Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Award-Winning Author Alice Hatcher Takes Up Residence at the Library

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 3:37 PM

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Are you trying to write but just can't find your footing? Do you have great ideas but can't seem to put them down into a cohesive storyline?

Award-winning and local author Alice Hatcher is here to help.

Pima County Public Library is continuing its Writer-In-Residence program, a favorite among the local community.

Hatcher's residency at the library starts in February and runs through April and she will be available to consult with writers of any age, experience or genre.

She will hold office hours at Himmel Park Library every Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. and every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Call to guarantee a spot at 520 594 5305. Walk-ins will only be available if space allows.

Hatcher is also hosting three workshops that are free and open to the public:
  • Finding Your Narrator in the Crowd - UA Festival of Books, 4 to 5 p.m. March 2
  • Your Novel’s Opening Pages: Establishing Tension, the Story Question, and the Reader-Writer Contract - Dusenberry-River Library, 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 21
  • The Basics of Writing Grant Proposals for Individual Creative and Research Projects - Joel D. Valdez Main Library in the Idea+Space, 10:30 a.m. to noon, April 13
Read an excerpt from Hatcher's debut novel The Wonder That Was Ours here.

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History Has Its Eyes On You: A Hamilton Music Revue

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 2:40 PM

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  • Matravius Avent in History Has Its Eyes On You.

Unlike most musicals, the story of Hamilton is told almost exclusively in song. So when I first heard that History Has Its Eyes On You: A Hamilton Music Revue would be doing a concert featuring the music of Hamilton "but none of the songs with plot," I wasn't too sure what to expect.

It turns out, the Stateside Presents performance didn't have any trouble celebrating the music of Hamilton without veering into the story behind the music. They focused instead on songs (from the musical, the Mixtape and the Hamildrops) that people can resonate with today; songs about love, lust, parenthood and the endless and revolutionary impact of immigrants. The show isn't a performance of the musical, but a celebration of the timeless themes and transcendental music—and performed on a stunning level, of course.

Singer Alyssa Chiarello at one point delivered a note so impressive—so high, held for so long, so beautifully—that her castmates essentially stopped the show to congratulate her on it, and to have the audience do the same.

Alex Ncube and Eddie Maldonado's love for the music they were performing was palpable in the audience. Ncube dedicated a touching rendition of "Dear Theodosia" to her daughter and demonstrated special appreciation to the lyrics about inclusivity. Meanwhile, Maldonado delivered every single one of his lines with a brash smirk one would believe of Alexander Hamilton himself.

And while Maldonado did perform many of Hamilton's lyrics, the cast didn't stick to dedicated roles. Sean Mullaney, whose high-energy performance was definitely a crowd pleaser, represented Schuyler's baby sister "Peggy" in one song, and transitioned into George Washington's commanding role in the next. Matravius Avent mastered both the calm, measured tone of Aaron Burr's opening lines and the tremendous speed of Marquis de Lafayette's rap in "Guns and Ships."

The organizers of the show said from the beginning that they wanted the show (much like the original musical itself) to be a tribute to hip hop, and that was apparent in the room before the first note was sung. The performers ditched Hamilton's typical 1800s garb for leather and mesh. They substituted Hamilton's full orchestra for DJ Kim E. Fresh and a modern band. During "Cabinet Battle," the cast transitioned their rap battle into a dance off, which segued into a kind of break dance intermission. These steps took the much-loved music and transitioned it seamlessly into a show that stands apart from the original work it honors.

The show accomplished the goal it set out with: To celebrate the music of one of the most-loved modern musicals outside of the original (high-priced) theater setting. I sincerely hope this show returns to Tucson, because it is a hell of a good time.

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All Bets Are On: Former LA Times Sportswriter Chris Dufresne Discusses the Pac-12

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 2:07 PM

Former LA Times sportswriter and columnist, and current TMG College Sports writer Chris Dufresne.
  • Former LA Times sportswriter and columnist, and current TMG College Sports writer Chris Dufresne.

Longtime LA Times sportswriter Chris Dufresne was kind enough to sit down with Tucson Weekly's resident sportswriter, Christopher Boan on Wednesday.

The two covered a wide variety of subjects, including the state of USC's football team, the UCLA mens basketball coaching search, and what the state of the Pac-12 is at the moment.

Dufresne worked for the LA Times from 1981-2015, covering everything from the LA Rams to the Trojans and Bruins, while also serving as the Times' college football and basketball columnist.

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In The Flesh | Flor de Toloache

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 10:18 AM

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With flowers strewn through their hair, critically lauded Flor de Toloache took to the stage at 191 Toole, on Tuesday, Jan 22. From the outset, the audience was left to ponder… Was this sisterhood compromised of florid roses born out of love? Or the beguiling blooms of chrysanthemums wrought from heartache? It was hard to tell. Regardless, their reputation as NYC’s first and only all­-female mariachi preceded them.

Vocalist/vihuelista, Shae Fiol expands, “We are women of New York City absorbing its diversity and putting it into our sound. It’s all about the love of music.”

The fact that their 2017 album Las Caras Lindas (Chulo Records) won Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album at the 18th Latin Grammy Awards only added to their street cred.

The posies that comprised this evening’s vibrant bouquet: Founding member, vocalist/violinist Mireya Ramos, trumpeter Jackie Coleman, guitarronista Amanda Lozano and Fiol. Hailing from diverse cultural and musical backgrounds—Australia and Italy to Puerto Rico, classical and jazz to hip hop—the result of this coalescence is an edgy, fresh and iconoclastic take on traditional Mexican music which breathes new life into a too-often staid and testosterone permeated genre.

Early into their 90 minute set, promulgating a message of empowerment, Ramos said, “A grito can resemble a laugh or a cry. And, a shot or two of tequila doesn’t hurt.” Echoing mariachi icon Lolá Beltran from days of lore, reclaiming this spontaneous burst of emotion for a new generation, Flor de Toloache called out to the audience to engage in a bit of primal scream therapy, Latin style, and release “one unified grito.” “Aye yai yai yai,” resounded throughout. From that moment until the final bow—not unlike the effect of the legendary toloache flower used by Mexican curanderos as a potent love potion—this band of soul sisters mesmerized, casting a spell over the audience.


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Claytoon of the Day: Starbuck Spoiler

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 9:52 AM

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Wednesday Jan. 30

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 1:30 AM

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Cookies and Cocktails at the Playground Bar & Lounge. This annual event honors the “fierce, fearless girls and women leading Southern Arizona today,” but for those not in the know, it means there are Girl Scout cookies! The event features Girl Scout Cookie-inspired cocktails and craft beers, cookie-and-wine pairings, and desserts made by local restaurants, each starring a different cookie! 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. 278 E. Congress Street. $55. 21+. Details here.

The Unruly Mystic: John Muir. Also known as “John of the Mountains” and “the Father of the National Parks,” John Muir was, well, a lot of things: a hiker, an environmentalist, an author and more. This movie explores Muir’s life and how he wound up being considered a “patron saint of environmental activism.” The screening is calling, and you must go. 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. The Screening Room. 127 E. Congress St. $12. Details here.

Sue Betanzos - Reflections Of Nature on Display. January 12th-February 13th (Wednesdays-Sundays 10AM-3PM) Sue creates new glass paintings, acrylic paintings, and glass mosaic artworks inspired by the beautiful diverse Sonoran Desert. This sweet natural oasis is the perfect place to observe both nature and fine art. Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery 12325 E. Roger Road. Details here.

Events compiled by Briannon Wilfong, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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XOXO: Where to Rock Wednesday, Jan. 30

Posted By and on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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This duo’s mercurial sound is soulful electronic with aspects of house music. Lovelorn and passionate, Drama plays out on stage at Club Congress. Wide-eyed and full of wonder, indie pop singer/songwriter Claire George balances out the evening. Details here.

Get Back: A Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles Rooftop Performance brings some of the best local musicians together—Al Perry, Amy Munoz, Luminarios, Mike Hebert, Billy Sedlmayr, Van Christian, Mark Insley and The Sidewinders—with a headlining performance from Loveland on the plaza at Hotel Congress. Donations to benefit the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen. Details here.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Reid Park Zoo Welcomes Oja the Andean Bear

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 3:36 PM

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There’s a new resident at the Reid Park Zoo, and she’s come all the way from Switzerland. The zoo crew is currently in the process of welcoming Oja the Andean bear.

"Oja is an easy going and incredibly smart bear," said Dr. Alexis Moreno, Reid Park Zoo Veterinarian, in a release. "She has adjusted really well and is enjoying the enrichment the Animal Care Team has provided for her behind the scenes in the Animal Health Center."

Oja was born at Zoo Zürich in Zürich, Switzerland as part of its breeding program. According to Reid Park Zoo, Oja is “inquisitive and bold, and her favorite foods are peanuts, raisins and strawberries.” She’s currently getting used to her new surroundings behind-the-scenes at the zoo, and the public can meet Oja in March.

Bringing Oja to the zoo allows for an opportunity for Worf, Reid Park’s male Andean Bear, to a new companion.

Her fifth birthday is Saturday, Feb. 16.

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