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Not-So-Special Education 9 By Mari Herreras
Former TUSD psychologist claims she’s a victim of retaliation after blowing the whistle on abuse, neglect Media Watch 10 By John Schuster
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Your thumbnail guide to the most-competitive Southern Arizona primaries We Call B.S. 15 By Jim Nintzel
Four big lies in this year’s county-supervisor races
Primary Plans Next Tuesday, Aug. 28, is primary Election Day here in the Old Pueblo. Voters will be deciding which candidates will advance to the general election in a plethora of county, state and federal races. In some cases—for example, the Pima County Board of Supervisors’ District 4 race, pitting challenger Sean Collins against incumbent Ray Carroll—the primary will decide the overall winner, because members of only one party are running. If you haven’t voted already, we have a couple of stories in this week’s issue to get you ready. First and foremost, Jim Nintzel breaks down four big bits of bullshit that have been flying in this year’s county races. That’s on Page 15. Second, to refresh your memory of our previous political coverage, Nintzel does a quick recap of the most-competitive local primaries; that is on Page 13. On the night of the election itself, check out The Range, our daily dispatch, at daily.tucsonweekly.com. We’ll be bringing readers up-to-the-minute results, reactions and analysis. Jim Nintzel will be covering the Republican Party gatherings, while Mari Herreras will be handling the Dems. The cranky editor—that’s yours truly—will be posting results, links to other news stories and all sorts of other good stuff from Weekly World Central. Of course, this is all just the beginning of our 2012 election coverage. Between the primary and the general, we’ll have all the latest local political news—weekly in print, and daily online. We’ll also be doing some general-election endorsements, and covering the various ballot propositions. If you aren’t picking up the Weekly each week AND regularly visiting The Range, you’ll be missing out. JIMMY BOEGLE, Editor email@example.com COVER DESIGN BY ANDREW ARTHUR
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was wrong about the Tea Party. I was wrong to think it was just a coincidence that it happened onto the scene not long after America had elected its first African-American president. I was wrong to believe that Tea Partiers would eventually come to the realization that their movement was based on a false premise—that their claim of being overtaxed belies the fact that today’s average American has the lowest tax burden since the 1950s. I was wrong to believe that the people they elected to Congress would behave as adults and not stand in the corner, showing us how long they can hold their breath. And I was wrong to believe that the Tea Party would be gone by now, having run out of momentum and hot air, and having collapsed under the weight of its own pretentiousness. What started out as a hybrid flash mob/wrongheaded tax protest has morphed into something quite different. It is said that when zealots form a firing squad, they assemble in a circle. Such seemed to be the impending fate of the Tea Party, which had burned brightly, but began to show signs of the crazies chasing each other into an ever-tightening death spiral. But then something funny happened—funny in a Chernobyl kind of way. The anti-tax movement cast a wider net, and it began attracting kooks and then Kochs. Suddenly, it was awash in money, and the Koch brothers began financing workshops here, seminars there. The Tea Party became a platform for all things right-wing. The government is too big. The president doesn’t look like the rest of us. The poor and helpless are getting a free ride. We shouldn’t spend billions of dollars chasing after Osama bin Laden. (No, wait! That was what Mitt Romney said in 2007.) Spending is out of control. We’re being taxed to death. (Unless you want to live in a country with no government spending—including on things like police, firefighters, teachers and the military—we need to have taxes. And the ones we have are, for the most part, quite reasonable.) There are some real concerns in there that deserve a public discussion, but the overriding vibe in all things Tea Party is this creepy, visceral hatred of Barack Obama. It’s very disturbing. Equally disturbing is the fact that this is a splinter group that is wielding a wildly inordinate amount of power. There’s a great cartoon from the July 30, 2011, edition of The Economist: It shows a little Tea Party kid with blinders on about to ride his tricycle off a cliff. But he’s pulling along, by a nose ring, an elephant representing the Republican Party, which, in turn, is dragging along Uncle Sam, who, in
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turn, is dragging along the world. The world is saying: “Something is definitely wrong here.” And it looks like wrong is about to get even more wrong. The stalling tactics of the relatively small minority of Tea Party members in the House of Representatives have left that legislative body in hard-core ideological lockdown. Now, they’re trying to gain a foothold in the Senate. If they gain control of both chambers, the American economy will be in free-fall for a decade. And that’s not all they could mess up. For example, if the Tea Party ran: • NASA … the United States would have put a man on Jamaica. Oh, all that wasteful government spending, and for what? A science experiment? No, it would have been far better if each American could have kept in his/her pocket the few dollars per capita that it cost to reach the moon. • The National Basketball Association … the average game score would be something like 18-14. Teams could stack their defense on one side of the court, because under Tea Party rules, players would only be able to go to their right. • The Civil War … there wouldn’t have been a Civil War. It was strictly a states’-rights issue, a simple matter of economics. The Southern states’ economies were based on a different system, one that included that quirky notion that some people have the right to own other people. It’s just that those awful liberals had to go and inject race into the whole thing. • The CIA … Jason Bourne would be Jason Died. • The Rosetta Stone company … they would teach people how to say “No!” in 134 different languages. • The National Football League … the games would only be six-on-six, because it’s ridiculous to pay 11 people. The games would be lame, because under Tea Party control, all of the running backs and wide receivers (as well as everybody else on offense and defense) would be white. Each team would have one token black guy, but, like Allen West, he’d be strictly for comic relief. • The EPA … those initials would stand for Executioners, Please Apply. Who needs a government agency to protect our environment? Just think how much fun it would be if the Tea Party got rid of the EPA. We’d be able to go outside with a knife and carve a hunk of smog out of the atmosphere. Our drinking water would have fiber (and several kinds of protein) in it. And we’d all be able to learn about new and constantly mutating chemicals in an up-close-and-personal manner. • The KKK … no change.
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A FRACKING CONFLICT OF INTEREST
aniel Moreno was a handsome, intelligent young man with a bright future. He had a problem-free childhood and planned to go to Harvard. But at age 17, things began to change. He started exhibiting increasingly bizarre behavior, and in 2000, at 18, Daniel was diagnosed with schizophrenia. “He went from a kid with potential … to a person who at times would lose touch with reality,” says his mother, Susan Moreno. “After he was diagnosed, he lost most of his friends. … He spent a lot of time in the hospital.” In December 2005, at the age of 23, Daniel committed suicide.
ExxonMobil, Halliburton and other giants of the hydraulic-fracturing industry not only are fracking deep gas wells all over our country; they’re also trying to frack our heads. “Fracking is perfectly safe,” they insist. “Trust us!” Excuse me, but no. Your “trust us” ploys Susan admits that when her son was diagnosed, she didn’t have exploded in our faces again and again. know what schizophrenia was. “I started educating myself This is why we need independent assessabout mental illness and learning a lot about it. I became ments of the impacts that such profiteers very active in the community, trying to create awareness and have on our Earth, lives and livelihoods. But reduce stigma. I never wanted another mom to be in the “independent” has to mean, at minimum, position I was in, to be totally unaware of the symptoms and not tarnished by financial or other ties to the signs.” the industry. Now, 12 years after her son’s diagnosis, Susan says she’s Yet this fairly straightforward ethical condone a 180. A former small-business owner, Susan is now cept seems beyond the grasp of some acaemployed in the mental-health field at MIKID—Mentally Ill demics and administrators at the University Kids in Distress—where she works with local families who of Texas—an appendage of which recently have children with behavioral-health needs. She also gives published a report asserting that fracking mental-illness and suicide-prevention presentations at local does not contaminate people’s groundwater. schools, and writes a blog called Grey Matters Good news, screeched the big frackers. (tucsoncitizen.com/greymatters). See, we told you to trust us! Susan says she starts her presentations by talking about Hold it, slick. It turns out that the princimental illness and, more specifically, depression. “We talk pal investigator and author of this assessabout the systems of depression, because (it) can be very ment has a bit of an untidy conflict of interserious and lead to suicide. … As a very simplistic definition, est. For years, he has sat on the board of a depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain. It’s an gas-fracking corporation. Last year alone, illness just like any other. It’s not caused by bad parenting. that fracker paid him $413,900—more than double his university paycheck! THIS MODERN WORLD By Tom Tomorrow Moreover, he holds $1.6 million of the corporation’s stock. None of this had been revealed to the university—or to the readers of his “independent” report. At first, university officials rushed to this guy’s defense, declaring that a professor of his stature wouldn’t be influenced by having a couple of million bucks invested in the success of fracking. That didn’t wash, of course, so now UT has assembled a highpriced panel of national establishment figures to assess the credibility of his report. Credibility? You don’t need a doctorate to know that its credibility is zilch. Why is this ethical slacker being coddled rather than sacked?
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It’s not caused by someone being lazy. It’s a biological brain disorder.” Susan stresses that depression and other mental illnesses are not “something that people can snap out of.” However, they are treatable, and recovery is possible. “Successful treatment usually not only entails medication, but there’s also a need for therapy, and there’s a huge need for support. Support needs to come from … family members, friends and community.” For parents who notice behavioral changes in a child, Susan recommends that the situation be taken seriously, and adds that the child should get an evaluation by a licensed, experienced psychiatrist or psychologist. “There’s no test they can give to find out if a person has a mental illness. It’s all based on symptoms, so you need to work with someone who really is an expert.” A helpful educational tool is the Mental Health First Aid class, a 12-hour program that “provides basic mental-health education and approach skills for community members.” Visit the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona’s website (www.cpsa-rbha.org/mhfa) for a training schedule. For those in crisis and people who witness another person’s mental-health crisis, Susan encourages a call to the Crisis Response Center’s community-wide crisis line, 6226000. The center, at 2802 E. District St., opened last summer. It was approved in a 2006 bond election. “If you see someone who is acting bizarrely, and you are concerned, anyone can call the Crisis Response Center and report it. … They send out a team of people to evaluate that person. Based on their findings, if they feel that a person needs to go to the hospital, they can take them. At the very least, they can refer them to resources.” Susan credits Neal Cash, CEO of the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, for helping to open the center. “He is probably the most important individual who advocated and pushed for the center,” she says. Cash will be honored at the Daniel Moreno Award Dinner and Silent Auction on Friday, Sept. 7, at Skyline Country Club. The award dinner was started in 2007 by Susan and her family to recognize local individuals who have advanced awareness about mental-health recovery. Sarah Martin; Peter Likins, a retired UA president; and Adrienne Sainz, a clinician at La Frontera, will also be honored. Visit planetaurora.org for ticket info. During her educational presentations, Susan says she’s seen a lot of light bulbs going off, with potential suicides avoided, and students coming forward to get treatment. She believes awareness about mental illness and suicide has increased over the last decade, but there’s still more work to be done. “We need to get out there and educate people, because treatment works, and people need to know that,” she says.
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Despite a clear court decision, the Forest Service continues to improperly charge fees
The Question Remains: Why Discard So Many Library Books?
BY CINDY J. COLE
Though I appreciate Melinda Cervantes (Mailbag, Aug. 2) taking the time to respond to my Guest Commentary (July 5), she doesnâ€™t answer the basic question I was asking. Namely: Why is it that our library is next to last in the number of books it has per resident (among public libraries serving a comparably sized area) when it spends enough money on books to be in the middle of the pack? Especially when the libraryâ€™s shelves are sitting half empty! No amount of rationalizing the libraryâ€™s aggressive discard policy will explain to me why the library doesnâ€™t keep the many relevant and contemporary titles that it currently discards.
The Legislature Harmed Marist-Restoration Efforts by Killing the Heritage Fund Finally, some encouraging developments regarding the historic Marist College (â€œMarist Maneuvers,â€? Currents, Aug. 9). The question of financing the restoration may never have arisen if the Arizona Legislature had not diverted the entire State Parks Heritage Fund balance in 2010, before eliminating the fund altogether in 2011. In 1990, Arizona voters approved the Heritage Fund by a margin of nearly 2-to-1. In its 20-year existence, the Parks Heritage Fund invested nearly $200 million from the lottery in new parks and park improvements. Heritage restoration grants have helped preserve important parts of our rich cultural heritage. If the Parks Heritage Fund were intact, the Marist College restoration would have been eligible for a grant. Instead, the Legislature put our City Council in the difficult position of using block-grant funds. This year, the Arizona Heritage Alliance made a good-faith effort to work with the Legislature to restore the Parks Heritage Fund. After a promising beginning, HCR 2047 stalled. In May, the Arizona State Parks Foundation filed an initiative to place the Arizona Natural Resources Protection Act on the November 2012 ballot. Unfortunately, our mostly volunteer effort did not collect the 172,000 signatures needed. William C. Thornton, Arizona Heritage Alliance
f a fee exists in the forest, yet rangers refuse to listen, can the government still keep charging you that fee? Yes, if youâ€™re in Sedona, within the Coconino National Forestâ€™s Red Rock Ranger District, and in other forests as well. Apparently, even federal judges canâ€™t stop the agency from taking your money. If youâ€™ve bought a Red Rock Pass lately, which enables you to park your car and go for a hike, you may have been duped into buying a pass that, legally, you donâ€™t need to buy. Thatâ€™s what the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Feb. 9 in a case involving fees levied by the Coronado National Forest in Tucson. The court ruled that the Forest Service had been illegally charging fees that are expressly prohibited by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004.
The courtâ€™s ruling would seem to apply to all national forests, right? But if you take a look around the Red Rock Ranger District, signs continue to call some locations â€œfee areas,â€? and other signs warn that â€œall parked vehicles must display a valid recreation pass.â€? According to Connie Birkland, public-affairs specialist for the Ranger District, the signs are legal, because â€œthe Mount Lemmon decision (in Tucson) doesnâ€™t seem to affect us. We are not interpreting it as such, nor do we feel we are affected by it.â€? But hereâ€™s what the federal land-enhancement law specifies, and what the court upheld: A site must have six amenities in place in order for a fee to be charged at any location: designated developed parking; a permanent toilet facility; a permanent trash receptacle; an interpretive sign, exhibit or kiosk; picnic tables; and security services. The law expressly prohibits fees â€œsolely for parking, undesignated parking, or picnicking along roads or trail-sides for persons who are driving through, walking through, boating through, horseback-riding through, or hiking through federal recreational lands and waters without using the facilities and services; and for camping at undeveloped sites that do not provide a minimum number of facilities and services.â€? In the landmark U.S. v. Smith, Sedona resident Jim Smith challenged a ticket he received for failing to display a pass while his car was parked in an undeveloped area. In an earlier decision, U.S. District Judge Mark E. Aspey of Flagstaff wrote that the Forest Lands Recreation Enhancement Act â€œis an extremely comprehensive and precise statutory scheme clearly delineating specific instances in which the public may be charged an amenity fee â€Ś and quite plainly prohibiting the agency from establishing any system which requires the public to pay for parking or simple access to
trails or undeveloped camping sites.â€? In what seems like an effort to create additional sites where fees can still be collected following the Smith decision, the Coconino National Forest â€œenhancedâ€? as many locations as possible. Of course, these new facilities will now require additional funds to be properly maintained. Then along came the 9th Circuit decision. The lower court had ruled that it was not necessary for the Forest Service to determine whether a visitor used any amenities while recreating on national forest land. The appeals court scotched the federal agency position, which was that as long as the amenities were present in an â€œarea,â€? a fee could be charged. In the appeals court decision, Judge Robert W. Gettleman wrote that the agencyâ€™s arguments on this point were â€œillogical.â€? No fee, the judge said, could be charged solely for parking, even if amenities were present. In fact, Gettleman said, â€œeveryone is entitled to enter national forests without paying a cent.â€? But the Forest Service disagrees. On March 1, the agency sent out a press release saying that fees would continue on national forests, and that news outlets had â€œmisportrayed a recent court decisionâ€? when they indicated anything to the contrary. Yet the agency failed to appeal the case, and the case has not been reopened on the local level, which had been a possibility. So fees have fallen flat in the forest, and no-fee activists believe that the appeals court decision must apply to every national forest. While that may be true, the news seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Cindy J. Cole is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News (hcn.org). She writes in Sedona.
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A former TUSD psychologist claims she is a victim of retaliation after blowing the whistle on abuse, neglect
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Not-So-Special Education BY MARI HERRERAS, email@example.com s Rose Hamway unfolded a worn copy of a Tucson Weekly she’s hung on to for almost two years, she pointed to sentences she highlighted that once gave her hope that real change was possible in the Tucson Unified School District. The article was an interview with TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone (“A Pedicone Education,” Dec. 9, 2010). The interview was early in Pedicone’s tenure, just as supporters of Mexican-American studies were starting to question whether the superintendent would fight for the program, and before an appeals court returned a 30-year desegregation case to the district. The school psychologist claims the district retaliated against her after she claimed that special-education students at Rincon and Sahuaro high schools were denied services and misdiagnosed—and that one student had been abused by an aide. After speaking out, the TUSD board chose not to renew her contract. Hamway said she hoped Pedicone would come in, see her case and realize that changes in special education needed to happen. But that didn’t happen—and Hamway decided to file a complaint. Hamway’s case was on the agenda—as a closed-door, executive-session matter—for the Tuesday, Aug. 14, school board meeting, and KGUN Channel 9 recently reported that a settlement was discussed. However, according to Hamway, no settlement has yet to be signed by TUSD or released, but she expects more to happen when the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) releases investigation results, perhaps in early September. In April, I discovered a retaliation complaint filed in federal court by Hamway’s attorney against TUSD. The attorney, Jenne Forbes, declined to discuss the complaint at the time, saying that the OCR was in the middle of negotiating a retaliation settlement with TUSD. Hamway said she was hired by TUSD in 2009 after working the previous 10 years in special education for the Douglas Unified School District, as part of a team that turned around the district’s special-education department. Although she accepted the position at TUSD—starting Aug. 10, 2009, at Rincon High School—Hamway said she hesitated, because the district’s special-education program did not have a great reputation. However, that reputation was earned before Elizabeth Celania-Fagen was hired as superintendent in 2008. “She sounded wonderful. It seemed like real change was going to happen. It seemed like a good time to work for TUSD,” Hamway said.
Celania-Fagen’s time with TUSD was shortlived: In 2010, she left to head a school district in Colorado. At Rincon, Hamway said, she found that students were denied proper placement and accommodations, and were misdiagnosed. She said she saw staff members entering false information on students’ individualized education plans, known as IEPs. Other issues included parents being denied copies of their children’s IEPs—and when parents who didn’t speak English attended meetings about a child’s IEP, no translator was provided, leaving it to children to translate. On Aug. 24, 2009, Hamway requested a transfer, and she was sent to Sahuaro High School. There, she said, she saw an aide grab a student roughly by the arm. She said Sahuaro also had placement and misdiagnosis issues. She claimed behavior plans were never implemented or were not done properly, leading to students’ problems getting worse. Hamway recalls one staff member telling her about a student—later diagnosed with schizophrenia—who was sleeping in a school stairwell. The staffer allegedly said to Hamway, “Let’s go. I know I can get him to go off,” meaning get the student to react angrily. Hamway said she reported the issues to TUSD officials, including former governmentprograms and community-outreach director Lupita Garcia, who recently left the district, and special-education director Lorraine St. Germain, whom Garcia supervised. St. Germain retired from TUSD last year. Hamway said she had a meeting with Garcia, and that Garcia told her to return as “her eyes and ears” regarding special education. On Oct. 25, 2009, St. Germain and another administrator reportedly came to Hamway’s office to tell her they were transferring her to Catalina Magnet High School, an assignment she refused unless the issues were resolved. On Oct. 29, Garcia presented her with a new job description that prevented her from working with students. “I told Dr. Garcia … that I believe this is retaliation and that I am a whistle-blower, and entitled to protections. She said no, that I wasn’t a whistle-blower,” Hamway said. On Dec. 10, 2009, while meeting with a parent and student in her office, Hamway said, a Sahuaro security guard disrupted the meeting, saying that he wanted to talk to the mother about keeping their daughters away from each other. Hamway said she told him it was inappropriate and to leave her office; he then stood in the doorway while she tried to close the door. In
reaction, the guard opened the door quickly, and Hamway fell back against her desk. She called the police—and also called her husband, to escort her out of the building. On Dec. 11, 2009, Hamway said, she found a letter from the school—stuck in a door at her home—informing her she was on administrative leave, “for my protection,” during the district’s investigation into what occurred with the security guard. Shortly after being placed on administrative leave, Hamway requested medical leave due to physical and emotional stress. It was approved, but in 2010, when the board voted to not renew her contract, they also voted to not renew her medical leave. “After my contract wasn’t renewed, I felt so bad about myself. I had never been fired before, but I realized after going through all of this, I wasn’t ever mean or rude. I never showed them what they showed me,” Hamway said. “The system is broken, and I guess that’s my focus now. Did those parents finally receive services? That’s what this is about—the students were not treated with respect, and were not provided what they legally needed.” TUSD communications director Cara Rene said that discussions held in executive session are not public and therefore cannot be shared. “The district has not made an official statement on the Hamway situation. The OCR case is still pending. The district and OCR are negotiating a resolution agreement to settle the case.” Mari Herreras is the mother of a TUSD student who has received some special-education services.
At last week’s Pima County Republican Club luncheon, Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash was explaining why he is supporting Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll over challenger Sean Collins in next week’s Republican primary. “I don’t agree with Ray on everything, but he’s accessible,” said Ash, who praised Carroll’s record of providing constituent service, opposing county sales taxes and voting against Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry’s budgets. “This guy is best for the job.” Ash is so upset by what he calls the “unsubstantiated accusations and scurrilous innuendo” coming from Team Collins that he took the unusual step of getting involved in a GOP primary—and even cut a radio ad to condemn the campaign against Carroll. “There are a few people who have been up to no good in this election,” Ash said in the ad. “It’s not OK to make stuff up, and the crew that’s helping wannabe supervisor candidate Sean Collins have been purposely trying to mislead us.” Ash took aim at ArizonaDailyIndependent.com (a relatively new blog that has made a variety of unattributed accusations against Carroll in recent weeks), as well as KNST AM 790/FM 97.1 morning-radio talk-show host Garret Lewis, and former state-lawmaker Randy Graf, who is one of Collins’ chief political supporters. “Randy is throwing out a load of B.S. for Collins, no matter if it has any truth or not,” Ash said in the radio spot. “How many in Pima County would want Randy Graf being a ventriloquist for any supervisor?” The ad has some Republicans hopping mad. As Ash was taking a moment at the meeting to talk about the race, he was interrupted by GOP activist Joyce Martin. “I just wanted to say this to your face,” Martin exclaimed. “That was the nastiest ad I have ever in my life heard of.” Ash gave Martin a smile and wished her a good day as she and a friend promised they’d exact their revenge the next time that Ash sought the post of national committeeman. It was yet another flashpoint in a campaign that has slid deeper into mudslinging as the primary election draws near. On Team Carroll, you have Ash, political consultant/radio talk-show host Emil Franzi, Second Amendment enthusiast Ken Rineer, the ASARCO mining company, the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association and the Tucson Association of Realtors. On Team Collins, you have Graf, ArizonaDailyIndependent.com’s Loretta Hunnicutt, attorney John Munger, the Rosemont Mine, and the mine’s flunky, unsuccessful mayoral candidate Rick Grinnell. But if the Republican Club luncheon
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cent just last year. It’s not hard to figure out what’s going on here. You can listen to terrestrial radio, where they play a set rotation of songs on the station’s terms, or you can access your own device and play music on your terms. You can sit through six-minute commercial breaks on terrestrial radio, or listen to your music with brief, if any, commercial interruptions. And there’s a demographic separation in play as well: Among the people you know younger than the age of 40, how many listen to terrestrial music radio at all? How many even consider the FM band to be an entertainment option? Terrestrial radio can see the numbers. It recognizes the trends, but it’s uncertain what to do about it. The commercialization factor is obviously huge: The consumer’s ability to bypass ads is a major reason for radio’s slide, but alternative platforms like Pandora (or Spotify or satellite radio) haven’t shown advertisers that their limited-sponsorship approaches are good buys. So terrestrial radio can still say it’s the way to go, perhaps because those who still listen to radio have grown up expecting the inconvenience. But those listeners are decreasing by the day, and potential listeners in the tech-savvy generation have decided that listening to their music on Pandora or listening to their MP3s makes much more music sense. As terrestrial music radio stations struggle to keep up with listenership, a trend in bigger markets has been the success of sports radio. It serves a niche audience, with a product only available through that signal. From a TV standpoint, sports are the only DVR-proof medium: Viewers will still watch a live sporting event, and therefore endure the accompanying commercial breaks. This is why NBC and CBS, not to mention college conferences like the Big Ten and Pac-12, have started sports TV networks. The same concept has also been working for sports-talk radio on a national scale. But if you’re the Journal Broadcast Group, can you really justify committing more than a crappy FM signal and lousy-reach AM signal to a sports station that gets a 1 share, when unobtrusive-music format KMXZ FM 94.9 continues to rank in the top three in the ratings? Cumulus Broadcasting decided not to dedicate an FM signal, 97.5, to sports, instead banking that a Top 40 format would bring in better numbers. The better numbers haven’t arrived, but when your AM sports station (which employs me for UA football and men’s basketball pregame and postgame broadcasts) delivers ratings near the market bottom, it’s not difficult to see the logic in avoiding commitment to such a risk. So what exactly does music-based terrestrial radio do? Beyond the layoffs, which have already happened, probably the same thing as daily print and television: Ride the gravy train for as long as possible, until the supply runs dry.
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is any indication, Carroll has far more support than Collins. When Collins spoke to the group, the back room at El Parador was half-full; when Carroll took the stage last Tuesday, Aug. 14, it was hard to find an empty seat. While Carroll’s opposition to the Rosemont Mine is a major issue in the race, the contest has also turned on whether Carroll is a secret liberal—a charge that Ash dismisses as “preposterous.” Ash’s support of Carroll has some Republicans now calling him a Republican In Name Only. Ash wishes “good luck” to those who want to make that RINO charge stick. “I hate the whole thing about RINOs,” Ash says. “Ray is a guy who has stood for smaller government, lower taxes and Second Amendment rights.”
BY TIM VANDERPOOL, email@example.com kly.com hovels have yet to hit earth, and sparks are already flying over high-voltage power lines slated for Southern Arizona’s beautiful backcountry. Not only do critics consider the so-called SunZia Southwest Transmission Project a pending ecological disaster; they also call it a case of blatant greenwashing (in other words, claiming falsely to be environmentally friendly). SunZia backers, meanwhile, continue to pump their project as crucial for spreading renewable energy throughout the Southwest. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee the lines will carry anything but the same-old power produced the same-old way—namely, by coal and natural-gas plants. Adding insult, this project—managed by an outfit called the Southwestern Power Group, and sponsored by companies including the Salt River Project in Phoenix and Tucson Electric Power here at home—would run two parallel 500-kilovolt lines from a proposed substation in Lincoln County, N.M., to another substation in Pinal County, north of Tucson. Getting from point A to point B would involve some 500 miles of maintenance roads, massive towers and 500-foot easements fragmenting critical wildlife habitat along the San Pedro River Valley. Tucson Electric Power spokesman Joe Salkowski didn’t return a phone call seeking comment. Nor did Tom Wray, SunZia project manager with the Southwestern Power Group. Then there’s the funky project-approval process, which hardly dispels a sense that the fix is in. Since much of SunZia would cross land overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the BLM has become the lead agency in compiling an environmental-impact statement, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. That includes gathering abundant citizen comment; as a result, the BLM scheduled 10 public meetings in New Mexico and Arizona. One was at Tucson’s Palo Verde Magnet High School on July 17. Nearly 100 folks turned out, and they were itching for a meaningful public forum to vent their concerns. What they got instead was a tepid “open house” meeting with canned presentations and zero opportunity for audience discussions. While the BLM may have met the letter of the law, critics say the tightly constrained meeting—complete with armed BLM officers—certainly didn’t follow the spirit of the Environmental Policy Act. Still, this format seems all the rage among public agencies. Just as often, however, this approach backfires. Consider a hearing on the proposed Rosemont Mine back in 2008, when the Coronado
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Peter Else: “We knew their claims of 81 to 94 percent of renewable energy (on the transmission lines) were pure bullshit.” SunZia Transmission Project have kind of been National Forest opted for the open-house trying to get their perspective out about the approach: By meeting’s end, a near-riot had meeting in Tucson, as well as their opposition to ensued as frustrated retirees faced off with sherthe preferred route.” iff ’s deputies and the Border Patrol. In response, According to Garcia, the meeting format “was the Coronado was compelled to schedule even a judgment call on the BLM’s part.” He said he more meetings—with the public forum as their viewed such open-house forums—marked by centerpiece. colorful posters and one-on-one chats—as more Yet the feds never seem to learn. When audience members at the SunZia meeting discovered effective than public forums. Hummel elaborated. “We felt that the theater that they’d also be denied a forum, they proof those ‘grab-the-microphone-and-talk-from-aceeded to take over. The mostly middle-age rebels were led by Peter Else, a former UA adminis- very-emotional-level’ meetings were not going to help people construct comments that would trator who retired to the San Pedro River Valley. be useful in the final analysis,” she said. “The BLM was not allowing any public comAs Hummel apparently sees it, Else and his ments or questioning at their so-called public well-studied peers—or the “opponents,” as she meeting,” he recalls. “There were a lot of quesprofusely called them—were just too darned tions for the BLM about why they had greenemotional to offer any constructive comments washed this project, and then not allowed the at the meeting. public to comment on it. We knew their claims Sandy Bahr is a lobbyist for the Sierra Club in of 81 to 94 percent of renewable energy (on the Arizona. She says such open-house-type meettransmission lines) were pure bullshit. ings have long been the trend. “But they are “I finally told my girlfriend, ‘This isn’t right, obviously not consistent with the intent of the what they’re doing. I’m going to do some sort of National Environmental Policy Act. At these assertive disobedience.’” public meetings—paid for with public dollars— A few minutes later, Else rose and loudly you should be able to express concerns and ask addressed the restive crowd. “We know how to questions. It’s unfortunate (that agency officials) conduct a meeting peacefully,” he told them. “What do you say we just have a little communi- have become afraid of that.” Often, it’s also ham-handed. Bahr describes a ty meeting?” The audience roared in agreement. And so, for the better part of an hour, the citi- BLM meeting held near the Grand Canyon to discuss proposed uranium mines. Several zens held their own parley. Havasupai tribal elders journeyed all the way up Later, I called Adrian Garcia, the BLM’s from the canyon floor to speak their piece—only Albuquerque, N.M.-based project manager for SunZia. During the interview, he was joined by a to be told that all comments were to be written. That did not sit well with the elders. “So they BLM handler, spokeswoman Donna Hummel. basically took over the open house,” Bahr says, Hummel did most of the talking. “We have “and they did a dance. It was one of my favorite gotten a number of calls,” she said, “and it moments.” sounds like some of the opponents of the
The latest campaign-finance reports for the Southern Arizona congressional races offer a preview of where the action will be in this election cycle. Newly elected Congressman Ron Barber has demonstrated a talent for raising funds. Barber brought in $288,000 between July 1 and Aug. 8, which dwarfed the amounts raised by other congressional contenders. Barring an unlikely loss to challenger Matt Heinz in the next week’s primary, Barber has big advantages going into November. His likely GOP opponent, Martha McSally, raised just $47,000 in the same period. McSally had about $127,000 on hand; while the former Air Force fighter pilot has a terrific political résumé, she’s going to need more money than that to unseat Barber, who has more than $377,000 on hand and a whole lot of name ID from having won the June special election to complete Gabrielle Giffords’ term. More bad news for McSally came with the announcement that the National Republican Congressional Committee was reserving $900,000 worth of TV air time on behalf of Republican Jonathan Paton, a former state lawmaker who is seeking the Congressional District 1 seat that includes Oro Valley, Marana, Flagstaff and rural eastern Arizona. That tells us that even though Paton has not yet even won his primary, the NRCC is flexing its muscle against Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, a former congresswoman who represented much of the area between 2008 and 2010. Whether they’ll do the same for McSally remains to be seen, but there’s going to be a lot of competition for those campaign dollars across the country, and the NRCC has not had much luck in Southern Arizona in recent years. The NRCC’s bet on Paton also
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A 13-year-old girl whose mother reportedly denied her some cookies retaliated by climbing onto the roof of her house and then up a tree, prompting her mother to call authorities, according to a Pima County Sheriff’s Department report. Deputies went to a home in response to an “incorrigible juvenile” call. A woman told a deputy that she had taken her daughter to the dentist that morning, and when they returned home, the daughter wanted to eat some cookies. The mother said she refused, citing the recent visit to the dentist. According to the mother, the girl then ran into the backyard and began jumping on a trampoline. When the mother went outside to confront her, the daughter climbed onto the roof. She came down when the mom yelled at her, but then climbed a tree. When the girl finally climbed down, she reportedly started yelling that she wanted to be left alone. The girl later told a deputy that “all she wanted to do was just have some time to herself and go for a walk.” She didn’t mention anything about cookies. Deputies took no action.
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A boy known as a troublemaker avoided problems with the law after he was accused of splattering a bloodlike substance on mailboxes, according to a PCSD report. A deputy interviewed a letter-carrier who reported seeing a brownish-red fluid “with the consistency of blood” on mailboxes in a westside neighborhood. The deputy asked several youths in the area how the substance might have ended up on the mailboxes, and several of them mentioned a neighborhood boy’s name. The deputy then interviewed the boy, who denied any knowledge of the incident. But when told that the person responsible for it could be arrested, the boy started to squirm. The deputy then said that, in addition to being arrested, the person who did the damage would have to pay for cleaning it up. At that point, the boy told the deputy, “I can help out with that.” The deputy—who wrote in the report that the blood appeared to be fake—then shook the boy’s hand and took him to his mother’s house. The mother told the deputy that her son had been away from the neighborhood most of the morning, and she didn’t think he was responsible for the damage “this time.” No charges were filed.
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helped make up for the fact that he raised just $51,000 during the latest reporting period. Kirkpatrick, by contrast, raised more than $92,000 and holds an enormous cash advantage: At the end of the reporting period, Kirkpatrick had $826,000 in the bank, compared to Paton’s $127,000.
BY JIM NINTZEL, email@example.com ver the last two months, the Tucson Weekly has been covering the mostcompetitive primary races in Southern Arizona. With voters casting their ballots on Tuesday, Aug. 28, here is a recap.
U.S. Senate The Republican contest to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl pits U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake against multimillionaire Wil Cardon and two other candidates: radio talk-show host Clair Van Steenwyk and Bryan Hackbarth. While Cardon has spent more than $4 million on a TV-heavy campaign, he does not appear to have dragged Flake down; polls have never shown Cardon any closer than 22 percentage points. The winner of the GOP primary will face Democrat Richard Carmona in November. U.S. Congress, District 1 Arizona’s new District 1—a sprawling district that includes Oro Valley, SaddleBrooke and Marana as well as eastern Arizona, Flagstaff and the Navajo reservation—has no incumbent. Three Republicans are seeking the GOP nomination: former state lawmaker Jonathan Paton, Iraq business consultant and former State Department staffer Gaither Martin, and Show Low retiree Patrick Gatti. Paton has raised the most money and run the most aggressive campaign. On the Democratic side, Ann Kirkpatrick, a former state lawmaker who represented the area from 2008 to 2010 before losing to Republican Paul Gosar, is facing Wenona Benally Baldenegro, a Harvard-educated Navajo who is seeking to become the first female Native American elected to Congress. Baldenegro has a big cash disadvantage, which has allowed Kirkpatrick to focus on the general election. U.S. Congress, District 2 U.S. Rep. Ron Barber is coming off winning the June special election to complete the term of Gabrielle Giffords, but he’s already in a Democratic primary race to keep his seat. State Rep. Matt Heinz has been trying to run to the left of him by highlighting two votes in which Barber crossed party lines to vote with Republicans. But Heinz is struggling to gain traction; the Barber campaign released a midJuly poll that showed him leading Heinz by more than 60 percentage points. On the Republican side, former Air Force fighter-pilot Martha McSally, who came in second in the GOP’s special-election primary earlier this year, faces the little-known Mark Koskiniemi.
U.S. Congress, District 3 U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva is up against two Democratic challengers in his effort to win a sixth term: former state lawmaker Amanda Aguirre, and local physician Manny Arreguin. Aguirre and Arreguin are both claiming that Grijalva is ineffective, but neither has spent significant funds to get that message out. On the GOP side in the heavily Democratic district, activist Gabby Saucedo Mercer is facing political newcomer Jaime Vasquez. Pima County Sheriff Five Republicans have lined up to challenge Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, leading Weekly contributor Brian J. Pedersen to note that “voters may find it difficult to differentiate between the various challengers, especially since each has cited a variation of ‘it’s time for some new leadership’ in campaign materials.” Mark Napier is a retired Tucson Police Department captain who now heads up Boston University’s online Master of Criminal Justice Program; Chester Manning has been a police officer in a variety of small police departments and has been doing much of his campaigning at gun ranges; Vinson Holck is a retired TPD officer who specialized in training programs; Walt Setzer is a former U.S. marshal; and Terry Frederick is a former Pima County deputy who now works as a private investigator. County Board of Supervisors, District 1 With Supervisor Ann Day stepping down in this GOP-leaning district, four Republicans are competing to take her place: state lawmaker Vic Williams, former Republican National Committeeman Mike Hellon, Tea Party activist Ally Miller and former mortgage-banker Stuart McDaniel. While Williams has the highest name ID, he is disliked by some conservatives: His own seatmates, Sen. Al Melvin and Rep. Terri Proud, have endorsed Miller, who declared last month that she would no longer do interviews with this “liberal rag.” Hellon has focused his campaign on the importance of building a businessfriendly approach to government and delivering constituent services, while McDaniel has said he wants to reduce spending and taxes. The winner of the race will face Democratic former state lawmaker Nancy Young Wright. Pima County, District 4 Republican Sean Collins’ effort to unseat Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll has degenerated into the nastiest race in Pima County, with Collins’ allies unleashing a long list of unsub-
stantiated allegations about Carroll’s “Chicagostyle” politics. While a fierce battle is being waged online, Collins has raised little money to get out his underlying message that Carroll has betrayed the Republican cause. Carroll, meanwhile, has bolstered his GOP and business-community credentials with endorsements from Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash, the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association and mining giant ASARCO. Arizona Senate, District 3 Olivia Cajero Bedford, who has served in the Arizona Legislature since being elected to the House of Representatives in 2002, is hoping to hang on to a state Senate seat in a race against Maria de la Luz Garcia, who served briefly in the Legislature after she was appointed to the state Senate after the untimely death of her husband, Jorge Garcia, in 2010. The most-pointed policy difference is on the subject of school vouchers: Bedford opposes them, while Garcia supports them, which has led to Garcia getting support from a political committee that also supports hard-right Republicans such as Russell Pearce and Al Melvin. Arizona House of Representatives, District 9 Three Democrats who largely agree on policy issues are competing for two House seats in District 9, which includes midtown Tucson, the Catalina foothills and the Sabino Canyon area: Dustin Cox, Victoria Steele and Mohur Sidhwa. Cox owns a consulting business that works with nonprofits; Steele is a former radio reporter who now owns her own counseling practice; and Sidhwa is an immigrant from India who has been active in Democratic politics. The winner will face Republican Ethan Orr in November in one of the state’s few competitive legislative districts. Arizona House of Representatives, District 10 Three Democrats are in the hunt for two House seats in District 10, which includes midtown Tucson and a broad swath of the eastside. State lawmaker Bruce Wheeler wants to go back for another term; he’s joined in the race by Air Force veteran and political consultant Brandon Patrick, and Stefanie Mach, who works as a consultant to nonprofits. The candidates agree on most policy issues. The top two finishers will face Republicans Ted Vogt, a House incumbent, and Todd Clodfelter, who owns a printing business, in the competitive legislative district.
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GOP state Senate hopeful Tyler Mott says he probably should have taken a deep breath before telling Facebook what was on his mind in August 2011. At the time, he was thinking about hanging President Barack Obama. After the president’s decision to review, and in most cases stop, deportations of illegal immigrants without prior criminal histories, Mott took to his Facebook page to call for Obama’s head, as well as the head of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. His full post read: “Who the hell does Obama think that he is? His job is to enforce the law. He doesn’t get to arbitrarily decide not to deport people who have been ordered deported. If Obama wants the job of making the law, he needs to go back to running for Congress. Or if he wants the job of interpreting the Constitution, then he needs to get appointed to the Supreme Court. Obama and Napolitano should both be hung for treason!” When The Skinny called Mott to ask if he really believed the president and secretary of homeland security should be hung for treason, Mott said he had no idea what we were talking about. So we read the post back to him, as well as the comments from several of his Facebook friends, one of whom noted that the post was “not cool.” Mott said the president should be held accountable for breaking the law, which he says Obama did by focusing his administration’s efforts on prosecuting high-priority immigration cases. “If George Bush would have done the same thing, the left would have been furious,” he said. “That’s something that Congress needs to take up.” But after he verified the post was, indeed, on his Facebook account, he softened his tune. “Obviously, the hyperbole I was using wasn’t anything to be taken seriously,” he said. “I’m a pro-lifer. I believe in life. I don’t believe in killing people.” He also took the comment down from Facebook. By Jim Nintzel and Hank Stephenson Find early and late-breaking Skinny at The Range, our daily dispatch, at daily. tucsonweekly.com. Follow the Skinny scribe on Twitter: @nintzel. AUGUST 23 – 29, 2012
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Both in lying and in telling the truth, people are guided by their beliefs concerning the way things are. These guide them as they endeavor either to describe the world correctly or to describe it deceitfully. For this reason, telling lies does not tend to unfit a person for telling the truth in the same way that bullshitting tends to. … The bullshitter ignores these demands altogether. He does not continued on next page
reject the authority of the truth, as the liar does, and oppose himself to it. He pays no attention to it at all. By virtue of this, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are. —Harry G. Frankfurt, “On Bullshit”
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The game of politics has always carried a whiff of bullshit, but these days, the stink is getting harder to ignore. Take the GOP’s ongoing efforts to claim that the Democrats’ health-care reform law cuts Medicare by $700 billion. (It was $500 billion until last month, when new estimates showed that the savings from the Medicare reforms could grow to $700 billion over the next decade.) This has been debunked over and over by the people at PolitiFact.com and FactCheck.org, but it’s an effective attack line, so it found new life in the presidential campaign after Mitt Romney tapped Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate—even though the Ryan budget plan uses those same savings while repealing the Affordable Care Act, often derisively referred to as Obamacare. Just last week, Romney told 60 Minutes that Obama “robbed” Medicare of $716 billion to pay for Obamacare. That got rated “mostly false” by PolitiFact. But you’re still going to hear the claim over and over again from now until Election Day. You’re going to hear that Obama told smallbusiness owners: “You didn’t build that.” You’re going to hear that Romney fired people, who lost their health insurance and then died. You’re going to hear that Obama wants to scrap the “welfare to work” reforms from the 1990s, when in reality, he agreed to give two Republican governors waivers so they could experiment with reforms to welfare in their states. In short: You’re going to be buried beneath an avalanche of bullshit. The false narratives are drifting down to the local level. In this year’s campaign, there’s been a strong push from a disparate group of Republicans who want to take out the Democratic majority on the Pima County Board of Supervisors and fire County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. While Pima County’s government is hardly perfect—there’s waste, fraud and abuse there, just as there is with every other government in existence—gigantic exaggerations and falsehoods are being tossed around on the campaign trail in the Republican primaries. Here are four of the biggest falsehoods:
FALSEHOOD NO. 1: YOUR TRANSPORTATION DOLLARS FOR” ARE “UNACCOUNTED UNACCOUN FOR
This false narrative i was started d by b Arizonans A for a Brighter Future, a nonprofit “business league” that has waded into the county elections. Arizonans for a Brighter Future takes its working model from groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity. Campaign-finance watchdogs have taken to calling the contributions behind these efforts “dark money,” because, as 501(c)(4) or 501(c) (6) nonprofit groups, they do not have to reveal the identities of their contributors, unlike traditional independent-expenditure committees. 16 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM
WE CHECKED IT OUT AND DISCOVERED THAT THE MONEY WASN’T UNACCOUNTED FOR; IT WAS ACTUALLY USED TO PAY FOR THE EXPENSES OF THE COUNTY’S TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, WHICH IS THE NORMAL PRACTICE OF JURISDICTIONS AROUND THE STATE.
Developer Mike Farley, who is heading Arizonans for a Brighter Future, told the Tucson Weekly he wants to bring about change in county government. As we reported earlier this month (“The Bright Stuff,” Aug. 2), Farley has been frustrated over his efforts to build a shopping center near Kolb and Valencia roads, and he says he’s one of many business people hamstrung by county government. The Weekly started digging around after Republican Ally Miller, who is in a four-way GOP primary for retiring Supervisor Ann Day’s seat, showed us an Arizonans for a Brighter Future report stating that over the last 10 years, $345 million in HURF money (Highway User Revenue Fund dollars from the state) was unaccounted for. Miller said that with her accounting background, she had also looked into it and determined that the money appeared to be missing. We checked it out and discovered that the money wasn’t unaccounted for; it was actually used to pay for the expenses of the county’s transportation department, which is the normal practice of jurisdictions around the state. In an interview, Farley conceded that the transportation money wasn’t really “unaccounted for”; rather, he thought that too much was being spent on the transportation staff, with not enough money going toward pothole repairs and general road maintenance. When we reported that the money was not “unaccounted for,” Miller became so incensed that she blackballed the Tucson Weekly, calling it a “liberal rag” at a District 1 debate. Miller is the only candidate in the GOP primaries who was pushing the meme that money was unaccounted for. The theory has little support among other county candidates. In the District 1 race, Mike Hellon said that Miller was flat-wrong. Vic Williams and Stuart McDaniel have said they haven’t looked into it closely enough to comment. In the District 4 race, Ray Carroll has said that the money can be accounted for, although he has some disagreement with the board majority’s priorities in spending it. His challenger, Sean Collins, has alluded to “unaccounted-for” funds in campaign appearances, but he has said he had not looked into the claims from Arizonans for a Brighter Future.
FALSEHOOD NO. 2: THE COUNTY’S DEBT IIS OUT UT OF CONTROL
“Debt” is a loaded ded word in the 2012 elections. But it’s important to understand the difference between debt that’s used to run the day-to-day operations of government (as the federal government does with the national deficit), and debt that is used to pay for long-term investments in the community like parks, police and fire stations, courthouses, sewer plants and the like. The first kind of debt means that you’re borrowing money just to keep the lights on. The county does not have that kind of debt; in fact, while jurisdictions like the state and the city of Tucson have faced gigantic budget shortfalls and have therefore been forced to slash spending and raise taxes, the county has managed to trim back on expenses, keep property taxes stable and finish every fiscal year with a surplus in various reserve funds. But the county does have the second type of debt, which comes from borrowing money through bond sales or other means to get infrastructure built. Most of Arizona’s counties are largely rural areas, so it’s an apples-to-oranges comparison when you put Pima County in the same category as Arizona’s other counties. The only real
comparison is with Maricopa County—and while it’s true that Pima County’s bond debt is higher than that of Maricopa County, there’s a reason for that: Most of Maricopa County is also part of a city jurisdiction, such as Phoenix, Mesa or Tempe. But Pima County has an enormous number of people living in unincorporated areas, so the county does more for its residents. The numbers show that, in total, the entire bond debt in Maricopa County—through the county itself, as well as cities, community colleges, the school districts and the special districts—was about $18.5 billion as of June 30, 2011, according to a report by the Arizona Department of Revenue. When you add up all of those same jurisdictions in Pima County, you end up with about $3.5 billion in debt. Break it down on a per-capita basis, and Pima County residents owe $3,560, while Maricopa County residents owe $4,859, according to an article by Patrick McNamara in Inside Tucson Business, which is hardly a left-leaning publication (even if it is owned by Wick Communications, which also owns the Tucson Weekly). Emil Franzi, a longtime conservative and local campaign consultant, makes the same point: Pima County’s debt load is being massively exaggerated by Republican candidates, many of whom don’t understand county government. “If the county’s debt is out of control, then they have real problems in every city in Maricopa, where debt is a lot higher and, in some cases, five times that of Pima County,”
Franzi says. “If this is out of control, then Scottsdale should have gone under five years ago.” It helps to understand what the county’s bond debt has paid for. Roughly 45 percent of Pima County’s $1.3 billion in outstanding debt comes from bonds that are repaid through secondary property taxes. This voter-approved debt, which stands at just less than $453 million, has allowed the county to buy open space, build neighborhood centers and libraries, start work on a new county courthouse (which is costing more than originally projected) and do other projects. Another 37 percent—or about $371 million—comes from improvements in the wastewater system. To meet federal standards, the county has begun work on a new sewage plant that will eventually replace the Roger Road Wastewater Treatment Plant. To pay back the debt, the county has been raising sewer rates; the county staff estimates that the rates will begin to decline in 2015. Finally, there are county road bonds that are paid back through HURF dollars. The outstanding debt comes out to just more than $131 million, or about 13 percent of the county’s debt. Huckelberry says the county decided to ask voters to approve the bonds back in 1997, after a change in state law meant that more HURF funds would be coming to the counties. The road bonds were marred by controversy about 10 years ago, and a report by the state’s auditor general concluded that the county needed better financial systems to track the projects. Huckelberry believes that the bonds allowed
the county to get a jump on some projects, but he says he would not recommend a future bond election that would be paid back through HURF dollars. “There will never be another HURF-revenue bond, because it was designed, basically, to play catch-up with 20 years of neglect because of inequitable distribution,” Huckelberry says. “As those bonds get paid back, we’re doing more pay-as-you-go.” CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
MOST OF ARIZONA’S COUNTIES ARE LARGELY RURAL AREAS, SO IT’S AN APPLES-TOORANGES COMPARISON WHEN YOU PUT PIMA COUNTY IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS ARIZONA’S OTHER COUNTIES. THE ONLY REAL COMPARISON IS WITH MARICOPA COUNTY—AND WHILE IT’S TRUE THAT PIMA COUNTY’S BOND DEBT IS HIGHER THAN THAT OF MARICOPA COUNTY, THERE’S A REASON FOR THAT.
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FALSEHOOD NO. 3: YOUR COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES ARE SKYROCKETING
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foot home, valued at $170,000 in 2012, had a Pima County tax bill of $921. That’s down from $1,020 the previous year. Williams also saw minor decreases in the county property taxes he owed on various
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Property taxes are complicated, li d and d we’re not going to do a dissertation on them here. But for the purposes of discussion, there are a couple of important things to keep in mind. The first is that the county is only one of several local jurisdictions that collect property taxes. Others include school districts, fire districts and the state of Arizona. The second is that your property-tax bill is based on the value of your house, multiplied by your tax rate. So if elected officials want to keep property taxes stable, they lower the rate when values go up, and increase the rate when values go down. It’s far from a perfect system, but it’s what the state has set up. So in recent years, as property values have deflated, county supervisors have raised the rates. But many people are still paying less in county property taxes—including most of the Republican candidates who are complaining about their high taxes. All four Republicans in District 1 are today paying less in property taxes than they did last year. State lawmaker Vic Williams’ 1,950-square-
PIMA COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR CHUCK HUCKELBERRY POINTED OUT IN A MAY 2011 MEMO, MARICOPA COUNTY HAS A MORE-DIVERSIFIED TAX BASE, BECAUSE IT HAS A COUNTYWIDE HALF-CENT SALES TAX THAT HELPS FUND ITS OPERATIONS. AS FRANZI PUTS IT: “YOU HAVE VARIOUS METHODS OF FUNDING GOVERNMENT. PICK THE TAX YOU WANT TO PAY.”
rental properties around Pima County. Tea Party activist Ally Miller’s county property tax has also dropped. She paid $2,304 to Pima County in 2011 on her 3,500-square-foot, custom-built home, which is valued at $455,000. That’s down from $2,586 the previous year, which equals a tax cut of $282, or more than 10 percent. Former Republican National Committeeman Mike Hellon is likewise paying less on his 2,100-square-foot condo, which is valued at $177,600. In 2011, Hellon paid $854 in county property taxes, which is $138 less than the $992 that he paid in 2010. Consultant Stuart McDaniel is paying a much-lower property tax bill, but that’s because he’s living in a smaller house. His larger home ended up in a short sale after McDaniel lost his job at busted mortgage-banking firm First Magnus, and he was headed for a foreclosure. In the District 4 GOP primary, Dairy Queen owner Sean Collins hasn’t seen much of a decline in the tax bill on his 2,300-square-foot home in Vail’s Whisper Ranch, which is valued at $256,000. Collins paid $1,270 in 2011 compared to $1,284 the previous year. His Republican opponent, incumbent Supervisor Ray Carroll, is the only GOP candidate with a legitimate gripe: His property taxes have actually increased slightly, partially because his value was reset when he purchased his 1,900-square-foot home in Bosque Ranch Estates, which is valued at $307,000. Carroll paid $1,475 in property taxes in 2011, up from $1,453 last year. It’s true that, by comparison, Pima County
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FALSEHOOD NO. 4. CANDIDATE ALLY MILLER WROTE A LETTER THAT TRIGGERED AN FBI OF RIO INVESTIGATION O IO NUEVO
OK, this one iss minor compared the memes above, but really: We’re supposed to believe that the FBI took no notice of months of investigative reporting in the Arizona Daily Star, but a letter from a Tea Party activist got the G-men to spring into action? To the extent that the FBI is involved in any kind of Rio Nuevo investigation—which has been going on an awfully long time with no criminal complaints—it’s because the agency was asked by the Arizona attorney general to lend some talent in forensic accounting. The idea that Miller’s letter somehow brought in the FBI is akin to believing that wet pavement causes rain.
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The uninitiated might be skeptical about the entertainment value of industrial training films, exercise videos, old home movies, recordings of vintage public-access shows, and religious VHS tapes. But if you’ve seen even a little of the Found Footage Festival, you’ll know this treasure trove of kitsch is howling good fun. For eight years, Found Footage gurus Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett have been presenting hidden gems from their growing collection of strange, embarrassing, awkward, inappropriate and flat-out hilarious videos, culled mostly from the VHS heyday of the 1970s through the ’90s. Prueher says the show’s clips all derive from physical media. “We don’t take anything off the Internet. We have a real fondness for VHS, because it’s the format we grew up with,” he explains. “There’s something special about that period—it was the first time most people had video in their homes, with Jane Fonda workout videos, or video fireplaces, or VCR board games. It was a time when small production companies could make and distribute any sort of videos cheaply, and many of the producers were amateurs.” The latest edition of the Found Footage Festival comes to Tucson this Saturday night for a showing at the Loft Cinema, one of the earliest champions of the festival. This is the most-ambitious tour in the Found Footage Festival’s history, Prueher says. “We are going to take it to all 50 states.” Among the highlights are a video featuring a craft sponger whose enthusiasm borders on the psychotic; an all-new compilation of exercise tapes, including one called The Sexy Treadmill Workout; highlights from a 1986 video about the fundamentals of ferret care; and heretofore unseen clips of yo-yo TV prankster Kenny “K-Strass” Strasser. While Prueher and Pickett’s Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett. offerings primarily focus on footage from videotapes, they will include an “opening act” of educational and hygiene films from the 1960s and ’70s, collected by renowned collector Skip Elsheimer, of the archive A/V Geeks. When these guys began curating the festival, they were gainfully employed, Pickett at The Onion and Prueher at the Late Show With David Letterman. Four years ago, they were able to leave their day jobs and devote all of their time to the festival. Now both 36, they aren’t getting rich, but they are able to pay rent and utilities. Prueher says the duo’s video collection—housed in an ultrasecure facility in Queens, N.Y.—has grown to more than 6,000 tapes. “And those are just the keepers; that doesn’t include the stuff we reject and take right back to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. We have another 1,500 tapes that still need to be watched. Everywhere we go, we collect new videos. We were just in Denver and other cities in Colorado, and we sent home two boxes of videos we found there.” Thrift stores are a big source of Found Footage material, as are used bookstores. “Whenever we are in Tucson, we spend at a least a couple of hours at Bookmans.” When the Found Footage guys bring their show to town, it’s not
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simply a straightforward screening. “We get up there and explain how and where we found these videos, and help put them in context. Sometimes, we talk over the videos, making comments or jokes about them,” Prueher says. “And for this show, we tracked down two of the people in the videos. We actually hired a private investigator to find them, and then we met them and interviewed them on camera.” One of those interview subjects is Frank Pacholski, whose contribution to the Found Footage Festival is an excerpt from a short-lived show on Los Angeles public-access TV in 1999. In the clip, the husky, balding Pacholski is clad only in a black mask and a red, white and blue thong swimsuit as he prances and slaps his buttocks in front of bewildered senior citizens. After the private eye located Pacholski, the meeting with him was as odd as his video, Prueher says. “He wanted to meet us at a specific lifeguard stand on the Santa Monica pier, and he was in a mask the whole time,” Prueher says. “He was very standoffish. He insisted that what he did was art. We basically left with more questions than we had when we arrived.” The original footage is priceless. You have to see it—and you can at foundfootagefest.com—to truly grasp its innate weirdness. “It’s definitely one of the most-mysterious videos in our collection,” Prueher says. “That’s one of those that, once you have seen it, you can’t unsee it. It kind of gets burned in your brain.” The 2012 Found Footage Festival starts at 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. General admission is $10; Loft members get in for $8. For more info, call 795-7777, or visit www.loftcinema.com. Gene Armstrong firstname.lastname@example.org
THEATER Sing It Loud The All Broadway Extravaganza Concert 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25; 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26 Red Barn Theatre 948 N. Main Ave. 887-6239; www.theredbarntheater.com
If you love the songs from famous Broadway plays such as Gypsy and Les Misérables, look no further: The Red Barn Theatre has you covered with The All Broadway Extravaganza Concert. Robert Ulsrud, a theater board member who helped put together the production, said that the Red Barn is doing the Broadway-themed concert again because of last year’s overwhelmingly successful show. The show will feature nine of the top performers from the theater, who will be musically accompanied by Sal Formicola. Narrator Scott Berg is also an important part of the show. Ulsrud said that Berg will offer information between songs involving “a lot of stuff that not a lot of people know.” For instance, Ulsrud said that Berg pointed out at last year’s performance that when Liza Minnelli auditioned for the role of the unconventional Sally Bowles in Cabaret, she didn’t get picked to perform on Broadway. It wasn’t until years later that Minnelli would star in the film version of the musical—stealing the show with her talent and charm, and walking away with an Academy Award for Best Actress. Beyond Broadway tunes, the Red Barn Theatre has a lot of excitement in store for the upcoming season. Because the theater is celebrating its 10th anniversary, Ulsrud said, they “let the audience decide the entire season.” Shows on the schedule include South Pacific, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Steel Magnolias, Gypsy, Oklahoma and Arsenic and Old Lace. Admission to The All Broadway Extravaganza Concert is $10. —H.M.
Below: 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, at Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and by appointment; free. Call 624-7370, or visit ethertongallery.com for more information.
A Competition With Flavor
Richness of Harmonies
Southern Arizona Salsa and Tequila Challenge
Folk Music: From the British Isles to America
Remembering the King of Pop
5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25
3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26
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La Encantada 2905 E. Skyline Drive
Christ Presbyterian Church 6565 E. Broadway Blvd.
Dunbar Cultural Center 325 W. Second St.
Spice up your Saturday while helping the community at the Southern Arizona Salsa and Tequila Challenge. The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona are teaming up to present the event for a second year, after the inaugural version was attended by thousands of people, said Kate Marquez, the executive director of SAACA. Marquez said that a salsa and tequila challenge is a perfect event for the Old Pueblo, because the city is “kind of a Mecca for Hispanic foods,” filled with chefs who get their inspiration from the traditional foods and culture of the Southwest. The challenge will feature chefs from more than a dozen different restaurants who will present unique takes on culinary classics, alongside tequila-tastings from a variety of distilleries. There will also be 30 different salsa recipes for attendees to sample, and culinary students from the Art Institute of Tucson will show off their skills and compete in their own amateur salsa competition. A panel of judges will select the best amateur and professional salsas, as well as the tastiest tequilas—and attendees will have a say by casting their votes for the people’s choice awards. Live entertainment by Ballet Folklorico La Paloma and gypsy-flamenco fusion band Tesoro will get people in the Southwestern spirit. There will also be dancing, giveaways and a silent auction in the garden courtyard. Of course, the event is a “wonderful charity event,” Marquez said: The money raised supports the Food Bank and SAACA’s educational arts programs. Tickets are $20 per person for the salsa challenge, and $70 for both the tequila and salsa challenge. —H.M.
“Awen” is a Welsh word that means “poetic spirit of muse” or “divine inspiration.” So it’s fair to say that AwenRising— an acoustic chamber ensemble influenced by the traditional folk music of Northern Europe and the Americas—is aptly named. The group is made up of locals of varying ages, interests and backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common: They love to sing. Their upcoming concert highlights traditional British and American folk music, including the patriotic “Yankee Doodle,” the hauntingly beautiful “Greensleeves” and the timeless “The Ash Grove.” Lillian Meriwether, one of the founders of AwenRising, said she and others formed the ensemble because they were seeking a local “higher-level group” to inspire them. After she and two other members attended a concert by Anúna, an Irish choral group, they decided to form their own ensemble. Though AwenRising has many sources of inspiration, Anúna has been the most prominent. While many of the members work in nonmusical fields such as accounting, teaching and veterinary medicine, they all have “strong musical backgrounds” and a desire to perform. They also want to immerse their audiences in the musical history of Northern Europe and the more-recently established Americas, Meriwether said. The members’ passion for folk music closely aligns with artistic director and conductor Richard Hintze’s areas of interest. He is pursuing his doctorate of music arts at the University of Arizona, and was thrilled at the chance to lead AwenRising, he said. “We’re a pretty unique group … that is really coming together vocally,” Hintze said. “We’ve had some stunning moments in rehearsal the past few weeks. At the concert, we’re expecting it to be a richness of harmonies.” Admission to the concert is free. —H.M.
“Woman and Elephant,” 1995, gelatin silver print (cropped), ©Bill Burke, Courtesy Etherton Gallery
Happy Birthday, Michael Jackson
Whether you know all the moves to “Thriller,” or simply owned a Michael Jackson cassette when you were young, you can come and celebrate the pop star’s 54th birthday in style this Sunday. The Barbea Williams Performing Company is presenting its fourth MJ birthday bash. It will be packed with dance contests, special Michael Jackson-themed performances, singalongs and more. Barbea Williams said that because her first MJ birthday celebration was such a huge success, she felt compelled to make it an annual event. “So many people not only want to remember him, but share their experiences with their children,” Williams said. “We were all intrigued by Michael, so we’re passing it on to the next generation.” Appreciating MJ is not intended to be a passive experience: Attendees can show off their best moves by entering contests for moon-walking and doing the robot, or perhaps by joining in on a Soul Train-style line dance. People are encouraged to dress up as Michael himself, or in attire befitting his era. Williams said that at previous celebrations, there have been moments when almost everyone in attendance was dancing along to Michael’s hits. “It’s just amazing to me—the whole audience gets up,” Williams said. “On the aisles, on the sides … it’s definitely participatory. … I feel like I’m getting to know Michael every year.” In addition to Williams’ company, hiphop troupe the Human Project, acrobats from the Dynamic Flight School, gymnast/ dancer Shayla Walton, high school songbird Sa’Mon Thompson and other talented Tucsonans will pay tribute to the pop star with performances. Recently deceased Dick Clark and Whitney Houston will also be honored at the event. Admission is $6, with family discounts available. —H.M.
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EVENTS THIS WEEK
DINNER-DANCE FOR HOPE ANIMAL SHELTER Café a la C’Art. 150 N. Main Ave. 628-8533. Fashion, food, prizes, music, dancing and a dance performance are featured at a benefit for HOPE Animal Shelter from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25; $12, $10 advance. Tickets are available at shestopstraffic.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Wednesday, Aug. 15, was the first day that 21-yearold Josue Saldivar and more than 1 million other young, undocumented immigrants could apply for work permits and temporary protection from deportation. In June, President Obama announced the deferred-action policy as a stop-gap measure while the DREAM Act, which would provide conditional legal status to undocumented students and U.S. military personnel, is stalled in Congress. Locally, the group Undocumented Youth in Action is organizing forums to help DREAMers like Saldivar file deferred-action applications. The group is looking for lawyers to help out. For more information, email email@example.com.
GREYT TALES Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. Storytelling, wine-tasting, appetizers, desserts and a vendor fair are featured at a fundraiser for Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26; $25, $23 advance online. Five storytellers coached by Odyssey Storytelling share stories about greyhound rescue. Greyhounds and other large dogs are welcome. Visit sagreyhoundadoption.org for more information and to register.
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What’s Undocumented Youth in Action? Our main purpose for the coming weeks or months is to establish and implement community forums throughout the community so eligible individuals can apply for deferred action. Now we’re doing outreach to try to partner and collaborate with organizations to make that happen. What is needed? You have to provide a birth certificate, provide English translation of the birth certificate, some identification, school records, rental agreements, transcripts and any awards you’ve received. You need to prove you’ve been here for the past five years continuously. What is the age range for those eligible for deferred action? You have to be between 15 and 30, and you have to have entered the U.S. before the age of 16. They have said they would allow short, brief travel outside of the U.S., but they haven’t dictated what that looks like. One month? Two days? Why is this issue important to you? I came into the U.S. when I was 8 years old. At that age, I knew I was going into a new country, and I realized I wasn’t born here. But it wasn’t until high school that it was an issue. I was a 4.0 student and involved 22 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM
in many clubs in my high school. That I would be unable to go to the university and get scholarships based on my hard work didn’t seem possible. But since high school, I became somewhat of an activist in my community. Have you been able to continue your education? Due to my involvement, I have been able to get some scholarships, and fortunately, I have been able to continue my education. There are resources out there, but not a lot of undocumented students know of these resources. They become unmotivated, and some think the only way out is to go back to their country of origin. But we have worked to let students know there are opportunities and resources to go to school. What do you think of Gov. Jan Brewer’s order to prevent DREAMers from getting driver’s licenses? I am not surprised. We have seen many attacks on our community, and this is just another one. We saw it with SB 1070, HB 2281, Joe Arpaio and Russell Pearce. What’s next? Right now, nothing is set in stone, but we want to establish a relationship with lawyers. We want and need lawyers involved in our community forums to provide legal advice. …
Sometimes, it might be better not to apply. When might it be better to not apply? In the application, it says that some misdemeanors would be accepted, but it depends on the severity on those infractions and those penalties. Some have more than two or three. … Their future is pretty much uncertain. Are there concerns that applying opens you up to future problems? Yes. Ever since we heard that this was going to come out, we’ve wondered, “What if (the deferred actions) are not granted?” The president has said (rejected applicants) won’t be placed in deportation proceedings, but we have only heard this from the president. … The concern is: Who else will have access to this database, and what will they do with this information? Could they come and take our parents, when they won’t be applying, since they don’t qualify? Still, that won’t stop me from applying. What misconceptions frustrate you? We’ve heard we’ve only come here … to take American jobs. … I’ve been here more than 12 years. I consider myself American, and Tucson as my home. The main thing that I want to make sure people get right is that we are not illegal. We are undocumented.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICHAEL JACKSON Dunbar Cultural Center. 325 W. Second St. 7917795. Celebrate with Jackson memorabilia, vendors, trivia, look-alike and dance-alike contests, a tribute to Jackson’s Soul Train era, new dance performances to Jackson hits, rare video footage, a sing-along and two photo galleries, from 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26; $6, family discounts available. Call 628-7785, or email email@example.com for a schedule or more info. JUSTICE LEAGUE BENEFIT FOR THE HUNGER CRISIS IN AFRICA Heroes and Villains. 4533 E. Broadway Blvd. 3214376. DC Comics will donate $1 of the $3.99 price for every blank-cover variant of Justice League No. 12 sold from noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29. Local published artists sketch custom-cover designs on the blanks for free: Jason Pederson, noon to 3 p.m.; Jenn Corella and Eric Schock, 4 to 6 p.m.; Ryan Huna Smith and Greg Mannino, 6 to 8 p.m. Email ericEsque.comics@ gmail.com, or search “Heroes and Villains Comic Book store” on Facebook for more information. SALSA AND TEQUILA CHALLENGE La Encantada. 2905 E. Skyline Drive. 299-3566. The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona benefits from a competition among chefs to create the best salsa and the best tequila cocktail, from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25; $70, $20 salsa only. The event also features mariachi, flamenco, Latin dancing, children’s activities and displays of artwork. Call 797-3959, or visit saaca.org for more information. WILDCAT WELCOME: LGBTQA PIZZA PARTY McClelland Park. 650 N. Park Ave. 621-4979. The UA LGBTQ Pride Alliance hosts a pizza party for new and returning students and shares information about on- and off-campus resources, from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29; free. Visit deanofstudents.arizona.edu/ lgbtqaffairs, or find “LGBTQaffairs” on Facebook for more information.
UPCOMING DANIEL MORENO AWARD DINNER AND SILENT AUCTION Skyline Country Club. 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. 299-0464. Local individuals who have helped promote mental-health recovery are honored, and Dr. José Apud of the National Institute of Mental Health is the keynote speaker, at a dinner meeting that also features a silent auction, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7; $65, $50 before Thursday, Aug. 23. Call 250-7525 for reservations and more information. HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION Kennedy Park. 3700 S. Mission Road. The Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with kids’ activities and entertainment by Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School and Ballet Folklorico Miztontli from the UA, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1; $5 family, $2 individual. Food and beverages are available for sale. Call 319-3156 for more information. LABOR DAY PICNIC DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center. 1100 S. Randolph Way. The Pima Area Labor Federation hosts the community in honor of Tucson’s working families and union members, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 3; free. The event features hot dogs, musical acts, dancers, labor-history exhibits, children’s activities, “Union Olympics” games and more. Call 388-4139 for more information. TURNABOUT FOR TIHAN: INVASION OF THE 50-FOOT GLAMAZONS Doubletree Hotel. 445 S. Alvernon Way. 881-4200. Janee Starr and Tempest Du Jour emcee a show featur-
ing Tucson’s GLBT club staff in drag, at 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2; $15, $10 advance. This adults-only event benefits Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network. The evening also includes a raffle and prizes. Call 299-6647 for reservations and more information.
BULLETIN BOARD EVENTS THIS WEEK BIKE MAINTENANCE FOR WOMEN AND TRANSGENDER FOLKS BICAS. 44 W. Sixth St. 628-7950. BICAS is open exclusively for women and transgender folks from 4 to 8 p.m., every Monday. Learn bike maintenance, or earn a bike with volunteer labor. Workshops are led by female and trans-identified mechanics. Visit bicas.org for more information. CONNECT WITH FREE ONLINE LEARNING Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Learn how to access free online learning from colleges and universities around the country, and the Pima County Public Library’s Learning Express and Skills Tutor online resources, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28; free. No registration is required for this drop-in opportunity. DIVORCE RECOVERY II Divorce Recovery Inc. 1051 N. Columbus Blvd., No. 103. 495-0704. A group meets for eight weeks to develop plans to complete the emotional and practical process of divorce, and move on to new roles in life, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, through Wednesday, Oct. 24; $60 suggested donation, scholarships are available. The class closes Wednesday, Aug. 29. Call or visit divorcerecovery.net for more info. 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. 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 hssa.org. 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. PRIMARY NIGHT UNITY PARTY El Casino Ballroom. 437 E. 26th St. 623-1865. Food, beverages, realtime election results and a chance to talk to Democratic candidates are featured at a Unity Party at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28; free. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit saastucson.com for more information. ST. PHILIP’S PHIXERS HOMEMAINTENANCE WORKSHOP SERIES St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Home-maintenance presentations take place at 12:30 p.m., the fourth Sunday of every month; free. Participants should dress comfortably. Email email@example.com, or call 299-6421, ext. 44, for 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit gvdemocrats.org for more information.
UPCOMING DIVORCE RECOVERY 1 Trained facilitators lead nonsectarian support groups from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday or Thursday; $60 requested donation, but no one is turned away. Each course is eight weeks and closes after the second week. New classes start Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway Blvd.,
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Room H30; Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church, 5360 E. Pima St.; Tuesday, Nov. 6, at St. Phillipâ€™s in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., Room 6; and Thursday, Dec. 6, at St Markâ€™s United Methodist Church, 1431 W. Magee Road. Call 495-0704, or visit divorcerecovery.net for more information.
ANNOUNCEMENTS 24-HOUR CRISIS LINE: 624-0348, (800) 553-9387 Wingspan. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. Report a violent or discriminatory action against you or someone you know by calling the 24-hour bilingual crisis line at 6240348 or (800) 553-9387. If itâ€™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 soazbeaglerescue.com for the schedule and to learn more about Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue.
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 email@example.com 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 â€œDrinking Liberally Tucsonâ€? 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 Cocoâ€™s Bakery Restaurant. 7250 N. Oracle Road. 7422840. Participants learn and enhance speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment, from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m., Tuesday; free. Call 861-1160 for more information.
BINGO Water of Life MCC. 3269 N. Mountain Ave. 292-9151. Join in a game of bingo at 6:30 p.m., every Friday; $6 to $20. Call 822-6286 for more information. BRIDGE CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 229-5300. Adults play bridge from 1 to 4 p.m., every Wednesday; free. Call for more information. CALL FOR VENDORS DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center. 1100 S. Randolph Way. Vendors are sought for the Tucson Parks and Recreationâ€™s Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25. Call 791-4877 for an application and more information. CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: TUCSON CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL Community groups, businesses, religious groups, neighborhood associations and ad hoc groups of five or more volunteers are needed to adopt parks, streets, washes and other public areas on an ongoing basis. Call 7913109, or visit tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org for more information.
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. MAHJONG Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 229-5300. Play Mahjong from 1 to 3:30 p.m., each Saturday; free. Call for more information.
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. 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. COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE Himmel Park. 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. 791-3276. A community drum circle takes place from 3:30 to 6 p.m., every Sunday; free. All are welcome. Call 743-4901, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for more information.
PIMA COUNCIL ON AGING INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE A volunteer for the Pima Council on Aging provides information and answers questions about support available to seniors for caregiving, meals, housing, legal services and transportation; free: from 10 a.m. to noon, the second Tuesday of every month, at Sahuarita Branch Library, 725 W. Via Rancho Sahuarita; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, at Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; from 10 a.m. to noon, the second and fourth Wednesday, at Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road; from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the second and last Wednesday, at Quincie Douglas Senior Center, 1575 E. 36th St.; and from 10 a.m. to noon, the third and fourth Wednesday, at Freedom Park Recreation Center, 5000 E. 29th St. For more information, visit pcoa.org. 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 roadrunnerstoastmasters.com for more information.
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BUSINESS & FINANCE EVENTS THIS WEEK COMMUNITY-HEALTH MICROGRANT The Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation offers a $1,000 grant each month in 2012 to support a unique project in community health. Visit tomf.org for more information and to submit proposals. DROP-IN JOB-COUNSELING Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. A job counselor is available to answer questions and offer help with resume-writing, online job-searching, email accounts, Internet-searching and more from noon to 3 p.m., every Monday; and from 9 a.m. to noon, every Thursday, in the second-floor Catalina Room; free. Walkins are welcome. Call 791-4010, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more info. 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, Aug. 25; free. Registration is required. Call 791-4010 to register and for more information. NAWBO MEMBER CONNECTION BREAKFAST Hotel Tucson City Center. 475 N. Granada Ave. 6232000. Trish Scunziano presents â€œCar Care 101 for Womenâ€? at a networking breakfast meeting from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28; $16 to $26. RSVP is requested by Thursday, Aug. 23. Call 326-2926, or visit nawbotucson.org for more information and to register. TUCSON METRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Westin La Paloma. 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. 742-6000. Nike executive Loren Goppes, general manager for football and baseball North America, shares the Nike culture and vision, and marketing techniques that can work in businesses of any size, at a breakfast and networking meeting from 7 to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 23; $65, $45 member. Reservations are requested via tucsonchamber.org
ANNOUNCEMENTS JOB-SEEKERSâ€™ GATHERING Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Former executive recruiter Beth Cole facilitates a gathering for adult job-seekers from 3 to 4 p.m., every Friday; free. LGBTS ALLIANCE FUND Grant requests are now being solicited for 2013. Grants are awarded for a wide range of projects, often at critical times in a programâ€™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 fundâ€™s grant-request process for 2013, visit alliancefund.org. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Sept. 24.
FILM 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. Aug. 23: Fahrenheit 451 (1966). Aug. 30: Sleuth (1972). Visit cinemalaplacita.com for a schedule and parking info. FOX TUCSON THEATRE Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. The Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds screens at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25; and 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26; $5 to $7. Visit foxtucsontheatre.org for tickets and more information. INGENIOUS Crossroads 6 Grand Cinemas. 4811 E. Grant Road. 327-7067. Reel Arts 6 presents the premiere of Ingenious, starring two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner. The movie was filmed entirely in Tucson. Prior to the showing, a special panel will discuss the making of the film. Tim Flood, the filmâ€™s producer, will be in attendance. Special prizes and gifts will be available. Tickets are $5. LOCAL FILMMAKER PETER LEON Bookmans. 1930 E. Grant Road. 325-5767. Peter Leon discusses his new boxing comedy L.A. Underground from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25; free. Free promotional items are available, and DVDs of his previous films are for sale. L.A. Underground premieres at 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Crossroads 6 Grand Cinemas, 4811 E. Grant Road. LOFT CINEMA SPECIAL EVENTS Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Visit loftcinema.com for a complete list of upcoming films and to reserve tickets. Saturday, Aug. 25, at 9 p.m.: The Found Footage Festival Vol. 6, an all-new show with Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett narrating; $10, $8 member. Visit foundfootagefest.com for a preview. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m.: Future Shorts Festival, short features from around the world; $5 to $9. Visit futureshorts.com for more information. MUPPETS, MUSIC AND MAGIC: A MONTHLONG CELEBRATION OF JIM HENSONâ€™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 Muppetsâ€™ 50-plus-year history, rare footage from the vaults, a collection of Hensonâ€™s experimental short films, and three classic full-length features; $8 per film, $6 child 12 and younger or member. Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m., Sing! The Music of Sesame Street. Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25, at 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m.: Labyrinth. Saturday, Aug. 25, at noon: Muppet Music Moments. Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m.: Jim Henson and Friends: Inside the Sesame Street Vaults. Visit loftcinema.com for a complete schedule and to reserve tickets. THE STRUGGLE FOR THE PRESIDENCY Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Kate Kenski of the UA Department of Communication provides context in introductions and closing discussions for a series of popular films about the American presidency and presidential elections, at 3:30 p.m., every Wednesday, through Oct. 24; $5 each film. Aug. 29: Welcome to Mooseport. Sept. 5: The Best Man. Sept. 12: The Candidate. Sept. 19: All the Presidentâ€™s Men. Sept. 26: Bob Roberts. Oct. 3: Primary Colors. Oct. 10: W. Oct. 17: The Ides of March. Oct. 24: The American President. Visit loftcinema.com for details and a complete calendar of screenings.
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GARDENING EVENTS THIS WEEK GARDENS OPEN FOR DOGS AND COOL NIGHTS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Dogs are admitted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28; $7 adult, $3 ages 4 to 12 and dogs, $2 membersâ€™ 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, Aug. 24; $8, free member. Call or visit tucsonbotanical.org for more information.
UPCOMING ORGANIC GARDENERS COMPOSTING EXHIBIT Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Tucson Organic Gardeners members answer questions in the composting-demonstration area from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 1 and 15; and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the first and fourth Saturday of every month through May 18, 2013; $8, $4 age 4 to 12, free younger child or member, includes admission to the gardens. After Sunday, Sept. 30, admission is $13, $4 age 4 through 12, free younger child, $12 student, senior and military personnel. Call or visit tucsonbotanical.org for more information.
ANNOUNCEMENTS COMMUNITY GARDEN Volunteers are sought to help grow vegetables and herbs for EONâ€™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. NATIVE SEEDS/SEARCH TOURS OF SEED BANK AND FARM Visitors tour the seed bank and learn what goes into preserving nearly 2,000 heritage 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, 622-0830, the second and fourth Friday of every month. Visit nativeseeds.org for more information. PLANT LOW-COST TREES FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY Customers of Tucson Electric Power Company qualify for native shade trees to plant within 15 feet of their homes on the west, south or east side. Trees are $8 including delivery. Call 791-3109, or visit tucsonaz.gov/tcb/tft for more information.
HEALTH EVENTS THIS WEEK NATIVE AMERICAN WELLNESS DAY Pascua Yaqui Wellness Day. 5305 Calle Torim. 8796000. A fun-run and walk, words from tribal leaders, activities and workshops for all age groups, health-fair booths and raffle prizes are featured from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25; free. Comedians James and Ernie close out the event. Call 295-2493 for more information. REVERSING CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE Edna Silva, a cardiac-rehabilitation nurse, and Richard â€œRichyâ€? Feinberg, a survivor of two heart attacks and quadruple-bypass surgery, present information about how blockages are formed and how coronary artery disease can be prevented, stabilized and reversed, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Northwest YMCA-Pima Community Center, 7770 N. Shannon Road. Call 797-2281, or visit for more information.
p.m., the first and third Thursday of every month, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive, 229-5300. An Alzheimerâ€™s Association Support Group meets at 4:30 p.m., the second Monday of every month, at Santa Catalina Villas retirement community, 7500 N. Calle Sin Envidia, 730-3132. An Alzheimerâ€™s caregiver support group and concurrent activity group for those with the disease meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the second and fourth Tuesday every month, at TMCâ€™s El Dorado Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Road, 324-1960. A second Alzheimerâ€™s caregiver group meets there from 10:30 to noon, the first and third Thursday. 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. HIV TESTING The Centers for Disease Control recommend HIV testing for all people ages 13 through 64. Visit napwa.org 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. 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 email@example.com for information or an appointment.
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 Saturday, Aug. 25, with special programming for Teacher Appreciation Night celebrating International Year of the Bat, starting at 6 p.m., and special rates after 4 p.m.; $7, $3 age 6 through 12, free younger child. Visit desertmuseum.org. THE ART OF SUMMER 2012 The Drawing Studio. 33 S. Sixth Ave. 620-0947. An exhibition of student work in a range of media from the â€œArt of Summerâ€? program continues through Saturday, Aug. 25; free. Hours are noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. ROCKET LAUNCH Tucson International Modelplex Association Complex. 3250 N. Reservation Road. Spectators watch and learn about model rocketry from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 25; $5 launch, free spectator and younger than 18. Rental rockets with motors are available for $2 per launch. The club has a waiver for rockets to fly up to 4,500 feet. Visit sararocketry.org for more information. TUCSON GIRLS CHORUS OPEN HOUSE AND ENROLLMENT Tucson Girls Chorus Music Center. 4020 E. River Road. 577-6064. Girls of any age who like to sing can learn about opportunities with any of five choral groups in the Tucson Girls Chorus at an open house from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25; free. Families also can call 577-6064 to arrange an appointment. Visit tucsongirlschorus.org for more information. TUCSON MALL KIDS CLUB Tucson Mall. 4500 N. Oracle Road. 293-7330. Wear UA Wildcat colors for crafts and storytime with the UA Bookstore from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 25; free child age 10 or younger. The best-dressed fan wins a prize. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
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ULTIMATE SCAVENGER HUNT Agua Caliente Regional Park. 12325 E. Roger Road. 877-6000. Families with children ages 5 through 12 use clues from nature to complete a scavenger hunt and earn a chance to win a prize, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25; free. Call 615-7855, or email email@example.com for more information.
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UPCOMING OUT OF TOWN TEENZONE MOVIE AND POPCORN Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 229-5300. Teens enjoy eating popcorn and sitting in loungers to watch a movie from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the first Saturday of every month; free. Beverages and other snacks are available in vending machines.
CIENEGA CREEK NATURE WALK Cienega Creek Natural Preserve. 16000 E. Marsh Station Road. Vail. Ages 8 and older explore the cool, shaded trails on a nature walk from 7 to 8:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 24; free. Reservations are required. Call 615-7855, or email email@example.com.
ANNOUNCEMENTS ANNOUNCEMENTS 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 tucsonmuseumofart.org 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 one-hour walking tour of the nature trails takes place at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday; $8, $6 senior, $5 active military, $4 student with valid ID, $2 ages 5 through 12, free member or child younger than 5, includes admission to the park. Visit tohonochulpark. org for more information.
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 one-hour 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 tohonochulpark.org. 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; $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 skycenter. arizona.edu 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. 742-6455. Birders at any level of expertise tour the nature trails and gardens of 49-acre Tohono Chul Park and learn to identify some of the 27 resident bird species at 8:30 a.m., every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A one-hour walking tour of the nature trails takes place at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday; $8, $6 senior, $5 active military, $4 student with valid ID, $2 ages 5 through 12, free member or child younger than 5, includes admission to the park. Visit tohonochulpark.org. WAKE UP WITH THE BIRDS Agua Caliente Regional Park. 12325 E. Roger Road. 877-6000. Spot wetland birds, hummingbirds, songbirds and raptors on a walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m., every Thursday; free. Binoculars are available. Call 615-7855, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SPIRITUALITY EVENTS THIS WEEK BRUNO GROENING CIRCLE OF FRIENDS University of Arizona Medical Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 694-0111. The community meets to discuss teachings of Bruno Groening from 3 to 4:30 p.m., selected Saturdays, in Room E of the cafeteria; freewill donation. Dates are Aug. 25, Sept. 15, Oct. 6 and 27, Nov. 17, Dec. 8 and 29. Call 904-4801, or visit www.bruno-groening.org/english for more information.
PSYCHIC FAIR Church of Mankind. 1231 S. Van Buren Ave. 7907374. A variety of readings are offered, including spiritual one-on-one, crystal ball, abstract art, psychometry, seashells, Tarot cards and tea, from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25; $20 per 15-minute reading. All proceeds benefit the church. Call 461-2910, or 790-7374.
ANNOUNCEMENTS BHAGAVAD GITA STUDY Govinda’s Natural Foods Buffet and Boutique. 711 E. Blacklidge Drive. 792-0630. Shared reading and indepth study of the ancient Indian text takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., every Wednesday; free. A free light meal follows. Visit govindasoftucson.com for more info. BUDDHIST MEDITATION AND PRACTICAL TEACHINGS A discussion about Buddhist meditation and philosophy takes place at 10 a.m., every Sunday, and 7 p.m., every Thursday, at Kadampa Meditation Center, 1701 E. Miles St. A lesson also is given at 7 p.m., every Tuesday, at A Rich Experience, 7435 N. Oracle Road, No. 101; and 7 p.m., every Friday, at Sunrise Chapel, 8421 E. Wrightstown Road; freewill donation. Call 441-1617, or visit meditationintucson.org for more information. DESERT RAIN ZEN Little Chapel of All Nations. 1052 N. Highland Ave. 623-1692. Weekly sits are held for all levels of meditators from 3:15 to 5 p.m., every Sunday; free. The practice includes forms from both China and Japan. Call 235-1267 for information. EVOLVE TUCSON St. Francis in the Foothills Church. 4625 E. River Road. 299-9063. A discussion about how to create a healthy, sustainable, peaceful and prosperous community in Tucson takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., every Sunday; freewill donation. LGBTQ BUDDHIST MEDITATION AND PRACTICE Three Jewels. 314 E. Sixth St. 303-6648. Two 20-minute silent-sitting meditations, readings from Buddhist spiritual texts and discussion take place from 10 to 11:45 a.m., every Sunday; free-will donation. Bring a pillow or cushion. Call 884-4691 or 306-4691.
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MEDITATION AND YOGA Yoga Connection. 3929 E. Pima St. 323-1222. Group meditation takes place from 7 to 8 p.m., every Monday; freewill donation. Meditation techniques alternate weekly among Mantra, Krya, Yoga Nidra and others. Yoga practice takes place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., every Tuesday; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., every Wednesday; and 8 to 8:30 a.m., every Thursday; freewill donation. SINGING BIRD SANGHA Zen Desert Sangha. 3226 N. Martin Ave. 319-6260. Meditation and teachings in the Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh take place at 4:45 p.m., every Sunday; free. Call 299-1903 for more information. STILLNESS MEDITATION GROUP Kiewit Auditorium, UA Medical Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Stillness meditation for patients, families, staff and the community takes place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., every Monday; free. Call 694-4605 or 6944786 for more information.
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SUNDAY FEAST AND FESTIVAL Govindaâ€™s Natural Foods Buffet and Boutique. 711 E. Blacklidge Drive. 792-0630. Mantra chanting takes place at 5:30 p.m., every Sunday, followed by a spiritual discourse at 6 p.m., and a ceremony consisting of music, chanting and dancing at 6:30 p.m.; free. An eight-course vegetarian feast is served at 7 p.m.; $3. Call or visit govindasoftucson.com for more information. TIBETAN BUDDHIST PRACTICE HOUR Little Chapel of All Nations. 1052 N. Highland Ave. 623-1692. Meditation instruction and practice, chanting and a short dharma talk by Khenpo Drimed Dawa (Dean Pielstick) take place from 11 a.m. to noon, every Sunday; free. Call 622-8460, or visit dharmakirti.org.
TMC SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK LABOR DAY 8-MILER AND 5K Saguaro National Park East. 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail. 733-5153. Registration for this popular Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, race closes Sunday, Aug. 26, or when registration hits 1,100, so take advantage of early registration at azroadrunners.org; $40 8-mile, $30 5k, free child age 10 or younger. Proceeds benefit Child and Family Resources. The 5k starts at 6:27 a.m., and the 8-miler starts at 6:30 a.m. No dogs; strollers are allowed only in the 5k; wheelchairs are welcome. TUCSON FRONTRUNNERS LGBT people and family, friends and straight allies of all ability levels run or walk at their own pace. At 5:30 p.m., every Monday, they participate in Meet Me at Maynards, 311 E. Congress St. At 5:30 p.m., each Wednesday, they climb Tumamoc Hill, just west of the intersection of Silverbell Road and Anklam Road. At 7:30 a.m., every Saturday, their main walk takes place at Reid Park, beginning from the parking lot of Hi Corbett Field, 3400 E. Camino Campestre. An hour after the run, they meet for brunch. Visit tucsonfrontrunners.org for more information. TUCSON INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY Tucson International Raceway. 4300 E. Los Reales Road. 574-8515. Wing sprint, x-mod, super stock, factory stock, hornet and other class races start at 6:45 p.m., every Saturday; $12, free age 11 and younger, $10 military, senior and youth age 12 through 17, add $5 for the enclosed VIP tower. Kidsâ€™ activities and fullservice concessions also are featured. Visit tucsoninternationalraceway.com for tickets and racing schedules.
WAKE UP TUCSON Hi Corbett Field. 3400 E. Camino Campestre. 3279467. Ajahn Sarayut of Wat Buddhametta leads a walk around Randolph Park to promote physical and mentalhealth awareness, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., every Tuesday and Saturday; free. Visit tucsonbuddhistcenter.org
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EVENTS THIS WEEK ALL-BREED HORSE SHOW Pima County Fairgrounds. 11500 S. Houghton Road. 762-3247. The Southern Arizona Arabian Horse Association hosts an all-breed circuit show beginning at 9 a.m., the fourth Saturday of every month under the ramada; free spectator. Visit saaha.org for more information or to register a horse. TUCSON PADRES Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. 2500 E. Ajo Way. 434-1021. Thursday, Aug. 23, through Sunday, Aug. 26: Colorado Springs. Games start at 7:05 p.m., except Sunday at 2:05 p.m.; $7, $10 box seats, $15 premiere seats. Call 434-1367, or visit tucsonpadres.com.
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CONTRA DANCING First United Methodist Church. 915 E. Fourth St. 6226481. Live music, callers and an alcohol- and smokefree environment are provided for contra dancing at 7 p.m., the first, third and fourth Saturday each month; $8. An introductory lesson takes place at 6:30 p.m.; dancing begins at 7 p.m. Call 325-1902, or visit tftm. org for more information.
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BY SHERILYN FORRESTER, email@example.com nweekly.com rida Kahlo’s work has become a familiar, if not iconic, representation of Mexican art throughout the world. Her troubled life—including the constant physical pain she endured as a result of a bus accident, as well as the emotional pain she endured during her roller-coaster relationship with artist Diego Rivera—is a captivating story, and is certainly ripe for exploration. But in a puppet show? Matt Cotten is the mastermind behind Puppets Amongus, a new venture with plans for a full season of family-friendly, original shows in a new venue on St. Mary’s Road. To explore Kahlo’s life and work, El Sueño de Frida utilizes mostly rod and shadow puppets. Cotten has been invited to take the show to the World Puppet Carnival in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tucson’s sister city, in September, and this weekend, the Rogue Theatre is hosting a performance of the piece as a benefit to raise funds for the trip. It might be surprising to some that a fairly weighty story is appropriate for a puppet show, since in our culture, puppet shows are mostly associated with children’s entertainment. But in other cultures, puppetry has a rich history and is respected as a legitimate art form. Cotten is a painter and sculptor who came to Tucson 20 years ago to study for a master’s degree at the University of Arizona, where he then taught for 15 years. But something about painting just didn’t feel quite right. “I found that working on a painting, then hanging it in a gallery, felt really alienating between the artist and viewer,” he says. “I got to the point that I needed a format that was more directly interactive with the viewer.” That format seemed to be something like theater, but Cotten had no training. “But I make things,” he says—and something about puppetry appealed to him, although he had no training in that field, either. So he started performing on the street; that felt right. “I found the connection to the audience to be really thrilling and immediate,” he says. “I am a painter, but I’m also a story-writer and musician. My approach is from the standpoint of a visual artist, and I’ve sort of developed my own style. Of course, I’m influenced by (Muppets creator Jim) Henson and others, but a lot has been through trial and error.” Tucson theater-goers may be familiar with some of Cotten’s work which the Rogue Theatre has commissioned and featured in several productions. Cynthia Meier, managing and associate artistic director of the Rogue, praises Cotten. “We used his big-head puppets in The Good Woman of Setzuan,” she says. (These impressive
TUCSON LINDY HOP Armory Park Center. 220 S. Fifth Ave. 791-4865. Lindy-hop lessons take place at 7 p.m., and dancing to a live band follows at 8 p.m., the fourth Saturday of every month; $10 to $15. No partner required. Call 990-0834, or visit tucsonlindyhop.org for information.
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17TH STREET MUSIC 17th Street Music. 810 E. 17th St. 624-8821, ext. 7147. Free concerts take place from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday. Aug. 25: Don and Victoria Armstrong, Southwest border-region folk music. Sept. 1: Black Cat Bones. Visit seventeenthstreetmarket.com for info.
Puppets Amongus’ El Sueño de Frida. creations are still on display in the Rogue’s lobby.) He created the snake in Nāga Mandala, the little piglets in Animal Farm and, most recently, the bear in The Winter’s Tale. “Puppets are very useful in theatrical productions when you need a sense of fantasy and imagination,” she says. “They can create such a presence. You can play with scale. And Matt really knows how to bring life to his creations. First and foremost, I think of Matt as an artist.” Cotten’s handiwork may also be familiar through his participation in the All Souls Procession, which has grown into a huge event in the Old Pueblo. His giant puppets are striking both in their beautiful sculptural qualities and in their magically evocative power, making a bold statement visually and metaphorically. They are a bridge from one world to another. “I think puppetry is about ‘the other’—the alternate reality of dreams, memories, visions,” Cotten says. “It leads us into another layer of consciousness. The Day of the Dead procession is a communal ritual, where the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest and lightest. People step to the other side to remember and honor those we have lost, and the use of puppets and masks helps facilitate that connection.” This is exactly why Frida Kahlo is a perfect subject for Cotten’s brand of puppetry. “Other art forms also deal with dreams and the subconscious, and that’s one of the reasons I was drawn to Frida Kahlo, especially,” he says. “She used painting to tell the story of herself— her internal struggle of how to deal with her broken body and her broken heart. I don’t think all painters are storytellers, but I think Kahlo and Rivera certainly are. But Rivera’s work is very literal; he needed to tell the story of Mexico. She told the story of herself. She was totally self-absorbed, but not in a bad way. She painted out of a sense of survival.”
El Sueño de Frida With musical guests the Awkward Moments and the Silver Thread Trio, presented by Puppets Amongus 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 Rogue Theatre 300 E. University Blvd. $20 628-1309 (tickets); www.puppetsamongus.com (info)
In a sense, says Cotten, this show is about a spiritual journey. The play is set on Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). Kahlo meets up with her post-mortem self—and she literally takes herself apart. Through this process, “She finds peace and a realization of her own joy.” Although Cotten does shows for children, this one is for adults. “It’s all pantomime, subtle movements,” he says. Musician Jimmy Carr accompanies the story with the accordion. “It just sounded right,” Cotten says of the choice of instrument. He says he always works with musicians who can improvise to help create the story. His wife, Sarah, will assist him with props and lend her voice to “a beautiful Spanish song.” Cotten had been developing the Kahlo show for a few years, and when Jerry M. Gary of the Tucson-Almaty Sister Cities Committee called out of the blue to say they would like to help send him to Kazakhstan, Cotten thought that a piece about Kahlo would be a good way to represent Tucson, since the city has been so influenced by Mexican culture. And he is thoroughly jazzed about the World Puppet Carnival. “In other countries, people are seventh-generation puppeteers,” he says. “It’s such a part of culture and their history. I will have the opportunity to meet and observe the greatest puppeteers in the world.”
AWENRISING Christ Presbyterian Church. 6565 E. Broadway Blvd. 886-5535. The classically trained a cappella chamber ensemble AwenRising presents Folk Music: From the British Isles to America at 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26; free. Search for “AwenRising” on Facebook, or call 3442936 for more information. BELLA CARITA WINDS Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 2331 E. Adams St. 327-6857. A performance of Mozart wind serenades and overtures takes place at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26; $10, $5 student. Visit standrewsbach.org for tickets. FOX TUCSON THEATRE Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m.: Patrizio Buanne; $27 to $65. Sunday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m.: Mary Chapin Carpenter; $25 to $75. Monday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m.: Pat Metheny Unity Band; $40 or $50. Call or visit foxtucsontheatre.org for more information. LISA OTEY AND FRIENDS Z Mansion. 288 N. Church Ave. 623-4889. Concerts are held at 7 p.m., Monday; $15. Call 370-5912, or visit lisaotey.com for reservations. Aug. 27: Anna Anderson, R&B vocalist. Sept. 10: Naim Amor, French pop and jazz. Sept. 24: Diane Van Deurzen, jazz and blues vocalist. Oct. 1: Liz McMahon, jazz and pop vocalist. MUSICAL BEARS SERIES Kirk-Bear Canyon Branch, Pima County Public Library. 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. 594-5275. Harmonica virtuoso Pierre Herbineaux, a quarterfinalist on America’s Got Talent, performs from 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25; free. UA MUSIC UA School of Music. 1017 N. Olive Road. 621-1655. Concerts are free. Visit music.arizona.edu, or call 6211162 for reservations or more information. Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m.: A Salute to Fred Fox, Holsclaw Hall.
OUT OF TOWN THE LITTLEST BIRDS Tubac Plaza. 14 Will Rogers Lane. Tubac. 398-9409. A California folk duo performs at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24, on the main stage in the plaza; $12 suggested donation. Proceeds benefit Avalon Gardens’ youth programs.
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., unless otherwise noted. Visit casinodelsol.com for tickets and more information. Saturday, Sept. 1: Working Man’s Jam with
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moments at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25; $20. The performance introduces the show Puppets Amongus will take to a puppetry festival in Tucson’s sister city, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Foghat, Great White, Slaughter and Lynch Mob; $10 to $30. Wednesday, Sept. 5: Crosby, Stills and Nash; $22 to $77. Friday, Sept. 7: Neal McCoy; $25 to $65. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.: Def Leppard, Poison with Lita Ford; $48 to $150. Friday, Sept. 14: Alejandro Fernandez; $50 to $150. Friday, Sept. 21: Marco Antonio Solis; $50 to $150. Wednesday, Sept. 26: Brit Floyd; $50 to $150. Friday, Sept. 28: War; $25 to $40. Thursday, Oct. 4: Mac Miller, Travis Porter and YG; $22 to $37.
RED BARN THEATRE Red Barn Theatre. 948 N. Main Ave. 622-6973. The All Broadway Extravaganza Concert is stated at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25; and 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26; $10. The show includes selections from Gypsy, Song and Dance, Les Miserables, Woman of the Year, Guys and Dolls and others. Visit theredbarntheater.com for reservations and more info.
ST. PHILIP’S FRIENDS OF MUSIC CONCERTS St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Concerts are held at 2 p.m., Sunday, in the sanctuary unless otherwise noted; freewill donation. Visit stphilipstucson.org for more information. Sept. 2: Robert Williams presents The Romantic Bassoon in the Bloom Music Center. Sept. 9: Titan Valley Warheads, bluegrass.
SUMMER COMEDY SHOWCASE Laffs Comedy Caffé. 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. 3238669. Tucson comedians appear in groups of four every Thursday night; free. 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. Each show also features a headline act. Aug. 23: Josia Osego. Aug. 30: Andrew Horneman. Sept. 6: Gary Hood. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
TUCSON JAZZ SOCIETY Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. 7000 N. Resort Drive. 299-2020. Saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa and vocalist Crystal Stark perform at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2; $35, $25 member, $20 military and student with ID, $140 VIP table seats for two with two-drink minimum, $100 VIP table member. Call (800) 234-5117 for reservations; visit tucsonjazz.org for more information.
CALL FOR SINGERS St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Singers are sought for St. Philip’s Canterbury Choir, a semi-professional ensemble of about 25 voices that lead worship on Sunday mornings. Skilled vocalists in all four parts are invited to audition from Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 28 through 30. Call 299-6421, ext. 32, or email jeffrey. email@example.com to schedule an audition. CALL FOR VOCALISTS UA School of Music. 1017 N. Olive Road. 621-1655. The University Community Chorus is open to new adult and high school singers for the fall season. No audition is required, but music-reading experience is helpful. Rehearsals are from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, through Nov. 27. Please arrive early. Registration and music are $75 for the season. Contact conductor Elizabeth Schauer at 626-8936, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. DESERT VOICES Water of Life MCC. 3269 N. Mountain Ave. 292-9151. New members are invited to rehearse at 7 p.m., every Monday. Call 791-9662, or visit desertvoices.org. REVEILLE MEN’S CHORUS Rincon Congregational Church. 122 N. Craycroft Road. 745-6237. The chorus rehearses from 7 to 10 p.m., every Monday, and performs at community events throughout the year in addition to its own major concerts in May and December. Auditions take place year-round during rehearsals or by appointment. Call 304-1758, or email email@example.com for an appointment. Visit reveillemenschorus.org for more information. TUCSON MASTERWORKS CHORALE REHEARSALS Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. 1200 N. Campbell Ave. 327-6521. Rehearsals take place from 7 to 9:15 p.m., every Monday. Visit tucsonmasterworkschorale.com.
COMEDY PLAYHOUSE Comedy Playhouse. 3620 N. First Ave. 260-6442. A. A. Milne’s The Truth About Blayds continues through Sunday, Sept. 16. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $18, discounts available. Call or visit thecomedyplayhouse.com for tickets.
LAST CHANCE THE GASLIGHT THEATRE The Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 8869428. Back to the Past, a time-traveling musicalcomedy, closes Sunday, Aug. 26. Showtimes are 7 p.m., 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 thegaslighttheatre.com for reservations or more information.
UPCOMING BEOWULF ALLEY THEATRE COMPANY Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Jeff Whitty’s The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler preview on Thursday, Aug. 30, and continue through Sunday, Sept. 16. Previews are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Regular showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m., Sunday; $8 to $20. Call or visit beowulfalley.org. GASLIGHT THEATRE The Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 8869428. The ensemble’s goofy take on The Phantom of the Opera opens Thursday, Aug. 30, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 11. 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. Showtimes are subject to change. Visit thegaslighttheatre.com for reservations or more info. GASLIGHT THEATRE FAMILY CONCERTS The Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 8869428. Unless otherwise indicated, all shows take place at 7 p.m., Monday; $12 to $22. Sept. 3: A Tribute to Elvis and the Blues Brothers, with David Fanning, Charlie Hall and Mike Yarema. Sept. 10: Homeward Bound: The Best of Simon and Garfunkel with Mike Yarema and Walker Foard. Sept. 17: It’s Magic featuring Craig Davis and Myryka with Norm Marini. Sept. 24: The Original Wildcat Jass Band. Call or visit thegaslighttheatre.com for tickets and more information.
THEATER OPENING THIS WEEK LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. Collected Stories, which chronicles the relationship between two female writers, opens with a preview on Thursday, Aug. 23, and continues through Saturday, Sept. 22. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Thursday preview, Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; ticket prices TBA. Call or visit livetheatreworkshop.org for tickets. PUPPETS AMONGUS The Rogue Theatre. 300 E. University Blvd. 551-2053. El Sueño de Frida, an exploration into the colorful subconscious of Frida Kahlo enacted by puppets, headlines a bill with bands Silver Thread Trio and the Awkward
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ANNOUNCEMENTS CALL FOR MALE SINGERS Tucson Jewish Community Center. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000, ext. 106. The Tucson Barbershop Experience Men’s Chorus invites men who enjoy to singing or want to learn four-part a capella harmony to attend rehearsal from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 27; free. There is no requirement to read music.
CALL FOR ACTORS Community Performing Arts Center. 1250 W. Continental Road. Green Valley. 399-1750. The Santa Cruz Shoestring Players seek actors for an upcoming production of The Miser. The classic French comedy has six male characters: two 20 to 30, two mature, and two of any age. Three female actors are required: two in their 20s, and one any age. Auditions by cold reading from the script take place at 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 28 and 29. Email email@example.com, or visit santacruzshoestringplayers.com for more info. CALL FOR ACTORS AND STAGE CREW Valley of the Moon. 2544 E. Allen Road. 323-1331. Actors and stage crew are needed for the Valley of the Moon’s Halloween Haunted Ruins. No experience is required. Families and friends can volunteer together. The casting call is from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25; free. Call 270-1041, or search for “Valley of the Moon” on Facebook for info.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PAVILION GALLERY UA Medical Center South Campus. 2800 E. Ajo Way. 874-2000. Meditations, a series of large-scale photographic abstract works by Tucsonan Pete Trexler, opens Monday, Aug. 27, and continues through Monday, Nov. 26. An artist’s reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 1:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. LOUIS CARLOS BERNAL GALLERY Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery. PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. 206-6942. Desert Initiative: Looking Across the Border/Iniciativa del Desierto: Mirando a Través de la Frontera opens Monday, Aug. 27, and continues through Friday, Oct. 5. On Thursday, Sept. 13, a gallery talk takes place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; a reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m.; and a related program of videos and performance, Arizona Between Nosotros: Throwing Up Clouds, is staged in the Recital Hall at 6 p.m. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday; and before most evening performances in the Center for the Arts, where the gallery is housed; free. The gallery is closed Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day. Visit pima.edu/cfa for more info.
CONTINUING ART INSTITUTE OF TUCSON Art Institute of Tucson. 5099 E. Grant Road. 318-2700. Eight X Ten, an exhibit of student photography, digital images, animation stills, fashion- and interior-design illustrations, and other original art, all created to fit in an 8-by-10-inch frame, continues through Friday, Sept. 28. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday; free. CAFÉ PASSÉ Café Passé. 415 N. Fourth Ave. 624-4411. An exhibit of work by Wil Taylor continues through Friday, Aug. 31; free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday through Tuesday; and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Visit wiltaylor.com 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 20thcentury masters, continues through Friday, Aug. 31. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and by appointment; free. Visit ethertongallery.com for more information. 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 continues through Saturday, Sept. 8, when a closing reception is held for Elia from 7 to 10 p.m. Regular hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Visit georgestrasburger.com and alfonsoelia.com for more information. JOEL D. VALDEZ MAIN LIBRARY Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. An exhibit of paintings by Mahala Lewis, and an exhibit of blown-glass art by students of the Sonoran Glass School, continue through Friday, Aug. 31. Models That Tell a Story: The Art of Dioramas and Vignettes,
an exhibit of various types of models, runs through Thursday, May 31, 2013; 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; free. Call 791-4010, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. 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, when a closing reception takes place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Visit cfa.arizona.edu/galleries 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 exhibit of Wilberta Moulthrop’s horse paintings in acrylic and oil pastel continues through Friday, Aug. 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. MADARAS GALLERY Madaras Gallery. 3001 E. Skyline Road, Suite 101. 615-3001. Western Roundup, an exhibit of Western paintings by Diana Madaras, continues through Friday, Aug. 31. 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 madaras.com for more information. MONTEREY COURT STUDIO GALLERIES AND CAFÉ Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café. 505 W. Miracle Mile. 207-2429. 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 montereycourtaz.com for more information. 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. PORTER HALL GALLERY Porter Hall Gallery. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. The Patricia Katchur exhibit Desierto continues through Monday, Sept. 3. 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 tucsonbotanical. org for more information. RITA WATTERS ART GALLERY AND CRAFTERS GIFT SHOP Rita Watters Art Gallery and Crafters Gift Shop. 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road, No. 27. 777-7034. An exhibit of Rita Watters’ art and photography depicting the stormy skies of Arizona continues through Saturday, Sept. 15. Hours are 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 12:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. TOHONO CHUL PARK Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Zoom In! A Photographic Exploration of Pollinators continues through Saturday, Sept. 1. An exhibit of contemporary ceramics runs through Sunday, Oct. 21. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, through Friday, Aug. 31; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, starting Saturday, Sept. 1; $8, $6 senior, $5 active military, $4 student with valid ID, $2 ages 5 through 12, free member or child younger than 5, includes admission to the park. Visit tohonochulpark.org for more information. 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, runs through 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 tucsonbotanical. org for more information. TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Tucson International Airport. 7250 S. Tucson Blvd. 573-8100. 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 flytucsonairport.com for more information.
TUCSON PIMA ARTS COUNCIL Tucson Pima Arts Council. 100 N. Stone Ave., No. 303. 624-0595. An exhibit of “broadsides,” writings published on a single sheet, continues through Friday, Sept. 28. The works are drawn from the archives of Tucson’s Chax Press and Kore Press, and from the UA Poetry Center. They include works by Allen Ginsberg, Gwendolyn Brooks and other well-known national and local authors. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Visit tucsonpimaartscouncil.org for more information. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH Unitarian Universalist Church. 4831 E. 22nd St. 7481551. The Members and Friends Photography Show continues through Sunday, Sept. 2. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and Sunday.
LAST CHANCE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PAVILION GALLERY UA Medical Center South Campus. 2800 E. Ajo Way. 874-2000. An exhibit featuring photography by faculty members of Pima Community College closes Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the Behavioral Health Pavilion Gallery. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 1:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. LONG GALLERY, ACADEMY VILLAGE Academy Village. 13701 E. Langtry Lane. 647-7777. Sparking the Imagination: Abstract Impressions by Marti White closes Friday, Aug. 24, in the community center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 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, closes Monday, Aug. 27. Hours are by appointment.
OUT OF TOWN RLV GALLERY RLV Gallery. Rancho Linda Vista. Oracle. 896-2988. Art in August, a group exhibition of recent works, continues through Friday, Aug. 31. Hours are 9 to 5 p.m., daily; free. SUBWAY GALLERY Subway Gallery. 30 Main St. Bisbee. (520) 432-9143. Southwest Scenes, featuring paintings by Lil Leclerk and photography by Radi Ann Porter, continues through Friday, Sept. 7; free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. Visit subwaygallerybisbee.com for more information. 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. Charlie Mattingly: Scenic Hiking Photos of Tucson continues through Friday, Aug. 31. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; free. Visit wnpa.org for directions or more information.
UPCOMING CONTRERAS GALLERY Contreras Gallery. 110 E. Sixth St. 398-6557. Contemporary Art of Deities of Navajo Mythology, an exhibit of paintings and mixed-media works by Wallace Begay, opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, and continues through Saturday, Sept. 29. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. Visit contrerashouseoffineart.com for more information. THE DRAWING STUDIO The Drawing Studio. 33 S. Sixth Ave. 620-0947. Capturing Nature’s Light, a juried exhibit of works by the studio’s associates, opens Saturday, Sept. 1, and continues through Saturday, Sept. 29. Hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. An artists’ reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8.
JOEL D. VALDEZ MAIN LIBRARY Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. An exhibit of works by Tucson chapter members of the American Sewing Guild; mixed-media work by Jon Howe; and Cuadro Arte Latino Internacional, an exhibit celebrating Mexican Independence Day and Hispanic Heritage Month, open Saturday, Sept. 1, and continue through Sunday, Sept. 30. Models That Tell a Story: The Art of Dioramas and Vignettes, an exhibit of various types of models, runs through Thursday, May 31, 2013. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday; free. Call 791-4010, or email email@example.com for more information. RAICES TALLER 222 ART GALLERY AND WORKSHOP Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop. 218 E. Sixth St. 881-5335. Raices and Friends, an exhibit of work by members and friends of the gallery, opens Saturday, Sept. 1, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 6. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, or by appointment; free. Call or visit raicestaller222.webs.com for more information. TEMPLE GALLERY Temple Gallery. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 624-7370. Ann Simmons-Myers: Bikers opens Friday, Aug. 31, and continues through Tuesday, Oct. 16. A reception takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Call 622-2823, or e-mail info@ ethertongallery.com for more information. TOHONO CHUL PARK Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Water: An Exploration in Prints, an exhibition of works by members of the Arizona Print Group, opens Thursday, Aug. 30, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 11. An artists’ reception takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25. An exhibit of contemporary ceramics runs through Sunday, Oct. 21. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; $8, $6 senior, $5 active military, $4 student with valid ID, $2 ages 5 through 12, free member or child younger than 5, includes admission to the park. Visit tohonochulpark.org for more information. TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Gardener by Day; Artist by Night, an exhibit of art works by staff, board members and family, opens Thursday, Sept. 6, and continues through Monday, Oct. 1, in the Porter Hall Gallery. 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 tucsonbotanical.org for more information. WOMANKRAFT WomanKraft. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976. Mosaics and Collage opens with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 27. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free.
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. By appointment; free. Visit bridgegallery.net for more info. CALL FOR ARTISTS WomanKraft. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976. Submissions are sought for several upcoming exhibits. Deadlines are Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, for Scenes from the Trails We Travel, Saturday, Feb. 2, through Saturday, March 30; March 23, for Drawing Down the Muse, works by women, from Saturday, April 6, through Saturday, May 25; and Saturday, June 22, for It’s All About the Buildings, Saturday, July 6 through Saturday, Aug. 24. Call for more information. CALL FOR 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 FOR 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. 31. 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.
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.
CALL FOR ARTISTS BICAS. 44 W. Sixth St. 628-7950. Submissions of art, jewelry or functional objects referencing bicycle-related topics or created from recycled bicycle parts and cycling gear are sought for ongoing commission-sales in the BICAS gallery, and for a benefit art auction Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2. Art should be ready to install, and may be dropped off at BICAS during business hours, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Submissions continue through Monday, Nov. 26.
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 moca-tucson.org for more information.
CALL FOR ARTISTS Tucson Arts Brigade seeks artists to produce work on 22-by-30-inch high-quality paper that will be provided. The works will be included in a traveling art show and auctioned sometime in 2013. Artists receive 30 percent of the auction amount for their work. The submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 30. Email curator@ tucsonartsbrigade.org, or visit tucsonartsbrigade.org for more information. CALL FOR ARTISTS AND ARTISANS WomanKraft. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976. The deadline is Saturday, Oct. 20, to apply to sell art and craft items in WomanKraft’s annual holiday bazaar, which runs from Saturday, Nov. 3, through Saturday, Dec. 22. Items must sell for $1 to $100. Call 343-3107 to apply and 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 tucsongalleryrow.com for 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 victorstevensart.com 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. 621-6302. 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 statemuseum.arizona.edu for more information. CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Center for Creative Photography. 1030 N. Olive Road. 621-7968. An exhibit for the Arizona Centennial, Made in Arizona: Photographs From the Collection, which showcases 20th-century photographs, continues through Sunday, Nov. 25. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. Visit centerforcreativephotography.org for more information. DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. 6300 N. Swan Road. 299-9191. 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 degrazia.org 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, Aug. 25; $10, free child age 10 or younger. Visit pimaair.org for more info. 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 tucsonmuseumofart.org 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. Visit artmuseum.arizona.edu 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 artmuseum.arizona.edu for more information.
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 amerind.org for more information. 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 Arizona’s first newspaper, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25; and Monday, Sept. 3; $5, $2 age 7 to 13, free younger child, includes admission. Call or visit tubacpresidiopark.com for more information.
UPCOMING MINI-TIME MACHINE MUSEUM OF MINIATURES Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. 881-0606. The museum celebrates its third anniversary by offering free admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1. Visit theminitimemachine.org for more information. TUBAC PRESIDIO STATE HISTORIC PARK Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Sonoran Stories in Plants, an exhibit offering a Native American perspective to botanic art, opens Saturday, Sept. 1, and continues through Friday, Nov. 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; $5, $2 age 7 to 13, free younger child. Call or visit tubacpresidiopark. com for more information.
AUGUST 23 – 29, 2012
VISUAL ARTS Patricia Katchur celebrates the area’s environs in various media in her Tucson Botanical Gardens show
Reveling in the Desert BY MARGARET REGAN, email@example.com ate one afternoon last week, after a modest rain, white clouds darted across the gray sky. A flotilla of fluffies got stuck on the Catalinas. One cloud was caught up near Finger Rock, and others hovered in the canyons below, trapped in hollows, skewered on escarpments. They looked like cotton balls a child might glue onto a painting. At the Tucson Botanical Gardens, the lush vegetation—wet and glistening from the rain—blocked the view of this rare climatic quirk. No matter: Inside the Porter Hall Gallery, in the show Desierto, Patricia Katchur’s mixed-media works and photos covered pretty much the same monsoon territory. “Monsoon #4277,” an abstracted color photo, captures a storm at the height of its turbulence, though it’s not entirely clear whether Katchur’s camera captured torrents of rain in the wind, or water rushing down an arroyo. The picture is a rush of movement, with lines cascading all across the surface. Light breaks through subtle shades of brown, gold and ultramarine. The clouds star in “Monsoon #5275,” a black-and-white photo that’s all sky. The proverbial dark clouds close in from the edge, about to overpower the small patch of light at center. Maybe, just maybe, there’s a hint of pinkish yellow in this sunbeam. “Happy Clouds” is as cheerful as a kindergartener’s painting. This brightly colored photo pictures a day after the rains, when the skies have dried, and the world is fresh and new. Two enormous and jaunty cumulus clouds—distant cousins of the cotton puffs on the real-life Catalinas—billow across a sky of cartoon blue. A Pittsburgh native turned Tucsonan (she now owns Yikes Toys), Katchur loves the Sonoran Desert in all its seasons. She often keeps her eye on the skies, but she also likes the middle-distance, classic Western scenes of mountains rolling across the horizon. And occasionally, she zooms in for close-ups of the desert’s prickly plants. With the exception of a handful of surreal experiments, in which she superimposes floating human heads over desert scenes, Katchur sticks with pure landscape. She’s tried out a number of media in the 22 Desierto works, and she even invited “sound sculptor” Glenn Weyant to create a soundscape to accompany the show. (Though Weyant debuted it at the opening, the piece is not playing at the gallery now. However, anyone can listen to it on his website.) Katchur’s own artworks alternate between straight photographs, in black-and-white or color, and wildly mixed media. The painterly
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mixed-media pieces begin with a photographic base. Printed on heavy paper, the underlying photo can be as simple as a textured background. But then Katchur lavishes the surface with everything from graphite, oil pencil and wax to India ink and white charcoal. “Mountain Triptych,” for instance, is a mixed-media work printed and colored on paper. The paper is slightly wrinkled, which sends interesting creases across the surface, and the pigments—red-brown, pale green, gray, pale blue—are thick and luscious. Evidence of the work of a human hand, these touches are disarming. The piece pictures a central mountain flanked by two smaller peaks. Nothing matches up, though; the three pictures of the triptych been chopped at their edges, and the mountains are deliberately, and charmingly, misaligned. In fact, most of the works in the show have images spread across multiple sheets of adjoining paper, in diptychs, triptychs and even what you might call sextychs—six separate papers standing side by side. The sextych—“Upon Awakening #14591464”—has six color photos lined up to give six views of the mesquites outside of Katchur’s bedroom window. Minutely etching the tree trunks, branches and leaves, the artist has faithfully reproduced nature. But then she turns it topsy-turvy. The tree is positioned differently in each of the six pictures, turning left, right and sideways, cavorting against the bright-blue sky. Sometimes, Katchur goes almost entirely abstract, reducing the triumvirate of sky, mountains and desert into simple shapes. “Cloud and Mountain,” just 12 inches square, is a textured mixed-media colored in speckled gray and black-and-white. Instead of conveying the long sweep of the landscape, Katchur flattens the scene, putting everything into one plane. The large, white cloud hanging front and center is as smooth-edged as a cutout and as solid as a boulder. The scene is so graphic and simple, it could almost be a collage. “Fire on Mountains Triptych” is somewhere in between nature and imagination. One of the mixed-media works, it’s a three-part picture of three mountains in a row. But the landscape is stylized, and imaginatively rendered. This time around, the hills are burning. White plumes of smoke rise from the middle mountain, and orange flares pop up on the left peak. The sky has turned orange, too, and a yellow sun hangs overhead. Back on Earth, “Saguaro Landscape Diptych” hews close to reality. A moody mixed media of everybody’s favorite cactus, it has
“Monsoon #4277” (cropped), by Patricia Katchur, photograph, 2012. saguaros set in a minimal landscape, with low mountains seen dimly in the distance. Three large saguaros raise their arms in the left picture; a supersized saguaro is alone on the right. But Katchur has gone to work on the original photograph, softening the saguaros’ edges with gray charcoal, and coming up with different drawing styles for each. One is carefully limned with fine lines and shadows; another is bluntly colored in. Tiny dots are scattered all over; a background is tinted a pale lemon yellow. Sticking to a limited palette, the artist manages to suggest old-timey sepia photos, and deserts of times past. The artist clearly revels in the inspiration the Sonoran Desert gives her. The magical “Starry Dream” is like a shout of pure joy. A mixed-media piece, it’s tiny at just 9 1/2 inches
Desierto: Patricia Katchur 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily, through Monday, Sept. 3 Porter Hall Gallery Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 N. Alvernon Way $8 adults; $7 students, seniors and military; $4 children ages 4 to 12; free for ages 3 and younger and for members 326-9686; www.tucsonbotanical.org Also: Visit sonicanta.bandcamp.com for Glenn Weyant’s soundscape accompaniment to Desierto.
square. A range of gray mountains sits very low on the horizon, allowing the blue night sky to go on forever. And across this infinite space, hundreds of white stars explode, radiating their light as far as the eye can see.
EVENTS THIS WEEK
The MOCA Book Club looks at the intersection of art, politics and media
Power of Images
Antigone Books’ best-sellers for the week ending Aug. 17, 2012
BY HANK STEPHENSON, firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Your Children Joel Bakan, Free Press ($15)
his year’s theme for the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Book Club is a fitting one for a population being slammed with advertisements from political campaigns: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’12. The next book club meeting is at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, and Thomas Frank’s What’s the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America is the topic of discussion. In November, book-club members will discuss Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72. Jim Nintzel, the Tucson Weekly’s senior writer, will moderate the discussions. The cost is $5 for museum members, and $10 for nonmembers. It includes wine, beer and snacks. The Weekly caught up with MOCA-Tucson executive director Anne-Marie Russell to get the details.
So the theme for the book club is examining the intersections of art, politics and media. Why did you decide to go with that? Sometimes, people might not fully apprehend the power of art, and part of our larger educational programming involves teaching people about the importance of art in our history, and ways in which art has been used in the past. So it’s really ironic to us that sometimes, art gets dismissed as this fluffy, insignificant thing, when, in fact, our entire world is oriented around images and the power of images. So I think it’s our way of reminding the general public about the importance of visual literacy and the power that art can have. It can be used for good or evil. … The bottom line is there’s no denying the power of art. And certainly, when we’re going into a campaign season, and when citizens are being bombarded with images, we think visual literacy. And being able to deconstruct (the images), particularly on a screen … is one of the most important skills that a citizen can have today. If people don’t understand how commercials or television or movies are put together, and how they can be sort of deconstructed for their symbolic power, then we’re at risk as a citizenry. What do these books have to do with visual literacy? I think everyone can agree that screens are the most powerful and prevalent way in which imagery moves forth in the world. So we opened up the book club with The Selling of the President 1968 (by Joe McGinniss), and that clearly was the moment when Madison Avenue met the Beltway. And the book does a really great job of deconstructing how the new medi-
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 the cultural, historical, environmental and political landscape of 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. SAGUARO ROMANCE WRITERS El Parador. 2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 881-2744. A panel of chapter members report on their trip to the National Romance Writers Association conference at a meeting and luncheon from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25; $25. Call 551-7390 for more info and to RSVP.
MOCA Book Club 2012: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’12
2. State of Wonder: A Novel Ann Patchett, Harper ($15.99)
5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6 and Nov. 1
3. Mrs. Mustard’s Baby Faces
MOCA-Tucson 265 S. Church Ave.
Jane Wattenberg, Chronicle ($6.95)
$10; $5 MOCA members
4. Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories
UA POETRY CENTER READING UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. Cynthia Hogue and Kate Bernheimer read from their poetry at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30; free. Visit poetry. arizona.edu for more information.
Joan Silber, W.W. Norton ($13.95)
5. My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead: Great Love Stories, From Chekhov to Munro
um of television radically changed campaigns. And that’s an aesthetic issue, and it’s a visual issue. The second book we did was Within the Context of No Context (by George W.S. Trow). Trow’s assertion is basically that television has kind of infantilized our culture and made it more difficult for us to think critically.
Edited by Jeffrey Eugenides, Harper ($15.99)
And the next book? (What’s the Matter With Kansas?) is really about the aesthetic of demographics, and how life becomes lifestyle in the science of polling and demographics—how people get identified as soccer moms or XYZ, and how life turns into lifestyle and gets marketed as lifestyle. It’s very much an aesthetic issue in terms of … identifying and categorizing people’s ideas about who they are. We all have the shorthand of the Volvo-driving, latte-drinking liberal elite, or whatever sort of visual image you get from the things that you consume or the activities that we pursue—that’s sort of a visual composite of a type of person. The science of polling has become so sophisticated, and all of our consumer habits and Internet trolling habits are tracked, and we have so much more massive amounts of data that put people in different microgroups based on their habits that then get articulated in visual form.
8. The Night Circus
How will the night play out? You know how book clubs go. There’s wine and beer; I always say they’re wine clubs with a few discussions of books. But we had really, really wonderful conversations and discussions with the two that we’ve already had. It’s been really inspiring and fun and has given us a sense that citizens are keen to get together in public spaces and discuss these sorts of things … and (like) having a place to discuss how we’ve been responding to and interacting with (campaign materials and) really deconstructing how these symbols are being put together to tell various stories—and how we all feel about that. So it has been a really productive and rich and interesting set of conversations, and I’m really excited that (Jim) Nintzel is going to be moderating the next two meetings.
6. Notes From No Man’s Land: American Essays Eula Biss, Graywolf ($15)
ANNOUNCEMENTS CATALINA MYSTERY BOOK CLUB Dewhirst-Catalina Branch, Pima County Public Library. 15631 N. Oracle Road., No. 199 Catalina. 594-5345. Members of an informal book club discuss the month’s mystery at 10:30 a.m., the fourth Tuesday of every month; free. Most go to lunch afterward. I LOVE BOOKS GROUP TMC Senior Services. 1400 N. Wilmot Road. 3241960. Books with aging as a central theme are discussed from 2 to 4 p.m., the fourth Thursday of every month; free.
7. Arcadia Lauren Groff, Voice ($25.99) Erin Morgenstern, Anchor ($15)
9. Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama Alison Bechdel, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ($22)
MARANA MYSTERIES AND MORE BOOK CLUB Geasa-Marana Branch, Pima County Public Library. 13370 N. Lon Adams Road. Marana. 594-5255. Mystery fans discuss the month’s selection and choose titles for future discussions at 5 p.m., the fourth Tuesday of every month; free. MURPHY-WILMOT BRANCH LIBRARY BOOK CLUB Murphy-Wilmot Branch, Pima County Public Library. 530 N. Wilmot Road. 594-5420. Readers share insights into a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction at 10 a.m., the fourth Saturday of every month; free.
10. Murder Is Binding Lorna Barrett, Berkley ($7.99)
SCIENCE-FICTION BOOK CLUB Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Science-fiction fans meet to discuss the month’s selection from 7 to 8 p.m., the fourth Tuesday of every month; free. Visit www.orovalleylib.com for a schedule of titles.
WOODS MEMORIAL LIBRARY BOOK CLUB Woods Memorial Branch, Pima County Public Library. 3455 N. First Ave. 594-5445. Adults read and discuss fiction and nonfiction titles at 1 p.m., the fourth Saturday of every month; free.
LECTURES EVENTS THIS WEEK ART LECTURES AT DUSENBERRY LIBRARY Dusenberry River Branch, Pima County Public Library. 5605 E. River Road. 594-5345. Docents from the UA Museum of Art and the Tucson Museum of Art give talks from 2 to 3 p.m., the second and fourth Tuesday of every month; free.
OUT OF TOWN SANDY REITH: ANIMAL ATTRACTION AND THE MATING GAME Western National Parks Association. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. An environmental educator gives a visual presentation about techniques animals use to attract the attention of potential mates, at noon and 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29; 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 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Visit wnpa.org for directions or more information.
AUGUST 23 – 29, 2012
CINEMA ‘The Expendables 2’ is a fun, gory, ridiculous ride
TOP TEN Casa Video’s top rentals for the week ending Aug. 19, 2012
BY BOB GRIMM, email@example.com hen The Expendables was released a couple of years ago, I proclaimed my unabashed addiction for all things Sylvester Stallone, even when they are bad—as was that movie. I shouted to the movie gods that I wanted a sequel, and I wanted that sequel to be better than the sloppy first offering. Not only do we get the better sequel … IT HAS CHUCK NORRIS!!! The creators of The Expendables 2 learned a lot from the mistakes of the first installment. It gathers up a bunch of old goons, gives them big guns, and tells them to shoot things—and this time out, they do it with much aplomb. It’s obvious before the opening title, in a sequence where many a man is shredded via gunfire from aging American action superstars, that The Expendables 2 is going to get things right and deliver the crazy-gory goods. Much of the credit must go to Simon West, who replaces Stallone in the director’s chair. West made the ridiculously enjoyable Con Air, which combined stellar action with funny, dumb dialogue to much success. Unlike Stallone’s effort in the first movie, The Expendables 2 gets real laughs from its boneheaded dialogue. The action involves some nonsense in which Church (Bruce Willis) angrily orders Ross (Stallone) and his men to retrieve something from a plane wreck. That something turns out to be a link to bomb-making materials that could knock the world on its ass. On top of these secrets falling into the wrong hands, one of The Expendables is murdered right before their eyes, which kick-starts a nice revenge subplot. The action, in the hands of West, plays much better. Stallone’s effort featured slapdash editing that made the action hard to follow, while this installment’s set pieces get you pumped. And the fake-looking cartoon gore from the first film has graduated to betterlooking cartoon gore here. The script calls for a reduction in the Jason Statham character (Hooray!) while giving bigger parts to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Willis. They are still bit players, but they do more than funny walk-ons. There’s also the aforementioned Norris, known as a “lone wolf,” a nice nod to his unintentionally hilarious 1983 effort, Lone Wolf McQuade. Other new additions include Liam Hemsworth as a sniper, a handsome young gun clearly added to appeal to the ladies. (The woman I attended a screening with was very happy with the sight of this gentleman.) Nan
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1. The Hunger Games Lionsgate
2. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Universal
3. The Raid: Redemption Sony
4. The Snowtown Murders MPI
5. Silent House Universal
6. Hatﬁelds and McCoys Sony
7. Marley Magnolia
8. Bel Ami Sony
9. Jiro Dreams of Sushi Magnolia Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris in The Expendables 2. Yu tags along as the first woman to join The Expendables on a mission, and she kicks ass with the best of them. Most notably, JeanClaude Van Damme, who passed on the first movie, turns up as a sunglasses-wearing bad guy. Van Damme, as the obviously named Vilain, is the person stealing lots of uranium and killing Expendables guys. Of course, he and Stallone will have an epic smackdown near the film’s end that calls for Van Damme to do some rather impressive high-kicking. The man still gets lots of air. Sure, Arnie (Trench) fires off a few too many “I’ll be back!” jokes. The beauty of The Expendables 2 is that West has the good sense to have Willis’ Church point that out and mock him for it. The screenplay also has the good sense to throw in jokes about aging, and one priceless “Chuck Norris” joke. If I have a complaint, it’s that there isn’t enough of Terry Crews and his really big gun in this installment. It was the best thing about the first movie. In fact, Crews hands off his really big gun to Arnie during the opening sequence. WTF?!? It is impressive to see these guys still kicking after all these years. (Stallone is 66, and Arnie is 65!) Stallone looks almost hilariously fit for his age. (Did you know his tattoos are real? Until recently, I did not know this!) Arnold looks a little the worse for wear, but he did just weather a
10. Blue Like Jazz Miramax/Lionsgate
The Expendables 2 Rated R Starring a bunch of buff old guys Directed by Simon West Lionsgate, 102 minutes Now playing at AMC Loews Foothills 15 (888262-4386), Century El Con 20 (800-326-3264, ext. 902), Century Park Place 20 (800-326-3264, ext. 903), Century Theatres at the Oro Valley Marketplace (800-326-3264, ext. 899), Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 (806-4275) and Tower Theaters at Arizona Pavilions (579-0500).
stint as California’s governor and a scandal involving his screwing of the help. If box-office returns warrant a third chapter, rumor has it that Nicolas Cage is already signed up, with Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood also being offered gigs. Even if Expendables 2 comes up a little short, I have a feeling a second sequel will get a green light if Ford or Eastwood sign on, because getting either of those guys would mean coming up with big bank. (As for Cage, they probably lured him in with a toy duck and a box of crackers.) Whether or not they continue the franchise, at least one of these Expendables things worked. Things blow up real good this time out … real good.
Claire Holt in Blue Like Jazz.
FILM TIMES Film times reflect the most current listings available as of Tuesday evening, with screenings beginning on Friday for most opening titles. As schedules at individual theaters frequently change post-press, we recommend calling ahead to avoid any inconvenience.
AMC Loews Foothills 15 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. 888-262-4386. Call for Wed film times 2016: Obama’s America (PG) Fri-Tue 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:35, 10 The Bourne Legacy (PG-13) Thu 10:25, 12:30, 1:25, 3:30, 4:25, 6:30, 7:25, 9:35, 10:30; Fri-Tue 10:40, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:40 The Campaign (R) Thu 10:20, 11:10, 12:35, 1:20, 2:45, 3:40, 4:55, 5:55, 7:10, 8:15, 9:25, 10:30; Fri-Tue 10:10, 11:10, 12:25, 2:35, 3:40, 4:50, 5:50, 7:10, 8:15, 9:25, 10:25 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu 10:15, 1:45, 5:15, 8:45; Fri-Tue 10:15, 1:50, 5:20, 8:50 The Dark Knight Rises: The IMAX Experience (PG-13) Thu-Tue 11:25, 3, 7:15, 10:45 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) Thu 10, 12:25, 2:50, 5:30, 7:50, 10:15; Fri-Tue 1:20 The Expendables 2 (R) Thu 10:45, 11:45, 1:30, 2:30, 4:15, 5:10, 6:45, 7:45, 9:15, 10:25; FriTue 10:30, 11:55, 1, 2:30, 3:30, 5:10, 6, 7:45, 8:30, 10:15, 11 Hit and Run (R) Thu-Tue 10, 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30 Hope Springs (PG-13) Thu 11:05, 1:45, 4:30, 7, 9:45; Fri-Tue 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7, 9:45 The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) Thu-Tue 11:30, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 ParaNorman (PG) Thu 2, 7:05; Fri-Tue 11:15, 4:35, 9:30 ParaNorman 3D (PG) Thu 11:15, 4:35, 9:30; FriTue 2, 7:05 Premium Rush (PG-13) Fri-Tue 10:25, 12:40, 2:55, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sparkle (PG-13) Thu 11:20, 2, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10; Fri-Tue 10:50, 1:30, 4:15, 7:25, 10:05 Total Recall (PG-13) Thu 11, 2:10, 5:05, 8, 10:50; Fri-Tue 11:20, 2:05, 5:05, 7:55, 10:40
Century El Con 20 3601 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 902. 2016: Obama’s America (PG) Fri 12:01 a.m.; FriWed 11, 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 8, 9:45 The Apparition (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 11, 1:20, 3:35, 5:50, 8:05, 10:20 Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) Thu-Wed 12:15, 2:35, 5, 7:25, 9:50
The Bourne Legacy (PG13) Thu 11, 11:50, 1:15, 2, 2:55, 4:15, 5, 6, 7:15, 8, 9, 10:15; Fri-Wed 11, 1:15, 2, 4:15, 5, 7:15, 8, 10:15 The Campaign (R) Thu 11:30, 12:45, 2, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45, 7:05, 8:15, 9:30, 10:45; Fri-Wed 11:30, 12:45, 2, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45, 7:05, 8:15, 9, 10:45 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu 11:05, 2:40, 6:30, 10; Fri-Wed 11:10, 2:45, 6:35, 10:05 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) Thu-Wed 10:55 The Expendables 2 (R) Thu-Wed 11:15, 12:15, 1:50, 2:50, 4:25, 5:25, 7, 8, 9:40, 10:40 Hit and Run (R) Thu-Wed 12:20, 2:45, 5:20, 7:55, 10:25 Hope Springs (PG-13) Thu 11:20, 12:30, 1:45, 3, 4:20, 5:30, 6:50, 8, 9:20, 10:30; Fri-Wed 11:20, 1:45, 4:20, 6:50, 9:20 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu 12, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10; Fri-Wed 12, 5:10, 10:15 Jaws (PG) Thu 2, 7 Moonrise Kingdom/ To Rome With Love (PG-13/R) Fri-Wed 11:40, 3:40, 7:40 The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) Thu-Wed 11:15, 12:25, 1:50, 3, 4:25, 5:35, 7, 8:10, 9:35, 10:45 ParaNorman (PG) ThuWed 11:45, 4:35, 9:45 ParaNorman 3D (PG) ThuWed 2:10, 7:20 Premium Rush (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55 Ruby Sparks (R) Thu 11:10, 1:55, 4:35, 7:20, 9:55; Fri-Wed 2:20, 7:35 Sparkle (PG-13) Thu 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15; Fri-Wed 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15 To Rome With Love/ Moonrise Kingdom (R/ PG-13) Fri-Wed 1:30, 5:30, 10:05 Total Recall (PG-13) Thu 11, 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20; Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:50, 4:45, 10:25 The Watch (R) ends Thu 9:50
Century Gateway 12 770 N. Kolb Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 962. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) ends Thu 12:05, 5:15 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13) ends Thu 7:15 The Hunger Games (PG13) Thu 12:20, 3:25, 6:30; Fri-Sat 12:20, 3:25, 6:30, 9:40; SunMon 12:20, 3:25, 6:30; Tue 12:20, 3:25, 6:30, 9:40; Wed 12:20, 3:25, 6:30 Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D (PG) Thu 12:10, 2:40, 5, 7:20; Fri-Wed 12:50, 3:20 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu 12:15, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10; Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:35; SunMon 12:15, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10; Tue 12:15, 2:30,
4:50, 7:10, 9:35; Wed 12:15, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 3D (PG) ends Thu 12:50, 3:20 Magic Mike (R) Fri-Sat 12:05, 1, 2:40, 3:30, 5:10, 6:25, 7:40, 9:25, 10:15; Sun-Mon 12:05, 1, 2:40, 3:30, 5:10, 6:25, 7:40; Tue 12:05, 1, 2:40, 3:30, 5:10, 6:25, 7:40, 9:25, 10:15; Wed 12:05, 1, 2:40, 3:30, 5:10, 6:25, 7:40 Men in Black 3 (PG-13) Thu 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30; Fri-Sat 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30, 10:10; SunMon 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30; Tue 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30, 10:10; Wed 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30 Men in Black 3 3D (PG13) Thu 6; Fri-Sat 6, 9:20; Sun-Mon 6; Tue 6, 9:20; Wed 6 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) ends Thu 12:25, 2:50, 5:05 Prometheus (R) ends Thu 2:30, 7:40 Savages (R) Thu 12:45, 4, 7:05; Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:55, 7:05, 10; Sun-Mon 12:45, 3:55, 7:05; Tue 12:45, 3:55, 7:05, 10; Wed 12:45, 3:55, 7:05 Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) Thu 12:35, 3:45, 7; Fri-Sat 12:35, 3:45, 7, 9:50; Sun-Mon 12:35, 3:45, 7; Tue 12:35, 3:45, 7, 9:50; Wed 12:35, 3:45, 7 That’s My Boy (R) Thu 12:30, 3:50, 7:35; FriSat 12:30, 3:50, 7:15, 9:55; Sun-Mon 12:30, 3:50, 7:15; Tue 12:30, 3:50, 7:15, 9:55; Wed 12:30, 3:50, 7:15 To Rome With Love (R) Thu 12:40, 3:40, 6:50; Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:40, 6:50, 9:30; Sun-Mon 12:40, 3:40, 6:50; Tue 12:40, 3:40, 6:50, 9:30; Wed 12:40, 3:40, 6:50 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13) Thu 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45; Fri-Sat 12, 2:35, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25; Sun-Mon 12, 2:35, 5:15, 7:50; Tue 12, 2:35, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25; Wed 12, 2:35, 5:15, 7:50 The Watch (R) Fri-Sat 12:25, 2:50, 5:20, 7:45, 10:20; Sun-Mon 12:25, 2:50, 5:20, 7:45; Tue 12:25, 2:50, 5:20, 7:45, 10:20; Wed 12:25, 2:50, 5:20, 7:45
Century Park Place 20 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 903. 2016: Obama’s America (PG) Fri-Mon 12, 2:20, 4:45, 7:05, 9:35; Wed 12, 2:20, 4:45, 7:05, 9:35 The Apparition (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Mon 11, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8, 10:20; Wed 11, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8, 10:20 The Bourne Legacy (PG13) Thu 11:05, 11:55, 12:45, 1:35, 2:20, 3:10, 4, 4:50, 5:30, 6:25, 7:15, 8:05, 8:45, 9:40, 10:25; Fri-Mon 11:20, 12:45, 2:30, 3:50, 5:40, 7, 8:50, 10:15; Wed 11:20, 12:45, 2:30, 3:50, 5:40, 7, 8:50, 10:15 Brave (PG) Thu 11:25, 12:25, 2:05, 3:05, 5:40; Fri-Mon 11:05, 1:40,
4:20; Wed 11:05, 1:40, 4:20 The Campaign (R) Thu 11:15, 12:20, 1:40, 2:50, 4:15, 5:20, 6:45, 7:50, 9:15, 10:20; FriMon 11:55, 2:35, 5:15, 6:55, 7:50, 9:25, 10:25; Wed 11:55, 2:35, 5:15, 6:55, 7:50, 9:25, 10:25 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu 12, 3:45, 4:35, 7:25, 8:20; Fri-Mon 12:10, 3:55, 7:40; Wed 12:10, 3:55, 7:40 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) Thu 11:35, 2:10, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30; Fri-Mon 11:35, 2, 4:25, 6:50, 9:20; Wed 11:35, 2, 4:25, 6:50, 9:20 The Expendables 2 (R) Thu 11:20, 12:15, 1:10, 2:55, 3:50, 5:35, 6:30, 8:15, 9:10, 10; Fri-Mon 11:10, 12:05, 1, 1:50, 2:45, 3:40, 4:30, 5:25, 6:20, 7:15, 8:05, 9, 9:50; Wed 11:10, 12:05, 1, 1:50, 2:45, 3:40, 4:30, 5:25, 6:20, 7:15, 8:05, 9, 9:50 Hit and Run (R) Thu 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30; Fri-Mon 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10; Wed 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Hope Springs (PG-13) Thu 11:40, 2:15, 5, 7:40, 10:15; Fri-Mon 11:45, 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55; Wed 11:45, 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu 11:05, 1:30, 4:05, 6:35; Fri-Mon 11:15, 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:10; Wed 11:15, 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:10 Jaws (PG) Thu 2, 7 The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) Thu 11:10, 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50; Fri-Mon 11:25, 2:05, 4:40, 7:25, 10; Wed 11:25, 2:05, 4:40, 7:25, 10 ParaNorman (PG) Thu 11:30, 4:25, 9:25; FriMon 11:30, 4:35, 9:30; Wed 11:30, 4:35, 9:30 ParaNorman 3D (PG) Thu 1:55, 7; Fri-Mon 2, 7:05; Wed 2, 7:05 Premium Rush (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri 12:55, 3:25, 5:55, 8:25; SatMon 11:40, 12:55, 2:10, 3:25, 4:40, 5:55, 7:10, 8:25, 9:40; Wed 11:40, 12:55, 2:10, 3:25, 4:40, 5:55, 7:10, 8:25, 9:40 Sparkle (PG-13) Thu 11, 1:50, 4:45, 7:35, 10:30; Fri-Mon 11:05, 1:55, 4:55, 7:45, 10:30; Wed 11:05, 1:55, 4:55, 7:45, 10:30 Step Up Revolution (PG13) ends Thu 8:10 Total Recall (PG-13) Thu 11, 1:55, 4:55, 7:45, 10:35; Fri-Mon 11:25, 2:15, 5:05, 7:55; Wed 11:25, 2:15, 5:05, 7:55 The Watch (R) ends Thu 9:05
Century Theatres at the Oro Valley Marketplace 12155 N. Oracle Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 899. Call for Sun-Wed film times Bolshoi Ballet: Raymonda (Not Rated) Sun 12; Tue 7
The Bourne Legacy (PG13) Thu 11:25, 2:35, 5:45, 7:20, 8:55, 10:30; Fri-Sat 11:25, 2:35, 4:05, 5:45, 7:20, 8:55, 10:25 The Campaign (R) Thu 11:30, 2:05, 4:40, 7:10, 9:50; Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:05, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu 10:55, 2:40, 6:30, 10; Fri-Sat 10:50, 2:40, 6:30, 10:05 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) Thu 11:10; Fri-Sat 11:05, 1:35 The Expendables 2 (R) Thu 11:05, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45; Fri-Sat 11, 1:40, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Hit and Run (R) Thu 11:20, 2, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55; Fri-Sat 11:15, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Hope Springs (PG-13) Thu 11:15, 1:50, 4:20, 7, 9:35; Fri-Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:20, 7, 9:35 Jaws (PG) Thu 2, 7 Moonrise Kingdom/ To Rome With Love (PG-13/R) Fri-Sat 10:40, 3:20, 8 Neil Young Journeys (PG) ends Thu 10:40, 12:55, 3:20, 5:40, 7:55, 10:10 The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) Thu 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:15; Fri-Sat 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:20 ParaNorman (PG) Thu-Sat 11:20, 4:15, 9:15 ParaNorman 3D (PG) ThuSat 1:45, 6:50 Premium Rush (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Sat 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:25, 9:50 Sparkle (PG-13) Thu 10:45, 1:35, 4:35, 7:30, 10:20; Fri-Sat 10:45, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:15 To Rome With Love/ Moonrise Kingdom (R/ PG-13) Fri-Sat 12:50, 5:30, 10:10 Total Recall (PG-13) ends Thu 11, 1:55, 4:45, 10:25
Cinema La Placita La Placita Village, Broadway Boulevard and Church Avenue. 326-5282. Fahrenheit 451 (Not Rated) Thu 7:30
Crossroads 6 Grand Cinemas 4811 E. Grant Road. 327-7067. *Reel Arts 6 film Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (Not Rated) Wed 11 Bernie (PG-13) Thu 11, 4:50; Fri-Wed 4:30 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13) Thu 11:10, 1:50; Fri-Wed 2, 4:40 The Hunger Games (PG13) Thu 9:25; Fri-Wed 9:20 *Hungry for Change (Not Rated) Thu 7 Hysteria (R) Thu 4:25; Fri-Wed 11:40 *Ingenious (Not Rated) Fri-Sun 2:25, 7, 9:25; Mon 2:25, 9:25; Tue-Wed 2:25, 7, 9:25 Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG) ends Thu 12:10, 2:30, 9:45
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) ThuWed 11, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 Magic Mike (R) Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45 Men in Black 3 (PG-13) Thu 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50; Fri-Tue 12:10, 7:30, 9:50; Wed 7:30, 9:50 Savages (R) Thu 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:40; Fri-Wed 4:10, 9:30 Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) ends Thu 4:15 That’s My Boy (R) ends Thu 9:55 To Rome With Love (R) Thu 11:20, 1:45, 7, 9:35; Fri-Wed 11:10, 1:40, 4:20, 6:50 The Watch (R) Fri-Wed 11:30, 1:50, 7:10, 9:55
Fox Tucson Theatre 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. The Birds (PG-13) Sat 7:30; Sun 2
Gallagher Theater UA Student Union, 1303 E. University Blvd. 626-0370. Call for films and times
Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz. 806-4275. Call for Wed film times The Apparition (PG-13) Fri-Sat 11:10, 1:30, 3:50, 6:10, 8:30, 11; Sun-Tue 11:10, 1:30, 3:50, 6:10, 8:30 The Bourne Legacy (PG13) Thu 11:40, 12:40, 1:20, 3, 4:05, 4:50, 6:15, 7:20, 8:10, 9:30, 10:25; Fri-Sat 10, 12:05, 1, 3:20, 4:20, 6:40, 7:40, 9:45, 10:45; Sun 10, 12:05, 1, 3:20, 4:20, 6:40, 7:40, 9:45; Mon-Tue 12:05, 1, 3:20, 4:20, 6:40, 7:40, 9:45 The Campaign (R) Thu 11:20, 12:20, 1:45, 2:45, 4, 5:10, 6:30, 7:30, 9:05, 9:50; Fri-Sun 10:15, 12:50, 3:10, 5:40, 8, 10:20; Mon-Tue 12:50, 3:10, 5:40, 8, 10:20 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu 11, 2:30, 6:05, 9:35; Fri-Sat 10:20, 2:20, 6:05, 9:55; Sun 10:20, 2:20, 6:05, 9:35; Mon-Tue 2:20, 6:05, 9:35 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) Thu 12:50, 3:30, 6:10, 8:40; Fri-Tue 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 The Expendables 2 (R) Thu 11:10, 12, 1, 1:50, 2:40, 3:40, 4:30, 5:20, 6:20, 7:10, 8, 9, 9:45, 10:30; Fri-Sat 10:30, 11:20, 12:10, 1:10, 2, 2:50, 3:45, 4:40, 5:30, 6:30, 7:20, 8:10, 9:10, 10:10, 10:50; Sun 10:30, 11:20, 12:10, 1:10, 2, 2:50, 3:45, 4:40, 5:30, 6:30, 7:20, 8:10, 9, 10; MonTue 11:20, 12:10, 1:10, 2, 2:50, 3:45, 4:40, 5:30, 6:30, 7:20, 8:10, 9, 10 Hit and Run (R) Thu 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40; FriSat 11, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10,
9:50; Sun-Tue 11, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:40 Hope Springs (PG-13) Thu 11:50, 2:25, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20; Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:15, 10:05; Sun-Tue 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:15, 10:10 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu 1:35, 6:45, 9:15; Fri-Sun 10:50, 1:45, 4:15; Mon-Tue 11:05, 1:45, 4:15 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) ends Thu 11:15, 4:15 The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) Thu 11:30, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:15; FriSat 10:40, 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:40; Sun 10:40, 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:30; Mon-Tue 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:30 ParaNorman (PG) Thu 11:05, 6:50, 9:20; FriSat 11:15, 7, 9:30; SunTue 11:15, 7, 9:20 ParaNorman 3D (PG) Thu 1:30, 4:10; Fri-Tue 1:40, 4:10 Premium Rush (PG-13) Fri-Sat 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10; Sun-Tue 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 9:50 Sparkle (PG-13) Thu 1:15, 4:25, 7:15, 10:10; Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:30, 6:20, 9:20; Sun-Tue 12:30, 3:30, 6:20, 9:10 Ted (R) Thu 1:10, 3:50, 7:05, 10; Fri-Sat 6:45, 9:25; Sun-Tue 6:45, 9:15 Total Recall (PG-13) Thu 2, 4:45, 7:45, 10:30; FriSat 12:20, 3:15, 6:15, 9:15; Sun-Tue 12:20, 3:15, 6:15, 9:05
The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Call 795-0844 to check handicap accessibility Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (R) Thu 4:45; Fri-Wed 2:30 Bill W. (Not Rated) Thu 12, 5; Fri-Tue 3; Wed 12:15 A Cat in Paris (PG) Thu 12:30 Found Footage Film Festival (Not Rated) Sat 9 Future Shorts: Summer Season 2012 (Not Rated) Wed 7:30 Goats (R) Fri 12:15, 4:45, 7; Sat 12:15, 7; Sun 10, 12:15, 4:45, 7; Mon 12:15, 4:45, 7; Tue 12:15, 4:45; Wed 4:45, 7 Headshot (Not Rated) Sun-Wed 10 Hot Flash Havoc (Not Rated) Tue 7 The Hypnotic Eye (Not Rated) Mon 8 The Imposter (R) Fri 5:15, 10; Sat 4:45; Sun 5:15, 10; Mon 10; Tue 5:15, 10; Wed 10 Labyrinth (PG) Fri-Sat 10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. Muppet Music Moments (Not Rated) Sat 12 The Queen of Versailles (PG) Thu 2:30, 7:30, 10; Fri 12:15, 7:30; Sat 5:30; Sun 12:15, 7:30; Mon 12:15, 5:30; Tue 12:15, 7:30; Wed 12:15 Sing! The Music of Sesame Street (Not Rated) Thu 7 Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation 2012 (Not Rated) Thu 10 Trishna (R) Thu 2:15 Welcome to Mooseport (PG-13) Wed 3:30
Oracle View 4690 N. Oracle Road. 292-2430. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) Thu 12, 2:30, 7:30, 10; FriWed 4:40, 9:50 Battleship (PG-13) ends Thu 9:40 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13) Thu 11:10; Fri-Wed 11 The Cabin in the Woods (R) ends Thu 9:45 Dark Shadows (PG-13) Thu 5; Fri-Wed 4:50 Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax (PG) Thu 11:15; Fri-Wed 11:10 The Hunger Games (PG13) Thu-Wed 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG) Fri-Wed 12:15, 2:30, 7:20, 9:35 Men in Black 3 (PG-13) Thu 11:50, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:35; Fri-Wed 12, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55 People Like Us (PG-13) ends Thu 11 Prometheus (R) ends Thu 1:20, 4, 6:50 Savages (R) Fri-Wed 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:40 Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7; Fri-Wed 1:35, 4:20, 7 That’s My Boy (R) Thu 2, 4:35, 7:20, 9:55; Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:10, 7:10, 9:45
The Screening Room 127 E. Congress St. 882-0204. Double Kung Fu 3D (Not Rated) Sat 7
Tower Theatres at Arizona Pavilions 8031 N. Business Park Drive. 579-0500. Call for Fri-Wed film times The Bourne Legacy (PG13) Thu 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 9:55 The Campaign (R) Thu 11:15, 1:25, 3:30, 5:35, 7:40, 9:50 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu 11:10, 2:35, 6, 9:25 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) Thu 11:40, 4:35 The Expendables 2 (R) Thu 12, 2:40, 5, 7:30, 10 The Great Mass: A Ballet by Uwe Scholz (Not Rated) Thu 6:30 Hit and Run (R) Thu 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:35, 9:55 Hope Springs (PG-13) Thu 11:45, 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu 11:55, 2:10, 4:25 The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) Thu 11:50, 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30 ParaNorman (PG) Thu 11:20, 4:45, 7:20 ParaNorman 3D (PG) Thu 2, 9:45 Premium Rush (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m. Sparkle (PG-13) Thu 11, 1:40, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Total Recall (PG-13) Thu 1:50, 7:25, 10 The Watch (R) Thu 9:10
AUGUST 23 – 29, 2012
FILM CLIPS Reviews by Jacquie Allen, Colin Boyd and Bob Grimm.
NEWLY REVIEWED: THE IMPOSTER
Frederic Bourdin is, shall we say, a real jackass, and this movie gives him a chance to talk—happily— about an atrocity he committed. Bourdin, a Frenchman in his 20s, pretended to be another person, a teenage boy who had gone missing for three years, and he managed to dupe authorities and the boy’s family. Director Bart Layton uses archival footage, new interviews with Bourdin and re-enactments to tell the story. While it’s sickening that this idiot gets to gloat about his misdeeds, the story is quite absorbing, making the film worth a look. There are twists and turns that make the story increasingly bizarre, and it’s hard to look away. Still, Bourdin is a sickening sort, and the look of joy in his eyes while he brags about his stupid stunt is nauseating. Grimm PARANORMAN
Here is a stop-animation movie that isn’t afraid to be creepy. Norman (the voice of Kodi Smit-McPhee) can see dead people and has premonitions; as a result, he gets picked on at school and yelled at by his parents. As it turns out, he’s the only person who can save the town from a curse involving zombies and witches. Directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell have put together a great-looking movie, and Butler’s script actually pushes the PG rating to the point where adults might be surprised by what they have taken their kids to see. As for this being too scary for kids, let me tell you that the kids were screaming—with delight—at my screening. The film also features the voices of John Goodman, Leslie Mann, Casey Affleck and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. One of the year’s best animated films. Grimm SPARKLE
Being the final film performance of Whitney Houston only gets Sparkle so far—and it’s not far enough. A remake of a ’70s film, Sparkle is thematically like every other showbiz-kid-with-a-dream movie ever made, and like almost every other film in the genre, its musical numbers are the highlights. The showbiz kid with a dream in this go-round is Jordin Sparks, who, appropriately enough, was one in real life before winning American Idol. She plays Houston’s daughter, determined not to repeat the personal and professional mistakes of her mother. For several scenes, it is impossible to see Houston in character, because the parallels between art and life are so obvious. Sparkle is about what you’d expect it to be—a movie with passable acting and writing, but solid and occasionally show-stopping songs, particularly Houston’s “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.” Boyd
CONTINUING: BILL W.
This is the life story of William Wilson, better known to thousands as Bill W., the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Most people don’t know the history of the program’s founding and they especially don’t know very much about the man behind it. The doc chronicles Wilson’s humble upbringing, education, marriage, descent into alcoholism and, eventually, his saving himself and forming the group that has changed the lives of so many. Using interviews with historians and current AA members, plus voice recordings, stock footage and re-enactments of Bill, the film is quite interesting in its reconstruction of the life of such an important, yet tortured, figure … when it is focused on the subject of his founding of AA and getting it to grow, that is. When it tries to focus on Bill’s existence outside of his alcoholism and the program, the film flounders. It drags on for approximately 30 minutes longer than it should, and would have been much better had the filmmakers taken less time to recap the later years of his life. Allen THE BOURNE LEGACY
When Universal decided to forge ahead with the Bourne franchise after Matt Damon, aka Jason Bourne, decided to call it quits, they were most assuredly looking for a glorious changing of the guard—something akin to when Daniel Craig took over for Pierce Brosnan as 007. Instead, what they got with The Bourne Legacy is something closer to the vibe when Roberto Benigni replaced Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther franchise. Jeremy Renner is a good actor, but he doesn’t command a movie like Damon can, no matter how good The Hurt Locker was. The plot feels like a poor, scrapedtogether excuse to keep a franchise alive longer than it should survive. Grimm
While this is one of Will Ferrell’s weaker comedies, it’s still funnier than most of the stuff being thrown out there. Ferrell stars as a congressman running for re-election who is surprised by the candidacy of an unknown (Zach Galifianakis). Ferrell is basically doing a riff on his Ron Burgundy character, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. He has a few shining moments, including a profane phone message left for the wrong person, and a classic baby-punching incident. Galifianakis is funny, but his characters’ two dogs, heavy-breathing pugs, are funnier. This one is front-loaded, with most of the funny stuff happening in the first half. While it misses out on the opportunity to really skewer the American election process, it does have some good giggles involving refrigerator sex and petting zoos. Grimm HOPE SPRINGS
Hope Springs is an enjoyable coming-of-middle-age romcom featuring legends Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple whose marriage is in crisis. After more than 30 years together, Kay (Streep) and Arnold (Jones) are in a rut: They sleep in separate bedrooms; they hardly speak to one another; and their marriage has lost all of its intimacy. Kay signs them up for counseling with famed marriage counselor Dr. Feld (Steve Carell) in a last-ditch effort to safe her stagnant marriage. The film is dramatic, captivating and heartwarming, and shows the ups and downs of an older couple trying to reconnect both emotionally and physically. While the abrupt turn-around in Jones’ character is a bit hard to swallow, the film is a winner due to the lead actors’ performances. Allen NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS
Director Jonathan Demme likes to make movies with Neil Young, and that’s turning out to be a very good thing. In this, their third collaboration, Young returns to Toronto, the city of his birth, to perform a solo show. And when I say solo, I mean solo: Young does it all. He serves up classics like “Ohio” and “After the Gold Rush,” and new songs like the beautiful “Leia,” with no accompaniment. Demme cuts in footage of Young driving around the city, following his brother Bob’s Cadillac and seeing the sights. Nobody shoots a concert better than Demme. He has a mic camera aimed right under the brim of Young’s hat, so you get Neil’s awesome scowling face punching your eyes. Grimm THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN
It’s difficult to wrap one’s head around exactly who the target audience is for The Odd Life of Timothy Green. The life lessons are more geared toward reflective parents who have become empty-nesters. Meanwhile, because it’s a fantasy about a precocious boy who sprouts up out of a couple’s garden, there’s no way anyone older than the age of 10 could really fall under its spell. The problem with targeting ages 8 to 80 is that the result is never a slam-dunk for anyone; it is, at best, merely agreeable. The Odd Life of Timothy Green is friendly. It’s charming. It features the icecap-melting smile of Jennifer Garner and the big-eyed curiosity of CJ Adams as one family’s perfectly imperfect son. It’s a nice, safe movie, perfect for when parents and kids can’t agree on a movie they really want to see instead. Boyd THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES
Jackie Siegel is larger than life, or at least parts of her are. She appears to be an aging, enhanced trophy wife—and that’s at least half of her story. The documentary The Queen of Versailles depicts not just a beauty queen and model turned billionaire baby factory, but also a genuine person concerned about her kids’ futures after the economic meltdown of 2008. Siegel’s husband, David, founded a massive timeshare outfit in the 1980s, and in 2004 began construction on Versailles, the couple’s dream home—and the largest single-family property in the country. But when Siegel’s company fell on hard times, construction stopped, and the home sits as an unfinished monument to excess. The Siegels themselves come across as surprisingly well-adjusted realists, which makes their story stranger and more rewarding. Boyd RUBY SPARKS
Suffering from writer’s block, Calvin invents a short story about a woman who likes her dog. And that sparks the idea of Ruby, Calvin’s dream girl—except she doesn’t just stay in his dreams. In Ruby Sparks, the artist’s creation comes to life as his girlfriend, which may not be as perfect as it sounds. Ruby is played by Zoe Kazan of the A Streetcar Named Desire Kazans, and she also wrote the script. It seems like a writer’s first film, too—full of ambition, but without the precision of someone who’s done it for a while. Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) portrays Calvin, the long-suffering writer, and he’s a fine choice here, as he usually is. But it’s strange that
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No Forward Movement BY COLIN BOYD, firstname.lastname@example.org he goats don’t make a lot of sense in Goats, a film shot and set here in Tucson. There’s plenty of blame to go around in this film, though, so that’s as good a place as any to start. Ellis (Graham Phillips) explains that his family’s live-in pool man and landscaper, Javier (David Duchovny), began taking him on treks with his goats when he was a boy, introducing him to pot a short time later. Everywhere Javier goes in the film, the goats follow. He’s called “Goat Man” periodically, but outside of giving Duchovny something unusual to do, the animals don’t add much to the scenery. They could be a metaphor for Ellis’ own wanderings, but that’s a pretty thin connection, and one that a coming-of-age story does not need. You see, now that he’s 15, Ellis is moving off to the East Coast prep school his father attended, and he’s reflective about what he’ll leave behind in Tucson. His dad (Ty Burrell from Modern Family) was never around much. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his new wife (Keri Russell), something that consistently boils the blood of Ellis’ new-age mother (Vera Farmiga). As he maintains some distance from his mom for the first time, Ellis begins to truly feel independent and decisive. He’s not the typical prep-school student, preferring cannabis to Aeschylus, and Ellis discovers that he’s OK not following anyone’s example. Wow, what a trajectory. Does anything in this movie actually go anywhere? Of the performances, only that of Phillips hits the mark. Duchovny is not much of a character actor, so he doesn’t work as the long-bearded goat-herder; Farmiga gets sent into hysterics by the smallest detail; Burrell isn’t around enough to make a big impact. This is the first feature for Christopher Neil, who is the latest branch in a family tree of filmmaking. His uncle (by marriage) is Francis Ford Coppola—and as an acting and dialogue coach, his name turns up in credits for films by Sofia Coppola; her brother Roman; and her ex-husband, Spike Jonze. Keeping it in the extended family, actor and musician Jason Schwartzman (a Coppola nephew) co-wrote the film’s score. But as the saying goes, that and a quarter will buy you a cup of coffee. Neil’s debut film has no center, and without that, there’s no balance anywhere. Case in point: Most comingof-age stories feature a love interest. In Goats, Ellis falls for a pretty girl (Dakota Johnson) he meets at school. But the film fails to advance
Graham Phillips and David Duchovny in Goats.
Goats Rated R Starring Graham Phillips, Vera Farmiga, David Duchovny and Keri Russell Directed by Christopher Neil Image, 94 minutes Opens Friday, Aug. 24, at the Loft Cinema (795-7777).
that subplot, much like it fails to move anything else forward. Something should happen between them, but it never does. It feels as though a critical piece is missing around the end of the second act. There’s never a big climactic moment, other than an ill-fated goat trek that Ellis and Javier take to Mexico. But even that doesn’t change the current very much. And because there’s no knockout, nothing much to process, and no true development on display, Goats really drags, which is tough to accomplish in around 90 minutes. Shot primarily in Tucson over the course of a few weeks in early 2011, Goats doesn’t really go out of its way to distinguish the Sonoran Desert much, not that it would need to for a broad audience. Still, with everything there is to see around here, it’s a remarkably run-ofthe-mill travel guide. At the very least, it did pump a few hundred thousand bucks into the local economy. Whether or not you should give some of that back is another story.
N O W S H O W I N G AT H O M E The Royal Tenenbaums (Blu-ray) CRITERION MOVIE A SPECIAL FEATURES B+ BLU-RAY GEEK FACTOR 8.75 (OUT OF 10)
All hail Gene Hackman! As Royal Tenenbaum, a much-hated patriarch looking for redemption in Wes Anderson’s funny and heartwarming movie, Hackman got one of his better roles; it may even be his best. It’s a crime he was snubbed for an Oscar, although he did take home a Golden Globe and some critics’-choice awards. Anderson, coming off the triumph that was Rushmore, wrote (alongside Owen Wilson) the perfect part for Hackman. It required him to be an absolute prick and absolutely endearing at the same time. Hackman knocked it out of the park. Anderson and Wilson got an Oscar nom for their screenplay. Royal’s ruse, in which he tells his family he has stomach cancer in order to regain access to his home, is the kind of surreal, bizarre stuff that Anderson has trademarked. As Royal occupies a room in the house, taking Tic Tac placebos and eating cheeseburgers all day, it takes the family a while to figure out he’s lying about his illness. That family features wonderful performances by Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Luke and Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston and Danny Glover. Stiller must give Anderson credit for creating the greatest and most-moving moment of his acting career thus far. It comes close to the film’s end; it features Hackman, and it’s just beautiful. Since Tenenbaums, Anderson has done nothing but amaze me. His Moonrise Kingdom stands as my favorite movie of 2012 so far, and I’m quite confident his future efforts will score high marks. He hasn’t made a bad movie yet, and I doubt that he ever will. And let us not forget how
much Buckley the beagle rules in this movie. SPECIAL FEATURES: A classic, award-winning commentary from Anderson that is very much worth your time. You also get interviews with much of the cast, two deleted scenes and more. These are all features from a past edition, though; it would’ve been cool to see some new stuff.
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (Blu-ray) UNIVERSAL MOVIE BSPECIAL FEATURES B BLU-RAY GEEK FACTOR 7 (OUT OF 10)
Legend has it that Lou Costello was pissed at the prospect of this movie, calling the script crap. However, he reportedly warmed to the concept during filming. As a result, it seems like his heart isn’t in it during parts of this movie, while other parts are classic Costello. The decision to mix the highly successful monster franchises of Frankenstein, the Wolfman and Dracula with the comic team proved to be important to Universal and the duo. They would go on to make similar films mixing horror and comedy, even facing off against Boris Karloff at one point. Karloff didn’t participate in this one, refusing the role of Frankenstein’s monster. But you do get Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula, his first take on the role since the original 1931 Dracula. You also get Lon Chaney Jr. in his Wolfman role. Trivia note: Chaney also donned the Frankenstein’smonster makeup for one scene when Glenn Strange, the film’s monster actor, was unavailable. While I’ve always felt this one was a little clunky, it does feature my favorite Costello moment of all time. It’s a quick moment in which he breaks the fourth wall after pulling a tablecloth out from under various objects during a chase scene. Yes, it’s the old-
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est joke in the book, but Costello rocks the moment. SPECIAL FEATURES: There’s a decent film historian commentary and a fun making-of featurette.
The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season (DVD) ANCHOR BAY/AMC SHOW B+ SPECIAL FEATURES ADVD GEEK FACTOR 7.25 (OUT OF 10)
I started to tire a bit during the beginning of this zombie show’s second season, but, wow, did it rally. One of the things I love about this show is the foreboding feeling that nobody is safe, no matter how important or big the character seems to be. Some big ones bit the dust this season, and I have a feeling the same will hold true for the third season. The deaths never let up. There was that big barn fiasco that brought the demise of an important character in an unthinkable way, followed by the death of the character who represented the show’s moral compass. Then … well, I don’t want to spoil it if you haven’t watched it. Lots of this season’s action took place on a farm. This locale managed to lull me into a sense of safeness, followed by boredom. Well, that was just a big tease: There was nothing safe about the farm, and very bad things happen. Everything leads up to the new location for Season 3, which kicks off Oct. 14 on AMC. SPECIAL FEATURES: This sucker is loaded. There are tons of behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentaries on select episodes, and nearly a half-hour of deleted scenes. You would have to set aside a lot of time to get through everything.
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this is the project that dragged Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris off the beach. It doesn’t have much to say—or much polish in saying it. Boyd TOTAL RECALL
Just when I was starting to really like Colin Farrell, he became the poster child for pointless remakes of great films. Granted, his turn as a sexy-nasty vampire in the Fright Night remake was fun to watch, but that movie still didn’t live up to the original. Now we get Total Recall, with Farrell occupying the role of Douglas Quaid/Hauser, made famous by a guy named Arnold Schwarzenegger. This remake jettisons the humor, crazy gore and Mars locations, resulting in a dull sci-fi chase film. Kate Beckinsale is the best thing in the movie, stepping into the role made famous by Sharon Stone. There are a few nods to the Paul Verhoeven original (a three-breasted hooker and a twist on the infamous airport-security scene), and they feel unjustified. All these nods did was make me want to leave the theater and go watch the original on Blu-ray. Grimm
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CHOW Cinco de Mayo shares its menu with a longstanding sister restaurant, but the food is often underseasoned
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Hibachi Super Buffet Opens Hibachi Super Buffet opened last week in the massive space at 4629 E. Speedway Blvd., which formerly housed a Factory 2-U. Manager Jay Zheng says there are 11 buffet lines; also included is hibachi-style dining— you pick the ingredients, and cooks prepare them for you—as well as a hefty selection of sushi. The best thing, though, might be the price: $6.99 at lunch, and $9.99 during dinner and on Sundays. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., daily; 326-0000.
BY JIMMY BOEGLE, email@example.com om he Gonzalez family has taken the food served at Guillermo’s Double L Restaurant for six decades to a second location on Fort Lowell Road. Cinco de Mayo Mexican Restaurant and Seafood may have a different name, but it might as well be called Guillermo’s North. The menu is the same; on one visit, our server was even wearing a Guillermo’s nametag. Garrett dined at Guillermo’s about a week before our first visit to Cinco de Mayo, and he noted that items he had at both restaurants were strikingly similar. Therefore, it’s safe to assume that if you like Guillermo’s—and seeing as the restaurant has been serving up Mexican fare on South Fourth Avenue for 60 years, Guillermo’s clearly has fans—you’ll probably like Cinco de Mayo. Me? Well, I was left too often wondering: Where’s the seasoning? There is a lot to like about Cinco de Mayo, which occupies the Fort Lowell spot that was once home to Antonio’s Restaurante, Da Vinci Italian Restaurant and a Las Cazuelitas. The space is lovely; skylights, abundant plants and a burbling fountain create a tropical courtyard atmosphere (that is both heightened and hindered by the fact that it can get rather muggy; either the place does not have air conditioning, or it needs to be turned up). There’s a cute bar area; colorful papel picado that reads “Restaurant los Gonzalez” hangs from the ceiling. The service was great on both visits, and the menu has something for everyone. The food is where the problems lie. Actually, the word “problems” overstates the case; nothing we had was bad. However, nothing we had was outstanding, either. The beef enchiladas are a perfect example of what’s right, and what’s ultimately wrong, with Cinco de Mayo’s fare. Longtime Tucson Weekly contributor Dave Irwin had the enchilada—along with a chile relleno, rice and beans—on his combo plate No. 2 ($9.75) during our lunch visit. On the right side: The enchilada sauce was fantastic—smoky and nuanced. On the wrong side: The shredded beef inside the enchilada was surprisingly bland. Where was the seasoning? Let’s move to Dave’s chile relleno: The eggy batter was the dominant element of the oddly flattened pepper—so much so that Dave said it reminded him of a frittata. If egg can dominate the flavor when a pepper and cheese are present, that says something. On that lunch visit, I ordered the chicken
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Cinco de Mayo’s chicken mole combo plate. mole combo plate ($9.25), and it was one of the better dishes we tried. The shredded chicken was covered in a sauce that had a nice little kick, but not a whole lot of depth. While I would have liked a wee bit more chocolate flavor—there was barely a hint of sweetness—it grew on me as I ate it. Dave’s albondigas ($5.75) featured a tasty, if oily, broth, but the meatballs themselves were grossly underseasoned. My guacamole side ($2.25) was very mediocre; it wasn’t the least bit spicy, and it needed salt. Surprisingly, we also found some consistency issues at Cinco de Mayo. On that lunch visit, the rice we received with our combos was of the reddish variety that often comes with Mexican food. On our dinner visit, we received a white rice with carrots and peas that—forgive me if I am repeating myself—needed seasoning. On our lunch visit, we received one type of salsa; on our dinner visit, we received two. On that dinner visit, I was fortunate enough to order another of the better dishes we enjoyed: My fish taco combo plate ($8.25) with pollock that was not breaded was the most-flavorful dish we had at Cinco de Mayo. The fish could have been seasoned a bit more—perhaps with a little more garlic or pepper—but with a squirt of lemon, it worked. Garrett’s enchiladas de camaron (a pricey $13.25) had the same problem as Dave’s beef
Cinco de Mayo Mexican Restaurant and Seafood 3535 E. Fort Lowell Road 326-1483 Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pluses: Tasty-enough fish tacos; lovely tropical atmosphere Minuses: Blandness runs amok
enchilada: The sauce was great (it was the same sauce, in fact), but the shrimp were completely lost, offering texture, and nothing more. The strangest dish we had was our dinner starter: The shredded beef cheese crisp ($8.25). If you count salt as a seasoning, this was the only overseasoned dish we had at Cinco de Mayo. It was way too salty, and I am not sure why. Our other starter, the small campechana cocktail ($10.50), was a mixed bag. The seafood itself was flavorful and fresh, but it was all densely packed into a sundae-style glass, with not nearly enough of the tomatoey sauce. While the service and the atmosphere at Cinco de Mayo were nice, and some of the entrées were good enough, too many of the dishes were bland and underseasoned for me to recommend the restaurant—no matter how long its sister restaurant has been around.
We got a peek behind the papered-up windows on the ground floor of the Providence building at 50 E. Broadway Blvd., where signs have promised food and cocktails for many months. Patricia Schwabe, who with her husband owns Peach Properties and Tooley’s Café in the Lost Barrio, says she’ll be highlighting the “fabulous flavors of Mexico that are not currently represented in Tucson.” Soft lighting, leather, reclaimed wood and other warming materials will give the place a cozy vibe. Luke Anable—formerly of Red Room at Grill and currently of Wilko in Main Gate Square—is the head cocktail consultant. “I want the drinks to be simpler than some of the cocktails that are happening in Tucson,” Anable said. “You will be able to read the ingredients and know what your cocktail will taste like.” The restaurant, which doesn’t have a name yet, is expected to open this fall.
Coming Soon: Umi Star The people at Umi Star, coming to 2502 N. Campbell Ave., are working on beautiful and mouthwatering Asian-fusion food dishes that you have to see to believe. The restaurant is a project by Jason Anderson, an architect who worked on Union Public House before parting ways some time ago. You can see Anderson’s design handiwork at the new location of Cartel Coffee Lab, a slick, open and hip spot just down the block at 2516 N. Campbell Ave. Anderson promises fresh, organic, healthful and interesting dining when Umi Star opens in September.
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Counter Quick or fast-food service, usually includes take-out. Diner Minimal table service. CafĂŠ Your server is most likely working solo. Bistro Professional servers, with assistants bussing tables. Full Cover Multiple servers, with the table likely well set. Full Bar Separate bar space for drinks before and after dinner.
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Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday noon-8 p.m. Counter/ Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 47 N. Sixth Ave. (624-4416). This joint nicely fills the burger niche between low (fast food) and high (ZinBurger), offering up delicious, cooked-to-order burgers with a variety of tasty toppings. The employees are friendly, and the whimsical mural is worth checking out at the Broadway Boulevard location. Donâ€™t miss waffle-cut sweet-potato fries, either. (3-11-10) $-$$ MOTHER HUBBARDâ€™S CAFE C 14 W. Grant Road. 623-7976. Open daily 6 a.m.-2
p.m. Summer hours: Open Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Diner/No Alcohol. DIS, MC, V. This old-school Tucson greasy spoon is still serving inexpensive and tasty breakfasts and lunchesâ€”now with a few new twists, including a series of dishes centered on chiles. The tasty corned beef on the reuben is brined in-house, and the corn bread waffle is a treat you should not miss. (6-30-11) $ MULLIGANâ€™S SPORTS GRILL E 9403 E. Golf Links Road. 733-5661. Open daily 11
a.m.-2 a.m. CafĂŠ/Full Cover. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This eastside sports bar is doing some pretty good stuff in its kitchen. The steak sandwich is delicious, and the burgers feature big slabs oâ€™ Angus beef. The patio is lovely (if you donâ€™t mind the view of Golf Links Road), and the Irish/golf-themed dĂŠcor is very, very green. (11-10-11) $$ NATIVE NEW YORKER NW 8225 N. Courtney Page Way, No. 115. 744-7200.
Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight; Friday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.midnight. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. With wings, pizza, hoagies, spaghetti, calzones, stromboli, hot dogs and burgers, Native New Yorker seemingly has it all. This chain sits right in the heart of all thatâ€™s happening in Marana, yet it stands out from the other chain joints nearby. Itâ€™s a great place to meet friends, watch a game or bring the family. The wings come in flavors from the traditional buffalo-style to strawberry to asiagoparmesan. (10-2-08) $-$$
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THE MELTING POT NW 7395 N. La Cholla Blvd., No. 109 (Foothills Mall). 575-6358. Open Sunday-Thursday 4:30-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 4:30-11 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Fondue is in style again at The Melting Pot, a national chain. An upscale atmosphere and an expansive wine list combine with the cheese fondues, salads and cook-it-yourself meats and seafoods for a delicious, if high-priced, dinner. Save room for the delightful chocolate fondue for dessert. (1-29-04) $$$-$$$$ E 5350 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 128. 514-9797.
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AMERICANA MAYS COUNTER CHICKEN AND WAFFLES C 2945 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-2421. Open MondayThursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Mays Counter offers Southern-style eats in a spot that could be described as collegiate sports-bar chic. The fried chicken is juicy, fresh and about 1,000 times better than the
NOBLE HOPS GASTROPUB NW 1335 W. Lambert Lane. 797-4677. Open Sunday-
Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Noble Hops Gastropub is bringing beer to Oro Valley with class. A plethora of gourmet entrĂŠes, presented without pretention, will entice your palate, and the selection of more than 100 beers will keep you coming back to try something new. The view from the patio is spectacular, and the chic, modern dĂŠcor makes Noble Hops a perfect place for a cozy romantic evening, or a fun spot to meet up with friends. (9-1-11) $$-$$$ OMARâ€™S HIGHWAY CHEF S Triple T Truck Stop, 5451 E. Benson Highway. 574-
0961. Open 24 hours. CafĂŠ/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Local diners contemplating where to eat seldom consider a truck stop, but in the case of Omarâ€™s Highway Chef, itâ€™s worth making an exception. Clean and neat, this cafĂŠ specializes in typical blue-plate specials as well as a respectable array of Mexican dishes. All is made on the premises, with exceptional soups and
pies. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served around the clock, and the portions are generous. Omarâ€™s breaks the typical truck-stop mold. $-$$
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Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Drive-in/No Alcohol. Cash and debit only. A Tucson tradition for more than 40 years, Patâ€™s has won a devoted following with its tasty chili dogs (served in both mild and extra-spicy variations) and hand-diced, french-fried potatoes. Donâ€™t forget the pink lemonade to wash it all down. $ RISKY BUSINESS NE 6866 E. Sunrise Drive. 577-0021. Open daily 11
a.m.-2 a.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Also at 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road (749-8555) and 250 S. Craycroft Road (584-1610). (Hours vary per location.) Itâ€™s tough to devise a restaurant scheme that will keep everyone in the family happy, but somehow, Risky Business has managed to pull this feat off admirably. Lots of goodies for the kids are in this spacious, colorful spot, and parents will enjoy a menu that caters to their palates with food that has real taste and character. It doesnâ€™t hurt that numerous premium beers are on tap, either. $$-$$$ ROBERTâ€™S RESTAURANT C 3301 E. Grant Road. 795-1436. Open Monday-
Saturday 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed mid-July to mid-August. Diner/No Alcohol. DIS, MC, V, checks. A friendly, neighborhood diner with outstanding homemade breads and pies. The staff is genuinely glad you came. The prices canâ€™t be beat, especially if youâ€™re watching the old budget. (6-24-04) $
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Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. MC, V. Sawmill Run is a welcome addition to Summerhavenâ€™s limited culinary scene. Thereâ€™s a wide array of smoked and barbecued meats. The food is tasty, and the service is friendly. Oh, and the pie? Divine. (7-19-12) $$-$$$
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Thursday 10 a.m.-midnight; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Some chains do it right. An appealing menu and buoyant, speedy service make TGIFâ€™s a good choice when a quick family lunch or dinnerâ€™s the plan. $-$$ TANQUE VERDE RANCH E 14301 E. Speedway Blvd. 296-6275. Open daily
7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. CafĂŠ/Diner/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Breakfast and lunch are a combination of a full buffet and table service for the main course. The dinner menu changes throughout the week and features four rotating entrĂŠes. The signature prime rib is available every evening. $$-$$$ TUCSON MCGRAWâ€™S ORIGINAL CANTINA E 4110 S. Houghton Road. 885-3088. Open Tuesday-
Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday and Monday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Itâ€™s not fancy or the least bit nouvelle, but if youâ€™ve got a hankering for red meat and ice-cold beer, you could do worse than this nifty cantina set on a hill overlooking the Santa Rita Mountains. The Tuesday-night steak special (a 10-ounce sirloin, ranch beans, white roll and salad) could brighten up your weekday outlook considerably. (6-8-00) $$ UNION PUBLIC HOUSE C 4340 N. Campbell Ave., No. 103. 329-8575. Open
daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Union Public House offers a fun, hip atmosphere, with lots of TVs turned to sports and patio views of lovely St. Philipâ€™s Plaza. Some of the food is brilliant, particularly the pub chips (with pork belly!) and the oh-so-good pot pie. (4-12-12) $$-$$$$ WILBURâ€™S GRILL E 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. 745-6500 ext. 5043. Open
daily 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Some of the best restaurants are located in hotelsâ€”and ignored by locals. Wilburâ€™s fits this description perfectly, and locals are missing out. Fantastic service, great happy-hour deals and delicious food make this a great place to grab a beer after work and watch whatever game happens to be on. (10-2-03) $$-$$$
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WILDFLOWER NW 7037 N. Oracle Road. 219-4230. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Inventive and bright contemporary cuisine served in an elegant and stylish setting. Wildflower showcases excellent service, state-of-the-art martinis and outrageous desserts. An extremely popular dining spot that deserves its reputation. (7-27-00) $$-$$$ ZINBURGER NW 1865 E. River Road. 299-7799. Open Sunday-
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Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 6390 E. Grant Road (298-2020). Is Tucson ready for an upscale burger joint? The existence of Zinburger provides the answer to that question: a resounding yes! The burgers are perfectly prepared, and the sides are satisfying, provided you like stuff that’s been fried. After you enjoy the Kobe burger, the truffle fries and the date-and-honey shake, you won’t be able to look at burgers, fries and shakes in the same way ever again. (5-15-08) $$-$$$
BARBECUE BRUSHFIRE BBQ CO. C 2745 N. Campbell Ave. 624-3223. Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Counter/Beer Only. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 7080 E. 22nd St. (867-6050). Walking into this little midtown joint, the smoky, sweet smell of barbecued meat will hit you, and you’ll think: There’s no way BrushFire’s meats can taste as good as they smell. Well, they can, and do. The brisket is a revelation, and the rib meat is literally falling off of the bones. Finish off the meal with the baked beans and some corn on the cob, and you’ll be fat and happy. (11-29-07) $-$$ CATALINA BARBEQUE CO. AND SPORTS BAR W 3645 W. Starr Pass Blvd. 670-0444. Open daily 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. This is dressed-up, competition-style barbecue, with plenty of tender pork, ribs and beef, prepared in a number of ways. The pulled-pork sandwich is fabulous, and the brisket burnt ends will please. The Catalina wings are smoked before being fried, and the sides are terrific. This restaurant isn’t located in the main JW Marriott
FAMOUS DAVE’S LEGENDARY PIT BAR-B-QUE NW 4565 N. Oracle Road. 888-1512. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Better than most chain restaurants, Famous Dave’s years of research really have paid off. A family-friendly place offering authentic barbecue, no matter how you like it. The St. Louis-style ribs mean more meat and bigger bones. The Wilbur beans are good enough to write home about. And the desserts could make Mom jealous. (4-01-04) $$-$$$ MR. K’S BARBEQUE C 4911 N. Stone Ave. 408-7427. Open daily 11 a.m.-9
p.m. Counter. Beer, Wine and Specialty Drinks. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The man behind this longtime southside institution has moved to bigger digs—but the food hasn’t changed. The heavenly aroma hits you as soon as you walk through the door. Grab a tray and utensils, and get in line. Order your meat and two sides. Hankering for some brisket? You have a choice of chopped or sliced. Are ribs more to your liking? Mr. K’s will satisfy and then some. The fried okra has a nice little kick to it, and the “county fair” corn on the cob is both smoky and sweet. (12-8-11) $$
BREW PUBS BARRIO BREWING COMPANY C 800 E. 16th St. 791-2739. Open Sunday-Tuesday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; ThursdaySaturday 11 a.m.-midnight. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This brewery, operated by the same folks who own Gentle Ben’s, is a down-home kind of joint. There are usually about 10 beers on tap, all of which are brewed right in the building. The food is pub fare done well, often using one of the house-made ales in the preparation. While burgers are the highlights, the other sandwiches are tasty and complement the beers. The service is friendly, as to be expected. (3-6-08) $-$$ FROG AND FIRKIN C 874 E. University Blvd. 623-7507. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.- 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.2 a.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. A Britishstyle pub with the heart of an outré bohemian, Frog and Firkin is not only a great place to grab a tasty brew, but a fine place to sate your appetite as well. $$-$$$
Brewery is a great addition to the original. An upscale bar-food menu offers lots of delicious options, and don’t miss out on their signature dish, the “world famous” fried bologna sandwich. (1-7-10) $-$$ NIMBUS BREWING COMPANY TAPROOM S 3850 E. 44th St. 745-9175. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Counter/Beer Only. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The microbrewed beer is tasty, cheap and plentiful; the food is quite satisfactory and likewise inexpensive; and the close-up look at a microbrew operation is as entertaining as the live music that can frequently be heard there. What’s not to like? (2-17-00) $ THUNDER CANYON BREWERY NW 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. 797-2652. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Bistro/Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Spacious, gracious and blessed with a seemingly endless supply of bona fide brew wonders, Thunder Canyon is the perfect antidote to a trip to the mall. The food can’t quite match the excellence of the beer, but the fish and chips with the shoestring fries make a valiant attempt at equity. $$
CAFES AND BISTROS 47 SCOTT C 47 N. Scott Ave. 624-4747. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Offering a variety of comfort food with a bistro twist—think macaroni and cheese, grilled-cheese sandwiches, burgers and more—and an affordable, diverse wine list, 47 Scott is a great place for a casual dinner before a show. The ingredients are fresh, and the food is expertly prepared. However, if you’re going for lunch, be sure you have a little extra time. (10-14-10) $-$$ THE B LINE C 621 N. Fourth Ave. 882-7575. Open Monday-
Saturday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Diner/Beer and Wine. DIS, MC, V. A retro approach to urban food. The menu focuses on breakfast and lunch burritos, salads, pastas, soups, baked desserts and breakfast pastries. The affordable fare includes good salads, vegetarian soups, fresh burritos and pies like old family favorites. (12-19-02) $ CAFÉ À LA C’ART
GENTLE BEN’S BREWING COMPANY C 865 E. University Blvd. 624-4177. Open MondaySaturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-10 p.m. Café/ Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Better-than-decent food and a heavenly selection of 10 brews just ripe for the sampling make Gentle Ben’s a welcome respite from your wearying day. $$
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IRISH PUB NE 9155 E. Tanque Verde Road. 749-2299. Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This friendly, neighborhood pub is just what the doctor ordered for a bit o’ fun and food. Daily specials range from an all-you-can-eat Friday-night fish fry to steak dinners on Saturday night. Burgers come with all the usual sides, but you can also find interesting toppings—olive mayo, anyone? Dining on the patio is a pure pleasure. You may even make a new friend or two. (7-10-08) $-$$ NIMBUS BISTRO AND BREWERY E 6464 E. Tanque Verde Road. 733-1111. Open Sunday-
Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.midnight Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. With a large selection of bottled and draught beers, Nimbus Bistro and
a.m.-2 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This lunch venue located in the historic Stevens House adjacent to the Tucson Museum of Art is a small culinary masterpiece. With a limited menu, the focus is on quality and taste, both of which are outstanding. Ordering from the counter gives patrons ample time to ogle the mouthwatering desserts, which are best selected with the rest of your lunch; with patrons lining up outside, the case might be empty by the time you make it through the line a second time. The patio and French garden chic add extra appeal. (4-20-00) $ CAFÉ MARCEL C 344 N. Fourth Ave. 623-3700. Open daily 8 a.m.-5
p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The crepes at Café Marcel are simply amazing. With both sweet and savory crepes on the menu, as well as croissants, it’s worth trying as many as possible. The savory crepes, served with an herb cream sauce, are definitely not to be missed. Prices are reasonable and the service is friendly. Café Marcel also offers a variety of organic coffees and specialty teas. (8-2-12) $
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BY GENE ARMSTRONG, firstname.lastname@example.org Run Boy Run nly 40 percent of one of Tucson’s hottest young musical acts actually resides in the Old Pueblo. With three members living in the Phoenix area, and two in Tucson, the acoustic-bluegrass band Run Boy Run faces obvious logistical challenges whenever the members play, rehearse or record. But it’s worth it, they say. “It’s a challenge making sure we all get together, that’s for sure. I go back and forth to Tucson a lot,” says fiddler Matt Rolland, who lives in the Phoenix area. “But it’s also good, in a way. I think the distance makes us really take advantage of the time we do have together, and we appreciate more the time when we are practicing and performing. Maybe that’s what helps us understand this is worthwhile.” Mandolin-player Jen Sandoval, who lives in Tucson, expects to be driving back and forth to Phoenix each weekend in November. “We’ve set aside the whole month of November to record our new full-length album,” she says. The recording is expected to be released in early 2013. So far, Run Boy Run has released a five-song EP and a two-song digital single—both available on Bandcamp. The group’s sound revolves around the luminous three-part harmonies of Sandoval; her fiddle- and guitar-playing sister, Bekah Sandoval; and cellist Grace Rolland. The band’s XY chromosomes are represented by uprightbassist Jesse Allen and Matt Rolland (Grace’s brother), a two-time Arizona state fiddle contest winner. All in their 20s, the members of Run Boy Run still consider themselves a Tucson band, because they began playing together here in 2009, when the five were students at the University of Arizona. “This is where we got our start, playing open-mics and wherever we could three years ago,” Jen Sandoval says. Four of the players in Run Boy Run have since moved on to post-college careers, while Jen Sandoval is beginning her final semester and anticipates graduating in December. Most of them grew up in musical families. The Sandovals grew up in Payson; their grandfather is bluegrass-festival-promoter Ben Sandoval. The Rollands were born in Mesa; their father, fiddler Pete Rolland, is from Tucson and played in the legendary bluegrass group Summerdog. The Rollands and Sandovals were brought up on the music of Bill Monroe, the Carter family and Alison Krauss. And Run Boy Run continues to play a balance of original compositions, cover songs and traditional tunes attributed to the public domain, Matt Rolland says.
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He acknowledges that Run Boy Run—like anyone who plays traditional or old-time music—is familiar with morbid topics and emotionally wrenching subject matter. “We probably do too many murder ballads, but we do really like the dark and melancholy; there’s something that meshes well with the swelling of the stringed instruments,” Rolland says. “We’ve had some late-night discussions about this, and I think there’s so much darkness in old-time music because it’s part of an emotional catharsis that helps you overcome adversity in life.” Although the band frequents folk and bluegrass festivals in the region, Run Boy Run doesn’t get to perform in Tucson as often as its members would like. A performance at the Tucson Folk Festival in May, however, brought the group considerable attention. This fall will see the group play a few gigs in its hometown. There’s a Friday, Sept. 7, gig at Plush with the Silver Thread Trio, as well as Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman. And the band will perform Oct. 20 as part of a new music series at Harlow Gardens nursery. But first, Run Boy Run will join numerous other local acts on stage this Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Rialto Theatre. The band will be part of the KXCI Celebrates 1972 concert, a fundraiser for community radio station KXCI FM 91.3. The concept calls for each local artist to play a brief set, covering songs from a classic album released exactly 40 years ago. This is the fourth year the station has mounted such a show, and it’s become a muchanticipated tradition. The first was a 2009 tribute to 1969’s Woodstock festival, and editions in the years since feted the music of 1970 and 1971. (Full disclosure: I am a volunteer DJ at the station.) The other Tucson artists on the bill include Logan Greene Electric (covering Big Star’s #1
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Record), Kevin and Tanishia Hamilton (Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway), Crosscut Saw (the Allman Brothers Band’s Eat a Peach), Mik Garrison (Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book), Chris Holiman and the Downtown Saints (Neil Young’s Harvest), Boreas (Randy Newman’s Sail Away) and Roll Acosta (Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together). Run Boy Run will play a handful of tunes from the acclaimed Rock of Ages by The Band, the pioneering act that was among the first and most-significant groups to infuse rock ’n’ roll with elements of Americana and roots music. Because Rock of Ages is a double-live album, Run Boy Run’s choice allows it to play a mixture of songs from across the Band’s influential catalog. They’ll do “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Get Up Jake,” “This Wheel’s on Fire” and “Up on Cripple Creek.” “Last weekend, we had a pretty intense rehearsal on those songs, and I like the sound we have come up with for them,” Jen Sandoval says. “I am just excited, because I know that so many people love these songs.” She’s also excited to sing lead on the Band’s “Don’t Do It.” “I get to do a little bit of a bluesy vocal on that,” she says. “We three girls like to spread out the vocal duties so each of us gets the chance to show off.” The guys in the band don’t usually sing, but Sandoval is hoping they’ll be coerced into chiming in during “The Weight.”
Calling all local bands and musicians: Although details are still being ironed out, preparations have officially begun for the 15th Annual Great Cover-Up, which will take place at three venues over three nights—Thursday, Dec. 13, through Saturday, Dec. 15. The event’s organizers (of which I’m one) are currently accepting submissions from bands and performers who want to participate. Here’s the gist of the Great Cover-Up from a previous column: “Local bands that normally perform original material gather to perform a 20-minute set of songs by another band or artist. Simple enough, right? And best of all, every penny of the proceeds from the event (will be donated to charity). Of course, that means that no band will receive any compensation for slaving away at practice for a month or two, only to learn a set of songs they’ll probably never play again. But look at it this way: It’s probably about the most fun you’ll ever have doing charity volunteer work.” If you’re interested in participating, email email@example.com with the following information: your band name; what type of music you normally play; your top three picks for bands/ artists you’d like to cover; and a contact name, phone number and/or email address. We’ll get around to the deadline for submissions in an upcoming column, but for now, we want to hear the best damn ideas you’ve got to make this thing awesome. Thanks in advance, and we’ll be waiting patiently by our computers to hear from you.
TIKI TIME It’s been three years since The Hut acquired, from the former wonderland that was Magic Carpet Golf, the giant tiki head that welcomes patrons at the bar’s entrance. And that means that once again, the club will be celebrating its relocation with a big-ass party. The third annual March of the Moai will feature a dozen bands on two stages—one indoors and one outdoors—including a reunion of defunct local-band Stop Tyler. Here’s the full lineup: Outdoor stage: Tommy Tucker (6 p.m.), One Heartbeat (7 p.m.), Funky Bonz (9 p.m.), Top Dead Center (10 p.m.), Cosmic Slop (11:30 p.m.). Indoor stage: Moss Orion (6:30 p.m.), The Jits (7:30 p.m.), Twin Suns (8:30 p.m.), Haley Jane (9:30 p.m.), Turchi (10:30 p.m.), Stop Tyler (11:30 p.m.), Ben Hyatt Band (12:45 a.m.). The action starts at 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, and will also include barbecue available for purchase. Cover is $10. The Hut is at 305 N. Fourth Ave. Check out www.huttucson.com, or call 6233200 for more information.
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1. Insane Clown Posse Mighty Death Pop (Psychopathic)
2. Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (Def Jam)
3. The Hunger Games (DVD) Lionsgate
GUITAR HEROES Do you enjoy hearing very talented people playing guitar? You’re reading this, so I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume your answer is yes. Well, the folks at Club Congress have assembled a slew of Tucson’s best guitarists for a big-ass showcase this week. The Tucson Guitar Rumble will be hosted by Michael P. Nordberg, who has put together a rhythm section to accompany all the talent. Guitarists on the bill are Al Perry, Naim Amor, Mike Blommer, Chris Callahan, Clif Taylor, Mike Hebert, Loren Dircks and Gene Ruley, who will be performing for the first time since a recent serious medical issue. (Welcome back, Gene!) There will be two sets of music—in addition to an opening oldschool blues performance by Iowans Joe and Vicki Price—and each guitarist will get up and play a few tunes. At the end of the night, don’t be surprised to find all the guitarists engaging in a massive jam. Doors open at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24, and the cover is $5. Club Congress is at 311 E. Congress St. For more info, head to hotelcongress.com/club, or call 622-8848.
GET MOD AT THE COCINA The folks at MEOWmeow Productions have a slew of events planned for the next few months, including one this weekend. Teenage Wasteland: The Mod Fashion Party should be pretty self-explanatory: mod music and mod fashions constitute the theme, and the night will feature go-go dancers, music spun by Andy Depew of Satyr Entertainment, and a live set by La Cerca, who will play both original songs and mod cover tunes. Throw on your finest mod duds and head to La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave., at 10 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24. Cover charge is $3. For more information, go to lacocinatucson.com, or call 622-0351.
CHAMBER PLEASURES This week brings us the third installment of Chris Black’s ChamberLab series. In case you’re unfamiliar, here’s the concept: Local musicians who normally perform in a variety of different genres are asked to compose a piece of chamber music, and then perform it for your listening pleasure. Participants at this week’s event are Chris Black, Benjamin Degain, Chris Halvorsen, Dante Rosano, Marco Rosano and Tony Rosano. Catch a bunch of great local musicians stretching their wings on Sunday, Aug. 26, at Café Desta, the relatively new Ethiopian restau-
rant at 758 S. Stone Ave. The all-ages show runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and the restaurant is BYOB. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., which is around the time you should arrive if you’re planning on having dinner. Tickets are $15, available in advance at chrisblackmusic.com. Head there for more information, or call the restaurant at 370-7000.
4. Slightly Stoopid Top of the World (Stoopid)
5. Aesop Rock Skelethon (Rhymesayers)
6. Dexter: The Sixth Season (DVD) Showtime
GET IN THE SWING OF THINGS One of the pre-eminent acts of the ’90s swing revival, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, has experimented with other genres in the last several years. While the band’s upcoming album, Rattle Them Bones (which will be released Sept. 6), pulls from a variety of styles—press materials claim the album was inspired by Don Draper and Mark Twain—other recent albums include a tribute to Cab Calloway (2009’s How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway) and a celebration of the music of New Orleans (2003’s Save My Soul). Expect to hear tunes from all of those albums when Big Bad Voodoo Daddy take the stage at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., on Friday, Aug. 24. The Outlaw Rebels open the all-ages show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 and are available at rialtotheatre.com, or by calling 740-1000.
ON THE BANDWAGON Eric Johnson at the Rialto Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 25; Kishi Bashi, The Last Bison and Dream Sick at Club Congress on Tuesday, Aug. 28; miRthkon and Black Jackalope Ensemble at Solar Culture Gallery on Friday, Aug. 24; The Resonars, Apache Dropout and Discos at The District Tavern on Sunday, Aug. 26; Blank Tapes, Catfish and Weezie and Rory O’Rear at La Cocina on Wednesday, Aug. 29; Colleen Green and Plateaus at Plush on Saturday, Aug. 25; Something Fierce, Occult Detective Club and Pop Gestapo at The District Tavern on Wednesday, Aug. 29; Kristen Chandler Band, Spirit Familia and The Vases at Plush on Friday, Aug. 24; Kaia Chesney, Logan Greene and Clinton Rice at Club Congress on Wednesday, Aug. 29; Church of Rock Revelations presents Evasion, Hell Follows and Skinkfinger at Surly Wench Pub on Saturday, Aug. 25; Between the Buried and Me, Periphery, Job for a Cowboy and Crowdkill at The Rock on Monday, Aug. 27; Bricktop, Drizzle and Muskhog at The Bashful Bandit on Friday, Aug. 24; SuchaMC, Vine St. and Omega Jackson at Sky Bar on Saturday, Aug. 25.
7. The Faceless Autotheism (Sumerian)
8. Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don’t (Def Jam)
9. In This Moment Blood (Red General)
10. Kottonmouth Kings Mile High (Suburban Noize)
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CLUB LIST Here is a list of venues that offer live music, dancing, DJ music, karaoke or comedy in the Tucson area. We recommend that you call and confirm all events. 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. THE BISBEE ROYALE 94 Main St. Bisbee. (520) 432-6750. BLUEFIN SEAFOOD BISTRO 7053 N. Oracle Road. 531-8500. THE BONE-IN STEAKHOUSE 5400 S. Old Spanish Trail. 885-4600. BOONDOCKS LOUNGE 3306 N. First Ave. 690-0991. 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. CAFÉ DESTA 758 S. Stone Ave. 370-7000. 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. COLT’S TASTE OF TEXAS STEAKHOUSE 8310 N. Thornydale Road. 572-5968. COMFORT SUITES 7007 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-2300. COPPER QUEEN HOTEL 11 Howell Ave. Bisbee. (520) 432-2216. COW PALACE 28802 S. Nogales Highway. Amado. (520) 398-8000. COW PONY BAR AND GRILL 6510 E. Tanque Verde Road. 721-2781. CUSHING STREET RESTAURANT AND BAR 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984. DAKOTA CAFE AND CATERING CO. 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-7188. DELECTABLES RESTAURANT AND CATERING 533 N. Fourth Ave. 884-9289. 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.
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THE DISTRICT 260 E. Congress St. 792-0081. 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. ELLIOTT’S ON CONGRESS 135 E. Congress St. 622-5500. FAMOUS SAM’S BROADWAY 1830 E. Broadway Blvd. 884-0119. FAMOUS SAM’S E. GOLF LINKS 7129 E. Golf Links Road. 296-1245. FAMOUS SAM’S SILVERBELL 2320 N. Silverbell Road. 884-7267. FAMOUS SAM’S VALENCIA 3010 W. Valencia Road. 883-8888. FAMOUS SAM’S W. RUTHRAUFF 2480 W. Ruthrauff Road. 292-0492. FAMOUS SAM’S IRVINGTON 2048 E. Irvington Road. 8896007. 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 GRAND SALOON 61 Main St. Bisbee. (800) 421-1909. 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. 2991501. 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. M&L AIRPORT INN BAR AND GRILL 2303 E. Valencia Road. 294-1612. 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. MONTEREY COURT STUDIO GALLERIES AND CAFÉ 505 W. Miracle Mile. 207-2429. MR. AN’S TEPPAN STEAK AND SUSHI 6091 N. Oracle Road. 797-0888. MR. HEAD’S ART GALLERY AND BAR 513 N. Fourth Ave. 792-2710. MUSIC BOX 6951 E. 22nd St. 747-1421. NEVADA SMITH’S 1175 W. Miracle Mile. 622-9064. 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. PURGATORY 1310 S. Alvernon Way. 795-1996. PUTNEY’S 6090 N. Oracle Road. 575-1767. RPM NIGHTCLUB 445 W. Wetmore Road. 869-6098. RA SUSHI BAR RESTAURANT 2905 E. Skyline Drive. 615-3970. RAGING SAGE COFFEE ROASTERS 2458 N. Campbell Ave. 320-5203.
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. SALTY DAWG II 6121 E. Broadway Blvd., No. 106. 790-3294. SAM HUGHES PLACE CHAMPIONSHIP DINING 446 N. Campbell Ave. 747-5223. SAPPHIRE LOUNGE 61 E. Congress St. 624-9100. SHERATON HOTEL AND SUITES 5151 E. Grant Road. 323-6262. SHOOTERS STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON 3115 E. Prince Road. 322-0779. SHOT IN THE DARK CAFÉ 121 E. Broadway Blvd. 882-5544. SINBAD’S FINE MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE 810 E. University Ave. 623-4010. SIR VEZA’S 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. THE STEAKOUT RESTAURANT AND SALOON 3620 W. Tangerine Road. Marana. 572-1300. STOCKMEN’S LOUNGE 1368 W. Roger Road. 887-2529. SULLIVAN’S STEAK HOUSE 1785 E. River Road. 299-4275. SURLY WENCH PUB 424 N. Fourth Ave. 882-0009. TANQUE VERDE RANCH 14301 E. Speedway Blvd. 296-6275. TANQUE VERDE SWAP MEET 4100 S. Palo Verde Road. 294-4252. TERRY AND ZEKE’S 4603 E. Speedway Blvd. 325-3555. THIRSTY’S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL 2422 N. Pantano Road. 885-6585. 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 AUG 23 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Bob Linesch The Bisbee Royale Buzz and the Soul Senders The Bone-In Steakhouse Bobby Wilson Boondocks Lounge Ed DeLucia Trio 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 Desert Diamond Casino Monsoon Nightclub Mark Chestnutt Eddies Cocktails Cass Preston and His Band Elliott’s on Congress The Kachina Speakeasy Review 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 Tesoro Irish Pub Gary Alan Durrenberger Las Cazuelitas Live music McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Susan Artemis Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Michael Monahan Quartet O’Malley’s Live music On a Roll Live music O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge B/S (AC/DC tribute) RPM Nightclub 80’s and Gentlemen Rialto Theatre Jimmy Cliff Sheraton Hotel and Suites Prime Example Sky Bar Hot Nerds Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Union Public House Howard and 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 Bob Paluzzi Know Where II New Star Karaoke Margarita Bay Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Cutthroat Karaoke Music Box Karaoke with AJ Oracle Inn Karaoke and open mic 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
COMEDY Laffs Comedy Caffé Josiah Osego, Alan Fullbeard, Glendon McGee, Joel Martin
TRIVIA/PUB QUIZ Bumsted’s Geeks Who Drink The Canyon’s Crown Restaurant and Pub Geeks Who Drink Salty Dawg II Team trivia 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to receive listings information is noon on Friday, seven days before the Thursday publication date. For display advertising information, call 294-1200.
FRI AUG 24 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed The Bamboo Club Live music The Bashful Bandit Bricktop, Drizzle, Muskhog Bedroxx DJ Du and the Cooper Meza Band The Bisbee Royale The Sugar Thieves Bluefin Seafood Bistro George Howard and Mark Noethen Boondocks Lounge Neon Prophet Café Passé Tom Walbank The Canyon’s Crown Restaurant and Pub Live music Cascade Lounge Doug Martin Chicago Bar The AmoSphere Club Congress Tucson Guitar Rumble: Joe and Vicki Price, Michael P., Mike Blommer, Mike Hebert, Al Perry, Clif Taylor, Loren Dircks, Gene Ruley, Naim Amor, Chris Callahan La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar The Greg Morton Band, Teenage Wasteland: The Mod Fashion party: DJ Andy Depew, La Cerca Cow Palace Live music Dakota Cafe and Catering Co. John Ronstadt Delectables Restaurant and Catering Live music Dry River Company KC Monroe Band Eclipse at College Place Live music Eddies Cocktails Dust Devils El Mezón del Cobre Mariachi Azteca El Parador Descarga, Salsarengue, Tito y Su Nuevo Son Famous Sam’s E. Golf Links Live music 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 Aaron Gilmartin, Freddy Vesely The Hideout Sol Down Hilton El Conquistador Resort Howard and Loud The Hut Al Foul and guests Irish Pub Mark Insley Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar Genevieve and the LPs Las Cazuelitas Mariachis Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse Arizona Dance Hands Maverick Flipside McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky, Patio: Day Job Mint Cocktails Live music Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Clam Tostada Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi Los Cubanos Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Collin Shook Trio Old Father Inn Live music Oracle Inn Greg Spivey Band O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge Split Decision La Parrilla Suiza Mariachi music Plush The Vases, Spirit Familia, Kristen Chandler Band Rialto Theatre The Outlaw Rebels, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Ric’s Cafe/Restaurant Live music RJ’s Replays Sports Pub and Grub Rapid Fire Band Shooters Steakhouse and Saloon Andy Hersey Shot in the Dark Café Mark Bockel The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar 80’s and Gentlemen Solar Culture miRthkon, The Black Jackalope Ensemble Stadium Grill Live music The Steakout Restaurant and Saloon House of Stone Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Surly Wench Pub Church of Rock Revelations Tanque Verde Swap Meet Live music Whiskey Tango Vintage Sugar Wild Bill’s Steakhouse and Saloon Beau Renfro and Clear Country Woody’s Susan Artemis
KARAOKE/OPEN MIC Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y-Not Karaoke Brats Brodie’s Tavern Famous Sam’s W. Ruthrauff Famous Sam’s Pima Iguana Cafe Jeff’s Pub Kustom Karaoke Know Where II New Star Karaoke LB Saloon Margarita Bay Midtown Bar and Grill Putney’s Karaoke with DJ Soup Riley’s Irish Tavern Chubbrock Entertainment Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y Not Karaoke Salty Dawg II Tucson’s Most Wanted Entertainment with KJ Sean Shooters Steakhouse and Saloon Stockmen’s Lounge Terry and Zeke’s Wings-Pizza-N-Things YNot Entertainment
DANCE/DJ The Auld Dubliner DJ spins music Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Flamenco guitar and dance show Circle S Saloon DJ BarryB 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 Café Sahuarita DJ spins music El Charro Café on Broadway DJ spins R&B El Parador Salsa-dance lessons with Jeannie Tucker Famous Sam’s Valencia DJ spins music IBT’s CelloFame Javelina Cantina DJ M. M&L Airport Inn Bar and Grill DJ Chito Maynards Market and Kitchen DJ spins music Music Box ‘80s and more NoRTH DJ Phatal O’Malley’s DJ Dibs Sam Hughes Place Championship Dining DJ spins music Sapphire Lounge Flashback Fridays with DJ Sid the Kid Sinbad’s Fine Mediterranean Cuisine DJ spins music Sky Bar Hot Era party Sky Bar 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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SAT AUG 25 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed The Bashful Bandit Live Music The Bisbee Royale This GOP, The Tryst, Sweet Ghosts, Carlos Arzate Café Passé Country Saturdays Cascade Lounge George Howard Chicago Bar Neon Prophet Club Congress Jivin Scientists present: The Morning After release show La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar The Collin Shook Trio Colt’s Taste of Texas Steakhouse Live music Cow Pony Bar and Grill DJ spins music Cushing Street Restaurant and Bar Live jazz Dakota Cafe and Catering Co. Howard Wooten Delectables Restaurant and Catering Stefan George Desert Diamond Casino Monsoon Nightclub Angel Norteno Don’s Bayou Cajun Cookin’ Melody Louise Driftwood Restaurant and Lounge Live music Dry River Company Greyhound Soul Eclipse at College Place Live music Eddies Cocktails Classic rock ‘n’ roll El Charro Café Sahuarita Live salsa band El Mezón del Cobre Mariachi Azteca El Parador Descarga, Salsarengue, Tito y Su Nuevo Son Famous Sam’s E. Golf Links Live music Flying V Bar and Grill Solo guitarist La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente Gold Live music Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music Hacienda del Sol Freddy Vesely, Fourth Street String Band The Hideout Los Bandidos The Hut March of the Moai: Outdoor: Tommy Tucker, One Heartbeat, Funky Bonz, Top Dead Center, Cosmic Slop. Indoor: Moss Orion, the Jits, Twin Suns, Haley Jane, Turchi, Ben Hyatt Band Irish Pub Johnnie and the Rumblers Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar Tom Walbank Las Cazuelitas Mariachis Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse Arizona Dance Hands Lookout Bar and Grille at Westward Look Resort Live acoustic McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky Mint Cocktails Live music Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Angel Diamond and the Blues Disciples Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi The Old School House Band Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Collin Shook Trio Nimbus Brewing Company Taproom Five Way Street O’Malley’s Live music Old Pueblo Grille Jazz Jam with Pete Swan Trio Old Tubac Inn Restaurant and Saloon Haywire Oracle Inn Wild Ride Band O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge Mercury Transit La Parrilla Suiza Mariachi music Plush Plateaus, Colleen Green Rialto Theatre KXCI celebrates 1972: Run Boy Run, Logan Greene Electric, Kevin and Tanishia Hamilton, Crosscut Saw, Mik Garrison, Chris Holiman and the Downtown Saints, Boreas, Roll Acosta Ric’s Cafe/Restaurant Live music Sheraton Hotel and Suites Tucson Jazz Institute Sky Bar SuchaMc, Vine St., Omega Jackson The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar Live music
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What are you listening to these days? A lot of Amigo the Devil and Red Fang, and I’m still stuck on Blue Record by Baroness. I’ve also been going through my old records and listening to a lot of Tucson punk bands like the Blacks, Los Federales and the Weird Lovemakers. What was the first album you owned? I got (Guns N’ Roses’) Appetite for Destruction and Black Sabbath’s We Sold Our Soul for Rock ’n’ Roll on tape when I was 6. What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get? What I really don’t get are the Juggalos and Insane Clown Posse culture. It just baffles me. You can tell how far someone went through school when you see a Juggalo T-shirt. What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live? Faith No More. Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure? Ska. I love the early, early stuff, the English ska from the ’70s, but I even like the third-wave stuff, like Let’s Go Bowling. What song would you like to have played at your funeral? “The Wooden Song,” by Butthole Surfers. It wouldn’t make much sense, but it’s a beautiful song. What band or artist changed your life, and how? Neurosis. They showed that without losing any sort of intensity, there could be an intelligence behind playing heavy rock. Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time? Enemy of the Sun, by Neurosis.
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NIGHT BEATS, DISCOS, CHURCH KEY CLUB CONGRESS Friday, Aug. 17 There were many lessons learned the other night at Club Congress. One was to steer clear of trendy bandwagon-jumping. The second: If a band must insist on following trends, at least attempt to do it well. Non-bandwagon-jumpers Church Key are quickly becoming a must-see band. Their songs are great; the band is tight; and they consistently deliver passionate performances. Church Keyâ€™s brief and explosive music is not unlike that of their membersâ€™ parent groups (Garboski and Gentlemen of Monster Island), though itâ€™s more melodic and muscular. Second on the bill were locals Discos, whose name is mostly inaccurate. In fact, there was exactly one song they performed that had a disco drum beat and/or sensibility. Discos play an original take on early British post-punk from the late 1970s and early 1980s, such as Magazine or Adam and the Ants. However, they really donâ€™t resemble any particular group from that time period; Discos simply sound as though they were from that musical movement. They played a very powerful set, but they do lose points for using Britney Spearsesque headset microphones. Which brings us to the eveningâ€™s headliners: Seattleâ€™s Night Beats. This group, to put it mildly, is to neo-garage rock what Candlebox was to Nirvana in the early 1990s. They seemed drunk enough for more than a few extreme DUIs and dressed up in better costumes than most trickor-treaters. Their jean jackets had more pins on them than Jennifer Anistonâ€™s character in Office Space. The bass player (the one with the obligatory white afro) even played a Paul McCartneystyle violin-shaped bass guitar. The music featured generic and hookless rave-ups that never really ended up raving anywhere; Night Beatâ€™s songs were instantly forgettable. The aforementioned bass player apparently shared this self-realization, as he appeared so bored that he pretended to throw his guitar at the audience. Countless other acts play this ever-tiring revival of played-out faux â€™60s rock, but Night Beatsâ€™ music is based not in the authentic and first-generation garage rockers like Chocolate Watchband or the Sonics, but other boring neo-garage bands currently monopolizing the underground rock â€™nâ€™ roll landscape. Back to the drawing board, boys. Joshua Levine firstname.lastname@example.org
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Welcome to the world of Tucson underground hip-hop, flying mostly below the radar and unjustly ignored by the majority of local music fans. Enter Jivin Scientists, who strive to bulldoze through this granite wall of apathy with The Morning After. The record contains many of the hallmarks of local rap music: early ’90s Dr. Dre and Wu-Tang Clan beats and loops, lackadaisical rapping as pioneered by Rakim, and lyrics that are relaxed while proclaiming their own greatness. However, what sets Jivin Scientists apart are their brutally confessional and introspective lyrics. Loneliness, rejection and general angst are just some of the topics covered here. Even the sex raps and occasional gangsta posturing contain insecurity. That’s not to say that Jivin Scientists are The Cure of hip-hop. This album has its fair share of party songs, with band members gazing into their navels and combining the aforementioned personal uncertainty. As far as the musical production goes, RZA (of the Wu-Tang Clan), circa 1994, seems to be the predominant blueprint here. Slow, slightly spooky and foreboding, The Morning After feels and sounds like that rickety old ladder that could break apart at any time. Still, the relaxed piano and string-section samples are occasionally uplifting, adding a respite from the relentless gloom. A well-rounded, well-performed and well-written album, The Morning After lives up to its title—but also sounds pretty damn good the next day. Joshua Levine
Without irony, George Lewis Jr. references the throb-throb electronic rhythms, keyboard swells and skittering guitar of ’80s synth-pop. On his second album, Lewis’ charming songs un-self-consciously map the regions of romantic joy and drama. By default, some contemporary-minded listeners may call his music chillwave, but it really embraces a sound we used to call new wave. He carefully crafts delicate spires and lattices of pop-rock that sounded modern 30 years ago, but maybe now constitute just another valid stylistic statement. The opening tune, “Golden Light,” sets a yearning tone, pondering the existence of salvation and emotional rescue in a cynical age. Lewis’ jury is still out on whether we’ll be saved from ourselves, but he’s hopeful. With a bouncing beat and rippling riffs, “Five Seconds,” perhaps the best song here, could be a heretofore apocryphal track accidentally excluded from an MTV 120 Minutes collection. The song’s nostalgia quotient is high enough that you’ll want to hear it again and again, but you’ll never really be able to identify a specific artist—is that Tears for Fears, Peter Gabriel or Level 42?—as a dominant inspiration. With slapping electronics replicating a chain-gang rhythm, “I Don’t Care” is a robust exploration of the ambiguities of romance, while “Be Mine Tonight” is a tentative plea for intimacy. Through the vehicle of Twin Shadow, Lewis is able to distill the basic ingredients of sound, then recombine them with results that sound instinctively familiar but feel original. His movingly soulful voice adds to the winning recipe. Gene Armstrong
While All Hour Cymbals and Odd Blood sounded of-themoment and eclectic, Yeasayer’s latest is both the band’s most-cohesive record and their most-anachronistic record. Synthier than ever, and much less strange, Fragrant World sounds like something recorded in 1982. It could easily be listened to between INXS’ Shabooh Shoobah and Forever Now by the Psychedelic Furs, and not sound at all out of place. This record, though, is more softrock than either of those classics, which I suppose makes it musique du jour in an era when Bon Iver wins Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album, and everyone argues about whether Destroyer’s Kaputt is garbage or genius. Luckily, Fragrant World is better than either of those records, more flavored with new wave energy and much more singalong-able. “Demon Road” might be the album’s best offering, with an addictive hook and a chorus that comes as close to “soaring” as the band gets these days. “No Bones” is another standout, a suitably weird psych-dance number whose refrains of, “Suppose it’s the right time,” echo and refract in one’s mind long after the song has ended. Fans might find Fragrant World tepid, and it may come off that way on the first listen. But it’s less self-consciously weird than the first two albums, a bit more mature and relaxed. That may also mean less fun and ambitious (with a couple of proggy snoozers in evidence—I’m looking at you, “Glass of the Microscope”). Sean Bottai
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Keep the Faith BY J.M. SMITH, email@example.com eing a medical-marijuana patient is beginning to feel a bit like living in a house of cards. And the wind is beginning to blow. In the past two weeks, Gov. Jan reignited the bundle of sticks at our feet by yet again siccing bulldog Tom Horne on the MMJ community. And in Los Angeles, where (and possibly in part because) the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg touts the benefits of MMJ in dispensary ads, the city is gearing up to enforce a storefront sales ban imposed last month. In July, the U.S. attorney for Northern California—the Holy Land of MMJ—sent notice that she plans to cast the walls of the temple asunder at the biggest dispensary in the nation, San Francisco’s Harborside Health Center, where more than 100,000 patients are connected with their meds. Breezes like that threaten to topple the MMJ house, which has a sound structure above ground in Arizona, but is built on shaky federal substrate. Ultimately, though, I am encouraged by the state of affairs. Why shouldn’t I be? Things are actually looking pretty good for MMJ. I suggest we all step back and take a look at the forest. Although the governor has repeatedly and consistently dragged her knuckles and feet in attempts to block dispensaries, I haven’t heard a peep from her about the 25,000-plus patients authorized to grow. All of those people are also authorized to give me meds in exchange for donations to compensate for their considerable growing costs. So despite frequent hue and cry from the MMJ community, I don’t think many patients will go without meds if dispensary operators follow Gen. Horne’s advice to cease and desist with plans to open. Do I want dispensaries? Yes. Will my world come crashing down if they never open? No. And true enough, the Los Angeles City Council voted last week to ban storefront MMJ operations in the city. But the council also voted to craft an ordinance allowing dozens of storefronts that were there when a 2007 ban was passed. Since the first so-called ban, more than 700 dispensaries have opened. Be real, people. Did you really think hundreds of businesses could fly that overtly in the face of the law and get away with it? Does L.A. really need more MMJ dispensaries than Starbucks? No. And Los Angeles accounts for barely a quarter of the 12 million people in the metro area. The rest live in other communities, like Long Beach, Burbank and Anaheim. Southern Californians might have to get in a car to fetch meds, but it seems there will be plenty of dis-
pensaries to go around, even if only a few dozen are allowed in L.A. The breezes might be shaking the house a little, but even if it falls, I think we’ll be better off than we were before medical marijuana. In the 16 years since California voters became the first in the nation to endorse MMJ, 15 other states have followed suit. A half-dozen have proposals in their state legislatures. Even here in Arizona—where local authorities, not feds, have raided MMJ collectives—things look pretty good. There are scores of collectives in the Phoenix area (though fewer here), and I
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny. Go to RealAstrology.com to check out Rob Brezsny’s EXPANDED WEEKLY HOROSCOPE 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700 $1.99 per minute. 18 and over. Touchtone phone required. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Do you know what a controlled burn is? Firefighters start small, manageable fires on purpose to eradicate brush that has accumulated too close to wooded areas. With less fuel around, bigger fires are not as likely to ignite accidentally and turn into conflagrations. I encourage you to use this as a metaphor for your own life, Aries. How? First, identify a big potential problem that may be looming on the horizon. Then, in the coming weeks, get rid of all the small messes that might tend to feed that big problem. Make sure it’ll never happen. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Jungian storyteller Clarissa Pinkola Estes advises us to take good care of the untamed aspects of our nature. “The wild life must be kept ordered on a regular basis,” she writes. One way to do this is to keep our uncommon and unruly ideas clear and organized. It’s also important to give them respect, and understand that they’re crucial to our spiritual and psychological health. How are you doing in this regard, Taurus? What’s your relationship with the untamed aspects of your nature? According to my reading of the omens, now is prime time for you honor, nurture and cultivate them. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): By my astrological reckoning, you’re not nearly wet enough right now. I recommend that you take immediate and intensive steps to remedy the situation. There should not be anything about you that is high and dry; you need to soak up the benefits that come from being slippery and dripping. If you’re suffering from even a hint of emotional dehydration, you should submerse yourself in the nearest pool of primal feelings. For extra credit, drink deeply from the sacred cup that never empties. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In the 16th century, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V ruled over a vast swath of land that included 12 modern European nations. According to some historians, he once said, “I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.” This is the kind of attitude I recommend that you adopt in the coming weeks, Cancerian. Tailor your language to the people and creatures you’re speaking to. Address them on their own level of
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consciousness, respecting their limitations and appealing to their particular kind of intelligence. Of course, this is always a good policy, but it’s especially important for you to observe now. Fluency and flexibility will be rewarded in ways you can’t imagine. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Would you like to enhance your relationship with money? If so, do you have any specific ideas about how to do it? The coming weeks will be an excellent time to identify and implement those ideas. Let me make an initial suggestion: Keep your magical thinking to a minimum, but don’t stamp it out entirely; a small amount of frisky fantasizing will actually boost the likelihood that your more-practical intentions will achieve critical mass. Here’s another tip: Imagine the presents you’d get for people if you had some extra cash. Stimulating your generous urges may help motivate the universe to be generous to you. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A guy I know was invited to hang one of his paintings in a New York gallery—on one condition: It had to be a piece he created on the spot, in the gallery, on the day the show opened. That would be way too much pressure for me to handle. I need to spend a long time on the stuff I make, whether it’s music or writing. I’ve got to fuss over every little detail as I constantly edit and refine and add layers. What about you, Virgo? Could you quickly come up with some new wrinkle or fresh creation that would show the world who you really are? I’m guessing we will soon find out. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If you’ve been reading my horoscopes for a while, you know I’m not a decadent cynic who thinks “no pain, no gain” is the supreme formula for success. On the contrary. I think it’s quite possible to enjoy tremendous growth spurts when you’re happy and healthy. Pleasurable events can be great learning experiences. Joy and freedom may activate potentials that would otherwise remain dormant. Having said that, I want to make a suggestion that may seem at odds with my usual approach, even though it’s not: For the next two weeks, I encourage you to explore the necessary power of decay. Harness the archetypes of breakdown and dissolution as you put an end to things
whose time is up. This work is key to your future rejuvenation and renaissance. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I’m going to ignore the Urban Dictionary’s more-modern definitions of the word “yeast,” and stick to the original meaning: an agent of fermentation that brews alcoholic drinks and makes bread dough rise. Metaphorically speaking, Scorpio, you should be like that for your gang or crew or tribe. I urge you to stir up group morale. Provoke deeper thought and stronger feelings. Instigate some bubbly new trends and effervescent interactions. Be yeasty! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sussex is a county in southeast England. Its official motto is, “We wunt be druv,” which is Sussex dialect for, “We won’t be pushed around.” It’s not bad as mottoes go, I guess. There’s power in announcing to the world that you’re not going to allow anyone to manipulate you or bully you. But I’d like to see you come up with a morerobust battle cry for yourself, Sagittarius— one that doesn’t focus on what you won’t do, but rather on what you will do. It’s an ideal astrological moment to articulate
your driving purpose in a pithy formula that will give you strength whenever you invoke it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Most people consider global warming somewhat of a mixed blessing,” wrote Aaron Sankin on Huffington Post. “On one hand, there’s ocean acidification, deserts gobbling up wide swaths of farmland and the massive die-off of the innumerable species unable to cope with the effects of the world’s rapidly rising temperature. But, on the other hand, you’ll be able to wear shorts for literally the entire year.” Sankin is being deeply sarcastic, of course. Let’s make his satire a jumping-off point as we consider some sincerely worthwhile trade-offs you might want to implement in your own sphere. Would you be willing to sacrifice a trivial comfort for a new privilege? Would you shed a small pleasure to gain a muchbigger pleasure? Might you divest yourself of a pocket of resentment if, in doing so, you’d attract a cleansing epiphany? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I don’t expect your travels in the coming weeks to be like a smooth luxury cruise in a stretch
limousine. Your route is not likely to be a straight shot through breathtaking scenery with expansive views. No, my dear Aquarius, your journeys will be more complicated than that, more snakey and labyrinthine. Some of the narrow passages and weedy detours you’ll need to navigate may not even resemble paths, let alone highways. And your metaphorical vehicle may resemble a funky old 1967 Chevy pickup truck or a forklift bedecked with flowers. It should be pretty fun, though. Keep in mind that your maps may only be partially useful. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In medieval times, you didn’t need a priest to get married, nor did you have to be in a church or recite a set of vows. You didn’t even have to round up witnesses. All that was required was that the two people who wanted to be wed said, “I marry you,” to each other. Those three words had great power! In the coming days, Pisces, I’d love to see you draw inspiration from that lost tradition. Your assignment is to dream up three potent declarations that, while not legally binding, express the deepest and most-loving intentions you promise to be faithful to in the coming years.
¡ASK A MEXICAN! BY GUSTAVO ARELLANO, firstname.lastname@example.org ican.net Dear Mexican: I was in the bathroom stall in a taco shop and saw your racist dribble in La Prensa San Diego. (The paper was being used as ass-wipe, I guess.) Whatever you say or write will always be foreshadowed by the fact that you and all the dark-skinned Mexis are mosca en la leche—that will never change. And for you to steal the statement “gentle readers” from Miss Manners shows just how unauthentic and uncreative you are. But we realize you are a Mexi; stealing anything (whether bicycles or prose) is embedded in the genetic code of your dirty culture. After I was done excreting, I used your column to wipe myself, and I threw it in the corner of the toilet stall with all the other soiled newspaper … Roger Hedgecock’s Biggest Fan Dear Gabacho: Your mom didn’t teach you to wipe properly; you just smeared this column with your intellectual caca. And Judith Martin didn’t invent the “gentle readers” shtick; hell, Jonathan Swift was dropping that couplet in Gulliver’s Travels. I realize you’re a gabacho: Setting basic history and insults wrong is embedded in the genetic code of that raza’s more-pendejo members. Now make like a yahoo, and dig for those nuggets!
the brave? An Orgullosa DREAMer Mexicana Dear Proud Mexican DREAMER: Actually, I’m a mexicano, not a mexicana—not that there’s anything wrong with that! As for what you can tell Know Nothings to make them understand your situation … they never will. Instead, tell them, “I told you so,” by showing all the accomplishments undocumented youth have notched—college degrees, businesses, making your plight a national issue so big that President Barack Obama has issued a stay on any deportations for ustedes (an imperfect gesture, for sure, but at least a start)— while supposedly powerless. Are these not the types of Americans we want—people who can stare into the abyss of hopelessness and emerge not only positive, but productive? If you’re supposed to make lemonade when life throws you lemons, DREAMers have created a taquiza out of nothing—and if Know Nothings want to ignore and demonize that, then they deserve the beautiful half-Mexican grandchild that’s coming their way, pronto.
If Know Nothings want to ignore and demonize DREAMers, then they Let me start by telling deserve the beautiful halfyou that, like yourself, Mexican grandchild that’s I’m a proud mexicana, and how glad I coming their way. am that someone educated like yourself is trying to educate Know Nothings about things they think they know. My concern is this: I am a DREAMer, and I have come across so many stupid people who think they know what’s best for us. I have heard that it’s never gonna pass, that we’re just wasting our time, blah blah blah! What can I say to these Know Nothings to make them understand that all we’re asking for is a chance to go to college and have a good-paying job, and/or a chance to serve in the military? After all, is this not the land of opportunities? Land of the free, home of
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I am a college-age gay male. Last year, I dated two guys. The firstâ€”letâ€™s call him Mittâ€”I dated for five months. He broke up with me, and it hurt as much as breakups do, but I got over it. A few months later, I dated another guyâ€”letâ€™s call him Paulâ€”for a month. I really liked him, but he broke up with me, too. Then I found out that two days after breaking up with me, Paul started going out with Mitt. They knew I had dated each of them. It was the end of the school year, and I quickly left for vacation. The school year starts back up soon, and I am still pissed and hurt that they are dating. Do I have a right to be? Should I just get over myself? Should I do my best to avoid them? Exes Became A Couple Avoid them for now, EBAC, and get over yourself. Gays and lesbians are about 2 to 5 percent of the population. Iâ€™m afraid that arithmetic precludes us from hewing to the â€œbro codeâ€?â€”at least where dating friends-of-exes, exes-of-friends or exes-of-exes are concerned. We simply donâ€™t have the luxury of being as rigid about this shit as straight people do. The pickings for us are just too slim. But you have a right to your feelings, EBAC, and you should go ahead and feel the shit out of your pissed-and-hurt feelings. Two guys dated you; both dumped you; and now theyâ€™re dating each other. Thatâ€™s gotta sting. So avoid your exes for nowâ€”why salt your wounds by hanging out with them?â€”but resist the urge to go to war. Donâ€™t trash them on Facebook; donâ€™t force your friends to choose sides. Smile and nod when you see them on campus; chat politely if youâ€™re thrown together at parties; and just generally accept their relationship with as much good grace as you can muster. Remember: The odds that these guys will be together forever are pretty slim. Iâ€™m not suggesting that their more-probable-than-not breakup should delight you, EBAC, only that you might not want to burn bridges becauseâ€”college being college, gay men being gay menâ€”you could wind up dating one or the other or both of these guys again. Or, more likely, you might want to be friends with one or the other or both of them once your hurt has burned off. And finally, EBAC, ask yourself what you want these guys saying to mutual friendsâ€”some of whom might be gay, and some of whom might be into youâ€”if theyâ€™re asked about you. Do you want them to say you revealed yourself to be an angry and vindictive psycho when they got together? Or do you want them to say that, although you were obviously hurt when they got together, you were gracious about it, and that while you werenâ€™t the right guy for either of them, youâ€™re a good guy and the right guy for somebody? Iâ€™m a 26-year-old queer woman. Iâ€™m about to visit a friend who used to be my boyfriend and who has been my lover when weâ€™ve visited each other since. Sex with him is fun for me, but itâ€™s been lifechanging for him. Iâ€™m the first person he has ever shared his kinks with: age regression/diapers/submission. Heâ€™s been ashamed of his kinks for most of his life, and Iâ€™ve been completely accepting and have helped him get over his sense of shame. Playing this role in my friendâ€™s life is fun, sexy and meaningful for me. My own tastes, though, are more vanilla. Some of the things that would be most satisfying to meâ€” cunnilingus, him being a little dominant sometimes, and, honestly, French kissingâ€”have been absent from our sex. He says that he wants to do for me whatever I want, and Iâ€™ve told him what I want as clearly as I just told you. But he seems to have some kind of a block about actually doing those things.
Iâ€™ve tried to be very positive about oral sex and not put pressure on my friend, but rather let him know how hot it is for me, and how fantastic it makes me feel. But so far, he just wonâ€™t do it. Iâ€™ve also let him know that I really enjoy kissing with tongue, and that itâ€™s pretty much the most-arousing thing for me in the world. But heâ€™s done very little of that, too. Heâ€™s aware of the inequality in what weâ€™ve done for each other and acknowledges that itâ€™s unfair that heâ€™s â€œgotten away with it.â€? Help! She Misses Tongue While I was on vacation last week, sex-writer, activist and feminist-pornographer Tristan Taormino filled in for me. Writing the Savage Love Letter of the Day in my absence, Tristan gave some advice to a woman in a similar situation: â€œYour boyfriend has finally been able to reveal his desires and fantasies to you,â€? Tristan wrote. â€œThatâ€™s a big deal, and when it happens, many people can go through a phase of being selfish and self-centered.â€? I agree with Tristan, but I would go a bit further: Your friendâ€”your selfish, thoughtless friendâ€”is taking advantage of you, SMT, and as he knows you well enough to sense that meeting his needs is â€œfun, sexy and meaningfulâ€? for you, he figures he can keep getting away with it. Right now, your relationship isnâ€™t characterized by a healthy give-and-take of pleasure. Youâ€™re servicing your exâ€”or, to put it more charitably, youâ€™re doing your ex a favor. The question for you, SMT, is how long you intend to go on doing him this particular favor. If the pleasure youâ€™re taking in helping him realize his fantasies is enough, then perhaps you should keep doing him favors. But would you be writing to me about this situation if it were enough? Early in August, a gentleman who signed himself WHACK wrote to you inquiring whether he should clear his browser history to keep his pornviewing from becoming known to his anti-porn wife, as the wife had noticed an empty browser history and gotten suspicious. Browser-clearing is an option, of course, but most browsers also have an option that allows users to browse anonymously, Dan, without retaining any history, cookies, passwords, etc. Google Chrome calls it â€œIncognito.â€? Safari and Firefox call it â€œPrivate Browsing.â€? Internet Explorer calls it â€œInPrivate Browsing.â€? Turn it on before entering NSFW sites, and turn it off after leaving such sites, and you can build up an innocent-looking browser history without anyone seeing anything that might displease them. Fanatic About Privacy Thank you, FAP, for writing inâ€”and thanks to the millions of other harried husbands who wrote in to share the good news about privatebrowsing features with WHACK. To those who accused me of sex-advice malpractice for failing to mention private-browsing features in my response to WHACK: I didnâ€™t know they existed, and for that, I blame my husband. If my spouse were a smut-shaming scold who hated pornâ€”if he were more like WHACKâ€™s spouseâ€”I wouldâ€™ve discovered the privatebrowsing features years ago. TO MY READERS The deadline for HUMP!â€”my annual amateur porn contestâ€”is just six weeks away! Details about entering HUMP! (grand prize is $5,000!) can be found at www.humpseattle.com. Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at thestranger.com/savage, and follow me @fakedansavage on Twitter.
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