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OCTOBER 11-17, 2012 VOL. 29, NO. 34

OPINION Tom Danehy 4 Renée Downing 6 Meet six LGBT Tucsonans who make the city better for everyone.

Jim Hightower 6 Guest Commentary 8 Mailbag 8


CURRENTS The Skinny 9 By Jim Nintzel

Bad Track Record 9 By Tim Vanderpool

Almost 70 greyhounds were injured over a two-month period at TGP—and the state handed out no punishment Media Watch 10 By John Schuster

No Help 11 By Mari Herreras

Another family speaks out about the failures of TUSD’s special-education services Weekly Wide Web 12 Compiled by David Mendez

Police Dispatch 12

Deeply concerned about Big Bird.

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The Middle EastStudies Ban 13 By Gabriel M. Schivone

In 1983, another ethnicstudies program was in TUSD’s crosshairs The ‘Tucson Weekly’ 2012 Endorsements 14 By the Tucson Weekly editorial board

Our picks for the Nov. 6 general election

Concerned About Dailies On Sunday, Sept. 30, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans’ largest newspaper, published its final issue as a daily. While The Times-Picayune lives on in print three days per week, what was once one of America’s great dailies is now a mere shell of its former self. Of course, a similar thing is happening to our own daily newspaper. The Arizona Daily Star is still published on dead-tree every day—and I think that will continue for a while, thankfully—but it’s not the publication it used to be, and the future is not looking all that rosy. At the Arizona Newspaper Association’s awards banquet a couple of weeks ago, I found the representation of the Star to be telling: Teri Hayt, the managing editor, was one of the few representatives of the Star who was present, and many of the awards she walked up to accept were for scribes like Rob O’Dell and Josh Brodesky. O’Dell and Brodesky—at one point, arguably the Star’s two highest-profile writers outside of the sports section— have left in recent months for The Arizona Republic. And Hayt is on her way out, too, heading off to Ohio to work for another newspaper group. So, in other words, a soon-to-depart editor was picking up awards by reporters who had already left. I’ve sat in the Tucson Weekly editor’s seat for almost a decade now, and I’ve noted that as the years pass, more and more people are clamoring for our attention, in part because other big media sources around town have died (R.I.P., Tucson Citizen) or have been substantially weakened (hello, Star). But we can only do so much. Days are dark in the daily-journalism world circa 2012. And I fear it’s going to keep getting darker. JIMMY BOEGLE, Editor COVER DESIGN BY ANDREW ARTHUR




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teenage girl walks into a classroom every day, usually a few minutes late. She then puts her head down on the desk and falls asleep. When the teacher asks the kid why she even bothers to show up at all, the girl explains that she has two kids of her own (who are being taken care of, free of charge, at the day-care center elsewhere on campus), and her social worker has told her that if she doesn’t show up to school, she won’t get her government checks (yes, checks, multiple) every month. In the same class, a hulking boy enters, earbuds in, cell phone in hand. He brushes past a couple of smaller boys and plops down in his seat. When the bell rings, he’s still texting. The teacher tells him to put his electronic stuff away, but the kid keeps texting. Finally, he looks up, smiles slightly and flashes a gang sign. This kid is in the class because after he got popped for multiple crimes—some rather serious in nature—a judge (who needs to be taken out back and pimp-slapped) gave the kid a choice of going to jail or going to school. Earlier in the year, the teacher had requested that, for the good and safety of others, the disruptive kid be removed from the class. He was told that since the kid consumed copious amounts of illegal narcotics, the kid’s mom had used some idiotic federal loophole to get the kid a classification that prevents him from being removed from the classroom or the school. So, according to the screwed-up system, the fact that this knucklehead flunked multiple drug tests (and almost certainly continues to do so) actually enhances his ability to stay out of jail and in the classroom, where he makes life miserable for the teacher as well as for those students who might actually want to learn something. The teacher, who, for obvious reasons asked not to be identified, says that he loves teaching. He finds his time in the classroom a “thrilling opportunity to do good things.” He doesn’t mind skipping lunch or staying after school to tutor those kids who ask for extra help. He even shrugs when he notes that his salary has gone down in recent years. (That’s one of those things that the Frank Antenoris and Al Melvins of the world never mention when defending their recent War on Public Education. Thousands of teachers in Arizona have had their pay cut over the past few years, something that affects them in the present and will have a significant impact on them when they retire, as their pensions are based on their salaries over the final few years of their careers.) However, after seeing what’s on the horizon, the teacher has started to rethink his career choice: What’s coming is standardized testing to be used for teacher evaluation. This

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is the latest rallying cry for the knee-jerkers on the right, as well as for far too many people in the Obama administration. During the recent Chicago teachers’ strike, the main issue was not money, but rather the implementation of illogical and mathematically inefficient teacher-evaluation programs. I’m all for testing. The analysis of standardized-test results can be a valuable tool in identifying areas of strength and weakness. But if the teacher’s job depends on the outcome of those tests, that’s short-sighted and stupid. Take that teacher’s classroom, for example. Let’s assume that the two aforementioned miscreants are the only two anchors-around-society’s-neck in the classroom. (They almost certainly aren’t, but we’ll pretend that they are.) Since those kids are going to produce nothing but zeroes all school year, you will need two kids who get nothing but 100 percent on everything all year just to counterbalance the negative effects. And since the chances of any kid getting nothing but 100s on everything are slim, those two kids at the bottom will likely erase the positive efforts of three or even four kids at the top. This skews downward the mean, the mode and the median. I understand that some would use pre-testing and posttesting to evaluate progress during the school year as a means of teacher evaluation. This, too, would be inefficient and unfair. Let’s say the class was trigonometry. (If the judge was stupid enough to put the gangbanger in school, he’s certainly stupid enough to put the kid in a trig class.) The two dregs are going to start at zero and end at zero, for an improvement over the school year of (let’s say it together) zero. But the good kids, who have done well in algebra and geometry, will be able to get at least some of the answers right on the pre-test. Even if they go on to get every question correct on the post-test at the end of the year, that’s still not a 100 percent improvement, so, again, it will take several good kids to counterbalance the two zeroes. There’s really nothing wrong with testing, and teachers certainly need to be evaluated (and the bad ones need to leave). But this politically motivated push to use standardized tests as the main (or even sole) means for evaluating teacher performance is simply wrong.



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ome years back, a neighbor down the street got solar panels on her house. I don’t know her, but I admire everything she does. She painted the trim on her red-brick ranch a pretty blue right after she and her young daughter moved in, and soon after, she spent days digging giant holes for the three mesquites she planted in the bare front yard—trees that are towering monsters today. There’s a swing on her front porch, a little flower garden in the alley behind her house, and a treehouse in the biggest mesquite. So when the little Technicians for Sustainability sign ( appeared in her yard—“I get my power from the sun”—I wasn’t surprised. The clock was ticking: If she could do it, I could. And should. I worry about global warming incessantly and hate the oil companies transcendently. (My ultimate goal is to have an electric car that I can plug in at my solar-powered house. I dream of never buying gas again.) And, oh yeah, I own a south-facing roof in one of the world’s sunnier cities—what could be more obvious than solar? The thing, of course, was the money.

As they drill for quick corporate profits deep inside our planet, natural-gas frackers such as ExxonMobil and Halliburton are not only causing enormous harm to people’s health, the environment and local economies all across the country; they’re also fracking something essential to a properly-functioning democratic society: truth. They are hailing themselves both as exemplars of free-market success and as the “virtuous ones” in our society—the producers and makers, as contrasted to the mass of Americans who the far-right corporatists are now openly calling “moochers” and “takers.” The current natural-gas boom, You can get solar on your roof in one of two ways: Buy it, the frackers exclaim in a self-serving narraor lease it. Leasing is a lot more doable, but Ed and I like to tive fabricated by their public-relations avoid anything resembling debt. I also happen to think it’s departments and political front groups, is a wrong that the government gives businesses a better break victory over those wimpy and undeserving on taxes than it gives individuals, which is what makes the producers of wind and solar power who are leasing business possible. (They get to take depreciation on dependent on government subsidies to get the equipment; you and I don’t.) So I decided to buy, looked up and running. at the Tucson Electric Power paperwork, and moaned. And The shale-gas boom, wrote the oil-andstarted saving. gas-funded American Enterprise Institute It took years. Actually, I had enough after a couple of this year, has occurred “away from the years of squirreling away a good part of my take-home, but greedy grasp of Washington.” AEI’s laissezI then discovered I’d developed the typical vice of middle faire fabulists snidely added that “surely age: counting my money. This was the only big chunk, all Washington would have done something to my own, that I’d ever had, and I began to love it, and to love slow it down, tax it more or stop it altogethplaying with it, dipping in and out of the stock market. It er” had the bureaucrats realized that private enterprise was making such progress. Indeed, THIS MODERN WORLD By Tom Tomorrow crowed an industry PR group, “The free market has worked its magic.” Sheesh—their b.s. goes deeper than their fracking gas wells! First, magicians don’t perform “magic”; they do illusions. Second, for three decades, the federal government has pumped more than $100 million into research for the frackers, finding ways to make the technique work. And, since 1980, the Big Bad Government they now badmouth has paid frackers more than $10 billion in a subsidy written specifically for them. These oil giants aren’t the virtuous ones; they’re liars, fracking their own integrity.


turned out to be a bit hard to let go of. (Sin is like that.) Then last year, Ed, who’s at home a lot more than I am, finally got terminally fed up with the swamp cooler, and I stopped fighting the idea of getting air conditioning (after more than 40 years in SoAz, I have the physiology of a lizard), but even with the house cold as a motel all summer, and our electric bills more than doubled, the guilt wasn’t stronger than the greed. What finally tipped me over the edge a few months back was driving past the beautiful Benedictine Sanctuary on Country Club Road, and noticing the massive panel array the nuns had installed in the parking lot. Covered parking and clean electricity in one fell swoop! Genius. If the nuns could do it … So I unpried my fingers from my cash and finally called Technicians for Sustainability. Result: I now have a solar water heater and 14 panels on my roof, with another six to come once the electric-car thing becomes feasible. I cannot say too much good about TFS. Every single person we had contact with there was fantastic. (They hack through the bureaucracy for you, by the way.) A couple of weeks ago, for example, the water heater wasn’t working after the final city inspection. Mike the Water Heater Guy stopped by on a Saturday because he was worried about it, and thought it might be because the inspector had thrown the second breaker, one we didn’t know about. It was. It was also Mike’s day off. They’re all like him. Our electric bill for September was $28 (fees, mostly), so I’m already getting a tidy return on my money. And it turns out that watching the electricity pouring back and forth between our roof and TEP is almost as fun as checking on stocks. Who knew?

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Virgil had his little spitfire, Allie; Morgan had his beautiful Louisa; James’ wife turned tricks to help out financially; and Wyatt brought Celia Ann. She was called “Mattie,” and it’s a good bet she was “on the line” in Kansas when Wyatt met her. Wyatt dumped her when a 19-year-old beauty named Josephine Sarah Marcus caught his eye. Josie was shacked up with the county sheriff at the time. Mattie eventually died destitute in the long-gone town of Pinal, forever bitter about Wyatt’s betrayal. Louisa became a widow after Morgan was ambushed in March 1882. Allie lost her beloved Virg in 1905 and lived on the longest, dying at near 100 years. Well, how about Josie? Always possessing an adventurous spirit, she stayed with Wyatt until he died in Los Angeles in 1929. After his death, she fiercely guarded his reputation. Once, she even stormed a movie lot to disrupt a picture that featured Wyatt’s exploits. Of the hundred, if not thousands, of documents I have seen, one comment sums Josie up pretty well. Two women were writing Josie’s autobiography in the 1930s. They never published it; they could not get the old gal to tell the truth about her Tombstone adventure. (Glenn Boyer published their manuscript 40 years later.) One of these lady authors and her husband took Josie back to Tombstone. The husband, upon returning, told a family member, “Don’t ever tell me that Wyatt Earp was a cold-blooded killer. After all, he lived with that woman for 47 years!”

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However, most of the women in these boom towns were unattached, sorta. Nellie Cashman—the subject of a Tucson Weekly cover story by Margaret Regan on March 15—was an enterprising soul. Born in County Cork, she sailed to Boston in 1850 as a girl of 7. Nellie landed in Tucson in 1878 and started the Delmonico restaurant. In 1880, she opened a clothing and equipment store in the new boomtown of Tombstone. She also operated a restaurant. She led the charge raising funds for the first church and the first hospital. Never married but much beloved, Cashman died in 1925 at 82. As for the bachelors: When you have a large population of single men, there rises a need for companionship. The women were called many things: calico queens, shady ladies, fallen angels, hell’s belles, lotus flowers, daughters of joy … well, you see where we’re headed. This was a hard way to go, though: Disease, malnutrition, drug dependency, physical abuse and early aging contributed to a short career for most. Tombstone had its fair share of damaged damsels. Crazy Horse Lil, besides her usual talents, was a doggone good fighter and could out-cuss any cowboy. She and a boyfriend robbed a station in Bisbee and rode off to oblivion. Dutch Annie was well-known for her kind heart. Margarita took a liking to a gambler named Bill Milgreen. There was a slight problem, however: Another lady of the evening named Gold Dollar had already staked a claim on Billy boy. When the pint-sized Gold Dollar entered a saloon, she spied Margarita perched on Milgreen’s lap. Several slashes later, Margarita was headed to Boot Hill. Lizette the Flying Nymph came to Tombstone with a carnival. She remained to ply her trade using her trapeze as a lure. Sadly, it was a short stay: She died from opium overuse. The Earps brought their wives to the old silver camp.

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Almost 70 greyhounds were injured over a two-month period at TGP—and the state handed out no punishment




pened when the proposition was being voted on in South Tucson. If (he) feels it’s necessary to reinvestigate that same question now, four years later, then have at it. But that question has been asked and answered.” Valadez didn’t return a phone call seeking comment. Either way, track-manager Tom Taylor reports that the duties of Dr. Joe Robinson— whose sole Greyhound Park task was the steroid injections—have come to an end. A call seeking comment from Robinson at the Nogales Veterinary Clinic, where he works, was not returned. Still, the doctor’s tenure does not speak well for the integrity of track operations. His license is currently on probation with the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board for insufficient record-keeping. And in August, he was fined $1,000 for failing to attend classes required to end the probation. Continuing to ignore state mandates could result in a license suspension, even as the board has received yet another complaint against him. As for Kozachik, he’s now taking aim at what he considers haphazard Greyhound Park maintenance—and a “dereliction of their duties” by the Department of Racing. “If that is the governing body that’s supposed to be looking out for the health and welfare of the animals … then it strikes me that you wouldn’t have the (dog) owners, the track stewards and the trainers saying they’re not going to run on the track any more until you fix the conditions.” But Bill Walsh, the department’s director, says the dog injuries “all happened in a short period of time,” and that his inspectors acted quickly when the situation came to light. “We thought there was a problem with the equipment, and we forced them to get the equipment upgraded, and that’s what happened.” As for why the track didn’t receive even a slap on the wrist for its slovenly ways, “In order to sanction someone, you have to go through a hearing process, and you actually have to prove something beyond a reasonable doubt,” Walsh says. Contrary to numerous complaints by dogkennel owners, Taylor says problems were promptly fixed. “We went through every little thing from top to bottom, not knowing what was wrong. We changed the equipment; we changed the way we drove the equipment; we changed the sand on the track. We did everything we could think of, and it worked.” However, tongue-lashings from the Department of Racing aren’t the track’s only headache. Kozachik has been pressing the Pima Animal Care Center to require licensing of the



he reports splash across my screen like a contagion: injury after injury at Tucson Greyhound Park, most of them due to outright neglect. But the conditions that resulted in no fewer than 68 damaged racing dogs over a two-month period—from broken equipment to shoddy track maintenance—led to nothing more than harsh words from the Arizona Department of Racing. This, despite the fact that even Tucson Greyhound Park trainers were in full revolt over the number of wounded animals in February and March of this year. The records are scathing. “Tucson Greyhound Park needs to do a lot better job maintaining their equipment and fix broken equipment immediately,” says one ADOR inspector’s report, obtained by the Tucson Weekly. “This neglect will not be tolerated.” But considering that the track’s malfeasance went unpunished, it’s hard to see what will compel long-term change. Perhaps ADOR officials simply didn’t want to spotlight their own failings by slapping a highprofile penalty on Tucson Greyhound Park. Either way, department officials certainly appeared lax in reviewing dog-injury records, until they were contacted by angry trainers. Such negligence outrages Tucson Ward 6 City Councilman Steve Kozachik, who’s been waging a one-man jihad against the track, even though it lies beyond his jurisdiction, in the tiny burg of South Tucson. Last month, Kozachik successfully prodded the council to emulate South Tucson, where voters in 2008 passed a ballot proposition banning the injection of female greyhounds with anabolic steroids. The steroids keep the dogs from going into heat, but are also believed to cause chronic health problems. To get around the South Tucson ban, track officials had been hauling dogs into the city of Tucson to conduct injections. Now that the steroids are prohibited in Tucson as well, the track is forced to take the dogs into unincorporated Pima County. Even as Greyhound Park officials contend that female dogs will no longer be used at the track, Kozachik is pressing the Pima County Board of Supervisors to further extend the ban. According to Kozachik, his effort has run into stonewalling from board Chairman Ramón Valadez, whose District 2 includes South Tucson. “He said he was going to send it to a couple of committees,” says Kozachik, “to see if committees agree that elimination of steroids is in the best interest of the animals. I sent him a note back saying that exact conversation hap-

The state did little to protect 68 dogs that were injured at TGP. dogs at Tucson Greyhound Park. That’s apparently a first, despite the track’s decades of existence. Pima Animal Care director Kim Janes says he was just awaiting word from South Tucson officials “that there was not reason not to license them. Once the city verified that for me, we decided we could go out and license them.” It seems odd, though, that this situation was allowed to continue as long as it did, considering that proceeds from the licensing could offset the nearly $60,000 that South Tucson pays to Pima County each year for animal-control services. South Tucson City Manager Enrique Serna says the community’s attention was focused more on strays than on licensing. “There has never been a proactive arm that runs around and checks the dogs and who they belong to.” Janes says that South Tucson law allows Tucson Greyhound Park’s kennels to simply pay $225 each rather than paying to license each dog individually. That compares to a $400 kennel permit fee in Oro Valley and unincorporated Pima County. But Kozachik says the track is getting off nearly scot-free yet again, maintaining that the kennel owners are required to pay a fee for the individual dogs, according to PACC’s own policies.

We noted last week that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had released a poll showing Congressman Ron Barber with a massive, 14-percentage-point lead over GOP challenger Martha McSally. (See “Backing Up Barber,” Oct. 4.) Now McSally has released a poll of her own, showing a race that was a dead heat, with Barber getting 47.5 percent of support, compared to McSally’s 47.3 percent. Five percent of the voters were undecided. Barber spokesman Mark Prentice said via email that Team Barber remained “confident that Ron Barber will win this race, because Southern Arizonans know that he is fighting for the middle class, and they also know that Martha McSally agrees with Jesse Kelly on issue after issue—like privatizing Social Security.” McSally’s poll—first leaked to Roll Call Wednesday, Oct. 3—has yet to lead the Rothenberg Political Report to move the CD 2 seat out of the “Democrat Favored” column. Meanwhile, National Journal’s Hotline House Race Rankings had CD 2 way down on the list of seats likely to flip in 2012, at No. 70 out of 71 in the country. Hotline’s Scott Bland noted last week that McSally “is one to watch, but probably in the future.” Here’s the final sign that the DCCC isn’t that worried about Barber’s campaign: They cancelled plans to run TV ads supporting him over the next few weeks. But even as the DCCC is pulling out, the National Republican Congressional Committee is entering the CD 2 arena. NRCC spokesman Daniel Scarpinato confirmed last week that the NRCC has reserved $255,000 in air time to boost McSally’s Southern Arizona campaign, with an ad that’s scheduled to run through Oct. 18. And McSally herself is running a hard race. She tapped Republican Jim Kolbe, who represented Southern Arizona in Congress for 22 years before retiring in 2006, to cut a TV ad for her, denouncing another TV ad that was run by the House Majority PAC, an independent-expenditure committee dedicated to electing Democrats. The House Majority PAC ad took aim at McSally for supporting a plan that would allow younger workers to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in private accounts. “I saw Ron Barber unfairly attack my friend, Martha McSally,” Kolbe said in the McSally ad. “He’s wrong.” Team Barber spokesman Prentice said via email that Kolbe “supports privatizing Social Security, so it is no surprise he has endorsed Martha McSally. She wants to raise the retirement age, voucherize Medicare and gamble Social Security in the stock market, just like he does. But Ron Barber is committed to protecting




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For those looking for closure in regard to Gannett’s joint-operating agreement with Lee Enterprises and the Arizona Daily Star: Keep an eye out at Renee Schafer Horton, a former reporter at the Tucson Citizen, has been granted permission to sift through paperwork related to the case. “I was the reporter assigned to investigate the closure/sale of the Tucson Citizen newspaper in 2009, and I had requested a number of records regarding that closure/sale from the Justice Department,” Schafer Horton said via email. “As reported in my stories for the Citizen at the time, the Justice Department was investigating the sale to determine if Gannett and Lee were violating antitrust laws due to the two papers being in a JOA. Due to a backlog of requests at Justice, DOJ only recently got around to com-

pletely reviewing my request and sent a letter about a month ago asking if I was still interested in pursing the request. I said I was, and … they notified me that they will release a number of records I have requested. “I have to emphasize that I don’t have the records yet; I’ve just been told I can have them and am awaiting delivery. They may be enlightening, or they may be really old news barely worth the copying fee I’m paying. If they indeed do have news value, I’ll be doing a story for, and at that time, people will discover what the records contain. Some people have asked why I even bother to pursue this, but for me, it is like a story that is unfinished, and I can’t let it go until I see what the records contain.” Schafer Horton is now the academic advisor at the UA School of Journalism. is operated by Dylan Smith, who is also a former Citizen staffer.

KGUN GOES BACK IN TIME ON CHANNEL 9.2 Perhaps due to the surprising following of Me-TV—the television network that KOLD Channel 13 has picked up on its alternate signal (13.2), which broadcasts classic programming from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s—KGUN Channel 9 has done something similar on its piggyback signal. The local ABC affiliate recently made Antenna TV available on HD signal 9.2 for those who still use antennas and get their feeds over the air. (Antenna TV is also available through KGUN feeds for cable and satellite subscribers, just as Me-TV is available in the same capacity.) The Antenna TV roster seems to feature more comedies than the Me-TV platform, including Benson, Barney Miller, All in the Family, Dennis the Menace, The Flying Nun, Hazel and Leave It to Beaver. Variety shows and the occasional cops drama also are in the lineup, although police and detective programming tends to be a Me-TV strength. Antenna TV occasionally sprinkles in a couple of movies that don’t seem quite right. For instance, its early-morning movie block includes Go (Doug Liman’s underrated 1999 drug-youth flick) and The Messenger (also from 1999), the Joan of Arc movie starring Milla Jovovich and directed by then-squeeze Luc Besson. This is much different than the new-millennium Jovovich, who now fends off crazed zombies in a half-dozen Resident Evil incarnations. (If Antenna TV ever plays those as a special Halloween marathon, Me-TV may have some serious competition for my oldschool television-viewing habits.)

‘DEMOCRACY NOW’ HOST GOODMAN IN TOWN FOR KXCI FUNDRAISER Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman visits Tucson on Saturday, Oct. 13, for a book-signing/fundraiser for community radio station KXCI FM 91.3. Goodman will discuss a book she co-authored, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope. The event begins at 1 p.m. at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. General-admission tickets are $5 and are available at the KXCI studio office, Access Tucson, Antigone Books and, on the day of the show, the Fox box office.



Another family speaks out about the failures of TUSD’s special-education services

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No Help BY MARI HERRERAS, uring the entire time Stella Mae Smith’s son attended Tucson Unified School District schools—from elementary through high school—diagnosing his disability and getting the services he needed was a challenge. Smith and her son Carter were among the 14 families who filed complaints last year with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. They received help from former TUSD school psychologist Rose Hamway, whose own OCR complaint accusing TUSD of retaliation was settled for $180,000 in August. (See “Preponderance of Evidence,” Sept. 13.) The complaints by the 14 families resulted in a resolution signed last year by TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone. However, after Hamway settled with TUSD, some families came forward and said their issues were never resolved, and that they hoped the OCR would consider intervening again. Kathy Winslow Richmond and her son Brian said they recently heard from OCR officials who wanted to know why they felt their complaint was never resolved. (See “Finding Hope,” Sept. 27.) The Tucson Weekly contacted other families regarding their complaints. Some declined interviews, worried that publicity could prevent their children from being treated fairly. Smith said she can understand why some families are concerned about speaking out. But her son is now out of TUSD, and is majoring in astronomy and physics at the UA, so Smith said she can be vocal. “This continues to be upsetting to me. That’s why I feel it’s important to continue to tell our story,” Smith said. “We have overcome, and he has overcome, and he is on his track to be successful. Well, what’s happened to all these other kids? What happens to the kids who don’t have the parents with the tenaciousness or personality to figure out what their children need?” Despite her tenacity, Smith said she wasn’t always able to get the services her son needed. In fact, she said, most of her requests and items on his individualized education plan (IEP) were ignored. An IEP is a special-education legal document based on a student’s diagnosis that outlines needed services and education goals. Smith said her son was able to graduate from University High School because she did much of the work that TUSD special-education representatives were supposed to do, and because of extra help from her son’s teachers, who were steadfast in working with him despite his disabilities. Carter was considered gifted at an early age and was in the TUSD Gifted and Talented Education, or GATE, program. However, Carter


later encountered serious challenges, and she sought out a diagnosis using private resources, because the district refused to look at his challenges in school. He was finally diagnosed with ADHD as well as dysgraphia and dyslexia. For her son to succeed, Smith has had to record all of his textbooks and written lessons throughout high school—even though books on tape were listed on his IEP as a service the district would provide. He was also supposed to be provided with someone to take notes for him during class. What motivated Smith the most to file her complaint with the OCR was the district’s lack of transitional services on his IEP to help him prepare for college. “The only item listed on his IEP for a transitional program was that they didn’t take him out of class,” Smith said. “That’s not a transitional program.” As part of her complaint, Smith made a list of 33 transitional services that could have been offered to help her son prepare for college during his senior year. The list includes tutoring services, self-advocacy training, and disability scholarships. What would have been particularly helpful, Smith said, was information on the UA’s Disability Resource Center and the Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center, which provide specific services to students with learning disabilities and attention diagnoses. “There is a process in TUSD for kids with disabilities that includes an assessment that has to be done ahead of time and filed with the college they are attending ahead of time. It has to be reviewed so they can make recommendations for services, not wait for classes to start their freshman year,” Smith said. Services for students with disabilities at the UA can cost up to $5,000 a year, Smith said. There is financial assistance available, but because Smith and her son weren’t told about these services through a transition plan with TUSD, they didn’t know about them until he started college. He could have also applied for help in getting a new computer—something he needs, because there are software updates that can help him with his disabilities. “We found out he could have received those things through a special program, but he needed a recommendation. We would have done that, of course, if we’d known about it,” Smith said. Looking back at Carter’s high school years, Smith—a single mother and a now-retired professor at the UA College of Education—said she’s amazed the two of them got through it. Smith said she would request books on tape at

Stella Mae Smith and her son Carter hope speaking out results in changes in TUSD special ed. every IEP meeting. Those books never came, Smith said, so she would work with teachers to get his textbooks and all other written materials—and she’d record them herself. The Weekly contacted the OCR for comment regarding the 14 families, but no one responded as of press time. The last time the Weekly heard from an OCR representative was shortly after officials acknowledged the office was investigating a set of different discrimination complaints that have nothing to do with special education. An OCR representative confirmed that one investigation alleges that TUSD representatives discriminated against Latinos at board meetings. Another investigation involved why representatives prevented the annual Cesar Chavez march from starting at Pueblo High School. Carter said he’s fine with discussing his disabilities in public, because he wants people to look at disabilities differently—and he wants TUSD to change. “In special education, you are made to feel that certain differences are OK, and certain differences are not,” Carter said. “But in my experience, I realized that I learn differently, but my disabilities don’t make me less human.” Carter had high praise for his teachers at University High. “They saw my energy, and love for learning and passion, and fueled it,” he said. “But TUSD special ed,” he said, “looked at me, and the only message I can get from everything that they did was, ‘We recognize you are different. We recognize it is someone’s job to help you with these differences, to help teach you and help you grow. But we don’t think it’s our job, and if it is, we don’t care enough to do it. Good luck.’” Mari Herreras is the mother of special-education student in TUSD.

Social Security and Medicare and has stood up against plans to privatize and voucherize these programs—plans that would weaken Social Security and Medicare and hurt Arizona seniors.” Team McSally also scored a few points by persuading KVOA Channel 4, to take the House Majority PAC ad down a few days before its one-week run was completed. McSally spokesman Bruce Harvie said in a statement that the TV ad was “clearly false and lies about Martha’s stance on the very important issue of Social Security. … Martha McSally never supported privatization of Social Security.” While McSally hasn’t called for total privatization of Social Security, she has supported allowing younger workers to divert some of their Social Security taxes into private retirement funds—a plan that groups such as AARP have called privatization. Those plans have been criticized over concerns that diverting money out of the Social Security system would make it harder for the program to continue paying benefits. House Majority PAC spokesman Andy Stone stood by the TV ad “100 percent.” “Countless experts from across the political spectrum recognize the type of plan McSally laid out to be privatization,” Stone said via email. “In fact, the nonpartisan AARP not only called that type of proposal privatization, but even said that such a plan would undermine the financial stability of the Social Security system. It’s unfortunate for KVOA viewers that the station has chosen to deny them the opportunity to learn more about Martha McSally’s record.”

CD 1: BULLSHIT WATCH The National Republican Congressional Committee released a poll this week showing Republican Jonathan Paton with a 5-percentage-point lead over Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick in Congressional District 1. The survey, which was done via robocall, showed Paton with the support of 50 percent of voters, and Kirkpatrick with the support JONATHAN of 45 percent in the sprawling district that includes Oro Valley, Marana, Eastern Arizona, Flagstaff and the Navajo reservation. Team Kirkpatrick dismissed the poll results. “This is a useless partisan push poll,” said Kirkpatrick campaign manager Carmen Gallus via email. “We challenge Paton and the NRCC to release the full questionnaire and crosstabs.” NRCC spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said the organization would not be releasing the full crosstabs, but insisted the poll was legitimate. “We set out to conduct an accurate, objective poll of the district to see






A trailer-park couple’s “kiddie pool” was stabbed into nonfunctionality, according to a Pima County Sheriff’s Department report. A woman told deputies that she’d recently received a handwritten note— tacked to her trailer’s door—from the people occupying the neighboring trailer. The note had reportedly complained about the woman’s dogs, which “barked too much,” and about a small plastic wading pool that the woman and her husband kept filled with water to let their dogs “cool off.” According to the note, the neighbors believed the pool had been attracting mosquitoes, the woman said. However, the woman claimed she and her husband dumped out the water and filled it with new water every other day or so. The woman said that she had later found the pool had been stabbed eight times with a knife. She said she believed her neighbors had done the stabbing. Deputies couldn’t find concrete evidence that the pool had been attacked by the neighbors. They told the woman that if something similar happened again, she should call law enforcement the day of the incident. The value of the kiddie pool was estimated at approximately $10.


‘Komen’ to Porn? usan G. Komen for the Cure doesn’t want to accept donations from porn websites., the 68th-most-popular website in the world, recently announced a promotion wherein they would donate one cent to breast-cancer research for every 30 unique views given to, uh, breast-related videos. The Komen folks, not wanting to sully the organization’s name by taking money from a site whose main focus is posting videos of people engaging in acts that were still illegal between consenting, heterosexual adults in 14 states until 2003, has refused to accept money from these purveyors of smut—and honestly, that’s understandable. I mean, this is an organization that got national attention for deciding to pull funding for breast-cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood clinics as a result of investigations by politicians into Planned Parenthood’s federal funding—and then pulled a whiplash-causing about-face when the public turned on them for it. The people at Komen for the Cure don’t want to rock the boat. They want to go on as the largest breast-cancer-related charity in the world, praised for taking in money from every business that’s realized that offering powder-pink items is a brilliant business decision. Partnering with a company within an industry that’s accused (and rightfully so) of exploitive, occasionally shockingly violent practices isn’t a great way to keep an image clean in a country where exposed breasts are more devastating to our collective moral fiber than live broadcasts of death. But pornography is one of the world’s largest industries—a 2006 estimate put the industry’s worldwide revenue at $97 billion—and to reject what’s bound to be an enormous amount of funding from the third-largest website in its market seems almost counter-intuitive to Komen’s mission of protecting women’s lives. After all, pornography’s biggest stars are women—and who better to partner with than an industry whose business depends on the people you’re trying to save?


COMMENT OF THE WEEK “What debate? I spent the evening with literate friends, eating and drinking and discussing interesting books. No political talk permitted. And I slept well, thankyouverymuch.” — user SonoranWinds describes what sounds like a far better way to spend an evening than listening to Mitt Romney and Barack Obama run over a 78-year-old moderator (“So, How About That Debate Last Night?” The Range, Oct. 4).

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In 1983, another ethnic-studies program was in TUSD’s crosshairs

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The Middle East-Studies Ban BY GABRIEL M. SCHIVONE, hen Republican Gabriela Saucedo Mercer’s now-infamous comments describing “Middle Easterners” as “those people” whose “only goal in life is to cause harm to the United States” were revealed, her opponent, Rep. Raul Grijalva, spared no indignation in his response. “This is reckless hate speech,” he said in an Aug. 28 statement, “and I call on everyone who has endorsed Gabriela Mercer to withdraw their support immediately.” Ironically enough, Grijalva once targeted Middle Eastern cultures himself. In 1983, he sat on the Tucson Unified School District board, which in effect sanctioned the termination of a Middle East-studies outreach program (and the banning of its books), designed for district teachers by the University of Arizona’s Near Eastern Center, due to allegations of “anti-Israel, pro-Arab” bias. In a report to the district, the TUSD compliance officer, Sylvia Campoy, recommended the program’s elimination and book-banning. In remarks published by the Arizona Daily Star on Sept. 16, 1983, Campoy justified the move by saying that “the Israeli government apparently was not contacted for materials.” Since the Near Eastern Center failed to consult a foreign government, the program therefore promoted a “significant bias … of a decisively anti-Israel and pro-Arab character,” in the words of Campoy’s report. The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, which led the local campaign against the program, was supported nationally by the AntiDefamation League and American Jewish Committee. The federation pointed to a socalled conspiracy of “Arabists” allegedly in control of U.S.-based oil companies Mobil and Exxon, accused of influencing Middle East centers on university campuses across the country. “I call it the buying of America,” said TUSD board member Eva Bacal at the Oct. 18, 1983, board meeting. The program materials that TUSD barred from district classrooms included a series of books, bibliographies, pamphlets, resource guides and teacher handbooks covering Middle East history and cultures, as well as maps, videos and a novel entitled My Enemy, My Brother. One area of materials that critics found among the most objectionable were maps of the Middle East used in TUSD classrooms, and in a history course for TUSD teachers. “Israel was notably absent” on one map, wrote Carol Karsch in a 1985 report submitted to a U.S. Congressional committee on behalf of the Jewish Federation. A TUSD parent told the


school board in October 1983 that in class, her son “was shown a map that eliminated the presence of Israel in the Middle East.” “Of course the map didn’t have Israel on it,” social-studies teacher Eileen Scott told the Arizona Daily Star, “because the map was of the Ottoman Empire, and Israel wasn’t part of the Ottoman Empire.” Scott was “mystified by the charges” of antiIsrael bias against the program: “I keep thinking maybe we’re talking about completely different programs. I haven’t seen anything like what they’re complaining about.” Scott described a short video presentation during the course on the newly declared Israeli state in 1948 that “was very fair and very balanced.” In fact, after the course was over, “I had the same pro-Israeli feelings I had before I took the course,” which “raised no questions in my mind on Israel’s right to exist,” she said. In July and August, 1983, UA President Henry Koffler launched two independent inquiries of the Near Eastern Center to investigate the charges of bias. The first phase was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of Middle East-studies experts chosen equally by the Jewish Federation and the Near Eastern Center. UA law professor Charles Ares handled the second phase. The results were released days after TUSD announced its ban. The panel of experts declared there was “no systematic pattern of bias” in the program materials. The ban strikingly resembles TUSD’s cancelation of Mexican-American studies 29 years later. The Middle East-studies program was stigmatized by its alleged “highly political nature,” in Campoy’s words. I spoke to Grijalva about the matter, and the first thing he mentioned was the outlawed Mexican-American studies program. “It reminded me that this isn’t the first time the district has dealt with book-banning or the elimination of courses,” he said. “The issue was difficult in many ways,” Grijalva remembered. “Some of us who instinctively felt that (canceling the program) was a complete overreach (were) grasping for information to counterweigh the arguments we were hearing.” Today, Grijalva recognizes an atmosphere of “timidity” in the face of forces organized against the program. Those forces, he said, proved to be too overwhelming. Since TUSD officials, including those in the compliance office, had all “labeled the program anti-Semitic, stereotyping Israel and questioning its existence,” he said, the claims won considerable credibility. While Grijalva and his colleagues won a bat-

Congressman Raul Grijalva: “It’s the ignorance of history that gets us in trouble.” tle to save the teachers’ salary increments (and possibly their jobs), which had been threatened in an earlier proposal, the banning of the program remained. Campoy and Bacal did not return requests for comment. Unlike Mercer, whose prejudice was confined to words, Grijalva’s part in the 1983 policy decision had actual repercussions, including the resignations of the Near Eastern Center’s director and outreach coordinator. Longtime Tucson resident and representative of the Tucson chapter of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, Mohyeddin Abdulaziz, vividly remembers the TUSD ban. However, Abdulaziz doesn’t begrudge Grijalva for his part in the decision. “Grijalva is much more progressive now,” Abdulaziz said. “At that time, there was not much information available about the Middle East or Arabs.” He said that Grijalva fell victim to the Jewish Federation, which led the charge that assailed the program. Grijalva’s voting record in Congress over the past decade supports Abdulaziz’s defense of him. What is important now, Abdulaziz said, is learning from the mistake. “I think Raul has learned that lesson. I think he is the kind of leader that we need at this critical stage in our history.” Nearly 30 years later, Grijalva regrets the matter. “It’s the ignorance of history that gets us in trouble,” Grijalva said. “If I had the argument to present again, it would have been much different. But that’s hindsight, and my own maturation, and time—and me getting smarter,” he said. “It was a good program,” Grijalva says now. “It was presenting a history and a contemporary look at a region of the world that is now at the point of a spear.”

where the candidates stand, which is reflective in the sampling and questions,” Scarpinato said. “The only one to blame for Ann Kirkpatrick’s lack of support from voters is Ann Kirkpatrick.” While the NRCC was rolling out its poll, Team Kirkpatrick rolled out the endorsement of former state lawmaker Pete Hershberger. Hershberger, a Republican who worked with both Paton and Kirkpatrick when all three of them served together at the Arizona Legislature, called Kirkpatrick “a common-sense leader who looks at both sides of the issues and involves all the stakeholders.” “Unlike her opponent, Ann is PETE not focused on partisan games or rigid ideology,” Hershberger said in a statement. “She’s the kind of person we need representing our region and our state.” Kirkpatrick also unveiled a TV ad accusing Paton of wasting more than $200 million while serving on the Rio Nuevo Board. The narrator in the ad says that Paton “served on the Rio Nuevo board and wasted $200 million of taxpayers’ money. Now it’s under criminal investigation and could cost us another $72 million.” Rio Nuevo has a long and troubled history, but if you want to claim that $200 million was wasted, you have to admit that the money was wasted when the city of Tucson and the original Rio Nuevo board were in charge of the downtown revitalization project. Paton called for audits of that very spending while serving in the Arizona Legislature, and he pushed to see a new board formed that stripped control from the city of Tucson. By the time Paton joined the new Rio Nuevo board in 2010, the Rio Nuevo board members had stopped spending money on almost anything besides audits and attorneys. Regarding the criminal investigation: It’s our understanding that the FBI has been assisting the Arizona Attorney General’s Office with looking into what happened with spending before the new board was created. That investigation has dragged on a long time without any criminal charges being filed. The charge that Paton’s activities are under criminal investigation doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. You can be critical of the reformed Rio Nuevo board that Paton joined for filing lawsuits instead of pushing forward with repairs to the Tucson Convention Center, but accusing him of being part of a group that may have wasted hundreds of millions of dollars is simply false. By Jim Nintzel Find early and late-breaking Skinny at The Range, our daily dispatch, at daily. Follow the Skinny scribe on Twitter: @nintzel. OCTOBER 11 – 17, 2012



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ENDORSEM ENTS EARLY VOTING BEGINS THIS WEEK, so the Tucson Weekly is once again presenting endorsements in a variety of races in Southern Arizona, along with our recommendations on various ballot propositions that voters will decide in the Nov. 6 general election. You’ll note that we did not endorse in every race; in many of them, the voter-registration edge is so extended in favor of one party or another that our recommendation just wouldn’t matter. In others, we don’t feel qualified to offer an endorsement; we have a small staff, after all, and there are only so many hours in the day to interview candidates and do research. You’ll also notice that most of our recommendations are in favor of Democrats. In years past, it was easier to find Republicans to support, but today’s GOP has been so hijacked by über-conservative Tea Party types that it’s almost impossible to offer approval of a member of the GOP. We hope that trend reverses sometime soon, because the anti-government mania that has infected the Republican Party is both sad and disturbing to watch. We’ll also note that many of the candidates are—just like the rest of us—imperfect and flawed, but hey: This is what we have to pick from, so we’re giving our best advice. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16


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President: Barack Obama While it’s easy to express disappointment that President Barack Obama did not magically transform our country into a progressive paradise, he did bring the nation back from the brink of an economic disaster. Nearly all of the troops are home from Iraq, and the Afghanistan conflict is winding down. He crippled the leadership of al-Qaida, including the gutsy call to take out Osama bin Laden. He ended “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” so soldiers can’t be drummed out of the military simply for being gay. He pushed through a health-care reform plan that will ensure that millions of Americans no longer have to go without insurance. He’s taken on the tough political job of bending the cost curve of Medicare. And he could have done more if the leaders of the Republican Party had chosen to try to work with him instead of dedicating themselves to destroying him. Obama isn’t perfect—no politician is—but he’s shown a steadiness and competence that stands in sharp contrast to the proposals put forward by the GOP, which offer the same old (and discredited) ideas of cutting taxes, abandoning the poor and middle class, and boosting military spending. No thanks. The Tucson Weekly endorses Barack Obama for a second term as president of the United States. U.S. Senate: Richard Carmona Richard Carmona is the sort of guy we need in Washington, D.C.—which is why it’s no surprise that even Republicans have, in the past, recruited the former independent to run for federal office. Carmona grew up in poverty, so he knows what it’s like to struggle. He served his nation in Vietnam, worked his way through medical school and served on Pima County’s SWAT team. He became the nation’s surgeon general and later was willing to testify before Congress that the George W. Bush administration put politics before science. In short, Carmona has shown that he’s hardworking, courageous and independent—exactly the kind of guy the U.S. Senate needs. His opponent, Congressman Jeff Flake, exhibited a maverick streak in Washington with his opposition to earmarks and government spending in general. While it’s admirable that Flake has been less hypocritical than many of his GOP colleagues on spending issues, he’s driven far too much by an ideology that seeks to cripple the federal government’s ability to help citizens, and instead favors a disproven libertarian ideal that an unfettered free market solves all problems. We’re not wild about his lack of support for women’s rights and generally disagree with his vision of a future America where citizens are expected to fend for themselves without a realistic safety net. Vote for Richard Carmona. U.S. Congress, District 1: No Recommendation We were all set to offer an endorsement, albeit a lukewarm one, of Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick—until her campaign released an advertisement last week that was so dishonest and full of lies that we were disgusted. In the ad, the narrator says that her opponent, Republican Jonathan Paton, “served on

the Rio Nuevo board and wasted $200 million of taxpayers’ money. Now it’s under criminal investigation and could cost us another $72 million.” That’s a pure lie: If you want to claim that $200 million was “wasted” (which is a dubious claim in and of itself), you have to acknowledge that the money was wasted when the city of Tucson and the original Rio Nuevo Board were in charge of the downtown revitalization project. Paton joined the board well after all of that happened; in fact, while in the Legislature, he called for audits of that spending, and pushed to see a new board formed that stripped control from the city of Tucson. We had concerns about Kirkpatrick in the first place; she’s far more conservative, cautious and distant than we’d like to see. However, we do appreciate some of her positions, including her support of the Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.” In the Legislature, Paton fought for some decent legislation, especially when it came to university funding and press freedoms. (In the interest of full disclosure, Paton also worked as a lobbyist for Wick Communications earlier this year when Republican lawmakers sought to undermine the public’s right to know regarding public notices.) However, we disagree with Paton on too many issues to throw our support behind him. He’s too eager to snip away at the social safety net in order to deliver tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. We offer no endorsement in this race. U.S. Congress, District 2: Ron Barber Congressman Ron Barber has deep roots in Tucson and has dedicated his life to public service—first, by heading up Southern Arizona’s branch of the state Division of Developmental Disabilities, and later as Gabrielle Giffords’ district director. In those jobs, he learned how to move the levers of government to provide help to those who needed it most. And he’s continued to do just that as a member of Congress. We can’t say we agree with every vote that Barber has taken, but we admire his independence. Barber deserves a full term in Congress. Give him your vote. U.S. Congress, District 3: Raul Grijalva A choice between Congressman Raul Grijalva and Republican challenger Gabriela Saucedo Mercer isn’t really a choice at all. Grijalva is progressive; Mercer is … not. Vote Grijalva. Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 1: Nancy Young Wright Nancy Young Wright uncovered and cleaned up corruption in the Amphitheater School District before going on to support teachers, kids, university students and the downtrodden at the Arizona Legislature. She developed experience regarding land-use policies through her work to develop parks in Oro Valley, and her service on the steering committee for the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan. Meanwhile, her opponent, Republican Ally Miller, is a Tea Party organizer who vastly overstates her accomplishments (her wild claim that her letter-writing skills brought the FBI in to investigate Rio Nuevo is particularly goofy) and

is willing to engage in conspiracy theories that have no basis in reality (such as her preposterous contention that the county couldn’t account for $345 million in transportation funding). On top of that, Miller’s campaign is under investigation by the Arizona Secretary of State thanks to allegations by opponents that she is illegally coordinating with independent campaigns run by developers. District 1 constituents deserve better than Miller. Vote for Nancy Young Wright. Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 2: Ramón Valadez It’s not as if Democrat Ramón Valadez faces much of a challenge in heavily Democratic District 2, but our vote would still go to him over Republican James Kelley. Valadez is a sharp technocrat with a keen understanding of the county’s business, while Kelley is a Tea Party activist who offers little in the way of serious solutions to the various problems he’s identified. Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 3: Sharon Bronson Democrat Sharon Bronson has served on the Pima County Board of Supervisors since 1996. Over the last 16 years, Pima County has slowly but surely tackled the legacy that came with decades of bad planning. The county created the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan to protect sensitive areas and give developers certainty about where they can build. During the boom cycle in local development, supervisors boosted the amount of money available for roads by implementing impact fees; now, during the bust, they’ve ratcheted those fees down a bit to help homebuilders get back on their feet. Property taxes have been essentially stable in recent years, despite the budget chaos that has engulfed the state of Arizona and cities like Tucson. Bronson’s opponent, former UA footballplayer Tanner Bell, says many of the right things on the campaign trail about battling poverty, but he doesn’t offer up much in the way of specifics. The biggest change he proposes is buying less open space—which flies in the face of the decision by voters to protect sensitive environmental areas. Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 5: Richard Elías Pima County’s District 5, like District 2, is heavily Democratic, so it’s unlikely that Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías faces much of a threat from Republican Fernando Gonzales, who has an admirable record of community service. Unfortunately, Gonzales has exhibited little understanding of the county’s business. We’re voting for Elías. Pima County Sheriff: Clarence Dupnik Clarence Dupnik has served our community as a cop for more than a halfcentury and as county sheriff for more than three decades. Unlike some Arizona sheriffs we can name, he has never abused and humiliated prisoners for political gain; he hasn’t used his job to build a reputation to run for higher office; he hasn’t rounded up people because their skin happened to be brown. We’re grateful that he’s here, considering how relatively well-run the huge Pima County Sheriff ’s

Department is, and we would be happy to see him serve another term. Pima County Treasurer: Beth Ford Republican Beth Ford has done a good job j of managing the accounts of the many jurisdictions in Pima County over her 12 years as Pima County treasurer, so we don’t see any reason to fire her.

Our second vote in this competitive district in central Tucson goes to Stefanie Mach, a political rookie who stands for the right positions. We can’t support either Republican in the race: Ted Vogt, who is already serving at the Legislature, has a terrible voting record on education, health care and the environment—and we don’t think Todd Clodfelter would do any better.

Pima County Recorder: F. Ann Rodriguez Democrat F. Ann Rodriguez has done an outstanding job of modernizing the Recorder’s Office for the 21st century. She’s embraced new technology, and made it easier to vote by mail by creating a permanent early voter list, which simultaneously reduced costs and leveled the playing field for candidates. Her opponent, Republican Bill Beard, has campaigned largely on problems that he sees with the county’s Elections Division, which Rodriguez does not oversee; we’re not sure if his talking points are designed to give him a political advantage, or if he just doesn’t understand the office. Give Rodriguez four more years.

Arizona Senate, District 10: David Bradley When he served in the Legislature, Democrat Dave Bradley demonstrated a keen grasp of policy and an understanding that state government needs to support public schools, health care for Arizonans below the poverty level, state parks, tourism and economic development. His opponent, current state Sen. Frank Antenori, has gleefully slashed away at those programs and has shown contempt for government (or at least that part of government that doesn’t provide his paycheck), Democratic voters and many of the Tucsonans he seeks to represent. Vote Bradley.

Arizona House of Representatives, District 9: Mohur Sarah Sidhwa and Victoria Steele District 9, which includes the Catalina foothills, Casas Adobes and the north side of central Tucson, is one of the state’s most-competitive districts, with Democrats holding a voterregistration edge of a few points. We urge you to vote for the Democrats in this race, because both Mohur Sarah Sidhwa and Victoria Steele support abortion rights, public schools and the extension of the sales tax to boost education spending, which has been chopped far too much by Republicans in recent years. However, we have to tip our hat to Ethan Orr. This moderate Republican has often impressed us on the campaign trail. We look forward to hearing more from him in the future—but we can’t bring ourselves to pick him over the two amply qualified Demorcats.

Arizona House of Representatives, District 11: Dave Joseph Democrat Dave Joseph has a solid background in the business of running television stations and is familiar with transportation issues thanks to his work with Pima County Regional Transportation Authority. His Republican opponents are both hard-right conservatives; as a state senator, Steve Smith has a terrible voting record on just about every issue we care about, from education to health care to the environment. The other Republican candidate in the race, Adam Kwasman, offers tax cuts and lower regulation as the solution to nearly every problem facing the state, with the exception of abortion, which he’d like to ban. We recommend that you vote only for Joseph.

Arizona Senate, District 9: Steve Farley Democrat Steve Farley has a solid record of leadership at the Arizona Legislature. He has supported public schools, health-care programs, seniors, transit services and environmental programs. He’s a wonk who knows how to get into the details of policy. His opponent, Republican Tyler Mott, is a hard-core conservative who, on his Facebook page, once called for the hanging of President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. That’s not the kind of guy we need at the Legislature these days. Arizona House of Representatives, District 10: Bruce Wheeler and Stefanie Mach Democrat Bruce Wheeler has done a great job in his return to the Arizona Legislature. While he’s generally found himself on the losing side in the Republican-dominated House of Representatives, he’s fought the good fight. We have no doubt that he will be more effective if Democrats manage to reclaim some of their power in the November election.

Arizona Senate: Legislative District 11: Jo Holt It will come as no surprise that we’re endorsing Democrat Jo Holt, who is running against Republican Al Melvin in this heavily Republican district. Melvin is a veritable fountain of bad ideas, from turning Arizona into the nuclear waste dump of the United States to seizing the Grand Canyon from the federal government. Melvin is so bad that if you put a dead javelina against him on the ballot, we’d tell you to vote for the javelina. But for the record, we think Holt is better than a dead javelina.

Arizona Corporation Commission: Paul Newman, Sandra Kennedy and Marcia Busching You probably don’t pay that much attention to the Arizona Corporation Commission, but one of the commission’s most-important jobs is regulating Arizona’s utilities. In general, we believe Democrats are more likely to keep the utilities honest, but there’s another reason we’re supporting Democrat Marcia Busching and the two Democratic incumbents, Sandra Kennedy and Paul Newman, over Republicans Susan Bitter Smith, Bob Burns and incumbent Bob Stump: CONTINUED ON PAGE 19 OCTOBER 11 – 17, 2012



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We support the goal of providing incentives for power companies to invest in alternativeenergy production. So far, the incentives that the Arizona Corporation Commission has put into place have done a great job of expanding the use of solar energy in Arizona, which has a long-term effect of reducing pollution and greenhouse gases. We believe the Democrats would do a better job of maintaining those incentives than the GOP slate would, so we urge you to vote for the Democrats—and vote for clean energy. Tucson Unified School District Board: Ralph Ellinwood and Cam Juarez Of all the races this year, we struggled the most with our endorsements in this contest. There are 12 candidates seeking three seats on the troubled Tucson Unified School District Governing Board, which makes it hard for anyone to sort through the options. The board is facing tremendous challenges: declining enrollment, a budget squeeze, rising class sizes, unrest over Mexican-American studies, a top-heavy bureaucracy and an education landscape that is rapidly changing. We disagreed about the candidates who should get our endorsement, but we managed to find consensus on two. Criminal-defense attorney Ralph Ellinwood appears to be a fighter who will challenge the administration and focus on what teachers and students really need. Cam Juarez, who hasn’t let his disability stop him from fully engaging in the political arena, looks like he’ll be an independent thinker who will serve the board well. We considered two other candidates, but could not come to a consensus; we urge voters to pick one of them for the third slot. We love Betts Putnam-Hidalgo’s politics, and she’s a parent who rolls up her sleeves and works to support the schools. However, some of us worry about her ability to work with school officials and other board members with whom she may disagree. We also like Kristel Foster; she, like Juarez, has the endorsement of the Tucson Education Association, and her teaching experience is impressive. However, her wishy-washy stance on TUSD’s Mexican-American studies program, and other missteps on the campaign trail, have left us a bit concerned. Proposition 114 (Crime-Victim Liability): No This proposition seems like common sense: Criminals shouldn’t be able to sue if they’re injured while committing some kind of crime. Yet it occurs to us that with this current Legislature, all kinds of things could be turned into “felonies”—such as, perhaps, a form of political protest. And at that point, perhaps private security firms could crack a few skulls of troublemakers with little concern for liability. We’re not terribly sympathetic to most criminals, but this is an over-broad measure that could have unintended consequences. Vote no. Proposition 115 (Judiciary Appointments): No The GOP majority at the Legislature has no love for the judiciary, which has sometimes stepped in to stop some of their more-outra-

geous actions (such as the effort to remove the chairwoman of the Independent Redistricting Commission with bogus evidence and no due process). Therefore, conservative lawmakers want to make the judiciary a more-political operation, in hopes of installing more of their cronies on the bench. No, thanks. Proposition 116 (Property Tax Assessments): Yes One of the weird quirks of Arizona’s tax system is the personal property tax on businesses. Essentially, businesses pay property taxes on equipment that they own—everything from desks and chairs to massive manufacturing machinery that’s valued above about $68,000. The tax works as an incentive against manufacturers moving to the state, so it’s not a great way to raise revenue. In general, we support raising the exemption, which this proposition does. The new exemption would start out at about $2.4 million. That’s a bit higher than we’d like to see, but we’re willing to go with it, because the loss to state and local governments will be relatively minor, and it could help eliminate a barrier to companies that might be interested in relocating to Arizona. Vote yes. Proposition 117 (Property Tax Assessment Caps): No Proposition 117 is another effort to mess with the property-tax system in a bad way—by setting artificial caps instead of allowing the market to determine the value of property. It would lead, over time, to inequitable taxation on similar types of property. Vote no. Proposition 118 (Permanent Funding): Yes We won’t get into all the formulas involved, but Prop 118 would essentially temporarily increase the amount of funding that goes to schools and other beneficiaries via the trusts that are invested in on their behalf. Thanks to the wild swings of the stock market in recent years, those annual distributions have been volatile. This will help smooth them out, so we’re willing to give it a try for a few years and see how it works. Vote yes. Proposition 119 (State Trust Lands): Yes The state owns a lot of land in trust for education and other beneficiaries. That land has to be sold to the highest bidder, which makes it difficult to protect certain lands. For years, lawmakers, developers, environmentalists and other stakeholders have tried to come up with a way to amend the Constitution to allow for land swaps that have enough protections to ensure that the state doesn’t get a bad deal. Prop 119 has the support of many of those groups, including the local Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, so we’re OK with it—especially since any future swap would also have to be approved by voters. Vote yes. Proposition 120 (State Sovereignty): Hell No Proposition 120 promotes the nutty notion, thanks to conservative Republicans, that the state should declare that it has sovereignty over all federal lands within the state. It’s a goofy idea—

it’s not as if the federal government is just going to allow the state to seize property held for all the residents of the nation—and it’s bad from a practical standpoint as well: Our current Legislature has already shown that it has little interest in caring for state parks, for example, so why should lawmakers be put in charge of the Grand Canyon and other federal parks and monuments? Reject this nonsense. Proposition 121 (Open Primaries): No We agree that the state has significant problems with its current political system. The Republican primary process has been hijacked by hard-right conservatives who have been both an embarrassment and a disaster for the state. So we’re open to the idea of reform—but we don’t think that Prop 121 is the right way to go, because it could well have the same unintended consequences that the Clean Elections program has had. (Clean Elections played a big role in empowering those Tea Party conservatives without helping change the state for the better. We know lots of folks on the left disagree with us on that point—and we share their concern about the ever-growing costs of campaigns—but we’d ask them this question: Is the Legislature better now than it was before Clean Elections was in place?) We digress. Prop 121 would scrap the current partisan primary process in favor of a single primary that would feature all of the candidates for a particular office. The two top vote-getters would go on to the general election. The theory here is that no matter who emerged from the primary, voters in the general election would choose the more-moderate candidate, so radical candidates on both sides of the aisle would be at a disadvantage. The problem with this plan is that there’s no guarantee that the system would actually increase participation in the primary, so we’d still have the activists going to the polls in a higher proportion. And it’s easy to conceive of ways that moderate candidates could be overshadowed by more-radical ones, leaving just radical choices—sometimes from the same party—on the November ballot. The current system is certainly flawed, but we’re not sure this is the fix. We haven’t seen it improve the outcomes in states like California, so vote no. Proposition 204 (“Quality Education and Jobs Act”): Yes We are aware that sales taxes are regressive, but we are still urging you to vote for Quality Education and Jobs Act, which would keep the current one-cent-per-dollar sales tax that was approved by voters in 2010 in place. Yes, it was supposed to be temporary so the state could get through its budget crisis without a total crash—but Republican state lawmakers have put us in a position where we have little choice but to extend it on a permanent basis. Republicans love to boast that they have balanced the budget—but a big reason they were able to do that was because voters agreed to increase the sales tax. And because lawmakers were temporarily flush with that money, they pulled a dirty trick: They passed a massive income-tax cut that was geared primarily toward corporations and the wealthiest

Arizonans. Even worse, the full impact of that tax cut won’t happen for a few more years, and when it hits, the state will be out more than a half-billion dollars per year. Without that money, future lawmakers may have to cut more out of education, unless Prop 204 passes this year. We don’t like it, but we’re supporting it anyway—because 80 percent of the money is dedicated to K-12 and higher education, which will protect our public schools and reduce the pressure to increase tuition at our universities. Another portion of the tax will go toward transportation, which will both create jobs for construction workers and improve our roads and highways. We think that’s a worthwhile investment. We wish we lived in a world where the tax burden was more fairly distributed, but we’re willing to accept the permanent one-cent sales tax, because we believe it’s going to the right parts of the budget. On top of that, all of the claims about the economic disaster that would come from the one-cent sales tax—lost jobs and all that malarkey—have been proven false over the last two years. Vote yes. Proposition 409 (Tucson Transportation): Yes It’s no secret that our city streets are in need of repair. Nor is it any secret that the sooner we start fixing them, the cheaper it’s going to be: Neglecting streets means a bigger bill once we get around to finally fixing them. We know that the recent headlines about bad employees in the city’s Transportation Department make it that much harder to support this. But, frankly, we are encouraged that the new city management made a point of discovering and then firing those people who were ripping the city off. Prop 409 would let the city borrow $100 million to get started on an aggressive street-repair program that’s desperately needed. What’s it gonna cost you? Well, if your house is worth $100,000, it’s going to cost you $1.50 a month. That seems affordable—and like an investment that’s worth making. Vote yes.

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Occupy’s Anniversary

Greg Evans was a translator, disgruntled by the ascent of the rich into more wealth while many faltered. Mary DeCamp was a mayoral candidate on the Green Party ticket who had been employed since the age of 12. When hit with unexpected medical bills, she faced foreclosure on her home. Billy Lolos knew there was a lot wrong with the world, from the changes in the environment to the seemingly infinite amounts of money poured into political campaigns. But the advertising salesman kept his head in the sand until Oct. 15, 2011—the public birth of the Occupy Tucson movement. Now, a year later, on Sunday, Oct. 14, Occupiers are reuniting at De Anza Park to celebrate their progress. “This is an opportunity, like a family reunion, to bring everybody back together,” DeCamp said.



The planning for the anniOccupiers who camped out versary began about three in the park were subject to months ago. “It’s to remind us fines and citations. DeCamp of the amount of energy and said that during her time with enthusiasm we had a year the movement, she received 37 ago,” Evans said. “We are here citations and went to jail three to stay, and we’ll be around in times. Several of the citations the future.” are still making their way The welcome tent will be up through the court system. by 9 a.m., and the day’s highDeCamp, who noted that she lights include an open-mic, a had “never been in trouble with potluck dinner, a catfish fry the law in my life,” said Occupy and musical performances. became “another avenue for me The Tucson Raging to work for the common good.” Grannies will bring their Lining up to receive a citation unique brand of geriatric while someone played a violin musical political protest to the nearby was one of her moststage at 1 p.m. In the past, poignant memories of the Occupiers march from Armory Park in October 2011. they’ve sung parodied rendimovement, she said. tions of classic patriotic songs, like “God Help America” to the tune Occupiers lent their voices and bodies to several other political of “God Bless America.” movements. For example, when marchers protested the Tucson The General Assembly will begin at 3 p.m., and the day will conUnified School District’s decision to end the Mexican-American clude with the screening of an outdoor movie at 7 p.m. studies program, Occupy joined in. The event is open to Occupy veterans and newcomers alike, for Occupy Tucson’s final encampment was in De Anza Park. After however long they can attend. they were booted from there by police in March, members of the “It’s a very open group to become a part of,” said Evans. movement migrated indoors. The Occupy Tucson movement started at Armory Park last “We do have the office; it’s all we are occupying right now,” Evans said. October, just one month after the beginning of Occupy Wall Street. The office, at the Historic Y, 738 N. Fifth Ave., is staffed from 9 “Occupy Wall Street was the Lexington and Concord of the movea.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays, and is the scene of daily meetings. From 12 ment—they fired the shots heard ’round the world,” Lolos said. to 20 people—among a core group of about 80 activists—usually The General Assembly meetings gave everyone a chance to speak attend the meetings, DeCamp said. out, and no one had a title. The members of Occupy Tucson called “We are not winding down,” she said. “We are just trying to adjust this a “direct-democracy” system. to what will be the most effective.” At one point, more than 100 people were camped out in the park. Activists are pitching ideas for a cable program, another encampNationally, the number of individual Occupy movements reached ment and other activities, Evans said. 600, according to Lolos, who spent the summer touring various “The first year of Occupy is an awakening,” Lolos said. “Year two movements, from New York to Florida. has got to be about remedies.” The Tucson Police Department evicted Occupiers from Armory Occupy Tucson’s anniversary celebration starts at 9 a.m., Park in November, and members reopened their encampment at Sunday, Oct. 14, at De Anza Park, at the southeast corner of downtown’s Veinte de Agosto Park. Participants came from all walks of Speedway Boulevard and Stone Avenue. The event is free, but life, but all faced the same conditions at the park—living out of tents. donations of food and clothing will be accepted. Call 399-6324 for As the movement established itself, a portion of the homeless joined in. more information. “It was eye-opening to see what our homeless population faces, Mariana Dale (including) a lack of public restrooms and facilities,” DeCamp said.


SPECIAL EVENTS Politics Translated Into English “The Politics of Science, Health and Education: What You Should Know Before the Election” 5 p.m., next Thursday, Oct. 18 Keating Bioresearch Building 1657 E. Helen St., Room 103 621-9348

The election is less than a month away. For many, it is hard to keep up with all of the information that’s coming their way—and with political jargon tossed around so freely, it’s sometimes hard for voters to grasp what the candidates are actually talking about. Members of the University of Arizona Undergraduate Biology Research Program, or UBRP, came up with an idea to host a panel where people can hear clear-cut explanations of current issues from experts in fields such as science, health care and education. Last May, Carol Bender, the director of UBRP, invited representatives from the state and federal governments to speak at an orientation for UBRP members about the effects of politics and government on funding for science research and education. The presentations triggered a stronger interest in politics among the students. “They began to understand the impacts of politics and government in our lives,” Bender said. “It is not enough to just vote. We have to be informed voters.” Bender approached students with an idea for a panel that would enlighten people on the major issues. With the help of Shaina Hasan, a sophomore at the UA and a member of UBRP, Bender was able to pull the event together. Panelists next Thursday will discuss everything from the Affordable Care Act to the country’s educational system and the economy. Panelists will also take questions from the audience. “When people leave the panel, I want them to have the feeling that they are better informed,” Hasan said. “I want them to be confident about their vote.” The event is free. Parking is available at the Highland Avenue garage, at Highland Avenue and Helen Street. —I.T.

Far left: Keitaro Harada


Left: Elyse Hollander and Flannery Lunsford in Strutter.




The King of Pop Goes Classical

For Cinema Buffs Who Love Music

An Undead Affair

Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s For Michael: The Music of Michael Jackson

Eighth annual Tucson Film and Music Festival

6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13

8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12

Through Sunday, Oct. 14

Starts at MLK Apartments parking lot 55 N. Fifth Ave.

Fox Tucson Theatre 17 W. Congress St.

Various locations


Michael Jackson’s music has had an impact on people in every corner of the globe, and even after his passing, the King of Pop’s fans are intensely devoted. Keitaro Harada, an assistant conductor for Arizona Opera, was in elementary school when he went to his first Michael Jackson concert, in Tokyo. During the show, Harada and his classmates were pulled onstage during “We Are One” to dance alongside Jackson. “I don’t have much recollection, but I have seen all the photos my mom took that night,” Harada said. “His music has always been a part of me.” When Harada was invited to conduct the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s new series, TSO Rocks the Fox, and he heard that the TSO would open the season with a tribute to Jackson, Harada jumped in headfirst. The TSO will perform hits from across Jackson’s musical phases, from “Billie Jean” and “Thriller” to “Man in the Mirror.” The orchestra also will cover songs from his early days with the Jackson 5, such as “ABC.” “When I flipped through the music book, and I saw the songs, they all brought back so many memories,” Harada said. “I wish the audience could see me from the orchestra’s perspective, because I will be singing every single song.” The TSO teamed up with Canadian singer Gavin Hope for the vocal portion of the performance. Hope has performed in musicals such as Rent and The Lion King. “For people who have never seen a symphony orchestra live, this is a great way to break into the genre,” Harada said. “Everyone knows Michael Jackson’s music, and they are going to leave this show saying, ‘Wow, that was awesome!’” Tickets are $30 to $50. —I.T.

The eighth annual Tucson Film and Music Festival offers a grand mix of documentaries, short films and indie narratives that should satisfy just about any film fan’s craving for meaningful movies in which music plays a big role. This year, the four-day festival includes rock-documentary premieres, music-video premieres and short films featuring A-list names. “A lot of these films and documentaries, people may not be able to see anywhere else,” said Michael Toubassi, the festival director. “We have a lot of high-quality stuff this year.” The official opening-night feature is the Southwest premiere of Strutter, a comedy about an aspiring musician. The festival’s centerpiece film is The History of Future Folk, an indie sci-fi comedy about two musicians from outer space. And on closing night, filmgoers will see the Arizona premiere of Bad Brains: A Band in DC, a rock documentary about the legendary punk-reggae band Bad Brains. Toubassi said this year’s short-films program includes pieces featuring internationally known actors such as Michael Fassbender and Elijah Wood. “It is very rare to see actors of that scale and caliber doing short films,” Toubassi said. “It is great to be able to show these short films in Tucson.” This year, the focus is on local talent. Toubassi said Tucson artists will be showcased through live shows and in music-video premieres. Directors, producers and actors from many of the films also will be in attendance to talk about their work and take questions. “The festival has grown a lot over the years,” Toubassi said. “I absolutely love all the films we are showing, and I am excited for the Tucson audience to experience them.” Tickets are $7 per film; $50 allaccess badges are also available. —I.T.

Tucson Zombie Walk

The streets of downtown will echo with s, morbid moans and grotesque groans, hing and unsteady figures in ragged clothing rch will shamble down sidewalks in search of brains. he It’s not the apocalypse; it’s just the cson beginning of the seventh annual Tucson Zombie Walk. The parade drew 3,900 animated nters corpses and a handful of zombie-hunters ka in 2011, according to Curt Booth, aka ond Bob the Zombie. This will be his second year as an emcee at the event, but dressing up as a zombie is an annuall indulgence for the 6-foot-8, selfdescribed “big scary guy.” “October is my revenge month. This is when I can basically be proud of being huge,” Booth said. The transformation from mild-man-sed nered engineering secretary to deceased 2 sanitation worker can take up to 3 1/2 ers hours. His flesh disappears under layers of makeup and prosthetic pieces. en Booth’s job is to entertain between comedy acts, the costume contest and ” sing-alongs like the “Monster Mash” and the “Zombie Road Kill Chicken Dance.” And as the biggest zombie, it’s his job to corral the masses. Participants in the Zombie Walk, in ce, addition to their quest for sustenance, also donate nonperishables to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. at if “We found out a long time ago that ps we had a mission statement, it helps them not shoot at us,” Booth said. “It’s g in our best interest to be law-abiding zombies.” lLast year, one ton of food was collected, Booth said. ookFamilies with children and those lookviting to release their inner child are invited to come and thumb their nose at death. The event is free, but walkers are ble encouraged to bring two nonperishable food items or make a cash donation to the Community Food Bank. —M.D.

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EVENTS THIS WEEK 2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN Free events take place throughout downtown from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., the second Saturday of every month. The main stage on Scott Avenue just south of Congress Street features Black Cat Bones, Belly Dance Tucson, Five Way Street and the Mission Creeps. A free jazz concert takes place at 7 p.m., at the Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; and a kids’ area in the south parking lot of the Chase Bank building at 2 E. Congress St. features a jumping castle and a screening of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. The Southwest Soul Circuit features jazz fusion, African, hip-hop and soul music in La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave. Street activities include mimes, buskers, stilt-walkers, living statues, car clubs, food trucks and vendors. Visit for more information including a site map. AIDSWALK Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. AIDSWalk teams up with Tucson Meet Yourself to hold this year’s Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation fundraiser at Jácome Plaza on the west side of the library, at 8 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 14. The event includes displays, speakers and entertainment; free. Make a $10 donation by texting SAAF to 20222. Visit for more information, to register or to sponsor a walker. BENEFIT FOR ALL SOULS PROCESSION Surly Wench Pub. 424 N. Fourth Ave. 882-0009. Framed signed prints of some of Jeff Smith’s photographs of Tucson’s All Souls Procession are included in a silent auction to benefit the procession’s producers, Many Mouths One Stomach, from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; free admission. The auction also includes work by Shannon Smith, Valerie Galloway, Sharon Thwing, Monster Booty Threads, Particia Katchur, Mykl Wells, Alexandra Keller, Bottle Rocket, Leslie Ann Epperson, Voigt Metal and others. Entertainment is provided by The Mission Creeps and Black Cherry Burlesque. Treats and activities for kids are available next door at the Pop Cycle Shop. CONFETTI GALA Viscount Suite Hotel. 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. 7456500. A silent auction, raffle and music by Lisa Otey and the Desert Divas are featured at a benefit dinner for the Academy for Cancer Wellness, from 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14; $75. Max Goldschmid, Nick Stanley and Evan Dain play jazz during the cocktail reception and silent auction. Call 722-4581, or visit cancerhealth. org for reservations or more information. DRAG BINGO AND QUEER-EOKE UA Student Union. 1303 E. University Blvd. 621-7755. Participants enjoy drag performances between bingo games in this traditional Coming Out Week event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Games Room; free. Call 626-1996 for information. EXHIBIT OPENING AND LIVING-HISTORY FESTIVAL AT THE PRESIDIO Presidio San Agustín de Tucsón. 133 W. Washington St. 837-8119. Symbols of Our Mexican Past, a new exhibit featuring artifacts and stories related to Tucson’s pioneer Mexican-American community, opens with a reception featuring Mariachi Tesoro de Tucson at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; free. Living-history demonstrations and docent-led tours of the presidio site continue until 3 p.m. Maps for the Presidio Trail self-guided tour also are available; free. ILLUSION: THE OFFICIAL PRIDE AFTER-PARTY Hotel Congress. 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. Illusion: A Fool’s Paradise features entertainment by O/W/L/S, Meow Mixx, Cirque Roots, the Human Project, SwitchBlade Parade, Flight School and others; and Tempest DuJour hosts an evening of vintage game shows, at 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; $5. A prize is awarded for the best costume representing an illusion. Visit 22 WWW. WEEKLY.COM


LAUGHS AT LA COCINA La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar. 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351. Cartoonist David Fitzsimmons draws caricatures from photographs of attendees’ pets, and the Decades perform jazz and oldies, from 5 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16; free. The event also includes a silent auction and raffle prizes. All proceeds, including 10 percent of food and beverage tabs, benefit PAWSitively Cats No-Kill Cat Shelter. Donations of cat food and scoop-able litter are welcome. NATIONAL COMING-OUT DAY PCC West Campus. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 206-6042. The PCC West Campus Gay/Straight Alliance hosts an “Out and Proud” Door Event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, in the bookstore lobby; free, photos are $5. Email for more information. NIGHT TERRORZ Bum Steer. 1910 N. Stone Ave. 884-7377. A haunted house featuring a haunted maze based on a nightmarish story about early 20th-century twins is open from 7 p.m. to midnight, Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 11 through 28; Wednesday, Oct. 31; and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3; $20. Search for “Scared Stiff Entertainment” on Facebook for more information. NIGHTFALL Old Tucson Studios. 201 S. Kinney Road. 883-0100. Three live shows, pyrotechnics, stunts, effects, a laserlight show, live music by the Mission Creeps and spontaneous appearances by hideous live characters take place throughout three streets and 12 buildings through Sunday, Oct. 28. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday; and 6 to 10 p.m., Sunday and Thursday; $25, $20 child. Discounts are available Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28 through 30. Visit for complete information. PRIDE IN THE DESERT AND PRIDE ON PARADE Armory Park. 220 S. Sixth Ave. 791-4865. Pride on Parade takes place along Sixth Avenue between 18th and 12th streets at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13. Parade floats and entries from a range of groups within and supportive of the GLBT community are featured. The parade kicks off the Pride in the Desert Festival, a free public event celebrating its 35th year, at noon. Ajia Simone, owner of Ahead of Style, emcees an afternoon of local entertainment, including Flight School, Grite Leon, Leila Lopez, Janee Starr, Jaime J, Cirque Roots, Courtney Robbins and Black Cherry Burlesque. Food and beverages are available for sale. Visit the Tucson Weekly booth for some free bling. VIP tickets for the entire weekend include a pre-party swimming party at the Riverpark Inn on Friday, Oct. 12; a meal and three drinks in the VIP tent at Armory Park on Saturday afternoon; and the after-party at Hotel Congress on Saturday night; $30. Visit for details, including registration for parade participants and vendors. QUEERTOPIA: PRIDE PRE-PARTY SWIM PARTY RiverPark Inn. 350 S. Freeway Blvd. 239-2300. Miss Ajia Simone hosts a swim party to kick off Pride weekend, from 3 to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; $10. DJ Raw-B and DJ Cellofame provide music. Featured entertainment includes go-go dancers and a sing-along movie. Food and beverages, including Jell-O shots, are available. Visit upcomingevents for more information. STRAVINSKY! MUSIC AND FESTIVAL Four concerts, a dance performance, a film screening and a colloquium commemorate the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, through Sunday, Oct. 14. The film Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky screens at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; free. Dance performances feature Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale and Serenade in A for piano, at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. Other performances reflecting Stravinsky’s entire career take place in the School of Music’s Holsclaw Hall and Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road. Single-event tickets for performances range from $5 to $25. Call 621-1162, or visit for tickets and more info. TSO MOVEABLE MUSICAL FEAST Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. Docents entertain with animals of the Southwest, and the TSO Woodwind Quintet performs as guests enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; an elegant dinner follows; and the Percussion Ensemble performs before dessert, at a fundraising event at 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14; $135. Call 882-8585, or visit for tickets and more information. TUCSON MEET YOURSELF Folk artists, Iron Chef competitions, a lowrider car show, interactive dance workshops, a global food fair, activities focused on traditions of health and wellness, and six stages with music and dance from all over the world are featured in and around Presidio Park, La Placita Village and city and county buildings, including the Tucson

Convention Center complex, from Friday, Oct. 12, through Sunday, Oct. 14.; free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. Visit

performance art, hairstyle art and makeup styling, all by local talent, are featured at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17; $15, $10 advance. Visit provocations for more information. Dress fashionably.

ZOMBIE WALK Participants are asked to dress according to how they might have died at the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar, from 6 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; free, but cash or two items of nonperishable food are requested for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. The walk starts in the parking lot of the Martin Luther King Apartments, 55 N. Fifth Ave., and ends at the Scott Avenue Stage at 2nd Saturdays Downtown.

SAGUARO EASTSIDE DEMOCRATS New Spirit Lutheran Church. 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail. 296-2461. Saguaro Eastside Democrats meet at 6:30 p.m., the third Monday of every month; free. Women’s issues are the topic on Oct. 15.

ANNOUNCEMENTS TUCSON MEET YOURSELF: CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS Volunteers are needed for the Tucson Meet Yourself folklife festival, from Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12 through 14. Visit for applications.

BULLETIN BOARD EVENTS THIS WEEK ALL SOULS WORKSHOPS Dinnerware Artspace. 425 W. Sixth St. 869-3166. Make a lantern, a float, a mask or a costume from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday, through Sunday, Oct. 28; free. Papier mâché, cardboard and other materials are available, but donations of materials are welcome. Donations are tax-deductible gifts to Many Mouths One Stomach; visit AMAZING AUSSIES LETHAL WHITE RESCUE Bookmans. 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-9555. A raffle, coloring for kids, obedience demonstrations, signlanguage demonstrations for special-needs dogs and more are featured at an awareness event about a genetic defect that makes some Australian shepherds difficult for shelters to place, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14; free. CAFÉ INQUIRY DuVal Auditorium, UA Medical Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 694-0111. The intersection of religion and culture is discussed from 8 to 9:15 a.m., the second Sunday of every month; free. Call 297-9919. DISCOVER YOUR FAMILY TREE Experienced genealogists from the Pima County Genealogy Society show how to start a family tree at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive; and 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Himmel Park Branch Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave.; free. Bring a pen or pencil and any information about your family. MADE FOR FLIGHT UA César E. Chávez Building. 1110 E. North Campus Drive. Help build kites in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, in Room 305; free. MEET-THE-ARTISTS NIGHTS Old Town Artisans. 201 N. Court Ave. 623-6024. Guests tour the eclectic shops and galleries, meet local artists and enjoy live music in the historic courtyard from 6 to 8 p.m., the second Saturday of every month through December; free. OCCUPY ONE-YEAR OCCUVERSARY De Anza Park. Stone Avenue and Speedway Boulevard. Entertainment and a general assembly commemorate Occupy Tucson’s first anniversary, from 1 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14; free. The general assembly is at 3 p.m. Call 399-6324 for more information. OUT AND ALLIED UA Mall. 1303 E. University Drive. Out and Allied encourages members of the LGBTQ community and allies “to take a picture to take a stand” from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; free PUMPKIN FESTIVAL Hope United Methodist Church. 6740 S. Santa Clara Ave. 294-1824. Pumpkins are for sale from Saturday, Oct. 13, through Wednesday, Oct. 31; free admission. Pies, cakes, cookies, juice and seeds prepared from pumpkins also are for sale, as is a book of pumpkin recipes. Festival days on Saturday, Oct. 20 and 27, feature games, contests, story-reading and photo ops. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday; noon to 7 p.m., Sunday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. RAW TUCSON PRESENTS PROVOCATIONS Plush. 340 E. Sixth St. 798-1298. A film screening, a musical performance, a fashion show, an art exhibit,

SHRED-IT EVENT Ward 2 Council Office. 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. 7914687. Dispose of sensitive documents securely at a shredding event from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; $10 requested donation or an equivalent donation in food for the Community Food Bank TAKE A SEAT TUCSON Armory Park Senior Center. Sixth Avenue and 13th Street. 791-4865. Bid on chairs decorated by local artists, including David Tineo and Barbara Peabody, in live and silent auctions from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; free admission. Proceeds benefit La Pilita Museum. Light tapas and refreshments are served. Call 882-7454 for more information. TANQUE VERDE VALLEY DEMOCRATIC CLUB Kirk-Bear Canyon Branch Library. 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. 594-5275. Wayne Peate, member of the Tanque Verde Unified School District Governing Board, leads a discussion about continuing the district’s maintenance and operations budget override, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; free. THE TUCSON MINIATURE SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE Tucson Women’s Club. 6245 E. Bellevue Road. 2963142. “My Favorite Room” is the theme of a show and sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14; $5, $2 younger than 12. A raffle and a workshop for children ages 10 to 16 also take place. Proceeds benefit Comstock Children’s Foundation. Call 861-9958 for more information. TUCSON WILDLIFE CENTER TOUR Tucson Wildlife Center. 13275 E. Speedway Blvd. 2909453. The first 12 people to make reservations will take a rare tour of an emergency-treatment center that rescues, rehabilitates and releases injured and orphaned wild animals throughout Southern Arizona, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; free. Call 6290510, ext. 7011, to register. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; cameras are OK.

UPCOMING THE POLITICS OF SCIENCE, HEALTH AND EDUCATION: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE THE ELECTION UA Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building. 1657 E. Helen St. Experts in science, health, education and government help students and the public understand issues important to the coming election, from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18; free. The format is an open Q&A hosted by the UA Undergraduate Biology Research Program Ambassadors. Call 621-9348 for more info.

BUSINESS & FINANCE EVENTS THIS WEEK AAF TUCSON LUNCHEON MEETING Hotel Tucson City Center. 475 N. Granada Ave. 6232000. Jane McCollum of Main Gate Square, Kurt Tallis of the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, and Michael Keith of the Downtown Tucson Partnership present “Under Construction: How Merchants Along the Modern Streetcar Line Have Coped Through Smart Marketing” at a luncheon meeting of the American Advertising Federation of Tucson, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16; $20 to $50. Reservations are requested. Call 326-1060, or visit for reservations and more information. EFFECTIVE JOB STRATEGIES IN TODAY’S ECONOMY Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Participants learn several online tools for improving their job-hunting networking strategies, from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16; free. GRANTS DATABASES OPEN LAB Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Volunteers, staff and board members of nonprofit and community organizations research private grantmakers with the help of a librarian from 2 to 4 p.m., the second Friday of every month; free. Seating is firstcome, first-served. Call 791-4010 for more information.

INDIVIDUAL JOB COUNSELING Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. A job counselor from Career Services Unlimited provides free, one-on-one counseling about choosing a career, resume-writing, interview skills, networking and job-search skills from noon to 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15; and from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 25; free. No appointment is needed; sessions are limited to 30 minutes. Call 791-4010 for more information. SOUTHERN ARIZONA LOGISTICS EDUCATION ORGANIZATION Viscount Suite Hotel. 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. 7456500. Sally Crum, Raytheon manager of supply chain, logistics and material delivery services, discusses the work of the National Defense Transportation Association at a dinner meeting from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17; $25. Call 977-3626 for reservations.


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EVENTS THIS WEEK AS GOES JANESVILLE Brad Lichtenstein’s film As Goes Janesville documents two years in the lives of laid-off workers as their funds and spirits decline, and politicians argue ideologies, at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Ave.; and 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, at Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave.; free. 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. Oct. 11: Give Me the Banjo, narrated by Steve Martin (2011). Oct. 18: Desperately Seeking Susan (1985, PG-13). Oct. 25: The Thing From Another World (1951). Visit for a schedule and parking info. FILM JUDGES SOUGHT Judges are sought to help determine which films will be included in the Out in the Desert Film Festival set for Jan. 24-27, 2013. Email the times and dates you are available to FOX TUCSON THEATRE Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky screens at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; $5 and $7. Visit for advance tickets. GENETIC ROULLETTE Grand Cinemas Crossroads 6. 4811 E. Grant Road. 327-7067. Genetic Roullette: The Gamble of Our Lives, a documentary about the health risks of genetically modified foods, is screened at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; free. Sustainability-oriented groups are tabling before and after the show. Registration is requested via LOFT CINEMA SPECIAL EVENTS Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. In conjunction with the Tucson Museum of Art exhibit Barbara Rogers: The Imperative of Beauty, a 50-Year Retrospective, Beauty Is Embarrassing is screened at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, with an introduction by Julie Sasse, chief curator and curator of modern and contemporary art at the Tucson Museum of Art. Visit for more information.


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EVENTS THIS WEEK AN ADENIUM EVENT Plants for the Southwest. 50 E. Blacklidge Drive. 6288773. Several varieties of adeniums are for sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; free admission. Call 628-8773 for more information. BUTTERFLY MAGIC Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, ext. 10. Walk through a greenhouse full of beautiful and rare butterflies from 11 countries, through April 30, 2013. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily; $13, $7.50 ages 4 through 12, $12 student, senior or military, includes admission to the gardens. DIANNE OTT WHEALY: GATHERING Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store. 3061 N. Campbell Ave. 622-5561. Dianne Ott Whealy, co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange, discusses and signs her book Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver, from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; free. Visit for more information. MASTER GARDENER HOME GARDEN TOUR Pima County Cooperative Extension Center. 4210 N. Campbell Ave. 626-5161. Demonstration gardens at the Pima County Extension Center and four working gardens of Master Gardeners are open for viewing and discussion, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; $8. Tour maps are available at the center; hosts and Master Gardeners answer questions at each site. Call for tickets and more information. NATIVE SEEDS/SEARCH SALON Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store. 3061 N. Campbell Ave. 622-5561. A gathering of gardeners and cooks takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., the third Monday of every month; free, including recipes and samples. Oct. 15: Jaime de Zubeldia from ReZoNation Farm discusses “Natural Beekeeping.” Visit NUESTRO JARDÍN HUMANITIES SERIES Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Workshops are included in the price of admission to the gardens; $13, $4 age 4 through 12, free younger child, $12 student, senior and military

personnel. Visit for more information. Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2:30 p.m.: Home and Garden From Found Objects with Gil Franco sharing examples of his own yard-sculpture and reading his poetry. Saturday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.: Stories of Life in Nuestro Jardín, featuring local barrio gardeners leading a tour of the re-visioned Nuestro Jardín and sharing stories about their own gardens. ORGANIC GARDEN FAIR AND PLANT SALE St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church. 3809 E. Third St. 325-1001. Local organically grown vegetable and herb seedlings, organically produced seeds, compost bins and cranks, and supplies for organic gardening are sold from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; free admission. Free information is also available. Call 749-9429, or visit for more information. SEED LIBRARY VISITS THE FARMERS’ MARKET Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market. 100 S. Avenida del Convento. 882-3304. The Pima County Library’s Seed Library is available at the Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market from 4 to 6 p.m., the second Thursday of every month; free. Call 791-4010 for more information. SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE DESIGN Mesquite Tree Permaculture Site. 221 E. Linden St. 624-8030. Mesquite Tree Permaculture helps participants create long-term plans for sustainable homes and landscapes in a permaculture-design workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; $59. Reservations are requested by calling 624-8030. Bring a sketch of a site or yard you want to design. TUCSON AFRICAN VIOLET SOCIETY The East Side Night Meeting of the Tucson African Violet Society gathers from 7 to 9 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month, at The Cascades, 201 N. Jessica Ave. The East Side Day Meeting takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., the second Wednesday of every month, at The Cascades. The Northwest Day Meeting takes place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the second Thursday of every month, at The Inn at the Fountains at La Cholla, 2001 W. Rudasill Road. TUCSON ORGANIC GARDENERS St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church. 3809 E. Third St. 3251001. Members and prospective members of Tucson Organic Gardeners meet at 7 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month. Free literature, refreshments and a minimarket are available. Call 670-9158, or visit for more information.

HEALTH EVENTS THIS WEEK HONORING AUTHORS AND EDITORS FROM THE ARIZONA HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER Arizona Health Sciences Center. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 626-7301. An exhibit of the 135 books published by current and former AHSC staff since 2005 continues through Friday, Nov. 30, in the Java City coffee bar, Room 2102, of the Arizona Health Sciences Library. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; free admission, $1.50 per hour parking. Visit for more information. NATIONAL LATINO AIDS AWARENESS DAY Free HIV testing is available from 4 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, at the NLAAD exhibit at Tucson Meet Yourself, between 120 and 150 W. Congress St. NLAAD works to help coordinate community organizations, faith communities and local governments in providing HIV testing and education to Latino communities. Email, or call 628-7233, ext. 305, for more information. NLAAD HEALTH AND RESOURCE FAIR PCC West Campus. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 206-6042. The National Latino AIDS Awareness Day organization hosts an expo of health and other resources for Latinos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, in the bookstore lobby; free. POSITIVE AGING FOR WOMEN CONFERENCE St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 8051 E. Broadway Blvd. 296-6149. Live Better, Laugh More, Connect With Others is the theme of a conference and expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; $10 includes lunch. Educational sessions include “Positive Aging Through Fitness”; “Healthy Mind, Healthy Life: Tips for the Aging Brain”; “Eating for Health”; and “Let Your Spirit Soar With Music.” Call 324-1960, or visit what-s-new to register and for more information. TMC SENIOR SERVICES TMC Senior Services. 1400 N. Wilmot Road. 3241960. Classes and events are free, but advance registration is required; call 324-4345 to register. Thursday, Oct. 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: “Healthy Back:



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KIDS & FAMILIES EVENTS THIS WEEK ALL TOGETHER THEATRE Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. Mother Goose Unplucked!, a musical play exploring what might happen if Mother Goose went missing, continues through Sunday, Nov. 4. Showtime is 1 p.m., every Sunday; $5 to $8. Call or visit for reservations and more info. BIRTH WITHOUT BOUNDARIES Elysian Grove Market. 400 W. Simpson St. 789-8662. A fundraiser and support rally for home-birth options takes place from 2 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; freewill donation. Home-birth education takes place at 2 p.m.; food is served at 5 p.m. Also featured are a kids’ dance party, a seed-bomb workshop, music, movement and an art auction. Call 789-8662 for more information.

CHILDREN OF DIVORCE AND CHANGING FAMILIES St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Two concurrent eight-week support groups meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m., every Monday, from Oct. 15 through Dec. 3; $60 requested donation, scholarships are available. Age-appropriate activities are provided in a group for children ages 3 to 18. One family member per child, including nevermarried parents, get support for forming a step-family in the concurrent adult group. Call or visit divorcerecovery. net for reservations and more information. DISNEY ON ICE TCC Arena. 260 S. Church Ave. Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream, featuring princesses Rapunzel and Tiana, from Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 11 through 14. Showtimes are 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m., and 3 and 7 p.m., Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m., Sunday; $20 to $55. Call (800) 745-3000, or visit for tickets and more information. THE GREAT PUMPKIN RACE 5K Buckelew Farm. 17000 W. Ajo Way. 822-2277. A Halloween-themed corn maze is included in a 5k run for runners of all abilities, at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 14; $10 to $15. Visit for details and to register. THE HAUNTED RUINS HALLOWEEN SHOW Valley of the Moon. 2544 E. Allen Road. 323-1331. The Dark Lord is coming, and only Van Helsing can save the world from being overrun by monsters. See the adventure from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12 through 28; and Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29 and 30; $8, $5 ages 8 to 13, free age 7 and younger. Admission is 50 percent off on Friday, Oct. 12, with a donation of two cans of food for the Community Food Bank. Visit for more info. KIDS CREATE Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. 881-0606. Kids Create, an ongoing series of workshops for children, takes place from 1 to 4 p.m., the second Saturday of every month. Each workshop produces a different project. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday; $9, $8 senior or military, $6 age 4 to 17, $6 adults on Thursday through Dec. 27, free younger child. Visit for more information.

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LOFT CINEMA Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. The Iron Giant, the story of a 9-year-old boy who makes friends with an innocent 50-foot alien robot, is screened at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; free. Visit for more information. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;MAGIC: THE GATHERINGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; FREE TOURNAMENT Bookmans. 3733 W. Ina Road. 579-0303. A two-pack standard Magic: The Gathering tournament takes place at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; free. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.; the first 20 registrants will play. Each participant receives two free packs. Prizes include one to three additional packs and $10 to $25 in gift certificates. MEET A BALLERINA Dancersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Boutique, 5741 N. Oracle Road. 887-5658. Moscow Ballet soloist Olga Aru gives demonstrations on the fitting, wear and care of pointe shoes from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; free. MEET LITTLE CRITTER Park Place Mall. 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. 748-1222. Little Critter visits UA BookStores to share a story and make crafts at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; free.

lowtail, queen, blue and sulphur butterflies, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 13; free. Reservations are required; call 615-7855, or email for reservations and more information. STORIES THAT SOAR Sam Hughes Elementary School. 700 N. Wilson Ave. 232-7400. Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; original stories are told in a theatrical production at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12; free. Call the school to make arrangements to attend. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;SUPER SMASH BROS. 64â&#x20AC;&#x2122; TOURNAMENTS Bookmans. 3733 W. Ina Road. 579-0303. Ages 14 and older compete for $75 in store credit at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; and ages 13 and younger meet at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, to try for $50 in store credit; free. Registration is required. Registration begins at 2 p.m., and only the first 32 older players and the first 16 younger players will compete. TUCSON QUARTER MIDGET RACETRACK Children ages 5 through 16 drive a quarter midget race car from 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Oct. 14, at the racetrack on the frontage road of Interstate 10, one mile south of Avra Valley Road, put on by the Tucson Quarter


MOCA NEXT LOUNGE MOCA. 265 S. Church Ave. 624-5019. High school students with valid ID can hang out, draw, watch art videos or get help with homework from artists and mentors with a wide range of expertise, from 2 to 5 p.m., on selected Wednesdays; free. Fall dates are Oct. 17 and 24; and Nov. 7, 14 and 28. NATIONAL CHESS DAY CELEBRATION Bookmans. 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-9555. Local chess organization 9 Queens offers free chess lessons, a simultaneous chess match with a local chess champion, cupcakes, face-painting and a screening of Searching for Bobby Fischer, from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; free. PUMPKIN PATCH El Con Mall. 3601 E. Broadway Blvd. 795-9958. The Tucson Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chorus annual pumpkin patch opens with a concert by all five choruses at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; free admission. Photo ops and free live choral music by the TGC choirs will continue throughout each week, through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., daily. Proceeds help provide scholarships for chorus members. ROCKET LAUNCH Tucson International Modelplex Association Complex. 3250 N. Reservation Road. Spectators watch and learn about model rocketry from 8 a.m. to noon, from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27; $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 for more information. SAFE HALLOWEEN, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AND ALL SOULS Dunbar Cultural Center. 325 W. Second St. 791-7795. Safer than masks, especially for children, professional face-painting, body-art, glitter tattoos and henna are provided by Barbea Williams and members of her Performing Arts Company, by appointment, daily, through Sunday, Nov. 11; by donation. Costume rental also is available. Call 628-7785 for an appointment. Proceeds benefit the company.

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UA POETRY CENTER FAMILY DAYS UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. An open house for kids and families takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1; free. Poetry Joeys workshops for children ages 4 through 10 take place from 10 to 11 a.m., and the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poetry collection is open to youth for writing projects. Other activities include yoga, multilingual story time, and Book Club 11+, which features a different title each Family Day. Visit

BIRDING AT SWEETWATER WETLANDS Sweetwater Wetlands. 2667 W. Sweetwater Drive. 7914331. Birding experts Farrish and Mark Sharon lead a walk for ages 12 and older to see a variety of wintering and migrating birds and raptors along easy trails, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17; free. Reservations are required. Call 615-7855, or email eeducation@ for reservations or more information.

WEEKEND MATH TUTORING Math tutoring for TUSD students in grades 3 through 12 takes place from 10 a.m. to noon, most Saturdays, through May 11, at Roberts-Naylor K-8 School, 1701 S. Columbus Blvd.; free. Visit to register. YOUTH ULTIMATE FRISBEE LEAGUE Vista del Prado Park. 6800 E. Stella Road. 791-5930. Tucson Ultimate launches the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first youth league, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17 and 24; and Nov. 7 and 14; free. Email, or visit to register and for more information.

BUFFELGRASS REMOVAL AT THE BASE OF THE CATALINAS Volunteers meet at 7 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Circle K, 4802 N. Sabino Canyon Road, and work to 11 a.m. to remove bufflegrass in the front range of the Catalinas to prevent its entry into Coronado National Forest; free. To sign up, call Kara of the Tucson Audubon Society, at 209-1811.


MASON CENTER MORNING BIRD WALKS Tucson Audubon Society Mason Center. 8751 N. Thornydale Road. 572-9881. Learn the very basics of birdwatching and how to identify the backyard birds commonly seen in the Tucson area, at 8 a.m., every Saturday, through May 25, 2013. A brief presentation is followed by an easy walk on a half-mile trail. Advance registration is required; email for reservations.

EMPIRE HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE DEPARTMENT Vail Theatre of the Arts. 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way. 879-3925. A comedic retelling of Robin Hood, by Richard Gremel with songs by Michael Martinez, is staged at 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 18 through 20; $7, $5 student.

SAN RAFAEL GRASSLANDS BIRD EXCURSION Raptors and grassland sparrows not easily seen elsewhere are found on this Audubon Society-sponsored 150-mile round-trip excursion at 5 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16; free. Call 629-0510 for reservations and directions to the departure site. Bring lunch.

FALL FAIR St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Parish and School. 4725 E. Pima St. 795-1633. Food, games, entertainment and carnival rides for all ages are featured from Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 18 through 21; $2 admission. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday; and 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday. Wristbands good for unlimited rides Thursday or Sunday are sold for $22, or $20 in advance at the school. Eight-ride tickets are sold for $15 any day of the fair. Email loris@stcyril. com for more information.

TWILIGHT NATURE WALK Feliz Paseos Park. 1600 W. Camino de Oeste. 8776000. A naturalist guides a leisurely stroll to see how seasonal changes affect local plants and animals, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; free. Reservations are required; call 615-7855, or email eeducation@ for reservations and more information.



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TUCSON IANDS EXPERIENCE SHARING (TIES) Unity of Tucson. 3617 N. Camino Blanco. 577-3300. Orothopedic spine surgeon Dr. Mary C. Neal discusses her experience of drowning while kayaking, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; $5. Call 395-2365 for info.

EVENTS THIS WEEK DEMONSTRATION OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY Armory Park. 220 S. Sixth Ave. 791-4865. The Rev. Brian Fox and other faith leaders conduct a mass commitment ceremony at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; free. Couples in partnership who would like to affirm or reaffirm their commitments while supporting the right to marry in Arizona are invited to join this event. The city of Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s domestic-partner registry is available to sign. For more information on the registry, visit cms3. Volunteers are sought to help with logistics for this event. Email Fox at tsnsacredcircle@ for more information. JESUS FOR PRESIDENT Southside Presbyterian Church. 317 W. 23rd St. 6236857. Brandon Wert leads a series of discussions based on the book Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals at 6:30 p.m., every Monday, through Nov. 5. Bring a copy of the book. Call 623-6857 for info. MULTIFAITH PRIDE SERVICE Grace St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church. 2331 E. Adams St. 327-6857. Love Wins is the theme of a religious service organized by Wingspanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Multifaith Working Group and the LGBT Jewish Inclusion Project to celebrate the lives and relationships of Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LGBTQ community, from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; freewill donation benefits the Rainbow Build project of Habitat for Humanity. Call 577-9393, ext. 218, or email for info. TAROT CARD READINGS WITH TANU Bookmans. 3733 W. Ina Road. 579-0303. Tanu reads what the cards have in store for the end of the year, from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; free. TUCSON ASTROLOGERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; GUILD Unitarian Universalist Church. 4831 E. 22nd St. 7481551. Author April Elliott Kent presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shadowlands: Eclipse Cycles and the Birth Chartâ&#x20AC;? at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; $15, $10 member. From 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, she presents a workshop, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Using

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;WALL OF HISTORYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; DEDICATION Congregation Anshei Israel. 5550 E. Fifth St. 7455550. Eileen Warshaw, executive director of the Jewish History Museum, presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Jewish Pioneers of the American Southwestâ&#x20AC;? at a dedication of three panels recounting milestones in the history of the congregationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s synagogue, at 3:45 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; free. The presentation is followed by the Mincha Service at 4:45 p.m., Third Meal at 5:15 p.m., and the Maâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ariv Service at 6:45 p.m. A special Havdallah service and dedication of the panels take place at 7 p.m. Reservations are requested. Call 745-5550, ext. 225, to attend all or part of the program.

SPORTS EVENTS THIS WEEK AZ BLISTER WAKA KICKBALL Joaquin Murrieta Park. 1400 N. Silverbell Road. 7914752. The fall season continues every Thursday through Nov. 29. Three games take place each week, starting at 6:30 p.m. A playoff tournament and end-of-season party take place Saturday, Dec. 8. Visit to register and for more information. MONSOON WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TACKLE FOOTBALL TEAM A member club of the Independent Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Football League, the Tucson Monsoon enters its ninth year of play with the coming season. Visit for info about how to join and a schedule of games. UA WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SOCCER UA Murphey Stadium. 15th Street and Plumer Avenue. Tickets are $5 to $8. Visit for tickets and more information. Thursday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: Stanford.







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TWILIGHT TANGO MILONGA A free Argentine tango class from 7 to 8 p.m. is followed by a milonga, or tango dance party, the second Saturday of every month, at Café a la C’Art, 150 N. Main Ave.; and from 4 to 7 p.m. on selected Sundays at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd.; $10 requested donation. Dates at the Viscount Suite are Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Nov. 25 and Dec. 30. Food and beverages are available for purchase, and visual artists showcase their work. Call 290-5699 for more information.

BY LAURA C.J. OWEN, m orderlands Theater’s Guapa, about an aspiring young Latina soccer player, has debuted in Tucson as part of a three-city “rolling world premiere.” This means that after opening at Borderlands, Guapa will go on to “premiere” two more times, at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, and the Miracle Theatre in Portland, Ore. The triple-opening is engineered by the National New Play Network, or NNPN, and playwright Caridad Svich and dramaturge Heather Helinksy have been working with all three theaters. This is a commendable effort—a new play by a well-regarded but still-emerging playwright, staged in Tucson. Svich has penned an award-winning theatrical adaptation of Isabel Allende’s novel The House of the Spirits and has won an Obie Lifetime Achievement Award for her numerous off-Broadway plays, many of which have political themes. Svich’s latest is ambitious … and that’s part of the trouble. Despite an interesting setup and a solid production, Guapa is overwhelmed by too many thematic elements, and the production is undermined by several radical shifts in tone. Guapa is about a contemporary, mixed-race Latino family in a small Texas border town. The family—Aunt Roly (Annabelle Nuñez) and her two children, Lebon (Mario Tineo) and Pepi (Marisa Acosta)—is part-Mexican and has been living near the border for generations. At some point, two relatives—a young man, Hakim, and a young woman, nicknamed Guapa (“beautiful”)—have come to live with the family. The script never makes it clear how Hakim (Adrian Gomez) and Guapa (Gabriela Urias) are related to each other, or to the family. Hakim is part Latino and part Arab American. (He compares himself to Shakira, the popular Colombian singer of Lebanese heritage.) Guapa’s roots are with the Quechua, the native peoples of the Andes. She’s had some setbacks—including an abusive stepfather who’s now in jail—but she dreams of playing professional soccer. In the first scene, the extended family sits around the kitchen table, bickering familiarly. The set is dominated by a realistic kitchen, provided by scenic-designer Andres Volovsek. Directed by Barclay Goldsmith, a Borderlands artistic director, the play is at its best during the kitchen scenes; they roll with a natural rhythm and give a real sense of the family dynamic. The first kitchen interlude sets up Guapa’s interesting situation: Here’s a complicated family and a young Latino girl who wants to play soccer, even though women are not as respected in the world of sports as men.



EVENTS THIS WEEK 17TH STREET MUSIC 17th Street Music. 810 E. 17th St. 624-8821, ext. 7147. Ron Doering, a founding member of the bluegrass group Summerdog, plays folk, bluegrass and cowboy music from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; free. Call 624-8821, ext. 7147, for more information. AFRICAN INFLUENCE IN CUBAN MUSIC AND DANCE Leo Rich Theater. 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. A performance illustrates a timeline of influences that migrated with the diaspora from Africa to Cuba, incorporating local dancers, musicians and singers, from 8:30 to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; free, as part of Tucson Meet Yourself. Renaldo Gonzales is the featured artist. A dancer, singer and percussionist of Grupo Afrocuba de Matanzas, he was born in Matanzas, Cuba.

Gabriela Urias in Borderlands Theater’s Guapa. However, playwright Svich is not content to Guapa simply explore that conflict. She adds more Presented by Borderlands Theater thematic elements as the play goes along, and 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday, through Sunday, Oct. 21; no show on the end result feels confused. Thursday, Oct. 18 For instance, the boisterous, naturalistic ZUZI’s Theater scenes in the kitchen are intercut with moreIn the Historic Y lyrical segments filled with video imagery. 738 N. Fifth Ave. Stage right from the kitchen is an open space $19.75 general; $17.75 seniors; $10.75 students with a screen backdrop; here, Guapa delivers Runs two hours and 15 minutes, dreamlike monologues. She describes commuwith one intermission nicating with saints, while behind her, the 882-7406; screen shows images of soccer balls and Southwestern landscapes. These poetic scenes are radically different in style and tone from the rest of the play. Guapa occasionally feels times it is lighthearted; sometimes it is naturalislike two different scripts spliced into one. tic; sometimes it is lyrical. Guapa tackles themes The quality of the videos and the background of gender, sexuality, race, language and ethnic music is quite good. Yet despite the array of tech identity, as well as the legacy of imperialism and people—videographer Piper Weinberg; technithe importance of political activism. That’s a lot, cal director Frank Calsbeek; video digital imagand it’s sometimes too much. es manager Benjamin Lopez; and video/lights/ As Guapa, Urias looks the part of a young soundboard operator Devin Wiles—the produc- soccer player, with an athletic grace to her tion had some technical snafus. movements. But neither the writing nor the actThe sound during the video and music seging ever really helped me get a handle on Guapa ments is a bit too loud. Urias has to practically as a character. Why does she love soccer? How shout to make herself heard in the small space does she really feel about her family members? of ZUZI’s Theater. On opening night, after The actors try their best to bring life to intermission, the video failed to restart at first, their characters. Acosta is delightful as Pepi, and there was a discernible pause as the techGuapa’s cousin. Gomez does well with Hakim, nical team strove to get it running again. Still, who aspires to a conventional life, and Tineo the larger problem is not with the videos is charismatic as the politically charged Lebon. themselves, but that the tone of the play shifts Nuñez is convincing as the well-meaning radically in these scenes. matriarch who wants to keep everyone togethAs Guapa goes on, the playwright keeps piler and healthy. ing on the plotlines. Hakim and Lebon have This is a well-intentioned play, with an different political views; one is content with engaging cast. I found it charming and intercapitalism, and the other is not. One cousin’s esting to see a complicated, mixed-race-Latino political actions cause Guapa to injure herself. family onstage. However, it was hard to track Guapa mysteriously begins to speak the native all of the characters’ origins and their relationlanguage of the Quechua. Guapa reveals her ships. The play ultimately was burdened by history of abuse … and then soccer comes too many themes and too much back story; back in. the overload made Guapa confusing instead Sometimes the play is painfully earnest; some- of enlightening.

BEYOND KUNG-FU: SOUNDS OF THE SHAOLIN TEMPLE Confucius Institute. 1215 E. Helen St. 626-9011. UA School of Music faculty member Paula Fan, the Purple Fan Chinese music ensemble, yangqin artist Huiqing Cheng and ethnomusicologist Janet Sturman present a multidisciplinary program about the music of a site more often associated with its warriors, at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; free. BROWN-BAG OPERA Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. The Opera Guild of Southern Arizona presents a preview of the Arizona Opera Company’s upcoming production of Donizetti’s Lucia de Lammermoor, at noon, Friday, Oct. 12; free. The preview is performed by local singers. Guests are encouraged to bring a sandwich; complimentary refreshments are served. Call 289-6145. ESPERANZA STRING QUARTET St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. 602 N. Wilmot Road. 886-7292. The quartet performs masterpieces by Beethoven and Mendelssohn at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; freewill donation. EXPRESS YOURSELF OPEN MIC An open-mic night celebrates LGBTQ lives and experiences through poetry, story-telling and song from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, in the piano lounge of ManzanitaMohave Residence Hall, 1000 N. Park Ave.; free. Refreshments are served. FOX TUCSON THEATRE Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. The Tucson Jazz Institute’s Ellington Band and the Arizona Roadrunners, a traditional jazz band including members of the institute’s faculty, perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, as part of 2nd Saturdays downtown; free. Bryan Adams performs at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16; $35 to $110. Call or visit for tickets. 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. Oct. 15: The Swing Show with Charlie Hall. Oct. 22: David Fanning, vocal impressionist. Oct. 29: Big Band Express. Nov. 5, at 3 and 7 p.m.: The Manhattan Dolls. Call or visit for tickets and more information. MÚSICA SONORA Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 2331 E. Adams St. 327-6857. Southern Arizona’s professional earlymusic ensemble presents St. Hildegard von Bingen: Reflections of the Living Light, at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14; $15, $5 student. Visit ST. PHILIP’S FRIENDS OF MUSIC CONCERTS St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Visit






for more information. Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m.: Classics With the Christines: Favorites for Flute and Harp; free. Friday, Oct. 26, at 6:15 p.m.: Cabaret! Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entertainment!, a gala evening of catered hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, libations and popular music performed by St. Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adult choirs and soloists in the Bloom Music Center; $30 benefits St. Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friends of Music. TSO ROCKS THE FOX Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra and vocalist Gavin Hope trace Michael Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career from the Jackson 5 through Bad, in a tribute to the King of Pop, at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; $33 to $83. Call or visit for tickets and more information. TUCSON JAZZ SOCIETY Unless otherwise noted, concerts are at 7 p.m., Friday at Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $30, $25 advance, $20 member and military personnel with ID, $15 student with ID. Visit for tickets and more information. Oct. 12: Blue Blues and Boogie Woogie, Joe Bourne and Arthur Migliazza, at the Westin La Paloma, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. Oct. 19: Cool and Hot, Eric Hines with Pan Dulce and the Matt Mitchell Trio. Oct. 26: Crime Scenes: Jazz Noir With the Dmitri Matheny Group. UA MUSIC UA Crowder Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 621-1162. The UA Philharmonic Orchestra presents works by Stravinsky, Bizet, Schubert and Brahms in its opening concert, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; $5. Visit, or call 621-1162 for reservations.

in the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national conference, from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20; freewill offering. Call 3493096 for more information. The GMWA Tucson Chapter welcomes new members at their rehearsals every other Monday. Visit, or email for a schedule. OLD PUEBLO BRASS BAND A British-style band comprising 30 musicians, the Old Pueblo Brass Band performs at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at Swan Lake Estates, 4055 N. Flowing Wells Road; and at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, at Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.; freewill donation. Email fuegal7@ for more information. PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE MUSIC PCC Center for the Arts. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 2066986. Unless otherwise noted, performances are in the Proscenium Theatre; $6. Call or visit cfa for tickets and more information. Thursday, Oct. 18 and Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m.: Wind Ensemble. Sunday, Oct. 21 and Dec. 2, at 3 p.m.: the Chorale and College Singers. Thursday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m.: faculty member Michael Keepe, saxophone, in the Recital Hall. Monday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m.: Jazz Improv Combo. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m.: Jazz Ensemble. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m.: Orchestra Concert. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.: Musical Theatre Workshop in the Recital Hall. TSO MASTERWORKS Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday, at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte; $49 via; and at 8 p.m., Saturday, and 2 p.m., Sunday, at Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive; $41 to $51 via Oct. 19 through 21: pianist Stephen Beus, Mozart and More.

ANNOUNCEMENTS OUT OF TOWN JAVARITA COFFEE HOUSE Javarita Coffee House (The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ). 17750 S. La CaĂąada Drive. Sahuarita. 625-1375. The coffee house presents live acoustic roots music every month at 7 p.m., on selected Fridays, through April; $10 to $20, $90 for the season. Oct. 12: Christopher James, original blues. ORO VALLEY CONCERT SERIES Oro Valley Marketplace. Oracle and Tangerine roads. Oro Valley. Concerts take place at 6 p.m., selected Thursdays; free. Visit for more information. Oct. 11: Tesoro, Latin-jazz and flamenco.

UPCOMING DESERTVIEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER DesertView Performing Arts Center. 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. SaddleBrooke. 825-5318. Eric-Jan Overbeek and Arthur Migliazza present Booginator 2, a concert of boogie-woogie music, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20; $28, $24 advance. Visit FOX TUCSON THEATRE Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.: John Mayall; $27 to $52. Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m.: Jukebox Junction: The Glen Miller Orchestra with the Diamonds; $20 to $44. Sunday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m.: Gilberto Gil; $25 to $62. Call or visit for more info. GMWA TUCSON CHAPTER IN CONCERT Rising Star Baptist Church. 2800 E. 36th St. Members of the Tucson Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America present a concert inspired by their participation

CALL FOR MUSICIANS Musicians who play bass, guitar, drums and keyboard are sought to play the score for an upcoming performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch by The Bastard (Theatre). Applicants should be available for a flexible January and February rehearsal schedule, and a nonflexible performance schedule from Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14 through 23. They will need to learn the full score, play well together, be comfortable with improvising and be willing to wear costumes of varying coverage. A contract is required, and a $500 stipend is offered. Applications are accepted only by video submissions to, or via youtube. Visit, or call 425-4163 for info. 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

THEATER OPENING THIS WEEK AMY GOODMAN: THE SILENCED MAJORITY Fox Tucson Theatre. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! is joined by Denis Moynihan for this benefit for KXCI FM 91.3 and Access Tucson, at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; $5. Visit for tickets and more information.

COMEDY PLAYHOUSE Comedy Playhouse. 3620 N. First Ave. 260-6442. The Golden Age of Radio, a series of radio-script readings in a range of genres, opens Sunday, Oct. 14, and continues on the second Sunday of every month. Showtime is 12:30 p.m.; $12, $10 student or senior. Call or visit for tickets or more info. HOKEY POKEY Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4875. Gavin Kaynerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play Hokey Pokey, produced in association with Old Pueblo Playwrights, opens Friday, Oct. 12, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 28. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, and 19 and 20, and 27; and 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, 21 and 28; $20, $15 for groups of four or more. INVISIBLE THEATRE Invisible Theatre. 1400 N. First Ave. 882-9721. Susan Claassen stars in A Conversation With Edith Head, Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 11 through 14. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Thursday; 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $35. Call or visit for tickets and more information. Rush tickets are available at half price, one half-hour before each performance. KRISTO GOBIN: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;THATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SO GAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; PCC Proscenium Theatre. Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. 206-6986. Kristo Gobin performs his one-person play about the personal and public struggles of a first-generation Croatian American coming to terms with his sexuality, at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; free. Visit LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-4242. NoĂŤl Cowardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fallen Angels opens with a preview on Thursday, Oct. 11, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 18. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Thursday preview, Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $18, $16 senior, military or student. Call or visit for tickets and more info. SACRED CHICKEN PRODUCTIONS Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. Beckyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Car, a comedy about life choices, opens with a preview at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 28. Hope Animal Shelter benefits from an opening-night reception at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; $25. Regular showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m., Sunday; $20, $18 senior or student, $15 preview. Call 400-1424, or visit for more information.

CONTINUING ARIZONA REPERTORY THEATRE UA Marroney Theatre. 1025 N. Olive Road. 621-1162. Avenue Q, a satire about young adulthood, continues through Sunday, Oct. 28. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., weeknights and Saturday; and 1:30 p.m., Sunday; dates vary; $20 to $31. Proceeds benefit the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. Call 621-1162, or visit for tickets; see for info. BORDERLANDS THEATER ZUZI! Theater. 738 N. Fifth Ave. 629-0237. Guapa, a new play about middle-class dreams by Obie Awardwinner Caridad Svich, is staged at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, through Sunday, Oct. 21; $6 to $24. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday. There is no show on Thursday, Oct. 18. Call 882-7406, or visit for tickets and more information.

GASLIGHT THEATRE The Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 8869428. The ensembleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goofy take on The Phantom of the Opera 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 for reservations or more information. PINNACLE PEAK PISTOLEROSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; WILD WEST STUNT SHOW Trail Dust Town. 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. 2964551. The Pistoleros present Sam and Latchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hairy Halloween every night through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Showtimes are 7 and 8 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 7, 8 and 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; $4, $2 ages 4 through 11, free younger child. Call 398-5618, or visit for more information.

LAST CHANCE COMEDY PLAYHOUSE Comedy Playhouse. 3620 N. First Ave. 260-6442. The Comedy Genius of O. Henry II closes Saturday, Oct. 13; $18, $16 senior or student. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; $12, $10 senior or student, unless otherwise noted. Call or visit for tickets or more info. RED BARN THEATRE Red Barn Theatre. 948 N. Main Ave. 622-6973. A parody of Henrik Ibsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Freudian play, Peer Gynt, using Edvard Griegâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peer Gynt Suite, which was inspired by the play, is staged at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, closing Saturday, Oct. 13; $5. Call for reservations.

UPCOMING ARIZONA OPERA Tucson Music Hall. 210 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday. Visit for tickets or more information. Oct. 20 and 21: Lucia di Lammermoor; $25 to $155. COMEDY PLAYHOUSE Comedy Playhouse. 3620 N. First Ave. 260-6442. Chilling Mysteries of Edgar Allan Poe II opens Friday, Oct. 19, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 28. $18, $16 senior or student. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday. Call or visit for tickets or more info. STEVEN MICHAEL QUEZADA Laffs Comedy CaffĂŠ. 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. 3238669. Breaking Badâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Detective Gomez, Steven Michael Quezada, performs standup comedy at 8 and 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20; $12.50. Visit for tickets and more information.

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Local playwright Gavin Kayner melds traditional theater with the absurd in ‘Hokey Pokey’

AGUA CALIENTE PARK RANCH HOUSE GALLERY Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery. 12325 E. Roger Road. 749-3718. Paint Out in the Parks, an exhibit of works by the Tucson Plein Air Painters, opens Friday, Oct. 12, and continues through Thursday, Nov. 8. Society member Carol Swinney gives a palettepainting demonstration at 7 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13. The demonstration is followed by a paint-out; all artists are welcome. An artists’ reception and wet-paint sale follow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, until Thursday, Nov. 1; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, thereafter; free. Call 615-7855, or email

Fresh Off the Page BY SHERILYN FORRESTER, hat if the hokey pokey is what it’s all about?” When Tucson playwright Gavin Kayner saw this question posed on a bumper sticker, it intrigued and, as it turns out, inspired him. The outcome is Hokey Pokey, a play that will take the stage for the first time this weekend. It’s publicized as a joint venture between Old Pueblo Playwrights, a writers’ group Kayner has participated in for years, and Piquant Plays Productions, a loosely configured entity organizing the effort to get the play staged. “We’ve only done one other play of mine— Thumbs. It’s not really a formal organization, but we trot it out when my wife, Norma, and a couple of other close compadres want to put a show up,” Kayner says. So up goes Hokey Pokey. Kayner describes it as an experiment in melding traditional narrative theater with elements of absurdist theater. Its setting is an institution, and it involves four characters: a clown who isn’t funny, a writer who doesn’t write, a black magician who wants his magic to transform him into a white person, and a con artist selling an elixir that cures everything from “hemorrhoids to headaches.” Each resident is assigned a day on which it is his job to turn on the television. On this particular day, the designated resident has not fulfilled his duty, so in the world of these four, the TV cannot be turned on. There are no distractions; the four must interact with each other. “I knew it was going to address the point of view that life exists simply because it can, and is therefore essentially absurd,” Kayner says. “The characters needed to be larger than life, in conflict with themselves and those in their world, and trapped in dire circumstances.” And how is that melding thing going? “In some ways, (the narrative and the absurd) are not that far apart. But I think we’ve had to tamp down the absurd aspect,” Kayner says. “That can really run away with you.” Kayner says Hokey Pokey has been embraced by the cast. “The actors are totally excited and invested and working really hard.” Says Nicholas Salyer, who plays Roget, the writer, “A brand-new play fresh off the page … is an incredibly fulfilling experience for all participants of live theater. It’s simply never been done. Designers, director and players all have this one-of-a-kind opportunity to create a brave new universe.” Otto, the not-so-funny clown, is played by Jacob Brown, who is proud to be a part of something “both original and thought-provoking. … I love working with Gavin, because I know what he wants, and I try to give him “

MARK SUBLETTE MEDICINE MAN GALLERY Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-7798. Journeys Out of the West, an exhibit of paintings by P.A. Nisbet, opens with an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, and continues through Friday, Nov. 2. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday; free. Visit


RAICES TALLER 222 ART GALLERY AND WORKSHOP Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop. 218 E. Sixth St. 881-5335. A silent auction of original works donated by local artists benefits the gallery on Saturday, Oct. 13; free. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; or by appointment; free. Call or visit for more information. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH Unitarian Universalist Church. 4831 E. 22nd St. 7481551. Southwest Images by Deb Bagoy Skinner, a collection of multimedia work, opens with a reception at 11:45 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 4. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday through Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday; and by appointment on Tuesday; free.

CONTINUING Jacob Brown as Otto in Hokey Pokey. more than what he expects.” Kayner has had a respectable degree of success as a playwright, which is his second career. He was an elementary-school teacher for years, and was named a Fulbright teacher twice. “The day after I retired, I was writing my first play,” he says. That was Thumbs, in which a despairing young man cuts off one of his thumbs “in protest against the ability to ask questions to which there are no answers,” Kayner says. It was a finalist for the Long Beach Playhouse new-play prize, a finalist for a National Arts Club Award and a semifinalist for the Julie Harris Playwright Awards. Piquant Plays Productions staged it here in 2005. Not a bad start. Kayner has had numerous plays recognized in national playwriting contests. Noche de los Muertos was honored by several groups and won third place in the Latino/ Chicano Literary Prize contest at the University of California at Irvine. It was given a full production by Beowulf Alley Theatre here in 2008. More recently, The Language of Flowers, which had been workshopped as a part of Beowulf Alley’s Page on the Stage program, was a finalist in the Long Beach Playhouse new play prize in 2010, and it was given a full production there in 2011. That experience was one of the most exhilarating for Kayner. Several reviewers offered effusive praise. Said Long Beach drama critic Cecilia Fannon: “Clearly, Kayner … can write beautifully and limn characters with complexity.” And Eric Marchese, theater critic for the Orange County Register and Backstage, said, “The Language of Flowers is an eminently satisfying work from both an intellectual and an

Hokey Pokey Presented by Piquant Plays Productions in association with Old Pueblo Playwrights 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday, through Sunday, Oct. 28; no show on Friday, Oct. 26 Cabaret Theater Temple of Music and Art 330 S. Scott Ave. $20, cash or check Runs two hours, with one intermission 297-3317

emotional point of view.” Invited reviewers also provided three- to four-page written critiques, which Kayner has found invaluable. So what constitutes success for Kayner? “I believe success, at bottom, is beginning with a blank computer screen—with the cursor blinking away—and finishing 98 pages later with a fully developed script that is cogent, cohesive and comprehensible. Everything else—praise, prizes, productions— are icing on the proverbial cake. Of course, the icing is what holds the cake together and makes it especially delectable. Since I have written, apparently, several plays that work on the stage, now I’m looking forward to more of the icing. Dark chocolate.” Kayner is pretty sure he and the Hokey Pokey gang are serving up some tasty cake. “I really think that this is a new, different kind of experience,” Kayner says. “I think it’s a type of theater we haven’t seen in a while. It’s rich, visceral. When theater is right, there’s nothing like it.”

AMITY FOUNDATION’S DRAGONFLY GALLERY Amity Foundation’s Dragonfly Gallery. 146 E. Broadway Blvd. 628-3164. A Retrospective of the Art of Pedro Restrepo-Palez, featuring the historian and diplomat’s paintings, continues through Thursday, Nov. 8. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Call 628-3164, ext. 210, for more information. ATLAS FINE ART SERVICES Atlas Fine Art Services. 41 S. Sixth Ave. 622-2139. THE ORIGIN OF VISION by means of naturally descriptive line and/or the preservation of the favoured mark within the creative process, VOLUME 1: DRAWING, an exhibit of works on paper by Karine Falleni, Jerry Jacobson and Andrew Polk, continues through Saturday, Nov. 24. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment Monday and Tuesday; free. BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PAVILION GALLERY UA Medical Center South Campus. 2800 E. Ajo Way. 874-2000. Meditations, a series of large-scale abstract photographic works by Tucsonan Pete Trexler, continues through Monday, Nov. 26. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 1:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. BICAS ART ANNEX AND GALLERY BICAS Art Annex. 44 W. Sixth St., No. 1D. (503) 2015011. Foundlings, a selection of art, jewelry and functional objects referencing bicycles or cycling culture, or created from re-purposed bicycle parts and materials, continues through Saturday, Oct. 27. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; 6 to 9 p.m., the first Saturday of every month; and by appointment; free. For more information, email CONRAD WILDE GALLERY Conrad Wilde Gallery. 439 N. Sixth Ave., Suite 195. 622-8997. Strange Botany, including works by Barbara Rogers, John Randall Nelson and Mary Meyer, continues through Saturday, Oct. 27. A reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday; free. Visit for more information. CONTRERAS GALLERY Contreras Gallery. 110 E. Sixth St. 398-6557. Bestiario/ Bestiary, a collection of new works featuring real and fantastic creatures in cut paper by Marcy Miranda Janes and paintings by Martin Quintanilla, continues through Saturday, Oct. 27. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. Visit for more information.




VISUAL ARTS Quilts with powerful messages are on display at Tucson Meet Yourself

Fabric of Our Lives n July 31, 2006, Maria Elena Rojas Nieto of Mexico drowned in a wash in Nogales. A few weeks later, on Aug. 20, Maria Santa Lopez Comacho, 19, of Guatemala, baked to death in the sun in the flatlands east of the Baboquivaris. In between, on Aug. 7, nine Mexican migrants, including 28-year-old José Daniel Mejia Vasquez, died together in a car crash in Yuma. To make sure that these dead were not forgotten, Tucson artists Alice Vinson, Suzanne Hesh and Peggy Hazard stitched a quilt memorializing not only Rojas, Lopez and Mejia, but all 205 of the migrants whose bodies were found in Southern Arizona between Oct. 1, 2005, and Sept. 30, 2006. “They died out there, and we honor them,” Hazard says. “The effort of making these quilts is to make the names known.” The artists’ migrant quilt will be on view this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-14, in the outdoor exhibition Quilts Making a Difference at the Tucson Meet Yourself festival. A companion exhibition, Symbols and Traditions of AIDS Activism, will display quilts commemorating the victims of the disease, along with memorabilia documenting the 25-year history of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, or SAAF. Hazard, a curator now retired from Tohono Chul Park, co-curated both exhibitions, working with Maribel Alvarez, a UA folklore scholar who now leads the popular festival. (The quilts will be displayed just south of El Presidio Park and north of Congress Street, on the walkway between two Pima County buildings.) Despite the somber nature of the quilt exhibitions, the beloved folk-life festival, affectionately nicknamed Tucson Eat Yourself, will still be what it has always been: a joyous extravaganza of music, dance, workshops, demos and—of course—food. The goodies and the performances are courtesy of at least 45 different ethnic groups inhabiting the Old Pueblo, and 180 traditional artists. Specialty events this year will be a celebration of Duke’s, said to be the oldest lowrider car club in the country, and Powwow 101, where festivalgoers can learn all about American Indian singing and drumming, and get their own feet moving in a community dance. The lavish Carnival of Trinidad will be re-created by native Trinidadians dancing calypso, soca and limbo. But the quilt exhibitions hint at changes to the festival in recent years. Not only does Tucson Meet Yourself have many more per-



formers; it also has dramatically expanded its visual-art component—and enlarged its definition of folkways. “This is a different way of thinking about folklore,” Hazard says. “I treasure my Czech grandmother’s recipes, and I make them in her honor, but culture is not only about ethnic and familial traditions. Culture is something that binds a group together, combined with practices that are ritualized.” The two quilt exhibitions demonstrate the ways different clusters of people have converted the quilt from a functional bed covering into an art “canvas” used to make political statements, to raise money or to memorialize the dead. Hazard and company put together their quilt, “Tucson Border Sector 10/2005—9/2006,” under the auspices of Los Desconocidos (The Unknowns): The Migrant Quilt Project. The group was founded by Tucsonan Jody Ipsen, who collects the clothing left behind in the desert by migrants, washes it and distributes it. Her volunteers cut the discarded garments into patches and embroider them with the names of the dead. Hazard got mostly denim fabric, the remains of migrants’ jeans pierced by cactus spines. Vinson landed men’s plaid shirts. Like any folk artist, each followed her own vision. “All of us used our own technique,” Hazard says. “Alice did reverse appliqué and put the names inside. Suzanne used machine embroidery and wrote the names in script. I did computer printing on the fabric.” The names—such as Maria Santa Lopez Comacho—were so long, she adds, “I went to digital. I didn’t want to embroider them.” Lopez’s name is neatly computer-printed in red letters on cloth and stitched to a blue-jeans patch. The quilt is rough by design—it has irregular edges and fraying scraps of material—to convey the rigors of the journey and the sufferings of those who died. In between the name patches, and the squares marked “unknown” for those bodies never identified, are embroidered flowers cut from Mexican bordados— cloths stitched by mothers or sweethearts as reminders of home. Ipsen’s project aims to document the dead from each year since 2000, when migrants first began dying in large numbers in Arizona’s deserts and mountains. The job just keeps growing. Fiscal 2012 ended on Sept. 30, and Derechos Humanos tallied the year’s harvest of migrant dead at 177, making for a grim total of 2,464 bodies found since 2000. The quilts to be displayed in Quilts Making a



“Tucson Border Sector, 10/2005—9/2006” (cropped), detail, quilt made of discarded migrant clothing, by Alice Vinson, Suzanne Hesh and Peggy Hazard. Difference cover a range of issues, traveling in Quilts Making a Difference time from World War I to Sept. 11 to Tucson’s Symbols and Traditions own Jan. 8. Tucsonan Caroline Ellermann of AIDS Activism Exhibitions at Tucson sewed up T-shirts worn by first responders to Meet Yourself Folklife Festival the World Trade Center attacks, arranging 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, NYPD and FDNY shirts between U.S. flags Oct. 13; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14. and notes imploring God to bless America. Her Exhibitions located in the pedestrian path south quilt is now in the collection of the Arizona of El Presidio Park and north of Congress Historical Society, which also owns a Red Street, between Pima County buildings Cross quilt stitched in 1918, in Phoenix. A Free giant red cross stands in the middle of a white field; each of the 225 patchwork squares surrounding it has a tiny red cross—and tiny Also: Tucson AIDSWALK festivities begin at 8 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Joel D. names. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. “It was used to raise money,” Hazard says. Walk begins at 8 a.m.; $20 regular registra“Donors could pay 25 cents to get their names tion; 628-7223; on it, $5 to $25 for a prominent location.” Among the famous who forked out the bucks for a good spot: sitting Arizona Gov. George homemade cards volunteers send to the sick. W.P. Hunt. “The AIDS community is very interesting,” Gloria Wadlow’s “Faith, Hope, Love,” the Jan. Hazard says. “SAAF is all about testing, treat8 quilt, reproduces in cloth the offerings left in ment and support.” front of University Medical Center by bereaved But this being Tucson Meet Yourself, the Tucsonans. quilt shows are also about activity. Quilts The local quilts exhibited in Symbols and Making a Difference will offer demos, sewing Traditions of AIDS Activism are inspired by the circles and storytelling. The AIDS section will NAMES Project and the AIDS Memorial Quilt. stage story circles and talks. Sewn in the shape of coffins, 3 feet wide by 6 Sunday morning, for the first time, feet long, most honor a single lost loved one. AIDSWALK is joining forces with Tucson Lahanna Heyde is remembered in a quilt of Meet Yourself. The walkers will parade—or black stitched in silver. Her photo is garlanded sprint—around the perimeter of the festival in a girly, pink cord—she was only 23 when grounds. They’ll end at the Main Library she died in 2000. plaza, and gather to watch the traditional On a white quilt remembering Ken Hannon unfolding of the AIDS memorial quilts, a (1958-1993), a long, lovely photo of the modern-day ritual as folkloric as any ethnic Catalinas unfurls horizontally against the back- dance. ground. “It’s more fiber art than quilt,” Hazard says. Margaret Regan reports on the arts twice Hazard has also pulled together some exammonthly on the Buckmaster show, which airs ples of “material culture” from SAAF, including from noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, a big red AIDS ribbon, T-shirts from the annual on KVOI AM 1030. Her next radio report will AIDSWALK, key chains and “paper prayers,” the be broadcast on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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Before the sounds of cumbia filled the dance floor with couples and children, Raúl Ochoa led the crowd at the Corazón de Tucson fundraiser in a chant of, “Si, se puede.” Ochoa, a 29-year-old organizer for the immigrant-rights organization, had just presented certificates to 10 community members who participated in his leadership class. Their faces beamed as they held their certificates. Ochoa, regaled with more applause and cheers, looked content. A friend reached out and squeezed my hand, looking at Ochoa. “This is the heart,” she said, referring to both Ochoa and his organization. In Tucson, there are special moments like these, when we witness people we admire at their best. In a way, these people offer the answer to a question we ask ourselves on occasion: “What is so special about Tucson? Despite itself, why do we love it so much?” Tucson has corazón. Tucson has heart. In honor of Pride, we decided to dive deep into this heart and talk to members of the LGBT community, like Ochoa, who make Tucson the place we love.

Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa is a community organizer.

Abby Hungwe, left, and Morgan Wells help organize painting activity for the Owl and Panther Project.

RAÚL OCHOA: “Why I do what I do today” When Ochoa isn’t working as a community organizer for Corazón, he works at the Southside Presbyterian Church’s Southside Worker Center, helping mostly migrant men find work and resources. He also works with LGBT youth at the Eon Youth Lounge at Wingspan. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Ochoa says he arrived in the United States, undocumented, at the age of 5. He lived in the San Francisco Bay area, unable to visit family back in Mexico for 9 years, because he and his mother remained undocumented. “Eventually, my dad petitioned for us to become citizens. I had two sisters born in the U.S., but during that time, California was going through a lot of its own anti-migrant experiments, before Arizona,” Ochoa says. “The law said that if you worked as a teacher or staff member, and suspected a child was undocumented, you were to call immigration.” Ochoa remembers his mother telling him to stay away from uniformed police. He didn’t understand why—he didn’t think he was doing anything wrong. “I was just going to school,” he says. “She always had a worried look on her face. She was very stressed. I always remember that time.” While he was in high school, his Tia Lupe was taken into custody and faced a deportation order. During one visit, his family stood on one side of a glass partition while his aunt sat, handcuffed, on the other side. At the detention center, Ochoa held and comforted his 3-year-old niece, while the family cried and watched her other child try to touch his mother through the glass. “It didn’t make sense: Why my tia was detained? Why she was incarcerated? From that point forward, it came to me that I wanted to do something to make sure this doesn’t happen to other families,” he says. Ochoa went on to college at San Francisco State University, where he got a degree in Raza studies. He got involved in community organizing, but he remained in the closet—never telling friends, fellow organizers or family members that he is gay. After working for a high school social-justice program, Ochoa decided he wanted a fresh start and decided to move closer to the border. “I also wanted to get away from everyone I knew so I could begin to live a fuller life, so I could be more myself,” Ochoa says. “Working with refugees and asylum-seekers, I started feeling a big burden. I was living in the closet for most of my life, and I was feeling like I couldn’t live like that anymore. I started feeling heavy, and I wanted to be true to who I am. I figured if I removed myself from close friends and family, I could just be. So of all places regarding race and sexuality, I decided to move, and came to Arizona.” Ochoa laughs and shakes his head in disbelief. “I came here as a political and sexual-orientation refugee six years ago.” However, only recently did he completely come out to the community he works so hard to organize; it happened during a workshop with families on homophobia and machismo. “The space was loving and accepting and nurturing.” Ochoa says he finally came out because he was tired, “tired of being queer here, and not here … always having to pick what I am in this meeting, or in that space and that group. I want to be all of me in all of those spaces as much as I can be.” Ochoa says he stayed in the closet because there was always a risk of being rejected. A conversation with a migrant family he’s particularly close to made him realize it was time to put those fears behind him. “The father told me that it’s not that Mexican communities are more homophobic; we just don’t talk about it as much, because it is a taboo issue,” he says. “‘Just be who you are,’ he said.’” ABBY HUNGWE: “Tucson is a resettlement city” Abby Hungwe understands that Tucson’s refugee community has to fit in before its members will truly feel at home. Tall and lean, the 26-year-old woman’s long, neat dreadlocks cascade down her head, and the KXCI T-shirt she wears leaves little question that Hungwe is at home. She explains that she had to work hard to reach this point. More than five years ago, Hungwe decided to leave her home in Zimbabwe and arrived in Tucson


as a refugee. At Owl and Panther, a Hopi Foundation project that helps newly arrived refugee families make Tucson home, she began to piece together the feeling of community. “I think the hardest for me to get used to is social structures. Everyone here is independent, for lack of a better word. The friendships I had in Zimbabwe were as good as being brother and sister. That doesn’t happen here, and it’s hard to get used to,” she says. After her first year with Owl and Panther, Hungwe began to volunteer, and in February, she was offered a part-time position with the organization as a program assistant. “I guess I can relate,” she says. “This is a program that makes it easier to settle into a new community. I think it works because it’s consistent. During the school year, families meet every Tuesday, and sometimes on Saturdays, too, for field trips. It is a consistent and safe environment. It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak the same language. You don’t feel like you’re different, because no one treats you like you’re different.” Hungwe has studied at Pima Community College, where she’s earned two associate’s degrees. She says she wants to eventually “venture into project management, specifically for construction management.” Is resettlement as a refugee more difficult for those who are LGBT? Hungwe says it can be, especially if a person is leaving their former country specifically because their gender identity or sexual orientation has put them in danger. “Even if you are in a different environment, and you know you’re in a safe environment, it can still be hard to settle in and feel completely safe,” she says. All refugees must go through some healing, Hungwe says. “It is a big loss, especially when you leave family or most of your family. It’s great if you can bring two or three family members with you, but for people who come on their own, or people who have had to be separated, like some of the families from Lebanon and other countries in the Middle East, it’s really hard.” The refugee experience, while fundamentally American in many ways, is an experience that remains a mystery to most Americans. Hungwe says she’s certain that most locals don’t even realize that Tucson is a resettlement city, where refugee populations from different countries are sent to begin their new lives. Hungwe says refugee kids often have the hardest time dealing with the cultural differences, thanks to non-refugee classmates. “Being different doesn’t give people the right to look at you negatively. I can’t really say I blame the kids; probably, it is mostly the parents. They don’t teach their children about the fact that even though we are different, we share so many similarities. So many things unify us.” Hungwe says she’s created a support network for herself that eases some of the pain of being away from her family. On occasion, she says, there have been unexpected surprises that have reminded her of home, like when traveling to the Hopi Foundation headquarters on the reservation up north. “I discovered that it’s a community that’s pretty close to my own community, and going there feels like being home. The first time, it was an interesting feeling,” she says. However, it wasn’t the bare vegetation that reminded her of lush Zimbabwe. “It’s the energy of continued on next page

Sarah Gonzales is a social justice educator. She is the owner of TruthSarita Consulting. OCTOBER 11 – 17, 2012



TUCSON’S HEART continued from P3 that community. It just gives you a sense that you’re home, and they are all very welcoming. Their culture is maternal, while my culture is paternal, but we both have clan systems, and the same close relationships.” SARAH GONZALES: “I wish there was more being done for the healing of our community” Racism is one of those topics that can be difficult to bring up, because most people think of the KKK showing up in a front yard with a burning cross, rather than the systemic racism in society— which is often far more subtle than we realize. That’s where Sarah Gonzales comes in. She holds anti-racism workshops for organizations and businesses to help people better understand racism and its damaging effects. When Gonzales isn’t doing those workshops, she works with area youth through Wingspan’s Eon Youth Lounge, the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam and the UA-affiliated Crossroads Collaborative. “I think it all started back home in Oklahoma,” Gonzales says. “My dad would always make us talk about what was going on in school that day or in the community, or on the nightly news. He’d comment on issues, especially on race and racism, politics and all that stuff. They were weird like that, even during the summer. We’d get excited, being out of school, but then they’d make us do a report on the Gaza Strip.” That’s part of the reason why she decided to work in social justice. In the first-grade, she remembers that all of her classmates were good kids. “But by the time I graduated, many of them had been incarcerated. I knew they were not bad people, but it made me wonder how that could have been different, in different circumstances.” Gonzales came to Tucson to work on her master’s degree in education at the University of Arizona, left to work for a year at Duke University, and returned to work for the Tucson YWCA on anti-racism and youth programming. After she showed up to a Tucson Unified School District board meeting to support the beleaguered Mexican-American studies department, Gonzales was laid off. Gonzales says it was rough, but that old cliché—when one door closes, another door opens—rang true: Shortly after her layoff, she got a call from a YWCA contact asking if she could put on an antiracism workshop at their business. Those requests never stopped, and Gonzales was forced to make it formal by starting her own business, TruthSarita Consulting. “It’s ended up being the best thing I’ve ever done in my life,” she says. “I officially started in January. When I first got those calls, I’d tell them, ‘You know, I don’t work there anymore,’ but they

Dante Celeiro is the executive director at Fluxx Productions.


said they didn’t care. They wanted it done, and they liked how I work.” Working with youth, however, feeds her soul. Gonzales works with Eon, doing workshops on youth rights, sexuality and identity. She helps work with kids on Queer Monologues, an event of writing, poetry, performance and dance. “For me, I wanted to work within the community to not only fight against the stereotypes of what people tell us who we are, but to say, ‘This is who we are. This is who I am,’” Gonzales says. “For youth, it’s empowering.” During one of her workshops, a girl walked in for the first time not knowing what to expect. She soon walked out to call her mom to say, “I am gay,” and then walked right back in. Gonzales says she felt great to see a youth come into the room and know right away that this was where she needed to be. When asked about her own story and how she identifies, Gonzales says she considers it to be private. “I say I’m queer, but how do you navigate what that means to other people and what it means to you? To me, it’s intensely personal,” Gonzales says. “I am way more open with my youth. I want them to see someone successful. But I do believe that queerness is a perspective, a continuum, an ideology, even.” What’s next for Gonzales? She looks back at what’s taken place with Mexican-American studies in TUSD and recognizes that the community supporting the program has experienced a lot of trauma. “Work-wise, community-wise, it does take a toll. I wish there was more being done for that. I wish there was more being done for the healing of our community.” DANTE CELEIRO: “My gut is telling me to keep plugging away” The last time the Tucson Weekly formally talked with Dante Celeiro at Fluxx Productions, he was in the early stages of creating a queer performance space that would serve as a home base for Boys R Us—the drag-king performance troupe he directs—and provide a home for other queer artists. So far, Celeiro is on track, and although financial challenges remain, the space has become a hub for other queer programming, as well as non-LGBT arts and community groups who like what Celeiro and his colleagues have created. “October makes it two years,” he says. “Things have come full-circle for me, and yet I have to figure out strategically how to get all the community—queer, straight or whatever—to understand what this space is about and what it is we are trying to do. My gut is telling me to keep plugging away.” Celeiro moved to Tucson 12 years ago from his hometown of New York City and continued working in social services for the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation before deciding to focus on Boys R Us and then Fluxx. The gallery and performance space is now a partner with the Tucson LGBT film festival Out in the Desert, which is going into its second year. He’s also parlayed his cooking skills into catering gigs for organizations who want good food at their Fluxx event, such as a recent GLBT Chamber of Commerce awards evening. Celeiro says he’s also gained a reputation for … well, having a strong personality. “The thing is, I don’t beat around the bush about the fact that I can be difficult to work with. I do have a strong personality. When I am working on a production or with some group, it’s important to me to make sure I give you the best,” he says. That reputation helped Fluxx gain new clients and projects—for example, a recent drag-king performance fundraiser for the Tucson Monsoon women’s football team. “They’ve been practicing,” Celeiro says in the days before the show. “Every week, they are here, and none of them have performed before. I like that some of them are really pushing themselves and their own boundaries. It didn’t matter to me how everybody identified. I don’t know if they are gay, bi or whatever. I have to have a lot of respect for them when they put on those uniforms to play football, and then come here to work with me on their show.” For this year’s Tucson Pride, at Armory Park, Fluxx helped lead the way, organizing performers, vendors and setup. “In some ways, I am working harder now than ever before,” he says. “Now if we could just raise money.” Celeiro and others involved with Fluxx all volunteer. He’s hoping more production opportunities come up, or enough donations come in, so he can provide those first paychecks. “I want to stick with this. I think it’s important to have a queer performance space in Tucson.” He also thinks about the future and someday having a performance-art campus. “I want to keep that momentum going as much as we can, and hopefully, people who are thinking about where they want to donate their dollar will consider this space and help us make it into an even better space.” What has been missing is another large-scale Boys R Us review. Celeiro says he’s hoping to bring the troupe back soon. Working with the Monsoon team has made him miss putting together the performances. He also misses performing himself. “I leave the facial hair on,” he says, running a hand across his beard. “I have two different characters that I play, and I really throw everyone totally off. Big Poppa is really goofy and not what they were expecting. With Big Momma, I don’t shave, but I still put on enough makeup to get (audiences) to think of gender.” Celeiro, a transgendered man, says he enjoys how drag performances play around with gender roles and provoke some people to “re-examine gender and their own perceptions.” “I knew as young as 4 that I was in the wrong body, but I wasn’t able to talk about it. But it was very clear to me. I thought, ‘Maybe I’m a lesbian,’ but no. These decisions aren’t easy.”

ANTON SMITH: “I am interested in challenging how people look at me and look at hip-hop” Philadelphia-born Anton Smith moved to Tucson to study dance at the UA in 2002, and about two years later, he started The Human Project, a hip-hop dance company that Smith says is a labor of love—and, he hopes, a force for change. “The company itself started by accident. I was a dance major at the time. I had the idea that once I graduated, I’d leave Tucson to audition for some musical in L.A. or New York,” he says. But the Jewish Community Center was doing a big New York-themed event, trying to re-create 1980s-era downtown Manhattan. A call went to the UA looking for break-dancers. “I found some people, and the performance was so well-received. We felt like we were on to something, even though at the time, having a hip-hop dance company was a new thing,” he says. All members of Smith’s company are teachers. Some teach at local high schools or at private dance studios; auditions are held once a year. The term “hip-hop” no longer means just break-dancing for Smith and his group. Smith likes the idea that he and his dancers can expand on what “hip-hop” means in different styles and music. The Human Project plans to perform at Pride. “It’s not the traditional way of entertaining the community, but I think the community will find our brand is true to who I am. Not everyone in the company is LGBT, but they identify as allies. They enjoy working with me regardless of who I choose to love,” Smith says. That inclusion was always important to Smith, not just because he’s gay, but also because he wanted a company where everyone felt welcome; that’s why he named it The Human Project. In the beginning, he wasn’t always completely out in his work, but because times have changed, he’s now more vocal, and his identity is more important to him. “When it first started … things truly were different in the community. People weren’t as vocal or open as they are now, and the possibility of same-sex marriage didn’t exist. It was pretty oldschool in dance, even in gender roles. But now I can challenge that, and I want to,” he says. “Now I’m interested in challenging how people see us and the way they see hip-hop, and how the queer community interacts with other people in the world.” JAMIE J. SOTO: “I still feel a little scared, and that’s OK with me” It’s La Cocina’s monthly queer dance party, Coming Out, where musician/dancer/DJ Jamie J. Soto made his debut, performing at the popular event. Today, Soto gets invites to Club Congress, Plush and LGBT fundraisers for him to showcase his brand of pop and dance—which includes some splits. “I’m going to Preen this week so Erin (Bradley) can help me with some stretch pants I can wear so I don’t split my pants like I did the other night,” he says, laughing. “That’s not good.” Soto says that although he loves music and writing songs, performing is a huge challenge—he suffers from performance anxiety right before he goes on stage. “It’s fun once you get past the fear. It’s like being in love. Once you get over your fear, it’s amazing.” Soto says Club Congress has been great about bringing LGBT acts to the club, like Big Freedia. He’s been invited to open for some of those acts, and recently performed at Latino Pride night at Plush. Maybe, he says, he could eventually be a role model for queer kids who love music as much as he does. Soto is a native Tucsonan who spent a lot of time taking in shows at Skrappy’s when he was at Tucson High School. “I was always a very feminine little boy, and it was challenging growing up. Maybe for the first 23 years, I was really repressed. My only outlet was singing and performing in my room,” he says. Who did he sing to? His first love was mom-and-daughter duo the Judds. In 1992, his grandmother bought him tickets for Wynonna Judd’s solo-tour stop at the Tucson Convention Center. “That was my way of expressing myself and escaping this confusing childhood. … I was ashamed of who I was, but music was always there for me,” he says. His obsession with Wynonna later transferred to Selena and Tejano and cumbia music—and then he heard Gwen Stefani of No Doubt. “Somehow, it wasn’t until I started dating that I realized my version of normal wasn’t that different from other boys my age,” he says. “I always looked up to women performers. In my head, gay-male performers didn’t exist, and I didn’t know they were out there. In all honesty, it wasn’t until Brokeback Mountain—and I know that sounds so silly, but it was a pivotal moment—that I said, ‘This is what it means to be gay, and its fine, and it exists in this medium … in performing.’” Soto teaches youth gymnastics when he isn’t rehearsing and writing songs. Not many people in that world know he is gay. However, his photo was in the local daily for Latin Pride, and a coworker mentioned seeing him in the paper. “I don’t always know how I am going to be perceived. It’s a wild show, and I have a gay persona. When I am at work, that doesn’t exist, so by being able to do these shows and get some local exposure, it is kind of the final phase of my coming-out process. It’s happening right now—and I’m just realizing that right now. I still feel a little scared, and that’s OK with me.” It’s important that Soto be who he is, because he wants to keep dreaming, he says. “I am comfortable with who I am, and it’s liberating when you have no more secrets. I feel like I am having this awakening that I can be queer and an artist. I want to make an album, and I’ve been working with so many people in this community who love and accept me for who I am,” he says. “I’m a dreamer. I am going to push this as hard as I can. Right now, I have the fire.”

From the left, Nicollette Smith, Anton Smith and Vy Kieu rehearse at Fluxx. Anton Smith is the founder and director of The Human Project.

Jaime J. Soto teaches gymnastics. He is also an aspiring singer. OCTOBER 11 – 17, 2012



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Kevin Maxey is a physician who has seen the LGBT community through many changes over the years since he helped start the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance in 1998, and started volunteering with Wingspan around the same time. In January, he saw the documentary Gen Silent, and was so moved by its story—about LGBT elderly and the need for LGBT-friendly care—that he wanted to bring the film to Tucson. The screening, followed by a discussion, will take place at 2 p.m., next Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. Admission is free. For more information, go to or Mari Herreras,

When did you begin volunteering for Wingspan? I continue to volunteer as a member of the board of directors, and I’ve been volunteering at Wingspan since 1998 in a lot of different capacities. I am one of the co-founders of SAGA (Southern Arizona Gender Alliance) … and joined the Wingspan board in 2009. … I got involved in development during a time when Wingspan was downsizing. It was a very challenging time, and part of what got shrunk was development staff. How did Gen Silent come on your radar? In January, I saw the movie online. … It opened my eyes and made me think, especially about elderly people. But the concerns raised are not just about old people, but people who need care. It could be any of us. Those of us independent today could have an accident and end up needing care. The movie, though, primarily focuses on elderly people facing the need for care. … There’s a pair of lesbians, and one said she would not go back in the closet: “I fought too hard to be out.” The other person said she wouldn’t say anything and wouldn’t take that chance. What are the challenges LGBT elderly might face going into nursing care? I was talking about this with a friend recently, that if you

are a gay man, you might be uncomfortable to have a woman come in and feed and bathe you. Or you go into another nursing home, and other men pick up on the fact that you are gay and may not be welcoming when this could be the loneliest time of your life. Locally, there are training programs available for nursing-home staff members, right? The Pima Council on Aging does Project Visibility, a program developed in Boulder, Colo. It’s a training tool taken into facilities for training personnel. It is a very powerful tool. I got invited to go to training at Devon Gables when they took that program there. … There were probably 15 people in the room, and the presenter was asked to bring it back to the residents: They were interested. How cool is that? Nowadays, pretty much in every nursing home, (residents) have friends in their lives or relatives who are gay, and if they haven’t had a chance to be exposed, you are never too old to learn something. What do you want to see happen because of this screening? I want to facilitate some discussion among community members and allies. From what I am hearing, there are LGBT-friendly care facilities, but some are not. I am hoping that among the audi-


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ence, some people from care homes, nursing homes … might ask us, “What can we do? You’ve shown us in this film that there is a disparity in the care (LGBT elderly people) receive.” What kind of disparities exist? In the documentary, it is shocking how often elderly (LGBT) people access services. … The difference in the generation of people who are older than 65 is part of it: They’ve lived through a much-more-oppressive time in this country. As a physician, what would you like to see? I’d like to see existing facilities willing to extend themselves and make a real effort to see that their clients are treated compassionately and respectfully, regardless of their background. I’d like to see us identify some of the resources that are LGBTfriendly and develop a referral at Wingspan—something that can work with different levels of need. For example, you lost your loved one, and they used to do the grocery shopping, and you’re not physically capable, or you don’t know how to do it. There are existing resources that might not meet some of these needs, and there are others that do, but perhaps this is the beginning of a discussion that could result in a program at Wingspan that could help meet the needs of our LGBT elderly.

Tucson Pride moves all of the 2012 festivities downtown THIS YEAR, PRIDE MEANS PARTYING AND COMMITMENT. The emphasis for the 35th annual LGBT Pride in the Desert festival, presented this weekend by Tucson Pride Inc., is on building a stronger community, which is reflected in this year’s theme, “Pride Links Us Together.” This year, all Pride activities are downtown, including the main events: the all-day festival and the Pride on Parade procession, on Saturday, Oct. 13. Queertopia, the Friday-night kickoff pool party, will be held at the Riverpark Inn, while the Saturday-night after-party will take place over at Club Congress. “We wanted to bring the party downtown, to help emphasize that Pride is a part of the central community of Tucson,” said Karon Bohlender, president of Tucson Pride Inc. Tucson Pride—which is recovering from some well-publicized financial problems—has partnered with Fluxx Productions to produce the two parties bookending the festival. “Fluxx has a commitment to community, like Pride. They’re a wonderful presenter and always an important source of arts and entertainment here in Tucson. We’re lucky to have an organization like theirs to help bring the arts to the parties,” Bohlender said. Fluxx will produce the kickoff bash Queertopia, an all-ages pool party at the Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway, between Broadway Boulevard and 22nd Street. It includes DJs and go-go dancers as well as a sing-along screening of the movie Mamma Mia! The hostess for the pool party will be Miss Ajia Simone, who will serve in the same capacity for the Saturday festival. Admission to Queertopia is $10, or $5 for attendees 18 and younger. Although there was a gate fee for previous Pride in the Desert festivals, this year’s main event, on Saturday, is free. “The festival spotlight this year is on local artists, which also marks going back to our roots and reinforces our community theme, and we wanted to keep it free for that reason. But we will be accepting donations to help defray the costs of the festival,” Bohlender said.

Bohlender said last year’s Pride drew 3,500 people. Because this year’s festival is free, she is expecting the number of attendees to exceed 5,000. “We’re hoping our events will be integrated into the activity moving through downtown for Tucson Meet Yourself and 2nd Saturdays,” she added. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, when more than 25 entries will march north on South Sixth Avenue from 18th to 12th streets, converging on Armory Park, 220 S. Fifth Ave. Grand marshals for this year’s parade are David and George Ruder, along with their daughter, Marianna. The family is the recipient of this year’s Rainbow Build home, created by Habitat for Humanity. Also on hand will be youth grand marshal Carly Frieders, a freshman at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita. Frieders is this school year’s Tucson-area ambassador to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, aka GLSEN. Among the organizations participating in the parade will be the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network, or TIHAN; the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, aka SAAF; and Wingspan. “There will also be a military contingent this year, the American Military Partner Association, as well as Mormons for Marriage Equality,” Bohlender said. The Armory Park festival will run from noon to 8 p.m. and include performances by local acts Flight School, Grite Leon, Leila Lopez, Jaime J., Cirque Roots, Courtney Robbins, Black Cherry Burlesque and others. At 6:30 p.m., the festival will include a mass commitment ceremony led by the Rev. Brian Fox. Couples in partnership will have the opportunity to affirm or reaffirm their commitments. “We’ll also be available at this time to help partners sign up for the city of Tucson’s domesticpartner registry,” Bohlender said. After Pride in the Desert concludes at the park, the celebrations will continue at the afterparty, starting at 9 p.m. at Club Congress, 311 E.



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BULLETIN BOARD 24-HOUR CRISIS LINE: 624-0348, (800) 553-9387 Wingspan. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. Report a violent or discriminatory action against you or someone you know by calling the 24-hour bilingual crisis line at 6240348 or (800) 553-9387. If it’s an emergency, please first call 911. All services are available in English and Spanish. ADVOCACY AND EDUCATION SERVICES Wingspan. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. Advocacy, court accompaniment, assistance securing injunctions against harassment, and community education and training are available by appointment. All services are available in English and Spanish. AIDS FRIENDS AND FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP An educational support group for friends and family of people living with HIV/AIDS takes place from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., the third Thursday of every month; free. Call Stacey Luethje at 628-7223 for more information. AIDS RIBBON The public is invited to remember AIDS victims by lighting candles, leaving mementos and flowers, and writing tributes on an outsized felt reproduction of the red AIDS ribbon, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13; and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, at the mesquite grove north of Jácome Plaza on the west side of the library; free. An adjacent booth offers information about HIV prevention, testing and care. BEARS BEER BUST Venture-N. 1239 N. Sixth Ave. 882-8224. The Bears of the Old Pueblo hold a public event from 3 to 7 p.m., the fourth Saturday of each month; free admission. The time changes for spring and summer. Proceeds benefit SAAF and the homeless-youth program sponsored by Wingspan Eon. Visit for more information. BEARS OF THE OLD PUEBLO Bears of the Old Pueblo provides social activities for gay and bi bearish men and their admirers. Check the website to verify dates, times, locations and programs, but newcomers are welcome at all regular activities, including a meeting and potluck from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the second Saturday of every month, at the Ward 6 Council Office, 3202 E. First St.; coffee from 7 to 9 p.m., every Wednesday, at Crave Coffee Bar, 4530 E. Broadway Blvd.; happy hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., every Friday, at Venture-N, 1239 N. Sixth Ave.; Bears Dinner Out, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., every third Thursday, at a location announced in the online calendar and on Facebook; and Bear Burgers from 5 to 7 p.m., on the last Sunday of every month; free admission. Many other activities are scheduled throughout the year and may also be open to guests. Visit, or follow “Bears of the Old Pueblo” on Facebook for a complete calendar of events. Call 829-0117, or email BEPOSITIVE TUCSON This member-driven, welcoming grassroots organization promotes social, educational and community projects to help serve the needs of HIV-positive men and women, their families and poz-friendly individuals in Southern Arizona. Activities are member-suggested, and may include potlucks, swim parties and field trips. The group also has a monthly game night and sponsors an on-going community pride project at Greasewood Park, Tucson’s first natural resources park. Membership is free. Visit, or call 2352343 for more info. 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


BOWLING FOR TOMMY Bedroxx. 4385 W. Ina Road. 744-7655. Bowling, a raffle, food and fun take place in remembrance of Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation board member Tommy Gin, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19; $30, $180 lane for six. Lane rental includes a large pizza, a pitcher of soda and 2 1/2 hours of bowling. Visit to register and for more information. EON HOT MEALS Eon Youth Lounge. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. Members of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, PFLAG, Senior Pride and the Rincon UCC Church serve a hot, home-cooked meal to all LGBTQ and straight-ally youth between the ages of 13 and 23 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., the third Wednesday of every month. Call 6241779, ext. 121, for more information. EON YOUTH LOUNGE Wingspan. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. Eon works to strengthen the gay, lesbian, bisexual, two-spirit, transgender, queer, questioning, intersexed and straight-ally youth communities by creating social opportunities, providing information and support on health issues, advocating for youth rights and challenging society’s perceptions. Eon events and activities are free and open to all youth age 23 and younger. The Eon Lounge dropin center is a safe hangout space with a small library, computer stations, games, music, art and a wide variety of information and resources for youth. Eon is open from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Each week is packed with safe, sober, social, educational and support activities, including movie nights, game nights, leadership development, workshops about nonviolent problemsolving, tutoring, support groups, a homeless-youth project, free sexual-health education and HIV testing, an annual Queer Prom, and access to counseling services for youth. Admission to Eon events, activities and the lounge are free. Before participating, interested youth must meet with staff to complete an Eon orientation, between 3 and 4 p.m., any Wednesday. Anyone who can’t attend an orientation may call Wingspan between 3 and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Email eonyouth@ for more information. EXTREME COUPONING 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. FLUXX STUDIO AND GALLERY Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. This nonprofit community space hosts exhibitions, performance art, movie screenings, workshops and special events to increase the visibility and promote the creation of queer arts and culture in Tucson. Upcoming events include a trans film screening, Saturday, Nov. 17, in conjunction with Trans Awareness Week, and a holiday event, “Lights of Love,” Thursday, Nov. 29, through Saturday, Dec. 1. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help with business, art and production projects. Visit for more information and details about upcoming events. Email for information about volunteering. FORTIES AND BETTER BREAKFAST Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites. 1015 N. Stone Ave. 622-8871. Women older than 40 who are interested in meeting other lesbians gather for socializing and networking from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., the third Saturday of every month; free. Call 584-0339 for more information. G2H2 (GAY GUYS AND GALS HAPPY HOUR) Playground Bar and Lounge. 278 E. Congress St. 396-3691. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered professionals socialize and network from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the third Friday of every month; free. Visit g2h2tucson. com, or search for “g2h2tucson” on Facebook for more information.

homeless LGBTQ and straight-allied youth. Support OurSelves, a peer-support group for youth affected by unstable housing, past or present, meets from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., every Wednesday. Wingspan’s EON program also works with Open Inn and Our Family Services to provide transitional living for LGBTQ youth ages 18 through 21. Call 624-1779, ext. 115, or email for more information. LGBTQA SUPPORT GROUP UA Student Union. 1303 E. University Blvd. 621-7755. A group facilitated by UA LGBT program staff meets in Room 412 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., every Tuesday, through the school year. It provides a safe space for UA students, staff and faculty to talk in an open and supportive environment about issues affecting their lives and the LGBTQ and allied community; free. Resources and guidance are provided as needed. Call 621-7585, or visit for more information. MADE FOR FLIGHT UA César E. Chávez Building. 1110 E. North Campus Drive. Help build kites in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, in Room 305; free. MEANDER IN TUCSON MEET-UP GROUP This LGBTQ women-oriented group meets throughout the year for breakfasts, potlucks, hikes, movies and many other activities. Any of its more than 450 members may suggest and lead activities for the group. Visit for more information. MEN’S SOCIAL NETWORK The Men’s Social Network (MSN), a social organization for gay and bisexual men, holds a potluck at 7 p.m., on the first Saturday of every month, at Casas Adobes Congregational Church (6801 N. Oracle Road). The group also offers dining, cinema, sporting and other events almost daily. A program of MSN, Triangle Tribe, provides social and emotional support as needed. Membership is $20; $30 couple. Call 207-5336, or visit for more information. OUT AND ALLIED UA Mall. 1303 E. University Drive. Out and Allied encourages members of the LGBTQ community and allies “to take a picture to take a stand” from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; free PFLAG TUCSON SCHOLARSHIPS PFLAG Tucson, an organization of parents and families, seeks applicants for several $1,000 scholarships in 2013 in memory of Gene Moore. Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students. Visit for application materials and more information as they are available. The deadline is Friday, March 29, 2013. Call 360-3795, or e-mail POZ CAFÉ AND SOCIAL St. Francis in the Foothills. 4625 E. River Road. 2999063. People living with HIV enjoy a nutritious lunch and an opportunity to socialize from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the third Thursday of each month. After lunch, participants play bingo and receive care packages stocked with soap, shampoo, toilet tissues and other toiletry items. Poz Café is open only to those living with HIV, and is the largest regular gathering place for people living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Arizona. Registration is required. Call 299-6647 to RSVP, register with TIHAN, and learn about transportation options. Call or visit for more information. PUERTAS ABIERTAS Fortín de las Flores. 102 E. 31st St. 795-3460. Wingspan’s Latin social group hosts bilingual SpanishEnglish meetings, workshops and social events at 7 p.m., the first Monday of every month; free. conversation is safe and friendly. Visit, or call 624-1779, ext. 131, for more information. RAINBOW BUILD Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers to help construct a home for an LGBTQ family in the Corazón del Pueblo neighborhood near Craycroft Road and Interstate 10. Construction is expected to begin in November. Rainbow Build days are the first Saturday of every month. Visit to volunteer and find out more about the project.

GLSEN MEETING The local chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, a group striving to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, meets from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the first Thursday of each month, August through May; $35 annually. Call 743-4800 for more information.

RAINBOW ON THE ROAD AND RAINBOW CONNECT Wingspan. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. Wingspan’s Rainbow on the Road works with rural communities in Southern Arizona to identify and train people, and create safe places that LGBT youth can access for support and resources. RainbowCONNECT, (855) 805-1991, provides resources, referrals and supportive listening by trained operators, from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Call 624-1779, ext. 119, for more information and to get involved.

HOMELESS YOUTH PROJECT Wingspan. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. Support and crisis intervention are provided to homeless and near-

SACASA SAFE STREETS IN ARIZONA From catcalls, sexist comments and threats, to groping, stalking and assault, gender-based street harassment

makes public spaces unwelcoming and even unsafe, especially for youth and young adults. Safe Streets AZ encourages all community members to share their stories and get support. Find resources and report harassment at SENIOR PRIDE Himmel Branch Library. 1035 N. Treat Ave. 594-5305. Help plan social and educational activities for LGBT seniors and their allies by attending a planning meeting, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month; free. At 9 a.m., the first and third Tuesday every month, seniors meet to clean up Iron Horse Park, 75 N. First Ave. Bring gloves and grabbers, and wear a hat, sunscreen and closed-toe shoes. To be aware of Senior Pride activities and other resources of interest to seniors, subscribe to the Senior Forum newsletter. To get involved or receive the newsletter, call 624-1779, ext. 127. TIHAN WALK-IN VOLUNTEER NIGHT TIHAN. 2660 N. First Ave. 299-6647. Volunteer for a variety of simple projects on a drop-in basis from 5 to 8 p.m., the first Tuesday of every month. Email friends@ to receive reminders. TIHAN provides training throughout the year for anyone interested in providing care and support to people living with HIV. Training is also available for public speaking and working with media to help eradicate apprehension about HIV-positive community members. Visit, or call for more information. TUCSON COMMISSION ON GLBT ISSUES Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. 375 S. Euclid Ave. 628-7223. Public meetings are held at 5:30 p.m., the third Tuesday of the month, to examine local policies and practices in the areas of employment, business education, housing, social services, health, mental health and recreation as they affect or relate to GLBT people in Tucson, and to recommend changes as appropriate. A call for audience participation takes place at each meeting; agendas are posted at least a day before the meeting. Visit for more info. TUCSON GAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Armory Park. 220 S. Sixth Ave. 791-4865. Share and preserve your LGBTQ memories for inclusion in the LGBTQ Historical Video Archives at the Tucson Gay Museum from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13. Stop by the “Tucson LGBTQ Memories Documentary Booth” at the Pride Festival. TUCSON PRIME TIMERS A social organization for mature gay and bisexual men, and younger men who enjoy their company, meets at least a dozen times a month for cocktails, concerts, gallery visits, museum trips and more. Weekly activities include an 11 a.m., Sunday, brunch; 10 a.m., Monday, bowling followed by lunch; and 1 p.m., Thursday, bowling. The group also joins members of other chapters of Prime Timers Worldwide for gatherings, trips and cruises. Call 743-9514, or visit WINGSPAN Wingspan. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. Wingspan promotes the freedom, equality, safety and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The Wingspan Community Center is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and offers a library of LGBT books and films, and a free cyber center. WINGSPAN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Wingspan. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. Community members can serve as workshop leaders for youth programs, drop-in center staff and tutors; as antiviolence crisis-line operators or community educators; as Southern Arizona Gender Alliance speakers, group leaders or committee members; as front-desk staff, board members, or in a number of capacities for special projects: Rainbow Families, TransParents, Senior Pride or Puertas Abiertas. Community members can also complete internships through community-service projects. Additionally, those who’d like to create any new LGBTrelevant volunteer projects are warmly welcomed. For more information, email, or call 624-1779 ext. 124. WINGSPAN’S SOUTHERN ARIZONA GENDER ALLIANCE Wingspan. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. The Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) envisions a society where transgender and transsexual people are ensured basic rights, and can be open and honest at home, at work and in the community. SAGA’s general meeting, a good starting place for visitors and newcomers, is from 7 to 9 p.m., the first Monday of every month, including holidays. Dezert Girlz, a support group for people uncomfortable with their birth-designation as male; Dezert Boyz, a support group for people uncomfortable with their birth-designation as female; Desert Partners, a group for friends, partners and family members of gender-diverse people; and the SAGA Advisory Committee, which helps plan programs for the group, each meet monthly. Email, or visit for more information.

BUSINESS & FINANCE GLBT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Any member of the GLBT community who is engaged in business or works with businesses is invited to a networking breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m., the third Thursday of every month; $30, $25 member, $5 less if a reservation is made by the Monday prior. Visit for reservations or more info.

FILM CALL FOR LGBT FESTIVAL FILMS Out in the Desert is now accepting submissions for the International LGBT Film Festival taking place Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 24 through 27, 2013. Films and videos may be any length, but should be of interest to the LGBT community. For deadlines, guidelines and more information, visit FABULOUS FAYGELEH FILM SERIES The following films are presented as part of the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival; $8, $7 senior, student or member of the JCC. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m., at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road: Melting Away, the story of a family discovering their son is a cross-dresser. Sunday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m., at Grand Cinemas Crossroads 6, 4811 E. Grant Road, No. 150: Let My People Go!, an absurdist comedy featuring both gay and Jewish stereotypes; and at 3 p.m.: Yossi, a cardiologist overcomes grief and finds love with an openly gay soldier. Call 299-3000, ext. 106, for more information. FILM JUDGES SOUGHT Judges are sought to help determine which films will be included in the Out in the Desert Film Festival, set for Jan. 24-27, 2013. Email the times and dates you are available to GEN SILENT Jewish Community Center Auditorium. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000. Gen Silent, an award-winning documentary about the increasing isolation, discrimination and abuse inflicted on aging gays and lesbians by caretakers and others in the health-care system, screens at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21; free. Refreshments are served at 1:30 p.m., and a discussion follows about local issues, Southern Arizona resources and information about Project Visibility, a training program for caregivers to increase their understanding of their LGBT patients. MOVIE-OKIE Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. Sing along to your favorite musical, karaoke style, as it plays on the big screen, from 8 to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16; $5. Doors open at 7 p.m. Choose from more than 20 films. Food and drinks are available. Visit for more information. OUT IN THE DESERT LGBT FILM FESTIVAL The Out in the Desert LGBT Film Festival opens Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Scottish Rite Temple, 160 S. Scott Ave.; and continues through Saturday, Jan. 27, at Fluxx Studio and Gallery, 414 E. Ninth St. A launch party and fundraiser takes place at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4. Festival passes are now available for $100. Visit for titles, schedules, single-ticket prices and details about related events as they are available. OUT ON THURSDAY Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. As part of the Southwest LGBT Film Fest, a film is screened at 7 p.m. following a meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m., on the second Thursday of every other month; $8, $10 VIP. Light refreshments are served. QUEER FILM SERIES UA Modern Languages Building. UA mall west of Cherry Avenue. Screenings in the Queer Film Series take place at 7 p.m., on selected Wednesdays, in Room 350. Each screening is followed by a guest speaker; free. Nov. 14: Genderfucknation, a documentary about six different individuals and their experiences in a social, religious and political landscape that struggles to understand gender variations. Visit lgbtqaffairs for more information.

HEALTH BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP Unitarian Universalist Church. 4831 E. 22nd St. 7481551. Tucson Medical Center Hospice offers bereavement support for the LGBT community from 4:30 to

6 p.m., the first and third Thursday of every month, in Goddard Hall; free. Call Karla Brockie, 269-9573, before attending the first time. GAY/LESBIAN AA MEETINGS Water of Life MCC. 3269 N. Mountain Ave. 292-9151. Groups for both men and women are Pink Triangle, which meets at noon, every day; Odds and Ends Group, which meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; and Wednesday Night Candlelight, which meets at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. A women-only Pink Triangle group meets at 7 p.m., every Friday. Visit for more information. HIV TESTING The Centers for Disease Control recommend HIV testing for all people ages 13 through 64. Visit for more information on AIDS testing and its benefits. Testing hours at SAAF, 375 S. Euclid Ave., are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Monday and Wednesday; and 1 to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. Walk-in testing is also available at COPE, 101 S. Stone Ave., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. All testing is confidential; results are available in about 15 minutes; and counseling is available. Call for an appointment and more information. LGBTQ CANCER SUPPORT GROUP UA Cancer Center North Campus. 3838 N. Campbell Ave. 694-2873. A weekly cancer support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer-identified people with cancer takes place at 4:30 p.m., every Monday, in Room 1127. Call 694-0347, or email for more information. NATIONAL LATINO AIDS AWARENESS DAY Free HIV testing is available from 4 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, at the NLAAD exhibit at Tucson Meet Yourself, between 120 and 150 W. Congress St. NLAAD works to help coordinate community organizations, faith communities and local governments in providing HIV testing and education to Latino communities. Email, or call 628-7233, ext. 305, for more information. NLAAD HEALTH AND RESOURCE FAIR PCC West Campus. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 206-6042. The National Latino AIDS Awareness Day organization hosts an expo of health and other resources for Latinos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, in the bookstore lobby; free. 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 309-2923, or email cynthia@mypcap. org for information or an appointment. REGARDLESS OF ... Trinity Presbyterian Church. 400 E. University Blvd. 623-2579. An open meeting of Narcotics Anonymous primarily for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., every Monday and Thursday; free. Call 406-0740, or visit for more information. SUPPORT GROUP FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. 375 S. Euclid Ave. 628-7223. SAAF hosts a support group from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., on the third Thursday of every month. Ask for Stacey Luethje for more information.

KIDS & FAMILIES EON THANKSGIVING DINNER EON Youth Lounge. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. PFLAG, Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays provide Thanksgiving dinner for Wingspanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth group at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16; free. Call 360-3795, or email for more information. PFLAG TUCSON Ward 6 City Council Office. 3202 E. First St. 7914601. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays meets from 7 to 9 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month. The group provides support, education and advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community. Anyone needing help should call the hotline at 360-3795, or email Visit for resources on coping and helping. RAINBOW FAMILIES Wingspan. 430 E. Seventh St. 624-1779. Created by and for LGBT families and those LGBT people interested

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LGBT 101 FORUM First United Methodist Church. 915 E. Fourth St. 6226481. Stephen Russell, director of the UA School of Family and Consumer Science, leads a forum about the changing understanding of human sexuality, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21; free. A light lunch is served. Cal 622-6481 for more information.

LITERATURE ANTIGONE BOOKS Antigone Books. 411 N. Fourth Ave. 792-3715. Mention Tucson Weekly’s Pride issue and get a free rainbow bumper sticker and 20 percent off any one GLBT book or DVD, from Friday, Oct. 12, through Thursday, Nov. 1. Members of the primarily Latina women’s writing collective Sowing the Seeds read from their anthology, Our Spirit, Our Reality: Celebrating Our Stories, at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; free. A Q&A and refreshments follow.


SPECIAL EVENTS AIDSWALK Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. AIDSWalk teams up with Tucson Meet Yourself to hold this year’s Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation fundraiser at Jácome Plaza on the west side of the library at 8 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 14. The event includes displays, speakers and entertainment; free. Make a $10 donation by texting SAAF to 20222. Visit for more information, or to register or to sponsor a walker. DESERT VOICES CHORUS CABARET FUNDRAISER Tucson Scottish Rite Cathedral. 160 S. Scott Ave. 6228364. A cabaret-themed fundraiser, Atomic Holiday, features music, performance and a silent-auction at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1; $50. The event supports Desert Voices’ mission to unite the LGBT community and allies through music. Call 791-9662, or visit for more information.

TUCSON GAY MUSEUM A website tracks the history of how the gay community has responded to the political and social environment of Southern Arizona, and welcomes contributions of stories and artifacts. Visit

DRAG BINGO AND QUEER-EOKE UA Student Union. 1303 E. University Blvd. 621-7755. Participants enjoy drag performances between bingo games in this traditional Coming Out Week event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Games Room; free.


FANTASY KINK GOTH BALL Tucson Expo Center. 3750 E. Irvington Road. 7508000. A fetish and kink ball with a gothic theme features vendors, fetish performances, demonstrations, live music, refreshments, a photographer, tattoos, piercings, a spanking station and more from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27; $25. Visit for more information.

CALL FOR WOMEN SINGERS The Tucson Women’s Chorus holds ongoing enrollment for new members. No auditions, sight-reading or experience required. Enrollment fees are $75 adults; free for girls who accompany a singer. Those attending for the first time get in free. Auditions and rehearsals take place at 7 p.m., Monday at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. Third St.; and at 7 p.m., Thursday, at Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Church, 3601 W. Cromwell Drive. Call 743-0991, or visit for more information. 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 for more information. EXPRESS YOURSELF OPEN MIC An open-mic night celebrates LGBTQ lives and experiences through poetry, story-telling and song from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, in the piano lounge of ManzanitaMohave Residence Hall, 1000 N. Park Ave.; free. Refreshments are served. MUSICAL POTPOURRI Lutheran Church of the Foothills. 5102 N. Craycroft Road. 299-5631. The Reveille Men’s Chorus, Crystal Stark and other special guests perform a concert to raise funds for the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network to provide services to people living with HIV/AIDS, at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28; $15 includes a reception following, free child younger than 10. Call 299-6647 for reservations and more information. 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 for an appointment. Visit for more information. THE SONS OF ORPHEUS Sunday, Nov. 11, at a time TBD: Veterans Day concert at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System,


Fountain Courtyard, 3601 S. Sixth Ave.; free. Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m.: holiday concert at Tucson Estates, Multipurpose Building, 5900 W. Western Way Circle; $7, $5 resident. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.: holiday benefit concert for the Community Food Bank with elementary students of the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind, Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd.; freewill donation of cash or nonperishable food items. Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.: holiday concert at the Community Performing Arts Center, 1250 W. Continental Road, Green Valley; $TBA. Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m.: holiday concert with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive, SaddleBrooke; $TBA. Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 11 through 13, at 6 and 8 p.m.: Christmas concerts at San Xavier Mission with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus to benefit the restoration of the mission, 1980 W. San Xavier Road; $90. Visit for more information.

ILLUSION: THE OFFICIAL PRIDE AFTER-PARTY Hotel Congress. 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. Illusion: A Fool’s Paradise features entertainment by O/W/L/S, Meow Mixx, Cirque Roots, the Human Project, SwitchBlade Parade, Flight School and others; and Tempest DuJour hosts an evening of vintage game shows, at 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; $5. A prize is awarded for the best costume representing an illusion. Visit for more information. JERÔME BEILLARD FESTIVAL FOR LIFE Chinese Cultural Center. 1288 W. River Road. 2926900. More than 500 art works, holiday items, gift baskets, gift certificates, celebrity collectibles, trips, one-of-a-kind experiences and paper prayers are up for bid from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, to benefit the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation; $45, $35 advance. Call 628-7223, or visit for details. NATIONAL COMING-OUT DAY PCC West Campus. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 206-6042. The PCC West Campus Gay/Straight Alliance hosts an “Out and Proud” Door Event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, in the bookstore lobby; free, photos are $5. Email for more information. PRIDE IN THE DESERT AND PRIDE ON PARADE Armory Park. 220 S. Sixth Ave. 791-4865. Pride on Parade takes place along Sixth Avenue between 18th and 12th streets at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13. Parade floats and entries from a range of groups within and supportive of the GLBT community are featured. The parade kicks off the Pride in the Desert Festival, a free public event celebrating its 35th year, at noon. Ajia Simone, owner of Ahead of Style, emcees an afternoon of local entertainment, including Flight School, Grite Leon, Leila Lopez, Janee Starr, Jaime J, Cirque Roots, Courtney Robbins and Black Cherry Burlesque. Food and beverages are available for sale. Visit the Tucson Weekly booth for some free bling. VIP tickets for the entire weekend include a pre-party swimming party at the Riverpark Inn on Friday, Oct. 12; a meal and three

drinks in the VIP tent at Armory Park on Saturday afternoon; and the after-party at Hotel Congress on Saturday night; $30. Visit for details, including registration for parade participants and vendors. QUEERTOPIA: PRIDE PRE-PARTY SWIM PARTY RiverPark Inn. 350 S. Freeway Blvd. 239-2300. Miss Ajia Simone hosts a swim party to kick off Pride weekend, from 3 to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; $10. DJ Raw-B and DJ Cellofame provide music. Featured entertainment includes go-go dancers and a sing-along movie. Food and beverages, including Jell-O shots, are available. Visit upcomingevents for more information. THE NADEZHDA DUROVA CROSS-DRESSING BALL Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. The UA Department of Russian and Slavic Studies hosts a cross-dressing ball featuring music, film clips, dancing and prizes for the best costume, including best horse, from 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Oct. 20; $15 to $20. Visit for details. TRANS AWARENESS WEEK Trans Awareness Week activities take place from Wednesday, Nov. 13, through Tuesday, Nov. 20. The program is a collaboration of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance and the ASUA Pride Alliance. Email, or visit for more information WINGSPAN CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT Omni Tucson National Golf Resort and Spa. 2727 W. Club Drive. 297-2271. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Wingspan Classic Golf Tournament on Friday, Nov. 9. The format is four-player scramble, with on-site registration at 10:30 a.m., and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.; $125 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, driving-range access, a goody bag, a pasta dinner, prizes for women and men, and more. Call 624-2779, ext. 125, or visit to register or for more information. WORLD AIDS DAY: 25TH ANNIVERSARY Hotel Congress. 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. World AIDS Day is commemorated with a faux triathlon, a movement and dance event, speakers, balloon formations, art shows, a live feed from Tanzania, free HIV testing by several agencies and live music from 4:30 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. The triathlon is the Polar Bear Plunge and Bike Bonanza in which cyclists wear costumes, accumulate stickers from participating bars and race through an obstacle course culminating in a polarbear plunge; $25. A 21+ night time event includes an Eazy E tribute by four bands, DJ Antenna and China Collins. A dance party follows. Email drmoroso@mac. com for more information.

SPIRITUALITY DEMONSTRATION OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY Armory Park. 220 S. Sixth Ave. 791-4865. The Rev. Brian Fox and other faith leaders conduct a mass commitment ceremony at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; free. Couples in partnership who would like to affirm or reaffirm their commitments while supporting the right to marry in Arizona are invited to join this event. The city of Tucson’s domestic-partner registry is available to sign. For more information on the registry, visit cms3. Volunteers are sought to help with logistics for this event. Email Fox at tsnsacredcircle@ for more information. 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 for more information. MULTIFAITH PRIDE SERVICE Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 2331 E. Adams St. 327-6857. Love Wins is the theme of a religious service organized by Wingspan’s Multifaith Working Group and the LGBT Jewish Inclusion Project to celebrate the lives and relationships of Tucson’s LGBTQ community, from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; freewill donation benefits the Rainbow Build project of Habitat for Humanity. Call 577-9393, ext. 218, or email

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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 for more information. WELCOME TO OZ BOWLING LEAGUE Tucson Bowl. 7020 E. 21st St. 747-1363. A mixed bowling league meets at 7 p.m., every Thursday; $12 each week, $18 for annual USBC certification. Email, or call 495-0143 for more info.

THEATER ARIZONA REPERTORY THEATRE UA Marroney Theatre. 1025 N. Olive Road. 621-1162. Avenue Q, a satire about young adulthood, continues through Sunday, Oct. 28. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., weeknights and Saturday; and 1:30 p.m., Sunday; dates vary; $20 to $31. Proceeds benefit the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. Call 621-1162, or visit for tickets; see for more information. KRISTO GOBIN: ‘THAT’S SO GAY’ PCC Proscenium Theatre. Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. 206-6986. Kristo Gobin performs his one-person play about the personal and public struggles of a first-generation Croatian American coming to terms with his sexuality, at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; free. Visit MUSICAL MAYHEM New Moon Tucson. 915 W. Prince Road. 293-7339. A comedy revue billed as “under-rehearsed and over-dramatic” puts a new spin on show tunes at 7 p.m., on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month; $5. Visit for more information. ODYSSEY STORYTELLING Fluxx Studio and Gallery. 414 E. Ninth St. 882-0242. Six storytellers share tales from their lives based on a monthly theme at 7 p.m., the first Thursday of every month; $7. Nov. 1: Religion: God, Allah, Yahweh, No Way. Dec. 6: The End of the World as We Know It. ALS interpretation is provided. Beverages are available for sale. Anyone can ask to tell their story; the six are chosen in advance. Call 730-4112, or visit storyartsgroup. org to sign up or get more information.

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DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Davis Dominguez Gallery. 154 E. Sixth St. 629-9759. Take Five, a group landscape-painting exhibit, continues through Saturday, Nov. 3. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; free. Call or visit for more information. DESERT ARTISANS’ GALLERY Desert Artisans’ Gallery. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-4412. Desert Hues of Autumn, an exhibit of work by local artists, continues through Sunday, Nov. 25. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday. Visit for more information. THE DRAWING STUDIO The Drawing Studio. 33 S. Sixth Ave. 620-0947. Sanctuary, an exhibit of works by the Drawing Studio’s teaching artists that represents the sanctuary our community provides to refugees, and Flight: Midcentury Masters Interpret the Escape for Survival, a collection of prints by 20th-century masters highlighting the struggle of refugees fleeing violence, continue through Saturday, Nov. 3. A second reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13. A gallery talk and faculty panel take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19; $5 suggested donation. Hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. ETHERTON GALLERY Etherton Gallery. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders, a collection of documentary photography, continues through Saturday, Oct. 27. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and by appointment; free. Visit for more information. FLORENCE QUATER GALLERY Southwest University of Visual Arts Florence Quater Gallery. 2538 N. Country Club Road. 325-0123. An exhibit of faculty-member Camden Hardy’s photography, and faculty-member Rachel Stiff’s large-scale abstract paintings on irregular canvases, continues through Friday, Oct. 19. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Visit for more information. IRONWOOD GALLERY Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. Fiesta Sonora, a group exhibit of paintings reflecting the varied aspects of the Sonoran Desert, continues through Sunday, Oct. 28; free with admission. The exhibit is in partnership with the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily; $14.50 ages 13 and older, $4.50 children 6 to 12, and free ages 5 and younger.

soft pastels, continues through Thursday, Nov. 8. Hours are from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; free. PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY AND STUDIO Philabaum Glass Gallery and Studio. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. The gallery celebrates the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement with Glass Pioneers, an exhibit of works by Micheal Nourot and Cynthia Miller, continuing through Friday, Nov. 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. Call or visit for more info. QUANTUM ART GALLERY Quantum Art Gallery. 505 W. Miracle Mile, No. 2. 9077644. In Finem in Principio, an exhibit of works exploring the past and future by Nicole Carter and Clayton Schwarder, continues through Thursday, Nov. 29. Hours are 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. 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. Fine Art and Photography for the Halloween Season, an exhibit of work by Rita Watters and Wendy DeAsis, continues through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Demonstrations of the Bob Ross technique take place throughout the day, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13; and 26 and 27. Hours are 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 12:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. SANTA MUERTE MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL Sacred Machine. 245 E. Congress St., Suite 123. 7777403. A festival featuring international artists and musical performances continues through Wednesday, Nov. 7. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Friday; and 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday; free. Visit for a complete schedule. SHERATON HOTEL AND SUITES Sheraton Hotel and Suites. 5151 E. Grant Road. 3236262. Fall/Winter Fine Art Exhibit, featuring works by members of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild, continues through Sunday, April 7, 2013. The exhibit is open 24 hours, daily, on the first and second floors; free. TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Life-sized and dancing skeletons created and decorated by Tucson artists are displayed along the gardens’ pathways through Sunday, Nov. 4, to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Bellos Adornos, a photographic exhibit celebrating decorative traditions in MexicanAmerican homes and gardens throughout Tucson, continues through Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Education Building. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily; $13, $4 age 4 through 12, free younger child, $12 student, senior and military personnel. Visit for more information.

JOEL D. VALDEZ MAIN LIBRARY Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. Exhibits of photography by Brian Powell, sculpture by Bonnie Gibson, and entries in the Worlds of Imagination fantasy art contest for teens, plus a display created by by Many Mouths One Stomach for the All Souls Procession, continue through Wednesday, Oct. 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. 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 for more information.

UA POETRY CENTER UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. From Here and Far Away: Artist’s Books, Pages and Paintings, a one-woman show featuring the work of Beata Wehr, continues through Friday, Dec. 7. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; free. Call or visit for more information.

JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY Joseph Gross Gallery. 1031 N. Olive Road, No. 108. 626-4215. Cheryl Molnar’s Subdivision #3, an installation exploring the paradox of suburban living, continues through Wednesday, Jan. 9. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Visit galleries for more information.


KIRK-BEAR CANYON BRANCH LIBRARY Kirk-Bear Canyon Branch Library. 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. 594-5275. Line+Color+Design+Whimsy=The Art of Deanna Thibault continues through Tuesday, Oct. 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday. MONTEREY COURT CAFE GALLERY Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café. 505 W. Miracle Mile. 207-2429. Rustic Landscape, a collection of abstract photography by Mia Larocque, continues through Sunday, Nov. 11; free. Visit montereycourtaz. com for more information. MURPHEY GALLERY Murphey Gallery. St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Collectively Independent: Fine Art of Virginia Carroll and Becky Neideffer, showcasing drawings with colored pencils and

WOMANKRAFT WomanKraft. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976. Mosaics and Collage continues through Saturday, Oct. 27. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free.

CAMPUS CHRISTIAN CENTER ART GALLERY Campus Christian Center Art Gallery. 715 N. Park Ave. 623-7575. An exhibit of art made by Evey Weissman from recycled materials closes Friday, Oct. 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. TEMPLE GALLERY Temple Gallery. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 624-7370. Ann Simmons-Myers: Bikers closes Tuesday, Oct. 16. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. Call 622-2823, or e-mail info@ for more information. TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER Tucson Jewish Community Center. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000, ext. 106. Sparks, an exhibit of watercolors by Mount Lemmon resident Jeanne Hartmann, closes Wednesday, Oct. 17. Except for Jewish holidays, gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Sunday; free. Visit for a schedule of holidays.

OUT OF TOWN TUBAC CENTER OF THE ARTS Tubac Center of the Arts. 9 Plaza Road. Tubac. (520) 398-2371. Temporary Meditations and Mandalas: Patterns in Nature opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 11. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and noon to 4:30 p.m., Sunday; free. Buddhist monks paint sand mandalas daily, Monday through Saturday, Nov. 5 through 10. Dean Pielstick lectures on mandalas from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, in a partnership with the Tubac Buddhist Meditation Center; $20. Cathi Stillman gives a workshop, “MandalaMaking: Journey to the Center,” from 10 a.m to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10; $60, $50 member. TUBAC CENTER OF THE ARTS WORKSHOP Tubac Center of the Arts. 9 Plaza Road. Tubac. (520) 398-2371. Chuck Myers leads a workshop, “How to Submit Artwork Digitally,” from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 17; free. VENTANA MEDICAL SYSTEMS GALLERY Ventana Medical Systems Gallery. 1910 E. Innovation Park Drive, Building No. 2. Oro Valley. 887-2155. An exhibit of two-dimensional work in a range of media, representing artists who are, or are inspired by, cancer survivors, continues through Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. An artists’ reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18. Hours are by appointment. WESTERN NATIONAL PARKS ASSOCIATION KIVA GALLERY Western National Parks Association Kiva Gallery. 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Oro Valley. 622-6014. Arizona Skies, Arizona Light, an exhibit of paintings by Stephen Mack, continues through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except from noon to 1 p.m., and from 2 to 3 p.m., Wednesday and Saturdays; free. Visit for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 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. Submissions received by Monday, Oct. 29, are showcased during the Tucson Fall Open Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11. Work received by Monday, Nov. 26, is included in 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. CALL FOR ARTISTS Tucson International Airport. 7250 S. Tucson Blvd. 573-8100. The Tucson Airport Authority seeks proposals from Southern Arizona artists for temporary exhibits in the airport’s three galleries in 2013. The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, Oct. 31. Call 573-8187; visit for details and an application. CALL FOR ARTISTS AND ARTISANS WomanKraft. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976. Applications to sell art and craft items in WomanKraft’s annual holiday bazaar are due Saturday, Oct. 20. The bazaar runs from Saturday, Nov. 3, through Saturday, Dec. 22. Items must sell for $1 to $100. Call 3433107 to apply and for more information. CALL FOR JEWELRY ARTISANS Krikawa Jewelry Designs. 4280 N. Campbell Ave., No. 107. 322-6090. Krikawa will display the creative work of select local artisans from Friday, Oct. 12, through Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. For consideration, submit a portfolio of five to 10 pieces by Friday, Oct. 12, by providing a link to your website, or by emailing photos to Submissions must include an artist statement, a CV and a photo of the artist. Materials also may be submitted by appointment.

MUSEUMS EVENTS THIS WEEK ARIZONA HISTORY MUSEUM Arizona History Museum. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. 100 Years: 100 Quilts continues through Saturday, Dec. 29. The quilts, created for the state’s centennial, depict Arizona landscapes, cultures, historical places and unique events. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; $5, $4 senior or age 12 through 18, free younger child. ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM Arizona State Museum. 1013 E. University Blvd. 6216302. A World Separated by Borders, an exhibit of

photography by Alejandra Platt-Torres, continues through Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. The exhibit explores the humanity and the economics that both unite and divide border culture. Many Mexicos: Vistas de la Frontera, including the ceramics exhibit Talavera Contemporanea, runs through Friday, Nov. 30. A closing reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15. Basketry Treasured, an exhibit of 500 pieces from the museum’s collection of Southwest American Indian basketry, which is the world’s largest, continues through Saturday, June 1, 2013. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; $5, free youth younger than 18, active-duty military and their families, people with business in the building and everyone for public events. Visit for more information. 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 for more information. CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT MOCA. 265 S. Church Ave. 624-5019. Artists, curators and thinkers present work engaging pressing issues and challenging the status quo at a New York conference live-streamed from noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13; $8, free member, child younger than 17, veteran, active military and public-safety officers. Call or visit 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 for more information. MINI-TIME MACHINE MUSEUM OF MINIATURES Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. 881-0606. The exhibit No Small Parts: The Role of Scale Models in Theater Set Design continues through Sunday, Nov. 11. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday; $9, $8 senior or military, $6 age 4 to 17, $6 adults Thursday through Dec. 27, free younger child. Visit for more information. MOCA MOCA. 265 S. Church Ave. 624-5019. Vinjon Global Corp: Quietly Taking Over the World, featuring works by Hunter Jonakin and Jordan Vinyard, runs through Sunday, Dec. 2. A curator talk takes place from noon to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19; free with admission. Peter Young presents an artist’s talk at 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday; $8, free member, child younger than 17, veteran, active military and public-safety officers, and everyone the first Sunday of each month. Call or visit for more information. TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Barbara Rogers: The Imperative of Beauty, a 50-year Retrospective continues through Sunday, Jan. 13. Henri Matisse: The Pasiphaé Series and Other Works on Paper runs through Sunday, Jan. 20. Art + the Machine opens Saturday, Oct. 13, and runs through Sunday, July 14, 2013. Mat Bevel performs I Am Consume, a performance-art work featuring his kinetic art characters, at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, in the lobby. The Shape of Things: Four Decades of Paintings and Sculpture continues through Sunday, Jan 6. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday; $10, $8 senior, $5 college student with ID, free age 18 or younger, active military or veteran with ID, and TMA members; free the first Sunday of every month. Visit for more information. UA MUSEUM OF ART UA Museum of Art. 1031 N. Olive Road. 621-7567. In Relief: German Op-Art Ceramics, a first-ever exhibit of a midcentury movement in porcelain, continues through Sunday, Jan. 27. Exhibitions featuring Sol LeWitt, who is among the founders of both Minimal and Conceptual art, and David Headly, who specializes in large-scale triptychs, run through Sunday, Oct. 21. An exhibit of drawings and prints from the UA Museum of Art’s permanent collection runs through Sunday, Jan. 6. 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. for more information.

OCTOBER 11 – 17, 2012



LITERATURE EVENTS THIS WEEK ANTIGONE BOOKS Antigone Books. 411 N. Fourth Ave. 792-3715. Members of the primarily Latina women’s writing collective Sowing the Seeds read from their anthology, Our Spirit, Our Reality: Celebrating Our Stories, at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; free. A Q&A and refreshments follow. ARIZONA 100: ESSENTIAL BOOKS FOR THE CENTENNIAL UA Library Special Collections. 1510 E. University Blvd. 621-6423. “Arizona 100: A Community Discussion,” a forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, encourages conversation about the current exhibit Arizona 100: Essential Books for the Centennial. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. ARIZONA MYSTERY WRITERS El Parador. 2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 881-2744. A member of the U.S. Marshals’ violent-offender task force dis-

cusses how fugitives are apprehended and prisoners are protected during high-threat trials, at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; a practice writing session follows lunch; $20, $15 member with RSVP, $10 morning or afternoon session with no lunch. Call 313-2837 for reservations. BARRY S. HIRSCH: THE DARING SUCCEED Mostly Books. 6208 E. Speedway Blvd. 571-0110. Barry S. Hirsch discusses his new book, The Daring Succeed, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; free. CLUES UNLIMITED BOOK CLUB Clues Unlimited. 3146 E. Fort Lowell Road. 326-8533. The title for 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, is Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson, part of the Inspector Banks series set in Yorkshire. EDUCATION APPRECIATION WEEK Barnes and Noble. 5130 E. Broadway Blvd. 512-1166. All Educator Appreciation Week activities are free. Saturday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m.: Educator Appreciation Reception; and at 6 p.m., a presentation about readingeducation resources for schools. Sunday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m.: a workshop about book fairs, grants and other fundraising for schools. Monday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m.: lesson plans related to the newest titles and authors in

children’s literature. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m.: Author Karen Stryker presents information for home-schoolers. Thursday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m.: Nook in the Classroom. Friday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m.: essay contest awards with district officials from TUSD and the Tanque Verde School District, and a presentation by author James Vollbracht. Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m.: high-tea closing event. OCOTILLO POETRY Café Passé. 415 N. Fourth Ave. 624-4411. Readings by local poets, a poetry slam and spoken-word performances are presented at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14 and 28; freewill donations. Sign up at 7 p.m. to participate. SARAH ANDREWS: CSI GRAND CANYON The Arizona Experience Store. 416 W. Congress St. 770-3500. Sarah Andrews, author of Rock Bottom, presents CSI Grand Canyon a multimedia presentation about a murder on a raft trip and related geology, from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16. Reservations are requested by Monday, Oct. 15. Visit for info. THIRD WEDNESDAY FICTION GROUP Mostly Books. 6208 E. Speedway Blvd. 571-0110. A group meets to discuss a work of fiction at 7 p.m., the third Wednesday of every month; free.

See that? You probably know it as a victory burnout. What you don’t know is who will have the honors at PIR’s Victory Lane. Maybe it’ll be Junior. Maybe Smoke. And maybe, just maybe, it’ll be this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion. It’s the last race before the Chase finale. Secure your seats. Some burnouts can’t be missed.


THOMAS COBB: WITH BLOOD IN THEIR EYES PCC Center for the Arts. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 2066986. Thomas Cobb, author of Crazy Heart, which was made into a movie starring Jeff Bridges, discusses his new book, With Blood in Their Eyes, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; free. Call 206-6084 for more info. UA POETRY CENTER READING UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. Joyelle McSweeney and Zachary Schomburg present “The Next Word in Poetry” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; free. Visit for more information. WRANGLING WITH WRITING Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. 445 S. Alvernon Way. 8814200. Author J.A. Jance is the featured speaker at the Society of Southwestern Authors’ annual conference, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12 through 14; $245, $215 member. includes meals. The event also features private interviews with agents and publishers, and 20 lectures and seminars covering writing tips and techniques, advances in ePublishing, promoting and selling your books, character-development, cross-genre fiction and more. E-mail; or visit to register.





A chat with Rebecca Seiferle, the new Tucson poet laureate


The Appointed One BY JARRET KEENE, t’s been years since Tucson had a poet laureate to call our own. Now we have one again, thanks to Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who, with the help of the Tucson Pima Arts Council, just appointed Rebecca Seiferle to serve as our city’s emissary for literacy. Actually, Seiferle’s résumé almost merits a U.S. poet laureate post. She’s a noted translator of Spanish poetry, and she wins prestigious awards like the Lannan Foundation Poetry Fellowship. More importantly, Seiferle is deeply involved in Tucson’s literary community, teaching writing workshops to middle school and high school students. In her (unpaid) position, the poet laureate will visit K-12 classrooms and encourage kids to recognize the value of literary culture—and to write some poems themselves. Schools can book Seiferle by calling TPAC at 624-0595, or find more information at The Tucson Weekly had a chance to talk with Seiferle following her appointment.


What were your thoughts on Tucson’s literary community when you moved here six years ago? Has your opinion changed? One of the reasons I moved to Tucson was my awareness of the rich and diverse literary and artistic community. A few years before, I’d been a visiting writer for the reading series at the University of Arizona Poetry Center and was aware of the vital role the center plays on the local and national level. The literary community here seemed very open and welcoming to possibilities. My sense of that richness, diversity and openness hasn’t changed. I’ve become aware of even more artistic venues in Tucson—dance, collaborative text and performance, spoken word and educational outreach. I have also become aware that at times, the Tucson community resembles a collection of smaller communities. There’s a challenge to bridge some of the gaps. Can an event like the Tucson Festival of Books help poetry thrive as bookstores close nationwide? I think festivals like the Tucson Festival of Books create an occasion where the word can flourish. Poetry has the capacity to create a different kind of public space that is seldom created in our culture. Within that space, (there is) play and delight in words, imaginative expression and a sense of community. … I think the festival brings us back to the original power of the word. Also, more practically, readers like to see and hear writers. It’s an interesting fact that poets often derive a better income from read-

ings than from book sales. The writer’s voice, living and audible, is often a way into the book. People are drawn to that human connection. You edit a literary webzine, The Drunken Boat ( Do you value online publishing and the printed word equally? I published the first issue of The Drunken Boat online in April 2000 and was drawn to Internet publication for a number of reasons. The work is accessible globally. Publication doesn’t require great economic resources. And given the limitless nature of a webpage, there are no longer any constraints upon page length or format. The title is taken from French Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud’s great poem. But I also envisioned it implying a publication open to poetic enthusiasms, open to work that might elude publication in more-conventional print formats, where page length and line length become prohibitive. I do love the printed page, the printed word and the feel of a book in my hands. For me, both modes of publication are equally valid. Should poetry uplift us or illuminate hard truths? Poetry is an illumination of truth. Some truths are hard; others are uplifting. I also feel that illumination of a truth, even a difficult one, brings increased awareness. The scales fall from our eyes, and we simply see. That’s uplifting. Do you know when you’ve written a great poem? The perception of a great poem is one given by each reader. Sometimes, luckily, that perception comes back to the writer. In the process of writing, I feel the energy of the poem, the great sweep of it through the room and through me, sometimes like the blow of an angel’s wing. So there’s a sense of having been visited by something within, and also beyond, me. Is the poet’s role to be an emissary of literacy? What would Ezra Pound think? Well, one of Pound’s most-influential books is his early ABC of Reading, in which he plays the emissary of literacy to fellow poets, trying to inform poetic practice, to educate the modern era. Like it or not, the poet is a messenger of the word and the word’s power to communicate, for self-expression, to heal or harm. And literacy is the ground we all walk on. For an extended interview with Rebecca Seiferle, visit The Range, our daily dispatch, at

ART NOW! CONTEMPORARY ART SINCE 1980 MOCA. 265 S. Church Ave. 624-5019. Art historians offer differing, and occasionally opposing, perspectives on iconic works, and invite the audience to join the debate in a salon setting, at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 17 and 24; and Nov. 7, 14 and 28; $15, $10 member. Call or visit for topics.

TOP TEN Mostly Books best-sellers for the week ending Oct. 4, 2012 1. The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3 Rick Riordan, Hyperion ($19.99)

2. The Casual Vacancy J. K. Rowling, Little, Brown ($35)

3. No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy Seal: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer, Dutton ($26.95)

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky, MTV ($14)

5. A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel Lee Child, Delacorte ($28)

6. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President Candice Millard, Anchor ($16)

7. Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy Ken Follett, Dutton ($36)

8. Zoo James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, Little, Brown ($27.99)

9. America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t Stephen Colbert, Grand Central ($28.99)

10. Love Anthony Lisa Genova, Gallery ($26)

Rebecca Seiferle

CAMPAIGN VOICES UA Centennial Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. 6213364. NPR’s Political Junkie, Ken Rudin, moderates a panel including Ellen Malcolm, UA professor emeritus John Garcia and Margaret Kenski, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15; free. Call 621-1112 for more info. DAVID SCHIMKE: MEDICARE 101 St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Medicare insurance specialist David Schimke presents “Medicare 101: Some (Parts) Assembly Required,” at 10:15 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, free. Questions are answered in English and Spanish. ENVIRONMENTAL RICHES OF THE COLORADO PLATEAU SEIU Meeting Room. 1600 N. Tucson Blvd., No. 100. 884-8100. Mitch Stevens and Russell Lowes discuss the natural wonders of the Colorado Plateu, and the threat to water quality caused by development there by several companies, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; free. Call 326-7883 for more information. HUMANITIES WEEK UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. Lifelong learners attend a week-long lecture series showcasing professors, from Monday through Friday, Oct. 15 through 19; free. Monday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.: a panel discusses “How Personality Plays Into Our Political Thinking”; light refreshments are served from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 4 to 5 p.m.: Graduate students Nate Mehr and Guillermo Martínez-Sotelo present “Pass the Popcorn: Turning Language Students Into Filmmakers.” Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: John Melillo, visiting professor in the department of English, presents “Voices in My Head: Lyric Voices from Dada to Nicki Minaj”; and from 5 to 6 p.m.: Bryan Carter, assistant professor in Africana studies, presents “There’s an App for That: The Evolution of Humanities.” On Thursday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 5 p.m.: Katherine Hayles, professor of literature at Duke University, presents “The Technological Sublime, Virtual Money and Physical Violence: Suarez’s Daemon and Freedom”; and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Ken McAllister, professor and director of the graduate program in rhetoric, composition and the teaching of English, presents “What Do Memes Remember: A Meditation on the Viral Spread of Ideas.” On Friday, Oct. 19, from 3 to 4 p.m.: Fabian Alfie, professor of Italian and head of the Department of French and Italian, presents “Dante’s Poetry of Insult: Dante’s#&@%! Tenzone With Forese Donati”; from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thomas Kovach, professor of German studies, presents “Parental Issues: Nazi Progeny in War-Era Germany”; and from 6:15 to 9 p.m., representatives of the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies present “Moscow Is Burning!: Russian Poetry, Music and Mayhem.” Call 626-4319, or visit humanities.arizona. edu/week for more info. JEFF KIDA: FROM THE PAGES OF ARIZONA HIGHWAYS MAGAZINE Center for Creative Photography. 1030 N. Olive Road. 621-7968. Arizona Highways Magazine’s photography editor Jeff Kida shares images from that publication at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; free. QUILTING SERIES Arizona History Museum. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. Quilt-makers who contributed to the centennial exhibit 100 Years, 100 Quilts give informal talks at 11 a.m., the second Saturday of every month, through Nov. 10; $5, $4 senior or ages 12 through 18, free younger child, includes admission. Oct. 13: Nancy Arseneault. TASTE OF THE DESERT Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center. 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road. 887-9786. Representatives of Tohono Chul Park discuss the relationships between Sonoran Desert peoples and the plants that have provided them with food, shelter, medicine and materials, from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17; free. TMA BREAKFAST CLUB Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Art talks take place over brunch from 10 a.m. to noon, on selected Tuesdays; $35, $210 includes all seven brunches scheduled. Oct. 16: Julie Sasse discusses the intersection of art and nature as represented in the works of Barbara Rogers. A tour of Barbara Rogers: The Imperative of Beauty, a 50-Year Retrospective follows. OCTOBER 11 – 17, 2012 WEEKLY 37


CINEMA ‘Argo’ is a great film—and it’s based on an incredible yet true tale

Out of Iran

TOP TEN Casa Video’s top rentals for the week ending Oct. 7, 2012

BY COLIN BOYD, hen spies are involved, the truth is very often stranger than fiction. Long before he created the world’s best-known secret agent, 007 author Ian Fleming was a real one, and his idea to drop a corpse carrying phony war plans off the Spanish coast deceived the Nazis and helped the Allies turn the tide against Hitler. That slice of history became the film The Man Who Never Was in the mid-1950s, but when all the files were declassified, British author Ben Macintyre put all the pieces together in his exceptional (and thoroughly detailed) 2010 book, Operation Mincemeat. The full story is richer, more complex and harder to believe, and we’re better for knowing it. It’s much the same with Argo. For decades, very few people knew the real story, but then information related to these events of 1979 was declassified. Writer Joshuah Bearman picked up the scent, and his feature, pulling back the curtain on a remarkable covert operation, was published in Wired in 2007. Here’s the lowdown: On the day more than 50 Americans were taken hostage inside our embassy in Iran, six others escaped and found refuge in the house of the Canadian ambassador. Since the Iranians would figure out sooner or later that some Americans were missing from the embassy staff, the State Department had to think and work fast. How would the U.S. government get them out without Ayatollah Khomeini noticing? Bikes were suggested, without thinking of how bad of an idea it would be to ask six foreigners to ride 300 miles toward the Turkish border in an incredibly hostile nation. Someone offered to make fake credentials for the stowaway six, recasting them as Canadian agriculture officers surveying crops. However, November is not exactly the ideal time to go crop-surveying in Iran. CIA agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) has another idea. Knowing that motion-picture studios regularly set up shop in the Middle East to find suitable locations for science-fiction epics, he sells the intelligence community on propping up a phony movie and masquerading the refugees as a film-production crew. To make it more legitimate, Mendez reaches out to CIA contractor John Chambers (John Goodman), a Hollywood makeup artist who won an Oscar for Planet of the Apes. He hires a producer (Alan Arkin) to get some press for the new movie nobody ever intends to make, just to add to the illusion. Then Mendez goes from Istanbul to Tehran posing as a film-producer, planning to walk the six



1. Marvel’s The Avengers Walt Disney

2. Dark Shadows Warner Bros.

3. Snow White and the Huntsman Universal

4. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 20th Century Fox

5. The Cabin in the Woods Lionsgate

6. What to Expect When You’re Expecting Lionsgate

7. People Like Us DreamWorks

8. Hysteria Sony

9. Iron Sky Entertainment One

Ben Affleck in Argo. Americans around town for a couple of days as his production crew before attempting an escape. The fake film was called Argo, hence the name of the real film, which Affleck directs. And now there’s no question that Ben Affleck is a fullfledged filmmaker. Yes, Gone Baby Gone and The Town are both good pictures, but they could have been farmed out to a number of directors capable of producing similar results. Argo, on the other hand, has a genuine vision, and it’s got to be Affleck’s vision. The craftsmanship, too—which is impossible to ignore—is also his. The tone of this film changes subtly as it bounces around three parallel absurdities—the Islamic revolution in Iran, the intelligence community in Washington, D.C., and the unreality that permeates Tinseltown. They’re all essential notes, each complementing the others, because Argo is as much about the means as it is the ends. Affleck moves things effortlessly from intensity to humor, leaning on Goodman, Arkin and Bryan Cranston to provide some levity in a film that needs to have it. Conversely, he turns to largely unheralded actors as the six refugees, and that helps sell their plight even more. The three pillars of the story all have their strengths, but Argo is at its best with the sextet of Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham and Kerry Bishé onscreen. They are not big stars (although Donovan and DuVall have some

Argo Rated R

10. Red Lights Millennium

Starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman Directed by Ben Affleck Warner Bros., 120 minutes Opens Friday, Oct. 12, at AMC Loews Foothills 15 (888-262-4386), Century El Con 20 (800-3263264, ext. 902), Century Park Place 20 (800326-3264, 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).

name recognition), but their contribution as a group can’t be overlooked. Logically, these actors are the emotional center of the film, and because they’re hardly unified when it comes to handling their predicament, it makes them more than just token helpless victims waiting for a shining hero. Argo does more than just capture the intensity of the situation: The sights and sounds of 1979 have all come out to play as well—cigarettes in the office and on planes, Rolling Stones album cuts and, oh, that hair. At first, it generates some slightly embarrassed smiles from anyone old enough to remember the era, but the overall effect is just another grounding influence on Argo. This is a great film, Gigli fans. We don’t have Ben Affleck to kick around anymore.

Elizabeth Olsen in Red Lights.

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. Argo (R) Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 (PG-13) Fri-Wed 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 Dredd 3D (R) ends Thu 9:45 End of Watch (R) Thu 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20; Fri-Wed 11:25, 2:10, 4:50, 7:55, 10:30 Finding Nemo 3D (G) Thu 11:10, 1:55, 4:30, 7:10; Fri-Wed 2:15 Frankenweenie (PG) Thu 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15; Fri-Sun 10, 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15; Mon-Wed 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Frankenweenie: An IMAX 3D Experience (PG) Thu 11, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8, 10:15; Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:20, 3:35, 5:50, 8:05, 10:20 Here Comes the Boom (PG) Fri-Wed 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 Hotel Transylvania (PG) Thu 12:25, 2:45, 5, 6:30, 7:15, 9:35; Fri-Sat 11:15, 3:45, 8:15; Sun 11:15, 11:45, 3:45, 8:15; MonWed 11:15, 3:45, 8:15 Hotel Transylvania 3D (PG) Thu 11:25, 1:45, 4:05, 8:45; Fri-Wed 1:30, 6, 10:30 House at the End of the Street (PG-13) ends Thu 11:50, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:40 Looper (R) Thu 11:05, 1:55, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30; Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10 The Master (R) ends Thu 11:55, 3:20, 7:05, 10:25 The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13) FriWed 11:50, 2:20, 4:55, 7:25, 9:50 Pitch Perfect (PG-13) Thu 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10; Fri-Wed 11, 1:35, 4:15, 7:05, 9:45 Resident Evil: Retribution (R) ends Thu 1, 6:05, 10:55 Resident Evil: Retribution 3D (R) ends Thu 3:40, 8:30 Seven Psychopaths (R) Fri-Wed 11:20, 2:05, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10 Sinister (R) Thu 10; FriWed 11:45, 2:45, 5:25, 8, 10:35 Taken 2 (PG-13) Thu 11:45, 12:45, 2, 3, 4:15, 5:15, 6:45, 7:45, 9, 10:15; Fri-Sun 10:30, 11:35, 12:45, 2, 3, 4:25, 5:30, 6:45, 7:50, 9, 10:15; Mon-Wed 11:35, 12:45, 2, 3, 4:25, 5:30, 6:45, 7:50, 9, 10:15 Trouble With the Curve (PG-13) Thu 1:25, 4:10, 7:25, 10; Fri-Sat 11:40, 4:50, 7:40, 10:15; Sun 4:50, 7:40, 10:15; MonWed 11:40, 4:50, 7:40, 10:15

Won’t Back Down (PG) ends Thu 1:40, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05

Century El Con 20 3601 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 902. Argo (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 12, 1:30, 2:55, 4:25, 5:50, 7:20, 8:45, 10:15 Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 11:20, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 Barfi! (Not Rated) ends Thu 11:55, 3:25, 6:45, 10:05 Dredd 3D (R) ends Thu 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 End of Watch (R) Thu 11:40, 2:15, 4:55, 7:40, 10:15; Fri-Wed 2:15, 4:55, 7:40, 10:15 Finding Nemo 3D (G) Thu 11:25, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20; Fri-Wed 11:40 Frankenweenie (PG) ThuWed 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:25 Frankenweenie 3D (PG) Thu 1, 3:20, 5:40, 7:55, 10:15; Fri-Wed 1, 3:20, 5:40, 8 Here Comes the Boom (PG) Fri 12:01 a.m.; FriWed 11:30, 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Hotel Transylvania (PG) Thu 11:30, 1:50, 4:15, 7, 9:35; Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:20, 4:45, 7:05, 9:50 Hotel Transylvania 3D (PG) ends Thu 12:30, 2:55, 5:15, 8 House at the End of the Street (PG-13) ends Thu 11:50, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30 Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day (Not Rated) Wed 7:30 Looper (R) Thu 11:35, 1, 2:20, 3:50, 5:05, 6:40, 7:45, 9:30, 10:30; Fri 11:30, 1, 2:15, 5, 6:35, 7:45, 10:30; Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30; Mon-Tue 11:30, 1, 2:15, 5, 6:35, 7:45, 10:30; Wed 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Mary Poppins (G) Wed 2, 7 The Master (R) Thu 12:50, 4:10, 7:15; Fri-Tue 12:50, 4:05, 7:15, 10:20; Wed 12:50, 4:05, 10:20 The Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore Live (Not Rated) Sat 9:55 The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 11:55, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:15 Pitch Perfect (PG-13) Thu 11:45, 12:40, 2:25, 3:35, 5:05, 6:25, 7:45, 9:15, 10:25; Fri 11:50, 2:30, 3:50, 5:10, 7:50, 9:25, 10:30; Sat-Sun 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30; Mon-Tue 11:50, 2:30, 3:50, 5:10, 7:50, 9:25, 10:30; Wed 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 Resident Evil: Retribution 3D (R) ends Thu 11:20, 1:55, 4:25, 7:10, 9:40 Searching for Sugar Man (PG-13) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 11:20, 1:30, 3:40, 5:50, 8, 10:10 Seven Psychopaths (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:25, 10 Sinister (R) Thu 10, 10:30, 11, 12; Fri-Wed 11:45, 1:10, 2:30, 3:50, 5:10, 6:30, 7:50, 9:10, 10:30

Taken 2 (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 12:10, 12:45, 2, 2:35, 3:10, 4:20, 5, 5:35, 6:50, 7:30, 8, 9:20, 10, 10:30; Fri 11:45, 12:35, 1:25, 2:10, 3, 3:50, 4:35, 5:25, 6:15, 7, 7:50, 8:40, 9:25, 10:15; Sat 11:45, 12:35, 2:10, 3, 4:35, 5:25, 6:15, 7, 7:50, 8:40, 9:25, 10:15; Sun-Wed 11:45, 12:35, 1:25, 2:10, 3, 3:50, 4:35, 5:25, 6:15, 7, 7:50, 8:40, 9:25, 10:15 Trouble With the Curve (PG-13) Thu 11:20, 2:05, 4:50, 7:25; Fri-Wed 10:20 Won’t Back Down (PG) ends Thu 1:10, 4:05, 7:05

Century Gateway 12 770 N. Kolb Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 962. The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) ends Thu 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 The Bourne Legacy (PG13) Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:50, 6:45, 9:50; Sun-Mon 12:50, 3:50, 6:45; Tue 12:50, 3:50, 6:45, 9:50; Wed 12:50, 3:50, 6:45 Brave (PG) Thu 12, 2:30, 4:55, 7:25; Fri-Sat 12, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30, 10:05; Sun-Mon 12, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30; Tue 12, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30, 10:05; Wed 12, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30 Brave 3D (PG) ends Thu 3:25 Bully (PG-13) ends FriWed 12:40, 3 The Campaign (R) Thu 12:20, 3, 5:20, 7:45; FriSat 12:45, 3:25, 5:30, 7:35, 9:45; Sun-Mon 12:45, 3:25, 5:30, 7:35; Tue 12:45, 3:25, 5:30, 7:35, 9:45; Wed 12:45, 3:25, 5:30, 7:35 The Dark Knight Rises (PG13) Thu 12, 1, 3:35, 4:45, 7; Fri-Sat 12:10, 3:35, 5:20, 7, 9:20; Sun-Mon 12:10, 3:35, 5:20, 7; Tue 12:10, 3:35, 5:20, 7, 9:20; Wed 12:10, 3:35, 5:20, 7 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) Thu 12:25, 2:45, 5:05, 7:20; Fri-Wed 12:25, 2:40, 4:55 The Expendables 2 (R) Fri-Sat 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:15; SunMon 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40; Tue 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:15; Wed 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 6:55; Fri-Wed 12:05, 2:20, 4:35 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu 12:35, 2:50, 5:15, 7:30; Fri-Wed 12:30, 2:45, 5 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu 12:40, 3:55, 7:15; Fri-Wed 7:15 Marvel’s the Avengers 3D (PG-13) ends Thu 12:15, 6 The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) Fri-Sat 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:25, 9:55; Sun-Mon 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:25; Tue 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:25, 9:55; Wed 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:25 ParaNorman (PG) Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30; Sun-Mon 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10; Tue 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30; Wed 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10 Premium Rush (PG-13) Fri-Sat 12:35, 3:10, 5:25, 7:45, 10:10; Sun-

Mon 12:35, 3:10, 5:25, 7:45; Tue 12:35, 3:10, 5:25, 7:45, 10:10; Wed 12:35, 3:10, 5:25, 7:45 Ted (R) Thu 12:05, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40; Fri-Sat 6:50, 9:40; Sun-Mon 6:50; Tue 6:50, 9:40; Wed 6:50 Total Recall (PG-13) Thu 12:45, 3:45, 7:10; Fri-Sat 7:20, 10; Sun-Mon 7:20; Tue 7:20, 10; Wed 7:20

Century Park Place 20 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 903. Call for additional film times Argo (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 10; Sat 7, 10; Wed 1, 4, 7, 10 Dredd 3D (R) Thu 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35 End of Watch (R) Thu 11:35, 2:15, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 Finding Nemo 3D (G) Thu 11:10, 2, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10 Frankenweenie (PG) Thu 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20; Fri 11:15, 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:05 Frankenweenie 3D (PG) Thu 11:05, 1:35, 4:05, 6:35, 9:05; Fri 12:30, 3, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25; Sat-Sun 12:30 Here Comes the Boom (PG) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri 11:10, 12:35, 1:50, 3:15, 4:30, 5:55, 7:10, 8:35, 9:50 Hotel Transylvania (PG) Thu 11:25, 1:55, 4:25, 6:55, 9:25; Fri 11:05, 1:35, 4:05, 6:35, 9:10 Hotel Transylvania 3D (PG) Thu 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30; Fri 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20; Sat-Sun 12:20 House at the End of the Street (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:25, 10 Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day (Not Rated) Wed 7:30 Looper (R) Thu 11:45, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:10, 8:45, 10:15, 11:30; Sat-Sun 1:15; Tue 1:15 Mary Poppins (G) Wed 2, 7 The Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore Live (Not Rated) Sat 9:55 Pitch Perfect (PG-13) Thu 11:55, 1:25, 2:45, 4:10, 5:35, 7, 8:25, 9:50; SatSun 11:45; Tue 11:45 The Possession (PG-13) Thu 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 Resident Evil: Retribution (R) Thu 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Seven Psychopaths (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri 11:40, 2:20, 5; Sat-Sun 11:40; Tue 11:40 Sinister (R) Thu 10, 12:01; Fri 11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:45, 10:30 Taken 2 (PG-13) Thu 11:20, 12, 12:40, 1:20, 1:50, 2:30, 3:10, 3:50, 4:20, 5, 5:40, 6:20, 6:50, 7:30, 8:10, 8:50, 9:20, 10, 10:35; Fri 11, 11:35, 12:10, 12:45, 1:30, 2:05, 2:40, 3:20, 4, 4:35, 5:05, 5:50, 6:30, 7:05, 7:35, 8:20, 9, 9:35, 10:10 Trouble With the Curve (PG-13) Thu 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:15 Won’t Back Down (PG) Thu 1, 4, 7:05, 10:10

Century Theatres at the Oro Valley Marketplace 12155 N. Oracle Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 899. 2016: Obama’s America (PG) ends Thu 12:05, 2:25, 4:50, 7:05, 9:30 Argo (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 10:40, 1:35, 4:30, 7:25, 10:15 End of Watch (R) Thu 11:40, 2:20, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30; Fri-Wed 2:20, 7:50 Frankenweenie (PG) Thu 11:50, 4:30, 9:10; FriWed 11:45, 4:25, 9:10 Frankenweenie 3D (PG) Thu 2:10, 6:50; Fri-Wed 2:05, 6:50 Here Comes the Boom (PG) Fri 12:01 a.m.; FriWed 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Hotel Transylvania (PG) Thu-Wed 11:35, 4:35, 9:35 Hotel Transylvania 3D (PG) Thu 2:05, 7; Fri-Wed 2, 7 House at the End of the Street (PG-13) ends Thu 11:25, 2, 4:45, 7:25, 9:55 Looper (R) Thu-Fri 10:55, 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 10:25; Sat 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 10:25; Sun-Wed 10:55, 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 10:25 Mary Poppins (G) Wed 2, 7 The Master (R) ends Thu 12:45, 4, 7:15, 10:20 The Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore Live (Not Rated) Sat 9:55, 9:55 Pitch Perfect (PG-13) Thu 10:40, 1:30, 4:20, 7:10; Fri-Wed 10:45, 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:05 Searching for Sugar Man (PG-13) Fri-Wed 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25 Seven Psychopaths (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Wed 11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:20 Sinister (R) Thu 10, 12; Fri-Wed 11, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:30 Taken 2 (PG-13) Thu 10:50, 12, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 5, 6:15, 7:30, 8:45, 10; Sat-Tue 10:50, 12, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 5, 6:15, 7:30, 8:45, 10; Wed 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Trouble With the Curve (PG-13) Thu 10:45, 1:25, 4:15, 6:55, 9:40; Fri 11:30, 5:05, 10:30; Sat 5:05, 10:30; Sun-Wed 11:30, 5:05, 10:30 Won’t Back Down (PG) ends Thu 10:40, 1:35, 4:25, 7:20, 10:10

Cinema La Placita La Placita Village, Broadway Boulevard and Church Avenue. 326-5282. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (PG) Sat 7 Give Me the Banjo (Not Rated) Thu 7:30

Crossroads 6 Grand Cinemas 4811 E. Grant Road. 327-7067. Call for Fri-Wed film times Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) Thu 1:10, 7:30 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13) Thu 11:05 Brave (PG) Thu 12:20, 2:40, 5

The Campaign (R) Thu 1:40, 5:50, 7:50, 9:50 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Thu 12, 2, 3:30, 5:20, 7:20, 8:50 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) Thu 11:40, 3:40 Genetic Roulette (Not Rated) Thu 7 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu 11, 3:20 The Intouchables (R) Thu 11:20, 1:50, 4:20, 6:50 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu 9:20 Sleepwalk With Me (Not Rated) Thu 5:30 Ted (R) Thu 9:40 Total Recall (PG-13) Thu 9:45

Fox Tucson Theatre 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515. Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky (R) Thu 7:30

Gallagher Theater UA Student Union, 1303 E. University Blvd. 626-0370. Campus Movie Fest Finale (Not Rated) Sat 7 Ted (R) Thu 6, 9; Sun 2, 5

Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz. 806-4275. Argo (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Sat 10:20, 12:10, 1:20, 3:20, 4:20, 6:20, 7:20, 9:20, 10:30; Sun 10:20, 12:10, 1:20, 3:20, 4:20, 6:20, 7:20, 9:15, 10:15; Mon-Wed 12:10, 1:20, 3:20, 4:20, 6:20, 7:20, 9:15, 10:15 Dredd (R) ends Thu 3:10, 9 End of Watch (R) Thu 11:20, 2:10, 5, 8, 10:40; Fri-Sat 8:10, 10:50; SunWed 8:10, 10:40 The Expendables 2 (R) ends Thu 12:40, 6:05 Finding Nemo 3D (G) Thu 11:40, 2:30, 5:30, 8:10; Fri-Sun 10:05, 12:30, 3, 5:30; Mon-Wed 12:30, 3, 5:30 Frankenweenie (PG) Thu 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40; Fri-Sun 10:45, 1:15, 3:45, 6:15, 8:45; Mon-Wed 10:55, 1:15, 3:45, 6:15, 8:45 Frankenweenie 3D (PG) Thu 11, 1:20, 3:50, 6:20, 8:50; Fri-Wed 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15 Here Comes the Boom (PG) Fri 12:01 a.m.; FriSun 10:30, 11:30, 1:10, 2:10, 3:50, 4:50, 6:30, 7:30, 9:10, 10:10; MonWed 11:30, 1:10, 2:10, 3:50, 4:50, 6:30, 7:30, 9:10, 10:10 Hotel Transylvania (PG) Thu 11:10, 12:10, 2:40, 4:10, 5:10, 6:40, 7:40; Fri-Wed 11:15, 12:15, 1:45, 4:15, 5:15, 6:45, 7:45 Hotel Transylvania 3D (PG) Thu 1:40, 9:10; Fri-Sat 2:45, 10:15; SunWed 2:45, 10 House at the End of the Street (PG-13) Thu 11:15, 1:50, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50; Fri-Wed 11

Looper (R) Thu 12:30, 1:30, 3:30, 4:20, 6:30, 7:30, 9:20; Fri-Sat 10, 12:50, 4, 6:50, 9:50; Sun 10, 12:50, 4, 6:50, 9:40; Mon 12:50, 4, 6:50, 9:40; Tue-Wed 12:50, 4, 9:40 The Master (R) ends Thu 12, 3:20, 6:50 The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13) FriSat 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 8, 10:45; Sun-Wed 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 8, 10:35 Pitch Perfect (PG-13) Thu 1, 4, 7:10, 9:45; FriSat 9:55, 12:40, 3:30, 6:40, 9:40; Sun 9:55, 12:40, 3:30, 6:40, 9:20; Mon-Wed 12:40, 3:30, 6:40, 9:20 The Possession (PG-13) ends Thu 10:30 Resident Evil: Retribution (R) Thu 1:45, 7:45; FriSat 9:15; Sun-Wed 9:05 Resident Evil: Retribution 3D (R) ends Thu 11:05, 4:45, 10:10 Screening 2012 (Not Rated) Thu 7 Seven Psychopaths (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Sat 10:50, 1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 10; Sun-Wed 10:50, 1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:50 Sinister (R) Fri 12:01 a.m.; Fri-Sat 10:40, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:40; Sun 10:40, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30; Mon-Wed 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30 Taken 2 (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 12:20, 1:10, 2, 2:50, 3:40, 4:30, 5:20, 6:10, 7, 7:50, 8:40, 9:30, 10:20; Fri-Sun 9:50, 10:10, 12:20, 1, 2, 2:50, 3:40, 4:30, 5:20, 6:10, 7, 7:50, 8:40, 9:30, 10:20; Mon-Wed 12:20, 1, 2, 2:50, 3:40, 4:30, 5:20, 6:10, 7, 7:50, 8:40, 9:30, 10:20 Trouble With the Curve (PG-13) Thu 12:45, 3:45, 10:05; Fri-Sat 9:45; SunWed 9:35 Won’t Back Down (PG) ends Thu 12:15, 3:15, 6:15, 9:05

The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Call 795-0844 to check handicap accessibility Arbitrage (R) Thu 2:30, 7:15; Fri-Tue 12:30, 7:15; Wed 7:15 Beauty Is Embarrassing (Not Rated) Wed 7:30 Chicken With Plums (PG13) Thu 12, 5 Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (PG-13) Thu 12 Hello I Must Be Going (R) Fri-Tue 5; Wed 1 Humanoids From the Deep (R) Mon 8 The Ides of March (R) Wed 3:30 The Iron Giant (PG) Sat 10 a.m. It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Not Rated) Fri 3:15; SatSun 3:15, 9:45; Mon-Wed 3:15 Killer Joe (NC-17) Thu 7:45, 10; Fri 12:30, 9:45; Sat-Sun 12:30, 7:30; Mon-Tue 12:30, 9:45; Wed 9:45 Liberal Arts (PG-13) FriWed 5:15

Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG) Fri 10; Sat-Sun 10 a.m., 10; Mon-Wed 10 Samsara (PG-13) Thu 9:45; Fri-Sat 3; Sun 10, 3; Mon-Tue 3; Wed 1 Strutter (Not Rated) Fri 7:30 They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain (Not Rated) Tue 7:30

Oracle View 4690 N. Oracle Road. 292-2430. Call for Fri-Wed film times The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Thu 12:45, 3:45, 6:40, 9:35 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) Thu 11:50, 2, 4:30, 7 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Thu 11, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu 12:15 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu 11:15, 2:15, 9:15 Men in Black 3 (PG-13) Thu 4:45 Moonrise Kingdom (PG13) Thu 12:30, 2:35, 5:15, 7:30, 9:40 Ted (R) Thu 2:25, 4:55, 7:20, 9:55 Total Recall (PG-13) Thu 7:10, 9:45

The Screening Room 127 E. Congress St. 882-0204. Call for films and times

Tower Theatres at Arizona Pavilions 8031 N. Business Park Drive. 579-0500. Call for Fri-Wed film times Argo (R) Fri 12:01 a.m. The Bourne Legacy (PG13) Thu 1:25, 6:35, 9:25 Dredd (R) Thu 2:45 End of Watch (R) Thu 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 9:55 Frankenweenie (PG) Thu 11, 1:10, 5:30, 7:40 Frankenweenie 3D (PG) Thu 3:20, 9:45 Here Comes the Boom (PG) Fri 12:01 a.m. Hotel Transylvania (PG) Thu 11:50, 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 House at the End of the Street (PG-13) Thu 12:30, 2:50, 5:15, 7:35, 10 Lawless (R) Thu 11:05, 4:15 Looper (R) Thu 11:15, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50 ParaNorman (PG) Thu 11:25, 1:45, 4:20, 6:45, 9:10 Pitch Perfect (PG-13) Thu 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Resident Evil: Retribution (R) Thu 12:30, 5, 7:25, 9:35 Sinister (R) Fri 12:01 a.m. Taken 2 (PG-13) Thu 11:10, 1:20, 3:30, 5:40, 7:50, 10 Trouble With the Curve (PG-13) Thu 11:45, 2:05, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Won’t Back Down (PG) Thu 10:55, 1:30, 4:10, 6:40, 9:20

OCTOBER 11 – 17, 2012



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


The title of this movie is a reference to a song Groucho Marx sang. We see him singing it in the movie—and that made me want to shut off this uninspiring film and get it on with some Marx brothers films. Melanie Lynskey plays Amy, a woman going through a divorce, living with her parents and starting an affair with a much-younger man (Christopher Abbott). Sarah Koskoff’s script goes through the motions, with the overbearing mom (Blythe Danner), the doting and confused dad (John Rubinstein), and so on. What it doesn’t do is offer anything new on the subject of breaking up and the crazy behavior it can cause. This feels like a movie you have seen a hundred times before. Lynskey is fine, but the script and Todd Louiso’s bland direction let her down. Grimm IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY

A one-of-a-kind film, the animated It’s Such a Beautiful Day is a marvel of simplicity and meaning. It’s almost single-handedly the work of Don Hertzfeldt—he drew it, directed it, wrote it, narrated it and personally sent out a copy of the film for review. That commitment shows in every delicate frame. Indeed, only one other person, editor Brian Hamblin, receives any credit in the film. And what a film: Bill (a stick figure) is struck with what we process as a life-altering illness. His mind is going. He reflects on the past and focuses intently on the banality of the present. It’s not at all what you’d expect from an animated film, which is one of the reasons why It’s Such a Beautiful Day is jarring and supremely unique. Boyd

bid farewell to a former professor. He meets co-ed Zibby (Elisabeth Olsen), and despite the age difference, they hit it off in ways equal parts Annie Hall and Before Sunrise. This is not at the level of either of those films, but they appear to be the broad targets. Radnor’s writing has improved; Liberal Arts has some clever, well-crafted dialogue. He’s still not selfless enough as a filmmaker, although Radnor is moving in the right direction. Boyd After the huge success of Taken, a sequel was a given. Liam Neeson returns as retired CIA agent Bryan, still somber yet very involved in the lives of his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) and his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace, a 29-year-old playing somebody who I’m guessing is supposed to be in their late teens). They all wind up overseas in another kidnap drama perpetrated by the father (Rade Serbedzija) of one of the last film’s victims. This is copycat moviemaking at its lamest, and Neeson looks embarrassed to be in it. I loved Neeson this year in The Grey, featuring career-best work, but this is terrible. I’d love it if these films stopped with this installment, but it’s making a lot of money, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Bryan and his family got “taken” again in the near future. Grimm WON’T BACK DOWN

Mother Jamie (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and teacher Nona (Viola Davis) are extremely unhappy with the way John Adams Elementary is handling children’s education. Jamie decides that it’s time for action, so she approaches Nona with an interesting proposition: Why don’t the two take over the school? This movie is par-for-the-course “inspirational” stuff; the two leads do what they can, but the writers don’t bring anything new to the table. Everyone just goes through the motions, and while there is some emotional stuff, the movie feels quite empty. While the film is apparently based on something that actually happened, all of the things seen onscreen are just tired dramatic tropes that have been done better. Allen


Nearing 60 and wanting to get out of the rat race, hedge-fund manager Robert Miller (a terrific Richard Gere) finds a potential buyer for his company. The


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In his summers off from the long-running TV show How I Met Your Mother, actor Josh Radnor writes and directs small, tweedy romantic comedies. The first, happythankyoumoreplease, isn’t really worth your time, but he has made some strides with Liberal Arts. As the name suggests, the film takes place primarily on a Midwestern college campus, where Jesse (Radnor) has returned after 10 years in New York to


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A Crazy Movie BY BOB GRIMM, riter-director Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths is one of the best films since the Coen brothers’ Barton Fink about the art of writing—or, perhaps better put, not being able to write—a screenplay. This is an ingenious, wildly engaging movie from the man who brought us the brilliant In Bruges (my pick for the year’s best movie in 2008). Like Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson and Wes Anderson, McDonagh creates movies that transcend genres. I can only compare McDonagh to the extremely unique directors who make movies that are decidedly theirs, and theirs alone: McDonagh makes movies like no other. Colin Farrell gets the second-best role of his career (his best being the starring role in In Bruges) as Marty, a character obviously modeled after the director himself. Marty is trying to write a screenplay called Seven Psychopaths, and he’s racking his brain for seven characters with distinctive killing methods. The way these characters appear to him is part of this film’s unending fun. He’s friends with a true nutball named Billy, and when a nutball is played by the magical Sam Rockwell, you just know it’s going to be good. And it is. Billy wants to help his buddy write his screenplay. He’s a struggling actor making money on the side by kidnapping dogs with Hans (Christopher Walken … this cast is just a dream). They swipe the pups and turn them in for rewards. They make a big mistake when they grab an adorable Shih Tzu owned by the psychopathic Charlie (Woody Harrelson … do I hear best cast of the year?). Terrible behavior and violence ensues, and nobody is safe in McDonagh’s crazed world. When Marty describes the seven psychopaths, the movie depicts them in a fashion that’s fairy-tale-like. Anybody familiar with McDonagh’s body of work will see similarities to his Tony Award-winning play The Pillowman. There are other elements similar to the play, and I won’t give them away—but I will tell you that a prominent member of the Broadway cast makes an awesome cameo. The movie doesn’t skimp on the violence, which is often delivered during stylized depictions of the seven psychopaths and their killing ways. This could almost be a children’s movie—if everybody wasn’t getting their heads shot off. Farrell is at his best when his Irish accent is in full force, and he’s allowed to show his comic edge. Marty’s constant drinking helps


Colin Farrell in Seven Psychopaths.

Seven Psychopaths Rated R Starring Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell Directed by Martin McDonagh CBS, 109 minutes Opens Friday, Oct. 12, at AMC Loews Foothills 15 (888-262-4386), Century El Con 20 (800326-3264, 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).

fuel a Farrell performance that isn’t stereotypically drunk, but obviously impaired. I love the immature, childlike attitude that Farrell injects into his work when McDonagh is around. Perhaps he should just make movies with McDonagh from here on out. Rockwell and Walken are basically playing the character types at which they excel—and what’s better than that? Rockwell is constantly delivering his lines with a wide-eyed, bigassed grin. And Walken delivers his lines in that, well, unmistakable Walken way. The roles seem tailor-made for these actors. If you think that isn’t enough, here comes Tom Waits holding a white bunny rabbit and regaling you with tall tales about executing serial killers. And there’s Gabourey Sidibe as a teary-eyed former dog-sitter who is about to get fired in a most-unfortunate way. Ultimately, the film is about the struggle to create—and it’s presented in a very creative fashion. I mentioned the Coens’ immortal Barton Fink, because it was a brilliant take on writer’s block written when Joel and Ethan actually had writer’s block. McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths is about making something artistic and respectable out of trashy themes. Marty is trying for depth and beauty, while Billy screams for shootouts. Both characters get their wishes in hugely entertaining ways.

N O W S H O W I N G AT H O M E E.T. The ExtraTerrestrial: Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray) UNIVERSAL MOVIE A SPECIAL FEATURES B BLU-RAY GEEK FACTOR 9 (OUT OF 10)


new interview with Spielberg features him reminiscing about E.T. and what it meant for his career. Best of all is The E.T. Journals, which uses home video shot on the set during production. A couple of deleted scenes, including that “special edition” bathtub scene, join an E.T. reunion featuring the cast getting together 10 years ago, and some making-of featurettes.

Oh, man, we are in Spielberg Bluray heaven this year! After the beautiful Blurays for the Indiana Jones films and Jaws, we now get this, perhaps his Rock of Ages (Blu-ray) most-beloved film. Anybody WARNER MOVIE Bwho grew up with this movie SPECIAL FEATURES B+ and saw it in theaters will tell BLU-RAY GEEK FACTOR 6.25 (OUT OF 10) you it was a film experience I had fun like no other. I remember with this going as a kid and bawling movie. It’s my eyes out. I then stayed for unabashedly a second showing, and I stupid, and bawled my eyes out again. having lived The version here is the through the original, not the one released ’80s as a teen in 2002 containing a CGIand young adult, I can tell enhanced E.T. and walkieyou I’m embarrassed by talkies instead of shotguns. This is pure E.T., looking bet- much of that decade’s musical ter than he ever has, thanks to output (and the hair, too). Still, I must give big props a shiny new transfer. to Tom Cruise. His turn as As I watched this on Bluaging rock-star Stacee Jaxx is ray, it dawned on me that the spectacular fun. Cruise majority of times I watched learned to sing for the film, this movie was on a bootlegged VHS tape my dad gave and he blisters ’80s staples like “Paradise City,” “Wanted us for Christmas when it was Dead or Alive” and “Pour still in theaters. We were the Some Sugar on Me.” He couenvy of the block, even if silples the strong singing voice houetted heads were visible with an aloof rock-star swagagainst the screen (it was vidger, making his Jaxx a characeotaped in a movie theater), ter to remember. and the picture was superThe rest of the film is just grainy. OK. Julianne Hough is sweet Because of that tape, I was if not altogether spectacular able to memorize the diaas Sherrie Christian, the logue and scene paths. “small-town girl” moving to Because of the tape’s shitty Los Angeles to make it big. quality, I forgot how pretty Diego Boneta isn’t quite as this movie is. Sure, I have the interesting as Drew, an upDVD release from 10 years ago, but I have watched that a and-coming rock star and Sherrie’s love interest, couple of times as opposed to although I did like it when his a hundred or so with the character was forced into a VHS. The Blu-ray is the best boy band. presentation of this classic Other players include Alec you will find. Baldwin as a burnt-out club In the pantheon of child performances, Henry Thomas owner, Russell Brand as his henchman and Paul Giamatti as Elliott is a god. He made as a scumbag promoter. the story of a young boy missing his father and finding Catherine Zeta-Jones gets a laugh or two as a crazed an otherworldly friend very housewife. real. Drew Barrymore, as little-sister Gertie, got an entire SPECIAL FEATURES: An (and much-more-successful) extended version of the film career out of this movie. features extra footage, includBY BOB GRIMM,

ing a risqué scene between Cruise and Hough. Some featurettes depict the making of the movie and the music that propelled it, including interviews with featured rock stars.


This terrific Wes Anderson coming-ofage comedy is still in the running for best-picture honors. With a cast that boasts Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand, this is a wonderful return to live action after Anderson’s foray into stop-animation with Fantastic Mr. Fox. Set in 1965, it tells of a young “Khaki Scout” (Jared Gilman) who runs away from his troop with his first love (Kara Hayward). The two newcomers are perfect as the young couple, as is Norton as the protective Scout Master Ward, intent upon finding his missing Scout while always puffing on a cigarette. Willis does some careerbest work as a helpful cop, as does McDormand as a mother of one of the lost children. Jason Schwartzman and Harvey Keitel make small but worthy appearances. Anderson has a distinct style that is all his own. This is a very “Wes Anderson” movie, and that’s a damn good thing. SPECIAL FEATURES: There are only a few small featurettes. Anderson’s films usually get an initial, features-deprived release, followed by a Criterion release somewhere down the line. I hope such is the case with this one, but I’m not holding my breath.



only problem: His firm is hemorrhaging millions due to a bad investment in Russian copper mines, so he borrows heavily to cook the books and make up for the missing revenues. On the financial-drama scale, this isn’t as gripping as last year’s Margin Call, but this part of Arbitrage hangs together pretty well. However, there’s a wildly unnecessary subplot involving vehicular manslaughter and a poor effort to cover it up that takes the focus off of what could be a really interesting story. The subplot gives Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth something to do, but it reduces Arbitrage to little more than a Law and Order episode. Boyd FRANKENWEENIE

Divorce yourself from the knowledge that this is a Tim Burton film, and the fact that the eminently likable Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara provide voices, and you might discover that Frankenweenie isn’t anything special. Updated from Burton’s 1984 lo-hi live-action short film as a stop-motion 3-D cartoon, Frankenweenie is a retelling of the Frankenstein story with cuddlier characters—a boy scientist and his dog. But the stop-motion is really subpar; there isn’t much style to speak of; and the story doesn’t need the animated treatment to be effective. In fact, it could be argued that this would be a far more relatable movie if Burton had just made it as a live-action film, living somewhere between his original and the Addams Family movies, maybe. Boyd

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Murders for hire almost never go off without a hitch in real life, and they’re even less-reliable in the movies. You either get stupid killers or stupid clients, or if you’re lucky (and Fargo is on cable), both. In William Friedkin’s Killer Joe, it’s the clients who don’t have it going on upstairs. Chris and Ansel (Emile Hirsch and Thomas Haden Church) hire badcop Joe (Matthew McConaughey) to kill a family member so they can claim the insurance money and pay off loan sharks. Sounds so easy, doesn’t it? Killer Joe is by no means a friendly motion picture, but the violence is pretty cartoonish and comes late enough in the proceedings that it’s hard to feel violated by it (despite the NC-17 rating). You should also know that this is the best Matthew McConaughey performance by a Texas mile, and his third really solid outing in a row. Boyd LOOPER

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, a loner living in 2042 who has actually been sent back from the year 2072 to kill people on behalf of organized crime. He stands in a field with his gun aimed at a tarp, waiting for his hooded victim to zap back from the future and receive a rude greeting. Bad, and very entertaining, things happen when the man sent back to be executed is actually future Joe (Bruce Willis). Willis is great as a tired and scared old criminal hell-bent on fixing his future. Gordon-Levitt is even better as an embittered, callous young man looking to preserve his future and get his older self out of the picture. Gordon-Levitt, made up to look like a younger Willis, does a nice job of capturing the Willis stare and growl. Emily Blunt is on hand as a mother trying to protect her child, and Paul Dano lights up the screen with a pivotal supporting role. This is one of the best time-travel yarns you are ever going to see. Grimm SAMSARA

Rarely has a film come along that looks this good. Shot in glorious 70-millimeter, Samsara plays to its strength by presenting many things that can only be truly appreciated on such a grand scale. By and large, it’s IMAX-quality stuff. (The IMAX science movies, that is, not the cheap up-converted Hollywood flicks.) Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson don’t have a story to tell so much as an experience to share. They traveled to 25 countries over a five-year span to capture remarkable visuals, and it’s certainly a captivating show. They do not editorialize regarding the subjects they shoot, nor do they reach for a larger point of connectedness—except for the one that dawns on you as you watch: We’ve got a remarkable planet, and here’s a pretty good atlas for it. Boyd SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

In a decidedly stout year for documentaries, Searching for Sugar Man joins this summer’s The Imposter as a film that works outside of its seemingly impossible story to establish itself stylistically as well. That is not the way docs usually work. In this case, the film gains strength through its message of the timelessness of and hopefulness implied by music. It can be life-altering or even culture-altering. As hard as this story is to believe, you root for it every step of the way, over the course of some 40-odd years. From beginning to end, this is a fantastic journey and a great film. Boyd

OCTOBER 11 – 17, 2012




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CHOW In the Station Pub and Grill, northwestsiders have a great neighborhood hangout


Fun and Tasty

New: Pelio Grill Greek Cuisine and Catering The restaurant formerly known as The Fat Greek at 994 E. University Blvd. will have a new name and menu when it reopens later this year. Owner George Markou was forced to close the restaurant earlier this year when a water pipe broke in the space above the eatery, and he’s turning that into an opportunity to convert the place into Pelio Grill Greek Cuisine and Catering. The name comes from the Greek village where Markou’s father was raised and where Markou spent many summers as a child. Watch the progress at

BY JACQUELINE KUDER, ’m not a northwest-sider, but several of my friends and co-workers are, and they’re always complaining about a lack of decent neighborhood joints— locally owned places where you can grab a cold brew, catch a game, enjoy some grub and feel at home, whether you’re with your kids or your fantasy-football buddies. The Station Pub and Grill, tucked away in a shopping center at Wade and Silverbell roads, is the latest in a string of restaurants to occupy the spot in recent years—and hopefully, the Station’s owners will have better luck with their concept than the previous occupants. The Station is open for lunch, dinner and late-night fare, with the same menu available all day and night. The menu is not overly large, but has a reasonable selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers and a few entrées. On both of our visits, the restaurant was about half-full, and the service was prompt and friendly. I had never visited any of the establishments that previously occupied the space, so I can’t compare, but the décor is warm and welcoming, with cushy booths, a sleek bar area and several large flat-screen TVs scattered throughout, ensuring prime sports-viewing at pretty much every seat in the house. The beers are cold and reasonably priced, and there’s a decent selection of both draught and bottled beers—about 15 on tap, and another dozen or so in the bottle. A 16-ounce Firestone Union Jack ale and a 20-ounce Guinness set us back $5 each, and the 16-ounce Fat Tires were $3.75 each. (All draught beers except Guinness are available in a 16-ounce or a 22-ounce size.) The food is simple, inexpensive and good. It isn’t fancy; it isn’t gourmet; it is, with a few exceptions, tasty. The jalapeño poppers ($5.99) were far and away our favorite dish after our visits. Halved lengthwise, filled with a nice bit of cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and grilled until the bacon was crisp and caramelized, the poppers were served with a sweet-and-spicy raspberry-chipotle sauce. They were spicy, delicious and a welcome departure from the greasy, mass-manufactured deep-fried poppers too often on appetizer menus. My Western BBQ burger ($8.99) was also very good—the burger was cooked to medium, as specified, and it was juicy and flavorful. The combination of onion ring, bacon, provolone and burger was well-balanced. The BBQ sauce wasn’t so sweet as to dominate the entire dish, and the bun was soft, buttery and


Prickly Pears! The executive chef at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive, is making good use of this year’s prickly pear fruit. Chef Ken Harvey has been harvesting the cactus fruit from the resort grounds and using its brilliantly colored juice in popsicles, margaritas and other drinks. Harvey also uses the fruit to create glazes, sauerkraut and salad dressings. Sound tempting? Call 299-2020 for reservations or more information.


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Wings at the Station Pub and Grill. not too bready. The cheesesteak ($7.99) and the turkey melt ($7.99) were also pretty good, though the cheesesteak was a little light on the cheese and heavy on the bread, and the turkey melt could have spent a minute or two more on the griddle. Both sandwiches had great flavors and were both quite filling; the green chile on the melt was an especially nice addition. Portions are very generous at The Station— the sandwiches and burgers are large and then topped off a huge handful of fries, sweet-potato fries (which are absolutely delicious) or onion rings ($1 extra). The entrée portions are even larger—Ted ordered the battered cod ($10.99), which came with two side choices. The cod was light and moist; the batter was crispy, but it could have used a little more seasoning, though it was improved with a squirt of lemon and a dash of salt. The heap of steak fries that came

Liv Café and Bistro in St. Philip’s Plaza (4340 N. Campbell Ave.) is extending its dining hours and adding a nice selection of beer, wine and cocktails to its offerings. Manager Emily King tells us the café recently received its liquor license, and the plan is to start offering appetizers and small entrées until closing time at 9 p.m. The café currently offers breakfast and lunch until 3 p.m., with coffee, smoothies and pastries available after that. The changes should take effect around the middle of October. Watch for a brunch with mimosas before long;

The Station Pub and Grill

New: Lulu’s Shake Shoppe

8235 N. Silverbell Road, No. 105

The newest of Kade Mislinski’s downtown restaurant and bar holdings opens this Saturday, Oct. 13. Lulu’s Shake Shoppe will serve milkshakes, tater tots, hot dogs, French fries, candy and other casual foods. It will be located in a space behind Mislinski’s Hub Restaurant and Ice Creamery at 266 E. Congress St. Mislinski also owns the nearby Playground Bar and Lounge at 278 E. Congress St.

789-7040; Open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Plusses: Simple tasty pub food; friendly service; a good place to watch a game Minuses: Can get noisy; food often under-seasoned

with his fish were also well-cooked but underseasoned; sadly, the coleslaw was limp and a bit disappointing. All in all, The Station is a great corner pub with hearty portions of tasty, simple food where you can get a cold pint of decent beer for a reasonable price. The kitchen is quick, and the waitresses are friendly. There’s not much more you can ask for on a football Sunday.

New: Pollo #1 A new restaurant has opened in the former Tako Burger spot on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 35th Street. Pollo #1, as you can probably deduce, sells chicken in a variety of forms, including some very affordable to-go family deals.

OCTOBER 11 – 17, 2012



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p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. DIS, MC, V. This tiny place is one of Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better hot dog joints, offering wieners with fixings in the styles of Chicago, Coney Island, New York, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Texas BBQâ&#x20AC;? and, of course, Sonora. The bratwurst is delicious, and the odd charm of the placeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; with three indoor tables and a patio just off of busy Pima Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is undeniable. (5-19-11) $ T.G.I. FRIDAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S E 4901 E. Broadway Blvd. 745-3743. Open Sunday-

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&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good choice when a quick family lunch or dinnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not fancy or the least bit nouvelle, but if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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) $$-$$$$

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SAWMILL RUN NE 12976 N. Sabino Canyon Parkway. 576-9147. Open 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&#x20AC;&#x2122;s limited culinary scene. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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) $$-$$$

WILBURâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x201D;and ignored by locals. Wilburâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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AMERICANA ROBERTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RESTAURANT C 3301 E. Grant Road. 795-1436. Open MondaySaturday 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&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be beat, especially if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re watching the old budget. (6-24-04) $

Thursday 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-

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 dateand-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 Starr Pass Resort and Spa; it’s at the clubhouse at the Starr Pass Golf Club. (4-15-10) $$$ FAMOUS DAVE’S LEGENDARY PIT BAR-B-QUE NW 4565 N. Oracle Road. 888-1512. Open Sunday-

Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. 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) $-$$ FROG AND FIRKIN C 874 E. University Blvd. 623-7507. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.- 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.2 a.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. A Britishstyle pub with the heart of an outré bohemian, Frog and Firkin is not only a great place to grab a tasty brew, but a fine place to sate your appetite as well. $$-$$$ GENTLE BEN’S BREWING COMPANY C 865 E. University Blvd. 624-4177. Open MondaySaturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-10 p.m. Café/ Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Better-than-decent food and a heavenly selection of 10 brews just ripe for the sampling make Gentle Ben’s a welcome respite from your wearying day. $$ 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) $-$$ NIMBUS BISTRO AND BREWERY E 6464 E. Tanque Verde Road. 733-1111. Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. With a large selection of bottled and draught beers, Nimbus Bistro and Brewery is a great addition to the original. An upscale bar-food menu offers lots of delicious options, and don’t miss out on their signature dish, the “world famous” fried bologna sandwich. (1-710) $-$$ 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. $$

THE B LINE C 621 N. Fourth Ave. 882-7575. Open MondaySaturday 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 C 150 N. Main Ave. 628-8533. Open Monday-Wed 7

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) $ CAFÉ PASSÉ


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47 SCOTT C 47 N. Scott Ave. 624-4747. Open Monday-Friday 4-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-10 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) $-$$

8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Café/Full Bar. DIS, MC, V. Café Passe is a quirky coffee house, sandwich shop and neighborhood hangout in the heart of Tucson’s quirkiest area. Offering sandwiches, panini, salads, baked goods, coffees, teas, smoothies and other refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere, this is a go-to place for a break while shopping on Fourth Avenue. (10-1-09) $-$$ LA COCINA RESTAURANT, CANTINA AND COFFEE BAR C 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351. Open Monday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-

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10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. With creative fare that’s actually good for you, a little history and some unique, nifty shopping, La Cocina offers a most wonderful experience. Vegans, vegetarians and those with gluten issues have a full array of goodies. The world is the inspiration here: Corn cakes with maple syrup, sweet potato and corn enchiladas, edamame hummus and pad Thai are just a few of the choices. The courtyard is lovely; the cantina is funky and fun. And there’s brunch on weekends. (2-10-11) $-$$ CRYING ONION CAFÉ NW 3684 W. Orange Grove Road, Suite 156. 5311330. Open Saturday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Friday 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Café/No Alcohol. MC, V, Cash and checks. Big breakfast portions and friendly service are two reasons why this northwest-side eatery draws such big crowds. The baked goods from scratch are another reason. Try a scrambler or the cinnamon roll French toast for a real treat. You won’t walk away hungry, and your wallet won’t be depleted. (128-05) $ THE CUP CAFÉ C 311 E. Congress St. 798-1618. Open Sunday-

Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 7 a.m.midnight. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Variety offered in an energetic environment. The Cup makes for one of the best reasons to eat downtown. (1-23-03) $-$$ DAKOTA CAFE AND CATERING CO. E 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-7188. Open

Monday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, MC, V. Fresh salads, hot grills and taste-pleasing combinations make this casual setting a continuing favorite. $$-$$$ DELECTABLES RESTAURANT AND CATERING C 533 N. Fourth Ave. 884-9289. Open Sunday 10

a.m.-9 p.m.; Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Café/Full Bar. AMEX, MC, V. The bohemian atmosphere of Fourth Avenue is enhanced by the lasting presence of one of the most consistently delicious eateries in town. Delectables specializes in simple dishes elegantly prepared and is perfect for either fine dining or after-game snacks. Desserts are extraordinary, and the people-watching along the avenue can’t be beat. (1-20-00) $$ THE ECLECTIC CAFÉ E 7053 E. Tanque Verde Road. 885-2842. Open

Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Café/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V, Checks. A longstanding local café, the Eclectic excels at serving legendary breakfasts that feature fresh ingredients in robust portions. While service can be harried during peak hours, breakfast is worth the wait. Lunch and dinner are available, and while the menu dedicates itself to fresh ingredients, some of the other offerings aren’t as consistently solid as breakfast. Don’t miss the habit-forming chilaquiles, worth getting up and waiting in line for. (8-30-01) $


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EPIC CAFĂ&#x2030; C 745 N. Fourth Ave. 624-6844. Open daily 6 a.m.midnight. Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, MC, V. This is as close as you can get to Berkeley without leaving Tucson. The inexpensive, healthy food with fresh vegetables. The diverse crowd. The casual, occasionally cranky counter service. The art on the walls. The straws in the Viagralabeled container. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all there. (5-15-03) $ FEAST C 3719 E. Speedway Blvd. 326-9363. Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Chef Doug Levy takes usual ingredients and creates unusual, innovative and delectable fare. He changes the menu every month, which means two things: The menu is seasonally driven, and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get too attached to any one itemâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but whatever the month may be, everyone will find something to enjoy. Many of the items can be prepared gluten-free. The wine book is one of the best in town, and service seldom falters. (2-24-11) $$-$$$ FROGS ORGANIC BAKERY NW 7109 N. Oracle Road. 229-2124. Open Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Counter/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Owned by French bakers, Frogs prepares food with no chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors or trans fats. Ingredients are fresh, organic and from area farms. Menu offerings include moderately priced soup, sandwiches, salads, quiche and breakfast items. But you must visit to sample the terrific pastries. Choose from delectable fruit tarts, macarons, sticky buns, muffins and more. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the almond croissants and the dessert of the day. (1-5-12) $-$$

of galleries and artisan shops. The cafĂŠ is a wonderful addition, serving fresh, delicious food and local brews at affordable prices. Service is warm and friendly. Definitely try the guacamole. (9-20-12) $-$$ SEVEN CUPS C 2516 E. Sixth St. 881-4072. Open Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. CafĂŠ/ No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Tucson is lucky to have Seven Cups, a traditional Chinese teahouse that serves a variety of some of the best teas youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find anywhere. Order a pot of tea and a Japanese pastry, take in the calm elegance and forget that the outside world exists for an hour or two. (9-2-04) $-$$ SOMETHING SWEET DESSERT LOUNGE E 5319 E. Speedway Blvd. 881-7735. Open Monday and Tuesday 5 p.m.-midnight; Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11 a.m.-midnight; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. CafĂŠ/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Featuring dozens of desserts, late-night hours for the allages crowd, free wireless Internet and a book-exchange program, Something Sweet is carving out a new niche in Tucson. The colossal carrot cake is a wonder to behold. (1-22-04) $ SONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BAKERY CAFĂ&#x2030; E 5683 E. Speedway Blvd. 885-0806. Open Monday and Tuesday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. MC, V. Sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is an absolute gem, featuring amazing sandwiches and salads, and wonderful homemade desserts and pastries. Son, the proprietor, makes all the breads and baked goods himself, and he is a master. With the prices low and the service so welcoming and enthusiastic, Sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a delight in almost every way. (4-8-04) $


SUNNY DAZE CAFĂ&#x2030; S 4980 S. Campbell Ave. 295-0300. Open SundayTuesday 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday 6 a.m.-8 p.m. CafĂŠ/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Tasty, inexpensive food can be found in abundance at Sunny Dazeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but what really sets this southside cafĂŠ apart is its clean, tropical-themed dĂŠcor. The small, square room is decorated to the hilt, and definitely worth checking out. (11-6-08) $-$$

JASPER NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT AND BAR NE 6370 N. Campbell Ave., No. 160. 577-0326. Open Tuesday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday and Monday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Jasper, now in its third iteration, is a chic hangout spot for cocktails and tapas with a Peruvian twist. With delicious and shareable dishes like the piquillo rellenos or the escabeche de pescado, be sure to bring a few friends along. The breakfast and lunch offerings are nice, too. (7-14-11) $$-$$$

TOOLEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COFFEE SHOP C 299 S. Park Ave. No Phone. Open daily 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. Cash only. Simple, honest food makes this cafĂŠ worthy of repeat visits. Breakfast is big, but the lunches are also quite satisfying. Coffee and teas are plentiful, and the vibe is kicked-back and cool. The dĂŠcor is especially charming, with a patio that is ideal for alfresco dining. Be warned: Hours seem to change on a whim. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that laid-back. (3-26-09) $

JOELâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BISTRO C 806 E. University Blvd. 529-7277. Open daily 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday 5-8 p.m. Summer hours: open daily 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 5-8 p.m. Bistro/BYO. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Quiches, hot sandwiches, salads and a handful of regular entrĂŠes are all worth eating at Joelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro, but the star of the show is the crepes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a beautiful thing to dine on sweet, succulent fruit crepes on a gorgeous day in the university area. (3-31-05) $-$$

WILKO C 943 E. University Blvd. 792-6684. Open MondaySaturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Bistro/ Full Bar. DIS, MC, V. This gastropub is a wonderful addition to the university area; in fact, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a plus for the entire city. Artisan cheeses and meats are a big part of the menu. The Sonoran hot dog becomes the Sonoran bratwurst, locally made and topped with guindilla relish. Other entrĂŠes include delicious pasta and a wonderful tilapia. Desserts are top-notch, which is no surprise, since theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re made by the folks at The B Line. (8-11-11) $$

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11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Counter/BYO. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Craving some crawdads? Just gotta have a piece of pecan pie? We recommend heading over to Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. This teeny joint offers some of the Old Puebloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best Cajun cooking. This is truly down-home food, served simply, but with a lot of heart. (6-10-10) $$ THE PARISH NW 6453 N. Oracle Road. 797-1233. Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight. Bistro/Full Bar. MC, V. The Parish is a fine drinking establishment. Oh, and they serve food, tooâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;really good food. The Southern-fusion gastropub features dishes with a Cajun/Creole twist, and the bold flavors are served with a smile. Consider yourself warned: When something is described as spicy, they mean it. (3-8-12) $$

CHINESE BA-DAR CHINESE RESTAURANT E 7321 E. Broadway Blvd. 296-8888. Open TuesdayThursday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The range of flavors is not especially broad or intense, but with that caveat, the mix of Mandarin, Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine can be quite satisfying, with a particular variety of fish and seafood dishes. (10-30-08) $-$$ C. I. CHUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MONGOLIAN BARBECUE E 4540 E. Broadway Blvd. 881-4798. Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Diner. Beer, Wine and Sake. MC, V. Also at 7039 E. Tanque Verde Road (886-8619). C.I. Chuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s does Mongolian barbecue right. While the do-it-(mostly)yourself experience can be a bit confusing for first-time diners, this is a place to go for a relatively fast, affordable, uncomplicated and tasty bit of Asian food. (8-1204) $-$$ CHINA BOY C 1800 E. Fort Lowell Road, No. 136A. 867-8470. Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday noon-8 p.m. CafĂŠ/No Alcohol. DIS, MC, V. At this tiny midtown spot, the flavors are fresh and bright; the prices are reasonable; the portions are huge; and they pack up everything in those charming little white boxes. The family dinners offer a nice assortment of choices, and the lunch specials do, too. The Mongolian beef pops with flavor, and the orange chicken is a great version of this standby. The crystal shrimp could be addictingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the restaurant delivers, too! (10-20-11) $-$$


CHINA PASTA HOUSE C 430 N. Park Ave. 623-3334. Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/No Alcohol. MC, V. This small UA-area restaurant features the delicious cuisine of Dandong, China. Gruel, dumplings, buns and noodle dishes fill out the menu. The pasta quality may varyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sometimes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mushy; sometimes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but the food is always tasty. The spicy, peppery â&#x20AC;&#x153;hot and sour noodles with three shredded stuffâ&#x20AC;? is highly recommended. (5-3-12) $ CHINA PHOENIX NW 7090 N. Oracle Road, Suite 172. 531-0658. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. If you have a taste for dim sum on the weekend, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in for a cultural treat. The procuring of dumplings from pushcarts is a noisy business, but if you are hard up for dim sum, it will get you by. Dim sum is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (10-17-02) $-$$ DRAGON VIEW W 400 N. Bonita Ave. 623-9855. Open Monday-

Thursday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon-3 p.m. and 4-9:30 p.m.; Sunday noon3 p.m. and 4-8:30 p.m. Bistro/Beer and Wine. MC, V. Since original owner Harry Gee regained control of this secluded westside restaurant (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on a street that winds along the west side of the Santa Cruz between St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road and Congress Street), the fare is once again some of the best Chinese food in town. The duck, for one thing, is excellent, and the greens are also terrific if you let the staff guide your choice. (4-2-09) $-$$ DRAGON VILLAGE RESTAURANT NW 12152 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., No. 180. 2290388. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. While not matching the level of Bay Area Chinese restaurants, the crowded Dragon Village is perfectly fine by Tucson standards, with remarkable walnut shrimp and a good way with broccoli. (4-10-08) $


GOLDEN PHOENIX C 2854 E. 22nd St. 327-8008. Open daily 11 a.m.9:30 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. MC, V. The food here is consistently as good as what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d find in San Francisco or Hong Kong. Austere atmosphere, but when the kitchen is on, this place is it. $-$$ GREAT WALL CHINA S 2445 S. Craycroft Road. 514-8888. Open daily 11

a.m.-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The service is quick and friendly; the dĂŠcor is clean and welcoming. And the food? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consistently tasty, although the vegetarian offerings could use a boost. The pan-fried noodles are worth checking out, as is the not-too-sweet sesame chicken. Great Wall deserves to be part of the conversation when discussing Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top Chinese restaurants. (1-31-08) $$-$$$$ GUILIN CHINESE RESTAURANT C 3250 E. Speedway Blvd. 320-7768. Open Sunday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Hold on to your hats! With this venue, Tucson can boast itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home to honest-to-goodness Chinese food, full of the bright tastes and textures for which the cuisine is renowned everywhere but here in the Old Pueblo. Tons of vegetarian options and daily lunch specials make Guilin a must-stop. $-$$ HARVEST MOON NW 12125 N. Oracle Road, Suite D5. 825-5351.

Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, MC, V. Folks in Oro Valley can rejoice in the fact that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got one of the best Chinese restaurants in the area right in their backyard. Wonderful starters include the crab puffs, foil-wrapped chicken and pot stickers. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t-miss entrĂŠes include the crispy duck and the scrumptious crispy shrimp with spicy salt. Soups are yummy, too! (12-31-09) $$ IMPRESS HOT POT C 2610 N. First Ave. 882-3059. Open Monday-

Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sunday 1:30-10 p.m. Bistro/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Impress Hot Pot is Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Chinese hot-pot restaurant, and this do-it-yourself place is definitely worth a stop. Authentic Chinese flavors abound; try one of the many unique dishes like jellyfish, chicken feet or preserved eggs. Customize your own tasty hot pot with a plethora of ingredients and sauce optionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and be sure to bring friends to share. (11-3-11) $$ P.F. CHANGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CHINA BISTRO NW 1805 E. River Road. 615-8788. Open Monday-

Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. It may be more L.A. than Tucson, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no denying that this hip chain is one of Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular places to be seen and dine. Diners are rewarded with commendable fare and a chic, eclectic ambience. Servers are intimately familiar with the menu, so by all means, take their advice. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be sorry. (8-3-00) $$ PANDA HOUSE STIR-FRY NW 3725 W. Ina Road. 744-6200. Open Monday-

Saturday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Counter/ Diner/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Featuring buildyour-own stir fry and all-you-can-eat lunch Monday through Friday for less than $8. $-$$ PANDA VILLAGE E 6546 E. Tanque Verde Road. 296-6159. Open

Monday-Thursday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-9 p.m. Diner/ Beer and Wine. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had some extraordinary dinners at this Chinese venue. The kuo tieh, flavorful pork-filled dumplings lightly seared, are served with sauce of perfect fragrance and bite. $$ PEKING PALACE E 6970 E. 22nd St. 750-9614. Open daily 11 a.m.-9

p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Bright, fresh renditions of Chinese classics. The hot and sour soup, Peking duck and stir-fried shrimp and scallops are often worth the trip. $$-$$$

COFFEE HOUSES BENTLEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOUSE OF COFFEE AND TEA C 1730 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-0338. Open MondaySaturday 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Summer hours: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. CafĂŠ/Counter/No Alcohol. AMEX, DIS, MC, V, Checks. Delightful desserts, coffee you can get your hands around, and lip-smacking fresh salads and sandwiches make this standard a good choice. (4-19-01) $

OCTOBER 11 – 17, 2012



MUSIC Aimee Mann celebrates her eighth ghth studio release with a stop at the he Rialto

Aimee Mann

SOUNDBITES By Stephen Seigel,

Dramatic Contrasts

Jon Rauhouse

BY GENE ARMSTRONG, cclaimed singer-songwriter Aimee Mann creates the prettiest pop-rock melodies, only to wrap them around desperate, dark or heart-wrenching lyrics. That delicious conflict has been at the heart of Mann’s material throughout a solo career of more than 20 years. When asked about this during a recent interview, she admits she’s always had a weakness for dramatic contrast. “I think some of us just like that experience when you’re listening to a song that really makes you happy, because it has a good melody or great catchy hooks, and then you realize (there’s) something very dark in there,” she says. “It’s kind of subversive in a way, and I think pleasant melodies can coexist with dark subject matter.” Mann is on the road for a tour that will bring her and her band to Tucson for a gig Friday, Oct. 12, at the Rialto Theatre. Mann continues discussing sunny tunes and dark lyrics: “When I was a kid starting to pay attention to music, I heard a song by Gilbert O’Sullivan; it was ‘Alone Again (Naturally).’ It was quite lovely and sort of a bouncy, nicesounding pop song, and I really liked it. Then a friend of mine told me it’s about a guy who’s about to commit suicide. This kind of blew my mind, because it had never occurred to me that you could have these moments of doubt or darkness in a pop song, and it was an intense sort of awakening for me.” Mann’s eighth solo album, Charmer, recently released by her SuperEgo label, is packed with tunes so carefully crafted and richly produced that they sound like art songs hiding in a batch of infectious pop-rock recalling the Top 40 of the 1970s and ’80s. In fact, many of them are cushioned in undeniably catchy ’80s-style synth hooks and chiming guitars, while the subject matter addresses mental health, estrangement, emotional dislocation, trying life episodes and dark clouds in the heart. It makes sense that her new music would remind of decades past, since we first heard from Mann when she was the lead singer of ’Til Tuesday. Maybe you recall their big hit, “Voices Carry.” She says she doesn’t listen to a lot of her stuff from back then. “But when I do, I think it showed a lot of room for improvement. Sometimes, though, I’ll find maybe one line in each song that’s not too bad.” She picked up a guitar at about 12 and could play a Neil Young song or two, but she never understood the craft of music-making until she attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston, she says. “I started to learn about har-




mony and structure and theory, and things started to fall into place for me. I felt I was learning the basic tools for songwriting. And I started to learn the concepts of drama and the way pieces of storytelling come together.” Mann is gracious and patient as her interviewer gushes that her music education paid off in the depth and sophistication of her signature art-pop. She appreciates those traits in music, too, but demurs when such a description is applied to her work. “There are some artists who marry pop sensibility with good melodies and lyrics that try to go a little deeper. Those have always been the ones I pay attention to. I would never say my lyrics are deep, but I think I care about lyrics. It matters to me that they be as good as I can make them.” Because writing songs has never been especially easy for her, Mann is a devoted advocate of hard work. “There’s nothing that can beat the discipline of just sitting down and trying things out. You play through this song and that one, and you learn what works, what makes sense and what doesn’t. Not every song just springs out just fully grown and says what I want it to say right away.” She appreciates those who make music without seeming to try, such as her husband, singersongwriter Michael Penn. “I mean, he apparently used to sit down and learn Beatles songs by ear. I couldn’t ever do that. I could listen to it and maybe figure out a couple of chords, but some people have this natural ability. “Then there are some people, like Fiona Apple, who, at 15, was unbelievably polished and insightful, and it makes you wonder where that came from. Not everyone’s born that way, and some of us have to work at it.” Mann’s music often has been used in movies and TV shows, giving her dozens of credits on IMDb and gathering her nominations for Grammys, Golden Globes and even an Oscar. Those who’ve seen director Paul Thomas Anderson’s film Magnolia know why. Anderson

Aimee Mann with Field Report 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 Rialto Theatre 318 E. Congress St. $20 to $29; all ages 740-1000;

integrated Mann’s songs into the plot in inventive ways, allowing her work to represent emotional signposts throughout the movie. When members of the cast sing along to her “Wise Up,” it’s beautiful and chilling. “I love when movies use music creatively,” Mann says. “I think (Anderson) uses music as well as anyone does.” Mann recently sang the theme song, a cover of Malvina Reynolds’ “Little Boxes,” over the opening credits in the penultimate episode of the TV show Weeds. She’s also appeared onscreen here and there. Although Mann has only a handful of acting credits, they are memorable. Perhaps most memorable were her great cameo in The Big Lebowski (“I was in that for about three seconds”) and brilliantly playing herself in the sketch-comedy show Portlandia. She recently wrapped the forthcoming indie feature Pleased to Meet Me, in which she stars as a music producer with fellow musiciansturned-actors John Doe, Loudon Wainwright III and Joe Henry. Mann was pleased to invite the up-and-coming folk-rock band Field Report, which last month saw the release of its debut album, to be her opening act on the current tour. Chris Porterfield, leader of that group, will join Mann onstage for a duet of her tune “Living a Lie,” she says. That’s convenient, seeing as The Shins’ singer, James Mercer, who sang the song with her on Charmer, is on tour with his own band, which played Tucson last week.

Usually in this space, I explain that there’s so much great music stuff happening around town that it simply won’t fit in our print pages, and I implore you to check out our listings section for a more-complete picture. And that’s true again this week. But we’ve taken a mighty big step toward remedying that situation. Last week, we launched We Got Cactus, the Tucson Weekly’s dedicated music blog, to give more coverage to local happenings, as well as national ones, and lots of other music-related stuff. Thanks to Weekly web guy David Mendez, editor Jimmy Boegle, our stable of music writers (especially Eric Swedlund) and lots of others (look for entries soon by Al Perry, The Modeens’ Jamie Laboz and others), we hope to be able to cover more musical bases than ever before. Check it all out at

FOR YOUR READING AND LISTENING PLEASURE If you’ve read our City Week section, you already know about the Tucson Film and Music Festival, the annual film festival that focuses on films that are either about music or have some relation to the Southwest. Each year—this is the eighth—filmmaker Michael Toubassi (High and Dry) brings to town a slew of carefully selected documentaries, short films, narratives and music videos, many of which have won awards at previous festivals. As anyone who has attended knows, he consistently puts together a fantastic program. The problem is, not enough people have attended. If you’d like this treasure of a festival to continue in Tucson, do yourself and the rest of us a favor, and take in one of the many films this weekend that would otherwise never be shown here. (Past years have featured live music in conjunction with the films being shown; alas, that doesn’t seem to be the case as much this year.) There are certainly plenty of promising-looking movies, including documentaries on Andrew Bird, Bad Brains, TV on the Radio, and Johnny Cash’s troubled manager—and those are just the documentaries, not to mention screenings of music videos by local bands, narratives and short films. Events take place at several different spots around town, including Century El Con 20, the Loft Cinema, La Cocina and Cinema La Placita, 110 S. Church Ave., which is where the festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m., tonight, Thursday, Oct. 11, with a screening of Give Me the Banjo, a documentary about the titular instrument narrated by Steve Martin. TFMF events run through Sunday, Oct. 14. A full schedule and complete information are available at



FOR YOUR LISTENING AND DO-GOODER PLEASURE A trio of killer and worthwhile fundraisers are happening this week, if’n you feel like doing some good while taking in some great music. First up, tonight, Thursday, Oct. 11, is the annual Silent Auction to Benefit All Souls Procession at Surly Wench Pub, 424 N. Fourth Ave. Dozens of local artists including Jeff Smith, Valerie Galloway, Patricia Katchur, Mykl Wells, Mel Dominguez, Bottle Rocket and Krishna Bright have donated works to the cause (Many Mouths One Stomach, which produces the yearly procession), and bidding takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. After that, attendees will be treated to a show featuring Tucson’s spookiest band, The Mission Creeps, and a performance by the ladies of Black Cherry Burlesque. Admission is free. For more information, head to, or call 882-0009. It’s been a while since we’ve heard any new music from Black Sun Ensemble, the local psychedelic rock band led by the troubledgenius guitarist Bolt of Apollo (aka Jesus Acedo). Acedo surfaced a little more than a year ago to put together a benefit show for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona called Kitty Meow, Puppy Chow: Rescue Mission, which included performances by several local bands as well as a poetry reading by Acedo. (According to Acedo, the benefit raised just upwards of $1,000.) Acedo is reviving the benefit, which takes place this week at The Hut, but the best part of all is this: Black Sun Ensemble will be performing. The group, which has performed on and off, and in different configurations, since the 1980s, hasn’t performed live in more than five years. Additionally, the current lineup—Acedo, Eric Johnson, Joe E. Furno, Scott Kerr and Fonda Insley—has recorded a new album, Across the Sea of Id: The Way to Eden. Welcome back! But Black Sun isn’t the only band performing, of course. Here’s a full schedule for the event on Friday, Oct. 12: La Cerca (8 p.m.), Ricky Gelb (9 p.m.), Al Perry (9:30 p.m.), Black Sun Ensemble (10 p.m.), The Swigs (11 p.m.) and The Dead Chiefs (midnight). The Hut is located at 305 N. Fourth Ave. Cover is a suggested donation of $5, which will be donated to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Additionally, Chicago Music Store has donated a guitar and music lessons to be raffled off. For further details, head to huttucson. com or call 623-3200. As you likely know, the Tucson Folk Festival, which takes place each spring—the 2013 event will be the 28th annual fest—is one of the largest free festivals of its type in the Southwest, if not the country. But it’s certainly not free to produce, which means that the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association (TKMA), which puts on the event each year, raises funds through a series of inventive satellite events all year long. This week brings a mighty cool one. Folk legend Woody Guthrie, as you’ve no doubt heard, would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year, and the TKMA will pay homage by performing his songs at a benefit at La Cocina this weekend. The current lineup of performers includes Ron Pandy, Chet Gardiner, Ted Warmbrand, Wally Lawder, Eric Hansen, Robyn Landis, Joel Dvoskin, Mike Markowitz, Robert Oser, Bob Wilders, Ernie Votto, Wilbur Welsh, Bob Wilders, Greg Loumeau, Dennis Pepe, Steve Cox and several others.

TOP TEN The Swigs Tucson Meet Woody! runs from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, at La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave., as part of the Tucson Meet Yourself festival. Admission to the family-friendly event is a suggested donation of $10 to benefit TKMA. For more information, head to, or call La Cocina at 622-0351.

The 17th Street Guitar and World Music Store’s top sales for the week ending Oct. 5, 2012 1. Y la Orkesta Mambo Mexicano! (Cosmica)

2. Ron Pandy Truth and Other Lies (self-released)

3. Acero Acero (self-released)

FOR YOUR SPILLERSVIEWING PLEASURE A trio of bands on Burger Records (one of the best damn labels going right now) will be performing a free show at The District Tavern, 260 E. Congress St., starting at 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12: The Tough Shits (read a review of their latest album in this issue), Pop Zeus and, most notably for Tucsonans, The Freezing Hands, a new band fronted by Travis Spillers (The Creamys, The Knockout Pills, Los Federales). The band is lined up to release its debut album on Burger in the coming months; I’ve heard a rough version of it, and trust me when I say it is fucking awesome—and despite Spillers’ CV, it’s not just punk rock, but pop, instrumentals and ballads, too (including the touching ode to his wife and son, “Oh, Bird”). Congrats, Mr. Spillers!

ON THE BANDWAGON Jon Rauhouse on the Hotel Congress patio on Friday, Oct. 12; John Fogerty at AVA at Casino del Sol, next Thursday, Oct. 18; Opti Club Rock ’n’ Roll Dance Party with Bob Log III and Big Daddy Log at Club Congress, next Thursday, Oct. 18; Bryan Adams at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 16; Helmet, The Toadies and Ume at the Rialto Theatre, next Thursday, Oct. 18; Gardens and Villa and A House, A Home at Club Congress on Wednesday, Oct. 17; Tony Frank CD-release party at Elliott’s on Congress on Monday, Oct. 15; The Jealous Sound and Daytrader at Plush, next Thursday, Oct. 18; Big Business and Skycrawler at Club Congress on Friday, Oct. 12; Busdriver, Nocando, Open Mike Eagle and Mossferatu at Plush on Sunday, Oct. 14; Warm Soda, The Resonars, Secret Highway Secrets and Brittany Katter at La Cocina, next Thursday, Oct. 18; Womb Tomb, Grave Babies, Sleep Like Trees and Boo Boo Kiss at Topaz on Wednesday, Oct. 17; Pete Fine’s Beyond Words and Cecile Hortensia at Plush on Saturday, Oct. 13; AWOLnation, Imagine Dragons and Zeale at the Rialto Theatre on Monday, Oct. 15; “Blue, Blues and Boogie Woogie” featuring Joe Bourne, Arthur Migliazza, Doug Davis, Larry Lee Lerma and Tom Walbank at the Westin La Paloma on Friday, Oct. 12; Mako Sica, Peaks, Still Life Telescope and Dream Sick at The HangArt, next Thursday, Oct. 18; Monster Pussy, Kite Sun Kid, Hibris and Hip Don’t Dance at Tucson Live Music Space on Saturday, Oct. 13. There’s still plenty of great stuff we didn’t get to here, so check our listings.

4. Stefan George and the Fellow Travelers Blue House (self-released)

5. Gabriel Sullivan Where the Bad Ones Go (Fell City)

6. Namoli Brennet Black Crow (Flaming Dame)

7. Mitzi Cowell and the Valiants Just the Blues (self-released)

8. Fred Knipe Swimming With Tigers (self-released)

9. Gabriel Sullivan and Taraf de Tucson None of This Is Mine (Fell City)

10. The Mollys Live at El Casino Ballroom (self-released)

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CLUB LIST Here is a list of venues that offer live music, dancing, DJ music, karaoke or comedy in the Tucson area. We recommend that you call and confirm all events. APPLEBEE’S ON GRANT 4625 E. Grant Road. 319-0544. ARIZONA INN 2200 E. Elm St. 325-1541. ARMITAGE WINE LOUNGE AND CAFÉ 2905 E. Skyline Drive, No. 168. 682-9740. THE AULD DUBLINER 800 E. University Blvd. 206-0323. AZUL RESTAURANT LOUNGE Westin La Paloma, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. 742-6000. THE BAMBOO CLUB 5870 E. Broadway Blvd., No. 524. 514-9665. THE BASHFUL BANDIT 3686 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-8996. BEAU BRUMMEL CLUB 1148 N. Main Ave. 622-9673. BEDROXX 4385 W. Ina Road. 744-7655. BEST WESTERN ROYAL SUN INN AND SUITES 1015 N. Stone Ave. 622-8871. BIG WILLY’S RESTAURANT AND SPORTS GRILL 1118 E. Sixth St. 882-2121. THE BISBEE ROYALE 94 Main St. Bisbee. (520) 432-6750. 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. THE BREEZE PATIO BAR AND GRILL Radisson Suites. 6555 E. Speedway Blvd. 731-1414. BREWD: A COFFEE LOUNGE 39 N. Sixth Ave. 623-2336. BRODIE’S TAVERN 2449 N. Stone Ave. 622-0447. BUFFALO WILD WINGS 68 N. Harrison Road. 296-8409. BUMSTED’S 500 N. Fourth Ave. 622-1413. CAFÉ PASSÉ 415 N. Fourth Ave. 624-4411. THE CANYON’S CROWN RESTAURANT AND PUB 6958 E. Tanque Verde Road. 8858277. 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. CHUY’S MESQUITE BROILER 22ND STREET 7101 E. 22nd St. 722-5117. CIRCLE S SALOON 16001 W. El Tiro Road. Marana. 682-5377. CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. LA COCINA RESTAURANT, CANTINA AND COFFEE BAR 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351. COLT’S TASTE OF TEXAS STEAKHOUSE 8310 N. Thornydale Road. 572-5968. 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. 294-7777. DIABLOS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL 2545 S. Craycroft Road. 514-9202. THE DISTRICT 260 E. Congress St. 792-0081. DON’S BAYOU CAJUN COOKIN’ 8991 E. Tanque Verde Road. 749-4410. DRIFTWOOD BAR 2001 S. Craycroft Road. 790-4317. DRY RIVER COMPANY 800 N. Kolb Road. 298-5555. 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. ESPRESSO ART CAFÉ 942 E. University Blvd. 404-6515. FAMOUS SAM’S BROADWAY 1830 E. Broadway Blvd. 884-0119. FAMOUS SAM’S E. GOLF LINKS 7129 E. Golf Links Road. 296-1245. FAMOUS SAM’S SILVERBELL 2320 N. Silverbell Road. 884-7267. FAMOUS SAM’S VALENCIA 3010 W. Valencia Road. 883-8888. FAMOUS SAM’S W. RUTHRAUFF 2480 W. Ruthrauff Road. 292-0492. FAMOUS SAM’S IRVINGTON 2048 E. Irvington Road. 889-6007. FAMOUS SAM’S ORACLE 8058 N. Oracle Road. 531-9464. FAMOUS SAM’S PIMA 3933 E. Pima St. 323-1880. FOX AND HOUND SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN Foothills Mall, 7625 N. La Cholla Blvd. 575-1980. FROG AND FIRKIN 874 E. University Blvd. 623-7507. LA FUENTE 1749 N. Oracle Road. 623-8659. FUKU SUSHI 940 E. University Blvd. 798-3858. GENTLE BEN’S BREWING COMPANY 865 E. University Blvd. 624-4177. GJ’S COFFEEHOUSE 5950 N. La Canada Drive. GOLD Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road. 917-2930, ext. 474. THE GRILL AT QUAIL CREEK 1490 Quail Range Loop. Green Valley. 393-5806. GUADALAJARA GRILL EAST 750 N. Kolb Road. 296-1122. GUADALAJARA GRILL WEST 1220 E. Prince Road. 323-1022. HACIENDA DEL SOL 5601 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. 299-1501. HIDEOUT BAR AND GRILL 1110 S. Sherwood Village Drive. 751-2222. THE HIDEOUT 3000 S. Mission Road. 791-0515. HILDA’S SPORTS BAR 1120 Circulo Mercado. Rio Rico. (520) 281-9440. 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 EVENT CENTER 1365 W. Grant Road. 206-0405. LI’L ABNER’S STEAKHOUSE 8500 N. Silverbell Road. 744-2800. LB SALOON 6925 E. Broadway Blvd. 886-8118. LOOKOUT BAR AND GRILLE AT WESTWARD LOOK RESORT 245 E. Ina Road. 297-1151. LOTUS GARDEN RESTAURANT 5975 E. Speedway Blvd. 298-3351. MARGARITA BAY 7415 E. 22nd St. 290-8977. MAVERICK 6622 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-0430. MAYNARDS MARKET AND KITCHEN 400 N. Toole Ave. 545-0577. MCMAHON’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 2959 N. Swan Road. 327-7463. 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. O’SHAUGHNESSY’S 2200 N. Camino Principal. 296-7464. OUTLAW SALOON 1302 W. Roger Road. 888-3910. PAPPY’S DINER 1300 W. Prince Road. 408-5262. PARADISO BAR AND LOUNGE Casino Del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road. (800) 344-9435. THE PARISH 6453 N. Oracle Road. 797-1233. LA PARRILLA SUIZA 2720 N. Oracle Road. 624-4300. PEARSON’S PUB 1120 S. Wilmot Road. 747-2181. PLAYGROUND BAR AND LOUNGE 278 E. Congress St. 396-3691. PLUSH 340 E. Sixth St. 798-1298. PURGATORY 1310 S. Alvernon Way. 795-1996. PUTNEY’S 6090 N. Oracle Road. 575-1767. 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. 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. RUNWAY BAR AND GRILL 2101 S. Alvernon Way. 790-6788. RUSTY’S FAMILY RESTAURANT AND SPORTS GRILLE 2075 W. Grant Road. 623-3363. SACRED MACHINE 245 E. Congress St., Suite 123. 777-7403. SALTY DAWG II 6121 E. Broadway Blvd., No. 106. 790-3294. SAM HUGHES PLACE CHAMPIONSHIP DINING 446 N. Campbell Ave. 747-5223. SAPPHIRE LOUNGE 61 E. Congress St. 624-9100. SHERATON HOTEL AND SUITES 5151 E. Grant Road. 323-6262. SHOOTERS STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON 3115 E. Prince Road. 322-0779. SHOT IN THE DARK CAFÉ 121 E. Broadway Blvd. 882-5544. SINBAD’S FINE MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE 810 E. University Ave. 623-4010. SIR VEZA’S TACO GARAGE WETMORE 220 W. Wetmore Road. 888-8226. SKY BAR 536 N. Fourth Ave. 622-4300. THE SKYBOX RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR 5605 E. River Road. 529-7180. THE SLAUGHTER HOUSE 1102 W. Grant Road. 889-0441. SOLAR CULTURE 31 E. Toole Ave. 884-0874. STADIUM GRILL 3682 W. Orange Grove Road. Marana. 877-8100. THE STATION PUB AND GRILL 8235 N. Silverbell Road. 789-7040. 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. TOPAZ 657 W. St. Mary’s Road, No. C1A. TRIDENT GRILL 2033 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-5755. TUCSON LIVE MUSIC SPACE 125 W. Ventura St. UNICORN SPORTS LOUNGE 8060 E. 22nd St., No. 118. 722-6900. V FINE THAI 9 E. Congress St. 882-8143. VFW POST #4903 1150 N. Beverly Ave. 881-0184. WESTIN LA PALOMA 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. 742-6000. WHISKEY TANGO 140 S. Kolb Road. 344-8843. WILDCAT HOUSE 1801 N. Stone Ave. 622-1302. WINGS-PIZZA-N-THINGS 8838 E. Broadway Blvd. 722-9663. WISDOM’S CAFÉ 1931 E. Frontage Road. Tumacacori. 398-2397. WOODEN NICKEL 1908 S. Country Club Road. 323-8830. WOODY’S 3710 N. Oracle Road. 292-6702. WORLD FAMOUS GOLDEN NUGGET 2617 N. First Ave. 622-9202. ZEN ROCK 121 E. Congress St. 624-9100.

THU OCT 11 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Bob Linesch Boondocks Lounge Ned Sutton and Last Dance The Breeze Patio Bar and Grill Live music Café Passé The John Einweck Jazz Quartet Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Live classical guitar Chicago Bar Neon Prophet Club Congress Lower Dens La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Stefan George, Dream Sick, The New Trust, Womb Tomb Desert Diamond Casino Monsoon Nightclub Phase 5 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 Las Cazuelitas Event Center Live music McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Lounge: Susan Artemis Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Peter McLaughlin, Sam DuPont O’Malley’s Live music On a Roll Live music O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge Floydshow (Pink Floyd tribute) RPM Nightclub 80’s and Gentlemen Rialto Theatre Xzibit Sheraton Hotel and Suites Prime Example Sky Bar Live music The Steakout Restaurant and Saloon Andrew Cooper Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Surly Wench Pub All Soul’s Procession benefit: The Mission Creeps, Black Cherry Burlesque Whiskey Tango Live music

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

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

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FRI OCT 12 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed The Bamboo Club Live music The Bashful Bandit Live music Bedroxx DJ Du and the Cooper Meza Band 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 Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler 22nd Street Bobby Wilson Club Congress Early show: Jon Rauhouse. Late show: Big Business La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar The Greg Morton Band Cow Palace Live music Dakota Cafe and Catering Co. John Ronstadt and Howard Wooten Delectables Restaurant and Catering Ron Doering The District The Tough Shits, Pop Zeus, The Freezing Hands Dry River Company The Dig Ups El Mezón del Cobre Mariachi Azteca El Parador Descarga, Salsarengue, Tito y Su Nuevo Son Famous Sam’s E. Golf Links Shell Shock La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music Hacienda del Sol Freddy Vesely The Hideout Sol Down The Hut La Cerca, Ricky Gelb, Al Perry, Black Sun Ensemble, The Swigs, The Dead Chiefs Irish Pub Liquid Skye featuring Jeff Carlson Las Cazuelitas Event Center Mariachis Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse Arizona Dance Hands Maverick Flipside McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Patio: Day Job, Lounge: Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky Mint Cocktails Barbara Harris Band Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Blackcat Bones Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi Los Cubanos Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Mothership Connection and Captain Antenna Old Father Inn Live music O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge Latino Rebel Band The Parish Live music La Parrilla Suiza Mariachi music Plush Heather Hardy Redline Sports Grill Giant Blue Rialto Theatre Aimee Mann, Field Report Ric’s Cafe/Restaurant Live music River’s Edge Lounge Wild Ride RJ’s Replays Sports Pub and Grub Five Way Street The Rock Bangarang, Desert Fish, Serenity From Ruin, Annabels Ashes Runway Bar and Grill S.W.C. Shooters Steakhouse and Saloon Andy Hersey Shot in the Dark Café Mark Bockel The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar 80’s and Gentlemen The Slaughter House The Mission Creeps, Outside Verona Stadium Grill Live music Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Tanque Verde Swap Meet Live music Westin La Paloma Joe Bourne, Arthur Migliazza Whiskey Tango Live music Woody’s Susan Artemis

KARAOKE/OPEN MIC Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y-Not Karaoke Brats Brodie’s Tavern Driftwood Bar 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 Music Box Karaoke with AJ

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 Big Willy’s Restaurant and Sports Grill DJ Obi-Wan Kenobi 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 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 Fuku Sushi DJ spins music IBT’s CelloFame Javelina Cantina DJ M. 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, Elemental Artistry Fire-Dancing The Station Pub and Grill Chubbrock Entertainment Unicorn Sports Lounge Y Not Entertainment Wildcat House Top 40 dance mix Wooden Nickel DJ spins music Zen Rock DJ Kidd Kutz

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SAT OCT 13 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Dennis Reed The Bashful Bandit Live music The Bisbee Royale Giant Giant Sand The Bone-In Steakhouse Bobby Wilson Boondocks Lounge The Railbirdz Brewd: A Coffee Lounge Bobby Ronstadt Café Passé Country Saturdays Cascade Lounge George Howard Chicago Bar Neon Prophet La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Mitzi Cowell 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 Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl Don’s Bayou Cajun Cookin’ Melody Louise 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 La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente GJ’s Coffeehouse Super Vision, Romans Road Gold Live music Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music Hacienda del Sol Freddy Vesely The Hideout Los Bandidos The Hut The Tangelos and guests Iguana Cafe The Benjamins Irish Pub The Cobras Bluesrockin’ Band Las Cazuelitas Event Center Mariachis Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse Arizona Dance Hands Lookout Bar and Grille at Westward Look Resort Live acoustic Maverick Flipside McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Lounge: Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky Mint Cocktails Live music Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café Arthur Migliazza Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi The Bishop/Nelly Duo Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Live music Nimbus Brewing Company Taproom Dashpocket O’Malley’s SKITN Old Pueblo Grille Jazz Jam with Pete Swan Trio







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Walter Gonçalves has been a fixture within Tucson’s indie scene since the formation of his post-punk group Early Black in 2007. His singing, guitar-playing and songwriting have helped earn Early Black a substantial local following for fans of underground protogoth rock, as played in the late 1970s. Joshua Levine,

What was the first concert you ever saw? The Ramones in Mexico City during the Mondo Bizarro tour, when I was 15 years old. What are you listening to these days? Interpol’s Turn on the Bright Lights; Siouxsie and the Banshees’ The Peel Sessions; and The Chameleons’ Script of the Bridge. What was the first album you owned? I think it was Michael Jackson’s Thriller. I remember listening to it as a very young kid with headphones, and it was incredible! What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get? Most country music. I’m not talking about Johnny Cash or other awesome country musicians, but the garbage I hear every once in a while on TV or the radio. What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live? Joy Division. Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure? Tough to answer. I don’t feel guilty about any of my musical pleasures, but maybe listening to Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works too much when I was, like, 13 … a little too pretentious. What song would you like to have played at your funeral? Joy Division’s “Atmosphere.” What band or artist changed your life, and how? The Cure. Listening to their early albums really changed my outlook on music. Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time? That’s an almost-impossible question to answer. I’d say My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless. Want more 9Q? Check out 9Q+1 on We Got Cactus, the Tucson Weekly music blog!

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THE SHINS, WASHED OUT, SAD BABY WOLF RIALTO THEATRE Wednesday, Oct. 3 The last Shins show in Tucson was sweaty— sweaty—without air conditioning at the Rialto Theatre, and with sound that too often became muddy at the loud and low ends. It was a last hurrah, of sorts, that June night in 2004, before a six-month transformation turned the Rialto around in both sound and experience. The Shins, too, have made plenty of changes. James Mercer—mercurial, perhaps, but an incredibly gifted songwriter—reloaded his ranks with new players (most notably keyboardist Richard Swift and lead-guitarist Jessica Dobson), bringing a six-piece powerhouse of a band back to Tucson. If The Shins had burst on the scene with this 2012 incarnation, the band might have been described as the new American Radiohead, rather than the little indie band that could (change your life). The thing is, the songs from 2001’s breakout Oh, Inverted World and this year’s far-more-polished Port of Morrow aren’t that different at the core. Though Port of Morrow led the night in terms of song selection, the distribution among the four Shins albums was nearly even. The set popped open with “Kissing the Lipless,” the calm-to-soaring hit from 2003’s Chutes Too Narrow. Then came “Caring Is Creepy” from the band’s debut, and “Simple Song,” the lead single from Morrow. It was seamless. Other highlights: “Phantom Limb” bringing the crowd up a notch with an arm-swaying sing-along; and Mercer strapping on his acoustic guitar for “New Slang,” the star-maker, a fan favorite still, but one of many instead of the one. The encore featured the dancey “No Way Down,” but then the band let the wind out of the sails a bit, going from an old down-tempo B-side to a longish freak-out version of “One by One All Day.” I wanted just one more pop gem—“Girl Inform Me,” “Fighting in a Sack” or “Turn on Me” would’ve all served as fine closeout songs. Earlier, Atlanta’s Washed Out played a synthheavy chillwave set that was meatier and funkier with a full live band than on record. And Albuquerque’s Sad Baby Wolf, featuring two former Shins, delivered punchy rock ’n’ roll with an edge of throwback 1980s Britpop. Eric Swedlund

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Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

On the debut by Philadelphia’s The Tough Shits, one is treated to a cartoon by comic artist Avi Spivak, depicting a cast of characters partying on a seedy boardwalk. It’s an indicator of lyrical themes. The realm of The Tough Shits is an insular world of early adulthood: the trials of being let loose for the first time. Being broke. Wanting to date. Not wanting to date. “Chinatown Bus” is a highlight reminiscent of Richard Hell’s “Down at the Rock and Roll Club.” It relates the dubious task of taking unlicensed buses to date someone in another town. The journey itself is stated in a simple sentiment: “I hope you get a better seat than I did last week.” Rather than describing the bus ride at length, the lyrics weave thoughts about the ongoing affair with allusions to the ride: “I’ve been down to see you since the moment I saw you.” A horrible bus ride can be exciting when sex is at the other end. The melodies created by the five-piece fuse the advanced pop sensibilities of later Replacements material with the energy of The Exploding Hearts. More than a party record, it’s rock music with a calculated punk influence. The album is like being alone on a roller coaster when you’re young: It’s exciting, and your parents seem far away. Billups Allen

The Drowning Men perform with Logan Greene and the Bricks at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at Solar Culture Gallery, 31 E. Toole Ave.; $8 advance; $10 day of; all ages; 884-0874.

The Tough Shits perform with Freezing Hands (Travis Spillers’ new band) and Pop Zeus at The District Tavern, 260 E. Congress St., at 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; free; 791-0082.

Tribute albums can be a mixed bag, but this new release is filled with more hits than misses. What can you expect when you pair such top-notch material—drawn pretty much from throughout the band’s career—with creative interpreters such as Marianne Faithfull, Antony Hegarty, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren and St. Vincent? This has many familiar names, and some less so, allowing for the occasional discovery. Probably the big find is blues-belter Trixie Whitley, the 25-year-old daughter of the late Chris Whitley and a member of Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub. She contributes an amazing slowburn interpretation of “Before the Beginning.” Another surprise is the appearance of ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons on a turbo-charged version of the blues stomper “Oh Well,” a Peter Green composition with which Fleetwood Mac had a major hit in 1969. Lee Ranaldo and J Mascis bring a noisy avantgarde flavor to the psychedelic British folk of “Albatross.” Many listeners will be drawn to covers of classics from the Buckingham-Nicks era of the band. Most notably, Gardens and Villa take on “Gyspy,” while The Kills tackle “Dreams.” The most-daring revision is a cheerful, summery “Rhiannon” by Best Coast. Karen Elson, however, doesn’t bring much new to “Gold Dust Woman.” The New Pornographers take their signature brand of pop-rock smarts to “Think About Me,” and their robust multi-part vocal harmonies do the song justice. Speaking of great voices, Hegarty lends his to a melancholy “Landslide,” which is sexy and demure at the same time. Gene Armstrong


The Drowning Men are trying for a lot of things at once: The Oceanside, Calif., quintet blend folk, stately indie rock, dark subject matter, occasional bursts of punk energy and more. It’s hit and miss, but All of the Unknown offers a lot of quality songs. “Lost in a Lullaby” opens the band’s second album with a folky mandolin strum, but adds in a sharp electric guitar and walloping rhythm section almost immediately. “The Waltz” is almost gothic folk, a gruff tale of sin and redemption. Songs like “Smile,” “A Fool’s Campaign” and “Questioning (A Big Ole’ Sham)” bring it all together—atmospheric guitars, pounding drums and bass, and layered keyboards. That’s when the band is at its best, inching toward the type of swelling indie rock advanced by Arcade Fire, but The Drowning Men stand out by going for grit rather than grandeur. The piano-based tracks— “A Long, Long Walk” and “A Better Place”—and the quiet instrumental “Life in the Willow Tree” don’t quite work as well. Listeners’ mileage will vary based on impressions of front-man Nato Bardeen’s vocals and lyrics. At times, he’s reaching a bit too far for the doom poetry of Nick Cave, but elsewhere, he excels with compact, vivid imagery. The Drowning Men are certainly a band to watch. Eric Swedlund



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MEDICAL MJ Green Halo is poised to become Arizona’s first medical-marijuana dispensary

Pending Inspection BY J.M. SMITH, He doesn’t think the state is intentionally he first medical-marijuana stalling. The system is new, and there have dispensary in the state could very been a few glitches, including problems with well be in Tucson—and it could be dispensary-agent login at the DHS website. open soon if the state crosses a few T’s and Sobel thinks the DHS is acting in good faith dots some I’s. and will clear the glitches soon. He hopes so, in “We’re ready to open doors, pending their any event—because he has done everything inspection,” said Ken Sobel, who plans two local dispensaries under the name Green Halo: possible to open quickly. “We have patients who need safe access to one at 7710 S. Wilmot Road, near Interstate 10, medication. We felt obligated to open as soon and one at 4045 E. 29th St., just east of as possible,” he said. Alvernon Way. By last week, the state had issued 33 Green Halo was the first dispensary dispensary-registration certificates statewide, operator in the state to call for a site including the two for Green Halo. All were inspection, which is the last step before doled out after a lottery on Aug. 8. If you count opening. Green Halo told the Department of the Pascua Yaqui Health Services on Nation and the San Sept. 29 that the Xavier District of the Wilmot Road site is Tohono O’odham ready. As of Oct. 5, the Nation, there are 15 state had not dispensary zones responded. The rules (Community Health are a bit vague, Analysis Areas) in according to Sobel, and around metro but it appears the Tucson. No one DHS has “about 45 applied to open in days” to inspect the three of those—the building and either city’s westside and the approve or reject the tribal lands. By late application. Sobel is last week, the state sure the site—which had issued has all of the registration necessary city certificates in five approvals—will pass. local CHAAs. Of “We’ve done those, only Green everything we can do,” Halo had asked for an he said recently. inspection. The opening of a It seems the train dispensary would cap has left the station. a lengthy process that Because the rules are began after the state set, it would take a published the rules court order to halt the last year. Green Halo opening of (a different entity TUCSON, AZ dispensaries now, said from the Green Halo DHS spokeswoman Caregiver Collective, Carol Vack. She didn’t which was busted by see anything in the rules that would allow the the Counter Narcotics Alliance in July) put DHS to stop the dispensaries. together something in the neighborhood of Rumors are flying about other dispensary 1,200 pages of documentation on everything openings, but other operators are keeping from occupancy (approved by the city) to the mum. Perhaps they’re waiting to see how square footage of the lobby (it has to be at least Green Halo fares before wading in. 25 percent of the total square footage, which Props to Green Halo for forging a path for the can’t be more than 2,500) to the qualified others. Now I guess we just hurry up and wait. I dispensary agent (background check, thank have long had a sneaking suspicion that Gov. Jan you very much). and Generalissimo Horne will step in once again “It’s not easy. It’s probably the mostto block the opening of dispensaries, but it seems regulated small business you can imagine,” they are running out of reasons to do so. Sobel said.


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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny. Go to to check out Rob Brezsny’s EXPANDED WEEKLY HOROSCOPE 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700 $1.99 per minute. 18 and over. Touchtone phone required. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Ten percent of all sexually suggestive text messages are delivered to the wrong number. Take precautions to make sure you’re not among that 10 percent in the coming weeks. It will be extra important for you to be scrupulous in communicating about eros and intimacy. The stakes will be higher than usual. Togetherness is likely to either become more intensely interesting, or more intensely confusing—and it’s largely up to you which direction it goes in. For best results, express yourself clearly and with maximum integrity. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): If it were within my power, I’d help you identify the new feelings you have not yet been able to understand. I would infuse you with the strength you would need to shed the wornout delusions that are obstructing your connection to far-more-interesting truths. And I would free you from any compulsion you have to live up to expectations that are not in alignment with your highest ideals. Alas, I can’t make any of these things happen all by myself. So I hope you will rise to the occasion and perform these heroic feats under your own power. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972) was a Gemini. He liked to depict seemingly impossible structures, like stairways in which people who climbed to the top arrived at the bottom. I nominate him to be your patron saint in the coming week. You should have his talent for playing with tricks and riddles in ways that mess with everyone’s boring certainties. Here are four Escher quotes you can feel free to use as your own. 1. “Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” 2. “My work is a game, a very serious game.” 3. “I think it’s in my basement; let me go upstairs and check.” 4. “Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.” CANCER (June 21-July 22): The Venus flytrap is a remarkable plant that gobbles up insects and spiders. Its leaves do the dirty work, snapping shut around its unsuspecting prey. Evolution has made sure that the flowers of the Venus flytrap sit atop a high stalk at a safe distance from where all the eating takes place. This guarantees that pollinators visiting the flowers don’t get snagged by the carnivorous leaves below. So the plant gets both of its main needs met: a regular supply of


food, and the power to disseminate its seeds. I’ll ask you to derive a lesson from all this, Cancerian. Be sure that in your eagerness to get the energy you need, you don’t interfere with your ability to spread your influence and connect with your allies. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A sinuous and shimmering archetype that begins with the letter “s” has been trying to catch your attention, Leo—sometimes in subliminal and serpentine ways. Why haven’t you fully tuned in yet? Could it be because you’re getting distracted by mildly entertaining but ultimately irrelevant trivia? I’m hoping to shock you out of your erroneous focus. Here’s the magic trigger code that should do the trick: Psssssssssst! Now please do what you can to make yourself very receptive to the slippery, spidery signals of the simmeringly sublime surge. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don’t burn down a bridge you haven’t finished building yet. OK, Virgo? Don’t try to “steal” things that already belong to you, either. And resist the urge to flee from creatures that are not even pursuing you. Catch my drift? Stop yourself anytime you’re about to say nasty things about yourself behind your own back, and avoid criticizing people for expressing flaws that you yourself have, and don’t go to extraordinary lengths to impress people you don’t even like or respect. Pretty please? This is a phase of your astrological cycle when you should put an emphasis on keeping things simple and solid and stable. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Hello Dear Sir: I would like to place a large order for yellow chicken curry, cherry cream cheese cupcakes, and sour, malty Belgian golden ale. It’s for my birthday party this Saturday, and will need to serve exactly 152 people. My agent will pick it up at 11 a.m. Please have it ready on time. —Ms. Lori Chandra. Dear Ms. Chandra: I am an astrologer, not a caterer, so I’m afraid I can’t fulfill your order. It’s admirable that you know so precisely what you want and are so authoritative about trying to get it— but please remember how crucial it is to seek the fulfillment of your desires from a source that can actually fulfill them. You’re a Libra, right? Your birthday is this week? Thanks for giving me an excuse to send this timely message to all of your fellow Libras.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Here comes the big reveal of the month; the trick ending of the year; and maybe the most unusual happiness of the decade: Any day now, you will get the chance to decipher the inside story that’s beneath the untold story that’s hidden within the secret story. I won’t be surprised if one of your mostsophisticated theories about the nature of reality gets cracked, allowing you to at recover at least a measure of primal innocence. I suggest you start practicing the arts of laughing while you cry, and crying while you laugh, right now. That way, you’ll be all warmed up when an old style of give-and-take comes to an end, ultimately making way for a more-profound, new give-and-take. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): There’s almost nothing about the dandelion that humans can’t make use of. People of many different countries have eaten its buds, leaves and greens. Besides being tasty, it contains high levels of several vitamins and minerals. Its flowers are the prime ingredient in dandelion wine, and its roots have been turned into a coffee substitute. Herbalists from a variety of tra-

ditions have found medicinal potency in various parts of the plant. Last but not least, dandelions are pretty and fun to play with! In the coming weeks, Sagittarius, I invite you to approach the whole world as if it were a dandelion. In other words, get maximum use and value out of every single thing with which you interact. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Intellect confuses intuition,” asserted painter Piet Mondrian. I don’t think that’s always true, even for creative artists. But in the coming week, I suspect it’ll be important for you to take into consideration. So make sure you know the difference between your analytical thinking and your gut-level hunches, and don’t let your thinking just automatically override your hunches. Here’s more helpful advice from painter Robert Genn: “The job of the intellect is to give permission to the intuition, and it’s the job of intuition to know when intellect is once again appropriate.” AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s time to seek help from outside of the magic circle you usually stay inside. You need to call

on extracurricular resources—people and animals and deities who can offer useful interventions and delightful serendipity and unexpected deliverance. The remedies that work for you most of the time just won’t be applicable in the coming days. The usual spiritual appeals will be irrelevant. I’m not saying that you are facing a dire predicament; not at all. What I’m suggesting is that the riddles you will be asked to solve are outside of the purview of your customary guides and guidelines. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): These days, lobsters are regarded as a luxury food, but that wasn’t the case among early Americans. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the large crustaceans were meals that were thought to be suitable only for poor people and prisoners. Wealthy folks wouldn’t touch the stuff. After examining your astrological omens, Pisces, I’m wondering if your future holds a similar transformation. I think there could very well be a rags-to-riches story in which an ignored or denigrated thing ascends to a moreimportant role.

¡ASK A MEXICAN! BY GUSTAVO ARELLANO, Dear Readers: The Mexican must take the week off, because, just as the Tucson Weekly did two weeks ago, his home paper is publishing its annual Best Of issue. If the devil ever condemns you to visit Orange County, pick up the OC Weekly! To honor the Best Of, here’s a doozy from 2006. If you’ve ever heard me lecture, you know of this infamous edición, which got a man in Oregon suspended from work without pay for racism AND sexual harassment, because he read it there. Pinche PC pendejo Oregonians, I swear … anyhoo, enjoy! Dear Mexican: My fiancé is trying to learn Spanish so he can speak to my grandmother when we get married next month. Lately, he’s been listening to CNN en Español to get an ear for the language. A couple of days ago, he told me that, after several weeks of seeing the channel, he noticed that there are ALWAYS chickens clucking in the background of the commercials. He wants to know, “What’s up with the chickens?” and, “Is worshipping chickens a Mexican thing?” Madre Hen Dear Wabette: Does your gabacho not speak English, either? Can’t he ask the Mexican a question on his own? Your gabacho is either a liar, or he mistakenly tuned into the Rural Farm Network for his Spanish lessons. I see CNN en Español and have never once heard chicken clucks during a commercial. In fact, the only time I can recall hearing chickens is when gabacho talk-show hosts rant about Mexicans. That sound-clip cliché isn’t used exclusively for Mexicans, though: Entertainers have associated chickens with the poor since the days of vaudeville, and even famed reporter Borat Sagdiyev unleashed a chicken on unsuspecting New Yorkers in his documentary, to hilarious results. As for the chicken-worship question, your gabacho is wrong again: the Mexican reverence toward gallus domesticus is reserved for the gallo giro, the fighting cock. Rural Mexicans treat their hens as they treat their women: as purveyors of breasts, eggs and little else. Why do spics and micks get along so well? Is it because both races are drunk, fornicating, degenerate Catholics?

Don Mulletino Dear Mick: Get your racial slurs straight—Mexicans are wabs, not spics. Otherwise, you nailed it on the cabeza, cabrón. And the similarities don’t end there. The Irish were the Mexicans of the United States before the Mexicans. Millions of them migrated to this country destitute, as indentured servants (the precursor to the bracero program) and even as illegal immigrants. They were fleeing a homeland under siege by evil Protestants, only to find similar treatment in the U.S. Gabachos here maligned the Irish for their Catholicism, their funny English, their big families and their constant state of inebriation—stereotypes popularized by the mainstream press. The Irish fought back: They formed gangs and voting blocs, and—in the case of the Saint Patrick’s Battalion—an entire battalion of hundreds of soldiers defected to the Mexican side during the 1846 Mexican-American War. But the Irish in America, to paraphrase Noel Ignatiev’s famous 1995 book, eventually became white, while Mexicans will forever remain Mexicans in the eyes of gabachos. Nevertheless, the spic-mick connection continues. I know many children of Irish-Mexican heritage who call themselves “leprecanos,” a miscegenation of the words “leprechaun” and “Chicano.” Many Irish-American civic organizations support amnesty for illegals since about 50,000 Irish immigrants have no papers. Mexico and Ireland have harsh laws against illegal immigration and must constantly deal with their idiot cousins across the border, Guatemala and Northern Ireland. And gabachos have warped our precious St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo holidays into bacchanals of booze and women—on second thought, that’s a compliment. Our races are brothers in depravity, Don Mulletino, so let’s unite, and throw the gabachos down the well, ¿qué no? Ask the Mexican at themexican@askamexican. net; be his fan on Facebook; follow him on Twitter @gustavoarellano; or ask him a video question at!

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more than 9,000 women participatedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on the effects of making birth control more widely available. And how did they make birth control more widely available? They gave it away for free. And it turns out that making birth control available to women at no cost, which is what the president is trying to do, reduced the teen birth rate by more than 80 percent (from 34.3 births per 1,000 teens on average to 6.3 births per 1,000 for teens enrolled in the study), and it reduced the number of abortions by 62 to 78 percent (from 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women on average to 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1,000 women enrolled in the study). A person canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call himself pro-life and oppose access to birth control (or Obamacare!). If you do oppose access to birth controlâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or you oppose Obamacare because it expands access to birth controlâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not really prolife. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just anti-sex.

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I found porn on my kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s computer, and I talked to him about being careful about spyware, the difference between actual intimacy and objectification, and that kind of thing. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a problem with a 15-year-old boy looking at pornâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so long as heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discreet and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it to excess. What my kid was looking at was standard stuff, i.e., garden variety M/F porn and a touch of M/M porn. But a friend found a stash of really kinky violence-against-women stuff on her kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s computer. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thinking a parent canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let that go as easily. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about to confront her kid. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think you can help her with what to say, since sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll already have said something, but what would you have advised her to say?

Your boyfriend wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go so far as to say abortion should be banned â&#x20AC;Ś or maybe he saw the shocked look on your face and realized that going so far as to say to you that abortion should be banned would be a big mistake. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good way to find out if your boyfriend is serious about not wanting to impose his personal beliefs on others, or whether heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an anti-choice zealot: Tell him youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pregnant. Some men blithely assume anti-choice positions because â&#x20AC;&#x153;personhoodâ&#x20AC;? and other antichoice arguments appeal to them in the abstract, and, hey, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like their bodies or their futures are on the line, right? Most antichoice-in-the-abstract men come to a very different conclusion about the importance of access to safe and legal abortion when an unplanned pregnancy impacts them directly. So tell your boyfriend youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pregnant. You can present it as a thought experiment if you prefer, LIFE, but I think you should flat-out lie to him. Then, once the news sinks in, ask him if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready to provide financial support for a child and/or make regular, monthly child-support payments directly to you. Ask him if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready for the responsibilities (and the grind) of full- or even part-time parenting. Ask him if he knows you well enoughâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just seven short months into this relationshipâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to make the kind of lifetime commitment that scrambling your DNA together entails. Because even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get married, even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live together and raise this child together, you two will be stuck with each other for the rest of your lives if you have the baby. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m guessing his answers will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;no, no and no,â&#x20AC;? and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll offer to drive you to the nearest abortion clinic himself. As for whether you should date someone who is anti-choice, well, women have to be in control of their own bodiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and when and whether they reproduceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in order to be truly equal. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I could date someone who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see me as his equal or who believed that the state should regulate my sexual or reproductive choices. So, yeah, this shit would be a deal-breaker for me, LIFE, if I had a vagina. Actually, this issue is a deal-breaker for me, even though I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a vagina. I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t date a gay dude who was anti-choice. Any gay man who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the connection between a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to have children when she chooses, and his right to love and marry the person he chooses, is an idiot. And I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t date idiots. If your hypothetical pregnancy doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shock your boyfriend out of his idiocy, LIFE, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to ask yourself if you can continue dating this idiot. And speaking of abortion â&#x20AC;Ś Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis released the results of a massive studyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;

My Friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kinky Son You meet two kinds of people at kink events and in kink spaces: People whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always known they were kinkyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;people who were jerking off to kinky fantasies and/or porn long before they were 15â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and people who got into kink after falling in love with someone who was kinky. Your friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son sounds like one of the former. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for your friend to bear in mind that her son, if he is indeed kinky, sought out kinky porn. Kinky porn didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make him kinky. And being shamed by his mother for his porn preferencesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or his kinksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to unmake his kinks. That said, MFKS, your friend should talk with her son about the difference between porn and real sexâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;kinky or vanillaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the difference between erotic power exchange and violence. She should also talk to him about safety and misogyny, and she should encourage him to be thoughtful about his sexuality. And most importantly, MFKS, she should emphasize the importance of meaningful and informed CONSENT. Your friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to want to dialogue with his mom about his porn stash or his kinks, MFKS, so she should go in prepared to monologue at him. Finally, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance that your friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t kinky and was just looking for the mostappalling shit he could find on the Internet. Mom should acknowledge that as a possibility, and her son, even if he is kinky, is likely to seize on that excuse. If he does claim that he was just looking for shocking video clips, she should say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe you. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a small chance that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re saying that because you think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I want to hear. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to say everything I wanted to say about safety, misogyny and consent just in case. And all of it applies to vanilla sex, too.â&#x20AC;? Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at, or follow me @fakedansavage on Twitter.


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