In Greek, "mimesis" means imitation or representation. Many artists seek to re-enact human emotions via mimesis to explore the psychological "truth" of a subject. For instance, Rodin created feelings of intimacy, passion and trust in a sculpted kiss between two classical nudes in "The Kiss." The man in Rodin's sculpture gently touches the woman's hip as she wraps her arms around his neck and torso to draw him more closely into the kiss. Through the lens of mimesis, Rodin's work allows viewers to empathize with the lovers' embrace, to view a sculpted mirror of erotic vulnerability and reliance.
So now that you have an Art 101 primer on mimesis, consider checking out the annual print exhibition Mimesis, which opened earlier this month at the UA Student Union Memorial Center. You still have one more week to catch the show before it ends on Friday, March 24. (Through March 19, hours at the student union are limited due to spring break, so consider yourself warned.)
In the case of the art shown at the Kachina Lounge, UA graduate students in printmaking, along with faculty, alumni and community artists, show prints and mixed-media work that riff on the artistic implications of mimesis. The show's artists include Helen Baribeau, Katarzyna Cepek, Diane Crenshaw, Monika Dalkin, Eric Easthon, Travis Feltman, Sarah Frost, Moira Geoffrion, Sanya Glisic, Kim Largey, Lizzy Layne, Maria Lee, Danny Martin, Andrew Polk, Kathryn Polk, Ashley Rice, Alan Skees, Kristin Skees, Michael Soroka, Ernesto Trujillo, Cerese Vaden, Beata Wehr and Karen White.
All Kachina Lounge and Gallery events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 621-6142. --M.H.
I'm a sucker for "geek culture"--spelling bees, chess tournaments, invention conventions, mock trials, etc. As a self-identified "geek" who did her fair share of stock-market club and cross-examination debate, I'm always inspired by youth who participate in interests that may not win them school popularity contests--but instead accolades at science fairs.
Hayley Hall, 13, and Jonathan Ferng, 13, are two Doolen Middle School students--taught by science teacher Elizabeth Guevara--whose science-fair projects have advanced to the annual Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) from March 20-25 at the Tucson Convention Center.
Hayley and Jonathan's projects are just two of more than 1,430 science and engineering projects to compete this year. Such a huge turnout breaks records, says Shirley Briggs, SARSEF director. Tucson's Doolen Middle School is one of the 132 K-12 schools participating. In addition to hearing students such as Hayley describe which mordants, or color fixatives, work best on natural dyes and natural fabrics, participants of this free event have the chance to celebrate Ben Franklin's 300th birthday.
And if one's really lucky, Jonathan might tell the story of how he created his résumé to get lab time at the UA by including extracurricular activities such as piano, National Honor Society and winning second place at last year's SARSEF. Jonathan's daily consumption of science news inspired him to explore the genetic mutation of the GLABRA 1 gene in Arabidopsis thaliana, a small flowering plant used as a model organism in plant biology.
There's a lot more to Jonathan and Hayley's experiments and results, but you'll have to check out their projects at the fair to find out more. For more information about the fair, visit
www.sarsef.org . --M.H.
Robin McArdle-Landers' family moved from Boston to Tucson in the late 1960s. The McArdle Clan made their home on A Mountain and settled in, McArdle-Landers says. But Robin's mother, Ann, still wanted to put some finishing touches on her new home's celebration of her family's Irish heritage.
In 1970, the matriarch sent her son downtown to "paint the town green" in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. And when the younger McArdle painted a small shamrock on the southwest corner of Stone and Pennington Street that St. Patrick's Day, an annual tradition was born.
For almost the last two decades, Tucson's been formally celebrating its Irish roots, too--a history that includes Hugh O'Connor, an Irish soldier serving the Spanish crown, who founded Presidio San Agustín del Tucson in 1775. But since the first St. Patrick's Day parade began, the route has moved from downtown to Armory Park to the Tucson Convention Center and now, this year, back to downtown and over the corner where the McArdles have been painting their shamrock the past 36 years.
"The parade used to pass over that," says Andy Brown, president of the parade committee, of the McArdle shamrock. "But this year, the parade will actually pass over it again."
The parade's return to downtown is a homecoming for sure. It always has been, McArdle-Landers says. "Other families have reunions," she says, "but for us, St. Patrick's Day is when everybody comes in."
For more information about this year's free St. Patty's Day festivities, visit www.tucsonstpatrick.com. On Saturday, the festival opens at 10 a.m. in Jacome Plaza, and the parade kicks off at 11 a.m. on the corner of Franklin Street and Stone. --M.H.
After listening to singer-songwriter David Rovics' free music downloads on his self-named Web site, I realized he sounded a lot like Ani DiFranco and Pete Seeger combined with Kermit the Frog á la "It Ain't Easy Being Green."
These days, it ain't easy being a liberal, either. Andy Kershaw of BBC Radio 3 says of Rovics, "In these days of ongoing neo-conservatism, he carries the torch of dissent and protest--in fact, if the great Phil Ochs were to come back from the dead tonight, he'd probably be hailed as the new David Rovics."
Kershaw may be right. Rovics' prolific discography probes diverse issues, from songs about the plight of Mexican migrants in "Guanajuato" to an ode to his tattooed, work-of-art waitress in "Mama's Royal Café."
Rovics' upcoming Sept. 1 release, Halliburton Boardroom Massacre, pulls no punches, either. Three songs are available for preview on his site. What I found interesting, however, was that the song's speaker in "Halliburton Boardroom Massacre" advocates violence as an effective end to corporate tyranny: "There's a boardroom blown to hell, and soon I will be, too."
Does Rovics think the song glorifies violence? "Well, maybe it does;" he says. "Violence is so much a part of our reality. And violence happens. I think this is not a new concept for anybody. If the prospect of a massacre in a boardroom of the ruling class disturbs them, then it should. It might happen. I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often."
Hmmm. This troubadour makes you think about, and perhaps change, the status quo. Advance ticket prices are $8 and $10 at the door. However, no one will be turned away. --M.H.