A Chrysler LeBaron convertible--that's the same model as George Costanza's faux-celebrity car--will be the grand prize raffled off this weekend during Bisbee's 40th Annual Brewery Gulch Daze. Oh, the second prize ($1,000) isn't too bad, either.
Bisbee will celebrate the 40th year (!) of an event that has become engrained in the town's culture, and they invite anyone looking for a good time to join them. The Brewery Gulch Daze, named after the town drag where the event is held, will take place this Labor Day and offer plenty of exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy.
There are traditional events (chili cook-off) as well as some of the wackier ones (a waiter/waitress contest) that make the event one of a kind. Plus, there is the chance to leave with that sweet, sweet ride, making the whole shebang a little bit tastier.
The best thing about the Brewery Gulch Daze is that all proceeds go to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Bisbee. That and the fact that attendees can try their hands at the Velocibug rides, which according to the press release are a "Bisbee original." This, of course, bodes well for those who crave fun and peculiar activities that stray from the beaten path.
Be sure to arrive on time, as the event is always a big draw. Attendance is free, but most of the activities cost money (again, which is donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Bisbee).
Raffle tickets are $6 a piece or $20 for four, which if you ask me (and no one is), is pretty cheap to perhaps walk away with a car allowing you to pretend you're one of New York's finest periodontists. Just saying. --M.P.
More than 30 years ago, David E. Stuart traveled to the port town of Guaymas, Mexico, as a graduate student in search of some kind of connection. He had just finished doing fieldwork in Ecuador and had recently been heartbroken when his fiancée called off their marriage.
Stuart's time in Guaymas spawned two memoirs. The first, The Guaymas Chronicles: La Mandadera, was released in 2003. The book detailed Stuart's often liberating and occasionally heartbreaking time in Guaymas. Stuart, who is now a professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico, will be in Tucson this Saturday to read from his follow-up, Zone of Tolerance: The Guaymas Chronicles.
The second volume further examines his life in Guaymas and, in particular, the red-light district (Zona de Tolerancia). Although the subject matter sounds seedy, Stuart found the women to be genuine. "Their lives were exotic, but a number of them were rock-solid human beings," Stuart says. "Had it not been for the girls ... I'd never have had the life or career I've enjoyed. So, I learned that one can find good people in very unlikely settings."
Even though Zone of Tolerance is his second memoir of his time in Guaymas, Stuart says he still finds it hard to write about that period of his life. "The epilogue was tough. I've lost a lot of friends along the way."
While Stuart used to find it difficult to talk about his experiences in Guaymas, he has found it easier with the passage of time. "
I've gotten over the worst of the
jitters ... and the people I've written about deserve to have their stories
To hear David E. Stuart's tales of Guaymas, head to Reader's Oasis this Saturday for the free reading. --M.P.
Maurice Sendak, an award-winning children's illustrator and author, will have his work celebrated this weekend during a special two-day Labor Day event at the Tucson Children's Museum.
The museum, which in the past has had special events focused on the likes of Dr. Seuss and Curious George, has chosen Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are (1963) because, as the museum's director of public relations and marketing, Peggy Solís, recently noted: "It's a favorite!"
The classic children's story follows the imagination of a mischievous boy, Max, as he conjures up a world of fantasy, monsters and boyhood kingdom.
In addition to English and Spanish readings of the famous work, there will be an array of fun events, according to Solís. The activities will include making monster and Max masks, a chance to meet the museum's own blue monster, Morris, and a life-size "monster" picture for kids to pose next to.
Casual chit-chat aside, the time came to really grill Solís. Who exactly is her favorite: Max or the Wild Things? "The Wild Things, of course! They live on an island; they can do what they want, and nobody cares what they look like!" Nice, although I'm partial to the Bart Simpson-esque antics of Max.
To find out for yourself where the wild things indeed are, check out the Tucson Children's Museum. Admission is $3.50 for children (2-16), $5.50 for adults and $4.50 for seniors; all activities are included in the price of admission. Parents, be sure to bring your cameras. --M.P.
Tucson's New Kiva Motions Puppet Theatre kicks off its new season Sept. 3 with its unique twist on some of the classic Aesop's Fables.
Started in 1980, the nonprofit theatre has provided Tucson adults and children alike with some of the finest puppet theatre in town. (How much puppet theatre there is, we're not exactly sure.) Barbara Mocking, director of the theatre, offers a warning on the theatre's Web site to those who have a misguided idea about what New Kiva Motions Puppet Theatre offers:
"WARNING: These shows are NOT mindless entertainment. These shows are designed to tickle the funnybone, delight the eyes and engage the mind. If you are looking for something to simply keep kids quiet and in one place and don't care if they get anything out of it, please contact our competitors. They specialize in that sort of entertainment."
First timers can experience what Mocking means when the theatre opens this Saturday, tackling classic Aesop's Fables like "Belling the Cat." After the show, audience members can also meet the puppets up close and even make puppets to take home with them. The moral: Those who seek fun entertainment will gain much, much more.
Tickets for Aesop's Fables cost $5 for children and adults, or $2 for those with a low-income bus pass or AHCCS card. There's no charge for infants. --M.P.