Thursday, November 15, 2018

Claytoon of the Day: The Doctors' Lane

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Four Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, Nov. 14

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Free Third Thursdays at MOCA: Oracle Cards and Meditation. It’s the third Thursday of the month again already?! Nuts. That means it’s the penultimate third Thursday event of the year! To find out what next year holds, head to MOCA to make your own oracle cards with the staff, or get a free one-card tarot reading from the Ninth House. You can also enjoy a facilitated meditation in the South Galleries amidst some art by Alison Blickle. Of course, there’s always a cash bar and food trucks at these MOCA events as well, and you don’t need any oracle to tell you that. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. 265 S. Church Ave. Free. Details Here.

Beijing Guitar Duo. Two of the most outstanding guitarists of their generation, Meng Su and
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 Yameng Wang, are returning to the UA to perform at Crowder Hall, and you don’t want to miss it. Before the two women were a duo, they were outstandingly successful solo players, Su winning the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition and Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition, and Wang being the youngest guitarist to win the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at age TWELVE. Seriously, they’re talented. And they’re going to be playing music that will blow you away. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road. $14 to $45+. Details Here.

On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning. This production is the next installment in the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television’s Studio Series, in which theater students put on original, contemporary productions with a bare-essentials production model, so as to keep the work of the students a focus. The idea is for viewers to enjoy the collaboration, innovation and process unfolding before them, rather than just the product. In this show in particular, three women come together to explore Terra Incognita, the last unexplored territory. Along the way, the reflect on past and future, their inner and outer selves and what makes them human. 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 through Saturday, Nov. 17 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Harold Dixon Directing Studio, Drama Building (Room 116), 1025 N. Olive Road. $7. Details Here.

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On Your Feet! If the very thought of Emilio and Gloria Estefan is enough to make you want to get up on your feet, then this is a show for you. We all know about the part where they ruled the pop music world, but not everyone knows that, just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. This show takes viewers behind the music and shows them how this record-making, ground-breaking, hip-shaking couple ended up on their feet. Two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell directs, Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo choreographs and Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris wrote the book. Get on your feet! 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17; 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; and both 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. $19 to $125. Centennial Hall. 1020 E. University Blvd. Details Here.

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Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Former First Lady Michelle Obama's New Book Out Now

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Former Fist Lady Michelle Obama released her new book Becoming yesterday, Nov. 13 and is kicking off her book tour with Oprah Winfrey.

Summarized on the new book's website:
As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. 
The book goes into detail not only of the Obama family's time in the Whitehouse, but also delves into the First Lady's childhood, college years, motherhood and beyond. It gives insight into what it is really like to live inside the Whitehouse, how she really felt on President Trump's inauguration day, how the First Daughters dealt with their young fame and more.

Her month-long book tour unfortunately doesn't come close to Tucson, but her book is available online, and fans can follow along with videos from the tour.
 

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Celebrate Fall at the Harvest Festival in the Literacy Garden

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Celebrate the season at the Literacy Connects Harvest Festival in the Literacy Garden. The festival is put on by Literacy Connects, International Rescue Committee Tucson and the Pima County Public Library.

The event will be perfect for children with activities including chalk art, an activity with seeds and story time, provided by the Pima County Public Library. The festival will also be handing out free books in multiple languages and features a potluck, with foods of different ethnic backgrounds.

The Literacy Garden has recently planted apple, fig and pomegranate trees to provide shade and fruit. The festival will allow visitors to see the progress of the growing plant-life.

Visit the Literacy Garden for the Harvest Festival on Friday, Nov. 16.
  • Visit the Literacy Garden for the Harvest Festival on Friday, Nov. 16.
Literacy Connects offers free reading and writing support for children and adults of all ages.

Visit the Harvest Festival at the Literacy Garden on Friday, Nov. 16th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and the Literacy Garden is located on 200 E. Yavapai Road, near Prince Road and Stone Avenue.

For more information, visit their Facebook Page.  

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Claytoon of the Day: Melania's Bad Side

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Three Great Things to Do Today: Wednesday, Nov. 14

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Rafiki at the Loft Cinema. The Loft Film Fest is here, so it's an excuse to see as many movies as possible. Rafiki, a film in competition for the Cicae Award, is a romantic story between two women in a society that bans homosexuality. Even though this film has been banned in Kenya, the African culture shines proud throughout this movie and the director wants it to be an example of what the African film world should look like. She describes its as "Afrobubblegum" which means, fun, fierce, and frivolous African Art. See this film at The Loft at 3 p.m. Details Here.

UA Dance “Premium Blend” 2018. If you’ve ever seen a show put on by the UA School of Dance, you won’t be surprised to hear that it’s got what’s considered one of the top dance programs in the United States. The director of admissions at Juilliard listed it as one of the best 20 in “The Performing Arts Major’s College Guide,” for example. At their annual fall presentation, you’ll see athleticism and artistry at their finest in the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. The 140-person ensemble performs more than 40 times a year, but this chance to see some of the best in ballet and contemporary dance in an intimate setting is not to be missed. Wednesday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 18, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Stevie Elle
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r Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. Details Here.

Eli Young Band at the Rialto. A modern country band, also known as a true band of brothers who each play their own instruments, bring some unique beats to the stage. With their fourth studio album titled "Fingerprints" these self-proclaimed "misfits" are embracing what makes them unique. They will be performing at the Rialto Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will start at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $24-27 per person. Details Here.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Local Teachers Get Share of $1M in Donations from Sonic Drive-In

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  • Local TUSD teacher received donations from SONIC Drive-In, Limeades for Learning.

Palo Verde High Magnet School in the Tucson Unified School District received a total donation of $1,075.23 as part of the tenth annual Fall Voting campaign through the chain restaurant SONIC Drive-In. The donation funded a variety of learning materials to local public classrooms not only in Tucson, but all over the country.

SONIC Drive-In has been a long time supporter of public school teachers through a program called Limeades for Learning. The program completed its 10th annual Fall voting campaign last month with donations given to two TUSD classrooms and one in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

During the Fall Voting campaign, SONIC customers were invited to vote for inspiring teachers' projects at LimeadesForLearning.com. The projects that earned the most votes received part of the sum in SONIC's $1 million donation. Some of the teachers' projects included materials such as books, new seating, Chromebooks, art supplies and robotics kits.

SONIC's donation helped 945 public school teachers across the country reach their classroom goal. Thanks to voters, SONIC was able to fund 1,900 teacher projects, support 945 classrooms and donate to teachers in 285 cities across 37 different states across the U.S.

To view the full list of public schools teachers whose projects were funded, including TUSD's teacher projects, Click here.  And to learn more about SONIC's Limeades for Learning, Click here.

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Beijing Guitar Duo To Perform at Crowder Hall

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

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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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@ UA Stevie Eller Dance Theatre Nov. 14-17, 7:30-9 p.m., Nov. 17-18, 1:30-3 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 18, 6-7:30 p.m. 1737 E. University Blvd.

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