Arts and Culture

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Last Hurrah

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 8:32 AM

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The twilight of summer is here (womp womp).

Upsides? Walking out the front door will soon no longer feel like accidentally opening a pre-heated oven. And hey, here's a list of five awesome events to attend before the onslaught that is the first week of school descends upon our once empty, tranquil desert streets.  

1) Silversun Pickups at the Rialto
Although ideally we'd rewind back about a month and blast these driving rhythms through an iPod stereo on some beach in Mexico, we'll just have to enjoy them now at the Rialto when Silversun Pickups roll through on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. Full of sway-worthy, 90s-esque complex sound, the Pickups are the perfect act to celebrate the angst that comes with the last days of summer. Check them out here.    

2) Open Studios Under the Full Moon
The Metal Arts Village's (3230 N Dodge Blvd) monthly gathering of booze, food and art is happening this Thursday, Aug. 18 starting at 6 p.m. Wander around and meet local artists doing what they do best, followed by some food truck fare and perhaps a summery Hef from Tucson Hop Shop. Family friendly and free, check out the Facebook event page for more details.

3) Twilight Bicycle Mural Tour | COX Plaza Dance Party
This one's for the bikers and dancers out there looking for one more night of empty streets and breathable dance floors. The tour will start at MOCA (265 S Church Ave) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 and will officially set off at 7:15 p.m. After a 2-hour, flat ride showcasing some favorite murals in the area, (and for the non-cyclists among us) the night will end with a dance party at Cox Plaza with DJs BayBay Ruthless + Illslur. Tickets are 5 bucks or free if you're a MOCA member. Here's the info.

4) Wild Style at the Loft 
This month's Staff Selects takes us to the hip-hop glory that was 1980s New York City, a docudrama that features the graffiti, freestyling, scratching and breakdancing that exploded onto the city scene on the heels of a new artistic culture. Even the actors were taken right from the neighborhoods featured in the film. The flick airs Sunday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Loft (3233 E Speedway Blvd). You can take a look at the trailer before heading out. 

5) Brew-HaHa Comedy Showcase
Coming in hot a few days after the first day of school, the Brew-HaHa Comedy Showcase at Borderlands Brewery (119 E Toole Ave) is promising an "amazing" show, with plenty of beers on tap just in case the laughs don't land for everyone. The latter shouldn't be too much of a problem with headliner Monte Benjamin at the comedy helm, with local AZians Randy Ford, Charles Engle and Dan Thomson also on the bill. The show, on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m., has a $3 cover, here are the deets. 


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New Exhibition on the Block

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 5:00 PM

The Desert Artisans' Gallery launched two new shows this week entitled Canvas Dreams and Summer Stillness.

Located at 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd., the Desert Artisans' Galley is owned and operated by local Southern Arizona artists and features contemporary works in everything from photograph and jewelry to watercolor and and glass.
DESERT ARTISANS' GALLERY WEBSITE
  • Desert Artisans' Gallery Website

The exhibition "Canvas Dreams" features work by artists, Geri Bringham, David Brown, Gretchen Huff, Paddie Flaherty, Kathy Robbins and Terry Slonaker. 

Want to know a little more about the artists being showcased? Check out their bios on the Desert Artisans' website to see some of their work.

Geri Bringham
David Brown
Gretchen Huff
Paddie Flaherty
Kathy Robbins Terry Slonaker

The exhibit which will be running through Nov. 6, is having an opening reception this Friday, Aug. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. that's open to the public.

For more information visit the Desert Artisans' Gallery's website or call 722-4412. 

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Review: Hillary’s America: the Secret History of the Democratic Party

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 8:59 AM

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Author and film maker Dinesh D’Souza’s latest film opened nationwide last Thursday. It is a history lesson in two parts.

It starts with a short and somewhat creepy sequence of swirling cartoon representations of different Democrat politicians to the tune of “Happy Days are Here Again”. The movie then begins with a re-enactment of the sentencing phase of D’Souza’s trial for violation of campaign finance laws. This was the beginning of part one.

Yes, it’s true, Dinesh D’Souza had a friend who was running for office to whom he donated $20k. So far, so good, but he then had a third party donate another $20k which was reimbursed by D’Souza. He was charged with a felony. His lawyer said that this sort of case is common and that nobody suffers a felony and that he would get it reduced for him. After some time, his lawyer told him that the court was not budging, he could not get the charge reduced, and that somebody must really want to get him. This took place after the D’Souza movie 2016: Obama’s America which was critical of the president. He pleaded guilty to the felony and was sentenced to five years probation, eight months in a "community confinement center," eight hours a week of community service during the probation, and a thirty thousand dollar fine. It was sort of a “Lite” version of G.Gordon Liddy’s sentence of 20 years in prison (commuted to eight years by President Carter) for a first offense breaking and entering where nothing was stolen—his punishment for not co-operating with Democrats after the Watergate fiasco.

After the courtroom scene, there was a humorous sequence showing his induction to the "community confinement center" and getting used to the company of hardened criminals. He began to learn about the criminal subculture which had been totally foreign to him. Through speaking with his fellow inmates, he distilled the four major aspects of the criminal enterprise: 1, Develop a plan; 2, Recruit; 3, Make the pitch; 4, If caught, always deny, never give up the con. He uses his newfound understanding of criminality as a framework for explaining the success and ultimate goal of the Democrat Party.

D’Souza dived back in history to the presidency of Andrew Jackson, the Democrat president who drove Native Americans off their land onto reservations, then sold the land cheaply to buy votes. The Republicans fought against the plan, but the Democrats got it passed. He proceeds through history to the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Ku Klux Klan, lynching, big city political machines, Margaret Sanger, and finally debunking the claim that Republicans under Nixon decided to appeal to Southern racists and that is why black people turned to the Democrats after the racists in the party became Republicans. It was given the term, “The Southern Strategy.”

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Monday, July 25, 2016

High Corbett Days

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 12:14 PM

Celebrate the J. Knox Corbett House all month long with the Tucson Museum of Art. 

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  • Tucson Museum of Art
From Tuesday, July 26 to Friday, Aug. 26 the TMA will be holding events to celebrate a local treasure and significant part of the TMA and Historic Block.

An elegant stucco covered brick two-story structure built in mission revival style, the J. Knox Corbett House was completed in 1906 and inhabited by the Corbett family for 56 years. 

Completely refurbished, the house now features an extensive collection of unique and decorative objects from the arts and crafts era.

Know as a social hub in Tucson, the Corbett House Days will not only bring the property to life again by celebrating it's history, they will also bring funds to the Museum's Historic Block Restoration Fund.

The Corbett House Days program and events are as follows:

Daily tours, Tuesday, July 26 to Friday, Aug. 26
Tuesday through Sunday, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Free with museum admission

Free First Thursday, Corbett House by Twilight
Thursday, Aug. 4, 5 to 8 p.m.
Enjoy a special twilight tour of the house at 6 p.m. and then relax in the gardens and enjoy live music on the Corbett house porch at 7 p.m.

Restore + Celebrate
Friday, Aug. 26, 6 to 8 p.m., $50 a person
The evening will begin with a champagne toast on the Corbett House grounds, with a dine followed in the museum lobby catered by Cafe a la C' Art. Enjoy live music and a special presentation by Christine Brindza, Glasser Curator of Art of the American West while you dine. 


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Monday, July 18, 2016

The Verdict is in and the Show Will Go On

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 5:19 PM

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In a proclamation worthy of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, the Arizona Theatre Company Board of Trustees has announced in a release that fundraising efforts to save the 2016-17 season has succeeded, and the 50th Anniversary season will indeed launch with Kind Charles III as previously scheduled. Arizona audiences will have their shows, and ATC company and staff will keep their jobs.

The number capped at 448 Tucson donors and 320 from Phoenix. Mike Kasser, Tucson business leader and stalwart ATC patron sent a heartfelt thank you to the generosity of Arizona's loyal theatre-goers:
 “I’m so happy that this effort came together and reached the goal. With over 700 small-to-medium size donors, It was like a crowd-funding campaign without the Internet. I also very much appreciate the support from Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild as well as several large donors. We know that this does not represent the end of our fund-raising focus, but now ATC can move forward with a very exciting season and plan for the future.”
Other leaders within ATC, including Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein and Board of Trustees Chair Lynne Wood Dusenberry, expressed their deep gratitude for the outpouring of support, but qualified the statements by reminding the community of all the fundraising and reorganizing that still needs to be done to ensure company sustainability. 
"And to those who so generously donated to the effort, at whatever level they could afford, we can only offer our deep thanks and a promise to take every necessary step to ensure that ATC is in a position to produce 50 more seasons," Dusenberry said. "At the same time, as wonderful as this day is, there is still much work to be done on both the fund-raising side and organizationally to ensure ATC’s long-term financial and artistic stability.”
You can now, finally, check out the ATC website for more information on tickets and dates for the upcoming season of shows. King Charles III will open in September, followed by An Act of God in October, and closing with Fiddler on the Roof at the end of the year. 

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Rogue's Tales of the Jazz Age

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 3:21 PM

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  • The Rogue Theatre
  • Cast members of Tales of the Jazz Age

Experience romance and disillusion in the atmosphere of a 1920s dance by heading over to the Rogue Theatre, 300 E. University Blvd, to watch a live production of Tales of the Jazz Age this weekend.

Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1922 short story, the show is a collaboration between the Rogue Theatre and Artificial Dance Project. 

Performances run through Sunday, July 26. Catch a show Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. or on Sunday at 2 p.m.   

Tickets are $35 for all performances, with a $15 student rush option available 15 minutes before all performances. 

For more information or to buy tickets, head to www.roguetheatre.org.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Day Trippin' Across the Universe—or Just to the Loft for a Beatles Sing-a-Long

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 1:46 PM

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The Loft Cinema (3233 E. Speedway Blvd.) is hosting A Hard Day’s Night Sing-A-Long on Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the film that typifies the height of the Beatles' revolutionary career. The movie follows John, Paul, George, and Ringo as they prep for a London TV gig in the midst of shenanigans and screaming fans. Directed by Richard Lester, A Hard Day’s Night includes some of the Beatles' most famous tracks like, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” “Tell Me Why,” and “If I Fell."

The 87-minute film will have all the lyrics to your favorite Beatles tunes displayed on screen for the optimal sing-a-long experience, and pre-show entertainment includes Beatles music videos and a costume contest. 10 bucks won't 'buy you love' but it is the general admission price, and children under 12 get in for $8. 

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Monday, July 11, 2016

A Moment in Passing

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Experience the photographic work of Dave Carter at the Porter Hall Gallery this July.
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Carter, who is originally from California, has been practicing his craft for more than 30 years and is now based in Arizona. His exhibit showcases his journey of finding the elusive spirit of places and things.

The exhibit opened July 1 and will continue through July 31 in the Tucson Botanical Gardens' Porter Hall Gallery.

The botanical gardens' website says:
 He believes that this essence is always given as a gift, for it can never be taken from the subject unwillingly. He also believes this spirit is fleetingly offered only when the artist’s consciousness is free and open, regularly enough to keep one drawn to the place where its presence is strongest.

The show will feature Carter's vibrant photography detailing moments in passing. 

There is an open artist's reception this Thursday, July 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 

Interested in seeing a moment in passing? Check out the Tucson Botanical website or Carter's website for more information. 

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