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Student artwork on display

Student artwork on display


Pima Community College’s Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition will continue through May 5 in the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery at the West Campus Center for the Arts.

Students from all six campuses are represented in the exhibition, which displays 69 works of art.

Another 39 student pieces are on display at the Tucson International Airport Gallery through Sept. 12.

Selected students received almost $4,000 in scholarships, gift certificates and prizes during a reception and award ceremony held April 13.

Jo Anderson received the Best of Show award for her stab-binding book titled “I Am I.”

Numerous student artists attended the reception, including Juan Jose Delgado, whose “No Mans Land” work was named best painting.

He was accompanied by his daughter Troix, 6, who is featured in Delgado’s acrylic painting aptly named “Troix.”

“She’s my main source of inspiration,” Delgado said. “She’s the motivator.”

Troix is already interested in the arts, and loves music and dance. Because she’s a spirited child, her parents try to keep her busy.

“She’s very magical,” Delgado said. “She’s very creative, so what I’m trying to do is encourage her into the arts.”

The painting pictures Troix with wings. She had lots of input into the depiction, ensuring they were butterfly wings and not bird wings.

“She would go everywhere with her wings,” Delgado said.” She wants to be a cat as well, so she had a tail. When she was told that a cat doesn’t have wings, she said, ‘Well, mine does.’”

Three professional artists took on the difficult task of judging the submitted artwork: Kathleen Spain, a ceramic artist; David Adix, a mixed media visual artist; and Lisa Roden, a photographer who works as the assistant registrar at Etherton Gallery.

The judges selected 27 student winners, with 13 “best of” categories, nine “honors” selections and six community awards:

Best of Show: Jo Andersen – “I am I”

Best of 3D: Dana Waller – “Carpe Diem”

Best of 2D: Christine Dawdy – “The Women”

Best of Ceramics: Rick Spriggs – “Star Vase”

Best of Drawing: Jennifer Lynn – “Resignation”

Best of Fibers: Melissa Burns – “Waterfall”

Best of Mixed Media: Rick Spriggs – “Bowl with Holes”

Best of Metals: Ann Peterson – “Pangolin”

Best of Painting: Juan Jose Delgado – “No Mans Land”

Best of Digital Photography: John Terry Johnson – “Untitled 3”

Best of Traditional Photography: Davey Miller – “Dysphoria 3”

Best of Printmaking: Penny Batelli – “Beargrass”

Best of Sculpture: Elaine Isner – “Lil and the Orange Pepper”

Honors Ceramics: Kendra Philbrook – “Haystack Orange Flask”

Honors Drawing: Jasmine Membrila – “Accompanying Death”

Honors Fibers: Rua Bandaranayake – “Sheepish”

rs Sculpture:
Dana Waller – “Umbrella”

Honors Metals: Cathy Woodard – “Knife”

Honors Mixed Media: Peter Van Peenen – “Outside the Box”

Honors Painting: Mia Garcia – “Sunny Side-Up”

Honors Photography: Kate Dawes – “Wadsworth Dying 3”

Honors Printmaking: William Hollingshead – “The Thing in the Tree”

Desert Fire Charity Award: Steven Hasdu “Inspired”

Betty and Joe Harris Award: Larry Gotkin

Century Award: Adam Gilliland

Wabi Sabi Award No. 1: Peter Van Peenen

Wabi Sabi Award No. 2: Rua Bandaranayake

Claire Campbell Park Award: R. Bear Lippman



Troix Delgado, 6, stands by her likeness, captured in an acrylic painting by her father, Juan Jose Delgado. (Robyn Zelickson/Aztec Press)

Vegetarian meals can be creative

Vegetarian meals can be creative


My first time dining at Tasteful Kitchen was by chance. A group of friends and myself were planning to dine out, but we were tired of the usual chain restaurants.

Someone had the idea of eating vegetarian. Unsure at first, we decided to look up local restaurants.

Tasteful Kitchen popped up. The website said it offered a twist to the vegetarian menu while still maintaining awareness of people’s dietary needs. So we gave it a chance.

The restaurant, co-owned by sisters Sigret and Keanne Thompson, is located between University Boulevard and Fourth Street at 722 N. Stone Ave. The menu offers a wide variety of vegan and gluten-free options.

The Thompson sisters opened Tasteful Kitchen in early 2011 after noticing there weren’t many vegetarian restaurants in Tucson.

The restaurant is housed in a building from the 1930s. It was built with 13-inch solid adobe walls and is very rustic, giving it a cozy feeling. Once inside, you will find two small dining rooms.

The rooms are decorated with warm colors and paintings from local artists. The art is for sale, so the art displays change from time to time.

My first experience at the restaurant was fabulous. The environment was soothing and the lighting was just right. Service was spectacular and the food was delicious.

Keanne Thompson guided my party by letting us know what was what, and recommending some dishes.

I recommend the decadent carrot cake. It’s not too sweet and not too bland. It’s just right.

Starters and small plates range from $6 to $10, main courses are $18, desserts are $7 and drinks cost $3 to $4.

Tasteful Kitchen isn’t like your average restaurant. Dining there is like eating at home, and reminded me of a family gathering.

The Thompsons prefer quality over quantity. The dining experience may take a little longer than usual but that’s because everything is made fresh for the customer.

Sigret Thompson taught herself to cook by recreating food from London and Sydney, places she used to live. She is a chef at the restaurant, working alongside sous chef Laura Clawson. They both enjoy the freedom to offer classic vegetarian specials.

“We enjoy working with seasonal fruits and vegetables with a strong emphasis on organic and locally grown produce,” Sigret Thompson said. “We offer farm-to-table specials frequently and local ingredients are intermingled throughout our menu.”

The owners keep their ingredients as close to their natural state as possible with a minimal amount of processed foods. They also avoid hydrogenated fats, artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, sweeteners and GMOs.


The Tasteful Kitchen also offers educational events to sharpen kitchen skills. Classes and events are listed on the website.


The Tasteful Kitchen

Address: 722 N. Stone Ave.

Phone: 250-9600

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 5-9 p.m.


Tasteful Kitchen co-owners Keanne Thompson, left, and Sigret Thompson offer diners vegan and gluten-free dining options. The sisters opened their Stone Avenue restaurant in early 2011. (Erik Medina/Aztec Press)

BEST BETS: Bike buffs, tequila lovers, folk freaks unite


With spring’s 80-degree days, it couldn’t be a finer time in Tucson to celebrate what makes the city so quirky, cultural and fun.

Pima County Fair: April 20-30

Pima County’s annual fair takes place at the Pima County Fairgrounds,11300 S. Houghton Road. Activities include a stock auction, carnival rides and more than 40 food vendors.

Performers will include T-Pain and the Village People. For those who prefer more entertainment than T-Pain and the Village People (what’s wrong with you?), Tyzen Hypnotist Extraordinaire and For KING & COUNTRY will also perform.

Main gate hours are 1-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Carnival hours are 3-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

General admission tickets are $8. Tickets for ages 6-10 are $4, and ages 5 and under are admitted for free. Parking costs $5.


Bike Fest 2017: Through April 30

Tucson’s Living Street Alliance brings the city 14 days of bike-related events including group rides and something to do in every part of Tucson on two wheels.


Arizona International Film Festival: Through April 30

The charming Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., is at it again. It will host the Arizona International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 26th anniversary.

The festival will screen six feature-length films and 70 short films from 19 countries using a theme of Bridging Cultures. 2017 marks the highest number of films submitted to the selection committee.

 Single viewing tickets cost $6, and premiere screenings are $8. A Saver Pass, $25, allows attendance at any five screenings. An All Access Pass, $100, provides access to priority seating to all screenings and special events. Saver and All Access passes are available for purchase online.


Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival: April 22-23

Kief-Joshua Vineyards plays host to the 33rd Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival in Sonoita-Elgin. Twenty Arizona wineries will participate. Expect tastings, food, a two-day chili cook-off and live music. The festival runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. both days at 370 Elgin Road in Elgin.


Tucson International Mariachi Conference: April 26-29

Two concerts with ballet folkloric dancing will take place during the Mariachi Conference at AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road. Admission costs $10.

Registration to participate is open and costs $110-$160. The Tucson International Mariachi Conference is accepting volunteers.


Agave Heritage Festival: April 28-May 7

Native to Mexico, the fleshy spikes of the agave azul plant produce one of Tucson’s favorite hard liquors: tequila. Tucson’s Agave Heritage Festival will explore the agave plant and its uses in the Arizona-Mexico border area.

The festival will feature talks, tours, tastings and dinners at a variety of Tucson locations. Daily tours range from free to $25 admission.

May 6’s Agave Heritage Fest at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., runs from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $30-$35, for ages 21 and up.

The Carriage House, 125 S. Arizona Ave., will host an end-of-celebration brunch with agave-inspired mimosa flights. Brunch tickets are $55 plus gratuity.

Details:, events tab

Tucson Folk Festival: May 6-7

Known for its popularity and size, the Tucson Folk Festival is one of the largest free folk-music festivals in the United States. It takes place in historic sections of downtown Tucson and is based at El Presidio Park, 160 W. Alameda St.

Folk fans can enjoy more than 20 hours of live acoustic music with workshops, kid’s activities, food stations, beer gardens and more—all broadcast live from El Presidio Park downtown by Tucson’s community radio KXCI 91.3 FM.

Headliners include The Black Lillies on Saturday, May 6, at 9 p.m. at El Presidio Park. Local headliner Ryanhood will play Sunday, May 7, at 8 p.m.






 Aries (March 21-April 19)

Taking risks is your specialty. Go ahead and do what you’ve been wanting. Just don’t get too cocky with it. No one likes a showoff.

 Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you’re exactly it. Take that skill with you always, because not a lot of people have it. It’s a good look for you.

 Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You’re quick to say the first word and last, nice. Go ahead and continue being the life of the party, and don’t think too much. That’ll destroy your good time.

 Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Understandably, you don’t open up easily. We get it. Try. It might be your biggest challenge yet. But there could be some unexpected beauty behind those doors.

 Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Now. The time is now. Do what you want and never look back. The only thing in the way is you. Yes, curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back.

 Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22)

You know exactly what you’re doing and that in itself deserves applause. Don’t get lost in that fact. Let your hair down, literally or not. Sorry if you’re bald.

 Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Being the kind, gentle sweetheart you are, you constantly put others before you. Stop. Right. There. It is your turn to have the talking stick. Just make sure it’s worth the time.

 Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov.21)

You’ve got heart, kid. I’ll give you that among other things. The word “greatness” was named after you. Don’t let us down. We know what you’re capable of.

 Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec.21)

Take your curious energy and do what you please with it. There is an entire world out there waiting for you. Are you ready?

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)

Stop. You’re doing it again, constantly being the man (or woman) with a plan. As Taylor Swift once said, “The best people in life are free.”

 Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

What’s supposed to be negative about you is how unpredictable you can be. BS. That can be used to beautiful advantages. Yes, that is a challenge.

 Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You selfless person, you. Take a minute and look at the big picture. Don’t forget about yourself. You’re more important than you know.

Concerts spotlight musical ensembles

Concerts spotlight musical ensembles

Compiled by Robyn Zelickson

Pima Community College will present four spring concerts in the Center for the Arts on West Campus between April 25 and April 30. Tickets are $6 for each concert, with discounts available.

For more information, call 206-6986, visit or email

Jazz Ensemble spotlights student solos

The Jazz Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Mike Kuhn. Many students will be spotlighted in solo improvisational roles.

The program of big-band pieces in different styles will include jazz standards such as “Car Cherokee,” “Take The ‘A’ Train,” “Limehouse Blues,” “Sack Of Woe,” “Back Alley Shuffle” and “Harlem Nocturne.”

Vocalist Philip Harvey will sing Bobby Darin’s “Mack The Knife,” Dion and the Belmont’s “The Wanderer” and the bossa nova standard “Besame Mucho” arranged by PCC trombonist Roger Wallace.

Wind Ensemble selections tell story

The Wind Ensemble’s concert on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. will feature pieces that tell a story.

Directed by Mark Nelson, the Ensemble will open with “Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna” by Franz von Suppé. Jim Curnow’s “Canticle of the Creatures” will follow.

Ivan Duran will be the clarinet soloist for “Fantasia and Rondo” by Carl Maria von Weber. Selections from “The Sound of Music” by Rogers and Hammerstein will transport listeners to Austria. The program will conclude with John Philip Sousa’s march “Fairest of the Fair.”

Audience members will also hear the woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles.

Orchestra dedicates concert to Beethoven

The PCC Orchestra concert on Saturday, April 29, at 3 p.m. will feature the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and other classic composers.

Director Alexander Tentser will highlight Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica.” The epic symphony changed the progress of music history.

Another program highlight will be “Egmont Overture,” written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1788. Based on a Shakespearean tragedy, it represents the Dutch warrior Count Egmont’s battle against Spanish despot Duke of Alba. The overture was subsequently used in many works, including the 1965 Academy Award-nominated short film “Overture” by János Vadász.

Claude Debussy’s “Suite Bergamasque” is also included in the program. It was originally composed for piano, but has been arranged for orchestra and many other instruments.

Chorale, College Singers perform April 30

Jonathan Ng will direct the PCC Chorale and College Singers in a program of mixed-voice chorale on Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m.

Selections include Elliot Schenck’s arrangement of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Parting Blessing” by Jerome Williams.

The Chorale will continue with three canons by Henry Purcell: “Fie, Nay, Prithee, John,” “Under This Stone” and “Once, Twice, Thrice.” They will conclude with “Choral Selections from Dido & Aeneas” by Henry Purcell.

The select mixed-voice a cappella College Singers will open with composer Elizabeth Poston’s “Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree,” and continue with three English madrigals: “Fryer, Fryer!” by Thomas Morley, “Weep, O Mine Eyes” by John Bennet and “Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting All Alone” by John Farmer.

The Singers will end their portion of the program with two Tudor anthems: “If Ye Love Me” by Thomas Tallis and “Sing Joyfully” by William Bryd.

The evening will conclude with both the Chorale and the College Singers performing together, accompanied by pianist Susan Simpson, Ivan Duran on clarinet and percussionist Tony Martin.

Their performance will include “Duo Seraphim” by Jacob Handl, “Os Justi” by Anton Bruckner and excerpts from “Requiem” by John Rutter.


Compiled by Robyn Zelickson

Paperworks on display at Visual Gallery

Artwork from Paperworks: the Sonoran Collection for paper and book artists will be on display through Sept. 1 in the Student Art Visual Gallery on the second floor of the Pima Community College West Campus Santa Rita building.

The free gallery is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Paperworks president Bobby Wilson presented four $250 awards to PCC students during a reception on April 19.

The winners, who will return to Pima in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 for art-related studies, are: Huebbe “Mae” Huajilla, Jennifer Lynn, Maegan McCarthy and Thoai Thomas Tran.

Paperworks will also provide the award winners with a one-year membership and an opportunity to present their work at a future Paperworks meeting.

For more information about the gallery display, call 206-6942 or 206-6690.


Choral Society presents scholarships

The Arizona Choral Society has awarded four scholarships to PCC students.

Kristen Fabry and Savannah Willard both received $500 vocal performance scholarships.

Scholarships of $250 were given to Katrina Bley for vocal performance and to Kai Clark for theater.


Dance program plans spring ‘Fusion’ concerts

PCC dance students will perform in three “Dance Fusion” concerts May 5-6 at the West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theater.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets cost $8-$10, and $5 for students with ID.

The concerts, directed by Nolan Kubota, will showcase the Pima Dance Ensemble, jazz dance students and Arts 4 All mixed ability dancers.

Students enrolled in a choreography class taught by Mirela Rosa have created four new works, and Kubota has choreographed numbers inspired by the movie “La La Land.”

For additional details, call the box office at 206-6986 or visit


Young student pursues feminist themes in art

Young student pursues feminist themes in art


Art major. Bookworm. Feminist.

Pima Community College art student Mercedes Vega has learned that
she can stay in Tucson and still succeed in her chosen field of study.
Photos courtesy of Mercedes Vega

Those are just a few words to describe 18-year-old Pima Community College student Mercedes Vega.

Vega, a middle child of six, started drawing at a young age. Instead of playing outside, she could be found in her room, drawing and reading.

One early memory is from third grade.

“I would fold papers together into a book, and write stories and illustrate them,” she said. “At nighttime, I would read the stories to my siblings.”

During her junior year of high school, she decided to pursue art in college.

This led to daily doodles to improve her technique.

Eventually, Vega started posting her art on Snapchat.

“I didn’t think much about it until several people replied that they loved my drawings,” she said.

This led to her making an art Instagram. She didn’t know she had a style until more people started saying they loved it.

Vega believes social media is a great way for all types of artists to share their work and become better known.

Her Instagram drawings mostly depict women.

Any surface can be Vega’s canvas, as shown when she paints a female’s
bare back with a colorful flower theme. Her art mainly depicts women.

“I enjoy their features and with the variety of women out there, it makes my work a little different every time,” she said.

Vega’s goal is to take what she reads from books like “Bad Feminist” and “How to be a Woman” and use what she has learned about being a female. She wants to use her art to show people what women really are.

She has discovered she does not have to move to a bigger city to be a successful artist. Tucson classes are introducing her to local events, programs and opportunities.

One such opportunity was meeting Betzahira Leon, 17, at an art show Vega hosted in 2016. The two first came across each other’s paths on social media, and became instant friends.

“I just think that Mercy and I clicked on friendly terms, rather than artistic,” Leon said. “She’s actually inspired me to be more open about my art, like by sharing stuff on social media.”

Leon said Vega has taught her a handful of things relating to art.

“Ever since her showcase, I’ve really seen her grow and strengthen her skills,” Leon said. “I feel she’s been a great influence to her following, by exposing them to feminist topics in her artwork.”

Samples of Vega’s work shows her feminist views. One piece reads, “Oh
… that poor pathetic boy actually thinks his opinion matters to me?!”

Vega is collaborating with other female artists to plan for an art show in California.

She also dreams of writing and illustrating her own book. She envisions a book for outcasts, dedicated to the young girls who stay inside and read.

“I want to make a book that is age appropriate and full of colors and illustrations,” Vega said.

Her goal?

To “inspire and teach young girls that they are all badass.”

Café offers great coffee, good vibe

Café offers great coffee, good vibe


Customers socialize at the cozy and inviting downtown Cartel Coffee Lab, located at 201 E. Broadway Blvd.
Ashley Munoz / Aztec Press

College students and caffeine will always share a special bond. It’s there for our early morning classes, and helps us through finals week.

Cartel Coffee Lab is my first choice for amazing coffee, delicious pastries and excellent service. I’m always looking for a really good coffee shop, and Cartel has the perfect university vibe.

I discovered Cartel a few months ago when I visited its downtown location at 210 E. Broadway Blvd.

The café’s original Tucson location is at 2516 N. Campbell Ave. It also has restaurants in Tempe, Scottsdale, downtown Phoenix and at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport.

Owner Jason Silverschlag said he originally wasn’t sure about expanding to the Broadway site.

“We weren’t totally sold on it, but the longer we looked the more it made sense and the intriguing possibilities became apparent,” he said.

The spacious brick-walled downtown site provides a comfortable atmosphere that is well suited both for business meetings and for hanging out with friends. The smell of fresh-brewed coffee gets your attention the minute you walk in.

Cartel’s website says it carefully curates each product it sells, proclaiming: “It’s about principles, as much as passion.”

Visit even if you don’t drink java. It’s good to just sit, relax and watch people passing by. Plus, Cartel offers every student’s favorite bonus: free WiFi.

Coffee prices range from $2.50 to $4.50. I recommend trying the iced black and white mocha.

Another option is to purchase take-out Cartel bags filled with whole beans, so you can brew your own coffee at home.

An online store offers coffeethemed accessories and coffee beans originating from countries including Guatemala, Ethiopia, El Salvador and Rwanda.

If ale is more to your liking, Cartel offers two brews: a desert pale ale and a brown ale brewed with Cartel coffee. The desert brew resembles an American pale ale, and uses agave for a bit of sweetener.




Aries (March 21-April 19)

It’s your month! Make things go your way. Don’t rely too much on faith, it’s up to you to form your future. Keep yourself engaged and get as much done as possible. Persistence is key.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You keep telling yourself it’s time for change, yet the only thing changing for you is the balance on your bank account and not in a good way. It’s OK, we’ve all been there.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You’re at a point where you have a lot of free time on your hands. Reality check, that’s you procrastinating on your responsibilities.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

So you realized 2017 isn’t your year. That’s OK, there’s always 2018. Or 2019. Maybe even 2020.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You can’t decide whether to have a social life or to keep up with your schooling. Learn to balance both. It may be tough but you can do it. For example, study sessions and Starbucks.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

All work and no play is not good for the soul. You’ve been a busy bee lately. Just know it’s OK to relax every now and then. It won’t be the end of the world.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

If tomorrow isn’t the due date, then today isn’t the do-date.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

At this point in the semester you must admit that 2007 Britney Spears is making a lot of sense. Shaving your head is the least of your concerns.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You’re in your prime. There is nothing you can’t do, what can go wrong? Take advantage of this time. Do the impossible because you don’t know how long it will last.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You might be thinking “Bill Gates dropped out of college, why can’t I?” Remember, he dropped out of Harvard. Stay in school.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You’re slacking off, going with the flow and seeing how things end up. Don’t get too comfortable. If you start now and have determination, you can get back on track and accomplish your goals.

Pisces (Feb.19-March 20)

Enjoy the little things, such as stargazing when you’re stressed. Don’t think so much about the things you can’t control. For example, pay no attention to the black hole that’s light years away.

Festivals, fairs and flings - oh my!

Festivals, fairs and flings – oh my!

Compiled by Elise Stahl

Spring Fling: April 7-9

The country’s largest student-run carnival, celebrating its 43rd year, takes place at the University of Arizona east mall from Cherry Street to Campbell Boulevard.

The event provides carnival rides and games, entertainment and over 20 food booths. The fair attracts 30,000-plus visitors annually and fundraises for more than 40 on-campus clubs and organizations.

The carnival runs from 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5, with children under 7 admitted free.

Pricing for attraction tickets and unlimited ride wristbands, along with discounts and promotion options, is available at



Arizona International Film Festival: April 19-30

The 26th installment of Arizona’s longest-running film festival features a diverse selection of independent films at venues throughout Tucson. This year’s theme is Bridging Cultures.

Single tickets are $8 for premiere screenings and $6 for all other screenings, with discounts for seniors, students and military. Passes are also available; see website for details.

The festival will feature “Passing the Torch,” a film by PCC digital arts faculty member Bret Primack. The film centers on 99-year-old jazz master Jimmy Heath.

“Passing the Torch” will air on April 21 at 6 p.m. at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St.



Pima County Fair: April 20-30

Pima County’s annual fair takes place at the Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road. Activities include a car show, stock auction, carnival rides and more than 40 food vendors.

Performers will include T-Pain, Tyzen Hypnotist Extraordinaire, Village People and for KING & COUNTRY.

Main gate hours are 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Carnival hours are 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

General admission tickets are $8. Tickets for youth ages 6-10 are $4, and children ages 5 and under are admitted for free. For discount and promotion options, visit Parking is $5.


Arts Briefs

Arts Briefs

Piano recital features American pop

Pima Community College music instructor Alexander Cardieri will perform in a piano recital on Sunday, April 9, at 3 p.m. in the West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

The program includes standards from the American Popular Music Repository, including compositions by Marvin Hamlisch. There will also be choices from “Les Misérables,” the Carpenters and John Denver.

In addition to teaching part time at PCC, Cardieri teaches full time at Sunnyside Unified School District. He performs at Tucson’s Verona Italian Restaurant on alternate weekends.

He attended the Manhattan School of Music, earning a bachelor’s of music in piano and a master’s of music in music theory. The Arizona Music Educators Association gave Cardieri the O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music award in 2003.

Recital tickets cost $8, with discounts available. For tickets and information, call 206-6986, visit or email

-By Robyn Zelickson


Bernal student exhibit opens April 10

Finalists for PCC’s Juried Student Art Exhibition have been selected. The annual exhibition gives student artists from all six campuses an opportunity to submit original artwork that will be showcased in a professional venue.

Selected works can be seen in the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery at West Campus’s Center for the Arts from April 10-May 5, and at PCC’s Tucson International Airport Gallery from April 1-Sept. 12.

An awards ceremony and reception will be held Thursday, April 13, from 2-4 p.m. at the Bernal Gallery. Nearly $4,000 in scholarships, gift certificates and prizes will be awarded to student artists. The ceremony and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Bernal Gallery at 206-6942 or visit

-By Elise Stahl


Nelson recital highlights tuba stylings

PCC instructor Mark Nelson will present his annual tuba recital on Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at the West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

PCC instructor Mark Nelson displays a plaque
and commendation letter from the International Tuba Euphonium Association executive board.
Photo courtesy of PCC Center for the Arts

The program will feature diverse pieces and spotlight different types of tubas, including the new Cool Winds BBb plastic tuba.

Nelson will perform musical numbers ranging from G.E. Holmes’ 1937 “Carnival of Venice Fantasy” to a three-movement suite from “Hexagon” by Arizona composer Anne McGinty. “Hexagon” premiered at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in 2016.

In addition to his duties as chair of performing arts and director of bands at PCC, Nelson plays with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra (principal tuba), Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Tucson Pops Orchestra.

Nelson received a plaque and commendation letter March 17 from the executive board of the International Tuba Euphonium Association in recognition of his work for the “ITEA Journal.”

Recital tickets cost $8, with discounts available. For tickets and information, call 206-6986, visit or email

-By Robyn Zelickson

Rituals of Mine performing April 1 at 191 Toole

Rituals of Mine performing April 1 at 191 Toole


An electronic duo, Rituals of Mine, will perform on April 1 at 191 Toole, located in downtown Tucson at 191 Toole Ave.

Band members Terra Lopez and Dani Fernandez are originally from Sacramento, California. Each performer started as a solo act, but the two have performed together for a decade.

Rituals of Mine represents the symbolic rebirth of their original band, Sister Crayon. During the time the band was known as Sister Crayon, Lopez lost two important people in her life and couldn’t continue with the same name.

“The new name better represents the group that is now, which is Dani and I,” Lopez said.

Fans of Sister Crayon transitioned with them into this new chapter of their lives. “Our fans have been very supportive,” Lopez said.

She is especially joyful for the new fans that Ritual of Mine is gaining.

The duo has signed with the record label Warner Bros.

“We never had a major label on our radar,” Lopez said. “We were surprised more than anything.”

Lopez said the label is very supportive and has had an incredible team working with them from the start.

“They see our vision,” she said. “They are working with us to achieve our goals.”

The band’s newest album is named “Devoted.” Lopez said it was influenced by the breakup of a six-year relationship. She wanted to create music that could help her get through the day and show how she felt.

Lopez hopes the music resonates with fans, because it is genuine.

Rituals of Mine will be on tour throughout the spring and summer but also plans lots of writing to create new content.

“We’re really excited to be here in Arizona,” Lopez said. “We always have good shows there.”

General admission tickets cost $15. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

For additional information, visit

Rituals of Mine, with Dani Fernandez, left, and Terra Lopez will perform April 1 at 191 Toole in downtown Tucson. (Photo by Jiro Scheider.)

Diner makes itself welcome

Diner makes itself welcome


 Welcome Diner, the pale blue, 1960s structure at Broadway Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, quickly proved it would be more than just a pretty renovation for mid-century architecture fans.

After just five months of operation, the diner extended its hours to 2 a.m.

Its sister restaurant in Phoenix has been named Arizona’s best diner, and both locations have been lauded throughout the state and nationally for their dishes.

Unlike most diners, these offer vegetarian options. There’s one vegan dish if ordered without slaw.

My most memorable dish at both locations was the jackfruit sandwich, which is marinated in a local IPA. Each time I order it, my instinct is to pull a can-I-speak-to-the-manager and ask why they served me real pork.

Even if you do question the vegan purity of your meal, your server will probably be really nice about it because that’s the way they are at Welcome Diner.

Plates range from $8 to $28. The diner is definitely busiest on weekend evenings but will cater to large parties.

Welcome Diner’s Tucson site offers viable parking because it is located conveniently far from downtown and Fourth Avenue.

However, it’s close enough that downtown-dwellers can drive up Broadway Boulevard. Cyclists can ride and lock up out front.

It’s also located less than a mile from Congress Street, so is close enough for diners who want to bar-hop after their meal or for bar-hoppers who want a late-night snack.

That may not be necessary, however, as Welcome Diner offers a surprisingly long list of cocktails, beers on tap and wine selections.

Options include 15 types of wine, 12 classic cocktails, 11 house cocktails, a rotating beer menu and a decent selection of non-alcoholic beverages.

Although Phoenix-based, Welcome Diner has made itself welcome in Tucson by supporting local businesses such as Presta, which roasts the diner’s coffee, and Seven Cups Tea, which provides its tea.

The diner also works with Fiore Di Capra, Time Market, Pivot Produce, McClendons Select, Ramona Farms, Schreiners Sausage, Bake House, E & R Pork, Red Bird and Niman Ranch to create its Southern-inspired menu.

The diner is open every day from 9 a.m.-2 a.m. For more information, visit or call 622-5100.


Welcome Diner

Address: 902 E. Broadway Blvd.

Phone: 622-5100

Hours: 9 a.m.-2 a.m. daily


Photo: Katelyn Roberts

Retro lighting attracts flocks of people looking to fill their bellies with locally crafted food and drinks at the Welcome Diner every day of the week.

Get in touch with nature

Get in touch with nature


Tucson is one of many cities within the Sonoran Desert, a desert shared with Mexico. The Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, displays the ecosystem within 21 acres with 230 animal species and 1,200 plant species.

The museum’s goal, according to its website, “is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.”

ASDM is open March through September from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. In June and August, it closes a half-hour early Sunday-Friday and stays open on Saturdays until 10 p.m. to let patrons view creatures of the night.

The museum primarily offers outdoor exhibits with walking trails that sometimes include dirt paths. It takes about two hours to view the entire facility.

Temperatures rise quickly, so arrive early in the morning. Bring sunblock and water.

General admission is $20.50, with discounts available to seniors, military and residents of Arizona and Sonora. For an additional $3, you can touch and feed stingrays under a cool ramada.

For more information, call 883-2702 or visit

Docent Helen Vogel demonstrates how a stingray eats before visitors get the chance to pet and feed them in the stingray exhibit. Not native to Arizona, stingrays are found in the Gulf of California near Rocky Point.

Photo: Melina Casillas

TOP 10: Most influential international women

TOP 10: Most influential international women


March marks Women’s History Month. It’s incredibly difficult to compile a list of just 10 influential women, so I apologize in advance for leaving out many fantastic women.

     10. Ingrid Nilsen

Nilsen focuses her YouTube channel on beauty, fashion and DIY, but in 2015 she used her platform of more than three million subscribers to share her coming-out story. It has garnered more than 16 million views and gained attention from CNN, Time, People and Teen Vogue.

  1. Carli Lloyd  

The U.S national women’s soccer team star is most famous for her hat trick in the 2015 World Cup Final, where she led her team to victory after a 16-year drought. The role model openly shares stories of overcoming personal struggles with the game, and voices support for equal pay.

  1. Lady Gaga

The unique musician is known for over-the-top performances. When questioned about her spectacles, Gaga said she felt like a freak in high school. She therefore enjoys giving fans a view of the freak within her, so they have someone to connect with. Gaga has used her platform to raise awareness of military discrimination, LGBT rights and acceptance of others.

      7. Christiane Amanpour

The reporter for CNN and ABC news has covered international hotspots including Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda and the Balkans during her three-decade career. She was the only reporter to interview former Egyptian military and political leader Hosni Mubarak. Her honors include nine documentary Emmys and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

      6. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The second female justice on the Supreme Court has been a courtroom advocate for fair treatment of women and has worked as a director for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project. At age 83, she maintains her position on the Supreme Court and will prove to be pivotal factor.

  1. Angela Ahrendts

Apple’s senior vice president of retail is an important force in the business and tech world. While serving as CEO of Burberry, she was credited with helping save the sinking fashion brand. Her success at Burberry prompted her recruitment to Apple, where she is the first woman to hold a spot on CEO Tim Cook’s executive team.

  1. Angelina Jolie

In 2001, while in Cambodia for the filming of “Tomb Raider,” the actress witnessed the suffering of citizens in the war-torn country. The eye-opening experience prompted her to contact the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Her humanitarian work has since taken her to more than 20 countries. In 2013, she became the youngest recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

  1. Ellen DeGeneres

DeGeneres met backlash when she came out as gay in 1997. Since 2003, she has used her talk show to promote acceptance. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2016. At the ceremony, President Obama praised DeGeneres’ courage to come out in a time that was much less accepting. “What an incredible burden that was to bear — to risk your career like that — people don’t do that very often. And then, to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders.”

2. Angela Merkel

Unsurprisingly, Merkel has placed No. 1 on Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list for 10 consecutive years. She spent the first 35 years of her life confined in Eastern Germany. In 2005, she became the first female German chancellor. During her time in office, she has garnered praise for helping to maintain a healthy economy and strong foreign policy.

  1. Malala Yousafzai

The Pakistani activist for female education survived an assassination attempt and became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate at age 17. In 2009, under the name “Gul Makai,” she used a BBC blog to detail her life under Taliban rule and her desire to pursue an education. As her fame expanded, she used her platform to advocate the right to an education for all women.