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07. Events 16. Arts 21. Art Galleries & Exhibits 31. Perfromances 33. Poetry 36. Tunes 44. Scene in Tucson

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This month, the Army Man Project is on display for the very first time, with an exhibit at Wee Gallery. Read more about the project on page 17.

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18th annual Arizona Young Artists’ Competition Registrations Now Being Accepted

The Herberger Theater (Phoenix) is accepting registrations for the 18th annual Arizona Young Artists’ Competition, a scholarship competition that showcases the talents of Arizona artists (ages 15-19). Applicants may enter in the disciplines of Acting, Dance and Voice for a chance to compete in The Finals at the Herberger Theater on Saturday, March 11, 2017, 7pm in front of a live audience. The winner of each discipline will receive a $1,000 scholarship to help further their education in the arts. Since its inception, the Arizona Young Artists’ Competition has placed the spotlight on the acting, dance and vocal achievements of more than 1,500 Arizona students and awarded nearly $70,000 in scholarship monies. For the second year, Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) is partnering with HTC to sponsor an additional $1,500 scholarship award for one finalist. The winner will be selected by a panel of ABT judges and offered an opportunity to perform with its professional cast in a Main Stage production. The early registration fee for each discipline is $25 through February 12 and $35 through February 26. Applicants will be contacted the week of February 27 to audition on Monday, March 6 (Dance), Tuesday, March 7 (Voice), Wednesday, March 8 (Acting). The registration form is available at azyoungartistscompetition.org. Tickets to attend The Finals are $10 general admission and $5 for students (with id). n

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Last year’s Judges and People’s Choice Dance Winner, Michaela Horger.

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january Fri 6 – Sun 8 THE ARIZONA STATE HOME & GARDEN SHOW Home exhibits on saving money, landscaping, contracting, design and remodeling will be on display along with live animals from Reid Park Zoo. Active Military Free with ID, Seniors are buy 1 get 1 free on Friday. Hours: Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Free parking. Tucson Convention Center 260 S. Church Ave. For tickets and more call: 1-800-745-3000. TucsonConventionCenter.com

TUCSON INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL The 26th annual festival brings 20 international Jewish films to the Old Pueblo. Opening Night on Jan 12 will be held at the Loft, all other screenings will be at The Jewish Community Center. 3800 E. River Rd. 520615-5432. For tickets and schedule visit: TucsonJCC.org

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Sat 21 – Sun 22 LA ENCANTADA FINE ART FESTIVAL Set in the outdoor courtyards, regional and national artists will exhibit art and display goods. Free and open to the public. Hours: Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 11am – 4pm. La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E. Skyline Dr. 520797-3959. SAACA.org/LAEFineArt

ANTIQUE SWAP MEET Browse antiques, house-

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Fri 13 – Sat 14

hold items, furniture, clothing, and vintage items. Free and open to the public. Located on 4th Avenue. 520-6245004. FourthAvenue.org

TMC SUNRISE AT OLD TUCSON TRAIL RUN The Southern Arizona Roadrunners presents a 4

ROADKILL ZIP-TIE DRAGS Drag racing, burn-

BEYOND This community wide event commemorates

out contests, a swap meet, car show, giveaways and prizes. Gates open at 3:30pm on Friday and at 8am on Saturday. Admission: kids 12 & under are free, tickets: $10-$40. Tucson Dragway: 12000 S. Houghton Rd. For more information visit Roadkill.com

Fri 13 - Sun 15 FRINGE THEATER FESTIVAL

Experience 4 Venues, 3 Days, and 50 shows at this unjuried, uncensored performing arts festival. Tickets and Passes: $15$75. For venues, schedules and to purchase tickets visit: TucsonFringe.org

Fri 13 – Mon 16 ZOPPE FAMILY CIRCUS

Enter the Big Top to experience the magic of the circus, featuring acrobatic acts, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, friendly clowning and many acts sure to bring smiles. Tickets: $20-$32.50. Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento. 520-621-3364. For showtimes and to purchase tickets visit: ArtsTucson.org

Weds 11 - Sun 15 WINGS OVER WILCOX Experience winged winter migrants along with other local wildlife through tours, seminars and keynote speakers. Willcox Community Center, 312 W. Stewart St. 520-384-2272. WingsOverWilcox.com

the anniversary of Jan 8 by encouraging physical activity and promoting a sense of community. Various events such as: “Exploring the Urban Wild” a family friendly bike ride, hula hooping and jump roping, a Meet Me at Armory Park Walk/Run, a Stroll and Roll, science and arts activities and many more. Held at locations throughout Pima County. For a full list of events visit: Beyond-Tucson.org/Events

Jan 18 – Feb 5 TUCSON DESERT SONG FESTIVAL Performances by Tucson Guitar Society, Rufus Muller, Bernadette Peters, Arizona Early Music Society, Heidi Stober, Grammy award winning baritone, Richard Paul Fink, and more. Various venues. For more information visit: TucsonDesertSongFestival.org

Fri 20 – Sat 21 DILLINGER DAYS A commemoration of the Tucson capture of “America’s Most Wanted” gangster, John Dillinger. On Friday step into the 1930s with a speakeasy adults only whiskey tasting. On Saturday, all ages activities will include reenactments, historic lectures and walking tours, arts & crafts, live music and more. Proceeds benefit the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. Admission: $30 on Fri, Free on Sat. Hotel Congress 311 E. Congress St. 1-800-722-8848. HotelCongress.com

Fri 20 – Sun 22

Jan 12 – 22

TUCSON SQUARE DANCE FESTIVAL

TUCSON JAZZ FESTIVAL Experience world class

Workshops and dance performances with special guests, Charie Robertson from San Gabriel, CA and Vic Kaaria and Shanna Kaaria from Redlands, CA. Admission: $25$40. St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 8051 E Broadway Blvd. 520-820-4749. Sardasa.com

jazz musicians at the 3rd annual festival, with a lineup including George Benson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tower of Power, John Pizzarelli, Storm Large, Kamasi Washington and more. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the free Downtown Jazz Fiesta will take place at downtown. For schedules, tickets and more visit: TucsonJazzFestival.org

Sat 21 BEAT BACK BUFFELGRASS DAY The 10th Annual event brings together volunteers to help remove this invasive plant that poses a threat to desert plants and wildlife. For more information and to register visit: PAGRegion.com/buffelgrass

mile and 1 mile cross country trail run on the historic grounds of Old Tucson Studios. Admission: $30-$45, Kids 10 and under are free. Old Tucson Studios, 201 Kinney Rd. 520-326-9383. For more information and to register visit: AZRoadrunners.org

Fri 27 – Sun 29 79th ANNUAL TOHONO O’ODHAM NATION RODEO & FAIR 520-383-2588 The longest running Native American rodeo is a family friendly event featuring live music, Waila bands, Pow-Wow contest, traditional foods, arts & crafts and more. Eugene P. Tashquinth Sr. Livestock Complex in Sells, AZ. ToNationnsn.gov/Rodeo_Fair

Ongoing TUCSON FOOD TOURS

Tucson’s only walking food tour. Combination of foods and a little history of downtown Tucson. Takes you through the historic down­ town and 4th Avenue districts of Tucson. See website for dates. 520-477-7986, FoodToursTucson.com

PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Explore the stars and beyond every Thu-Sun with a laser light show on Fridays and Saturdays. $5-$7, kids under 3 are free. See website for program times. Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, 1601 E. University. 520-621-7827. Flandrau.org

Mondays MEET ME AT MAYNARDS

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

Thursdays FOOD TRUCK THURSDAYS

Hosted by The Sunshine Mile Merchants. Dinner from 5-8pm. Free parking. Sunshine Mile Plaza 2419 E. Broadway. TucsonFoodTrucks.com

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The Price of Sugar

A Cinematic Feast

The 26th annual Tucson International Jewish Film Festival by Herb Stratford Each January Southern Arizona film lovers have been treated to a special cinematic celebration right in our own backyard—the annual Tucson Jewish International Film Festival. Hosted by the Tucson Jewish Community Center, the film festival is always a smartly curated, provocative and entertaining ten days of cinema experiences that leave audiences with lots to think about, and to talk about. This year’s fest is again chock-full of interesting offerings from around the world, that promise to engage and delight. With twenty-one films on the schedule you can literally put yourself into a cinema coma, so we’ve found a few highlights to get you ready for your film feast. Lynn Davis, who was the JCC’s Director of Arts and Culture, until last month when she became the executive director of Sonoran Glass School, assembled this year’s lineup, as she has done for the past six years. She has the help of a long-term committee who help identify titles, screen and rate films and help spread the word on the festival throughout the community. There’s been a growth in audience size of more than 45% since Davis came on board at the JCC, and she credits that growth in part to the films that are being made and audiences who are interested in seeking them out. “We see an audience that has an appetite for more culture, different worlds and unique stories every year.” Our role as programmers is to curate through over 100 films annually to find things that she knows will resonate with our audiences.” Davis and her committee are constantly looking to not only other Jewish film fests for ideas but are also in touch with filmmakers, distributors and other resources who appreciate Tucson’s sophisticated viewers. Davis says she loves “discovering films that may not have found an audience yet and bringing them to the fest where they will create conversation and dialog.” While the schedule this year mixes up a strong variety of documentaries and narrative features (as well as a few shorts), several films this year are guaranteed to be audience favorites, including the delightful new documentary For the Love of Spock. The film debuted this past spring at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, was made by Leonard Nimoy’s son Adam, and is a 10 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | January 2017

loving tribute to the actor best known for his recurring role in the science fiction television and film series Star Trek. Featuring archival and unseen footage from his entire career along with interviews with cast mates, this is a film for not only fans of Star Trek, but for anyone who wants to know how this talented actor made his way in Hollywood. For the Love of Spock screens just once, Saturday, January 14 at 7:30pm at the JCC. Opening night of the film fest this year features a special screening of the film The Price of Sugar. The film follows the story of two Dutch sisters in 18th century Suriname, a South American Dutch colony. One of the sisters is the house slave to the other sister due to her mixed parentage, and the story follows their relationship while growing up on a sugar plantation. The film will screen at the Loft Cinema on Thursday, January 12 at 7:00pm. The Loft is located at 3233 East Speedway. Other films of note include Apples from the Desert, which looks at the culture clash between orthodox Jews and the modern world (screening Monday, January 16 at 1pm), Suited, a documentary which examines a tailor in Brooklyn that caters to a largely LGBTQ community, and is helping define gender identity (screening Sunday, January 15 at 3:30pm), Wounded Land, a taut Israeli thriller about police partners who have to face a moral dilemma about keeping a terror suspect alive for questioning (screening Wednesday, January 18 at 5:00pm) and acclaimed period piece drama The People vs. Fritz Bauer which is based on actual events when the German district attorney discovered evidence of Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s whereabouts and the investigation that followed to track him down (screens Thursday, January 19 at 5:00pm). n The 26th annual Tucson International Jewish Film Festival runs 12-22 with most screenings taking place at the JCC, located at 3800 East River Road. Tickets are available in advance or at the door and are $9 per person with discounts for students, seniors and JCC members ($8). Passes are also available for $140. For more information visit Tucsonjcc.org or call 299-3000.


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For the Love of Spock

Apples from the Desert

Wounded Land

The People vs. Fritz Bauer

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6th Annual Tucson Fringe Festival

Jan 13 - 15

In 1947, a collective of eight theatre groups showed up uninvited to the Edinburgh International Festival and performed, literally, on the fringes of the festival. Since then, Fringe Festivals have cropped up all over the world, including in every major city in the United States. While no one body owns the name Fringe or governs the festivals, the concept is the same from city to city provide a low-cost opportunity for artists to take risks and cultivate a forum for expression of the arts specific to the community in which it is created. The Tucson Fringe Festival is an unjuried, uncensored performing arts festival founded in 2011 by Sara Tiffany and Yassi Jahanmir. Following international fringe tenets, the festival provides artists with low-risk, lowcost opportunities to perform by using economies of scale to reduce venue rental costs and by taking 0% of the artist’s earnings. Additionally, the festival also provides the Tucson arts community with avant-garde, non-traditional performing arts at very low ticket prices. The festival does not curate or select the performances, maintaining an environment in which everyone and anyone can perform, ensuring that underrepresented artistic voices are championed in the community. 12 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | January 2017

Now in its sixth year, the Tucson Fringe Theater Festival will run at 4 venues in downtown Tucson and 4th Avenue (Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., ZUZI!, 738 N. 5th Ave., Flycatcher, 360 E. 6th St.) and will feature 20 artists. Performers come from Tucson, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Las Vegas, Southern California, Washington, Michigan, New York and India. There will be 21 acts doing 50 performances over the course of 3 days ranging from old style vaudeville to early 90s pop culture references, dance and self-exploration to magic and comedy. Audience members will have a chance to vote for best writing, best solo performance, best ensemble and best overall performance. Fringe Admission Button (onetime charge) is $3 + $10 for single ticket, $15 for two tickets, $75 for an allfestival pass. Daily passes also available. In the five years of festival operation, Tucson Fringe Festival has provided the means for over 40 artists and artist groups to produce more than 70 performances in 6 downtown venues to nearly 2,000 audience members. In five years, Fringe has returned over $10,000 to the artists. For more information and for a complete list and more thorough descriptions of the shows, please visit tucsonfringe.org.


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t’s been more than two years in the making and, to-date, Rudy Flores and Teresa Estrella have assembled an army of about three-hundred. The crew is diverse, enthusiastic, and animated, and it includes decision makers, creators, and citizens at large (most of them Tucsonans) from all walks of life. There are creative types and nine-to-fivers; everyday heroes and those who work behind-the-scenes. They are artists, musicians, magicians, burlesque performers, and fire dancers; DJs, writers, illustrators, and cosplayers; teachers, business owners, jewelers, law enforcement officers, and perhaps even one or two of your neighbors. The mini militia is united in a single commonality—their bodies rigid with focused determination—and they cut an intimidating profile when gathered in one place. And all of this despite the fact that each of the members of this “army” are only about three inches tall, and they are made entirely out of green plastic. That’s right. We’re talking about an assemblage of little toy army men—the kind you used to see sold in buckets and bags in every store with even a meager toy section. But Flores’ and Estrella’s “Army Men” are made in the semblance of actual, real human beings, each of them posed in a position of their own choosing, in attire and alongside props that they feel most accurately represent their personalities, hobbies, or professions. There are a handful of national celebrities in the mix, including members of the bands Neurosis, The Melvins, and Mastodon, as well as a number of local well-knowns that you might recognize: Fourth Ave tattoo artist and Besmirchers’ front-man Lenny Mental with his trademark hair standing on end; magic man Kenny Bang! Bang! clutching a rabbit in his outstretched hand; Jill Hoffer of Poi Zen Fire Troupe with poi slung at an angle that gives the impression of motion; Lindy Reilly, owner of Lindy’s on 4th, with one of his infamous sixpatty OMFG burgers sandwiched between both palms. Props represented in

the series include a library bicycle cart, a sound mixer, microphones, musical instruments, a bow and arrow, a replica human skeleton, a motorcycle, and a jet ski—the larger and more obscure of which Flores actually had to digitally sculpt himself and then incorporate into the final figures. One subject—a local chef and restauranteur—even brought in a severed pig’s head as his prop, “And it was the middle of summer and our studio was in a basement…” says Estrella, which clearly made for a rather memorable scanning session. Now that the project is finally complete, you can see the mass of figures for yourself at Wee Gallery at 6th St. and 6th Ave. beginning with a reception on January 7. When Zócaló visited Flores and Estrella at their home in the middle of last month, they still had about a dozen green Army Men sprawled out on their living room coffee table awaiting an additional coat of paint and/or epoxy coating, but the final prints had been completed earlier that same day. Though some of the final touches are applied in their home, Flores and Estrella scanned each of their models and did much of the work on the project at their studio, Bestia Dentro, on Toole Avenue over the course of the last twentyseven months. They have since let go of the studio Rudy Flores, Gabe Flores and Teresa Estrella space, though, and are currently contemplating what Series Two of the project might entail. Flores thinks that it might involve taking the Army Man Project on the road to each of the fifty states. Flores, who is a graphic designer with a local sign company by day and works on his art in his free time, says the Army Man concept came to be almost as much by chance as it was by design. He says he was “intrigued” by 3D printing early on and that he was “looking for an excuse to buy a machine” but could never come up with one, so he finally sprung for his first 3D printer on a whim. He and Estrella started by learning to digitally mold and print basic shapes and were both using the technology to incorporate 3D elements into

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The complete Army Man Project collection will be on exhibit at Wee Gallery, January 7-29. >>> their own art, but when they finally added their first 3D scanner to the equation, Flores says “it just kind of opened things up.” They experimented with posing actual army man figures in odd positions and, eventually, a pair of bands approached the couple and asked them to print some figures they could photograph for album covers. But it was Flores’ theneleven-year-old son, Gabriel, who came up with the Army Man Project concept when he suggested that the artists try and turn the band members themselves into versions of the classic toys. “We didn’t think it was going to work at first,” Flores explains, because of the amount of detail needed to make the figure recognizable and still capable of standing vertically, “…but we gave it a shot and it did.” From there they invited about three-dozen of their friends to come in to be scanned and then printed in green plastic, but the idea took hold of the community and the couple launched a Kickstarter campaign in June of 2015 to fund future prints. Though it only had a goal of $5,000, Flores and Estrella managed to raise over $7,500 from 89 individual backers during the monthlong fundraising effort. Backers had figures made of themselves, complete with custom laser-engraved packaging which featured their photos along with their names and descriptions of their hobbies or occupations. Tom Baumgartner, Creative Director of Wee Gallery (where the Army Man Project will be on display in its entirety this month), says he has been following Flores and Estrella’s progress on this project since the gallery held a show for Flores’ art work in 2014. “I was not sure if (Flores) had a final ending lined up for that project,” Baumgartner says, and so it was “shot in the dark” when he approached the artists with the offer to install the display at Wee. But the idea of showing his small works in Baumgartner’s tiny gallery space seemed like a 18 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | January 2017

good fit to Flores, “and I was really happy about that,” Baumgartner says. “I’ve been amazed at their progress on this project,” adds Baumgartner, “and I’m excited to give them kind of an official end point to it, though I know it’s not the end.” And, to be sure, not only is there already talk about a second series underway, but also of a show at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures later this year. Baumgartner says that there is a common theme between the Wee Gallery and the Army Man Project in that both are making an effort to highlight Tucson’s community and creative culture, which makes the show an ideal fit for the space. He also says that the size of the gallery will allow the art to sort of “surround” anyone who comes to see the show, whereas it could be more easily overwhelmed in a larger space. And since he will be playing host to both artists along with all three-hundred Army Man figures on opening night, Baumgartner is hoping that the reception will present the rare and strange opportunity to see a few of the subjects both in their 3-inch plastic form, as well as in real-life standing next to each other. And the potential of experiencing that particular oddity alone seems like reason enough for any art lover, downtown or Fourth Avenue regular, or general Tucson community enthusiast to attend. n The Army Man Project will be on display at the Wee Gallery (439 N. 6th Ave.) January 7-29, with a reception on opening night from 6pm-11pm. More information on the project can be found online at ArmyManProject.com, and more about the show and reception can be found at GalleryWee.com.


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Z art galleries & exhibits ARIZONA HISTORY MUSEUM Currently on view: I Am Tucson, Chasing Villa, The Silverbell Artifacts, Geronimo Exhibit, Arizona Historical Society 150 Exhibit. Hours: Mon & Fri 9am-6pm; Tues-Thurs 9am-4pm; Sat & Sun 11am-4pm. 949 E. 2nd Street. 520-628-5774. ArizonaHistoricalSociety.org

MAT BEVEL’S MUSEUM OF KINETIC ART

Offers high art for the whole family at it’s new location with an opening Jan 7 from 5-8pm. 2855 Broadway Blvd. 520604-6273. MatBevelCompany.org

MINI TIME MACHINE

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

The Art & Science of Portrait Miniatures featuring over forty portraits created between the 18th and early 20th centuries is on view Jan 27 to Apr 16. Churches of the Southwest: Wood Sculptures by Roberto (Bob) Cardinale is on view through Jan 8. Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-4pm and Sun 12-4pm. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr. 520-881-0606. TheMiniTimeMachine.org

CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY The INFOCUS Juried Exhibi-

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Aranda / Lasch and Terrol Dew John-

tion of Self-Published PhotoBooks is on view to Mar 25. Flowers, Fruit, Books, Bones is on view to Apr 29. Hours: Tue-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 1-4pm. 1030 N. Olive Rd. 520-6217968. CreativePhotography.org

son: Meeting the Clouds Halfway; Miranda Lichtenstein: Sound And Noise; JPW3: Sleep Never Rusts are on view through Jan 29. Hours: Weds-Sun 12-5pm. 265 S. Church Ave. 520-624-5019. MOCA-Tucson.org

CONRAD WILDE GALLERY

Closing reception for Erasures and Reconstructions, is Jan 7 with a reception from 6-9pm. Resist! The Art of Disruption opens on Jan 20 with a reception from 6-9pm and closes on Feb 25. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-4pm. 439 N. 6th Ave., #171. 520-622-8997. ConradWildeGallery.com

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CONTRERAS GALLERY Abstracto Raro featuring work by Nancy Digotas, Ann

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

Tracy Lopez, Neda Contreras and more is on view Jan 7 to 28 with a reception Jan 7 from 6-9pm. Hours: Weds-Sat 10am-4pm. 110 E. 6th St. 520-398-6557. ContrerasHouseFineArt.com

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

DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Modern Masters – Paintings and Sculpture

view Jan 10 to Feb 5 with an opening reception on Jan 12 from 5-7pm. Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-4pm. Williams Centre 5420 East Broadway Blvd #240. 520-299-7294. SouthernAzWatercolorGuild.com

ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM

featuring works by Lee Chesney and Ben Goo will be on view through Jan 21. A new exhibit with works by Joanne Kerrihard, Carrie Seid, and Andy Polk will be on view Jan 27 to Mar 11 with an opening reception on Feb 4 from 6-8pm. Modern Masters II closes Jan 21. Tues-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 11am-4pm. 154 E. 6th St. 520-629-9759. DavisDominguez.com

DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN Modernist Ceramics of Ted and Marion DeGrazia is on view to Jan 25. In the Little Gallery, ceramics by Jennifer Vigil are on view Jan 2-13 and Hispanic & Dia de los Muertos Art by Patricia Silva will be on view Jan 1527. Hours: 10am-4pm daily. 6300 N. Swan Rd. 520-299-9191. DeGrazia.org

DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY Art Escapes and Bird Banter Miniatures runs through Feb 5. A trunk show with Margaret Aden & Lyle Rayfield will be on Jan 7 from 10am to 1pm. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-1:30pm. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 520-722-4412. DesertArtisansGallery.com

DRAWING STUDIO Priya Vadhyar (( Mountain x Crow x Echo )) is on view through Jan 16. 2760 N. Tucson Blvd. 520-620-0947. TheDrawingStudiotds.org

ETHERTON GALLERY

In the main gallery, a new exhibit featuring works by Mayme Kratz, Michael Lundgren and Christopher Colville is on view Jan 10 to Mar 11 with an opening reception Jan 14 from 7-10pm. Alex Webb: La Calle is on view through Jan 7 in the main gallery. Dinnerware Artists Today is on view at the Temple Gallery Jan 7 to Feb 24 with an opening reception Jan 13 from 5-7pm. Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-5pm or by appointment. Main Gallery: 135 S. 6th Ave. Temple Gallery: 330 S. Scott Ave. 520624-7370. EthertonGallery.com

IRONWOOD GALLERY

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

SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD All Members Show is on

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

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

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; From Modern Into the Now: Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation and A Traveler and His Treasures: Latin American Folk Art From the Peter C. Cecere Collection. Hours: Tues-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm; Thurs 10am-8pm; Sun 12-5pm. 140 N. Main Ave. 520-624-2333. TucsonMuseumofArt.org

UA MUSEUM OF ART Exposed: The Art and Science of Conservation opens Jan 14 on view to May. Continuing exhibitions include: Connecting Generations: Art From The Elders of St. Luke’s Home, Verboten/Forbidden; The Presidential Series: Paintings By Alfred J. Quiroz and Red and Blue. Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 12-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7567. ArtMuseum.Arizona.Edu

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

Artists for Conservation: International Juried Exhibit of Nature in Art is on view to Feb 5. Hours: Daily 10am-4pm. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. 520-8833024. DesertMuseum.org

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

JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY David Horvitz: The Studio Rent Editions: 2010 – Ongoing continues through Jan 13. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520626-4215. CFA.arizona.edu/galleries

and Teresa Estrella opens Jan 7 with a reception from 6 to 11pm and closes Jan 29. Hours: Thurs-Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm. 439 N. 6th Ave, Suite #171. 520-3606024. GalleryWee.com

MADARAS GALLERY

WILDE MEYER GALLERY

Join special guest Russell True, owner of White Stallion Ranch at the First Thursday party on Jan 5 from 5-7pm. Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am5:30pm.1535 E. Broadway. 520-623-4000. Swan Gallery: Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. 3035 N. Swan Rd. 520-615-3001. Madaras.com

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WEE GALLERY The Army Man Project featuring 3D printed figures by Rudy Flores

Oils and Acrylics opens Jan 8 with a reception from 1-4pm and closes Feb 1. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm; Thurs 10am-7pm; Sat 10am6pm; Sun 12-5pm. 3001 E. Skyline Dr. 520-615-5222, WildeMeyer.com


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“Modern Masters-Paintings and Sculpture” at Davis Dominguez Gallery, through January 21. Paintings and works on paper by the late Lee Chesney and marble and wood sculpture by Ben Goo. The works by both artists are rooted in the American Expressionist movement of the 1950s. Chesney’s abstract paintings are large and brightly colored, some monumental and others gestural. Ben Goo’s sculpture includes marble pedestal pieces and later wood wall sculpture. Goo’s work is both sublime and serene.

Untitled white marble by Ben Goo Serenity acrylic on canvas by Lee Chesney,

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Above: Angel Wynn, “Dia De Metamorphosis, 20x20 inch, Encaustic. Right: Angel Wynn, “Viva La Vida, Long Live Life,” 20x24 inch, Mixed Media.

ADELITA, the Women Soldiers of the Mexican Revolution CasaBella Fine Art Gallery will feature the works of Santa Fe artist Angel Wynn in an exciting new show, “Adelita: Women Soldiers of the Mexican Revolution”. An artist reception will take place on Thursday, February 9 from 5-8pm at the Gallery, 4425 N. Campbell Ave in Joesler Village. Wynn’s fascination with “Adelitas” is beautifully expressed in the works featured in this show. The acclaimed artist/photographer has produced a body of work to honor the legacy of these exceptional women. “After viewing some painted murals that first introduced me to these extraordinary women, for days afterwards all I could think of how difficult the lifestyle they endured”, says Wynn, “Searching history further, I became completely fascinated by these young women called Adelitas. A passion to tell their story set in and would not leave me alone.” “Adelita” was the name given to the women who followed husbands, lovers and family members to war during the uprising of the Mexican Revolution. From 1910-1920, these camp followers cooked, cleaned and nursed wounds. When it came time for military combat, the Adelitas bravely picked up guns and fought. In many respects, the Mexican Revolution was not only a men’s but also a women’s revolution. Also known as soldaderas, these young women became involved in Mexico’s revolution both voluntarily and through brutal force. Many of the women rebels were crusaders for land reform in Mexico. Whatever their reason for joining the Revolution, life for a soldadera was extremely hard. It was said that horses were treated better than the Adelitas. 22 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | January 2017

Wynn has created a powerful show to celebrate the heroism and sacrifice of the Adelitas. Starting with a photograph of a historic figure, or a photograph of a model dressed in South of the Border revolt era clothing, Wynn paints over these images by using a variety of mixed mediums such as oils, encaustics, or acrylic paints. “With this exhibit, I hope to bring awareness to these remarkable young women,” says Wynn. “We are starting to hear more stories like the Adelita’’s because we now have women historians digging through archives”. The Tucson branch of Las Adelitas Arizona organization was formed ten years ago in the true spirit of the Adelitas. Their mission to recruit, educate and mobilize Latinas to participate in the political process and support progressive issues has had a great impact to Latinas in Arizona. Members of the organization will be present at the artist reception on February 9 and a percentage of the sales from the show will be donated to Las Adelitas to help support them in their work. The show will run through February 27, 2017. For additional information on Angel Wynn, visit her website at www.angelwynn.com. Representing the works of celebrated contemporary artists of the southwest, CasaBella Fine Art Gallery is located in Joesler Village at 4425 N. Campbell Avenue and features paintings, photography, sculpture, glass art, ceramics and jewelry. Gallery hours are 11am – 8pm daily. For more information, please visit casabellafineart.com or call 270-4544.


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Selah Saterstrom reading at a recent Fair Weather Reading Series event.

Viva Casa Libre! by Jamie Manser

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“This is a place that has always catered to people’s passions,” explains Kristen Nelson, cofounder and current, but soon-to-be previous, executive director of literary arts nonprofit Casa Libre en la Solana. “It’s a place where people with a passion, idea or concept could say, ‘Hey, I want to do this,’ and Casa Libre would say, ‘Yes, how can we help you?’” Nelson makes it clear that the writing center she’s helmed for over 13 years is not closing its doors; it is going forward full steam ahead and actively searching for a new leader to carry the organization’s mission, spirit and “have the agency to create what they want with this place and incorporate what they are passionate about, what they care about.” It’s a chilly Friday night in December, but Nelson and I stay warm under a propane heater. We’re sitting, bundled up, in the breezeway of her 1898 commercial adobe property on Fourth Avenue that shares the same name as the literary organization. Wine and snacks are being enjoyed in relaxed camaraderie because – full disclosure – Nelson and I have been professional colleagues and friends for many years. She reflects on Casa Libre’s history (inextricable from her own), what informed its creation, evolution and what the nonprofit is looking for in its new executive director when Nelson steps down on June 30, 2017. 26 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | January 2017

Incorporated in July 2003, Casa Libre has operated as a connection point for the Tucson writing community for close to 14 years, offering an event space for readings, salons, book releases, workshops, fundraisers – and certainly some hell raisers – to serve groups traditionally not supported by mainstream writing outlets. “We have tailored our vision and our mission specifically to writers of color, female writers, LGBTQIA writers, and emerging writers and other underserved groups,” the 38-year-old elucidates. “In the last two years, the board of directors and I recognized how important it was to have that as a stated mission and say, ‘This is why we’re here, this is your place.’ And everyone is welcome to come and be a part of that and enjoy those voices, but we want to serve these voices.” As a queer female, Nelson is one of those voices. She shares her experiences as a youth in a multiracial neighborhood in Mount Vernon, New York and how that taught her to embrace and celebrate different perspectives. Her racially diverse community, where Nelson was in the white minority, was comprised of socially conscious families engaged in activism and connected to the larger world.


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“When I was growing up, my mom got involved in this program called CISV, It was the idea of starting Casa Libre with her then-partner that brought the Children’s International Summer Villages, and we had international students two of them to Tucson in April 2003. The couple had envisioned an organization live in our home for months at a time. I learned about different cultures all over that would serve as both a community center and a space to host writers’ the world – Costa Rica, Guatemala, Portugal, France, Spain, Taiwan, Egypt, residencies – which is exactly what they did. Greece. I grew up with this sense that the United States is not centric; we are She explains that they were “looking for a fresh start in a place that had a part of a world community. vibrant queer community, a vibrant arts community, and a sense of opportunity “And then I just started paying attention. I recognized that I was queer about it. The literary community here was already so rad. Kore Press had been somewhere around 16-years-old. I grew up in a family that was incredibly around for 10 years already; the Poetry Center was thriving and raising money to loving and supportive of who I am, they always have been – regardless of sexual build their new building at the time. Spork Press, Chax Press, POG, Tucson Poetry identity, regardless of career path – Festival, all of these organizations and really believed in the concept really embraced Casa Libre. When that you can do anything you want I started to meet the folks running to do.” those organizations, they were As Nelson navigated college excited to collaborate and support and met other queer individuals something new. In particular at the and people of different races, time, the Poetry Center and Kore she recognized the privilege she Press – Lisa Bowden was such a had even as she was personally huge supporter of Casa Libre from experiencing discrimination. the beginning – so it felt like there “I saw my own challenges in were these big sisters and brothers terms of publishing, in terms of and siblings that were out there sharing my work, getting my voice going, ‘Come on, you can do this heard. From my own personal here.’ I felt really engaged from experience and paying attention to the beginning. It turned from a other voices that were trans voices, concept, a dream and a website paying attention to people of within a year to an organization.” color’s voices, international voices Casa Libre’s writer residency and how much harder so many program worked for several years, underserved groups in the world during a period when Nelson have it. I recognized that I would was able to secure scholarships never be imprisoned for writing a through private donations for poem and what a privilege that was. the winning grantees. When the Growing up in an activist, socially Great Recession hit in late 2008, conscious, super, super liberal the private funding streams dried family helped. And that taught me up and Nelson turned the shortto pay attention, and from there, term writers’ residencies into longthat grew.” term artist live/work spaces over a While at the University of period of two years. Tampa – as a junior with only three Throughout Casa Libre’s semesters left on her scholarship existence, it has continually – Nelson knew she had to change strived to adapt to the changing her major from marine biology to needs of Tucson’s community by English. “I feel like college taught hosting meetings to discuss the me to pursue my passions, it was organization’s role in serving the really then that I started to identify writing populace. “If you want as a writer,” Nelson shares. She to know how to better serve your An example of a kite made as part of “Made for Flight,” a youth project started by T.C. Tolbert at Casa Libre to commemorate the lives of murdered transgender jumped right into the field with a community,” says Nelson. “Ask people with kite building and poetry writing. summer internship at The Village your community. There’s no Voice in 1999, worked as a journalist mystery there.” post-graduation at The Rivertowns Enterprise and then 9/11 happened. Lisa Bowden, Kore Press’ publisher/cofounder and a longtime collaborator Nelson describes New York City as being in chaos and how her sources with Nelson, describes Casa Libre as being “a vital center in the community for were calling to describe the violence happening against Muslims and people the literary arts, for discussion and exchange of ideas. An incredible, glowing, who were presumed to be Muslim, articles she knew were important to write. magnificent force.” Bowden also shares that partnerships between Kore Press But her publisher refused to print those stories, saying the charged topics were and Casa Libre have included various community projects, activism workshops too political. for youth, along with holding other writing workshops in Casa’s library. “I thought, ‘This isn’t why I am a journalist. I’m a journalist to tell the truth, There’s been a bevy of programs Casa Libre has hosted over the years. I’m a journalist to report.’ I took that really seriously. When I left New York, I was Nelson easily rattles off a short list – The Writers Studio, The Edge: Emerging jaded after that experience and decided I wanted to work in a different field. Writers, Stjukshon: An Indigenous Reading Series, Kore Press’ First Book I wound up, because of my science background, getting a job (eight months winners. >>> after arriving in Tucson) at what is now UA’s Institute of the Environment.” January 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 27


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“This is also where, after Maggie Golston’s downtown book shop Biblio closed down, Maggie contacted us and said, ‘Hey, I need a place for WIP (Writers In Progress, a UA MFA curated reading series) to be,’ and we housed WIP for eight to nine years. “There was a need for Casa Libre because we were able to be a central kind of organizing unit for a bunch of different projects. I always pictured us as an octopus, where we had this central head but there were all these tentacles and each of those tentacles were organized by a person or community group. Those are the niches we filled.” There comes a time for any writer who has worked hard on community projects for years to get to the point where they need to get back to focusing on writing. That time has come for Kristen Nelson. During her almost 14-year tenure at the helm of Casa Libre, she has been a renovator, maintenance person and landlord for her property. She went and got an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, worked as an adjunct professor at Pima Community College for four years and currently is the program coordinator at UA’s Institute for LGBT Studies. “That’s my trajectory of professional history, but that whole time, running Casa Libre. And for nine of the 14 years that I’ve run this place, it was unpaid, and that’s not something I want to pass on to the new executive director. Which is why I am not taking a salary this year, we’re fundraising, and we’re getting money in the bank so no one will be in that position again.” As we circle back to chat about Casa Libre’s upcoming events – the Fair Weather Reading Series, happening mostly monthly January through May – Nelson lights up and says, “T.C. Tolbert, we haven’t talked at all about T.C.!” She shares that Tolbert was the organization’s assistant director for seven years, who started and ran the Trickhouse events with Noah Saterstrom. “I started the Fair Weather Reading Series about two years ago, so that was the time T.C. decided to step down as the assistant director to pursue other professional opportunities, with so much love. That was when I started envisioning leaving Casa Libre myself because my best friend and collaborator claimed that opportunity for himself and I thought, ‘Oh wait, wait, and now you’re writing more?’ But I knew that I couldn’t hand over this octopus unpaid to somebody.” Nelson and her board are in full fundraising mode, she says they are about 40% to their goal and is confident they will reach it by July 1, 2017. Board president Sara Wolfe Vaughan says she is “excited to see what the future holds both for Casa Libre and for Kristen. I’m truly elated that Kristen will have more time to devote to her own art. It’s something she so deserves and we need her work out in the world, maybe now more than ever. Tucson has no shortage of talented artists and I can’t wait to meet our candidates.” Reflecting on what they are looking for in a new leader, Nelson shares that they’d “really like somebody who has some experience running events, particularly in the nonprofit world and also someone who has development experience. Someone who has the skills to continue it forward in a new way.” To donate, visit CasaLibre.org/donate.html. The Fair Weather Reading Series is Jan. 17, 7 p.m. A $5 donation gains entrance at 228 N. 4th Ave. to hear from Garnette Cadogan, Jordan Flaherty and Yanara Friedland. Learn more at CasaLibre.org/events.html. Check out Nelson’s writings and sundries at KristenENelson.com.

Weekend writing residency led by Rebecca Brown, left; also pictured are Frankie Rollins (center), T.C. Tolbert (background) and Lisa O’Neill (far right).

Casa Libre’s outside courtyard.

Logan Phillips, Kristen Nelson and Roger Bonair-Agard after Logan and Roger read at Casa Libre’s Fair Weather Reading Series. January 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 29

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Carnival of Illusion performs January 28 at Scottish Rite Cathedral Grand Parlor.

ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC

St. Lawrence Quartet, January, 18 7:30pm TCC’s Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. 577-3769, ArizonaChamberMusic.org

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ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY La Esquinita U.S.A., January 14 – February

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4, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-8210, ArizonaTheatre.org

BROADWAY IN TUCSON Dirty Dancing, January 24-29, Centennial Hall, 1020 East University Blvd. 903-2929, BroadwayInTucson.com

Labor, January 5, 7:00pm, The Screening Room, 127 East Congress, 730-4112, OdysseyStorytelling.com

THE ROGUE THEATRE The White Snake, January 12 – 29, 738 N. 5th Ave.551SEA OF GLASS CENTER FOR THE ARTS Caught A Ghost, January 6, 7:30pm, 330 E. 7th St. TheSeaofGlass.org

Grand Parlor, 160 South Scott Ave. 615-5299, CarnivalOfIllusion.com

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TUCSON JAZZ SOCIETY

3rd Annual Tucson Jazz Festival, January 12-22, various locations and times, 903-1265, TucsonJazz.org

TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Bach & Haydn in Harmony, January 7 & 8 Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium, 4300 East Sunrise, John Pizzarelli and Combo Play with the TSO, January 14, Brahms Requiem, January 20 & 22, TCC’s Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. 882-8585, TucsonSymphony.org

UA PRESENTS Itzhak Perlman, January 11, Kamasi Washington, January 12, Matt Haimovitz: A Movable Feast, January 14, Bernadette Peters January 21, Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. 621-3341, UAPresents.org

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– David Rivard

David Rivard’s new book, Standoff, was named one of the “Books We Loved in 2016” by The New Yorker. He graduated from the University of Arizona’s MFA program in 1982, has returned over the years to the Poetry Center as a visiting writer, longs for the desert at this time of the year whenever he looks out the window of his office at the University of New Hampshire. 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 poetry@zocalotucson.com. Please include contact information: phone number and email address. Notification of acceptance or rejection by email. Zócalo has first North American rights; author may re-publish with acknowledgment to Zócalo. Payment is a one year subscription. The poetry editor is Jefferson Carter.

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Camilo Lara and Toy Selectah

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Camilo Lara Is In The House! Or He Soon Will Be… By Carl Hanni

Camilo Lara is something of an honorary musical citizen of Tucson - or at least he should be by now. But that designation is about to change to citizen, period: he’s currently planning on making a move from his current/longtime home in Mexico City to Tucson sometime in 2017. Camilo is the producer, DJ and musician behind the internationally known Mexican Institute of Sound/Instituto Mexicano del Sonido, which is a catch-all moniker for his globe-trotting DJ gigs and on-going main recording project, but also one that can expand to become a full band whenever needed - it’s flexible like that. M.I.S. have put out four full length records to date, with another one (Disco Popular) in the works for a 2017 release. He runs a label based out of Mexico, Casete, releasing and distributing new releases throughout Mexico and South America. Camilo is also the founder of the Mexrrissey project (along with Tucson’s own Sergio Mendoza; see the November issue of Zócalo for that full story), and a producer and remixer for various acts, including a recent remix for a new track by Beck. Camilo and one of his major collaborators, Toy Selectah, produced the last record by Los Angeles Azules, Como Te Voy a Olvidar, which was nominated for a Grammy Award and spent 71 weeks on the charts in Mexico. He’s currently at work on several film soundtracks, including some of the music for the long-in-the-works Disney/ Pixar film “Coco.” Camilo has logged a lot of time on Tucson stages and in various studios since he first came to town in 2009 to play at the annual HoCo Festival at Hotel Congress. Foremost among his local connections is his on-going/multi-faceted collaboration with our own musical polymath/multi-talent Sergio Mendoza (again, see the November edition of Zócalo), which has spun off in several directions, perhaps most notably the Mexico Goes Morrissey album that has achieved considerable international acclaim. Camilo recently shared a stage for two evenings with Morrissey, completing the circle started with Mexrrissey years ago. Camilo and Sergio are also collaborating on some film soundtracks, including one for the upcoming “Sacudete las Penas,” and they - along with Joey Burns of Calexico - recently built a small studio here in Tucson to work on projects together in. One of the

projects they are working on there an upcoming M.I.S./Orkesta Mendoza split album. Camilo’s most recent release is Compass, a globalist DJs dream record; it’s a collaboration between himself, the hugely productive Monterrey, Mexico based producer and DJ Toy Selectah, and the world at large. Recorded over a couple of years in nine cities, and featuring over 90 artists, Compass is a project that takes a wide-angle lens to the concept of collaboration; no worries about any downside to globalization here, this is international relations at its most fruitful. To be clear: all 90 artists that contributed aren’t on the 13 tracks on Compass; there are another couple of dozen additional tracks in the can for (hopefully/possibly) one or two more editions. Recently released on the taste-making global groove label Six Degrees, Compass is one of the most joyful and satisfying records to drop on my turntable all year. Fully titled Mexican Institute of Sound + Toy Selectah Present: Compass, the new record is a wildly upbeat trip through several currents of modern Latin and tropical music. It includes roots reggae and dancehall, cumbia, electro pop, Latin electronica, hip hop, rock & roll, tropical funk and much more, all swirled together with little regard to standard genre tropes. “This project is about democratization on the dance floor,” as Camilo puts it. It’s by and large an uptempo collection of danceable tracks, with a few mid or down-tempo numbers that broaden the palate. Recorded in Sao Paulo, New York, Los Angeles, London, Kingston/ Jamaica, Mexico City, Monterrey and Miami, Compass has the anything-goes feeling of a pair of supremely-talented guys doing exactly what they want to do, while inviting a bunch of their also mega-talented friends - and some first time collaborators - along for the ride. It’s collaboration at it’s most fruitful. The artists that Camilo and Toy Selectah chose to work with on Compass are, pardon the icky pun, all over the map. Taking it from the start, Eugene Hütz and Pedro Erazo from the Balkan ragers Gogol Bordello drop the bomb with “Municipal,” a heavy bumping electroclash raver. Then they pick up the

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What’s Live Here’s to a Better Year by Jim Lipson

As we move into the first nine days of new year, there is little of note in terms of circling dates on the calendar for anything special as we say goodbye to 2016, a year that for many couldn’t end fast enough. Between the election (the entire political process really), and those who were taken from us all too soon, the year will be remembered for its unrelenting brutality and sense of loss on so many different levels. One more kick to the gut was delivered on Christmas eve with the untimely passing of blues guitarist Eric Garcia. Eric was a gentle giant of a man. The fact that he was a terrific guitarist is almost an afterthought. As we go to press the emotions of those who knew him both on and off the stage are still raw as tributes and remembrances continue to post on social media. When he wasn’t gigging with his brother Steve in their band the Garcia Brothers, he could often be found sitting in with Top Dead Center at their 4:20 shows at the Hut where he was introduced to a whole new audience who came to love and appreciate his playing and his spirit. The Garcia Brothers performance at last years Tucson Blues Festival was said to be one of the highlights of an event that also featured Los Lobos. He was all of 49 years young. Because there are no big shows until January 10, I’ve come up with a list of musically oriented New Years resolutions; all pertaining to the wealth of Tucson’s local talent. I like to believe I can commit to engaging in all of these things but, they are after all, resolutions, so we’ll see. 1. Bryan Dean’s new Monday Night gig – For more than 5 years Dean’s Trio (with guests) held down Monday night at the Boondocks (6-8:30). Since that venue closed, his scene has migrated to the Rockabilly Grill on North Oracle Rd. This is one of the best groups around, still free and needing to be seen. 2. Cadillac Mountain – These guys are true buskers, hardly in need of a mic to be heard, and playing bluegrass in a way that is singularly unique to them. Joel Leland and Rudy Cortese now have a bass player, Katie Kerr and are often joined by Heather Hardy. They used to play Sunday nights at the Hut and other places up and down Fourth Ave. but their Facebook Events page is currently blank. Another band that needs to be seen. 3. Tuesday Night Jam at the Chicago Bar – Hosted by the legendary Deacon and usually supported by Bryan Dean, this is a scene where you just might catch lightening in a bottle depending on who shows up. 8:30 pm start time. 4. Nick McBlaine and Log Train – Forgot trying to figure out the name; this is Peter McLaughlin, Alvin Blaine, Nick Coventry and often Evan Dain, holding court at Monterey Court the first Wednesday of every month. To call what they do straight bluegrass would be a disservice. Just superlative musicianship and often with special guests sitting in 5. Fini’s Landing – this is a relatively new venue, well maybe not that new, but one that needs to be checked out for good music. Lots of good folks seem to be finding their way there. 6. Hot Club of Tucson – What I need here is for someone to take me out to Sunday Brunch at the Hotel Congress where Hot Club does its gypsy jazz thing from late morning into the early afternoon every Sunday. Now for the big names... Dar Williams – 1/10 - Rialto Theatre – It’s been years since this east coast

artist with the multi-octave range and a collection of songs that are smart and evocative has played a show in town. This tour is being billed as a 20 year anniversary marking the release of her first album Mortal City in 1996. Her own words on the Rialto’s website are infinitely more revealing than anything I could write. http://www.rialtotheatre.com/event/1378847-dar-williams-returnmortal-tucson/ Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore – 1/10 – 191 Toole – If you are in need of a fix of some Americana and/or Texas honky tonk, this is the show for you. Dave Alvin’s resume is ridiculous—the Blasters, the Guilty Men, X, the Knitters and dozens of different collaborations have allowed him to creatively engage in any number of different ways. Jimmie Dale, with a voice that hearkens back to Hank Williams, has also enjoyed many a collaboration. He is currently touring in support of a new recording featuring songs written by his late father. Don’t be surprised if they pop up in each other’s sets Timothy B. Schmit – 1/14-Rialto Theatre – If you happened to tune in to the Kennedy Center honors last month, you actually got to see Schmit soaking it all in as a member of the Eagles who were being honored. (By he way, long hair and tuxes, still not a good look.) Because the Eagles are so on again/off again, Schmit keeps quite busy doing upscale session work, but he’s now supporting the release of one of his rare solo albums, Leap of Faith. When you think of the Eagles its easy to think Henley, Frey or Walsh, but its Schmit’s vocals that make the harmonies soar. George Benson – 1/19 – Fox Theatre – the first time I sat up and noticed George Benson was when I heard a track from his album Another side of Abbey Road. His treatment of Lennon’s “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” was brilliant and completely changed the way I related to the tune. Expert improviser and vibrant entertainer with silky smooth vocals, this show is in conjunction with the Tucson Jazz Festival. Icon, legend, whatever word you want to use, he’s really really good. David Bromberg – 1/20-Rialto Theatre – Bromberg wasn’t crazy about the weather when he played the folk fest in early May a few years back when it was about 100 in the shade,, but he does seem to like it other times of the year. Guitar, violin, mandolin...if its got strings he’ll master it. Fab Four – 1/21 – Fox Theatre – Some of you may or may not know of my disdain for tribute bands, especially those of the “note for note” variety. But I’ll tell you how this band won me over—it was via a demo of Christmas tunes, each starting out sounding like a classic Beatles tune before morphing into a holiday chestnut. The precision, loving care and sense of whimsy to which this was done, made me an instant convert. Rich Hopkins and the Luminarios – 1/28 - Club Congress – Let me just say Rich Hopkins is a bit of an enigma. As a rule, his soaring guitar leads are just a tad too loud for my tastes, and yet he is as soft spoken, sweet and articulate a guy as you’ll ever want to meet. He comes into the Congress in support of his new CD My Way or the Highway. While for sure there are plenty of big leads and power chords, there is also a depth and variety to this recording that makes it something special. The opening track is a great example featuring Hopkins in a narration of a trip to Mexico that almost reminds me of Roger McGuinn telling the story of Chestnut Mare, except Hopkins story is actually believable and real.  There are other parts to the record that are equally engaging in ways that are equally appealing. n January 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 41


George Benson appears at Fox Tucson Theatre on Thursday, January 19.

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

191 Toole 191 E. Toole Ave. rialtotheatre.com Tue 10: Dave Alvin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore Fri 13: The Aggrolites Sun 15: Andy McKee Sun 22: Prof Tue 24: Consider The Source, Thank You Scientist Wed 25: Lydia Loveless, Angelica Garcia

2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN Congress Street, 2ndSaturdaysDowntown.com See web site for information

BORDERLANDS BREWING 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773, BorderlandsBrewing.com See web site for more information

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

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

Photo courtesy rialtotheatre.com.

Photo courtesy foxtucson.com.

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Dave Alvin appears at 191 Toole on Tuesday, January 10.

CLUB CONGRESS

Cafe Coronet

311 E. Congress St. 622-8848, HotelCongress.com/club Sun 1: Salem The Bear’s Annual Food Drive, Mickey and the Maniacs, Garcia Brothers, Bryan Dean Trio, AmoSphere, Lil Mama Hardy, Top Dead Center Wed 4: Lowlife Tour Kickoff, Miss Abysmal, Sunf**ked Thu 5: Tom Walbank CD Release Party Fri 6: Antwon, Sex Prisoner, Get A Grip, SUI Blue Sun 8: TV Girl, Poppet, Grey Sweater Audio, Hormone Tue 10: Amped Up Open Mic Thu 12: Martin Sexton, The Accidentals Fri 13: Tucson Jazz Festival: Matt Haimovitz’s Moveable Feast, Alex Weitz; Tucson Fringe Festival—Day 1: Slideshow Fairytales, The Hustle Sat 14: Tucson Fringe Festival—Day 2: Slideshow Fairytales, The Hustle, The Gay Uncle, The Biscuiteater Sun 15: Tucson Fringe Festival— Day 3: Slideshow Fairytales, The Hustle, The Gay Uncle, The Biscuiteater, Unredeemable Fri 20: Dillinger Speakeasy with Live Music Fri 27: Amadee, MRCH, Tyler Akin Sat 28: Rich Hopkins & The Luminarios, The Surfbroads

402 E. 9th St. 222-9889 CafeCoronet.com Tue 3: Things That Aren’t Words Wed 4: Naim Amor Sat 7: Brunch with Lord Silver Plume Sun 8: Brunch with Lord Silver Plume, Supper Club with Billy Sedlmayr featuring Leo Schwamm

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LA COCINA 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351, LaCocinaTucson.com Sun 1: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 4: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 5: Freddy Parish Fri 6: Greg Morton & Friends Sat 7: Nathaniel Burnside Duo Sun 8: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 11: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 12: Louise Le Hir Fri 13: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 15: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 18: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 20: Greg Morton & Friends, Cold Sweat! Sun 22: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 25: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 27: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 29: Mik and the Funky Brunch

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

DELECTABLES RESTAURANT 533 N. 4th Ave. 884-9289, Delectables.com Sat 7: Don Armstrong Sat 14: Eb Eberlein Fri 20: Puca Sat 21: Stephen Budd Fri 27: Joyce Luna

Ermanos 220 N 4th Ave, 445-6625 ermanosbrew.com Thu 5: Adam Townsend Thu 12: Leila Lopez & Friends

FLYCATCHER 340 E. 6th St. 798-1298, TheFlycatcherTucson.com Sun 1: Heebie Jeebies, Whispering Wires Wed 4: DJPJ, Sarah Mohr Fri 6: Emo Night Live Fri 13: Dual Album Release with The Desert Beats, Lydian Osman, Golden Boots Sun 15: Agenda Sessions: PiPELiGHTS, Earth Won, Half Broke Town


Photo courtesy Mockingbirds Music.

Photo courtesy The Titan Valley Warheads.

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The Titan Valley Warheads appear at Monterey Court on Thursday, January 26.

The Mockingbirds appear every Thursday at The Hut.

FOX TUCSON THEATRE

RIALTO THEATRE

SKY BAR TUCSON

318 E. Congress St. 740-1000, RialtoTheatre.com Tue 10: Dar Williams Thu 12: Kamasi Washington Fri 13: Iron Maidens, Damage Inc. Sat 14: Timothy B. Schmit Tue 17: Eric Johnson Fri 20: David Bromberg Sat 21: Tower Of Power, Arcolris Sandoval, Lonnie Plaxico Sun 22: The Bird and the Bee, Howe Gelb Thu 26: Ace Frehley, Enuff Z’nuff Sat 28: Scare Card CD Release, The Endless Pursuit, The Jack, Mr. Skynyrd Mon 30: Excision

536 N. 4th Ave, 622-4300. SkyBarTucson.com Tue 3: Tom Walbank, Naim Amor Wed 4: Open Mic Tue 10: Tom Walbank, Joe Novelli of The Cloud Walls Wed 11: Open Mic Thu 12: Bordertown Boys Fri 13: Cirque Roots Tue 17: Tom Walbank, Naim Amor Wed 18: Open Mic Thu 19: Ned & The Dirt, Jacob Acosta Sat 21: Fea, Kristeen Young, Diluvio Tue 24: Tom Walbank, Joe Novelli of The Cloud Walls Wed 25: Open Mic Fri 27: Cirque Roots, Poison Lips Sat 28: The Mission Creeps Tue 31: Tom Walbank

17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, FoxTucsonTheatre.org Fri 13: Storm Large Thu 19: George Benson Fri 20: Dee Dee Bridgewater, TJI Ellington Band, Lewis Nash Sat 21: The Fab Four—The Ultimate Beatles Tribute

HACIENDA DEL SOL 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol. 2991501, HaciendaDelSol.com Nightly: Live Music on the Patio Sun 22: Mr. Bing’s Supper Club Experience

The Hut 305 N. 4th Ave., 623-3200 huttucson.com 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, MontereyCourtAZ.com Tue 3: MeShell Wolf & Mark Berenson Wed 4: Nick McBlaine & Log Train Thu 5: King Stones w/ Mustang Corners Fri 6: Frank & Friends Sat 7: Baba Marimba - World Beat Sun 8: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances,

Virginia Cannon Presents! Tue 10: Nancy McCallion & Danny Krieger Wed 11: The New Tucson Songwriters Showcase & Concert Thu 12: French Quarter Fri 13: Rhythm Jax Sat 14: Giant Blue Sun 15: Wally Lawder & Acoustic Sky Tue 17: The Tucsonics—Western Swing Wed 18: Eric Schaffer & the Other Troublemakers Thu 19: Jukebox Junqies Fri 20: Kiko & the Stone Avenue Band Sat 21: Little House of Funk Sun 22: Frank’nSteel Tue 24: Sky Choice Wed 25: Western Music Association Presents Thu 26: The Titan Valley Warheads Fri 27: Bob Corritore & Dave Riley Juke Joint Blues Band Sat 28: Key Ingredients of African Soul Sun 29: Ronstadt Generations - $5 Tue 31: Grace Pettis w/Don Armstrong

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

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

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

The Screening Room

Tap & Bottle

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

403 N. 6th Ave. 344-8999 TheTapandBottle.com Thu 5: Billy Sedlmayr and the Mother Higgins Children’s Band Thu 12: Belinda Esquer Thu 19: Louise Le Hir Thu 26: The Cloud Walls

Sea Of Glass—Center For The Arts 330 E. 7th St., 398-2542 TheSeaOfGlass.org Fri 6: Caught A Ghost

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Street photo of a bus stop on South 6 Avenue.

Tree lighting ceremony at Loews Ventana Canyon Snowflake Machine at Winterhaven festival of lights

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Waterfall at Loews Ventana Canyon


Deer at Madera Canyon

Razurado and Lengua Tacos at Tacos Apson

Kailey @ la cocina

Aaron at Penca

2 boys snap a photo of a house at Winterhaven

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