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Top 10: Books you should read in your twenties

Top 10: Books you should read in your twenties



Literature is an escape from our world to another; we use it to learn, grow and reflect. Your twenties are your formative years, so here are the top ten books that might help you reflect and discover yourself in these life-shaping years. In the words of author Marina Keegan, “what we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over.” Fair warning: the write-ups are as spoiler-free as they can be!

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1. “The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories” 

by Marina Keegan

Marina Keegan was killed in a car crash at the age of 22. Her work has outlived her. Keegan’s essays and stories were collected and published as “The Opposite of Loneliness.” Upon finishing this book the reader will find it quite difficult to not take some of Keegan’s words of wisdom with them. This book deals with a variety of topics all relevant to our generation and it’ll provide guidance, introspection and joy.

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2. “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”

by Cheryl Strayed

This is the story of Cheryl Strayed, a woman who attempts to rediscover herself by hiking the 1,000-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Strayed’s lack of hiking knowledge is overshadowed by her pure will to complete the trek. She composes a beautifully written story about loss, pain and giving up. Told in a way that puts you are right there next to her and her struggle to finish the trail.

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3. “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Theodor Seuss Geisel

OK yes, it’s a Dr. Seuss book. The intended audience for this book is ofcourse children, but a few of us feel like a child from time to time. The book will provide some much needed wisdom in a whimsical way.  It lets you know whether or not everything is going to be okay. It shows you that even if you don’t know where you’re going quite yet you’ll figure it out!

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4. “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler

This book is some intimate real talk. The audience definitely will receive some much-needed advice. This book is funny, honest, kind and thought provoking. Riddled with essays, anecdotes and advice, it would be nearly impossible for the reader to not get something out of “Yes Please.”

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5. “I’ll Give You The Sun” by Jandy Nelson

This story is told from two different perspectives and time frames. Jude and Noah are the narrators during the duration of the book. Noah tells the story from the past perspective of their life, while Jude tells it from the present. If Nelson’s intention was to write a story of a realistic and compelling family dynamic that will overload the reader’s heart with countless emotions, he succeeded.

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6. “All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully” by Carrie Hope Fletcher

This book consistently reassures the reader that they’re not alone and that there are other people who have gone through the same problems. Fletcher is successful in creating a great relationship with the reader. It feels as if you are receiving advice from a lifelong friend. This read will make you laugh, cry and feel at peace.

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7. “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline

“Ready Player One” just oozes nostalgic feeling that’ll bring back memories of your childhood. Cline had no problem capturing a large variety of characters and making them feel realistic. This book is littered with ‘80s nostalgia references. Cline explains these references so well that his audience could know nothing about the era or videogames, and still enjoy this book.

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8. “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell

“Fangirl” is about two sisters who leave home to attend university. Rowell writes feelings and situations that resonate with the reader long after finishing the last page. Rowell created characters that are easily relatable. This book will bring up a variety of emotions and lend some new insight on the world and the people in it.

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9. “Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened” by Allie Brosh

This book is a humoristic memoir and self-help book. Brosh gathered multiple pictures and stories that present humor and thoughtful ideas that sneak up on the reader. Brosh illustrates that sometimes life wont go as planned, and there is nothing wrong with that because we’re only human.

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10. “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter And How to Make the Most of Them Now”

by Meg Jay

Written by a psychiatrist, this book is more of an instructional guide. This is a read for anyone who is in their twenties and trying to figure out what it is that they want in life. An array of subjects from career advice to love and everything in between are covered. With a seasoned perspective of twenty-somethings in mind.

Stomping Grounds:Tucson cyclists are riding in the Loop

Stomping Grounds:Tucson cyclists are riding in the Loop



USA Today ranked Tucson number seven in “The 10 Best U.S Cycling Towns” in 2014. With our variety of bike lanes, trails and routes, that title comes as no surprise to Tucson’s cycling community.

One of those much-loved routes is the Loop, a large bike path that spans over 100 miles for cyclists, equestrians and roller-bladers. With multiple parks along the route, access to major streets in the city and restrooms along the way, the path is already a great means to get around a wide section of town. The car-free super highway is now on its way to upgrade.

The city is currently working to expand the popular trail, which at its completion will form a 130 mile loop around town.  The improvements will include more connections to the Rillito, Santa Cruz, Pantano River Parks, the Julian Wash and Harrison Road Greenways. The city is planning to connect Tucson to neighboring Marana, Oro Valley and extend down to South Tucson with the Loop.

One might be surprised to find out how the Loop came to be. Back in 1983, Tucson was stricken by a tragic eight foot high flood. The flood caused damage along several areas of the city, including the Santa Cruz, Rillito and Gila. After the area began to get cleared up, several people began to realize that the damaged land might be a good location for a travel path. With time and the help of voters the idea of the Loop soon became a plan and now is in its final stages.

With summer near its end, the temperature will soon start dropping to the ideal numbers for a comfortable cruise.

The Loop near Alvernon Way, is one of the many access points of the bike path within the city. Regular rider and cycle enthusiast Dennis Warner, is already planning to take on all 130 miles of trail once the Loop is completed.

“It’s one of the best things the county did,” Warner said.

Many people may agree with Warner. It is definitely one of the most eco-friendly things the county has implemented. I am sure there are plenty of others who are excited for the completion of the route.

The Loop is more than just a beautiful, well maintained route of travel. Over time the path has become a hot spot for encouraging bicycle safety and has served as a location for fundraising events.

Pima County’s bike ambassadors are providing free bike bells to riders who participate in one of their safety events along the route, running until Nov. 1. The next safety event takes place Oct. 3, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. where River Park Path meets with the Santa Cruz Path.

So, what are you waiting for? Anytime is a good time to have a scenic workout on the Loop. The route seems an easy place to get to, considering one in three Pima County residents live less than a mile away according to the Pima County website. The Loop is fairly easy to find, and is also convenient with plenty of restrooms and water fountains along the route.

If you don’t ride a bike don’t be discouraged, anyone can jog, walk or ride anything else as long as it’s non-motorized, including horses.

Jessica Gonzales/Aztec Press Dennis Warner takes a break in his training for his quest to conquer “The Loop” when it is completed.

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Dennis Warner takes a break in his training for his quest to conquer “The Loop” when it is completed.

Best Bets: Oktoberfest, opera and outfits galore!

Best Bets: Oktoberfest, opera and outfits galore!


Compiled by Audrie Ford

With the season of pumpkins and ghouls just beginning, Tucson is already rolling out the Halloween festivities. If you’re hoping to be scared out of your wits or simply want to enjoy time with your family in the warm autumn air, this month is ripe for the picking.

Mt. Lemmon Oktoberfest:

Sept. 19-Oct. 11

The Mt. Lemmon Oktoberfest is known as one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations in Arizona. It will feature specialty beverages and foods, such as Bavarian Bratwursts and live music from talented acts such as the John Prokop Band. The event is sponsored by the Ski Valley and the Iron Door Restaurant, and is held in the scenic Santa Catalina Mountains. The remaining dates are Oct. 3-4 and Oct. 10-11.


Halloweek at Hotel Congress:

Oct. 1-31

Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., is hosting a 21 and over event to celebrate the paranormal history of the Hotel Congress. After the fire of 1934, the “Hidden Room” of Congress was left mysteriously undamaged and Hotel Congress has brought in occult experts Magic Kenny Bang Bang Macabre and Midnight Malanga to summon the spirits of the ghosts that still lurk the halls. The event will kick off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 and the festivities will run all month long.  Tickets are $15 at the door. Shows will last 45-minutes with a limit of 30 guests per performance.


Arizona Opera with Arizona Lady: Oct. 10-11

The Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., along with the Arizona Opera, will be the first major U.S. opera house to premiere Hungarian composer Emmerich Kálmán’s love letter to the Wild West with “Arizona Lady.” This musical treasure features lively, upbeat music and a wacky libretto. First written in 1954, “Arizona Lady” brings audiences back to the tale of leading lady Lona Farrell and her dreams of winning the Kentucky Derby with a horse named Arizona Lady. The show will be performed in German, Spanish and English with English subtitles. Prices vary based on seating.


Tucson Fashion Week: Oct. 15-17

Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Tucson, this Fashion Week event will cater to a wide variety of audiences. Fashion industry leaders from Derek Gores to Stevie Boi, as well as some talented up-and-comings, will be participating in the main venue. The event will begin at the Moen Mason Gallary, 222 E 6th St., for the kickoff party at 6 p.m. The main fashion venue, on Oct. 16, will be held at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S Scott Ave. On Oct. 18 the event will conclude with fashion inspired culinary tastings at the University of Arizona Old Main from chef and restauranteur Joseph Keller and other local talents. Tickets for each day are sold separately with significant student discounts available.


Walk For Wishes: Oct. 18

At 7:30 a.m. on the University of Arizona Mall, wishes will become reality. Make-A-Wish Arizona will be hosting Walk For Wishes to raise funds to help local children with life threatening diseases. This event will not only provide children with the medical funding they need, but will encourage and inspire them. Registration is free for individuals and teams, but participants are encouraged to raise funds for the campaign. The event will feature both a 3k and one mile run.







Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Aries, you will probably get really angry sometime this month, and ask too many questions. But, you are smart, and and want to learn new things.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Tauruses are creative but stubborn and bull-headed. You like to show affection in weird ways, like torturing the cat.

Gemini (May 21 – June 21)

Gemini you are forgetful, and occasionally disorganized. You will probably think your keys are in your bag as you close the door and lock yourself out of the house. You may run out of gas at the end of your street. Who knows?

Cancer (June 22 – July 22)

Cancers are hardworking people. You like technical things and math. You are passionate, and may be too loud in settings, like court.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

Leo, you are silly but can be a hard worker. It takes a long time to motivate you.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

Virgos will be critical at times, but can be very loving. You will bicker with others often.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

Libra, you will probably be stubborn and hard to influence but you cause others to do crazy things like ride roller coasters when they are afraid of heights.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

You aren’t comfortable telling other people stuff. You usually won’t say anything and let people assume things, like you’re single when you actually have a girlfriend. Dick move.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

Sagittarius you are a good friend but don’t communicate everything. You could be clearer, like telling us you found another ride home before you just leave, ok Evan.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

You are a fun person to talk to, despite people making fun of your quirks. The cliché of 15 cats applies to you.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)

You are a hard worker, and are very positive. You can be a little ditzy at times, but so are Gemini on occasion so it’s ok.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

You are readily upset and prone to joke around in the office while others keep working.

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Pop Cycle reclaims sustainable art


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Located in the heart of historic Fourth Avenue stands a shop dedicated to local art made from recycled and reclaimed materials. Pop Cycle offers everything from reclaimed, ecofriendly wallets to Tucson-themed wooden trays, and much more in between.

Pop Cycle opened its doors to the public in September 2008, but the owners have been actively creating works for over ten years prior to their storefront. The boutique works closely with three main artists. Two of the owners, DeeDee Koenen and Shannon Riggs, run DDco Design and contribute great pieces to the shop.

Another artist that contributes clothing and accessories to the shop is Jennifer Radler of Monster Booty Threads. Most of the wood work that Koenen and Riggs create is made right in the back of the store. Store manager Libby Tobey explained that the store is all about sustainability and the type of art work found at Pop Cycle.

“Something has to be sustainable on each element, and it has to be hand made,” Tobey said. Vintage and sustainable clothing can also be found at Pop Cycle. So if you are looking to update your vintage western wardrobe, look no further.

The name of the store came from combining the artists’ enthusiasm for pop culture and working with recycled and reclaimed materials. Put a few of those words together and you get “Pop Cycle.” This shop is full of local art but definitely appeals to a wide range of customers.

“We have a lot of locals that shop with us, but then a lot of tourists come in because we have a lot of Tucson inspired items,” Tobey said. The store puts together a couple of art shows every year to showcase different local artists. The next local artist show will be on Oct. 17 at Pop-Cycle, which is located at 422 N 4th Ave., from 7 to 9 p.m. “The local artist show is going to be Star Wars themed but everyone is going to be doing their own take on it, so that’ll be fun,” Tobey said.

On Nov. 6, they will hold an art auction with the All Souls Procession to benefit Many Mouths One Stomach. Customers are invited to call the store starting Nov. 1 at 622-3297 to place bids or for more info. “A lot of our artists donate pieces that go up for auction and will be on display in our store for the week of day of the dead,” Tobey said.

New customers come in all the time and its usually people who are looking to get inspired. “A lot of people in this do-it-yourself age come in just to get inspired by what we have,” Tobey said.

Others come to the store because they appreciate the ingenuity of the art, or because they like to support local artists. “Local art is the number one thing, and its all handcrafted, and finding handcrafted Tucson magnets that are all local and aren’t made in China or somewhere else is rare,” Tobey said.

The artists that work at Pop Cycle have a keen eye for spotting the potential art in something very ordinary. Its that type of creativity that can bring a community together and allow us to explore the meaning of art and beauty in a way than we previously might have not done.


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Adorning the breezeway of the shop is the signature sign made from a reclaimed toy horse. (Beto Hoyos/Aztec Press)



The humanity of “The Unmentionable Mann”

The humanity of “The Unmentionable Mann”



On the shelves Sep. 25, Pima instructor Brian Alessandro’s debut novel, “The Unmentionable Mann,” delves into a mess of human emotion, depravity and eccentricity.


The first novel by Pima Community College instructor Brian Alessandro debuts Sept. 25, ready to charm, tantalize and disturb.

The cover of Alessandro’s novel, “The Unmentionable Mann,” is startling in its simplicity—a white china tea set sits against a black backdrop. In the center is a single broken dish.

The contemporary story is about an inbred, aristocratic, blue-blood family who practices a form of incest as protectionism, said Alessandro. The story’s protagonist—the heir expected to carry on the family bloodline—is gay and in love with an Indian man, to the family’s disappointment.

The eccentric, delusional characters, which made their wealth as psychologists, subject the protagonist to electro shock and other invasive therapies, turning him into a sort of Jekyll and Hyde.

Alessandro said that while the story is contemporary, the writing has been critiqued as Victorian.

“This is a family so trapped in the past and in tradition and in a very Victorian, puritanical, colonist, imperialist mindset that I felt like the style should have reflected that psychology” Alessandro said.

“The Unmentionable Mann” was published by Cairn Press, founded by PCC writing instructor Joshua Cochran.

Cairn Press took on Alessandro’s novel because of the exceptional nature of the prose, said Cochran.

“The voice of the narrator, the strength of the prose is just phenomenal,” Cochran said. “Besides the fact that it’s just a really good story.”

Alessandro got the “germ” to write the story about 6 years ago, he said. He mentioned that Tolstoy said a writer should infect the reader with the feelings that he or she had when they were writing.

Alessandro originally wrote the story as a one act play in New York.

“And then I realized that it was much more complex and much larger than just a play,” he said. “It wanted to be a novel.”

Some parts of the book are autobiographical. What parts, Alessandro preferred not to say, stating that—for the record—his family is lovely and have always been supportive of his sexual orientation.

He said the story came about a couple years after he came out as gay, and the book release coincides with his 10-year anniversary of being out.

Alessandro’s characters are eccentric and delusional, to an extreme degree, he said.

“I really am fascinated by how people delude themselves to self-destructive ends, usually unconsciously,” he said.

His educational background is in clinical psychology. At Pima he teaches courses in Psychology of Gender, Human Sexuality and Developmental Psychology.

“I’m always fascinated by machinations of human behavior, especially when they’re self-destructive and marked by delusions,” he said.

Alessandro is also fascinated by racism.

“I think it’s this incredible fantasy,” he said. “It’s a kind of psychosis. Any kind of bigotry really is, to me. It’s a superiority complex that goes to very deranged places.”

Writing it was hard, he said. He had long spells of preoccupation and depression while working on the book. In his writing he tries to go into the minds of the deranged characters.

“I think by all accounts I’ve succeeded here because it’s given a lot of people who have read the book distress and anxiety, which is good. That’s what I want,” he said. “I don’t want for a pleasant experience. I’m just not interested in that sort of thing.”

Perhaps what Alessandro is getting at is something very Tolstoy-esk indeed—something very human.

A famous Tolstoy quote says, “Art is not… the production of pleasing objects; and, above all, it is not pleasure; but it is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity.”

“The Unmentionable Mann” is very much about intersectional activism, said Alessandro.  In other words, oppressed people having each other’s backs, standing up against bigotry and injustice for themselves and each other.

Alessandro has published a number of short stories. He also wrote and directed a feature film, “Afghan Hounds,” which will soon be available on Netflix, Amazon and Vudu.

His book is being reviewed in the Huffpost Gay Voices, The Leftist Review and

You can buy “The Unmentionable Mann” for $18 at Antigone Books, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Top Ten obscure indie albums

Top Ten obscure indie albums


Sometimes looking for new music isn’t the easiest thing to do in the world. Let’s start here with some albums you probably haven’t had the chance to hear yet.

1. Friendly Fire (2006)

– Sean Lennon

People are often quick to brush Sean Lennon off as the privileged son of John Lennon, but I have to say that’s not an intelligent choice. This album is everything but just another privileged brat. The album’s main, and I believe only theme, is heartbreak, something that just about everyone can relate to. I don’t understand why someone wouldn’t want to give it at least one listen.

Notable track: “Dead Meat”

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2. A Different Kind of Fix (2011)

– Bombay Bicycle Club

Out of all the albums on this list, this one is probably the one that stands out as the most typical example of indie rock. That being said, I’m sure it raises a couple of questions as to why it made the list. Typical doesn’t mean it receives the attention I feel it should, in fact, I feel that Bombay Bicycle Club is an underrated indie band. In 2014, I was fortunate enough to see them play live and all I have to say is “WOW!”                                                     

  Notable track: “Leave It”

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3. The Opposite Side of the Sea (2007) – Oren Lavie

With autumn just a couple of weeks away, this album is soon to become the most overplayed thing on my iPod. Oren Lavie has this soothingly deep voice that perfectly goes with the mellow melody. Soothing and contemplative just go hand in hand. I don’t know about any of you, but I know that I enjoy deep thinking during my late afternoon workouts.

Notable track: “Her Morning Elegance”   


4. The Great Pretenders (2015)

– Mini Mansions

Although this album just came out in April, it’s ‘80s game is strong. It has a handful of the ‘80s beats everyone loves, along with a hint of darkness. When one thinks ‘80s, upbeat and preppy comes to mind, so how does darkness fit into the mix? Honestly, I don’t know, but I can say without a doubt that Mini Mansions do a beautiful job at it.

Notable track: “Vertigo” (feat. Alex Turner)

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5. Floating World (2006) – Anathallo

This is the kind of album you want to pop in during a lengthy road trip for its adventurous feel. Floating World is inspired by various Japanese fairy tales, so it’s no wonder why you get the instant vibe on the first listen.

Notable track: “Yuki! Yuki! Yuki!”

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6. Sweet Disarray (2014) – Dan Croll

For a debut album, I got to say I have no idea how none of these songs hit mainstream radio. Catchy lyrics plus poppy beats are usually the formula for a hit. Anyways, I won’t be surprised if in the future I crank on the radio to hear one of his songs.

Notable track: “From Nowhere”

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7. 6 Feet Beneath the Moon (2013)

– King Krule

King Krule’s debut album is really something else.  I strongly recommend this album to those who are always looking for something “different” to listen to. Singer-songwriter Archie Marshall has quite the unique voice, falling along the lines of Bob Dylan. Not that his vocals sound anything like Dylan, but they both share that horribly amazing sound.              

Notable track: “Easy Easy”

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8. Lily of the Valley (2012)

– Funeral Suits

Like a handful of the other albums on this list, this one is also a debut. Although it’s a lot more poppy than Mini Mansions’ album, if you enjoy that one this is really one to listen to as well. They both share that slight theme of darkness in an upbeat manner.

Notable track: “All Those Friendly People”

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9. Other Lives (2009) – Other Lives

This album is on here for its own unique reason, the instrumental background. I don’t have a whole lot of words for this album since it leaves me speechless, much like the notable track below. They did an amazing job taking some classical music beats and turning them contemporary. Here’s a tip, listen to this with headphones on for the full effect.

Notable track: “Speed Tape”

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10. We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (2013)

– Foxygen

Its psychedelic sound makes it almost unbelievable that this album only dates back to 2013 and not the Woodstock era. They have a similar sound to “The Mama’s & Papa’s”, so if you dig them I can guarantee you’ll enjoy Foxygen.

Notable track: “San Francisco”

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Films! Beer! Art! And a taste of the circus!

Films! Beer! Art! And a taste of the circus!


 Compiled by Travis Braasch

Summer may be winding down but there’s no shortage of fun in Tucson. When it’s time to take a break from all the books and studying, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor events this coming month to take your mind off all of the stresses of school and work. From music and beer festivals to art exhibits and even theater, Tucson always has something for everyone.

Born & Brewed Local Beer Festival: Sept. 18-19

Club Congress, 311 E Congress St., is hosting the fourth anniversary local beer festival from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday celebrates all things locally brewed with a competition for this year’s Beer Cup, along with live music provided by LeeAnne Savage & The Curveball Cowboys. Saturday will have an open beer garden from 1 to 5 p.m., locally made food, music and other entertainment. The event is 21 and over and tickets are available for $30 at the Club Congress Hotel and online at

Tohono Chul El Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibition:
Aug. 28-Nov. 8

Tohono Chul is hosting an art exhibition in honor of El Dia de los Muertos at the Tohono Chul Main Gallery, 7366 N Paseo del Norte, from Aug 28 to Nov. 08. The large gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with other exhibitions throughout the month. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $3 for children and children under 5 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the Tohono Chul Main Gallery. For more information contact the gallery at 520-742-6500.

Arizona Underground Film
Festival: Sept. 8-26

The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., is hosting the 8th annual Arizona Underground Film Festival. There will be several cult films screened over the course of the month, with tickets available for $8 per screening or $45 for an all access pass for the length of the festival. Tickets are available online at or at the box office of the Screening Room.

Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio Exhibition: May 02- Sept. 26

The Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio, 711 S Sixth Ave., is celebrating 40 years with an exhibition featuring work by local artists in blown glass, hand built and painted glass. Admission is free to this exhibitio and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 11a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 884-7404.

The National Circus and
Acrobats of the People’s
Republic of China “Peking Dreams”: Sept. 24

The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will be performing an amazing combination of acrobatics and Peking Opera at Fox Theatre, 17 W Congress St, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $21 to $49 and are available at the Fox Theatre box office or at

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Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery hosts “About Books” art show

Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery hosts “About Books” art show



Aztec Press Photos by Alyssa Ramer

See John Risseeuw ‘s “Road Kill “ at the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery



The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery at West Campus is hosting the art show, “About Books,” running through Oct. 9. The reception was on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. and was held by Carol Carder, marketing director for the Center for the Arts, and David Andres, the gallery director.

There is unique work from several different artists displayed in the gallery. Some of pieces use special materials, sketchbooks and prints.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. Admission is free. For details call 206-6942.

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Superman is coming to Tucson

Superman is coming to Tucson



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Clark Kent dramatically reveals that he is, in fact, the symbol of truth, justice and the American way.


Once again, the Christian Youth Theater will be coming to the Pima Community College Center for the Arts and performing the musical theater spectacular, “It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s Superman!” opening Oct. 9.

CYT has been bringing high-level performances to Tucson since 2005 and has performed at the University of Arizona’s Crowder Hall, the Fox Tucson Theater and Pima’s Center for the Arts.

The facilities at Pima’s West Campus have been used by CYT many times over the company’s last few seasons.

“The people at Pima’s Center for the Arts are very knowledgeable and friendly and an overall pleasure to work with,” said Assistant Director Daniel Hagberg, who is also a student at Pima and has performed in some of the school’s productions.

This season, CYT proudly presents “It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s Superman!” It is the thrilling story of Superman attempting to defeat the evil forces of a vengeful scientist bent on destroying the world’s symbol of hope and freedom.

Ben Busarow, playing Doctor Sedgwick, is looking forward to his role as the villain.

“He is the most comically evil and over the top character I’ve ever had,” he said.

The play is set within the golden age of the classic Superman comics and is a throwback to the 1960s, using period accurate costumes and hairstyles to bring audiences back five decades.

Adrian Ford will be portraying Superman.

“I really like how the show captures the feel of the golden age of comic books, while still making it interesting for a newer, younger audience,” he said.

“It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s Superman!” will feature over 70 Tucson youth, including many of Pima’s talented students.

There will be four public performances of this show running from Oct. 9 to 11, and tickets are on sale now from $10-$12. They can be purchased at


Sex Education by the numbers


Compiled by S.J. Barajas

$500 Million**

In federal funds given to PPFA yearly.

2.7 million*

Number of people who use Planned Parenthood


Percent of total services for abortion.

$4.3 million***

Federal grant given to Sunnyside for sex ed.


Abortions averted due to PPFA contraceptive services.

26.2 thousand*

Teen Birth Rate in the U.S.


Appointments schedule at PPFA.


Planned Parenthood activists, donors, and supporters.


Percent of unwanted teen pregnancy.

13 ****

Number of States that require medically accurate sex ed.


12-16 year olds that become fathers before age 20.


Unintended pregnancies averted through PPFA contraceptives yearly.


*Planned Parenthood


***Arizona Daily Star

****Guttmacher Institute

*****Department of Health and Human Services





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.

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 the path you are meant to be on, and listen to your inner voice.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

You might not feel in control of your own life. Take a deep breath, and take back the wheel. 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 are 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.

Leo (July 23- August 22)

Allow yourself to find your direction and you’ll find more joyous moments in your personal and professional life. Take some alone time to allow yourself to figure out what you want.

Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22)

Remember to maintain a social life and to find some time to relax and be open to new opportunities. 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 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 are responsible for your own life and your own choices. You hold your destiny in your own hands and control your own success.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

First impressions aren’t everything, Capricorn, so 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

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.

STOMPING GROUNDS: Native Grill and Wings

STOMPING GROUNDS: Native Grill and Wings



It’s Thursday night; you and your friends are going out to see a midnight release of some indie film at The Loft. Before the flick, you’re all hungry for great food, but since you’re also college intellectuals, you want some mentally stimulating conversation.

No worries, fellow intellectual college student, there’s a place just for you and it’s called Native Grill and Wings.

Native is a restaurant located at Speedway Boulevard and Country Club Road, so it’s pretty easy to get to from anywhere in town. Its doors are open 11 a.m. to midnight from Sunday to Thursday, and they close at 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The restaurant is run by an incredibly friendly staff. On my visit, our waiter was attentive to our group of eight and kept everyone’s drinks filled. I never saw an empty glass for more than two minutes.

A place with wings in their title usually has to have pretty good ones, and thankfully, Native has their wings down pact. There are over 10 flavors, between Honey Hot, which is what I ordered, Spicy Honey Mustard and the most terrifying option on the list, The Ghost.

They also have several dry rub options as well, such as Asiago Parmesean and Lemon Pepper.

Prices for the wings are more than reasonable, as $10 gets you a pound of wings.

Its not just wings at Native though, they also have burgers, pizza, salad, sandwiches and desserts, all for affordable prices.

The rest of the menu is what you would expect a bar and grill menu to look like, delicious, but the food is just the appetizer to the main course, Thursday Trivia Night.

My friend had been telling me about it for weeks, he and some of his coworkers went every Thursday after work.

He explained that it was just standard trivia, but when we walked in and got started, it felt like something more.

Trivia starts at 9 p.m. and that is when the night really begins. You and your team are handed a sheet of paper to write down the questions announced over the loud speaker.

You can make up any team name you want and your team is capped out at 10 members.

Having multiple people is a double-edged sword however, as each team can only submit one answer per question. So you have to agree on an answer as a team within the time limit, which is the duration of a random song.

The point system is based around teams assigning point values to each submitted answer. You can chose to make an answer worth one, three or five points, however, you can only use one point value per every set of three questions.

There are six sets of questions, one halftime question and a final question where you can wager up to 15 of your points, but if you answer incorrectly, you lose the amount of points you bet.

Sound interesting yet?

Far from another typical trivia night, they offer something unique for participants. When it comes to topics, they have everything.

When I went, we were asked questions about Forrest Gump, horse racing generations, geography, historical figures, cartoons and everything in between.

The fun of it all is trying to figure out the answers without the use of your phone. It’s nice to have a group of people who have a wide range of hobbies and fascinations, because whatever you don’t know, chances are, someone on your team might.

When the hostess announces the answers, the restaurant usually cheers, groans, or sometimes it’s a mixture of both, depending on what team answered correctly.

If you’re looking to win something for your mental prowess, Native has you covered.

The top three teams earn in-house credit they can use on their bills, with first place receiving $20, second $10 and third $5. Even if your team blows it and gets last place, you get a complementary dessert, to split with the rest of your team of course.

With all the usuals participating, teams will stick with the same name each time they return, earning a reputation with other returning teams.

Overall, both staff and regular customers at Native are very friendly to newcomers, like myself, making it a nice place for me and my friends to chill out on Thursday nights and get the brain juices flowing.

If you’ve never been to Native, take a Thursday, some of your friends and head out for some real competitive fun.

And hey, you could always get that dessert.

Alex Fruechtenicht/Aztec Press Grabbing a couple of drinks, friends and brainpower equates to an awesome Thursday night trivia at Native.

Grabbing a couple of drinks, friends and brainpower equates to an awesome Thursday night trivia at Native. (Alex Fruechtenicht/Aztec Press)


Top 10: Movies you probably haven’t seen but definitely should

Top 10: Movies you probably haven’t seen but definitely should



I am a “non-traditional” student, meaning I’m a lot older than most of you. Here’s a list of films that most people my age have seen, but I suspect many of you have not. These are gems from a time when screens were not cluttered with terrible sequels or remakes, when creativity existed in Hollywood and Adam Sandler made good movies.

10. “Goodfellas” (1990)

I hope most of you have seen this one, but just in case.. Sorry “Godfather” but THIS is the best Mafia movie. Based on the life of Lucchese family associate Henry Hill, it is a masterpiece, Martin Scorsese’s finest work. It inexplicably lost the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars to Kevin Costner’s “Dances With Wolves”, a vastly inferior film.

9. “Dazed and Confused” (1993)

Richard Linklater’s period piece about teenagers in Austin, Texas on the last day of school in 1976 is a wonderful movie, full of rich character development and flat-out awesome music. It is a snapshot of life in the mid-‘70s, and features a host of fine performances by the young cast, including Matthew McConaughey in his debut.

8. “The Bad News Bears” (1976)

Forget about the 2005 remake, it’s a weak imitation of the original. This movie was actually playing on the day depicted in “Dazed and Confused”. Growing up in the ‘70s was much different than it is now. We were “free-range children” and this charming film about a Little League Baseball team is a perfect illustration of that. Refreshingly politically incorrect, and full of questionable behavior by both adults and children, it is perhaps my favorite baseball movie.

7. “The Blues Brothers” (1980)

The first “Saturday Night Live” characters to be brought to the big screen, Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) try to save the orphanage they were raised in with help from some musical legends including Ray Charles, James Brown and Aretha Franklin. It features great music and some incredible car chases.

6. “Miracle” (2004)

In the 1980 Olympics, a group of American college kids beat the best hockey players in the Soviet Union, a team that had won four Olympic gold medals in a row. Kurt Russell is transcendent as Coach Herb Brooks, and he delivers the best locker room speech I’ve ever seen.

5. “Full Metal Jacket” (1987)

A powerful film about how Marines are made. It is told in two acts. The first one takes place at the Parris Island Recruit Depot in South Carolina, where “Private Joker” undergoes basic training. The second part is in Vietnam during the 1968 Tet Offensive, where “Joker” takes part in the savage battle for the city of Hue.

4. “The Princess Bride” (1987)

A delightful faerie tale/love story, this hilarious movie is superbly written, full of wit and heart. The adventures of Princess Buttercup and her true love Westley are not to be missed.

3. “The Full Monty” (1997)

This quirky film about unemployed steel workers in England really impressed me with its originality. Follow this eclectic group of friends as they navigate family responsibilities and try to make ends meet…by performing as strippers.

2. “Reservoir Dogs” (1992)

Quentin Tarantino’s first big film is still his best. The twisted tale of a robbery gone off the rails, “Reservoir Dogs” is full of great dialogue, quality acting and bloodshed. It also has a healthy dose of artfully done torture mixed in. Harvey Keitel and Steve Buscemi steal the show as “Mr. White” and “Mr. Pink.”

1. “Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964)

Peter Sellers is amazing as he plays three characters in Stanley Kubrick’s nightmarishly hysterical satire of Cold War brinksmanship gone wrong. George C. Scott also delivers as the overeager Air Force General “Buck” Turgidson. As funny as this movie is today, it scared the crap out of people when it was released. It really highlighted just how absurdly close the superpowers were to wiping each other out during that time. As unsettling a thought as that is today, it was much more so back the






Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

It’s your time to shine Virgo, but it doesn’t feel that way. Even though you have had negative energy in the past, open up your heart and get out there! Now is the time to listen to the guidance of those around you. Allow them to mend that broken heart. With your new positive energy people will be drawn to you, and bring major opportunities your way.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Do your own thing! Stop letting others tell you what to do. Unless it’s your mother, don’t be rude. Feed the soul by finding what you’re passionate about, and fight for it. Start connecting with different people, especially those that will help you be a better you. Libra, allow yourself to be strong and believe that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Feeling disappointed in yourself lately? As hectic as life can be you always manage to stay productive. Connecting with new people is sure to open new doors for you. Reach inside and bring back that confidence that has been missing from your life. Always push yourself and reach for the stars! As little as you may think you are Scorpio, remember how mighty a sting can be.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Things are going pretty well for you Sagittarius. You have a busy life and you stay active. Just don’t forget to relax and let loose. Stop working so much! While you indulge in some much needed R&R and you daydream about being Beyonce you should also explore your spiritual side. What drives you? There may be new opportunities on the horizon.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Capricorn, you may be enjoying all that structure in your life at the moment, but don’t be afraid to change direction. It may be hard, but take a chance and explore other opportunities. Get in touch with your true feelings, so you can get out of that comfort zone. It’s probably a good idea to leave others outside of your plans. They will just get in your way. Schedule some alone time to clear your thoughts and form a new path that can lead to incredible things.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Feeling excited Aquarius? You are a joy to be around and people are taking notice. Use this energy to your advantage and put yourself out there. That contact list has been looking a little dull. Find someone who shares your same interests or ideas and build something together. If you have a great idea, act on it! You never know where it might take you.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Has your hectic schedule been too much to handle? Take a deep breath Pisces, because you can do it! You have been working hard lately and showing your true potential, but all work and no play is not what you signed up for. Get social! Build new relationships and go out and have some fun. You’ve earned it.

Aries (March 21- April 19)

I bet you really feel in your element this month. Now is the time to find what you love, light a match and set fire to your ideas in a good way. Don’t be afraid to take a risk and stop thinking about all the things that could go wrong. Look at it as a fresh start. Let go of everything holding you back. Use those horns Aries, and power through!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Taurus, you are looking toward a positive change. In order for that to occur, you have to surround yourself with positive people. Be careful with your words, for those who are silently out to get you. They can interfere with your plans for change. Although, surely you will not let your opinion go unnoticed. You know what you want and won’t stop until you get it.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

As we all know Gemini, there is always change in your life. It’s time for a new beginning and time to show your worth. Never settle! You’re talented, charming and very intelligent. Share your wisdom with those around you. They are sure to love what you’re dishing out. Communication is what you do best, but remember not to overdo it. We wouldn’t want our little chatty Cathy to lose sight of what is really important.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Cancer, you have lots of fire in you. At the start of a new semester that’s a good thing. You want to learn as much as you can and explore your options. Maybe sign up for a new course? Just be careful and try not to spread yourself too thin. Always remember to speak your truth while treating your peers with respect.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You have big dreams Leo. What’s stopping you from achieving those dreams? If you’re feeling inspired, take charge of your life and expand it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Talk to your peers, for they may give you good ideas. The universe is working hard, sending you many signals. It’s your choice to read them. Climbing the ladder to success is not an easy task. It will take lots of courage.