"Tucson's Tineo and the Legacy of Mexican and Mexican-America Muralists" by John Carhuff
6 p.m., Monday, May 17
Himmel Park Library
1035 N. Treat Ave.
John Carhuff's lecture on David Tineo, the renowned Tucson muralist, is sure to be up the alley of anyone interested in Mexican and Mexican-American art.
Carhuff is a docent at the Tucson Museum of Art, and he will be speaking about the murals of Tineo, and the influences that other Chicano artists—including Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orzco and David Alfaro Siqueiros—have had on his work.
Carhuff said that murals are a major part of Chicano art—especially right here in Tucson. In fact, it's possible that you've seen Tineo's work without realizing it. "It is almost impossible to travel around Tucson and not see murals," he said.
He will be analyzing the works of the different artists and will present a slide show to illustrate his comparisons. The slide show will include images from the David Tineo exhibit currently on display at the Tucson Museum of Art, as well as images of work by the artists who have influenced Tineo.
"The most interesting thing for me is to see the links in Tineo's work to iconography used by Orzco in his mural at Dartmouth," said Carhuff.
This lecture is just one event in a six-part series being held to give more information about the exhibit ¡Viva David Tineo! A Retrospective of Tucson's Muralist and Art Educator, at the Tucson Museum of Art through July 3.
Admission to this event is free. For more information on the other parts of the series, and for dates and locations of activities that will be led by Tineo himself, visit www.library.pima.gov. —T.D.
"The Gods Must be Crazy" by Kenneth Johnson
7:30 p.m., Friday, May 14
Unitarian Universalist Church
4831 E. 22nd St.
Long before the sun and nearby planets were known as the solar system, they were deified as the gods and goddesses of ancient mythology.
According to astrologer and comparative-religions expert Kenneth Johnson, astrological bodies still have a profound effect on the human psyche.
"They make our own lives more than a mere collection of meaningless incidents and events," said Johnson. "They show the dimension of our own lives that is mythic and dreamlike," he said.
Johnson was introduced to the field of astrology in the early 1970s.
"Because I was studying comparative religions, I was interested in symbolic languages of all kinds. As I heard the topic of astrology discussed more and more, I became increasingly interested," Johnson said.
A link between astrological bodies and the human psyche has been discussed by astrologers since the 1950s, he said.
"Astrologers came to realize that Western civilization was a psychological civilization," he said. "They realized it was time for astrologers to examine one of the oldest models of the human psyche and modern psychology."
Johnson's lecture will be put on by the Tucson Astrologers' Guild. Formed in 1979 and later incorporated as a nonprofit educational organization, the guild provides classes, lectures and panel discussions on astrology.
Guild member Gael Chilson said astrology is a spiritual study. "Physical, mental, emotional bodies are all connected to everything else," she said.
A practitioner of astrology for 35 years, Chilson said the alignment of astrological bodies has an effect on one's well-being and psyche.
"It comes down to the matter that nothing is really separate," she said.
Admission to Johnson's lecture is $10 for Astrologers' Guild members, and $15 for nonmembers. —W.F.
Sunnyside High School's "Noche de las Estrellas"
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, May 15
Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater
Casino del Sol
5655 W. Valencia Road
If you're in the mood to help out a good cause by eating, drinking and enjoying great music, look no further than "Noche de las Estrellas."
Sunnyside High School's 19th annual "Noche de las Estrellas" (which translates to "Night of the Stars") is a fundraiser for scholarships awarded to the high school's star students.
The afternoon is a time to celebrate together as a family, with carnival games, a jumping castle, and music and dance performances by various mariachi and folklórico groups from all of the Sunnyside Unified School District's institutions. There will also be booths set up to serve traditional Mexican food and drink, including carne asada, horchata and various snacks.
"It will be a family atmosphere 100 percent," said Adriana Molina, co-director of "Noche de las Estrellas."
Admission to the afternoon event is free.
At 7 p.m., the Concert Extravaganza will kick off; it includes a performance by Sergio Antonio—a well-known singer from Los Angeles—accompanied by Mariachi Herencia de Cuco del Cid.
Tickets to the Concert Extravaganza are $10—which is a great deal, Molina said, considering tickets to Sergio Antonio and Mariachi Herencia de Cuco del Cid can cost between $45 and $150 at most concerts.
All profits from the concert will go directly to the scholarship fund. Tickets will be available at the door. —T.D.
"I Dream in Widescreen: BFA Thesis Films From the School of Media Arts"
7 p.m., Saturday, May 15
Fox Tucson Theatre
17 W. Congress St.
The undergraduate film students at the UA School of Media Arts are busily getting ready for their annual short-film festival, "I Dream in Widescreen."
"All of these films were shot in and around Tucson using mostly local actors," said Ben Kochman, who produced some of the films being shown.
Students who have graduated from the program have gone on to show their films around the world.
"'I Dream in Widescreen' is the culmination of an intensive five-semester bachelor of fine arts program in film production. For the past academic year, we have put our pride, soul and hope for a social life into these 16 films," said Kochman. "It's important for student filmmakers to have a place to screen their work. We are very proud of these films, and we hope they are the launching point for successful careers in the film industry."
The 16 films encompass the theme of family drama. There are chronicles of breakups, love stories and everything in between. The films were all made by graduating students to showcase their talents.
Kochman added: "My favorite thing about 'I Dream in Widescreen' is it is a legitimate short-film festival. Short films are fun and experimental without dragging, like a lot of feature films do."
Admission to the film festival is free and open to the public; doors open at 6 p.m. —T.D.