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  • New exhibition at Dominguez Gallery

    EXHIBIT:              NEW  MODERN:  PAINTING/SCULPTUREDATES:                January 31 to March 14, 2015ARTISTS:            JOSH GOLDBERG, paintings, works on paper                              STEVE MURPHY, sculpture RECEPTION:     Saturday, February 7, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in conjunction with ART SAFARI 2015, a Central Tucson Gallery Association eventGALLERY HOURS:            Tuesday to Friday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 to 4:00 PM

  • PCC Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery: Breaking Down Surface Tension

    what: PCC Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery – BREAKING DOWN SURFACE TENSIONwhere: PCC Center for the Arts, Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, West Campus, 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson, AZ 85709when: February 2 – March 13. Reception: February 12 at 4:30-6:30 p.m. Artist Lecture: Rebecca Crowell, February 12 at 6:30 p.m., Recital Hallgallery information: The gallery and its programs are free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and before most evening performances in the Center for the Arts theatres. Closed for rodeo break February 26-27. 520-206-6942 - www.pima.edu/cfaPCC Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery announces the exhibition BREAKING DOWN SURFACE TENSION featuring work by national and regional artists Rebecca Crowell, David Longwell, Katey Monaghan, Mark Pack, and Kathleen Velo. A reception is scheduled for Thursday, Feb.12, 4:30-6:30 p.m., followed by an artist lecture with Rebecca Crowell at 6:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall. Crowell is also conducting a Cold Wax Workshop on campus Feb.13-15. The gallery is under the direction of David Andres.According to Andres, “The title BREAKING DOWN SURFACE TENSION comes from many conversations with artist Nancy Tokar Miller (1941–2015) about the abstract art movements of the 50s, 60’s and 70s that spoke about flatness and juxtaposing medias. The five artists included in this exhibition use the concept of tension to move the viewers’ eyes from one location to another in their compositions. They use movement in different ways to bring together elements of paint, photography or mixed media; and yet all break down the understanding of tension uniquely in their art. The Bernal Gallery is honored to host three artists from the Tucson area—David Longwell, Katey Monaghan and Kathleen Velo; Mark Pack who recently moved from Tucson to St. Louis; and Rebecca Crowell who resides in Wisconsin, but just returned from a residency in Ireland.”

  • Days of Dillinger: Danny Martin

    Exhibition Duration: January 8th through February 4thOpening Reception: January 16th 5 to 7pmThe Hotel Congress Lobby Gallery presents an exciting exhibition representing the famous “Public Enemy No. 1” John Dillinger by award winning artist, Danny Martin. Showcasing the latest of his "Days of Dillinger", which is a complied series of diverse illustrations made of India and house paint inspired by 1930’s mobster John Dillinger and the Wild West circa 1920’s and 1930’s.The Hotel Congress is famous for its capture of the outlaw on January 22, 1934 and every holds “Dillinger Days” every January which is a two-day spectacle in honor of the capture of America’s most notorious outlaw by the Tucson Police Department and the Tucson Fire Department. Danny’s artwork will be hanging in the Hotel Congress lobby and available for purchase from January 8 to February 4. Opening reception for his installation is January 16, 2015 from 5 to 7p.m.Danny Martin has received both his bachelors and masters in printmaking. Not only is he a freelance artist but also works as an adjunct professor at Pima Community College, West Campus teaching screen-printing as well as comics and sequential art. The primary subject matter of his personal work is “youth culture” meaning zines, stickers, mail art, show flyers, and street art.  The second, and slightly less visible, theme is tradition, or what the youth culture would be reacting in opposition to. Check out Danny Martins website at www.dannymartinart.com.

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  • On the Menu: Liver lovers rejoice!

    A federal judge in California issued a ruling earlier this week that overturned the state’s ban on foie gras, the intentionally fattened livers of geese and ducks, ushering in a new generation of foie fans in the Golden State.At issue was a series of legal questions around the federal regulations of poultry products and whether they superseded state law. But to two Southern Arizona restaurateurs who celebrated the judge’s ruling with great enthusiasm, it simply comes down to an issue of personal choice.“Whenever you talk about banning certain foods or limiting the size of sodas you can buy, you’re simply stripping away personal choice,” said Jon Tuck, owner and general manager of Dante’s Fire, 2526 E. Grant Road. “It’s not anyone’s job to tell me what I can and can’t eat; it’s up to me to do my own research and make informed decisions.” Tuck says that there’s a great myth perpetuated by what he calls the “militant anti foie gras movement,” admitting that their “deceptive tactics” have been somewhat successful.“These groups have people believing that these animals suffer and are treated inhumanely,” he said. “In truth, the old practice of force-feeding, or tube-feeding as some called it, went out more than 25 years ago, and the fact that there’s still a public fuss about this is silly.”Foie gras has been on the menu at Dante’s Fire in various preparations since the restaurant opened. Its current selection is the “foie pop” with an ancho chili-roasted pineapple and a Thai peanut sauce.

  • Grammy winning bluegrass duo hits Rialto

    Heading full speed into a New Year of highly-anticipated performances, the “Rockstars of Bluegrass” Dailey & Vincent bring their critically acclaimed signature sound to the Rialto Theater in Tucson, Ariz. on Thursday, January 29. The award-winning duo is set to take the stage at 8 p.m..In 2014, the duo won their 4th Dove Award for "Bluegrass Song of the Year" and 14th consecutive IBMA Award for "Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year” with their song "Won't It Be Wonderful There” as well as performing at iconic musical landmarks across the nation this past year such as The Library of Congress (May 30), the legendary Carnegie Hall (June 8) and Nashville’s historical Ryman Auditorium (July 17).In addition to growing their award collection and gracing stages nationwide with their unique Bluegrass sound, the duo also taped their first ever LIVE CD/DVD and Public Television concert special at The Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University in Manassas, Virginia. The New Year is sure to bring fans new experiences, including the release to CD, DVD and public television of the Hylton performance which will air nationwide March 2015, as well as the debut of the Dailey & Vincent Water Fest cruise, which will set sail February of 2015.Who: Dailey & VincentWhat: An Evening with Dailey & VincentWhen: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 8pm

  • Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute on Tour

    Celebrate the new year with Tucson Desert Song Festival soloists!Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute on TourSunday, January 18, 2015, at 3:00 pm,Leo Rich Theater at the Tucson Convention CenterArizona Friends of Chamber Music is a proud participant in this year’s Tucson Desert Song Festival, presenting Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute vocalists, tenor Michael Brandenburg, mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin, and soprano Simone Osborne, with pianist and program director Kevin Murphy in our season’s second Piano & Friends concert. General admission is $30, student tickets are $10. The Arizona Friends of Chamber Music can be contacted at (520) 577-3769, or explore our website to purchase  tickets and learn more about commissioning, underwriting, and other excitingAFCM programs.

  • Tucson Jazz Festival

    January in Tucson will be defined by America's indigenous art form: Jazz. Make history and jam out during the 13-days of jazz music, food, and festival fun at the inaugural HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival Friday, Jan. 16 through Wednesday, Jan. 28.Click here to buy your tickets!The Tucson Jazz Festival has an internationally diverse offering.  The world-class event kick-offs with JOEY DeFRANCESCO QUARTET, the award-winning TUCSON JAZZ INSTITUTE ELLINGTON BAND and guest of honor JIMMY COBB. The festival continues with performances by ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT, DIANNE REEVES, DAVE BENNETT and JD SOUTHER with special guest BILLY CHILDS.  Stellar players like TONY MALABY  and RACHEL ECKROTH return home. ALLAN HARRIS and TUCSON HARD BOP QUINTET with guest guitarist DAVE STRYKER pays tribute to Nat “King” Cole and GABRIEL ESPINOSA & HENDRIK MEURKENS will have you dancing all night long. BURT BACHARACH will conclude the festival at the Fox Tucson theatre.Artists performances include musical showcases in downtown Tucson hotspots including the historic venues Club Congress, the Rialto and The Fox Tucson theatres with live music throughout the city every day of the week.

  • Pima College Music Presents two shows

    what: PCC Music presents Dr. Jonathan Ng Tenorwhere: PCC Center for the Arts Recital Hall, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd.when: Sunday, February 8 at 3 p.m.tickets: $8 with discounts available

  • 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' 'Birdman' tied for most Oscar noms

    It's officially award show season and, while the awards won't be given out until Feb. 22, the Oscar nominations were released today.“The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman” are tied for the most nominations this year, each being recognized in nine categories. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a comedy written and directed by Wes Anderson and inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig. It tells the tale of two concierges who team up after one is framed for murder.  Michael Keaton stars in "Birdman" as a forgotten actor, once famous for his portrayal of the titular superhero, Birdman. Keaton hopes to reinvent his failing career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story.See the trailers for the two big films below. Trailers for the other nominated films over at the Oscars' website.

  • ‘Selma’: Powerful! Inspiring ‘must-see’ film

    One extremely profound and historic moment (of many) during the film “Selma” occurs when viewers witness President Lyndon B. Johnson finally acquiesce to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. over his desire to conduct a protest march in Alabama. The dramatic White House scene, in which President Johnson places a call to Alabama Governor George Wallace at this insistence of Dr. King, is magnified tenfold when viewers can’t help but notice a portrait of George Washington staring down at LBJ from an Oval Office wall. The symbolic message to the audience is clear. After nearly 200 years as a country—built in large part upon the backs and suffering of African-Americans--the United States was finally turning a new page on that grim chapter of our nation’s history.“Selma” is a powerful, must-see film on a multitude of levels. The movie seamlessly educates, inspires and shocks audiences with knowledge, faith and unfiltered images. It unapologetically documents the importance church played in American society at one of our nation’s most trying times. The film denotes the vital importance religion played in spawning renewed support from all regions the country, particularly white church goers and religious leaders. No religious spirit and kind heart was touched more so by the outpouring of followers than Martin Luther King, Jr.Director Ava DuVernay’s brightest achievement in “Selma” is the palpable intensity felt, heard and seen by moviegoers as the film marches along. “Selma” justifiably depicts the deadly and graphic violence which took place against blacks in the 1960s. The multiple illustrations of inhuman treatment are necessary in this movie to fully understand the ruthlessness of so many…for so long. In contrast, and perhaps more importantly, we can see and appreciate Martin Luther King’s remarkable kindness towards humanity and strong conviction that peaceful protests should remain non-violent despite sustained cruelty by others.The film’s most endearing quality is the growth found in the main character over its 2-hour span. We find Dr. Martin Luther King’s fortitude comes primarily from three sources—faith in his religion, support from the people, and resolve from his wife Coretta Scott King. As King gains strength from each of these pillars in his life, he’s able to handle confrontations and setbacks dealt from Washington DC, Alabama whites, and even some black militants—all attempting to derail his organization’s movement. It’s impressive in “Selma” to see Dr. King gain influence and power from his church podium, leading a march across an Alabama bridge, or challenge a U.S. president and its citizens into action.  Aside from the obvious bond to his faith, this movie sheds light on the momentous part Coretta Scott King played in her husband’s life and his Civil Rights successes.“Selma” is more than just a film about eliminating barriers to black voters. It’s a movement about one man’s place in our history--going from spiritual leader to national preacher. With steadfast determination and non-violent tactics, Dr. King used the church to gain momentum for his march between the cities of Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. In comparison to the harsh treatment from the white establishment, Martin Luther King Jr. and his non-violent ways convinced many religious organizations and whites to ultimately join his cause. The most influential of those who came around to accept Dr. King’s hastened timeline, and later signed the Voter Rights Act of 1965, was the President of the United States at the time, Lyndon B. Johnson. After almost 200 years, the voices and votes of those who’d suffered the most over that period were now going to be heard and counted--finally. That’s the grateful tribute of “Selma” to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his peaceful, non-violent means to achieve a justified end…and the real reason to see this exceptional, historic story.Grade: A

  • Local arcades offer fun for all ages on 4th Avenue

    With last summer’s opening of the modern streetcar, a bridge has been made that connects Tucsonans to a multitude of restaurants, bars, and shops along the most happening stretches of downtown. This is all well and good for the adult crowd, but what about the kids? Surely there must be some family friendly havens within the night-life fray. Luckily for those asking such questions, a couple of hot spots do exist - and in what better form than the arcade? For over 40 years arcades have enchanted our youth with brilliant lights and the piercing sounds of bells and whistles that fill the room with an intoxicating excitement. Nostalgic for adults and fresh to children, the classic arcades located along the streetcar route are sure to be a big hit for families looking for something out of the ordinary. D & D Pinball touts itself as Arizona’s premier spot for pinball machines, and they are not lying. The business is dedicated to the aesthetic aspect of the gaming industry, which explains why they go to great lengths to polish and preserve each unit in their pinball room stacked full of over 30 classic machines. Customers can carry their cup of quarters along the aisles, picking and choosing their next game among a selection that includes familiar icons such as Indiana Jones, AC/DC, The Addams Family, The Simpsons, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, The X-Men, even Elton John. Serious pinball enthusiasts may want to keep a close eye on D & D Pinball, as the game room has been known to host pinball tournaments with prizes from local businesses. They also have a multi-video game unit, which allows arcade-goers to play classics such as Centipede, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Pacman, Frogger, and Galaga. D & D is open Thursdays through Sundays and is located at 331 E. 7th Street. Generation Cool is another fun zone for arcade seekers. The business specializes in retail, selling forgotten items from millennial childhood such as Michael Jordan shoes from the 80’s and 90’s, Steve Urkel dolls, a cardboard cutout of Macho Man Randy Savage, or Saved By the Bell trading cards. But inside Generation Cool is a much more hands on experience in the form of vintage arcade cabinets. Though not an exceptionally large game room, Generation Cool has tracked down some of the classics. Pacman, Street Fighter, Rampage, NBA Jam, and The Simpsons are among the games available to play, and each cost a quarter.  Generation Cool is open seven days a week, and is located at 404 N. 4th Ave. Parents and kids alike who are looking for something out of the ordinary this weekend may want to check out these hidden Tucson gems. They aren’t hard to find - just follow the lights and the laughter.

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