Page 1

Z贸calo Tucson arts and culture / ZOCALOMAGAZINE.COM / NOVEMBER 2014 / no. 57


November 2014

07. Community 09. Events 19. Arts 21. Open Studio Tour 39. Sports 40. Food & Drink 47. History 49. Garden 50. Escape 52. Poetry 53. Tunes 57. Fashion 58. Life in Tucson On the cover:

A sampling of the YayBig Print Exchange, an art show comprised of 32 framed prints (all 8 x 10 inches) by Tucson and other Southwestern artists. In November, the YayBig Print Exchange comes home to the YayBig Gallery at 174 E Toole Street – opening Saturday, November 1, 6-9pm and running the entire month. The exhibit will also be open for the TPAC Open Studio Tour, November 8-9, 11-5pm. Details at

Zócalo is an independent, locally owned and printed magazine that relects the heart and soul of Tucson.

PUBLISHER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR David Olsen CONTRIBUTORS Marisa Bernal, Andrew Brown, Jon D’Auria, Adria Lee, Puspa Lohmeyer, Jamie Manser, Brandon Merchant, Kyle Mittan, Niccole Radhe, Diana Rhoades, Steve Renzi, Monica Surfaro Spegelman, Lauren Wong. LISTINGS Marisa Bernal, PRODUCTION ARTISTS Troy Martin, David Olsen CONTACT US: P.O. Box 1171, Tucson, AZ 85702-1171 520.955.ZMAG

Subscribe to Zocalo at Zocalo is available free of charge in Tucson, limited to one copy per reader. Zocalo may only be distributed by the magazine’s authorized independent contractors. No person may, without prior written permission of the publisher, take more than one copy of each issue. The entire contents of Zocalo Magazine are copyright © 2009-2014 by Media Zoócalo, LLC. Reproduction of any material in this or any other issue is prohibited without written permission from the publisher. Zocalo is published 11 times per year.

November 2014 | 5

6 | November 2014



! e b i r c subs Don’t miss an issue, have Zócalo delivered to your home or office. Purchase a subscription for only $15, and Zocalo will land in your mailbox 11 times a year.


community Z

It’s Time for the Old Pueblo to Refresh its Constitution by Diana Rhoades

In 1929, when Tucson’s voter-approved City Charter came into effect, there were approximately 30,000 people living here. The Fox Theatre opened that year and the Valley National Bank Building – Tucson’s first skyscraper – had just been built for the staggering cost of $1 million. We had the first library in the state, the first University, and UA football fans had already been whitewashing the “A” on Sentinel Peak for nearly 15 years. We were the first City in Arizona to become “chartered” – which built upon the initiative, referendum and recall powers of our state constitution. The people of the Old Pueblo stepped up to help craft a government by and for the people –with unique Tucson characteristics. Even then, we did not want to be managed by the Arizona State Legislature. Fast forward to 2014 – we have a City of 525,000 in a metropolitan area of 1 million, and for the most part, nothing has changed in our government structure. We still have six council members and a weak mayor structure. Our elected officials still only receive $24,000 a year – not a livable wage. New highrises now cost $200 million. Can you imagine our nation’s constitution without any amendments? Earlier this year, Tucson’s Mayor and Council recognized the opportunity to revitalize our aging form of government, and created a 15 member charter review commission. It’s made up of two appointees from each of the six wards, two from the Mayor and one from the City Manager. Our task? To study our past in anticipation of the future. Do “we the people” have the tools necessary to realize our potential and position our community for a prosperous future? What does a prosperous future look like? Does it make sense to have a council-manager form of government, or should it be strong mayor and council? Why do we have six different permutations on how to hire and fire Department directors? Why does the City Manager get fired on average every 2.5 years, but other Mayor and Council appointments stay for decades? Does it still make sense to have limited bonding authority at a time when our infrastructure needs fixing? Should we strengthen the role of the arts? Require multi-modal transportation systems? Tucson’s Mayor and Council have defended our “local” constitution through the courts many times. The Legislature has tried to intervene in voters’ wishes as enumerated in the Charter, but voters’ wishes from the early 1900s have

prevailed. Tucson is the only City to have partisan elections, and the only to have ward-only elections in the Primary and citywide in the General Election. We recently fought off a state requirement to hold our elections at the same time as the State. Voters have approved charter changes. One of the most popular and successful charter amendments is our Clean Elections System, placed on the ballot by Mayor Tom Volgy and passed by voters in 1986. It is no easy task to amend. An effort in 2011 to increase Council salaries, increase powers of the mayor and limit civil service for department directors did not pass, even though portions of the amendment were widely accepted. All changes approved by the charter review commission must be placed on the ballot by Mayor and Council, or through a citizen’s initiative, and all must be approved by voters. Our challenge as civic leaders and Tucsonans is to find common ground to move forward. Dr. Raphael J. Sonenshein, a consultant with expertise in reviewing and amending local government constitutions, has been hired to assist Tucson’s efforts. Features of good Charters include a balance of power, accountability, transparency and celebrating our unique characteristics. No two cities are alike. Public comments are encouraged at all meetings of the Charter Review Committee – meeting twice monthly now through April. Written comments can be emailed to the City Clerk’s Office - All meetings are held in the 1st Floor Conference Room at City Hall, 255 W. Alameda. Visit

Upcoming Public Meetings (City Hall, 255 W. Alameda, 1st floor): Monday Nov. 10, 2014, 4 p.m. Thursday Nov. 20, 2014, 4 p.m. Monday Dec. 15, 2014, 4 p.m. Thursday Jan 8., 2015, 4 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 20, 2015, 4 p.m. Monday Feb. 9, 2015, 4 p.m. Thursday Feb. 19, 2015, 4 p.m. November 2014 | 7

8 | November 2014

events Z

Steward Observatory in 1923. Photo courtesy: Peter Beudert/“Focusing the Universe”

Show & Tell for the Grown Ups by Jamie Manser

Under subdued lighting in a Downtown bar, one generally doesn’t expect to see a panel of flat screens lit up with multi-media presentations by University of Arizona professors. But on a monthly basis, that is precisely what happens at Playground Bar & Lounge, 278 E. Congress St. On select Wednesdays, UA’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry hosts Show & Tell – a bridge-building effort to connect the community with a wide variety of UA professors’ projects and research. For the last two years, Show & Tell has showcased topics as diverse and expansive as the subjects offered at the university, including: “Global Revolution: From Harlem to Havana” and “Documenting the Border in Unprecedented Times” to “Tales from the (Video Game) Archive II” and “The Poetics of Noise: Poetry and Punk, 1965-1980.” On Wednesday, Nov. 12, Show & Tell looks to outer space and at the UA’s international role in astronomical research with the presentation “Focusing the Universe.” The in-progress documentary being presented that night bears the same name. Through interviews, narration and images, the documentary delves into the history and influence of the Steward Observatory via a “chronological path of development of astronomy at UA,” explains School of Theatre, Film & Television Distinguished Professor Peter Beudert. “It is fair to say that nowhere else in the world are three independent academic units of Astronomy, Optical Sciences and Planetary Sciences (at a university). The synergy is amazing.” To understand how the UA got to where it is astronomically, Beudert and School of Theatre, Film & Television Associate Professor Michael Mulcahy, are highlighting the major players in the Steward Observatory’s creation and evolution. Front and center is A.E. (Andrew Ellicott) Douglass, who was hired by UA in 1906 as an Assistant Professor of Physics and Geography. Beudert describes Douglass as a visionary who advocated funding and building a university observatory for a decade. That funding came in 1916 when Lavinia Steward donated $60,000 to UA to build a telescope in her husband’s name. According to Wikipedia, “Mrs. Steward was a wealthy widow who had an interest in astronomy

and a desire to memorialize her late husband, Mr. Henry Steward.” Other notable influencers in the documentary include: Aden Meinel, who chose Kitt Peak as the site for the National Observatory, was a Director of Steward Observatory and later founded UA’s Optical Sciences; Gerard Kuiper, founder of the Lunar and Planetary Lab who mapped the moon in the 1960s; Peter Strittmatter, the Steward Observatory director for 32 years who turned it into a world class institution; Richard Harvill, UA President from 1951-1971 who invested heavily in Astronomy (and other many important UA units); and Roger Angel, creator of the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab. Beyond the tales of those individuals are the quirky, historic tales of the process in context. While funding was secured in 1916, WWI thwarted the building of the telescope for several years. Ultimately, it took three different U.S. companies to construct the telescope: “The Warner and Swasey Co. (Cleveland) built the body and mount of the telescope; The Spencer Lens Company (Buffalo) made the mirror; John A. Brashear Co. Ltd (Pittsburgh) polished the mirror,” states Beudert. The pieces were shipped by train, with the last few miles covered by horse-drawn carts. In 1923, the Steward Observatory, 933 N. Cherry Ave., was dedicated. In 1962, its telescope was moved to Kitt Peak. “One thing Douglass did was to say the observatory had to be open to the public and that’s never stopped since the 1920s,” Beudert shares. “The mission was to allow people in this community to see what they couldn’t see any other way.”

Visit to see Steward Observatory’s public resources for sky gazing. Show & Tell: Focusing the Universe is on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m. at Playground Bar & Lounge, 278 E. Congress St. Learn more about Show & Tell, and the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, at

November 2014 | 9

Z events

Photo courtesy

An Afternoon with Jimmy Santiago Baca

Jimmy Santiago Baca Presented by The University of Arizona’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry & College of Education

Food for Thought A Second Serving of the Downtown Lecture Series by Niccole Radhe The Downtown Lecture Series returns for its second year with Food, bringing Tucson’s attention to important connections between food and people’s health, culture and the environment. Presented by the University of Arizona’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Food explores the relatively new field of nutrition and the many myths, hype and misinformation about what we should and should not eat. With a focus on food from the ground to the table, the series has already presented three inspiring and informative lectures: ‘Changing Geographies of Food’ by Diana Liverman, ‘Tucson: City of Gastronomy, Hub for Diversity’ by Gary Nebahn and ‘We eat What We Are’ by Maribel Alvarez. The series continues with two more lectures in November. On November 5th at 6:30 pm, Emma Blake will talk about the “Edible Roman Empire” and introduce lessons we can learn about food from the ancient Roman ancestors. Dr. Blake is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She has conducted extensive archaeological fieldwork and published multiple works concerning Italy in the first and second millennia BCE, including the role of feasts in ancient culture. In her lecture Dr. Blake will weigh the costs and benefits of the Roman Empire on nutrition and life expectancy as well as on the environment and culinary heritage. On November 12th Victoria Maizes will speak about of the miscommunications about food nutrition, fad diets and making healthy food choices. Maizes is a Professor of Medicine, Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Executive Director of the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. She has written and lectured extensively about nutrition, including advice for cancer patients and expectant mothers. Dr.Maizes will help dispel the latest misinformation on the latest diet trends and will offer suggestions to choosing food for pleasure, vitality and health. Tickets for the lecture series can be picked up the day of the lecture starting at 4 p.m. at the Fox Tucson Theater box office. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Overflow locations will be set up in the TEP Unisource auditorium near the theater, where the lecture will be broadcast live, or join one of the remote sessions at Maker House or Mercado San Augustine to engage in the after lecture discussions with other Tucsonans.

For more information visit: 10 | November 2014

Thu, Nov 6 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Free UA Student Union, 1303 E University Blvd., Kiva Room, 2nd Floor Poet and community activist Jimmy Santiago Baca – who was a runaway at 13, served a five-year maximum security prison sentence and emerged from lock-up in 1979 as a writer – comes to Tucson for a reading and a screening of the documentary based on his 2002 memoir “A Place to Stand,” with a Q&A to follow. Lauded by the Associate Press for “his raw poetry and vivid essays that seek to capture the experience of Mexican-Americans and American Indians in the Southwest,” Baca has devoted his post-prison life to writing and teaching others who are overcoming hardship. His themes include American Southwest barrios, addiction, injustice, education, community, love and beyond. He has conducted hundreds of writing workshops in prisons, community centers, libraries and universities throughout the country. Baca is the winner of the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award and, for his memoir “A Place to Stand,” the prestigious International Award. In 2005 he created Cedar Tree Inc., a nonprofit foundation that works to give people of all walks of life the opportunity to become educated and improve their lives.

More information is available at and Capacity at the Kiva Room is limited to 100 people, with entrance on a first-come, firstserve basis.

November 2014 | 11

16 | November 2014


events Z

FRI 7, 14, 21 MOVEMENT FOR EVERY BODY! FREE! Let your body be your guide. Register for an Authentic Movement class at Barefoot Studio. What is Authentic Movement? It’s an improvisational form of movement that deepens your relationship to your body, thoughts and emotions. Simple movements that Every Body can do. The free Friday classes are for beginning students. You will be encouraged to listen and respond to your own body’s innate intelligence and to focus on your needs in the moment. Authentic Movement promotes overall mind / body / emotion awareness. The classes are taught by internationally exhibited performance artists Gina Cestaro and Laura Milkins. Cestaro and Milkins founded Spiral Journey School of Movement expressly to be able to offer Authentic Movement classes in Tucson. They bring a combined 18 years of experience creating performance art inspired by Authentic Movement practices. Register at http:// Friday, November 7, 14, and 21 from 6:15pm-7:15pm. See website for additional classes. Barefoot Studio, 6781 N. Thornydale Rd.

FRI 31- FRI 7




Matt Palmer, Beeston Competition, Pavel Steidl and Asaad Duo. Hosclaw Recital Hall, 1017 N. Olive. 3420022,


& Scottish Highland Games: music, dancing, athletic events, food & drink. Times vary. Prices vary. Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. First Ave. 8079509,

SUN 2 GABA BIKE SWAP Vendors come down with everything for the casual & serious bike enthusiasts. 5th Ave & 7th St. 7am-2pm. 323-9020,

CYCLOVIA Bike, walk, skate

and participate in fun, free activities on Tucson roads without the presence of cars. 10am-3pm. Map and details at


A shopping adventure featuring antique, vintage and collectible items for your home and garden. Christmas Themed. 657 W. St. Mary’s Rd.

A benefit for La Pilita Museum Free. 5pm -7pm. 420 S. Main 882-7454,

FRI 7- SUN 9 TEXTILE SALE/ EXHIBIT/ SILENT AUCTION A non-profit benefit for The Casteneda Museum and St. Michaels Guatemala Project. See website for times and event lineup. St. Michael & All Angels Parish Center, 602 N. Wilmot Rd.

FRI 7- SUN 10 BOOK SALE A benefit for Tucson libraries. 9am-4pm. 2230 N. Country Club. 795-3763,


A monthly downtown festival with live music, performers, and vendors! Free. 6pm-10:30pm. Free. Featuring: Leila Lopez, Belly Dance Tucson, Greyhound Soul, and The Jonestown Band. Congress Street,

JERÔME BEILLARD FESTIVAL FOR LIFE Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation celebrates its 26th Festival For Life with live music and a silent auction. $45-$55. 6pm. Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd.


Introductory classes begin. See website for more classes and times. 9am-10am. 7036 E. Broadway Blvd. 270-9534,


Carnival, food, festivities, music and raffles. 9am-5pm. Pima County Fairgrounds,

SAT 8- SUN 9 ALL SOULS PROCESSION WEEKEND Celebrate Día de Los Muertos with music, events and a procession on Sun, Nov 9. 4pm. See website for the specific events, times, and maps.


A comic convention! 10am-7pm. $10-$15. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. 837-4753,

TUCSON PIMA ARTS COUNCIL OPEN STUDIO TOUR Over 200 artists open their studios to expose their work via a self-guided tour! 11am-5pm. 624-0595,

events continued on next page

November 2014 | 17


Z events



FLEET FEET VETERANS DAY HALF MARATHON Featuring a 1/2 marathon, 5K and Chil-

Only black-light Art & Fashion Show in Tucson. 7pm 10pm. Student w/ID or canned food $5, GA $7 - 520867-1458

ment to benefit The Lupus Foundation of Southern Arizona. 8am. $100. El Conquistador Country Club, 10555 La Canada Drive. 256-7286.

dren Fun Run. 7:15am. Registration fees. Sabino High School, 5000 N. Bowes Rd.

SAT 15

SUN 23


11TH ANNUAL TAKE A HIKE FUNDRAISER A benefit for cancer patients throughout Arizona presented by BAG IT. 7am-12pm. $85. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Dr.


The Itchy-O Marching Band performs after the All Souls Procession. See website for times and prices. Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.


Annual Gala/Auction featuring holiday shopping, silent auction and dinner. $20. 5pm-9pm. Tucson Community School, 2109 E. Hedrick.


Featuring vendors, shops, music and beverages. 11am-4pm. Many Hands Courtyard, 3054 N. 1st Ave.

MON 10

SUN 16



Entire day of high-tech enlightenment featuring computer safety and security. 8am-5pm. $49+tax. 160 S. Scott Ave. 818-9650,


A parade honoring the veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. 11am. Route: Congress Street to 22nd Street, 4th Avenue to Granada Avenue. 404-9211,

THU 13 SIGNATURE CHEFS AUCTIONS OF TUCSON An evening of culinary tastings to benefti The March of Dimes. $75. 6pm. Tucson Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Rd.


Annual Glass Art Auction with special guests Lupita Murillo and Janos Wilder. 5pm-9pm. $50-$80. Sonoran Glass Art Academy, 633 W. 18th St. 884-7814,


A literary evening in support of Primavera Foundation celebrating the release of local author Aurelie Sheehan’s Demigods of Speedway. 7pm. Las Abuelitas, 440 E. 26th St. UaPress.Arizona. Edu

FIVE CENTS An eclectic art bazaar and benefit concert for Fine Art: Five Cents. 7pm. $10. Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

18 | November 2014

fundraiser cycling ride with planned routes around Tucson. 7am. $100.

VIVA LA LOCAL FOOD FEST Food, drink, farmers market, live music, and more! All local food, wines, and beers $5 each. 100% of proceeds benefit Heirloom Farmers Markets’ initiatives. 9am-5pm. $4 Admission, Kids under 12 Free. Rillito Park, 4502 N. 1st Ave.

FRI 21 WINE GONE WILD Wine tasting at the Zoo. See website for prices. 6pm-9pm. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court. 837-8223,


Tucson Museum of Art’s annual craft market with more than 120 artists offering unique creations in jewelry, ceramics, watercolors, & metal work. Kids area, live music, more. 10am-5pm. Free. Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333,

SAT 22 EL TOUR DE TUCSON Over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities. Participants include novice, intermediate, advanced, & professional riders. Held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Various races, various locations & times. Registration fees. 745-2033,

MOUNTAIN OYSTER CLUB ANNUAL CONTEMPORARY WESTERN ART SHOW AND SALE Featuring Western Art from national artists. $50.The Mountain Oyster Club, 6400 E. El Dorado Circle. 792-0319,

EDIBLE SHADE MESQUITE PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Celebrate the delicious benefits of edible shade trees and enjoy mesquite pancakes! Free shade trees w/ TEP bill while supplies last. 9am-12pm. Free. Watershed Management Group, 1137 N Dodge Blvd. 396-3266.

SAT 29-SUN 30 HOLIDAY FIESTA DE ARTE An exclusive studio show featuring 20 artists displaying folk art, masks, garden art, pottery, fused glass and more. Free with can for Community Food Bank. 10am-4pm. Painted Gourds and Masks Studio, 4802 W. Paseo del las Colinas. 465-7298.


Hosted by Tucson Hebrew Academy’s 8th Grade class. 12pm-6pm. Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E River Road.

ONGOING FALL 2014 SCIENCE CAFES Discussions on scientific happenings. See website for times and locations. Free. Wed 5: What’s Up With All The Talk About Asteroids? by Ed Beshore. Wed 12: Social and Individual Intelligence: Insect Colonies. Thu 13: Ecosystem Services by Aaron Lien. Tue 18: Discover the Science of Lightning: Cause and Effect


(@Hotel Congress) Southern Arizona Roadrunners’ Monday evening, non-competitive, social 3-mile run/walk, that begins and ends downtown at Hotel Congress, rain/ shine/holidays included! 311 E. Congress St. 991-0733,

arts Z

Infrared; Saguaro National Monument by Michael McNulty

27th Annual Artist Open Studio Tour by Diana Rhoades If you’re friends with Michael McNulty on Facebook, you most certainly have seen his breathtaking infrared photography of special places in the Sonoran Desert - stunning images you can go back to over and over to make you happy. On the weekend of November 8 and 9, you can see his work, and the work of nearly 200 other artists, in person. It’s free, and it’s been going on in the Old Pueblo for 27 years. “The Open Studio Tour is a good example of the breadth of artistic endeavor in our community,” says McNulty. “Give people an opening and almost 200 artists come forward. It’s a really efficient way to let the community know you have an open house.” Tucson Pima Arts Council’s Open Studio Tour is expected to draw nearly 10,000 visitors to artists’ individual spaces of creativity. If you haven’t yet experienced the mystery of a Tucson studio, you’re sure to find it inspirational - filled with paintings, weaving, sculpture, jewelry, metalwork, clothing – whichever you choose to visit. Tucson Pima Arts Council Operations Director Debi Chess Mabie is proud of TPAC’s tradition of putting on the tour. “TPAC has been given the charge of telling the story of arts and culture in our community. This is one of the many ways we support artists and arts organizations.” Tucson Pima Arts Council Executive Director Roberto Bedoya is pleased the tour coincides with the All Souls Procession weekend this year, pointing to a recent report showing arts and culture in Pima County generates $87 million annually to the local economy. “The tour demonstrates the dynamic, cultural economic engine that is generated through the arts in Pima County.” If you’re attending the All Souls Procession, you may want to tour studios in other parts of the City on Saturday and head Downtown on Sunday, visiting artists in the historic barrios. Nicki Adler has been on the tour for four years. Her studio, located at 860 South Meyer Avenue, features handcrafted jewelry, and becomes a social

scene with food and drinks to share with friends while women try on jewelry. She is fascinated by the people and the tour has led to new opportunities for her business – trunk shows and galleries. She encourages new artists to take advantage of Tucson’s amazing arts classes at Tucson Parks and Recreation and Pima College. Painter Dawn Carlson describes her work as “decorative with a depth of meaning.” Mystery is both the metaphor and method in her painting. Her studio is located in a converted warehouse in the Historic Warehouse Arts District of downtown, bordering the Union Pacific Railroad Lines. The Seventh Avenue Arts District Studios are located at 547 N. Seventh Ave., near the University of Arizona where she studied. It is a vibrant, evolving area of artists studios, university students, and galleries. Just down the street you’ll find Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage (BICAS) – a bike shop and non-profit social service group that trains youth and others how to create art from recycled bicycle parts. They are in the Citizens’ Warehouse, a historic building at 44 W. 6th Street – showcasing multiple artists in an urban, affordable location – one of Tucson’s unique attributes. If you love art and you love alluring, mysterious places, you don’t want to miss this Tour. If you want to see Michael McNulty’s Sonoran landscapes, you better go early to his studio at 2601 E. 8th St. – he hopes to sell out by noon! All artists, maps and locations are just a click away on a convenient website that is also mobile-friendly. Visit and plot out your weekend visits to different locations around Tucson. You can also find information in the next few pages of Zocalo and on Facebook at Tucson Pima Arts Council or on twitter @TucsonPimaArts

Diana Rhoades is an independent consultant and support of arts and culture. She can be reached at November 2014 | 19

20 | November 2014


arts Z

Saturday, November 8th, & Sunday, November 9th 11 AM – 5 PM

For maps and more information, please visit

Lee Ackerman

1946 E Pima, Tucson

Jo Andersen

3791 N. Camino De Oeste, Tucson

Bill Baker

2813 W Carnation Pl, Tucson

Sue Betanzos

Nicki Adler

860 South Meyer Avenue, Tucson

Sandra Arce

1918 E. Prince Rd. East Campbell, Tucson

Robin Baker

1801 West Rudasill Road, Tucson

Barbara Brandel

3138 East Fort Lowell, Tucson

33 S 6th Ave, Tucson

Juanita Bruins

Maureen Brusa Zappellini

1501 N. Painted Hills Rd., Tucson

2609 E Mabel st, Tucson

Susan Adler

Lisa Agababian

11053 N. Eagle Crest Dr, Oro Valley

226 E 5th Street, Tucson


Many Hands Artist Cooperative

44 W 6th St 9th Ave, Tucson

Rhonda Bank

673 N. Arizona Estates Loop, Tucson

Curt Brill

1465 W Prince Rd, Tucson

Janet K. Burner

1019 N. Jacobus Avenue, Tucson

3054 N 1st Avenue, Tucson

Jean Beck

267 S Stone Avenue Suite G, Tucson

Dora Brockie

1946 E Prince, Tucson

Dawn Carlson

547 N 7th Avenue, Tucson

Linda Ahearn

9040 N Oracle Rd Suite A and B, Tucson

Merry Artoones, M.F.A.

2871 N Lone Dove Trail, Tucson

Tom Bergin

1725 N. Wentworth Rd., Tucson

Dale Bruder

4851 E Hampton St, Tucson

Mariana Carreras

549 N 7th Ave., Tucson, Tucson

November 2014 | 21

Z arts

OPEN STUDIO TOUR Saturday, November 8th, & Sunday, November 9th 11 AM – 5 PM

For maps and more information, please visit

Virginia Carroll

5251 W. Crestview Dr., Tucson

Southwest University of Visual Arts Community Painting Students 2538 N. Country Club Rd., Tucson

ami dalal

650 E 9th Street, Tucson

Steven Derks

801 N Main Ave, Tucson

Monica Durazo

19 E. Toole Ave, Tucson

Linda Chappel

2315 E Blacklidge Dr., Tucson

Quetzally Coronado

Nancy Charak

652 S. Meyer, Tucson

Betty Counseller

2834 E Grant Rd, Tucson

267 S. Stone Ave. Studio G, Tucson

M. Diane Dale

Millard Davidson

Bhavani Devi

Mary Theresa Dietz

2506 N. Stone Ave., Tucson

652 S. Meyer, Tucson

Ned Egen

2233 E Hawthorne St., Tucson

22 | November 2014

E Adams St, Tucson

650 E 9th St, Tucson

Su Egen

2233 E Hawthorne St, Tucson

Chello Chavez

416 E. 7th Street Just East of 4th Avenue, Tucson

Eva F. Cross

Citizens Artist Collective 44 W 6th Street, Tucson

Bryan Crow

655 W Valle Del Oro Rd., Oro Valley

2202 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Tucson

Crane Day

Guadalupe De La Torre

549 N 7th Ave, Tucson

The Drawing Studio

33 South 6th Avenue, Tucson

Peter Eisner

801 North Main, Tucson

192 S. Stone, Tucson

Nina Duckett

192 S. Stone Ave, Tucson

Alvaro Enciso

219 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson

Katherine Estrella

Catherine Eyde

2760 W. Calle de Dalias, Tucson

801 S. Meyer Ave (at 18th Street), Tucson

Donna Flenner

fotovitamina Studios

267 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson

Eric Galbreath

7650 E Linden Street, Tucson

Ron Gilson

5140 N Placita Del Lazo, Tucson

Robin Hall

4851 E. Hampton Street, Tucson

Trish Hastings-Sargent

3131 N Craycroft Rd, Classroom 1, Tucson

115 W 20th St, Tucson

Valerie Galloway

Carolyn Ferguson

4423 E Blacklidge, Tucson

Elizabeth Frank

267 S. Stone Ave, Studio B, Tucson

Kathryn Gastelum

Jeff Ferst

204 W Grant Rd Unit 120, Tucson

Katja Fritzsche

452 South Stone ave, Tucson

Beth Giachetti

2930 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson

5085 N. Valley View Rd., Tucson

6821 N Placita Sierra, Tucson

Larry Gomez

Southwest University of Visual Arts Graduate Students

12255 W Sunset Rd, Tucson

35 E. Toole Ave, Tucson

Calvin Hammond

802 N Irving Cir, Tucson

Stacey Hayes

7529 E Beach Drive, Tucson

2538 N. Country Club Rd., Tucson


2990 N Swan Suite 118, Tucson

Dan Hickman

4360 N. Bear Claw Way, Tucson

Candace Greenburg

Laurel Hansen

44 W 6th Street #9, Tucson

Jennifer Hill

901 N.13th Ave, Tucson

Betina Fink

3230 N.Dodge Blvd, Tucson

Craig Gabby

3225 E. Kleindale Rd, Tucson

M Jane Gilbreath

2627 N Geronimo, Tucson

Shannon Haggerty

2805 E Lester Street, Tucson

Jerry W. Harris

2967 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson

Jane Hoffman

1545 Water Street, Tucson

November 2014 | 23


arts Z

Saturday, November 8th, & Sunday, November 9th 11 AM – 5 PM

For maps and more information, please visit

Joy Holdread

2627 N. Geronimo Ave., Tucson

Judith D Johnson

5220 N Valley View RD, Tucson

Ann Keuper

1001 E. 17th St. apt 201, Tucson

Ron Kovatch

2810 E. Arroyo Chico, Tucson

Gary LaCroix

402 E. Burrows Place, Tucson

Sheryl Holland

3025 E Second Street, Tucson

Kyle Johnston

1938 N. Arcadia, Tucson

Carolyn King

35 E. Toole Ave., Tucson

Judith Kramer

3448 N. Catalina Avenue, Tucson

June LeClair

1545 Water Street, Tucson

Wendy Holloway

4640 East Quivira Drive, Tucson

Sean Jones

2538 north country club road, Tucson

Ida Kingma-Melen

8332 E Snyder Rd, Tucson

Maxine Krasnow

3326 North Dodge Boulvevard, Tucson

Eleonor Leon

45 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson

James Huffer

2891 N. Beverly Ave, Tucson

Beth Jonquil

6702 N Andrea Doria Dr., Tucson

Curtis Alan Kiwak

650 E 9th Street, Tucson

Linda Krier

1141 E. Smoot Dr., Tucson

Anne Leonard

9040 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley

Gloria Isak-Morton

1109 West Alameda Street, Tucson

Sheila Kanter

267 S. Stone Suite G, Tucson

Lisa Knight-Rubino

1545 E Water Street, Tucson

Joseph Labate

650 E. 9th St., Tucson

Roy Lizama

4640 East Quivira Drive, Tucson

November 2014 | 25

Z arts

OPEN STUDIO TOUR Saturday, November 8th, & Sunday, November 9th 11 AM – 5 PM

For maps and more information, please visit

Justin and Carrel Loveless Loveless

136 W. La Pintura, Green Valley

Judith Mariner

809 N Irving Circle, Tucson

Mike Melton

7856 N Paseo Del Norte, Tucson

Carol Ann Miraben

5400 E. Placita del Mesquite, Tucson

Sharon Nemirov

3231 N Craycroft Rd, Tucson

Lynn Rae Lowe

9040 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson

Erika Marquez

192 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson

Andrea Mendola

650 E 9th St,, Tucson

Barbara Mulleneaux

10045 N Colony Drive, Oro Valley

Christy Olsen

3910 E. Lind Road, Tucson

26 | November 2014

Diana Madaras

3001 E. Skyline, Tucson

Lois L McDonald

9420 E Summer Trail, Tucson

Aevya Mesh

1545 E. Water St., Tucson

Becky Neideffer

5251 W. Crestview Dr., Tucson

Terry Parker

6131 N Desert Willow Dr, Tucson

Evelyn Madrid

192 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson

Michael McNulty

2601 E. 8th St., Tucson

Metal Arts Village

3230 N. Dodge Blvd., Tucson

Andrew Nelson

Emily Mann

11745 East Summer Trail, Tucson

Lisa Mele

483 S. Convent Ave., Tucson

Silke Mildenberger

7529 E Beach Drive, Tucson

Ron Nelson

742 E 9TH ST, Tucson

524 N. Ferro Ave, Tucson

Lorrie Parsell

Pleasure World Artists Studios and Galleries

4840 W Placita del Quetzal, Tucson

174 E Toole Avenue, Tucson

November 2014 | 27

Z arts

OPEN STUDIO TOUR Saturday, November 8th, & Sunday, November 9th 11 AM – 5 PM

For maps and more information, please visit

Richard Potter

Curt Pradelt

657 west st. marys road c-9, Tucson

33 S. 6th Ave, Tucson

Brenda Rentfro

Esther Rogoway Fitzpatrick

5301 N. Maria Drive, Tucson

E. Tino Saccani

673 N. Arizona Estates Loop, Tucson

Ruth Sharp

3231 N Craycroft Rd, Tucson

Dragana Skrepnik

6234 E Placita Lozana, Tucson

201 N. Court Ave., Tucson

Michael B. Schwartz

44 W 6th Street Studio 13, Tucson

James Shelago

201 N. Court Ave, Tucson

Terry Slonaker

4540 E Glenn st, Tucson

28 | November 2014

Sandra Procida

549 N 7the Avenue Quonsett Hut, Tucson

Phyllis Rooker

9040 N Oracle Rd, Tucson

Thelma Scudi

5068 east south regency circle, Tucson

Doug Shelton

4330 N. Flecha Dr., Tucson

Barbara Smith

2519 E. Allen Rd., Tucson

Cirque Roots Productions 901 N 13th St., Tucson

Ken Rosenthal

1170 E. Placita Rana, Tucson

Maurice Sevigny

Jack Remington

2634 N. Calle de Romy, Tucson

Fred Ruth

3620 East Hardy Drive, Tucson

C.J. Shane

549 7th Ave (between 5th & 6th St), Tucson

4550 E. Lester, Tucson

Jet Shepard

The Sketchbook Artistry Guild

Jeff Smith

Southern Arizona Alchemist

5810 N. Mona Lisa Rd, Tucson

455 N. Ferro Ave, Tucson

9156 N Palm Brook Dr, Tucson

1545 Water Street, Tucson

Michelle Spanyard

5486 West Durham Hills Street, Marana

Laura Tanzer

19 E Toole Ave., Tucson

Gavin Hugh Troy

44 west 6th street, Tucson

Liz Vaughn

5486 West Durham Hills Street, Marana

Beata Wehr

5155 N. Avenida Primera, Tucson

Janet Windsor

3231 N Craycroft Rd, Tucson

Virginia Stonebarger 1946 E. Prince, Tucson

Wil Taylor

George Strasburger

174 E Toole Avenue, Tucson

Kristy Thomas

3473 N. Nandina Ln., Tucson

2844 E Grant Rd. #140, Tucson

Bradford Turner

Southwest University of Visual Arts Undergraduate Students

1319 S. 6th Ave. Suite 101, Tucson

Jennifer Vigil

839 W. Moore Rd, Oro Valley

Earle Wheatley

2570 N Huachuca Drive United States, Tucson

Phyllis Woods

267 S. Stone Ave. Studio F, Tucson

2538 N. Country Club Rd., Tucson

Richard Walton

650 E. 9th street, Tucson

Kathryn M. Wilde

549 N 7th Avenue, Tucson

Richard Zelens

3250 E. Kleindale Rd., Tucson

Holly Swangstu

6873 N. Placita Chula Vista, Tucson

Nick Tranmer

549 N 7th ave south side of quonset hut, enter from the west, Tucson

Jessica Van Woerkom

1918 East Prince Road, Tucson

Greta Ward

652 S. Meyer Ave, Tucson

John-Peter Wilhite

633 West 18th St., Tucson

Joe Zeller

5173 S Zenith Way (Civano), Tucson

Glory Tacheenie-Campoy

1970 N Calle del Suerte, Tucson

Donald Trout

600 W. Pomegranate Place, Oro Valley

Mary Vaneecke

3131 N Craycroft Rd Classroom 1, Tucson

Jon Watson

7032 E. 4th street, Tucson

Thomas Williams

505 W Miracle Mile #14, Tucson


November 2014 | 29

Z arts

Art Happens in Storied Congress Space Krikawa Jewelry Designs is upping the ante downtown, adding its new design studio, gallery and retail space to an already critical mass of cool on Congress by Monica Surfaro Spegelman

The eastern end of Congress exerts a gravitational pull downtown – with a steady diet of food and drink phenomena. But it’s time to start walking west, where a faceted flash has been added to the mix…and a long-standing Tucson designer has raised the game along the far reaches of downtown’s entertainment corridor. Lisa Krikawa – award-winning jewelry designer and the last graduate of the University of Arizona’s metal-smithing program in 1997 ––is moving her studio downtown, the first jewelry house devoted to a mix of contemporary wearable art gallery, jewelry bench, local artisan resource and offices. It’s an ambitious new project launched by her 17-year old Tucson family-operated company, following a year of research and planning. Leasing the 4,200 square-foot space once occupied by one of Tucson’s first jewelers (Daniel’s Jewelers), Krikawa has carefully renovated the historic jewelry store, exposing its brick and tiles, and preserving touches like the Daniel’s mosaic street tablet, under the sparkling direction of Baker-Hesseldenz Design and architect J. Chauncey Meyer, known for their innovative urban modern spaces. Since opening shop in her garage, Lisa has forged a singular niche in an international arts landscape, where her couture-design custom rings, her extremely detailed layering of the old-world mokumé-gané technique on heirloom pieces, and her high-tech, intricate swirls of gems set in precious metal are renowned. As much at home carving her own jeweler waxes as crafting 3-D CAD-modeled designs, Lisa has built a business showcasing environmentallyclean and ethically-certified pieces, with a mystique unlike anything else you’ll see in Tucson. Krikawa has thrived under Lisa and her family’s symbiotic partnership, growing into an organization of 11 employees and over 5,000 custom designs for clients from Australia to Canada, and from Germany to New York, California and Tucson. 32 | November 2014

arts Z

The Krikawa Family, left to right: LeCarie Whitfield, Chief of Operations (Patrick’s Wife); Patrick Swartz, Master CAD Modeler (Lisa’s brother and John’s best friend from High School); John Krikawa, Chief Technical Officer; Lisa Krikawa, Founder, CEO, Head Designer. Photo ©

After multiple moves across the city, from garage, to a Sam Hughes studio and most recently to St. Philip’s Plaza, Krikawa says the 21 E. Congress St. relocation, opening November 22, signals that her studio is growing up, a perfect marriage of high art, community vision and unerring instinct for what’s cool. “We’re artisans who belong downtown,” confirms Krikawa, who notes that everyone working at the company has his/her own art. “All our choices convey our vision of creative expression, and sustain our desire to be part of a dynamic community integral to our customers’ experience. “When I saw the space I saw it as a possibility for anything,” she continues. “I knew it was right for Krikawa.” With its tall ceilings and brick walls left raw, the innovative structure is being built out in a multi-faceted layout resembling a small design city. In a bright front exhibition area, visitors will observe handcrafted modern displays showcasing works of top-tier artisans; further into the 1,600 square feet of gallery showroom space will be a congenial lounge area as well “play stations” for customers to visualize and personalize the process of creating custom jewelry pieces. Further back, Krikawa gets even more interesting with window views in to the creative nurseries – the soldering, CAD and tooling stations, as well as the jeweler’s bench. Krikawa offices are in the back. Lisa Krikawa has a vigorous agenda for her front exhibition space, and has invited approximately 30 premier artisans to be part of the first show, an installation called Local Flavors, on view through January 31. The collection features contemporary jewelry pieces, hats and other wearable art, making for a gallery experience that’s both intimate and communal, spiced up by unusual offerings that mix metals and patterns. Intuitive and diverse, the Local Flavors show is influenced by local design and what feels right. “It’s experimental, it’s fun,” Lisa observes. “It’s thoughtfully curated, but it also has a freshness relatable to everyone.”

Architecturally-styled Erik Stewart jewelry, as well as urban designs by Maureen Brusa-Zappelini and unique silverwork by Sam Patania, are among the works and artists represented. Like a fine digital mix made by a friend, the collection works because of the detail and the quality. For the opening, Krikawa also is introducing a new line of sterling foodrelated charms, a whimsical nod to the foodie and fashionista locavorism of her Congress counterparts. A portion of charm sales will support the Food Bank, a philanthropic practice Krikawa routinely provides to local nonprofits. A hint of Krikawa’s unique downtown programming is evident in its planned extracurricular activities, including DIY workshops, which will allow customers to be involved in the CAD design and even the polishing of their custom pieces. “Art is personal expression and we want those who wish it, to have a hand in their own jewelry,” she asserts. This type of DIY involvement, although somewhat revolutionary in the jewelry business, is of growing interest, and Krikawa excitedly talks about the creative empowerment planned in her studio. “I’m a Tucsonan who always has believed in the spirit of downtown,” the metalsmith says. “With this space, I can continue my business as a successful commercial venture, but also open up to new creative options for myself as an artist and for the community as a whole.” Krikawa’s dynamic sense of possibility is jumping at the chance to explore the less orthodox. “I don’t want to put any limits on what Krikawa might do downtown,” she smiles.

Krikawa Jewelry Design’s new space opens Saturday, November 22, 6-9pm., with its Local Flavors exhibit, 21 E. Congress St., downtown. Showroom and design appointment hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm. (520)322-6090, November 2014 | 33



THANKSGIVING WEEKEND Saturday, November 29, 4:00 pm matinee Sunday, November 30, 2:00 pm matinee Tucson Music Hall

Saturday, December 20, 4:00 pm matinee Sunday, December 21, 2:00 pm matinee

This Holiday spectacular brings joy to thousands of adults and children alike, and just like last season, the forecast is calling for snow in Tucson Music Hall!


arts Z

“Funny Females of Folk” perform Sat, Nov 15 at Vail Theatre of the Arts. Photo courtesy of Vail Theatre of the Arts.

Performances ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC Morgenstern Piano Trio performs Wed, Nov 5 and Thu, Nov 6. Behzod Abduraimov performs Sun, Nov 9. TCC’s Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. 577-3769,

ARIZONA OPERA Rigoletto shows Sat, Nov 22- Sun, Nov 23. TCC’s Music Hall,


Shows every Friday and Saturday throughout November. Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E. Speedway Blvd. 861-2986,


STORYTELLING SERIES Breaking Bread takes place Thu, Nov 6. 7:00pm; Free. Fluxx Studios and Gallery, 416 E. 9th St. 730-4112,

260 S. Church Ave. 293-4336,

PCC THEATRE ARTS A Piece Of My Heart shows Thu, Nov 13- Sun, Nov 23.

ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY Wait Until Dark continues through Sat, Nov

2202 W. Anklam Rd. 206-6670,

8. Murder for Two opens Sat, Nov 29. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. 8848210,

THE ROGUE THEATRE Jerusalem shows Thu, Nov 6- Sun, Nov 23. 738 N. 5th

BLACK CHERRY BURLESQUE Tantalizing burlesque performance on Fri, Nov 7. Surly Wench Pub, 424 N. 4th Ave. 882-0009,

BROADWAY IN TUCSON Flashdance shows Tue, Nov 4- Sun, Nov 9. TCC’s Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. 903-2929,


Performances continue through November. See website for times. Tucson Double Tree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way. 615-5299,

CHRISTIAN YOUTH THEATRE High School Musical Jr shows Thu, Nov 20Sun, Nov 23. Stevie Eller Dance Theater, 1737 E. University Blvd.


The Tuesday Night Tease takes place every Tuesday night throughout November. 9pm. The Hut, 305 N. 4th Ave. 245-0532,

FOX THEATRE Darlene Love performs Sun, Nov 2. An Evening with David Sedaris

Ave. 551-2053,


shows Fri, Nov 21- Sun, Nov 23. Times and locations vary, see website for details. 401-2651,


Sixth Annual International Tucson Guitar Festival takes place Fri, Oct 31- Fri, Nov 7. See website for times and locations. 332-0022,

TUCSON JAZZ SOCIETY David Bach Consort performs Fri, Nov 7. Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. 903-1265,

TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA A Magical Musical Mystery takes place Sat, Nov 1. Lauren Roth takes place Sat, Nov 1. Moveable Music Feast takes place Sun, Nov 2. Rossini, Faure & Schubert: European Romance takes place Sat, Nov 8- Sun, Nov 9. Jon Nakamatsu performs Sat, Nov 15. Rachmaniff & Dvorak: The Power of Romance takes place Fri, Nov 14- Sun, Nov 16. TSO Brass Quintet shows Sun, Nov 23. Fantasia takes place Sat, Nov 29- Sun, Nov 30. TCC’s Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. 882-8585,

takes place Thu, Nov 6. Ghost Whisperer James Van Praagh shows Fri, Nov 7. Black Violin performs Sat, Nov 8. Senegal Gospel Choir performs Sun, Nov 9. New Orleans Legends Preservation Hall with Allan Toussaint performs Thu, Nov 13. An Evening with Martin Short takes place Sun, Nov 13. The Highwaymen: A Musical Tribute takes place Fri, Nov 21. Late Night Catechism takes place Sat, Nov 22. Prices Vary. 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515,



1020 E. University Blvd. 621-3341,

Cronan The Barbarian continues through Sun, Nov 9. The Secret Santa opens Thu, Nov 13. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 886-9428,

LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP Sleepy Hollow and the Ride of the Headless StickHorseman continues through Sun, Nov 9. 9 Parts of Desire continues through Sat, Nov 15. The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays opens Thu, Nov 20. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree: A Christmas Sing-A-Long opens Sun, Nov 30. See website for prices and times. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-4242,

The Full Monty opens Sn, Nov 9. The First Celestial Adventure of Mr. Antipyrine, Fire Extinguisher, or words, words POOF! shows Thu, Nov 20- Sun, Nov 23. Harold Dixon Directing Studio. 621-1162,

UA PRESENTS Jessica Lang performs Tue, Nov 11- Thu, Nov 13. Centennial Hall, VAIL THEATRE OF THE ARTS Funny Females of Folk featuring Cheryl Wheeler, Christine Lavin, Cosy Sheridan and Claudia Nygaard shows Fri, Nov 14. 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way.

WINDING ROAD THEATRE ENSEMBLE Death of a Salesman shows Thu, Nov 6- Sun, Nov 23. 749-3800, ZUZI! DANCE COMPANY White Moon Dances takes place Thu, Nov 6. The Migration Project takes place Fri, Nov 14- Sat, Nov 22. Zuzi’s Little Theater, 738 N. 5th Ave. 629-0237,

November 2014 | 35

Z arts

“Video Composite #33” by Pamela Marks at Davis Dominguez Gallery as part of the three-person exhibit that shows through December.

Artist Mykl Wells displays his art at Wee Gallery as part of the exhibit “Lair of the Pranceamancer.”

art Galleries/exhibits BAKER + HESSELDENZ FINE ART 13 Masters of Pop-Surrealist Painting continues through Sat, Nov 29. Tucson Warehouse and Transfer Building, 100 E. 6th St. 760-0037,

CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Performance: Contemporary Photography from the Douglas Nielsen Collection continues through January 2015. MonFri, 9am-5pm; Sat & Sun, 1pm-4pm. 1030 N. Olive Rd. 621-7968,

CONTRERAS GALLERY Slight the Power by Gary Aargaard shows Sat, Nov 1Sat, Nov 29. Reception Sat, Nov 1 from 6pm-9pm. Tues-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat, 11am-4pm. 110 E. 6th St. 398-6557,

DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Video Composites, Light Boxes & The Pool Project Installation by Pamela Marks, Carrie Seid and Alfred Quiroz continues through December. Opening reception Sat, Nov 1. Tue-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat, 11am-4pm. 154 E. 6th St. 629-9759,

DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN Degrazia Paints the Signs of the Zodiac continues through January 2015. Degrazia’s Greatest Hits continues through January 2015. Call To Artists, Mixed Media takes place Sun, Nov 2- Fri, Nov 14. Art by Kathryn Falk, Linda Star Baker and Audrey Goldstein takes place Sun, Nov 16- Fri, Nov 28. Daily, 10am-4pm. 6300 N. Swan Rd. 299-9191,

DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY Rivers of Light continues through Sun, Nov 9. Sonoran Sparkle opens Tue, Nov 11. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 10am-1:30pm. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 722-4412,

ETHERTON GALLERY Without and Within: Keith Carter and Kate Breakey continues through Sat, Nov 1. Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm. 135 S. 6th Ave. 624-7370,

FOUR CORNERS GALLERY Wire and Paint by Ishi Glinsky opens Tue, Nov 4. Missions of the Southwest co-curated by Jane Hamilton opens Tue, Nov 4. Tucson Desert Art Museum, 7000 E. Tanque Verde. 202-3888,

JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY Eva Struble: Produce continues through Thu, Nov 6. Art by Mark Mulroney opens Tue, Nov 18. Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 6264215,

LOUIS CARLOS BERNAL GALLERY Then And Now continues through December. Mon-Thu; 10am-5pm. Fri; 10am-3pm. 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 206-6942, Pima. Edu/cfa

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART See website for details. General Admission: $8, adults; free, children under 12, members, military; free to all last Sunday of the month. Wed-Sun, 12pm-5pm. 265 S. Church Ave. 624-5019,

PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY & STUDIO A Fusion of Glass and Copper continues through January. Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm. 711 S. 6th Ave. 884-7404,

36 | November 2014

PORTER HALL GALLERY Art by Cynthia Miller & Pam Ross opens Sat, Nov 1. Artist Reception Thu, Nov 20 from 5pm-7pm. Daily; 8:30am-4:30pm. $13, Adults; $12, Student/ Senior/Military, $7.50, Children 4-12; Free, Children 3 and younger. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686,


ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD Fiesta Sonora Show continues through Sun, Nov 9. 10th Annual Calendar Show opens Tue, Nov 11. Tue-Sun, 11am-4pm. Free. SAWG Gallery, 5605 E. River Rd. 299-7294, TUCSON CLAY CO-OP Clay works by Dana Senge shows throughout November. Mon & Wed; 12pm-3pm.

TUCSON DESERT ART MUSEUM Arizona Women Uncovered opens Sat, Nov 1. GEOlogic by Michael Holcomb opens Sat, Nov 1. Crossing Between Worlds: Life, Land, and Culture of Canyon de Chelly opens Sat, Nov 1. Tucson Desert Art Museum, 7000 E. Tanque Verde. 202-3888, 7000 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 2023888,

TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Mixed Media Works on paper by Ellen Campbell shows through Sun, Nov 30. TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART See website for details. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat, 10am5pm; Thu, 10am-8pm; Sun, noon-5pm. $10, adults; $8, seniors; $5, college students w/ ID; Free youth 18 and under, members, veterans and active military. Free to all the first Sunday of the month. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333,

UA MUSEUM OF ART Auspicious Images: Japanese Prints from the Permanent Collection opens Sat, Nov 15. Tue- Fri, 9am-5pm. Sat-Sun, 12pm-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 621-7567, ArtMuseum.Arizona.Edu

WEE GALLERY Lair of the Pranceamancer by Mykl Wells opens Sat, Nov 1.

ThuSat; 11am-6pm, Sun; 11am-5pm. 439 N. 6th Ave Suite #171. 360-6024,

WILDE MEYER GALLERY Main Street Stars continues through Sat, Nov 8. Go Figure continues through Sat, Nov 8. Express Yourself opens Thu, Nov 6. Beyond Nature opens Thu, Nov 13. 31st Anniversary Show opens Thu, Nov 13. Mon-Fri, 10am-5:30pm; Thu, 10am-7pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm. Wilde Meyer Gallery, 3001 E. Skyline Dr.

WOMANKRAFT ART GALLERY The Holiday Bazaar opens Sat, Nov 1. WedSat; 1pm-5pm. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976,


Bugs, Bones, Butterflies- original gouache and ink paintings by Wil Taylor continues through December. Divine Divas / Delighful New Works by Valerie Galloway, Nov 8 - Dec 31. Artist Reception: Saturday, Dec 6, 4-6pm. Mon- Sat, 10am-5:30pm; Sun, 10am-3pm. Yikes Toys and Gift O-Rama, 2930 E. Broadway Blvd. 320-5669,

YayBig Gallery In November, the YayBig Print Exchange comes home to the YayBig at 174 E Toole Street – opening Saturday, November 1, 6-9pm and running the entire month. The exhibit will also be open for the TPAC Open Studio Tour, November 8-9, 11-5pm. Details at

November 2014 | 37

38 | November 2014

sports Z

Curtis Gunn crosses the finish line with a win at the 106-mile El Tour de Tucson in 2005. Photo: David Olsen

The First for Four

After winning three of the four distances in El Tour de Tucson, local cyclist Curtis Gunn aims to be the first to win them all. By Kyle Mittan

Curtis Gunn doesn’t remember how many times he’s ridden El Tour de Tucson. Since he moved here 20 years ago, he imagines he’s done it for half those years at the very least, but he thinks it’s probably closer to about 15 times. The Atlanta-native-turned-Tucsonan also thinks he’s the only one to have won three of the ride’s four distances. Last year he placed second in the fourth ride — usually about 80 miles long — to Manuel Sanchez, another local rider. Gunn was a hundredth of a second short. A derailer cable, which shifts the bicycle’s gears, broke, leaving Gunn to finish the sprint in his largest gear. The weather that year, he added, was horrible. But this year, Gunn will try again. Gunn won the 106-mile distance in 2005, against Floyd Landis, who placed fifth. Landis went on to win the Tour de France in 2006 before admitting to doping in 2010. Promoted as a ride and not a race, El Tour sees a variety of competitors and casual riders. Some come to cruise, others come to win. “Every distance at El Tour, the person who wins is trying to win,” Gunn said, adding that the serious riders always end up in a group at the front. “There’s a small group that stays together. Last year, there were eight guys left [at the front].” El Tour is known in the cycling community as a world-class ride, and regularly draws riders from around the world. A brief look at the results from last year includes riders from New York, Alaska and Virginia. A pack of four from Hermosillo, Sonora had some of the best times in the longest distance — 107 miles. Each year, the ride includes four distances that riders can register for. Though the distances vary by a few miles every year, they remain relatively consistent: the longest between 100 and 115 miles, the next shortest around 80, another at roughly 60 and the last around 40. He rounds out his resume as the chairman for Desert Angels, a leading angel investment organization in the region. Gunn, 43, describes himself as a “heavy kid” when he was growing up. To keep him active, his parents bought him a bike around 12 or 13. “It gave me some freedom,” he said. “I totally fell in love with cycling.” He started racing at 15 and had some early success before moving to Colorado Springs to study biology at Colorado College. The city also happens to be

home to the U.S. Olympic Training Center, where Gunn trained and raced full time as an amateur. In 1993, cycling brought Gunn to Tucson, and it’s kept him here ever since. “The cycling community here is fabulous and very tight-knit,” he said, adding that the Shootout group bike ride every Saturday morning is one of the hardest group rides in the country. From 2005 to 2009, Gunn raced professionally in teams with riders from across the world. His races took him to Europe, Australia New Zealand and venues throughout the U.S. He rounds out his resume as the chairman for Desert Angels, a leading angel investment organization in the region. Gunn’s efforts – and his etiquette — haven’t gone unnoticed. “Curtis is one of the most gentle pro racers you’ll ever meet,” said Richard DeBernardis, founder of Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, which has organized El Tour since its inception in 1983. “He was always kind, courteous, always a gentleman.” DeBernardis added that Gunn’s goal to win all four distances sets an example for other El Tour riders. “I like the idea I think it’s interesting I think it’s different and I respect it,” he added. “It’s just another way of enjoying cycling.” As El Tour approaches, Gunn admits he isn’t convinced that this is his year to win the fourth race. His time with Desert Angels has kept him busy over the last few months. The end of October marked the culmination of a large project the group’s spent months putting together. He’ll get on the bike for his first bout of real training less than 30 days before the race is scheduled. To avoid reliving last year’s episode, Gunn said he won’t ride if it’s raining. Still, he’s excited to have the shot at giving local representation to a record that an El Tour rider has yet to set. “It’s somewhat a labor of love; it’s something I’m trying to do for myself,” he said. “I love cycling and I love this community.”

This years El Tour de Tucson takes place on Saturday, November 22. For more information, visit November 2014 | 39

photo: Blake Collins.

Z food&drink

Table Settings A conversation with Derrick Widmark by Zócalo Staff Derrick Widmark at Good Oak a few days before opening in 2013. Derrick Widmark is the owner of Diablo Burger, a popular Flagstaff restaurant he opened in 2009. Last year, Widmark expanded his operation to Tucson, opening two businesses on Congress Street – Diablo Burger Tucson and Good Oak Bar, both specializing in Arizona sourced food and drink. We asked Widmark a few questions about his relationship with food. He had this to say...

B On opening diablo burger I was working for the Diablo Trust, a ranching-based collaborative conservation group, and became intrigued with the connection between local food and local conservation. Beef is the largest cash crop in Arizona, and yet we send almost all of our beef into the national market. Then we buy beef back from the national market to feed ourselves here -- often at higher prices and lower quality. That makes no sense -- although of course I understand that is how a commodity market with economies of scale functions -- and I became and remain interested in the myriad benefits of connecting local supply to local demand.

C On What He Loves to Cook Risotto is my go-to, and I love Italian food across the board. Simple pasta dishes, the beauty of cooking with a few distinct ingredients... add a straight-up salad, some real bread, a bottle of red and I’m the happiest of campers. Unlike many food lovers, I’m not a great fan of cook books, but Jamie Oliver’s “Jamie’s Italy” is one they’ll have to pry from cold, dead hands one day. Hey, that could be a bumper sticker!

D On The Flavors He Loves Sweet, savory, whatever... the food experience that I’m drawn to has a name, and its called “delicious.” And I’ve found that the ingredients that deliver that experience are pretty consistent: authenticity, simplicity, and the intention and practice of sourcing quality products.

E On Foods He Craves I was always willing to go far out of my way to eat simple, authentic, traditional fare. When I lived in New york City I would often drive an hour north to Tarrytown to eat at a little Cuban lunch counter by the Tappan Zee Bridge 40 | November 2014

because it was the real deal, superior to any Cuban food I’ve had in Miami or anywhere else. Now that I’m driving back and forth between Tucson and Flagstaff all the time I find myself stopping at Chris Bianco’s Italian Restaurant in Phoenix for similar reasons. The simplicity and the purity of intention of serving very traditional dishes with carefully sourced products... man, that “restores” me every time. I’ve been lucky enough to spend time in India and to have been introduced to Indian versions of that kind of authentic, traditional experience, and so I’m always on the lookout for great Indian food. Paul Moir (Proper Tucson) and I have had the Biryani at Sher-e-Punjab so many times, the guy there just gives us a nod and brings out “the usual.” And this new Indian market on Stone, Yogi, which serves Indian street foods like bhel poori and samosa chaat, is very exciting. There’s a place like that in Berkeley, Vik’s Chaat Corner, that draws people from miles around (and that I will find my way to if I’m anywhere close to the Bay Area) in the same kind of market/lunch counter setting, so I have very high hopes for that place.

F On His Food Philosophy I’ve been fortunate to travel a fair bit, and once I discovered “taste of place” – the experience of having something that is specific and distinct to that particular corner of the world – well... it’s hard to go back to mass-produced, uniform, same-here-as-it-is-everywhere food. And the thing about “taste of place” is that it doesn’t have to be expensive or exclusive, as the great taco places of South Tucson prove day in and day out. My intention, with Diablo Burger and Good Oak Bar, is to deliver “taste of place” here in Tucson, in much the same way that I seek out when I travel. Whether in a burger, a glass of wine, or even in the local ketchup we are serving now, for someone to taste these products that are specific and distinct to our food-shed, right here in Arizona... I believe that creates connection, and community, and a greater appreciation for the farmers and ranchers and other producers right here in our little corner of the world, who contribute in truly immeasurable and irreplaceable ways to our quality of life -- and who help us deliver “delicious,” I hope, one meal and one visitor at a time.

Z food&drink

Viva La Local by Lauren Wong

Viva la Local Food Festival is back again to celebrate the freshest flavors in Baja Arizona! Mouths will water with local farmers’ market vendors, restaurants, breweries and wineries serving up an array of the best food and drinks in Tucson. For the second time this year, the sustainable food movement is bringing together members from all over the Tucson community to take part in the biannual event. Viva La Local connects more than 30 of Tucson’s top restaurants to over 80 farmers market vendors, local breweries and wineries. If your taste buds are hankering for a varied and tasty meal, the festival covers a little bit of everything from vegan, paleo and gluten-free options to seafood, burgers and tacos. With featured dishes ranging from “duck confit grilled cheeses” to mouthwatering grass-fed beef burgers, Viva la Local is the first food festival to bring together some of the most unique flavors of local food in Baja Arizona. Heirloom Co-executive Director and Owner of Maya Tea Company Manish Shah said the festival is a “culinary Disneyland.” From a farmer’s market perspective, Shah said it is better for the economy and keeps dollars local. “The food is more nutritious, fresher, and supports local neighbors,” said Shah. “It enhances creativity of what’s going in local community and people can learn where their food is coming from.” Shah said one of the greatest parts of the farmer’s market experience is the interaction he sees taking place and the community culture the festival creates. He said the conversations between vendors and restaurants can lead to mutually beneficial partnerships and a healthier community overall. “It’s a win for everyone. It is the event that people look forward to, the evolution of local food,” Shah said. “It’s basically like you just threw the best party in the city.” The event encourages attendees to delight in culinary treats while enjoying a festive atmosphere. Performances by local musicians like Reno Del Mar, The Bennu, The Missing Parts, and Hey, Bucko. Nonprofit organizations will also be present to raise awareness for their causes and answer questions about the local food economy. The festival will take place at Rillito Park on Sunday, November 16 from 9a.m. to 5p.m. The event costs $4 for regular admission and is free for kids under 12-years-old. Drinks and plates of food are $5 each with all of the proceeds from food and drink benefiting the Heirloom Farmers Market. Parking will be free for all attendees. Festivalgoers are advised to bring a recyclable bag to shop from Baja Arizona’s finest farmers market vendors. Complementary “Veggie Valet” bags will also be provided to store food purchases.

For more information on Viva La Local Food Festival, visit If you are interested in volunteering, email volunteer@ 42 | November 2014

food&drink Z

Quinoa Fritters Recipe

by Adria Lee. Photo by Amy Pennington

When we make quinoa, there always ends up being far more than we anticipated. The other day, knowing that a bowl of squash and leek bisque would be dinner, I whipped these up from a bowl of nearly forgotten toasted red quinoa. Nutty from being toasted and crunchy from being pan fried in olive oil, they made perfect croutons and helped us soldier onward down the experimental (for allergy’s sake) gluten-free path.

olive oil, for frying ½ cup yogurt (mayonnaise/aioli or Veganaise are great substitutions, too) ½ clove of garlic, minced 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon maple syrup ¼ cup of freshly cracked pepper ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Toasted Red Quinoa Fritters with Dijon Yogurt Cream (GF) Process *Contrary to what some say, it really is aesthetically important to rinse the quinoa -- it’s coated with a natural pesticide called saponins that quite bitterly interferes with its mild flavor profile. Fill a pot with 1 cup of uncooked quinoa and cover it with enough water to submerge it. In a clockwise manner, swirl your hand around the pot at least 20 times and then drain through a fine mesh strainer. Dry toast the rinsed quinoa in a pot over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes. Add 2 cups of fresh water, ½ teaspoon of salt, bring to a simmer and put a lid on it. Reduce the heat to very low. Let the quinoa cook for 25 undisturbed minutes and then remove from heat. Let cool. You can do this a day or two in advance. Ingredients: 3 cups cooked red quinoa (or white) * ¾ teaspoon sea salt ½ cup millet flour ½ cup sundried tomatoes in oil, minced 1 clove of garlic, minced 1 egg, lightly beaten ¾ cup manchego cheese, grated

Mix together the cooled, cooked quinoa, millet flour and ¾ teaspoon of sea salt. Combine the sundried tomatoes, minced garlic, egg, and cheese and fold it into the mixture. Let it rest for twenty minutes. Meanwhile, mix together the yogurt, ½ clove of minced garlic, Dijon, maple syrup, salt and pepper and taste for balance. In a large skillet, heat a generous amount of oil over medium-high heat. Add a drop of the batter to the oil – it should sizzle immediately and heartily. Moving quickly with a large spoon, gently drop 2 T worth of batter per fritter onto the skillet and lightly press down so that they are no more than half an inch tall. Fry on each side for about 2 minutes, flipping once. Do this in batches until the batter is gone. The fritters can be eaten hot or at room temperature, alongside a salad or on their own! Yields: a dozen fritters Prep time: 45 minutes (includes quinoa and sauce) Cook time: 15 minutes (for frying) November 2014 | 43

44 | November 2014

food&drink Z

Diving Into History The Buffet Bar Turns 80 by Jon D’Auria

The repeal of the prohibition act in 1934 ushered in a new era for America. As the sale and consumption of alcohol once again became legal, people all over the US rejoiced with emphatic cheers while more than a few pints clanked together in celebration. It was at this time that a small Tucson bar opened its doors at 538 East 9th Street, and would become a favorite among college students of the University of Arizona and lovers of spirits and good company alike. 80 years later, after sixteen changes of ownership, numerous economic ups and downs and seeing Tucson grow from a tiny western town to a thriving city, The Buffet Bar & Crock Pot is still standing in its original location and is still serving cold libations to its beloved regulars. Known now on a national level as a must-visit dive bar, even Esquire Magazine named the Tucson watering hole as one of its Top 12 Dive Bars to Visit in America. With an increasingly popular status among natives and newcomers to the Old Pueblo, The Buffet has become a right of passage for college students, who eagerly fill its seats and take full advantage of their 6:00am opening time. “It’s a very nice neighborhood bar, more so probably in its first 34-years,” laughs co-owner Marilyn Smith. ”We’ve been opening our doors at 6:00am for many years and I think that’s part of our popularity. We offer good service, cold beer, hot dogs and nothing fancy. We like to keep it simple and make the patrons the focus of our little beer bar. A lot of people come in and tell us their grandparents used to drink here, and that makes us really happy.” To celebrate their monumental milestone, The Buffet is throwing its 80th Anniversary Party on Saturday, November 1st from 1:00pm-5:00pm. The party will take place in the parking lot of The Buffet, where live music, comedy, food and drinks will be served. Mayor Rothschild will be in attendance to deliver and read an official proclamation from the City of Tucson’s Office of the Mayor that commemorates the 80th anniversary. In a fitting choice of words, one line of the proclamation reads, “The Buffet Bar draws a clientele that ranges from college students to punk rockers and old timers,” which appropriately encapsulates the landmark bar. “The anniversary party will be a gathering of old and new regulars of the bar and many friends that we’ve made over the years. We’re hoping to see a lot of people we haven’t in a while and also hopefully some new people will come join us,” says Smith. “We’re doing it as a fundraiser for two of our neighbors right next to us in Fluxx Studios and Positively Beautiful, which are two wonderful non-profit organizations run by people who used to work for us. So we’re tying it in as a benefit for them as well.”

Chacos Barrachos, D-Wall, Jillian Bouchet, Tom Walbank and the Tucson Drum Core will provide music for the event and two Buffet regulars “Aaron and Bobby” will deliver a comedy set for the crowd. The Buffet will be open, of course, at its regular time of 6:00am, so attendees are encouraged to come by at any point before for a drink prior to the start of the celebration. The party continue inside The Buffet after the event, where patrons can play pool and shuffle board while reminiscing about the many fabled stories of the joint that have occurred over the years. “I love the history of this place. We are a part of the Iron Horse Neighborhood Association, of which I am now the vice president,” Smith says. “It’s a unique little neighborhood with a very close community. There are always so many great things going on down here in this area and it has such a communal feel to it. All of us try to support each other and our businesses as much a we can.” Marilyn, along with her daughter Lisha Smith-Davidson and her son-in-law William Davidson, bought The Buffet from its previous owner in the beginning of 2008. And while the initial years of owning the bar proved to be challenging with growing pains and major inconveniences, the trio’s passion for the preservation of the popular dive bar are a large reason why it continues to grow in popularity. “Lisha and I are both accountants and she was Ted Bear’s (the previous owner) accountant over the years and his wife died tragically in 2007 and it destroyed him, so he gave Lisha the first rights of refusal, so we ended up buying the place,” explains Smith. “It seemed like a good thing and then economy went down the hill the next year and then they blocked off our roads down here because of the streetcar, so its been a rough seven years. But we’ve made it through and are still here.” If any local establishment knows anything about perseverance, it’s undoubtedly The Buffet. After eight decades of service, the doors are still promptly open early in the morning, the seats of the regulars are left undisturbed, the hot dogs are kept cycling in the crock pot and their antique sign remains stoically lit above the street. Longevity for businesses is hard to come by nowadays, but it appears Smith and those before her have found the right formula, as she smiles and casually explains, “we’re just a little dive bar that keeps on going.”

The Buffet is located at 538 East 9th Street and can be reached at 520623-6811 and viewed online at November 2014 | 45

46 | November 2014

history Z

Ash Alley

The one-page Ash Alley Bugle, published in the late 1950s.

Tucson’s Greenwich Village by Steve Renzi

On your way to the Downtown YMCA, or the Main Library, you may have walked thru a one-block alleyway and past a faded mural on a whitewashed brick wall that reads: Owls & Pussy Cats, Pelicans, Noble Bulls, Adorable Bares. Perched beneath these whimsical words, sit three smiling frogs. What is their story? Ash Alley is located between Franklin and Council streets, just west of Stone Avenue and in back of the Zellweger Mansion. Its story has been forgotten, but at one time it was the home of a thriving art colony; a gathering place where artists worked, taught and displayed their art in outdoor galleries; a bohemian mix of cowboys, folksingers, weavers, clothes designers, silversmiths, outdoor barbeques and laid-back, good-natured, relaxed fun. Old school Tucson at its best. After World War II, Tucson’s population grew like weeds in a vacant lot. Two reasons; first, servicemen stationed here during the war, liked it and stayed; secondly, air conditioning and swamp coolers made the desert heat bearable. Before the war, Tucson’s population was 36,000. By 1949, it was 127,000 and don’t forget the winter visitors, estimated at that time to be about 150,000. As the population grew, the Sunshine Belt had to be expanded a couple of notches. Some of these newcomers were artists and craftsmen. They wanted a place to work, collaborate, sell their art and socialize. Ash Alley became that place. Over the years, the alley and its neighbors became the home of the Tucson Press Club, various restaurants, western wear shops, silversmiths, a saddler, a picture framing shop, weavers, lead soldier casting, art studios and outdoor gallery, coffee shop and folk singing venue. In 1955, the artists got together and held a “pre-fire” sale. All paintings and illustrations were priced under 10 dollars and anything not sold was to be thrown into a fire. The publicity stunt worked and the outdoor show and sale drew thousands of spectators, according to the Arizona Daily Star. In 1960, Ash Alley elected its own mayor. Garbage cans served as ballot boxes. Anyone could vote and as many times as they wanted. The two leading candidates were Harrison Moore versus Buck Jones. Moore was an ex-child prodigy who owned a picture framing shop on Ash Alley and lamented the

destruction of old Tucson’s historic adobe buildings and the loss of the “Old West.” Buck Jones sold saddles in his shop and won the mayoral contest because he could “run backwards while shooting a bow and arrow.” Ash Alley even had its own newspaper: The one-page Ash Alley Bugle, published in the late 1950s, described events and individuals connected to the alley. Many of the shop owners and artistic entrepreneurs first described in the Bugle have become recognized and well known. Names like: Berta Wright, Tom Bahti, Alberto Contreras, Harold Friedly and others. The heart and soul of Ash Alley was Jack Petty and his wife Sally. They were part of the first to come and the last to leave. Sally worked in the athletic department at the University of Arizona and drove a 1941 Ford convertible with no top. Jack was Tucson’s Andy Warhol - western-style. Tall, lean, tanned, good-natured and fun, as Warhol worshipped celebrities, Jack Petty worshipped kids. First opened in 1953, it was Petty’s Studio Gallery where the faded mural and smiling frogs are located. The gallery, two rooms without electricity, originally was the old carriage house of the Zellweger mansion. Always open and welcoming to artists, passers-by and children, it was here where Jack worked on his portraiture, taught art classes and made wooden weathervanes. One of his weathervanes was a smiling Mona Lisa, turning in the wind, with pasted-on false eyelashes. Petty’s studio was the nucleus of the alley. On a cold desert winter night, anyone could pull up a chair seeking warmth next to the outdoor potbelly stove. The stars were bright in the arid night sky. Music from the nearby coffeehouse drifts over, as does the savory aroma of Mexican food from the Don Quixote restaurant. Conversation could be about art, world events, or dogs. As the 1950s and 1960s progressed, the artist studios, craft shops and restaurants came and went. Many of the adobe buildings were torn down to make a parking lot on the south end of the alley. Petty’s Studio Gallery was the last art colony survivor, finally closing its doors in 1977. The building remains but there is no plaque telling its story. And now, all that is left is a faded mural and three smiling frogs. November 2014 | 47

48 | November 2014

garden Z

Choosing the Compost Method that is Best for You by Brandon Merchant Gardeners are a meticulous bunch. Many of us enjoy spending our evenings and weekends in the garden, carefully observing the slow and steady changes that occur as it progresses steadily through the seasons. When it comes to our composting on the other hand, unfortunately, more times than not it’s “out of sight-out of mind” as we relegate one of the most important aspects of gardening to the bottom of the chore list. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. All of us start composting with the best of intentions, keeping food waste out of landfills is a very noble goal after all. If the by-product of doing so just so happens to be a nutrient dense soil amendment that is extremely effective at holding water and improving soil tilth, then all the better right? Optimism soon fades to frustration as we realize that composting is not as fast or as easy as the tumbler advertisements would have had us believe. There are many things that can go wrong in the compost heap and none of them are pleasant. Roach infestations, rodents, and anaerobic stink holes are just the tip of the iceberg. However one of the most overlooked drawbacks to improper composting is an inferior end result. If your only goal is keeping waste out of landfills, then this is not an issue, but if your goal is a nutrient rich soil amendment, then it is important to consider the best available options and pros and cons of each. Traditional Bin or Heap Composting - The most familiar method of composting, heap composting involves constructing a large pile of alternating layers of fresh green material like kitchen scraps and coffee grounds, dried brown material like fallen leaves or shredded newspaper, and manure. When properly constructed these piles can heat up to over 150°. For the pile to reach this temperature and properly decompose into a nutrient rich compost, the pile should be first be built to a size of at least 3’ x 3’ x 3’, which can be hard to do unless you have access to a good amount of yard waste and manure. Turning heap piles this large is quite a chore but the more often it is done then the faster the compost will be finished and the fewer critters will decide to make your compost pile home.

Worm Composting - For those without access to the ingredients to build a traditional compost pile, or the willingness to maintain one, worm composting is a very good alternative. Earthworms are one of nature’s best composters and we can take advantage of their natural abilities by installing a worm bin under the sink, in the garage, or buried outdoors. Worms are voracious composters that can consume about ½ their body weight in waste each day. They aren’t picky either, they’re known to enjoy such luxuries as kitchen scraps, wet cardboard, and used coffee grounds. The best part of all, the end result is by far some of the best organic fertilizer that you can get. Bokashi Composting - Maybe fumbling around with worms and cockroaches isn’t your thing? That’s OK , it’s not for everyone. For those of you who still want to the benefits of compost but don’t really want to put up with the maintenance and general grossness of the above methods there is a third method of composting called Bokashi. In traditional heap composting, it is desirable to create an oxygen rich environment so the beneficial aerobic bacteria can take up residence to begin the composting process. Bokashi composting utilizes a blend of anaerobic bacteria known as “Effective Microorganisms” that actually ferment kitchen waste rather than decompose it. These EM bacteria thrive in the oxygen free environment that small Bokashi compost buckets provide. Like worm bins, Bokashi buckets can be placed indoors under the sink or in the garage. Unlike worm bins and compost heaps, Bokashi systems are able to compost normally non compostable items such as meat, bones, and dairy. If you will not be using your fermented waste in the edible garden bed, it is also possible to ferment pet waste using the Bokashi method.

Brandon Merchant is the proprietor of Southwest Victory Gardens. Visit his website at

November 2014 | 49

Z escape

Tanque Verde Falls by Niccole Radhe

photo: Niccole Radhe

50 | November 2014

The glorious end of summer signals the beginning of a holiday hustle that happens every November in the Old Pueblo, with an early setting sun and a cool fall breeze. There will be more traffic, shorter days, more events than you can attend, and the never-dull family gatherings. The season can be a time of great joy, yet simultaneously, a time of great stress. The good news is one must not venture far to escape civilization when the weather here is so perfect and the landscape so inviting. Spending time in natural surroundings is one of the best ways to relieve anxiety and the perfect chance to spend quality time with family and friends during the busy holidays. The suns path has lowered and the Sonoran Desert beckons to us to return and enjoy its beauty now that the heat has subsided. Only a few miles east of Tucson is Redington Pass, a quiet and serene place hidden on the outskirts of town. This cattle ranching area is a favorite for camping, hiking, 4-wheeling, mountain biking and is complete with a shooting range. A magnificent place to stargaze during the winter around the time of the new moon, while looking down the glistening city lights. Within this pass lies a natural treasure called Tanque Verde Falls, nestled between the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Rincon Mountains. Tanque Verde Falls is a series of five large waterfalls ranging between 20 feet to 100 feet high in Tanque Verde Canyon. The creek gushes furiously during and after the monsoons and sometimes holds onto an a good amount of water throughout our drier seasons. The 5 falls are split into the equally stunning Lower Falls and Upper falls, making it easy to navigate and plan a great hiking trip. The largest and most dangerous waterfall is located right in the middle and is very hard to reach, but well worth the effort. The Lower Falls are easy to get to, making that trek an excellent destination for families with small children, dogs and people who have limited time. This trail is less steep and shorter than the Upper Falls trail, and leads you down into the towering canyon where there are deep pools to play in and many great areas for sunbathing. The lower falls are more popular, especially on weekends. The Upper Falls are not too difficult to reach but do rely on a very steep and narrow trail. There are deep pools just like the Lower Falls but many are reached by rock climbing which may not be suitable for everyone. This is a great hike to do for a challenge along with some great bouldering and cliff jumping. Where the trail ends at the creek you can take a right and go towards the lower falls to see the biggest waterfall or you can head up the canyon to the left and witness some amazing vistas and large pools. This beautiful area is also dangerous, please be advised that there are very deep pools, but you can never really estimate their depth. So cliff diving, especially after the monsoon season is over is not advisable. Tread lightly and remember: pack it in pack it out! Making your escape: Head east out of Tucson on Tanque Verde Road which begins where Kolb turns into Grant at Wilmot. Tanque Verde will turn into Redington Road and you will reach the National Forest line where the pavement give way to dirt. Drive up the dirt road about 1/3 mile until reaching a large unpaved parking area on the left. This is where to park and head down on foot to Lower Tanque Verde Falls, the trail will be opposite the parking lot on the south side of the road. To get to the upper Tanque Verde falls, continue on the dirt road for another 1/4 of a mile until reaching a very small and unofficial parking area to the right (south side) partnered by a trail head. Four wheel drive is not necessary for traveling this road, however, it is not recommended to bring low profile vehicles. You can continue on to drive through Redington Pass and it will take you through some gorgeous desert scenery before reaching large green private ranches in the San Pedro River Valley.

November 2014 | 51

Z poetry “Charles Bradley: Soul of America” screens at Sea of Glass Center for the Arts on Fri, Nov 7. Photo courtesy of Sea of Glass.

film listings Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress St. Admission is $6-$8. 624-1515, Sun 23: Arizona The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777 (show times recording), 322-LOFT. Sat 1: Aftermass: Bicycling In A Post-Critical Mass Portland Tue 4: A Streetcar Named Desire Fri 7: First Friday Shorts, Last Days in Vietnam Sat 8: Shaolin Soccer Sun 9: Southland Tales Tue 19: Rise of the Planet of the Apes Tue 25: David Bowie Is Sea of Glass- Center for The Arts 330 E. 7th St. 398-2542, Fri 7: Charles Bradley: Soul of America


Portraits by Rhonda Spencer opens Sat, Nov 1. Regularly: Desert flora and fauna, animal presentations, Raptor Free Flights, more. $19.50 adults; $15.50, youth 13-17; $6, children 4-12. Sun-Fri, 7:30am5pm. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. 883-1380,

INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE MUSEUM Penguins, a photographic journey

[“the labyrinth’s experience”] take shoes. collect yourself. sit. [ if weather permits the ground is a rewarding experience.] think of different people as you. pay attention as they rise and then let them go. get centered. there are many ways of asking, two of which are: how am I loved? how do I love? I am a teacher; let me teach you – often startling – some feel a sense of confusion as they remember there is only one path in and one path out, but you will not get lost. you will feel lost. set your own pace and pattern here

all thoughts go


with a listening heart.


repeat over and over:


all thoughts go with a listening heart all thoughts go with a listening heart

to pray

as your body wishes


[raise arms and move legs] [bend torso and sway hips] — Cynthia Hogue

by J.J. L’Heureux, continues through December. Mon- Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 9am6pm.4800 W. Gates Pass Rd. 629-0100,

JEWISH HISTORY MUSEUM Temple of Shadows continues through Sat, Nov 1. Wed-Thu; Fri, 12pm-3pm; Sat-Sun, 1pm-4pm $5 non-members. Free for members. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073,

KRIKAWA JEWELRY Local Flavors Art and Jewelry Exhibition opens Sat, Nov 22. Tue- Fri, 9am-5pm. 21 E. Congress St,

MINI-TIME MACHINE MUSEUM Fire! A Glimpse of Fire History in Miniature continues through Sun, Nov 2. Miniature Silver: The Helen Goodman Luri opens Tue, Nov 11. Miniatures of the Southwest opens Tue, Nov 4. Tue-Sat; 9am-4pm. Sun; 12pm4pm. Adults; $9. Seniors or Military; $8. Youth; $6. Children 3 and under; free. 4455 E. Camp Lowell. 881-0606,


Chiles continues through Sun, Nov 9. The Tree: Myth, Symbol and Metaphor opens Fri, Nov 14. Daily, 9am-5pm. Adults, $8; Seniors,$6; Military, $5; Children (5-12), $2. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455,


Butterfly Magic continues through November. Regular prices: Adults, $8; Student/Military, $7; Children 4-12, $4. Daily, 7am4:30pm (except holidays). 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686,

52 | November 2014

Cynthia Hogue’s eighth collection of poetry is entitled Revenance (Red Hen Press, 2014). Hogue’s deep roots in Tucson go back to the 1980s, when she was working on her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona, and finishing her first book of poems. She currently teaches in the MFA program at Arizona State University.

Zócalo Magazine invites poets with Tucson connections to submit up to three original, previously unpublished (including online) poems, any style, 40 line limit per poem. Simultaneous submissions OK if you notify us ASAP of acceptance elsewhere. Please include contact information on each page of your manuscript. All manuscripts must be typed and accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). Mss. won’t be returned. Payment is one year’s subscription to Zócalo, which acquires first North American rights on publication; author may re-publish with acknowledgment to Zócalo. The poetry coeditors are Jefferson Carter and Michael Gessner. Address submissions to Zócalo, Poetry, PO Box 1171, Tucson, AZ, 85702.

tunes Z

Rich Hopkins and the Luminarios “Tombstone” by Dan Rylander Sometimes music speaks to the listener as a songwriter’s personal history and observations. Sometimes, the pieces of music speak to the listener as a history, as in the history of Tucson or of the Western U.S. With Rich Hopkins and the Luminarios’ latest release, “Tombstone,” the sound and words of the 12 tracks work together and take the listener into a cathartic personal history, and also history writ large. Rich Hopkins and his chief songwriting collaborator Lisa Novak generously share both. Hopkins wryly observes of the album, “I thought that the whole record would be this weird Western thing, but I didn’t have enough of those songs,” so personal songs, story songs and songs with powerful messages round out the release. The guitar-driven hard rocking first cut, “Don’t Worry,” entertains, but also lyrically reflects on learning from personal life struggles. Hopkins asks: “Can you let go, can you forgive, can you let your light shine inside?” Some juicy Hopkins guitar riffs punctuate the piece. On the title track “Tombstone,” the actual history of this corner of the Southwest is the source material for a dark heavy rocker written from the viewpoint of Ike Clanton, a survivor of the legendary OK Corral shootout in Tombstone, Arizona on October 26, 1881. Clanton survived the shootout but met his end trying to escape arrest for alleged cattle-rustling in June 1887. Lyrics like “me and my brothers, we don’t believe in hindsight,” and Hopkins’ sardonic and accurate reflection that “anyone who drinks whiskey for thirty-six hours straight ain’t gonna make wise choices,” sums up the reckless feel of this cut. Part-time Luminarios – Alan Anderson on drums, Duane Hollis on bass and Damon Barnaby on lead guitar – keep the power cranking. Hopkins proudly indicates that this song, recorded at Jim Brady’s recording studio in Tucson, was a basic one-take recording. On track six, “Hang On,” lyrics urging the listener to hope and care, replete with splendid vocal harmonies between Hopkins and Novak, are featured. Hopkins comments that some days and some things are just hard, and “that’s why we need each other, to break the pattern of isolation that manifests in the crazy mind. Sometimes we also need to learn to sit with our uncomfortable feelings and know this too shall pass.” Cut ten, “Private Shaw,” is particularly gripping. Hopkins and Novak lyri-

cally reflect on the sad and bloody history that is the history of the Western U.S. Indian Wars. Not for the faint of heart, the cut resonates with this lover of history. Hopkins comments that while not drawn from any particular battle or massacre, he drew from many such violent Western encounters. It is followed by a beautiful mournful song, “Mourning Song,” again chock-full of killer lines by Novak. Jon Sanchez contributes some haunting synthesizer work. About Novak, Hopkins says, “she is really a great songwriter and a huge part of the band. I feel so blessed.” The last cut “Leona’s Song,” is a direct tribute to Lisa Novak’s mother, who was a piano player in a Texas dance band in the 1950s. Arnold Parker, a previous band mate of Leona’s, provides the vocal lead and Leona is imaged dancing in the great beyond as the “angels were waiting their turn to dance with you.” “We wrote it the night of her service,” says Hopkins about the deeply touching cut. Novak will include the song in a planned book she is writing about her experience with her mother, who fell victim to Alzheimer’s. Collectively, the album is equal part reflection on personal history, story-telling, and on gripping U.S. Southwestern history. Players include Austin residents and long-time Hopkins collaborators Jon Sanchez on guitar and synthesizer and vocals and George Duron on drums, the aforementioned Lisa Novak on harmony and lead vocals, guitar and percussion; and bass, drum and guitar work by Tucsonans Duane Hollis, Alan Anderson and Damon Barnaby, respectively. Hopkins opines about his many musician compatriots: “I am really blessed to be surrounded by these great, generous musicians. This was a really big group effort... the best part about it is that.”

Rich Hopkins and the Luminarios perform on the outdoor Club Congress patio, 311 E. Congress St., at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 for the Tucson release of “Tombstone.” On Tuesday, Nov. 25, also at Club Congress, the band performs with Chicha Dust and other local acts for the annual Casa Maria soup kitchen fundraiser. For more details, visit

November 2014 | 53

Z tunes

2nd Saturdays, Nov Sat 8: (left to right) Greyhound Soul, Leila Lopez, and The Jonestown Band.

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

2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN Congress Street, Sat 8: Leila Lopez, Belly Dance Tucson, Greyhound Soul, The Jonestown Band

ARMITAGE WINE LOUNGE AND CAFE 2905 E. Skyline Dr #168. 6829740, See website for details.

BOONDOCKS LOUNGE 3306 N. 1st Ave. 690-0991, Sundays/ Tuesdays: Lonny’s Lucky Poker Mondays: The Bryan Dean Trio Wednesdays: Titan Valley Warheads Thursdays: Ed Delucia Band Sat 1: Grams & Krieger CD Release Party Sun 2: Heather Hardy & Lil’ Mama Band Thu 6: Spence Sat 8: Straight Shot Again Sun 9: Reverie, Heather Hardy & Brian Corkill Fri 14: Equinox Sat 15: Heather Hardy & Lil’ Mama Band

Sun 16: Last Call Girls Fri 21: Amosphere Sat 22: Whole Lotta Zep! Sun 23: Black Skillet Revue Fri 28: Anna Warr & Giant Blue Sat 29: Wayback Machine- Dance of Thanks Sun 30: Ned Sutton & Last Dance

BORDERLANDS BREWING 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773, Sat 1: Mustang Corners Thu 6: The Long Wait Fri 7: Kevin Pakulis Sat 8: Stefan George Sun 9: All Souls Procession PreParty w/ Bennu Fri 14: Two Door Hatchback Sat 15: Patrolled by Radar Thu 20: U of A Jazz Combo Fri 21: Ray Clamons & The Volunteers Sat 22: Buffelgrass Band Sat 29: Tommy Tucker

CAFE PASSE 415 N. 4th Ave. 624-4411, See website for details.

CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848, Mon 3: O’Death Tue 4: Amped Up! Fri 7: Tom Walbank With Roman Barten- Sherman, Texas Justice Sat 8: The Missing Parts

54 | November 2014

Mon 10: 7 Seconds Tue 11: Together Pangea Wed 12: Dum Dum Girls Thu 13: Opti Club: Saint Pepsi Fri 14: Tom Walbank With Roman Barten- Sherman Wed 19: FEA Fri 21: Tom Walbank With Roman Barten- Sherman Sat 22: Pete Fine Sun 23: Purling Hiss Wed 26: Mr. Gnome Fri 28: Tom Walbank With Roman Barten- Sherman, Jess Matsen

LA COCINA 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351, Sundays: Mik and the Funky Brunch Saturdays: DJ Herm, Harpist Wednesdays: Miss Lana Rebel and Kevin Michael Mayfield Thursdays: Stefan George Fridays: The Greg Morton Band Wednesdays: Miss Lana Rebel and Kevin Michael Mayfield

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

DELECTABLES RESTAURANT & CATERING 533 N. 4th Ave. 884-9289, Fridays and Saturdays: Live music

FLYCATCHER 340 E. 6th St. 798-1298, Sat 1: Spafford Sun 2: Bike Thief, Ocean Void Mon 3: Kyle Gass Band Wed 5: He Whose Ox is Gored, Horse Black, AZ77 Fri 7: Qui, Fuzz Evil, Brass Hands Sat 8: Daley Mon 10: Single Mothers Sat 15: The Tucson Rock Lottery Sat 22: Igor & The Red Elvises Wed 26: Pre-Thanksgiving Dance Party Sat 29: Beast of the West: A Fashion & Music Event

FOX TUCSON THEATRE 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, Sun 2: Darlene Love Sat 8: Black Violin Sun 9: Senegal Gospel Choir Thu 13: New Orleans Legends Preservation Hall with Allan Toussaint Fri 21: The Highwaymen: A Musical Tribute

HACIENDA DEL SOL 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol. 2991501, Sun 2: Bad News Blues Band Sun 9: George Howard & The Roadhouse Hounds Sun 16: Mitzi & The Valiants

Sun 23: Mike Hebert & The Kings of Pleasure Sun 30: Amosphere

MONTEREY COURT 505 W. Miracle Mile, Sat 1: Reverie w/ Heather Hardy Sun 2: Sonoran Dogs Wed 5: Peter McLaughlin & Alvin Blaine Thu 6: Melanie Devaney Fri 7: Little House of Funk Sat 8: Los Hombres Sun 9: Rafael Moreno Quartet Tue 11: Ernie Votto with David Billman & Friends Fri 14: Carivaleros Sat 22: Giant Blue Sun 23: Kathy Davis & The Groove Tones

PLAYGROUND TUCSON 278 E. Congress. 396-3691, See website for details

RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000, Sat 1: Boombox Sun 2: Timeflies Mon 3: King Diamond Tue 4: MOE. Wed 5: Yelawolf Thu 6: Patty Griffin Fri 7: Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox Sat 8: Sleeping with Sirens Pierce

the Veil Sun 9: Dance of the Dead Mon 10: Pepper Tue 11: The Marshall Tucker Band Wed 12: Dropkick Murphys Fri 14: Sandra Bernhard Sun 23: California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitare Trio Tue 25: 3Ballmty Wed 26: Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque Fri 28: Asking Alexandra

SKY BAR TUCSON 536 N. 4th Ave, 622-4300. See website for details.

SOLAR CULTURE 31 E. Toole Ave. 884-0874, Sat 1: Tinariwen Fri 7: Be Forest Sun 16: Four Shillings Short

SURLY WENCH PUB 424 N. 4th Ave., 882-0009, See website for details.

Tap & bottle 403 N. 6th Ave., 344-8999, Thur 6: Jazz Telephone Thur 13: Billy Sedlmayr & The Mother Higgins Children’s Band Thur 20: LIttle House of Funk Sun 23: Hey, Bucko!

November 2014 | 55

56 | November 2014

fashion Z

Spiritual Warrior An Alternate History by Magnetic Threads

“The Spiritual Warrior: An Alternate History� derives from the concept of a different paradigm where women transformed events and shaped an alternate history of the world, explains Meggen Connolly, fashion designer. In this fantasy, women shaped a cooperative society through a fierce spiritual belief system- as Spiritual Warriors.

After winning the Betsey Johnson award at the 2013 Tucson Fashion Week, Meggen was asked to participate again this year, where her work appeared on the same runway show as Project Runway pieces. Her work has also been featured at fashion weeks in El Paso, Kansas City and Santa Fe.

Photography: Puspa Lohmeyer, Art Direction: Meggen Connolley Fashion Designer: Magnetic Threads, Model: Lilusha Bravo Makeup: Lilusha Bravo , Hair: Elle-Ditta Sciarrone,

November 2014 | 57

Z lifeintucson

by Andrew Brown / @aemerybrown

top to bottom, left to right: Kevin Lee on Romo Tonight; Studying on Pennington; Lolita at Dairy Queen; Grumpy; Lewis; Kanya Sesser at CVS; Qalhexico at Exploded View

58 | November 2014

Zocalo Magazine - November 2014  

TUCSON ARTS AND CULTURE - Zocalo is a hyper-local monthly magazine reflecting the heart and soul of Tucson through its arts, culture, entert...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you