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06. Events 12. Arts 22. Art Galleries & Exhibits 24. Community 32. Performances 33. Poetry 35. Tunes 45. Tucson Street Portraits

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“Signs of the Season,” photo by David Olsen. This edition of Zócalo Magazine covers both July & August. We return to our monthly schedule in September. Enjoy your summer!

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“A” MOUNTAIN FIREWORKS

JULY 4TH CELEBRATION AT TUBAC GOLF RESORT AND SPA Festivities include food

CELEBRATE AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE AT OLD TUCSON Family fun, games, food, flag

JULY 4TH PARTY AT SONORAN GLASS SCHOOL An Independence Day celebration glass art

Mon, July 4 Food vendors from 7-9pm. Fireworks start at 9:15pm. Parking is free. Tucson Convention Center Parking Lot B or Lot C. 260 S. Church. 791-4101, TucsonConventionCenter.org

ceremony, and festive parade. July 2-4 from 10am-5pm (admission gates close at 4pm). $17.95 for adults, kids 11 and under are free. Old Tucson Studios 201 S. Kinney Rd. 731-5563, OldTucson.com

JULY 4TH CELEBRATION IN ORO VALLEY Stars & Stripes BBQ Dinner with live outdoor music from 6-8pm. Adults $20, children ages 5-12 $12, kids under 5 years are free. Reservations recommended for bbq dinner. Fireworks start at 9pm. Free. Oro Valley Community Center 10555 N. La Canada Drive. 229-4700, VisitTucson.org

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booths and a kids zone with face painting, games and obstacle courses. Begins at 4pm, fireworks at 8:45pm. 1 Otero Rd. Tubac. 520-398-3521. TubacGolfResort.com

demonstrations, make your own glass projects, fireworks, music and food from Brushfire BBQ. $5 entry, kids 12 and under are free. 6pm-10pm. 633 W. 18th St. 8847814, SonoranGlass.org

JULY 4TH AT MERCADO SAN AGUSTIN Ring in the 4th with food trucks, live music by Jimmy Carr and the Awkward Moments and DJ Carl Hanni. Free admission and parking. 5pm-12am. Mercado San Agustin 100 S. Avenida Del Convento. 461-1107, MercadoSanAgustin.com

Sat, July 9 2ND

SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN Street performers, arts and food vendors, outdoor movie, kid’s area and more! Free. 6:30pm-11pm. Downtown Tucson, 2ndSaturdaysDowntown.com

Sun, July 10 EVERYONE RUNS TMC Run with the Roosters at 5:05am. Register online. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Rd. 883-0100, EveryoneRuns.net

Sat, July 16-Sun, July 17 PEACH MANIA AT APPLE ANNIE’S

All you can eat peaches and pancakes breakfast, free wagon rides, and peaches to pick and take home. Free admission. 7:30am-5pm. 520-384-2084, 2081 W. Hardy Rd. Wilcox. AppleAnnies.com


Sat, July 23

Sat, Aug 27

COOL SUMMER NIGHTS: ASTRONOMY NIGHT Bring a flashlight to view live animals,

NIGHTWINGS AT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM Tram rides, hands on kid activities and

fluorescent minerals, scorpion viewing, night sounds and hands on activities and star gazing with experts from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Regular admission. 5-10pm. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Rd. 883-2702. DesertMuseum.org

tours of an indoor hangar. $10 adults, children 12 and under free. 5-9pm. Pima Air and Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Rd. 574-0462, PimaAir.org

LOFT KIDS FEST

TUCSON FOOD TOURS

Experience films, fun games, giveaways, interactive activities and more. Free admission, popcorn and bike helmets. Every morning at 10am on Jul 23-31. Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 332-5638, LoftCinema.com

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

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Unlimited admission

30th ANNIVERSARY AT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Celebrate with an ice cream social, special

for furry companions at Tucson Botanical Gardens. $20. 7am-4:30pm. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, TucsonBotanical.org

activities and guests. $3 admission. 10am-5pm. 200 S. 6th Ave. 792-9985, ChildrensMuseumTucson.org

Mondays MEET ME AT MAYNARDS

Fri, Aug 5 COX MOVIES IN THE PARK

Bring a blanket and watch the award winning movie, Inside Out. Face painting, live performers, music and food vendors. Free. 5:30pm (food vendors) 7-7:30pm (movie starts). Reid Park Demeester Performing Arts Pavilion, 900 S. Randolph Way. Saaca.org/Cox_Movies_in_the_Park.html

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SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN Street performers, arts and food vendors, outdoor movie, kid’s area and more! Free. 6:30pm-11pm. Downtown, 2ndSaturdaysDowntown.com

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. 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

Thurs, Aug 11 - Sun, Aug 14 Nature Expo involving history talks, critter exhibits, workshops, field trips, and family-friendly programs. Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway. 239-2300, TucsonAudubon.org/festival

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SOUTHEAST ARIZONA BIRDING FESTIVAL Caterpillar Day at Yikes Toys, August 21st

Sat, Aug 20 SALSA

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Presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance featuring creative salsas, tequila infused popsicles, live music by Orquesta Salsarengue, dancing, and more. 7pm. La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E. Skyline Dr. 797-3959, saaca.org/salsa_tequila.php

Sun, Aug 21 CATERPILLAR DAY

Meet live caterpillars and moths with entomologist, Michael Wilson and learn about their habits and history. 10am-2pm. Free. Yikes Toys! 2930 E. Broadway. 320-5669. YikesToysOnline.com

USA TRIATHLON YOUTH SPLASH AND DASH Open to athletes ages 7-15. A combination of running and swimming, serves as an introduction to multisport and promoting a healthy lifestyle. 7am. Tucson JCC, 3800 E. River Rd. TucsonJCC.org

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Historic Artist Self-Portrait Face Painting Project (HASPFPP) at Tiny Town Gallery 174 E. Toole Ave

Opening Reception- Sat Aug 13 Closing Reception- Sat Aug 20

Anson Funderburgh

Tiny Town Gallery plays host to two unique receptions featuring Adela Antoinette, a local illustrator and face painter. The Historic Artist Self-Portrait Face Painting Project (HASPFPP) will feature 14 photographs of Antoinette’s replications of self-portraits by iconic and historic artists, including Chuck Close, Frida Kahlo and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Several portraits also include local guest models. The HASPFPP started off as a monthly blog documenting research, expressing learning experiences, connections, personal growth and self-awareness while creating each work. Adela Antoinette has combined her expertise of face and body painting with studio art and photography. She has presented these photographs as documentation using as few digital methods as possible. More information at tinytowntucson.com and adelaantoinette.com photo: Adela Antoinette

Mark Hummel

5th Annual House Rockin’ Blues Review at El Casino Ballroom

fRI Aug 5 KXCI’s 5th Annual House Rockin’ Blues Review takes place at historic El Casino Ballroom on Friday, August 5th with headliners Little Charlie Baty, Mark Hummel, and Anson Funderburgh. Doors open at 7, the show starts at 8pm. Allyn Haynes Catering will be selling BBQ and sides. Advance general admission tickets are $20; $15 for KXCI and SABHF Members. General Admission tickets on the night of the show will be $25; and $20 for KXCI and SABHF Members. A limited number of $35 advance reserved priority seats are available while supplies last. Tickets can be purchased at all Bookmans locations, KXCI during regular business hours, and KXCI.org. KXCI’s own Master of the Blues, Marty Kool will emcee the show. July/August 2016 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 9


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Tucson Summer Tradition Loft Kids Fest by Herb Stratford Some summers Hollywood gets it right with films made for kids during the out-of-school months, and sometimes they don’t. But thanks to the Loft Cinema there are always great films for younger viewers in the dead of summer. This year marks the tenth annual Loft Kids Fest, set to screen July 23-31 and we thought we’d take a look at this year’s offerings, as well as the history of the fest. It can be a challenge to find the right films for the younger set due to availability of titles, changing tastes and a wide range of ages to please, but Loft programmer Jeff Yanc has again assembled a solid schedule of films that are sure to pack the house. An added bonus is the fact that the entire series is presented free of charge. Throw in the free popcorn and special giveaways and events and what’s not to love about this Tucson tradition? According to Yanc,, “We started the Kids Fest in 2007 as a way of including programming for children here at The Loft, since at that time, we didn’t really have anything specifically geared toward kids and families. The idea was to not only show tried and true classics, but to also introduce kids to films they may not have seen before – independent films, silent films, foreign films, etc. ”Attendance for the 2015 Kids Fest was 3,700 over nine days. Most days of the Kids Fest, we fill all 500 seats in our main auditorium”, said Yanc. A nice nod to the past is the addition of an animated short screening before all features, which is the way it used to be when many parents were kids themselves, going to the movies. “Every year, it seems like the grown-ups enjoy the Kids Fest almost as much as the kids, which is nice, since a family event should ideally be fun for the whole family” said Yanc. In fact, there’s a rich tradition of Saturday morning kids film programming in America that goes all the way back to 1930, when the Walt Disney company partnered with the Fox Film corporation to present a weekly Saturday morning kids club in 60 Fox Theatres across the country. That program enrolled over 1 million members after just one year. Tucson was one of the locations at the Fox Theatre downtown, until the mid 1950s when the club was abandoned for a generic morning cartoon program due to the launch of the television version of the club. This year’s Loft Kids Fest offerings include a classic cartoon program that will appeal to all ages (Looney Tunes on the Big Screen – July 29) as well as new animated favorites (Despicable Me – July 31) and some underappreciated gems like James and the Giant Peach (July 30). And don’t miss a chance to see two of this year’s scheduled films that are currently being remade in the months to come – The Powerpuff Girls movie, which is being re-launched on Cartoon Network as a new series, which plays on July 27 and Jumanji, which screens on July 24, which is also getting a new big-screen treatment soon. n The 10th annual Loft Kids Fest runs from July 23-31 at the Loft Cinema, located at 3233 East Speedway. All films screen at 10am with Loft doors opening at 9:15am, so plan to get to the theatre early to get your favorite seat in advance. LoftCinema.com. July/August 2016 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 11


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Lynn Rae Lowe Lives Her Life in Circles by Craig Baker

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ou may not have had the chance to meet Lynn Rae Lowe in person yet, but if you’ve lived in Arizona for any significant period of time and have made at least the obligatory gallery rounds, you’ll probably recognize her work. Her preferred medium for upwards of two decades has been metal; mainly steel, and primarily the type that can be purchased in sheets. Well-known in the realm of Judaica for her work designing and fabricating unique, award-winning metal menorahs, Yahrzeit and Shabbat candles, Tzedakah boxes, and other objects of Jewish celebratory and reverential significance, Lowe has also made something of a name for herself in the secular art world for her 370+ steel landscape paintings. Though that rather reductive description makes it sound as if Lowe is simply using steel as a canvas for her paintings, there’s much more involved with her process. Using a hand-held grinder she etches out the suggestion of geological and celestial features into the metal, applies vibrant dies where appropriate, then paints plants in the foreground and powder coats to protect the finished product. The resulting image shimmers from the background forward and seems to dance in the light—appropriate, since so many of her most beloved Judaic creations feature an amalgam of colorful, dancing silhouettes. Now 69, Lowe says that her days working on the heavy paintings and jumping around to gauge how they played with the light are now in the past, due to a recent diagnosis of chronic spinal issues. Still, Lowe says that she feels no sense of regret for the forced transition to other work, seeing as it’s not the first time in her life that she has been obliged to start over from scratch. Lynne Rae Lowe left her home state of Michigan and moved to Telluride, Colo. in the early 1970s as “one of the original hippies.” She dabbled in college courses at the University of Colorado but gave her studies up to marry her husband Buck, and to focus on running a successful events company which played a major role in putting on the annual Telluride Jazz and Film Festivals for a number of years. After eighteen years there, however, Lowe—who had

four children at the time—says that she grew “tired of counting mittens” during cold weather and so she and her family transitioned to Tucson in 1988 with the intention of becoming snowbirds. But, as she puts it, “life intervened” and the combination of her husband’s work requirements with local television station KNST and their commitment to a new property meant that they had to sell their home in Colorado and make their move to Tucson permanent. Lowe says that she had a difficult time with the move at first. She was in her mid-forties then, but she had “walked away, for good reason, from a very successful lifestyle and persona,” and then was forced to “start all over again” in the Sonoran Desert. She tried her hand at special events planning here, helping to coordinate the grand opening celebration for the Temple of Music and Art for one of her first contracts, but says she found a new desire to focus on promoting her own creativity rather than working to elevate the careers of other creatives. In 1992, more than twenty years after she first dropped out of college, Lowe enrolled at the University of Arizona where she completed her BA in Fine Art in 1995. Soon after, she began making the Flack Pencils by Lynn Rae Lowe menorahs that catapulted her into the public eye with the help of her husband. “We were really at a zenith,” Lowe says of that period in her life, adding that she and Buck traveled regularly and attended art shows and festivals across the nation and even overseas. But when Buck died suddenly of cancer in 2000, Lowe says she found it difficult to continue on with the same work they had been doing together. What followed was a brief period of artistic exploration in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico that culminated in more than fifteen years of crafting her iconic steel paintings. But, as a result of a minor motorcycle accident in her driveway in 2015, that phase of her career also came to an end about six months ago. With nothing new in the works to speak of, Lowe still managed to land a prospective show at the Jewish Community Center for later this year, and so set to work planning out her next generation of work. She says that, since the show—which opens in November and runs through January at the JCC—will

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continued from previous page... be taking place during her 70th birthday (Dec. 24; coincidentally the first night of Hannukah this year) she had first thought about making it a legacy show. “But,” she says, “a legacy suggests an end, and this is not the end—it’s the beginning of what I’m going to do for my third act.” And, appropriately, the concept she’s come up with for her “third act” will bring things full circle once again to her artistic roots in Judaica. The idea revolves around a study of the Jewish alphabet, and it presents that alphabet through an interpretive lens by adopting the styles of famous Jewish-American artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Ida Kohlmeyer, Adolph Gottleib and, of course, Lynn Rae Lowe, herself. Lowe explains that her goal with the series—which takes notes from the connections and overlap between the Jewish alphabet and other subjects like Western mythology, musical scales, numerology, classic symbology, and tarot, among others—was to “let (her interpretation of each artist’s) style become a story of the Jewish alphabet through Jewish artists,” which gives something of a circular feel to the show itself. “What I love about Judaism is that it’s spiral,” she says, “You keep on coming back to the same place; keep on going down the same path.” The key, though, Lowe says, on top of recognizing these patterns, is to make sure that you are doing all you can to take care of your spiritual self along the way. “I believe that we are here to accomplish something,” Lowe says, adding that “Every one of us has something that is unique for us to do, and I think that life is a process of trying to figure out what that is; that is a hard thing to do.” But, she says, once you think you’ve figured out what your purpose (she calls it her “Soul’s Heart’s Desire,” or SHD) is, Lowe says that “living that is even harder.” Still, she insists that it’s each of our own responsibility to find that all-consuming thing for ourselves, and to pursue it with passion and tenacity, regardless of the difficulty. This—her philosophy—is her legacy, she says; it is the essence of herself which she endeavors to translate into art, and that which she will one day be leaving behind her. She calls it her “ethical will,” and it’s precisely that will that has continually helped Lowe to find her way as an artist. n For more information on Lynn Rae Lowe, her art, or her upcoming show, visit LynnRaeLowe.com or TucsonJCC.org/arts. 14 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | July/August 2016


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Tucson’s New Art CEO’s

by Herb Stratford

Tucson’s art and music scenes have experienced an influx of new faces in leadership positions. From the Tucson Symphony to the Tucson Museum of Art and the University of Arizona’s School of Art, new leaders have taken the helm of some of our oldest and most esteemed institutions. We sat down with three of Tucson’s newest “artistic CEO’s,” to find out a little bit about them, and what excited them about coming to Tucson; Jeffrey Mikolajczak of the Tucson Museum of Art, Colin Blakely of the University of Arizona School of Art, and Mark Blakeman of the Tucson Symphony.

Jeffrey Mikolajczak CEO, Tucson Museum of Art What is your hometown? Bay City, Michigan Where did you earn your degrees, and in what? I have a BFA from West Virginia University and a MFA from the University of Florida. What was your previous position before coming to Tucson? Executive Director and Chief Curator of Miami Dade College’s Museum and Galleries of Art + Design. Why did Tucson interest you? It was the opportunity at the Tucson Museum of Art + Historic Block. I was not actively searching for a position, but I came across the posting on a professional organization’s website. There was something about leading an institution that has a 90+ year history that I found fascinating, in addition to the rich arts community that exists in Tucson. The TMA has an amazing cache of assets including a great collection, an outstanding campus, dedicated Board and beloved by the community. I also love the connection a Museum can have with its community in a mid-sized city. Something I learned and experienced in Kansas City, MO, and knew at some point in my career, I wanted to return to. What were your first impressions of Tucson at large and also the local arts community? First off, it would be remiss of me if I didn’t say that I was smitten with Tucson from the onset (and still to this day). I have been graciously welcomed by the community of leaders, local citizens and cultural colleagues. Now that summer is a upon us, I am getting the opportunity to meet many of the local artists and gallerists, and have the opportunity to visit the many cultural organizations throughout the region. I love that I learn something new every day and that this city is comprised of a richly diverse population. I am constantly in awe of how deep the roots grow, and various pockets that exist. Can you name 2-3 goals you have for your organization in the coming year or so? I have a fantastic and dedicated team at the Museum. They have been amazing throughout the transition. We are currently in the process of examining every aspect of the Museum and how it functions, types of programs we present, how we are viewed in the community and the impact we make. I’m not going to give away our plan or goals just yet, but I can promise you that you will see many changes in the not-so-distant future.

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Colin Blakely

Director, University of Arizona School of Art What is your hometown? I spent the first eight years of my life in Brooklyn, New York before moving to Houston, Texas where I spent the remainder of my childhood and early adult life. Houston is really my “hometown,” but I feel a close connection to my old neighborhood in Brooklyn as well. Where did you earn your degrees, and in what? I received a BA with a double major in Studio Art and Mathematics from Williams College and an MFA in Studio Art (Photography) from the University of New Mexico. What was your previous position before coming to Tucson? I was Head of the Art Department at Eastern Michigan University for seven years prior to coming to the University of Arizona. Why did Tucson interest you? First and foremost for the opportunity to work at the University. Photography is my home discipline, and I have long been aware of the reputation of both the School of Art and the Center for Creative Photography. When I first learned of the Director opening last year, I did more research into both the school and the university, and realized there is an amazing array of strong programs. When I visited last March and met the people associated with those programs, I was sold on this as being the place I wanted to be. With respect to Tucson, I have always been drawn to the Southwest. From my first trip to Santa Fe as a Sophomore in college, I was aware that this was a landscape to which I felt a deep and immediate connection. Living in Albuquerque for five years deepened that connection, and it feels very good to be back. Tucson is a great city. Its range of topography is amazing, as is the way the city has integrated with the surrounding landscape. It is large enough to have a wide range of cultural offerings as well as a community eager to support those offerings, yet small enough that it is easy to escape, even for just an afternoon.

Jeremy Mikolajczak, CEO, Tucson Museum of Art.

What were your first impressions of Tucson at large and also the local arts community? I have found Tucson to be an incredibly welcoming community. I am impressed with the amazing range of artistic styles and influences here and the vibrant support the arts community enjoys within the city. Did anything surprise you about Tucson? I have never been anywhere before where the traffic light left turn arrow comes after instead of before the green light! I have been totally won over by this approach- it is a much more efficient way to manage traffic and I am surprised it is not more common. It sounds like a small thing, but I continue to be in awe of how such a minor tweak to an existing system can make such an impact! Can you name 2-3 goals you have for your organization in the coming year or so? First is to raise the visibility of the School of Art within the University, the community, and nationally. There is an amazing array of things to celebrate within the school, and its overall reputation doesn’t yet match that level of activity. We need to figure out how to do a better job telling our story. Second, I would like to develop a broader range of partnerships between the school and other entities, both on and off campus. The visual arts have the reputation of being a solitary practice, and that traditional model just isn’t viable any more. In order to thrive, the arts must be active in demonstrating their value, both in terms of what we would think of as traditional venues as well as in completely new arenas. I think this is a good thing.

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Mark Blakeman

President & CEO, Tucson Symphony Orchestra What is your hometown? Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Where did you earn your degrees, and in what? I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Business from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Business Administration in Arts Administration from Oklahoma City University. What was your previous position before coming to Tucson? I was the Chief Operating Officer of the Nashville Symphony and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, which opened in 2006, overseeing the 85-member Nashville Symphony and its 160 concerts annually as well as Education and Community Engagement activities of the orchestra. Why did Tucson interest you? I was fortunate to work at one orchestra for fifteen years, prior to coming to Tucson. During those fifteen years, that orchestra grew artistically and made an enormous impact on the community in a variety of meaningful ways. I believe the TSO’s new Music Director, José Luis Gomez, and the enthusiasm of new administrative and board leadership, gives the TSO an opportunity to embark on a new era; a Tucson Symphony for the 21st century! I’m excited to play a leadership role in helping form and articulate a clear and galvanizing vision for the future of TSO and how it can best fit into the fabric of the Tucson community. There are some great opportunities with this organization. We’re launching a new Family Series, initiated and strengthened community partnerships and invested in our TSO team. I know I’m not going to hit one out of the park every time. I’m going for the base hits and building that way. What were your first impressions of Tucson at large and also the local arts community? I have found the people of Tucson to be genuinely kind, warm-hearted and impassioned about a number of important community dimensions, including arts and culture. I was not fully prepared to understand the level of poverty and need that also exists in Tucson. I’m grateful for my dedicated and talented colleagues in the local arts scene. I think that we, as arts leaders, can do more to serve this community in more impactful ways if we can find avenues for greater partnerships among organizations. A unified message from the leading arts organizations of Tucson would go a long way to help elevate the dialogue regarding arts and culture in this community.

Mark Blakeman, President & CEO, Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Tucson’s arts and music communities can look forward to many years of strong leadership with this trio on the scene. Do yourself a favor and take a minute to say hello if you see them at their respective events. We can all be proud of where we’re headed under their leadership.

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Did anything surprise you about Tucson? Yes. Much like the “geographical oddity” line from the film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, I have discovered that every destination in Tucson magically appears to be at least a 30-minute drive from where ever you are at that moment. Can you name 2-3 goals you have for your organization in the coming year or so? We are completing a new multi-year strategic plan developed with input from constituents in the corporate, government, faith-based, non-profit, Hispanic and Native-American sectors of our community. We’re also venturing further into some interesting partnerships and fun promotions like the one we’re doing with Sun Link on opening night, “ride and dine.” Think progressive dinner party on the streetcar, prior to a TSO concert. We’ll also be promoting Beer, Brats and Beethoven through a partnership with Dragoon Brewery and House of Brats. And we’re planning a large, free, outdoor concert in Tucson hopefully for the fall of 2017.


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JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER

Dog Days

Early Bird Weekends

Twilight Thursdays

Dog Portraits in the Gardens

Dogs welcome every day!

Evening hours and dinner at Café Botanica

Al Fresco Fridays

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Morning walks and breakfast starting at 6:30am

June 7 and August 2

Summer Classes

Fun classes and camps for adults and children


TRANSAMERICA BUILDING FOR LEASE

BUZZ ISAACSON 520.323.5151

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Christofer Churchill at MOCA through Sep 25 Image: End of the World (2011), Christofer Churchill, acrylic on canvas, 67 x 95”

Big Skies/Hidden Stories: Ellen Wagener Pastels through July 24 at the Tucson Museum of Art.

ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM Ongoing exhibitions include The Pottery Project

IRONWOOD GALLERY 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustra-

and Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest and Northern Mexico. Hours: MonSat 10am-5pm. 520-621-6302. 1013 E. University Blvd. StateMuseum.Arizona.Edu

tion: A Hunt Institute Traveling Exhibition is on view to Aug 28th. Hours: Daily 10am-4pm. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. 520-883-3024. DesertMuseum.org

ARTSEYE GALLERY

Curious Camera 8th Annual continues through Summer 2016. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm. 3550 E. Grant Rd. 520-325-0260. ArtsEye.com

JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY Rachel Bess: The Painting Process is on view to

BAKER + HESSELDENZ FINE ART Art3 (cubed) is on view to Sep 7th.

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Sep 2nd. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-626-4215. CFA.arizona.edu/ galleries

Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm or by appointment. 100 E. 6th St. 520-7600037. BakerHesseldenz.com

Domini Valencia: TBA is on view Jul 6th to Aug 3rd. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-624-4215.CFA.arizona.edu/ galleries

CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Recent Acquisitions and From

MERCI GALLERY Merci, Merci Me by Gary Aagaard is on view to Aug 30th. Hours:

the Vault are on view to Aug 6th. Flowers, Fruit, Books, Bones is on view Aug 20th to Nov 26th. Hours: Tue-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 1-4pm. 1030 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7968. CreativePhotography.org

Tues-Fri 11am-4pm. 630 E. 9th St. 520-623-2114. MerciGallery.com

CONTRERAS GALLERY The Fine Art of Printmaking opens on Jul 2nd with a reception from 6-9pm and is on view to Jul 30th. Milagros, a group show featuring works by Ruben Urrea Moreno, Lucia Bigalow, Miguel Flores and others is on view in August. Hours: Weds-Sat 10am-4pm. 110 E. 6th St. 520-398-6557. ContrerasHouseFineArt.com

DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY 2016 Hot Mix is on view to the end of August by appointment only. 154 E. 6th St. 520-629-9759. DavisDominguez.com

DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN DeGrazia After Dark featuring nocturnal paintings by Ted DeGrazia and The Way of the Cross are on view to Aug 24th. Hours: 10am-4pm daily. 6300 N. Swan Rd. 520-299-9191. DeGrazia.org

DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY

Sonoran Sizzle is on view to Aug 7th with a trunk show: Susan Libby & Terry Slonaker, on Jul 9th from 10am-1pm. Canvas Dreams opens on Aug 9th with a reception on Aug 12th from 5-7pm. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-1:30pm. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 520-722-4412. DesertArtisansGallery.com

ETHERTON GALLERY

The Artists of Lewis Framing is on view to Aug 27th. Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-5pm or by appointment. 135 S. 6th Ave. 520-624-7370. EthertonGallery.com

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MINI TIME MACHINE A Model View of Tucson’s Mid-Century Modern Architecture featuring models built by artist Dirk Arnold is on view to Aug 7th. Miniature Military Figures by Joe Seibold will be on view through 2016. Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-4pm and Sun 12-4pm. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr. 520-881-0606. TheMiniTimeMachine.org

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Tucson 3 Ways: A Foray Into Digital Alchemy; and Christofer Churchill; and Steven Parrino; and Gardens of the Pure | Kitty Brophy, Emma Kohlmann, Alice Mackler continue through Sep 25th. Hours: Weds-Sun 12-5pm. 265 S. Church Ave. 520-624-5019. MOCA-Tucson.org

PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY & STUDIO Philabaum & Phriends featuring Tom Philabaum and his colleagues, Wes Hunting and Jason Marstall continues through the summer. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-4pm. Call for glassblowing viewing. 711 S. 6th Ave. 520-884-7404. PhilabaumGlass.com PORTER HALL GALLERY Dave Carter: A Moment in Passing featuring fine art photography is on view to Jul 31st with an artists’ reception Jul 14th from 5-7pm. Sightlines, a show courtesy of Etherton Gallery is on view Aug 1st to Sep 30th. Hours: Daily 8:30am-4:30pm. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 520-326-9686. TucsonBotanical.org

SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD Sum-Sum-Summertime is on view to Jul 15th and Dog Days of Summer is on view Jul 19th to Aug 28th with an opening reception on Jul 22nd from 5-7pm. Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-4pm. Williams Centre 5420 East Broadway Blvd #240. 520-299-7294. SouthernAzWatercolorGuild.com


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A Moment In Passing: Photographs By Dave Carter, at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, July 1 - July 31, Artist Reception July 14.

TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Into the Night: Modern and Contemporary Art and the Nocturne Tradition is on view to July 10th. Continuing exhibitions on view to Jul 24th include: La Vida Fantastica: Selections from the Latin American Folk Art Collection; Big Skies/Hidden Stories: Ellen Wagener Pastels; Waterflow: Under the Colorado River Photographs by Kathleen Velo; String Theory: Contemporary Art and the Fiber Legacy and Of Earth and Sand. Upcoming exhibitions opening on Aug 27th include, Poetic Minimalism, Henry C. Balink: Native American Portraits, On the Cusp, 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 The Lebowski Cycle By Joe Forkan is on view to Sep 25th and Mapping Q is on view until Jul 31st, Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection is on view until Oct 9th and McCall At The Movies: Selections from the Archive of Visual Arts is on view to Nov 6th. Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 12-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7567. ArtMuseum.Arizona.Edu

UA POETRY CENTER

Under the Influence of Wallace Berman: From Semina to Siglio is on view to Jul 5th to Aug 5th. The Poetry of Spaceflight opens on Aug 15th and is on view to Nov 19th. Hours: Mon & Thurs 9am-8pm; Tues, Weds, Fri 9am-5pm. 1508 E. Helen St. 520-626-3765. Poetry.Arizona.Edu

WILDE MEYER GALLERY Summer Sizzles is on view from Jul 7th to 30th with an opening reception on Jul 7th from 5-7pm. Attention to Detail is on view Aug 4th to Aug 27th with an opening reception on Aug 4th from 5-7pm. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm; Thurs 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12-5pm. 3001 E. Skyline Dr. 520-615-5222, WildeMeyer.com

WOMANKRAFT ART GALLERY Sticks and Stones are Nature’s Bones is on view to Jul 30th with a reception on Jul 2nd from 7-10pm. Gallery closed in August and opening again in September. Hours: Weds-Sat 1-5pm. 388 S. Stone Ave. 520-629-9976. WomanKraft.org

YIKES TOYS AND GIFT-O-RAMA Bewitched: Valerie Galloway is on view to Sep 5th. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm; Sun 10am-3pm. 2930 E. Broadway Blvd. 520320-5669. YikesToys.com

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pritely and outgoing Catalina High School senior Kelsey Luria had the type of personality that could make things happen, and quickly. A student athletic trainer for her high school sports program, Kelsey was just gearing up for football season when she started having severe migraines that grew increasingly frequent and intense. After enduring a month of these debilitating headaches, Kelsey was admitted to Tucson Medical Center where tests indicated that she likely had Leukemia. Within hours of these test results, Kelsey was transferred by ambulance to the Diamond Children’s Hospital at Banner University Medical, the only local hospital that treats pediatric oncology. Come morning, Kelsey received a bone marrow biopsy and, on November 5, 2014, she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)—an aggressive form of bone marrow cancer that is extremely rare in teens. She was afraid, but remained courageous. After learning that her blood type was B-positive, she and her family adopted the phrase as a mantra to help them remain optimistic in the face of overwhelming adversity. She even had purple bracelets made which she distributed in support of her message. But simply telling others to “be positive” was by no means enough for the seventeen-year-old—she also wanted to show people how. When her hair started falling out as a result of her chemotherapy treatments, Kelsey was devastated, opting to hide her newly-shaved head beneath a scarf, wig, or a hat most of the time. But after receiving the offer of a photoshoot with a local portrait photographer, Kelsey found a way to own her baldness and even began moving toward helping other children to do the same. Photographer Stephanie Epperson had been Stephanie Epperson working with Kelsey’s father, Michael Luria, who is the Executive Director of the Children’s Museum Tucson, when she learned of Kelsey’s diagnosis. Since she had experience taking glamour portraits, Epperson says that offering up a bit of studio time was “the only thing she could do to help,” and so that’s what she did, not knowing at all whether or not Kelsey would be up for it. But, says Epperson, Kelsey seemed to love the idea and so, in early December of 2014, she and her family visited Epperson’s studio in the brief interim between Kelsey’s in-patient chemotherapy treatments. Epperson says that Kelsey had her wig with her when she showed up to the shoot but ultimately elected not to wear it. And Kelsey’s mother, Maya Luria, says that after the shoot that day, Kelsey never felt the need to cover her head again.

Soon after her first shoot with Epperson, Kelsey was offered a second shoot with a local photographer named Natalie Lindberg, who specialized in portraits of high school seniors. Based on the boost of confidence she felt as a result of both experiences, Kelsey was inspired and wanted to share her renewed confidence with the world. So, for the next several months, Kelsey and her parents worked to piece together the details of what would become the Bald Beauties Project. Maya says that her daughter wanted “other kids to experience that same feeling” she’d had in front of the camera, and to thereby have the chance “to feel beautiful when they lose their hair.” Kelsey envisioned a non-profit that could provide just such an experience for children diagnosed with cancer and played the key role in the formation of the Bald Beauties Project— from its name, down to the particulars of its mission. Weeks after Kelsey’s last chemotherapy treatment, while she was technically in remission, Kelsey started experiencing life-threatening complications from the drugs used to fight her Leukemia. In April of last year, six days after her eighteenth birthday, Kelsey passed away. One of Kelsey’s last wishes was for her parents to bring the Bald Beauties Project (BBP) to fruition. Honoring their daughters wishes, Maya and Michael are now entering the second year of the project, and have completed nearly three-dozen photoshoots to date. Noah Chuinard-Hepner is a nine-year-old comic book fan. Though he isn’t allowed to watch the movie yet, he says his favorite comic book character is Deadpool because, like Noah, Special Forces Operative Wade Wilson (Deadpool’s non-superhero identity) “actually went through cancer.” Indeed, it was an experimental cancer treatment that gave Deadpool his power of super-human healing. Noah was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) last August and is facing another two-and-a-half years of treatment himself before he is completely cured. Currently, he’s looking forward to transitioning into the “maintenance” phase of chemotherapy that will follow the more aggressive “frontline” round he’s been undergoing for the last year. Noah’s mother, Lisa Chuinard, says that, like Kelsey, Noah was terrified of losing his hair at first. “When he was first diagnosed, one of the things that he was told in this whirlwind of information was that he was going to lose his hair, and he was most upset about that,” Chuinard says. She says that Noah was getting to the age where he was starting to worry about how his peers might react to any iteration of differentness, and that the thought of going bald was July/August 2016 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 25


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therefore almost inconceivable. “He just didn’t want to be one of those kids where something stands out,” Chuinard says. And so, when his hair did start to go, at first Noah did his best to hide the fact. After a photoshoot downtown with Epperson along with his family (including his 175-pound mastiff named Max), Noah was once again able to find his confidence. “Before the photoshoot he would wear a hat everywhere he went,” Chuinard says, “but afterwards, it hasn’t even come out of the closet.” For Savannah Perez, the thought of losing her hair made her angry. Now seven, Savannah was diagnosed in December with a relapse of ALL that first appeared when she was three. But her mom, Vanessa, says that while losing her hair at the age of three didn’t seem to affect Savannah that much, this time around the experience was “traumatizing.” “She was very embarrassed,” says Vanessa, “…after she lost her hair she refused to be social with any of her friends.” It took some serious convincing on the part of Savannah’s favorite nurses, but after Savannah saw a few pictures of Kelsey and some of the other Bald Beauties that had been photographed by the project, Vanessa says that her daughter “was sold.” It was then that Savannah says she finally saw “that it was okay” to lose her hair, and she agreed to allow one of her nurses to shave her head. Vanessa says that Savannah “couldn’t wait to do the photoshoot after that,” and that there was a lot of ensuing talk about makeup and wardrobe until the day of the big event. In Savannah’s case, her photos from the BBP shoot also served an additional purpose. Vanessa says that before Savannah returned to school on the last day of the year to visit her classmates, she sent the photos to Savannah’s teacher, who then showed them to her class. Vanessa says that, in this way, the teacher

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was able to “stand as a buffer” between Savannah and her peers, and was able to help demystify Savannah’s hair loss for the other kids before she came to visit. Though BBP was originally intended as a service to young patients facing the loss of their hair as a result of chemotherapy, the project has grown to have an effect that extends much further: the kids often rediscover their confidence, and thus find comfort in being themselves. Their parents get to see the results of this surge in confidence, and to hang on to the photos, which become precious keepsakes from an otherwise impossibly turbulent time. And, as for the photographers, working with the Bald Beauties serves as a lens for looking inward. Epperson says that the Beauties she’s met and photographed have taught her how to face challenges with strength, dignity and, perhaps most importantly, gratitude. “It’s just so inspiring to see these kids going through this with such grace,” Epperson says, “it definitely makes me look at life a little differently.” Kelsey wrote the following on her blog in late December of 2015: “I will never truly understand why I was given AML…but I will fight and because of that, I will be stronger, and I will impact the world… My name is Kelsey Taylor Luria,” she said, “and I am more than cancer.” There’s no way she could have known just how right she was. n For more information on the Bald Beauties Project, visit them online at BaldBeautiesProject.org; for more on Kelsey Luria and her personal battle with leukemia, visit BPositiveTeamKelsey.com. July/August 2016 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 27


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Rain as a Resource

Is Arizona Ignoring One of Its Best Natural Sources of Fresh Water? by Craig Baker

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n the last couple of years, it has become fairly clear that the desert southwest region is going to need to find new sources of freshwater to support its growing population. Using data available from a 2011 report called the Water Development Resources Commission, the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) published a follow-up report in early 2014 titled “Arizona’s Next Century: A Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability,” which looked at the potential imbalance between Arizona’s demand for water resources and the state’s supply. The report examined that balance, projecting out 25, 50, and 100 years with an eye on water consumption and population growth, and it determined that, in 25 years, Arizona will need to come up with an additional 900k acre feet of water (an acre foot is the amount of water needed to cover an acre of land with a foot of water, or about 326k gallons), and that, in 100 years, demand will outweigh supply by about 3.2M acre feet. According to ADWR Director Tom Buschatzke, the entire state of Arizona consumes about 7M acre feet of water per year. He says that about forty percent of that comes from the Colorado River, forty percent comes from pumping groundwater resources, seventeen percent comes from a handful of other local rivers such as the Little Colorado, Gila, Salt, and Verde, and the remaining three percent is reclaimed, non-potable water. According to the “Strategic Vision” report there are about 1.2B acre feet of water in groundwater caches throughout the state, which equates to something of a comfortable cushion in terms of short-term availability, though not all of it is easily accessible. But even with that resource there for increased pumping should the state ever face a true shortage, this is a finite source. And with an apparent decrease in annual rainfall starting to seem like it’s more of a permanent thing and the longevity of the Colorado River growing increasingly questionable, make no mistake that, at some point, the state of Arizona will need to find another source to fulfill its need for freshwater. Buschatzke, who is also Chairman of the 29-member panel known as the Water Augmentation Council (appointments for which were made by Governor 30 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | July/August 2016

Doug Ducey last December), feels that “there is no silver bullet” in the way of a major infrastructure project that can solve our impending water woes. Rather, he says that “we’re going to have to pick and choose from a number of smaller, cost-effective projects and cobble those together to try and create” the effect of something on the scale of a Central Arizona Project or Salt River Project initiative. For one, he says that the Council is looking into expanded uses for wastewater, also known as effluvient, the availability of which increases in direct proportion with population size for obvious reasons. He says that experts are looking into both indirect and direct potable reuse of wastewater resources, but that technologies for such use have not yet been perfected. Also on the table is the use of desalinated ocean water or low-quality (also known as brackish) groundwater, but this can be expensive. Buschatzke says that estimates to run the Yuma desalting plant at one-third capacity to produce about 30,000 acre feet of usable water per year could cost $25M, and it’s not clear who would be willing to put up that money. Desalination also requires immense amounts of power, both to treat the water and distribute the final product, and it produces a byproduct—namely, salt—which then must be disposed of. Buschatzke says that using desalinated water as a primary source is “down the list of things they’ll look at” when searching for solutions to the growing water problem in Arizona, and that about half of that future offset in demand can be managed with increased use of treated wastewater. Nonetheless, conservationists are wondering why rainwater has not yet been considered, at least in part, as a legitimate solution to our potential problems with a shrinking water supply, though officials seem to think of the practice of rainwater harvesting more as a novelty than an actual answer. Buschatske says that there was a state committee charged with looking at the potential for rainwater harvesting on the macro-scale, but that the committee never met and is now “defunct.” He also expressed that the state has some concerns about how catching rainwater might affect surface water rights and says that the potential use of rainwater is “one of the tools that needs more investigation.” Critics, on


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Southern Avra Valley Recharge Station, where CAP water is put back the into the groundwater table. the other hand, insist that water rights issues should not be affected by the collection of rain that falls on one’s own property and therefore never technically has a chance to become surface water in the first place. Brad Lancaster is the author of the two-volume series, Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on rainwater harvesting and utilization, and some 95 percent of his personal water use at home, including his drinking water, is supplied by the rain that falls each year on his eighth-of-an-acre property near downtown Tucson. He says that more rain falls each year on the city of Tucson, for instance, than the city uses in total municipal water, and that using that rain as a water source produces other community benefits such as increased shade, lower utility bills, decreased flooding, and neighborhood beautification. In the case of desalination, however, Lancaster says that not only are you looking at a water source that is costly and requires a great deal of power to keep it running, but he says that resorting to any large-scale infrastructure project as a primary solution also negates the value of these other community benefits. “With desalination, you’re only looking at one thing,” Lancaster says, “and that’s ‘How do we get more water?’” But when the conversation shifts to rainwater harvesting, Lancaster says we’re “looking at making the water we have go further.” Lancaster insists that we shouldn’t even be talking about traditional infrastructure until we’ve maximized our use of rainwater. He cites residential development codes in Australia which he says have reduced individual consumption of municipal water by as much as forty percent by requiring all new homes to be built with rainwater harvesting systems for use in washing machines, toilets, and outdoor irrigation. “Why do we go first to a very expensive, polluting water source without looking at what we already have here for free?” Lancaster says. As a Water Resources Engineer for the Watershed Management Group, Kieran Sikdar has helped to quantify the value of simple rainwater harvesting practices in Southern Arizona by accounting for community benefits like flood

control and increased shade. By his calculations, for every dollar spent on storm water harvesting retrofits, a community will see about six-dollars-worth in benefits. He says that people who look only from a “traditional engineering perspective” to solve community problems tend to overlook sources whose availability is dependent on natural patterns, like weather. “They want a regular water source that you can pump through pipes and treat with a treatment system,” Sikdar says, though he insists this is not always the best available option. Sikdar says that storm water and rainwater, in current engineering practices, are largely “considered as a waste to get rid of” rather than as a resource to tap into. He says it is therefore “a shame” that more conservationists and rainwater harvesting experts were not included on the Governor’s Water Augmentation Council. As for coming up with a way to meet that 900k-3.2M acre foot burden looming in Arizona’s future, using numbers provided in a 2007 report prepared by the Water Education Foundation and the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, Sikdar says that about 960k acre feet can be conserved simply by managing landscapes without using municipal water—a process that can be accomplished largely through basic terraforming practices coupled with planting species which thrive on local seasonal storms. As it stands, since the Water Augmentation Council is not set to meet again until July of next year, it will probably be at least that long before rainwater harvesting even has a chance to become a serious part of Arizona’s water debate. Lancaster points out that the City of Tucson has taken its first steps toward better utilization of our rainwater resources with things like the Green Streets Initiative and offering incentives for rainwater harvesting through Tucson Water, but he says that we are still in the very beginning stages of realizing the potential for that resource. “That’s a great start,” Lancaster says of the City’s effort thus far, “but it’s not going anywhere near far enough.” Still, it’s moving in the right direction, whereas much of the state still seems reluctant to even begin the conversation. n

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FOX Tucson THEATRE Chris Isaac, July 27, Gipsy Kings, August 17, 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, FoxTucsonTheatre.org

THE GASLIGHT THEATRE The Freedom League, through August 28, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 886-9428, TheGaslightTheatre.com

LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP A Year with Frog and Toad), through July 9, The Lady With All The Answers, July 14 – August 20, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-4242, LiveTheatreWorkshop.org

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ODYSSEY STORYTELLING SERIES Play, July 7, 7:00pm, The Screening Room, 127 East Congress, 730-4112, OdysseyStorytelling.com

SEA OF GLASS CENTER FOR THE ARTS Local Musician’s Showcase, July 23, 7:30pm, Mehmet Polat Trio, August 30, 7:00pm, 330 E. 7th St. TheSeaofGlass.org photo Impulse Nine Media

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John Spaulding’s four published poetry titles include The White Train (Louisiana State University Press), National Poetry Series winner, The Roses of Starvation (Riverstone), Hospital (Finishing Line Press) and Walking in Stone (Wesleyan). He teaches writing and psychology at Pima Community College.

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. No digital submissions, please. Simultaneous submissions ok if you notify ASAP of acceptance elsewhere. Please include the following contact information on each page of your manuscript: mailing address, phone number, and email address. Ms won’t be returned. 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. Address submissions to Zócalo, Poetry, P.O. Box 1171, Tucson, AZ 85702. The poetry editor is Jefferson Carter.

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Monsoon Music In spite of the heat which can be so oppressive, and the misery brought on by humidity for those still saddled with the harsh reality of a swamp cooler, there is something almost mystical that transpires when the snowbirds migrate north, the University brats split town and the temps hit triple digits day after day after day. Call me delusional (again) but I really do love summers in Tucson. Almost as afflicted are the myriad of musicians who allow themselves to be routed along the I-10 corridor this time of year. And while there are slim pickens in July to be sure, our summer is still rich in filling out a season complete with recognizable names, tribute shows and one annual local tradition. In chronological order, here are some shows for your consideration. July 8 – Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon – Fox Theatre Who? This is a John Denver tribute show. Coming of age in a time when almost anyone, dead or alive can merit a tribute band, this show makes the distinction that it is not a note for note imitation band. This means that real players get to really play which is refreshing given how so many of these shows go for rote impersonation. And here’s a little known fact, Denver’s live shows were always more interesting than the records. His fans may live in the shadows but everybody knows at least one. Buy them a ticket, or better, take them and make their day. July 27 – Chris Isaak – Fox Theatre This is a make-up date re-scheduled from earlier in the spring. Great guitar/ great voice and pumping First Comes the Night, his first album of new material in six years. Stellar backup players and glitter jackets; what’s not to like? July 28 – In My Life – Fox Theatre Another Beatles tribute but this one more of a theatrical production presented via historical narration through the “voice” of their late manager/ kingmaker Brian Epstein. Expect haircuts, costumes and the like but with songs staged to replicate various seminal moments in their career—Ed Sullivan, Shea Stadium, the final rooftop performance from the Apple Building in 1969. August 6 – Surfapalooza – Hotel Congress If you like twang, and I mean if you really like twang…This annual event, spearheaded by local surfband Big Galoot, the alter ego of their folkiepalooza ensemble, the Determined Luddites, is always a hoot. This will be an outdoor show in the back patio and parking lot of the Congress featuring Grave Danger, Shrimp Chaperone, Big Galoot and Arizona’s only all-girl surf band, The Surfbroads (and yes, you read that right.) Surf twang, fish tacos and beer; and again, what’s not to like? August 13 – The Indigo Girls – Rialto Theatre Amy Ray and Emily Saliers may not be all the rage they were when they

by Jim Lipson took America by storm 20 years ago, but they’re still pretty damn good. And with enough great songs to fill up anyone’s triple LP Best Of collection, they’ll deliver a show with both poignant reflection and sing-a-long celebration. With all that’s going on in the world, expect a diverse and politically active and astute crowd to rally around this show. August 17 – Gipsy Kings – Fox Theatre This is a night when you really need to decide if you want to be in the comfort of the exquisitely air conditioned temperature controlled confines of the Fox and away from the elements, or out on the south end of town either under a shed or sprawled out on the grass and hoping for a few square feet of blanket space. Should you choose the former, these grammy winning hit makers are still bringing it with their energetic take on flamenco, salsa and even pop as evidenced by their interpretations of everyone from Bob Marley to the Eagles. Fox Theatre staff had better be ready for some dancing in the aisles because that’s what these guys inspire. August 17 – Brandi Carlile & Old Crowe Medicine Show – Ava Amphitheater A few years ago the Tucson Folk Festival made inquiries regarding both of these acts as possible headliners. Too late as they both had already begun to explode onto the national stage with neither no longer affordable for a festival that doesn’t charge money. But truth is, they deserve it all. Carlile, more sophisticated than pop and not quite Americana is well, she’s Brandi Carlile, a writer of great melodies and delivered in a way that is completely unique to her. To hear her is to love her. Simple as that. As for Old Crowe, they are indeed the band that made an initial name for itself taking Bob Dylan’s throwaway melody and two or three lines from a Pat Garrett and Billy the Kidd recording session (you can Google it for an audio link) and turning “Wagon Wheel” into what Petie Ronstadt has coined “the Free Bird of this generation.” And yet they are so much more working with bluegrass, folk, old-timey and country in a way we haven’t seen a younger generation embrace in quite some time. Forty five years ago we might have called them the Niddy Griddy Dirt Band. If you don’t have a seat, get there early for your patch of grass. At this point in mid-August, with the return of the UA and its 40,000 students, our version of summer is effectively done. Still the remainder of the month provides Ziggy Marley at the Rialto (8/19); Domino, a Van Morrison Tribute at (where else?)The Fox (8/20); Alice Cooper, taking time off from his golf game at the Ava (8/26); and Michael Franti and Spearhead at the Rialto (8/27). n July/August 2016 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 35


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I Hear Voices at their recent CD release

Sound Alternatives It was said that Jerry Garcia, a superior tunesmith but not a great vocalist, even by Grateful Dead standards, would do some of his best playing at gigs when a sore throat might keep him from singing. Well that’s great if you’ve got a killer lead guitar to hang your hat on. But what can you do when your act is almost completely dependent upon your voice—four of them really, and when two are completely out of commission? Simply put, it is brutal, and at some point a decision must be made to pull the plug on a gig and to counter the age old adage that not only states, but emphatically demands, the show must go on. ..Or does it? Such was the case for I Hear Voices, which was not heard at this year’s Tucson Folk Festival when it came time for its late Saturday afternoon showcase set. That’s when two of the voices that make up this outstanding vocal based ensemble, showed up at the festival unable to speak, much less sing. For a group so dependent on needing to execute a variety of intricate vocal harmonies and arrangements, this was in fact, an easy, if still painful call to make. Perhaps redemption is not the appropriate descriptor, but it must have felt pretty damn sweet when almost two months later, about 100 friends and fans came out on a sweltering pre-monsoon Sunday afternoon, to fill a large living room and two side rooms in a midtown private residence, to hear what may arguably have been this groups finest and most dynamic performance. At the festival the plan was to showcase five or six tunes from their new CD Here Comes the Band. Here, they took full advantage of running their own show, performing the CD in its entirety (12 songs plus encore) from start to finish. Included were special guest appearances by Heather Hardy on violin, Don Potter, percussion, Wally Lawder, guitar and Jack Culver, now a fully credited member of the band, on mandolin. Together, their ensemble playing along with Bobby Kimmel’s simple but solid rhythm guitar, a little bit of autoharp and a variety of shakers and percussion, while never outshining the voices, did exactly what it was supposed to do in backing and supporting the voices while occasionally inspiring them to greater heights. Kimmel, still recovering from recent heart surgery, is clearly the ringleader on stage while two of his originals, the title track and “Last Days of Summer” are featured. As a songwriter his words are personal, introspective, hopeful. And we’ll play until we’re done, until the last song is sung/All good things must end they say, that’s ok, but just not today/Get up, get up, get on your feet/ Here Comes the band. On “Last Days of Summer” he has crafted one of his finest tunes, an exquisite piece of melancholia. Supported by some of Hardy’s 36 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | July/August 2016

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most evocative playing in an acoustic realm, Kimmel‘s use of bandmates Susie Ronstadt, Kathy Harris and Bobby Ronstadt on a variety of harmony lines and layered oohs and ahhs, shows both the simplicity and complexity of voices so expertly and heartfully combined. Opening the CD and the live performance is one of two Kasey Chambers’ collaborations, “The Sweetest Waste of Time.” Coming out in strong four part harmony, it’s not long before we hear different combinations of voices coming in and out, something that is the CD’s most defining feature. First we hear Susie Ronstadt and Harris doing a call and response to Kimmel’s lead and then Bobby Ronstadt and Harris carrying the verse. With so many different combinations of voices coming together so effortlessly, the live performance provided a program of sorts to see how artfully it’s all put together. As a group, true singers may tell you there is no greater terror (and accompanying thrill) then singing a capella (without instruments) live on stage. Bands that do it rarely do it for more than a line or two, comfortably bookended by instrumentation. While there are several moments of this throughout the CD and performance, there were none more stunning than the full-on vocal only treatment of Hazel Dickens “Pretty Bird,” with Kathy Harris’ strong alto in the lead, every third or fourth line seemed to add an additional voice and new harmony into the mix. First with Suzy coming in you think this is going to be a beautiful duet. Layer in Bobby Ronstadt’s tenor and later Kimmel’s baritone then followed by dual harmonies by the Ronstadt’s , and well, before you know it you’ve got three full minutes of harmonies in almost every conceivable combination. Harris’s lead on the gospel tinged a capella “The Mill,” while featuring a more traditional styled arrangement, provides still more vocal combos, the women in particular singing so effectively well together, in addition to when the song is in crescendo with everyone singing in a collective big and full voice. Bobby Ronstadt’s arrangement of Richard Thompson’s “Dimming of the Day” as well as his influence on Chamber’s Native American influenced “Rattlin’ Bones” rounds out a project that also includes tunes from songwriters as diverse as Laurie Lewis and Wendy Waldman. In the liner notes to the CD Kimmel states, “as we’ve attempted more difficult arrangements, we’ve found to our amazement that we could sing them— and we like what we heard.“ Good observation skills. Noted percussionist Will Clipman and cellist Michael G. Ronstadt add their touch to the CD while engineer Duncan Stitt and his studio, A Writer’s Room can boast yet another fine project to its ever growing body of work. n


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Marginalized Music Finds a Home The New Downtown Radio, 99.1 FM by Craig Baker

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rom idea to airwaves, it took Jason LeValley just over four years to turn his dream of building a new rock station for Tucson into reality. It all started in January of 2011 when President Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act into law, which made room for small, local stations across the nation to stake their claim to the open spaces remaining on the FM dial. LeValley and a few friends set out to raise money for Downtown Radio (KTDT) soon after the bill became law, then eventually applied for an eighteen-month construction permit from the FCC to get the project going. After Jason LeValley, Downtown Radio years of paperwork, about $15k in expenditures on equipment including an antenna, transmitter, mixing board, and the standard Emergency Alert System, 99.1 FM went live in Tucson on LeValley’s fiftieth birthday—September 13, 2015. Where commercial radio stations can broadcast in the neighborhood of about 100,000 watts of power, low-power FM stations like Downtown Radio are limited by law to a strength of 100 watts, meaning that the range of the station is confined to a radius of just a few miles from their headquarters in the basement of 1 E. Toole (for reference, local community radio station KXCI 91.3, which is not limited by the same low-power restrictions, broadcasts at closer to 340 watts). And, due to its proximity to the International Border with Mexico, KTDT has only been given permission to broadcast at half of the standard limit, or a total of 50 watts. Still, LeValley says that the new station has been able to consistently serve its target markets of the downtown and University communities with a strong, clear signal now for nearly a year. LeValley, who volunteered as a DJ at KXCI between 1999 and 2002—including

a two-and-a-half-year stint showcasing Tucson-based talent on the “Locals Only” show—says that he intends for Downtown Radio to serve as a sort of antidote to the increasingly-standardized, dishwater format of corporate and commercial radio broadcasts. He says that it’s not uncommon for commercial stations to select music based on market research, during which a handful of random listeners might hear a small portion of a song before being asked to score the song based on how much they would like to hear it on the airwaves. “Corporate radio is horrible,” LeValley says, “Just the whole process of doing market research to determine what gets on a playlist is so inhuman.” And it’s precisely that human element that LeValley says he is trying to inject back into the radio with KTDT. For his “The Whole Enchilada” show on KTDT, Alex Greengard plays a single album of his choosing from beginning to end every Tuesday night at 7 o’clock, commercial free (in point of fact, the entire station operates on a non-profit, commercial free basis and makes most of its revenue through underwriting rather than by selling ads). This wholealbum format, Greengard says, is rather unique to radio in general, especially when compared to modern commercial radio broadcasts, which all seem to function primarily on a standard forty-song rotation. And though you might recognize an artist from his show, or even a couple of tracks from each album of the week, chances are good that if you tune in for the duration of the broadcast that you’ll be exposed to a handful of songs that were never given any notable amount of airplay. This, Greengard says, goes right in line with KTDT’s mission to steer clear of the hits in order to introduce their listeners to music that they “wouldn’t get anywhere else.” In this way, he says that KTDT is

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working to “close the gap a little bit between whose voice gets to be heard.” In that same spirit, LeValley and the 28 volunteer DJs giving their time and talent to his station each week are also taking strides to share the spotlight with local musicians. A handful of musicians like Leila Lopez and the altcountry band Golden Boots actually host their own shows on the station, but LeValley has also encouraged all of KTDT’s DJs to play at least one local act per hour while on the air. He says that prescribing a certain timeslot to local musicians can “stigmatize” those artists in some way. But by playing the music of those same local creatives alongside more popular mainstream and indie artists, LeValley hopes to circumvent some of the “pre-judgment” that often accompanies the “local” designation. As it stands, like most non-profit organizations in their first few years of existence, Downtown Radio is more-or-less a bare-bones operation at the moment. Their studio space is less than 100 square feet; a booth improvised out of plyboard, then soundproofed with psychedelic carpet which seems almost to float by itself in the enormous—and otherwise vacant—basement of the Sinfonia Healthcare Building. The use of that basement is being offered rent- and utility-free to KTDT by the company that operates out of the building’s main space. LeValley estimates that he will need about $50k a year to keep the station going, and he says that he’s looking into finding additional revenue streams to help supplement the monies Downtown Radio receives from underwriting and private donors. Still, KTDT has yet to run an actual pledge drive and sells no ad space on its website yet, though the station is now streaming online as of June 1 of this year, and attracts about 135k viewers to its website each month. LeValley says that, though a pledge drive could potentially be a great benefit to the station, such an effort would be difficult to undertake for KTDT as they do not yet have their own phone line. Still, KTDT’s reach appears to be growing, and LeValley says that streaming the station online has substantially broadened their access to potential listeners. Moving forward, he says he’s hoping to find a way to gain an exemption from their 50-watt power limit so that Downtown Radio can maximize its reach as a low-power FM entity. But, come what may, LeValley says that creating a “financial cushion” to support Downtown Radio is going to be of primary importance in the near future. All fiscal limitations aside, the attitude from the folks at KTDT remains purely optimistic. When asked about the possible addition of a phone to the studio, Greengard says that he’d appreciate the chance to get some direct listener feedback, but that he appreciates KTDT’s having made it a point to go live before all of the other supporting elements were in place. “In a way, it’s kind of wonderful how things fell together a little bit at a time,” Greengard says, adding that “Those airwaves were going to be silent until we were on them.” He says it runs more parallel with the station’s music-first philosophy to do things in a piecemeal kind of way, despite the difficulty that methodology might occasionally present. “I think that’s cool,” Greengard says of LeValley’s ‘broadcast first, build later’ mindset, “I think that’s punk.” To that we can only say, “Rock on.” n For more information or to listen to Downtown Radio live, tune your dial to 99.1 FM or check them out online at DowtownRadio.org. 40 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | July/August 2016


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American Monoxide By Carl Hanni

Tucson musical polymath Dimitri Manos has a knack for showing up in all the right places, a penchant he takes to the logical extreme by actually creating his own musical space to show up in with his one-man-band project, American Monoxide. Manos pretty much drops the bomb with Web Content, the second fulllength American Monoxide release in addition to a limited-run, burn-only mix and an extremely limited (like 25) cassette release. In addition to a CD, the record is getting no less than ten different vinyl editions from ten different small labels, including several here in Tucson, among them his own Solid Gold label. Already picking up heat from a few on-line tastemakers and the constantly evolving tentacles of online musical obsessives, Web Content deserves any and all kudos it gets; it’s a gas from top to bottom. Manos recorded all the tracks piecemeal at his living room studio in Tucson, playing various electric and acoustic guitars in various sets of tunings, bass, pedal steel guitar, drums (electronic and non) and percussion, Casio keyboards and a sampler. Four or five (hard to tell) of the twelve tracks have full vocals, the rest are instrumentals with an occasional vocal sample, chorus or spoken bit dropped in. Web Content was all recorded with old school analog equipment, with an ear towards keeping things relatively low-fi and immediate; he does

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get a hand with mixing on a few tracks from local heavyweight Jim Waters at Waterworks Studios. Often working late at night or early in the morning, it has a tangible nocturnal vibe that’s hard to miss. Although the twelve tracks are all over the place stylistically, there’s an interior continuity from start to finish; call it the Manos Effect, but all these tracks seem to have been dredged up from the deeper, hyper-intuitive recesses of Manos’ fertile psyche. But there’s also more precise connective tissue between all the songs, as well; right from the get-go it’s obvious that with the new American Monoxide Manos is getting his groove on. They may be electronic or they may be acoustic, they may be languid or they may be dubby or they may be jittery, but most of the tracks on Web Content have some kind of deeply sick groove that seems to emanate from...well, some nocturnal underground cave in Dunbar Springs, actually. This is all Manos-ized, highly original material, but echoes of other fellow travelers run through Web Content. The steel guitar and slippery beats of the slowly oozing “VHS Country Ramble” and the brilliant low-fi shuffle “Get Into My Way” sound like vintage early Beck, while “Ms. Sir” could pass for a long lost early Devo song. The all-electro tracks “Mulch Vs. Fungus,” “The Son of Mulch” and the rolling spiral groove of “Bat Faced Cuphea” recall, in bits, early Brian Eno, Suicide, global explorer Jon Hassell and any number of 70s Euro synth acts. The deep-space funk of “Guitar Amp” sounds like a Bootsy Collins jam slowed to half speed and dropped into a abandoned mine shaft in the desert somewhere. But then “Hot Lava Exprés” sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard before, a multi-layered twilight zone rumble with great, clattering drums, and “Bubble Dog” sneaks a cumbia bass line into a slippery groove with minimal funk guitar that’s been on repeat in my brain for weeks. Ditto “Fall Into the Future,” a wickedly catchy electro ramble into some previously unchartered territory. “VHS Country Ramble” and the lovely interstellar folk/country track “Love It or Leave it Alone” echoes Manos’ Tucson go-to band, the long-running, scrap-yard pop combo Golden Boots. American Monoxide follows a long line of stellar bands that Manos has played with over many creative years, including the much missed Tucson faves Sugarbush and Galactic Federation of Love, Golden Boots, playing drums behind local bluesman Tom Walbank, the current Krab Legz and Philadelphia’s Anti-Records pop act Dr. Dog, along with numerous other shape-shifting combos and projects. Doing it all himself after all that collaboration turned out to be liberating, and Web Content has the freewheeling, all-in feel of someone doing exactly what they want to do; as it turns out, pleasing himself pleases us, as well. As catchy as a flytrap, Web Content is absolutely the perfect soundtrack for this scorching Tucson summer. n July/August 2016 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 41

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The Psychedelic Furs appear at The Rialto Theatre Wednesday, July 13

Chris Isaak appears at Fox Tucson Theatre Wednesday, July 27

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

2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN Congress Street, 2ndSaturdaysDowntown.com July - Sat 9: See web site for details. August - Sat 14: See web site for details.

BOONDOCKS LOUNGE 3306 N. 1st Ave. 690-0991, BoondocksLounge.com July Fri 1: The Doctors Of Modern Medicine, The Yarddogs, Finite Fiction Sat 2: Heartbeat Sun 3: Heather Hardy & Lil’ Mama Band Mon 4: The Bryan Dean Trio Wed 6: Nancy & The Scarlet Lettermen Thu 7: Titan Valley Warheads Fri 8: Bad News Blues Band Sat 9: Johnny Ain’t Right Sun 10: Zo & The Soulbreakers Mon 11: The Bryan Dean Trio Wed 13: Ed Delucia Band - FREE Thu 14: Titan Valley Warheads Fri 15: Frank & Friends Sat 16: Heather & Li’l Mama Band Sun 17: The Last Call Girls Mon 18: The Bryan Dean Trio Wed 20: Mitzi & The Valiants Thu 21: Titan Valley Warheads Sat 23: The Garcia Brothers Sun 24: ‘PO’ The Band Mon 25: The Bryan Dean Trio

Wed 27: Ed Delucia Band Thu 28: Titan Valley Warheads Fri 29: Anna Warr & Giant Blue Sat 30: AmoSphere August Mon 1: The Bryan Dean Trio Wed 3: Nancy & The Scarlet Lettermen Sat 6: Little House Of Funk Sun 7: Heather Hardy & Lil’ Mama Band Mon 8: The Bryan Dean Trio Wed 10: Michael P. & The Gullywashers Sat 13: Johnny Ain’t Right Mon 15: The Bryan Dean Trio Wed 17: Mitzi & The Valiants Fri 19: Anna Warr & Giant Blue Sun 21: The Last Call Girls Mon 22: The Bryan Dean Trio Fri 26: Johnny Ain’t Right Sat 27: Heather and Lil’ Mama Band Mon 29: The Bryan Dean Trio

BORDERLANDS BREWING 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773, BorderlandsBrewing.com July Fri 15: Mustang Corners

CAFE PASSE 415 N. 4th Ave. 624-4411, CafePasse.com Thursdays: Jazz with Glen Gross & Friends

ches lounge 350 N. 4th Ave. 623-2088, ChesLounge.com Please visit the web site.

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Darden Smith appears at Monterey Court Thursday, July 7

Drew Cooper’s Backyard BBQ live at The Rialto Theatre Saturday, July 9.

CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848, HotelCongress.com/club July Fri 1: Jessica Fichot Sun 3: Metalachi Tue 5: Brass Bed, M. Crane Wed 6: Forest Fallows, Things That Aren’t Words Thu 7: Rebuild Gospel Rescue Mission Benefit: Grite Leon, Intertwine, & more Fri 8: El Tambo, Mission Creeps, The Boogienauts Sat 9: Pipelights, La Cerca, Baptista Tue 12: Lonesome Shack, Roman Barten-Sherman, Hermanitos Wed 13: Harrison Fjord, Asian Fred, Wight Lhite Thu 14: Mankind Is Obsolete, Alter Der Ruine, Elias Black Fri 15: Deerhoof, Skating Polly, Megaran Sun 17: Dragged Into Sunlight, Gatekeeper, Primitive Man, Cult Leader Mon 18: Yoni & Geti, Headlock, Ryan Chavira Tue 19: On An On Wed 20: Casey Golden, Moonwalks, Crystal Radio Sun 24: Sons of Texas, The Living Breathing Tue 26: TTNG Wed 27: Happy Diving, Hikikomori August Sat 6: Surfapalooza!: Grave Danger, Shrimp Chaperone, Big Galoot, Surfbroads Wed 10: Muuy Biien, Tele Novella

Fri 12: Foxx Bodies, Lando Chill, Lisa Prank, Logan & Lucille Wed 17: Tesoro, Quel Bordel, Bandápart Fri 19: Touche Amore, Ceremony, Gouge Away Sat 27: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Blank Range

Cafe Coronet 402 E. 9th St. 222-9889 CafeCoronet.com July Sun 3: Hank Topless Tue 5: Kevin Pakulis Band Wed 6: Naim Amor Thu 7: Gabrielle Pietrangelo and Ben DeGain Sun 10: Jameson Clay Koweek Tue 12: Dan Stokes Wed 13: Naim Amor Thu 14: Jeff Lownsbury Sun 17: T.S. Henry Webb Tue 19: Jess Matsen Wed 20: Naim Amor Thu 21: Hank Topless Sun 24: Joe Peña Tue 26: Jess Matsen Wed 27: Naim Amor Thu 28: Mariah McCammond Sun 31: Jamie O’Brien August Wed 3: Naim Amor Tue 9: Casey Golden Wed 10: Naim Amor Wed 17: Naim Amor Wed 24: Naim Amor

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The Surfbroads appear at Club Congress Saturday, August 6 Staff Koeppen appears at The Flycatcher Friday, July 8

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201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351, LaCocinaTucson.com July Fri 1: Greg Morton & Friends Sat 2: Nathaniel Burnside Duo Sun 3: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 6: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 7: Freddy Parish Fri 8: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 10: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 13: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 14: Louise Le Hir Fri 15: Greg Morton & Friends, Cold Sweat Sun 17: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 20: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 22: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 24: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 27: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 28: Hank Topless Fri 29: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 31: Mik and the Funky Brunch August Closed August 1-14 Wed 17: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 19: Greg Morton & Friends, Cold Sweat Sun 21: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 24: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 25: Hank Topless Fri 26: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 28: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 31: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin

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

DELECTABLES RESTAURANT 533 N. 4th Ave. 884-9289, Delectables.com August Sat 20: Clark Andrew Libbey

Ermanos 220 N 4th Ave, 445-6625 ermanosbrew.com July Thu 7: Sunny Italy Thu 14: Belinda Esquer featuring Jon D’Auria Thu 21: Hey Bucko Thu 28: Michael P. and The Gullywashers

FLYCATCHER 340 E. 6th St. 798-1298, TheFlycatcherTucson.com July Sun 3: Losers’ Lounge hosted by Hank Topless Wed 6: DJPJ, Sara Mohr, Texas Trash & The Trainwrecks, Musk Hog Thu 7: Rudy De Anda, Dread Cat & The Transitional Wave, The Plainfield Butchers Fri 8: Belinda Esquer, Steff Koeppen, Jillian Bessett Mon 11: Night of the Witch Wed 13: Is This Thing On? Fri 15: Illout Sat 16: Scorpion Vs. Tarantula,

Sugar Stans, Scar Eater August Fri 12: Slim Cessna’s Auto Club

FOX TUCSON THEATRE 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, FoxTucsonTheatre.org Fri 8: Chris Collins & Boulder Canyon—A John Denver Tribute Wed 27: Chris Isaak Thu 28: In My Life—A Musical Theatre Tribute To The Beatles August Wed 17: Gipsy Kings Sat 20: Domino: A Van Morrison Experience

HACIENDA DEL SOL 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol. 2991501, HaciendaDelSol.com Nightly: Live Music on the Patio July Sun 3: The Rillito River Band Sun 17: Greg Stickroth, Colleen Zandbergen, “Chach” Snook August Visit the web site.

The Hut 305 N. 4th Ave., 623-3200 huttucson.com Sundays: Acoustic Open Mic, with Cadillac Mountain Fridays: Sunset Soul with Kelsey St. Germaine Saturdays; Mike & Randy’s 420 Show with Top Dead Center

MONTEREY COURT 505 W. Miracle Mile, MontereyCourtAZ.com

July Fri 1: Neil McCallion & the Mighty Maxwells, The Scarlet Lettermen Sat 2: Cornerstone Band Wed 6: Nick McBlaine & Log Train Thu 7: Darden Smith w/ Eric Schaffer Sun 10: Swingset w/ special guests Wed 13: Tucson Songwriters Showcase Sun 17: Tru Composure Tue 19: The Tucsonics Sat 23: Little House of Funk Fri 29: Bob Corritore & Dave Riley Juke Joint Blues Band August Wed 3: Nick McBlaine & Log Train Fri 5: Frank & Friends Sat 6: Key Ingredients of African Soul Wed 10: Tucson Songwriters Showcase Tue 16: The Tucsonics Fri 19: Commander Cody Band Sun 21: Tru Composure Sat 27: The Muffulettas

PLAYGROUND TUCSON 278 E. Congress. 396-3691, PlaygroundTucson.com Sundays: The George Howard Band

RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000, RialtoTheatre.com July Fri 1: Ozzmania, Damage, Inc. Sat 2: Día De Las Luchas, Surfbroads Sun 3: Frankie J, Hamilton, Marshall, DJ Aqua continued on next page...

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

The Screening Room 127 E. Congress (520) 882-0204 screeningroomtucson.com Please visit the web site.

Sea Of Glass--Center For The Arts 330 E. 7th St., 398-2542 TheSeaOfGlass.org July Sat 2: K-Bass, Solidarite Sympa Sat 23: Local Musician’s Showcase Thu 28: Jarabe Mexicano August Tue 30: Mehmet Polat Trio

SKY BAR TUCSON 536 N. 4th Ave, 622-4300. SkyBarTucson.com July Sat 2: Mik & Scott Tue 5: Tom Walbank, Naim Amor Wed 6: Open Mic Thu 7: Fire & Gold Belly Dance, Desert Beats, False North, The Rifle Fri 8: Cirque Roots Sat 9: Shooda Shook It, Sock!Fight, Sorry About The Garden Tue 12: Tom Walbank, Haboob Wed 13: Open Mic Fri 15: Rabid Young Tue 19: Tom Walbank, Naim Amor Wed 20: Open Mic Thu 21: Beca Fri 22: Cirque Roots, Didi Sat 23: Joyriot, Dirtfriends, PIPELiGHTS Tue 26: Tom Walbank, Haboob Wed 27: Open Mic Thu 28: The Extra Mediums Sat 30: Digisaurus, PIPELiGHTS, Dutch Holly August Tue 2: Tom Walbank, Naim Amor Wed 3: Open Mic Thu 4: Fire & Gold Belly Dance, Steel Cranes Sat 6: Carbon Canyon, Ultramaroon Tue 9: Tom Walbank, Haboob Wed 10: Open Mic Fri 12: Cirque Roots, School Of Rock Summer Tour Tue 16: Tom Walbank, Naim Amor Wed 17: Open Mic Fri 19: The Phantom Four, Los Guapos, The Surfside IV Tue 23: Tom Walbank, Haboob Wed 24: Open Mic Thu 25: Carly and The Universe Fri 26: Cirque Roots

Tap & Bottle 403 N. 6th Ave. 344-8999 TheTapandBottle.com July Thu 7: Crystal Radio Thu 14: The Bennu Thu 21: Fatigo Thu 28: Naked Prey August Visit web site for information.

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FRIDAY AUG 5TH El Casino Ballroom

HOUSE ROCKIN’ BLUES REVIEW THE GOLDEN STATE-LONE STAR BLUES REVUE WITH

L i t t l e C h a r l i e B at Y Mark Hummel A ns on F und e r burg h Plus AZ Blues Hall of Famer

Johnny Strasser and The Deep Rollers

DOORS OPEN 7 PM

BBQ AVAILABLE

TICKETS: ALL TUCSON BOOKMANS LOCATIONS, KXCI & ONLINE AT KXCI.ORG RESERVED SEATING $35, G.A. $20 OR $15 FOR MEMBERS DAY OF THE SHOW: $25 OR $20 FOR MEMBERS


tucsonstreetportraits Z by Andrew Brown / @aemerybrown

Jason

Laurel and Harrison

Felix at Ruiz Hot Dogs

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Z tucsonstreetportraits by Andrew Brown / @aemerybrown

Eric Kroll at Etherton Gallery

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Skateboarding Cowboy

Tom at Santa Rita Park


Strawbale Compound 1037 & 1039 East Linden, $442,000 OPEN HOUSE • JULY 17TH • 11-4PM

The Flash, $475,000

175 East 12th St, $985,000

Zocalo Magazine - July & August 2016  

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

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