Quite frankly, theater at THMS saved my life. I didn't fit in, school was boring, and I was depressed. Then I found drama with Mel Baker, Esther Rosen, and John Hemetter, and I survived because the arts made my life magical. Art was kind enough to give me a tour of the remodeled little theater a few years ago, and it was great to see that he had a vibrant program. The majority who went through when I did are no longer acting, but those who are are doing reasonably well, and we are all still as close as our complicated lives let us. I did continue in the arts, working in music for 18 years, but now I am finishing a doctorate in geography. And art in school made that possible.
Let me add that Big Jim was a terrific addition to those evenings that he and his banjo were doing backup music for contra dancing groups. He is not only an amazing figure in the cultural anthropology of the Southwest and Northern Mexico, but also one of the warmest, nicest individuals one will ever know and a true gift to Tucson.
Big Jim also appeared in the role of Jesse James's mother(yes, mother!)in a musical play callled "Diamond Studs" -- put on at Old Tucson in 1976. Jim strode on stage wearing a dress and a full beard, playing banjo along with Chip Curry, Ron Doering & Summerdog (and a gaggle of dancing girls). Right on, Jim! There's nobody like him.
As I look back at the years of real coffeehouses in Tucson I see another tribute to Big Jim that is often overlooked. He was a fixture at The Cup and a mentor & friend to many youngsters who wanted to play folk music. He would politely listen to so many of us play the song we had learned that week, then Jim would take out his banjo and blow us all away with the real thing. Thanks Jim.
Kudos to James S. “Big Jim” Griffith for enlightening so many.
Students, scholars, Baja Arizonans, and Sonorenses should include on their book shelves:
• Beliefs and Holy Places: A Spiritual Geography of the Pimería Alta by James S. Griffith, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1992. The celebrated folklorist breathes life into traditional Spanish, Mexican, Tohono O’odham, and Yoeme spiritual beliefs, sacred spirits and shrines, and holy mountains of southwest Arizona and northwestern Sonora.
• Folk Saints of the Borderlands: Victims, Bandits, and Healers by James S. Griffith, Tucson: Rio Nuevo Publishers, 2003. The living legend “Big Jim” pulls back the shroud on folk saint “Juan Soldado,” (Juan Castillo Morales), an inspiration for migrants; bandit Jesús Malverde, “angel to the poor” and Robin Hood of Sinaloa; revolutionary Francisco “Pancho” Villa (José Doroteo Arango Arámbula), ambushed by seven gunmen in the streets of Hidalgo de Parral, Chihuahua; and, among others, mystic healer and soldadera Teresa Urrea, insurgent leader and heroine of the Tarahumara (rarámuri) battle against federales in the Sierra Madre of Tomóchic, Chihuahua
You rock Mary Findysz!
Wow, the Tucson Weekly finally snagged Jean Teasdale? Bravo.
What a horrible story by Tucson Weekly and un-American actions by Gipe. How dare you equate anything in America to the horrors under the German socialist party (NAZI).
It seems the extremists on the left cannot argue an issue on its merit, they must abandon reason and civility and start vicious name calling. However, these comments are all too common by leftists hiding their intentions behind a cloak of environmentalism.
The issue is jobs for American workers in a region badly needing them and can environmental mitigation/reclamation meet local, state, and national environmental standards. We all know they can and will, hence the name calling and appeals to the baseist evil in human emotions.
This is what we should be debating in a civil manner--jobs and environmental protection.
Costumes are always a valuable thing for us and most of the people will give the first preference to costumes.So,in our life costumes is also one of the most important part.
There is no way to completely mitigate every impact that comes about because of our standard of living. A hole in the ground is far less than the thousands of square miles of asphalt pavement in our urban areas. including sqare miles of it in Tucson. How much of this urban desert will ever be remediated and returned to nature? Well I guess if you live in the flooded areas in the south, tornado-ripped areas in the midwest, and tsnami zones in the Pacific, you can count on being returned to nature some day. Thank God we live in Arizona. The mining areas have tons of wildlife including birds, bighorns, mountain lions, reptiles, and raptors. The animals adjust to big equipment and periodic blasting noise. They're safe from hunting and often have permanent sources of water.
Wow! It will be hard to find an uglier way to put down Rosemont! If I knew that both the author of this article and the painter had an open mind, I would recommend that they visit with the staff of the Rosemont Mining Operation - and learn what is being done that will benefit the community, Pima County, the State of Arizona and the U.S.A.! Pete I.
WOW! Really? I have real difficulty seeing how Rosemont information could possibly be compared to Nazi propaganda. If this was done to lean on the 1st Amendment Rights to be as negative and nasty about an undertaking,the author and the painter dislike, for whatever seemingly unsupportable reason, they have been very successful. I hope they are proud of this very ugly way of voicing their opinion! - Pete I.
I just took up ceramics about a month ago when I turned 50. I too can't draw and knew I had some hidden talent for art. I am taking baby steps, but I'm hooked already! It is the most relaxing and exciting thing I've done in years:)
As a patron with immense positivity about local Art I must, "re-contextualize " my perception regularly to maintain my enormous clarity of the market...I encourage both local artists and local patrons to do the same...
I fully support Rosemont Copper and there mine and belive they have great ideas and will follow through with them to help not only our community but out enviroment.
White Stetson...Are you insinuating that those who oppose Rosemont Mine are "living off the good will and charity of our nation?" What a ridiculous and uninformed statement! Is one to conclude that you consider social security--- charity? OR do you assume that those opposed to this mine are on welfare and food stamps? What is your point?
As for the unreasonable voices in the "choir," rest assured that those folks have also been studying Rosemont Copper longer than your two year time frame! Opposition opinions are based on facts most of which are contained in the Mine Plan of Operations. We have "looked at this horse very carefully" also, and we have heard the misinformation straight from the horse's mouth! We have seen through the corporate image this company tries to project, including the community contributions, all to enhance that image. You have simply elected to drink the Rosemont kool-aid while we have not. We know the negative effects this mine would have on our community--- and we recognize propaganda when we see and hear it.
Thanks Margret for bringing my attention to this exhibit. I went yesterday and loved it. Two thumbs up. Seeing the Rosemont Copper girl in context with the other paintings was brilliant. Spot on.
By April of 2009, our company had been forced to send over 100 proud working Arizonans home. They lost their jobs, because our company lost the revenue needed to keep them employed. Those folks were skilled and motivated, but that did not change the reality of the fact that we did not have the work nor did it change the reality that they landed in an environment where jobs were scarce and well paying jobs even more scarce.
Now, we have a company like Rosemont. They have come to our community and over the last two years I have watched their company set a new standard for community investment and corporate responsibility. Although there are many unreasonable voices in the "choir", the reasonable and informed folks among us know that the position established and held by Rosemont is one of superior planning, environmental stewardship and the helpful "old west spirit" of which I am very personally proud.
For all of the folks who have jobs and are able to pay your own way as well as those folks who are fortunate enough to live off of the good will and charity of our nation, but who oppose the development of the Rosemont project, I ask you to please be willing to learn the real facts about Rosemont, to speak with Mr. Pace and see for yourself his personal willingness to answer your questions and show you some of his other work.
There is an old west saying, "you don't look a gift horse in the mouth". But when it comes to protecting our environment, I think we need to depart from that old cowboy's rule. We need to look at this "horse" very carefully. However, I have looked Rosemont in the "mouth", and I like what see. I pray for some of our former employees, that they will be afforded an opportunity like Rosemont, to restore their pride and prosperity.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions and this artist is obviously willing to offer his own. But a biased and inflammatory opinion coming from a person who "has his" is just that, an opinion. Don't be the person who helps to portray "Chicken Little" as the smartest animal in the barnyard. Find out the facts for yourself!
It's a good thing we live in America, because if we didn't this article would have never gotten printed nor the picture been hung up. This is Arizona and we are The Copper State. We need our mines, we need Rosemont Copper to keep our state going. So our taxes aren't raised and we don't have to cut any more funding from the elderly, our schools, and yes even our forest services. We have another business wanting to bring money to our state , welcome them with opened arms it is for our Copper!
In trying to draw a link between Rosemont Copper's PR campaign and the Nazi propaganda machine, it is actually Lawrence Gipe, who is actually attempting to make some cheap, self-serving political statement at the expense of the millions, who suffered and died during the Holocaust.
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