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Christopher Nolan ends his Batman trilogy with a satisfying finale

Irene Messina 6 Jim Hightower 6


Mailbag 8 Guest Commentary 8

CURRENTS The Skinny 9 By Jim Nintzel

Distinguishing Between Dems 9 By Hank Stephenson

Candidates in one of the few competitive legislative districts highlight differences Media Watch 10 By John Schuster

Marist Tempest 11 By Tim Vanderpool

As a grand building crumbles, politicians bicker and the diocese shrugs Weekly Wide Web 12 Compiled by Dan Gibson

Police Dispatch 12

Going for the gold medal in being a public nuisance since 1984.

By Anna Mirocha

Advice for Coping 13 By David Mendez

Tips for parents who need to talk to their kids about tragedies, like wildfires Congressional Dreaming 14 By Mari Herreras

Four underdogs hope to upset two clear favorites in the new CD 1

Kind Is Good I despise people who do not treat service-industry employees well. Due to a family matter, I have recently been spending some time in lovely Reno, Nev. (and it really is lovely; the Reno 911! folks can bite me). I am staying at a hotel-casino. I won’t name the particular hotel at which I am staying, but I will say this: The weekday rate is $20 per day (and that rate goes to a not-so-whopping $45 or $55 on weekends), and while the property is showing its age a bit, it’s clean and comfy, for the most part. So, on average, it costs less than $29 per day to stay. And on top of that, when you check in, you get a sheet of coupons for cocktails and meals and whatnot. Nice deal. Anyway, on one recent morning, I got on an elevator. Already inside were two older women who were not happy with their accommodations. They were bitching about mildew or something, to which I responded, “What do you expect for $20 per night?” That remark bounced off, and they kept whining. Finally, one of the women brought up the aforementioned coupon sheet. “The bellman gave it to me and said there’s $60 worth of coupons,” the woman bleated. “Well, I looked at it, and didn’t see anything worth $60, so I gave it back to him and told him he could wipe his ass with it.” Wow. Now, if this woman wanted to complain to hotel management about the mildew or the lame coupons, that would be one thing. But to be mean to an employee who’s just trying to do his job is another. Be nice, people. There’s no reason to lash out at your fellow human beings who have done nothing wrong.



City Week 20 Our picks for the week

Milwaukee Born 44 By Eric Swedlund

It’s easy to root for the five rambling, stinky dudes in Jaill

TQ&A 22 Michael Campbell, Hearth Foundation

Honky-Tonk Surf Rock 46 By Gene Armstrong

Boom Chick is on a mission to make sure that early rock ’n’ roll doesn’t get swept aside

PERFORMING ARTS Stamp of Disapproval 28 By Sherilyn Forrester

Soundbites 44

LTW gives Mauritius a good go, but the playwright’s lightweight script falls flat

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Nine Questions 51

In the Himalayan Foothills 33

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UA emeritus professor Anoop Chandola offers an informative dip into a complex culture

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MEDICAL MJ Circular Logic 55 The government says no to MMJ studies—and then cites a lack of study to deny MMJ to patients

A Sober Gotham 34 By Bob Grimm

Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy ends with a good ride


Film Times 35 A Breathtaking Effort 36 By Colin Boyd

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a beautiful fantasy you’ll hear a lot about at awards season Now Showing at Home 37

CHOW Missing Something 39


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

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merica has been dumbing down for the past few decades in what has been an intellectual death of a thousand cuts. From exponential grade-inflation at Harvard to the fact that even one person in this country would watch Jersey Shore, it has been a long, steady slide into mediocrity. It is with great regret that I report that the national period of dumbing down is coming to an end, having been replaced with an accelerated program of stupiding down. Apparently, the old way wasn’t creating morons at a rapid-enough pace. I witnessed the tipping point the other day and experienced a sadness that defies description.

I thought that God, having revealed to me the depths to which our society could sink, was going to take me right then and there. However, He didn’t; maybe God was busy elsewhere, or perhaps He just doesn’t give a crap about me. Or maybe there isn’t even a God at all to give a crap about anybody. (Exhibit A: Syria.) We’ve all seen the signs leading up to this point. There were little things, like the idiot woman who sued McDonald’s because the hot coffee she spilled on herself turned out to be … hot. It doesn’t cost McDonald’s anything to print a warning on the cups, but the warning is only there to keep McDonald’s from getting sued by the next stupid person who doesn’t know what “hot” means. When I was in Yellowstone National Park recently, there were signs everywhere warning people not to walk right up to the bears or the bison. You really need a sign for that? Actually, it appears that they do, because the week after I was there, some guy got thrown in the air and stomped on by a buffalo he had walked right up to. I remember my dismay when the University of Arizona changed the letter grade F to an E to keep from hurting people’s feelings. What the heck?! You’re attending a major university; you didn’t complete the course in a satisfactory manner. You failed; you didn’t eail. Besides, a little bit of failure is good for people. It teaches us to strive for and appreciate success all the more. Anyway, to my Armageddon Moment: I was in a grocery store. Having gotten everything I needed, and after staring at the fried chicken in the deli section for way too long before eventually turning away, I approached the checkout stands. I only had a few items in my shopping cart, so I looked for the express lane. And then I saw it, the sign that marked the beginning of the end for our civilization. In the express lane, there was a sign that read “Around 15 Items.”

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This goes way beyond catering to the scofflaws in our society who believe that speed limits are merely suggestions. This is telling people that they don’t have to take the time to count to 15 (!) before they inconvenience others. It’s insane! We’ve all been there before, stuck in that line behind people who are unloading a full cart, oblivious to those around them, as well as to the concept of numbers. It has happened to me so many times over the years that I began to categorize the jerks. I have never seen an African American do that. I don’t know if that means that they are especially polite, or maybe it’s just that only 2 percent of Tucsonans are black. I haven’t done an entire demographic breakdown of the phenomenon, but I do know that the mode (that which occurs most often in a statistical sample) involves a woman who thinks that she’s better-looking than she actually is. One time, I was behind this woman who probably had 30 items. I pointed out the sign to her, and she said, in Spanish, “I can’t read English.” That makes it OK?! I asked her, also in Spanish, “¿Como se dice ‘15’ en español?” She repeated that she couldn’t read English, at which time I said, “So that means you don’t drive, because you can’t read the street signs, right?” That woman is basically the poster child for the “Re-elect Joe Arpaio” campaign. Even Lindsay Lohan, who is as dumb as a stick, said, “Math is the same in every language.” Oh of course, it was in a movie, and Tina Fey had written the words for her, but she did manage to get through the line without passing out, throwing up or hitting somebody with her car. Another time at the store, a teenage girl looked back, somewhat embarrassed, and said, “I guess I can’t count up to 15.” I said, “Yeah, that home-schooling sucks.” I now know that most home-schooled kids can, indeed, count to 15. They would just never be in a supermarket with other human beings. Anyway, I sought out the store manager and asked him about the “Around 15” sign, and his response (speaking for the entire grocery-store chain) was, “Well, you know …” When I assured him that I most certainly did not know, he said, “Like, what if they have 16?” I don’t know if I’m going to shop there very much in the future. If they can do something like that, then pretty soon, they’re probably going to be selling stuff called Maybe a Mango or Sorta Steak.







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very Sunday afternoon, Janet Bain and her dance partner take the floor at Karyn Garvin’s training center on 29th Street. The dance floor is spacious, and chairs are set up along the side for spectators. A portable CD player supplies music, and air conditioning keeps the place cool. It’s just another dance practice— except that Janet’s dance partner is a dog named Dreygo. Dreygo is a 90-plus-pound Doberman pinscher. With dark-brown coloring and long legs, his power and agility are evident as Janet guides him through their routine. He follows her verbal instructions and moves in tune with the music, Captain and Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together.”

Let’s take another trip deep into the Magic Kingdom of Laissez-Fairyland, and prostrate ourselves before the infallible and inscrutable force known as The Free Market. While this awesome deity cannot be seen, the high priests of TFM fundamentalism insist that we mere mortals must have As Tennille sings, “Just stop … ’cause I really love you,” faith that its mysterious workings are always Dreygo halts—in perfect timing with the song. in our best interests. Yeah, sure—we saw Janet and Dreygo are members of the Tucson Musical how well that worked out for us wandering Canine Freestyle Club, whose mission is to “celebrate the pilgrims after you true believers deregulated unique bond between humans and their canine partners Wall Street, which then crashed on our through the utilization of music and dance.” Musical canine streets. freestyle is choreographed obedience moves put to music. So, crashees, you might want to gird The Tucson Musical Canine Freestyle Club is one yourselves, because free-market purists of the oldest such clubs in the country and has about a intend for us to have another ungodly relidozen members. According to the World Canine Freestyle gious encounter with their omnipotent deity. Organization, musical canine freestyle started in Canada Looking at America’s trillion-dollar studentdebt crisis, these spiritualists had a burnand Europe in the late ’80s, and in the United States in the ing-bush revelation: The crisis can be early ’90s. The sport is growing, and competitions take place healed by letting the magic market (aka worldwide. Wall Street) lay its hands on the funding of Canine advocates need not be concerned. “Our joy is college educations. highlighting our dogs and not making them into some Get the government out of the student humanlike stand-in,” says member Kim Duffek. This means loan business, they preach, and let global no movements on hind legs. speculators invest directly in students by Adds Janet with a laugh, “They don’t have to dance covering their tuitions. In other words, turn backward and forward on high heels.” Costumes are kept students into just another Wall Street commodity to be purchased by the wealthy. THIS MODERN WORLD By Tom Tomorrow But venture capitalists expect fat returns on their investments. What do they get back for covering some kid’s tuition? A chunk of the kid’s future, that’s what. After graduation, students’ incomes would be attached by the financiers. Since free-market doctrine dictates that investors should always seek to maximize their returns, they would have a direct interest (and maybe even a legal right) in making their investees pursue careers that make the most money for them. The first thing to know about the free market is that it’s not free, and turning Wall Street loose on college students turns them into chattel, effectively indenturing them to investors.

simple, such as a dog wearing a tie. Commands are similar to those used in obedience training, like “Come,” “Sit” and “Heel,” but others indicate dance moves, such as “Turn,” “Twirl,” “Weave” and “Circle.” Club treasurer Constance Meade says that some trainers come up with their own commands. For example, instead of using the word “Bow,” which sounds similar to the word “down,” Constance uses the word “Curtsy.” She says routines run between two and three minutes. Neither dog nor human need to meet specific requirements. “Anybody can do it, and any dog can do it, at any age, if you are careful about expectations,” Janet says. “It requires time, patience and kindness.” She says people dance with large dogs, like her Dreygo, and also dogs as small as Chihuahuas. All three women say they have a lot of fun dancing with their dogs. But the dogs also enjoy the activity. This was very clear as I watched Constance and her dog, Jester, a border collie. As Michael Flatley’s “Dance Over the Rainbow” played, Jester moved alongside Constance, going backward and forward, in circles and even between her legs. This was a happy dog, and his tail wagged the entire time he was on the dance floor. Kim says her dog, Henry, a standard poodle, likes certain songs more than others. She recalls a time when Henry was in a “dead sleep” and got up when he heard Linda Ronstadt’s version of “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” playing. Constance agrees and says that you can tell when a dog doesn’t like a song or a particular dance move. “They will shake, sniff the floor, wander away—that kind of thing. If you try out a different piece of music, all of sudden, there’s a very distinct (change) in behavior.” The human reaction to musical canine freestyle has also changed over the years. When Janet saw a dog dancing for the first time in 1989, she told others about it, and everyone laughed, she recalls. These days, the women say fewer people chuckle or stare at them blankly when they speak of the sport. Club members are passionate about sharing the sport with others. They teach classes, attend competitions and perform lots of community service. They also visit retirement communities, schools and animal-rescue events to demonstrate musical canine freestyle. Usually, at least some in the audience have never seen a dog dancing. “Some people sit in the back, because they are fearful of dogs. But by the end, they reach out and touch a dog,” Janet says. With some simple commands, gentle moves and a little music, look what dancing with a dog can do. For more information about the Tucson Musical Canine Freestyle Club, visit





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Thanks to Tim Vanderpool for a terrific article on the struggles faced by local no-kill animal shelters (“Expensive Care,� Currents, July 5). People are often happy to learn that no-kill sanctuaries exist for animals that can no longer be cared for by their owners. A fact that is frequently overlooked: The extent to which these shelters can take in animals depends on donations from the public. Shelters face constant challenges, as there is never a shortage of strays needing care, yet there is rarely a surplus of volunteers to help. Until our society fully embraces and supports adequate spay-neuter services for companion animals, our pet-overpopulation problem will persist. I invite Tucsonans to visit a local no-kill shelter and fall in love with some of the special animals housed there. Choose one or two to sponsor, and help sustain our no-kill shelters throughout the year. A sponsorship makes a great gift. What could be better than having an animal to bestow affection upon without having to clean up after it?

An effort to cut down on potential forestfire fuel has run into some troubling obstacles

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Comments From Readers at Regarding “Connie the Elephant Has Diedâ€? (The Range, July 19): Tim Vanderpool covered this whole charade relentlessly, and the Reid Park Zoo continued to evade, lie and concoct facts, especially with the tax-paying public. Shame on them! Bravo, though, to Tim and the Weekly for at least attempting to reveal the sad truth, and (warning about) one tragic event, which many biologists had predicted would occur with the elephant move. —Regina Regarding “A Toby-Keith Themed Restaurant Is Opening at the Mallâ€? (The Range, July 17): Sounds like a fun change for some of us not into the downtown scene ‌ which is great for those who enjoy that style! I just think it would be fun to go somewhere a little different (yet offering something that) used to be popular in the Tucson area! Let’s all go, and (be) open to a new place! We sure need it here! Just have fun people! —Wendy Davis



rizona’s flammable ponderosa pine forests stretch from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon above the Mogollon Rim to the White Mountains in the east. Most of that land—glory country for recreationists, as well as the watershed for the Grand Canyon, the Phoenix area and many nearby towns—lies within four national forests. As most Westerners know by now, a century of fire suppression has caused a dangerous buildup of forest fuels. Over the past 10 years, Arizona’s forests have been racked by drought. Now, this vast, tinder-dry terrain is a prime candidate for devastatingly explosive fires. And Arizona has already suffered monster fires: the Rodeo-Chediski in 2002, and the Wallow Fire just last year.

An extraordinary citizen effort, much admired in the state and nationally, has taken on the cause of reducing the heavy fuel buildup. This is collaboration at its best, with more than 30 organizations involved, including state and federal agencies, several counties, conservation groups and timber companies. They’ve come together to form what they call the “Four Forest Restoration Initiative,� graced with the snappy acronym of 4FRI. While 4FRI is strong on the ecological sciences, it also addresses company profits and jobs. But a red flag has gone up: On May 18, the Forest Service announced its choice of contractor for the 4FRI process— Montana-based Pioneer Associates, whose representative for the project recently worked for the Forest Service. This was the largest stewardship contract awarded in the agency’s history, and yet the agency bypassed the contractor most deeply involved in 4FRI, the one whose business plan was closely tied to the project’s unique provisions. Several 4FRI organizations have strongly criticized the choice of Pioneer Associates, citing the inadequacy of its business plan. The Eastern Arizona Counties Organization, for example, detailed “glaring deficiencies� in Pioneer’s bid. What’s troubling to many observers is that the choice of contractor may indicate that traditional attitudes are tearing away at the agency’s support of 4FRI. The Forest Service, with its long and rich history, has run into trouble with the public and Congress in modern times over two main issues: Its timber harvests for far too long were set way too high; and far too often, the agency insisted on doing things its own way. Both problems have been alleviated over the past decade or so. The timber cut is way down. The Forest Service now touts its commitment to collaboration with citizen groups,

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Distinguishing Between Dems BY HANK STEPHENSON, ven the most-informed voters in Tucson’s new Legislative District 9 would be hard-pressed to find substantial policy differences between the three Democratic candidates running for two open seats in the state House. Mohur Sidhwa, Dustin Cox and Victoria Steele all agree, for instance, that Arizona needs to close its tax loopholes, fund education better and provide a robust health-care system for the poor. And they all agree that because the candidates are so similar on the issues, primary-election voters will base their decisions mostly on background, style and personality—and that’s where their differences start to emerge. Sidhwa has the advantage of having met many of the LD 9 voters before the 2010 election, when she was walking the streets of midtown Tucson asking for votes. She lost a primary by less than 500 votes and vowed to try again. The new district—which has a 4 percent Democratic edge in voter registration and runs from Interstate 10 through the foothills and northside to the Sabino Canyon area in the east, and dips down to Speedway Boulevard in midtown Tucson—includes much of the district in which she ran last time. “When I saw the margin of loss … I thought to myself, ‘I love this place,’” she says. Voters “were willing to put aside any concerns they might have had about someone with a funky name, and that was a hurdle that a lot of people thought I could not overcome.” Sidhwa is a Constitution-thumping immigrant from India who said she came to America in search of freedom and democracy. Sidhwa says she has invested her life in local politics because of her deep respect for the democratic system. She has a background in the sciences, and her pet issue is getting more science into the classroom and “dragging the Legislature into the 21st century.” After 30 years of advocacy and following politics, she is a bona fide legislative geek with plenty of friends in the halls of the Capitol. “I can hit the ground running, because I know the players, especially the behind-thescenes players, and that makes a difference,” she says. “Arizona has enough problems without (lawmakers) having to learn on the job.” Although Victoria Steele is running her first campaign for public office, Tucsonans may remember her as an anchor on KNST AM 790’s morning news, where she was the “resident liberal.” She tells a story about the first time she got involved in politics—by punching a bully classmate in the nose. To get out of telling her parents about after-school detention, she told them


Dustin Cox, Mohur Sidhwa and Victoria Steele she was staying late to run for the student council. She actually ran, won the election, and later got sex education introduced at her high school. Steele founded Native Ways, a program for Native American women with substance-abuse problems, and now owns her own counseling practice. She also works at both the University of Phoenix and Prescott College. She decided to throw her hat into the political arena after noticing her counseling patients’ problems were exacerbated by lawmakers’ decisions. “As I started doing private counseling, I noticed, wow, everyone who is coming to talk to me about their problems, these problems are connected to what’s happening on the state level,” she says. She has picked up a pack of endorsements from heavy-hitting Tucson Democrats like City Council members Regina Romero, Richard Fimbres and Karin Uhlich; Pima County supervisors Ramón Valadez and Richard Elías; and state Rep. Bruce Wheeler. She said she is inspired by the “Arab Spring” and is trying to connect with voters via social media. She hopes to pull support from her students, clients and people she has met over the years. “Just because I haven’t been on the public scene (recently) doesn’t mean people don’t know me,” she says. “People know me. I’ve been building relationships all along. But a lot of what I do is behind closed doors with clients one-on-one.” Dustin Cox, the former head of nonprofit Anytown Arizona who now owns his own consulting business that works with nonprofits, made his first run for office in 2010, when he came in fifth in an eight-way primary for two open House seats.

He decided to run again, because having two open seats in a district is rare, and he couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Though he is the youngest candidate in the race, Cox says his experience balancing multimillion-dollar budgets and turning a declining nonprofit into a thriving one while saving and creating jobs makes him the most-electable candidate at a time when the economy is suffering, and people are worried about jobs more than party ideology. “I’m really just concerned with solutions,” he says. “I don’t care if it’s a Democratic, Republican or independent idea; if it’s a good one that’s going to create jobs, save our public education system and put Arizona back on track, then I’m all for it.” In a competitive district like LD 9, Cox says voters want a moderate Democrat who can work across the aisle and win a general election. He has picked up endorsements from notable Republicans like former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe and former state lawmaker Pete Hershberger, as well as from Democrats like former Attorney General Terry Goddard. Cox has a strong competitive streak and says he learned a few things in the last election. This year, he’s running a hard campaign with a team of volunteers knocking on doors and getting out his message, which he says will make the difference. “At the end of the day, it’s really about who’s running the best campaign on the ground,” he says. “I don’t think anyone can say they’ve worked harder than my campaign volunteers have or I have. I think voters are going to know me well.” Early voting begins Aug. 2, and the primary election is on Aug. 28.


We’re learning more about Arizonans for a Brighter Future, the mysterious nonprofit that has sprung up in our local elections this year with a disinformation campaign about county transportation spending. (See “Whose Bright Idea,” July 19.) We just received some interesting documents that confirm a few of our suspicions about who is behind the organization. But deadlines are deadlines, and we’re still examining the documents, so we’ll have to do the Big Reveal online after our print edition goes to press. Head over to The Range at for the fresh spill on this one. But here’s what we know so far: Arizonans for a Brighter Future is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit. While slightly different, it has similarities to Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, except it doesn’t have hundreds of millions of dollars to spend on so-called “advocacy ads” in political campaigns. Exactly how much money the group has is unknown. That’s because it was organized as a nonprofit rather than as an independent-expenditure committee, so it’s not required to file an annual report until March 2013—a legal twist that exploits a loophole in the state’s campaign-finance disclosure laws and allows the backers to remain in the shadows until after the November election. It appears that the group is still taxiing up and down the runway and has yet to get into the air. So far, all it’s managed to do is set up a webpage and distribute an inaccurate “Fact Sheet” that candidates don’t want to talk about in specifics unless they’re going to dismiss it. Even Ally Miller, a Tea Party organizer running for the Board of Supervisors who first brought it to our attention, didn’t want to get into the details when we tried to follow up with her. (Ally, BTW, is really unhappy with us; more on that later.) We had some suspicions that Joe Higgins, a radio talk-show host and columnist for Inside Tucson Business (which, like the Tucson Weekly, is published by Wick Communications), might know something about Arizonans for a Brighter Future for a couple of reasons.No. 1, Higgins is helping Miller’s campaign. No. 2, half of the four nongovernmental links on Arizonans for a Brighter Future’s website lead to sites that Higgins is involved with—namely, his blog, Tucson Choices, and his radio show, Wake Up Tucson. And No. 3, Arizonans for a Brighter Future ran ads on his radio show. So when we were first looking into Arizonans for a Brighter Future, we asked Higgins if he knew who was behind the organization. “I don’t know,” Higgins told us. “I’d love to find out.” Rod Pace, the CEO of Rosemont Copper, also denied involvement with




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WARREN BUFFETT CAN’T SAVE LEE FROM QUARTERLY DECLINE A few weeks ago, word leaked that Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway had snapped up a bunch of shares of Lee Enterprises stock as part of an overall newspaper-stock-portfolio enhancement. The theory: They figured newspaper stocks were undervalued and looked to turn a tidy profit by buying low, low, low. And in the case of Lee, the Davenport, Iowa-based company that owns (in a partnership with Gannett) the Arizona Daily Star, it was about as low as it can go while maintaining the minimum $1 requirement for placement on the New York Stock Exchange. When the Buffett announcement was made public, investors jumped on the stock, and it ballooned to about $1.80. Since then, the balloon has been losing air. It didn’t help that Lee’s third-quarter report showed yet another loss: The publishing outlet suffered a $1.4 million decline for the three-month period that ended June 24. On one hand, that’s way better than the $115 million it lost in the same quarter a year ago, but on the other hand, much of that loss had to do with a debt arrangement that pushed Lee to a structured bankruptcy settlement. This loss is post-bankruptcy. Furthermore, actual revenue was down, from $187 million last year to $179 million in 2012. “In nearly all our markets, the slow economic recovery seems to start and stall unpredictably, producing erratic overall revenue results from month to month,� said Lee Chairman and CEO Mary Junck in a quote from a press release that reads an awful lot like a bunch of other quotes from Lee financial press releases. “In May, for example, total revenue equaled a year ago, making it our best month since December 2006. It was sandwiched between less-desirable results in April and June, producing quarterly totals nearer the year-to-date trend.� Lee also rolled out online subscription (aka paywall) models for 11 more papers and figures to move closer to setting up the template for most of its publications— presumably including the Arizona Daily Star—before the year is out. Lee stock traded at $1.28 on Monday, July 23.

O’DELL JUMPS TO ‘ARIZONA REPUBLIC’ Rob O’Dell, who most recently handled computer-assisted reporting duties at the Arizona Daily Star prior to a stint as the paper’s city-budget and Rio Nuevo reporter, has accepted a multi-faceted position with The Arizona Republic. “It is a great opportunity for me. I am really impressed with the Republic,� said O’Dell via e-mail. “The position is senior investigative reporter/computer assisted reporter. I get to work on my own stories and will collaborate with reporters covering county, state and federal government, politics, real estate, border and immigration, among others. I will also train younger reporters on

computer-assisted reporting.� O’Dell worked for the North County Times near San Diego and Ohio’s Hamilton JournalNews before joining the Star in 2005. “My time at the Star was great. I really enjoyed it,� O’Dell said. “I worked with a number of great people and worked on many, many stories I am really proud of.�

AZPM ADDS MORNING HOSTS, UNVEILS PLANS FOR FUTURE (SORT OF) Arizona Public Media, the public-broadcasting outlet housed at the UA, has hired a morning host/newscaster and associate director of development. John Weaver now occupies the morning host/newscaster role for the organization’s NPR affiliate. Weaver spent seven years with Minnesota Public Radio before accepting the Tucson relocation. Enrique Aldana has been tabbed as Arizona Public Media’s new associate director of development, a fundraising position. Aldana spent eight years as an advertising sales manager with Tucson Newspapers and its predecessor companies prior to the new gig. The Weekly also obtained a copy of a July 3 company memo by general manager Jack Gibson. In it, he references a thenpending July 5 Media Watch article regarding the dismissal of long-time reporter Robert Rappaport and vaguely outlines the organization’s future plans. “As you may already know, last week, we informed longtime employee Robert Rappaport that his annual contract would not be renewed. You may hear rumblings in the community (or hallways) about ‘layoffs.’ There are no other planned reductions in workforce at AZPM. In fact, we have several open positions we are working to fill (see below). Non-renewals are always ‘unsettling,’ and our policy is not to comment publicly on personnel/employment issues to protect the privacy of the individual. Unfortunately, I suspect you will read or hear more about this transition in the coming days and weeks. I also suspect that the ‘facts’ will be ‘limited,’� said the memo, which incorporates a curious use of quotations. Perhaps the “facts� were “limited� because AZPM largely hid behind the classic “no comment� veil. The memo continued with a brushstroke approach toward its continuing pursuit of online-related content. “As part of our strategic realignment, AZPM management decided to consolidate radio announcing and ‘newscasting’ duties to allow us to redeploy precious (and limited) resources to our growing online activities and Arizona Illustrated v2.0 (launching January 2013). We have been piloting this consolidated news approach with NPR 89.1 morning host Steve Shadley since March. Our NPR 89.1 afternoon announcer Dan Kruse will continue to host afternoons and has begun to deliver the news as well.� With Weaver’s arrival, Shadley has been reassigned to a producer/reporter position. “I want to publicly thank Steve for ‘stepping up’ and for working with us to try out the consolidated host/newscaster role,� the memo continued.



As a grand building crumbles, politicians bicker, and the diocese ese shrugs

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Marist Tempest

Arizonans for a Brighter Future when we asked him about it, although he said he’d heard some of their radio ads. “We’ve been accused of supporting every candidate, of putting money down,” Pace said. “Our focus is building our operation. From a personal standpoint, yeah, we do support people who support the mine.”

BY TIM VANDERPOOL, ven in its wounded state—corners tumbling, clay walls draped in fluttering tarps—the historic Marist College exudes a dignity sometimes lacking in the human wrangling over its fate. The latest dust-up centers on whether taxpayer dollars, in the form of federal grants, should be used to restore the once-elegant downtown building owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson—a structure about which the diocese obviously does not care a whit, having let it sink into terrible disrepair since vacating the premises in 2002. This question is particularly poignant in the current tough times, when that $1.1 million—in the form of a federal Community Development Block Grant for blight abatement—could instead be steered to things like household repairs for struggling citizens. In the meantime, having spent a wad of cash resolving lawsuits brought by victims of pedophile priests, the diocese says it’s both unable and unwilling to help. Still, these hard economic times will eventually soften, and the church scandal will someday fade. But if elegant old Marist College falls to the wrecking ball, a remarkable piece of our past will be gone for good. That specter lurked like sodden adobe on July 10, as the Tucson City Council chewed over steering a substantial slice of CDBG money toward rescuing the Marist. Normally, the process of dicing these funds manifests all the passion of a Lawrence Welk rerun. But toss the Catholic Church into the mix, and things get hinky fast. Not that Albert Elias didn’t try prodding the parley onto positive turf. As director of the city’s Housing and Community Development Department, he’s the man most credited with lining up that million-plus for Marist. And at the meeting, he noted how the council had actually already approved the expenditure, as part of the “action plan” for spending U.S. Housing and Urban Development funds allotted to Tucson for fiscal year 2012. He quickly added that the mayor and council can, at any time, “amend that annual action plan that we submit to HUD in order to shift CDBG funds if that’s the desire of the council.” Several council members had already raised a fuss over what would happen to that money should the cash-strapped diocese decide to sell the Marist College after it had been rescued by taxpayers. Elias said agreements with the diocese could ensure that proceeds from any sale would return to the city as “CDBG program income.” He added that the city could obtain a conservation easement for the façade of the building, to pre-




Since the Catholic Church won’t save Marist College, the city steps in. serve the features of Marist that earned it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, describing himself as “very torn” over the issue, asked about other needs for those CDBG funds. Elias responded that they could address countless other needs, from emergency repairs for homeowners to improving neighborhoods. Ward 1 Councilwoman Regina Romero then made a motion that included the points detailed by Elias—including giving the city a right to block the sale of Marist to an unworthy buyer, and the option to take title of the property if it didn’t sell. The latter is not an idle concern. Although the Downtown Tucson Partnership, the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation and other folks have tried to stoke business-community enthusiasm for turning Marist into a boutique hotel, a restaurant or even offices, the response has been tepid. Of course, that’s not particularly surprising for a building marked by gaping holes and ugly tarps. Their hopes are that, with money spent on stabilizing the building, it will become more attractive for business investment. That step now seems underway, when Romero’s motion passed after being freighted with numerous provisos to protect the city’s interests. And so, at least tentatively, the Marist lives on. So it should, say the many fans of a landmark erected in 1915 by master builder Manuel Flores. Today, it remains Arizona’s only surviving three-story adobe. It was long operated by the Marist Brothers of the Schools, a Catholic religious order founded by French priest Marcellin Champagnat in 1817. The order’s original calling was to educate the impoverished children of France, a progressive mission that was eventually carried worldwide. Marist College was integrated, at a time when most Tucson schools were anything but. In turn, this latest political dust-up laid bare a trenchant resentment over the diocese’s failure to value its own building, thereby compelling the city to spend precious grant money to keep Marist from tumbling down. “The Catholic Church has

neglected it for a decade,” said Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik, contacted several days after the council meeting. “If they were serious about this building, they could cancel one of their pro-life ad blitzes and pay for it in a heartbeat.” Instead, the cost will be picked up by taxpayers. “And that money could legitimately be used for housing rehabilitation, rental assistance or lead-paint abatement,” he says. “We have a waiting list of people waiting for that type of assistance right now.” But according to diocese spokeswoman Steff Koeneman, the diocese has gone to great lengths to preserve Marist, pitching in with thousands of dollars to stabilize the crumbling corners, and negotiating in good faith to get it restored. However, she’s quick to admit the church doesn’t place a premium on the college. “We aren’t going to have any need for the structure,” she says. “The only reason we’re going through all of this is because we know that factions of the community want to keep the building up. We’re definitely not trying to make any money on the building. We’re not developers.” In a sense, the venerable old building could be considered yet another victim of the pedophile scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church. Consider that the diocese—facing 22 lawsuits alleging the sexual abuse of children by predatory priests—filed for bankruptcy protection in 2004, and established a $22.4 million pool to resolve those cases. Still, that’s not the only bitter legacy revived by the Marist fight. Just ask Ward 1 Councilwoman Regina Romero, who sees preservation of the old building as recompense for the sins of the 1960s, when most of the Hispanic barrios surrounding it were razed in the name of urban renewal. Romero says it’s only right that federal blightabatement money, which was used for the barrio’s destruction, should now help. “The argument is that the diocese could have restored the Marist College,” she says. “Well, you know, they didn’t. Does that mean we’re just going to see it crumble this monsoon season?”

Speaking of Arizonans for a Brighter Future: In the wake of our reporting on the mysterious nonprofit, Republican Ally Miller has evidently blackballed your Skinny scribe, Jim Nintzel. Miller, who is in a four-way Republican primary in the race to replace Ann Day on the Pima County Board of Supervisors, was the candidate who tried to sell us on the bogus claim that $345 million in transportation dollars couldn’t be accounted for. When we suggested her allegation was inaccurate, Miller told us that it looked legit to her, based on her extensive experience in reading budgets. We said we’d look into that and get back to her. But when we called and emailed her four days before our deadline to follow up, Miller didn’t take us up on the chance to further discuss Arizonans for a Brighter Future. Nonetheless, she was evidently upset by the story, because shortly after it broke last Wednesday, July 18, Miller gave us quite the tongue-lashing on John C. Scott’s afternoon radio show. Miller complained that rather than looking into a budget item that included a $27 million transfer out of the county’s transportation budget, we “did a hit piece … without any response from me. He asked me for a response, and he did not get a response, and I think his reporting is dishonest, and I don’t appreciate it. And it will be the last time I will do an interview with Mr. Nintzel.” So Miller herself admits that the Weekly—as we told her we would— tried to get her reaction to what we had found out about the claims of Arizonans for a Brighter Future, but she ducked the chance to discuss it further. We’re not sure how that qualifies as dishonest, but when we called and emailed Miller earlier this week to find out if we were really going to get the silent treatment, she didn’t get back to us—which we suppose we should take as a “yes.” We’re also not entirely sure why she’s mad at us. Sure, the story wasn’t exactly flattering, but if we went out on a limb based on an anonymous email from a shadowy group, and then we looked dumb when the information turned out to be wrong, we’d be angry with the people who gave us the bad info, not the people who pointed out






A woman became irate and semi-violent after being denied a room at a truck stop, according to a Pima County Sheriff’s Department Report. A deputy interviewed an employee of the Triple T Truck Stop, 5451 E. Benson Highway, who told him that a woman had come in and wanted to rent a room for the night. The employee said the woman insisted upon renting a room, even when told that rooms at the Triple T were only for people with commercial driver’s licenses. In addition, the woman reportedly needed a room that could accommodate an animal. When told no such rooms were available, the subject yelled “fuck” repeatedly, called the employee a bitch and threw a pen at her, the report said. The woman then declared that refusing to her rent her a room was “discrimination.” Finally, she stormed off to a red BMW and drove away. Another employee corroborated the first employee’s story. The first employee said she wanted the woman banned from the Triple T.


A woman who left her cell phone at a restaurant tried to retrieve it by texting her own number from another phone. She got a response, including a request for a reward—but the person who had her phone never showed up to collect the reward, according to a PCSD report. The woman told deputies that she and some family members went to Denny’s after church, and that she forgot to pick up her phone when leaving the restaurant. So she texted her own phone with the message: “If anyone has my phone, please let me know, because I have information on the phone that I need.” She received a return text that included a row of dollar signs followed by “$20.” The woman and the person who had her phone arranged to meet at the intersection of Prince and Oracle roads to exchange $20 for the phone—but the person never showed up. The woman’s daughter kept calling her mom’s number, and eventually, someone answered. But the person who answered said he was busy shopping at a shoe store and didn’t have time to return the phone. The woman told deputies that she would call Walmart, where she’d bought the phone, to have her number changed and to buy a new phone. But she was upset, because the “information” on the missing phone included photos of her grandchildren.


A Kickstarter Bubble? n its surface, Kickstarter is a fantastic idea that can’t really lose: People post their ideas for projects, and the crowd-sourcing universe decides whether the proposed indie video game, alt-country album, high-tech watch or whatever is worth funding. Only the ideas that generate enough enthusiasm to make the stated goal get funded. Kickstarter collects a percentage, and the world gets to experience something that might otherwise never have seen the light of day. However, the dramatic success of the campaign for Ouya—a revolutionary home-gaming system which has raised more than $5.4 million as I write this (with 16 days left to go)—makes me wonder: What if Ouya fails? It’s probably a little unfair to pick on Ouya; the people behind the project seem to have a solid foundation for success. As of today, they have a prototype, a solid background in the field, more than $5.4 million and a dream, but that doesn’t mean we’ll ever actually see their Android-driven home-gaming device, or that the device will deliver as promised. This is the danger of crowd-sourcing as I see it, especially in the tech fields: Odds are, the guy you gave $10 to complete a Kickstarter-funded album will come through, and you’ll get your T-shirt, too—but if one of the more highprofile projects goes belly-up (and one will; it’s just a matter of time), it could poison the well for the smaller projects. Best of luck to Ouya, and let’s hope that brand name does not end up as a synonym for a crowd-sourced fiasco.


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“I hope all you money-hungry people are happy that you finally killed Connie. Why couldn’t you just leave them at the zoo and build another area for your new money-making elephants?” —The death of an elephant brought up frustration in commenter Deborah Lipske (“So Long, Connie,” Currents, Dec. 8, 2011).

BEST OF WWW Sadly, the Arizona Daily Star’s recent gimmickish contest has worked, sending them ahead of your beloved underdog, the Tucson Weekly, in Facebook likes. (As of this particular moment, they have 10,194 to our 8,059, although we did have them beat for years until Like-A-Palooza kicked in. However, we do still hold a lead on Twitter over the Star’s personality-less feed of headlines, 7,003 to 4,759. We do realize that mentioning this will likely prompt some sort of follow-required-based giveaway to push the daily paper ahead of us, but we will try to enjoy the little victories while they last. Plus, if you mention us in a tweet, we’ll probably reply (unlike some people).

THE WEEK ON THE RANGE We wondered why Russell Pearce had to offer his deluded opinion regarding the Aurora shooting; considered the idea that a celebration of author Mario Suárez could be the catalyst for a reboot of downtown’s mojo; noted that Joe Higgins is as confused by Arizonans for a Brighter Future as we are; thought about Latino voters and the forthcoming presidential election; debunked the false premises behind Joe Arpaio’s quest to disprove President Obama’s native-born citizenship; sided with John McCain in his denouncement of Michele Bachmann’s latest bit of nuttery; followed up on the primary battle between Sean Collins and Ray Carroll; pointed out that Mitt Romney’s relatives might not fit the exact definition of “immigrants”; tried to pinpoint the value of a Jan Brewer endorsement; and discussed the highlights of the week’s political events with Amilyn Gordon, Trent Humphries and Jeff Rogers on Arizona Illustrated’s Political Roundtable, with your host, Jim Nintzel. We felt angst over our desire to eat delicious chicken sandwiches; mentioned an opportunity to eat delicious Thai food; let you know a new bar is coming to the space that housed Knucklehead Alley (and some event space once upon a time); drank some infused vodkas at Elliott’s on Congress; wondered how many variations on macaroni and cheese we could eat; and headed to the northwest side to bid on some booze. We encouraged you to enter our contests for tickets to see Seal, and Earth, Wind and Fire (there’s still time if you’re reading this on Thursday!); thought about the art of Sol LeWitt and what it takes to re-create it; tried to figure out what the social-media person at was thinking; got out and rode our bikes a bit between monsoons; had mixed feelings for Pixar’s schedule of forthcoming sequels; and noted the passing of Connie the elephant.


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Tips for parents who need to talk to their kids about tragedies, like wildfires, at home

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Advice for Coping BY DAVID MENDEZ, Editor’s note: Tucson Weekly contributor David Mendez wrote this story for the Colorado Springs Independent during that city’s recent devastating wildfire. Since Southern Arizonans are all too familiar with wildfire dangers, we decided to publish it here, too. uring tragedies like wildfires, how do parents help their children cope with the fact that the world they knew might be forever changed? “As parents, our job is to let kids experience the world, but at the same time, shield them from things that may be too overwhelming,” says Dr. Fred Michel, a Colorado Springs specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry. His first piece of advice: Limit children’s exposure to the media. “It’s a general rule for life, but it applies well to times of crisis and trauma, especially when kids may not quite understand everything that’s happening,” he says. He advises parents to keep from overwhelming children by moving focus away from the news and toward discussion and family activities—or, at the very least, changing the channel. Danel Lipparelli, a disaster mental-health supervisor with the American Red Cross, says that the one of the best ways for parents to help their children is to encourage communication. “Comfort them. Reassure they’re safe, and make sure they understand that no emotions they’re experiencing are bad,” she says. “Also, try as much as possible to maintain routines. Keep meals at the same times. Keep them going to school (if possible). Maintain bedtimes, and keep kids around people they know and trust,” she said. Michel reminds parents to pay attention to signs of anxiety. Children are often unable to clearly verbalize their fears, and sometimes display anxiety through regressive behavior, such as wetting the bed, having nightmares and throwing tantrums. “If we understand it, it’s easier to give them a bit more leniency,” he says. “They’re not just doing something bad that day; they’re struggling with the anxiety of a tremendous change.” Experts recommend that families take steps to prepare their children for emergencies. “It’s important to maintain a dialogue,” says Sara Kennedy, a spokesperson with the Red Cross. “Giving kids information and a bit of control over their situation helps them to feel safe.” For example, she urges parents to get their children to be proactive by participating in home-safety drills. Michel adds that including children in the




Art Douglas took this photo of billowing smoke from last summer’s Monument Fire approaching his house, which was later destroyed. process of determining what they’d like to take with them in the case of an emergency evacuation—like pets, pictures or favorite toys—can make them feel more comfortable and prepared. Experts also remind parents to keep options open for their children to help others in the community who may need assistance—for example, by participating in food drives and volunteering at shelters. “When you and your kid are involved in a solution, you don’t worry so much, because you’re doing something,” Michel says. Kennedy agrees. “Being part of the response for those who have been affected makes things a little less scary. (Kids) will know that they can help people, and it will help them feel that someone will help them if they need it,” she says. Most of all, experts believe that helping children cope begins with parents. “Children are taking cues from their parents. Loss is a family issue that they all are going through,” Kennedy says. “The process is one of grief. Recognizing that and realizing that it is legitimate is important.”

Lipparelli encourages parents to recognize the gravity of their situation, and make peace with it. “Accept that you’re in a disaster; it’s OK to be emotional about it,” she says. “There’s a lot of anxiety with everybody. That’s normal. It will lessen; just go with it.” For More Information Save the Children: site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.7495333/k.761B/ Domestic_Disaster_Support.htm National Child Traumatic Stress Network: fires/wildfires National Association of School Psychologists: wildfire_teachers.pdf


that we got suckered. As for Miller’s complaint that we didn’t look into the $27 million transfer out of the transportation budget that she’s so baffled by: We did check that out, and according to Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, the money in question is being transferred to the county’s capital-improvement fund, where it will be used for transportation projects. You know, the ones that Ally can’t seem to find in the budget. What’s troubling about Miller at this point isn’t her amusing fit of pique directed at us, but that she is willing to invoke the specter of scandal over budget details that she just doesn’t understand. If she is indeed the budget expert that she’s portraying herself as, it seems odd that she can’t seem to read the county budget, and doesn’t appear capable of making a few phone calls before making baseless allegations. Either she doesn’t know as much about accounting as she claims to, or she’s willing to distort the facts to stir up voters. Neither option makes for a responsible elected official. We sure hope that mentioning all of this doesn’t lead to any awkward moments at this week’s District 1 forum. That’s right: All four candidates— Miller, former Arizona Republican Party chairman Mike Hellon, state lawmaker Vic Williams and conservative Stuart McDaniel—are squaring off at a debate sponsored by the Pima County Tea Party Patriots at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 26, at the Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. The Pima County Tea Party Patriots will also be hosting a debate between Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll, a Republican who has represented District 4 since 1997, and his GOP opponent, Sean Collins, at 6 p.m., next Thursday, Aug. 2, at Rita Ranch’s Cottonwood Elementary School, 9950 E. Rees Loop. By Jim Nintzel Find early and late-breaking Skinny at The Range, our daily dispatch, at daily. Jim Nintzel hosts the Political Roundtable every Friday on Arizona Illustrated, airing at 6:30 p.m. on KUAT Channel 6. The program repeats on 12:30 a.m., Saturday. Nintzel also talks politics with radio talk-show host John C. Scott on Thursday afternoons. Scott’s show airs from 4 to 5 p.m., weekdays, on KVOI AM 1030. Follow the Skinny scribe on Twitter: @nintzel.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: for_families/talking_to_children_about_wildfires_and_other_natural_disasters JULY 26 – AUGUST 1, 2012




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DREAMING continued from Page 14 Sure, he was indicted on charges of extortion, wire fraud and money-laundering tied to a land-swap scheme—but Rick Renzi must have done something right. In Arizona’s mostly rural Congressional District 1, it isn’t unusual to hear folks say good things about the former Republican congressman. Corruption charges? Those hardly ever come up. According to former San Carlos Apache tribal leader Wendsler Nosie, he and Renzi didn’t agree about most things, but when it came to talking to constituents, “You felt like he would listen, wanted to hear what you had to say, and that he was honest with us.” Renzi, who has pleaded not guilty to the corruption charges in the stillopen case, decided not to run for a fourth term in 2008. He was succeeded by Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, who was unseated after one term by Tea Party GOP candidate Paul Gosar. Kirkpatrick, however, is out to reclaim the seat this year—although the boundaries of the district, which is roughly the size of Pennsylvania, have changed a bit through the state’s recent redistricting process. Ann Kirkpatrick National Journal recently listed the CD 1 race as 13th among 75 congressional seats across the country most likely to change parties, noting that Gosar has decided to run this year in Congressional District 4, which, on paper, is a more-conservative district than CD 1. The new Congressional District 1 starts at the Utah border, stretches across most of the northern part of the state (including Flagstaff), and spreads south along the state’s east side to include parts of Marana and Oro Valley. Parts of 11 counties lie within CD 1, as do portions of


the reservations of 11 Arizona tribes, including the Navajo, the Hopi, the San Carlos Apache and the White Mountain Apache. Democrats have about a 9-percentage-point advantage in voter registration, but many CD 1 Democrats lean conservative. Voters in CD 1 will have plenty of choices in the August primaries. Besides Kirkpatrick, the Democratic primary includes Wenona Benally Baldenegro, a Navajo attorney from Kayenta who studied at Harvard. Benally Baldenegro lived in Tucson for almost three years, and met her husband, Sal Baldenegro Jr., while working on Democrat Randy Parraz’s failed 2010 bid for John McCain’s seat in the U.S. Senate. (See “Being Baldenegro,” March 31, 2011.) On the Republican side of the race, the front-runner is Tucsonan Jonathan Paton, a former Arizona state representative and state senator who lost the 2010 Republican primary for the CD 8 seat to Jesse Kelly. Paton told the Tucson Weekly he feels confident this go-round because of successful fundraising and the 51,000 miles he’s put on his car while driving to all points of the district. However, Paton has competition from contractor Doug Wade of Sedona, retiree Patrick Gatti of Show Low, and Gaither Martin of Eagar.

When I talked recently with Benally Baldenegro, she was driving to Window Rock with her mother to campaign; meanwhile, volunteers were preparing to call voters living in the southernmost part of the district. Benally Baldenegro is undeniably an underdog against Kirkpatrick. While she has some strong endorsements, including one from U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, she is far behind Kirkpatrick in raising money. According to the latest campaign-finance reports, Benally Baldenegro raised $18,000 between

April and June, and finished the quarter with about $8,000 in the bank—and a debt of $6,200. Kirkpatrick raised almost $357,000 during the quarter and had more than $837,000 on hand as of June 30. “I’m not considered a viable candidate,” Benally Baldenegro said. “But history shows that doesn’t mean I’m not going to win.” She cites as an example Grijalva’s first congressional primary campaign, during which the Democratic Party establishment put its support behind a candidate thought to have more name recognition. But Grijalva ended up winning. “That’s why we challenge that definition of viability. Ann had one term in Congress and lost (56,000) of the people who first voted for her when she lost against Gosar. That’s an incredible drop-off. She got (fewer) votes than the Republican loser (against Kirkpatrick) in 2008,” Benally Baldenegro said. She has also spent a lot of time talking to officials and members of all the tribes in CD 1, including her own. The Navajo Tribal Council this year voted for the first time to have tribal elections coincide with state and national elections as part of an effort to increase voter turnout. “Part of the redistricting of CD 1 was that the (Independent Redistricting) Commission wanted the American Indian population in Congressional District Wenona Benally 1 to have a greater voice,” Benally Baldenegro said. “There were several maps on Baldenegro the table that did not take that into consideration, but in the end, the commission did agree with Indian tribes.” In CD 1, the Navajo Nation makes up the majority of American Indian voters. Benally Baldenegro said that is a factor she’s watching; she’s also targeting the Latino vote, particularly in Navajo and Apache counties. “They are two of the top three counties (in the district) that turn out the highest number of Democratic voters on average in the last two elections,” she said. “If we can take the top two counties for sure, then all we have to do is capture one more of the top counties.” If that happens, Benally Baldenegro said she expects to take on Paton, who she believes is too conservative for the district. But first, she needs to pull off the upset against Kirkpatrick. Benally Baldenegro claims that Kirkpatrick doesn’t have strong support in the Native American community, and said Kirkpatrick wasn’t around when her constituents needed her most. “She thinks she can run in the middle, but the problem is, she has this past record,” Benally Baldenegro said. During the lame-duck session in 2010, when Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act, Kirkpatrick didn’t cast a vote. Although her vote wouldn’t have changed the outcome, activists

said they couldn’t understand why she was the only Democrat from Arizona not to vote on legislation that would have given permanent residency to undocumented youths who graduated from U.S. high schools or served in the military. Kirkpatrick maintains that she has always been a supporter of the DREAM Act, but that she had a medical procedure on the day of the vote and was unable to be there for it. Her relations with some tribal representatives may have been damaged during the Resolution Copper dispute near Superior in 2010. A proposed land exchange between the feds and the mining company pitted Kirkpatrick against environmentalists and tribes who opposed the land swap. This is the same land swap that, in part, ended Renzi’s political career, because he allegedly tried to get land owned by a supporter included in the exchange. Legislation for the land swap died, but U.S. Sen. John McCain and Kirkpatrick revived it as part of a jobs bill called the Copper Basin Jobs Act. The proposed swap included land sacred to Apaches in the Tonto National Forest. Nosie, the former San Carlos Apache tribal leader, told the Weekly that when Kirkpatrick ran for Congress in 2008, she promised that sacred sites would be protected. Noting that CD 1 is a mostly rural district, Nosie said, “That’s a very important thing that every candidate needs to consider and not forget—that in the rural areas, we see the spring water, the streams, the animal life and all the pine trees as an important part of our way of life. There needs to be a balance.” Nosie recalled that after Kirkpatrick took office, rumors surfaced that she was working on a land swap with Resolution. Nosie said he and another Apache council member traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with Kirkpatrick and to ask her to speak out in support of Apaches against the land swap. Kirkpatrick explained that she was focused on creating jobs, but Nosie said her tone was insulting. “We were degraded right in her office,” he said. “It took some time to filter what happened, but from that point on, we stopped talking to her, and she never visited us to offer an apology.” Nosie claimed Kirkpatrick said she didn’t understand why Native Americans chose “to live in conditions we do, and why we wouldn’t support Resolution. … Why not bring jobs and not hang on to our spiritual belief about preserving Oak Flats as a religious site?” Nosie said he supports Benally Baldenegro. She grew up on the Navajo reservation, and her mother was a single parent who struggled to make ends meet. Benally Baldenegro said her positions set her apart in the CD 1 Democratic primary. “In this district … yes, some folks probably lean more pro-life—certainly more pro-gun rights—but when it comes to health care and providing federal spending and Social Security and Medicaid, there is such a critical need in rural parts of Arizona,” Benally Baldenegro said. continued on next page

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DREAMING continued from Page 17 “Another thing about rural Arizona is that a large percentage (of people) are poor or come from lower-income families. Education, free health care and much-needed services are important. But education is the way out for so many of us. That’s how we’ve been able to provide a better future for our families, and the people I talk to in this district understand that.” Benally Baldenegro said her fundraising has been at a relatively low level in part because of her rejection of contributions from corporate lobbyists. Although her campaign is in debt, she said the pace of donations is improving. “There have been past campaigns where the underdog has been outspent 5-to-1, and they still won,” she said. “The ideas that name recognition and how much you’ve raised determine the race only matter to a very, very select few. But everyday folks in the district don’t care. They want a personal connection to the politician, (and don’t care) how much money that person has raised.”

Paton, considered the likely Republican candidate in the November general election, is being painted by Kirkpatrick as a carpetbagger whose work for payday-loan companies continues to taint him. (Full disclosure: During this year’s legislative session, Paton did work for Wick Communications, owner of the Weekly and various community newspapers across the state. Paton helped defeat legislative efforts that would have lessened public-notice publication requirements.) Paton said his strategy is to be himself, a conservative Republican who Jonathan Paton fully supported state legislation such as SB 1070, as well as the law targeting Mexican-American studies in state high schools. He said he’s learned that folks in CD 1 want a representative who is going to be available—no matter their political party affiliation “I am obviously more well-known (on the southern end of the district), and now we’re finally spending more time in that area and getting back to Marana and Oro Valley,” he said. But why CD 1? Why not stay out of Kirkpatrick’s turf and run in the CD 2 race against newly elected Democrat Ron Barber? Paton said the CD 1 race made sense to him because he’d been doing a lot of work for the town of Marana, which is in the new district. Paton is sensitive to the “lobbyist” label, and said the work he has done for the town was not as a lobbyist, but as a contractor helping the town with policy issues.

“A lot of the issues (CD 1 residents) care about, I care about, and I thought it was a great chance to serve. … It is basically 20 to 30 minutes away from where I grew up. … I know the issues, and when I saw the district, I felt that it fit me.” Paton said he’s confident of winning the primary, because “at the end of the day, we have basically more endorsements, and have visited more places, and have raised more money.” Paton raised $325,000 in the second quarter and had $343,100 on hand as of June 30. Republican opponent Gaither Martin, who has loaned his campaign $57,000, ended the quarter with about $86,000. Sedona contractor Doug Wade raised $10,000 in the quarter, has $9,000 in the bank and $16,000 of debt. The Federal Election Commission doesn’t have campaign-finance information for Show Low retiree Patrick Gatti, but Gatti told the Weekly he’s raised about $500. Paton said that if he ends up running against Kirkpatrick in November, he plans to bring up her vote for the Affordable Health Care Act, more widely known as Obamacare. However, as someone who has been referred to by opponents as “Payday Payton” for working on behalf of payday lenders, Paton also has a record to overcome in the minds of some. “I worked for the Community Financial Services Association (of America),” Paton said of his 2004 employment with the payday-loan-industry association. “I worked to put together a charity for CFSA, and the charity did scholarships for kids.” He said he registered then as a lobbyist because he was going to interact with legislators, not because he was going to lobby for specific legislation. “I asked lawmakers to help judge essays that kids wrote. But I didn’t go out and lobby people on positions.” Paton brought up Kirkpatrick’s own connections to the payday-lending industry, noting that she took about $10,000 in contributions from the industry for her last campaign. “It’s hypocritical of her. It was no problem before, but now?” Paton said he’s reached out to tribal officials in CD 1. He said he spoke to the Navajo Tribal Council the same day Kirkpatrick and Benally Baldenegro made presentations to them regarding their campaigns. However, that does not mean he’s pledging to side with tribes in their battles against mining interests. “I’m not going to make a promise that I can’t keep,” Paton said referring to the Resolution Copper controversy with the San Carlos Apaches. “I am not going to flip-flop on positions. I think what Native Americans want is someone who is going to tell them the truth.”

When Kirkpatrick talked about Paton, she noted that, in contrast to Paton, her family has lived in the district for more than 100 years.


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Kirkpatrick said she wants to serve again in Congress, because she has a vision for the district that involves creating a “diversified, sustainable economy that brings back a manufacturing base. Unlike other candidates, I have a jobs plan that I talk about.” The plan includes creating jobs in emerging technologies such as wind and solar power, and biosciences; continuing to fight for the protection of the Grand Canyon from mining and to preserve the more than 12,000 jobs the natural attraction has created in the region; and focusing on education. A fact sheet provided by her campaign says that during her term in Congress, Kirkpatrick introduced a permanent reauthorization of Indian Health Service funding into the Affordable Care Act. “I was born on tribal land and raised in the White Mountain Apaches’ nation. I have a very good relationship with all the tribes … and they know that I am fighting for them,” Kirkpatrick said. Paton said he’d heard complaints that when Kirkpatrick first took office, she closed a congressional office that Renzi had opened on the Navajo Nation. Kirkpatrick said that wasn’t an unusual action. “Whenever there’s a new congressional takeover, you have to completely revamp the office. We didn’t want Doug Wade to take over Renzi’s existing offices. … He was in the middle of an indictment.” Kirkpatrick said constituents, Native American and otherwise, tell her that jobs and economic development are the most-important issues. Kirkpatrick said her strategy for creating jobs is to work with everyone, regardless of party affiliation. “When I served … six of my bills passed and were signed, and all had a Republican co-sponsor. That’s because I believe in solutions and results,” Kirkpatrick said. Republican U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl’s SB 2109, the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act, is a divisive issue in the district. In early July, the Navajo Tribal Council voted to oppose the proposal, which would settle long-standing water claims to the Little Colorado River. The Hopi Tribal Council approved the settlement, but nothing is likely to happen as long as the Navajos disapprove. Kirkpatrick said she has a deep respect for tribal sovereignty, and that in the end, it is up to the tribes to decide what takes place next. Regarding what occurred between her and Nosie of the San Carlos Apaches, Kirkpatrick said the Superior area has historically been a mining community, and that her work with Resolution was about creating jobs. “I’ve always had good friendships with the San Carlos Apaches,” she said. “I think it’s important that people have a choice in this campaign. Paton is a lobbyist, and I’m a leader, and I have a lifetime of experience,” Kirkpatrick said. “He’s just looking for a place to

run. In every small town I’ve visited, they ask me, ‘Why do we want someone from Tucson? … They don’t know anything about us.’”

Among the underdog Republicans in the race, Gatti and Wade responded to the Weekly’s request for an interview, while Martin did not. Both candidates who responded had harsh words for Paton. Wade, a Sedona contractor and a Vietnam veteran, said he finds Paton’s work with the payday-loan industry troubling, considering how those businesses have a reputation for preying on members of the military. “I don’t see how any veteran could be involved in the payday-lending industry,” Wade said regarding Paton, who voluntarily served in Iraq as part of the U.S. Army Reserve. Wade said this is his first experience in politics, and he thinks that’s why it’s been difficult for him to raise money. “I’m not a career politician, but a small-businessman. It’s challenging running a business and campaigning at the same time.” Wade said he entered the race because he cares about the country, his family and community. The residents of CD 1, he said, were hit hard by the recession and are still recovering. “The people I know are feeling the pain out there,” he said. Gatti said he served as a city councilman in La Verne, Calif., before moving to Show Low when he retired three years ago. “I can say I’ve got more legislative experience than anyone running,” he said. Gatti questioned why it was so important for Paton to leave his work as a state legislator to serve in Iraq. “He portrays himself as a warrior, but he was in the National Guard, which I consider to be of lesser quality than full Army,” Gatti said (although Paton is actually in the Army Reserve). Gatti and Benally Baldenegro were the only two candidates to recently address the Hopi Tribal Council. Gatti said that while he understands the important role the district’s congressional representative has in working with area tribes, he thinks Native Americans need to deal with federal spending cuts and to rely more on casino revenue. “Native Americans are receiving a hell of a lot of money from their casinos,” he said. “The federal money just can’t keep on coming.” He describes Benally Baldenegro, a member of the Navajo nation, as “a Hopi Indian and educated outside the reservation and brought back in to do work for the reservation.” And so it goes in Arizona’s Congressional District 1.



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The Reid Park Zoo’s once-tiny African lion cubs are not so tiny anymore: Their first birthday is right around the corner. The cubs were born on July 28, 2011. There are two males, Ayotunde and Abuto, and one female, Azizi. Their parents, Shombay and Kaya, were fit for reproducing at the ages of 3 and 4 years old, respectively, and as a result, Reid Park was graced with three healthy cubs. This is not the first time the zoo is holding a birthday party. In fact, the zoo has been holding cat birthday parties for the last 7 years. “We thought it’d be fun to give people a reason to come out to the zoo. We’ve had tiger birthdays and lion birthdays,” said Kristen Metzger, the zoo’s education supervisor. “… These guys were born right at the perfect time.” The birthday party will include crafts, games and educators talking about the lions. Three months after the cubs were born, they were reintroduced to their father, Shombay. Shombay, of course, is a lot stronger than the cubs, so if they were to play and get rough, he could accidentally hurt them. “Shombay has been nothing less than fantastic with the cubs. Once they met him, it was like a whole new world,” said zookeeper Alisha Brewer. “He has been a saint with them. He was made to be a dad.” Brewer has been a zookeeper for 11 years and has been working with the lion family since the beginning. “I love being a part of the growing process with the cubs, and the public is able to see it as well,” said Brewer. “You can’t stand in front of that exhibit and not have a smile from ear to ear. It’s neat to celebrate their birthday.” Over the year, the cubs have grown dramatically. The smallest cub weighs 170 pounds, and the largest weighs 224 pounds—much more than half the size of Kaya, who weighs 380 pounds. In addition to their physical growth, they have each grown their own unique personalities. “Azizi is a momma’s girl. She follows her mom around all the time, and Abuto, the middle male, is very drawn to his father and is the first to be the cause of trouble. Ayotunde is more reserved and watchful,” said Brewer. “It is very interesting.” The cubs will be with their mom and dad until they are transferred to another zoo to mate and start their own families. It is a process many of the zoo animals go through. “We have not found a place yet, but we work with many other zoos across North America who need awesome lion cubs,” said Metzger. “We anticipate that the demand for these guys will be great, and once that happens, we can decide if we want to breed Happy birthday, lion cubs! mom and dad again.” But for now, the cubs are here to stay. There won’t be any birthday cake at the event, but there will be a lot of delicious bloodsicles for the lions. What are bloodsicles? Exactly what it sounds like: They are


popsicles made from the juice that runs off of meat. “In addition to the bloodsicles, we’ll have some toys out in the exhibit, and we’re also going to have a bubble machine,” said Brewer. “I’m curious to see how they’ll respond.” The Lion Cub Birthday Party takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 28, at the Reid Park Zoo, 1100 S. Randolph Way. Regular zoo admission fees apply: $8 for adults; $6 seniors; and $4 kids ages 2 through 14. Kids younger than 2 are admitted for free. For more information, call 791-4022, or visit Rachel Cabakoff

SPECIAL EVENTS Keepin’ It Classy: The Annual Meow Mixx Pool Party 3 to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 28 RiverPark Inn 350 S. Freeway Blvd. 882-0242;

Strut your stuff in a teeny bikini; watch local performers; and get your groove on at a pool party this Saturday. Meow Mixx, a local group that hosts events for “ladies who like ladies” and friends, is having its annual pool party—and it promises to be a fun way to beat the Tucson heat. The group, which is made up of female go-go dancers who are “super sexy and fun,” will perform at the party, along with hip-hop troupe the Human Project. Jaime J, who is an upcoming performer in Tucson, will show off his unique blend of gymnastics and lip-syncing, and DJ Raw-B will provide music that’s impossible not to bust a move to, said Rachel Castillo, media coordinator of Fluxx Productions. There will be drinks, food and plenty of pool toys. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own pool noodles and floaties. The party lasts until 10 p.m., so you have all day to stop by and kick back, Castillo said. “It will be a lot of fun in the sun … and we go into the night,” Castillo said. “We have the pool all to ourselves.” While Meow Mixx is made up of females, and the event “is predominantly a ladies’ pool party,” guys are more than welcome to join in the festivities, Castillo said. Meow Mixx has existed in Tucson for years and was taken over by Fluxx Productions, a company that hosts a variety of local queer events and parties, a few months ago. Fluxx Productions also recently merged with Tucson LGBT film festival Out in the Desert, and has an art studio and gallery located at 414 E. Ninth St. Admission is $10 at the door; rooms at RiverPark Inn are $52. —H.M.




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On Saturday, enjoy a day filled with science activities for the whole family and learn about the new rover Curiosity, slated to land on Mars in August. NASA’s Curiosity was launched on Nov. 26, 2011, and is expected to land on Mars on Aug. 5. During the two-year mission, Curiosity will use a variety of instruments to analyze soils and water to determine if the conditions are favorable for life. “This rover is much larger, has a totally different way of landing, and will be able to go much farther than the other rovers,” said Maria Schuchardt, program coordinator at the UA’s Lunar and Planetary Lab, which is partnering with NASA on the project. “The feature of putting this rover on Mars is pretty phenomenal, and it’s just always nice to be able to celebrate these great advances in science.” The Saturday event will include displays of information about Mars, along with fun games and activities for the kids. “We try to inspire kids to want to learn more about science, and to show them that it can be fun,” said Schuchardt. Three lecturers will be on hand to discuss different aspects of Mars. Veronica Bray is an associate staff scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Lab, and she’ll be talking about the formation of the Gale crater on Mars—which is where the rover will be landing. The Gale crater was formed by a meteor, and Bray will take the audience through the process of the impact. “I find it all very interesting, because no matter how many times we fail or crash things into Mars, is it very cool, and I hope this event makes people want to learn more about craters and Mars,” said Bray. The event is free. —R.C.

Casa Libre en la Solana will hold one of its Dive-In Movie Nights fundraisers this Sunday. Dive-In Movie Nights play on the classic drive-in movie setting—except patrons can watch ’80s double-features from the comfort of their own floatie, or dive in and enjoy the swimming pool on the Casa Libre property. There is also all the popcorn you can eat, donated by Casa Video, and all the Pabst Blue Ribbon beer you can (responsibly) drink. Casa Libre is a safe haven for writers, professional and amateur, where they can enhance their skills through workshops, classes and readings. There formerly was a self-directed residency program, which offered writers a chance to work in private suites; however, the program is suspended for the time being. The first showing of Dive-In Movie Nights, on June 17, was a success. People were seen floating around the pool, reciting their favorite movie lines and joking with each other, said Kristen Nelson, executive director of Casa Libre. The original second showing, on July 15, was cancelled due to monsoon rainstorms. Another Dive-In event is slated for Aug. 12. As for the movies, the online schedule does not say exactly what movies will be playing. Instead, the titles of the movies are replaced with “punny” translations of the films’ plots to challenge attendees to guess what shows they’ll be watching. Patrons are encouraged to bring a towel and are welcome to bring their own food and beverages. Attendance is $12, and proceeds go to Casa Libre en la Solana. Dive-In Movie Nights are 21-and-older events. —S.V.

In celebration of the impending end of summer vacation, the Tucson Jazz ase, Institute will hold its July showcase, featuring the skills of middle and high tudying school students who have been studying their craft all summer. art of The Tucson Jazz Institute is part hool, the Tucson Community Music School, vides a nonprofit organization that provides classes for young students who want to learn jazz and classical music. Participants in the showcase will be mbos performing in big bands, jazz combos rmed and jazz choirs. The music performed by the big bands includes pieces from ke Count Basie, Buddy Rich and Duke Ellington. As for the jazz combos,, the ongs, students will play all-American songs, tions from standard American compositions atra. to works by greats like Frank Sinatra. “I feel good about it. The kids e love the chance to play. There are going to be 20 students who’ve never m played jazz before, and all of them ” said will have a chance to play a solo,” Scott Black, one of the directors. “It’s m, a new experience for some of them, ut it’s and there’s anxiety sometimes. But dents’ educational and good for the students’ confidence.” During the summer program att the Tucson Community Music School,, around 100 students usually enroll, and 80 percent perform in the showcases. During the school year, the attendance doubles. The money made from this show will go toward providing scholarships for students who are interested in participating in the programs at Tucson Community Music School. The scholarships cover some or most l. of the tuition to attend the school. Admission is a suggested dona-tion of $5. —S.V.

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Michael Campbell Michael Campbell came to Tucson in 1982 to work as a lighting designer for the UA, but it’s his work over the past 28 years with Coldwell Banker that has led him to his position as board president of the Hearth Foundation. The nonprofit provides lowincome housing for homeless women and children. As it approaches its 25th anniversary, the foundation is going through some interesting changes. For more information, visit


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Tell me about the 25thanniversary celebration. We’ve been planning for almost a year to do this gala in October for 250 people at the Westward Look at $125 a plate, with cocktails, dinner and dancing. There will be an exhibition of ballroom dance and costumes from the UA (School of Dance), and a nine-piece band made up of community members, including Realtors and builders, is going to perform. I would say our goal is to make about $12,000 from the sale of tickets, to provide an entertaining night, and to recognize our past and where we want to go in the future. Where is the Hearth Foundation going? We want to expand the Hearth Foundation on a statewide basis. That’s part of our long-range planning goals, to expand on a larger scale than Pima County. Why? Because of the need. We run this organization from a business standpoint, but we recognize the importance of building more low-income housing for people in Tucson and other communities. What are you working on right now? We want to build 12 to 16 units in a gated, secure and safe development. We’re working with La Frontera, and we’re putting together a grant. Eventually, we’d like to do more of these kinds of projects in rural communities. How did you start out? We originally started as a collaborative effort between 22 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

the real estate community and a conglomeration of churches in the community. What was the organization’s first project? The purchase of our Prince Road property for shortterm transitional housing for women and children in crisis. We own it. It started out for Shalom House, which is now New Beginnings, which runs as a 30-to 90-day transitional-housing project. There are almost 10 apartments. Our next project was the purchase of duplexes on King Road. Right now, they are long-term transitional. We negotiated an agreement with Our Family Services. Are any projects happening right now? We’re literally waiting week to week to get word that we can start construction on a project. We were awarded $718,986 from the state Department of Housing. It’s structured like a loan, but no monthly payments, and as long as we stay in compliance, it is forgiven in 15 years. The plan is to completely gut and renovate our duplexes, and build on two lots on the King Road property, and eventually include a community center. When do you expect to break ground? We’ve already signed paperwork, and the process has been going on for months now. We are waiting for direction from the state Department of Housing to sign the paperwork and let us know when we can break ground. We are ready.

How is the Hearth Foundation run? We have one paid staff member who is an administrative coordinator, but for the last three or four years, we’ve been in volunteer mode. Three years ago, we hired our first staff person, and she coordinates events and works primarily with me and the executive committee. It sounds like the plan with the King Road property is to start providing direct services. Yes. We are developing a program for life skills. It will be on a voluntary basis: classes on cooking, seminars on dressing for jobs, how to get an interview. We’re also developing a rental-assistance program. There are certain requirements, but if (people) can’t meet all, but meet some, we want to be able to assist them with the rent. Where do you get your funding? At St. Philip’s Plaza, we have the (Rebuilding Lives) One Brick at a Time campaign. You purchase an engraved brick, and it’s placed at the plaza. We just finished our third golf tournament, and we had 109 people participate, and now the gala in October. There’s also a drive at the end of the year for working tax credits. We bring in a total of $40,000 to $50,000 a year. We see this model working for us to create a sustainable income through this new project that will create a rental income. We hope to add an additional staff member starting in 2013.

UPCOMING CALL FOR MODELS FOR CHARITY EVENT Tres Boutique. 210 N. Fourth Ave. (310) 754-0621. Models are cast for a fashion show at a charity event to benefit Hope Animal Shelter on Saturday, Aug. 25. Casting is from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4. Wear jeans and a tank top, and bring high heels. Email for more information ‘DEAD IN THE DESERT’ FUNDRAISER AND WRAP PARTY Sky Bar. 536 N. Fourth Ave. 622-4300. A party featuring music by Gabriel Sullivan raises funds to allow filmmakers Austin Counts and Devlin Houser to complete a documentary about the migrant experience, including deportation shelters, migrant towns and repatriation after death, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4; $10. Visit for more info.


COOK FOR THE CURE Mercado San Agustín. 100 S. Avenida del Convento. 461-1110, ext. 8. Cooking demonstrations by six chefs from Tucson Originals restaurants; celebrity bartenders including Mayor Jonathan Rothschild; wine and beertastings; a free raffle; and an art display are featured from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, July 26; $15. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Visit for more information.


DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Bookmans. 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-9555. Meetand-greets with animals and knowledgeable representatives of rescue organizations take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; free. Saturday, July 28: Humane Society of Southern Arizona,, and Arizona Greyhound Rescue, Also from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the 28th, customers bring their dogs to be photographed with impersonators of the Blues Brothers; free.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL Hilton East Hotel. 7600 E. Broadway Blvd. 721-5600. More than 40 members of the Tucson Arts and Crafts Association present original, hand-made gift items in a range of media from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, in the ballroom; free admission. A raffle benefits the Civil Air Patrol’s Wreaths for Veterans’ Graves program. Call 797-1751.

GIANT GIANT SAND: A ROCK OPERA Hotel Congress. 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. Howe Gelb’s Giant Giant Sand project, incorporating Lonna Kelly, Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan, headlines a fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 28; $5 to $10 suggested donation. The concert, which also features Salvador Duran and a silent auction, helps fund efforts by the Tucson Artists and Musicians’ Healthcare Alliance to underwrite cancer treatment for Pan Left Productions’ executive director and longtime arts-community activist Mary Charlotte Thurtle. MEOW MIXX POOL PARTY RiverPark Inn. 350 S. Freeway Blvd. 239-2300. A pool party features music by DJ Raw-B and dance performances from Jaime J, the Human Project and Meow Mixx, from 3 to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 28; $10. Call 882-0242 for more information. Sexy swimwear and pool toys are encouraged. MONSOON MANIA SUMMER DANCE PARTY AND JAM Rhythm Industry Performance Factory. 1013 S. Tyndall Ave. 481-8003. Batucaxé and its workshop participants present an evening of music and dance from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 28; $10. Food and beverages are available from Dish for Dosha, Foodie Fleet and eegee’s. Ticket sales and a raffle help finance a trip for Batucaxé members to attend California Brazil Camp. Search for “Batucaxe” on Facebook for more information. SUMMER SCIENCE SATURDAY UA Kuiper Space Sciences Building. 1629 E. University Blvd. 621-6963. Anticipating the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, lectures and kids’ activities take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 28; free. Kids may color; make Play-Doh planets, comets and impact craters; and interact with the Physics Factory, robotics, meteorites, Newton’s cradle, optical illusions, airplanes, rockets, insects and more. Displays feature images of Mars, the Mars Science Laboratory and the OSIRIS-REx Mission. Lectures are in Room 308: Alfred McEwen presents HiRISE imaging of Mars landing sites, landers and rovers from 1 to 1:45 p.m.; Veronica Bray presents the dramatic formation of Gale crater from 2 to 2:45 p.m.; and Shane Byrne discusses wet clay on ancient Mars from 3 to 3:45 p.m.. Call 621-4861, or visit for more information.

OUT OF TOWN GARLIC FESTIVAL AND BENEFIT Triangle T Guest Ranch. 4190 Dragoon Road, Interstate 10, Exit 318. Dragoon. 586-7533. Food, games, prizes, crafts, a garlic-cooking contest and a farmers’ market are featured at a benefit for Wounded Warriors, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29; $3 per car. Visit for more info.

BICAS BASIC MAINTENANCE WORKSHOPS BICAS. 44 W. Sixth St. 628-7950. A three-hour class teaches how your bicycle works and how you can prolong its life, from 4 to 7 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month; $20. Topics include fixing a flat, diagnosing problems and regular maintenance techniques. Visit for more information.

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Bookmans. 1930 E. Grant Road. 325-5767. Receive 10 percent off your purchase when you bring a leashed pet from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 28. FOOD TRUCK POD Civano Nursery. 5301 S. Houghton Road. 546-9200 ext. 9. Food trucks serving a variety of foods and beverages gather from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, through Friday, Aug. 31; free admission. Call 248-9218 for more information. GET A FREE LISTING IN OUR FALL ARTS PREVIEW! Weekly readers want to know about your performances and exhibits! Send us your info by noon, Monday, July 30, and we’ll list your shows in our Fall Arts Preview, on the streets Thursday, Aug. 16. Use the form at, or email HOW TO WORK IN TEAMS Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Learn the fundamentals of teams and how teams can work together more effectively, from 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, July 26; free. Registration is requested. Visit to register or for more info. LIQUOR AUCTION The Pima County Sheriff’s Department’s Civil Enforcement Division auctions six lots of liquor, wine and spirits at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 8710 N. Oracle Road. One lot of furniture and shelving is also on the block as part of a court settlement involving a defunct liquor store. PET-FOOD DRIVE Businesses throughout Tucson provide collection points and incentives to donate pet food to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, daily, through Monday, Sept. 3. A complete list of events, businesses, special offers and locations is available at Mostneeded items are canned (chopped or paté) or dry food for puppy, dog, cat or kitten; KMR Kitten Milk Replacer; Esbilac Milk Replacer; plain, unsalted peanut butter; treats for cats or dogs; and dog biscuits without dyes. SAGUARO ROMANCE WRITERS El Parador. 2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 881-2744. Romance writers meet from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28; $25. Call 551-7390 for reservations. SCHOOL SUPPLIES DONATION DRIVES Tucson Association of Realtors hosts a drive for school supplies at two Walgreens stores from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 28. Participating stores are at 3800 W. Ina Road and 4685 E. Grant Road. Call 327-4218 for more information. Donations are distributed to eight Tucson school districts. Tucson Values Teachers hosts a similar drive from Monday, July 30, through Monday, Aug. 13. Visit for a list of 50 participating Walgreens locations.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA AGAINST SLAVERY MONTHLY MEETING Northminster Presbyterian Church. 2450 E. Fort Lowell Road. 327-7121. An organization dedicated to combatting all forms of human trafficking meets at 6 p.m., the last Monday of every month. Email, or visit for more information. TUCSON HOMELESS CONNECT Trinity Presbyterian Church Grand Hall. 400 E. University Blvd. A one-stop event offers a wide range of services for homeless individuals and families from 8:30 to 1 p.m., Friday, July 27; free. Assistance available includes IDs, clothing, health screenings, hair cuts, VA benefits, employment and housing services, behavioral health services, dog licenses, and help applying for state and federal benefits such as food stamps, AHCCCS, Social Security and SSI. Visit for more information.

OUT OF TOWN DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF THE SANTA RITA AREA Green Valley Democratic Headquarters. 260 W. Continental Road. Green Valley. 838-0590. Current events are discussed from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Wednesday; free. Email, or visit for more information. LET’S MAKE WOOL FELT Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Members of the Southwest Fiber Arts Resource Group show how to turn sheep wool into colorful beads and cords to create a necklace, bracelet or bolo tie, from 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, July 27; $15 includes materials and park admission.

UPCOMING WOMEN IMPACTING TUCSON Arizona Inn. 2200 E. Elm St. 325-1541. Jerry Peyton of Streetlight Tucson presents “Child Sex Trafficking in Tucson”; and city of Tucson business advocate Maricela Solis provides an update from the mayor’s office at a luncheon from 11:20 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 6; $30, $25 with RSVP by Thursday, Aug. 2. Call 3233100, or visit for reservations.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 24-HOUR CRISIS LINE: 624-0348, (800) 553-9387 Wingspan. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. Report a violent or discriminatory action against you or someone you know by calling the 24-hour bilingual crisis line at 6240348 or (800) 553-9387. If it’s an emergency, please first call 911. All services are available in English and Spanish. BEAGLE RESCUE Several beagle-adoption events and play dates are scheduled throughout the month. Visit for the schedule and to learn more about Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue. BINGO Water of Life MCC. 3269 N. Mountain Ave. 292-9151. Join in a game of bingo at 6:30 p.m., every Friday; $6 to $20. Call 822-6286 for more information.

CONQUISTADORS TOASTMASTERS CLUB Jewish Community Center. 3800 E. River Road. 2993000. Anyone who wants to conquer fears of public speaking may practice in a supportive environment at 7 p.m., every Wednesday. Email for more information. DESERT CRONES Fellowship Square Villa III. 210 N. Maguire Ave. 8865537. Women older than 50 meet from 1 to 3 p.m., every Thursday except holidays, to enjoy companionship and creativity. Programs include guest speakers, writing workshops and drumming circles. Call 409-3357, or email for more information. DIVORCE RECOVERY DROP-IN SUPPORT GROUP First Church United Methodist. 915 E. Fourth St. 6226481. An open support group for anyone ending a relationship takes place from 1 to 2 p.m., every Tuesday; free. DRINKING LIBERALLY The Shanty. 401 E. Ninth St. 623-2664. Liberal and progressive Democrats meet every Wednesday at 6 p.m.; free. The meeting often features special guests. Search for “Drinking Liberally Tucson” on Facebook for more information. EXTREME COUPONING SAAF. 375 S. Euclid Ave. 628-7223. Cents-off coupons are collected from the Sunday newspaper and Tuesday home mailings to help support the food programs of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. Coupons need not be cut out. They may be delivered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. FOUNTAIN FLYERS TOASTMASTERS Coco’s Bakery Restaurant. 7250 N. Oracle Road. 7422840. Participants learn and enhance speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment, from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m., Tuesday; free. Call 861-1160. GAM-ANON MEETING University of Arizona Medical Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 694-0111. A 12-step support group for families and friends of compulsive gamblers meets in dining room No. 2500D at 7 p.m., every Monday; free. Call 570-7879 for more information. ITALIAN CONVERSATION Beyond Bread. 3026 N. Campbell Ave. 322-9965. All skill levels practice from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., every Tuesday; free. Call 624-9145 for more information. THE ROADRUNNERS TOASTMASTERS Atria Bell Court Garden. 6653 E. Carondelet Drive. 8863600. The Roadrunners Toastmasters meet weekly from 6:30 to 8 a.m., Wednesday, to mutually support public speaking and leadership skills. Call 261-4560, or visit for more information. SCRABBLE CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Play Scrabble from 1 to 5 p.m., each Monday; free. Call for more information. SINGLES 50+ LUNCH GROUP Thunder Canyon Brewery. 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. 7972652. A group meets for conversation and no-host lunch at noon, Sunday. Call 797-9873 for more info.

BRIDGE CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Adults play bridge from 1 to 4 p.m., every Wednesday; free. Call for more information.

TOASTMASTERS OF UNITY Risky Business Sunrise. 6866 E. Sunrise Drive. 5770021. Participants learn the art of public speaking, listening, thinking and leadership in a relaxed, informal and supportive atmosphere, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., every Saturday; free. Call 861-7039, or visit for more information.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: TUCSON CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL Community groups, businesses, religious groups, neighborhood associations and ad hoc groups of five or more volunteers are needed to adopt parks, streets, washes and other public areas on an ongoing basis. Call 7913109, or visit

TUCSON SINGLETARIANS A social club for singles age 50 and older meets from 5 to 7 p.m., each Wednesday on the westside, and Thursday on the eastside, at locations that change each month. Free; no-host food and beverages. Call 3269174, or visit for more information about the club’s many other activities.

CHESS CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. All serious chess players are invited from 1 to 5 p.m., every Friday; free. Call for more information.

TUCSON SOCIAL SINGLES Tucson Social Singles meet from 5 to 7 p.m., every Friday, at a different location; free. Call 219-9985, or visit for locations and more info.

THE COFFEE PARTY Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Friendly discussions of current events take place from 1 to 3 p.m., every Tuesday; free. Candidates from all political parties are invited to speak. Call 878-0256 for more information and to arrange a time to speak.

URBAN YARNS Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Knitters and crocheters gather informally from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., each Friday, to work on their own projects, review the library’s fiber-themed books and find inspiration for new projects; free. No instruction is provided. Call 791-4010 for more information.

COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE Himmel Park. 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. 791-3276. A drum circle meets from 3:30 to 6 p.m., every Sunday; free. Call 743-4901 for more information.

XEROCRAFT: A PLACE TO CREATE Xerocraft. 1301 S. Sixth Ave. 906-0352. Tools and space for creative individuals to materialize their visions


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INFORMATION POWER FOR SMALL BUSINESS Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Discover sources for locating suppliers and competitors, identifying potential customers and tracking industry trends from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Saturday, July 28; free. Registration is required. Call 791-4010 to register and for more information.

GARDENS OPEN FOR DOGS AND COOL NIGHTS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Dogs are admitted from 7 to 8:30 a.m., every Tuesday, through Aug. 28; $7 adult, $3 ages 4 to 12 and dogs, $2 members’ dogs, free member or child 3 and younger. Bring food or treats to support Hope Animal Shelter for a $1 discount for your dog. Dog admission is free with three donations. Bring a leash, water and waste-disposal bags. The gardens also are open longer hours for people only, from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 27 and Aug. 24; $8, free member. Call or visit for more information. GREEN BAG LUNCH Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store. 3061 N. Campbell Ave. 622-5561. A dutch-treat lunch-and-learn gathering takes place from noon to 1 p.m., the last Tuesday of every month; free. A different speaker is featured each month. MONSOON MADNESS PLANT SALE Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 7426455. Growers showcase bizarre, edible, showy and trickster cacti, plus shrubs, herbs, vines and groundcovers for sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28; free, including admission to the park. Visit for more information. TUCSON AFRICAN VIOLET SOCIETY The East Side Night Meeting of the Tucson African Violet Society gathers from 7 to 9 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month, at The Cascades, 201 N. Jessica Ave. The East Side Day Meeting takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., the second Wednesday of every month, at The Cascades. The Northwest Day Meeting takes place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the second Thursday of every month, at The Inn at the Fountains at La Cholla, 2001 W. Rudasill Road.


LGBTS ALLIANCE FUND Grants are awarded for a wide range of projects, often at critical times in a program’s development. Past grantees include Ethica LGBT Adoptions, Kore Press, Pan Left Productions, Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona, Wingspan and dozens of others. For information about the fund’s grant-request process for 2013, visit early in August.

CLASSES AT TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. The gardens frequently offer classes on a wide range of gardening and related topics, including photography, painting and fauna that frequent Tucson gardens; $10 to $35, or free with admission. Call or visit for more information.


COMMUNITY GARDEN Volunteers are sought to help grow vegetables and herbs for EON’s youth meals and other LGBT programs in a large bed in the UA Community Garden at Highland Avenue and Mabel Street; free. Call 626-1996 or 6263431 for more information.

EVENTS THIS WEEK CINEMA LA PLACITA Cinema La Placita. La Placita Village, Broadway Boulevard and Church Avenue. 326-5282. Classic movies are shown outdoors at 7:30 p.m., every Thursday, through Oct. 25; $3 includes popcorn. July 26: Sons of Cuba (2009). Visit for a schedule and parking information. LOFT CINEMA SPECIAL EVENTS Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Visit for a complete list of forthcoming films and to reserve tickets. Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m.: The Bad Seed; $5 to $9. SOLDIERS OF CONSCIENCE Himmel Branch, Pima County Public Library. 1035 N. Treat Ave. 594-5305. Films are shown from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday; free. July 30: Soldiers of Conscience explores tensions between spiritual values and military orders.

UPCOMING MUPPETS, MUSIC AND MAGIC: A MONTH-LONG CELEBRATION OF JIM HENSON’S LEGACY Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. The Loft partners with the Jim Henson Legacy and the Brooklyn Academy of Music to present highlights of the Muppets’ 50-plus-year history, rare footage from the

NATIVE SEEDS/SEARCH TOURS OF SEED BANK AND FARM Beginning Friday, July 27, visitors can tour the seed bank and learn what goes into preserving nearly 2,000 indigenous crops, then visit the conservation farm and experience the process of hand-pollinating, threshing, winnowing and harvesting; $10 suggested donation, free member. Tours are one hour long and take place at 10 a.m., at the Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Farm, 42 San Antonio Road, Patagonia, (520) 394-0227; and 5 p.m., at the seed bank, 3584 E. River Road, 6220830. PLANT LOW-COST TREES FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY Customers of Tucson Electric Power Company qualify for native shade trees to plant within 15 feet of their homes on the west, south or east side. Trees are $8 including delivery. Call 791-3109, or visit

HEALTH EVENTS THIS WEEK FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Any family caregiver who

needs a safe place to share highs and lows, learn about resources, ask questions and develop coping skills is invited to drop in for this facilitated group from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the first and third Wednesday of every month; free. Participants may attend as often or as seldom as they like. Call 790-0504 or 891-3299 for more information. IMPROVING YOUR LIFE AS YOU GET OLDER Caremore Care Center. 7091 E. Speedway Blvd. (562) 622-2807. Dr. Reza Mohaved lectures on how seniors’ hearts and cardiac health play an important role in their love life, at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 26; free. MAINTAIN BRAIN HEALTH Sunrise at River Road. 4975 N. First Ave. 888-8400. Scott Belanger of Southern Arizona Neuropsychology Associates discusses current research and best practices for maintaining brain health as we age, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 26; free. TMC SENIOR SERVICES TMC Senior Services. 1400 N. Wilmot Road. 3241960. Training for volunteers interested in making a positive difference in the lives of older adults takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, July 27; free. Call 324-3746 for information and an application.

UPCOMING TMC SENIOR SERVICES Tucson Medical Center Senior Services, El Dorado Campus. 1400 N. Wilmot Road. 324-1960. Classes and events are free, but advance registration is required; call 324-4345 to register. Thursday, Aug. 2, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Anne Morrison, Alzheimer’s Educational Series: Caring for a Parent or Relative. Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 9 to 10 a.m.: Dr. Michael Maximov, Straight Talk: Dealing With Chronic Pain.

ANNOUNCEMENTS CURVES LAUGHTER YOGHA CLUB Curves. 2816 N. Campbell Ave. 326-1251. Men, women and children laugh for well-being from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., every Sunday; freewill donation. Call Gita at 777-7544, or visit for more information. FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS Radiant Research. 7840 E. Broadway Blvd., No. 140. 885-6793. Free screenings for cholesterol, blood sugar, gout and BMI are offered from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., every Wednesday. Call to schedule a screening. GAY/LESBIAN AA MEETINGS Water of Life MCC. 3269 N. Mountain Ave. 292-9151. Groups for both men and women are Pink Triangle, which meets at noon, every day; Odds and Ends Group, which meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; and Wednesday Night Candlelight, which meets at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. A women-only Pink Triangle group meets at 7 p.m., every Friday. Visit for more information. HIV TESTING The Centers for Disease Control recommend HIV testing for all people ages 13 through 64. Visit for more information on AIDS testing and its benefits. Testing hours at SAAF, 375 S. Euclid Ave., are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Monday and Wednesday; and 1 to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. Walk-in testing is also available at COPE, 101 S. Stone Ave., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. All testing is confidential; results are available in about 15 minutes; and counseling is available. Call for an appointment and more info.

PCAP: AFFORDABLE MEDICAL SOLUTIONS FOR PIMA COUNTY RESIDENTS A representative from the Pima Community Access Program, a service that links uninsured Pima County residents with an affordable and comprehensive network of health-care providers, is available by appointment to enroll members of the community and give a free assessment. Call 309-2931, or email for information or an appointment.

KIDS & FAMILIES EVENTS THIS WEEK ALL TOGETHER THEATRE Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland continues through Sunday, Aug. 12. Showtime is 1 p.m., every Sunday; $5 to $8. Call or visit for reservations and more information. ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. The museum features its nocturnal plants and wildlife after sundown on Saturdays through Aug. 25, with special programming beginning at 6 p.m., and special rates after 4 p.m.; $7, $3 age 6 through 12, free younger child. A different program is presented each Saturday. July 28: Musical Summer Night. Visit for more information.

CARDIO KUNG FU Martha Cooper Branch, Pima County Public Library. 1377 N. Catalina Ave. 594-5315. A-Long’s Kung Fu Academy presents a high-intensity aerobic fitness program for teens, from 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 28; free. FREE BACK-TO-SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION School-age children ages 5 to 18 get current on shots, dental screenings and vision screenings from 3 to 6 p.m., Thursday, July 26, at the Frank and Edith Morton Clubhouse of the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, 3155 E. Grant Road; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 28, at the Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse, 2585 E. 36th St. A parent or guardian must be present and have shot records. Activities for children are available, as well as information for parents about affordable insurance programs and services available from El Rio Community Health Center. Call 205-4947, or visit for more information. LION CUB BIRTHDAY PARTY Reid Park Zoo. 1030 S. Randolph Way. 881-4753. Lion cubs Ayotunde, Azizi and Abuto celebrate with habitat decorations and a party for their young fans from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 28; $7, $5 senior, $3 age 2 through 14, free member and child younger than 2, includes admission to the zoo. Visit for more information. THE MONTY TALE OF KING ARTHUR PYTHON ADVENTURE Valley of the Moon. 2544 E. Allen Road. 323-1331. Killer rabbits, coconut horses and knights on the road to adventure are featured in a silly interpretation of the myth of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. Showtimes are

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OUTDOOR FAMILY DAY: EARTH TREK Agua Caliente Regional Park. 12325 E. Roger Road. 877-6000. Families with kids ages 5 through 12 explore colors, textures, smells and sounds of nature from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 28; free. Reservations are required. Call 615-7855, or email for reservations and more info. PFLAG TUCSON Ward 6 City Council Office. 3202 E. First St. 7914601. PFLAG Tucson (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets from 7 to 9 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month. The group provides support, education and advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community. Anyone needing help should call the hotline at 360-3795, or email Visit for resources on coping and helping. REPTILE RAMBLE Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 7426455. Docents present characteristics of snakes and lizards, the differences between species, and the roles each serves in the Sonoran Desert, during an interactive presentation and walk at 10 a.m., Friday, July 27; $8, $6 senior, $5 active military, $4 student with ID, $2 child age 5 to 12, free member or child younger than 5, includes admission to the park. Call or visit for information. TUCSON INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. A festival of vintage animated classic films and cartoons, and new animated features, takes place daily through Sunday, July 29. Festival admission and popcorn are free. Activities begin at 9:15 a.m., each morning, and the first film of each day begins at 10:10 a.m. Donate new, unwrapped diapers to enter a raffle. Visit for more info and a schedule. TUCSON MALL KIDS CLUB Tucson Mall. 4500 N. Oracle Road. 293-7330. Activities for kids take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m., every other Saturday; free child age 10 or younger. Email for reservations. July 28: Make pizza with the chef from Brio Tuscan Grille. Aug. 11: Make a magic wand, and create a magic story. Aug. 25: Wear UA Wildcat colors for crafts and storytime with the UA Bookstore; the best-dressed fan wins a prize.


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TUCSON’S RIVER OF WORDS Pima County Juvenile Court. 2225 E. Ajo Way. 7402000. An exhibit of children’s poetry and art expressing their understanding of watersheds continues through Thursday, Aug. 30; free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 615-7855, or e-mail for more information. WEDNESDAY TEEN NIGHTS Golden Pin Lanes. 1010 W. Miracle Mile. 888-4272. Teens ages 13 through 17 with ID enjoy music by a live DJ, unlimited Kosmic Bowling, karaoke and dance contests, and food and drink specials from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday, Aug. 1; $7. Call for reservations. WRITE TO READ Woods Memorial Branch, Pima County Public Library. 3455 N. First Ave. 594-5445. Youth ages 14 through 21 learn to improve writing skills, from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, July 26; free. Participants also learn illustration and publish their writing in the library’s magazine. Call 750-9667, ext. 231, for more info. YOUTH JOB-DEVELOPMENT AND READINESS WORKSHOP Woods Memorial Branch, Pima County Public Library. 3455 N. First Ave. 594-5445. Activities for learning job skills and presentations about a wide range of career options are offered for youth ages 10 through 13 in a workshop from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28; free. Call 750-9667, ext. 231, for more information.

OUT OF TOWN BIG DRUM CULTURE Golder Ranch Fire District. 3885 E. Golder Ranch Drive. Catalina. 825-9001. Odaiko Sonora presents a 40-minute lecture and demonstration of Japanese drumming at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 26; free. GEOLOGY AND WILDLIFE FOR FAMILIES Carr House Visitor Information Center. Seven miles south of Sierra Vista off Highway 92; travel west on Carr Canyon Road for 2.4 miles. Sierra Vista. Educational activities take place at 1:30 p.m., every Sunday, through Sept. 2. Visit for more info.


CHILDREN’S MUSEUM TUCSON Children’s Museum Tucson. 200 S. Sixth Ave. 7929985. Ongoing exhibits include Bodyology, a healthand-wellness exhibit, and Investigation Station, a playful, participatory exhibit about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Unique events for kids take place monthly, and daily programs enrich early-childhood education. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; $8, $6 ages 2 through 18, free younger child, $2 the second Saturday of every month. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Visit for more information. CRAFT-APALOOZA Bookmans. 3733 W. Ina Road. 579-0303. Kids enjoy crafts from 1 to 2 p.m., every first and third Saturday; adult crafts are featured from 1 to 2 p.m., every second and fourth Saturday; free. Supplies are provided. Visit for each week’s featured craft. 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, free to all members of the military and their families through Monday, Sept. 3. Visit for more information. FREE GUITAR LESSONS 17th Street Music. 810 E. 17th St. 624-8821, ext. 7147. Free beginner guitar lessons are offered every Friday from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. for ages 6 to 12, and from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. for age 13 and older. Visit for more information. READ TO A DOG Murphy-Wilmot Branch, Pima County Public 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. SCRABBLE AND BANANAGRAMS CLUB Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Bring lunch and play Scrabble or Bananagrams from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Thursday; free. Call 7914010 for more information. 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. A onehour 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 for more information.

OUTDOORS EVENTS THIS WEEK MOUNT LEMMON WILDFLOWER HIKE Naturalist Meg Quinn leads an easy-to-moderate hike on a mountain trail to seek out summer wildflowers from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 27, and Wednesday, Aug. 8. Reservations are required; location provided with reservation. Call 615-7855, or e-mail for reservations or more information. NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTERS Saguaro National Park West. 2700 N. Kinney Road. 733-5158. An easy 100-yard walk in the cactus garden reveals recognizable faces in the thorns and plants at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, July 29; free and wheelchair accessible. NIGHT WALK Saguaro National Park East. 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail. 733-5153. Take an easy 2-hour hike to explore the Sonoran Desert at night, at 7 p.m., Friday, July 27; free. Reservations are required; call 733-5153 for reservations and more information.

OUT OF TOWN PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS FRUIT CLASSES Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Highway 60. Superior. (520) 689-2811. Author Jean Groen teaches how to harvest and cook with prickly pear fruit in season, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 28; $9, $4.50 ages 5

through 12, free younger child, includes admission. Visit for a video tour and more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS ART IN THE PARK Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. A guided tour of the 1937 adobe home on the grounds examines the changing art and cultural exhibits that feature work by local and Southwest artists. The tour takes place at 11 a.m., every Tuesday and Thursday. A onehour walking tour of the nature trails takes place at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The walks are free with admission: $8, $6 senior, $5 active military, $4 student with valid ID, $2 age 5 through 12, free member or child younger than 5, includes admission to the park. Visit BEGINNER BIRD WALK Mason Audubon Center. 8751 N. Thornydale Road. 744-0004. The Tucson Audubon Society hosts an introduction to birdwatching for all ages with a casual, guided stroll through the saguaro-ironwood desert at 8 a.m., every Saturday; free. Call 629-0510, ext. 7011. MOUNT LEMMON SKYCENTER SKYNIGHTS PROGRAM Mount Lemmon SkyCenter. 9800 Ski Run Road. 6268122. A peek through the largest public viewing telescope in the Southwest is just part of a five-hour tour of the universe, from 5 to 10 p.m., nightly, through July 31; $48 Monday through Thursday, $60 Friday through Sunday, $30 student. Reservations are required. Hours will be 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. for the month of August. Visit for reservations. Search Facebook for “Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter” for daily photo updates about current events in the universe. 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. TOHONO CHUL GUIDED BIRD AND NATURE WALKS Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 7426455. 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 onehour 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 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 7:30 to 9 a.m., every Thursday; free. Binoculars are available. Call 615-7855, or email for more information.

SPIRITUALITY EVENTS THIS WEEK TEACHINGS OF BRUNO GROENING University of Arizona Medical Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 694-0111. Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path Through the Teachings of Bruno Groening is screened in Room C of the cafeteria from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, July 29, Sept. 9, Oct. 21 and Dec. 2; freewill donation. Call 904-4801, or visit for more information.

INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUAL ALCHEMY: CHANGE YOUR GARBAGE INTO GOLD Murphy-Wilmot Branch, Pima County Public Library. 530 N. Wilmot Road. 594-5420. A workshop covers how karma and spirituality can help attract everything necessary for life, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7; free. Call 250-3871 for more information.

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PERFORMING ARTS LTW gives ‘Mauritius’ a good go, but the playwright’s lightweight script falls flat

Stamp of Disapproval BY SHERILYN FORRESTER, auritius is a tiny little island off the coast of Africa which was colonized by the British during their Englandtake-all phase. It’s only real importance, except for having hosted the dodo bird’s extinction, has been to the people living there. Mauritius—the play by Theresa Rebeck, now onstage at Live Theatre Workshop—is a slim little piece, theatrically important only to the people who occupy the stage. Although LTW has assembled an impressive ensemble, full of energy and committed to the story they are telling, it’s not enough to sell this weightless, TV-episode-like yarn. Speaking of yarn: Just as knitting is a noble pastime for those who love to experience those needles acrobatically clicking in the service of crafting an item, yarn, by its very nature, doesn’t lend itself to being placed at the center of a tale of mystery. Similarly, the collection of stamps, called philately, is often dismissed— even scoffed at—by those dispassionately interested in the things. But stamps are the focal point of Mauritius. Specifically, these are the un-cancelled Mauritian “post office” one- and two-penny stamps, so called because they should have been printed with the words “post paid” rather than “post office.” Yes, stamps can be worth impressively tidy sums, and it’s because of this that Rebeck can form a bit of brouhaha about them. But there’s something rather trivial at the center of her story, which makes the story itself inherently lackluster—no matter the odd characters, the questions of value and worth, and the everchanging alliances. One could possibly argue—if one wanted to spend much time thinking about the script— that this is intentional, an inside joke which makes the shenanigans onstage underscore the


absurdity of selling our souls for mere things. But this possible purpose is not clear, so I wouldn’t argue that at all. The piece also seems formulaic. (In fact, you don’t have to listen too closely to hear echoes of David Mamet.) There’s the seemingly innocent Jackie (Carley Elizabeth Preston), who has stumbled onto what she suspects is a valuable asset—her grandfather’s stamp collection, held by her recently deceased mother—and she attempts to ascertain its worth without getting taken by knowing but self-interested experts. Then there’s the insider/outsider relative, Jackie’s half-sister, Mary (Rhonda Hallquist), who appears after what is hinted to be the dismal process of the mother’s death, and who claims that the collection is hers—and that she holds it dear because of its sentimental value. This creates conflict, as does the weird duo of philatelic experts, Philip (Michael Woodson) and Dennis (Steve Wood), who, although seeming to occupy the same worn collectibles shop, are related in unexplained ways. And then there’s the guy with the bucks big enough to purchase those two little scraps of paper, Sterling (Jonathan Northover), a mysteriously sociopathic pinball of a man. Predictably, alliances shift; characters reveal they are not exactly who they seem to be; and there is a surprising moment or two. The trouble is, it all seems so arbitrary and implausible that we don’t really care. This failure is largely Rebeck’s fault. The cast is committed and fills in gaps left by Rebeck admirably, and they generally give solid performances. Director Sabian Trout gives them enough fleshed-out context and shoos them along adequately to make the story glide. But some of her oversight is problematic; casting Wood is an example. Dennis is an

Carley Elizabeth Preston and Steve Wood in Mauritius. opportunist, a wheeler and dealer whose loyalMauritius ties can shift 180 degrees in a second—but Presented by Live Theatre Workshop Wood looks like an Eagle Scout. Not that he 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m., acts like one. Wood is a fine actor, and quite Sunday, through Saturday, Aug. 18 importantly, he may have been the best choice 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. available. He does give Dennis a good go, but $18, with discounts his visual presence undercuts the character. Runs one hour 45 minutes, with one intermission Dennis needs to be clean enough to inspire 327-4242; confidence, but dirty enough to make his tionship with Sterling believable. A different costume choice might have helped, but was neglected. And it’s the playwright’s deficiencies that Northover gives us a dangerously highmake us walk away shaking our heads. strung slime-ball—but with a touch of class, Rebeck’s scenes are taut, and her dialogue is which makes us laugh even as it makes us crisp. But she throws out ideas and then fails to cringe. Hallquist walks perhaps the tightest address them, especially when it comes to the rope, credible as a person whose desire is to be psychological underpinnings of her characters. a helpful sister to put-upon Jackie, as well as a We go “ooh” or “ah” a couple of times when person capable of a very unattractive meltsurprised by a turn, but then exit the theater down. Her portrait of an enigma is terrific. with empty hands. Woodson’s Philip is uninspired, and even a Mauritius doesn’t make us squirm, nor does little over-wrought at times. But chiefly, it’s it provoke much thought about our fascination Preston’s story, and she gives the best perforwith collecting, nor does it make us cringe at mance I’ve seen from her. There’s not quite the the evil monster Greed. LTW’s production is, nuance that would make her characterization a for the most part, a really solid one; the play’s slam-dunk, but Rebeck’s deficiencies make the thing that trips us up. such a feat more difficult than it should be.


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UPCOMING AVA: ANSELMO VALENCIA TORI AMPHITHEATER AVA: Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater. Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road. (800) 344-9435. Performances are at 8 p.m. Visit for tickets and more information. Friday, Aug. 3: Seal with Macy Gray; $24 to $85. Saturday, Aug. 4: Los Tigres Del Norte and Banda Recodo; $30 or $40. Sunday, Aug. 5: Pitbull; $45 to $150.

THEATER OPENING THIS WEEK SUMMER COMEDY SHOWCASE Laffs Comedy Caffé. 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. 3238669. Tucson comedians appear in groups of four every Thursday night. The audience rates each comedian, and at the end of the series, the comics with the top three ratings are awarded guest spots in a Laffs professional show. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 8 p.m.; free, with a two-item minimum. Email mark@ to apply and for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS LET’S DANCE CLUB Tucson Women’s Club. 6245 E. Bellevue Road. 2963142. A group meets for ballroom dancing at 7 p.m., every Wednesday; $10, $8 members. No partner necessary. Call 623-2384 for more information.

MUSIC EVENTS THIS WEEK 17TH STREET MUSIC 17th Street Music. 810 E. 17th St. 624-8821, ext. 7147. Blues artist Tom Walbank performs with harmonica and slide guitar from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 28; free. Visit for info. AVA: ANSELMO VALENCIA TORI AMPHITHEATER AVA: Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater. Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road. (800) 344-9435. Performances are at 8 p.m. Visit for tickets and more information. Tuesday, July 31: Earth, Wind and Fire; $24 to $75. GASLIGHT THEATRE FAMILY CONCERTS The Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 8869428. Unless otherwise noted, shows take place at 7 p.m., Monday; $12 to $22. July 30: The Legends of Country Music. Call or visit for tickets and more information. NATIONAL KARAOKE SINGING AND PERFORMANCE CONTEST F.O.E. Eagles No. 180 Lounge. 1530 N. Stone Ave. 624-2461. A karaoke singing and performance elimination competition takes place at 5 p.m., Sunday, July 29; $7. One male and one female are chosen to compete in a final round at 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 5. Winners advance to the Talent Quest 2012 National Finals in September in Laughlin, Nev., with all expenses paid. Participants must be at least age 21 by Sunday, Sept. 16, and not signed to any professional contract. No burned discs, downloaded CDs or original songs are permitted. Call 301-7709 for more information. SILLY SUMMER CHORAL CONCERT Ascension Lutheran Church. 1220 W. Magee Road. 297-3095. A youth and adult, men and women’s chorus under the direction of Terrie Ashbaugh performs silly songs and comedy with the Exit 185 Improv Comedy Troupe at 7 p.m., Friday, July 27; freewill donation. Proceeds benefit the Interfaith Community Services Food Bank. Visit for more information.

CONTINUING LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. The modern thriller Mauritius continues through Saturday, Aug. 18. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $18, $16 student, senior or military, Call or visit THE GASLIGHT THEATRE The Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 8869428. Back to the Past, a time-traveling musical-comedy, continues through Sunday, Aug. 26. Showtimes are 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 6 and 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 and 7 p.m., Sunday; $17.95, $7.95 child age 12 and younger, $15.95 student, military and senior. Visit

LAST CHANCE COMEDY PLAYHOUSE Comedy Playhouse. 3620 N. First Ave. 260-6442. The Comedy Genius of Montague Glass closes Sunday, July 29. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $12, $10 senior and student. Call or visit for tickets or more info. NEXT THEATRE COMPANY Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. Hope, a new play in Jem Street’s series including Faith and Love, closes Saturday, July 28. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; $8 to $15. Call or visit for tickets and more information.

UPCOMING COMEDY PLAYHOUSE Comedy Playhouse. 3620 N. First Ave. 260-6442. The Mystery Genius of Sax Rohmer’s Dr. Fu Manchu opens Friday, Aug. 3, and continues through Saturday, Aug. 11. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $12, $10 senior and student. Call or visit for tickets or more info. NEXT THEATRE COMPANY Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. The Body in the Bath, a Lord Peter Whimsy adaptation, opens Friday, Aug. 3, and continues through Saturday, Aug. 18. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m., Sunday; $8 to $20. Call or visit for tickets and more info.

TUCSON JAZZ INSTITUTE SHOWCASE Sheraton Hotel and Suites. 5151 E. Grant Road. 3236262. Middle school and high school students perform a poolside concert in four big bands and eight combos at 7 p.m., Friday, July 27; free. Call 971-6694 for more information.

ODYSSEY STORYTELLING Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. Six storytellers share tales from their lives based on a monthly theme at 7 p.m., the first Thursday of every month; $7. Aug. 2: Happy Campers: The Great Outdoors. ASL interpretation is provided. Beverages are available for sale. Anyone can ask to tell their story; the six are chosen in advance. Call 730-4112, or visit to sign up or get more information.



DESERTVIEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER DesertView Performing Arts Center. 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. SaddleBrooke. 825-5318. Saturday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m., The Magic of Manilow features Terry Davies; $24. Visit for tickets and more information.

MAGICAL MYSTERY DINNER THEATER Magical Mystery Dinner Theater. 2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 624-0172. Murder at the Vampire’s Wedding, a 2 1/2-hour, interactive comedy whodunit that includes a three-course 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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OPENING THIS WEEK MADARAS GALLERY Madaras Gallery. 3001 E. Skyline Road, Suite 101. 615-3001. Western Roundup, an exhibit of Western paintings by Diana Madaras, opens Wednesday, Aug. 1, and continues through Friday, Aug. 31. A Wild West Party takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, and Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday; free. Visit for more information. TOHONO CHUL PARK GALLERY Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. An exhibit of contemporary ceramics opens with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 26, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 21. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, through Friday, Aug. 31; $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

CONTINUING AGUA CALIENTE PARK RANCH HOUSE GALLERY Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery. 12325 E. Roger Road. 749-3718. Like Mother, Like Daughter, an exhibit of graphite drawings and oil paintings by Jennie Norris and Joyce Norris Blank, continues through Wednesday, Aug. 15. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. Call 615-7855, or email for more information. ATLAS FINE ART SERVICES Atlas Fine Art Services. 41 S. Sixth Ave. 622-2139. Ken Hill: Progressions, an exhibit inspired by geometric abstraction and op art, continues through Saturday, Aug. 11. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday; free. BLUE RAVEN GALLERY AND GIFTS Many Hands Courtyard. 3054 N. First Ave. 419-7191. Express Yourself ... Anything Goes!, paintings, photographs, ceramics, gourds, mixed-media works and more by local artists, continues through Saturday, Aug. 18. Hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; or by appointment. Visit DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Davis Dominguez Gallery. 154 E. Sixth St. 629-9759. The Works: Painting and Sculpture by All Davis Dominguez Artists and Small Things Reconsidered: Selections From the 20th Small Works Invitational continue through Saturday, Sept. 15. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and 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. Summer Shades, representing several local artists, continues through Sunday, Sept. 9. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday. Visit desertartisansgallery. com for more information. ETHERTON GALLERY Etherton Gallery. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. A Classic Collection: Photographs From the Estate of Julian T. Baker Jr. (1939-2011), a selection of works by 20th-century masters, continues through Friday, Aug. 31. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and by appointment; free. Visit for more information. INDUSTRIA STUDIOS Industria Studios. 1441 E. 17th St. 235-0797. Miscommunication and the Human Condition, a juried exhibition of works in a range of media by Tucson art-

ists, continues through Saturday, Aug. 4. Hours are by appointment. Visit for more info. JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER FINE ART GALLERY Jewish Community Center Fine Art Gallery. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000. Crossing About, a collection of 30 works by Christine Zabramny, continues through Wednesday, Aug. 8. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Sunday. JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY Joseph Gross Gallery. 1031 N. Olive Road, No. 108. 626-4215. Above and Below, an exhibition of work by Josh Keyes, continues through Thursday, Aug. 30. A closing reception takes place from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Visit LONG GALLERY, ACADEMY VILLAGE Academy Village. 13701 E. Langtry Lane. 647-7777. Sparking the Imagination: Abstract Impressions by Marti White continues through Friday, Aug. 24, in the community center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. MONTEREY COURT CAFÉ Monterey Court Studio Galleries. 505 W. Miracle Mile. 582-0514. An exhibit of Karen Bellamy’s mixed-media works on paper continues through Thursday, Sept. 6; free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday. Visit for more info. MURPHEY GALLERY Murphey Gallery. St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. An exhibit of works in graphite by Alan Jaffe, and works in pastels, acrylics and charcoal by Tom Bulow, continues through Thursday, Aug. 9. Hours are from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday; free. PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY AND STUDIO Philabaum Glass Gallery and Studio. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. Philabaum and Phriends, an exhibit of glass art by Tom Philabaum and his colleagues, continues through Saturday, Sept. 1. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and Monday by appointment; free. QUANTUM ART GALLERY Quantum Art Gallery. 505 W. Miracle Mile, No. 2. 9077644. Never Again, featuring the contemporary art of Mychal Trujillo and Micheline Johnoff, continues through Monday, Aug. 27. Hours are by appointment. RONALD ZACK, PLC Ronald Zack, PLC. 177 N. Church Ave., No. 1015. 664-3420. Artistic Reflections: Truth and Beauty in Creation, an exhibit of oil paintings and graphite drawings by TurningBear Mason, continues through Friday, Aug 3; free. Hours are by appointment. TOHONO CHUL PARK GALLERY Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Pollinators: The Art of Interdependence, an exhibit focusing on bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other actors in spreading pollen, runs through Sunday, Aug. 12. Zoom In! A Photographic Exploration of Pollinators runs through Saturday, Sept. 1. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, through Friday, Aug. 31; $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 TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Flights of Fancy, a garden-wide display of decorated bird houses of all shapes and sizes, closes Sunday, Sept. 30. Many of the bird houses are for sale and may be picked up at the end of the exhibit. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily; $8, $4 child age 4 to 12, free younger child or member, includes admission to the gardens. Call or visit for more information about the exhibit and the many bird-related classes and activities taking place. TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Tucson International Airport. 7250 S. Tucson Blvd. 5738100. Flight, Sight and Watermelons, an exhibit of watercolor paintings on paper by Catharine Kim Woodin, continues through Saturday, Sept. 8, in the Main Gallery. Arizona Summer Skies, an exhibit of laser prints on aluminum by Lynn Rae Lowe, is displayed through Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Upper Link Gallery. Blooms and Bugs, an exhibit of works by Tucson photographers, runs through Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Lower Link Gallery. TIA galleries are open 24 hours, daily; free. Visit for more information. UA MEDICAL CENTER SOUTH CAMPUS UA Medical Center South Campus. 2800 E. Ajo Way. 874-2000. An exhibit featuring photography by faculty members of Pima Community College continues through Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the Behavioral Health Pavilion

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LAST CHANCE ARTSEYE GALLERY ArtsEye Gallery. 3550 E. Grant Road. 325-0260. The fourth annual Curious Camera Event, featuring images from around the world made with pinhole, plastic, vintage, instant and cell-phone cameras, closes Tuesday, July 31. The exhibit also features pinhole images made with the Giant Holga by Swiss photographer Francois Robert. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Call 3277291, or visit for information. CONRAD WILDE GALLERY Conrad Wilde Gallery. 439 N. Sixth Ave., Suite 195. 622-8997. Addition/Subtraction, an exhibition of eight artists’ multimedia work, paintings and sculpture on the theme of positive versus negative space, closes Saturday, July 28. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday; free. Visit CONTRERAS GALLERY Contreras Gallery. 110 E. Sixth St. 398-6557. When Sight Speaks, a solo exhibit by Green Fields Country Day School art teacher Jane Buckman, closes Saturday, July 28. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. FLORENCE QUATER GALLERY Southwest University of Visual Arts Florence Quater Gallery. 2538 N. Country Club Road. 325-0123. Loosely Arranged, an exhibit of quirky and often humorous visual expressions, including cartoon strips, children’s books and paintings, closes Friday, July 27. Participating artists are Max Cannon, whose cartoon strip Red Meat runs in the Weekly and more than 100 other alternative papers; David Christiana, illustrator of more than 20 picture books; Michael Nolan, whose work was featured in the Arizona Biennial; and Adam Rex, whose work is included in Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit JOEL D. VALDEZ MAIN LIBRARY Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. An exhibit of diverse works submitted by staff from the 27 Pima County Library branches closes Tuesday, July 31; free. 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. Call 791-4010, or email for more information. KIRK-BEAR CANYON BRANCH, PIMA COUNTY LIBRARY Kirk-Bear Canyon Branch, Pima County Library. 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. 594-5275. An eclectic exhibit of oil and watercolor paintings and three-dimensional work by Pamela D. Howe closes Tuesday, July 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 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. PORTER HALL GALLERY Porter Hall Gallery. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. An exhibit of paintings and photography by Valerie Galloway closes Sunday, July 29. Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily; $8, $4 child age 4 to 12, free younger child or member, includes admission to the gardens. Twilight Third Thursday admission is $9, $5 member, $4 child, $3 child member, free child younger than 4. Call or visit for more information SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD GALLERY Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Gallery. 5605 E. River Road, Suite 131. An exhibit of art by almost two dozen artists who work in water-based media closes Monday, July 30. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. TEMPLE GALLERY Temple Gallery. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 624-7370. Desert Dreams, an invitational exhibit organized by VSA Arizona, a state organization concerned with arts and disability, closes Friday, July 27. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday; free.

OUT OF TOWN ART AWAKENINGS Art Awakenings-Old Bisbee Gallery. 50 Main St. Bisbee. (520) 432-3765. An exhibit of Ken Boe’s newer mixed-

media work and paintings from his Teapot series closes Sunday, July 29. Regular hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; free. Visit for more information. SUBWAY GALLERY Subway Gallery. 30 Main St. Bisbee. (520) 432-9143. An all-member show continues through Friday, Aug. 10. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday; free. Visit for more info. TRIANGLE L RANCH Triangle L Ranch. 2805 Triangle L Ranch Road. Oracle. 623-6732. Big Desert Sculpture Show continues through Sunday, Sept. 16. The exhibit includes metal, glass and ceramic works for sale, and site-specific installations. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Saturday; and by appointment; free. TUBAC PRESIDIO STATE HISTORIC PARK Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. An exhibit of art that tells the story of Juan Bautista de Anza’s 1775 expedition from Tubac to establish San Francisco continues through Friday, Aug. 31. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; $4, $2 age 7 to 13, free younger child. Call or visit TubacPresidioPark. com for more information. WESTERN NATIONAL PARKS ASSOCIATION Western National Parks Association. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. Art Inspirations, an exhibit of art inspired by Donald Knight’s photographs, closes Tuesday, July 31. Charlie Mattingly: Scenic Hiking Photos of Tucson opens Wednesday, Aug. 1, and continues through Friday, Aug. 31. An artists’ reception takes place from 3:45 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; free. Visit for directions or more information.

UPCOMING ADAM YEATER: ONE LAST DAY Bookmans. 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-9555. Tucson illustrator Adam Yeater signs his comic-book series and comic strips from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4. Visit for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS BICAS UNDERGROUND ART WORKSHOPS BICAS. 44 W. Sixth St. 628-7950. BICAS offers workshops to create useful objects and art projects from recycled materials from 5 to 8 p.m., every Tuesday; freewill donation. Materials are provided, or you may bring your own. Call 201-5011, or search for “Bicas Underground Art” on Facebook for information about each week’s project. BRIDGE GALLERY Bridge Gallery. 5425 N. Kolb Road, No. 113. 5774537. Southwest contemporary art is featured. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and by appointment; free. Visit for more information. CALL FOR ARTISTS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Artists are sought for individual monthlong exhibits in the Porter Hall Gallery. Work should be two-dimensional with desert themes. Email an artist’s statement, a resume and either low-res digital images or a website link to Put “Porter Hall Gallery” in the subject line. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 31; selected artists are notified by Sunday, Sept. 30. Call 326-9686, ext. 35, for more information. CALL TO ARTISTS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Artists are invited to submit life-sized dancing skeletons to line a pathway for a Feast With the Dearly Departed procession to be held Saturday, Oct. 27. The entry deadline is Friday, Aug. 17. Submit a .jpg of completed work or a detailed sketch along with a short biography to communications@tucsonbotanical. org. Call 326-9686, ext. 35, for more information. GALLERY ROW ARTWALK Fine art, live music and wine-tastings are featured at several art galleries at the corner of Skyline Drive and Campbell Avenue, from 5 to 7 p.m., every Thursday. Call 615-3001, or visit GEORGE STRASBURGER GALLERY AND STUDIO George Strasburger Gallery and Studio. 172 E. Toole Ave. 882-2160. An exhibit of new paintings by George Strasburger and photographs by Alfonso Elia is featured from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Visit and for more information.






OPEN STUDIO TOUR APPLICATIONS The Tucson Pima Arts Council invites artists to participate in the Fall Open Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11. TPAC must receive all registration materials by 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20. Call 6240595, ext. 16, or visit for registration materials and more information. VICTOR STEVENS STUDIO AND GALLERY IN THE DESERT Victor Stevens Studio and Gallery in the Desert. 14015 S. Avenida Haley. Sahuarita. 399-1009. Original work and giclee prints are shown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., every Saturday; and by appointment. Visit for more information.

MUSEUMS EVENTS THIS WEEK ARIZONA HISTORY MUSEUM Arizona History Museum. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. 100 Years: 100 Quilts continues through Saturday, Dec. 29. The quilts, created for the state’s centennial, depict Arizona landscapes, cultures, historical places and unique events. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; $5, $4 senior or age 12 through 18, free younger child. ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM Arizona State Museum. 1013 E. University Blvd. 6216302. An exhibit of 20 Hopi quilts continues through Monday, Aug. 20. Many Mexicos: Vistas de la Frontera continues through Friday, Nov. 30. 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, 2013. 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 more information. DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. 6300 N. Swan Road. 2999191. Portraits of DeGrazia, an exhibit of photographs and paintings of Ted DeGrazia, including works by Louise Serpa and Thomas Hart Benton, continues through Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. 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 FORT LOWELL MUSEUM Fort Lowell Museum. 2900 N. Craycroft Road. 8853832. An exhibit of artifacts from the centennial celebration at Bunker Hill Monument continues through Friday, Aug. 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday; $3, $2 senior or student, free member, child younger than 12 or military family with ID. Bette Bunker Richards, historian of the Bunker Family Association, is curator of the Fort Lowell Museum.

MOCA MOCA. 265 S. Church Ave. 624-5019. Subcontracted Installation, work that artists-in-residence Hunter Jonakin and Jordan Vinyard created collaboratively with museum visitors throughout the month of June, continues through Sunday, Sept. 16. Works by previous participants in the MOCA artist-residency program are featured in Air Show, which runs through Sunday, Sept. 16. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday; $8, free member, child younger than 17, veteran, active military and public-safety officers, and everyone the first Sunday of each month. Call or visit for more information. NIGHT WINGS Pima Air and Space Museum. 6000 E. Valencia Road. 574-0462. Tour the Spirit of Freedom Hangar, and hangars 1, 3 and 4, and enjoy special activities for kids, from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 28 and Aug. 25; $10, free child age 10 or younger. Visit TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Arizona Doodle 4 Google, an exhibit of Arizona students’ entries in a Google doodle competition, continues through Friday, Aug. 31. Tucson Collects: Spirit of the West, an exhibit of Western art from private collections, and 100 Years: 100 Ranchers, a collection of photographs by Scott T. Baxter for the Arizona centennial, run through Sunday, Sept. 23. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday; $10, $8 senior, $5 college student with ID, free age 18 or younger, active military or veteran with ID, and TMA members; free the first Sunday of every month. Visit for more info. UA MUSEUM OF ART UA Museum of Art. 1031 N. Olive Road. 621-7567. Joshua Olivera’s Palimpsest: An Image of What Once Was continues through Sunday, Sept. 2. Exhibitions featuring Sol LeWitt, who is among the founders of both Minimal and Conceptual art, and David Headly, who specializes in large-scale triptychs, continue through Sunday, Oct. 21. As part of the exhibition, six teams construct works according to LeWitt’s specifications; call for a work schedule. Visit for details of related activities. The Samuel H. Kress Collection and the altarpiece from Ciudad Rodrigo are on display until further notice. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; $5, free member, student, child, faculty and staff with ID. Visit

OUT OF TOWN AMERIND MUSEUM Amerind Museum. 2100 N. Amerind Road, Exit 318 off Interstate 10. Dragoon. (520) 586-3666. A Journey: The Art of Glory Tacheenie-Campoy, an exhibit of paintings, sculpture, mixed-media works and prints, continues through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; $8, $7 senior, $5 age 12 through 18, free younger child. Visit FRONTIER PRINTING PRESS DEMONSTRATION Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Printer and teacher James Pagels demonstrates the 1858 Washington Press used to print

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ANNOUNCEMENTS ACADIA RANCH MUSEUM AND ORACLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY Oracle Historical Society and Acadia Ranch Museum. 825 Mount Lemmon Road. Oracle. 896-9609. The Oracle Historical Society preserves artifacts and properties to educate and to encourage appreciation of the unique cultural-historical heritage of the community of Oracle and surrounding areas. Collections include the Huggett Family collection of ranching artifacts, a documents archive and many books on local history. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., each Saturday, with extended hours for special exhibits; free, donations welcome. THE AMERIND FOUNDATION AND MUSEUM The Amerind Foundation and Museum. 2100 N. Amerind Road, Exit 318 off Interstate 10. Dragoon. (520) 586-3666. A museum of Native American archaeology, art, history and culture. Interwoven Tradition, an exhibit of textiles that changes continually, is exhibited through Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Potters of Mata Ortiz: Inspired by the Past ... Creating Traditions for the Future and A Pottery Competition continue indefinitely. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; $8, $7 senior, $5 age 12 to 18 and college student, free younger child. Visit ARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY DOWNTOWN MUSEUM Arizona Historical Society Downtown Museum. 140 N. Stone Ave. 770-1473. Exhibits depict early Tucson businesses and homes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; $3, $2 senior or age 12 to 18; free younger child, 2-for-1 admission the first Tuesday of every month. Visit ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. A world-renowned botanical garden, zoo and natural-history museum that features a vast collection of native plants and wildlife. Walk into the lush hummingbird and mixed-species aviaries, or learn about the statuesque saguaro and other desert denizens via daily tours and bird walks. Activities for kids include a simulated fossil dig. Open every day, but hours vary by month; free child younger than 6; $13, $4.25 ages 6 to 12 from September to May; $9.50, $2.25 age 6 to 12 from June to August. Visit for more info. INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE MUSEUM International Wildlife Museum. 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. 629-0100. The museum highlights more than 400 species of insects, mammals and birds from around the globe. Dioramas depict wild animals in their natural settings. Videos, interactive computers and hands-on exhibits promote wildlife appreciation and conservation. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; $8, $3 ages 4 to 12, free younger child or member, $6 senior, student or military. Visit for more info. THE JEWISH HISTORY MUSEUM The Jewish History Museum. 564 S. Stone Ave. 6709073. The museum is housed in the oldest Jewish

house of worship in Arizona and features the history of Jewish pioneers in exhibits, artifacts, research, genealogy and story-telling. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and noon to 3 p.m., Friday; $5, free age 17 and younger. Visit for more information. KITT PEAK NATIONAL OBSERVATORY Located atop the 6,875-foot summit of Kitt Peak, the observatory offers nightly viewing and an advanced overnight program that lets visitors stay on site, use advanced equipment and “explore some of North America’s most spectacular night skies.� (Stargazing by reservation only.) Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily. Guided tours are at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; a single tour is $5.75, $3 age 7 to 12, free younger child, June through October; $7.75, $4 age 7 to 12, free younger child, November through May. Special rates for three tours are available. Night tours feature four hours of guided observing time and a box dinner; $48, $44 student, military or senior. Call 318-8726, or visit for more information. LA PILITA MUSEUM La Pilita Museum. 420 S. Main Ave. 882-7454. The museum exhibits the written and photographed history of Barrio Viejo and El Hoyo. The permanent exhibit is Who Walked Here Before You, a collection of photos of Carrillo Gardens and Elysian Grove of the 1890s to 1920s. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free, $2 requested donation. Call or visit for more information. MINI-TIME MACHINE MUSEUM OF MINIATURES Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. 881-0606. The museum displays an array of antique and contemporary miniatures, featuring more than 275 miniature houses and room-boxes by notable artisans. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday; $9, $8 senior or military, $6 age 4 to 17, $6 adults on Thursday, March through December. Visit for more information. MISSION SAN XAVIER DEL BAC San Xavier del Bac Mission. 1950 W. San Xavier Road. 294-2624. Founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino, the “White Dove of the Desert� continues to serve the religious life of the surrounding Tohono O’odham community. It is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; free. Free tours are on the half-hour from 9:30 a.m., through 12:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except during special religious observances. Traditional O’odham food and crafts are available year-round. Call or visit for more information. PIMA AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM Pima Air and Space Museum. 6000 E. Valencia Road. 574-0462. The museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world and is the largest non-government funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe and more than 125,000 artifacts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admittance, 4 p.m.), daily; free child younger than 7; $15.50, $9 ages 7 to 12, $12.75 senior, military, Pima County resident and AAA from November through May; $13.75, $8 ages 7 to 12, $11.50 Pima County resident, $11.75 senior, military and AAA from June through October. Visit for more information.


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UA emeritus professor Anoop Chandola offers an informative dip into a complex culture

In the Himalayan Foothills BY CHRISTINE WALD-HOPKINS, eading this new novel by linguistanthropologist Anoop Chandola feels a little like working your way through a New Delhi street—you squeeze past person after person in saris, dhotis, dull Western trousers or turbans. They all have stories you might like to follow up on, and they’re all subject to what the Bhagavad Gita notes as an inconsistency in behavior and thoughts. But you can’t get an in-depth or overall view of them, because you, too, are part of the stream. To that street image, add mythological clashing chariots; elephants; mace-wielding soldiers; untouchables and other unclean characters like women—and you have a sense of the book. Where to start? It—like India—is full to the brim … and a little bewildering. Chandola, professor emeritus of East Asian studies at the University of Arizona, has taught Indian literature, culture and religion at numerous Indian and American universities. He was born and raised in a Brahmin family near the Nepal-Tibet border, and that’s where he locates this novel. In the Himalayan Nights takes place in 1977, in Dehradun, a region in the foothills of the Himalayas. The setting and basis for the narrative are also its organizing mechanism and primary thematic source—the “Holy War” dance story, the Mahabharata, a 100,000-verse epic poem in which two sides of a ruling family wage war against each other. A team of researchers from the U.S. has come to Dehradun to conduct field work related to the Mahabharata. The narrator, a college professor born there whose parents still live in the area, is interested in the epic itself, its heroes and the authorship of the Bhagavad Gita, which is embedded in it. He and his wife, who’s investigating polygamy, are joined by two female graduate students looking into the abuse of women, animal cruelty and caste discrimination. The team is complemented by local academics who explain language and customs. The book is laid out following the dance story itself: the 18 days of the mythic war between the Kaurava clan and their cousins the Pandavas. Chandola alternates chapters of contemporary action with chapters of the epic action. More than realized conflict, though, the contemporary plot arises from discussion of the dance story, or tales of modern local “heroes.” Fortunately, Chandola has provided a glossa-


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4. The Last Werewolf ry, because he leads us on a slog through Indian mythology, mores, religion, history and language. To the epic narrative, he adds discussions and mini-lectures on aspects of Indian culture. (As guests drop in, the local experts comment; team members chat or debate, etc.) The Mahabharata itself is dense with characters, relationships and military strategy, but Chandola keeps his prose clear. In short, the epic involves two branches of the legendary Kuru clan vying for control of the family kingdom. The Kauravas won it in a rigged dice game; the Pandavas want justice; the Kauravas deny it; and the Kurukshetra War ensues. In some ways, In the Himalayan Nights is more an anecdote-rich seminar on India than a novel. Chandola presents an intriguing mix of epic poem, cultural and historic insight, gossip, ideas, questions and issues, but not much of conventional fiction-writing’s advancing story lines or developed characters. It’s difficult to discern the plot through layers of dialogue. The Mahabharata itself is interesting, though, and you come away with a grasp of a significant piece of world literature. Its themes of family conflict, loyalty, honor, betrayal and divine intervention read like Homer or scenes from the Old Testament. Chandola addresses large issues. The notions of family fighting family, and the denigrating treatment of women and the dalit—or untouchables—become central to the work. Significant concerns arise through the team’s observations or living arrangements, or the stories brought to them. For example, Chandola merges his narrator’s interest in narrative authority and bias with problems of the caste system in his depiction of the drummers who nightly narrate the Mahabharata. The drummers, talented as they are, were born untouchables. The narrator’s Brahmin father will not eat with them—but they have the power to mold the story. The cover blurb on In the Himalayan Nights focuses on a conflict between the grad students’ lesbian relationship and their host country’s customs. Frankly, that part of the story barely makes it to the final draft. This is the book of a college professor with clear affection for his conflicted and complicated subject. An easy beach read, it isn’t, but an informed and informative dip into a rich, complex culture, it is.

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ARIZONA 100: ESSENTIAL BOOKS FOR THE CENTENNIAL UA Library Special Collections. 1510 E. University Blvd. 621-6423. Inspired by the state’s centennial, a showcase of 100 books that define Arizona, from the Spanish Colonial era to the present, continues through Friday, Dec. 14. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. J.A. JANCE: JUDGEMENT CALL J.A. Jance discusses her newest Joanna Brady book at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 28, at Barnes and Noble, 5130 E. Broadway Blvd.; at noon, Sunday, July 29, at Costco, 6255 E. Grant Road; at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, July 29, at Mostly Books. 6208 E. Speedway Blvd.; at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 29, at Bisbee Royale Theatre, 94 Main Street, Bisbee; and at 1 p.m., Monday, July 30, at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.; free. Visit for more information. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR BOOKS ON WHEELS Volunteers help select books for homebound Tucsonans and deliver the books by bicycle. Complete the application at, and submit it at one of the following training sessions: Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m., at the Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road; and Monday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at the Himmel Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. Call 594-5245, or email for more information.

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THE CCC IN SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK Saguaro National Park West. 2700 N. Kinney Road. 733-5158. Learn how the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s developed the park, in a 45-minute presentation at 2:15 p.m., Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28; free and wheelchair accessible. FAST FOOD IN THE DESERT Saguaro National Park West. 2700 N. Kinney Road. 7335158. A 40-minute talk covers the ways ancient desert peoples relied on the natural world for food, at 3:15 p.m., Sunday, July 29; free and wheelchair accessible. MEET THE CUCKOO OF THE DESERT Saguaro National Park West. 2700 N. Kinney Road. 733-5158. Learn the natural history, behavior and other interesting facts about the roadrunner at 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, July 31; free and wheelchair accessible. THE SLITHER FACTOR Saguaro National Park West. 2700 N. Kinney Road. 733-5158. A 40-minute presentation explains how snakes of all kinds play important roles in desert ecology, including controlling the rodent population, at 10:45 a.m., Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28; free and wheelchair accessible. SUMMER LECTURE SERIES: VOICES FOR PEACE IN A WAR-FILLED AGE St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. The University of Arizona Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies presents a series of lectures from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Sunday; free. July 29: Amy Newhouse, “Erasmus and Early Pacifism.”

OUT OF TOWN JANE EPPINGA: THE HISTORY OF SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK Western National Parks Association Bookstore. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. An electronic slide presentation about the history of Saguaro National Park is given at noon and 2 p.m., Saturday, July 28; free. Reservations are required, but must be made no earlier than one week in advance; call between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Visit STEVE RUSSELL: CLIMATE CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE Western National Parks Association. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. An environmental educator discusses factors that influence Earth’s climate and shares projections about Arizona’s climate future, at noon and 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1; free. Reservations are required, but must be made no earlier than one week in advance; call between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Visit for directions or more info.

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BY BOB GRIMM, hristopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy comes to a satisfying, if occasionally clunky, conclusion with The Dark Knight Rises. It is the least-satisfying of the three films, but that’s only because it doesn’t quite attain the masterpiece stature of his Batman Begins or The Dark Knight. All things considered, it’s still a damn good ride. Eight years after the events of the last film, a reclusive Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is hiding out in his cavernous house. His knees are shot; his will is bent; and he’s starting to annoy Alfred (Michael Caine), who wants him to get a new girlfriend. In short, Bruce Wayne is not living the good life after his beloved Rachel met an untimely end. When things in Gotham begin to boil over in the absence of the Bat, he seriously considers a return to costumed vigilantism. When Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) gets into trouble, that seals the deal. Wayne/Batman’s main adversary in the movie is Bane, a brilliant, strategizing Neanderthal who wears a mask and is infamous for breaking Batman’s back in the comics. As played by Tom Hardy, Bane winds up being the film’s biggest flaw, because Nolan and crew completely blow it with his voice. From the instant Hardy delivered his first line in the film’s opening airplane sequence, the voice struck me as odd and “clean” for a guy wearing a mask. It’s no secret that many patrons who saw TDKR preview footage whined about not being able to understand Bane. Nolan refused to retool the voice at first, but relented and redid some of the vocals in postproduction. The result is something that feels inorganic and cartoonish. Bane has plenty of dialogue, so you can’t escape the problem. As a physical opponent for Batman, Bane is a lot of fun. Two smackdowns between the characters are awesomely staged. They are also quite scary, because we know that Batman has been out of it for a while, and his fighting chops aren’t up to snuff. You get a true sense that Batman might get his life ended by Bane. This is his first opponent in the Nolan films that actually provides a true, physical threat, aside from guns and weaponry. In the end, I took Bane for what he was: A formidable and entertaining physical opponent for Batman who sounds a little like a strangely happy Gandalf after a whiskey bender, with a little bit of Darth Vader thrown in for good measure. Also on the villain front, there’s Selina Kyle,



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Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises played this time out by Anne Hathaway. The film never refers to her as Catwoman, but we all know who she is. Hathaway takes a subtle approach to the role that works beautifully. She has a moment during her first interaction with Bale that is the best of her career thus far. She’s also physically impressive in the suit, and mostly convincing when high-kicking bad guys twice as big as she is. As Blake, a rookie cop with an allegiance to Batman and a growing disillusionment with the system, Joseph Gordon-Levitt steals scenes. He has a certain power onscreen that will make you hope the series continues with him in a bigger role. However, this is Bale’s movie. You could make a convincing argument that he was overshadowed by Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart in The Dark Knight. This installment moves his Bruce Wayne back to the center, and Bale’s Batman concludes the trilogy as one of the deepest and mostmemorable superheroes in cinema. Nolan has a strange tendency to cast fading American actors in his Batman pics. Anthony Michael Hall and Eric Roberts figured prominently in The Dark Knight, and this chapter features Matthew Modine as one of Commissioner Gordon’s fellow cops. Modine’s work in the movie qualifies as unabashed scenery-chewing, and it rubbed me the wrong way. The movie plays a lot on current events and themes, including political upheaval, lower-class disenchantment, terrorism and financial corruption. The first two films were parties with otters


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and kittens compared to this one, so be prepared for something somber. When the action-set pieces come into play, the movie rocks like no other—but it does have its slow moments. While I appreciate a film that breathes, I could see the pacing annoying people looking for straight-up action. If the series continues with some of the current players—and the film’s ending does leave the book open for a number of possibilities— let’s hope Nolan has at least a producer’s hand in the next chapters. (He claims he’s finished directing Batman films.) He actually has been part of the process for Man of Steel, next summer’s retooling of Superman. Even with the stupid Bane voice and Matthew Modine stinking up the place, there’s enough greatness in The Dark Knight Rises to make it one of the summer’s better spectacles.

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

AMC Loews Foothills 15 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. 888-262-4386. The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu 10:45, 1:55, 3:30, 4:55, 7:55, 9:45, 11; Fri-Wed 10, 11, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9:30, 11 The Amazing Spider-Man 3D (PG-13) ends Thu 12:30, 6:45 Brave (PG) Thu 11:45, 2:15, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05; Fri-Wed 11:45, 2:10, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu 10, 11, 12:15, 12:45, 1:45, 2:30, 3:45, 4:30, 5:15, 6:15, 7:45, 8:15, 9, 10; Fri-Wed 10:15, 11, 12:05, 12:45, 1:45, 2:30, 3:45, 4:30, 5:20, 6:10, 7:50, 8:35, 9:20, 10:15 The Dark Knight Rises: The IMAX Experience (PG-13) Thu-Wed 11:30, 3, 7:15, 10:55 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu 10:15, 11:15, 1:35, 3:05, 3:55, 6:30, 7:50, 8:50; Fri-Wed 10:05, 11:35, 12:25, 1:55, 2:45, 5:05, 7:25, 9:50 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) ends Thu 12:40, 5:30, 10:15 Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG) ends Thu 10:35, 10:25 Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D (PG) ends Thu 4:45 Magic Mike (R) Thu 10:55, 4:20, 7, 9:40; FriWed 11:25, 2:05, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu 1:05, 7:20; Fri-Wed 4:20, 7:30, 10:40 Moonrise Kingdom (PG13) Thu 10, 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:30, 9:50; Fri-Wed 1:40, 7:05 Savages (R) ends Thu 10:20, 1:15, 4:15, 7:10, 10:10 Step Up Revolution (PG13) Fri-Sun 10:30, 3:20, 8:10; Mon 10:30, 12:55, 3:20, 8:10; Tue-Wed 10:30, 3:20, 8:10 Step Up Revolution 3D (PG-13) Fri-Sun 12:55, 5:45, 10:35; Mon 5:45, 10:35; Tue-Wed 12:55, 5:45, 10:35 Ted (R) Thu 9:55, 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 8, 10:30; FriWed 10:05, 12:35, 3:10, 5:40, 8:10, 10:40 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) ends Thu 1:30 The Watch (R) Fri-Wed 10, 11, 12:25, 1:25, 2:50, 3:50, 5:15, 6:15, 7:40, 8:40, 10:05, 11:05

Century El Con 20 3601 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 902. The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu 10:50, 12:35, 2:10, 3:55, 5:20, 7:05, 8:40, 10:15; FriWed 12:35, 3:55, 7:05, 10:15 The Amazing Spider-Man 3D (PG-13) ends Thu 1:10, 4:30, 7:40, 10:45 Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:25, 9:50 A Birthday Celebration: The Grateful Dead Movie Event (Not Rated) Wed 7 Brave (PG) Thu-Wed 11:30, 2:05, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu 11, 11:40, 12:10, 12:40, 1:20, 2, 2:40, 3:20, 3:50, 4:20, 4:55, 5:40, 6:20, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9:20, 10, 10:40, 11; Fri-Wed 11, 11:40, 12:10, 12:40, 1:20, 2, 2:40, 3:20, 3:50, 4:20, 4:55, 5:40, 6:20, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9:20, 10, 10:40 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu 10:45, 12, 1:10, 2:20, 3:35, 4:40, 6, 7:10, 8:25, 9:30, 10:45; Fri-Wed 10:55, 12, 2:20, 3:35, 4:40, 7:10, 8:25, 9:30 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Thu 11:15, 12:30, 1:40, 3, 4:05, 5:30, 6:30, 7:50, 8:50, 10:15; Fri-Wed 1:15, 6, 10:45 Magic Mike (R) Thu-Wed 11:35, 2:25, 5, 7:40, 10:30 Moonrise Kingdom (PG13) Thu-Wed 11:50, 2:10, 4:35, 6:55, 9:25 Safety Not Guaranteed (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; FriWed 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10:10 Savages (R) Thu 10:40, 1:40, 4:45, 7:45, 10:45; Fri-Tue 1:40, 4:45, 7:45, 10:45; Wed 1:40, 10:45 Step Up Revolution (PG13) Fri-Wed 12:40 Step Up Revolution 3D (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 3:10, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45 Ted (R) Thu 11:05, 12:05, 1:45, 2:45, 4:25, 5:20, 7:10, 7:55, 9:50, 10:35; Fri-Wed 12:05, 2:45, 5:20, 7:55, 10:35 To Rome With Love (R) Thu-Wed 11:10, 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 10:05 The Watch (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 11:15, 12:25, 1:50, 3, 4:25, 5:35, 7, 8:10, 9:35, 10:45

Century Gateway 12 770 N. Kolb Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 962. 21 Jump Street (R) ends Thu 2:40, 7:35 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) FriTue 12:05, 2:30, 5, 7:25, 9:50; Wed 12:05, 2:30, 5, 7:25 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D (R) Fri-Tue 12:40, 3:05, 5:30, 8, 10:25; Wed 12:40, 3:05, 5:30, 8 Battleship (PG-13) ThuTue 12:30, 3:50, 7, 10;

Wed 12:30, 3:50, 7 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13) Thu 12:50, 3:40, 6:55, 9:45; Fri-Tue 12:15, 3:30, 6:50, 9:40; Wed 12:15, 3:30, 6:50 Chimpanzee (G) ends Thu 9:55 Dark Shadows (PG-13) Thu 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:25; Fri-Tue 12, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25; Wed 12, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50 The Dictator (R) ends Thu 12:35, 5:20, 10:20 For Greater Glory (R) FriWed 12:35, 3:40, 7:05 The Hunger Games (PG13) Thu 12:20, 1:05, 3:35, 4:55, 6:50, 9; FriTue 12:20, 3:25, 6:30, 9:45; Wed 12:20, 3:25, 6:30 The Lucky One (PG-13) ends Thu 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 Mirror Mirror (PG) ends Thu 7:10, 9:50 People Like Us (PG-13) Fri-Tue 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20; Wed 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) Thu 12:05, 2:30, 5; Fri-Wed 12:25, 2:45, 5:05 Prometheus (R) Thu 12:45, 4, 7:30, 10:15; Fri-Tue 12:45, 3:55, 7:30, 10:15; Wed 12:45, 3:55, 7:30 Rock of Ages (PG-13) Thu 12:40, 3:45, 7:20, 10:05; Fri-Tue 7:20, 10:10; Wed 7:20 Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) Thu 12:10, 1, 3, 4:10, 6, 7:15, 9:10, 10:10; FriTue 12:10, 12:55, 3, 4, 6, 7:10, 9:10, 10:05; Wed 12:10, 12:55, 3, 4, 6, 7:10

Century Park Place 20 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 903. The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu 10:40, 12:40, 2, 3:55, 5:15, 7:10, 8:30, 10:25; FriWed 11:30, 2:50, 6:15, 9:35 The Amazing Spider-Man 3D (PG-13) Thu 10:05, 1:20, 4:35, 7:50; Fri-Wed 1:10, 4:25, 7:50 A Birthday Celebration: The Grateful Dead Movie Event (Not Rated) Wed 7 Brave (PG) Thu 10:35, 12, 1:15, 2:35, 4, 5:10, 6:40, 9:25; Fri-Wed 11:25, 2, 4:45, 7:25, 10 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu 10:10, 10:45, 11:20, 11:55, 12:35, 1:10, 1:45, 2:20, 2:55, 3:30, 4:10, 4:45, 5:20, 5:55, 6:30, 7:05, 7:45, 8:20, 8:55, 9:30, 10:05, 10:40; Fri-Wed 10, 10:35, 11:10, 11:45, 12:20, 12:55, 1:35, 2:10, 2:45, 3:20, 3:55, 4:30, 5:10, 5:45, 6:20, 6:55, 7:30, 8:05, 8:45, 9:20, 9:55, 10:30 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu 10:25, 11:40, 12:50, 2:05, 2:40, 3:15, 4:30, 5:40, 6:55, 7:30, 8:05, 9:20, 10:30; FriWed 10:05, 11:40, 12:35, 2:05, 3:05, 4:40, 5:35, 7:10, 8, 9:40, 10:25 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Thu 11, 12:15, 1:25, 3:50, 5:05, 6:15, 8:40, 9:55; Fri-Wed

10:50, 1:20, 3:50, 6:25, 8:50 Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D (PG) Thu 11:45, 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 10; Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:40, 4:10, 6:45 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu 2:30, 7:40; Fri-Wed 10:25 Magic Mike (R) Thu 11:15, 1:55, 4:40, 7:35, 10:15; Fri-Wed 10:45, 1:30, 4:20, 7:05, 9:50 Savages (R) Thu 10, 1:05, 4:15, 7:25, 10:30; Fri-Wed 10, 1:05, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25 Step Up Revolution (PG13) Fri-Wed 10:55, 1:25, 4, 6:30, 9 Step Up Revolution 3D (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Ted (R) Thu 10:30, 1:20, 4:05, 6:50, 7:55, 9:35, 10:35; Fri-Tue 11, 1:45, 4:25, 7:15, 9:25, 10:05; Wed 11, 1:45, 4:25, 9:25 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) ends Thu 11:35, 4:55, 10:10 The Watch (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 10:15, 11:35, 12:50, 2:15, 3:35, 4:55, 6:15, 7:35, 8:55, 10:15 Winnie the Pooh (G) Wed 10 a.m.

TAKE THIS WALTZ To Rome With Love (R) Thu-Tue 10:35, 1:25, 4:15, 6:55, 9:45 The Watch (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Tue 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 Winnie the Pooh (G) Wed 10 a.m.

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Century Theatres at the Crossroads 6 Oro Valley Grand Cinemas Marketplace 4811 E. Grant Road. 12155 N. Oracle Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 899. Call for Wed film times The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu-Tue 12:40, 3:55, 7:10, 10:20 The Amazing Spider-Man 3D (PG-13) ends Thu 11:35, 2:50, 6:05, 9:05 A Birthday Celebration: The Grateful Dead Movie Event (Not Rated) Wed 7 Brave (PG) Thu 10:55, 1:35, 4:10, 6:50, 9:35; Fri-Tue 10:55, 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:35 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu-Tue 10:45, 12, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 5, 6:15, 7:30, 8:45, 10 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu-Tue 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) ends Thu 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:10 The Intouchables (R) FriTue 10:50, 1:35, 4:20, 7:05, 9:50 Magic Mike (R) ends Thu 10:30 Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13) Thu 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40; Fri-Sat 11:40, 2:15, 4:40, 7:15, 9:40; Sun 4:40, 7:15, 9:40; Mon 11:40, 2:15, 4:40, 7:15, 9:40; Tue 11:40 Savages (R) ends Thu 1:10, 4:25, 7:25, 10:25 The Sleeping Beauty: London’s Royal Ballet at Covent Garden (Not Rated) Sun 12; Tue 7 Step Up Revolution (PG13) Fri-Tue 11:35, 4:45, 9:55 Step Up Revolution 3D (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Tue 2:10, 7:20 Ted (R) Thu 11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:15; FriTue 11:25, 2:05, 4:50, 7:40, 10:15

327-7067. Call for Fri-Wed film times Battleship (PG-13) Thu 9:25 Bernie (PG-13) Thu 2:25, 4:45, 7:05 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13) Thu 11:10, 1:55, 4:40, 7:20 Dark Shadows (PG-13) Thu 10 Hop (PG) Thu-Fri 10 a.m. The Hunger Games (PG13) Thu 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) Thu 12:20 Prometheus (R) Thu 11, 1:45, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55 Rock of Ages (PG-13) Thu 2:10, 6:55, 9:35 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (R) Thu 4:35 Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) Thu 10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Winnie the Pooh (G) ThuFri 10 a.m.

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

Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz. 806-4275. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) ends Thu 9:20 The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu 9:20, 10:30, 12:40, 1:50, 4:10, 5:10, 7:20, 8:40, 10:40; Fri 12:20, 3:40, 6:30, 7:20, 9:45, 10:50; Sat 12:20, 3:40, 7:20, 10:50; Sun-

Wed 12:20, 3:40, 7:20, 10:35 The Amazing Spider-Man 3D (PG-13) ends Thu 11:20, 2:50, 6:10, 9:30 Arthur Christmas (PG) Thu-Fri 9:45 a.m. Brave (PG) Thu 9:40, 12:20, 3:10, 6:05, 8:45; Fri-Sat 10:05, 12:45, 3:45, 6:40, 9:30; SunTue 10:05, 12:45, 3:45, 6:40, 9:20; Wed 12:45, 3:45, 6:40, 9:20 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu 9:15, 10, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 4:45, 5:30, 6:15, 7, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 10, 10:45; Fri-Wed 10, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 4:45, 5:30, 6:15, 7, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 10, 10:45 Hotel for Dogs (PG) MonWed 9:45 a.m. Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu 9:10, 9:50, 11:40, 12:30, 2:10, 3, 4:40, 5:20, 7:10, 8, 9:40, 10:30; Fri 9:40, 10:30, 12:10, 12:55, 2:40, 3:25, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20; Sat 9:40, 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20; Sun-Wed 9:40, 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Thu 10:50, 1:20, 3:50, 6:20, 8:50; Fri-Wed 11, 1:40, 4:10 Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D (PG) Thu 10:20, 1:15, 3:45, 6:40; Fri 12:35, 3:20; Sat-Wed 9:55, 12:35, 3:20 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) ends Thu 11:15, 4:50 Magic Mike (R) Thu 12, 2:40, 5:15, 8:10, 10:50; Fri-Sat 11:40, 2:20, 5:20, 8, 11; Sun-Wed 11:40, 2:20, 5:20, 8, 10:40 The Savages (R) Thu 10:10, 1:10, 4:30, 7:40, 10:55; Fri 12:40, 4:05, 7:15, 10:30; Sat 9:30, 12:40, 4:05, 7:15, 10:30; Sun 9:30, 12:40, 4:05, 7:15, 10:20; Mon-Wed 12:40, 4:05, 7:15, 10:20 Step Up Revolution (PG13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; FriWed 10:10, 12:50, 3:30, 6:10, 8:50 Step Up Revolution 3D (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 11:10, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50 Ted (R) Thu 9, 11:35, 2, 5:40, 7:30, 8:20, 10:10, 11; Fri-Sat 11:15, 2, 5, 6:50, 7:50, 9:40, 10:40; Sun-Wed 11:15, 2, 5,

6:50, 7:50, 9:40, 10:30 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) Thu 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:50; Fri-Wed 6:20, 9 The Watch (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Sat 9:50, 11:20, 12:30, 2:10, 3:10, 4:50, 5:50, 7:30, 8:40, 10:10, 11:10; Sun-Wed 9:50, 11:20, 12:30, 2:10, 3:10, 4:50, 5:50, 7:30, 8:40, 10:10

The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Call 795-0844 to check handicap accessibility The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Not Rated) Sun 10 a.m. The Bad Seed (Not Rated) Thu 7 The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (Not Rated) Thu 10 The Black Stallion (G) Fri 10 a.m. Dark Horse (Not Rated) Thu 5:30, 10 The Devil’s Rain (PG) Mon 8 Elena (Not Rated) Thu 1, 7:30; Fri-Wed 5:15 Hysteria (R) Thu 4:30; Fri-Wed 1 The Invisible War (Not Rated) Thu 2 Kumaré (Not Rated) FriSun 3:15, 7:45; Mon 3:15; Tue-Wed 3:15, 7:45 Let the Wild Rumpus Begin: A Tribute to Maurice Sendak (Not Rated) Thu 10 a.m. Looney Tunes Animation (Not Rated) Sat 10 a.m. The Pact (Not Rated) FriWed 9:45 Peace, Love and Misunderstanding (R) Thu 11, 3:30 The Royal Tenenbaums (R) Fri-Wed 10 Take This Waltz (R) FriSat 2, 4:30, 7; Sun-Wed 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7

Dark Shadows (PG-13) Thu 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 The Dictator (R) Thu 7:45, 9:45 Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax (PG) Thu 11:05, 3:20 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) Thu 11 Mirror Mirror (PG) Thu 2:15 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) Thu 1:10, 5:35 Rock of Ages (PG-13) Thu 11:10, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:55 Think Like a Man (PG-13) Thu 9:30 What to Expect When You’re Expecting (PG-13) Thu 4:45, 7:15

The Screening Room 127 E. Congress St. 882-0204. Five Element Ninjas (Not Rated) Sat 7

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8031 N. Business Park Drive. 579-0500. Call for Fri-Wed film times The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu 10:10, 1:10, 2:45, 4:10, 5:45, 7:10, 8:45, 10:10 Brave (PG) Thu 10:15, 12:40, 3:05, 5:20, 7:40, 9:55 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu 9:50, 10:40, 11:30, 12:20, 1:20, 2:10, 3, 3:50, 4:50, 5:40, 6:30, 7:20, 8:20, 9:10, 10 Dolphin Tale (PG) Thu 10 a.m. Happy Feet (PG) Thu 10 a.m. Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu 10:30, 11:45, 2, 4:15, 5:15, 6:30, 8:40, 9:45 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Thu 12:45, 3, 7:30 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu 4690 N. Oracle Road. 10:25, 12:35 292-2430. Magic Mike (R) Thu 12, Call for Fri-Wed film times 2:30, 5, 7:35, 10:05 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Men in Black 3 (PG-13) Chipwrecked (G) Thu-Fri Thu 10 11 a.m. Savages (R) Thu 10:20, Battleship (PG-13) Thu 1:15, 4:05, 7, 9:50 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50 Step Up Revolution 3D The Cabin in the Woods (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m. (R) Thu 9:40 Ted (R) Thu 12:25, 2:50, Chimpanzee (G) Thu 5:25, 7:50, 10:15 11:30, 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, The Watch (R) Fri 12:01 7:30 a.m. JULY 26 – AUGUST 1, 2012 WEEKLY 35

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


Kumaré is the story of Vikram Gandhi, a filmmaker and skeptic of gurus. While making another documentary, he came up with the idea to create a new identity, Sri Kumaré, a guru from a made-up Indian region, in order to see how many followers he could amass. After renting a home in Arizona, he and his “teachings” almost immediately became a local sensation. However, Gandhi then began to have doubts about his lies, and he learned more about himself and his religious ideas in the process. This film received the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at SXSW, and with good reason. It is a fearless, thought-provoking social experiment. It removes the mask from a handful of people who become “gurus” for ulterior motives, yet it also sheds a positive, understanding light on those who are just looking for something in which to believe. Allen THE PACT

While it’s rewarding to see the horror genre get back to its creepy, shocking roots—and deal more with isolation and fear—there still needs to be enough forward momentum in the story to keep one’s attention. The Pact is small and claustrophobic, but it never really goes anywhere. After her mother’s death, Annie (Caity Lotz) returns home to find strange goings-on, including the disappearance of her sister. There’s more dread than blood—again, a great development for the genre—but the payoff doesn’t make up for the patience required to get there. Oh, and there’s a makeshift Ouija board. Yawn. Lotz seems to have more going for her than just screamqueen roles, but The Pact doesn’t give us much else. Boyd TAKE THIS WALTZ

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street (Luke Kirby). Seth Rogen plays the affable husband who thinks life is OK—up until life throws a curveball. The movie is far from predictable, and it brings a fresh approach to the well-worn genre. Williams is characteristically terrific in the role, and Rogen continues to prove that he is very much at home in heavy movies. Polley, who also wrote the movie, has amazing command of her performers as a director. She truly is one of the greater talents behind a camera these days. Sarah Silverman has a supporting role that offers quite a few surprises. Grimm



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Abraham Lincoln killing vampires … how could they go wrong? Director Timur Bekmambetov has most certainly found a way, turning in a boring, redundant and humorless film. Benjamin Walker is given little to do as Lincoln; he walks around looking glum and occasionally swings an ax at unconvincing-looking vampires. The movie posits that the Confederacy was full of vampires during the Civil War, yet it has absolutely no fun with this idea. I was hoping for something that I could file alongside Evil Dead 2—a film with good, sick fun and a dash of camp humor. Instead, the movie is tedious and bland. One of the year’s biggest cinematic letdowns. Grimm THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye is a documentary depicting the love story between Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, and their extreme “pandrogyne” project. When the two married, instead of having children, they opted to physically transform themselves into “one entity.” With this, they underwent several cosmetic surgeries to alter themselves to look like one another and became a “pandrogynous” being they called Breyer P-Orridge. If this sounds confusing, that’s because it is … and watching this doesn’t really clear anything up. The documentary has no real “interviews,” per se, except for a befuddling voiceover by Genesis. The film bounces from topic to topic, focusing at first on Genesis’ life as a musician/performance artist, then solely on the couple’s love affair and project. The topic, while strange, is obviously intriguing and could have made for an extremely fascinating film—but the lack of a linear narrative makes it nearly impossible to comprehend. Allen


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BY COLIN BOYD, oes a place like The Bathtub really exist? There are certainly dirt-poor areas in the bayou near New Orleans, but do they celebrate a holiday every day? Do its residents all get along and get together for nightly feasts? The odds are, no, places like The Bathtub don’t exist. That’s why we need someone to invent them. Beasts of the Southern Wild uses an impending storm à la Hurricane Katrina and a kind of mawkish bayou backdrop to create one of the most beautiful fantasies in recent American cinema. The denizens of The Bathtub are poor, yet blissfully happy. Its most curious resident might be Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), a 6-year-old girl who, in telling us her story, also reveals the spirit of the place she calls home. Storm or not, dwellers of The Bathtub won’t leave on their own; maybe they don’t know how bad they have it, or maybe the truth is they don’t have it bad at all, since they seem to enjoy every moment of every day. But the unavoidable fact of nature is that a storm is on its way, and it will ruin The Bathtub and likely kill many who live there should they stay. Hushpuppy has her own house, a doublewide on stilts that no doubt washed to its current resting place during an earlier storm, and her father (Dwight Henry) lives in a similar trailer a few yards away. His boat is the bed of a truck, which we can also assume is a hurricane victim. Like everything else in their possession, the boat is a utilitarian solution to life in The Bathtub, and what they don’t have, Hushpuppy and her father clearly don’t need. Working in unison with the literal storm clouds are more-figurative ones: Hushpuppy’s father is not healthy, and we’ve seen enough movies to know that one condition often substitutes for another. To process these worldchanging events, Hushpuppy imagines prehistoric creatures called aurochs—which she learned about because they’re tattooed on her teacher’s thigh—slowly closing in around her. The fantastical nature of the story, seen through the eyes of this world-beater of a child, is a credit to director Benh Zeitlin, making his feature-film debut. When faced with an artistic decision here, Zeitlin always chooses something interesting, and often entirely original. There are moments when the angles we see or action falling out of focus is not intentional, but all the better; this is a world of unusual angles, one that is constantly out of focus.


Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild Rated PG-13 Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry and Levy Easterly Directed by Benh Zeitlin Fox Searchlight, 93 minutes Opens Friday, July 27, at the Century El Con 20 (800-326-3264, ext. 902).

The casting, however, is entirely in focus. Dwight Henry is not an actor. He owns a bakery in New Orleans. But his performance is deeply powerful, raw and unfiltered. He may not, from a technical standpoint, know what he’s doing. But he knows his motivation, because in real life, he’s a father of five, and he couldn’t be any better. Meanwhile, the hyperbole machine is already running on all cylinders for Quvenzhané Wallis. After her all-but-certain nomination is announced, you will read that she would be the youngest performer to win a competitive Academy Award. This film hangs on Hushpuppy’s every word and every thought, and Wallis—underpants, rubber boots, unkempt hair, loud shrieks and all—is the perfect conduit for such an inventive piece of cinema. This is a breathtaking, beautiful film. It’s already raked in awards at Sundance and Cannes, and the accolades won’t stop there. But more importantly, Beasts of the Southern Wild fundamentally challenges what it takes to be imaginative in the movies. At about the same time this was being filmed for less than $2 million around New Orleans, Battleship shot some footage near Baton Rouge. That film had a budget of nearly $210 million, and for all the effects it bought, not one of them was as special as anything in Beasts of the Southern Wild.


What an absolute delight it is to watch the shiny new Blu-ray version of this film, with exquisite sound and a joltingly good-looking picture. Gene Kelly’s ultimate shining moment gets the showcase it deserves. Long heralded as the greatest American musical, this gem still holds up 60 years after its release. Yes, it has the iconic title-track dance number, where Kelly does magical things with a lamppost and umbrella. But the film is so much more than that. “Make Em’ Laugh,” during which Donald O’Connor puts his vaudeville muscle to the test, will always stand as one of the more amazing things ever put to film. His runningup-the-wall somersault, coupled with the things he does with that hat, defy logic and physics. When I first saw this sequence as a kid, I had an argument with my mom that there was no way a man could do this sort of stuff without strings and wires. Mom was right; the sequence is O’Connor unassisted, and it’s otherworldly. The man deserved an Oscar. As did Debbie Reynolds, who barely knew how to dance when she landed the role of Kathy Selden opposite Kelly’s Don Lockwood. From her first big number dancing out of a cake, to that impossible staircase moment during “Good Morning” where she stays in step with O’Connor and Kelly, she is transcendent. This will always stand as one of the greatest performances by any actress. Then there’s that guy named Gene Kelly, who codirected this movie with Stanley Donen. Kelly allegedly put O’Connor in the hospital and burst blood vessels in Reynolds’ feet during the grueling filming process.

However, all you see on the screen is joy; there’s never a hint that anybody was having difficulty. That’s a pretty good directing job. If you’ve never seen this, get off your ass; take the stupid Transformers movie out of the player; and take this one in. It’s mandatory viewing. SPECIAL FEATURES: The single-disc Blu-ray has a commentary featuring Reynolds and the late O’Connor, and a new documentary about the film’s influence on modern filmmaking. The likes of Paula Abdul, Usher and director Rob Marshall throw in their two cents. It is also available in a “Collector’s Edition” boxed set that contains a booklet, extra documentaries and a working umbrella.


Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Mel Gibson’s latest got a small (really small) theatrical release before getting sent straight to video. And here’s the funny thing: It contains his best performance in 10 years. Gibson plays Driver, a thief who we first see driving away from police while wearing a clown mask and yelling at his partner for spitting blood all over his money. Things culminate with him stuck in a bizarre Mexican prison that is actually like a small, moderately livable city. He makes friends with a kid (Kevin Hernandez) who has a very rare blood type— and his liver has been targeted by a resident crime lord who needs a transplant. Driver takes it upon himself to protect the kid while trying to get back his money from the robbery. If this sounds stupid, that’s because it is. The movie embraces its stupidity, and also features some pretty


good whiz-bang shootouts. As for Gibson, he finds the humor in his role, as well as the insanity. Hey, there’s no argument that Gibson does well playing nutty guys. SPECIAL FEATURES: A behind-the-scenes look at the movie includes an interview with Gibson. You also get short features on some of the film’s bigger sequences, and a little insight into how they were shot.


Will Ferrell further cements his goofball status with this crazy film fully devoted to the “telenovela” format, with Ferrell speaking Spanish, and the film set in Mexico. Ferrell plays Armando Alvarez, the dumb son of Señor Alvarez. Armando must square off against a notorious drug lord (Gael Garcia Bernal) while feuding with his drug-dealer brother (Diego Luna) and trying to steal his brother’s lady (Genésis Rodriguez). Ferrell does a decent job with the Spanish language, but it’s Nick Offerman as a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who gets the biggest laugh when he delivers Spanish via a man who doesn’t give a shit about pronunciation. While Ferrell is his usual funny self, Bernal and Luna steal all of their scenes, doing tremendously funny things with cigarettes and drinks. This film might wear you out before it reaches its ending (and stay until after the credits), but you’ll get some good laughs along the way. SPECIAL FEATURES: Ferrell participates in an often-hilarious commentary with the director Matt Piedmont. You also get deleted scenes and a making-of doc.




Pixar, it appears, is resting on its laurels. An amazing run featuring some of the finest animation ever produced—Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up and Toy Story 3, only interrupted by the average Cars—has started to slow down. First was the even blander Cars sequel, and now Pixar unfurls Brave, which lacks most of the traditions that had set Pixar apart. The story of a rebellious princess is not very aptly told; the animation is nothing special; the songs are awful; and there aren’t many memorable things about the subplots or supporting characters. This could be anybody’s animated movie. Brave is OK, and it definitely provides a powerful message for young girls (an audience often overlooked by animation), but just because its heart is in the right place doesn’t make Brave anything to write home about. Boyd DARK HORSE

This is writer-director Todd Solondz’s sweetest, kindest movie to date—and it is still nastier than all hell. Jordan Gelber is Abe, an adult with a severe case of arrested development. He’s living in his dad’s house, collecting toys and lacking any sense of life direction. At a wedding, he meets a depressed Miranda (Selma Blair), asks her out, and promptly asks her to marry him. Things get stranger and nastier from there, because this is Solondz territory, and the maker of Happiness likes to make movies that are uncomfortable, evil and somehow funny. This is some of Solondz’s best moviemaking since Happiness. Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow also star as Abe’s parents, and they make a convincing married couple. This movie is sort of like The 40 Year Old Virgin, although things don’t go as smoothly for Abe as they did for the title character of that movie. Actually, scratch that … this movie is the exact opposite of The 40 Year Old Virgin. Grimm ELENA

There is a payoff in Elena, but it takes a lot of resolve to get there. The film opens with several minutes of birds on a tree branch outside a window ... and the pace really doesn’t pick up much over the next hour. Elena (Nadezhda Markina) lives in a loveless marriage with a wealthy tycoon (Andrey Smirnov) who is putting his affairs in order after suffering a heart attack. They married late in life, arrived there from different castes, and have their own histories to sew up while working on this final chapter. Elena wants some of the inheritance to take care of her struggling family and her husband wants to leave it all to his daughter from a previous relationship, so something has to give. The strong character development is welcome, but ultimately the strength of the performances is weighed down by the droning pace. Boyd THE HUNGER GAMES

For a blockbuster based on a popular novel, director Gary Ross’ film looks mighty cheap. Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen, a girl forced to represent her district in a televised contest in which young people battle to the death. While Lawrence is

a great actress, she doesn’t look like a starving teen. Josh Hutcherson plays her fellow district rep, Peeta, and he fits the role just fine. I couldn’t get past the drab look of the movie, and the horrible shaky cam that manages to destroy the action visuals. Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson are all saddled with silly getups for their roles. The movie is a strange clash of tones, never has a consistent feel, and is surprisingly boring, considering the subject matter. Grimm HYSTERIA

It stands to reason that women in Victorian England weren’t active parts of the lovemaking process. Oh, they were in the vicinity; they just weren’t supposed to do much but lay there. Around 1880, medical science and sexuality merged in treatments for hysteria, which were essentially doctor-assisted masturbation sessions for women. This bizarre bit of history was covered in the Tony-nominated play In the Next Room a couple of years ago, and now it gets the film treatment in Hysteria, starring Hugh Dancy as the young doctor whose hands are so overworked by the practice that he invents the vibrator. More or less, it’s a true story. Tanya Wexler’s film is wry and knowing; although the action takes place 125 years ago, its sensibilities smartly let modern audiences in on the joke of how absurd “female hysteria” is. Boyd ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT

The animated wooly mammoth (the voice of Ray Romano), saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) and sloth (John Leguizamo) take yet another lame journey in this fourth installment of the popular kiddie franchise. When the continents crack, Romano’s mammoth winds up on a floating piece of ice, far away from the wife and kid, and he spends the movie trying to get back to them. Along the way, he does battle with a stupid pirate monkey (Peter Dinklage) that sings the dumbest song you will hear this year. Because this is in 3-D, the film offers a lot of action sequences, and sacrifices a plot for a whole lot of “whoosh.” Parents are better off taking their kids to Brave twice than subjecting prepubescent eyes to this thing. I actually got tired of watching this due to all of the frantic 3-D movement. Sadly, I fear these lucrative movies are going to keep on coming. Grimm THE INVISIBLE WAR

About the only thing more shocking than the numbers of rapes and sexual assaults in the branches of the U.S. military is the apparent disinterest the Department of Defense has in meting out justice for them. In a year with more than 3,000 such cases reported, fewer than 200 soldiers were convicted of felonies. And keep in mind that, as it is in the civilian realm, most incidents aren’t even reported. Kirby Dick’s stunning new documentary, The Invisible War, features harrowing accounts from several former servicewomen attacked by fellow soldiers and even commanding officers—women who suffer the consequences of those rapes even today. A lawsuit was filed late last year on behalf of several interviewees in this film. It was dismissed, with the court effectively saying, ‘What happens in the military stays in the military.’ And that may be the most shocking attack of all. Boyd

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CHOW The décor, service and desserts at Big Juan’s deserve praise—but the food does not


Missing Something

New: Amelia Grey’s Café and Catering Amelia Grey’s Café and Catering has set up shop at 3073 N. Campbell Ave., where the Just Add Water Café was once expected to open. The restaurant is the new incarnation of Amelia Grey’s Tea Garden, which pulled up stakes earlier this year at 5055 E. Speedway Blvd. Expect a large selection of sandwiches and soups; a dessert case full of baked goods; and hot and cold beverages galore. Amelia Grey’s holds regular “High Teas,” where patrons get a pot of tea and a sizable selection of finger foods, scones and desserts for $17. The High Teas happen once or twice a month and require a reservation. Call 326-2663, or visit

BY RITA CONNELLY, n a town known for its outstanding Mexican food—from high-end dining rooms to tiny taquerias—you’d better be ready to step up to the plate if you open a Mexican restaurant. The food needs to be great. Sadly, that’s not happening at Big Juan’s, a relatively new fast-food joint. (This review covers only the original Big Juan’s, on Speedway Boulevard, because the location on First Avenue has not been open at least three months, which is a Weekly requirement for locally owned restaurants.) Let’s start with the pluses: The employees were friendly and totally professional. They gave us coupons and told us about the daily specials. They helped carry the food to the table. They cleared the tables in a timely manner. Even when there was a rush of people, they kept things flowing smoothly. Big Juan’s has service down pat. Another plus: The space is attractive, with purple-leatherette booths lining three windowed walls. Rustic wooden chairs with the same covering as the booths (in various colors) dress up the standard fast-food tables. The interesting artwork—a blend of brightly colored prints and advertising posters—has a decidedly Mexican feel. A salsa bar (with four kinds of salsa, lemons, cukes and pickled vegetables) sits in one corner. The menu is written on easy-to-read boards. And a bucket of iced Mexican sodas ($2) at the counter offers a fun break from the all-you-can-drink fountain choices ($1.75 and $2). The whole space is bright and cheerful. Obviously, there’s been some thought put into those parts of the restaurant. I wish I could say the same for the food. We sampled dishes all over the menu, but we were disappointed, because every dish, aside from the dessert choices, seemed to be missing something. The portions are humongous, but the only leftover we took home was one flour tortilla. We had two street tacos, shrimp and beef ($3); the shredded beef taquitos ($3); and a chile relleno ($3). We sampled two burros: the Big Juan ($6), and a ham, cheese and egg breakfast burro ($5). We also ordered a combo plate with one bean tostada and one cheese enchilada ($8). We tried the posole ($5), which is only available on Saturday and Sunday. We did get better prices on drinks ($1), because they come that way when you order a combo. Finally, the counter employee used coupons for us so we got a dollar off the combo and 50 cents off the burro, which was


Country Cooking

Open daily, 6 a.m. to midnight; drive-through open 24 hours

Macaroni and Cheese, Please


Also at 4470 N. First Ave. (887-5854)

The Tucson Mall will soon be home to a chain restaurant called Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. If you’re into country music, this place could be the adult playground you’ve always dreamed of. A description at describes the atmosphere as “over-the-top country—in a good way. There are cowgirl servers and countrymusic videos playing on every television screen.” What, no cowboy servers? As for the food, take Applebee’s menu; add a few dishes loosely associated with Southern cooking; name them after Toby Keith songs … and there you have it. It’s expected to open this fall.

Fish taco with cabbage and cilantro. a nice touch. A Big Juan burro includes carne asada, yellow cheese, potatoes and pico de gallo. Sadly, the beef was missing the tang of marinade and the requisite char. It didn’t fare much better in the street taco (in two soft corn tortillas, with cabbage). The shrimp street taco was filled with lots of grilled shrimp in a pleasantly creamy sauce. The filling was good, but the tortillas should’ve been warmed. They were stiff and dry. Refried beans are a measure of a good Mexican restaurant, and good refries need to be creamy, moist and maybe just a little “lardy.” These were none of that, and the beans could have used some salt. The tostada was pretty much flavorless, because the beans were so bland. The rice on the combo fared no better. We took advantage of the weekend posole, but were again disappointed. The broth was watery, and the pork—although there was plenty of it—was bland. I love a good chile relleno, but here, the white cheese was greasy and ruined the lightness of the batter. The same thing happened with the enchilada in the combo. The sauce was a puddle of grease thanks to the cheese separating—and when this happens, it’s often a sign of inexpensive cheese. Taquitos are supposed to be crispy, and these were not. The shredded beef inside was OK, but without the outside crunch, the taquitos were a disappointment. Even the guacamole (which needed salt and lemon) and sour cream couldn’t save them. And the breakfast burro? It might work on

Big Juan’s 4352 E. Speedway Blvd. 325-9760;

Pluses: Super-nice service; tasty desserts Minuses: Most dishes missing key elements

the way home after a night of bar-hopping, but the eggs needed salt; the ham was bland; and the cheese again was a greasy mess. Dessert didn’t appeal on either visit, so we popped in on a late morning while running errands along Speedway—and were glad we did. We ordered the apple chimi ($3, also available in a cherry variety) and a churro ($2). They came hot out of the fryer and were absolutely wonderful. Both were covered in cinnamon sugar. The chimis—you get two—were warm, sweet and almost puffy. The churro had a light crunch on the outside and was soft and sweet inside. The people running Big Juan’s seem to truly care about their business. They’ve created a pleasant venue, and the service is top-notch— but the food needs some work to bring it up to the level needed to compete in this town. A pinch of salt (and maybe some other seasonings) and quality products (especially cheese) would change a lot, and more than likely make Big Juan’s a go-to kind of place.

Where has this restaurant been all my life? The Fix is a new eatery at 943 E. University Blvd. that will be unleashing various versions of macaroni and cheese on the university area in August. The menu has Alfredo, jalapeñopopper, bacon, bratwurst and veggie versions of the American classic, and a selection of sandwiches, appetizers and salads. There will also be family-size to-go pans of, you guessed it, mac and cheese. Amanda Rickel is the woman behind the new restaurant, which is going in the spot formerly occupied by Sultan Palace. She expects to hold the grand opening on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Pick a Flavor Have you seen the crazy list of vodka flavors at Elliott’s on Congress? The chalkboard on the wall listed 14 different flavor infusions on a recent afternoon, including versions made with ginger, rosemary, coffee and blueberries. The restaurant, at 135 E. Congress St., likes to mix those up, too, which results in all sorts of good things to drink.

JULY 26 – AUGUST 1, 2012



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MEXICAN LA BOTANA TACO GRILL AND CANTINA C 3200 N. First Ave. 777-8801. Open MondaySaturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-9 p.m. Café. Beer and Margaritas. MC, V. This little “cantina” offers big flavors and lots of fun. Build your own burrito or quesadilla by mixing and matching grilled meats, seafood and an assortment of other goodies. Seafood dishes are done well here, and dining on the patio is reminiscent of Mexican beachside spots. On weekends, margaritas are 2-for-1 all day long. They’re the perfect counter to the heat and smoke from many dishes. (1-21-10) $ LAS BRASAS TAQUERÍA C 2928 E. 22nd St. 881-6077. Open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Counter/Beer Only. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Watch your own steak, chicken or tripas de leche sputter on the brazier grill and be deftly placed in a tortilla, taco or torta roll. The sides are fresh and zippy, and the meal’s a deal! $ CAFÉ POCA COSA C 110 E. Pennington St. 622-6400. Open TuesdayThursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. DIS, MC, V. For years, owner Suzana Davila has delighted residents and visitors alike with her Like Water for Chocolate style of Mexican food.


The sauces at Café Poca Cosa are extraordinary, reflecting an intricate blend of chiles and spicing as unusual as they are delicious. Pile on the incredible puréed salsa, and try not to miss the mole and pipian. (4-1300) $$-$$$ CASA MOLINA E 6225 E. Speedway Blvd. 886-5468. Open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Bistro/Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Also at 3001 N. Campbell Ave. (795-7593) and 4240 E. Grant Road (326-6663). A family operation with roots tracing back over the last five decades, Casa Molina is one of the most consistent places in town to sample true Mexican food. With an extensive menu that includes tacos, tostadas, enchiladas and chimichangas—as well as fried shrimp and hamburgers for more timid palates—Casa Molina boasts something for every taste. Children are always welcome, and the margaritas are top-flight. (8-12-99) $-$$ CHACO’S CAFE S 2027 S. Craycroft Road. 790-1828. Open Monday-

Saturday 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Café/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Chaco’s Café feels like a small-town Arizona joint, with casual service, red checkered vinyl tablecloths and inexpensive, tasty eats. All of the Mexican standards you’d expect are offered, from green-corn tamales to shrimp fajitas. The salsa bar is a nice touch, and you can entertain yourself by reading all of the wise sayings handwritten on the walls. (7-15-10) $-$$ CLUB 21 C 2920 N. Oracle Road. 622-3092. Open Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Café/Full Bar. MC, V. Offering good Mexican food for more than 50 years, this neighborhood favorite should be considered when looking for a cool place to enjoy a margarita or a cold beer. Moderately priced meals make it a nice place for families, too. (4-22-04) $-$$ LA COCINA DE GABBY C 4825 N. First Ave. 888-2490. Open Monday-Saturday

9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Café/Full Bar. DIS, MC, V. The food of Mexico City is the highlight at this little mom-and-pop joint; Gabby and Francisco Martinez are the mom and pop. The Mexican food here is a little different than the Sonoran food we’re used to. For example, the chile relleno plate has one stuffed with cheese, and another stuffed with ground beef. The street food of Mexico is represented by the bistec Milanese, which is tenderized, breaded beef. The house salsa stands out due to the hefty flavor of roasted chiles. There is a drive-thru menu, too, offering many of the expected Mexican-food items. (3-24-11) $-$$ CROSSROADS RESTAURANT DRIVE IN S 2602 S. Fourth Ave. 624-0395. Open Sunday-

Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 7 a.m.noon. Café/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Crossroads has been around for decades, and when you taste the restaurant’s food, you’ll know why. Traditional Mexican fare and seafood dishes primarily featuring shrimp and filet of sole highlight the menu. The service is friendly, and if you’re in a hurry, you can get anything on the menu to go; you can even get a six-pack to take home. (7-24-03) $-$$ EL CHARRO CAFÉ E 6310 E. Broadway Blvd. 745-1922. Open SaturdayThursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Summer hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.9 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Also at 311 N. Court Ave. (622-1922), 7725 N. Oracle Road, Suite 101 (229-1922), 6910 E. Sunrise Road (5141922) and 15920 S. Rancho Sahuarita (325-1922). A Tucson tradition since 1922, El Charro has taken its delectable show on the road with several satellite locations. The food is as fabulous as ever, no matter which establishment you happen to stumble into, especially the unparalleled carne seca and any of the giant chimichangas. $$-$$$ EL CORONADO FAMILY RESTAURANT S 9040 E. Valencia Road, No. 100. 574-7776. Open

Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Café/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Good Mexican food has come to Rita Ranch! El Coronado serves up tasty stuffed quesadillas, and the chorizo and egg plate is a revelation. The menu includes both Mexican classics like menudo and gringo classics like chicken fried steak. In other words (cliché alert): There’s something for everyone! (4-8-10) $-$$ EL MEZÓN DEL COBRE C 2960 N. First Ave. 791-0977. Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. If you think you’ve tried them all, check out El Mezón del Cobre’s special brand of Mexican food. The hot-and-spicy huichol shrimp will ignite the taste buds of hot fanatics, and the layered enchiladas bring new meaning and taste to the genre of south-of-the-border cuisine. Delightful cantina atmosphere. $$-$$$


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EL MINUTO CAFÉ C 354 S. Main Ave. 882-4145. Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. El Minuto Café has been serving Tucson some of the best Mexican food around for more than 60 years. The chiles rellenos simply can’t be beat. $-$$ EL PARADOR C 2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 881-2744. Open MondayThursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This longtime Tucson favorite continues to please with one of the city’s most unique dining areas—the main room is an old courtyard that’s now indoors, even though real trees and plants remain. The food’s worth noting, too— some dishes are hit-and-miss, but you’ll always win with the fantastic tableside guacamole. (1-1-04) $$-$$$ EL RIO BAKERY W 901 N. Grande Ave. 624-4996. Open MondaySaturday 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Counter/ No Alcohol. MC, V. El Rio Bakery’s been around for decades, and when you sample their delicious pastries (we particularly like the empanadas), you’ll know why. However, El Rio also offers up other tasty Mexican fare; the soups are especially good. We recommend a steaming-hot bowl of albondigas (meatball) soup. (2-18-10) $ EL SABROSO OAKWOOD GRILLE W 610 N. Grande Ave. 792-2282. Open Monday-

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Thursday 7:15 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Sunday 7:15 a.m.9:30 p.m. Café/Full Bar. MC, V. For a light and flavorful meal, El Sabroso is worth ferreting out. Its use of oak wood to grill meats and vegetables, fruits and fresh seafood puts an interesting twist on what it coins “Mexican Caribbean.” (7-26-01) $-$$ EL SUR E 5602 E. 22nd St. 748-1032. Open Monday-Saturday

9 a.m.-9 p.m. Café. Beer and Specialty Drinks. MC, V. This is one of those secret little places that you might not want to share with everybody. Old-fashioned, damn good Mexican fare is served up with a smile. The tortillas are made specially for El Sur and definitely add an extra touch. The décor is funky and down-home, and the servers treat you like family. With prices and flavors that

LA FRESITA W 1450 W. St. Mary’s Road. 622-4005. Open daily 6 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. DC, DIS, MC, V. More than just a friendly neighborhood taqueria, La Fresita offers full plates of goodies such as steak ranchero, chiles, tacos, burros, quesadillas and more. The corn tortillas are homemade and served up fresh and hot every day. The fruit shakes are sweet and delicious. With breakfast, lunch and dinner on the menu, La Fresita has literally something for everybody, even gringos! Hamburgers are on the menu. (10-6-05) $ LA FUENTE C 1749 N. Oracle Road. 623-8659. Open Sunday-

Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday noon-10 p.m. Bistro/ Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Take a fresh look at this Tucson classic. With tasty Mexican-food classics like chiles rellenos and unexpected surprises like fried red snapper, La Fuente is definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been in a while. A nice tequila and margarita selection is also offered. (5-27-10) $$-$$$ GUADALAJARA GRIL C 1220 E. Prince Road. 323-1022. Open daily 10

a.m.-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 750 N. Kolb Road (296-1122). Salsa is made tableside, and the customer is in charge of what goes into it. The chips are fresh, hot and endless, but leave room for what comes next. Every dish is redolent with distinct and finely tuned flavors. (10-21-04) $$-$$$ LA INDITA C 622 N. Fourth Ave. 792-0523. Open Monday-Friday

11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Diner/Beer and Wine. DIS, MC, V. La Indita’s menu shows its Michoacan Tarascan Indian heritage. Menu items like the Tarascan tacos and Indian fry bread make La Indita a continued favorite. $ LEO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT E 5114 E. Speedway Blvd. 325-9180. Open Monday-

Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Leo’s may be one of the city’s best-kept secrets. You’ll find such delicious standards as cheese enchiladas, flautas and burros, along with treats like mole and fish tacos. There are vegetarian specialties and a kids’ menu as well. The house margarita also is a winner. Finish off your meal with those airy puffs of fried dough: sopapillas. (11-22-07) $-$$ LUPITA’S CAFE NW 7077 N. Thornydale Road. 744-7505. Open

Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Café. Beer, Wine and Margaritas. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Lupita’s Cafe brings a little southside flavor to the northwest with authentic, affordable Mexican fare. Friendly service and a bright, colorful atmosphere make this cozy café a great dining experience, and the Sonoran hot dogs are among the best in town. Breakfast is served all day, and don’t miss out on the expertly cooked menudo on Saturdays and Sundays. (6-17-10) $-$$ MAICO C 835 E. 22nd St. 294-2836. Open Monday-Saturday

6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. MC, V. One could easily miss Maico, situated along busy 22nd Street. We’re glad we didn’t. Tiny as it may be, Maico serves some excellent Mexican chow for diners to enjoy in its outside dining area. Maico has a way with beef, chicken, pork and fish. You’ll find all the usual taqueria items and friendly service. (11-13-08) $ MARIA’S CAFÉ S 3530 S. Sixth Ave. 620-1465. Open Tuesday-

Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Café/ Beer and Wine. AMEX, DC, MC, V. Quality Mexican food and tableside pay television sets—what more is there to say? In operation for a quarter of a century, Maria’s satisfies on a variety of levels. $-$$ MARISCOS CHIHUAHUA S 3901 S. Sixth Ave. 741-0361. Open daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Diner/Beer Only. AMEX, DIS, MC, V, Cash and checks. Also at 1009 N. Grande Ave. (623-3563), 2902 E. 22nd St. (326-1529), 999 N. Swan Road (881-2372), 356 E. Grant Road (884-3457), 435 W. Irvington Road (294-3194) and 4185 W. Ina Road (572-2523). Alcohol served varies per location. A bit of the Mexican seaside has found its way north. At Mariscos Chihuahua, shellfish reigns supreme with fresh Guaymas shrimp being the specialty of the house. Don’t miss the shrimp ceviche, a Mariscos favorite that has regulars coming back for more. $-$$ MARTIN’S COMIDA CHINGONA C 555 N. Fourth Ave. 884-7909. Open MondaySaturday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Café/BYO. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V and checks. Martin’s fits the Fourth Avenue vibe perfectly: It’s fun; it’s casual; it’s independent; and the

foodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty darned good. The huevos rancherosâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with a surprising number of delicious vegetablesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is excellent, and the carne asada has a rich, smoky flavor. Just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask for guacamole or sour cream. (9-23-10) $-$$ MARYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LUCKY DOLLAR MARKET S 1555 S. 10th Ave. 884-8720. Open Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-1 p.m. CafĂŠ/No Alcohol. Cash. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is one of Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s least-refined restaurants, but the insanely cheap, flavorful food keeps locals a-cominâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The chorizo is the house specialty; alongside some eggs, potatoes and refried beans, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pure deliciousness. (2-18-10) $ MI NIDITO S 1813 S. Fourth Ave. 622-5081. Open Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Diner. Beer, Wine and Margaritas. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Another of the perennial Tucson favorites, with consistently good food and service generally worth the waitâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;particularly if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a great chile relleĂąo. $ MICHAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S S 2908 S. Fourth Ave. 623-5307. Open Sunday 7 a.m.-

8 p.m.; Monday 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Diner/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. One of the perennial favorites among local Mexican food aficionados. The chorizos are made on site, and the chimis are crisp and full. $-$$ LA OLLA

QUESADILLAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GRILL C 110 S. Church Ave., Suite 7136. 798-3697. Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. DC, DIS, MC, V. The menu features standard tacos, enchiladas and tostadas. The breakfast burritos are especially worth checking out, featuring an â&#x20AC;&#x153;assemble-your-ownâ&#x20AC;? list of ingredients that makes breakfast worth getting up for. (3-1-01) $ SAN CARLOS MEXICAN GRILL W 1370 N. Silverbell Road, No. 180. 792-2075. Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/No Alcohol. DIS, MC, V. Ample, reliable servings of shrimp and fish dishes inspired by Sea of Cortez cuisine, plus the usual Sonoran favorites, are as unpretentious but appealing as the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nicely done storefront space. (11-15-07) $-$$ SIR VEZAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TACO GARAGE E 4699 E. Speedway Blvd. 323-8226. Open Sunday-

Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (bar open until midnight); Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight (bar open until 2 a.m.). Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 220 W. Wetmore Road (888-8226). Sir Vezaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a cool concept, mixing cars (including occasional hot-rod-themed events), booze, sports, music and youthful energy. The food is cheap and largely tasty, with numerous taco offerings, salads, burgers and even â&#x20AC;&#x153;chicken and churros.â&#x20AC;? The patio is wonderful (even if the view is not), and there are numerous tequila choices. This is a great place to get just a little bit rowdy with friends. (6-3-10). $-$$

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Open Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. CafĂŠ. Beer, Wine and Specialty Drinks. AMEX, MC, V. While chains dominate in Marana, La Olla is a wonderful mom-and-pop place with a Mexican bent. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find all the traditional stuffâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;enchiladas, tacos, chimisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;along with some surprisingly creative items, from appetizers to desserts. For starters, try the empanadas: tiny pies filled with cilantro pesto, shrimp chile and manchego cheese. EntreĂŠs include a breaded pork tenderloin topped with garlic shrimp and chipotle crema. (5-28-09) $$ LA PARRILLA SUIZA C 2720 N. Oracle Road. 624-4300. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Diner/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Also at 5602 E. Speedway Blvd. (747-4838) and 4250 W. Ina Road (572-7200). Friendly service, delicious food and a large menu. What more could one ask for? Try the chimichanga; you will not regret it. (2-20-03) $$-$$$ PERFECTOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MEXICAN RESTAURANT S 5404 S. 12th Ave. 889-5651. Open MondayWednesday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. CafĂŠ/No Alcohol. DIS, MC, V. This homey little spot attracts a crowd. Perfectoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serves all the usual stuff, and there is truly something for everybody. Kids will enjoy a burro and french fries; grown-ups will enjoy luscious soups, fresh seafood and homemade desserts. A Sunday buffet attracts a huge crowd, and the house-made choco flan is unique and tasty. (12-10-09) $-$$ LA PLACITA CAFĂ&#x2030; E 2950 N. Swan Road, No. 131. 881-1150. Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Sunday 5-9 p.m. Full Cover. Beer, Wine and Specialty Drinks. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The official Mexican restaurant of the Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood, La Placita CafĂŠ, tucked away in Plaza Palomino, serves up consistently good, lard-free Sonoran and Oaxacan food in nearsecret. Divine chile rellenos, sopa de mariscos and delicious mole are among the standouts on the large menu. Nice folks, too. (4-26-07) $$-$$$

TACO GIRO MEXICAN GRILL E 5754 E. 22nd St. 514-2199. Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m. CafĂŠ. Beer and Margaritas. AMEX, MC and V. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an undeniable formula for success: great food at seriously low prices. The salsa barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool, and the service is quick and friendly. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no decor to speak of, however: This is a place to go when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re craving good Mexican food, and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to bust your budget. (2-21-08) $ TAQUERIA PICO DE GALLO S 2618 S. Sixth Ave. 623-8775. Open daily 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Counter/Diner/No Alcohol. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Although not as flashy as some of its competitors on the Tucson Mexican food scene, Pico de Gallo has nevertheless been serving up outstanding fare for years. Ceviche, birria, fresh fruit cocktail and a carne asada to die for are just a few of the treats to savor when visiting this gem of a restaurant. $ TEQUILA FACTORY S 5655 W. Valencia Road (800) 344-9435. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, MC, V. An emphasis on presentation highlights the colorfully decorated Tequila Factory; each dish looks like a work of art. The food, featuring typical Mexican fare, usually tastes pretty goodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but it always looks amazing. An all-you-can-eat brunch is offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. (11-20-03) $$-$$$

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BY ERIC SWEDLUND, veryone’s a bitch tonight / I must admit that I’ve been feeling like I want to die.” To rock out honestly requires perhaps a bit of dreariness to go along with tantalizingly jangly guitar rock. But for Jaill singer, songwriter and guitarist Vinnie Kircher, the lyrics of impending doom that show up on the band’s new record are simply those feelings that crop up in day-to-day life. “I wouldn’t describe my lyrics as dark, (but) almost more matter-of-fact,” he says. “These are things I’m seeing, things I’m experiencing right now.” Traps, the band’s third full-length album and second for Sub Pop, is an accomplished and well-crafted burst of guitar rock, with elements of power pop, big garage riffs and psychedelic tangents. It’s the culmination of 10 years as a band, learning the ropes of hometown gigging in Milwaukee, as well as beating up the road. It’s also the sort of nonchalant achievement that announces the second decade will be even stronger for Jaill. “You can look back and say, ‘Jeez, I didn’t learn anything through the first six years,’ and then it comes in waves,” Kircher says. “When it comes, it clicks real easily—getting the job done and knowing what to expect on a day-today basis. You don’t even consider what you’ve learned, because there’s so much more in front of you to accomplish.” In 2009, the band improbably caught the attention of Sub Pop in a bit of pre-digital-era exposure—a mail-ordered copy of the debut There’s No Sky (Oh My My)—that perfectly encapsulates what Jaill is all about: patient, humble and hardworking dedication to the music. It’s rarely so easy to root for a band, and Jaill is on a well-deserved burst of ascendancy, on various tours this summer and fall with label mate King Tuff, Fergus and Geronimo, and Atlanta’s the Coathangers, who bring Jaill to Club Congress on July 29. “I feel like the smallest fish in the hugest sea. I haven’t learned a thing. I’m still just scratching my head,” Kircher says. “As long as you’re focused and passionate about it, the things that you learn come slowly and naturally. The upside to our longevity is that after a while, it appears like you have your head on your shoulders.” The band’s roots date to 2002, when Marquette University student Kircher and University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee student Austin Dutmer started the lo-fi band the Detectives. Kircher and drummer Dutmer paired on some basement recordings and took the name Jail. Bassist Andy Harris joined in 2006, and the band zeroed in on There’s No Sky (Oh



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My My), later to be reissued by Burger Records. Signing to Sub Pop, the band tweaked the name to Jaill (to differentiate from a longdefunct European band) and for the first time went into an actual studio, recording That’s How We Burn with Milwaukee producer Justin Perkins, who had mixed and mastered the band’s debut. “There have been great jumps. Getting signed and getting the records put out—those are no-sleeping-type days. In general, you have to remember that it’s a career. You’re out doing it, and it’s a difficult slog, but there are people who reach out and give support,” he says. Kircher gives a lot of credit for the band’s rise to Milwaukee, comparing the city to a smaller high school that would give an undersized football player a chance. “If we were in a huge city, we might have struggled to get above the fray,” he says. “Milwaukee is great. There’s a smaller scene, and it’s more of a tight-knit family, and you can get a crowd out to a show because it’s a group of friends. You can definitely get a show any night of the week. For a long time, we were playing once a week around town, because the gigs are available, and there are always bands coming through.” For Traps, Kircher says the band wanted to go back to their comfort zone and record in his basement again. “For this album, we were more into the idea of doing it at home, because we’re not always the most-fast-paced movers,” he says. “We just decided to get at it slowly. We enjoy it. It’s a little extra stress, for sure, but we like to try out many different options, and that’s one of the most-rewarding parts of being in music, having a feeling before anyone else has heard it that you really like it.” The songs on Traps—like “Everyone’s a Bitch”—tend to trace those more uncertain and troubled moments in life. To Kircher, it’s not about making any particular type of grand

Jaill With The Coathangers and Lenguas Largas 8 p.m., Sunday, July 29 Club Congress 311 E. Congress St.

To start, just a quick reminder that this week is your last chance to vote in the 2012 Tucson Area Music Awards, aka the TAMMIES. If you haven’t already, head to to fill out your ballot. Local musicians work hard year-round to entertain you, so you sorta owe it to them to recognize them with an award, don’t ya think? Voting is limited to one ballot per person, and if you try to stuff ballots, we will hunt you down and do very bad things to you. (Seriously, we do have ways of detecting this stuff, and if we discover that ballots have been stuffed, we will disqualify the guilty artist.) Voting ends at noon, Wednesday, Aug. 1, so you should probably just do it now so you don’t forget. And remember: If you’re not happy with the results, and you didn’t bother to cast your vote, you only have yourself to blame. In other words, no bitching, please. Happy voting!

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statement, just writing songs that reflect what he’s been feeling. “It’s all period-based. There’s a time frame; you get to a certain point in your life, and the songs come easier. I guess the album hit a spot where those emotions were a little bit more present than they were in the past,” he says. “Sometimes, I feel like the melodies are more haunting than we get credit for. On this album, the tempo and the melodies a little bit more matched the impeding-doom sentiment.” It’s a record that has everything where it needs to be, but sounds loose and not fussed over. Kircher sings with an off-the-cuff style that blends his vocals well into the mix, letting the lyrics hide a bit behind the big guitars. “We’re pretty stoked,” Kircher says. “It’s a pretty overwhelming feeling of accomplishment. As long as you focus on it and keep putting out records and keep touring, people appreciate the hard work.” Joining Kircher, Dutmer and Harris on tour are guitarist John Mayer (not the well-known “Wonderland” chap, though he does replace a similarly nonfamous Ryan Adams in the Jaill lineup) and Mike Skorcz on synthesizer. “We’re all neurotic, in the most opposite ways. It’s sort of like the Seven Dwarfs: Chill, Spazzy, No Brain … we form like Voltron,” Kircher says. “I’m excited to see the mob mentality we can get us into. When you’re five rambling, stinky dudes, there’s a tendency to be a little bit louder. It’s going to be a rowdy tour.”

GIANT GIANT SAND IN A GIANT BENEFIT SHOW In our July 5 issue, Carl Hanni wrote an excellent article about the revamped and expanded Giant Sand, dubbed Giant Giant Sand, who recently released the album Tucson: A Country Rock Opera, one of the finest of bandleader Howe Gelb’s long and acclaimed career. For a while there, it looked like only Europeans would get the opportunity to see the big band perform live—and Giant Giant Sand will indeed spend most of the remainder of the summer touring over there. But that was before Gelb and his band were asked to perform for a very special reason. Mary Charlotte Thurtle, the executive director of Pan Left Productions, a “membership-driven collective of progressive media artists, activists and their supporters,” according to a press release, has been diagnosed with cancer. Uninsured at the time of her diagnosis, she is struggling to pay her mounting medical bills. Thurtle is also a member of the Tucson Artists and Musicians Healthcare Alliance, aka TAMHA, a membership-based organization established to provide health-care resources to uninsured and underinsured local artists and musicians. Upon learning of Thurtle’s diagnosis, TAMHA immediately stepped in to provide her with an Emergency Relief Fund Award of $1,000, but as anyone who has ever dealt with a serious medical situation knows, $1,000 doesn’t go very far. This is where Gelb and Giant Giant Sand, as well as Salvador Duran, come in. The show itself promises to be spectacular— Giant Giant Sand is expected to perform the new album in its entirety, a real treat—but all of the money from the door will be donated to Thurtle in order to pay for a chunk of her medical bills.



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The Benefit Show for Mary Charlotte Thurtle featuring Giant Giant Sand and Salvador Duran takes place on Saturday, July 28, at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission is a suggested donation of $5 to $10, though no one will argue if you’d like to donate more. And you may want to bring some extra cash, as there will be a silent auction as well. For more information, head to, or call 622-8848.

LIKE THIS SHOW If you dig the gypsy-music-meets-rock thing, you might want to check out Diego’s Umbrella this week. The San Francisco-based band isn’t as punk-influenced as Gogol Bordello, and is poppier than, say, DeVotchKa. They’re more like a pop-rock band with gypsy influences and a sense of humor, and they certainly know their way around a hook. They’re also supposed to be pretty killer live. And guess what? You can check them out for free this week during the inaugural show in what Club Congress is calling its Like Club. What is Like Club? Well, the first rule of Like Club is that you do not talk about Like Club. No, wait—I’m mixing that up with something else. Let’s try again: The first rule of Like Club is that you “like” Club Congress on Facebook. The second rule of Like Club is that you must check in at Club Congress on Facebook when you get to the show. And the third rule is that you must talk about Like Club on Facebook. Follow all three rules, and your cover charge at the Diego’s Umbrella show is waived. If you don’t want to do the Like Club thing, admission is $5. Diego’s Umbrella performs at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Doors open at 8 p.m., and there’s more info at, or at 622-8848.

ROUGH-AROUNDTHE-EDGES ROOTS Austin-based Sons of Fathers is a five-piece roots-rock combo that likes to leave their songs a little rough around the edges. That’s not to say they’re sloppy; they just don’t seem to care if a song is perfect, and they subscribe to the policy that the vibe of a song is the thing. Utilizing double bass, pedal steel and the occasional horn, along with the usual guitars and drums (plus some nifty, unusual harmonies), they also know when to show restraint, a lesson a lot of bands could learn. There’s a bit of blues, some country and, especially, folk elements in there, and they can definitely write a song, as evidenced by their self-titled debut album, which was released on Blanco River Music late last year.

Sons of Fathers will perform at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., on Saturday, July 28. Local alt-country combo Silverbell opens at 9:45 p.m. Admission is $8 at the door. For more info, head to, or call 798-1298.

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A ’STANK AT THE ROCK In the concert-promotion business, an “undersell” is when a band plays a room smaller than those in which they normally perform in order to make sure the show is sold out, and to create a higher demand for tickets. The platinum-selling angst-rock band Hoobastank, who just happen to have one of the worst band names in the history of popular music, will perform an undersell show at The Rock this week. I won’t be there, because I tend to enjoy “good music,” but you can bet that the hordes of fans who snapped up the band’s albums will be out in force, so get your tickets now if you’re one of them. Hoobastank performs an all-ages show at The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave., on Tuesday, July 31. Stellar Revival, Stars in Stereo and Disciples of Prime are also on the bill. Doors open at 7 p.m., and advance tickets are available at for $16. For more information, head to, or call 629-9211.

ROCK WITH RIK Rik Hoeflinger, who books acts at The Hut, will be feted with a big-ass birthday celebration at the club this week. Both the indoor and outdoor stages at the venue will be used, and the list of performers is mighty long and varied: Spartacus, Fayuca, Funky Bonz, 1967, Lovers Drugs, Deceptively Innocent, Be What It May, Despondency Denied, Electrosaurus, Frankie Lopez and others. Rik’s Birthday Bash takes over The Hut, 305 N. Fourth Ave., on Saturday, July 28. Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission is only $5. For further details, check out, or call 623-3200.

ON THE BANDWAGON Some other fine shows happening around town this week: Earth, Wind and Fire at AVA at Casino del Sol on Tuesday, July 31; oOoOO and Yus at Club Congress on Friday, July 27; Black Cat Bones CD-release party with Bluz Night at Boondocks Lounge on Saturday, July 28; Love Mound, Hogjaw and Torn Hammer at Surly Wench Pub on Friday, July 27; Scotty the Kid’s Homecoming Show at DV8 on Friday, July 27; Yardsale Heart, Passenger and Pilot and Ferrodyne at Plush on Friday, July 27; Collin Shook at Sky Bar on Saturday, July 28; Satellite Geekout (instrumental version of the Satellite Freakout) and Otherly Love solo at RR Nites at La Cocina, tonight, Thursday, July 26.


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MUSIC Boom Chick is on a mission to make sure that early rock ’n’ roll doesn’t get swept aside

Boom Chick

Honky-Tonk Surf Rock


BY GENE ARMSTRONG, he deceptively simple musical recipe of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based duo Boom Chick includes only guitar, drums and voice. But guitarist-singer Frank Hoier and drummer-singer Moselle Spiller use those basic ingredients to produce an engagingly primal sound based on early rock ’n’ roll, blues, country and surf music. Hoier says he and Spiller both appreciate the authentic source material from which they draw inspiration. “We never really had a problem liking the same sort of music,” he says. “We came together over a shared interest in simplified drum and guitar sounds, and gravitated toward early rock ’n’ roll because it was sort of this raucous dance music at its essence. “I think what has drawn us to that era of music is that it was focused on real songs with really strong melodies, and from those basic elements, all of the different styles of (modern) music have branched out from that beginning.” Boom Chick will play its first Tucson gig on Friday, July 27, at Solar Culture Gallery. Tucson’s Quiet Please will open the show. Like Boom Chick, the local group consists of a husband-and-wife duo: John and Kelli Sweeden. Boom Chick started about four years ago, when Hoier demonstrated for Moselle a basic drum beat, from which derived the band’s name. He says she was a natural right away. “When Moselle first sat at a drum kit four years ago, I showed her this beat. I’d been teaching off and on for years. I said, ‘Play this boom chick on the numbers one, two, three and four,’ and she stuck right to it.” They jammed together for a year, mapping out their sound before officially deciding to become a band. The first Boom Chick album is the eight-


song Show Pony, recorded at home and released in late 2010. It is a scintillating document of the sound the duo describes as “honky-tonk surf rock.” Earlier this year, the duo also released a three-song single, “Shake Can Well.” Both recordings are available via the band’s website, Hoier and Spiller—31 and 28, respectively— recently finished recording their second album, Want to Give, which will be released in October. “Shake Can Well” will be included. Although Spiller comes relatively new to the music business, Hoier comes from a family tradition of music-making. His great-grandfather, also named Frank Hoier, was a “wild-man fiddle player” who played in Western swing bands. “And my grandfather played piano in an Army band and was a music teacher all his life. My dad got a guitar at 12, and played in rock ’n’ roll bands for several years before he got burnt out on it.” His dad, John, played with the Messengers, a 1960s Minnesota bubblegum/psychedelic-rock band notable for being the first white group signed to Motown Records. After leaving the Messengers, John Hoier started a Los Angeles studio and worked for several years as an engineer and producer. John had long since ended his music career by the time Frank was getting started. But the younger Hoier says guitars and recording equipment were always around the house when he was growing up in Los Angeles. He and Spiller still use only vintage instruments and recording gear. Hoier admits that Boom Chick occasionally gets compared to fellow guitar-drums duos such as the White Stripes and the Black Keys, which he thinks is inevitable and shows how some audiences are concerned with superficial qualities.

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Boom Chick

Halloween in America (Alternative Tentacles)

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3. Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever (book)

9 p.m., Friday, July 27 Solar Culture Gallery 31 E. Toole Ave.

Igloo Tornado (Microcosm)

$7; all ages

4. See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody (book)


Bob Mould (Little, Brown)

“We like both those bands. I think we are a little more blues (than those groups) in a little bit more of a weird way. I think people are so concerned with branding, they see a duo and immediately have a false understanding of it, and it has to fit in with what they have seen before,” he says. He adds that when listeners actually hear him and Spiller, or see the duo live, they often comment on how Boom Chick doesn’t sound like other groups. Although Hoier and Spiller revere the music by the likes of Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bo Diddley, they aren’t purists. “I don’t like to get on my high horse and say, ‘This older music is better than everything,’ but we like it better,” Hoier says. At the same time, he doesn’t shy away from a little musical proselytizing. “Sometimes, I do feel like it’s my mission. I kind of feel like it’s my calling, in a way, to bring attention to the sort of early rock ’n’ roll that gets pushed to the side as new trends come along.”

5. Off! Off! (Vice)

6. The Best of G.G. Allin and the Murder Junkies (DVD) G.G. Allin (MVD Visual)

7. Sex Prisoner Sex Prisoner 7” (To Live a Lie)

8. Make a Zine! When Words and Graphics Collide (book) Joe Biel (Microcosm)

9. The Bags All Bagged Up: The Collected Works 1977-1980 (Artifix)

10. Besmirchers If Loving You Is Wrong … (Puke in the Sink)













The Big Stuff Band/Musician of the Year

Up-and-Coming Artist(s) of the Year

Broken Romeo (R) Lenguas Largas (C) Brian Lopez (C) Ryanhood (R) LeeAnne Savage (R) Silver Thread Trio (C)

Boreas (C, R) Dream Sick (C) Saint Maybe (C) This Group of People (C) Young Hunter (C)


Best New Release (since May 2011) Lenguas Largas, Lenguas Largas (C) Brian Lopez, Ultra (C) Ryanhood, After Night Came Sun (R) LeeAnne Savage, To the Nines (R) Gabriel Sullivan and Taraf de Tucson, None of This Is Mine (C) Tesoro, Live at Hotel Congress (R) Various Artists, Luz de Vida (C)

Bluegrass Cadillac Mountain (C, R) The Dusty Buskers (C, R) Greg Morton Band (C, R) Run Boy Run (C) Country/Western Cochise County All Stars (C) Al Perry (C) LeeAnne Savage (R) Hank Topless (C) Cover Band 80’s and Gentlemen (R) Atom Heart Mother (C) Top Dead Center (R) Vintage Sugar (R) Whole Lotta Zep (C) The Zsa Zsas (C) DJ Bonus (C) Carl Hanni (C) Herm (C) Kidd Kutz (R) Matt McCoy (C, R) Electronic Altrice (C, R) CrimeKillz (C) Leather Clutch (R) ... music video? (C, R) Zackey Force Funk (C) Folk Namoli Brennet (C) Dylan Charles (C) Amber Norgaard (R) Ryanhood (R) Silver Thread Trio (C, R) The Tangelos (R) Funk/Soul 8 Minutes to Burn (R) The AmoSphere (C, R) Kate Becker and the Zodiacs (C) Funky Bonz (C, R) Kiss and the Tells (C) Hip Hop Big Meridox (C) Shaun Harris (C, R) The Project (R) Isaiah Toothtaker (C) Jazz The Black Jackalope Ensemble (C) Matt Mitchell/Hot Club of Tucson (C) Collin Shook Trio (C, R) Jazz Telephone (C, R) The Tryst (R)

Tucson Area Music

Latin Jazz/Salsa Combo Westside (C) Salvador Duran (C) Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta (C, R) Reno del Mar (R) A Son y Sol (C) Tesoro (R)

2012 Finalists

Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School (C, R) Luz de Luna (C, R) Tesoro de Tucson (C) Metal Anakim (C) The Gallery (C) Stands With Fists (R) Young Hunter (C) Punk Acorn Bcorn (C) Church Key (C) Deceptively Innocent (R) Lariats (R) Lenguas Largas (C) Ultramaroon (C) Reggae/Ska Neon Prophet (C, R) Planet Jam (C, R) Skitn (C, R) Rock Broken Romeo (R) HAIRSPRAYFIREANDGIRLS (C) Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout (C) Seashell Radio (C) The Whiskey Knuckles (R) Roots Rock/Rockabilly The El Camino Royales (C, R) Al Foul (C, R) Last Call Brawlers (C) Tejano The Festival Band (R) Los Gallegos (C) Hollywood Knights (C, R) Relente (R) Suerte (R) World Batucaxé (C, R) Key Ingredients of African Soul (C) Spirit Familia (C) Gabriel Sullivan and Taraf de Tucson (C) Vox Urbana (C)


(C) = Critics’ Choice finalist (R) = Readers’ Choice finalist

Musicians Awards Female Vocalist Katherine Byrnes (Sweet Ghosts, Michael P.’s Big Band) (C) Keli Carpenter (The Tryst) (C, R) Sabra Faulk (C) Amy Rude (C) LeeAnne Savage (R) Silver Thread Trio (C) Male Vocalist Carlos Arzate (American Android) (C) Cameron Hood (Ryanhood) (R) Paul Jenkins (… music video?) (C) Brian Lopez (C, R) James Turpin (Broken Romeo) (R) Songwriter Keli Carpenter (The Tryst) (R) Cameron Hood (Ryanhood) (R) Isaac Reyes (Lenguas Largas) (C) Amy Rude (C) LeeAnne Savage (R) Hank Topless (C) Guitarist Bryan Dean (R) Doug Floyd (Funky Bonz, The Jits, Amber Norgaard, Bad Tourist) (R) Connor Gallaher (Catfish and Weezie, Andrew Collberg, Marianne Dissard) (C) Ryan Green (Ryanhood) (C, R) Clay Koweek (Taraf de Tucson, Donky Tonk




Performance Awards

Blues Bad News Blues Band (R) Bryan Dean Trio (C, R) Tom Walbank (C, R)


Music, Andrew Collberg, Otherly Love, Will Elliott) (C) Mike Sydloski (Cheepness, Atom Heart Mother) (C) Bassist Garth Bryson (Church Key, Garboski) (C) Taylor Bungard (The Tryst, This Group of People) (R) Brian Green (The Impossibles, Leila Lopez, Courtney Robbins) (C) Mark Lee (Funky Bonz, Bad Tourist) (R) Troy Martin (The Tangelos, LeeAnne Savage) (R) Chris Pierce (Faster Than Light, The Black Jackalope Ensemble) (C) Drummer Ray Clamons (8 Minutes to Burn, Top Dead Center) (R) Dick Solomon (Ultramaroon, Lenguas Largas, Shark Pants) (C) Carlos Solorzano (Come Thirsty) (R) Winston Watson (Saint Maybe, Greyhound Soul) (C) Keyboardist John Gatty (Top Dead Center) (R) Ralph Martinez (Relente) (R) Collin Shook (Collin Shook Trio, The Black Jackalope Ensemble) (C, R) Cassie Van Gelder (Seashell Radio) (C)

Horn Player Jeff Grubic (Jazz Telephone, Amor/Grubic) (C) Rick Hernandez (Festival Band) (R) Aldy Montufar (The Tryst) (C, R) Ruben Moreno (Mariachi Luz de Luna) (C) Jacob Valenzuela (Calexico) (C) Jon Villa (The Jons, Taraf de Tucson, Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta, Giant Giant Sand) (C, R) String Player Vicki Brown (Brian Lopez, Amy Rude) (C, R) Mona Chambers (Brian Lopez) (C, R) Beth Daunis (Reno del Mar) (C, R) Heather Hardy (C, R) Multi-Instrumentalist Chris Black (Chamberlab, Taraf de Tucson, The Awkward Moments) (C) AmoChip Dabney (The AmoSphere, Gentle Thunder) (R) Gary Mackender (The Carnivaleros) (C) Sergio Mendoza (Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta) (C) Michael P. Nordberg (Michael P.’s Big Band, The El Camino Royales) (R) The Rosano Brothers (C) (Rosano Bros. Virtual Quartet, etc.) Ben Schneider (Otherly Love, Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout, Golden Boots) (C)

TAMMIES Rules and Explanations presented in a handy Q&A format How does this whole voting thing work? Head on over to, and click on the ballot. Once there, fill out the ballot to the best of your ability, and submit it! It’s that simple. However, be sure to include BOTH a working phone number AND an e-mail address; otherwise, your vote will not be counted. (E-mail addresses and phone numbers will NOT be sold or used for any purpose other than verifying ballots.) What if my number’s unlisted, and/or I don’t want to include it on the ballot? Well, then your ballot will be deleted. Sorry. That’s the way it is. No exceptions! Can I cut out this sample ballot and send it in? Nope; only ballots submitted online at will be counted. When’s the voting deadline? Votes will be accepted, barring any technological issues and/or dangling-chad problems, through noon, Wednesday, Aug. 1. How many times can I vote? Once, and only once. No ballot-box-stuffing, either; we’ll be watching cookies and IP addresses and all sorts of other stuff, so don’t even try it. At least that’s what the tech guys tell us. What’s the difference between the Readers’ Choice and the Critics’ Choice finalists? The Readers’ Choice finalists were picked by our splendid readers who voted online in April and May. Our Critics’ Choice

finalists were picked by a talented group of local journalists, club-bookers and other music experts; they sent their votes to our crack music editor, and he counted ’em up. If there’s a “C” next to the name on the sample ballot, that means that group/ musician was one of the top vote-getters among the critics; if there’s an “R,” that means that group/musician was one of the top vote-getters among the readers. If there’s both a “C” and an “R,” well, duh, that means that group/musician was at or near the top of the lists with both our critics and readers! Why do some categories have as few as three finalists, while others have as many as seven? It all depends on how many votes we received, and how close the vote tallies were. We didn’t want to eliminate any worthy finalists if the vote difference was small; likewise, we didn’t want to pad the numbers of finalists when there were clear-cut results. When will the winners be announced? At the TAMMIES concert and ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The TAMMIES special section will be published on Thursday, Sept. 13. Anything else we readers/voters should know? Sure; let’s go over the important stuff again. Only one ballot per person, please. Ballots without both an e-mail address AND a phone number will NOT be counted. Ballot-box stuffing will not be tolerated. Any ballots submitted as part of a suspected ballot-box-stuffing effort will be thrown out at the discretion of the editor. If you have questions, call 295-4221 or e-mail Campaigning is just fine; attempts to unfairly sway the results of the voting are not.

JULY 26 – AUGUST 1, 2012



CLUB LIST Here is a list of venues that offer live music, dancing, DJ music, karaoke or comedy in the Tucson area. We recommend that you call and confirm all events. ARIZONA INN 2200 E. Elm St. 325-1541. ARMITAGE WINE LOUNGE AND CAFÉ 2905 E. Skyline Drive, No. 168. 682-9740. THE AULD DUBLINER 800 E. University Blvd. 206-0323. AZUL RESTAURANT LOUNGE Westin La Paloma, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. 742-6000. THE BAMBOO CLUB 5870 E. Broadway Blvd., No. 524. 514-9665. THE BASHFUL BANDIT 3686 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-8996. BEAU BRUMMEL CLUB 1148 N. Main Ave. 622-9673. BEDROXX 4385 W. Ina Road. 744-7655. BEST WESTERN ROYAL SUN INN AND SUITES 1015 N. Stone Ave. 622-8871. BLUEFIN SEAFOOD BISTRO 7053 N. Oracle Road. 531-8500. BOONDOCKS LOUNGE 3306 N. First Ave. 690-0991. BORDERLANDS BREWING COMPANY 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773. BRATS 5975 W. Western Way Circle. 578-0341. BRODIE’S TAVERN 2449 N. Stone Ave. 622-0447. BUFFALO WILD WINGS 68 N. Harrison Road. 296-8409. BUMSTED’S 500 N. Fourth Ave. 622-1413. CACTUS MOON 5470 E. Broadway Blvd. 748-0049. CAFÉ PASSÉ 415 N. Fourth Ave. 624-4411. THE CANYON’S CROWN RESTAURANT AND PUB 6958 E. Tanque Verde Road. 885-8277. CASA VICENTE RESTAURANTE ESPAÑOL 375 S. Stone Ave. 884-5253. CASCADE LOUNGE Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive. 615-5495. CHICAGO BAR 5954 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-8169. CIRCLE S SALOON 16001 W. El Tiro Road. Marana. 682-5377. CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. LA COCINA RESTAURANT, CANTINA AND COFFEE BAR 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351. COLORS FOOD AND SPIRITS 5305 E. Speedway Blvd. 323-1840. COLT’S TASTE OF TEXAS STEAKHOUSE 8310 N. Thornydale Road. 572-5968. COPPER QUEEN HOTEL 11 Howell Ave. Bisbee. (520) 432-2216. COW PALACE 28802 S. Nogales Highway. Amado. (520) 3981999. COW PONY BAR AND GRILL 6510 E. Tanque Verde Road. 721-2781. CUSHING STREET RESTAURANT AND BAR 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984. DAKOTA CAFE AND CATERING CO. 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-7188. DELECTABLES RESTAURANT AND CATERING 533 N. Fourth Ave. 884-9289. THE DEPOT SPORTS BAR 3501 E. Fort Lowell Road. 795-8110. DESERT DIAMOND CASINO MONSOON NIGHTCLUB 7350 S. Nogales Highway. 294-7777. DESERT DIAMOND CASINO SPORTS BAR Interstate 19 and Pima Mine Road. 393-2700. DIABLOS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL 2545 S. Craycroft Road. 514-9202.


DON’S BAYOU CAJUN COOKIN’ 8991 E. Tanque Verde Road. 749-4410. DRIFTWOOD RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE 2001 S. Craycroft Road. 790-4317. DRY RIVER COMPANY 800 N. Kolb Road. 298-5555. DV8 5851 E. Speedway Blvd. 885-3030. ECLIPSE AT COLLEGE PLACE 1601 N. Oracle Road. 209-2121. EDDIES COCKTAILS 8510 E. Broadway Blvd. 290-8750. EL CHARRO CAFÉ SAHUARITA 15920 S. Rancho Sahuarita. Sahuarita. 325-1922. EL CHARRO CAFÉ ON BROADWAY 6310 E. Broadway Blvd. 745-1922. EL MEZÓN DEL COBRE 2960 N. First Ave. 791-0977. EL PARADOR 2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 881-2744. ELBOW ROOM 1145 W. Prince Road. 690-1011. FAMOUS SAM’S BROADWAY 1830 E. Broadway Blvd. 884-0119. FAMOUS SAM’S E. GOLF LINKS 7129 E. Golf Links Road. 296-1245. FAMOUS SAM’S SILVERBELL 2320 N. Silverbell Road. 884-7267. FAMOUS SAM’S VALENCIA 3010 W. Valencia Road. 8838888. FAMOUS SAM’S W. RUTHRAUFF 2480 W. Ruthrauff Road. 292-0492. FAMOUS SAM’S IRVINGTON 2048 E. Irvington Road. 889-6007. FAMOUS SAM’S ORACLE 8058 N. Oracle Road. 531-9464. FAMOUS SAM’S PIMA 3933 E. Pima St. 323-1880. FLYING V BAR AND GRILL Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive. 299-2020. FOX AND HOUND SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN Foothills Mall, 7625 N. La Cholla Blvd. 575-1980. FROG AND FIRKIN 874 E. University Blvd. 623-7507. LA FUENTE 1749 N. Oracle Road. 623-8659. GENTLE BEN’S BREWING COMPANY 865 E. University Blvd. 624-4177. GOLD Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road. 917-2930, ext. 474. THE GRILL AT QUAIL CREEK 1490 Quail Range Loop. Green Valley. 393-5806. GUADALAJARA GRILL EAST 750 N. Kolb Road. 296-1122. GUADALAJARA GRILL WEST 1220 E. Prince Road. 323-1022. HACIENDA DEL SOL 5601 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. 299-1501. HIDEOUT BAR AND GRILL 1110 S. Sherwood Village Drive. 751-2222. THE HIDEOUT 3000 S. Mission Road. 791-0515. HILDA’S SPORTS BAR 1120 Circulo Mercado. Rio Rico. (520) 281-9440. HILTON EL CONQUISTADOR RESORT 10000 N. Oracle Road. Oro Valley. 544-5000. THE HOG PIT SMOKEHOUSE BAR AND GRILL 6910 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-4302. THE HUT 305 N. Fourth Ave. 623-3200. IBT’S 616 N. Fourth Ave. 882-3053. IGUANA CAFE 210 E. Congress St. 882-5140. IRISH PUB 9155 E. Tanque Verde Road. 749-2299. JASPER NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT AND BAR 6370 N. Campbell Ave., No. 160. 577-0326. JAVELINA CANTINA 445 S. Alvernon Way. 881-4200, ext. 5373. JEFF’S PUB 112 S. Camino Seco Road. 886-1001. KNOW WHERE II 1308 W. Glenn St. 623-3999.

KON TIKI 4625 E. Broadway Blvd. 323-7193. LAFFS COMEDY CAFFÉ 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. 323-8669. LAS CAZUELITAS 1365 W. Grant Road. 206-0405. LI’L ABNER’S STEAKHOUSE 8500 N. Silverbell Road. 744-2800. LB SALOON 6925 E. Broadway Blvd. 886-8118. LOOKOUT BAR AND GRILLE AT WESTWARD LOOK RESORT 245 E. Ina Road. 297-1151. THE LOOP TASTE OF CHICAGO 10180 N. Oracle Road. 878-0222. LOTUS GARDEN RESTAURANT 5975 E. Speedway Blvd. 298-3351. MALIBU YOGURT AND ICE CREAM 825 E. University Blvd. 903-2340. MARGARITA BAY 7415 E. 22nd St. 290-8977. MAVERICK 6622 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-0430. MAYNARDS MARKET AND KITCHEN 400 N. Toole Ave. 545-0577. MCMAHON’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 2959 N. Swan Road. 327-7463. MIDTOWN BAR AND GRILL 4915 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-2011. MINT COCKTAILS 3540 E. Grant Road. 881-9169. MR. AN’S TEPPAN STEAK AND SUSHI 6091 N. Oracle Road. 797-0888. MR. HEAD’S ART GALLERY AND BAR 513 N. Fourth Ave. 792-2710. MUSIC BOX 6951 E. 22nd St. 747-1421. THE NEST SKATEPARK 1025 S. Tyndall Ave. 624-1926. NEVADA SMITH’S 1175 W. Miracle Mile. 622-9064. NIMBUS BREWING COMPANY TAPROOM 3850 E. 44th St. 745-9175. NORTH 2995 E. Skyline Drive. 299-1600. O’MALLEY’S 247 N. Fourth Ave. 623-8600. OLD FATHER INN 4080 W. Ina Road. Marana. 744-1200. OLD PUEBLO GRILLE 60 N. Alvernon Way. 326-6000. OLD TUBAC INN RESTAURANT AND SALOON 7 Plaza Road. Tubac. (520) 398-3161. ON A ROLL 63 E. Congress St. 622-7655. ORACLE INN 305 E. American Ave. Oracle. 896-3333. O’SHAUGHNESSY’S 2200 N. Camino Principal. 296-7464. OUTLAW SALOON 1302 W. Roger Road. 888-3910. PAPPY’S DINER 1300 W. Prince Road. 408-5262. PARADISO BAR AND LOUNGE Casino Del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road. (800) 344-9435. LA PARRILLA SUIZA 2720 N. Oracle Road. 624-4300. PEARSON’S PUB 1120 S. Wilmot Road. 747-2181. PLAYGROUND BAR AND LOUNGE 278 E. Congress St. 396-3691. PLUSH 340 E. Sixth St. 798-1298. THE POUND 127-2 E. Navajo Road. . PURGATORY 1310 S. Alvernon Way. 795-1996. PUTNEY’S 6090 N. Oracle Road. 575-1767. PY STEAKHOUSE 5655 W. Valencia Road, inside Casino del Sol. (800) 344-9435. RPM NIGHTCLUB 445 W. Wetmore Road. 869-6098. RA SUSHI BAR RESTAURANT 2905 E. Skyline Drive. 615-3970. RAGING SAGE COFFEE ROASTERS 2458 N. Campbell Ave. 320-5203. REDLINE SPORTS GRILL 445 W. Wetmore Road. 888-8084. LE RENDEZ-VOUS 3844 E. Fort Lowell Road. 323-7373.

RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000. RIC’S CAFE/RESTAURANT 5605 E. River Road. 577-7272. RILEY’S IRISH TAVERN 5140 N. La Cholla Blvd. 408-0507. RIVER’S EDGE LOUNGE 4635 N. Flowing Wells Road. 887-9027. RJ’S REPLAYS SPORTS PUB AND GRUB 5769 E. Speedway Blvd. 495-5136. THE ROCK 136 N. Park Ave. 629-9211. ROYAL SUN INN AND SUITES 1015 N. Stone Ave. 622-8871. RUSTY’S FAMILY RESTAURANT AND SPORTS GRILLE 2075 W. Grant Road. 623-3363. SAKURA 6534 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-7777. SALTY DAWG II 6121 E. Broadway Blvd., No. 106. 7903294. SAM HUGHES PLACE CHAMPIONSHIP DINING 446 N. Campbell Ave. 747-5223. SAPPHIRE LOUNGE 61 E. Congress St. 624-9100. SHERATON HOTEL AND SUITES 5151 E. Grant Road. 323-6262. SHOOTERS STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON 3115 E. Prince Road. 322-0779. SHOT IN THE DARK CAFÉ 121 E. Broadway Blvd. 882-5544. SINBAD’S FINE MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE 810 E. University Ave. 623-4010. SIR VEZA’S 220 W. Wetmore Road. 888-8226. SKY BAR 536 N. Fourth Ave. 622-4300. THE SKYBOX RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR 5605 E. River Road. 529-7180. SOLAR CULTURE 31 E. Toole Ave. 884-0874. STADIUM GRILL 3682 W. Orange Grove Road. Marana. 877-8100. STOCKMEN’S LOUNGE 1368 W. Roger Road. 887-2529. SULLIVAN’S STEAK HOUSE 1785 E. River Road. 299-4275. SURLY WENCH PUB 424 N. Fourth Ave. 882-0009. TANQUE VERDE RANCH 14301 E. Speedway Blvd. 296-6275. TANQUE VERDE SWAP MEET 4100 S. Palo Verde Road. 294-4252. TERRY AND ZEKE’S 4603 E. Speedway Blvd. 325-3555. UNICORN SPORTS LOUNGE 8060 E. 22nd St., No. 118. 722-6900. UNION PUBLIC HOUSE 4340 N. Campbell Ave., No. 103. 329-8575. V FINE THAI 9 E. Congress St. 882-8143. WHISKEY TANGO 140 S. Kolb Road. 344-8843. WILD BILL’S STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON 5910 N. Oracle Road. 887-6161. WILDCAT HOUSE 1801 N. Stone Ave. 622-1302. WINGS-PIZZA-N-THINGS 8838 E. Broadway Blvd. 722-9663. WISDOM’S CAFÉ 1931 E. Frontage Road. Tumacacori. 398-2397. WOODEN NICKEL 1908 S. Country Club Road. 323-8830. WOODY’S 3710 N. Oracle Road. 292-6702. WORLD FAMOUS GOLDEN NUGGET 2617 N. First Ave. 622-9202. ZEN ROCK 121 E. Congress St. 624-9100.

THU JUL 26 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Bob Linesch Boondocks Lounge Titan Valley Warheads Café Passé Jeff Grubic and Naim Amor Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Live classical guitar Chicago Bar Neon Prophet La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Stefan George Colors Food and Spirits Melody Louise Eddies Cocktails Cass Preston and His Band La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live mariachi music Hacienda del Sol Aaron Gilmartin The Hut The Wyatts, Texas Millionaires Las Cazuelitas Live music McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Susan Artemis O’Malley’s Live music On a Roll Live music O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge Forever Tops (The Four Tops tribute) Plush Raw: Natural Born Artists of Tucson PY Steakhouse Gabriel Ayala RPM Nightclub 80’s and Gentlemen Rialto Theatre Kaskade Sheraton Hotel and Suites Prime Example Sky Bar Mason Reed Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Union Public House George Howard and Larry Loud Whiskey Tango Live music Wild Bill’s Steakhouse and Saloon Wild Oats

KARAOKE/OPEN MIC The Bamboo Club Karaoke with DJ Tony G Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y-Not Karaoke Buffalo Wild Wings Y-Not Karaoke The Depot Sports Bar Karaoke with DJ Brandon El Charro Café Sahuarita Famous Sam’s Silverbell Amazing Star karaoke Famous Sam’s Valencia Hilda’s Sports Bar The Hog Pit Smokehouse Bar and Grill Steve Morningwood acoustic open-mic night Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar Open mic with DJ Odious and Relic Know Where II New Star Karaoke Margarita Bay Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Cutthroat Karaoke Music Box Karaoke with AJ Outlaw Saloon Chubbrock Entertainment River’s Edge Lounge Karaoke with KJ David Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y Not Karaoke Stadium Grill Chubbrock Entertainment

DANCE/DJ Diablos Sports Bar and Grill Bikini Bash with DJ Mike Lopez Eclipse at College Place DJ spins music Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company DJ spins music The Hideout Fiesta DJs IBT’s DJ spins music Javelina Cantina DJ M. Sam Hughes Place Championship Dining DJ spins music Sapphire Lounge Salsa night Sir Veza’s DJ Riviera Surly Wench Pub Jump Jive Thursday with DJ Ribz Unicorn Sports Lounge Y Not Entertainment V Fine Thai Foundation Thursdays: DJs spin music, art show, wine tasting Zen Rock DJ Kidd Kutz If you would like your band, club or solo act to be listed, send all pertinent times, dates, prices and places to: Club Listings, Tucson Weekly, P.O. Box 27087, Tucson, AZ 85726. Fax listings to 792-2096. Or e-mail us at Deadline to receive listings information is noon on Friday, seven days before the Thursday publication date. For display advertising information, call 294-1200.

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FRI JUL 27 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed The Bamboo Club Live music The Bashful Bandit Trailer Trash Bedroxx DJ Du and the Cooper Meza Band Bluefin Seafood Bistro George Howard and Mark Noethen Boondocks Lounge Equinox Borderlands Brewing Company Jim Jams CafĂŠ PassĂŠ Tom Walbank The Canyonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crown Restaurant and Pub Live music Cascade Lounge Doug Martin Chicago Bar The AmoSphere Club Congress oOoOO w/ YUS La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar The Greg Morton Band Colors Food and Spirits Melody Louise Cow Palace Live music Dakota Cafe and Catering Co. John Ronstadt Delectables Restaurant and Catering Live music Dry River Company The Dig-Ups DV8 Hip Hop show with DJ Scotty the Kid Eclipse at College Place Live music Eddies Cocktails Dust Devils El MezĂłn del Cobre Mariachi Azteca El Parador Descarga, Salsarengue, Tito y Su Nuevo Son Famous Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E. Golf Links Live music Flying V Bar and Grill Solo guitarist La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente The Grill at Quail Creek Paul McGuffin Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music Hacienda del Sol Heart and Soul, Freddy Vesely The Hideout Sol Down Hilton El Conquistador Resort George Howard and Larry Loud The Hut Inside: Tonsil Yeti, Blazing Edisons, In Repair. Outside: DJ Whiteshadow Irish Pub Mark Insley Las Cazuelitas Mariachis Liâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l Abnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse Arizona Dance Hands Lookout Bar and Grille at Westward Look Resort The Old School House Band Maverick Flipside McMahonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prime Steakhouse Patio: Day Job, Daniel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slyâ&#x20AC;? Slipetsky Mr. Anâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teppan Steak and Sushi Los Cubanos Mr. Headâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Gallery and Bar Collin Shook Trio Old Father Inn Live music Oracle Inn Freestyle Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shaughnessyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge Boomer La Parrilla Suiza Mariachi music Plush Ferrodyne, Passenger and Pilot, Yardsdale Heart Ricâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe/Restaurant Live music Riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Edge Lounge Wild Ride RJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Replays Sports Pub and Grub Shell Shock The Rock Fenom, Modern Feedback, Headrust, Saalythic, Sink the Titanic, Indu, Escape the Paradox, Convalescence, Searching for Reason Shot in the Dark CafĂŠ Mark Bockel The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Gentlemen Solar Culture Boom Chick, Quiet Please Stadium Grill Live music Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steak House Live music Surly Wench Pub Hogjaw, Lovemound, Hammer Torn Tanque Verde Swap Meet Gary Jones Whiskey Tango Live music Wild Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse and Saloon Beau Renfro and Clear Country Wisdomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ David Blixt Woodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Susan Artemis

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The Auld Dubliner DJ spins music Casa Vicente Restaurante EspaĂąol Flamenco guitar and dance show Circle S Saloon DJ BarryB La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Coming Out: A Queer Dance Party The Depot Sports Bar DJ and music videos Desert Diamond Casino Monsoon Nightclub Friday Night Groove Desert Diamond Casino Sports Bar Fiesta DJs: Latin/ Urban night Diablos Sports Bar and Grill DJ Mike Lopez DV8 Planet Q Live with Chris P. and JoJo El Charro CafĂŠ Sahuarita DJ spins music El Charro CafĂŠ on Broadway DJ spins R&B El Parador Salsa dance lessons with Jeannie Tucker Famous Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Valencia DJ spins music IBTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CelloFame Javelina Cantina DJ M. The Loop Taste of Chicago DJ and dancing Maynards Market and Kitchen DJ spins music Music Box 80s and more NoRTH DJ Phatal Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DJ Dibs Sam Hughes Place Championship Dining DJ spins music Sapphire Lounge Flashback Fridays with DJ Sid the Kid Sinbadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Mediterranean Cuisine DJ spins music Sky Bar Hot Era party, Elemental Artistry Fire-Dancing Unicorn Sports Lounge Y Not Entertainment V Fine Thai Ultra Fridays: DJs Soo and Zeta Wildcat House Top 40 dance mix Wooden Nickel DJ spins music Zen Rock DJ Kidd Kutz





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What was the first concert you ever saw? I saw *NSYNC in 1999 when I was 12. I am a product of my generation, and honesty is important, right? What are you listening to these days? Little Dragon, Best Coast, Tanlines, Architecture in Helsinki, the Los Angeles band Kisses, and the Cincinnati band Walk the Moon. What was the first album you owned? I actually got two tapes when I got my first Walkman in 1996: the Space Jam soundtrack, and Boyz II Men’s Cooleyhighharmony. What artist, genre, or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get? I love most bad music, but I just don’t get screamo! Yuck! I tended bar last weekend while this terrible screamo band was playing. All the kids seemed to love it, but I definitely thought it was the worst. What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live? I’m a little too young to have ever seen the Pixies live, but I can only imagine it would be amazing. If only I could trade the Pixies for *NSYNC in question one … Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure? I love my Top 40 jams! My recent guiltiest pleasure is “Call Me Maybe.” What song would you like to have played at your funeral? I’d like to have Seashell Radio perform “Tsunami.” Will you guys do that for me? If not, play “Call Me Maybe.” What band or artist changed your life, and how? I heard The Bends by Radiohead when I was a freshman in high school, and it was my first taste of noncommercial genius. If only I could trade Radiohead for *NSYNC in answer one … Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time? 69 Love Songs by the Magnetic Fields never gets old, because it’s so diverse. Is it cheating because it’s actually three CDs? JULY 26 – AUGUST 1, 2012




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On a balmy Tucson night, fans and thrill-seekers came out for a show featuring four bands that, to a degree, have all been lumped in with the most-recent indie model: the psychedelic band. First up was the recently revived Resonars, who continued their second wind with another strong set. They were playing this kind of music before it was rampant. Memphisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shawn Cripps and his revolving collective known as Limes were up next, and created small ripples where big waves should have been. Dreamy, droning and beautiful, this was forward-looking and creative psychedelia. They sounded like a rickety boat bobbing up and down on a somewhat calm river. Limes were sloppy yet convincing, possessing the best qualities of rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll. Their sound was reminiscent of mid-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s New Zealand indie rock played by the likes of The Clean and Tall Dwarfs, with some of the rhythmic sensibility of Captain Beefheart. The most-hyped band of the evening was The Paperhead, four gentlemen barely out of their teens from Nashville. Perhaps The Paperhead have gotten too much attention, too soon. Perhaps they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t evolved into the unique rock band they will be. In any case, they personified the problem with following any retro revivalist trend to the letter. Combining Yesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vocal harmonies, drum solos, bass solos, organ solos and full-band solos, The Paperhead took this psychedelic trip one step further into the dreaded abyss of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s progressive rock. Now, prog-rock has its fair share of champions, but members of The Paperhead had no idea that they had fallen off the ledge into hippie anthems. This left Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lenguas Largas (who are not particularly psychedelic) to clean up. After the insufferable mess of The Paperhead, Lenguas Largas came on like a bulldozer, focused in their intensity and attack. Their songs are rhythmically based in two drummers bashing away simplistically, and that made all the difference. This band made you move, not stare into topographic oceans. Atop that foundation are concise and brief songs that possess plenty of emotional substanceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and that made Lenguas Largas the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most-impressive act. Joshua Levine



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The Walkmen open their new album with a quietly picked acoustic guitar and the song “We Can’t Be Beat.” It’s a bold move, boasting while simultaneously going a bit against their established style. But even with their mellowest album, the Walkmen have cemented their place on the A-list of American rock music. Heaven, produced by Phil Ek, is the band’s most irresistibly melodic batch of songs, with the band’s most expansive sound. Perhaps it’s Ek’s guidance, or perhaps it’s simply a natural move for a confident, veteran band, but as a whole, Heaven’s chief accomplishment is a stronger focus on song craft that overtakes the haziness that the band relied upon—sometimes too much—in the past. Being so direct is a boon for the band, even on the contemplative, searching songs. The band’s most urgent and compelling song—2004’s “The Rat”— sounds more distant than ever, but that’s not a drawback. Angst has its time, but there’s plenty more to life, and there are so many more subtle ways to express feelings of love, friendship, family, disappointment and, especially here, endurance. All that, and the album still brings powerhouse songs like “Heartbreaker,” “Song for Leigh” and “Heaven.” Is Heaven the band’s best album? Tough to say, though Heaven does spark thoughts about the Walkmen’s progression and favorite songs from the past. Credit the band’s remarkable consistency (an 8or 9-rated album every two years for a decade) for the difficulty in sorting out any type of a definitive ranking of Walkmen albums. Eric Swedlund

Last Call Brawlers guitarist Justin Valdez goes solo, indulging in revved-up TexMex, boisterous country punk and humorous lyrics that occasionally verge on the inappropriate. Depending on your point of view, these might include culturally specific tunes such as “Ya-TaHey,” “Yaqui Sieras,” “Custer’s Last (One Night) Stand” and “Bean Dip for Two.” The best cuts are those that allow Valdez to showcase his tight, lean guitar-playing: the deep, baritone-sounding leads on “Little by Little” and the choogling rockabilly of “She.” On “In the Van,” punctuated by boisterous off-key gang vocals, he trades reverbdrenched licks with saxophonist David Clark. That tune draws on classic musical references such as “Wooly Bully” and “Whittier Blvd.,” though it doesn’t reach either song’s pioneering levels of frenzy. Valdez doesn’t claim to be a deep satirist. In the process of lamenting the state of punk rock, country pop, Top 40 and TV singing contests on “Whatever Happened to Music?” he describes his own song as “simple and corny.” Sometimes his songwriting slips from sly comedy to unashamed novelty. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, as evidenced by that faux cornpone-cum-Elvis drawl in which he usually sings. He frames the opening track with applause and bar chatter, as if he were a standup comedian in a nightclub, and the closer is an actual joke with strummed guitar. Whether on the moody heartache of “La Llorona” or the bouncy Tejano-style interpretation of Freddy Fender’s “Wild Side of Life,” Valdez seems to be wholly enjoying himself. The vibe is infectious. Gene Armstrong

Here is a Tucson band that should do the trick of clearing out any sinus problems or airplane-pressure-clogged ear issues from which you might be suffering. Indeed, this lacerating quintet brings hardcore punk and extreme metal in equal measures, especially on incineratingly thrashed-up and breakdown-buttressed “Vapor and Ash,” and on the cruising-and-bruising guitars and clean vocal melodicism of the title track. Overall, this is polished, professional metalcore that Hot Topic-shopping kids all over the world will devour. The Killswitch Engage worship and As I Lay Dying genuflection grows a tad tedious, sure, on weaker cuts like “Destiny Broken,” which betrays Scorned Embrace’s influences. But when the band catches fire on doublekick-drum-blasting “Plunged Into Stagnation,” you won’t be able to keep yourself from throwing devil horns in the air. Recorded by Nando Rivas (The Bled) at OG7 Studios, Enclosures, Scorned Embrace’s sophomore release, envelops the listener in a heavy, walloping sonic grip that never relents. Singer Mike Clark can go from a raging bellow to a soaring melody at the drop of a dime; the rhythm section of Logan Matti (drums) and Mike Hendrix (bass) is so, so gnarly; and there isn’t anything guitarists Elliott Flanagan and Josh Williams can’t shred on their fret boards. That said, Scorned Embrace may require at least another iota of originality before the band successfully conquers teenage America. Jarret Keene


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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Can you guess which European country has the best military record in the last eight centuries? It’s France. Out of the 185 battles its soldiers have engaged in, they’ve won 132 and lost only 43. Ten times, they fought to a draw. Of all the signs of the zodiac, Scorpio, I think you have the best chance of compiling a comparable record in the next 10 months. Your warrior-like qualities will be at a peak; your instinct for achieving hard-fought victories may be the stuff of legends years from now. But please keep in mind what the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu said in his iconic text The Art of War: The smart and powerful warrior always avoids outright conflict if possible, and wins by using slyer means. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): After consulting the astrological omens, I’ve concluded that during the next three weeks, you will deserve the following titles: 1. Most Likely to Benefit From Serendipitous Adventures; 2. Most Likely to Exclaim “Aha!”; 3. Most Likely to Thrive While Wandering in Wild Frontiers and Exotic Locales; 4. Most Likely to Have

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1. There isn’t a name for this fantasy, LWAM, so let’s come up with one. How about “Frank-N-FurterIng,” for Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a noted research scientist who also enjoyed dressing straight boys up in fishnets, teddies and heels. Your fantasy probably lacks a name because it isn’t that odd or a whole lot to ask. And this fantasy makes you more sexually and romantically marketable than you seem to realize, LWAM. The world is full of men who aren’t gay, aren’t into drag and aren’t into full-blown crossdressing—but are turned on by the idea of wearing the girlfriend’s panties and/or a little lingerie. A lot of these men are with women who barely tolerate their kinks. The single ones, on the other hand, are out there looking for a girlfriend who is turned on by the thought of a guy in panties, teddies, fishnets and heels. Post a few explicit personal ads on online dating sites— kinkster and normster—and I promise you’ll be flooded with responses from guys who want to put on a show for you. 2. It is permissible to giggle during sex. If you’re worried that your partner might think you’re laughing at him, qualify your giggles in advance. Explain that you’re prone to joyous laughter when you’re turned on, and you might get a little giddy during his performance. Emphasize that your giggles are evidence of arousal, not disgust or contempt. Then prove it by fucking the shit out of him. 3. Have you checked out Think of it as your own personal porn stash before you find a boyfriend, and your favorite online shopping destination after. I am a heterosexual female. My husband hates condoms. When we started being exclusive and monogamous, we were both fully screened for STDs, and I went on the pill. That was four years ago. Since then, I have been through eight different versions of the pill. My current one gives me a two-week period; I have gained about 25 pounds in two months; and I am more moody. My doctor just prescribed me a new pill that will likely increase my weight and make me even moodier, but it should decrease the length of the period. I am sick of this! I think my husband should suck it up and wear a condom. He is completely resistant. It is ironic that the pill protects me from pregnancy if I have sex, but we’re having less sex due to the weight gain, bloating, bleeding, no sex drive and other side effects. My doctor does not think other options for birth control (e.g., an intrauterine device) will be a good fit for me. Should I continue on the pill, or tell my husband that if he wants sex, he has to share responsibility in avoiding pregnancy?

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