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07. What’s New 08. Events 12. Arts 14. Art Galleries & Exhibits 19. Borderland Ghost Towns 21. Holiday Gift Guide 32. Year in Pictures 56. Poetry 58. Tunes

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New Eats Aka Deli & Bakeshop opened November 26 in the Mercado San Agustín (100 S. Avenida del Convento), next door to partner restaurant Agustín Kitchen. Aka features ready-made sandwiches, soups, salads, wine, Italian sodas, and a full assortment of baked-fresh-daily desserts, all perfect for a grab-n-go meal.

New Drinks A day after Thanksgiving, Ron and Patricia Schwabe, and Bryan Eichhorst, all of Penca fame, opened up the Owls Club just down the street from Penca in the old Bring’s Funeral Home. The western inspired bar offers an extensive whiskey selection, old world wine list, well-curated spirits collection, and a modest beer program. They are open daily from 5pm at 236 South Scott Avenue. December 2016 | 7

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Dec 16 – 18 This annual holiday market features local artisans offering unique, vintage and homemade goods. Hours: Fri & Sat 11am – 6pm, Sun 11am – 4pm. Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida Del Convento.

ZUZI! 19th Winter Solstice Celebration “The Four Directions”

Dec 17, 18 & 20 As the shortest day of the year, the winter Solstice marks the turning from the cold, dark days of winter to the warmer, lighter days of spring and summer. Historically, this season is a time of reflection, renewal, and community celebration. In that spirit Guest Artist Billbob Brown, in collaboration with ZUZI! Dance and local dancers, aerialists, musicians, and writers from the Tucson performing arts community, bring you “The Four Directions.” This collaborative effort highlights the elemental qualities of each of the four directions

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of the medicine wheel, integrating cultural identities and traditions of the past with the blending of today’s global communities. In this Solstice celebration, “The Four Directons” honors the interconnectedness of humanity as we move forward with the return of the sun. Tickets are $20 and the performance takes place at ZUZI! Theater in the Historic Y, 738 N. 5th Ave. More informaton at

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Dec 3 – 4 Dec 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 ENCHANTED

SNOWFALL Falling snow, hot chocolate and live music in the main courtyard of La Encantada. Free and open to the public. 6:00 and 6:45 pm. La Encantada, 2095 E. Skyline Dr.

ORO VALLEY HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS With more than 150 artists and exhibitors, live performances, food vendors, family art making, cookie decorating, and a tree lighting ceremony. Free admission. Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 4pm. 520-7973959.

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HOLIDAY NIGHTS AT TOHONO CHUL Grab some complimentary hot cocoa and stroll around the twinkling gardens glowing with a million holiday lights. Reoccurring weekly on Friday & Saturday for the first 3 weekends in Dec. Live entertainment. Tickets: $12 Members, $16 Non-Members, $3 Kids 12 & under. 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 520-742-6455.

Dec 2-4, 9-11 LUMINARIA NIGHTS AT TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS Wind through the gardens decorated with luminarias and tree lights and a variety of performances. Tickets: $5 Members, $18 Non-Members, $9 Kids 4-12. 5:30 to 8:30 pm Tucson Botanical Gardens, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 520-3269686.

Dec 2 – Jan 8 SEASON OF LIGHT PLANETARIUM SHOWS With family favorites such as “Season of Light” and “Laser Holidays”, the Flandrau Center will be projecting these light shows full of holiday music and cheer. $14 adults, $10 kids aged 4-17, kids aged 3 and under free. Flandrau Science Center, 1601 E. University Blvd. 520-621-4516.

Dec 3 12th ANNUAL TAMAL & HERITAGE FESTIVAL Enjoy sampling a variety of tamales from the Southwest & Mexico, with live music and entertainment at AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol Resort. Free to attend. 10am – 5pm. 520-838-6700.

CULTIVATE MARKET With over 50 local artists and vendors and 20% of proceeds go to local nonprofits, you’re sure to feel good about finding a special gift at this holiday pop up market. 901 S. 6th Ave.


Providing goods to meet your Hanukkah needs, with menorahs, candles, wrapping paper, jewelry, crafts and more. Free to attend. Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club Rd. 520-3274501.

TREE LIGHTING AT LOEWS VENTANA CANYON Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with festive treats such as chestnuts and sugar cookies, photos with Santa, carols, and the tree lighting ceremony. Free and open to the public, but guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort: 7000 N. Resort Dr. 520-299-2020.

Dec 7 LA FIESTA DE GUADALUPE Hosted by the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, this festival honors Mexico’s patron saint. Music, dancing, mariachi bands, folklorico dancers, Yaqui Deer dancers and Domingo DeGrazia’s Spanish guitar band will perform. Local food and art vendors. Free and open to the public. 10am to 4pm. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, 6300 N. Swan. 520-2999191.

Dec 7 – 23 ZOOLIGHTS

Reid Park Zoo decorated in a whole new “light”! Twinkling animal sculptures, light displays, Santa viewing, falling snow and camel and carousel rides. Hot cocoa, s’mores, and cinnamon rolls available for purchase. Tickets: $9.50 adults, $5.50 kids aged 2-14, kids under 2 are free. 6-8pm at Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court.


Considered to be one of the prettiest marathon courses, work towards a personal best in the marathon, half marathon or relay events. Races begin in Oracle, wind through the Sonoran Desert and end at the Golder Ranch Fire Station in Catalina. 7am – 1:30pm. Pre-registration required. Visit website to register and for more information:

Dec 9 – 11 FOURTH AVENUE WINTER STREET FAIR Over 400 local and national artisans offering gifts for purchase, more than 35 food vendors, live music and entertainment, kids’ art area, face painting and more. 10am to Dusk. 316 N. Fourth Ave. 520-624-5004. For more information visit:

67 years the residents of Winterhaven host this annual festival in their neighborhood as a celebration for all. Walk or take a hay ride through. Begins at 6pm each day. For more information visit:

Dec 17 22ND ANNUAL PARADE OF LIGHTS Watch holiday themed floats pass by and listen to holiday classics performed live at the annual parade located downtown. The Annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place before the parade at 5:30pm. Parade begins at 6:30. Free to all. 520-268-9030. See website for more information:


This annual holiday market features local artisans offering unique, vintage and homemade goods. Hours: Fri & Sat 11am – 6pm, Sun 11am – 4pm. Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida Del Convento.

Dec 30 ARIZONA BOWL The 2nd annual NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl is one of the 41 official NCAA football bowl games. Teams from the Mountain West and Sun Belt conferences will play. The Gin Blossoms will perform at the Desert Diamond casino tailgate festival before the game. Tickets: $25-$200. Kickoff at 3:30pm. HAPPY HOUR HOBBLE Work off holiday treats by running at the Southern Arizona Road Runners non competitive three mile holiday run around the UA campus. Dress festive! Benefits the Community Food Bank. 5:30pm start time at Gentle Ben’s, 865 E. University Blvd. Free and open to the public.

Dec 31 A PARISIAN HOLIDAY A glamorous Parisian themed event with world renowned trumpet player, Rick Braun and many other musical guests at JW Marriot Starr Pass Resort & Spa. For tickets and more information visit: MANTRA: GLOW IN THE DARK NYE PARTY WITH XIXA! Party all night with XIXA & DJ Dirty Verbs at this glow in the dark cumbia party. Party favors and a champagne toast. VIP experience includes a seat on stage. Tickets: $10-$50. 9pm. Rialto Theater.

NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH AT HOTEL CONGRESS Ring in the new year “Old Vegas” style with casino games, swanky cocktails, an Elvis photobooth, live music and more. 21 and up. For tickets and more information visit: Hotel

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Life Inspires Art Cirque Roots Brings Stilt Show to ZUZI for One-Time Performance by Craig Baker

photo: Pedro Romano

For most of us, a night at the theater is simply that—a brief diversion from the toils of daily existence. At the most basic level, it is a temporary escape from the “go-go-go” of life—a vacation from trouble, both minor and major. But, at its best, the experience can inspire us to stretch our understanding of each other as human beings, and even encourage us to question how far we can push ourselves physically and emotionally. For most of us, the true value of your ticket to participate as an audience member is condensed into the neighborhood of about an hour—perhaps a bit more if you include the period of anticipation that precedes your arrival to the event and the rush of endorphins that keeps you talking about it during dinner or drinks afterwards. Still, that experience—due both to our proximity with the performers themselves and the shared experience with our fellow show-goers—is an intimate one, and, as a result, that hour is often one that we remember long into the future with more clarity than, say, a single episode of your current favorite binge watch or a single day in class or at work. But for the performer, that time spent beneath the lights is the sum of something more. It is the culmination of weeks, months, and years of hard work, along with everything that happened between rehearsals. It is sweat and tears; injuries sustained and overcome; bones and bonds broken and mended. It is timing and consistency—hours upon hours of “to your marks” and “once more from the top” and “that was great but we can do better.” For a performance artist, their time on stage is the bundling-together of countless moments of pain and joy and anger and elation, and the chance to be on stage—to be a part of that team of artists engaged in the process of inspiring and building memories—is, itself, the victory. Since local grassroots artist collective, Cirque Roots, premiered their allfemale stilt spectacular entitled “Spectrum” this past April at their downtown studio, the five-person troupe of stilt performers have faced incredible challenges, and they have braved them all together. “The piece has been kind of a form of support for all of us in different aspects of our lives,” says Cirque Roots’ founder and “Spectrum” director, Brittany Briley. She says the group has faced a miscarriage and a cancer diagnosis since their first performance of the piece, and that Briley herself lost her mother to cancer just two months ago. “Life is happening,” she explains, “and we’re all just holding on to our creative abilities and letting our hearts speak through our dance and movement.”

After the four-show debut in April, the troupe took “Spectrum” on the road, making stops in Boulder, Colo., Flagstaff, Santa Fe, and Peñasco, N.M. Briley’s mother, who lived in Arkansas, was able to see the performance in Flagstaff’s Heritage Square last June, which Briley says drew an audience of about 1000. She says that they taught workshops and refined their effort based on feedback from other circus groups they met during their travels, and that the women in the show are excited to bring it back to their hometown “with some upgrades” for what may well be the final performance of this particular stilt show with its original cast. The show runs about forty minutes and features stilt work and acrobatics with theatrical elements based on the notion that “We are the light we see in others.” And since the troupe of five remains on stage during the bulk of the show performing acrobatic maneuvers on their heavy stilt extensions, Briley explains that it’s something of “a physical feat just to get through the piece.” The score is all original, and was composed by local DJ/ producers Jyshua Pcalyps and Ian Browning, with vocals and harmonium performed by Vasanta Weiss of The Bennu and Savitur, as well as bits of spoken word on the theme of “Spectrum” by Alan Watts and resident astronomer and “Spectrum” performer, Stephanie Cortes. There will also be a silent auction on site and a free after party—to which the entire audience is invited—at the Merci Gallery on 9th St. and Jacobus Ave. Though the piece was originally created to empower others, Briley says that the cast has grown stronger together in ways they never thought possible— performing lifts that many might assume would necessitate a male base, for example. She says that the final product is, of course, the focus from day-today, but that the personal element of the performance has naturally wound its way into the story and developed into a force all its own. “We’ve all wanted to do a piece like this,” Briley says, “but the story between the five of us creating the piece is actually the most important part.” And now, lucky for us, they’ve decided to share it with Tucson one last time. n The Cirque Roots performance of “Spectrum” takes place on December 10 at ZUZI Dance Theater at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show and are available, along with additional information, online at December 2016 | 13

Z art galleries & exhibits ARIZONA HISTORY MUSEUM Currently on view: I Am Tucson, Chasing Villa,

MADARAS Book signing for “Colors of Tucson” on Dec 14 from 5-7pm at the Swan

The Silverbell Artifacts, Geronimo Exhibit, Arizona Historical Society 150 Exhibit. Hours: Mon & Fri 9am-6pm; Tues-Thurs 9am-4pm; Sat & Sun 11am-4pm. 949 E. 2nd Street. 520-628-5774.

Gallery location. Broadway Gallery: Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm.1535 E. Broadway. 520-623-4000. Swan Gallery: Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. 3035 N. Swan Rd. 520-6153001.



Ongoing exhibitions include Pieces of the Puzzle: New Perspectives on the Hohokam on view through July 2017. The Pottery Project and Paths of Life are on view until 2020. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. 520-621-6302. 1013 E. University Blvd. StateMuseum.Arizona.Edu

BAKER + HESSELDENZ FINE ART Flourish with works by JAW Cooper, Tyler Thrasher, and Wesley Burt, is on view through Dec 3. Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm or by appointment. 100 E. 6th St. 520-760-0037.

CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY The INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published PhotoBooks is on view to Jan 7, 2017. Flowers, Fruit, Books, Bones is on view until Apr 29, 2017. Hours: Tue-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 1-4pm. 1030 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7968.

CONRAD WILDE GALLERY Erasures and Reconstructions a group show featur-

Offers high art for the whole family at it’s new location with an opening Dec 3 from 5-8pm. 2855 Broadway Blvd. 520604-6273.


Wee Winter Wonderland is on view through Jan 8. Churches of the Southwest: Wood Sculptures by Roberto (Bob) Cardinale is on view through Jan 8. Miniature Military Figures by Joe Seibold will be on view through 2016. Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-4pm and Sun 12-4pm. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr. 520-881-0606.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Aranda / Lasch and Terrol Dew Johnson: Meeting the Clouds Halfway; Miranda Lichtenstein: Sound And Noise; JPW3: Sleep Never Rusts are on view through Jan 29. A curator tour is on Dec 10 at 1pm. Hours: Weds-Sun 12-5pm. 265 S. Church Ave. 520-624-5019.

ing works by David A. Clark, Miles Conrad, Monica Zavla Durazo, Alison Golder, Elizabeth Harris, David Hazlett and Margaret Suchland opens Dec 3 with a reception from 6-9pm and closes Dec 23. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-5pm. 439 N. 6th Ave., #171. 520-622-8997.


CONTRERAS GALLERY Desert Saturnalia with work by Marcy Miranda Janes,

PORTER HALL GALLERY Frida: Portraits by Nickolas Muray, presented by Por-

Martin Quintanilla and Gabriel Villegas opens Dec 3 with a reception from 6-9pm and is on view through Dec 31. Hours: Weds-Sat 10am-4pm. 110 E. 6th St. 520-398-6557.

ter Hall Gallery and Etherton Gallery, continues through May 31. Hours: Daily 8:30am4:30pm. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 520-326-9686.

DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Modern Masters II with paintings and works

6 with an opening reception on Dec 8 from 5-7pm. Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-4pm. Williams Centre 5420 East Broadway Blvd #240. 520-299-7294.

on paper by the late Lee Chesney and sculpture by Ben Goo opens on Dec 15. Transformations – 3 Person Exhibit of Paintings, Glass Sculpture closes Dec 3. Tues-Fri 11am5pm; Sat 11am-4pm. 154 E. 6th St. 520-629-9759.

DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN Modernist Ceramics of Ted and Marion DeGrazia is on view to Jan 25. In the Little Gallery, mixed media work by Geri Bringman is on view Dec 4-16 and Landscapes & Photography by Seth Critchley is on view from Dec 18-30. Hours: 10am-4pm daily. 6300 N. Swan Rd. 520-299-9191.

fu sion: fused glass with works by Richard M. Parrish and Karen Bexfield is on view through Jan 30. Hours: TuesSat 11am-4pm. Call for glassblowing viewing. 711 S. 6th Ave. 520-884-7404.


SOUTHERN ARIZONA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM Dinner in the Diner is currently on display featuring original china and silver service from the named first class Pullman trains. 414 N. Toole Ave. 520-623-2223.

TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Continuing exhibitions include: El Nacimiento,

through Feb 5. Trunk Show: Linda baker, Pamela Howe & Alexandria Winslow is on Dec 3 from 10am to 1pm. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-1:30pm. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 520-722-4412.

The New Westward: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles That Move the Modern West, Poetic Minimalism; Henry C. Balink: Native American Portraits; On the Cusp: Modern Art From the Permanent Collection; From Modern Into the Now: Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation and A Traveler and His Treasures: Latin American Folk Art From the Peter C. Cecere Collection. Hours: Tues-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm; Thurs 10am-8pm; Sun 12-5pm. 140 N. Main Ave. 520-624-2333.

DRAWING STUDIO Priya Vadhyar presents paintings and prints that evoke dream

UA MUSEUM OF ART Continuing exhibitions include: Connecting Generations:

life, with an opening reception on Dec 3 from 6-8pm and is on view through Jan 16. 2760 N. Tucson Blvd. 520-620-0947.

Art From The Elders of St. Luke’s Home, Verboten/Forbidden, Fifteen Indelible Lives; The Presidential Series: Paintings By Alfred J. Quiroz and Red and Blue. Hours: Tues-Fri 9am5pm; Sat-Sun 12-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7567. ArtMuseum.Arizona.Edu

DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY Art Escapes and Bird Banter Miniatures runs

ETHERTON GALLERY Alex Webb: La Calle is on view through Jan 7 in the main gallery. Fanaux: Paintings by Tim Mosman and Hank Tusinki is on view at the Temple Gallery through Dec 31. Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-5pm or by appointment. Main Gallery: 135 S. 6th Ave. Temple Gallery: 330 S. Scott Ave. 520-624-7370.

UA POETRY CENTER Causality: Avian Extinction Before 1987: Eight Works by

EVERYBODY Drawings, paintings, maybe a sculpture is on view from Dec 9 through

WEE GALLERY Stu Jenks – 20 Years: 1996-2016 Years opens Dec 3 with a recep-

Jan 8 with a opening reception on Dec 9 from 7-10pm. 101 W 6th St. Studio Q. Hours by appointment. Website: Everybody.Gallery

tion from 6 to 11pm and closes Dec 24. Hours: Thurs-Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm. 439 N. 6th Ave, Suite #171. 520-360-6024.


Artists for Conservation: International Juried Exhibit of Nature in Art is on view from Dec 10 to Feb 5. Hours: Daily 10am-4pm. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. 520-883-3024.

WILDE MEYER GALLERY The Contemporary Southwest opens Dec 4 with a re-

JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY David Horvitz: The Studio Rent Editions: 2010 –

WOMANKRAFT ART GALLERY Holiday Bazaar is on view through Dec 17 with a reception on Dec 3 from 7-10pm. Hours: Weds-Sat 1-5pm. 388 S. Stone Ave. 520-6299976.

Ongoing continues through Jan 13 with an artist talk and reception on Dec 1 from 5-7pm. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-626-4215.

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Kejun Li is on view to Feb 11. Hours: Mon & Thurs 9am-8pm; Tues, Weds, Fri 9am-5pm. 1508 E. Helen St. 520-626-3765. Poetry.Arizona.Edu

ception from 1-4pm and closes Jan 4. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm; Thurs 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12-5pm. 3001 E. Skyline Dr. 520-615-5222,

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Broadway in Tucson, The Sound of Music

Performances ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC Julliard Quartet, December 14, TCC Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. 577-3769,

ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY Fiddler on the Roof, December 3-31, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-8210,

BALLET TUCSON Nutcracker, December 22-24, TCC Music Hall 260 S. Scott Ave. 903-1445,

BERGER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Sons of Orpheus, December 7, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd.

BORDERLANDS THEATER La Pastorela, December 1-11, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.

BROADWAY IN TUCSON The Sound of Music, Through Dec. 4, UA Centennial Hall. 903-2929,

CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION December 10, Grand Parlor, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave., 615-5299

FOX THEATRE Dwight Yoakam, December 7, An Irish Christmas, December 8, The Ten Tenors, December 27 & 28,17 W. Congress St. 624-1515,

THE GASLIGHT THEATRE Elf’d, Through January 1, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 886-9428,

LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP 5317 Miracle on 34th Street: A live Radio Play, Through December 23, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree: A Christmas Sing-Along, Through December 18, E. Speedway Blvd. 327-4242,


Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, 3244 E Speedway Blvd 861-2986,


Fraught, December 1, 7:00pm, The Screening Room, 127 East Congress, 730-4112,

SEA OF GLASS Lluvia Flamenca, December 3, 330 East 7th St. SOUTHERN ARIZONA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM 12th Annual Holiday Express, December 17, Downtown Depot, 414 North Toole Ave.

TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Messiah, December 10 & 11, Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium, Holiday Pops Concert, December 17 & 18, TCC’s Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. 882-8585,


Danu: Feile Na Nollag (A Christmas Gathering), December 7, Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. 621-3341,

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Duquesne by Francisco Cantú / illustration by Danny Martin This is the latest installment of “Borderland Ghost Towns,” an ongoing series which pairs architectural illustration by Danny Martin with short essays by Francisco Cantú


uquesne is unique for its commanding views of the San Rafael Valley south of Patagonia, its high desert stands of oak and juniper, and for the fact that the town is, in its entirety, available for sale. Duquesne even has its own website. The homepage boasts that “today Duquesne is perfect for people who want to live far from the hustle and bustle of the city and prefer to gaze at the spectacular view of billions of stars that dot the evening sky.” The site includes photographs of the property and its mountain views, hand drawn maps of the two parcels for sale, a notice of the yearly “home owner’s association” fee of $300 (used to maintain the roads), and a warning to potential owners and visitors about the existence of open mine shafts. “Be careful when you walk off the road,” the site advises, “or the next step you take may very well be your last.” Another webpage, on the real estate listing site, lists property details for the smaller of the two plots for sale, advertised as “downtown Duquesne.” The 36.36 acre site is listed at $199,000, and Trulia’s handy “affordability” tool calculates that with a 30-year fixed rate loan and a down payment of $39,800, buyers looking to purchase their very own ghost town would only need to make monthly mortgage payments of $955. The site’s additional home buying tools calculate that there are zero nearby restaurants, cafes, or grocery stores, and that there are no prospects for shopping or nightlife. The page also encouragingly reveals that there have been no recent crimes reported in the area, and Trulia’s color-coded “crime risk” map shows Duquesne surrounded by a safe sea of green. Tom Hogan, a licensed real estate broker with Tucson-based Bancroft & Associates, owns Duquesne with his two partners and is currently in charge of its sale. With pride, Tom makes it known that “Duquesne was owned by George Westinghouse at the turn of the last century, and at the turn of this century it was owned by my partners and I.” Indeed, it is no small honor to find oneself in the illustrious company of George Westinghouse, an innovative pioneer during the burgeoning days of the electrical industry and a chief rival to Thomas Edison. After founding the Westinghouse Electric Company in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Westinghouse began buying up mining claims in the Patagonia mountains and eventually established the Duquesne Mining and Reduction Company, headquartering it in his newly founded town of Duquesne,

so-named for the French fort that became the site of downtown Pittsburg after its destruction during the French and Indian War. The once-stately hotel that hosted visitors to the Westinghouse estate still stands between the evergreen oaks that flank Old Duquesne Road, its walls slowly deteriorating to reveal ribs of lath emerging from crumbled layers of pink and teal painted plaster. Across the street, among the beer cans and soda bottles strewn across the front room of the old post office, a single bottle of furniture polish lays discarded on the wood floor, a small sign of the elegance and care that once permeated Westinghouse’s short-lived mountain empire. Hogan considers the Duquesne property “one of the best bargains in southern Arizona.” Regarding the larger of the two plots, 53 acres surrounding downtown Duquesne at $100,000, Tom insists “you can’t find a piece of land for that money.” Despite its remote location, he asserts that Duquesne is perfect for “retired people, people that are outdoorsy, people that have horses.” Since purchasing the property, Hogan has flirted with several ideas for revamping it. At one point, he considered turning the site into a summer camp for people with disabilities. He even flirted with the idea of restoring the town with the help of the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture. He was met with interest, but logistical questions eventually prevented the project from moving forward. “Who’d maintain it,” Hogan asks rhetorically, “who’d live there?” The principal question lingering over modern-day Duquesne is precisely this: what kind of person is interested in buying a ghost town? Hogan explains that, as opposed to modern-day tycoons in the mold of George Westinghouse, most of Duquesne’s interested buyers have been “people who remember it from past years, when they were kids going down there with their family or camping down there, that type of thing.” Tom adds that a buyer would necessarily be someone who valued solitude, someone who finds solace in remote places. He avows that “just to go there and sit, like I do sometimes, it’s incredible. You can sit out there and listen and hear nothing for hours. It’s just beautiful.” When asked if Duquesne’s eventual buyer could rightfully declare themselves mayor, Hogan laughs hardily. “Sure,” he says, “if you want to be mayor of a ghost town.” Duquesne’s new owner could even declare themselves sheriff, he suggests. “If they’re serious,” he adds, “I’ll even knock a thousand bucks from the sale price and print off a badge for them.” n December 2016 | 19

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Local Makers, Artists, and Authors Bolo Tie by Tucson maker Theo Sheffler. $50. Available at Pop Cycle, 422 N. 4th Ave

Tucson Tote by Tucson artist Caleb Gutierrez. Available at MAST, 100 S. Avenida del Convento. Cherry Art Editions - limited edition artist series memory card games. Card set pictured by Tucson artist Kitty Brophy. $50. Available at Yikes! Toys, 2930 E. Broadway Blvd.

“Dream Worlds� by Tucson photographer/ artist Patricia Katchur. $185. Available at Yikes! Toys, 2930 E. Broadway Blvd.

Hand formed ceramics sport a pure aesthetic, with hues of the Arizona desert to beckon your daily brew, by Stonewarewolf. For more information contact: Prices range from $20-$40. Find locally at Bon and Presta Coffee Roasters. Instagram: @stonewarewolf

Hand stamped silver and brass Saguaro Rings by Heliotrope. Brass $40. Sterling Silver $50. Available at Pop Cycle, 422 N. 4th Ave December 2016 | 21

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Arizona Copper hoops by Tucsonan Alix Perry. $34. Available at Pop Cycle, 422 N. 4th Ave.

Framed appliqué art by the Stiching Sisters. Find them at St. Phillips Plaza Farmers Market.

Black hex bag with nude lacing by Tucson maker Mellow Dawn. $395. Available at MAST, 100 S. Avenida del Convento.

Nobody Rich or Famous by Tucson author Richard Shelton. $19.95. Available at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Ave.

BJ’s Hand-cranked socks made from an 1850s antique sock machine. $27. St. Phillips Plaza Farmers Market and online at Danny Martin’s Cowgals & Dudes coloring book. $15. Available online at and select outlets city-wide. 22 | December 2016

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University of Arizona Insect Festival T-Shirt. Available at Yikes! Toys, 2930 E. Broadway Blvd.

Girl in Pieces by Tucsonan Kathleen Glasgow. Available at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Ave. or Nomad Necklace by Tucson maker Sofie Albertsen. $224. Available at MAST, 100 S. Avenida del Convento.

Southwest Kitchen Garden, by Tucsonans Kim Nelson and Cynthia Miller. Available at Native Seed Search, 3061 N. Campbell Ave.

Handmade ceramic ornament by Tucson maker Colleen Conlin. Available at Pop Cycle, 422 N. 4th Ave.

Desert ID bracelet by Tucson maker Sofie Albertsen. $160. Available at MAST, 100 S. Avenida del Convento.

Cacti of the Desert Southwest by Tucson author Meg Quinn. Available at Native Seed Search, 3061 N. Campbell Ave.

Bronze Feather Buckle & Leather Belt by Tucson maker Mellow Dawn. $140. Available at MAST, 100 S. Avenida del Convento. December 2016 | 23

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Set of 7 notched glass points by Tucson maker Allen Denoyer. $150. Available at Yikes! Toys, 2930 E. Broadway Blvd.

Handmade ceramic ornament by Tucson maker Colleen Conlin. Available at Pop Cycle, 422 N. 4th Ave.

Nomad Necklace with African Beads by Tucson maker Sofie Albertsen. $145. Available at MAST, 100 S. Avenida del Convento.

Noel’s Restoratives Beard Oil. Available at MAST, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, or at Pop Cycle, 422 N. 4th Ave.

Handmade ceramic mugs by Tucson maker Colleen Conlin. $28. Available at Pop Cycle, 422 N. 4th Ave.

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Turquoise & Diamond Cuff by Tucson maker Sofie Albertsen. $400. Available at MAST, 100 S. Avenida del Convento.

Cherry Art Editions - limited edition signed jigsaw puzzle by Tucson artist Mykl Wells. $60. Available at Yikes! Toys, 2930 E. Broadway Blvd.

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Mesh hats inspired from international travels by Tucson maker Brooke Balla of Desert Wanderin. Find them at St. Phillips Plaza Farmers Market or contact Brooke at

Wild Foods of the Sonoran Desert, by Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Available at Native Seed Search, 3061 N. Campbell Ave.

The Features of Creatures: Animals A-Z by Tucson Author Bonnie Formentini. Available at Yikes! Toys, 2930 E. Broadway Blvd.

The Whale, A Love Story by Tucson author Mark Beauregard. Available at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Ave. or

Danny Martin’s Tucson Neon Coloring Book. $15. Available online at and select outlets city-wide.

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“Dream Worlds” by Tucson photographer/ artist Patricia Katchur. $185. Available at Yikes! Toys, 2930 E. Broadway Blvd.

Stairway to Heaven, poems by Tucsonan Alison Hawthorne Deming. Available at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Ave. Hand-painted light switch and outlet covers by Solartworks. Find them at St. Phillips Plaza Farmers Market. Info at

Handcrafted utensils by Tucson woodworker Thomas Freund. Find Thomas at the weekend St. Phillips Plaza Farmers Market.

Picture the Blues, a book of illustrations by Tucson artist/ musician Tom Walbank. Available at MAST, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, and at Bon at 760 S. Stone Ave.

String art by String & Stencil Tucson. Prices vary. Available at Pop Cycle, 422 N. 4th Ave.

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Newly released music, The Western Suite & Siesta Songs, by Naïm Amor & John Convertino. Available on vinyl or CD at Bon at 760 S. Stone Ave.

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Local Makers, Artists, and Authors Handcrafted wooden ornaments by Tucson resident Audrey De La Cruz. Visit Audrey at the St. Phillips Plaza Farmers Market or online at

Tucson made concrete planters with reclaimed glass, by Bottle Rocket Glassware and Design. Prices vary. Available at St. Phillips Plaza Farmers Market or at Pop Cycle, 422 N. 4th Ave.

Large hand-etched petroglyph stones by Mark Bayless. Prices vary. Available at Art House Centro, 117 W. Washington St.

Desert Dames & Doodles coloring book by Tucson resident Audrey De La Cruz. $12. Visit Audrey at the St. Phillips Plaza Farmers Market or online at

The Description of the World, a collection of poetry by Tucson author Johanna Skibsrud. Available at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Ave.

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Local Makers, Artists, and Authors Handbag from Monster Booty Threads, by Tucson maker Jennifer Radler. Prices vary. Find a large assortment of her work at Pop Cycle, 422 N. 4th Ave.

The Hours Count, by Tucson author Jillian Cantor. Available at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Ave.

Handcrafted wooden arrows by Tucson woodworker Thomas Freund. Find Thomas at the weekend St. Phillips Plaza Farmers Market.

Cherry Art Editions - limited edition artist series memory card games. Card set pictured by Tucson artist Patricia Katchur. $50. Available at Yikes! Toys, 2930 E. Broadway Blvd.

Wooden home decor items by Tucson maker Melo Dominguez. Prices vary. Available at Pop Cycle, 422 N. 4th Ave.

Mousetronaut Goes to Mars, by Tucson resident and NASA astronaut Commander Mark Kelly. Available at Yikes! Toys, 2930 E. Broadway Blvd.

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Voted Best New Restaurant in 2016, Brother John’s bourbon collection is on display with an illuminated soft backlit white wall during its first month of opening. photo: A.T. Willett


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David Bowie tribute at the Rialto Theatre.

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Skateboarding cowboy on the UA campus. Bernie Sanders crowd at the Tucson Convention Center. photo: A.T. Willett

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Donovan White at Che’s Lounge birthday party.

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Dancers at the All Souls Procession.

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Classic AZ sunset. photo: Lisa Jo Roden

John McNulty Retires from the Tucson Museum of Art. photo: A.T. Willett

Artist, Fin dac from Cork, Ireland painted this mural “Vergiss� on Broadway, inspired by Vanesa Codes. This mural was originally painted in Berlin and destroyed and this is the second iteration. Lightning over St. Augustine Cathedral.

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Tucson Arts Brigade teamed up with the City of Tucson’s Environmental Services to commission artists to paint on dumpsters to beautify the area and curb grafitti. Sasha Lewis painted this dumpster in her signature style near BK restaurant on 1st Avenue. 2001: A Space Odyssey, plays in 70mm at The Loft Cinema. photo: D.O.

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Rock Martinez puts the finishing touches on his giant mural on 6th Street.

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Donal Trump Piñata.

Hotel Congress transformed their lobby for halloween with massive walk through art by Amy Novelli. Voted Tucson’s 2016 Best Actress of the year, Lucille Petty, was especially fond of these creatures as she played at Congress for the Logan & Lucille tour kick off show. photo: D.O.

2016 All Souls Procession finale.

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Carl Hanni at the How Sweet It Was grand reopening. photo: D.O.

Rillito Downs horse racing. photo: A.T. Willett

Council Member Steve Kozachik at “Moms Demand Action.

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Saguaro fruit harvest.

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Lando Chill at Romo Tonight Live.

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Go-go dancers at Etherton Gallery.

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Kenny Scharf Car Bomz, Hotel Congress.

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Sunshine Mile pop-up market.

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Monsoon early morning double rainbow.

Jade Beall and Wayne Martin Belger at 2016_All Souls.

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A voter for Bernie Sanders proudly holds up their sticker at the Pascua Yaqui Neighborhood Center. photo: Andrew Brown

Luis Mena painting a mural on 6th Ave. Queen of the Night annual bloom at Tonoho Chul Park. photo: Jason Findley

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Film Fest Tucson at Scottish Rite Cathedral. November 2016 Super Moon. photo: A.T. Willett

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Big Freedia performs at Night of the Living Fest, downtown.

Lightning over A-Mountain. photo: Janelle Montenegro

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Supermoon in Saguaro National Park.

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King Khan and BBQ Show at Night of the Living Fest.

Young punks at Trump Rally.

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Casa Video opened Casa Film Bar, with over 300 craft beer selections.

Tucson Fashion Week at MOCA. photo: Andrew Brown

Katie. photo: D.O.

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Artwork by Titus Castanza at Wee Gallery.

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Customized bike at Light the Night event at the University of Arizona. Donald Trump yells at the crowd, Tucson Convention Center. photo: D.O.

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View of the Rialto Theatre and mural from the AC Hotel construction site. 2016 El Tour de Tucson. photo: A.T. Willett

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Thanksgiving day at Charro Steak, a ranch to table restaurant which opened this year in the historic Julian Drew building downtown. This skylight is inset just below the roof allowing view of a rectangle of windows all facing each other.

Thunderbirds over Tucson. photo: Lisa Jo Roden

Zoppe Family Circus at Mercado San Agustin. photo: D.O.

Elvira’s (pronounced El-VEE-ras) in downtown, opened its doors in April. December 2016 | 49

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Bear Down Gym at the Univeristy of Arizona. photo: Janelle Montenegro

Opening of Butterfly magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

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Mayor Jonathan Rothschild speaking at Ignite 520. photo: Andrew Brown

Hotdog on a bike.

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Two girls looking at their phone during The All Souls Procession. photo: A.T. Willett

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Tristan White from Dragoon speaking at 2016 casks and cooks event at Loews Ventana Canyon resort. photo: Donovan Durband

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Bernie Sanders at the Tucson Convention Center.

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Dillinger Days at Hotel Congress. University of Arizona monsoon skyline. photo: A.T. Willett

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Tucson Neon Coloring Book by Danny Martin. photo: Donovan Durband

African Art Village at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.

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Tucson Comicon. photo: Lisa Jo Roden

Locals, Shawndon and Lynette getting ready for the 28th Annual All Souls Procession.

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Demolition in progress at the former Fort Lowell Elementary School on Pima Street. The site was sold for 1.1 million dollars to transform into a Transitional Care Center. photo: Jason Findley

AC Hotel Topping Out Party at Playground. photo: A.T. Willett

Wasson Peak hike.

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FIAT (Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ecce Ancilla Domini! )

No iridescence, really, but a ruse of oil, this white room and its angel. Who walks in a wail of flame. Nothing here bears color without pain. Red gash, blue vein. The eye is plunged by glut but sees more void, and the mind stammers and the mind doubts: “love is a garment . . . love is a ghost. . . .” So that the pair is no pair, but one rubbed from a dream. So that the mind in its bed throws a mighty silhouette, so that a halo eclipses the dark. So that one, overshadowed, gazes into the future of illusions. Is this death or is it life? The denuded star. The said God. The sapling tree in the background, the longing in the window. And the window: drawn wide open in a boom of light. Sound to eye (total absence is a lie?), the child mother hunches by.

--Gina Franco

Dante Rossetti’s Ecce Ancilla Domini!

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Gina Franco’s collection of poems, The Keepsake Storm, was published with the University of Arizona Press in Tucson, Arizona. She lived in Tucson for twelve years and returns often in summers to teach writing at Pima Community College, where she was first educated, and to visit her native home. Zócalo invites poets with Tucson connections to submit up to three original, previously unpublished (including online) poems, any style, 40 line limit per poem. Our only criterion is excellence. Simultaneous submissions ok if you notify ASAP of acceptance elsewhere. Email your submission to Please include contact information: phone number and email address. Notification of acceptance or rejection by email. Zócalo has first North American rights; author may re-publish with acknowledgment to Zócalo. Payment is a one year subscription. The poetry editor is Jefferson Carter.

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Louise Le Hir Kill Pretty By Carl Hanni Louise Le Hir; if you’ve spent any time scanning the Tucson musical landscape in the last few years you’ve seen her, probably heard her and (if you’re like myself) most likely been impressed. She’s hard to miss; long hair shaking out, always well turned-out and rocking a miniskirt, and fronting with her own unique smoldering humor and cagey insight; she always looks like she’s a step or two ahead of everyone else. She’s the cat who might have just eaten your canary. Louise is front and center with her new, second full length release Kill Pretty. Featuring nine original songs, it’s being self-released digitally on Bandcamp, on vinyl, and also on cassette by the local label Baby Tooth, who are also the great guys behind the local Wooden Tooth Records shop just off 4th Ave. She calls her music Cosmic American Psychedelic French Dream Pop, and that will do just fine, gracias. Kill Pretty is in fact a perfect, rocking-pop record circa Tucson, 2016, and it’s pretty much the merde. The songs are all top shelf, and Louise’s vocals are every bit as impressive as the songs. Much credit must be given to her stellar band of the last two years; the hugely impressive Annie Dolan on lead guitar, Joel Crocco on ‘rhythm/noise’ guitar, Gabe Hostetler on bass and Adan Martinez-Kee on drums. Then there’s the hidden (not really) weapon: producer Matt Rendon, who recorded the album at his Midtown Island Studios, as well as playing some guitar, bass, keyboards and all of the drums on Kill Pretty. There’s no way to overstate how important he clearly is to the end result; this is one of the most delicious sounding records to come out of a Tucson studio in a long time, with a sonic clarity, attention to detail, great separation in the mix and obvious effort to get everything right that speaks to the work of a true obsessive behind the board. It’s all right there from the get go; the first, title track “Kill Pretty” comes right at you sporting layers of sparkling guitars twisting off a fantastic lead, a rolling bass line and that lovely, lived-in, almost-but-not-quite-husky voice of Louise’s, telling a story that seems to mix up death and desire. “You were there

when I took my last breath, and it’s yours now,” she sings; whatever exactly is going on matters less than the feeling, and it’s both deep and mysterious. It’s a hybrid of classic Cali pop, paisley Americana ala The Long Ryders, and a thousand smart guitar pop bands from The Byrds, Big Star and The Smiths to whoever is practicing in the garage next door, and it sets a template and proceeds to variate it over eight more tracks. From there it’s all candy. Both the mid-tempo “Fire” and the down-tempo “Breaking Up in a Convex Mirror” have the kind of ringing guitar that made REM so formidable for so long, and “95” is just huge, with a descending guitar hook to die for. Louise breaks out her French (it’s in her blood; she is a Le Hir, after all) for the lovely, melancholic “Dis Moi” - it also features ones of the album’s most potent, unwinding guitar lines - while “Darling” is a throw-back to an early 60s girl group sound. And Louise just kills it on the dramatic, organ driven “El Tiradito,” inspired by the famous local shine in the Barrio Viejo; as she says ‘Rather than a riff on the narrative of the shrine legend, the song itself is a votive candle, a torch song about a troubled love, an offering and a wish.’ The record ends with the massive drama of “Ghost (Oh, Before You Go),” where everything seems to be on the line. Her vocals are powerful and emotive from start to finish, but are also sweetened by the remarkable backing vocals (by her and Matt) on pretty much every track. Louise Le Hir’s songs of heart break and breaking hearts, burning desires and commitments made or broken ring true; although it’s accessible as anything on the radio, this isn’t commercially calculated, place-filler pop, but drawn from a deep well. Big and intimate at the same time, Kill Pretty is another brick in the wall (not THAT wall) of great Tucson music that just might shield us a tiny bit from the current and coming fiasco. n Louise Le Hir plays at La Cocina on Saturday Dec. 3, on a bill with Alex Dupree & Golden Boots. Show time is 10 pm. La Cocina is at 201 N. Court Ave. December 2016 | 59

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‘Tis the Season...(but don’t let that stop you) by Jim Lipson There are people, I’ve been told, who absolutely love the Christmas season. That’s love as in cannot wait for the all-Christmas/all the time radio station to begin doing its thing the morning after Thanksgiving; love as in mapping out tactical strategies for deploying on Black Friday (thank you Cathy Burch!) and love as in promoting more Christmas or holiday themed musical events than one would think possible. Fortunately it’s not all sugar plums and mistletoe, although rest assured, we will get to them as well.. But first, if you are the kind of Zócalo reader who looks forward to pouring through the magazine in the beginning of the month, you may want to immediately stop what you are doing and consider making plans to check out one of these two extremely varying downtown shows. Henry Rollins – December 2, Rialto Theatre When Rollins was fronting the seminal punk band Black Flag, there probably weren’t too many folks thinking, “wow, now there’s a real Renaissance Man in the making.” And yet in the eons that have passed, the requisite gigs he’s done with a band under his own name along with various one man shows of poetry and spoken word, seem like the mere tip of a substantial career iceberg. In addition to his far and wide ranging third world travels, he sports a resume that includes hosting a weekly NPR radio show in LA, playing TV host for shows on the Independent Film Channel (IFC), National Geographic, and the History Channel, and was the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Ray Bradbury Creativity Award in recognition for his lifelong contribution to the arts along with his passion for social activism. Hard to say what he will bring to the Rialto but it certainly won’t be boring.

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Kim Wilson – December 2, 191 Toole In the meantime, just a few blocks to the north, Kim Wilson, front man for the great blues band the Fabulous Thunderbirds, will be blowing his harp and fronting his own band in what is sure to be a big time blues show/dance party. Discounts at the door for members of KXCI and the Southern AZ Blues and Heritage Foundation (SABHF). Minute2Minute - December 4, The Edge Bar, 4635 N. Flowing Wells If one were to come across Catherine Zavala somewhere out in the nonperforming world—perhaps waiting for a bus or standing in line at a Home Depot or Circle K, it would be inconceivable to imagine how so much energy and spunk could be contained in such a relatively diminutive frame. And yet, as the heart and soul of this 7-10 piece ensemble, Zavala brings forth the same kind of passion that was so much a part of her time with the Mollys. This show is a CD release party showcasing tunes from their brand new recording Postcards from El Bossa. Expect the same kind of exuberance and showpersonship you got with the Mollys but with a collection of tunes that will take you all over the map including some eastern European gypsy tinged locales that may wistfully recall echoes the Molehill Orchestra. Look for guest appearances by Gary Mackender, Heather Hardy and Lenor Norzagaray with an opening set of Mollys faves with longtime friend and cohort Nancy McCallion (and Mackender). Showtime is from 3-5 pm.

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Sister Solace - December 9, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott St. Gabrielle Pietrangelo may best be known to many as one of the three angelic voices that made up the all too short lived Silver Thread Trio, but her interest and experience in singing and arranging for multi-layered chorale music, sung by women, goes back many years. Before Silver Thread she was the driving force behind an ensemble known as the Old Soul Singers, a group that combined American gospel with traditional indigenous music from different parts of the world. With Sister Solace, Pietrangelo returns to that groove and the layering and arranging of multi-part harmonies with solos and duos mixed in for traditional Appalachian music along with music from Eastern European traditions. With minimal guitar accompaniment, this will be all about the voices and the vibe. And now for the Christmas fare... Run Boy Run – December 16, Rialto Theatre - Technically this is being billed as a Christmas show so expect to hear a holiday tune or three. But mostly expect these siblings and spouses (not as complicated as it sounds) to do what they do best which is to present a refreshingly original brand of bluegrass that features expert musicianship via dual fiddles, cello, guitar and mandolin and sensational three part vocal harmonies from the women. This group of Arizonans with strong local ties, is so good that not only did Garrison Keillor have them on his Prairie Home Companion show when they came to Phoenix a few years back, he actually booked them to play again in Minnesota a scant three weeks later. He continued to gush providing liner notes for one of their albums. Ryan Alford of Sweet Ghosts, fills out the sound for this show on bass. Arroyo Cafe Christmas Radio Show Ho Ho Ho - December 17, Rialto Theatre – Having a regular day gig that puts you squarely in the public eye, or crosshairs, such as it is, simply isn’t enough for a guy like Arizona Daily Star editorial cartoonist David Fitzsimmons. Throughout the year he makes countless of appearances, gratis, for non profits, schools, etc., and as a motivational speaker of sorts, is always quick with a quip and eager to point out the humor (however dark) in ourselves and our world. The Arroyo Cafe, loosely based on a Prairie Home Companion, is an endeavor he’s been producing once or twice a year for several years and with the proceeds always going to charity. This show’s ticket sales are headed to Tu Nidito. If you’re looking for a character reference on Fitz, just find your way on to his Facebook Page where he regularly posts his hate-mail letter of the day, which should tell you all you need to know. Note the 1 pm showtime. Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals Christmas Joy – December 10, Fox Theatre This month the Fox Theatre has more Christmas cheer than one place should be entitled to. There’s a Magical Grassical Christmas, an Irish Christmas, a Blue Christmas, a Merry-Achi Christmas, a Dave Koz Christmas and even a Ten Tenors Christmas...but it’s the original Young Rascal, Felix Cavaliere that I would choose if I could only go to one. Look for a mix of the classic Rascals tunes to go along with his interpretations of his own holiday faves. Groovin’ and Good Lovin’ to be sure! n

LIVE MUSIC Schedules accurate as of press time. Visit the web sites or call for current/detailed information.

191 Toole 191 E. Toole Ave. Fri 2: Kim Wilson Sat 3: Atom Heart Mother Tue 6: The Westside Christmas Tour with Warm Brew and Michael Christmas, Kari Faux Thu 8: Sara Watkins, River Whyless Sat 10: Fat Nick, Lil Peep, Mikey The Magician, Smokepurpp, Don Krez Fri 16: Sego, Prism Tats, Lano

2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN Congress Street, Sat 10: See web site for information

BORDERLANDS BREWING 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773, Fri 16: Tiny House of Funk See web site for more information

CAFE PASSE 415 N. 4th Ave. 624-4411, See web site for information

ches lounge 350 N. 4th Ave. 623-2088, See web site for information

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Billy Sedlmayer appears at Hotel Congress, Friday, December 16.

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Dwight Yoakam plays Fox Tucson Theatre on Wednesday, December 7.

CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848, Fri 2: Alter Der Ruine, Ensphere, Early Black Sat 3: Lonesome Records Desert Release Party, Tom Walbank Thu 8: Hideout, Dirt Friends Fri 9: KFMA Nutcracker Ball, Strfker, Dreamers, Barns Courtney Tue 13: The Handsome Family, Drunken Prayer Wed 14: Grite-Leon Presents Casa de los Niños Toy Drive, Border Town Devils Fri 16: Billy Sedlmayr & The Mother Higgins Childrens Band, Louise Le Hir Tue 27: Rendezvous: A Night of EDM, Rock, and Reggae

Cafe Coronet 402 E. 9th St. 222-9889 Thu 1: Kyklo See web site for more information

LA COCINA 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351, Thu 1: Freddy Parish Fri 2: Greg Morton & Friends Sat 3: Nathaniel Burnside Duo, Louise Le Hir & Alex Dupree Sun 4: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 7: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 8: Mustang Corners Fri 9: Greg Morton & Friends Sat 10: Austin Counts Sun 11: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 14: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin

Michael Mayfield Thu 15: Mitzi Cowell Fri 16: Greg Morton & Friends, Cold Sweat! Sat 17: Lord Silver Plume Sun 18: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 21: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 23: Greg Morton & Friends Wed 28: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 30: Greg Morton & Friends

CUSHING STREET BAR & RESTAURANT 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984, Saturdays: Cool Jazz

DELECTABLES RESTAURANT 533 N. 4th Ave. 884-9289, Fri 16: Stephen Budd Fri 23: Joyce Luna

FOX TUCSON THEATRE 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, Thu 1: Roger Hodgson Fri 2: A Magical Grassical Christmas with The DePue Brothers Band Wed 7: Dwight Yoakam Thu 8: An Irish Christmas Fri 9: Blue Christmas Sat 10: Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals Christmas Joy Sun 11: Tommy Emmanuel Classics & Christmas Tour Thu 15: Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016 Fri 16: Merry-Achi Christmas, Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez Thu 22: In The Christmas Mood: A Holiday Music Spectacular Tue 27-28: The Ten Tenors

HACIENDA DEL SOL 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol. 2991501, Nightly: Live Music on the Patio Sun 11: Mr. Bing’s White Christmas

Ermanos 220 N 4th Ave, 445-6625 Thu 8: Kyklo

The Hut

FLYCATCHER 340 E. 6th St. 798-1298, Fri 2: Katie Haverly, House Of Stairs, Birds And Arrows Tue 6: Muuy Biien, Gay Boys, Rough Night Fri 9: Snake Snake Snakes, Jagg, The Rifle, The Desert Beats Sat 10: The Tucson Rock Lottery

305 N. 4th Ave., 623-3200 Sundays: Acoustic Open Mic, with Cadillac Mountain Thursdays: Mockingbirds Saturdays: Mike & Randy’s 420 Show with Top Dead Center

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Top Dead Center plays every Saturday at 4:20pm at The Hut.

MONTEREY COURT 505 W. Miracle Mile, Thu 1: Joyce Luna & Jamie Anderson Fri 2: Carnivaleros Sat 3: Hank Erwin Sat 3: Cochise County Allstars w/ Amy Langley Sun 4: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances, Sol Invictus Tue 6: Jay Allan & Drew Cooper Wed 7: Nick McBlaine & Log Train Thu 8: Corey Spector Fri 9: Ronstadt Generations in a Tribute Concert to Papa Mike Sat 10: Heather Lil Mama Hardy & her band Sun 11: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances, Wally Lawder & Acoustic Sky 2nd Annual Christmas Show Tue 13: Nancy McCallion & Danny Krieger Wed 14: Tucson Songwriters Showcase Thu 15: Rotary Speed Dial Fri 16: Jukebox Junqies Sat 17: Off the Ground Sun 18: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances, Holiday Concert with Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey Tue 20: The Tucsonics—Western Swing Wed 21: Eric Schaffer & the Other Troublemakers Wed 28: Western Music Association

Presents Sat 31: NYE 2017 Bash w/Reverie & Heather Hardy

PLAYGROUND TUCSON 278 E. Congress. 396-3691, Fri 11: Adara Rae & The Homewreckers Sat 12: Zona Libre Trio Fri 18: Heart & Soul Sat 19: Zona Libre Trio

Plaza Palomino 2990 N. Swan Rd., 907-7325 See web site for information

RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000, Thu 1: Seu George Fri 2: Henry Rollins Sat 3: Too $hort, Mistah Fab Sun 4: Olate Dogs Mon 5: Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, Homeboy Sandman Wed 7: Afrojack Thu 8: Rock 102.1 KFMA’s Nutcracker Ball, Catfish and the Bottlemen Fri 9: Tig Notaro Fri 16: Run Boy Run Special Christmas Show Sat 17: The Arroyo Cafe Christmas Show, Local Love Presents Festivus II: Funky Bonz, Desert Fish, Rilen Out!, We Roll, Lift DD, Intertwine Thu 22: Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show, Roman BartenSherman

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Nancy McCallion and Danny Krieger appear at Monterey Court, Tuesday, December 13.

Fri 30: Local Love Presents F@#K 2016, Texas Trash and the Trainwrecks, Border Town Devils, Junkie Vomit, Stubborn Old Bastard, Sindicate, Sicario Sat 31: Mantra: Glow In The Dark NYE Partywith XIXA!

Royal Sun Lounge 1003 N Stone Ave (520) 622-8872 Sun-Tue: Happy Hour Live Music Sundays: Ivan Denis Mon 5: The Phil Davis Trio Tue 6: Swingset Mon 19: The Phil Davis Trio

The Screening Room 127 E. Congress (520) 882-0204 Fridays: Live music See web site for information

Sea Of Glass--Center For The Arts 330 E. 7th St., 398-2542 Fri 2: Holiday Milonga Paz Sat 3: Lluvia Flamenca 2016

SKY BAR TUCSON 536 N. 4th Ave, 622-4300. Thu 1: Miss Abysmal, Jon Rex, Jurro Sat 3: PIPELiGHTS, Marshal Man Tue 6: Tom Walbank, Naim Amor Wed 7: Open Mic Fri 9: Cirque Roots Sat 10: Bradford Trojan and

Friends, Lemon Drop Gang, Shooda Shook It Tue 13: Tom Walbank, Joe Novelli of The Cloud Walls Wed 14: Open Mic Sat 17: Bittersweet Way, Things That Aren’t Words Tue 20: Tom Walbank, Naim Amor Wed 21: Open Mic Fri 23: Cirque Roots, Poison Lips Tue 27: Tom Walbank, Joe Novelli of The Cloud Walls Wed 28: Open Mic Sat 31: New Years Eve Party With The Bennu

SOLAR CULTURE 31 E. Toole Ave. 884-0874, See web site for information

Tap & Bottle 403 N. 6th Ave. 344-8999 Thu 1: Rich Hopkins and the Luminarios Thu 8: Eric Schaffer & the other Troublemakers Thu 15: Hey, Bucko! Thu 22: Jimmy and Dante’s Christmas Special Thu 29: Top Dead Center

Vero Amore Plaza Palomino 2920 N. Swan Road, Tucson 520-325-4122 See web site for information

Zocalo Magazine - December 2016  

Zocalo is a Tucson based independent magazine focusing on urban arts, culture, entertainment, living, food and events.

Zocalo Magazine - December 2016  

Zocalo is a Tucson based independent magazine focusing on urban arts, culture, entertainment, living, food and events.