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by Craig Baker These are strange and bombastic times. As the headlines are dominated by tales of international sabotage, a resurgence amongst America’s white supremacist underbelly, and potential nuclear war with North Korea, it’s not exactly surprising when stories about whatever the hell is happening to the earth occasionally find their way outside of the trending column of your favorite social medium. To boot, now that the United States has joined Syria (and only Syria) in its abstention from the Paris Agreement, we find ourselves in a place where, despite a 97-plus percent consensus by climate scientists, discussions about documented climate change and rising global temperatures somehow remain politically charged, even divisive. And that particular fact, though befuddling on the surface, helps contextualize a study by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication which suggested that only one in eight people are even aware that such a consensus exists among climate scientists, even though the same study said that 70 percent of the country still believes climate change is happening. Climate change on a global scale is still a relatively new challenge for the world to face (The U.N. Brundtland Commission released its report coining the term “sustainable development” in 1987), though the facts are starting to settle in the majority of minds as reality. It seems clear that the majority of the citizenry of the United States today sees climate change as a real problem, and one we would do well to begin addressing now. So, what is an eco-conscious individual to do while living under a president and federal government structure that believes it’s only necessary to “leave a little bit” of the environment, or an EPA that is itself removing, deleting, and redacting information about climate change previously made available to the public online? How are we to educate and rehabilitate a culture that sees the health of the earth as a thing wholly separate from the fate of humanity? At best, that opposition to scientific fact can be viewed as a call to action. And, though there may be trolls, deniers, and single-minded financial interests working against us, the only thing to do is press on, ecowarriors. Press on. Political disagreement and regulation aside, there is a movement today—a ripple growing amongst the common people—that calls for a return to the recognition of humanity’s connection to, dependence on, and responsibility for the land that sustains us—a concept central to the belief systems of many native tribes that occupied the same land thousands of years before it was ever interpreted by European eyes. Though the eco-minded masses may feel at times as though their efforts have been relegated to an individualist approach, rest assured that an expansive community of green thinkers is out there, and its voice is getting louder. And individual action in aggregate is perhaps the only force that can instigate true cultural and systemic change. Perhaps now is the time to align our environmental efforts with the Japanese notion of kaizen, and thus call
for continuous improvement to the imperfect system of preservation currently in place, even as that system is being dismantled before us on the national scale. This column, as long as it exists, will bear witness to that dedication to improvement, and it will honor those efforts by individuals and the community at large to reduce our anthropocentric footprint and nourish the environment around us. From cookbooks highlighting recipes featuring native foods, to people living off-grid, to those managing to breathe new life into refuse that would otherwise find its way into landfills or the environment at large, this page will be here to say “thank you” to anyone working to preserve our ecosystem, as well as to help other community members find ways to do the same. Ladd Keith, Chair of the Sustainably Built Environments degree program at the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, says that the political “fear” associated with talks of sustainability come from the notion of leaning on a zero-carbon footprint as an “end goal”, pointing out that “where you have people, there’s going to be some footprint.” “But,” he adds, “when you think of (sustainability) more as a framework…for planning cites or planning buildings, then it takes a lot of the fear out of it.” The same can be said of the way we apply concepts of sustainability to our daily lives. Though installing active rainwater harvesting and storage systems might be out of reach for the average Tucsonan at any given time, maximizing our employment of passive rain collection and our reliance on drought-tolerant plants for landscaping remains accessible to all. And though we may not be able to reduce our impact by purchasing an electric car or installing solar panels in the immediate future, it is less of a stretch to think about eliminating plastic bags and straws from our experience, shopping locally for as many of our needs as possible, and carrying refillable water bottles to minimize our contribution to local landfills. Today, the burden to serve as a model of accountability to the natural world falls on each of us as individuals—to learn to make intelligent decisions as consumers, and to ask for as little as humanly possible from our environment. This will mean making some changes, of course. And though it may cause the occasional moment of discomfort, the positive impacts of such decisions are more than enough to make the transition to eco-mindfulness a pleasure, as opposed to a sacrifice. And through highlighting our collective efforts, we can stand as examples of how a single individual with a communal mindset can illicit change in a larger system—be that a home, a business, a neighborhood, or a nation. It is up to us to take the steps necessary to strengthen the earth, both individually and as a community. So, I call on you to embrace that challenge, and to share news with me about your friends and neighbors that are united in that worldly effort. Now who’s ready to get their hands dirty? Contact Craig at email@example.com October 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 7
Dramatic shifts in human history tend to spring from small acts of resistance and revolution. Moments of principled defiance, quiet dissent and thundering discord create profound change. What can these acts of resistance and revolution in the past reveal about the modern world? Join us for the 2017 Tucson Humanities Festival: Resistance + Revolution, a series of topical lectures, panel discussions and events, including noteworthy guests, presented by the UA College of Humanities.
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Deciphering a Cultural Collage by Abraham Cooper, illustrations by Danny Martin
We are carried forward on the sea. Calalus. An unknown land. A people widely ruling. Toltezus. Silvanus. They were transferred. Theodore. Near the city Rhoda. And more. Seven hundred. Bribed by no gold. They will be taken from the city. Theodore, a man of the highest virtue. He reigns for fourteen years. Jacob reigns for six. God helping nothing is to be feared. In the name of Israel. Consuls of great cities. With seven hundred soldiers. A.D. 800 The first of January Literal translation of vertical inscription on Artifact 1, found September 13, 1924. Translated by Dr. Frank H. Fowler.
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n September 13, 1924, Charles Manier and his family were returning home from a trip to Picture Rocks. While driving along Silverbell Road, they stopped at an abandoned lime kiln to explore the area. Manier observed a peculiar metal object protruding from the profile of a bank which had been cut to form a pathway into the base of one of the kilns. Manier extracted the object using a pick and shovel which were stored in the trunk of his car. The object was cemented in a layer of caliche at a depth of 65 inches from the top of the bank. Upon removing it he discovered something resembling a cross measuring 12 inches wide and 17 ½ inches tall. He brought the object home to study it. A closer examination revealed that it was in fact two lead crosses riveted together. He broke the rivets which exposed a series of inscriptions on the inner faces of each cross, later identified by a neighbor as written in Latin. This commenced a series of archaeological discoveries which would attract global attention and, according to some, tell the story of a group of Romans who had established a colony in Arizona centuries before Columbus reached the New World. Over the next six years, Manier and his associates would uncover a total of thirty-two artifacts which included a variety of crosses, swords, and spear fragments. These objects were decorated with Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Masonic motifs; many bearing Latin inscriptions. Shortly following the discovery of the first set of crosses, Manier presented his find to staff members at the Arizona State Museum. This would mark the beginning of an increasingly strained relationship between the discoverers and university scholars in a quest to explain the origin and meaning of what would soon become known to the world as the Tucson Artifacts. While a partnership was forming between Manier and the University, the former also sought the assistance of his friend Thomas W. Bent who would quickly become his confidant and business partner throughout the investigation. Once learning that the land on which the artifacts were found had no owner, Bent eagerly began to homestead the property. Dr. Frank H. Fowler, a professor in the Classics Department, was one of
the first people to carefully analyze the inscriptions and later observe the excavation of several artifacts firsthand. Although he admitted that the objects appeared undisturbed in their archaeological context, his preliminary assessment of the inscriptions cast doubt on the supposed antiquity of the crosses, bringing to attention the incoherence of the Latin. Fowler would later discover that most of the inscriptions exactly matched common literary quotations in several standard Latin grammars. This led him to conclude that the artifacts were contentious at best and most likely an elaborate hoax. Others remained more open-minded. A public school teacher named Laura Coleman Ostrander, acquainted with Bent, became involved in deciphering the meaning of the artifacts. Ostrander taught art in the Tucson Public Schools, yet had a disposition for history. Whereas Fowler viewed the relics as a farce, Ostrander believed them to contain the chronicle of an ancient, Roman-Jewish sect who happened upon Arizona during an errant, seafaring journey. They referred to the unknown land as “Calalus”. These ancient immigrants took up residence in the vicinity of Tucson, establishing a colony between A.D. 775 and 900, during which time they battled the Toltecs, predecessors of the Aztecs. According to Ostrander, the story also documented a lineage of kings and their political activities over the course of multiple generations. Skeptics found Ostrander’s tale contrived while the newspapers benefited by tailoring fantastical headlines which exploited these imaginative scenes. Perhaps most notable among those who endorsed the artifacts’ authenticity (at least for a time) was Dr. Byron Cummings, then Chair of the Archaeology Department and Director of the Arizona State Museum. Cummings had conducted extensive archaeological research in Mexico and the U.S. Southwest, establishing himself as an authority within his field. Nearly one year after the discovery of the first set of crosses, Cummings returned to Tucson after completing an expedition to Cuicuilco, located south of present-day Mexico City. continues...
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culture Z While Cummings was away, twenty-two artifacts were excavated at the Silverbell site. Although, A. E. Douglass remained in correspondence with Cummings about the progress of the finds during his absence, Cummings could not fully perceive the strangeness of such a discovery until seeing it himself. On September 18, 1925, Cummings witnessed the removal of a sword blade from an evidently undisturbed deposit. He was perplexed by its position in the dense caliche; an observation which continued to fuel his wonderment. Cummings became so convinced of the artifacts’ authenticity that he eventually wrote a letter to the Board of Regents persuading the University to enter into a formal contract with Bent and Manier for the purpose of conducting an official investigation. This binding lasted for some time but began to fall apart by 1928, as growing pressure from the Board led Cummings to dissolve the University’s agreement with the two men. Suspecting that Cummings was acting against his better judgment, Bent attempted to cull the professor’s dissatisfaction with the conclusions he believed were being prescribed. Yet little could be done. Work at the site continued from 1925 until 1930 when the final object, a handle fragment, was unearthed. Bent and Manier eventually parted ways, unable to achieve the vindication, or perhaps profit they had hoped for. The university quietly returned to more pragmatic affairs while the remaining participants of this strange chapter in Tucson’s history went on to live less controversial lives. Bent however refused to surrender his belief that the artifacts were left behind in ancient times. Until his death, he championed their authenticity, even publishing a 352-page report titled, The Tucson Artifacts, which documented his entire experience. Bent died in 1974 leaving the artifacts in his son’s care. In 1994, Thomas W. Bent Jr. donated a collection of printed materials related to the case and the artifacts themselves to the Arizona Historical Society. He continued to advocate for his father’s cause until his own death in 2004. The artifacts now rest inside a vault beneath the Arizona Historical Society, beside other holiest of holies such as Wyatt Earp’s wedding ring and Geronimo’s rifle. It seems the only certain thing about them is that they exist. Where they originated and what they signify remains open to conjecture limited only by one’s creativity. The Tucson Artifacts continue to tantalize our intellect as much today as in the past; perhaps more so due to scientific advances which further complicate the discussion. Over the years, various hypotheses have been presented attempting to solve the mystery, yet the artifacts continue to elude a satisfactory explanation. Whether they were intended to be scrutinized or discovered at all is unknown. Yet their very existence is compelling enough and may teach us something about human nature. Perhaps their meaning should not be consigned to mere fact or fiction but something in between. They possess a contradictory nature which encourages us to suspend rationality. Our experiences with these objects facilitate a liminal environment in which matters of art and science merge. They are not strictly the subject of archaeological inquiry. The artifacts simultaneously represent a human desire to conceptualize through image, language and form, exemplifying artistic expression. Their historical context may ultimately be less significant than the act of their creation. Indeed, their relevance to society relies on what lens we choose to view them with. We may never know the true meaning of these objects, yet it behooves us to contemplate. Perhaps one day all these questions will be answered. Until then, the Tucson Artifacts remind us that truths are not always written in stone. Sometimes they are written in lead. n October 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 13
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health Z Kate’s Magik products include oils, teas, lotions, aura mists, and perfumes.
Ritual, Scent & Healing by Jamie Manser
Perfume is the smell of creation, a sign dramatically delivered to our senses of the Earth’s regenerative powers – a message of hope and a message of pleasure. – Claude LeFever in Tom Robbins’s Jitterbug Perfume The aromatic bodywork offered at Ritual by Kate’s Magik, 215 N. Court Ave., is a luxuriant, transportive, deeply relaxing and meditative experience. It starts with a consultation, a conversation over cool water or warm tea to discuss what ails you physically, emotionally and spiritually. The client is an active participant in this process; it is important to mentally set your intention for receiving and gaining healing work from the therapist. “How do you want to feel when you leave today?” asks Nicole Mendoza, a Reiki practitioner at Ritual. I tell her about the migraine that split my head open 48 hours earlier and left my body and mind feeling railroaded. I hope this treatment puts me back together enough so I can get some writing projects done, including this article. As with the full-body massages offered, the Reiki bodywork sessions are rooted in the healing powers of laying-on-hands energy, essential oils, and aromatherapy. The therapist selects several oils, which are blended on-site by Kate’s Magik proprietor, therapeutic perfumer, and Reiki Master Teacher Kate Becker. The oil selections are carefully presented to the client’s nostrils, one by one, inhale deeply and let your brain’s olfactory cortex decide.
On this day, my olfactory cortex choses scent number two – which turns out to be Kate’s Magik Creativity & Performance anointing oil. I laugh, as an image of Toucan Sam flashes in my Gen X head – “Follow your nose! It always knows!” It seems to be true. At a previous therapeutic massage treatment, when I was searching for support in creating a healthier lifestyle, I was drawn to the scent of the Isis & Rebirth oil that is meant to, as the Kate’s Magik literature states, “release the old and support new beginnings.” I was sold – hook, line and sinker – on the oils, the treatments, on the power of aromatherapy, and sought to learn scientifically why. In the 2009 National Geographic book Brain: The Complete Mind, the sense of smell is described as a “direct sense” that circumvents the route our other senses take to the brain. “Smell, the most ancient of senses, takes a more direct path. Taste, touch, hearing, and a portion of vision send their electrochemical signals to the brain via the brain stem, which then relays them to the thalamus and on up to the cerebral cortex. Sensation of smell goes straight into the amygdala and olfactory cortex, both parts of the limbic system, without stopping at the thalamus along the way.”1 Most humans are deeply touched by scent, and this is because smell is hardwired “to the brain’s emotional centers,” according to the aforementioned Nat Geo book. It goes on to explain that, when you smell something, “the sensation rushes, practically unfiltered, into the frontal lobes. As the amygdala directly influences the sympathetic branch of the nervous system as well as continues...
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Kate Becker, therapeutic perfumer, at her downtown boutique Ritual by Kateâ€™s Magik.
health Z the nurturing bonds of family, smells can trigger a rise in heartbeat and blood pressure or bring on a feeling of calm and well-being. The latter forms the basis of aromatherapy.” In 2002, Becker alighted in Tucson. She had traveled the world, was born in San Francisco, grew up both in Bern (her mother is Swiss) and New York City (her father a New Yorker), lived in Central America for a time, then settled back in New York City for 10 years. It was in New York where Becker studied with renowned jazz vocalist Nanette Natal, facilitated music connections, worked in various modalities of the healing arts, and was employed at an herb store. When asked what led her to aromatherapy, Becker shares how the NYC herb store started her on the path of connecting to intention-based work, but it was her mother that informed her background and relationship to essential oils. “My mother used a lot of essential oils on me when I was little to calm me, but also for earaches – like lavender, chamomile and eucalyptus – some of the regular, medicinal ones were just common in households in Switzerland. I’ve always really resonated with scent. From a young age on, scent was very powerful for me. “Later on, when I got into aromatherapy and when I started creating my own blends and body oils, I would think about re-creating that feeling that I have with my mom; the way my mom smelled after she came out of the shower. She would put on this oil and it was citrus-y and floral and so warming and joy-inducing.” When Becker moved to Tucson, she spent the first six months studying essential oils, their therapeutic and medicinal qualities, the folklore behind them and, “how powerful they are when you apply them on your body – they go into your bloodstream, they travel up to four hours within you and help calm you down or wake you up, balance a mood or enhance your sensuality and how it makes you feel when you apply it and smell it, it’s so powerful. And I didn’t at all have the intention of creating a company. I just thought I would create those to sell to my clients when I opened shop as a life coach and maybe locally. But they got feet, the doors just started opening.” From talking to Kate, it was clear that it was more than doors magically opening, she was prying them asunder with true grit and self-admitted naïve persistence. Becker received an audience with Whole Foods in 2005, and locked in distribution to the chain’s Southern California, Northern California, and New York regions, and eventually six more regions across the country. These days, Whole Foods’ stores comprise about twenty percent of her distribution locales while most her products are in over 200 independent stores nationwide, “which is what I wanted, they are more customer oriented.” FOR EACH of the Kate’s Magik anointing oils, aura mists, lotions, teas, diffuser oils, and sacred perfumes, there is a detailed description that explains their intended applications. If you seek more confidence, there is an anointing oil for that, there are anointing oils to help a person with clarity and focus, learning to let go, releasing negativity, among many other qualities we may hope to incorporate into our lives or find freedom from. The point and purpose is to mindfully use these products while working on your stuff. Becker’s background includes working as a counselor and life coach, which informs her product line. “Everything always starts with my experiences,” she explains. “What has been most challenging for me? Where have I needed the most support or help or guidance? And then work with myself – what are the different tools that work for me? And then I go out from there.” I AM face down on the massage table, breathing deeply, slowly, releasing tension, looking forward to today’s Letting Go Ritual Massage. Vanessa Guss lightly knocks on the door, entering after my muffled grunt of consent. She smudges the room with sage, clears the air with the Heart & Spirit Aura Mist, gently places a heating pad on my shoulders, and sits down at my feet with hot towels. Oh, how we forget how much we beat up our feet! Hot towels, oil, and kneading is so simple, yet so completely transcendent. I’m melting
into the massage table, feeling its thick comfy pad underneath high count cotton sheets. Details get hazy when one is semi-conscious, but throughout the massage, Guss is using the Isis & Rebirth and Letting Go oils, working every inch of my body with trained hands and Reiki mindfulness. Her touch loosens and sooths my muscles, the music lulls me into a different world and the space feels as safe and nurturing as the womb. It’s a spiritual experience rooted in Earthy sensations and scents, which I later learned was likely due to the fact that all of the oil blends are 100 percent natural, no synthetics. My thirsty skin drinks up the moisture. It truly feels like a rebirth. Reiki may be considered a pseudoscience by a number of scholars and academics, but what they can’t discount is the power of touch – which is the first sense that develops before all others.1 There may not be a reproducible qualitative energy in the lab, but when you are laying on the massage table and feel the heat from the therapist’s hands, your body tells you something else. What mine told me was that I was blessed to receive work by a goddess masseuse. BEFORE BIG PHARMA, humans relied on plants to cure what ailed them. It’s an ancient science, and some might titter about “new age,” but really, it’s old school. Going back, quite literally, to our roots of utilizing the healing power of plants. Kate describes the uses of different ingredients, how flower oils can aid in forgiveness and compassion while cedarwood is grounding. “And it does that physically and emotionally for you, so that’s the magic,” she imparts. “It’s magical, what these plants can do for us because everything is here. We came with everything on this planet. And they’re our family, the flowers, the trees, the bark, the root, the seeds, they’re all part of us. We all have a purpose to serve each other and they want to help us.” BECKER’S BACKGROUND in the healing arts motivated her to reach people through her oils as a way for her clients to take something home with them, as a reminder of what they are working on. “It becomes your helper, your assistant, your reminder, your supporter. Let’s say you apply Break Patterns & Addictions and you’re asking for assistance, for support around this challenge and every time you smell it, it will remind you of that support.” What Becker didn’t realize 15 years ago when she started studying essential oils was her knack for blending. Working with oils isn’t easy. They have their own personalities, and some – as Kate said – are hard to wrangle. Tom Robbins wrote a whole book on the challenge of finding a proper base note to a jasmine, citrus combination. “I learned about all the different oils, and how they blend with each other and what their purposes are – medicinally, therapeutically – but once I sat down to blend them, and the anointing oils were the first line I created – they just kind of happened through me. To this day, now that I do the Bastet Perfume Society, which is a monthly perfume club and I’m having the ability to work with the really exotic high priced and rare oils, it still happens. I’ll make a blend and I can’t believe that I had that much to do with it. I think it’s just something that’s inside me, like musicians who already have the music in them, that’s what it is for me.” On Saturday, Oct. 28, Becker and crew celebrate the boutique’s two-year anniversary at their Downtown location, 215 N. Court Ave., from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The free event is dedicated to the Autumn Season, Samhain, and Dia de los Muertos. It will include an alter honoring those past, mini ritual treatments by Vanessa and Nicole, healthy treats and refreshments as well as a sale. Visit KatesMagik.com for product information and RitualTucson.com for information on the boutique. Call 520-422-2642 with inquiries. n 1
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Located on the Gila River reservation of the Akimel Oâ€™odham, or Pima Indians, a series of small hiveshaped ziggurats seem to be boundary markers of some sort. No one really knows.
here’s something about a desert that begs for a pyramid. So you scraped together the funds to give Poston what he had longed for in his final might conclude after going from desert to desert, across the contiyears: namely, a gravesite overlooking Florence, where he had seen some of nents, and seeing all the pyramids that people have built, over the his better years. The tomb was finished in 1925, with Poston’s bones tucked centuries—pyramids, and their ziggurat and tower cousins, that safely inside. seem to say to the gods of those dry places, sure, you blast us with When Poston was hanging out in India, among the ancient architecture your sun and your scouring, desiccating winds every day, but yet we’ll show there, he got it into his head that it would be a fine thing to spend eternity in a you: We’ll climb high toward that sun in the face of that howling furnace, and pyramid. He even raised a little money for it himself. And a pyramid is just what more power to us. his friends built for him up on the jagged volcanic rise that was once called The largest pyramid in the world (by volume, anyway) rose 1,600 miles Primrose Hill, now called Poston’s Butte: a 15-foot-tall pyramid of gabbro and from Tucson, down in the ancient Cholulan capital of Puebla, Mexico. The basalt held together by now badly weathered concrete, an unlikely monument ancient peoples of Sonora and southern to an unlikely man in an unlikely place— Arizona seem to have liked that idea, for as and with a panoramic view that a Hohokam recently as seven centuries ago they were lord might envy. building platform mounds—that is, pyraEd Schieffelin died five years before mids with flat rather than pointed tops— Poston, in 1897 and in faraway Oregon, within easy reach of the Santa Cruz, Salt, after having made a fortune in Tombstone, and Gila Rivers. If those platform mounds which he put on the map when he struck can be counted as pyramids, then the pay dirt in 1877. Contemporary accounts northernmost pyramids in this part of the describe him as a kind of proto-hippie, with world roughly coincide with the northern hair hanging down the middle of his back limits of the Sonoran Desert, which makes in dreads that wouldn’t be out of place on perfect sense to anyone attuned to the surFourth Avenue, and he had the eccentric realistic possibilities of this place. idea that he wished to be buried in TombCertainly the Anglos who came here stone under something like a cross between early on thought that pyramids were apa cairn and a pyramid, the kind of thing propriate to a region that they advertised that a miner would use to mark a claim. as America’s version of Egypt—and who His friends were quicker than Poston’s to refused to believe that anyone other than get that monument built, with a touching ancient Egyptians could have built things plaque commemorating him as “a dutiful like the crumbling towers at Casa Grande son, faithful husband, kind brother, and Ruins National Monument. true friend.” It’s easy to drive into and out One of those Anglos was Charles Deof Tombstone without noticing the thing, brille Poston, who liked to call himself “the but look closely just past the Border Patrol father of Arizona.” He was, history records, inspection station, and you’ll see it down a man of refined manners, the object of in a draw. Allen Street, the tourist hub in considerable fun-poking on the rough and town, turns into a dirt road that will take you raw frontier. He also wasn’t very good at to the monument itself, a very bumpy few Beloved of his friends, Tombstone founder Ed business, and though he tried his hand miles among low hills and century plants. Schieffelin is commemorated by this small at cattle ranching, freighting, mining, and George W.P. Hunt had as many enziggurat not far from Boot Hill Cemetery. farming in places like Tubac, Florence, and emies as Poston but as many friends as Tucson, fortune eluded him. Given a record like that, it seems no surprise that Schieffelin, it seems. He wandered into Arizona with a couple of burros and he sought refuge in politics, serving as Arizona’s first delegate to Congress. He a couple of dollars in 1878, and he found work in Globe as a waiter and later got himself into trouble in a later government sinecure, and he skedaddled to ranch hand before discovering that he had a pretty good head for business. He India until things cooled down back home. He came back to Arizona, tried his became the president of a mercantile firm, then got involved in politics and, hand at other work, and died without a penny to his name. perhaps improbably, wound up as Arizona’s first governor—improbably, that is, Poston, wrote Arizona historian C. L. Sonnichsen, was a “curiously flawed because in several early disputes he took the cause of the workers over that but always interesting figure who never failed to make news wherever he went.” of the bosses, which would never fly in Maricopa County today. Indeed, as a Newsworthy he may have been, but for years Poston lay forgotten in a pauProgressive Democrat, he served six terms as governor until finally losing to a per’s cemetery near South Mountain. In 1912, though, a group of his friends Republican challenger in 1928. He potted around for the next six years, dying continues...
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featured solo artist show in The Little Gallery on the grounds of the DeGrazia Gallery of the Sun.. 6300 N. Swan Rd, Tucson.
Dec 30 - Jan 12, 2018, 10-4..daily (Closed New Years Day) Please join me for my artist reception on Jan 6th.. with special guest, Gabriel Francisco Romo playing Spanish guitar..
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Barrio Bones Iv
A collection of works by local artists celebrating the Dia de los Muertos tradition
Opens Sat, Oct. 21 with a reception from 5:00 ~ 7:00PM Continues through Nov. 11. Old Town Artisans complex 186 N. Meyer Ave. 620-1725
Far Left: Charles Poston, Arizona’s first representative in Congress, has a permanent home in the heart of this pyramid outside Florence. Top: An upside-down pyramid? Arizona’s architecture is often playful, as this eastside Tucson building by Robert Swaim shows. Left: The Syrian camel drover Hadj Ali, better known as Hi Jolly in his day, lies buried underneath a pyramid on the outskirts of Quartzsite.
at the age of 75 in Phoenix, whereupon he was promptly honored with a pyramid tomb that today stands near the Desert Botanical Garden in Papago Park, not at all a bad place to wind up for eternity. If the early Anglo arrivals thought Arizona to be America’s answer to Egypt, it stood to reason that camels ought to figure into the picture. Enter Edward Fitzgerald Beale, a former naval officer who took to dry land and, in 1856, created a camel corps for military transport in the desert Southwest, surveying a new overland route across southern New Mexico and Arizona along a route that pretty well follows present-day I–10 and passes through Tucson. The camels, Beale decided, were best suited to the country along the lower Colorado River, but he had trouble finding gringos who were willing to tend to them in that infernally hot country. Beale thus hired drovers from the Middle East for the job. One, a Syrian named Philip Tedro, showed up in Quartzsite in 1857. A Muslim, Tedro also went by the name Hadj Ali, which the Americans quickly mangled into Hi Jolly. It wasn’t long before the federal government decided to build railroads and wagon roads across the desert, and then the Civil War broke out, and the camel experiment fizzled out. The camels scattered into the desert, and their descendants were reported to live in the palm canyons and oases of the western desert as late as the 1930s. Meanwhile, Hi Jolly went to work scouting, prospecting, hunting, exploring, and spinning wonderful tall tales, becoming a local character. He died almost a year to the day after Poston, and afterward his friends there in Quartzsite erected a pyramid-shaped monument to him in what is now rather forlorn town cemetery just off the Arizona 95 exit on I–10.
It’s worth a visit to pay your respects to all these eminent folk and their monuments. I’ve been doing just that for years, collecting pyramids all over the state. (There are plenty in New Mexico and California, too, and some decent ones in Nevada beyond the garish pyramids of the Las Vegas Strip.) The thing about these pyramids is that once you start collecting them, you begin to see them everywhere—in the portals of midcentury department stores, down the side streets of Sedona (of course), tucked away in the sweeping glass panels of Biosphere II. On the back road to the East Valley of Phoenix not long ago, a road I’ve been driving for decades in order to avoid the always churning interstate, I recently screeched to a halt to wonder at a cluster of little ziggurats that had been there for a very long time, obviously, without my ever noticing. Now I notice them every time I go by, just as I remark on it every time I see the upside-down pyramid on the northeast corner of Speedway and Wilmot, built in 1979 and designed—perhaps as a kind of private joke—by the noted Tucson architect Robert Swaim. It’s now a credit union. Allow your eye to roam freely, and you’ll find pyramids everywhere, as I did when I glanced up while walking into El Minuto not long ago and seeing atop the National Bank of Arizona building what almost amounted to a suite of pyramids, and what certainly would qualify as platform mounds to do a Hohokam builder proud, high up in the sky. And not just there: within the same frame of view was a pyramidal skylight atop a low annex to the Community Center. The whole scene almost passed for a futuristic Egypt, a touch of Sonoran Desert surrealism that would have made Hi Jolly very jolly indeed. n October 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 23
october ARIZONA HISTORY MUSEUM First Fridays is Oct 6 with 2 for 1 admission from 4-8pm and a book discussion at 6pm. Currently on view: History Lab, Chasing Villa, The Silverbell Artifacts, Geronimo Exhibit, Arizona Historical Society 150 Exhibit. Hours: Mon & Fri 9am-6pm; Tues-Thurs 9am-4pm; Sat & Sun 11am-4pm. 949 E. 2nd Street. 520-628-5774. ArizonaHistoricalSociety.org
ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM
Long term exhibitions include, Woven Through Time: American Treasures of Native Basketry and Fiber Art and Paths of Life. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. 520-621-6302. 1013 E. University Blvd. StateMuseum.Arizona.Edu
ART HOUSE CENTRO
Barrio Bones IV, a collection of works by local artists celebrating the Dia de los Muertos tradition, opens Oct 21 with a reception from 5-7pm and continues through Nov 11. Hours: Mon-Weds 10am-5:30pm; Thurs-Sat 10am9pm; Sun 11am-5pm. 520-620-1725. Old Town Artisans complex, 186 N. Meyer Ave. OldTownArtisans.com
CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Wynn Bullock: Revelations and Invisible to the Eye are on view through Nov 25. Public lecture and members’ reception is Oct 26 from 4pm to 7pm with special guests Brett Abbott, Lynne Bullock, and Barbara Bullock Wilson. Hours: Tue-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 1-4pm. 1030 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7968. CreativePhotography.org
CONRAD WILDE GALLERY Traces and Dietlind Vader Schaaf: Yutori are on view to Oct 14 with a reception Oct 7 from 6-9pm. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-4pm. 101 W. 6th St., #121. 520-622-8997. ConradWildeGallery.org
Surrealistic Stew opens Oct 7 with a reception from 6-9pm and is on view through Oct 28. Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-3:30pm. 110 E. 6th St. 520-398-6557. ContrerasHouseFineArt.com
DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Kaleidoscope: New Abstract Works is on view to Nov 4 with a reception Oct 7. Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 11am-4pm. 154 E. 6th St. 520-629-9759. DavisDominguez.com
DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN
DeGrazia’s Fun and Games and DeGrazia’s Cowboys are on view to Jan. Hours: Daily 10am-4pm. 6300 N. Swan Rd. 520-299-9191. DeGrazia.org
DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY Shimmer and Surprise Miniatures continue through Nov 5. Trunk Show: Lyle Rayfield, Melissa Rogers & Dikki VanHelsland is Oct 7 from 10am-1pm. Meet the Artist series with Cris Hager is Oct 21 from 1-3:30pm. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-1:30pm. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 520-722-4412. DesertArtisansGallery.com
ETHERTON GALLERY In the main gallery, James G. Davis (1931-2016): Down at the Tower Bar, a Retrospective with Turner G. Davis and Pop-Up: Michael Chittock are on view to Nov 11. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm or by appointment. 135 S. 6th Ave. 520-624-7370. EthertonGallery.com
Puma: Past and Present is on view to Dec 25. Hours: Daily 10am-4pm. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. 520-883-3024. DesertMuseum.org
JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY Kris Graves is on view to Nov 3. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-626-4215. CFA.arizona.edu/galleries
LOUIS CARLOS BERNAL GALLERY Sabbatical is on view Oct 23 to Dec 8 with a reception Nov 2 from 5-7pm and a gallery talk on Nov 2 at 6pm. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-3pm. PCC 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 520-206-6942. Pima.Edu/CFA
MADARAS GALLERY Annual Fall Show opens with a reception on Oct 22 from 11am-2pm. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. 3035 N. Swan Rd. 520-6153001. Madaras.com
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Z art galleries & exhibits MAT BEVEL’S MUSEUM OF KINETIC ART Kinetic Saturdays is Oct 7 from 5-8pm with character demonstrations by the artist throughout the evening. $5 admission, 12 years and under $3. 2855 E. Broadway Blvd. 520-604-6273. MatBevelCompany.org
MEDICINE MAN GALLERY
Maynard Dixon’s Arizona continues to Oct 31. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-4pm. 6872 E. Sunrise Dr., Suite 130. 520-722-7798. MedicineManGallery.com
MINI TIME MACHINE George Stuart Historical Figures: Early Works from the Hernandez Monsanto Collection Part I & II continues through Jan 21. Part I is on view to Nov 26 and Part II is on view to Jan 21. Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-4pm and Sun 12-4pm. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr. 520-881-0606. TheMiniTimeMachine.org
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Exhibitions opening Oct 7 include: ByNowWeAreThere: A Series of Locations Connected by the Logic of Curiosity; Paul Turounet | Estamos Buscando A; Nothing to Declare: Transnational Narratives. Hours: Weds-Sun 12-5pm. 265 S. Church Ave. 520-624-5019. MOCA-Tucson.org
PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY & STUDIO
New Works from Hunting Studio Glassworks is on view Oct 7 to Jan 27. Tues-Sat 11am-4pm. Call for glassblowing viewing. 711 S. 6th Ave. 520-884-7404. PhilabaumGlass.com
PORTER HALL GALLERY Manabu Saito opens Oct 9 and is on view to April 2018. Hours: Daily 8:30am-4:30pm. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 520-326-9686. TucsonBotanical.org
SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD Signature Show is on view Oct 3 to Nov 5 with a reception Oct 12 from 5-7pm. Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-4pm. Williams Centre 5420 East Broadway Blvd #240. 520-299-7294. SouthernAzWatercolorGuild.com
TOHONO CHUL PARK
In the Main Gallery, Dia de los Muertos and in the Welcome Gallery, Works by Timothy Schirack are both on view to Nov 8. In the Entry Gallery, 10 x 10 | A Fundraiser is on view Oct 6 to Dec 17. Hours: Daily 9am-5pm. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. (520) 742-6455. TohonoChulPark.org
Etherton Gallery presents James G. Davis (1931-2016): Down at the Tower Bar, a Retrospective (with Turner G. Davis). Top: James G. Davis, Escalator. Bottom: James G. Davis, The White Heater. Courtesy of Etherton Gallery
TUCSON DESERT ART MUSEUM Colors to Dye For is on view to Dec 3. Ongoing exhibitions include The Dawn of American Landscape and Arizona Women Uncovered. Hours: Weds-Sun 10am-4pm. 7000 E Tanque Verde Rd. 520-202-3888. TucsonDArt.Org
TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Desert Dweller and Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor open Oct 21 in the newly renovated galleries and continue through Jan 28. The J. Knox Corbett House is open during regular museum hours. Hours: Tues-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm; Thurs 10am-8pm; Sun 12-5pm. 140 N. Main Ave. 520-624-2333. TucsonMuseumofArt.org
UA MUSEUM OF ART Art Of The Reformation: A Selection, an exhibit of nine Old Master prints is on view to Dec 17. Continuing exhibitions include, Our Stories: Mapping Q on view until April 22; In Transit / En Transit on view until March 2018 and X, Y, Z: Art In Three Dimensions on view to June 2018. Tinkerlab, a makerspace is open through Jan 2018. Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 12-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7567. ArtMuseum.Arizona.Edu
UA POETRY CENTER BiruPiruPeru is on view to Nov 22. Hours: Mon & Thurs 9am-8pm; Tues, Weds, Fri 9am-5pm. 1508 E. Helen St. 520-626-3765. Poetry.Arizona.Edu
WILDE MEYER GALLERY Multi Media Group Show opens Oct 1 with a reception from 1-4pm and is on view to Nov 1. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm; Thurs 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12-5pm. 3001 E. Skyline Dr. 520-615-5222, WildeMeyer.com
WOMANKRAFT ART GALLERY
Size Matters is on view to Oct 28 with a reception on Oct 7. Hours: Weds-Sat 1-5pm. 388 S. Stone Ave. 520-629-9976. WomanKraft.org
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ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC Benjamin Beilman, Violin; Haochen Zhang, Piano, October 15 and Pavel Haas Quartet, October 18. See website for event locations. 520-577-3769. ArizonaChamberMusic.org ARIZONA OPERA Hercules vs Vampires, October 15. Fox Theatre, 17 W Congress St. 520-293-4336. AZOpera.org ARIZONA REPERTORY THEATRE Tigers Be Still, through October 8 and The Addams Family - A New Musical, October 15 to November 5. Marroney Theatre, 1025 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-1162. Theatre.Arizona.edu ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY The River Bride, October 21 to November 11. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. 520-884-8210. ArizonaTheatre.org ARTIFACT DANCE PROJECT Judith, October 12 & 15. Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. 520-235-7638. ArtifactDanceProject.org BROADWAY IN TUCSON Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, October 4 to 8. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. 520-903-2929. BroadwayInTucson.com BALLET TUCSON Opening Night Gala, October 6 and Fall Concert, October 7 & 8. Steve Eller Dance Theater, 1737 E. University Blvd. 520-901-3194. BalletTucson.org CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION Tucson Season Opening, October 28. Scottish Rite Cathedral Grand Parlor, 160 S. Scott Ave. 520-615-5299. CarnivalOfIllusion.com FOX THEATRE Acrobats of Tianjin, October 3; Magic Men Live, October 4; Take Me to the River Live, October 5; Grease Sing-A-Long with the Hearth Foundation, October 6; Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans, October 8; Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees featuring Joan Baez, Steve Earle and Patty Griffin, October 12; Shawn Colvin: A Few Small Repairs Tour, October 16; Home Free - Live in Concert, October 18; Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, The FOX Foundation’s annual “Chasing Rainbows Gala”, October 22; Sarah Jarosz, October 24; James Van Praagh, October 27; A Night with Janis Joplin, October 29. 17 W. Congress St. 520-624-1515, FoxTucsonTheatre.org THE GASLIGHT THEATRE The Phantom of the Opera, continues to November 5. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 520-886-9428. TheGaslightTheatre.com LAFFS COMEDY CAFFE Quinn Dahle, October 6, 7 & 8; Brian McKim, October 13 & 14; Mike Merryfield, October 20 & 21; 2900 E. Broadway. 520-32-Funny. LaffsTucson.com LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP Dia de los Muertos: The Musical, October 1 to November 5; Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, October 5 to November 11. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 520-327-4242. LiveTheatreWorkshop.org SOUTHERN ARIZONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Enescu, Khachaturian, Harberg, Vivaldi, Dvorak, October 14 & 15. See website for locations. 520-308-6226. SASOMusic.org TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER Jeremy Camp // The Answer Tour, October 3; Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart, October 12 to 15; 260 S. Church Ave. 520-791-4101. TucsonConventionCenter.com TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, October 6 & 7; Firebird October 20 & 22; In the Desert with Cowboy Elmo TSO Just for Kids, October 21; Music of James Bond, October 28 & 29. Leo Rich Theater, 260 S. Church Ave. 520-8828585. TucsonSymphony.org UA PRESENTS KC and The Sunshine Band, October 13; Brasil Guitar Duo João Luiz, guitar Douglas Lora, guitar, October 17; Kaki King, October 24; Olga Kern, October 26; Duwende October 29; Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. 520-621-3364. UAPresents.org WINDING ROAD THEATER ENSEMBLE An Iliad, October 19 to November 4. Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theatre, 330 S. Scott Ave. 520-401-3626. WindingRoadTheater.org
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arts Z Ebony Patterson, Entourage, 2010 digital photo on nylon banner with grommets, 81 x 120 in. Private collection, Miami. Image courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.
Puspa Lohmeyer, from Little Toro, 2016 Courtesy of Puspa Lohmeyer.
Tucson Museum of Art Reopens by Amanda Reed
Much to the joy of our city’s art lovers, Tucson Museum of Art is reopening. A sleek remodeling brings a new face to the entrance and adds gallery space. The sawdust and broken concrete have been cleared away, new drywall and fresh paint applied, and with gleaming polished floors and works of art carefully placed, all is ready for the opening weekend celebration set for October 21 and 22. Expect to see something new and familiar when TMA reopens, with more than 20 galleries, a new entrance into the main galleries, and two new exhibitions, Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor and Desert Dweller. Guests will enjoy a fresh perspective and fun programming throughout the weekend. Included in the reopening activities will be a performance by Stories that Soar, intimate gallery tours with curators, a film screening of House of Z, a performance by Solidarity Sympa, and much more. Desert Dweller, guest curated by Paula Taylor, presents “Tucson style”, a historical view of the Southern Arizona risk takers: retailers, family businesses, designers, artisans, and craftsmen, all of whom have influenced the city’s identity through fashion. The exhibition, Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor, curated by Dr. Julie Sasse, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern, Contemporary, and Latin American Art, examines clothing as a symbol and reflection of society, and a form of artistic expression. Works by over 50 artists such as Joseph Beuys, Nick Cave, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, and Andy Warhol are included in the exhibit.
The renovations are an exciting change for the institution, and as Dr. Sasse notes, “The new gallery space will allow for some unique alcoves and new wall spaces to accommodate both special installations and large works.” In addition to the new exhibitions, a comprehensive reinstall from the permanent collection will display over 400 objects throughout the museum, all promising to show off the new renovations. And according to Dr. Sasse, “We will be exhibiting our special Arthur Dove, Fernando Botero, and Paolo Soleri works in the Modern section; the new James Drake and Tomás Saraceno works in the Contemporary section; and new acquisitions from the Daniels collection of Mexican folk art in the Latin American folk art section.” In addition to the new gallery spaces, the Creative Space has expanded into a community gallery, art making room, and reading area, and moved into the historic fish house on Main Avenue alongside the museum’s gift shop. On October 8 from Noon to 5pm, Second SundAZe will officially celebrate the opening of these new areas, with free admission, art making stations and a photo grid activity. n Tucson Museum of Art Opening Weekend, October 21 & 22. Free to the public See website for programming and more information. 140 North Main Avenue, 520-624-2333. TucsonMuseumofArt.org. Grand opening of Creative Space with Second SundAZe, October 8, 12 - 5pm. October 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 29
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october 6TH ANNUAL TUCSON MODERNISM WEEK OCTOBER 7 - 15 For tickets and information, please visit TucsonMod.com Join the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation for the 6th Annual Tucson Modernsim Week, featuring a series of programs, film, lectures and events highlighting Tucson’s Mid-century Modern design and architecture throughout the city, along with the very popular vintage trailer show. Tucson’s Modernism captured the exuberance of the post WWII era, and is defined by clean, simple lines and a casual informality. In the Southern Arizona desert the movement has come to be defined as Sonoran Modern with the use of regional materials, adaptation to the desert climate and an emphasis on indoor/outdoor living. Some of the highlighs of this year’s Modernism Week are:
Mid-Century Modern Expo Marketplace Friday, October 13, opening, 7- 9:30pm, Saturday, October 14, 9 - 4, Sunday, October 15, 9 - 3. The Mid-Century Modern Expo Marketplace features specialized dealers and vendors from around the southwest offering for sale an outstanding variety of vintage and contemporary mid century design. The Expo features furniture, lighting, home wares, period fashion, jewelry, art and craftspeople, all celebrating the Mid Century Modern design aesthetic. Barbara Mettler: Tucson’s Legacy of Modern Dance Sunday, October 8, 2 pm, Lecture/Demonstration Wednesday, October 11, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Mettler Theory Dance Class Saturday, October 14,10-12, Mettler Theory Dance Class. Saturday, October 14, Lecture by Tim Quigley, AIA. Sunday, October 15, Metter studio open as part of the Home Tour. For sixty years Barbara Mettler directed Mettler Studios, which in 1963 found a permanent home at the Tucson. Mettler commissioned architect John Howe, Taliesin Fellowship to designed a modern architectural masterpiece that would house her studio. Mettler offered on-going classes and intensive courses each year. Her way of work emphasized individual and group improvisation as a means of liberating and cultivating the natural creative movement resources which are in everyone. Mettler’s pioneering research, exploration and practice of large group dance improvisation is recognized as a ground-breaking, unique contribution to contemporary dance. The Mettler Dance Studio reflects her egalitarian ideals about dance and to help liberate and cultivate the natural creative movement within her students. She saw a kinship between architecture and dance: “Dance involves the giving of form and order to space through the art of body movement; while Architecture involves the giving of form and order to space through the art of building.” The building reflects this connection in the sculptural geometry where arcs and circles intersect to create dynamic spaces. Tucson Modernism Week in partnership with Mettler Studios present a series of special events to highlight the contributions of this Tucson Modern Master and the historic building she commissioned. more Tucson Modernism Week on next page...
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october TUCSON MODERNISM WEEK OCTOBER 7 - 15 For tickets and information, please visit TucsonMod.com Vintage Trailer Show Saturday, October 14 & Sunday October 15, 9 - 2, $10 Rocket onto the open road with shiny, chic and mobile Vintage Trailers. This year is the fourth annual Vintage Trailer exhibition for Tucson Modernism Week. Peek inside one-of-a-kind, renovated travel trailers and tour their groovy interiors, modular custom built furniture and retro finishes. Trailer owners will be on hand to talk history, restoration and adventures on the open road. Over a dozen vintage trailers are taking up residence along Broadway Boulevard in the heart of the Sunshine Mile. FILM: Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future - with special guest Eric Saarinen. Sunday, October 15, 7 - 9pm. Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future explores the life and visionary work of Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen (1910-1961). Best known for designing National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center (Warren, Mich.), Saarinen also designed New York’s TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Yale University’s Ingalls Rink and Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, Virginia’s Dulles Airport, and modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip chair. His sudden death at age 51 cut short one of the most influential careers in American architecture.
Mid-Century Modern Home Tour Sunday, October 15, 2017, 10 - 3, $30. Join Tucson Modernism Week for our Mid-Century Modern Home Tour of iconic properties by some of Tucson’s most celebrated architects and designers of the Mid-Century era featuring work by Judith Chafee, Arthur Brown and Juan Wørner Baz. Paint by Number: Accounting for Taste in the 1950s, William Lawrence Bird Saturday, October 14 Bird explores paint by number as a hobby and metaphor in midcentury America. The story ties together the artists and entrepreneurs who created the popular paint kits; the critics who reviled them; and the consumers who willingly filled them in and hung them in their homes. William Lawrence Bird is Curator Emeritus at the National Museum of American History – Smithsonian Institution. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Maryland (1973); M.A. in History from the University of Arizona (1975); and Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University (1985). He began his museum career while a graduate student at the University of Arizona, working part time at the Arizona Historical Society with a grant-in-aid funded by Emory and AnnEve Johnson. He is a former Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellow at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, University of Wisconsin – Madison. His work has appeared in Smithsonian; History Today; Technology & Culture; The Encyclopedia of Radio andTelevision; and American Art Review. His museum exhibits and books include Holidays on Display; Paint by Number: America’s Doll House; Souvenir Nation; and American Democracy. October 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 35
SONORAN GLASS PUMPKIN FIESTA OCTOBER 7 - 8 Tucsonans can explore hundreds of colorful glass art pumpkins, enjoy live furnace glassblowing demonstrations and make fall-themed glass projects at Sonoran Glass School’s Pumpkin Fiesta event. The event returns after a two-year hiatus in grand form; with bales of hay, fall leaves, lively music and a festive atmosphere. This event is also part of the Southern Arizona’s Regional Fall Open Studio Tour and takes place on October 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sonoran Glass School, 633 W. 18th St.
TUCSON HUMANITIES FESTIVAL OCTOBER 3, 4, 10, 12, 13, 17, 24, 27 Dramatic shifts in human history tend to spring from small acts of resistance and revolution. Moments of principled defiance, quiet dissent and thundering discord create profound change: toppled governments, religious schisms and abrupt disruptions in the ways we live. What leads to those movements and those cultural breaking points? What comes after? What can the acts of resistance and revolution in the past reveal about the modern world? Join the 2017 Tucson Humanities Festival: Resistance & Revolution, a series of topical lectures, panel discussions and events, including noteworthy guests, presented by the UA College of Humanities. Schedule as follows. More informaton at humanitiesfestival.arizona.edu
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Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Punk Prayer: Pussy Riot’s Fight for Global Freedom of Expression, Nadya Tolokonnikova (of Pussy Riot) Rialto Theatre Oct. 4, 7 pm Imperfect Legacy: From National Liberation to Meaningful Freedom in Africa Phyllis Taoua, French & Italian Poetry Center, Rubel Room Oct. 10, 7 pm Crown vs. Cross: Resistance and Resilience of Religion in the Roman Empire Panel: Grant Adamson, Cynthia White and Courtney Friesen, Religious Studies and Classics; Ed Wright, Judaic Studies Poetry Center, Rubel Room Oct. 12, 7 pm Poetry of Resistance: A Plea for Social Change Readings: Martin Espada and Odilia Galván Rodríguez. Moderator: Mari Herreras Poetry Center, Rubel Room
Oct. 13, 5 pm Virtual Study Abroad: A Digital Humanities Experience Bryan Carter, Digital Humanities, Judd Ruggill, Public and Applied Humanities Owls Club Oct. 17, 7 pm Forces Unleashed: Why the Spanish Civil War Still Matters Malcolm Compitello, Spanish & Portuguese, Poetry Center, Rubel Room Oct. 24, 7 pm Symbols of Revolution: Legacies of Luther in Germany Steven D. Martinson, German Studies, Poetry Center, Rubel Room Oct. 27, 10 am Exploring the Universe: Science & Humanities United Dante Lauretta, Planetary Sciences Flandrau Planetarium
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German culture at the top of Mt. Lemmon with traditional food, beer, live German music, dancing and family fun. Noon to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 10300 Ski Run Rd. Mt. Lemmon. 520-576-1321. SkiTheLemmon.com
THROUGH OCT 29 NIGHTFALL AT OLD TUCSON The only haunted town around brings you a frightful feast! Outrageous live shows, hideous live characters, comedy, drama, and a zombie apocalypse are some of the frightful attractions that await you. See website for hours and more information. Tickets: $21-$28. Young audiences are not recommended. 201 Kinney Rd. NightfallAZ.com
THURS 5 - SUN 8 MEXICAN BASEBALL FIESTA This year’s festival features double headers with Hermosillo, Obregon, Mexicali, Los Mochis, and Cincinnati Reds Young Stars. Tickets: $10 general, $15 box seats, $6 kids age (6-16), seniors, military & students (with ID). Kino Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. 520-434-1367. MexicanBaseballFiesta.com
TUCSON FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL
Showcasing independent films of all genres and those with music-related content, with an emphasis on films and filmmakers with a connection to Arizona or the Desert Southwest. Tickets: $8 general, $6 students. See website for locations, showtimes, and more details. FilmFreeway. com/Festival/TucsonFilmFestival
FRI 6 FALL ART FESTIVAL
Nearly 30 local artists will display handcrafted items in a variety of mediums. Live music starts at Noon. Free admission. 9am-2pm at Cat Mountain Station, 2740 S. Kinney Rd. CatMountainStation.com
WORLD MARGARITA CHAMPIONSHIP This annual competition features original margarita recipes, tequila tastings, and southwestern cuisine from Tucson Original Restaurants. Vote for your favorite margarita for the People’s Choice Award. Event begins at 6pm. Tickets: $55. Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Rd. SAACA.org/WorldMargarita
FRI 6 & SAT 7 GLOW! Venture into a world illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights in the high desert. Glowing sculptures, multi-media installations, theatrical performances and music spanning across 5 acres. 7-11pm. Tickets: $20$25, age 13 and under $10, age 3 and under free. Triangle L Ranch, 2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Rd., Oracle. 520-623-6732. TriangleLRanch.com
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DUSK MUSIC FESTIVAL
FRI 20 - SUN 22
Now in its second year, this year’s festival features popular national acts, Big Sean, Steve Aoki, Milky Chance, Louis the Child, Vince Staples and more. Food by local restaurants such as Dante’s Fire, Empire Pizza, Frost Gelato, The Parish, Reforma and more will be available and a special double IPA was brewed for the festival by Barrio Brewing Co. called, Double Dusk IPA. See website for tickets and information. Rillito Regional Park, 600 E. Bromley St. DuskMusicFestival.com
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OPEN STUDIO TOUR Over 200 participating art-
TUCSON CLASSICS CAR SHOW
ists in a range of artistic disciplines open their creative spaces to the community. See website for artist locations and more information. OpenStudioTours.com
SAT 7 - SUN 15 TUCSON MODERNISM WEEK
Presented by the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, this annual celebration highlights Mid-century Modern design and architecture programs, film, lectures, special displays and events throughout Tucson. Don’t miss the popular Expo Marketplace and Vintage Trailer Show on Oct 14 & 15. See website for programing and tickets. PreserveTucson.org/Modernism-Week
FRI 13 - SUN 15 TUCSON MEET YOURSELF
An annual celebration of culture with performances, dancing, food, music, and special exhibits. See website for daily schedules. El Presidio Park and Jacob Library Plaza, Downtown Tucson. 520-621-4046. TucsonMeetYourself.org
PATAGONIA FALL FESTIVAL A celebration of music and art, with over 125 artists and food vendors, a wine and beer garden, children’s carnival, book sale, and more. Free admission. 349-365 McKeown Ave, Patagonia. 520-345-4172. PatagoniaFallFestival.com
SAT 14 - SUN 22
rience a film festival competition for emerging western genre screenwriters and filmmakers. Held in conjunction with the Wilcox Fall Wine Festival. Tickets and passes range from $12 to $95 for a 3 day pass. Wilcox Historic Theater, 134 N. Railroad Ave., Wilcox, AZ. 520-7663333. TheWildBunchFilmFestival.com
SAT 21 With over 400 classic cars and hot rods, this event is sure to impress any car enthusiast. $5 entry includes raffle ticket. Children under 18 are free with paid adult. 10am-4pm. The Gregory School, 3231 N. Craycroft Rd. 520-4404503. TucsonClassicsCarShow.com
SAT 21-SUN 22 ART TRAILS OPEN STUDIOS
Art Trails artists open their studios to the public and present a variety of unique, one-of-a-kind artwork, works in progress, and artworks for sale. 10am-4pm. More information at arttrails.org.
FRI 27 NIGHT OF FRIGHT A non-scary Halloween carnival for the entire family featuring trick or treating, pumpkin bean bag toss, pony rides, ghoulish games, and halloween themed dinners at the “Fright Grill”, along with aircraft open for viewing. Costumes are encouraged. 5-9pm. Admission: Kids 12 and under are free; $10 for ages 13 and older. Pima Air & Space, 6000 E. Valencia Rd. 520-574-0462. PimaAir.org
SAT 28 7TH ANNUAL HOMESCAPE HARVEST TOUR Explore amazing home landscapes throughout
nologists, professionals, and community builders for a celebration of inspiration and innovative solutions. See website for locations & schedule. 520-477-8278. TenWest.com
Tucson and get inspired to create your own eco-paradise! Learn firsthand from homeowners how to create well-designed and affordable features to harvest water, energy, and food. Admission: $15 with car, $10 with bike/bus. Register online. 10am-3pm. Watershed Management Group, 1137 N. Dodge Blvd. WatershedMG.org
SAT 28 - SUN 29
Fun run and walk in remembrance of loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS and in support of Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation’s programs and services. Registration fees $10-$25, free for survivors living with AIDS. 7am registration opens, 9am walk starts. Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Jacome Plaza, 101 N. Stone Ave. 520-6287223. AIDSWalkTucson.SAAF.org
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A place for filmmakers and audiences to meet, discover, and experience unique and important stories told on film. Featuring 30 films and two free outdoor screenings this year. Tickets: $10, festival passes include VIP access $60. See website for schedule and more information. Scottish Rite Temple, 160 S. Scott Ave. FilmFestTucson.com
artist-run collective not affiliated with any other group or organization, focusing on Open Studio Tours in the MidTown Tucson Arts District. 10am-4pm. Details at heartoftucsonart.org.
SUN 29 roll, skate or play along the car free street path from 10am to 3pm. Live entertainment, fun activities, and food trucks along the new route on 12th Avenue will make it a day to remember. 520-261-8777. CycloviaTucson.org
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2017 Tucson Film & Music Festival, October 5-8 By Carl Hanni IT’S OCTOBER in Tucson, which means...it’s finally below 100 degrees, the Farmers Markets are rocking, you can crowd surf on 4th Ave. on a Saturday night, AND the annual Tucson Film Festival is back for its 13th season, Oct. 5-8. Also known as the Tucson Film & Music Festival, it features independent films that have some aspect of music and/or Arizona/Southwest culture in its programming. The Festival has premiered many fine films over the last thirteen years, including the great Tucson music docs “Going Back to Tucson” and “We Got Cactus,” and always features a line-up of judiciously chosen films, courtesy of festival director Michael Toubassi. This year’s program screens a total of twenty-eight films, including nine features, mostly screening at Century El Con Theater, with one each at The Loft and the Gallagher Theater on the UA campus. There will also be over twenty guest appearances by visiting filmmakers, actors and/or producers who have films being screened, as well as a post-film live music appearance by one of the closing night’s film actors at The Loft on Sunday night. The official opening night ‘Featured’ film on Friday night is Ari Gold’s “The Song of Sway Lake.” This handsome and beautifully shot film tracks a few days in the life of Ollie Sway (Rory Culkin), a rather callow young man as he travels to his family’s summer house in the Adirondacks in upstate New York in search of a very rare - and valuable - 78 rpm record from his late father’s collection. He is joined by his pal Nikolai (Robert Sheehan), a foot-loose Russian orphan along for the ride, and quite unexpectedly, Ollie’s grandmother, played to steely perfection by the Emmy-nominated actress and musician Mary Beth Peil. There Ollie falls for the lovely local Isadora (the wonderful Isabelle McNally) and opens up various hornet’s nests of buried family history and local resentment, apparently going back decades; his family is the lake’s namesake, with some long simmering bad Sway mojo alluded to. “The Song of Sway Lake” incorporates vintage jazz and obsessive record collecting and record cataloguing into the storyline in a pleasingly naturalistic way. Although the real story is a multi-generational family dynamic that has been fractured over time, having the plot driven by a piece of vintage vinyl is a nice touch. Add in local story-lines - jet skis vs. boats, locals vs. tourists, whether to expand the local dock and ramp up the activity on the lake, or keep it as it is - and a well-constructed and well-acted drama emerges that is warm and expansive enough absorb Ollie’s chronic moroseness, and the constantlyflirting-with-cliche way his Russian pal is written into the story. “The Song of Sway Lake” is a pleasure from start to finish, as well as being a great example of how to use place as a grounding device and plot driver. “The Song of Sway Lake” is also the last film completed by the wonderful actress Elizabeth Peña before her death in 2014 which is reason enough to see it. It screens Friday Oct. 6 at Century El Con at 7:30 pm; Ethan Gold (Ari’s brother), who wrote the original score and performed some of the music, will be on hand for a Q&A after the show. Other feature films to watch out for include “To Be Funny: 100 Years of Buster Keaton” (featuring some music by Tucson’s own Chamberlab), the Festival ‘centerpiece’ film “Zen Dog” (with a Q&A with the director after), two locally produced westerns, “Vermijo” and “Cassidy Red,” and the closing night film, “Cortez.” “The Icarus Line Must Die,” a story about a fictional LA punk band, features several LA based musicians in acting roles, including Ariel Pink and Keith Morris (Circle Jerks/Black Flag). Also of local interest, “Casamance: the Soundtrack of a Journey” documents the journey of well known Spanish musician Javio Zavala (aka Depedro), a long-time member of Calexico, as he travels to Senegal on a musical pilgrimage. There are also two afternoon programs of short films: the Saturday program includes the short doc “Tav Falco: Make Me Know You’re Mine,” focusing on the fabulously suave and 44 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | October 2017
ageless modern rockabilly god Tav Falco. Fellow outsider icon Mike Watt is along for the ride as Falco’s bass player. Festival programmer and ex-Tucsonan Mike Toubassi recently answered a few queries from Zocalo. How do you chose and curate films for the Festival? Is there a submission process, do you go to other film festivals, or…? We have an open call for entries that begins in late spring and goes until the end of summer. We accept features and shorts of all genres. The festival has an emphasis on music-related content as well as films with a connection to the desert southwest. With a small screening committee we carefully watch all submissions, then narrow it down and slowly make selections based on the quality of the film, and its relevance to our festival’s mission. I, along with programming director Craig Parish, also attend regional film festivals to scout and see what’s making the film festival circuit, which helps inform the overall program. Has your curatorial process changed or evolved over the years? Or is the basic mission of the Festival still the same as when you started? The selection process has evolved, and the live music element of the festival has gone unfortunately, but we still maintain the mission to screen music related cinema and films with a connection to Arizona. We are tending toward showing more narrative films than documentaries these days - this is the first season we have narrative features in all of our key film showcases. Do you see much give and take between the independent filmmaking communities in Los Angeles (where you now live) and Tucson? Yes, there is a heavy cross pollination between LA and Tucson, mainly because of the alumni and filmmakers from the University of Arizona’s Film, Theater and Television, which was recently named in the Top 50 Film Schools in the US. A lot of filmmakers who participate in the festival over the years from both LA and NYC want to screen in Arizona and get their films show to the Tucson audience. Since the festival started, we’ve screened over 60 films from UofA alumni, and that doesn’t include the 100 plus student, faculty and staff that participated in the making of those films. How do you see the state of independent filmmaking in the U.S. in 2017? How has it changed since you started the Festival? Independent filmmaking is alive and thriving in the US. The quality and calibre of the films this season is incredible, with top notch, well-known actors but also showcasing up-and-coming local Tucson talent and filmmakers. When we started in 2005, indie films were still being shot and screened on 35 or 16mm film stock, whereas now almost everything is shot digitally. We also have seen the change from screening on film and tape to BluRay and now DCP, so things have definitely evolved with technology as well. What are you especially excited about in this years Festival? Of course we are thrilled about our three spotlight feature films, “The Song of Sway Lake” (Opening Night), “Cortez” (Closing Night at The Loft) and “Zen Dog” (Centerpiece). All will have filmmakers in attendance for post show Q&As. We are also excited about a special presentation of “Everything Beautiful is Far Away” at the UofA’s Gallagher Theater. The festival is also premiering two Western features that were filmed entirely in Tucson. Over 25 films in 4 days, the 13th annual festival is going to be fantastic! n
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2017 TUCSON FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SCREENING SCHEDULE Complete details at www.tucsonfilmfest.com
Century El Con 20, 3601 E. Broadway Rd. Tickets $8, $6 Students. 7:30pm: The Song of Sway Lake (Southwest Premiere, Opening Night Film) Director Ari Gold’s romantic drama about the vanished grace of America. Starring Rory Culkin (You Can Count On Me), Robert Sheehan (Killing Bono)and Mary Beth Peil (Dawson’s Creek). (Q&A with producer/composer Ethan Gold)
Western chock-full of guns and action. (Q&A with director Paul Vernon and producer/actor Adam Gold) 3:00pm: Documentary & Animated Shorts Mix Various Premieres. An eclectic mix of short documentary and animated films. 5:30pm: To Be Funny: 100 Years of Buster Keaton (World Premiere) A documentary celebrating the enduring legacy of silent film comedian Buster Keaton. 7:30pm: Zen Dog (Southwest Premiere) Trapped by daily routine, a man experiences complete freedom by dreaming himself across the country in a psychedelic Volkswagen with the guiding words of philosopher Alan Watts. Starring Kyle Gallner (American Sniper, The Finest Hours) and Adam Herschman (Accepted, Hot Tub Time Machine 2) (Q&A with director Rick Darge) 9:30pm: The Icarus Line Must Die (Southwest Premiere) A noir thriller set against the backdrop of the current LA music scene. (Q&A with director Michael Grodner)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8
Century El Con 20, 3601 E. Broadway Rd. Tickets $8, $6 Students. 12:30pm: VERMIJO (Tucson Premiere) Locally produced and filmed
Century El Con 20, 3601 E. Broadway Rd. Tickets $8, $6 Students. 12:30pm: Cassidy Red (Southwest Premiere) A Western romance filmed
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 The Gallagher Theater, 1303 E. University Blvd. Tickets $3 8:00pm: Everything Beautiful is Far Away (Southwest Premiere, Special Presentation) A futuristic fable about a trio crossing a barren desert landscape. Starring Joseph Cross (Big Little Lies, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln) and Julia Garner (Ozark, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) (Q&A with filmmakers)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6
entirely in So. AZ and at Old Tucson Studios. (Q&A with director Matt Knudson along with cast members) 3:00pm: Narrative Shorts Various Premieres Family, friends and life in the big city are explored in this program. 5:30pm: Casamance: the soundtrack of a journey. (North American Premiere) Featuring Jairo Zavala of Calexico and Depedro, as he travels back to Africa to find his musical roots.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tickets $8. $6 Students/Members. 7:30pm: CORTEZ (Arizona Premiere, Closing Night Film) After a canceled tour, flailing musician Jesse Lirette seeks out an old flame in a small town in Northern New Mexico. When an arrogant attempt at inserting himself into her family fails, he must confront the mistakes of his past on his own. Starring Arron Shiver (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Netflix’s Longmire) with a soundtrack/score from composer, Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek and original songs by Bethany Towes and Taylor Rice of LA band Local Natives.(Q&A with director/actor Cheryl Nichols and producer/actor Arron Shiver)
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What’s Live Finally, the Fall by Jim Lipson
THREE DAYS AGO, one day after the Autumnal Equinox, I had the most amazing experience. It was late in the evening and as I went out for a walk with my daughter before bed, I actually found myself reaching for a sweatshirt. It was glorious. Having lived in paces of extreme cold and extreme heat, I’ll take the latter every time. But still, as my 91 year-old mom would say, “enough already.” Aside from the respite from the heat, Autumn also means a preponderance of shows where everything seems to be happening all at once. Take out your planner, check your bank balance, and choose wisely. October 5 – Take Me to the River: Live, Fox Theatre – A live musical revue of Memphis Soul, Rhythm and Blues, this evening promises to be as educational as it will be musical. Based on the award-winning film and record that brought together multiple generations of iconic Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians, this is a big production. With the exception of blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, don’t expect a lot of star power, unless of course you’re a fan of crackerjack session players who have been on multiple gold and platinum selling albums. They’ll bring everything but the barbeque. October 6/7 – Dusk Festival, Rillito Downs – Last year’s inaugural Dusk was headlined by Calexico. This year’s two-day event features two stages and more than 15 acts, none of whom I’ve ever heard of. October 7 – Loudon Wainwright III, 191 Toole – Now plugging a new memoir, Wainwright explores yet another medium. While his musical cameos on the first season of M*A*S*H were cool, it was his work as a college dad on the short-lived FOX show Undeclared, I found most endearing. But I digress. While his autobiography (and life) is no doubt fascinating, his musical wordplay is still his finest gift. October 7 – Peter Dalton Ronstadt y Los Tucsonenses - Club Congress – Since the passing of Michael J Ronstadt, Ronstadt Generations has evolved into rotating cast of musicians but always anchored by Petie Ronstadt on multiple instruments and Alex Flores on saxophone. This 7 pm show is a part of the Congress’s free outdoor Fall concert series. October 7 – TKMA benefit to support the 33rd annual Tucson Folk Festival, Monterey Court – This show features relatively new folk fest favorites Po the Band, as an opener, Freddy Parish and friends as a tweener, and the Wayback Machine playing an acoustic and electric dance set. Special guests include Bryan Dean, Don Armstrong, Amochip Dabney and Marx Loeb. $10 donation but no one turned away. October 8 – Irma Thomas/Biind Boys of Alabama/Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Fox Theatre – For anyone jonesing for a good dose of New Orleans, this is your fix. While it’s hard to imagine squeezing this much talent onto one stage on one night, we must also remember these are iconic acts that will not be performing forever. October 8 – Run Boy Run – Temple Emanu-El – Ever since Garrison Keillor had them on Prairie Home Companion twice within a month, things have never been quite the same for this group of married siblings. OK, that didn’t come out quite right. Fiddler, Matt is married to singer Bekah, who also plays fiddle and is siblings with singer and mandolin player Jen. And then there is Grace 46 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | October 2017
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The Carnivaleros (pictured: Gary Mackender, Karl Hoffmann, and Heather Hardy)
on the cello, who also sings and is sibling to Matt. Got all that? The main thing is this band is great, playing their own brand of bluegrass infused with Americana and old timey traditions with phenomenal musicianship and three part harmonies to match. Temple Emanu-EL is at 225 N. Country Club Rd. October 12 - Joan Baez, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Fox Theatre – Officially billed as Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees, these concerts with its allstar cast, is raising awareness and money to support expanded educational opportunities for displaced people through various United Nations and humanitarian agencies. Joan Baez is still the real deal as is Patty Griffin. Also on the bill is James McMurtry and the Mastersons. October 12 – Jill Cohn, Monterey Court – I first met Jill, from Seattle, about 20 years ago when a local coffee house double booked her and a band I was in for the same night. It was awkward to be sure, but only for the first hour or two. We eventually all made nice and then discovered she has a beautiful voice and songs to match. Her range and talents have no doubt further evolved over the years. October 16 – 33rd annual Tucson Blues Festival, Rillito Downs – While this year’s festival may not feature the glitz of last year’s show with Los Lobos, this is always a good time no matter who is on the bill. Locals this year include Black Cat Bones, Zo and the Soul Breakers and bassist Steve Grams probably leading a group of AZ Blues hall of Famers. October 16 – Shawn Colvin, Fox Theatre – Shawn (along with Patty Griffin), may simply be one of the best women singer/songwriters you’ve never heard. Believe it or not, picking up Grammy awards is not easy and she’s got three. From confessional to playful to echoes of pop, she has helped to redefine the female singer/songwriter thing. Says Bonnie Raitt of Shawn, “She was groundbreaking when she emerged and continues to inspire me and the legions of fans and other singer/songwriters coming up in her wake.” October 20 – The Carnivaleros, Monterey Court – With a sound that is completely unique unto itself and with no two albums sporting the same lineup,
I’m beginning to think of this band as our own version of Steely Dan but with bandleader/auteur Gary Mackender playing the parts of both Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. This is also a seasonal band that only manifests certain times of the year. This is their time. October 20 – Regina Spektor, Rialto Theatre – When I first heard the name, I could only wonder how she was related to Phil or Ronnie Spector. Well, she’s not. Not even close. But thanks to my teenage stepdaughter I’ve been completely won over by her singularly unique talents. This show will be a solo performance. If you’re a fan you’ve already got your ticket. If not, spend some time getting to know her. It may not be easy at first, but your efforts may be well rewarded. October 21 – John Coinman Band – It’s difficult to keep piling up the superlatives when it comes to Coinman and his ability to craft songs out of his mostly southwest experience. Another show in the Congress Hotel’s outdoor free fall concert series. October 22 – Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, Fox Theatre – The last time I saw Stills was at the Fox about ten years ago, paired in a show with Dave Mason. Leading a quartet, he sounded terrible, until he dispensed the band after two songs and went on to play about 40 minutes of scintillating solo blues on a variety of acoustic guitars. This tour marks the first time he and Collins (the Judy behind Suite: Judy Blue Eyes) have ever been on-stage together. While it’s still hard to envision that kind of chemistry, it will be interesting to see what they bring to the stage. October 29 – Sonoran Dogs CD Release – The reason you’ll rarely see this group play locally is because they are so damn good they are constantly booked—this despite the fact that award winning guitarist Peter McLaughlin and bassist Brian Davies continue to hold down day jobs here in town. Navajo Rug is their newest CD. Note this is a 6:30 show and also a part of the Congress’s outdoor Fall concert series. n October 2017 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 47
LIVE MUSIC Schedules accurate as of press time. Visit the web sites or call for current/detailed information.
191 TOOLE 191 E. Toole Ave. rialtotheatre.com Mon 2: Y La Bamba, Naim Amor Tue 3: Chelsea Wolfe, Youth Code Wed 4: Vieux Farka Touré, Rockers Uptown Thu 5: Tucson For Mexico Benefit: Santa Pachita, Mono Sound, Oscar Fuentes, Dil Fri 6: My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult Sat 7: Loudon Wainwright III, Katie Haverly Sun 8: Fat Tony, Flaco Mon 9: Dræmings, Sharkk Heartt, Lano Tue 10: Shooter Jennings, Julie Roberts Sat 14: Boris, Subrosa, Endon Tue 17: Thurston Moore Group, Soft Shoulder Wed 18: M. Ward, Whispertown Thu 19: Sahbabii, Lil Xan, Lil Wop, T3, 4orever Fri 20: Wolves In The Throne Room, Pilloran Sat 21: The English Beat Fri 27: Madeintyo, 24hrs, K Swisha Sat 28: The ABC Tour featuring Angelz, Bijou & Ciszak
BORDERLANDS BREWING 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773, BorderlandsBrewing.com Sun 1: Kevin Pakulis Fri 6: Mustang Corners Sat 7: Ryan David Orr Sun 8: Kevin Pakulis Sun 15: Kevin Pakulis Sun 22: Kevin Pakulis Sun 29: Kevin Pakulis
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CHES LOUNGE 350 N. 4th Ave. 623-2088, ChesLounge.com See web site for information
CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848, HotelCongress.com/club Sun 1: Poochie Loc, John Payne, Ono Mafeme Tue 3: Pinegrove, Florist, Lomelda Wed 4: Paws, Her Mana, Logan Greene Fri 6: Black Joe Lewis, Kacy & Clayton Sat 7: Peter Dalton Ronstadt y Los Tucsonenses Sun 8: Dead Rider, New Doubt Mon 9: Caustic Casanova, Carbon Canyon, Dayak Tue 10: Holy Wave, Al Lover Wed 11: The Chemanas, Sur Block Thu 12: ChamberLab String Quartets Sat 14: Surf Curse Tue 17: Nick Hakim, Landlady Fri 20: Young Hunter, Mute Swan, The Myrrors Sat 21: John Coinman Sun 22: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Mon 23: LSD and the Search For God, Mute Swan, Hikikomori Tue 24: Brother Ali, Sa-Roc, Last Word, Sol Messiah Wed 25: Dinner, Pro Teens Fri 27: Token Sun 29: Sonoran Dogs CD Release
LA COCINA 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351, LaCocinaTucson.com Sun 1: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 4: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 5: Freddy Parish Fri 6: Greg Morton & Friends, Freddy Parish’s Country Club Sun 8: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 11: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 12: Louise Le Hir
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CUSHING STREET BAR & RESTAURANT 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984, CushingStreet.com Fridays: Pete Swan Trio featuring Matt Mitchell & Scott Black Saturdays: Jeff Lewis Trio
FLYCATCHER 340 E. 6th St. 798-1298, FlycatcherTucson.com Sun 1: Baptista, Fairy Bones, Humble Living Mon 2: Heavy Metal at the Flycatcher Wed 4: Native Harrow, Louise Le Hir, Dirt Friends Fri 6: Skincage Mon 9: The Mercury Tree, Bird Violence, Azfarat Wed 11: Ladytowne Live Thu 12: Silver Cloud Express, Weekend Lovers, Cool Funeral Fri 13: Santa Pachita, Diluvio Mon 30: Rosetta & North, Brass Tax
FOX TUCSON THEATRE 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, FoxTucsonTheatre.org Thu 5: Take Me To The River Live Mon 8: Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans Thu 12: LampedUSA: Concerts For Refugees Mon 16: Shawn Colvin Wed 18: Home Free Sun 22: Stephen Stills & Judy Collins
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HACIENDA DEL SOL 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol. 2991501, HaciendaDelSol.com Nightly: Live Music on the Patio Sun 22: An Evening On Broadway
THE HUT 305 N. 4th Ave., 623-3200 huttucson.com Sundays: Acoustic Open Mic, with Cadillac Mountain Thursdays: Mockingbirds Saturdays: Mike & Randy’s 420 Show with Top Dead Center
THE LOUDHOUSE 915 W. Prince Rd., 393-3598 loudhousetucson.com Thu 5: Silence The Voice, I, Pariah, Ms. Miller, Exit Dream Fri 6: Orange Blossom Special, The Minds Sat 7: Damage Overdose, Olden, Genocaust, Guardians, Single Finger Theory
MONTEREY COURT 505 W. Miracle Mile, MontereyCourtAZ.com Sun 1: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances, Wild Women—Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey Tue 3: Nancy McCallion & Danny Krieger w/ Heather Hardy Wed 4: Nick McBlaine & Log Train Thu 5: Alex Stickels Band Fri 6: E2W Sat 7: TKMA Presents at the Monterey—A fundraiser for the annual Tucson Folk Festival Sun 8: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances, Wally Lawder & Acoustic Sky Tue 10: Don Armstrong CD Release Party Wed 11: Touch of Gray Thu 12: Jill Cohn—Seattle Singer/ Songwriter Fri 13: Johnny Burgin Band—
Chicago Blues meets West Coast Surf Sat 14 : Gabriel Ayala Quintet in Concert Sun 15: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances, Silk and Soul Tue 17: The Tucsonics—Western Swing Wed 18: Eric Schaffer & the Other Troublemakers Thu 19: Virginia Cannon Presents Fri 20: Carnivaleros Sat 21: Little House of Funk— Connie’s Birthday Celebration! Sun 22: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances Wed 25: 1st Annual Kids Chance Spooktacular Benefit Concert Thu 26: The Titan Valley Warheads Fri 27: Amber Norgaard Band Sat 28: Halloween Costume Bash with ROH Sun 29: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances, Peter Dalton Ronstadt y El Tucsonense Tue 31: Gabriella Marlena— Brooklyn based Singer/songwriter
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Night Missions Over Saigon
It’s still dark outside. A bottle of bleach releases fresh optimism. He is happy to wipe counter tops instead of flying night missions over Saigon. He is happy to brew coffee instead of pulling shrapnel from his arm. The work binds him like a bandage. Cah is the church janitor born in Vietnam 70 years ago. This morning, he is changing light bulbs in the pantry. If he finds a dead moth trapped in the lip of a fixture, he sets it aside. When the children come for Sunday school, he hands them out like communion wafers. “Gentle,” he chides, over and over again. The small hands are happy to receive each dusty corpse lost to some night mission of its own and he is eager to pass them out as if trying to tell a story for which he has no words. --Charles Gillispie
Charles Gillispie, a University of Arizona MFA graduate, has received grants from the Tucson Pima Arts Council and the Arizona Commission of the Arts in support of his work combining writing and counseling. His first book of poems, The Way We Go On, was published by the Backwater’s Press in 2010. 54 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | October 2017
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Published on Oct 1, 2017