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New Tugo Bike Share Offers Free Ride Tuesdays in December SINCE THE LAUNCH on November 17, Tucson’s new Tugo bikes have taken more than 1,000 trips. This includes 106-mile rides by Krista Hansen and Parker Batt, circumnavigating the city during the 35th El Tour de Tucson. Hansen is on staff at the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, and Batts is part of the Tugo team. Riding side by side, they finished the November 18 race in 8 hours and 45 minutes. “The Tugo bike was super fun to ride, and it’s lightweight too. I was comfortable and had plenty of confidence on my ride,” stated Hansen. The fleet consists of 330 Tugo bikes available for rent at 36 self-service, solar-powered docking stations in the downtown and University areas. As part of Tucson’s urban core transportation system, the bikes are intended for 30-minute rides from one docking station to another. So far, approximately 10% of riders have purchased $5 annual Access Passes, available to low-income individuals. Tugo Bike Share is part of Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s two-year transportation plan and was approved by the Tucson City Council in June 2016. Tugo Bike Share is operated by Shift Transit, with equipment and technology provided by PBSC Urban Solutions. Together they’ve deployed more that 50,000 bikes in cities around the world. Tugo Bike Share will provide Free Ride Tuesdays for the entire month of December, sponsored by Caterpillar. Every Tuesday, people can take a bike for unlimited 30-minute rides from station to station free of charge. Visit for more information. Tugo Bike Share is made possible through the support of; Banner Health, Tohono O’odham Nation, Tucson Electric Power, Tucson Medical Center, Rio Nuevo, Visit Tucson, Caterpillar, El Rio Health and HealthOn Broadway, Tucson Roadrunners, The Gadsden Company, Federal Highway Administration through Pima Association of Governments. n

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Terra Confirma Eat Mesquite and (So Much) More – Desert Harvesters Offers New Recipes for Sonoran Desert Living by Craig Baker

Walking through the Sonoran Desert (in this case, Tucson Mountain Park), many people might be prone to see threats above all else—bundles of thorns and spines just waiting to pounce. But what Brad Lancaster sees can be summed up in one word: abundance. He points out trees that produce edible seeds—mesquite, palo verde, and ironwood. The triangle leaf bursage, he says, can be used as a natural pain reliever; jojoba as a coffee substitute. There are whitethorn acacia and wild oreganillo—endemic replacements for garlic and oregano, respectively. There’s desert lavender, which can be infused with tequila. And creosote, which can be made into bitters for alcoholic drinks, or the buds can be pickled and used as capers. There are cholla cactus, whose buds can be prepared as a vegetable, as well as the edible fruits of the barrel, saguaro, and pin cushion cactus. Then there are the berries: desert hackberries, which present with an apricot-like flavor, and the native wolfberry (or goji berry) which Lancaster says taste something like a tomato. There are over 400 species of native, edible food-bearing plants in the desert that surrounds Tucson, “but”, says Lancaster, “the vast majority of people hardly know of any.” Though the average person might look across this landscape and see an endless expanse devoid of application, Lancaster says the question for him is “What can’t I harvest here?” It is for this reason that he refers to the living desert as his “encyclopedia.” As a co-founder of the local nonprofit Desert Harvesters, former instructor at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, and author of the two-volume series Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Lancaster is one of the world’s foremost experts in rainwater harvesting and water conservation. By his calculations, Tucson loses about one-million gallons of freshwater per mile of paved road each year into dry storm drains. And not only could the city potentially meet all of its current municipal water needs through aggressive rainwater harvesting practices, but simply by switching the culture of our local landscaping practices to one of reliance on native plants and irrigation through passive rainwater harvesting (that is to say, using terraforming and earthworks methodologies as opposed to catchment and storage in tanks) Tucson could reduce its overall water usage by thirty to fifty percent. Locally adapted plants, Lancaster points out, have spent millennia evolving in and with the local landscape, which means that they provide additional benefits to the community when we lean on them for our landscaping needs. Such species translate to less upkeep for people, higher natural yields with fewer inputs, the ability to select seed based on harvesting preferences, as well as the incorporation of the natural beauty of the desert into our daily urban experience. “So many people move to Tucson or the southwest because they 8 | December 2017

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Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods and Living, by Desert Harvesters are enraptured by the natural beauty of (the Sonoran Desert),” says Lancaster, “so why limit ourselves to have to drive out of town to enjoy that beauty? Why not bring it into town? Why not plant it in our backyard and along our neighborhood streets?” When we landscape with native edibles, Lancaster explains, our appreciation of the desert is no longer limited to days when we can find time to get away. Rather, it becomes “something we enjoy every day because it’s right outside our window, right outside our door.” And by shifting the culture of local landscaping to first work the earth in order to maximize its water collection and potential for fertility—what Lancaster calls “planting the rain”—not only can we create lush food forests and “living parkways” along city streets and throughout neighborhoods, but we can also begin to replenish local aquifers and reduce our dependence on imported foods and exotic species. The ultimate goal, Lancaster says, is to figure out “how we can give back more than we take (from the environment), and do so in such a way that we are not diminished, but our health and our quality of life are simultaneously enhanced.” And, he says, the newest publication by Desert Harvesters—Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods and Living—is the nonprofit’s latest effort to help incite just such a cultural change. In addition to the more-than 170 recipes highlighting native foods like mesquite, acorns, cactus fruit, ironwood, devil’s claw, native berries, chiltepin, desert chia, native flowers, wild greens, herbs, and even native meats and insects, the new volume by Desert Harvesters includes many of the original fifty recipes from their 2010 publication, Eat Mesquite!: A Cookbook, along with more than 100 new culinary creations from local gurus including Carolyn Niethammer, Joanne Schneider, and Janos Wilder. But, since this volume is a “Cookbook for Desert Foods AND Living (emphasis added),” the book also

includes instructional sections on ways to incorporate native plants into your day-to-day beyond simply harvesting, preparing, and eating them. Lancaster says that the new publication was “meant as an invitation to sample” some of the abundance available to us in the Sonoran Desert. Thus, Desert Harvesters is hoping that readers will be excited about the culinary opportunities presented therein, “but hopefully,” Lancaster says, “they’ll be inspired to also plant these food plants where they live, work, and play so that they’re not just consuming them, they’re also helping to grow and generate more of them.” To that end, Eat Mesquite and More also includes what amounts to an introductory instruction manual on how to select, harvest, and propagate seed; how to prepare your own garden or landscape in order to “plant the rain”; how to use native plants as medicine; how to cook with solar power; even, how to catch and prepare a packrat (a featured menu item in the cookbook). Taken altogether, Eat Mesquite and More is a sort of guidebook on “how to enhance or multiply our positive impact on the local ecosystem,” in Lancaster’s words, rather than focusing on minimizing our negative impact. Eat Mesquite and More is available for preorder now on the Desert Harvesters’ website ( at a cost of $34.95 and will be available for purchase at the Santa Cruz Farmers Market and at all Desert Harvesters events beginning on December 15, with a scheduled launch event at Exo Roast that evening. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit, of course, though the information inside is the kind that will benefit the local community at large. And, not coincidentally, the title’s release will come just in time for the holidays. To purchase or find more information on Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods and Living, or for more information on Desert Harvesters and their events, visit n December 2017 | 9

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72-Years in the Heart of the Old Pueblo Perri Jewelers Moves to a New Downtown Location by Jamie Manser


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Congress Street is buzzing on a recent Saturday afternoon. Buses and cars move slowly along Downtown’s main artery, as do the people sauntering along the sidewalks and crosswalks. It’s mid-November and restaurant patios are packed with diners enjoying their lunches and temperatures in the mid-70s. My husband and I chat about the current and recent construction projects, the empty storefronts, and the new and long-time businesses along Congress. As we pull into a parallel parking spot just west of 6th Avenue, in front of Empire Pizza, we wonder what will eventually take up residence in the large, empty Chicago Store space across the street and in the space that will soon by vacated by Hydra. On this day, I’m headed over to Perri Jewelers at 1 E. Congress St. to interview Stephen Perri about his recent move to this new location from 13 N. Stone Ave. Perri Jewelers was located on Stone Avenue for the last 13 years, but 13 years is just a fraction of the time the downtown stalwart has done business in the heart of the city. I bid my hubby and our pooch adieu before entering the jewelry shop, and pause to take in the signage around and on the door. I’ve always loved the Perri Jewelers’ logo with its mid-20th century design and font, designed by Simon Perri. I admire the neon sign that I’ll later learn is the original sign made in 1945 that Stephen had restored. Chimes lightly jingle as I push open the door and

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step up to go in. Taking in the scene, Perri Jewelers moved to 37 W. I see a charming and intimate space Congress St. in 1963. For the next 40 with beautiful lighting that makes the years, Simon Perri served the Tucson jewelry displayed on the wall and in community by selling jewelry, offering the glass cases simmer and sparkle. hand engraving, along with selling Stephen is consulting with two musical instruments and luggage. long-time customers when I come The store was open six days a week, in, but he smiles and offers a quick and catered to its customers by hello before getting back to his offering layaway and never charging clients about ring sizes. As the three interest on purchases. converse, I admire the exposed brick Stephen pulls out a file that walls, high ceilings and the unique is stuffed with receipts his father jewelry offerings tucked into 250 saved, with names such as Ruben square feet of space. I overhear the Romero and Eve DeConcini on the couple tell Stephen that they knew typed receipts. “He kept everything,” his grandfather and share that this Stephen remarks as he shuffles is their 36th wedding anniversary. through the papers. As he puts the It’s a sweet exchange that illustrates file away, he reflects on how he almost the power of customer service that closed Perri Jewelers in 2003. goes above and beyond the typical “My dad had a stroke in the fall interactions that occur in chain stores. of 2003, and initially I was going to It also showcases the generational close the store. I’m a teacher, I work depth and breadth of Perri Jewelers’ full-time. But, the school (Salpointe clientele that is not only attributable Catholic High School) gave me time to longevity – Perri Jewelers has been off to make a decision.” Between around for 72 years – but also to September 2003 and March 2004, masterful artisanship, a robust work Stephen ran the shop and was ethic, honesty, and a deep sense of inspired by the customers who came community. through and shared their stories of Simon Perri was a master hand engraver. “My father taught me to be purchasing jewelry or getting repairs honest, do things right, work hard and build relationships with customers. We and hand engraving done by his father. would go to our clients’ funerals, weddings and other events. I thought that “I decided that I couldn’t close it after hearing all of those stories. We was just the way it was,” Stephen says. He adds, “I later learned that not all had an 80th birthday party for my dad, and so many people showed up. I’m businesses operate that way.” proud to be able to keep Perri Jewelers going for my dad and my uncle, and Perri Jewelers originally opened in the spring of 1945 at 129 ½ W. Congress remain downtown. We’ve endured and survived entirely based on the people St. – where the Pima County court and governmental complex currently stands. downtown.” Stephen shows me a digital scan of the business’ advertisement that ran in a When Stephen had to make another decision about the survival of Perri March 1945 issue of El Tucsonense newspaper. He surmises that is an accurate Jewelers, by moving it from the Stone Avenue location to 1 E. Congress St., he timeframe of when his uncle Peter Perri opened shop. Stephen has his laptop shares the synchronicity that came along with finding the new location. up on the counter, and is showing me the pictorial history of the jewelry store. “It was cool that (commercial real estate agent) Buzz Isaacson showed us It is filled with family photos and images from the Arizona Daily Star archives. this space, because he knew my dad. I got to look at a lot of places downtown, “This is my uncle Peter, who started the business,” Stephen shares, but it was important for us to keep the overhead low. We found this space, and pointing out a photo that is over 50 years old. “When he (Peter) went to work it was retrofitted for our needs. We were able to move within a week of closing for Hughes Aircraft – which is now Raytheon – my dad took over and bought the Stone Avenue space and opened here on October 30. him out in 1957. “It’s been an odyssey – being downtown – and to watch it (downtown) “My uncle Peter was a watchmaker, my dad did hand engraving. My dad, come back; finally, private investors are putting money in, I think downtown Simon, learned his craft from being an apprentice for two and a half years in will keep growing. I’m glad we aren’t a place with chains, we’ve got local and Los Angeles.” Stephen scrolls through more photos on his laptop, and pauses independent stores. When you finally get investors, it’s key.” on a picture that shows the West Congress Street block in the 1950s. “See that sign for La Selva Latin Club,” he asks, pointing it out. “We were downstairs Perri Jewelers is located at 1 E. Congress St., online at and from that.” by phone, (520) 624-4311. The store is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to When the city decided to tear down the businesses that lined West Congress 5 p.m. n Street – west of Church Avenue – to build the current governmental complex, December 2017 | 11

Inheritance of the Symbol Observations at El Tiradito by Abraham Cooper

The women bringing water for the day, From common wells, passed where the dead man lay, For he had crept to site of shrine and died, They gazed in terror, crossed themselves and cried, In pity now they burn these candles clear, On Saturdays and Mondays through the year, And prayers ascend for souls of those who die, And wishes whirl in spirals to the sky. Excerpt from Untitled Poem Dedicated to El Tiradito By M.M.G., February 10, 1926

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For example, the understanding that in order for one’s wish to come true the participant must light a candle which should remain lit overnight. Other customs practiced at the shrine involve writing down one’s wish on a piece of paper and placing it inside a crevice on the wall. Yet, such stipulations merely provide a foundation from which an individual’s relationship with the shrine varies widely. This is evidenced by the material culture found at the site such as candles, hand-written notes, photographs, flowers, personal effects, etc. People have found as many different ways to engage in ritual practices at the shrine as the vast number of its visitors. Expressions of individualism are found through the enduring contribution of written wishes offered at the site; a quality constantly undergoing change. This allows the function of the shrine to adapt and evolve along with the changing needs and perceptions of its participants. In this sense, the original legend acts as a catalyst encoded with the desires of its contemporary visitors. Each generation has enhanced or diminished the legend’s meaning, appropriating it for its own purposes. So the question arises – is El Tiradito’s spiritual power inherent or prescribed? If indeed the current location of the site is not the original, then its power would seem arbitrary. From this perspective, El Tiradito may be better understood as a place sanctified by those who visit it and imbue it with their own meaning rather than a place made sacred by the untimely death of a sinner, as has been codified through legend. It is intriguing that while visitors engage in dedicatory rituals of a typically private nature, they simultaneously contribute to a shared, public space. This dualism lends itself to the emergence of a liminal environment which seems to accumulate “power” over time, as visitors impose their personal beliefs onto this communal setting in the form of wishes. In broader terms, El Tiradito reveals that folklore operates as a kind of social barometer, highlighting the prevailing needs of the community, or communities, in which such stories originate, which are then transmitted across time in the form of symbolic narratives. Because El Tiradito operates as a legend, it can and has often been used as a focal point of drama, from which stems an ongoing discussion about Tucson’s identity and the perseverance of its residents to uphold the city’s cultural authenticity. The shrine’s very existence and persistence throughout time summons a dialogue about our social, political and spiritual needs as a continuously culturally-merging community. El Tiradito behaves as a repository for the unseen, accumulative desires of this community, however is not restricted to a specific ownership group, characterizing its uniqueness. El Tiradito holds the power to unify the disenfranchised and fragment the status quo, to connect us with the ethereal and allow us to imagine how to subvert death. It provides a path that is within and without, teaching us to quiet the mind and listen; to humble ourselves before the unknown. n photo by Abraham Copper

uring the winter of 2005, I moved onto Convent Avenue located in Barrio Viejo- one of Tucson’s oldest neighborhoods. At the time, my friend Eric and I were developing ideas for a movie script we planned to submit to an upcoming film festival. The assignment prompted us to research some aspect of local history which could be used as the basis for our story. Late one night, with flask in hand, we ventured out into the crisp air to look for inspiration. We wandered down the shadowy corridors of the ancient barrio admiring its decaying architecture while kicking around plotlines. We walked for several blocks, absorbed in conversation, until stumbling upon a dirt lot where a collection of burning candles caught our attention. As we entered the site, we discovered a plaque describing the legend of a murder that had taken place there many years ago. Toward the back of the property there was an adobe wall embedded with innumerable notes. The aroma of old dirt and scented candles permeated the scene. This place held a power unseen yet palpable. In the days that followed, I would continue to learn more about the site and its legend, eventually dedicating the next twelve years to researching its history. Situated in what some believe to be its third location, on Main Avenue between Cushing and Simpson streets, lies El Tiradito, known variously as The Wishing Shrine. As though slumbering in timeless penitence, the temple-like presence of its crumbling facade seems to protect the ever-shifting constellation of votive candles placed beneath it. This adobe enclosure, soaked with wax from perpetual vigils, and adorned with countless written wishes carefully wedged in between its bricks has provided spiritual guidance, incited political fervor, and promoted superstitious notions, possibly dating back to the 1700s when Tucson was still a Spanish fort. There are more than twenty versions of the legend, most revolving around a tryst and ending in murder. The most common version tells that a man named Juan Oliveras was caught having an affair with his mother-in-law. Discovering this, her furious husband killed Juan with an axe on the very spot where now stands the shrine. Disallowed burial on consecrated ground due to his sin, Juan was unceremoniously interred on the spot where he died, inheriting the name “El Tiradito”, or “The Castaway.” So guilt stricken was his lover that she erected a shrine above his grave which began the tradition we celebrate today. Somehow, over time, the notion arose that if one’s candle remained lit overnight, their wish would be granted. Although no formal set of instructions have been published explaining how to engage the site or why such ritual practices exist, they have come to be understood through an oral tradition passed down through generations. The ritual practices that occur there are informed by the traits imbedded in the legend. Participants may receive their wish if they adhere to certain conditions.

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Gathering the Rain Clouds A Profile of Tohono O’odham Poet and Scholar Ofelia Zepeda by Gregory McNamee

I would sing for you rain dances. I would dance for you rain dances.


hen Ofelia Zepeda arrived in Tucson forty-odd years ago, she did not come with the sense that she would one day be a well published poet. Neither did she have any expectation of becoming the first member of the Tohono O’odham Nation to earn a doctorate in linguistics, far less of attaining the illustrious rank of Regents’ Professor at the University of Arizona. That she did all those things over a long career was a matter of accident, Zepeda says, and one that began with a chance encounter with another student of languages. That student was Kenneth Hale, a brilliant linguist from MIT who once reckoned that he could pick up the basics of a language he’d never heard before in the space of about fifteen minutes. Hale grew up on a ranch Arizona, and he may have been one of the few professors at MIT ever to don cowboy boots to begin with, much less wear them in the classroom. By the time he died in 2001, he had mastered more than fifty languages, and he seemed a little surprised if you had not. That mastery involved getting everything just right, and making sure that native languages be allowed to thrive by teaching native speakers how to record and preserve them. When Hale learned that a young woman who had grown up speaking O’odham at home had arrived on campus, where he was a visiting scholar, he helped steer a little grant money from the National Endowment for the Humanities—with the proviso, that is, that she study linguistics.

Like so much in life, that process was indirect, and it was certainly unforeseeable from Zepeda’s point of view. “When I came here, I didn’t know the field existed,” she says. “I thought I might want to be a teacher, and I wanted to find a way to teach O’odham people how to read their language. There was a dictionary and a book of folktales, but when I bought them I stared and stared at them—they just made no sense to me, a native speaker. I couldn’t connect the orthography to the words I knew. But I worked with a man here named Daniel Matson, at the State Museum, who worked with me on reading and writing O’odham, and he introduced me to Ken Hale, who asked me to help teach a class in O’odham. He spoke the language well, but I think he asked me so that I could help with more authentic pronunciation. He was really teaching me about language analysis—about how to study and talk about my own language. That’s what got me on the road to getting my degree in linguistics.” Zepeda did so by writing the first full grammar of the O’odham language, first published as A Papago Grammar by the University of Arizona Press in 1983. (The Tohono O’odham were formally known as the Papago until shortly thereafter, while their cousins the Akimel O’odham, “flowing water people,” were known as the Pima.) The orthography she established in that book, working with Hale and other speakers and scholars, is now the official standard for written O’odham, and it is policy on the part of the Tohono O’odham Nation continues...

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that the language use the spelling conventions she established. “Ken Hale and Dan Matson started me off,” Zepeda says. “When I got deeper into linguistics, it got a whole lot more intimidating, but the lessons that I wrote up, which became my book, were pretty easygoing.” The book, which is indeed a friendly introduction to the language, remains in print, and it has been used to teach thousands of students, O’odham and non-O’odham alike. (The first sentence one learns is this: “’I:da ’o’odham ’o ñeok: This person is/ was speaking.”) Ofelia Zepeda grew up in Stanfield, between Casa Grande and Gila Bend, part of a belt of cotton and grain farms and livestock yards that traditional O’odham called “the fields.” Her father worked at the famed movie actor John Wayne’s Red River Cattle Company, bringing livestock down from the Mogollon Rim in season for the fall cattle auction. The family had come up from Quitovac, an important O’odham village in Sonora. “My mother’s parents are from there,” she says, “and we lived with our grandmother there in the summer when we were children. My father was from a nearby village. They came up for work sometime in the 1940s—we don’t know exactly when.” What is certain is that when the Zepeda family came north, they traversed an O’odham world that was only modestly inconvenienced by being cut in half by the United States and Mexico, when crossing borders entailed just a few minutes’ delay. Things are more complicated today, and even though the Tohono O’odham nation has announced that it will not permit the United States to build the much-vaunted border wall on its sovereign territory, the O’odham are still troubled by outsiders.

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Ofelia Zepeda long ago emerged as one of the leading indigenous interpreters of that world and its governing ethic, or himdag, knowledge that she gained by long study. “When O’odham people meet,” she says, “they first ask not what your name is, but instead where your family is from, your village— not where you’re from, necessarily, but where your parents and grandparents were from. Lots of people have assumed that I’m from the main reservation, but my family has never lived there.” Her learning began at that Sonoran village, “a vibrant place with a natural water source,” she says, “which is what vac means. I remember that huge pond fondly. People had orchards and fields there, and they kept herds of horses and cattle. It’s a lot of work if you have animals, and I learned a lot about them by helping my grandmother.” There, in the sandy Sonoran desert, two groups of O’odham intersect: the Tohono O’odham, whose name has been translated as “rocky ground people,” and the Hia C-ed O’odham, whose name means “sand people,” and whose homeland is drier and more austere than the saguaro-studded lands of what the Spanish called the Papagueria. Not much had been known about the lifeways of the Sand People until Zepeda undertook a series of oral histories, gathering stories from elders about significant places and customs, the use of food plants and knowledge of animals, the changing seasons and the work and ceremonies appropriate to each. That work, undertaken forty years ago, has since blossomed, for Zepeda went on to establish the American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI), which trains Native American teachers in methods of instruction

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to help transmit to new generations languages and knowledge that might otherwise have disappeared. In the years since its founding, more than two thousand students have been through the AILDI program. It was from her study of her language, Zepeda says, that she became interested in writing poetry. “I was asked to teach in schools here in Tucson and on the main reservation, and at first I used traditional songs. The writing came because of the students—I had to write in order to give them something to read, and it wasn’t as though you could go to Amazon in those days and order up a Tohono O’odham novel. I asked my students to write stories that we could all share, things from their lives, and my own stories came out as poems. Many of my students were singers, and so they often transcribed songs that they knew, and we all learned together.” The materials that she gathered with her students became part of a book, The South Corner of Time, edited by Larry Evers and published by the University of Arizona Press as part of the influential Sun Tracks series of works in Native American literature. In time, Zepeda would become the editor of the series herself, encouraging emerging Native writers in several genres. Songs and poems: In Ofelia Zepeda’s hands, the two are not easily distinguished, and many of her original works contain traditional formulas— repeating choruses or elements, for example. Many of her poems, in books such as Ocean Power (1995), are written in both English and Tohono O’odham, the one sometimes glossing the other. Yet, just as culture does not stand still, even those tradition-minded poems describe life as it is lived today, with Tohono O’odham people carrying Basha’s

bags, listening to Merle Haggard cassettes, and using everyday store-bought accouterments. She writes in one poem of her parents, who worked outdoors all their lives, “Our family kept the Jergens lotion people in business, we used to say.” Another poem opens with the playful line, “That summer she intended to listen to her entire collection of Bob Dylan.” Still another commemorates the master tortilla maker who braves the heat of a summer day to make flour cakes so thin you can read a newspaper through them, entering a trancelike state in the battle to cool down. Writes Zepeda, “Most of us know better than to disturb her.” Zepeda still returns to Quitovac, although the elders have all gone, to attend the rain ceremonies that she has commemorated in many poems, songs to help pull down the clouds and urge them to deliver their burden of water to the thirsty land below. Anyone who wishes to be a true citizen of this part of the Sonoran Desert, a land at once austere and generous, will want to have her songs in memory, close to our hearts. n

It is rain. Rain somewhere out in the desert. Comforted in this knowledge he turns over and continues his sleep, dreams of women with harvesting sticks raised toward the sky. – Ofelia Zepeda

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Arizona Repertory Singers 2017 Winter Concerts --“Heaven Full of Stars”

The Arizona Repertory Singers will weave together a stunning array of iconic and modern choral music in their December concert series, “Heaven Full of Stars.” The 47-member ensemble directed by Elliot Jones will perform the world premiere of Festival of Lights by composer Karen Siegel. Guitar and percussion will accompany the choir for Ocho kandelikas, sung in Ladino, a Spanish-Jewish dialect combining Hebrew and Spanish. Tuned wine glasses held and played by choir members will begin another contemporary piece, Stars by Eriks Esenvalds.

7:30 p.m. Friday, December 8, Christ the King Episcopal Church, 2800 W. Ina Road

The choir will offer four performances on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons in midDecember.

3 p.m. Sunday, December 10, Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams Street 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 15, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3738 N. Old Sabino Canyon Road 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17, Christ Church United Methodist, 655 N. Craycroft Road Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. They may be purchased online at www., at the event, or from an ARS member. Students are admitted free. For more information, please visit


FOX THEATRE A Nashville Tribute Band Christmas, December 8; Ronnie Milsap,

Isbin, Dec 6. Leo Rich Theater, 260 S. Church Ave. 520-577-3769.

December 9; Tucson Girls Chorus - Sounds of Winter, December 10; Russian Grand Ballet Presents The Nutcracker, December 12 & 13; Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas, December 14; Merry-Achi Christmas, December 15; Chris Isaak Holiday Tour 2017, December 16; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Wild & Swinging’ Holiday Party, December 21; In the Christmas Mood: A Holiday Music Spectacular, December 22. 17 W. Congress St. 520-624-1515,

ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY, Man of La Mancha December 2 - 31. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. 520-884-8210.

BORDERLANDS THEATER A Tucson Pastoreia, December 14-17, Leo Rich Theater, 260 S. Church Ave. 520-791-4101.


Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, December 5-10. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. 520-903-2929.

BALLET TUCSON The Nutcracker, December 22, 23, 24. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. 520-901-3194.


December 9 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral Grand Parlor, 160 S. Scott Ave. 520-615-5299.

THE GASLIGHT THEATRE Christmas in the Big Apple, continues to December

LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP The Voice of the Prairie, continues to December 23. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 520-327-4242.

TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA A New World in Pictures, December 1; Yo-Yo Ma, cello, December 5; Messiah, December 9; Magic of Christmas, December 16; Christmas at the Mountain Oyster Club, December 19; See website for locations and performance times. 520-882-8585.

UA PRESENTS Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, December 17; Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. 520-621-3364.

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featured solo artist show in The Little Gallery on the grounds of the DeGrazia Gallery of the Sun.. 6300 N. Swan Rd, Tucson.

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Please join me for my artist reception on Jan 6th.. with special guest, Gabriel Francisco Romo playing Spanish guitar..


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Old Arizona Brass Band holiday concert Dec 2 at 2pm. Currently on view: History Lab, Chasing Villa, 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.



Henry Codax opens Dec 8 with a reception from 7-10pm and is on view to Jan 17. Hours by appointment. 101 W. 6th St, Studio Q. Everybody.Gallery



Long term exhibitions include, Woven Through Time: American Treasures of Native Basketry and Fiber Art and Paths of Life. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. 520-621-6302. 1013 E. University Blvd. StateMuseum.Arizona.Edu


Art Festival Dec 3 from 9am - 2pm. Hours: Everyday from 9am to 4pm. 2740 S. Kinney Rd. 520-437-9103.


Holiday extravaganza Dec 9 from 10am-4pm. Hours: Tues-Sat 10am - 7pm; Sun 1-5pm. 4425 N. Campbell Ave. 520-207-4544.

CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Courting Failure, Embracing Risk: Mark Klett and Collaboration is on view Dec 23 to May 20. Hours: Tue-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 1-4pm. 1030 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7968.


Molly Geissman: Hoarded Spaces in the Project Space gallery and Re:Markable in the Main Gallery are both on view to Dec 16. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am to 4pm. 101 W. 6th St, #121. 520-622-8997.


Milagros opens Dec 2 with a reception from 6-9pm and is on view through Jan. Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-3:30pm. 110 E. 6th St. 520-3986557.


Duncan Martin and Steve Murphy is on view until Dec 30. Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 11am-4pm. 154 E. 6th St. 520629-9759.

DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN DeGrazia’s Fun and Games and DeGrazia’s Cowboys are on view to Jan. In the Little Gallery, Del & Crishina Livingston, Ceramics and Paintings is on view Dec 3 to 15 and Kathy Robbins: Arizona Inspirations is on view Dec 17 to 29 (closed Christmas Day). Hours: Daily 10am4pm. 6300 N. Swan Rd. 520-299-9191.


Color Space and Combos Miniatures is on view through Feb 4. Trunk Show: Cris Hager, Pamela Howe & Terry Slonaker is on Dec 2 from 10am-1pm. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-1:30pm. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 520-7224412.

In the main gallery, Todd Walker at 100 (1917-1998); Frank Gohlke, Speeding Trucks and Other Follies; with photographs of Bears Ears National Monument by Stephen Strom is on view to Jan 6. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm or by appointment. 135 S. 6th Ave. 520-624-7370.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD Holiday Show “200 Under $100” is on view

EVERYBODY GALLERY Strawberry Lemonade by

TOHONO CHUL PARK In the Entry Gallery, 10 x


Puma: Past and Present is on view to Dec 25. Hours: Daily 10am-4pm. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. 520-883-3024.

JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY Natalia Anciso is on view to Jan 26. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-626-4215.


See website for details. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-624-4215.





Sabbatical is on view to Dec 8. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am5pm, Fri 10am-3pm. PCC 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 520-2066942. Pima.Edu/CFA


Holidays Around the World and Throughout Time is on view to Jan 7 and David Fischer: Model Builder Extraordinaire is on view Dec 19 to Apr 29. George Stuart Historical Figures: Early Works from the Hernandez Monsanto Collection Part II continues through Jan 21. Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-4pm and Sun 12-4pm. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr. 520-8810606.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Continuing exhibitions on view to Dec 31 include: ByNowWeAreThere: A Series of Locations Connected by the Logic of Curiosity; Paul Turounet | Estamos Buscando A; Nothing to Declare: Transnational Narratives. Hours: Weds-Sun 12-5pm. 265 S. Church Ave. 520-624-5019.

PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY & STUDIO New Works from Hunting Studio Glassworks is on view to Jan 27. Tues-Sat 11am-4pm. Call for glassblowing viewing. 711 S. 6th Ave. 520-884-7404. PhilabaumGlass. com

PORTER HALL GALLERY Manabu Saito is on view to April 2018. Hours: Daily 8:30am-4:30pm. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 520-326-9686.

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. 520-6232223.

Dec 5 to Jan 7 with a reception Dec 7 from 5-7pm. Color My World is on view to Dec 3. Hours: Tues-Sun 11am4pm. Williams Centre 5420 East Broadway Blvd #240. 520-299-7294.

10 | A Fundraiser is on view to Dec 17 and Jerry Jacobson is on view Dec 22 to Jan 28. In the Main Gallery, Desert Corridors is on view to Feb 7. In the Welcome Gallery, Royce Davenport is on view to Jan 7 and in the Garden Bistro, Art du Jour | Alexandra Bowers is on view through Dec. Hours: Daily 9am-5pm. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. (520) 742-6455.

TUCSON DESERT ART MUSEUM Under a Vast Sky: American Women Artists and Colors to Dye For is on view to Dec 3. Ongoing exhibitions include The Dawn of American Landscape and Arizona Women Uncovered. Hours: Weds-Sun 10am-4pm. 7000 E Tanque Verde Rd. 520-202-3888. TucsonDArt.Org

TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Current exhibitions include Desert Dweller and Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor continuing through Jan 28 and ongoing exhibits in the J. Knox Corbett House and in La Casa Cordova. Hours: Tues-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm; Thurs 10am-8pm; Sun 12-5pm. 140 N. Main Ave. 520-6242333.


Celebrate the return of Woman-Ochre on Dec 2 from 5-7pm at the home of Interim Director, Meg Hagyard. Current exhibitions include, Art Of The Reformation: A Selection, an exhibit of nine Old Master prints on view to Dec 17; La Frontera: Selected Works of Erin Currier on view to Jan 7; Our Stories: Mapping Q on view until April 22; In Transit / En Transit is on view until March 2018 and X, Y, Z: Art In Three Dimensions on view to June 2018. Tinkerlab, a makerspace is open through Jan 21. Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 12-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-6217567. ArtMuseum.Arizona.Edu

UA POETRY CENTER Suzanne Hesh: Cursive is on view Dec 4 to Feb 17. Hours: Mon & Thurs 9am-8pm; Tues, Weds, Fri 9am-5pm. 1508 E. Helen St. 520-6263765. Poetry.Arizona.Edu


Small Works opens Dec 3 with a reception from 1-4pm and is on view to Jan 3. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm; Thurs 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12-5pm. 2890 E. Skyline Dr. Ste. 170. 520-615-5222,


The Holiday Bazaar is on view to Dec 23 with a reception Dec 2. Hours: Weds-Sat 1-5pm. 388 S. Stone Ave. 520-6299976. n

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THANK YOU Southern Arizona for your support and an awesome 2017! If you’ve resolved to DO MORE GOOD for your community this year, please know that you help thousands of individuals in Southern Arizona realize their potential for themselves & their families by simply shopping or donating a bag of clothing or housewares at Goodwill! It’s THAT easy to do good. L E A R N M O R E AT W W W.G O O D W I L L S O U T H E R N A Z .O R G

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ZOOLIGHTS at Reid Park Zoo, Thurs 7 - Sat 23.

FRI 1 - SUN 3 AND FRI 8 - SUN 10



CULTIVATE MARKET This local favorite pop-up market returns with over 50 local

through the gardens decorated with 2,000 candlelit luminarias and tree lights, Korean Jinju lanterns on display, and view the current exhibit, Origami in the Garden, along with live performances. Tickets: $10 Members and $4 member kids, $13 Non-Members, $7.50 Kids 4-12. 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 520-326-9686.

artists and makers offering one of a kind goods in time for the holidays. Food trucks and coffee will be available and live music begins at 2pm. Part of the proceeds will benefit the nonprofit, BorderLinks. “The Mill” 219 N. 3rd Ave.

FRI 1 - SAT 16 HOLIDAY NIGHTS Enjoy twinkling gardens glowing with a million holiday lights, with live music and special performances, hot cocoa and telescope star viewing. 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.


Celebrate the rich tastes, smells, and variation of tamales from the Southwest and Mexico with a tamale contest, live local entertainment, food and farmers market vendors and artisans. Free and open to the public. 10am-5pm. Casino Del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Rd.

SAT 2 - SUN 3 ORO VALLEY HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS With more than 150 artists and exhibitors, live performances, food vendors, a tuba Christmas concert, and a 35 foot holiday tree lighting ceremony. Free admission. Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 4pm. 520-797-3959.

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Z events SUN 3 GLASSBLOWING WINTER OPEN HOUSE View glass blowing demos, shop for unique glass gifts , or try your hand at creating a glass ornament! Proceeds of the event support the Sonoran Glass School programs. From 10am - 4pm. Sonoran Glass School, 633 W. 18th St. 520-884-7814. HANUKKAH BAZAAR The Women of Reform Judaism’s (WRJ) Hanukkah Bazaar will have a selection of dreidels, menorahs, and other Hanukkah items in addition to crafts and gift items. Hot latkes will be available for purchase. No entrance fee. All are welcome. 9am-1pm. Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club Rd. 520-327-4501.

THURS 7 - SAT 23 ZOOLIGHTS Twinkling animal sculptures, light displays, visits with Santa, falling snow

Gates of Ishtar Tumblers -

These jewel tone, handblown glasses make gorgeous gifts and even beautiful vases for your holiday table! OPEN TUES - SAT


DOWNTOWN 711 South 6th Avenue 520-884-7404

and carousel rides. Hot cocoa, s’mores, and cinnamon rolls available for purchase. Reid Park Zoo is partnering with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the Tucson A List this year. See website for a list of suggested items to bring. Tickets: $10 adults, $6 kids aged 2-14, kids under 2 are free. Members receive $2 off admission. 6-8pm at Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court.

FRI 8 - SUN 10 FOURTH AVENUE WINTER STREET FAIR Over 400 local and national artisans offering arts, crafts, and gifts, more than 35 food vendors, live music and entertainment on two stages, a kids’ art area, face painting and more festivities. 10am to dusk. 316 N. Fourth Ave. 520-624-5004. For more information visit:

SAT 9 - TUES 26 WINTERHAVEN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Tour the neighborhood lights by foot, bike, bus trolley or hayride and enjoy the 68 year tradition that the residents of Winterhaven host annually as a celebration for all. Begins at 6pm each day of the festival. For more information visit:


A free, family friendly urban block party! 5pm to 10:30pm. Performances, vendors, food trucks, and more. Free family friendly movie at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum. Downtown Tucson.

MON 11 - THURS 14 CHRISTMAS AT SAN XAVIER CONCERT Patronato San Xavier presents a special concert of sacred and holiday music featuring the Sons of Orpheus with the Tucson Girls Chorus and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. Advanced ticket purchase is required. Tickets: $100-$125. See website for available times and performances. Mission San Xavier del Bac, 1950 W. San Xavier Rd. 520-407-6130.

THURS 14 THE VERY MERRY HOLIDAY SING-A-LONG SPECTACULAR Feast your eyes and ears on subtitled Santa-licious musical moments from your favorite seasonal TV shows, movies, and music videos, belting out your favorite holiday tunes and decking yourself out in your most over-the-top Christmas garb. Admission includes a Very Merry goodie bag filled with fun props to use during the show. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Casa de los Ninos and receive 1/2 off admission. General admission: $12, Loft members and children 12 and under: $10. 7:30pm. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 520-795-0844.

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FRI 15 - SUN 17 MERCADO HOLIDAY BAZAAR This annual holiday market features over 60 local artisans offering unique, vintage and handmade goods. Hours: Fri & Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 10am – 4pm. Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida Del Convento.

SAT 16 23RD ANNUAL PARADE OF LIGHTS Watch holiday themed floats pass by on the new route, listen to holiday classics performed live, and see the Mayor’s tree lighting ceremony, at the annual parade located downtown. The Annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place before the parade from 6-6:30pm. Parade begins at 6:30 with live music to follow. Free to all. 520-268-9030. See website for more information:

HOLIDAY EXPRESS WITH SANTA An afternoon with Santa in front of Locomotive 1673, with holiday music, a reading of the Polar Express, train tour, train museum exhibits and an arts and crafts show. Free event. Noon-4pm. Historic Train Depot, 414 N. Toole. 520-623-2223.


A timeless holiday classic brought to you by Ballet Tucson, featuring swirling snowflakes, marching toy soldiers, giant mice, and candy confections. Tickets: $19-$58. Times: Dec 22, 7:30 pm; Dec 23, 2pm & 7:30pm; Dec 24, 1pm. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. (800) 745-3000.

FRI 29 ARIZONA BOWL The 3rd annual NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl is one of the 41 official NCAA football bowl games. Participating teams from the Mountain West and Sun Belt conferences will be announced on Dec 3. The pregame tailgate festival from 11am to 3:30pm will feature food and beverages, an interactive Kids Zone, and live music from Neon Trees. is from During the game the National Anthem will be performed by professional artist Joe Everson. Immediately following the game, join the festivities at the Downtown After Block Party at Armory Park across from the Children’s Museum Tucson. Tickets: $25-$200. Kickoff at 3:30pm.

SUN 31 ARIZONA AMAZONICA Ring in the new year with a psychedelic cumbia party featuring XIXA and DJ Dirtyverbs, party favors, and a champagne toast. VIPs can get a seat on stage. Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm. Tickets: $12-$50. 318 E. Congress St. 520-740-1000.

NYE ROCK & ROLL EXTRAVAGANZA Enjoy a three course dinner with live music by the Retro Rockets in the Sonoran Ballroom, in this special evening presented by Sertich Travel. Complimentary valet, reservations required. 7:30pm - 12:30am. Tickets: $120. Westward Look, 245 E. Ina Rd. 520-884-5530.

MONDAYS MEET ME AT MAYNARDS Southern Arizona Roadrunners’ Monday evening, non-competitive, social 3-mile run/ walk, that begins and ends downtown at Hotel Congress, rain/shine/holidays included! Free. 5:15pm. 311 E. Congress St. 520-991-0733,


Locally grown foods and goods with live music. 4-7pm. Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida Del Convento.

MINOR MUTINY An after school program for high school students, with a range of activities such as creating a zine, watching art videos, or receiving help with homework, while supervised by artist mentors. 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Free. Museum of Contemporary Art, 265 S. Church Ave. 520-624-5019.

SUNDAYS PINTS & POSES This laid back yoga class takes place every Sunday at Pueblo Vida Brewing Company. $5 includes a pint. 10:30 - 11:30 am. 115 E. Broadway. 520-271-8174.

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Fri. Jan. 12

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The Hot Sardines

Rialto Theatre

Fox Theatre

Tues. Jan. 16

Wed. Jan. 17

Warren Wolf Crowder Hall

Thurs. Jan. 18

Lew Tabackin

Fri. Jan. 19

The Mingus Dynasty

Diane Schuur

Sat. Jan. 20

Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre

Sun. Jan. 21

Spyro Gyra

Rialto Theatre For more info visit or call 520-428-4TJF(4853)

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Scottish Rite

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Moments Before Gabriel Naïm Amor by Jamie Manser

THIS NINE-TRACK album of instrumentals is gorgeous, sparse, reflective, quiet, understated, and deftly executed – with jazz, orchestral/classical, blues, and cinematic vibes. It gives room for the listener to fill in the stories from one’s own imaginative perspective, or simply the chance to just zone out and let the notes wash over you. It’s easy to understand the fascinating mix of styles – which is sonically, uniquely Amor – on Moments Before when knowing about Amor’s musical background. He studied classical violin at a Paris conservatory for eight years, and as a teenager, he picked up guitar and played in rock and punk bands. Later, he went to a music school in Paris “run by the great American jazz musician Alan Silva,” the musician writes via email. “That school was primarily focused on jazz, but it was really edgy, no purists there; that definitely had a strong influence on me. Then I worked with theater director and author Marc’O with the ensemble Generation Chaos where I developed extensive work on music improvisation and stage acting.” Gabriel Naïm Amor says this album has its roots in a project he did with French avant-garde jazz guitarist Nöel Akchoté a few years ago. “He asked me to record guitar pieces very quickly and spontaneously. He completely covered them with noise, some kind of concept. I realized that I really liked these guitar tunes and they deserved an album. So, came the idea of making a guitar album and use all the beautiful instruments I own. I would have all the guitars in the studio and try them on different tunes and say, ‘Yes! This is the one for that song.’”

Amor – originally from Paris, France and a Tucsonan since 1997 – also explains that several of the compositions were written around the same time as the tunes on his 2016 album Western Suite and Siesta Songs. “I was working with (Calexico drummer) John Convertino, and some of the tracks just didn’t make sense on Western Suite, however John really liked them and wanted to drum on them. I realized that I needed more material and I had the direction laying in front of me, just needed to create the missing part, just like a puzzle. It is like curating a mess and finding out what was hiding through it.” He shares collaboration credit with Thøger Lund, who played on all of tracks, “mostly on electric bass. He also helped a lot with ideas, suggestions with arrangements. John Convertino played the drums, it is so easy to record with him and he brings a lot, he totally felt and understood the breathing and space of that album. Tommy Larkins played on one track one day he was at the studio we shared for a while. Nick Coventry played a violin part on one track, I did all of the strings on the album and of course all the guitars. Jim Waters mixed the album to tape.” Gabriel Naïm Amor performs “Moments Before” at Exo Roast Co., 403 N. 6th Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. Amy Rude and Heartbeast is also on the bill. See for show details or call (520) 7774709. Visit to check out his discography. To read an exchange between the musician and this writer about each of the album’s songs, go to n December 2017 | 37

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by Jim Lipson

Sister Solace Self-Titled

FOLLOWING Gabrielle Pietrangelo’s artistic and critical successes with Silver Thread Trio, some might see her return to leading an all-women’s, mostly a Capella, singing group, as a step back. After all, hadn’t she been there and done that with her group Old Soul Sisters? Well, perhaps, but while comparisons to that group are inevitable, this is more like advanced chorale singing 3.0. Not only are the arrangements and harmonies more dynamic and complex, this album itself presents as more of a complete work in terms of taking the listener on a journey with a clear beginning, middle and end. While “Railroad Boy,” which opens the CD is pleasant enough, it serves as a perfect introduction, as if to say, “here we are, 13 women, singing together with minimal instrumentation. Please get used to this because it’s only going to become more involved.” And indeed it does with “Sailor’s Breast” being clearly more challenging to sing and satisfying to hear. The next two songs, both sung in Bulgarian, help transition from a collection of voices and songs into something more. Perhaps it’s the inability to translate the words that allows the voices to become their own poetic dance. Whatever the case, by the time you are through “Svatba,” the second of the Bulgarian tunes and then on into “The Cuckoo,” it’s clear you’re not anywhere near where you began. Pietrangelo’s original “Shady Tree,” with its light bounce and pop sensibility,

plays like an intermission of sorts. And “Fare Thee Well,” performed live, with Pietrangelo on guitar and Ryan Alford on bass, is a tune you could almost hear Silver Thread taking a crack at, and is the perfect closer. Recorded live by Jim Waters in downtown’s Scottish Rite Cathedral, the album is also refreshing in that it does not try and accomplish any more than it is designed to. With only 8 songs, there is never a sense of the album being anything but just right in terms of how long it is and how much material there is to enjoy and digest. Sister Solace will perform on Friday, December 8, 7:30 PM, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave., with special guests Beth Daunis on violin and Thøger Lund on bass. n

Three Budways

Kathy, Maureen, David Budway EVERY once in a great while, a piece of music, a collection of songs or a fully realized album will appear out of nowhere and proceed to wow you to the nth degree. This could be one such CD. Kathy Budway, who was last heard from in the early part of the century when she partnered with Shanti Foster to produce a stellar recording of original folk and new-grass as Kathy and Shanti, has spent nearly ten years in collaboration with her brother David and late sister Maureen on this expertly recorded and executed collection of original jazz, pop, folk and blues. And unlike so many albums that begin to lose its sheen after repeated listening, this is one that only grows more interesting by the spin. With original compositions that feature incredibly fresh takes on jazz vocals, and tremendous ensemble playing which includes alto and soprano saxes, piano, violin, viola, cello and percussion to go along with a traditional rhythm section, the entire project is built on a foundation of lyrics that are intensely personal and from the heart. More than anything however, this album is clearly a labor of love, worked on via multiple trips to the Budways’ hometown of Pittsburgh where Maureen was being treated for cancer and where they would all meet up and hit the studio, David coming in from New York City and Kathy from the west. Without a lot of time for rehearsals, it’s extraordinary how well Maureen, a classically trained

singer, and with the biggest and the most expressive voice of the siblings, was able to take her sister’s original songs and arrangements and sing them so powerfully as if they were her own. While everything she touches is a gem, she perhaps best shows off her chops and versatility on Kathy’s “Sikh Blessing,” a middle eastern themed jam lasting more than nine minutes while never getting old. While Maureen shines on everything she touches, she’s also especially affecting on “Mother’s Day” and “Grief is an Easy Chair,” Kathy’s achingly beautiful tributes to their late parents with each featuring cameo appearances by the parents—a recorded interview with mom for the former and some live violin from their dad in the latter. And lest you think David is simply riding on his sisters’ considerable coattails, as co-producer and co-arranger, he’s the one mostly responsible for the expert ensemble playing while also contributing two of his own original tunes. Truth be told, if you want a clear snapshot as to what a functional family looks like and how it can operate, spend some time with this recording. It’s telling. n

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What’s Live Then and Now by Jim Lipson

I JUST CELEBRATED my 63rd birthday. Aside from how shocking that number should be to my system (but no longer is), it identifies me as an official card carrying member of the TV generation. More than a mere baby boomer, it’s as if people of my particular demographic were metaphorically, if not literally, nurtured, reared and breast fed on television. (I can actually cite episodes of Bonanza as helping to define my sense of social justice, right and wrong). As an addiction that never seems to wane, I often find myself staying up late and channel surfing while my family peacefully sleeps. While I rarely watch things straight through, often falling asleep on the couch, I’ve recently been captivated by various snippets of the new HBO documentary on Rolling Stone Magazine: Stories from the Edge. Aside from providing an engaging historical framework and context for the evolution of the magazine, from its tie-dyed and hippie inspired beginnings in 1967, the archival footage (John and Yoko, Dylan, even the Sex Pistols), as well as the stories within the stories, have been fascinating to say the least. Rare footage of Hunter S. Thompson commentating (sometimes ranting) about covering the Nixon campaign in 1972 (his writings for the magazine later compiled into the bestseller Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, 1972), offer a rare and colorful glimpse into this real world caricature later portrayed on film by Bill Murray and Johnny Depp. There is also the story of Cameron Crowe and how closely his film Almost Famous, paralleled his own experiences as a freelancer for the magazine at the tender age of 16. Who knew his fictional band Stillwater was based on Led Zeppelin? And then there is the story of a young Jon Landau, basically a record critic for the mag, who early on saw in Bruce Springsteen all he would eventually become. Because of this he was brought in by Springsteen, as an outsider, to produce, and ultimately save the production of Born to Run. Landau, like Crowe, would go on to forge his own iconic career producing every Springsteen album thereafter. And there are more, lots more. I mention this because nearly every musician and band listed below, as well as you, the consumer, who might go out to experience, listen to, dance with and appreciate the musicians, owes Rolling Stone Magazine some debt of gratitude for the role it has played in fostering the culture of what we generically still refer to as rock and roll. So, 40 | December 2017

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Harpdog Brown and the Traveling Blues Show, December 16, House of Bards if you are looking for something different to celebrate this holiday season, I suggest not just celebrating the music, but all that has helped make it such a rich and important part of our lives. In that spirit, celebrate this… Little House of Funk – December 2, Monterey Court – This may well be one of the two most exciting bands in town I have yet to see (the Coolers being the other). This is a CD release party for the release of Lady on the Bus. That lady, in case you were wondering is the multi-talented Connie Brannock, clearly the driver of this bus that includes such Tucson veterans as Carl Cherry on drums, Richard Katz, keys and Gary Love on sax. This is a big band with multiple horns and vocalists. This will be an exciting night! A John Waters Christmas – December 2, Rialto Theatre – You couldn’t make up a scenario, screenplay or novel more bizarre than the factual rise of Baltimore native John Waters, from fringe way outside the box filmmaker (Pink Flamingos) to major big budget moviemaker (Hairspray, Cry Baby, Serial Mom) to his shtick as a stand-up comedian/humorist/satirist/storyteller. This brief blurb from his press kit will tell you everything you need to know about this show. This rapid-fire trigger warning for holiday traditionalists asks the questions, Is Prancer the only gay reindeer?, Is it wrong to steal purses from cars in graveyard parking lots on Christmas Eve while mourners leave flowers?, Has Santa ever been nude? Tony Furtado Band – December 8, Monterey Court – This extremely gifted string player will do things with the guitar and banjo that shouldn’t seem possible, and he makes it look easy. A former headliner for the Tucson Folk Festival, he will dazzle. This year he comes with a band. Orkesta Mendoza – December 9, Club Congress – Sergio Mendoza and his big band will completely engulf the Congress stage with their electrifying brand of mambo, cumbia and hybrid salsa. Brian Lopez and Raul Marques are also on the bill. Jamie Anderson w/Sleepwater Station – December 12, Monterey Court – Once upon a time Jamie was a Tucsonan and if you’ve been here long enough you may remember her playing places like Bentleys or Cushing Street back in the day. Having escaped to Canada, long before it became politically

fashionable (again!) her voice has become bigger, her wit sharper and her songs, just better. She’ll be joined by Sleepwater Station, an engaging German folk act. The Great Cover-Up, 2017 – December 14/Flycatcher, December 15/Club Congress, December 16/Rialto –This great event, which has been absent from the scene the past few years, really deserves its own full column. Basically, local original music bands play 20 minute sets covering nationally known acts that are generally out of their comfort zones. Some will adorn makeup and costumes; some will go note for note while others will come up with completely original arrangements. For some reason the organizers never want to tell you who is covering whom until they are announced on stage. While I find this terribly annoying, it is also a part of its charm, I suppose. Always a benefit, this year’s proceeds go to Planned Parenthood of Southern AZ. Arroyo Café Holiday Radio Show – December 16, Rialto Theatre– The only holiday themed anything I’m giving any ink this month, this annual tradition is the handiwork of AZ Daily Star cartoonist and flaming libtard David Fitzsimmons. With equal helpings of cheezeball wit, music, politics and standup, the show is part homage to and satire of a Prairie Home Companion, desert style. Proceeds for this 1PM show go to Owl and Panther and AZ Public Media. Harpdog Brown and the Traveling Blues Show, December 16, House of Bards – Think early Chess and Sun label and you’ll get a sense as to the style of blues being offered in this show sponsored by the Southern Arizona Blues & Heritage Festival. House of Bards is also a relatively new midtown venue offering a variety of good bands. Salem the Bear Annual Food Drive – December 17, Club Congress – This annual benefit for the Community Food Bank, organized and hosted by Randy Clamons and his Grateful Dead cover band Top Dead Center, will also feature local luminaries Bryan Dean, Heather Hardy and the Amosphere. Showtime starts at 5:30 PM. K-Bass & Farafina Musica w/Spirit Familia – December 20, Monterey Court – Should we ever get a break from global warming and it actually acts like winter for a few days, these bands will keep you moving and warm. Afro-pop, world beat and reggae. What more could a dancer want? n December 2017 | 41

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Fall colors in the Galiuro Wilderness and All Souls Procession 2017 at Speedway and Grande.

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Cosmonauts perform at Hotel Congress on Tuesday, December 5.

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 1: Kim Wilson’s Blues All-Stars Sat 2: Dr. Fresch Wed 6: Prayers, War of Icaza Thu 7: MC Chris Sun 10: Casey Donahew, Drew Cooper Wed 13: Saliva Fri 15: Fleetmac Wood Sat 16: The Great Coverup Night 3 Tue 19: Calexico, DePedro Thu 21: Thouxanbanfauni X Uno The Activist Sun 31: The Bennu, Woke Up Dead

2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN Congress Street, Sat 9: See web site for more information

BORDERLANDS BREWING 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773, Fri 1: Mustang Corners Sun 3: Kevin Pakulis Fri 8: Tiny House of Funk Sun 10: Kevin Pakulis Sun 17: Kevin Pakulis Sun 24: Kevin Pakulis Sun 31: Kevin Pakulis

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Jack Russell’s Great White appears at The Rialto Theatre on Saturday, December 30.




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

201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351, Fri 1: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 3: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 6: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 7: Freddy Parish Fri 8: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 10: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 13: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 14: Louise Le Hir Fri 15: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 17: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 20: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 21: Mitzi Cowell Fri 22: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 24: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 27: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 29: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 31: Mik and the Funky Brunch

17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, Fri 8: Nashville Tribute Band Sat 9: Ronnie Milsap Sun 10: Tucson Girls Chorus Tue 12: Russian Grand Ballet presents The Nutcracker Wed 13: Russian Grand Ballet presents The Nutcracker Fri 15: Merri-Achi Christmas Sat 16: Chris Isaak Thu 21: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Fri 22: In The Christmas Mood

CHES LOUNGE 350 N. 4th Ave. 623-2088, See web site for information

CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848, Fri 1: Casey Golden, June West, Miss Lori & The Family Band, Street Blues Family Sat 2: Chamberlab Vexations Marathon Sun 3: WTF AF, Poppet, Willetta, Weekend Lovers, Language Barrier Tue 5: Cosmonauts, The Resonars Wed 6: Skating Polly, Starcrawler Thu 7: Seb Wildblood, Nightslip, FFV143, Soft Bloc Fri 8: Sick Puppies, Charming Liars, Doll Skin, El Tambo Sat 9: Orkestra Mendoza, Brian Lopez, Raul Marques Sun 10: Black Smurf, IDKJeffrey, Positive Satan Thu 14: Hott MT, Hannah Yeun and Floating Limbs Fri 15: The Great Coverup Night 2 Sun 17: Salem The Bear’s Annual Food Drive, Bryan Dean, Heather Hardy Mon 18: Moaning Tue 26: Giant Sand Thu 28: Rendezvous Wed 31: Gaelyn Lea, Karima Walker

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CUSHING STREET BAR & RESTAURANT 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984, Fridays: Pete Swan Trio featuring Matt Mitchell & Scott Black Saturdays: Jeff Lewis Trio

FLYCATCHER 340 E. 6th St. 798-1298, Fri 1: Juju Fontaine, M. Crane Sat 2: Illout Thu 14: The Great Coverup Night 1

HACIENDA DEL SOL 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol. 299-1501, Nightly: Live Music on the Patio Fri 10: Crystal Stark, Annemarie Rosano, Brian Levario

THE HUT 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

THE LOUDHOUSE 915 W. Prince Rd., 393-3598 Fri 1: Cutthroat Gorgeous Sat 2: Saint Augustine, Phil Free Band, The Roilers Wed 6: Folk Family Revival, Watching The Foxes, North By North, Sharkk Heartt Thu 7: Pickwick Commons, End

Of Eras, Heavy Hangs The Heart, Amora’s Bane Fri 8: The World To Come, I, Pariah, Los Perros Sat 9: Still Life Telescope, Miller’s Planet, Finite Fiction Fri 15: The Gunrunners, Stubborn Old Bastard, The Sindicate, Douglas Beat Market Sat 16: Waysted Youth, The End Party, Dead Country Gentlemen, Whiskey Knuckles Thu 21: Dead Inception, Egregious Act, Guardians, Single Finger Theory Sat 23: Border Town Devils, Krampus Crooner, The Distortionists, Sucker For The Sour, Dr. Soap

MONTEREY COURT 505 W. Miracle Mile, Sun 3: Nancy Elliott & Friends– Sunday Brunch Performances, Amphi Funky Panthers & Presidio Blues Band Tue 5: Nancy McCallion & Danny Krieger w/ Heather Hardy Wed 6: Nick McBlaine & Log Train Thu 7: Harpeth Rising–Indie Chamber Folk Trio Fri 8: Tony Furtado Band w/ Hank Erwin Sat 9: The LoBros - -Christmas Concert-$8 Sun 10: Nancy Elliott & Friends– Sunday Brunch Performances, Wally Lawder & Acoustic Sky 3nd Annual Christmas Show

Tue 12: Jamie Anderson & Sleepwalker’s Station Wed 13: Glendon Gross Quintet featuring Gracie Jessop Thu 14: St. Cinder Fri 15: Tommy Tucker Blues Fri 15: Roadhouse Sat 16: The Coolers Sun 17: Nancy Elliott & Friends– Sunday Brunch Performances, Silk and Soul- $5 Tue 19: The Tucsonics–Western Swing Wed 20: Eric Schaffer & the Other Troublemakers Thu 21: Virginia Cannon Presents Fri 22: Oscar Fuentes , Frank & Friends Sat 23: Carnivaleros Sun 24: Nancy Elliott & Friends– Sunday Brunch Performances, Eb’s Camp Cookin Thu 28: The Titan Valley Warheads Sat 30: KBass & Farafina Musica w/ Spirit Familia Sun 31: Nancy Elliott & Friends– Sunday Brunch Performances, NYE 2018 Bash w/ Heather Hardy Band

RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000, Wed 6: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Thu 7: Cody Jinks, Ward Davis, Red Shahan Tue 12: Lil’ Boosie Sun 17: Bone Thugs n Harmony, Lil’ Flip Sat 23: Funky Bones, Mr. Wiley,

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Little Cloud appears at Tap and Bottle Downtown on Thursday, December 21.

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Ronnie Milsap appears at Fox Tucson Theatre on Saturday, December 9.

Dead Man Dom, Creating The Scene, Rusty Green, Taylor Bellemare Thu 28: Jim Breuer Sat 30: Jack Russell’s Great White Sun 31: XIXA

THE ROCK 136 N. Park Ave. Wed 6: Lifelink, Toylit, Decayer, Low Roads Fri 8: Faceless Sun 10: Sleeping With Sirens Wed 13: The Graham Bonnet Band

ROYAL SUN LOUNGE 1003 N Stone Ave (520) 622-8872 Sun-Tue: Happy Hour Live Music

SAINT CHARLES TAVERN 1632 S. 4th Ave (520) 888-5925 Visit Facebook page for events

SAND-RECKONER TASTING ROOM 510 N 7th Ave, #170, 833-0121 Fri. 8: Amber Norgaard Fri. 15: Heather Hardy Fri. 22: Austin Counts Fir. 29: Stephen Budd

SEA OF GLASS—CENTER FOR THE ARTS 330 E. 7th St., 398-2542 Wed 6: Makana Fri 22: Keith Secola, The Cody Blackbird Band

SKY BAR TUCSON 536 N. 4th Ave, 622-4300. Sat 2: Shooda Shook It, Marching Powder Tue 5: Tom Walbank, Dos Muñoz Wed 6: Open Mic Thu 7: Eric Schaffer and The Other Troublemakers Fri 8: Cirque Roots Sat 9: Philip Harvey’s Xmas Party, Rick Shaw Tue 12: Tom Walbank, Steff Koeppen Wed 13: Open Mic Thu 14: R. Ariel & Sean Fri 15: Jacques Taylor and the Real Deal Blues Band Sat 16: Gaza Strip, The Bordertown Devils Tue 19: Tom Walbank, Dos Muñoz Wed 20: Open Mic Thu 21: Eric Schaffer and The Other Troublemakers Fri 22: Cique Roots, The Bennu Sat 23: The Unday Tue 26: Tom Walbank, Steff Koeppen Wed 27: Open Mic

TAP & BOTTLE 403 N. 6th Ave. 344-8999 Thu 7: Amy Mendoza and the Strange Vacation Thu 14: Billy Sedlmeyer and the Mother Higgins Children’s Band Thu 21: Little Cloud, Jimmy Carr Thu 28: Bradford Trojan

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Z poetry my ghost --- knows i will die no matter how little i'd like to think about it, myself. but it's ok because i know how to wear a suit in the snow and i know a thousand ways to enjoy all the world's nice-neat pleasures, like letters and chrysanthemums and whiskeys and masse shots and to me all the clouds take the shapes of other things (love is like the clouds. it hovers like a hovercraft or a bird or some object that hovers above other objects. it's like so much that it isn't. but most things are like that). my friend told me if you know you're going away, don't tell anyone until a few days before you go. he explained: no one loves what they know will leave them ---

my ghost --- goes grocery shopping with me on tuesdays. in the cereal aisle, she stares at boo-berry and i know that she doesn't like who she is. i don't know how to tell the good oranges from the bad oranges without opening them up. the store manager make ridiculous demands like: 'don't open those!!!' and 'get your ghost out of the fancy meats!!!' we ignore him and then he leaves. that's how things work. other ghosts ride in carts. i give half the list to mine to keep her busy. she spends a long while trying to pick up the dryer sheets, the ones with the cute alligator on them but she knows she can't. her hand disappearing again and again into the small white box.

Jamison Crabtree holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and a PhD from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. His first book of poems, rel[am]ent (The Word Works), was awarded the Washington Prize. He is also the author of two chapbooks: rough music outside of the vacant body (SunDog Lit) and please please get over here please (Cartridge Lit). His recent work appears in DIAGRAM, Fence, Reality Beach, and Wyvern Lit.

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Tucson Arts, Culture and Desert Living.

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