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Art Review: ‘Cellular’ emerges from the shadows

Art Review: ‘Cellular’ emerges from the shadows



Three visions are on display in this two-person show at the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery at West Campus. The show features Mark Pomilio and Susan Beiner, both internationally known artists who teach at Arizona State University in Tempe.

This is curating like it oughta be.

Beiner’s glistening ceramic plant forms seem to germinate in their own clay and explode from every surface – attached to walls, the floor, pedestals – the stuff of earth, poison and water.

Pomilio bridges microcosm and macrocosm with deeply complex abstractions in charcoal and oil that bring to mind the rarified atmosphere and awe of quantum physics, made visible.

And then there’s the unseen hand of Bernal gallery director and curator David Andrés, who combined those two visions in a stunning show where interconnectedness within and between each artwork rules every aspect down to the smallest detail.

Take, for example, the shadows.

Complex overlapping shades of gray fan out beneath the artworks on the wall, perfectly echoing and extending the impact of each piece.

Beiner’s “Unintended Consequences” is a compact cacophony of flora jutting out towards the viewer and announcing itself in a shrill, stifled, pale porcelain voice. It casts one heavy, dark organic pool of shadow, framed by two delicate sister shades riffing on the first.

Pomilio’s “Early Catastrophe” speaks quietly in soft tones of varying charcoal grids disappearing into space, overlaid by emphatic black and white ribbons curving like DNA helixes. Those curves are echoed in a shaped wood mount gracefully lifting the corners from the wall. This in turn creates a multitude of curving geometric shadows, perfectly commenting on the drawing they reflect.

Asked if he had in mind how the shadows would fall when he hung the artwork, Andrés answered, “Yes, absolutely.”

This is a beautifully curated show. Every nuance – from lighting, to the brushed-silver lettering, to even the placement of empty space – serves to highlight visual relationships that bring out the subtle intelligence of each artwork. Strong pieces look even stronger, and weak ones benefit.

In the center room, Pomilio’s supremely confident “C.B.05” rules its own wall, pushing into space like a fractal 3-D stained-glass window. Its rectangular shape repeats in Beiner’s large “Organic Dissolution Drawing,” and its layers of disappearing triangles speak to the lines and shapes vanishing into infinite depths across the way in Pomilio’s “Mulely Point II.” The elegant lines of “Mulely Point II” find a perfect counterpoint in the line-shadows spraying out from Beiner’s “Germinating Domes 1 & 2.”

Pomilio’s artworks are given enough space for a viewer to stand against the wall and see how even the backs carry through the architectural planes and handcrafted detail. Every piece in the show has room to breathe.

When viewed all together, Pomilio’s work can be seen as the cellular-level view of Beiner’s porcelain creations. Or they can appear to be differing expressions of creation itself.

“Cellular” rewards contemplation – the more time you spend with this show, the more treasures it yields. Stay and look, just look. The shadows are just the beginning.

The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery is also showing work by Mark Pomilio and Susan Beiner at the Tucson International Airport from Oct. 28 to Feb. 3, 2016.


“Cellular,” Mark Pomilio and Susan Beiner

When: Oct. 26-Dec. 11

Where: Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, West Campus

Gallery hours:

Mon. – Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Box Office: 206-6942






Aries (March 21-April 19)

This month is time for you to be patient.  Waters are calm and you need to allow yourself some time to relax and let things be. It’s all up to you on how this month treats you.  So put out kindness and strength this month and you will see a payback.

Taurus  (April 20-May 20)

Taurus, you should be careful about how you spend your money this month. You should also be aware to not stray away from the path you’re meant to be on, and listen to your inner voice.  You have been ignoring it lately because you think you know best, but allow it to say what it’s been dying to tell you.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

You might not feel at the wheel of your own life. Take a deep breath and take back the wheel.  You’re so much stronger and brighter than people know. Use this month to re-imagine and think of new ideas. You may not know how to accomplish what you think up, but give it time and you’ll make it happen.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

You’re a loving individual with a smile that can light up a room. So try not to be so shy and allow yourself to open up to new opportunities, experiences and people. Use this month to allow yourself to let go of any negative energy you may have been keeping in.  Kiss and make up, and you’ll feel ready for what the future has in store.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Allow yourself to find your direction and you’ll find more joyous moments in your personal and professional life. Don’t feel too overwhelmed by change, and don’t rush into something without thinking about how it’ll turn out. Take some alone time to allow yourself to figure out what you want this month.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Remember to maintain a social life, find some time to relax and be open to new opportunities. Favorable circumstances are just floating around in the air for you. Now is not the time to be a recluse.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Remember what you are here for and why you are doing what you are doing. Don’t allow yourself to stray from the path that you have set for yourself, because important news is awaiting you in the near future.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Don’t isolate yourself or feel down. You are brilliant and charming. Make connections with new people, and use that charm of yours to obtain a personal goal you wish to achieve this month.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec.21)

Remember, you’re responsible for your own life and your own choices. You hold your destiny in your own hands and you control your own success. So take a deep breath and decide carefully on the choices you make.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

First impressions aren’t everything. So, Capricorn, take some time before you write off new people. You must seek new opportunities, meet new people and seize the wonderful moments that are presented to you.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Don’t be ashamed of your uniqueness and what makes you who you are. I know you have a lot going on personally, so don’t give up yet. A new opportunity awaits you in the workplace, so hold on and be patient.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Don’t take everything to heart this week, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. You are loved by many, and your loved ones will help you if you ask for it. Keep calm because you are capable and you will do just fine.

Tucson Comic-Con craze

Tucson Comic-Con craze



While Tucson Comic-Con isn’t nearly as big as San Diego Comic-Con or New York Comic-Con, there’s no doubt that attendees take just as serious as they would anywhere else.

Held every November at the Tucson Convention Center, TCC is open to the public, allowing Tucsonans to unleash their inner nerd and buy some cool merchandise.

Many attendees choose to dress up as their favorite characters, or cosplay, and take photos with other people.

Each year, the attendance grows in both attendees and exhibitors from all over Arizona.

The atmosphere is always inviting and a great way to spend an otherwise uneventful weekend in the early November Tucson sun.

If you’ve never been to a Comi-Con, your next chance is  Phoenix Comic-Con Fan Fest this December in Glendale.

Aztec Press photos by Larry Gaurano

Judge Dredd sits above the convention floor, welcoming people into the convention.

Judge Dredd sits above the convention floor, welcoming people into the convention.

 Sakura Haruno lets the floor of the convention know that women can do cosplay just as well as the men.

Sakura Haruno lets the floor of the convention know that women can do cosplay just as well as the men.

Kiba the Cosplay Corgi made an appearance at Tucson Comic-Con this year, including a Link from the Legend of Zelda cosplay.

Kiba the Cosplay Corgi made an appearance at Tucson Comic-Con this year, including a Link from the Legend of Zelda cosplay.

Darth Vader and his daughter, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan admire the fellow cosplayers upstairs.

Darth Vader and his daughter, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan admire the fellow cosplayers upstairs.

Cosplayers walk the show floor, perusing booths for art prints and memorablia and merchandise.

Cosplayers walk the show floor, perusing booths for art prints and memorablia and merchandise.


Top 10: Delicious holiday beverages

Top 10: Delicious holiday beverages



With the winter months comes the obligatory holiday cocktail to make family get-togethers a little more bearable.  While most go for the eggnog during the holidays, I try to keep things from getting stale. With a mixture of sweet and delicious to dark and strong drinks I can make sure everyone can find something they like. Here are a few of my favorite drinks to help get through the holidays at home, and most of them can be ordered at a bar as well.


Candy Cane Martini

A shaken martini that tastes like you’re drinking a candy cane, and you can throw in a long forgotten peppermint candy for that extra sweetness. This drink will warm you up while keeping you cool and fresh.

1 1/4 ounces vanilla vodka

1 1/4 ounces white crème de cacao

3/4 ounce peppermint schnapps

Garnish with peppermint candy.


Elf Martini

A fruity, bright green martini that looks as fun and interesting as it tastes. It’s tall and fun, like Will Ferrell’s character in “Elf.”

1 ounce melon liqueur

2 ounces citrus vodka

1 ounce white cranberry juice

Garnish with cherries.

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Horchata and Rum

This mixed drink is perfect for the holidays in Tucson. Garnished with nutmeg, this drink is a great change from the usual eggnog and rum. This is a drink you can find during the winter at many Mexican restaurants in town.

1 cup Horchata

2 ounces dark spiced rum

3 ice cubes crushed


Berry Mojito

A holiday themed mojito that is fruity and berry at first, with the hint of mint and rum at the end. It is refreshing, but warm for the cold winter months.

For three servings:

One handful of marinated cranberries

3 lime wedges

3 orange wedges

3 fresh mint leaves

1 1/2 ounces rum

1 ounce orange bitters

1 ounce cranberry juice

1 ounce fresh orange juice

1 ounce mint Syrup

1 ounce club soda

Cracked ice


Cranberry Cocktail

This is a great cocktail right after Thanksgiving if you have some leftover cranberry sauce that would go to waste. Normally, when making this drink whole-berry cranberry sauce is preferred, but it can be just as great with jellied cranberry sauce.

1 orange wedge

1 sugar cube

2-3 ice cubes crushed

1/4 cup bourbon

2 tablespoons whole-berry cranberry sauce

1 cup club soda

Dash of bitters

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Cherry Vodka Cocktail

When it’s time to get rid of the juice from your jar of Maraschino cherries, this cocktail has the perfect use for it. Cherry and orange mix well to make this drink particularly sweet and delicious.

For three servings:

1 cup orange juice

1 cup vodka

1 cup orange liqueur

1 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup maraschino cherry juice

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Satsuma Cocktail

Satsuma oranges are in season during the fall and winter months, and there’s no better way to take advantage of them then with this sweet and flavorful drink. The sweetness from the Satsuma orange is followed with the dryness from the gin, making this a perfect pair.

1 Satsuma orange, peeled and sectioned

3 cubes of crushed ice

1/2 cup dry gin

1/2 cup fresh satsuma orange juice

1 tablespoon Grand Marnier

2-3strips Satsuma orange rind

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Hot Orange Coffee

For the coldest nights, when you can’t choose between a cup of hot coffee or a strong drink, this is a great option to keep warm. This can also become a summer drink by using iced coffee rather than hot.

1/2 cup hot coffee, strong

2 teaspoons sugar

1 ounce gold rum

1 ounce dark rum

1 small stick of cinnamon

1 strip of orange zest, plus finely grated zest, for garnish

1 can of sweetened whipped cream and grated Mexican chocolate, for garnish


Raspberry Beer Cocktail

When one can’t decide between beer or liquor, this drink gives a little of both. One of my personal holiday favorites, it’s easy to make in small and big batches for those holiday parties.

For six servings:

1/2 cup fresh raspberries

3 (12-oz.) bottles beer, chilled

1 cup container frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed

1/2 cup vodka


Prosecco Pomegranate 

A fixture in most Italian families, this drink is a sweet and bubbly combination of Prosecco white wine and pomegranate juice. Similar to a Mimosa, this drink has holiday flare using pomegranates to get a festive red color and taste.

8 sugar cubes

1 cup pomegranate liqueur

2 (750-milliliter) bottles Prosecco

Best Bets: Fun for the kids and the grown ups too

Best Bets: Fun for the kids and the grown ups too


Compiled by Jamie Verwys

As the weather suddenly moves from late summer to winter weather in the span of a day, it’s clear holiday season is right around the corner. Before you dig up all your winter clothes, which have laid dormant for months, take this opportunity to get in some exercise outdoors. Soak in some art, some nature and maybe even a few sexy dance moves and you’re ready for a cheery winter.

Fall Open Studio Tour

Nov. 14-15

Sample Tucson’s art offerings all around the city for the 28th Fall Open Studio Tour Nov. 14 to 15. Hosted by the Tucson Pima Fine Arts Council, the event opens the door to artist’s studios city wide.

The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a full list of participating artists and their locations is available on the Tucson Pima Fine Arts Council website.

The event is free to the public.


Meteor Mania with the Leonid 

Nov. 17

Experience a little 4th of July in November by watching some of nature’s fireworks, meteors. Leonids are unique types of meteors producing a slow, bright light and vibrant trails.

They will be in Tucson’s sights on Nov. 17 and the Kitt Peak Observatory, intersection of Arizona State Route 86 and Arizona State Route 386, is the best view in town. From 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., watch the meteor shower, learn about space and touch a real piece of asteroid.

Admission is $45 for adults, $25 for children and free to tribal members. Guests need to register before attending the event.


Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque 

Nov. 19

When pop culture does a sexy dance with the world famous Suicide Girls, you get the spectacle that is Blackheart Burlesque. The tattooed, alternative pinups will strut their stuff in this special themed show and do a striptease tribute to some icons of film and television, including “Star Wars” and “Orange is the New Black.”

Hailed as “Comicon meets burlesque nerd orgy,” by Vice Magazine, the tongue and cheek act is always highly anticipated.

The ladies will come to Tucson on Nov. 19 at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Tickets are $26 for general admission and premium tickets range from $41-$101, with meet and greets available.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the fun starts at 8 p.m. This show is for guests 18 and up.


El Tour de Tucson

Nov. 21

Don your most aerodynamic spandex, strap on your helmet, make sure your bike tires got plenty of air and join 9,000 other cyclists in Tucson’s largest bike event. El Tour de Tucson is the largest perimeter cycling event in the country, with rides ranging from 5 to 104 miles for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. The start and finish line is located on Sixth Avenue between Armory Park and the Children’s Museum, 200 S. 6th Ave. The event will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Riders can register and view a breakdown of fees online.


Family Festival in the Park

Nov. 21

Enjoy a day of fun, food and family at Reid Park, 1100 S. Randolph Way, on Nov. 21. Tucson Parks and Recreation Department’s Family Festival in the Park will give you and your little ones a plethora of fun offerings. There will be a carnival, activities, sports, crafts and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center will be open for free swimming from noon to 4 p.m. Food vendors will be at the festival all day, so there will be plenty of snacks available. The festival is free and includes free admission to the Reid Park Zoo.




Horoscope November 12-25

Horoscope November 12-25



Aries (March 21- April 19) 

If you were thrifty last week, you should have no problem treating a loved one to a night out. If you gave into temptation, don’t sweat it. The chance will present itself later in the week, after you get your finances in order.

Taurus (April 20- May 20) 

You’ve set the bar pretty high when it comes to lush living. Your expensive taste may have you feeling the burn in your pocket book. Listening to your friends for ideas on how to pass the time may prove to be rewarding, and cheaper.

Gemini (May 21- June 21) 

With last week’s self-doubt behind you, don’t be afraid to throw your weight around this week. If there’s anything you have been holding back from those closest to you, now is the time to let them have it. Your happiness comes first.

Cancer (June 22- July 22) 

Last week’s full moon either gave you the wisdom you needed to solve all your problems, or find new ones altogether. Don’t stress focusing on the tangible, for that never was your domain. Grasp for those often overlooked, unattainable goals, plural.  Why settle for achieving the impossible when you can perfect it?

Leo (July 23- Aug. 22) 

Releasing the reins during last week’s full moon gave you just the break you needed to recharge your spirit. Utilize this energy by actively leading your peers by promoting a sense of unity as a whole.

Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22)

Your knack for assessing situations may be muddled this week as you help a friend or loved one.  Don’t forget to take a moment for yourself to find your ground. A brief interlude from the fast pace of the week may be just what your mind needs to keep your wits.

Libra (Sept. 23- Oct. 22) 

You don’t have to be an expert at anything to be an expert in general.  Take these next few weeks to showcase your wisdom and talents. Don’t be a spectator watching a laborer build a wall. Be the mortar.

Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)

It’s about high time you made your presence felt. Assert yourself, aggress yourself, don’t let up until everybody within earshot of a supernova knows who you are and what you are capable of at half speed. When no one’s looking crank that biatch up to ramming speed. Don’t confuse creeping in the shadows with being dark and mysterious.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23- Dec. 21) 

You may find your aim slipping these next few weeks. Keep yourself sharp by staying busy physically and mentally. Read a book, learn a skill. Hell, read a book about learning a skill.

Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 19) 

Instead of nagging your peers with ways they can improve their life try to find a constructive way to give feedback. Who wants to take advice from somebody with a cruel tongue? It’s not so much what you say but how you say it. Try to use a little finesse.

Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 18) 

You may be having second thoughts concerning a financial matter or a major decision. This is just you overthinking things. Simplify matters and you’ll find the answers that you seek.

Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20) 

You can’t go through life waiting for the day somebody gets drunk enough to like you for who you think they want you to be. Try being yourself, throw a few opinions out there and you just might find yourself with a ride home before last call, breakfast included, but only if you’re good.

Film festivals for every cinephile

Film festivals for every cinephile



October is one of those special months when the weather begins to cool and going to a movie seems preferable to a backyard cookout.

Luckily, Tucson is a hub for art and film, and this month two major film festivals took place.

The Loft, located at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., hosted its sixth annual Loft Film Fest from Oct. 21-25 and brought a wide range of feature-length films and shorts to the theater.

The Loft Film Fest is famous for bringing films popular at Sundance and Cannes film festivals, and collections of short films and small independent films one might not be able to catch on the big screen anywhere else.

Ranging from family-friendly classics like “Back To The Future,” to adult dramas such as “Forbidden Room,” there was something for every film fanatic.

Some special events at the Loft this year were outdoor film screenings of movies, such as “The Three Amigos” and “Animal House”, both of which had big turnouts.

“The outdoor movies are a great idea,” said Nicholas Garcia, a local movie fanatic. “I really miss the old drive-in, so this is a lot of fun.”

In addition to the wide array of films, the Loft Film Fest had special guests, like some of the films’ actors and directors. Many premieres were accompanied by Q&As and offered a chance to meet those involved in the films.

The Loft also ran a series of horror film classics during October for fans of late night terror, as well as the monthly screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

For those who find it hard to satisfy their hunger for horror films on Halloween, Tucson is home to a terrifying horror movie festival.

From Oct. 22-24, The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress, hosted their fifth annual Tucson Terrorfest.

Located in the middle of downtown, Tucson Terrorfest is the Southwest’s only horror festival that brought local and national horror to the screen, but many foreign films as well.

Terrorfest is a must for people to see a wide array of horror films every night.

It’s not simply another trip to the movies, Terrorfest hosted Q&A sessions with filmmakers and actors from the films premiered. In addition, the festival gave awards for various categories, such as Best Horror Feature and Best Horror Short.

Horror movie devotees love that Tucson Terrorfest features late screenings of many vintage horror films and banned films that would be impossible to see otherwise.

“We are really excited for ‘Killer Rack,’” said David Pike, local filmmaker and director for Terrorfest. “It’s not a B movie, it’s a Z movie, absolutely hilarious.”

Being careful not to simply dwell on the past, the Terrorfest also had a wide selection of films from newcomers to the horror genre, providing filmgoers with new and  up-and-coming artists to.

“He Came At Midnight,” a short horror film played before the full feature “Bite,” was written, directed, produced and starred in by local filmmaker Greg Rencken.

Rencken is a University of Arizona film major who spent a great deal of time working with the local film industry. “He Came At Midnight” is a tense, creepy short that keeps one on the edge of one’s seat wondering what is around the next corner.

“Horror has a big draw in Tucson,” said Rencken. “Terrorfest is great for new filmmakers looking for exposure.”

Aztec Press photos by Travis Brassch The Loft brings the best of the film industry to Tucson.

Aztec Press photos by Travis Brassch
The Loft brings the best of the film industry to Tucson.

Terrorfest brings a wide array of terrifying films to the big screen.

Terrorfest brings a wide array of terrifying films to the big screen.

Top 10: Jazz albums for beginners

Top 10: Jazz albums for beginners



Jazz. It’s as American as apple pie, baseball and war. With a long and complex history, from ragtime to big band swing and bebop to modern hard bob, knowing where to start might seem intimidating.  Here are ten albums that anyone interested in jazz will enjoy. Make sure to take your time and listen to these albums from beginning to end.

1. All-Time Greatest Hits- Louis Armstrong

Greatest hits albums should be exempt from this list. However, with a career that spans more  than 60 years with 25 albums and more than 200 known recorded songs, pinpointing an album that embodies trumpeter Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong is next to impossible. Armstrong is a child of ragtime and a pivotal forefather in the transition from ragtime to jazz. The album is filled with some of Satchmo’s most know hits, such as “What a Wonderful World” and “La Vie en Rose.”

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2. The Popular Duke Ellington- Duke Ellington

The Duke of Jazz, Duke Ellington, is one of the best-known jazz big band and swing pianist bandleaders. His career spans more than 60 years with some of the most influential songs in the genre. “The Popular” is chock full of those songs, as the album is a hi-fi recording of his hits. The album has Ellington’s most known song,‘Take the A Train’ (referencing the quickest train that takes you to Harlem) alongside other hits like “Mood Indigo” and “Sophisticated Lady.”

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3. Bird and Diz- Charlie Parker Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie

No two musicians could be more important in the age of bebop then saxophonist Charlie ‘Yardbird’ Parker Jr. and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Take a listen to any record after the age of bebop, modern or old recordings, and you will hear Parker Jr. or Gillespie licks in their improvisation. The album features hits like “Relaxin’ With Lee” and “Passport” along with others, mainly composed by Parker Jr..

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4. Afro- Dizzy Gillespie

Being that jazz is primarily music from black American culture, it was natural for musicians to look into the roots of their own history and of the music they learned to love. This album didn’t have to look too far. Dizzy Gillespie intertwined the swing of big band, the structure of bebop and the rhythm and drums of Cuba to introduce the world to a new genre: Afro-Cuban jazz. The album features hits like “Manteca” and “Con Alma.” If you are not convinced, Google search “Dizzy Gillespie’s cheeks.”

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5. Page One- Joe Henderson

Entering the age of hard bop jazz, records went from having large ensembles to sextets, and improvisations were more important then the structure of the tune. This album features Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone and Kenny Dorham on trumpet. Both Henderson and Dorham have similar improv styles, yet they compliment each other very well in this thoughtful album. It features hits like “Blue Bossa” and “Out of the Night.”

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6. Song for my Father- Horace Silver

This is another album that ties in roots from the musician’s history. Pianist Horace Silver was inspired by the rhythms and drums of his father’s home county of Cape Verde and from the sounds he heard while touring in Brazil. The album has a prominently Latin beat and sound, with hits such as “Song for My Father” and “Que Pasa?”

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7. The Sidewinder- Lee Morgan

Lee Morgan was Blue Note Records go to man on trumpet. You can hear Morgan on many Blue Note recordings, but as a bandleader, he shines as his bandmates accommodate his sound. This album has a wide array of styles. One track will make you dance, the next will have you sit and listen and another will make you think of your loved ones. The album features hits like “Totem Pole” and “Hocus Pocus.”

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8. Kind of Blue- Miles Davis

Miles Davis has a style that is effortless. It sounds as if he has put theory aside and is only playing licks, yet it fits and sounds complex. The album has Davis on trumpet, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley on alto saxophone, John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Bill Evans on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums. The albums features hits like “Freddie Freeloader” and “Flamenco Sketches.”

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9. Moanin’- Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

Most bandleaders are horn players, but not Art Blakey. Blakey was a drummer and has been able to lead a band and also compose classic and influential records. The feel of this album is complex, as it focuses deeply on improvisations. However, the grooves of each track set up the style of the improv creating a unique sound for each track. The album features hits like “Moanin’” and “Blues March.”

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10. Blue Train- John Coltrane

When you think about the sound of jazz, John Coltrane comes to mind. Coltrane made jazz his religion, which resulted in him being one of the most influential and recognizable sounds in jazz. This album is considered to be sloppy in the transitions to musicians, yet that allows the album to have an easy and unique sound. The album features hits like “Blue Train” and “I’m Old Fashioned.”

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Dia de los Muertos, All Souls remember lost ones

Dia de los Muertos, All Souls remember lost ones



Faces painted black and white create a ghostly glow of loved ones lost. This is but one of the customs of the All Souls Procession and Dia de los Muertos.

There are several different ways people remember the deceased. Common festivities of Mexican origin in the United States and native to the Southwest, include parades for Dia de los Muertos. In Tucson, there’s the All Souls Procession, which is inspired by both All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos. All Souls Day is a Catholic holiday that was set aside so those of who have lost someone can remember them and also pray.

The All Souls Procession debuted in Tucson in 1990 and has been going strong ever since.

The All Souls Procession, happens on Nov. 8. The event has grown to host a plethora of artists all inspired to create and partake in the celebrations. It also includes another altar dedicated for children who have died, to honor their memory. Participants engage in many activities to help them enjoy and understand the event, including storytelling, theater, decorating sugar skulls, and making wings.

The procession is a free, weekend-long event hosted at Armory Park. The Procession of Little Angels and Altar Vigils taking place on Nov. 7 (3 to 7 p.m.).This is supposed to be done from the perspective of children.

The All Souls Procession last year hosted more than 150,000 participants. The event is a huge part of Tucson’s culture and is a pillar of the Hispanic culture. At Pima Community College, there is a DDLM altar and other festivities.

All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos have some similarities, but they also have a different way of remembering those no longer with us.

ASD focused more on the prayer and remembrance, while Dia de los Muertos is a grandiose celebration of the dead’s life. Ways of celebrating DDLM include graveside offerings, decorating altars of loved ones, and a parade.

Dia de los Muertos celebrates and remembers the dead just as All Souls Day does, but it also celebrates the dead as if they were alive, by having picnics at the graves of those they have lost. The family gathers and invite the dead for a meal.

Dia de los Muertos is often confused or associated with Halloween. Although the holidays have a few similarities, traditionally and culturally, they aren’t the same. It’s commonly enjoyed with food, flowers, music, and drinks, making it seem much livelier than the more macabre Halloween activities.

At PCC there are a few Dia de Los Muertos related activities going on. There is an altar being created by students and faculty at the West Campus. PCC student Jacqueline Schamahorn said, “I think it’s a great idea, it’s something that Pima students who want to pay their respects or remember their loved ones, and they can do so here on campus.”

Dia de los Muertos and the All Souls Procession are and will continue to be important parts of Tucson’s culture. Both events are historic, full of color and important to the many individuals who take place in the festivities.

David Pujol/Aztec Press Dia De Los Muertos altar in West Campus student service center at Pima Community College.

David Pujol/Aztec Press
Dia De Los Muertos altar in West Campus student service center at Pima Community College.

Best Bets: Halloween haunts the Old Pueblo

Best Bets: Halloween haunts the Old Pueblo


Compiled by Nick Meyers

It’s Halloween in the desert once again, and Tucson’s creepiest and crawliest emerge for some fun. Whether you want to take part in Southwest tradition, find ghosts or just get your drink on with some friends, find out what you’re doing this All Hallows’ Eve.

Nightmare on Congress

Oct. 29-31

Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., will be alive with the spirits of the dead this weekend. Friday will feature a series of musical performances starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door. Find out what spirits still live within the Hidden Room as Magic Kenny Bang Bang Macabre and Midnight Malange seek those in the great beyond. Tickets are $15 at the door at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Oct. 29 and 30. This event is 21+ at Hotel Congress.


Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th

Anniversary Sing-A-Long

Oct. 31

Grab some goodies, sing-a-long and do the Time Warp at The Loft, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd, on Saturday, Oct. 31. Whether you’re a veteran or a virgin, there is no experience quite like the shenanigans at the Rocky Horror Picture show. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for general admission. Goodie Bags are available for $3.


‘Many Bones, One Heart’

Nov. 2

Take a look behind the stage of the All Souls Procession with a screening of the documentary, ‘Many Bones, One Heart,’ at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Stick around afterwards for a chance to talk with the film’s creator and the organizers of the All Souls Procession. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $9.25.


Dia de los Luchas

Nov. 6

Looking for something a little different this All Souls Day? Check out a night of luchador wrestling at the Rialto, 318 E. Congress St., with a concert by Los Torta. All ages are invited and a portion of the proceeds go to Many Mouths, One Stomach. The show starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10-$12.


All Souls Procession Weekend

Nov. 7-8

The grand finale of fall festivities, the All Souls Procession has become a Tucson tradition. Grab your face paint and friends and take part in the two-mile walk from 6th Avenue and 7th Street to Avenida del Convento for the ceremonial burning of the urn. The Procession of Little Angles and Night of the Living Fest will take place on Sunday.


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Aries (March 21-April 19)

Halloween’s here and you’re the type of person that waits to the last minute for a costume. Nothing that cardboard and duct tape can’t fix!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

When it comes to costumes you should venture away from the conventional and go with the quirky. Buy a Netflix shirt and grab an ice chest you’ll be ready for a night of Netflix ‘n’ Chill.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

You may be feeling frisky and have a sexy costume picked out Gemini. Remember that just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should. Maybe put away the sexy potato outfit.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

So you think your Game of Thrones costume is pretty snazzy, going to go find a Khalessi of your own I presume. Well you know nothing Jon Snow.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Leo, I would be lion if I said that I would spend Halloween night with you. You’re the type to steal all the good candy I’ll be watching you like a hawk dressed as an Avenger.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This is it Virgo, the perfect chance to show everyone how awesome your months of planning for this most auspicious night! Too bad Halloween is just one night.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

The devil is in the details your Lucifer costume is demonically delicious. Pray that your soul doesn’t pay the price for such blasphemy!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Just dress as Dwayne Johnson from the Scorpion King or just a rock, either way you’re covered.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

While people are dressing as sexy witches you’ll be putting your invisibility cloak on and brandishing your poorly drawn lightning scar. Your costume is not very Accio!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

There’s a good chance that you’ve come up with an extremely specific costume that no one is going to get. Have fun explaining who you are all night especially to all the sexy potatoes.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

How many times are you going to use the same generic pirate costume? Nobody likes Jack Sparrow anymore and the fact that you bought it at party city makes us all sad.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

I would recommend a reverse mermaid costume. Human part on the bottom and fishy part up top, you’ll be the sexiest costume at all the parties.

AZTEC CALENDAR: Oct. 29-Nov. 11

AZTEC CALENDAR: Oct. 29-Nov. 11



Oct. 29: Dia De Los Muertos-Halloween party,West Campus Bookstore lobby, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details: 206-6742.

Nov. 3: “I Voted” event, West Campus, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wheel spinner and other free items for people wearing their “I voted” sticker. Details: 206-6742.

Nov. 3: Day of the Dead event, East Campus library courtyard, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Details: 206-7427.

Nov. 3: Viva Performing Arts-Dia de los Muertos Dance Celebration, West Campus Proscenium Theater, 7-9 p.m. Details: 206-6742.

Nov. 4: Redhouse Family performance, West Campus cafeteria, noon-1 p.m. Different tribes performing dances for Native American Heritage Month.

Details: 206-6742.

Nov.4: Fun Friday, Northwest Campus Student Life Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



Nov. 3

“Need For Speed” (PS4, XB1)

“The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure” (PS4, XB1, Wii U, PS3, 360, 3DS)

“Barbie and Her Sisters: Puppy Rescue” (Wii U, PS3, 360)

“Norn9:Var Commons” (Vita)

Nov. 6

“Call of Duty: Black Ops III” (PS4, XB1, PS3, 360)

“Yo-Kai Watch” (3DS)

Nov. 10

“Fallout 4” (PS4, XB1, PC)

“Rise of the Tomb Raider” (XB1, 360)

“Alekhine’s Gun” (PS4, XB1)

“Superbeat: Xonic” (Vita)

“Rodea: the Sky Solider” (Wii U, 3DS)


Nov. 2: Silver Snakes, The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave., 7 p.m. doors, $8.


Nov. 4: Fuzz, Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., 7 p.m. doors, $13-$15.


Nov. 4: Funk Volume, The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., 7 p.m. doors, $26-$28. Details:

Nov. 5: Kylesa, Club Congress, 7 p.m., $15-$16. Details:

Nov. 5: Ozomatli, The Rialto Theatre, 7 p.m. doors, $15-$28.


Nov. 7: We Sold Our Souls to Metal Tour, The Rock, 6 p.m. doors, $22.


Nov. 7: Rappers and Rockers, The Rialto Theatre, 6:30 p.m. doors, $5-$7. Details:

Nov. 8: King Diamond, The Rialto Theatre, 7 p.m. doors, $31-$49.


Nov. 10: Patty Griffin, The Rialto Theatre, 7 p.m. doors, $27-$40.


Nov. 10:  On My Own Tour, The Rock,  6:30 p.m. doors, $12.



Oct.30:Volleyball vs. Chandler-Gilbert Community College, West Campus, 7 p.m.

Oct. 31:Men’s basketball vs. Taylor Made Prep, West Campus, noon.

Nov. 7: Men’s basketball vs. HilcrestPrep, West Campus, 4 p.m.


Oct.31: Desert Boneyard 10K/5K Run/Walk, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Kolb Rd. and Irvington, 7:30-noon. Details:

Oct. 31: A Dreary, Bleak, Desolate Place: Tucson’s Abandoned Cemeteries, 201 N. Court Ave, 2-3:30 p.m. Details:

Oct.31: Fabulous Halloween,Tucson Children’s Museum, 200 S. 6th Ave., 10 a.m -2 p.m. $8. Details: 792-9985.


Theatrical Releases

Oct. 30


“Our Brand Is Crisis”

“Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse”

Nov. 6


“Miss You Already”

“The Peanuts Movie”

DVD/Blu-Ray Releases

Nov. 3

“Inside Out”


Nov. 10

“Mr. Holmes”


“Terminator Genisys”

Compiled by Aztec Press staffers

Live music: Alyssa Ramer

Movie openings: Alex Fruechtenicht

Pima home sports: Deanna Sherman

Tucson events: Jamie Verwys

Video game releases: Alex Fruechtenicht

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of interest to the Pima community at least

one week before publication date to:

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Top ten upcoming video games in 2016

Top ten upcoming video games in 2016


10. Scalebound

This Xbox One exclusive from Platinum Games has giant tamable dragons, sweet music and up to four player co-op. While the game hasn’t been given a release date or gameplay trailer, Platinum Games has a large pedigree ofamazing past titles.


9. Unravel

Revealed at the Electronic Arts E3 conference, Unravel charmed me with it’s developer’s passion for Yarny, the main character, and the story they want to share with gamers. If one look at Yarny doesn’t bring a smile to your face, you need some personal reflection


8. Attack On Titan After the hot mess that was Attack On Titan: Humanity in Chains on 3DS, Attack On Titan on PS4 looks to be the prime example of what a game based off the anime of the same name could look like. Koei Tecmo is handling the project and it’s set to come out Summer 2016.

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7. For Honor

Ubisoft’s catalog of games is massive and covers a wide range of genres. For Honor fills the space I never knew I wanted. After all, it’s a multiplayer sword play game with knights, samurai and everything in between. What else could you possibly want?

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6. Tom Clancy’s The Division

The Division has been on my radar since it’s announcement at Ubisoft’s E3 conference back in 2013. With a massive online world, the snow covered streets of New York, a secret organization and a crazy plague, The Division is going to keep me busy for awhile

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5. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst

Since the end of the first Mirror’s Edge back in 2008, I’d hoped I would see another game in the franchise. Even if Catalyst is a reboot, I’m still looking forward to what a next gen Mirror’s Edge will play like.

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4. Yooka-Laylee

While Yooka-Laylee might be the indie game on the list, it’s developers, Playtonic, are old Rare employees and want to make Yooka-Laylee like a next generation version of games like Banjo-Kazooie, which makes the child in me scream.

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3. The Legend of Zelda Wii U

If you own a Wii U, there’s a chance you want to play the next Legend of Zelda title. After being delayed earlier this year, Zelda fans like myself are on edge to see how this next installment in the franchise plays or if it just falls short.


2. The Last Guardian

Team Ico, the developers of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, have been keeping us on edge over the past six years with delays and rumors of cancellation. Thankfully, The Last Guardian is finally coming out next year and I couldn’t be happier.

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1. Persona 5

This was a tough choice, but after seeing the new gameplay trailer at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, Atlus is planning on robbing me for all I’m worth with the next installment. Dungeon crawling, social links, a talking, transforming cat; what else could you possibly want out of a JRPG

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Tucson’s best bars on a budget

Tucson’s best bars on a budget



Sky Bar operates as a café during the day and astronomy themed bar at night.

Sky Bar operates as a café during the day and astronomy themed bar at night.

Sky Bar

536 N. Fourth Ave., Tucson, AZ


A solar powered café by day and astronomy bar by night, Sky Bar offers the best of both worlds.    

The large open space is multifunctional.  Equipped with plenty of seating, tables and outlets, Sky Bar is the perfect place for studying or meeting a friend.   

Cass Schlichtholz, a bartender at Sky Bar, describes their atmosphere as friendly and welcoming.

Sliding garage-type doors open during the day, bringing in lots of natural light.

Its café serves breakfast calzones, sandwiches, juices, smoothies and even wheatgrass shots, which are all inexpensive.   

At night, images from the telescopes on the roof and patio are projected onto screens inside.  Recently, they added Game of Thrones and NFL Sundays to their viewing schedule.      

Their best deals are offered during happy hour, which is everyday from 4-7 p.m. They’re currently introducing a new cocktail menu.  Each week, the featured cocktail will be only $4, any time of any day.

Playground is divided into unique areas, offering something different for guests.

Playground is divided into unique areas, offering something different for guests.


278 E. Congress St., Tucson, AZ


Spend your next recess at Playground – a hip bar and lounge located on the historic corner of Congress and Fifth Avenue in downtown Tucson.

Modern décor and plenty of big screens give this venue a lively and youthful environment.

Leah Schwersinske, Playground’s event coordinator, says the venue attracts a large demographic, varying by event and time of day. Like the crowd, their music is also eclectic. “Anything from Top 40, house, old school hip-hop – it’s a big variety,” Schwersinske said.

Their happy hour, or “After School Specials,” is Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. and includes deals on select cocktails, wine, beer and appetizers.

Take a load off under one of their cabanas outside. Don’t forget to check out their 360-degree roof-top deck with views of Congress Street and the Catalina Mountains. It’s the only one like it in Tucson.

Known for its glass art and immense selection of quality and craft beers, Mr. Heads is the perfect place for perusing and boozing.

Known for its glass art and immense selection of quality and craft beers, Mr. Heads is the perfect place for perusing and boozing.

Mr. Heads

513 N. Fourth Ave., Tucson AZ


Mr. Heads art gallery and lounge is a cool, laid-back hangout, especially for creative minds. In addition to being a venue for local artists’ work, Mr. Heads is also the only bar in Tucson with a glass-blowing studio. For any piece sold, all proceeds go to the artist.

Micah Blatt, owner of Mr. Heads, said everyone is welcome there.

“It’s a good, mellow vibe,” Blatt said.

So if you’re looking to booze while you peruse art, check out Mr. Heads. It’s also the only place in town you can find a $2 20-ounce PBR.

Che’s Lounge is located on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Seventh Street.

Che’s Lounge is located on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Seventh Street.

Che’s Lounge

350 N. Fourth Ave., Tucson, AZ


Another classic Fourth Avenue hangout, Che’s Lounge is a local favorite.

Their jukebox – which has a wide collection of oldies, indie and even local music – is said to be the “best in town,” according to online reviews. A stimulating array of pictures, stickers and other art cover the walls.

Nicole Dybel, a bartender at Che’s, said they don’t have happy hour because their everyday deals are “already so good.” Order their seasonal cocktail, always made with fresh fruit.  Also be sure to check out their spacious outdoor back patio.

“It’s a bar for everyone,” said Dybel.

The Buffet

538 E. Ninth St., Tucson, AZ


Tucson’s oldest and diviest bar, The Buffet, is celebrating its 81st year of serving locals and visitors with cheap and strong drinks.

Maria Campas, bartender, said the people are what keep her there.

“It’s like a family here,” Campas said.

Their famous “happy minute” occurs at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.  At 6, they will match whatever you’re drinking, for free. At 11, they will match your drink for $1.

P.S. Bring your cash—they don’t accept cards.

Don’t feel like getting dressed up, or maybe even showering? No worries. The Buffet has its own distinct smell too and will serve you with no judgment.

They’re also the only place that opens at 6 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday, so if you’re working late, stop by The Buffet for casual after-shift drinks.

Halloween spooks throughout October

Halloween spooks throughout October


Compiled by Michael Romero


Great Tucson Beer Festival Oct. 17

The 29th Annual Great Tucson Beer Festival returns for another round from 6 to 10 p.m. at Kino North Soccer Stadium, 2817 E. Ajo Way. Those over 21 can choose one of two options to wet their palate: General admission, $45 before the festival, $50 the day of the festival and VIP $90 before the festival, $100 the day of the festival. General admission will include the cost of craft beer and food samples from the featured booths. The VIP admission includes the extra benefits of entrance to the wine garden, catered food and a souvenir mug. The festival will also offer a designated driver ticket price which will be available the night of the festival at $20. There will be a Designated Driver Pledge to insure no consumption of alcohol for those planning to drive to help patrons get home safely. Featured vendors among the 60+ attending include Stone Brewing, Odell Brewing and Mr. Beer by Coopers, as well as non-alcoholic vendors like Eegee’s and the good guys at Kalil. Tickets can be purchased online at or various Food City locations around South Tucson, or you can call 296-2400.

Women’s Day Out Oct. 24

The Women’s Day Out Expo is coming to Tucson to bring women together in celebration of womanhood through fashion, beauty and health. The event will take place at the Doubletree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A range of products from cosmetics, clothing and health supplements will be showcased to promote style and well-being. There will be door prizes at the free event, as well as samples from the exhibitors. For more information you can visit or call (602) 625-3000.

Nightfall Oct. 1-31

Recently nominated as a contender for the top Theme Park Halloween Event for USA TODAY’S 10 Best Reader’s Choice travels, Nightfall is celebrating its 25th year of terror at Old Tucson Studios. Ghosts and ghouls will haunt the grounds at 201 S Kinney Road from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Walk-through attractions for the brave include Psychomania, The Bunker and The Iron Door Haunted Mine. Another featured walk-through will be an exhibit celebrating the 25 years of Nightfall with displays and nostalgia from past years. Tickets will be $26 for ages 12 and up and $21 for ages 9-11. For tickets and more information on rules and promotions, you can visit or call 883-0100.

Marana Pumpkin Patch Oct. 3-31

For those looking for a nice family day out, the Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival has an assortment of activities for all ages. Located at 14901 N. Wentz Road in Marana, the farm grounds are open all week. Operating hours are 3 to 7 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Sunday. Activities include a 50-acre pumpkin patch with pumpkins priced at 50 cents a pound, jumping pillows, a petting zoo with chickens, pigs, lambs and miniature donkeys, and featured concessions: hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, nachos, pretzels. The price of admission is $10, Monday through Thursday, and $12, Friday through Sunday, for all ages. Children under 32 inches tall get in for free. For more information you can visit or call 305-5481.



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