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It was a life-affirming spring day when my husband and I hiked through a wash in Tucson Mountain Park to see Native American rock art. Quail skittered along and critters rustled in the bushes while we admired the blossoming flowers on the ocotillo and barrel cacti. The birds and the bees were doing their thing as we made our way through the sandy bottom of what turns into a torrent of water during the monsoons. Surprisingly, and thankfully, there weren’t a lot of people on this path. It was peaceful, the way it should be when contemplating existence and observing human activity that represents time out of mind. We were alone to take in the various figures etched on the rocks. Some were a series of squares inside bigger squares; others seem to depict snakes and arachnids. There were squiggly lines that made us think: water? It was all gorgeously strange, and completely fascinating. What brought these people here to do this? Perhaps it was to give thanks, or penance, for the water or lack thereof. Whatever the reasons, it speaks to the immemorial drive of Homo sapiens to ponder and express – a mark of human consciousness. When it comes to examining consciousness, interested parties can check out the 10th biennial Towards a Science of Consciousness conference April 9-14. It presents panels, workshops and other sessions in an interdisciplinary, heady gathering to probe fundamental questions related to conscious experience. Topics range from neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, psychology and philosophy to neurobiology, quantum physics and cosmology as well as art. See Heather Woodward’s article on page 12. This month also sees the immemorial human tradition of imaginative expression with the Tucson Artists’ Open Studios on April 14 and 15. Celebrate the creative pulse of the city with Zócalo’s guide on pages 28-35. – Jamie Manser
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Pima County Public Library News El Encanto Home Tour
For the first time in a generation, a collection of historic homes in the El Encanto National Register Historic District will open their doors to support Historic Preservation in Tucson. The tour, organized by Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, highlights six landmark properties of Tucson’s Golden Age. This tour is a rare opportunity to peek inside some of the community’s most noteworthy homes of the 1920s and 1930s and explore the legacy of many of Tucson’s early influential architects. The Historic Home Tour fundraiser takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat, April 21. The $35 tickets are limited, and can be purchased at PreserveTucson.org.
Free Speech Day
Access Tucson Community Media is starting a new tradition with its first Celebrating Free Speech - Eat, Drink and Speak Freely event at Café a la C’Art in the Tucson Museum of Art courtyard, 140 N. Main Ave. It happens on Wed, April 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and features food, cocktails and entertainment by Arizona Daily Star’s editorial cartoonist David Fitzsimmons and nationally renowned Robert Mac. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Visit AccessTucson.org or call 624-9833 x232 for details.
Last month, Lisa Bunker, social media librarian for the Pima County Public Library, was named one of 53 outstanding library professionals in the nation in 2012 by Library Journal. Bunker is one of nine “tech leaders” among Library Journal’s 2012 Movers & Shakers. Ms. Bunker, who works half-time for Pima County Public Library, is the director of the research library at the Tucson Museum of Art. In other library news, on Sat, April 7, the library presents Sister Spit: The Next Generation North American Tour at Fluxx Studio & Gallery, 414 E. 9th St. The event features author Dorothy Allison and a lineup of local and national, established and up-and-coming GLBTQ authors and performers. Visit Library.Pima.gov for information.
6th Avenue Going Two Way Downtown
To help ease vehicular traffic in the core of downtown during streetcar construction, 6th Avenue will turn into a two-way street from Toole Avenue south to Broadway in the early morning of April 5.
Cushing Street Family Practice
Ricci Silberman, PA, and Molly Wheelwright, PA, of Cushing Street Family Practice, 58 W. Cushing St., are welcoming Becky Mosberg, PA, to the fold. Mosberg specializes in Internal Medicine but welcomes folks of all ages. All three are accepting new patients, available at 620-0705.
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Marcia Lopez and Max Michaud play a pick up game at the 2011 Chess Fest.
Crowning Queens at Chess Fest by Johanna Willett Say “checkmate” to chess royalty this Cinco de Mayo at the fifth annual Chess Fest. That is, if you’ve got the right moves. Tucsonans of all ages and skill levels have a chance to face Alexandra Kosteniuk, the former Women’s World Chess Champion Grandmaster. Hosted by the local non-profit organization 9 Queens, Chess Fest situates what many see as a quiet game into the heart of downtown Tucson, blending face painting with chess lessons. “We welcome chess enthusiasts and the closet chess players who don’t always play,” said Jean Hoffman, the co-founder of 9 Queens. “It’s not a traditional chess event. It’s free, it’s outdoors, and it’s downtown. It’s much more of a party.” Hoffman founded 9 Queens with Jennifer Shahade, a two-time American Women’s Chess Champion, in 2007. Beyond hosting chess events, 9 Queens seeks to empower at-risk youth and girls through chess. Chess Fest will take over the Hotel Congress parking lot, checkering the asphalt to create a living chessboard that transforms people into a pawn, bishop, or queen. “Chess is inherently an urban game,” Hoffman said. “In New York City, you see people playing speed chess in the parks. It’s exciting and fun. There’s trash talk, and it’s such a diverse group of people. This fits really well in
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downtown Tucson.” Kosteniuk began playing chess at the age of five, and since then, the community aspect of the game has kept her involved over the years. “Playing [chess] internationally, I wanted to continue to play and see my friends in future chess tournaments,” Kosteniuk said in an email from a chess championship in Turkey. “Chess has allowed me to meet many very nice people and to travel across the whole world.” A visitor to Tucson in 2009, Kosteniuk was “impressed by the diversity and strength of the Tucson chess community.” Events like Chess Fest popularize chess, and 9 Queens also sponsors chess instruction in schools. Right now, first and second-graders at Johnson Elementary School periodically get chess as part of their classroom curriculum. Learning to play chess improves problem-solving skills and boosts confidence by providing kids a positive outlet. A four-year study including about 4,200 second-grade students found that students who learn chess experience spurred IQ increases, according to statistics on the 9 Queens website. “When you teach a kid chess, you’re teaching them how to look at a position and come up with their own plan,” Hoffman said. “It’s the same kind of problem solving that you want people to use off the board in real life—applying for
a job, doing school work, whatever.” Kosteniuk has seen the cognitive influences of chess in her own life. “I have learned to think before acting and that my actions will lead to consequences,” Kosteniuk said. “Chess has also taught me that you cannot achieve anything without hard work.” For both Hoffman and Kosteniuk, this is part of the beauty of chess—the equal playing field it creates. “Only brains count [in chess],” Kosteniuk said. “I am very happy when a kid beats a grown-up and runs to his parents to tell them. I see the parents so proud of their child.” Kosteniuk will play regular Tucsonans in a simultaneous exhibit, giving Tucson’s kids (and adults) a chance to challenge a champion. Anyone who wants to play can sign up at the festival, and Kosteniuk will play everybody at the same time. “I cannot think of a hobby that has as many benefits as chess,” Kosteniuk said. “Chess does not care if you’re very young or very old. The only thing that matters is what moves you make.” n Make your moves at Chess Fest at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. The free event is May 5 from 2 p.m. –5 p.m. For more information, visit 9Queens.org.
Photo by Jeff Smith
Photo by Creatista Photography
Street scene at a previous Pennington Street Block Party.
Save the World, Start in Tucson by Johanna Willett
Rain or shine, downtown will get a shot of youthful energy during the Pennington Street Block Party on Friday, April 20 as participating youths smash through the hooligan stereotype that plagues their age group. Kicking off the start of Global Youth Service Days in southern Arizona, the fourth annual block party hosted by City High School showcases how youth between the ages of five and 25 consistently transform their communities. This year, the party will display student artwork and exhibit everything from fencing to local bands. It gives kudos to past volunteering projects and offers additional ideas to those hungry for new ways to serve the community. As participants play carnival games and watch one-act plays, a food truck roundup will also satisfy empty bellies. “This year we’re trying to draw in the crowd that is already downtown on Friday evening,” said Carrie Brennan, the executive director of City High School. “To commuters, we want to say, ‘Hey, you might pass by this school everyday on your way to the parking lot, but did you know that this was what kids were capable of doing?’” In addition to the weekend’s two major projects at the Community Food Bank’s Marana Heritage Farm and Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Farm, Global Youth Service Days in southern Arizona should initiate an additional 50 projects that weekend, according to Danielle Flink, the director of service programs for Volunteer Southern Arizona. Volunteer Southern Arizona is the lead agency working with Global Youth Service Days in the region and works with City High School each year.
“They’ll be joining millions of other youths around the world,” Flink said. “This weekend tells the story of the power youths have in their own communities. Their energy and enthusiasm can refresh adults.” The block party will give students looking to plan their own projects the support and resources they need to get started. Last year, a City High School student “decided she wanted to do something positive on the heels on the Jan. 8 shooting,” Flink said. She made paper flowers and had members of the community write messages to Gabrielle Giffords, which she then put in a scrapbook and delivered to Giffords and her family. “It’s really important for young people to realize that what they do matters,” Brennan said. “We want students to see the relevance of their learning and to take it outside the classroom and outside the textbook.” Global Youth Service Days helps young people from over 100 countries address the local issues that influence their communities. In Tucson, the block party immediately draws eyes to the city’s heart: downtown. “We want to see the younger generations get involved in downtown in constructive and creative ways,” Brennan said. “They have a lot of energy and skill and are passionate about a lot of issues. This is good for them and vital for our downtown.” n The Pennington Street Block Party is Friday, April 20, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Details at CityHighSchool.org/community/blockparty. Check out VolunteerSoAz.org to sign up for volunteer opportunities.
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Photo courtesy of Living Streets Alliance
A Celebration of Cacti and Succulents by Jared R. McKinley
This month, Pima County and Living Streets Alliance are giving you all kinds of incentives to ditch your car and put your pedals to the pavement. Bike Fest 2012 is a rabble-rousing celebration geared toward getting bicycles worked into Tucsonans’ daily lives. April is a call to arms, with free giveaways, breakfasts, and tune-ups across town during Bike to Work Week, a Bike to Work Celebration downtown, and the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA) bike swap meet, where you can buy and sell bikes and parts within the community. On Saturday, April 21 you can get into the zoo for free by cycling there. “It’s a fabulously friendly event that inspires many Tucsonans to switch to bicycling in their daily habits after the event,” says Tom Thivener, bike program manager at the Tucson Department of Transportation. In addition to prizes and parties, bicycling citizens get to feel good about saving wear and tear on their city and getting more exercise. But if you need more of a reason to commute daily on a bike, consider this: “The true cost of owning and operating a midsize car is $8,000 a year according to AAA,” Thivener adds. (Actually it’s a little more than that, as the estimate uses gas prices from 2010, considerably lower than the current cost.) “This is a huge financial burden that families shouldn’t have to feel obliged to have or at least not have to need a second car. Tucsonans need true transportation options in life.” In a city where the weather is fair nearly every day, why not give cycling a try? “The City of Tucson hopes that folks who have already made the choice to use a bicycle for transportation purposes will feel rewarded for doing so and encouraged to do so more often,” says Thrivener. “We also hope Tucsonans who have been reluctant to try biking around will give it a go this month. The weather is perfect this time of year and they can be part of a movement that is seeing a record number of Tucsonans bicycling.” New cyclists will be joining the ranks of our amazing Tucson bicycle community, where even business and service sectors are pushing pedals. On Fourth Avenue patrons can go bar crawling with the 14-person Trolley Pub. Downtown, Gus Coliadis does business from the back of his bicycle: the owner of Cyclopsicle dishes out handmade gourmet popsicles from an ice chest on the cargo of his bike, his menu chalked out on the side and a sun umbrella stashed along the frame. Even the public library is joining the velocipede ranks with the newly-launched Book Bike, which makes five monthly visits around town in addition to special events. “It makes folks smile when we bike by on the street, and when we stop to give away books,” says Karen Greene, Book Bike creator from the Joyner Green Valley Library. “And we can always use some more of the positive in our lives.” n
Obsessive plant collecting is considered by some to be a psychological disorder. Tucson is home, some even say a Mecca, to many afflicted with this disorder. Some have specifically become entrenched in an even more specific sub-obsession: cacti and succulents. Let’s be honest, people who are into cacti and succulents are really just into weird plants. If a plant has foreboding thorns, or a trunk that looks like a naked fat lady (referred to as a caudiciform), sports hairy flowers that reek of rotten meat, or in general looks like it belongs in the backdrop of a Dr. Seuss book rather than any setting we know of in reality, then it is probably esteemed among the members of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society (TCSS). There are several world-renown plant collectors and nurseries specializing in these sorts of plants that reside in the Old Pueblo, almost all of them are members of this mysterious society. The members of the TCSS are sharing their obsession with the public on the weekend of April 28 and 29, at Sonoran IX, the 9th TCSS conference which is put on every two years. It will be at the Hotel Tucson City Conference Center, 475 N. Granada Ave. The event features five speakers and four workshops, a free plant show by TCSS members, and a multi-vendor sale of cacti and succulents, pottery, art and books. The conference includes a silent auction, special dinner and program presentation. Whether you are curious to observe these strange plants (and the stranger people who collect them), a newbie looking for a habit-inducing hobby to sink your hardearned money into, or a full-fledged weird plant addict, you will find enabling resources to help you: books on the subject, enlightening talks by experts, and of course, the weird plants to observe and/or purchase. The TCSS also has a rescue arm, the Rescue Crew, which salvages plants from the disruption of real estate development. Sonoran IX will be focused on (but not limited to) the Opuntioideae; the group of cacti known as prickly pear, cholla and others. These are very prominent species in Arizona. The diversity of this group is astounding - ranging from trunk-forming tree cactus, to low-growing plants that barely pop out of the soil. There is even a prickly pear that grows in Western Canada! Local and guest experts - including speakers from the San Diego Natural History Museum, the Rio Grande Botanic Garden, the Desert Botanical Garden and the University of Florida - will discuss a wide range of topics ranging from the identification of Opuntia to advice on growing cacti and succulents for the novice and practiced. n
April Bike Fest events include: Bike To Work Week, April 9-13 all over town, Walk And Roll To School
The event runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, 8 a.m.-3:30
Day, April 13 at the University of Arizona, Greater Arizona Bicycling Association Swap Meet, April 15
p.m. on Sunday. Cost for the Saturday dinner and presentation
at 5th Avenue and 7th Street, Bike To The Zoo Day, April 21. Details at BikeFestTucson.com. To learn
is $10 members, $25 guests. Saturday and Sunday, each lunch
more about the bike-powered businesses mentioned, visit TrolleyPub.com and check out Cyclopsicle
and presentation is $15. A limited number of workshop tickets
on Facebook. For more information about the Book Bike, contact Karen Greene at the Joyner Green
will be available for $15 each at the hotel. For more information
Valley Library, 594-5295or Library.Pima.Gov/Locations/BookBike.
visit TucsonCactus.org or call 256-2447.
Pedal Power Bike Fest Celebrates Tucson Cycling
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by Katelyn Swanson Going green has never been easier with Tucson’s 18th Annual Earth Day Festival on April 21 at Reid Park. The celebration features over 70 vendors with the unanimous goal of bringing together the Tucson community and informing the public on easy ways to become more eco-friendly. An “All Species Procession” starts at 10 a.m. with participants parading along as various non-human life forms, “great and small,” to explain how their species is important to Earth’s ecosystem. Parade winners are announced at 11:30 a.m. Kicking off at 10:45 a.m. is a student solar competition. The competition, which once ran as a separate event, joined forces with the Earth Day festival after discovering one another several years after its initiation. Now, the solar event draws in students from all over southern Arizona to compete during Tucson Earth Day with “real world engineering projects,” including models of solar cars and houses. The festivities also include an abundance of activities for the entire family. For the younger ones there is live music performed by local high school bands and hands-on projects hosted by participating vendors. For the adults, there is an alternative fuel vehicle show, featuring the new Chevy Volt and a solar powered golf cart that can be driven on the street. Farmers’ market groups, humane shelters and the Reid Park Zoo are also a part of the event. “I think you’re going to see a really good Earth Day, because the sponsors we have, have really stepped up to the plate,” said Georgia Armstrong, coordinator for the solar competition. The first Earth Day in the United States was in San Francisco in 1970. Since then, there have been efforts around the country to give back to the blue planet through celebrations and by spreading awareness about green living. Tucson’s Earth Day Festival began in 1994, with the goal of reaching out to the younger generation. “The original organizers thought the kids were the way to get the future right,” Armstrong said. The festival has since expanded to all ages, with the aim to inform and entertain. The festival now takes place in Reid Park after outgrowing downtown’s Armory Park, its original location, with a regular attendance of over 3,000 people, according to Armstrong. “Reid Park is a great representation of what Tucson is... by being there we show that we’re a part of that,” Armstrong said. Most importantly, Armstrong stresses how great an opportunity the festival is for making change in the community. “They can come out and see what they made and say ‘I can do that to and I want to move in that direction’,” Armstrong said. n The event runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Reid Park is located on the northeast section of Country Club Road and 22nd Street. For more details, visit TucsonEarthDay.org, email tucsonearthday@ yahoo.com or call 206-8814.
Photo by Heidy L. Contreras
Eco Friendly Fun
Carnaval Spring Festival Sparks Downtown Energy by Kenya Johnson On Saturday, April 14, the 5th Annual Tucson Carnaval Spring Festival - part community celebration and part block party - promises something for everyone to enjoy. The uniquely Tucson-flavored event, which is presented by the Afro-Brazilian inspired group Batucaxé, features live music with an international flair, parade-like sidewalk processions, exciting demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Adding a refreshing twist, this year’s festival is staged at two well-known downtown venues to suit both daytime and nightlife palettes. In partnership with the Children’s Museum Tucson and 2nd Saturdays Downtown, Batucaxé (pronounced bah-too-cah-SHEH, which means “blessing of the beat” in Portuguese) headlines the festival with live performances by a large ensemble of drummers and dancers. The group is known for its energy-infused music and choreography that gets people of all ages out of their seats and on their feet dancing. The daytime fête starts at the Children’s Museum Tucson Spring Arts Block party, 200 S. 6th Ave. This segment of Carnaval happens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes maskmaking, a Brazilian-inspired dance workshop, mini-train rides, puppets, tile painting, a drum circle, and performances by Batucaxé and the University of Arizona Pep Band. The Carnaval-style procession starts at 1 p.m. But the fun doesn’t stop there. The celebration starts up again at 5 p.m. at 2nd Saturdays Downtown with Seven Pipers Band ringing in the event. Batucaxé leads a musical dance procession along Congress Street, starting at the Rialto Theatre at 5:30 p.m. Several culturally diverse, Tucson-based groups are showcased on the Scott Avenue stage (at Broadway Boulevard), including: Capoiera Brasil, Batucaxé, Flam Chen, Tucson Circus Arts, Key Ingredients of African Soul, Latin Funk Project, and the Poi-Zen Fire Troupe. Expect some surprises! The event also features the UA Steel Band bringing the Caribbean sounds of soca and calypso music at the Fox Theatre and Southwest Soul Circuit hosting New Orleans funk and jazz at Rialto Theatre. Look for street performers, magic and children’s fun along Congress Street. The festival has evolved over the years since Batucaxé began the Tucson tradition of a springtime Carnaval-like celebration in 2008 at Himmel Park. Cliff Berrien, founder and Artistic Director of Batucaxé, says, “Collaborating with 2nd Saturdays Downtown and the Children’s Museum Tucson created a great opportunity to introduce the event to more people and invite different groups to perform.” For the second consecutive year, the group invited the community to participate in a series of workshops in March and early April to learn choreography as part of Batucaxé’s Community Dance Ala (“wing”) during the processions. Don’t worry if you weren’t able to attend the workshops. The public is welcome to participate in both processions. Be sure to wear purple and “carnaval” it up with sparkle and beads! n All of the festival’s events are free, including entrance to the Children’s Museum during the day. Visit TucsonCarnaval.org and 2ndSaturdays.com for complete details.
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Jefferson Park Garden Tour by Sarah Burton
Stuart Hameroff, M.D., and Director of the Center for Consciousness studies at the University of Arizona.
Exploring Consciousness by Heather Woodward With the theoretical date of the impending apocalypse looming over our proverbial heads, there seems to be an emphasis on higher-concept philosophies including the tangibility of our consciousness and the realistic nature of our human experience as a whole. People are not only asking the big questions with a more serious tone, but they are actively searching for the answers with scientific rigor and veracity. To that end, the University of Arizona is holding its 10th biennial Towards a Science of Consciousness conference on April 9-14 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Dr., to explore some of the questions about how the brain produces the conscious experience as well the nature of reality and how it is explained within the context of the Universe. “This question has gone back and started with the Greeks. Is there really something out there creating reality? Or are we perceiving it as it is? All these philosophical questions, literally, go back thousands of years,” said Stuart Hameroff, M.D. and Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. On April 10 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Hameroff conducts a workshop entitled, “Consciousness and the Universe: Current Status of the Penrose-Hameroff Orch Or Theory.” Simplified, the theory cultivates a hypothesis from Western and Eastern philosophies. It merges both the idea that consciousness stems from evolution and that it is also intrinsic in the Universe. The workshop is open to all conference registrants. The conference does not hold on to one singular focus of consciousness. Instead, it explores many conceptual avenues including the science of neuroscience, the psychology of the human experience and global philosophies that pertain to our existence and the state of what we consider reality. Hameroff said, “In Eastern philosophy, this approach has been somewhat different in terms of… more spiritual. That is to say that consciousness exists in the world rather than in the brain. So, these two approaches, Western and Eastern, will meet and hopefully not clash at this conference.” With that in mind, on April 9 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom, the conference is hosting the “Forum on Eastern Philosophy and Consciousness.” Included are presentations by scientists, scholars and spiritual practitioners. New York Times bestselling author and worldrenowned Eastern Spiritualist Deepak Chopra will be part of the panel. The forum is open to all conference registrants. Chopra will also be holding a workshop entitled, “Neuroscience of Enlightenment” on April 9 in the Kiva Ballroom from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. The fee for the workshop is $75. Beforehand, one can attend dinner with Deepak Chopra from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. The fee for the dinner portion of the evening is $50. No matter where your consciousness interests are positioned, whether scientific, metaphysical or philosophical, there is a workshop or session that will accommodate your curiosity. n For more information, visit the conference website at Consciousness.arizona.edu or check out the YouTube video that explains the conference in detail: YouTube.com/watch?v=d9RIMCpGkvc.
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Framed by Campbell and First Avenues, Grant Road and Speedway Boulevard—the charming historic neighborhood of Jefferson Park near University of Arizona Medical Center hosts its third annual garden tour on Sunday, April 15 from noon to 5 p.m. The midtown neighborhood, homesteaded by Anna Lester in 1898, is currently awaiting its addition to the National Historic Register. In fact, the garden tours started out as a fundraiser for the cost of nominating the area to such a status, and last year only included the Craftsman bungalow built by Lester. This year the tour boasts 12 sites including the original homestead, several other bungalows, Territorial-style homes, newly built infill homes compatible with the historic ones in the area and post World War II Ranch-style homes with their tell-tale carports. According to the neighborhood’s website, the sites were picked based on “their creative gardens and sustainable projects.” “This tour is an opportunity for people to visit with homeowners and experience the advantages of living in an inner-city, urban neighborhood,” explains Joan Daniels, secretary of the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association, who has organized the tours since they began. Organizing the tours has, in fact, brought the neighborhood together. “I have met more neighbors here in the last three years than in all the 35 plus years I’ve lived here,” Daniels says. As they began putting together plans for this event, a common theme cropped up unexpectedly: sustainability. So not only do many of the stops feature rainwater harvesting, solar panels, xeriscape gardening and other sustainable practices, but the tour’s starting point at the new addition to the neighborhood—The International School of Tucson—will host a sustainability fair and several demonstrations. Attendees can purchase retrofitted 60-gallon barrels for rainwater harvesting or browse the flea market set up on-site with antique and fun finds from members of the neighborhood. All activities in the tents on the school’s playground are free, and tickets for the tour can be purchased there for $10. Children 12 and under are free. n For more information about the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Garden Tour and the area itself, visit JeffersonPark.info. Buy tickets at the tour’s starting point, the International School of Tucson at 1701 E. Seneca St.
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Events April SUN 1
FRI 13-SUN 29
BLENMAN-ELM NEIGHBORHOOD HOME TOUR Tour seven homes restored to period.
21ST AZ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PENNINGTON STREET BLOCK PARTY
12:30pm-5pm. Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. 326-1632, JanePowers@cox.net
Over 100 films representing 18 countries will be featured in Arizona’s longest running and largest film festival. See story page 46. FilmFestivalArizona.com
See story page 7. Free. 4pm-7pm. Pennington Street, between Stone and Scott Avenues. 623-7223, CityHighSchool.org
FRI 6-SAT 7
SAT 14-SUN 15
TUCSON POETRY FESTIVAL
The 30th annual event features local & internationally-known poets sharing their work. Free. Various times & locations; see website for schedule. TucsonPoetryFestival.org
SAT 7 GNOME FEST 2012
Food trucks, live music, raffles, a beard contest, and a color the gnome contest for kids. Performances by The Bad News Blues Band, Bouncing Czechs, Genevieve & The LP’s, The Ronstadts, and Under the Bridge. Free. 11:30am-6pm. Metro Gnome Music, 4044 E. Speedway. 320-3780, MetroGnomeMusic.com
BARRIO FEST KXCI FUNDRAISER
Performers include Calexico & Friends, Grupo Fantasma, Megafuan, Los Pork Torta, Hollywood Knights, Silverbell, Shaun Harris, Dry River Yacht Club and Mariachi Aztlan. $19-$26. Entrance at 166 W. Alameda St.: 2pm-8pm. St. BarrioFestival.com
MON 9-SUN 22 BIFE FEST 2012
Region’s annual celebration of bicycling, see story page 8 and visit LivingStreetsAlliance.org/Bike-Fest
TUE 10 TAKE BACK THE NIGHT TUCSON
Event to stop sexual violence, support survivors & hold perpetrators accountable. Candlelight vigil, Survivor’s Speak-Out, resource fair, performances. Free. 6pm. Geronimo Plaza, 820 E. University Blvd. SACasa.org
THU 12-SUN 15 UA SPRING FLING
Fundraiser for student clubs & organizations features rides, food, music, games. Thu-Fri, 4pm-midnight; Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-8pm. $5. Rillito Downs, 4502 N. 1st Ave. 621-5610, SpringFling.Arizona.Edu
FRI 13 YURI’S NIGHT - A Celebration
of Manned Space Exploration. Theme: Make An Impact. $10 adults; free to children under 12. 5pm-9pm. Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Rd. 574-0462, PimaAir.org
ARTIST’S OPEN STUDIO TOUR
See the creative process at work, as artists open their studios to the public. Free. 11am-5pm. Various locations; see pages 28-35, and the website, for list of studios. TucsonOpenStudios.com
SAT 14 2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN Carnaval: A Spring Festival! Capoeira Brasil, Batucaxé, Flam Chen, Poi-Zen Fire Troupe, Key Ingredients of African Soul, Latin Funk Project on Scott Stage; Southwest Soul Circuit at Rialto; vendors, food & street performers. Free. 5pm-10:30pm. Congress Street, 2ndSaturdays.com
ULTIMATE HOME GARDEN TOUR
Visit four homes exemplifying nighttime aesthetics in outdoor entertaining. $140-$240. 10:30am-3:30pm. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, 3269686, TucsonBotanical.org
SUN 15 ZIN, BLUES & BBQ Enjoy live music, Zinfandel wine tastings & BBQ. $55. 4pm-7pm. Hacienda del Sol, 5601 N. Hacienda del Sol Rd. 529-3500, HaciendadelSol.com
URBAN PICNIC & ART AUCTION
Benefit for Tucson Ballet & The Drawing Studio; featuring paintings, sculpture, photography. $45. 11am-3pm. La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr. 903-1445, BalletTucson.org
JEFFERSON PARK GARDEN TOUR 2012 See story page 12. 12pm-5pm. $10 for the tour; under 12 free. Onsite tickets at International School of Tucson, 1701 E. Seneca St. JeffersonPark.
MON 16 4TH ANNUAL MENS NIGHT OUT
The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona features basketball star/trailblazer Tamir Goodman & honors Lex Sears for his leadership in the Jewish community. 6pm-8pm. Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Rd. 299-3000, JewishTucson.org
THU 19-SUN 29 PIMA COUNTY FAIR Carnival rides, food, entertainment, animals, arts & crafts. Mon-Fri, noon-10pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-midnight. $8 adults; $3 children ages 6-10; children under 5 free. Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Rd. SWFair.com
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TUCSON EARTH DAY FESTIVAL See story page 11. Free. 9am-2pm. Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way. 206-8814, TucsonEarthDay.org
BACKYARD BBQ: For The Cascade Foundation. Benefitting families with hemophilia & inherited bleeding disorders. Music, food, entertainment. $20. 7pm10pm. Barrio Brewing, 800 E. 16th St. 907-2902, CascadeFoundationAZ.org
Over 20 stages of live music in Downtown and 4th Avenue. 8pm-2am. $8 advance, $10 day of. Various venues. ClubCrawl.net
Sun 22 THE EVENT
Sample food from 40 local restaurants, wine tastings and live music. Proceeds help provide more than 40 programs for youth members of The Boys and Girls Club. $150. 6pm-9pm. La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr. TheEventTucson.com
WED 25-SAT 28 TUCSON INTERNATIONAL MARIACHI CONFERENCE Student workshops, participant showcases, and the Espectacular Concert. Casino Del Sol Resort & Conference Center, 5655 W. Valencia Rd. TucsonMariachi.org
SAT 28 EAT MORE PIE Pie Baking Contest & fundraiser. Winners pick the charity to receive the proceeds. $3/ slice, $5/two slices. 4pm-7pm. Whistle Stop Depot, 127 W. 5th St. PieParty.org
SAT 28-SUN 29 COWBOY MUSIC ART FESTIVAL Western acrylic paintings, photography, sculpture, wood carving and more. 10am-6pm, Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Rd. OldTucsonStudios.com
FUSION FEST Explore the rich artistic elements of diverse and expansive global cultures. Artists, food vendors, exhibitors, and more. Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 11am-4pm. Pima Community College NW Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Rd. 797-3959, FusionFest.org
Mon 30 Pet Blessing Bring your animals for a traditional Indian blessing. Best dressed and owner look alike contests. Music, holistic animal care, vegetarian food. $5 donation. 6pm-8pm. Govinda’s Natural Foods, 792-0630, www.govindasoftucson.com
Photo by Katie Rutterer
April Douet performs in FLOW, a NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre production in and along the Santa Cruz River, which explores our everyday uses of water.
“FLOW” Imagines a Flowing Santa Cruz River by Kimi Eisele, NEW ARTiculations Co-Director The Santa Cruz River has been dry of its perennial flow for decades, but this month NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre offers a glimpse of a moving river. We’ve been exploring the local watershed, river history, and water conservation strategies through dance for over a year. Finally, on Sunday, April 22, we’ll stage a performance called FLOW in and along the banks of the Santa Cruz River. Through this unorthodox performance, we hope to lure the stream of human traffic along the river’s bike path and invite you to remember the river. Our dances will not only evoke water, but also the natural and human history of the waterway. “We’ve been playing with all the things that gets deposited here— branches, rocks, mattresses, shopping carts, suitcases—to tell some of the river’s stories,” said Katie Rutterer, one of NEW ART’s artistic directors. We also interviewed old-time Tucsonans who remember when the Santa Cruz River flowed more frequently. One dance will recount the memories of Menlo Park resident Lillian Lopez-Grant, who picnicked by the river as a girl. “We were intrigued by the fact that she couldn’t swim in the river, because girls didn’t do that back then, but that she still associated the river with a feeling of freedom. The dance explores that freedom,” said Valerie Selden, who choreographed the piece with April Douet. Since we use water every day in the very private place of the bathroom, I wondered what would happen if we dressed up our quotidian bathroom
“choreography” and took it outside. In FLOW, we dance in formal attire with everyday bathroom objects, including a toothbrush, a sink, shower, and toilet. Other dances include a whimsical look at our excessive use of plastic water bottles by Tammy Rosen and Rutterer’s “synchronized swimming” number in which five dancers in swimsuits set out for a swim only to discover, sadly, that the river is dry. To research FLOW, we explored many ways water moves through this city. We offered free “Walk the Watershed” tours led by naturalist Eric Dhruv. We’ve also collaborated with the non-profit Watershed Management Group to create a dance that helps explain “green infrastructure,” a way to use rainwater to beautify landscapes, attract more wildlife, and control storm water. The performance of FLOW also features the Taiko drumming of Odaiko Sonora and dances by children from Borton Elementary School and Pima County Community Center after-school programs, where NEW ART facilitators offered workshops. n FLOW takes place from 10 a.m.-noon, Sunday, April 22 at the Santa Cruz River Park Trail, west of the Santa Cruz River. 900 N. Riverside Dr., between St. Mary’s Road and Speedway Boulevard. A $10 donation is suggested. Visit NewArticulations.org for details. Kimi Eisele is a Tucson writer, educator, dancer, and choreographer. She is one of the directors of NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre.
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Artist Bill Mackey’s rendering of the “Circle K Shuttle” for the Consumer Transit System, an artistic commentary on the notion of businesses providing transportation on their own system, akin to a city bus system.
Standard City Planning Gets an Incongruous Look by Eric Swedlund With a bit of absurd humor, local artist and architect Bill Mackey is taking aim at municipal planning with what he terms grassroots civic planning. Mackey’s current project, the Worker Transit Authority, is presented in two parts: a survey about how people travel through the city for their various activities and what choices go into those trips; and a series of exhibitions that will present video, drawings, maps, sculpture and text that comment on transit, planning and civic engagement. “Maybe the survey is a way for people to think about how they actually travel through the city. I don’t think typical planning sessions really ask that question. They don’t get at why people do what they’re doing,” Mackey says. “It would be nice if planning projects did really start to question what culture is and how it affects the built environment.” The Worker Transit Authority events take place on three consecutive weekends – April 27-28, May 4-5 and May 11-12 – at 210 E. Broadway Blvd., which was most recently housed by charter school Tucson Academy of Leadership & Arts. The building is currently being renovated to become the second Thunder Canyon Brewery location. Mackey said the times haven’t been finalized, but the events will take place during the evenings. “It’s going to have absurd answers to some standard planning questions. The absurdity is to jostle everybody’s brains and to open up some ideas about what are the other options,” Mackey says. Included are projects like the Consumer Transit System, in which Mackey supposes a transit system, like the city bus system, but in which every retail establishment has its own car – like the Circle K Shuttle, an old
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Chevy Chevette with a soda fountain on the roof. It’s a commentary on the repetitive stores that fill Tucson’s landscape and what their actual purpose is that creates so much of our city’s traffic. “I think it’s important for people to understand what their life is and how that affects everything that’s happening in the city physically. The idea that we all do this shopping and this work and this athletics and it’s all spread out and we’re all driving to these individual activities, I really question if that’s a sustainable way to live, not only individuals but as a community,” says Mackey, who mostly gets around via skateboard, bike or golf cart. The project is funded with a $9,600 grant from the Tucson Pima Arts Council, in partnership with The Kresge Foundation. It’s part of the P.L.A.C.E. – People, Land, Art, Culture and Engagement – initiative that seeks to fund creative civic engagement projects. “He’s a very smart artist. I find whimsy in this particular project. It was a really creative way to look at how people relate to the built environment and how people move through the city,” says Roberto Bedoya, TPAC’s Executive Director. “I walk to work, some people drive, some people bicycle, some people take the bus, some people might be fortunate enough to be chauffeured. Through his art project, we’ll bring greater attention to how we move through the city. What better way than to have an artist illuminate that for us?” n To take the survey, and for more details, visit WorkerTransitAuthority.com.
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“Lady of the Mountain Lake” by Bruce Mcgrew shows at Davis Dominguez Gallery through Sat, May 5.
“Ornate Box Turtle” by Julie Rustad is featured as part of the “Desert Dwellers” exhibit at Madaras Gallery. Courtesy of Julie Rustad.
art Galleries/exhibits ART GALLERY American Daze/Russian Haze by Alex Arshansky continues through Sat, April 28. ThuSat: 11am-4pm; and available by appointment. 1122 N. Stone Ave. 624- 7099, HolyJoeStudio.com
ARTSEYE GALLERY Opening in April: 4th annual Curious Camera competition. Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm. 3550 E. Grant Rd. 327-7291. ArtsEye.com
BLUE RAVEN GALLERY All Things Great and Small continues through Sat, May 26. Thu, noon-4pm; Fri, noon-5pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. 3042 N. 1st Ave. 6231003, BlueRavenGalleryandGifts.com
CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Photo Fridays, an exclusive look at CCP’s renowned fine art and photography, Fri, April 6, 11:30am-3:30pm. Free. Lucy R. Lippard: Weather Report on Mon, April 9, 5:30pm. Kenneth D. Allan: Radio Mastery of the Eher-Wallace Berman and Materiality in 1960’s Los Angeles on Thu, April 12, 5:30pm. Curator’s talk: Claudia Bohn Spector Wed, April 19, 5:30pm. Luke Batten: Robert Heinecken, Object Matter on Tue, April 24, 5:30pm. Speaking in Tongues: Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken continues through Sun, Jun 17. Permanent Collection Exhibition curated by River Bullock, Ansel Adams Intern, continues through Sun, Jun 17. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm. 1030 N. Olive Rd. 621-7968, CreativePhotography.org
CONRAD WILDE GALLERY
Emilia Arana: Color In Motion shows Sat, April 7-Sat, April 28. Opening reception Sat, April 7, 6pm-9pm. Wed-Sat, 12pm5pm. 439 N. 6th Ave. #171. 622-8997, ConradWildeGallery.com
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CONTRERAS GALLERY De Cuentos y Relatos by Cristina Cardenas opens with a reception Sat, April 7, 6pm-10pm. Tues-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm. 110 E. 6th St. 398-6557, ContrerasHouseFineArt. com
DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY
Paintings by Bruce McGrew and Tim Murphy with sculptures by Judith Stewart continues through Sat, May 5. Thu-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat, 11am-4pm. 154 E. 6th St. 629-9759, DavisDominguez.com
Spring Watercolor Show continues through Sun, April 15. Desert Dwellers– Julie Rustad continues through Tue, May 1. Reception Thu, April 12, 5pm-7pm.Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 11am-5pm. 3001 E. Skyline Dr, #101. 623-4000, Madaras.com.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Air
DECO Mostly Black, Mainly White continues through
Gala- celebrating MOCA’s Artist in Residence program on Sat, April 21, 6pm-8pm. $200. Wed-Sun, noon5pm. $8, adults; free, children under 12, members, military; free to all second Wednesday of the month. 265 S. Church Ave. 624-5019, MOCA-Tucson.org
Sat, April 28. Tue-Wed, Sat, 11am-4pm; Thu-Fri, 11am-5pm. 2612 E. Broadway Blvd. 319-0888, DecoArtTucson.com
PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY & STUDIO Glass 30-40-50 (30th anniversary of Philabaum
DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN
Way of the Cross continues through Aprilil 15. The Little Gallery presents: Clay Sculptures by Amy Kyle through Fri, April 6. Daily, 10am-4pm. 6300 N. Swan Rd. 2999191, DeGrazia.org
THE DRAWING STUDIO
My Heart Changes, celebrating rural Arizona communities, opens Sat, April 7. Reception on Sat, April 14, 6pm-9pm. TueSat, noon-4pm. 33 S. 6th Ave. 620-0947, TheDrawingStudio.org
This Land, This Sea: Joe Forkan, Nancy Tokar-Miller and Lisa M. Robinson continues through Sat, May 26. Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm. 135 S. 6th Ave. 624-7370, EthertonGallery.com
LOUIS CARLOS BERNAL GALLERY
Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition opens Mon, April 2. Reception and Visual Arts Ceremony Wed, April 11, 12pm-3pm. Mon, Wed 10:30am-5pm; Tue, Thu 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-3pm. 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 2066942, Pima.Edu/cfa
Glass Gallery, 40 years the studio artists have worked in glass, and the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement) continues through Sat, April 28. Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm. 711 S. 6th Ave. 884-7404, PhilabaumGlass.com
PORTER HALL GALLERY Art by Barbara Smith continues through April 8. Art by Adam and Miwa Block shows Wed, April 8-Mon, May 28. $8, Adults; $4, Children 4-12; Free, Children 3 and younger. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, TucsonBotanical.org RAICES TALLER 222 ART GALLERY Indian Born, American Made features traditional and contemporary artwork by invited Native American artists continues through April. Fri-Sat, 1pm-5pm & by appointment. 218 E. 6th St. 881-5335, RaicesTaller222.webs.com
THE SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD All Member Show with leader Robbie Summers shows Wed, April 4-Fri, April 27. Tue-Sun; 11am-4pm. River Center Plaza, 5605 E. River Rd., #131. 299-7294, WaterColor-Sawg.org
Endangered Cultures by Jim Gruhl continues through April 28. WedSat, 11am-4pm & by appointment, 405-5800. 1122 N. Stone Ave. 624-7099, HolyJoeStudio.com
photo: Jack Kulawik
STONE DRAGON STUDIO
Strokes 2011 Mural by Gerben Mulder
Red: A Juried Invitational shows Sat, April 7-Fri, Jun 1. Mon–Fri, 10am-5pm. 330 S. Scott Ave. 624-7370, EthertonGallery.com
TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART
Tesoros del Pueblo: Latin American Folk Art, Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray, and Frida’s Style: Traditional Women’s Costumes from Mexico continue through June. (Con)text continues through. Plus ongoing exhibits. Tue-Wed, Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm; Thu, 10am-8pm; Sun, noon-6pm. $8, adults; $6, seniors; $3, students 13+; free, children under 12. Free to all the first Sunday of the month. 140 N. Main Ave. 6242333, TucsonMuseumofArt.org
UA ART MUSEUM Library Exhibit: ARTISTEXTS: Curated by Johanna Drucker begins Sat, April 7. TueFri, 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun, noon-4pm. $5 adults; children/students/faculty, free. 1031 N. Olive Rd. ArtMuseum.arizona.edu
UA POETRY CENTER
Poetry off the Page: Symposium Exhibits begins Mon, April 9. Mon/Thurs, 9am-8pm; Tues/Wed, 9am-6pm; Fri, 9am-5pm. 1508 E. Helen St. 626-3765, Poetry.Arizona.Edu
WILDE MEYER GALLERY
Sensuous Surfaces shows Thu, April 5-Sun, May 6. From Arizona to Imagination shows Thu, April 5-Sun, May 6. In the Company of Horses shows Thu, April 5-Sat, April 28. Mon-Fri, 10am-5:30pm. Wilde Meyer Gallery, 3001 E. Skyline Dr. WildeMeyer.com
WOMANKRAFT ART GALLERY
Drawing Down the Muse shows Mon, April 2-Mon, May 28. Reception Sat, April 2 and May 7, 7pm-10pm. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976, WomanKraft.org
“My Heart Changes,” celebrating rural Arizona communities, opens Sat, April 7, at The Drawing Studio.
MOCA Gala Celeb r at es
Artists in Residence by Kelly Lewis
When the Museum of Contemporary Art took over the old firefighter’s station downtown at 265 S. Church Ave. a few years ago, they realized the upstairs sleeping quarters were the perfect place for visiting artists to come, work and find inspiration. The Artist in Residence (AIR) program has drawn dozens of renowned artists to Tucson, and at MOCA’s annual gala this year on April 21, museum staff, members and artists will come together to celebrate the impact the program has had both locally and globally. “With the Artist in Residence program, we can bring artists to Tucson and have them experience the local environment, which is really unique for most of them,” said Randi Dorman, President of the Board of Directors at MOCA. “These are no-pressure residencies and there’s no obligation to create a large body of work, but the artists seem to fall in love with Tucson and MOCA and become so inspired they create full bodies of work here.” For New York artist Gerben Mulder, taking part in MOCA’s Artist in Residence program from April to July of last year directly impacted the work he is now producing. “Oh, Tucson completely changed me,” said Mulder, who recently celebrated a show in Sao Paolo, Brazil. “It was the first time I really spent in Tucson and it was unbelievable. I created so much work there and I’m really dying to get back.” During his time at MOCA in the Artist in Residence program, museum staff secured a Harley Davidson motorcycle for Mulder, who would wake up early and drive out to the desert for inspiration. “I would get up at 6 a.m. and step on my Harley and ride out to Gates Pass, or to Bisbee and just sit for an hour, and think, and create,” Mulder said. “What started out as a low-pressure residency turned into a massive museum show, and for me, it really opened up a whole plateau for my work and things changed for me after that.” Mulder, a painter from a signature background, started producing abstract art during his time in Tucson. “While Gerben was here, he just could not stop producing art, he was so inspired,” said Dorman. “In three months he did forty pieces. You could see a real evolution of his work, from when he arrived in Tucson to when he left.” And Mulder’s not the only one. Since MOCA implemented the AIR program, dozens of invited artists have come through Tucson to find inspiration. “Our Artist in Residence program is really vital and most people don’t realize that that’s how we curate in our museum,” said Dorman. “The program has been really popular, and has enabled the work that these artists create to be like an ambassador for Tucson.” n This year’s black-tie gala takes place at MOCA on Saturday, April 21 beginning at 6 p.m. for members, and 7 p.m. for the public. Tickets are $200 per person, with dinner, drinks and hors d’oeuvres included. Interested? Hurry and get your tickets—they usually sell out! Visit Moca-Tucson. org for more information.
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by Herb Stratford
Work by Katherine Monaghan shows at Atlas Fine Art Services “A Marred Geometry” exhibit.
Comprehensive Fine Art Services for Tucson by Dolly Spalding Atlas Fine Art Services inhabits a narrow, corrugated-aluminum-faced gallery space on Sixth Avenue between Broadway and Congress Street. It is roomy enough to display the perfect number of works so that no sense of crowding impinges on aesthetic enjoyment; the proportions of height and width complement its use as a gallery. Frame stock is neatly arrayed at the back; the openness is interrupted only by an arrangement of piled-up, squared off and polished logs for seating and an unobtrusive table. Artists Albert Chamillard and James Schaub co-own Atlas. Formerly associated with Eric Firestone in Tucson and East Hampton, NY, the partners combined their 40 years of experience (20 years each) in May 2011 and opened the doors in August. Now they offer a range of art-related services. James asserts, “There are art services companies in pretty much every big city. Every place has frame shops, every place has crating and shipping places, every place has shops that might go in and install work, but Albert and I have been doing this sort of thing since I was 20 years old. We are both artists. We curate shows, and between us, we know just about every artist in town.” In addition to Firestone, James worked at the UA School of Art and Museum, and both men attended the university as students. Albert also founded “Carbonbase,” an artist-based alternative space gallery in Dunbar Springs (1999-2002). He echoes his partner’s assertion that “most big cities have fine arts services companies. There have been some here, small ones, but we’re one of the first... that does all-encompassing stuff.” The services include archival quality custom framing, crating and shipping, installation of any size artwork, collections management and cataloguing. The level of expertise represented is thorough, cosmopolitan and highly professional. James says, “People come in and ask, “Is this a gallery, is this a frame shop? We plan a show every month and a half or two months presenting local artists as well as those who have some kind of connection to the region.” This month’s show, “A Marred Geometry,” features works on paper and ceramic sculpture, opening on April 7 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Ceramicist Mary Lou Alberetti from Connecticut, Mel Hombre, Texas-based but formerly from Tucson, and Tucsonan Katherine Monaghan will present their interpretations of, quoting the press release, “the grid, the ever present grid – the underlying bones of interior and exterior space and the very structure of our daily life – marred by purpose, marred by process.” Expect a mixture of color and texture in the ceramic pieces, monochromatic and seemingly simplistic drawings by Hombre and “quixotic mathematical dimensions of patterning akin to textile designs” by Monaghan. Included in the Central Tucson Gallery Association’s Summer Art Safari, the show runs until June 2. n Atlas Fine Art Services is located at 41 S. 6th Ave. and AtlasFineArtServices.com, 622-2139. The space is open Tue-Thu, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
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Famed writer, curator and contemporary art author Lucy Lippard will be at the Center for Creative Photography on Monday, April 9 at 5:30pm. Lippard, author of over 20 books on contemporary art and criticism, presents a lecture based on her recent curatorial activity – “Weather Report: Art and Climate Change,” a show that exhibited in 2007 at Colorado’s Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. The program is a joint effort by the University of Arizona’s visiting Scholars and Lecture series and the Center for Creative Photography. This free and open to the public event takes place at the center’s auditorium, located at 1030 N. Olive Rd. Visit CreativePhotography. org for more information.
Theatre Treats The Rogue Theatre, 300 E. University Blvd., presents William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” from April 26 through May 13. The classic story of love, revenge and redemption promises to delight audiences and reinforce our love of a master storyteller at the peak of his craft. Shows are Thursday though Sunday nights. Visit TheRogueTheatre.org for times and ticket prices. Also on stage this month is “Red,” presented by Arizona Theatre Company, from April 7-28. This final production in ATC’s season tells the story of painter Mark Rothko, as he works on a new commission and includes his discussions with his assistant on topics ranging from art to commerce. Based on true events, this play won six Tony Awards in 2010 - including one for best play. ATC’s productions are at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. ArizonaTheatre.org.
Musical Melange With a lineup that includes famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Kathryn Stott and the Assad Brothers on guitar, Centennial Hall is the place to be on Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. Performing a program celebrating the music of Brazil, this unique gathering of musical giants is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A spectacular way to end UApresents’ 2011-2012 season, this show is likely to be sold out, but well worth the trip if you can get a seat. UApresents.org. n
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Photo by Joshua Blake
The Factory: Revived in the Desert
The Tucson Poetry Festival At 30 by Dolly Spalding The Tucson Poetry Festival (a program of Ocotillo Literary Endeavors, Inc., a non-profit arts organization), throughout its 30 years of bringing both the famous and the relatively unknown in the world of poetry to Tucson, has hosted dozens of literary “household names.” They have come to share their singular voices with avid logophiles (word lovers). Each annual event was assigned a theme; for instance, in 1984 (after 1983’s “1st anniversary”), it was Los Cantos des Sonora, and one familiar participant was perennial wordsmith Richard Shelton, who continues to delight with his eloquence all these decades later. Some subsequent themes included, in 1988, Where Were You When You Found Your Voice? (Gwendolyn Brooks was featured that year), Jazz in 1991 (with no less a personage than Allen Ginsberg), in 1994, Re-visioning History with Czeslaw Milosz, the 1980 Nobel Prize in literature winner, and, over the long span of time, a veritable pantheon of poetry’s stars, such notables as Diane di Prima, Mark Doty, Robert Bly, Donald Hall, Gary Snyder, Simon Ortiz and Ofelia Zepeda. Contests for high school students and more recently, poetry slams, add youthful energy to the proceedings. The 30th Annual Tucson Poetry Festival of 2012 takes place at two locations (Geronimo Plaza at Main Gate Square and the UA Poetry Center) beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 6, continuing on Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. until the final rounds of the Tucson Slam Championship at 9 p.m. Guest poets are Karyna McGlynn, Eduardo Corral, Patricia Smith and Ander Monson. The schedule includes readings, workshops and panel discussions, in addition to the awarding of cash prizes (the Will Inman and Marlon Evans Awards), for the statewide poetry contest and readings of the winning poetry. n Tucson Poetry Festival events take place at Geronimo Plaza at Main Gate Square, 814 E. University Blvd.; starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7. The University of Arizona Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St., hosts events on Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Details at TucsonPoetryFestival.org.
If you have been in Tucson long enough, or are lucky enough to have chanced upon the right circles, you know this city is a haven for the collaborative, artistic spirit that was prevalent in Andy Warhol’s Factory of the 1960s – a loosely ruled network of artists which functioned sometimes as a nurturing medium, sometimes facilitating drama and general chaos (which in turn, provided further inspiration for artistic output). The Factory, as a space, did not alone facilitate the pop art movement. Warhol’s Monica Warhol hosts the ideas were approachable. His nod was alTucson Pop Festival. ways to the audience, ever encouraging. His output seemed to perpetually communicate an enabling sentiment of, “Yes darling, you get this and you can do this too,” jousting art off of its high horse and back into the hands of the plebs. It is this spirit of collaboration, Andy’s cousin Monica Warhol (with the help of Steinberg Talent Management Group) launches the three day Tucson Pop Festival from April 6-8, occurring at the Historic Rancho Linda Vista Arts Community, 1955 W. Linda Vista Rd. It’s the site of Andy Warhol’s 1968 film “Lonesome Cowboys,” and at The Wilson Barn, 2436 W. Linda Vista Rd., both in Oracle. The festival (slated to occur at least annually) aims to collect up the same spirit of camaraderie and mutual artistic stimulation as found in The Factory. There will be live music, food, drink and the event is all ages. Due to the synergistic nature of this event, much is still (as of press time) being determined. But this is the sort of event that Tucson cultivates well. Undertakings like Glow and the All Souls Procession were conceived in very much the same way. Daytime programming for the Tucson Pop Festival will include entertainment for children provided by Children’s Museum Tucson with activities like glass-blowing. Mr. K’s Barbecue shall offer food, beer and wine, coffee and espresso. Tucson’s only locally sourced farm to truck vendor “Animal Farm” (guerrilla fine food) will also provide edibles. Nighttime programming is slated to go on until about 11 p.m. and will include a variety of music and other programming. Announced so far are Ensphere and Stefan George. More entertainment is to be revealed as the date approaches. As part of the festival, there will be a silent auction benefiting Yvonne Sewall’s Max’s Kansas City Project and the Children’s Museum Tucson. Auction items include donations from the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kingfisher Bar and Grill as well as objects by various artists including Photographic artist Gary Auerbach of the Smithsonian Collection, Photographic Artist David Fox, Sculptor and Potter, Jeff Parrish and Cowboy Artist Bruce Woodruff. The Rancho Linda Vista Art Gallery and The Wilson Barn will feature “Is What, M. Warhol” the exhibition by Monica Warhol. A discussion with the artist takes place on Friday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. with an introduction by Dr. Paul Ivey. In the collaborative spirit of The Factory, the festival invites artists of all sorts to inquire about contributing. Such inquiries, as well as general information about the event, sponsorship opportunities and silent auction donations should go to Evan Steinberg at (917) 225-4360 or email SteinbergTalent@gmail.com.
Photo courtesy of Steinberg Talent Management Group
Ander Monson reads Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m. and hosts a workshop that day at noon.
by Jared R. McKinley
For more information about Monica Warhol, see MonicaWarhol.com.
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Performances ARIZONA ONSTAGE PRODUCTIONS
Steel Magnolias runs Thu, April 26-Sun, May 13. Various times and prices. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. 270-3332, ArizonaOnStage.org
ARIZONA OPERA Orfeo ed Euridice, a love story based on Greek mythology, shows Sat, April 21 at 7:30 and Sun, April 22 at 2pm. TCC’s Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. 293-4336, AZOpera.com
ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY Red, an ambitious story inspired by master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, runs April 7-April 28. Various show times. Cafe Bohemia, a season of diverse new works from bold and inventive playwrights, is Sat, April 14 at 1pm. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-8210, ArizonaTheatre.org
BEOWULF ALLEY THEATRE COMPANY Radium Girls, a tale based on terrifying illnesses plaguing employees of a company, continues through Sun, April 8. Various show times. Old Time Radio Theatre presents The Life of Riley: Simon The Waiter and Gunsmoke: Cheap Labor at 3pm, Sat, April 7. Beowulf Alley, 11 S. 6th Ave. 882-0555, BeowulfAlley.org.
BERGER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Illusionist Michael Howell’s Magic and Lyrics on Sat, April 14. Taiwan Benevolent Association of Arizona- Mother’s Day Concert on Sat, April 28 from 2:30pm-4:30pm. Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. BergerCenter.com
BLACK CHERRY BURLESQUE Tantalizing burlesque performance on Fri, April 6 at 8pm and 10pm. Surly Wench Pub, 424 N. 4th Ave. 882-0009, TucsonBurlesque.com
Lidless, a political play, shows Thu, April 5Sun, April 22. Zuzi’s Theater, 738 N. 5th Ave. 882-7406, BorderlandsTheater.org
BROADWAY IN TUCSON In The Heights, a story about immigrants finding their home in a new country, takes the stage Tue, April 24-Sun, April 29. Various times and prices. TCC’s Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. 903-2929, BroadwayInTucson.com
CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION Most weekends in April, witness Sarlot and Eyed’s mind blowing performances. See website for various dates and times. Tucson Double Tree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way. 615-5299, CarnivalOfIllusion.com
Conducted by Dr. Herschel Kreloff, the orchestra presents a pops concert on Sun, April 29 at 3pm. Madera Clubhouse Quail Creek, Green Valley. COTMusic.org
FOX THEATRE Dusty Locks and The Three Bears: TSO’s Really Big Just for Kids Grand Finale Concert, April 1, 2pm. Hop: A benefit for Casa de los Ninos, April 7, 3pm. The Golden Dragon Acrobats perform Tue, April 17 at 7:30pm. Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, FoxTucsonTheatre.org
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE The Three Musketeers continues through Sun, Jun 3. Concerts include: The Blues Brothers on Mon, April 9 at 7pm, Simon and Garfunkel- The Hits! on Mon, April 16 at 7pm, Essential Soul Motown, Soul and Blues Review on Mon, April 23 at 7pm, and It’s Magic with Eric Buss on Mon, April 30 at 7pm. Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 886-9428, TheGaslightTheatre.com
INVISIBLE THEATRE The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead shows Wed, April 11-Thu April 29. Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. 1st Ave. 882-9721, InvisibleTheatre.com
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LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP
Death and the Maiden continues through Sun, April 22. All Together Theatre presents Thumbelina through Sun, Jun 10. Etcetera, the late-night arm of the Live Theatre Workshop, presents Touch which shows Thu, April 5-Sat, April 21. Various times and prices. Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-4242, LiveTheatreWorkshop.org
NOT BURNT OUT JUST UNSCREWED
The improv comedy troupe performs Fri, April 6, 7:30 pm at Revolutionary Grounds Coffee House, 606 N. 4th Ave., for audiences of all ages. Another performance is Fri, April 20, 7pm at Rock N Java Café, 7555 W. Twin Peaks Rd. Free. 861-2986, UnscrewedComedy.com
ODYSSEY STORYTELLING SERIES
Sliced and Diced: The Surgery Show premieres Thu, April 5 at 7pm. $7. Fluxx Studio and Gallery, 416 E. 9th St. 730-4112, OdysseyStorytelling.com
PCC THEATRE ARTS
Inherit the Wind shows Wed, April 11-Sun, April 22. Shows: Wed-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm. Jazz Improv Combo on Mon, April 23, 7:30pm. Mark Nelson Tuba on Thu, April 12 at 7pm. Opera Scenes show Fri, April 20- Sat, April 21. PCC Center for the Arts Recital Hall, 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 2066670, Pima.edu/cfa
THE ROGUE THEATRE
The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare shows Thu, April 26-Sun, May 13. Shows: Thu-Sat; 7:30pm, Sun; 2pm. Various ticket prices. 738 N. 5th Ave. 551-2053, TheRogueTheatre.org
SOUTHERN ARIZONA WOMEN’S CHORUS Earth, Sea, & Sky shows Fri, April 20, 7pm and Sun, April 22, 3pm. $18. Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive. 404-3148, SouthernArizonaWomensChorus.org
TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER Swan Lake- Act II & Thumbelina shows Sat, April 21 at 2pm. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. TucsonConventionCenter.org.
TUCSON JAZZ SOCIETY
Time After Time- an intimate night of music on Fri, April 13 at 7pm. The Stillwell House and Garden, 134 S. 5th Ave. 903-1265, TucsonJazz.org
TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Just For Kids presents The Really Big Just For Kids Grand Finale Concert at Fox Theatre on Sun, April 1 at 2pm. Classic Series presents Russian Masters at Tucson Music Hall on Fri, April 13 at 8pm and Sun, April 15 at 2pm. Moveable Music Feasts presents the TSO string quartet and brass quintet at the Tubac Gold Resort and Spa on Sun, April 29 at 5:30. 8828585, TucsonSymphony.org
TUCSON GUITAR SOCIETY Iván Ríjos plays Sat, April 14 at 2:30pm. $25. Hosclaw Recital Hall, 1017 N. Olive Rd. 342-0022. TucsonGuitarSociety.org
UA’S ARIZONA REPERTORY THEATRE Bat Boy: The Musical shows Sun, April 8-Sun, April 29. Various times and prices. Tornabene Theatre, 1031 N. Olive Rd. 621-1162, web.cfa.arizona.edu/theatre
UA DANCE Break Away-Student Spotlight runs Thu, April 19; Fri, April 20; Thu, April 26; Fri, April 28. Times and prices vary. Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. 621-4698, web.cfa.arizona.edu/dance
Branford Marsalis Quartet performs Sun, April 1 at 6:30pm. River North Dance Chicago performs Sat, April 14 at 8pm. Yo-Yo Ma, K. Scott & Assad Bros shows Sat, April 21 at 8pm. Prices Vary. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. 621-3341. UAprilesents.org
1st Annual Spring Program on Sat, April 18. 7:30pm. Free. Empire High School Auditorium, 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way. 879-3000, EHS.Vail.K12.AZ.US/
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Photo by George Mott
Orfeo ed Euridice
“Orfeo ed Euridice” performed in this image by Glimmerglass Opera.
A Baroque Masterpiece by Herb Stratford
Arizona Opera wraps up its season with the transformative and groundbreaking opera “Orfeo ed Euridice” on April 21 and 22 at the Tucson Music Hall. This work, described as both “visually spectacular” and “intimate” by its director Lillian Groag, has never been previously performed by Arizona Opera. The work, by composer Christoph Gluck, was first performed in Vienna in October of 1762 and was considered a radical departure from traditional opera of the time. It dispensed with much of the standards of the genre including overwrought drama, huge visual spectacle and dramatic death on stage. Instead, this piece focuses on music as a centerpiece, and is a more intimate story with a happy ending. Arizona Opera’s principal conductor Joel Revzen describes it as having a central theme of “redemption” and says that the opera presents the audience with an opportunity to “immerse themselves in pure beauty.” The work is “heartfelt and intimate without being full of drama.” The story is the classic tale of Orpheus, who is mourning the death of his wife Euridice. His grief is so palpable, and the music he performs in mourning so affecting that the furies decide to allow him to take her back on one condition, that he not look at her until they have left Hades. He fails at this task, and so she is to remain in the underworld. His renewed grief is so powerful that the furies relent and let the lovers return to the living world after all. The elimination of sub-plots and the traditional aria structure of the opera allows for cleaner, simpler action to unfold. The inclusion of several
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dance numbers in the opera was also groundbreaking at the time. This opera is considered the pre-curser to many famous and well-loved operas that followed its lead and unique style, among them the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner. Its central focus on music rather than drama, led to more familiar titles like “The Magic Flute” by Mozart. Director Groag, who has presented “Orfeo ed Euridice” twice before, first with Glimmerglass Opera in New York and then in Atlanta, speaks passionately about the work and its unique take on how we face death. Groag is curious about how art can “help the suffering” and how the opera presents a universal theme, which resonates today as clearly as it when the opera originally premiered. The work is, at its roots, “hopeful” and essentially a “highly Christian work,” yet it speaks to people of any faith about the nature of beauty, loss and love. Not only is redemption/ salvation possible, it is central to our existence and has resulted in some of the most profound works of art by mankind. As principal conductor Joel Revzan says “people go to the arts to nurture their spirit—to tap into their core, and works like this elevate the human spirit.” This baroque opera allows the audience to “immerse oneself in pure, simple beauty.” n Performances are at the Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. Visit AZopera. org for more details.
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Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Marana to the heart of downtown, and locales on the east, south and west sides of town, the spring Tucson Artists’ Open Studios is back! Celebrating its seventh year, the artist-initiated affair is produced by artists for artists and the public. The grassroots event showcases paintings – oil, watercolor, and acrylic – photography, functional art furniture, sculpture, jewelry, encaustic, ceramics, weaving, fiber, ink and everything else artistically imaginable. The tour is focused on seeing the creators in their natural environment – the studio. They are happy to discuss the processes and many host demonstrations. Of course, there are also plenty of opportunities to support the artists by purchasing their work. As of press time, 140 artists were confirmed with over 80 locations on the map. Peruse Zócalo’s guide on the following pages to see what strikes your stylistic fancy and plan your route. Take advantage of this chance to enjoy the breadth and depth of Tucson’s art scene and learn more about what happens from brain to completed works, and the methods in between. Visit TucsonOpenStudios.com for up-to-date listings. Please note that some studios are only open one day of the weekend’s tour.
Tucson ’ Artists Open Studios
Zoom in to all of these locations with detailed maps at TucsonOpenStudios.com
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6 2520 N Oracle Rd, 85705 Arts for All, Inc. 520-622-4100, www.artsforallinc.org multi-disciplinary Geronimo Artist’s Collective 2627 N Geronimo Ave, 85705 M Jane Gilbreath Calliope Design 520-647-1630 Jewelry, weavings
Joy L. Holdread Environmental Arts 520-628-8180 www.HoldReadArt.com Stoneware, acrylic, found objects Mary Ker 520-628-8180 Glaze paintings
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Elizabeth Upham Fiber arts (Saturday Only)
Jorge Vergeli 520-797-1141 Metal, glass, wood (Saturday Only)
Cathy Hampton 520-405-0773 Encaustic
14 2941 E Toledo Pl, 85716 Marianne Bernsen Arts 520-881-6460, www.bernsenarts.com Canvas floor cloths, jewelry 15 654 N Richey Blvd, 85716 Elaine Dow 520-326-0803, www.stonecherubs.org Pottery 16 4001 E Montecito St, 85711 Melinda Esparza Fuerte y Claro 520-881-7403 www.artistmelindaesparza.com Painting, printmaking, encaustic Tucson Clay Co-op Gallery 3326 N Dodge Blvd, 85711 Maxine Krasnow 917-705-3803 www.maxinekrasnow.com Clay
Marc David Leviton 520-235-0797 www.industriastudios.org Sculpture, metalwork, mixed media, painting
Metal Arts Village 3230 N Dodge Blvd, 85716 Stephen Kimble Art Inc. Studio F, 520-975-9792 www.MetalArtsVillage.com Steel Sculpture
Pauline H. Pedregon 520-235-0797, www.artspdragn.com Mixed Media Matt Redford 520-248-2327 www.industriastudios.org Photography
Lynn Rae Lowe Metal Arts Gallery Studio H, 520-299-7900 www.LynnRaeLowe.com Metal (Saturday Only)
12 2814 E Lester St, 85716 Mary Myers 502-247-5985, www.marymyersartglass.blogspot.com Custom stained glass mosaics
19 809 N Irving Circle, 85711 Judith Mariner 520-270-6040,www.judithmariner.com Oils/acrylics painting 20 2202 N Fair Oaks Ave, 85712 Bryan Crow www.bryancrowartist.com Painting, sculpture
13 2900 E Adams St, 85716
Dante Fraboni Studios 520-977-8460 Metal (Saturday Only)
1231 N Fremont Ave, 85719 University of Arizona Graduate Studios 520-626-0916, www.art.arizona.edu Painting & drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, video, design
Karina Godoy 520-280-3000 www.karinagodoyart.com Graphite, ink
Many Hands Courtyard 3054 N 1st Ave, 85719 Ava, Blue Raven Gallery 520-907-3164 www.abstractsbyava.com Acrylic and mixed media
Eneida Colon Sculpted Glass 520-404-1060 Stained glass, jewelry
4 3100 N Stone Ave, 85705 Ronald James/Sarah Hong Rocking J Leather/Visionary Stitchworks Ste. 118, 520-884-7579 www.rockingjleather.com Leather
Brian Carlton 520-401-6834 www.industriastudios.org Acrylic painter
Chris Molla and Jessica Hayden, Silver Streak Gallery Suite #8, 520-207-3216, www.silverstreakgallery.com Digital imagery, photography and sound (Saturday Only)
Industria Studios 1441 E 17th St, 85719 Miguel Avalos 520-326-1167 Painting, sculpture
Jan Suarez 520-326-9302 Metal and tile mosaic (Saturday Only)
Ned & Su Egen 520-325-0009 Handweaving, fine embroidery & metal scupture
Ryanne Sebern RKS Designs 928-310-1195, www.5acrearts. com/5AcreArts/RyanneSebern.html Creative jewelry with a natural twist (Saturday Only)
Monterey Court Studio Galleries 505 W Miracle Mile, 85705 Chello Chavez, Gone 2 Pieces Suite #3, 520-207-0445 www.gone-to-pieces.blogspot.com Mosaic artwork
Studios 10 Egen 2233 E Hawthorne St, 85719
2 3615 N Prince Village Place, 85719 Jim Altenstadter Suite 161, 520-405-4653 www.jdaartsandletters.com Acrylic paintings
9 2211 E Speedway Blvd, 85719 Steve Holmes Lithic Vision Studio #2, 520-795-1842 Concrete, steel, plants
1 5155 N Avenida Primera, 85704 Beata Wehr 520-408-2275, www.beatawehr.com Painting, artist’s books, mixed media
Joan Pevarnik El Fuego Pottery 520-405-9294 Pottery (Saturday Only)
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30 6234 E Placita Lozana, 85750 Dragana Skrepnik Art Studio 520-232-9602 www.draganaskrepnikart.com Oil/resin on canvas
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5605 E River Rd Suite 131, 85750 Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Gallery www.watercolor-sawg.org Watercolor
45 9420 E Summer Trail, 85749 Lois L. McDonald 520-749-2207 www.loismcdonaldart.com Layered acrylic
36 6249 E Hawthorne St,85711 Illene Hurley 520-747-7050, www.artbyillene.com Functional folk art, magnet-boards, paintings for outdoor spaces
38 6713 E Koralee St, 85710 Gay Scheibl Art 520-603-5666 Oil and pastel 39 600 N Pantano Rd, 85710 Byron Dyes, Third Eye Gallery Apt 123, 928-514-7964 www.thirdeyeillustrationz.net Oils/pastels 40 150 S Camino Seco, Ste 120,85710 Chris Bubany 520-885-2960, www.chrisbubany.com Ceramic tableware Glass Illusions Studio, 150 S Camino Seco, Suite 119, 85710 Adam Tanner & Pattie Johnson 520-296-5752 www.glassillusionsstudio.com Sculpture, glass, metal
Shirley Wagner 520-990-9725 www.shirleywagnerartist.com Wood
34 2730 N Pantano Rd, 85715 Auerbach Photography Arts and Science 520-245-6730 www.garyauerbach.com Platinum photography, engraving
Javelina Homestead Studio 11050 E Limberlost Rd, 85749 Thomas Sweeney 520-247-8038 Oil
Carol Ann 520-299-5983, www.carolannart.com Mixed media/acrylic
44 4360 N Bear Claw Way, 85749 Dan Hickman, Western Heritage Bunkhouse Studio 520-591-2642, www.danhickman.net Bronze sculpture
37 6162 E Oak St, 85711 Lynne Yamaguchi 520-760-8938 www.lynneyamaguchi.com Sculptural wood turned vessels
27 2891 N Beverly Ave, 85712 James M. Huffer 520-795-1489, www.JPHuffer.com Sculpture / digital prints 28 5400 E Placita Del Mesquite, 85712
33 5494 N Via del Arbolito, 85750 Kathryn Willis Art 928-890-7272 www.kathrynwillisart.com Oil painting
5655 E Rosewood St, 85711 Eric T. Galbreath 520-748-1740 www.erictgalbreath.com Acrylic/mixed media on canvas
2995 N Saint Augustine Place, 85712 Holly Swangstu Designs 520-329-1371 www.hollyswangstu.com Mixed media
43 9201 E Indio Place, 85749 John T. Benedict Some Distant World 520-906-5719 www.SomeDistantWorld.com Metal
Plaza Palomino 2960 N Swan Rd, 85712 Sheryl Holland, Flux Suite 136, 520-955-1795 www.SherylHolland.com Acrylic paintings
32 5451 N Via Del Arbolito, 85750 Debi Shandling Crawford, Intentional ColorArt 520-577-2931 www.intentionalcolorart.com Watercolor & Jewelry
150 S Camino Seco, Ste 116,85710 Mollie Chivington 520-721-1011 www.waxandwickstucson.com Candles
1938 N Arcadia Ave, 85712 Kyle Johnston Studios 520-404-9187 www.kylejohnston.homestead.com Painting, collage & assemblage
31 5751 N Kolb Rd, 11-203, 85750 Eric Black 971-409-7939 www.metalpointgold.com Mixed media, metalpoint and ink
23 4830 E 3rd St, 85711 Summer Celeste Porcelain Art Studio 520-326-6411 www.summerceleste.net Porcelain, watercolor & acrylic paintings
4550 E Lester St, 85712 C. J. Shane www.cjshane.com Paintings
The Rabbit Hole Studio 4345 E Edison St, 85712 Ruben Urrea Moreno 520-869-4114 www.rubenurreamoreno.com Mixed media
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47 Liz Vaughn’s House of Art, Love, and Laughter, 5486 W Durham Hills St (In Dove Mountain), Marana, AZ 85658 Molly Phoenix 520-400-8987 www.mollyphoenixglassworks. blogspot.com Dynamic stained glass using found and reclaimed objects Luon St. Pierre www.luonsart.com Functional art furniture Liz Vaughn Contemporary Painting www.lizvaughn.com Oil on canvas, painting
48 12121 N Sterling Ave, 85755 Garry & Lorraine Buck, TwoOfArts 520-245-1160, www.TwoOfArts.com Paintings, fused glass Toscana Studio and Gallery 9040 N Oracle Rd, Suite A, 85704 Linda Ahearn 520-575-1445 www.toscanastudioandgallery.com Sculpture and oil painting
Susan Oyler Desert Mist Designs 520-575-1445 Acrylic
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55 Christiana’s Gallery and Studio 9040 N Oracle Rd, Suite C, 85704 Eric Jabloner 520-907-0118, www.ericjabloner.com Mixed media
Endangered Architecture 198 W University Blvd, 85705 Dirk J. Arnold 520-490-6021 www.endangeredarchitecture.com Historic Preservation Miniatures and Signs of Tucson Refrigerator Magnets
K. Loren Dawn 520-327-5692 Painting/mixed media
Rubina Gallo 520-299-9322 www.rubinagallojewelry.com Jewelry
7th Ave Arts District Studios, 549 N 7th Ave, 85705, 520-624-7419 Dawn Carlson www.dawncarlsonart.com Painting
CRANE DAY handWEAVER 520-744-7466, www.craneday.com Weaving
Gallery 801 and Studios 801 N Main Ave, 85705 Peter Eisner 520-465-6600, www.eisnersculpt.com metal sculpture
Susan Fehlow 520-403-3676 www.picasaweb.google.com/sfehlow Fiber/textiles
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Sabino Stoneware Pottery 1019 N Jacobus Ave, 85705 Janet K. Burner 520-624-5201 www.sabinopottery.com Clay, pastels & ink drawings
Russell W. Recchion Fine Art Studio 520-440-2967, www.russrecchion.com Oil on canvas Kathryn Wilde Studio #5, 520-409-1177 www.kathrynwildeimages.com Photography/mixed media
Greg Corman 520-603-2703 www.gardeninginsights.com Recycled Wood and Steel
Gavin Hugh Troy Studio #3, 520-882-0763 www.citizensart.com/Gavin-Hugh-Troy Paintings and wood block constructions made with love
Bros & Sisters Ware60 Splinter house, 901 N 13th Ave, 85705 Eric Twachtman 520-256-2977 Mixed media painting
Alec Laughlin Studio 22, www.aleclaughlin.com Paint, photography Tony Rosano Studio 1E, 520-440-1479 www.citizensart.com Mixed
58 2007 N Stone Ave, 85705 Earle K. Wheatley 520-955-3189 www.earlewheatley.com Mixed media abstract
Studios 55 Oxbow 4200 N Oxbow Rd, 85745 Terry Bendt, Chrysalis Handmade Glass Beads 520-603-2703 Lampworked beads and jewelry
Miriam Otte 206-920-7377 MiriamOtte.com Mixed Media
Tucson Artist Colony 204 W Grant Rd, 85705 Carolyn McDonough Smith Bello Barro Ceramic Art Studio 520-664-6326, www.wix.com/ bellobarro/homepagefinal Clay
Taller Yoyotli, 3660 W Lost Horizon Dr, 85745 Nancy Chilton 520-305-4699 Drawing, collage, printmaking, encaustic
Raj Helweg 520-903-4883 Steel furniture
Nick Georgiou 347-386-2736 www.myhumancomputer.com Book Sculptures
Katrina Lasko 520-269-8285 www.katrinalaskoart.com Contemporary mixed mediums and jewelry
Deirdre Calhoun 520-591-3275, www.etsy.com/shop/ DeirdreDesignsTucson Jewelry
Studio 219 N Silverbell Rd 219 N Silverbell Rd, 85745 Alvaro Enciso 520-269-5354 Mixed media
Titus Castanza 520-780-3076 www.tituscastanza.com Oil
53 3000 W Basil Pl, 85741 Kay Mitman 520-531-2021 Watercolor, acrylics (Saturday Only)
Stephen Buchmann 520-603-2703 www.gardeninginsights.com Photography, bronze sculptures
Kay Richter 520-603-2703 Photography and bronzes
52 7701 N Redwing Circle, 85741 David Flynn Diablo Forge 520-616-6068, www.diablo-forge.com Forged iron/sculpture
Amanda Quinby 413-527-4954, www.livingwithgilt.com Gilding, gold leaf
51 1857 W Dawn Drive, 85704 Linda LoPilato 520-971-5735, www.lilolilo.com Acrylic,oil paintings and coloring books
Citizens Art Studios 44 W 6th St, 85705 BICAS Artist Collective 503-201-5011,www.bicas.org Mixed, metal, recycled materials
Curt Pradelt Photography 847-209-2796 Photography
Christiana Morgan www.christianamorgansart.com Painting, oil and acrylic
65 524 N Ferro Ave, 85705 Ron Nelson, Alley Arts 520-884-5510,www.alleyartworks.com Painted cast paper
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Carolyn King, Heart to Hand 520-991-0147 www.carolynkingarts.com Mixed-media
71 ONE 19, 119 E Toole, 85701 Chrissy Goral 520-971-5109, www.chrissygoral.com Illuminated acrylic on recycled windows Wil Taylor Icons 520-275-9484, www.wiltaylor.com Painting and print making
see map on pages 29 & 30
Roberta Vaughan Studio G Oil
79 652 S Meyer Ave, 85701 Greta Ward 520-300-6198 www.dropletstudios.com Oil Jamie Williams That Girl Productions 214-755-1850 www.americancowgirl.com Photography
80 801 S Meyer Ave, 85701 Catherine Eyde 520-792-8672 www.catherineeyde.com Paintings and drawings 81 Studio Lab 715 S 7th Ave, 85701 Keith Marroquin 520-306-0290 www.keithmarroquin.com Assemblage Leslie Cho Newman 520-954-1812 Jewelry
Seymour Building 1250 S 4th Ave, 85713 Don Carlos Suite 126, 520-551-6810 Mixed media Michael Jensen Suite 144, 305-766-2716 Painting Kirk McCoy Suite 176, 520-784-3402 www.kirkmccoy.com Stone carving
76 522 S 5th Ave, 85701 Janet K. Miller 520-624-8709, www.janetkmiller.com Reverse Glass Painting
72 172 E Toole Ave, 85701 George Strasburger Studio 520-882-2160 www.georgestrasburger.com Oils Tucson Museum of Art 140 N Main Ave, 85701 Romero House Ceramic Studio www.TucsonMuseumofArt.org Ceramics
Sheila Kanter Studio G, 520-299-2053 Oil
Phyllis Woods TRIBALINKS Studio F, 520-623-8654 www.tribalinks.com Jewelry, African art
Douglas L. Weber Buggy Wheels Oil on canvas portraits
Rainy Day Studio G Encaustic, painting, mixed media
78 551 S Meyer Ave, 85701 Alex Streeter 917-572-9938 Metals
82 115 W 20th St, 85701 fotovitamina, rosanna salonia+matthew yates www.fotovitamina.com Photography
Betty Counseller Studio G Painting
Liz Weibler SeventhfishStudios 520-609-3500, www.seventhfish.com Abstract oil painting
Jean Beck Straight Arrow Studio Studio G, 520-575-0505 www.jeanbeckart.com Watercolor
Temple Studios 75 Labor 267 S Stone Ave, 85701
The Arches Building 70 35 E Toole, 85701
Kristy Thomas 520-271-3685 www.kristyt.com Acrylic, encaustic
Jessie Shinn www.jessieshinn.com Painting
Curtis Alan Kiwak 520-971-1633 www.9thstreetstudios.com/CurtKiwak Mixed mediums
Deadwood Framing 425 N Ferro Ave, 85705 Bob Kray II 520-991-6985, www.bobkrayartist.com Ink and acrylic/mixed media
Holly Ives 520-869-5879 www.hollyives.com Oil painting
Mary Theresa Dietz 520-622-6104, www.mtdietz.com Oil painting, sculpture, encaustics
Bill Davolt 520-331-2201 Acrylic painting
429 N 4th Ave, 85705 Samuel Ponce #4 (upstairs), 520-740-1319 www.longani.com/samuelponce Gouache, graphite
85705. 520-622-6104 Elizabeth Criger Fine Art 520-624-2942, www.elizabethsart.com Acrylic, mixed media paintings and 3D creations
Small Planet Bakery Building 411 N 7th Ave, 85705 Cynthia E. Miller Suite 103, 520-275-4331 www.cemillerart.com Mixed media acrylic painting
74 9th Street Studios, 650 E 9th St,
66 602 N 4th Ave, 85705 Melinda D. Curtin Melbeck Studio 520-390-5035 www.melbeckstudio.com Floor art and reverse glass paintings on vintage Tucson windows
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Events on Track Keeping Culture on the Main Line by Carli Brosseau The modern streetcar is expected to transform downtown dramatically, if all goes as planned. Buildings will grow taller, empty storefronts will fill and sidewalks will populate with university students and Tucsonans from outlying areas attracted to downtown action. The many cultural events traditionally held along the streetcar’s 3.9mile route – a winding passage from the University of Arizona Medical Center to the Westside through the city’s core – will also likely see change, among them El Tour de Tucson, the All Souls Procession and the GABA Bike Swap. Events have to first contend with construction, to begin this month, and later with safety concerns associated with the tracks and the electrified lines overhead. It is “very unlikely” that events other than the Fourth Avenue Street Fair, which has been granted an exception, will be held directly on the roads on the streetcar’s route in the future, said Billie Lee, who supervises the city Transportation Department’s barricades program. Lee says it’s not completely out of the question but events would almost definitely have to meet the safety and streetcar service maintenance requirements that the street fair will have to meet, and those provisions are costly. Kurt Tallis, event coordinator for the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, which organizes the twice-yearly street fair, said those costs would include about $3,500 per bus per day to connect the streetcar at one end of the event to the streetcar on the other. The event will be held on Fourth Avenue from University Boulevard to Eighth Street. There are streetcar turnarounds at each end of the fair area. The idea behind the bus requirement is that commuters who rely on streetcar service must be able to reach their destination despite the closure of a portion of the route for the event. Ridership will suffer, city officials say, if service is not dependable. The event must therefore pay for a “bus bridge” to get streetcar riders transported to each side of the gap. It’s unclear at this point how many buses will be necessary, but it is clear that smaller events would be hardpressed to cover the cost.
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Some events have already seen their locations altered by the construction schedule. The GABA Bike Swap, for the first time, won’t be holding its semiannual event on Fourth Avenue. The April 15 spring swap will instead take place on Fifth Avenue between Sixth and Eighth Streets and on Seventh Street, between Fourth and Sixth Avenues. “I’m hoping for the best,” said Greg Yares, the event’s coordinator. “The tracks are already dangerous for bikes. This may end up being better for us.” Club Crawl, whose April 21 date and traditional Congress Street location, has perhaps the biggest collision with streetcar construction of any event so far to submit its plans to the city’s Civic Events Committee, which is now working closely with a new committee designing streetcar safety policies. Congress Street — along with Fourth Avenue, Broadway and University Boulevard — will be ripped up in the first phase of construction, slated to last from April until November. Despite changes, the area closed off for this spring’s Club Crawl preserves the integrity of the event, said Jeb Schoonover, Club Crawl’s producer. The layout is similar to last year’s event except that the stretch of Congress Street from Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue will be closed. The 12,000 or so participants will thus enter through gateways at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Congress Street or at Fifth Avenue next to Hotel Congress. From there, they can get to music venues along Congress as well as to the event’s five outdoor stages. Crawlers will be able to walk on Congress Street sidewalks and will have full access to Fifth and Sixth Avenues via a corridor along Broadway. Event coordinators are, on the whole, understanding of construction, but some question whether a change in venue will result in a change of their event’s character. “(Congress and Fourth Avenue) is the main line of our cultural backbone,” said Paul Weir, technical director for the All Souls Procession, an annual event that drew some 35,000 people downtown last year. “There’s no reason to gut a cultural event and gut its traditional route.”
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continued from page 36 The exception allowing the Fourth Avenue Street Fair to continue mostly unchanged causes Weir to wonder about the uniform application of the city’s rules. “Now it’s like a favorites game,” he said. “No one’s ever asked me to sit in on a meeting,” noted Schoonover, Club Crawl’s producer. Officials, however, promise consistency and efforts toward flexibility and talk frequently about their willingness to take into account stakeholders’ views. Their stated priorities are safety first, then ensuring the Federal Transportation Authority is happy with its investment and interested in granting funds to the city again. “We received federal money for this project, and they want to see it running,” said Jesse Gutierrez, the streetcar’s construction manager. “They frown upon disruptions in service.” Long-term policies are far from set in concrete. City officials are just beginning to get down to the operation’s nitty-gritty. Event planners banded together a year and a half ago to increase their influence on issues like this, creating the Festival Event Association of Tucson and Southern Arizona (FEATsAZ). Mia Hansen, the production director of Tucson Meet Yourself and president of FEATsAZ, said she is hopeful the group will be invited to meetings beyond the one it has already had with the city manager. She also hopes that event planners will get the answers they need within the months or even years-long planning window large-scale events require. “It would be a shame if events moved before they got a good answer,” she said. “The good news is that event planners are creative people, and we’re good at figuring out how to make things work.” n The construction kick-off party is set for 11 a.m. April 12 at the UA’s BIO5 Institute, 1657 E. Helen St. For up-to-date construction information, maps, and to contact your local rep, visit TucsonStreetcar.com.
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Café Culture, Vibrant & Sustainable by V. K. Embee Honor your health and the planet’s with a visit to Sparkroot. Opened last August, it’s a visually stunning coffee bar/restaurant that epitomizes Earth-friendly concepts like sustainable building design and farm-to-table local sourcing of produce and other ingredients. Good stewards of the Earth’s limited resources and those striving to maintain heart health will delight in the plant-strong options. Chef Julie Asis, who grew up in a macrobiotic family, developed the menu along with owner Ari Shapiro. Her vision is healthier, lighter fare made in an “open kitchen” with simple, straightforward ingredients. You know what you are getting. Ari likes cheese sandwiches, so they’re on the menu ($6.50), but with unexpected twists. That spark of basil on the mozzarella and tomato sandwich makes the palate pop. Caramelized onions on the melted gruyere knock it out of the park, and the house-made whole-grain mustard sends it to heaven. For some crunch on the side, the kale chips ($1.75) roasted with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and sesame seeds are amazing. If you knew quinoa was a great source of protein and fiber, but never ordered it because you couldn’t pronounce it (keen-wa), make your debut here. Paired with kale on a bed of spinach and arugula ($8.25) under a flavorful dressing of lemon, avocado, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper, it’s the Super Bowl of the healthy salad kingdom. You might not speak the “M” word (meat) ever again. Hummus ($7) is made with artichokes instead of tahini, served with pita and cucumber. You won’t find artificial sweeteners here or refined sugar (except in the jams); agave or brown rice syrups are used instead. Eggs are from cage-free chickens and packaged in cardboard. Vegan and glutenfree options are available. Small plates focus on honest quality, not quantity. If you need a takeout container, it will be cardboard, not Styrofoam. Speaking of cardboard, check out the pendant light fixtures on the mezzanine level. Coffee gourmands laud the arrival of Blue Bottle Coffee into the Old Pueblo. Based in Oakland, the company provides certified organic coffee that will be enjoyed within a few days of roasting. All of Sparkroot’s baristas were trained by Blue Bottle staff on grinding, brewing, and serving. On our visit, we enjoyed a latte made with Blue Bottle’s darkest espresso, Hayes Valley ($3.75), with a leaf motif in the foam. Giant Steps ($2.50) is the dark and chocolaty brewed selection, named for a John Coltrane album. House-made bars ($2.25) or granola ($3) are offered as healthier options instead of the usual pastries in typical coffee bars. An interesting selection of tea ($2.50-$3), sodas ($3), wine ($5), and bottled craft beer ($4) are available, as well as fruit juice ($3) and chai ($4). The eclectic décor is a blend of rustic and industrial, wood and sleek steel. Most of the furniture and furnishing are vintage or were made by local artisans using repurposed/recycled materials. Find their names on the framed list on the wall by the restrooms. Weathered barn siding (from Wisconsin but purchased locally), schoolhouse and midcentury modern chairs provide a comforting familiarity to balance the contemporary steel and glass. Large windows allow abundant natural lighting and excellent Congress Street people-watching. A vintage Wurlitzer jukebox features hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Watch for specials including a new happy hour featuring sweet potato fries with a beer or soda, and weekend mimosas and frittata of the day. We applaud owner Ari Shapiro for his efforts to pump hale and hearty lifeblood into the revitalization of downtown and our readers for considering how their choices impact our world. Sparkroot is located at 245 E. Congress St., open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Find out more at Sparkroot.com or call 272-8949.
Photo by Vikki Dempsey
Rip Esselstyn, a professional triathlete, previous firefighter & author of “The Engine 2 Diet,” speaks at the Vegetation Not Medication symposium.
Let Food Be Thy Medicine by Jamie Manser
“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Last fall, my friend and health coach Mel Mason and I were discussing nutrition over our scrumptious quinoa and curry veggie bowls at La Cocina Restaurant. Laughing about how true the old adage is, “you are what you eat,” we were talking about how amazing it is that a plant-based, whole foods lifestyle could have so many incredible health benefits. Most recently, the documentary “Forks Over Knives” brought to light the medicinal powers of eating plants – such as reversing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Sounds almost preposterous, until one understands the science, digests the research and opens their mind to the idea that the USDA’s food pyramid could be wrong. (Hard to swallow, I know, since the government is hardly ever wrong.) With books like “The China Study,” by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II, “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease,” by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., and “Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes,” there is impressive evidence from personal case studies that has overwhelmingly shown the body’s ability to repair itself when people daily ate plant-dense meals. Most of us know that, as Douglas J. Lisle, Ph.D., says in his book “The Pleasure Trap,” “What you eat, the drugs you use, and the lifestyle choices you make are going to play the major role in determining the quality and length of your life.” What most of us don’t exactly know is the best path to eating right and what choices to make. Bucking the system of our fast food nation are fearless leaders trying to help people understand what our bodies need to thrive, from 5 to 105.
It’s a national trend, and of course Tucson has some great resources for discovering the benefits of embracing a plant-strong culinary course. The local organization, Healthy You Network, provides ways to explore this nutritional lifestyle, with an emphasis on explore. As one of the network’s team members John Reid explains, the non-profit’s goal is to “offer tools to say, ‘if you are interested in this path;’ proselytizing is not what we do. It’s about guiding people without being dogmatic.” Reid cites a Cornell University study that showed 70 to 80 percent of people can change, if the change is gradual. “It’s not a race, there is no winning or losing, it is simply a path.” To that end, the organization offers monthly potlucks, cooking classes, a mentorship program, and this month, the “Vegetation Not Medication” symposium with the who’s who of plant-based, whole-food nutrition advocates and experts. Taking place April 28 to 29 at the Doubletree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way, topics cover everything from reversing lifestyle-induced diseases and how to grocery shop, to shedding weight, cooking and even the social aspects of choosing a plant-based path. Speakers include: Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., Ann Crile Esselstyn, Rip Esselstyn, Jane Esselstyn, R.N., Matthew Lederman, M.D., Rachael Laing, Doug Lisle, Ph.D., Jeff Novick, M.S., R.D., L.D., L.N., Jon Parsons and John Robbins. It will be a life changing weekend for people who are interested in healthy living, and especially for those facing heart disease, obesity and diabetes. As my “From Here to Whole” health coach Mel Mason said, “Once I learned these things, I couldn’t unlearn them.” Both days run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The weekend costs $135. More details and registration information is at HealthyYouNetwork.org.
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Pichuberry Power by Jamie Manser
Management and the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship. Popescu said there is “health and cancer prevention research that we have been doing at the UofA. “Our main two initiatives for this fruit are: Greenhouse agriculture adaptability for local Arizona production and health research (cancer, diabetes) through nutrition.” While the company is working to establish consumer demand through local and regional farmers’ markets, restaurants and stores in order to garner interest by local growers, the fruit is currently imported from South America. “It is essential to establish demand prior to recruiting local growers adopting this product in their greenhouse production - this is why it will take some time until our local production will be up and running,” Popescu elucidated. “In the meantime, we are using South American supply chains in order to improve demand here in the U.S. Our supply lines are currently Global G.A.P. certified.” G.A.P. stands for “Good Agricultural Practice,” as stated on GlobalGAP.org. The organization’s website explains the “standard is primarily designed to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimizing detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to worker health and safety as well as animal welfare.” Popescu said the fruit “packs a whole lot of health benefits” and the website, Pichuberry.com, goes into great detail regarding the nutrients that are found within it by citing numerous studies. This writer experienced palate satisfaction during and after masticating on the Pichuberry, and highly recommends checking it out. n Photo by Jamie Manser
It’s a sunny Saturday morning in March and Keith Green is chatting with intrigued shoppers as they stop by his booth at the St. Philip’s Farmers’ Market, 4300 N. Campbell Ave. They look quizzically at his produce, wondering out loud if the bowl on his table holds some type of baby tomatillo. They squint at his chalk board easel, slowly saying, “Pichu…berry?” “Yes, try one,” enthuses Green, a Pichuberry representative and local musician. The number one question: “What does it taste like?” He smiles, “You tell me.” So they pull back the papery, thin husk to find a marble-sized golden orb of sweet/tart deliciousness inside. One woman says, “Wow, it tastes like kiwi.” Green agrees, “Yep, I get that a lot.” Most people enjoy the tomato-like texture, with its firm outside and juicy inside. Once they have experienced the South American fruit, the sale is easy. Green goes on to describe all the fantastic ways these little guys can pep up dishes. “Salads, desserts, make salsa out of them; match them with meats – pork, beef, chicken, fish; drinks – mojitos, martinis, whatever!” Speaking of creating Pichuberry cocktails, Che’s Lounge, 350 N. 4th Ave., has fashioned two drinks around it - the Pichu Crush and the Pichu Mojito. Presently, it is the only local bar to create adult beverages from the fruit. A handful of consumers at the market insist that it is a ground cherry. The two are related, but are different species. Pichuberry’s scientific name is Physalis peruviana, and is also related to the tomatillo. Being brought to Tucson by Mojo Tree Farm, the Pichuberry is “our rebrand of the Cape Gooseberry,” said General Manager Michael Popescu via email. “It is native to Peru. The name ‘Cape Gooseberry’ is something that the British came up with when they colonized the region.” Popescu also explained the rebrand is to “establish the fruit’s profile to be consistent with its origins, (to) align it with Peru and Machu Picchu.” According to MojoTreeFarm.com, the company is partnered with the University of Arizona’s SW Center for Natural Products, the Eller School of
Get details at MojoTreeFarm.com. For selling locales, visit Pichuberry. com and click on the Public Relations tab. Direct inquires to Michael. Popescu@MojoTreeFarm.com.
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Now Serving Local
A food truck brings the farm to the streets by Emily Gindlesparger Animal Farm Food Truck, which opened its can jerk chicken, and the Italian simplicity of a mobile window in January, is a simple operation. caprese sandwich. The next week, it’s something Order a burger and you can trace its lineage to entirely different, as the Animal Farm foodies places you can drive to in less than a day: grassdrive out to local farms and bakeries to collect fed beef from Open Range Farms in Patagonia, a their cornucopia. tomato from Wilcox, and a bun from La Baguette “Our inspiration came from a strong desire to right here in Tucson. serve high quality food that is normally reserved “It highlights the difference between a cheap for a restaurant setting in a quick and inexpensive fast food burger and one made with quality ingreway,” Meinhausen says, expounding on Animal dients,” says Corinne Meinhausen, Farm’s tag line of “guerilla fine general manager of the truck. “It food.” tastes completely different, and you How can you ensure your food feel good after eating one.” is high quality? By getting it from Though there are only three partthe source. And in the process, ners packed into the space—MeinAnimal Farm has created a selfhausen, Gerard Kaina and David sustaining loop out of their busiSolorzano—they are surrounded by ness which cycles through the seasonal vegetables, cheeses from community. Arizona Cheese Company, and pas“Tucson is what keeps our tries from La Estrella, representing a business going, so we want to put Animal Farm’s dishes whole network of local partnerships include local and regional our profits back into the communibehind getting ingredients truly ingredients. ty,” says Meinhausen. “The more handmade into a meal. people that buy local, the cheaper “We look for sustainable practices and seasonand more available it is going to be, so we want al responsibility, as well as farms growing native to help get the word out about the farms all over plants,” explains Meinhausen, and the result is a Tucson. And local tastes better,” she adds. “We spread that constantly shifts with the seasons. look forward to taking the farm to the streets of “It forces us to be really creative with the Tucson.” n menu,” Meinhausen adds. “Instead of thinking of a menu item and then getting the ingredients, we Animal Farm food truck can be found weekdays start with ingredients and try and think of a way to from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fairwheel Bicycles incorporate them into a dish.” parking lot, 1110 E. 6th St. For more venues and On the menu one week are Yucatan-style upcoming events, visit them on Facebook or at tacos, Vietnamese bahn mi pork belly, JamaiAnimalFarmTruck.com.
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Photos courtesy Corinne Meinhausen
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An Art Inspired Fashion Show by Zócalo Staff, photos by Neil Peter
On Friday, May 4, First Fridays presents its 5th annual fashion show, “Canvas: Art on the Runway.” It’s a night for the fashion-hearted, hosted by Tucson Young Professionals at downtown’s art deco palace, otherwise known as the Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. A beautiful evening full of aesthetically appealing fashion and fun is promised, with a sampling of Tucson’s creative and talented fashion scene innovators. First Friday’s runway producer, event coordinator and Tucson Fashion Group founder Yekatherina Bruner will present a diverse ensemble of designers, fashion stylists, boutiques and brands including: Phillip Manus, Sydney Ballesteros, RumB, Church of Satin, Diana Lopez, Jenny Hermalik, Jamaica Cole, Terysa Ridgeway, and Laura Tanzer. The night is set to begin with an exclusive VIP reception with the opportunity to meet local artists in a gallery setting. Following the reception is the electrifying runway show featuring styles inspired by some of the most influential painters and artist of the last two centuries, to include: Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, Van Gogh, Frida Khalo, Andy Warhol, Kansinsky, M.C. Escher, Chuck Close, Robert Rauschenberg and Sir Joshua Reynolds. Following the show is an after party, with details to be announced. Visit TYPFirstFridays.com for more information. n Tickets for the event are $25-$40. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the VIP reception is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., the runway show is 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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by Sydney Ballesteros
The unique beauty of Tucson started in a place that drives deep into its eclectic soul, right
Creative Director and Fashion Stylist: Sydney Ballesteros
to the place where the concept of community and neighborhood all began, the downtown
Photographers: Fotovitamina (Matthew Yates & Rosanna Salonia)
Producer: Demion Clinco, Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation
The mysterious spirit and alluring charm of Barrio Viejo was gracefully captured and
Hair: Sydney Ballesteros
expressed through an artistic fashion editorial, as the Spanish-style lovelies walked through
Makeup: Carly Bonar
the streets of the historic neighborhood.
Models: Jesseca Haag, Iliana Madrid, Kathryn Owczarzak, Sydney Ballesteros
The colorfully vibrant and richly cultured avenues set the perfect backdrop to the demure exquisiteness and elegance of the women. Romantic elements like lace and ruffles, red lip-
Wardrobe: Black Cat Vintage, Desert Vintage, Razzle Dazzle Vintage, Adobe House Antiques, Sydney Ballesteros
stick, hair combs and side swept hair and sepia tones, gently remind us of another time and another way of life.
These photographs are part of a 2013 twelve month calendar series, which were docu-
The peerless barrio hosts the largest collection of 19th century adobe buildings docu-
mented for the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation. The calendar will display the art of
mented in the United States, but that is just a speck on the map of rooted history and majestic
mixing historic Tucson landmarks and architecture with vintage fashion and will be available
stories to tell. Barrio Viejo is in a class all by itself. In celebration of the barrio, this style edito-
for sale in the summer of 2012.
rial is dedicated to maintaining the history, charisma and splendor of the neighborhood. n
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“More Than Frybread” screens at the Arizona International Film Festival.
“Alligators Always Avoid Anchovies” a film by Tucsonan Thomas Hodgson, will screen at the Arizona International Film Festival.
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The Arizona International Film Festival Continues to Deliver by Herb Stratford The 21st annual fest of an Arizona institution features films from across the globe that reflect trends both locally and internationally, with compelling entries from new filmmakers and festival veterans. With a slate of films that includes 32 features and 60 shorts, drawn from an astonishing 18 countries, festival attendees are certain to experience a new worldview right at home. Arizona filmmakers are also nicely represented with 11 films accompanying the 35 entries from abroad. Suzanne Borth, the Arizona International Film Festival’s education director and Arizona Media Arts Center board member (the group who puts on the festival every year), is especially excited about opening night, with a first-ever presentation of six films. There will be screenings drawn from each of the festival programs, which will lend a unique “carnival” atmosphere to the evening that takes place at the Grand Cinemas Crossroads 6 at 4811E. Grant Rd. on April 13. Spread out over 17 days in a row, the festival will largely unspool at two primary locations, The Screening Room, located at 127 E. Congress St. and at the Crossroads Theatres on Grant. Due to uncertainty with modern streetcar construction on Congress Street, Borth encourages festival attendees to visit the festival’s webpage for updates throughout the festival’s run. This year’s festival will again present a few films that have premiered at other film festivals, notably “Love Free or Die” from the most recent Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Many of the films that are set to screen here will be Arizona premieres and with the filmmakers in attendance, and the AIFF is a great way to connect, ask questions and experience new art fresh from its makers. Education continues to be a key component for the festival, and this year, as in the past, filmmakers will be going out to local schools to bring the festival to local children.
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A central theme of the festival this year, according to Borth, appears to reflect a national trend in the “examination of our recent war veteran’s experiences.” With powerful documentaries arriving more quickly, thanks to advances in equipment and distribution methods, the national dialog on any one issue is finding its way much quicker to the forefront. However, it’s not all serious fare at the festival, Borth is also sure audiences will enjoy some of the comedic offerings on the schedule this year. For example “More Than Frybread,” which details fry bread sales and features representatives from several Arizona tribes, is expected to provide ample light moments. Additionally, films featuring youth voices, or issues central to young people, will again be center stage at the festival. One of the aspects that is most rewarding for festival organizers is the return of past participants with new work. This year 15 past participants are scheduled to present new work, including Tucsonan Thomas Hodgson whose film “Alligators Always Avoid Anchovies” will be shown at a free screening on April 14, 7pm at The Screening Room during 2nd Saturdays. The festival, somewhat of an institution now due to its longevity, has seen an increase every year and expects the trend to continue thanks in part to both an educated, engaged audience as well as a solid group of organizers, volunteers and board members. n The 21st Annual Arizona International Film Festival is presented by the Arizona Media Arts Center from April 13-29. The majority of screenings are taking place at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., and Crossroads Cinema, 4811 E. Grant Rd. For specific film information and screening times, visit FilmFestivalArizona.com.
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Photo by Jamie Manser
Al Perry & the Roots
of Arizona Music by Jacob Campbell
As with good food, quality music nourishes people’s lives, according to local music mainstay Al Perry. “Everything we listen to makes an impression in some way, and there is plenty of garbage out there, so it’s important to be picky,” Perry said. He loves Tucson in part because he feels it’s an easy place to have eccentric musical taste. As a musician and disc jockey, Perry has been exploring boundaries in Tucson’s music scene and on its airwaves for over 30 years. Perry was born in Phoenix and has lived in Tucson since attending the University of Arizona in the late 70s, where he garnered a degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. At a young age he became enthralled by the “mystery and magic” of his transistor radio, which introduced him to bands like The Beatles and The Beach Boys. His father’s Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins and Eddy Arnold 8-tracks were always playing in the house, steeping Perry in country music. Turned off by the commercialization of rock and roll in the 70s, he spent much of the decade educating himself about blues players such as Robert Johnson and Freddie King, while also listening to bebop and free jazz records. But the rawness of punk grabbed Perry’s attention and shaped his early style of song writing and guitar playing. The Hecklers, a band he helped form in Tucson in the early 80s, made music that Perry characterizes as “high energy, really loud, and very fast.” From this group Al Perry and the Cattle emerged, considered by many to be one of Tucson’s quintessential bands. Perry continues to be active in the Tucson music scene, regularly playing solo shows as well as collaborating with local and touring artists. In addition to being a performer, Perry is a music historian – particularly of Arizona music. In light of the state’s recent centennial celebrations in February, Perry believes Arizona’s contributions to the development of American music are too often overlooked. “A lot of important artists either came from Arizona or made great music while living here,” said Perry. He stressed the significance of Billie Maxwell, the Springerville native and original cowgirl singer, whose song “Cowboy’s Wife,” recorded in 1929, was described by Perry as “an early feminist anthem.” Radio host and country singer Marty Robbins was born in Glendale, and earned his fame in post-war Phoenix. Waylon Jennings moved to Phoenix in 1960 to begin recording again after being traumatized by the fatal Buddy Holly plane crash of the previous year, which Jennings narrowly avoided by giving up his seat at the last minute. Buck Owens, who was idolized by the Cattle, spent most of his youth in Mesa after his family’s car broke down there, and started his musical career in the Phoenix area. The pioneering guitar player Link Wray, another of Perry’s primary influences, lived in Tucson in the early 70s, and his brother Vernon ran his legendary recording studio, “The Shack,” on the outskirts of town during this period. And Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper went to high school and formed his first band in Phoenix. Much can be learned about the state’s musical legacy at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix. For the rest of 2012, the MIM is showing a special centennial exhibition called “I Am AZ Music,” which celebrates 100 years of Arizona music through audiovisual features, photographs and artifacts. Visit the MIM’s site, The MIM.org, for details. Al Perry’s Clambake showcases Arizona musicians on Tuesday nights from 6-8 p.m. on KXCI 91.3FM. While Clambake playlists draw upon diverse artists and genres, every other week the show has an Arizona focus. According to Perry, his program is inspired in part by John Dixon’s show, “R&B with Johnny D,” and the 1970s underground station KDKB, both of which were Phoenix based. “I hope that the Clambake educates and entertains people,” said Perry. “The fact that the show gets so much support says a lot about Tucsonans.” n Al hosts and plays The Screening Room’s, 127 E. Congress St., Club Crawl line-up on April 21. He also has a solo gig at Plush on May 1. His tunes are online at MySpace.com/alperry.
Photo: Al Perry and the Cattle, performing on Feb 11 at the Arizona Centennial Celebration Downtown.
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The Beach Boys perform Tue, April 24 at the AVA AMPHITHEATER at Casino Del Sol.
Photo courtesy of LAVA.
Photo courtesy of Celebs101.com
Salty Suites plays at Abounding Grace Sanctuary, as part of the Live Acoustic Venue Association, on Sat, April 7.
LIVE MUSIC 17th Street Market 840 E. 17th St. 792-2588, SeventeenthStreetMusic.com Sat 7: Michael P. Sat 14: Ashbury Sat 21: Mariachi Cascabel, Desert Bluegrass Monthly Workshop Sat 28: Kitchen On Fire
2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN Congress Street, 2ndSaturdaysDowntown.com Sat 14: Scott Avenue Stage: Capoeira Brasil, Batucaxé, Flam Chen, Key Ingredients of African Soul, Latin Funk Project. Rialto: Kevin & Tanishia. Fox: UA Steel. Street entertainment: Poi-Zen Fire Troupe, 7 Pipers Band, Brass Pandamonium, A Son Y Sol, Sticks & Fingers, more.
AVA AMPHITHEATER at Casino Del Sol 5655 W. Valencia Rd. CasinoDelSol.com Fri 13: Kenny Wayne Sheperd & Robert Cray Tue 24: The Beach Boys Thu 26-Sat 28: 2012 Tucson International Mariachi Conference Sat 28: George Lopez
BOONDOCKS LOUNGE 3306 N. 1st Ave. 690-0991, BoondocksLounge.com Mondays: The Bryan Dean Trio, except Mon 30 Thursdays: Phatback Diet
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Fridays: Neon Prophet Sat 7: Tony and The Torpedoes Tue 10: Mr. Boogie Woogie Sat 14: Kitchen on Fire, Black Cat Bones Sun 22: Mr. Boogie Woogie Sat 28: Roadhouse Mon 30: Mitzi & The Valiants
CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848, HotelCongress.com/club Fri 6: Duo Vibrato, The Boxer Rebellion & Canon Blue Sun 8: MyTown Music Wed 11: Acid Mother Temple & Phantom Family Halo, Some of Them are Old Thu 12: Housse de Racket Fri 13: Mossferatu, Talk-Sik Sun 15: Mike Doughty Wed 18: Borgore Fri 27: The Project Sat 28: Caveman Sun 29: Active Child, Balam Acab, Superhumanoids
FOX TUCSON THEATRE 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, FoxTucsonTheatre.org Thu 5: Arlo Guthrie Sat 28: Roberta Flack
THE HUT 305 N. 4th Ave. 623-3200, HutTucson.com Call for information.
LA COCINA @ OLD TOWN ARTISANS 201 N. Court Ave. 623-6024, LaCocinaTucson.com Wednesdays: Jazz with the
Elephant Head Thursdays: Stefan George Fridays: Greg Morton & Friends Saturdays: Dance! Dance! Dance! w/ DJ Herm Sundays: Sunday Brunch with Miss Lana Rebel and Kevin Michael Mayfield Sat 14: Stefan George, Grams & Krieger, Sabra Faulk, Heather Lil’ Mama Hardy Sat 21- Sun 22: Nahui Ollin Aztec Dancers Fri 27: Coming Out! A Queer Dance Party Sat 28: Decades Jazz Band
LIVE ACOUSTIC VENUE ASSOCIATION (LAVA) Abounding Grace Sanctuary, 2450 S. Kolb. LavaMusic.org Sat 7: Salty Suites, Peter McLaughlin
PLUSH 340 E. 6th St. 798-1298, PlushTucson.com Sun 1: Tine & Her Pony Mon 2: Sam DuPont Tue 3: The Missing Parts Wed 4: Saint Maybe Thu 5: Nowhere Man & Whiskey Girl Fri 6: Fayuca, Planet Jam, Ghost Cow Sat 7: Rose’s Pawn Shop, The Haymarket Squares Mon 9: The Clam Tostada Tue 10: Hans Hutchison Wed 11: Givers Thu 12: Spiders Can Fly
Sat 14: Amy Rude, Ferrodyne, The Possibles Mon 16: Bradford Trojan Tue 17: The Jits Wed 18: Wayward Saints Thu 19: fIREHOSE Tue 24: Al Foul Wed 25: Hank Topless Mon 30: Stefan George
RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000, RialtoTheatre.com Sun 1: Todd Rundgren Tue 3: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Krazie, Wish, Dilemma Thu 5: Hunter Hayes Sat 7:Calexico, Grupo Fantasma, Megafun Tue 10: Childish Gambino Wed 11: Slaughterhouse Fri 13: Tech N9ne, Machine Gun Kelly, Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak, Stevie Stone Sat 14: Southwest Soul Celebration Mon 16: Garbage Tue 17: St. Vincent and TuneYards Wed 18: James, Elizaveta Fri 20: Andrew Bird, Laura Marling Mon 23: Bon Iver & Feist Thu 26: Ralph Stanley Fri 27: Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Yardsale Heart Sat 28: Curren$y, The Jets, Smoke DZA, Fiend 4 Da Money, Corner Boy P, Trademark, young Roddy Sun 29: Ingrid Michaelson, Harper
Arlo Guthrie performs at Fox Theatre on Thu, April 5.
536 N. 4th Ave. 622-4300, SkyBarTucson.com Tuesdays: Jazz Wednesdays: Open Mic Thursdays: Live Music Sat 17: Tesia Coll Show, Shaun Harris, Vine St Sun 18: The Active Set Mon 19: Ladylike, Italian Japanese Thu 22: Nive Nielson, The Deer Children Sat 24: The Modeens Thu 29: Special Head, Brass tax Sat 31: Tesia Coll Show
SOLAR CULTURE 31 E. Toole Ave. 884-0874, SolarCulture.org Tue 17: Hans Christian Sat 28: Van’s Guard
SURLY WENCH PUB 424 N. 4th Ave., 882-0009, SurlyWenchPub.com Mondays: Black Mondays with DC Matt McCoy and a weekly guest Fri 6: Black Cherry Burlesque Sat 7: Underworld Revel Fri 13: The Quakes Sat 14: Fineline Revisited Wed 18: Warlock Wednesday Sat 21: Club Sanctuary
VAUDEVILLE 110 E. Congress St. 6223535, MySpace.com/ vaudevilledowntowntucson See the website.
Z MANSION 288 N. Church Ave. 623-4889, ZMansion.com
Other live music venues:
Ingrid Michaelson performs at the Rialto Theatre on Sun, April 29.
BLUEFIN 7053 N. Oracle Rd. 531-8500, BluefinTucson.com
CASA VICENTE 375 S. Stone Ave. 884-5253, CasaVicente.com Tuesdays: Live Classical Guitar Wednesdays: Live Guitar Thursdays: Classical Guitar Friday and Saturdays: Flamenco
CHE’S LOUNGE 350 N. 4th Ave. 623-2088, ChesLounge.com
CUSHING STREET BAR & RESTAURANT 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984, CushingStreet.com
photo: Pedro Balderrma
Tue 3: Eric Hansen Mon 23: Heather Hardy
Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta perform at the Barrio Fest/KXCI fundraiser on April 7 in the El Presidio neighborhood.
DELECTABLES RESTAURANT & CATERING 533 N. 4th Ave. 884-9289, Delectables.com
KINGFISHER 2564 E. Grant Rd. 323-7739, KingFisherTucson.com
LUNA BELLA 2970 N. Swan Rd. LunaBellaRestaurant.com
MONTEREY COURT 505 W. Miracle Mile, MontereyCourtAZ.com
NIMBUS BREWERY 3850 E. 44th St. 745-9175 & 6464 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 7331111, NimbusBeer.com
Photo courtesy of Solar Culture.
Photo courtesy of TheGate.com
Photo courtesy of Cpinfo.Berkeley.edu
Van’s Guard plays at Solar Culture on Sat, April 28.
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Upper left, clockwise: Marc Ross, mandolin, Marc Rennard, fiddle, Chip Curry, banjo, Ed Davenport, bass, Ron Doering, guitar.
Tucson’s community radio station, 91.3FM/KXCI. org, features cuts from the following new albums this month.
Produced under the watchful eye of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Dr. John incorporates five decades worth of influences from New Orleans, including blues, funk, gospel, and psychedelic rock.
Alabama Shakes “Boys & Girls” (ATO) This Southern group’s debut combines indie-rock and great female vocals with Alabama’s famous Muscle Shoals sound.
Nanci Griffith “Intersection” (SPUNK) A noted songwriter who is a gifted singer in her right, this CD was recorded in Nanci’s Nashville home with a stellar cast of musicians and friends.
M. Ward “A Wasteland Companion” (Merge) Another album featuring an all-star cast of musicians, M. Ward’s new effort features contributions from members of Bright Eyes, Sonic Youth, Dr. Dog - and Tucson’s own Howe Gelb on piano.
Justin Townes Earle “Nothing’s Going To Change The Way You Feel About Me Now” (Bloodshot) Following up on his award-winning salute to New York City, Justin’s new release finds him celebrating the music and influences of another great town for tunes, Memphis. n
Photo composite courtesy of Don Gest/In Concert Tucson
Dr. John “Locked Down” (Nonesuch)
Summerdog That other great reunion by Jim Lipson When it comes to music, the time period from 1975-82 always gets a bad rap. Given the advent of disco and the rise of arena rock bands like Kansas, Journey and Styxx—well let’s just say, there was a lot to not get excited about. On the local front, however, things could not have been more different. Between The Dusty Chaps, the Bob Meighan Band and Jerry Riopelle’s frequent visits to town, there was a juicy local scene with lots to offer. And smack dab in the middle of it all was Summerdog, a band that hung its hat on bluegrass but also delighted with forays into country and country swing. While the various modern day Dusty Chaps reunions are always a good time, the upcoming 30 year reunion of Summerdog, the definitive bluegrass band of its time, should prove to be the social and musical event of the season. “It’s been batted around for years,” said Ed Davenport, Summerdog’s original and only bass player, at a recent Tucson party as he talked about the notion of a reunion. “It just finally came to a head.” But with members scattered far and wide, Davenport says it was banjo player Chip Curry who most wanted to make it happen. Davenport, a longtime member of the Titan Valley Warheads, wrote the liner notes to a new CD that compiles tunes from Summerdog’s three previously released LPs. In the notes he traces a bit of the band’s history as well as various comings and goings of different band members, including Tom Rozum, who later went on to team with Laurie Lewis. According to Davenport, the reunion band will be the group that eventually hung together the longest and was responsible for the three albums. In addition to Davenport and Curry, it will include Marc Rennard (fiddle), Jon Ross (mandolin), and Ron Doering (guitar). Former member Pete Rowland (fiddle) will also make an appearance coming down from Phoenix. According to show promoter Don Gest, several other local luminaries are expected to sit in as well. In addition to playing many shows at the Oxbow and Splinter Brothers and Sisters Warehouse, Davenport felt the band really came of age during the amazing four month run it had at Old Tucson when the members were hired to perform in the off Broadway play “Diamond Studds.” It was here, playing for several sold out shows a week, the band met up with Doering who was soon invited to become a part of the group. n The Summerdog 30 Year Reunion and Barn Dance is at the El Casino Ballroom on Saturday, April 14. Advance tickets are $18, $9 for children 10-17, and available at InConcertTucson.com and at all Bookmans stores ($1.50 fee at Bookmans), Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Ave. and the Folk Shop, 2525 N. Campbell. Members of TKMA receive a $2 discount.
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by Andrew Brown
Left to right, top to bottom: Spring is Here; Tucson Toy Festival; Nick Georgiou, Dirk Arnold and Titus Castanza at Dirk Arnold- Endangered Architecture opening; Mashed Potato Queens at St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Historic car and St Pat’s mascot at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade; Rebecca Hayes at Tucson Festival of Books; Currator Slobby Robby and photographer Marcoso Oliva at Street Smarts photo opening.
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Zocalo Tucson is an independently published community magazine showcasing urban news, arts, entertainment, living and events in Downtown and...
Published on Apr 2, 2012
Zocalo Tucson is an independently published community magazine showcasing urban news, arts, entertainment, living and events in Downtown and...