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November 2016

07. Events 08. All Souls Procession special section 17. Poetry 18. Borderland Ghost Towns 25. Film/Loft Film Fest special section 51. Arts 60. Day Trip 62. Art Galleries & Exhibits 64. Tunes 72. Scene in Tucson

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The Loft Film Fest takes place November 9-13. See the complete film schedule and guide in our special section starting on page 27.

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Sat 5 – Sun 6 ALL SOULS PROCESSION WEEKEND Join families and little ones at the procession of Little Angels with Tucson Circus Arts and Stories that Soar from 3 – 7pm, Saturday in Armory Park. On Sunday, Nov 6 at 4pm, the All Souls Procession will gather (procession starts at 6pm) at 6th Ave and 7th St. (line up along 7th St) and conclude at the Mercado San Agustin. Enjoy a pre-and-post-party at Mercado San Agustin and an after party at Hotel Congress. More details on the following 6 pages of this issue. And be sure to visit the All Souls Procession online at allsoulsprocession.org

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Fri 4 – Sun 6 NIGHT OF THE LIVING FEST Enjoy 3 days of music by Peach Kelli Pop, Death Valley Girls, The Sloths, Lenguas Largas, Big Freedia, King Khan & the BBQ Show, Nobunny, Mike Watt, Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout! and more. Tickets: $10 Fri, $25 Sat, Free Sunday, $30 weekend pass. 191 Toole Ave. 520-622-0351. NightoftheLivingFest.com

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Sun 13

TUBAC FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL Featuring 100 arts and crafts

GABA FALL BIKE SWAP As the largest bicycle swap in the Southwest, expect

booths ranging from unique jewelry, mixed media, fine painting, ceramics, wood and glass works. Food vendors and wine tastings. Free admission. Tubac Village off exit 34 and 40 on I-19. 10am – 5pm. 520-398-2704. TubacAZ.com

to see all kinds of bicycle gear offered by over 30 vendors. 7th Street btw 4th and 6th Avenues. Facebook.com/GabaBikeSwap

TUCSON CELTIC FESTIVAL & SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES Celebrate Celtic and Scottish heritage with live music, food, the “Best Legs in a Kilt” contest, a Pirate Pub party, and fire performances by Cirque Roots, jumping castles and activities for kids too. Tickets: $16 adults, $6 youth and free for kids 5 and under. Rillito Raceway Park 4502 N. First Ave. TucsonCelticFestival.org

TUCSON COMIC CON Explore a pop culture filled weekend with celebrity guests, costume contest, authors, shopping, autographs and more. Tickets: $6 - $35. Kids 8 and under free. TCC 260 S Church Ave. 1-800-745-3000. TucsonComic-con.com

Sat 5 FIRST SATURDAYS CONCERT AT CATALINA STATE PARK Jaye Parks and the Show Cats perform acoustic folk and rock. $7 per vehicle. 11570 N Oracle Rd. 520-825-9122. AZStatePArks.com

Sat 5 – Sun 6 FALL OPEN STUDIO TOURS

VINTAGEPALOOZA!

Featuring vintage jewelry, clothing, home wares, and furniture. Held from 9am to 2pm at Cat Mountain Station, 2740 S. Kinney Rd. 520-578-4272. CatMountainStation.com

Fri 18 – Sun 20 31st ANNUAL HOLIDAY ARTISANS MARKET With free admission to the market and galleries, live music and food by Café a La C’Art, make a day out of shopping from over 100 juried artisans. 10am – 5pm each day. Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave. 520-624-2333. TucsonMuseumofArt.org

BALLET TUCSON FALL CONCERT AND GALA This year’s season opening features premieres of Spirit Garden and Perseus and Andromeda, along with Red, White and Blue. Held at the Temple of Music and Art. For timings and tickets see website. 520-903-1445. BalletTucson.org

Sat 19 EL TOUR DOWNTOWN FIESTA Wish the riders well as they start their races in

Artists in Foothills and East Tucson open their studios to the public to view their current works and inspirational surroundings. OpenStudioTours.com

Armory Park, along with exhibitors, awards, food and a beer garden and special programs such as a coloring contest with the Children’s Museum. Armory Park 221 S. 6th Ave. 520745-2033. Perimeterbicycling.com

Sat 5 – Sat 12

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8th INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL

Featuring four artists from places such as Puerto Rico and Poland. Held at Holsclaw Hall, University of Arizona. Check website for tickets and timings. 520-342-0022. TucsonGuitarSociety.org

Weds 9 – Sat 12 TUCSON COMEDY ARTS FESTIVAL Local and national comedians will deliver improve, standup, hip hop and storytelling for the 2nd annual festival. Tucson Improv Movement Comedy Theater, 329 East 7th Street. 520-314-7299. TucsonComedyArts.com

Fri 11 NATIONAL PARKS FREE FEE DAY In celebration of the National Park Service turning 100, enjoy free admission to all National Parks, including Tucson’s very own, Saguaro National Park and other Arizona park such as the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and Grand Canyon National Park. Also enjoy 15% off all merchandise at either Saguaro National Park district. 520-733-5153. NPS.gov

Sat 12 HATS OFF TO HEROES: TUCSON’S SALUTE TO VETERANS The free family friendly celebrations start with a 5K run open to all, live music, military displays, food trucks, mayor’s welcome, and the Tucson Pops Orchestra will perform with the American Bombshells. Fireworks finish off the evening. 9am to dark – DeMeester Bandshell at Reid Park, 830 S. Country Club Rd. 520-837-8074. HatsOfftoHeroes.org

Sat 12 – Sun 13 FALL OPEN STUDIO TOURS Artists in Downtown and South Tucson open their studios to the public to view their current works and inspirational surroundings. OpenStudioTours.com

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HACIENDA DEL SOL A gourmet feast with antipasto selections, seafood, roast turkey with orange cranberry compote, prime rib and pork loin roulade, brussel sprouts, molasses braised sweet potatoes, wild rice, and a selction of deserts. $65 adults, $32.5 kids 7-14, Kids 6 and under free. 520-299-1501. HaciendaDelSol.com

J.W. MARRIOT STARR PASS

A true Thanksgiving feast with shrimp cocktail, oysters, stuffed leg of lamb, calabacita and manchego chese strudel, marshmallow candied yams, pork posole, and omeltette, carving and cioppino stations, along with a selection of deserts and a kids’ buffet. 3800 W Starr Pass Blvd. Adults: $69, Kids 12 and Under $27. 520-792-3500 JWMarriotStarrPass.com

MAYNARDS THANKSGIVING

An annual Thanksgiving feast served family style with slow roasted turkey, roasted leg of lamb, sage and chorizo stuffing, haricot vert, classic pumpkin pie and Arizona apple caramel crumble. Pricing: $49 adults, Kids 10 and under: $25. Menu and details online. 400 N Toole Ave. 520-545-0577. MaynardsTucson.com

THANKSGIVING CROSS-COUNTRY CLASSIC

A European style 5K around Reid Park with separate men and women’s events set up with hay bale hurdles and water jumps. Prizes include turkeys and pumpkin pies. Race beneficiarys are Team Hoyt Arizona and Toys for Tots. See website for race times and details. 520-325-5097. AZRoadruners.org

Fri 25 – Sun 27 NATIVE AMERICAN MONTH SOCIAL & INDIAN CRAFT MARKET Artwork and crafts, children’s activities, mucis and dance in this weekend celebration of Native American culture. 10am – 6pm. Free admission and parking. Sheraton Hotel Ballroom 5151 E Grant Rd. 520-622-4900. USAIndianInfo.com/events/craft-market


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poetry Z Poems by Joshua Marie Wilkinson I was in no shape for a mystery.

it’s so easy...

The wind was a blanket of skeleton breath. Somebody’s dog stopped by the yard just after sunrise. I was in no shape for much of anything but a little plastic carton of raspberries. I ran it under the faucet and water sprang loose from the box. Some kind of spider fell out with the gush. That was alright. I left it there in the sink to find its bearings while I put the berries into my mouth and tasted the water of it.

Mistook the low jet overhead for my neighbor dragging her garbage receptacle to the curb. I wanted to give Lisa some all afternoon. That was my only plan. Failing that, I might walk into the coyote tracks to where they must den in the winter time. I see rabbits there in the cholla. Somebody put a dead rodent in a mesquite branch. Somebody did something, you know what I mean? Now I go insane with the jets above. The sun light is big migraine waiting to unfurl. Aspirin in my Coca-cola. I hope she’s done writing about her dead friend. I want it to be okay to get on the floor about nothing.

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Clifton-Morenci old train depot

Clifton-Morenci by Francisco Cantú / illustrations by Danny Martin

This is the latest installment of “Borderland Ghost Towns,” an ongoing series which pairs architectural illustration by Danny Martin with short essays by Francisco Cantú

T

o reach the town of Clifton, drivers must travel along US Route 191, a two-lane highway that meets Interstate 10 near Arizona’s border with New Mexico and continues north through the communities of Safford and Three Way before finally dropping down into the San Francisco River Valley and the rusted outskirts of the old mining town. Here the highway passes by the foot of a white mesa and is soon flanked by a multitude of red cliffs as it makes its way through a manmade canyon alongside the tracks of the Arizona Eastern Railway. The highway passes an open-air jail cell carved into a granite wall, it passes a defunct roadside movie theatre, it passes the ornate two-story train depot that now houses the town’s Chamber of Commerce. North of the depot, Route 191 turns sharply to the west and a small detour allows the visitor to drive along Chase Creek Street, silently paralleling the highway through the heart of old Clifton past boarded-up storefronts and crumbling brick buildings, empty archways and silent stone churches. Immediately outside of Clifton, Route 191 describes a long S-curve, switchbacking its way toward the bustling town of New Morenci. Morenci was originally founded alongside Clifton in the 1870s, and the old townsite was laid out upon the steep slopes of the copper-rich Longfellow Hill with streets so narrow and winding they couldn’t be traversed by wheeled vehicles. Clifton and Morenci prospered together thanks to highly profitable underground mining operations until the effects of the great depression finally seized the copper industry in the early 1930s. By 1937, the Phelps Dodge Corporation determined that the extensive low-grade copper ore deposits resting beneath the town of Morenci could be more profitably exploited using open pit methods. Thus began the slow 18 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | November 2016

demise of old Morenci, which was systematically dismantled over the course of the ensuing decades as an ever-growing hole opened up beneath the town, gradually swallowing its homes and winding roads. In the 1960s, New Morenci began to take shape in the shadow of Longfellow Hill. The modern company town is now the epicenter of one of the largest mining operations in the world and continues growing to this day, with neat-looking homes still proliferating along orderly streets as the Morenci mine spreads across the landscape. Route 191 makes its way through New Morenci and begins to wind uphill toward the open pit. During working hours, the highway roars with company trucks and utility vehicles as miscellaneous mining activity takes place at the highway’s edge. Conveyer tracks rumble overhead, depositing huge piles of slag beside the road as tractors with Volkswagen-sized wheels push and scoop earth along a vast network of dirt thoroughfares radiating out from the pavement. At the crest of the highway, drivers can look west to take in an unadulterated view of the rippling canyons and rolling desert scrub of the Black Hills, a small range at the dwindling northern edge of the Peloncillo Mountains that straddle the New Mexico-Arizona border. On the other side of the highway is the vast maw of the Morenci mine, a terraced landscape reaching all the way to the horizon in pale shades of pink, red, orange, and purple—a shallow Grand Canyon raked into the earth where there used to be a town, a 22-room hotel, a hospital, a high school. Before the Clifton-Morenci mines were acquired by the Phelps Dodge Corporation in 1921, operations were conducted by the Arizona Copper Company, a mining syndicate curiously headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland.


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The Company kept careful records which are now archived for posterity at the University of Arizona Libraries Special Collections. Each year, the Arizona Copper Company Company required their chief mine inspector to file a report cataloging all of the injuries occurring in the Longfellow mines classified by cause, type, duration, and other similar metrics. In 1914, for instance, the mine inspector reported 458 total injuries, amounting to “one person of every 1.98 employed.” 205 of these injuries were caused by falling rocks, 35 by falling timbers, 16 by handling drills or machines, 11 by falls in chutes and ladderways, two by cave-ins, one by rope burn, one by moving a piano. Of these injuries, 179 were to arms, hands, and fingers, while 115 were to the legs, toes, and feet, with 70 injuries occurring to the head and eight to the chest and ribs. The average duration of these injuries was 9.2 days while the average age of the injured was 29.25 years, with 54.59 percent of them being married and 45.41 percent single. In his yearly report, the mine inspector also logged all of the fatal accidents that occurred within the fiscal year. In 1914, twelve deaths were recorded alongside short descriptions of each individual’s demise. “Isidro Alvarez, Spaniard, fell into the ore pockets on the 700 level of the Coronado Mine. Antonio Buffoni, Italian, was killed by an ore car in the Coronado Adit while eating lunch. Dan Kyner, American, and Simon Morales, Mexican, were killed by a fall of rock on the 116th caving level of 36 stope, Humboldt mine.” In subsequent years, the mine inspector described the deaths in even greater detail: “October 12, 1916, Reyes Escobar was killed at the King Mine. Escobar was a boss and was directing the work in preparation for blasting a larger boulder, when the boulder rolled over and crushed him. May 23, 1917, Felipe Montes, brakeman on second level train, was killed while flagging his train into the Clay Mine. The train collided with the Clay Mine motor and so buckled the cars as to cause them to tip, squeezing Montes against the side of the tunnel.” The meticulous records of the Arizona Copper Company allow us to look back and hold in our mind the specific nature of the death and bodily injury that befell the individuals working in the Clifton-Morenci mines. There is no

such record, however, of the violence that the mining company laid out upon the landscape. There are no descriptions that might help us to imagine the exact nature of a dynamite blast tearing into the earth’s surface or the abrasive scraping of a tractor scoop as it opens up a hole where once there was a mesquite tree, a creosote bush, a miner’s front porch. The mine inspector knew that it was vital to record the names of the dead so that we might someday again call them to mind, so that the manner of their dying would not be unaccounted for in the trajectory of a sprawling operation poised to consume bodies, towns, mountains, and entire landscapes. It is vital, too, that we still hold in our minds the specific places lost in the upheaval of progress—that we imagine as we travel along Route 191 the sight of Longfellow Hill, Old Morenci, and the once unbroken expanse of the Black Hills. n

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40 Films in 5 Days The Loft Film Fest by Diane C. Taylor

Get ready for the Loft Film Fest, now in its seventh year. Packed into five days – Wednesday, November 9, through Sunday, November 13 – and two theaters, you’ll find 40 films and events, explained Jeff Yanc, Program Director at The Loft Cinema. The Film Fest takes place over Veterans’ Day weekend and attracts Tucsonans as well as film aficionados from out of state. The festival will present an eclectic mix of independent films, documentaries, repertory (classic) films, foreign, locally made films and shorts. “The Film Fest was born out the desire to create a Tucson version of the major film festivals. We try to get some prestige films from the major festivals, like Sundance, Venice, Cannes, Berlin and others,” Yanc said. “We also get local and repertory films.” The foreign films, many of them shorts, come from such varied places as Iceland, Latvia, Serbia, Jordan, Greece, Germany, France, Belgium, Iran, Hungary and Poland. Most of the films are either Arizona or Southwest premieres and adding to the general excitement, many of the filmmakers will attend the screening of their films. >>>

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Z film Top to bottom: The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith (Thursday, November 10, 5 p.m.). The Brand New Testament (Thursday, November 10, 2:15 p.m.); Neruda, (Saturday, November 12, 7 p.m.)

A highlight or two The Loft is very community-oriented, Yanc explained. He spends a lot of time finding partners, and most films have at least one community partner. Among the many at this year’s Film Fest: He expects Tucson CLUCKS, a local urban chicken enthusiast group, to bring some chickens during the presentation of Chicken People, a film about people who raise and show exotic breeds of chickens (Friday, November 11, 1 p.m.). The Alliance Française de Tucson is the community partner for several of the French films, including The Brand New Testament (Thursday, November 10, 2:15 p.m.) and Son of Joseph/Le Fils de Joseph (Friday, November 11, 11:45 a.m.). One of the Film Fest highlights, according to Yanc, is the 70mm version of Ghostbusters (Thursday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.). “The Loft is the only theater in southern Arizona that can show 70mm films. These look better on the screen and have much better sound quality than digital films,” he explained. Members of community partner Arizona Ghostbusters will attend, decked out in period costumes from the film. They’ve been to The Loft before, he said, and they’re very popular with theater-goers.

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Film themes This year a couple of themes have evolved from the selected films. One is poetry, with films about the lives of three poets: Pablo Neruda (Neruda, Saturday, November 12, 7 p.m.), Emily Dickinson (A Quiet Passion, Sunday, November 13, 1:15 p.m.), and Dylan Thomas (Dominion, Wednesday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.). Dominion will have its North American premiere, and film critic and NPR host Elvis Mitchell as well as the film’s director Steven Bernstein and producer Richard Gladstein will be there in person. The University of Arizona Poetry Center is the community partner for all the films as well as the sponsor of Neruda. A second group of films turned out to have a local theme. Tombstone Rashomon (Friday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.) tells the story of the gunfight at Tombstone’s OK Corral from six conflicting points of view. It was filmed at Old Tucson Studios using several local filmmakers and recent film school graduates. This will be a special Work in Progress premiere. The director, Alex Cox (Repo Man and others), will attend. Cox is the 2016 Lofty Achievement Award winner, an annual award presented during The Loft Film Fest to a movie professional who has contributed to the field and who continues to inspire and entertain audiences. Another “local” film is The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith (Thursday, November 10, 5 p.m.). W. Eugene Smith, once a Life Magazine photographer, captured on film and audiotape many of the jazz legends in New York City between 1957 and 1965. Smith taught at the U of A, where his archive is now at the Center for Creative Photography. Film director Sarah Fishko and Leslie Squyres of The Center for Creative Photography will attend the showing. A third film with a local connection is The Martian, starring Matt Damon (Sunday, November 13, 6:30 p.m.). Astronaut Mark Kelly will introduce the film and provide a post-film discussion during this closing night Science on Screen presentation. 26 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | November 2016

Besides the Lofty Achievement Award, this year’s Kirby Dick Social Justice Award will be presented to Kirsten Johnson, director of Cameraperson! (Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m.). Tucson native Kirby Dick is a director who has twice won an Emmy Award and has been twice nominated for an Academy Award for his documentaries. The award is made to a filmmaker who shows a passion for social justice through film. Kirsten Johnson, a documentary cinematographer and social activist, is that person for 2016. Dick will attend in person, Johnson will join in via Skype. Six films compete for The Loft’s Audience Choice Award, where audience members will receive a ballot. This year’s films are: • The Chosen Ones (Thursday, November 10, 7 p.m.) • Kills on Wheels (Thursday, November 10, 9:45 p.m.) • 100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice (Friday, November 11, 2:30 p.m.) • Occupy Texas (Saturday, November 12, 2:30 p.m.) • Jackson (Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.) • The Rebound (Sunday, November 13, 4 p.m.) The same six are competing for the CICAE Award. The Loft is the only U.S. member of CICAE, the International Confederation of Art Houses, a network of some 4,000 screens and 22 international film festivals. Its award will be determined by a three-member jury that includes screenwriter, producer and sometime-Tucson resident Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain), the artistic director of the American Film Festival in Wrocław, Poland, and a movie industry blogger and author. Both awards will be announced on the Film Fest website and in social media immediately following the closing night.

The jaguar on the program One last point: the jaguar logo on the program honors El Jefe, the only jaguar known in recent years to live in the U.S., last seen in the Santa Rita Mountains. It’s “a nod to the beauty and uniqueness of southern Arizona, as well as the unexpected treasures to be found here,” Yanc added. This year, Zócalo Magazine has teamed up with The Loft Cinema, providing readers with a 24-page special program featuring the film festival schedule and information, which begins on the following page. The Loft is at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd, just east of Country Club. A pass for the whole event is $125 ($100 for Loft members). Individual tickets are $10 ($8 for Loft members). For more information, see the full festival program on the following pages, call (520) 322-5638 or check online at loftcinema.org. n


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The Kirby Dick Social Justice Award, named after the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, is presented each year at the Loft Film Fest to a filmmaker whose work displays a galvanizing passion for social change through cinema. This year, the Loft Film Fest is proud to present the 2016 Kirby Dick Social Justice Award to acclaimed cinematographer, filmmaker and human rights activist Kirsten Johnson, director of Cameraperson!

The Loft Film Fest is the only American festival member of the CICAE, the International Confederation of Art Houses. Founded in 1955, the CICAE is a network of 4,000 screens and 22 international film festivals that work to increase audience for excellent international independent films. The CICAE Award will be determined by a 3-member jury, including Oscar®-winning screenwriter and producer Diana Ossana (Brokeback ountain), Urszula  Śniegowska, Artistic Director, American Film Festival in Wroclaw Poland and Sydney Levine, industry blogger (SydneysBuzz) and author, with 40 years of experience in the film industry. Six films will compete for the CICAE Award, and these same films will also be in the running for our Audience Choice Award. Festival patrons will be given a ballot at the screening of each film. See the “In Competition” section to see which films are eligible.

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The Lofty Achievement Award is presented each year at the Loft Film Fest to an industry professional whose career and body of work have significantly contributed to the world of cinema, and who continues to inspire, entertain and enlighten audiences. This year, the Loft Film Fest is proud to present the 2016 Lofty Achievement Award to internationally-acclaimed, cutting-edge filmmaker Alex Cox!

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Sponsored by UA Poetry Center DIRECTED BY Steven Bernstein 2016, USA, 101 mins., Not Rated

PRESENTED BY THE NEW YORK FILM CRITICS SERIES

“Dominion is terrific … a daring, demanding meditation on the poet’s final hours.” – Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter

Dominion tells the dramatic story of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (Rhys Ifans, Notting Hill) and his last day of sentient interaction with the world, for which he was both idolater and arch nemesis. Drink was his poison, and on that particularly day in 1953, the poison was delivered via eighteen double scotches in less than eleven hours. But alcohol was not his only solace, as his poetic sensibility and his inventive use of language allowed him to transmogrify his imagined world into something not only tolerable, but at times beautiful, if still tinged with the bittersweet and maudlin. How these contradictory predispositions joined battle might be the real story of his final hours, as he examines his memory and experience, his loves and his rage, while looking for meaning and peace. Featuring a stellar supporting cast including John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons), Rodrigo Santoro (Westworld), Zosia Mamet (Girls) and Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Dominion is a revealing, moving and inventive look at a troubled literary genius. JOIN US under the stars for the opening night party, featuring free champagne, delicious light h’ordeuvres and live music starting at 6:30pm!

DIRECTED BY Agnieszka Smoczyńska 2015, Poland, in Polish with subtitles, 92 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Sundance Film Festival, Fantastic Fest WINNER: 10 Awards including Special Jury Prize, Sundance 2016

“Abetted by impressive lo-fi effects work, the musical numbers alone come to resemble the wildest dreams of every Eurovision show producer.” - Guy Lodge, Variety

One dark night, at water’s edge, a family of musicians encounter aquatic sirens Silver and Golden. After assuring the family that they won’t eat them up, the winsome mermaids are recruited to join the Figs and Dates band at a neon-lit Warsaw dance club. When Silver becomes romantically entangled with beautiful blonde bassist Mietek, the more cunning Golden, who cannot escape her bloodthirsty nature and assimilate, worries that her sister’s relationship will doom their shared dream of swimming to a new life in America. This weird, wild, 1980s-set musical horror film wittily plays with the lust and repulsion the bewitching sisters create with their combination of Barbie doll–smooth bodies and impressively long glittering mermaid tails. With a knack for both burlesque and the grotesque, first-time feature director Agnieszka Smoczyńska creates a world saturated in color and Europop slickness that twists with absurdity and drips with blood. PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM The Itching In this handmade, stop-motion collaboration, a shy wolf tries to connect with a group of hip, party-loving bunnies, but finds her body in revolt. Directed by Dianne Bellino, 2016, USA, 15 mins.

With Elvis Mitchell, noted film critic and host of NPR’s The Treatment, and director Steven Bernstein in person.

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Mark Kelly SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 AT 6:30PM DIRECTED BY Ridley Scott, 2015, USA/UK, 144

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT 7:30PM DIRECTED BY Alex Cox, 2016,USA, 83 mins., Not

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mins., Rated PG-13

Closing Night of the Loft Film Fest 2016 will feature a special Science on Screen presentation of the acclaimed 2015 sci-fi drama The Martian, with an introduction and post-film discussion with American astronaut, retired Navy combat veteran and New York Times bestselling author, Mark Kelly! SPONSORED BY Congressman Ron and Nancy Barber

Part of Science on Screen at The Loft Cinema

During a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on Andy Weir’s best-selling novel, and directed by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien), this gripping sci-fi adventure also stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover. JOIN US after the movie to celebrate The Loft Cinema’s 44th birthday with an outdoor party featuring free snacks and birthday cake!

A special Work in Progress Premiere screening with director Alex Cox, 2016 Lofty Achievement Award winner, in person! SPONSORED BY Old Tucson Studios

Acclaimed filmmaker Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid and Nancy, Walker) appears at the Loft Film Fest for the Work in Progress Premiere of his latest film, Tombstone Rashomon, filmed at Old Tucson Studios. This screening will include a career highlight reel and presentation of the Lofty Achievement Award before the film, and a discussion with the director and other guests from the production following the film. The Gunfight at the OK Corral only happened once, but has been tirelessly recreated in films, television and western towns ever since. No one has a monopoly on truth, and in Tombstone Rashomon, the truth is shared by six conflicting perspectives. In doing so, the film’s narrative becomes prismatic and the result is perhaps the most comprehensive telling of the most important gunfight in American history. Filmed at the historic Old Tucson Studios by a crew of local filmmakers and recent film school graduates, Tombstone Rashomon is proud to have its Work In Progress Premiere at The Loft Film Fest among the very folks who helped bring it to life! The Lofty Achievement Award is presented each year at the Loft Film Fest to an industry professional whose career and body of work have significantly contributed to the world of cinema, and who continues to inspire, entertain and enlighten audiences. This year, the Loft Film Fest is proud to present the 2016 Lofty Achievement Award to internationally-acclaimed, cutting-edge filmmaker Alex Cox!

Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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Neruda

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AT 7:00PM

ARIZONA PREMIERE SPONSORED BY UA Poetry Center

Chile’s submission for Best Foreign Language Oscar PREVIOUS FESTS: Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival,New York Film Festival, London Film Festival

DIRECTED BY Pablo Larrain

2016, Chile, Spanish with subtitles, 107 mins., Not Rated

“Pablo Larraín has captured Pablo Neruda in all of his pomposity, pretense, courage, and undeniable genius.”

The eventful and unorthodox life of the Nobel Prize–winning poet, politician, committed communist, unapologetic hedonist, and Chilean cultural icon Pablo Neruda provides plentiful territory for cinematic exploration. Now, Pablo Larraín, Chile’s most inventive and provocative contemporary filmmaker, takes a wholly unique approach to his famous countryman’s life and work with Neruda, which is set during the poet’s sojourn underground in the late 1940s. Following the Chilean president’s outlawing of communism in 1948, Neruda (Luis Gnecco) and his artist wife Delia (Mercedes Morán) are forced into hiding. Meanwhile, Óscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal, who previously starred in Larraín’s Oscar-nominated No), is an ambitious police inspector hoping to make a name for himself by capturing the celebrity fugitive. Elegant and beguiling, Neruda offers a (fittingly) Nerudian vision of its protagonist. It’s a metafictional fable that blends historical recreation with literary and cinematic fabrication. Pushing the limits of filmic biography, Larraín offers a stimulating and sometimes startling rumination on the split that can exist between the person and the persona, the man and the artist.

- Oleg Ivanov, Slant Magazine

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The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT 5:00PM

ARIZONA PREMIERE SPONSORED BY The Center for Creative Photography DIRECTED BY Sara Fishko 2016, USA, 87 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, DOC NYC, International Film Festival Rotterdam

“An exceptionally vivid picture of bohemian life during one of New York City’s most exciting eras.”

Between 1957 and 1965, groundbreaking LIFE Magazine photojournalist W. Eugene Smith obsessively photographed and taped the goings-on at the dilapidated Sixth Avenue loft he called home. As revealed in this astonishing documentary time capsule, the “Jazz Loft” became a scene for all-night jams and recordings, and was a regular meeting place of jazzobsessed bohemians and legendary musicians. What Smith captured on film and audio tape is a treasure trove of NYC jazz of the period, including a three-week rehearsal by the great Thelonious Monk and jazz and classical music lessons given by the Juilliard-trained Hall Overton. Watching the 1950s turn to the 60s with Smith’s camera pointing out from his window perch, director Sara Fishko has crafted an artful and unsentimental portrait of unstable genius and a long-lost Manhattan. The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith is the first film to make use of Smith’s vast collection of 4,000 hours of audio tape and 40,000 photographs from the Jazz Loft - an archive now housed at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

- John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

With director Sarah Fishko and Leslie Squyres, Head of the Volkerding Study Center at The Center for Creative Photography, in person!

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Cameraperson

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 AT 2:00PM

SOUTHWEST PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Kirsten Johnson 2016, USA, 102 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Sundance Film Festival | 8 Awards, including Best Documentary Feature, Traverse City & San Francisco Film Fests

“One of the most original, challenging and sometimes infuriating documentaries of recent times.” - Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into Cameraperson, a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality and crafted narrative. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world. The Kirby Dick Social Justice Award, named after the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, is presented each year at the Loft Film Fest to a filmmaker whose work displays a galvanizing passion for social change through cinema. This year, the Loft Film Fest is proud to present the 2016 Kirby Dick Social Justice Award to acclaimed cinematographer, filmmaker and human rights activist Kirsten Johnson, director of Cameraperson! Post-film Q&A with Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick in person and director Kirsten Johnson, recipient of this year’s Kirby Dick Social Justice Award, via Skype!

8 Fire at Sea SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 AT 11:15AM

SOUTHWEST PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Gianfranco Rosi 2016, Italy/France,English and Italian with subtitles, 114 mins., Not Rated

Italy’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. 6 awards, including the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival PREVIOUS FESTS: Berlin International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival

Gianfranco Rosi’s beautifully-crafted documentary observes Europe’s migrant crisis from the vantage point of a Mediterranean island where hundreds of thousands of refugees, fleeing war and poverty, have landed in recent decades. Rosi shows the harrowing work of rescue operations but devotes most of the film to the daily rhythms of Lampedusa, seen through the eyes of a doctor who treats casualties and performs autopsies, and a feisty but anxious pre-teen from a family of fishermen for whom it is simply a peripheral fact of life. With its emphasis on the quotidian, the film reclaims an ongoing tragedy from the abstract sensationalism of media headlines. PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM In the Distance It’s calm and peaceful above the clouds. But the chaos that lurks in the distance draws closer each night. Directed by Florian Grolig, 2015, Germany, 7 mins. “Gianfranco Rosi’s beautiful, mysterious and moving film is a documentary that looks like a neorealist classic.” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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Do Not Resist

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT 5:00PM

TUCSON PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Craig Atkinson 2016, USA, 72 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs, Human Rights Watch Film Festival WINNER: Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca Film Festival 2016

DIRECTED BY Ivan Reitman, 1984, USA, 105 mins., Rated PG With the Arizona Ghostbusters in person!

“It hits the target every single time - the jokes, the chemistry onscreen, and the effects all fall into place. Ghostbusters is as entertaining today as it ever was, a classic to be treasured by all.” – Carline Westbrook, Empire

An urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, Do Not Resist – the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer Craig Atkinson – offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action – from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments – before exploring where controversial new technologies, including predictive policing algorithms, could lead the field next. Panel discussion following the movie, moderated by Tucson City Councilperson Steve Kozachik and featuring Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, Tucson NAACP President Doris Snowden, and ACLU of Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Soler.

Ghostbusters (1984) 70mm FILM PRINT! THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT 7:30PM 10

Who ya gonna call when you want to see the original 1984 comedy classic Ghostbusters on the big screen in spectacular, ectoplasmic 70mm? Loft Film Fest! See what happens when New York’s finest spectre-hunters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson pile into their converted ambulance to take on the haunted New York Public Library, demonic pooches from hell, an evil EPA agent, an angry Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and Sigourney Weaver’s freaky refrigerator. Hilarity, action and much slimy transdimensional demon combat ensue. Spawning a sequel, two animated TV series, a 2016 big screen reboot and an insanely catchy hit theme song, Ghosbusters is the guaranteed go-to ‘80s comedy if you’re looking to scare up some major laughs.

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A Quiet Passion

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Lost in Paris

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 AT 1:15PM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 AT 5:00PM

ARIZONA PREMIERE

SOUTHWEST PREMIERE

DIRECTED BY Terence Davies 2016, UK, 125 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Berlin International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival

Now recognized as a genius who committed to paper some of the most important verse in American literature, Emily Dickinson was virtually unknown in her lifetime, with fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems published. A recluse who eventually boarded herself up in her bedroom, Dickinson explored her inner self in great detail. As source material, her story is as poetic as her work itself. A Quiet Passion is a world of interiors in which Dickinson’s family plays a key role. Emily, as portrayed by Cynthia Nixon, led such a deeply introverted existence, it is her encounters with her mother, father, and sister that provide the hinge around which the film is structured. These moments, are sensitively rendered, but it is the seamless manner in which Dickinson’s luminous poetry is integrated into the film that is the central joy of A Quiet Passion.

SPONSORED BY Alliance Française de Tucson DIRECTED BY Dominique Abel &Fiona Gordon

2016, France & Belgium, French with subtitles, 85 mins., Not Rated PREVIOUS FESTS: Telluride Film Festival, London Film Festival

The inimitable beanpole duo of Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel (The Fairy, Rumba) apply their idiosyncratic comic eccentricity to this wayward tale of being down but not out in the City of Light. Gordon plays a naïve librarian who leaves her snowbound home for Paris, to rescue her long-lost aunt (Emmanuelle Riva, Amour). On arrival, Fiona loses her rucksack and her bearings but finds homeless Dom (Abel), teaming with him on a series of absurd adventures that showcase the pair’s physical elasticity and elegant, Jacques Tati-like comic timing. The duo mix comic-strip visual sensibility with child-like innocence and an outrageous sense of mischief. PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM Fish An elderly couple struggles to save their pet fish after an accident, and finds a surprising way to keep it alive. Directed by Saman Hosseinpuor, 2016, Iran, in Kurdish with subtitles, 4 mins.

1 3 Chicken People FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT 1:00PM In a high stakes world where a single broken feather can mean a shattered dream, Chicken People follows the trials and tribulations of those who breed exotic birds in the world of competitive poultry. In the tradition of Spellbound comes a feature documentary about three remarkably rich and diverse personalities who come together to compete in their shared passion to raise the perfect chicken. The film follows the struggles and triumphs of these characters, along with a wide array of competitors-both human and chicken-from the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens, to the Dixie Classic in Tennessee. ARIZONA PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Nicole Lucas Haimes 2016, USA, 83 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: SXSW Film Festival, AFI Docs Film Festival

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Loft Film Fest: Shorts 1 4 Animation Show of Shows THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT 4:45PM

TUCSON PREMIERE

Estimated running time: Approximately 90 mins., Not Rated The Animation Show of Shows returns for its second year in theaters with 16 extraordinary new films. Highlights include “About a Mother,” a new folktale with echoes of Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” Disney/Pixar’s sweet “Piper,” and the latest in 360º storytelling in Google’s touching father-and daughter-journey “Pearl” by Academy Award winner Patrick Osborne. Featuring techniques ranging from hand-drawn to stop-motion to the latest computer-generated imagery, the 16 films in this program were created by animators from Belgium, Canada, France, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, the U.K., and the U.S. Their themes range from gay issues and civil rights, to deeply felt personal stories, to the wacky humor that animation does so well. For 16 years, The Animation Show of Shows, founded and curated by Ron Diamond, has been presenting new and innovative short films to animation studios, societies, schools and festivals around the world. Over the years, 32 of the films showcased in the Show of Shows went on to receive Academy Award nominations, with nine films winning the Oscar. FILMS

Stems - Ainslie Hendersen (Scotland) Shift - Cecilia Puglesi & Yijun Liu (U.S.) Pearl - Patrick Osborne (U.S.) Crin-crin - Iris Alexandre (Belgium) Mirror - Chris Ware, John Kuramoto, Ira Glass (U.S.) Last summer in the garden - bekky O’Neil (Canada) Waiting for the New Year - Vladimir Leschiov (Latvia) Piper - Alan Barillaro (U.S.) Bøygen - Kristian Pedersen (Norway) Afternoon Class - Seoro Oh (Korea) About a Mother - Dina Velikovskaya (Russia) Exploozy - Joshua Gunn, Trevor Piecham, & John McGowan (U.S.) Corpus - Marc Héricher (France) Blue - Daniela Sherer (Israel) Manoman - Simon Cartwright (England) All Their Shades - Chloé Alliez (Belgium)

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Narrative Shorts

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AT 11:30AM

SPONSORED BY The University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television

Spanning a range of styles, emotions, and techniques, this year’s collection of short films offers something for everyone. The vision of these directors is a glimpse into the promising future of narrative filmmaking. This program is appropriate for mature audiences only. Volta A mother and daughter start out from downtown Athens and head to the northern suburbs of the city. DIRECTED BY Stella Kyriakopoulos, 2015, Greece, Greek with subtitles, 10 mins. Rainbow Party In her quest to be accepted by the popular girls in her class, Sofia finds herself sacrificing her true friendships and morals. If you can’t beat them, join them! dIRECTED BY Eva Sigurdardottir, 2015, Iceland, Icelandic with subtitles, 15 mins. Two Weeks A young woman’s self-destructive tendencies puts her relationships at risk. DIRECTED BY Ana Humphrey, 2016, USA, 14 mins. With director Ana Humphrey in person!

The Mink Catcher Dallas, Texas, 1980: At a high society party, a gossip columnist hunts down Dallas’ new First Lady to unearth the truths underneath her legendary mink coat. DIRECTED BY Samantha Buck, 2015, USA, 12 mins. B-Bot After the loss of his best friend, a robot must find happiness in a world destroyed by nuclear war. DIRECTED BY Bryan McAdams, 2016, USA, 6 mins. With director Bryan McAdams in person!

¡Mais Duro! In late-90s Colombia, the curious and introverted Amalia unknowingly begins the universal progression toward self-awareness. DIRECTED BY Amalia Andrade, 2015, Colombia, Spanish with subtitles, 13 mins.

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narrative shorts continued – Dogwalker A dark-comedy adventure of a young dog walker, after the unexpected death of one of her favorite clients. DIRECTED BY Kim Sherman, 2016, USA, 12 mins. How to Lose Weight in 4 Easy Steps Losing weight and getting fit has never been easier! Shed those unwanted pounds with these simple tricks your gym doesn’t want you to know about. You won’t believe what happens next! DIRECTED BY Benjamin Berman, 2016, USA, 7 mins.

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Over During the course of nine wide shots, we watch an intriguing story unfold. What’s happened in this quiet neighbourhood? A murder, hit-and-run, an accident? The reality is profound, and deeply unexpected. DIRECTED BY Jörn Threlfall, 2015, UK, 14 mins. One Man An 80-year-old man follows the traces left by a car accident in a story that unravels in reverse. DIRECTED BY Phillipe Gregoire, 2016, Canada, French with subtitles, 13 mins.

Documentary Shorts

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT 2:15PM Previous iterations of the Loft Film Fest’s Documentary Shorts have highlighted two eventual Oscar-nominated short films. This year’s collection of offers a stunningly diverse bunch of films, with windows into the way people live across the world. The Carousel A day in the life of The Singing Women of Požega, a group of enthusiastic elderly women. Through poetic images, seasoned with a lot of humour, we learn about their views of love, joy as well as the ephemerality of life. DIRECTED BY Luka Popadić, 2015, Serbia, Serbian with subtitles, 15 mins. DaQueen With humor and honesty, DaQueen Yaes narrates a tour of South Tucson and an account of how she’s made it to where she is. DIRECTED BY Tom Mickelson & Matty Jonas, 2016, USA, 7 mins. With director Matty Jonas in person!

MissMe: The Artful Vandal At the height of a successful career at a top advertising agency, Montreal-based “MissMe” quit her job and took to the streets to become an underground street artist to be a loud, counter-voice to the objectification of women in mainstream advertising. DIRECTED BY Mohammad Gorjestani, 2016, Canada, French with subtitles, 4 mins. Another Kind of Girl For three months, a group of Syrian girls living in Jordan’s Za’atari Refugee Camp participated in a media workshop to document their everyday lives - how it looks, feels and sounds from the ground, at the heart of their world. This video was filmed by Khaldiya, 17, from Dara’a, Syria. DIRECTED BY Khaldiya Jibawi, 2016, Jordan, Arabic with subtitles, 10 mins. Chekov A heartbroken filmmaker secretly records his sister reading an embarrassing love letter from his ex-girlfriend. DIRECTED BY Jack Dunphy, 2015, USA, 5 mins. Peace in the Valley Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is home to both the largest outdoor Passion Play in the United States and an important vote on LGBT rights. This film follows the town’s inhabitants as they prepare for the historic vote. DIRECTED BY Donal Mosher & Michael Palmieri, 2016, USA, 15 mins.

Celebrate Now Jennifer Coughlan learned to love Tucson through the All Souls Procession. When she learns that she has stage 4 breast cancer, she finds solace and meaning through her participation in Tucson’s beloved tradition. DIRECTED BY Leslie Ann Epperson, 2016, USA, 11 mins. With director Leslie Ann Epperson in person!

Invisible Point Although dancing is illegal in Iran, a mother and daughter retreat to the desert to practice their art. DIRECTED BY Tanin Torabi, 2016, Iran, Persian with subtitles, 5 mins. These C*cksucking Tears This funny and touching documentary follows Pat Haggerty, the man behind the world’s first and only gay-themed country music album, Lavender Country, 40 years after its release. DIRECTED BY Dan Taberski, 2016, USA, 15 mins. Flower of a Thousand Colours An intimate slice of the life of Emiliana, a loving single mother of seven who struggles every day with her environment: a Bolivian mining camp. DIRECTED BY Karen Vazquez Guadarrama, 2016, Belgium, Spanish with subtitles, 23 mins.

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2016 Loft Film Fest Schedule

FILMS IN COMPETITION

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19 The Brand

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New Testament

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28 Speed Sisters 12:15pm / 78min

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36 After the Storm

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21 100 Years

12:15pm / 83min

20 Son of Joseph

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11:45am / 115min

Do Not Resist

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5:00pm / 72min

2:30pm / 76min

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2:15pm / 120min

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Fire in the Frame

5:15pm / 90min

SATURDAY, NOV. 12

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Seasons

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39 Trespass

34 I, Daniel Blake

11:45am / 97min

2:15pm / 100min

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24 Occupy, Texas

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11:30am / 120min

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37 Obit

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5:15pm / 93min

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40 Things to Come 11am / 102min

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A Quiet Passion

25 The Rebound

1:15pm / 125min

4pm / 65min

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Fire at Sea

11:15am / 114min

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Cameraperson

2pm / 102min

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10 Ghostbusters

29 The Eyes of My

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Mother

7:30pm / 105min

The Chosen Ones

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Tombstone Rashomon

7:30pm / 83min

10pm / 76min

30 Evolution

10pm / 81min

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Color

Creepy

9:45pm /130min

7:15pm/ 107min

Neruda

32 Staying Vertical

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33 Another Evil

25 Jackson

9:45pm / 90min

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22 Kills on Wheels

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Closet Monster

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Seasons

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AT 11:45AM

ARIZONA PREMIERE Directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzau 2015, France, French with subtitles, 97 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Tokyo International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival

After traveling the world alongside migrating birds and diving the oceans with whales and manta rays, Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud (Winged Migration) return to more familiar ground, the lush green forests and megafauna that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age. Winter had gone on for 80,000 years when, in a relatively short period of time the ice retreated, the landscape metamorphosed, the cycle of seasons was established and the beasts occupied their new kingdom. It was only later than man arrived to share this habitat, first tentatively as migratory hunter/gatherers, then making inroads in the forest as settled agriculturalists, and later more dramatically via industry and warfare. Seasons, with its exceptional footage of animals in the wild, is the awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long and tumultuous shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the natural world. “Truly beautiful. Captures the poetry, humor and drama of wildlife.” - Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

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The Bride (La Novia)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT NOON

SOUTHWEST PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Paula Ortiz 2015, Spain, in Spanish with subtitles, 96 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: San Sebastián International Film Festival WINNER: 17 Awards including 2 Goya Awards: Best Actress Luisa Gavasa and Best Cinematography

Based on Federico Garcia Lorca’s classic tragedy, Blood Wedding, this fervent, sumptuously-lensed romantic drama from Spanish director Paula Ortiz spins the hot-blooded tale of a love triangle gone wrong, following two lovers who defy all moral and social rules as they are swept away by their forbidden passion. The Bride, The Groom and Leonardo have formed an inseparable triangle since they were children, but Leonardo and The Bride possess an invisible, unbreakable and ferocious bond. The years go by, and The Bride, in anguish, prepares for her wedding with The Groom in the middle of the bleached white desert where she lives with her father. The day before the ceremony, a mysterious beggar knocks on her door and offers her a chilling piece of advice: “Don’t get married if you don’t love him.” Taking this advice to heart, on the day of her wedding, The Bride and Leonardo escape on horseback to live their love, only to find their transgression will have devastating consequences. Soaked in Lorca’s fatalistic romanticism, The Bride is propelled by stunning visuals and a swooning intensity that builds to a shocking and tragic conclusion. “Heady … ecstatic … visceral … a brilliant spin on Federico Garcia Lorca’s classic play, Blood Wedding.” - Mia Leonin, Miami New Times

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The Brand New Testament

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT 2:15PM

SOUTHWEST PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Jaco Van Dormael 2015, Belgium/ France/ Luxembourg, French & German with subtitles, 113 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Cannes Film Festival WINNER: 11 Awards including 4 Belgian Magritte Awards. Nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe Award, Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language

When Ea gets fed up with her overbearing father (who happens to be God), she decides to follow in her older brother’s footsteps by leaving the house, gathering her own apostles, and writing her own testament. The Brand New Testament begins with one simple conceit: God exists! He lives in Brussels and he’s a real bastard, a petty tyrant to his wife and daughter. His son is known well; JC managed to escape his father’s grasp and live among us, getting himself killed in the process. But God has a daughter, too. Ea is ten years old and has had enough of her father using humanity as his playthings. When she spies the right opportunity, she hacks into his computer and leaks to the entire world via text message their inevitable date of death. What follows is Jaco Van Dormael’s witty and eccentric answer to the loaded question: what would you do if you knew exactly how much time you had left to live? Starring Catherine Deneuve, Yolande Moreau, Benoit Poelvoorde and Pili Groyne. “Irresistibly laugh-out-loud and feel-good.” - Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

2 0 Son of Joseph FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT 11:45AM

SOUTHWEST PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Eugène Green 2016, France/Belgium, French with subtitles, 114 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Berlin International Film Festival, New York International Film Festival, London Film Festival

One of French cinema’s most distinctive voices, and arguably its most idiosyncratic stylist, Eugène Green (La Sapienza) returns with this splendid deadpan comedy/modern day parable about a young man in search of a father. Newcomer Victor Ezenfis plays Vincent, a discontented teenager determined to solve the mystery of his paternity, which his forbearing mother (Natacha Régnier) has kept strictly secret. Tracking down pompous publisher Oscar (Mathieu Amalric, in impeccably snooty form), Vincent finds himself attempting (with little success) to bond with his self-absorbed absentee father and venturing into the lofty climes of the Parisian literary world (deliciously mocked by Green), before Oscar’s kindly brother Joseph (Fabrizio Rongione) enters the picture and offers a new paternal alternative. This complex, unpredictable and humorous story, a buoyant nativity story reboot intent on skewering French cultural pretensions, sees Green elegantly mixing genres—mystery story, adventure, coming-of-age tale, satirical farce—while sustaining the peculiar tone of enigma and contemplation that result from his singular shooting style. “Delightful and beguiling … offbeat French formalist Eugène Green delivers his most accessible work to date with this … honey-drizzled, farcically funny fable of an unhappy teenager seeking a father.” — Guy Lodge, Variety

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100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice

2 2 Kills on Wheels THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT 9:45PM

ARIZONA PREMIERE A PRESENTATION OF THE NATIVE EYES FILM SHOWCASE DIRECTED BY Melinda Janko 2016, USA, 76 mins., Not Rated

ARIZONA PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Atilla Till 2016, Hungary, Hungarian with subtitles, 105 mins., Not Rated

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When Elouise Cobell, a petite Blackfeet warrior from Montana, started asking questions about missing money from government managed Indian Trust accounts, she never imagined that one day she would be taking on the world’s most powerful government. But what she discovered as the Treasurer of her tribe was a trail of fraud and corruption leading all the way from Montana to Washington DC. 100 Years is the story of her 30-year fight for justice for 300,000 Native Americans whose mineral rich lands were grossly mismanaged by the United States Government. In 1996, Cobell filed the largest class action lawsuit ever filed against the federal government. For fifteen long years, and through three Presidential administrations, Elouise Cobell’s unrelenting spirit never quit. This is the compelling true story of how she prevailed. PREVIOUS FESTS: Santa Fe Independent Film

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2 3 The Chosen Ones THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT 7:00PM

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE DIRECTED BY David Pablos

2015, Mexico, Spanish with subtitles, 105 mins., Not Rated

Set in the border city of Tijuana, The

An action-comedy about a wheelchair gang, where two disabled teenagers gain a mentor in a paralyzed hitman who enlists them as his partners in crime. They have little to lose, although things are never as they first appear. The boundaries between fantasy and reality blur as the unlikely heroes stumble from one close encounter to the next and we gain an unusual insight into their lives on the periphery of society. Both a story of acquiring empowerment by any means necessary, and a funny and effective genre exercise, Kills on Wheels is a completely unique film experience. PREVIOUS FESTS: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, London Film Festival | Hungary’s submission for Best Foreign Language Oscar

Chosen Ones follows innocent 14-yearold Sofia (Nancy Talamantes) as she falls for young Ulises (Oscar Torres), unaware that he is being forced to operate a pernicious scheme on behalf of his father and older brother to lure unsuspecting girls into the family business of prostitution and sexual slavery. When Ulises falls in love with Sofia, he confesses the truth to her on the eve of her abduction. The pair attempt an escape, but they are caught and Sofia is promptly put to work, leading Ulises to consider a morally devastating plan in order to save her. With The Chosen Ones, director David Pablos (a native of Tijuana) has crafted an uncompromising and chilling feature film highlighting the frightening reality of human trafficking in Mexico. PREVIOUS FESTS: Cannes Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival WINNER: 7 Awards including Ariel Award, Mexico, Best Film & Best Director

Festival.

With director David Pablos in person!

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AT 2:30PM

2 5 The Rebound SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 AT 4:00PM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AT 7:30PM

ARIZONA PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Jeff Barry 2016, USA, 93 mins., Not Rated

ARIZONA PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Shaina Allen 2016, USA, 65 mins., Not Rated

SOUTHWEST PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Maisie Crow 2016, USA, 92 mins., Not Rated

Beau Baker, a washed out ‘Occupy,

The Rebound is an insider’s look at

Wall Street’ protester, is woken up on the streets of NYC with news that his parents have died and he must return home to Texas where his parents have left him in charge of his two teenage sisters and their estate. This sets Beau off on a journey to search for and find the strength to reunite with his sisters, his past and himself. This whip-smart dramedy features a great lead performance from its screenwriter, Gene Gallerano, along with fantastic supporting work from Peri Gilpin (Frasier), Lorelei Linklater (Boyhood), and a star-making turn from Catherine Elvir in her debut role

the struggling Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team following a defeat at the national championships. In community supported wheelchair basketball programs across the nation, players push their way physically, mentally and emotionally through each season without the recognition or the resources of mainstream sports. Debut filmmakers Shaina Allen (Director) and Mike Esposito (Producer) step deep inside the lives of three players as they endure and respond to adversity, and fight their way to a second chance. Friends, family, and pride hang in the balance as these men find an extraordinary gift in the hand life has dealt. With each victory, the players, and their team, get closer to the idea that anything is possible—and it’s all about how you rebound.

What does life look like in a place where the anti-abortion movement has made access to legal abortion nearly impossible? Shannon Brewer is the director of Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi. Barbara Beavers runs the Center for Pregnancy Choices and is a leader of the antiabortion movement in Mississippi. April Jackson is a young mother of four children faced with another unplanned pregnancy. Set against the backdrop of the fight over the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, Jackson is an intimate, first-of-its-kind look inside the issues surrounding abortion through three women who stand on all sides of this debate and live at a turning point for reproductive healthcare in America.

PREVIOUS FESTS: Brooklyn Film Festival,

PREVIOUS FESTS: New Orleans Film Festival, Human Rights Watch Film Festival

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Occupy, Texas

PREVIOUS FESTS: Raindance Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival

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With director Shaina Allen, producer Michael Esposito, and star Mario Moran in person!

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LFF18 2 7 Closet Monster SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 AT 7:00PM

SOUTHWEST PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Stephen Dunn 2016, Canada, English, 90 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Toronto International Film Festival WINNER: 10 awards including Best Canadian Feature at Toronto International Film Festival

Written and directed by Stephen Dunn, Closet Monster features a closeted Newfoundland teen who dreams of becoming a special-effects makeup artist, and is terrified of his macho father finding out the truth about his sexuality. A fresh take on the coming-of-age story, this surreal tale follows the artistically driven Oscar (Connor Jessup, American Crime) hovering on the brink of adulthood. Struggling to find his place in the world after a rough childhood and haunted by images of a tragic incident, Oscar dreams of escaping his small town. After he meets a mysterious and attractive new co-worker, Oscar follows the guidance of his pet hamster Buffy ( voiced by Isabella Rossellini) and faces his demons to find the life he wants. PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM Add Contact Just as he does every weekend, Jaime stumbles home after partying all night. This time, he encounters some curious travelers Directed by David Oeo, 2016, Spain, in Spanish with subtitles, 3 mins. Dunn plays around with perspective and style, but all the flash doesn’t obscure the film’s emotion and heart, which are deep and true.” - Kate Erbland, IndieWIRE

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Speed Sisters

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT 12:15PM

ARIZONA PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Amber Fares 2015, Palestine/USA/Qatar, Arabic with subtitles, 78 mins., Not Rated

A PARTNERSHIP WITH

The Tucson International Jewish Film Festival PREVIOUS FESTS: Hot Docs; Doc NYC; Vail Film Festival

Demolishing stereotypes while avoiding wrecking their cars, the Speed Sisters are the Middle East’s first all-female race car team. Demonstrating their high-octane talent, and the marketing savvy to draw attention to their camerafriendly lineup, this diverse, engaging group competes in Palestine’s makeshift motor sports circuit across the West Bank, overcoming Israeli checkpoints and restrictive societal expectations to become hard-driving role models for a new generation of young Arab women in the process. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, the engaging documentary Speed Sisters introduces viewers to five women who have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, maledominated Palestinian car racing scene, going further and faster than anyone thought they could, flattening every stereotype in their path. “Speed Sisters is a muscular, unapologetic and surprisingly feel-good documentary about the Middle East’s first allfemale team of racing drivers.” – Kevin Mahr, Times (UK)

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The Eyes of My Mother

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT 10:00PM

ARIZONA PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Nicolas Pesce 2016, USA, English and Portuguese with subtitles, 76 mins., Rated R

PREVIOUS FESTS: Sundance Film Festival; Chicago International Film Festival; Fantasia International Film Festival

“Shockingly original … equal parts Ingmar Bergman, Tim Burton and Tobe Hooper .. the discovery of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.”

In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a distinctly dark form. Shot in crisp black and white, the haunting, and at times disturbing, visual compositions of The Eyes of My Mother evoke its protagonist’s isolation and illuminate her deeply unbalanced worldview. Genre-inflected, but so strikingly unique as to defy categorization, writer/director Nicolas Pesce’s assured feature debut allows us only an elliptical presence in Francisca’s world, guiding our imaginations to follow her into peculiar, secret places. PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM The Puppet Man. A supernatural killer stalks a young woman and her friends in a seedy, neonlit dive bar in this short film featuring horror legend John Carpenter. Directed by Jacqueline Castel, 2016, USA, 9 mins.

– Eric Kohn, Indiewire

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Evolution

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT 10:00PM This eerily seductive mind-bender is a dark, dreamlike descent into the depths of the unknown. Ten-year-old Nicolas (Max Brebant) lives in a remote seaside village populated only by boys his age and adult women. But when he makes a disturbing discovery beneath the ocean waves—a dead boy with a red starfish on his stomach—Nicolas begins to question everything about his existence. What are the half-remembered images he recalls, as if from another life? If the woman he lives with is not his mother, then who is she? And what awaits the boys when they are all suddenly confined to a hospital? The long-awaited new film from the acclaimed director of Innocence is awash in the haunting, otherworldly images of a nightmare.

ARIZONA PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Lucile Hadzihalilovic 2015, France, in French with subtitles, 81 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Toronto International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, London Film Festival

“Hadzihalilovic’s latest nightmarish allegory is entirely her own invention, an open-ended visual feast.” - Peter Debruge, Variety

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Creepy

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Staying Vertical

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT 9:45PM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AT 9:30PM

ARIZONA PREMIERE

ARIZONA PREMIERE

DIRECTED BY Kiyoshi Kurosawa

2016, Japan, Japanese with subtitles, 130 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Berlin

International Film Festival, London Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival WINNER: Best Director, Fantasia International Film Festival

Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who made his name with classics Cure and Bright Future, gets back to his roots by putting the thumbscrews to the audience with his latest, Creepy. A year after a botched hostage negotiation with a serial killer turned deadly, ex-detective Koichi (Hidetoshi Nishijima), and his wife move into a new house with a deeply strange new neighbor (Teruyuki Kagawa). His old cop colleagues come calling for his help on a mysterious case, which may be related to the strange goings-on next door, in this insidiously-constructed narrative that braids plot twists on top of plot twists and shock on top of shock.

DIRECTED BY Alain Guiraudie 2016, France, in French with subtitles, 100 mins., Not Rated but appropriate for audiences 18 and above only

PREVIOUS FESTS: Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival, London Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival

Filmmaker Leo is searching for the wolf in the south of France. During a scouting excursion he is seduced by Marie, a freespirited and dynamic shepherdess. Nine months later she gives birth to their child. Suffering from post-natal depression and with no faith in Leo, who comes and goes without warning, Marie abandons both of them. Leo finds himself alone, with a baby to care for. It’s not easy, but deep down, he loves it. Through a series of unexpected and unusual encounters, struggling to find inspiration for his next film, Leo will do whatever it takes to stay standing. Alain Guiraudie follows Stranger by the Lake (featured at the 2014 Loft Film Fest) Winner of the Un Certain Regard – Directing Prize at the Cannes Film Festival with this intimate, heart-stopping tale set amidst a wilderness in which secret desires are revealed.

3 3 Another Evil SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AT 9:45PM

ARIZONA PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Carson Mell 2015, USA, 90 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: SXSW Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival

After encountering a ghost in their vacation home, Dan (Steve Zissis, Togetherness) and his wife Mary (Jennifer Irwin, Eastbound & Down) consult an exorcist. Unsatisfied with the verdict, Dan goes behind his wife’s back to seek a second opinion, and secretly hires Os (Mark Proksch, The Office), who promises to get rid of the beings. Os and Dan spend a week together in the vacation home exorcising the “EFD” (Evil Fully Determined) beings, but Dan soon realizes that ridding the home of evil won’t be as simple as it seems. Director Carson Mell, a writer for Silicon Valley, creates a unique world where the viewer never quite knows what will happen next. The result is a disarming sensation that is funny, uncomfortable, and creepy in equal measure. Director Carson Mell in person!

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I, Daniel Blake

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AT 2:15PM

ARIZONA PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Ken Loach 2016, UK, 100 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival WINNER: Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2016

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the latest from legendary director Ken Loach is a gripping, human tale about the impact one man can make. Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children. Graced with humor and heart, I, Daniel Blake is a moving, much-needed reminder of the power of empathy from one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers. “One of Loach’s finest films, a drama of tender devastation that tells its story with an unblinking neorealist simplicity that goes right back to the plainspoken purity of Vittorio De Sica.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety

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Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT 5:15PM

Giuseppe Marinoni found his calling when he transitioned from champion cyclist to master bike craftsman. But after years hunched over toxic fumes, his passion almost killed him. Now age 75, Marinoni is back in shape, and decides to attempt the world hour record for his age group on a legendary bike he built with his own hands almost 40 years ago. “Another remarkable senior gets the spotlight in this wonderful, inspiriting doc about a legend of the cycling world.” - David Noh, Film Journal International

TUCSON PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Tony Girardin 2015, Canada and Italy, English, French and Italian with subtitles, 90 mins., Not Rated

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PREVIOUS FESTS: Vancouver International Film Festival, Hot Docs

After the Storm

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Obit

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT 2:00PM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AT 5:15PM

TUCSON PREMIERE

ARIZONA PREMIERE

DIRECTED BY Hirokazu Koreeda

2016, Japan, Japanese with subtitles, 117 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Cannes Film

Festival, Toronto International Film Festival

The latest narrative from acclaimed director Hirokazu Koreeda’s (Our Little Sister, Like Father Like Son, I Wish) follows Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) as he dwells on his past glory as a prizewinning author while wasting the money he makes as a private detective on gambling, barely able to pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.

DIRECTED BY Vanessa Gould 2016, USA, 93 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Tribeca Film Festival, AFI Docs Film Festival, Traverse City Film Festival

There are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world, and none are better than at The New York Times, where obits have become some of the best writing in journalism. Obit is the first documentary to look into the world of editorial obituaries, and the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies? The writers de-emphasize the death, and tell stories of lives lived in extraordinary ways, often below the radar. With this comes uncommon insights – insights only the rare obituary writer could have – into the passage of generations, the astonishing cycle of life, the ebb and flow of time, and culture as it appears to accelerate and vanish at the same time.

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Trespass Against Us

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT 7:15PM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AT 4:30PM

ARIZONA PREMIERE

ARIZONA PREMIERE

DIRECTED BY Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross 2016, USA, 107 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Tribeca Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival | WINNER: Best Editing and Best Cinematography in a Documentary Feature, Tribeca Film Festival 2016

In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to celebrate the art of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers. Recruiting performers that include the likes of St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Ad-Rock, and Ira Glass to collaborate on original pieces with 10 color guard teams from across the US and Canada, Contemporary Color is a beautifully filmed snapshot of a one-of-a-kind live event filled with music, movement and joyful energy, from the acclaimed directors of the award-winning 2012 documentary, Tchoupitoulas.

DIRECTED BY Adam Smith 2016, UK, 99 mins., Rated R

PREVIOUS FESTS: Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival

Trespass Against Us is set across three generations of the Cutler family who live as outlaws in their own anarchic corner of Britain’s richest countryside. Chad Cutler (Oscar-nominated actor Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs) is heir apparent to his bruising criminal father, Colby (Golden Globe-nominated actor Brendan Gleeson, The Guard) and has been groomed to spend his life hunting, thieving and tormenting the police. But with his own son, Tyson (Georgie Smith) coming of age, Chad soon finds himself locked in a battle with his father for the future of his young family. When Colby learns of Chad’s dreams for another life he sets out to tie his son and grandson into the archaic order that has bound the Cutler family for generations. He engineers a spectacular piece of criminal business involving a heist, a high-speed car chase and a manhunt, which leaves Chad bruised and bloodied and with his very freedom at stake.

4 0 Things to Come SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 AT 11:00AM

ARIZONA PREMIERE DIRECTED BY Mia Hansen-Løve 2015, France, French with subtitles, 102 mins., Not Rated

PREVIOUS FESTS: Berlin International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival WINNER: Best Director, Berlin International Film Festival 2016

What happens when the life you’ve worked so hard to build falls apart all at once? Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert, in a radiant performance) is a philosophy teacher with a seemingly settled existence, juggling a rich life of the mind with the day-today demands of career and family (including frequent visits to her drama queen mother, played by the legendary Édith Scob). But beginning with the bombshell revelation that her husband of twenty-five years is leaving her, one by one the pillars of Nathalie’s life start to crumble. For the first time in ages, she finds herself adrift, but also with a newfound sense of liberation. With nothing to hold her back, Nathalie sets out to define this new phase of her life and to rediscover herself. Winner of the Best Director award at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, the new film from Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden) is an uncommonly intelligent, soulsearching look at what it means to create a life of one’s own.

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Fall Open Studio Tour Continues Tucson’s Fall Open Studio Tour continues for two more weekends in November. The tour is now refocused geographically and after two weekends of tours in October, the open studios continue for two more weekends in November, one weekend in the east and foothills communities, and another in downtown and south communities. Having the tour organized by area over multiple weekends has allowed the public more opportunities to participate and has made travel distances easier. The Fall Open Studio Tour in Southern Arizona is one of the largest, self-guided tours of artist studios and creative work spaces in the region. The mission is to support and promote local artists who work and exhibit in Southern Arizona.

Visitors are invited into the artists’ studios free of charge, to engage directly with their work and learn more about their artistic process. This year, the tour is supported with grant monies from The Arts Foundation and presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. For more information, including maps and a listing of participating artists, please see the next several pages of Zócalo and be sure to visit OpenStudioTours.com

Open Studio Tour Weekends in November: November 5 & 6 - East & Foothills Communities November 12 & 13 - Downtown & South Communities

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Catalina Foothills, East Tucson, Sabino Canyon, Tanque Verde & Bisbee Communities

NOVEMBER 5 & 6, 2016 The Fall 2016 Season Features 4 weekends of Artist Open Studio Tours in Southern Arizona

FREE SELF-GUIDED TOURS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC The Fall Open Studio Tours in Southern Arizona is one of the largest self-guided tours of artist studios and creative workspaces in the region, showcasing artists, musicians, and other creative businesses. The Open Studio Tours supports and promotes local artists who work and exhibit in Southern Arizona in order to strengthen the growing cultural community. Our vision is to create a dynamic voice for individual artists and arts organizations in Southern Arizona and to build a community dedicated to the development and preservation of support for the creation of art works. 1 Louanne Sterbick-Nelson, Belleza Fine Art Gallery 27 Main St., Bisbee, AZ 85603 (520) 432-5877 Oil, Watercolor, Mixed media

2 Mina Kan, Tang Gallery 32 Main St., Bisbee, AZ 85603 (520) 432-5824 Painting, Sculpture

3 John Thamm, JF Thamm Gallery and Studio 40 Main St., Bisbee, AZ 85603 (509) 868-7434 Oil

7 James Schmid, Schmid Sculpture 7400 E. Calle Antigua, Tucson, AZ 85710 (520) 777-5169 Wood, Bronze

8 Eric Galbreath

7650 E. Linden St., Tucson, AZ 85715 (520) 748-1740 Acrylic, Mixed Media

9 Jere Moskovitz, Studiojere

4722 N. Placita Ventana del Rio, Tucson, AZ 85750 (520) 612-7255 Jewelry

10 Frederick Hambly, Frederick Hambly Art

4 Judy Perry, Judy Perry Cards and Prints 48 Main St. # 12, Bisbee, AZ 85603 (520) 432-1261 Acrylic paintings, Murals

5 Sharon Wysocki, RocknW Art Studio 400 N. Citadel Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85748 (928) 792-3961 Mixed Media

6 Makoto Takigawa, Takigawa Studio 8325 E. Colette St., Tucson, AZ 85710 (520) 743-6585 Oil, Mixed Media

5702 E. Rio Verde Vista Dr., Tucson, AZ 85750 (520) 989-3282 Paintings, Pencil, Prints

10 Roger Alderman, Roger Alderman Fine Art 5702 E. Rio Verde Vista Dr., Tucson, AZ 85750 (520) 248-8192 Oil

10 Ron Gilson, GilsonPhoto

5702 Rio Vista Verde Drive, Tucson, AZ 85750 (520) 975-3973 Photography

11 Dragana Skrepnik

6234 E. Placita Lozana, Tucson, AZ 85750 (520) 232-9602 Oil, Resin

12 Peggy Rubin, Artist3

5918 N. Paseo Ventoso, Tucson, AZ 85750 (520) 241-8443 Acrylic, MM Digital Photo

12 Lisa Mishler

5918 N. Paseo Ventoso, Tucson, AZ 85750 (520) 444-7074 Acrylic, Mixed Media, Digital

12 Denise Mathot

5918 N. Paseo Ventoso, Tucson, AZ 85750 (520) 577-1359 Acrylic, Mixed Media

13 Kathryn Gastelum, Studio Gastelum 5085 N. Valley View Rd., Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 631-1133 Oil, Acrylic, Silk Dyes

14 Jane Hamilton, Jane Hamilton Fine Art 2890 E. Skyline Drive Ste. 180, Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 529-4886 Oil

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Artists Located in Bisbee

14 Roseann Munger

2890 E. Skyline Dr #180, Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 529-4886 Oil Paint

14 Linda Dobkin

2890 E. Skyline Dr., Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 529-4886, Oil

14 Tom Murray, Jane Hamilton Fine Art

16 Jeff Ferst, Artful Living Gallery & Studio

14 Zulia Anderson, Jane Hamilton Fine Art

17 Tina LeMarque, The Studio of Tina LeMarque

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NOVEMBER 12 & 13, 2016 The Fall 2016 Season Features 4 weekends of Artist Open Studio Tours in Southern Arizona

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The Fall Open Studio Tours in Southern Arizona is one of the largest self-guided tours of artist studios and creative workspaces in the region, showcasing artists, musicians, and other creative businesses. The Open Studio Tours supports and promotes local artists who work and exhibit in Southern Arizona in order to strengthen the growing cultural community. 1 Diane Dale

8 Ron Nelson

16 Laura Tanzer

2 Barrio Hollywood Neighborhood Artists

9 Lisa Agababian

17 Jere Moskovitz

3 Splinter Brothers and Sisters Warehouse Arjen van den Eerenbeemt, K. Loren Dawn

10 Roxanne Rossi / Nancy Volpe / Artist Studio Co-op

18 Diane Wittman-Punteri

2506 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705 (520) 203-1900 Oil, Watercolor 1390 W. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85746 (520) 406-7251 Mixed Media, Metal, Pottery

901 N. 13th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705 Arjen- (520) 490-9930 Loren- (520) 327-5692 Polymer, LED lights, Glass / Painting, Mixed Media

4 Ray Parish

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5 Steven Derks / Rubina Gallo

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6 The Axle Shannon Haggerty, Mimi Haggerty, Russell Recchion, Kathryn Wilde, Cita Scott

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7 Steinfeld Warehouse June LeClair, Linda Wells, Mary Theresa Dietz, Barbara Brandel, Diane Fairfield 101 W. 6th Street Studio N, Tucson, AZ 85701 June- (520) 971-7810 / Linda- (520) 577-0989 / Mary(520) 499-8946, Barbara- (520) 237-7894 / Diane (520) 265-5440 Artisan Jewelry, Painting / Artisan Jewelry / Paint, Sculpture, Print / Paintings, Collage / Oil, Mixed Media

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22 William Lesch

13 Marcus Robiason / Jenna Tomasello

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23 Lisa Mele

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28 Stephanie Jo Brunson

25 Keith Marroquin

29 Nicki Adler

26 Jack McLain / Greta Ward

30 Suzi Calhoun / Janey Katz

27 Catherine Eyde

31 Gale Thomssen / Ronald Gildea / Richard Lutgen / Peter Hawkins / Diane C. Taylor / Robert McElroy + 75 Additional Artists

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How the West Was Shown A New Exhibit Examines How The American West Has Been Depicted Through Images of Transportation by Herb Stratford

Jenny Gummersall, Clouds over Tunnel Hill (from Cloud Series), 2005, archival pigment print, ed. 2/9. Collection of the Tucson Museum of Art. Gift of Jenny and Greg Gummersall. Photo: Katie Sweeney

The New Westward: Planes, Trains and Automobiles That Move the Modern West, on display at the Tucson Museum of Art takes both a scholarly and whimsical look at the way the American West has been depicted via the iconography of transportation. The show features 50 works of painting, drawing, photography and sculpture by 36 different artists who capture the influence of transportation on our understanding of the great open spaces of the west. With artists like Ansel Adams, Maynard Dixon, Warren Anderson, Cy Lehrer, Phillip Melton and others, this show will have something for everyone to appreciate. While the casual art observer might think of landscape photography and painting as the only way to convey the great open spaces of the western half of the United States that is just the tip of the iceberg. Ever since the opening of the frontier, or even upon the completion of the transcontinental railroad, there have been other ways of capturing the ethos of the American experience at the time. The American west represented a final frontier, and as evolved beings

we were meant to conquer it. We did best that with our modern transportation modes, the train, automobile and eventually our automobiles. Human’s mastery of the great natural elements sometimes takes the simple form of a ribbon of road traversing the hills under a magnificent bank of clouds like in the black and white photograph by Jenny Gummersall entitled Clouds over Tunnel Hill from 2005, or in Ray Strang’s painting entitled Train Station from 1950 which also captures the romance of open space but in an idyllic memory-like way. By contrast, Tom Blackwell’s scrinprint Shatzi, from 1979 depicts a single engine plane on the field with hints of the great open spaces in the distance, but has also fetishized the machine that enables us to experience the west. But we also get a healthy dose of humanity in this exhibition with images like Jim Vogel’s painting Glory Bound/Woody Guthrie from 2004 which depicts the famous singer/songwriter/American iconoclast Woody Guthrie who championed the plight of migrant farm workers in the dust bowl era of the 1930s. The style

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Images below (left-right): untitled, Douglas, Arizona, 1979; untitled, El Mirage, AZ, 1978. Photographs from the Louis Carlos Bernal Archive at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona ŠLisa Bernal Brethour and Katrina Bernal 2016

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Arizona Unseen, Color Photographs 1978 -1988 October 24 - December 9, 2016 Reception: November 3, 5-7 p.m. Center for the Arts, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd., Tucson. 520-206-6942 The gallery and its programs are free and open to the public. www.pima.edu/cfa Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. 58 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | November 2016

Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery Pima Community College will provide reasonable ADA accommodations upon request; to ensure availability of services, please immediately contact the College ADA office at 520-206-4539 or the Center for the Arts at 520-206-6986.


>>> is reminiscent of acclaimed midwest painter/muralist Thomas Hart Benton and clearly puts a human face on the cost of rapid western expansion in regards to human labor. Another element of the exhibition of note are the works that depict the impact humans have had on the environment, what we have erected, buildings, signs and roads as well as what we have left behind. These lasting elements, scars in some cases will outlast our presence, but have also altered the interpretation others have on the landscape in a way unique to the western states. The wide range of transportation modes explored in the exhibition are a reminder of how the west was won not just by train, and is in fact still being explored to this day by a wide variety of methods. No other part of the country seems to have such a romantic, unexplored quality left after 200+ years. The exhibition was curated by Christine Brindza, the TMA’s Curator of Art of the American West and features works drawn from both the permanent collection and pieces, which are on loan private collections. The show is on display through February 12 at the museum. n

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The New Westward: Trains, Planes and Automobiles that Move the Modern West is on display at the Tucson Museum of Art, located at 140 North Main. Visit TucsonMuseumOfArt.org for exhibition hours and admission prices.

Top left: Ray Strang, Train Station, c. 1950, oil on paper. Collection of the Tucson Museum of Art. Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Gibson. Photo: Katie Sweeney Top Right: Jim Vogel, Glory Bound / Woody Guthrie, 2004, oil on wood panel. Collection of the Tucson Museum of Art. Gift of W.E. Bigglestone. Photo: Katie Sweeney Bottom left: Denham B. Clements, Untitled, 1979, acrylic on canvas Collection of the Tucson Museum of Art. Gift of Nancy and Robert Clark. Bottom right: Tom Blackwell, Shatzi, 1979, screenprint on masonite, edition 13/100 Collection of the Tucson Museum of Art. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Meisel, New York. Photo: Katie Sweeney

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A New Republic, Kehinde Wiely exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum

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Kehinde Wiley A New Republic A Day Trip to the Phoenix Art Museum by Amanda Reed

Kehinde Wiley

With the opening of A New Republic, Phoenix Art Museum brings a stunning, not-to-be-missed exhibition of nearly 60 recent works by artist, Kehinde Wiley to the southwest. Raised in South Central Los Angeles in the eighties, Wiley was encouraged by his mother to study art at a young age and attended art classes with his twin brother. This early art foundation blossomed and he went on to earn his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 and his MFA from Yale University in 2001. Upon graduating from Yale he became the artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. In more recent years, Wiley has exhibited worldwide and his work is held in the permanent collections of many museums such as: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and closer to home, Phoenix Art Museum. A Kehinde Wiley painting originates in the streets. In the beginning of his artistic process, Wiley approaches everyday people as they are going about their day and inquiries if they are interested in modeling for him. Those that accept the invitation for one reason or another end up painted or sculpted larger than life. Wiley paints what the models are wearing, although he sometimes exerts creative control. Wiley gave us a special tour as he viewed the installed Phoenix exhibition for the first time and a peek into his backstage process: “Everything that you see there is what they happened to be wearing that day, with the exception of the poser.” In a role typically reserved for the famous or elite, Wiley paints his subjects in historically famous poses of power. Since his subjects are not celebrities, with a few notable exceptions, the viewer sees a somewhat anonymous model, wearing their own clothes, set upon a vibrantly pattern background that sometimes curls into the foreground. Each painting is then finished with a unique hand carved wooden frame, designed by the artist. Upon entering the Katz Wing in the Phoenix Art Museum galleries, visitors are greeted by exuberant, soaring canvases, masterfully painted and set upon colorful decorative backgrounds. Larger than life human figures strike powerful poses, gazing directly at the viewer, inviting us to question who they are and what their story is.

Further in, a large stained glass installation features several male figures set against ornate backgrounds. Based on the work of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and created by artisan glass makers in the Czech Republic, this stained glass work is far from traditional; the subjects are clothed in photorealistic modern gear: hoodies, jeans, Timberlands. Some of Wiley’s earlier works are included in the exhibit, including a video work titled Smile, created in 2001. Seen on four video channels, various young African-American men (seventeen in total) were asked to smile on camera without pause for one hour. As they look out at the viewer, each in a different phase of their task, you see all the variations of a smile, from the relaxed sweet beginnings to the uncomfortable forced strain of a physical facial movement. Also included in the exhibit are selected paintings from his recent World Series projects from Haiti, India, Sri-Lanka and Isreal, and Wiley’s first works devoted to the female subject. A collaboration with Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, the women were street casted in New York City by Wiley and dressed in custom gowns designed by Wiley and Tisci for each model. Holding poses inspired by paintings from the Louvre the women radiate through the gallery, firmly taking their place in history. Although his paintings hover in a framework of tradition, the work challenges the viewer to question race, historical power, and identity, perhaps with the recognizable exception of Michael Jackson riding on a horse. Related programs include: Kehinde Wiley Film Series: An Economy of Grace on Nov 6 at 2pm, First Friday on Nov 4, with free general admission, and Free Family Sunday on Nov 13 from Noon to 5pm. Also in November the exhibition, Emphatics: Avant-Garde Fashion 1963-2013 opens with a symposium and reception on November 5th. n A New Republic is on view through Sunday, January 8, at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. Please see website for tickets, hours, and related programs. 602-257-1222. PhxArt.org/KehindeWiley November 2016 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 61


Alex Webb: La Calle at Etherton Gallery

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

BAKER + HESSELDENZ FINE ART Flourish with works by JAW Cooper, Tyler Thrasher, and Wesley Burt, is on view through Dec 3. Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm or by appointment. 100 E. 6th St. 520-760-0037. BakerHesseldenz.com

CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY The INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published PhotoBooks is on view to Jan 7, 2017. Flowers, Fruit, Books, Bones is on view until Apr 29, 2017. Hours: Tue-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 1-4pm. 1030 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7968. CreativePhotography.org

CONRAD WILDE GALLERY Sensations a group show featuring works by David Adix, Monica Zavala Durazo, Clay Davis, Annell Livingston, and more, opens on Nov 5 with a reception from 6-9pm and closes Nov 23. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-5pm. 439 N. 6th Ave., #171. 520-622-8997. ConradWildeGallery.com

CONTRERAS GALLERY A View Into Thought, By Women Artists opens Nov 5 with a reception from 6-9pm and is on view through Nov 26. Hours: Weds-Sat 10am4pm. 110 E. 6th St. 520-398-6557. ContrerasHouseFineArt.com

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Aranda / Lasch and Terrol Dew Johnson: Meeting the Clouds Halfway; Miranda Lichtenstein: Sound And Noise; JPW3: Sleep Never Rusts are on view through Jan 29. On Nov 17 at 7pm, Six Stair Screening will feature film works by the L.A. based duo, Six Stair. Hours: Weds-Sun 12-5pm. 265 S. Church Ave. 520-624-5019. MOCA-Tucson.org

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

DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN Modernist Ceramics of Ted and Marion

SETTLERS WEST GALLERY The Great American West opens Nov 19 featuring new works by Martin Grelle, Robert Griffing, William Acheff and many more, with a reception from 5:30 to 7pm. Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm. 6420 N. Campbell Ave. 520299-2607. SettlersWest.com.

Transformations – 3 Person Exhibit of Paintings, Glass Sculpture with work by Robert Royhl, Don West, and Katja Fritzsche opens Nov 4 through Dec 10 with an opening reception on Nov 5 from 6-8pm. Tues-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 11am-4pm. 154 E. 6th St. 520-629-9759. DavisDominguez.com

DeGrazia is on view to Jan 25. In the Little Gallery, multimedia works by Lynne East Itkin will be on view Nov 6 to 18. Hours: 10am-4pm daily. 6300 N. Swan Rd. DeGrazia.org

DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY Art Escapes and Bird Banter Miniatures opens Nov 11 with a reception from 5 to 7pm. Trunk Show: Mariah Clearwater, Gretchen Huff & Kathy Robbins is on Nov 5 from 10am to 1pm. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am1:30pm. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 520-722-4412. DesertArtisansGallery.com

DRAWING STUDIO The Drawing Studio Faculty Show closes on Nov 4. 2760 N. Tucson Blvd. 520-620-0947. TheDrawingStudiotds.org

ETHERTON GALLERY Alex Webb: La Calle runs Nov 15 to Jan 7 with an opening on Nov 19 from 7 to 10pm. Join artist Alex Webb in person for Slant Rhymes, a lecture on Nov 19 at 2pm. Shadowlands closes on Nov 12. Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-5pm or by appointment. 135 S. 6th Ave. 520-624-7370. EthertonGallery.com

EVERYBODY SJ Gibson: Dive continues through Nov 26. 101 W 6th St. Studio Q. Hours by appointment. EverybodyGallery.com

SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD Color My World opens on Nov 8 with an opening reception on Nov 17 from 5-7pm. Crème de la Crème closes Nov 6. Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-4pm. Williams Centre 5420 East Broadway Blvd #240. 520299-7294. SouthernAzWatercolorGuild.com

TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART El Nacimiento opens Nov 18 with an opening celebration on Nov 19 from 10am-Noon. Continuing exhibitions include: The New Westward: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles That Move the Modern West, Poetic Minimalism; Henry C. Balink: Native American Portraits; On the Cusp: Modern Art From the Permanent Collection; From Modern Into the Now: Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation and A Traveler and His Treasures: Latin American Folk Art From the Peter C. Cecere Collection. Hours: Tues-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm; Thurs 10am-8pm; Sun 12-5pm. 140 N. Main Ave. 520-624-2333. TucsonMuseumofArt.org

UA MUSEUM OF ART Verboten/Forbidden opens on Nov 12 at 1:30pm and

a multi media exhibit by D.D. Bracy is on view to Nov 27. Hours: Daily 10am-4pm. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. 520-883-3024. DesertMuseum.org

Connecting Generations: Art From The Elders of St. Luke’s Home opens Nov 30. Continuing exhibitions include: Fifteen Indelible Lives; The Presidential Series: Paintings By Alfred J. Quiroz and Red and Blue. Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 12-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7567. ArtMuseum.Arizona.Edu

JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY Clare Benson: Until There Is No Sun continues to

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IRONWOOD GALLERY Departure & Return The Monarch Butterfly as Metaphor,

Nov 15 with a book signing and reception on Nov 5 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. David Horvitz: The Studio Rent Editions: 2010 – Ongoing opens on Nov 22 through Jan 13. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-626-4215. CFA.arizona.edu/galleries

A Tapatia Tucsonense Journey: My Work of 30 Years paintings, prints and ceramics of Cristina Cardenas opens Nov 5 with a reception from 6 to 11pm and closes Nov 27. Hours: Thurs-Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm. 439 N. 6th Ave, Suite #171. 520-360-6024. GalleryWee.com

MERCI GALLERY Idle Moments by Will Barton is on view through Nov 30. Hours:

WILDE MEYER GALLERY A group exhibition featuring works by Brenda Bredvik,

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

MINI TIME MACHINE Wee Winter Wonderland opens Nov 21 and is on view through Jan 8. Churches of the Southwest: Wood Sculptures by Roberto (Bob) Cardinale is on view through Jan 8. Miniature Military Figures by Joe Seibold will be on view through 2016. Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-4pm and Sun 12-4pm. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr. 520-8810606. TheMiniTimeMachine.org

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Robert Burt, Patrick Coffaro, Jack Roberts and more opens Nov 6 with a reception from 5-7pm and closes Nov 30. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm; Thurs 10am-7pm; Sat 10am6pm; Sun 12-5pm. 3001 E. Skyline Dr. 520-615-5222, WildeMeyer.com

WOMANKRAFT ART GALLERY Holiday Bazaar opens Nov 5 and runs through Dec 17 with receptions on Nov 5 and Dec 3 from 7-10pm. Hours: Weds-Sat 1-5pm. 388 S. Stone Ave. 520-629-9976. WomanKraft.org

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Taking Tucson to the World The Music of Sergio Mendoza by Carl Hanni

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ergio Mendoza just spent a year and nine months on the road, and guess what? By the time this goes to print, he’ll already be ten days into another tour, a month long European trek promoting the brand new release from his combo Orkesta Mendoza, ¡Vamos A Guarachar! Sergio Mendoza’s globetrotting aptly reflects his musical multi-tasking; in addition to several tours with the Orkesta, there were tours with Calexico, who he plays keyboards and more with; high profile shows with the Mexican all-star combo Mexrrissey, playing all Morrissey/Smiths material; and most likely a few dates with the highly acclaimed, Denver-based band DeVotchKa, who he has also been playing keyboards off and on with for several years. If that marks him as one of the true musical renaissance men of Tucson, well that’s pretty much exactly what he is. With his hands in multiple projects at any given moment, and seemingly boundless amounts of creativity and energy, Sergio is a living embodiment of the cultural stew of the entire Sonoran region that he was born into and has always called home. That he has become one of our foremost musical ambassadors is a fortunate thing for us all, as he embodies so much of what makes this such a special place to call home. Released nationally and internationally this month on the Glitterbeat label (and in Mexico and South America on Casete), ¡Vamos A Guarachar! is a qualitative step up from his first release with the Orkesta, 2012’s Mambo Mexicano! (there was also a Live at the Rialto CD.) Mambo Mexicano! was an excellent and eye-opening record, but more scattershot than the new one, having been recorded in eight different studios with various groups of musicians over a wide time frame. The new one is tight, focused and fierce, and was recorded in its entirety in two local studios, Jim Waters’ famous Waterworks Studios, and Saint Cecilia in downtown Tucson. It features the core Orkesta of six musicians (now seven), as well as guest vocalists, several former band members and other players, and was produced by Sergio, and mixed by Robbie Williamson from Saint Cecilia. Orkesta Mendoza is: Sergio, who plays keyboards, guitar, drums, accordion, percussion and some horns, as well as doing programming and vocals; Salvador Duran, who does lead and background vocals; Sean Rogers on bass (and one lead vocal on the new record); Marco Rosano on sax, clarinet and trombone; Raul Marques on trumpet, guitar and backing vocals; Joe Novelli on lap steel guitar; and their new drummer is Sergio’s childhood friend and drummer for The Jons, Jaime Peters, who does not play on the new record. Recently-former longtime drummer Larry Lopez and percussionist Jack Sterbis both played on most of the songs on ¡Vamos; other players include trumpet player Rick Peron, drummers Lucas Moseley on one track and Andrew Collberg (on two, counting electronic drums) and Calexico guys John Convertino and Joey Burns, who

add their light touch to one track. Mendoza wrote or co-wrote all twelve songs (including three with Rosano), except for a cover of ‘Caramelos’ by the famous Spanish duo Los Amaya. ¡Vamos A Guarachar! is loaded with stylistic diversity, terrific songwriting and musicianship and a few juicy guest appearances. It’s easy to forget that this band - originally Sergio Mendoza Y L Orkesta - started out as a one-off project, doing covers of Prez Prado songs for the Great Coverup at Club Congress in 2008. From that one evening, doing high energy takes of songs by the Mambo King, one of the greatest of all Tucson bands was born. Orkesta Mendoza gets busy right away on the sublime, instant-classic opening track “Cumbia Volcadora,” featuring a vocal from frequent Tucson visitor Camilo Lara from Mexican Institute of Sound, who is also the founder of the Mexrrissey project and one of the busiest guys on the planet. It’s hard to think of a better lead-off track in recent memory; it sets a high bar. From there the Orkesta tears through high energy mambos like “Redoble” and the fantastic “Mambo A La Rosano,” the very Prez Prado like mambo/ songo son “Mapache” (featuring great organ work from Sergio) as well as the Danny Elfmanlike psych-jazz mambo “Contra La Marea” and the very rocking, guitar driven “Caramelos.” And yet...it’s the mid and down tempo numbers that feel like the true heart and soul of the record, Orkesta Mendoza with wider emotional range and a broader palate of colors. The lovely and enchanting “Misterio,” featuring one of Salvador Duran’s most exquisite vocals and typically subtle accompaniment by Convertino and Burns from Calexico is one of the Orkesta’s greatest songs. Ditto the mid-tempo “Cumbia Amor De Lejos” with another killer vocal by Duran. The Manu Chao-like vibe of “Nada te Debo” - cowritten with Joey Burns, and featuring a late arrival vocal by Gabriel Sullivan - is global fusion pop perfection, and leads into the final track “Shadows of the Mind,” another instant-classic, this one a mid-tempo boogaloo with multiple vocalists that achieves a rarified sort of timelessness, and has a lift-off that really sticks with you. Sergio Mendoza’s journey from band member to band leader, and from local guy to international touring artist, producer and arranger evolved over many years and involves a complex web of affiliations. Born and raised on both sides of the border in Nogales, he was already playing piano and clarinet at a young age, and eventually mastered multiple other instruments. Along the way he learned how to write charts and arrangements, a specialized skill that eventually helped lead him into his current position as an in-demand musician of the world. Sergio founded the band More Luck Than Buck with Jaime Peters in Nogales in 1996. He and Peters moved to Tucson from Nogales in 2000, and that band morphed into The Jons; he recorded one record with them at

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>>> Waterworks, Wine at the Hilltop, before moving on from The Jons in 2002. Sergio kicked around the Tucson scene for years, getting a feel for what was going on in Tucson music, playing here and there. He eventually started putting other bands together, including Seven to Blue, playing a Southwest version of pop jazz fusion ‘wanting to be like Steely Dan or Earth, Wind and Fire,’ in his own words. The going was tough; “It’s the hardest thing in the world to keep a band together. I had entire line-ups quit on me. I had to regroup, start with the same songs with different people; I had three line-ups like that. By then I was starting to get into mambo. Everyone quit on me because I wanted to add mambo into what we were playing. Guys were more into jazz, fusion.” By 2007 he was playing salsa three to four nights a week, with three different bands, while also holding down a day job in a supermarket. “I was playing salsa Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then rehearsing my own band and writing out horn charts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and I had my day job. I was working REALLY hard. But I couldn’t keep a band together; and I was doing everything else trying to keep my band together.” Not surprisingly, he hit a wall and burned out, and decided to start all over from scratch; he quit all three salsa bands and disbanded Seven to Blue, virtually overnight going from overworked to not working at all. “It was the scariest time in my life, because I didn’t have any work, except for my day job at Safeway.” But he was also now in a more experienced and aware place as a musician; “By 2007, I was done with everything; I said I’m going to regroup. I already knew the salsa, I knew enough Latin music, but I didn’t want a salsa band. And I knew some jazz, but also knew that I was never going to be good enough to play jazz, but I knew enough to take textures and little ideas from those styles to create my own thing. So I quit everything and regrouped with what I knew.” Sergio needed a complete reboot; as fate would have it, he didn’t have to wait long. A month after wiping the slate clean, Sergio got a call from Joey Burns from Calexico, who needed a last minute keyboard player for a gig in Utah the next day. “I didn’t really know Calexico’s music; I knew that they were a big band, and that they recorded and toured and did well, but I was pretty much in my own little world.” With no rehearsal at all, and after quickly learning a few songs on his headphones, Sergio was on a plane for Utah - after working all night at Safeway - and on stage with Calexico. It was fall of 2007, and his rebirth in Tucson music was just starting to take shape, although he didn’t exactly know it at the time. What’s happened since that time is a blur of activity, collaborations, recording projects and tours, Sergio’s creativity expanding at a fantastic rate. The list includes multiple tours with Calexico, starting with a few gigs here and there at first, eventually becoming a full time member by 2012, as well as recording with the band on Algiers and Edge of the Sun, which he also coproduced with Burns and Convertino. There were several tours with the highly acclaimed, Anti- Records act DeVotchKa. There were also three European tours (starting in 2009) with ex-Tucsonian Marianne Dissard. Touring with Dissard was where Sergio was first matched up with fellow Tucson travelers Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan; all have gone on to leave a significant mark on the Tucson music scene, collectively and individually. And there have been various incarnations of the Orkesta, which has expanded and contracted over the years as gigs as tours demanded.

After hooking up with Calexico in 2007 and founding the Orkesta in 2008, the next major turning point for Sergio came when Camilo Lara first came to Tucson in 2009, to play at the annual HoCo Festival. Their connection was pretty much instant; “I asked him to sit in with the Orkesta the first night we met,” he says. That connection has since blossomed out into a mutually beneficial, collaborative relationship that is an entire story unto itself. Lara arranged for Sergio and his bands (including Calexico and DeVotchKa) to play at the annual Vive Latino Festival in Mexico City three years in a row, including a headlining gig with him and Mexican Institute of Sound that also included Sullivan, Lopez and Rosano. Sergio was the first person Lara called when he wanted to get the Mexrrissey project up and running, asking him to help select material and musicians and write out arrangements for all of the songs, as well as help translating Morrissey’s lyrics from English into Spanish. “We wanted to do all the songs in different Mexican regional styles, using some of the traditional instruments,” as well as standard instrumentation, he says. Mexrrissey ended up being an all-star cast of Mexican musicians; that on-going project has gotten tremendous global press and played high profile gigs around the world. Lara hooked Sergio up as a producer for a record by the well-known Mexican act Velazquez, which he then released on his own label, Casete; Casete is also releasing the new Orkesta album in Mexico and South America. And he also hooked him up doing arrangements for a record by the huge Mexican cumbia act Los Angeles Azules that he was producing. They are now writing music for film soundtracks together, currently working on several projects, including an upcoming film set in a Mexican prison, “Sacudete las Penas.” Sergio is also featured on a track on Lara’s new around-the-world record with Toy Selectah, Compass. Along the way Sergio produced a record for the Mexican act Liquits, and also collaborated on a project with Luz Elena Mendoza from the Portland band Y La Bamba, called Los Hijos de la Montaña, whose record was produced by Steve Berlin from Los Lobos. All the while Sergio has also been keeping the Orkesta Mendoza up and running, adding and subtracting players, sometimes using full horn sections (I saw one in Phoenix years ago with twelve horn players), touring and playing festivals. They played at the huge All Souls Procession after-show at The Rialto Theatre in 2009 that was filmed for the locally produced movie “Flor de Muertos.” Perhaps the largest version was the 20+ players on stage at The Rialto for the 2011 Tammies Awards. They are scheduled to play the 2017 Vive Latino Festival. Brian Lopez played guitar in the band for a while, and Gabriel Sullivan was also a member for a spell. “Those were good days,” he says of the time all three of them shared in the Orkesta, “although I knew it wouldn’t last.” Too much talent and ambition for one band to contain; a problem we should all be so lucky to have at some point in our lives. Sergio Mendoza is manifestly in a deep groove, his flow a steady moving stream. There’s the new record, a possibility of a new, smaller studio in the works, soundtracks being worked on, more touring, more projects and collaborations in the wings. Check it out for yourself; the Orkesta Mendoza plays at The Rialto Theatre in Tucson November 26; and Mexrrissey plays at The Rialto November 3, although Sergio himself will still be on tour in Europe at the time. He’s just too busy to be in two places at the same time. n

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Arthur Migliazza’s Boogie Stomp by Jim Lipson

When Arthur Migliazza started playing gigs as a piano phenom at the age of 13 as one half of the Blues Kats, a piano/drums duo, it was a great local story. Here was this tall, skinny kid in a tie and fedora, belting out blues and boogie woogie with his buddy Joe Martinez on the drums. Their appearances at our local folk and blues festivals were both novel and memorable in the early to mid 1990s. Now, having performed in theaters all over the world, from Paris and Moscow to Toronto and Japan, Migliazza is in his second stint as a resident of New York City, where, no longer a big fish in a small pond, he’s worked hard to establish himself as one of that city’s preeminent blues and boogie-woogie piano players. And as you would expect, it has not been easy. “Fortunately, I haven’t had to do any work other than playing music or being an entertainer,” Migliazza said in a recent phone interview. He then laughs when he says, “Any time I’ve tried to get a (non-music) job, I haven’t gotten a job! I guess I’ve been lucky in that way.” After a year in New York, Migliazza moved to Seattle for two years where he wowed just about everyone there was to wow in the Pacific Northwest before moving back to New York. Still unsatisfied at being another big fish in another relatively small pond, Arthur moved back east when an opportunity to do something special presented itself—the Boogie Stomp. During his first time around in New York, Migliazza had teamed with Bob Baldori, a piano and blues harmonica player who had a long history in the business. Baldori, along with a guy named Bob Seeley, an old time blues and boogie woogie player, had written and developed a whole show around this kind of music and had been performing it for years. When Seeley, now in his 80s, decided to retire, Baldori called Migliazza and invited him back to New York to further develop Boogie Stomp. It was there they played it as an off Broadway show at the Elektra Theater in Times Square where they had an amazing run of five shows a week for four months. “We tell the story of American piano music, mainly boogie-woogie and blues, and how that shaped American rock and roll. Bob has worked with Chuck Berry off and on for 50 years, producing and playing, and so the show also shares a lot of personal stories.” Migliazza will return to Tucson this month as he brings Boogie Stomp to town. His four shows, including two in Green Valley and one at the Desert Trails RV Park, will be highlighted by his appearance Fox Theatre on Friday, November 18 where he and Baldori will command two grand pianos, each facing each other but angled out to the audience for maximum viewing effect. Entertainment spectacle or history lesson? You be the judge. Tickets range from $25-35.

Here are some additional shows of note highlighting the month... James McMurtry, 11/3/Club Congress – An acquired taste, this Texas songwriter who has made many trips to Tucson, might be seen by some as foreboding or slightly dark, but it’s precisely that kind of imagery that makes so much of his work so compelling. English Beat, 11/4/Rialto Theatre – If you loved them then, you may very well love them now. With Dave Wakeling still at the helm, the English Beat continues to do its thing mixing ska with English rock. With a new album forthcoming, look for some new tunes. Also, a fine opportunity to see Tucson’s own 8 Minutes to Burn as the opener. Heather Hardy CD Recording Shows, 11/3-4/Monterey Court – Be a part of recording history as Heather Hardy and her band tear it up for two nights at the Monty, laying down tracks for a new live CD. Marc Cohn, 11/12/Fox Theatre – He may not be the most recognizable name in folk music, but he’s certainly know in circles where folks like James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin like to hang, all of whom made guest appearances on his early albums in the 1990s. Cohn’s performance will be celebrating the 25 year anniversary of the release of his remarkable platinum selling debut album. With an all-star band this will be a very special evening. Bruce Hornsby, 11/19/Fox Theatre – Known to many as an unofficial member of the Grateful Dead in their latter years, this show will feature Hornsby the songwriter on full display. Key Ingredients of African Soul, 11/19, Monterey Court – If Afro pop is your thing, come see it dished out by one of Tucson’s best ever dance bands. Remarkable rhythms and grooves. Orkesta Mendoza w/Salvador Duran, 11/26, Rialto Theatre – If you’ve never seen Sergio Mendoza and his big band, this would be the perfect time. Big Band Salsa does not quite do it but, it will have to do in a pinch. Last Waltz-Tucson Style, 11/26/Fox Theatre – Put together by Tucson veteran George Howard, the 40th anniversary of the Last Waltz, the iconic final performance of the Band (in their original incarnation) is being recreated in its entirety with a local notables including Duncan Stitt, Brian Lopez, Run Boy Run, Howe Gelb and others. Garrison Keilor, 11/29/Fox Theatre – Look for some of Keilor’s remarkable talents as a storyteller and humorist to be on display in the post Prairie Home Companion era. Roger Hodgson, 12/1/Fox Theatre – One simple word should say it all... Supertramp! He’s the guy. November 2016 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 69


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The Key Ingredients of African Soul appears at Monterey Court Studios and Gallery on Saturday, November 19.

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

191 Toole 191 E. Toole Ave. rialtotheatre.com Wed 2: Snow Tha Product, Greedy Green Thu 3: Azizi Gibson, Positive Satan Fri 4: Night of the Living Fest Sat 5: Night of the Living Fest Sun 6: Night of the Living Fest Tue 8: Southern Culture On The Skids, Birds and Arrows Fri 11: Young Dubliners Mon 14: Johnette Napolitano (of Concrete Blonde), The Division Men Tue 15: Har Mar Superstar Fri 18: Fuse, DJ Hart, Decadance Mon 21: Together Pangea Wed 23: Radkey, The Fame Riot Fri 25: Kool Keith Sat 26: Sam Outlaw

2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN Congress Street, 2ndSaturdaysDowntown.com Sat 13: See web site for information

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

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

Southern Culture On The Skids appears at 191 Toole on Tuesday, November 8.

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LA COCINA

Ermanos

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

201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351, LaCocinaTucson.com Wed 2: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 3: Freddy Parish Fri 4: Greg Morton & Friends Sat 5: Nathaniel Burnside Duo Sun 6: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 9: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 10: Louise Le Hir Fri 11: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 13: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 16: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 18: Greg Morton & Friends, Cold Sweat! Sun 20: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 23: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 24: Hank Topless Fri 25: Greg Morton & Friends Sun 27: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 30: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield

220 N 4th Ave, 445-6625 ermanosbrew.com Thu 3: Adam Townsend Thu 10: Jimmy Carr & The Awkward Moments Thu 17: Hello Dollface

CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848, HotelCongress.com/club Tue 1: Bonzilla, Wizard Rifle, Chronovorous Wed 2: Logan and Lucille, Foxx Bodies, Lowlife Thu 3: James McMurtry Fri 4: Sex Prisoner, Gatecreeper, Gay Kiss, Get A Grip Sat 5: Comic Con After Party, DJ ESP, Spiderhole, Mik & Scott Sun 6: All Souls After Party, Dustbowl Revival, Mission Creeps Tue 8: Election Day Party Wed 9: Car Seat Headrest, Naked Giants Sat 12: Chamberlab XV Sun 13: Darlingside, Frances Luke Accord Mon 14: The Record Company Tue 15: Shana Falana, Mute Swan, Night Collectors Wed 16: Igor & The Red Elvises Fri 25: Mute Swan, Garboski, Brass Hands, Havarti Orchestra, The Boogienauts, Michael Celi Sun 27: Gemma Ray

Cafe Coronet 402 E. 9th St. 222-9889 CafeCoronet.com See web site for information

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

DELECTABLES RESTAURANT 533 N. 4th Ave. 884-9289, Delectables.com See web site for information

FLYCATCHER 340 E. 6th St. 798-1298, TheFlycatcherTucson.com Wed 2: Papa Fri 4: Aaron Cohen, Cash Lansky, Marley B Wed 9: Adam Torres, Thor & Friends Thu 10: IC3PEAK, Youceff Cabal, Lano, Grey Sweater Audio

FOX TUCSON THEATRE 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, FoxTucsonTheatre.org Fri 11: Big Band Boogie Sat 12: Marc Cohn Sun 13: Thompson Square Mon 14: Passing The Torch Tue 15: Helping Hands For Heroes, Blind Joe, Rowdy Johnson Band Thu 17: Sawyer Brown Fri 18: Boogie Stomp Sat 19: Bruce Hornsby Sat 26: The Last Waltz Tucson Style

HACIENDA DEL SOL 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol. 2991501, HaciendaDelSol.com Nightly: Live Music on the Patio Sun 6: Rafael Moreno & Nathaniel Burnside


Sawyer Brown appears Thursday, November 17, at Fox Tucson Theatre.

The Hut 305 N. 4th Ave., 623-3200 huttucson.com Sundays: Acoustic Open Mic, with Cadillac Mountain Thursdays: Mockingbirds Saturdays: Mike & Randy’s 420 Show with Top Dead Center

MONTEREY COURT 505 W. Miracle Mile, MontereyCourtAZ.com Tue 1: Joyce Luna & the Constellations Wed 2: Nick McBlaine & Log Train Thu 3: Heather Lil Mama Hardy Live at Monterey Court CD recording event Fri 4: Heather Lil Mama Hardy Live at Monterey Court CD recording event Sat 5: Frank & Friends (formerly Straight Shot Again) Sun 6: Nancy Elliott & Friends– Sunday Brunch Performances, Eleanor Winston Group Tue 8: Nancy McCallion & Danny Krieger Wed 9: Tucson Songwriters Showcase Thu 10: Don Armstrong & Friends Fri 11: Po the Band w/ Undercover Sat 12: Joey Cook & the Party Raddlers Sun 13: Nancy Elliott & Friends– Sunday Brunch Performances, Youth Blues Fest Tue 15: The Tucsonics–Western Swing Wed 16: Eric Schaffer & the Other Troublemakers

Fri 18: Giant Blue Sat 19: Key Ingredients of African Soul Sun 20: Nancy Elliott & Friends– Sunday Brunch Performances, Turkey Jam–A Benefit for the 100 Club of Tucson Fri 25: Monterey Court’s 5th Birthday Bash with Neil McCallion & the Mighty Maxwells & Quarter Royale. Fri 25: Neil McCallion & the Mighty Maxwells plus Quarter Royale Sat 26: The Coolers Sun 27: Nancy Elliott & Friends– Sunday Brunch Performances Wed 30: Western Music Association Presents

PLAYGROUND TUCSON 278 E. Congress. 396-3691, PlaygroundTucson.com See web site for information

Plaza Palomino 2990 N. Swan Rd., 907-7325 plazapalomino.com Sat 19: Rillito River Band

RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000, RialtoTheatre.com Tue 1: Thee Oh Sees, Burning Palms Thu 3: Mexrissey, Nina Diaz Fri 4: The English Beat Sat 5: Trinute Fest II—Top Dead Center, The Jack, A Heart On Fire, Frank Lopez Group, Me Vale, Wild Side Sun 6: Nick Offerman Wed 9: $uicideBoy$, Germ,

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Photo courtesy foxtucson.com

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Switchfoot (with Relient K) appears at The Rialto Theatre on Tuesday, November 22.

Rvmirexz, Shakewell, Mikey The Magician, Don Krez Fri 11: Lil Uzi Vert Sun 13: Lil Yachty, Lil Aaron Mon 14: Gogol Bordello Tue 15: Mac Miller Sat 19: Masters of Illusion Sun 20: Jesse Y Joy Tue 22: Switchfoot, Relient K Sat 26: Orkestra Mendoza featuring Salvador Duran Sun 27: Yelawolf, Bubba Sparxxx, Jelly Roll, Struggle Jennings

Fri 11: Cirque Roots, Autopilot Sat 12: Ned and the Dirt, The Rifle Tue 15: Tom Walbank, Mik & Scott Wed 16: Open Mic Fri 18: Open Fields Sat 19: Whispering Wires, Free Machines, JJCNV Tue 22: Tom Walbank, Haboob Wed 23: Open Mic Fri 25: Cirque Roots, Poison Lips Tue 29: Tom Walbank Wed 30: Open Mic

Royal Sun Lounge

31 E. Toole Ave. 884-0874, SolarCulture.org Wed 16: Dirtwire

1003 N Stone Ave (520) 622-8872 BWRoyalSun.com Sun-Tue: Happy Hour Live Music Sundays: Ivan Denis 1st & 3rd Mondays: Phil Davis Trio

SOLAR CULTURE

Tap & Bottle

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

403 N. 6th Ave. 344-8999 TheTapandBottle.com Thursdays 8:30-10:30pm Thu 3: Tom Walbank and Austin Counts Thu 10: Haboob Official Album Release (self-titled) Thu 17: Hank Topless Band Sun 27: Last Sunday Revival, 5-7pm

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Vero Amore Plaza Palomino

330 E. 7th St., 398-2542 TheSeaOfGlass.org See web site for information

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

The Screening Room

SKY BAR TUCSON 536 N. 4th Ave, 622-4300. SkyBarTucson.com Tue 1: Tom Walbank, Mik & Scott Wed 2: Open Mic Sat 5: Lonely Horse Tue 8: Tom Walbank, Haboob Wed 9: Open Mic

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Andy at Moon Smoke Shop; Pumpkins on a Barrio Doorstep; Grilled Chicken at Tucson Meet Yourself; Dianna at Tucson Meet Yourself; Carved Pumpkin at Brian and Kelly’s Pumpkin Patch; Pumpkins at Brian and Kelly’s Pumpkin Patch; Light up Artwork at Tucson Meet Yourself.

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Butterfly at Tucson Botanical Gardens; Butterflies at Tucson Botanical Gardens; Portrait of Frida Kahlo at Tucson Botanical Gardens; Anaya at Tucson Meet Yourself; Dance floor at Club Congress; Triple Double at Club Congress (Jimmy).

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BONEY JAMES NOV 10 | 7:30 PM

BIG BAND BOOGIE NOV 11 | 7:00 PM

Country Rock Favorites

Arthur Migliazza & Bob Baldori

Celebrating 25 Years

Hot Country Duo

MARC COHN THOMPSON SQUARE NOV 12 | 7:30 PM NOV 13 | 7:00 PM

Rowdy Johnson Band

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HELPING HANDS FOR HEROES NOV 15 | 7:30 PM

SAWYER BROWN NOV 17 | 7:30 PM

40th Anniversary of The Bands Iconic Concert - TUCSON STYLE!

An Evening with

LAST WALTZ NOV 26 | 7:30 PM

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BOOGIE STOMP! NOV 18 | 7:30 PM

BRUCE HORNSBY NOV 19 | 7:30 PM

A VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS NOV 25 | 6:00 PM

A Magical Grassical Christmas

Coen Brother’s Modern Classic Film Comedy

An Evening with

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GARRISON KEILLOR NOV 29 | 7:30 PM

ROGER HODGSON Formerly of SUPERTRAMP DEC 1 | 7:30 PM

DEPUE BROTHERS DEC 2 | 7:30 PM

THE BIG LEBOWSKI DEC 3 | 7:30 PM

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