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Former PCC student writes bestselling novel

Former PCC student writes bestselling novel

By TRAVIS BRAASCH

Former Pima Community College student Kathleen Glasgow reached the New York Times bestseller list this fall with her debut book, a young adult novel titled “Girl in Pieces.”

“I’m so grateful for the response that ‘Girl in Pieces’ has received from readers,” Glasgow said via email while on a publicity tour. “I never thought that my first book would be so well-received, let alone become a bestseller.”

The book discusses depression and self-harm. “It affects more than one million young women every year, yet we don’t hear too much about it,” she said.

pg13-ya-author-kathleen-glasgow Reviewers and readers alike have praised the book on the goodreads website and elsewhere.

“So painful, so hopeful. So perfect,” author Heidi Heilig wrote. “The pain of reading ‘Girl in Pieces’ was the most exquisite sort.”

Glasgow, who remains a Tucson resident, comes from a family that loves the arts.

“My parents were readers and collectors of art so we always had a lot of physical art, like paintings and sculptures, in our house,” Glasgow said. “My mother was a voracious reader –that’s where I first learned to love reading. We are all creative in our own ways.”

Glasgow began taking writing courses PCC at age 16 after attending Cross Junior High School. The courses and instructors had a major impact on her work.

“I had very encouraging teachers at Cross Junior High,” Glasgow said. “When I started attending Pima, I took classes with Jefferson Carter and his encouragement was really the seed that I needed to believe I could blossom as a writer.”

Glasgow incorporated many iconic Tucson locations into “Girl in Pieces,” including Fourth Avenue, Club Congress, the Rialto Theatre and Armory Park.

“There is no better place to find wonderful, weird, brilliant, kind and creative people,” she said. “It’s a great place to grow up, especially if you have a yen for music, books, arts. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to feature so many real Tucson places.”

Glasgow spent nine years working on “Girl in Pieces” and went through 14 drafts. During that time, she battled distractions and experienced losses.

“I had a full-time job, I had two kids along the way, my mother and sister passed away and I couldn’t write for awhile,” she said. “Life happens. But I never gave up.”

Now “Girl in Pieces” is a bestseller and Glasgow has received national attention. She has spent the past few months on a book tour across the United States.

“Touring was very exciting and I loved getting a chance to meet readers in so many cities, and to hear their stories,” Glasgow said. “I think my favorite cities have been Savannah and Nashville.”

Glasgow offers encouragement to anyone looking to become a writer.

“If you want to write, write,” she said. “Stay up late after the kids are in bed. Get up early before the kids get up or before you have to go to work. It might take one year, or five, or nine, to get your book published, but it can happen.”

Good books will find an audience, she added.

“Someone out there needs your story,” she said. “Trust me. They do.”

Stomping Grounds: Games and Gadgets draw loyal fans

Stomping Grounds: Games and Gadgets draw loyal fans

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Store owner Mark Kadow keeps Games and Gadgets stocked with a wide variety of games. (Nicholas Trujillos/Aztec Press)

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO

When a former stuntman/producer wanted to settle down two and a half years ago, he opened Tucson Games and Gadgets.

“I’ve traveled the world, lived in 14 different countries and then I had an opportunity to come back to Tucson, where I grew up, and try something else,” store owner Mark Kadow said.

“I said, ‘Why don’t I open up a board game store?’ because I’ve been playing games like Dungeons and Dragons for 30 years.”

A couple of weeks after thinking about the idea, Kadow obtained a business license and distributors for games.

Kadow opened his store at 2900 E. Broadway Blvd., #134. He plans to open a second location by the end of November at Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road.

The Broadway store brings in loyal customers like Chris Novellino, who visited on opening day and has since made it his second home.

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Chris Novellino sets up to teach customers about new games. (Nicholas Trujillo/Aztec Press)

“I can’t get the guy to leave,” Kadow joked.

Novellino is a photographer by day and an avid Living Card Game player by night. He follows a set schedule for coming into the store.

When he’s on site, Novellino can be found in a dedicated “Novellino’s Corner” teaching others about new games.

“I help out any way I can, teaching games, demo-ing board games,” he said. “Gamers have this stigma with nerds and geeks, and we indulge in that. We accept it with open arms.”

The store has created a community, or safe haven, for gamers. It welcomes customers ranging from the newest of newbs to the most seasoned veterans.

With Novellino keeping customers interested and Kadow keeping shelves stocked, it’s not hard for Games and Gadgets to make a profit.

Kadow reinvests his profits into the business so he can keep the lights on, provide the newest games and open the second store at Tucson Mall. Its location will be near the Animal Kingdom pet shop.

“The future is bright, come on in,” Kadow said. “If you haven’t played any games, then this is the perfect store. We aren’t going to jump down your throat. We want to know what you like and we want to help you.”

The new destination will be more than 4,000 square feet, double the size of the Broadway store. Décor will include dark wood and dim lighting. Hours will extend to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

“It’s going to be an entertainment destination,” Kadow said. “We’re hoping to get something that has a Dungeons and Dragons type feel.”

The new store will also have multiple rooms available for different types of games, such as Magic the Gathering, D&D, X-Wing and Local Area Network parties.

Players will also have a chance to participate in virtual reality games.

Good shoppers can buy a virtual reality set for just shy of $800, but Kadow offers trial play. His setup regularly attracts quite a crowd.

Participants pay $10 for 15 minutes of playing time. Available options include shooting zombies in a darkened area with only a flashlight and gun, and defending your castle with a bow and arrow against incoming invaders.

“We’re approaching all types of entertainment,” Kadow said. “The virtual reality is just a small aspect of what we’re doing.”

FYI

Games and Gadgets

Address: 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. #134

Phone: 207-8013

Hours:

Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-midnight

Website: tucsongamesandgadgets.com

 

Note: A second store in Tucson Mall will open by the end of November.

Alt-rock band honors genre

Alt-rock band honors genre

Alternative rock has been stuck in a rut, falling more into the mainstream radio world and less into the “I want to write something that means something to someone” sphere.

It’s been quite some time since an alternative rock band made me feel hopeful for the genre.

Beware of Darkness is different.

“Rock is so stale right now,” lead singer and guitarist Kyle Nicolaides said. “Every rock band is writing very derivative and tonic guitar riffs and it’s such a bummer. I think we want to be at the forefront of that and just push the genre forward.”

I was lucky enough to speak with Nicolaides during KFMA’s recent Fall Ball music festival. I immediately got a sense for the passion and drive he has for the band and for the future it could have.

Nicolaides lists “The White Album” by The Beatles as a major influence, along with Led Zeppelin.

BOD has released its second album, “Are You Real?” after much anticipation. There’s no question it’s different from their debut album, “Orthodox.”

“It’s more focused,” Nicolaides said. “The first album, when I was writing it, I had no idea that people were actually going to hear it and I don’t think I was as focused on making a record that was cohesive.”

He called “Orthodox” very emotional and vulnerable. “I think with “Are You Real?” we just wanted to make a big rock record with every song being stadium-ready,” he said.

Every song on “Are You Real?” has a backstory inspired by true events.

“It’s stuff that’s happened to me and I had the wrong attitude about things,” he said. “It’s not less personal, but maybe a bit less emotional.”

BOD prides itself on making each act a personal and unforgettable experience.

“I want to have a Led Zeppelin, Beatles or even White Stripes run where it’s five years of just great albums,” Nicolaides said.

“Creatively and personally, I just want to write the best albums we can,” he added. “I want to be able to turn this into a headline band, sell out venues and just take one step after the other.”

Do yourself a favor and check out Beware of Darkness:

Website: bewareofdarknessmusic.com

Social media:

Twitter.com/BewareoDarkness

Facebook.com/BewareOfDarknessMusic

Youtube.com/user/BewareODarkness

Four end-of-semester music concerts on tap

Four end-of-semester music concerts on tap

 Compiled by Robyn Zelickson

Pima Community College will stage four musical concerts Nov. 29-Dec. 4 in the West Campus Center for the Arts. Each performing group will present its final concert of the semester.

Tickets for each concert cost $6, with discounts available for students, seniors, military, PCC employees and groups of 10 or more.

For further information, call the box office at 206-6986, email centerforthearts@pima.edu or visit pima.edu/cfa.

Jazz Ensemble: Nov. 29

Director Mike Kuhn leads the PCC Jazz Ensemble in its winter concert on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the West Campus Proscenium Theatre.

The program will spotlight the 1935-45 swing era and feature pieces by Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton. Some modern jazz standards will also be included.

A highlight of the evening will be first trombonist Roger Wallace performing an arrangement of “Invitation.”

Wind Ensemble: Dec. 1

The PCC Wind Ensemble’s winter concert, directed by Mark Nelson, will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the West Campus Proscenium Theatre.

Selections include a diverse mix of music, both old and new. One highlight will be John Williams’ “Harry Potter Symphonic Suite” as a tribute to the new Harry Potter movie.

Woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles will perform a variety of numbers and the evening will conclude with Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.”

Chorale and College Singers: Dec. 2

The PCC Chorale and College Singers, under the direction of Jonathan Ng, will celebrate the semester’s end with a selection of popular and holiday choral works on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the West Campus Proscenium Theatre.

The Chorale is a larger chorus and the College Singers are a more select a capella choir. Both groups will perform a variety of selections.

The evening will conclude with the two groups combining, accompanied by Susan Simpson on piano and Tony Martin on percussion.

A highlight will be “When the Saints Go Marching In,” arranged by John Rutter. Ivan D. Duran will perform a clarinet solo.

PCC Orchestra: Dec. 4

PCC Orchestra, directed by Alexander Tentser, will perform works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. in the West Campus Proscenium Theatre.

At the conclusion of the program, the orchestra will perform a series of “Harry Potter” themes composed by John Williams.

The orchestra’s mission is to provide education about classical and other orchestral styles. The group is made up of high school and college students along with community adults.

 

Best Bets: Festive holiday events delight all ages

Best Bets: Festive holiday events delight all ages

By FRANCISCO ZAPATA

The holidays offer numerous traditional and festive celebrations. Here are some of the coolest upcoming events:

Native American Indian Heritage Month Social and Indian Craft Market

Nov. 25-27

Fifteen tribal nations will display authentic Native American arts and crafts, and present dance and musical performances at the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom, 5151 E. Grant Road, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day.

Admission and parking is free, with donations accepted to help fund scholarships.

Details: usaindianinfo.com/events/craft-market

 

Tohono Chul Holiday Nights 

Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17

Paths along the Tohono Chul gardens at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte will be decorated with millions of lights as musicians and artists perform from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Admission is $12 for members, $16 for nonmembers and $3 for children under 12.

Other activities include viewing stars through a telescope, purchasing hot chocolate and treats, and stopping by the gift shop for a head start on holiday shopping.

Details: http://tohonochulpark.org/holiday-nights

 

Tamale and Heritage Festival

Dec. 3

The 12th annual Tucson Tamale and Heritage Festival presented by Casino Del Sol Resort, 5655 W. Valencia Road, will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the AVA Ampitheater. The festival is free and open to the public.

Multiple vendors will sell red, corn, sweet and vegetarian tamales. The vendors will also participate in a tamale contest to determine who makes the best tamale.

Details: http://casinodelsol.com/events/12th-annual-tamal-fest

  

Reid Park Zoo Lights

Dec. 7-23

Reid Park Zoo will again celebrate the holiday season with Zoo Lights, presenting thousands of sparkling lights with animal-themed light sculptures from 6-8 p.m. each night.

Food and drink available for purchase, including café items such as hot chocolate, s’mores and cinnamon rolls.

Admission cost $9.50 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 2-14. Discounts are available for zoo members. Tickets can be purchased online.

Details: Details: reidparkzoo.org/event/zoo-lights-2016

  

Luminaria Nights, Botanical Gardens

Dec. 4-6, 11-13

Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, presents its 29th year of Luminaria Nights from 5:30-8:30 p.m. each night.

Festivities include live holiday music as visitors walk garden paths decorated with thousands of luminarias and colored lights. Children can visit with Santa Claus, and youngsters and adults may enjoy Art with Lego Bricks.

Numerous vendors will offer holiday drinks, food and treats for purchase.

Admission is $18 for adults and $9 for children, with discounts available for members. Tickets can be purchased online 24 hours in advance.

Parking in the gardens is limited to handicapped spots only. Shuttles will run from 5:20-9 p.m. at the southeast corner of North Alvernon Way and East Lee Street.

Details: tucsonbotanical.org

 

Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair

Dec. 9-11

More than 600,000 visitors are expected to visit the annual street fair, which features more than 400 arts and crafts booths as well as numerous food and drink vendors from 10 a.m. to dusk each day.

Free and family-friendly activities including musicians, bands and entertainment.

Details: fourthavenue.org

 

Winterhaven Festival of Lights

Dec. 10-26

The 67th annual Festival of Lights at Winterhaven offers exceptional displays of house lights that leave visitors in awe. The festival runs daily from 6-10 p.m.

Hundreds of thousands of southern Arizonans visit each year.

The event is free to attend but the neighborhood asks visitors to donate non-perishable canned food or money for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Last year, the event gathered nearly $24,000 and more than 42,000 pounds in food.

Details: winterhavenfestival.org

What would George Carlin do?

What would George Carlin do?

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By S. PAUL BRYAN

Dear Mr. Bryan:

I was recently chastised at a friend’s party because I told a rape joke. I thought the joke was funny and I know a few others did too, but the overwhelming response was very negative. My question for you is: Are rape jokes ever funny or should they be completely off limits?

Not as funny as I thought?

Dear Not Funny:

I can’t speak on your rape joke because you didn’t share it in your question. I can, however, provide a confident answer.

Yes, rape jokes can be funny. Anything can be funny. It all depends on timing, delivery and content/context.

Your audience doesn’t matter. One shouldn’t sacrifice humor for the sake of those who could be offended by a certain topic. If this was the case, there’d be no humor in the world. We’d live in some strange politically correct dystopia.

Of course, some people are more sensitive than others. The world can be horrific, and there are folks who have dealt with rape on a personal level.

As a sufferer of childhood abuses, I find jokes about my hardships to be cathartic. Plenty of people feel the way I do but there are plenty who don’t.

My thoughts on rape jokes are in line with one of the greatest comedians to ever live, George Carlin:

“Different groups of people in this country say you can’t joke about something because it’s not funny. Comedians run into that shit all the time. Like rape. They’ll say, “You can’t joke about rape. Rape’s not funny.” I say, “Fuck you, I think it’s hilarious. How do you like that?” I can prove to you that rape is funny. Picture Porky Pig raping Elmer Fudd. See, hey why do you think they call him ‘Porky,’ eh?” —George Carlin

It’s important to take others’ feelings into account. Of course it’s safer, maybe smarter, to steer clear of these types of jokes if you’re not willing to catch a little Hell from all of the social justice warriors out there. But, you have your right to free speech. Hopefully you use it wisely.

If your intentions are pure, if you’re simply trying to make people laugh, go for it.

Never intentionally set out to hurt anyone’s feelings. If you do that, you’re just an asshole and hopefully someone will punch you square in the nose.

The bottom line? Anything can be funny. Taboo topics are always the funniest. Tell those jokes, my friend … and know there are plenty of people out here in the world laughing along with you.

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Dear Mr. Bryan:

It hurts and burns every time I pee for weeks now. It’s becoming unbearable. I have no other symptoms. What should I do?

Scared to use the bathroom

Dear Scared:

I’m not a doctor but it doesn’t take a doctor to answer this question. You (most likely) either have an STD or a UTI.

Go to your doctor or closest urgent care, take the meds, follow their advice and do your best to keep it clean.

Abstain from sexual activity until you’ve followed the directions in the previous paragraph.

And some friendly advice: Don’t wait so long to do something about it if there is ever a “next time.” OK? OK.

You’re welcome.

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Submit questions via email to aztecpress@pima.edu, as a private Facebook message via Facebook.com/Aztec Press or via Twitter @ aztecpressnews using #prettytiedupAP. Use a pseudonym.

Top 10: Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping destinations

Top 10: Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping destinations

By CASEY MUSE JR.

Black Friday brings out the best and the worst of America. People line up days in advance and shove their way through crowds to obtain material items at discounted prices. Others wait to shop online during Cyber Monday. Whether you see more good or evil in holiday shopping, here are the 10 best destinations to satisfy your fix.

  1. Sears

Sears really does offer a little of everything, including clothing, shoes, appliances and tools. The city’s two locations at Park Place and Tucson malls will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Sales ads are available online at sears.com.

  1. Kohl’s

Swagger lacking? Kohl’s stores carry clothing of all styles and should have some killer deals. Tucson’s three Kohl’s locations will be open on Thanksgiving Day. A sales ad is available online at kohls.com.

  1. GameStop

This one is for the gamers. GameStop will be packed with deals on new and used games, consoles and accessories. GameStop locations are usually a bit smaller, so should be an earlier stop on your list. There are more than a dozen GameStop locations in town. Find more information and a sales ad online at gamestop.com. 

  1. Home Depot

“Do it yourself” starts here. For those who get a kick out of tools, lumber, gardening supplies and plumbing accessories, Home Depot should surely be on your list. There are seven locations throughout Tucson. Find more information and a sales ad at homedepot.com.

  1. JCPenny

Another fine clothing store indeed. Don’t limit JCP to just clothing, though. It has one of the best selections of jewelry and accessories in the retail game. There are four locations in Tucson, including El Con and Tucson malls. Find a sales ad at jcpenny.com.

  1. EBay

The first website on the list! Seriously though, who doesn’t know eBay? You can find just about anything within reason. There will be deals online for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Find more information at ebay.com. 

  1. Best Buy

Now we’re getting to the good stuff. Best Buy is tech-head heaven, with just about every electronic device you could want including video games, computers, televisions, phones and movies. It’s difficult to visit and not find something of interest. There are three Best Buy locations in town. View sales ads at bestbuy.com.

  1. Walmart

The market giant offers some of the best Black Friday deals, but will also be one of the busiest destinations. If you do this often, you surely have a crazy Black Friday Walmart story. There are more than a dozen Tucson locations. Find a sales ad online at walmart.com. 

  1. Target

Target is like Walmart with half the crazy. It’s another store with a little bit of everything, including clothing, food, toys and electronics. All eight Target locations in town should be packed for Black Friday. Find a sales ad at target.com.

  1. Amazon

Amazon is another website where you can find just about anything. If you want to avoid physical contact, you can find that same big-screen television and possibly for a cheaper price. This fan favorite seems to be the future of shopping. Find a sales ad and more information at amazon.com.

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In the Heights’ auditions set for Nov. 28-30

By ROBYN ZELICKSON

The Pima Community College Theatre Arts department will hold auditions for its Spring 2017 musical production of “In the Heights” on Nov. 28, 29 and 30 from 6 p.m. until late in the West Campus Center for the Arts.

PCC instructors Todd Poelstra, Mickey Nugent, Martha Reed and Mark Nelson will collaborate on the production.

“In the Heights,” set in the New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights, tells the story of Usnavi, a bodega owner who honors his roots but has big dreams for his future.

Themes of love, racism and identity dominate the community as Usnavi’s neighbors strive to build better lives for themselves and their children.

The music is full of Latin rhythms, contrasted by hip-hop lyrics.

The musical, based on a book by Quira Alegrua Hudes, was brought to life on Broadway by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the music and lyrics. Miranda is well-known for his recent success with the Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton.”

“In the Heights” won 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestration.

Any registered PCC student is welcome to audition, regardless of major, year in school, age, ethnicity or gender. In order to be considered for a part, you must attend all three auditions.

The audition schedule covers three days:

Monday, Nov. 28: Dance audition

  • Wear comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes.
  • A short routine will be taught.
  • Assigned groups of 10 will present the routine.

Tuesday, Nov. 29: Singing audition

  • Bring an audition song selection. The selection must be appropriate but can come from any source, including rap, Spanish language, musical, popular music or from the production of “In the Heights.”
  • Sixteen bars is the recommended length of the song, with a maximum length of 32 bars. Be prepared to present a short rap in addition to singing, if asked.
  • Piano accompaniment (bring sheet music), CD and other playback equipment will be available.

Wednesday, Nov. 30: Acting audition

  • Present readings from provided sides. (Sides will be available on Monday night.)

The cast list will be posted the morning of Thursday, Dec. 1.

The first rehearsal on Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. will include an introduction, script handout and the read-through.

For more information, contact Todd Poelstra at 206-6815 or tpoelstra@pima.edu.

“In the Heights” will open Feb. 23 and run through March 5 in the Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.

Horoscope: Nov. 23- Dec. 7

Horoscope: Nov. 23- Dec. 7

By S. PAUL BRYAN

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec 21)

“Open up your eyes for me people, the prophecies are true and the beast is real.” ―Jonathan Anthony Burkett

The beast is real. RUUUNNNN!!!!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan 19)

“It’s the end of the world every day, for someone.” ―Margaret Atwood

…and that someone just might be you, Capricorn. Or maybe not. But maybe so.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

“It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine. —R.E.M.

Good for you, Aquarius. Have fun, go wild and start on that bucket list now. Enjoy it while you can.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

“And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” —Revelations 7:2-3

Yeah, it’s at that level, Pisces.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

“My zombie apocalypse plan is simple but effective; I fully intend to die in the very first wave.” —Graham Parke

Not a bad idea, not a bad idea at all.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

“Don’t wake me for the end of the world unless it has very good special effects.” —Roger Zelazny

Oh, don’t worry. You’ll be “woke,” my friend.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

“What about your apocalypse then? Well, the universe is a leaf on a time-tree, and come autumn it’s going to shrivel and fall off into hell.” —China Mieville

Nothing I can do about it, Gemini. Nothing you can do about it. Accept your fate.

Cancer (June 21- July 22)

“We see the storm clouds gathering and events taking place that herald the second coming of Jesus Christ.” ―Billy Graham

Once Jesus comes the second time, it’s definitely over. (Somehow the guy that can cure the blind and turn water into wine never has a third round in him.)

Leo (July 23- Aug. 22)

“What were they thinking? It’s an alien apocalypse! Quick, grab the beer!” ―Rick Yancey

Leo, it’s time to tie one on. You’ll most definitely want to be drunk before the aliens get you.

Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22)

“The sun will expand and engulf our orbit as the charred ember that was once Earth vaporizes. Have a nice day.” ―Neil deGrasse Tyson

At least Neil makes it seem quick, although it does sound a bit like religious teachings of hell. Have a nice day, hahahahaha.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

“The atomic bomb was created with the destruction of men in mind” ―Bangambiki Habyarimana

And the USA just voted Donald Trump for president. Good luck with that.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

“No one is going to survive without throwing up like 5,000 times” —Paul Bryan II

I’m not sure if this guarantees the end of the world but if Paul Bryan II says so, than it is so.

Tucson’s best resale shops

Tucson’s best resale shops

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO

Knowing the lowest prices in town can be a difficult task when you want to keep up with the latest trends.

Resale shops make it easy. Some do it wrong, but here are my top five choices for stores that do it right.

 

 Bookmans

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What’s a list like this without everyone’s favorite local pre-owned bookstore?

You can’t even call it just a bookstore because of the diverse items offered at each of the three locations. It has games for consoles as old as the Sega Dreamcast and new ones like the PS4.

If you don’t like playing games on consoles or computers, the stores also have a wide variety of board games such as Monopoly or Ticket to Ride.

Still, its wide selection of books really draws in people. If you’re a bookworm like me, Bookmans is a guilty pleasure.

Its collection is so vast, you really could read a book a day and still not have time to finish everything in stock within your lifetime.

It’s even a great place to study. I once spent about two hours at the store during high school, researching the cosmos for a paper I had to write.

Aside from the commodities you can purchase, staffers offers a warm welcoming hello when you walk through the doors and are always eager to help.

Details: There are three Bookmans locations in Tucson. Each store is open daily, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information, visit bookmans.com.

Speedway store: 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. Phone: 748-9555.

Grant store: 1930 E. Grant Road. Phone: 325-5767.

Ina store: 3733 W. Ina Road. Phone: 579-0303.

 

Zia Records

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If you’re a big music fan like I am, Zia Records is a perfect place to go.

You can purchase records, but that isn’t the only thing that keeps Zia afloat.

The store also sells and trades posters from your favorite movies or TV shows, set at low prices. It also sells pre-owned games for that PS2 you have sitting in the garage. You might even find little action figures to go with your collection.

I didn’t know about Zia Records until about a month ago, surprisingly enough, but now I can’t stop going. I also can’t stop talking to people about the cool little toys and trinkets I buy there.

The first time I went to Zia Records, I spent about $40 because there was so much stuff I had to have. Even the workers geeked out about what I knew. It was really an eye-opening experience.

The staff will welcome you to the Zia community. They, and the low prices, will make you want to go back whenever you have time to spare.

 Details: There are two Zia Records outlets in Tucson. For more information, visit ziarecords.com.

Speedway store: 3370 E. Speedway Blvd. Phone: 887-6898. Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-midnight.

Oracle store: 3655 N. Oracle Road. Phone: 327-3340. Hours: Sunday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

 

Goodwill

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The former church congregation has been around since 1902. It has grown into an enormous hand-me-down chain that focuses on giving back by setting low prices.

Stores have a vast selection of clothes, a plethora of books and a large volume of household appliances.

Although not based out of Arizona, it’s still one of the best places to go to if you’re looking for cheap clothes that look better than half decent. You can donate clothes you don’t need to Goodwill and then go shop for items that will fit.

Occasionally, you’ll find employees who don’t bother to help but overall it’s a great place to shop for yourself or your family. You can’t beat affordability on hand-me-down items you’ll be proud to wear.

 Details: You can find multiple Goodwill locations throughout Tucson. Check out goodwillsouthernaz.org for the closest one, with hours listed.

 

Play it Again Sports

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Growing up, I went to Play it Again Sports a lot because I needed affordable shoulder pads and shoes whenever I played football. Available stock never let me down and prices were usually reasonable.

The store has a wide selection of equipment for sports, home workout stations and punching bags.

The employees are nice and willing to help. They always approach to make sure you have everything you are looking for, and are well informed. They’ll even talk with you about last night’s game.

I’m no expert on baseball but prices seemed a bit steep for some items, such as $40 for a baseball glove. If you don’t like the prices, however, staffers will suggest places to find it cheaper if possible.

 Details: There are three Play it Again Sports locations in Tucson. All stores are open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit playitagainsportstucson.com.

Speedway store: 4750 E. Speedway Blvd. Phone: 795-0363.

Broadway store: 7707 E. Broadway Blvd. Phone: 296-6888.

Oracle store: 7963 N. Oracle Road. Phone: 293-2010.

 

Amazing Discoveries

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Yes, there’s another store that mimics the style and atmosphere of Amazing Discoveries but I chose this option for one specific reason: price.

Amazing Discoveries is one of the more inexpensive ways to fuel your trading card addiction: Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering and any other card game you can imagine.

On the back wall, boxes upon boxes of cards range from 10 to 20 cents a card. With a game such as Yu-Gi-Oh that has a minimum of 40 cards, it’s awesome to think you can build a deck for four or five well-placed dollars.

The store also carries board games, role-playing games and dice games.

One unique characteristic sets the store apart from the others on the list. Groups of people use Amazing Discoveries as a hang spot for meeting up with friends.

The store offers a safe haven for game geeks of all kinds to find people who share similar interests.

 Details: Amazing Discoveries has one Tucson location, at 2410 E. Broadway Blvd. Phone: 320-0338. Hours: Monday noon-8 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday noon-10 p.m., Friday noon-11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday10 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, visit amazingmtg.com.

'DRACULA' - Vampire re-awakens in student production at Black Box Theatre

‘DRACULA’ – Vampire re-awakens in student production at Black Box Theatre

Daniel Hagberg (Van Helsing), Chris Dobson (Dracula), Michaela Ivey (Lucy Seward). Photo by Carol Carder

By ROBYN ZELICKSON

 Some 630,000 people visit Bran Castle in Romania each year. The inspiration for Dracula’s castle can be rented for a wedding, a soiree or a corporate event.

 One lucky couple, winners of a promotion by Airbnb, slept in the castle this Halloween. After a meal of chicken paprikash, they were treated to a night of slumber in red velvet-trimmed coffins, as in Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula.”

If that prospect seems too spooky but you still want to enjoy the vampire legend, you can attend Pima Community College Theatre Arts’ presentation of “Dracula.”

Performances at the PCC Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre on West Campus will run Nov. 10-20. Thursday to Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $18, with discounts available

American Sign Language interpreters will be available Nov. 17.

Director Nancy Davis Booth has assembled a small cast of experienced student actors to bring to life Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston’s adaptations of Stoker’s novel.

Stoker was inspired by the tales of the cruel prince Vlad the Impaler, who ruled Wallachia, Romania, in the 15th century.

Stoker attempted to create a play from the novel in 1897, but was unsuccessful. In the 1920s, Deane searched for a playwright to adapt the novel and ultimately decided to write it himself. Balderston revised Deane’s adaptation in 1927 for the American production of “Dracula.”

Deane played the role of Van Helsing when the play opened in Derby, United Kingdom, in 1924. He had intended to play the role of Dracula but Raymond Huntley was cast to portray the Count.

When Balderston’s adaptation debuted on Broadway in 1927, the role fell to an unknown Hungarian actor named Béla Lugosi.

Booth said her actors share a dedication to the process and to each other.

“These actors support each other beautifully,” she said. “Some of them work full time or take three buses to get here. But the relationships between them give them the love and trust that they share. They’re like a family.”

Booth has directed four plays (“Inherit the Wind,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “The Laramie Project” and “A Piece of My Heart”) and three musicals (“Curtains,” “All Shook Up” and “Fiddler on the Roof”) for PCC.

She was presented the “Outstanding Educational Award” by West Campus Student Life for her work on both “The Laramie Project” and “A Piece of My Heart.”

For the last several seasons, she has worked in other arenas and was unavailable to direct PCC productions. Booth calls “Dracula” the perfect vehicle for her return.

The production is being performed in the Black Box Theatre, which seats the audience on opposite sides of the stage. Todd Poelstra has designed a Gothic and Art Nouveau set, the centerpiece of which is a Fibonacci spiral pattern on the floor.

Special effects include video, fog and surround-sound provided by eight speakers. A steampunk look gives the story a dark edge, transforms the space and brings the audience along on a journey with the characters.

“With all of these innovative special effects, we are exploring new ways to control fundamental energy,” Poelstra said.

The special effects provide an interesting learning process for the actors and crew. The sound and lighting must all be perfected at rehearsals in the same way as the acting.

“The process is what it’s about,” Booth said. “If you have a good process, you’ll have a good product.”

For ticket information, call the box office at 206-6986 or email centerforthearts@pima.edu.


CAST LIST

Miss Wells, maid: Beverly Ihli

Jonathan Harker: Rafael Acuña

Dr. Seward: Emily Fuchs

Abraham Van Helsing: Daniel Hagberg

R.M. Renfield: Cole Potwardowski

Butterworth: Daniel Burton

Lucy Seward: Michaela Ivey

Count Dracula: Christopher Dobson

 

FYI

“Dracula”

Where: Black Box Theatre, West Campus Center for the Arts

When: Nov. 10-20

Tickets: $18, with discounts available

Box office: 206-6986

Pretty Tied Up: How do I set personal limitations?

Pretty Tied Up: How do I set personal limitations?

By S. PAUL BRYAN

Dear Mr. Bryan:

What are “limits” when talking about BDSM? I’m open to trying it with my ever-persistent girlfriend but I don’t know anything about it. She keeps telling me, “Don’t worry, we’ll both have limits that we will follow.”

–“Limited” Melissa

Dear Limited:

Your girlfriend is right, there are limits to BSM. In fact, “hard limits” and “soft limits” are terms used in this sexual sub-genre.

First and foremost, you need to decide what your hard limits and soft limits are. Limits are simply that — how far you’re willing to go before you reach your limit.

Hard limits are things you are never willing to do and never willing to compromise on.

They are usually based on an individual’s moral or religious beliefs. Some examples: nothing with life-threatening consequences, nothing with family members.

Sometimes hard limits are related to extreme personal preferences, like nothing with blood or fecal matter.

Once these limits are laid out, and it’s understood they’re respected by your partner(s), they typically aren’t talked about again.

That brings us to soft limits. These are existing limits that can, in the right situation, be negotiated.

Soft limits are things you’re not necessarily in to, but you may be open to once you try it.

Examples: I’ve never tried anal but I am willing to experiment, or choking seems scary but let’s start off lightly and see how it goes.

With more confidence, communication and experience, soft limits become sexual acts that one can be more open about exploring. However, they are off limits for now or until the needs of comfort and trust are met.

Soft limits might change, but it’s unlikely that hard limits will. No one should ever expect you to explore any “limits” unless you’re comfortable doing so.

So, Melissa, write out a list of your limits (both soft and hard) and get on with having a Pretty Tied Up kind of time. Most important of all, enjoy!

***

Dear Mr. Bryan:

My best friend says that when he can’t find a woman to be with, he uses autoerotic asphyxiation to get his sex kicks. I tried and failed, mostly out of fear of harming myself. I’ve heard that people die from this. I want to try it, but is there a safe way to do it? If so, how?

–Richard Hurtz

Dear Dick:

The simple answer is NO. You’re right to be fearful of autoerotic asphyxiation. It’s extremely dangerous and only suited for those willing to put their life at risk for a few moments of sexual pleasure.

For those who don’t know, autoerotic asphyxiation is asphyxia that results from intentionally limiting the oxygen supply to the brain while masturbating, in an attempt to heighten sexual pleasure. It involves strangling oneself, often by hanging.

My advice: Don’t do it. It’s not worth the risk.

Assuming you’re a college student and therefore not hip to taking advice, please do it with or around a trusted partner or friend.

Don’t use drugs or alcohol before or during the act, as this can make your sex act that much more dangerous. And, of course, don’t tie your belt or rope too tight.

Some deaths by asphyxiation occur simply because the victim made escape too difficult. Sad but true, although I can think of worse ways to go.

If none of my advice appeals to you, make like David Carradine and have a swingin’ good time.

 

Submit questions via email to aztecpress@pima.edu, as a private Facebook message via Facebook.com/Aztec Press or via Twitter @ aztecpressnews using #prettytiedupAP. Use a pseudonym.

SandScript again wins top national award

SandScript again wins top national award

By MICHEAL ROMERO

Pima Community College’s 2016 SandScript art and literature magazine won first place for the second consecutive year in a national literary magazine competition sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association.

The 2016 edition also won first place in the Southwestern division for the fifth straight year.

CCHA judges community college magazines on the strength of student work, ease of navigation, editing and aesthetics.

Four student contributors won individual awards in the Southwestern division:

  • Tom Cracovaner, first place, poetry, “Fat Sun and Little Sun.”
  • L. Burns, first place, artwork, “Cotton Harvest.”
  • Lillie Watson, second place, short story, “The Convent.”
  • Julio Castro,third place, creative nonfiction, “If Only I Knew.”

SandScript consists of short stories, poems and visual art. Students in the spring WRT 162 Literary Magazine Workshop class compile the publication.

Student submissions are accepted each winter and spring. Submissions for the 2017 edition are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 9 and March 3.

Visit SandScript’s Facebook page or email sandscript@pima.edu for submission forms and guidelines. Forms can also be downloaded from the SandScript tab at aztecpressonline.com.

Instructor Joshua Cochran believes winning major awards puts SandScript on par with literary magazines from other institutions with bigger staffs and more funding.

“It’s a reflection of what can be accomplished through taking art classes and writing classes at Pima,” he said. “I think it’s beyond an accomplishment and, I hate to say, but a great marketing tool for the quality of our program.”

The student staff combs through anonymous submissions while simultaneously composing the structure of the magazine’s layout and design.

Cochran said it’s rare to have unanimous decisions on submissions. In many cases, one staffer will love a work and another will have opposite feelings.

“I instruct students to compile arguments on why they do want a piece in the magazine or they don’t want a piece in the magazine,” he said. “There is always an opportunity to change people’s minds and make an impassioned plea on behalf of the work.”

Cochran said he is only the coach, trying to keep things organized. All work is in the hands of students.

“Their passion really determines how the magazine is going to turn out,” he said.

Sathya Lacey served as editor for the 2016 edition, after working as assistant editor for the previous issue.

“Joshua provided the structure and I was in charge of the flow,” Lacey said.

“When I sensed a conversation about a piece had run its course, I’d call for a vote,” he said. “There was the occasional executive decision, but mostly because there was no class to consult.”

Lacey took it upon himself and friends he affectionately called his “flying monkeys” to inform students about submissions.

“We did things like put up fliers around campus and we did a bunch of classroom visits during the fall semester,” he said.

During the spring, Lacey made fliers that fit in cafeteria napkin holders.

It’s important to get word out to Pima students, Lacey said, because SandScript provides a showcase for their talents.

Although the CCHA award is not an end-goal, Lacey said it was nice for contributors and staff alike to be recognized.

“That’s a big moment for an artist or writer to see it in print and say ‘this is something I can do,’” Lacey said. “There’s a sense of validation, a sense that other people are viewing your work and being moved by it.”

Horoscope: Nov. 10-23

Horoscope: Nov. 10-23

By DAVID PUJOL

 Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Friendship is important, Scorpio, but please stop being psychotic. Instead of worrying about your friends, listen to them and be thankful for the changing of the autumn leaves.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec 21)

Your looks are the least of your worries, Sagittarius. Instead of worrying about your sense of style, be thankful for that one time you were the line leader in second grade.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan 19)

Capricorn, the world is a dangerous place and always will be. Instead of worrying about your safety 24/7, be thankful for the fact that you are breathing and still alive.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Aquarius, instead of worrying about what other people think of your hair, clothes or beliefs, just be thankful for that time you called your pet by its name and it actually came to you.

Pisces (Feb.19-March 20)

Pisces, you worry too much about those you love. They will be OK. Instead of worrying, be thankful for that one time your parents let you play hooky when it snowed.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You need to take some “you” time, Aries. Take a class, do some yoga or find some other form of self-care. Relax and love yourself. Be thankful for people who get their desired results on a pregnancy test.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You may be very unsure of what you want in your love life or school or career, Taurus, but it’s OK. You’ll figure it out. Instead of being concerned with that, be thankful for that one perfect song to which you know all the lyrics.

 Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Life may be confusing and your future may just seem like a daydream, Gemini, but you are going places. Be thankful for the setting sun creating a masterpiece of a sunset in our Arizona sky.

 Cancer (June 21- July 22)

Cancer, you may be sad but that isn’t a new feeling. You are stronger than you know. Smile, laugh, create and be thankful for that someone who can make you laugh when things get tough.

Leo (July 23- Aug. 22)

The semester might be kicking your ass, Leo, but you can do this. Your GPA won’t matter in 30 years, so try not to give it more than 30 minutes of worry now. Instead, be thankful for the feeling you get when you’ve accomplished a lot.

Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22)

Virgo, success will happen. Just give it time. Instead of worrying about when you’ll make it, be thankful for the fact that modern medicine has cured so many awful diseases.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Now is not the time for an identity crisis or a full mental breakdown, Libra. Pull it together instead of worrying about your self-image. Be thankful for the answer pages in the back of some textbooks.

Take the Tour de Tucson

Take the Tour de Tucson

By D.R. WILLIAMS

Bicyclists throughout the state and from different parts of the world have been training all year and the time has finally come to put their bodies to the test in Tucson’s pre-Thanksgiving classic on Nov. 19.

Riders in the full 106-mile loop start and finish at Armory Park downtown but there are the options for 76-, 54-, 37- and 28-mile routes.

With more than 9,000 bicyclists riding in a given year, the streets are packed with colorful jerseys. Hotels and shops filled with customers who help account for a large part of the $88 million the DOT says out-of-state riders add to Arizona’s economy in a year.

Some of the more notable riders in the race’s history include Lance Armstrong in 1997 fresh off his cleanest victory (beating cancer) and Rep. Gabby Giffords’ ride last year after being shot in the head in 2011.

Many men and women of all ages are trying to set personal bests while others are out to prove that age is just a mindset.

Participants can register online until Nov. 15. They can also register Nov. 17-18 at the El Tour Expo in the Tucson Convention Center, but prices will be highest then at $180.

The recent record-breaking heat most likely will not play a factor. History suggests it will cool off and riders will have a tough time staying warm for the 7 a.m. start time.

Vehicle drivers must be prepared to take alternate routes to accommodate cyclists who have paid to have the roadway priority.

When the ride started in 1983, there were 198 riders trying to raise money for charity with their bikes. Last year, riders raised $16 million and donated to the community and non-profit organizations. This years primary beneficiary is the Easter Seals Blake Foundation.

Race day will have activities and booths set up for all ages by the finish line, sponsored by Tucson Medical Center and Casino Del Sol, as well as music and beer garden.

For registration and volunteer information, visit perimeterbicycling.com or call 745-2033.

Riders from the 2014 El Tour fill Old Spanish Trail with color while spectators cheer them on. Photo contributed by E.M. Williams

Riders from the 2014 El Tour fill Old Spanish Trail with color while spectators cheer them on. Photo contributed by E.M. Williams