Marc Anthony performed to a full house at Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater, Saturday, Sept. 14. Opening up for Anthony was comedian, Joey Vega. Vega had the fans laughing as they waited for Anthony to perform. Vega completed his stand-up and the lights went out; the crowd went wild. A video began playing showing Anthony walking to the stage. Smoke filled the stage and Anthony began to rise to the top of the stage's staircase. The crowd could only see his silhouette, which brought on more cheering. He slowly walked down dancing and singing "I Need to Know." It was a night full of energy and dancing as he played a lot of Salsa music. Anthony sang his new hit "Vivir Mi Vida as well as classics, such as "Mi Gente," and "Vivir Lo Nuestro."
My only complaint about the show? It was too short.
Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy blog flags a photo from the UA's HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to note that it may have rained on Mars a long time ago:
This fan is on the inside of the rim of Mojave Crater, a 60-kilometer-wide (40-mile-wide) impact crater near the equator of Mars. The structure matches an Earthly alluvial fan almost perfectly. Larger boulders are heavier and can’t be carried as easily by floodwaters, so they tend to stop soon after the terrain levels out. Smaller rocks can travel farther, which appears to be the case here. The branches, the shape, the direction: Everything indicates a flash flood on Mars.
What could have caused it? This part surprised me: It may have been due to rain, water rain, that could occur after an asteroid or comet impact. For example, ice under the surface could be melted by the impact, which would then rain down over a large area. This would be a temporary and local event, but could spark flash floods something like rainstorms do here on Earth.
But after that, gravity and terrain did the rest, on Mars as it is on Earth. That’s actually rather astonishing: Given some basic and fundamental principles, you can actually figure out how weather and erosion processes work on another planet. And when you look at it, it actually kinda reminds you of home.
Slate's photo blog, Behold, celebrates the photography of Lara Shipley:
Lara Shipley became interested in doing a project in southern Arizona after moving to Phoenix in 2010. Shipley was raised in a small Midwestern town and sees this as the source of her interest in isolated and rural areas. Once she arrived in Arizona, Shipley began investigating the borderlands, spending time getting to know the various towns and their inhabitants and making as many as two trips a month from her home in Phoenix. She finds her subjects organically, meeting people during her visits.
Shipley’s stylistic approach is to use a blend of found and manipulated scenarios; some are staged, and others are shot as she finds them. This blending of actual, real-life documentary subjects with manipulated elements becomes interesting when applied to a region generally covered in a more straightforward documentary fashion.
Shipley's website is here.
Willie Nelson played a full set of what his fans wanted to hear at AVA last Wednesday, but not a minute more. Although he could have been days singing through his catalog of favorites, there was no encore. Still, the fans heard plenty to keep them happy. He even made time for covers of other country rebels, and he made it a family affair by duetting with his daughter Amy Lee Nelson for the two set closers. Photographer C.E. Elliott reports some memorable performances:
Georgia on My Mind
All of Me
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Funny How Time Slips Away
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
I'll Be Seeing You
Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
On the Road Again
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die
Just hold on a little longer and , the way laws are going, everyone will be able to salute you with an appropriate smoke.
The Charlie Daniels Band brought their hits from a nearly half-century career built on trenchant nationalism, Southern pride, and showing the folks a good time, at Desert Diamond Casino, Sunday, Aug. 11. Pan-genre music afficionado C.E. Elliott was there.
Madeleine Peyroux's latest studio recording, The Blue Room, started out as an homage to Ray Charles, but genre-jumping is her trademark. Her passion is for songs, great songs, that can resonate with anybody entangled with the human condition. C.E. Elliott captured her easy style on Saturday at the Rialto.
The second annual Underwear Party apparently drew 1200 people in various states of undress to Club Congress on Saturday (around 900 attended last year, which means this event will eventually be Tucson's best-attended public gathering by 2015).
Now, whether you attended and are trying to remember what happened, or stayed home and want to voyeuristically look for people you know in their boxers/panties/whatever, some of the official photos are online now, mostly of the "teen girl bedroom" set, featuring a somewhat handsy Santa statue.
Grammy award-winner Juanes performed at the Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater Thursday night for the latest stop on his Loud and Unplugged Tour, playing a great mix of both new songs and deep cuts from earlier in his career.
Opening for Juanes was a new, up-and-coming singer, Raquel Sofia. Sofia, comparable at times to La Mari, of the flamenco-electronic group Chambao, has a great stage presence — her music is certainly worth the time it would take to seek out.
Juanes opened his portion with his classic song "Fíjate Bien." and continued to play a mix of songs from every album including the song "Fotografía" with Sofia joining to sing Nelly Furtado's lyrics. Juanes also sang his own rendition to Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved."
His concert was electrifying and overall a great show. If anyone had doubts whether Juanes was losing his edge after releasing his last album P.A.R.C.E., which definitely was not his best work, would be happy to know he hasn't.
Juanes is back and ready to rock out.
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