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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Loft Cinema to Show Free Films at Tucson Meet Yourself

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 4:15 PM

click image An outdoor screening and sing-along of Selena, a 1997 film about the life and career of Tejano music will be shown at Tucson Meet Yourself on Friday, Oct. 12. at 7 p.m. - THE LOFT CINEMA
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  • An outdoor screening and sing-along of Selena, a 1997 film about the life and career of Tejano music will be shown at Tucson Meet Yourself on Friday, Oct. 12. at 7 p.m.
One of many highlights of the upcoming 2018 Tucson Meet Yourself festival includes free showings from The Loft Cinema.

The films will be shown Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Pima County Pavillion on Jácome Plaza.

Films include Selena, a sing-along to the 1997 musical drama written and directed by Gregory Nava about the life and career of Tejano (folk and pop music primarily of Mexican and Mexican American artists in Texas) music starring Jennifer Lopez as the late Tejano star Selena Quintanilla-Perez (127 min.) and RUMBLE: The Indians who Rocked the World, a 2017 feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, Redbone, Randy Castillo, & Taboo (103 min).

This is the second year Tucson Meet yourself is in partnership with the Loft working with Loft directors Jeff Yanc and Zachary Breneman to choose films that have meaning and significance at a folklife festival.

click image An outdoor screening of RUMBLE, a 2017 feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history will be shown at Tucson Meet Yourself on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. - THE LOFT CINEMA
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  • An outdoor screening of RUMBLE, a 2017 feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history will be shown at Tucson Meet Yourself on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.
Selena was known as the ‘Queen of Tejano’ and her music both was influenced by and has influenced music along the borderlands. This says a lot about the lasting interest in her as a musician and in the style of her music.

RUMBLE focuses on the influence of native musicians on rock and roll. This is an important story to tell at a folklife festival because “so often people think of "folklife" only as something that celebrate static traditions. That's not true,” said Kimi Eisele, Communications Director for Tucson Meet Yourself.

“Folklorists are interested how traditions are expressed and shared and passed on, and especially in how they change and evolve and make their way into contemporary expressions,” said Eisele.

She believes this film will open a lot of people’s eyes and ears to the influence of indigenous musicians on popular music and be a fun way to bring people together at the festival.

The films are free and open to the public. 

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Must-See Musicians at Tucson Meet Yourself

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 10:19 AM

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The Tucson Meet Yourself festival, on October 12, 13 and 14, will feature music groups from around the world. Headlining this year are Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers and Mono Blanco.

Nathan Williams jr., or Lil Nathan, started making music with his dad at the age of five playing the washboard. By 14 he moved to drums and accordion on his first album Zydeco Ballin. Williams went on to study Jazz at the University of Louisiana, where he now teaches traditional music.

Zydeco is a form of music originating in Southwest Louisiana by Creole speakers. It is a mixture of rhythm and blues, and the traditional music of Louisiana. Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers will play on Saturday, October 12 at 8 p.m.

Mono Blanco plays Son Jarocho music, which is categorized by a blending of indigenous, Spanish and African music styles, typically featuring a small guitar called a jarana. Lead by Gilberto Gutiérrez Silva, Mono Blanco has been revitalizing the Son Jarocho music since 1997. This particular style comes from the band’s home of Veracruz, Mexico. Mono Blanco plays at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 12 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 13.

Find more information about the Tucson Meet Yourself festival here.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Come for the Food, Stay for the Culture! Tucson Meet Yourself is Just Around the Corner

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 1:46 PM

Tucson Meet Yourself will run from Oct. 12 to Oct. 14. - COURTESY OF STEVEN MECKLER
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  • Tucson Meet Yourself will run from Oct. 12 to Oct. 14.
The Annual Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival celebrates 45 years and will take place on Oct. 12 to 14, running on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Pima County Library’s Jácome Plaza and adjacent blocks of Church Ave., Stone Ave. and Pennington Street.

Festival organizers say while food is often what draws the public to the festival, it’s the music, dance and folk arts that keep them there.

This year there will be 56 food booths for dishes $12 and under representing Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Peru, Russia, Somalia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Laos, Hawaii, New England, the U.S. South, and the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui people who are indigenous to the Sonoran Desert region.

Tucson Meet Yourself is free, fun and educational for all ages with a diversity of faces, ages and cultures. - COURTESY OF STEVEN MECKLER
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  • Tucson Meet Yourself is free, fun and educational for all ages with a diversity of faces, ages and cultures.
“Many of our vendors come from churches, clubs, and community groups. They cook and sell food that represents their culture and tradition and absolutely love to share that with the public. The money they make they keep. We keep their costs low and assist them with the logistics and organization to be successful. TMY is the largest grassroots entrepreneurial event in Tucson,” said Maribel Alvarez, Program Director of Tucson Meet Yourself and Associate Dean of Community Engagement at the University of Arizona’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Tucson Meet Yourself is produced by the Southwest Folklife Alliance and presented by Casino del Sol Resort. Special partnerships with AIDSWALK Tucson, The Loft Cinema and Low Rider Show & Shine will be sharing culture and heritage of our region.

Join the fun at this free, three-day festival for all ages and enjoy the music, food, films, arts, cultures and much more!

Keep an eye out for our festival highlights blogs coming up on The Range up until the festival!

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Monday, October 1, 2018

UA Panel '1968: A Closer Look at Its Impact' to Take Place at Main Library

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 11:11 AM

click image In 1968, America was transformed through the arts, conflict and everyday life. On October 4 at the UA Main Library, there will be a panel discussion on the impact of 1968 - CLEVELAND JAZZ ORCHESTRA
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  • In 1968, America was transformed through the arts, conflict and everyday life. On October 4 at the UA Main Library, there will be a panel discussion on the impact of 1968

Special Collections at the University of Arizona Libraries will hold a panel titled ‘1968: A Closer Look at Its Impact’ on Tuesday, October 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This event will be a panel discussion where activists, musicians, teachers and writers explore the art, conflicts and everyday life of 1968. The discussion will include stories about what life was like in Tucson for women and people of color, some of the popular protest music and the impact that Edward Abbey’s autobiographic work published in 1968, “Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness” had on this country.

The panel members include Guadalupe Castillo, retired educator and community organizer, Gregory McNamee, author and adjunct lecturer for Eller College of Management, Ted Warmbrand, folk singer and storyteller and Barbea Williams, Artistic Director of Barbea Williams Performing Company and adjunct faculty for UA School of Dance.

So, what happened in 1968?

1. On January 23, North Korea captured the USS Pueblo which threatened to worsen Cold War tensions.
2. On January 30, North Vietnam launched the Tet Offensive against the United States and South Vietnam which signified the beginning of the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
3. On April 4, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
4. On June 5, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
5. On September 30, Boeing introduced the first 747 “Jumbo Jet” which was the world's largest passenger aircraft.
6. On October 16, two African American athletes took a stand at the Summer Olympics by staging a silent demonstration against racial discrimination in the United States.
7. On November 22, “Star Trek” aired American television's first interracial kiss.
8. On December 24, Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon. Jim Lovell, Bill Anders and Frank Borman became the first human beings to travel to the moon. 

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Lineup: What's Happening in Tucson This Week!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 3:11 PM

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43rd Annual Greek Festival to Take Place This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 9:44 AM

The 43rd annual Tucson Greek Festival will take place from Sept. 27 to Sept. 30 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. The event is a celebration of Greek faith and culture and raises funds for ministries of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.

click image Galaktoboureko is a traditional rich and creamy Greek dessert drenched with a lemon and orange-infused syrup. - BROWN EYED BAKER
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  • Galaktoboureko is a traditional rich and creamy Greek dessert drenched with a lemon and orange-infused syrup.
There will be authentic Greek food and pastries, a live Greek band with a DJ and dancers performing, assorted wine and beer and lots of family friendly activities.

The event will take place on Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday from 5-11 p.m., Saturday from 4-11 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. $3 general admission. Admission will be free for Seniors, first responders, military and children 12 and under. Students with an ID will be free on Thursday. Come and get your Greek on for a few days!

20 Must-Try Classic Greek Dishes

1. Moussaka: oven-baked casserole of layered eggplant and spiced meat
2. Baklava: Greek pastry made with flaky phyllo dough layered with a cinnamon-spiced nut filling and bathed in sweet syrup
3. Horta Vrasta: boiled leafy greens
4. Chicken Soup Avgolemono: a traditional chicken soup
5. Tzatziki: creamy cucumber- yogurt dip flavored with garlic
6. Pastitsio: made with pasta, meat filling and a creamy bechamel sauce
7. Galaktoboureko: custard phyllo pie
8. Fassolatha: classic white bean soup
9. Spanakopita: spinach pie
10. Youvetsi: beef stew with orzo
11. Dolmathakia: stuffed grape leaves stuffed with rice, pine nuts and fresh herbs
12. Taramosalata: carp roe spread
13. Fassolakia Lathera: green beans in tomato sauce
14. Melomakarona: honey walnut cookies
15. Pork Souvlaki: grilled pork skewers
16. Domates Yemistes: stuffed tomatoes with meat and rice
17. Tsoureki: Easter bread flavored with orange and Mahlab
18. Keftethes: meatballs
19. Kourabiethes: almond shortbread cookies
20. Tiropites: phyllo cheese triangles
click image The 43rd annual Tucson Greek Festival will take from Sept. 27 to Sept. 30 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church to celebrate Greek culture and raise funds for ministries of the church. - FACEBOOK
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  • The 43rd annual Tucson Greek Festival will take from Sept. 27 to Sept. 30 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church to celebrate Greek culture and raise funds for ministries of the church.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Go See Amos Lee at the Fox Thursday Night

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 4:18 PM


Amos Lee writes gentle folk without lumbering into bland dad rock. Though his electric acoustic and tinkling piano accompaniment often say Nora Jones, Lee sidesteps the dull by blending truthful grit and dark shades into his love-lorn ditties. (Dude may feel “at home in a woman’s arms” but he spends “most days alone.”) It’s this willingness to be vulnerable, this embrace of authentic melancholy, which sets Amos Lee apart from Pop/R&B adult contemporaries like Jack Johnson or John Legend. He’s a modern-day James Taylor; that weightiness in song and deep, personal connection to his lyrics. More, the Philly-weaned Lee has recorded in and long been inspired by the Old Pueblo and musical pals Calexico. Note that Lee is playing his most recent release, My New Moon, in its entirety. So one never knows who might show up to sit in. Thursday, September 27 at the Fox Theatre, 17 West Congress. Doors at 8 p.m. $27-$60. All ages.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus Holding Auditions

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Bruce Chamberlain rehearsing with the chorus before Beethoven's 9th - COURTESY
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  • Bruce Chamberlain rehearsing with the chorus before Beethoven's 9th

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, directed by Bruce Chamberlain, will hold auditions for new chorus members Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. All performances are with the TSO.

Now in its fifteenth season, the TSO Chorus will be featured on the annual holiday performances of Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Dr. Chamberlain. They will also be featured on Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, conducted by Michael Stern, to close the Classic Series. The TSO Chorus closed last season with two sold-out performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

In a recent season, the Green Valley News and Sun called their performance of Poulenc’s Gloria, “the epitome of phrasing, intonation and balance,” and added, “The four months Professor Chamberlain spent preparing the chorus rewarded the audience in many ways.”

Founding director of the TSO Chorus, Chamberlain has appeared with the symphony orchestras of St. Petersburg, Russia, San Antonio, Jackson, Tennessee, Imperial Symphony Orchestra in Florid), Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, Czech Virtuosi Orchestra in Brno, Budapest Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble, Festival Orchestra of Iowa, New York City Chamber Orchestra and the SoliAll Philharmonic and Ryul Chamber Orchestra in Seoul, Korea. Chamberlain is a summa cum laude graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with bachelor’s, master’s and doctor of music degrees.

Singers should have basic musicianship and be able to adapt to various repertoire. They should prepare two choral excerpts downloaded from the website and a solo piece from the art song or oratorio repertoire. The two choral excerpts, which are to be prepared before coming to the audition, can be downloaded at tucsonsymphony.org/about-tso/orchestra/tso-chorus. An accompanist will be provided. Rehearsals are scheduled for the Symphony Center on Monday evenings throughout the season, beginning Oct. 8.

In addition to the opportunity to make high-level music with Tucson’s best choral and orchestral musicians, benefits of singing in the TSO Chorus include complimentary tickets to select Classics and TSO SuperPops! concerts. Chorus members also receive free parking when they are performing.

For more information and to schedule an audition email auditions@tucsonsymphony.org.

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