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  • Arizona Beer Week 2015

    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)

  • Dillinger Days, Vinyl Festival take over Hotel Congress this weekend

    History buffs and music enthusiasts alike will find something to love at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress Street, this weekend.On Friday night, Congress is kicking it's annual two day festival remembering when John Dillinger, Public Enemy No. 1 in the 1930s, was captured by Tucson police. Friday's event, where Congress will turn itself into speakeasy, is only open to the 200 people who purchased tickets in advance.However, Hotel Congress opens up at 9 a.m. on Saturday for a family-friendly event featuring carnival games, a Dillinger-themed walking tour and Old Time Memory Game Show. The Cup Café, Hotel Congress' restaurant, will feature 1930s-inspired specials for the day.In the Lobby Gallery there will be a showcase of award winning artist Danny Martin's "Days of Dillinger," a series of illustrations made of India and house paint.Then, on Sunday, Hotel Congress is hosting a vinyl festival in the evening, from 5 to 7 p.m., with local vendors selling and playing records in the lobby. After the festival, there will be a free after party featuring music by Paul Collins of the Nerves and other touring acts.

  • 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.

  • Coming up at the Poetry Center

    Happy New Year! We're pleased to announce an exciting spring season of events at the Poetry Center. Below is a sampling of what we've lined up for you, and you can learn more about the whole season by visiting our calendar of events.READINGS: Ander Monson and Kate Bernheimer, Sherwin Bitsui, Fady Joudah, Simon J. Ortiz, Ofelia Zepeda, Natalie Diaz, and more. Our first reading of the season is tomorrow's January 8th Memorial Reading.TALKS and PANELS: Next week: a panel with editors and contributors of the brand-new anthology, The Force of What's Possible: Writers on Accessibility & the Avant-Garde. Later this month: a panel titled Survival Skills for Writers with publishers from Copper Canyon and Graywolf Press. And in April, an artist's talk by poet-in-residence and visual artist Jen Bervin.CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS: The Poem Sequence taught by Tucson Poet Laureate Rebecca Seiferle, Animals in Poems with Simmons Buntin, Where I'm From with Lisa O'Neill, Reclaiming Women's Writing with Annie Finch, and more. Learn about our Classes & Workshops program in this video with instructor Simmons Buntin; register for workshops here!POETRY CENTER IN PHOENIX: We're returning to the Phoenix Art Museum this spring to present poetry-related events featuring Fady Joudah and Jen Bervin.FAMILY DAYS: Creative writing activities for kids ages 0 through 13 and their parents and guardians.

  • Zen Calligraphy artist in workshop and exhibition

    Tucsonans young and old will pick up brushes January 3 at Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson to write their names and New Year’s greetings in Japanese characters under the eye of nationally-known Zen calligraphy artist Yoshi Nakano as part of celebrations to welcome 2015, the Year of the Ram. Nakano, who creates inspirational brush works and semi-abstract calligraphy that he calls “brush art meditation,” will also show participants how to create an image of a ram with a few deft brush strokes.They can then compare their technique to Nakano’s award-winning art, which will be on exhibit at the Gardens January 3-17.Born in Japan and a graduate of the Art College of Nagoya, Nakano has been practicing calligraphy since the age of seven. He has exhibited contemporary and abstract brush work in shows in the Northeast and Southwest, and his work is in private collections in New York City, Chicago, Santa Fe, Tucson, and California.In addition to his work as an artist, Nakano teaches Zen shiatsu touch and Eastern preventive health care as founder of Zen Tribe Wellness. It is from Zen that he takes inspiration for his brushwork, producing his pieces by harmonizing mind, breath, and brush.“The interplay of light and dark brush strokes allows for oneness,” says Nakano. “This unites the body, mind, word, and medium in the present moment, and instead of simply making art, it is possible to become a part of the art. It is a different kind of love affair.”Nakano will teach his skills from 1:00 to 4:30 pm on Saturday, January 3. Admission to his workshop and to the Jan. 3-17 exhibition is free with regular admission to the Gardens. Paper, ink, and brushes will be available for workshop 

  • Cristina Cardenas to show at the Galleria

    Acclaimed Mexican artist, Cristina Cardenas, is scheduled to show at the YWCA Tucson.  The exhibition will hang at the YWCA's Frances McClelland Community Center, 525 N. Bonita, Tucson, Arizona from January 9th 2015 until February 19th 2015 and is available for viewing from 8AM- 5PM. An Opening Reception with the artist will be held January 28, 2015 from 6PM-8PM. It is free and open to the public. A VIP Reception will precede the public reception for YWCA Platinum Giving Society members. Cardenas’ work has shown internationally and locally throughout the last 20 years and she has received numerous awards and commissions, including a ceramic mural for the street car in Tucson.  Cardenas’ musings on politics are embodied in her images of strong women, classic figures and Mexican landscapes.  The body of work shown at the YW encompass the last decade of production, including her large scale pieces on amate paper. Valerie Galloway, curator of the Galleria, said, "We are proud and excited to be showing the work of this important artist at the YWCA, an organization that is committed to the empowerment of women and racial justice."Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco Cardenas studied painting at the Universidad de Guadalajara; her art follows in the tradition of the Mexican muralists who sought to deliver messages of social and political contents. She attended the University of Arizona earning A Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking."Cristina Cardenas has always strived to paint with meaning and conviction," Gerald M. Gay said in a June 2011 Arizona Daily Star article. "Her works are powerful and personal. She fill the panels with intricate imagery meant to empower women and instill cultural pride feature pre-Columbian symbolism- a tribute to Mexico, the country of her birth." The mission of the YWCA Tucson is "Eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all." The organization provides services for 30,000 people each year at the Frances McClelland Community Center located at 525 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson 85745. For additional information and to register visit the website at www.ywcatucson.org.

  • December’s Holiday Sing-A-Long Spectacular!

    Sing-A-Long Spectacular (Dec. 11th)As the holiday season creeps upon Tucson residents with warm clothing and Christmas music at every turn, don’t miss out on the wintery fun of The Loft Cinema’s Very Merry Holiday Sing-A-Long Spectacular! Held every year on all three Loft screens, this exciting winter gathering encourages viewers of all ages to get together and celebrate their holiday spirit with songs, candy canes, and prizes.This year the festivities will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday with the ugly sweater parade, encouraging everyone to dig up the boldest and brightest pullovers they can find and participate in this zany procession. Once the parade subsides, brave souls in the audience will take the theater stage and share their craziest holiday stories with what’s sure to be a hilarious treat for both speakers and listeners alike. And before anyone rules out sharing their kooky Christmas tales, be aware that the audience’s favorite story will be awarded with a free mystery gift that’s sure to make you the envy of your friends (if not, hey, you still get a free gift). Once the master storyteller has been properly compensated, everyone will take their seats at 7:30 on the dot and the main event will begin: the Sing-A-Long Spectacular.Compiled from everyone’s favorite movies, TV shows, and music videos, this blast of subtitled holiday spirit celebrates the most iconic moments in (big and small) screen history with a stunning list of legends that includes Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Charlie Brown, The Muppets, and many more. A truly exciting way to spend a winter evening with friends and family, the Sing-A-Long Spectacular is definitely something you won’t want to miss! Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Free candy canes and egg nog will also be served at the snack bar all throughout the event. “The Women” (Dec. 14th)

  • PCC’s Fashion Design and Clothing program partners with Buffalo Exchange

    Pima Community College’s Fashion Design students, in collaboration with Buffalo Exchange, present a pop-up shop featuring custom T-shirt designs for women, men and juniors.·         When: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12·         Where: Buffalo Exchange, 2001 E. Speedway Blvd.·         Cost: Free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be availableThe community is encouraged to participate in this event by providing feedback and voting on their favorite T-shirt designing team. “The designers are looking forward to receiving input from the public on design appeal and marketability of their product,” fashion design instructor Nancy Spaulding said. “They also have created presentation boards to illustrate their product line and how it relates to their target market, current trends and competition.”

  • Arizona Opera to present Eugene Onegin

    Arizona Opera kicks off 2015 with one of the greatest dramas in the operatic repertoire, Eugene Onegin. From Pushkin's classic poem comes Tchaikovsky's theatrical masterpiece which follows the story of Onegin -  a man egotistical enough to turn his back on love and a gun on his best friend.  Set in St. Petersburg and the snowy Russian countryside, this new production features the role debut of baritone David Adam Moore.  Moore is causing a stir on opera stages across the globe, with Seattle Post Intelligencer praising "his enviable swagger coupled with a subtle musicality and big, handsome voice."  Soprano Corinne Winters returns to Arizona Opera to portray the role of Tatiana, with acclaimed tenor Zach Borichevsky as Lenski.   Baritone Chris Carr will perform the role of Onegin for the Saturday February 7 performance.   Eugene Onegin will be directed by Tara Faircloth and conducted by Steven White.  Sung in Russian with English supertitles. Performances are January 31 at 7:30 pm and February 1 at 2:00 pm in Tucson Music Hall. Tickets for Eugene Onegin start at $25 and are available at www.azopera.org or by calling 520.293.4336 (Tucson).
 Arizona Opera will host a month-long Russian Cultural Festival, with free lectures, films and dance events, allowing the community to immerse itself in Russian history and culture in anticipation of Eugene Onegin.  See detailed schedule of these events below.

  • Happenings for Week of Dec. 3

    THEATERFriday to Sunday, Dec. 5-21• Enjoy a performance of Arizona Onstage Productions’ tale of friendship The Story of My Life. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Temple of Music and Art, Cabaret Space, 330 S. Scott Ave.; $25-$32.50, $20 students; 882-6574. Saturday, Dec. 6• Laugh out loud with stars of Emmy-nominated “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood teaming up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $30-$74; 547-3040.

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