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Zócalo Tucson’s arts, culture & desert living magazine

february 2017 / no. 82

Al Glann Sculptor

Haunted Hands Gallery (Studio C) Rotating shows featuring a new local artist every month. Opening receptions on Full Moon Open Studio nights. Owned & operated by Lisa Cardenas

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07. Events 15. Heritage 19. Community 22. Arts 28. Art Galleries & Exhibits 29. Tucson Beer Crawl special section 34. Desert 39. Performances 46. Tunes 56. Crossword 57. Poetry 58. Scene in Tucson On the Cover:

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Tue 7 - Wed 8 SHEN YUN celebrates its 11th anniversary of sharing the beauty of Chinese culture. In 2006, a group of elite Chinese artists came together in New York with a mission—to revive traditional culture and share it with the world. They created Shen Yun and brought this majestic culture back from the brink of extinction. Originating several thousand years ago from the tradition of martial arts, Chinese dance is one of the most rigorous and expressive art forms in the world. The Shen Yun Orchestra combines the spirit, beauty and distinctiveness of Chinese music with the precision, power and grandeur of the Western symphony orchestra. Shen Yun is a journey to another world with exquisite costumes and stunning animated backdrops. Since 2007, more than 5,000,000 people in 30 countries on four continents have experienced Shen Yun. Because of a record number of sold-out performances in Arizona in 2016, Shen Yun will come to Tucson this year for the very first time. Each year, a new production is created and in 2017, five touring companies will travel the globe to perform 500 shows. Performances are Tuesday, March 7 – 7:30pm, Wednesday, March 8 – 2:00pm, and Wednesday, March 8 - 7:30pm, and take place at the Tucson, Convention Center Music Hall, 260 S Church Ave. SHEN YUN 2017 is presented by Shen Yun Performing Arts. Tickets are $70 - $150 and are available by calling 800-880-0188, or in person at each theater’s box office. More information is available at


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Thu Feb 2, Thu Mar 2, Thu Apr 6 Play! Happy Hours @ TMA

Mark your calendar on First Thursdays, an evening of inspiration, creativity, and discovery through art. The kick off event to celebrate a recent NEA grant is on Thursday, February 2 and will center around a theme of heritage with local artist Elizabeth Burden and her project, Liminal Space: between Past, Present, and Future. The “happy hour” takes place from 5:00 to 8:00pm and admission is free. Tucson Museum of Art is located at 140 North Main Avenue. 520-624-2333. More information online at

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International Clash Day “This is a public service announcement, with guitar!” - Know Your Rights, The Clash, 1982

by Jamie Manser It’s been four years since Seattle’s KEXP 90.3 FM DJ John Richards declared Feb. 7 as International Clash Day, and a year since Seattle’s mayor created an official proclamation to honor The Clash on that day. Subsequently, six other cities have jumped on this punk rock proclamation bandwagon, including: Austin, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Vancouver B.C., Bridgwater U.K. and Tucson. The date doesn’t hold special meaning in the British band’s history; Feb. 7 was just a happy happenstance of Richards spinning the band’s tunes one morning in 2013 and a listener asking him to keep The Clash’s tracks coming. However, it is the timing of the other communities getting onboard that feels significant considering the country’s current political state and the still exceedingly apropos, sneeringly poignant political songs The Clash wrote between 1976-1986. “I think right now the spirit of The Clash and the spirit of Joe Strummer’s views ring true to a lot of cities not happy with the direction the last election went,” Richards wrote via email. “I also think some of the leaders in these cities are of an age that they clearly remember their own love of The Clash... or at the very least the respect they have for their work.” Locally, KXCI 91.3 FM Home Stretch DJ Hannah Levin spearheaded the charge to create International Clash Day in Tucson. Levin, who was a KEXP DJ for eight years and moved here in fall 2014, said her KEXP colleagues approached her about getting KXCI involved this year. “It was a no-brainer. The Clash is one of KXCI’s ‘core artists’ – music that we already play quite regularly – and the spirit of the day is very much in line with the inclusive, creative culture of Tucson,” Levin explained. “Having had the mayor on my show, I knew he (Jonathan Rothschild) was a big music fan and would likely connect with the themes embodied in International Clash Day – peace, unity, anti-imperialism, anti-racism, poverty awareness and freedom of expression. “Now more than ever, we need to be embracing a sense of a community that welcomes people from all walks of life and celebrates the type of fearless art that brings us together, rather than divides us,” Levin elucidated. “Music has a visceral power to do that which few other art forms have, so my hope is that in addition to enjoying an avalanche of invigorating Clash-related programming, we inspire listeners to become more deeply engaged with our community around issues of social justice and freedom of expression.” For fans of The Clash, this will be a most welcome day, and it will be an awesome education for those who are not aware of the band’s amazing body of work. KXCI is celebrating on-air from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with special programming that was still being finalized as of Zócalo’s press time, but Levin shared that “listeners can expect to hear Clash classics, deep cuts, rarities, and archived interviews with The Clash. We are also working on interviews with members of Tucson’s music community who were/are influenced by The Clash and/ or were in attendance at The Clash’s show at the Tucson Convention Center in 1983, which was the band’s penultimate show with Mick Jones (Howe Gelb snuck into this show!).” Che’s Lounge, 350 N. 4th Ave., is the headquarters for Tucson’s International Clash Day with DJs spinning Clash tunes that night, along with showcasing a special Clash-themed visual art show – curated by bartender/local artist Donovan White – as well as hosting a record sale of The Clash’s catalogue by Wooden Tooth Records.

Why does it matter? Well, as John Richards shared, “I think one of the main things is, they knew how to write GREAT songs. They also were lightening in a bottle like all great bands, the perfect sound and the perfect players at the perfect time. That kind of magic doesn’t just disappear.” “There is something singular about their creative focus that is timeless – comforting and galvanizing simultaneously,” Levin added. “Whenever I hear the opening chords of ‘Know Your Rights,’ I always feel ready to be both angry and productive, which is the flavor of punk rock that has always appealed to me the most.” Get all the event details at Reconnect with the band at

City of Tucson Mayoral Proclamation WHEREAS, legendary U.K. band The Clash formed in 1976, establishing their unique sound combining punk with reggae, dub, funk, ska, and sociallyconscious lyrics; and WHEREAS, the band played the Tucson Convention Center in 1983, inspiring many Tucson musicians, including a young Howe Gelb, who formed Giant Sand that same year; and WHEREAS, throughout their career, The Clash used the power of music to share messages of peace, unity, anti-imperialism, anti-racism, poverty awareness, and freedom of expression; and WHEREAS, the City of Tucson encourages all citizens to take inspiration from these messages as we work together to create an inclusive, welcoming city; and WHEREAS, the City of Tucson and the Mayor’s Office affirm that this city is a Hate Free Zone, committed to values of inclusivity, tolerance, diversity and hope; and WHEREAS, Tucson takes great pride in its growing music community and the cultural contributions of its many musicians across a wide range of genres; and WHEREAS, the civically-and globally-minded City of Tucson wishes to join with other like-minded cities across the globe in celebrating International Clash Day; and WHEREAS, the City of Tucson adheres to the belief in the immortal words of Joe Strummer, “People can change anything they want to, and that means everything in the world;” NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of the City of Tucson, Arizona due hereby proclaim February 7, 2017 to be INTERNATIONAL CLASH DAY in this community, and encourage all of our citizens to Rock the Casbah. n February 2017 | 9

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Fri 3 FLAME OFF 2017 The 16th annual fiery competition


features 18 glass artists competing to create works inspired by this year’s theme of The Textures and Sparkle of Tucson’s Gem Show. Brews by Thunder Canyon and food trucks. General admission: $20, VIP tickets: $50. 7-11pm (doors at 6:30). Sonoran Glass Academy, 633 W. 18th St. 520-8847814.

Lynch torchworks his Cowskull Margarita glass at the 2016 Flame Off.

Fri 17 - Sun 19 24 HOURS IN THE OLD PUEBLO

This annual endurance event with team and solo rides includes a bike expo, the Super Laid Back Dedication Dinner, live entertainment, awards ceremony, and 24 hours of tunes provided by KXCI Community Radio. A portion of the funds will benefit Bag It. See website for entry information and schedule, or call 520-623-1584.

photo: Brian Leddy, courtesy of Epic Rides

SAT 25 The Tucson Hip Hop Festival

The Tucson Hip Hop Festival is back in town with a full day of the Old Pueblo’s hottest hip-hop acts, thought-provoking panels and live graffiti art demos. This year, the event, presented by UA’s College of Humanities’ Africana Studies program and the Rialto Theatre, includes a host of homegrown and transplant artists, including Murs, Lando Chill, Jivin Scientists, Marley B, Cash Lansky, Jaca Zulu and more. Formerly known as the Tucson Hip Hop Summit, the event, established in 2015, has blossomed into a massive and inclusive celebration. This year, there are over 60 rappers slotted to perform at the festival on February 25. With producers, DJs, B-boys, graffiti artists and thinkers in the mix, too, this year’s festival offers a full representation of hip hop as a cultural icon in Tucson.

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The Tucson Hip Hop Festival will take over downtown Tucson on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from noon until midnight. It is an all-ages event. Tickets for the full festival run just $10 for general admission or $25 for VIP (limit 25 VIP tickets sold). More information, including bios and photos of performers, can be found at

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Experience 100 hands on science, technology, engineering, and math activities. Part of the Arizona SciTech Festival. Free admission. 10am – 2pm. Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. 6th Ave. 520-792-9985.


The public is invited to hear experts speak about refugee resettlement in Arizona. 2pm. El Presidio Plaza Park, 160 W. Alameda St. Downtown Tucson.


Presented by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce, Arizona’s longest running outdoor arts festival offers a range of artwork by hundreds of artists. Horse drawn carriages, food court and live entertainment. 10am5pm. Free admission, parking is $8. Tubac, south of Tucson at Exit 34 and 40 on I-19. 520-398-2704.

Thurs 9 HARD HATS AND HEELS This event benefitting Habitat for Humanity’s Support Our Women Build program is sure to make you feel good, with the LaughingStock Comedy Company on hand for hilarious improv comedy. Tickets: $40 includes a complimentary drink. Hors d’oeuvres served. 5:30-7pm. Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 520-3261217.

AN EVENING WITH GEZA ROHRIG A multimedia evening featuring the star of the Academy Award winning film, Son of Saul. Tickets: $36 with a reception following performance. 7:00pm, Holsclaw Hall, UA Music Building, 1017 N. Olive Rd. 520-5779393.


Get ready for baseball season at the premier destination in the United States for collegiate softball and baseball spring training. Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way. 520-777-7680. For tickets and schedule visit:


Over 20 local artists, gourmet sweets, champagne and a raffle benefitting the American Heart Association, The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, and the National Alliance for Mental Illness. 10am-4pm. Designlines Interior Design Studio, 2080 N. Craycroft Rd. 520-885-9577.


Step back into the 1800s with horse cavalry and military drills, vintage baseball games, live music, mariachi, food, kids activities and walking tours. Free admission and parking. Noon – 4pm. Vintage baseball games at 11am and 1pm in Ft. Lowell Park. Fort Lowell Museum, 2900 N. Craycroft Rd.


Celebrate the anniversary of Arizona’s statehood with historical presentations, live entertainment and a parade. Admission: Buy one get one free. 10am – 5pm. Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Rd. 520-883-0100.

Sun 12 – Sat 18 ARIZONA BEER WEEK Fun craft beer events include a kick off at Tap & Bottle, Fine Valentine’s Relay at Gentle Ben’s, Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing at Sentinel Peak Brewing Company, and Meet the Brewer with Andrew Bauman from Uncle Bears at Total Wine, along with many more tasting events. See website for more information:

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events Z Weds 15 – Sun 19 TUCSON WINTER CLASSIC HORSE SHOW Presented by Horse Shows in the Sun with hunter, jumper and equitation classes for notice or experienced riders. 8am-4pm. Free admission. Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Rd. 520-7629100.


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Fri 17 - Sun 19 TUCSON QUILT FIESTA! Get cozy at the 39th annual event presented by the Tucson Quilters Guild. Quilting demonstrations, vendors, raffle, door prizes, and quilted items in a range of styles, along with guest speaker Lenore Crawford. Admission: $10$20, kids under 14 free. Tucson Convention Center 260 S. Church Ave. 520-791-4101.

Sat 18 TUCSON MEET YOUR BIRDS Tucson Audubon Society invites the public to experience birds in the wild at the Sweetwater Wetlands. Experts are on hand for guided walks. Live birds and reptiles, food trucks, and kids activities. Free event. 7am-1pm. Sweetwater Wetlands, 2617 W Sweetwater Dr. 520-629-0510.

Sat 18 & Sun 19 TUCSON BOYS CHORUS CLASSIC CONCERT The chorus will perform selections by Mozart, Hadyn, and Bach under the direction of Dr. Julian Ackerley. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at door, $8 kids under 12. 7:30pm Feb 18 at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, 1800 S. Kolb Rd. and 3:00pm Feb 19, Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 W. Magee Rd. 520-296-6277.

Sat 18 & Sat 25

BUZZ ISAACSON 520.323.5151

FC TUCSON DESERT DIAMOND CUP Tucson’s major league and semi pro soccer club hosts the premier MLS preseason tournament. Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way. 520-334-1115. See website for teams, schedule, and more information:

Sat 18 - Sun 26 TUCSON RODEO & PARADE – LA FIESTA DE LOS VAQUEROS The 92nd annual event kicks off with a ProRodeo competition and a Coors Barn Dance on Feb 18. Tucson Rodeo Parade begins at 9am on Feb 23 at 705 E. Ajo Way. Competitions and live entertainment all week long. Tickets and more information: 1-800-964-5662 Tucson Rodeo Grounds 4823 S. 6th Ave.


A creative morning filled with writing workshops, performance by Las Aguilitas, the Davis Bilingual Elementary mariachi band, food and coffee. Free and open to the public. 10am-1pm. University of Arizona: Poetry Center, 1508 E Helen St. 520-626-3765. Poetry.Arizona.Edu


Arizona’s largest gathering of peace, justice, and environmental groups with live entertainment, food, and activities for kids. Free to attend. 11am-4pm. Armory Park Center, 220 S. 5th Ave. For more information visit:


Meet with Peace Corp volunteers to ask questions or hear stories about living abroad, or find out about local volunteer opportunities. Light refreshments. 2-6pm. UA Student Union Memorial Center in the North Ballroom 1303 E University Blvd. Grad.Arizona.Edu/PeaceCorps

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A collection of antique horse-drawn buggies and wagons fill several of the buildings at the Rodeo Parade Museum.

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It Belongs in a Museum The Tucson Rodeo Parade’s Museum by Diane C. Taylor Coming February 23, in the midst of the annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros® and Rodeo, is the 92nd Tucson Rodeo Parade. With nearly 100 years under its belt, the Tucson Rodeo Parade is especially noteworthy in that it has its very own historical repository. On the northeast corner of 6th Avenue and Irvington Road at 4823 S. Sixth Ave., sits the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum, offering a large collection of refurbished horse-drawn buggies and wagons, parade archives, plus artifacts and historical re-creations of Tucson in the early 1900s. The Rodeo de los Vaqueros began in 1925 as a one-day event to attract tourists to Tucson. The parade that preceded it was a highlight. Today, with 125 entries, the Tucson Rodeo Parade is the largest non-motorized parade in the U.S. (that the group knows of), Museum Committee chair Bob Stewart said. The rodeo has expanded to six days. The parade, held on Thursday, kicks off four days of rodeo “finals”. The museum is housed in a huge, old adobe building that once stabled the sheriff’s department horses and then stored excess supplies from DavisMonthan Air Force Base. The Rodeo Parade Committee began leasing the building in 1946, using it to store old wagons and buggies that were donated. Eventually, the museum was opened in 1965. Donations continue today, with the museum getting up to four a year, Stewart explained. “Often they’ve been used as yard art for years. The homeowner decides to sell his house, and the real estate agent tells him to get rid of the ‘junk’ in the yard. That’s when we get a call. Most of the vehicles are in pretty bad shape, but the 140-year-old hand-forged hardware used to make them is

irreplaceable.” The hardware is used to repair other vehicles that are in better shape in the museum’s workshop. The museum rents some of its more than 150 carriages and buggies, usually those that hold at least six to eight people, for the parade, Stewart continued. “We believe it’s the largest one-day event in Arizona. On a sunny day, we get from 150,000 to 200,000 visitors along the route. Schools in the area are out, and we have at least two hours of live, local TV coverage.” Around the perimeter of the almost-12,000-square-foot adobe building, you’ll get a glimpse of the old days of Tucson. Among the shops: a blacksmith shop; artifacts from the original El Conquistador Hotel; an original early version of Cele Peterson’s dress shop; a display highlighting the importance of the Chinese community here; and elements from the Stork’s Nest, a birthing center that operated in Tucson from 1922 to 1946. The blue building on the south side of the museum was the hangar of the very first municipal airport in the U.S., dedicated on November 20, 1919, Stewart said proudly. In this area, along with several horse-drawn vehicles, you’ll find the original horse trailer used by Duncan Renaldo, better known as the Cisco Kid. He rode in the parade eight times, Stewart said. Renaldo had the trailer repainted and donated it and his saddle to the museum. Here you’ll also find a donation from the Children’s Museum: an Old West town, used interactively, that had seen better days. Volunteers spent several months restoring the small-scale town. Thanks to the Tucson Garden Railway Society, you’ll find a German-made train running on a G-scale model railroad (at a ratio of 1 to 22.5), according to


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Z heritage >>> Glenn Mitchell, president of the society. The tracks run through a rough version of a late-19th century western town set in the desert, with bits and pieces of the town based on historic Tucson. Today, besides the displays, the Parade Committee has set up video stations with brief films about the history of Tucson and the importance of the Butterfield Overland Mail Route through Tucson in the 1850s, the railroad in the 1880s, and aviation in the early 1900s. The idea is to offer something new, so visitors won’t see the same things every time they come, Stewart explained. A black-and-white movie of the first parade is also on view. Another exhibit displays tools from a blacksmith’s shop in Illinois, where many of the wagons were made. This includes the ledgers, showing all the costs. The nonprofit museum is operated by the Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee, made up of 36 core members and a chairperson. All are volunteers. The Rodeo Parade Museum is open seasonally, from January 2 to April 8 this year, Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. During the Rodeo week the hours change: Feb. 18-22 and Feb. 24-26 it’s open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 23 it will be closed for the parade, and Feb. 27 it will again be closed. From Feb. 28 to April 8, it has regular hours. n Cost to visit the museum for adults: $10, seniors: $7, children: $2, military and family (with ID), 50% discount. The museum honors the Tucson FUN BOOKS, which it also sells. For more, check out the museum’s website at

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Above: Miniature 19th-century western town with an electric train made to resemble what Tucson may have looked like back in the day.

Renderings of the new studio by Baker-Hesseldenz Design.

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Congress Votes Yes KXCI Back on the St. by Jim Lipson

photo by Bill Moeller

When KXCI community radio first went on the air 33 years ago, it was not unusual to hear volunteer DJs making disparaging remarks about the unusually loud and rickety staircase that led up to its second floor/attic on-air studio. Located at 145 E. Congress St. on the northwest corner of Congress and Sixth Ave. (a space now long inhabited by Hydra), KXCI 91.3FM was mostly happy to have four walls and a roof over its head and was actually quite happy to settle for the old Dave Bloom and Sons building. Within four years KXCI eventually moved into its current digs in Armory Park. But come the beginning of April, the station will make a triumphant return to Congress Street when it inaugurates a brand new storefront, on-air and production studio, within the lobby of the Hotel Congress, facing out into the street for all the world to see. "This idea is about 15 years old," says Cathy Rivers, KXCI's General Manager, who adds, "I've always dreamed of putting a station or a studio on Fourth Ave. where the front would be radio station and the back would have a record store."  This of course was long before Rivers became involved with KXCI but when she was getting more heavily involved in the local commercial radio scene.  A veteran of several commercial stations, including KLPX, the Mountain and the Point, Rivers' dream was actually fueled by the automated and less Cathy Rivers, Richard Oseran, and David authentic direction the medium was moving in. "When commercial radio started moving into industrial parks I noticed I was no longer feeling connected to the community," she remembers, recalling a time much earlier in her career.  More recently, within the last few years, she remembers talking to Dan Hernandez, a local promoter and former Club Congress employee.  "He and I were talking about our dreams and about the possibility of actually putting a radio station (in the hotel lobby) where the hair salon once was."  This eventually led to a conversation with Richard Oseran, owner of Hotel Congress.  "Richard knew I had this dream and so I asked him, 'how would you feel about KXCI in the window; like having the Today Show in the window?'  He got it! I didn't have to explain." That was two years ago.  In the meantime KXCI was involved in a very big (and successful) Amplify KXCI capital campaign.  Eventually, after Rivers became GM, she says she began "leaking the dream" to major new donors

she thought might be interested in structuring their gifts in a way that would support a new studio. Although not yet complete, a view from the sidewalk will confirm major work is underway.  Baker-Hesseldenz is the design firm behind the project (see opposite page.) Rivers says she does not expect all of the DJs will be wanting to make the switch to the Congress studio.  She says Jim Blackwood, host of the morning drive-time Your Morning Brew, needs access to too many resources to move his show, but she fully expects the afternoon's 4-6 PM Homestretch, with Hannah Levin as host, to be setting up shop in the new studio as well as most of the daytime music mix shows.  She also says “Friday night's Electric Feel will definitely be out at the new studio, and as for the other night time and weekend shows, we'll just have to see how the DJs feel."  She acknowledges there are some on-air personalities who love the anonymity of radio and dread the idea of actually being seen although she also says there will be a window curtain for those who want it.  She was also quick to point out there may be some things happening out on the street that DJs may not want to endure. Other ideas that excite Rivers include not only producing Monday night's Locals Only show out of the new studio but also eventually Slutes in the lobby of Hotel Congress. utilizing the Club Congress stage as a remote site for that show's live performance hour.  She also expects the station will also be able to do more interviews with artists playing the Rialto Theatre, directly across the street, as well as touring acts playing Club Congress.  And then there is the KXCI summer Kids Camp DJ classes which can also utilize the space for training as well as for when they go live on the air.  Rivers adds the studio will have a lot of vinyl on hand as well as hundreds of new CDs and a growing digital library. For their part, the folks at the Hotel Congress are obviously all in.  "This is brilliant," says Congress's Entertainment Director David Slutes.  "This is such a nice and unique addition to downtown.  With so much already going on down here, I just love the synergy when you bring in this new cultural piece."   "We're hoping the community embraces this," says Rivers, on the cusp of seeing a long held and evolving dream, about to come true. n

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Winter PopUp Art Show Saturday, February 18, 2017 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


1703 E Ft Lowell Road at the Tucson Clay Art Center

Local artists showing ceramics, glass, jewelry, oil and mixed media paintings, gourds and more.

Artist & Show Information Online at HeartOf

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I Don’t Know You by Chris Rush. Conté crayon on paper. Photograph by Wilson Graham. 22 | February 2017

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Masters of Color Chris Rush and Steve Johnstone by Gregory McNamee


t first glance, it would be difficult to find two more dissimilar people “I’m interested in colorblindness in a somewhat different way,” says than Chris Rush and Steve Johnstone, the one tall and imposing, Johnstone. “When I was young and I got a 35mm camera and shot only the other lithe and reserved, the one schooled in the streets of Kodachrome. Because I had grown up obsessively consuming a diet of Tucson and his native New Jersey, the other brought up through the National Geographic and Arizona Highways, this seemed to me what a serious academy and now a prominent scholar and teacher. photographer would do. So color has always been essential to how I compose And from the point of view of art, the one, Chris Rush, works in a medium photographs. But not long ago I had cataract surgery on my right eye, and of radiant portraiture that would not be out of place in the Dutch Golden Age, now it sees much bluer than my left one, which sees more yellow. I have two while Johnstone—who, perhaps ironically, teaches ancient history at the different color palettes I can switch back and forth to.” University of Arizona—is interested as a photographer in that most modern of If Johnstone sees in both Kodachrome and Ektachrome, so to speak, his phenomena: namely, graffiti and, more specifically, what happens when it is found art is often a muted palette of off-whites and browns, which fits well removed, usually not quite completely and not quite successfully. with Rush’s own compositions. “As a painter, I think those colors are odd,” But, apart from a friendship of says Rush. “But what I particularly several years, Rush and Johnstone admire about Steve’s photographs share a passionate interest in color. is their oddness, mixed with the fact In Rush’s case, that interest is born that the locations are undefined—this of a different way of seeing color in is the kind of thing that you walk or the first place, while for Johnstone, drive by every day, and you don’t give it comes from seeing the accidental it a second thought. His photographs results that come from a municipal surprise me, and I like that.” worker’s trying to cover over a street Johnstone’s photographs, formally artist’s—or vandal’s, depending on precise and often quite abstract, have your viewpoint—work with a blotch of afforded Rush a chance to sequence paint that often allows the original to some of his own compositions in fresh come through. ways, in their February show at Wee “I remember watching a sunset as Gallery. “The outcome of his work a child with my older sister. She was is very different from my own,” says describing how beautiful the clouds Rush, “and I had a kind of argument were, how pink everything was and I with myself about why and how. Why just couldn’t see it. I’m very colorblind,” did he make this image the way he says Rush. “I’ve been tested three did?” Image on a wall in the University District of Seattle, Washington. times, and the optometrists always In much the same way, Johnstone Photograph by Steve Johnstone. start laughing. I’m the worst they’ve finds some of Rush’s recent work to ever seen. At this point, I’m a little more metaphysical about it. I see colors that parallel his own. “In graffiti abatement,” he says, “some of the original often you don’t, and you see colors I don’t. Color isn’t a fixed point. Everyone’s color bleeds through. A worker will take a can of spray paint to cover up a piece of field is a bit different. Neither of us lives in a black and white world. I’ve come graffiti, and sometimes the overlying color isn’t thick enough, or sometimes the to realize that color perception is highly relative.” color is far enough away from the original that we can see through it.” Similarly, Rush, who first became known as a jewelry designer, has been painting and Rush’s interest in working with found materials allows the original plenty of drawing his whole life. In recent years, he has taken to using old documents room to come through, and in sometimes—yes, surprising ways. to make visual commentaries, utilizing letters and leaflets in his art. In all of Both Rush and Johnstone find pleasure and inspiration in the those images, Rush uses color to shape space in much the same way that, say, commonplace—and some of Rush’s own work has found a venue on the walls James McNeill Whistler did, working with a palette that often favors blacks and of Tucson and other cities, though happily without experiencing the vandalism grays. that Johnstone has been documenting. That is, if you accept the thought that

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>>> Chris Rush and Steve Johnstone.

vandalism is a term that applies; for his part, Johnstone likes to think of graffiti as a “transnational art movement,” one that he has been recording on his many travels throughout North America and Europe, often venturing into places at a far remove from the usual tourist path. “My camera has been a tool of exploration,” he says. “Carrying it prompts me to go places I otherwise would not go and to look at things I would not otherwise see. Alleys and vacant lots, loading docks and industrial parks, utility boxes and fences. Here I’ve discovered a world of unknown painters working with modernist idioms.” Tucson, of course, has long been ground zero for graffiti art of many kinds—indeed, if you’re a certain age, you may remember the punk slogan “Freds Rule!” painted on many downtown walls, often with the punful rejoinder “Claude Reigns!” Johnstone, who lives downtown, finds plenty of material just outside his door. And so, too, does Rush, who finds inspiration turning the always fraught pages of the New York Times each morning, to see nothing of the eccentric figures with which Tucson abounds. “Steve and I both respond to art as people who are relatively controlled in our existence,” Rush says. “I sometimes use random processes to create images. Certain chance events occur in the studio that will never happen again. I grab on, go with it. They won’t be there tomorrow. My art reflects this, and so, I think, do Steve’s images—one of which is a kind of great blue rhinoceros, as I see it, a box fifteen and a half feet long running down an alleyway here in town. We can either be excited or sanguine about such things, but I give Steve a lot of credit for seeing it in the first place and chasing the blue rhinoceros that most people would dismiss as urban squalor and confusion—or even crime.” Chris Rush and Steve Johnstone’s shared interests in the possibilities of an art of offbeat colors and compositions, as well as the evanescence of art and life, have yielded the joint show Box, whose title plays on the rectangular shapes of much graffiti abatement and on the square and rectangular formats most paintings take. “Once you get into the transience of perception and painting,” Rush, who is completing a memoir, says, “then everything becomes an opinion, no colors are stable, all pictures are changing.” A perfect illustration of this is the photograph of Johnstone’s that accompanies this profile. “I took this photograph in an alley in the University District in Seattle in 2013,” Johnsone says. “I’ve returned to this place several times because the painting on the wall changes frequently—evidently the graffitists and abaters are in vigorous dialogue—and because the light reflected down from the surrounding windows transforms the scene depending on the time, season, and weather. This image laminates several strata of graffiti, abatement and of light and shadow in a single composition.” In much the same way, Rush’s painting I Don’t Know You is a masterwork of light and shadow. “I think a good portrait is one in which the artist is able to achieve a stunning likeness, while also preserving some mystery about the subject—a sense that this subject can never be fully known,” he says.  “In this portrait, I let the boy’s wariness come through: a resistance, almost, to being stared at.  But, of course, the artist must stare.  I allowed the boy to linger in shadow, behind his mop of black hair.  And, by drawing him in blue crayon, I thought of Krishna, moonlight, aliens.” At once strange and beautiful, it is one of the most memorable works of contemporary art that I know. n Box opens at the Wee Gallery (439 South Sixth Avenue, Suite 171, inside Ozma Atelier) on February 4; the inaugural reception runs from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m., and the show will be on display until February 26. Call 360–6024 or visit for more information.

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“Skate Date” by Catherine Eyde.

Sun 5 LOVE LETTERS Artist reception for the exhibition featuring new works by local artists Catherine Eyde, Valerie Galloway, Patricia Katchur, and Racheal Rios. 12-2pm. Yikes Toy Store, 2930 E. Broadway Blvd. 520-320-5669.

“My Pen Pal Lover” by Valerie Galloway. 26 | February 2017

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photo exhibit. Dan Kruse, a Tucson documentary filmmaker and ethnomusicologist, is exhibiting a collection of original “accidental photos” on Saturday, February 11, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., at the Common House of the Stone Curves Cohousing, 4133 N. Stone Ave. The free exhibit highlights the eclectic series of photographic images – all of which were taken by Kruse’s mobile phone without his intention or direction. “These photos were taken by my cell phone’s camera entirely by accident,” Kruse says, “most often the result of my failing to turn off the camera after using it. I sometimes discover them hours or days later. I don’t really take any credit for them, but I’ve found many to be really interesting images, often compositionally and at times in terms of their subject matter.”

“Nice Melon!” by Dan Kruse

In recent months, Kruse’s “accidental photos” have garnered an enthusiastic following across the country on his Facebook page, where he has posted approximately sixty of them, starting in January 2016. “In working as a documentary filmmaker, I’ve learned that some of the most interesting things in life come to us quite unexpectedly or unintentionally, often completely by accident. And, that’s certainly the case with these photos from my cell phone.”

Painting by Liz Vaughn

Sat 11 Cupids: Art For Your Heart

Kruse also plans to print “mini-books” of a select group of the photos, which will be available free of charge to the first fifty people attending the February 11 event. Refreshments will be served. More information can be found at DanKruse. net/events or at

“Get a Handle on It” by Dan Kruse

“On the Run,” pastel by Aline Ordman

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A boutique style art show, featuring local artists, sweets and champagne, and a raffle benefitting the American Heart Association, The Humane Society of Southern Arizona and the National Alliance for Mental Illness. A great way to spread your local love. The event takes place Saturday, February 11 at Designlines Interior Design Studio, 2080 N. Craycroft Rd., from 10am-4pm.

“Ad Astra Aspera” by Karl Albert

Tucson Pastel Society Silent Auction The Tucson Pastel Society is sponsoring a silent auction to raise funds for improvements to the organization’s newlyacquired building that has rapidly become an art center for many Tucson arts groups. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will announce the event. In 2015, the Pastel Society was gifted a building suitable for hosting workshops, classes and events for local artists. However, with great opportunity comes great challenges. The amenities areas must be improved to bring the building up to code. The 2,852 square foot building has a large open workspace, a kitchen, a reception area and sits on 0.41 acres of land. Richard McKinley, internationally renowned pastel artist and teacher commented during his recent four-day visit, “This the best space I have ever had for teaching.” The auction takes place February 12, from 1:00 – 5:00pm at Tucson Pastel Society 2447 N. Los Altos Ave. More information can be found online at

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

MAT BEVEL’S MUSEUM OF KINETIC ART Kinetic Saturdays is on Feb

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.

4 from 5-8pm with character demonstrations by the artist throughout the evening. $5 admission, 12 years and under $3. 2855 E. Broadway Blvd. 520-604-6273.

ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM Ongoing exhibitions include Pieces of the Puzzle:

MEDICINE MAN GALLERY The 25th Anniversary of Medicine Man Gallery fea-

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

turing works by 40 artists will open on Feb 3 from 5-7pm and will be on view until Mar 3. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-4pm. 6872 E. Sunrise Dr., Suite 130. 520-722-7798.


Ansel Adams Birthday Celebration on Feb 18 from 1-4pm will feature a print viewing and lecture with Chief Curator Becky Senf and cake. The INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published PhotoBooks is on view to Mar 25. Flowers, Fruit, Books, Bones is on view to Apr 29. Hours: Tue-Fri 9am4pm; Sat 1-4pm. 1030 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7968.

MINI TIME MACHINE The Art & Science of Portrait Miniatures featuring over forty portraits created between the 18th and early 20th centuries is on view to Apr 16. Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-4pm and Sun 12-4pm. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr. 520-881-0606.

CONRAD WILDE GALLERY Resist! The Art of Disruption is on view through Feb 25 with a reception on Feb 4 from 6-9pm. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-4pm. 439 N. 6th Ave., #171. 520-622-8997.

featuring work by Shane Fero, Robert Gardner, John Littleton, Kenny Pieper ad Kate Vogel will open with a reception on Feb 4 from 4-6pm and is on view to May 27. Tues-Sat 11am4pm. Call for glassblowing viewing. 711 S. 6th Ave. 520-884-7404.

CONTRERAS GALLERY Collective Wisdom Through Her Eyes Only is on view

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

Feb 4 to 25 with a reception Feb 4 from 6-9pm. 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 Works by Joanne Kerrihard, Carrie Seid, and


Andy Polk will be on view to Mar 11 with an opening reception on Feb 4 from 6-8pm. Tues-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 11am-4pm. 154 E. 6th St. 520-629-9759.

opens on Feb 7 and is on view to Mar 5 with a reception on Feb 16 from 5-7pm. All Members Show closes on Feb 5. Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-4pm. Williams Centre 5420 East Broadway Blvd #240. 520-299-7294.

DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN The Way of the Cross is on view to Aug

PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY & STUDIO North Carolina Perspectives

24. In the Little Gallery, stoneware and porcelain by Terry Parker is on view to Feb 10 and jewelry by Scott Owen is on view Feb 12 – 24. Hours: 10am-4pm daily. 6300 N. Swan Rd. 520-299-9191.


DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY No Gray Walls and In the Night Miniatures

TUCSON DESERT ART MUSEUM Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit;

open Feb 7 with a reception on Feb 10 from 5-7pm. A Trunk Show with work by Bonnie Bedillion, Denyse Fenelon and Jean Gillis is on Feb 4 from 10am – 1:00pm. Art Escapes and Bird Banter Miniatures runs through Feb 5. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am1:30pm. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 520-722-4412.

Behind Barbed Wire; and Art of Circumstance are all on view through Apr 30. Hours: Weds-Sun 10am-4pm. 7000 E Tanque Verde Rd. 520-202-3888. TucsonDArt.Org


In the main gallery, Terra Mater with work by Mayme Kratz, Michael Lundgren and Christopher Colville is on view to Mar 11. Alex Webb: La Calle is on view through Jan 7 in the main gallery. Dinnerware Artists Today is on view at the Temple Gallery through Feb 24. Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-5pm or by appointment. Main Gallery: 135 S. 6th Ave. Temple Gallery: 330 S. Scott Ave. 520-624-7370.


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, 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; and From Modern Into the Now: Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation. Hours: Tues-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm; Thurs 10am-8pm; Sun 12-5pm. 140 N. Main Ave. 520-624-2333.

UA MUSEUM OF ART Exposed: The Art and Science of Conservation is on view

Desert Harmony a juried pastel exhibition will open on Feb 18 with a reception from 3-5pm and continues through Apr 17. Artists for Conservation: International Juried Exhibit of Nature in Art is on view to Feb 5. Hours: Daily 10am4pm. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. 520-883-3024.

to May 13. Continuing exhibitions include: Connecting Generations: Art From The Elders of St. Luke’s Home, Verboten/Forbidden; and Red and Blue. Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 12-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7567. ArtMuseum.Arizona.Edu

JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY Justin Bower opens on Jan 20 and runs to Apr 5.

21 – Apr 22 with an artist talk on Feb 21 at 7pm. Causality: Avian Extinction Before 1987: Eight Works by 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

Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-626-4215. CFA.Arizona.Edu/Galleries

LOUIS CARLOS BERNAL GALLERY Stillness is on view to Mar 10 with a reception on Feb 9 from 5-7pm and an art lecture on Mar 1 at 7pm. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-3pm. PCC 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 520-206-6942. Pima.Edu/CFA


Grand Opening of Madaras Gallery in their new location is on Feb 12 from 11am – 3pm with a presentation by Susan Seid, auction, and live music. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. 3035 N. Swan Rd. 520-615-3001.

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UA POETRY CENTER Joshua Edwards: Castles and Islands will be on view Feb

WEE GALLERY Box – Painter Chris Rush and Photographer Steve Johnstone will open Feb 4 with a reception from 6 to 11pm and closes Feb 26. Hours: Thurs-Sat 11am6pm; Sun 11am-5pm. 439 N. 6th Ave, Suite #171. 520-360-6024.

WILDE MEYER GALLERY Small Works Show will open Feb 2 with a reception from 1-4pm and is on view to Mar 1. 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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Z: What are some of the projects Watershed Management Group is focused on? WMG: Green Living Co-op: WMG’s popular Co-op helps people transform their yards with rainwater & greywater harvesting, native & edible gardens, soil building, and passive solar. Projects are installed through fun, barn-raising workshops led by experienced WMG project managers. Green Infrastructure & Watershed Planning: We provide consulting, design, demonstration site, and capacity building services working for both public and private partners in the Southwest U.S. and Mexico. Living Lab and Learning Center: The Living Lab and Learning Center is a community educational hub for regenerative desert living in the heart of Tucson. Visitors of all ages are invited to explore sustainability practices in action through our interactive exhibits, classes, and events. The center features water harvesting, native habitat, food forests, composting toilets, passive solar, monitoring systems, and is a campus entirely supported by rainwater. Schoolyard Water Education: WMG provides customized programs for K-12 Students, focusing on water conservation & wildlife habitat through water harvesting & native gardening activities on school campuses. Advocacy & Public Policy: WMG staff provide leadership on advisory boards, coalitions, and stakeholder groups to develop policy that restores our rivers and promotes green infrastructure in our cities. WMG is a founding member & fiscal sponsor of the Community Water Coalition, a group that provides leadership & guidance toward water policy that sustains healthy ecosystems & quality of life in Southern Arizona. 50 Year Program: Restoring Tucson’s Free Flowing Rivers - WMG is leading a long-term initiative to restore Tucson’s heritage of year-round, flowing rivers through community education, on-the-ground restoration, and policy actions. (see more below.) Green Workforce Development: WMG conducts job training for a variety of professionals and youth in water harvesting, green infrastructure, stream restoration, eco-sanitation, and more. International Programs: WMG works with partners in Mexico to offer training and create demonstration projects in watershed restoration, green infrastructure, and eco-sanitation. Z: Can you tell us more about your 50 Year Program to restore free flowing rivers in Southern Arizona? WMG: Our 50 Year Program set a long-term vision to restore Tucson’s heritage of flowing rivers. We are starting with high priority, shallow groundwater areas – including Sabino Creek, Tanque Verde Creek, and Cienega Creek. These are the most critical areas to start restoring, because they are higher up in the watershed and still have groundwater within 50 feet of the surface which supports lush riparian vegetation and wildlife. 32 | February 2017

neighborhoods. WMG was founded in 2003, has 18 staff members, and is based in Tucson. Their services are offered throughout the Southwest and Mexico. Zócalo reached out to Lisa Shipek, WMG’s executive director, to learn more about the organization...

We are engaging the community in this work through our River Run Network, a network of people and organizations working to restore our rivers facilitated through WMG’s online platform. The platform features our mapbased restoration plan, priority actions, and monitoring of progress towards our goal. The River Run Network is currently focused on Sabino, Tanque Verde, and Cienega Creek, but will be expanding to include the Pantano, Rillito, and Santa Cruz River in the coming year. Z: What are the major challenges that Tucson faces in terms of water management? WMG: The major challenge is that we have used more water than is locally available, depleting our groundwater and drying up our rivers. Our solution was to import water from the Colorado River, which is not a sustainable supply. The supply is threatened by drought, climate change, and is an expensive and energy intensive water supply that also diminishes the Colorado River. Z: On a practical level, and based on our currently trajectory, paint a picture of what Tucson and Southern Arizona water resources look like 50 years from now. WMG: WMG is advocating for a hydro-local water portfolio that would consist of annual natural groundwater recharge, effluent, and harvested rainwater, greywater, and stormwater. We could do this currently, if Tucsonans reduced their GPCD to 40 (currently Tucson Water customers are at 80 GPCD). We should continue our trajectory or ramping up water conservation and expanding water harvesting and green infrastructure across the community. At the same time, we should plan to reduce and phase out use of Colorado River water while developing an environmental flows policy to ensure our creeks and rivers have sufficient groundwater to maintain their natural flow. At WMG, we believe this can be done over the next several decades. We can continue to meet the needs of a growing population by fully tapping into water harvesting possibilities and new conservation technologies. If we don’t make this shift, Tucson will become a hotter, drier community that will spend substantial financial resources and energy on securing distant water supplies with detrimental environmental impact. Z: How can individual Tucsonans become involved with Watershed Management Group? WMG: Come visit us at our Living Lab and Learning Center at Dodge and Speedway. We have many free classes, tours, and events about water harvesting, river restoration, and edible and native gardening. You can get involved as a volunteer through our Green Living Co-op, Monsoon Squad, or Docent program. We also offer home consultations and a design-build service if you’d like us to work at your home. n

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“Year of the Hummingbird” Q & A with Jennie MacFarland, Conservation Biologist

Tucson Audubon has launched the “Year of the Hummingbird,” an effort to build community love and understanding for birds through their smallest ambassador, the hummingbird. To learn more about Tucson hummingbirds, we contacted local expert, Jennie MacFarland. Jennie is a conservation biologist for Tucson Audubon, as well as the coordinator for the Arizona Important Bird Areas Program and the coordinator of the Tucson Bird Count. Z: Can you tell us a bit about your experience and background in working with or observing hummingbirds. JM: Hummingbirds have always been a special interest of mine. As a child I consumed many books about them. In high school I volunteered at the Sonoran Desert Museum and my favorite part was helping with the Hummingbird aviary. For several years I volunteered with the Hummingbird Monitoring Network and helped with that banding study at both the Sabino Canyon site and the Mount Lemmon site. That was especially fun because I helped catch the Hummingbirds for the expert that would then attach the numbered band to their leg. For Tucson Audubon my work centers around all bird species but now with our “Year of the Hummingbird” campaign, I find myself focusing on them again and I that makes me very happy. Z: How does Tucson compare to other cities in the U.S. or North America in terms of its hummingbird population and species? JM: Southeast Arizona has more hummingbird species than any other area in the United States, with the 13 species we have every year plus 4 additional species that are found irregularly. Tucson is the best major city for Hummingbirds in the United States. Z: What are the migration patterns for Tucson’s hummingbirds. JM: Tucson does have Hummingbirds all year round. The Anna’s Hummingbird is in town all year, even through winter. Broad-billed and Costa’s Hummingbirds are present in the winter but more common in the spring and summer. Blackchinned Hummingbirds leave for the winter and return in the spring. During early spring Rufous and Calliope Hummingbirds migrate through Tucson on their way to areas further north to nest. The Rufous Hummingbirds go as far north as Alaska to nest. During the summer Magnificent Hummingbirds can be found on Mount Lemmon along with Broad-tailed Hummingbirds. Z: What are some of the benefits of having this population in Tucson? JM: There are species that do very well in urban Tucson, especially the Anna’s Hummingbirds. Having these tiny birds live in yards all over Tucson can help us all see how amazing birds are and how possible it is for us to share our city space with native birds. There are many people that travel to Tucson to

enjoy our amazing diversity of Hummingbirds. Birding generates $1.4 billion in economic impact in Arizona every year. Hummingbirds are a large part of what makes our Birding scene so special. Z: We’ve often seen hummingbirds spar over a feeding source. What’s going on there? JM: We know that hummingbird feeders have enough food for all the Hummingbirds to share but they don’t understand that. They are used to flowers that have a limited amount of nectar and a good patch of flowers is worth defending. Males especially are aggressive towards each other as a good territory with abundant nectar resources helps them attract more females. Z: What are some steps to take to encourage more hummingbird activity in our neighborhoods? JM: The method of attracting Hummingbirds that requires the least amount of maintenance is to plant a few native nectar producing plants such as chuperosa or autumn sage. Hummingbird feeders are a great way to bring Hummingbirds into your yard but it is important to keep them clean. To make nectar mix 1 part white table sugar with 4 parts water, stir, heat and once it cools fill the feeder. Do NOT add red dye - it is completely unnecessary, all feeders have enough red to attract hummingbirds. It is best to change the nectar and wash the feeder every few days. A good way to maximize the number of Hummingbirds in your yard is to place three feeders within a 15 foot area - this overwhelms a dominant male. Z: Any other interesting facts about Hummingbirds you can share with us? JM: Hummingbirds really are amazing creatures. They are the best at hovering and are the only birds that are able to fly backwards. Their beautiful colors are caused by light refracting off their feathers and the colors are only visible from certain angles. You can see a similar effect on the surface of a soap bubble. They are also very smart. Hummingbirds can remember the exact locations of good food sources all along their migration routes. The Rufous Hummingbird that does migrate through Tucson has the longest migration of any bird when measured by body length. The nearly 4,000 mile trip takes them from their wintering grounds in Mexico to as far north at Alaska to nest. n

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Pima Community College performing arts presents IN THE HEIGHTS. Pictured: Taylor Falshaw as Vanessa, Lucas Rodriguez as Usnavi.


Enso Quartet, February 1 7:30 pm, Suyeon Kang, Violin with Chih Yi Chen, Piano, February 12, 3:00 pm, Prazak Quartet, February 22, 7:30 pm, TCC’s Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. 577-3769,


La Esquinita U.S.A., continues through February 4, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-8210,


Riders of the Purple Sage February 25, 7:30pm, February 26, 2:00pm, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. 293-4336

BALLET TUCSON Love Songs & Other Dances, February 3, 7:30pm, February 4, 2:00pm & 7:30pm, February 5, 1:00pm & 5:00pm. Steve Eller Dance Theater, 1737 E. University Blvd. 901-3194,

NOT BURNT OUT JUST UNSCREWED Every Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm, 3244 East Speedway, 861-2986,

ODYSSEY STORYTELLING SERIES Mission, February 2, doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:00pm, The Screening Room, 127 East Congress, 730-4112,

PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE THEATER ARTS In The Heights, February 23 – March 5, Proscenium Theater, 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 206-6986,


Various events continue to February 5,

TUCSON JAZZ SOCIETY Sunday Jam, Every Sunday from 3:00-5:00pm. Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ, 1801 N. Stone Ave. 903-1265,

BROADWAY IN TUCSON Motown the Musical February 21-26, Centennial Hall,


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Spotlight Concert, February 12, 2:00pm, Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium, 4300 E. Sunrise Dr. 623-1500

CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION February 25, 5:00 & 8:00pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral Grand Parlor, 160 South Scott Ave. 615-5299,

TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Schubert, Mozart & Strauss: 3 Major

14, 7:30pm, An Evening with Arsenio Hall, February 18, 8:00pm, Big Top Broadway, February 19, 2:00pm, The Cat in the Hat – Performed by Childsplay, February 21, 6:00pm, Michael Feinstein – Great American Songbook, February 23, 7:30pm, The Texas Tenors, February 24, 7:30pm, Elvis Lives! February 25, 7:30pm, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, February 28, 7:30pm, 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515,

Works on February 3 at 7:30pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte, February 4 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm and February 5 at 2:00pm at Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium, 4300 E. Sunrise Dr. Country Legends – SuperPops! February 11, 7:30pm and February 12, 2:00pm and Rhapsody in Blue and Billy the Kid February 17, 7:30pm and February 19 at 2:00pm, TCC’s Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. The Tortoise and the Hare – Just for Kids February 25 at 10:00am and 11:15am, Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. 6th Ave. 882-8585,


UA PRESENTS Bettye LaVette, February 8, 7:30pm at Fox Theater, 17 W. Congress

INVISIBLE THEATRE Lebensraun, February 7 - 19, A Conversation with Edith Head,

St., Peking Acrobats, February 12, 3:00pm, Manhattan Transfer & Take 6, February 14, 7:30pm, Dance Theater of Harlem, February 17, 8:00pm, Motown the Musical, February 21-26, various times, Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. 621-3341,

FOX THEATRE Branford Marsalis Quartet with Special Guest Kurt Elling, February

Two Amigos continues to March 26, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 886-9428,

February 23-25, Invisible Theater, 1400 N. 1st Avenue, 882-9721,


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Naim Amor & John Convertino The Western Suite and Siesta Songs LM Duplication By Carl Hanni Naim Amor and John Convertino have been essential strands of the Tucson musical fabric for long enough now to qualify as something like elders, both with signature styles, fully formed musical personas and large bodies of recorded work. They’ve now pooled their considerable talents for the new release The Western Suite and Siesta Songs. Naim has been living and playing music in Tucson since 1997, after a move from his native Paris. John Convertino first came to town in 1990, playing drums with Howe Gelb in one of the classic line-ups of Giant Sand, before moving on to form Calexico with Joey Burns. He now lives in El Paso, but still spends a good deal of time here in Tucson, recording and taking care of business. Naim has constantly shifted in and out of countless musical scenarios over the last twenty years, from solo act to leading small combos to leading big bands; from playing jazz to French pop to Southwestern themed originals to rock & roll and his signature ‘Soundtracks’ recordings. In addition to his long running/on and off again Amor/Belhom Duo, he’s been on the edge of the Calexico orbit since their early days, has played with Howe Gelb and Amy Rude, and has a long-standing gig playing rockabilly, country and rock & roll with our local dynamo Al Foul. He can typically be found playing music a few nights a week somewhere here in Tucson; he’s a professional, full time musician, one with a well developed reputation as well as one of the best guitar players in SE Arizona. He also plays lovely violin, as well as several other instruments.  John Convertino has recorded countless records with Calexico, as well as several with Giant Sand and other Howe Gelb projects. He (with and without various members of Calexico) has also recorded extensively with numerous other international and U.S.-based artists over the years, including Amparo Sanchez, Jairo Zavalaz/Depedro (both from Spain), Maggie Bjorklund, Auren (from France), Luke Ducoet (from Canada), Tangarine (from Holland),  Lincoln Barr and Bronwynne Brent. He and other members of Calexico contributed extensively to the soundtrack to Todd Haynes freewheeling Bob Dylan tribute film “I’m Not There.” John’s drumming style is unique and distinctive enough to be frequently recognizable with just a few strokes of his brushes; it’s an intensely appealing style, full of surprises and much attention to the space between the beats and the tunings on his drums.   The Western Suite and Siesta Songs is a hybrid record, combining instrumental tracks that both had previously recorded: John’s tracks (the ‘Siesta Songs’) were recorded in rural Ohio in the middle of winter, while Naim’s (‘The Western Suite’) were recorded in Tucson, including some originally written for the soundtrack to the film “Cowtown Keeylocko.” Mutually feeling that both sets of tracks felt incomplete, they started trading them back and forth, adding their own overdubs to each others songs and forging a common sound. In addition to acoustic and electric guitar, Naim added in various strings, melodica, lap steel guitar, vibraphone and some terrific whistling. John’s tracks were built up from piano and drums; he also adds marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel and accordion. Long time Giant Sand bass player and bass man-about-town Thøger Lund added electric and acoustic bass to a few tracks. It’s released on CD and vinyl by the boutique label LM Duplication, aka Living Music Duplication, out of Albuquerque.  John’s six tracks frequently announce their stylistic intent right up front: “Rye Grass Waltz,” “XO Waltz,” “Jelly Roll Tango” and “Black Boot Shuffle”

are exactly what they say they are; two short waltz’s, a tango and a shuffle, all taken at a slow to almost mid-tempo pace. “Snow Falls on a Desert Plain” is wonderfully still and evocative, and “Before We Go” is a perfect, lovely closer. These tracks were built on John’s laconic piano and shuffling drums, with Naim’s added overdubs of guitar, melodica, etc. and John’s accordion, vibraphone, etc. Naim’s six tracks are generally built on guitar lines, with John’s added drums, and sweetened from there. “Round Em Up” is a classic western cattle call tune, complete with some fabulous whistling and just a hint of dissonance when needed. “Fortune Diggers” also digs into a sort of minor key, western epic feel; it’s like a tiny excerpt from “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” made out of spiky electric guitars. “Of Dust and Wind” is the epic here, a moody, sprawling piece that seems to channel a stormy Sonoran landscape and the shifting of light across the desert floor and mountains. Both “Santa Cruz River” and “Señora Sonora” are quiet, meditative numbers, while “Tucson, Paris” manages to fuse both of Naim’s homes into a single, singular sound.  It’s remarkable how much these twelve tracks, originally conceived and recorded individually, cohere into a common whole. And while there’s a distinctly (south) western, open road and wide landscape feel to several of the songs, it’s organic and free of cliche - even the cattle calling on “Round Em Up,” which anchors the song. The collaboration has clearly been fruitful for both John and Naim. John says “This little record came together so naturally, it was really Naim and our friend Jeremy Barnes from Living Music Duplication who made it happen. I put some drums on Naim’s ‘Western Suite' and Naim took what were kind of Calexico demo's (the ‘Siesta Songs’) that I had recorded while I was living up in Ohio before we recorded Edge of the Sun and really transformed them, adding parts that blended our songs together, and in the final stages Thøger Lund added his acoustic bass, which gave the record even more cohesion. Jeremy is an old friend of ours from the band A Hawk and Hacksaw. I had sent him a digital download just so he could listen to it, I had no idea he had his own label and was putting out all these really cool records, he wrote me right back and said that he loved it and wanted to put it out, so we did!” And Naim says “I was working on a documentary film about Ed Keeylocko, a black cowboy living in Arizona in his own town, Keeylocko. The director wanted some ‘western’ type music but didn't want it to be corny or cliché. He thought I would treat the subject with some distance due to my original culture (Paris, France) but also with an understanding of it, because I have been living in Tucson for nearly two decades. I did the score, and immediately thought that I would use the takes later on, and work on them to make a record. At some point, I needed some feedback and I sent the tracks to a few friends. John answered me and said he loved them, but thought they could use some drums. Days later he got back to me, sending recordings he had done. He felt that they all could work together if I worked on his tracks. I worked on them with great pleasure, he came and recorded his drums on mine. And we got the album.” So, here it is: a brand new Tucson collaboration project, where the total is more than the sum of its original individual parts, a refracted reflection of the remarkable environment that we get to call home. Are we lucky to live in such a rich place or what? n February 2017 | 41


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The name of this column is What's Live and it harkens back to my time at the Tucson Weekly in the mid 1980s when I wrote a similarly named column. At the time I started writing, I also made a conscious decision to become a part of Tucson's incredibly rich and diverse music community–mostly as a way of trying to better understand it while also attempting to satisfy my own desire to play.   And so I became a percussionist (insert appropriate drummer joke here).  Over the years I've been in a few bands. I also  like to sit in with people. Many people. There's nothing more satisfying, musically, than playing with folks you like and respect.  And then there are the accompanying challenges, terrors and thrills that can come with sitting in on things you've perhaps never played on or even heard before.  From the start, I've tried to capture the unique perspective that comes with being on the performance side of the stage, and infuse it into my writing and musings about musicians and music.  I share this because musicians writing about other musicians can be a tricky business.  This month I have three CD reviews in the magazine–Laura and the Killed Men, James Reams and the Barnstormers, and Po the Band.   I only know them professionally and have never played with any of them, but their music is compelling and that's why I choose to write about them. I have also had a long history with KXCI Community Radio.  In December, 1983, I was one of the original programmers that first went on the air doing a music mix on Friday evenings.  In time I would do a Saturday afternoon specialty show and then produce a live music concert series utilizing local recording studios.  I also sold underwriting, produced two El Casino Ballroom shows and for years was a general roustabout/pain in the ass helping out with on-air fundraising and occasionally filling in as an on-air sub.  While it's been years since I've done any of that, this month, I also have a story on KXCI and the new storefront studio they are building at Hotel Congress. And finally there is the Tucson Folk Festival.  For several years I have been a Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association (TKMA) Board member and am a Past President.  If you are a musician that hasn't gotten in to the festival, have been a victim of bad sound or poor stage management or anything else that has been a problem or issue in regards to the festival, blame me.  I'm sure I'm at least partially responsible.  Further down in the column there is a blurb on a TKMA fundraiser.  TKMA raises money because the festival, which comes with an annual $50K price-tag, is free and so there are no revenues from ticket sales. Yes, I have a vested interest in the success of our fundraiser, but as part of an all volunteer army, every penny goes into the festival's headliners, sound, security, insurance, permits and vendor fees, porta-potties staging and infrastructure.  TKMA's success then, is one that benefits no one personally, but rather the community at large.  As a musician that plays at the festival, I suppose I also benefit, but I am but one of literally hundreds that perform on the festival's five stages throughout the festival weekend.  Not to mention this event because of a perceived conflict of interest would be nothing short of gross negligence.  OK, that's probably a bit more dramatic than it needs to be but, you get the idea. 

tunes Z Now, on to the music... the wild card on the bill. Incredibly danceable African rhythms, it is impossible not to be smiling when you are dancing or listening to this band.  Finally, The Carnivaleros are led by a drummer who plays the accordion and who hails from Kansas.  What else can there be to say? Branford Marsalis Quartet - February 14, Fox Theatre - Fronting a band that will also feature piano, bass and drums, this night will also include jazz vocalist Kurt Elling.  Keep in mind that instrumental jazz ensembles are not generally given to adding vocalists without a lot of forethought and so this collaboration should be special, given how tight the Quartet has become and how expansive Elling's jazz vocabulary has become.  Advanced promo says the band has been working up new arrangements to accommodate this special performance. Alejandro Escavedo - February 16, Club Congress - When most sane people think about making America great again, they're probably lusting for a return of bands like Rank & File more than anything else.   If you are one of those folks, you'll want to be at the Congress to see Escasvedo, the former king of cow punk and alt-country who has made quite a career for himself in his rich post R&F era.   His newest album, which he is sure to promote, was co-written and co-produced with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. Black Market Trust - February 23, Club Congress - Can't get enough Django Reinhardt in your musical diet?  This LA based ensemble that Branford Marsalis features local fiddle standout Nic Coventry, are not only masters of the gypsy jazz thing but are pop vocal crooners as well.  Where you might think this is a show where worlds collide, come see how they meld.   George Thorogood and the Destroyers - February 28, Fox Theatre - The epitome of a good time bar band, Thorogood's career is now celebrating 40 years.  I don't often like to quote promo packages, but Thorogood's own word have a Bettye LaVette strong ring of truth to them.  "“Stan Musial (baseball great) was once asked, ‘What was the greatest day of your career?’ And Stan said ‘Every day when I walk onto the field is the greatest day.’ I feel the same way.  Every night when I walk out on that stage is the highlight of my career. I hit that first chord, the band kicks in, and we hear the audience respond. That’s the rush. 40 years into this, and every night, that’s still the only moment that matters.”  Amen to that. ChamberLab:   Leyendas y Sombras - w/Mariachi Luz de Luna and Puppets Amongus - March 4, Scottish Rites Temple - ChamberLab is a concept that brings composers together to create music and art that stretches outside the lines of their usual comfort zones.   This performance features a collaboration between Marco and Dante Rosano, John Contreras and featuring the great Mariachi Luz de Luna (frequent collaborator with Calexico.)   Also featured in this unique performance will be visual artist Matt Cotton and his Puppets Amongus gang. n photo by Adan Jones

A Latin, Funk Afro-pop Experience - February 4, Club Congress - Anyone remember the group Spirit Familia? It's been a few years but back around 200912 they were a formidable ensemble.  Led by the charismatic  Jomo Williams, on lead vibes and flute, they incorporated reggae, latin, funk and afro-pop into a 7-10 piece group that used a variety of singers, horns and percussionists.  It's been years since they have been around but here they are headlining what should be a very exciting dance show.  Look for a sound that incorporates influences as diverse as Tito Puente and Santana to Gloria Estefan to James Brown to Harry Belefonte and Bob Marley.  Joining them on the bill, from the Ivory Coast of West Africa, is singer Bassirima Soro, or better known as K-Bass.  Here is another guy who has been out of the spotlight for a bit having initially made a name for himself locally by joining forces with the earliest version of the Key Ingredients of African Soul.  Now backed by his band Farafina Musicks, his take on afro-pop, reggae and  an assortment of African rhythms will be on full display. Bettye LaVette - February 8, Fox Theatre - Back in the 1960s, while  Detroit and Motown were synonymous and joined at the hip, there was a much less heralded local scene that combined soul, funk and R&B. It was from this musical stew that produced Bettye LaVette, a singer of enormous talent and depth.  Despite not having the name recognition of others in her genre,her most recent album, Worthy, received a Grammy nomination for best blues album of 2015.  The extraordinary confines of the Fox will provide a great backdrop for this UA Presents show.  The Fox website features her in a stunning rendition of the Who's "Love Reign O'er Me" at a Kennedy Center Honors performance. Heather Hardy CD Release February 10, Monterey Court - Unless you have seen her in action, there is no adequate way to describe what Heather Lil Mama Hardy can do with an electric violin.  The sound, the tone and her ability to improvise are all world class. She can hold her own on a stage with literally anyone.  But it's no longer just her about playing as she has evolved into an accomplished songwriter, performer and interpreter of the blues.  This live CD was actually recorded in two nights of playing at the Monterey back in the fall so the release show here is perfect. The TKMA El Casino Show - February 10, El Casino Ballroom - Four stellar bands and each with something different to offer.  Nancy McCallion and the Scarlet Lettermen served as the local headliner for last year's Tucson Folk Festival.  Nancy has been writing songs for more than 30 years.  Americana, new country, Tex-Mex-Celtic, or whatever you want to call it, as a songwriter, she's the real deal.  And her band is killer.  Ned Sutton and the Last Dance.  Ned is true Tucson original and a local icon to boot. Look for an all-star band blending country, honky tonk and swing.  The Key Ingredients of African Soul.  This is

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A Journey of the Spirit by Dan Rylander

Rich Hopkins and Luminarios My Way or the Highway San Jacinto Records, 2017 (America) Blue Rose Records, 2017 (Europe) The latest release from the musical mind of 30-year plus rock vet Rich Hopkins, his co-writer and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Lisa Novak, and the band’s luminary musicians from Houston and Tucson, is an excellent addition to the regional sound of the American/Baja Southwest. The 12-track album showcases the mature writing ability of Hopkins and Novak – an album inspired by the songwriting couple’s recent travels. Their trip to southern Mexico resulted in two tracks, “Angel of the Cascades” and “Chan Kah,” that drew from those experiences and tell beautiful stories of people and places, situated in current times and in timeless myths. The chorus of “Angel of the Cascades” is particularly hypnotic and haunting. The song invites you to imagine seeing “the smile upon his face,” as Hopkins narrates their contemplation of a beautiful pristine jungle paradise waterfall. You can look inside the CD cover and see a picture of Rich with his new friends/guides by the very pool at the base of the waterfall. About the trip to the falls that inspired “Angel of the Cascades,” Novak says the journey “was spiritual… we really did feel like we were blessed and watched over. I was terrified on the trip and there were no directions or signs. We left there with such a humbling experience from the way some folks live in the poorest of conditions but are so sweet and happy.” You’ll feel like you are

diving right into the pool with Hopkins and Novak. “If You Want To” is a rock-out anthem to positive risk taking as Hopkins and Novak sing, “You can do it, you know you can do it, it’s always dark before the dawn.” Tucson stalwarts Winston Watson (drums), Damon Barnaby (guitars) and Duane Hollis (bass) lay down the sound around Hopkins’ trademark guitar as Novak and Hopkins’ killer chorus soar over the notes. You’ll want to play the track, which has a ‘70s country rock feel to it, over and over. Another amazing collaboration involves poet and rapper Cesar Aguirre, which results in a rap/rock lyric flow about eye-opening redemption. The lyrics and spoken word are delivered forcefully by Aguirre, with the chorus by Novak. The cut, “Meant for Mo’,” starts with an introduction that that has my new favorite movie quote, from “School Daze” … “we aren’t so happy you got a degree in art!” Hopkins is especially grateful to Lars Goransson, producer and recording engineer, whom, he says, helped make the record happen with available studio time that pushed the material forward. All in all, this is a release that can’t be pigeonholed into a genre, and displays the mature power of songwriters and collaborators producing a beautiful album. n Catch Rich Hopkins and Luminarios at Flycatcher, 340 E. 6th St., on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. and at Fini’s Landing, 5689 N. Swan Rd., on April 7 at 8 p.m. Learn more at and richhopkinsandtheluminarios. February 2017 | 49

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Sound Alternatives by Jim Lipson

James Reams and the Barnstormers Rhyme and Season There’s an old joke that says there’s only 6 original bluegrass songs and at least two of them are a medley, with everything else is just a derivative. On Rhymes and Season James covers most of these bases singing with equal parts gusto and heartfelt emotion about trucks, trains, loss,death and grief, addiction and the big guy upstairs. A Kentucky native that settled in Brooklyn, the Barnstormers were an east coast sensation that’s only recently made its way west. Now based in the great valley to the north, Reams has assembled what he calls his west coast version of the Barnstormers, a group that has helped him articulate a vision that’s been fueled by what he refers to as his own “pilgrim’s journey.” A part of that journey involved losing his ability to sing and even speak following a difficult

neck surgery. With fiddles galore, including Michael Rolland (brother to Matt of Run Boy Run), mandolin, banjo and guitar, the playing is all stellar. And for the record, the arrangements, while employing a bit of standard bluegrass pickin’ and grinnin’ hot licks, are more about supporting the story and the song than just playing a hot solo as in “look what I can do,” although there is certainly plenty of that as well. This is best exemplified on the instrumental “Major Breakdown.” But that is quickly followed by the gospel tinged “Lord Lead the Way.” More than just a strong touring band, James sees himself more as a keeper of the flame in terms of helping people to keep connected with the spirit that drives this music as much as the music itself. n

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There are few things more delightful than throwing an unknown/unfamiliar artist onto the digital turntable and then being completely wowed by its combination of musicianship, charm and personality. Such is the case with Po the Band (PTB) which has only been around for a year or so but whose members and special guests have been making music in and around town more than 30 years. Guided by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Tom “Po” Privett, who also plays with the classic rock group Undercover and whose roots go back to the Mobile Cubes from the mid 1980s, PTB band serves up a gumbo of homegrown Americana that includes a variety of shuffles (“Do Anything,”), folk rock (“Rails”), country tinged ballads (“Forge on for John) and New Orleans swing (“Pocky Way”). There’s even a bit of calypso thrown in with “Don’t roll Your Eyes.” Us-

ing a slightly different combination of core band members includingTom Dukes, guitar, John June, bass, Mark Garris, drums, Privett shuffles lots of guests in and out including Richie Cavanaugh, guitar, Av Musiker, dobro, Bran Corkill, harp, Rob Francis keys and Duncan Stitt, who engineered the project, also on keys. There are also a variety of vocalists on hand including Debbie Keesler and Julie La ‘come, Frank Manhardt, and Jim Gasper. But for all the special guests and Po’s own versatility, playing guitars, bass, mandolin, piano and drums, it is the instrumental “Noodles,” with only him on bass and guitar, that is perhaps the album’s most affecting number. Po the Band performs with Undercover on February 18 at the Hideout from 8 PMmidnight.n

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Laura and the Killed Men Everchanging Trail As one of the three angelic voices that made up the uber-enchanting Silver Thread Trio, you were never quite sure Where Laura Kepner-Adney (or her bandmates) fit into the mix. The harmonies, meshing together so seamlessly well, were often impossible to distinguish in terms of whose voice belonged to whom. Indeed, it was a big part of their charm. Well no such issues here as KepnerAdney’s vocals, alternating between big, bold, sweet and sassy clearly define this album as a definitive solo project. At the same time this is very much the work of a band, well rehearsed, tight and exuding an energy that comes from an end product that is surprising in how easily it manages to eclipse the sum of its considerable parts. One of those cogs is Sam Golden who not only plays a variety of instruments, including guitars, pedal steel, mandolin, piano and violin, but also shares a writing credit with Kepner-Adney on 10 of the 11 compositions here. If this album had a single (remember singles?) it would be the opening track, “Caroline.” With its jangly guitars, breezy arrangement, toe-tapping rhythm and hook-laden melody, it does everything you want a first song to do, not only introducing Kepner-Adney as a lead vocalist, but also showcasing everyone in the band instrumentally.

Throw in a handful of sweet multi-part harmonies and you’ve got a perfect album opener. “Arms Again,” which follows, is a bit more of a country rocker and features Golden sharing a lead vocal while also bringing his lead guitar licks more to the fore. While it may be difficult to identify an underlying theme to this album, it is one that is filled with many moments that make it memorable. The a capella and choral harmonies on the gospel tinged “Hymn” and the title track are Silver Thread-like in their approach, while the “World’s Fair Hotel” and “Winter in Her Teeth” are defined by their clever and playful arrangements and execution. Recorded at Jim Waters Waterworks studio, this is as well produced an album as anything else produced locally this past year. While the band has added Bjorgvin Benediktsson on bass (post recording), replacing Robert Hanshaw, they have also lost Golden who has since moved to St. Louis. Seth Vietti rounds out the group on drums and everybody sings harmonies. It will be more than interesting to see how Kepner-Adney chooses to re-define this band whenever it next hits the stage. n

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Nancy Elliott and Friends appear every Sunday Brunch at Monterey Court Studios and Galleries.

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

191 Toole 191 E. Toole Ave. Sat 4: Cash’d Out Tue 7: Joan of Arc, Magas Wed 8: Legendary Shack Shakers Thu 23: Karla Bonoff Fri 24: Priests Sat 25: Tucson Hip Hop Festival featuring Murs

BORDERLANDS BREWING 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773, Fri 10: Dash Pocket

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

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CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848, Fri 3: Ynot Album Release Party, Marley B, Cash Lansky Sat 4: Spirit Familia, K-Bass, Farafina Musicks Tue 7: Mandy Harvey Wed 8: The Nude Party, American

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Karla Bonoff appears at 191Toole on Thursday, February 23.

Spirit and the Pesos Fri 10: Hank Topless Tue 14: The Coathangers, Fred Thomas, Tyvek, Foxx Bodies Thu 16: Alejandro Escovedo, Jesse Malin Fri 17: Casey Golden, Golden Boots, Jeff Lownsbury Sun 19: Territory, The Beautiful Ones, Nomads Mon 20: Adia Victoria, Lando Chill Thu 23: Black Market Trust Sat 25: The Staves, Mikaela Davis Tue 28: Mari Gras/Carnival

Cafe Coronet 402 E. 9th St. 222-9889 Wed 1: Naim Amor Sat 4: Brunch w/ Gillian & the Giants Sun 5: Roman Barten-Sherman Tue 7: Paul Jenkins Wed 8: Mariah McCammond Thu 9: KYKLO Sat 11: Belinda Esquer Sun 12: Al Perry Wed 15: Naim Amor Thu 16: Joe Peña Trio Sat 18: Jamie O’Brien Sun 19: Leila Lopez Duo

LA COCINA 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351, Wed 1: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 2: Freddy Parish Fri 3: Greg Morton & Friends

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Sat 4: Nathaniel Burnside Duo Sun 5: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 8: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 9: Louise Le Hir Fri 10: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 12: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 15: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 17: Greg Morton & Friends, Cold Sweat! Sun 19: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 22: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 24: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 26: Mik and the Funky Brunch

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

DELECTABLES RESTAURANT 533 N. 4th Ave. 884-9289, Sat 4: Don Armstrong Sat 11: Eb Eberlein Tue 14: Jason and Michelle Fri 17: Joyce Luna Sat 18: Leila Lopez Fri 24: Adara Rae

Ermanos 220 N 4th Ave, 445-6625 Thu 2: Half-Broke Town Thu 9: Meza Thu 16: Ed Delucia Jazz Trio Thu 23: Band of Angels

FLYCATCHER 340 E. 6th St. 798-1298, Wed 1: Foxx Bodies, Asa Martin, Her Mana Fri 3: Surfer Blood Tue 7: Drab Majesty, I Am Drugs, Rough Night Sat 11: Chronovorous Methra, Bloodtrail, Dead Chiefs Tue 16: Freedom Hawk, Irata, Fuzz Evil

FOX TUCSON THEATRE 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, Wed 8: Bettye LaVette Tue 14: Branford Marsalis Quartet, Kurt Elling Sun 19: Big Top Broadway Thu 23: Michael Feinstein Fri 24: The Texas Tenors Sat 25: Elvis Lives! Tue 28: George Thorogood & The Destroyers

HACIENDA DEL SOL 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol. 2991501, Nightly: Live Music on the Patio

Mariah McCammond appears at Cafe Coronet on Wednesday, February 8.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers appear at Fox Tucson Theatre on Tuesday, February 28.

The Hut

Sun 19: Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Dem Atlas Wed 22: Datsik, Crizzly, Virtual Riot Fri 24: Jimmy Eat World, AJJ Sat 25: Atilla Tue 28: Against Me!, Mobina Galore, Typersetter

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

MONTEREY COURT 505 W. Miracle Mile, Wed 1: Nick McBlaine & Log Train Thu 2: Touch of Grey Fri 3: Dash Pocket & Neil McCallion & the Mighty Maxwells Sat 4: ROH-Rock n’ Fossil Show Sun 5: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances, Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen w/ Elwood Tue 7: Eb Eberlein & Kathleen Williamson Wed 8: The New Tucson Songwriters Showcase & Concert Thu 9: Jill Cohn–Seattle singer/ songwriter Fri 10: Heather Hardy CD Release Live in Tucson Sat 11: The Muffulettas -Valentines Weekend Dance Extravaganza Sun 12: Nancy Elliott & FriendsSunday Brunch Performances, Sweetheart Dinner with Connie Brannock & Her Jazz and Dance Funk Allstars Tue 14: Nancy McCallion & the Scarlet Lettermen–Valentines Show

Wed 15: Eric Schaffer & the Other Troublemakers Fri 17: Southbound Pilot w/Michael P & the Gully Washers Sat 18: E2W Sun 19: Nancy Elliott & Friends– Sunday Brunch Performances Tue 21: The Tucsonics–Western Swing Wed 22: Western Music Association Presents Sun 26: Nancy Elliott & Friends– Sunday Brunch Performances


Royal Sun Lounge 1003 N Stone Ave (520) 622-8872 Sun-Tue: Happy Hour Live Music Sundays: Ivan Denis See web site for information

278 E. Congress. 396-3691, Fri 3: Shrimp Chaperone Sat 11: Zona Libre Fri 17: Adara Rae and The Homewreckers

The Screening Room


Sea Of Glass--Center For The Arts

318 E. Congress St. 740-1000, Wed 1: Pop Evil, Red Sun Rising Fri 3: Rebelution, Passafire Sat 4: Zeppelin USA Wed 8: Young The Giant, Lewis Del Mar Thu 9: Iration, Protoje Sat 11: Adam Ant, Glam Skanks Sun 12: One Woman Sex and the City Sun 14: Luis Coronel Wed 15: Glactic, The Bright Light Social Hour Sat 18: Rialto 5th Annual Fundraising Gala

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

330 E. 7th St., 398-2542 Fri 17: Danny Green Trio

The Rifle Tue 14: Tom Walbank, Haboob Wed 15: Open Mic Sat 18: The Wanda Junes, Treasure Mammal Tue 21: Tom Walbank, Naim Amor Wed 22: Open Mic Fri 24: Cirque Roots Sat 25: Un:ted States Album Release, The Rifle, The Desert Beats Tue 28: Tom Walbank, Haboob

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

Tap & Bottle 403 N. 6th Ave. 344-8999 Thu 2: Leila Lopez Thu 9: Fatigo Thu 16: Jimmy Carr & The Awkward Moments Thu 23: Jillian and the Giants

Vero Amore Plaza Palomino

SKY BAR TUCSON 536 N. 4th Ave, 622-4300. Wed 1: Open Mic Thu 2: Cello Joe Sat 4: Paper Foxes, Black Medicine, Wallpaper Prison, Desert beats Tue 7: Tom Walbank, Naim Amor Wed 8: Open Mic Fri 10: Cirque Roots Sat 11: La Cerca, North By North,

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

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This month we’re introducing a new crossword section, with puzzles constructed by Zócalo. Our puzzles will not be symmetrical grids like you would see in the New York Times. Instead, we’ll focus on generating puzzles that are uniquely centered around Tucson and Arizona themes. This first crossword is on the easier side, but we do look forward to generating more challenging puzzles in coming issues. Let us know what you think. Send your questions or comments to Answers to this puzzle can be found on page 44 of this issue.

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Even These Things Will Pass Away

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Even These Things Will Pass Away

Homeopath in Jaipur, India

Beside the highway, a bird descends. Wait—beside me, outside the glass, a raven pulls airthe over its back, its body slender Beside highway, a bird descends. and swift as the light coiling back Wait—beside me, outside the glass, a raven behind mountains. Wait—the raven’s pulls airthe over its back, its body slender body is heavy as the water underground and swift as the light coiling back that thethe pecan grove can’t help butraven’s pull behind mountains. Wait—the across the desert. Broad-leafed green body is heavy as the water underground erupts thegrove rankscan’t and rows, that thefrom pecan help but pull irrigation water flaring with amber light across the desert. Broad-leafed green caught beneath. Like God erupts from the ranks and rows, at the beginning, the pecan irrigation water flaring withtrees amber light divide water from water, caught beneath. Like Goda new expanse of the heaven dotted the withpecan sweetness at beginning, trees in their arms. Yes—I am worried divide water from water, a new expanse over the coming Somewhere, someone of heaven dotted world. with sweetness consults figures of groundwater, in their arms. Yes—I am worried river water, average approve over the rainfall coming to world. Somewhere, someone aconsults new water line to the groves. Yes— figures of groundwater, river water, I anticipate the warm, sweet nut average rainfall to approve on line my tongue. The light aweighing new water to the groves. Yes— slides away, the raven descends I anticipate the warm, sweet nut over the desert, the grove, even over weighing on myover tongue. The light the high, coolthe mountains. Yes, slides away, raven descends the night—yes, the coming night canover resolve over the desert, over the grove, even itself into this. The bird’s body the high, cool mountains. Yes, descends, clawsthe outstretched the night—yes, coming night can resolve now, hovering in that instant itself into this. The bird’s body above the road, above the world descends, claws outstretched that draws away it so steadily. now, hovering in from that instant

Dr. Chohan, who can remove warts with a touch of a scalpel or thin blood with little sugar pills, was late this morning, driving up through sand on his motorcycle. He sat under a calendar that had a map of countries inside the body – linked up with tri-color wires twisting and turning. His open logbook summed up each patient with a brief diagnosis and scrawl for which color pill to offer. He is quicker than doctors back home, and never mentions money, waves aside the very idea, like swatting a fly. It seems he is working for love or is just fond of foreigners, advising us to jump the queue because “There are always too many there.” He neatly slices off my wart, and when I mention that my fingers are numb he says he’ll remove those too if I wish. I settle for pills, tiny ant eggs in a cute blue bottle worth saving. And then he takes my donation. --David Ray

David Ray’s 23 books include Hemingway: A Desperate Life, Sam’s Book, The Death of Sardanapalus, Music of Time: Selected & New Poems, and a memoir, The Endless Search. David is an emeritus professor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he also edited New Letters magazine. He graduated from Tucson High School and now lives in Tucson again.

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.

photo: Cybele Knowles

above the road, above the world that draws away from it so steadily. --Julie Swarstad Johnson --Julie Swarstad Johnson

Julie Swarstad Johnson lives in midtown Tucson and works at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. She is an alumna of the University of Arizona and Penn State. Her chapbook Jumping the Pit was published in 2015.

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Right to left, top to bottom: Eric and Donna at Playground; Musician Joe Novelli performs at Skybar; Gloria dances during the rally for the solidarity walk; Junior w/ valentine hearts (in honor of valentines day); Solidarity walk downtown at Armory Park; XIXA performing at the Rialto Theater on New Years; James and Christine at Thunder Canyon Brewery.

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Zocalo Magazine - February 2017  
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