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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

NSFW: Bridget Everett, Please Come to Tucson

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Dear Bridget Everett,

Whatever it is you do, we like it at Weekly World Central and we need you to do it in Tucson. We have tittles in Tucson of all sizes and shapes that bounce in all sort of great way. So yeah ... please, this winter, when you need a break from that NYC cold, we'll be waiting.

H/T Bust:

Bridget Everett, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. You wear fabulously revealing get-ups for all your sets, you're a lady whose size can rival the guys, you look hot all the time, you make some of the bluest jokes I've ever heard, you have "the voice of an angel," you guest regularly on Inside Amy Schumer, and Time Out named you one of the "funniest New Yorkers."


Everett's act has been previously televised on Inside Amy Schumer and Just for Laughs' Funny as Hell. But, you know, tits are like, super offensive when they're in public, so despite growling "BOUNCE, BOUNCE, BOUNCE" while grinding on the crotch of a stranger in the audience, no nip slipped in the taping of those shows.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Debra Bloomfield and Ansel Adams at Etherton Gallery

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 4:30 PM

  • Wilderness, 02076-7-07 (2007) pigment print © Debra Bloomfield

Wild America, featuring photography from Ansel Adams and Debra Bloomfield, continues through Aug. 30 at Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave. Check out an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Bloomfield will be on hand to sign her new book and Carl Hanni, as always, will be your DJ for the evening. Sure to be fun. More details here.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Joe Pagac Learns You How to Draw Dolphins With Babes

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Some of us get to paint for a living, and others get to live vicariously through working painters on Facebook. Joe Pagac, 2014 Best Local Visual Artist contender, is gearing up for the upcoming Yacht Rock Party at La Cocina on Thursday, June 26.

Pagac was kind enough to share his creative process, and show you exactly what you need to concoct your own wicked, awesome dolphin mural. All you need to do is bump some smooth island jams, pour a fruity tropical drink (like, all tequila) and find a reference to draw from. 

If you follow those simple steps: the dolphins and the babes will come like in that Kevin Costner masterpiece, Field of Dreams.

Click here to RSVP for next Thursday's Yacht Rock bash.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ansel Adams and Debra Bloomfield at Etherton This Summer

Posted By on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Ansel Adams, Fresh Snow, Yosemite Valley, California (1947) gelatin silver print © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.
  • Ansel Adams, Fresh Snow, Yosemite Valley, California (1947) gelatin silver print © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

Downtown's Etherton Gallery is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with a glorious display of photography from Ansel Adams and Debra Bloomfield. Wild America continues through Aug. 30, with a Bloomfield coming to town for a reception on Saturday, June 21. Snowy peaks in an air-conditioned gallery? Can't beat it on a summer day. Details here.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Fourth Second Saturdays: Help Out at the '80s Music Video Sing Along at Screening Room

Posted By on Sat, May 10, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Second Saturdays Downtown gets going tonight at 5 p.m. and this month happens to mark the event's four year anniversary—what's proven to be a popular and important revival of what those stricken with Moldy Pueblo love remember as Downtown Saturday Nights.

Lot's of great entertainment tonight, like Tucson's Japanese ensemble drumming group, Odaiko Sonoran; Tucson Circus Arts stilt dance, Mel Rivers formerly from the Drifter; and some desert surf rock from Shrimp Chaperone.

Being that it's Mother's Day weekend, do me a favor, and between all the activity, stroll on in to the Screening Room, 127 East Congress, for the '80s Music Video Sing Along, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. My fantabulous middle-schooler son organized the event to benefit Pima County animal shelters and celebrate what he loves most (next to Marvel)—80s music. It's his Bar Mitzvah project, and you are welcome to come in, cool off, help out and sing along.

From the Facebook page invite:

Sing along to your favorite '80s music videos at The Screening Room, downtown Tucson during 2nd Saturdays Downtown Tucson. (Happy Fourth Anniversary 2nd Saturdays) Costume contest, karaoke contest and family fun. $3 suggested donation and/or a bag of dog or cat food. All donations and proceeds benefit local Pima County animal shelters.

... Bring the kiddos and the grannies — well especially the grannies who remember the words to "99 Luftballons" And dancing of all ages, and abilities, encouraged — super encouraged.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Tonight, Get Your Strange On, Your Sonoran Strange

Posted By on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM


If you didn't have a chance to see Adam Cooper-Terán and Logan Phillips of Verbo•bala's Sonoran Stage last night or in previous productions, please, please go see it tonight.

Adam and Logan are leaving us to take the production to Germany, so a chance to see this beautiful poem staged and doing what it does best: getting to the heart of our love and life in crazyland Arizona.

Starts at 8:30 p.m., bring cash to donate, at the Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th St., South Tucson.

From Sonoran Strange:

What if the Catalina Mountains outside Tucson dreamed of one day jumping the border of horizon, to follow their dreams of becoming thunderheads? What if the Apaches had won? What if the saguaros were sent to boarding school in Pennsylvania? What if the snowbirds don't come home to roost, if the tumbleweeds decide to settle down? What if sand shoots from the sprinklers? What if the water runs out?

A performance installation incorporating spoken word, performance art and live video projection to take audiences on a unique and dream-like trip across the borderlands of the US and Mexico. Sonoran Strange is a remix of myths, a technological ceremony and a celebration of the oral tradition.

Presented in the round, audiences surround the performers and are encouraged to move throughout the space during the performance.

Creators and performers Adam Cooper-Terán and Logan Phillips of Verbo•bala use the Sonoran Strange to explore the deep contradictions and ironies of the landscape and culture of their homeland. Created partly in response to the latest wave of anti-immigration legislation in Arizona and debuted on the state centennial in 2012, Sonoran Strange is a love-letter to the desert land and an indictment of human folly. Sonoran Strange is place-based transdisciplinary storytelling with universal connections.

Development of the piece supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Tucson Pima Arts Council and the Belle Foundation. Barrel Cactus projection structure designed by Benjamin Hall design+build and fabricated by Benjamin Hall and Carrie Morgan.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Viral Video of The Day: "Do You Want To Go to Starbucks?"

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 5:35 PM

It's finals week, so here's something to help you from studying: A viral video inspired by Disney's latest blockbuster, Frozen. Point Loma Nazarene University students Olivia Mowry and Jené Nicole Johnson filmed a mini-musical parody of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" called "Do You Want to Go to Starbucks?" It's a cute jingle that will get stuck in your brain even if you don't enjoy coffee.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Manzo Elementary Presents Art Exhibit at Biosphere 2

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2014 at 9:35 AM

A fourth grader from Manzo Elementary School shows off her artwork to visitors at the exhibit.
  • Tanner Clinch
  • A fourth grader from Manzo Elementary School shows off her artwork to visitors at the exhibit.

Back in November, Tucson Weekly ran a story by Robert Alcaraz about the fourth graders from Manzo Elementary School who have undertaken research to help Biosphere 2's researchers and their massive ecology experiment, the Landscape Evolution Observatory. This past Saturday, April 26, Manzo was back again at Biosphere 2, this time to present artwork created by the students from their nine-month long partnership with Biosphere 2 and the University of Arizona's School of Geography and Development. Tanner Clinch was there to cover the event.


A group of bustling fourth graders depart from a bus, bumping into one another, clinging to get the first look at a new art exhibit, which features their artwork.

Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Ariz., hosted the Landscape Evolution: An Art Show on Saturday, April 26, 2014, that showcased artwork by fourth graders from Manzo Elementary School in Barrio Hollywood, a neighborhood west of Tucson. The exhibit featured work by the students who have spent the last nine months working on a seed experiment in conjunction with researchers at Biosphere 2 and the University of Arizona.

Originally designed to replicate the atmosphere and ecology of earth, Biosphere 2 now stands as a research facility to better understand how plants and the environment in different controlled experiments. Last year, Manzo Elementary School approached Biosphere 2 and the University of Arizona School of Geography and Development to work together on a project that would help promote hands-on science and math education in the classroom.

The event on Saturday, held at the Biosphere 2’s B2 gallery, featured art created by the students, which displays how climate change works. Many of the parents of students were there, showing their support and learning how the teachers of their kids have come up with this idea of teaching through research in a presentation, which took place next to the exhibit in the Sahara Room.

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