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FC Tucson Is Picking up Steam
FC Tucson at Kino Sports Complex North Stadium
by Craig Baker
Midfield forward David Clemens left FC Tucson last year to try his hand in the professional soccer circuit with a USL Pro development team called the Dayton Dutch Lions. But when their local soccer community failed to show them the support they needed, the team folded down to the PDL level—the level at which FC Tucson competes—and so his contract was released. And even though Clemens could have probably chosen to play for any one of the 68 PDL teams across the nation given his USL experience, thankfully, he decided to return to Tucson. “After being in the professional division,” says Clemens, “I saw that this club was run better than some of the pro teams in terms of the facilities that they have and how professional the environment is here, so I know that if I want to continue pursuing my professional career that (Tucson) is the best place to be.” And, since he was with FC Tucson in 2013 during their impressive run in the Desert Diamond Cup that earned the team an opportunity to play against the MLS Houston Dynamo, Clemens understands the power of a welldeveloped PDL program probably about as well as anyone. Now in its fourth season with the PDL following a single year as an independent soccer club, FC Tucson has built a name for itself, as well as a healthy regular fan base with the self-applied title of ‘The Cactus Pricks.’ FC Tucson’s Head Coach and Founding Partner Rick Schantz says that their 2013 season helped to “open the eyes of the sports community at large” in Tucson and that, as a result, the local soccer club is starting to feel “like another one of Tucson’s teams…It’s not just the Wildcats anymore, and it feels good,” Schantz adds, smiling. Last year, FC Tucson managed to keep the attention of the local community with a record of 11-2-1, which was the fourth best of any team in the PDL. The Desert Diamond Cup Tournament that followed saw a record 3600 fans in attendance at Kino North Stadium for the second round of play. Hoping to catch that wave of community support, FC Tucson has also decided to incorporate a women’s team under their banner for the first time. The women’s club, which formed in 2013 as Tucson Soccer Academy FC, has actually used the facilities at Kino Sports Complex alongside the FC Tucson men’s squad from the beginning, so the change in title doesn’t come with a requirement of relocation. In that respect, FC Tucson Women’s Head Coach
Amy Garelick says that “it just made sense” for the two programs to merge. The increased funding and sponsorships available under the FC umbrella also offers some very simple benefits that were previously unavailable to the women’s team, such as the ability to travel to away games the day before a match rather than the day of. The FC Tucson Women’s Club debuted in late March at Kino North against the MLS-affiliated Portland Thorns—a team which features a number of National-level players who Garelick says will likely appear in the upcoming 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. FC Tucson Women’s Veteran Defender Kelly Pierce-Kearns says the crowd of more than 1100 at the Thorns’ game was the biggest the local women’s club has ever seen. “It’s really encouraging when you hear people cheering for you, or you score a goal and you get to celebrate and everyone in the stands is yelling with you—it’s a good feeling,” says PierceKearns. Pierce-Kearns, who is in her early-thirties, has been with the program since its inception, but before the team formed in 2013, she had no outlet to compete in the sport. Though a spot on an FC Tucson squad is technically an amateur position, Pierce-Kearns says she is just grateful “to get to play at such a high level and to be coached again”—a feeling no doubt shared by the majority of her peers. Surely the Women’s World Cup this year will help shine a spotlight on women’s soccer in general, and that will likely mean at least a slight bump for the newly-incorporated FC program. Not only could that translate to more revenue for the often-idle sports complex, but it most definitely means more opportunities for soccer fans to catch high-level games here in town; between the men’s and women’s teams, Garelick points out that there will be a soccer game at Kino Park every weekend through mid-July. And, to the Cactus Pricks and all of the other soccer fans around Tucson, when it gets down to it, isn’t that the goal? n For more information, a complete schedule of games, and/or to get tickets to an FC Tucson match, check out FCTucson.com. June 2015 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 7
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Plant, Harvest, Mill, and Celebrate Wild Abundance Before the Rains by Cameron Jones Desert Harvesters is co-organizing events to plant, harvest, mill, and celebrate local wild foods in the month of June—the peak of our native bean trees’ harvest season. These events will give you the opportunity to taste and enjoy delicious desert wild foods; learn how to significantly elevate the quality and flavor of your harvests; and enable you to align more closely with the Sonoran Desert’s seasonal cycles in a way that enhances our shared home and biome. Toward that aim, Desert Harvesters is teaming up with local culinary businesses to increase both the offerings of native wild foods in their cuisine, and the growing of some of these native food plants within water-harvesting earthworks next to their buildings and streets. But why is Desert Harvesters doing this during the hottest, driest time of summer? In June, many of our essential native wild food plants will be in the process of pumping out incredible fruit, seed, and bounty in preparation for the first summer rains, which typically begin sometime between June 24—Día de San Juan—and July 4. This way, when the rains come, they will enable the seeds to germinate and grow abundantly—especially where the rain is planted, or harvested, with the seed. The events include: Celebration of Place: A Desert Harvesters Evening of Story, Food, Drink, and Music Tuesday, June 9, 2015 5–10pm. Hosted at La Cocina 201 N. Court Ave, 5–10 pm: Live music along with drinks and dinner featuring locally grown and harvested native wild food ingredients. Come try a margarita made with locally harvested prickly pear juice! 7:30 to 8:15 pm: Desert Harvesters: Planting & Harvesting Rain, Wild Foods, and Place-Based Celebration, presented by Brad Lancaster. This entertaining story tells how Desert Harvesters and other individuals and organizations have cultivated stronger ties to wild food production, habitat, and health to regenerate ourselves, our community, and our shared watershed and ecosystem—and how you too can be a dynamic part of it all. As part of La Cocina’s Tuesdays for Tucson tradition, 10% of all proceeds from the evening’s food and drink sales will be donated to Desert Harvesters. Desert Harvesters Guided Native Food-Tree Harvest Tours Thursday, June 18, 2015 Hosted at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market in partnership with the Community Food Bank 100 S. Avenida del Convento West of I-10 at Congress and Grande, 4:30 pm: Required sign up for walking harvest (tour begins at 5 pm) 5:30 pm: Required sign up for biking harvest (tour begins at 6 pm) Led by Desert Harvesters including Amy Valdés Schwemm and Brad Lancaster $5 to $10 per person (sliding scale). These short, easy-paced hands-on harvest tours show you how to: - Identify and sample from the mesquite trees with the best-tasting pods. Every tree is different, but some varieties are consistently much better than others. Taste the difference, and you’ll settle for only the best. They will also likely harvest from desert ironwood, canyon hackberry, and palo verde. - Harvest safely, ethically, and responsibly. Harvesting pre-rains is the best practice to avoid invisible toxic mold; harvesting from the tree avoids fecal contamination of ground harvests, etc. - Use cool tools such as the harvest hoe. - Plant seeds at the best time for the best bean trees (and other native perennial food plants), and how to plant water in a way that ensures the growth of a vibrant, multi-beneficial tree with tasty and prolific harvests irrigated passively with only free on-site waters. These trees can be the basis for edible
forest guilds. Everyone is strongly encouraged to bring sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses), and a reusable water bottle. In addition, Barbara Rose of Bean Tree Farm will be offering Bean Tree Processing Demonstrations from 4–7 pm. These demonstrations by a desert-foods farmer/fermenter/cook will show you how to process milled or whole desert ironwood seeds, palo verde seeds, and mesquite pods into numerous tasty dishes ranging from sprouts to edamame to desert peanuts to atole to sauces and beyond. (These demonstrations are part of the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market’s ongoing Desert Harvest series to teach the public how to identify, process, and use native foods.) Other tasty & useful features of the event include: The official launch of Exo Roast Company’s new Exo Mesquite Cold Brew coffee drink, made with locally sourced mesquite pods, as well as Exo Chiltepin Cold Brew which features Sonoran-grown chiltepin peppers, dark chocolate, and cream—both will be available for sample and sale Demonstration of cargo bicycles for harvesting set up by Transit Cycles Hand-made harvest bags by Iskashitaa for sale Native wild foods for sale such as mesquite flour; cactus fruit, drinks, syrup, and popsicles; ocotillo blossom kombucha; and cholla buds. Look throughout the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market for San Xavier Farm Co-op, Desert Tortoise Botanicals, Aravaipa Heirlooms, Black Mountain Spring Kombucha, and other vendors. 13th Annual Desert Harvesters Mesquite Milling & Wild Foods Fiesta Thursday, June 25, 2015 (in the unlikely event of heavy rain the milling may be postponed to the following Thursday, July 2) 4–7 pm Hosted at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market in partnership with the Community Food Bank 100 S. Avenida del Convento West of I-10 at Congress and Grande, Mesquite (and carob) pods will be milled BEFORE THE SUMMER RAINS to encourage harvesting before the rains (as recommended by the Mesquite Harvest Working Group) for a higher-quality harvest, with less insect predation, and far less potential for invisible molds than are more common in post-rain harvests. Pods for milling must be clean; dry; and free of mold/fungus, stones, leaves, and other debris. Cost: $3/gallon of whole pods, with a minimum of $10. 1 gallon of whole mesquite pods mills into one pound of flour, so the price averages $3 per pound of flour—this is a bargain considering that the flour usually sells for $14 to $20 per pound. After pod inspection and prepayment, you may leave your pods in sealed food-grade containers (preferably 5-gallon plastic buckets with lids) with owner’s name and phone number written clearly on each container. Flour will be ready within a week and must be picked up. Mesquite flour is a naturally sweet, nutritious, and delicious addition to recipes for cakes, cookies, pizza, bread, tortillas, granola, dog biscuits—you name it! And like many other native foods, gluten-free mesquite is great for people with hypoglycemia and diabetes as it regulates blood glucose levels. Desert Harvesters Happy Hour Friday, June 26, 2015 5–8 pm Tap & Bottle 403 N 6th Ave #135. Celebrate the harvest and coming rains with cool local brews. Tap & Bottle will have great regional brews on-hand, some infused with locally sourced native wild ingredients. A percentage of all happy-hour sales will be donated to Desert Harvesters. Plus, a local food truck will be on site with delicious offerings, some including native wild ingredients. For more info visit: www.DesertHarvesters.org or to find out how you can volunteer, email volunteer@DesertHarvesters.org June 2015 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 9
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July 25 – October 11, 2015
David Emitt Adams, Getting Along, 2014, tintype on found object from the Sonoran Desert. Courtesy the artist.
July 17, 2015 – January 3, 2016 Sewing-Inspired Art by Nada as part of the Hopi Foundation’s Owl & Panther Project and the Tucson Museum of Art’s Museum as Sanctuary: Perspectives of Resilience.
Also on view: Horses of the West: Power, Freedom, and Friendship through September 13, 2015 and Of Earth and Sand: Ceramics and Glass Works through January 17, 2016. Tucson Museum of Art · 140 N Main Avenue in Historic Downtown Tucson · (520) 624-2333 · TucsonMuseumofArt.org June 2015 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 11
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Brew at the Zoo 2015 SAT Jun 20, 6:00 - 9:30 pm
& Summer Safari Nights Jun 5, 12, 19 & 26 Join Reid Park Zoo and Craft Tucson for 2015 Brew at the Zoo – Healthy & Hoppy. Sample a wide variety of craft brews from over 30 Arizona breweries, with tunes by R and P Music Factory. Proceeds will be used to help fund the building of a new health center for the Zoo’s animals. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at http://reidparkzoo.org/events/public/brew-zoo/ Also in June... Reid Park Zoo’s Summer Safari Nights are back. Enjoy the Zoo each Friday during cooler evening temperatures with the added benefits of live music, family-friendly animal features, special dining options, and even gift shop discounts. Friday, June 5th 6-8 pm Band: Shrimp Chaperone Themes: Training and Enrichment & World Oceans Day 12 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | June 2015
Friday, June 12th 6-8 pm Band: Amy Mendoza Band Theme: Uniquely Ungulates – featuring giraffes, zebras, camels & tapirs Friday, June 19th 6-8 pm Band: Adara and the Homewreckers Theme: Big Cats – featuring lions, tigers and jaguars Special Discount: Father’s Day Appreciation Night – Dad free with a paid child admission Friday, June 26th 6-8 pm Band: R&P Music Factory Theme: Positively Pachyderm – featuring elephants and rhinos
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Maynards Market Weekly Wine and Beer Tastings JUne through August Maynards Market has more than plenty planned for Tucsonans this summer with their Summer Wine Tour and Summer Beer Tastings commencing in June. The Market continues their wine tour momentum from last year with fifteen stops around the world scheduled with each wine tasting only $10, or free for their Wine Club Members, and it affords you five sommelier-selected wine samples. If guests visit more than five stops on the tour they receive a bottle of Maynards AZ Red. The Summer Beer Tastings are an equivalently good deal at $20 which gets you (4)-6 oz. pours, lite bites, and brewery swag. Don’t forget about their pleasantly priced Happy Hour which leaves no room for an excuse not to enjoy and you won’t have to sip in silence as they have live music with local musicians scheduled every Friday and Saturday all summer long. For tickets, reservations for the wine dinners, and additional event information please visit their website at maynardstucson.com. Summer Wine Tour Stops: · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·
June 5- Germany Wine Tasting June 12- Northern France Wine Tasting June 19- Southern France Wine Tasting June 26- Portugal Wine Dinner July 3- Northern Spain Wine Tasting August 7- South Africa Wine Tasting August 14-Australia Wine Tasting August 21- New Zealand Wine Tasting August 28- Argentina Wine Dinner September 11- Chile Wine Tasting July 10- Southern Spain Wine Tasting September 18- Washington Wine Tasting July 17-Northern Italy Wine Tasting September 25- Arizona Wine Dinner July 24- Southern Italy Wine Dinner
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June 6- Four Peaks Brewing Co. June 20- Mudshark Brewery June 27- New Belgium Brewing Co. July 18- Victory Brewing Co. July 25- Firestone Walker Brewing Co. August 1- North Coast Brewing Co. August 8- Hop City Brewing Co. August 15- Odell Brewing Co.
If BBQ is more your style stay tuned for their annual Sear N’ Beer Summer Series that brings together the best summer has to offer in one delicious bite. Maynards Market not only cooks with the beer, but pairs with it too. A selection of suds and finger licking BBQ only costs $30 and happens every Second Saturday in June, July, and August. Stay tuned for more details on their website and Facebook page.
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Hispanic cultural and architectural traditions. Some of the interesting and colorful characters include Leopoldo Carrillo, Lalo Guerrero, John Spring, and Sam Drachman. 6pm. $15. La Pilita, 420 Main Ave. 625-8365, KruseArizona.com
downtown street festival. Featuring The Vexmen, Belly Dance Tucson, Roll Acosta, and the Amy Mendoza Band. Free. 5pm-10:30pm. Downtown, 2ndSaturdaysDowntown.com
Sample a variety of Craft Beers with live music, food and animal encounters. $35-$40. 6pm-9:30pm. Reid Park Zoo, 1100 S. Randolph Way. 881-4753, ReidParkZoo. org
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pairings at popular Sullivan’s Steakhouse. Silent auction items along with KVOA’s John Overall as emcee. $35. Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 1785 E. River Rd. TeamUpForTucson.com
fundraiser for The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Featuring live demos from street artists and ice sculptors. $35-$45. 6pm-10pm. La Encantada, Skyline & Campbell. SAACA.org
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SAT 6 SUMMER ART CRUISE Central Tucson Gallery Association’s summer of art, with self-guided tours and receptions at galleries in and around downtown. See the website for venues and exhibits. Free. 6pm. CTGATucson.org
BODY LOVE CONFERENCE
A day of revolutionary lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and movement classes, led by inspiring speakers and subject matter experts regarding our bodies. $35. 8am-5pm. Pima Community College, 2202 W. Anklam. FluxxProductions.com
SUN 7 DINNER ON THE DOCKS
An evening of live classical chamber music and opera on the docks, courtesy of Classical Revolution Tucson. BYO everything, leave no trace dinner. 6pm. Franklin Street Docks, between 9th Ave and Stone Ave. ClassicalRevolution.com
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TILTED EARTH WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL Northern Arizona wineries celebrate summer with a two day festival featuring Rusted Root and Robert Earl Keen and wine from 17 wineries. $45-$50. 4pm-12am. Cottonwood, Arizona. TiltedEarthFestival.com
EON LGBT PROM A prom for youth 13-24. 6pm11pm. Fluxx Studio and Gallery, 414 E. 9th St. FluxxProductions.com
A benefit for Tucson libraries. Free. 8am-12pm. Friends of the Pima County Public Library, 2230 N. Country Club. 795-3763, PimaFriends.com
Ongoing TUCSON FOOD TOURS
Tucson’s only walking food tour. Combination of foods and a little history of downtown Tucson. Takes you through the historic downtown and 4th Avenue districts of Tucson. See website for dates. 477-7986, FoodToursTucson.com
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poetry Z from Gamer, a serial poem inspired by video games
The Third Sim Three Sims in one house leaves one always alone, so alone that he will cry with his hands atop his head. One day, he’ll die of sadness: skeleton on kitchen floor. When it disappears a tombstone rises in the yard. Click on “mourn” to conjure flowers in a grieving Sim’s hand. Or click on “bush” to hide the grave and never mourn again.
Tucson Birthday Stamp Design Contest for Kids, runs until July 31
Ongoing DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Unlimited admission for furry companions at Tucson Botanical Gardens. $20. 7am-4:30pm. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, TucsonBotanical.org
8TH BIRTHDAY STAMP DESIGN CONTEST Tucson turns 240 on Aug 20, 2015. Postal History Foundation will be accepting entries for the stamp design contest until July 31. Winners will receive various prizes at an awards ceremony Fri, Aug 21. See website for more details. PostalHistoryFoundation.org
Sundays, June- August ERMANOS: BLUEGRASS BRUNCH SUNDAYS
Weekly Bluegrass Brunch Sundays feature rotating chef’s specials with micheladas, mimosas and beermosas. Gregory Morton leads in bluegrass band entertainment. 10:30am-1:30pm. Free. 220 N 4th Ave 85705 ErmanosBrew.com
Mondays MEET ME AT MAYNARDS (@Hotel Congress) Southern Arizona Roadrunners’ Monday evening, non-competitive, social 3-mile run/walk, that begins and ends downtown at Hotel Congress, rain/shine/holidays included! 311 E. Congress St. 991-0733, MeetMeAtMaynards.com
Tuesdays OPEN MIC @ DELECTABLES Sign up starts at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm. No cover. Delectables, 533 N. 4th Ave. Delectables.com
Thursdays THIRSTY THURSDAY Featuring live entertainment, rides, $1 beers and shopping booths. 5pm-9pm. Tanque Verde Swap Meet. TucsonSwap.com
Press X to Attack Like chimes, they start out starry. When you shoot out to the next place, just go through to where you remember. It’s chunky and superhuge. You shoot it to get points. Then you shoot the next one and the next. Jump to get from one rock to another, like where Wile E. Coyote falls off the edge. Shooting’s like a phaser, that sound. When you gain points jumping, it feels good, though you’re never sure if you’re going to make way or if the screen is going to kill you. -‐-‐Heather Nagami
Heather Nagami received her M.F.A. from University of Arizona and currently teaches English and Creative Writing at BASIS Oro Valley. She is the author of Hostile (Chax) and a member of Kore Press. Zócalo invites poets with Tucson connections to submit up to three original, previously unpublished (including online) poems, any style, 40 line limit per poem. Our only criterion is excellence. No online submissions. Simultaneous submissions ok if you notify ASAP of acceptance elsewhere. Please include the following contact information on each page of your manuscript: mailing address, phone number, and email address. All manuscripts must be typed and accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). Ms won’t be returned. Zócalo has first North American rights; author may re-publish with acknowledgment to Zócalo. Payment is a one year subscription. Address submissions to Zócalo, Poetry, P.O. Box 1171, Tucson, AZ 85702. The poetry editor is Jefferson Carter.
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So Many Good Films... by Herb Stratford There are almost too many interesting, thought provoking and beautiful new films on tap this month at the Loft Cinema…almost. But it’s not like we’re complaining, at least we have hard choices to make when we decide to avoid the usual summer blockbusters and head over to Tucson’s home of indie cinema. Up first, and opening on June 5 is the new film Reality, from director Quentin Dupieux who brought us the brilliant but uniquely odd film Rubber (2010) about a killer tire. While my favorite Dupieux film is Wrong (2012), about a man and the search for his lost dog, Reality has its moments of inspired lunacy. As usual the director has constructed a world within a world where his characters are forced to deal with surreal circumstances, and the audience is left wondering what will happen next. Dupieux has cornered the market on oddball characters in situations that spiral out of control with no warning, and I’m always game to see what he’s up to. Also opening on June 5 is the heartbreaking and sobering documentary Don’t Think I’ll Forget, which traces the history of Cambodian music and its abrupt demise at the hands of the brutal Pol Pot regime following the Vietnam war. What at first starts out as a pleasant survey of how western music was appropriated by the southeast Asian country from the time of liberation from France quickly turns dark when rock and roll music and musicians become enemy number one of the communist regime. This is a fascinating look at a handful of performers who were at the peak of their powers before they were silenced, and one can only imagine what might have happened had they survived. This chilling tale of censorship is likely to send you on a mission to find more of the music in this documen-
tary, as soon as the credits roll. On June 12 two very different films open, the first being the comedy/drama Results which stars Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce as will-they-orwon’t-they-end-up-together personal trainers in Austin, Texas. A modest audience favorite at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the film is an interesting look at the dynamics of relationships at different points in one’s life, and how business and friendship sometimes gets in the way. Also opening on June 12 is the documentary ”Dark Star: HR Giger’s World.” Giger, a Swiss artist best known for designing the alien world and creatures in “Alien” and all its sequels, is quite a character. The intimate look at his family, home and business ventures is creepy and eye-opening at the same time. Torn between wanting to be recognized as more than a creature designer, but willing to bask in the fame and limited funds it afforded him, he continues to work to get out of the shadow of his most iconic creation, as he died shortly after filming wrapped. Two other highly regarded documentary films to mark your calendars for are “Live Form New York” on June 19 and “The Wolfpack,” opening on June 26. The former is a new look at the history of Saturday Night Live that premiered at the recent Tribeca Film Fest to rave reviews. It features tons of interviews and behind the scenes stories form the 40-year history of the seminal comedy program. “Wolfpack” tells the true story of the Angulo brothers in NYC who rarely left their apartment thanks to their domineering father, and learned about the world by watching films, and by making their own. The film was a huge hit at Sundance last January, and is mesmerizing. n
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Photo courtesy of Wilde Meyer Gallery.
“Whimsical Animal Portraits” by Susan Libby shows at Desert Artisans Gallery on Sat, June 20 from 10:30am-1pm.
“Pards” by Tracy Miller shows as part of the exhibit “Many Media” opening at Wilde Meyer Gallery on Thu, June 4.
art Galleries/exhibits ARTFUL LIVING
See website for details. Artful Living Gallery and Studio, 1 E. Broadway Blvd. 203-7004, ArtfulLivingByJeffFerst.com
ARTSEYE GALLERY Curious Camera continues through Summer 2015. Arts Eye, 3550 E. Grant Rd. 327-7291. ArtsEye.com
BAKER + HESSELDENZ FINE ART Small Works: Invitational takes place throughout June. Tucson Warehouse and Transfer Building, 100 E. 6th St. 760-0037, BakerHesseldenz.com
CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY The Pure Products of America Go Crazy opens Sat, June 20. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat & Sun, 1pm-4pm. 1030 N. Olive Rd. 621-7968, CreativePhotography.org
Drafters takes place Sat, June 6- Sat, June 27 with a reception opening night from 6pm-9pm. Tues-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat, 11am-4pm. 110 E. 6th St. 398-6557, ContrerasHouseFineArt.com
DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY
23rd Small Works Invitational continues through June with a reception on Sat, June 6. Tue-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat, 11am-4pm. 154 E. 6th St. 629-9759, DavisDominguez.com
KRIKAWA JEWELRY ART GALLERY
Enlightenment continues through Aug.
29th. 6-9PM. Hours: Tues-Fri 9-5, Sat 10-4. 21 E. Congress St. 520-322-6090. Krikawa.com
LIONEL ROMBACH GALLERY Asleep and Awake by Isabella Colainni continues through Thu, June 4. Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 624-4215, CFA.arizona.edu/galleries
MOEN MASON GALLERY In the Playroom and Cry Babies, Selected Works by Jonathan Hobin, runs through July 31 222 E. 6th St, 262-3806. MoenMasonGallery.com
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART See website for details. General Admission: $8, adults; free, children under 12, members, military; free to all last Sunday of the month. Wed-Sun, 12pm-5pm. 265 S. Church Ave. 624-5019, MOCA-Tucson.org
PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY & STUDIO
Philabaum Celebrates 40 Years In Tucson continues through September 26. Tue-Sat;10am-5pm. 711 S. 6th Ave. 884-7404, PhilabaumGlass.com
SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition continues through June. Tue-Sun, 11am-4pm. Free. SAWG Gallery, 5605 E. River Rd. 299-7294, SouthernAzWatercolorGuild.com
TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Surfaces: Photographs by Fritz Kaeser continues
DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN
Enamel on Copper Paintings of Ted Degrazia continues through August. Daily, 10am-4pm. 6300 N. Swan Rd. 299-9191, DeGrazia.org
through Sun, July 5. Livin’ Large: Works From The 1980‘s continues through Sun, July 12. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat, 10am-5pm; Thu, 10am-8pm; Sun, noon-5pm. $10, adults; $8, seniors; $5, college students w/ID; Free youth 18 and under, members, veterans and active military. Free to all the first Sunday of the month. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333, TucsonMuseumofArt.org
DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY Frame of Reference continues through Au-
TUCSON PASTEL SOCIETY
gust. Trunk Show, art by Darlene LeClair, shows Sat, June 6 from 11am-1pm. Whimsical Animal Portraits by Susan Libby shows Sat, June 20 from 10:30am-1pm. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 10am-1:30pm. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 722-4412, DesertArtisansGallery.com
UA MUSEUM OF ART Beauties: The Photography of Andy Warhol continues
DRAGONFLY GALLERY Artistic Soulmates continues through July. 146 E. Broadway. DragonFlyVillage.org
ETHERTON GALLERY A Celebration by Nancy Tokar Miller continues through Sat, June 6. Stephen Strom: Tidelines continues through June as part of the Etherton Pop Up Gallery and Citizens Warehouse Artists opens on June 16. Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm. 135 S. 6th Ave. 624-7370, EthertonGallery.com
JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY Fireweather: The Dark Forest of Crystal Burn continues through Mon, Aug 31. Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 626-4215, CFA. arizona.edu/galleries
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Art exhibit featuring 150 original paintings by members shows through Sat, July 11. Northwestern Mutual, 1760 E. River Rd. 6155365, TucsonPastelSociety.org
through Sun, June 14. Director’s Choice and Curator’s Choice opens Fri, June 26. TueFri, 9am-5pm. Sat-Sun, 12pm-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 621-7567, ArtMuseum.Arizona.Edu
Fables From The Undergrowth, new works in cut paper by Marcy Miranda Janes, has a closing reception on Sat, June 6 from 6pm-11pm. Thu-Sat; 11am6pm, Sun; 11am-5pm. 439 N. 6th Ave Suite #171. 360-6024, GalleryWee.com
WILDE MEYER GALLERY Many Media opens Thu, June 4. Dimensional Expressions opens Thu, June 4. Third Annual “100 for $100” takes place Thu, June 4. Mon-Fri, 10am-5:30pm; Thu, 10am-7pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm. Wilde Meyer Gallery, 3001 E. Skyline Dr. WildeMeyer.com
WOMANKRAFT ART GALLERY Spines N’ Things opens Sat, June 6. Wed-Sat; 1pm-5pm. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976, WomanKraft.org
Photo courtesy of Wee Gallery.
“Under the Evertree” by Marcy Miranda Janes shows at Wee Gallery on Sat, June 6 as part of the closing reception for exhibit “Fables From The Undergrowth.”
Small Works: Invitational takes place throughout June at Baker + Hesseldenz. Image: Victor Grasso, Wotan, 12”x12”, oil on board, 2015,
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Terence La Noue, Castle of the Winds: Atlantis, 1988-1990, mixed media on canvas, 86” x 131” Collection of the Tucson Museum of Art. Virginia Johnson Fund; Anonymous Gift. 1995.46 © Terence La Noue
Large and In Charge by Herb Stratford
For those of us who remember the 1980s, we mostly remember a blur of big hair, big bands and wine coolers. But the art world also lived through this crazy decade and much of the artwork that was created during this time, exhibits some pretty specific elements, regardless of who the artists were. The Tucson Museum of Art’s exhibit “Livin’ Large: Works from the 1980s,” chronicles these heady times with work from nearly 50 artists working in painting, sculpture and works on paper drawn from the TMA’s permanent collection. With big-time artists from the US and Europe represented, this show is an excellent look at a fascinating time in contemporary art that up until now had not really been examined. In order to understand the art of the time, we must also reflect on the unique time in American history that the work was created—the economic boom times of the 1980s. Well remembered as a decade of excess, think of the Michael Douglas character Gordon Gecko in Oliver Stone’s film “Wall Street” having his decorator splurge on large works of art for Charlie Sheen’s condo, this was a time when bigger was often better. Things were more colorful and there was a lot of cross-pollination between artistic genres like painting and photography, painting and sculpture and other mixed media hybrids. It was also a time of creative exploration and retrenchment when artists began to push back against the work of the abstract expressionists and returned to figural work and more clearly narrative structures in artwork. All of this explosion of creativity was made possible by a new consumer class that wanted to understand art, could afford it and found a booming market of pieces by both established as well as emerging artists eager to make sales. Before the economic collapse and devastating rise of AIDS, the heart of the art world was New York, and while many of the artists in the show were based on the east coast, work was being done all over the country that was thematically and artistically related. It’s this connection, from artist to artist and from work to work that is most interesting when viewing this exhibition that was so skillfully assembled by TMA chief curator Julie Sasse. The show opens with a
brilliant, bold and dramatic work by painter Terence La Noue entitled Castle of the Winds: Atlantis, 1988-1990. This work clearly sets the stage for what’s to come with its size, colors and layering of not only the paint but of the images on the canvas. This is a work that can easily suck a viewer into its mysteries and hold you captive for some time. The symbols, colors and patterns along with the palette, create a mesmerizing trap for the eye. La Noue’s work may not be as familiar to some as art world giants such as sculptor John Chamberlain, who works with compressed metal that has been repurposed from its automotive past, and who is represented with a piece entitled Three Legs of Man III from 1986. This amazing work is both an homage to the past and a startling opportunity to see a true reflection of the American dream compressed, revisited and revered in a new form. Other big name artists that are represented in the show include Bruce Nauman, David Salle, Miriam Shapiro, George Segal, Fritz Scholder and James Turrell. But a strong contingent of Southern Arizona Artists also make the cut in Livin’ Large including; David Andres, Jim Cook, James Davis, Cynthia Miller, Jim Waid, Nancy Tokar Miller and Simon Donovan, who all have paintings or works on paper in the show. Often museum retrospective exhibitions reflect the particular bias of either the curator who assembled the body of work, or they betray the institution’s particular collection strategy or budget constraints. Livin’ Large manages to capture the true essence of the era’s art, thanks to smart selections and a deep, respectable collection. It’s a real treat to look back at an era through the eyes of artists from all over the world and to think about what a show of work will look like from this decade once we have some distance. n “Livin’ Large: Works from the 1980s” is on display at the Tucson Museum of Art, located at 140 N Main Avenue through July 12. TucsonMuseumofArt.org, 624-2333. June 2015 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 27
Photo courtesy of Galactic Center.
Sound Healing Concert with Paradiso and Rasamayi Wed, June 10 at the Galactic Center.
Performances BLACK CHERRY BURLESQUE
Tantalizing burlesque performance on Fri, June 5. Surly Wench Pub, 424 N. 4th Ave. 882-0009, TucsonBurlesque.com
DON’T BLINK BURLESQUE The Tuesday Night Tease takes place every Tuesday night throughout June. 9pm. The Hut, 305 N. 4th Ave. 245-0532, DontBlinkBurlesque.com
FOX THEATRE Zeppelin USA performs Fri, June 5. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performs Sat, June 6. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn perform Thu, June 11. Phil Wickham performs Sat, June 13. Art Garfunkel performs Fri, June 19. Prices Vary. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, FoxTucsonTheatre.org
GALACTIC CENTER Sound Healing Concert with Paradiso and Rasamayi CD release tour Celestial Resonance: Journey into the Infinite Heart takes place Wed, June 10. 7pm. 35 E. Toole Ave. OnlineSoundHealing.com
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE The Adventures of Robin Hood continues through Sun, June 7. Space Wars opens Thu, June 11. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 886-9428, TheGaslightTheatre.com
LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP The Columnist continues through Sat, June 13. Winston McPepper and the Very Puppet-y Problem continues through Sun, June 7. The F Word shows in June. The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley opens Thu, June 18. See website for prices and times. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-4242, LiveTheatreWorkshop.org
NOT BURNT OUT JUST UNSCREWED Shows every Friday and Saturday throughout June. Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E. Speedway Blvd. 861-2986, UnscrewedComedy.com
ODYSSEY STORYTELLING SERIES Taboo takes place Thu, June 4. 7:00pm; Free. The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. 730-4112, OdysseyStoryTelling.com
TUCSON REPERTORY ORCHESTRA
Instrumental petting zoo and family concert takes place Sat, June 6. Music of the Masters VII takes place Sat, June 6. 1:30pm-2:30pm. Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. 461-4537, TucsonRepertoryOrchestra.
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Image . Michael Chiago . Saguaro Harvest . gouache on illustration board
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“Season of the Saguaro” at Tohono Chul Park
Museums/Exhibits ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM
Butterfly Whirl: Contemporary Quilt Art opens continues through July. Cool Summer Nights at the Desert Museum takes place June- August from 5pm-10pm. World Oceans Night on Sat, June 6 and Living In Harmony With The Sun takes place Sat, June 13. Regularly: Desert flora and fauna, animal presentations, Raptor Free Flights, more. $19.50 adults; $15.50, youth 13-17; $6, children 4-12. Sun-Fri; 7:30am-5pm, Sat; 7:30am-10pm. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. 8831380, DesertMuseum.org
ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM Dinetah Landscapes, Dinetah People: The Art of Jeremy Singer continues through Thu, June 25. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. UA Campus, 1013 E. University Blvd. 626-8381, StateMuseum.Arizona.edu
MINI-TIME MACHINE MUSEUM
Miniatures from the Mind’s Eye of Ric Maledon opens Tue, June 2. Tue-Sat; 9am-4pm. Sun; 12pm-4pm. Adults; $9. Seniors or Military; $8. Youth; $6. Children 3 and under; free. 4455 E. Camp Lowell. 881-0606, TheMiniTimeMachine.org
TOHONO CHUL PARK
Season of the Saguaro opens Fri, June 12. Daily, 9am5pm. Adults, $8; Seniors,$6; Military, $5; Children (5-12), $2. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455, TohonoChulPark.org
TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS
Dog Days of Summer opens Mon, June 1. Regular prices: Adults, $8; Student/Military, $7; Children 4-12, $4. Daily, 7am-4:30pm (except holidays). 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, TucsonBotanical.org
UA POETRY CENTER Paper Works: Between Word and Image opens Mon, June 1. Mon & Thu; 9am- 8pm. Tue & Wed; 9am-6pm. Fri; 9am-5pm. Sat; 10am-2pm. Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765, PoetryCenter.Arizona.Edu
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Limited edition, custom & one of a kind fine art tiles. Downtown Gallery 403 N. 6th Ave.
tues-fri: 11-5 sat: 12-4
6420 N. Campbell Ave.
summer hours: appointment only
Lauren Hansen Green Dress, 2015, acrylic and Prismacolor on paper, courtesy Etherton Gallery
Titus Castanza Gorge, 3 hour session, 2015, graphite on paper, courtesy Etherton Gallery
Matthew Diggins, Rose, pastel on paper, courtesy Matthew Diggins
Artistic Citizens by Herb Stratford
Nick Georgiou Faceless, 2015, discarded books, acrylic paint, acrylic ink, courtesy Etherton Gallery
Christina Cardenas Adolescente, 2015, gouache on board, courtesy Etherton Gallery
Dirk Arnold El Conquistador, 2012, mixed media architectural model, courtesy Etherton Gallery
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ne of the best-kept secrets of the Painter Titus Castanza, an 11-year tenant at CitiTucson arts scene is the art oasis’ zens, said that he “wouldn’t have been an artist for that exist in the Tucson Warehouse the last 10 years without the environment at Citizens Historic District. Many of the histo support his process.” He pointed to the ability to toric buildings in the area have “take a leap of faith” in his artistic endeavors and housed a virtual “who’s who” of Tucson art luminarknow that his peers will support his work and offer ies that have readily toiled away on their craft for dehonest feedback as he hones his craft. He said that cades. And while some buildings, like the Steinfeld being a part of the Citizens group has “afforded him Warehouse, have had more splashy front-page rethe ability to be an artist,” in a way that perhaps habs in recent years, one building has quietly been no other studio space anywhere else would. He also home to an exclusive group of artists. The artists of pointed to the great mix of artists in the building from the Citizens Warehouse are celebrating their distincbeginning to mid-career and established all working tive collective with a group show at Etherton Gallery, and supporting one another as they progress. June 16 through August 30. Mixed media artist Nick Georgiou, who has made A Citizens Warehouse tenant since 2011, artist a name for himself outside of Tucson by recycling Alec Laughlin has created the book, Citizens Warepaper materials into intriguing sculptures, has been house (2013), which is an in-depth look at both the at Citizens since 2009, and calls Citizens “a fertile history of the venerable 1929 building, and neighand accepting place to create,” that also seems to boring warehouses, as well as a look at many of the be built on “sacred art ground.” He said he feels that current residents’ work. His passion for the building everyone at Citizens is “really fortunate to be there” and its inhabitants is evident in the book, which is thanks to the nurturing environment that exists. full of the work of this eclectic group. It’s as if some It’s a unique place that helped hook the artist into master plan has been employed to select a diverse staying in Tucson long after he planned to depart. selection of artists and put them under one roof to The Artists of Citizens Warehouse Collective see what happens. It’s not hard to show at Etherton Gallery presents see why their complimentary styles the work of 21 total artists who would inspire one another and lead have called the building home over to fruitful discussions. A few of the the years. The artists working in artists we spoke with had their own a wide variety of mediums are a idea about what makes the space unique microcosm of the Tucson so unique. art scene with painters, sculptors, Mixed media artist Rand Carlmixed media and photography all son, perhaps best known for his under one roof. It’s this mash-up of cartoons in the Tucson Weekly, has different artistic styles and genres had a space in the building since that truly makes the artspace rare, 2008, making him among the seand the roster of artists at the Citinior statesmen of sorts. His unique zens building is one in a million. tin works and paintings have long “I think it’s going to be really been coveted by Tucson collectors Citizens Warehouse book (2013) interesting to show the amount of and he’s had his fair share of stuoutput this building has generated, dios during his long career, but he says that Citizens which of course is just a drop in the bucket of what’s is unique because “everyone is so different here, been done inside these walls. But just to show the the contrast is striking between all the different artdiversity of creative individuals we have here, and ists’ works.” He praised the studio’s “great vibe” of how this building has facilitated so much great work. non-competition and friendliness, that he says is so Not a lot of us are well known outside of this buildspecial. ing, including myself. Not everybody shows their Figurative painter Matthew Diggins (Zocalo’s work often, so this exhibit will be a great opportucover artist this month) says occupying his spacious nity,” Diggins added. studio at Citizens allows him to be more ambitious Outside of the twice-annual Tucson Open Stuwith his work, while at the same time giving him a dio Tours that let folks peer behind the curtain of perspective on how other artists operate. “It’s been Citizens and other local Tucson art studios, the show really good to have a reference on how other people at Etherton is the only time we can really see many work. We’ve all developed our own methods and of these artists’ work in one place. And with the pubviews, our own ways of making artwork, so it’s good lication of the Citizens Warehouse book, their work to get outside of your own bubble and have somecan also be brought home with us. body else’s eye on your work or to look at how somebody else might do something,” he says. The Artists of Citizens Warehouse show is on disMixed media artist Dirk Arnold, a tenant since play at Etherton Gallery, located at 135 S. 6th Ave 2013, says the space “definitely has a social vibe from June 16 to August 30. A special reception and unlike other spaces he has been apart of,” and at book signing of the book “Citizens Warehouse” is times it can be hard to pull away to get work done. also scheduled for Saturday, June 20 from 7-10pm He also praises the “informal critiques” that happen at the gallery. 520.624.7370, EthertonGallery.com among a group of artists, which is rare outside of educational institutions.
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…Because the Night Owls Are on to Something. by Craig Baker
When the temperature rises to the point that the plastic cups in your car begin melting into their cup holders, some Sonoran Desert dwellers experience a buildup of unfathomable rage. If you’ve lived here long enough, you may have been there yourself—at that point where you feel like you could lift and toss a small car, or at least a motorcycle, just to snag the only shady spot in the parking lot. We get it. But there are a few other ways that we as Tucsonans can choose to deal with these feelings which fall comfortably short of literal or metaphorical combustion: 1) we can complain about it, making the lives of everyone else around us just a little more miserable; 2) we can lock ourselves indoors in the protection of those ever-sacred climate modification devices that keeps us from losing all motivation to live; or 3) we can find a way to shift our schedules ever-so-slightly so as to enjoy more of the cooler, more palatable moonlit hours of the day. Here are a few ideas for those of you who are looking to go nocturnal this summer... continues on next page
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Butterﬂy Whirl: Contemporary Quilt Art A TEXAS QUILT MUSEUM EXHIBITION
MAY 30 – JULY 5
Twenty-six studio art quilts by artists from ten states across the U.S. Representing some of today’s most innovative American artists working in the quilt medium.
OPEN DAILY >> 10:00am – 4:00pm 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743 520-883-3024 // desertmuseum.org/arts
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Catch an outdoor flick When: Every Thursday evening at 7:30pm through the end of August at La Placita, or 5:30 pm at Reid Park June 5 and 19, as well as alternating Fridays through August 14. Where: La Placita Village downtown, 110 S. Church Ave; Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way. What: The outdoor family-friendly film series, Cinema La Placita, has been running every summer since May 2000. Bring the kids, your (good) dogs, and $3 for admission, but popcorn is included for free! Check the Cinema La Placita Website for upcoming titles or to make movie suggestions at CinemaLaPlacita.com. Reid Park also runs a similar series for free every second Friday with a number of vendors and entertainers on site starting at 5:30, and shows starting at dusk. More info at SAACA. org/Cox_Movies_in_the_Park.html.
Wander the Desert Loop Trail When: Every Saturday night from June 6-Sept 5 from 5pm-10pm. Where: Arizona Sonora Desert Museum; 2021 N. Kinney Rd. What: Each uniquely themed Saturday evening in the 14th Annual “Cool Summer Nights” series at ASDM will feature three live music venues (including one specifically for children), live animal dem-
onstrations, activity stations run by the museum’s Junior Docents, and educational and entertaining programming related to each theme. Covering everything from the oceans, to astronomy, to comedy, ASDM promises something for everyone this summer, and at no additional charge on top of regular admission. ASDM’s Director of Marketing, Rosemary Prawdzik, says that the kids are especially fond of “Insect Insanity!” (July 18) and can even buy black lights at the gift shop to help in the hunt for scorpions. “Coming to the Desert Museum at night is a very different experience than during the day time,” says Prawdzik, pointing out that the low lighting on the grounds allows for easy stargazing, and that the animals on site tend to be more active after the sun goes down. No wonder this annual event has become a tradition for many local families. Watch in coming months for “Full Moon Festivals” which will shine a spotlight on the arts.
Celebrate the Solstice When: Saturday, June 20 from 7pm-1am. Where: Sky Bar; 536 N. 4th Ave. What: What’s better than, pizza, beer, and fire spinning—at a safe distance, of course. Drop by Sky Bar to celebrate the summer solstice—the longest day of the year—with live music and an alwaysthrilling performance by the Cirque Roots crew.
Gallery hop When: Saturday, June 6 from 6pm-9pm. Where: Central Tucson Gallery Association (CTGA) Galleries downtown and on University Blvd. What: What: The 23rd Annual Summer Art Cruise is the biggest night of the year for the seven member galleries (Baker+Hesseldenz, Conrad Wilde, Contreras, Davis Dominguez, Moen Mason, Philabaum, and Raices Taller 222) that extend their hours for this single evening of connecting art fans, collectors, and artists—and the best part is, it’s free to you. Each gallery curates its own events (of course) and co-owner of Davis Dominguez Gallery, Mike Dominguez, says that many offer hors d’oeuvres and live music. Dominguez says that, for their part, the Davis Dominguez Gallery will be holding a reception for the 80+ artists featured in the Small Works show that will close the following week. “There will be plenty of people out,” says Dominguez, “and a lot of the artists will come together to fill the streets here.” The question is will you be there with them?
Take a flashlight hike When: Saturday, June 6 from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Where: Catalina State Park; 11570 N. Oracle Rd. What: Take a moonlit hike in Catalina State Park with the Town of Oro Valley Parks and Recre-
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23rd Annual Summer Art Cruise, image: Naoto Hattori, Recollection 029, 3.8 x 5.8, acrylic on board, 2015, at Baker + Hesseldenz Fine Art, June 6.
The annual Underwear Party at Club Congress continued from previous page ation Department to celebrate National Trails Day. Snacks will be provided and an expert guide will be on hand, but be sure and bring plenty of water and your own flashlight. More info available at OroValleyAZ.gov.
Take your clothes off When: Night of Saturday, June 13 until 2am. Where: Club Congress; 311 E. Congress St. What: The annual Underwear Party at Club Congress has been known to draw more than 1200 nearly-naked alcohol-consuming individuals of both sexes for an evening of good-natured debauchery unlike any other. Any questions? If so, check out HotelCongress.com… I wash my hands of this one.
Check out Second Saturdays When: Saturday, June 13 from 6:30pm-10pm . Where: Congress St., Downtown Tucson. What: If you haven’t been to a Second Saturdays Downtown event yet, take advantage of the quiet, cool summer evenings to do so this month. As always, there promises to be plenty of entertainment, music, street performances, vendors, and all of that fair food nobody can seem to get enough of. Grab a bite to eat and a drink or just make a free night of it by catching a live show or two—you’ve got nothing to lose with this regular crowd-pleaser.
Have a “Brew at the Zoo” When: “Brew at the Zoo” is on Saturday, June 20 from 6pm-9:30pm; Summer Safari Nights run every Friday through July 10 from 6pm-8pm. Where: Reid Park Zoo; 3400 Zoo Court. What: The third annual iteration of this highly-anticipated event combines two of everyone’s favorite things—alcohol and animals. Craft Tucson provides 38 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | June 2015
plenty of sudsy drink for the event, the admission cost of which covers the beer. Tucsonans come out in droves, so make sure to get your tickets in advance. This year’s Brew event, themed “Healthy and Hoppy”, will help support the construction of a new medical facility on the zoo’s grounds, so drinking to excess here is actually for a good cause. You’ll have to leave the little ones at home for this night of frivolity, though, as it is strictly 21+. For a more family friendly atmosphere, check out the zoo’s Summer Safari Nights program, in which the zoo reopens between 6pm and 8pm every Friday for a cooler trip down the Tanzania Trail. Tickets to the Brew event are $40 general admission, $35 for zoo members, and $20 for designated drivers if purchased in advance. Admission to Summer Safari Nights is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for kids ages 2-14—zoo members get $2 off. More info available at ReidParkZoo.org.
Learn some history and celebrate freedom
Catch a soccer game at Kino Sports Complex
Do some stargazing
When: Every weekend in June (various dates). Where: Kino North Stadium; 3400 S. Country Club Rd. What: With the addition of a women’s team to the FC Tucson family, there will be a lot more competitive soccer in Tucson this summer, and you can bet the Cactus Pricks are ready for the action. For a full schedule for both the men’s and women’s teams, tickets, or more information, visit FCTucson. com. Also, check out the article on FC Tucson in this issue.
When: Saturday, June 20 from 10am-9pm Where: The Donna Liggins Center/Mansfield Park; 2160 N. 6th Ave. What: Did you know that it took a full two-and-ahalf years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation for all of the slaves in the United States to finally obtain their freedom? June 19th— or Juneteenth—of this year marks 150 years since the last slaves were set free in Galveston, Texas. It also marks the 45th anniversary of Tucson’s own annual Juneteenth Festival. Indoor educational activities end at three and give way to the evening celebration, which will feature guest speakers, free hotdogs for the kids at 5:30pm, historical exhibits, as well as live entertainment. More info available on the “Tucson Juneteenth Celebration” Facebook page.
When: Every night through July 14. Where: Kitt Peak National Observatory. What: This stargazing program is so popular in the winter months that Visitor Center Manager Bill Buckingham says that Kitt Peak has to turn away more than 1000 people each day during high season. And it’s easy to see why the nightly observation program is such a hot ticket (wrong phrasing?)— Kitt Peak can be a full 25 degrees cooler than Tucson in the evenings. Reservations are $49 per person, but there’s actually a good chance of landing one during the slower summers. Also, be on the lookout for the Kitt Peak-sponsored binocular stargazing program to return to Saguaro National Park West for an out-of-this-world experience that’s a little bit closer to home. n
ICONIC DOWNTOWN BUILDING 145 S. 6TH AVENUE BUZZ ISAACSON
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Island Adventure by Niccole Radhe
In the midst of a vast sea of quickly developing metropolis on Tucsonâ€™s southeast side is a peaceful island adventure...
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continued from previous page ...Fantasy Island Trails Park. This 335 acre State Trust Land is rich with a diverse array of wildlife, thriving native flora and spectacular outdoor recreation for our Tucson community and curious tourists. This place is a favorite among locals, and is well known around the globe within the biking communities as a mountain biking destination. These single tracks are lined with towering Teddy Bear Cholla, staggeringly tall saguaros, and fresh blooms on various other cacti for bursts of colors in the lower Sonoran shrub land. Ocotillo lean over the trails with the shadows of their bright orange blossoms dancing as the fiery sun drifts behind the silhouette of the Tucson Mountains. Fantasy island’s proximity to the city, its glorious 360-degree vistas of Tucson’s mountain ranges and abundant wildlife make it well worth the visit. This extensive trail system is perfect for any level of mountain biking experience; these loops are not so technical that a beginner can’t take them on, but technical enough to challenge one to learn new skills. This is great place for beginners to learn and for pros to enhance their technical skills and speed. The south side loops are great for taking a leisurely strolls and gaining speed on the fairly even terrain or the North side loops which offer a vigorous heart throbbing workout with bigger dips, jumps and even a half pipe. This park is full of eccentric decorations, memorials to loved ones, and license plates from all over the country to show the diversity of the friendly people who enjoy this inner-city gem. There are a few rules and important things to know before heading out on these trails. Get a permit, even though you may never be asked to show it. This area is located on State Trust Land and the permits serve a purpose of keeping track of how it is being used for recreation. It is only $15.00 per year for an individual or $20.00 a year for a family. More information on permits is available at www.land.az.gov. Wildlife may be encountered, such as coyotes, snakes, lizards, jack rabbits, cows and javelina. Do not be scared of or bother the wildlife, just ride on by and enjoy the Sonoran fauna in their home. Bring tons of water, an extra tube, sunscreen and a printed map of the trail system. These trails are easy to confuse with one another on the first few adventures, a printed map will be with you even if a phone battery runs low or dies. A fine toothed comb and 42 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | June 2015
tweezers are also recommended in case of an undesirable encounter with a cactus. Lastly, it is recommend to bring a good headlamp for the possibility of staying out and enjoying the irresistible temperatures of nightfall during the summer season. Fantasy island is beautiful year-round but during the summer months it is best to ride at dawn and dusk, and the sunrises and sunsets are always unforgettable. Fantasy Island is one of the last pieces of undeveloped land in Tucson City Limits that hasn’t been impacted harshly by human activity. This beautiful area still has tons of native plants and is a haven for animals that have evaded their earlier habitats due to development. With an exponentially expanding and highly profitable real estate market on the southeast side, this may all change very soon. For the past decade many local organizations have been working with the State and County officials to work out a plan to preserve as much of this land as possible for our outdoor community to enjoy. Ward 4 City Council Member, Shirley Scott and the City of Tucson are inviting the community to an informational meeting regarding the sale of City-owned land south of Irvington Road and west of Houghton Road. The City of Tucson is preparing to sell a portion of this land known as the “Civano Parcel,” and to complete the dedication of a portion of the parcel as open space for the Fantasy Island bike trail system. This meeting will be held June 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and there the community will learn about the land and can also provide input. It will take place at Pima Community College East Campus which is located at 8181 East Irvington Road. So, get out and take on a Fantasy Island mountain bike trail this season, and be careful it is addictive! Making Your Escape: There are two main entrances to the park with stark contrasts in skill levels: the beginner’s side can be accessed off of Valencia road just West of Houghton and the intermediate and advanced side can be accessed off of Irvington just west of Houghton. For more information check out Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists at www.sdmb.org.
"Missy Andersen" performs at Boondock's Lounge on Fri, June 12.
“Phil Wickham” performs at Fox Tucson Theatre on Sat, June 13.
“Melt Banana” performs at Hotel Congress on Wed, June 10.
Schedules accurate as of press time. Visit the websites or call for current/ detailed information.
2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN Congress Street, 2ndSaturdaysDowntown.com Sat 13: The Vexmen, Belly Dance Tucson, Roll Acosta, Amy Mendoza Band
BOONDOCKS LOUNGE 3306 N. 1st Ave. 690-0991, BoondocksLounge.com Fri 12: Missy Anderson
BORDERLANDS BREWING 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773, BorderlandsBrewing.com Thu 4: U of A Jazz Jam Fri 5: Little Cloud Sat 6: Mustang Corners Thu 11: Adam Nixon Fri 12: Sunduster Sat 13: Tortolita Gutpluckers Thu 18: U of A Jazz Jam Fri 19: Hank Topless Sat 20: The Guilty Bystanders Fri 26: Southbound Pilot Sat 27: The Long Wait
CAFE PASSE 415 N. 4th Ave. 624-4411, CafePasse.com See website for details.
CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848, HotelCongress.com/club Tue 2: Guantanamo Baywatch Wed 3: Chastity Belt Thu 4: MRCH Fri 5: Decker Sat 6: The Melvins
Tue 9: The Rocketboys Wed 10: Melt Banana Thu 11: Tom Russell In The Copper Hall Fri 12: Agalloch, Katterwaul & Headlock Tour Kickoff Sun 14: Great Lake Swimmers Mon 15: Ceremony Tue 16: Griffin House Wed 17: Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola Fri 19: Jen Kirkman Sun 21: Kyle Wed 24: Human Behavior Tour Kickoff Sun 28: The Summer Set Acoustic Performance
LA COCINA 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351, LaCocinaTucson.com Sundays: Mik and the Funky Brunch Saturdays: DJ Herm, Harpist, Vesna Zulsky Wednesdays: Miss Lana Rebel and Kevin Michael Mayfield Thursdays: Stefan George Fridays: The Greg Morton Band Fri 5: Bajo @ LaCo Thu 18: Mitzi Cowell Fri 19: Cold Sweat
CUSHING STREET BAR & RESTAURANT 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984, CushingStreet.com Saturdays: Jazz
DELECTABLES RESTAURANT & CATERING
340 E. 6th St. 798-1298, TheFlycatcherTucson.com See website for details.
318 E. Congress St. 740-1000, RialtoTheatre.com Mon 1: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience Wed 3: The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo Fri 5: Red Sat 6: Shuggie Otis Mon 8: Acoustic Alchemy Tue 9: J Boog Wed 10: Robin Trower, Melt Banana at Congress Thu 11: Warren G, DJ Quik Sat 13: Pato Banton Sun 14: Yelawolf Mon 15: Queens Of The Islands Tue 16: E-40 Thu 18: Morgan James Fri 19: Jen Kirkman Sun 21: Kalimba Fri 26: A.A. Bondy Mon 29: Otep Tue 30: John Butler Trio
FOX TUCSON THEATRE 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, FoxTucsonTheatre.org Fri 5: Zeppelin USA Sat 6: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Thu 11: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn Sat 13: Phil Wickham Fri 19: An Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel
HACIENDA DEL SOL 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol. 2991501, HaciendaDelSol.com Sun 7: Bluz Nite Sun 14: Bryan Dean Trio Sun 21: Zo & The Soul Breakers Sun 28: Johnny Strasser & Fiends
MONTEREY COURT 505 W. Miracle Mile, MontereyCourtAZ.com Wed 3: Peter McLaughlin, Alvin Blaine and Nick Conventry Fri 5: Key Ingredients of African Soul Sat 6: Reverie w/ Heather Hardy Fri 12: Not Strictly BluegrassWayback Machine Benefit for TKMA Wed 17: Eric Schaffer, Ed Delucia & the Other Troublemakers
SKY BAR TUCSON 536 N. 4th Ave, 622-4300. SkyBarTucson.com Sat 20: The Modeens
SOLAR CULTURE 31 E. Toole Ave. 884-0874, SolarCulture.org Wed 10: Sound Healing Concert
PLAYGROUND TUCSON 278 E. Congress. 396-3691, PlaygroundTucson.com See website for details.
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