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Summer on Stage & Summer Backstage: TUCSON“Theatre has made me so much more open. Your skill sets improve so much, and you start to see the world with new eyes.”- Laura Leader, Summer on Stage participant 2012-2013WhoArizona Theatre Company’s Learning & Education team offer an ever-evolving Summer on Stage program, resident in Tucson for over a decade. ATC staff and local teaching artists work alongside college interns to inspire, engage, and empower our high school student participants as they navigate the steps toward becoming confident and visionary artists of tomorrow.Our doors are open: anyone can participate. An audition is not necessary to be a part of Summer on Stage, nor is performance experience required; passion and curiosity are the only prerequisites to success. Full and partial tuition scholarships are available through a transparent process to make certain all those who wish to participate can do so, regardless of cost.
ORIGAMI ART ON VIEW AT YUME JAPANESE GARDENS OF TUCSON The intriguing and popular Japanese art of paper folding – origami – will be on display April 3 to May 2 at Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, in an exhibition by local origami artist M. Craig. A free opening reception will be held at the Gardens from 5 to 7 pm on Friday April 3.Artistic paper folding took hold in Japan in the 17th century. A small number of basic paper folds can result in surprisingly complex creations made with no use of glue or scissors. A practiced origami maker can create designs ranging from roses and bonsai to the traditional Japanese crane with movable wings, as well as fish, horses, and other animals. Raised in both America and Japan, multi-cultural origami artist M. Craig holds a degree in Fine Arts and is co-founder of the Tucson Origami Club. She has taught Japanese paper-folding techniques throughout the Tucson region since 1996, creating both miniature and life-size designs.“M,” as she calls herself, has shared her talent for origami with children in public and private schools, and in workshops at Canyon Ranch Resort & Spa, the Tucson Botanical Gardens, Pima County public libraries, the Tucson Children’s Museum, and the Tucson Medical Center's Oasis Adult Education Program, among many other local organizations. She also has led team building workshops for businesses and community service organizations and has participated in city-wide multicultural events such as Tucson Meet Yourself, as well as in Japanese-American educational programs.The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum featured M’s origami hummingbirds and bats in a 2005 exhibition, and her creations have been on view in several earlier exhibitions at Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson.
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance is hosting a two-day Calk Art Festival this weekend at the Park Place Mall.Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-3pm Free AdmissionPark Place Mall 5870 E. Broadway Blvd.A true community collaboration in the arts, the Park Place Chalk Art Festival brings more than 4,000 people to the mall to cover the sidewalks with color, creating a winding path of murals wrapping around storefronts. Professional mural artists worked progressively through the weekend alongside the public's Community Participation Mural and KidZone, where art students created collaborative art pieces. Murals are located in the South and North walkways at Park Place, as well as indoor murals located in the indoor Sears walkways. Artist Murals
A near capacity crowd was on hand Sunday night, March 1, to welcome Don Williams, a.k.a. The Gentle Giant to the Fox Tucson Theatre. The audience knew their Don Williams, singing along with each song as if they had the lyrics in front of them. At one point, during the hit "I Believe In You", the vocals ceased from the stage and the chorus was sung by the crowd without missing a beat. Mr. Williams' response at the end of the song was: "Mercy!" in his familiar baritone. The light banter carried on between the crowd and the artist, and the number of very vocal professions of love from female members of the audience helped add to the lively atmosphere of the evening.Don Williams' music spans decades. Born in Floydada, Texas in 1939 he first came to prominence in the middle '60s with a group called the Pozo Seco Singers, a trio, with Don, Lofton Cline and Susan Taylor that performed folk, pop and country. Their first single made the national Top 10. In the '70s it seemed like there was never a time when there was not a Don Williams song on AM country radio. Hits included: "Tulsa Time" and "The Ties That Bind", to name just a couple. He was inducted in to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. His new CD, "Reflections" is now available on the American Harvest Recording Society label.Among the audience was special guest Marilyn Bonebrake, 79, from Brookdale Assisted Living. Steven Glaser, of Senior Wish, together with Fox Tucson Executive Director Craig Sumberg made it possible for Marilyn and her family to attend the show. As guests of the Fox Tucson they were also treated to dinner at Café Milano. It was a fine example of a local business giving back to the community.
It's March, which means the Poetry Center's redbud tree is blooming (see above) and our event calendar is full of exciting and diverse literary events. Check out what we're offering and come join us this month for a reading, exhibit, screening, book club, poetry discussion group, Family Day, and/or the Tucson Festival of Books!Shame Every Rose: Images from Afghanistan I'll make a tattoo of my lover's bloodand shame every rose in the green garden.In collaboration with the Poetry Foundation, the Poetry Center is proud to bring Shame Every Rose: Images from Afghanistan to Tucson. This exhibit illuminates the landay, a clandestine oral folk poetry practiced by the Pashtun women who live near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Meant to be recited or sung aloud, the landay is a couplet of 22 syllables. (You can learn more about landays in an article by Eliza Griswold available here.) The exhibit, on display at the Poetry Center through May 22, features photographs by Seamus Murphy illustrating life in Afghanistan and landays by Pashtun women.On Thursday, March 5, at 6:00 pm, we are pleased to host a presentation related to the Shame Every Rose exhibit. Photographer Seamus Murphy and writer Eliza Griswold give a talk, and Murphy will screen his short film, Snake. Please join us after for a reception and a viewing of the exhibit. This event takes place at the Poetry Center and is free and open to the public. We thank our co-sponsors, the Poetry Foundation and the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies, for making this event possible.
An all new round of classes are starting and it's only a week away!If you are interested in learning about how to be an improviser, how to enhance your listening/communication skills, or just wanting to have a blast laughing with others then this is just what you need. The new LEVEL ONE class is starting at 7:00PM on Tuesday March 10th at:Unscrewed Theater 3244 E Speedway BlvdTucson, AZ 85716.
Last year, Tucson favorite ChamberLab set a live orchestra to Buster Keaton's classic Civil War silent film "The General." This weekend, the show is getting a rare second run.Chris Black, who founded ChamberLab, says last year this was the show everyone was devastated to have missed."We did it right on Easter weekend, or around then, so a lot of people were out of town. People didn't know how awesome it was going to be," Black said, adding that this is the show he's been asked to repeat above all the others."If you haven't seen Buster Keaton before, he's just incredible. I don't know how he does what he does. This no special effects, no anything, just pure deranged athleticism a he leaps around and takes all kinds of chances with his life," Black explains. "It's about 78 minutes and all but about 15 minutes of it is train chases—so it's action packed."This time, ChamberLab will be filming the event for DVD and digital download. They're running an IndieGoGo, from which proceeds are being split up between production costs for the filming and paying the musicians. "It's just to make sure that we stay healthy and that we pay the musicians for the really ridiculous amount of rehearsal we'll be putting them through for the next week," Black said, noting that while his shows usually just split up the profits from ticket sales, that's just not enough for the amount of work people are putting into this. "Everyone is really amazing that they're giving us their time in the way that they have been I'm trying to get a little bit more into their pockets."
Old Tucson and the Arizona Steampunk Society present the Wild Wild West Con 4 Steampunk Convention & Festival on Friday, March 6 thru Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.Wild Wild West Con is America's first and only Steampunk convention/festival to take place in a western-themed town and is the largest Western-style Steampunk Convention in the United States!After incredibly successful events in 2011, 2013 and 2014, we’re very excited to welcome back WWWC4 – even larger and more amazing than ever before!Hundreds of devotees will descend upon Old Tucson outfitted in full Steampunk regalia. The Con’s Mad Science theme is sure to be reflected in Steampunk fashion and accessories. Visitors to Old Tucson will get a glimpse of this growing phenomenon where it belongs - in an Old West setting.
BEER WITH THE BARDA Shakespeare-Themed Pub Crawl produced in association with the Tucson Fringe Theatre FestivalJoin local up-and-coming actors, along with Tucson favorites as we tour four local watering holes, with a Shakespeare performance in each venue. The pub crawl starts with the prologue to one of Shakespeare’s most beloved histories in the lobby of the World Famous Hotel Congress,then heads under the 4th Ave. underpass to the patio of The Shanty for a pastoral scene from one of the Comedies. From there, head to the Surly Wench for a scene from the original Surly Wench(Taming of the Shrew) before ending your Pub Crawl at Flycatcher (formerly Plush) with what Harold Bloom calls “the closest thing to Shakespeare addressing his audience as we’ll ever get.” Don’t be surprised to get a little extra entertainment (musicians, sonnets, street performance art) along the walk.A Short History of the ShowThe combination of Shakespeare and beer is not a new one. In the Renaissance era, groundlings often enjoyed a hoppy brew while enjoying the latest play from pop sensation William Shakespeare. A few years back The New York Shakespeare Exchange brought back the idea of hops and heady theatre with their ShakesBeer Pub Crawl through New York. Since then, Shakespeare Pub Crawls have been popping up in cities across the United States, including Washington DC, Newhaven, CT and Dallas, TX.Beer with the Bard is a collaborative effort among Drama Queen Productions,led by Maryann Green, and Strada Theater Company,founded by Michael Fenalson and Nicole Scott and is produced by the Tucson Fringe Festival.We aim to produce this event yearly in order to celebrate the Bard's birthday as well as providing an opportunity for local theater artists to collaborate.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 10am-3pm$5 admission, 10 and under Free $1 discount for all Veterans and Active Duty Military Oro Valley Marketplace - Southwest corner of Oracle and Tangerine (between Red Lobster and Olive Garden)Blending science, mechanics and design is an innovative art form in its own right. Car design is a ubiquitous but often overlooked art form which SAACA beings to light through our annual Classic Car Shows. The event invites thousands of people out to rev up the weekend with live oldies music, kids’ activities and great food. With 20 different classes of autos, awards are given in Best of Show, Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Engine and People’s Choice, as well as a first place award given in each vehicle category. The one day event will feature live Blues music on the main stage, classic BBQ on the grill, and an endless supply of everything we have come to love about fast cars and classic auto!The beautiful setting of the Oro Valley Marketplace will come alive during the show on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m., presented by The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA). The show will exhibit cars and trucks in a variety of styles – antique and modern, domestic and foreign, modified and custom. Judges will award trophies in 43 categories including Best of Show, Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Engine and People’s Choice, as well as a first place award given in each vehicle category. Adding a soulful atmosphere to the event The George Howard Band and Bluz Nite will captivate audiences with their renditions of blues greats including: John Lee Hooker, Syl Johnson, Louisiana Red, Bo Diddley, Charlie Mussellwhite, and Willie NelsonAs music fills the day, BBQ vendors will fire-up the festival as attendees sample an array of delicious tasting food, from kettle corn and sweets to all-American meals.
EVENT: 2015 ART SAFARIDATE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2015HOURS: Galleries open 11:00 AM, receptions run from 5:00 or 6:00 PM till closing (varies from 8:00 PM to midnight)ADMISSION: FreeLOCATIONS: CENTRAL TUCSON GALLERY ASSOCIATION MEMBER GALLERIES: BAKER + HESSELDENZ FINE ART, 100 E 6TH Street, 760-0037, www.bakerhesselsdenz.com
The craft beer craze takes center stage in Tucson next month, as the Old Pueblo preps for an onslaught of visitors, special events and beer-centric celebrations.The 5th Annual Arizona Beer Week returns Feb. 12 – 21, and this year’s nod to Arizona’s unique and exploding craft beer culture has been expanded to nine days, giving revelers an additional 48 hours to drink in the state’s top hops through participation in pub crawls, beer-pairing dinners, meet-the-brewer nights, special collaborations and tappings and more.Brewers statewide will be showcasing new brews, old standouts, special collaborations and more, and with more than 60 breweries now open across Tucson and southern Arizona, the region is set to host more hoppy happenings than ever before. Here’s just a small sampling of where craft beer conniousseurs can quench their thirst when Arizona Beer Week hits southern Arizona Feb. 12 – 21, 2015. Events are added daily, so for a complete list of events, visit www.ArizonaBeerWeek.com.Thursday, Feb. 12Boarderlands Meet the Brewer & Tasting Event - Total Wine and More (Tucson)Four Peaks Tap Takeover at BZ's Pizza- BZ's Pizza (Tucson)