Arts and Culture

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Beijing Guitar Duo To Perform at Crowder Hall

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 1:27 PM

click image UA Presents welcomes the Beijing Guitar Duo to perform at Crowder Hall on Nov. 15. Meng Su and Yameng Wang are widely known for their superb technique and artistic musicality. - BEIJING GUITAR DUO FACEBOOK
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  • UA Presents welcomes the Beijing Guitar Duo to perform at Crowder Hall on Nov. 15. Meng Su and Yameng Wang are widely known for their superb technique and artistic musicality.
UA Presents welcomes Meng Su and Yameng Wang of Beijing Guitar Duo to perform in Tucson.

Their debut CD Maracaípe received a Latin-GRAMMY nomination. It was dedicated to them by Sergio Assad, a Brazilian guitarist and composer.

The duo has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America in countries such as Germany, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Poland, China, Panama and the United States with their mentor, Manuel Barrueco.

Meng Su and Yameng Wang were born in the city of Qingdao, China, and have packed great musical success in their young lives.

Su won the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition and the Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition and Wang won the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at age 12 and was invited by Radio France to perform at the Paris International Guitar Art Week at age 14.

Before they performed as a duo, they both made solo recordings. This duo is currently supported by the Maryland State Art Council’s Touring Artists Grant program, and has been since 2014.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Crowder Hall. 

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Tuesday, Nov. 13

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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Conrad Wilde Gallery: Closing the Doors. After 13 tremendous years, Conrad Wilde Gallery is closing their doors. Before they close them for good, make sure to head over the gallery to see their last ever exhibits. The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday. The final exhibit will be on Dec. 1, 2018. There will also be an art supplies sale from Dec. 8-15. Prices may vary. 101 W 6th St. Details Here.

UA Women's Basketball vs. Loyola Marymount. Get back into the basketball spirit and watch UA women's basketball kill it on the court on Tuesday, Nov. 13. We all know how much love the guys receive so lets get out there and cheer on our women too! Send good luck their way, the game will begin at 6:30 p.m. at McKale Center.1721 E Enke Dr. Details Here.
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Second Tuesday Talks: Iran, Experiences and Observations. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Michael  Zaccaria will talk about his trip to Iran in 2018. He will discuss its political and religious landscape, holiday observances, nuclear relations and much more. Zaccaria has a MA in History and has worked in higher education much of his life. Since 2003 he has taught History of the Middle East at Pima Community College and UA. The conversation will be hosted at the United Nations Association of Southern Arizona. 12-1:00 p.m. 6242 E Speedway Blvd. Details Here.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Bread and Puppet Theater Coming to Tucson

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 11:49 AM

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The Bread and Puppet Theater will be coming to Tucson for the first time in over 30 years as part of a 14-week tour across the country. It is one of the nation's oldest political theaters and originally started in New York City in 1963 before moving to Vermont in the 1970s.

The internationally celebrated company includes  performances with art, music, and dance. The shows are both political and creative, known for their huge puppets made of papier-maché and cardboard material.

On Nov. 11, The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus theater performance will demonstrate riot and rebellion against intolerable situations with state of the art papier-maché weaponry and the Bread and Puppet Brass Band.

Bread and Puppet will also be providing its famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli. Books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press will also be for sale at the event.
click image See the Bread and Puppet performance on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m.
  • See the Bread and Puppet performance on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m.

The Bread and Puppet Theater is making their trip to Tucson worth the travel by putting on two shows while they are here in town. Bread and Puppet's Grasshopper Rebellion Circus will be on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. hosted by Flam Chen at the MSA Annex located on 267 Avenida Del Convento. The second show called Basic Bye Bye will be on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Global Justice Center located on 225 E. 26th St.

The events are free and welcomes all ages, however there is a $10-25 suggested donation. For more details and  information about the event visit, http://breadandpuppet.org 

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, Nov. 8

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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The EVE Project, Celebrating the Many Facets of Womanhood. The Martha Graham Dance Company is the oldest and most celebrated modern dance company in the nation. With this show, they are celebrating the centenary of American women having the right to vote! Three of Graham’s signature pieces—The Dark Meadow Suite, Ekstasis and Errand into the Maze—are on the schedule, as well as some new works from some of today’s top choreographers, such as The Lamentation Variations by Aszure Barton, Bulareyaung Pagalava and Larry Keigwin, and Woodland by Pontus Lidberg. If you don’t think you’re a fan of dance, give this gripping show a shot—you might just find you’re a modern dance fan after all. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. $19 to $80+. Details Here.

UA Science Café Series. A night at Borderlands Brewing Co. is always a good time, but it’s especially cool when you can kick back with a beer and learn about some of the bad-ass research being conducted at the University of Arizona. At this one, Valerie Madera-Garcia, a PhD student in the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, will be talking about the Dengue virus fever, a disease transmitted by mosquitos and endemic in Puerto Rico. Normally, this type of mosquito breeds in clean water, but in the southeastern part of the island, they’ve been known to reproduce in septic tanks—especially after Hurricane Maria in 2017. Madera-Garcia will talk about the importance of predictive models and spatial analysis to mitigate this burden for the next hurricane season. 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Borderlands Brewing Co., 119 E. Toole Ave. Details Here.
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Lights of the World. Starting Thursday Nov. 8 Lights of the World will be taking over Kino Sports Complex until Jan. 2. Lights of the World is the largest light and lantern festival in North America. Representing many different cultures and landmarks there are 11 exhibits and 75 lantern displays. There are carnival rides and games, arts and crafts, food vendors and much more. General admission tickets $24.99. 2400 E. Ajo Way. Details Here.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Laughing Stock: Guest Columnist Molly McCloy talks to Maria Bamford

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 9:48 PM

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Maria Bamford fan Molly McCloy is a four-time Moth winner and PCC teacher of creative nonfiction. Bamford headlines the Tucson Improv Movement’s Tucson Comedy Arts Festival with a performance at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Rialto Theater. Visit rialto.com for Bamford tickets, alone or with a $25 TCAF festival pass. Visit tucsonimprov.com for the schedule of festival performances starting Nov. 7, a festival pass and $5 tickets for individual shows.

“When was the last time you had a Peanut Buster Parfait?” I asked Maria Bamford.

“It’s been so long,” she replied. “You’re reminding me that I need to get back to the true path.”

The Dairy Queen treat comes up at least twice in Bamford’s work. In one standup bit, she demands a Peanut Buster Parfait from a friend, calling out the layers in a drill sergeant’s voice: “Hot fudge, peanuts, ice cream, hot fudge, peanuts, ice cream!”

In a scene from her NetFlix show Lady Dynamite, her character falls into a serious depression, and her father offers to take her out for a Peanut Buster Parfait.

I have a history of both mental illness and Dairy Queen employment in my family, so I’m sold on Bamford’s humor. I especially like the way she normalizes her bipolar diagnosis, since, for many of us, mental illness is normal.

In standup sets, Bamford pencils a family history of violence into a game of “emotional sudoku,” sings a deadpan song about her couples’ therapist and describes a psych ward in the voice of a set designer expertly arranging the broken chairs and puzzles with missing pieces. The current tour features all new material on marriage and religion.

Bamford told me that her humor about mental illness is successful because “the audience is down for it.”

She also explained the source her fabulous voice work, which includes dead-on impressions of business executives, teenagers, and hungry raccoons. “It started when I was a kid watching TV. It developed out of a need to be heard,” she explained, “the idea that if you change your voice the odds might be better that you’ll be heard because of the surprise factor.”

Since Tucson Improv Movement offers beginning improv and comedy courses, I asked Bamford what advice she would give new comedians.

“You just start,” she explained. “Tell yourself a little story you think is funny. Talk for five minutes and you do it over and over again. You add that five minutes to another five, and soon you have an hour.

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Lights of the World Makes Debut in Tucson

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 12:26 PM

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Head over to Kino Sports Complex Nov. 8 to Jan. 2 and it will be sure to 'light up your world'.

Lights of the World, the largest light and lantern festival in North America, is making its debut to Tucson on Thursday, Nov. 8. Although the event has been hosted in Phoenix for many years, this is the first time it will be in Tucson.

“The Lights of the World is a great way to spend some quality time with your friends and family during the upcoming holiday season,” said Kino Sports Complex Director Reenie Ochoa.

There are over 11 exhibits and 75 lantern displays representing different cultures and landmarks
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 across the world. There are also carnival rides and games, an acrobat show, a sea lion show, arts and crafts and food vendors.

The acrobat show runs from Nov. 8 to Dec. 2 and the sea lion show runs from Dec. 4 to Jan 2.

The festival runs every Tuesday through Sunday until Jan. 2 from 5-10 p.m. General admission tickets are $24.99. Kids three and under get in for free. The cost of the ticket covers everything except food, crafts and carnival games.

There will be a $6 parking fee but the proceeds will go to local charities. For guests who will be parking, access to the event will be from Ajo and Forgeus as the Milbur and Country Club exit will be closed.

For more information on this event click here. 

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Arizona Farm & Food Festival

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 10:27 AM


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  • Visit the Arizona Farm and Food Festival on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and Casino Del Sol are partnering for the Arizona Farm & Food Festival on Saturday, Nov. 10. The festival will include live cooking demonstrations, food samplings, a farmer's market, children's activities, cultural entertainment and opportunities to meet with local chefs. 

The festival will showcase more than 35 sampling stations. Some of the stations will offer foods like truffle artisan popcorn, gourmet salsa, lavender lemonade, ceviche, smoked brisket and many different variations of tacos. Local restaurants that will be participating include Boca Tacos y Tequila, Grand Canyon Brewery, Brushfire BBQ Co., KingFisher, El Charro, Seis Kitchen, and many more!

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  • Visit the Arizona Farm and Food Festival on Saturday, Nov. 10.
There will also be an interactive wine and beer tent that will showcase local spirits purveyors. Libations from local breweries and distilleries will be offered along with tasting tours for individuals over the age of 21.

While festival goers sample on foods and drinks, live bands will be performing including The Blues, Americana, Alt-Country, Kevin Pakulis and his Band, The Begave Trio and Navajo music.

"The Arizona Farm & Food Festival is an investment in the sustainability of Arizona's cultural food heritage. Connecting chefs and restaurants with local food producers supports preservation of our culture," said Kate Marquez, SAACA Executive Director.

The Arizona Farm & Food Festival will be on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Casino Del Sol's AVA Amphitheater located on 5655 W. Valencia Rd.

Tickets for general admission will be sold at $35 and upgraded tickets to sample alcohol will be $50 per ticket.

For more information about the festival and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.saaca.org/

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Dusk Music Festival Takes Place at Armory Park This Weekend

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 2:57 PM

click image Dusk Music Festival will take place on Nov. 10 and 11. The festival will feature 20 plus artists including Dillion Francis, Phantogram and Big Gigantic. - THE RIALTO THEATRE
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  • Dusk Music Festival will take place on Nov. 10 and 11. The festival will feature 20 plus artists including Dillion Francis, Phantogram and Big Gigantic.
Dusk Music Festival will take place on Nov. 10 and 11 at Armory Park. Festival gates open at 2 p.m. and the last act ends at 11:50 p.m. on both days.

The General Admission Tickets include 2-day access to the festival, music from 20 plus artists on two stages including Dillon Francis, Phantogram and Big Gigantic. Food, a wide selection of wine, beer and cocktails will be for sale along with fascinating artwork and many pop-up shops.

For Tucson FEASTS the Gastronomic Union of Tucson will be crafting a custom menu of food options from Tucson’s finest chefs and restaurants. There will be a variety of larger-than-life sculptures, video projection, digital art and lighting displays at the festival by the team at Monsoon Collective and the University of Arizona’s School of Art, 3D & Extended Media program.

Tucson PLAYS will hold life-sized lawn games, corn hole, ping pong and ladderball. Tucson SHOPS will have their stores open all day and offer a variety of goods from local, regional and national artisans, makers and retailers. There will be many ATMs available.

Two premium Dusk experiences are available for those who want more than General Admission including the Culinary Dropout VIP Experience and the Iridius Capital Platinum Viewing Platform which is on another level.

There will be no official parking for the festival so ride share, taxis and public transportation are highly encouraged. Tickets are available for purchase online through Eventbrite or you can purchase hard-copy tickets at select locations in Tucson. This is an all-ages event.

Tickets for the festival are $89 plus fees for two days. $49 plus fees for one day. Free for kids 10 and under. Ticketed adults can bring up to two children. Must have a ticket/wristband to enter.

Find more information about the festival here.

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