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Zócalo Tucson’s arts, culture, & desert living magazine / March 2017 / no. 83


MAW Studio continues to design outdoor sculptures that harmonize with the southwest environment.

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March 2017

07. What’s New 13. Community 15. Events 19. Arts 30. Film 40. Art Galleries & Exhibits 43. Performances 45. Tunes 55. Poetry 56. Scene in Tucson 58. Crossword On the Cover:

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Greetings... Graffiti artist Victor Ving and photographer Lisa Beggs visited Tucson last month on a stopover during their two-year-old mural project that spans the U.S. In addition to other murals they work on, their Tucson project is number 20 in a postcard series titled “Greetings from.” Greetings from Tucson is located directly behind Miller’s Surplus at the corner of 6th Avenue and 7th Street. Lisa tells us they hope to someday have a mural in every state. The two of them invited Tucson muralist Rock “CyFi” Martinez to particiapte in the project, seen on the left adding his twist to the letter “C.” Rock has been busy creating several new murals in the Old Pueblo over the last month or so (see next page.)

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More from Rock... Rock “CyFi” Martinez created these two new Tucson murals last month. On top, a car wash on 12th Avenue north of Irvington Road. And right, a mural (in progress at time of capture) at Plants for the Southwest and Living Stones Nursery, located at Stone Avenue and Blacklidge.

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Wine & Art Sand-Reckoner, a Willcox area vineyard, has opened a new tasting room in the Tucson Warehouse Arts District at 510 N. 7th Ave. Owners Rob and Sarah Hammelman (Sarah pictured above) started Sand-Reckoner in 2010 and grow Malvasia Bianca, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Montepulciano, Syrah, Petit Verdot, and Zinfandel on their 12-acre farm situated between the Chiricahua and Dragoon Mountains. The tasting room shares the space with Conrad Wilde Gallery, which has created a micro-gallery with rotating exhibitions. Current artists include Jason Adams, Rebecca Crowell, Jessica Drenk, Monica Durazo and Margaret Suchland.

Pop-up Lounge... Martin Drug Co. opened last month at the corner of Congress Street and 5th Avenue, a cocktail lounge that takes its name from the drugstore that occupied the space until the 1950s. Most recently the space was home to Proper, a Flagstaff-based restaurant that closed its Tucson location last summer. Martin Drug Co. is intended to be a temporary establishment, meant to shift workers and patrons over from neighboring Playground as it begins a remodel in May.

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Original Colors Uncovered During Courthouse Restoration Restoration work of the Old Pima County Courthouse has uncovered new evidence showing the original accent colors of the 1929 building. While preparing the colonnades along Church and Pennington streets for a fresh coat of paint, county contractors exposed the first shade of blue used on the corridor ceilings and discovered the cast stone archways were initially left un-painted. Since the intent of the project is to restore the building to its 1929 appearance, County officials have decided to replace the existing sky blue ceiling with the original shade and expose all of the cast stone on the archways. In addition, the white trimming beneath the windows will be repainted to match the adobe-color exterior, as depicted in historic photographs used for reference. “You never know what you’re going to get when you begin to peel back the layers on restoration projects like this one and discovery of new details about old buildings is really quite common especially as restoration and rehabilitation efforts proceed,” said Linda Mayro, Pima County Office of Sustainability and Conservation director. “Our job is to piece together the various lines of evidence sometimes from old photos and sometimes directly from the building itself. In some cases, the answer is right in front of you and in others, you really have to assemble the puzzle.” County officials have relied on guidance from its team of experts to ensure the Old Courthouse maintains its historic integrity. The restoration team assigned to this project include Mayro’s Conservation Office, Facilities Management, and Poster Frost Mirto, the architecture firm hired that specializes in historic preservation.

These new findings have not resulted in any major cost implications for the project, however, the restoration work for the cast stone archways may cause minor delays. To remove the white paint from the cast stone, the contractor must use a fine glass bead blast and water, which is a highly technical and time-consuming process. In addition, there’s some deterioration on the cast stone itself, presumably caused by water penetrating through the balcony above, that needs repair. To prevent future deterioration of these archways, the contractor has already started fixing the decking on the balcony. The restoration team said the deterioration of the cast stone was probably the reason why these archways were patched up and painted white during one of the Courthouse’s many renovations; however, it now appears that none of the white paint on these details was original. Since work began on the Old Courthouse, contractors have found several historic elements in need of repair, including the lantern on top of the dome, which has several dents; hidden water leaks; broken tile; and delaminating of a section of the dome’s top coat. They also found evidence that the Dillinger Courtroom was originally larger than currently shown, and it will be restored to its original dimensions in future tenant improvements. The County is using leftover funds from several different projects completed under budget to fund the improvements to the Old Courthouse. Information and photos courtesy of Pima County Communications Office. March 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 13


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Sat 4

Fri 17 – Sun 19

OTAKU FESTIVAL Hang out with cosplay Japanese

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cartoon and anime movie characters, participate in an origami workshop and enjoy flamboyant Japanese street fashion. $10 admission, costumes encouraged. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, 2130 N. Alvernon Way. 520-272-3200. YumeGardens.org

Experience frontier life set in the 1880s with living history presentations, stunt shows, saloon musicals, and more. 10:00am to 5:00pm. Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Rd. 520-883-0100. OldTucson.com

Tues 7 & Weds 8 SHEN

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All new performances with elaborate handmade costumes, animated backdrops, and a live orchestra. Admission: $70-$150. Tucson Music Hall 260 S. Church Ave. 800745-3000. TucsonMusicHall.org

Sat 11 TUCSON PRESIDIO: LIVING HISTORY DAYS Experience life in 1775-1856 Spanish Colonial Tucson with demonstrations on how to churn butter and spin cotton. Enjoy fresh baked bread and push the bellows of a blacksmith’s forge. Admission: $5, free for kids under 14. 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 196 N. Court Ave. 520-837-8119. TucsonPresidio.com

Sat 11 & Sun 12 FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

The 9th annual festival celebrating literacy brings more than 350 authors to the University of Arizona Mall. Workshops, panel discussions, a large kids programming area, exhibitor booths, and food. Free admission and parking on campus. 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. 520-621-0302. TucsonFestivalofBooks.org

WA:K POW WOW

See traditional hoop dancing, drumming, arts, crafts, and food at the largest celebration of Native American culture in the Tucson area. Gates open at 10:00am. Admission: Adults $7, children $5, kids 6 and under are free. Parking is $3 per vehicle. Mission San Xavier del Bac, 1950 W. San Xavier Rd. 520-5734000. More information at: Facebook.com/WakPowWow

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SPRING ARTISANS MARKET

With over 100 juried artisans offering pottery, jewelry, fine art, textiles, and unique gifts, this market is the perfect place to find a special gift. Enjoy free admission to the market and the museum galleries. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Avenue. 520-624-2333. TucsonMuseumofArt.org

Sat 18 SILVER SPIKE FESTIVAL Celebrating the 137th anniversary of the arrival of the railroad in Tucson with a reenactment and live performance by the 4th U.S. Calvalry Regiment Band. A mayoral Proclamation will be held in front of Locomotive #1673 which was featured in the movie Oklahoma. Historic Train Depot, 414 N. Toole Ave. 520-623-2223. TucsonHistoricDepot.org

TUCSON VILLAGE FARM PLANT SALE With the arrival of spring comes fresh vegetables! Offering organically grown peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and herbs for sale along with some summer gardening tips. 8:00am to 11:00am. Tucson Village Farm, 4210 N. Campbell Ave. 520-626-5161. TucsonVillageFarm.Arizona.Edu

CANINE WALK FOR COPS

Bring your furry friends to the 9th annual walk with a raffle and dog contests. Following the walk there will be a special TPD K9 demonstration. Proceeds benefit Tucson Police Officers. Admission: $20 for 2 walkers and 1 dog. Additional dogs are $10. Check in: 7:30 am, walk begins at 8:00 am. Brandi Fenton Park, Ramada A, 3482 E. River Rd. TucsonPoliceFoundation.org

Sat 18 & Sun 19

Wed 15 – Sun 19

CIVIL WAR IN THE SOUTHWEST Presented

TUCSON CONQUISTADORES CLASSIC

by Arizona State Parks, this historical re-enactment of the Battle of Picacho Peak features historical demonstrations of the westernmost battle of the Civil War. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Picacho Peak State Park. 520-466-3183. For more information see: AZStateParks.com/Picacho

This year’s official PGA Tour Champions event features a 78 player field competing for a $1.7 million purse with three days of competition and Pro-Am events during the week. Tournament proceeds benefit youth athletic programs in Southern Arizona. The Omni Tucson National Golf Resort, 2727 W. Club Dr. 1-800-882-7660 Conquistadoresclassic.com

Fri 17 ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Celebrate Irish tradition with live Irish music, dancers, a children’s game area, food and vendors with Grand Marshal Robin McArdle. Festivities begin at 10:00 am, parade begins at 11:00am. Armory Park, 220 S. 5th Ave. TucsonStPatricksDay.com

Sun 19 – Fri 24 THE 57TH ESCAPADE RV RALLY

Centered around the RV lifestyle, this five day event offers more than 80 educational seminars, workshops, and panel discussions for the whole family. Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Rd. 888-757-2582. Escapees.com

BARRIO DE TUBAC ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE TOUR Led by Phil Halpenny and Gwen Griffin, this walking guided tour will discuss the remains of the original Tubac town site. Tour limited to 15 participants. $10 admission with a reservation. Meet at the park’s visitor center. 10:00 am – Noon. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel St. Tubac. 520-398-2252. Tubacpp.com

Sat 25 MARANA FOUNDERS DAY FESTIVAL Celebrate the heritage and origin of the Town of Marana with a parade, food, kids play area, vintage tractors, special cars, and live entertainment. Free admission. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Ora Mae Harn District Park. 13250 N. Lon Adams Rd. 520-382-1900. MaranaAZ.gov

Sun 26 ARIZONA DISTANCE CLASSIC Wind through the Santa Catalina Mountain foothills in half marathon, quarter marathon, 5K distances, and a kids fun run, all suitable for runners, walkers, and wheelchair racers. Event benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Races begin at Ventana Medical Systems, 1910 Innovation Park Dr. Oro Valley. 520-469-7084. Visit website for fees and to register: ArizonaDistanceClassic.com.

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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Sun, Apr 2 CYCLOVIA

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Streets close once again to make way for bikers, pedestrians, joggers, skaters and strollers only. Wind your way through the streets of downtown and south Tucson, experiencing community, activities and fun in a car-free and carefree environment. Details at 520-261-8777 or CycloviaTucson.org. See map on page 8 of this issue.

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Self Guided Tour Open to the Public!

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Ashley White

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Making Hand Lettering a Full-time Business Ashley White of Modern Aquarian by Jocelyn Valencia, jrecognize.com

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ou’ve likely seen her hand lettering and sign art designs around Tucson. A visit to Diablo Burger, Red’s Smokehouse, Batch Cafe, Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market, Tucson Hop Shop, and many others, will put you up-close and personal with artist Ashley White’s visually appealing hand-made chalk boards, menus and signs. Her art business, Modern Aquarian has taken off as of late, and she’s become in demand. But the art of hand lettering is one thing and the art of making hand lettering a fulltime career is another. White recently shared with us how her journey began, how she feels about heading into an unexpected line of work, and what it takes to bring her artistry to the next level.

When did you initially start experimenting with hand lettering and sign art?

At what point did you decide you wanted to turn this into a business? When I got that first job. When I had that first commission to do that chalkboard menu, I didn’t know if I could make it a full-time position but I knew that I didn’t want to keep going in the field I was in so I thought I would get a job at a coffee shop or something just to supplement and see where it went. Or I thought I’d apply at Trader Joes as a sign artist there but I actually, from the beginning, had pretty much nonstop commissions of one kind or another. The demand is there. Economically, I see the demand and I’m one of only a few people in town with the supply. So I’m still working out the formula to make it profitable or “livable” but commercial art is definitely where I want to stay as long as possible.

Tell us about your business name, Modern

I’ve been doing lettering pretty much since Aquarian? I was in grade school. I would make elaborate I was struggling to think of a name for my notebook covers for all my classes. Do the words business and I didn’t want to do something for the class in all these different fonts and make punny that a lot of sign artists do because it’s each letter a different symbol. I stopped once I just not my personality. I was also doing a lot got into college and started doing other things of different kinds of art so a lot of menu artists’ and picked it back up a few years ago when I names have to do with chalk or whatever and was looking for another job. I saw a posting for that doesn’t really quite capture everything… a restaurant that needed a chalk menu. I hadn’t Because I was doing window painting, sign done any kind of lettering or commercial art in painting, menu art, portraits, making jewelry a long time but I needed a new job, so I just and I wasn’t quite sure where I was going to Ashley also does home decor items, which are available at responded. I didn’t have a lettering portfolio but stop. I just wanted to think of a name that Saguaro Market. I had a drawing portfolio and I was hired. I biked could be anything and Modern Aquarian just over there everyday after work. It took me two weeks to get it done but I just popped into my head in the shower one day. I think it comes from me being loved it! So it got me interested in sign art, sign painting and hand lettering. an Aquarius. An Aquarius is artsy and kind of eccentric and quirky but also, really focused on justice and humanitarianism. My whole philosophy with What do you love about it? my business is to provide art that’s artistic and interesting, vibrant and eyeI love the combination of the art with the functionality of it. I never really catching but also has this functionality to it. So when I’m doing a menu for had ambitions to be a fine artist because someone says, “Draw something!” you, it’s not just that it’ll look pretty but it will look functional for the customer and I’m like, “What do you want me to draw?...” I like the concept of someone because that’s the whole point - to sell your product. An Aquarian has that giving me parameters to work in. For some reason that allows me to be even artistic and intellectual balance that I approach with the artwork that I do for more creative. If someone just says, “Make art,” it can be anything. It’s almost people, whether it’s for their wedding or for their restaurant. I also try to offer a a bit overwhelming. But if someone says, “Here’s the text that I need and the range of pricing because I can design as much or as little as you want to fit your style, can you make me something cool?” That helps me be creative. I love budget. So that’s kind of the humanitarian quality. Then the Modern just comes doing the letters and then supplementing them with illustrations or doing them from today. That’s just how I think about it. I’ve debated whether or not to keep in different styles. It’s really fun! the name but I can’t think of anything else so I’m just going to keep it. continued on next page... March 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 19


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Ashley’s mural at Tucson Hop Shop

Who was that first client and what was that like? Oh! It was for this restaurant that’s not open anymore called Social House (SOHO). It was back in 2013, so a couple managers back and they just needed a “specials” board where it’s like “Monday it’s this special and Tuesdays it’s this special” and then their beers on tap. I was just in my office looking on Craigslist for work. I actually wanted to get into nonprofit work, that’s where I thought I wanted to go but I just stumbled across this ad and thought it’d be a one time job. So yeah I would leave work at five and bike over (because I didn’t have a car) there everyday and leave until 8:30 or 9. Then bike home to Armory Park, which is why it took me two weeks. I was exhausted but it was really fun and the manager was super chill. I was using these really crappy markers that didn’t last at all and I drew a grid for every little inch and was really nervous trying to get it to be perfect (which is also why it took so long.)

How have you evolved as an artist in your craft from when you first started? I would say I’m much more confident in my ability to just free hand stuff. I’m definitely a perfectionist by nature so I’ve had to do a lot of work where I had to tell myself it’s okay that it’s not perfect. Perfect is not always the best because then it kind of looks like it’s printed or doesn’t have the same character as something that was freehanded. I’ve been trying to be more confident in my own artistic flow rather than planning everything out and measuring everything out. I mean I still measure everything to make sure it’s still nice and neat but when it’s hand done it’s more eye catching. Definitely been evolving in that way. Other than that, I’ve been more confident in offering my own suggestions for what would work and what wouldn’t. I’m trying to be more creative with clients and offer different ways they could do things because I think the basic chalkboard menu is going out of style. I’m trying to help my clients stay on the 20 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | March 2017

edge of what’s new as far as what weddings and restaurants look for to make them stand out but still be affordable.

Since you have worked with so many different kinds of clients and have worked with all sorts of canvases, what’s your favorite thing to work on and with what material? Well, tap handles were really fun but that was also kind of scary. That was one of the first jobs that I had and they basically were looking for someone who made tap handles. I was asked if I could do that and I said, “Sure!” As soon as I got home I searched, “how to make a tap handle.” It’s actually not that hard, you just need the hardware (which you can order online) and then anything can be a handle, as long as you have the proper fitting. So I got to design logos for each of his cocktails and then paint that on a tap handle. It was this whole, big learning experience and now I know how to do it. It’s always fun when I get asked to make something I’ve never made before. I love any commission that’s referential to art nouveau or art deco or the 60s because those are my biggest design influences. Not necessarily influences but I love art nouveau style and I love old 60s and 70s band posters, which a lot are influenced by art nouveau. The work I did for Tucson Hop Shop is one of my favorites because they basically said, “This is what we want to say and we love Grateful Dead posters. Can you do something like that?” and I was like, “Heck yes!” I got to design this 60s art nouveau style, hop vines coming out and then I did an art nouveau style lady that’s holding a beer goblet because she’s like the beer god. I love jobs where I get to be clever with references but not replicative because that’s boring. As far as material, I don’t necessarily have a preference. I’m still working with paint to get more comfortable with the brush and using different types of paints. Markers are quicker and easier but they don’t last as long so continued on page 22...


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Z arts they all have their pros and cons really. I still love doing portraits and drawings with pencil or color pencil! I don’t get commission to do those as often. I like them all and I like to switch in between them.

What advice would you give to someone who’s interested in doing this line of work? I would say definitely make sure you have some savings because I did not. You’re going to need to learn a lot with not just the materials and how to use the materials because there’s a lot of manufacturing involved. You’ll get requests like build boards and build wood signs and stuff. Try and not to offer clients something you can’t do without really researching it first. Practice. The other suggestion I would have is not to undervalue your work because I’ve made that mistake big time. It’s a learning curve because I always underestimate how long it’ll take me to do a project and how much it’s going to cost. There’s always this balance of not charging your client full price because you’re still learning something but also not selling yourself so short because that also undermines everyone else’s prices. Not only researching materials and technique but also the business aspect on how to be a commercial artist is really important.

I feel like that happens a lot, no matter what line of work it is but if you’re self-employed... making sure you’re not selling yourself short or undermining your work. Right! And it’s hard with art. For one thing, nearly every job is different. With wedding signs, it’s an exception because a lot of the brides want the same thing. So that I know how long it’ll take me and how much the materials cost. I can be pretty confident with the price for that. With a menu for a restaurant, pretty much every restaurant wants something different. So it’s always a guess how long it’s going to take and how much it’s going to cost. You get better at guessing but you’re still guessing. There’s that guessing on your end but there’s also the client's opinion of their preconception or perception of how long it’s going to take or how much it’s worth. I feel like a lot of people see art and think, “Oh, you just sit and draw it” It’s a lot of planning. Luckily, a lot of people see the value but some people are surprised by how much goes into it.

Speaking about this, what are three of the biggest lessons you’ve learned from your journey so far? The first one would be what I just explained because it’s a huge one. Not undervaluing or underestimating the cost of what I’m doing because when I’ve done that the business is not sustainable. If a client doesn’t have enough money 22 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | March 2017

to pay for what they want, I have to say no or offer another option because otherwise I can’t do the business. Figuring out the money, the price point, has definitely been the biggest challenge. Just having the confidence to back up my pricing, which is still really low by the way. I’m still figuring that out. Second one would be just saying no to people. Turning down clients who don’t feel like they’ll be a good match. Just really trusting my intuition because when I first started I was very trusting of people and so I made the huge mistakes of not getting deposits or providing sketches before I got a payment for anything. I had some people take my art and have someone else paint it or love design but couldn’t afford it so I lost a lot of time and money that way. So just being really careful in who I’m taking on as a client and making sure that everything is legit as far as payments. Really just protecting myself to where I don’t do any work without a deposit. Free consultation but no work without a deposit. And make sure they’re invested in the project The other lesson I’ve been learning or working on is being willing to let certain things go or realize certain things while I want to do them aren’t profitable or fitting into what I want to do right now. I have a lot of ideas for things that I want to make. I’m starting to make my own products and attend markets and setting up an Etsy shop this year. Last year I made the mistake of going around and buying all these supplies that were on sale and what not because I was going to make these things and then I didn’t have time to make them. Now I have a loaded studio full of supplies and have no time to make them because I spent all my money on these supplies that now I need to focus on commission to just pay bills and stuff. That’s where having the savings comes in. Just learning how to focus small at first and let it grow from there once you have your footing. Not to get completely overwhelmed with ideas. Things that don’t make sense for the wallet.

You went to school and got your masters in higher education. I feel like some people who have a degree are afraid to kind of let that go and move into a different career field, especially into the arts. Were you hesitant about going a different direction? Not really… If I were to say that I regret something, I regret not taking more art classes. I just didn’t know that this could be a career when I was in high school. When people told me I should go to art school or be an art major, I thought, “Well, I don’t want to be a fine artist.” It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, I just don’t express myself through art the way you typically think of how a fine artist does. I thought, “What am I interested in?” I’m interested in people so I went into a Psychology major and I still am. I thought about going into criminal psychology or justice work. I’m interested in a lot of different things


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Find Ashley and her work at the Spring Fourth Avenue Street Fair in front of Pop Cycle and at the Mercado Spring Bazaar.

but as I was in school for psychology I realized as much as I’m interested in it, the thought of working in the field doesn’t appeal to me. Then I was involved in student organizations, planning events and leadership stuff in college so I thought I’d do that for a career. So that’s when I went to get my Masters. As I started working in that field I realized that as much as I’m interested in that and love working with students, the actual job aspect isn’t a good fit for me because it’s very structured and there’s a lot of money involved and politics and bureaucracy (just like in any large organization.) I realized my personality wasn’t a good fit for it but because I had my whole job basically helping out students figure out what they love, I thought I’d listen to my own advice and just figure out how to do that for myself. It was difficult to leave because I was in a job where I was working with students directly on a daily basis and I had that kind of interaction and saw the results of my work when they would come back and tell me their successes. Going from that to being in a job where I’m by myself pretty much all day was a little bit of a challenge. I do miss the advisor aspect of it. It was part of my personal development being in college so I don’t have any regrets about going to school for Psychology. I learned so much about people and how to work with people. I can’t say I’d be in the same place without that.

What goals do you have for your business this year? I have lots of goal. Number one is to get out of credit card debt. That’s how I survived in college is through credit cards. Student loans is going to take a while! I did a big chunk of this last year so that was good. So just to be more financially stable. Right now I’m living off my deposits and I want to be on the flip side of that, living off my savings. Then I want to open up my online shop and have my good base of inventory so I have that ready to go! I want to do more stuff that I make beforehand and then sell, just so I have more supplemental income coming in the background. I’m doing the Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair for the first time. I want to do that and maybe one more new market, maybe up in Phoenix. Expanding the retail aspect of my business and being more selective with the commission aspect of my business would be really nice. Also, take weekends off! n See and learn more about Ashley White’s work on her website at modernaquarian.com. This Q&A originally appeared on Jocelyn Valencia’s blog at jrecognize.com

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Borderlands Theater Marketing and Outreach Director Milta Ortiz (left) with Producing Director Marc Pinate (right) in front of the theater’s new office/ community space, the Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House museum, at 151 S. Granada Ave.

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Borderlands Theater Relocates Launches a $20K Fund Drive by Jamie Manser

For over three decades, Borderlands Theater has survived on a shoestring budget with vitality and resilience. This pertinent production company, comprised of a four-person staff, is committed to creative innovation by presenting plays from both emerging and established playwrights. It keeps pushing the boundaries of theater by showcasing cutting-edge work in venues that range from the Temple of Music and Art’s intimate 80-seat Cabaret Theatre, to outdoor, site-specific productions that collectively draw easily a thousand people over a weekend. Bolstered by a team of collaborators and community partners, Borderlands illuminates often over-looked Tucson populations and brings to life diverse histories frequently swept under the rug of collective municipal memory. And because it is a local nonprofit that believes theater is for all, Borderlands regularly offers donation-based and free events. As political action on the national scale threatens to eliminate arts funding, it is exceedingly imperative for local communities to band together and support the organizations that strive and succeed in embracing, projecting and amplifying the diverse voices comprising this unique landscape. Borderlands, as it states on the GoFundMe.com/keep-borderlands-theater-open website, relies “too heavily on national grants with no major donors to help if a grant falls through. That's exactly what happened last November when we weren't awarded a major National Endowment for the Arts grant (though, we won two other NEA grants this year, so not too shabby).” Accordingly, Borderlands is seeking donations to both bridge its current $20,000 deficit and plan for the future. The deadline for the company to raise the $20K is March 27, as stated on the GoFundMe.com page.

Even amid these fiscally challenging times, there is good news and recent developments! A press release from Borderlands, sent in mid-February, stated that the company had just relocated to Arizona Historical Society’s downtown Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House museum – “the last remaining dwelling of Tucson’s original Mexican-American enclave sometimes referred to as Barrio Libre or El Hoyo.” Built in the mid-1850s by Jose Maria Sosa, the house was subsequently owned by Territorial Governor of Arizona John C. Fremont and entrepreneur Leopoldo Carrillo. The move is fitting, in light of Borderlands’ presentation of “Barrio Stories” in March 2016, which featured theatrical vignettes of the late 1960’s Barrio Libre/El Hoyo diaspora caused by the planning and construction of the Tucson Convention Center that demolished the 80-acre neighborhood. The press release says “the win-win partnership provides Borderlands with expanded and much needed rehearsal, storage and office space while allowing the Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House to remain open as a museum. Several rooms in the house will remain as exhibition spaces maintained and curated by the Arizona Historical Society. The museum is open to the public during Borderlands’ office hours, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.” n On March 23, Borderlands kicks off a music series at its new space, 151 S. Granada Ave., with a live band and poets. To learn more, visit BorderlandsTheater.org or call 520-882-8607. Donate at GoFundMe.com/keep-borderlandstheater-open.

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Shining a Light on the Diversity of Mexican Culture Free Screenings by Tucson Cine Mexico by Craig Baker

JosÊ Villalobos’ remarkable debut film, El Charro de Toluquilla, offers a playful and incisive look at masculinity through the Mexican popular figure of the charro cantor (singing cowboy). The documentary makes its Arizona premiere at Tucson Cine Mexico 2017 (Sunday, March 26 at 2:00pm, Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18).

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María José Cuevas’ engrossing debut documentary feature, Bellas de noche / Beauties of the Night, offers a moving portrait of five of Mexico’s most popular showgirls of the late 1970s and 80s, almost forty years after they ruled Mexico’s entertainment world. Bellas de noche makes its Arizona premiere at Tucson Cine Mexico 2017 (Opening Night Film, Friday, March 24 at 6:30pm, Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18).

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hey called them vedettes and, beginning in the 1920s and on into the 1980s, the showgirls of Mexico City’s numerous cabarets were icons of Mexican culture. They appeared in print media, films and, of course, in live shows, and they served as emblems of femininity and beauty across Mexico for a period that spanned decades. But when Mexico City was rocked by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake in September of 1985, that all, quite literally, came crashing to a halt. “The nightlife itself disappeared because, all of the sudden, the cabarets fell down,” says Mexican filmmaker Maria José Cuevas. And, concurrently, she says, “the vedettes grew older.” Cuevas has spent much of her life cultivating a private nostalgia for the lost cabarets and the stars they showcased. Her father, José Luis Cuevas, was a popular artist in the 1970s and so, she says, “of course, these beautiful, famous ladies invited him to their shows at the cabarets of Mexico City.” She recalls attending one of these shows with her parents as a young girl and she was so impressed by the experience that it stayed with her as a “familiar memory” thereafter. It was a decade ago now that Cuevas met one of the original vedettes—a woman by the name of Lyn May, then on the cusp of sixty—shortly after receiving her first video camera as a gift from her sister. The two bonded and, during a visit to May’s home, the former starlet told Cuevas that she wanted to give her “a present from the bottom of her heart.” “So, I was sitting there

in her living room,” Cuevas says, “when all of the sudden she appeared in the full dress of a vedette (think flamboyant feathers and sequins) and she started dancing for me.” Cuevas pulled her camera from her bag and began filming, thus beginning her ten-year journey toward the completion of her first featurelength documentary, Bellas de Noche. The film reintroduces five members of the final generation of vedettes, now in their sixties and seventies, and explores how they dealt with that transition from famous sex symbol to relative anonymity, all under the gaze of an unforgiving and unfriendly tabloid press. It’s a story about fame and about aging. But, more importantly, it’s a story about learning how to celebrate life in the face of crisis. Or, in the words of Cuevas “how to reinvent yourself when it seems that all is lost.” Bellas de Noche premiered last year in Mexico and has seen placement in several film festivals such as the Telluride, Toronto, and Morelia International Film Festivals, through which it has garnered several awards, including a Mexico City Honor Award for Movie of the Year. The Arizona premiere of the film will take place this month as part of Tucson Cine Mexico (TCM)—the annual film festival put on by the local Hanson Film Institute in partnership with Cinema Tropical of New York and Mexico’s touring documentary film festival, Ambulante. Now in its fourteenth year, TCM is the longest-running festival of contemporary Mexican cinema in the US and, following a talk by Cuevas at the Tucson Museum of Art on March 22, the festival will kick off this year with a screening of Bellas de Noche on Friday, March 24. continued on page 32... March 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 31


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The festival, which will hold five free screening at the Harkins Spectrum 18 through March 26, will feature one other documentary titled El Charro de Toluquilla (focusing on the classically machismo image of a charro cantor, or “cowboy singer,” through the lens of a single individual musician living with HIV) as well as three dramas—Un Monstro de Mil Cabezas, Carmin Tropical, and La Calle de la Amargura, which run the generic gamut between mystery, thriller, and true crime adaptation. All five of the acclaimed films coming to Tucson as part of TCM will have their Arizona Premieres during the festival. TCM Co-Director, Carlos Gutierrez, who works in New York City as part of the domestic Latin film non-profit known as Cinema Tropical, says that diversity both of genre and subject matter is “a very important element” of TCM since media and political portrayals of Mexico and Mexicans can be notably myopic. “There’s a lot of ignorance about Mexico,” says Gutierrez, “…and TCM is a great opportunity to really understand that Mexico is definitely much more complex, much more interesting than the general media usually portrays the country.” He says that, though the image of Mexico has developed in terms of its culture (citing a recent New York Times article which featured Mexico City as a top travel destination), there is still a lot of work to do on the political perception of our neighbors to the south. Still, he thinks it’s possible that TCM could play some small role in helping to change that impression. “Hopefully culture can help open up the debate about Mexico and the relationships between both countries,” says Gutierrez, and film, he says, is likely to be an increasingly important part of that conversation. n For tickets and more information on the free TCM screenings which run March 22-26 at Harkins Spectrum 18, visit TucsonCineMexico.org.

Veteran auteur Arturo Ripstein plunges into a Mexico City demimonde of crime, prostitution and luchador wrestling in La Calle de Amargura / Bleak Street, making its Arizona premiere at Tucson Cine Mexico 2017 (Saturday, March 25 at 9:00pm, Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18). 32 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | March 2017

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María José Cuevas’ engrossing debut documentary feature, Bellas de noche / Beauties of the Night, offers a moving portrait of five of Mexico’s most popular showgirls of the late 1970s and 80s, almost forty years after they ruled Mexico’s entertainment world. Bellas de noche makes its Arizona premiere at Tucson Cine Mexico 2017 (Opening Night Film, Friday, March 24 at 6:30pm, Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18).

Mexico City-based director María José Cuevas will give an Artist Talk at the Tucson Museum of Art (Wednesday, March 22 at 6:00pm). In “Heroines of Sin and Pleasure,” Cuevas discusses the powerful emergence of the sexy showgirls of Mexico, who achieved stratospheric levels of fame in the 1970s and 80s, and whose post-fame lives are the subject of her film Bellas de noche, Opening Night Film of this year’s Tucson Cine Mexico.


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Below: Jana Raluy and Daniel Cubillo star in director Rodrigo Plá’s Un monstruo de mil cabezas / A Monster with a Thousand Heads, an engrossing combination of thriller, drama and timely socio-political commentary, making its Arizona premiere at Tucson Cine Mexico 2017 (Friday, March 24 at 9:00pm, Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18).

Above: Carmín Tropical tells the story of Mabel, a muxe (Mexico’s third gender) who returns to her hometown to find the murderer of her friend. José Pescina stars in this captivating mystery, making its Arizona premiere at Tucson Cine Mexico 2017 (Saturday, March 25 at 7:00pm, Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18).

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Bycatch An Artistic Homage to the Throwaways by Jamie Manser

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he sound of waves lapping on the side of a fishing boat sonically greets you when entering the Hanson Gallery at The University of Arizona Museum of Art. It emanates from a small computer speaker in the corner, subtly broadcasting the audio associated with the 14-foot-wide, 10-foot-tall video projection on the room’s east wall. As you turn to watch the video projection, your eyes pause to take in the bar table in the middle of the room. Maybe you salivate a bit when you see the faux shrimp cocktail presentation adorning the table, complete with white wine glasses, red napkins and poetic menus. Maybe you imagine yourself sitting on one of those black bar stools and squeezing lemon on the tasty crustacean before dipping it into cocktail sauce and popping it into your mouth, slowly savoring the meaty delicacy. But your eyes are pulled to the east wall, to watch the projection of what takes place in order to bring this delightfully delicious arthropod to our collective plates and our – seemingly insatiable – palates. The 11-minute video is a montage of excerpts filmed on a Gulf of California shrimp trawler, a vessel that drags several nets along the sea floor to capture brown shrimp during the night when the shrimp are bedded down in the aquatic bottom, scientifically known as the benthic zone. The projection brings powerful moving imagery to the gallery’s multimedia “Bycatch” exhibit that features gorgeously detailed ink on Bristol paper illustrations by Maria Johnson, a marine conservationist and Prescott College adjunct professor. Accompanying her work is poignant poetry by Eric Magrane, who is both a PhD candidate in UA’s School of Geography and Development and a research associate with UA’s Institute of the Environment. Johnson’s visual art and Magrane’s poetry pay homage to the sea creatures considered basura (trash) by the fisheries. Organisms such as crabs, turtles, eels, sting rays, sea horses and numerous fish species are the incidental casualties – comprising over 80% of what is caught in the nets – shoveled overboard to waiting sea lions and pelicans once the shrimp are sorted out from the writhing mass of beings dropped from the nets onto the boat decks. The complement of illustrations, poetry and video draw you into a world of sea life, and sea death. It showcases the hidden actors, the bycatch, in this larger international economic drama. A drama that Johnson and Magrane were

invited to document and catalogue as scientific observers on a Mexican fishing vessel through Prescott College’s Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies program. In conversation with Johnson and Magrane, the two talk about the countless intricacies associated with the Gulf of California’s shrimp trawling industry. “As a geographer, I think about the multiple ways of trying to make some sense of what’s happening on the boat, because there is that process of being kneedeep in the fish, but then there’s global economic processes that are embodied in this interaction that is happening,” Magrane conveys. “It’s a way for humans to make a living. Although, most, if not all, of the people that work on the boats do not own the boats. There’s an effect that this has on the local and smaller scale fisher people of the region and the indigenous communities of the region, so it gets very complicated very quickly.” As American consumers removed from the region’s fiscal realities, it may be easy enough to decide to stop consuming shrimp, to not be a part of this extractive industry and wonder how people can choose to earn their living by participating in disruptive ecological devastation. But the fact is, people are going to – understandably – do what they need to do to feed their families. “The communities around the Gulf of California are so heavily focused on fishing, whether it’s large scale like trawling or tuna fishing or whether it is small scale,” Johnson explains. “It’s hard to find other (employment) options and fishing is a tradition. Many of the people working on the boats... it’s what their fathers did and it’s the life they have gone into for whatever reason.” The other reality is the “very significant cultural differences, where different groups of people interact with different animals in different ways. You have some cultures where fish are food and that’s the only food that’s there. And some groups of people keep fish in aquariums. Or, we relate to cows in different ways, we relate to all these different species in different ways on this cultural and individual level,” Johnson elucidates. Johnson and Magrane speak with compassion when discussing the industry’s players. They have reverence for the people who cast the nets, they feel for the creatures needlessly dying. I wonder how it is to be on the deck, cataloguing the organisms as they suffocate to death. continued on next page... March 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 37


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Illustrations by Maria Johnson and poems by Eric Magrane on the “Bycatch Trading Cards” on display, and for sale, at The University of Arizona Museum of Art.

...continued from previous page “You have to leave a part of your compassion in this other place and come back to it later, or at least that’s how I sometimes interact with it because if I’m just purely myself as a feeling and sensitive person on that boat, I just want to throw everything off board and save every little creature and cry, because it is so intense,” Johnson shares. “But you’re there and you have a job to do and you’re with people who do this for a living, and you want to respect that and collect data and have conversations, so I feel myself kind of leaving a part of that onshore and coming back to it.” “I think of the role of art and poetry and social science and social theory, in some sense, as being a way to pay witness to what is happening,” Magrane adds. “What going at this project through poetry and art does for me is to try to make some sort of sense, some sort of marking of this relationship that is being played out on the boat.” “I know that a lot of what Eric and I have tried to do with this project, as Eric was saying about paying witness to these, not only the species (collectively) but these individuals both through poetry and through illustration, it’s been a really beautiful process. Going back to what I was saying earlier about leaving that compassion at home, this project has been a way for me to come back to that and really physically sit down and spend time with an actual individual (creature) that maybe we encountered in 2015, or that I encountered in 2013, that I actually remember, or that we actually weighed and measured and maybe we have a photo of it or maybe it’s something in our minds, or we remember that feeling of that fish’s slime on our hands or the way that it moved,” Johnson says, regarding their artistic processes. “Then to translate that into illustration and into poetry and honor and respect those individuals and those species, that’s been this very meaningful part of this project to me, that’s given me an opportunity to slow down and look at them as individuals and kind of make room to give that life space again, just in a different way.” 38 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | March 2017

A unique aspect of the exhibit is the 3.5 by 2.5-inch trading cards on display, which are available for $10 in the museum’s store. They include Johnson’s drawings and excerpts of Magrane’s poetry of rolling couplets. (The poetic form, explains Magrane, was inspired by “the experience of being on the boat, the lull, the boat rolling on the water, the movement in that space.”) The idea behind the trading cards was based on Catholic remembrance cards, baseball cards and lotería cards. “It’s both riffing off of baseball cards or trading cards and the back (of these cards) riffs off it too with the facts about the species along with excerpts from the poems. But the idea of using this form, a collector’s edition for something that is basura, plays against that,” Magrane shares. “Because bycatch, almost by definition, is not valued, it’s the leftover, it’s the waste. So, using the form of the collector’s edition trading cards kind of critiques that in a sense, puts a different play on that, there’s a little bit of cognitive dissonance with that there.” n “Bycatch” grew out of Johnson and Magrane’s involvement with the 6&6 Artists|Scientists project, which is an offshoot of the Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers (N-Gen) interdisciplinary network “of individuals and institutions committed to the rich social and ecological landscape that spans the mainland Sonoran Desert, the Baja California Peninsula, the Gulf of California, and the US-Mexico borderlands,” according to the NextGenSD.com website. Find details on the "Bycatch" project at NextGensd6and6.com. The exhibit is on display through April 2 at the UA Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Rd. Call 520-621-7567 or visit ArtMuseum.arizona.edu for hours and admission prices. Pick up the March/April issue of Edible Baja Arizona to see several “Bycatch" illustrations and poems.


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Currently on view: Wall of Faces: A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You, 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

ART HOUSE CENTRO Santa Fe Seven with work by Angel Wynn, Tom McGee, Jacqueline Hyra, Roberta Parry, Liza Myers, John Paul Granillo and Andrea Vargas will be on view to Mar 10. Hours: Mon-Thurs & Sat10am-5:30, Fri 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-5pm. 520-620-1725. 186 N Meyer Ave. OldTownArtisans.com

CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY The INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published PhotoBooks is on view to Mar 25 and Flowers, Fruit, Books, Bones is on view to Apr 29. Hours: Tue-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 1-4pm. 1030 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7968. CreativePhotography.org

MEDICINE MAN GALLERY

The 25th Anniversary of Medicine Man Gallery is on view to Mar 3. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-4pm. 6872 E. Sunrise Dr., Suite 130. 520-722-7798. MedicineManGallery.com

MINI TIME MACHINE

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

PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY & STUDIO North Carolina Perspectives featuring work by Shane Fero, Robert Gardner, John Littleton, Kenny Pieper ad Kate Vogel is on view to May 27. Tues-Sat 11am-4pm. Call for glassblowing viewing. 711 S. 6th Ave. 520-884-7404. PhilabaumGlass.com

PORTER HALL GALLERY

CONRAD WILDE GALLERY 12th Annual Encaustic Invitational is on view Mar 4

Frida: Portraits by Nickolas Muray, presented by Porter Hall Gallery and Etherton Gallery continues through May 31. Hours: Daily 8:30am-4:30pm. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 520-326-9686. TucsonBotanical.org

to 25 with an opening reception on Mar 4 from 6-9pm. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-4pm. 101 W. 6th St. #121. 520-622-8997. ConradWildeGallery.com

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CONTRERAS GALLERY

Frank & Owen Rose is on view Mar 4 to 25 with a reception Mar 4 from 6-9pm. Hours: Weds-Sat 10am-4pm. 110 E. 6th St. 520-3986557. ContrerasHouseFineArt.com

DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Play of Light is on view to Mar 11. Tues-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 11am-4pm. 154 E. 6th St. 520-629-9759. DavisDominguez.com

DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN The Way of the Cross is on view to Aug 24. In the Little Gallery, handcrafted glass art & jewelry by Veta and Daniel Carney is on view to Mar 10 and landscape photography by John Curry is on view from Mar 12 to 24. Hours: 10am-4pm daily. 6300 N. Swan Rd. 520-299-9191. DeGrazia.org

DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY No Gray Walls and In the Night Miniatures runs through Apr 30. A Trunk Show with work by Emily Mann & Patricia Silva is on Mar 4 from 10am – 1:00pm. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-1:30pm. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 520-722-4412. DesertArtisansGallery.com

ETHERTON GALLERY

In the main gallery, Terra Mater with work by Mayme Kratz, Michael Lundgren and Christopher Colville is on view to Mar 11. Color Theory with work by Kate Breakey, Gail Marcus-Orien, Andy Burgess and Albert Chamillard is on view Mar 14 to May 31 with a reception on Mar 18 from 7 to 10pm. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm or by appointment. Main Gallery: 135 S. 6th Ave. Temple Gallery: 330 S. Scott Ave. 520-6247370. EthertonGallery.com

IRONWOOD GALLERY Desert Harmony continues through Apr 17. Hours: Daily

Apr 2 with a reception on Mar 16 from 5 to 7pm. The 49th Annual Show closes Mar 5. Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-4pm. Williams Centre 5420 East Broadway Blvd #240. 520-2997294. SouthernAzWatercolorGuild.com

TOHONO CHUL PARK Day for Night in the main gallery and work by Alexandra Bowers in the Welcome Gallery are on view to Apr 19. Hours: Daily 9am-5pm. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. (520) 742-6455. TohonoChulPark.org

TUCSON DESERT ART MUSEUM The Dazzled Eye: Navajo Textiles from the Getzwiller Collection is on view to May 28. 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

Body Language: Figuration in Modern and Contemporary Art opens Feb 25 and is on view to July 9. Continuing exhibitions include: Poetic Minimalism; Henry C. Balink: Native American Portraits; On the Cusp: Modern Art From the Permanent Collection; and From Modern Into the Now: Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation. Hours: Tues-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm; Thurs 10am8pm; Sun 12-5pm. 140 N. Main Ave. 520-624-2333. TucsonMuseumofArt.org

UA MUSEUM OF ART Bycatch, Northern Triangle, and Resilient Voices: The Art of David Tineo are on view through Apr 2. Continuing exhibitions include: Exposed: The Art and Science of Conservation, Connecting Generations: Art From The Elders of St. Luke’s Home and Verboten/Forbidden. Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 12-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7567. ArtMuseum.Arizona.Edu

10am-4pm. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. 520-883-3024. DesertMuseum.org

UA POETRY CENTER Joshua Edwards: Castles and Islands is on view to Apr 22.

JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY Peripheral Visions is on view to Apr 5. Hours: Mon-

Hours: Mon & Thurs 9am-8pm; Tues, Weds, Fri 9am-5pm. 1508 E. Helen St. 520-6263765. Poetry.Arizona.Edu

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

LOUIS CARLOS BERNAL GALLERY Stillness featuring work by Colin Blakely, Kate Breakey, Sean Paul Pluguez and Claire A. Warden is on view to Mar 10 with an artist lecture on Mar 1 at 7pm. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-3pm. PCC 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 520-206-6942. Pima.Edu/CFA

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART If You Stay Busy You Have No Time to be Unhappy; Andy Steinbrink | How to Make and Mend Cast Nets; Dennis Jeffy | From Antelope Springs and John Kilduff | The Joy of Multitasking are on view to May 28. Hours: Weds-Sun 12-5pm. 265 S. Church Ave. 520-624-5019. MOCA-Tucson.org

MAT BEVEL’S MUSEUM OF KINETIC ART

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

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WEE GALLERY

Paintings of Mykl Wells opens Mar 4 with a reception from 6 to 11pm and closes Mar 26. Hours: Fri-Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm. 439 N. 6th Ave, Suite #171. 520-360-6024. GalleryWee.com

WOMANKRAFT ART GALLERY Flights of Fantasy is on view to Mar 25 with a reception on Mar 4 from 7-10pm. Hours: Weds-Sat 1-5pm. 388 S. Stone Ave. 520-6299976. WomanKraft.org

WILDE MEYER GALLERY Variety opens Mar 5 with a reception from 1-4pm and is on view through Mar 29. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm; Thurs 10am-7pm; Sat 10am6pm; Sun 12-5pm. 3001 E. Skyline Dr. 520-615-5222, WildeMeyer.com

YIKES TOYS AND GIFT-O-RAMA Love Letters with work by Catherine Eyde, Valerie Galloway, Patricia Katchur and Racheal Rios is on view through Mar 17. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm; Sun 10am-3pm. 2930 E. Broadway Blvd. 520-320-5669. YikesToys.com


art galleries & exhibits Z Temple Gallery Dinnerware Artists Today: Part 2: 1990-2003 With its new exhibition Dinnerware Artists Today: Part 2: 19902003, the Temple Gallery continues its celebration of the artists’ cooperative gallery that helped define Tucson’s art scene from the 1980s through the early 2000s. The exhibition, which will run from March 4 to May 4 will highlight artworks by 21 Tucson artists who were members of the Dinnerware Artists’ Cooperative Gallery during the second half of its 24-year history. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on March 4. Dinnerware Artists Today is a two-part exhibition. The first part (Dinnerware Artists Today: The Early Years), which featured work by 28 Tucson artists from the first half of Dinnerware’s history, was shown at the Temple Gallery in January and February.

Artist Joe Labate (“The Joy of the Night”), Dinnerware Artists Today: Part 2: 1990-2003.

Artist Ann Tracy at, Dinnerware Artists Today: Part 2: 1990-2003.

The artists to be featured in the Second Decade exhibition, opening on March 4 are: William Blomquist, Linda Caputo, Michael Chittock, Hoge Day, Steven Derks, Pat Dolan, Betina Fink, Mirle Freel, Nadia Hlibka, Alan Huerta, Monica Jost, Ann Keuper, Lorin Labardee, Joe Labate, Kevin McLaughlin, Catherine Nash, Richard Shaeffer, Lisa Sprietsma, Herb Stratford, Gary Swimmer, Ann Tracy and Eric Twachtman. The exhibition will feature work in a variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media. In the early days of Tucson’s art gallery scene, local artists struggled to find exhibition space. So in 1979, when a Tucson attorney offered to share her office space in the downtown Dinnerware building, 13 artists leapt at the opportunity to exhibit their art. They started the Dinnerware Artists’ Cooperative Gallery (later the Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery), a nonprofit organization that became a foundation of Tucson’s arts community, in part because the gallery grew beyond the typical cooperative mission of showcasing only member artwork. Initially, members shared their exhibition slots with friends, and eventually, the gallery hosted art and literary events, established invitational and juried exhibitions, held lectures and generally became a community resource. The informal cooperative became a professional organization that had an executive director and was funded, in part, by grants. The gallery moved from the original Dinnerware building to two other downtown locations, finally ending up at 135 E. Congress St., a space that was remodeled extensively by its member-artists. Dinnerware’s roster of almost 100 alumni reads like a “Who’s Who” of Tucson artists. Dinnerware provided different things to different artists. For some young artists, their Dinnerware exhibition was their first exhibition. For other artists, Dinnerware provided a place to share exciting ideas about art, and many members developed lifelong friendships at Dinnerware. Ann Tracy, who was a Dinnerware member from 2000-2003, says, “Dinnerware helped me learn new skills like how to install exhibits and write grants. It was a supportive place for Tucson artists to be truly creative and experimental.” Dinnerware Artists Today: Part 2: 1990-2003, runs from March 4 – May 4, 2017. Temple Gallery is located at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. in downtown Tucson. Regular hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Photo: Taylor Noel featuring, Andrew Ranshaw as Dillinger

Left to right: John Marshall, Benjamin Hale, Brent Moyer. Photo by Holly Porch, courtesy of Riverside Theatre.

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ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash March 4-25, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-8210, ArizonaTheatre.org

Artifact Dance Surrounding Dillinger, a piece about one of America and Tucson’s most famous outlaws, with music by Tucson favorite Ryanhood, that’s set to take the stage at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre on March 23-26. For more information visit ArtifactDanceProject.org

ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC

Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, March 12-19, TCC’s Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. 577-3769, ArizonaChamberMusic.org

NOT BURNT OUT JUST UNSCREWED Every Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm,

ARIZONA OPERA

Say Hello to Opera: Cinderella March 22, 3:00pm, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. 293-4336 AZOpera.org

doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:00pm, The Screening Room, 127 East Congress, 730-4112, OdysseyStorytelling.com

BALLET TUCSON

Dance & Dessert, March 17-19, Steve Eller Dance Theater, 1737 E. University Blvd. 901-3194, BalletTucson.org

PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE THEATER ARTS In The Heights contin-

BROADWAY IN TUCSON Kinky Boots, March 14-19, Centennial Hall, 1020 East

TUCSON JAZZ SOCIETY Sunday Jam, Every Sunday from 3:00-5:00pm. Broth-

University Blvd. 903-2929, BroadwayInTucson.com

er John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ, 1801 N. Stone Ave. 903-1265, TucsonJazz.org

CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION March 18, 5:00 & 8:00pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral

TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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

FOX THEATRE

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour March 3&4 at 7:00pm; Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal March 5 at 7:00pm; The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber Starring Terry Barber March 11 at 7:00pm; Michael Bolton March 14 at 7:30pm; Madeleine Peyroux & Rickie Lee Jones March 16 at 7:30 pm, Up With People: The Journey March 17 at 7:30pm, NPC Natural Outlaw March 25 at 10:00am, 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, FoxTucsonTheatre.org

THE GASLIGHT THEATRE Two Amigos continues to March 26, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 886-9428, TheGaslightTheatre.com

INVISIBLE THEATRE

Frederick Douglas with Melvin Johnson Jr., March 4 at 7:30pm and March 5 at 3:00pm, Berger Performing Arts Center 1200 W. Speedway, 882-9721, InvisibleTheatre.com

3244 East Speedway, 861-2986, UnscrewedComedy.com 

ODYSSEY STORYTELLING SERIES Left curated by Logan Mutz, March 2,

ues to March 5, Proscenium Theater, 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 206-6986, Pima.edu

Youthful Exuberance from Mozart & Dvorak on March 4 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and March 5 at 2:00pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte; The Romero Guitar Quartet March 9 at 7:30pm, Centennial Hall; Cirque Musica – Crescendo, Super Pops!, March 11 at 7:30pm and March 12 at 2:00pm, Tucson Music Hall; Prokofiev and Pathetique March 17 at 7:30pm and March 19 at 2:00pm, Tucson Music Hall; Piano Bash! March 24 at 7:30pm, Tucson Music Hall; 882-8585, TucsonSymphony.org

UA PRESENTS Martha Redbone’s Bone Hill, March 2, 7:30pm at Fox Theater, 17 W. Congress St; A Night with Terell Stafford, March 10, 7:30pm, Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Rd; Troker & The Grey Automobile, March 23, 7:30pm at Fox Theater; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, March 28, 7:30pm at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd; Steppin’ Out Live: An Intimate Evening with Ben Vereen, March 31, 7:30 pm at Steve Eller Dance Theater, 1737 E. University Blvd., 621-3341, UAPresents.org

LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP The Cripple of Inishmaan continues to March 25, Cat-Man and Kid Sparrow continues to March 12, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-4242, LiveTheatreWorkshop.org

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MAR 17 & 18 • 7:30 PM

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What’s Live March Maddening by Jim Lipson

ChamberLab Presents Leyendas y Sombras with Mariachi Luz de Luna and Puppets Amongus - Saturday, March 4, Scottish Rite Temple - I’m a sucker for shows where artists go out of there way to do something different that takes them out of a well worn comfort zone. That’s why I’ve always liked events like the Great Cover Up and Wooden Ball where bands do things they won’t normally do like play covers or go acoustic. ChamberLab however, makes that kind of stuff look like child’s play. With a mission to bring new and original music to new audiences and in non-traditional settings, this performance will bring to life new work from composers Marco Rosano, known to many through his work with Crawdaddyyo and more recently Sergio Mendoza’s Y la Orkesta and John Contreras, a member of Mariachi Luz de Luna, a group often seen with Calexico, and which will be serving as the evening’s chamber group or house band of sorts. The compositions are all inspired by traditional Mexican folk tales and will be augmented by visual artist Matt Cotton and his Puppets Amongus artistry providing live shadow puppetry. Tickets are available on a sliding scale with more info available at www.chamberlab.org

Don Armstrong and Friends - Sunday, March 5, Hotel Congress - It’s been more than two years since Don Armstrong lost the love of his life, Victoria, to cancer. For more than 40 years as partners in music and life, he will tell you she is still a part of everything he does, everything he is. And there is not a performance he gives when he does not invoke her name, her spirit and her music. But as they say, the show must go on and in the time since Victoria’s passing Armstrong has been gigging semi-regularly and with a variety of folks helping out, not the least has been Slim Rost, holding the bottom down on bass. With a silky smooth delivery that perfectly suits his material, he has now assembled something of an all-star cast that rumor has it, has actually been rehearsing for this early and free Rhythm and Roots performance. Joining Armstrong will be longtime friend Peter McLaughlin on guitar, Nick Coventry, who often plays with McLaughlin as well as Hot Club Tucson on fiddle, and Gary Mackender, front-man for the Carnivaleros on accordion. Expect to hear some tunes from from Armstrong’s new CD project currently in progress. Photo: Josh Osteen.

There are only a handful of places where this is really an issue, when all of a sudden you need to start scheduling your social (and music) life around a friggin’ basketball schedule. Yes, March Madness, otherwise known as the NCAA basketball tourney, will be upon us this month, and in basketball savvy/ crazy towns like Tucson, this can be a problem. Actually, it doesn’t even need to be in March as I can still remember in early 1988, having to decide if it would be better to attend the Bonnie Raitt concert at Centennial Hall or stay home and watch the Lute Olson homecoming game between the UA and Iowa (at Iowa, a top 5 team and where Olson had formerly coached). That game was in January but the UA team, led by hometown AllAmerican Sean Elliott and a scrappy, lightly recruited point guard named Steve Kerr, was on a trajectory that would take them to college basketball’s promised land, otherwise known as the Final Four. This year’s team has similar aspirations and come the middle of the month, their schedule is going to wreak havoc with many people’s schedules, gigs and priorities. In any event, expect there to be lots of basketball and music to watch for this month.

Roseanne Cash - Sunday, March 5, Fox Theatre - After you’ve had enough free music at the Congress, you can Don Armstrong and Friends walk down Congress St. and take in the Roseanne Cash show where she will be joined by her husband and longtime collaborator John Leventhal. She’ll be playing a bunch of tunes from her most recent work The River and the Thread for which she was awarded (count ‘em) three Grammys. Ryanhood - Saturday, March 11, 191 Toole - Very quietly, Ryan Green and Cameron Hood, aka Ryanhood, has become one of Tucson’s most successful exports just this side of Calexico. Their website and Facebook page will show longer and longer tours that have been exposing all parts of the country to their exciting brand of new acoustic folk blends. The guitar and mandolin interplay, the harmonies, the storytelling, the songs and their genuine on-stage chemistry and overall vibe all work together to create something special. Usually found in larger halls or festivals these days (they’ll be headlining the Tucson Folk Festival in early May), 191 Toole will provide the kind of intimate setting to make this show an extraordinary listening experience. continued on page 49... March 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 45


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Mark Matos


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Life of Art/Art of Life by Jamie Manser

Mark Matos California Lonesome Desert Records, 2017 Gorgeously soul-weary and deeply personal, this 9-track album features acoustic guitar and vocal-driven narratives of remembrance, connection and loss. The introspection is carried with gentle tension; there’s pain, delivered with acceptance. Matos offers mythological motifs1 from ancient stories that are still universally applicable in modernity. He writes about addiction2 and death3. There’s a yearning beautifully balanced vocally with Buddhist temperament4. Matos’ lyrics bring magical realism5, and musings on rebellion6 that culminate in self-realization7 and wry reflections8. Written between 2011 and 2015, and recorded at the end of 2015, Matos verifies the songs “are almost uncomfortably autobiographical. Maybe why I recorded them the way I did: lo-fi, by myself, sparse. “I was alone with an 8-track recorder and a couple of guitars and would wake up and make coffee and start recording; 12 or 14 hours later I would fall asleep and then wake up and do it again. I didn't see or talk to anyone during the recording, I was in a kind of fugue, in a parallel universe of my own design. Sitting in the kitchen of my youth, floating through my memories, a 40-yearold art lifer staring at the odd fitting pieces of his personal puzzle and slowly, methodically, trying to put the puzzle together, to see the picture.” To craft these recordings solo, to do his own backing vocals and layer the sounds into a delicate aural tapestry is stirring. His mental/spiritual disposition and recording process created an emotionally affecting album that sonically lulls the listener into a contemplative, day-dream state. It echoes in our souls’ imaginations and individual experiences. We know who these people are. They are us, and our friends, as we collectively navigate life’s confusing intricacies. Matos performs a free show on Sunday, March 5, 4 p.m., Che’s Lounge, 350 N. 4th Ave. Visit NewWeirdWest.com for information on Matos and his current projects. Preview and purchase the album at NewWeirdWest.bandcamp.com/ album/california. 1. 2. 3. 4.

There's an oak tree up ahead/And it's burning in the night/Adding fire to the darkness/And spirit to the fight – “Visions of You” Fire to glass, but it never lasts/That’s the bitch of it, just one more hit – “Fire to Glass” Behind you the gates are locking/Native son – “Season of Impermanence” You are the water, you are the fountain/You are the climber, you are the

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mountain/And we can ride/Side by side/Looking for a home where the light always shines – “California” You keep stones in your pocket/To protect you from this noise – “Little Wind” But he won’t be long for that farm/He's a country boy with a hunter’s song – “Show Me a Gun” I'd like to get back to planting in the moonlight/Working on the house/ Walk away from this Greenwich Time – “Had It All and Lost It” But the locks on the doors of your mind leave you nowhere to run – “Collateral Mind”

Following is an edited Q&A with Matos, conducted over email. Are the individual songs composites of experiences or do they reflect particular moments in time? Thinking about “Season of Impermanence” and “Fire to Glass.” The answer is yes to both parts of the question. The songs are both composites and reflective of particular moments. “Season of Impermanence” deals with a particularly tough 2015: my longtime soundman (Kyle Lesley, who recorded Trans Van Santos’ “Moon Mirage”) passed away after a 2 year fist fight with cancer. My roommate ended up in San Quinton on a 2-year bid and another bandmate fell off the wagon and got caught between the Hell’s Angels and the SFPD and got 5 years out of it. “Fire to Glass” was written on the same day as “Season...” I returned to SF to play the Dia De Los Muertos memorial show for Kyle after he passed away and found my community in spiritual disarray. A couple members of the road crew and band were holed up, I was told, in a motel in the Tenderloin smoking crack. “Fire to Glass” is kind of my “Needle and the Damage done” (Neil Young), my cautionary tale, my “try not to smoke crack because it sucks” song. “Show Me a Gun” and “Had It All & Lost It” feel like different moments in time with the same character, are the songs related in that way? “Show Me A Gun” is the protagonist at the beginning of the journey, leaving home, venturing archaically into the future. Rejecting the hand he was dealt and becoming human. “Had it All & Lost it” is the protagonist at the “end” of the journey, looking back at the sacrifices made for a life of art and evaluating the consequences. The artist is considering a future where he sacrifices his “life of art” for a pastoral, solitary “Art of Life” approach. continued on page 49... March 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 47


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Madeleine Peyroux & Ricki Lee Jones Madeleine Peyroux & Ricki Lee Jones, Friday, March 16, Fox Theatre - this will be the Fox’s marquee show for the month. While Peyroux has been a favorite on KXCI for several years, her crossover appeal between jazz, folk and pop, coupled with the uniqueness of her vocal affect make her a true original. Teaming her on a bill with Jones seems like a brilliant idea given how Jones was similarly considered an original when she first made it big. With a promotional pic that features the two of them together, one can only hope they might join each other on stage. Who brings the backing vocals? Other collaborators? All of the vocals and instruments were recorded by me. The album probably feels so personal, in part, because of this. I had never written and performed my own vocal harmonies before this album. I think the solitude of the recording process and the personal nature of the material opened a window for me where I felt liberated to experiment with singing my own parts. I think this ends up being a big part of the “feel” of the record. I had a lot of moments of spiritual liberation reaching for and hitting those harmonies. A real sense of discovery for me personally. 25 years into this music thing and I feel blessed to still be pushing at the edges of my capabilities, to still be capable of wonder and growth. Tour? Other news? I gave up my room in the bay area last year and have been living a regional nomadic life for much of the past year. I had to “recalculate my course” and sacrifice stability for a while so that could keep writing, recording, connecting the dots, reaching for the magic. My tour never ends but it is the world’s Slowest Tour, I am feeling the turtle magic. I would like to go on tour sometime as a solo support act for someone I know and admire, someone like Sonny Smith or Howe, something like that would appeal for the opportunity to keep learning from and stealing from those guys.

Mr. Boogie Woogie and the Bourbon Street Bash, Friday, March 17, 191 Toole - Eric-Jan Overbeek, aka Mr. Boogie Woogie, probably had no idea how much he’d be able to mine Tucson and its seemingly unending thirst for goods blues when he first showed up here more than 15 years ago. Billed as a sequel to his tribute show Fats about the legendary Fats Domino, this show brings a big band, complete with horns, to showcase the music of New Orleans, including works by Dr. John, Alan Toussaint and one would hope, Professor Longhair among many others. Minute2Minute/Nancy McCallion & Friends - Saturday, March 18, Hideout Saloon - It’s not St. Patrick’s Day and it’s not the Mollys but it’s still St. Patrick’s weekend and there will be several Mollys in the house so expect this will be a show where almost anything could happen. Minute2Minute shows are few and far between so this will be a rare opportunity to see this very out of the box band which plays a variety of ethnic, gypsy and very non-traditional folk. Led by former Molly Catherine Zavala, one can only hope she will also make an appearance in lifelong friend McCallion’s set which also includes former Mollys Gary Mackender, latter day Molly and former teen idol Danny Krieger, Scarlet Letterman and Carnivalero Karl Hoffman and violin virtuoso-superstar Heather Hardy. And if you are wondering just what and where the Hideout is, it’s an Eastside bar now being managed by former Boondocks owner Cathy Warner who has slowly been bringing some former Boondocks talent to the eastside of town. Note this is a dinner show that will go from 5-9. Also note this is the first weekend of March Madness and the Hideout is equipped TVs aplenty. n

I am out in Joshua Tree in April to finish the new Trans Van Santos album with my running mate Matt Adams (The Blank Tapes, Burger Records). We are mixing with Nathan Sabatino at the new Loveland Studio location Joshua Tree (Saba moved the longtime Tucson studio to Joshua Tree last year.) Then to LA after the Dead Meadow tour to finish the Old Mexico album (Old Mexico is a new project co-led by Jason Simon of Dead Meadow and myself, with members of both of our bands). In spring, I start a 6 month stint as Resident Artist in Grass Valley, CA. I am going to use the time and space for a large scale project called the “Anthology of the New, Weird West,” a post-modern, preflood, update of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music wherein I am cast as a Gonzo John Fahey/Harry Smith and my friends are cast as the folk singers for the future myth. n March 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 49


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Tom Walbank

Tom Walbank Dust + Stone Lonesome Desert Records By Carl Hanni When it comes to blues music in Tucson, if you like yours raw, dirty and soulful, Tom Walbank is your guy. Sure, there are other world-class blues-men and blues-women in Tucson, but none (that I’m aware of) that are so dedicated to blues in its rawest form, and are also - and here’s the capper - singularly open to experimentation and pushing the boundaries. Tom knows that blues is portable and malleable, and can be found (or applied to) all sorts of musical genres; it’s only as static as the imagination of whoever is playing it. For two decades now Tom has been wowing audiences in Tucson with his highly personalized take on down and dirty blues, while also mixing in nontraditional elements (mainly on record) and absolutely killing it live. A terrific, expressive vocalist, virtuoso harmonica player, and raging guitar/slide player, he mixes up originals and covers by the likes of Muddy Waters, Lazy Lester and John Lee Hooker. Whether playing solo, with a small combo, with a big band, as part of a collaboration or sitting in with any number of other acts, Tom always brings the goods, every time, making everyone around him better in the process. A native of Devon, England, Tom made a seven year stop in Scotland, and did time on the northern California coast and the Bay Area before landing in Tucson in 2000. Tom is a bluesman who loves reggae and it’s effects-laden bastard child, dub. His influences, naturally, reflect where he was in his formative years. Like lots of British kids of his generation, he was exposed to 50 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | March 2017

reggae through punk rock at an early age: “I got turned onto reggae around seventeen. I would go to parties where the punk rock kids would put on a Clash album and then some King Tubby’s or some Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry so I picked up on a lot through osmosis. There were hits in the UK pop charts as well growing up in the seventies - Althea and Donna’s “Uptown Top Ranking,” etc., so reggae and dub was just all around.” Tom’s journey into the blues started in the mid 80s, after being turned onto the powerful, raw blues of the master John Lee Hooker and his occasional harmonica player, Walter Horton. He started playing music professionally around 1990, and has been doing it ever since. Reggae and dub, African instruments and grooves, field recordings and experimental lo-fi are all part of his blues palate. Much of that works it way onto his terrific new record, Dust + Stone, just released on Austin Counts’ excellent new Tucson roots music record label, Lonesome Desert Records. Featuring ten originals and two re-imaginings of other tracks, Dust + Stone features six tracks recorded with Gabriel Sullivan at his Dust + Stone studio, five recorded by Tom at home, and one live track. In addition to vocals, guitar and harmonica, Tom also adds in some percussion, ‘piano strings’ and the djembe, a West African drum. The six tracks recorded at Dust + Stone - featuring Sullivan on drums, stand up bass, guitar and synth, in addition to Tom - crackle with great energy, and sound fantastic. The first track, “Bittersweet Blues,” reworks “Bittersweet Symphony” by the 80s Brit-pop band The Verve into a chugging blues, and features one of Tom’s best-ever vocals. It’s a pretty ballsy and inspired choice for a cover, and gets the record off to a great start, with bad-ass guitars, bigbeat drums and Tom amazing, high-flying harmonica playing.The other tracks recorded with Sullivan are mainly rock-solid, slow rolling deep blues, including a pair of minimalistic, stripped down slow-burners, “Tamp It Down Solid” and


tunes Z “Nighthawk Blues.” Walbank and piano player Arthur Migliazza have recorded together a duo, and he adds some keys the classic, menacing slow blues “You Got Trouble.” Sullivan and Walbank step into deep swamp, fire and brimstone gospel territory on the Son House classic “John the Revelator,” long a staple of Tom’s live sets. And the two of them strip away everything but some subterranean percussion, a whirring synth and some deep dub effects behind Tom’s weary voice on the final, spooky track, “Two Steps from the Gutter.” The live track, “Ambassador Breakdown,” was one of the show stopping (or ending) tracks that Tom used to play with a classic version of his band The Ambassadors, featuring Mike Bagesse on guitar and Dimitri Manos on drums. Recorded for AZPM’s ‘Arizona Illustrated’ back in the day, it shows off the dangerous forward motion of that killer combo that used to slay audiences in the Red Room, all raging guitars, clattering drums and Tom’s high flying harmonica playing. Updating the classic boogie of John Lee Hooker into the desert heat, it sounds as awesome today as the day it was born. The rest of the tracks, recorded by Walbank at home, are all instrumental and include a couple of very short numbers, “Breathe” and “Ma Bu.” “Bamako Hook” is an eerie ambient number with a lonesome trail whistle blowing through, the essence of desert blues in a bottle. “Sanguine Moon” is just tamboura and harmonica with some staticky effects rising and falling, and “The Fifth” is basically a short desert dub number, an echo-laden, looping rhythm track with Tom’s harmonica riffing over the top. These tracks really show Tom Walbank the experimentalist in his element, working at home to mine new veins of nocturnal, dubby desert roots music. In addition to a continuous stream of live shows since moving to Tucson, Tom has also released something like eighteen albums over the years, including a couple of cassette-only releases in the early days and some digital-only recordings. He’s also appeared on recordings by numerous locals, including Howe Gelb, Naim Amor, Billy Sedlmayr, Calexico, Gabriel Sullivan and some KXCI comps, and he also appeared on Mississippi bluesman Asie Payton’s Just Do Me Right record. A final thought from Tom Walbank on the blues: “Blues is each individual’s truth, so my blues is my truth, it doesn’t really require validation, it just is. But if you do like my music, that’s great, as it keeps me employed.” n

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The DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band performs at Sea Of Glass, Saturday, March 4. Modern English performs at The Rialto Theatre on Sunday, March 19.

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

191 Toole 191 E. Toole Ave. rialtotheatre.com Fri 3: Ugly God X Nessly Fri 10: The Drums, Jay Som Sat 11: Ryanhood, Freddy & Francine Sun 12: X — All original members Fri 17: Mr. Boogie Woogie Sun 19: Moving Units presents the Songs of Joy Division, Victor Fiction, Soviet, Soft Kill Mon 20: Bad Suns, From Indian Lakes Sat 25: Joey Fatts, D Savage, Eddy Baker, Ashton Matthews

BORDERLANDS BREWING 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773, BorderlandsBrewing.com Fri 3: Tommy Tucker Sat 4: The Guilty Bystanders Sun 5: Kevin Pakulis Fri 10: French Quarter Sat 11: Tortolita Gutpluckers Sun 12: Kevin Pakulis Sat 18: The Brothers Too Sun 19: Kevin Pakulis Sat 25: Birds and Arrows Sun 26: Kevin Pakulis

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

CLUB CONGRESS

LA COCINA

311 E. Congress St. 622-8848, HotelCongress.com/club Thu 2: Dear Lemon Trees, Carlos Arzate, Freddy Parish Fri 3: Tendril, DJ Skittle, Sunf**ked, Celular Feel, Gus Caldwell Sat 4: Alpha Mule Vinyl Release Show Sun 5: Don Armstrong and Friends Tue 7: Whitney Rose Wed 8: Hello Dollface, Katie Haverly & The Aviary Thu 9: Fauna Shade, UVE Double Fri 10: Blackalicious, Alex Wiley Sun 12: North, Chronovorus, Bird Violence Tue 14: Maszer, Foxx Bodies and The Exbats Fri 17: Michael P., Cash Lansky, Lando Chill, Headlock, Street Blues Sat 18: Pure Bathing Culture Sun 19: Allison Crutchfield, Vagabon Tue 21: Death Hymn Number 9, Sarah Bethe Nelson and the Wanda Junes Sun 26: Lie, Vatican Ratlines Tue 28: Amped Up! Open Mic Thu 30: Gringo Star, Mute Swan and the Gayboys Fri 31: El Tambo Fest! La Misa Negra, Vox Urbana

201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351, LaCocinaTucson.com Wed 1: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 2: Freddy Parish Fri 3: Greg Morton & Friends, Freddy Parish’s Country Club Sat 4: Nathaniel Burnside Duo Sun 5: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 8: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 9: Louise Le Hir Fri 10: Greg Morton & Friends, Freddy Parish’s Country Club Sat 11: Eric Schaffer and The Other Troublemakers, Haboob Sun 12: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 15: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 17: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 19: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 22: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 24: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 26: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 29: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 31: Greg Morton & Friends

Cafe Coronet 402 E. 9th St. 222-9889 CafeCoronet.com Wed 1: Naim Amor

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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 Fri 3: Stuart Oliver Sat 4: Don Armstrong

Sat 11: Eb Eberlein Fri 17: Clark Andrew Libbey Sat 18: Wally Lawder Fri 24: Joyce Luna Sat 25: Leila Lopez

FLYCATCHER 340 E. 6th St. 798-1298, TheFlycatcherTucson.com Thu 2: Dead Meadow, La Cerca, Trans Van Santos Thu 9: Goya, Aneurysm, Methra Sat 11: Gat Rot, Fort Worth, CONS, Rodeo Weekend Tue 21: Kite, Abbey Death, I Am Drugs Mon 27: Electric Six Thu 30: Truckfighters, Greenleaf, Fuzz Evil, We Hunt Buffalo

FOX TUCSON THEATRE 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, FoxTucsonTheatre.org Thu 2: Martha Redbone’s Bone Hill Sun 5: Rosanne Cash, John Leventhal Sat 11: Terry Barber Tue 14: Michael Bolton Thu 16: Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones Fri 17: Up With People Fri 18: Up With People

HACIENDA DEL SOL 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol. 2991501, HaciendaDelSol.com Nightly: Live Music on the Patio Sun 5: Zin, Blues & BBQ, with Connie Brannock & Friends Sun 26: Mr. Bing’s Supper Club Experience


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Up With People perform at Fox Tucson Theatre Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18.

Tom Wallbank & Austin Counts perform at Tap & Bottle Thursday, March 30.

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RIALTO THEATRE

SKY BAR TUCSON

318 E. Congress St. 740-1000, RialtoTheatre.com Fri 3: Ookay & Ghastly, Bijou Sat 4: The Very Big Show (of Support!) Sun 5: Geoff Tate Fri 10: Tribal Seeds, Aloha Radio Sat 11: MC Magic, Amanda Perez, Lexini Blanco, J. Rob The Chief, Mob Fam Sun 12: Sundance Head, Blaine Long Fri 17: Portugal The Man, HDBEENDOPE Sat 18: Katchafire Sun 19: Modern English Thu 23: Jimmie Vaughan, Tom Walbank Sat 25: Zepparella, Sugar Stains Tue 28: United Together starring Ozomatli and Squirrel Nut Zippers Wed 29: Kane Brown, LANco

536 N. 4th Ave, 622-4300. SkyBarTucson.com Wed 1: Open Mic Sat 4: Switch Effect, The Licks Tue 7: Tom Walbank, Naim Amor Wed 8: Open Mic Thu 9: Trunkweed, The Desert Beats Fri 10: Cirque Roots Sat 11: If Not I Who Then Tue 14: Tom Walbank Wed 15: Open Mic Fri 17: The Bennu Sat 18: Xerox & The DTs, Lesser Saints, Sons of Providence Tue 21: Tom Walbank, Naim Amor Wed 22: Open Mic Thu 23: The Blind Sons Fri 24: Cirque Roots Sat 25: Shoulda Shook It Tue 28: Tom Walbank Wed 29: Open Mic Fri 31: Constant Harmony

Royal Sun Lounge

Tap & Bottle

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

403 N. 6th Ave. 344-8999 TheTapandBottle.com Thu 2: Andy Hersey Sun 5: Fourth Street String Band Thu 9: SIRSY Thu 16: Things That Aren’t Words Thu 23: The Bennu Thu 30: Tom Walbank & Austin Counts

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

The Loudhouse 915 W. Prince Rd., 393-3598 loudhousetucson.com Wed 1: Battle Of The Beats Drum Off Thu 2: The Phil Free Band, Mr. Wiley Fri 3: The Virus, Corrupted Youth, Upstart 33, Revolt Sat 4: Orange Blossom Special, The Time Being Tue 7: Lil’ Wyte, Statik G W/Biskit Thu 9: Tribunus Wed 15: OC45 Tue 21: The Talking Hours, Moss Orion And The Nebulas, Miller’s Planet, Ovesic Fri 24: The Beatjackers Sat 25: The Bastards(Uk), Border Town Devils, Blue Collar Criminals, Bleach Party U.S.A.

MONTEREY COURT 505 W. Miracle Mile, MontereyCourtAZ.com Thu 2: Women of the West Fri 3: Off the Ground Sat 4: Reverie w/Heather Hardy Sun 5: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances, Joyce Luna & Friends Tue 7: Nancy McCallion & Danny

Krieger w/Heather Hardy Wed 8: The New Tucson Songwriters Showcase & Concert Thu: 9: Corey Spector Fri 10: Giant Blue Sat 11: Shari Puorto Blues Band Sun 12: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances, Wally Lawder & Acoustic Sky Wed 15: Eric Schaffer & the Other Troublemakers Thu 16: Glendon Gross Quintet featuring Gracie Jessop Fri 17: St. Paddy’s Day—Nancy McCallion with Heather Hardy plus the Wee Band Sat 18: Little House of Funk Sun 19: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances, Virginia Cannon Presents Tue 21: The Tucsonics—Western Swing Thu 23: Don Armstrong & Friends Fri 24: Oscar Fuentes, Kiko & the Stone Avenue Band Sat 25: Key Ingredients of African Soul Sun 26: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances, Olli Hirvonen & New Helsinki w/ Michael Moynihan & Creosote Jazz Collective Wed 29: Western Music Association Presents Thu 30: The Titan Valley Warheads

Plaza Palomino 2990 N. Swan Rd., 907-7325 plazapalomino.com Sat 18: Blue Monsoon

Sea Of Glass--Center For The Arts 330 E. 7th St., 398-2542 TheSeaOfGlass.org Sat 4: DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band Sat 11: Glenn White Quintet Sat 18: Elizabeth Tighe Band

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– Tom Speer

Tom Speer taught literature and poetry at Pima College West Campus for over 20 years, and was the faculty advisor to SandScript for 14 of those years. His third book of poems will be published by Moon Pony Press in April.

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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by Janelle Montenegro instagram / @janellemmontenegro

Young Cowboy at Rillito Race grounds

Rodeo Parade

Jessica from Peddler on the Path Stephanie with Cirqueroots

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Rope tricks at the Rodeo Parade


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2 girls watching the Rodeo Parade

Metal Arts Village open studio tour

Veronica at the Craft Beer Crawl

Tenzin at the Gem and mineral show

Sarah at Metal Arts Village Open Studio Tour Kevin at the Horse Races

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Tucson Watering Holes, Beer Bars and Cocktail Lounges How well do you know your Tucson drinking establishments? We won’t judge; if you get your drink on, you’ll probably find this puzzle on the simpler side. If you don’t imbibe, you should recognize at least a few of these Tucson landmarks. And if you’ve paid attention to the local news lately, you might recognize still more. Answers to this puzzle can be found on page 24 of this issue. Send questions or comments to frontdesk@zocalotucson.com. Sober up, ‘cause next month we hit the outdoors.

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