City Week

Anarchists Speak Out

An Evening With John Zerzan

7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29

Dry River Radical Resource Center

740 N. Main Ave.


The Dry River Collective is hosting anarchist philosopher John Zerzan and anarchist author Dan Todd at a special appearance on Friday.

While some folks associate anarchism with violent resistance to organized society, Todd—a member of the Dry River Collective since 2004—describes the local anarchist movement as being "a happy fusion of doing and principles."

"In effect, we are (like) a musicians' union," he says.

Zerzan, the host of Anarchy Radio the past decade and author of numerous books and pamphlets, will be discussing the future of anarchism.

"This isn't 1910; this is 2010," says Zerzan. "I think we have to try to grapple with the reality we live in now."

Zerzan says he will focus on two primary areas during his discussion at the Dry River: the eco-disaster that organized society fails to address, and socio-political deterioration.

"I think more and more young people are drawn toward green anarchism," says Zerzan.

Zerzan describes green anarchism as being a relatively new movement that recognizes the poisoning of the planet driven by the forces of expanding industrialization.

"The extinction of numerous species, warming of the planet, rising of sea levels—all of these things are very real threats," he says. "We didn't ask for this context and setup, but we need to work to address the situation we are in."

Zerzan says that while many anarchists like to cite capitalism as the root of social strife in the United States, he feels the problem is now much deeper.

"We see this big disillusionment with Obama," he says. "We have to reshape the way we think about contemporary life in America."

All events at Dry River are free of charge; however, donations are always accepted. —W.F.

International Affection

Sweet Love

On display Saturday, Jan. 30, through Wednesday, March 10

Reception: 6 to 8 p.m., next Friday, Feb. 5

Hotel Congress

311 E. Congress St.


Artist Catherine Eyde has a new love-themed exhibit—just in time for Valentine's Day.

Eyde says Sweet Love offers up examples of all of the different kinds of love, in both life and death.

"There's quirky stuff as well as images with a more serious tone," she explains.

Eyde has been showing her artwork in Tucson for more than 14 years. Since 2001, her works have been on display at Hotel Congress in February, during the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

This year's exhibit occupies both the hotel lobby and in the Cup Café.

"I really enjoy showing my work in public spaces, because a diverse cross-section of people see the work," she says.

Eyde says the paintings in the show are new and fresh—the show was confirmed on New Year's Eve, and she did the paintings and drawings in the three weeks that followed, as she challenged herself to create a new collection for the showing. She says she has "done an intense amount of work.

"It is a bit insane, but it feels good and stimulating at the same time," she says.

What can exhibit-goers expect? "My paintings have an international flair with ornamental design elements from all over the world, which works well with the Gem Show crowd," she says.

Mixed-media paintings on wood can be found in the lobby, with drawings on paper located in the café. Some of the drawings in the café are illustrations for a music book due out later this year.

Admission is free. —T.D.

Official Troubadour

Santa Cruz River Band

3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30

La Pilita Museum

420 S. Main Ave.


Together, Teodoro "Ted" Ramirez and Michael J. Ronstadt are the Santa Cruz River Band.

In the late 1980s, Ramirez formed the band to offer an authentic representation of the music in the Southwest. Aside from Ramirez, the band has had many different members throughout the years; Ronstadt joined in 2002.

Ramirez's family came to Tucson in 1752 and was one of the founding families of Tucson. Ramirez grew up in Tucson, listening to his family's stories of the area; he says the stories gave him a strong desire to explore the music of the Southwest. In 2001, Ramirez was named Tucson's official troubadour.

Their concert at the La Pilita Museum will be a one-hour set, featuring songs in three different categories: classic Mexican folk, classic American folk and original songs. Songs are in both English and Spanish and are mixed in with the band's stories of the Southwest and oral histories of Tucson.

The band has toured throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Ramirez says crowds are always receptive to their music.

Ramirez says the band's goal is to "bridge gaps for folks, to make them feel they're a part of the Southwest." He also says there is no problem with a language barrier. Before they sing a song, they are sure to explain its meaning. Ramirez says they make a point to be inclusive and make sure no one feels isolated.

Tickets are $15 and are available at La Pilita Museum. Call the museum at 882-7454, Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. —T.D.

Emeralds, Opals and Copper, Oh My!

Helen Serras-Herman's Copper Trails

Exhibit on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, through Sunday, Feb. 21

Receptions: noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31; noon to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 1

Tansey Gallery

3001 E. Skyline Drive, No. 109


Helen Serras-Herman has been sculpting gems for more than 26 years into "wearable artwork": The works are designed in such a way that pieces can be worn as jewelry, and then put back to be viewed as sculpture.

Serras-Herman feels this is important, because the piece can be "enjoyed by the whole family, not just the one who wears it."

Her new collection, Copper Trail, is made up of emeralds, opals, copper chains and other copper minerals from Arizona.

Serras-Herman has shown in Greece, Germany and the United States. She says she likes showing in Tucson, because the reaction here is so great. She also has an exhibit at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show each year.

The Gem and Mineral show is actually what attracted Serras-Herman and her husband to Tucson. After coming here every year, the area started to feel like their second home—so about five years ago, they moved from Maryland to Rio Rico.

Serras-Herman has many awards. She was also inducted into the National Rockhound and Lapidary Hall of Fame in 2003. (A lapidary is an artist who works with stones, gems, minerals, etc.)

Aside from sculpting, Serras-Herman is an accomplished lecturer on gem carving, gems, jewelry and mining. She is currently doing a 10-part lecture series in Green Valley.

Admission to Tansey Gallery is free. —T.D.

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