Compiled by Deanna Sherman
Seven performances will take place at the Pima Community College West Campus’ Center for the Arts between April 26-May 3. Box office hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. For additional information, call the box office at 206-6986.
A capella quartet performs April 26
Pima Community College will present a guest recital featuring Cantores, a male quartet a cappella group. It will perform a special “Power of Four” program April 26 at 3 p.m. in the West Campus Recital Hall.
The quartet is made up of PCC faculty members Jonathan Ng, counter-tenor and tenor; Jose “Chach” Snook, counter-tenor and tenor; Vincent Jackson, tenor; and Darryl King, baritone.
The recital will highlight a variety of styles from the Renaissance period as well as folk and popular selections. The group will be accompanied by Suzanne Eanes.
Admission costs $8, with available discounts.
Jazz Ensemble plays favorites on April 28
PCC’s Jazz Ensemble will perform a spring concert April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the West Campus Proscenium Theatre.
Under the direction of Mike Kuhn, the band will perform a variety of big band compositions, including numbers from Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Brubeck. Many band members will be featured in solo improvisation roles.
Admission is $6, with discounts available.
‘Vagina Monologues’ April 29-30
Student Life presents the fifth Annual staging of the “Vagina Monologues” in the Pima Community College Center for the Arts. The event runs April 29 and 30 at the West Campus Recital Hall.
Shows start at 7 p.m., and admission is free. Donations are requested, and will benefit the non-profit Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse.
Wind Ensemble performs April 30
The PCC Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mark Nelson, will present its final spring concert on April 30.
The ensemble will perform the concert-band version of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” as well as Jan Van der Roost’s “Canterbury Chorale”; the first movement of Edward Gregson’s “Tuba Concerto”; as well as Harry Alford’s “Law and Order” march.
The program will also include guest conductor Alli Howard, the interim director of Pep Bands at the University of Arizona.
The show will be held at the West Campus Proscenium Theatre. It starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6, with discounts available.
Orchestra program May 2
Pima Community College Orchestra will present its spring program on May 2, featuring works by Antonio Vivaldi, Mozart and Gounod.
The recital will feature Vivaldi’s “La Primavera” concerto from “Le Quattro Stagioni”; “Ballet Music” from Gounod’s “Faust”; and Mozart’s “Symphony No. 30” and “Piano Concerto No. 21.”
The concert will be held in the West Campus Proscenium Theatre. The show starts at 3 p.m., and admission is $6.
Chorale and college singers perform May 3
Pima’s Chorale and College Singers will perform their spring semester concert on May 3, under the direction of Jonathan Ng.
The chorale will sing a variety of folk and pop songs, while the college singers will present 20th century chorale works. The concert will end with Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Fantasia in C Minor Opus 80,” performed by both groups.
The concert starts 3 p. m. in the West Campus Proscenium Arts Theatre. Tickets cost $6.
By SHANA ROSE
Pima Community College West Campus Proscenium Theatre will be filled with fashion from all around the world May 1.
The 2015 PCC Fashion Show is being put together by a collaboration of a fashion show/event planning class and the fashion club.
The class has taken full control of the show’s production, with the supervision of instructor Yekatherina Bruner and help from fashion design/clothing department instructor and fashion club adviser Nancy Spaulding.
“We normally have around 400 people in the Proscenium Theatre,” Spaulding said. “Students that have made garments in the academic year, as long as they’re hemmed and finished, they can wear it on the runway.”
With the “Around the World” theme, guests can anticipate models walking down the catwalk in pieces inspired by fashion from Tokyo, London, Paris, Milan and New York.
The fashion department has brought in KVOA News 4 Tucson anchor Bret Buganski as master of ceremonies and Tucson-based DJ Clint Pittenger on the turntables. Aveda Salon has volunteered time and services with hair and makeup.
The fashion show will include student designers ranging from the beginning and advanced classes. In addition, Flowing Wells High School students will showcase garments designed using recycled materials as well.
A few months before show time, the fashion club starts focusing on raising money for the show with bake sales and jewelry sales. But regardless of how hectic it gets, they always give back to their community.
The club has partnered with Pima’s social services program to help with food donations and helps student government with monthly canned food drives.
In the past, donations have gone to New Hope for Women, Youth Own Their Own and animal shelters.
“We just chose our end-of-the-year charitable donation, Pima Animal Care Center,” said club president Sergio Quiroz. “We usually donate a portion of our profit from the show. It’s our little way of giving back.”
For any students interested in joining, the club meets every Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Room CG-25. No fashion experience or knowledge needed. The last meeting is May 6, and the club hopes to continue in the fall.
For more information on the 2015 PCC fashion show, call the box office at 206-6986.
By ALYSSA RAMER
C.I. Chu’s Mongolian Barbeque is a made-to-order stir fry restaurant in midtown that brings in lots of customers and enjoys good reviews.
Calvin Chu and his wife Elaine opened the restaurant in 2003.
The restaurant gets a lot of business during the week, especially on Thursdays when many college students come in to eat, according to the owner’s niece Bella Chu.
Customers grab a red bowl and select options from each section at the buffet counter, beginning with noodles, then vegetables, meat, sauces and spices.
Tabs overhead give details about the best way to add sauces and spices to attain a specialized flavor, such as “Tantalizing Teriyaki.”
After compiling their dishes, customers head to the cook’s counter and leave their bowl under the next available number.
A variety of vegetable and meat options are available, and employees continually bring out fresh stock.
Meat choices include pork, lamb, seafood, beef and chicken.
In addition to traditional stir fry vegetables, Chu’s offers unique options such as cilantro, garbanzo beans and pepperoncinis.
Noodle choices include wheat lo mein noodles, regular lo mein or rice vermicelli.
A new shaved ice dessert, the “Snow Volcano,” can be ordered with a variety of toppings. The newest special is “Strawberry Sensation.”
Lunch is served from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and dinner from 4-9 p.m. The prices are the same for both times.
The one-bowl meal costs $9.49, and the all-you-can-eat meal totals $11.99.
Both come with a bowl of either white or brown rice, a choice of hot-and-sour, egg drop or vegetable soup, and a hot piece of shiao bien, a delicious, flat square of sesame bread.
Drinks are not included in the meal and cost $2.50.
The U.S. Marine Corps recruiting office next door frequently attracts crowds of military customers.
C.I. Chu’s Mongolian Barbeque is located at 4540 E. Broadway Blvd., in the Midstar Plaza.
It is open daily, except on national holidays.
By KATIE VACIO
Tucson will be among the cities celebrating 100 years of traditional dance, music and song in a nationwide tour.
The Country Dance & Song Society selected Tucson to host one of seven North American tour stops after scores of cities applied for the honor.
A weeklong tour will take place April 25-May 2 in Tucson, Phoenix and northern Arizona. Activities at a variety of venues include $5 contra dance evenings and free educational workshops for novice and experienced dancers.
A local contra dance organization, Tucson Friends of Traditional Music, will serve as the host. Contra dance always features live music with a myriad of instruments including fiddle, mandolin and bodhrán (Celtic drum).
Contra dance organizations in Phoenix and Northern Arizona will also participate, as will other Tucson groups such as cloggers and Irish dancers.
The CDSS visit will conclude during the annual Tucson Folk Festival, slated for May 2-3.
The folk festival organizers, Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association, are partners with Tucson Friends of Traditional Music in the CDSS tour stop.
CDSS supports dance forms including English country, traditional American square and contra, Morris and other English ritual dances, and Appalachian and English clogging.
Musical forms range from 17th-century dance melodies and traditional Scottish, Irish and English jigs and reels, to songs and tunes from Appalachia and the New England regions.
For additional information and the full tour stop schedule, visit phxtmd.org/cdss-tour.html.
Photos and interviews by Pablo Espinosa at Downtown Campus
“It’s an act of oppression.They cut the funding for the lower income people.”
“I’m very against it. I don’t think we need more prisons. We should use the money from prisons and give it to education.”
“That sucks. That’s not fair. I think the students need the money more. Why should we build more prisons when we’ve got to focus on education?”
“I don’t think that is fair because we actually need it. I thought the prisons were getting enough money. It makes no sense.”
“It’s a bad idea to take away from education, which is our future. If he wanted to make more money, he should invest in education so people can get better jobs.”
By SHANA ROSE
Performances of “The Mandrake” continue through April 26 at Pima Community College’s Black Box Theatre.
Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. American Sign Language interpreters will be available on April 23. The Black Box Theatre is part of the West Campus Center for the Arts complex.
“The Mandrake,” directed by Deborah Davis, uses Machiavelli’s philosophy of “the ends justify the means” to spotlight the exploits of lovers, liars and fools.
The satirical comedy about love and lust portrays an upper class man who becomes infatuated with a virtuous woman. The fact that she is already married doesn’t stop him.
The plot line also involves a husband and wife who are hoping to bear a child, a manipulative servant, a scheming mother, a corrupt priest and an aphrodisiacal plant.
Tickets cost $15, with discounts available. For additional information, call the box office at 206-6986.
When: Through April 26
Where: Black Box Theatre, West Campus CFA
Tickets: $15, with discounts available
Box office: 206-6986
Compiled by Deanna Sherman
It’s almost summer time in Tucson! Be prepared to step outside and enjoy the dry heat for an array of food, music and activities.
‘Newsies’ – April 21-26
Disney’s “Newsies” is coming to Tucson. The popular and wildly entertaining musical will be performed at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. The times vary and will include matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $31.50 to $111.80. Tickets can be purchased at Broadwayintucson.com or by calling the box office at 621-3341.
Beer with the Bard – April 25
Join local Shakespeare lovers for a day of bar hopping and performances. They’ll begin at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., at 2 p.m., work their way to The Shanty and Surly Wench on Fourth Avenue before ending the crawl at Flycatcher. It will cost you $5 to join the fun, and participation is limited to those 21 and older.
Pima County Fair – through April 26
Rides, music, food and entertainment continue at the Pima County Fair through April 26. Gates open at 1 p.m. Monday- Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. The fairgrounds are located at 1120 S. Houghton Road. General admission costs $8, and children 6-10 are $4. Children 5 and under get in free. There is also a $5 parking fee.
‘Near to Here’ reception – May 2
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, will feature a gallery of four West Tucson artists, including Pima Community College art instructor Christina McNearney, in a “Near to Here” exhibit May 2-July 12. The gallery will explore the “wonder and wilderness of the Sonoran Desert.”
The opening reception will take place May 2 from 1-3 p.m. Gallery entrance is included with museum membership or the price of admission. General admission is $19.50, seniors $17.50, youth $15.50, children $6 and children under 3 are free.
Tucson Folk Festival – May 2-3
The first weekend of May belongs to the 30th Annual Tucson Folk Festival. Free festivities at El Presidio Park, 160 W. Alameda, run Saturday from noon-10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. There will be multiple stages to visit with tons of bands and lots of food. It can be difficult to find parking, so be prepared to walk.
Cinco de Mayo – May 3: Party at the Park
A Party at the Park celebrating Cinco de Mayo will take place at Kennedy Park, 3359 S. La Cholla Blvd., from 2-5p.m. Activities include music, games, food and drinks. Purchase tickets at the Viva Performing Arts Center.
By MICKEY RAY LAMB
10. New tires for your ride.
Even with the improvements made to our local roads in March, you should still consider yourself lucky if you can manage to make your commute to campus without having to change one tire the entire semester. New tires are not just a good investment for your car, but also a great investment in your education.
9. A down payment on a new cooler.
With temperatures climbing higher every day and summer scorchers just on the horizon, planning ahead could save you some sweat. Replacing that old swamp cooler now will leave you feeling much cooler than installing a new unit in the heat of June.
8. An external hard drive.
This one is a personal favorite. Before starting a new semester, sometimes it’s best to perform an entire spring cleaning on your computer system. An external hard drive gives you a place to store those tagalong files that you don’t really need any more but can’t seem to let go.
7. Home improvements.
No matter what kind of home you reside in, packrats are a local nuisance and find many creative ways to make your house their home. Yearly repairs to your home help prevent them from forming communities, as well as making it less likely you will step through your kitchen floor.
6. A good pair of boots and a nice pair of dress shoes.
No closet is complete without these two staples. Even if you have 12 pairs of shoes you have been holding on to for nostalgic reasons, clear a space. No collection is complete without a hefty pair of work boots for when business gets dirty. Wear the dress shoes when you need to show your face.
5. Plant a small garden.
Aside from the pride you will feel from being a little more self-sufficient, growing a garden is an excellent learning experience and a great way to exercise patience.
4. Take the main squeeze out somewhere special.
Never underestimate the effect of dimmed lights, good food and stiff drinks when you’re making an attempt to raise morale in your romantic relationship.
3. Invest in fall classes.
Getting your payments started now can ease the pressure of trying to pick up work shifts last minute to earn a little extra dough.
2. Start a rainy day fund.
You never know when the next emergency will present itself. It’s always a good idea to have something to fall back on should you find yourself in times of trouble. Your best bet may be to just let it be, let it be.
1. Load up the car and treat your peeps.
Why not? There are so many ways you could just blow this money. Why not reinforce your relationships and pay back those who’ve been carrying you all these years? Nothing says thank you like a wild night of trash talking and beer pong.
By TANISHA KNUTZEN
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
When the candlelit cake arrives, Taurus, take a second to think about the awesome year that just passed. Make sure to blow your candles out for an even better year to come.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
You’re the perfect person to show others how to keep smiling and enjoying life, Gemini. Keep up the good work, the world needs people like you around.
Cancer (June 22-July 22)
I hope you’re ready to smell like, look like and feel like summer, Cancer, because that sweet relief of summer time is fast approaching.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Oh Leo, you’re so carefree in your daydreams. No matter how much everyone tells you to return to reality, stay dreaming. Reality will be there when you get back.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Virgo, wake up every morning with the same determination as Beyonce and I promise your day will be no less than exceptional.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Libra, you’re so cool and hip. They probably should name a Starbucks refresher after you.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Stop questioning yourself so much, Scorpio. I promise you’re as cool as an Otter Pop on a hot summer day. There’s no doubt that everyone loves you.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
I’m sending positive vibes your way, Sagittarius. I know you’ve been stressed about school and life but take a second to appreciate the good thoughts surrounding you.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Take time to do the things that make your soul come alive, Capricorn, because you truly deserve to burst alive with excitement.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
There’s a dancing machine inside of you that’s just begging to be released, Aquarius. I think it’s time you succumb to the movements.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
On the count of three, Pisces, I want you to stop everything you’re doing, pick up your keys, get in your car, turn the radio up to max and drive without an end in sight. Ready, set… three.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
You should spend some alone time, Aries. Take yourself out to brunch and catch a mid-afternoon flick at the local theater. Enjoy a day celebrating you.
Number of draft selections made each year.
The number of minutes a team has to make a first-round selection.
Most trades ever made in the first round, occurring in 1995.
Number of offensive tackles selected in the draft, which is more than any other position.
Number of quarterbacks taken at No. 1, which is more than any other position.
Number of tight ends selected as the No.1 overall pick, the only position to never be chosen.
Amount of No.1 picks inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame.
Year for the best draft class to date, with 10 future Hall-of-Famers including Roger Staubach and Bill Parcells.
Number of undrafted Hall-of-Famers: John Randle, Warren Moon, Larry Little and Jim Langer.
Year for the best draft selections made by a single team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Future Hall-of-Famers chosen were Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster.
Amount paid for the biggest rookie NFL contract ever, when Sam Bradford signed a six-year agreement with the St. Louise Rams in 2010.
By KIT B. FASSLER
The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery was packed with visitors on April 16 during a reception and award ceremony for 91 Pima Community College student artists whose work was accepted into a juried exhibit.
The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition will be on display through May 8 at the gallery, in the Center for the Arts complex located on West Campus.
The free exhibit presents a diverse mix that includes oil-mixed media and acrylic paintings, photography, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, book arts, metals and printmaking.
“All Pima campuses are represented,” gallery director David Andres said. “Other art pieces are on display at Tucson International Airport.”
Art students, families of winners and artists from the Tucson community turned out for the April 16 reception.
The “Best of Show” award went to printmaker Blair Frederic. Other top award winners were Phillip Abbott for his “Best of 3D” sculpture and Adam Gilliland for “Best of 2D.”
Juror Stephen Strom, a photographer and writer, said many pieces caught his eye but he was particularly impressed by the imagination and skill of the printmakers. He especially had kind words for Frederic.
“The fine and diverse work of the Best in Show award winner is evocative of Motherwell and Siskind,” he wrote in his judge’s remarks, comparing Frederic to prominent artists. “It would be a handsome addition to many a collection.”
Juror Diane Dale, a visual artist who works as a painter, printmaker and sculptor, complimented Abbott’s sculptor, “Dodo.”
“It was cleverly constructed by switching vertical and horizontal planes integrating metal and wood elements,” she wrote. Abbot had a second entry, “Wolf,” which Dale called “equally imaginative.”
Juror Simon Donovan, a painter and sculptor, called Gilliland an artist to watch.
“He is already an heir apparent to the late artist Luis Jimenez,” Donovan wrote. “He should definitely move forward in his artistic endeavors.”
The jurors and 25 vendors were acknowledged for their support of the exhibit. Frederic received a gift certificate for a three-night stay in a resort and each student winner received a gift certificate and other gifts.
The Arizona Designer Craftsmen, a state arts organization, also awarded $75 certificates and one-year memberships to Keli Beth Smith Ceramics), Virginia Ericson (Fibers) and Kathy Broneck (Metals).
Smith said the inspiration for her work, came from life’s experiences and relationships. The piece is derogatory, sexual and funny, representing both a woman’s strength and her vulnerability.
“The woman is holding the heart above her head,” Smith said. “Putting yourself in position as a woman but still vulnerable.”
One Pima art student regretted that she didn’t make it into the competition.
“I was late in submitting my work,” Yelitza Tamayo said. “I just needed the frame but I’ll try again next time.”
Carol Carder, Center for the Arts marketing director, said the annual art exhibit celebrates student success.
“We do this to educate the community and be a part of what students learned,” she said. “It’s awareness about the role of art in the community.”
Andres and Carder gave kudos to full-time and adjunct faculty for their painstaking efforts to teach art in the best possible ways and to make the award ceremony a showcase of the students’ stellar accomplishments.
Compiled by Deanna Sherman
Number of Americans who bicycle at least once a year.
Number of trips made by bicycle in Tucson.
Number of bicycle lanes, routes and paths in Tucson.
Number of minutes it takes to park a car.
Number of minutes it takes to park and lock a bike.
Estimated cost to construct one parking space in a paved lot downtown.
Cost to purchase and install one bike parking rack.
Number of bicycle racks owned by local/private businesses.
Number of pounds you can expect to lose in a year if you cycle to work.
The amount a family can save in a year by cutting a single vehicle out of their household.
Percentage of Tucsonans who ride to work.
Source: tucsonaz.gov/files/ bicycle/commute.pdf
By ALFRED DICOCHEA III
Aries (March 21-April 19) Happy birthday to some of you. Hope it was a good one. For the rest of you, just bide your time. It is coming up pretty soon. It’s kind of on the calendar to prove it.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) Ever notice that you’re named after a car? I had a Taurus. It was very reliable, but pretty expensive to own. Unfortunately, it quit on me. I hope you’re not like that. You seem pretty cool.
Gemini (May 21-June 20) Let’s be workout buddies, and work off all the Spring Break fun. I heard your energy really showed over the break. Don’t worry, I won’t tell what happened, but you’re crazy.
Cancer (June 21- July 22) I saw your post on Craigslist. babysitting for only $20 a session. I know you need to make money, but that’s cheap. Anyway, I’m going out Saturday so it would be awesome if you can watch my dogs.
Leo (July 23- Aug. 22) Thank you so much for the bacon. It was kind of weird that you kept saying you make the “best bacon ever.” Sounds a little over-confident for someone who bought it pre-cooked.
Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22) You must stop phoning my parents. They appreciate it, but they don’t need someone calling daily to ask if they need help cleaning the house.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Good job on the show last night. You made everything look amazing, but it might have been a bit too fancy. Let’s be honest, I’ve never seen people drink tea and play chess on their break from classes.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) I understand you’re mad that I didn’t go to your party. But you didn’t need to tag my car and egg my house, since I was at all your other parties this week.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec 21) Always being a designated driver and letting people crash at your house is really cool of you. Don’t think the whole drawing on faces thing was necessary, but thanks anyway. It was kind of funny.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan 19) Man, can you party. I think you downed a drum of the good stuff, and you kept going and going. You have props from me, but we might need to slow down the soda drinking a bit.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) It’s kind of funny how your name has aqua in it, seeing as you spend so much time at the beach and pool. We all thought you were going to turn into a dolphin.
Pisces (Feb.19-March 20) I’m sorry your Spring Break wasn’t the best. It’s never fun staying in during a vacation, but at least maybe you can leave your house once in a while next year.
By ALYSSA RAMER
The long-running Tucson Comic Con has created a new sister event, “TAPE!,” which stands for Tucson Art Press Exhibit.
The point of the exhibit is to spotlight Arizona artwork in a wide variety of genres.
TAPE! will take place April 18-19 at the Tucson Convention Center Grand Ballroom. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Adults can attend both days for one payment of $6. Children ages 12 and below are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the show through the TCC box office.
Unlike Tucson Comic Con, which focuses on national-level comic book creators, TAPE! seeks to showcase local talent, according to Comic Con founder and director Mike Olivares.
“Comic books are an essential part of TAPE!, but we also want to focus on a broader range of art mediums,” Olivares said in a press release.
Examples include independent printers, original art and prints, and custom clothing, toys and jewelry.
In addition, charitable costume and fan groups will be on hand to interact with those attending the exhibit, plus provide information on their organizations and other events. Attendees are encouraged to dress up.
For additional information, email tucsoncomiccon.gmail.com or visit facebook.com/tapetucson.