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Congratulations to all nominees and winners of the 2015 Lumies Arts & Business Awards! The Lumies Arts & Business Awards celebrate those individuals, organizations and businesses that make Southern Arizona a wellspring of creative vitality. This year’s winners are:

Catherine Nash – Artist Award: Awarded to an individual artist that has demonstrated excellence, originality and ingenuity in the local arts and culture sector.

Stories That Soar! – Arts Education Award: Awarded to an individual or organization that has demonstrated excellence in arts education and/or youth work. May apply to a program for youth and/or adults.

The Drawing Studio – Arts Organization Award: Awarded to a public or private arts organization that has demonstrated excellence in serving the people of Tucson and Pima County. This may include exemplary work across disciplines, as well as advocating for and promoting the value of arts and culture in Southern Arizona.

Arizona Public Media – Arts and Cultural Advocate Award: Awarded to an individual or organization who has significantly contributed to the Tucson and Pima County cultural community and has raised the visibility of Southern Arizona’s arts and culture sector. This may include work through direct advocacy efforts as well as promoting the value of the arts. Jim Click Automotive Group :: Jim Click Jr – Business Award: Awarded to a private-sector business that actively supports and promotes local arts organizations, programs, and individual artists through advocacy and/or community outreach and involvement initiatives such as work-place based gallery exhibitions, volunteerism, scholarships, and a variety of other activities that promote the value of arts and culture in our community.

Jeff Yanc – The David Hoyt Johnson Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts: Awarded to an individual, or arts administrator who has demonstrated excellence, resilience, integrity, and resourcefulness in the arts and culture sector. Safos Dance Theatre – Emerging Artist or Arts Organization Award: Award to an individual, collective, or organization with 3 years or less of operating experience that has demonstrated excellence in Southern Arizona’s arts and culture sector. May apply to a program for youth or by youth. For more information, inlcuding details on nominations, please visit http://

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Tucson’s ‘Best Dressed Pirate’ Alex Streeter Makes Himself at Home at MOCA by Craig Baker


hough you probably couldn’t find the place unless you knew where to look for it, in Downtown Tucson’s Barrio Viejo is a rather unique museum of oddities. The collection behind its ancient wooden door framed in chipped blue paint chronicles one of Tucson’s most interesting, eccentric, and entertaining artists, who is perhaps one of the city’s best known creators internationally, though he’s still something of a well-kept secret locally. We’re talking about the silversmith-transplant from New York named Alex Streeter, and you’ll never believe anything you hear about him, even though it’s most likely all true. Best known for his macabre jewelry work worn by stars like Madonna, Axl Rose, and Marilyn Manson, in his everyday life, Streeter is a man of a million mediums. Growing up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Streeter discovered his passion for working with his hands by building and sailing model sailboats in Central Park under the tutelage of a man named Al Harding, who would later become known as the “Kite Master of Nantucket.” From there, he attended an “experimental class” at Rhode Island School of Design and was promptly expelled before deciding to make his way cross country to the Haight-Ashbury District of San Francisco in the late 1960s. During the now-fabled “Summer of Love,” Streeter cut his jewelry-making teeth by carving small pendants out of redwood bark, painting them with miniature images of flowers or peyote buttons, then stringing them on lengths of silk. He sold the pieces for a dollar each; fifty cents on wholesale to the local psychedelic shops. At that time in his life, Streeter was rubbing elbows with the likes of Janis Joplin and Steve Miller whilst simply trying to eke out a living as a small-time artist with very little formal education in the arts. Explains Streeter, “There was no such thing as entrepreneurship back then; it was just being unemployed and trying to make a living.” In fact, when he visited a “hippie employment agency” called the Hip Job Co-op and they suggested he try and make money selling his art, Streeter says he was resistant at first and even made something of a scene in the office. “It was an embarrassment to have money back then,” says Streeter, “it was really a well-intentioned time.” After a few years on the Haight, Streeter returned to New York where he opened his first retail store in SOHO when the area was still an abandoned industrial neighborhood known as “Hell’s Hundred Acres.” It was there that his shop played host to myriad rock stars as well as the Creative Directors for a now

cult-classic 1987 Robert De Niro film called “Angel Heart.” The creative team returned to the jeweler about a week or so after a single silent sweep around his shop having apparently decided that Streeter made the “strangest jewelry” in all of New York. He carved a necklace and several pentagram rings for the film which have become perhaps his most iconic pieces; the many spinoff versions of the Angel Heart Ring he has made since are his bestselling works still today. Streeter has also made a name for himself, though, as the creator of a unique silver eyepatch—complete with an aperture and anatomical eyelid—as well as his design for the original winged-heart ring, among other items of interest and varying levels of acclaim. Streeter remained at his flagship location for almost thirty years and watched as the now-thriving arts’ district built around him until he closed its doors in 2000 to focus on his craft. Six years later, he relocated to Tucson. As a boy, Streeter says his grandmother took him to see Roy Rogers’ rodeo at Madison Square Garden every year, and that experience was what spurred his love of all things Western. “I’ve always seen myself as something of a gunslinger,” Streeter explains, and so the trip West across the Mississippi was a lot like coming home. “I’m so happy here in Tucson,” says Streeter, “It’s like it was meant to be.” Since coming to the southwest, Streeter has become something of a local celebrity, but more for his image than his art; you may have seen him cruising around town on his one-of-a-kind, saddle-laden Kawasaki motorcycle, affectionately called the “Bisbee Bomber,” along with his pal, Jake the short-haired Chihuahua. And though his more-than six-foot frame cuts an intimidating profile (picture a modern day Buffalo Bill without the mustache)—especially when topped with his Dirty Billy stovepipe hat (and, yes, Dirty Billy made all of the stovepipe hats for the film “Gangs of New York”) and accentuated by his red-rhinestone-studded ostrich skin cowboy boots—in person, Streeter is the gentle and generous type; the kind of guy who will invite you in, offer you coffee, and spin you a good yarn if you’ve got a minute to spare. Appropriately, everything on display in his late 19th Century adobe home and museum has a story behind it. He has the last model ship he ever made, as well as a photograph of the full-sized version he also built himself by hand. Hanging all over the walls are ink drawings, digital photographic collages, Yaqui masks, old pistols, as well as pieces of art given to him over the years by peers. Two pairs of antique cabinets grace his reception room, which he calls “Angels uu

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and Devils,” showcasing some of his favorite pieces of jewelry and handmade trinkets acquired during his decades of doing and collecting without pause or prejudice.

Above; Alex’s Angel Heart Ring. Middle; Alex in his NYC workshop mid-70s. Below left: Alex’s storefront in NYC mid-70s. Bottom right; Alex today with his dog Jake, inside the “Buffalo Room” of his Tucson home.

It is for this reason that the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Tucson) has decided to dedicate its galleries to all things Alex Streeter beginning with an opening on October 24. MOCA’s Curator, Jocko Weyland, describes Streeter’s Tucson home as “the materialization of Alex’s spirit and character,” and says that, where he admits it’s not possible to recreate Streeter’s entire domicile within the museum, he expects that the show, titled “Best Dressed Pirate,” will be a “close approximation.” Weyland calls Streeter “a creative force who concentrates on and is known for his jewelry,” but says he’s also “sort of constantly tinkering, making things, and drawing.” But Weyland says the MOCA exhibit will not just showcase the art that Streeter has made himself, but also pieces made for him by fans and friends from the US and Japan, where the artist has built a modest following thanks to the prevalence of his work in the world of goth rock. And, of course, there will be a number of pieces from his impressive collection of odds-and-ends on display, as well. “Alex is irreplaceable,” says Weyland, “this (show) is more an evocation of the feeling of being at his place without trying to replicate it—this is more like the highlights.” Still, the so-called “Buffalo Room” of Streeter’s residence will be featured in its entirety at MOCA, for instance, as will the Bisbee Bomber motorcycle. And, to top it off, Streeter has offered to donate his prized motorcycle to the museum so that it can be auctioned off to raise funds for the non-profit. Says Streeter of his involvement with the MOCA exhibit, “I’m just trying to tell Tucson how sweet it’s been to me, and to share what I have here (in my home) with Tucson.” This is clearly something of an understatement, though, considering that a huge portion of Streeter’s most treasured belongings will be trucked the two blocks from his home to the museum, where it will stay until the exhibit closes at the end of January. “It’s his artwork, the relics, the folk art, the outsider art and all that he surrounds himself with,” says Weyland of the upcoming exhibition. “As a person, he’s a funny, intellectual guy who’s done all of these interesting things, but he’s also this walking, talking artwork himself,” Weyland says, adding, “so you can’t reproduce Alex, but hopefully the show will provide a great introduction into his world.” In Streeter’s own words, that world is one in which “the arts move under the radar and really control modern life without anyone knowing it.” And if you need proof positive of that concept, just ask the silversmith how popular pentagram jewelry was before rock and roll music was playing in the elevators. n For more information on the upcoming MOCA exhibition on Alex Streeter, “Best Dressed Pirate,” visit To learn more about Streeter himself, or to see some of his work in silver, visit or

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Untitled, 2015, from Political Abstraction, archival pigment print, © Ralph Gibson, courtesy Etherton Gallery

Masterful Season Opening Etherton Gallery features works by Andy Summers and Ralph Gibson By Herb Stratford In the world of galleries and museums, curators and owners often wrestle with the pairing of artists for exhibitions. Sometimes it’s a bit of an intellectual leap to connect two or more artists and their respective works, but other times pairings makes perfect sense—such is the case of the new show at Etherton Gallery that pairs Andy Summers and Ralph Gibson. The exhibit, entitled Light Motifs, is up through November 7 and presents a variety of work from both men who share a love of black and white photography and have a complementary aesthetic. Ralph Gibson, who is unquestionably one of the giants of contemporary photography, is showing a diverse selection of his images which range from stunning nudes to striking moments of the sublime. Gibson has been working in the digital arena now for three years and his transition from the “analog” world of film has brought some degree of freedom, especially when traveling as frequently as he does. Gibson takes “5 to 6 trips abroad a year and practices a version of visual imperialism” in documenting what he sees. He has been invited by numerous countries to come and shoot, and has most recently been in Australia and is heading to Korea next for a return visit. He describes himself as a “formalist” always adhering to a few tenants like the avoidance of wide angle, maintaining a specific distance to subjects and waiting for the perfect moment. Gibson’s work brings to mind other giants such as Cartier Bresson and Edward Weston, but he also seems uniquely adept at capturing the ethos of modern life like no other artist. Andy Summers comes to photography alongside his other passion, which is music. Perhaps best known as part of the rock band The Police, Summers won raves for his guitar work and was named to several lists proclaiming him one of the greatest guitarists ever. He continues to make music and tour around the world, which also enables him to capture what he sees while abroad with his camera. Early work by Summers documented his life on the road with The 14 | October 2015

Police and the surreal nature of being in one of the biggest bands in the world. But Summers is also quite a talented photographer of other subjects, most notably the female form, and his nudes are both striking and unique. Summers seems able to capture the stranger in a strange land with his dark, moody images of other cultures. He tends to focus on black and white imagery, although it “seems like sacrilege not to capture the color in the real world,” because it allows him to focus on detail and get more out of the subject. Summers strives to “create an attitude or mystery on the wall” with his work which often evolves over the course of a body of work. He aims to “transform the ordinary into the extraordinary,” and more often than not succeeds. Ironically Summers and Gibson are in fact great friends, having met in 1983 in Brazil and having collaborated over the years on books, but have never exhibited together before this show, which according to Summers is both “fun for us and an honor for me to show with Ralph.” The two often get together and not only look at each other’s work, but play music together as Gibson is now a guitar player. Both men share a love of the same subjects, but also the world around them, and increasingly find themselves traveling in order to shoot. While Gibson is entirely digital in his work, Summers is about halfand-half and begrudgingly carries dozens and dozens of rolls of film through airport security whenever he’s abroad. While the two live on opposite sides of the country—Gibson in New York and Summers in California—they relish the time they get to spend with each other and the recent opening of the show at Etherton in late September gave them the chance to meet up and catch up with Tucsonans getting a chance to meet them as well. n Light Motifs, work by Andy Summers and Ralph Gibson is on display at the Etherton Gallery, located at 135 S. 6th Avenue through November 7., ph. 520.624.7370

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MJ, Sardinia (1980) gelatin silver print, 60 x 40 inches © Ralph Gibson

Jazz, Golden Gai, Tokyo, 2008, gelatin silver print, © Andy Summers

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Z galleries/exhibits ARIZONA HISTORY MUSEUM See website for details. Hours: Mon & Fri 9am6pm; Tues-Thurs 9am-4pm; Sat & Sun 11am-4pm. 949 E. 2nd Street. 520-628-5774.

ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM 1519 Rebellion: Itom Luturia (Our Truth) on view through Jan 2016. Intimacy of Faith, featuring retables and ex-votos from the Gloria Fraser Giffords and the Giffords family on view through May 2016. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am5pm. 520-621-6302. 1013 E. University Blvd. StateMuseum.Arizona.Edu

ART HOUSE CENTRO Grand Opening of Downtown Blossoms Saturday, October 17th 4 - 7pm. Flowers and garden art featuring local Tucson artists. Barrio Bones II, local artists’ take on Día de los Muertos runs October 17th through November 14th. Opening reception on Saturday, October 17th from 5:30-8:30pm. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 11am-4pm. 201 N. Court Ave. 520-620-1725.

BAKER + HESSELDENZ FINE ART 2nd Annual New Contemporary Group Show open from Sept 28th to Nov 28th. Opening reception on Oct 3rd from 6-9pm. Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm or by appointment. 100 E. 6th St. 520-7600037.

CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY The Lives of Pictures: Forty Years of Collecting at the Center for Creative Photography open from Oct 10th to Mar 20th, 2016. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 1-4pm. 1030 N. Olive Rd. 520-6217968.

CONTRERAS GALLERY Bigger Piggyz featuring the work of political cartoonist, Gary Aagaard opens on Oct 3rd with a reception from 6-9pm. Closes on Oct 31st. Hours: Weds-Sat 10am-4pm. 110 E. 6th St. 520-398-6557.


See website for details. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am5pm. 439 N. 6th Ave., #171. 520-622-8997.

DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Tucson Print Invitational open from Sept 17th to Nov 7th with an opening reception on October 3rd from 6-8pm. Hours: Tues-Fri 11am5pm; Sat 11am-4pm. 154 E. 6th St. 520-629-9759.


The Rose and The Robe continues through January 27th. Hours: 10am-4pm daily. 6300 N. Swan Rd. 520-299-9191.

DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY Sonoran Radiance continues through November. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-1:30pm. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 520722-4412.

DRAGONFLY GALLERY New exhibit opens on Oct 10th, featuring 2D and 3D


Ghosts: Ralph Ziman is on view until Nov 4th. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-626-4215.

KRIKAWA JEWELRY ART GALLERY Miracles & Milagros, featuring art and jewelry inspired by the spirituality of the Southwest is on view until Nov 14th. Hours: TuesFri 9am-5pm; Sat 10am-4pm. 21 E. Congress St. 520-322-6090.

LIONEL ROMBACH GALLERY See website for details. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-624-4215. CFA.Arizona.Edu/galleries

MINI TIME MACHINE Mending the Soul with Miniature Stitches: The Needlework of Ray Materson is on view until Jan 10th, 2016. Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-4pm and Sun 12-4pm. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr., 520-881-0606.

MOEN MASON GALLERY Beautiful Chaos, a solo exhibition by Derek Gores and the Tucson Fashion Week Launch Party open on Oct 15th from 6-10pm. Hours: ThursSun 12-5pm. 222 E. 6th St. 520-262-3806.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART October 24 - January 31 in the Great Hall & Southeast Galleries, is Alex Von Bergen: Next Time. In the Northeast Galleries, is Alex Streeter: Best Dressed Pirate. Hours: Weds-Sun 12-5pm. 265 S. Church Ave. 520624-5019.

PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY & STUDIO See website for details. Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm. 711 S. 6th Ave. 520-884-7404.


See website for details. Hours: Tues-Sat 10am5pm. 6420 N. Campbell Ave. 520-299-2607.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD See website for details. Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-4pm. 5605 E. River Rd. 520-299-7294.

TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Western Heroes of Pulp Fiction: Dime Novel to Pop Culture open from Oct 24th to Feb 14th, 2016. Museum As Sanctuary: Perspectives of Resilience runs until Jan 3rd and Arizona Biennial 2015 open to Oct 11th. Hours: Tues-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm; Thurs 10am-8pm; Sun 12-5pm. 140 N. Main Ave. 520624-2333.

UA MUSEUM OF ART School of Art Faculty Exhibition open until Nov 8th with an opening reception on Oct 2nd from 5-7pm. Rome – Legacy Of An Eternal City on view to Jan 24th, 2016. Selections From Art Sprouts on view to Dec 5th. Wavelength: The Art of Light featuring James Turrell’s Deep Sky Portfolio on view until Dec 6th. Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 12-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7567. ArtMuseum. Arizona.Edu

encaustic works by local artists: Yvonne Prisble, Susan Matte-Farina, Lisa Mishler and Margie Pye. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. 146 E. Broadway. 520-628-3164.

UA POETRY CENTER See website for details. Hours: Mon & Thurs 9am-8pm;

DRAWING STUDIO Sand and Stone: Southwest Images open from Oct 3rd to Nov

WEE GALLERY Dirty Drawings: Nudes by Matthew Diggins opens on Oct 3rd until

7th with an opening reception on Oct 10th from 6-9pm. 2760 N. Tucson Blvd. 520-6200947.

Nov 1st . Opening reception on Oct 3rd from 6-11pm. Hours: Thurs-Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm. 439 N. 6th Ave, Suite #171. 520-360-6024.


WILDE MEYER GALLERY Group Shows open from Oct 1st to 31st. Hours: Mon-

Light Motifs, photographs by Ralph Gibson and Andy Summers is on view until Nov 7th. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-5pm. 135 S. 6th Ave. 520624-7370.

Tues, Weds, Fri 9am-5pm. 1508 E. Helen St. 520-626-3765. Poetry.Arizona.Edu

Fri 10am-5:30pm; Thurs 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12-5pm. 3001 E. Skyline Dr. 520-615-5222,

HOTEL CONGRESS LOBBY Beautiful Dark, a collaboration between Patricia

wood & pulp Locally made furniture and art. Open the first Saturday of each

Katchur and Joni Wallace opens Sept 30th to Nov 11th with an opening reception on Oct 2nd from 6-8pm. 311 East Congress St.,

month at 6pm. 439 N. 6th Ave, #189.

IRONWOOD GALLERY Measuring the Fate of the Amazon Rainforests is on view

Opening reception on Oct 3rd from 7-10pm. Hours: Weds-Sat 1-5pm. 388 S. Stone Ave. 520-629-9976.

until Oct 25th. Hours: Daily 10am-4pm. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. 520-883-3024.

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WOMANKRAFT ART GALLERY Recycling With Purpose open until Oct 24th.

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“Beautiful Dark”, works by Patricia Katchur and Joni Wallace at The Historic Hotel Congress lobby. Pictured; “Raven Shadowling” by Patricia Katchur.

Below: works appearing at The Big Picture – 15th Season Opener on Saturday, October 3, 2015, from member galleries of the Central Tucson Gallery Association. More information at

Untitled, photograph by Brunio Bisan at Moen Mason Gallery Flushed, digital inkjet print by David Newman at Davis Dominguez Gallery

Formicine Formulations by Linda Bohlke at Raices Taller 222 Gallery Danny Galieote “Hidden Assets”, 40”x40” Oil on Canvas at Baker + Hesseldenz

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An Evening of Intrigue & Mystery The Haunted Hotel Congress’ Voodoo & Black Magic show by Sara Cline Last October Kenny had put on twelve shows in the room, with the theme being the conjuring. He described the show as “somber” and “serious”. This year Kenny is ready to go “full throttle” with new material centered around the mystique of Voodoo. “Basically what I am doing for all of these shows is I am summoning the deities of Voodoo,” said Kenny. “The way Voodoo works is through, believe it or not, possession.” Kenny explained that there will be different deities him and his partner, Lauren Malanga, will call upon to have possess them. The deities are spirits from the Haitian Voodoo culture, each deity has its own distinct personality, behavior, and style. “You walk a fine line. We are summoning these deities and there are moments where I can truly go crazy, as a deity possesses me. It can be scary even for me,” he says. Voodoo, an art that Kenny is perfecting, can also be a threat and a scary reality if it is not shown a true respect. Thus, he is traveling to New Orleans, a hub of Voodoo, before the show in hopes of becoming more educated on the Voodoo culture. “I’m going to New Orleans to do my homework. Not only that but I want to bring that real authenticity to the show,” said Kenny who will be joining Voodoo rituals during his travels. In today’s world, there are movies and stories about the terror of Voodoo. Many may shiver at the thought of white possessed eyes or needles being stabbed into Voodoo dolls, but Kenny sees this fear as entertainment. As a teenager Kenny would sneak into abandoned houses and an abandoned asylum filled with underground catacombs, pursuing a moment of pure adrenaline that although scaring him made him return for more. This feeling of uneasiness yet intrigue is one that Kenny hopes to invoke in his audience. “I want them to feel sort of bewildered. Like what just happened. I want them to have this feeling where they have been taken somewhere else for fortyfive minutes. But once they go back downstairs it will almost feel like it had never happened- like a dream.” Magic Kenny Bang Bang and Midnight Malanga will be hosting two shows every Thursday and Friday in October at 7pm and 9pm. Audience members must be twenty-one or older to attend. Shows run for forty-five minutes with an exclusive tour of the haunted and grim history of Hotel Congress. Tickets are $15 at the door or can be bought in advance online at Events/October. “It is truly a lost art horror theater,” said Kenny. “The audience will be taken out of their comfort zone. There will be moments were they are scared. There will be things they have no explanation for. And then at the end of it all, they will be safely brought back downstairs.” n photo: Andrew Brown

“Oh Erzulie Freda, if you are here give us a sign,” yelled Kenny Stewart as he summoned the voodoo deity of love with a loteria card folded up and in between his gritted teeth. I open the card I had placed in between my own teeth to find that my original card, which I had written my name on, is no longer the one I am unfolding. The card I unfold reads ‘Magic Kenny’ written in purple sharpie. At the same time, across the table, Kenny takes the card out from his mouth, unfolds it, and I see my name in my handwriting written diagonally on it. I stare wondering how the card that I had put between my teeth was now in his hands. “I just can’t make this stuff up,” exclaimed Kenny as he opened his hand flashing his silver skull ring and putting my card next to the wood voodoo figure. Chances are you may have already met Kenny Stewart in the line of one of his many other professions. Some may know him as Kenny the Sommelier, which he has been since growing a taste for wine in his twenties. Kenny the lively bartender who aims to please customers. Kenny the occasional Burlesque dancer. Kenny the salesman or even Kenny the ordained minister who will perform magic tricks at wedding ceremonies. But as we sit in the dimly lit “Hidden Room” on the third floor of Hotel Congress at a table with tarot cards and a straw voodoo doll strewn across it, he is known as Magic Kenny Bang Bang a Macabre and Medium. “I guess I have always had a connection to the macabre and sort of the occult. I’m also a performer and entertainer. They lend to each other very nicely,” he explains as we sit. Kenny has put on magic shows since he was a thirteen-year-old boy growing up in New Jersey. Now into his 40s he continues to put on shows but with a twist, with the intent to thrill and intrigue the audience through fear and mystique. “During this time of year people generally want to be scared,” said Kenny. “What I am creating is live horror theater.” In 1934 the third floor of Hotel Congress mysteriously caught fire. The entire floor was destroyed, except for one room, “The Hidden Room” which also happened to be the site where notorious gangster, John Dillinger, and his gang had stayed. Today this room is the site where Kenny hosts his shows in October and has every October for the past three years. The room is dark and eerie with a dusty bed stashed in the corner and random chairs spread throughout the clustered floor. The room gives off an uneasy feeling which is not surprising once you learn its history. “It is perfect for a show every October. They [Hotel Congress] don’t use it anymore for anything except the show. You walk in here and it takes you back in time. It has this weird and creepy dark energy, which sets a premise for the show” said Kenny.

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Border Community Alliance “Bridging the Border” with artist Ana Teresa Fernandez Special Events, October 13, 15, & 16 The Border Community Alliance (BCA) and its Mexican partner foundation FESAC will host artist Ana Teresa Fernandez in a series of events October 13, 15, and 16, as part of a statewide residency program sponsored by ASU Performance in the Borderlands. Registration for events and more information can be found at Tuesday, October 13, Artist Ana Teresa Fernandez will paint a mural on the border fence in Nogales, Mexico. This mural is designed to optically erase the fence from the perception of the viewer by matching the background. BCA will host a short, guided, walking tour to the site of the mural paint out – to see

the artist in action as this innovative and proactive response to the US/Mexico border issues is being created. Tour meeting place and time will be sent upon registration and tour participants will be guided to the site by BCA staff and volunteers. The rest of the tour itself will be open ended and self guided, with participants encouraged to visit other parts of downtown Nogales, Mexico and enjoy a day on the other side of the border. Other events include, Thursday, October 15, 5:30-7:30pm, Fernandez will lecture at the Tucson Museum of Art. And on Friday, October 16, 6:00-8:00pm Fernandez will lecture at the Tubac Center of the Arts. October 2015 | 21

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october FRI 9- SUN 11 Tucson Meet Yourself The largest free, threeday Folk Life Festival in Arizona-Sonora. In years past the it has had six stages with 250 performances of world music and dance, 100 + fold artist demonstrating their crafts, delicious ethnic foods shared by 65 food vendors, workshops, lectures, hands-on activities and more! Downtown Tucson.

THU 1- SUN 04 Mexican Baseball fiesta

A tournament between some of the most popular teams in Mexico. See website for game times. $9-$13. Historic Hi Corbett Field, 3400 E. Camino Campestre.

FRI 2- SAT 10 Tucson Modernism Week

A week devoted to the Tucson’s modern design and architecture. Explore the clean and simple lines of Sonoran modern design through lectures, films and workshops. Vintage trailer show. 260, N. Church Ave. Pricing and event schedule at

SAT 3 Barrio Vidrio and Annual Pumpkin Festival The Sonoran Glass Art Academy invites you to explore three different glass studios. Take the day to watch live demonstrations, look for glass art, and even create a fall-themed masterpiece including making your own glass pumpkin. Prices for the different activities vary from $10-$85. 10am-8pm. Sonoran Glass Art Academy, 633 W. 18th St. 884-7814,

Jonathan’s Cork Fun Chili CookOff Taste chili created by chefs from ten of Tucsons restaurants. All proceeds benefit Send-a-Kid-to-Camp. 12pm-2pm.$10 at the door. Jonathan’s Cork, 6320 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

SAT 3-SUN 4 Earth Harmony Festival

A weekend celebration of living in environmental, social, spiritual, & musical harmony. Free. Avalon Organic Gardens and Eco Village, 2074 Pendleton Drive, Tumacaori, AZ. 398-2542,

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Hosted by The Vista del Rio Neighborhood. Nine “stages”, food trucks, music and more. Free event. 4pm-6pm.

Tucson Salsa Bachata Festival

Porch Fest

THU 8- SAT 10 Tucson Festival of Films

The festival takes the highlights from eight film festivals in Tucson and puts it into one three-day festival. 330 S. Scott Ave. Pricing and list of events at

SAT 10 Pride on Parade The 2015 Pride on Parade is back on 4th Avenue. There is opportunity to join the parade or to join in the celebration and block party. The parade will be held 6pm-7pm with Grand Marshal Tempest DuJour. The block party is at 7pm-9pm. For more information go to


5K walk & 10K fun run in remembrance of loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS and in support of services and prevention education for anyone affected by, or at risk for HIV/AIDS. Registration fees. 8am. Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. 628-7223,

The Great Pumpkin Race at Buckelew Farms This 5k takes runners, along dirt roads and even through a haunted corn maze! Open for runners of all levels. There is also prizes, face painting and of course pumpkin carving. The race fee is $17 prior or $20 on the day of the race. Start time is at 7:30 am. Buckelew Farms, 17000 W. Ajo Way.

Performances, lessons, workshops, and late-night dancing. See website for times and prices. Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, 10000 North Oracle Road.

SAT 17 Pride in the Desert Festival

A pride celebration! Featuring Tucson Pride Grand Marshall Amanda Simpson and Tempest Dujour. General admission $12. 12pm-8pm. Kino Sports Park, 2500 E. Ajo Way.

World Margarita Championship Taste original margaritas and get the chance to vote on which is the best. The margaritas are paired with food from a variety of local restaurants. $50 prior to the event day. 6pm. Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa. 245 E. Ina Rd.

Tucson Firefighters Chili Cook Off Over 30 booths selling chili, nachos, chilidogs, roasted corn, quesadillas and more. TFD stations compete for bragging rights for the best chili. Proceeds benefit the Tucson Firefighters Adopt-A- Family program. 10am10pm. Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way, 791-4873,

Annual Great Tucson Beer Festival Sample beers from southwestern breweries while listening to music, nibbling on food and playing games. All proceeds benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona. $45 prior to event for general admission. 6pm-10pm. Kino North Soccer Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way.

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City of Rocks State Park

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events Z October 3 A Day to Explore Barrio Vidrio, a neighborhood festival celebrating the fall season and glass artistry in Tucson. Navigate the area and explore three glass studios near the 5 Points Intersection, where Stone Ave, 18th St, and 6th Ave meet. The day features scheduled events at all studios, including advanced glassblowing demonstrations, gallery exhibits, and make your own glass art experiences from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The event concludes with an evening reception for nationally-acclaimed artists Leon Applebaum and Elodie Holmes at Philabaum Glass Gallery from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. More information at

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Tucson Classics Car Show Admire over 400 different cars. From antique cars to sports cars, to classics. There will be musical entertainment and raffles that include a chance to win a Corvette Convertible or $15,000! and music. Tickets are $5. 10am-4pm. Gregory School, 3231 N. Craycroft Rd.

SUN 18 Blues Heritage Festival

Lineup includes various blues singers and bands including Eddy “the Chief” Clearwater, Dennis Jones Band, News Blues Band and more! 11am-6:30pm. Rilito Race Track Park, 4502 N.1st Ave.

Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival A festival dedicated to promotion aspects of sustainability including home energy, recycling, gardening and more. Free. 11am-4pm. YCWA, 525 Bonita Ave.

SUN 18- SAT 24 10West

A week long festival that fuses together music, art, business and technology. The festival revolves around technology and entrepreneurship as well as a celebration. The festival is held in downtown Tucson. Pricing and event schedule found at

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FRI 23 Night of Fright

Pima Air & Space Museum hosts a family-friendly Halloween event with carnival games, a costume contest and much more! 5pm- 9pm. $10 for ages 12 years and older. 6000 E. Valencia Rd.

Viva La Local Food Fest Taste Baja food

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Reid Park Zoo is hosting a trickor-treat at the zoo, surrounded by carved pumpkins and costumed characters. 6pm-8pm. $9 for general admission. Reid Park Zoo, 1100 S. Randolph Way.

FRI 23-SUN 25 SAHBA Fall Home & Garden Show Learn and see the latest in home improvement trends, remodeling ideas and outdoor living. $8 for admission. Receive a dollar off if you bring a canned good to help the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Fri-Sat 10am-7pm. Sun 10am-5pm.Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.

SAT 24 Halloween in the Wild

See live animal encounters while also crafting masterpieces and wandering through a haunted house. $9 for adults. 7$ for children 4-12 years old. 5pm-7pm. International Wildlife Museam.4800 W. Gates Pass Rd.

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pendent, foreign and classical cinema. This years featured film is Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Pricing and times visit

Art Trails Travel the trail through the West/ North-

THU 22- SAT 24 Tucson Terror Fest

Southern Arizona’s only horror film festival. A celebration of horror films and a deeper look into the topics surrounding them. For events and pricing visit

SAT 31 provided by 80+ local farmers market vendors, breweries, wineries, and restaurants. Enjoy live music. 9am-5pm. $6 admission. Rillito Park Race Track, 4502, N. First Ave.

Heart of Tucson Open Studio

Artists in mid-town Tucson, Arizona, offer art lovers a tour of their studios for two days, 11am-5pm. Free and open to the public. Details at

Ongoing Fall Pumpkin Celebration

Pumpkin patch, corn maze, games, food, an orchard and more. 9am-5pm. Takes place on weekends in October. See website for ticket pricing. Apple Annie’s Pumpkin and Produce, 6405 W. Williams Rd., Wilcox, AZ.

Nightfall At Old Tucson

Old Tucson transforms into a haunted town with monsters and ghouls when the sun sets. Thu-Sun 6pm-10pm: Fri-Sat 6pm12pm. $26 Adults; $21 Children 4-11. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Rd. 883-0100,

The Slaughterhouse house featuring five houses and


many scary surprises. See website for times and pricing. 1102 W. Grant Rd. 784-2501,

west regions of Tucson and experience the vibrancy of talented artists and their stunning artwork as they open their studios and creative spirit to the public. Sat and Sun, 11am5pm. Free and self guided. Details at

SUN 25 Family Arts & Music Experience Crafts, activities, and international performances hosted by Children’s Museum Tucson. 10am-2pm. Free. Children’s Museum. 200 S. 6th Ave.

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How We Live Forever Downtown Lecture Series explores immortality and how our beliefs about life beyond death shape the human experience by Emma Reed


he “Epic of Gilgamesh” tells one man’s quest for a flower that grants eternal life. This flower vanishes down the gullet of a hungry snake, leaving Gilgamesh empty-handed and facing his own inescapable mortality. His story has endured more than 4000 years, weathering as slowly as the tablets on which it was stamped. Through the world’s oldest major literary work, Gilgamesh transcends death, immortalized by the legacy of his story. What legacy will you leave behind? A hefty inheritance? Children? Or something less tangible? Do you hope to escape death altogether by uploading your mind to a robot body? The upcoming Downtown Lecture Series on Immortality will tackle these questions and more. The lecture series, presented by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, will run at the Fox Theater every Wednesday, Oct. 14 through Nov. 11. Featuring topics ranging from ancient burial rites to vampire myths, this series explores our quest to transcend death and how our legacies link people to the past, present and future. J. Edward Wright, Director of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, will kick off this series on Oct. 14 with his lecture, “The Histories and Mysteries of Heaven.” According to Wright, “As we evolved larger brains, we started asking larger questions, and the largest question is, ‘What’s beyond life?’” Ancient Middle East cultures imagined the afterlife as a dark and dusty place where the dead would continue their lives as they did on Earth — the rich would stay rich and the peasants poor. Greek influence transformed this afterlife into a desirable and pure realm. Understanding cultural perspectives on death is key to understanding those cultures. “Our afterlife beliefs say nothing about the afterlife, but they say everything about our lives,” says Wright. Technology is blurring the boundary between life and death, from transplants that keep hearts beating after their original owners have died, to cryogenically freezing brains in the hope of resurrection. As the American population ages, new practices could emerge. “I’m convinced that baby boomers will change the definition of death,” says Wright, “how we deal with it, and how we imagine it.” Mary C. Stiner, UA Anthropology Professor, will continue this discussion on Oct. 21 with her lecture, “Love and Death in the Stone Age.” According to Stiner, Neanderthals living 80,000 to 50,000 years ago provide the oldest known evidence of caring for the dead. “The earliest burials occur in sites where people come… again and again,” says Stiner. “They are protecting a body, through burial, in a place where they

intend to return, even though these people were mobile.” This tangible link between the living and the dead engaged Neanderthals in what Stiner calls ‘memory cultivation.’ “Those who have died continue to live on in the memories of other people,” she says. “and, in that sense, they become immortal.” On Oct. 28, UA English Professor Jerrold Hogle will trace the evolution of a darker form of immortality, the vampire. In early Christian mythology, “those who died and came back to life as vampires carried their sins with them,” says Hogle. “[Vampirism] was an allegory of human beings having to stay away from sinfulness, otherwise they would be bled dry.” Gothic literature turned vampires into symbols of a leech-like aristocracy— a threat to purity, but that image has changed in recent years. “All of the monsters of the Gothic past… have become more sympathetic and humanized, because there is a sense that all of us could be regarded as monstrous by people who did not see our special qualities as like their own… Now, we have a cultural attitude that says that this idea of ‘othering’ people of races different than your own is a bad thing, and, if you see them as vampires, maybe we’re all vampires. We’re all, in some way, a minority,” says Hogle. This realization lends the vampire’s dark immortality a sense of optimism. “In some way, we are all different, and we can form a better human community if we accept that,” says Hogle. If you would like to put this lesson from the vampire to practice, Maynards Market & Kitchen will follow Hogle’s lecture with a vampire-themed dinner, a fundraiser for the Downtown Lecture Series. Modern literature can make immortality desirable—just ask any Twilight fan—but one ancient philosopher cautions us against obsessing over our immortal legacies. On Nov. 4, Rachana Kamtekar, UA Associate Professor of Philosophy, will present “Two Ancient Philosophers on Why Death is No Evil.” For the Greek philosopher Epicurus, “concern with legacy is a destructive concern,” says Kamtekar. “It’s an empty desire, and it leads to unhappiness.” According to Kamtekar, Plato takes a different perspective: “We can approximate immortality by leaving behind what’s best in us,” she says, “Everyone leaves a legacy, but the value of the legacy depends on what you valued.” Plato and Epicurus agree on one point. “You can believe very different things about what happens at death and still have no reason to fear death…. What you should care about is how you live your life,” says Kamtekar, “We can’t endure like the immortals, but we can be happy like the immortals.” uu

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Does our happiness in this life depend on our beliefs about the afterlife? UA philosophy Professor Shaun Nichols asks whether perspectives on death affect how much we fear it. His Nov. 11 lecture, “The Elusive Self in Life and Death,” explores Buddhist philosophy. “We are just a collection of psychological traits—thoughts, convictions, feelings and desires—and those things change over time,” says Nichols. “You’re not the same person from one year to the next.” The “self” that will die is not the “self” you are today. Patients with certain diseases often lose memory or change personality. Nichols queried the families of Alzheimer’s, A.L.S. and dementia patients to find out whether their diseases turned the patients into different people. “What surprised us was that memory didn’t matter at all…. For people who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s, as long as they are morally the same, family members regarded them as the same person…. When your morals change, that’s when people think that you have changed. The way you treat people, and the way you are morally, is the kind of legacy that will actually matter.” What legacy will this lecture series leave? “In the ‘People College’… we’re interested in understanding people, valuing their belief systems and understanding them in their cultural context,” says Wright. “We might not adopt many of these different belief systems, but we can learn from them, cherish them… These are all what make people people. Our goal is to make everyone better people, better citizens—more informed, more thoughtful and more understanding of others. When we do that, we’ve succeeded.” n

Downtown Lecture Series lecturers:

J. Edward Wright

Rachana Kamtekar

Mary C. Stiner

Shaun Nichols

The Downtown Lecture Series takes place Wednesdays at the Fox Tucson Theatre, from October 14 to November 11. For more information on each lecture, dates and times, please visit www.downtownlectures.

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Tucson Modernism Week Exploring Tucson’s Mid-century Design Heritage by Gillian Drummond


fter four years, jam-packed schedules and a slew of innovative lectures and events, you’d think the organizers of Tucson Modernism Week might start running out of ideas. Not so. This year’s Tucson Modernism Week is busier than ever, the line-up arguably its most impressive to date. That’s due in large part to the small army of volunteers behind the nineday event. And it’s due in equally large part to the stories that abound here in Tucson, says Demion Clinco, Chief Executive Officer of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, which organizes Tucson Modernism Week. “I think that Tucson was definitely an epicenter of design in Arizona and regionally and in some ways nationally and we don’t give our community credit for that,” says Clinco. Added to that is the fact that retirees who settle here bring with them their own “incredible” stories, he says. In fact, the more Clinco and his team digs, the more fascinating tales of mid-20thcentury Tucson it uncovers. Some of those stories take longer to emerge than others, however. Clinco first spotted the 1950s dresses of fashion designer Delores Gonzales in archive materials more than a year ago. It took many months and some detective work to locate her remaining family, now living in Colorado and California. That set in motion the creation of a fashion exhibition of Gonzales’ western wear, to take place in the lobby of the Tucson Convention Center on October 3rd and 4th. Delores Gonzales was born in Sonora, Mexico in 1907. In 1914, at the age of 7, she moved with her family from Agua Prieta to Douglas, Arizona. The story goes that a bullet from a Pancho Villa raid had landed on Delores’ pillow. Her father said “Enough” and moved the family over the border. Gonzales learned her sewing skills from her mother Beatrice and honed them in Los Angeles where she was a pattern cutter. Bad asthma forced her to return to Tucson where she owned a factory and a store. “She was quite well known in Tucson and societal circles,” says Bob Gon-

zales, Delores’ younger son, who with his brother Leo used to roll braid and rick rack in the factory as a child. She was also influential in the fashion world. “Cele Peterson credited her as being a major component of the whole movement of patio and western dresses,” says Clinco. This “Tucsonan chic” style – which incorporated the colors and Native American influences of the southwest – was picked up by national department stores. Says Clinco: “There’s no one person who you can credit but [Delores] comes as close as you can get.” “I think that it’s overdue,” says Dolores’ daughter-in-law Karyl Gonzales of the Tucson Modernism Week exhibit. “She more than won any accolade anyone ever gave her.” Karyl, who will attend the event, remembers Dolores as a “party girl, party giver and party goer.” She first set eyes on her future mother-in-law at a function at the Pioneer Hotel on Stone Avenue. “She had white hair pulled back in a bun. She was wearing a black gown. I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen,” says Karyl. Karyl married Dolores’ son Leo (known as Lee) and she and Dolores bonded over fashion; Karyl studied theatre at the University of Arizona and went on to work in costuming. Karyl and Lee’s daughter Lisa Marie Gonzales – whose childhood wardrobe was filled with outfits Dolores made just for her – carries on the fashion legacy. Lisa Marie now owns the fashion line DCC Diversified Clothing Company in California. Fashion is a strong theme of this year’s Tucson Modernism Week. Ted DeGrazia’s textile designs will be on show at the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, while the closing party is a 1965 fashion show and silent disco at the 1965-built Murphy Wilmot Library. Other Tucson Modernism Week highlights include: a furniture and home goods expo at the Tucson Convention Center; a mid-century modern home tour featuring buildings by Arthur Brown, Louis Coon, Nicholas Sakellar and William and Sylvia Wilde (and special lectures on architects Nicolas Sakellar and William and Sylvia Wilde); and the annual vintage trailer show. uu

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On Saturday, October 10, 3pm, join Demion Clinco for a look at the Architectural Work of William and Sylvia Wilde, pioneers of Modern architecture in Tucson, and designers of Tucson Police & Fire Departments, built in 1974.


One of the stand-out events will take place at MOCA Tucson: the arrival of the Firebird III [see page 37]. This futuristic concept car was developed by General Motors in the 1950s as part of a series of car designs that were never intended for production, but rather to showcase just how far GM could go with its technology and design. The car barely leaves its home at the General Motors Heritage Center in Sterling Heights, Michigan. On October 3rd, thanks to a collaboration between Tucson Modernism Week, the General Motors Heritage Center and insurance firm AIG, it will be on display for one weekend only at MOCA. Also present will be two of its designers, Norm James and Tucsonan Jim Ewen – reunited for the first time in more than 50 years. The significance of the Firebird’s journey to Tucson isn’t lost on Thom Sherwood, a local Pontiac enthusiast and volunteer for Tucson Modernism Week. “It’s as if someone were to ask the Louvre in Paris to send the Mona Lisa to a backyard barbecue in Podunk, Arkansas. It’s a testament to the respect that GM feels towards its legacy and their designers, that it is undertaking to get the car shipped just for the weekend,” says Sherwood, who as well as moderating the Firebird III lecture, is overseeing a show of vintage “finned” cars outside the MOCA building on the same day. Fun and fins aside, the organizers of Tucson Modernism Week hope their annual event does more than entertain. Its mission is “to educate the community” about the mid-century period and its renaissance, says Clinco. Volunteers try hard to hold their events in mid-century modern spaces. Architects who did influential work here in the middle of last century, but are not widely recognized for it, are celebrated. Clinco says that since Tucson Modernism Week began he sees the Tucson community taking more notice of the city’s mid-century buildings – some of which are hidden in strip malls. “Three years ago we didn’t 34 | October 2015

see that happening. That makes me really thrilled. I’m confident people will be a little bit more conscious about mid mod design and not just cover it up with stucco.” Last year’s Tucson Modernism Week pulled in 4,000 to 5,000 people, says Clinco, up from 3,000 the previous year. He reports ticket sales from the East Coast, Texas and even London. So why all the interest in the middle of the last century? For one thing it was an exciting time in design, says Alan Hess, a Los Angeles historian, Tucson Modernism Week speaker and author of Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture. “The mid century period of the 20th century was a time of experiment and really talented architects [who moved] in a lot of different directions. The sunbelt generally was booming, people were moving there, there was development going on that attracted architects,” says Hess, whose lecture Modernism’s Back takes place at MOCA on October 3rd. In the Arizona desert in particular, architecture was also functional, he says.“Modern architecture was about solving a problem. It was very very practical, especially when you were building a house in the desert and you have the sun coming into the house, the heat, the soil. All these things shaped the house.” Luckily for Tucson and its mid century heritage, the Mad Men era is, quite simply, in vogue. Says Hess: “Every architecture style goes through its cycle. It’s new and then it gets to become old fashioned. It might get torn down, it gets rediscovered. It might take 30 to 50 years and it’s re-appreciated. This is just modernism’s time.” For tickets and a complete schedule of Tucson Modernism Week happenings, please visit

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On Saturday, October 10, 5pm, join Architect Dino Sakellar (son of Nicholas Sakellar) for an exploration of the life and work of one of Tucson’s iconic mid-century modern architects. The son of Greek emigrants Nicholas and his bride, Phyllis, moved to Tucson soon after World War Two. Over his 50 years of practice he created many of Tucson’s most beautiful buildings. He is one of three architects credited with bringing modern architecture to Tucson.

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Firebird III GM Concept Car With its tailfins, double bubble canopy and air brakes disguised in its body, the Firebird III is space-age in the extreme. But it’s not just its Jetsons-meets-Batman style that makes it special. “Most concept cars were just fiberglass dummies and didn’t have parts that really worked. This was the ultimate dream car or show car and it was also a research car,” says Jim Ewen, one of two designers of the Firebird III who will talk about it during Tucson Modernism Week while the car is on display at MOCA, the weekend of October 3rd. The Firebird III, built in 1958, is powered by a gas turbine engine as well as a two-cylinder gasoline engine for the accessories. A two-seater with a double bubble canopy, it has a joystick instead of a steering wheel and a titanium skin. Like GM’s other concept cars, it was inspired largely by fighter aircraft. Ewen, now living in Tucson, was brought in to develop the wheels, interior and instrument panel. He says the design team was convinced some of their concepts – particularly the gas turbine engine - would one day be adopted by every car manufacturer. “We often talked back in the 1950s about how the year 2000 would be the ultimate year [in car design],” he says. But mainstream design proved to be much slower than they anticipated. As for Ewen, his own car choice is far more subtle. Rather than vintage cars, he says he prefers to get around in something a little more reliable. Currently that’s a Chevy Malibu. For tickets and a complete schedule of Tucson Modernism Week happenings, please visit October 2015 | 39

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Local Non-Profits Learn to Tell Their Stories by Craig Baker

According to neuroeconomist Paul Zak in an article published in the Harvard Business Review last October, a “neurotransmitter called oxytocin is a key ‘it’s safe to approach others’ signal in the brain.” Zak also says that by creating tension in storytelling, we can actually trigger oxytocin synthesis in the brain and, thus, potentially encourage would-be investors to reach for their pockets books. So, here goes: The smell of creosote is in the air and it is raining in Tucson. Representatives from seventeen different local non-profit organizations gather at the intensely modern-industrial Habitat for Humanity Building on Mountain Ave. in late September. Though less than two dozen have been invited to the seminar, there are almost sixty people in the room, including a professional speaker, 34 mentors, three “super-mentors”, three more feedback mentors, along with a handful of people that represent Social Venture Partners Tucson (SVPT), the organization putting on the entire shindig. Founded in 2007, SVPT is a network of roughly 70 investors dedicated to serving entities in Tucson’s non-profit sector; Social Venture Partners itself actually began in Seattle in 1997 and now includes a web of more than 2700 member donors in eight different countries. On this particular rainy September morning, what’s happening is a seminar on storytelling or, if you look at it from another angle, on marketing, and all of the non-profits represented have been selected from a crop of 57 applicants to attend the free two-month long workshop in an effort to strengthen their storytelling abilities, and thus, their ability to expand their reach and impact. And, come the middle of November, the organizations in question will have the opportunity to put their newly-honed skills to the test in an effort to win up to $10k in actual funding at a “Fast Pitch Showcase” in which seven finalists will each give a three-minute presentation to a panel of judges as well as an audience of several hundred potential investors. Based on the business model of investees pitching to capital firms for funding (think “Shark Tank” meets “American Idol,” but for charity), the first Fast Pitch event was organized by members of the Social Venture Partners branch in Los Angeles in 2008; this year’s event is the first iteration programmed for Tucson. Hank Walker is a former Healthcare CEO and current “semi-retired” healthcare consultant from Seattle who relocated to Tucson a number of years ago. Today, he is serving as the Chair of the Mentoring and Training Committee for SVPT’s Fast Pitch event and workshop series. Walker explains that, though the prize money is a nice motivator for the participating non-profits, he says that “The real gift to these organizations is internal clarity.” Walker says that the guidance provided by the appointed mentors and donor groups help the non-profits to evaluate the impact they are making in the community and to actively explore ways to expand that influence. “When a venture capital firm comes to you with money,” says Walker, “you’re also getting them, along with their expertise.” And it’s not just guidance from business professionals and mentors with communications’ expertise that the selected representatives will take with them 40 | October 2015

from Fast Pitch even if they don’t receive a piece of the $40k that will be awarded the night of the Showcase. SVPT’s Director of Community Impact, Jennie Grabel, explains that “in any job you can get so used to the language that you use, or you get used to the way that you tell your story so much so that you forget how other people listen.” Grabel says that the workshops on storytelling and practice with pitching “help these organizations to carve out the time for something that is really long-term valuable for them.” Even though Ben’s Bells Founder and Executive Director Jeanette Maré already knows what she would do with the prize money should she take one of the top six spots at the November 12 Showcase at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, Maré concurs that winning prize money is not the primary objective of the Fast Pitch program. “I’ve already gotten my money’s worth,” she says with a laugh, adding, “I feel like if it all stopped tomorrow, the two sessions that we’ve already had have been invaluable.” Should she walk away with a check that night, though, Maré says that she will use the money to fund her Kindness Education Programs in local K-12 schools, which she says are far more in demand than her organization is able to support at the moment. In addition to the workshops and the opportunity to pitch for cash, Maré insists that the connection made between community non-profit leaders during their involvement with the Fast Pitch workshops is, in and of itself, acting as a powerful connecting agent in that particular economic sector of Tucson. “We’re all in this together,” says Maré, “and by working on this stuff together we’re all working to improve our community.” She says that, though the model for the final Showcase is a competitive one, the atmosphere at the workshops is one of complete cooperation and even humor. And even though only six of the seventeen organizations involved in the workshops will be given a piece of the prize payout from the evening, all seventeen will be on hand at the event, and the hope is that they might attract attention from potential donors in the audience. And, to that end, Grabel says that Cox Charities has offered to match any amount of money raised that night for the participating local charities up to a total of $7500. But, again, the real value in the program is in learning how to better communicate. Says Grabel, “no one has a marketing budget (in the non-profit sector) so this is a way for us to get the word out about the value and impact of this sector in our community.” Grabel believes that, with the help of programs like Fast Pitch, Tucsonans might be more able to think about local non-profits, not so much as something to which you contribute when you have something extra to give, but more as the economic drivers and impact-makers that they are; and it all starts with telling a story. n Tickets to the Nov. 12 Fast Pitch Showcase are $45 or $25 for students and include food and drink. More info is available online at SocialVenturePartners. org/Tucson/fast-pitch/.

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An Innovative Way to Drive Economic Development Zócalo Magazine Q&A

This month, Tucson creators and entrepreneurs come together for the first ever “10West Festival,” a new and innovative approach to fostering a creative and technological environment in Tucson, with the goal of attracting and retaining talent in Southern Arizona. To learn more about the festival, Zócalo reached out to Greg Teesdale, Executive Director of 10West. In addition to 10West, Greg delivers curriculum to Startup Tucson accelerator and incubator programs as well as provides senior executive leadership to Startup Tucson. He is a member of the Desert Angels and also the Chief Financial Officer of Tempronics, a local growth stage technology company and a Desert Angels portfolio company.

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Z: How did 10West come about? What was the inspiration behind the creation of this festival?

GT: Central to our mission at Startup Tucson is driving economic development in southern Arizona by fostering the entrepreneurial ecosystem, creating an environment where technologist and innovators can develop their ideas into real businesses and hold events, like 10West, that reflect these goals.

GT: There are two key events in 10West that are the foundation of 10West. IdeaFunding was founded 19 years ago by Larry Hecker, a local attorney and active member of the business community. The Desert Angels, the local angel investor group, is the 3rd most active angel group in the US and the host of the Southwest Regional Angel Capital Conference. The organizing groups around these events felt there was an opportunity to leverage these events into something bigger and broader.

We describe 10West as the 20-40 year old demographic, the streetcar line geographic and the October 18-24 chronologic. This is the foundation year for an event that will ultimately be identified with Tucson and Southern Arizona on an international level. The biggest challenge in this inaugural year has been gaining widespread recognition and endorsement of the event. The most important measure of success this year will be in attendance and we’re shooting a combined 5,000 – 10,000 people across all the events. Thinking long-term the true test will be how well we attract and retain talent in Southern Arizona. Z: Can you describe the three organizational tracks the festival is focused on, why they were identified as such, and their importance to our region? GT: 10West has been shaped to address the long-term goal of attracting and retaining talent in southern Arizona. When one believes that Southern Arizona is the place to achieve their desired life-work balance they will build careers and chase their entrepreneurial dreams here. The 10West technology track features workshops, panels and talks on cutting edge topics like 3D printing, virtual reality and the internet of things while the entrepreneurship track has sessions on building a company, access to capital and the many skills essential to every entrepreneurs’ toolbox. The 10West creative track addresses the live part of live-work with network mixers, music and entertainment as well as programming on the business of entertainment. Combined, these events are intended to attract the demographic that will be deciding their future.

Last February we kicked this thing off at the Startup Tucson offices. We didn’t have a name, a mission, a logo or a website. The themes (technology, entrepreneurship, creative class) and definitions (demographics, geographic, chronologic) were all decided early on and we went from there. Z: What are some of the highlights of the event? GT: If we’ve done this right the highlight of the event will be different for everybody. It’s important to us that 10West be viewed in its entirety and not defined by any individual series of events. Even the events that get the best attendance may not be the most important in the long run. Having said that, the 19th year of IdeaFunding has to stand out. Larry Hecker’s vision continues to inspire. The technology and entrepreneur workshops and panels are at the heart of the mission. The Connected Communities Forum on Monday represents the confluence of technology and public infrastructure and will give us insights into how the Tucson of the future will look and feel. Z: How is 10West being funded?

GT: 10West is being funded by a variety of financial sponsors from the community including the Arizona Commerce Authority, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, New York Life, the Desert Angels and many others. In addition we are receiving in-kind sponsorships from our partner organizations such as Hotel Congress, Rialto Theatre, Greg Teesdale, 10West Z: How is Tucson or Southern Arizona different from other Tucson Museum of Art, Connect Coworking and many othregions in terms of our innovative and creative environers. Finally we have a number of media sponsors includment? What sets us apart? ing this magazine, Clear Channel Outdoors, Arizona Daily Star, AZ Bilingual and many others. GT: Southern Arizona has a number of features – a great university with a technology transfer agenda, a vibrant arts district, formation capital and, of course, the Z: What are your plans for subsequent festivals? weather – that are important factors in attracting and retaining businesses and talent. The business community has to continue to get better at leveraging these GT: During 2015 we have answered the question “What is 10West?” We intend features. The one thing that is unique to southern Arizona is the proximity to to build on name recognition and the goodwill of all of those involved to grow and Mexico. There are great cross-border things happening and I’m seeing a noticebroaden our reach. Over time we expect to grow regionally, nationally and interable up-tick in those activities. You’ll hear this theme echoed in the words and nationally. We’ve engaged the Hispanic community and expect those connections initiatives being promoted by Ricardo Pineda at the Mexican Consulate, Sandra to draw attendance from Sonora and points south. There are other legacy OctoWatson at the Arizona Commerce Authority and Denny Minano at Sun Corridor. It ber events that may be brought under the 10West umbrella provided they fit the is no coincidence that these organizations are active supporters of 10West. mission of the festival. 10West 2016 is scheduled for October 16-22. Z: What is it going to take to jumpstart a Tucson economic boon, centered around technology, innovation, and creativity? GT: A common saying in the national startup scene is that you have to take a twenty-year view and every day we start a new twenty years. While there’s great appeal to the idea of a magic bullet that will “jump start” economic development, success or more likely defined by a long list of small wins. We’re seeing those kind of small wins every day. And it takes the cooperation and participation of the collective stakeholders to keep these wins coming.

Z: Anything else you would like to add? GT: There is a lot of support for 10West but, more importantly, there’s even more support for the things that 10West represents.

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Celebrating Tucson’s newly vibrant downtown and its history all at once. Not only is downtown Tucson buzzing, but the buzz around its rapid growth is loud too. “Tucson is to Arizona as Austin was to Texas in the 1970s,” says Robert Miller, a Professor and the Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Arizona, and president of the Southern Arizona chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). “It has launched an urban revolution that will be regionally distinctive for its character and quality of life.” Miller adds: “Tucson is becoming a model of how to convert carbon-based urbanism – those activities like housing, shopping, business, industry and play that are available only by car - into post-carbon livability, with excellent street life and clusters of those activities within walking distance.” Central to that “urban revolution” is the city’s architecture, and this year’s Architecture Week reflects that. The week of design-related events, put on by AIA Southern Arizona, will celebrate the newly vibrant downtown, its growth and that character that, says Miller, together sum up “the new Tucson”. A must for design enthusiasts is a guided architecture tour on October 17th of some of the revitalized buildings and new businesses along Congress Street and South 6th Avenue. Participants will get an insight on the design and history behind the buildings that now house the likes of Proper, Johnny Gibson’s Market, Hub Restaurant, collaborative workspace Connect Coworking and the soon-to-open Elvira restaurant. Leading the walking tour will be Miguel Fuentevilla, a principal at FORS Architecture + Interiors, and Michael Keith, Chief Executive Officer of Downtown Tucson Partnership. The event, which runs from 4 pm to 5.30 pm, will wrap up at Connect Coworking with a drinks reception and discussion about Tucson’s future growth. With the theme ‘Where we were, where we are, where we will be’, Architecture Week also celebrates Tucson’s history. Two historic walking tours - one of the Barrio Libre, another of West University - will take place October 17th. The annual home tour on October 18th features a mix of contemporary and historic homes, including one by mid-century architect Arthur Brown. The organizers of Architecture Week and Tucson Modernism Week, also in

October, are well aware that their audiences overlap. To that end, AIA Southern Arizona is sponsoring one of Tucson Modernism Week’s lectures, about the architect Judith Chafee. Chafee’s work combined a deep understanding of the desert with modern design. The University of Arizona’s Christopher Domin, who is working on a book about Chafee, will give the talk on October 10th. Domin will then give a follow-up lecture on Chafee on October 15th as part of Architecture Week. “We hope people will observe, learn, and have fun,” says Miller of the week’s events. “Architecture Week invites everyone - architects as well as the public - to stop, look around, and think about the impact of design on our lives.” Other Architecture Week highlights include: Kidstruction, which takes place at Park Place Mall on October 17th, shows off the design build projects of local schoolchildren as part of an annual competition. But this is a contest with a difference; the miniature buildings are constructed out of just toothpicks, business cards and glue. For the grown-up kids there’s the Canstruction competition on October 10th, also at Park Place Mall. Teams from architecture, design and engineering firms have just a few hours to build giant sculptures out of food cans. The event is always a crowd puller (among last year’s was a canned food version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar). The installations will remain on display throughout the following week, then the cans will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Dining discounts for walking tour participants at restaurants in Main Gate Square at the University of Arizona, plus a virtual architecture tour by smartphone. For tickets and more information go to For ticket and info on the Tucson Modernism Week lecture visit October 2015 | 47

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First Ever Tucson Festival of Films Looking to Build on Tucson’s Film Legacy by Craig Baker


et’s just get this out of the way early–Tucson is kind of weird. In fact, in Martin Scorsese’s 1975 film, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any More, a very young Jodie Foster in a very period-appropriate red polyester button-up calls our humble city “the weird capital of the world” during a stroll outside downtown’s Chicago Music Store. It’s a moniker that many of its citizens would probably be happy to adopt, and the charm of that weirdness has been helping the City of Tucson to gain something of a national reputation as a go-to destination for art lovers of all ilks and mainstream code-breakers, alike. Okay, so the weather doesn’t hurt, either. But, anyway, agents of the city like Mayor Johnathon Rothschild, Film Tucson (formerly the Tucson Film Office), and Visit Tucson are working to leverage those advantages to not only attract a wider tourist clientele to our oasis in the desert southwest, but also to stretch our current tourist season beyond its peak of February-April. In the spirit of that effort, the first annual Tucson Festival of Films (TFOF) will take place on the weekend of October 8-10 primarily at the Temple of Music and Art—a venue which hasn’t been used to screen a film in more than a quarter of a century. The Festival itself was the brainchild of Mayor Rothschild, who felt like the division between the many pre-existing film festivals in town throughout the year could be removed to create a single destination event that showcases the best films from each festival. Though the Mayor admits that it was difficult for the individual festivals to mutually agree on a format for the combined event at first, he says that he is optimistic about the prospects for this year’s TFOF program. “When somebody has put in years and years of hard work to identify themselves (in the community) and they take pride in what they do, it’s not always easy to come together,” says Rothschild, “but these festivals have, and I’m hoping it’s going to be a big benefit to each of them.” Rothschild says that one of the most important ways that TFOF is supporting the eight individual festivals involved—namely, the Arizona International Film Festival, the Tucson Film and Music Festival, the Loft Film Fest, Native Eyes Film Showcase, Arizona Underground Film Festival, Tucson Terrorfest, Tucson Cine Mexico, and the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival—is through the marketing efforts of the city- and county-supported entities of Visit Tucson and Film Tucson, and many of the programmers involved in the TFOF effort seem appreciative of the help. David Pike, who is the Director of both the Arizona Underground Film Festival and Tucson Terrorfest, says that, though there is a “very supportive” population of film buffs in town, “it can be hard to get the word out at times” when it comes to selling actual tickets. 50 | October 2015

Michael Toubassi, Director of the Tucson Film and Music Festival (which will be absorbed by TFOF permanently since they would have otherwise run concurrently) says that he has thought for years that there was real potential in “folding several festivals into one.” He also says that the chance to regularly meet with and speak to other festival programmers is helping each to refine some of their own processes in ways that they might not have considered on their own. “I hope that we can all take this and raise the bar,” Toubassi says, adding that he “think(s) it will be good to join forces and program together.” Over at Film Tucson, excitement for the Festival has been building for months. The organization’s Director, Shelli Hall, says that the idea has always been to create an event “that could draw attention from the industry, as well as from film buffs.” Hall says that a number of professionals at movie industry events she’s attended recently have expressed interest in checking out what Tucson has to offer during TFOF, which she says could potentially bring more heavy-hitting films to TFOF down the line, and also help attract filmmakers to Tucson as a potential filming location. She says that, if managed properly, the Festival could ideally be used as a springboard to building up what she calls “Tucson’s version of South-by-Southwest.” Hall says that the format of TFOF is one-of-a-kind and that that, too, is a billable quality when it comes to promoting the event. “I think it’s the first ever collaborative film festival on the plant,” says Hall, “I’ve never heard of it before.” This year’s Festival will feature a total of ten different screenings covering every genre, from the standard festival indie drama, to horror, to shorts, to documentaries, and will include a World Premiere event (Death in the Desert by Director Josh Evans), one North American Premiere (Sounds of Tucson by Director Guillame Dero), and two Arizona Premieres (Raise the Roof by Director Yari Wolinsky; Landmine Goes Click by Director Levan Bakhia), as well as reprisals of favorites from past festivals and a 40th Anniversary Screening of Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any More (a special 35mm screening of Scorsese's classic will take place Saturday night at the Loft Cinema.) And some of the material that will be shown at TFOF was actually filmed here in town, which Festival Co-Producer Kerryn Negus says “speaks to Tucson’s filmmaking past and present.” And, with regard to our community’s future in the world of motion pictures, it would seem that the festival itself could be seen as a nod in that direction. n For more information, show times, and tickets, check out

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Ellen Burstyn and Kris Kristofferson star in ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE. The 40th anniversary screening, presented in 35mm, is the only TFOF screening taking place at the Loft Cinema. Presented by Loft Film Fest, the feature will be followed by an exclusive filmed conversation with Ellen Burstyn and Diane Ladd, who recently sat down with the festival and discussed their experiences filming ALICE in Tucson. The documentary that’s winning the hearts of audiences around the country, RAISE THE ROOF has its Arizona Premiere on October 8 at the Tucson Festival of Films.

Sterling Knight and Dean Geyer star in the fright-thriller LANDMINE GOES CLICK. Arizona Premiere presented by Tucson Terrorfest on Saturday October 10. Photo Kino Lorber Inc

Michael Madsen in DEATH IN THE DESERT. The film, based on the life and death of Vegas casino heir Ted Binion, will have its World Premiere on Friday October 9, presented by Arizona Underground Film Festival

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Loft Film Festival Turns Six! By Herb Stratford

The “fall classic” to many people means baseball’s post season and notto-be-missed excellence on the field of play. In the film world that phrase might also equate to annual displays of the best, when the studios roll out their most anticipated awards-bait films and hope to garner little statues and increased word-of-mouth that turns into dollars at the box office. Here in Tucson there’s another annual “fall classic,” the sixth annual Loft Film Festival, which runs October 21-25. As in the past, The Loft will offer up a plethora of screen gems over the run of the festival that include; cinema classics, edgy new indie releases and things-you-didn’t-know-existed-but-will-be-glad-you-saw-them-afterward films. The fest is also bringing a few familiar faces to the party with special awards screenings of classics like the 1961 musical West Side Story with star Rita Moreno, Brokeback Mountain with Tucson-based writers/producers Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana and Like Water For Chocolate with director Alfonso Arau. Also on tap this year of note are the film festivals two outdoor screenings of the horror classic Psycho, the 1986 comedy Three Amigos and an opening night screening of Back to The Future and Back To The Future Part 2. We’ve pulled four highlights from the rest of this year’s festival lineup that are well worth a look.

Love presented in 3D Recently banned from exhibition in Russia, Love, the newest film from Argentinean director Gaspar Noe, who rose to fame on the acclaim of his films Irreversible and Enter The Void, is back with a new sexual melodrama between three people that purports to be border-line pornographic. Loved and/or hated at different film festivals since its debut, it’s sure to start a conversation but it’s not for the prudish, especially in 3D.

Finders Keepers One of the oddest documentaries in recent memory, Finders Keepers was a crowd favorite at Sundance and SXSW this year. It tells the true story of a human leg and foot that was accidently bought at auction and the very public wrestling match over ownership between the original and new owner. Poignant and funny, this film is quite a treat from the producers who brought us the King of Kong doc in 2007.

Call Me Lucky From comedian/director Bobcat Goldthwait, Call Me Lucky is the powerful and moving documentary about the life of comedian Barry Crimmins who was so much more than a brilliant stand up. His later in life pursuit of child pornographers is riveting and truly inspiring as he tries to shut down their network on AOL. This is an amazingly moving story of one man’s life.

Nasty Baby Former Saturday Night Live alum, and one-time UA student, Kristen Wiig continues her quirky and excellent film career with the odd mash-up film Nasty Baby. Part straight-forward surrogate-mom-for-gay-couple film, and part dark murder thriller, this one defies description but definitely had audiences buzzing on the awards circuit earlier this year. n The Loft Film Festival takes place October 21-25, all screenings are at the Loft Cinema, located at 3233 East Speedway, For a full schedule of this year’s films visit: LoftcCinema/event/loft-film-fest2015/.

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Other Fall Film Treats at the Loft Cinema By Herb Stratford

The Loft Cinema has a lot going on in October—they always do of course but October brings not only the usual slew of great new films, but also the sixth annual Loft Film Festival (see story page 51). So you can either binge-watch films during the festival, set for October 21-25 or check out the Loft’s regular offerings during the rest of the month. The following three films are well worth the trip, and you can be sure folks will be talking about them as soon as they open.

Goodnight Mommy (Oct. 2) This Austrian thriller has had the horror-world all shook up ever since the film’s trailer dropped a few weeks ago. Its “arthouse elegance and grindhouse gruesomeness” rolled into one according to the Loft, and it promises to be the perfect way to start off the month of October. The film tells the story of two boys whose mother returns home bandaged and unrecognizable from facial surgery and may not be who they think she is.

Sleeping With Other People (Oct. 9) One of the “sleeper” hits of last January’s Sundance Film Festival, this comedy, from director Leslye Hedland (Bachelorette) tackles the ageold question – “can men and women be friends

without sex messing things up?” With a great cast led by Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie, the film is laugh-out-loud funny and is a modern R-rated version of When Harry Met Sally, with raunchier jokes. This one’s probably not a good as a first date film, or for the kids, but it is otherwise a great comedy.

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead (Oct. 16) Another standout from the most recent Sundance Film Festival, this documentary by filmmaker Douglas Tirola chronicles the origins, rise, wild success and eventual fall of America’s greatest satire publication, The National Lampoon. The publication’s origin, evolving from the staff of the Harvard Lampoon, into a national institution with live comedy tours and eventually films like Animal House, is a pretty fascinating story. An eventual raid by producer Lorne Michaels for his Saturday Night Live show helped put an end to the comedy giant that gave the world John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner and others. n For more films and showtimes visit

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Tucson Fashion Week Goes Old School by Herb Stratford To say that the 2015 edition of Tucson Fashion Week is “off the hook”, well… “off the hanger” this year would be an understatement. The annual celebration of fashion and its related art forms is set to take place October 15-17 at a variety of unique and interesting locations around town, and event organizers have truly outdone themselves this year. With a lineup of visiting fashion industry icons being joined by local talent, and exquisite food and entertainment, Tucson Fashion Week (TFW) is rapidly gaining traction and a reputation in the clothing world as an important event that must be attended. One of the things that makes Tucson Fashion Week unique—according to co-owner/co-creative director Paula Taylor—is the fact that it is not just a series of runway shows. “There’s always a runway, but also additional fashion elements such as photography, food and more.” The goal is to “highlight and celebrate Tucson’s uniqueness with the TFW events, and

to help the community grow without just doing the same events over and over again,” said Taylor. But TFW is also not just about bringing celebrity talent to town. While past guests have included the likes of industry superstars Betsy Johnson and Joey Rodolfo, the aim is to “be inclusive to local talent by highlighting their work and by offering reasonable fees and ticket prices to events,” Taylor told us. This year’s visiting talent is equally exciting with Stevie Boi and Marc Herman in town, and not just for a few hours. Stevie will in fact be DJ’ing a party during TFW so he’s here to mingle and mix with the local talent and Tucson fashion fans. With a schedule of three major unique events on tap, TFW again is shining a light on some of the interesting venues in our community for their backdrops. This is part of TFW’s plan to highlight different locations each year and to “honor uu

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Tucson’s history and culture” said Taylor. The “Premiere Runway” event takes place at the Scottish Rite Cathedral on South Scott Avenue, Friday, October 6. The 1915 building, part of the Masonic order and still in use to this day by that organization, is an incredible structure that most of Tucson has rarely seen the inside of. The building will be on display equally with runway fashions. But perhaps the biggest party of TFW 2015 is the Saturday night finale when the “Feast and Fashion” event will take over Old Main and part of the mall at the University of Arizona. When Taylor was scouting locations for this year with co-owner/co-creative director Melanie Sutton, she was asked what her dream location was, and naturally Old Main came to mind. The building, originally constructed in 1891 as the sole structure on campus, has recently been restored and is truly one of the most iconic structures in Tucson. The event will feature fashion from the Original Retro brand—the label headed by UA Alumnus, Marc Herman and Stevie Boi, designer to artists and celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Rihanna—along with Arizonabased and inspired, State Forty Eight. This paired with a special culinary tasting, featuring special guest chef and restaurateur Joseph Keller, and other local and regional chefs will introduce fashion-inspired cuisine that will make for an amazing evening. According to Taylor, this event was enormously complicated but will be well worth it for attendees who are likely to see something like they’ve never seen, namely Old Main incorporated into a world-class fashion event. As Tucson Fashion Week continues to grow and expand, so does its local audience. Last year’s events sold out, and the pressure is on to up the ante each year. This is a challenge that Taylor and Sutton seem ready to tackle, and with the surplus of Tucson talent, energy and spectacular venues to transform, the future of Tucson Fashion Week seems rock solid. If you want to experience this year’s TFW events, get your tickets now via the website ( n

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THE FIREFLIES OF IOWA My mother has fixed her house up the way she always wanted it, took her 25 years, as long as I’ve been away. Wood floors, furniture that still smells new, kitchen appliances show-room shiny, fussily decorated bedrooms nobody sleeps in, clocks around every corner all ticking in unison, every hair-raising minutia down to the special-order sheaths over the tissue boxes. My wife and I sit on my mother’s back porch with her, the sky purple as a pickled beet and I wonder aloud where all the fireflies are. I wanted my wife to see them. She’s from Mexico where we live now and she’s never seen a firefly. We sit on my mother’s porch and watch for them like some long awaited comet shower and we tell stories and remember. We talk about the other houses we lived in which somehow seem more real and we talk about my father and the insanity on the other side of the family, six cornfield-filled counties south.

Mather Schneider moved to Tucson in 1997 and fell in love with the desert. He is a Tucson cab driver and also spends a lot of time in Mexico, where his wife is from.

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My mother doesn’t know what happened to all the fireflies, they just don’t come around anymore.

As kids we used to put them in bottles or tie string to them, smash them on rocks and paint with them, rub them on our faces and hands, sprint in the dark like giggling barefoot spooks. There were so many of them flooding the sky, blocking out the stars, we figured they’d always be there. When mom and my wife go inside to bed, I sit for a while alone in the silence and guess what, a single firefly zigzags through the dark back yard blinking tiredly in the mulberries. It may as well be the last one in town, the last one in the world, for all the light it makes. - Mather Schneider

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The Arizona Ear Worm Project includes (left to right): Dan Kruse, an ethnomusicologist and AZPM radio announcer; UA Associate Professor of Music Theory Don Traut; and UA Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Associate Professor Andrew Lotto.

Songs Stuck on Repeat It’s a nearly universal human phenomenon, an experience that can be a blessing or a curse; educational or irritating; crazy-cool or enough to drive someone crazy. It happens to over 90 percent of us and scientists still don’t really know why. This occurrence is the ubiquitous ear worm – a tune that gets stuck in your head. It spins around ad nauseam, and maybe fades away when more complicated, cerebral tasks come along only to pop up again later when your brain isn’t otherwise occupied. Or perhaps when it is otherwise occupied. It really depends on you. One thing The Arizona Ear Worm Project investigators have found is that the ear worm experience is highly personal. Last month, in an office at the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences building on the University of Arizona campus, these researchers discussed their project “Musical Cognition, Emotion and Imagery: Understanding the Brain, One Catchy Song at a Time.” The project was funded through the UA’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry Faculty Collaboration Grant program. What was discovered and what remains to be uncovered surprised the interdisciplinary team. They will present their findings in a presentation called “Can’t Get You Out of My Head!” for Confluencenter’s Show & Tell event on Wednesday, Oct. 7. “One of the main things that happened – (which was) exciting from a scientist’s perspective – is that we got rid of all the easy answers,” said Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences Associate Professor Andrew Lotto. “All the easy answers are not true: that ‘all ear worms look like this, everyone who has an ear worm looks like this.’ One of the things about scientists that oftentimes people don’t understand (is that) easy answers are not that exciting to a scientist. So, as this has gotten more and more complex, it becomes more and more interesting.” Dan Kruse, a radio announcer at Arizona Public Media and an ethnomusicologist, was inspired several years ago to investigate why songs get stuck in people’s heads after hearing a National Public Radio story on music psychologist Victoria Williamson, “who, of all things, was doing research into what starts ear worms,” said Kruse. “And I thought, ‘that’s so interesting, that somebody would actually study such a thing because I’ve experienced this my whole life.’” Kruse recruited Lotto and Associate Professor of Music Theory Don Traut to join the team. “Don had done some really interesting research about hooks in

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pop music that lined up so beautifully with this,” Kruse shared. When Lotto, Kruse and Traut – all music lovers – initially began batting around ideas and hypotheses, they collectively realized that their combined knowledge and perspectives would work together perfectly. Kruse was responsible for the interviews and the human touch, Traut approached it from a music theory perspective, and Lotto from the hearing sciences angle. Once they started drilling into the meat of the matter, ideas about common harmonic patterns leading to ear worms and common songs recurring among the research subjects were tossed out due to lack of evidence. “Out of 150 to 200 ear worms (we studied), there were less than half a dozen that were repeat songs. It’s not like everybody has the same four to five songs stuck in their head,” Traut said. “It’s really a very personal thing. I thought that was significant. I thought there would be more uniformity.” While the individuality of the ear worm occurrence was notable, Kruse said there were also cases when the song-stuck-on-repeat became a collective experience among partners, friends or coworkers. “Sometimes unspoken, they just notice they will hum something out loud and notice later that someone has the same thing going on,” Kruse said. Kruse proposed that future research could “go ethnomusicologically – what are the qualities of music that people listen to? Are there certain things in music that people attach to? Are there music universals?” “Again, the ear worm itself is a way of getting into the questions that we care about,” said Lotto. “The ear worm is one of these experiences that nearly everyone has related to music and it lets us start getting at why this sound (music) is so important across cultures for every single person, because it is a complex sound – it’s like a speech sound, an animal call – these are all complex structures. “Why music and why not these other sounds?” Lotto queried. “There’s nothing really special (from a hearing science perspective) about the sound of music, yet our experience of it is very special.” n Find more information on The Arizona Ear Worm Project at The presentation “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” is on Wednesday, Oct. 7 for Show & Tell at Playground, 278 E. Congress St. The free event starts at 6 p.m. Visit for details or call 621-0599. October 2015 | 65

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UB40, featuring Ali Campbell, Astro, Mickey Virtue, at the Fox Tucson Theatre, Thursday, October 15. The Minstrel’s Ghost, appearing at The Flycatcher Thursday, October 1.

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

2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN Congress Street, Sat 10: Roman Barten-Sherman, Belly Dance Tucson, The Furys, The Mission Creeps

BOONDOCKS LOUNGE 3306 N. 1st Ave. 690-0991, Thur 1: Titan Valley Warheads Fri 2: Frakensteel Dinner Show Sun 4: Heather Hardy & Lil’ Mama Band Mon 5: Bryan Dean Trio Wed 7: Nancy McCallion and the Scarlet Lettermen Thur 8: Titan Valley Warheads Fri 9: Johnny Ain’t Right Mon 12: Bryan Dean Trio Wed 14: Nancy McCallion and the Scarlet Lettermen Thur 15: Joe & Vicky Price Fri 16: Bryan Dean Trio Sat 17: Heather Lil’ Mama Hardy CD Release Party Sun 18: Free After Blues-Fest Jam Session Mon 19: Bryan Dean Trio Wed 21: Nancy McCallion and the Scarlet Lettermen Thur 22: Titan Valley Warheads Fri 23: Heather Hardy & Lil’ Mama Band Sat 24: The Coolers Sun 25: Frankensteel’s Free Jamarama Mon 26: Bryan Dean Trio

Wed 28: Wayback Machine Thur 29: Titan Valley Warheads Fri 30: Bass Culture Sat 31: JW Jones, Amosphere

BORDERLANDS BREWING 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773, Fri 2: The Streetlight Curb Players

CAFE PASSE 415 N. 4th Ave. 624-4411, For information please visit the web site.

ches lounge 350 N. 4th Ave. 623-2088, For information please visit the web site.

CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848, Fri 2: Okilly Dokilly Sun 4: Chon Tue 6: Max Wed 7: Joe Ely, Riverboat Gamblers, Texas Trash & The Trainwrecks Fri 9: Little Green Cars Sun 11: Joey Cape Mon 12: Sam Fermin Wed 14: The Sheepdogs, Radio Moscow Thu 15: Myrlin Fri 16: Southwest Terrorfest IV: Bongripper, Graves At Sea, Skycrawler, Naught Sun 18: Southwest Terrorfest IV: Acid King, Demon Lung, Night Demon Wed 21: Mudhoney, The Freeks Thu 22: Natalie Prass, Promised Land Sound Fri 23: 10 West Tucson Music

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Showcase, Xixa, Katterwaul, Rich Hopkins Sat 24: Tav Falco & Panther Burns< Mike Watt, Chick Cashman Sun 25: Bully, Heat, Dead Soft Tue 27: Nobunny Wed 28: the Gooch Palms, Boytoy, B4Skin

coronet 402 E. 9th St. 222-9889 Thu 1: Jimmy Carr and the Coronets Wed 7: Naim Amor Thu 8: Cochise County All Star Trio Tue 13: Fadi Iskandar Wed 14: Joe & Vicky Price Thu 15: Jimmy Carr and the Coronets Tue 20: Mariah McCammond Wed 21: Naim Amor Tue 27: Jamie O’Brien Wed 28: Matt Cordes Thu 29: Jimmy Carr and the Coronets

LA COCINA 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351, Thu 1: Freddy Parish Fri 2: Greg Morton, Bajo Sat 3: Harpist Vesna Zulsky, Macho B, Tom Walbank, Miss Lana Rebel, Trans Van Santos Sun 4: Mik and The Funky Brunch Wed 7: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 9: Greg Morton, Fluxx Night Sat 10: Harpist Vesna Zulsky, Holla Saturdays w/E_RUPT Sun 11: Mik and The Funky Brunch Wed 14: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 15: Mitzi Cowell

Fri 16: Greg Morton, Cold Sweat! Sat 17: Harpist Vesna Zulsky Sun 18: Mik and The Funky Brunch Wed 21: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 23: Greg Morton Sat 24: Harpist Vesna Zulsky, Nina Curri Sun 25: Mik and The Funky Brunch Wed 28: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 29: Hank Topless Fri 30: Greg Morton, Coming OUT Queer Dance Party Sat 31: Harpist Vesna Zulsky, DJ Herm

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

DELECTABLES RESTAURANT 533 N. 4th Ave. 884-9289, For information please visit the web site.

ELLIOT’S ON CONGRESS 135 E. Congress St. 622-5500, Monday: Jazz Guild Jam Tuesday: Tommy Tucker

FLYCATCHER 340 E. 6th St. 798-1298, Thu 1: MK Ultraviolet, The Minstrel’s Ghost, Sundrata Fri 2: PipeLights, Un:ted States, Yeti Ender Sat 3: NEOGLYPHIX Presents: ALLCAPS Mon 5: The Mynabirds Thu 8: Sorry About The

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Mudhoney at Hotel Congress, Wednesday, October 21.

Garden,Deschtuco Sat 10: Desert Beats, The Rifle, CJ Renner Wed 14: The Flycatcher Tribute to David Bowie Fri 16: While You Slept Sat 17: Sweet Ghosts & Carlos Arzate and The Kind Souls Sun 25: ROMO TONIGHT! Thu 29: ProjectOutOfBounds, HAZE, Something Like Seduction Fri 30: AsianFred, ViktorFiction, TexasJustice, Nonpareil

FOX TUCSON THEATRE 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, Wed 7: Jesse Cook, One World Thu 15: UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro, Mickey Virtue Fri 16: Joan Armitrading Sun 18: Straight No Chaser Thu 22: Chucho Valdés & Irakere Sun 25: Eternal Tango

HACIENDA DEL SOL 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol. 299-1501, For information please visit the web site.

MONTEREY COURT 505 W. Miracle Mile, Fri 2: Steven Graves Band Sat 3: Reverie w/ Heather Hardy Sun 4: Lulu LeFever Tue 6: Eric Ramsey Wed 7: Nick McBlaine & Log Train Thu 8: Touch of Grey Fri 9: Holland K. Smith Band Sat 10: Santa Pachita Sun 11: Tammy West & The Culprits Mon 12: Miss Massive Snowflake

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Clutch at The Rialto Theatre, Monday, October 26, with Mastodon.

Tue 13: Nancy McCallion & Danny Krieger w/ guest Heather Hardy Wed 14: Tucson Songwriters Showcase Thu 15: Steven Seifert - Mountain Dulcimer Fri 16: Off The Ground Sat 17: Little House of Funk Sun 18: 13th Hole- World tour Tue 20: The Tucsonics Thu 22: Roadhouse Fri 23: Key Ingredients of African Soul Sat 24: Heather Lil Mama Hardy & Her Band Sun 25: Ronstadt Generations Tue 27: Kyle Bronsdon Wed 28: Arizona Balalaika Orchestra Thu 29: Wally Lawder & Acoustic Sky Fri 30: LeeAnne Savage & The Curveball Cowboys Sat 31: Halloween Costume Bash with ROH

PLAYGROUND TUCSON 278 E. Congress. 396-3691, For information please visit the web site.

RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000, Fri 2: Local Love Presents Rocktober Fest – Bordertown Devils, The Sindicate, Scar Eater, Scars We Bare, Stubborn Old Bastard, At War With The Inferior Sat 3: Calexico, Gaby Moreno Sun 4: Turnpike Troubadours, Mike and the Moonpies Tue 6: The Mavericks

Wed 7: Aterciopelados, Los Hollywood Thu 8: Mavis Staples & Joan Osbourne Fri 9: Julieta Venegas Sat 10: The Chainsmokers, Icona Pop Sun 11: Halestorm Mon 12: Father John Misty, Mikal Cronin Tue 13: José González, Riothorse Royale Wed 14: Buckcherry, Sons of Texas, Trust/Divided, Dirtnap Fri 16: David Bromberg Quintet, Roman Barten-Sherman, Mighty Joel Ford Sat 17: Sleep, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Cult Leader, Goya, Languish Tue 20: Gang of Four Wed 21: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness/New Politics, The Griswolds, LoLo Sat 24: One More Time–A Tribute To Punk Mon 26: Clutch, Mastodon Tue 27: Marilyn Manson Wed 28: Johnny Lang, The Runaway Saints Thu 29: Dom Kennedy, Jay 305, Casey Veggies Sat 31: Skinny Puppy, Youth Code

Tue 13: Jazz Telephone, Tom Walbank Tue 20: Naim Amor, Tom Walbank Wed 21: Open Mic Tue 27: Jazz Telephone, Tom Walbank Wed 28: Open Mic Thu 29: I’d Die For LoFi

SOLAR CULTURE 31 E. Toole Ave. 884-0874, Sat 3: Crystal Mon 26: Skylar Spence Prom King

Tap & Bottle 403 N. 6th Ave. 344-8999 Thur 1: Van Christian Thu 8: Fourth Street String Band Thu 15: Sundowners Thu 22: Two Door Hatchback Sun 25: Last Sunday Revival w/Chris and Hadji Thu 29: Hank Topless

SKY BAR TUCSON 536 N. 4th Ave, 622-4300. Thu 1: InAeona Sat 3: Guides, Wight Lhite, Emby Alexander Sun 4: Ecstatic Vision, Powered Wig Machine Tue 6: Naim Amor, Tom Walbank Wed 7: Open Mic October 2015 | 67

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Zocalo Magazine - October 2015  

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

Zocalo Magazine - October 2015  

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