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Ghost Restaurants • Film Fest Tucson • Open Studio Tours • All Souls Procession Info

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07. Community 09. Events 13. Look Back 16. All Souls Procession info 25. Film Fest Tucson 43. Art Galleries & Exhibitions 45. Open Studio Tours 53. Performances 55. Food 59. Tunes 66. Scene in Tucson

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Henry Barajas Tells a Tucson Story in La Voz de M.A.Y.O. Tata Rambo by Tom Prezelski COMIC BOOKS, once the closely held obsession of a subculture of enthusiasts, have achieved well-deserved mainstream acceptability. Superheroes still dominate, but more and more of their creators are seeing the potential for the medium to tell a wide range of stories. One such writer, Tucson native Henry Barajas, has made use of the narrative conventions of comic books to tell a compelling true story of the Old Pueblo. La Voz de M.A.Y.O. Tata Rambo is a two-part series that traces the tale of Barajas’s great-grandfather, Ramón Jaurigue, a World War II combat veteran who was a leader in the successful effort to organize Tucson’s Pascua Yaqui community in the 1970s. Barajas’s storytelling style is straightforward and compelling. The pacing and bold artwork elevate the story of hardworking community leaders and activists to one of heroic adventure. The first issue ends with a cliffhanger splash panel in the mighty Marvel tradition. There is even a smarmy real-estate developer who takes on the role of supervillain. Of course, the history presented here has personal meaning to Barajas, whose great-grandfather spoke little of his colorful past as the writer was growing up. It was not until 2015 that Barajas committed himself to documenting Ramón Jaurigue’s accomplishments as a part of his quest to explore his own heritage. Barajas, whose background in journalism included stints at the Arizona Star and the Tucson Weekly, relied largely on recollections from his own family, most of whom did not complete grade school and who preserved family and community history through traditional storytelling. Barajas consulted contemporary newspapers, but he wanted to avoid leaning on their “controlled narrative” as a source, though they were useful in corroborating some of the major events. Barajas was particularly grateful for his great-grandfather’s newsletter, La Voz de M.A.Y.O. (Mexican-American and Yaqui Organization), which gave the comic its title and proved to be a valuable resource. Like most comics professionals, Barajas started as a fan. He grew up reading old hand-me-down comics and found inspiration not only from seminal

creators like Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, and Stan Lee but also in the more political works of creators like Denny O’Neil, who reimagined Green Arrow as a social justice warrior. However, when he started attending conventions, he could not help but notice, with notable exceptions like Sergio Argonés and Los Bros Hernandez, the absence of latinx fans and talent. This made Barajas eager to work for change. In 2011, SB 1070 and the anti-immigrant movement around it inspired Barajas’s first venture into comics, a satirical one-shot he did in collaboration with local artist Arnie Bermudez called El Loco. It was a story of a migrant worker who acquired superpowers when lightning struck a pesticide-soaked farm field. El Loco’s efforts at battling evil were frequently foiled by interference from la Migra. By 2015, Barajas was pursuing a career in stand-up comedy when he left Tucson for Los Angeles to work on a film. He found that the center of the comicbook industry was moving from New York to the West Coast and found work at Top Cow Productions, an imprint of Image Comics. From this platform he was able to pursue the project that became La Voz de M.A.Y.O. Top Cow connected him with Phoenix-based artist J. Gonzo (Jason González), who visited the Tucson locations in the story to use as reference for his artwork. Ramón Jaurigue passed away while the comic was still in production, and Barajas was not able to show his great-grandfather the finished work. Nonetheless, Barajas has ensured that this story of everyday heroism and a struggle that shaped Tucson as a community will be preserved. The two issues of La Voz de M.A.Y.O.: Tata Rambo are available at Charlie’s Comic Books (1421 S. Kolb Rd., 320-0279). Top Cow is scheduled to release these as a single volume in November 2019. Barajas will be returning to the Old Pueblo as a guest at the 2019 Tucson Comic-Con at the Tucson Convention Center on November 1–3. See www.tucsoncomic-con.com for more information. n

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events Z SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS THROUGH OCT 13 MT. LEMMON SKI VALLEY OKTOBERFEST German culture and family fun at the top of Mt. Lemmon with traditional food, beer, and live German music. Noon to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 10300 Ski Run Rd. Mt. Lemmon. 520-576-1321. SkiTheLemmon.com


Welcome to the real haunted town of Nightfall – it’s a frightening feast for all of your senses! Comedy, drama, music and more beckon with the promise of a frightfully good time. See website for hours, tickets, and more information. Tickets: $22-$29.50. Young audiences are not recommended. Old Tucson Studios, 201 Kinney Rd. 520-883-0100. NightfallAZ.com


The ninth annual Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta brings six teams from the Mexican Pacific League. This year the Arizona Wildcats return to play a doubleheader against Hermosillo on October 3rd. Tickets: $15 for box seats, $10 general admission, $6 for kids ages 6-16. Kino Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. MexicanBaseballFiesta.com

FRI 4 TO SUN 6 TUCSON FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL Showcasing independent music related documentaries with an emphasis on films and filmmakers with a connection to Arizona or the desert Southwest. Tickets: $8. See website for schedule of events and locations. 520882-0204. TucsonFilmandMusicFestival.com


Celebrating Tucson’s Mid-century Modern architecture and design with a series of programs, film, lectures, and events, such as the popular vintage trailer show. Presented by the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation. See website for programing and tickets. PreserveTucson.org/Modernism-Week

SAT 5 DESERT BONEYARD RUN/WALK Run a 10K or run/walk a 5k through the world’s largest aircraft storage and preservation facility. Registration online: $30-$45. All proceeds go to a Morale, Welfare, and recreation fund that directly supports the military men and women on DavisMonthan AFB and their families. 5:30am gates open, 8am opening ceremony, 8:15am 10k begins, 8:30am 5k begins, event ends at 11am. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, South Kolb Road & East Irvington Road. 520-228-0022. DMFSS. com/Blog/BoneyardRun2019

SAT 5 & SUN 6

SUN 13

PUMPKIN FIESTA Enjoy glass art pumpkins in a

MERCADO FLEA Returning for a third season with

fall-themed gallery alongside glassblowing presentations, or try creating a pumpkin or Halloween glass art of your own! 10am to 3pm. Free and open to the public. Sonoran Glass School, 633 West 18th Street. 520-884-7814. SonoranGlass.org

over 40 vendors offering a mix of vintage, antique, and collectible items. Held every second Sunday October through May. Free admission. 8am to 2pm. Located in the parking lot and sidewalk areas on Avenida del Convento, between the Mercado San Agustin and the MSA Annex. MercadoDistrict.com


A destination film festival and place for filmmakers and audiences to meet, discover, and experience unique and important stories told on film. Includes both short and feature length narrative and documentary films. Individual tickets are $10 each. Fest All Access passes are $45 with access to all screenings. Limited VIP passes give guests access to the FFT VIP Lounge for $95 each. See website for schedules and locations. FilmFestTucson.com

FRI 11 DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION Join the Arizona Historical Society and Carrillo Elementary School for a night of community remembrance as we celebrate Día de los Muertos. Explore the museum, view student art work, or add a memento to the community ofrenda. 4pm to 8pm. Free event and free parking is available at the Main Gate Garage on 2nd St. Arizona History Museum, 949 E. 2nd St. 520-628-5774. ArizonaHistoricalSociety.org/Tucson

FRI 11 TO SUN 13 TUCSON MEET YOURSELF This popular free annual celebration of culture brings performances, dancing, food, music, and special exhibits to downtown Tucson. Guests from California join the festival this year, along with many special performances by Odaiko Sonora, Yellow Bird Apache Dancers, SHE PHI Step Team, Pedro Y Los Liricos, Mariachi Aztlan De Pueblo, Anthony Belvado and more! Festival hours are Friday 11am to 10pm, Saturday 11am to 10pm, Sunday 12pm to 6pm. Jacome Plaza Downtown Tucson. 520-621-4046. TucsonMeetYourself.org

SAT 12 2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN A free, family friendly urban block party! Hours: 5pm to 9pm street vendors, 6-10pm stage performances. Art After Dark at the Children’s Museum from 5:30-8pm. Free family friendly movie at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum. Downtown Tucson. 2ndSaturdaysDowntown.com

SUN 13 AIDSWALK A fun run and walk in remembrance of loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS while serving as an important fundraiser for care services, prevention programs, and LGBTQ initiatives of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. Registration begins at 7am, fun run at 7:30, walk begins at 9am, quilt opening ceremony at 10am. Registration fees $10-$25, free for survivors living with AIDS. Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Jacome Plaza, 101 N. Stone Ave. 520-6287223. AIDSWalkTucson.SAAF.org

SAT 19 8TH ANNUAL HOMESCAPE HARVEST TOUR Explore residential and schoolyard landscapes throughout Tucson that harvest solar energy and water, grow food, and create wildlife habitat. Learn how to implement well-designed, beautiful, and affordable features for your own sustainable sanctuary from the tour’s site hosts. Presented by Watershed Management Group and Sierra Club. 10am-3pm. $15. 520-3963266. Watershedmg.org/HHT2019


celebration of the tiny animals that run the world and the scientists who study them. 10am-3pm. Free event and free parking. Environment and Natural Resources 2 Building, UA campus. 520-621-1151. ArizonaInsectFestival.com

FRI 25 NIGHTMARE ON CONGRESS STREET Step into the decked out, haunted Hotel Congress for Tucson’s largest Halloween party! With 3 stages, bands, late night DJs, 2 costume contests, and over $3K in cash and prizes. 7pm to 2am. Tickets: $10 to $30. Hotel Congress, 311 East Congress Street. HotelCongress.com


Dress up and experience games, fun and crafts, in the park, along with a lot of Halloween fun! 5-7pm. Admission: $7 vehicle entry or one item of non-perishable food for each member in your group. Meet at the group ramada. Food will be donated to the Benson Food Bank. Kartchner Caverns State Park, 2980 AZ-90, Benson, AZ. 520-586-4100. AZStateParks.com

SUN 27 GET MOVING TUCSON An urban half marathon event featuring the Half Marathon up A Mountain, The Tucson Lifestyle 5k Run/Walk, the Free FitKidz Mile (for kids 12 and under), and the Cox Charities Family Costume Mile. Live music, a vendor expo, children’s activities, jumping castle, food trucks, breakfast after party, and more. See website for registration information. Registration capped at 1,500 runners and walkers. 520-326-9389. AZRoadRunners.org

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Animalities What Animals Teach Us About Being Human

2019 Downtown Lecture Series Four Thursdays in October | 6:30 p.m. | Fox Tucson Theatre Free admission sbsdowntown.arizona.edu The Thinking Dog | Oct. 3 | Evan MacLean The Personhood of Bison | Oct. 10 | Nieves Zedeño Hunting for Herring | Oct. 17 | Alison Hawthorne Deming Łįį’ (Navajo Horse) as Healer and Educator | Oct. 24 | Kelsey John

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Ghost Restaurants


by Gregory McNamee

ere’s a thought for Halloween: If you live long enough, then your world starts to fill up with ghosts—the ghosts of parents, friends, and relatives, of pets, of places torn up by progress, mountains removed and rivers rerouted. And restaurants, too: They tend not to live long, sometimes disappear before they’ve made a dent, but often leave traces of themselves long after they’re gone. There was Lloyd’s, for instance, a tiny Mexican diner now buried under a parking garage at the university bordering Sixth Street, not far from where Zachary’s Pizza did its thriving trade and across the way from the Pot Belly Café, purveyor of some of the best home fries ever concocted. That was the ’80s, the era of the hippie place under where the old New Loft used to stand, a block or two down from Lloyd’s, where I first discovered Red Zinger tea and the wonders of bean sprouts on homemade bread. There was the Unicorn Café, predecessor to the Blue Willow, and the Bum Steer, which served a mean burger in its day. Then came the ’80s, and there was the sushi-and-seafood place on Fort Lowell and Stone that never did seem to have a name, but whose endlessly elegant owner, from London, ran a velvet-rope business that catered to the idle rich. There was the southside eatery where cocaine dealers flashed gold teeth and thick rolls of cash, the Vietnamese restaurant on the near north side where former colonels hid behind mirrored sunglasses deep into the night. And on and on, all gone, vanished in a puff of smoke and powder. Here are a few places whose absence I continue to notice, and whose ghosts still moan on moonlit nights.

Carrow’s Way back when, a bar on Fourth Avenue called Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow was the general headquarters for a weird lot of men and women on the fringes of the political realm—proto-libertarians, anarchists, communists, even the occasional fascist or two. These last were shouted down pretty quickly, but bartender and head rabble-rouser Conrad Goeringer tolerated all sorts of people as long as they stayed upright and left a tip. When the bar closed, Conrad and an ever-changing cast of late-nighters would head to the Carrow’s over on Drachman and Oracle, the closest location of a California chain something like Denny’s but better, even if the coffee did taste like very thin motor oil. The air was thick with smoke and heady discourse, and the pie was pretty good, too. Today Carrow’s is practically extinct even on its home turf, as is its corporate cousin, Coco’s. The Solarium Less expensive than the Tack Room but still on the fine-dining end of the spectrum, the Solarium anchored an east side that was just beginning its boom when I first ate there in 1975. On that storied occasion, a blond surfer-looking fellow bounded over to our table, leaned over, and said something like, “Hi, I’m Steve, and I’ll be your food consultant tonight.” I had just come from the East Coast, where wait staff said endearing things like “What’ll it be, Mac” or, more directly, “Whaddya want,” and I was taken aback by the presumed familiarity. And as for the “food consultant” bit . . . well, Steve recommended good things, and the Solarium became a favorite haunt. Alas, the wood-and-glass, threestory structure, which had the feel of a grownup treehouse, burned down decades ago.

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lookback Z Boccata Located in the plaza where Whole Foods now stands on River and Craycroft, Boccata was one of Tucson’s great last-millennium temples to fine dining. Founded in 1989 by the late, lamented Ellen Burke, it was seldom less than packed, serving a variety of southern French and northern Italian dishes that made use of seasonal vegetables and pasta types then not often featured on local menus—artichokes, say, and ziti. Colette Bancroft, the restaurant critic for the Arizona Daily Star for much of the restaurant’s lifetime, was a frequent guest. She recalls, “The bouillabaisse there is still the standard I measure other restaurants against, and the hot fudge profiterole sundae was the stuff of dreams.” More than the food, though, she remembers the exquisitely professional hosting: “It always felt like a party.” Sadly, the party ended in 1997, leaving nothing but good memories. The Ghost Ranch Lodge and Restaurant The Ghost Ranch, on Miracle Mile, was a place designed by Swiss-born architect Josias Joesler and frequented by the likes of Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe, who designed its cow-skull logo back in the 1940s. It’s said that in the days of Jim Crow, civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King were welcome there as almost nowhere else in Arizona, and the lodge’s owners, Arthur and Carol Pack, were pioneering environmentalists in town and cofounders of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. The place, in short, is wrapped up tight in Tucson history, ground zero for our better angels. In its last years as a going concern, it had a restaurant that, though small, was one of the best breakfast venues in town, worth driving to what was then the city’s northern gateway. Once threatened with demolition, the Ghost Ranch Lodge is now under protection on the National Register of Historic Places and, now renovated, has been put to work as public housing, though without that fine little kitchen. Austin’s Josias Joesler also designed Broadway Village, the pioneering strip mall on the corner of Broadway and Country Club, back when that was Tucson’s east side. Buildings grew up around it in the years since, people came and went, storefronts opened and shut, but one place that could be counted on was the adjacent Austin’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, which did, yes, ice cream and shakes and other dairy goodies to perfection but also served up dishes befitting its birth in the late 1950s—tuna melts, egg salad and grilled cheese sandwiches, potato salad and coleslaw, that sort of thing. The burgers were as full of burger-rich goodness as just about anything in town in its time, and the fries were fine. But it wasn’t so much the food as the ambience that made the place memorable: It was a time machine into a different Tucson, one that, in many ways, was better than the one we had now, where floor managers grumbled in languages from somewhere east of the 21st parallel, uniformed servers scribbled on green pads, and just about everyone in view could have populated an Edward Hopper painting. Like that era, Austin’s was here on day and gone the next—poof! and it disappeared, leaving behind only a mystery and a BLT-sized hole in the city’s heart. The Cryin’ Onion Of all the ghostly places in this survey, the Cryin’ Onion might just be the ghostliest of all—ghostliest because long gone and definitively forgotten. It was somewhere out on Fort Lowell in the vicinity of Alvernon in a house surrounded by trees with a creaky front door and a wraparound layout, and it stayed open way, way late, becoming a favorite of sheriff’s deputies and stoners alike for its omelets, home fries, and baked delights. I don’t think I ever went there when it wasn’t dark and I wasn’t on the way home from a party or show under conditions conducive to amnesia—it was the ’70s, after all. Local publicity agent Jennifer Powers recalls those days and those omelets, adding that the restaurant added gyoza and other Japanese foods to the mix with a change of ownership. “One night we arrived before it opened,” she recalls. “We had gone to The Loft followed by drinks at the Solarium. We parked under the trees waiting for the Crying Onion to open, listening to the breeze moving through

the leaves after a monsoon rain. I remember thinking there was no place on the planet I would rather be at that moment.” Was it just a dream? If so, it was a sweet one indeed. If you have a clearer memory of the place, let me know—and the same goes for the little walkup shack out at the mouth of Catalina Highway that, back in the same time, served delicious French onion soup in a stretch of mesquite bosque peppered by telephone-cable spools and folding chairs. El Rápido Speaking of which, one of Tucson’s best Mexican restaurants, by my lights, wasn’t really a restaurant at all, but instead a walk-up counter inside a tiny storefront catercorner from where the Tucson Museum of Art is today. Opened in 1933 as a tortillería and tamale shop, it was, writes Tucson historian and journalist Ernesto Portillo, “a fast-food restaurant even before the concept took hold.” I often had lunch there with local writer Tom Miller (see his homage to the Dusty Chaps in this issue) back in the day, when El Rápido had come under the benevolent care of Tony Peyron, and the procedure was this: We’d arrive at along about a quarter to noon, hoping to beat the lunchtime crowd, only to find that the lunchtime crowd had anticipated the ploy and was waiting for us in multitudes and throngs. We’d wait in line for fifteen minutes or so, visiting with the lawyers, politicos, museum workers, police officers, and neighborhood folk who queued up for tortillas, tamales, beans, and the like. As for us, we came for the red chile burros, scarfing down a couple at a time, never mind the calories since, one day, the world might end and red chile might never be on offer again. Certainly that’s how it seemed when, on a dark day in December 2000, El Rápido closed its doors. Now, red chile is, to my mind, the litmus test for good Sonoran cuisine—if a restaurant can’t do it right, it’s not likely to do anything else right, either. El Rápido’s was the best in Tucson, then and now, and perhaps forever. Café Olé Muriel Fisher made her way to Tucson from Scotland by way of Italy along one of those wonderfully circuitous paths that interesting people travel, logging time at the aforementioned Cryin’ Onion before going to work at the Café Olé, then tucked away on Jackson Street. “When I came to Tucson,” she says, “there was no café culture as such. After living in Tuscany, I missed those places where you could have a quick espresso in the morning and a whiskey in the evening.” Fisher eventually bought the café, moved it to Broadway, and, after acquiring a beer and wine license, opened it on weekend nights. “We put art on the walls, had music at night, put up fairy lights, and it went from there,” she says. What’s more, since the new place had a “proper oven,” Muriel set to work introducing scones to Tucson, memorable pastries that she had fun experimenting with—making, for instance, scones with curry and green chiles. There were none better in the land. Jerry’s Ming House It’s a gas station at the intersection of Broadway and Campbell now, but time was when the southeast corner sported a low-slung, somewhat worsefor-the-wear row of shops anchored by one of the best Chinese restaurants in town. Jerry Lee opened his Ming House in 1953, serving Cantonese dishes to an eager audience of diners. It was a family affair, with his wife helping with the front of the house, a son cooking in the kitchen, and a daughter serving and clearing tables. That daughter, Lila Lee, started working there at the age of 13. “I believe we were one of the few Chinese restaurants that had an all-Asian crew except for the dishwasher and busboy,” she recalls. The egg rolls were exquisite, and the chef knew his way around a Cantonese-style steak, too. A treat after a meal there was to wander next door into a crammed bookstore whose owner, ever grouchy, seemed reluctant to sell anything—a curious attitude to take, one might think, for a retail operation. But then, that’s Tucson, a town full of improbabilities, ghosts, and delicious memories. n

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FRI. NOV I Night of The Living Fest VII @ HOTEL CONGRESS & MSA ANNEX! NOLF is The only ticketed event of the All Souls Weekend Multiple ticket options & more information Friday, Saturday & Sunday nniigght ht oft li ving m of thheeli vin g fest .co .c om M ELV I NS , K IKA GAK U MOY O ST EVE R OACH, RE DD KR OSS & MO RE!

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The Procession and Grand Finale

Workshops, performances by Stories That Soar! Tucson Girls Chorus, Childrens’ altar, Wing making workshop, Altar vigil and much more 3pm till dusk at Armory Park Free to aend!

Gather @ 4 pm Grande & Speedway Ave. Festivities at 4 pm w/ Casa De Los Muertos at the Gateway Stage Procession departs at 6 pm - Grand Finale at The Mercado San Agustin & MSA ANNEX W. Congress St featuring art installations, performances all types of memento mori. Calpulli Tonantzin Danza Azteca with Blessing from Chairman Nunez of the Tohono O'odham Nation. Burn the URN with Flam Chen, STEVE ROACH & the community spirit groups. Free to aend! After parties at MSA ANNEX, Mercado San Agustin & Hotel Congress

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2019 Procession Route

Gather at 4 pm

Enjoy one of Tucsons’ oldest neighborhoodsBarrio Hollywood-unique, local establishments food trucks, music by Casa De Los Muertos DJ’s facepainting, Ghost Buskers performance crew, contribute an offering to burn in the Urn... Parking is limited-Plan accordingly.

Depart at 6 pm

We depart at 6pm for the 1 hr march to the Mercado District traveling thru Menlo Park Neighborhood. Bring Water, wear comfortable footwear. Check out the Procession Guide


Embibe the Walk Together

It is a rare moment that we get to walk together with this much compassion, understanding and creativity. There is no rush-there is no thing that you are missing this evening. The Urn Burns no sooner then 8:30 pm... Those on foot may take the Santa Cruz River Path... Look for installations along the route.

ENJOY the Grand Finale Aztec Dancers, Grand Pageantry, Art, vendors, installations, food trucks, Burning of the Urn, and much ,much more! All Souls is about sharing, remembering and witnessing together...

After Party Responsibly

Dance Party at Mercado San Agustin Lots of happenings post Procession! with Casa De Los Muertos DJ’s! LIVE Cumbia with VOX URBANA at MSA ANNEX!

$5 suggested donation goes directly tohelp fund the whole event

Hotel Congress after party with PPL MVR, and Making Movies!

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Tucson Comic-Con at 11 by Brianna Ward FOUNDED BY Mike and Teresita Olivares, Tucson Comic-Con has been a staple of Tucson nerd culture since its inception in 2008. In that first year, Tucson Comic-Con was a one-day event that pulled 500 attendants. In 2015 the Olivares partnered with Brian Pulido, of Lady Death comic fame, and his wife Francisca to expand the event, and now it’s a three-day extravaganza, with over 10,000 in attendance last year. This year Tucson Comic-Con is hosting a number of new events and keeping some traditional favorites. New to the convention is a scavenger hunt, which will be a full weekend event. To join in the hunt, check in with the Tucson Comic-Con staff to get your rules and the list of items to look out for. When you find the required items, you will need to submit a picture or video of it or get a stamp from Tucson Comic-Con staff, who will be located around the convention center to issue those stamps as proof of finding items. By finding these items, attendees are rewarded points that can be cashed in for prizes. Keep in mind that you can only receive one prize, so hold on to those points until you are sure you are ready to cash them in. Another fun activity Tucson Comic-Con is doing this year is a conventionwide trick-or-treat trail, sponsored by vendors on Friday, November 1. (Remember to bring your own bucket.) There will also be a special Halloween costume contest for children 12 years of age and under that will begin at 6:00

pm. According to Tucson Comic-Con’s website, there will be no restrictions on the type of costume the children can wear, so bring your ghouls, space pirates, and princesses out for the fun. Each year the guest-artist roster has grown. In 2016, Marina Sirtis and Casper Van Dien came out to play. In 2017, Billy Dee Williams and Gates McFadden were on hand, and in 2018, Kirk Thatcher from The Muppets and Dinosaurs joined the list of alumni. This year is packed with special guests from the comics, movies, and TV alike. One is “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan of WWE fame. Nostalgia is strong with this one: Johnny Yong, best known as the Black Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, will attend this year’s show, as will Paul Blake, who did not shoot first as Greedo in the first Star Wars film. On the comic book side are some well-known figures, including Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, The Sandman), Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Justice League), Jay Fotos (Spawn, Locke & Key), and Tucson native Henry Barajas (La Voz de M.A.Y.O, Top Cow). These are just a few of the comic book guests that you can meet and chat with over the weekend. Tucson Comic-Con runs Friday November 1 through Sunday November 3. Hours vary, so be sure to check Tucson Comic-Con’s website, www.tucsoncomiccon.com, for more information and tickets. n October 2019|ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 23


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Film Fest Tucson 2019 by Carl Hanni

THE BURGEONING Film Fest Tucson returns to downtown Tucson for its fourth season on October 10–12. Again featuring a mix of features, documentaries, short films, visiting artists and several special events, this year’s Festival includes forty-eight films spread around three principal downtown venues (Fox Tucson Theatre, AC Marriott, Scottish Rite Cathedral), with a few more special outdoor screenings on the lawn of the Children’s Museum. Among the several guests for this year’s Festival, author, director, actor, and film historian Peter Bogdanovich stands out as a genuine film legend. Over a long and prolific career he has directed several feature films, including The Last Picture Show, (1971), which he cowrote with Larry McMurtry and which is on most shortlists of great American films. Lightning in a bottle like this only comes along every so often, from its gorgeous black & white cinematography and deeply affecting storyline of small-town Texas life in the early 1950s to career-making performances by Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges, and Timothy Bottoms, as well as Academy Award–winning performances by Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson as the grizzled moral center of the film. Bogdanovich directed

a few other hit films in the ’70s, among them Paper Moon and What’s Up, Doc?, and has written numerous books about film and filmmakers. Bogdanovich also achieved pop-culture television immortality as the shrink to Tony Soprano’s shrink Doctor Melfi in The Sopranos over several seasons. He’ll be on hand to introduce both The Last Picture Show and Anthony Mann’s 1950 classic western Winchester ’73, starring James Stewart, Rock Hudson, and Shelley Winters and filmed in Tucson and other southern Arizona locations, and he will also do a Q&A after each. This year’s Festival features the Arizona debut of a few high-profile films destined for the local Cineplex—or at least at The Loft, now that they are officially showing classy commercial films that would have previously been at the Cineplex. That includes Noah Baumbach’s critically praised Marriage Story, starring Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, and Laura Dern; Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, with Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, and Antonio Banderas; and the closing night feature, Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency, starring Alfre Woodard.


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Other highlights include the documentaries John H. Howe, Architect, about one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s right-hand men, who designed Barbara Mettler’s Tucson Creative Dance Studio on Fort Lowell Road; Bauhaus Spirit, celebrating 100 years of the great Bauhaus movement and school; Sea of Shadows, shot in and around the Gulf of California; Asori Soto’s Cuban Food Story; Henri Dauman: Look Up, about the great photojournalist; and the self-explanatory I Want My MTV. Then there’s the restored nine-minute short The Tradition of the Mexican Nacimiento, originally shot in 1982 here in Tucson, detailing one of Tucson’s oldest Christmas traditions, the Nacimiento or Nativity scene. And, in the thishas-to-be-great category, there’s (Censored), described as “a documentary created entirely from banned motion picture film footage removed by the censors working at the Australian Film Censorship Board between 1951 and 1978. This film tells a fascinating tale of what was then unseen, but now has been thoughtfully compiled from 2000 never-before-seen snippets of visual vice.” You can’t go wrong with vice, right? Like previous editions of Film Fest Tucson, the three days of activity include several special guests, including director Jason Chaet, here with his new film Seneca; director/producer James M. Johnston, screening his new production Light from Light; Jeanette Loakman with the new documentary she produced, Beauty and Ruin; director/producer Dan Guerrero’s new ¡Gaytino! Made in America; and producers Sheila Conlin and Mike Rothman. All the guest filmmakers will be participating in Q&A sessions after their films are screened. Other events include the return of the Desert Pitch: Film & Television Pitch Competition, which includes a $1000 prize; the Reality and Live TV panel; and an Acting & Auditioning for Camera workshop. Asked what he was most excited about this year, Festival Director Herb Stratford says, “I’d have to say I’m most excited about our ‘Evening with Peter Bogdanovich’ at the Fox on Friday night (two films & Q&A) and the screenings at the Fox Saturday night (Marriage Story & The Laundromat), since they are in the awards hunt this year, and this is the first chance they will be seen in Arizona.” He adds of the hometown venue, “I think Tucson has a great film community for a number of reasons—we have great film history here, great storytellers and great audiences, and with the recent bounty of great documentaries, there are so many films to see that festivals like Film Fest Tucson are helping to connect audiences with films that might otherwise not be seen locally.” The Film Fest Tucson schedule can be found on the succeeding pages and more information can be found online at https://filmfesttucson.com. n 26 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com|October 2019

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Welcome to Film Fest Tucson 2019!


It truly takes a dedicated team to put on a film festival. Our festival staff is the reason this event looks so good and runs so well. Add an amazing group of professional and dedicated sponsors, partners, and volunteers, and you get a top-notch experience for everyone. We’re glad that you’ve joined us again this year and we know that you’ll have a great time.

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All indoor screenings for the 2019 Fest take place at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, the AC Hotel by Marriott Tucson Downtown or at the Fox Tucson Theatre (see page 4 for details). All outdoor screenings take place on the North lawn of the Children’s Museum Tucson. We’ve transformed our non-traditional screening venues into state-of-theart screening rooms to show films. The Scottish Rite’s main lobby is the perfect place to meet friends before a screening, or to stay and talk about the films.




It’s hard to believe that this is the 4th Annual Film Fest Tucson. We’re so excited to share the amazing films we’ve curated for this year’s program, and we are also excited to continue to collaborate with many great partners. We’ve assembled nearly 50 films for you to experience and are screening them in some of the most iconic locations in downtown Tucson—the 103-year-old Scottish Rite Cathedral and the 89-year-old Fox Theatre. We are also thrilled to be back hosting screenings at the AC Hotel by Marriott Tucson Downtown. This year we have four free outdoor screenings to take advantage of the amazing Tucson weather in October. We hope you can experience a film in each of our venues.

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Parking in downtown Tucson is available at parking structures and on the street. After 5pm street parking is free. For a map of downtown parking options visit page 14 or online at: https://www. tucsonaz.gov/park-tucson/where-can-i-park-downtown.

Advance Tickets

Advance tickets can be purchased online via FIlmFestTucson.org. All advance tickets are $10 (+ service fee). All Access passes are also available in advance for $45 (+ service fee), which grants access to ALL screenings. A special $95 VIP Pass adds access to the VIP Lounge at the Scottish Rite (see details at left). All major credit cards are accepted.

Day-Of Tickets We are proud to partner with the following studios this year:

Day-of tickets do not have a service fee and can be bought at the venues starting 90 minutes prior to each day’s first showtime, (i.e. 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 12:00 p.m. on Saturday). All outdoor screenings are free.

Come Early & Stay Late

VIp experIence Our exclusive VIP Lounge, for filmmakers, sponsors and VIP Pass holders only, is located in the lobby of the Scottish Rite. It’s the perfect place to unwind before or after a screening Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10 p.m. We have Whiskey del Bac pouring, wine/spirits from Breakthru Beverage Arizona for J Vineyards & Winery, High Noon Sun Sips, and White Haven. Beer from 1055 Brewing and some delectable bites each night from Tito & Pep and Commoner & Co./Prep & Pastry. The $95 pass for this limited-availability oasis also includes admission to all screenings, panels and our special wrap party late Saturday night. Visit FilmFestTucson.org to get your VIP Pass.

Ticket and pass holders are advised to arrive 15 minutes prior to showtime to guarantee admission. Those arriving less than 15 minutes prior to showtime cannot be guaranteed a seat, even with a ticket or pass. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be given to ticket or pass holders turned away after this time.

Support Film

Film Fest Tucson was created for you — local Tucsonans and visitors alike who love great storytelling, great cinema and conversation about both. We’ve created this festival because we believe there are more stories to be told, and by collaborating with other important Tucson arts and culture entities, we all benefit. We hope you will continue to support film all year long, and we’ll see you each October for Film Fest Tucson.

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an eVenIng WItH peter BogdanoVIcH Friday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – Fox Tucson Theatre FiLm SCrEEning WiTH inTrODuCTiOn BY mr. BOgDAnOViCH – Winchester ‘73 - 6:30 p.m. Q&A WiTH mr. BOgDAnOViCH – 8:00 p.m. | FiLm SCrEEning Last Picture Show – 8:30 p.m.

Join legendary writer/director/producer Peter Bogdanovich as we screen both his seminal masterpiece The Last Picture Show (1971), and the classic western Winchester ’73 (1950). Peter will introduce Winchester ’73 and be present after the film for an expanded Q&A with festival director Herb Stratford, about his remarkable career, working with acclaimed directors and his future projects. See pages 8 & 9 for film descriptions.

portraIt oF a lady on FIre Friday, October 11, 8:30 p.m. – Scottish rite, red room

Arizona Premiere

DirECTOr, WriTEr: Céline Sciamma | PrODuCErS: Véronique Cayla, Bénédicte Couvreur CAST: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel TrT: 121 Minutes Marianne, a young painter in 1770’s France, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride-to-be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing as she observes her by day, painting her secretly.

marrIage story Saturday, October 12, 6:00 p.m. – Fox Theatre

Arizona Premiere

DirECTOr, WriTEr: Noah Baumbach | PrODuCErS: Noah Baumbach, David Heyman CAST: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta | TrT: 136 Minutes An incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together from acclaimed writer/director Noah Baumbach.

tHe laUndromat Saturday, October 12, 8:00 p.m. – Fox Theatre

Arizona Premiere

DirECTOr: Steven Soderbergh | WriTEr: Scott Z. Burns | PrODuCErS: Lawrence Grey, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Sugar, Scott Z. Burns | CAST: Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Jeffrey Wright, Melissa Rauch, Sharon Stone | TrT: 96 Minutes When her vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin begins investigating a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings by a Panama City law firm and its vested interest in helping the world’s wealthiest citizens amass even larger fortunes.

clemency Saturday, October 12, 8:00 p.m. – Scottish rite, red room

Arizona Premiere

DirECTOr, WriTEr: Chinonye Chukwu | PrODuCErS: Timur Bekbosunov, Julian Cautherley, Bronwyn Cornelius, Peter Wong | CAST: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Danielle Brooks | TrT: 113 Minutes Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, she must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is supposed to kill. 4

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JoHn H. HoWe, arcHItect Wednesday, October 9, 8:30 p.m. Tucson Creative Dance Center - 3131 n. Cherry

In conjunction with Tucson Modernism Week

DirECTOr: Rob Barros | PrODuCErS: Rob Barros, Keri Schultz | TrT: 59 Minutes Howe, an under-recognized apprentice of the Taliesin Fellowship during the Great Depression, shared drafting tables with Frank Lloyd Wright for 27-years and penciled some of the most iconic architectural drawings of the era. He contributed to five of the eight Wright designs recently recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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tHe tradItIon oF tHe mexIcan nacImIento Saturday, October 12, 1:30 p.m. – Scottish rite, red room DirECTOr, PrODuCEr: Glenda Bonin | TrT: 9 Minute Film + Special Presentation A newly-restored 1982 survey of Tucson’s downtown Christmas traditions, showing Maria Luisa Teña’s room-sized Nacimiento (Nativity scene) in the Casa Córdoba, Las Posadas in an adjacent neighborhood, and Día de los reyes celebrations. Come help us identify the folks on screen in this nearly 40 year-old tribute to Tucson’s Mexican American community! Special Presentation by Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, post screening Sponsored by UA Bear Canyon Center for Southwest Humanities

cactUs Boy Saturday, October 12, 7:00 p.m. – Scottish rite, Purple room

U.S. Premiere

DirECTOr, WriTEr: Chris Brake | PrODuCErS: Ryan Bennett, Pieter Engels CAST: Colin Ford, Georgie Flores | TrT: 17 Minutes + Q&A with the Director When perennial loner Winston Prickle finds himself attracted to a new co-worker Clem, he’s faced with the dilemma of what to do about his lifelong companion and childhood imaginary friend; the giant, lumbering Cactus Man. Director/Writer Chris Brake will be present for a post-screening Q&A. Sponsored by Film Tucson

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actIng & aUdItIonIng For camera

realIty & lIVe tV – an InsIde look at tHe

WItH dIrector & actIng teacHer Jason cHaet

nUts & Bolts oF UnscrIpted content creatIon

This workshop explores the basics of acting and auditioning for camera. Techniques for relaxation, listening, continuity and scene analysis will be covered. Additionally the workshop will cover procedures for auditioning for camera including cold reads. Jason will be attending the festival with his film Seneca (page 8).

Unscripted, or reality television programs, are a major part of the entertainment industry. But colorful characters, unusual jobs and high drama are not all that’s needed to have a shot at getting a show green-lit. Industry veterans Sheila Conlin and Michael Rothman will talk about how shows go from an idea to getting on-air.

Saturday, October 12, 1:30 p.m.

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Thursday, October 10, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. – AC Hotel, marbella room Film Fest Tucson is set to discover and help you deliver your winning film or TV idea to Hollywood, along with an extra thousand bucks in your pocket to boot! Submit your Film or TV pitch to Film Fest Tucson’s Desert Pitch Competition. The Top 10 projects selected will be invited to our pitch event where you’ll be rubbing elbows with industry veterans on the panel as you make your pitch. You will also receive the latest version of Final Draft software. The top five projects chosen will advance to the finals, where one lucky person will walk away with $1,000. This year our panel will include film producer James H. Johnston and TV executive Sheila Conlin. Visit FilmFestTucson.org for information and tickets.

Film Fest Tucson’s annual film and television Desert Pitch competition will bring ten semifinalists in front of a jury who will award a cash prize of $1,000 to the winning pitch 5:30 p.m. – Competition Semifinals 7:00 p.m. – Competition Finals 8:00 p.m. – Awards

Thanks to our Desert Pitch sponsors & partners:

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160 S. Scott Ave: The 1916 Masonic temple’s three historic meeting rooms are transformed into state-of-the-art screening venues for the festival. The Red (200 seats), Purple (150 seats) and Blue (120 seats) rooms are amazing places to see a film.

17 W. Congress: This 1929 Southwestern Art Deco theatre was restored and reopened in 2005 after being closed for 30 years. With 1,164 seats and amazing acoustics, it is the heart of downtown and a breathtaking venue for cinema.

151 E. Broadway: Downtown’s newest hotel plays host to our Desert Pitch events, and also features two screening rooms: the Marbella (75 seats) and the Granada (40 seats), which are new, intimate spaces to experience a film or panel.

OuTDOOr SCrEEningS – Outdoor screenings take place on the North lawn of Children’s Museum Tucson - 200 S. 6th Ave. 6

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Free oUtdoor screenIngs – North lawn of the Children’s Museum Tucson – 200 S. 6th Ave.

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We’re thrilled to offer two evenings of free outdoor screenings as part of Film Fest Tucson. Our screenings take place on the North lawn of Children’s Museum Tucson - 200 S. 6th Ave. Bring a chair or a blanket, and join us for some great films under the stars. In case of rain, screenings will be moved to Scottish Rite Lower Ballroom.

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FrIday nIgHt 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

DirECTOr: Eric Khoo | WriTErS:

a tale oF tWo kItcHens DirECTOr: Trisha Ziff | WriTErS:

Trisha Ziff, Sheerly Avni, Jeff Plunkett

PrODuCErS: Daniela Alatorre, Elena Fortes | TrT: 30 Minutes

At Gabriela Cámara’s acclaimed Contramar in Mexico City, the welcoming, uniformed waiters are as beloved by diners as the menu featuring fresh, local seafood. Meanwhile at Cala in San Francisco, Cámara hires staff from different backgrounds and cultures, including ex-felons and ex-addicts who view the work as an important opportunity to grow as individuals.

Tan Fong Cheng, Wong Kim Hoh PrODuCErS: Yutaka Tachibana, Tan Fong Cheng, Masa Sawada, Eric Le Bot, Huang Junxiang | CAST: Takumi Saito, Jeanette Aw, Mark Lee | TrT: 90 Minutes Masato, a young Ramen chef, leaves his hometown in Japan to embark on a culinary journey to Singapore to find the truth about his past. He uncovers a lot more than family secrets and delicious recipes.

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el otro tUcson (tHe otHer tUcson) DirECTOr, WriTEr: Favio Winehouse TrT: 30 Minutes The Other Tucson explores why our city was named as a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO, and how our cuisine is so closely linked to Mexican culture. The film documents a journey in search of the other Tucson, one that is hidden in plain sight and offers an experience for all the senses. This documentary also examines how migrants have always been a major part of the American culinary workforce.

6:00 p.m.

BIke-In moVIe!

DirECTOr: Liz Canning PrODuCErS: Liz Canning, Marilyn

Delaure, Liz McGregor, Erica Tanamachi TrT: 85 Minutes Motherload is a crowdsourced exploration of our cultural shift toward isolation and disconnection, what this means for the future of the planet, and how life on a cargo bike could be an antidote as experienced by scores of devotees. This film about the rise of the cargo bike and its ability to empower families to rethink their transportation in the 21st century. Sponsored by Living Streets Alliance,Transit Cycles, This Is Tucson & EXO Roast Co.

Well groomed

Sponsored by Visit Tucson, Vamos a Tucson & Gastronomic Union of Tucson

8:00 p.m. DirECTOr, WriTEr: Rebecca Stern PrODuCErS: Rebecca Stern,

cUBan Food storIes

Justin Levy, Matthew C. Mills TrT: 88 Minutes

DirECTOr, WriTEr, PrODuCEr: Asori Soto | TrT: 82 Minutes Cuban Food Stories is a unique film about food, society, and culture on the island of Cuba. After ten years living as an ex-pat in the United States, Asori Soto decides to return to his homeland of Cuba to search for the missing flavors of his childhood.

Well Groomed follows a year in the humorous and visually stunning world of competitive creative dog grooming alongside the women transforming their beloved poodles into living sculptures. Friends of PACC will be onsite with information about adoption and foster programs.

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sWord oF trUst Friday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. – Scottish rite, red room DirECTOr: Lynn Shelton | WriTErS: Lynn Shelton, Michael Patrick O’Brien PrODuCEr: Andrew Starke | CAST: Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Nick Offerman, Maude Apatow, Ellen Burstyn | TrT: 88 Minutes When Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia’s inheritance from her deceased grandfather, the only item she receives is an antique sword that may be proof that the South won the Civil War.

lIgHt From lIgHt Saturday, October 12, 6:00 p.m. – Scottish rite, red room DirECTOr, WriTEr: Paul Harrill | PrODuCErS: Toby Halbrooks, Tim Headington, James M. Johnston, Elisabeth Moss, Kelly Williams | CAST: Jim Gaffigan, Marin Ireland, Josh Wiggins | TrT: 113 Minutes A single mother and part-time paranormal investigator is asked to look into a possible “haunting” at a widower’s farmhouse in East Tennessee. A true edge-of-your-seat thriller that debuted at Sundance 2019. Producer James M. Johnston will be present for a post-screening Q&A.

seneca Friday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. – Scottish rite, Blue room DirECTOr: Jason Chaet | WriTErS: Jason Chaet, Armando Riesco | CAST: Armando Riesco, Tony Plana, Cote De Pablo, Susan Misner | TrT: 91 Minutes Funny, heartfelt, and ultimately moving, Seneca is about a Puerto Rican actor living in New York City as he grapples with his crumbling marriage and shifting priorities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s destruction of his homeland. Director Jason Chaet will be present for a post-screening Q&A.

WIncHester ‘73 (1950) Friday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. – Fox Theatre DirECTOr: Anthony Mann | WriTErS: Robert L. Richards, Borden Chase, Stuart N. Lake PrODuCErS: Aaron Rosenberg | CAST: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, Dan Duryea | TrT: 92 Minutes Lin McAdam wins a prized Winchester rifle in a marksmanship contest which is immediately stolen by the runner-up. The story follows McAdams’ pursuit of the rifle as it changes hands, until a final showdown and shoot-out on a rocky mountain precipice. Filmed at Old Tucson in 1949/1950. Director Peter Bogdanovich will introduce the film and be present for a post-screening Q&A.

In FaBrIc Saturday, October 12, 7:30 p.m. – AC Hotel, granada room DirECTOr, WriTEr: Peter Strickland | PrODuCEr: Andrew Starke CAST: Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill, Gwendoline Christie | TrT: 118 Minutes A lonely woman recently separated from her husband visits a bewitching London store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She’s fitted with a perfectly flattering, artery-red gown—which, in time, will come to unleash a malevolent curse. 8

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tHe last pIctUre sHoW (1971) Friday, October 11, 8:30 p.m. – Fox Theatre DirECTOr: Peter Bogdanovich | WriTErS: Larry McMurtry, Peter Bogdanovich PrODuCErS: Stephen J. Friedman, Bob Rafelson CAST: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson | TrT: 118 Minutes In Anarene, Texas, between World War II and the Korean Conflict, Sonny and Duane are best friends. The boys are in that awkward period of life between boyhood and manhood and torn between staying in home or a future somewhere beyond the borders of town. Director Peter Bogdanovich will introduce the film and be present for a pre-screening Q&A.

docUmentary FeatUres sea oF sHadoWs Friday, October 11, 8:30 p.m. – Scottish rite, Purple room DirECTOr: Richard Ladkani | PrODuCErS: Walter Kohler, Wolfgang Knopeler | TrT: 104 Minutes In Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, a group of scientists, activists, investigative journalists and undercover agents attempt to rescue the most endangered whale on Earth while battling Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers whose destructive poaching methods threaten the region’s marine life.

I Want my mtV Friday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. – Scottish rite, Purple room

Arizona Premiere

DirECTOrS: Tyler Measom, Patrick Waldrop | PrODuCErS: David Kennedy, Nick Quested, Tyler Measom, Patrick Waldrop | TrT: 85 Minutes I Want My MTV documents the implausible genesis of MTV, the rapid rise of the brand, and the global revolution that followed. With remarkable access to executives, artists and other insiders the film is a slice of pop culture history.

general magIc Friday, October 11, 8:30 p.m. – Scottish rite, Blue room

Arizona Premiere

DirECTOrS: Sarah Kerruish, Matt Maude | WriTErS: Sarah Kerruish, Jonathan Key, Matt Maude, Michael Stern, Ceri Tallett | PrODuCErS: Sarah Kerruish, Matt Maude | TrT: 107 Minutes The devices that dominate the tech industry and our daily lives started at a secretive Silicon Valley start-up —and a 1990 Apple spin off— called “General Magic”. This company that no one has ever heard of created the first handheld personal communicator (or “smartphone”). Sponsored by Tech Parks Arizona

147 pIanos Saturday, October 12, 2:30 p.m. – Scottish rite, red room

Arizona Premiere

DirECTOr: Dolores Wilber | TrT: 40 Minutes + Special Piano Performance One Saturday in Chicago, nearly 200 musicians, pros and amateurs, came together to play 147 dilapidated pianos stored in a dusty warehouse. 147 Pianos documents this event, while telling the story of Ed Lisauskas and Sylvester Czajkowski who have worked together for decades. Special Guest: Pianist Shuree Enkhbold Sponsored by the Marshall Foundation Oct 10 - 12, 2019 | Guide provided by Film Fest Tucson and Zócalo Magazine | FilmFesttucson.oRG


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docUmentarIes gaytIno! made In amerIca Saturday, October 12, 8:00 p.m. – Scottish rite, Blue room

Arizona Premiere

DirECTOr, WriTEr: Dan Guerrero | PrODuCErS: Linda Morel, Linda Mendoza | TrT: 75 Minutes Mariachi to Merman. Sondheim to César Chávez. Decades of Mexican-American/Chicano and LGBTQ history intersect from a personal perspective in story and song. Touching, provocative and hilarious, Guerrero brings his solo play to the screen after nationwide critically acclaimed performances. Director Dan Guerrero will be present for a post-screening Q&A.

BeaUty and rUIn Saturday, October 12, 6:00 p.m. – AC Hotel, marbella

DirECTOr, WriTEr: Marc De Guerre | PrODuCErS: Sally Blake, Jeannette Loakman TrT: 75 Minutes Beauty and Ruin follows the fight over the artwork in the Detroit Institute of Art as the city faces bankruptcy. When retirees face losing their pensions, the creditors want the art sold. At stake is a city’s important cultural treasure and keeping it safe for future generations. What is the price of culture? Producer Jeannette Loakman will be present for a post-screening Q&A. Sponsored by Tucson Museum of Art

BaUHaUs spIrIt Friday, October 11, 8:30 p.m. – AC Hotel, marbella room

Arizona Premiere

DirECTOrS, WriTErS: Niels Bolbrinker, Thomas Tielsch | PrODuCEr: Thomas Tielsch TrT: 90 Minutes Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Walter Gropius’ Bauhaus with this wide-ranging documentary exploring the history, present and future of the utopian design and architecture school and worldwide communal social movement.

WrInkles tHe cloWn Saturday, October 12, 3:00 p.m. – AC Hotel, granada room DirECTOrS/WriTErS: Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker | TrT: 75 Minutes Wrinkles the Clown explores the story of a mysterious, south Florida clown who burst onto the internet with a series of creepy videos and a viral marketing campaign. He’s soon receiving up to 1,000 calls a day and has 312,000 voicemails from curious people, parents wanting him to scare their misbehaving children, and the media. But is this what Wrinkles really wants?

HenrI daUman: look Up Saturday, October 12, 1:30 p.m. – AC Hotel, granada room

Arizona Premiere

DirECTOr: Peter Kenneth Jones | TrT: 86 Minutes The Life magazine photojournalist, famous for his pictures of Elvis, Jackie, and Marilyn, makes an emotional return to France, where he and his Jewish mother almost were captured during World War II. Sponsored in part by UA Center for Creative Photography 10 FilmFesttucson.oRG | Oct 10 - 12, 2019 | Guide provided by Film Fest Tucson and Zócalo Magazine

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docUmentarIes mIdnIgHt FamIly Friday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. – AC Hotel, marbella room

Arizona Premiere

DirECTOr: Luke Lorentzen | PrODuCErS: Luke Lorentzen, Kellen Quinn, Daniela Alatorre, Elena Fortes Acosta | TrT: 81 Minutes In Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance service, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help. As they try to make a living in this cutthroat industry, the Ochoa’s struggle to keep their financial needs from compromising the people in their care.

(censored) Friday, October 11, 8:30 p.m. – AC Hotel, granada room

Arizona Premiere

DirECTOr, WriTEr: Sari Braithwaite | PrODuCErS: Sari Braithwaite, Chloe Brugle | TrT: 63 Min. A documentary created entirely from banned motion picture film footage removed by the censors working at the Australian Film Censorship Board between 1951 and 1978. (Censored) tells a fascinating tale of what was then unseen, but now has been thoughtfully compiled from 2000 never-before-seen snippets of visual vice. Note: This film contains adult content. (Censored) will show along with the Shorts Program #3 – See page 12.

port oF destIny: peace Friday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. – AC Hotel, granada room

Arizona Premiere

DirECTOr: Robert Abbott | PrODuCErS: Nina Easton, Kelly Laferriere | TrT: 52 Minutes The twists and turns of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ journey to broker peace, end a 50-year-old civil war, and win the Nobel Peace Prize—transforming the world’s former murder capital into a top destination for investors and tourists alike.

tHey say It can’t Be done Saturday, October 12, 1:30 p.m. – Scottish rite, Blue room

Arizona Premiere

DirECTOr: Michael “Oz” Ozias | PrODuCErS: Patrick Reasonover, Andrea Fuller, Victoria Hill TrT: 71 Minutes An immersive and fascinating journey that explores how innovation can solve some of the world’s largest problems. Entrepreneurs can roll back climate change, eliminate organ waitlists, end factory farming, and solve world hunger, if we let them. Sponsored in part by University of Arizona College of Science

tHe pUrsUIt Saturday, October 12, 6:00 p.m. – Scottish rite, Blue room

Arizona Premiere

DirECTOr, WriTEr: John Papola | PrODuCErS: Teryn Fogel, John Papola, Spencer Stoner, Marshall Walker | TrT: 76 Minutes Arthur Brooks left a music career behind to pursue one thing: the secret to a more prosperous world that serves the dignity of all people. Join him as he journeys across three continents to find the best ways to lift up those in poverty and discovers the secrets to attaining not only material progress for those at the margins, but also true and lasting happiness for us all. Oct 10 - 12, 2019 | Guide provided by Film Fest Tucson and Zócalo Magazine | FilmFesttucson.oRG


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SHOrTS PrOgrAm 1 – 51 minutes + Q&A

SHOrTS PrOgrAm 2 – 60 minutes + Q&A

Sat, Oct 12, 1:30 p.m. – AC Hotel, marbella room

Sat, Oct 12, 3:00 p.m. – AC Hotel, marbella room

perFect BreakFast 5 MINUTES

A young professional strives to cook the perfect meal and goes completely mad in the process.

tank man – 14 MINUTES

Follows the story of the iconic man who stood in front of a line of tanks after the Tiananmen Square massacre.

dark nIgHt oF tHe soUl 9 MINUTES

Bad assIstant 26 MINUTES

An unappreciated assistant working for a B movie Hollywood actor must help her boss out of a big mess.

opposIte oF loVe 9 MINUTES

A comedy about the meaning of love and the right moment to end a relationship.

Set in the old West, a man struggles with reality as he navigates the grief of losing his wife and child in labor.

tHe elderly man – 5 MIN. On his deathbed, a former addict reflects on his wrongdoings and the people in his life.

stIll plays WItH traIns 11 MINUTES

One man’s passion project to recreate his hometown in a 3,000 square-foot replica of the old Lackawanna Railroad.

goldFIsH – 9 MINUTES manHood 11 MINUTES

On her 10th birthday, Olivia waits for her father to arrive home to see if she will get the same treatment as her brother’s got on their milestone birthdays.

A mysterious package sparks the memory of a concierge and a woman who remain in an abandoned hotel where things, time and events are not what they seem.

sWept aWay – 12 MINUTES An Englishwomen and a Frenchman sit in a tea room discussing their relationship.

SHOrTS PrOgrAm 3 – 37 minutes + (Censored) screening Friday, Oct 11, 8:30 p.m. – AC Hotel, granada room

specIal delIVery – 12 MIN. Corey opens a package addressed to his girlfriend and finds himself in a situation that must be handled with care.

HIgH prIest – 12 MINUTES

A priest’s wavering faith is confronted by mysterious forces when he housesits for one of his flock. Note: This program contains adult content and plays with the documentary (Censored) - see page 11. 12 FilmFesttucson.oRG | Oct 10 - 12, 2019 | Guide provided by Film Fest Tucson and Zócalo Magazine

gopHerIt – 11 MINUTES

A freelancer working for a job-matching Website gets hired to help a dominatrix with her invoices but finds out there’s more to the job.

sex & VIolence 3 – 2 MIN.

A hand-drawn, stop-motion animation about the dangers of how we treat our body from Bill Plympton.

specIal gUests

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We are excited to have these talented, special guests with us for the festival. Visit FilmFestTucson.org for additions not confirmed by publication time.


Peter Bogdanovich is an award winning American director, writer, actor, producer, critic and film historian. In the early 1960s, Mr. Bogdanovich worked as a film programmer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He presented films that showcased the work of American directors such as Orson Welles, John Ford and Howard Hawks. He began his directing career working for Roger Corman and has directed iconic films such as The Last Picture Show (1971), Paper Moon (1973) and many, many others. Mr. Bogdanovich will be present for a special Q&A and will introduce two films on Friday night (pages 4, 8 and 9).

Jason cHaet– DIRECTOR

James m. JoHnston

Jason is an award winning filmmaker, theatre director, producer, editor and acting teacher based in New York City. His theatre and film credits are extensive and his recent feature film Putzel won multiple awards and appeared in over fifty film festivals around the world. Jason will be at the festival with his film Seneca (page 8) and presenting an acting workshop - pg. 5.


sHeIla conlIn – PRODUCER

Jeannette loakman

Sheila’s career connects music, comedy, documentary content, live event production, television development and talent management for clients throughout the U.S., China and Europe. A respected pioneer in Reality television, she specializes in contract negotiations, planning, business development, branding and global marketing. Sheila will be a juror for Desert Pitch (Page 6) and participating in the Reality & Live TV panel. - page 5.

dan gUerrero – DIRECTOR Dan has crossed the country with his critically-acclaimed solo show ¡Gaytino! Made in America following the 2006 world premiere in Los Angeles. The long-awaited film version of the storytelling piece of documentary theater is currently hitting the film festival circuit. He is an accomplished producer of many events. Dan accompanies his film ¡Gaytino! to the festival and will be present for a post-screening Q&A. pg. 10.

James is from Fort Worth, Texas and is part of the filmmaking collective SAILOR BEAR where he produced the films: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Listen Up Phillip, A Ghost Story and the upcoming The Green Knight. James was a producer on the film Light from Light, and will be present for a post-screening Q&A. - page 8.

PRODUCER / DIRECTOR Jeannette Loakman is an award-winning producer in the television industry. She was nominated for a Gemini award for Spam: The Documentary, a critical and ratings hit. Jeannette produced Annie Ong: Lost and Found, Hot Shots and also directed Slippery Blisses: What’s in a Kiss?. Jeannette was a producer on the film Beauty & Ruin, and will be present for a post-screening Q&A. - page 10.

mIke rotHman – PRODUCER Mike grew up by the beach in Southern California and his career in the entertainment business has spanned close to three decades. For the last 25 years Mike has specialized in Live Event, Award Shows and big multi-camera specials. He has done everything from work on the Oscars to the Comedy Central Roast’s and Hope for Haiti. Mike will participate in the Reality & Live TV panel. - page 5.

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Many thanks to our numerous supporters. This festival would not be possible without your support.

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Scott Barker Jose Beltran Andrew Birgensmith Jacob Bricca Peter Catalanotte Demion Clinco Will Conroy Donnell Corelle Mary Davis Brent DeRaad Steve Earnhart Shuree Enkhbold Kate Fox Felipe Garcia Jodi Goalstone Chuck Graham Shelli Hall Todd Hanley Meg Jackson-Fox Lynn Jager

Dr. Jennifer Jenkins Jessica Kuen Dustin Laufenberg Scot Litteer Scott Manville Jeremy Mikolajczak David Olsen Stephen & Elaine Paul Bill Plympton Dale Riggins Jack & Mary Roberts Steve Rosenberg Lisanne Skylar The Frank Show Tucson Scottish Rite Marisol Vindiola Linda Welter Balfour Walker Kylie Walzak Chris Young

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art galleries & exhibits Z Davis Dominguez Gallery: Arizona Print Invitational, group exhibit of original prints, opening October 5 during the annual season opener for the Central Tucson Gallery Association. Image: Yoo Hoo by Aaron Coleman.

Colaboracion Numero Dos (Collaboration Number 2) by Casney Tadeo and Saray Corero at Raices Taller 222 Gallery group exhibition of collaborative artworks, during the annual season opener for the Central Tucson Gallery Association on October 5.


Featuring over 60 AZ artists. Nov 2 & 3 Artist Extravaganza. Expanded Outdoor Gallery Tent Event 10am-4pm both days. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-3pm 16701 N. Oracle Rd Suite 145, Catalina, AZ,


520-818-1242 . AbsolutelyArtGallery.com

Desert Deluge continues through October. Pop-Up Show featuring Irene Klar & Dikki Van Helsland is October 5 from 10am to 1pm. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-1:30pm. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 520-7224412. DesertArtisansGallery.com

ARIZONA HISTORY MUSEUM Current exhibits include: Stories of Resilience:


Overcoming Adversity in Arizona History on view through December. Permanent Exhibits include: History Lab, Mining Hall, and Treasures of the Arizona History Museum. Hours: Mon & Fri 9am-6pm; Tues-Thurs 9am-4pm; Sat & Sun 11am-4pm. 949 E. 2nd Street. 520-628-5774. ArizonaHistoricalSociety.org

ETHERTON GALLERY Bright: Andy Burgess, Michael Chittock, Gail Marcus-Orlen


Sorting Out Race: Examining Racial Identity and Sterotypes in Thrift Store Donations is on view through February 29. Pahko’ora / Pahko’ola: Mayo and Yaqui Masks from the James S. Griffith Collection opens October 26. The Resiliency of Hopi Agriculture: 2000 Years of Planting closes January 6. Long term exhibitions include Woven Through Time; The Pottery Project; Paths of Life. Hours: MonSat 10am-5pm. 520-621-6302. 1013 E. University Blvd. StateMuseum.Arizona.Edu

CACTUS WREN GALLERY Cooling Down Art Show is October 12 from 9am to 2pm. Gallery hours: Everyday from 9am to 4pm. 2740 S. Kinney Rd. 520-437-9103. CactusWrenArtisans.net

CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Edward Weston’s Leaves of Grass is on view through November 30. A Portrait of Poetry: Photographs and Video by B. A. Van Sise continues through November 23. Hours: Tue-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 1-4pm. 1030 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7968. CreativePhotography.org

CONTRERAS GALLERY “Visions” opens October 5 with a reception from 6pm to 9pm and continues through October 26. Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-3:30pm. 110 E. 6th St. 520-398-6557. ContrerasHouseFineArt.com DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Arizona Print Invitational reception is October 5 from 6pm to 8pm and will continue to be on view through November 11. Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 11am-4pm. 154 E. 6th St. 520-629-9759. DavisDominguez.com

DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN Arizona Highways and Ted DeGrazia will be on display through January 29. Hours: Daily 10am-4pm. 6300 N. Swan Rd. 520-2999191. DeGrazia.org

On Home opens October 28 with a reception on November 1 and is on view to December 12. Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm. 2760 N. Tucson Blvd. 520-620-0947. TheDrawingStudioTDS.org

continues through November 16. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-5pm or by appointment. 135 S. 6th Ave. 520-624-7370. EthertonGallery.com

HOW SWEET IT WAS VINTAGE Art Party: Matt Taylor is October 5 from 7pm to 10pm. Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-6pm; Sat 11am-7pm; Sun 12pm-5pm. 424 E. 6th St. 520623-9854. HowSweetItWas.com

IRONWOOD GALLERY Connecting Our Natural Worlds opens October 5 with a reception from 2pm to 4pm and is on view through January 5. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. 520-883-3024. DesertMuseum.org

JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY Selected Works from Birds of Paradise By Sara Golish is on view through November 14. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-626-4215. CFA.arizona.edu/galleries

LIONEL ROMBACH GALLERY MFA: Currencies | Contemporary Art Seminar is on view October 1 to October 10. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-6244215. CFA.arizona.edu/galleries

LOUIS CARLOS BERNAL GALLERY Take Nothing for Granted opens October 28 and is on view through December 6, with a reception on November 7 from 5pm to 7pm. Fortoul Brothers: Altruistic Benevolence is on view through Oct 4. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm and Fri 10am-3pm. Pima Community College, 2202 West Anklam Rd. 520206-6942. Pima.Edu

MADARAS GALLERY Spirit Animal Month is on view October 1 to 31. In November, Tucson Landmarks Month is on view from the 1st through the 30th. Hours: Mon-Sat 9am5pm, Sun 11am-5pm. 3035 N. Swan Rd. 520-615-3001. Madaras.com

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SUNSHINE SHOP Leona Caldwell: From the Family Archive, opening October 5. Photo: Leona Caldwell, of Studio One, Kiva Craft Center, Scottsdale Arizona historic photo from Leona Caldwell Family Archive.

MINI TIME MACHINE Jean LeRoy’s Buzzard Creek Ghost Town is on view through

TOHONO CHUL PARK In the Main Gallery, Dia de los Muertos is on view through

November 3. Mario Patino’s Ravished Landscapes and Rundown Interiors is on view through December 15. Miniature Silver: The Helen Goodman Luria Collection continues through May 21. Tues-Sat 9am-4pm and Sun 12-4pm. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr. 520-8810606. TheMiniTimeMachine.org

November 6. If It Doesn’t Have a Hole It’s a Bowl Art Planters for Art People is on view through November 6 in the Welcome Gallery. On November 15, Jim Waid: The Drawings of Rancho Linda Vista opens and is on view through February 5. 10 x 10 opens October 4 and is on view through December 22 in the Entry Gallery. Hours: Daily 9am-5pm. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 520-742-6455. TohonoChulPark.org


Ali Silverstein: The Fantastical Reconstruction of the Epine GY7 Chapter 1: The Fragments; Caroline Wells Chandler: Close Encounters; Rachel Frank: Thresholds; and Lilly McElroy: So Long open October 5 and are on view through December 29. Hours: Weds-Sun 12-5pm. 265 S. Church Ave. 520-624-5019. MOCA-Tucson.org

PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY & STUDIO Fresh Views, exciting new glass art incorporating blown, flameworked, hot sculpted & carved elements from nationally recognized artists, will be on display through January 25. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-4pm. 711 S. 6th Ave. 520-884-7404. PhilabaumGlass.com

TUCSON DESERT ART MUSEUM Delilah Montoya, Sed, the Trail of Thirst is on view through February 28. Snap! Snapshots of History through Vintage Ads is on view to November 30. Ongoing exhibitions include: Desert Hollywood, Sacred Walls: Native American Muralism. Hours: Weds-Sun 10am-4pm. 7000 E Tanque Verde Rd. 520-2023888. TucsonDArt.org

TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Dwayne Manuel: Landslice is on view through

PORTER HALL GALLERY Pearls of Eden – Wil Taylor opens October 5 and is on

June 30, 2020. I’m Every Woman: Representations of Women on Paper is on view through September 6, 2020. Ongoing exhibits include Ralph Gibson: Photographs; Art of the American West; Latin American Folk Art; J. Knox Corbett House, and the La Casa Cordova. Hours: Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. 140 N. Main Ave. 520-624-2333. TucsonMuseumofArt.org

view through January 5. Hours: Daily 8:30am-4:30pm. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 520-3269686. TucsonBotanical.org

UA MUSEUM OF ART Crafting My Story: Experience of Loss, Grief and Spiritual

RAICES TALLER 222 GALLERY Colaboraciones is on view through October 21. Dia de los Muertos is on view November 2 to 16 and Small Works opens November 23 and continues through January 4. Hours: Fri & Sat 1-5pm and by appointment. 218 E. 6thStreet. 520-881-5335. RaicesTaller222.com

SOUTHERN ARIZONA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM Dinner in the Diner is currently on display featuring original china and silver service from the named first class Pullman trains. 414 N. Toole Ave. 520-623-2223. TucsonHistoricDepot.org

SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD Share Our Walls is on view through October 6. All Members’ Show opens October 8 and is on view through November 3 with an opening October 17 from 5pm to 7pm. Color My World opens November 5 and is on view through December 1 with a reception November 14 from 5pm to 7pm. Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-4pm. Williams Centre 5420 East Broadway Blvd #240. 520-299-7294. SouthernAZWatercolorGuild.com


Leona Caldwell: From the Family Archive and David Adix: Tucson’s Vintage Bars & Lounges opening reception is October 5 rom 5:30pm to 7:30pm. 2934 E. Broadway Blvd (Hirsh’s Bldg). 520-389-4776. SunshineShopTucson.com

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Life is on view through January 12. The University of Arizona School of Art Faculty Exhibition is on display through January 5. A New Unity: The Life and Afterlife of Bauhaus is on view through December 1. Shades of Subalternity is on view through December 12. Ongoing exhibitions include, Highlights of the Permanent Collection and The Altarpiece From Ciudad Rodrigo. Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 12-5pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7567. ArtMuseum.Arizona.Edu

UA POETRY CENTER Come to the Table presents work about, inspired by, and in conversation with food and will be on display through November 23. Hours: Mon & Thurs 9am-8pm; Tues, Weds, Fri 9am-5pm. 1508 E. Helen St. 520-626-3765. Poetry. Arizona.Edu

WILDE MEYER GALLERY Charles Davison is on view October 1 to 31 with an opening October 11 from 5pm to 7pm. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm; Thurs 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12-5pm. 2890 E. Skyline Dr. Suite 170. 520-615-5222. WildeMeyer.com

WOMANKRAFT ART GALLERY Happiness Is… continues through October 26 with a reception October 5 from 7-10pm. Hours: Weds-Sat 1-5pm. 388 S. Stone Ave. 520-629-9976. WomanKraft.org n

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Open Studio Tours 2019 Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona self-guided tours are happening November 2 & 3 and November 9 & 10.

The Fall Open Studio Tours is one of the largest self-guided tours of artist studios and creative work spaces in the region. Taking place over two weekends in November, it showcases artists, musicians, and other creatives who have working studio spaces which will be open to the public. Presented by Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (formerly TPAC) for more than a decade, Open Studio Tours supports and promotes local artists who work and exhibit in Tucson and Pima County in order to strengthen our shared cultural community. The north tour on November 2 & 3 include locations north of Grant Road. The south tour on November 9 & 10 features locations south of Grand Road. The following is a listing of all the particpating artists. Please see maps on pages 50 & 51 for locations and be sure to visit Ost.ArtsFoundTucson.org for more detailed information for each artist.


See corresponding map numbers on pages 50 & 51. Duplicate numbers are used for locations with multiple artists.




Michelle Angel

15375 N. Lago Del Oro


Judith Austen*

6881 N. Solaz Segundo


Anne Carrel

3331 N. Dodge Blvd.


Kathryn Gastelum

5085 N. Valley View Rd.


Jacqueline Chanda

7269 E. Camino Vecino


12255 W. Sunset Rd.

Ron Kalinoski

Kathy Keler

8621 N. Archer Ave.


Brenda Rentfro 5301 N. Maria Dr.

Joan Moore

15375 N. Lago Del Oro


Diane M. Haynes

18610 W. Avra Valley Rd.

Gene Riggs

5141 N. Amapola Cir.


Bill Colligen

3036 N. Dodge Blvd

Susan Hildreth

6840 N. Stardust Cir.

Maxine Krasnow

3326 N. Dodge Blvd.

Katie Cooper

4820 N. La CaĂąada Dr.

Reggi Norton

3428 N. Millard Dr.

4825 E. River Rd.

Fred Ruth

5621 N. Mina Vista

Terry Parker*

6131 N. Desert Willow Dr.

Jody Saito

Judith Johnson*

Evelyn Madrid

5865 N. Tarantula Tr.


Barbara Peabody 924 E. Desert Pkwy.


Pauline Savage

6840 N. Stardust Cir.

6840 N. Stardust Cir.

Nikki Dilbeck

4750 N. Cll Desecada





2531 E. Monte Vista Dr.

Barclay Dick

2531 E. Monte Vista Dr.


Tina LeMarque*

Melanie Campbell-Carter


5220 N. Valley View Rd.



3620 E. Hardy Dr.

Dru Hill*

Jane Kroesen

Dylon Nugent*

Curt Brill

3510 N. Iroquois Ave.

4750 N. Calle Desecada

6840 N. Stardust Cir.







5415 N. Camino De Oeste

Jana & Kinney Booker




2726 E. Blanton Dr.

Merlin Cohen*


3614 E. Presidio Rd.

Alexandra Berger Clamons

5221 N. Salida Del Sol Dr.





Candace Greenburg

15375 N. Lago Del Oro

Kay Mitman Norris*

Don Baker

16350 N. Ridge Rock Tr.





* featured artist

Mary Sherwood

13949 N. Willow Bend Dr.

Ramona Jones

1015 W. Prince Rd.


Roberto Miliano 11152 N. Par Dr.


Curt Pradelt

4260 N. La Linda Rama


Dragana Skrepnik

6234 E. Placita Lozana



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Risa Waldt

16350 N. Ridge Rock Tr.


Louise Waller*

15550 N. Columbus Blvd.

Eldon Ward

13865 N. Sutherland Wash

15375 N. Lago Del Oro



Dale Wesner

6840 N. Stardust Cir.

Linda Valder*

Caryn Stedman

15375 N. Lago Del Oro


3245 E. Pinto Ln.



Richard Zelens

3250 E. Kleindale Rd.

Joe Zeller

2531 E. Monte Vista Dr.


See corresponding map numbers on pages 50 & 51. Duplicate numbers are used for locations with multiple artists.




Nathalie Aall 101 W. 6th St.


Lisa Agababian * 226 E. 5th St.

Barbara Brandel 101 W. 6th St.


Margarita Brosova 44 W. 6th St.

Mercy Contreras 5406 E. Pima St.


Mel Dominguez 1802 S. 4th Ave.


Alvaro Enciso

219 N. Silverbell Rd.


Beth Giachetti 5406 E. Pima St.

Matt Cotten

267 S. Stone Ave.


Kume Bryant *

Janet K. Burner

1019 N. Jacobus Ave.


Jack Davidson

K Loren Dawn

2528 W. Ruthann Dr.

901 N. 13th Ave..


750 N. Stone Ave.


Becky Easton

5406 E. Pima St.


Catherine Eyde 801 S. Meyer Ave.

Paula Gibbs 101 W. 6th St.

2748 W. Begonia Pl.

Diane Fairfield

Judy Flynn

101 W. 6th St.

Lynne Gillette & Gail Barry 10523 E. Marchetti Loop

5406 E. Pima St.


Lynn Gregson

Julie Carter

5406 E. Pima St.


Steven Derks

801 N. Main Ave.


Ned Egen

Tony Di Angelis 388 S. Stone Ave.

Su Egen

Nancy Charak * 101 W. 6th St.

Mary Theresa Dietz 101 W. 6th St.

Peter Eisner

801 N. Main Ave.



Rubina Gallo 301 W. 4th St.

267 S. Stone Ave.

Mimi Haggerty

Thomas Bloom

750 N. Stone Ave.


2233 E. Hawthorne St.

Elizabeth Frank *

609 E. Waverly St.

* featured artist



2233 E. Hawthorne St.

6650 N. Montezuma Dr.


44 W. 6th St.


5406 E. Pima St.

5406 E. Pima St.

Cristina Cardenas





Andrea Edmundson *

Ted Berghausen




Nancy Drigotas



10142 E. Lucille Dr.

101 W. 6th St.

* Elizabeth & Tony von Isser



Bill Baker

522 E. 2nd St.

5406 E. Pima St.



Nichol Albert

Chuck Albanese





Liz Vaughn

5486 W. Durham Hills St.


Shannon Haggerty 609 E. Waverly St.

Kira Geddes *

5120 E. Willard St.


Shane Haggerty 609 E. Waverly St.



Laurel Hansen

Mark Hamilton

44 W. 6th St.

10523 E. Marchetti Loop.



101 W. 6th St.

7570 E. Speedway Blvd.


5406 E. Pima St.


Julia Jai Miller

1941 N. Justin Lane

Joan Pevarnik

2011 N. Jacamar Lane

Angela Pittenger 101 W. 6th St.



101 W. 6th St.

619 S. 5th Ave.



Cita Scott

301 W. 4th St.


219 N. Ashbury Lane


410 N. Toole Ave.



Ute Vaughn

101 W. 6th St.

* Valerie Milner Graham 144 W. Franklin St.

Russell Recchion * 301 W. 4th St.

Jorge Vergeli

Mary Lou McCambridge & Diana Jackson 7570 E. Speedway Blvd.

101 W. 6th St.

Meredith Milstead 828 E. Elm St.

Bea Rubin

5406 E. Pima St.

Maurice Sevigny 5406 E. Pima St.

101 W. 6th St.

Greta Ward *

652 S. Meyer Ave.

524 N. Ferro Ave.

410 N. Toole Ave.

5120 E. Willard St.


Zoe Rhyne

8088 E. Gary Ct.


Josh Smith

Suzanne Sahakian 101 W. 6th St.

Athena Solan

750 N. Stone Ave.

Gavin Troy

Tanya Tortuga

44 W. 6th St.


Liz Weibler

410 N. Toole Ave.

Phyllis Woods

267 S. Stone Ave.

Tony Rosano 44 W. 6th St.


Lisa Scadron * 301 W. 4th St.






174 E. Toole Ave.

Gary Nusinow

901 N. 13th Ave.

101 W. 6th St.


388 S. Stone Ave.

101 W. 6th St.

Inna Rohr

388 S. Stone Ave.


Lorraine Sack

Andrea Mendola



Ron Nelson

Jere Moskovitz


Janny Taylor *

3033 S. Carmona Dr.

634 S. 5th Ave.

Howard Kline

2826 E. Calle Glorietta.


Gerald Mccarty *

Jack McLain *


Red Heart Woman

Carolyn King

1202 E. Broadway Blvd.





2011 N. Jacamar Ln.

Tanya Joiner Slate




Laura Tanzer

5525 E. 3rd St.

Kyle Johnston

1938 N. Arcadia Ave.





Tamara Scott Anderson *

Meridith Little

809 N. Irving Cir.


Roxanne Rossi

Linda Rosenfield

Judith Mariner







Debbie Meyer

Jerry W. Harris

1619 E. Edison St.


June LeClair *

Linda Star Landon



Gayle Swanbeck 388 S. Stone Ave.

Victoria Schneider 609 E. Waverly St.


Makoto Takigawa 8325 E. Colette St.



Judith van Naerssen

Charla R Van Vlack *

5406 E. Pima St.


Wendy Zachau 5406 E. Pima St.

* featured artist Visit Ost.ArtsFoundTucson.org for more information.

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with the kick-off of a brand new series called ONE ON ONE: Up Close and Personal with Prominent Tucson Artists. This 4-part series of conversations is the collaboration of world renowned sculpture artist Curt Brill, Charlie Cajero of UBS and Susan Claassen, Managing Artistic Director of the Invisible Theatre. This series of conversations will give audiences a chance to ask questions and understand the uniqueness of each individual artist. October 29 is ONE ON ONE with Terry Etherton, the president and owner of Etherton Gallery. Time: 6pm. Location: The Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Avenue (at Drachman).

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INVISIBLE THEATRE continues its 49th Anniversary “Season of Love”

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ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC Russian String Orchestra, October 23, 7:30 pm. Naumburg Trio, November 20, 7:30pm. Leo Rich Theater, 260 South Church Ave. 520-577-3769. ArizonaChamberMusic.org

ARIZONA OPERA Shining Brow, October 5 & 6. Fellow Travelers, November 16 & 17. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. 520-293-4336. AZOpera.org


The Legend of Georgia McBride through October 6, Tornabene Theatre. Pippin, October 19 to November 3, Marroney Theatre. The Last Night of Ballyhoo, November 8 to 23, Tornabene Theatre. 520-621-1162. Theatre. Arizona.edu


Silent Sky, October 22 to November 9. Cabaret, November 30 to December 29. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. 520-884-8210. ArizonaTheatre.org


Opening Night Gala, October 31. Fall Concert, November 1 to 3. Footprints at the Fox, November 16. See website for locations. 520-901-3194. BalletTucson.org


Their Dogs Came with Them, October 18 to 20. 151 S. Granada Avenue. 520-276-9598. BorderlandsTheater.org

BROADWAY IN TUCSON Hello Dolly, October 22 to 27. Anastasia, November 19 to 24. Jesus Christ Superstar, December 3 to 8. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. 520-903-2929. BroadwayinTucson.com


Tucson Season Opening, October 26, 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm. Tucson Grand Parlour, December 7, 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm. Scottish Rite Cathedral Grand Parlor, 160 S. Scott Ave. 520-615-5299. CarnivalOfIllusion.com

CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF TUCSON Symphonic Landscapes, October 19 at 3:00 pm, Sahuarita District Auditorium and October 20 at 4:30 pm, Crowder Hall, UA Fred Fox School of Music. Variations Plus, December 7 at 3:00pm at Valley Presbyterian Church and December 8 at 3:00 pm at Christ Church United Methodist. 520-7303371. COTMusic.org


Pure Yanni: Piano & Intimate Conversation, October 1, 7:30 pm. UA Lecture Series – The Thinking Dog, October 3 at 6:30 pm. The Terminator (1984 film), October 4, 7:30 pm. Dave Halston’s Tribute to Sinatra, October 5, 7:30 pm. Take Me To The River Live! October 8, 7:30 pm. UA Lecture Series – The Personhood of Bison, October 10, 6:30 pm. Film Fest Tucson, October 11, 6:30 pm and October 12, 6:00 pm. Rufus Wainwright: Oh Solo Wainwright, October 13, 7:00 pm. Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited, October 16, 7:30 pm. UA Lecture Series – Hunting for Herring, October 17, 6:30 pm. Self Made Woman – Ignite Your Destiny, October 18, 10:00 am and October 19, 9:00 am. 2019 Chasing Rainbows Gala featuring LeAnn Rimes, October 20, 7:00 pm. Asi Fue Mi Padre, October 23, 7:00 pm. UA Lecture Series – Navajo Horse as Healer and Educator, October 24, 6:30 pm. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974 film), October 25, 7:30 pm. Ann Hampton Callaway: Linda Ronstadt Songbook, October 26, 7:30 pm. Coco (2017 film), October 27, 2:00 pm. Sugar Skull! A Dia de los Muertos Musical Adventure, October 29, 6:30 pm. Fox Theatre, 17 W Congress St. 520-547-3040. FoxTucson.com

THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 009 License to Thrill, through November 10. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 520-8869428. TheGaslightTheatre.com


Last Train to Nibroc, October 22 to November 3. 1400 N. First Ave. 520-8829721. InvisibleTheatre.com


Mike Merryfield, October 4 & 5; Jason Cheny, October 11 & 12; Auggie Smith, October 18 & 19; 2900 E. Broadway. 520-32-Funny. LaffsTucson.com


Accomplice October 10 to November 16. In the Family Theatre, Pinocchio: The Legend of the Wooden Boy, through October 20. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 520-327-4242. LiveTheatreWorkshop.org


The Sun Serpent, through October 6. Proscenium Theatre. Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, November 7 to 17, Black Box Theatre. PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 520-206-6986. Pima.edu

ODYSSEY STORYTELLING SERIES Spirits, October 3, doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:00pm, The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts, 330 E. 7th St. 520-7304112. OdysseyStorytelling.com

ROGUE THEATRE Blithe Spirit, November 7 to 24. 300 East University Blvd. 520-551-2053. RogueTheatre.org


The Little Prince, October 17 to November 3. Cloud Tectonics, November 21 to December 8. 738 N 5th Ave. 520-4483300. ScoundrelandScamp.org

SOUTHERN ARIZONA PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY Hot Mikado, January 17 to 26 at the Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre. 520-261-0915. SAPACTucson.org

SOUTHERN ARIZONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA From Paris to Leningrad, October 19, 7:30 pm and October 20 at 3:00 pm. Carmina Burana, November 16 at 7:30 pm and November 17 at 3:00 pm. See website for locations. 520-308-6226. SASOMusic.org

TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER Disney on Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party, October 10 to 13, Tucson Arena; Ballet Folklorico Tapatio 22nd Anniversary Show, October 20, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S Church Ave. TucsonConventionCenter.com




Beethoven Symphony No. 4, October 5 & 6; Broadway to the Sunset Strip, October 12 & 13; Symphonie Fantastique, October 25 & 27; All the World’s a Stage, November 9 & 10; Sharon Isbin Guitar November 15 & 17; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert, November 30 & December 1. 520-882-8585. TucsonSymphony.org


Smokey Robinson Celebrating 60 Years of Motown, October 5; In the Room with David Hume Kennerly, October 11; Lila Downs’ Dia De Los Muertos: Al Chile, October 16; Hello Dolly! October 22 – 27 (Presented by Broadway in Tucson); The President’s Own United States Marine Band, October 28. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. 520-621-3364. UAPresents.org


Family friendly shows every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 pm. 3244 E. Speedway Blvd. 520-289-8076. UnscrewedTheater.org

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The Apple Doctor in a Red Coat by Gregory McNamee THERE WAS A TIME, a century and a half ago, when apple growers in places like New York, Virginia, and Wisconsin were producing some 800 varieties of apples—a small percentage, that, of all the possible variations that growers around the world had come up with since the fruit left its home in the Altai Mountains of Central Asia and made their way to Europe and beyond. Many of those 800 varieties were distributed by the legendary loner and oddball John Chapman, known as Johnny Appleseed, whose path can be traced from Pennsylvania to Illinois. By contrast, sadly, nowadays fewer than a dozen varieties are found in most regular grocery stores, and most of them taste more like cardboard than fruit, grown to keep well rather than actually have any flavor. The numbers of commercially available apple types are rising, however, as organic and boutique farming and gardening become ever more popular across the country. Just about every pomologist (that would be the fancy term for an apple grower) with a talent for grafting can produce new varieties, so the prospect of adding more kinds of apples to the more than 7,500 varieties known to history, the offspring of 35 or so distinct species of apple, promises to be bright. Organic production is making headway wherever apples are sold, in part because of the market demand for chemical-free fruit, and though organic yields are naturally lower than the old factory-in-the-orchard system of the big growers, the energy and environmental costs are so much lower than for conventional methods that it makes good sense for the pocketbook as well as the conscience. Still, growing apples is no way to grow rich, as many a back-tothe-lander has discovered. In most cases, the advantages still lie with the large producers and packers who can put a sack of apples in a supermarket for a couple of dollars. Economics aside, is there any reason for us to take seriously the adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? There is. For one thing, apples, like their pear cousins, contain plenty of dietary fiber, which is good for the digestive

tract. A five-ounce (medium-sized) apple also contains 10 mg of phosphorus and 157 mg of potassium, but no sodium—and nutritionists today caution that Americans eat too much sodium and too little potassium. The anthocyanins found in the skin of red apples have antioxidant, cancer-fighting properties and delay the breakdown of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, in the bloodstream, the fatty stuff that contributes to atherosclerosis and heart disease. The apple’s tartaric acids help with digestion, and European folk remedies attribute gout-fighting properties to the fruit as well. That’s all good reason to be thankful that our own Johnny Appleseed, the Jesuit missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino, introduced apples to Arizona 300odd years ago, planting orchards of fruit trees at missions along the Santa Cruz River. It’s gotten a little hotter in the years since, and apples thrive on cold weather, what scientists call “chilling hours,” those times between November 1 and February 15 that fall between 32° and 45° F. We get fewer such hours than, say, our neighbors in places like Sedona and Silver City, but there are varieties of apples that do all right in sunny Tucson: the Anna, for instance, which requires only 200 chilling hours, and the Golden Dorsett and Ein Shemer, which need only 100. Most local nurseries tag fruit trees with chilling hours, and for Tucson growers anything at or below 300 hours ought to do fine. A favorite activity at this time of year for apple lovers is to head over to Willcox, which, at about 4,200 feet, is good apple-producing country. Apple Annie’s (2081 W. Hardy Road), about 6 miles north and west of exit 340 off I–10, offers you the chance to pick your own apples straight from the tree, and other growers in and around town sell already picked fruit at roadside stands. Chase that doctor away, and enjoy. n

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John Coinman Celebrates a New Album with Under the Sun by Gregory McNamee

JOHN COINMAN met Kevin Costner in an acting class in Los Angeles way back in the day, not long before Costner wound up on the cutting-room floor as the dead classmate in the 1983 film The Big Chill. Coinman would soon wind up on the cutting-room floor himself, and while Costner stuck with acting and eventually became one of Hollywood’s leading men, Coinman returned to the music that he had been writing and performing and built a solid body of work over the years that followed. Their paths would intersect again and again over that time, with Coinman serving as musical director of the film Dances with Wolves and joining Costner in recordings and live performances, most recently in Las Vegas this summer. There’s more to come with that collaboration. Meanwhile, Coinman, who has lived in Tucson for the last 25 years, has also pursued a long and fruitful career as a solo artist, and he is about to release his sixth record, Under the Sun. Coinman took the long way around to Americana, the genre in which his solo work most easily falls. He played rock and roll when the Beatles broke, played in a New Wave band, played with John Densmore of The Doors. He wrote songs in many styles. When he arrived in Tucson, though, he settled into a kind of dusty desert groove that, a bit more countrified and a bit less angular than the likes of Giant Sand and Calexico, still fits nicely into the local sound. And Under the Sun is a local production, recorded in musician Duncan Stitt’s A Writer’s Room studio. “Duncan’s got a really cool vibe about music,” says Coinman, “and besides, it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, to make an entire record here in Tucson.” Mixed by longtime associate and onetime X guitarist Tony Gilkyson, the album varies in mood from the elegiac to the hopeful, punctuated by Coinman’s intricate guitar. “Love Is Everywhere”

isn’t the Allman Brothers classic, but instead a fragile anthem that mourns the lack of love that so many people experience in a time when “There’s almost too much suffering / For the world to bear.” “Riders on This Train” is a full-tilt country rock exercise that wouldn’t be out of place on a Pure Prairie League album from half a century ago, but with a space and airiness to it that befits the wide-open West, while “Brothers on the Run” has a norteño lilt that’s just right for a Sonoran Desert evening. Coinman moves into the political, albeit subtly, with his song “Silver Necklaces,” which connects a past that joins the history of Europe to Africa and North America, of rich and poor, drums and voices, “silver necklaces and iron chains,” as he writes. “With all the division going on in this country,” Coinman says, “it made me particularly conscious of the fact that I’m a part of that history, good and bad, and they’re all in my DNA, and part of who we all are today. You can feel their spirits everywhere, feel the connection.” Perhaps nowhere on the album is that idea more evident than in his atmospheric ballad “Tucson,” which describes generation after generation of people who “built their walls out of mud and stone” and who, though gone, “left their souls / in Tucson.” It speaks to our long history, adding to John Coinman’s musical legacy as it does. John Coinman and band will celebrate the release of Under the Sun with a concert on the plaza of the Hotel Congress on October 26 from 7:30 to 9:45. Tickets are $8. See www.rhythmandroots.org for more information. To purchase Under the Sun and John Coinman’s other records, visit www. johncoinman.com. n October 2019|ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 59


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Dusty Chaps, 1969.

The Dusty Chaps Turn 50 by Tom Miller The Dusty Chaps: I’ve seen this hipster C&W band pretty much since they began a half century ago. They played a few sets at the Palomino, the North Hollywood venue, and for much of the 1970s they were the house band at the Poco Loco on Speedway, where the break between sets had everyone headed out back to the dimly lit parking lot. Word spread throughout the Southwest: go see the Dusty Chaps. Their songs, written by bass player George Hawke, had clever lyrics, hummable melodies, and danceable rhythms. One night at the Embers, another Speedway dive, a couple of Texans took a table near the stage. They were on their honeymoon. They had driven all the way from Austin to see the Chaps. They danced country swing to “Too Many Pretty Women,” they drank dark draft to “Shootout at the Rocket Club,” and when the gig was over, they told the band that their honeymoon was better because of them. The Dusty Chaps lead singer for fifty years has been Peter Gierlach (known now as Petey Mesquitey), whose sandy voice could cover Faron Young and Merle Haggard, but it always stood out for the band’s headline tunes, “Honky Tonk Music,” “Heat Stroke,” and “Dance with Me Dolores.” The Chaps concept album, an oater called Domino Joe, holds up today. It’s got legs. I must have seen the Chaps play well over a hundred times during their tenure, but the most appreciative crowd was not the drunken or even the university crowd, but by arrangement for the inmates at the Safford federal prison. From their opening song—“Jailhouse Rock”—through their own considerable repertoire, the Chaps played for Mexicans who had crossed the border too often and draft resisters who had protested the Vietnam War too much. The convicts cheered wildly, nonstop, deliriously for ninety minutes. A band that plays for prisoners deserves respect and applause—after fifty years, the Dusty Chaps still get both. The Dusty Chaps will celebrate their 50th anniversary on the plaza of the Hotel Congress at 7:00 p.m. on October 5. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the show. See www.hotelcongress.com for more information and to buy tickets. n October 2019|ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 61

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Brian Lopez’s Prelude Offers a Taste of “Sonoran Strange” by Gregory McNamee

BRIAN LOPEZ’S album Prelude has its origins in a drama with many moving parts, a defiant episode in a long-running contest between corporate music and the independent-minded artist. The 36-year-old Tucson native proved the victor, by his lights, though the album he had recorded before leaving the label was effectively orphaned. Enter Tucson artist Daniel Martin Diaz, who reissued it in a limited vinyl edition on his Guided by Spirits label, giving Lopez’s suite of songs a new life—so much so that the record has already sold out in the weeks since its release on September 13. A second pressing is in the works. Prelude is definitively lo-fi, recorded on a digital audio device over a period of a couple of weeks in Lopez’s home. “I wrote in the night, sometimes until 4:00 a.m. I’d start a song, write the music, write the lyrics, record it, mix it, and move on to the next song,” he says. “The pressure was on me to get it done, and what happened was the most creative outburst I think I’ve ever had.” Most of the songs center on a delicately fingerpicked nylon-string guitar that would do Leonard Cohen proud, befitting Lopez’s training as a classical guitarist. “I like putting elevenths and thirteenths at the end of songs,” he says, “and weird chords on the way out. Half of the songs end on a chord that hasn’t appeared in the song before, that appears out of nowhere. They’re inside jokes, I guess, but they’re the kind of thing that make me interested in doing music,” Lopez says. There are some auditory surprises in the mix as well—a distorted piano whose tinkle builds up to a quiet symphony, processed sounds that punctuate the melody with ghostly grace notes, a subtle roll of the drums here and there. (In one of the two live performances in mid-September at Exo Roast, a small string section replicated some of those home-brewed sounds, while in the other a synthesizer did the job.) There are even a couple of small slip-ups among the ten songs, though they’re more evident to Lopez than they would be

to even a knowing listener. He kept them in deliberately, adding to the sense that the songs, while complete in themselves, are also demos that could go in many directions. Asked whether there’s a single song on the album that captures its essence, Lopez says, “I love ‘Will You Be Down?’ It’s a poem with cinematic qualities.” And indeed the song, which weighs in at less than two minutes, packs a whole short story into just nine lines of quietly sung lyrics, an economy that his other songs share. Many of the songs take those cinematic turns, as when, in one, he sings of “Sobrevivientes / bajo los puentes”—survivors under the bridges—and in another of the “shadow men” who “come out to greet you / sounding that drone / from your cemetery home.” Atmospheric and understated, it’s perfect music for Halloween. Lopez is on the way to Europe for a tour with XIXA, the band he founded with Gabriel Sullivan a few years ago. Before he leaves, he’ll be headlining the inaugural Arizona Art Fest on October 5 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Hotel McCoy (720 West Silverlake). The event marks the first anniversary of the small art-oriented hotel. “Instead of doing a run-of-the-mill anniversary party,” says general manager Nicole Dahl, “we decided to launch a community-focused art festival, the first of many, we hope.” Each of the guest rooms will be a venue for a different art form—a muralist will be at work in one room, a fashion designer in another, and so forth. The event is free, and all ages are welcome. On his return from his European travels, it’s likely that Brian Lopez will make a few more local appearances highlighting Prelude. Keep an eye out on the listings. Meanwhile, find the compact disc and audio files for Prelude at https://brianlopez.bandcamp.com. n October 2019|ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 63

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What’s Live The Sound of That Voice (and some others as well) by Jim Lipson

I DID NOT GET to enjoy all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the sold-out Tucson premier of the documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice. But I did get to see it eventually, and it was indeed everything it was hyped up to be. I especially enjoyed the footage of original Stone Poneys guitarist Bobby Kimmel, now dealing with his own health challenges. Vintage footage of him back in the day is priceless, along with his present-day reflections of what it was like to be part of something so special and then to be so easily disposed of, albeit it so clearly for the greater good of Ms. Ronstadt’s career. Seeing the Stone Poneys’ original arrangement of “Different Drum” live on stage and then hearing the finished recorded product is perhaps the best commercial ever for the hiring producers who know what they’re doing. But as much as we love Linda’s singing voice, which was indeed a force of nature, it’s her own voice in the present, where you can tell the act of speaking is something she has to work at, that is the heart and soul of this movie as she reflects back on her life. There is also an abundance of rich historical footage. I was fascinated with all of the interviews, including the usually literate Dick Cavett, always my favorite late night talk show host from the 1970s, who seemed incapable of putting two coherent sentences together or offering anything resembling a question of substance. Clearly however, and if you haven’t yet seen it—spoiler alert!—the absolute highlight of the movie is in its final scene where present-day Linda, who says she no longer sings, is in fact singing a traditional Mexican ballad with fellow Ronstadts Petie and Bobby, nephew and cousin respectively, during a recent trip to Sonora. The other voices that completely wowed me recently were those belonging to Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, whose recent show at the Rialto was like watching a Phil Spector/Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes revue on steroids. Fronting a 15-piece band featuring five horns, three backup singers, and whatever else adds up to 15 people, guitarist, songwriter, arranger, and producer Steven Van Zandt has developed a show of epic proportions. Much like David Byrne’s show last year at Centennial Hall, you just had to be 64 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com|October 2019

there to fully grok the spectacle of it all. As was my feeling with the Byrne show, if there is another chance to see this lineup, I’ll be sure not to miss it. Some other shows not to miss: October 5 – Smokey Robinson, Centennial Hall. This Motown legend kicks off this season’s UA Presents season on what is an event filled evening. Extolled as America’s “greatest living poet” by Bob Dylan, legendary singer-songwriter William “Smokey” Robinson Jr., cofounder of Motown Records, penned several Motown hits, including “Who’s Loving You,” “My Guy,” “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” “My Girl,” and “Get Ready.” As the frontman for The Miracles, he recorded top ten hits including “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “I Second That Emotion,” and “The Tears of a Clown.” While the term “legend” is thrown around way too much, it applies here. October 5 – Dusty Chaps, Hotel Congress Patio. While it’s actually been 51 years since the Chaps first broke musical ground, we’ll let them have this 50th anniversary show. George Hawke and Peter “Petey Mesquity” Gierlach front this legendary Tucson band, presenting country rock like it’s never quite been heard before. See Tom Miller’s piece in this issue for more on the Chaps. October 5 – Tom’s Last Waltz, Monterey Court. A musical remembrance and tribute for the late Tom Woolley, a benefit for the annual Tucson Folk Festival, and the official retiring of the Wayback Machine. Heather Hardy, Alvin Blaine, John Coinman, and many other special guests take part. October 8 - Take Me to the River – Live, Fox Theatre. Billed as a celebration of the music of New Orleans, this big show features NOLA’s Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville, and five other acts spanning three generations of music from the bayou. October 11 – Aaron Watson, Rialto Theatre. Billed as a do-it-yourself success story, Watson’s brand-new studio project Red Bandana has already landed on the most anticipated country albums of 2019 lists. No new flash in the pan however, the singer/songwriter’s rise has been paved by 20 years of hard work, more than a dozen recorded albums, and more than 2,500 shows in the United States and Europe.

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October 26: John Coinman Band, Hotel Congress Patio

October 12 - Tig Notaro, Rialto Theatre. A standup comic hailed for her storytelling and stage presence, Tig Notaro addresses subjects ranging from the “delightfully absurd to the monumentally serious.” Rolling Stone (if it still matters) recently named her “one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time.” October 12 – Sonoran Dogs Big Band, Hotel Congress Patio. As a four-piece, Peter McLaughlin, Brian Davies, Mark Miracle, and Tyler James are a considerable bluegrass force. But every once in a great while they roll out the big band, featuring Larry Cobb on drums, Nick Coventry on fiddle, Neil Harry on pedal steel guitar, and Alvin Blaine on dobro and various strings. Now that’s a band. October 13 – RazaFest, Hotel Congress Patio. This mini fest of Mexican and Spanish language music features heavyweights Orkesta Mendoza and Joey Burns of Calexico along with the Mexican Institute of Sound (Mexico City), Vetusta Morla (Madrid), and several other artists. Showtime starts at 5:00 p.m. October 13 – Rufus Wainwright, Fox Theatre. Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” the Montreal-raised singer-songwriter has released seven studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums, including the fantastic Grammynominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. A major talent doing it solo style. October 13 – Billy Strings, 191 Toole. Here are the keywords from the press release for Billy Strings: “incendiary bluegrass and psychedelic

virtuosity.” A former heavy metal player in his youth, he’s apparently taken that intensity and transferred it to his love and reverence for bluegrass. Interesting… October 16 – Steve Hackett/Genesis Revisited, Fox Theatre. The original lead guitarist for the art-rock band Genesis, Hackett’s best work was as a collaborator with Peter Gabriel back when Phil Collins was just a very good drummer. This tour is billed as revisiting Selling England by the Pound, one of the premier albums of that Genesis era. This was a great band back in the day, and those who love them will want to be there. October 17 – Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band, Rialto Theatre. Once a year I get a note from an old college buddy imploring me to see this band. Ironically, the Big Damn Band is only a three piece (including the Rev), but they are well known for their live performances playing their self-described “Wildman country blues.” Going to see them this year for sure. The bonus opening act is the Haymarket Squares, a band that has been delighting audiences at the Tucson Folk Festival these last few years. October 19 – The Senators with special guest Rebekah Rolland, Exo Bar. The Senators left their hometown of Phoenix to make a record in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. After emailing a homemade demo to one of their folk idols, Simone Felice (Felice Brothers, Lumineers, Avett Brothers), they were invited to record a record at Simone’s studio, a converted barn. The

rest is becoming history. Rebekah Rolland, of Run Boy Run, has been performing periodically as a solo act (backed by husband Matt on various strings). She’ll play tunes from her outstanding album Seed and Silo and new recording Mary/Louise. October 19 – End of America w/Ryanhood, Hotel Congress Patio. First things first: Anything involving Ryanhood has got to be good, and upon further review, End of America seems to fit that bill. Their sound centers on their voices, weaving three distinct leads into harmonies over a foundation of folk, rock, and Americana. Fans often draw comparison to CSNY, Fleet Foxes, and Dawes. Sounds good to me. October 22 – Rebirth Brass Band, Fox Theatre. When this New Orleans institution strikes up a tune, it’ll be difficult to maintain butts in seats at the Fox. October 26 – John Coinman Band, Hotel Congress Patio. This is a CD release show featuring tunes from Under the Sun, Coinman’s first release in three years. (See Gregory McNamee’s article in this issue.) With a different sound and feel, this may be Coinman’s best record yet. More than astute observations wrapped in his unique sound of southwest Americana, these new tunes, some which have been around for a while, are song portraits of many personal reflections. While some look forward and some back, none is more poignant than his tribute to longtime friend Michael Blake in “Brothers on the Run.” n October 2019|ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 65

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by Janelle Montenegro instagram / @JMontenegroPhotography

Photos left to right, top to bottom: Roxie the dog at Smiling Dog Ranch Dog Park; Gizmo and Owner on Congress; Bacon Smores from Kingfisher at Brother John’s; Yamazaki “Jowciale” from Dante’s Fire at Brother John’s; Bacon Bruschetta from the Blues’s Brews and BBQs events at Brother John’s; Firestone Walker Sumo wrestler defeated at the 4 year anniversary at Tucson Hop Shop.

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