Friday, April 28, 2017

Streets of This Town: Spring

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 2:23 PM

Down on Flower St. - BRIAN SMITH
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"Streets of This Town" is a little daily photo series featuring random pics I take on long walks through Tucson—to sort of coincide with Tucson Salvage.

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Tell Us About Your Favorite Local Musicians

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 10:09 AM

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The Best of Tucson ballot has been up for a week now, offering up its annual chance for you to tell the community about your local favorites. This year's ballot looks a lot like last year's ballot, with a few new categories sprinkled in. The most notable additions can be seen in the Spirits & Nightlife categories: Best Jazz, Best Folk, Best Reggae, Best Cover Band, Best Punk, Best Rock, Best Hip-Hop Act, Best Country Act and Best R&B.

Don't care about music? Don't worry. You only have to fill out  a minimum of 30 (out of 202) of the categories for your ballot to count.

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Laughing Stock: Estrogen Hour Beefs Up!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 8:17 AM

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The popular live comedy show Estrogen Hour returns to Laff’s Comedy Caffe with a potential sell-out on Sunday, April 30. The line-up features Esther Brilliant and Corrina Eklund as the show’s traditional “comedy virgins,” community leaders performing stand-up comedy for the first time.

Supporting the “comedy virgins” are Estrogen Hour co-founder Nancy Stanley, cartoonist David Fitzsimmons and attorney and comedian Elliot Glicksman, who has opened for Jerry Seinfeld and Phyllis Diller. Tucson comedian Mo Urban fills out the bill, along with Phoenix comics Kelly Kerr and Genevieve Rice, and Tucson newcomer Steena Salido. Rice runs the annual Bird City Comedy Festival in Phoenix.

Brilliant, a Pima County Public Defender, is a member of Tucson Improv Movement and the all-female improv team, The Riveters. In November 2016, she co-founded a 5,500-member grass-roots organization promoting widespread political engagement. Eklund, is event coordinator at the UA’s James E. Rogers College of Law.

Stanley is widely credited with cultivating the women’s comedy scene in Tucson, in part by providing stage time for newcomers at Estrogen Hour shows. Stanley says, “When we started The Estrogen Hour there were only a couple of women regularly hitting open mics or hosting. Now we could easily do a marathon with (them.) It's such a very cool time for women in Tucson comedy.”

But, Stanley stresses, "We like to change it up. We know The Estrogen Hour audience is women who like supporting other women and love to laugh, but are not necessarily comedy club regulars. They're loyal to this show, so we try to vary what we do to hold their interest.” Those whom Stanley refers to as “guestosterone”, the high-profile locals Fitzsimmons and Glicksman, are expected to attract new fans to the show’s loyal following.

Stanley founded the Estrogen Hour with Mary Steed to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “The first Estrogen Hour fundraiser at Laff’s was in October 2014,” Steed says. “In nine shows, we’ve raised just over $16,000 for LLS.” The amount includes the proceeds from reservations and from a raffle featuring donations from local businesses.

Stanley, says, “I'd like to see us break the $20,000 mark in the next show or two.”

Reservations are $12 at tinyurl.com/marylaffs2017. Unreserved seats, if any, are sold at the door. Laff’s Comedy Caffe, 2900 E. Broadway Blvd., also has a two-item minimum. Visit @TheEstrogenHour or @llsaz on Facebook and Twitter for more details.


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Win Tickets to See Rhiannon Giddens

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 5:19 PM


Rhiannon Giddens is playing Saturday, April 29 at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress Street at 7 p.m. Tickets to this all ages show are $26-$28—unless you're lucky enough to win a pair from us!

You can read about the show in this week's Weekly. Here's a snippet: 
"This was an album that came into being as we were doing it. You can't think too hard about it." Giddens would much rather do the prep work, build the team, and then watch what happens. "I can't work any other way. I really believe in holistic, organic music making. You craft these relationships and collaborations, and then you let it happen."

So far, the response has been enthusiastically positive, even on the other side of the world. The new album's debt to U.S. history wasn't a barrier to audiences on Giddens' recent Australian tour. "If people from outside of the States are into this music, then they have an understanding and an interest in the history," she observes. "I always find that very interesting. People are willing to dig into the slavery and civil rights aspects in a way that not everybody at home is."

Not that Giddens is only interested in preaching to the choir. Her natural instinct for collaboration has led to her working with everyone from cellist Yo-Yo Ma to Iron & Wine and New Orleans icon Allen Toussaint. Last year, she wound up on mainstream country radio, when an edited version of Eric Church's "Kill A Word" with Giddens' featured vocals became a Top Ten single.

"I don't ask 'what am I getting paid?' I'm always like, 'does that sound like a cool thing to do?' I don't worry about anything else, and that's served me well," she says apropos of the pairing. But what about performing on The Tonight Show and at the CMA Awards? "I take it all with a grain of salt. If doing something like ["Kill A Word"] will help more people learn about what I do, that's great, but I really don't care about the glitz and the glamour."
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Streets of This Town: Skeleton Crew

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Skelton Crew. - BRIAN SMITH
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"Streets of This Town" is a little daily photo series featuring random pics I take on long walks through Tucson—to sort of coincide with Tucson Salvage.

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Tucson Superstars Gabriel Sullivan, Brian Lopez, Carlos Arzate and Others to Play Naturalization Benefit for Their Own

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 12:42 PM

Tom Walbank calls Tucson home.
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Yes, the United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from around the globe. During the last decade more than 6.6 million naturalized citizens were welcomed into the crucible. The cost of citizenship is becoming prohibitive to permanent residents before being able to complete the tedious naturalization process necessary to take the oath of allegiance.

Join the damn cause already. Che’s Lounge will be the site for a weekend-long Benefit for Naturalization—featuring the music of Gabriel Sullivan, Brian Lopez, Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls, Tom Walbank and guests—to raise money to assist two adopted and beloved Tucson Musicians, Tom Walbank and Thøger Tetens Lund, in their quest for citizenship.
Thøger Tetens Lund (standup bass), here performing with Rosie Starke and Naim Amor. - LISA LEMKE
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  • Thøger Tetens Lund (standup bass), here performing with Rosie Starke and Naim Amor.

Saturday, April 29 at 10 p.m., globetrotting local heroes Gabriel Sullivan and Brian Lopez will deliver sets accompanied by full band.

Sunday, April 30, Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls and bluesman extraordinaire Tom Walbank will perform in the evening starting at 6 p.m.

Che’s Lounge, 350 N. 4th Avenue. No cover. A portion of the proceeds from bar sales will go towards the cause.

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Cinema Clips: Free Fire

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM


Bullets whiz, whistle and rip with a darkly comic ferocity in Free Fire, the latest from little known but super talented English director Ben Wheatley.

Wheatley has quietly been establishing himself as a solid indie director of action and horror with obscure gems like Sightseers, High-Rise and A Field in England, along with one of the better installments in the horror anthology The ABCs of Death.

With Free Fire, Wheatley gets to employ his action-directing prowess along with sharp dialogue and snap acting. He’s working with his biggest cast yet that includes an Oscar winner in Brie Larson, along with Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Sharlto Copley. The film is co-produced by Martin Scorsese, and the setup sounds like the sort of movie he should be making.

Two groups come together in a deserted Boston warehouse sometime in 1978. Things go awry, and the whole movie becomes one elongated shootout where everybody is taking bullets, and the losers will easily outnumber the winners. The movie is a blast, thanks in large part to Wheatley’s staging of the event, and the actors (especially Hammer) taking it to great heights. There’s some mystery involved in the payoff, but it’s secondary to the action, which is appropriately disorienting at times. I couldn’t always tell who was shooting who, but this works for the movie in adding to the chaos of the situation.

Throw in an extremely well placed John Denver song, and you have what amounts to a solid, eccentric step in the evolution of Wheatley, a white-hot director who is just getting started.

The Weekly List: 12 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Cinema

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Don't Cry for Me, Argentina. Come experience the Tony-Award winning musical, Evita. Learn the remarkable, true story of Eva Perón and how she went from living in the slums of Argentina to becoming the First Lady. Arizona Repertory Theatre concludes their season with this popular musical. It is directed by Danny Gurwin and features music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The show will run through April 30. Shows at various times through April 30. The Tornabene Theatre, 1025 N. Olive Rd. $32 with discounts available.

The Sci-Fi Slumber Party. The Loft Cinema is hosting a slumber party dedicated to all sci-fi fanatics that will include 12 straight hours of aliens, robots and apocalypses. The night will include six sci-fi movies plus trailers, games and prizes. Movies include “The Matrix,” “Logan's Run” and “Robocop.” Food will be provided by The German Food Truck from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tickets purchased in advance and Loft member tickets are $13. Day-of tickets are $15.

Arts and Culture

Tucson International Mariachi Conference Espectacular Concert. Spend your Friday night celebrating the sounds of the southwest with performances by Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, special guest Rafael Palomar and Ballet Folklorico los niños Colima under the stars. 7 p.m. Friday, April 28. AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Rd. $20.

Etherton Gallery presents Color Theory, an exhibition featuring three local Tucson artists. Color Theory is a mixed media exhibition showcasing the work of Kate Breakey, Andy Burgess and Gail Marcus-Orlen. Through paintings, paper and photographs these artists show vibrantly colored artworks that transform their subjects. The exhibition will be open through May 31. Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14-May 31. Etherton Gallery, 135 S. 6th Ave. Free.

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Pima Paws for Life at The Shelter Cocktail Lounge. Calling all animals lovers who would like a well-deserved cocktail after a long workweek. All proceeds for the cocktails will go to support animals in the shelter that are ill or need a little care before getting adopted. What's better than helping animals while drinking booze? 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, April 28. The Shelter Cocktail Lounge, 4155 E. Grant Rd. Bring money to donate and for booze.

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