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Two bands deliver unique mix of underground rock and metal

Two bands deliver unique mix of underground rock and metal

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By TRAVIS BRAASCH

While many tours feature lineups of musicians playing within the same genre, Napalm Death and the Melvins have decided to challenge each other’s fan bases by touring together around the world.

“We have all been friends for a long time,” Melvins’ drummer Dale Crover said. “We are fans of each other’s music and decided, why not tour together?”

Band members not only are fans of each other’s music but have collaborated on recordings in the past.

“After doing this for over 25 years, it’s very stimulating to play with bands that don’t play the same genre of music as you,” Napalm Death singer Barney Greenway said. “It’s a very privileged position to be in. We are lucky to be able to do it.”

The Melvins have been an underground heavy rock staple since forming in 1983 in Washington state, influencing many of the up-and-coming bands of the time like Nirvana.

While never reaching the same feverish popularity as other grunge bands in the ‘90s, the Melvins have maintained a healthy fan base throughout their life as a band.

“Things are better than ever for us right now” Crover said. “We seem to have an audience that stays about the same age. We keep getting new fans every year.”

The Melvins will release their newest recording, “Basses Loaded,” on June 3. It will feature a handful of different bass players playing on various songs throughout the album.

Among the bass players featured will be ex-Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic and Jeff Pinkus of the Butthole Surfers.

“We are very encouraging people to play with,” Crover said. “We let other musicians be themselves and add their own style to the music. We aren’t super control freaks or anything.”

Napalm Death formed in 1981 in Meiden, England. While none of the founding members remain in the group, the band has held a consistent lineup since 1989.

“Like most groups of people, we can have some heavy disagreements over different things,” Greenway said. “The difference is, we get over it quickly and work together to find a solution.”

Napalm Death is known as one of the most extreme bands in the world of heavy metal, playing a style referred to as grindcore that contains elements of crust punk and death metal.

Early releases typically contained songs lasting less than a minute and Napalm Death holds the Guinness Books of World Records designation for shortest recorded song, “You Suffer,” from their debut album “Scum.” It clocked in at just 1.36 seconds.

While some may just hear short blasts of noise coming from their speakers, Napalm Death members are socially conscious and often speak out against injustice and tragic world events.

“To be honest, people talk about being socially conscious or activists but it’s not like that for me,” Greenway said. “It’s a very simple thing. It’s about understanding what humanity actually is because I’m certain that some people have forgotten what that is or they never had it in the first place.”

Greenway found no shortage of inspiration in the world around him for the cutting lyrics on their 15th album, “Aphex Predator.”

The structural collapse of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh in April 2013 that claimed the lives of 1,130 people greatly disturbed Greenway. He addresses it frequently throughout the album.

“For this album, the catalyst has always been the collapse of the Rana Plaza,” he said. “For me, it compounded why we cannot accept in a civilized world that those who make the very things we consume in the West are somehow expendable. Their working and living conditions are absolutely horrendous.

“Exploitation of other human beings happens all around us,” Greenway added. “If people would come together and just talk, these things could be worked out. If we can get people to think about these things they normally would not think about, then that’s a great accomplishment for us.”

Napalm Death and the Melvins will be on tour together this year, spreading their unique styles of heavy metal around the world.

For more information, visit napalmdeathorg or themelvins.net.

Credit The Melvins for bringing weirdness back into underground rock.

Credit  The Melvins for bringing weirdness back into underground rock.

Photo by Mackie Osborne

Napalm Death makes a sociological statement through extreme music.

Napalm Death makes a sociological statement through extreme music.

Photo by Kevin Estrada

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Top 10: Poetic entries from William Stanford

Top 10: Poetic entries from William Stanford

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Top 10

By D.R. WILLIAMS

With the polarizing atmosphere in today’s society, it’s time we take a moment to appreciate the words of William Stanford, one of the great American poets of the 20th century.
Stanford spent four years in conscientious objectors’ camps in California, Arkansas and Illinois during World War II. Afterward, he grew intellectually but always kept his view that war was not the answer.
His poems and journal entries shine a light on the thought process of the individuals responsible for holding back mankind. These are some of my favorite passages from “Every War Has Two Losers.”

10. “Those who champion democracy, but also make a fetish of never accepting anything they don’t agree with – what advantage do they see in democracy?”
–Sept. 22, 1967

9. “Two cultures surround us. One assumes that short-term evasions for long-term goods will prevail: selling, promoting, elocution, patriotism, orthodoxy, forensics, officialism –these characterize that culture. The other relies on some kind of human immediacy and long-term rationale: professionalism, counseling, personal allegiances, quick perceptions, freedom – these characterize the second culture. Any artist lives by the second. Writers, teachers, friends obviously ally themselves with the second. Any authoritarian regime links to the first.”
–Aug. 6, 1975

8. “Some people are idealists: they keep leaning to make the world different. They should face up to the way things are, and accept them.”

“Well, my leg is broken – I guess I’ll just like that strange angle my leg has as it lies there.”
–May 1, 1979

7. “In that war we persuaded ourselves that the people we were killing were really bad.”
-Feb. 2, 1982

6. “Recently a new serenity has touched me, and a feeling of wisdom. No, this is not a proud feeling, a feeling of being in control, but an acceptance of not being in control.”
–March 5, 1991
5. “Many questions: is it better to be a big country, or a little country? Is it better to be safe by being strong, or by being friends?”
–Oct. 11, 1982

4. “The wars we haven’t had saved many lives.”
–March 31, 1985

3. “Fool that I am, I keep thinking things will work out, that we can coast along while injustice prevails, and somehow it will change.”
–April 11, 1986

2. “Living traditionally, the country life, we cultivate the ground. We know the seed will produce after its kind. Why then do we sow suspicion and hatred in some places? If we show goodwill, honesty, reliability, industry, thrift, cheer, will these tend to produce those qualities in others around us? And the contrary is true too? But do we have enemies? Whence came their feelings toward us? Can a serenity view and understand?”
–Oct. 11, 1978

1.“Success may not mean you did right.”
–July 30, 1987

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Horoscopes

Horoscopes

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By AUDRIE FORD

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You’re patient with those around you, but can be greedy. Remember the azalea during these upcoming weeks. The flower stands for a timeless message, “Take care of yourself for me.”

Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Imagine a peaceful cattail blowing in the wind by a stream whenever you start to fall off balance. This plant symbolizes peace and hope for prosperity.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)
You are loving, but cautious. It can be difficult for you to let go of things. A pink carnation indicates remembrance, fascination and divine love.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Though Leos are brave and faithful, they may be a bit bossy. Think of the pale peach rose, and dwell on its message of modesty and humility.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You are reliable, but can be a bit shy in front of others. As strange as it may seem, tuck a garlic flower into your breast pocket. Borrow some courage from this unusual plant.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Libras are idealistic peacemakers who can sometimes get their heads stuck in the clouds. The gladiolus, or sword lily, will remind you to stick to your principles while maintaining sincerity.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Your powerful personality and go-to drive could translate into stubbornness. Consider coreopsis blooms and their message of cheerfulness when you feel like it must be your way or the highway.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Your incredible optimism is a desirable trait, but don’t let it turn into irresponsible outbursts around friends. The cattleya orchid symbolizes mature charm.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Though practicality is a good trait, it can turn you into a pessimist. Think of the yellow rose when life starts to get you down. Let its message of friendship and joy lift your spirits.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Your honesty makes you interesting company, but you may find it difficult to connect. The iris, which stands for a loving message of meaningful friendship, will remind you to keep in touch with loved ones.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Your imagination can become your escape from reality. White heather symbolizes protection and the idea that wishes will come true. Remeber this when your selflessness puts you at risk of being hurt by others.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Hotheaded and adventurous, you are a red or pink hyacinth flower. This flower symbolizes playfulness, and reminds you to not overwork yourself as the semester winds down.

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Arts Briefs: Spring musical concerts on deck

Arts Briefs: Spring musical concerts on deck

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Compiled by Katta Mapes

Four spring concerts will be held at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts on the West Campus. All tickets are $6, with discounts available.
More info is available at the CFA box office, 206-6986, and centerforthearts@pima.edu. Box-office hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and one hour before performances.

Jazz Ensemble
April 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Mike Kuhn will direct the Pima Community College Jazz Ensemble in a program featuring big-band music from jazz eras.
Two pieces will be contributed by professional trombonist Roger Wallace: “Who’s Got the Blues,” and “Summertime.” Wallace has recorded or performed with a wide variety of musicians, including the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Wind Ensemble
April 28 at 7:30 p.m.

The Cienaga High School Concert Band, directed by Jim Matsushino, will join the PCC Wind Ensemble, directed by Mark Nelson, for this concert. Each group will perform several pieces before joining for the grand finale, “Symphonic Suite” from “Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace,” by John Williams.

Orchestra
April 30 at 3 p.m.

The PCC Orchestra, directed by Alexander Tentser, will perform various well-known works by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johann Strauss and Gioachino Rossini. The orchestra will also play an eclectic blend of pieces by American composer Leroy Anderson.

Chorale & College Singers
May 1 at 3 p.m.

Directed by Jonathan Ng, the PCC Chorale & College Singers will perform its final concert.  First the large, mixed-voice chorale will perform various classic and spiritual pieces, plus song highlights from the Broadway musical “Oliver.”
Then the College Singers, an a-capella choir, will present a similar mix of songs.
The groups will join for a performance of two final pieces, accompanied by pianist  Susan Simpson and percussionist Tony Martin.

CORRECTION

In the April 7 issue of Aztec Press, Taylor Falshaw was misidentified in two “Love’s Labour’s Lost” photo captions. The error has been corrected online.

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Tucson’s greatest spring festivals and activities

Tucson’s greatest spring festivals and activities

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Compiled by Andres Chavira

With the temperature at the nice spot between winter and 100 degree summers, spring brings great festivals to Tucson. Enjoy the nice weather, games, rides and tons of carnival food.

Spring Fling

April 8-10

The University of Arizona will host the 42nd annual Spring Fling at the UA Mall. With more than 40 rides and attractions, Spring Fling continues to be the nation’s largest student-run carnival. General admission is $5.

There will be free parking April 9-10 at the parking garages on Highland Avenue, Park Avenue Main Gate, Sixth Street and Tyndall Avenue. On Friday, parking costs $5.

    Details: springfling.arizona.edu

The sun sets over a Ferris wheel at Spring Fling. It is just one of 40 attractions available. (Photo courtesy of Spring Fling)

The sun sets over a Ferris wheel at Spring Fling. It is just one of 40 attractions available. (Photo courtesy of Spring Fling)

Chalk Art Festival

April 9-10

Professional and amateur artists, as well as children and art enthusiasts, will gather to create chalk art during the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance’s third annual festival at the Park Place Mall courtyard, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd.

The event is free to the public. Festivities will take place Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Details: saaca.org/Park_Place_Chalk_                                Art.php

Cyclovia Tucson

April 10

Cyclists, walkers, skaters, skateboarders and any other non-motorized transportation enthusiasts are invited to celebrate a day completely dedicated to them. During Cyclovia, certain roads are closed to car traffic from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. so riders and walkers can enjoy the “open streets.”

This year’s 2.5 mile route will begin in the Lost Barrio district on South Park Avenue at Miles Street, and end at Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Activity hubs along the way offer entertainment, music, interactive games, demonstrations and food vendors.

The free event is open to the public.

    Details: cycloviatucson.org

Cyclists enjoy roads closed to motorized traffic during Cyclovia, where riders converge on a 2.5 mile route dedicated to them. (Photo by Mamta Popat)

Cyclists enjoy roads closed to motorized traffic during Cyclovia, where riders converge on a 2.5 mile route dedicated to them. (Photo by Mamta Popat)

Earth Day Festival

April 10

The 22nd annual Earth Day Festival will be held at Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd., from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The free festival will include a parade, live music, food and hands-on activities for children, as well as environmental exhibitions.

The non-motorized parade will begin at 11 a.m. on the west side of Himmel Park and proceed along a short route on Tucson Boulevard and Third Street.

    Details: tucsonearthday.org

Arizona International

Film Festival

April 14 – May 1

The Arizona International Film Festival, the longest running and largest film festival in the state, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016

This year’s festival will show 30 features and 58 shorts from 25 countries.

Films will be shown at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. Admission costs vary.

Details: filmfestivalarizona.com

Pima County Fair

April 17-27

The Pima Country Fair returns for its 103rd visit to the Pima County Fairgrounds. The fair will include new musical entertainment as well as the usual rides that Tucsonans look forward to every year.

Musical acts will include Nelly, MC Magic, Post Malone and P.O.D. Concert admission is included in the price of fair entry tickets.

General admission will be $8 and parking will cost $5. Wristbands for unlimited rides will be available on Thursdays and weekends.

    Details: pimacountyfair.com

GABA Spring Bike Swap

April 17

The Greater Arizona Bicycling Association will host the second largest bike swap meet in the country and the largest in the southwest from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on Seventh Street between Fourth Avenue and Sixth Avenue.

The annual event attracts thousands of participants seeking to swap or sell bike parts and accessories.

Bicycles of every description are present and welcome. The event is free to the general public.

    Details: bikegaba.org

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Water bottles by the numbers

Water bottles by the numbers

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Compiled by Audrie Ford

167

The number

of disposable water bottles used by the average American

in a year.

38

The number of

those 167 bottles

that are recycled.

$1 billion

The dollar amount in plastic that’s wasted every year due to low recycling rates.

$1,400

The amount of money per year spent on getting the recommended eight glasses of water a day from water bottles.

300

The number of water bottles that can be replaced with one water pitcher filter.

240

The number of gallons that the average water pitcher can filter in a year.

1818

The number of water bottles it would take to obtain the same water in a year

as the pitcher

filter can make.

19

The number of cents it takes, daily, to use a water pitcher filter.

Source:

banthebottle.net/bottled-water-facts 

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PCC pianist promises classical to jazz

PCC pianist promises classical to jazz

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By ALYSSA RAMER

Pima Community College adjunct instructor and pianist Alex Cardieri will perform at the West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall on April 10 at 3 p.m.

Cardieri will perform genres including new age, classical, Latin American and jazz.

“All the selections on the program are my own arrangements. It’s the most natural way of making music,”said Cardieri.

Cardieri was inspired to become a pianist when he saw a Broadway show by Andrew Lloyd Webber as a child.

He was surrounded by musical art in New York during his childhood and began studying piano at age 8.

“When I was a child I used to watch Liberace on television on my rocking horse,” he said.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in piano from the Manhattan School of Music in 1976, and a master’s in music theory in 1979.

Cardieri moved to Tucson in 1984 and played piano at a restaurant called Anthony’s in the Catalinas for 20 years.

He has taught at PCC for 20 years, in locations including Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Northwest Campus, the former Nogales Campus and Community Campus. He moved to strictly online classes in 2013.

Cardieri also teaches at Rivera Elementary School, where he focuses on general music.

At the recital, Cardieri will focus on the kind of music he teaches in PCC’s Popular Music in America (MUS 160), a 16-week online class. Cardieri also teaches Exploring Music (MUS 151) online.

Tickets cost $8, with discounted rates available. For more information, call the Center for the Arts box office at 206-6986.

Pianist Alex Cardieri will preform April 10. Photo courtesy of PCC.

Pianist Alex Cardieri will preform April 10. Photo courtesy of PCC.


FYI

What: “Alex Cardieri and Friends”

Where: Recital Hall, CFA, West Campus

When: April 10 at 3 p.m.

Tickets: $8, with discounts available

Box office: 206-6986

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Art Briefs

Art Briefs

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Student artists honored

Five Pima Community College students have won top awards for their entries in the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition.

The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery in the West Campus Center for the Arts will display the exhibit from April 11 to May 6.  A reception and award ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 14, from 2-4 p.m.

Hector G. Barajas won Best of Show for his oil on panel titled “A Self Portrait: A Peach from Caravaggio.”

The exhibit allows emerging artists to share their work in a free, public and professional venue.

Jurors include international art curator and writer Joanne Stuhr, sculptor and installation artist Marvin Shaver and painter Ed Musante.

Bernal Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The gallery is also open before most evening performances at neighboring CFA theaters. For more information, call David Andres at 206-6942.

-By Katta Mapes

Tuba recital April 14

Mark Nelson, a tuba soloist with international acclaim, will perform in his annual faculty recital April 14 at 7 p.m. with a variety of songs, suites and sonatas.

Many pieces are original creations, and some are transcribed especially for tuba. One highlight will be a special 30th anniversary performance of a sonata written for Nelson in 1986 by Louis Calabro.

Matt Tropman, a University of Arizona professor of euphonium and tuba, and Marie Sierra, Nelson’s long-time accompanist, will perform with Nelson.

Nelson has played in venues around the world and currently sits on the board of directors for the International Tuba Euphonium Association. He has also released two CDs of his tuba solos.

The recital will be at Center for the Arts Recital Hall on West Campus. Tickets are $8 with discounts available. For more information, call the box office at 206-6986.

-By Katta Mapes

Downtown Radio benefit

Downtown Radio, Tucson’s nonprofit underground radio station, will host a fundraiser at the Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., on April 9 at 8 p.m.

“Psych-Out!” is a showcase of top neo-psychedelic bands such as Crystal Radio and Mute Swan.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase by attendees 21 and older.

Admission is $6. All proceeds benefit Downtown Radio. For more information, call Jason LeValley at 820-3482 or email LeValley@downtownradio.org.

-By Travis Braasch

Door art contest open

West Campus students are invited to submit artistic proposals for a door-sized panel outside the Creative Writing Center, located in Sentinel Peak JG-18.

The winning artist will receive $100 plus supplies.

Designs must be submitted on 8.5-by-11 paper by April 22 at 5 p.m. A cover sheet including name, contact information and student number must be attached separately.  For more information, contact Meg Files at 206-6084 or mfiles@pima.edu.

-By Melina Casilla

Correction

In the March 24 issue of the Aztec Press, the cast reunion for “Crazy for You” was misprinted as March 12. It actually occurred on Saturday, March 5.

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Horoscope

Horoscope

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By D.R. WILLIAMS

Aries

(March 21-April 19)

You’re always moving at hyper speed. Take time to acknowledge your greatness, but keep your spunk and never quit smiling.

Taurus

(April 20-May 20)

Although your head may be in the clouds, stay grounded and work hard. The payoff is about to hit you in the face.

Gemini

(May 21-June 21)

Take it easy on those closest to you: They are they to support you. Try to put a smile on because the happy you is the best you.

Cancer

(June 22-July 22)

The Force is strong with you. Never let them tell you the odds, but don’t get cocky. Be mindful of the future but not at the expense of the moment.

Leo

(July 23-Aug. 22)

You’re fit to be king of the jungle but not by catnapping your life away. Remember Simba had to “look inside” himself before he became king. Give that a try, Leo.

Virgo

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Jedi mind tricks work only on the weak-minded, but don’t be discouraged; someone loves you.

Libra

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Learn to let go of your self-doubt. You’re a pro at helping others achieve their dreams, but the biggest obstacles we have to climb are the ones we put in front of ourselves. Start helping yourself as much as you help others.

Scorpio

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Trust yourself and embrace your powers. Continue to do what got you here because those who doubt you will be put in their place in good time.

Sagittarius

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

No matter the darkness, always try to find the light. You will meet your mark due to your eagle-like focus.

Capricorn

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Everyone has an opinion, but you usually have two. Continue speaking your mind, no matter how sick of it we all are.

Aquarius

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You seem to be spinning your wheels, but it will pay off. As the Red Hot Chili Peppers say, “destruction leads to a very rough road, but it also breeds creation.”

Pisces

(Feb. 19-March 20)

Being so crazy deserves some recognition, but don’t alienate the ones you depend on most. “There’s always a bigger fish.”

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TOP 10: Superheroes worth spotlighting

TOP 10: Superheroes worth spotlighting

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By AUDRIE FORD

Marvel and DC have dominated the superhero film industry for years. Hollywood has finally starting to dive into the storylines of lesser-known heroes such as Aquaman, who will be featured in an upcoming movie.
But there are still heroes lurking in the comic book archives who deserve a solo movie. Here are my choices for the top 10:

10. Storm

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The X-Men are a popular branch of Marvel’s movies and Storm is one of the characters with an interesting origin story. Like Wolverine, a Storm movie would give audiences a chance to get to know one of the professors at Xavier’s academy. It would also give Halle Berry a chance to do a better film than the Catwoman movie of which no one wants to speak.

9. Hawkeye

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Though Hawkeye has been featured in other Marvel movies, he has yet to make a solo debut. Not only would this give actor Jeremy Renner a chance to dive into the character he’s invested in, it provides an opportunity for diversity if Marvel Studios incorporates Hawkeye’s comic book deafness.

8. Echo

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A character from the gritty Daredevil universe, Echo provides a plethora of opportunities for filmmakers. She’s Native American, deaf-mute and badass. She’s worked with the likes of Wolverine in her comic book runs and is an all-around interesting character.

7. Black Canary

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With the Justice League movie looming on the horizon, it’s high time for DC to embrace its leading ladies. Black Canary has been a part of numerous bestselling comics, is a central member of the Justice League and would make a killer leading lady.

6. Cloak and Dagger

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This dynamic duo first appeared in Marvel comics during the ‘80s and the story provides opportunity for a movie about the gritty side of mutations. Creator Bill Mantlo has said Cloak and Dagger “came in the night, when all was silent and my mind was blank. They came completely conceived as to their powers and attributes, their origin and motivation. They embodied between them all that fear and misery, hunger and longing that had haunted me on Ellis Island.”

5. Vision

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Marvel fans were introduced to Vision in the latest Avengers film. Thankfully, that means Paul Bettany’s voice talents are going to stick around. However, this synthetic being has many comic book adventures worthy of exploring. This would develop a character that is different from the usual Thor and Iron Man, while inviting Scarlet Witch and the New Avengers into theaters.

4. Starfire

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Aliens are popular, and exploring their fascinating planets is a surefire way to catch audience attention. That’s why Starfire, a Teen Titan, renegade and beloved DC character, deserves her own movie. She’s been a powerful presence since the ‘80s and it’s high time she got some mainstream recognition beyond cute cartoons. Her planet is beautiful and she has connections with other well-loved characters that have yet to be introduced to DC films.

3. Martian Manhunter

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Again, aliens are popular. The Martian Manhunter embodies many controversial themes that DC could capitalize on while masquerading social issues as a key Justice League member’s story. If Aquaman can get a title film, the Martian Manhunter certainly deserves one as well. He’s been a key figurehead in many comic verses and animated films.

2. Black Widow

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Everyone should have seen the redheaded spy’s name coming. As the main female Avenger in the movie world for years, Black Widow lends herself to her own story. Enough background has already been given to audiences that solidify Black Widow as a critical character. She would be interesting, fast-paced and action packed. Marvel needs to capitalize on its leading lady.

1. Nightwing

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The first boy wonder is already a beloved subject at small comic con film festivals. Pretending the “Robin” teaser never happened in Nolan’s Batman movies, Nightwing is beyond worthy of his own film. He’s been a leading DC character for years and has many interesting storylines that could be pursued in a movie. He has Deadpool’s wit, Batman’s detective cunning and a cool costume.

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If you still need a superhero fix, consider checking out the Phoenix Comicon. The four-day event – which will run June 2-5 at Phoenix Convention Center – is one of the largest comic-book and pop-culture “cons” in the West. It features a film festival, cosplaying, photo opportunities and special presentations by comic-book and graphic-novel illustrators, authors, scriptwriters and others. More info at: phoenixcomicon.com.

 

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HOROSCOPES

HOROSCOPES

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By MICHEAL ROMERO

Aries (March 21-April 19)

“Did you see that ruca? She looks just like Salinas!” Bust out the “Washer Machine” and all of your dad’s Selena albums.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

“What’d you say about my mama? You feel sorry for who?” Add King Kendrick’s new album to your playlist and get caught up in delinquent-type activities. You’re a rebel.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

“Are y’all throwing a party? There’s rumors … in the Twittersphere.” Throw a party and bump “Gas Pedal” by Sage the Gemini all night. It’s still a banger.

Cancer (June 21- July 22)

“But you ain’t got no legs Lt. Dan!” Go for a run. Wear a reflective vest so you don’t get run over. Play “Free Bird” and begin your run at the end of the song where it gets all fast.

Leo (July 23- Aug. 22)

“A king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun.” Take charge of a situation and show everyone who is boss. Listen to “Circle of Life” and eat an antelope … or maybe just a cantaloupe.

Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22)

“Allow nothing to be in your life that you cannot walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner.” Time for Spring cleaning. Purge the excess in your life with songs by DJ Shadow as the soundtrack.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

“The Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all, ‘What about the strain on our resources?’” Make sure you’re registered to vote and bump “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister in the process.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

“Thunder always comes after lightning, ka-chow!” Go fast and go hard. You’re invincible. Listen to “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue in the car really loud.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec 21)

“Mohammed is the most commonly used name on Earth, read a F-ing book for once!” Get a good read in during your spare time. Listen to jazz without vocals, like some Stan Getz tracks.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan 19)

“I’ve never had one before … What a room to yourself? A bed.” You’re tired and need to sleep. Play ocean sounds or ambient Brian Eno music while you nap and reflect on all that you have.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

“So you’re a killer? Let me see your war face!” Go aggressive with your workout and yell really loud at the gym as you finish sets. Play the Full Metal Jacket soundtrack like you’re training for Vietnam.

Pisces (Feb.19-March 20)

“You’re a wizard, Harry.” There’s magic in the air, so be magical. Play “Rude” by MAGIC! because that song is still sweet.

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ARTS BRIEFS

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Downtown Campus hosts “About Face’ art exhibit

“About Face: A Student Exhibit of Faculty Portraits” will be on display through April 1 in the Art Gallery at Downtown Campus.
Students in Art 100 classes painted black and white acrylic portraits of campus faculty and staff.
Next to each of the 49 portraits on display, the exhibit posts insights from the employees on their motivation and passion for teaching and learning.
The Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Campus Center, in the lobby area just outside the faculty resource center. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
For additional information, contact Laura Milkins at lmilkins@pima.edu.
-By Katta Mapes

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Classical guitar concert scheduled for April 3

Music instructor Ben McCartney’s annual solo classical guitar concert will take place on April 3 at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall in the West Campus Center for the Arts.
He’ll perform a variety of works, including pieces by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Leo Brouwer.
McCartney has performed in venues throughout the U.S. and South America, and has won prizes in solo guitar competitions. Copies of his latest CD, “New Interpretations” will be on sale.
Concert tickets cost $8, with discounts available, and can be purchased at the CFA box office. For additional information, call the box office at 206-6986 or visit pima.edu/cfa.
-By Alyssa Ramer

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Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair

April 1-3

Tucson’s largest arts venue returns to Fourth Avenue between Ninth Street and University Boulevard. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day.

The street fair brings together 400-plus arts and crafts booths, 35-plus food vendors, street musicians and street performers.

A free shuttle will be available to and from the Pennington parking garage and Main Gate Square. Free valet bicycle parking will also be available. No pets are allowed.

Details: fourthavenue.org

Run for Your Life 5K

April 2

The University of Arizona Student Health Advocacy Committee will host its 10th annual 5K run/walk. Proceeds benefit Tucson Hopefest, a nonprofit that serves the impoverished.

The race will begin at the UA Mall in front of the administration building and take place around the mall.

Parking will be available at the Second Street and Cherry garages.

The advanced registration fee starts at $15 and increases to $20 on March 18.

Onsite registration and check-in will begin at 8 a.m., and the race gets under way at 9 a.m.

Details: rfyl.arizona.edu

Chalk Art Festival

April 9-10

Amateur artists, professional artists, students and children will come together to try their hand at sidewalk art when the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance holds its third festival at Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd.

Admission is free and all ages are welcome. The event will run Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Mural artists will create elaborate, large-scale pieces in the south and north outdoor walkways, as well as indoors near Sears.

Children ages 3-12 can participate in the Kidzone, located in the Sears and Macy’s outdoor courtyard.

Other designated community participation areas will be available next to Total Wine.

Details:saaca.org/Park_Place_Chalk_Art.php

Cyclovia Tucson

April 10

Experience Tucson’s streets without cars. Walkers, cyclists, skaters and people using any other form of self-powered movement are invited to celebrate neighborhoods and alternative transportation.

The free annual event, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., will feature a new route this year covering 2.5 miles from Lost Barrio to Himmel Park.

Activity hubs along the route will spotlight entertainment, music, interactive games, demonstrations and food.

Details: cycloviatucson.org

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HOROSCOPE

HOROSCOPE

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By DAVID PUJOL

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Your imagination is incredibly vibrant, Pisces. You will need to make a choice soon. You have big dreams so don’t set them aside.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You’ve sent away your inner child, Aries. Remember to dance and sing. Because you are so set on everyone only seeing you at your best, you’ve lost the part of you that doesn’t care.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You have a good eye for seeing true beauty, Taurus. If you really love a flower, don’t pick it no matter how beautiful it is. Find the beauty within yourself so you can see it in everyone else.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

Your mind is full of so much noise, Gemini. Sometimes the noise is demented, the little bastard in your head who says your art isn’t beautiful. I’m going to tell you a secret: it’s wrong.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

You enjoy photographs because they’re reminders mostly of the good times. They tell you that even if it’s just for one second, everything can be perfect. You are being tested this month, Cancer, and you’ll do just fine.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

The passion within you is incredibly strong, Leo. It’s time to award some of that passion to someone who’s been after your heart for quite a while, but only if you deem him or her worthy. Don’t give away parts of yourself for someone else’s happiness.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You’re very analytical, Virgo, and find comfort in things that make sense to you. That is why you need to step out and believe in something you cannot see.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You use style and aesthetics to distract from your flaws, Libra. Yes, we know you have flaws. Be strong and allow yourself to show the world that you even find your flaws to be beautiful.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You need to move on, Scorpio. Forgive and forget. Allow yourself and the other party to heal. You’re bright and lovely, so don’t dwell on the dark and scary times.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You’re an optimist at heart, Sagittarius. Your luminosity is wonderful, so please share it with those who may be going through some dark times.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You’re filled with determination, Capricorn. People might not see your willful nature, and that is their loss. You have much to offer, and you will persevere.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You’re so serious and set on the goals you want to accomplish this year, Aquarius. Someone in your life needs a little insight, so kindly offer up some of your substantial knowledge.

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‘THE MUSIC MAN’ Youth group stages classic musical

‘THE MUSIC MAN’ Youth group stages classic musical

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By ALYSSA RAMER

Performers with Christian Youth Theatre work closely with mentors to gain vocal and acting practice, putting on five shows per year across the greater Tucson area.

The company’s production of “The Music Man” will take place March 18-20 at Pima Community College’s Proscenium Theatre, located on West Campus in the Center for the Arts.

Christian Youth Theatre, which calls itself the nation’s largest youth theater company, provides afterschool theater arts training for students ages 6-18.

The company originated in San Diego in 1981 and now has 17 branches.

Jon and Kathy Thuerbach began the Tucson branch, which started producing musicals with 23 students in 2005.

More than 1,000 people now participate in all areas of the program. In some cases, multiple family members are involved.

“It’s like Broadway for kids,” Marketing Manager Ray Frieders said.

CYT holds tryouts at the University of Arizona and at the CYT Tucson office, 710 S. Kolb Road, Building 6.

Rehearsals are often held at UA’s Crowder Hall and CYT performs there at least once a year.

Tucsonans Lauryn Wallentine and Adrian Ford play the lead roles in “The Music Man.”

Wallentine began working with CYT when she was 6. Now 15, she says the character of Marian Pahoo is her most enjoyable role to date.

When Wallentine first began with the company, she performed a side role in “Music Man” as Amarillis. She admired the actress who played Marian and aspired to her role.

She plans to continue theater work in the future.

“I would love to go into performance art,” she said. “I’m part of my youth band at church and I have been looking into colleges.”

Her second choice would be to take a position directing worship.

Samantha Adams, 14, portrays Zaneeta, the daughter of the mayor.

She has spent seven and a half years working with CYT, and says she enjoys having younger participants look up to her now.

Her favorite part of performing is the sense of accomplishment she enjoys afterward.

Emily Muirhead, 14, said she got involved with CYT at age 11 after she received information about the program from an IHOP waiter who was also an instructor.

She plays Mrs. Paroo, the mother of Marian Paroo, in “The Music Man.”

Her favorite role in past productions was playing “an old inventor” in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

What’s her favorite part of acting?

“I think it’s getting into character and seeing how it plays out in the end,” she said. “Especially non-fiction: portraying actual people, trying to show the world that person.”

She wants to continue her acting career in the future.

Emily’s sister, Katie Muirhead, joined CYT when she was 14 and has performed in previous plays including “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” Her role in “The Music Man” is Alma Hicks, a “busybody.”

Katie is 18 now, approaching the end of her term. She will soon be an alumnus, but can still assist with productions in capacities such as a stagehand.

Many former CYT students now attend PCC and perform in college productions, including siblings Daniel and Anna Hagberg.

Daniel Hagberg played Bela Zangler in “Crazy for You” this spring and was a main character in “SPAMALOT!” last spring. Anna Hagberg also performed in “Crazy for You.”

Daniel Hagberg is serving as assistant director for “The Music Man.” His younger brother Samuel Hagberg plays Charlie Cowell in the musical.

“Music Man” performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online at cyttucson.org.

Christian Youth Theatre performers Autumn Walton and Adrian Ford perform a number in “The Music Man,” which opens March 18. (Photo courtesy of Christian Youth Theatre)

Christian Youth Theatre performers Autumn Walton and Adrian Ford perform a number in “The Music Man,” which opens March 18.
(Photo courtesy of Christian Youth Theatre)

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