LIVING TRADITION: Ofelia Zepeda is a native of Stanfield,
Ariz., on the fringes of the Tohono O'odham reservation, and she's
considered the foremost authority on the tribe's language and
literature. She has plenty of sheepskin to back up that status,
including a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the UA, where she currently
Her list of titles includes Home Places: Contemporary Native American Writing From Sun Tracks, A Papago Grammar; and When It Rains.
Today she'll read from her work in a gathering hosted by WomanSpeak. The reading will be followed by an open mic session. Join her from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, January 31, in Aroma Café, 346 N. Fourth Ave. Call 623-2088 for details.
INSIDE PERSPECTIVE: Local archives are showcased in Bodies of Work: Series and Obsessions from the Center for Creative Photography. This stunning exhibit spans the 20th century, from early modernism to contemporary visions of the '80s and '90s. Included in the intriguing survey are Edward Weston's famed peppers; Harry Callahan's extended portraits of his wife and daughter, Ansel Adams' Yosemite works; W. Eugene Smith's As From My Window I Sometimes Glance; Garry Winogrand's airports; Dorothy Norman's portraits of Alfred Steiglitz; and Lee Friedlander's American monuments. Remarkably, all these pieces are drawn from the Center, which houses the world's leading collection of American photography.
Bodies of Work runs through March 21 in the UA Center for Creative Photography, at the south end of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 621-7968 for details.
HORSEBACK HONCHOS: For more than five centuries, Mexican cowboys, or vaqueros, have been the cattle industry's backbone throughout Mexico and the southwestern United States. Three artists capture that rich legacy in Vaqueros: The Life of the Mexican Cowboy, on display in the Arizona Historical Society.
Artists Jeff Scott and Ruben Ruiz visited the historic Rancho Gallardo in northeastern Sonora, where they documented these tough cowhands at work. Dichos (Mexican proverbs) by Tucson writer and oral historian Patricia Preciado Martin help bring their images to life. Also accompanying the display are an essay and text by anthropologist Joe. S. Graham.
Vaquero runs through February 26 in the AHS, 949 E. Second
St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon
THIS STRAW HOUSE: They're quiet, comfy and cozy. They're also made of an ecologically sound by-product with remarkable insulation qualities.
We're talking straw-bale houses, an old-fashioned building material that's currently on a well-deserved resurgence. Now Women Build Houses let's you learn a bit more about this and similar techniques with a workshop titled Earth and Straw: A Natural Building Sampler.
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