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SPRAY NATION A not-intended-to-be factual look back at 2011 ABNY LEO W. BANKS


DECEMBER 29, 2011-JANUARY 4, 2012 VOL. 28, NO. 45

OPINION Still not sure how to bring in the New Year? Well, get thee to our New Year’s Guide!


Tom Danehy 4 Ryn Gargulinski 6 Jim Hightower 6 Editorial 8 Mailbag 8

CURRENTS The Skinny 9 By Jim Nintzel

Turbulent Times 9 By Mari Herreras

John Pedicone talks about his first year as TUSD superintendent Media Watch 10 By John Schuster

Hot Shots 11 By Tim Vanderpool

Anti-immunization holdouts are putting Arizonans at risk Weekly Wide Web 12 Compiled by Dan Gibson

Police Dispatch 12 By Anna Mirocha

Waiting for our balls to drop at midnight.

Without a Trace 13 By Brian J. Pedersen

Cold case: A year ago, Bruce Evans disappeared and has not been seen since Another Perry for Prez 14 By Jim Nintzel

Al Perry announces a bid for the presidency of the United States—and you can, too! Pepper-Spray Nation 15 By Jim Nintzel and Leo W. Banks

A not-intended-to-be-factual look back at 2011

Before We Get Serious ‌ Around the end of the year, the staffs at many publications, including the Tucson Weekly, try to take it easy. It’s usually the perfect time to chill out: There are two straight weeks with a holiday. People want to take time off to see out-of-town-relatives. The period is generally slow, newsand events-wise. However, at Weekly World Central this year, we’re getting no such downtime. Instead, we’re working hard to prepare for next week’s special issue, which will be on stands during the one-year anniversary of one of the biggest news stories to ever happen in Southern Arizona: the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting that resulted in the deaths of six people and injuries to 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Our Jan. 5 issue will include some reflection on that horrible day for Southern Arizona, but primarily, we’ll be focusing on how things have changed in the year since. I’ll give you a brief preview: There’s a lot of good news— led, of course, by the inspiring recovery of Giffords, and the continuing good works of many of our friends and neighbors. However, there are some reasons to be discouraged, too, especially regarding the status of Southern Arizona’s mental-health system, and the availability of guns and high-capacity magazines. However, that’s all fodder for next week. This week, we’re looking back on other, more-dubious 2011 events, with our annual year-in-review, penned by Jim Nintzel and Leo W. Banks. Check that out on Page 15—and don’t miss Part 2 of our New Year’s Guide, starting on Page 22. Enjoy. JIMMY BOEGLE, Editor



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Living Lives 33 By Nick DePascal

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Pointless Project 34 By Bob Grimm

The absence of Noomi Rapace is painfully felt in the American remake of Dragon Tattoo Film Times 35 Storytelling Triumph 36 By Colin Boyd

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wo Thousand Eleven wasn’t a great year (mostly because of Republicans), but there were some bright spots for me. Among them: Favorite album: Adele’s 21. Quick, when was the last time there was such a momentous convergence of talent and mass appeal? Or put it this way: When was the last time the best-selling album of the year was also the best album of the year? In the 2000s, the best-selling albums, by year, included stuff by Linkin Park, *NSYNC, 50 Cent and Josh Groban. In the 1990s, top sellers included albums by Backstreet Boys, Hootie and the Blowfish, the Spice Girls and (gasp!) Billy Ray Cyrus.

Back in the 1980s, Michael Jackson’s Thriller (which was the best-selling album of 1983 and 1984) certainly met the criteria. However, the most-recent example would be 1988’s Faith by George Michael. It was hilarious. Music snobs had hated Michael for his teen-pop stuff in Wham! (although “Careless Whisper” was certainly an elegant ballad). But when Faith was released, there was nothing but stunned silence. The album was all over the place, from the rockabilly title tune to the gospel-tinged “Father Figure,” and from the Prince-like raunchfunk of “I Want Your Sex” to the smoky jazz of “Kissing a Fool.” And besides “Faith” and “Father Figure,” the singles “One More Try” and “Monkey” also hit No. 1. Then Michael discovered public-park bathrooms, and the rest is history. Now comes another white soul singer from England, following in the tradition of Dusty Springfield and carried on by the likes of Lisa Stansfield, Annie Lennox, Duffy and Amy Winehouse. Adele Adkins sings way beyond her years (she’s only 23), with pain and anger, yet there’s always this “Screw you!” undertone that tells us she’s going to get through it. With the charts dominated these days by the illegitimate grandchildren of Madonna—Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga—(and yes, Madonna, you are that old), Adele is an absolute revelation. Obviously, “Rolling in the Deep” is a megahit, but the entire album is magnificent. If you want a real treat, try to find a duet she did with Australian soul singer Daniel Merriweather on a song called “Water and a Flame.” When Adele’s first album, 19, came out, somebody asked me to describe her. I said that she sings like Aretha and looks like she works at a truck stop. Favorite song: “A Long Time” by Mayer Hawthorne. Singing with a sweet falsetto in front of a driving beat that’s reminiscent of Motown’s Funk Brothers, Hawthorne pays homage to his native Detroit, with nods to Henry Ford and

RANDOM SHOTS By Rand Carlson

Berry Gordy. The lyrics are decidedly bittersweet: Oh Berry had a record store Started up a studio, Oh West Grand Boulevard Turned it into solid gold … Oh Berry was the end of the story Then everything went wrong. And we’ll return it to its former glory But it just takes so long … Favorite book(s): My clear favorite was Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It’s the story of Louis Zamperini, a world-class distance runner who spent most of World War II in Japanese prison camps. It’s one of the most-uplifting tales of the human spirit I’ve ever read. I also liked Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President, by Candice Millard. It’s about how James Garfield got shot by a would-be assassin, and then a team of really stupid doctors finished the job. I’m currently reading Hedy’s Folly by Richard Rhodes. Hedy Lamarr, a screen siren of the 1930s and ’40s, whom one studio exec called “the most beautiful woman in the world,” went on to invent technology that is currently used in cell phones, Bluetooth networks and GPS systems. Weird, but true. Favorite television: I have tried and tried to get into Mad Men, but I just can’t like a show when I want to punch every single male character in the face. Fortunately, AMC has two other shows that are among the best on all of TV. I’ve never been a gore guy, but I LOVE The Walking Dead. But even that doesn’t come close to matching the thrills and chills provided by the best show on TV, Breaking Bad. Giancarlo Esposito’s turn as drug-kingpin Gus Fring is the stuff of legend. Favorite movie: As noted in this space before, the combination of jackasses with cell phones, ridiculous prices and 20 minutes of commercials force-fed to people who have already forked over the aforementioned ridiculous amount of money has pretty much removed me from the moviegoing public. I saw a total of three movies in 2011. One was a not-awful Adam Sandler thing that my basketball team saw when we were at the state tournament in Prescott. I also saw Moneyball, in which Brad Pitt was great. But my favorite was Woody Allen’s love song to the City of Light, Midnight in Paris. It was so good that my wife, who despises Woody Allen, liked it. High praise, indeed. Here’s hoping 2012 will be better than this year. And let’s all hope that it doesn’t end on Dec. 21.


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f ignorance is truly bliss, then many American news-media outlets are helping to ensure we have one big, happy country. The long-running joke has been that Fox News is a dumbed-down source of information, yet many other outlets have been consistently following suit. The Fox joke, by the way, has a basis in reality: A PublicMind Poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University found that folks who watch Fox are more ignorant than those who don’t watch any news at all. That’s pretty scary. What’s also scary is that Fox is the most-watched cable-news network. If you really want to be terrified, however, take a gander at the results of all this dumbing-down. A Gallup Poll noted that nearly 20 percent of Americans believe the sun revolves around the Earth. A Zogby Poll found that 75 percent of Americans could name the Three Stooges, while only 40 percent can name the three branches of government.

The Bible doesn’t say that money is the root of all evil—rather, it condemns the love of money. Today, that insidious love (taking the form of greed and excess) is celebrated in our country and has even become part of our official public policy, marring our economy with inequality and injustice. The reigning ethos of our nation’s upper crust is that too much is not enough. They’re not merely out to make loads of the money they love, Just as reality TV is not fully to blame for turning but to make a killing—everyone else be American intelligence into an oxymoron, we cannot put the damned. full onus on the shoulders of the media. But they can take a New numbers from the Congressional major chunk. Budget Office confirm that as the moneyed elites have been making their killing, wealth With daily newspapers a dying breed, the Internet and disparity has become extreme in a country TV have become the main sources of information. Sixtythat once prided itself on building a moreone percent of respondents said they used the Internet as a egalitarian society. Analyzing 30 years of source of news, and 78 percent tuned in to the idiot box, income data, the nonpartisan Congressional according to a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Budget Office reports that the richest 1 perand American Life project. cent of our population has enjoyed a stunOn any given day, headlines from online sources include ning 275 percent increase in their income things like “Things to Buy After the Holidays,” “See What’s in during that time. As a result, these priviStore for Capricorns This Month,” and “What You Missed on leged few have more than doubled the slice ‘Dancing With the Stars.’” of America’s income pie that they consume, Links to mindless videos are also hot, with standard fare going from 8 percent to 17 percent of the including 5-year-olds rapping, an elephant crapping, and whole in just three decades. cats playing Mozart on piano. From whom did these richest 1-percenters get their extra-big slice? From us, the 99 percent. THIS MODERN WORLD By Tom Tomorrow The share going to middle class and poor families shrank in this period, which is why there is such broad support today for Occupy Wall Street’s “We Are the 99 Percent” movement. At the tippy-top of America’s wealth pyramid are the multimillionaire CEOs and billionaire Wall Streeters. They are the richest 1/100th of the 1-percenters (a mere 14,836 households). These few now take 6 percent of all U.S. income—the biggest piece ever consumed by America’s mega-rich. The widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us is transforming our country from a society to a jungle—and not even billionaires will enjoy living there.


Television “news” shows feature two anchors telling really bad jokes to each other or, in at least one instance, actually sitting there and reading a newspaper aloud. When guests come around, they are likely to be reality-TV stars or celebrities who throw a TV set through the studio window if they don’t like the questions. Hard-hitting interviews in general are a thing of the past, as shows are too fearful of offending their guests. If interviewers asked tough questions, no one would want to appear on their shows. Besides, if they didn’t have a fluffy interview lined up, they might have to do something drastic—like go out and find some news. For the 50 percent of Americans who still get some news from that dinosaur called a newspaper, the situation isn’t much better. Tucson is a prime example, with only one daily paper serving a metro-area population of 1 million. Daily local-news pickings are slim, and greatly supplemented by wire-service stories. While this is not necessarily a dumbingdown, it is a factor forcing people to seek information elsewhere. When Americans do turn elsewhere, there’s not much respite from the dumbing-down. Even big “news” magazines such as Time have fallen into the dumbing-down trap. Consider the Dec. 5 issue. The cover of the edition released in Europe, Asia and the South Pacific featured an Egyptian man wearing a gas mask under the headline “Revolution Redux.” The U.S. edition featured the headline “Why Anxiety Is Good for You,” along with a cute cartoon. What gives? Lisa Bloom, author of Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World, sums it up nicely in a Forbes article: The media “delivers crap to us; the crap mesmerizes us (i.e., it generates high ratings); the media gives us more, and—oops—we’ve all become dazzled and distracted and unfocused.” Madison Ruppert, editor of the alternative-news site End the Lie (, takes it one step further. “The events of the world are shaped and spun in the American mainstream media to keep the people of the United States from becoming agitated or asking too many questions.” Both theories hold water, as does the thought that many outlets have become scared stiff of doing anything politically incorrect, or that goes against the grain. Alternative news sources have become one of the few places left to find anything near “All the news that’s fit to print,” rather than “only news that’s meant to amuse.”

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The disingenuous actions of the Reid Park Zoo—and the zoo industry as a whole—deserve significant scrutiny BY THE TUCSON WEEKLY EDITORIAL BOARD,


f you’re visiting the Reid Park Zoo anytime soon, don’t be surprised when the groan of earthmovers drowns out exotic bird calls or the lion’s grand roar. This new rumbling is the sound of an institution at a crossroads. Back around 2005, the zoo began raising money for an expansion of its elephant exhibit. This plea for cash carried a caveat: If the fund drive proved unsuccessful, two longtime companions—the Asian elephant Connie and her African counterpart Shaba—would need to be separated and dispatched to parts unknown. The potential tragedy of breaking their bond was routinely emphasized by zoo officials, to a broadly sympathetic community. Nearly $10 million later (with about half of that money coming from taxpayers), construction is under way, despite these cashstrapped times. It’s unfortunate that those dollars weren’t spent on making the zoo a better place for animals that are better suited to a home at the Reid Park Zoo, which has limited resources and limited space. But this new expansion has also sparked serious questions about zoo officials themselves: Did they deliberately manipulate public sentiment by emphasizing the bond between Connie and Shaba just to raise money? It also brings into sharp focus the very ethics of holding these huge, wide-ranging animals in relatively minuscule enclosures. Adding insult, those same officials have now reversed themselves by dismissing the attachment between its two elephants—a bond that animal experts say is beyond doubt. They now plan to send Connie alone to the San Diego Zoo. Meanwhile, the larger consequences of captivity are glaring. On average, zoo elephants tend to live half as long as their counterparts in the wild. They suffer chronic health problems such as arthritis, from being kept on concrete floors and not receiving sufficient exercise. Then comes the profound upheaval of moving them—a particularly stressful prospect for aging elephants such as 44-year-old Connie. Over that time, Connie certainly helped raise plenty of zoo revenues. But that hasn’t stopped plans to have her sent to San Diego. One former trainer not associated with the zoo predicts that the stress of this disruption could result in the deaths of both Connie and Shaba. Ironically, this occurs at a time when similar zoos across the nation, such as those in San Francisco and Detroit, have humanely relinquished their elephants to sanctuaries. “It’s becoming clear that the disparity between what elephants need and what they get in captivity is quite significant,” said Detroit zoo director Ron Kagan, explaining 8 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

his decision to close the elephant exhibit. Obviously, this issue goes far beyond Reid Park. Indeed, the transfer and breeding of these animals raises profoundly disturbing questions about the zoo industry itself, and the deeper motives of its accrediting group, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. As zoos around the country regularly become the targets of protesters, the AZA has taken several steps to protect its image. Paramount among them are highly touted efforts by the association and its members to promote wildlife conservation. This endeavor is highlighted by its Species Survival Plan, which emphasizes the breeding of threatened or endangered species within accredited facilities. Yet to what end? Zoos such as the one in San Diego have undertaken aggressive breeding programs, and Reid Park may do likewise when its own new elephant herd arrives from San Diego. But animals bred in captivity are notoriously difficult to reintroduce to the wild. In fact, it appears that no elephants have ever been reintroduced. Instead, critics say, the SSP program is largely greenwash, with the primary goal of helping zoos to perpetuate themselves and their captive wildlife stock. For instance, zoos drive up attendance by displaying so-called “charismatic” species such as elephants, ostensibly to raise money for wildlife conservation. Yet the AZA, with more than 200 accredited members, devotes a mere $90 million annually to conservation programs. But in the end, it comes down to Connie and Shaba, two elephants that have spent decades side by side at the Reid Park Zoo. Contradicting their earlier emphasis on the bonding of this pair, zoo officials are now saying that separation is best for both—apparently in blind pursuit of the zoo’s breeding program. In the process, however, those officials have violated the trust of this community. Even worse, they’ve shredded their commitment to Connie and Shaba.

Sometimes, the Truth Is Unpleasant I’m sorry about your cold, and hope you feel better soon (“Hack Snort,” Editor’s Note, Dec. 15). One request: In the future, would you please make an effort not to put “phlegm” and “good chunk” on the same line of text? Thanks, and happy holidays. Paul Muhlrad

Ash Deserves a Ticket Out of Town! Thank you for finally putting Bruce Ass … I mean Bruce Ash on your Get Out of Town! list (Dec. 15). I have written at least one other year asking for this and thought maybe his absence from the list was mostly because his highestprofile stuff is on talk radio. I’ve personally argued with him via email and accused him of being a spoiled rich kid who lives in an ivory tower. Anyway, before I start ranting, I will just say thanks again. Greg Booth

In Defense of the Sound Strike and Derechos Humanos Ah, the Tucson Weekly … what can I say? Lots of good stuff in there—and sometimes, not so much. And sometimes a mixed bag. But, oh, Linda Ray … did you have to go and do it? Yes, I’m talking about the “Get Out of Town!” directed toward Derechos Humanos and the Sound Strike. First of all, Linda, my disappointment is not bitter. You did start your bit by recognizing the “essential work for the civil rights of Southern Arizona’s Latino population.” The only thing I would add is that the civil rights work of Derechos Humanos benefits us all. DH has also been on the front lines in protesting wars, walking union picket lines and supporting many not-specifically “Latino” struggles. Frankly, if anyone should get out of town, it’s the local musicians and downtown hipsters who are so loudly complaining about the Sound Strike. OK, they shouldn’t get out of town. Instead, they should recognize what’s going on, and they should get involved. I’m a local musician myself, and I frequent downtown music venues. I’m also an active supporter of Derechos Humanos, the immigrant-rights struggle and the fight to defend Ethnic Studies. I’ve gone to many a demonstration, and I’ve volunteered time at DH helping report abuses of immigrant workers. I’ve gone to federal court to witness the travesty of “Operation Streamline,” and I’ve even gone into the desert to confront and expose Minuteman camps. Guess who I virtually never see participating in day-in, day-out civil rights struggles or showing solidarity in the streets? Local musicians and downtown hipsters. The simple fact is that most

local musicians and scenesters are, frankly, selfabsorbed and self-indulgent. They think that it is “uncool” and beneath them to actually show that they might give enough of a shit about poor people and working people and students and those targeted by racism to actually do something about it. Yes, there are notable exceptions. I also know that there are times when musicians can get it together to really help out an important cause. I’ve twice organized successful benefits for Haitian workers affected by hurricanes and earthquakes, and the support was tremendous. Benefits are great, but they aren’t the same as taking the struggle to the streets. And if a musician criticizes the Sound Strike but actively supports this movement otherwise, my words for them are far less sharp. When Ray says, “Derechos cut off a muchmore-leveragable benefit: The empowering sound of music to motivate and mobilize widespread action,” the fact is that the proof is in the pudding: Most of the local scenesters who complain loudest about the Sound Strike have not shown the slightest willingness to put their bodies on the line or stand up with immigrants and brown people being targeted by Arizona’s new Jim Crow. When Ray talks about the contributions of music to the movement such as “We Shall Overcome” and union-organizing songs, let’s be clear: The vast majority of those songs came from people involved in the struggles they were singing about. So when these folks complain about the Sound Strike and about how much their music can help the movement, I just want to tell them, “You get out of town … and don’t come back until you’re ready to contribute something real, not imaginary.” James Patrick Jordan

Hoffman’s Attack on Occupy Tucson Was a Disgrace I was surprised (and outraged) by the frontpage article by Josh Brodesky in the Arizona Daily Star on Dec. 11. It was unjust and irrational, and now the Tucson Weekly has published an attack with a Guest Commentary by Jonathan Hoffman (Dec. 22). He praises the Tea Party movement as more effective. True, it has been, having managed to bring our government virtually to a gridlocked standstill. If that’s what he calls “working within the system,” unfortunately, he is correct. The system is a disgrace. The Occupy movement is not limited to “the political left,” another smear. The city’s waste of police time (for which Occupiers pay taxes) and the over-the-top multiple citations show the bellicose suppression of freedom of speech and assembly. Councilwoman Regina Romero shows admirable sense in advocating that those tickets be torn up. She is brave to stand up in an atmosphere of such hostility and propaganda from the media, which hopefully will change if and when mutual respect between Tucson and its citizens is restored. David Ray



John Pedicone talks about his first year as TUSD superintendent


Turbulent Times BY MARI HERRERAS,


Mark Stegeman mentioned a regret in the Rincon and Palo Verde high schools’ turnaround process that led to the firing of more than 100 teachers, because many teachers were reassigned rather than actually being fired. Do you agree? I think what he was reacting to was the law. There’s nothing we can do about the law regarding the (reductions in force). It’s the policy in the district as well as Arizona state law. We can’t simply say to a person who’s lost their job that “you’re gone from the district, and we’re firing you, and you can’t come back in.” So what happened was that every teacher who didn’t make the cut at either school then went into the regular hiring cycle … and 46 percent, I think, were hired back at one of the schools, and another 44 to 46 percent at the other school. Then … the majority of (the rest) were picked up by other (schools), because many of them were not necessarily poor teachers; they were just poor for that environment. … If you walk on to those two campuses now and talk to kids and parents, they will tell you it’s a much different environment and much more positive. Some activists have said that you’ve yet to address what really took place regarding the police presence at the May 3 meeting. I’ve said it (before), and I thought that we were pretty clear. … As I said to the MexicanAmerican studies community advisory board, I’m not throwing (Tucson Police Chief Roberto) Villaseñor under the bus. I’m not doing it because I’m going to tell you the truth: The

truth of the matter was that we had received word that people were making threats against our kids, and they were pretty serious threats. … I don’t know if we contacted the police or if they contacted us first. … It might have been us that started it, because we said, “We got these threats,” and they said, “We got the same threats.” At one point, the meeting venue and date were changed. The date was going to be … Cinco de Mayo, which was not a good day to have this meeting. … Both school safety and the police agreed at that meeting that having it in a large venue, they could not protect the students and public. … (Police) couldn’t control exits … We discussed those threats and … police were saying to us, “We need to be there; now it’s become a police matter.” This is what you’re getting at: Who’s in charge that night? So here’s what the police suggested: “… Somebody has to be in charge of saying that they think there’s a problem, and that person has to give a signal, and the police look when the signal’s given, meaning that it’s either dangerous or it’s leading to a lack of control; then the police come in, and they will remove whoever it is.” So here’s how that worked: There’s a police officer directly across from me. Mark (Stegeman) is the president and is going to look at the person who is speaking. What happened that night is that once the public comments were over, if you remember, Lupe got up there, and she did the speech; that was orchestrated, and people knew that. We should have had conversations with (the community) and said, “What are you going to do, and then how do we arrange this so we are working together on this if there need to be statements made?” What happened is that you looked like you were interested in arresting old ladies exercising free speech. Well, yeah. So what happens then is the cop across the way from me, I’m going to give him the signal after Mark looks and says, “I want you to stop. Public comments are over.” He says it again, “I need you to stop.” When I hear him say that, I say, “I want you to leave now.” That’s the signal for the police officer … to come over and remove the person. Well, interestingly, because of that building—and I thought that they had tested it—their radios didn’t work very well. … The signal was given by Mark and then by me, because that’s the way we had decided. … The way she was removed was not rough; it was with respect. … If that were to happen again … I


he image of longtime Chicano-rights activist Guadalupe Castillo balancing herself with a cane in each hand while surrounded by Tucson police officers in riot gear at the May 3 Tucson Unified School District board meeting is difficult to forget. That meeting came one week after students prevented a governing-board meeting from occuring by taking over the dais and chaining themselves to chairs. The May 3 meeting was attended by numerous community activists and supporters of Mexican-American studies in reaction to a resolution proposed by board member Mark Stegeman to change some of the Chicano-studies classes from requirementfulfilling classes to electives. Critics of TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone called for his resignation after that meeting. However, Pedicone will complete his first year on the job next month. The Tucson Weekly recently talked with Pedicone about his first year.

The Independent Redistricting Commission’s effort to draw up new congressional and legislative maps has been an ugly process. We’ve seen fiery meetings where Tea Party activists roasted IRC chairwoman Colleen Mathis. We’ve seen a trumpedup investigation by Republican Attorney General Tom Horne that was tossed out by the courts. We had a short-lived constitutional crisis when Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, backed by GOP members of the Arizona Senate, tried to give Mathis the boot, only to have the Arizona Supreme Court step JAN in and reinstate the chairwoman, because Brewer’s grounds for removal were so weak. And now, as of last week, we have the new maps, unless an IRC analysis or a U.S. Justice Department review determines they need tweaking. “To quote Bruce Springsteen: I believe in the promised land,” said Mathis as the commission voted to approve the legislative map. “I think we’ve really achieved great maps.” Mathis appeared to be on the verge of tears as the final votes were taken by the five-member committee. But she wasn’t holding back tears of frustration or anger after casting her final vote (which might be expected, considering how the state’s elected GOP officials have treated and trashed her). She was fighting off tears of joy and gratitude while praising her colleagues and the few hardcore members of the public still hanging around the Tempe hotel conference room at 10 p.m. The commission approved the congressional maps on Tuesday, Dec. 20, on a 3-2 vote, with the chairwoman joining the two Democrats to approve a political landscape of four safe Republican districts, two solid Democratic districts, and three districts that were deemed competitive. Oddly, this breakdown—which assures that Republicans will hold at least four districts in their worst year, and as many as seven in their best year—has GOP activists and elected officials crying about being treated unfairly. Here are the key takeaways for Southern Arizona: Congressional District 7, which is now represented by Congressman Raúl Grijalva, hasn’t changed all that much, although he did lose some precincts in Yuma that tended to vote Republican. It’s still heavily Democratic—43 percent Dem, compared to 22 percent RAÚL Republican—and will be known as Congressional District 3 next year. But Congressional District 8, which is now represented by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has undergone some significant changes in its transformation into Congressional District 2, which is more or less GABRIELLE evenly split between Republicans at 34.7 percent, and Democrats at 34.2 percent, leaving the 31 percent of

TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone would just suggest that we call a recess and not do those things, because you’re right: It became a public issue, and it makes it look like we’re doing something we had no intention of doing. Our intention was to keep the place under control and safe. I’ve heard you went to the (UA) College of Education to develop a multicultural curriculum. Is this a step in dismantling MexicanAmerican studies? No, it’s not. When I look at the data and the statistics on how many kids leave us—either fail or drop out prior to when these (MexicanAmerican studies) classes are offered in high school, it’s no secret: We lose about 700 to 800 Hispanic kids between freshman and sophomore year, and about the same number between sophomore and junior year. I told the MexicanAmerican studies (community advisory) group, “You’re going to make an argument that we’re trying to replace Mexican-American studies … and that’s not what’s happening.” I asked (the College of Education for) help, because what I would like to do is have something that when the students enter the district, they begin to get an understanding of the importance of differences, and maybe we can change these numbers around. We’ll (offer these kinds of classes) at the elementary level until we get to middle school. Read more of the interview on the Range, the Tucson Weekly’s daily dispatch, at


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a position now almost never held by professional journalists, because former athletes pretty much hold a monopoly on the role. Silver also did something now unfathomable in light of technological advancements: He physically brought back tapes of the game to the studio for broadcast. “Up until ’85, they were not allowed to be on live TV (as part of the team’s NCAA sanctions under former coach Tony Mason), even if they were in a road game in Corvallis,” Silver said. “We used to tape the games. I’d be on the charter and call the station to tell them when I’d be there with the tapes. I’d literally drive from the airport to the station, drop off the tapes and say, ‘OK, here you go.’” Silver’s final color-commentary broadcast was a legendary game in 1986 against ASU, when Chuck Cecil ran an interception 106 yards for a touchdown, a play that sealed a UA win and knocked the team up north out of Rose Bowl contention. Not surprisingly, Silver’s career has spanned numerous technological changes, from shooting events on film, to using videotape, to digital. There also has been a steadily expanding focus on using the Internet for reporting. The business model has changed dramatically as well, but Silver was able to weather the industry’s numerous cutbacks along the way. “We’re in a tough time economically, but personally, in sports, we’ve been really lucky,” Silver said. “They have enough faith in me that I know what’s going on. I’m not going to get thrown for a loop. My experience and contacts have been a benefit. People trust me. They’ll call me and tip me off if there’s something important about to happen.” While the 28 years at KGUN gives Silver one


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SILVER HOPES TO RAISE GOLD IN NEW ROLE WITH UA FOUNDATION During KGUN Channel 9’s farewell segment last Friday, Dec. 23, for longtime sportscaster Dave Silver, anchor Jennifer Waddell joked about Silver’s youthful appearance. “It’s hard to believe Dave has been here for 28 years,” Waddell said on the newscast. “He’s only 35.” Indeed, it seems as though Silver, 53, has hardly aged, even after nearly three decades of covering Tucson sports. He arrived on the scene when Lute Olson did, and watched as the Wildcats men’s basketball team made trips to the NCAA Tournament routine. “I got here Lute Olson’s first year. I was here for the entire stretch,” Silver said. “I talk to so many of my peers around the country, and (for me), it’s, ‘Oh, here we go; we’ve got to go to the NCAA Tournament again in March.’ They’re saying, ‘We’ve never been,’ and I’m telling them, ‘We go every year.’ It really was something to look forward to, and it keeps you going.” Silver worked two broadcast jobs in California, one in Palm Springs and the other in San Luis Obispo, before joining KGUN. But priorities other than work helped keep him here. “It’s not necessarily the reason I stayed, but when we got here, my wife was pregnant. … We had the child, then a second one in ’87, and they started to grow up, and

we built a lot of friendships,” Silver said. “It was one of those things personally where we had no reason to run away. The kids were growing up; we liked the schools. They were born and raised here. (Now) they’re gone, and I’m still here.” When Silver arrived at KGUN, he was more than just a reporter. He also handled color commentary for coverage of UA football games,

of the lengthier on-air stints in the market, others at KGUN have rivaled his tenure, including longtime news anchor Guy Atchley. “He got here just a little bit after me,” Silver said. “We’ve been here a long time and know everything about each other. We’ve worked side by side for 27 years or so. There are a few people at the station who have been there longer than me. They’re the guys you see every day, (but) not the people out in front of the camera. … It was tough to say goodbye to them.” Silver now is saying hello to another chapter in his life: He is joining the UA Foundation in a fundraising capacity. “When you start adding things up, and you see that I’m still young enough to work for another 15 years or so, it’s a great time to try something different,” Silver said. “There are over 200,000 alumni spread out all over the country and the world, and most of them have never been spoken to face to face, especially the ones in a position to give back to the school. “The department is relatively new. There are about five or six of us given regions of the country. We’re responsible for reaching out, physically going to these areas and touching base with (alumni). We won’t instantly ask for a gift, but see how they want to stay involved, whether it’s financially or (by) offering jobs to students—giving them a way to give back to the school in the way they want to. It’s pretty exciting. It’s different from what I’ve done, but they noticed when we were talking that I had some of the skills coming from broadcasting, reporting and listening to people’s stories. Those are some of the skills necessary for this type of opportunity.”

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Anti-immunization holdouts are putting all Arizonans at riskk

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Hot Shots BY TIM VANDERPOOL, ack in 1796, a British doctor named Edward Jenner performed the first smallpox vaccination. By the 1830s, his breakthrough discovery had struck a decisive blow against the vicious disease. Around that same time, anti-vaccination zealots began railing against Jenner’s marvelous discovery. The cure, they argued, was more perilous than the disease itself. This would not be the last time that good science battled dark superstition. Fast-forward to 2012, when a growing movement, stoked by Internet hysteria and celebrity prattle, is resisting the vaccination of children for potentially deadly illnesses such as measles, whooping cough and rubella. As social trends go, health officials say, this one is particularly animated by foolishness, and puts all children at risk. “Getting your kids vaccinated is not necessarily just about protecting your individual child,” says Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “It’s really a social contract you have with your community.” Depending upon the whereabouts of your community, that social contract may be fraying. According to a joint study by ADHS and UA College of Public Health researchers, pockets of parents scattered around Arizona are refusing to have their children vaccinated. As Arizona is one of only 20 states that allow “personal belief” exemptions, kids can enroll in school without the shots if the parents oppose vaccinations for any far-fetched reason. Today, a growing number of parents are claiming those exemptions. That’s disturbing news; according to the ADHS, numerous outbreaks of chickenpox, whooping cough and measles have been directly traced to unvaccinated kids in states offering such waivers. To UA professors Kacey Ernst and Beth Jacobs—parents themselves—peeling back the layers of this trend became a professional task with personal overtones. The results of their study will be released early this spring, but already, a few key findings stand out. Most striking is the fact that pockets of nonimmunized children are not necessarily found among the poor, who tend to have mundane reasons for not getting their kids vaccinated, such as money, time or transportation. Instead, “when you look at who’s taking the exemptions, they tend to be people who are upper-middle class,” Ernst says, “people who are fairly welleducated. And a lot of it seems to be linked to this fear of vaccines and autism.” The public face of that fear is actress Jenny McCarthy, the mother of an autistic son who has run a high-profile campaign promoting a



UA professors Kacey Ernst and Beth Jacobs have a study coming out on parents who choose to have their children exempted from vaccinations. One bright note: Though stats were not link between the measles-mumps-rubella, or immediately available for Pima County, “Tucson MMR, vaccine and autism. Her controversial is actually doing pretty well,” Ernst says. “We stance has even prompted the website Jenny do not have as many of those personal-belief McCarthy Body Count, which purports to track the number of illnesses and deaths in the United exemptions being taken in our community.” That’s a testament to our local public health States since 2007 that could have been preventfolks, she says, and their emphasis on the impored by immunizations. tance of immunizations. According to the site, the number of illnesses Meanwhile, the number of immunization stands at just more than 87,000; the number of holdouts in other parts of Arizona is still risdeaths has reached 866. ing, Ernst says. “Those are the areas that we’re McCarthy and her backers leave medical really concerned with: trying to understand the researchers shaking their heads. “Even though dynamics of why, and what we can do with eduthere’s no scientific link (between vaccines and cation to help parents understand why immuniautism), it’s out there, and communities that zation is important.” have really strong anti-vaccination campaigns Yavapai County appears to be ground zero for are all over the Internet,” Ernst says. “And as a the anti-immunization crowd. Among kinderparent, when you’re trying to choose whether or gartners there, 8.5 percent were not vaccinated, not you’re going to vaccinate your child, one of and the exemption rate among sixth-grade the main sources you’re going to use for inforstudents is a whopping 9.8 percent. Boosting mation is the Internet.” This attitude is actually reinforced by the very those numbers was the upscale, new-age mecca of Sedona, where exemption rates in at least one success of vaccines, Ernst says. “If you have a ZIP code reached nearly 50 percent. child, and you’re looking at all these pseudo-sciStatewide, personal-belief exemptions have ence websites, and you don’t see people in your risen from approximately 1 percent a decade community getting measles or getting sick from ago to 3 percent today, Ernst says. “If we keep on something, you’re probably going to lean toward that trend, in another 10 years, you’re going to not vaccinating.” be looking at overall state rates that are verging But if enough people take that position, comon impacting herd-immunity levels.” According munities may eventually reach a tipping point. to state health officials, the public-health threat This has to do with what epidemiologists call is heightened whenever the number of non“herd immunity,” meaning that an adequate perimmunized students reaches 10 percent. centage of a population must be immune to an Nor is Pima County completely immune to infectious disease—either through a prior illness anti-immunization rhetoric, considering that we or vaccination—for the disease to have little are trending in the wrong direction: According chance of spreading. Fall below that threshold, to the Pima County Health Department, the and you’re bound to see an outbreak. percentage of children not vaccinated due to Between 2001 and 2008, there were more personal-belief exemptions grew from 2.9 perthan 500 confirmed cases of measles in the cent in 2009 to 3.4 percent a year later. United States, with the three largest flare-ups In light of this progression, eerie parallels occurring among families who claimed personwith the past are unavoidable. al-belief exemptions. Children not immunized “Last month, on a weekend, I went into some for chickenpox were nine times more likely to medical journals from the 1800s,” says the UA’s get it. And those who weren’t vaccinated against Beth Jacobs. “I was reading about the antiwhooping cough were nine times more likely to vaccination movement when the smallpox vacget that preventable and dangerous disease. cine came out. And what so utterly amazed me Take those numbers, and extrapolate them is how the rhetoric used then is identical to the across a growing segment of society that refuses to vaccinate its children, and you have the recipe rhetoric used today. In 100 years, nothing has changed.” for a medical catastrophe.




independent/other voters as the deciding factor in future elections. The final map has CD2 picking up all of Cochise County, a change to earlier drafts that had the new Congressional District 1—which includes the eastern side of the state and chunks of northern Arizona, including Flagstaff and the Navajo Nation—extending via a narrow strip through Cochise County to the Mexico border. Here’s how the new CD2 is significantly different from the old CD8: It loses areas northwest of Tucson, such as Marana, Oro Valley and SaddleBrooke. That particular community of interest is going into the new CD1, which has Republican activists steamed, because they’re worried that their future representative will care more about Flagstaff than them. CD1 is considered a competitive district; just less than 40 percent of the voters are Democrats, while 30 percent are Republican, and 30 percent are independents/other. We confess that we are a bit surprised by the sudden love of Tucson coming from the Republicans up north, given that most of the time, their GOP elected representatives—we’re looking your way, Al Melvin/Terri Proud/Vic Williams—treat the voters down here in T-town with contempt and dismissal. But we digress. Much of the area that makes up the new CD1 is now represented by Congressman Paul Gosar, a Republican elected on the Tea Party wave of 2010. We’ll see whether Gosar decides to hang on in CD1, where former Democratic congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick is already working on a comeback, and Navajo newcomer Wenona Benally Baldenegro is courting grassroots support. Gosar could also try to run in the new Congressional District 4, a rural district on the west side of the state where two other Republicans are already exploring campaigns: State Sen. Ron Gould of Lake Havasu, whose hard-core conservatism has led him to reflexively oppose nearly everything at the Arizona Legislature; and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who has been doing his own grooming of the Tea Party in recent years.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA MUSICAL CHAIRS Speaking of new political maps: The Independent Redistricting Commission passed the new legislative map, also on a 3-2 vote. It earned bipartisan support when Republican commissioner Richard Stertz joined Democratic commissioner Linda McNulty and chairwoman Colleen Mathis. Stertz initially voted against the map, but got worried that it might get worse for Republicans if McNulty and


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A self-described “bad motherfucker” was arrested for disorderly conduct at an upscale shopping center that he claimed as his turf, according to a Pima County Sheriff’s Department report. Deputies responded to a report from St. Philip’s Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Ave., that a middle-age male wearing several bandannas and carrying a bag of clothing was disturbing the clientele. The property owner said the man cussed at him and refused to leave. He wandered around the plaza, repeatedly screaming at nobody in particular. A deputy found the subject on a sidewalk talking to himself. After the deputy approached him from behind and asked what was going on, the subject yelled, “What the fuck are you sneaking up on me for?” The deputy then asked the man what his problem was, and he said, “You think you’re a badass because you carry a gun.” Asked his name and birthday, the subject said, “I am from Oakland, and I got a felony warrant. You want to get killed?” It turned out that he had no warrants. Asked if he had weapons, the man said, “I am just a bad motherfucker.” He pointed behind the deputy (where nobody stood) and said, “Those people will put you six feet deep. This is my ’hood.” A plaza employee said he saw the subject approach a female and say something that shook her up. The woman told deputies the man had said, “Get the fuck out of here. This is my territory.” The man was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.


A boy was chastised by law enforcement for an assault with a plastic weapon, a PCSD report stated. A father called after a child in his apartment complex allegedly hit his 9-year-old daughter with a plastic sword. The deputy found the subject—a 4-yearold boy—with a plastic sword tucked into his shirt. When his parents, both on the scene, told the boy he had done something bad, he just laughed. Approached by a deputy, the boy got on a scooter and tried to leave. When the deputy caught up with him, he started to cry. The deputy told the parents that he wouldn’t arrest the child this time, but that if the behavior continued, the boy could be charged with assault. The deputy told the victim—who displayed bruising and redness where she was struck—that she should stay away from her assailant, because “she should not be living in fear of a 4-year-old boy with a plastic sword.”


Comment of the Year s I write this, there are 8,707 comments live on our website that were posted in 2011. There were 6,734 posted at this point in 2010, and 3,933 in 2009, so it would seem that more and more people are finding something worth commenting on within our digital pages all the time—and that’s not counting the 680 we had to pull from the site this year for violating our comments policy. Within those 8,707 comments, there’s seemingly every possible viewpoint presented, from vigorous agreement with things we’ve written to semi-creative assessments of the deficiencies in our collective and individual abilities to process information. However, it takes more than a nonsensical remark offered in the third person to win the Rangie for Comment of the Year … so congratulations, Margarete de Gaston, winner of this imaginary award for her comment on my post “My Attempt to Become the Michael Phelps of the Pima County Fair Begins Now.” While I appreciate every single person who leaves a comment for whatever reason, when someone decides to take the time to offer information that actually adds to what I’ve written—even if it’s a post sort of joking about me entering a ton of food and craft competitions at the Pima County Fair. In a forest of insults and snark, Ms. de Gaston (whose post is too long to include in the print version) really came through with helpful information about the world of county-fair judging—and that deserves a Rangie.


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“Yes, Dan Gibson, I am in full and utter agreement with your sentiment.” — commenter “BURNIE MAK” provided one writer with an early and completely unexpected Christmas present, even if it took the prompting of an awful musical performance (“Justin Bieber, Please Stop Rapping,” The Range, Dec. 21).

BEST OF WWW While the Tucson Weekly has its own plans for the Arizona presidential primary, thanks to Project White House, our country’s process to select its presidential contenders rolls on elsewhere, even without the positive influence of our citizen candidates. Tucson Weekly contributor Samantha Sais is covering the campaigning in Iowa with her camera in hand, so if you enjoy pictures of people in suits pretending they really love corn, check out The Range for regular dispatches from the political front. Then, when Iowans cast their votes, we can go back to forgetting about the state for a few years.

THE WEEK ON THE RANGE We brought you analysis of the new legislative and congressional maps approved by the Independent Redistricting Commission; shared Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik’s views on the negotiations between the Rialto Theatre Foundation and the Rio Nuevo board; wondered why Pima County Republican Party chairwoman Carolyn Cox was determined to oppose a tax break for middle-class Americans; and brought you the year in review, with a look ahead at 2012, on Arizona Illustrated’s Political Roundtable, with your host, Jim Nintzel. We introduced you to some new faces in the race for the presidency via Project White House 2012; noted that a gay man apologized to Minnesota state Sen. Amy Koch, who recently admitted cheating on her husband with a staffer, for undermining her heterosexual marriage; gave you some ideas about how to quit your job in a spectacular manner; asked Justin Bieber to quit rapping; shared the Loft Cinema’s Top 10 list of films from 2011; toured a candy factory; and wanted to get a taste of custom-crafted wine at NoRTH. We recommended more music being enjoyed by our music critics; got an advance look at the Amos Lee performance taped earlier this year at the Fox Tucson Theatre for PBS’ Live From the Artists Den; watched a Tucson Mall security guard kick some local musicians out of the shopping center for singing Christmas carols; shared some ghastly bits of jewelry from the Guy Fieri line; talked about comic books; told you how the modern-day Santa was born at the Westward Look Resort; taught you how to wrap presents; recommended some cookbooks; and discovered why the Olive Garden sucks.


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Cold case: A year ago, Bruce Evans disappeared and has not been seen since

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Without a Trace BY BRIAN J. PEDERSEN, he holidays are meant to be a happy time filled with friends and family, but they can also bring up memories of loved ones lost. For those who know and love Bruce Evans, this time of year means recalling the last moments they spent with their beloved brother, son and boyfriend—and wondering if he’s still alive. Evans was last seen leaving his Tucson home on Dec. 21, 2010, as he and a co-worker drove to Phoenix to conduct some business for the southside gun shop where Evans worked. He was supposed to be home that night. When he didn’t return, relatives filed a missing-person report with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Foul play is suspected, but no one has been arrested in connection with Evans’ disappearance, according to sheriff’s detectives. Though he is still officially considered missing, Evans’ family members aren’t hopeful. “We think he’s dead,” said Evans’ sister, Jennifer Barris, last week. “He wouldn’t just leave. He always told us that he couldn’t leave again. He couldn’t leave Mom again.” Barris, mother Rose Westmoreland and others commemorated the anniversary of Evans’ disappearance by releasing red, heart-shaped “I Love You” balloons into the sky. Included with the balloons were the ashes of burned letters from friends and family members, Barris said—letters filled with “everything we never got to say to him.” “He was an awesome big brother,” Barris said. “We miss him so much.” A native Tucsonan, Evans—who would have turned 38 last August—returned to Southern Arizona two years ago after living and working for several years in Arkansas, where he helped design and build handguns. The opportunity to come back to Tucson popped up in the fall of 2009, when Evans’ then-wife, Monica, heard an acquaintance was looking for help opening a gun shop. “Of course, he was all for that,” Barris said. “He was looking for a reason to come back home.” But not long after Evans returned to Tucson, bad things started to happen. In April 2010, he was arrested in Michigan when found in possession of a load of marijuana, Barris said. He was transporting the drugs for a co-worker associated with the gun shop, she said. It was the same co-worker Evans was supposed to drive to Phoenix with on the day he disappeared, according to Barris. The Tucson Weekly is not identifying Evans’ co-workers, or the gun shop, because authorities have not identified any suspects in the case.


Though he is still officially considered missing, Evans’ family members aren’t hopeful. “We think he’s dead,” said Evans’ sister, Jennifer Barris, last week. Kurt Dabb, a homicide detective with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, who is investigating Evans’ disappearance, declined to name anyone interviewed beyond immediate family members, citing concerns about compromising the case. He did confirm that some form of criminal activity likely led to Evans’ disappearance. Barris said she and her family “were clueless” about Evans’ arrest prior to his disappearance. Though she has no proof, Barris said she believes her brother felt compelled to commit crimes on behalf of a co-worker, because that person helped Evans get the job that enabled him to return to Tucson. “I think he was trapped, honestly,” Barris said. “All his eggs were in one basket. I think he was trying to get out of all this, and that’s why something happened to him.” Dabb said his gut tells him Evans is the victim of a homicide. “When things don’t add up … you get a pretty good indication of foul play,” Dabb said. But for the time being, he will continue to treat it as a missing-person case. “This is still active,” Dabb said. “We’re still trying to track down as many leads as we can. We

Bruce Allen Evans was last seen leaving his Tucson home with a co-worker on the morning of Dec. 21, 2010, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information connected to his disappearance is encouraged to call 911 or 88-CRIME. haven’t gotten much help from the public.” Several local media outlets ran brief items when Evans disappeared last year, but there has been little public attention given to the case since. A handful of websites devoted to missing persons have posted information about Evans. Last January, his girlfriend, Brandy Miller, created a “Bruce Evans Missing” Facebook page that has about 66 subscribers. The most recent post on the page’s wall is from Evans’ mother, Rose Westmoreland, on the anniversary of his disappearance. It says the balloons and letters released that day were “sent … to heaven to let you know how much we love and miss you.” Westmoreland declined to comment for this story, and attempts to contact Miller were unsuccessful.

Mathis decided to make changes to win the vote of the other Democrat on the commission, Jose Herrera. The map is pretty good for Republicans overall. There are various ways to measure whether a district is competitive (and the IRC considered a bunch of them, crunching numbers in different ways to measure how Democratic and Republican candidates fared over the last decade). But going by voter registration, which tends to be a relatively reliable predictor of election outcomes, you don’t have a whole lot of competitive legislative districts. If you consider a competitive district to be one in which a political party outnumbers another by 8 percentage points or less, you end up with just five competitive districts in Arizona. (Two of them make up most of Tucson, by the way.) By that standard, Democrats have a strong hold on nine of the 30 legislative districts, while Republicans have a tight grip on 16 of them—or more than half, which is pretty bad news for Democrats if they have plans to ever control the statehouse. It’s possible that Dems could outperform Republicans in a swing year and win every competitive district. But that still leaves them in the minority, unless they strike lightning somewhere else—an outcome that goes a long way to discredit the Tea Party narrative that Democrats rigged the map to give themselves an unfair advantage. The new maps have scrambled Southern Arizona’s legislative lineup. Among the results: Three Republican House members—David Gowan, David Stevens and Peggy Judd—find themselves in one district, which sets up a game of musical chairs. Meanwhile, Sen. Frank Antenori and Rep. Ted Vogt find themselves in a district that leans Democratic, although Antenori may end up running for Congress in the new CD2. Green Valley, which made up a major community of interest in Antenori and Gowan’s District 30, is now part of a heavily Democratic/Latino district that stretches from Tucson’s southside to Nogales and then goes along the border. Some lawmakers may be looking for a new home. Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford, a Democrat who represents Tucson’s westside, told The Skinny that she’ll need to move if she wants to remain in the Legislature, because her Tucson Mountains neighborhood got drawn into a heavily Republican district that includes Oro Valley and Marana. “I’m screwed,” Bedford said. “It’s sad to think you won’t be representing the same people you’ve been representing for the last eight or nine years. … I’ve worked hard to earn their respect, and I don’t want to leave them.” She plans to move, she said, so she has at least a fighting chance of keeping her job. By Jim Nintzel and Hank Stephenson

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CURRENTS Musician Al Perry announces a bid for the presidency of the United States—and you can, too!

Another Perry for President BY JIM NINTZEL, ocal country-punk musician Al Perry is throwing his hat into the ring for the 2012 presidential race. “Somebody has to run,� says Perry, who is well-known to Tucsonans as the singer-songwriter who has penned tunes such as “Loserville,� “Hit Over the Head� and “Dreaming.� “I don’t agree with any of the candidates,� Perry says. “I don’t agree with them on even one thing, hardly—Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, whatever. And most of this stuff isn’t that hard to figure out. I try to use logic; I try to use common sense; I try to use human decency when I make a decision.� Perry—whose full name is Allen Richard Perry—has filed to run as Al “Dick� Perry, but he says he’s not, to the best of his knowledge, related to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose name will also appear on the Arizona ballot unless the stumbling GOP candidate drops out of the race before then. But Al Perry sees an advantage in sharing a last name with another candidate, as it has saved him money on “Perry for President� T-shirts and other campaign paraphernalia. However, the coincidence is not without a downside; he does need to worry that some of his supporters might mistakenly vote for the Texas governor if they don’t read the ballot carefully. Perry, who has tapped Terry “Fish Karma� Owen as his campaign chairman, is working on a manifesto he plans to release at the start of 2012. He describes himself as “having the guts to tell the truth—but will you listen?� Perry is just one of the freedom-loving Americans to show an interest in Project White House 2012, the Tucson Weekly’s reality-journalism competition that is open to any candidate on the Arizona presidential primary ballot. In


recent days, the Weekly has heard from citizens from across the nation who are interested in seeking the presidency and providing their solutions to the many problems that plague the country. To qualify for the Arizona presidential primary ballot, all a candidate has to do is mail a notarized, two-page form to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, which must receive the paperwork by 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9. The office began accepting the forms last week, and some mainstream candidates have already nabbed spots on the ballot, including Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. Dave Maass, a writer for San Diego CityBeat and the California campaign coordinator for Project White House 2012, has recruited a number of candidates from the Golden State, including CityBeat editor David Rolland and environmental activist Tommy Hough. If elected president of the United States next year, Hough promises to have Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer declared an illegal alien, to give Scottsdale to the Navajo Nation, and to make Meteor Crater the “official burial site of the Tea Party.� From neighboring New Mexico, Jim Terr tells the Weekly he plans on landing a spot on the GOP ballot and campaigning in Arizona, although he says he aims to have “a couple of affairs and rehabs between now and Jan. 9.� As we’ve explained in previous editions of the Weekly, Project White House contestants will have the opportunity to campaign online at, where they can post position papers, YouTube campaign ads and the like. They will face a variety of challenges designed by Project White House administrators, and the candidate who campaigns best

Al “Dick� Perry has the guts to tell the truth, and he wants your vote.

between now and the Feb. 28 Arizona presidential primary will earn the Tucson Weekly endorsement. The Arizona Democratic Party is not participating in the presidential primary, and will instead hold a caucus. The Weekly recently reported that the decision means all candidates would need to run as Republicans (although it’s important to note that you do not need to be a Republican to run on the Republican ballot).

But it turns out that Arizona’s Green Party is also holding a primary, so you could land a spot on that ballot as well. And given how many Greens are likely to actually vote on Feb. 28, that race is likely to be wide open for Project White House contenders. For complete details on Project White House and to download a nomination form for your own campaign, visit

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SPEAKING OF PEOP LE WHO SHOULD LOSE THEI R JOBS … State Sen. Al Melvin dismi ssed ideas that the state should extend unemployment benefits, even though the federal government was willing to pick up the tab. Asked what he would say to people whose benefits were run ning out, Melvin replied: “How long have they been on that already?”

THOSE TUCSON FR EELOADERS NEED TO GET JOBS State Sen. Frank Antenori told Inside Tucson Business (a sister publication of the Tucson Weekly) that Tuc son City Councilman Steve Kozac hik didn’t share some of his beliefs, becaus e the “majority of the people I represent pay taxes, (and) probably the majority of people he represents don’t—or receive som e government subsidy.” Despite his critical words , Antenori said he wouldn’t publicly figh t with Kozachik, because “the media would love that. All the lefties love it when a Republican picks on another Republican.”

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RUN, KEVIN, RUN UA basketball player Kevin Parrom was shot in the leg and hand during a visit to New York in September . A woman answered the door at the Bronx apartment of Parrom’s father, after wh ich the talented UA forward sprinted into a bedroom, pursued by two assailants . The men broke open the bedroom door and shot him. IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE! Tucson restaurant Boca Tac os and Tequila canceled plans to sell Afr ican-lion tacos after receiving multiple thr eats. The tacos were scheduled to go on sale for one day only, but owner Bryan Ma zon chose not to risk “the safety of our restaurant, our families, our customers and our vendors.” The restaurant previousl y offered frog-leg, alligator and rattlesnake tacos. FOWL REVENGE A man was killed by a chi cken at a cockfight in California after he was stabbed by a bird with a blade attache d to its beak. The blade apparently sev ered an artery in his calf. The man, Jose Lui s Ochoa, was fined $370 last year for ow ning and training an animal for fightin g. LADIES AND GENT LEMAN, THE 2011 BOYFRIEND OF THE YEAR State Sen. Scott Bundgaar d got into a fight with his girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, on the side of a Maricopa County freeway after a local Dancing With the Stars-style charity fundraiser in which Bundgaard took the floor as a celebr ity. Ballard was

hauled off to spend the nig ht in jail, while Bundgaard claimed legisla tive immunity to arrest. Ballard broke up with Bu ndgaard following the incident, and Bundgaard is now facing ethics charge s in the Legislature. UNHEALTHY PROP OSAL State Sen. Andy Biggs spo nsored a bill to end Arizona’s entire Medic aid program that provides health insura nce to residents below the poverty line, cal ling it “socialized medicine.” The bill failed after his fell ow lawmakers noted that dumping the program would cost the state an est imated $7.5 billion in federal matching funds, and cripple Arizona hospitals. BARON VON GOUD INOFF AND HIS COUNTESS DO THE BORDER Former state legislator and UA professor Peter Goudinoff was escort ed home by two F-16 fighter jets from Davis-Monthan when the plane he was pilo ting veered into Mexican airspace sou th of Sierra Vista. Goudinoff, who bui lt the experimental plane he was flying, said he was trying to show a female frie nd the damage caused by the Monument Fire. SHOE SIZE: 36 TRIP LE-D History Made as Nipple Is Found on Foot —The Sun (London)

BARRY’S MELON WA S SO BIG THE BIKERS BEHI ND HIM COULDN’T SEE TO PASS A witness in Barry Bonds ’ perjury and obstruction-of-justice tria l testified that the slugger wore a 7 1/4 size hat when he joined the San Francisco Giants in 1993. But by 2002, his dome size had expanded to 7 3/8, possibly the result of steroid use. Longtime equipment manager Mike Murphy said the heads of other Giants, including Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, also grew, but only after they’d retired from baseball. Bonds rode in this year’s El Tour de Tucson bike race. UNSPORTSMANLIK E CONDUCT Cops finally busted the ma n who allegedly inserted 37 seconds of porn into the local Comcast broadcast of the 2009 Super Bowl, causing a national uproar. Former Cox Communications em ployee Frank Tanori Gonzalez, of Maran a, was arrested on suspicion of inserting the clip, which showed a woman undoing a man’s pants and doing what requires no description.

YOUR TOILET PAPE R AND TOOTHPASTE COME TO $7.18, GENERA L, SIR Tucsonan Jeffrey Lee Ben nett allegedly posed as a two-star Air For ce general to get onto Fort Huachuca to shop for good deals at the post com missary and exchange. The accusation against Bennett claims he donned a fake uniform and used a fake Department of Defense sticker on his Volkswagen to ent er the base. THE EASTER SEAS ON Lady Gaga Fan Recoverin g After Dying at Nashville Concert — BE ON TIME; AND BRING YOUR RÉSU MÉ AND PLENTY OF BL USH Transvestite Purse-Snatc her Sought —Gwinnett Daily Post (La wrenceville, Ga.) SO THAT WHOLE CI VILITY THING, WE’RE CALL ING THAT OFF, RIGHT? When Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl announced he would not run for reelection, Pima County Democratic Party chairman Jeff Rogers posted a note on Facebook saying he was thrilled that “one of Az’s major jerks will retire.” AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUND DOG Italian Prime Minister Silv io Berlusconi suggested changing the nam e of his political party to “Go Pussy!” At the time he made the helpful suggestion , the 75-yearold was a defendant in two corruption trials, as well as a third tria l for allegedly paying for sex with a 17year-old nightclub dancer. MR. JOHNSON LOVES HIS TUNES “Singing Penis” Sets Noise Record for Water Insect —BBC website

SNOT NORMAL Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen catcher Jeff Motuzas has earned enough extra mo ney by eating strange things to pay off two mortgages and contribute to his kid s’ college funds, according to The Wall Street Journa l. With teammates offering as much as $400, the 40-year-old has eaten live moths, used chewing gum , and even a concoction of tobacco spit and 3-day-old chili. “Tooz will eat anything except poop, urine and vomit,” said Diamondbacks reliever Sam Demel. “No, wait—I’m sorry. He will eat vomit.” WRITTEN ON THE WIND Longtime Democratic pol itico John Kromko pleaded guilty to forging 29 signatures in his effort to get on the ballot

for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008. The fuzzy-haired hac k is barred from running for public office for at least five years.

badly damaged that it wa s unrecognizable. “If I thought it was someho w reattachable, I would have gone to my commander,” she said.

SHALL WE DANCE ANYWAY? San Francisco Only the Na tion’s 11th Gayest City? —San Francisco Chronicle website

WE’RE GOING WITH THE FIRST CHOICE Arizona prison escapee Tra cy Province planned to go to Yellowsto ne National Park, shoot up a gram of heroin to end the panic he experienced on the lam , and then lie down—and let bears eat him. The convicted murderer had second tho ughts as he was preparing the drug, decidin g that instead of becoming “bear food,” he’d hitchhike to Indiana to visit his family. Soon thereafter, he was captured in Wyoming .

HOWDY-DO IN THER E! The ashes of Tucsonans Ge orge and Eleanor Challenger, who died wit hin four years of one another in the 1990s, were found at the Forget-Me-Not Charit y Thrift Shop in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The remains were stored together in a cardboard box that a granddaughter had donated to the thrift store, unaware of its contents. Th e incident was ironic, said son, Jim, bec ause the granddaughter “had always wa nted to meet her grandparents.” WHO WANTS TO KNOW? … I DO, FO OL!! Can Schizophrenia Enabl e People to Tickle Themselves? —The Arizona Republic we bsite ALL THE LITTLE PI GGIES WENT THAT-A-WAY Florida resident Karl Lam bert sued a St. Lucie County paramedic for stealing his severed foot from a crash scene. Cynthia Economou, who wanted the foot to train her body-recovery dog, said the part was so

GILBERT SAYS HE’S REALLY, REALLY SO RE Naked Man Rescued Fro m Sewer Pipe in Gilbert —KTVK-TV (Phoenix) GET A LOAD OF THOSE BIG HABOOB S! Dust storms measuring 100 miles wide and 4,000 feet high moved thr ough the Phoenix area in July. Known in Ara bic as haboobs, the storms caused freeway acc idents, knocked out power and raised the risk of valley fever from infectious spores car ried on the wind. LET’S CARRY OUT THOSE SENTENCES ON TH E CHEAP: A CHAIR, AN ELECTR ICAL OUTLET AND A PRIEST. $348 .50. The three defendants con victed in the 2009 murders of an Arivaca ma n and his 9-yearold daughter were repres ented by lawyers paid for by taxpayers—to the tune of almost $1 million. It wa s one of the most-expensive cas es in local history and result ed in two of the defendants—Shawna Forde and Jason Bush—getting death sentences.

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Marty isn’t the only one who has been recognized off the air for In addition to the roast, the evening includes performances by musihis interest in music, Peterson said. Solujic, who hosts The Bluegrass cians Stefan George, Tom Walbank, Way Out West, and Los Hombres, Show from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, is also a bluegrass musician, and an a capella set of bluegrass from the Titan Valley Warheads. Peterson said. The event also will be Anderson has been a staff “shot and recorded by member and/or volunteer at Access Tucson, so it will the station for years, Peterson actually become television said. She is the host of Ruby’s programming,” Peterson Roadhouse, which KXCI said. describes as “a celebration of Although it’s being held blues, rock roots and honkyon perhaps the biggest tonk music.” It airs Saturday party weekend of the year, from noon to 2 p.m. the roast shouldn’t interKidd Squidd, a repeat winfere with other plans, ner of Tucson Weekly’s annual Peterson said. Best of Tucson® awards, hosts “It’s early in the evening, Kidd Squidd’s Mystery Jukebox and it’s New Year’s Eve Eve. from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. People are allowed to do Peterson describes it as “a whatever they want on jukebox stocked with the Saturday night—just come most incredible mix of cool to us on Friday first,” he tunes you’ve ever heard.” said. The identities of the folks KXCI’s “Roast ’Em and Roaster Jimmy D (left) and honoree Marty Kool share a joke at who will do the roasting are Toast ’Em” starts at 7 KXCI studios. under wraps, but Peterson p.m., Friday, Dec. 30, at said the lineup will include some of the local musicians the hosts the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Doors open at 6:30. have supported throughout the years. Tickets are $8 for KXCI members, and $10 for the general public. “We’ve got other DJs as well as Tucson musicians and some folks Tickets are available at KXCI studios, 220 S. Fourth Ave.; the from their life, like family members, all coming up to roast them,” Medicine Shoppe, 305 S. Euclid Ave., No. 111; The Folk Shop, 2525 Peterson said. “But they’ll all get a chance to fire back at the end of N. Campbell Ave.; and online at KXCI’s website. Call 623-1000, or the night.” visit for more information.




Community-radio station KXCI 91.3 FM is ringing in the new year by dishing on some of its most popular DJs at a charity event called “Roast ’Em and Toast ’Em.” On Friday, Dec. 30, the station will roast hosts Milo Solujic, Carol “Ruby” Anderson, Kidd Squidd and Marty Kool, said Randy Peterson, general manager of KXCI. Peterson promised an old-school roast. “We want to make sure it’s like what Dean Martin and Bob Hope and those guys did in the ’70s and ’80s—not like the current Comedy Central insults and sex jokes and stuff like that,” Peterson said. “We’re the much-more-classy kind of affair.” The event will be held at the Temple of Music and Art. “It’s a nice, classy venue that just lends itself to the nature of the event: the Dean Martin-esque kind of style,” Peterson said. “Much like our DJs, it’s old and a little bit dusty.” The event is a fundraiser for the station, Peterson said. “All proceeds go toward KXCI,” he said. “We’re Tucson’s community radio. It’s a nonprofit station that plays eclectic music, with primarily volunteers from our community pickin’ the tunes.” Peterson said that together, the four roastees “have about 100 years of service at KXCI. They all have delightful personalities that lend themselves to making fun of them. … They’re all fun-loving folks dedicated to the music they play.” These deejays have devoted a big part of their lives to the musical genres featured on their shows. For instance, Kool, host of Blues Review, on the air from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, “is known nationally for his blues knowledge and personal blues record collection, and just being a blues DJ for more than 25 years,” Peterson said. “He’s a member of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, and he’s not a musician.”

HEALTH Help Others, Help Yourself Acupuncture and Food Drive Noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 1 Tucson Community Acupuncture 2900 E. Broadway Blvd., No. 170 881-1887;

You can heal yourself and help people in need on New Year’s Day by donating food in exchange for an acupuncture session. “People can just show up anytime between noon and 5 p.m.,” said Shoshana Mayden, business manager of Tucson Community Acupuncture. “We have a group-treatment setting, so we have a bunch of chairs and four acupuncturists.” The business has a goal of helping 150 people, surpassing the 122 served last year. In exchange for two food items or a suggested cash donation of $5, people can try out this ancient Chinese treatment, which involves pricking the skin with small needles. Proceeds benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and the business will donate an additional $2 for every person treated, Mayden said. “At this event, we get a lot of firsttime people who have never done acupuncture before. It’s a really great way to try it,” Mayden said. Patients can expect to remain clothed (minus shoes and socks) and will be treated in a large community room where they will rest in a reclining chair. One-time-use needles will be inserted at specific points, depending on the patient’s complaint. The visit should last about 20 to 30 minutes. “We treat just about every condition under the sun in our clinic,” Mayden said. How acupuncture works is still the subject of debate. “It’s kind of a million-dollar question. People are not sure exactly how it works; they just know that it does,” Mayden said. “From a Chinese medical standpoint, it’s helping bring the body into balance. From a Western perspective, it helps by using the inflammation response in the body, relieving pain and releasing endorphins.”

Far left: The Last Five Years opens with a preview next Thursday, Jan. 5, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater, 330 S. Scott Ave. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday; $26. Visit for tickets.

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Dean Mitchell—New Works 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, from Monday, Jan. 2, through Wednesday, Feb. 15 Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road 722-7798;

A bit of the East Coast visits the Southwest starting on Monday, Jan. 2, when an exhibit of Dean Mitchell’s new works opens at Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery. “He is a new artist for us,” gallery owner Mark Sublette said about Mitchell, an award-winning artist who was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Florida. “We had to have him; he’s fantastic.” Mitchell’s works aren’t your typical watercolors. A couple of his paintings currently hanging in the gallery have taken viewers by surprise, Sublette said. “They thought they were photographs from a distance,” he said. “It’s amazing he’s able to show this medium so well. “From a technical standpoint, he can capture the minute details,” Sublette continued. “Watercolor is not an easy medium to work with. It’s not forgiving. You can’t do it over.” Mitchell’s paintings defy traditional watercolor style, with rich and intense details in both landscape and figure portraits. “To see how quickly he works, and the result of that painting, it kind of blows your mind. It’s very realistic,” Sublette said. “I think, especially with his figurative works, he shows people in a very natural kind of pose. They really have a life to those figures.” Entrance to the gallery is free. To preview Mitchell’s work, visit www., or visit the Medicine Man Gallery website, which includes images from the show and a video of Mitchell in action.

Classical Music Concert 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 1 Dove of Peace Lutheran Church 665 W. Roller Coaster Road 887-5127;

What better way to kick off the new year than by basking in the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at a free concert? Dove of Peace Lutheran Church is launching its eighth season of free classical concerts, and is focusing on composers of the 18th century. The year’s first concert, the Mozart bash, starts at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day, and features members of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Tucson Chamber Artists. “We’re focusing on the music of Mozart; it fits with the music of the 18th century, and Mozart is undoubtedly one of the most-popular composers in the classical realm,” said Eric Holtan, music minister at Dove of Peace and artistic director of the concert series. “The focus of our series is on 18th-century music. You get the likes of Mozart, Bach and the other biggies like Beethoven and Haydn.” The Mozart program includes his String Quintet No. 2 in C Minor, K406, and Oboe Quartet in F Major, K370, as well as favorite arias from some of the composer’s operas, Holtan said. The concert will also include some of Mozart’s transcriptions of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier.” “These are significant works for keyboard that he transcribed for string quartet,” Holtan said. Although admission to the concert is free, it benefits Interfaith Community Services, Holtan said. “We make it free and open to the public as a gift to the community, and at the concert, we take a free-will offering. Every dollar goes to the charity,” he said.

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“First Day Hikes” at Arizona’s State Parks Catalina State Park, 9 a.m.; Picacho Peak State Park, 10 a.m.; Roper Lake State Park, 10 a.m.; Kartchner Caverns State Park, 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 1 (602) 542-4174;

State parks across America are offering a New Year’s Day treat to help people start 2012 on the right foot, so to speak. In Arizona, free “First Day Hikes” will occur at 13 parks in the state. In Southern Arizona, hikes will be offered at Catalina State Park, Kartchner Caverns State Park, Roper Lake State Park and Picacho Peak State Park. “Whatever park you choose, you just pay for your car to get into the park, and then you go on a hike with a ranger or volunteer,” said Ellen Bilbrey, spokeswoman for Arizona State Parks. (A $6 entrance fee will be charged at Kartchner Caverns.) The hikes are an excellent way for residents and visitors to enjoy the state’s natural beauty, Bilbrey said. “The idea is to start your year out right, and be healthy—and remember that all those beautiful parks are yours, and you need to use them,” she said. Bilbrey stressed that programs such as the hikes benefit the state by bringing money into nearby communities. It’s also worth noting that the state parks’ budgets have been ravaged in recent years by cuts made by the state Legislature. “State parks were designed to be economic engines to the communities that they’re in. Those parks keep those little communities chugging along,” Bilbrey said. “It’s important for people not only to exercise and get out there, but when they’re in that community, maybe they’ll stop and get a hamburger or visit a gift shop.” Hikes will vary in difficulty, Bilbrey said. “You don’t have to climb to the top of the peak at Picacho,” she said. “The parks have all levels of trails.”

Birds With Attitude, a solo exhibit of acrylic and watercolor paintings by Ruth Canada, opens Monday, Jan. 2, and continues through Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. Call 792-5021 for info.

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f you’re looking for a big bang for your buck, Boondocks Lounge, 3306 N. First Ave., is a pretty safe bet. Your ticket—$15 in advance, or $20 at the door— entitles you to a full dinner buffet starting at 7:30 p.m. After that, stick around for a dance party featuring Amo Chip Dabney’s AmoSphere with a special guest, blues-guitarist Bryan Dean. Expect to hear both covers and originals in a variety of genres including funk, reggae and Cajun. For more information, ring ’em up at 690-0991. Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., can always be counted on for a great theme party, and tonight is no exception. Since we all know the end of days is happening in 2012, what better way to ring it in than a party called Aztec Apocalypse? The hotel promises Aztec warriors and voluptuous Aztec maidens, live covers by 80’s and Gentlemen, dance music in Club Congress, and a virgin sacrifice at midnight. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door—but be warned: This event sells out every year. A $100 VIP package that includes an open bar and buffet is also available. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call 622-8848 for more information. If Latin rhythms are more your thing, the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., is where you’ll no doubt find yourself. Tucson’s own indie-mambo kings, Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta featuring Salvador Duran, will crank out original songs as well as covers by the likes of Agustin Lara and Pérez Prado all night long, so throw on your finest vintage or formal duds before heading out the door. An added bonus: You only have to be 18 or older to enter. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. A VIP package that includes floor seating and a private bar is


available for $40. Call 740-1000 for more information. For the Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road, 2012 isn’t just any old year. Like Arizona itself, the resort will celebrate its 100th anniversary in the new year, and they’ve put together what looks to be a lovely night to celebrate. Guests can choose between a threecourse dinner at GOLD starting at 6 p.m., or a three-course banquet and live music in the Santa Catalina Ballroom from 7 to 9 p.m. Both packages are $85 per person and include admission to a party in the Sonoran Ballroom featuring live music from classic rock and blues band East2West. Several hotel packages are also available. Call 297-1151 for reservations. Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road, recently opened its long-in-the-works hotel, making a rather sprawling complex even bigger. So it makes sense that they’d have a little something for everyone tonight. Baby boomers might want to pick up tickets for the party happening in the casino’s new Event Center, where a seated dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. At 10 p.m., none other than ’70s hit-makers KC and the Sunshine Band will be your boogie men for a night of disco-dancing. A dinner-and-show ticket runs $125 per person, while $75 gets you into the show only. If Tejano is more your thing, the casino’s Bingo Hall will feature a free show featuring Tejano legend Ruben Ramos, La Diferenzia, La Maldad, and Tucson’s own La Familia Yucupicio. Meanwhile, over in the Paradiso Bar and Lounge, Mezzo Forte will keep you dancing to soul, R&B, hip-hop and oldies favorites. Admission is free. For more information, call (800) 344-9435. In what should prove to be one of the night’s most-highbrow offerings, the Tucson

Symphony phony Orchestra estra is joining ng forces once again ain with the Arizona na Inn, 2200 E. Elm St., for a Moveable le Musical Feast. The night ht begins at 6:30 with an open n bar and hors d’oeuvres in the Flandrau ndrau House Courtyard, and then moves inside nside for a multicourse dinner served in intimate mate dining areas throughout the inn. At various points throughout the night, enjoy music courtesy of TSO members—everything from Beethoven and Rossini on horn, cello and piano, to a percussion ensemble performing Sting and Frank Zappa, to an African-music jam. After dinner, attendees will be treated to swing and Latin-dance music courtesy of the TSO’s SwingN’ the New jazz ensemble, featuring vocalist Ben Sorenson. Tickets are $199 per person. Call 882-8585 for reservations. For the sixth consecutive year, the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., is teaming up with the Tucson Jazz Society for an event called All Jazz, All Night. Starting at 8 p.m., guests will enjoy a gourmet four-course dinner followed by jazz music all night long from trumpeter and vocalist Rick Braun, who will be joined by a lineup that includes Euge Groove, Jonathan Butler and Sylvan Street. Tickets start at $199, and hotel packages are also available. For reservations, call 903-1265. Monsoon Night Club in the Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road, will play host to a Latin-dance party featuring local favorites Los Gallegos performing the best in Norteño and Tejano. Doors

open at 8 p.m., and tickets are $25 per couple, or $20 per person, which includes a drink ticket. For more information, call 294-7777. A trio of fine local bands will ring in the new year at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., at an event that doubles (triples?) as a CD-release party and a masquerade ball. Blind Divine, a self-described “art music” act that performs sensual, Gothic-inspired music and enjoys a sense of the theatrical, will be releasing a five-CD box set containing 100 new songs for the occasion. Also on board for the night are the similarly dramatic Ensphere and the rock ’n’ roll of HAIRSPRAYFIREANDGIRLS. The action begins at 9 p.m., and admission is only $8—or $6 for those in costume. Call 798-1298 for more information. And for the punk-rock-lovin’ cheapskates, The District Tavern, 260 E. Congress St., will feature a bill that includes The Besmirchers, Cadillac Steakhouse (with two drummers) and DJ Buttafly. Admission is free. Call 791-0082 for details. To read about New Year’s dining options, head to, or check out last week’s print edition of the Tucson Weekly!


HAPPY NEW YEAR SPECIAL EVENTS Around the World in One Night Wingspanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;NightThing: Bon Voyage: Sailing Into 2012 Togetherâ&#x20AC;? 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31 JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. 624-1779; When we first heard about Wingspanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve event, we wanted to attend just because of its weird name. Then we found out that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;NightThingâ&#x20AC;? celebration also makes for an outrageously good timeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for an outrageously good cause. The party at the JW Marriott will be plenty posh, including a cocktail and hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres reception, a four-course gourmet dinner and, of course, a champagne toast at midnight. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let those classy features make you think this event will be tameâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just the opposite. The wild party will include casino entertainment, a spectacular light show and dancing all night long. The theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bon Voyage: Sailing Into 2012 Together.â&#x20AC;? That means the venue will have a cruise-ship feel (and we think that might include some hot young people in sailor outfits). The ballroom will be decorated like four different international travel destinations: France, with an Eiffel Tower; Greece, with floor-to-ceiling columns; Japan, with a giant dragon draped across the room; and Brazil, with a Rio Mardi Gras feel. The event will be hosted by Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Bunny Fu Fu, a hilarious and beautiful drag queen with a unique concept of entertainment. And now we come to the cause: Wingspan

is Southern Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community center, providing resources and support for all local LBGT folks who need it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy being a nonprofit these days, so anything you can do for this group financially will helpâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and if you have a fabulous time at an amazing New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s party in return for your donation, even better. Admission to â&#x20AC;&#x153;NightThingâ&#x20AC;? is $150 per person. However, since Wingspan is so totally cool and recognizes that not everyone can give a whole lot to their desired cause, lateentrance tickets are available for just $25 to anyone who cares to skip the dinner and arrive at 10 p.m. (and still get in on the champagne toast). Check out for tickets. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Anna Mirocha

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SPECIAL EVENTS Dance Into the New Year La Cocina New Year’s Eve party 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31 La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351; If you haven’t been to La Cocina yet, you’re missing out. Located in the Old Town Artisans block in downtown’s El Presidio District, the restaurant has great food—from quinoa and curry to good ol’ hamburgers—that’s healthy and hippy-friendly. They use only grass-fed beef from cattle on a nearby ranch, have lots of gluten-free options, and strive to buy their ingredients from local farmers and ranchers whenever possible. The cantina’s

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ALL JAZZ, ALL NIGHT FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa. 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. 792-3500. The Tucson Jazz Society’s Sixth Annual New Year’s Eve Gala includes a four-course gourmet dinner, dancing, a silent auction, party favors, and an evening of jazz music, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31; $199 per person. Call 903-1265, or visit for tickets or more information.

Kristen Nelson is the co-founder and director of Casa Libre en la Solana, a writers’ community she started about eight years ago when she moved to Tucson after working as a newspaper reporter. Casa Libre started as a writers’ residency program at 228 N. Fourth Ave. However, due to the economy, Nelson—along with assistant director TC Tolbert and the board of directors—decided to stop focusing on residencies and instead do book-release events, workshops and other activities aimed at building a community of local writers. For more information, go to, or email

KXCI CELEBRITY ROAST Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4875. Affectionate ribbing and insults are directed at four on-air veterans of KXCI FM 91.3 Community Radio’s Saturday lineup—Milo, Ruby, Kidd Squidd and Marty Kool—from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30; $10, $8 member. Proceeds benefit KXCI. Live music is provided by Stefan George and Tom Walbank, Way Out West and Los Hombres. The Titan Valley Warheads perform an a capella set. Call 623-1000 for ticket information.

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Where are you from, and how did you get to Tucson? I was born and raised in Mount Vernon, N.Y. I’ve been living in Tucson for eight years now. I came to Tucson to start Casa Libre. I was living back in New York and taking care of my grandparents. I was working as a newspaper reporter, but always knew New York wasn’t where I wanted to stay. Did you study writing? I started my undergraduate degree as a scientist and wanted to be a marine biologist when I grew up. I did that for almost three years, and then I had this crisis moment: “This isn’t what I want to do with my life.” I finished up my degree in English and dedicated myself to writing. But I think I was always a little afraid of the writing life, so the way I chose to approach it was to create a writing life for myself—very selfishly motivated, but I also cared about creating a community center and place for writers to share common dreams and follow their passions. That was the basic concept, and it wasn’t until finding the (Fourth Avenue) building that it sort of started to take shape. How did you find the space on Fourth Avenue? The organization started about a year before we had a physical space. We had a website, but I started looking for the space when I was living in New York. I was young and 28 WWW.TuCsON WEEKLY.COM

ignorant and had a big ol’ dream and, you know, a tiny down payment. I found myself getting outbid by very, very wealthy cash buyers from California. I feel like fate stepped in right after I had given up hope: I got a call from our real estate agent’s business partner about a space. … I felt so dejected at that point. But I came in and knew this was the place. The previous owner cared what happened to the property, and what was going to happen with it. They ended up not listing it and ended up working with me. I got really lucky. The universe stepped in and said, “You’ve got good intentions. We’re going to help.” You no longer do the residencies. What are you doing? It’s changed the last couple of years. The program as it used to exist doesn’t (exist) anymore. I have long-term tenants now who are all writers and artists. We’re focusing now on the community programming, like Trickhouse Live that TC is spearheading, and we do what I’ve started to refer to as hybrid poetry weekends. Recently, we did collaborations with (poets) Sam Ace and Maureen Seaton. We bring these fantastic writers into town. Hotel Congress gives us generous discounts to house our outof-town students. What’s coming up next? Rebecca Brown: She’s amazing, and one of my grad-

school mentors. I am really excited to bring her to Tucson. She’s so brilliant, kind, human and generous. We’re trying to organize a weekend where she will be co-teaching with Kate Bernheimer, a local fiction writer. What does the future look like? Since Casa Libre has really expanded, and now there is this whole group of people who are really involved—my board of directors, myself, my assistant director—one of the things I’d like to do is start a program where we can bring all of our mentors into town to work with the community here: people who’ve inspired us to be writers and can inspire Tucson in different ways. This residency with Rebecca is going to be the beginning of that. Have you always had a board of directors? Yes, I had a board of directors, and we’ve had our nonprofit status now for six years. But (at first), it was just me involved in the daily activities. TC came in, and then our board of directors shifted from more of a sort of advisory capacity to a working board. Right now, every single one of my board members is involved in a program. They are passionate and care. … Great things are happening, because for everyone involved, this is a labor of love.

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT CASINO DEL SOL Casino del Sol. 5655 W. Valencia Road. (800) 3449435. A celebration in the Event Center features a seated dinner at 7:30 p.m., and KC and the Sunshine Band at 10 p.m.; $125 includes dinner, party favors, a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight; $75 without dinner. Visit for tickets and more information. The Bingo Hall offers a free Tejano show with La Maldad, La Diferenzia and Ruban Ramos; party favors; a champagne toast; menudo and a balloon drop at midnight. In the Paradiso Bar and Lounge, Mezzo Forté performs free, and a balloon drop takes place at midnight. Visit for more information. NEW YEAR’S EVE COMEDY MURDER-MYSTERY DINNER THEATER Sheraton Four Points. 1900 E. Speedway Blvd. 3277341. Murder at the Vampire’s Wedding moves from its regular space at El Parador to a larger venue for a special event at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31; $75 includes a three-course dinner, show and after-party. A dance contest with prizes, a no-host bar, an audience sing-along, a balloon drop and a champagne toast at midnight are included. Call 624-0172 for reservations. NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH THE TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA “New Year’s Eve: Moveable Musical Feast,” beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, features TSO members performing in various combinations as each course of a five-course meal is served in a different location on the hotel grounds; $199. Visit, or call 882-8585 for tickets or more information. NIGHT THING: SAILING INTO 2012 ... TOGETHER JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa. 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. 792-3500. Ports-of-call including Paris, Greece, Japan and Brazil are featured at a celebration benefiting Wingspan at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31; $150. A reception with cocktails and hors d’ouevres is followed by a four-course gourmet dinner, casino entertainment, dancing, a light show and live music. Bunny Fu Fu emcees. Call 624-1779, or visit for tickets or more information. NEW YEAR’S EVE AT SONORAN BALLROOM ACADEMY Sonoran Ballroom Academy. 5536 E. Grant Road. 2902990. Ballroom dancing, a midnight countdown, snacks and cider are offered. Festivities begin at 8 p.m. $35 at the door, $25 in advance. Visit arizona-ballroom-dance. com for more info. THUNDER IN THE DESERT GATHERING OF NATIVE CULTURES Rillito Raceway Park. River Road and First Avenue. 293-5011. An event featuring representatives from more than 180 tribal nations includes Native American crafts, food, dancing, drumming and kids’ activities, from Friday, Dec. 30, through Sunday, Jan. 8. Hours are approximately noon to 6 p.m., daily, with some evening and late-evening events; $12 per day, free child younger than 8, $30 three-day weekend pass, $90 for the entire event. Visit for a detailed schedule of hours and activities. TYP ‘RESOLUTION’ NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. 7000 N. Resort Drive. 299-2020. Tucson Young Professionals present “Resolution”: a celebration of the year 2012 with a red carpet, an ice bar and martini lounge, a cash cigar bar, two DJs, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, shadow dancers, a Moulin Rouge-style floor show, a midnight toast and lots of party favors, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31; $100, $125 VIP with special seating area. Call 299-2020, or visit for tickets and more information.

UPCOMING COOKIES AND CABERNET Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-7798. Tucson chefs create unique desserts incorporating Girl Scout cookies for a fundraising event from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6; $55 door, $45 online. Hors d’ouevres and wines also are included. Participating chefs represent Feast, Pastiche Modern Eatery, Kingfisher Bar and Grill, Bob’s Steak and Chop House, Hub Restaurant and Ice Creamery and The Abbey. Call 319-3147, or visit

ANNOUNCEMENTS CALL TO ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, PERFORMERS AND OTHER CREATORS Monterey Court Studio Galleries. 505 W. Miracle Mile. 582-0514. Installation and media artists, performers, troupes, bands, scientists, photographers, characters, designers, circus acts and the like are sought for the late-January venue launch, Mercury Portal. The evening uses the former motel’s entire outdoor space for a celebration of all things midcentury kitsch-Western and space-age atomic. Hours of the event are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29; $6. A night program for age 21 and older takes place at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28; $16. Participant pay depends on ticket sales. Call 906-8177, or email for more information.

BULLETIN BOARD EVENTS THIS WEEK BICAS BASIC MAINTENANCE WORKSHOPS BICAS. 44 W. Sixth St. 628-7950. A three-hour class teaches how your bicycle works and how you can prolong its life, from 4 to 7 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month; $20. Topics include fixing a flat, diagnosing problems and regular maintenance techniques. ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DROP-OFF Valencia Branch, Tucson-Pima Public Library. 202 W. Valencia Road. 594-5390. Donations of non-working computers and peripherals, home-entertainment electronics, microwaves, small appliances, cameras, cell phones and electrical wires allow RISE to provide refurbished electronics to nonprofit organizations and lowincome families at reduced prices. Collection is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 3 through 5; free. Tube/CRT televisions are not accepted. Visit for more information about RISE and its parent, COPE Community Services. FOUNTAIN FLYERS TOASTMASTERS Coco’s Bakery Restaurant. 7250 N. Oracle Road. 7422840. Participants learn and enhance speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment, from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m., Tuesday; free. Call 861-1160 for more information. GOOD INTENTIONS, HAPPY LIFE Dry River Collective. 740 N. Main Ave. 882-2170. Participants create decorated tins of collaged, painted and embellished New Year’s intentions to motivate themselves to embrace creativity and reach for dreams, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29; $20 includes all materials. The activity is in Kaitlin’s Creative cottage in the courtyard. HOLIDAY SHOW AT MADARAS GALLERY Madaras Gallery. 3001 E. Skyline Road, Suite 101. 615-3001. Snow scenes and holiday gifts are featured through Saturday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit for more information. NEW SOCKS FOR THE NEW YEAR New socks and shoes, and gently used pants and jackets, are collected for the TUSD Clothing Bank from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Myers/ Ganoung Elementary School, 5000 E. Andrew St.; and the Robert D. Morrow Education Center, 1010 E. 10th St. The drive continues through Tuesday, Jan. 31, except for Friday, Dec. 30; Monday, Jan. 2; and Monday, Jan. 16. Call 584-6752, or visit SOCRATES CAFÉ Metropolitan Grill. 7892 N. Oracle Road. 531-1212. A group discusses philosophical questions old and new at 6:30 p.m., the first and third Monday of every month; free. Call 575-1743 for more information.

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discusses current events every Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; free. All are welcome. Email, or visit for more information. FRONTIER PRINTING PRESS DEMONSTRATION Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 398-2252. Printer and teacher James Pagels demonstrates the 1858 Washington Press used to print Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first newspaper, from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Dec. 29; $4, $1 age 7 to 13, free child age 6 and younger, includes admission to the Presidio.

UPCOMING DIVORCE RECOVERY 1 St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Methodist Church. 1431 W. Magee Road. 297-2062. Trained volunteers lead a nonsectarian support group from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5 through March 8. The group is closed after Jan. 12. Call 495-0704, or visit for more information. IONS MONTHLY PRESENTATION Unity of Tucson. 3617 N. Camino Blanco. 5773300. Dr. Allan J. Hamilton presents a lecture about out-of-body experiences, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Neuroscience of Transcendence,â&#x20AC;? from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6; $5. Call 399-8285, or visit

ANNOUNCEMENTS CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: TUCSON CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL Community groups, businesses, religious groups, neighborhood associations and ad hoc groups of five or more volunteers are needed to adopt parks, streets, washes and other public areas on an ongoing basis. Call 7913109, or visit COATS FOR CUBS Donations of real fur apparel, in any condition, can provide bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife. Buffalo Exchange has donated 6,331 used furs since 2006, and will take donations through Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. Visit for a complete list of U.S. locations. ELDER CIRCLES: THE WISDOM JOURNEY Elders hear presentations and share stories each month on one of four topics intended to encourage pro-active aging: life review; life repair; legacy; and mentoring; free. The first Tuesday of every month, at 10 a.m.: TMC Senior Center, 1400 N. Wilmot Road; and at 10:30 a.m.: The Fountains at La Cholla, 2001 W. Rudasill Road. The third Wednesday of every month, at 3:15 p.m.: Manor at Midvale, 6250 S. Commerce Court. The second Friday of every month, at 10 a.m.: St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Road. Call 298-6542, or email for more information. GLBT MEET AND GREET CataVinos. 3063 N. Alvernon Way. 323-3063. This networking and wine-tasting event takes place from 4 to 8 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month. $10 for six wines. PIMA COUNCIL ON AGING INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE Pima Council on Aging offers free, one-on-one confidential information and referral sessions at many locations throughout the city. For a complete list, visit From 10 a.m. to noon, the second Tuesday

of every month: Sahuarita Branch Library, 725 W. Via Rancho, Sahuarita. From 10 a.m. to noon, the second and fourth Wednesday of every month: Ellie Towne/ Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the second and last Wednesday of every month: Quincie Douglas Senior Center, 1575 E. 36th St. From 10 a.m. to noon, the third and fourth Wednesday of every month: Freedom Park Recreation Center, 5000 E. 29th St. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., the third and fourth Thursday of every month: Clements Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive. WORD WEAVERS Dry River Collective. 740 N. Main Ave. 882-2170. A womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing circle meets from 1 to 3 p.m., every Friday, in Kaitlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creative Cottage in the courtyard; $5. Bring writing tools; tea, cookies and interesting writing prompts are provided. Call 622-6161 for more info.

BUSINESS & FINANCE UPCOMING HOW TO PROSPER IN 2012 Raskob/Kambourian Financial Advisors. 4100 N. First Ave. 690-1999. Financial advisers provide tips for weathering uncertain economic times, from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6; free, no obligation.

ANNOUNCEMENTS DROP-IN JOB HELP Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 5945500. A computer instructor provides one-on-one job help, including resume-writing; choosing a career; and updating interviewing, networking and job-search skills, from noon to 3 p.m., each Monday; and from 9 a.m. to noon, each Thursday, in the second-floor Catalina Room; free. Walk-ins are welcome. Call 791-4010, or email to register. TUCSON BUSINESS CONNECTION Lindyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Redline Sports Grill. 445 W. Wetmore Road. 888-8084. A free networking mixer takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month. Visit for more information.

HIMMEL PARK LIBRARY Himmel Park. 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. 791-3276. Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock, a documentary about a black feminist active in the integration of Central High School, screens from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9; free.

ANNOUNCEMENTS CALL FOR FILMMAKERS The Loft Cinema and Susan G. Komen for the Cure seek submissions of 30-second films for a competition with a $500 prize and an opportunity to air on local television. Films must portray one of three messages: early detection is the best protection; know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s normal for you; 75 percent of what Komen raises stays in Southern Arizona. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Jan. 3; submission guidelines are at

GARDENING EVENTS THIS WEEK GARDENING CLASSES AT THE LIBRARY Master gardeners from the Pima County Cooperative Extension Service conduct free classes at the libraries: Wednesday, Jan. 4, 11 and 25, at 1 p.m., MurphyWilmot Branch, Tucson-Pima Public Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road; the first Saturday every month, at 10:30 a.m., Mission Branch, Tucson-Pima Public Library, 3770 S. Mission Road; and every Friday through April 27, at 1 p.m., Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Visit for more information. TUCSON AFRICAN VIOLET SOCIETY The East Side Night Meeting of the Tucson African Violet Society gathers from 7 to 9 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month, at The Cascades, 201 N. Jessica Ave. The East Side Day Meeting takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., the second Wednesday of every month, at The Cascades. The Northwest Day Meeting takes place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the second Thursday of every month, at The Inn at the Fountains at La Cholla, 2001 W. Rudasill Road.



LOFT CINEMA SPECIAL EVENTS Loft Cinema. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777. Unless otherwise noted, show time is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $5 to $9. Visit for a complete list of all shows and special events. Friday, Dec. 30: The Women on the Sixth Floor; free member. Wednesday, Jan. 11: The 2011 Sundance Shorts; $8, $6 member. Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m.: The Roundup (La Rafle), opening event of the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival; $8, $7 JCC members, seniors and students with valid ID. Visit for advance tickets and more information about the festival.

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FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP St. Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Any family caregiver who needs a safe place to share highs and lows, learn about resources, ask questions and develop coping skills is invited to drop into this facilitated group from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the first and third Wednesday of every month; free. Participants may attend as often or as seldom as they like. Call 790-0504 or 891-3299 for more information.



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FREE ACUPUNCTURE AND FOOD DRIVE Tucson Community Acupuncture. 2900 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 170. 881-1887. Acupuncture treatments are given from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 1; free with a donation of two nonperishable items for the Community Food Bank. Call or visit for more information.

PFLAG Ward 6 City Council Office. 3202 E. First St. 7914601. PFLAG (Parents 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. TUCSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RIVER OF WORDS YOUTH POETRY AND ART TRAVELING EXHIBIT Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch, Pima County Public Library. 7800 N. Schisler Drive. 594-5200. This exhibit of art and writing expressing local childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understanding of watersheds and the natural world closes Monday, Jan. 2. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday; free. Call 615-7855, or email for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS PICTURE THIS: ART FOR FAMILIES Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. An art-education program for kids ages 6 through 12 and their family members takes place at 1 p.m., the first Sunday of the month; free, including admission to the museum. Sunday, Jan. 1: Create your own album covers inspired by photographs in the exhibition Who Shot rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll: A Photographic History.


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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS Professionals and enthusiasts are sought to fill 10 openings for advisers on the Arizona State Parks Board. Three openings require experience in botany, ecology, hydrology, zoology, wildlife biology, conservation or preserve-management fields. Others require experience with off-highway vehicle use or representation of nonmotorized trail interests. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20. Visit, or call (602) 542-7127 for an application and more information.


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FIRST DAY HIKES Celebrate the new year on Sunday, Jan. 1, with a guided hike through an Arizona State Park, coordinated through the inaugural First Day Hikes program, which the parks hope to make an annual event. Take water, a hat, sunscreen, boots and seasonal clothing. 9 a.m.: Catalina State Park, Tucson. 10 a.m.: Picacho Peak, Picacho. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Roper Lake, Graham. 10:30 a.m.: Kartchner Caverns, Benson. 11 a.m.: Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior; $9, $4.50 age 4 through 12. Visit for more information. HOLIDAY NIGHT DRIVE Saguaro National Park East. 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail. 733-5153. The Cactus Forest Loop Drive has starlight driving hours from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29; $10 vehicle; passes apply. Reservations are required; call or visit for reservations or more information. WAKE UP WITH THE BIRDS Agua Caliente Regional Park. 12325 E. Roger Road. 877-6000. Spot wetland birds, hummingbirds, songbirds and raptors on a walk from 8:30 to 10 a.m., every Thursday; free. Binoculars are available. Call 615-7855, or e-mail for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS SABINO CANYON HIKES Sabino Canyon Visitors’ Center. 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road. 749-8700. Hikes led by Sabino Canyon Volunteer naturalists start at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 30. Hikes range from easy to medium-difficulty and last from two to four hours. Most are free and depart from the visitor center. Some require an $8 tram ride. Visit scvntucson. org for details.

SPIRITUALITY EVENTS THIS WEEK NEW YEAR’S DAY AT GOVINDA’S Govinda’s Natural Foods Buffet and Boutique. 711 E. Blacklidge Drive. 792-0630. Participants launch the new year with chanting from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 1; $5 suggested donation. Sura and the Temple Bhajan Band present music and a dance performance, and a vegetarian meal follows. Call 792-0630, or visit Govinda’s of Tucson for more information.

UPCOMING INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM Friends Meeting House. 931 N. Fifth Ave. 884-1776. A five-week introductory course in Buddhism takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., every Tuesday, Jan. 10 through March 13; $45 includes the book. Email blazemason@ for more information. TUCSON DOWSERS MONTHLY MEETING Unity of Tucson. 3617 N. Camino Blanco. 577-3300. Nancy Clark presents “Soul Shifting,” from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; free. Call 531-8039, or visit for more information.

SPORTS EVENTS THIS WEEK UA MEN’S BASKETBALL UA McKale Memorial Center. 1721 E. Enke Drive. Tickets are $19 to $120; visit for tickets or more information. Saturday, Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m.: Arizona State. Thursday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m.: Oregon State. Saturday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.: Oregon.

UPCOMING UA SWIMMING AND DIVING UA Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. 1827 E. Enke Drive. 621-0614. A swimming and diving meet takes place at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6; free. The UA men’s and women’s teams compete with Iowa, Ohio State, NAU and New Mexico State. Visit for more info. UA WILDCAT HOCKEY Tucson Convention Center. 260 S. Church Ave. 7914101. Unless otherwise indicated, games are at 7:30 p.m.; $5 to $15. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6 and 7: San Diego State. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 and 14: Michigan State University. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21: Davenport University. Visit for tickets or more information.


and ’50s takes place at 7 p.m., the first and third Tuesday of every month; $10, $5 ages 4 through 12. Call or visit for more information.



NOT BURNT OUT JUST UNSCREWED A comedy troupe performs family-friendly improv for freewill donations at 7:30 p.m., the first Friday of every month, at Revolutionary Grounds Coffee House, 616 N. Fourth Ave.; and the third Friday of every month, at Rock N Java, 7555 Twin Peaks Road, Marana. Call 8612986, or visit for info.


CONTRA DANCING First United Methodist Church. 915 E. Fourth St. 6226481. Live music, callers and an alcohol- and smokefree environment are provided for contra dancing at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31. $8. An introductory lesson takes place at 6:30 p.m. Call 325-1902, or visit

LAST CHANCE UPCOMING ‘MAKE A WISH’ DANCE COMPETITION Berger Performing Arts Center. 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. 770-3762. Obscene Gestures! Dance Crew hosts a dance competition to raise money for families in need, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; $8, $6 advance $5 child, free infant. Competing crews include United, Element, Set 4 Life, Sinister Kidz, Elektrolyttlez, Hidden Language, Demolition and The Drop Varsity and Company. Call 820-2262, or visit THE MOVEMENT SALON WITH ARCHITECTS ZUZI’s Theater. 738 N. Fifth Ave. 629-0237. Members of the Architects and Movement Salon present Improvisologies, an evening of spontaneous compositions about healing from the events of Jan. 8, 2011, at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8; $10 to $15 suggested donation. No advance sales. Visit or for more information.

MUSIC EVENTS THIS WEEK 17TH STREET GUITAR AND WORLD MUSIC STORE 17th Street Guitar and World Music Store. 810 E. 17th St. 624-8821, ext. 147. Free concerts take place from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday. Dec. 31: Stefan George, acoustic blues and folk. Jan. 7: Don and Victoria Armstrong, Southwest folk. Call 624-8821, ext. 7147, for more information. BLUEGRASS MUSIC JAM SESSIONS Note time changes and a new location for 2012. The Desert Bluegrass Association hosts free public jam sessions monthly. The first Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m.: Udall Recreation Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road, 2961231. The first Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.: Rincon Market, 2315 E. Sixth St., 296-1231. The third Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m., Music and Arts Center, 8320 N. Thornydale Road, No. 150-170, 579-2299. The third Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m.: Pinnacle Peak Restaurant, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road, 296-0911. The fourth Sunday, from 4 to 6 p.m.: Thirsty’s Neighborhood Grill, 2422 N. Pantano Road, 885-6585. The fourth Wednesday, from 4 to 6 p.m.: 17th Street Market, 840 E. 17th St., 792-2588, pickers only. Call the phone number provided for each venue for more information. DOVE OF PEACE CONCERT Dove of Peace Lutheran Church. 665 W. Roller Coaster Road. 887-5127. Musicians from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Tucson Chamber Artists perform the music of Mozart at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 1; freewill donations benefit Interfaith Community Services.

UPCOMING ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC Leo Rich Theater. 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4101. Yelizaveta and Yelena Beriyeva perform on one piano at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8; $25, $10 student. Visit for tickets and more info. BILL CANTOS St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. 1145 E. Fort Lowell Road. 888-0505. International recording artist Bill Cantos, brother of St. Demetrios’ Father Earl Cantos, performs a concert of pop and jazz standards, religious music and original compositions at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6; $45, $35 advance, $250 VIP table for 4, $200 VIP table advance. Proceeds benefit the church. Call 8880505, or visit for tickets.

THEATER CONTINUING BEOWULF ALLEY’S OLD TIME RADIO THEATRE Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. A reading of radio scripts from the ’30s, ’40s

THE COMEDY PLAYHOUSE Comedy Playhouse and School. 3620 N. First Ave. 260-6442. A Christmas Carol closes Friday, Dec. 30; $18, $16 senior or student. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Dec. 29 and 30. Call or email for reservations. THE GASLIGHT THEATRE The Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 8869428. Christmas in the Big Apple closes Sunday, Jan. 1. Showtimes are at 3, 6 and 8:30 p.m., through Friday, Dec. 30; 3, 6 and 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31; and 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 1; $17.95 adult, $7.95 age 12 and younger, $15.95 student, military and senior. Show times may vary. Call or visit thegaslighttheatre. com for reservations. LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-4242. Reckless, by Craig Lucas, closes with a performance at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30. $18, $16 student, senior and military. Call or visit for information. PINNACLE PEAK PISTOLEROS WILD WEST STUNT SHOW Trail Dust Town. 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. 296-4551. The Pistoleros present Santa’s Little Outlaws every night through Sunday, Jan. 1. Showtimes are 7 and 8 p.m., through Friday; and 6, 7 and 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; $3, $1 child younger than 11.

UPCOMING BEOWULF ALLEY THEATRE COMPANY Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. 11 S. Sixth Ave. 8820555. Word Clouds tells a moving story of ordinary and extraordinary responses to the tragedy of Jan. 8, 2011. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6 and 7; $12. Call or visit for tickets and more information.

KIRK-BEAR CANYON LIBRARY Kirk-Bear Canyon Library. 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. 792-5021. Birds With Attitude, a solo exhibit of acrylic and watercolor paintings by Ruth Canada, opens Monday, Jan. 2, and continues through Tuesday, Jan. 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday; free. MADARAS GALLERY Madaras Gallery. 3001 E. Skyline Road, Suite 101. 615-3001. Diana Madaras’ favorite paintings from the past 15 years of calendars are displayed for sale; and a raffle offers a complete set of her 15 years of calendars, from Sunday, Jan. 1, through Tuesday, Jan. 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Visit for info. MARK SUBLETTE MEDICINE MAN GALLERY Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-7798. An exhibit of paintings by Dean Mitchell opens Monday, Jan. 2, and continues through Wednesday, Feb. 15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday; free. Visit for more information. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH Unitarian Universalist Church. 4831 E. 22nd St. 7481551. A Wave of Dreams, an exhibit of watercolors by Bernardita Reitz, opens Wednesday, Jan. 4, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and noon to 1 p.m., Sunday; free. An artist’s reception takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8; free.

CONTINUING ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM Ironwood Gallery. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. Fiesta Sonora, an exhibit of paintings on desert themes by members of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, continues through Sunday, Jan. 8; free with admission. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4


COMEDY PLAYHOUSE AND SCHOOL Comedy Playhouse and School. 3620 N. First Ave. 2606442. The Comedy Genius of Mark Twain II, a compendium of vignettes from the author’s essays, opens Friday, Jan. 6, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 15. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $12. Call or visit thecomedyplayhouse. com for tickets or more information. LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP Live Theatre Workshop. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 3274242. Arthur Miller’s All My Sons opens with preview performances at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Jan. 5 and 6, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 12. Show times are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday; $18, $12 preview. Call or visit for tickets and more info. RED BARN THEATER Red Barn Theater. 948 N. Main Ave. 622-6973. The musical comedy How to Talk to a Minnesotan opens Friday, Jan. 6, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 29. Show times are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday; $16, $10 Friday, $13 senior, student or military. Call or visit for info. THE ROGUE THEATRE The Rogue Theatre. 300 E. University Blvd. 5512053. With just three actors and three musicians, Shipwrecked: An Entertainment tells the tale of a castaway returning to British society after being marooned among Aborigines. The play debuts Thursday, Jan. 5, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 22. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday. Following its Tucson run, the Rogue takes the play to India for three weeks. Visit for tickets and more information. WINDING ROAD THEATER ENSEMBLE The Last Five Years opens with a preview Thursday, Jan. 5, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater, 330 S. Scott Ave. From Friday through Sunday, Jan. 20 through 22, performances are at St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Road. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday; $26, $23 senior, theater artist and student and military with ID. Visit for tickets or more info.

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p.m., daily; $14.50, $4.50 age 6 through 12, free 5 and younger. DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Davis Dominguez Gallery. 154 E. Sixth St. 629-9759. An exhibit of abstract paintings by Joanne Kerrihard, narrative paintings by Jean Stern and abstract sculpture by David Mazza continues through Saturday, Jan. 28. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; free. Call or visit for more information. DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. 6300 N. Swan Road. 299-9191. Musical Compositions of Ted DeGrazia, an exhibition of paintings, drawings and musical scores Ted DeGrazia composed for his 1930s big-band orchestra, is on display through Monday, Jan. 16. 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 DIOVANTI DESIGNS GALLERY Diovanti Designs Gallery. 174 E. Toole Ave. 305-7957. Raíces Profundas/The Depth of Our Roots, a collection of work by Yovannah Diovanti, is displayed for sale through Saturday, Feb. 25. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; free. ETHERTON GALLERY Etherton Gallery. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. Kate Breakey: Slowlight continues through Saturday, Jan. 21. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment; free. Visit ethertongallery. com for more information. FLORENCE QUATER GALLERY Southwest University of Visual Arts’ Florence Quater Gallery. 2538 N. Country Club Road. 325-0123. An exhibit of senior thesis works by BFA students in photography and studio art continues through Friday, Jan. 20. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. MARK SUBLETTE MEDICINE MAN GALLERY Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-7798. An exhibit of paintings by Logan Maxwell Hagege and Dominik Modlinski, featuring the Two Grey Hills trading post and weavers, continues through Thursday, Jan. 5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday; free. Visit for info. NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL FINANCIAL NETWORK Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. 1760 E. River Road, No. 247. 325-4575. Expressions From Two Perspectives, an exhibit of mixed-media work by Sandy Brittain and Marti White, continues through Thursday, Jan. 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; free. OBSIDIAN GALLERY Obsidian Gallery. 410 N. Toole Ave. 577-3598. Figures and Frames continues through Saturday, Jan. 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday; free. PHILABAUM GLASS STUDIO AND GALLERY Philabaum Glass Studio and Gallery. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. Studio Hotshots continues through Saturday, Jan. 28. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. PORTER HALL GALLERY Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 3269686, ext. 10. Leading Inward, an exhibit of paintings for sale by Mary Rosas, continues through Tuesday, Jan. 17. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; $8, $4 child age 4 to 12, free younger child or member. Call or visit for more information. QUANTUM ART GALLERY Quantum Art Gallery. 505 W. Miracle Mile, No. 2. 9077644. A Taste of Things to Come, an exhibit of work by Matthias and Emily Stern Düwel, Micheline Johnoff and Citizen Zane, continues through Wednesday, Feb. 29, except Sunday, Jan. 1. Hours are 2:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday; free. SOUTHERN ARIZONA ARTS GUILD Sheraton Hotel and Suites. 5151 E. Grant Road. 3236262. An art show juried by SAAG members continues through Monday, April 30. The exhibit is always open; free. Visit for more information. STONE DRAGON STUDIO Stone Dragon Studio. 1122 N. Stone Ave. 405-5800. Moira Geoffrion’s exhibit Avian Personae continues through Saturday, Jan. 7. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and by appointment; free. Call for an appointment or more information.


TOHONO CHUL PARK Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 7426455. Wordplay: Artful Words, an exhibition that explores the relationship of art to language, is displayed through Sunday, Jan. 22; free with admission. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; $7, $5 senior or active military, $3 student with ID, $2 age 5 to 12, free younger child. Call or visit for information. TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT GALLERY Tucson International Airport Gallery. 7250 S. Tucson Blvd. Photographs on loan from Etherton Gallery’s Exhibit Rockin’ the Desert: Photographs by Baron Wolman and Lynn Goldsmith are displayed adjacent to Security Checkpoint B through Sunday, Jan. 15. The galleries are always open; free. Visit TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER Tucson Jewish Community Center. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000, ext. 106. Synagogues of Mexico: Photographs by Moy Volkovich continues through Thursday, Feb. 2. Except for Jewish holidays, gallery hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday; 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; free. Visit for a schedule of holidays. UA POETRY CENTER ART EXHIBIT UA Poetry Center. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765. Portraits of Poets, a limited-edition series of Gwyneth Scally’s hand-pulled linoleum prints of famous poets’ portraits, continues through Saturday, Jan. 28. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; free.

free. Call 791-4010, or email for info. KIRK-BEAR CANYON LIBRARY Kirk-Bear Canyon Library. 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. 792-5021. Elements in Art, abstract mixed-media work by Mary Kunkel, closes Saturday, Dec. 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday; free. PATCHOULI BLUE Patchouli Blue. 186 N. Meyer Ave. 981-7180. An exhibit of paintings by Juan Carlos Breceda, Patty McNulty and Arienne Ellis closes Saturday, Dec. 31. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday and Monday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. Call or visit for more information. SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Gallery. 5605 E. River Road, Suite 131. Members of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild sell their paintings, many priced at less than $100, closing Saturday, Dec. 31. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Visit for more information.


TEMPLE GALLERY Temple Gallery. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 624-7370. Ken Figueredo (1942-2010): Altered States, an exhibit of inkjet prints made from 19thcentury engravings and inspired by televised images of redacted secret government documents, closes Tuesday, Jan. 3. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and before Arizona Theatre Company performances on Saturday and Sunday. Call 622-2823, or e-mail for more information.

AGUA CALIENTE RANCH HOUSE GALLERY Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery. 12325 E. Roger Road. 749-3718. Feathers, Fur, Lizards and Landscapes, an exhibit of paintings and photographs by Leslie Sinclair and Axel Elfner, closes Wednesday, Jan. 4. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday; free. Call 615-7855, or email eeducation@

TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT GALLERY Tucson International Airport Gallery. 7250 S. Tucson Blvd. Modello, an exhibit of paintings and prints by Christina McNearney in the TIA Center Gallery, and Our Arizona, an exhibit of quilts celebrating the state’s centennial, in Welcome Lounge A, close Saturday, Dec. 31. The galleries are always open; free. Visit for more information.

ART GALLERY Art Gallery. 1122 N. Stone Ave. 624-7099, 405-5800. The Secret Santa Show, an exhibit and sale of works by 20 artists, closes Friday, Dec. 30. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and by appointment; free.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH Unitarian Universalist Church. 4831 E. 22nd St. 7481551. An exhibit of work by the 40-member Pima Painting Club closes Sunday, Jan. 1. Hours are 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; free.

ARTS MARKETPLACE Arts Marketplace. 403 N. Sixth Ave. 271-3155. An exhibit of paintings, jewelry, small encaustic sculptures and found objects closes Friday, Dec. 30. Hours are noon to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, or by appointment; free. A free altered-book workshop, featuring ways to recycle a book into a work of art, takes place from 1 to 4 p.m., every Sunday, except Jan. 1. Visit for more information.

UNITY OF TUCSON Unity of Tucson. 3617 N. Camino Blanco. 577-3300. An exhibition of photography by Jan Mayer closes Tuesday, Jan. 3. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sunday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; free.

ATLAS FINE ART SERVICES Atlas Fine Art Services. 41 S. Sixth Ave. 622-2139. Small Works, a group exhibition in all media, closes Saturday, Dec. 31. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday; free. CONRAD WILDE GALLERY Conrad Wilde Gallery. 439 N. Sixth Ave., Suite 171. 622-8997. High Contrast, a multimedia exhibition in black and white, closes Saturday, Dec. 31. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; free. Visit for more information. CRIZMAC ART AND CULTURAL MARKETPLACE CRIZMAC Art and Cultural Marketplace. 1642 N. Alvernon Way. 323-8555. A holiday show and sale, featuring folk art, toys, books, jewoo s, cclothing, ot g, masks as s aand d je elry created by local and international artists, closes Saturday, Dec. 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., .m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; free. Call or visit it for more info.

OUT OF TOWN GLOBAL ARTS GALLERY Global Arts Gallery. 315 McKeown Ave. Patagonia. (520) 394-0077. Barbara Brandel: Sacred Threads, an exhibit of paintings inspired by textiles from around the world, continues through Monday, Jan. 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; free. SPIRIT GALLERY Spirit Gallery. 516 Tombstone Canyon Road. Bisbee. (520) 249-7856. Rock Paper Fence, an exhibit of recent work by Laurie McKenna, continues through Sunday, Jan. 15. Hours are noon to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday; free. Call (520) 432-5491 for more information. TUBAC CENTER OF THE ARTS Tubac Center of the Arts. 9 Plaza Road. Tubac. (520) 398-2371. The 41st Annual Members’ Only Show and hand-crafted a showcase of hand crafted ggifts, collectibles and miniatures close Monday, Jan. 2. Hours are M 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 4 Saturday; and noon to 4:30 p.m., Sunday; free. Call or visit tubacarts. org for information.

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JOEL D. VALDEZ MAIN LIBRARY Joel D. Valdez Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 594-5500. An exhibit of photography by architect Alfonso Elia closes Saturday, Dec. 31. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through gh Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m. to o5 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., ., Sunday;

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UA BIOSPHERE 2 GALLERY Biosphere 2 Center. 32540 Bio S. Biosphere 2 Road. Oracle. 838-6200. Earth and Mars: 83 Stephen Strom, a collection S of o diptychs that juxtapose abstract desert landscape a images with photos of Mars im from the NASA archives, fr is displayed through Friday, March 30; free with admisMa sion. sion Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., p.m. daily. $10 to $20. Visit for more info. b2scie

UPCOMING HAVE YOUR ART PROFESSIONALLY PHOTOGRAPHED Arts Marketplace. 403 N. Sixth Ave. 271-3155. Artists and collectors can have high-quality digital images of their flat mounted art (60” x 60” maximum) photographed by a professional for reproduction from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7; $20 each item, three-item minimum. Glass must be removed from frames before the session. Image files are available on CD within five days. Email, indicating the number of pieces you will bring and your preferred time slot.

ANNOUNCEMENTS CALL FOR ARTISTS Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery. 12325 E. Roger Road. 749-3718. Artists are invited to submit work that’s in keeping with the park setting, reflecting nature, wildlife, landscapes, Southwestern themes or local cultures, to be considered for a four-week exhibit in 2013. The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 6. Call or email for information.

MUSEUMS EVENTS THIS WEEK A HEALTHY CELEBRATION Arizona State Museum. 1013 E. University Blvd. 6216302. Terrol Dew Johnson’s Through the Eyes of the Eagle: Illustrating Healthy Living continues through Saturday, Jan. 7. The family-friendly exhibition raises awareness about Type 2 diabetes prevention from a Native American perspective, using photographs, objects, artwork, storytelling, hands-on activities and video. Many Mexicos: Vistas de la Frontera is exhibited through November 2012. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except Monday, Jan. 2; $5, free younger than 18, member, active-duty military and their families, UA and PCC staff or student with ID, researchers and scholars with appointments, visitors to the library or the store, and everyone on days of public programs. Visit for more info. CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Center for Creative Photography. 1030 N. Olive Road. 621-7968. Ansel Adams: The View From Here, featuring 40 photographs of the Yosemite wilderness taken in the 1910s and ’20s, continues through Sunday, Feb. 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, except Sunday, Jan. 1; free. Visit for more info. IT’S A GAS: THE BRIGHT SIDE OF SCIENCE UA Science: Flandrau. 1601 E. University Blvd. 6217827. An exhibit about the science of gases, including information about climate, micro-organisms, hot-air balloons and how Tucson’s famous neon signs are being restored, closes Saturday, Dec. 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday; 6 to 9 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday. $7.50, $5 age 4 to 15, free younger child, $2 Arizona college student with ID, $2 discount to CatCard holders. Visit for more information. MOCA MOCA. 265 S. Church Ave. 624-5019. An exhibit of work by MOCA artist-in-residence Armando Miguelez continues through Sunday, Jan. 29. Camp Bosworth’s Plata o Plomo, which interprets the Marfa artist’s perceptions of gangster culture in the Americas, also continues through Sunday, Jan. 29. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, except Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1; $8, free member, child younger than 17, veteran, active military and publicsafety officers, and everyone the first Sunday of each month. Call or visit for more info. RODEO PARADE MUSEUM Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum. 4823 S. Sixth Ave. 2943636. A large collection of coaches, carriages, wagons and other vehicles, as well artifacts from Tucson’s aviation history, are exhibited from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, from Monday, Jan. 2, through Saturday, April 7; $10, $8 senior, $2 child, 50 percent off for military personnel and their family with military ID. Call or visit THE SOUTHERN ARIZONA JEWISH EXPERIENCE 1850 TO 1950 The Jewish History Museum. 564 S. Stone Ave. 6709073. An exhibit exploring the daily lives of Jews in Southern Arizona closes Thursday, Dec. 29. Hours are from 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. $5, free member, student with ID and child younger than 12.



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Living Lives BY NICK DEPASCAL, ergio Troncoso’s new novel, From This Wicked Patch of Dust, is a tightly focused and affecting work of fiction that has much to say about family, fidelity, religion and politics without ever seeming heavyhanded and pedantic. Troncoso’s prose is crisp and clear, with nary a wasted word, and he manages to deftly handle numerous storylines over a long period of time in just 240 pages. While a couple of the characters’ arcs are a bit less developed and less believable than the rest, the book is a highly engaging read. When the novel begins, Pilar and Cuauhtémoc Martínez have just moved to Ysleta, Texas (where Troncoso himself grew up), a neighbor of El Paso, with their four young children. The year is 1966. The novel then tracks the members of the Martínez family, and their various failures and triumphs— their births, educations, marriages, careers and deaths, and their ascendance from poverty to the middle class and beyond—over the next 40 years. Despite the shortness of the book, the plot rarely feels rushed or incomplete. Part of this success lies in Troncoso’s characters, each of which is given a distinct personality and appearance, with verbal and physical mannerisms that can be easily imagined in the reader’s mind. As we watch these characters develop, we see their personality traits as children inform the choices they make as adults and ultimately manifest themselves as habits and/or neuroses. For example, as a child, Ismael, the youngest, is uncommonly bright, and we see this carry throughout his high school years as he becomes editor of the school newspaper, and then earns a scholarship to an Ivy League university. But at the same time, we see Ismael’s shyness as a child come out in his constant fear of being rejected and his sense of being a fraud in any new or unfamiliar setting. If any character is given short shrift, it is the eldest child, Julieta/Aliyah. Her transformation—from a slightly rebellious and sullen teenager, to a Central American freedom fighter, to a Muslim convert living in Tehran—never feels fully developed. But that aside, the plot


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is carefully constructed and for the most part feels believable, because Troncoso isn’t the kind of author who conflates melodrama with plot. The events of the story arc feel real, like ones that might actually occur in many families. And it’s nice to read a book that finds a solid middle ground, without a sickly sweet happy ending or one in which everyone ends up dead or bleeding. Troncoso’s novel also succeeds because of his ability to summarize in a clear, concise way—a necessary skill when skipping five or 10 years between sections. Early in the book, Troncoso sums up Pilar and Cuauhtémoc’s courtship and move to the United States in just a few pages. Like many contemporary authors, Troncoso wants his novel to reflect the diversity of American life, and he does so by working in elements of history, philosophy, economics and more. But it’s Troncoso’s restraint and brevity that make his digressions engaging and meaningful. Take, for example, his summary of a method for calculating elevations that Cuauhtémoc uses in his work as a draftsman, which sheds light on his abilities and ultimately his success: “Ándale pues.” The “new method” was the one valuable skill Cuauhtémoc had salvaged from his brief foray into California: a way of calculating an average depth for any terrain, with dozens of reference points from the many hills and valleys within a particular plot of land. He used this average depth to determine where in the landscape to fill in, and where to cut in, so that the company achieved a relatively flat building site with the least movement of earth. When the quantities in question were tons of dirt over hundreds of acres, the right calculations could save the company significant money. This is not simply the author showing his diversity of knowledge, but also an interesting tidbit that helps explain something about the novel’s main character—in this case, how Cuauhtémoc’s knowledge of this calculation helped him succeed in his job, which has specific importance and implications for other aspects of the novel. In From This Wicked Patch of Dust, Sergio Troncoso has constructed a heartfelt and believable portrait of a family growing apart and coming together again as the individuals succeed in America on their own terms.

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TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Who Shot Rock ’n’ Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, continues through Sunday, Jan. 15. Visit for more information. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday; and noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, including Jan. 1. $8, $6 senior or veteran, $3 student with ID, free younger than 13 and everyone the first Sunday every month. UA MUSEUM OF ART UA Museum of Art. 1031 N. Olive Road. 621-7567. Good Vibrations: The Guitar as Design, Craft and Function, a Tucson Rocks! exhibition, continues through Sunday, Jan. 15. Visit for more information. Paseo de Humanidad, a 13-piece installation of life-size migrant figures and Mayan and Aztec codices, is displayed through Sunday, March 11, as a backdrop for Soundscapes of the Border and The Border Centennial Project: An Exhibition and Symposium. 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. Call or visit for more information.

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6. Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa Richard Grant, Free Press ($15)

7. The Tiger’s Wife: A Novel Téa Obreht, Random House ($15)

8. A Border Runs Through It: Journeys in Regional History and Folklore Jim Griffith, Rio Nuevo ($17.95)

9. Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, Scribner ($26.99)

10. Death Comes to Pemberley: A Novel P.D. James, Knopf ($25.95) Sergio Troncoso

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UPCOMING TOM ZOELLNER: A SAFEWAY IN ARIZONA Antigone Books. 411 N. Fourth Ave. 792-3715. Tom Zoellner discusses his book A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6; free. A Q&A and refreshments follow. Call or visit for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS DONATE COPIES OF ‘THE GREAT GATSBY’ Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4875. Donated hardcover and paperback copies of The Great Gatsby are collected for The Big Read Literacy Initiative from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and immediately before performances, through Friday, March 16. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.

LECTURES EVENTS THIS WEEK ART LECTURE SERIES Oro Valley Public Library. 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 2295300. Docents from the UA Museum of Art discuss art topics from 2 to 3 p.m., every Wednesday; free. Jan. 4, Tammy Beaden presents “To Have the World in Hand: 100 Years of Watercolor.”

UPCOMING WOMEN IMPACTING TUCSON Manning House. 450 W. Paseo Redondo. 770-0714. Nutrition consultant Teresa DeKoker discusses “Healthy Ways to Start Your Day and the New Year” at a luncheon from 11:20 to 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9; $25, $20 with an RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 5. The program also includes an update from the new city of Tucson business advocate, Maricela Solis. Call 770-0714 to RSVP.

DECEMBER 29, 2011 - JANUARY 4, 2012



CINEMA The absence of Noomi Rapace is painfully felt in the American remake of ‘Dragon Tattoo’

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BY BOB GRIMM, very much liked the original Swedish film based upon Stieg Larsson’s book The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Unfortunately, I don’t like David Fincher’s Americanized version. It’s one of the dumbest film projects of 2011, a movie whose very existence constitutes a major waste of good, creative energy. I don’t see the logic in remaking the Swedish film so soon—especially when the American remake is set in Sweden. It irritates me that Fincher, one of our finest directors, has dedicated a big chunk of his time to a film that feels like a mere re-creation of director Niels Arden Oplev’s 2009 original. Given that blood still pumps mightily through the veins of actress Noomi Rapace, replacing her with a far-less-remarkable American actress is a major misstep. Rapace has proven with the recent Sherlock Holmes sequel and the upcoming Prometheus that she speaks English well and is capable of fronting a big-budget American picture. Watching the redone-but-not-really Tattoo, I was reminded of Gus Van Sant’s silly attempt to remake Psycho, in which Vince Vaughn replaced Anthony Perkins, and Van Sant recreated virtually every shot of the original. It, too, was ultimately a useless exercise. Fincher takes a few detours from the original, including a stranger and messier ending, but overall, the film delivers the same scenes and plot points. This movie was apparently made under the assumption that most Americans don’t watch foreign films, and that Fincher’s version would be many viewers’ first foray into Larsson’s dark territories. Well, a lot of people did watch the original, and I’m thinking that many of those people will be annoyed by this film. The plot centers on troubled journalist Mikael (Daniel Craig), who, while facing jail time for a story he wrote, moonlights by helping a grieving man (Christopher Plummer) find a woman who has been missing for 40 years. Mikael isn’t getting it done on his own, so he enlists the help of computer-hacker and private-investigator Lisbeth Salander. In the central role of Salander is Rooney Mara, an actress who has failed to impress in the past. She did OK with her few minutes in Fincher’s The Social Network, but she was awful in another pale remake of a great movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street. In my review of the Freddy Krueger redux, I said this: “Mara seems genuinely uninterested in the craft of acting. The energy gets sucked out



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9. Warrior Lionsgate Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. of the movie whenever she’s on screen.” Yeah, I The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo wasn’t impressed. Rated R If there’s any good news regarding Mara, it’s Starring Daniel Craig, that her work has improved. As Salander, Mara Rooney Mara and Christopher Plummer certainly looks the part: She has jet-black, oddly Directed by David Fincher placed hair; bone-white skin; lots of (real) piercSony, 158 minutes ings; and that infamous tattoo on the shoulder. Now playing at AMC Loews Foothills 15 (888Like Rapace, she spends a good portion of the 262-4386), Century El Con 20 (800-326-3264, film naked, and like Rapace, she does naked well. ext. 902), Century Park Place 20 (800-326-3264, Mara is serviceable in the role, but Rapace had ext. 903), Century Theatres at the Oro Valley Marketplace (800-326-3264, ext. 899), Harkins a lot more going on behind her eyes. She just Tucson Spectrum 18 (806-4275) and Tower seemed more wounded, something that suits this Theaters at Arizona Pavilions (579-0500). anxious computer-hacker. Allegedly, there was a campaign for Rapace to reprise the role, but she it came out of the box office rather slowly on apparently turned down the chance to do it again Christmas weekend. Hopefully, Fincher will be (so says the Internet Movie DataBase). So if Rapace was not an option, why did film- forced to do something else and skip the sequels. Even the Swedish versions of the makers do the remake like this? If you are going sequels had diminishing returns; the final film to Americanize something, why not set it in in the trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s America, instead of saddling your lead actress Nest, had an awful story, and I would hate to with a thick, weird, accent? This is essentially see Fincher waste his time on it. the same movie with performers speaking For the uninitiated (meaning those who English rather than Swedish. Set it in, say, San never saw the Swedish version), The Girl With Francisco, and at least the film would have a the Dragon Tattoo might be passably good. It’s new setting and approach. shot well; it has a Trent Reznor soundtrack that Plummer is solid as the man searching for a is only mildly distracting; and it features goodlong-lost relative. Meanwhile, Stellan Skarsgård looking naked people in it. For those who did occupies a role from the prior film and takes it to see the original, there’s nothing new for you— new heights. He’s great in this movie. We also get other than a far-less-interesting actress in the Robin Wright as Craig’s co-editor at the paper. central role. I suspect that this film might become a flop;

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

AMC Loews Foothills 15 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. 888-262-4386. The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Thu-Wed 11:30 The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG) Thu-Mon 9, 2, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50; TueWed 2, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50 The Adventures of Tintin: An IMAX 3D Experience (PG) Thu-Wed 10 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Thu-Mon 9, 10, 11:15, 12:15, 1:25, 3:45, 5:55, 8:15, 10:20; Tue-Wed 10, 11:15, 12:15, 1:25, 3:45, 5:55, 8:15, 10:20 Arthur Christmas (PG) Thu-Mon 9:15; Tue-Wed 11 The Darkest Hour (PG13) Thu-Wed 10:45, 12:55, 8 The Darkest Hour 3D (PG13) Thu-Wed 3:15, 5:45, 10:10 The Descendants (R) ThuMon 9:15, 11:50, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30; TueWed 11:50, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu-Sun 10, 11:45, 1:20, 3:30, 4:45, 7:05, 8:05, 10:30, 11:30; Mon 10, 11:45, 1:20, 3:30, 4:45, 7:05, 8:05, 10:30; Tue-Wed 11:45, 1:20, 3:30, 4:45, 7:05, 8:05, 10:30 Hugo (PG) Thu-Wed 10:55, 1:40 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu-Sun 11:15, 2:15, 5:15, 8:15, 11:15; MonWed 11:15, 2:15, 5:15, 8:15 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol: The IMAX Experience (PG-13) Thu-Wed 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 The Muppets (PG) ThuMon 9:05, 2:30; Tue-Wed 2:30 New Year’s Eve (PG-13) Thu-Tue 11:45, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35; Wed 11:45, 10:35 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) ThuSun 10:20, 1:30, 2:30, 4:40, 5:40, 7:45, 8:30, 10:35, 11:20; Mon-Wed 10:20, 1:30, 2:30, 4:40, 5:40, 7:45, 8:30, 10:35 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG-13) Thu-Wed 4:30, 7:20, 10 War Horse (PG-13) ThuWed 10, 1:05, 4:10, 7:25, 10:35 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu-Wed 11, 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 10:25 Young Adult (R) Thu-Wed 10:45, 1, 3:25, 5:40, 7:55, 10:15

Century El Con 20 3601 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 902. Call for Fri-Wed film times The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Thu 11:30 The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG) Thu 10:45, 1:20, 4:10, 7:15, 10 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Thu 12, 1, 2:20, 3:20, 4:40, 5:40, 7, 8, 9:25, 10:20 Arthur Christmas (PG) Thu 10:25 The Darkest Hour (PG-13) Thu 10:40, 3:10, 7:50 The Darkest Hour 3D (PG-13) Thu 12:55, 5:35, 10:10 The Descendants (R) Thu 11:20, 2:05, 4:45, 7:35, 10:35 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu 10:30, 12, 2, 3:30, 5:30, 7, 9, 10:30 Happy Feet Two (PG) Thu 10:50 Hugo (PG) Thu 12:30, 3:30 J. Edgar (R) Thu 12:15 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu 12, 1, 2:20, 3:15, 4:15, 5:25, 6:30, 7:30, 8:50, 9:45, 10:45; Mon 12, 3:15, 6:30, 9:45 New Year’s Eve (PG-13) Thu 11:10, 2, 4:45, 7:40, 10:25 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 The Sitter (R) Thu 4:05, 6:15, 8:30, 10:40 War Horse (PG-13) Thu 11:15, 12:50, 2:40, 4:05, 6, 7:20, 9:20, 10:35 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu 10:30, 11:45, 1:25, 2:45, 4:25, 5:45, 7:25, 8:45, 10:25 Young Adult (R) Thu 10:40, 1, 3:20, 5:40, 8, 10:20

Century Gateway 12 770 N. Kolb Road. 800-326-3264, ext. 962. Call for Fri-Wed film times Contagion (PG-13) Thu 12:05, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Courageous (PG-13) Thu 12:35, 4:05, 6:55, 9:45 Dolphin Tale (PG) Thu 11:55, 2:30, 5:05 Footloose (PG-13) Thu 12:20, 3:40, 7:20, 10:15 The Help (PG-13) Thu 12:30, 3:50, 7:10 The Ides of March (R) Thu 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10:25 In Time (PG-13) Thu 7:40, 10:20 Moneyball (PG-13) Thu 12:40, 3:45, 7:05, 10 Paranormal Activity 3 (R) Thu 7:50, 9:55 Puss in Boots (PG) Thu 2:50, 7:15 Puss in Boots 3D (PG) Thu 12:25, 5, 9:40 Real Steel (PG-13) Thu 12:45, 4, 7, 9:50 The Smurfs (PG) Thu 12, 2:25, 4:50 Tower Heist (PG-13) Thu 12:10, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30, 10:05

A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas (R) Thu 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:55, 10:10

Century Park Place 20 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. 800-326-3264, ext. 903. Call for Fri-Wed film times The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Thu 10:05, 12:40 The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG) Thu 11:15, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 10:05 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Thu 10:10, 11:20, 12:30, 1:40, 2:50, 4, 5:05, 6:20, 7:35, 8:40, 9:55 Arthur Christmas (PG) Thu 10:30, 12:55 The Darkest Hour (PG13) Thu 10:15, 12:35, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55 The Darkest Hour 3D (PG13) Thu 10:25 The Descendants (R) Thu 10:35, 1:25, 4:05, 7:05, 9:50 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu 11:30, 3, 4:25, 6:35, 8, 10 Happy Feet Two (PG) Thu 11:10 Hugo (PG) Thu 10:15 Immortals (R) Thu 10:30 The Metropolitan Opera: Rodelinda Encore (Not Rated) Wed 6:30 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu 10, 11:05, 1:05, 2:15, 3:15, 4:20, 5:25, 6:25, 7:30, 8:35, 9:35, 10:35 The Muppets (PG) Thu 10:45, 1:30, 4:30, 7:25 New Year’s Eve (PG-13) Thu 10:25, 1:15, 4:05, 7:05, 10 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Thu 10:10, 12:10, 1:10, 2:10, 4:10, 5:10, 6:15, 7:10, 8:10, 10:10 The Sitter (R) Thu 10:15, 12:25, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40, 9:55 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG-13) Thu 10:05, 1, 3:55, 6:55, 9:45 War Horse (PG-13) Thu 10:40, 12:20, 2, 3:40, 5:20, 7, 8:45 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu 10:20, 1:20, 3:10, 4:15, 7:20, 9:15, 10:20

Hugo (PG) Thu 7:40, 10:35 The Metropolitan Opera: Rodelinda Encore (Not Rated) Wed 6:30 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu 10:50, 2:10, 3:50, 5:30, 7:10, 8:50, 10:15 New Year’s Eve (PG-13) Thu 1:15, 4:10, 7:15, 10:05 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Thu 10:25, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:25 War Horse (PG-13) Thu 12:25, 3:45, 7:05, 10:25 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu 10:30, 1:25, 4:35, 7:35, 10:30

Crossroads 6 Grand Cinemas 4811 E. Grant Road. 327-7067. Call for Fri-Wed film times *Indicates a Reel Arts 6 film 50/50 (R) Thu 5:10 *Blackthorn (R) Thu 12:50, 5:15; Fri-Wed 5:15 *Circumstance (R) FriWed 12:40, 2:55, 7:30 Dolphin Tale (PG) Thu 10:50 Drive (R) Thu 9:40 The Help (PG-13) Thu 11:40, 4 The Ides of March (R) Thu 10:20, 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:25, 9:45 Margin Call (R) Thu 2:40, 7:15 *Puncture (R) Thu 10:30, 3, 7:30, 9:55; Fri-Wed 10:30, 9:50 Puss in Boots (PG) Thu 11, 1:10, 3:15, 5:30, 7:35 Real Steel (PG-13) Thu 1:20, 7, 9:50 Tower Heist (PG-13) Thu 10:25, 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:45, 10:10 A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas (R) Thu 10


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

Gallagher Theater UA Student Union, 1303

E. University Blvd. Century Theatres at the 626-0370. No films this week Oro Valley Marketplace Harkins Tucson 12155 N. Oracle Road. Spectrum 18 800-326-3264, ext. 899. Call for Fri-Wed film times The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Thu 12:30 The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG) Thu 10:45, 1:35, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Thu 11, 12:10, 1:20, 2:30, 3:40, 4:50, 7:20, 9:35 The Darkest Hour (PG-13) Thu 12:35, 2:55, 5:20 The Darkest Hour 3D (PG13) Thu 7:45, 10 The Descendants (R) Thu 10:55, 1:45, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu 11:45, 3:20, 6:55, 10:20 Happy Feet Two (PG) Thu 10:35

5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz. 806-4275. The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Thu 9:20, 1:10; FriMon 9:25, 1:10; Tue-Wed 12, 1:10 The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG) Thu-Mon 10:20, 3:50, 6:30, 9:15; TueWed 3:50, 6:30, 9:15 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Thu 9:50, 11:20, 12:20, 1:50, 2:50, 4:15, 5:15, 6:50, 7:50, 9:20, 10:15; Fri-Mon 9:50, 11:20, 12:20, 1:50, 2:50, 4:05, 5:15, 6:55, 9:20; TueWed 11:20, 12:20, 1:50, 2:50, 4:05, 5:15, 6:55, 9:20 Arthur Christmas (PG) Thu 9:25; Fri-Mon 9:20;

Tue-Wed 11:45 The Darkest Hour (PG-13) Thu 3:15; Fri-Wed 3:05 The Darkest Hour 3D (PG-13) Thu-Fri 10:30, 12:50, 5:40, 8, 10:20; Sat 10:30, 12:50, 5:40, 8; Sun-Mon 10:30, 12:50, 5:40, 8, 10:20; Tue-Wed 12:50, 5:40, 8, 10:20 The Descendants (R) Thu 10:55, 1:40, 4:30, 7:15, 10:25; Fri 10:50, 1:35, 4:30, 7:15, 10:15; Sat 10:50, 1:35, 4:30, 7:15; Sun-Mon 10:50, 1:35, 4:30, 7:15, 10:15; Tue-Wed 11, 1:35, 4:30, 7:15, 10:15 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Thu 10:50, 11:50, 2:30, 3:30, 6:05, 7, 9:30, 10:30; Fri 10:40, 11:40, 2:20, 3:20, 6:05, 6:50, 9:30, 10:30; Sat 10:40, 11:40, 2:20, 3:20, 6:05, 6:50; Sun 10:40, 11:40, 2:20, 3:20, 6:05, 6:50, 9:30, 10:30; Mon 10:40, 11:40, 2:20, 3:20, 6:05, 6:50, 9:30; Tue-Wed 11:40, 2:20, 3:20, 6:05, 6:50, 9:30 Happy Feet Two (PG) ends Thu 9:45 Jack and Jill (PG) ends Thu 10:40 Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Thu 9:40, 12, 1, 3:20, 4:20, 6:40, 7:40, 10, 11; Fri 9:40, 12, 1, 3:15, 4:15, 6:40, 7:40, 10, 10:45; Sat 9:40, 12, 1, 3:15, 4:15, 6:40, 7:40; Sun 9:40, 12, 1, 3:15, 4:15, 6:40, 7:40, 10, 10:45; Mon 9:40, 12, 1, 3:15, 4:15, 6:40, 7:40, 10; Tue-Wed 1, 3:15, 4:15, 6:40, 7:40, 10 The Muppets (PG) ThuMon 9:30, 12:10; TueWed 12:10 My Week With Marilyn (R) Fri-Mon 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40; Tue-Wed 11:10, 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 New Year’s Eve (PG-13) Thu-Wed 11:30, 2:45, 6:15, 9 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Thu 10:45, 12:45, 1:45, 3:45, 4:45, 6:45, 7:45, 9:45, 10:45; Fri 9:45, 10:45, 12:45, 1:45, 3:45, 4:45, 6:45, 7:45, 9:50, 10:50; Sat 9:45,

10:45, 12:45, 1:45, 3:45, 4:45, 6:45, 7:45; Sun 9:45, 10:45, 12:45, 1:45, 3:45, 4:45, 6:45, 7:45, 9:50, 10:50; Mon 9:45, 10:45, 12:45, 1:45, 3:45, 4:45, 6:45, 7:45, 9:50; Tue-Wed 12:45, 1:45, 3:45, 4:45, 6:45, 7:45, 9:50 The Sitter (R) Thu 11, 1:20, 3:40, 5:50, 8:10, 10:50; Fri 7:50, 10:05; Sat 7:50, 10; Sun-Wed 7:50, 10:05 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG-13) Thu 1:30, 4:40, 7:30, 10:35; Fri 10:15, 1:30, 4:40, 7:30, 10:35; Sat 10:15, 1:30, 4:40, 7:30; Sun 10:15, 1:30, 4:40, 7:30, 10:35; Mon 10:15, 1:30, 4:40, 7:30, 10:30; Tue-Wed 1:30, 4:40, 7:30, 10:30 War Horse (PG-13) Thu 9:15, 12:40, 3, 4, 6:20, 7:20, 9:40, 10:40; Fri 9:15, 12:40, 3, 4, 6:20, 7:20, 9:45, 10:40; Sat 9:15, 12:40, 3, 4, 6:20, 7:20; Sun 9:15, 12:40, 3, 4, 6:20, 7:20, 9:45, 10:40; Mon 9:15, 12:40, 3, 4, 6:20, 7:20, 9:45; Tue-Wed 12:40, 3, 4, 6:20, 7:20, 9:45 We Bought a Zoo (PG) Thu-Fri 9:10, 10:10, 12:15, 1:15, 3:10, 4:10, 6:10, 7:10, 9:10, 10:10; Sat 9:10, 10:10, 12:15, 1:15, 3:10, 4:10, 6:10, 7:10, 9:10; Sun-Mon 9:10, 10:10, 12:15, 1:15, 3:10, 4:10, 6:10, 7:10, 9:10, 10:10; TueWed 12:15, 1:15, 3:10, 4:10, 6:10, 7:10, 9:10, 10:10

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The Poseidon Adventure New Year’s Eve Party! (Not Rated) Sat 11 The Way (PG-13) Thu 11:30, 2:15, 7, 10; FriWed 11:30, 2:15, 7:15 The Women on the 6th Floor (Not Rated) Fri-Sun 11:30, 2, 7:30; Mon 11:30, 2, 5:30; Tue-Wed 11:30, 2, 7:30

Oracle View 4690 N. Oracle Road. 292-2430. Dolphin Tale (PG) Thu 11:15, 4:40, 7:05; FriWed 12:15, 5 Footloose (PG-13) Thu 12, 4:50, 7:15, 9:45; FriWed 11:55, 4:50, 9:40 The Help (PG-13) ends Thu 11:30 In Time (PG-13) Thu 2:35, 7:25; Fri-Wed 2:40, 7:25 Midnight in Paris (PG-13) Thu 11:05, 1:15; Fri-Wed 2:30 Puss in Boots (PG) Thu 11, 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40; Fri-Wed 11, 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:35 Real Steel (PG-13) Thu 11:10, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50; Fri-Wed 11:15, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) ends Thu 5, 9:55 The Rum Diary (R) FriWed 11:45, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 The Three Musketeers (PG-13) Thu 2:25, 7:35; Fri-Wed 2:25, 7:15 Tower Heist (PG-13) Fri-Wed 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas (R) Thu 3:25, 5:30, 10; Fri-Wed 10

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DECEMBER 29, 2011 - JANUARY 4, 2012



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


Steven Spielberg, also responsible for War Horse, put together this moderately entertaining CGI-animated movie based on the comic-book series by Hergé. The series is big in Europe, but folks in the United States generally don’t care about the intrepid journalist Tintin and his dog, Snowy. After watching this, I can sort of understand the Western disenchantment. The visuals pop, but the character of Tintin himself (voiced by Jamie Bell) is far from engaging. The same can be said for Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), who is sort of annoying. The duo goes on a search for some treasure in a race against a mean British guy (voiced amusingly by Daniel Craig). The adventure never really soars to great heights, and the film winds up being one of Spielberg’s less-interesting films. This is OK … but maybe Spielberg should just make one movie at a time. Grimm THE DARKEST HOUR

Five young tourists are thrust into a nightmare when aliens attack Moscow in The Darkest Hour, a humdrum invasion flick from director Chris Gorak. While the otherworldly invaders are a bit different—they strike through electricity—the story feels overly familiar. The actors, including Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby, seem totally disinterested. Hirsch is particularly lethargic; if he’d been replaced halfway through the film with Hayden Christensen, nobody would have noticed. The filmmakers try to make up for a lack of charisma by upping the action in the last 15 minutes, and while the action does get a weensy bit tense, it’s not enough to make up for the hour and a half that preceded it. Allen THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR

Beautiful Spanish maid Maria (Natalia Verbeke) unwittingly turns the lives of a rich family inside out when she begins to work for them in 1960s Paris in this adorable little flick from French filmmaker Philippe Le Guay. When Maria’s boss, repressed husband-and-father Jean-Louis (Fabrice Luchini), takes a liking to her, he befriends the other maids living in the building in order to learn more about her and her culture. This opens him up to a world he has largely ignored throughout his life, and he finds a new sense of peace among these women. While the film is standard stuff, the charisma and charm of all the actors involved—especially the women playing the servants—makes it feel like something more than just an ordinary romantic comedy. Allen


Inspired by scriptwriter Will Reiser’s battle with cancer, 50/50 faces all of the pitfalls of a Hallmark Channel disease-of-the-week movie, and it sometimes veers into that schmaltzy territory. However, despite those moments, the film is more than rescued by its fine cast and Reiser’s sharp, funny and honest writing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen are so good here that they deserve awards buzz. They make 50/50, performance-wise, one of the best male buddy movies in a long time. Levitt plays Adam, a young man who finds out that he has cancer. Rogen plays his best friend, Kyle. When Reiser went through his real-life cancer battle, Rogen was one of his best friends, so Rogen is essentially playing himself. There’s no question that Rogen’s experience with a similar situation propels his performance, making it perhaps his best work to date. Grimm ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED

In this extremely needless sequel, human chipmunkfather Dave (Jason Lee, who actually decided to show up for more than 10 minutes this time) takes the boys and the Chipettes on a cruise. Alvin (the voice of Justin Long), of course, screws things up, and everyone winds up marooned on an island. The subplots include a really bad Cast Away spoof, in which the chipmunk/ettes meet a stranded human being, Zoe (Jenny Slate). They also encounter the villain from the previous two chapters, Ian (David Cross). The movie is neither funny nor cute, with the only laugh coming early in the film, thanks to Cross. Considering the amount of talented names in the cast list (Long, Cross, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, etc.), one would think that parts of the film would at tolerable … and one would be wrong. Allen ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

There have been so many Christmas movies over the years that it’s worth taking note of a good one. From

Aardman, the Wallace and Gromit people, comes Arthur Christmas, about the son of Santa Claus who, after spotting one present left undelivered, embarks on a worldwide journey to make sure it reaches its rightful home. What good is the “nice” list, after all, if the North Pole is going to muck it up? Deliciously served with snarky British sensibilities, Arthur Christmas is surprisingly sharp for adults and visually enormous and active for kids. The voice cast is top-notch, featuring James McAvoy as the title character, Jim Broadbent as the current yet tiring Santa, and Bill Nighy as the long-retired and feisty Grandsanta, who proudly proclaims he’s 136 years old. This is a tremendous amount of fun, even if you don’t like Christmas movies. Boyd THE DESCENDANTS

We gravitate to what’s new and different, so you’ll read a lot about a star in the making named Shailene Woodley in The Descendants. But make no mistake: This is in almost every way George Clooney’s film. Directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways), The Descendants delves into forgiveness across generations. Woodley plays Clooney’s hellion daughter, but as a man trying to cope with pulling the plug on his wife and dealing with the impending loss of his family’s ancestral land in Kauai, Clooney once again delivers one of those patented leadingman performances that few actors dare try anymore. He isn’t a recovering addict; he isn’t disabled; and he’s not world-famous. He doesn’t even have George Clooney’s charisma. He’s just a guy figuring out how to take the next step, even though he just wants to take a couple of steps back. Boyd DRIVE

Ryan Gosling delivers one of the year’s best performances in one of the year’s best films. Gosling plays Driver, a stunt driver and part-time mechanic who aspires to race cars. He also moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals. He meets Irene (Carey Mulligan), a mother raising her child alone in his apartment building. She’s awaiting the return of her husband (Oscar Isaac) from prison. When he does return, he and Driver get themselves in loads of trouble. Albert Brooks plays against type as Bernie Rose, a former movie producer mixed up in crime. This is not the Brooks from Finding Nemo; his character here is as monstrous as movie characters get. Bryan Cranston plays Driver’s boss and agent, a good man with a penchant for screwing up. Gosling’s work here reminds of the quiet menace Robert De Niro brought to Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. Grimm HUGO

Director Martin Scorsese has a field day with 3-D in this delightful film that, while touted as his first children’s movie, will probably go over the heads of most young ones. Asa Butterfield delivers one of the year’s best child performances as Hugo Cabret, a boy living at a train station. He keeps the clocks running and is trying to fix a robot-like contraption left to him by his father. He meets up with a toyshop owner named Georges Méliès (Ben Kingsley); many film buffs will know that name. The film winds up being a nice homage to early filmmakers, with some of the best visuals Scorsese has ever put onscreen. The ever-reliable Chloë Grace Moretz does good work with an English accent as Hugo’s friend, while Sacha Baron Cohen provides excellent comic relief as a train-station security man. Grimm IMMORTALS

How can one describe Immortals? Well, Greek hero Theseus (Henry Cavill) needs to get a crazy bow and arrow in order to destroy an evil king (Mickey Rourke) while also protecting a beautiful oracle (Freida Pinto), or something like that. This flick is a prime example of Hollywood totally ripping off Greek mythology, and instead of doing so and making something awesome, like, say, the original Clash of the Titans, this movie feels more like, well … the terrible remake of Clash of the Titans. Tarsem Singh, a director known for visually striking films, has made a bland, obvious 300 imitation that looks cheap and muddy despite a $75 million price tag. The core problem, however, is the screenplay, which feels like something a kid would make up while playing with his action figures. Allen J. EDGAR

The first—and probably last—pairing of director Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio is a sloppy, drawn-out, lumbering failure. It’s one of the movie year’s hugest disappointments. Most of the blame goes to Eastwood, who utilizes droning voiceovers and a washed-out visual approach that bores. The subject matter calls for something epic, but Eastwood’s dreary choices make the film uncomfortably intimate and small. Eastwood shot this film quickly on a modest budget, and it shows. The normally reliable DiCaprio is miscast. He’s all wrong for a part that requires him to age almost 50 years, and the voice he employs, especially during the


CINEMA ‘The Artist,’ a silent film focusing on the end of silent films, could make history

Storytelling Triumph BY COLIN BOYD, he silent-film Wings won the first Best Picture award in 1929, but they were effectively outdated two years later. Not the Oscars—they wouldn’t be behind the times until Ordinary People beat Raging Bull. Rather, the advent of the talking picture made the silentfilm era, and a large percentage of its stars, obsolete. So how is that more than 80 years later, a silent film may win Best Picture? It isn’t the gimmick; that much you should know straight away. But it could happen due to a combination of benefiting from a pretty lousy year for other prestige films, a beautiful if familiar story, and being in the right place at the right time. More than anything, writer-director Michel Hazanavicius reminds us that it doesn’t matter how much a film costs, how much it brings in, or whose name is above the marquee that makes it worthwhile: If you don’t transport an audience, nothing else matters. We have seen a few tributes to old Hollywood in the past month. Michelle Williams’ radiant performance as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn is one of the year’s best. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo becomes a treatise on the beginnings of the medium and the director’s plea for film preservation. And now there is The Artist, which does not fix its gaze on a specific event or Tinseltown legend, but rather on our general impression of life during the silent-film era. The setup brings to mind a mixture of Singin’ in the Rain and A Star Is Born: Silentfilm star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is riding high in 1927. At the premiere of his latest epic, he stumbles onto a young dancer fresh off the bus. Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) seizes her chance encounter and becomes a star in her own right. But as she gains popularity in the age of the talking picture, George Valentin fades away. By 1929, Valentin is no longer in demand, and he is financially wiped out by the Depression. But Peppy Miller has never forgotten him, and even though she is now the biggest star in the movies, there is a feeling that she will cross paths with the suave leading man again. Admittedly, for the first 15 minutes or so, The Artist exists in this kind of mawkish artificiality. Being a black-and-white silent picture, how could it not? But as the plot moves away from its ancestors, Hazanavicius begins to create something unique, pure and even a little magical. That he is able to accomplish it all so simply—primarily through the use of two actors’ bodies and no CGI—underscores


Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo in The Artist.

The Artist Rated PG-13 Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and John Goodman Directed by Michel Hazanavicius Weinstein, 100 minutes Opening date in Tucson is TBA.

how little you actually need to make a compelling, memorable motion picture. It may be that Hazanavicius’ concept, more than his execution behind the camera, is what captures our attention, but even that is a reminder that sometimes the best direction is just getting out of the way. Most of the film’s impact is made by its stars, whose faces and actions need to tell a more-complete story in this format. Dujardin, in particular, is poetry in motion. His is a complete and heartbreaking performance. There are a few other things to keep in mind as you begin to hear more about this film in the run-up to the Academy Awards. The last black-and-white movie to win Best Picture was Schindler’s List; before that, it was The Apartment in 1961. If this wins the Oscar, it will be the third Best Picture in four years made without a drop of American financing, joining The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire. What does any of that mean? Simply that audiences around the world, and maybe especially here in the United States, are gravitating toward strong storytelling, regardless of its origin. Maybe we’re learning bigger is not always better. Maybe we’re learning that film truly is the international language—even when it never says a word.



ponderous narration, sounds as if he is attempting his best Darth Vader impersonation. Grimm JACK AND JILL

Adam Sandler plays both a twin brother and sister in this, his most embarrassing film to date. When an ad executive’s twin sister comes to visit him, all hell breaks loose, including farts and shitting. As the ad executive, Sandler is just Sandler, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As Jill, the shrill sister, Sandler humiliates himself and the human race on numerous levels. There is not one funny moment to be found in Sandler’s performances, and the film’s few laughs are provided by a slumming Al Pacino in psycho mode. This needs to be the end of Sandler’s partnership with director Dennis Dugan. Dugan is responsible for some of Sandler’s biggest hits (Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy), but their glory days are long behind them. Please let this be the last time Sandler dresses in drag for a movie role. Grimm LE HAVRE

Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki goes about his business very quietly. Although he seldom leads viewers down a blind alley, little is known about the filmmaker’s work in the United States. Le Havre is his fourth Cannes entry, and it has already collected a few prestigious prizes on the festival circuit. It’s a lot lighter than his normal fare; after all, his debut was an adaptation of Crime and Punishment. The title of this film is also the name of a French city, which here is peopled by a unique cast of characters—a struggling author turned shoe-shine man, a young African refugee, and a fedora-clad detective hunting for the missing boy. There can be a cultural barrier in addition to the subtitled-language barrier with a lot of foreign films, but Kaurismäki’s spare direction and great faces make every scene more absorbing. Boyd MARGIN CALL

A terrific film built on a dialogue-heavy script by director J.C. Chandor, Margin Call zooms in on the beginning of the 2008 economic meltdown from the inside. Appropriate in this moment because of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Margin Call takes place over the course of one night at the firm that started it all with subprime mortgages—the night before all hell broke loose in the financial industry.

Kevin Spacey, Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany and Jeremy Irons all survey the coming damage, but from different perspectives. Tucci and Irons, as great actors can do, make the most of their big monologues, sewing up this smart, fantastic and almost-thrilling think piece with an uncommon grace. Boyd MELANCHOLIA

The demented Lars von Trier makes his best film since Dancer in the Dark with the story of Justine (Kirsten Dunst), her sad wedding and the end of the world. Dunst deserves all of the accolades she has been receiving as the depressed new bride, who pretty much trashes any chance for a joyful union to her beau (an excellent Alexander Skarsgård) on their wedding night. Charlotte Gainsbourg (very good in von Trier’s Antichrist) is equally moving as Claire, Justine’s earnest and troubled sister. The family drama plays out as a mysterious planet threatens to collide with Earth. It’s a weird, wonderful movie that also stands as one of the year’s greater visual achievements. Kiefer Sutherland is excellent as John, Claire’s well-to-do husband who is quite confident everything will work out OK for planet Earth. Dunst could find herself in the heat of the Oscar race, although von Trier’s weird Nazi comments at Cannes could hamper her. Grimm

off scenes—and these movies are all about the payoff scenes—just come to life on the much-larger screen. Director Brad Bird and producer J.J. Abrams shot some of the action sequences using the same cameras that make those IMAX nature documentaries so jaw-dropping. And the movie, which comes from a sometimes-proud heritage of silly and conceptually bankrupt spy flicks, is a blast. It’s stunts, stunts, stunts—and cool gadgets thrown in to boot. Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, and he gives it his all. Pure dumb escapism. Hallelujah. Boyd MONEYBALL

Moneyball is one of the best baseball movies ever made—even though very little of the physical game is played within it. It’s the story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, and how he used computers instead of money to build a championshiplevel baseball team while teams in bigger markets outspent him … really outspent him. Brad Pitt plays Beane in a funny, understated and savvy performance. Jonah Hill is also very good as a statistician who helps Beane paste together a team that essentially changed the way baseball teams are built. Sure, director Bennett Miller and his screenwriters cut a few corners and Hollywood-ize this already crazy story, but history does tell us that the A’s, under Beane, have put some pretty amazing teams on the field with paltry budgets. Grimm


Midnight in Paris is a return to form for Woody Allen, who became well-known for his smart comedies, but hasn’t made much to laugh about over the last 15 years. This is his most energetic, original comedy since the caustic Deconstructing Harry. It’s also a return to form for Owen Wilson, playing the archetypal Woody character, a writer who lacks selfconfidence and finds himself at a crossroads in his career and life. He also starts finding himself in the Paris of the 1920s, surrounded by artists like Hemingway, Dalí and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Filled with fun anachronistic jokes between Wilson and usually familiar faces as the luminaries (Adrien Brody as Dalí, Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein), Midnight in Paris is an entertaining little pastry of a film. It could be better, but considering Allen’s most recent comedies, it could be a lot worse. Boyd MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—GHOST PROTOCOL


Co-writer and actor Jason Segel, with help from director James Bobin, reboots the Muppets franchise with great success. Segel, Bobin and co-writer Nicholas Stoller have gone back to the Muppets’ roots, drawing energy from the 1970s TV show. Segel plays Gary, a happy-go-lucky guy planning a trip to Los Angeles, where he will ask his girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams), to marry him. He also plans to bring along his beloved brother, Walter … who is a Muppet. Walter has never met the likes of Kermit, Miss Piggy or Fozzie, but he idolizes them and hopes to meet them at Muppet Studios. They arrive—only to find the studios deserted. They seek out the Muppets, get them back together, and put on a show to save the studios from an evil oil baron (Chris Cooper). There’s fun music and good Muppet humor—and great to see Kermit plucking his banjo again. Grimm

If you’re going to see Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, spend the extra bucks and head up to the AMC Loews Foothills 15 to see it in IMAX. The pay-


If you have the stomach for it—or the liver—you should start a drinking game based on New Year’s Eve. The rules would be simple: Every time a new celebrity pops up, take a drink! Not only does the game keep going literally until the final credits (Oh, look, Amare Stoudemire!), but you’d end up so drunk you likely wouldn’t remember the movie you sat through. That’s a positive. There’s a real possibility that Katherine Fugate played that very game while writing this mountain of mediocrity. Devoid of a real story or character development, New Year’s Eve is somehow less of an achievement than Valentine’s Day, last year’s lazy Garry Marshalldirected all-call. Make no mistake, though: This parade through the big ball drop in Times Square is loaded with stars, just like the disaster movies of the 1970s. The operative word there is “disaster.” Boyd PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3

This movie franchise is a joke. The first film had one good scare, and now the premise has been stretched into a third tedious (yet extremely profitable) movie. This time out, we journey back to the 1980s, where Katie (Chloe Csengery) and Kristi Rey (Jessica Tyler Brown), the sisters we saw in the first two films, are wee ones. Kristi Rey has an imaginary friend that is really a ghost named Toby; he likes to play around with her Teddy Ruxpin and knock over lamps. Their stepfather, Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith), does the whole setting-up-cameras-around-the-house thing, and he videotapes lamps falling down and his kids getting tossed around. Still, Dennis keeps his family in the house and manages to keep operating his handheld camera even when he’s being attacked. If spoons falling on the ground scare the heck out of you, this is your movie. Grimm PUSS IN BOOTS

In this prequel to the Shrek films, Puss (the voice of Antonio Banderas) is out to clear his name after accidentally helping old friend Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) with a crime in their hometown. Humpty and Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) come to Puss with an idea that can help him; however, everything is not quite as it seems. Filled to the brim with animated kitties, this movie may just be the mostadorable damn thing ever. The original idea was for this to be a direct-to-DVD release, and the story feels a bit rushed, but when there are tons of cute


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Here’s a movie that virtually nobody went to see—and what a shame that is. Hopefully it will get some respect on home video. Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy play Brendan and Tommy Conlon, two brothers in totally different situations. Joel has a family and teaches science in high school, and his salary isn’t quite cutting it. Tom did a stint in the military, and has fallen on hard and confusing times. Both of them can throw a punch and kick, and they are monsters in the cage. They both have fighting backgrounds, and both start fighting again, working their way through a big-money tournament—up to a surprising conclusion. You don’t need to be a mixed-martial-arts fan to appreciate this movie. It’s drawn comparisons to the original Rocky, and for good reason: This is a rousing, floor-stomper of a movie, and the two leads give great emotional and physical performances. They did much of their own fighting in this film, which must’ve involved supreme levels of pain. I haven’t even gotten to the best part: Nick Nolte gives what I believe to be his best performance as Brendan and Tommy’s father. Nolte tore my heart out in this thing, and he is a viable contender for an Oscar. He has a scene in a hotel room that is without a doubt one of the bestacted scenes of the year. Don’t let the sports theme turn you off if you aren’t into sports movies. This one goes deep to deliver something altogether exciting and heartwarming. SPECIAL FEATURES: There’s a filmmaker commentary that also features Edgerton, and it’s fun to hear what he went through during the filming.

There are plenty of documentaries and behind-the-scenes features depicting how they pulled this one off. You also get a gag reel and deleted scenes.

The Expendables: Extended Director’s Cut (Blu-ray) LIONSGATE MOVIE C+ SPECIAL FEATURES C BLU-RAY GEEK FACTOR 4.75 (OUT OF 10)

Sylvester Stallone has been talking about a director’s cut for this movie for quite some time—and he has finally delivered it. Is it a better movie? Not really. This cut puts about 11 minutes of footage back into the film—footage that helps with character development. Problem is, the things that made this film less than spectacular had little to do with character development, and more to do with a crappy cast and bad CGI gore. You will find some cute new banter between Sly and Jason Statham, and a few other chances for cast members to shine. Unfortunately, you’ll still find the shitty special effects and Dolph Lundgren trying to act. The best thing about the movie is still Terry Crews’ gun. Since the release of the first Blu-ray, a sequel has been green-lit. Things look a lot more promising this time: Arnold Schwarzenegger gets to fire a gun; Bruce Willis has an expanded role; and new cast members include JeanClaude Van Damme and Chuck Norris. Now we are getting somewhere! Rumor had it that Taylor Lautner almost got into the film. Bummer! No Lautner abs! SPECIAL FEATURES: With this Blu-ray, you can’t simply get rid of the previous edition. Stallone’s commentary is on the previously released Bluray, but is nowhere to be found here. You do get a couple of Stallone intros, with him insisting that he likes this version of the film better. You also get a behind-the-scenes


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Say hello to the most overrated film of 2011! For the first chunk of its running time, Woody Allen’s latest looks like it could be up there with his charming, magical best. By the time the movie ends, it’s just another subpar Allen film with no real direction and an unsatisfactory conclusion. Owen Wilson turns in a good performance as Gil, a Hollywood writer vacationing in Paris with his wife-to-be (an inconsistent Rachel McAdams). When he goes for midnight strolls, he ends up hobnobbing with the likes of Ernest Hemingway (a funny Corey Stoll), Pablo Picasso (Marcial Di Fonzo Bo) and Salvador Dali (Adrien Brody in a brief yet amusing turn). He winds up giving his novel to Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates) for a critique, romancing a 1920s “art groupie” (Marion Cotillard) and losing interest in his real life. What could have been a grand statement about the complexities of the artistic life winds up being an excuse to show McAdams’ butt a lot. (Allen lets the camera linger on her butt for many minutes. I’m not complaining; I’m just sayin’.) The ending feels tacked on, and a film idea that rivals the wonders of Allen’s own The Purple Rose of Cairo sort of fizzles. Great premise; tired execution. SPECIAL FEATURES: You get a featurette and a photo gallery. That’s it.



animals and some really great adult-themed jokes, who cares? It’s extremely entertaining and better than most of the crap being released today, animated or otherwise. Allen REAL STEEL

Big Hollywood knows that people love movies in which robots kick the oil out of each other. The Transformers films are raking it in—so it would stand to reason that other robot-fight movies would follow. Directed by Shawn Levy, Real Steel presents a near-future world in which robots have replaced humans in the boxing ring. Hugh Jackman plays Charlie Kenton, a down-on-his-luck movie stereotype who promotes robot fights—poorly. He owes a lot of people money; his robot is broken; and he has a son, Max, whom he barely knows. That son (Dakota Goyo) winds up in his custody after his ex-wife dies. So Real Steel wants to be a father-son bonding movie, as well as a robots-beating-each-other-up movie. Since Jackman’s character drives a big truck and is trying to get acquainted with his son, I was reminded of the father-son-bonding/arm-wrestling movie Over the Top. Over the Top is not a movie I wanted to be reminded of. Grimm RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Rise of the Planet of the Apes does for the Apes franchise what the new Star Trek and Batman films have done for their respective properties: It makes the prospect of further movies something to eagerly anticipate. I was not a hater of Tim Burton’s 2001 Planet of the Apes. I thought he did a great job with the practical makeup, and the story was OK. In retrospect, the film lacked pop, but it entertained, for the most part. The new Apes does away with the traditional makeup effects and utilizes motion-capture effects to turn Andy Serkis into Caesar, a chimpanzee who will eventually rise up and cause major problems for the human race. James Franco plays a doctor trying to cure Alzheimer’s disease who is testing an experimental drug on chimps. His drug not only repairs brains, but also makes them smarter … and it also makes chimps more human. The action is good, especially the finale featuring the Golden Gate Bridge. This is one the summer’s better offerings. Grimm SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

The famous-detective franchise fronted by director Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr. keeps things entertaining, but loses a little steam this time out. Sherlock Holmes (Downey) faces off against the evil Professor James Moriarty, who looks to drag the entire world into war—and profit from it. Of course, Watson (Jude Law) is sleuthing alongside Holmes, and the two actors still have a fun screen chemistry. Noomi Rapace, the original Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, is a nice addition as a gypsy with a troublesome brother. This sequel has a tinge of “been there, done that,” and doesn’t really distinguish itself from the original. Still, Downey is good for a bunch of laughs, and Ritchie does manage some exciting fight scenes. Grimm THE SITTER

Jonah Hill, riding high on his excellent Moneyball performance, goes back to Superbad mode for this one as Noah, a slacker stuck baby-sitting some scary kids for the evening. The film has drawn comparisons to Adventures in Babysitting, the ’80s cult classic starring a super-hot Elisabeth Shue and Penelope Ann Miller. Director David Gordon Green also gave us medieval farce Your Highness, one of the year’s biggest disappointments, if not the biggest. Now comes this, Green’s third comedy feature in a row after starting his career with evocative, effective dramas like All the Real Girls and George Washington. While The Sitter represents an improvement over Your Highness, it’s still not worth your time. Hill’s shtick gets tired quickly. Grimm TOWER HEIST

There’s not much funny in the Bernie Madoff scandal, except that maybe that a guy named “Madoff” made off with billions of dollars. But the story of a New York financier robbing people blind is the basis for Tower Heist, a comedy that pits a group of working stiffs against a billionaire swindler. Ben Stiller leads the charge for Everyman, playing an apartment-building manager whose pension was willfully mismanaged by a Madoff type played by Alan Alda. Alda’s great; Stiller keeps it moving; and Eddie Murphy is actually not a deterrent, which is a muchrarer occurrence than it needs to be. All in all, Tower Heist is a serviceable flick. The comedy comes from situations, not because it stars comedians—and it sure feels good to pile on the 1 percent. Boyd THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1

The Stephenie Meyer teen-vampire saga gets notably twisted and bloodier with The Twilight Saga:

Breaking Dawn—Part I, easily the most-demented— and most-watchable—chapter in the series. That said, I still haven’t met a Twilight movie that I’ve liked. This is the first movie in the series to have something resembling a dramatic pulse. Some of the thanks can probably go to director Bill Condon, who has managed a few good films in his career, including Dreamgirls and Gods and Monsters. Condon can’t direct a compelling action scene to save his life, but he handles dramatic tension well. Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) get married and have one of cinema’s all-time-shittiest honeymoons as Bella gets pregnant with a vampire baby that tears up her insides. Hey, that plot twist alone makes this my favorite Twilight yet. Grimm WAR HORSE

Steven Spielberg directs this mixed bag. The film looks great, but the emotional stuff gets to the point where even the most-loving person could get uncomfortable; Spielberg just doesn’t know where to stop sometimes. The film is based on a children’s book and stage adaptation of the same name. As for the horse implied in the title, it’s named Joey. Numerous, identical horses play Joey, and they are some of the most-amazing creatures ever put to film. The Black Stallion, Seabiscuit, the head in the Godfather movie bed—they all take a back seat to the horses in this movie. It’s easy to forgive Spielberg’s slipups when the majority of his movie is a pleasure to look at, and it’s well-acted by humans and animals alike. Grimm WARRIOR

This movie about a pair of brothers vying for money and self-worth in a mixed-martial-arts tournament is kept out of the ditch by two powerful performances. While the story itself is rather melodramatic, Nick Nolte as a broken father trying to patch together a relationship with his grown sons, and Tom Hardy as an absolute powder-keg of anger and hurt, are so riveting that they overcome everything that’s subpar. It doesn’t hurt that the fighting scenes feel incredibly genuine, and that they aren’t sprinkled in merely for effect. They’re a big part of the appeal, especially when Hardy is onscreen. Boyd THE WAY

What a strange year for the family Estevez. Although Charlie Sheen dominated the headlines with his talk of “winning” and tiger’s blood (and his appropriate termination from Two and a Half Men), older-brother Emilio Estevez offers up the best work of his career, behind the camera (and a little onscreen) with The Way. Directing the brothers’ more-esteemed father, Martin Sheen, Estevez delivers a moving, inspirational surprise. The title refers to the famed trek of self-revelation that Camino de Santiago and its 500mile walk has offered over the centuries, which Sheen does to honor the memory of his son. Most movies covering this ground would schmaltz it up, but Estevez plays it as straight as possible. It’s a story. About people. Who want to accomplish something. And the biggest accomplishment here is reserved for Emilio Estevez. Boyd




In most states, someone can be declared legally dead if they’ve been missing for seven years, so it’s time to file the paperwork for Cameron Crowe. Crowe, who once had the rare gift for saying what an entire generation would feel a year or two before they felt it, ran out of things to say with the classic Almost Famous. Now he’s just making movies. On the heels of Vanilla Sky and Elizabethtown comes We Bought a Zoo, a tepid story told with the gloves on. Worse, it’s not an original Crowe idea; instead, one of the best screenwriters of the past 25 years leans on a romantic-comedy hack (Aline Brosh McKenna of 27 Dresses) to grease the rails. And his uncanny knack for music direction—finding the perfect gem for just the right moment in the film—has abandoned him, too. Rest in peace, Cameron Crowe. Boyd YOUNG ADULT

There’s a lot to like about Charlize Theron in Young Adult, even if there’s no reason at all to like the woman she portrays. Mavis Gary (Theron) writes sappy teen books for a living, and with her living, Mavis drinks until she passes out most nights. She never moved past her high school boyfriend, and now that he’s married with a new baby, Mavis decides to get him back. A real biting comedy from Juno writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman, Young Adult gives Theron a chance to use her comedic skills more than she really ever has, and she gets a great helping hand from Patton Oswalt as the high school geek who’s still a geek. The conflict that’s ultimately resolved is a little weak, but this is still a funny, occasionally pungent movie. Boyd

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New: Parisian Cafe A new breakfast-and-lunch joint called the Parisian Cafe has opened at 1012 E. Sixth St., where the Petite Pea catering company operated a storefront for some time. The new place offers omelets, salads, sandwiches and daily specials ranging from barbecued pork to chicken cordon bleu. Espresso is also on the way, but there’s no word yet on when it will be available. The place caters special events, too; 798-3333.

BY RITA CONNELLY, com here’s plenty to like about Sparkroot, a new downtown coffee bar that is unique in both style and substance. Sparkroot is the only place in the state that offers Blue Bottle Coffee. This roaster of Third Wave coffee—look that up in your Wikipedia—is known for its small-farm, organic products, and works with only a handful of coffeehouses across America. The coffee is great—dark, rich and smooth. I loved the decaf Americano ($2.50), and the individual drip ($2.50) was equally delightful. There are plenty of espressos, ranging from $2.50 to $4.50. “All shots are pulled double ristretto,” to quote the menu. There are also Souvia teas, and P&H sodas and juices (all $3). There are some interesting wines by the glass ($5) or bottle ($17), and an assortment of bottled craft beers ($4). What Sparkroot doesn’t have is basic iced coffee. Oh, you can get a glass of cold-brewed iced coffee, but it comes with milk, chicory and sugar. Plain, black, iced coffee is something the folks at Sparkroot should consider adding to the menu. This is a coffee bar in the desert, after all. Oddly, there are no baked goods, either. No wonder website calls the menu “contrarian.” The décor is big-city, with lots of metal and wood and sparkly glass. It also has a loft and the biggest ceiling fan I’ve ever seen. Tiny touches are here and there—like the origami hanging in the windows along Congress Street, and works by local artists—make for a great vibe. The music was cool, too (although this old broad couldn’t identify any of the songs). Sparkroot would be a great spot to meet friends, close a business deal or write the great American novel. And then there’s the food: The meatless menu is divided into three sections. Breakfast items are available all day. Sandwiches and salads are available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. And snacks, for lack of a better word, are available from 3 to 9 p.m. The menu is dominated of pressed-cheese sandwiches ($6.50), which are served on bread that is all-crust. The menu says it’s ciabatta; this is a clever idea, because the crust doesn’t get soggy. The menu offers nice combinations of fillings, and you can also build your own sandwich from a wide assortment of choices. We had sandwiches with gruyere, caramelized onions and house-made mustard; fontina, portabella and arugula; and mozzarella, tomato and basil. All were pretty good—but there wasn’t a whole lot of filling. There were barely more than a couple of spoonfuls of caramel-


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ized onions, and the portabella mushrooms were in short supply. Even the cheese, except for the mozzarella, was skimpy. Pressed sandwiches shouldn’t be overstuffed, but they shouldn’t be so austere, either. The plates were indeed contrarian in a mostpleasant way. On one visit, we opted for one of the three salads ($6.50). It consisted of roasted beets with orange slices and baby arugula, all tossed with a bright sherry-shallot vinaigrette. Not only was it pretty with all those colors and textures; the flavors balanced, and the dressing was a perfect pairing. We also got into the goat-cheese crostini ($7). Multigrain bread had been sliced thin, toasted and topped with tangy goat cheese and—this was the hook—roasted, drunken strawberries. The fruit added a sweet zing to the creamy cheese. These could become addicting; four were barely enough. The hummus ($7), rather then being made with the ubiquitous chickpea, consisted of artichoke hearts ground into a thick, garlicky spread. Topped with toasted herbs and served with tiny triangles of toasted pita, this was the kind of nosh you’d expect at a cocktail party, not a coffee bar. Again, it was potentially addictive. We took home some house-made granola with yogurt ($5), one order with maple walnut, and the other with applesauce almond. The only noticeable difference between the two was the nuts—but this was great granola. It was crunchy, fresh and just sweet enough to satisfy the old sweet tooth. The yogurt, too, was a fine example of what

Sparkroot 245 E. Congress St. 272-8949; Open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pluses: Delicious coffee; fantastic granola Minuses: Skimpy pressed-sandwich fillings

yogurt should be. It proved to be the perfect foil, in texture and tanginess, for the granola. A fine finish to one of our visits was the dark-chocolate plate ($6). With a cup of Americano, I was in chocolate-junkie heaven. An assortment of small pieces was served on a stark, white plate. The bite-size pieces belied their big, rich goodness. One piece was slightly fruity; another had nuts. One was simply chocolate; another had a black-pepper finish. Service was upbeat, friendly and young. You order at the counter, and there’s an app on the cash register that allows customers to tap in the tip: You can opt for 10 percent, 15 percent or 20 percent, and it calculates the amount to the penny. Sparkroot is a great addition to the growing downtown culinary scene. A few kinks need to be worked out—for example, more-generous sandwich fillings would go a long way in developing repeat customers. But I’ll stop by again. Downtown needs a place like Sparkroot; good coffee and a place to enjoy it are basic necessities.


Now Open! Tucson’s first Genghis Grill location is open at 4386 N. Oracle Road, No. 150. It’s a buildyour-own meal type of place where guests choose from 70 different ingredients, and workers wok it up for them. Folks from the corporate office say the eatery is the largest Mongolian-stir-fry chain in the country; The first Tucson location of the Bisbee Breakfast Club is open at 4131 W. Ina Road. Think big breakfasts, burgers and a lengthy list of desserts made in-house. The restaurant’s other location is, of course, in Bisbee;

Coming Soon: Playground The new bar and lounge Playground, at Congress Street and Fifth Avenue, should be open in early January, and it looks like it will be unlike anything Tucson has ever seen. We toured the place while workers were preparing to install an 82-square-foot video screen and various other techie details that owner Kade Mislinski, who also owns the nearby Hub Restaurant and Ice Creamery, is having put in. The building will have four separate bars, including a bar-cinema out back and an upstairs bar called Detention. Snack foods also will be available.

In the New Year Several new restaurants are scheduled to open in early 2012. Bella D’Auria (4445 E. Broadway Blvd.), an Italian eatery run by the former owners of Café D’Auria, should open any day. The second location of Sir Veza’s Taco Garage, at 220 W. Wetmore Road, is expected to open soon. The new brasserie Agustin is coming along nicely at Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, and a bar with a tropical theme from a former owner of the Hut should be open before long at 5689 N. Swan Road. Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink, a pizza and sandwich shop going in at the former Reilly Funeral Home at 101 E. Pennington St., is also slated to open soon.

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SUSHI AND JAPANESE AN DEL SOL S 5655 W. Valencia Road, inside Casino del Sol. 8387177. Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Mr. Anâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dining ventures seem to get better and better. The menu is gigantic, so it can be hard to choose. We were knocked out by the tuna tartare and completely surprised by the sweet-and-sour fish. The sushi rolls have clever names; the Big Birtha comes to mind. While the prices are a little high, the portion sizes more than make up for it. (5-5-11) $$-$$$$ FUKU SUSHI C 940 E. University Blvd. 798-3858. Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight. CafĂŠ. Beer, Wine and Specialty Drinks. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. A welcome addition to the Main Gate mix. The sushi offerings are many, with a full slate of both traditional and house rolls. The honor roll is a definite winner. This is one of the few places around thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truly doing fusion food; the Japanese fish tacos are a prime example. Fuku has a youthful vibeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and prices that fit into a student budget. (2-5-09) $-$$ FUSION WASABI E 250 W. Craycroft Road, Suite 100. 747-0228. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-11 p.m.; Saturday 1-11 p.m.; Sunday 5-9 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, MC, V. Fusion Wasabi offers two thingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;teppan yaki and sushiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go wrong with either one. The teppan yaki makes for a nice, tasty show, much like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get anywhere else. But the sushi is where Fusion Wasabi excels. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some of the best Tucson has to offerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially the strawberry-topped Fusion Wasabi roll and the 24-karat-gold-topped Fusion Wasabi ultimate roll. (1-5-06) $$$-$$$$




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SILVER SADDLE STEAK HOUSE S 310 E. Benson Highway. 622-6253. Open MondayThursday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 2-10 p.m.; Sunday 1-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Diner/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V, Checks. Good value on steaks, burgers and grilled chickenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often worth the trip. $$-$$$ THE STEAKHOUSE AT THE DESERT DIAMOND CASINO S 7350 S. Old Nogales Highway. 342-1328. Open daily 4-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V, Checks. So you just won a big payout at the poker table, or the slots have been extremely generous. Where are you going to go? The answer is right there inside the hotel-casino. Big portionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from the salad through dessertâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are the norm. Steaks are the draw, of course, but seafood options are also quite worthy. The service is friendly, and the prices at the bar are most reasonable. (5-8-08) $$$ THE STEAKOUT RESTAURANT AND SALOON NW 3620 W. Tangerine Road. 572-1300. Open Monday-Thursday 4-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. The prices are edging toward

OISHI SUSHI AND TERIYAKI E 7002 E. Golf Links Road. 790-9439. Open MondayFriday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 1-10 p.m.; Sunday 4-9 p.m. CafĂŠ. Beer, Wine and Sake. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. This is one of the top places to go in Tucson for inexpensive, tasty, all-you-can-eat sushi. Korean dishes, teriyaki offerings, noodle dishes and some nice bento-box lunch specials are also available, but the sushi deal is what makes this place truly special. (7-12-07) $$-$$$ ON A ROLL C 63 E. Congress St. 622-7655. Open Monday-

Wednesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Asian food has arrived in downtown with On a Roll. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re likely to find a young, hip crowd here, along with a bright, urban dĂŠcor and lots of tasty, fresh sushi offerings. The rest of the menu has some gems, too, like the kobe beef burger. However, bring a fat wallet; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pay more here than you will at other sushi joints around Tucson. (1-8-09) $$-$$$ RA SUSHI BAR RESTAURANT NW 2905 E. Skyline Drive. 615-3970. Open daily 11

a.m.-11 p.m.; bar open until midnight. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Ra Sushi, a Benihana-owned chain that got its start in the Phoenix area, is a little pricier than other area sushi joints. For those extra few bucks, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get a hip, trendy atmosphere and quick service. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also find tasty food, some occasional nifty specials and a wide variety of appetizers. Think what it would be like if P.F. Changâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s did a sushi place. (3-1804) $$-$$$ SACHIKO SUSHI

TYPE OF SERVICE Counter Quick or fast-food service, usually includes take-out. Diner Minimal table service. CafĂŠ Your server is most likely working solo. Bistro Professional servers, with assistants bussing tables. Full Cover Multiple servers, with the table likely well set. Full Bar Separate bar space for drinks before and after dinner.

AMEX, DIS, MC, VISA. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fire! Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fish! Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun! All brought to you by Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospitality icon, Mr. An. The teppan side of the menu offers all the usual goodies prepared by some of the friendliest teppan chefs in town. You can get regular sushi items as well. But then there are the house specialties like the Mango Crunch or the Summerhaven or even the improbable Bleu Panda. Any way you choose, this is a great choice for a fun family night out or a special occasion. (8-2610) $$-$$$

GINZA NE 5425 N. Kolb Road, No. 115. 529-8877. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Sunday 5-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Ginza offers a unique Japanese dining experience called izakaya, similar to tapas-style dining. The list of izakaya offerings is long and varied, including chicken, shrimp, smelt, squid, mountain potato, yam and much more. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sushi side of the house thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bring us back. The boats offer generous combinations of traditional sushi and house specialties, and at lunch, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find bento bowls. (7-31-08) $$$-$$$$ HANA TOKYO S 5435 S. Calle Santa Cruz, No. 185. 807-2212.

Open Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; ThursdaySaturday 11 a.m.-midnight; Sunday noon-11 p.m. CafĂŠ/ Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The second Hana Tokyoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the first one is in Sierra Vistaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;offers a huge selection of Japanese offerings, including teppan yaki. However, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sushi artistry that makes Hana Tokyo stand out; the enormous scorpion roll is actually shaped like a scorpion, for example. Not only do the sushi rolls look cool; they taste great, too. (7-21-11) $$-$$$$ IKKYU NW 2040 W. Orange Grove Road. No. 180. 297-9011. Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.8 p.m. Counter/No Alcohol. MC, V. Ikkyu offers downhome Japanese food in a fast-casual style. Rice bowls, noodles, ramen and sushi are at the ready, making for a perfect quick dinner or some fine takeout. Prices fit any budget. Word is the ramen shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be missed. $-$$ (11-19-09) $-$$ KAMPAI NW 6486 N. Oracle Road. 219-6550. Open Tuesday-

Thursday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. Bistro/Beer and Wine. AMEX, MC, V. The food, both from the sushi bar and regular menu, is delicious. The spicy garlic shrimp is worth a try. And the gingerintensive dressing on the house saladâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good enough to bottle. (2-12-04) $$-$$$ KAZOKU SUSHI AND JAPANESE CUISINE E 4210 E. Speedway Blvd. 777-6249. Open Monday-

Thursday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday noon-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The sushi and other offerings at Kazoku will delight your taste buds, and the dĂŠcor is beautiful. The lack of an all-you-can-eat option means you should bring a loaded wallet. (1-14-10) $-$$$ MR. ANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TEPPAN STEAK AND SUSHI NW 6091 N. Oracle Road. 797-0888. Open daily 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-midnight. Full Cover/Full Bar.

E 1101 N. Wilmot Road. 886-7000. Open Monday-

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

Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday noon10 p.m.; Sunday 4-9 p.m. CafĂŠ. Beer, Wine and Sake. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Chiles, shrimp cocktails and unfamiliar names for sushi rolls like San Carlos, Yaqui and jalapeĂąo make Saga a standout among local sushi venues. Where else can you indulge a craving for don buri and shrimp tostadas at the same time? Consummately fresh seafood is the key to Sagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phenomenal success. Serves great fish and shrimp tacos. (6-22-00) $$ SAKURA E 6534 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-7777. Open

Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-11 p.m.; Saturday 5-11 p.m.; Sunday noon-10 p.m. Bistro/CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. This venue is devoted to the open flame and teppan. For some of the best sushi in town and an entertaining evening at the teppan table, Sakura is a solid win. (3-14-02) $$-$$$ SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR NW 5036 N. Oracle Road. 888-6646. Open Monday-

Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Sushi Bar. Beer, Wine and Sake. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Traditional Japanese cuisine is served up by kimono-clad waitresses in an atmosphere right out of the miniseries by the same name. You get decent sushi and fine renditions of other Japanese specialties $-$$ SUSHI GARDEN C 3048 E. Broadway Blvd. 326-4700. Open Monday-

Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Sushi Bar/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., Suite 312 (877-8744). An unpretentious neighborhood sushi restaurant satisfying beginner and honed sushi appetites. All-you-can-eat sushi for $19.95. Ample portions of combination plates and rice bowls. (12-5-02) $-$$ SUSHI KING C 1800 E. Fort Lowell Road, No. 116. 321-4000. Open

Monday 5-10 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday noon-10 p.m.; Sunday 4-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. MC, V. Located in a midtown strip mall, this small joint could become a neighborhood favoriteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not a sushi fan. There are plenty

of options, good-sized portions and reasonable prices. The roll assortment is interesting and covers the full gamut. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be one of the gang after only a few visits. (3-2207) $-$$

Wine. MC, V. Bai Thong is a modest, quiet, affordable family Thai joint with some standouts, including papaya salad and fiery fried rice. Wash it down with icy Singha beer, and be happy. Note: Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to make any dish vegetarian. (7-19-07) $-$$

SUSHI ON ORACLE NW 6449 N. Oracle Road. 297-3615. Open TuesdayThursday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday noon-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Sunday 5-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/ Sushi Bar. Beer, Wine and Sake. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. The folks here donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mess around. They offer large portions of food, delicious sushi and a gracious staff. The Sushi on Oracle salad is a fine example of their exquisite presentations. Get there early: There are 10 tables and only 12 seats at the sushi bar. (10-31-02) $$

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

SUSHI TEN E 4500 E. Speedway Blvd., Suite 1. 324-0010. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Sunday 5-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Sushi Bar. Beer, Wine and Sake. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. After several years of turbulent ownership changes, it appears this onetime Tucson favorite has made a nice comeback. The sushi and nigiri is fresh and tasty; the all-you-can-eat ($19.95) and happy-hour/ lunch deals (with much of the menu offered for halfprice) are amazing. (8-5-10) $-$$$ SUSHI TRAN NW 9725 N. Thornydale Road, No. 49. 579-6604.

Open Sunday-Thursday 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5 to 9:30 p.m. Bistro/Beer and Wine. MC, V. Sushi Tran, tucked away in a northwest-side strip mall, boasts friendly service and good sushi rolls and nigiri, with a wide range of non-sushi Asian and Pacific Rim dishes, too. Skip the sashimi, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on the greenmussel appetizer. Expect to spend at least $25 per person in a family-friendly environment that is quiet and clean. (1-28-10) $$-$$$ SUSHI YUKARI E 5655 E. River Road, No. 151. 232-1393. Open

Monday 5-9:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Sunday 5-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Sake. MC, V. Divine sushi and sashimi star at this strip-mall restaurant. Service is top-notch, and the prices are among the most reasonable in town. Try a combo plate for one or two, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll walk away full, but craving more. Karaoke fills the place on Saturday nightsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so reservations are a must! (5-24-07) $$$-$$$$ SUSHI-CHO C 1830 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 148. 628-8800.

Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 5-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Sushi Bar/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Small, tasty and enormously popular, Sushi-Cho wows with its complete attention to all the fine details, especially at the sushi bar, where the large portions exceed finger-food expectations. $-$$ YAMATO JAPANESE RESTAURANT C 857 E. Grant Road. 624-3377. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2:15 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Saturday 5-9:30 p.m. CafĂŠ. Beer, Wine and Sake. AMEX, MC, V. The fresh fish makes the sushi at this tiny midtown spot a real treat. The rest of the menu offers up all sorts of traditional Japanese goodies that prove to be tasty as well. The low-key atmosphere is another plus. And while Yamato may not be easy to find the first time, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably find yourself returning again and again. (1117-05) $-$$ YOSHIMATSU HEALTHY JAPANESE FOOD AND CAFĂ&#x2030; C 2660 N. Campbell Ave. 320-1574. Open MondayThursday 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Diner/Beer and Wine. MC, V. One of the more unique restaurants youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever find, Yoshimatsu features a decor combining weird Japanese TV, action figures and eclectic music. The food is fast, inexpensive and tasty. Try the Japanese pizzas; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re amazing. You can get takeout, but we recommend dining in. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a cool place. (2-27-03) $-$$ YUKIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SUSHI C 2962 N. Campbell Ave. 326-7727. Open MondayFriday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 3-10 p.m. Sushi Bar/ Full Bar. MC, V. For an excellent indulgence in properly prepared and inventive sushi, Yukiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serves up some of the freshest and most inviting sushi around, with an extensive selection of sakes. Service can be harried, though. $$-$$$

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

BAI THONG E 4853 E. Speedway Blvd. 881-5068. Open SundayThursday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and

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MINAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S THAI NE 5575 E. River Road, No. 141. 299-0453. Open Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. After bouncing around town, Minaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thai is now entrenched in a cozy little space at River and Craycroft roads. Here, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find all of your Thai favorites, served to you graciously by Mina and her family. While some of the dishes arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as nuanced as they could be, offerings such as the yum neau (Thai beef salad) are sure to please. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a quick, inexpensive lunch, check out Minaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekday lunch specials. (9-7-06) $-$$ V FINE THAI C 9 E. Congress St. 882-8143. Open Tuesday-Friday

11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 5-10 p.m. CafĂŠ/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. V Fine Thai Dining is adding a little spice to downtown Tucson, with traditional Thai dishes and some less-traditional twists, too. The patio offers a nice break from the growing bustle of downtown, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great place for appetizers and house-infused drink creations with friends. (8-18-11) $$-$$$


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ANTHONYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S IN THE CATALINAS NW 6440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-1771. Open daily 5:30-9 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. DC, DIS, MC, V. The gracious service of Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature lamb Wellington is a match for this venueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view of the city lights at night. Excellent wine selection. $$-$$$

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6:30-10:30 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner 5:30-10 p.m. p.m.; Sunday brunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, MC, V, Checks. For an elegant transport back to the 1930s, the Arizona Inn provides world-class dining in an intimate and charming resort. Centrally located, the Arizona Inn offers just the right touch of class, coupled with a sophisticated and well-executed menu. (3-8-02) $$$-$$$$ BOBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S STEAK AND CHOP HOUSE NW 2727 W. Club Drive, at the Omni Tucson National Resort. 877-2377. Open Tuesday-Thursday 5:30-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5:30-10 p.m. Full Cover/ Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Bobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is the epitome of resort dining, with quality ingredientsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including prime beef and good drinksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a clubby dĂŠcor and great service. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pay a lot, but for that special occasion, it might be worth it. The veal chop is simply seasoned yet amazingly flavorful. Every entrĂŠe comes with a choice of hearty potatoes (smashed, baked or pan-fried) and a glazed carrot that Bugs Bunny would envy. (4-29-10) $$$$ CANYON CAFĂ&#x2030;


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Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. Gold serves up intriguing dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The short stackâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with a seared yellow fin tuna, a small filet mignon and a grilled day boat scallopâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is the star of the dinner menu. Sit outside or near the window, and enjoy a fantastic view of the city. (9-3-09) $$-$$$$

a lettuce; you choose which of the almost four-dozen ingredients you want in your salad; you choose a protein (meat, tuna or tofu), if you want one; and then you pick your dressing. You pay; you sit down; your salad is delivered shortly. Simple, uncomplicated and delicious. (9-29-05) $

CAYTONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S AT THE RITZ-CARLTON NW 6501 Boulder Bridge Pass. 572-3530. Open daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Upscale but not pretentious, Caytonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the Ritz-Carlton serves up a delectable and delicious assortment of salads, sandwiches, burgers and wraps. Portions are generous, and service is friendly, although occasionally slow. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss Sunday brunch, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect to escape without spending a little money. Perfect for a date or an elegant lunch; reservations are strongly recommended. (10-8-09) $$$-$$$$

GRILL AT HACIENDA DEL SOL NE 5601 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. 529-3500. Open daily 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. For pure restoration and sheer indulgence, the Grill at Hacienda del Sol leads the pack. One of Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-restored historic properties, the Grill delivers a deeply satisfying menu; impeccable, gracious service; and a priceless sense of sanctuary. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth every penny and the lovely drive. (12-7-00) $$$

THE GARLAND BISTRO C 119 E. Speedway Blvd. 882-3999. Open WednesdayMonday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V, Checks. This midtown spot specializes in vegetarian and ethnic cuisine, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with equal verve. Breakfast is especially satisfying, with thick-sliced homemade bread and the best home fries in town. The Garland is truly an oasis in this desert, with a menu that vegetarians and meat-eaters will find mutually satisfying. $$


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GOVINDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NATURAL FOODS BUFFET AND BOUTIQUE C 711 E. Blacklidge Drive. 792-0630. Open Tuesday 5-9 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Counter/ No Alcohol. MC, V, Checks. Govindaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blends great Bengali vegetarian food and spiritual philosophy in a relaxing environment. The buffet menu changes daily and includes salad, breads, rice, soups, pasta, veggies and entrĂŠes. Tuesday is â&#x20AC;&#x153;India Nightâ&#x20AC;? and Thursday is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vegan Day.â&#x20AC;? The courtyard has waterfalls, peacocks and parrots. A koi pond adds to the ambiance. $



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Secret Springs Drive. 572-3000. Open daily 7-11 a.m. and 5:30-9 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, DC, MC, V. CORE provides food-lovers with a great reason to make the long trek northwest. The accommodating, knowledgeable chefs and staff at this swanky hotel are geniuses at work, but never fear: You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to break out the suit and tie for this trip. The comfortable atmosphere adds to the playful and delicious breakfast, appetizer, entrĂŠe and dessert offerings. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the chile pop rocks served with the bigeye tuna sashimi for an experience that delights all the senses. (11-11-10) $$-$$$$ THE DISH BISTRO AND WINE BAR C 3131 E. First St. 326-1714. Open Tuesday-Thursday

5-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m. Bistro/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. One of Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most intimate and beloved restaurants offers one of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most legendary dishes (the steamed mussels in a saffron broth) and one of the best wine selections around (in addition to whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the wine list, diners can enjoy anything in the attached RumRunner for cost plus a modest corkage fee), The Dish is a perfect special-event occasionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or a fine place to enjoy a glass of wine and a bite to eat with a buddy after work. The place is tiny, so reservations are advised. (1-10-08) $$$-$$$$ GOLD NW Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road. 917-

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PHO 88 C 2746 N. Campbell Ave. 881-8883. Open Thursday-

Tuesday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. MC, V. The food at Pho 88 is consistently good, if not mindblowing, and the service is always friendly and efficient. The large menu features all the Vietnamese favorites youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expect, plus a few pan-Asian entrĂŠes, tooâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but, as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expect based on the name, the pho is the star here. (7-23-09) $-$$ SAIGON PHO C 943 E. University Blvd., Suite 107. 624-0999. Open

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

WINE BARS ARMITAGE WINE LOUNGE AND CAFĂ&#x2030; NW 2905 E. Skyline Drive, No. 168. 682-9740. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, DIS, MC, V. A chic dĂŠcor, an impressive (if pricey) wine selection and tasty food await diners at Armitage, yet another impressive La Encantada restaurant. Our brunch experience revealed uniformly bland victuals, but the dishes at dinner ranged from decent to spectacular. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an ahi fan, you must try the splendid seared yellowtail with orange soy syrup and wasabi cream. (8-1408) $$$-$$$$ CATAVINOS E 3063 N. Alvernon Way. 323-3063. Open Tuesday

HA LONG BAY E 6304 E. Broadway Blvd. 571-1338. Open MondayThursday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. MC, V. Tasty Vietnamese cuisine in an unpretentious, comfortable atmosphere pretty much sums up this eastside restaurant. All the ingredients that give Vietnamese food its unique, wonderful flavors (lemongrass, fish sauce, lime, mint, etc.) are used expertly. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never tried diamond shrimp paste, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a must-have. (6-8-06) $-$$

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PRIMO W 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., inside the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa. 792-3500. Open TuesdaySunday 6-9 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Tucsonans should thank our lucky stars that Melissa Kelly decided to open one of her wonderful restaurants in the Old Pueblo. With a clever menu that makes the most of artisanal foods, Primo offers delicious, creative choices from soup to nuts. Desserts are especially delightful. This would be the perfect place for that special occasion. (2-9-06) $$$$

LOVINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; SPOONFULS VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT C 2990 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 120. 325-7766. Open Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Counter. Beer, Wine and Specialty Drinks. DIS, MC, V. Those who eschew animal products in their diets should be grateful for this charming, fast-casual, all-vegan eatery. Scrambles, sandwiches and burgers for lunch and homestyle entrĂŠes for dinner dominate the menu. While some of the choices with faux meat are pretty good, the best options are the ones that skip the fake stuff. (2-2-06) $-$$



5-9 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DC, MC, V. Serving the best of a surf-and-turf menu, Jonathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tucson Cork offers outstanding cuts of beef, expertly aged and cooked, as well as a daily assortment of fresh-fish specials prepared in new and creative ways. (11-4-99) $$$-$$$$

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JONATHANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TUCSON CORK E 6320 E. Tanque Verde Road. 296-1631. Open daily

CHOICE GREENS C 2829 E. Speedway Blvd. 319-2467. Open daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Counter/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Also at 4205 N. Campbell Ave. (319-2467). While Choice Greens offers a handful of soups, sandwiches and paninis, salads are undeniably the main attraction at this fast-casual joint. The concept is simple: You pick



Open Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Full Cover/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. Inventive but not pretentious upscale preparations emphasize locally harvested and organic ingredients served in peak season. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just trendy; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tremendously tasty, too. (3-5-09) $$$

MISS SAIGON C 1072 N. Campbell Ave. 320-9511. Open MondaySaturday 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.9:30 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. AMEX, MC, V. Friendly, inexpensive Miss Saigon serves up the fresh, authentic, complex flavors of Vietnam, including some of the best pho in town. (2-1-07) $

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and Wednesday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wine Only. MC, V. Discover one of Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most friendly places for wine. On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and every other Wednesday, the folks here pour well-thought-out flights of wine. Conversation is warm, comfortable and certainly not intimidating. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no food (other than cheese, crackers and chocolate to pair with the wine), but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a lot of fun. Most bottles are $15 or less. (2-26-09) $-$$ ELLE WINE BISTRO C 2970 N. Campbell Ave. 327-0500. Open Monday-

Saturday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 4-9 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. After a reinvention and relocation, the folks at Elle are still dishing up hearty wine-country classics in new, sleek, modern digs. With a diverse wine listâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including offerings of â&#x20AC;&#x153;splashesâ&#x20AC;? so that you can try out a new wine without committing to an entire glassâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something for everyone. The gnocchi with housemade Italian sausage is a treat, and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;morseELLEsâ&#x20AC;? menu offers little tastes of the chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creations for anyone with a lighter appetite. (3-31-11) $$-$$$

AMERICANA THE ABBEY EAT + DRINK NE 6960 E. Sunrise Drive. 299-3132. Open TuesdayThursday 3-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 4-10 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Bistro/Full Bar. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. The Abbey, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;sisterâ&#x20AC;? restaurant to Jax Kitchen, is continuing the trend of dishing up comfort foods with a gourmet twist. With inventive cocktails, a well-balanced wine list and friendly service, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a spot not to be missed. The Abbey burger re-imagines a true American classic in a delightful and delicious way, and desserts are to die for. Reservations are strongly recommended. (1-17-11) $$-$$$ BILLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GRILL NE Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort


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

Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. CafĂŠ/Beer and Wine. AMEX, DIS, MC, V. A Tucson institution, Blue Willow set the standard for wholesome fare Ă la the 1970s: omelets, quiche, crĂŠpes, homemade soups and tofu scrambles. Today, the restaurant continues to shine due to a joyful dedication to quality and a chocolate du jour dessert dish that hits the spot every time. Great outdoor patio and nifty gift shop. (1216-99) $-$$



Our music critics discuss the best music from the year gone by

By Stephen Seigel,

Faves From 2011

8 Minutes to Burn

BY THE USUAL GANG OF IDIOTS, very publication on planet Earth is publishing best-of lists at this time of year—and we’re no different. We’ve asked some of our resident music writers about their favorite albums of 2011, and here’s what they gave us. Another round of writers will weigh in on the same topic next week.


Gene Armstrong (in alphabetical order) he Black Keys, El Camino (Nonesuch) Even after a string of great albums, the primal blues-rock duo have exceeded all expectations with an amazing set of tunes that finds drummer Patrick Carney and singerguitarist Dan Auerbach stretching out to embrace British rock, glam and Memphis-style soul. Proving the diversity of roots rock, it’s a triumph.


Kate Bush, 50 Words for Snow (Fish People/ANTI-) The reclusive British queen of art-rock— often imitated, never approximated—released two albums his year. Director’s Cut reworked older tunes and met with mixed reactions. This lush, introspective and all-new song cycle examines love, loss, sensuality, ghosts, memories and, well, snow: extra credit for “Snowed in at Wheeler Street,” a duet with Sir Elton. Noah Gundersen, Family (selfreleased) My favorite recording of 2011. Props are due to TV’s Sons of Anarchy for turning me on to two songs by this remarkable Seattle-based folk-rock singer-songwriter. Both are on this seven-song EP, available for a reasonable price at Most of the stark, haunting and emotionally wrenching cuts here feature just Gundersen’s fragile voice and fiercely strummed acoustic guitar, with the occasional addition of violin and vocal harmonies by his sister Abby.

John Martyn, Heaven and Earth (Liaison) A genius master of jazzy British folk rock, Martyn was troubled and sick toward the end of his life, but such is not reflected in the songs he was working on when he died almost three years ago. Clear-eyed, joyful, glimmering and funky, these songs are worthy additions to his legacy. Also worth seeking out is Johnny Boy Would Love This, a two-CD tribute to Martyn, which was also released this year. Mastodon, The Hunter (Reprise) The best metal band of the current era returned this year with its best work yet. After becoming known for extended epics, this foursome keeps many of the tunes here to 3 1/2minute pop-song length, without losing any of their power, song-craft or pure gnarliness. There are moments here to make a middle-age man feel like he’s 13 again. Tom Waits, Bad as Me (ANTI-) Waits has a handful of flawless albums to his credit, but this one shows the maestro effectively combining his early pulp-novel singer-songwriter tendencies with the junkyard-blues and barroom operettas of his later years. Not one clunker in this set. Washed Out, Within and Without (Sub Pop) I’m still not sure what “chillwave” is supposed to mean, but this full-length debut by Georgia’s Ernest Greene damn well gives me the chills, with its gorgeous electronic-based grooves, and a sexy mood that seems caught between sleep and waking, wistfulness and euphoria. Music as drugs? Right here. Gillian Welch, The Harrow and the Harvest (Acony) The first new album in eight years by this monumentally talented folk-Americana singer-songwriter and her companion, David Rawlings (whose guitarplaying and harmony vocals are essential), is mostly acoustic and stripped down to the emo-

tional, musical essence. One of the best recent examples of how sad songs make you feel better. Wild Flag, Wild Flag (Merge) Perhaps this year’s best-pedigreed band features members who have established reputations in Sleater-Kinney, Helium and The Minders. The debut album kicks ass with alt-rock oomph, inventive melodies, classic-rock hooks and charming, quirky vocals. I worship at the altar of singer-guitarist (and actress, in TV’s Portlandia) Carrie Brownstein. Yuck, Yuck (Fat Possum) Nodding to influential indie-rock bands of the 1980s and ’90s such as Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement, this combo from London features members who were barely born when those bands started. They play the endlessly catchy tunes here as if they’re just discovering the sound themselves.

Sean Bottai ip-Hop: The two albums that most channel that beloved ’90s Native Tongues vibe are Kendrick Lamar’s Section.80 (Top Dawg) and Doomtree’s No Kings (Doomtree). Shabazz Palaces’ Black Up (Sub Pop)—starring an exDigable Planet, no less—goes the more-deconstructionist route, and no other album sounds quite like it. Meanwhile, gloriously noisy Death Grips’ Exmilitary (Third Worlds) might be the year’s best dark thrill. For the year’s best filthy thrill, I’m divided between Danny Brown’s XXX (Fool’s Gold) and Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire’s Lost in Translation (Mishka). Goth Fantasia: Austra’s bleak-pop masterpiece Feel It Break (Paper Bag/ Domino) might be my personal favorite of the year, with its wall-to-wall cobwebs and bass clutter, but John Maus’ We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (Ribbon) continued on next page


NEW YEAR’S ADDENDUM Elsewhere in this very issue (on Page 22), you’ll find a handy guide to New Year’s Eve music events, so I won’t mention those here. However, since that guide was written, I’ve learned about a couple of other music-centric events happening that night. So consider this an addendum to that guide, woncha? Not that it needs to be said, but both of these events take place on Saturday, Dec. 31. The Hut, 305 N. Fourth Ave., will feature a trio of local bands to ring in the new year. The nongenre-specific The Jits get things rolling at 9 p.m., followed by the funky jams of 8 Minutes to Burn. To top the night off, The Tryst, winners in the Best New Release category at the 2011 Tucson Area Music Awards for their album Truth Be Told, will demonstrate why they won with a set of jazzy, soulful, funky grooves. Best of all, it’s a bargain at $5. For more information, call 623-3200. The only hip-hop New Year’s Eve party that I know of is happening at Vaudeville, 110 E. Congress St., where a lineup including Rell of Supernatural Entertainment, AZ Hu$tlers, Double Up AZ and KrayZ will hold court from 9 p.m. until the wee hours of 2012. Tickets run $10, and you can call 622-3535 for further details.

NEW YEAR’S EVE EVE Because New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday night this year, there are several excellent shows on the night before, Friday, Dec. 30. Sure, a little restraint may be in order since you don’t want to blow your wad on the night before the Big Night, but why miss out on a great show just because you’re going out the following night? For some reason, the mighty, mighty Meat Puppets, one of the greatest bands to ever emerge from Arizona (sorry, Tucsonans; they’re from Tempe), have decided to close out their year with a pair of shows in their home state—and believe me, I’m not complaining. Prior to a New Year’s gig in Tempe, they’ll return to Club Congress for a show on Friday. In case you’re not familiar (shame!): The band is led by the Kirkwood brothers (Curt on vocals and guitar; Cris on bass and vocals), who were raised on a diet of everything from bluegrass to jazz, country to rock. Their original drummer, Derrick Bostrom, was a punk-rock kid, and when the three came together, there was a certain magic that happened. (Shandon Sahm, son of the legendary leader of the Sir Douglas Quintet, Doug Sahm, currently mans the drum throne.) The Kirkwoods mined the timing of jazz, the twang and psychedelic aspects of the Grateful Dead, and the shit-kicking blues-rock of ZZ Top, while Bostrom lent his punk spirit to the sound. Though countless bands have been influenced by them (Nirvana famously invited the Kirkwoods to perform a couple of Puppets tunes alongside


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how it is spooky and grimy and witty all at once. The spectral folk-pop on PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake (Vagrant) made me fall back in love with an artist I’d spent a good 10 years away from. The boy who most broke my heart this year is Kurt Vile. His Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador) has been my rainy-day music during our winter storms. When the sun comes out, I put on Real Estate’s Days (Domino).

Jarret Keene o many staggering albums to choose from, so little space. Here’s a list of top discs that made 2011 such a remarkable year to be a music fan and critic. Best Electronic/ Dance: M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (Mute)—The consistency and sheer beauty of M83’s double-album magnum opus—boasting a whopping 22 songs—beggars belief. The band’s mastermind, Anthony Gonzalez, has fashioned a huge-sounding tribute to the wild emotional terrain of adolescence, a time in our lives when we haven’t yet learned how to temper our aspirations, to reality-check our imaginations. From the stratosphere-scraping sax solo in the darkly stunning “Midnight City” to the epic, Vangeliscribbed, Blade Runner-esque synth waves of “My Tears Are Becoming a Sea,” Dreaming dazzles on every level, with every note. Sure, it’s overwrought at times, but that’s the idea— remember when you were 16? If not, pick this up, and let your heart feel something again. Best Folk/ Country: A.A. Bondy, Believers (Fat Possum)—Edging out incredible releases in 2011 by Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams and Bon Iver, this mesmerizing, road-haunted masterpiece by Alabama-born singer-songwriter Bondy never fails to cause everyone in the house to instantly fall quiet when played on a proper stereo system. Written on tour buses and recorded in California, where Bondy took up surfing for the first time, these gorgeous, ocean-kissed, tides-attuned songs make Jack Johnson sound like Gidget. The spectral R&B pulse of “Surfer King” is unlike anything else, while the shimmering guitar arpeggios of “The Twist”—about wrenching one’s heart, not one’s hips—will leave you dazed and delighted. Best Indie-Rock: Yuck, Yuck (Fat Possum)— Wait, what, another impossibly amazing Fat Possum release this year? Yep. London quartet Yuck chuck out everything they (and we) have heard in alt-rock since 1991, zeroing in on the classic, pre-grunge, pseudo-shoegaze, noisypop sounds of American guitar-centric bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. Everything clicks here—the male-female vocal interplay, the fuzzed-out leads, the slacker-celebrating lyrics—and there isn’t a bum song, even if a few of the titles (for instance, “Suck”) suggest


otherwise. The seven-minute “Rubber” envelops you in a droning, distortion-ravaged yet melodic cocoon; jaunty “Georgia,” meanwhile, is crunchy bubblegum. Yuck’s debut offers much to chew on. Best Metal: Altar of Plagues, Mammal (Profound Lore)—Releases by Wolves in the Throne Room and Hammers of Misfortune sit atop the lists of many metal critics, for good reason. But the album that frightens me enough to hide in a closet was crafted by Irish black-metal quartet Altar of Plagues. Mammal bears more than a few elements of atmospheric post-rock—for example, the chiming clean-guitar passages that bring to mind the chamber-rock orchestrations of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. But once guitarist James Kelly and bassist Dave Condon begin shrieking their apocalyptic lyrics, any genre confusion ends—that is, until you experience “When the Sun Drowns in the Ocean,” which includes “keening,” or traditional-Gaelic funeral singing. I get the uneasy feeling Altar of Plagues is lamenting our collective extinction as a species. God help you if you don’t already own this. Best Power-Pop: Kirby Krackle, Super Powered Love (kirbykracklemusic. com)—Punching out three catchy-as-hell comic-book-themed rock albums in three years is no easy feat, but the hottest music duo on the comics-convention circuit makes it look easy. Wordsmith Jim Demonakos and tunesmith Kyle Stevens demonstrate a knack for penning punchy power-pop about geek dreams—from having a superheroine for a girlfriend (title track) to crossing Thor’s “Rainbow Bridge” to hunting Decepticons (“Hunt ’Em All Down”). This year’s disc, Super Powered Love, is their most ambitious, a conceptual take on nerd culture and how it masks a desire to be loved for being different. Classic guitar-pop songwriting doesn’t get any better. Best R&B/NeoSoul: Jill Scott, The Light of the Sun (Warner Bros.)— C’mon, Drake ain’t real R&B! Adele’s 21 is terrific, sure, but this year’s winner is Scott’s glowing Sun, her first studio effort in four long years, and a complex, cross-genre foray into everything from jazz to gospel to pop. The plaintive, piano-based, orchestra-backed plea of “Hear My Call” is stunning, as is her infectious, upbeat, Marvin Gaye-reminiscent hit with Anthony Hamilton, “So in Love.” And, let’s face it: There wasn’t a better baby-making slow jam than “So Gone (What My Mind Says).” Nothing dispels clouds of despair and confusion like Scott’s astonishing voice.

TOP TEN Toxic Ranch Records’ top sales for the week ending Dec. 21, 2011 1. Skinnerbox The Playhouse (Bobok/Toxic Shock)

2. Skinnerbox The Imaginary Heart Of (Bobok/Toxic Shock)

3. The Resonars Bright and Dark (Burger)

4. Zounds The Redemption of Zounds (Overground)

5. Smiths Barbarism Begins at Home: Incomplete B-sides, Vol. 1 (Torture Tunes)

6. Grannies For Those About to Forget to Rock (Wondertaker)

7. Void Sessions 1981-83 (Dischord)

8. Nobunny First Blood (cassette) (Burger)

9. Dwarves Born Again (cassette) (Burger)

10. The Nervebreakers Girls Girls Girls Girls 7” 45 (Get Hip)



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them on their MTV Unplugged appearance), no other band sounds much like the Meat Puppets to this day. After several years during which it was questionable whether the band would ever play together again (Cris had a rough period, to put it mildly, that included the deaths of his mother and girlfriend, heroin, getting shot and doing time), in 2007, the band miraculously reemerged with a new album and started touring again. They haven’t slowed down since, and 2011 was a big year for the band. They released their incredibly solid 13th album, Lollipop (Megaforce); Animal Collective invited them to perform their seminal 1985 album Up on the Sun in its entirety at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival; and they returned a favor to Nirvana by covering “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for a Spin compilation celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nevermind. The Meat Puppets perform at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Friday, Dec. 30. Flamingo, which features Elmo Kirkwood, Curt’s son, will open the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance, or $15 on the day of the show. For more info, head to, or call 622-8848. Another Phoenix-based band will perform up the street on the same night. The Hut features a lineup on Friday featuring headliners The Love Me Nots, who perform what sounds like an oxymoron: a slicked up, poppy take on garage rock. The coed rockers have released four albums, all of them produced by Detroit’s Jim Diamond, who worked with the White Stripes and has played bass with The Dirtbombs. The most recent is this year’s The Demon and the Devotee (Bad Reputation). Also on the bill are the sleaze-rockin’, Phoenix-based Scorpion vs. Tarantula; San Francisco ’80s-influenced rockers The Bruises; and my favorite of the bunch, the art-pop trio High Horse. Catch all four bands at 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30, at The Hut, 305 N. Fourth Ave. Cover is a measly $5. For further details, head to, or call 623-3200. Heather Dickey, a beloved fan of local music who passed away earlier this month at age 29, will be honored with a show featuring lots of local acts on Friday at The Rock. All proceeds from the Heather Dickey Memorial Benefit will be donated to the Dickey family to help with funeral expenses. Performers, who will play

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short, mostly acoustic sets, include A Fall to Break, Animus Divine, Angelic to Ashes, We Killed the Union, Headrust, Godhunter, Contraband, Three White Lies, Bad Tourist, Funky Bonz, Hillbilly Bo, CCS Crew, Greg Sacks, Cryptic Wisdom and others. The Heather Dickey Memorial Benefit begins at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30, at The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave. Admission is a minimum donation of $10. For more information, head to, or call 629-9211. Our condolences go out to Heather’s family and friends. It used to be easy to take Greyhound Soul shows for granted. After all, the gritty, impassioned rock band used to play in Tucson nearly every week. But ever since bandleader Joe Pena, he of the whiskey-and-cigarettes voice, moved to Phoenix a couple of years ago, local Greyhound Soul shows have become a fairly rare treat. We’ll be graced with one on Friday, when the band headlines a roots-rock bill that also includes locals Ferrodyne and The Possibles. It all goes down at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., on Friday, Dec. 30. Music begins at 9:30 p.m., and cover is $5. Questions? Head to, or call 798-1298.

SHORT TAKES If you’re not too beat up from New Year’s Eve festivities, local Grateful Dead cover band Top Dead Center will host its annual food drive for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at The Hut, 305 N. Fourth Ave., on Sunday, Jan. 1. Performers include, in addition to Top Dead Center, the Bryan Dean Trio, the Wayback Machine, 8 Minutes to Burn, Heather Hardy and Cadillac Mountain. Music begins at 4:20 p.m., and admission is a $5 donation, every penny of which will be donated to the Food Bank. Check out, or call 6233200 for more information. Mullarkey, the tireless music fan and vocalist who fronts both Monster Pussy and Run-On Sunshine, will celebrate his 100th show when Run-On Sunshine headlines a show at Skrappy’s, 191 E. Toole Ave., on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The bill will also feature Hug-of-War and Andrew and His Feisty Felines, both from Phoenix, as well as Human Behavior and No Children. The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m., and cover is $5. For more information, call 358-4287. DECEMBER 29, 2011 - JANUARY 4, 2012



CLUB LIST Here is a list of venues that offer live music, dancing, DJ music, karaoke or comedy in the Tucson area. We recommend that you call and confirm all events. AMADO TERRITORY STEAKHOUSE 3001 E. Frontage Road. Amado. 398-2651. ARIZONA INN 2200 E. Elm St. 325-1541. ARMITAGE WINE LOUNGE AND CAFÉ 2905 E. Skyline Drive, No. 168. 682-9740. THE AULD DUBLINER 800 E. University Blvd. 206-0323. AZUL RESTAURANT LOUNGE Westin La Paloma, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. 742-6000. THE BAMBOO CLUB 5870 E. Broadway Blvd., No. 524. 514-9665. THE BASHFUL BANDIT 3686 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-8996. BEAU BRUMMEL CLUB 1148 N. Main Ave. 622-9673. BEDROXX 4385 W. Ina Road. 744-7655. BEST WESTERN ROYAL SUN INN AND SUITES 1015 N. Stone Ave. 622-8871. BLUEFIN SEAFOOD BISTRO 7053 N. Oracle Road. 531-8500. BOJANGLES SALOON 5244 S. Nogales Highway. 889-6161. BOONDOCKS LOUNGE 3306 N. First Ave. 690-0991. BRATS 5975 W. Western Way Circle. 578-0341. BRODIE’S TAVERN 2449 N. Stone Ave. 622-0447. BUFFALO WILD WINGS 68 N. Harrison Road. 296-8409. BUGGY WHEEL BAR AND GRILL 3156 E. Drexel Road. 573-0035. BUSHI 4689 E. Speedway Blvd. 325-6552. CACTUS MOON 5470 E. Broadway Blvd. 748-0049. CAFÉ PASSÉ 415 N. Fourth Ave. 624-4411. CAFE TREMOLO 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., No. 152. 742-2999. THE CANYON’S CROWN RESTAURANT AND PUB 6958 E. Tanque Verde Road. 885-8277. CASA VICENTE RESTAURANTE ESPAÑOL 375 S. Stone Ave. 884-5253. CASCADE LOUNGE Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive. 615-5495. CHICAGO BAR 5954 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-8169. CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. LA COCINA RESTAURANT, CANTINA AND COFFEE BAR 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351. COLORS FOOD AND SPIRITS 5305 E. Speedway Blvd. 323-1840. COW PALACE 28802 S. Nogales Highway. Amado. (520) 398-1999. COW PONY BAR AND GRILL 6510 E. Tanque Verde Road. 721-2781. CUSHING STREET RESTAURANT AND BAR 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984. DELECTABLES RESTAURANT AND CATERING 533 N. Fourth Ave. 884-9289. THE DEPOT SPORTS BAR 3501 E. Fort Lowell Road. 795-8110. DESERT DIAMOND CASINO MONSOON NIGHTCLUB 7350 S. Nogales Highway. 294-7777. DESERT DIAMOND CASINO SPORTS BAR Interstate 19 and Pima Mine Road. 393-2700. DIABLOS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL 2545 S. Craycroft Road. 514-9202. THE DISTRICT 260 E. Congress St. 792-0081.


DRIFTWOOD RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE 2001 S. Craycroft Road. 790-4317. DV8 5851 E. Speedway Blvd. 885-3030. ECLIPSE AT COLLEGE PLACE 1601 N. Oracle Road. 209-2121. EDDIES COCKTAILS 8510 E. Broadway Blvd. 290-8750. EL CHARRO CAFÉ SAHUARITA 15920 S. Rancho Sahuarita. Sahuarita. 325-1922. EL CHARRO CAFÉ ON BROADWAY 6310 E. Broadway Blvd. 745-1922. EL MEZÓN DEL COBRE 2960 N. First Ave. 791-0977. EL PARADOR 2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 881-2744. ELBOW ROOM 1145 W. Prince Road. 690-1011. FAMOUS SAM’S BROADWAY 1830 E. Broadway Blvd. 884-0119. FAMOUS SAM’S E. GOLF LINKS 7129 E. Golf Links Road. 296-1245. FAMOUS SAM’S SILVERBELL 2320 N. Silverbell Road. 884-7267. FAMOUS SAM’S VALENCIA 3010 W. Valencia Road. 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. FIRE + SPICE Sheraton Hotel and Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road. 323-6262. FLYING V BAR AND GRILL Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive. 299-2020. FOX AND HOUND SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN Foothills Mall, 7625 N. La Cholla Blvd. 575-1980. FROG AND FIRKIN 874 E. University Blvd. 623-7507. LA FUENTE 1749 N. Oracle Road. 623-8659. FUKU SUSHI 940 E. University Blvd. 798-3858. GENTLE BEN’S BREWING COMPANY 865 E. University Blvd. 624-4177. GILLIGAN’S PUB 1308 W. Glenn St. 623-3999. GLASS ONION CAFE 1990 W. River Road, Suite 100. 293-6050. GOLD Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road. 917-2930, ext. 474. GOLDEN PIN LANES 1010 W. Miracle Mile. 888-4272. 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. HANGOVER’S BAR AND GRILL 1310 S. Alvernon Way. 326-2310. HIDEOUT BAR AND GRILL 1110 S. Sherwood Village Drive. THE HIDEOUT 3000 S. Mission Road. 791-0515. HILDA’S SPORTS BAR 1120 Circulo Mercado. Rio Rico. (520) 281-9440. THE HUT 305 N. Fourth Ave. 623-3200. IBT’S 616 N. Fourth Ave. 882-3053. IGUANA CAFE 210 E. Congress St. 882-5140. 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.

JW MARRIOTT STARR PASS RESORT AND SPA 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. 792-3500. KINGFISHER BAR AND GRILL 2564 E. Grant Road. 323-7739. KON TIKI 4625 E. Broadway Blvd. 323-7193. LAFFS COMEDY CAFFÉ 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. 323-8669. LAS CAZUELITAS 1365 W. Grant Road. 206-0405. LEVEL BAR LOUNGE 4280 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 37. 615-3835. LI’L ABNER’S STEAKHOUSE 8500 N. Silverbell Road. 744-2800. LINDY’S AT REDLINE SPORTS GRILL 445 W. Wetmore Road. 888-8084. LOEWS VENTANA CANYON RESORT KIVA BALLROOM 7000 N. Resort Drive. 529-7936. LOOKOUT BAR AND GRILLE 245 E. Ina Road. 297-1151. THE LOOP TASTE OF CHICAGO 10180 N. Oracle Road. 878-0222. LOVIN’ SPOONFULS VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT 2990 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 120. 325-7766. LUNA BELLA ITALIAN CUISINE AND CATERING 2990 N. Swan Road, No. 145. 325-3895. M&L AIRPORT INN BAR AND GRILL 2303 E. Valencia Road. 294-1612. MALIBU YOGURT AND ICE CREAM 825 E. University Blvd. 903-2340. MARGARITA BAY 7415 E. 22nd St. 290-8977. MAVERICK 6622 E. Tanque Verde Road. 298-0430. MAYNARDS MARKET AND KITCHEN 400 N. Toole Ave. 545-0577. MCMAHON’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 2959 N. Swan Road. 327-7463. MIDTOWN BAR AND GRILL 4915 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-2011. MINT COCKTAILS 3540 E. Grant Road. 881-9169. MOONEY’S PUB 1110 S. Sherwood Village Drive. 885-6443. 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. MY BIG FAT GREEK RESTAURANT FOOTHILLS MALL 7265 N. La Cholla Blvd. 797-7444. 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. THE ONYX ROOM 106 W. Drachman St. 620-6699. ORACLE INN 305 E. American Ave. Oracle. 896-3333. O’SHAUGHNESSY’S 2200 N. Camino Principal. 296-7464. PARADISO BAR AND LOUNGE Casino Del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road. (800) 344-9435. LA PARRILLA SUIZA 2720 N. Oracle Road. 624-4300. PEARSON’S PUB 1120 S. Wilmot Road. 747-2181. PLUSH 340 E. Sixth St. 798-1298. 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. LE RENDEZ-VOUS 3844 E. Fort Lowell Road. 323-7373. RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000. RIC’S CAFE/RESTAURANT 5605 E. River Road. 577-7272. RITZ-CARLTON, DOVE MOUNTAIN 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive. Marana. 572-3000. 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. 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. SHARKS 256 E. Congress St. 791-9869. 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. SKRAPPY’S 191 E. Toole Ave. 358-4287. SKY BAR 536 N. Fourth Ave. 622-4300. THE SKYBOX RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR 5605 E. River Road. 529-7180. STADIUM GRILL 3682 W. Orange Grove Road. Marana. 877-8100. STOCKMEN’S LOUNGE 1368 W. Roger Road. 887-2529. SULLIVAN’S STEAK HOUSE 1785 E. River Road. 299-4275. SURLY WENCH PUB 424 N. Fourth Ave. 882-0009. TANQUE VERDE RANCH 14301 E. Speedway Blvd. 296-6275. TERRY AND ZEKE’S 4603 E. Speedway Blvd. 325-3555. UNICORN SPORTS LOUNGE 8060 E. 22nd St., No. 118. 722-6900. V FINE THAI 9 E. Congress St. 882-8143. VAUDEVILLE 110 E. Congress St. 622-3535. VERONA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 120 S. Houghton Road. 722-2722. VOYAGER RV RESORT 8701 S. Kolb Road. 574-5000. WESTWARD LOOK RESORT SONORAN BALLROOM 245 East Ina Road. 297-1151. WHISKEY TANGO 140 S. Kolb Road. 344-8843. WILD BILL’S STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON 5910 N. Oracle Road. none. 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. ZEN ROCK 121 E. Congress St. 624-9100.

Due to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations, some ongoing events listed here may not occur. We recommend that you call and confirm all events.

THU DEC 29 LIVE MUSIC Arizona Inn Bob Linesch The Auld Dubliner Live local music Beer Belly’s Pub Open jam Boondocks Lounge Tall Paul Band Cactus Moon Los Gallegos and Robert Moreno Café Passé Jeff Grubic and Naim Amor Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Classical guitar Cascade Lounge Doug Martin Chicago Bar Neon Prophet La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Stefan George Eddies Cocktails Cass Preston and His Band Fire + Spice Live jazz with Prime Examples La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live mariachi music Hacienda del Sol Nick Stanley Las Cazuelitas Live music Maverick Flipside McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Susan Artemis My Big Fat Greek Restaurant Foothills Mall Heartbeat O’Malley’s Live music On a Roll Live music The Onyx Room Larry Loud and George Howard O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge ABBA tribute Plush Kaia Chesney, The Plastic Arts RPM Nightclub 80’s and Gentlemen Sheraton Hotel and Suites Prime Example Skrappy’s Eyes Set to Kill Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Wild Bill’s Steakhouse and Saloon Wild Oats

KARAOKE/OPEN MIC The Bamboo Club Karaoke with DJ Tony G Bedroxx Karaoke with DJ Chubbz Bojangles Saloon Buffalo Wild Wings Tucson’s Most Wanted Entertainment with KJ Sean The Depot Sports Bar El Charro Café Sahuarita Famous Sam’s Silverbell Amazing Star karaoke Famous Sam’s Valencia Gilligan’s Pub Glass Onion Cafe Open mic Golden Pin Lanes Karaoke and music videos with DJ Adonis Hilda’s Sports Bar M&L Airport Inn Bar and Grill Margarita Bay Mooney’s Pub Open mic Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Cutthroat Karaoke Music Box Karaoke with AJ River’s Edge Lounge Karaoke with KJ David Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y Not Karaoke Stadium Grill Karaoke, dance music and music videos with DJ Tigger Voyager RV Resort Karaoke with the Tucson Twosome

DANCE/DJ Azul Restaurant Lounge DJ spins music Diablos Sports Bar and Grill XLevel DJs Eclipse at College Place DJ spins music Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company DJ spins music The Hideout Fiesta DJs IBT’s DJ spins music Javelina Cantina DJ M. M&L Airport Inn Bar and Grill DJ Caliente Sam Hughes Place Championship Dining DJ spins music Sapphire Lounge Salsa night Sharks DJ Aspen Surly Wench Pub Clean Cut with DJ Natalia Unicorn Sports Lounge Y Not Entertainment 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.

COMEDY Laffs Comedy Caffé Open mic

FRI DEC 30 LIVE MUSIC Amado Territory Steakhouse Becky Reyes featuring Scott Muhleman Arizona Inn Dennis Reed The Bamboo Club Live music The Bashful Bandit Live music Bluefin Seafood Bistro George Howard Duo Bojangles Saloon Live music Boondocks Lounge Neon Prophet Cactus Moon Robert Moreno Cafe Tremolo William Tell and Patrick Caulley The Canyon’s Crown Restaurant and Pub Live music Cascade Lounge Doug Martin Chicago Bar The AmoSphere Club Congress New Year’s Eve Eve Extravaganza: Flamingo, The Meat Puppets La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar Greg Morton Delectables Restaurant and Catering Live music Eclipse at College Place Live music Eddies Cocktails Dust Devils El Mezón del Cobre Mariachi Azteca El Parador Descarga, Salsarengue, Tito y Su Nuevo Son Famous Sam’s E. Golf Links Live music La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente Glass Onion Cafe Live music The Grill at Quail Creek Paul McGuffin Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music Hacienda del Sol Freddy Vesely The Hideout Grupo la Madrid The Hut The Love Me Nots, Scorpion vs. Tarantula, The Bruises, High Horse Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar HolmesLevinson Trio Las Cazuelitas Mariachis Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse Arizona Dance Hands Lindy’s at Redline Sports Grill Live music: old-school rock Lovin’ Spoonfuls Vegetarian Restaurant Elisabeth Blin Luna Bella Italian Cuisine and Catering Tom Jones and

Elvis Presley impersonators Maverick Flipside McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky Mint Cocktails Live music Mooney’s Pub Roadrunner Gunner Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi Los Cubanos Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Collin Shook Trio My Big Fat Greek Restaurant Foothills Mall Retro Rockets Old Father Inn Live music Oracle Inn Greg Spivey Band O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge Hollywood and Vine La Parrilla Suiza Mariachi music Plush The Possibles, Ferrodyne, Greyhound Soul Ric’s Cafe/Restaurant Live music River’s Edge Lounge Wild Ride The Rock Heather Dickey Memorial Benefit: A Fall to Break, Animus Divine, Angelic to Ashes, We Killed the Union, Headrust, Godhunter, Contraband, Three White Lies, Bad Tourist, Funky Bonz, Hillbilly Bo, CCS Crew, Greg Sacks, Cryptic Wisdom and others Shot in the Dark Café Mark Bockel The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar 80’s and Gentlemen Stadium Grill Live music Sullivan’s Steak House Live music V Fine Thai The Quartet Whiskey Tango Vintage Sugar Wild Bill’s Steakhouse and Saloon Beau Renfro and Clear Country Wisdom’s Café Bill Manzanedo Woody’s Susan Artemis

KARAOKE/OPEN MIC Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites Karaoke with DJ Richard Brats Brodie’s Tavern Cow Palace Karaoke with DJ Famous Sam’s W. Ruthrauff Famous Sam’s Oracle Chubb Rock with Ray Brennan Famous Sam’s Pima IBT’s Karaoke with Troy St. John Iguana Cafe Jeff’s Pub Kustom Karaoke Margarita Bay Midtown Bar and Grill Putney’s Karaoke, dance music and music videos with DJ Soup



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Hawaii or Vegas!

2480 W. Ruthrauff Rd. • (520) 292-0492 NEWS YEAR’S KARAOKE CONTEST RULES • Any contender can have only 2 song slips in for a song request at one time. So after you sing you can add another request. • If you are chosen to sing, after your song you will be placed in the drawing of your choice. Vegas or Hawaii! • All night random drawings will be held for each song ticket. (Singer request) • There must be 6 songs sang before you can sing again, although if you are drawn in the next 6 songs you will be placed in the Hawaii or Vegas drawing again. Multiple tickets for each drawing are allowed!

• All song slips must be filled out completely. • Any song slips not played by 1am will be automatically entered in the Las Vegas drawing (so this should give anyone a chance to still win the Vegas drawing with 2 tickets in) • You must be present to win! • If you’re drawn as a vacation winner you must sing one song after you win! • You can only win one vacation drawing.

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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

The Auld Dubliner DJ spins music Azul Restaurant Lounge Ladies and Lyrics Night: DJ spins music Bedroxx DJ spins music Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Flamenco guitar and dance show Desert Diamond Casino Monsoon Nightclub Groove with 106.3 Desert Diamond Casino Sports Bar Fright night party Diablos Sports Bar and Grill XLevel DJs DV8 Planet Q Live with Chris P. and JoJo El Charro Café Sahuarita DJ spins music El Charro Café on Broadway DJ spins R&B El Parador Salsa dance lessons with Jeannie Tucker Famous Sam’s Valencia DJ spins music Fuku Sushi DJ spins music Hangover’s Bar and Grill DJ spins music IBT’s DJ spins music Javelina Cantina DJ M. Level Bar Lounge DJ Rivera Lindy’s at Redline Sports Grill DJ spins music Maynards Market and Kitchen DJ spins music Music Box ’80s and more NoRTH DJ spins music O’Malley’s DJ Dibs The Onyx Room DJ Mista T 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 Unicorn Sports Lounge Y Not Entertainment Vaudeville DJ Grapla, Lee Hybrid Wildcat House Top 40 dance mix Wooden Nickel DJ spins music Woody’s Tori Steele’s Cover Girl Revue Zen Rock DJ Kidd Kutz




Eve: Wingspan’s NightThing: Lisa Otey and Diane Van Deurzen and others; Tucson Jazz Society Gala: Sylvan Street, Rick Braun, Euge Groove, Jonathan Butler Kingfisher Bar and Grill New Year’s Eve party: Susan Artemis Las Cazuelitas Mariachis Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse Arizona Dance Hands Loews Ventana Canyon Resort Kiva Ballroom New Year’s Eve: Tucson Young Professionals party with DJs Lookout Bar and Grille Live acoustic The Loop Taste of Chicago New Year’s Eve: Bishop/Nelly Duo Luna Bella Italian Cuisine and Catering New Year’s Eve: Justin and Oksana Maverick The Jack Bishop Band McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky Mooney’s Pub Live music Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi The Bishop/Nelly Duo Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar Collin Shook Trio My Big Fat Greek Restaurant Foothills Mall New Year’s Eve: Heartbeat O’Malley’s Live music Old Father Inn New Year’s Eve: Crash Academy Old Pueblo Grille Live music Old Tubac Inn Restaurant and Saloon New Year’s Eve party: The Outlaw Rebels Oracle Inn New Year’s Eve party: Wild Ride Band O’Shaughnessy’s Live pianist and singer Paradiso Bar and Lounge New Year’s Eve: Mezzo Forte La Parrilla Suiza Mariachi music Plush New Year’s Eve: Blind Divine CD-release, HAIRSPRAYFIREANDGIRLS, Ensphere Rialto Theatre New Year’s Eve: Viva Mexico y su Musica: Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta y Salvador Duran Ric’s Cafe/Restaurant Live music Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain New Year’s Eve: Jeff Haskell, Katherine Byrnes River’s Edge Lounge New Year’s Eve: Armed at Night Sheraton Hotel and Suites Tucson Jazz Institute Sky Bar New Year’s Eve: Early Black, HAIRSPRAYFIREANDGIRLS Stadium Grill Live music Sullivan’s Steak House Live music Tanque Verde Ranch Live music V Fine Thai Phony Bennett Vaudeville New Years Eve: Rell of Supernatural Entertainment, AZ Hu$tlers, Double Up AZ, KrayZ Westward Look Resort Sonoran Ballroom New Year’s Eve: East2West Whiskey Tango Live music





Arizona Inn New Year’s Eve: Tucson Symphony Orchestra Moveable Musical Feast Azul Restaurant Lounge New Year’s Eve: Eleonor Winston Trio The Bashful Bandit Live music Bluefin Seafood Bistro New Year’s Eve: Nick Stanley Bojangles Saloon Live music Boondocks Lounge New Year’s Eve: The AmoSphere, Bryan Dean Buggy Wheel Bar and Grill New Year’s Eve: Tumblin’ Dice Bushi New Year’s Eve: The Ronstadt Generations Café Passé Elephant Head Trio Cafe Tremolo New Year’s Eve: Corey Spector Cascade Lounge George Howard Chicago Bar New Year’s Eve: Neon Prophet Club Congress New Year’s Eve: Aztec Apocalypse: 80’s and Gentlemen Colors Food and Spirits New Year’s Eve: Melody Louise, Tempest Du Jour Cow Pony Bar and Grill DJ spins music Cushing Street Restaurant and Bar Live jazz Delectables Restaurant and Catering New Year’s Eve: Michael P. Nordberg Desert Diamond Casino Monsoon Nightclub New Year’s Eve party: Los Gallegos The District New Year’s Eve: The Besmirchers, Cadillac Steakhouse, DJ Buttafly Driftwood Restaurant and Lounge Live music Eclipse at College Place Live music Eddies Cocktails Classic rock ’n’ roll El Charro Café Sahuarita Live salsa band El Mezón del Cobre Mariachi Azteca El Parador New Year’s Eve: Combo Unica Famous Sam’s E. Golf Links Live music Fire + Spice New Year’s Eve: The Larry Redhouse Trio Flying V Bar and Grill Domingo DeGrazia La Fuente Mariachi Estrellas de la Fuente Gold Live music Guadalajara Grill East Live mariachi music Guadalajara Grill West Live Latin music Hacienda del Sol Freddy Vesely, Undercover Blues Band The Hideout Los Bandidos The Hut New Year’s Eve: The Jits, 8 Minutes to Burn, The Tryst JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa New Year’s

Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites Karaoke with DJ Richard Brats The Depot Sports Bar Elbow Room Famous Sam’s Silverbell Amazing Star karaoke Famous Sam’s W. Ruthrauff Famous Sam’s Oracle Chubb Rock with Ray Brennan Famous Sam’s Pima The Grill at Quail Creek Hangover’s Bar and Grill IBT’s Amazing Star Entertainment Jeff’s Pub Kustom Karaoke The Loop Taste of Chicago Karaoke, dance music and videos with DJ Juliana Margarita Bay Midtown Bar and Grill Nevada Smith’s Old Father Inn Royal Sun Inn and Suites Y Not Karaoke Stockmen’s Lounge Terry and Zeke’s

DANCE/DJ The Auld Dubliner DJ spins music Bedroxx DJ spins music Brodie’s Tavern Latino Night Cactus Moon Line-dance lesson Casa Vicente Restaurante Español Flamenco guitar and dance show Club Congress Bang! Bang! dance party La Cocina Restaurant, Cantina and Coffee Bar New Year’s Eve: DJs Herm, Ektratek, B-Rad Diablos Sports Bar and Grill XLevel DJs El Charro Café on Broadway DJ Soo Latin mix El Parador Salsa dance lessons with Jeannie Tucker Famous Sam’s Valencia DJ spins music Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company DJ spins music IBT’s Saturday Starlets Drag Show, DJ spins music Lindy’s at Redline Sports Grill DJ spins music Music Box ’80s and more On a Roll DJ Aspen Rusty’s Family Restaurant and Sports Grille DJ Obi Wan Kenobi Sam Hughes Place Championship Dining DJ spins music Sapphire Lounge DJ 64, DJ Phil Sharks DJ Chucky Chingon Sinbad’s Fine Mediterranean Cuisine Belly dancing with Emma Jeffries and friends Surly Wench Pub New Year’s Eve party: DJ spins music

Wildcat House Tejano dance mix Wooden Nickel DJ spins music Woody’s DJ Michael Lopez Zen Rock DJ Kidd Kutz

COMEDY Laffs Comedy Caffé New Year’s Eve: Michael Malone

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NINE QUESTIONS Jon Villa Originally from Nogales, Jon Villa is a singer, trumpeter, songwriter and longtime leader of The Jons, who are recording their fourth album. The group recently performed the tunes of Electric Light Orchestra during The Great Cover Up. Villa also is a member of Kiss and the Tells, and Gabriel Sullivan and Taraf de Tucson, and recently has been recording with Giant Sand. Gene Armstrong,

What was the first concert you ever saw? I was in maybe the third grade, and my brother, my cousin and I got dropped off at Six Flags Magic Mountain for a concert by Poison and Kid Frost. What are you listening to these days? Old Mexican bolero trios, like Trio Los Panchos and Los Tres Ases. What was the first album you owned? My older brother had a Kool Moe Dee cassette that I borrowed without him knowing it, and when I lost it, I had to replace it. I like a lot of that old-school rap. What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get? I like a lot of his old stuff from the Woodstock era, but it seems like every song on the radio has to have Carlos Santana on it. Why does everybody feel the need to have that sound, and why does he do it? What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live? I wish I could have seen James Brown live. Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure? I really like New Kids on the Block’s “Tonight.” What song would you like to have played at your funeral? “Seasons in the Sun” by Terry Jacks. That song always gets to me. What band or artist changed your life and how? Maynard Ferguson. Every time you hear him play, it’s like he’s up in the stratosphere, blasting the hell out of it. Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time? If it had to be one album that I would have to listen to for the rest of my life, it would be Los Fabulosos Cadillacs’ Fabulosos Calavera.


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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Chris Isaak

The Tall Paul Band

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds



Chris Isaak was born to make this album, his tribute to the influential confluence of country, blues and rock ’n’ roll created during the 1950s and 1960s at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn. Much of his material during his career has been an homage to that era. Here, he tackles many of the original numbers of that time, such as cuts by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. This album—available in single- and double-disc versions—is a no-brainer, and Isaak fans will eat it up. His readings of classic material, from “Ring of Fire” and “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” (on the first disc), to “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry” and “Oh, Pretty Woman” (Disc 2), avoid both the traps of slavish copying and cheesy indulgence. Like most of Isaak’s music, this album feels timeless and authentic, as if he inhaled the sounds of these songs and exhaled his own interpretations. Although it’s well-sung and well-played—Isaak’s great backup players are always unsung heroes—some of it seems superfluous. At the same time, lesser-known cuts such as “Trying to Get to You,” “Dixie Fried” and “Miss Pearl” are worth hearing, just because Isaak loves them so and dug them up for our benefit. Other treats include “Great Balls of Fire,” which he makes a little less threatening; “It’s Now or Never,” which allows him to indulge his fondness for tropical touches; and the just-plain-lovely collision of rockabilly and doo-wop on “She’s Not You.” Gene Armstrong

Blues guitarist Tall Paul Webner has been flying under the local radar for more than 20 years, playing off nights in bars often well off the beaten path. Yet, mention his name to any number of working musicians, and the response is often, “Man, that guy can play!” Indeed, he can, and does, on this CD of mostly original material that offers a variety of grooves, all of which are there to support Webner’s energetic solos and arrangements. Playing as a classic powerblues trio, the band at times has an authentic feel that reminds of ZZ Top or Stevie Ray Vaughan. But just when you think they have that Texas blues thing down, Webner’s guitar moves effortlessly into a soaring psychedelic blues lick before moving on to something completely different. This is most evident on “Space Race,” one of two ambitious instrumentals (“Don’t Leave” is the other) that highlight this album. Ike Turner’s “Matchbox” is a 12-bar blues tune on which Webner also gets to show off his chops—but the truth is, a great solo punctuates almost every tune. What’s nice about the solos is the variety of sounds and effects Webner has coaxed from the guitar. “Goin Back Home” is one example of how a great sound on the instrument can communicate all it needs with some simple, well-timed phrasing. Kevin Heiderman on bass and Les Merrihew on drums are great complements to Webner. Jim Lipson

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HOLIDAY HOOTENANNY CLUB CONGRESS Friday, Dec. 23 It was telling that Howe Gelb stuck to the sidelines while performing at Club Congress last Friday. One of the pioneers of Tucson independent music, the prolific and ever-inventive singer-songwriter has done as much as anyone in these parts to put the Old Pueblo on the musical map—but he obviously recognizes the vitality of younger acts as well. Even when singing and performing during his own set at the multi-act concert dubbed Holiday Hootenanny, Gelb graciously ceded center stage to younger compatriots such as Brian Lopez, Gabriel Sullivan and Jon Villa. But when Gelb and company performed, the results sounded authentically like the Giant Sand of the late 1980s and early ’90s—gloriously ramshackle, but with confident excursions into alt-country, jagged rock, a little cocktail jazz and Latin music. It helped that the lineup also featured drummer Tom Larkins and bassist Thøger T. Lund, both veterans of Giant Sand iterations from different eras. During the holidays, the club and lobby at Hotel Congress can turn into Homecoming Central, as many former Tucsonans making seasonal visits reunite with old pals. Such was the case on this night. Amid the hugs and toasts, the music was uniformly excellent. The evening began with Acorn Bcorn, the sister duo that is one of Tucson’s best musical acts. I was dismayed to discover, when showing up fashionably late, that the show started close to on time, and I’d missed them. I won’t be tardy next time. I arrived in time to hear the relatively new Phoenix band Make My Baby, featuring Lonna Kelley, and was treated to a pleasant surprise: a low-fi blend of proto-garage, girl-group pop and bubblegum rock, wrapped around tragic torch songs delivered by three female singers performing in close harmony. Two of the ladies played standup drums, and a couple of fellas held down the lead guitar and bass slots. The group was terrific—and they threw Christmas presents to the audience! Lopez and Sullivan turned in equally inspiring performances with their respective groups—lush, string-seasoned rock by the former, and large-scale Latin-gypsy music by the latter. Both artists performed material from new albums expected soon, making the show a hint of good things to come in 2012. Gene Armstrong

As the more-thoughtful Oasis brother, Noel Gallagher’s best moments tended to turn up on hit singles as well as around the band’s fringes, like B-sides and the Noel-sung MTV Unplugged. Boastful and arrogant, Oasis was gunning for the highest peaks, and that often involved a certain sound and swagger that didn’t incorporate the best of Noel’s skills. Neither, exactly, does this first solo album. While Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds stacks up well against the albums from Oasis’ declining years, it’s weighted with a different set of expectations. Yet stripped of any competition for the album’s creative direction, Noel’s songwriting is too often flat and simplistic—“If I had the time, I’d stop the world and make you mine, and every day would stay the same with you,” he sings on “If I Had a Gun.” The album’s best songs— like “AKA … Broken Arrow” and “Stop the Clocks”—bring back the sound of that Britpop grandeur. The songs are well-crafted and include some refreshing instrumental flourishes—horn breaks on “Dream On” and “The Death of You And Me,” more keyboards and strings, and even some subtle but effective banjo and pedal steel. The post-Oasis solo albums reveal just how well-balanced the Gallagher brothers’ strengths were. And it’s no surprise that what Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds really needs is a little of Liam’s bombastic energy. Eric Swedlund

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DECEMBER 29, 2011 - JANUARY 4, 2012



MEDICAL MJ A medical-marijuana patient finds judgment at the Arizona-California line

Border Disorder BY J.M. SMITH, here was a time in Arizona when federal law was king. Until Valentine’s Day 1912, when the Arizona Territory became the great state of Arizona, we didn’t have a Legislature and, thus, didn’t have state law. Since we didn’t have state laws, we didn’t have state police to enforce them. Pretty much all we had was Uncle Sam. Well, things have changed now—in most ways for the better—and we have our own state laws and our own state police force and, ostensibly, our own way of life. Not so fast, Bucko. Having your own state with its own laws doesn’t necessarily mean you get your own way of life. Medical-marijuana caregiver Jimmy Moffitt and his wife and patient, Dianna, learned that the hard way recently, when the Tucson couple was harassed into submission by Border Patrol agents. The couple was visiting Jimmy’s ill father in Yuma, and decided to head to El Centro to get the elderly man a meal at a favorite restaurant. Dianna, who suffers from cramps and a poor appetite from irritable-bowel syndrome, had a tiny jar of MMJ in her purse. When they got to the Border Patrol checkpoint at the California state line, they saw a drug-sniffing dog. The dog—perhaps having more sense than the agents handling it—didn’t even flinch as their car rolled by. A few yards beyond that, there was another agent, who started asking questions. Are you U.S. citizens? Yes. Do you have anyone in the car who isn’t a U.S. citizen? No. Does anyone in the car have any MMJ on them? Screeching halt. At this point, the fun began. Dianna admitted having about 2 grams of medical marijuana in her purse, which she had planned to discretely use to spark her appetite before lunch. The agents searched the rental car, finding nothing but the MMJ that Dianna freely admitted having. The Moffitts kind of thought the agents would leave them alone. They knew that taking the MMJ across a state line was an infraction on a par with a parking ticket, but they hoped the Border Patrol would stick to enforcing federal law. Not. An agent transferred the MMJ from Dianna’s little jar to a baggie, then told the Moffitts they could toss the bag in the trash and leave, or he would call the sheriff ’s department and have them cited for possession. The fine would have been $100. “He wasn’t enforcing federal law. He never cited federal law; he only cited California law,” Jimmy said.





Dianna Moffitt: “I kind of felt violated. I felt like they were trying to intimidate me.” The couple, who actively supported MMJ in California from the start and have done the same since moving to Arizona, didn’t feel like the agents were trying to help anyone. “I kind of felt violated. I felt like they were trying to intimidate me,” Dianna said. Jimmy and Dianna are bothered by the incident for what it represents, not what it was. They were never arrested—only threatened. “It was a minor problem. It wasn’t a big deal. It was more of an inconvenience,” Jimmy said. The Border Patrol agents took the low road, arrogantly refusing to give their names and covering their name tags when the Moffitts approached. The incident left the couple frustrated and disappointed. “Why is a law-enforcement officer making a medical decision by the side of the highway?” Jimmy wonders. “You wouldn’t take Vicodin from a patient who’s in pain. You wouldn’t take insulin from a diabetic. So why would you take this?” Good question. The Border Patrol by definition is there to protect our borders. The agents aren’t there to enforce state laws or local ordinances or Robert’s Rules of Order. It’s interesting that the agents didn’t ask about any other substances— no one asked if the Moffitts had a bomb or a parrot from South America or if they were running Fast and Furious guns. They specifically asked about MMJ. It seems to me they should stick to their mandate—enforcing federal law. Don’t they have enough to worry about with the flood of dangerous drugs coming from Mexico? The answer is yes.

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): In North America, a farmer who grows wheat gets only 5 percent of the money earned by selling a loaf of bread made from his crop. When my band recorded an album for MCA, our contract called for us to receive just 7 percent of the net profits. I encourage you to push for a much-bigger share than that for the work you do in 2012. It will be an excellent time to raise the levels of respect you have for your own gifts, skills and products—and to ask for that increased respect as well. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): For much of the 19th century, aluminum was regarded as a precious metal more valuable than gold. It was even used for the capstone of the Washington Monument, dedicated in 1884. The reason for this curiosity? Until the 1890s, it was difficult and expensive to extract aluminum from its ore. Then a new technology was developed that made the process very cheap. In 2012, Taurus, I’m predicting a metaphorically similar progression in your own life. A goodie or an asset will become more freely available to you because of your increased ability to separate it from the slag it’s mixed with. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The coming year will be a good time for you to consider investigating the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Devotees of this religion call themselves Pastafarians. Their main dogma is the wisdom of rejecting all dogma. Having such a light-hearted approach to spiritual matters would be quite healthy for you to experiment with. For extra credit, you could draw inspiration from a church member named Niko Alm. He convinced authorities to allow him to wear a pasta-strainer on his head for his driver’s-license photo. Having a jaunty approach to official requirements and formal necessities will also serve you well. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life is an ambitious work that deviates from formulaic approaches to film-making. Some observers hated its experimental invocation of big ideas, while others approved. The New York Times critic A.O. Scott compared the movie to Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, one of America’s great works of literature. Here’s what Scott wrote: “Mr. Malick might have been well advised to leave out the dino-

saurs and the trip to the afterlife and given us a delicate chronicle of a young man’s struggle with his father and himself. And perhaps Melville should have suppressed his philosophizing impulses and written a lively tale of a whaling voyage.” Using this as a template, Cancerian, I urge you to treat 2012 as a time when you will be like Melville and Malick in your chosen field. Trust your daring, expansive vision. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I love the way they celebrate the new year in Stonehaven, Scotland. A procession of revelers swings big flaming baskets around on the ends of long chains. I recommend that you carry out a comparable ritual as you barge into 2012, Leo. Symbolically speaking, it would set the perfect tone. The coming months should be a kind of extended fire festival for you—a time when you faithfully stoke the blaze in your belly, the radiance in your eyes and the brilliance in your heart. Are you ready to bring all the heat and light you can to the next phase of your master plan? I hope so. Burn, baby, burn. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Historian David McCullough wrote The Greater Journey, a book telling the stories of ambitious young American artists who relocated to Paris between 1830 and 1900. They had to move away because their home country had no museums or art schools at that time. You Virgos may want to consider seeking a similar enlargement of your possibilities in the coming months. As you seek out the resources that will help you follow your dreams, be prepared to look beyond what you already know and what’s immediately available.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Many of the questions we had as children never got resolved or answered to our satisfaction. They still remain, marinating in the back of our minds. Meanwhile, fresh queries keep welling up within us as the years go by. After a while, we’ve got a huge collection of enigmas, riddles and conundrums. Some of us regard this as a tangled problem that weighs us down, while others see it as a sparkly delight that keeps making life more and more interesting. Where do you stand on the issue, Scorpio? If you’re in the latter group, you will be fully open to the experiences that will be flowing your way in 2012. And that means you will be blessed with a host of sumptuous and catalytic new questions. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The first half of 2012 will be an excellent time to for you to exorcize any prejudices you might be harboring toward anyone who lives or thinks differently from you. You’ll be able to see your own irrational biases with exceptional clarity, and are also likely to have exceptional success at scouring yourself free of them. This will give you access to new reserves of psychic energy

you didn’t even realize you were shut off from. (P.S. I’m not saying you possess more intolerance or narrow-mindedness than any of the rest of us. It’s just that this is your time to deal brilliantly with your share of it.) CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In Botticelli’s painting “The Birth of Venus,” the goddess of beauty and love is shown arriving on dry land for the first time after having been born in the ocean. Naked, she is trying to cover her private parts with her hand and thigh-length hair. Her attendant, a fully clothed nymph, is bringing a cloak to cover her up. Analyzing this scene, art critic Sister Wendy suggests it’s actually quite sad. It symbolizes the fact that since we humans can’t bear the confrontation with sublime beauty, we must always keep it partly hidden. Your assignment in the coming year, Capricorn, is to overcome this inhibition. I invite you to retrain yourself so that you can thrive in the presence of intense, amazing and transformative beauty. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The coming months will be an excellent time to

take an inventory of your life to determine whether there are any ways in which you act like a slave. Do you find it hard to defeat an addiction that saps your energy and weakens your ability to live the life you want? Are there institutions that you help sustain even though they cause harm to you and others? Is it hard for you to change or end your relationships with people who are no damn good for you? Are you trapped in a role or behavior that is at odds with your high ideals? Discover what these oppressors are, Aquarius—and then summon all your intelligence and willpower to escape them. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): California engineer Ron Patrick put a jet engine in his silver Volkswagen Beetle. Now he’s got a 1,450-horsepower vehicle—but it’s not legal for him to drive on public highways. In the coming year, Pisces, I suspect you’ll be tempted to try something similar: create a dynamic tool with a modest appearance or a turbo-charged source of energy in a deceptively small package. But if you do, please make sure that you can actually use it to improve your ability to get around and make your life better.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Professional basketball player Ron Artest petitioned the court to let him change his name to “Metta World Peace.” “Metta” is a Buddhist term that signifies lovingkindness and benevolence. When the new moniker finally became official, Metta World Peace sealed a radical shift away from his old way of doing things, symbolized by the time he leaped into the stands in the middle of a game to punch a fan in the head. The coming months will be an excellent time for you Libras to initiate a rite of passage that will expedite an equally dramatic transformation.

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¡ASK A MEXICAN! BY GUSTAVO ARELLANO, Dear Mexican: Thirteen years old, and I’m jacking off, not knowing I left the bathroom door ajar. Just as I blasted onto the shower curtain, my mom walked in. Aghast, she shouted, “¡Cochino, te vas hacer siego y se te va enchocar el pito!” (“You pig! You’re going to go blind, and your dick will get crooked!”) It scared the hell out of me, and I stopped choking the chicken for at least a month. Is the threat of going blind from jerking off purely a Mexican belief, or is it universal? Gracias a Diós por laser eye surgery. Pito Chueco Dear Crooked Dick: All American boys have pickle-pulling hang-ups, but Mexican chavos suffer doubly gracias to two anti-masturbation schools of thought: the Puritan view that monkey-spanking is dirty because it leads to pleasure, and the Catholic insistence that wanking is a mortal sin because it doesn’t lead to life. For a history of the former, the Mexican recommends Thomas W. Laqueur’s fine 2003 book Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation, an academic tome with many interesting tidbits—for instance, did you know the Protestant war against beating your meat didn’t begin in earnest until the 1712 publication of Onania: or the Heinous Sin of SelfPollution, and All Its Frightful Consequences in Both SEXES, Considered, With Spiritual and Physical Advice to Those Who Have Already Injur’d Themselves by This Abominable Practice? Catholic theologians, on the other hand, have maintained for millennia that masturbation is evil incarnate: Augustine of Hippo railed against it; St. Thomas Aquinas claimed in his epic Summa Theologica that dancing the onefisted tango is worse than rape, because rape can at least lead to pregnancy; and the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes rubbing your rocket as “an intrinsically and gravely disordered action.” But thanks for sharing your plight, Pito Chueco: It’s further proof Mexicans assimilate into this great land. The dual dogmas of Protestantism and Catholicism, America and Mexico, old and new countries truly screw with a horny brown boy’s mind. The International Encyclopedia of Sexuality says “self-pleasuring is


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