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September 2017

07. What’s New 11. Food & Drink 12. People 17. Art Galleries & Exhibits 18. Design 22. Arts 28. Arts Autumn Preview 40. Tunes 52. Poetry

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439 E Mabel St, 1920s Craftsman bungalow restored to perfection, luscious veggie garden and sunflowers, in historic Feldmans. 220k

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Specializing​in Tucson’s historic neighborhoods, vintage homes, and exceptional design!

1202 E Silver St, Fabulous remodeled mid-century home on a large corner lot, zoned R-2! 235k

4732 E Bermuda St, Midcentury 4 bedroom on giant corner lot in Glenn Heights, 210k

Susan Denis


819 S 5th Ave, Adorable 1907 Victorian bungalow, in historic Armory Park 235k

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Sweatin’ It Downtown Tucson’s newest boutique fitness studio, Let’s Sweat, opened its doors for the first time in August, at 439 N. 6th Ave (corner of 6th St. and 6th Ave). On the menu of offerings is “spin PLUS,” 55 minute classes with 20-40 minutes of spin plus 20-40 minutes of strength variations that mix exercises using dumbbells, TRX, ab dollys, benches, barre, pilates and yoga. Each day the workouts are different. The studio also includes showers, lockers and dressing rooms. Owner Soleil Schwabe, who was born and raised in Tucson, says “Let’s Sweat is a second home where we can come together to share a combination of our fitness loves - cycling, HIIT, strength training, yoga, perhaps pilates... something new and healthy for downtown Tucson and our daily routines.” Let’s Sweat currently has about 10 trainers on their team and are in the process of hiring more. You can visit them online at to learn more.

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Chelsy Platt

Chef’s Pick

Chelsy Platt by Jocelyn Valencia

CHICKEN AND WAFFLES officially became an option on 4th Avenue a few weeks ago when The Drunken Chicken opened its doors on August 14th. Chelsy Platt, head cook and wife of co-owner Micah Blatt, helped design the simple one-page menu which includes offerings from fried deviled eggs to beer battered waffles. For some, a craft beer to pair with a chicken and waffle, is a taste buds delight. For others like myself, having ten different sauce and syrup options is what makes a meal away from home more enjoyable. While I felt like I was playing with my food, the Bourbon Maple syrup – blended with butter – was my favorite. The Mai Tai Maple syrup consisting of almond extract, lime zest, and rum is Chelsy’s favorite. For fellow coffee lovers, you may take a liking to their Coffee Maple syrup made with espresso. Typically when one thinks of chicken and waffles, you imagine southern style cooking. But as I tasted drunken syrups with a drunken waffle and a pair of spicy chicken strips, I found that it was anything but southern. It was Southwestern. (And yes, your child can safely taste these drunken menu items as the alcohol is cooked out.) Though my Mexican tongue is probably abnormally comfortable with spicy foods, the spicy chicken strips had a very little kick making it a seemingly tolerable mild spice. If you’re not up for taking risks, naked and original strips are two other options. What makes the thick waffles unique is the fact that they feature a different Tucson brewery every month in their waffle batter. This is obviously what makes the waffle drunk, too. For a restaurant that can hold up to 40 persons, The Drunken Chicken is a delicious addition to 4th Avenue. The spicy strips are not too spicy, not too greasy. The waffle meets the fine line between original and unique. And the combo is worth the visit. While I was there, I sat down with Chelsy and fed her my five q’s.

Why is the spicy strips with a drunken waffle your favorite combo on the menu? The spicy strips with a drunken waffle seems to be everyone’s favorite! They’re not “kick you in the face” spicy, just have a nice cayenne pepper to it. The waffles are made with beer. We had to make something drunk! We feature a Tucson brewery with the waffle batter each month. This month we are featuring Dragoon Brewing Company’s “Unihopper.” What’s your favorite food memory? I’ve always loved food. I’ve always loved creating things, so even when I was a kid, my friends parents weren’t fond of me coming over because I’d always end up in the kitchen. Learning how to cook with my stepmom growing up, she’d always yell at me because I couldn’t see over the stove yet but I’d always want to help her. Just discovering new foods and experimenting as I’ve gotten older has provided me good memories. What would you say is the hardest ingredient to cook with? Rice. I have a hard time with rice! It’s tricky. It’s funny because it seems like something that’s so simple but you have to be patient cooking it. You’re eating at a restaurant other than yours, where is it? Wildflower. Every time. It’s my favorite restaurant on the planet. The spinach pappardelle is the first dish I tasted there and I get it every time. The way they cook their chicken in it with the tomatoes and the pine nuts is so good. That’s my favorite meal! Last weekend on Earth, what city are you eating in? Tucson. I love this city! The Drunken Chicken is located at 429 N. 4th Avenue and is open SundayThursday, 10am-10pm and Friday-Saturday, 10am-2:30am. Visit them online at September 2017 | 9

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Cactus Wren Artisans in Cat Mountain Station 2740 S. Kinney Rd. (520) 437-9103 View our art on

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ROOTBEER Art Show Come meet our 22 local artists Enjoy demonstrations & refreshments


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Chef’s Pick

Ben Caballero by Jocelyn Valencia

HUB’s salmon dish

Ben Caballero

AS SOON as you walk into the newly renovated and expanded HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery, you may not instantly notice the changes. However, with a keen eye for detail, you’ll notice the new marble bartops, new tables and chairs. A new private dining room that can accommodate up to 30 persons, men’s and women’s restrooms, and a kitchen expansion with all new equipment are some of the other polishes. What did not change was their menu. While HUB was momentarily condensed during its renovation, finding a home under the roof of Martin Drug Co., Executive Chef Ben Caballero wanted to welcome back his guests with their original full menu, including all HUB favorites. However, Caballero does anticipate some menu changes later this month. His favorite dishes are the enchiladas, which have journeyed with him from restaurant to restaurant. And the salmon, which was the first dish he created for HUB. Neither of these I had previously tasted in my prior visits. What came to my surprise was that the enchiladas were not served in a plate of excessive red sauce, how I’ve always known them to be prepared. But rather, the chicken is neatly fixed in a beurre blanc (white butter sauce). Unfortunately because I’m lactose intolerant I was unable to clean the plate, but Caballero has successfully rebelled against the traditional red sauce. In his beurre blanc, he blends roasted salsa verde, tomatillos, poblano, and cilantro, among other secret green ingredients, and mixes it with sour cream. The toppings: oaxaca, cheddar cheese, queso fresco and pico de gallo. The salmon, which Caballero describes to be a new HUB favorite, is prepared with seasonal grilled vegetables (delicious), sundried tomato pesto, white wine butter and thin zucchini shoestrings. Tasting this dish reminded me how much I actually love vegetables and how salmon is flavorful when well prepared. While at HUB, I had a chance to feed Ben my five q’s. Why are the enchiladas and salmon dishes your favorites on your menu? When I first got into a kitchen, which was at La Hacienda, I used to do banquets. We used to make enchiladas with a red sauce but I asked if they were ever made with a white or green sauce. It was like I was speaking a different language. I made it for them, the chefs tried it, and they fell in love with it. They decided to switch it. In my first actual executive chef job where I opened Pasco Kitchen & Lounge, I was making them for lunch one day and

was asked that I add it to the menu. This recipe has followed me from the north side to University to Congress. The salmon was one of the first dishes I did for our menu. It was my first menu, first idea, and first plate that I finished in my head. It’s become a new HUB favorite. What’s your favorite food memory? The first time I had menudo. I was about eight years old. My dad’s cousin was cooking menudo and at the time I didn’t know what it was. I sat down, had a bowl and loved it. Once a month we’d visit her and she always had a pot of menudo for me. What’s the hardest ingredient to cook with? Rice because it’s one of the things, to tell you the truth, that I have had a problem with here. From the forbidden rice to the Spanish rice. We decided on a white rice we could add different things to; like for the enchiladas I add an avocado and poblano compound butter. You’re eating in a restaurant other than yours, where is it? I’m always going to Mi Nidito. It’s one of my places to go sit down and eat if I’m not working. I’ve been going there for a long time. When I walk in they know my name. They’re really friendly. They’re all the same servers and waitresses from the past twenty years. They know their clientele. Their food is always great. It feels almost like home. If not there, I’m at Miss Saigon. I’m all about the pho. Last weekend on Earth, what city are you eating in? New York City all the way. I have a brother that moved to New York about two years ago and I’ll go visit him as much as possible. At one point you’ll be in Little Italy, you walk two blocks you’re in Chinatown. You find all kinds of different foods that are really close together. You can get everything there. Melting pot of the world! Hub Restaurant & Ice Creamery is located at 266 Congress Street and is open daily, 11am-midnight. Visit them online at September 2017 | 11

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Annie Laos

A Candid Conversation by Abraham Cooper Anna “Annie” Baffert Laos, faithful Tucsonan, civic leader, business owner and beloved matriarch passed away on April 11, 2017, at the age of 87. Many remember her as an outspoken citizen, deeply invested in the community. I first learned about Annie Laos while researching the Wishing Shrine. I had read various newspaper articles documenting her efforts to gain protection for El Tiradito and Barrio Viejo during the early 1970s. Annie, alongside barrio residents such as Dr. Arnulfo Trejo, a professor of modern languages at the University of Arizona, decried the city’s proposal to build a highway directly through one of Tucson’s oldest neighborhoods. They eventually succeeded in getting El Tiradito on the National Register of Historic Places; an achievement which helped save the surrounding neighborhood from obliteration. I met Annie and her husband Roy for the first time on June 16, 2009, at their store - Roy’s Corner Market (formerly known as Roy’s Arizona Liquor and Food). I was there to conduct an interview with Annie about the history of the Wishing Shrine. My first impression of her was that of a witty, deeply opinionated yet compassionate person with an impressively sharp memory. Our meeting was brief but provided me with valuable knowledge. I would not see her again for another seven years. I reconnected with Annie on April 9, 2016, at her home in Armory Park, this time for an anthropology assignment. What was intended to be a thirty minute interview turned into a candid, four-hour reminiscence on life, love and the future. Speaking with Annie signified how an older generation shaped our city and that mine must continue to participate in preserving its identity. This would be the last time I saw her. The following segments are highlights of our conversation.

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Annie’s grandmother owned and operated a boarding house in Staunton, IL. She moved to Tucson with Annie’s mother to be near her son Frank Frey who was one of the first police officers for the University of Arizona. They arrived the day Arizona became a state.

Annie loved to drive, a passion she had in common with her mother who she affectionately called a “driving fool.”

You have to realize that my mother had a mind of her own- something that I took after, myself. My mother got a job downtown on Congress St. at one of the picture houses. She would walk from the theater down west on Congress St. and catch the trolley. My dad was part of the so-called Hispanic in-group. And they met at his grandfather’s place on the corner of Congress St. and Convent. It was called the Laos Barber Shop. Dad was walking up Congress St. and my mother was walking down Congress St. and they met about the vicinity of the Fox Theater and it was love at first bite (laughs). Her family, back East couldn’t imagine her marrying a Mexican. But she did, and they were married over 50 years.

ON GROWING UP, FITTING IN AND FREE WILL Annie was born at 512 E. 3rd St., in Tucson, Arizona. She was the youngest of six children. The one thing that I remember the most is Congress St. because Congress St. isn’t anything like it is now. It was the actual hub of commerce for the city of Tucson, as small as that was. My mother, father and sisters would go down in the evening close to Christmas and there’s where you would do your Christmas shopping. But most of the activities that I remember as a small child were your home, your house, with your mom, and your dad, with your sisters and brothers. I did go to a private school, which I hated every minute. It was a convent, and it was St Joseph’s Academy. It was the in-thing, at that time, for girls to go, especially if you had the money to do it, which my dad always did. To be educated by Catholic nuns… (sighs). I was not that type. I gotta tell ya, I was the rebel of the family. I don’t know how that happened. I don’t know how I was so lucky or unlucky. But…they couldn’t imagine me. I always had to do my own thing, talk my own way, have my own things. Then I got to go to Tucson High. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. I can’t tell you I was a good student, but I loved every minute of it, which I didn’t love anything before. I think it was the kids that went- the amount of children. You went with both boys and girls. You had different opinions. You had the world war hanging over you all the time. So your outlook and your thinking had to be- you know- a little bit different than kneeling at the foot of the cross. Regiment didn’t agree with me at all. I always liked to consider myself a free spirit. That’s not good sometimes, but that’s what you have to do if you’re that way. The very thought of me having a date at 17 or 18 was completely out of the question. But I used to do it anyway. You’re born and you’re meant to live. I know that you’re supposed to live good but you’re not supposed to live cloistered.

I have that same instinct that my mom had to get behind the wheel of a car and drive and have the ability and the freedom to- that if you wanted to- you could go to the store, if you wanted to you could go see A Mountain, if you wanted…you could go any place you wanted. Not so much to travel- I’m not the traveling type. I like to stay here and see the desert. Of course the desert is kind of filled up now with people. I like to look at the sunset. I like to go see the Santa Cruz River.

ON ALL THE NEW BUSINESSES DOWNTOWN Annie and Roy Laos purchased their store in 1954. Before that a man named Mr. Shu ran the bottom portion of it as a restaurant called the Shanghai Café while tenants occupied three upstairs apartments. Oh I think it’s great. The changes that are going on…it brings in trade and it brings in money. I mean, my store doesn’t bring in thousands but it’s that steadiness and the idea that yours has been there for a long time and mine has been there for a long time. And I’d like to keep it that way. But what will happen when I die…I don’t care because I’ll be down in hell. I’ll be starting something down there (laughs). Or maybe something midway? But that’s my nature.

ON HER RELATIONSHIP WITH TUCSON Well, I would describe it two ways. First way: I just don’t know any better. I have never ever in all my life- and that’s been a long time- lived any place but Tucson. I have never ever lived any place long enough to find out if there’s a difference. I don’t think it’s bad but it’s not good. It’s that you don’t have a perspective of the way other towns are. Now, I wouldn’t give you a plugged nickel to live in Phoenix.

ON INTEGRITY In 1971 Mayor Jim Corbett pushed for the construction of the Butterfield Expressway which would have destroyed the remaining portion of Barrio Viejo and severed generations of Mexican families from their heritage. Annie and others fought passionately against this agenda. Being as loud-mouth as I am and tell-it-like-I-do isn’t good for me either but there isn’t any other way I can be. That’s who I am. But the thing is there aren’t too many that let it out as much. They have sense enough to keep it inside. I don’t have that kind of sense. If I don’t like something, God you’ve got to know I don’t like it (laughs). Isn’t that terrible? Well, there are other people who have acquired quite a bit. They have acquired a lot of good business. They have acquired this and that and this and that by keeping their mouth shut. But you know Annie Laos can’t do that. n

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Long term exhibitions include, Woven Through Time: American Treasures of Native Basketry and Fiber Art and Paths of Life. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. 520-621-6302. 1013 E. University Blvd. StateMuseum.Arizona.Edu

ARTIST STUDIO COOP Clay Inspirations “10 Ceramic Sculptors” is on view to


George Stuart Historical Figures: Early Works from the Hernandez Monsanto Collection Part I & II opens Sept 22. Part I is on view to Nov 26 and Part II is on view to Jan 21. Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-4pm and Sun 12-4pm. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr. 520-881-0606.

Sept 30. Hours: Fri & Sat 1:30-4:30pm. 439 N. 6th Ave., #179.



is on view to Sep 30. Tues-Sat 11am-4pm. Call for glassblowing viewing. 711 S. 6th Ave. 520-884-7404.

Invisible to the Eye are on view through Nov 25. Kozo Miyoshi: Middle of the Road public lecture is on Sept 17 from 4pm to 5:30pm. Hours: Tue-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 1-4pm. 1030 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7968.



Traces will be on view Sept 2 to Oct 14 with a reception Oct 7 from 6-9pm. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-4pm. 101 W. 6th St., #121. 520622-8997.

CONTRERAS GALLERY Pets opens Sept 2 with a reception from 6-9pm and is on view through Sept 30. Hours: Weds-Sat 10am-4pm. 110 E. 6th St. 520-398-6557.

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.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD Sweet September is on view to Oct 1. Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-4pm. Williams Centre 5420 East Broadway Blvd #240. 520-299-7294.


Sept 15 to Nov 4 with a reception Oct 7. Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 11am-4pm. 154 E. 6th St. 520-629-9759.

In the Main Gallery, Dia de los Muertos and in the Welcome Gallery, works by Timothy Schirack are both on view to Nov 8. In the Entry Gallery, Call and Response II is on view to Oct 1 with an artist talk with Mary Vaneecke on Sept 12 at 12pm. Art du Jour | Amanda Rohrbach continues in the garden bistro until the end of Sept. Hours: Daily 9am-5pm. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. (520) 742-6455.

DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY Shimmer and Surprise Miniatures continue

TUCSON DESERT ART MUSEUM Colors to Dye For is on view to Dec 3 and

through Nov 5. Trunk Show: Kathy Robbins is Sept 9 from 10am-1pm. Hours: MonSat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-1:30pm. 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 520-722-4412.

The Wayfinder’s Dilemma: Landscape Photographs by Camden Hardy continues to Oct 1. Hours: Weds-Sun 10am-4pm. 7000 E Tanque Verde Rd. 520-202-3888. TucsonDArt.Org

DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY Kaleidoscope: New Abstract Works is on view


Sep 30 in the law offices of Mesch Clark & Rothschild, 259 N. Meyer Ave. 520-620-0947.

Galleries closed for renovation until October. The J. Knox Corbett House is open during regular museum hours. Hours: Tues-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm; Thurs 10am-8pm; Sun 12-5pm. 140 N. Main Ave. 520-624-2333.

ETHERTON GALLERY In the main gallery, James G. Davis (1931-2016): Down

UA MUSEUM OF ART Art Of The Reformation: A Selection, an exhibit of nine

at the Tower Bar, a Retrospective with Turner G. Davis and Pop-Up: Michael Chittock are on view Sept 5 to Nov 11 with a reception on Sept 9 from 7-10pm. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm or by appointment. Main Gallery: 135 S. 6th Ave. 520-624-7370.

Old Master prints is on view to Dec 17. Continuing exhibitions include, Visual Delights and Fanciful Flights of Imagination on view to Oct 1; The Hans Hoffmann School on view to Sep 10 and X, Y, Z: Art In Three Dimensions on view to June 24, 2018. Tinkerlab, a makerspace is open through Jan 2018. Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 12-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-621-7567. ArtMuseum.Arizona.Edu

DRAWING STUDIO Celebrating 25 Years of Artistic Excellence is on view through

EVERYBODY Eli Burke, The River is on view Sept 1 - Oct 8 with an opening reception Sept 1 from 7-10pm. Hours by appointment. 101 W. 6th St. Studio Q. Everybody.Gallery

IRONWOOD GALLERY Puma: Past and Present is on view Sept 16 to Dec 25. Hours: Daily 10am-4pm. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. 520-883-3024.

JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY Kris Graves is on view Sept 5 to Nov 3. Hours: Mon-


BiruPiruPeru is on view to Nov 22 with with a gallery performance by the curator, Giancarlo Huapaya on Sept 19 at 6pm. Hours: Mon & Thurs 9am-8pm; Tues, Weds, Fri 9am-5pm. 1508 E. Helen St. 520-626-3765. Poetry.Arizona. Edu

Fri 8am-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 520-626-4215.

WOMANKRAFT ART GALLERY Size Matters is on view Sept 2 to Oct 28 with

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Exhibitions on view to Oct 1 include:

receptions on Sept 2 and Oct 7. Hours: Weds-Sat 1-5pm. 388 S. Stone Ave. 520-6299976.

Virginia Overton | Why?! Why Did You Take My Log?!?!; Chuck Nanney | Selected Ambient Works, Volume II; Tucson John | Tucson Nights: After Dark in the Naked Pueblo; A Night on the Edge of Forever: The Art of Midnight Films, Free Theater and the Psychedelic Underground San Francisco 1969-1973. Hours: Weds-Sun 12-5pm. 265 S. Church Ave. 520-624-5019.


Traditional and Contemporary opens Sept 3 with a reception from 1-4pm and is on view to Sept 30. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm; Thurs 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12-5pm. 3001 E. Skyline Dr. 520-615-5222,


Maynard Dixon’s Arizona continues to Oct 31. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-4pm. 6872 E. Sunrise Dr., Suite 130. 520-722-7798.

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photos by Francois Robert

Baker Hesseldenz Studio collection, includes Madam Curio (curio cabinet), View (sofa), Casbah (ottoman), Minaret (pedestal table), Rajah (lounge chair), and more.

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Craft & Quality A Conversation with Scott Baker of Baker + Hesseldenz Studio AFTER DECADES of producing bespoke furniture pieces for their interior design clients, Baker + Hesseldenz Design (100 E 6th St, recently expanded to include Baker + Hesseldenz Studio, a line of handcrafted luxury furnishings. Scott Baker is an award winning furniture designer, with over 20 years of experience in custom residential and commercial design. His work has been exhibited in galleries nationwide and has been published in numerous design publications. His partner, Mary Ann Hesseldenz, has been

a designer for over 30 years, starting in fashion, then working for many wellknown companies before opening her own studio in NYC. In 2001, Mary Ann relocated her studio to Tucson and decided to focus on interior design. Scott and Mary Ann’s new furniture collection is being produced in Arizona and is available for purchase through trade only showrooms in major markets across the country. We asked Scott some questions about the new business and their collection. Here’s what he had to say...

How do you and Mary Anne work as a team in terms of design, build, and sales/marketing? What roles do each of you play?

The custom hand-crafted furniture market seems like it could be a bit challenging because of the price point and the narrower consumer demographic. It’s clear that you would need to target luxury consumers who are willing to pay what it’s worth. So what’s your approach to that?

We consider design to be a collaborative process. Concepts for new pieces originate from the both of us; usually one of us will have an idea, and the other helps bring it into reality. The idea will bounce back and forth through the office as far as proportion, scale, materiality and details go. Production of the pieces is my responsibility, as I am the one that oversees the shop and the craftsmen. Mary Ann and her assistant, Alex Basler, handle 90% of the marketing and branding of the Baker Hesseldenz Studio collection. You’ve been working with wood for a long time now and it was always a goal to establish your own collection of furniture, but it’s taken a while to get to this point. What were some of the challenges you had to overcome in order to finally get it going? It has always been a career goal for the both of us to eventually be working solely as furniture designers and manufacturers. Two economic downturns later, and we had still not reached that ultimate goal. Two years ago, over cocktails – naturally – we finally decided that the time had come to take the risk and dive into the deep end, polar-bear-club-style, in order to pursue our dream of starting a collection. We have had a number of pieces floating around – pun intended – in our heads that we had never had the chance to produce until that turning moment. We often feel like a band with 5 produced albums under its belt, who has remained undiscovered until only recently. How would you describe the new furniture collection? Timeless, classic, and understated-modernism is the common thread, whereas our influences are multi-cultural spanning several eras. The ingredients are unique by themselves, but when combined, the recipe is what ultimately defines Baker Hesseldenz Studio. What materials are you using? The Baker Hesseldenz Studio is collection-based, so it encompasses a variety of different materials. Wood is essential in our craft, most frequently walnut or rift-sawn oak, but we also commonly implement other materials: cast bronze, Caesarstone and reflective elements such as lucite and mirrored surfaces. Tell us more about the locally sourced materials. When creating the Baker Hesseldenz Studio collection, it was incredibly important to us to have everything sourced and fabricated locally. Doing so allows us the opportunity to provide back to a community that we feel passionate about, as well as allowing us a certain control over quality that wouldn’t be possible if we outsourced labor anywhere else. All millwork, assembly, and final inspections are executed in our own shop, just a few blocks from our studio.

The luxury market is definitely a challenge, but it is one that we gladly accept. Our passion for craft and quality is what makes the market so suitable for our collection. We have to make sure that our products are properly positioned within the current market, so the best option for us is to get in with showrooms that already have their focuses set on luxury-based clientele. Tell us about the showrooms your work will be displayed in. We are currently represented by TOWN Studio in Denver and Scottsdale, and are actively searching for showroom representation in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Our goal from the beginning was to place the line in luxury “trade only” showrooms in major metropolitan markets and we feel extremely lucky to have been picked up in two markets within a month of the Tucson debut in May of 2016. What inspiration do you draw upon to come up with your ideas? At least a few pieces in your collection appear to be influenced by Turkish architecture and fabrics. Tell us more about that. Our trip to Istanbul, Turkey left a heavy impression on us. The juxtaposition between old and new architecture of the city was the inspiration to combine modern materials with classic design elements. Color and fabric choices are drawn from the region’s dry, chalky palette and intricate patterns. The collection’s bronze elements draw from the minarets atop the many mosques scattered throughout the city. We understand that you’ll be exhibiting your work at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York in the Spring. What is the fair like? What would make it a success for you? The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is held every year in May at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. It is North America’s premier showcase for contemporary design. The four-day fair attracts more than 35,000 interior designers, architects, retailers and distributors. This show will be our best opportunity to put the collection if front of the most people in the shortest time. Our hope is that the ICFF will open our eyes as far as new relationships and opportunities that will help expand the visibility of what we have to offer. What are you working on next? You mean besides preparing for the ICFF?! Well, we are currently in the midst of designing and prototyping new pieces in preparation. We hope to have a new dining chair version of our Rajah chair, two new lucite swivel chairs, a bronzed minaret cocktail table, and a groovy new wall mirror sometime early next year. n September 2017 | 19

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Otherworldly An Introduction to Tucson’s Astronomy Artists by Diane C. Taylor

Walk into Darkness by Simon Peter Kregar, Jr


hile Tucson is known as a world-class center for telescope facilities, astronomers and space scientists, it’s also the home of some of the finest astronomical artists around. Many of these are members of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (, a group with just over 100 members. You’ll find some of the Tucson Chapter members showing off their skill and imagination in The Art of Space Art, an exhibit that opens September 14 in the Center Gallery on the upper floor of the Tucson International Airport. Here are four of Tucson’s leading astronomical artists whose work you’ll see in the exhibit... 22 | September 2017

WILLIAM K. HARTMANN Tall, looking younger than his past suggests, William K. (Bill) Hartmann, PhD, is neither your usual artist nor your usual scientist. Hartmann grew up in western Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. After a BS in physics, he moved to Tucson in the early 1960s to get a masters in geology and a doctorate in astronomy with Gerard Kuiper. Kuiper had just founded the University of Arizona’s Lunar & Planetary Lab, one of the first programs in planetary science in the U.S. Hartmann went on to become one of the founders of Tucson’s Planetary Science Institute, where he is now a Senior Scientist Emeritus. His interest in art began early. As a child, his mother encouraged his brother and him to draw when they were looking for something to do. Growing up with the work of his father’s father, a painter, on the wall made painting OK. When he was about 12, he was greatly influenced by The Conquest of Space, a book of rockets and space that first appeared in 1949 and was illustrated by Chesley Bonestell. Bonestell was the foremost American painter of space art. During college and graduate school he created almost no art. Shortly after he got his PhD, he got an invitation to write textbooks on planetary science and astronomy. At the time, most textbooks were pretty boring, text and maybe black-and-white photos. He started illustrating his books, together with two artists interested in space, to show what space might look like if the readers were there. He really got back into painting in the 1970s, but anyone who mixed art with science at the time was considered a dilettante, he explained. He used to go to talks and make paintings based on new discoveries by his colleagues. He often sent a slide to the scientists afterwards. Soon, the slides began appearing in their talks. Now it’s usual to include an illustrator in large space project teams. Hartmann, one of the first IAAA members, believes there is a fertile interface between science and art.  “Each space is a creative collision between science and art.  To paint another planet you start with what is known scientifically, for example, surface materials.   But then you must deal with how sunlight interacts with such matter in that environment.  What is the sky color?   What would it feel like to be there?  Painters are likely to have better answers than scientists trained in front of a computer analyzing data.” In space paintings, he tries to paint the reality of the scene as it would be perceived at the source. For example, the lava plains of the Moon are slate gray. “Alan Bean, now a friend and fellow artist, walked on the Moon during Apollo 12 and began painting after he retired. A fan of Monet, he found that if he used gray paint for the plains, they looked dead. In reality, they’re gray but brightly lit by the sun, so he paints them with a mixture of pastels, like the French Impressionists. They appear gray, but because of the mix of colors, it’s a very lively gray,” he said.

His astronomical paintings have been shown in exhibitions nationally and internationally and used to illustrate books by Carl Sagan and other authors, as well as his own books on astronomical and space themes. An award-winning painter, his work has also appeared on a variety of magazine covers here and abroad. Besides space topics, Hartmann also paints plein air (real-time outdoors) landscapes. “I get into the landscape, as it travels in through my eyes, through my brain, and down my arm to the painting. With plein air, I have a relationship with each place. I have maybe three hours in one spot, and I see how the light works and how things really look. I notice that this has influenced the way I do science,” he said. Artists are aware of many phenomena that scientists never study, such as the color of clouds, he explained. To see more of Bill Hartmann’s work, please visit

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Butterfly Nebula by Dinah Jasensky

DINAH JASENSKY “I was born painting,” said Dinah Jasensky, a tall, attractive space artist. Her grandmother was an amateur plein air painter. At 12 she was taking professional oil painting lessons in southern California. Later, she added ink and watercolor to the palette. In high school, she painted (and sold) portraits of horses. She found she loved both science and art, but decided that science offered a better career. Still, she took all kinds of art classes. In college she created biological illustrations, along with lab manuals and a newsletter, for the Biology Department. She got a BS in Biology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, followed by an MS in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She’s lived in Tucson since 1983. After 25 years working for companies involved in groundwater management, she decided to change directions when she reached 50. She quit her job and returned to art. In her studio in the historic YWCA building near 4th Avenue, she painted portraits and figurative pieces and taught painting. In the last couple of years, she has returned to her original passion of bringing science and art together. Her foray into astronomy began with her recent marriage to an astronomer. She now works in oils and acrylics at a studio attached to her home. For fall she will have a solo exhibition as well as participating in the IAAA group show at the airport. She will also have 15 paintings in a juried international show, Road to the Stars, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, along with showing locally at the Southern Arizona Arts Guild Gallery, Biosphere 2 and other venues. She hopes to paint more and different topics in the future, including biology. But for now, she’s exploring the heavens. Learn more at continues...

Enceladus and Saturn by Dinah Jasensky

First on Mars by William K. Hartmann

View From a Lonely Planet by William K. Hartmann

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Michael Collins by Simon Peter Kregar, Jr.

Apollo by Michelle Rouch

Growing up in New York, Simon Peter Kregar, Jr., was influenced by many of the “early” astronomy painters, including Chesley Bonestell and IAAA members Bill Hartmann, Pam Lee and Ron Miller. His father was a watercolorist of note in New York. After studying arts management and cultural anthropology at Northern Arizona University, Kregar worked for a while in hospitality management. He is now working full-time as an artist, thanks to many commissions and a following of serious collectors. He also teaches art and is a part-time science communicator. He was always fascinated by science, especially astronomy. After reading a great deal about scientists and space explorers, he began painting scientists such as Marie Curie and Albert Einstein. Then he painted portraits of the astronauts. When he sold these, he painted more. Animated, excited by the topics of his paintings, Kregar explained the subjects of his portraits, “I find them human. Through my paintings, I want to tell their stories, warts and all.” He’s working on painting more purely astronomical pieces at the moment. “One of the fundamental reasons I have gravitated towards science and astronomy in my work has been the desire to communicate my passion for the subjects. From an early age, I was fascinated by the night sky and manned space flight,” he said. “I want to look up and know my place in the grander scheme of the universe and to be able to communicate the beauty and power of that – that’s my life’s mission.” In keeping with the science/art connection, Kregar and Michelle Rouch are co-chairs of the Tucson Chapter of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). He is also a Trustee and Director of Exhibitions for the group. Visit simon online at

MICHELLE ROUCH Award-winning artist Michelle Rouch moved from Ohio to Arizona in 1992. Armed with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Wright State University and an MS in Information Systems Engineering from Western International University, she combines engineering with art. From fantasy space women to precise drawings of aircraft to portraits of the astronauts, she works to engage her viewers, especially children. She’s donated many of her pieces to fundraisers benefiting children, bringing in around $100,000 in the last few years. Animated, enthusiastic, Michelle Rouch has always drawn, but is largely self-taught, taking an art class here and there. She got started in aviation art, influenced by her husband, who created airplane models. Some of her aerospace art is created using a palette knife for texture. She’s developed a technique to incorporate 23.5 karat gold with several layers of oil paint. She dabbles in many mediums, including Conté (a special type of crayon) and watercolor. Her Astro Girls series – movie stars in space settings or on Mars – are created with watercolor and water-soluble wax. Art gives her a break from her serious day job with the Department of Defense at Raytheon Missile Systems, she explained. It serves as a bridge between fun and technology. She sees it as a way to pull the past into present, to communicate what happened in the past. Together with Simon Kregar, Rouch is one of the founders and co-chair of the Tucson Chapter of the International Association of Astronomical Artists. Visit Michelle online at The Art of Space opens September 14 at Tucson International Airport. The exhibit runs from September 11 till November 30 and features several local members of the International Association of Astronomical Artists. n

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Fall Studio Tours

Don’t miss us during the Open Studio Tour! OCT 7–– 8 · 10 –– 5 PM

Come Experience NW & Central Area Tours These tours are artist-organized and artist-run. Funding comes solely from the registration fees, donations and grants.

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Preview Show at the Jewish Community Center Friday, September 29 - Wednesday, October 18 Artist Reception,Wednesday, October 18, 6 pm - 8 pm

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Northwest Tucson Saturday, October 21 & Sunday, October 22 10 am - 4 pm For maps & locations:

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson presents three exhibitions exploring the realities of living and working along the U.S.-Mexico border. Using the border wall as a metaphor to explore the liminal spaces that we occupy, these presentations will discuss shifting identities, the movement of people and goods, and the collapse of space and time that occurs in our increasingly globalizing world, specifically in the transnational region where the first and third worlds collide. MOCA Tucson’s fall exhibitions include: Paul Turounet’s Estamos Buscando A; Nothing to Declare: Transnational Narratives curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella; and ByNowWeAreThere, a collaboration between artist David Taylor and ten students creating work on a road trip between Tucson and Tijuana. The opening reception for these exhibitions and a MOCA member’s preview will be held from 7-8pm on Saturday, October 7, 2017 with a public opening reception from 8pm-9pm. All exhibitions will run through December 31, 2017. More info at

Top - Left: Paul Turounet, Retablo Nº 1 – Unidentified Migrant from Site Nº 1, Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico, 2002. Right: Paul Turounet, Retablo Nº 28 – Rene / Chihuahua, Rio Bravo, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, 2004 / 2006. Middle - works from Nothing to Declare: Transnational Narratives, curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella. Left: Pasaportes Grid by Omar Pimienta. Right: video still from Maelstroms by Lana Z. Caplan. Other participating artists in this exhibit include Saulo Cisneros, Wesley Fawcett Creigh, Miguel Fernández de Castro, Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Blane de St. Croix, Francisco Eme, Louis Hock, Khaled Jarrar, Haydeé Jiménez, PANCA, and Marcos Ramirez ERRE.

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Bottom - ByNowWeAreThere: a series of locations connected by the logic of curiosity. Photograph by Dustin Shores. Other works in this exhibit by Isan Brant, Stephanie Burchett, Conor Elliott Fitzgerald, Wren Gardiner, Hellen Gaudence, Jonathan Marquis, Nassem Navab, Karoliina Paatos, Galen Trezise, and David Taylor.

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Visual Delights and Fanciful Flights of Imagination Explore the whimsical and colorful world of Bisbee artists Sam Woolcott and Poe Dismuke in their first-ever joint museum exhibition. Runs through October 1, 2017. Our Stories: Mapping Q Mapping Q, now in its third year, is an innovative community arts education program that invites LGTBQ+ youth to explore representations of self within the Museum. The participants map the Museum and the work within, then create original art works in response to their discoveries, adding their unique voices to the story. This program is produced in partnership with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. Runs through April 22, 2018. X,Y,Z: Art in Three Dimensions This exhibition features artworks that are formed, molded, carved, cast, or arranged. In this exhibition visitors are invited to contemplate the objects’ textures, mass, relationships to space, and the integration of light and shadow. Highlighting the museum’s stellar permanent collection, this show demonstrates the great variety of subjects and materials that can be found in three-dimensional art. Runs through June 24, 2018. Art of the Reformation: A Selection In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, the Museum will exhibit nine Old Master prints from its graphic collection that highlight some of the issues encountered by visual artists working during the Reformation era. This exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Pia Cuneo, Professor of Art History, and Olivia Miller, Curator of Exhibitions and Education in partnership with the University Libraries Special Collections and Division for Late Medieval & Reformation Studies. August 19-December 17.

(La Frontera: Selected Works of Erin Currier) Erin Currier, The Harvesters, 2015, Mixed media collage and acrylic paint on panel, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. Memorial Fund. (You are Here: Mediated Understanding of Our World) Robert H. Colescott, Beauty is Only Skin Deep, 1991, Acrylic on Canvas, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. Memorial Fund.

In Transit/En tránsito This exhibition is accompanied by related events that collectively explore artistic practice, resistance, and social transformation in relation to transnational migration and human rights politics. Anchored in the Sonoran Desert borderlands and drawing on practices from different regions of the US, Mexico, and Central America, In Transit/En tránsito will bring together artists, activists, and academics for a series of cross-disciplinary conversations and collaborations. September 16, 2017 – March 11, 2018 La Frontera: Selected Works of Erin Currier La Frontera takes stock of a dream shared by all of our African, Asian, European, and Indigenous ancestors alike: a dream of the Americas in the context of freedom and liberation for everyone. The work references the borders one must confront in pursuit of this dream: the physical US Mexico Border and its Mediterranean counterpart; as well as institutionalized borders that impose divisions between races and economic classes. Ultimately, La Frontera posits the potential of dismantling these borders. September 30, 2017 – January 7, 2018. You are Here: Mediated Understanding of Our World Throughout centuries, maps have served as tools of victory over reality. Featuring functional maps in addition to artworks that incorporate cartographic vocabulary, this exhibition explores themes of navigation, accuracy, presumed reality, and politics. December 9, 2017- April 1, 2018. September 2017 | 29

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CENTER OF CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Invisible to the Eye Curated by Rebecca Senf, Chief Curator, Center for Creative Photography and Norton Family Curator, Phoenix Art Museum, continues through November 25, 2017. Wynn Bullock was drawn to photography’s ability to evoke the invisible through the visible—for instance, the way that long exposures could suggest the time-space continuum, or that a fog-filled landscape could suggest the fullness and volume of space. The artists included in this exhibition, the collaborative team Julie Anand and Damon Sauer, Mishka Henner, and Richard Mosse, have used various techniques to make complex and invisible concepts visible in their photographs. Bullock used photography to respond to the scientific discoveries of his day, exploring the place of human beings within the natural world, and, indeed, within the universe. Mosse, Henner, and Anand and Sauer have all chosen to investigate our increasingly entangled geopolitical reality, and the role of photography within it. Anand and Sauer have produced a body of work entitled Ground Truths, in which they photograph remnants of secret Cold War satellite calibration targets and then digitally render a map of orbiting satellites in the sky overhead to address not only the origins of satellite technology but the massive information network in which we are all suspended. Henner addresses issues of censorship, government secrecy, and paranoia by re-presenting the Netherlands’ optically-altered satellite imagery as beautiful, graphic, horizonless landscapes. Mosse, working with discontinued infrared film designed for distinguishing camouflage-wearing militants from foliage, reveals the Congo landscape and its recent history of violence in acidic colors that, even if they don’t immediately suggest death and destruction, indicate that something in these places is not as it should be. These three bodies of work are just a few among many being produced by contemporary photographers that use the medium to reveal something invisible to eye. Wynn Bullock: Revelations This not-to-be missed exhibition (continues through Nov. 25) showcases the work of one of the founding artists of the Center for Creative Photography, Wynn Bullock (1902-1975). With more than 100 prints, from early experimental works, to mysterious black and white imagery to his metaphysical photography later in life, expect to see something extraordinary. Organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta in collaboration with the Center for Creative Photography. Courting Failure, Embracing Risk: Mark Klett and Collaboration Courting Failure, Embracing Risk will explore the many collaborative projects of photographer Mark Klett, December 23, 2017 – May 20, 2018. Whether working as part of a collective or pairing with a writer or other photographer, a strong component of Klett’s career has been characterized by his choice to create art through collaboration. Through his work with others, especially his former graduate student and long-standing creative partner, Byron Wolfe, Klett realized that collaborating enriched his work, spurred intellectual investigation, and encouraged joy in the artmaking process. This exhibition, featuring photographs from several projects and bodies of work, including the Rephotographic Survey Project, Water in the West, Third View, Yosemite In Time, and as yet unexhibited work from Lake Powell, will explore Klett’s creative practice and the ways that working with others expanded his artistic contributions to the field.

(Invisible to the Eye) Julie Anand and Damon Sauer, Calibration Mark AC47

with Satellites, 2015. © Julie Anand and Damon Sauer.

Recent Acquisitions and From the Vault The Center will continue its popular presentation of materials from its archive and fine print vaults, December 23, 2017 – May 20, 2018. A selection of rarely seen archival materials and artworks chosen by the Center’s staff will be housed in flat-file drawers in the Center’s gallery, with particular emphasis on Ansel Adams and his career, and work produced in collaboration, as a complement to the adjacent Mark Klett exhibition. This presentation of items from the vault will be complemented by a selection of artworks acquired by the Center in the last 18 months.

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Surroundings - September 5 - October 6. Featuring work by Aaron Coleman, Patricia Carr Morgan, Ray W. Parish and Michael Stack, at Bernal Gallery. The Astronaut Farmworker - September 20 - October 1. A family story of determination and destiny about a boy who sets out to achieve the impossible. Pepito wanted to be an astronaut. He faces some big challenges as the son of migrant farmworkers. With determination and the help of a teacher he takes the steps to work towards realizing his dream. Fri.-Sat. at 7p.m., Sat.-Sun. at 2p.m. at Proscenium Theatre. Homero Cerón: Places We’ve Seen Before - October 1. Longtime TSO princi- pals Homero Cerón (percussion) and Jim Karrer (bass), present a faculty recital of vibraphone and string bass. Program includes Stravinsky, Gershwin, Bernstein and more. 3p.m.,at Recital Hall. Wind Ensemble - October 19. A concert featuring classics for full band, small wind and percussion ensembles, and soloists. 7:30p.m at the Proscenium Theatre. Chorale & College Singers - October 22 A concert featuring a large mixed- voice choir and a more select mixed-voice a cappella choir. 3p.m., at Proscenium Theatre. Sabbatical - October 23 - December 8. Featuring work by Christina McNearney, Hiro Tashima, Angie Zielinski, Ann Phong and Thomas Kerrigan. Gallery closed for Veterans’ Day 11/10, Thanksgiving 11/23- 24, at Bernal Gallery. Alexander Cardieri Popular Piano - November 5. A faculty lecture recital featuring popular music in America. 3p.m. at Recital Hall. Popol Vuh: The Story of Seven Macaw - November 9 - 19.This captivating and colorful production recreates one of the ancient Mayan creation legends using large-scale puppetry, music, ritual dance and pageantry. Thu.-Sat. at 7:30p.m., Sun. at 2p.m., at Black Box Theatre. Michael Thrasher & Judy Biondini: The Vocal Clarinet - November 16. A guest artist concert with a variety of works that explore the vocal, expressive and song-like qualities of clarinet and piano, featuring Felix Mendelssohn, Paul Ben-Haim and others. 7p.m., at Recital Hall. Jazz Ensemble - November 28. A concert featuring jazz standards performed from a variety of peri- ods in big band style. 7:30p.m., at Proscenium Theatre. Wind Ensemble - November 30. A concert featuring classics for full band, as well as small wind and percussion ensembles and soloists. 7:30p.m., at Proscenium Theatre. Signature Selections - December 8-9.A dynamic and contemporary dance concert highlighting diverse choreographic elements and music. Fri. at 7:30p.m., Sat. at 2p.m. and 7:30p.m., at Proscenium Theatre. More information at

James G. Davis, Tower Bar (1965) oil on canvas, 77 x 65 inches © Estate of James G. Davis/Courtesy Etherton Gallery

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THREE OPEN STUDIO TOURS The SAACA Fall Open Studio Tours in Southern Arizona promote self-guided tours of artist studios and creative work spaces in the region - two weekends showcasing individual artists, and local creative businesses from across Southern Arizona. Artists working and exhibiting at addresses located North of River Rd. will be open September 30 & October 1, 2017, 10:00am-5:00pm. Artists working and exhibiting at addresses located South of River Rd. will be open October 7 & 8, 2017. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Visit for more information. Art Trails - Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22, 10am - 4pm. Art Trails is a group of visual artists whose studios are in the northwest side of Tucson and its suburbs including Oro Valley and Marana. This year is their third open studio tour. Art Trails artists open their studios to the public and present a variety of unique, one-of-a-kind artwork, works in progress, and artworks for sale. More information at Heart of Tucson Art - Saturday, October 28, 10am-4pm, and Sunday, October 29, 10am-4pm. Heart of Tucson Art is an independent, artist-run collective not affiliated with any other group or organization. They focus on Open Studio Tours in the MidTown Tucson Arts District in addition to popup events throughout the year. Details at

ETHERTON GALLERY James G. Davis (1931-2016): Down at the Tower Bar, a Retrospective with Turner G. Davis, September 5 – November 11. Reception: 7-10pm, Saturday, September 9. Etherton Gallery presents a retrospective celebrating the career of painter James G. Davis with work by Turner G. Davis in the Axial Gallery. An installation of paintings by Tucson artist Michael Chittock will be featured in Etherton’s in-house pop-up. The exhibition opens with a reception at 7-10pm, Saturday, September 9. Details at Todd Walker (1917-1998) at 100; Frank Gohlke, Speed Trucks and Other Follies; with photographs of Bears Ears National Monument by Stephen Strom, November 14, 2017 – January 6, 2018. Reception: 7-10pm, Saturday, November 18, 2017. Etherton Gallery presents an exhibition highlighting the work of photographic innovator Todd Walker. Walker expanded the frontiers of the medium and was one of the first faculty recruited to the photography program at the University of Arizona, where he taught from 1977 to 1987. Shown with photographs from Frank Gohlke’s series, Speed Trucks and Other Follies in the Axial Gallery. Photographs of Bear’s Ears National Monument by Stephen Strom in the in-house pop-up. The exhibition opens with a reception at 7-10pm, Saturday, November 18, 2017 and runs through January 6, 2018. Details at September 2017 | 33

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Arizona Friends of Chamber Music presents Pavel Haas Quartet, October 18.

ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC See website for event locations. 520-577-3769. Tim Kantor - September 13. Violinist Timothy Kantor is the second violinist of the Afiara Quartet in Toronto. Benjamin Beilman, Violin; Haochen Zhang, Piano - October 15. Shanghai-born pianist Haochen Zhang was co-gold medalist of the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition and has been praised for his rare combination of “enchanting, sensitive lyricism and hypnotizing forcefulness.” Pavel Haas Quartet - October 18. This globe-trotting Czech ensemble, named for a promising Czech composer killed at Auschwitz, opens our season with a sonic survey of life itself, including Smetana’s musical autobiography, Schubert’s lyrical and introspective refuge from illness, and Shostakovich’s brief quartet written in memory of his first wife. Harlem Quartet with Aldo Lopez-Gavilan - November 15. The invigorating Harlem Quartet returns to AFCM with another program of crossover with class. To demonstrate its chops in the standard classical repertory, the group opens with Debussy’s warm and dreamy quartet, then moves on to a set featuring Cuban jazz/classical composerpianist Aldo López-Gavilán, whose music and playing alike are known for dazzling technique and rhythmic fire. Pacifica Quartet with Sharon IsbinDecember 6. One of Tucson’s favorite visiting string 34 | September 2017

ensembles, the Pacifica Quartet returns with an all-Italian program in collaboration with superb guitarist Sharon Isbin, ranging from Vivaldi’s most popular guitar concerto through two works by a fascinating Classical-era composer mocked by his contemporaries as “Haydn’s wife” to a sunny Castelnuovo-Tedesco chamber work, a companion piece to his tuneful First Guitar Concerto.

ARIZONA OPERA Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. 520-2934336. Hercules vs Vampires, Fox Theatre - October 15 Operatic singing combined with 1960s pop culture, synchronizing live music with the 1961 cult classic film, Hercules in the Haunted World. Tosca - November 11 & 12. The beautiful and fiery Italian diva Floria Tosca is passionately in love with the artist Mario Cavaradossi—dreaming of their life together. But soon, she is caught in the political intrigues of Rome and a sinister web spun by Baron Scarpia, the Chief of Police. Tosca is desperately looking for a way out, when Scarpia offers a solution: submit to him, and he will let the couple leave the city unharmed. But, of course, all is not what it seems in Puccini’s high-stakes drama — and Tosca is forced to take matters into her own hands.

ARIZONA REPERTORY THEATRE Marroney Theatre, 1025 N. Olive Rd. 520-6211162. Tigers Be Still - September 17 to October 8. “We start with Tigers Be Still, a sweet comedy about two families who find that happiness is not as impossible as it seems,” said Artistic Director and Associate Professor, Brent Gibbs. The Addams Family - A New Musical - October 15 to November 5. A Streetcar Named Desire - The American classic by Tennessee Williams, November 5 to December 3.

ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. 520884-8210. Chapter Two - September 9 to 30. Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful and performed playwrights in the world. Chapter Two is his semi-autobiographical comedy about recently widowed writer George Schneider, who is introduced by his press agent brother to soap opera actress Jennie Malone. Both are trying to come to terms with starting from scratch, and through their friends – who are determined to see the two happy again – the pair meet and begin a whirlwind romance. The River Bride - October 21 to November 11. Winner of the 2013 National Latino Playwriting Award. Once upon a time, in a fishing village along the Amazon, there lived two sisters struggling to find their happily-ever-after. Helena is dreading her sister, Belmira’s, wedding. The groom, Duarte, should have been hers! And she knows that her sister only wants to escape their sleepy Brazilian town for an exciting new life in the city. But three days before the wedding, fishermen pull a mysterious stranger out of the river – a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future. Man of La Mancha December 2 to December 31. A new dream for a new era. Following the record-breaking success of ATC’s Fiddler on the Roof, we bring you a thrilling new production of the brilliant Tony Award®winning favorite about dreaming the impossible dream. Our quest is to bring you a Man of La Mancha that fully realizes the triumphant story and the score of beloved songs including the iconic “Impossible Dream,” while pulsating with the vibrant culture of Spain. This exciting new staging takes inspiration from the spontaneous, raw theatricality of flamenco performance – focusing on the passion and virtuosity of the performers/ musicians as they tell the intertwined stories of Don Quixote and his imprisoned creator, Miguel de Cervantes.

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17 E. Toole Ave. 520-235-7638 Judith - Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. October 12 & 15. Artistic Director Ashley Bowman choreographs the world premiere of Judith, a story of heroism, struggle, power and spirituality. Art Historian Kevin Justus collaborates with Bowman to adapt the ancient story of the “Book of Judith”, one of the Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical books of the Bible, dating back to the 2nd century B.C. Known for fusing contemporary movement, acting, and narrative, Artifact tells the tale of Judith, who goes against the great general Holofernes, commanded by the ruthless King Nebuchadnezzar. Downtown, Artifact Dance Project Studios - November 16 to 19. Rooted in downtown Tucson’s historic arts warehouse district, Artifact Dance Project continues its series of collaborations with local musicians. For this fall concert, singer Rebecca Carlson will perform iconic jazz standards from the past to present day. The band includes Chris Black, Sly Slipetsky, and Fred Hayes. The choreography, lighting and costumes will capture an essence of the 1940s as we turn our downtown space into an intimate soiree.  

Steve Eller Dance Theater, 1737 E. University Blvd. 520-901-3194. Opening Night Gala - October 6. Walpurgisnacht Ballet (Ballet Tucson premiere), Phantom of the Opera —The Ballet, and Paquita—Grand Pas Classique. Fall Concert - October 7 & 8. Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Phantom of the Opera —The Ballet, Paquita—Grand Pas Classique. Footprints at the Fox, Fox Theatre - November 18. Cheer the next generation of dance makers at the historic Fox Theatre with engaging, new works from our professional company.

BROADWAY IN TUCSON Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. 520-9032929. The Little Mermaid - September 13 to 17. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, it’s a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Beautiful, The Carole King Musical - October 4 to 8. The inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Rent - November 3 to 5. In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway...and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly across generations and around the world.  Cinderella - December 5 to 10. The Tony Award® winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. 

THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 520-886-9428. The Phantom of the Opera - August 31 to November 5. The classic tale as only The Gaslight can tell it. Christmas in the Big Apple - November 9 to January 1.

INVISIBLE THEATRE 1400 N. First Ave. 520-882-9721. Indoor/Outdoor- September 5 to 17. This is a purr-rect romantic comedy! When Samantha the cat is born, her mother makes a promise never to settle for anything less than true love. The Value of Names - November 7 to 19. Benny Silverman, a celebrated comic, has revived his career via television after many years of forced inactivity following his having been named on the Hollywood blacklist of the Fifties.

LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 520-327-4242. The Rootin’ Tootin’ Tale of Little Red Riding Boots Family Theater - continues to September 17 Once upon a time in the old west, lived a girl named Little Red Riding Boots. One day her father asks her to take some of his famous spicy-hot beef jerky to her Gran, because she’s stuck in bed with a terrible head cold. So, she puts on her red cowboy boots, grabs hold of her trusty slingshot, and heads out into the Wild West, towards Gran’s house. Along the way she meets critters and varmints and an outlaw or two. Seminar continues to September 23. Four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and continues...

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Tucson Symphony Orchestra presents Mariachi Los Camperos, Dia de Muertos - November 3.

Concertmaster Lauren Roth performs with Tucson Symphony Orchestra, October 6 & 7, Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy. Dia de los Muertos: The Musical Family Theater - October 1 to November 5. The audience travels into the world of the dead with a young woman grieving the loss of her beloved pet. She discovers that what she once thought to be scary and dark can be beautiful and kind. Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery - October 5 to November 11. From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig (THE GAME’S AFOOT and MOON OVER BUFFALO) comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. The Voice of the Prairie - November 16 to December 23. Three actors winningly take on more than 20 roles while guiding the audience through a nostalgic journey of young love on the run and middle-aged longing, a sepia-tinged early America of prairie lands and radio days, “a strange (and lovely) world where wooden boxes can pull ghosts out of the sky. Winner of a 2005 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Special Commendation and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show.

PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 520-2066986. The Astronaut Farmworker, Proscenium Theatre September 20 to October 1. Written by José Cruz González. Directed by Mickey Nugent. Inspired by real life astronaut José Hernández, this is one family’s story of determination and destiny and a boy who set out to achieve the impossible. Popol Vuh: The Story of Seven Macaw, Black Box Theatre - November 9 to 19. Originally created by Kinan and Lakin Valdez for El Teatro Compesino. Directed by Marc David Pinate. This exciting, fantastical production recreates the Mayan creation myth adapted from the sacred Mayan text,

“Popol Vuh,” incorporating large-scale puppetry, spectacular masks, a fusion of pre-Columbian and modern music, and dance.

ROGUE THEATRE The Historic Y, 300 E. University Blvd. 520-5512053. Celia, A Slave - September 7 to 24. Winner of the prestigious 2015 Yale Drama Series playwriting competition. Based on court records of an 1855 case of the killing of a slaveholder by one of his slaves that he had repeatedly raped over the course of years. An unflinching confrontation with an American original sin. Bach at Leipzig - November 2 to 19. A comic imagining, in the vein of Stoppard, of 18th Century rivals gathering to compete for the position of Leipzig’s Thomaskantor. Politics, religion, and fragile egos collide in a desperate competition before their hopes are dashed by the history trumpeted in the title of the play.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See website for locations. 520-308-6226. Mexican Independence Day Concert - September 15. Vocalists from Mexico’s Festival Potosino de Opera and Dr. Linus Lerner International Voice Competition team up with SASO and a mariachi ensemble for an evening of opera arias and Mexican classical orchestral music. Enescu, Khachaturian, Harberg, Vivaldi, Dvorak - October 14 & 15. Rossini, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Diego Sánchez Haase, guest conductor - Nov 18 & 19.

TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Leo Rich Theater, 260 S. Church Ave. 520-8828585. Peter and the Wolf, TSO Just for Kids - September 23. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Wind Quintet brings you the classic Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev, adapted for a smaller ensemble.  Will Peter be able to catch the wolf with his friends

the bird, cat, and duck? Come dressed as your favorite animal and find out with the Wind Quintet! Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 - October 6 & 7. Visits to Spain, Salzburg and Scotland open the Masterworks Series. Concertmaster Lauren Roth’s talents will be on display as she performs an early concerto intended as a showcase for the virtuoso himself, Mozart. Firebird - October 20 & 22. Principal flute Alexander Lipay performs one of the most famous flute solos in music in Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun. Stravinsky’s Firebird has been described as the beginning of modern music and Glazunov’s Symphony No. 4, one of his best works, has remained an audience favorite for more than a century with its beauty, lyricism, virtuosity, and romantic appeal.  In the Desert with Cowboy Elmo, TSO Just for Kids - October 21. Yee Haw!!  Join Elmo and his Sesame Street pals for rollicking fun in a magical musical adventure mystery.  Watch out for desert critters, prickly cactus and summer monsoons.  Help solve the case and wear your best cowboy gear!  Music and story by TSO violist Ilona Vukovic-Gay. Music of James Bond - October 28 & 29. He has not only been saving the world for over 50 years, James Bond has racked up an incredible number of hit songs including the Oscar-winning “Skyfall,” by Adele. “Goldfinger,” “Nobody Does it Better,” “For Your Eyes Only,” “Live and Let Die” and “Skyfall” are just a few of the hits performed by Hilary Kole, hailed by critics as a “musical marvel!” (Rex Reed, NY Observer), when she performs with the Tucson Symphony. Plus the “James Bond Theme” arranged for Dr. No by John Barry who went on to score 11 Bond films. Prepare to be shaken and stirred! Mariachi Los Camperos, Dia de Muertos - November 3. Famed mariachi ensemble Mariachi Los Camperos will raise the dead and celebrate life in this very special concert to launch Tucson’s All Souls Procession Weekend. Their sound of impressive vocals, violins and guitars steeped in rich cultural tradition will add spice to your life. Bizet Symphony in C - November 10 & 11. An all-French program continues...

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mixing opera, ballet and orchestral music: the Overture to l’Étoile, Chabrier’s opéra bouffe has been enjoying a resurgence in popularity since it was performed at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2001. Ravel’s enchanting musical fairy tale ballet is always an audience favorite, and Bizet’s youthful masterpiece, composed when he was just 17 years old, provides a stunning preview of the Carmen composer’s musical brilliance. Grieg Piano Concerto - November 17 & 19. Michael Stern, Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony, makes his Tucson Symphony debut conducting the TSO premiere of Tchaikovsky’s thematically rich and brilliantly orchestrated Symphony No. 3. The Grieg Piano Concerto, one of the most popular piano concertos ever written, will be performed by the 2017 winner of the American Pianists Association competition. The program opens with Sibelius’ passionate anthem of independence, Finlandia, the first work by a Finnish composer to receive international acclaim. Sam and the Crazy Daisy, TSO Just for Kids - November 18. Join this TSO Trio for the rambunctious telling of Sam and the Crazy Daisy! This story and music has been written by TSO violinist Michael Fan especially for the Just for Kids series. Kids – join in with your favorite stuffed animal! Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II - November 25 & 26. Created by George Daugherty and David Ka Lik Wong Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II spotlights the world’s favorite Looney Tunes projected on the big screen, while the Tucson Symphony plays their incredible original scores live, conducted by George Daugherty.  A New World in Pictures - December 1 & 3. The winning team behind The Planets on the Big Screen returns with a world premiere multi-media presentation of Dvo ák’s most popular symphony, “From the New World.” Yo-Yo Ma, cello - December 5. Reigning cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma performs with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for the first time since 2009.

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UA PRESENTS Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. 520-6213364. Brasil Guitar Duo - October 17. João Luiz, guitar Douglas Lora, guitar, winner of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for their “maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity.” Their innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works, resulting in a global touring schedule and a growing catalog of critically acclaimed recordings. Kaki King October 24. Kaki King fuses the ancient tradition of working with one’s hands with digital technology, projection-mapping imagery onto her guitar in her groundbreaking multimedia work “The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body.” Using her guitar’s neck like a keyboard, she plays an intricate melody as she takes the audience on a musical journey of light and sound. She calls it “guitar as paintbrush.”  Olga Kern - October 26. Olga Kern, the striking young Russian Gold Medal winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition - whose performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 made her the first woman to achieve this distinction in over 30 years - made her New York City debut in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in May, 2004.  Duwende - October 29. Duwende is a six-person a cappella band best known for their fiercely original, bass-and-beatbox-driven funk/pop style of music. In 2011, Duwende released Remember: The Music of Michael Jackson, gaining them widespread acclaim and leading them to performances for the United Nations, Save The Children Benefit dinner, Bill Clinton Global Initiative, the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta and a World AIDS Day Event in Amsterdam.  German Lopez with Antonio Toledo - November 4. The evening begins with a Spanishinspired dinner on the Stevie Eller stage, followed by an intimate performance with this talented and unique duo. Germán López is the most innovative modern exponent of the timple, the emblematic folk instrument of the Canary Islands. He will be

performing with acoustic guitar virtuoso Antonio Toledo, originally from the Azores. UA Dance “Premium Blend” 2017 - November 15 to 19. 2017 brings the best of ballet and contemporary dance with UA Dance’s annual fall presentation, Premium Blend. Penn & Teller - November 17. For over 40 years Penn & Teller have defied labels—and at times physics and good taste– by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own very distinct niche in comedy. With sold-out runs on Broadway, world tours, Emmy-winning TV specials, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and hundreds of outrageous appearances on everything from Fallon to Friends, The Simpsons to Colbert, Modern Family to Top Chef, comedy’s most enduring team show no signs of slowing down. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba - November 21. Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba has become one of the most prestigious companies in the world of dance and music. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis - December 17. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from his groundbreaking Fresh Aire series which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. 

WINDING ROAD THEATER ENSEMBLE PO Box 64939.520-401-3626. An Iliad, Directed by Susan Arnold, Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theatre - October 19 to November 4. An Iliad is a modern-day retelling of Homer’s classic. Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating   theatrical experience. The setting is simple: the empty theater. The time is now: the present moment. The figures onstage are storytellers -- possibly embodying Homer, or one of the many bards who followed in his footsteps. They are fated to tell this story throughout history. n


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Sonic Storytelling by Jamie Manser UNDER AN AUGUST noon, Chris Black handed me his recently pressed CDs, Lullabies & Nightmares: Chamber Music Vol. 1 and Downtown Suite & Cooper Must Die. I told him, “I only know how to write about this based on the vibes I get from the music. I’m not a classically trained musician.” He smiled and said, “That’s okay, neither am I.” Be that as it may, Black’s recent releases are songs he wrote for ChamberLab – an alt-classical concert series he created over seven years ago to bring “new music to different audiences in strange rooms and from unlikely sources.” It’s easy to confuse ChamberLab and these Chris Black releases. “ChamberLab, the concert series,” he explains, “is its own thing, and this release is a collection of music which I hope will have a life beyond that. So, it’s not a ChamberLab show – it’s all about good old Chris Black, who wrote a bunch of chamber music, and here it is.” The “bunch of chamber music” Black refers to is a collection of fascinating tunes, comprised of a captivating conglomeration of notes that weave together mesmerizing tales. It’s sonic storytelling. Through music, Black creates interesting scenes and evokes a wide-range of emotions. To sit with these albums, and close out the world, is endlessly interesting with its compositions performed on instruments that most people aren’t exposed to on a regular basis. When was the last time you could say you really dug how the double bass and bassoon reminded you of a stern buffalo who was trying to impart ancient wisdom that shouldn’t be ignored? Lullabies & Nightmares is a 15-song soundtrack to the script in your brain. Some tunes are filled with suspense and tension, conveying treachery and darkness; other are upbeat, playful and heartening. Different songs bring forth unique and distinct characters and situations, some are pragmatic and logical, others are insistent, haughty and inquisitive, while a couple of pieces have sections that are tenderly romantic and convey loving sweetness. One of the tracks, which imparted a sense of sneaking along in the dark, brought to mind the book “Where the Wild Things Are.” It’s cerebral entertainment. The Downtown Suite, as noted on the album sleeve, is “a set of double reed duets inspired by the ever-changing landscape of downtown Tucson,” while Cooper Must Die is a “dense, claustrophobic story for string trio and narrator.” For the upcoming CD release, “Lullabies and Nightmares will be performed nearly in its entirety,” said Black, “and excerpts from Downtown Suite and Cooper Must Die will be performed as well. “I’m delighted to say that Gabriel Sullivan (who recorded the albums) will be available that night to perform the narration from Cooper Must Die. This is wonderful news, as he’s awesome, and I can’t play the bass and talk at the same time. Sing, yes, but talk, no. I certainly can’t mutter.” The CD release is Friday, Sept. 8 at 191 Toole, 191 E. Toole Ave. Doors at 7p, show at 8pm. The $10 concert features the original recording ensembles with members of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Grammy Award-winning True Concord Voices and Orchestra. The musicians are: Mindi Acosta, flute; Cassandra Bendickson, bassoon; Chris Black, double bass; Samantha Bounkeua, violin; Jessica Campbell, bassoon and contrabassoon; Cat Cantrell, oboe and English horn; Anne Gratz, cello; Daniel Hursey, bassoon. Learn more about all of this at

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Q&A with Chris Black What drew you to chamber music as a creative outlet? What keeps you interested? Chamber music, as distinct from playing in bands, appeals to me because of the variety of acoustic sounds, from strings to brass to reeds and double reeds, right down to the monstrous contrabassoon. There’s a lot you can do with this that you can’t find in your guitar/bass/drums power trio, no matter how many effects pedals you pile up. Another thing is the incredible skill and musicianship of classical musicians, who can take a piece of music and bring a deep, living performance out of it, often at first sight. They display strengths in areas you don’t find in the non-classical world, just as non-classical performers have strengths in areas that are practically unknown on the other side of the fence. I love to find the places where these strengths overlap, or where they may thrive out of context. This classical/non-classical situation could actually be the subject of a long article in itself, and an interesting one, and one I don’t think I’ve seen in print before. I could go on and on. It’s just a lot of fun.

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When did you compose the songs on these albums? How long was the process from writing to recording to the CD release? These songs have been composed here and there over the last five years. At some point I realized I had accumulated a nice collection of music, and that I had better get it all into the studio before it is lost. The actual sessions in the studio totaled only about ten hours, which is really unbelievably fast for the amount of music involved. These performers are incredibly talented. I noticed the nightmares are longer than the lullabies. Yes, that’s true. Nightmares are more my strong suite, historically. The three lullabies surprised most people who know me when I wrote them. They were unaware that I could write pretty music! Also, there is a certain amount of improvisation in the nightmares, which opens up the form a bit. Most of the lullabies and nightmares began their lives as solo bass pieces, which I expanded for the ensemble at hand. I like how the songs have different stories and vibes. It runs from film noir and suspense to romantic and horror. Are these genres you enjoy in film? This probably comes from reading more than film, but I do love noir in all its media. I’m on a Raymond Chandler binge right now, for example, and not for the first time. One of my first chamber pieces was a suite of music inspired by characters in James Ellroy novels. In general, and I’m not sure why, I have always written music that seems to set some sort of scene, and those scenes have most often been darker, dirtier, and maybe a little bent. Cooper Must Die has this Kafka, David Lynch vibe. What inspired that piece? As grim as it seems, this piece was a straightforward effort to portray what it felt like to be me. I wanted to write a soundtrack for my inner life, and I wanted others to be able to hear it and understand. I think I succeeded. It was a bad breakup that lingered for a long time. I’m happy to say that I’m better, and my inner life is much, much brighter these days. Cooper’s okay. Everyone’s okay. n

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What’s Live What’s This World Coming To? by Jim Lipson EACH MONTH as I prepare to write this column, which is basically little more than a “Hey, here are some things, mostly musical, you may be interested in,” I usually look for some inspiration with which to preface it. This month, however, after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the ensuing words of a President who, regardless of how you feel about him, couldn’t be any less presidential, I am left speechless. Mostly. As I mark the two years it’s been since the passing of Stefan George, perhaps our town’s greatest tunesmith, I cannot get away from the title/refrain from one of his most poignant songs, “What’s This World Coming To?” From his first major project with his band Songtower, even Stefan, I’m afraid, as cynical as he could be, would be aghast. And now, for the balm that may soothe us all… David Bromberg – September 6, Rialto Theatre – When Bromberg first burst onto the scene in 1971 with “The Holdup,” a near novelty tune featuring George Harrison as co-writer and on slide guitar, who knew the line “I’ll put a bullet right through your best liver…” would become such a rallying cry for the NRA. OK, well that’s not exactly true, but it’s still a great line. While it’s completely unknown as to whether Bromberg would honor a request for this not so moldy-oldie, he and his quartet are bound to put on a superlative show that will combine his considerable skills on acoustic and electric stringed instruments as he works his magic within the realms of folk, bluegrass, gospel, celtic and blues. Kansas – September 6, Fox Theatre – Here is my big confession for the month…When I was doing college radio in the early 1970s, and years before bands like Kansas and Styx became the iconic groups we now know them to be, I actually found them rather interesting, in a progressive rock sort of way. If you’re a die-hard fan, Kansas, as a part of their Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour, will not disappoint. Chris Black’s ChamberLab – September 8, 191 Toole – This show has just been moved as we go to press, due to the sudden closing of the Screening Room. This CD release concert (Lullabies and Nightmares) features a bevy of what appear to be classically trained musicians playing mood altering avantgarde music inspired by various combinations of real life and art. Look for an assemblage of flute, bassoons, English horn, cello, bass and violin. Fans of Frank Zappa’s orchestral works will be especially pleased. This ensemble also features one of my favorite out of the box musicians, Samantha Bounkeua, on violin. Colton House Trio – September12, Club Congress – “The Colton House Trio consists of three remarkable national talents. Singer-songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Chris Brashear, National Flatpicking Guitar Champion, Peter McLaughlin, and Grammy-award winning bassist and producer, Todd Phillips.” Although this statement is taken verbatim from Hotel Congress website, there isn’t a single word that does not ring true. McLaughlin is one of our genuine local treasures and his periodic gigs with Brashear need to be experienced at least once if not many times.

Grateful Shred – September 16, Flycatcher – Can there ever be too many Grateful Dead cover bands? (For Deadheads this is not an existential question.) Well, perhaps, but how will you know if you don’t go out to see every single one of them? Grateful Shred is said to be the best of the LA lot. A trip to the Flycatcher is also encouraged if for no other reason than to experience the spectacle of a few hundred Deadheads descending upon a fine venue such as this, that rarely caters to a crowd of this ilk. HYTS (featuring Jacob Acosta and Conrad Sasinski)– September 16, Solar Culture – Jacob Acosta is slowly but surely establishing himself as one of Tucson’s most diverse musical talents. Last Thanksgiving weekend, he appeared on stage in the Tucson version of the Last Waltz; In May he was seen fronting a band at the Tucson Folk Festival; three weeks later he was playing his hard driving guitar and singing Hendrix inspired vocals in a CD release as a part of the power trio Mason; and on this night he’ll be playing what he describes as “deep house synth pop” in a collaboration with San Francisco DJ Conrad Sasinski, in yet another CD release performance. Like the Grateful Shred show on the other side of the underpass, there will be lots of sweaty dancing, only completely different. Reverend Horton Heat – September 19, Rialto Theatre – I have a good college friend who for years would send me an e-mail every time he saw this band was going to be in town. Reinterpreting Americana roots music and blues is one thing. But the Rev, aka Jim Heath, puts on a show that is legend in terms of sheer spectacle and showmanship. Also on the bill in what may be the most interesting match-up of the year is Fishbone, still at it after 25 years as they continue to belt out their horn driven ska-punk-funk. Should be quite a night. Thanks for the Mammaries: A Special Evening of Stories in support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – September 22, YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Ave. – This extraordinary evening of storytelling is being hosted and produced by David Fitzsimmons, cartoonist for the AZ Daily Star, occasional stand-up comedian and most significantly here, a cancer survivor who lost his mother and sister to breast cancer. Produced in collaboration with Penelope Star of the Odyssey Storytelling group, look for six inspiring, poignant, funny and astonishing cancer stories, including one by Fitz. This is a fundraiser so also look for good food and other amenities as you reach for your checkbook. Jesse Colin Young/Martin Barre Band – September 23, Fox Theatre – Sometimes you come across an artist who produces one singular piece of work that manages to transcend all sense of time and place; a touchstone that can be returned to again and again without ever getting old. JC Young’s 1973 album Song for Juli is such a work and for that I will always be grateful. Reemerging after five years from a serious bout with Lyme’s disease, Young will be fronting an 8-piece band of graduates and undergrads from Boston’s famed Berklee School of Music. They’ll be performing tuneage both old and new. Touring with Young is Martin Barre and his band. While Barre may not have the name recognition Young enjoys, his considerable claim to fame comes as the former lead guitarist for Jethro Tull, playing on all the important early albums including Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung and Thick as a Brick. n September 2017 | 45

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Mindful in a World of Distractions Leila Lopez’s Our Animal Skin by Jamie Manser LEILA LOPEZ writes songs that explore the depths of human relationships, with ourselves and others, and our emotional struggles as we move through this thing called life. She is vulnerable, resilient and authentic, sapient, contemplative, kind and loving, and her richly layered folk songs are imbued with those attributes. The album is also imbued with a gentle acceptance of life’s pain, joy, challenges, and ephemeral nature. It conjures the Japanese concept “mono no aware,” the poignant, wistful reflection on the transience of existence; calling on us to be mindful and have faith that we’ll receive what we need, as being distinct from what we want. Over email, Leila shares the dichotomies she writes about: struggling with depression while pretending like everything is okay, “the climb and fall, shadow and light, the high and low. “My grandmother passed a couple years ago, and she was always the voice of reason for me. Light needs the dark, sorrow paves the path for joy.” Through discussing the songs, it’s clear this is a deeply personal project that took some time. “The album was written over a period on and off of about three years, starting around spring of 2013,” Lopez explains. “The songs ended up coming together organically, but as somewhat of a timeline, or chain of events that felt cohesive to one another. They came slowly and I let them, not wanting to put pressure on the process, and to genuinely respect the space in between so I could keep it fun and natural.” Her intuition was spot-on; the flow of the songs is seamless. And pretty

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much by herself in her home studio, Lopez created a gorgeous, heart-rendering album that features her playing almost every instrument: vocals, backup harmonies, guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, mandolin, and cello. The sole exception is Christabelle Merrill’s violin on one track. The songs on the album are beautiful, poignant, interesting, and they collectively provide an examination on how life moves and morphs us. So, what is “our animal skin” and why is it important to shed it? “The album name came from (aside from the actual lyric) the feeling that I keep having about time, and where we have been, and who we become along the way. The layers we shed both internally and externally change us whether we want them to or not. We go through this process on our own, or maybe in different relationships throughout our lives. Can we adapt to our new layers? Can we fully support the ones we love through the tides even though they may be uncertain? Sometimes we don’t even know why it’s important to shed some of our layers, or for others to do the same, and we just have to trust the process and know that whatever comes is an opportunity for so many things. We are leading ourselves along, but in so many ways, we are also just tiny particles in a really big current.” n Enjoy Leila’s songs – with bandmates Brian Green (bass), Christabelle Merrill (violin) and Julius Schlosburg (drums) – live on Friday, Sept. 22 at Flycatcher, 340 E. 6th St., starting at 8 p.m. Dutch Holly opens. Free! Details at

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El Ten Eleven appears at 191 Toole on Tuesday, September 5.

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

191 TOOLE 191 E. Toole Ave. Sat 2: The Bennu, Pistachio Sun 3: David Cook, Kathryn Dean Tue 5: El Ten Eleven, Sego Wed 6: Melvins, Spotlights Sat 9: West Foot Forward Festival Fri 15: Sera Cahoone, Sharkk Heartt Sat 16: Sahbabii, T3, 4ever Sun 17: Leroy Sanchez, Mario Jose Tue 19: ¡Mayday!, Demrick, Inner Family Legacy, Marley B, Cash Lansky Wed 20: Samantha Fish Thu 21: Swervedriver Fri 22: SNBRN Sun 24: The Bronx, Plague Vendor, ‘68 Tue 26: Tokimonsta, Tomi Wed 27: Electric Guest, Tomi Thu 28: Luke Pell Fri 29: Janiva Magness, Diunna Greanleaf

BORDERLANDS BREWING 119 E. Toole Ave. 261-8773, Fri 1: Mustang Corners Sat 2: Funky Bonz Sun 3: Kevin Pakulis Fri 8: Sage Gentle-Wing Sat 9: Tortolita Gutpluckers Sun 10: Kevin Pakulis Fri 15: Belinda Esquer Sun 17: Kevin Pakulis Fri 22: Eric Schaffer & The Other

Troublemakers, The Lady Men Sat 23: Trista & The Edibles Sun 24: Kevin Pakulis

CHES LOUNGE 350 N. 4th Ave. 623-2088, Sat 16: Santa Pachita

CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848, Tue 5: Grieves, Dem Atlas, Jivin Scientists Wed 6: Herbert Walker, Lano, Cool Funeral Thu 7: The Shivas Fri 8: Black Sabbitch, Rich Hopkins and the Luminarios Mon 11: So Pitted Tue 12: The Colton House Trio, Howe Gelb Fri 15: Steff and The Articles Album Release, Birds & Arrows, Infinite Souls Mon 18: Thee Commons, Vox Urbana Tue 19: Sugar Candy Mountain, Mute Swan, Casey Golden Wed 20: The Toadies, Local H Thu 21: Dent May Sun 24: Ice Balloons, Sun Foot Tue 26: Max Frost

LA COCINA 201 N. Court Ave. 622-0351, Fri 1: Greg Morton & Friends, Freddy Parish’s Country Club Sat 2: Nathaniel Burnside, UA Jazz Sun 3: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 6: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 7: Freddy Parish

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Three Dog Night appears at Fox Tucson Theatre on Sunday, September 17.

Fri 8: Greg Morton & Friends, Freddy Parish’s Country Club Sat 9: Sage Gentle-Wing, Cuba Libre Sun 10: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 13: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 14: Louise Le Hir Fri 15: Greg Morton & Friends, Freddy Parish’s Country Club Sat 16: Wayback Machine Sun 17: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 20: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Thu 21: Mitzi Cowell Fri 22: Greg Morton & Friends, Freddy Parish’s Country Club Sat 23: Eric Schaffer and The Other Troublemakers Sun 24: Mik and the Funky Brunch Wed 27: Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield Fri 29: Greg Morton & Friends, Freddy Parish’s Country Club

CUSHING STREET BAR & RESTAURANT 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984, Fridays: Pete Swan Trio featuring Matt Mitchell & Scott Black Saturdays: Jeff Lewis Trio

FLYCATCHER 340 E. 6th St. 798-1298, Fri 1: La Cerca, Wallpaper Prison, Kicking Leaves Sun 3: Mr. Free & The Satellite Freakout Tue 5: Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas Fri 8: Tucson Noise Fest: Lana del Rabies, Wayward Sun,

Ijustsawyoudie vs Go As Death, Lav Andula, Skullfolk – Sku:ulf03k, Igloo Martian, Droop Snoot, Xpanded Universe, Trial and Error Collective, Outsider Industries Sun 10: Seasonally Romo Wed 13: Ladytown Live: Tracy Brown, Leah Jo Carnine, Tamara Jenny, Gabi Montoya, Juju Fontaine Sat 16: Grateful Shred, Mapache Sun 24: This Will Destroy You

FOX TUCSON THEATRE 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, Wed 6: Kansas Fri 15: The Mexican Consulate & The Instituto Cultural Mexicano de Tucson’s 4th Annual Mexican Independence Concert Sun 17: Three Dog Night Tue 19: The Magpie Salute Sat 23: Jesse Colin Young & Martin Barre Band Fri 29: Max Weinberg’s Jukebox Tour

HACIENDA DEL SOL 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol. 2991501, Nightly: Live Music on the Patio Sun 3: Rafael Moreno

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

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Eric Schaffer and the Other Troublemakers appear at La Cocina on Saturday, September 23.

The Toadies appear at Club Congress on Wednesday, September 20.

THE LOUDHOUSE 915 W. Prince Rd., 393-3598 Fri 1: Soft Deadlines, Weathered, Sur Block, Curfew Thu 7: Infinite Death Fri 8: Throw Logic, Kill Your Name, Fire By Rank Fri 15: Starbot, Drug Thirsty Mule, Heavy Hangs The Heart, The Gunrunners Sat 16: Apostles of Ale Thu 21: Spence, Fire By Rank, Curfew Fri 22: Blacklidge Sat 23: End Party, Sons of Providence Thu 28: Grip of the Vice Sat 30: Death Crown, Shadows of Algol, Dead Inception, Chaos Ladder

MONTEREY COURT 505 W. Miracle Mile, Fri 1: Roadhouse Sat 2: Little House of Funk Sun 3: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances, A Door, A Bull Tue 5: Nancy McCallion & Danny Krieger w/Heather Hardy Wed 6: Nick McBlaine & Log Train Thu 7: Sage Gentle-Wing & Black Forest Society Fri 8: Kiko & the Stone Avenue Band Sat 9: Cornerstone Band Sun 10: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances, Wally Lawder & Acoustic Sky Tue 12: Eb Eberlein & Kathleen Williamson

Wed 13: Touch of Gray Thu 14: Glendon Gross Quintet featuring Gracie Jessop Fri 15: Off the Ground Sat 16: Bob Corritore & Dave Riley Juke Joint Blues Band Sun 17: Nancy Elliott & Friend— Sunday Brunch Performances, Frank’nSteel Tue 19: The Tucsonics—Western Swing Wed 20: Eric Schaffer & the Other Troublemakers Thu 21: Virginia Cannon Presents Fri 22: Tommy Tucker Blues Fri 22: Giant Blue Sat 23: Heather Lil Mama Hardy & her band Sun 24: Nancy Elliott & Friends— Sunday Brunch Performances, Peter Dalton Ronstadt y El Tucsonense Tue 26: Vanessa Silberman Wed 27: Carnivaleros Thu 28: The Titan Valley Warheads Fri 29: Sunshine Nights Sat 30: Key Ingredients of African Soul

Wed 13: Beth Hart, Marina V Thu 14: Toad The Wet Sprocket Fri 15: Warren G, EZ Goin’ Sat 16: Illenium Sun 17: Modest Mouse, Mass Gothic Tue 19: The Reverend Horton Heat, Fishbone, Strung Out, Los Kung Fu Monkeys Wed 20: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls Thu 21: Ben Folds, Tall Heights Sun 24: Natalia LaFourcade Mon 25: Superjoint & Devildriver, Child Bite, Cane Hill, King Parrot



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RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000, Fri 1: Lethal Injektion, Headrust, Fatal Malady Wed 6: David Bromberg, Roman Barten-Sherman and the Interstellar Blues Orchestra Sat 9: The Glitter Ball, Pork Torta, The Rifle, Exbats

THE ROCK 136 N. Park Ave. Fri 1: Con’s Album Release Show Sat 2: The Hardknocks Fri 15: Battle Royale Round 2 Sat 16: Her Name Echoes CUP Benefit Show Mon 25: The Menzingers Wed 27: Miss May I With Ice Nine Kills & Capsize Fri 29: Hail The Sun 1003 N Stone Ave (520) 622-8872 Sun-Tue: Happy Hour Live Music

SAINT CHARLES TAVERN 1632 S. 4th Ave (520) 888-5925 Fri 1: Bryan Thomas Parker, Bruja and The Coyote Fri 8: Miss Olivia and the Interlopers Fri 15: Downtown Radio 2nd Anniversary Bash, with Shooda

Shook It, Los Guapos, Silver Cloud Express, Lemon Drop Gang

SEA OF GLASS—CENTER FOR THE ARTS 330 E. 7th St., 398-2542 Sat 2: Leather Tramp Fri 8: Samuel J Wed 13: Timothy Kantor and Friends

SKY BAR TUCSON 536 N. 4th Ave, 622-4300. Sat 2: Half Broke Town, Mik & Scott Tue 5: Tom Walbank, Steff Koeppen Wed 6: Open Mic Fri 8: Cirque Roots Tue 12: Tom Walbank, Naim Amor Wed 13: Open Mic Sat 16: Paper Foxes Tue 19: Tom Walbank, Steff Koeppen Wed 20: Open Mic Fri 22: Cirque Roots, The Bennu! Sat 23: Dutch Holly Tue 26: Tom Walbank, Naim Amor Wed 27: Open Mic Sat 30: Mik & Scott

TAP & BOTTLE 403 N. 6th Ave. 344-8999 Thu 7: Santa Pachita Thu 14: Haboob Thu 21: Tiffany Christopher Thu 28: Mark Matos & Meu Amigos

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Charlie D’Eve is a local Tucsonan who recently received her MFA in Creative Writing with a focus in Poetry Writing. She has received the Academy of American Poets Award, the Margaret Sterling Award, and most recently the Poetry Center Award and has recently been published in Cutbank, Deluge, and Posit.

Zócalo invites poets with Tucson connections to submit up to three original, previously unpublished (including online) poems, any style, 40 line limit per poem. Our only criterion is excellence. Simultaneous submissions ok if you notify ASAP of acceptance elsewhere. Email your submission to Please include contact information: phone number and email address. Notification of acceptance or rejection by email. Zócalo has first North American rights; author may re-publish with acknowledgment to Zócalo. Payment is a one year subscription. The poetry editor is Jefferson Carter.

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