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index November 2012 05. Events 18. Arts 30. Film 33. Books 36. Food&Drink 39. Garden 40. Fashion 43. Tunes 46. Life in Tucson on the cover November 10, 2012 – a day of bikes, coffee and art. Visit the GABA Bike Swap early in the morning, then experience the Tucson Coffee Crawl from 9am to 2pm. After the Coffee Crawl, visit your favorite artists on the Open Studio Tour (also on Sunday 11), and then ride over to Borderlands Brewery for the 2012 VelociPrints Show, featuring the best in bicycle poster art.
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Downtown’s Expanding Dining Scene You’ve heard of Flagstaff’s restaurant renaissance in just the past few years? Well, two of the culinary poster children in Lumberjack country are bringing their great eats to the eastern edge of downtown Tucson. Two Flagstaff restaurants and a bar will go into the Rialto Building adjoining the Rialto Theatre. Proper, Diablo Burger and Good Oak Bar will go into the Rialto Building across from Hotel Congress in the space occupied by the University of Arizona Mars and Beyond exhibition. The hopes are to have Proper and Diablo Burger open some time in February with Good Oak following a few months later. Diablo Burger will possibly be familiar to any Tucsonan who’s made the summer drive to cool down in Flagstaff. It’s been named Best Burger in Flagstaff every year since 2009 in the Arizona Daily Sun. And in October 2010, Diablo Burger was the Arizona entry for USA Today’s “51 Great Burger Joints Across the USA.” Proper is a new concept for the man behind Flagstaff’s Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar and
Criollo Latin Kitchen. Conde Naste magazine named Brix one of the 95 Hottest Restaurants in the World. These Flagstaff eateries are the darlings of Arizona Highways magazine. Brix made the magazine’s annual Best Restaurants feature in 2008, Criollo followed in 2011, Diablo Burger in 2012, joined this year by Tucson’s own DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails and Maynard’s Market & Kitchen. Now restaurateurs Paul Moir and Derrick Widmark are ready to branch out to Tucson. Moir was first looking at Fort Collins, Colo., as expansion territory, and Widmark thought Phoenix would be the logical place for his second Diablo Burger. “My original thinking, which turned out to be wrong (or at least ill-timed),” Widmark said, “was that Phoenix was the right place for our second restaurant because so many Phoenicians knew about DB from visiting Flagstaff. But if you are into the energy of a real downtown, as I am, Phoenix is a tough fit.” Together, Moir and Widmark gravitated to
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Tucson, strongly drawn, like by a diving rod, by the vision of Scott Stiteler. He owns the One North Fifth Aparments, the buildings housing HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery and Playground Lounge, and he co-owns the Rialto Block. “I went down there expecting to take a 15-minute tour,” said Moir, owner of Brix, Criollo and the concept that will become Proper. “Scott sat me down, laid out his vision, and I was blown away. I got back to Flagstaff, told Derrick, and he was blown away.” Widmark, who owns Diablo Burgers, remembers it similarly but he compresses the time frame. “Paul came down for a meeting and called me about five minutes after and said, ‘You need to check this place out,’” said Widmark, who also plans a Good Oak Bar next door to his Tucson Diablo Burger. “We came back down together about a week later and it was one of those ‘there it is’ type moments. Everything I’d been looking for in Phoenix, and had been unable to find, was right here.” Stiteler was talking with his brother-in-law
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Coffee Crawl by Jon D Auria Much like a fine wine, coffee is a complex concoction that contains hundreds of flavor profiles that can be detected by a refined palate and appreciated in a way that most morning drinkers overlook. The sheer process of roasting the beans that go into your mug is an exact and often strenuous science that takes many years for a roast master to perfect. To shine light on this process and the first rate coffee scene here in the Old Pueblo, Saturday, November 10th welcomes the inaugural kick off of Tucson’s Coffee Crawl. The event will showcase six local roasters who will open their doors to unveil the process of roasting beans and cupping coffee to the public. “I’m self-employed, so I often work out of various coffee shops around town. I realized that while I love coffee and drink it regularly, I know next to nothing about it and what goes into roasting it,” says event organizer and creator Laura Adams. “Befriending baristas, I became really aware of the specifics of coffee and how much goes into the science of crafting it and the world of flavors that exist within coffee. I decided it would be neat to learn more about it and I assumed that others would have a similar interest in it as well.” The event will feature six local coffee makers that are all located within a five-mile radius of each other. Cartel Coffee Lab (2516 N. Campbell Ave.), Café Luce (943 E. University Blvd.), Sparkroot (245 E. Congress St.), eXo Roast Co. (403 N. 6th Ave.), Yellow Brick Coffee (cuppings served on the back patio of 47 Scott), Adventure Coffee Roasting (who will be cupping out of Brewd, 39 N. 6th Ave.) will all be part of the celebration. “This event is really going to revolve around coffee education in a very similar way that wine tastings are conducted,” says Adams. “These tastings can open people up to new blends and flavors that they might not have known they liked. We’re going to have a lot of cuppings, which is the proper way to compare coffees against each other and get a feel for their 6 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | November 2012
flavor profiles. We’re going to have demonstrations and workshops on all things coffee. Each shop will have at least three scheduled events for the day.” The event is free with the exception of a $1.00 cupping fee per shop, but the educational showcases and samples of pastries and goods are offered to all that attend. Attendees are asked to RSVP on the event’s website to secure a place. The cuppings will last 45-minutes to an hour each and will be staggered so that participants can enjoy the unique showings from each coffee house in order to build their palettes. “I have a lot of friends who are transplants to Tucson from places like Austin, Portland, New York and other places and they started raving about the coffee scene here and saying that it rivals the scenes where they’re from,” says Adams. “It’s great because we have many local coffee shops all so close to each other, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to open Tucson’s eyes to this amazing scene in their own backyard.” With the exception of Cartel Coffee Lab, all of these coffee houses are located within the downtown/university area of Tucson, so attendees are encouraged to ride a bike or park in a central location in order to walk to each venue. A map will be posted on the event’s website to show the best area to arrive to get the most out of the day’s events. “A lot of people still go to Starbucks or chains and might not necessarily know that we have such amazing local coffee. These coffee aficionados at these shops all geek out over coffee and they take great care in how they roast their beans. They even have recommendations on how to brew their coffee at home. Their passion is very contagious.” n The Tucson Coffee Crawl takes places Saturday, November 10. Visit www.tucsoncoffeecrawl.com to RSVP for the event or visit them on facebook at www.facebook.com/TucsonCoffeeCrawl
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pedal poste rs by Jon D Auria
Twenty-five local artists will showcase their bike-inspired prints at this year’s Velociprints Show on Saturday, November 10th at Borderlands Brewery. The prints on display will all be limited edition runs of bike-inspired art that were created exclusively for Velociprints. The artists will be on hand to discuss their work and join in on the bicycled centered festivities. “Velociprints is really a very simple concept: we asked about 25 artists to express their love of the bicycle in a piece of art and gave them no more restrictions or prompting than that,” says Velociprints founder and Borealis Art Studio owner Nathan Saxton. “The only condition is that the resulting piece of art had to be a print in an edition of 25, and every print would sell for $40. So bottom line is on opening night, there will be about 25 different print designs all celebrating the bicycle, created exclusively for this show.” The event made its debut in November of 2011 and was met with immediate success, as over 2,000 attendees visited the three locations where it was held to view and purchase the artwork. This year the organizers are expecting even larger crowds. To help orchestrate the event, Saxton has paired with the local organization BICAS (Bicycle Inter-community Art & Salvage) who puts on an annual bike art auction (see page 10.) “Last year was wonderful and it was an overwhelming success,” says BICAS art coordinator Casey Wollschlaeger. “The whole place was packed, there was art everywhere, the walls were lined with exhibitions of beautiful prints and all of the artists were there so it’s a great way to meet the artists. People love sampling the drinks, networking and sharing their combined love of cycling and art.” A portion of the sales will be donated to BICAS as well as El Grupo Youth Cycling and the rest will go back to the artists who participated. This year the event is bringing a variety of new merchandise and art that will be available to those who attend.
“Into the Wild” by Dave D’Incau Jr.
“We’ve also created a small line of exclusive pint glasses, water bottles, and tee shirts that will be available on opening night,” says Saxton. “In addition to the print art, there will be a few works that are premium for serious art collectors. There will be the ArtHeadz, which are helmets painted or sculpted by some of Tucson’s established artists. There will also be one large original painting, created in honor of Gary Fisher’s October visit to Tucson, signed by Mr. Fisher.” While this event is perfectly tailored for Tucson, with our extremely strong cycling and art scenes, it was initially inspired by a trip to Minneapolis that Saxton took where he observed a similar event that merged his two passions. “All good art is inspired by something, and I was inspired by a similar art event called ARTCRANK that started in Minneapolis about 8 years ago,” says Saxton. “The moment we walked in the door, we knew Tucson would love an event like this. Our original intent was to bring ARTCRANK to Tucson. Logistically, we just couldn’t make it work out. Amazingly, the organizers at ARTCRANK believe so strongly in promoting bikes and art, that they gave us their blessing to follow their model and considerable advice in creating our own event.” The art show will take place at Borderlands Brewery, which is located at 119 East Toole Avenue and will kick off at 12:00pm and will run until 9:00pm. Local food trucks will be at the event to provide options for dining. “The main characteristics of the show are simplicity, accessibility and inclusiveness, which just happen to be the things that make the bicycle so special,” says Saxton. “Bicycles are simple machines, available and embraced by all segments of society and they open the doors to greater fitness, mobility, economic growth and pure fun. Prints and poster art are often simply designed, clear in their message and open the doors to starting an art collection.” For more information, visit www.VelociPrints.com n November 2012 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 9
BICAS Art Auction by Jon D Auria Local non-profit organization Bicycle InterCommunity Art & Salvage (BICAS) will be hosting their 17th annual Art Auction and Celebration on December 1st and 2nd at Whistle Stop Depot (177 W. 5th St.). The two-day weekend event will merge the strong local communities of Tucson artists, cyclists and art lovers who will be gathering to view and bid on over 300 pieces handcrafted by local artists. The wide array of art will include everything from metal art and sculptures, to paintings, photography, quilts, printmaking, fiber arts, video installations, illustrations, ceramics, and many other mediums. The only requisite for the art submitted is that they’re bicycling themed, portray the cycling lifestyle or that they include bicycles parts. Saturday, December 1st is the art preview segment from 6-10pm. It will feature music and family friendly entertainment and attendees will be able to preview the art that will be auctioned and meet
the artists to discuss their work. Sunday, December 2nd is when the silent auction will take place. There will be a DJ, a puppet show, catering and entertainment. This event goes from 6-9pm. Last year the auction raised $11,400, which goes directly back to fund BICAS’ community programs. “The initial art auctions were much smaller in scale and were fundraiser events where the community would get together and bid on around 100 pieces of art,” says BICAS Art Coordinator Casey Wollschlaeger. “The amount we’ve brought in has steadily increased and the caliber of artists we’re getting are amazing. It’s been a really beautiful evolution within the community and we keep having to get larger spaces for it. Last year we had 350 pieces donated for the art auction. It just keeps getting better and better.” For more information visit www.Bicas.org n “Velo Tucson” by Matt McCoy, 13x20, 2 color screen print on 15x22 Arches paper.
Con Job by Phoenix Michael
It was Frank Miller’s 1986 four-issue limited series The Dark Knight Returns that helped propel comic books from the bedrooms of children into a full-blown adult pastime. A picture, after all, is worth a thousand words... so why should the medium of visual storytelling be limited to juvenile fantasies? Miller’s dystopian take on Batman, alongside comic milestones like Elfquest before and The Crow after it, proved comics could challenge readers using complex themes and character development comparable to the best traditional fiction. These days, comic saviors and antiheroes alike have sprung onto the big screen in well-received movie adaptations; this year’s Marvel’s The Avengers grossed $1 billion quicker than any film released before it. Old Pueblo comic fans, both newly minted and longtime die-hards, will congregate and celebrate Saturday-Sunday, November 3 and 4 at the 5th annual all ages Tucson Comic Con at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. With $10 full weekend admission at the door ($6 for one day, kids 10 and under free), this opportunity to meet artists and peruse exhibits will be affordable as well as entertaining. The folks from Geeksville AZ, Arizona Ghost Busters, and Arizona Browncoats are among others scheduled to appear at Tucson Comic Con. Most 10 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | November 2012
exciting for amateurs seeking to break into the industry, a panel discussion titled “DIY to Image” featuring The Li’l Depressed Boy creators Sina Grace and S. Steven Struble takes place Saturday November 3 from 3 to 4 pm in the Crystal Ballroom of TCC. For more information, visit TucsonComic-Con.com and TucsonAZ.gov/tcc. Need more? TusCon 39, the self-proclaimed “Best Little SciFi, Fantasy, Horror Con in Arizona” arrives Friday-Sunday, November 9-11 at Hotel Tucson City Center, 475 N. Granada Ave. Between the anime and LAN gaming rooms, dealers galore, an art show and a masquerade, TusCon 39 should satisfy every imagination. Staffed by volunteers and organized by the nonprofit Baja Arizona Science Fiction Association, this is truly a convention by and for the fans. Lectures like “Moebius Corpus: Math as a Source of Storytelling” and “Comets: New Insights into Visitors That Influenced Our World” are sure the stretch the boundaries of the known. TusCon 39’s guest of honor is best-selling author S.M. Stirling of the Emberverse series. Space at TusCon 39 is limited to 500 attendees; buy your badges at TucsonSciFiCon.com today! n
photo: courtesy of Brad Lancaster
Milling around Desert Harvesters, a Tucson-based non-profit volunteer group devoted to native Southwest desert food, is holding two mesquite-milling events in November. Anyone can bring buckets of dried mesquite seed pods to be ground into mesquite flour. The flour is used in a variety of baked goods such as bread, pancakes, and cookies. Cost of milling is $2 per gallon with a $5 minimum. Bring your own plastic gallon containers labeled with your name and phone number to hold the finished mesquite flour. The first milling event will be held Thursday, November 15, from 3 to 6pm at the Santa Cruz Farmers Market, 100 S. Avenida del Convento. Nadia Delgado, Farmer’s Market Assistant at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, says that an instructional presentation on cooking with mesquite flour is planned for the event. This is the eighth year that the Santa Cruz Farmers Market has hosted mesquite milling. The second milling event is the 10th Annual Mesquite Milling and Fiesta on Sunday, November 18, at the Dunbar/Spring Organic Community Garden, 11th Avenue and University Blvd. Milling starts at 8am and goes to 2pm. As with the Santa Cruz Farmers Market milling, there is a cost of $2 per gallon with a $5 minimum and a maximum of 15 gallons of mesquite pods. The fiesta includes a display of desert foods, medicines, live music, and a bake sale which goes from 9am to noon. Brad Lancaster, one of the founders of Desert Harvesters and well-known for his work in water harvesting, says, “Mesquite is a gateway food that introduces you to a whole variety of desert foods. What we’re pushing for in part is greater food security and food availability. Instead of going into the desert, we want to help you plant the desert in your own backyard and neighborhood street. These tasty nutritious foods can survive on our rainfall, but they really thrive if you harvest water and irrigate them.” Amy Valdés Schwemm, workshop leader and contributor to the Desert Harvest recipe book “Eat Mesquite!”, is organizing the bake sale. She says that in the early years of the milling event, “Not many showed up because they didn’t know what mesquite would taste like. But now we have a so many coming in with mesquite pods to mill that we need all three mills to grind them.” She adds that the bake sale last year offered “cakes, cookies, and savory foods such as scones and cornbread.” Lancaster adds to this list mesquite baklava, Indian naan bread, and dog biscuits. And it’s not just mesquite. Schweem says that oak acorn baked goods were also in last
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year’s bake sale. Two years ago the fiesta included a mesquite pancake breakfast. According to Lancaster, “We served over 1,500 pancakes in 3 hour period. But last year we switched to the bake sale to make more food and a great diversity of food available to more people.” A display and sale of desert foods such as prickly pear syrup, jams and juices; mesquite pancake mix, mole mixes, and native herbal medicines will be available. Local musical groups will perform and an informational booth will be open to help educate about native foods. Schwemm includes backyard gardening in the group’s work. “Desert Harvesters expands the concept of gardening. That is, we work toward garden that might sustain itself without supplemental water. It’s the idea of ‘perennial crops.’ We are expanding the notion of arid-lands gardening. Desert Harvesters is interested in promoting all sorts of wild plants like that – acorn, edible cholla cactus buds, jojoba, barrel cactus, hackberry, and more.” Lancaster has been active in the Dunbar/Spring neighborhood for several years in the development of native plants for landscaping and as a food source. “Water harvesting and landscaping with native plants controls floods, provides shade, reduces the heat island effect, and increases productivity of soil.” Since 1996, he says more than 1,250 trees have been planted in the Dunbar/ Spring neighborhood. “We emphasize food and medicine-bearing native shade trees. When we started, the only wildlife was exotic pigeons. Now we’ve attracted over two dozen native songbirds which have taken up residence along the streets – birds such as cardinals, curved-bill thrashers, cactus wren, hummingbirds, and flycatchers.” He explains that not only do these trees provide shade, they also reduces climate change because the trees are not dependent on imported water or the water pumps that take energy and add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. What is Lancaster’s favorite part of the annual milling fiesta? “The community! So many wonderful people come together to make a truly joyous event around food grown and harvested in prepared in our desert. The fiesta is kind of like welcoming everyone home.” n For more information about Desert Harvest programs and the two milling events, go to www.DesertHarvesters.org November 2012 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 11
Butterflies & Luminaria by CJ Shane
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Beautiful butterflies and twinkling luminaria lights grace the Tucson Botanical Gardens this November in Tucson. Luminaria Nights, now in its 26th year, is “one of the nicest events in the city,” says TBG’s Darlene Buhrow, Director of Marketing, Communications, and Gallery. The Botanical Gardens opens between 5:30 and 8pm on December 7, 8, and 9 for Luminaria Nights. The Gardens are decorated with luminarias, small paper lanterns traditional in the American Southwest. As visitors wander along luminaria-lit walkways, they come upon numerous musical groups. Just a few of the many scheduled musical offerings are Irish, Balkan, bluegrass, and klezmer music, a string quartet, and also mandolin, flute, and recorder music. There are several choral groups that will perform. Food vendors will be available, too. “There’s music at all times in the Gardens,” says Buhrow. I like the music. It really gets you in a festive spirit.” Santa Claus will be in attendance in Porter Hall for the children, and each department in the Garden will have its own decorated Christmas tree. Buhrow describes a tree that she helped to decorate last year. The “tree” was actually an agave stalk decorated with devil’s claws, buckeye pods, and pyracantha berries. “There are lots of families that come to Luminaria Nights,” says Buhrow. “We get a variety of people from babies to 102 years old.” Between 1,000 and 2,000 attend each night. The Gardens provides parking at a nearby church and shuttles to take visitors between parking and the Gardens. Purchasing tickets ahead of time at the gift shop or on-line leads to $1 off the admission fee. Butterfly Magic is a daytime event at Tucson Botanical Gardens which began in October and goes into April, 2013. Visitors enter a greenhouse habitat with tropical plants, including orchids in full bloom, where they can see living butterflies from eleven countries flying freely or resting in the warm, humid environment. The butterflies begin life as caterpillars hatched from eggs at butterfly farms around the world. When the caterpillars begin their metamorphosis, they enter into a pupa stage known as a chrysalis. The chrysalises of various butterfly species are shipped to Tucson Botanical Gardens where they are housed in a climate-controlled room until the butterflies are ready to emerge. Visitors can see the chrysalises through a large glass window. When the butterflies emerge, they are transferred to the tropical greenhouse. “Opening the box is always a surprise, “says Buhrow, “because we never know what we are going to get. The chrysalises are sent to us according to availability.” Butterfly varieties rotate throughout the seven-month exhibit as newcomers arrive. Buhrow says Butterfly Magic is especially popular among school children. “The kindergarteners through third graders are mesmerized with the butterflies. Older children ask a lot of scientific questions about butterfly anatomy, life cycle, and eating habits.” TBG provides teachers with a curriculum for the students. What is the most popular among the visitors? “The most popular of all is the blue morpho.” No need to explain why. This little beauty shows off intense blue wings as it flies by, causing children to point and adults to grab their cameras. Also popular is a moth, the Atlas moth with a 7 to 8 inch wingspread. This year Botanical Gardens’ members get into the butterfly exhibit for free – no extra fee is required. Visitors to Tucson Botanical Gardens can see the butterflies now through April. More information is at www.TucsonBotanical.org n
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november events All Souls Procession Weekend
Green Living Fair Sat, Nov. 3
The Loft Film Festival thu-thu, Nov. 8-15
Sat-Sun, Nov. 3 - 4
The 5th Annual FREE Green Living Fair teaches you how to green your home, green your life, and keep more green in your pocket. The event is located a the HabiStore, 935 W. Grant Road, west of Oracle Road, from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The many exhibitors will feature ways to save money, energy, and the environment through water harvesting, solar power, gardening, recycling, driving options and alternatives, and much more. Details at HabitatTucson.org
Celebrate Día de Los Muertos with music, events and a procession. See website for the specific events, times, and maps including the Procession of Little Angels Feast for All Souls, and Dance of the Dead with Ozomatli at the Rialto Theatre. AllSoulsProcession.org
GABA Bike Swap
El Tour de Tucson
Sat, Nov. 10
TMA Holiday Artisans Market fri-sat, Nov. 16-18
photo: Ed Tunstall
Sat, Nov. 17
The third annual Loft Film Fest lights up the desert in November with an extraordinary lineup of stellar films, guests and special events. Produced and presented by The Loft Cinema, this eight-day cinematic showcase of exclusive screenings will feature: hand-selected festival favorites from Cannes, Sundance, South by Southwest and more; lively Q&A’s with industry professionals; exciting retrospective screenings; edgy late-night programming; and stimulating short films from the filmmakers of tomorrow! Details at LoftFilmFest.com
The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association and the Greater Arizona Bicycle Association presents the Bike Swap on Saturday November 10, from 8am to 2pm. Check out the NEW LOCATION on 7th Street between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue. The GABA Bicycle Swap Meet is the largest bicycle swap meet in Arizona. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to see, feel and deal. This event is free to the public, and free to sell. More information at BikeGaba.org
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Held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour is a fun adventure ride attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States and worldwide, consisting of novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional riders. Details at www1.perimeterbicycling.com
Tucson Museum of Art presents their Annual Holiday Artistans Market. Over 100 of the Southwest’s finest artisans will display their wares and help you find the perfect holiday gifts. Both the Market and Museum are FREE and open to the public all three days. Details at TucsonMuseumOfArt.org
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Fri 2 DESSERT & DRINKS AUCTION PREVIEW
Desserts and drinks provided from venues all over Tucson. 5pm-8pm. Sonoran Glass Art Academy, 633 W. 18th St. 884-7814, SonoraGlass.org
Tucson Modernism Week, November 9 - 11
EVENING OF PLAY
Adults only play time and the Children’s Museum.6:30pm. Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave. 792-9985, EveningofPlay.org
Fri 2-Sun 4 CELTIC FESTIVAL & Scottish Highland Games: mu-
ALL SOULS PROCESSION WEEKEND
Celebrate Día de Los Muertos with music, events and a procession. See website for the specific events, times, and maps including the Procession of Little Angels and Dance of the Dead with Ozomatli. AllSoulsProcession.org
Sat 10 JERÔME BEILLARD FESTIVAL FOR LIFE Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation celebrates its 24th Festival For Life with live music and fine art. Prices vary. Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd. SAAF.org
photos by Jude Ignacio & Gerardine Vargas
sic, dancing, athletic events, food & drink. Times vary. Prices vary. Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. First Ave. 807-9509, TucsonCelticFestival.org
2ND SATURDAYS A monthly downtown fest with live music and performers. Free. 6pm-10:30pm. Free. Congress Street, 2ndSaturdays.com
Sun 11- Sun 18 TUCSON INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL Experience the musical talents of The Assad Brothers, Carlos Pérez and the Beeston Guitar Competition. Prices vary. Hosclaw Recital Hall, 1017 N. Olive. 342-0022, TucsonGuitarSociety.org
Sat 17 EL TOUR DE TUCSON
Over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities. Participants include novice, intermediate, advanced, & professional riders. Various races, various locations & times. Registration fees. 745-2033, PerimeterBicycling.com
Thu 22 THANKSGIVING CROSS-COUNTRY CLASSIC Southern Arizona Roadrunners’ European-style 5K includes hurdling hay bales & water jumps. Proceeds benefit Toys for Tots. 8am men’s 5K, 8:45am women’s 5K, 9:30am co-ed 1.5 mile fun run. Registration fees. Reid Park, Ramada 10, Country Club/22nd St. 326-9383, AZRoadRunners.org
Fri 23- Sat, Dec 1 HOLIDAY NIGHTS—UNIQUELY TUCSON The Park is transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with over 750,000 holiday lights and a special desert snowman. 5:30-8:30pm. See website for prices. Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455, TohonoChulPark.org
In the second half of the twentieth century, American optimism was expressed in a new style of architecture and design that departed from the classical traditions and values of pre World War II. Modernism embraced new ideas, bold colors and honesty of materials such as concrete, chrome and plywood. Modernism embodied the future, setting a new path for America. Tucson’s first Modernism Week will take place November 9 – 11, and will feature an impressive series of events including films, lectures, entertainment, parties, pop-up shops, aclassic car display and a home tour. Most of the events are free and open to the public. “Modernism Week is an incredible opportunity for the Tucson community to learn about the impact and significance of this the Modern Design movement following World War II,” said preservationist and president of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, Demion Clinco. In southern Arizona the movement has come to be known as Desert Modern, which is defined by the use of regional materials, adaptation to the desert climate with an emphasis on indoor/outdoor living. “This is a celebration of Tucson’s history,” said co-founder and landscape designer Elizabeth Przygoda-Montgomery. “I am so excited for this event and look forward to watching it grow each and every year.” Broadway Boulevard’s exemplary architecture is under threat by the proposed roadway widening. Modernism Week will provide everyone the opportunity to explore these unique buildings, designed by many of Tucson’s iconic and celebrated mid-century architects.
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tudios Open by CJ Shane
Artists all over Tucson will open their studios on Saturday and Sunday, November 10-11 from 11am to 5pm for the fall Open Studio Tour (OST) event organized by Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC). This year more than 200 artists have signed up for Open Studios. A Preview Exhibition by participating artists is up now at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. The exhibit closes following a reception from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on November 8. Zócalo thought it might be fun to hear from the artists themselves about what OST means to them. So I contacted several of the participating artists and asked for feedback. Disclosure: I’m one of the OST artists so you’ll be hearing from me, too. The most frequent response was one of gratitude to the good folks at Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) who make it all happen. Organizing anything involving left-brain creative types is a lot like herding cats so we are grateful for TPAC’s patience and efficiency. Or as participating painter Tom Bergin says, “I think the folks who put this together do a wonderful job.” Many of us artists believe that Tucson is on its way to becoming a great arts destination town like Scottsdale or Santa Fe. I have sold paintings several times to visitors who wanted to take home original Tucson art as a remembrance of the Old Pueblo. We have a supportive, arts-loving com-
munity here year round as well. Open Studios Tour is an integral part of making Tucson an arts destination. There’s an economic component, too. According to Emily Duwel, TPAC’s Communications Manager, the non-profit arts sector alone in Tucson brings in $87.7 million each year. “There’s a lot of vitality in our arts sector. We have a high per capita number of artists here. Tucson is a highly creative space with a tremendous base of talent.” What is the value of OST to local artists? Acrylic painter Bonnie Behan in her second year with OST says the studio event is “a great opportunity for artists, especially the ones like me who don’t exactly relish the marketing aspect. TPAC does a fantastic job with that.” For Mary Theresa Dietz, “It is a good way to connect with my public, make some money, and acquire some students.” However, Open Studios is more than show and sell. It’s a real social and community event. Mixed-media textile artist Mary Vaneecke, now in her fourth year with OST, says, “The Open Studio Tour is a great way to connect with the community. Making art can be a solitary pursuit, and by taking part in the OST, I get to work with other artists, the folks from the Tucson Pima Arts Council, and talk to collectors from all over Tucson.” Laurel Hansen participates “to have the Tucson community aware of my work.” However the best part of OST for her is, “to connect with other
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Performances ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC Behzod Abduraimov performs Sun, Nov 4 at 3pm. Prazak Quartet performs Wed, Nov 7 at 7:30pm. TCC’s Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. 5773769, ArizonaChamberMusic.org
ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY
Lombardi continues through Sat, Nov 10.Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-8210, ArizonaTheatre.org
ARIZONA OPERA Roméo et Juliette shows Sat, Nov 10- Sun, Nov 11. TCC’s Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. 293-4336, AZOpera.com
LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP
Fallen Angels continues through Sun, Nov 18. It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play premieres Thu, Nov 29. All Together Theatre presents: Mother Goose Unplucked! through Sun, Nov 4. Delia and the Mud People premieres Sun, Nov 11. Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. 327-4242, LiveTheatreWorkshop.org
NOT BURNT OUT JUST UNSCREWED The improv comedy troupe performs Fri, Nov 2, 7pm at Revolutionary Grounds Coffee House, 606 N. 4th Ave; Sat, Nov 10, 7:30pm at Pima Community College Proscenium Theatre; Fri, Nov 16 at 7pm at Rock N Java Café, 7555 W. Twin Peaks Rd. 861-2986, UnscrewedComedy.com
BEOWULF ALLEY THEATRE
ODYSSEY STORYTELLING SERIES Reli-
BLACK CHERRY BURLESQUE
PCC THEATRE ARTS Wait Until Dark continues
Always Be Closing shows Fri, Nov 2-Sun, Nov 18. Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh premieres Fri, Nov 30. 11 S. 6th Ave. 882-0555, BeowulfAlley.org Tantalizing burlesque performance on Fri, Nov 2 at 8pm and 10pm. Surly Wench Pub, 424 N. 4th Ave. 882-0009, TucsonBurlesque.com
BROADWAY IN TUCSON
Anything Goes shows Tue, Nov 20-Sun, Nov 25. TCC’s Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. 903-2929, BroadwayInTucson.com
CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION
Shows weekends in November. See website for times and locations. Double Tree Tucson Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way. 6155299, CarnivalOfIllusion.com
CHAMBER MUSIC PLUS Clark Schuldmann Duo perform Sun, Nov 25. Berger Performing Arts Theatre, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. 400-5439, ChamberMusicPlus.org
The Amazing Kreskin performs Thu, Nov 1; Jim Brickman performs Thu, Nov 8; Boogie Woogie Blowout takes place Sun, Nov 11; Chasing Rainbows Gala: Steve Winwoon at the Fox takes place Sun, Nov 18; Mary Black performs Tue, Nov 20; and Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio performs Sat, Nov 24. Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, FoxTucsonTheatre.org
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE
Phantom of the Opera continues through Sun, Nov 11. Scrooge: A Gaslight Musical opens Tu, Nov 15. Concerts and performances include: The Manhattan Dolls on Mon, Nov 5. Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 8869428, TheGaslightTheatre.com
INVISIBLE THEATRE Mesa, a Canadian play, premieres Wed, Nov 14. Invisible Theatre, 400 N. 1st Ave. 882-9721, InvisibleTheatre.com
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gion: God, Allah, Yahweh, No Way takes place Thu, Nov 1 at 7pm. $7. Fluxx Studio and Gallery, 416 E. 9th St. 730-4112, OdysseyStorytelling.com
shows Thu, Nov 8- Sun, Nov 18. 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 206-6670, Pima.edu/cfa
THE ROGUE THEATRE
The Night Heron shows Thu, Nov 1-Sun, Nov 18. The Rogue Theatre, 738 N. 5th Ave. 551-2053, TheRogueTheare.org
TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER DayglowLife in Color, the worlds largest paint party, takes place Fri, Nov 2. Comic Con takes place Sat, Nov 3-Sun, Nov 4. Cirque de Soleil-Dralion shows Wed, Nov 21- Sun, Nov 25. Tickets vary. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. TucsonConventionCenter.org
TUCSON JAZZ SOCIETY
Judy Roberts performs at Skyline Country Club on Fri, Nov 9. Tucson Jazz Society, 2777 N. Campbell Ave. 903-1265, TucsonJazz.org
TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Princesses, Superheroes & Pirates shows Sat, Nov 3 at 10am &11:15am ; David Cohen performs Sat, Nov 3 at 2pm; Exquisite Fauré shows Sat, Nov 10 at 8pm and Sun, Nov 11 at 4pm; Divine Dvorak shows Fri, Nov 16 at 8pm and Sun, Nov 18 at 2pm. TCC’s Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. 882-8585, TucsonSymphony.org
UA’S ARIZONA REPERTORY THEATRE Inspecting Carol premieres Sun, Nov 4. Tornabene Theatre, 1025 N. Olive Rd. 621-1162, web.cfa.arizona.edu/theatre
UA PRESENTS Aszure Barton & Artists perform Sun, Nov 3 at 8pm; Ballet Folklorico Tapatio performs Fri, Nov 9 at 7pm; Mummenschanz performs Sun, Nov 17 at 8pm; Straight No Chaser shows Fri, Nov 23 at 7:30pm; David Sedaris performs Tue, Nov 27 at 7:30pm; Syabrite 5 performs Thu, Nov 29 at 7:30pm. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. 621-3341, UAPresents.org
by Herb Stratford
Arizona Opera The Tucson Music Hall will host what some consider the most beautiful and tragic love stories ever told—Romeo et Juliette by the Arizona Opera. The timeless tale of star-crossed lovers, set in 14th century Verona, is Shakespeare’s ultimate love story. Performed in French with English subtitles, this opera by Charles Gounod, features Metropolitan Opera lyric soprano Jennifer Black and the show-topping aria “Je Veux Vivre.” Tickets for the performances, 7:30pm on Saturday, November 10 and 2:30pm on Sunday, November 11 are available via the Opera’s website, AZOpera.org or at the TCC box office the day of the show.
Literature on Stage! UApresents will host author/satirist David Sedaris at Centennial Hall on Tuesday, November 27. Sedaris, one of America’s most consistently witty and acute observers of the human condition, returns to Tucson for one night. The show will feature readings from his most recent works as well as a book signing. Tickets are available at the UAPresents website, UAPresents.org.
Broadway Broadway In Tucson will present the classic Broadway musical Anything Goes from November 20-25 at the Tucson Music Hall. The winner of three 2011 TONY Awards, including best revival musical and best choreography, the musical tells the story of two pairs of people on a cruise that features more than the average set of on-board activities. These activities include singing sailors, exotic disguises, blackmail and of course some of Broadway’s most famous songs including; “I Get a Kick out of You” and “Anything Goes.” For specific show times and tickets visit BroadwayInTucson.com. n
UAPresents David Sedaris, Nov. 27.
OPEN STUDIO TOUR continued from page 18 artists and make the public aware of all the various kinds of art in the Tucson community.” Oil painter Melinda Esparza, a four-year OST veteran, values the experience of “greeting visitors from Tucson, especially so many repeat visitors, and art tourists from all over the country. We have a two-day party and it’s a great source of inspiration for me.” “Talking to folks about art is a major high for me, given that I spend so many hours every day alone in my studio,” says acrylic painter Sheryl Holland.” It’s always energizing and affirming that so many people appreciate art in this community.” K. Loren Dawn believes OST is a “good way to introduce my artwork in a more casual setting, and also get some interesting feedback with conversations.” There are some growing pains as Tucson develops as an art destination. In the past, much of the attention was focused on downtown studios and the arts district. Now artists all over the metro Tucson area participate in Open Studios. Being noticed and visited is an issue for artists the farther they are from central Tucson. Painter Pat Napombejra decided to join in for the first time this year. He says, “I live on the far east side of Tucson and in the past I thought that I am too far and isolated from a function such as the open studio tour which seemed mostly near downtown Tucson. Last year, I noticed there were more neighboring studios taking part in the OST, so I thought this year I’ll be part of the show.” TPAC’s Duwel says that including artists from the entire metro region helps all artists. She says visitors who currently might not be willing to drive downtown are willing to visit artists in their own neighborhood. In following years, they are more likely to venture out to other parts of the city to visit more studios. Artists, too, have come up with some solutions to help visitors. Mixedmedia artist Barbara Brandel, a twenty-year OST veteran, says, “It helps when a group of artists show work together, making it easier for people to get around to see more work at one stop. It also makes it enjoyable for the artists to be together.” Having a good map is absolutely essential for art lovers to find the open studios. TPAC provides really excellent maps on-line under “Browse by Location” on the Open Studios page of the TPAC website. Unfortunately not everyone looks at the on-line maps. Emily Duwel says that this year TPAC is providing each artist with copies of a high quality guide to Open Studios which includes a map and listing of all artists’ studios. The guide will also be distributed in key places around Tucson including Bookman’s and Tucson’s public libraries. Some of the artists have made some intriguing suggestions. I like the idea of encaustic artist Diane Kleiss who thinks it time to hold Open Studios on two consecutive weekends. She says OST “needs to be more than one weekend. Divide it up by north/south or east/west.” She also suggested that it may be time for a shuttle to outlying studios. One of the biggest problems for participating artists is not being able to visit other artists’ studios. I have to agree with Mary Vaneecke who says, “I just wish there was a way for me to visit other artists’ studios!“ For detailed information on the Open Studio Tour, please visit TucsonPimaArtsCouncil.org
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Tucson Teaching Artist by CJ Shane
Between the interior world of creating art and the exterior world of teaching art, Tucson mixed-media artist Carolyn King has found a true balance. “I never tell people that I’m an artist. I always tell them that I’m a ‘teaching artist.’” Originally from the Chicago area, King lived in Mexico much of her adult life. She and her daughter Analyssa moved to Tucson twelve years ago seeking services for Analyssa who is disabled. King was hired by Tucson Museum of Art to administer an arts grant, and two years later she was appointed TMA’s Director of Education. A key contribution she made in that position was to create TMA’s Sunday Family Art Program. King eventually left TMA to establish her own teaching studio in Tucson, Heart to Hand. She also has been an Artist in Residence for the past nine years in Tucson K-8 schools. Summers are full, too. In the summer of 2012, King guided a group of Oro Valley high school students in a grantfunded Public Arts Project arts apprenticeship program. King made a decision early in her career to find that balance between studio art and teaching art. She turned to education to supplement her income, but she quickly discovered that teaching was just as much of a calling for her as her studio work. She explains her attraction to teaching art this way. “I feel that creation is a birthright. My passion for teaching is about the future and the evolution of the human spirit.” That evolution of the human spirit is apparent in King’s mixed-media paintings. The works often reflect universal themes of love and romance, family, and parenting that are expressed in King’s uniquely personal way. Her work Cuentos de Una Conquista (Tales of a Conquest) is about how love and romance have affected the women in King’s family - her grandmother, mother, and sister - all of whom had relationships with those handsome “hard to resist” guys who turned out to be not so dependable. El Jardin de Mi Abuela (My Grandmother’s Garden) is about King’s relationship with her grandmother. Two of King’s most compelling works address the challenges of parenting. We notice first the hands in Raising Analyssa. The painting is stunningly beautiful with its harmonious colors and textured surface, but it’s the hands that grab our attention. Holding together, pulling toward and pushing apart, arranging and ordering things, expressing emotions, the hands remind us of what every mom and dad knows about bringing up a child. Parenting is a real “hands-on” project. The hands in King’s painting show us many ways to engage in parent-child interactions. Colgandome de las unas (Hanging by My Fingernails) is another King work that addresses the challenges of parenting that can apply to many of 22 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | November 2012
life’s challenges as well. Again those beautiful and expressive hands carry the message. King’s painting tells us of the frustrations of parenting her special-needs daughter Analyssa. “There have been times when I just felt I couldn’t do it anymore,” King says. “I was hanging by my fingernails.” This painting is very personal, but it also expresses the universality of dealing with life’s adversities. The transformative butterfly in this painting comes out of a philosophy King developed when earning her master’s degree in Art and Consciousness at John F. Kennedy University in the San Francisco Bay area in the 1980s. The goal of the university’s program was to help adults to transition to new careers. The university curriculum was based on a holistic approach to education that integrates mind, body and spirit. This holistic philosophy has deeply informed both King’s art and her teaching of art. In this case, the butterfly is symbolizes King’s ability to step back from the distress of a frustrating experience, and to consciously change her idea about what was happening to her. Thus her experience was transformed into something more life-affirming. King has a very diverse background that brings a lot of richness to her art and her teaching. As a teen, King went to Europe as an exchange student, a time which she describes as a “threshold experience that set my life on the art path.” Next she traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she studied printmaking. She returned to the U.S. to finish her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Then it was back to Mexico. An unexpected detour took her to the Yukon in Canada’s far north for six months where she established a print workshop and taught art classes to Inuit children. She left her home in Mexico again to earn her MA degree at John F. Kennedy University. She stayed on after graduation to run the university art gallery, and eventually she became director of the Art and Consciousness program. But Mexico called to her again, and King
ART: Left, “La Dama de las Lluvias.” Below, “Cabeza de Mariposa.” Both mixed-media on canvas, by Carolyn King.
returned to the place that she had come to consider her real home, San Miguel de Allende. Living in Mexico for nearly 30 years had a profound influence on King’s life and art. She is fluent in Spanish, and she considers herself bicultural. She established and operated an art school in San Miguel de Allende, Corazon del Artista (Heart of the Artist), for eight years. There she taught arts and English-language classes for Mexican children in the summer. In the winter when American snow birds migrated to San Miguel de Allende, King taught art classes for adult learners. Although King says she loves working with children, she’s quite clear that she has a real calling to work with adult learners. “Many adults want to express themselves through color in art. But I hear them say things like “I can’t draw.” I can’t do art.’ I want to help them find a way to express themselves and get past the ‘can’t’ that they tell themselves.” King believes that it’s a mistake for adults to focus on product instead of process. “If you nurture your inner life, it becomes the spark for creativity, and the product will be beautiful and real.....In my classes, I want to empower the spirit in a person to go forward and play.” King would probably still be in San Miguel today, but she decided that her daughter needed the more advanced educational, medical, and therapeutic services available in the U.S. They came to Tucson in 1999. Since living in the Old Pueblo, King has been actively involved with Raices Taller Art Gallery and Workshop where she regularly shows her work. She had a one-woman show at Contreras Gallery in 2010. In the fall of 2012, she will be showing work at Bentley’s on Speedway. And she teaches throughout the year. Regarding her very full life of parenting her disabled daughter coupled with teaching art students and also producing art herself, King says, “My basic premise is that everybody’s spirit is intact. The essence of every person is whole. For me, spirit and creative expression are intimately related, and I address both in my teaching.” n Visit Carolyn’s website at www.dreamco.com/hearttohand
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Solar Art by Teya Vitu
On February 19 at 8:45 a.m., a propeller blade will project onto the image of a 1910s airplane embossed into the sidewalk of the Luis G. Gutierrez Bridge, newly opened to pedestrians and bicyclist. No other time or day during the year will the propeller align with the plane. It’s a magical moment, one that the bridge’s designers purposely fashioned to make the new bridge for the Cushing Street extension to the West Side an actual destination. Such was the case at 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 14, when people gathered around a sandblasted sidewalk image of the Tucson Pressed Brick Co. as the solar projection of the TPCO brick stamp inched onto the sidewalk image. “I was out there and there were people watching for it to happen,” said Claudia Perchinelli, a bridge engineer and owner of Structural Grace, the local bridge engineering firm that designed the bridge. “It was very exciting. They all had their cameras and they were waiting.” That’s exactly what the bridge’s architect, David Dobler of Structural Grace, wanted to achieve with the 12 solar icons laser-cut into the shade canopies above the sidewalks. Each sidewalk image and accompanying text depicts a specific moment or event that defines Tucson. “I wanted to create something in my mind to get people here for other reasons than just cross the river. I wanted to create a destination,” Dobler said. How hard is it to have the sun project an image on a precise spot at a precise time on a specific date? We always know where the sun will be. Sundials easily tell the right time. But Dobler had to wrestle with many more variables to make sure the 12 images were embossed into the exact locations on the sidewalk. The bridge follows a rounded camber across the Santa Cruz. Plus it’s rounded side-side, too. In addition, the canopy with the image to be project is curved. All this needed to be incorporated into the 3D modeling. The light poles that carry the canopies had to be exactly vertical and the crossbars with the canopies at a precise height. Even the sidewalk benches needed adjustments. The image and text for Juan Bautista de Anza wrap around one bench. On top of all that, the Luis G. Gutierrez Bridge has undergone considerable design changes since 2007. There was the name change from Cushing Street Bridge. The bridge was narrowed by about a dozen feet, and has gone from three spans to two spans. Most significantly, there was a major realignment to have the bridge cross the Santa Cruz River at an angle to preserve Pima County’s Theresa Lee Public Health Center. The bridge is aligned 22º39’50” askew in a southeast to northwest slant. Designers learned by chance that this alignment was only half a degree off from where the sun rises and sets on the winter and summer solstices, Dec. 21 and June 21. To the lay person, that’s a rising and setting sun right down the middle of the street. That triggered the Indiana Jones in David Dobler’s psyche. Since “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” he’s been intrigued by the tomb scene, where Jones attaches a gem on a staff and the sun projects onto the secret spot. “I bought a statue of St. John the Baptist, stuck it on a staff, and on the summer solstice 2008, I held it up on the bank of the Santa Cruz River and checked the shadow,” Dobler recalled. Of course, the shadow fell exactly where Dobler expected. Dobler and Structural Grace’s computer aided design modeler Mike 24 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | November 2012
Luis G. Gutierrez Bridge
photos: David Olsen
Architect David Dobler
Lichtenstein created a 3D computer model with the bridge specifics and bridge is essentially done – but there are square holes at the base of each then ran it with specific dates and times to see if a projected image would canopy where the lazer-cut images would go. Armed with a carpenter’s project onto a sidewalk image at a precise time. Then Dobler built a real crayon, Dobler made precise measurements from the center lines of each life model with the image of the Spanish flag projecting onto a rough prelight pole and from barrier separating the side walkfrom the roadway. Then sidio drawing and set it up in the Structural Grace parking lot on Aug. 8, he drew two squares, six inches apart, one for the sidewalk image, one for 2008. the text. “At the allotted time, which I think was high noon, the image didn’t “I crawled on the ground. It was hot. I was out here eight hours doing align where we expected it to,” Dobler said. “We just sat there and waited. this,” Dobler said. An hour later, it aligned perfectly.” “The most important chapter of the bridge’s story is the story of colThe Google shade and shadow program they used did not account laboration between engineer, architect and artist.” for Arizona not recognizing Daylight Saving Time. Dobler and Lichtenstein Bridge artist Brenda Semanick heartily agrees. took the results of this parking lot experiment to astronomer at UA: Sci“Dave and I worked together on this for four years,” Semanick said. “It ence Flandrau to confirm their premise. They got a thumbs-up from the was a beautifully collaborative project.” astronomers. For the solar art, Semanick designed the canopy panels that project Dobler and Lichtenstein then entered exact geometrics of all the bridge onto the sidewalk images, which were drawn by her artist husband, David elements into the 3D modeling program to align canopy and sidewalk imJohnson Vandenberg. Semanick also designed the laser-cut cottonwood ages. leaves that give the canopy an artistic perforated look. The image in the canopy would be in a fixed position, and Dobler had The staircases down to the river are embedded with 200 shards of repspecific historic dates in mind for all 12 images. So the variables were lica Hohokam pottery. Semanick based the designs on pottery excavated moving the sidewalk image and finding an ideal time for the canopy image from the Santa Cruz River. She hand-painted each one. to project onto the sidewalk. “I went there and worked with the guys who built the staircases and “Mike and I sat down and did the modeling. You just literally plug in said ‘put one here, put one there.’ I even put a few in myself,” Semanick different times. We would then move said. “It was summer. It was brutal the sidewalk image to align at a spework for those guys.” cific time.” Semanick also added ducks, fish Solar events for the Luis G. Gutierrez Bridge It took one week at the end of and bats to the center pier that holds 2009 to establish times and sideup the bridge. She carved 20 bats February 19 at 8:45am: First Aircraft walk placements. But they were not out of clay and then made molds and February 21 at 8:45am: Rodeo Parade done. cast each in concrete. The bats can March 15 at 9:30am: Father Eusebio Kino “As the bridge design changed, be found high on the pier under the March 20 at 8:30am: The Southern Pacific Railroad the alignments had to be adapted by bridge. April 10 at 9:30am: Mariachi shifting the images by the respective “ I went up there with the guys,” May 25 at 10:30am: Phoenix Mars Lander narrowing amount,” Dobler said. Semanick said. “I wanted each bat June 1 at 12pm: The Historic Streetcar They had to go through the 3D placed a certain way.” n June 24 at 10:30am: El Dia de San Juan modeling exercise two more times to July 3 at 10:45am: The Monsoon This article appears courtesy of the establish the precise positions of the August 20 at 9:30am: The Presidio San Agustin de Tucson Downtown Tucson Partnership and sidewalk images you see today. October 14 at 8:45am: Tucson Pressed Brick Company DowntownTucson.org Fast forward to August 2012. The October 26 at 8:15am: Commander Juan Bautista de Anza Arrives
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“Philabaum Glass Holiday Studio and Sale” takes place at Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio for two days after Thanksgiving. “Max Beckmann” by Alec Laughlin, appearing at Obsidian Gallery
“Ignite: Neon and Light Show” at DECO
“Exaltation” by David Tineo shows at Contreras Gallery through Sat, Nov 24.
november art galleries & exhibits ATLAS Fine arts
The Origin of Vision, drawing works on paper by Karine Falleni, Jerry Jacoson, and and Andrew Polk, through Nov. 24. Opening reception Oct. 6, 6pm. Wed-Thurs 11am-5:30pm, Fri-Sat, 11am-7pm. 41 S. 6th Ave. 622-2139.
CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Made in Arizona: Photographs from the Collection continues through Sun, Nov 25. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm. 1030 N. Olive Rd. 621-7968, CreativePhotography.org
CONRAD WILDE GALLERY 1st Saturday Art Walk gallery opening. Conrad Wilde Gallery presents Tucson Modernism Week: Revisions, featuring artists James Gasowski and Tim Mosman. These contemporary artists revisit a Modernist sensibility. Exhibition runs through December 8. Regular Gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday 11-5. 439 N. 6th Ave. #171. 6228997, ConradWildeGallery.com
CONTRERAS GALLERY David Tineo: The End of Days runs Sat, Nov 3-Sat, Nov 24. Tues-Fri 11am5pm, Sat 11am-4pm. 110 E. 6th St. 398-6557, ContrerasHouseFineArt.com
DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY
Take Five, a group landscape painting exhibit, continues through Fri, Nov 3. Abstract Expressionist paintings by Josh Goldberg runs Thu, Nov 8- Sat, Dec 29. Thu-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat, 11am-4pm. 154 E. 6th St. 629-9759, DavisDominguez.com
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DECO Ignite: Neon and Light Show through Jan 31, Tue-Wed, Sat, 11am-4pm; Thu-Fri, 11am-5pm. 2612 E. Broadway Blvd. 319-0888, DecoArtTucson.com
DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN South-
JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY
Subdivision #3 continues through January. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; SatSun, 10am-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 626-4215, CFA. arizona.edu/galleries
west Landscapes Acrylic on Canvas by Alexandria Winslow shows Sun, Nov 4- Fri, Nov 16. Acrylic on Canvas & Mixed Media by Janet Patton runs Sun, Nov 18- Fri, Nov 30. Daily, 10am-4pm. 6300 N. Swan Rd. 299-9191, DeGrazia.org
LIONEL ROMBACH GALLERY Annual Fall Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition runs Thu, Nov 13- Sat, Jan 5. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm. 1031 N. Olive Rd. 624-4215, CFA.arizona.edu/galleries
THE DRAWING STUDIO
Interpreting the Human Figure continues through Fri, Dec 7. Gallery talk Wed, Nov 7 from 1:30pm-2:30pm and a reception from 5pm-7pm. Mon, Wed 10:30am5pm; Tue, Thu 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-3pm. 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 206-6942, Pima.Edu/cfa
Sanctuary: Recent Works by TDS Faculty and Flight: Midcentury Masters Interpret the Escape for Survival continues through Sat, Nov 3. Small Wonders shows Sat, Nov 10- Sat, Dec 15 with an opening reception from 6pm-9pm.Tue-Sat, noon4pm. 33 S. 6th Ave. 620-0947, TheDrawingStudio.org
Seeing in Silver: John Loengard, Ralph Gibson and Harry Callahan continues through January with a reception on Sat, Nov 3 from 7pm-10pm. Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm. 135 S. 6th Ave. 6247370, EthertonGallery.com
FLORENCE QUATER GALLERY
Michael Cojero: Black Sites continues through Wed, Nov 21. Fees and tuition vary. The Art Center Design College, 2525 N. Country Club Rd. 325-0123, SUVA.edu
GEORGE STRASBURGER gallery ThuSat, 11am-4pm and by appointment. 172 E. Toole St. 882-2160, GeorgeStrasburger.com
LOUIS CARLOS BERNAL GALLERY. P.O.V:
Tucson Home and Gardens runs Thu, Nov 1-Fri, Nov 30. Mon-Sat, 10am6pm; Sun, 11am-5pm. 3001 E. Skyline Dr, #101. 6234000, Madaras.com.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Wed-Sun, noon-5pm. $8, adults; free, children under 12, members, military; free to all second Wednesday of the month. 265 S. Church Ave. 624-5019, MOCATucson.org
OBSIDIAN GALLERY Faces Down the Tracks, group show with Citizens Artist Collective, through Nov 25. 410 N. Toole Ave., #120. 577-3598, Obsidian-Gallery.com Galleries continued on page 29
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Museums/Exhibits ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM
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PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY & STUDIO Glass Pioneers continues through Fri, Nov 30. Philabaum Glass Holiday Studio and Sale takes place Fri, Nov 23- Sat, Nov 24. 10am-5pm. Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm. 711 S. 6th Ave. 884-7404, PhilabaumGlass.com
PORTER HALL GALLERY Pollinators by Catherine Eyde continues through Mon, Nov 12. Art by Dee Bates shows Thu, Nov 15- Sun, Dec 9 with an artist reception on Fri, Nov 16 from 5pm-7pm. $8, Adults; $4, Children 4-12; Free, Children 3 and younger. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, TucsonBotanical.org
RAICES TALLER 222 ART GALLERY Dia de los Muertos runs Fri, Nov 2- Sat, Nov 17. Opening reception Fri, Nov 2 from 6pm-9pm. Fri-Sat, 1pm-5pm & by appointment. 218 E. 6th St. 881-5335, RaicesTaller222.webs.com
Visions of the Southwest: American Women Artists Master & Signature Member Exhibition opens Sat, Nov 3 with a reception from 2pm-4pm. American Women Artist’s Paint Out takes place Sat, Nov 3 from 9am to 11am. Regularly: Desert flora and fauna, animal presentations, Raptor Free Flights, more. $14.50, adults; $4.50, children 6-12. Daily, 7:30am-5pm. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. 883-1380, DesertMuseum.org
ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM
Contemporary Talavera continues through December. $5, children free. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. UA Campus, 1013 E. University Blvd. 626-8381, StateMuseum.Arizona.edu
MINI-TIME MACHINE MUSEUM No Small Parts: The Role of Scale Models in Theater Set Design continues through Sun, Nov 11.1st Thursdays, open until 8pm. Tue-Sat, 9am-4pm. $7, adults ($5 Thu); $6, seniors/military; $5, 4-17. 4455 E. Camp Lowell. 881-0606, TheMiniTimeMachine.org
SO. AZ TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM Train show and swap meet: Fri, Nov 2- Sat, Nov 3 held at Exposition Center at Alvernon and Irvington. Open houses Sun, Nov 11 and Sun, Nov 25. Free. Tue-Thu & Sun, 11am-3pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-4pm. 414 N. Toole Ave. 623-2223, TucsonHistoricDepot.org
TOHONO CHUL PARK
Water continues through Sun, Nov 11. Horse Country: Horses in the Southwest continues through January. Mayan Calender begins Thu, Nov 8. Holiday for the Park begins Thu, Nov 15. Daily events: Reptile Ramble, Eco-Station Walks, more. See the website for other events. Daily, 8am-5pm. $7, 13+; $5, 62+ & military; $3 students; $2 children. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 7426455, TohonoChulPark.org
TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS
Bellos Adornos: A Photographic Exhibit Celebration Tucson’s Mexican- American Home and Garden Decorative Traditions continues through Tue, Nov 6. Butterfly Magic continues through April. Regular entry fees: $7, adults; $3, children 4-12. Daily, 8:30am-4:30pm (except holidays). 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686, TucsonBotanical.org
Santa Muerte Music and Arts Festival continues through Sun, Nov 4. Wed-Fri, 1pm-4pm; Sat, 4pm-9pm; Sun, 3pm-6pm. 245 E. Congress St. 777-7403, SacredMachine.com
Southern AZ WATERCOLOR GUILD 8th Annual Community Calender Show continues through Sun, Nov 25. 200 Under $100: Bin Bonanza begins Tue, Nov 27. Tue-Sun; 11am-4pm. River Center Plaza, 5605 E. River Rd., #131. 299-7294, WaterColor-Sawg.org
Toshi Ueshina: All Souls Procession continues through Thu, Nov 27. Valerie Galloway: Photographs runs Fri, Nov 30- Tue, Jan 8. Mon–Fri, 10am-5pm. 330 S. Scott Ave. 624-7370, EthertonGallery.com
TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART El Nacimiento,
UA ART MUSEUM
Broken Desert, Land and Sea, featuring Greg Lindquist, Chris McGinnis, Mary Mattingly and William Lamson opens Thu, Nov 8. Tue-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun, noon-4pm. $5 adults; children/students/faculty, free. 1031 N. Olive Rd. ArtMuseum.arizona.edu
WILDE MEYER GALLERY People and Places of the West opens Thu, Nov 1. Rough and Tumble opens Thu, Nov 1. Home on the Range opens Thu, Nov 1 with a reception on Thu, Nov 15 from 5pm7pm. Mon-Fri, 10am-5:30pm. Wilde Meyer Gallery, 3001 E. Skyline Dr. WildeMeyer.com
The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-7777 (show times recording), 322-LOFT, LoftCinema.com Times and admissions vary. Dates indicate first date of movie run. Fri 2: First Friday Shorts, Nobody Walks, The House I Live In, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut Sat 3: The Time Machine Sun 4: The Marriage of Maria Braun Mon 5: Kill Squad Thu 8 - 15: The Loft Film Fest Fri 9: Decoding Deepak, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Tue 13: The Invisible War Fri 16: The Flat Sun 18: Timon of Athens, Bidder 70 Tue 20: Little Heaven Tue 27: Brother Number One Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress St. Admission is $6-$8. 624-1515, FoxTucsonTheatre.org Sat 3: A Taste for NOURISH: Fried Green Tomatoes Thu 15: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure Pima County Public Libraries 594-5500, Library.Pima.Gov Sat 10: Solar Mamas (Woods Memorial) Sun 18: Bidder 70 (Quincie Douglas) Mon 19: Solar Mamas (Himmel Park) Mon 26: Solar Mamas (Mission)
The Screening Room 127 E. Congress St. 882-0204, AZMac.org/Scroom See the website Voices of Opposition UA’s Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Building, 1130 N. Mountain Ave. VoicesOfOpposition.com Tue 13: The Tiananmen Massacre: The Crushing of the 1989 Student Democracy Movement
Photo courtesy of DoubleFeaturesShow.com
scenes from the traditional Mexican nativity scene, opens Sat, Nov 17. Wed, Fri, Sat: 10am-5pm; Thu: 10am-8pm; Sun, noon-5pm. $10, adults; $8, seniors; $5, students 13+; free, children under 12. Free to all the first Sunday of the month. 140 N. Main Ave. 6242333, TucsonMuseumofArt.org
“Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” shows Thu, Nov 15 at Fox Theatre.
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Loft Film Festival Delivers Cinema Delights by Herb Stratford Mark your calendar cinema fans, November 8-15, the Loft Cinema will again deliver a stunning array of films. Presenting their second annual “Loft Film Festival,” Tucson’s art house cinema extraordinaire has again programmed a killer festival with 40+ films to experience. With documentaries, narrative features, shorts and even a concert film, the festival will keep you busy day and night. That’s not to mention the panel discussions, Q & A sessions and parties along with the dedication of their newest screening room. We spoke with Peggy Johnson, Executive Director of the Loft about this year’s festival. This year has a very exciting line up of films. Was it easier this year to get some titles based on last year’s success with the Festival? P.J. - Certainly every year builds on the success of the previous year and of course it depends on what’s available, but yes, we think this year’s lineup is very exciting. Are there any favorites for you and the Loft staff this year in the fest? P.J. - For me, personally, Post Tenebras Lux is a favorite— a bold, fresh, challenging work of art. The director, Carlos Reygadas, won Best Director at Cannes for the film, and he will be here to talk about it, which is really exciting. Selecting favorites is always hard as there are many I love for a variety of reasons, and we take a great deal of care curating the festival so that there are films that will appeal to a great cross-section of patrons. You’re spoiling us! We almost don’t need to travel to other fests any more with all of the great programming that the Loft is offering...is that a goal? P.J. - You bet! We hope people will come to Tucson for our festival. You’re right - many of my favorite films from Cannes, SXSW, Sundance, Telluride - they’re at our fest! This year there are so many physical changes to the Loft (New screening room, parking, etc.) the festival seems like a great way to let folks know indie cinema is alive and well in Tucson...true? P.J. - Yes, we have worked hard to make the timing work so that we are opening the new screen on our opening night. It is going to be a great 30 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | November 2012
space that we’re excited to share with the community! We’re also celebrating The Loft’s 40th Anniversary during the festival. That’s four decades of great film in Tucson. We had a chance to preview a few of the films from this year’s festival and some highlights include:
Wrong The delightfully odd follow-up feature from director Quentin Dupieux (Rubber) follows a man in search of his lost dog. A fan favorite at Sundance last January, it finally hits Tucson. Do not miss a chance to see this movie.
Post Tenbras Lux The Best Director award winner at Cannes this year, this film is part experimental cinema, part drama and part character study. Thought provoking and meditative, the movie is a must-see that leaves you thinking.
Holy Motors This is one of the most unique and odd films in recent memory. It defies definition. A French film about a shadowy character and the “roles” he plays in one long, strange day.
Barbara From Germany, another award winning film (Berlin Film Festival) about a small town doctor in East Berlin before the fall of the wall. Full of mystery, deception and intrigue.
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters A spellbinding documentary on the work of photographer Crewdson and the amazing images he creates that are part cinema, part narrative and all beauty. n Visit LoftCinema.com for more info on the festival.
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broker, who lives in Phoenix and worked on the Cityscape project. He had heard about these Flagstaff restaurateurs from a college classmate broker in Fort Collins, who was showing Moir around at the time. The brother-in-law got Stiteler and the Flagstaff duo in touch. “They are the A Team,” Stiteler said. “We met for an afternoon and an evening and totally hit it off.” Stiteler has taken excruciating pains in finding just the right tenants for his Fifth and Congress properties. He resolutely stays away from chain stores and instead lured Ari Shapiro to Downtown with Xoom Juice and Sparkroot and Kade Mislinski with HUB and Playground. “I think they will hit it off with Kade and Ari and that’s important to me,” Stiteler said. “I have room for two or three more opportunities – three retail or two restaurants. We’re fielding so many good offers. I’ll continue to be patient.” Moir, Widmark and Stiteler each sought more of a partnership than an absentee landlord-tenant relationship. “Scott just blew away every other landlord I considered.” Widmark said. “I wanted a landlord who had a vision, who wanted to make something happen, and who saw me as a partner in bringing that to life. He sent folks up to Flagstaff to check us out. We did our homework on him, and most importantly we spent time together, hammering out details and getting to know each other.” Moir and Widmark have entirely separate business operations in Flagstaff, on neighboring streets, in fact. Here in Tucson, Proper and
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Diablo will be distinct and separate, too, in the same building. But Moir and Widmark are close friends, pretty much a team, communicating by phone, text or in person on most days. Even though Moir took the lead with Tucson and helped Widmark get Diablo going, Moir views Widmark as an equal. “We have each other’s backs in both locations,” Moir said. “During construction, I trust him to make decisions on my behalf (when Moir is not in Tucson).” Proper will be a hybrid of Moir’s Brix and Criollo. Proper will have full meals but his heart leans heavily to the “small plates and shared plates” concept that will be new to Proper. “What we serve is properly portioned plates,” Moir said. The name Proper was inspired by a British friend who lives in Colorado and occasionally visits Flagstaff and stops by Moir’s restaurant. “He always regards our food as being proper,” Moir said. “It’s really simple, straightforward food, good ingredients.” Diablo Burger serves hamburgers on an English muffin branded with a DB. “The idea behind the English Muffin is to keep the focus on the beef and on that great, clean grass-fed beef flavor,” Widmark said. “Most burgers come on buns that are even bigger than the burger itself, and you actually get that big, stuffed feeling in large part from the bread.” Widmark will likely use the same beef in Tucson as he does in Flagstaff at first, but he’s been talking to University of Arizona ethno-botanist and local food movement guru Gary Nabhan to find Southern Arizona ranches to supply beef for Tucson. n 32 ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com | November 2012
This article appears courtesy of the Downtown Tucson Partnership and DowntownTucson.org
New and Upcoming Local Books Citizens Warehouse, Citizens Artist Collective
The Historic Warehouse Arts District in downtown Tucson is an eclectic, thriving and growing community. Citizens Warehouse, a cornerstone to this community, is home to 23 artists of varied mediums and disciplines. The book features select works from the artists, amounting to more than 120 full color images of paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, metal work, furnishings, and multi-media art. Funding for this book is crowdsourced.
Available at: www.indiegogo.com/citizenswarehouse
Soul of Science
by Daniel Martin Diaz
This 128-page art book explores the mystery of science, nature, anatomy, consciousness, and the power of symbols, documenting DMDâ€™s latest series of 40 graphite drawings, and includes essays from several esteemed contributors from a variety of scientific disciplines. Crowdsource funded.
Available at: www.kickstarter.com/projects/dmd/soul-of-science-art-book
Step Zero, A Sober Love Story in 2076 The time is 2076. The setting, a hopeful post-apocalyptic America. Much has changed in the world since 2060, but the resilience of survivors and those born since is strong and family means more than ever. Meet Artie, and get to know his girlfriend Georgia and their friends as he takes a road trip to reconnect with his grandmother in San Francisco. Mormon tea is now the drug of choice and powerful gangs seek to addict and control the population. Support groups and a strong U.S. Marshall Service fight back. Loss, love, sex, music, hope and recovery are some of what youâ€™ll find in Step Zero along with fast paced action and several surprises.
by Stu Jenks
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ill Carter’s third book, Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, the Metal that Runs the World, does indeed tell a story, one that is so squarely in front of our collective faces and yet so hidden from view that the fact that’s its never really been told is simultaneously bewildering and perfectly understandable. Like copper, it’s a conundrum and a paradox: and that, in and of itself, is one of the central themes of this provocative, maddening and moving book. Copper is ubiquitous: it is, seemingly, in everything; cell phones, computers, wiring, innumerable household and construction items, virtually all motorized vehicles, on and on. Try going a day without using or encountering copper: try going an hour. Good luck with that. Copper is everywhere in the modern world, but, with a few exceptions, largely unseen. Furthermore, who really thinks about it, especially where it comes from and what has to happen for it to be turned into a useful commodity? Fortunately for us, Bill Carter got interested. Bill Carter is uniquely suited for this task. A current resident of Flagstaff, a former Tucsonan and longtime resident of Bisbee, Carter is the author of two previous, equally wonderful books, Red Summer (about salmon fishing in Alaska) and the remarkable Fools Rush In, about his time spent in Sarajevo during it’s siege in the Bosnian war of the 1990s. In all of his books, he has shown an unerring gift for blending the personal with the universal, and using his own personal experiences as a jumping off point into much larger stories with larger import. Boom, Bust, Boom is perfect Carter material. Like I said, he was a longtime resident of Bisbee: a town built into existence because of it’s copper mine, at one point one of the biggest in the U.S. Carter uses his own experiences as a parent and a resident having to face the forces that mining has unleashed in the town—and the possible reopening of the mine—as an entry way into the tangle of complexities that the mining and use of copper unleashes. What he uncovers is remarkable, fascinating, maddening and full of dire warnings for our collective future. The short story is that we need and rely on copper to live in the modern world, but the extraction of copper ore from the earth, the refining of it and the appalling waste that it leaves behind is one of the most grievous injuries that mankind has inflicted on the earth. Carter walks us through not only the extraction and production of it, but the buying and selling of it, the stockpiling of it, the geopolitical significance of it and how it, literally, wires the world together. Herein lies the unavoidable, seemingly insurmountable crux of the copper “issue;” we apparently can’t live without it in the modern world, but we are hastening our end to get it. Unless we are prepared to return to some sort of hunter/gatherer and subsistence farming form of civilization—not terribly realistic, as there’s not much left to hunt or gather—until someone comes up with a better way of running computers and cars, we’re stuck with the stuff. Along his journey Carter interviews numerous apologists and functionaries working in the mining business, and his encounters with them provide many of the most memorable and revealing aspects of his story. For the most part they are polite and helpful in their own way, as long as they can control the narrative; but when pushed on issues they also push back or just check out. Carter has a truly advanced gift for cutting through all of the benign bullshit that is tossed his (and our way) about “safe mining” and “low impact on the environment” rhetoric. He listens, reasons his way through it, then time and again puts their arguments to a reality-based test. They loose, of course: mining is inherently destructive, from a world impact point of view. But we all really lose, as we also win the right to live in the modern world, a dilemma that Bill Carter paints with tremendous empathy in Boom, Bust, Boom. n
Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, the Metal that Runs the World a book by Bill Carter, Scribner Books by Carl Hanni
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French 75 by Hannah McCain
the Evolution of a Neighborhood Eatery by Dolly Spalding A few years ago in the El Presidio neighborhood, several opportunistic thieves went on a low-ball, non-violent crime spree, burglarizing homes and cars on Main Street and in the vicinity. Among the targets of their malfeasance was the pastry case at the tiny Café à la C’Art, tucked away in the Stevens-Duffield House at Tucson Museum of Art. Area residents reacted identically to the news . . . “Well, no wonder. Probably the most valuable part of their haul.” Pastry chef Laura Quarrella no doubt considered that a compliment, as well she should. Her scrumptious pastries defy any compliment that’s effusive enough to do them justice. In 1996, Judith Michelet and her son Mark launched their catering business, Carte Blanche. Their plan was to block out the entire month of August each year, and “life would be peachy.” One of their clients was the Tucson Museum of Art, whose director decided that he wanted to replace the eponymous bistro that put Janos Wilder on the culinary map, “Janos,” which had occupied Stevens-Duffield House from 1983 to 1998. According to Judith, “he insisted that we were going to do it. We decided we were not going to do it. He kept coming after us, and one time, we were catering
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Can you imagine a swim instructor who’s afraid of water or a Zen Buddhism teacher who lives by a hectic nine-to-five schedule? What about a bartender who doesn’t drink? Well, let me introduce you to Brian Halbach, one of four bartenders at Agustín Brasserie—and he’s a teetotaler. “Well, I’ve gotten drunk a few times in my life,” Brian concedes. “Who hasn’t? It’s your twenty-first birthday and everyone’s buying you drinks— you’ve got to indulge those people.” For the most part, though, Brian abstains. “It was difficult starting out [at Agustín],” he concedes, for that reason among others. “The restaurant took a gamble on me, because I had no experience in the food industry, let alone as a bartender.” But today, “I make a mean Bloody Mary,” Brian says, grinning. The hardest part of bartending for Brian is the wine-tasting involved in the job. The drinking is worth it, though, because he has been able to develop an experienced palate. To match the cooler weather descending on Tucson, “the food at Agustín has gotten richer, with bolder wines to go with the new menu,” Brian explains. “The wines are matched to the food and the seasons, and I need to be able to offer well-informed recommendations” to Agustín’s patrons. However, while Brian has learned to appreciate wine, his passion lies in the art of cocktails. “I appreciate the dynamic of a well-mixed drink,” he explains. “It’s fascinating how over- or under-pouring any element of a cocktail can completely skew the end result.” For the approaching autumn and winter seasons he recommends the Diablo Margarita—“spicy; it almost makes you sweat a little!”—or the Steel Manhattan, which is “deeper and darker” than summerier drinks like the French 75, Brian’s favorite drink to pour. Along with the science of pouring the perfect drink, Brian appreciates the face-to-face aspect of bartending. In serving, he explains, the goal is to melt into the background. “Servers are hidden, but the bartender’s job— you’re almost an entertainer. I get to dress up, you know, ‘wow’ people everyday: ‘Hey, I have a bowtie!’ and let me make you a delicious drink!” The drink Brian is most proud of is his Bloody Mary—like any mixer at Agustín, the Bloody Mary mix is made in-house, but in this case only Brian knows the recipe. Accordingly, he’s not about to share that recipe with anyone. He does, however, indulge me by sharing his recipe for the French 75, a deliciously crisp and refreshing beverage that Brian describes as “simple and light, but with a complexity to it, too. I’d describe it as a ‘Frenchified adult lemonade.” Perfect for the last lingering days of warmth!
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Café a la C’Art continued from page 36 the craft fair, and we saw him coming and we hid in the bushes.” He ultimately won, but not without a fight. For a number of years the café and the catering progressed, serving lunch and utilizing the brightly decorated sunroom and tranquil patio on the east side of Stevens-Duffield House (Palice Pavilion) housing the Pre-Columbian and Folk Art collections. In 2008, under current director Robert Knight, TMA gave them one additional room. Then, in early spring 2012, it was determined that the collections needed to be moved because humidity and temperature couldn’t be controlled. Therefore, the café got the extra rooms by default and doubled its size. So lunch only became lunch plus breakfast. Finally, several months ago, dinner was added, Thursday through Saturday. Perhaps an unfair test, offering dinner in the middle of summer in Tucson, but immediately business expanded because of the extra space. “We could have used this space 10 years ago,” Judith says. “Going into fall, it’s going to be incredibly busy for breakfast and lunch. To have waited for fall, it would have been a real mess.” Dinner is, unlike breakfast and lunch, full table service, with appetizers and boutique beers and wine, so the staff had a lot to learn, logistically. “It’s been an expensive learning proposition,” says Judith, “but we have a very good reputation. And a very loyal clientele.” Each week, along with the lunch menu, they offer meat, chicken and vegetarian entrees. The plan is to ultimately be open 6 days a week, 5 to 11pm, so as to take advantage of hungry post-concert and theater patrons. “One of the things we have going for us is all the free parking after 5pm. We are easy to get to because we are outside of the construction zone.” In November, Café a la C’Art will feature the following menu items: Autumn Salad – Seedless Red grapes, spiced walnuts, Camembert cheese, Granny Smith apples, dates and dried cranberries on organic field greens, with a Port vinaigrette. Southwestern Spiced Pumpkin Soup –with a cilantro lime crema and toasted pepitas. Maple Scones – with candied pecans and cranberries. Chocolate Pumpkin Cake – with a pumpkin cream cheese frosting. Spice Cakes –with a dried fruit compote. Autumn Beers – Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale andSam Adams Octoberfest. Café à la C’Art is located at 140 N. Main Ave., 6288533, online at cafealacarttucson.com and 628-8533. Open seven days a week, Monday - Friday: 7am-2pm, Saturday & Sunday: 8am-2pm, Thursday- Saturday: 5pm-9pm.
Notes From A Plant Freak by Jared R. McKinley Gardening: it is often defined in very limited terms and thought of in isolation from many activities that serious practitioners often find themselves engaging. The author is here to encourage a broadening of what is labelled under “gardening”. The following list of activities are those which are great companions to growing plants. Composting: this should be synonymous with gardening but technically it is a separate activity. Everyone should be composting; it is the best source of soil nutrition. Even if you don’t have a lot of space, you can make a worm compost bin that fits under your sink. If you have the room, learn to compost. Also, learn to make aerated compost tea. An article on this will be in these pages very soon. But for now, Google it! Animal husbandry: raise some chickens or rabbits or other herbivore animals. Not only do they give you eggs, meat, or just the enjoyment of having cute animals but their manure is wonderful as an activator for the compost pile and for increasing the soil nutritional and biological profile. Cooking: obviously if you grow a bunch of food, you gotta eat it. Become a great cook. Everyone SHOULD. But these days many people have become very dependent on fast food. Be able. Learn how to make food for yourself. Canning, Fermenting, Food Preservation: when a crop produces more than you can possibly consume at once, or even trade away, you can efficiently preserve the fruits of your labor for the future by drying, canning, or preserving with age-old fermenting techniques (like making sauerkraut) which are also very healthy additions to the diet. Bees: don’t be intimidated. Bees are not that hard to raise. It takes a few hours a week on average to manage a hive, and armed with the right information, you can raise bees. They not only pollinate your garden, but your neighbors’ gardens for miles around. Plus, honey is awesome. All these things, besides making you a smarter, more able person, will also help you spend less money on inferior food. Home-grown food is really the best. Once you start producing your own, your life is sure to change a lot. This might sound lofty, but engaging in these activities is also good for humankind. Skills like making food should not be lost, or left to large corporations. We should all know something about food, since we cannot live without it.
Seasonal Notes Keep planting all your cool season crops: leafy greens, root crops, cool season herbs and legumes, garlic, onions, etc. Landscape plants that are not frost tender are best planted in fall, even if they are dormant. Prepare for frosts. They are around the corner. Keep some old sheets at the ready for those cold nights--pay attention to the low temperatures at night, that is when frost damage occurs, especially just before daybreak. Cool season annuals and perennials should be out in full force. You can still plant wildflowers, and if you already have, consider planting successionally: if you start a new batch every few weeks to once a month, you will extend your wildflower season considerably. This is true for all annual crops though. Don’t just plant everything out all at once. Jared R. McKinley maintains a gardening and homesteading blog called Arid Land Homesteaders League at Plantfreak.Wordpress.com. November 2012 | ZOCALOMAGAZINE.com 39
Tip Your Hat by Sydney Ballesteros + Claudine Villardito
Among fall’s many pleasures is the opportunity to indulge my appetite for accessories. Living in the desert, I am starved for weather that gives me an excuse to pull out—or acquire more of—the scarves, gloves and boots that punctuate autumn looks. The accessories I get most excited about, however, are hats. Time was, a woman wouldn’t be seen walking to her mailbox without her head covered. And why not? Hats draw attention upward, they frame the face, instantly glamorize, and pull whole wardrobes together. What’s more, hats—especially vintage ones—are wearable sculptures; fine millinery takes such skill that to wear a beautiful hat is to be a work of art oneself. This month’s editorial celebrates the power wielded by beautiful accessories, with special focus on the artistry of the hat. And who better to illustrate it than one of history’s most notorious milliners: Elsa Schiaparelli. The black and white number is one of her divine creations. P.S.–A black turtleneck goes with everything! CREDITS: Creative Director + Stylist Sydney Ballesteros, SydneyBallesteros.com Photographer Stacia Lugo, StaciaLugo.com Makeup Tangie Duffey Hair Raul Mendoza Model Katie Reed Wardrobe Black Cat Vintage, BlackcatVintage.com
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Found Puzzles by misterpaulfisher
TINY BIO OF A GREAT THINKER Daniel Kahneman was awarded the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his work, with Amos Tversky, in prospect theory. (Although his life-long field of research is in psychology.) In 2011, he was named by Foreign Policy Magazine to its list of top global thinkers. He says we operate with two kinds of thinking: 1) Fast automatic and emotional: Thoughts that just come to our minds. Such as what is the answer to 2+2?
Tucson’s community radio station, at 91.3FM and KXCI.org, spins tracks from the following new albums in November.
Mike Doughty, The Flip Is Another Honey (Megaforce) The former Soul Coughing frontman releases his first album of covers, featuring Mike’s take on everything from Cheap Trick to John Denver.
Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill (Reprise) This 2-cd set reunites Neil with Crazy Horse for their first album of new material in more than a decade; 9 songs coming in at almost 90 minutes allows for an awful lot of jamming.
2) Slow and more logical: Thoughts that we have to produce laboriously. Such as what is the answer to 17x24? Nothing comes to mind and we have to produce that answer using a set of rules and it takes effort and time.
Rusted Root, The Movement (Shanachie)
Unfortunately we do most of our thinking using #1! He concludes that everyday thinking leads to very poor decisions. We understand things by making them true in our minds. By imagining them to be true. And then if it doesn’t work we conclude that they are not true.
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Wreck and Ruin (Sugar Hill)
Kahneman’s test below, illustrates his point. Read the problem quickly and jump to the answer automatically. Write it down.
RNDM, Acts (Monkeywrench)
“Root Heads” have waited three years for Rusted Root’s follow up to Stereo Rodeo and they won’t be disappointed with more tracks combining jam rock with worldly vibes.
The married Australian singer-songwriters are back with their second album of country duets.
A debut album but from some familiar faces: Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and Richard Stuverud of Three Fish, combining for an up-tempo sound. n
A bat and ball, together, cost $1.10. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? PUZZLE #6 (Rebus)
What is this common five word phrase?
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Photo courtesy of Hotel Congress.
Photo courtesy of LAVA.
“The Sea and Cake” perform at Hotel Congress on Mon, Nov 12.
“Blame Sally” performs at Abounding Grace Sanctuary as part of LAVA music on Sat, Nov 10.
FOX TUCSON THEATRE
AVA AMPHITHEATER at Casino Del Sol 5655 W. Valencia Rd. CasinoDelSol.com Fri 16: Counting Crows
BOONDOCKS LOUNGE 3306 N. 1st Ave. 690-0991, BoondocksLounge.com Mondays: The Bryan Dean Trio Tuesdays: Titan Valley Warheads Fridays: Live Music with Neon Prophet Thu 1: The Ed Delucia Trio Sat 3: Tony and the Torpedoes Thu 8: The Ed Delucia Trio Sat 10: Nancy McCallion & New Wee Band, Triple Double Band Sun 11: Mr. Boogie Woogie Farewell Party Thu 15: The Ed Delucia Band Sat 17: CD Release Party for Grams & Krieger Sun 18: Last Call Girls Sat 24: Annual Dance of Thanks Party with Wayback Machine Sun 25: Zo Carroll & the Soul Breakers Thu 29: The Ed Delucia Band Fri 30: Anna Warr & Giant Blue
CLUB CONGRESS 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848, HotelCongress.com/club Thu 1: The Devil Makes Three
Fri 2: Hard Rock All Souls Weekend Kick Off Sat 3: Comic Con After Party Sun 4: 23rd Annual All Souls Procession, All Souls After Party Mon 5: Old Man Markley Tue 6: Tucson’s Election Night Headquarter Party, Ben Sollee Thu 8: Opti Club: Nite Jewel Fri 9: 25th Anniversary Scooter Rally Sat 10: Daniel Johnston Mon 12: The Sea And Cake Tue 13: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Fri 16: Gabriel Sullivan & The Taraf de Tucson Sat 17: Silver Thread Trio Sun 18: Generationals Sat 24: Retro Game Show Night Mon 26: Whitehorse Wed 28: Wovenhand
CUSHING STREET BAR & RESTAURANT 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984, CushingStreet.com Fridays: Cass Preston Saturdays: Jeff Lewis & Friends
DELECTABLES RESTAURANT & CATERING 533 N. 4th Ave. 884-9289, Delectables.com Sat 24: Tommy Tucker
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17 W. Congress St. 624-1515, FoxTucsonTheatre.org Thu 8: Jim Brickman Tue 20: Mary Black HACIENDA DEL SOL 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Rd. 299-1501, HaciendadelSol.com
THE HUT 305 N. 4th Ave. 623-3200, HutTucson.com Sat 3: Fortunate Youth Fri 9: Tonsil Yeti Sat 17: Morning Fatty Fri 30: Authority Zero
201 N. Court Ave, 622-0351, LaCocinaTucson.com Wednesdays: Elephant Head Thursdays: Stefan George Fridays: Greg Morton Band Saturdays: DJ Herm Sundays: Catfish and Weezie
LIVE ACOUSTIC VENUE ASSOCIATION (LAVA) Abounding Grace Sanctuary, 2450 S. Kolb. 647-3234, LavaMusic.org Sat 3: Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin Sat 10: Blame Sally Sat 17: Ted Ramirez
MONTEREY COURT 505 W. Miracle Mile, MontereyCourtAZ.com Thu 1: Troy Grey Fri 2: Hank and Al Perry
Sat 3: Buffelgrass Tue 6: Erik Truelove with Andy Hersey Band Thu 8: Ice 9 Fri 9: Angel Diamond Sat 10: Pueblo Boyz Tue 13: Erik Truelove with The Wyatts Thu 15: Kevin Pakulis with Coyote Supper Club Fri 16: Manzanita Sat 17: Corey Spector Tue 20: Erik Truelove with Bryan Dean and Koko Fri 23: Larry Redhouse Trio Sat 24: Clam Tostada Tue 27: Erik Truelove with The Tryst Fri 30: The Ronstadts
PLUSH 340 E. 6th St. 798-1298, PlushTucson.com Thu 1: Bleached Sat 3: The Empty Phantom, The Jits Sun 4: Ben Durazzo Mon 5: Apollo Run, New Cassettes Tue 6: The Octopus Project, Stareater Thu 8: Stand Up For Kids Fri 9: Mr. Gnome, The Cordials, Algae & Tentacles Sat 10: Blind Divine, Race You There, Tiger Face Sun 11: Little Brave Tue 13: Super Water Sympathy
Wed 14: Naim Amor Thu 15: Raw: Natural Born Artists of Tucson Fri 16: Caught on Film, Yardsale Heart, The March Divide, Bradford Trojan Sat 17: The Electric Blankets, The Royalty, Of the Painted Choir Thu 22: Nowhere Man & Whiskey Girl Sat 24: The Living Breathing Mon 26: Delicate Steve Fri 30: Brian Lopez
RIALTO THEATRE 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000, RialtoTheatre.com Sat 3: Ryanhood Sun 4: Ozomatli: Dance of the Dead Fri 16: Jake Shimabukuro Sat 17: Jack Russell’s Great White Fri 23: Straight No Chaser At Centennial Hall Sat 24: Bela Fleck and The Marcus Roberts Trio Mon 26: Ms. Lauryn Hill Thu 29: Kid Ink
SKY BAR 536 N. 4th Ave. 622-4300, SkyBarTucson.com Mondays: Team Trivia Tuesdays: Jazz Wednesdays: Open Mic Thursdays: Live Music
Collaboration is the Heart of Tucson
Photo courtesy of SalmonStock.org
Photo courtesy of Blog.Bitorrent.com
“Counting Crows” performs at AVA Amphitheater on Fri, Nov 16.
“Ozomatli” perform at the Rialto Theatre on Sun, Nov 4.
31 E. Toole Ave. 884-0874, SolarCulture.org Sun 4: The Donkeys Wed 7: Sic Alps Tue 13: Typhoon
7053 N. Oracle Rd. 531-8500, BluefinTucson.com Sundays: George Howard Duo
SURLY WENCH PUB 424 N. 4th Ave., 882-0009, SurlyWenchPub.com Mondays: Black Mondays with Matt McCoy and weekly guest Fri 2: Black Cherry Burlesque Tue 6: Artphag Fri 9: Bricktop, The Insurgence, Besmirchers Sat 10: Fineline Revisited Fri 16: Sanctuary Sat 17: Spasm-Something Fri 23: Black Cherry Raw Sat 24: Fineline Recisited Wed 28: Joe Buck Yourself, Hooten Hallers Thu 29: Fineline Revisited Fri 30: Sanctuary
Other venues: 17th Street Market 840 E. 17th St. 792-2588, SeventeenthStreetMusic.com
2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN Congress Street, 2ndSaturdaysDowntown.com
CASA VICENTE 375 S. Stone Ave. 884-5253, CasaVicente.com Tuesdays: Live Classical Guitar Wednesdays: Live Guitar Thursdays: Classical Guitar Friday and Saturdays: Flamenco Guitar and Performances
CHE’S LOUNGE 350 N. 4th Ave. 623-2088, ChesLounge.com
CUSHING STREET BAR & RESTAURANT 198 W. Cushing St. 622-7984, CushingStreet.com
KINGFISHER 2564 E. Grant Rd. 323-7739, KingFisherTucson.com
LUNA BELLA 2970 N. Swan Rd. LunaBellaRestaurant.com
NIMBUS BREWERY 3850 E. 44th St. 745-9175 & 6464 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 7331111, NimbusBeer.com
Silver Thread Trio, who released their second album, Trigger & Scythe, late last winter and recently won Best Folk at the Tucson Music Awards, will host a show with Howe Gelb at Club Congress, Sunday, November 17. Just as the after-glow of the All Souls Procession begins to fade, the ladies of Silver Thread Trio will offer an intimate night of harmony-drenched Americana which will include new material from the group. Known for their collaborations with Calexico, Ryanhood, Sergio Mendoza and more, the trio is looking forward to singing with Gelb. Just home from his tour promoting Giant Giant Sand’s new record, Gelb will share a stripped down opening set and a handful of songs with backing harmonies by Silver Thread Trio. SILVER THREAD TRIO performs an early show at Club Congress, Saturday, November, 17, opening with Howe Gelb. Doors at 7pm. $7. For more information, visit SilverThreadTrio.com and HoweGelb.com
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Z lifeintucson by Andrew Brown
Left to right, top to bottom: Gay Pride Parade; Rogo sketching during Art Phag at Surly Wench; Dead Prez at Sky Bar; Tucson Culinary Festival at Casino del Sol; Tucson Culinary Festival at Casino del Sol; Beach House; Saturday sale at Blocks.
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