"Life's lame. Don't suck. Watch some comedy."
So goes the motto of the UA's sketch-comedy group Comedy Corner, and if that's not good advice, I don't know what is. The folks in Comedy Corner definitely know what they're talking about--they claim to be the oldest college comedy troupe in the country. Plus, they get lots of practice, because they perform every single Friday at noon in the UA Student Union basement.
But it's probably safe to say that the group's proudest moments usually occur at their annual S.I.C.K. (Southwest Intergalactic Comedy Kermis) Festival, which they've been hosting and performing in for the last 15 years. This year, besides Comedy Corner, the festival will feature the Charles Darwin Experience and the Street-Prov Theatre Collective (both from the UA), Barren Mind Improv and the Farce Side Comedy Hour (from Arizona State University), and Jest Serendipity--an improv group all the way from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Most of the show will be improvised, but a couple of the troupes (namely, Comedy Corner) will put on some entertaining scripted sketches covering all kinds of subjects.
"There will be multitudes of hilarious material performed by some very talented and ambitious comedians," said Luke Mills, Comedy Corner's producer, in an e-mail. "There is a lot of talent in Arizona, especially right here in Tucson, so it is important for people to support it. Also, the S.I.C.K. Festival itself has a long history of showcasing the greatest college talent in the Southwest. ... It will definitely be an amazing show."
Some of the content will be adult themed--best for comedy lovers of college age or older. Tickets will be available at the door. Oh, and did I mention the show only $1? That's not a joke. --A.M.
You may not consider tattoos art, but there are many people who do--and these people will be flocking to tattoo artist Dennis Dwyer's Wild Wild West Tattoo Expo to express their unique designs in permanent ink.
This is Dwyer's 15th tattoo convention, and it will offer opportunities to get tattooed by more than 100 skilled tattoo artists from around the country and the world. At the end of each day, tattoo enthusiasts can compete in a contest for the "Tattoo of the Day." Whoever receives the best tattoo will receive a cash prize.
"This expo is a great opportunity for someone who is a fan to get tattooed by someone they admire," says Gina Dwyer, Dennis' wife, who says that her husband is an artistic realist who has been in the business for 34 years.
The expo will also feature a fun Western element. Gina Dwyer says her husband rented an entire chuckwagon and a backdrop for photography. People will have the chance to don traditional Western clothing and take old-time photos.
Besides the best tattoo contest and the Western photo-op, the expo offers a chance to celebrate, admire and receive great artwork on the human body.
"People who have beautiful artwork want to show it off beautifully," says Gina Dwyer, who notes that there is no nudity allowed.
Tickets are $20 for a day pass or $50 for a weekend pass. The expo runs from noon to midnight on Friday, from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Visit
www.dennisdwyer.com for more information. --K.H.
Printmaking, as a fine art, doesn't usually get the respect it deserves. In fact, the term "print" now seems almost derogatory, generally conjuring up an image of some cheap reproduction of a superior original. Few people think of prints as works of art in themselves.
But they most definitely can be, and that's what Making an Impression: The Art of the Print is here to illustrate. Put on by the folks at Mo's Gallery, this exhibition includes at least 150 prints by respected local and international artists, from Tubac native Jeri Fischer to the late Willard Clark of Santa Fe, N.M. Pretty much every kind of printmaking technique will be represented--there will be woodcuts, linocuts, aquatints, mezzotints, serigraphs, lithographs, etchings ... you name it. And for the viewers' education, each work will appear alongside a description of the techniques used to produce it. To make a hand-pulled lithograph, for example, the artist creates an image on either a stone plate or a sheet of Mylar using a wax-based crayon, and then puts a water-based ink on top of that surface. The wax repels the water, and when the surface is pressed to paper, voila! You have a beautiful and subtly unique piece of art.
"Printmaking has a respected history beyond the last decade of photomechanical reproduction, which doesn't nearly capture all the subtleties of a hand-printed piece," says gallery director Nathan Saxton. "Printmaking is a dying art, and this is a chance to see a large number of prints from a large number of artists and identify the differences from one printmaking process to another."
Also, if you've never seen a Goya or Matisse up close, this is your chance! The show will include actual prints made by the hands of both famous artists. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. --A.M.
There's just something magical about the circus, and there's just something enchanting about the jungle. And now, Cirque Dreams is putting the circus and the jungle together, visiting Tucson to provide a spectacular display.
"The show is very spectacle-oriented, with tons of acrobatics," says Mario Di Vetta of UApresents.
Jungle Fantasy is a whimsical performance that involves contortionists, balancers, huge puppets, exotic costumes, special effects and choreography--all in a lush jungle setting. The show is performed both on the stage and in the air, featuring an international cast of talented aerialists.
Di Vetta says that the show is very family-oriented and unlike anything you've ever seen. "It's big; it's bright; it's fun," says Di Vetta.
Di Vetta says that this is Cirque Dreams' newest show, and the first time the group has been back to Tucson in about five years.
Neil Goldberg, the artistic director of Jungle Fantasy, has produced two Super Bowl halftime shows, as well as programs with Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Gloria Estefan and Donald Trump. Goldberg created Cirque Productions in 1993, becoming the first American company to produce cirque-style shows.
Tickets range from $23 to $58, with discounts for students, children, seniors, groups and military members. Tickets are available at Centennial Hall or by calling 621-3341. Visit uapresents.org for more information. --K.H.