Friday, February 22, 2019

In The Limelight | Katie Haverly Celebrates The Divine Feminine

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 3:29 PM

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In a collaborative project—with photographer/videographer Julius Schlosburg and writer/broadcaster Hannah Levin—singer-songwriter Katie Haverly is set to unveil her latest video to the world. Tuesday, Feb. 26 marks the release of “Titanic” a song from her fifth studio album Pluto. The video is a celebration of 38 Tucson women—the badass artists, musicians, movers and shakers that make this dusty town tick.

But, there is more to the story than that.

XOXO sat down over coffee with Haverly, Levin and Schlosburg at Casa Libre for a chat. Gird your loins.

The song “Titanic” is from your 2018 release, Pluto. How did the inspiration for the video come about?

Katie Haverly:  The day that Aretha Franklin died I had a vision of doing this video. It was inspired by a desire to highlight and have many women be seen, that maybe aren’t highlighted enough in our community, for the contributions that they make and creativity they bring to our city—and the value that they hold. I sent an email reaching out to sixty women to describe the project. Then I tried to figure out how to do it… And I talked to Julius and he said, “Yes.” Then, Hannah heard about the project and got excited. From there we started collaborating together.

From listening to the song and reading the lyrics, it strikes me as a cautionary tale. What was your intended meaning or thought when you wrote “Titanic?”

Katie Haverly:  I read Russell Brand’s book Revolution (Random House). He uses this metaphor, over and over again, in the book. Which is, this school bus is filled with forty people that control 98 percent of the world’s resources and wealth. And these forty people have this enormous political power to impact policies and change big things, like our environment. This song is really about our environment. And the ways in which we are not waking up to the call to arms that we should be tasked with to stop these insane massive changes. So these forty people on the bus, are there on the top deck of the Titanic. They are lounging on fancy linen sheets under diamond chandeliers. And all the decks below are the people who are influenced by their decisions. [The forty] hold the steering wheel to this vessel—one that we are all on together—that is about to hit a fucking iceberg.

The undercurrent to the song is how The Divine Feminine energy needs to come up and out to correct this masculine energy that has created this shift in the vessel. It is definitely a cautionary tale.
When you reached out through your email what was the message that you were conveying?

Katie Haverly:  Hannah, I would be curious what you felt the message was when you received the email?

Hannah Levin:  The message was clear, that you wanted to pull more women into the spotlight that weren’t necessarily in the spotlight. Aside from the feminist and necessary implications of the work. I was impressed. She articulated a very lucid vision. She wanted to create a space where each woman would be represented in her own way; Each woman’s power, strength and creativity was going to be illuminated.

How does Julius factor into all this?

Julius Schlosburg:  Katie and I were in a band, Copper & Congress, for years. We became close friends. We’ve made music videos before. We respect each other's work. It’s really joyous to work with Katie.

Where was the video shot?

Katie Haverly:  At my house.

And, what was the vibe like having all these dynamic women in one room?

Katie Haverly:  I think it was like the best day of my life. It was so beautiful and full of love and support. There was such a sense of community during a time when we all felt so violated, not seen or heard. It was a healing experience. Very inspiring and nourishing.

What message would you like someone watching this video to get?

Katie Haverly:  The first thing, is to spark curiosity as to who these women are. I want people to get a sense as to how powerful these women are and how underrepresented they have been in our community. And to create a space for these women to be seen.
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You’ve been cultivating your career in Tucson for several years now. Do you feel that you have experienced discrimination as a female artist in having access and doors open for your performances?

Katie Haverly:  That’s a very complex question…

It is.

Katie Haverly:  Because there are lots of different levels to those experiences. I’ve had to learn how to assert myself in a certain way, to not be treated that way. I’ve spent my whole life feeling like I’ve been treated differently by men in the music industry.

You have?

Katie Haverly:  Oh absolutely. Especially booking shows.

Julius Schlosburg:  Even when we would play shows… It’s like Katie Haverly and The Aviary. But, the sound person would come up to one of the guys in the band, “Hey, what do you need?”

Hannah Levin:  I’ve been sitting with her after a show and some guy in the audience would come up and start giving her feedback about how she could do a better job.

Katie Haverly:  That started when I was fifteen. And it was always white guys in their fifties and sixties. I fucking swear to god.

I suspected there was some sexism involved in the process. I am sorry to hear that…

Katie Haverly:  My strategy to overcome that is to be insanely professional and really good at what I do. So people can’t ignore me. I feel that I have to do this better to be considered for the same thing.

Ultimately, and maybe that will be our saving grace as a society, is that talent always rises above. And, I think you have risen based on your abilities as opposed to anything else. Your persistence has paid off.

Katie Haverly:  Thanks.

Your work touches on social and environmental issues. Is “Titanic” a political statement?

Katie Haverly:  Absolutely. Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is horrendous. I don’t know where to start…

Please, I think you should start.

Katie Haverly:  I don’t understand how the idea of climate science is not being recognized by our political leaders. It’s like a nightmare. I don’t know how… All of the tragedies that we are dealing with right now are human generated. And, I am a culprit. We all are living in this luxury that affords us this experience right now. But, we are really not prepared to have a safe and healthy place for future generations to live.

The bitter truth.

In an encore performance, Katie Haverly and The Aviary debut the video for “Titanic” on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Exo Roast Co. With Jillian Bessett.
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All Bets Are On: The Gang Breaks Down Arizona Basketball and UCLA's Coaching Search

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 2:45 PM

The latest installment of All Bets Are On covers a gamut of sports topics, ranging from Arizona's victory over Cal to the UCLA basketball coaching search.

The dynamic duo of Christopher Boan and Tyler Vondrak break down why Oregon State is the most disappointing team in the Pac-12, before delving into their picks for the weekend's games.

Vondrak lists a series of weekend games from coast to coast that he's betting on, giving the fine listeners an inside scoop on the best bets over the next few days.

Tune in each Friday to catch the pair's podcast, as both break down the latest in University of Arizona and Pac-12 news. 

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Arizona Republic Wins National Award For Charter School Stories

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 12:34 PM

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The Arizona Republic's thorough, ground-breaking stories about charter school corruption and profiteering have received scarce press coverage in southern Arizona from anyone but your faithful education blogger. That's a serious omission. Though the stories tend to be based in Phoenix-area charter schools, they speak to statewide problems stemming from the lack of adequate charter regulation and oversight. One of the bad actors discussed in the series, for example, is state representative Eddie Farnsworth, who is making millions by selling his for-profit charters, which run on taxpayer dollars, to a non-profit company. That piece of news is definitely relevant everywhere in Arizona.

Also nearly absent in local reporting (I can't say it hasn't been reported, but I haven't seen it) is the team of reporters who put together the articles that won the prestigious Polk Award in Journalism.

So let me be [among] the first in the southern Arizona news media to congratulate reporters Craig Harris, Anne Ryman, Alden Woods and Justin Price for sharing the honor, as well as the investigative editor Michael Squires.

The reporters received the Polk Education Reporting award, one of 14 Polk awards given in 2018, for:
"disclosing insider deals, no-bid contracts and political chicanery that provided windfall profits for investors in a number of prominent Arizona charter schools, often at the expense of underfunded public schools that educate all but 30,000 of Arizona’s 1.1 million students."
This is one of those series that demonstrates the power of the press.

Governor Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich expressed outrage about the corruption and self dealing when the stories were published during the 2018 campaign season. Partially in response, Ducey put money to hire 10 new staff for the Charter School Board into his budget proposal, which would increase the board's ability to spot problems and remedy them.

Republican Senator Kate Brophy McGee eked out a slim win over her Democratic opponent by promising she would work to clean up charter school corruption. She was the sponsor of a charter reform bill, which is a good thing, but it included a loophole letting the biggest charter chains off the hook. After complaints from Brnovich, some legislators, citizens and the media, she closed the loophole. The bill is still weaker than it should be, but it's hard to imagine it would even be considered if it wasn't for the fuss the Republic journalists raised.

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Claytoon of the Day: Trump's White Nationalist

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 11:22 AM

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18 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: Feb. 22 to 24

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 1:30 AM

Cuban Night at the Crooked Tooth Brewing. It’s getting lively at Crooked Tooth Brewing! The funky tropical Cuban trio “Acerekó” is performing, with additional music from jazz musician Max Goldschmid. Food will be provided by Cuban Twist Cafè, with a special menu of bean and rice bowls, special Cuban chicken and citrus red cabbage slaw. Plus, there are always plenty of great in-house drinks from Crooked Tooth. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. 228 E. Sixth Street. Details here.

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Wines from Another Hemisphere. Maynards Market & Kitchen’s own personal sommelier Will Olendorf invites you to explore a series of wines from below the equator. You’re always saying you want to be more worldly, and you know you always are in the mood to drink wine, so this is the perfect fit. Tastings are $12, but free for Wine Club members. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. $12. 400 N. Toole Ave. Details here.

Farmers Market Roundup
As we slowly move away from wintertime, more and more farmers markets are returning from hibernation around town, though some toughed it out all winter through.
The Lazydays Farmers Market is every Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; next up is Feb. 22. Details here.

The St. Philip’s Plaza Farmers Market
runs every Saturday at St. Philip’s Plaza, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; next up is Feb. 23. Details here.

The Picture Rocks Farmers Market
is on every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; next up is Feb. 24. Details here.

The 5 Points Farmers Market
is every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon; next up is Feb. 24. Details here.

The Farmers’ Market at Mercado San Agustin
is every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.; next up is Feb. 28. Details here.

St. Matthew Passion. What were you doing in 1727? Probably nothing monumental. And certainly nothing as monumental as what Johann Sebastian Bach was doing in 1727: writing one of the great masterpieces of classical sacred music. This work tells the story of Christ’s final sufferings using text from the Book of Matthew, German poetry and chorales, and the sheer number of musicians needed to perform it means it’s not often seen outside of major metropolitan areas. But with ten soloists, several choirs (including the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus) and two orchestras, True Concord has put together a crew to make it happen. 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley, 2800 S. Camino Del Sol. 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive. 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, at Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway Blvd. $25 GA and $40 for premium seating. Details here.

Sharks: Magnificent and Misunderstood. You might be familiar with Flandrau for all of its astronomy-themed events, but their latest exhibit takes us into the deep ocean rather than deep space. With interactive displays, full-size shark models, a deep-sea sub simulator and models of giant tail fins, this is going to be too cool to pass up. Since the science of sharks is also connected to the health of our oceans, visitors also get a chance to learn about the oceanographic research going on at the UA. AND a new planetarium show, Great White Shark, is starting that will take you beneath the waves with these predators. Exhibit opens Friday, Feb. 22. Great White Shark screening times are 4 p.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Flandrau hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 1601 E. University Blvd. Admission + one planetarium show is $16 adults, $12 kids 4 to 17 and free for kids 3 and under. Details here.
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Catalina Organ Festival: Douglas Cleveland. Internationally acclaimed organist (he won first prize in the 1994 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Dallas, and has gone on to record four CDs, appear on all sorts of radio and perform across the nation and world) is currently the John Delo Faculty Fellow in Organ at the University of Washington School of Music, as well as the director of music and liturgical arts at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. At this event, he’ll be playing the western premiere of UA professor Pamela Decker’s huge, award-winning new work The Last Seven Words and Triumph of Christ. The night will also feature performances by UA dancers for an irresistible experience. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway Blvd. $20, or $15 for seniors and $5 for students. Details here.

Tucson Quilter’s Guild 41st Annual Quilt Show. Most of you have literally missed the Tucson Quilter’s Guild’s Annual Quilt Show for the last 40 years in a row. This is your chance to redeem yourself, and to ooh and ahh over the work of more than 300 quilters over three days. Or, it might just be your chance to get an old quilt you have lying around finally appraised. With demonstrations, vendors, a raffle quilt and door prizes, this has something for everyone. Guest speaker Joanne Hillestad will talk about her journey from being a database and business analyst to opening her own quilt business, and why life is too short to not have chickens. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church St. $10 a day or $20 for all three days. Details here.

The Dark Crystal. This haunting “children’s movie” introduces you to a world of uncanny-valley elf puppets and morose crow monsters who look constructed of burnt plastic. How exactly did this cult classic get made? Well, Muppets-mastermind Jim Henson had just brought his puppets to the big screen, and Hollywood was embarking on its ’80s fantasy/adventure obsession. At the same time, Disney was entering its Dark Age with films like The Black Cauldron. This all fused together for a perfect storm, resulting in a spooky experience I still haven’t recovered from. 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24. 3233 East Speedway Blvd. $8. Details here.

Cupping at Savaya Coffee Market.
If you’ve always wanted to be more of a coffee connoisseur, Savaya has your back. Join their coffee professionals with a class on cupping, the ways those in the industry determine the “uniformity, sweetness, mouthfeel, and taste of coffees before deciding to bring them to market.” Now you too can be a barista-in-spirit. Noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. 2958 North Swan Road. Free. Details here.
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Caribbean Indian Fusion at Desert Island Eatery. Well, India isn’t an island, but the Caribbean holds plenty, so I guess this checks out for Desert Island Eatery. They’re fusing Caribbean and Indian food, with dishes such as vegetable samosas, curry chickpeas, red lentils, cauliflower, curry chicken and potatoes, naan and more. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. 2513 N. Campbell Ave. Details here.

Ansel Adams Public Celebration.
Every day should be a public celebration of the iconic photographer and conservationist Ansel Adams, if you ask us. But the UA’s Center for Creative Photography is setting aside some special time for it on this day. Enjoy some self-guided archival object tours, a vintage cameral display and hands-on family activities like making a chalk mural and sun prints. Photographer Mark Burns will also be speaking at 1 p.m. in the auditorium. If you’re still not convinced you should go, then please note there will be cake. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Road. Free. Details here.

Tucson Roadrunners vs. Bakersfield Condors. This weekend, our home hockey team is facing off against its Southwest neighbors, with two games that are all about the youth. Saturday night, DentalPros is hosting a youth jersey giveaway. And this plays perfectly into Monday night’s promotional special, where kids 14 and under wearing their favorite team jerseys get in free with a paid adult. Ah, to be young again. If you’re not 14 or under, grab your favorite person who is and treat them to a free jersey or hockey game. 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, and Monday, Feb. 25. Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave. $11 to $61. Details here.

David Huckfelt. He wrote his upcoming debut solo album, Stranger Angels, in two weeks, and it shows. Not in a rushed or unfinished sense, but in a sense of intimacy, cohesion and connection. Huckfelt, founding member of The Pines, sings with subdued vocals, romantic instrumentals, and an all-around dark atmosphere. Describing his music as “Transcendental Folk,” Huckfelt channels Leonard Cohen, acoustic psychedelia, and the natural world around him. The music video for the title track off Huckfelt’s new album is dedicated to the protectors and stewards of America’s national parks and wild places—the nighttime pastoral reminiscence certainly shines through. Catch David Huckfelt’s album release show at Club Congress, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Details here.
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Picture This… Life Through a Different Lens. Saguaro National Park has all sorts of events going on this month. At this one, take a walk through the west district and learn some photography basics for how to capture the desert’s beauty and emotionality. Maybe you’ll finally capture some photos you can show to your friends and family from out of town to show them exactly why you love Tucson so much. Call the Visitor Center at 733-5158 on the day of the program, as it is subject to change. 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Tucson Mountain District, 2700 N. Kinney Road. $20 for a weekly pass. Details here.

Colorguard Classic 5K Run/Walk. What will you choose? Run to Win, which means that your race through the Omni Tucson National Resort will be eligible for a first, second or third place medal? Or Run for Fun, which means you can make a more leisurely journey, and maybe make some friends along the way? Either way, getting up early to exercise and join hundreds of other participants in supporting the Colon Cancer Coalition is a great way to spend a Sunday morning. Throw in a breakfast, snacks, beverages and a race shirt, and you’ve got yourself some serious fun. Starts at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Omni National Resort, 2727 W. Club Drive. Race day registration is $45 for adults and $20 for youth 12 and under. Details here.
Winds of Change: New paintings by Lawrence W. Lee. It’s always wonderful to see artists supporting other artists. So, it will be wonderful to head over to the Madaras Gallery this weekend and see some new works by Southwest artist Lee, who’s made a living with his paintings of shamanistic imagery and whimsical landscapes for nearly 50 years. As he says on his website “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain. I have known love and loss in near equal measure… I continue to paint.” This new series depicts the abstractness of wind in brilliant swirls and colors. See him unveil them at this event. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Madaras Gallery, 3035 N. Swan Road. Free. Details here.

Fifth Annual Apex Short Film + Music Video Festival. This short film festival gathers some of the most fascinating and underrated films from across the world, as well as right here in the Southwest. The event also includes Q&A panels with local filmmakers, as well as a red-carpet photo opportunity. The Screening Room is your home for independent films for the day. 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. 127 E. Congress St. $8. Details here.

Oscar Viewing Party at Brodie’s Tavern. A Marvel movie nominated for Best Picture—it’s been that bad of a year, huh? Well Brodie’s Tavern is embracing the occasion, giving you drink specials to get through the evening. Plus, you can submit your guesses for each category and the customer with the most correct answers get free drink tickets! 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. 2449 N. Stone Ave. Details here.
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Events compiled by Briannon Wilfong, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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XOXO: Where to Rock in Tucson This Weekend Feb. 22 to 24

Posted By and on Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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In the 1970s, this former baseball player became RCA Records best-selling recording artist since Elvis Presley. Country music superstar Charley Pride croons at The Diamond Center. Details here.

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Like the libertines of old, this alternative performance troupe celebrates freedom unrestrained from convention. With its roots in burlesque, Tucson Libertine League will leave you spellbound at 191 Toole. Details here.

Rock ’n’ rollers La Cerca celebrate the vinyl release of Night Bloom at Club Congress. Flanked by Louise Le Hir and Soda Sun. Details here.

A blip from the underground: The shadowy and somewhat ominous Nuclear Test Facility is the site for House of Witches. With DJ sets by Lav Andula, Nullus and Mijito. Details here.

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Hey Bucko bring their eclectic blend of spaghetti western/folk/blues to Harbottle Brewing Co. Details here.

Psych/garage popper Scott Yoder places a magic cube of Sugar On Your Lips at Owls Club. Details here.
Naim Amor’s A Jazz Trio sets the mood at Exo Roast Co. Details here.

A punk rock spectacle takes place at the Surly Wench Pub with Planet Strychnine. Details here.
Maynards’ patio is the place for late-night jazz with Mesquite. Details here.

Weeg Silver & The Sly Tones entertain at Saint Charles Tavern. Details here.

Dropping bass and EDM bombs, BorderLand Bass explodes at Club XS. Details here.

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Metal Mayhem finds Damage Inc, Slaytanic, Maiden USA and Domination paying tribute to the music of Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden and Pantera. At the Rialto Theatre. Details here.

He’s been labeled “The end of rap as we know it.” L.A.’s “most controversial rapper,” Blueface drops his smoking hot single “Thotiana” at the Rialto Theatre. With Young ME, R&R and Yung J. Details here.

Igor Yuzov grew up in the Soviet Union when xenophobia led rock ’n’ roll to be banned. The Siberian surf-rock of the ever-rebellious Igor & The Red Elvises will cause your body to twist ’n’ shout involuntarily. At 191 Toole. Details here.

With plain-spoken sincerity, this country traditionalist is “A Little More Country Than That.” Easton Corbin is “ready to get out of this ordinary rut” and just “Roll With It.” At The Diamond Center. Details here.
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In an encore celebration of 38 Tucson women—the badass artists, musicians, entrepreneurs and changemakers that make this dusty town tick—Katie Haverly and The Aviary debut the video for “Titanic.” At Exo Roast Co. Details here.

“War is not healthy for children and other living things.” Armory Park is the site of the 37th Annual Peace Fair & Musical Festival. Details here.

Setting the “Pulse Of A New Era,” this extreme metal supergroup was formed by ex-members of Animals as Leaders, Animosity and The Faceless. Entheos promise to take all into the Dark Future. At The Rock. With Bay Area hellions Wolf King and more. Details here.
Don’t be live with regret. Shooda Shook It supplies the soundtrack for a Double Header. At Tucson Roller Derby. Details here.

“Bow wow wow, yippy yo, yippy yay…” Yes, it’s Dr. Dre Day. DJs Alias, Bonus, SmashLames and Herm spin West Coast and P-Funk classics. The Jons kick out the jams live. It all goes down at La Cocina. Details here.
Chanteuse Emilie Marchand sings her favorite songs from the past. In the courtyard at Mercado San Agustin. Details here.
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Key Ingredients of African Soul bring energized pan-African sounds to Monterey Court. Details here.

Written in a 14-day frenzy at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, this singer-songwriter’s debut solo release Stranger Angels marks the junction of rivers where poetry, activism and conservation meet. In troubled times, David Huckfelt’s music functions as a darkly poetic canticle to protect all things vulnerable and sublime. Details here.

In partnership with NASA, award-winning director/composer/violinist Kenji Williams threads together live world music, dance and visualizations of Earth from the International Space Station. Bella Gaia offers a sublime and transcendental experience at Centennial Hall. Details here.

Los Angeles via Tucson darlings Foxx Bodies return to wreak havoc on the stage at Club Congress. Flanked by Rough Draft, Feverfew and Lucille Petty. Details here.

Spinning everything from Afrobeat to norteña, DJs Carl Hanni & Steven Ramshur present The Suffering Jukebox. At Exo Roast Co. Details here.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Laughing Stock: Straight Outta Jersey

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 2:45 PM

Joey Coco Diaz, everyone’s favorite thug, preaches at the Fox on Saturday, Feb. 23. - JOEY COCO DIAZ ON FACEBOOK
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  • Joey Coco Diaz, everyone’s favorite thug, preaches at the Fox on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Joey “Coco” diaz may be from Cuba, but he’s the very soul of New Jersey. He looks and talks like central casting’s dream of a thug from The Sopranos. In fact he’s played to type in several movies and TV shows, including The Longest Yard, Spider-Man 2, Taxi and and the Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stalone 2013 boxing flick Grudge Match

With his comedy, he’s toured the country’s largest clubs for more than 20 years, in recent years building audiences through his podcast, The Church of What’s Happening Now, regular appearances on The Joe Rogan Experience and a series of straight-to-download comedy shows called The Testicle Testaments, some of which broke into Billboard’s Top 100.

The 2018 Netflix special The Degenerates seems to have given him a late-career boost. The series features Diaz among six standup comics walking on the “mature audiences only” side. Now, Diaz is being booked into the likes of the Fox Tucson Theatre, where he performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. 

Diaz’ longtime pal Ron Reid, a recent transplant from L.A., who now runs his multi-million-dollar comedy management and promotion business out of Northwest Tucson, was happy for his friend’s good fortune, but a little surprised. “I guess that’s the power of Netflix!” 

He has lots of stories from Diaz’ salad days, but only one he dares to tell. One of the many years Reid ran the storied Seattle International Comedy Competition, a venue cancelled at the last minute and he had to move the show to St. Martin’s University, run by the Order of St. Benedict. 

“They agreed to take the show,” Reid says, “but they said it has to be clean, and we want one of our brothers to be a judge. We get to the show and the brother is right in front. He’s got robes, the haircut…the full monk. 

“Joey Diaz didn’t have five clean minutes, and not really any interest in doing that. So, he would swear or have inappropriate content, and every time, he would look over at the monk and apologize. Joey has a very strong New Jersey accent, and he would say it with that edge, like ‘I’m so sorry faddah.’  At one point, he said something really outrageous, then looked at the monk and said, ‘Faddah, I’m sorry but I gotta tell ya, the last time I went to confession, they told me to get a fuckin’ exorcism!”

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Photographer Puspa Lohmeyer's Lens Captures XIXA In Flagrante

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 1:41 PM

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After spending the day plotting a kidnapping and burying mannequin parts in the loam; before seeking expiatory purification for their sins at Bisbee’s notorious St. Elmo Bar; even as the members of XIXA figuratively scaled the seven terraces of purgatory, photographer Puspa Lohmeyer captured the essence of a band with blood, and a few tattoos, on their hands.

Calling the artist enclave of Bisbee home—this native of Germany spent long years working in NYC—Lohmeyer now is enamored by the Southwest. “I live very far away from trend makers, rule makers, commercial interests and gatekeepers. Here anything goes. We can all be creative and not be judged or pigeon holed.”
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The photo shoot took place on a brisk day in December 2018, in conjunción with the anticipated release of XIXA’s new EP The Code (Dust and Stone Recordings)—the dark overlords of Gothic cumbia’s dustiest, mysterious best—to the masses.

For Lohmeyer the highlight of the day's shoot was the kidnapping scene. Styled by menswear designer Thom Oatman, was shot last, after nightfall, in an old burned up apartment.

“Everyone really got into their roll. It was like a movie set. Efren Cruz broke a bottle and made it into a weapon for his accessory.” Lohmeyer admits, “I may have enjoyed tying up Winston Watson, Jason Urman and Hikit Corbell a little too much.”

Naughty, naughty.
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On Saturday, Feb. 23, XIXA is hosting a listening party, replete with complimentary libations, for The Code—with an exhibition of photographs by Puspa Lohmeyer—at Wooden Tooth Records.

Here’s a sneak peek.
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Staff Pick

Shen Yun 2019 World Tour in Tucson, AZ

Consisting of about 20 pieces, a Shen Yun performance takes you to a magic journey through 5,000… More

@ Tucson Music Hall Tue., Feb. 26, 7:30-9:45 p.m. and Wed., Feb. 27, 2-4:15 & 7:30-9:45 p.m. 210 S. Church Ave.

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