochulpark. org for more information. WEEKEND MATH TUTORING Math tutoring for TUSD students in grades 3 through 12 takes place from 10 a.m. to noon, most Saturdays, through May 11, at Roberts-Naylor K-8 School, 1701 S. Columbus Blvd.; free. Visit to register and for more information. WINGSPAN YOUTH PROGRAMS Wingspan. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. Eon collaborates with several other agencies to provide support groups, outreach, homelessness services, social activities, and educational and career enrichment to gay, lesbian, bisexual, two-spirit, transgender, queer, questioning, intersexed and straight-ally youth. Youth may also become volunteers or get more information about activism. Leadership training is provided for LGBT and allied youth ages 13 through 23. Call or visit wingspan. org for more information.

OUTDOORS EVENTS THIS WEEK MEET ME AT MAYNARDS FOUR-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Hotel Congress. 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. Teams of one to six people can search for scavenger-hunt clues as part of the Meet Me at Maynards Fourth Anniversary walk and run from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, April 15; free. Prizes, music, food, a raffle and socializing follow. Visit for details. PIMA PRICKLY PARK CELEBRATION Pima Prickly Park. 3500 W. River Road. 615-7855. A celebration of cactus and succulents at the 9.4 acre park features tours, educational exhibits about desert plants and animals, rescued plants, art, books and pottery for sale, and 10 growers offering cactus and succulents for sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 14; free. Vendors offer free samples of prickly pear SnoCones, and trails include a hummingbird garden and a bee tree. WAKE UP WITH THE BIRDS Agua Caliente Regional Park. 12325 E. Roger Road. 877-6000. Spot wetland birds, hummingbirds, songbirds and raptors on a walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 11; free. Binoculars are available. Call 615-7855, or email for info.







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RAMSEY CANYON PRESERVE WALKS Ramsey Canyon Preserve. 27 Ramsey Canyon Road. Miracle Valley. (520) 378-2785. Nature Conservancy docents give guided walks through the habitats of more than 170 bird species and a wide range of wildlife at 9 a.m., every Monday, Thursday and Saturday; $5, $3 member or Cochise County resident, free younger than 16, admission is good for a week. Pets are not allowed. SABINO CANYON WALKS Sabino Canyon. 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road. 7498700. Events are guided by volunteer naturalists. Nancy Carey gives a geology table demonstration from 10 a.m. to noon, every Tuesday, through April 23. Adults follow moderately difficult trails to identify plants and birds, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., every Wednesday, through April 24. Visitors learn the canyon’s geology and pan for garnets by Sabino Creek from 8:30 to 11 a.m., every Wednesday, through April 24. Geological events and formations of the canyon are discussed on a Gneiss (geology) walk, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., every Thursday through April 25. Activities are led by volulnteer naturalists; free with $5 daily or $20 annual admission to the park. Call or visit for more information.

TOHONO CHUL GUIDED BIRD AND NATURE WALKS Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Birders at any level of expertise tour the nature trails and gardens of 49-acre Tohono Chul Park and learn to identify some of the 27 resident bird species at 8:30 a.m., every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A one-hour walking tour of the nature trails takes place at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday; $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 TOURS AT TOHONO CHUL PARK Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. “Walk in the Park” covers basic Sonoran Desert ecology, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday. “Birds of Tohono Chul” helps identify both native and migratory species at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. “Wildflowers: What’s Blooming” identifies wildflowers, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, through Saturday, April 27. Tours are included with admission; $8, $6 senior, $5 active military, $4 student with valid ID, $2 ages 5 through 12, free member or child younger than 5. Visit for more information. WAKE UP WITH THE BIRDS Agua Caliente Regional Park. 12325 E. Roger Road. 877-6000. Spot wetland birds, hummingbirds, songbirds and raptors on a walk from 8:30 to 10 a.m., every Thursday; free. Binoculars are available. Call 615-7855, or email for more information.

SPIRITUALITY EVENTS THIS WEEK FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR Kadampa Meditation Center, Arizona. 1701 E. Miles St. 441-1617. A short teaching about finding lasting happiness is followed by a light vegetarian meal, from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 12, May 17 and June 14; $15. Visit for more information. GROUP HEALING WITH TIFFANY MASTERS Caritas Center for Healing. 330 E. 16th St. 940-0486. Tiffany Masters presents “Indescribable Transformation Experience” from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 12; $50, $20 advance. Visit to register and for more information. KIRTAN CONCERT WITH SHANTALA Yoga Oasis Downtown. 245 E. Congress St. 322-6142. The internationally known duo Shantala leads kirtan sacred chanting, including sacred lyrics and exotic instrumentation, at 8 p.m., Friday, April 12; $24, $20 advance. TUCSON ASTROLOGERS’ GUILD Unitarian Universalist Church. 4831 E. 22nd St. 7481551. Nick Dagan Best presents “What’s Up, Uranus? Following the Yellow Brick Tropical Zodiac,” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 12; $15, $10 member. From 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 15, he presents a workshop, “So It Goes: Recurrence Transits at Work”; $25, $20 member. Call 625-5762, or visit for more information. TUCSON IANDS EXPERIENCE SHARING (TIES) Unity of Tucson. 3617 N. Camino Blanco. 577-3300. Michael Tamura discusses his three near-death experiences and how he sees everyone as immortal souls, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11; $5. Call 395-2365.

SPORTS EVENTS THIS WEEK TUCSON ROLLER DERBY TRD Wreckhouse. 1145 E. Valencia Road. 390-1454. Sac City meets Silicon Valley at 7 p.m., Friday, April 12, in bout 1 of the Dust Devil Tournament, which continues through Sunday, April 14. An afterparty Friday features an outfit contest; outfits must cost $10 or less. Visit for up-to-date information on teams and times for Saturday and Sunday. UA BASEBALL Hi Corbett Field. 3400 E. Camino Campestre. 3279467. University of Arizona meets Arizona State at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 16. Tickets are $7 to $12. Visit for tickets and more information. WAKA KICKBALL Joaquin Murrieta Park. 1400 N. Silverbell Road. 7914752. The Arizona Blister kickball season continues every Thursday through May 2; $72. A tournament and end-of-season party take place Saturday, May 11. Visit for information.

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PERFORMING ARTS The Tony-award winning musical ‘FELA!’ brings the life of an Afrobeat superstar to the stage

The Power of Music olitics may be about power, but music is power. Besides making one tap a toe, it can spread information, coalesce a community and speak such truth about an issue, a group or common but unjust sensibilities that those who hold political power sometimes feel threatened by musicians and their work. Such was the case with Nigerian composer and musician Fela Kuti. Known simply as Fela, he pioneered what has come to be known as Afrobeat, was loud with his derision of the corrupt military regime of Nigeria in the 1970s and 1980s, and engineered his own unique approach to music and to life. Fela and his music are celebrated in the Broadway hit FELA!, which UApresents is hosting this weekend for three performances. Shepherded in its development by acclaimed American choreographer Bill T. Jones, the show began an off-Broadway run in 2008 and landed on Broadway in late 2009, winning three Tony awards (out of 11 nominations) the next year. Adesola Osakalumi joined the ensemble when the show moved to Broadway and understudied the role of Fela. Now in the national tour, the dancer-actor-singerchoreographer from the Bronx portrays the celebrated figure. Fela’s work might have been little known outside Nigeria, or to those unversed in the development of Afrobeat music, but Osakalumi was quite familiar with the controversial musician. “My family owned a record label called Makossa Records and they were the first label to introduce and distribute Fela’s music in America. So I’ve been exposed to Fela’s music for quite a long time. My father and uncles had the opportunity to meet and do business with Fela, so for me he wasn’t a new discovery. “I met him once in passing when he was in New York doing some business, and I do remember his energy being very strong and I remember thinking, yes, that’s Fela, that’s the music.” Osakalumi says the current touring group consists of “26 or 28 cast and band members,” with sets and costumes filling two trucks. “We’re a lean, mean Afrobeat machine,” he says with a laugh. There has been criticism that the book for the musical fails to cover some of the more controversial aspects of Fela, especially his personal life. But Osakalumi says it’s not really meant to be an exploration of the entirety of Fela’s life. “Fela was such a complicated, unique indi-


vidual. This play could easily have been 40 hours. And from my understanding, there were certain versions of the off-Broadway version which were more than three hours. There are a lot of edits that have been made, just due to musical theater brevity. “The concept of the show is very clear, and that is it’s Fela’s performance on his last night in Lagos prior to his leaving as a result of his having been harassed and beaten by the government authorities. And within this concert he takes us back through his life in this last night. “I think what people need to remember is that this is not a typical musical theater production. It’s not as linear as most of what we are accustomed to, and we break the fourth wall constantly. It’s just a different type of show. And it’s not just that we break the fourth wall, but the manner in which we do so. The audience is implored, scolded, cajoled to be active participants in the story, which is very much a part of the black tradition. Whether it’s black American, West Indian or African, it’s very much participatory, shout, call and response. One of the first things I do is say to the audience, ‘Say, yay, yeah.’ Sometimes the response is strong, sometimes it’s a little more hesitant, but according to that response, I have the license to prod a bit: ‘You can talk. Don’t be afraid. It’s not that kind of show.’ So immediately we want to pull the audience into that mind-frame. Your feelings, your emotions, your shouts, your yelling are integral to the show and won’t be a distraction.” So doesn’t that make it a different show every night? “Absolutely, yes. Some nights people are right there with us, screaming, yelling, hooting and hollering, and other nights, folks are just a little more reserved. But either way I feel like we have taken the audience on that journey with us.” The Broadway cast traveled to Lagos, Nigeria, to perform the show, and it’s an experience none of them is likely to forget. “To have the opportunity to perform in Fela’s hometown, and to be onstage and have the crowd finish the verses of the songs— because these folks were familiar with his music—that was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The response, the love, the adulation that Fela received—we were the secondary recipients of the love, but this love and outpouring of affection was for Fela. And that was amazing.” Osakalumi initially made his name in the world of hip-hop, and as a member of the GhettOriginals Production Dance Company



Adesola Osakalumi in FELA! created the off-Broadway production Jam on the Groove, which has toured the world. He choreographed the movie School of Rock, with Jack Black, and appeared in the recent revival of Equus on Broadway with Daniel Radcliffe and the late Richard Griffiths. But it’s clear that Osakalumi is passionate about his current role. “Fela’s music was about corruption and about injustice and about people having the right to live better lives. And he was harassed, beaten, thrown into jail many times. His mother died of injuries when in his compound. She was thrown from a second-story window. He endured many tribulations and was vocal about

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his beliefs. When he passed away there were over a million people at his funeral. That tells you the impact that he has had.” APRIL 11–17, 2013



PERFORMING ARTS Actors charm in ‘Almost, Maine’ at Beowulf, and warm the heart in LTW’s ‘Cemetery Club’

Casts Old and Young BY LAURA C.J. OWEN, m harming” is the first word I’d use to describe Beowulf Alley’s Almost, Maine. Then I might scrunch up my face and add, “Maybe a little … twee?” According to Merriam-Webster, “twee” means “affectedly or excessively … delicate, cute, or quaint.” It means that sometimes charm can be a little … much. John Cariani’s play Almost, Maine is a set of separate, stand-alone vignettes. They all take place in the same mythical Maine town. In this place, metaphors become literal. For instance, in one sketch, two men (played by Patrick Baum and Seth Fowler) who keep falling down discover that they might actually be falling in love. In another, a woman (Leslie Miller) returns to an ex-boyfriend (Jared Stokes), carrying sacks full of “all the love you gave me.” She demands the “love I gave you” in return. SPOILER ALERT: It turns out that all the love she gave him has been transformed into a diamond ring. See? Charming! And a little … twee. Names start to take on a special resonance in this magical town. A woman (China Young) carrying the 19 pieces of her broken heart wants to see the northern lights, so she camps out in the backyard of a young man (also played by Baum). The man she is mourning was named Wes; this new man, with whom she soon forms a love connection, is named East. GEDDIT? WES-T AND EAST? The play can be performed with as few as four cast members; at Beowulf, director Maria Caprile has a cast eight actors, each doubling up at least once. They are all pretty young, and they have a wide range of theatrical experience. (In the case of Fowler, he’s making his first onstage appearance.) Yet you wouldn’t immediately notice these differences in background. It’s to the credit of director Caprile and the cast that everyone’s performance is lively and engaged. The play might feel excessively cutesy at times, but the cast tackles each quirky scenario with gusto. Set designers Jim Ambrosek and David Swisher use white lights and a simple backdrop to create the feeling of a Maine winter. The music by Julian Fleisher adds an appropriate atmosphere—his score is lovely and a little strange. An actor himself, Cariani originally wrote some of the vignettes to perform at auditions. The full play was a huge regional hit when it premiered with the Portland Stage Company in 2004. A 2005-2006 transition to off-Broad“




China Young (Glory) and Patrick Baum (East) in Beowulf Alley’s Almost, Maine. Caught in the middle is Ida (Leah Kari). way was a flop, but Almost, Maine has had a Lucille pressures her to date, but Ida is unsure robust second life: It’s been performed all over if she can. But when she meets widower Sam the world and is a staple of high-school pro(Michael Woodson), she begins to consider ductions. the possibility of later-in-life love. For different The play’s simple sweetness and humor as reasons, this romance causes friction with her well as its variety of parts make it ideal for friends. beginning and younger actors. And if Almost, In 1993, Menchell adapted his play into a Maine’s saccharine quirkiness caused me to feature film starring Ellen Burstyn, Diane Ladd wince a little, the performances by Beowulf ’s and Olympia Dukakis. Both in the film and young actors made me smile. It gives a young in this production, it’s refreshing to see older cast the chance to shine. women getting such layered roles. These women express sexual desire, grief and pettiness as well y contrast, Live Theatre Workshop’s as deeply rooted loyalty, love and humor. The Cemetery Club gives three older The patrons behind me on opening night female actors a chance to dig their had several complaints, largely that the show teeth into meaty roles. was predictable and that the acting was not on Writer Ivan Menchell wrote The Cemetery par with that of other LTW shows. Club in tribute to his mother. Set in Queens, I’d say that both complaints have some N.Y., in the 1980s, the play centers around merit, but are ultimately unfair. Known most three Jewish widows who together take recently for his work on television shows, monthly outings to the cemetery to visit the from The Nanny to Phil of the Future to Jonas, graves of their late husbands. Menchell is clearly a fan of formulas. But while That sounds like a grim premise, and in fact The Cemetery Club’s plot isn’t groundbreaking, the play is shot through with profound melanit’s well constructed. choly. But it’s a comedy at heart—a romantic The acting by Harley and Kari could be betcomedy. ter technically in terms of their movement and The conflict of the play is whether it’s vocal control. But both do an excellent job of appropriate for the widows to begin dating giving their characters a human core. again. Flamboyant Lucille (Roxanne Harley) By the end of the play, the audience is is intent on playing the field, while Doris (Peg attached to these women (and the male Peterson) is content to live in the past.


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suitor). We’re reluctant to leave Ida’s homey living room (created by LTW’s set design wizards, Richard and Amanda Gremel). Like the characters in the play, we leave wishing that life did not so often require us to leave behind those we care about.

DANCE EVENTS THIS WEEK ARIZONA DANCE THEATRE SPRING INVITATIONAL PCC Proscenium Theatre. Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. 206-6986. Different repertoire is presented at two performances, 1 and 5 p.m., Sunday, April 14; $10. Guests include the Flowing Wells Dance Team, Tucson Tap Attack, Prime Time Dancers, Marana Dance Team and more. Call 887-5658 for more information. AN EVENING OF TANGO FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS CafĂŠ Ă la Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;art. 150 N. Main Ave. 628-8533. Stefano Pappalardo provides instruction for all levels from 7 to 7:45 p.m., and dancing, including a late-night milonga, continues until midnight, Saturday, April 13; $10 includes the lesson. Instructors and DJs change throughout the evening. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

UPCOMING LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO UA Centennial Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 6213364. Male ballerinas en pointe parody classical ballets and well-known choreographers in the American-modern tradition at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 20; $15 to $42. Call 621-3341, or visit for tickets and more information. TUCSON REGIONAL BALLET Leo Rich Theater. 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. Hansel and Gretel and the classic Paquita are staged at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20; $14 to $20. Visit for tickets and more info. UA DANCE UA Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. 1737 E. University Blvd. 621-4698. Rainbow Bound: Student Spotlight, featuring the work of student choreographers and dancers, is staged at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18 and 25; and at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20 and 27; $25, $12 student, $23 senior, military or UA employee. Spring Collection, featuring new choreography and three premieres, opens Friday, April 19, and continues through Sunday, April 28. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 p.m., Sunday; $26, $12 student, $23 senior, military or UA employee. Call 621-1162, or visit for tickets and more info.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FREE TANGO LESSONS AND DANCE Casa Vicente Restaurante EspaĂąol. 375 S. Stone Ave. 884-5253. A free class for beginners (no partner necessary) takes place from 7 to 8 p.m., each Wednesday; and tango dancing continues from 8 to 10 p.m.; free. Call 245-6158 for information. FREE ZUMBA CLASS Bookmans. 3733 W. Ina Road. 579-0303. Instructor Leslie Lundquist leads a workout for all skill levels, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., every Thursday; free. SCOTTISH COUNTRY-DANCE LESSONS Vineyard Church Hall. 625 N. Second Ave. 791-9971. Reels, jigs and strathspeys are taught in a fun and social dance class from 7 to 9 p.m., every Thursday; $5 class, $15 per month. Beginners are welcome. Call 319-8468 or 203-7987 for more information.

THEATER OPENING THIS WEEK ARIZONA OPERA Tucson Music Hall. 210 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. The opera performs The Marriage of Figaro at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13; and 2 p.m., Sunday, April 14; $35 to $135. Visit for tickets and more info. CALL FOR ACTORS Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. Winding Road Theater Ensemble holds auditions for its 2013-14 season from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 13. Callbacks take place by invitation from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 20. Actors are paid a stipend. Roles are available for men and women ages 18 to 40 in The Altruists, Good People, Cabaret, Gruesome Playground Injuries and Burn This. Auditions are by appointment only. Call 882-5502 or email for an appointment.

CALL FOR ACTORS AND ACTRESSES Hotel Congress. 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. Murder Mayhem holds auditions for men and women ages 18 and older from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14. Candidates must have comic timing and experience with improvisation, and be prepared to sing 16 bars of an upbeat number, accompanied by their own music on disk. Banjo players are also needed. Stipends are paid. Shows are on Friday and Saturday: Fugedaboudit, June 7 and 8; Who Killed Santa, July 12 and 13; and The Pinkston Trio Reunion, August 9 and 10. FANNYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FRESH MEAT: A BURLESQUE STUDENT SHOWCASE Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. Novice burlesque artists make their debuts at 8 ant 10 p.m., Saturday, April 13; $8, age 21 and older. Visit for more information. LAFFS SHOWCASE Laffs Comedy CaffĂŠ. 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. 3238669. A comedy showcase features Mike Sterner, Mark Volner, Glendon McGee, Jerry Robbin and Nicky D, at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 11; free; age 21 and older.


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BORDERLANDS THEATER Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4875. Bruja, a contemporary re-imagining of Euripidesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Medea by MacArthur Foundation Fellow Luis Alfaro, closes Sunday, April 14. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m., Sunday; $10 to $24. Call 882-7406, or visit borderlandstheater. org for tickets and more information.

ILLEGITIMATE THEATER COMPANY Murr Community Center. 51301 Cushing St. Fort Huachuca. (520) 533-2404. Arsenic and Old Lace is staged at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 19 through 27; and 2 p.m., Sunday, April 21 and 28; $15. Call 533-2404 for tickets and more information.

OUT OF TOWN THEATER AT DESERTVIEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER DesertView Performing Arts Center. 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. SaddleBrooke. 825-5318. 39 Steps, a spoof of a 1935 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, opens Tuesday, April 16, and continues through Sunday, April 21. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; $24 includes pre-show coffee and dessert. Tickets are not sold at the door. Visit tickets. for tickets and more information.

PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE THEATRE ARTS PCC Center for the Arts. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 2066986. The Diary of Anne Frank opens Thursday, April 11, and continues through Sunday, April 21, in the Black Box Theatre. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday; $15. ASL interpretation is included on Thursday, April 18. Discounts are available for all shows. Call or visit for tickets and more information.


UA OPERA THEATER UA Crowder Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 621-1162. The UA Opera Theater and the Arizona Symphony Orchestra perform Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s La Clemenza di Tito, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 12; and 3 p.m., Sunday, April 14; $10 to $15. Visit, or call for tickets and more information. The opera theater performs An Evening of Opera Scenes with the UA Philharmonic Orchestra, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23; $5 at the door.

BROADWAY IN TUCSON Tucson Music Hall. 210 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. Blue Man Group opens Tuesday, April 23, and continues through Sunday, April 28; $30 to $80. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Wednesday preview; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m., Friday; 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday; and 1 and 6:30 p.m., Sunday. Visit for tickets and more information.

UA STUDIO SERIES UA Directing Studio. Arts Complex, Room 116, Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard. 621-1162. Alistair Beatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new translation of Max Frischâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Arsonists is staged at 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, April 11 through 13; and 2 p.m., Sunday, April 14; $7. Call 626-2686, or email for more information.

ARIZONA ROSE THEATRE COMPANY Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4875. The Fantasticks opens Saturday, April 20, and continues through Sunday, April 28. Showtimes are at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m., Sunday; $15, $13 senior or military, $8 child. Visit arizonarose. cc for tickets and more information.

CALL FOR STUNT ACTORS Trail Dust Town. 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. 2964551. Auditions for the Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros are held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 23. Employment is part-time in a Wild West, slapstick comedy involving pyrotechnics. Actors must be at least 18 and athletic.

UAPRESENTS: FELA! UA Centennial Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 6213364. Fela, a theatrical production based on the true story of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, is staged at 8 p.m., Friday, April 12; and 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, April 13; $40 to $65. Visit for tickets and more information.

INVISIBLE THEATRE Invisible Theatre. 1400 N. First Ave. 882-9721. Fox on the Fairway, a comedy about love and golf, opens with a preview on Tuesday, April 23, and continues through Sunday, May 12; $28. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Tuesday preview, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday. Call or visit for tickets and more information. Rush tickets are available at half-price, one half-hour before each performance. SANTA CRUZ SHOESTRING PLAYERS Community Performing Arts Center. 1250 W. Continental Road. Green Valley. 399-1750. The Mousetrap opens Friday, April 19, and continues through Saturday, April 27. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday, April 25; and 3 p.m., Sunday, April 21. Tickets are $15, $12 advance. Visit for tickets and more info. WINDING ROAD THEATER ENSEMBLE Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. Row After Row opens with a preview on Thursday, April 18, and continues through Sunday, May 5. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday preview; 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday; $20, $15 preview, $17 student, military, senior or theater artist. Call 401-3626, or visit for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS MAGICAL MYSTERY DINNER THEATER Magical Mystery Dinner Theater. 2744 E. Broadway Blvd 624-0172. Murder at the Vampireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wedding, a 2 1/2hour, interactive comedy whodunit that includes a threecourse dinner, takes place most Fridays and Saturdays; $29 to $42, includes dinner. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call for reservations or more information.

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CONTINUING ARIZONA REPERTORY THEATRE UA Marroney Theatre. 1025 N. Olive Road. 621-1162. 9, based on Federico Felliniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film 8 1/2, continues through Sunday, April 28. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., weeknights and Saturday; and 1:30 p.m., Sunday; dates may vary; $20 to $31. Call 621-1162, or visit tftv. for more information.


CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. 445 S. Alvernon Way. 8814200. Award-winning illusionists Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed present their 250th performance of Carnival of Illusion: An Evening of Intimate Magical Wonders at 6 and 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13; $29 to $40. Audience limited to 35. Call 615-5299, or visit for tickets and more info. COMEDY PLAYHOUSE Comedy Playhouse. 3620 N. First Ave. 260-6442. Henry Becqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s domestic comedy Woman of Paris continues through Sunday, April 28. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $18, $16 seniors and students. LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-4242. The Cemetery Club, a comedy about three widows who meet once a month, continues through Saturday, April 27. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $18. Call or visit for tickets and more info. RED BARN THEATRE Red Barn Theatre. 948 N. Main Ave. 622-6973. Improv jams and student showcases take place at 4 p.m., every Saturday through April 27; cash only, $5, $2, student with ID.





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ART OPENING THIS WEEK BLOCKS Blocks. 35 E. Toole Ave. 622-5858. A reception takes place at 9 p.m., Saturday, April 13, for Danny Martin’s ongoing sticker portrait project focusing on 1980s films, from obscure indie projects to the mega-popular Star Wars; free. DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN LITTLE GALLERY DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Little Gallery. 6300 N. Swan Road. 299-9191. Sacred Images: Indigenous Peoples, Wildlife and Historic Tucson, an exhibit of paintings, drawings and prints by Tazouz, opens Sunday, April 14, and continues through Saturday, April 20. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily; free. POTTER SIMON LEACH Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. A reception for potter Simon Leach takes place at 6 p.m., Friday, April 12, in the conference room. Slides and an exhibit of Leach’s work will be on display. Light refreshments will be served; free. Visit for additional information about upcoming events. TEMPLE GALLERY Temple Gallery. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 624-7370. Action/Reaction, an exhibit of works in oil by collaborators Simon Donovan and David Longwell, opens with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 12, and continues through Tuesday, June 4. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Call 622-2823, or e-mail for info. TUCSON ARTISTS’ OPEN STUDIOS More than 130 artists open more than 75 studios throughout Tucson to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14; free. Visit for maps and more information. TUCSON GLASS FESTIVAL AND STEAM OFF The STEAM OFF is a glass-blowing competition involving science, physics and engineering in making glass art. Competitions take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, at two locations simultaneously: The Sonoran Glass School, 633 W. 18th Street; and Philabaum Glass Gallery and Studio, 711 S. Sixth Ave.; $25 per day. Proceeds support youth programs at the school. Visit UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH Unitarian Universalist Church. 4831 E. 22nd St. 7481551. A retrospective of fiber art by the late Betsy Farmer opens with a reception from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, April 14, and continues through Sunday, May 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday through Friday; 11:45 to 1 p.m., Sunday; and by appointment Tuesday; free.

CONTINUING 2013 MASTER OF FINE ARTS THESIS EXHIBITION Joseph Gross Gallery. 1031 N. Olive Road, No. 108. 626-4215. An exhibit of works by candidates for a Master of Fine Arts continues through Tuesday, May 14. An artists’ reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 18. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. AGUA CALIENTE PARK RANCH HOUSE GALLERY Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery. 12325 E. Roger Road. 749-3718. Cacti and Critters, a collection of whimsical paintings by Pam Davidson, and Desert Wonders, a set of paintings by Kay Mitman, continue through Thursday, April 25. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Call 615-7855 for more info. ATLAS FINE ART SERVICES Atlas Fine Art Services. 41 S. Sixth Ave. 622-2139. Required Reading, a group exhibition of art works related to the written word, continues through Saturday, June 8. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, or by appointment; free. DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Davis Dominguez Gallery. 154 E. Sixth St. 629-9759. Origins: An Ongoing Installation, featuring paintings, works on paper and suspended opbjects by Tucson artists Katherine Josten, continues through Saturday, May 4. 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. DESERT ARTISANS’ GALLERY Desert Artisans’ Gallery. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-4412. Desert Dreams, an exhibit of work by several


local artists, 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. ENCAUSTIC INVITATIONAL Conrad Wilde Gallery. 439 N. Sixth Ave., Suite 195. 622-8997. An exhibit of encaustic work by 18 artists from throughout the U.S. continues through Saturday, April 27. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. HEY BABY! ART AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE The Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault annually sponsors an art event to engage the community in preventing sexual violence. Hey Baby! Light continues through Friday, May 3, at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress Street. An artists’ reception takes place there from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 13. The exhibit is on view 24 hours daily. Hey Baby! Edge, a collection of more challenging work suggested for ages 18 and older, opens with a party from 7 to 11 p.m., Friday, April 12, at Whistle Stop Depot, 127 W. Fifth St. The event features music by Quiet Please and DJ Eric Meyer as well as performance artists throughout the evening. Performers include FlightSchool Acrobatics, Pisa Cake, Safos Dance Theater, and Switchblade Parade Cabaret. Hey Baby! Edge is also displayed from 3 to 6 on Saturday, April 13; and 6 to 9 on Friday, April 19. Visit for more information. INDUSTRIA STUDIOS Industria Studios. 1441 E. 17th St. 235-0797. Inhumanity of ICE Detention, an exhibit of art and videography depicting the upheaval and dehumanization of detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, continues through Saturday, April 27. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. JOEL D. VALDEZ MAIN LIBRARY Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Exhibits of paintings by Maria Thomas, works made with paper by Sonoran collective PaperWorks, fiber works by the Tucson Handweavers and Spinners Guild, and The Other White Cube Project, featuring refrigerators as curated space, continue through Tuesday, April 30. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday; free. Call 7914010, or email KIRK-BEAR CANYON BRANCH LIBRARY Kirk-Bear Canyon Branch Library. 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. 594-5275. Fun With Images, an exhibit of collage works by nine members of the Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona, continues through Tuesday, April 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday; free. LOUIS CARLOS BERNAL GALLERY Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery. PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. 206-6942. The Annual Student Juried Exhibition continues through Friday, May 3. A reception from noon to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, includes a visual-arts awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday; free. Visit for more info. MARK SUBLETTE MEDICINE MAN GALLERY Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery. 6872 E. Sunrise Drive. 722-7798. Mark Bowles and Fred Borcherdt: New Works continues through Sunday, May 5. Borcherdt also signs his book Fred Borcherdt: 50 Years of Sculpture. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday; free. Visit for more information. 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. PORTER HALL GALLERY Porter Hall Gallery. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Windows, an exhibit of photography of the natural world by Vicky Stromee, continues through Friday, April 26. 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. SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD Picturas Chiquitas, an exhibit of small works by guild members, continues through Friday, April 26, at La Pilita Museum, 420 S. Main Street. A reception is held from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 13. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The All-Members’ Show, featuring 100 paintings, continues through Sunday, April 28, at the guild’s gallery, 5605

E. River Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Visit THEE COLLECTION AGENCY Thee Collection Agency. 222 E. Sixth St. (213) 4532637. Eco Graphia: Visual Writings of the Earth, collage works on paper by Linda Cato, continues through Saturday, April 20. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free.

exhibit Art of the West, works in pastels and colored pencil by Virginia Carroll and Becky Neideffer, continues through Tuesday, April 30. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except when lectures are taking place, generally at noon and 2 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays; free.


TOHONO CHUL EXHIBIT HALL Tohono Chul Exhibit Hall. Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. “Art in the Park,” an indepth and behind-the-scenes look at the park’s changing art and cultural exhibits, takes place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, through Thursday, May 23. Tom Bergin: Featured Artists, featuring Southwestern landscapes, continues through Sunday, April 21. Paper: From All Sides, an exhibit of the many characteristics of paper as interpreted by Tucson artists, continues through Sunday, April 21. Artworks in Glass continues through Sunday, June 23. An exhibit of student artwork from the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind runs 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.

MADARAS GALLERY Madaras Gallery. 3001 E. Skyline Road, Suite 101. 615-3001. Favorite Places, an exhibit of metal-print photos by Daniel Plumer, is featured at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 18; free.

TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT GALLERIES Tucson International Airport. 7250 S. Tucson Blvd. 573-8100. Exhibits of abstract paintings by local artists are featured throughout the airport galleries 24 hours daily; free. Lower Gallery: Longhorns and Landscapes by JoAnne Hungate continues through Tuesday, April 30. Center Gallery: Rhapsody in Hue, by Eileen Dudley and Kathryn Gastelum, continues through Friday, May 31. Upper Link Gallery: The Essence of Field by Dlyn Fairfax Parra continues through Sunday, June 30.


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. UNITY OF TUCSON Unity of Tucson. 3617 N. Camino Blanco. 577-3300. An exhibit featuring assemblage, mixed media and paintings by Patricia C. Bischof continues through Sunday, April 28. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. WOMANKRAFT WomanKraft. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976. Drawing Down the Muse, featuring art by women, continues through Saturday, May 25. An artists’ reception takes place from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, May 4. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday; free. YOU AND YOUR BIG IDEAS GALLERY You and Your Big Ideas Gallery. 174 E. Toole Ave. Tanline Printing Poster and Sticker Attack continues through Saturday, April 20. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 6 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday; free.

LAST CHANCE 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, closes Saturday, April 13. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. Call or visit for info. SOUTHWEST UNIVERSITY OF VISUAL ARTS FLORENCE QUATER GALLERY Southwest University of Visual Arts Florence Quater Gallery. 2538 N. Country Club Road. 325-0123. By Any Means, a national, juried exhibit featuring alternative photographic processes, closes Friday, April 12. Camden Hardy offers a pinhole-camera workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, April 12, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13; free. 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, closes Wednesday, April 17, in the lobby and No. 109. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Visit

OUT OF TOWN WESTERN NATIONAL PARKS ASSOCIATION KIVA GALLERY Western National Parks Association Kiva Gallery. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. The

ANNOUNCEMENTS SOUTHWESTERN LEAGUE OF FINE ARTISTS Ward 6 City Council Office. 3202 E. First St. 791-4601. Speakers, demonstrations and conversations among artists are featured at meetings from 1 to 3 p.m., the third Monday of every month. Members’ works are exhibited at the Old Pueblo Grille and at other sites throughout the year. Any artist is welcome to join the group.

EVENTS THIS WEEK ARIZONA HISTORY MUSEUM Arizona History Museum. 949 E. Second St. 6285774. Romans in Tucson? The Mystery of the Silverbell Artifacts, an exhibit of archaeological finds that some say may indicate the existence of a first-century Roman settlement in Tucson, continues through the summer. Several of the artifacts were featured in an episode of the H2 Channel’s America Unearthed. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; $5, $4 seniors and youth ages 12 through 18, free for members and younger children. ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM Arizona State Museum. 1013 E. University Blvd. 6216302. A World Separated by Borders, featuring the photography of Alejandra Platt-Torres, curated by Tucson Weekly arts editor Margaret Regan, continues through Saturday, Oct. 19. 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 for info. CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Center for Creative Photography. 1030 N. Olive Road. 621-7968. Lola Álvarez Bravo: The Photography of an Era continues through Sunday, June 23. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. Visit for more info. 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. TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. 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. The traditional holiday exhibit, El Nacimiento, runs through Saturday, June 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday; $10, $8 senior, $5 college student with ID, free age 18 or younger, active military or veteran with ID, and TMA members; free the first Sunday of every month. Visit for more info. UA LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS UA Library Special Collections. 1510 E. University Blvd. 621-6423. 50 Years: Civil Rights in Arizona from 1963 to Today, an exhibit of documents, photographs and papers from the Civil Rights era in Tucson, continues through Friday, Aug. 30. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Visit speccoll.library. for more information.



Through interviews and essays, a father/daughter team looks at the nature of our heat island existence



Water Worries

Mostly Books’ best-sellers for the week ending April 5, 2013


1. City of Bones Cassandra Clare ($12.99)


2. Outlander: A Novel, 20th Edition Diana Gabaldon ($35, autographed copies available)

Thinking Like a Watershed: Voices From the West Edited by Jack Loeffler and Celestia Loeffler

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

University of New Mexico Press $24.95; 280 pages

Celestia Loeffler, is a kind of guide to taking back Powell’s ideas and using them to change the region’s current no-win paradigm. “What we are forwarding in this project is governance from within the commons rather than from the top down,” Loeffler writes. “This is not to say to take out the federal government but to really increase the sense of responsibility from a population base within the commons and reorganize the system of laws that were erroneously wrought in the first place.” Through a series of interviews with, and essays by, regional luminaries such as Gary Paul Nabhan, William deBuys and Stewart Udall, the Loefflers explore what once was and what could have been. The book includes excellent essays on the history of Western water law; the watershed ethos and cultural adaptations of the Hopi, the Navajo, the Tohono O’odham and New Mexico’s Hispano culture; current trends in food culture; and the best practices for ranching in arid lands. Like most books of its kind, it’s both very depressing and stirring in its call to action and its insistence that bottom-up change is still possible. There is something so very attractive, so very calming about Powell’s and Jack Loeffler’s contention that the Southwest can be saved through rural lifeways. I don’t necessarily believe that—it all seems so Utopian—but the Loefflers certainly make a good case for it. “I do not find hope and light in the seats of centralized political power held in sway by corporated economics anywhere in this world,” Jack Loeffler writes in the book’s conclusion. “Rather, the great hope that I find lies in rural communities attuned to respective homeland where self-sustainability has been traditionally maintained for long enough to become a resilient culture of practice.” Perhaps the Southwest’s heat islands are done for, and those of us of who want to stay here post-exodus are going to have to learn how to do things differently, which means going back to first principles, reinterpreting the land’s own language and “reorganiz(ing) the system of laws that were erroneously wrought in the first place.” That’s a tall order indeed. Maybe we should all just go back to Detroit, to Chicago, to Milwaukee. But if you want to stay for the aftermath, let this book be your guide to a new life.

4. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Gregory Maguire ($7.99) 5. A Week in Winter Maeve Binchy ($26.95) 6. Left Neglected Lisa Genova ($16, autographed copies available) 7. Just One Day Gayle Foreman ($17.99, autographed copies available) 8. Flight Behavior: A Novel Barbara Kingsolver ($28.99) 9. Breaking Point C.J. Box ($26.95) 10. Tucson Hiking Guide Betty Leavengood ($16.99) Diana Gabaldon

CAROLYN O’BAGY DAVIS: DESERT TRADER Antigone Books. 411 N. Fourth Ave. 792-3715. Carolyn O’Bagy Davis discusses her book Desert Trader: The Life and Quilts of Goldie Tracy Richmond, at 7 p.m., Friday, April 12; free. Refreshments and a Q&A follow. Visit for more information. CLUES UNLIMITED BOOK CLUB Clues Unlimited. 3146 E. Fort Lowell Road. 326-8533. The club meets at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 14, to discuss Eliot Pattison’s Eye of the Raven, set in colonial America. CURIOSITY SYMPOSIUM: STORMS Casa Libre en la Solana. 228 N. Fourth Ave. 325-9145. The symposium meets at 7 p.m., Friday, April 12, to explore the creative potential of the topic “Storms.” Free. Participants may wish to bring a text, painting, song, poem or other means of expressing thoughts about the topic, as well food and drink. Call or visit EDGE 53: EMERGING AND YOUNGER WRITERS Casa Libre en la Solana. 228 N. Fourth Ave. 325-9145. Katherine Larson, Sarah de Leeuw and Eric Magrane read from their work at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17; $5 donation requested. Visit JAIME FATÁS: EARLY BOOKS LECTURE SERIES UA Library Special Collections. 1510 E. University Blvd. 621-6423. Jaime Fatás, director of translation and interpretation programs, presents “The Map of Cuauhtinchan No. 2: A Claim for Territorial Rights in 16th Century Mexico’s New World Order,” from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 16; free. The Early Books Lecture Series explores medieval texts held in the UA Libraries’ collections. TREASURES OF JEWISH LITERATURE Tucson Jewish Community Center. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000, ext. 106. Ruth Zerman leads discussions of the stories, folklore, poetry, plays and humor of such Jewish writers as Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Emma Lazarus and Sholom Asch, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16; 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 for more information. W. J. COCKE: A STUDY IN CALLIGRAPHY Barnes and Noble. 7325 N. La Cholla Blvd. 742-6402. W.J. Cock discusses his book, The Four Gospels: A Study of Calligraphy, which describes his process in writing the only calligraphic edition of any of the four gospels available in English, from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 13; free.

OUT OF TOWN LIBRARY BOOK SALE Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 594-5580. More than 20,000 books including art, children’s, history, humor, literature, mystery, romance, Southwest and sports books, are for sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 11; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 12; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 13; free admission. CDs, DVDs and other media also available LILI DE BARBIERI: A GUIDE TO SOUTHERN ARIZONA’S HISTORIC FARMS AND RANCHES Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Lili DeBarbieri discusses and signs her book about the terrain, heritage, culture, working life and cuisine of Arizona’s historic farms and ranches, at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 11; $7.50 includes admission to tour the park. Call or visit for more information. NANCY CASTALDO

suspect that very few of us living in the Southwest’s urban heat islands these days think much about the idea of “commons” unless we’re talking about the pool and hot-tub controlled by the protofascists on our HOA’s board of directors. Indeed the very idea of commons—those resources that, ideally, we would all own together: the water, the land, the air—is anathema to the radical right wing that controls Arizona and seems to get its ideas about private property and public policy from the black-and-white Westerns made at Old Tucson in its heyday. That the Southwest, especially Arizona, has over the last century or so been one of the most “socialized” landscapes in American history tends to be willfully forgotten when it comes to making utilitarian political myths out of real history. The truth is that the big public works projects of the last century, those great monumental dams that ruined the Colorado River delta, the Grand Canyon and Glen Canyon (to name just a few casualties of the Era of Reclamation), were just as bad an idea, in hindsight, as the current retroLibertarian mood that pervades Maricopa County. But we can do nothing with the lessons of hindsight. Perhaps it’s too late for us. Surely there is too much against us at this point. Instead of addressing climate change, drought, outmoded water laws and all the other problems that our region faces, our absurd, naive and dangerous political class worries more about reaching pre-2008 growth numbers again. We will all be judged harshly by the future. There was once a model for the settlement of arid America that many believe, in hindsight, of course, would have made human society in this desert far more sustainable than it is today. Before the West had been overrun by settlers and speculators and there was no turning back, the great one-armed explorer John Wesley Powell famously imagined a region dotted with small Jeffersonian farming communities, founded and governed based on the land’s own language. Powell “forwarded the notion that the arid lands west of 100th meridian should be seen as a mosaic of watershed commonwealths governed largely from within,” writes Jack Loeffler, a radio producer and writer who has been exploring and chronicling the many moods and personalities of the Southwest for decades. Loeffler’s new book, which he edits with his daughter, Colorado-based writer and producer

AUTHOR TALK: J.E. GURLEY Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. J.E. Gurley, author of Hell Rig, Shadow Walker, Ice Station Zombie and seven other novels discusses his dark fiction from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13; free.

POETRY ENCOUNTER: CELEBRATING NATIONAL POETRY MONTH Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 594-5580. UA Poetry Center docent presents





from 10 a.m. to noon, on the second Thursday of every month; free. Call or visit for more info.


poetry by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway, and poems that speak to our unique Southwest culture and environment, from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16; free. STORIES FROM THE MIGRANT TRAIL Old Arivaca Schoolhouse. 17180 W. Fourth St. Arivaca. 398-0339. Tucson Weekly arts editor Margaret Regan, author of The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories From the Arizona Borderlands; and Kathryn Ferguson, Norma Price and Ted Parks, co-authors of Crossing With the Virgin: Stories From the Migrant Trail read short passages from their books and talk about their experiences at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 14; free.

UPCOMING DENATURIALIZING NATURE POETRY Casa Libre en la Solana. 228 N. Fourth Ave. 325-9145. Geographer-poets Sarah de Leeuw and Eric Magrane lead a workshop, “Denaturializing Nature Poetry and the Geography of Ecopoetics: A Workshop on Thinking and Doing,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 20; $40. Email to register. Visit for more information. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE Friends Book Barn. 2230 N. Country Club Road. 7953763. Recently discarded library books and DVDs are for sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Monday, April 19 through 22; free admission. Books are halfprice Sunday, and $7 per bag Monday. Gift certificates are available. LIBRARY EXHIBITIONS UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. Maps, an exhibit considering how poets use the concept of maps to explore space, place and the passage of time closes Wednesday, April 17. Poems and original documents about their authors’ relationships to their causes are featured in Social Justice Poets which opens Monday, April 22, and continues through Wednesday, June 26. Hattie Lockett and the UA Student Contest Broadside Exhibition open Wednesday, May 1, and continues through Saturday, June 8. 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 MARY WILLIAMS: THE LOST DAUGHTER Antigone Books. 411 N. Fourth Ave. 792-3715. Mary Williams, born into the Black Panther movement and adopted as a teenager by Jane Fonda, reads from her book The Lost Daughter: A Memoir at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19. A Q&A and refreshments follow. PROSE AND POETRY READINGS Unless otherwise indicated, readings are at 7 p.m., in the UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St.; free. Thursday, April 18: Persona, readings from the UA’s undergraduate literary journal. Sunday, April 21, at 1 p.m.: Corrido Contest Award Concert. Monday, April 22: Brent Hendricks and Nicole Walker, prose. Thursday, April 25: Latino/a Poetry Now with J. Michael Martínez, Carmen Giménez Smith and Roberto Tejada. Wednesday and Thursday, May 1 and 2: Creative Writing MFA Graduate Student Readings. Thursday, May 16: Poetry Center Classes and Workshops Showcases. Visit poetry. for more information. STEVEN M. PAINTER: TAKE HER FOR A RIDE Mostly Books. 6208 E. Speedway Blvd. 571-0110. Steven M. Painter signs his novel about saving a movie studio from financial ruin in the Great Depression by making horror movies with the era’s biggest stars, from 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 20; free. TRICKHOUSE LIVE Casa Libre en la Solana. 228 N. Fourth Ave. 325-9145. Jacks MacNamara, Carlyn Huckleberry Arteaga and Oscar Jimenez perform their work from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 18; $5 suggested donation. Search for “Trickhouse Live” on Facebook for more information.

NOOK 101 Barnes and Noble. 7325 N. La Cholla Blvd. 742-6402. Learn how to get the most out of the Nook eBook reader from 4 to 5 p.m., every Monday and Wednesday; free. Call for a reservation. RIVER READERS BOOK CLUB Dusenberry River Branch Library. 5605 E. River Road. 594-5345. Adults read and discuss popular fiction titles recommended by group members at 6:30 p.m., on the third Tuesday of every month; free. THIRD WEDNESDAY FICTION GROUP Mostly Books. 6208 E. Speedway Blvd. 571-0110. A group meets to discuss a work of fiction at 7 p.m., the third Wednesday of every month; free.

LECTURES EVENTS THIS WEEK ALBRECHT CLASSEN: GREENING OF THE EAST-WEST GERMAN BORDER Himmel Park Branch Library. 1035 N. Treat Ave. 5945305. UA distinguished professor in German studies Albrecht Classen discusses the reversion to natural habitat of the area once occupied by the border between East and West Germany, from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 15; free. BREAKFAST WITH FATEH GHOSN Temple Emanu-El. 225 N. Country Club Road. 3274501. Lebanon native Fateh Ghosn of the UA’s School of Government and Public Policy presents “United States Foreign Policy: A Middle East Perspective” at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Tucson Great Decisions Association from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Thursday, April 11; $12, $10 member, $2 less in advance. Visit or call 326-3018 for reservations and more information. GEORGE HANSON: THE MUSIC OF GUSTAV MAHLER Jewish Community Center. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000. Tucson Symphony Orchestra conductor George Hanson presents “Gustav Mahler and His First Symphony: Symphony Meets Klezmer” at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 14; free. Call 882-8585 for more info. UA SCIENCE CAFÉ Cushing Street Restaurant and Bar. 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984. Members of The Carson Scholars, a group of graduate students who focus on environmentally related fields, discuss “Wildlife Forensic Genetics and a Regional Mountain Lion Database for Arizona,” at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 16; free. Food and beverages are available for purchase. WILL CORDEIRO: ROUGH TRADE-OFFS McClelland Park Building. 650 N. Park Ave. 6214979. Ph.D. candidate Will Cordeiro presents “Rough Trade-Offs: Sex, Capitalism, and Genre-Queering in The London Merchant,” from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 11.

OUT OF TOWN BASEBALL IN TERRITORIAL ARIZONA Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Bisbee baseball historian and author Mike Anderson talks about baseball’s earliest days in Arizona, using early photos of players and teams in Southern Arizona, at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13; free. He also signs his new book, Warren Ballpark. THE DESERT IN BLOOM Joyner-Green Valley Branch Library. 601 N. La Cañada Drive. Green Valley. 594-5295. Representatives of Tohono Chul Park give an illustrated presentation about how to identify spring wildflowers in the Sonoran Desert, at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 16; free. Attendees may take home wildflower seeds.

ANNOUNCEMENTS ABBETT BOOK CHOICES Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library. 7800 N. Schisler Drive. 594-5200. Members meet to discuss popular titles recommended by other group members, at 2 p.m., the third Wednesday of every month; free. 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. CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE BOOK CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Oro Valley. 594-5580. Current literary fiction is the topic


UPCOMING DISCOVER ART Woods Memorial Branch Library. 3455 N. First Ave. 594-5445. UA Museum of Art docent Johanna Stein presents “Pfeiffer Collection: An Essay in Social Realism,” from 2 to 3 p.m., Friday, April 19; free. LORD IAN STRATHCARRON: MARK TWAIN CyraCom International. 2801 E. Elvira Road. 7459447. British Mark Twain expert Lord Ian Strathcarron, founder of the English-Speaking Union, presents “The Indian Equator: Mark Twain’s India Revisited” at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 18; freewill donations support Shakespeare in the Schools.

CINEMA Ahead of the fourth film in the series, the original ‘Jurassic Park’ returns in 3D

The Rippling Glass of Water Returns BY COLIN BOYD, hat tousled-hair trio from Hanson is hitting the road this year. Ordinarily, a Hanson tour means close to nothing. But this is special: Coordinated around a new album, the boys behind “MMMBop” are using the tour to commemorate their 21st year as a band. Wow. Sit with that. While you may not harbor any particular nostalgia for Hanson, 2013 marks another pop culture anniversary sure to make you feel old: Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park has returned to theaters, where it became one of the largest successes in motion picture history 20 years ago. At the time, it held the record for the largest worldwide box office, one of Spielberg’s four films among the top 20 all-time when you adjust for inflation. How big was it? Only three films released in the next 10 years made more money around the world—Titanic, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and The Lion King. But lest we get distracted by the raw numbers, Jurassic Park is back in 3-D, and goddamn it, it’s an exceptional film. It has aged very well, all things considered, like many of Spielberg’s other finely crafted multiplex classics. But it’s important for a biographical reason, too: This is Steven Spielberg’s last theme park ride (literally and figuratively). The movies got more serious; he’d win the elusive Best Director and Best Picture awards for Schindler’s List less than a year later. Spielberg would try to recapture the popcorn movie magic from time to time and never could. Most of his can’t-miss blockbusters that followed Jurassic Park missed. There is more you may have forgotten about this than you may have remembered. The T-rex scene, one of the great reveals of the movies, is still indelible. The velociraptors, too, are incredibly familiar. We’ve learned since that the raptors should be covered in feathers—they’re one of the species that provide us with a road map from dinos to birds—but that wasn’t known in 1993 and Spielberg makes no attempt to revise history here, as he did with his E.T. rerelease a decade ago. But if you haven’t seen the film in a while, it may surprise you that Samuel L. Jackson is in this thing, or how much legit scientific exposition we get from the chaos specialist Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), among others. Evolution is not treated as being in any way controversial, which is refreshing for those of us who believe there is no “controversy” to teach in the first place. In the years that followed, summer block-


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Joseph Mazzelo sees some really big dinosaurs in Jurassic Park 3D. busters became really stupid. As a producer of the Transformers trilogy, Spielberg bears some of that criticism, but revisiting this film makes you wonder why Hollywood decided dumber movies would make more money. We’ve been on an upswing lately, thankfully enough, but when people decry the lowest common denominator stuff from the studios, it’s not Jurassic Park they’re indicting; this is actually a really smart movie. It’s also hailed as a landmark in CGI, and it’s true that a lot of the dinosaur effects were computer-generated. But for close-up stuff, that’s the realm of the late, great Stan Winston. His animatronic T-rex was 20 feet tall and weighed several tons. Now, of course, they wouldn’t spend the money on animatronics now, although it’s worth pointing out that nobody has improved on these dinosaurs over the past two decades. And Spielberg directs the hell out of the key action scenes—that’s why the emergence of the T. rex, signaled by a ripple in a glass of water, is still etched in our minds today. There are a handful of scenes just like that in Jurassic Park, and it’s worth seeing them again in all their glory. The problems here are tiny and a byproduct simply of how much time has passed. At one point, the granddaughter of the billionaire tycoon who created the park marvels at the

Jurassic Park 3D Rated PG-13 Starring Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and dinosaurs Directed by Steven Spielberg Universal, 127 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) and Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 (806-4275).

technology in the auto-piloted SUVs that lead the tours. “An interactive CD-ROM,” she exclaims wildly. Computer jargon and the entire IT universe running the park that were so ahead of the times to a 1993 audience are laughable today. While those examples may indicate how far we’ve come, Spielberg’s absolute control of this film shows us how far we still haven’t come in many ways. The structure of the story—criticized at the time for stripping away too much of Michael Crichton’s novel—is solid and effective. There aren’t too many characters to go around, the pacing of the tension is still terrific and the payoffs are as good as they were 20 years ago. In short, Jurassic Park holds up better than you’d expect, and it’s still a fantastic ride. APRIL 11–17, 2013



N O W P L AY I N G Film titles reflect the most current listings available as of Tuesday evening, with screenings beginning on Friday for most opening titles. As schedules at individual theaters frequently change post-press, we recommend calling ahead to avoid any inconvenience.

AMC Loews Foothills 15 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. 888-262-4386. Films are Thu-Wed unless otherwise noted 42 (PG-13) Admission (PG-13) ends Thu The Call (R) The Croods (PG) The Croods 3D (PG) Evil Dead (R) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13) G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3D (PG-13) The Host (PG-13) Jurassic Park (PG-13) Jurassic Park 3D (PG-13) Jurassic Park: An IMAX 3D Experience (PG-13) Olympus Has Fallen (R) Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) The Place Beyond the Pines (R) Fri-Wed Scary Movie 5 (PG-13) Fri-Wed Spring Breakers (R) ends Thu

Trance (R) Fri-Wed Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (PG-13)

Century El Con 20 3601 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 902. Listening devices and closed captioning are available. Films are Thu-Wed unless otherwise noted 42 (PG-13) Admission (PG-13) The Call (R) The Croods (PG) The Croods 3D (PG) Evil Dead (R) Exhibition: Manet —Portraying Life (Not Rated) Thu G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13) G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3D (PG-13) The Host (PG-13) Jurassic Park (PG-13) Jurassic Park 3D (PG-13) Olympus Has Fallen (R) Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) Oz the Great and Powerful 3D (PG) ends Thu The Place Beyond the Pines (R) Scary Movie 5 (PG-13) Fri-Wed Silver Linings Playbook (R) Spring Breakers (R) ends Thu Trance (R) Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (PG-13)

Century Gateway 12 770 N. Kolb Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 962. Listening devices and closed captioning are available. Films are Thu-Wed unless otherwise noted 6 Souls (R) Thu Argo (R) Dead Man Down (R) Emperor (PG-13) A Good Day to Die Hard (R) Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (R) Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D (R) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D (PG-13) Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13) Fri-Wed Jack the Giant Slayer 3D (PG-13) Fri-Wed The Last Exorcism Part II (PG-13) ends Thu Life of Pi (PG) Life of Pi 3D (PG) Lincoln (PG-13) Safe Haven (PG-13) Snitch (PG-13) Fri-Wed Warm Bodies (PG-13)

Century Park Place 20 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 903. Listening devices and closed captioning are available. Films are Thu-Wed unless

otherwise noted 42 (PG-13) Admission (PG-13) The Call (R) The Croods (PG) The Croods 3D (PG) Evil Dead (R) Exhibition: Manet -- Portraying Life (Not Rated) Thu G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13) G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3D (PG-13) The Host (PG-13) Jurassic Park (PG-13) Jurassic Park 3D (PG-13) Olympus Has Fallen (R) Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) Oz the Great and Powerful 3D (PG) Scary Movie 5 (PG-13) Fri-Wed Spring Breakers (R) ends Thu Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (PG-13)

Thu Evil Dead (R) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13) G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3D (PG-13) The Gatekeepers (PG-13) Ginger & Rosa (PG-13) ends Thu The Host (PG-13) Jurassic Park (PG-13) Jurassic Park 3D (PG-13) Olympus Has Fallen (R) Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) Oz the Great and Powerful 3D (PG) ends Thu Scary Movie 5 (PG-13) Fri-Wed

Cinema La Placita La Placita Village, Broadway Boulevard and Church Avenue 326-5282. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (PG) Sat

Century Theatres at the Crossroads 6 Grand Cinemas Oro Valley 4811 E. Grant Road. 327-7067. Marketplace 12155 N. Oracle Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 899. Listening devices and closed captioning are available. Films are Thu-Wed unless otherwise noted 42 (PG-13) Admission (PG-13) The Call (R) The Croods (PG) The Croods 3D (PG) ends

Thu titles unless otherwise noted Arizona International Film Festival Fri, Sat ( Amour (PG-13) Argo (R) Django Unchained (R) A Good Day to Die Hard (R) The Impossible (PG-13) Life of Pi (PG)

Lincoln (PG-13) Les Misérables (PG-13) Safe Haven (PG-13) Searching for Sugar Man (PG-13) Side Effects (R) Bodies (PG-13) Zero Dark Thirty (R)

Fox Tucson Theatre 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. No films this week.

Gallagher Theater UA Student Union, 1303 E. University Blvd. 626-0370. Zero Dark Thirty (R) Thu

Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz. 806-4275. Thu titles: 42 (PG-13) The Call (R) The Croods (PG) The Croods 3D (PG) Evil Dead (R) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13) G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3D (PG-13) The Host (PG-13) Identity Thief (R) The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13) Jurassic Park (PG-13) Jurassic Park 3D (PG-13) Olympus Has Fallen (R) Oz the Great and Powerful (PG)

Spring Breakers (R) Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (PG-13)

The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Call 795-0844 to check handicap accessibility Army of Darkness (R) Sat Ballet in HD: Don Quixote (Not Rated) Thu Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (R) Thu The Evil Dead (NC-17) Sat Evil Dead 2 (R) Sat From Up on Poppy Hill (PG) Fri-Wed The Gatekeepers (PG-13) Thu-Wed Ginger & Rosa (PG-13) Thu-Wed Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (R) Sun; Tue Like Someone in Love (Not Rated) Fri-Wed Lore (Not Rated) Thu-Wed No (R) Fri-Wed No Retreat No Surrender (PG) Mon On the Road (R) Thu Quartet (PG-13) Thu-Wed Rectify (Not Rated) Tue Searching for Sugar Man (PG-13) Thu The Sorcerer and the White Snake (PG-13) Thu Spring Breakers (R) FriWed The Thin Red Line (R) Wed Wayne’s World (PG-13) Fri-Wed

Oracle View 4690 N. Oracle Road. 292-2430. Films are Thu-Wed unless otherwise noted Argo (R) Django Unchained (R) A Good Day to Die Hard (R) Fri-Wed Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (R) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13) Jack Reacher (PG-13) ends Thu The Last Exorcism Part II (PG-13) Fri-Wed Life of Pi (PG) Fri-Wed Lincoln (PG-13) ends Thu Mama (PG-13) Les Misérables (PG-13) ends Thu Parental Guidance (PG) Rise of the Guardians (PG) Wreck-It Ralph (PG) Zero Dark Thirty (R)

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How much evil can you stand in Evil Dead? bad things happen to them. Blackmore has an especially harrowing sequence with an electric carving knife, while Lucas takes shaving with a broken mirror shard a little too far. I will say this for the new Evil Dead: Its gore effects are spectacular. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of old school, practical makeup effects up there on the screen, and some true freakout moments. When CGI is employed, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done well, but the stuff that will stick with you is plain, old-fashioned gooey stuff poured on performers and shooting out of their mouths. Levy and Pucci put this one over the top for me. They are very good and their characters work in the Evil Dead universe. Fernandez is the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest flaw. Somebody with more charisma or likability wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve served the film better. Hey â&#x20AC;Ś itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rare we get a good horror film these days. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m putting the new Evil Dead just below Mama and Sinister as mildly recommended horror. I would also put this alongside

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FILM CLIPS Reviews by Colin Boyd, Casey Dewey and Bob Grimm.




Written by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and directed by relative newcomer Goro Miyazaki, this is a surprisingly straightforward piece of Japanese animation that doesn’t involve any fantasy elements. The story is about kids in Yokohama circa 1963 simply trying to find their way and fight for a few causes. The central character is Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger in the dubbed version for the U.S.), a young girl who lost her dad in the war and finds herself liking a boy who may or may not be the right choice for various reasons. The movie looks great (as product from the acclaimed Studio Ghibli often does) and it tells a sweet story. The Loft will be screening it in both subtitled and dubbed versions. Other dubbed vocal cast members include Anton Yelchin, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ron Howard. Grimm LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

If you’re familiar with Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s work, you know his films often have the barest of plots. Like Someone in Love is no exception, and it might be his most meandering film yet. In Tokyo, Akiko (Rin Takanashi) is a university student moonlighting as a call girl. Her pimp sends her to a retired sociology professor who would rather talk paintings and regional soup then get down to business. When the professor drops her off at school the next day, he’s confronted by Akiko’s hot-headed fiance, who confuses him with her grandfather and asks him for permission to marry her. None of this really matters; Kiarostami is not interested in advancing stories as much as he’s interested in watching people try to relate to each other, no matter how tedious it becomes. You’ll have checked out long before this film comes to an abrupt end. Dewey NO

Political satire is a double-edged sword. When it works, it really stands out. When it doesn’t, it’s suicide. No, a Best Foreign Language Film nominee from Chile, cuts like a knife. It’s the unusual story of the marketing campaign launched in that country in 1988 to help bounce the ruthless Augusto Pinochet from office. That alone would make for a good film, but No is entirely self-aware, casting faces we see in the actual “No” campaign into the fabric of the film, shot 25 years later. A fine performance by Gael Garcia Bernal as the ad exec behind the campaign anchors the film, which was shot on three-quarterinch videotape, the kind common in TV news at the time, making No a unique-looking, and unique look at history. Boyd


Hitting the right notes in animation and humor surprisingly often, The Croods is one of the better 3-D cartoon experiences, solidified by a strong turn in the vocal booth by Nicolas Cage. The story is fundamentally very simple: The last Neanderthal family (the Croods) makes a mad dash for the future. Their world is ending and with the help of a Homo sapien named Guy (Ryan Reynolds), they might have the brain power they need to make the jump. A rather specious view of human evolution notwithstanding, The Croods is a fun jaunt of a family film, with just enough dark sarcasm to show the adults are paid some attention. But it’s really all about the vibrant 3-D and Cage’s terrific voice work. He leads a pretty impressive cast (Emma Stone, Reynolds, Cloris Leachman and Catherine Keener) out of the Stone Age. Boyd THE HOST

From the toxic pen of Stephenie Meyer comes this atrocity about an alien race of psychedelic sperm “bonding” with humans and taking over their bodies and minds. In the future, the planet has been overrun except for pockets of resisters, one of them being Melanie (Saoirse Ronan). But Melanie’s luck runs out, and she’s bonded with an alien and becomes Wanda. Wanda starts hearing Melanie’s voice in her head, begins arguing with herself, and the film becomes just about the dumbest thing you will ever see. Wanda makes it to a desert commune where her uncle (William Hurt) is harvesting wheat in a rock. She has two boys after her, one of them being Melanie’s ex and the other being somebody who just doesn’t mind getting it on with an alien as long as said alien is inhabiting a hot American girl’s body. Seriously, I can’t believe this thing even happened. Stay away, for the good of your health and all of mankind. Grimm 44 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM


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Louis C.K.: Oh My God Saturday, April 13 (HBO) Stand-Up Special: Sorry, you can’t download this one—not yet, anyway. Oh My God, Louis C.K.’s fifth stand-up special (recorded February in Phoenix, one of the most humorless cities in ‘Merica, at least going by my interactions with inlaws), hits upon his usual topics, the D3 of divorce, death and dumbasses, as well as a new riff that could be the best summation of dating ever committed to tape. This is also C.K.’s best stand-up special to date, a tight hour with the surprisingly positive undertone that life is good because, hey, we’re not part of the food chain anymore (someone has obviously not been watching The Walking Dead).

Veep Sunday, April 14 (HBO) Season Premiere: In the secondseason opener of Veep, HBO’s most overlooked comedy, Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia-Louis Dreyfus) makes the most deadly workplace mistake of them all, even if your workplace is the White House: asking for more involvement and responsibility—and then getting it. Whereas NBC’s political sitcom 1600 Penn failed because it wouldn’t/couldn’t get nasty and profane, the Curb Your West Wing Enthusiasm of Veep works spectacularly because Dreyfus and her staff (including Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky and Matt Walsh) are completely unafraid to look like the narcissistic, clueless assholes you imagine/know politicians to be. Not that the cast needed any more firepower, but the mighty Gary Cole joins Veep this season as an even slimier version of policy strategist Karl Rove.

Nurse Jackie Sunday, April 14 (Showtime) Season Premiere: The Only TV Column That Matters™ still isn’t convinced that Nurse Jackie is a comedy, or a drama, it’s just … there. And annoying. Not that Edie Falco isn’t still excellent as kindarehabbed pill-popping NYC RN Jackie Peyton; it’s just the rest of the already-

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weak supporting cast seems to be fading into the wallpaper—even formerly reliable comic foil Dr. O’Hara (Eve Best) ain’t what she used to be. Why Nurse Jackie is now entering Season 5 while Showtime killed off the superior United States of Tara at three is beyond me, but maybe things will turn around this year (as an addict would say).

The ’80s Sunday, April 14 (National Geographic) Miniseries: Too bad VH1 and other networks have already ruined the ’80s with endless talking-head snarkfests, not to mention hipsters’ insufferably ironic and superficial co-opting of the era (please, tell me more about Phil Collins, Tyler); otherwise, National Geographic’s competent The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us wouldn’t seem like such a late-to-theparty knockoff. So what if it’s factually sound and narrated earnestly by Rob Lowe? All I can hear is some mustachioed pinhead yammering on about how “awesome” Knight Rider and Hall & Oates are. No thank you.

Defiance Monday, April 15 (Syfy) Series Debut: Unlike TNT’s Falling Skies, cable’s other aliens-donewrecked-my-planet sci-fi drama, Syfy’s Defiance presents no less than seven non-human races to keep track of—and, even more impressive, a survivor of Liz & Dick (Han Solo-lite leading man Grant Bowler). Defiance is set in 2046, 30 years after an alien rainbow coalition known as the Votans stumbled upon and accidentally terraformed Earth into the ecological wasteland the hippies have always warned us about; tensions are high and resources are scarce, but at least they still listen to Johnny Cash. Despite the impressive F/X and deep, front-loaded mythology, Defiance is essentially a Western about disparate folks fighting for scraps the New World—right down to the uneasy alliance between the town mayor (Julie Benz) and the local whorehouse proprietor (Mia Kirshner). Saddle up.

DVD Roundup Django Unchained A former slave (Jamie Foxx) and a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) kill every whitey in the South to a sweet soundtrack while looking cool as hell. Pretty much like every other Quentin Tarantino movie, just more semi-historical. (Anchor Bay)

The Haunting in Connecticut 2 A good-lookin’ couple (Chad Michael Murray and Abigail Spencer) and their daughter move into a creepy countryside house nowhere near Connecticut, then slave ghosts and Katee Sackhoff show up and ruin everything. (Lionsgate)

Not Suitable for Children When a happy-go-lucky young dude (True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten) learns that his sperm will be swimmer-less in a month, he needs to find a woman to impregnate pronto! He could just freeze some, but wackiness wouldn’t ensue. (Well Go USA)

Save the Date Sarah (Lizzy Caplan) breaks up with her annoying fiancée on the eve of her sister’s (Alison Brie) wedding to his bandmate (Martin Starr). Lessons: Don’t date musicians, and Caplan and Brie should be together in all movies all the time. (IFC Films)

State of Emergency An explosion at a military bioweapons plant causes most of the inhabitants of town to become flesh-eating zombies— which is the same plot as Zombie Strippers, the 2008 tour de force starring Jenna Jameson. Netflix that, instead. (Image) More New DVD Releases (April 16) Angels of Sex, At the Gate of the Ghost, The Columbian Connection, Crazy Enough, Dragon, Escapee, Fraggle Rock: Season 2, Small Apartments, Sugartown, This Is Our Time

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BY RITA CONNELLY, com afé Poca Cosa is what’s known as a ‘destination’ restaurant, which means that, thanks to plenty of national press, people travel to downtown Tucson just to eat there. But we had two very different dining experiences, which made me wonder about the place. Part of the charm of Café Poca Cosa is how the menu is presented. Servers bring a chalkboard listing the day’s dishes to the table. Then the server explains each dish in detail. There are usually several beef dishes, a couple of poultry dishes, a vegetarian plate and a seafood choice. And there’s also the Plato Poca Cosa, where diners throw caution to the wind and let the chef determine their meal (you’ll get three items). All meals are served with fresh fruit and mixed greens as well as churro beans, white rice flecked with corn and warm corn tortillas. At lunch, our server couldn’t be bothered to bring the chalkboard menu to the table once we said we’d been there before. She gave a cursory rundown of the items, saying something like “there are some chicken dishes, some beef dishes.” But at dinner, our vivacious young server went all out. She explained the differences in the three beef dishes that night; she pointed out which one was spiciest; and she laughed when I wrinkled my nose at the thought of a green corn tamale being topped with a carrot sauce. By time she was done, we knew our options in detail. At lunch, we were tucked into a corner in the raised area between the entrance and the private dining room. At dinner, we got a window seat in the stylish main dining room and were able get a better look at the dark red walls, the religious art and the sparkly lights in the curvy bar area. At lunch, a somewhat harried busser brought chips and salsa to the table. The chips tasted like something out of a bag and the salsa was a bit too thick. The chips and salsa didn’t improve much at dinner, but the busser actually greeted us and asked how we were. At both meals we ordered the Plato Poca Cosa. One lunch plate ($15) held pollo pipian verde with pistachios, pastel elote con pintos and the asada crema con aguacate (avocado). The other had pollo con crema en ancho, pastel elote con carne and pescado con lentil a Mexicanas (all spellings are from the chalkboard, readers—there’s no other menu).

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The Plato Poca Cosa from Café Poca Cosa. At dinner, ($25) one plate consisted of carne asada, pollo con crema e serrrano and the pastel elote topped with apples. The other plate had machaca, carne bravo and the aforementioned elote con zanahoria (carrot). After plunking down our plates, the lunch server told us what was on each plate without further explanation and barely a smile. The food came to the table on the wrong side of lukewarm, which I’m sure affected the flavors. We had waited a considerable time, so I’m assuming that our meal sat waiting in the kitchen, which would explain the temperature and texture (for instance, the fruit was soggy) of everything on the plates. We didn’t get any beans and the white rice was as cool as the rest of the food. The entrées in general were uninspiring. The pipian, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, was bland and tough. The beef got lost under all the lettuce and veggies on the plate. My chicken crema was dressed in what tasted like turkey gravy. The fish, which had been cooked in foil, had no zing and was barely warm. The elotes were interchangeable. Which had beef? Which had beans? But at dinner, everything was different. We had ordered two house margaritas ($6) and were not quite halfway through them when our food arrived. While it wasn’t piping hot, the temperature was a marked improvement from lunch. Our server even bade us a hearty “Enjoy.” I was pleasantly surprised by both the tamales. The carrot topping had a sweet/savory flavor and the masa had been cooked nicely. The apples on the other tamale were toothsome and had a hint of cinnamon. Not as sweet as apple pie, but a nice complement to the masa. The carne asada and carne bravo were similar; the asada had a nice, lingering grill taste and the carne bravo was full of the flavors of

Café Poca Cosa 110 E. Pennington St. 622-6400; Pluses: Great beef options Minuses: Inconsistent service and food Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday

Mexico. Both were tender and juicy. The machaca was a nice rendition of this classic dish. All the ingredients came together in perfect balance. This time the pollo crema was tender and had come together nicely with the soft, creamy sauce. Even the salad was better. And this time we got beans, which worked well placed in a warm tortilla with a bit of one of the entrées. To end our meal, we picked the Plato Poca Cosa dessert ($12). It included blueberry cheesecake, chocolate mousse and an orange/ almond cupcake. The cheesecake was our least favorite. While the tiny rectangle had the proper consistency, it was missing any tang. Perhaps that was because of the blueberries that had been mixed in. A riot of fresh, mixed fruit topped it off. The mousse had a crumbly crust and a passel of airy whipped cream on top. It was properly chocolate-y and delicious. And the cupcake was outstanding. There was a smack of orange, more than a hint of almond and a buttery moistness, and it was topped with a sugary icing. Café Poca Cosa has been a star in Tucson’s dining constellation for many years. Perhaps time has dimmed the shine a bit. But with all the new restaurants downtown, Café Poca Cosa can’t afford to rest on its laurels.

Some fresh paint, a new pop of color and a wall mural along the side of the building at 722 N. Stone Ave. caught my attention while driving the other day. It’s the home of The Tasteful Kitchen, one of the few all-vegetarian establishments in town. Open a few years now, it has about 30 seats. The owners, sisters Keanne and Sigret Thompson, spoke to me about how keeping it small and personal has been their goal all along. They also have two monthly cooking classes and periodic “Movie Nights.” The restaurant is open for dinner only, Wednesday through Sunday. And because of the limited seating, a reservation is strongly suggested. Call 250-9600. To check out the menu, go to

Saguaro Corners Open The newest venture by the folks that have been running the Sawmill Run Restaurant on Mount Lemmon is open. Saguaro Corners Ice House, 3750 S. Old Spanish Trail, opened April 1. The Latin menu features tapas and tacos. It’s open daily starting at 11 a.m. For more info, call 886-2020.

La Madrina Pizza Is Closing La Madrina, 7872 N. Oracle Road, is closing at the end of April. It’s sad to see an establishment that has been around for 28 years forced to pull the plug. When I called to find out why, the owners gave an all-too-common reason: It wasn’t profitable anymore.

Slow Food Southern Arizona’s First Annual Dinner You can experience Slow Food Southern Arizona’s first Local Food, Beer & Wine Tasting from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 18, at The Lodge on the Desert. Participants in the festivities include Acacia, Feast, Pasco, Nimbus, 1055 Brewing, Dragoon Brewing, Borderlands Brewing, Dos Cabezas, Callaghan Vineyards, Kief-Joshua Vineyards and Flying Leap Vineyards. The event also features live music. The cost is $35 for non-SFSA members and $25 for members. Attendance will be limited to 250. For more details, go to Lodge on the Desert is at 306 N. Alvernon Way.

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CHOW SCAN Chow Scan is the Weeklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selective guide to Tucson restaurants. Only restaurants that our reviewers recommend are included. Complete reviews are online at Chow Scan includes reviews from August 1999 to the present. Send comments and updates to:; fax to 792-2096; or mail to Tucson Weekly/Chow, P.O. Box 27087, Tucson, AZ 85726. These listings have no connection with Weekly advertising.

HIFALUTIN RAPID FIRE WESTERN GRILL NW 6780 N. Oracle Road. 297-0518. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Servers are dressed in Western wear and topped with cowboy hats at this warm and cozy restaurant. The open kitchen gives you the opportunity to see the cooks in action. The generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite chicken and margaritas are standouts. (11-28-02) $-$$


C 306 N. Alvernon Way. 320-2000. Open Sunday-

PRICE RANGES $ $8 or less $ $ $8-$15 $ $ $ $15-$25 $ $ $ $ $25 and up. Prices are based on menu entrĂŠe selections, and exclude alcoholic beverages.

Thursday 7-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 7-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. This classic Tucson restaurant is in the process of reinventing itself after a major renovation, followed by a devastating kitchen fire. The entrĂŠes are executed well, with attention to detail. The flavors lean toward Southwestern, with a few oddities thrown in. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely worth a visit. (12-16-10) $$-$$$$



p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5:30-10 p.m. Full Cover/ Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V, Checks. Overlooking a golf course and Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s city lights, Ventana Canyonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Flying V has one of the nicest atmospheres of any local restaurant. Featuring salads, fish and meats, the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fare is consistently delicious. The prices are a bit steep, but the view is worth the extra money. Sit on the wooden deck next to the large fountain if you can. (7-22-04) $$$-$$$$


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Kinney Road. 883-5705. Open December-April daily 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Open June-August Saturday 5-9 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, MC, V. As if there werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough good reasons to visit the Desert Museum, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the excuse of an outstanding meal served with the beautiful backdrop of the Sonoran landscape. Fresh, seasonal ingredients abound in the cuisine. Admission to the museum is required to dine at the Ocotillo Cafe. $$-$$$


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Starr Pass Resort and Spa. 791-6064. Open daily 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Some of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best views can be found at the Signature Grillâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and you can enjoy them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Southwestern favorites such as tableside guacamole and rock-shrimp ceviche are always enjoyable. Weather permitting, the outdoor patio may just be the perfect place for a date. (4-2-09) $$$-$$$$

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.


Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Another installment in the successful and popular Metro Restaurant empire, Old Pueblo Grille specializes in quality food with a decisively desert flair. Chiles show up in everything from mashed potatoes to ice cream, and a menu of specialty margaritas and 101 tequilas dominates the list of libations. A lovely patio and a charming Southwestern motif add ambiance. (4-27-00) $$

SOUTHWEST EPAZOTE KITCHEN & COCKTAILS NW 10000 N. Oracle Road, in the Hilton El Conquistador 544-1708. Open daily 5-10 p.m. Bistro/ Full Bar. AMEX, DC, MC, V. This might not be the first northwest-side restaurant that comes to mind when considering dinner options, but it should definitely not be discounted. The food is fantastic, with a locally sourced Southwestern flair, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfectly prepared. Service is friendly, though on a busy night the food and drinks arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always prompt. Be prepared to part with some dollars for a few of the more upscale appetizers and entrĂŠes. (1-17-13) $$-$$$ FIRE + SPICE E Sheraton Hotel and Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road 3236262. Open Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC and V. Hidden next to the pool at the Sheraton is Fire + Spice, a restaurant that shows a ton of potential. Southwest-inspired appetizers like nachos, quesadillas and jalapeĂąo snake bites are a delight, and the service and dĂŠcor are friendly and welcoming. The kitchen occasionally skimps on ingredients or otherwise loses focus, but the quality of the menu is undeniable. (6-11-09) $$ FLYING V BAR AND GRILL NE Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive. 299-2020. Open Sunday-Thursday 5:30-9

SPANISH CASA VICENTE RESTAURANTE ESPAĂ&#x2018;OL C 375 S. Stone Ave. 884-5253. Open Tuesday and Wednesday 4-10:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-10:30 p.m.; Saturday 4-10:30 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC and V. Tucson is again home to a good Spanish restaurant, thanks to Casa Vicente. While the entrĂŠes are worth noting, the numerous tapas are the real standouts. You can get paella, too--but only if you order for at least four people, or if you go for the Thursday night special. (9-8-05) $-$$$

SPORTS BAR DIABLOS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL S 2545 S. Craycroft Road. 514-9202. Open MondaySaturday 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday 9:30 a.m.-2 a.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. DIS, MC, V. Diablos takes standard bar fare and kicks it up a notch with spicy, well-prepared appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and salads. With more than 20 TVs, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss a minute of the game while enjoying tall, cold beers and really hot wings, served with a smile. (7-29-10) $-$$ GRUMPYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GRILL NW 2960 W. Ina Road. 297-5452. Open MondaySaturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burgers, baskets and beer,â&#x20AC;? the catchphrase for this bar and grill, says it all. Add a friendly atmosphere and big-screen TVs, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a great neighborhood eatery. The baskets are big, and dinners range from steak

to spaghetti and meatballs. Happy-hour prices attract a nice crowd. (9-27-07) $-$$ MIDTOWN BAR AND GRILL E 4915 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-2011. Bar is open daily 9 a.m.-2 a.m.; Food is served daily 10 a.m.-1 a.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Visit this place for the abundant TV screens on game days, and very good burgers; the rest of the menu is not bad, but rather undistinguished. (2-12-09) $-$$ RUSTYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FAMILY RESTAURANT AND SPORTS GRILLE W 2075 W. Grant Road. 623-3363. Open daily 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, MC, V. Atmospherewise, this is actually two restaurants in one--a sports bar and a trendy family restaurant. With decent prices, a hip decor and tasty sandwiches, burgers and dinner entrĂŠes, Rustyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is one of the cooler places to eat or drink on the westside. (6-26-03) $$-$$$ TRIDENT GRILL C 2033 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-5755. Open Tuesday-

Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday and Monday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. While Trident Grill is a popular UA-area sports bar, its menu takes diners above and beyond the usual sports-bar fare. All the requisite appetizers, sandwiches and burgers are joined by an impressive menu of seafood offerings. The comfortable dĂŠcor shows managementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love of the Navy SEALS and the Washington Redskins, and the service is friendly and efficient. A place to kick back, watch the game and eat some shellfish. (9-28-06) $$-$$$ WORLD SPORTS GRILLE NW 2290 W. Ina Road. 229-0011. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.-midnight; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Consider this the Super Bowl of sports bars, with big TVs everywhere, a large menu, cold beer and enough video games to keep the kiddies busy for hours. The food includes the usual sports-bar fareâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like burgers, sandwiches and saladsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but then goes beyond with pizza, tagine noodle bowls and more. Prices are reasonable. (1-15-09) $$

turned-steakhouse. Featuring the house specialty of prime rib, this is a Tucson favorite for all sorts of family affairs. Large servings, low prices, big fun. (2-28-02) $-$$ FLEMINGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PRIME STEAKHOUSE AND WINE BAR NE 6360 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 180. 529-5017. Open Sunday-Thursday 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5-10:30 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Featuring more than 100 wines by the glass and some of the best cuts of meat youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find anywhere, the Tucson location of the Flemingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chain is a great place for an upscale dinnerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if money is no object. The steaks are prepared exactly how you order them, and the atmosphere is elegant, if a bit noisy. Just make sure you bring a lot of cash (or credit)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Flemingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ă la carte-style menu is far from cheap. (12-16-04) $$$$

AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Mr. Anâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dining ventures seem to get better and better. The menu is gigantic, so it can be hard to choose. We were knocked out by the tuna tartare and completely surprised by the sweet-and-sour fish. The sushi rolls have clever names; the Big Birtha comes to mind. While the prices are a little high, the portion sizes more than make up for it. (5-5-11) $$-$$$$ FUKU SUSHI C 940 E. University Blvd. 798-3858. Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight. CafĂŠ. Beer, Wine and Specialty Drinks. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. A welcome addition to the Main Gate mix. The sushi offerings are many, with a full slate of both traditional and house rolls. The honor roll is a definite winner. This is one of the few places around thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truly doing fusion food; the Japanese fish tacos are a prime example. Fuku has a youthful vibeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and prices that fit into a student budget. (2-5-09) $-$$

LITTLE MEXICO STEAKHOUSE S 2851 W. Valencia Road. 578-8852. Open Sunday,

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V and checks. Little Mexico Steakhouse is great for steaks and shrimp entrĂŠes. The steaks have an interesting, smoky flavor, and portions are huge. The Mexican fare tends to be unimaginative, though. (9-1709) $$-$$$ $$-$$$ PINNACLE PEAK E 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. 296-0911. Open Monday-Friday 5-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 4:3010 p.m. Diner/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Located in Trail Dust Town, Pinnacle Peak serves up some of the biggest, most flavorful steaks in Southern Arizona. The Old West atmosphere provides a fun time for all. Just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go there if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a vegetarian or if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wearing a tie. (7-3-03) $-$$ SILVER SADDLE STEAK HOUSE S 310 E. Benson Highway. 622-6253. Open MondayThursday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 2-10 p.m.; Sunday 1-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Diner/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V, Checks. Good value on steaks, burgers and grilled chickenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often worth the trip. $$-$$$

FUSION WASABI E 250 W. Craycroft Road, Suite 100. 747-0228. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-11 p.m.; Saturday 4:30-11 p.m.; Sunday 5-9:30 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, MC, V. Fusion Wasabi offers two thingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;teppan yaki and sushiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go wrong with either one. The teppan yaki makes for a nice, tasty show, much like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get anywhere else. But the sushi is where Fusion Wasabi excels. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some of the best Tucson has to offerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially the strawberry-topped Fusion Wasabi roll and the 24-karat-gold-topped Fusion Wasabi ultimate roll. (1-5-06) $$$-$$$$ GINZA NE 5425 N. Kolb Road, No. 115. 529-8877. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Sunday and Monday 5-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Ginza offers a unique Japanese dining experience called izakaya, similar to tapas-style dining. The list of izakaya offerings is long and varied, including chicken, shrimp, smelt, squid, mountain potato, yam and much more. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sushi side of the house thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bring us back. The boats offer generous combinations of traditional sushi and house specialties, and at lunch, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find bento bowls. (7-31-08) $$$-$$$$ HANA TOKYO

STEAKHOUSE COLTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TASTE OF TEXAS STEAKHOUSE NW 8310 N. Thornydale Road. 572-5968. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Right out of a Larry McMurtry novel, the hoe-down atmosphere at Coltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a perfect backdrop for some of the tastiest steak dinners in town. Although chicken and fish are also offered, stick with the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s namesake, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never be disappointed. $$-$$$ DAISY MAEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S STEAK HOUSE W 2735 W. Anklam Road. 792-8888. Open daily 3-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Calling all you cowboys and cowgals: Gather around the table for some mighty fine vittles, including steaks, ribs, chicken and chops, all cooked to order on an outdoor mesquite grill! Smiling servers will bring you all the beans you care to eat. This is a little piece of Old Pueblo dining history and a great place to bring out-of-towners. (10-26-06) $$-$$$ EL CORRAL NE 2201 E. River Road. 299-6092. Open MondayThursday 5-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 4:30-10 p.m.; Sunday 4:30-9 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V, Checks. For a serious no-frills steak dinner, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beat the ambiance of this older ranch house-

THE STEAKHOUSE AT THE DESERT DIAMOND CASINO S 7350 S. Old Nogales Highway. 342-1328. Open daily 4-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V, Checks. So you just won a big payout at the poker table, or the slots have been extremely generous. Where are you going to go? The answer is right there inside the hotel-casino. Big portionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from the salad through dessertâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are the norm. Steaks are the draw, of course, but seafood options are also quite worthy. The service is friendly, and the prices at the bar are most reasonable. (5-8-08) $$$ THE STEAKOUT RESTAURANT AND SALOON NW 3620 W. Tangerine Road. 572-1300. Open Monday-Thursday 4-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. The prices are edging toward the top of â&#x20AC;&#x153;midrange,â&#x20AC;? but the result is good-quality beef grilled to order in a casual, Western setting. Not much choice among side dishes, though, and the dessert standards are variable. (6-25-09) $$$-$$$$

SUSHI AND JAPANESE AN DEL SOL S 5655 W. Valencia Road, inside Casino del Sol. 8387177. Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar.

teppan yaki. However, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sushi artistry that makes Hana Tokyo stand out; the enormous scorpion roll is actually shaped like a scorpion, for example. Not only do the sushi rolls look cool; they taste great, too. (7-2111) $$-$$$$ IKKYU NW 2040 W. Orange Grove Road. No. 180. 297-9011. Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. DIS, MC, V. Ikkyu offers down-home Japanese food in a fast-casual style. Rice bowls, noodles, ramen and sushi are at the ready, making for a perfect quick dinner or some fine takeout. Prices fit any budget. Word is the ramen shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be missed. $-$$ (11-19-09) $-$$ KAMPAI NW 6486 N. Oracle Road. 219-6550. Open MondaySaturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. Bistro/ Beer and Wine. AMEX, MC, V. The food, both from the sushi bar and regular menu, is delicious. The spicy garlic shrimp is worth a try. And the ginger-intensive dressing on the house saladâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good enough to bottle. (2-12-04) $$-$$$ KAZOKU SUSHI AND JAPANESE CUISINE E 4210 E. Speedway Blvd. 777-6249. Open Monday-

Thursday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday noon-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The sushi and other offerings at Kazoku will delight your taste buds, and the dĂŠcor is beautiful. The lack of an all-you-can-eat option means you should bring a loaded wallet. (1-14-10) $-$$$ MR. ANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TEPPAN STEAK AND SUSHI NW 6091 N. Oracle Road. 797-0888. Open Monday-

Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, VISA. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fire! Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fish! Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun! All brought to you by Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospitality icon, Mr. An. The teppan side of the menu offers all the usual goodies prepared by some of the friendliest teppan chefs in town. You can get regular sushi items as well. But then there are the house specialties like the Mango Crunch or the Summerhaven or even the improbable Bleu Panda. Any way you choose, this is a great choice for a fun family night out or a special occasion. (8-26-10) $$-$$$

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a.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Asian food has arrived in downtown with On a Roll. You’re likely to find a young, hip crowd here, along with a bright, urban décor and lots of tasty, fresh sushi offerings. The rest of the menu has some gems, too, like the Kobe beef burger. However, bring a fat wallet; you’ll pay more here than you will at other sushi joints around Tucson. (1-8-09) $$-$$$ RA SUSHI BAR RESTAURANT NW 2905 E. Skyline Drive. 615-3970. Open daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; bar open until midnight. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Ra Sushi, a Benihana-owned chain that got its start in the Phoenix area, is a little pricier than other area sushi joints. For those extra few bucks, you’ll get a hip, trendy atmosphere and quick service. You’ll also find tasty food, some occasional nifty specials and a wide variety of appetizers. Think what it would be like if P.F. Chang’s did a sushi place. (3-1804) $$-$$$ SACHIKO SUSHI E 1101 N. Wilmot Road. 886-7000. Open Monday-

Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday 5-9 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Also at 3200 E. Valencia Road (741-1000). Sushi is prepared here with innovative skill. A bowl of udon arrives with attentive art and detail. Good Korean grill as well. $$-$$$ SAGA C 2955 E. Speedway Blvd. 320-0535. Open Monday-

Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday noon10 p.m.; Sunday 4-9 p.m. Café. Beer, Wine and Sake. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Chiles, shrimp cocktails and unfamiliar names for sushi rolls like San Carlos, Yaqui and jalapeño make Saga a standout among local sushi venues. Where else can you indulge a craving for don buri and shrimp tostadas at the same time? Consummately fresh seafood is the key to Saga’s phenomenal success. Serves great fish and shrimp tacos. (6-22-00) $$ SAKURA E 6534 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-7777. Open

Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-11 p.m.; Saturday 5-11 p.m.; Sunday noon-10 p.m. Bistro/Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. This venue is devoted to the open flame and teppan. For some of the best sushi in town and an entertaining evening at the teppan table, Sakura is a solid win. (3-14-02) $$-$$$ SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR NW 5036 N. Oracle Road. 888-6646. Open MondayFriday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon-9 p.m. Café/Sushi Bar. Beer, Wine and Sake. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Traditional Japanese cuisine is served up by kimono-clad waitresses in an atmosphere right out of the miniseries by the same name. You get decent sushi and fine renditions of other Japanese specialties $-$$ SUSHI GARDEN C 3048 E. Broadway Blvd. 326-4700. Open Monday-

Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon-10 p.m. Café/Sushi Bar/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., Suite 312 (877-8744). An unpretentious neighborhood sushi restaurant satisfying beginner and honed sushi appetites. All-you-can-eat sushi for $19.95. Ample portions of combination plates and rice bowls. (12-5-02) $-$$ SUSHI LOUNGE S 4802 S. Sixth Ave. 294-4408. Open daily 11 a.m.-

10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Another sushi option has finally arrived on the southside! With an extensive menu featuring not only sushi, but also many other Chinese and Japanese appetizer and entrée options, there is something for everyone. If you find yourself suddenly missing those other southside restaurants, order your sushi rolls “Mexican style,” and they’ll add onions and jalapeños. (6-28-12) $$-$$$ SUSHI ON ORACLE NW 6449 N. Oracle Road. 297-3615. Open TuesdayThursday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday noon-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Sunday 5-9 p.m. Café/ Sushi Bar. Beer, Wine and Sake. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. The folks here don’t mess around. They offer large portions of food, delicious sushi and a gracious staff. The Sushi on Oracle salad is a fine example of their exquisite presentations. Get there early: There are 10 tables and only 12 seats at the sushi bar. (10-31-02) $$ SUSHI TEN

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Sunday 5-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Sushi Bar. Beer, Wine and Sake. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. After several years of turbulent ownership changes, it appears this onetime Tucson favorite has made a nice comeback. The sushi and nigiri is fresh and tasty; the all-you-can-eat ($19.95) and happy-hour/ lunch deals (with much of the menu offered for halfprice) are amazing. (8-5-10) $-$$$ SUSHI TRAN NW 9725 N. Thornydale Road, No. 49. 579-6604. Open Sunday-Thursday 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5 to 9:30 p.m. Bistro/Beer and Wine. MC, V. Sushi Tran, tucked away in a northwest-side strip mall, boasts friendly service and good sushi rolls and nigiri, with a wide range of non-sushi Asian and Pacific Rim dishes, too. Skip the sashimi, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on the greenmussel appetizer. Expect to spend at least $25 per person in a family-friendly environment that is quiet and clean. (1-28-10) $$-$$$ SUSHI YUKARI E 5655 E. River Road, No. 151. 232-1393. Open

Monday 5-9:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Sunday 5-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Sake. MC, V. Divine sushi and sashimi star at this strip-mall restaurant. Service is top-notch, and the prices are among the most reasonable in town. Try a combo plate for one or two, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll walk away full, but craving more. Karaoke fills the place on Saturday nightsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so reservations are a must! (5-24-07) $$$-$$$$ SUSHI-CHO

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CHARâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S THAI E 5039 E. Fifth St. 795-1715. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Saturday 5-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/ Beer and Wine. AMEX, MC, V. Lunch and dinner plates come mild to palate-searing hot in true Thai style. Try the soups. $-$$ KARUNAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S THAI PLATE C 1917 E. Grant Road. 325-4129. Open TuesdayThursday noon-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Sunday 5-9 p.m. Counter/Diner/No Alcohol. MC, V. Karunaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers all the traditional dishes youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to expect on Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small Thai scene, as well as an awesome and affordable daily lunch buffet. Some of the fire of Thai cooking may be absent, but all the other ingredients are flavorfully present. $

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Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. After a devastating fire, Takamatsu is back. If you like Japanese or Korean food, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find plenty of tasty entrĂŠes here, although the emphasis is on Korean barbecue and sushi (including the tempting all-you-can-eat option for $19.95). For an interactive, do-it-yourself treat, try preparing the Korean barbecue yourself at your table. Just consider yourself warned: Pork belly, though delicious, will catch on fire if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not paying attention. (12-1-11) $$-$$$

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Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday noon-9 p.m.; Sunday noon-8:30 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Far-eastside residents, take notice: You have a gem in your neighborhood. Saâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ing Thai is a mom and pop place that puts out a wide assortment of Thai food. Curries and soups come





YAMATO JAPANESE RESTAURANT C 857 E. Grant Road. 624-3377. Open Monday-Friday

11 a.m.-2:15 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Saturday 5-9:30 p.m. CafĂŠ. Beer, Wine and Sake. AMEX, MC, V. The fresh fish makes the sushi at this tiny midtown spot a real treat. The rest of the menu offers up all sorts of traditional Japanese goodies that prove to be tasty as well. The low-key atmosphere is another plus. And while Yamato may not be easy to find the first time, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably find yourself returning again and again. (1117-05) $-$$ YOSHIMATSU HEALTHY JAPANESE FOOD AND CAFĂ&#x2030; C 2660 N. Campbell Ave. 320-1574. Open MondayThursday 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Diner/Beer and Wine. MC, V. One of the more unique restaurants youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever find, Yoshimatsu features a decor combining weird Japanese TV, action figures and eclectic music. The food is fast, inexpensive and tasty. Try the Japanese pizzas; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re amazing. You can get takeout, but we recommend dining in. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a cool place. (2-27-03) $-$$


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YUKIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SUSHI Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 3-10 p.m. Sushi Bar/ Full Bar. MC, V. For an excellent indulgence in properly prepared and inventive sushi, Yukiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serves up some of the freshest and most inviting sushi around, with an extensive selection of sakes. Service can be harried, though. $$-$$$

BAI THONG E 4853 E. Speedway Blvd. 881-5068. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. MC, V. Bai Thong is a modest, quiet, affordable family Thai joint with some standouts, including papaya salad and fiery fried rice. Wash it down with icy Singha beer, and be happy. Note: Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to make any dish vegetarian. (7-19-07) $-$$

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MINAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S THAI NE 5575 E. River Road, No. 141. 299-0453. Open Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. After bouncing around town, Minaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thai is now entrenched in a cozy little space at River and Craycroft roads. Here, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find all of your Thai favorites, served to you graciously by Mina and her family. While some of the dishes arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as nuanced as they could be, offerings such as the yum neau (Thai beef salad) are sure to please. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a quick, inexpensive lunch, check out Minaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekday lunch specials. (9-7-06) $-$$

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BANGKOK CAFĂ&#x2030; C 2511 E. Speedway Blvd. 323-6555. Open MondayThursday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday noon-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. DIS, MC, V. Featuring fine service and a calming atmosphere, Bangkok CafĂŠ features delicious soups, appetizers and salads, as well as a number of curry, rice, noodle and other dishes. While some of the entrĂŠes tend to be a bit bland, the ingredients are always fresh. (10-14-04) $-$$

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to the table sizzling hot and full of flavor. Balance is the key word here. The tom kah koong is served in a hot pot and is creamy and sweet, savory and spicy, all in one spoonful. The pun sib, the Thai version of pot stickers, are huge and cooked to perfection. Even the old standby pad Thai was elevated to levels of flavor not found elsewhere in town. (2-21-13) $$ V FINE THAI C 9 E. Congress St. 882-8143. Open Thursday-Monday 5-10 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. V Fine Thai Dining is adding a little spice to downtown Tucson, with traditional Thai dishes and some less-traditional twists, too. The patio offers a nice break from the growing bustle of downtown, and it’s a great place for appetizers and house-infused drink creations with friends. (8-1811) $$-$$$

UPPER CRUST ANTHONY’S IN THE CATALINAS NW 6440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-1771. Open MondayFriday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 5:30-9 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. DC, DIS, MC, V. The gracious service of Anthony’s signature lamb Wellington is a match for this venue’s view of the city lights at night. Excellent wine selection. $$-$$$ ARIZONA INN C 2200 E. Elm St. 325-1541. Open daily for breakfast

6:30-10:30 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner 5:30-10 p.m. p.m.; Sunday brunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, MC, V, Checks. For an elegant transport back to the 1930s, the Arizona Inn provides world-class dining in an intimate and charming resort. Centrally located, the Arizona Inn offers just the right touch of class, coupled with a sophisticated and well-executed menu. (3-8-02) $$$-$$$$ BOB’S STEAK AND CHOP HOUSE NW 2727 W. Club Drive, at the Omni Tucson National Resort. 877-2377. Open Tuesday-Thursday 5:30-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5:30-10 p.m. Full Cover/ Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Bob’s is the epitome of resort dining, with quality ingredients—including prime beef and good drinks—a clubby décor and great service. You’ll pay a lot, but for that special occasion, it might be worth it. The veal chop is simply seasoned yet amazingly flavorful. Every entrée comes with a choice of hearty potatoes (smashed, baked or pan-fried) and a glazed carrot that Bugs Bunny would envy. (4-29-10) $$$$ CANYON CAFÉ NE Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort

Drive. 299-2020. Open daily 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Café/ Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V, Checks. Located in a world-class resort, the Canyon Café puts a solid accent on casual, featuring a menu that doesn’t quite rise up to the culinary mark of the other ventures housed at Loews. Sunday brunch is a real crowd-pleaser with an endless buffet that is prepared to feed the masses. (4-12-01) $$ CAYTON’S AT THE RITZ-CARLTON NW 6501 Boulder Bridge Pass. 572-3530. Open daily

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Upscale but not pretentious, Cayton’s at the Ritz-Carlton serves up a delectable and delicious assortment of salads, sandwiches, burgers and wraps. Portions are generous, and service is friendly, although occasionally slow. Don’t miss Sunday brunch, and don’t expect to escape without spending a little money. Perfect for a date or an elegant lunch; reservations are strongly recommended. (10-8-09) $$$-$$$$ CORE KITCHEN AND WINE BAR NW Inside the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, 15000 N.

Secret Springs Drive. 572-3000. Open daily 7-11 a.m. and 5:30-9 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, DC, MC, V. CORE provides food-lovers with a great reason to make the long trek northwest. The accommodating, knowledgeable chefs and staff at this swanky hotel are geniuses at work, but never fear: You don’t have to break out the suit and tie for this trip. The comfortable atmosphere adds to the playful and delicious breakfast, appetizer, entrée and dessert offerings. Don’t miss the chile pop rocks served with the bigeye tuna sashimi for an experience that delights all the senses. (11-11-10) $$-$$$$ THE DISH BISTRO AND WINE BAR C 3131 E. First St. 326-1714. Open Tuesday-Thursday

5-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m. Bistro/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. One of Tucson’s most intimate and beloved restaurants offers one of the area’s most legendary dishes (the steamed mussels in a saffron broth) and one of the best wine selections around (in addition to what’s on the wine list, diners can enjoy


anything in the attached RumRunner for cost plus a modest corkage fee), The Dish is a perfect special-event occasion—or a fine place to enjoy a glass of wine and a bite to eat with a buddy after work. The place is tiny, so reservations are advised. (1-10-08) $$$-$$$$ GOLD NW Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road. 9172930, ext. 474. Open Tuesday-Saturday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m.; Sunday and Monday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Gold serves up intriguing dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The short stack—with a seared yellow fin tuna, a small filet mignon and a grilled day boat scallop—is the star of the dinner menu. Sit outside or near the window, and enjoy a fantastic view of the city. (9-3-09) $$-$$$$ GRILL AT HACIENDA DEL SOL NE 5601 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. 529-3500. Open

daily 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. For pure restoration and sheer indulgence, the Grill at Hacienda del Sol leads the pack. One of Tucson’s best-restored historic properties, the Grill delivers a deeply satisfying menu; impeccable, gracious service; and a priceless sense of sanctuary. It’s worth every penny and the lovely drive. (12-7-00) $$$ HARVEST RESTAURANT NW 10355 N. La Cañada Drive, No. 141. 731-1100.

Open Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Inventive but not pretentious upscale preparations emphasize locally harvested and organic ingredients served in peak season. It isn’t just trendy; it’s tremendously tasty, too. (3-5-09) $$$ JONATHAN’S TUCSON CORK E 6320 E. Tanque Verde Road. 296-1631. Open daily

5-9 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, MC, V. Serving the best of a surf-and-turf menu, Jonathan’s Tucson Cork offers outstanding cuts of beef, expertly aged and cooked, as well as a daily assortment of fresh-fish specials prepared in new and creative ways. (11-4-99) $$$-$$$$ PRIMO W 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., inside the JW Marriott

Starr Pass Resort and Spa. 792-3500. Open TuesdaySunday 6-9 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Tucsonans should thank our lucky stars that Melissa Kelly decided to open one of her wonderful restaurants in the Old Pueblo. With a clever menu that makes the most of artisanal foods, Primo offers delicious, creative choices from soup to nuts. Desserts are especially delightful. This would be the perfect place for that special occasion. (2-9-06) $$$$ PY STEAKHOUSE S 5655 W. Valencia Road, inside Casino del Sol. (800)

344-9435. Open Tuesday-Thursday 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 4-11 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC and V. True fine dining has come to Casino del Sol with PY Steakhouse. Offering impeccable service, amazing cocktails and some fine steak and seafood offerings, PY is a great place for a special occasion. Don’t miss the corn and lobster chowder. (2-23-11) $$$-$$$$

VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY CHOICE GREENS C 2829 E. Speedway Blvd. 319-2467. Open daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Counter/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 4205 N. Campbell Ave. (319-2467). While Choice Greens offers a handful of soups, sandwiches and paninis, salads are undeniably the main attraction at this fast-casual joint. The concept is simple: You pick a lettuce; you choose which of the almost four-dozen ingredients you want in your salad; you choose a protein (meat, tuna or tofu), if you want one; and then you pick your dressing. You pay; you sit down; your salad is delivered shortly. Simple, uncomplicated and delicious. (9-29-05) $ THE GARLAND BISTRO C 119 E. Speedway Blvd. 882-3999. Open Wednesday-

Monday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Café/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V, Checks. This midtown spot specializes in vegetarian and ethnic cuisine, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with equal verve. Breakfast is especially satisfying, with thick-sliced homemade bread and the best home fries in town. The Garland is truly an oasis in this desert, with a menu that vegetarians and meat-eaters will find mutually satisfying. $$ GOVINDA’S NATURAL FOODS BUFFET AND BOUTIQUE C 711 E. Blacklidge Drive. 792-0630. Open Tuesday 5-9 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Counter/

No Alcohol. MC, V, Checks. Govinda’s blends great Bengali vegetarian food and spiritual philosophy in a relaxing environment. The buffet menu changes daily and includes salad, breads, rice, soups, pasta, veggies and entrées. Tuesday is “India Night” and Thursday is “Vegan Day.” The courtyard has waterfalls, peacocks and parrots. A koi pond adds to the ambiance. $ LOVIN’ SPOONFULS VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT C 2990 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 120. 325-7766. Open Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Counter. Beer, Wine and Specialty Drinks. DIS, MC, V. Those who eschew animal products in their diets should be grateful for this charming, fast-casual, all-vegan eatery. Scrambles, sandwiches and burgers for lunch and homestyle entrées for dinner dominate the menu. While some of the choices with faux meat are pretty good, the best options are the ones that skip the fake stuff. (2-2-06) $-$$ THE TASTEFUL KITCHEN C 722 N. Stone Ave. 250-9600. Open Wednesday-

Saturday 5-9 p.m.; Sunday 4-8:30 p.m. Café/BYO. MC, V. The Tasteful Kitchen is trying to bring vegan, vegetarian and raw food into the mainstream. The bright and colorful entrées and delicious desserts will appeal to even the most dedicated carnivore. (4-26-12) $$

VIETNAMESE HA LONG BAY E 6304 E. Broadway Blvd. 571-1338. Open MondayThursday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-9 p.m. Café/Beer and Wine. MC, V. Tasty Vietnamese cuisine in an unpretentious, comfortable atmosphere pretty much sums up this eastside restaurant. All the ingredients that give Vietnamese food its unique, wonderful flavors (lemongrass, fish sauce, lime, mint, etc.) are used expertly. If you’ve never tried diamond shrimp paste, it’s a must-have. (6-8-06) $-$$ MISS SAIGON C 1072 N. Campbell Ave. 320-9511. Open MondaySaturday 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.9:30 p.m. Café/Beer and Wine. AMEX, MC, V. Friendly, inexpensive Miss Saigon serves up the fresh, authentic, complex flavors of Vietnam, including some of the best pho in town. (2-1-07) $ PHO 88 C 2746 N. Campbell Ave. 881-8883. Open ThursdayTuesday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Café/Beer and Wine. MC, V. The food at Pho 88 is consistently good, if not mindblowing, and the service is always friendly and efficient. The large menu features all the Vietnamese favorites you’d expect, plus a few pan-Asian entrées, too—but, as you’d expect based on the name, the pho is the star here. (7-23-09) $-$$

most friendly places for wine. On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and every other Wednesday, the folks here pour well-thought-out flights of wine. Conversation is warm, comfortable and certainly not intimidating. There’s no food (other than cheese, crackers and chocolate to pair with the wine), but it’s still a lot of fun. Most bottles are $15 or less. (2-26-09) $-$$

AMERICANA THE ABBEY EAT + DRINK NE 6960 E. Sunrise Drive. 299-3132. Open TuesdayThursday 4-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 4 p.m.midnight; Sunday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The Abbey, the “sister” restaurant to Jax Kitchen, is continuing the trend of dishing up comfort foods with a gourmet twist. With inventive cocktails, a well-balanced wine list and friendly service, it’s a spot not to be missed. The Abbey burger re-imagines a true American classic in a delightful and delicious way, and desserts are to die for. Reservations are strongly recommended. (1-17-11) $$-$$$ BILL’S GRILL NE Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort

Drive. 299-2020. Open daily 11 a.m. to dusk. Bistro/ Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Great cacti and mountain views make this one of the most memorable spots in town. Take a hike before or after. $$ BLUE WILLOW C 2616 N. Campbell Ave. 327-7577. Open Monday-

Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Café/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. A Tucson institution, Blue Willow set the standard for wholesome fare à la the 1970s: omelets, quiche, crépes, homemade soups and tofu scrambles. Today, the restaurant continues to shine due to a joyful dedication to quality and a chocolate du jour dessert dish that hits the spot every time. Great outdoor patio and nifty gift shop. (1216-99) $-$$ BOBO’S RESTAURANT C 2938 E. Grant Road. 326-6163. Open MondaySaturday 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Diner/No Alcohol. MC, V. Long a favorite breakfast spot, Bobo’s serves up enough ham, eggs and pancakes to feed all of Tucson. Lunch specials are iffy, but breakfast—especially the omelets—is outstanding. $ BREAD AND BUTTER CAFÉ E 4231 E. 22nd St., No. 101. 327-0004. Open Monday-Saturday 5 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Café/Diner/No Alcohol. MC, V. For a cheap, fast breakfast or lunch, the Bread and Butter Café is a longtime Tucson favorite (although the joint doesn’t serve butter; go figure). The coffee cup is bottomless and constantly refilled; the eggs are cooked perfectly to order. Be sure to save room for a “wedge” of homemade pie; dessert is where this café really excels. Expect a wait during peak weekend hours. (4-9-09) $

PHO 1 C 2226 N. Stone Ave. 670-1705. Open Monday-

Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Café/No Alcohol. MC and V. With a long list of pho variations, other soups, enticing appetizers and rice dishes featuring a full array of proteins, this little Vietnamese joint offers great food across the board. Pho is the draw, of course, but we would have been happy with a couple of appetizers and the house fried chicken. The address says Stone Avenue, but the restaurant is really located on the south side of Sahuaro Street. (2-9-12) $-$$ SAIGON PHO C 943 E. University Blvd., Suite 107. 624-0999. Open

Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday noon-7 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. MC, V. Comforting, generous, healthful Vietnamese food, quite distinct from Chinese and Thai flavors, should please the palate as long as you keep in mind that individual ingredients need spicing up with the provided sauces. (10-9-08) $

WINE BARS ARMITAGE WINE LOUNGE AND CAFÉ NW 2905 E. Skyline Drive, No. 168. 682-9740. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. A chic décor, an impressive (if pricey) wine selection and tasty food await diners at Armitage, yet another impressive La Encantada restaurant. Our brunch experience revealed uniformly bland victuals, but the dishes at dinner ranged from decent to spectacular. If you’re an ahi fan, you must try the splendid seared yellowtail with orange soy syrup and wasabi cream. (8-1408) $$$-$$$$ CATAVINOS WINE SHOP AND TASTING ROOM E 3063 N. Alvernon Way. 323-3063. Open Tuesday

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For their second album, Local Natives needed a change of scenery Local Natives

By Stephen Seigel,

Out of L.A.

Jesus Acedo

BY ERIC SWEDLUND, ith a sound that was already excellent at conveying emotions, Local Natives have delivered a striking second album, weighted with complex feelings of loss, death and endurance. After the success of 2009’s debut, Gorilla Manor, the Los Angeles band hit some rough personal patches, leading to the emotional palette that makes Hummingbird such a captivating and hauntingly gorgeous album. “All the subject matter is a little darker or heavier than what we were used to. Writing about things that are more difficult to deal with was definitely cathartic for the band,” says drummer Matt Frazier. “We felt some amazing times after the success of the first record, and everything was doing well with touring, but after that we hit some really hard patches.” Since 2009, the band—now a quartet with Frazier and the songwriting/vocalist trio of Taylor Rice on guitar, Kelcey Ayer on keyboards and Ryan Hahn on guitar, after parting ways with bassist Andy Hamm—has experienced faltering relationships and even the death of family. Much of that, either directly in some vivid and forceful lyrics or more subtly in musical tone and structure, was channeled into Hummingbird. The album begins slowly, deliberately and elegantly with “You & I,” a meditative song guided by a steady, mournful drumbeat and a circling piano melody before bursting open with distorted, dissonant guitar fuzz. “You and I we were always strong/ It was enough to keep me on,” Ayer sings, his high voice drawn into a ghostly croon. It’s a song about deep, stinging loss, and how in the depths of that feeling, even consolation seems impossible: “In all this light/ All I feel is dark/ Had the sun without its warmth/ I’m freezing.” “You & I” is a great example of not only how Local Natives have evolved from the band’s debut—the sound here is bigger, more nuanced and with greater sweep—but also how effectively the musicians use musical shifts to frame the complexity of lyrical emotion. Throughout the album, the lyrics recount struggles with confusion, heartache and grief, but with a mature understanding of the role loss plays in life, and the galvanizing strength that comes from acceptance. It’s an album not only about persevering, but also about finding the right way to move on with life. Though the band didn’t set out to make its sophomore record deal with bleak and troubled emotional territory, Local Natives handled their own difficult times deftly in both lyrics and music, showing the sort of flexible creativity that’s needed for a long career. Gorilla Manor was an accomplished debut, but



Hummingbird moves the band into a higher realm. It’s the sort of very personal art that nonetheless is relatable on an elemental level. “Colombia” in particular is a heartbreaker, with Ayers singing of the unexpected death of his mother. It’s a song not only about lasting love, but also of honoring those who’ve lived their lives as examples of kindness: “The day after I had counted down/ All of your breaths/ Down until there were none/ A hummingbird crashed right/ In front of me and I understood/ All you did for us/ You gave and gave and gave and gave/ Every night I ask myself/ Am I giving enough?” “With the way the band writes, especially lyrics, it’s very of the moment and honest, and we write about stuff we’re going through, so it made sense for the album to be about some of our recent experiences,” Frazier says. The record took time to come together, he says. First, the band was focused on touring Gorilla Manor, capitalizing on local support from the NPR affiliate KCRW and the coveted “Best New Music” tag from Pitchfork. The demands of the road were too much for the band’s consensus-driven writing process, so new songs had to wait. “We had some ideas while touring, but it was really just bouncing around some bare bones stuff,” Frazier says. “For us it’s more difficult to write on the road because the way we operate is so collaborative. After we stopped touring and took a little breather, we built up a practice studio and made that our home base for the next year and a half.” That home base became crucial for Local Natives. The band members lived together when they created Gorilla Manor (the title comes from their name for the house) and needed somewhere to settle in and feel at ease for the second album. “We’ve discovered that it’s been really important to us to have our own zone to be in and call our own,” Frazier says. The songs started as just sparks or sketches, growing along the way with input from all four band members. “There’s three guys who are the songwrit-

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ers per se in the band. They’ll have a spark of an idea and they’ll get it to a certain point and bring it to the table,” Frazier says. “Each song has its own back story and there’s no real rhyme or reason for us when it comes to the start of the writing process. But it definitely grows from one guy to two or three and four and there’s an evolution.” For recording, the band turned to Aaron Dessner of the National, whom they’d befriended while on tour together. “We were toying around with which studios we’d wanted to go to and when we finally made the decision to work with Aaron, it made the most sense for us to go to Aaron’s studio in Brooklyn,” Frazier says. “We’d spent about a year in L.A. writing, and we wanted to get out of our comfort zone and try something new and disappear from our Silver Lake bubble for a bit and totally focus on working on the record.” Local Natives took over the top two floors of Dessner’s three-story Victorian house in Brooklyn, N.Y., taking the relocation seriously as they pieced together Hummingbird. Released Jan. 29, the album has drawn praise for its seriousness, maturity and musical growth. Touring again, Local Natives enjoy drawing from a larger pool of songs, switching set lists night by night and using their new songs to build an emotional connection with audiences. “It’s revisiting the catharsis playing these songs live,” Frazier says. “There’s something amazing and wonderful about being able to connect with so many people night after night. I think it’s really awesome when people can find their own meaning in a song, and I think it’s cool when people can relate it to their own lives and it’s something really special.”

The local music community has always been there for friends and family in time of need, and this week Tucson musicians will come out of the woodwork in droves to honor two important musicians who recently passed away. On Sunday, April 14, The Hut will play host to The Jesus Acedo Memorial Concert. Acedo, the longtime guitarist for Black Sun Ensemble, passed away last month at age 50. Not only was his death shocking, the timing was extremely unfortunate: After a four-year hiatus, the wizard of a guitarist had recently been performing gigs again with his band. Black Sun is forging ahead with projects that had begun before Acedo’s passing: The rights to the band’s Goldfish album have been obtained from one of the group’s labels and will likely be reissued on CD for the first time; a split 7-inch with the Dead Chiefs is in the works, with BSE’s contribution already recorded; and the remaining members plan to finish and release Behind Purple Clouds, an album that was two-thirds recorded at the time of Acedo’s death. But before all of that comes this weekend’s Memorial Concert, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday (doors open at 5 p.m.), and will feature acts performing on two stages, one indoors, one outdoors. Here’s the schedule: Indoor stage: Shrimp Chaperone (6 p.m.), Ricky Gelb (7 p.m.), Leila Lopez (7:15 p.m.), Howe Gelb (8 p.m.), Black Sun Ensemble with the Black Sun Tribe belly dancers (8:15 p.m.), Al Perry (9:30 p.m.), The Swigs (10:30 p.m.), the Dead Chiefs (midnight). Outdoor stage: Joe Pena (6 p.m.), Van Christian (7 p.m.), Michael Henderson (8 p.m.), Billy Sedlmayr and Gabriel Sullivan (9 p.m.). The show will also double as a benefit concert. All sales from Black Sun Ensemble CDs and commemorative T-shirts will be donated to the Acedo family to help with expenses. Admission is a $5 donation and The Hut is located at 305 N. Fourth Ave. Call 623-3200 for more information. Less than two weeks after Acedo’s death, Arizona lost another of its greats. Kevin Pate may not have had the name recognition of Acedo, and that’s probably how he liked it. Even if you don’t recognize him by name, you likely saw him play bass in one of the many great Arizona bands with which he performed over the years: The Beat Angels, Gentlemen Afterdark, Phono-Royale, Greyhound Soul, Lonna Kelley and the Broken Hearted Lovers – the list goes on. As writer and musician Serene Dominic, whose band Serene Dominic and the Torchbearers Pate performed with, so eloquently put it in a lovely tribute to Pate on the Phoenix New Times’ music blog Up on the Sun: “When you saw Kevin in any of the many bands he played in -- Gentlemen Afterdark to The Beat Angels, Busted Hearts, The Dynoglides, Phono-Royale, Greyhound Soul,




MUSIC An interview with Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara ahead of their sold out show at the Rialto

Back With a Beat

TOP TEN Zia Records’ (Oracle) top sales for the week ending April 7, 2013

BY KYLE MITTAN, m egan and Sara, Canada’s indie-rock twin sisters, will make their second stop in Tucson after coming to the Old Pueblo in 2007. The pair’s latest record, Heartthrob, moves away from the largely acoustic, soft-rock style that they were known for, but it gave them a No. 2 spot on the Billboard charts. The Tucson Weekly caught up with Tegan Quin earlier this week via email to talk about their upcoming show, what inspired their latest record, and how the road has been treating them since the tour started.


Since your first record in 1999, you’ve had a reputation as an acoustic-based indie band. Heartthrob takes a much different turn, incorporating some electric, synth pop elements. What influenced that change? We’ve been collaborating with dance pop artists now for six years and experimenting with synths, keyboards and more pop sounds for three records. So, while Heartthrob is definitely a big step in our sound evolution, it’s still very much on the course we had set out back in 2004 when we made So Jealous and hired a full-time keyboard player. I think we’ve always been interested in changing up our sound from record to record. None of our seven records sounds like each other. Our hope is to always challenge ourselves from record to record. It’s important to keep things fresh and exciting in order to stay passionate about what we do. What were some of the personal challenges that came with this record in terms of writing, recording, etc.? We used multiple producers and recorded over a longer period of time and took more breaks while recording than we ever had before. This was hard to wrap my head around in the planning stages, but actually felt really refreshing when we were actually working. We also hired musicians to play a lot of the parts, and ideas we had created ourselves in demo form, which added to the new sound and increased the quality of the record but was initially hard to let go of because we are so used to doing so much ourselves. This was all new to us and really pushed our comfort levels, but it just sounded and felt so good, we knew it was right. The two of you are well known for your friendly, onstage banter with the audience. How did that come to be part of your shows? The banter came as a natural way to fill time. Our first few years as professional musicians were awkward to say the least. We were either


1. Tyler, The Creator Wolf 2. Killswitch Engage Disarm the Descent 3. Authority Zero The Tipping Point 4. Lil Wayne I Am Not a Human Being II

Tegan and Sara

5. Bring Me the Horizon Sempiternal 6. Alkaline Trio My Shame Is True 7. Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 8. David Bowie The Next Day 9. Black Angels Indigo Meadow 10. The Strokes Comedown Machine

opening for bigger acts or playing multiple sets at sports bars or coffee shops. Basically, we were working longer than we had songs to fill the time. The banter was a way to kill time and also warm up the audience. It’s a great icebreaker! So, now it’s just “our thing.”

Tegan and Sara

While Canada is likely where you feel most at home, you’ve developed quite a following in the U.S. How do you like playing shows down here? We love touring all over the world. Our audience in Canada and the U.S. is definitely big and vibrant, but we are lucky to have a healthy following in Europe and Australia as well. Each audience is unique. I find Canadian audiences to be quite friendly and I truly feel like a proud Canadian band, so there is something special about “going home” to play.


You played Tucson back in 2007 while touring for The Con, and, more recently, you opened for the Black Keys in Phoenix last October. How do you like the crowds in Southern Arizona? We love Arizona! There is something very special about Tucson to us for some reason we can’t pinpoint. Our last show there was so fun!

Do either of you have a song that is a favorite to play live? I love playing Heartthrob. It’s so challenging. It’s hard to pick one song ... maybe “Shock to Your System.” I basically play a very basic melody line and scream in the back. It’s awesome. It’s the closest to “backing musician” I’ve ever been ... I love it!

with Stars 8 p.m. Sunday, April 14 Rialto Theatre 318 E. Congress St. The show is sold out.

I love warm weather. And I love music lovers and there seems to be a lot of both in Tucson! What have the two of you been listening to lately? I don’t listen to a ton of new music when we’re working. But I love DIANA, Haim, Beach House, P!nk, Stars, Rihanna, Candy Hearts, Allison Weiss, the Courtneys ... etc.

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CELEBRATING THE SACRED Celebrating its third anniversary, Sacred Machine Museum, the art gallery and performance space owned and operated by acclaimed artist Daniel Martin Diaz and Paula Catherine Valencia (you can read more about Diaz, Valencia and the gallery in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cover story), his life and musical partner in the band Blind Divine, will be the focus of the three-day, annual Beyond the Sacred Music and Arts Festival. The action begins tonight, Thursday, April 11, at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., where Blind Divine tops a three-band bill that also includes Saint Maybe and openers Horse Black, who kick off the night at 9:30 p.m. Admission to the 21-and-over show is $5, and you can check out or call 798-1298 for further details. For the next two evenings, the action moves to Sacred Machine, 245 E. Congress St., Ste. 123, where the gallery will unveil a new show featuring works by 15 local, national, and international artists. Diazâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current show, Soul of Science, will also be on display. Events begin at 7 p.m. on both nights, with Bad Lieutenant performing live music on Friday, April 12, and Chris Black performing on

Saturday, April 13. Admission is free. For more information check out sacredmachine. com or call 977-7102.

THANKS FOR THE MUSIC, BONNIE On Saturday, April 13, the Live Acoustic Venue Association (LAVA) will present its final show under the leadership of director Bonnie Vining. After 4 ½ years of presenting concerts at a number of locations under the LAVA banner, Vining is stepping down; but the show(s) will go on. A new director will be named at Saturday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concert, which will feature two of Viningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite local acts: folk-country-blues duo Bright and Childers and the harmonica-fueled acoustic band Ice-9. The show, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Abounding Grace Sanctuary, 2450 S. Kolb Road, is also the final show in LAVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter concert series. Advance tickets are available for $15 at or by calling 800-8383006. If any tickets remain at showtime, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be $20 cash at the door. For more information head to Thanks for 4 ½ great years, Bonnie!

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OTHER COOL STUFF Negativlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mark Hosler will perform a rare solo set at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., on Wednesday, April 17, on a bill that also includes Steev Hise, Not Breathing, and Skincage. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Info: 798-1298; Gypsy jazz band the John Jorgenson Quintet will perform a pair of benefit concerts for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum at the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Warden Oasis Theater on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13. Shows begin at 6 p.m. on both nights and tickets range from $50 to $200 (with bonuses thrown in depending on price level). The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is located at 2021 N. Kinney Road. For further details head to or call 883-2702. Check our listings sections for more great stuff this week including performances by Lucero and Langhorne Slim; Work oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the Weavers; Lila Downs; Queensryche; Baauer and Danny Brown; Travis Tritt; LeeAnne Savage and Josie Kuhn; Twiztid, Potluck, Hed PE and more; Future; Malaikat dan Singa and Ohioan; Acorn Bcorn and The Funs; Charlie Mossbrook and Cathy Rivers; Territory, Seas Will Rise, Age of Collapse, Godhunter.


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AVALANCHA DE Ă&#x2030;XITOS Tucson gets its share of rock en espaĂąol acts passing through town, but perhaps the band that fans have been most clamoring to see perform live in the Old Pueblo hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t played in town in nearly a decade. CafĂŠ Tacuba, arguably the most innovative act in the genre, finally makes its return to town for an all-ages show at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., on Wednesday, April 17. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 on the day of show, and are available at the venueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s box office, at rialtotheatre. com, or by calling 740-1000.

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Lonna Kelley and The Broken Hearted Lovers, and countless others -- you had to take note of him, even though he came from the old school of thought: If you noticed the bass player, chances are he was fucking up. Kevin knew his place was not as the lead guy yet commanded stage right in a manner that let you know he was the most important chess piece on the board, the one holding it all together.â&#x20AC;? Former bandmates and friends of Pate will gather on the Hotel Congress Plaza at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, to celebrate his life with music at a show called Kevinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll Heaven. Scheduled performers include Greyhound Soul, Silverfox, Lonna Kelley, Silverbell, and a reunited Gentlemen Afterdark. Admission is free and Hotel Congress is located at 311 E. Congress St. For more info head to or call 622-8848. Incidentally, the event is one of many scheduled free performances in conjunction with Second Saturdays Downtown on Saturday, April 13. Other notable performances include a CD Release Concert by singer-songwriter Lori Laska Sumberg for her new album Tales of the Road and a performance by the Domingo DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band, both of which take place at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., starting at 7 p.m. And the Scott Avenue Stage will feature performances by Sabra Faulk and the Angel Band at 6 p.m., The Wayback Machine at 7:30 p.m., and the Mike Hebert Prison Band at 9 p.m. The Fox Theatre and Scott Avenue Stage performances are free and open to all ages. For more information about Second Saturdays Downtown, head to


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Augustin Brasserie Naim Amor w/Matt Mitchell 6p.m. The Bisbee Royale Jacob Acosta 8p.m., Free. Boondocks Lounge The Tall Paul Band 7p.m. The Breeze Patio and Bar The Bishop/Nelly Duo 6:30p.m. Casino del Sol Sam Morrison Band 8p.m. Chicago Bar Neon Prophet 8p.m. Club Congress The Wombats w/The CoLourist 7p.m., Presale ($12) & Day of show ($14). La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Copper and Congress w/Hello Dollface 10p.m. La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Stefan George 6:30p.m. Espresso Art (Tucson, AZ) Nicolas Sivolella 12p.m. The Hut Lollapaloozers 9p.m., Free. Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar The Holmes Levinson Group 7p.m. Maverick Crazy Heart 8:30p.m. Mint Cocktails Heather Hardy 7p.m. Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Robyn Landis 7p.m. Oro Valley Marketplace Oro Valley Concert Series feat. Mr. Boogie Woogie 6p.m., Free. Pima Community College West Campus Dr. Mark Nelson Tuba 7p.m. Plush Blind Divine w/Saint Maybe & Horse Black 9p.m., $5. Solar Culture Monster Pussy Cassette Release! 2nd-to-last show, ever! 8p.m., $5. Stadium Grill Rhythm and Blues Band Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill Laura Walsh 8p.m. Tucson Live Music Space Monster Pussy Cassette Release 7p.m., $5.



ARIZONA SONORA DESERT MUSEUM 2021 N. Kinney Road. 520-883-2702. AUGUSTIN BRASSERIE 100 S. Avenida Del Convento Ste. 150. 398-5382. AVA: ANSELMO VALENCIA TORI AMPHITHEATER Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road. (800) 3449435. THE BISBEE ROYALE 94 Main St. Bisbee. (520) 432-6750. BOONDOCKS LOUNGE 3306 N. First Ave. 690-0991. THE BREEZE PATIO AND BAR Radisson Hotel. 7217100. BRODIE’S TAVERN 2449 N. Stone Ave. 622-0447. CAFÉ PASSÉ 415 N. Fourth Ave. 624-4411. CAFÉ ROKA 35 Main St. Bisbee. (520) 432-5153. CASINO DEL SOL 5655 W. Valencia Road. (800) 344-9435. CHICAGO BAR 5954 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-8169. CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. LA COCINA RESTAURANT, CANTINA AND COFFEE BAR 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351. DESERTVIEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. SaddleBrooke. 825-5318. EDDIES COCKTAILS 8150 E. 22nd St. 290-8750. ELLIOTT’S ON CONGRESS 135 E. Congress St. 6225500. FAMOUS SAM’S E. GOLF LINKS 7129 E. Golf Links Road. 296-1245. FAMOUS SAM’S SILVERBELL 2320 N. Silverbell Road. 884-7267. FINI’S LANDING 5689 N. Swan Road. 299-1010. FOX TUCSON THEATRE 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. GERONIMO PLAZA 820 E. University Blvd. 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. 577-0326. JAVARITA COFFEEHOUSE 17750 S. La Canada Sahuarita. 520-625-1375. LAFFS COMEDY CAFFÉ 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. 323-8669. LOOKOUT BAR AND GRILLE AT WESTWARD LOOK RESORT 245 E. Ina Road. 297-1151. LOVIN’ SPOONFULS VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT 2990 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 120. 325-7766. MAVERICK 6622 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-0430. MINT COCKTAILS 3540 E. Grant Road. 881-9169. MONTEREY COURT STUDIO GALLERIES AND CAFÉ 505 W. Miracle Mile. 207-2429. MUSIC BOX 6951 E. 22nd St. 747-1421.

OLD PUEBLO GRILLE 60 N. Alvernon Way. 326-6000. ORA MAE HARN PARK 13250 N. Lon Adams Road. Marana. ORO VALLEY MARKETPLACE Oracle and Tangerine roads. Oro Valley. PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE WEST CAMPUS 2202 W. Anklam Road. 206-6600. PLUSH 340 E. Sixth St. 798-1298. RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000. RIVER’S EDGE LOUNGE 4635 N. Flowing Wells Road. 887-9027. THE ROCK 136 N. Park Ave. 629-9211. SAN XAVIER DEL BAC MISSION 1950 W. San Xavier Road. 294-2624. SHOOTERS STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON 3115 E. Prince Road. 322-0779. SHOT IN THE DARK CAFÉ 121 E. Broadway Blvd. 882-5544. THE SKYBOX RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR 5605 E. River Road. 529-7180. SOLAR CULTURE 31 E. Toole Ave. 884-0874. ST. PHILIP’S PLAZA 4280 N. Campbell Ave. 5292775. STADIUM GRILL 3682 W. Orange Grove Road. Marana. 877-8100. SULLIVAN’S STEAK HOUSE 1785 E. River Road. 299-4275. SURLY WENCH PUB 424 N. Fourth Ave. 882-0009. TOBY KEITH’S I LOVE THIS BAR AND GRILL 4500 N. Oracle Road. 265-8629. TUBAC CENTER OF THE ARTS 9 Plaza Road. Tubac. 398-2371.

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DJ AND KARAOKE Famous Sam’s Silverbell Amazing Star Karaoke 9p.m. Music Box Karaoke 9p.m. River’s Edge Lounge Karaoke w/ KJ David 8:30p.m. Whiskey Tango Karaoke 4p.m.

FRI APR 12 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Sonora Desert Museum John Jorgenson Quintet Inaugural Concert Event 6p.m., $50 - $200. Boondocks Lounge Neon Prophet 9:30p.m., $5.

Café Passé Roman Barten Sherman w/Tom Walbank 6p.m., Free. Café Roka Nancy Weaver’s Jazz Quartet 5p.m. Chicago Bar The AmoSphere 8:30p.m. Club Congress Holy Rolling Empire, Of The Painted Choir (Album Release Show) & Kaia Chesney 9p.m., $5. Club Congress Friday night with DJ Dirtyverbs IndieCumbia Dance Party on the Plaza 8p.m., Free. La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar The Greg Morton Band 6:30p.m. DesertView Performing Arts Center Tesoro 7:30p.m., Presale ($22) & Day of show ($24). Famous Sam’s E. Golf Links Shell Shock 9p.m. Fini’s Landing Michael P. and the Gullywashers 8p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre FATS: A Tribute to Fats Domino feat. Mr. Boogie Woogie 7:30p.m., $15 - $30. Geronimo Plaza SAACA Spring Concert Series feat. Shaky Bones 7p.m., Free. The Hut Planet Jam 10p.m. Irish Pub The Bishop/Nelly Duo 7p.m. Javarita Coffeehouse Work O’ the Weavers 7p.m., $10 - $20. Lovin’ Spoonfuls Vegetarian Restaurant Amber Norgaard 6p.m. Maverick Flipside 8p.m., $5. Mint Cocktails Hired Gunns 7p.m. Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café James Cowden 7p.m. Nimbus Brewing Company Taproom Crosscut Saw 7p.m., $5. Rialto Theatre Dropkick Murphys 7p.m., Presale ($27) & Day of show ($30). River’s Edge Lounge Cover Your Trax 9p.m. The Rock Abominationz Tour feat. Twiztid, Hed PE, Glasses Malone & Potluck 7p.m., Presale ($25) & Day of show ($28). Shot in the Dark Café Mark Bockel 5p.m. The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar 80’s and Gentlemen 9:30p.m. Solar Culture Angel Olsen 9p.m. Stadium Grill B-Side Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill A Boy Named Sioux 9:30p.m. Tucson Live Music Space Territory w/Seas Will Rise & Age of Collapse 7p.m., $5. Whiskey Tango Barbara Harris Band 9:30p.m.

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SAT APR 13 LIVE MUSIC 2nd Saturdays Downtown Tucson 5p.m., Free. Abounding Grace Church ICE-9 w/Bright And Childers 7p.m., Presale ($15) & Day of show ($20). Arizona Sonora Desert Museum John Jorgenson Quintet Inaugural Concert Event 6p.m., $50 - $200. Café Passé Country Saturday feat. Matthew Cordes w/

TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. TUCSON LIVE MUSIC SPACE 125 W. Ventura St. UA CROWDER HALL 1020 E. University Blvd. 6211162. UA SCHOOL OF MUSIC 1017 N. Olive Road. 6211655. WHISKEY TANGO 140 S. Kolb Road. 344-8843.


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Hans Hutchison, Hank Topless, Catfish and Weezie & Andy Hersey 7p.m., Free. Casino del Sol Edna And Ely 9p.m. Chicago Bar Neon Prophet 9p.m. Club Congress Kevinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rock n Roll Heaven 7p.m., Free. Club Congress The Hotel Congress Birthday Roast of Marques Emmanuel: Hosted by Father Larry 7p.m., Free. La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Miss Lana Rebel w/Kevin Michael Mayfield 12p.m. La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar LeeAnne Savage w/Josie Kuhn 7p.m. Eddies Cocktails Chance Romance 8:30p.m. Finiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing The Muffulettas 8p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre 2nd Saturdays Downtown feat. Domingo DeGrazia w/Lori Laska Sumberg 7p.m., Free. GJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffeehouse Rachel Zaferatos w/Jeff Anderson & Matt Lynn 7p.m. The Hut Mike & Randyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 420 Show 4p.m. Irish Pub Irish Pub Golf Tournament w/B Side 7p.m. Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar Birks Works 7p.m. Lookout Bar and Grille at Westward Look Resort Five Way Street 7:30p.m. Maverick Flipside 8p.m., $5. Mint Cocktails Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Blink Burlesque 8p.m. Monterey Court Studio Galleries and CafĂŠ Randy Prentice Band 7p.m. Nimbus Brewing Company Taproom Those Beatles Guys 7p.m., $5. Ora Mae Harn Park Marana Bluegrass Festival Day I 9:45a.m., $7 - $12. Plush gHosTcOw 9:30p.m., $5. Rialto Theatre Modest Mouse***SOLD OUT*** 7p.m., $34 - $39. Riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Edge Lounge Shell Shock 9p.m. The Rock Local Love Battle of the Bands Round 2 6p.m. St. Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plaza Arts in the Plaza Fine Art & Jazz Festival 10a.m. Stadium Grill Vuju Blues 7p.m. Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steak House The Bishop/Nelly Duo 7p.m., Free. Toby Keithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s I Love This Bar and Grill A Boy Named Sioux 9p.m. Tucson Live Music Space Some Kind of Nightmare w/ Gloomsday 7p.m., $5. UA Crowder Hall Jeff Lewis Quartet 7p.m.

COMEDY Monterey Court Studio Galleries and CafĂŠ Not Burnt Out Unscrewed 6p.m.

DJ AND KARAOKE La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar DJ Herm 10p.m., $3. Famous Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silverbell Amazing Star Karaoke 9p.m. Mint Cocktails DJ 10p.m. Music Box DJ Lluvia 9p.m. Surly Wench Pub Fineline Revisted (DJ)

SUN APR 14 LIVE MUSIC Chicago Bar Reggae Sundays feat. Papa Ranger 7p.m. Club Congress The Hot Club of Tucson 10:30a.m. Club Congress Worst of Both Worlds feat. Baauer w/ Danny Brown 7p.m., Presale ($20) & Day of show ($23). La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Catfish

and Weezie 12p.m. La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Charlie Mosbrook w/Cathy Rivers 7p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre Lila Downs 7p.m., $35 - $50. The Hut Benefit for Jesus Acedo 7:30p.m. Monterey Court Studio Galleries and CafĂŠ Sunday Jazz Showcase w/Chillie Willie Groove 5p.m. Old Pueblo Grille Pete Swan 7p.m. Ora Mae Harn Park Marana Bluegrass Festival Day II 9:45p.m., $7 - $12. Rialto Theatre Tegan And Sara w/Stars***SOLD OUT*** 7p.m., $33 - $38. San Xavier del Bac Mission Patronato Spring Concert 5p.m., $75. Shooters Steakhouse and Saloon Heather Hardy w/ Sabra Faulk 4p.m. St. Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plaza Arts in the Plaza Fine Art & Jazz Festival 10p.m. St. Thomas the Apostle Arizona Repertory Singers 2p.m., $15. Tubac Center of the Arts Swiggtones Benefit Concert 1p.m., $10. Tucson Convention Center Arizona Friends of Chamber Music: Violinist Caroline Goulding 3p.m., $30. UA School of Music Schaeffer Memorial Guitar Competition 2:30p.m., Free.

UA School of Music UA Concert Jazz Band 7:30p.m., Free.

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AVA: Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater Travis Tritt 8p.m., $15 - $75. The Bisbee Royale Amy Ross 7p.m., Free. CafĂŠ PassĂŠ Glen Gross Quartet 7p.m., Free. Chicago Bar Bad News Blues Band 7p.m., $3. Club Congress Beware Of Darkness 7p.m., Presale ($8) & Day of show ($10). La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Malaikat Dan Singa w/Ohioan 10p.m. La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Collin Shook Trio 6:30p.m. Finiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing Tony Frank Trio 7p.m., Free. Fox Tucson Theatre Jeff Bridges and the Abiders 6:30p.m. Irish Pub The All Bill Band With Mindy 7p.m. Maverick Back 2 Back 8p.m. Monterey Court Studio Galleries and CafĂŠ Stefan George 6:30p.m. Plush Negativland 9p.m., $8 - $10. Rialto Theatre Cafe Tacvba 7p.m., $40. Tucson Live Music Space At TLMS: Comfort Creature 7p.m., $5. UA School of Music UA Studio Jazz Ensemble 7:30p.m., $5. Whiskey Tango Acoustic Jam and Songwriters Showcase 8p.m.



Boondocks Lounge The Bryan Dean Trio 6p.m., Free. Chicago Bar The Ronstadt Generations 7p.m. Elliottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Congress Jazz Guild Jam with Tony Frank 8p.m. Gaslight Theatre A Simon and Garfunkel Tribute w/ Walker Foard and Mike Yarema 8p.m., $7.95 - $17.95. Rialto Theatre Local Natives 7p.m., $23 - $28. UA School of Music Chamber Music Showcase hosted by James Reel and Ted Prichard. 7:30p.m., Free.

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What was the first concert you attended? Goldfinger. And it was at the beautifully old decrepit Rialto of the ’90s, not the pretty new one of today. What are you listening to these days? It is spring so I’m transitioning from the Leonard Cohen, Cat Power and the xx to more spring-sounding music like the Flaming Lips, Grizzly Bear and Twin Shadow. I also always have a playlist going of artists that are coming to perform in Tucson, so I’ve been listening a lot to Phoenix and Parov Stelar. What was the first album you owned? It was through the Columbia Records club and you got 12 for the price of one in the mail. The three that I remember are the Forrest Gump soundtrack, Weezer’s Blue Album and The Sound of Music. So, a pretty diverse lineup. What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love but you just don’t get? Mainstream country is completely beyond me. What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live? Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie.

Performing April 10 Josie Kuhn (Nashville folk artist ) April 11 Robyn Landis (americana/folk) April 12 James Cowden (folk,blues,roots ) April 13 Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed (comedy troupe) & Randy Prentice Band (rock/blues, r&b) April 14 Chillie Willie Groove (smooth jazz) April 16 Local Acoustic Artists April 17 Stefan George (blues) April 18 Corey Spector (classic 60’s-80’s)

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Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure? I’m not really ashamed of anything I listen to. Great pop music can be very enticing—Justin Timberlake and Hall & Oates. What song would you like to have played at your funeral? Something wacky I suppose; something out of the ordinary. Something like the Decemberists’ “Mariners Revenge Song.” It has everything you need for a well-looking wake—ghosts, privateers, whales. What band or artist changed your life and how? I think they all play different parts in your life. I think there’s a perfect album for every moment. The Beatles, Belle and Sebastian, Bowie, Burt Bacharach and the Black Keys— and that’s just the B’s. They’ve all had a huge impact. It’s why I never stop seeking out new music. I think you discover just as much about yourself with each new record. Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time? Paul Simon, Graceland.




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TOPAZ TUNDRA Friday, April 5 With only three live performances to date, Burning Palms are the best new band in Tucson. For the most part, these four young women have little prior musical experience, and that’s part of what makes them great. An intoxicating concoction of blues, garagepunk, and various religious musics, Burning Palms have the energy, songs, and the ability to sound like they’re cursing you to hell from three echo chambers away. A hair less impressive were Otherly Love. I’ve seen this three-piece a few times before, and they have played better. But Otherly Love on an off night are still pretty great. You could say they’re a hippie jam band. You could’ve also said that about Funkadelic in 1971. And like Funkadelic, Otherly Love work heavy and loose grooves into mindless oblivion. The singer has a soul-inflected falsetto, and the guitarist sounds like a horn section. Only the opening and closing high-speed country songs fell flat. Colleen Green, on tour from Los Angeles, presents a very contradictory act. Musically, with her archaic drum machine beats and three chord pop-rock songs, she most closely resembles the late ‘80s records of the Jesus and Mary Chain. But where JAMC singer Jim Reid put on dark sunglasses and mumbled to stylize his own lack of emotional resonance, Colleen Green wears the shades to be invulnerable as she expresses true feelings. Green’s anti-ironic masquerade of coolness covering fragility makes her a compelling performer and artist, but not a mainstream celebrity. Time will tell whether Tacoma, Washington’s Widowspeak will make it to that status, but if they don’t, it’s not for lack of talent. A quintet led by singer/guitarist Molly Hamilton, Widowspeak mine a territory not since heard from the likes of Mazzy Star in the early to mid-’90s, albeit louder and more indebted to traditional rock and roll. More congruent and immediate than the rest of the bands on the bill, Widowspeak, and especially Hamilton, dwarfed the tiny confines of Topaz Tundra with their fine music and oversized charisma. A left-field, but totally sensible cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” and the fact that people were actually making out throughout their set, only served to elevate the overt sensuality and warmth already evident in their music. While Burning Palms provided the finest performance of the night, the energy Hamilton and Widowspeak conjured was akin to a meteorite landing in a living room. And with that, a star is born. Joshua Levine











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Raw melancholy and introspection in an eerily quiet indie-Americana context? Angel Olsen is a singer-songwriter after my own heart. From Chicago, Olsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a veteran of playing with Bonnie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Princeâ&#x20AC;? Billy and The Cairo Gang, and on this, her first full-length release, she often is accompanied by guitarist Emmett Kelly. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sparse, haunting and beautiful album, on which the centerpiece is the 7½-minute â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lonely Universe,â&#x20AC;? an elegant dirge with tickled guitars and solemn drums. In it, lost love is equated with an apocalypse of cosmic proportions, and Olsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich, country-folk voice â&#x20AC;&#x201D;imagine a cross between Patsy Cline and Buffy SaintMarieâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sounds both intimate and expansive as she sings, â&#x20AC;&#x153;losing your mind, it ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t half as bad as it seems.â&#x20AC;? Elsewhere, she sounds like a female Leonard Cohen, especially during the stripped-down acoustic arrangements of such tunes as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Acrobat.â&#x20AC;? She also successfully conflates slowcore with rockabilly on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tiniest Seed,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freeâ&#x20AC;? and, especially, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Waiting,â&#x20AC;? a charmingly sad rumination on â&#x20AC;&#x153;foolishly waitingâ&#x20AC;? for the ideal lover. Like the best blues artists, Olsen is able to navigate the darkest passages of human emotions without slipping under. Even though she embraces elegant despondence, she retains an abiding sense of hopefulness. Gene Armstrong Angel Olsen will play Friday, April 12, at Solar Culture Gallery, 31 E. Toole Ave. The show starts at 9 p.m. with opening act Villages. Admission: $8. All ages admitted;; 884-0874.

Of The Painted Choirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second EP is a wonderful foursong collection of late â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s would-be AM radio pop, in the swinging vein of Nancy Sinatra, and the layered, yearning productions of Scott Walker and David Axelrod. Singer/songwriter/multiinstrumentalist/producer Frederick Huang, formally a behind the scenes man for local band Mostly Bears, creates symphonic arrangements that frame his high-register croon with elements of non-rock pop, lounge jazz, and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s cowboy fantasies. Rounding out the quartet is former Bled member Darren Simoes, keyboardist Phillip Hanna (formerly of Phoenixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kinch), and bassist Wayne Jones (from the band Tugboat, also from Phoenix). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been said that taste is the enemy of rock and roll music, but in the nonrock world, good taste and restraint can work wonders, as they do here. Opener â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lula, My Babyâ&#x20AC;? sets the tone for the EP with its up-tempo beat, and soaring vocals. Huang stretches his syllables until the lyrics are nearly incomprehensible; the sound of his haunting tenor delivers the message until he clearly declares â&#x20AC;&#x153;she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go homeâ&#x20AC;? in the songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refrain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Spanish Mountainâ&#x20AC;? further uses dynamic shifts, sighing textures, and, sometimes, an abandonment of language itself, evoking the longing for an ideal world for which no words have been created. Joshua Levine Of the Painted Choir celebrates the release of its new EP with a show at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Friday, April 12. Holy Rolling Empire headlines, and Kaia Chesney opens at 9 p.m. $5. 21 and older. 622-8848.

The shouted gang vocals that open Signed and Sealed in Blood are a statement of purpose for Dropkick Murphys: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The boys are back and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for trouble.â&#x20AC;? Eight studio albums in, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s burly, raucous Irish punk is as fun as ever. Working again with producer Ted Hutt, Dropkick Murphys have mastered the balance between charging-ahead punk and those Celtic adornments of banjo, mandolin, whistle, accordion and bagpipes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jimmy Collinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wakeâ&#x20AC;? is a more traditional, acoustic song, celebrating another bit of Boston heritage: baseball. With lyrics written by Rich Johnson, curator of the Boston Sports Museum, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rousing celebration of a long-gone era and local hero Collins, the Hall of Famer who was the winning manager of the first World Series. Next is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Upon Us,â&#x20AC;? which recounts the dysfunctional, brandyand-egg-nog-fueled mayhem of some families: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you think yours is crazy, well you should see mine.â&#x20AC;? With twits, whack jobs, losers and those who delight in giving giftwrapped boxes of shit, the band sings of a colorful sort of misery: â&#x20AC;&#x153;With family like this I would have to confess Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be better off lonely, distraught and depressed.â&#x20AC;? After 17 years, Dropkick Murphys havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t slowed a bit, and this latest batch of carefree punk songs keeps the good times going strong. Eric Swedlund Dropkick Murphys perform with The Insurgence on Friday, April 12 at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. $28 advance; $31 day of show; all ages; 740-1000;


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MEDICAL MJ Mr. Smith covers some of the reasons getting a medical marijuana card might not be a good idea

Off the Radar BY J.M. SMITH, ast week, I met a guy who had just moved to Arizona. He’s a longtime friend of cannabis who grew up in California, and now he’s here en el Pueblo viejo, wondering what to do about medicating his various and sundry ailments. He’s torn between getting a medical cannabis card and doing what he’s always done, which is fly under the radar, fending off arrest with caution and responsible cannabis use. It got me thinking, and I realized there are good arguments for both. You might think having a card is the safest, smartest way to go, the only responsible and upstanding thing to do, but don’t be hasty. There are plausible reasons to not get a cannabis card.


Lists Every once in a while in this wannabe Great Society of ours, things leak out around the edges of our lives and spawn disaster. We’ve long seen it among politicians. Perfectly normal human beings (other than wanting to be politicians) are thrust needlessly under the bus for doing things that mean nothing in the scheme of things. (Can you say Anthony Weiner?) And nowadays it’s not just happening to the rich and famous. It’s happening to some of the most regular people on the planet, like restaurant servers and IT nerds. So the first reason not to have a cannabis card is lists. Once you get a card, you’re on a list, and if that particular list goes CannaLeaks, it could be embarrassing or even professionally disastrous. Some folks might not care much about being on lists or whether the lists they’re already on go public, but some might. My Cali friend is hesitant. “Once you get a card, you’re in somebody’s database,” he said. True dat.

Arrest You might think having an MMJ card would avert arrest, but again, don’t be hasty. It will probably prevent a possession charge, but that might be the least of your worries. Police have been known these days to ask drivers at DUI checkpoints, “Do you have any medical

marijuana in your car?” If you say yes or even admit to having a card, you could be vulnerable to DUI. In Arizona, if you have metabolites of cannabis in your blood—the stuff they look for in job-related urine screenings—you can get a DUI. Any cannabis user knows those metabolites can last up to 30 days in your system. If police have reason to suspect impairment, which they will find if they want it, they can give you a blood test. Not having a medical card averts that line of law enforcement snooping. Medical cannabis patients frequently carry cannabis around, because they think they can. My Cali friend has no false sense of MMJ security, so he rarely travels with cannabis. Even if he does, prosecution is unlikely for the 0.5 of a gram (a joint) he would have. “When you get older, you get a lot more responsible about it,” he said. “When I was young, I always had to carry all my pot with me all the time. You know, just stupid. Never carry more than you can eat.”

Cost Money is also part of the equation. A cannabis card costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $250 – that’s $99 for an evaluation, and $150 for state fees. Every year, it’s the same. Over 10 years, that’s $2,500. That’s a lot more than a responsible black-market cannabis user pays. I know some folks who have been smoking cannabis for 40 years and have never paid a single penny to the government for any cannabis-related reason, be it fees or applications for cards or fines. That’s a $10,000 savings over four decades. So you can argue for keeping it as legit as possible, pushing the paradigm shift ahead and being a part of the wave that is lashing at bastions of cannabis law. You can get a card and be the change you want to see. Or you can march to the traditional drum, staying the course and keeping your head low and eyes open the way cannabis users have been doing for almost a century. “I don’t know,” said my Cali pal. “We’ll just have to see.”


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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny. Go to to check out Rob Brezsny’s EXPANDED WEEKLY HOROSCOPE 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700 $1.99 per minute. 18 and over. Touchtone phone required. ARIES (March 21-April 19): German theologian Martin Luther (1483-1546) was a central figure in the rebellion against the Catholic Church that led to the Protestant Reformation. You’ll never guess where he was when he was struck by the epiphany that became the core axiom of his new religion. I’ll tell you: He was sitting on the toilet in the Wittenberg Monastery. The Holy Spirit gave him the crucial knowledge then and there, or so he testified. In this spirit, Aries, keep a very open mind about where you will be and what you will be doing when your illuminations arrive this week. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Your task is to uncover the semi-happy ending that was hidden back in the story’s beginning. Once you do that, you may be able to create a graceful and honorable climax. In fact, I don’t think you will be able to bring about the semi-happy ending any other way. It’s crucial that you return to the original flash of inspiration—the time when all the plot lines that eventually developed were first germinating. You need to remember fate’s primal promise. You’ve got to read the signs you missed in the early going.

wield extra influence. People are receptive to being moved by your heart-felt intelligence. So please do more than simply push for greater efficiency, order and discipline. Those things are good, but I hope you will also be a radiant role model who exemplifies what it means to be soulful. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Golden Rock is a Buddhist holy site in Burma. It’s a small pagoda built on top of a giant boulder that in turn seems to be precariously balanced at the edge of a down-sloping bed of rock. How does the boulder remain stationary? Why doesn’t it roll off the edge? It appears to defy gravity. Legend says that it’s held in place by a single strand of hair from the Buddha’s head. I suspect that many of you Leos will soon have access to a tricky asset with resemblances to that magic strand. True, it might be merely metaphorical. But if used correctly, it could become a key element in a future foundation.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you play poker, the odds are one in 649,740 that you will get a royal flush. That’s an ace, king, queen, jack and 10 of one suit. As for drawing a straight flush—any five consecutive cards of one suit—the odds are one in 72,192. Judging from the current astrological omens, Gemini, I’d say your chance of getting one of those hands is far better than usual—maybe one in 88,000 for the royal flush and one in 8,888 for the straight flush. But those still aren’t great odds. On the other hand, getting a flush— all five cards of the same suit—is normally one in 509, but these days it’s pretty likely for you. The moral of the story, not just for when you’re playing cards, but in whatever you do: Expect really good luck, but not miraculous, out-of-this-world luck.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It’s SoulSearching Season: a good time to go in search of your soul. To aid your quest, I’ll offer a few lines from “A Few Words on the Soul,” a poem by Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska. “We have a soul at times,” she says. “No one’s got it non-stop, for keeps. Day after day, year after year may pass without it. For every thousand conversations, it participates in one, if even that, since it prefers silence. It’s picky: our hustling for a dubious advantage and creaky machinations make it sick. Joy and sorrow aren’t two different feelings for it. It attends us only when the two are joined. We can count on it when we’re sure of nothing and curious about everything. It won’t say where it comes from or when it’s taking off again, though it’s clearly expecting such questions. We need it but apparently it needs us for some reason too.” (Translation by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh. Read the whole poem here:

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place,” wrote the poet Rumi. This is excellent advice for you right now, Cancerian. You are nearing the peak of your power to express yourself with beautiful accuracy. You have more skill than usual at understanding and conveying the interesting truth. As a result, you’re in a position to

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “I do not believe in God,” said Mexican painter Diego Rivera, “but I believe in Picasso.” My poet-musician friend Tanya has a similar philosophy. “I don’t believe in God, or even Goddess, for that matter,” she says. “But I do believe in Patti Smith.” Do you have a God-substitute, Libra? Or, if you do have faith in a Cosmic Wow, is


there also a more approachable, secondtier source of divinity you love? According to my reading of the astrological omens, you would really benefit from feeling an intimate kind of reverence right now—a tender devotion for something higher and brighter that awakens the sleeping part of your lust for life. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): This would be an excellent time to stage staring contests with yourself in the mirror. There’s a high likelihood that you will win every time. I think you’ll also have great success whenever you try to read your own mind. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you’ve got an uncanny knack for plucking buried secrets and self-deceptions out of their hiding places. One more thing, Scorpio: Have you ever considered how fun it might be to wash your own brain and kick your own butt? Now would be an excellent time to experiment with those radical acts of healing. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness,” writes novelist Chuck Palahniuk. “We have no scar to

show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” Your assignment in the coming days, Sagittarius, is to prove Palahniuk wrong. As the surges of sweetness flow through you, as your secret joy ripens into bright blooming bliss, imprint the sensations on your memory. Vow to remember them for the rest of your life. Make these breakthrough moments into talismans that will serve as magical spells whenever you need rejuvenation in the future. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein had his priorities straight. This is what he said about his profession: “In philosophy the race is won by the one who can run slowest—the one who crosses the finish line last.” It’s my belief, Capricorn, that a similar rule should apply to you in the coming days—no matter what project you’re working on or goal you’re trying to accomplish. Proceed slowly enough to be absolutely thorough, meticulous, and conscientious. As you make your way to the finish line, be as deep as you dare. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In Samuel Beckett’s novel Molloy, the main character

talks about a long overland journey he took on foot and by bicycle. Before the trip, he had read somewhere that when people are lost in a forest, they often imagine they’re moving in a straight line when in fact they’re going in a circle. That’s why, during his own travels, he intentionally walked in a circle, hoping thereby to go straight. Although this might sound like a loopy strategy, Aquarius, I think it will make sense for you to adopt in the coming week. Your apparent path may be very different, maybe even opposite, to your actual path. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Are you in competition with someone who is doing mediocre work? Do you find it incomprehensible that anyone would pay attention to that weak expression instead of flocking to your beautiful vibe? If so, here’s my advice. Withdraw your attention from your inferior opponent. Don’t waste a minute feeling jealous or resentful or incredulous. Instead, concentrate your energy on making your production so strong and smart and irresistible that you simply overshadow and overwhelm your rival’s.

¡ASK A MEXICAN! BY GUSTAVO ARELLANO, Dear Mexican: We’re in state testing this week at the high school I teach at. After the students finish a section, they can only sit and read or just sit. I did an experiment: I chose the cholo-est, tatted, pierced, non-reader and dropped your book on their desk. Students that never read, read for 45 minutes straight. They were seeing words that they use every day in print for the first time. They had as much fun with the glossary as with the questions. They were sharing, laughing, discussing what they read. Then I set the hook: “We’ll be using that book in my Chicano Studies class.” Best recruiting tool ever. That’s my personal copy, and it’s getting beat up. I’ll be ordering more for the classroom. Thanks again: you have made my job much easier. Maestro Man Dear Gabacho: It’s stories like yours that make writing this column worth all the hate mail. The próxima question, on the other hand… I’m a 23-year-old Mexican girl on my second year at a Cal State University and also work part-time at a hospital. I’m dating a white boy who is 25 and works a minimum wage job and graduated with a GED. We have been dating for over a year now, but when we were about six months into the relationship we decided to move out. Due to our financial difficulties, we had to move back in with our parents. Now, my traditional father is almost forcing us to get married since we have lived together, or dump him and find someone else who is doing better for himself. It’s so bad that now my white boyfriend does not feel comfortable coming over. How do I confront my Mexican father about us not living in Mexico and times have changed, and what do I tell my white boyfriend? A Confused and Sad Mexican Girl Dear Wabette: While I’m all for new traditions and the exiling of rancho mores to the rancho, don’t discount your father’s partial common sense. Primeramente, you’re WAY too young to be settling down with one guy right now—

Dios mío, you haven’t even finished college! And while I’m not going to hate on folks who earned only a GED, a gabacho who wasn’t able to graduate high school when he was supposed to is like a Mexican man who was only able to eat 10 tacos at the last family carne asada Sunday—a disgrace to the raza, and not much of an hombre. Not only that, if your dad really was old escuela, he would’ve accepted the two of you moving out in the first place AND he’d have problems with you going to college, period! So pay attention to your papi saying to look for someone else, but do tell him that the days of a woman having to marry the first man that bedded him went the way of the tequila bottle at my friend Gaby’s wedding. Finally, refry your humble Mexican’s advice, chula: There are many flavors of chorizo in the market, so why buy the first one you see instead of tasting all of them? And finish your education and find yourself a career before getting a novio—the future you’re saving is your own. 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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