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Tuba player Deanna Swoboda will perform at Pima Community College on Feb. 14.

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Tuba player Deanna Swoboda will perform at Pima Community College on Feb. 14.

Photo courtesy of PCC Center for the arts.

Tuba concert

Feb. 14

Arizona State University assistant professor and accomplished tuba player Deanna Swoboda will bring a “Tuba: Song, Dance and Romance” recital to the Pima Community College West Campus on Sunday, Feb. 14.

The performance begins at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall. Tickets are $8, with a variety of discounts available.

The program will feature romantic music by composers such as Robert Schumann, Rolf Wilhelm, Barbara York and Samuel Pilafian. The performance will also feature a tuba duet between Swoboda and PCC music instructor Mark Nelson.

Swoboda is a longtime performer whose accomplishments include four CDs and hundreds of concerts and performance appearances.

She also has collaborated with horn player Lin Faulk on TubaCOR, an ensemble that commissions new works for female horn players.

For additional information, call the Center for the Arts box office at 206-6986 or visit online at pima.edu/cfa.

-By  Eddie Celaya

Fiber exhibit

Feb. 20

Artists from Arizona and other states will visit Pima Community College’s West Campus on Saturday, Feb. 20, for a free “Many Facets of Fiber” presentation.

Ten artists with Friends of Fiber Arts International will display small works of art and show PowerPoints of their creations from 8:45-11:30 a.m. in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

Presentation highlights will include weaving, embroidery, felting and beading.

PCC’s fashion design department worked with the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery to bring the show to Tucson.

Bernal Gallery Director David Andrés recently opened a “Broaden the Aperture” exhibit that includes photographic art. Some pieces incorporate unusual forms, including fiber. The Bernal Gallery will be open after the fiber presentation.

Call 206-6942 or visit pima.edu/cfa for additional information. To learn more about Friends of Fiber Art International, visit friendsoffiberart.org.

-By Alyss Ramer

Cantores quartet

Feb. 21

The Pima Community College music department will host Cantores, an a cappella male quartet founded by PCC music instructor Jonathan Ng.

The concert will be held Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. at the West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall. Tickets are $8, with discounts available.

Cantores features Ng, counter-tenor and tenor Jose Snook, tenor Vincent Jackson and baritone Darryl King. The group will perform pop music and choral selections from stage and screen.

The program includes the Simon and Garfunkle hit “Scarborough Fair,” “Tonight” from the Broadway hit “West Side Story” and “Get Me to the Church on Time” from “My Fair Lady.”

For additional information, call 206-6986, or visit online at pima.edu/cfa.

-By  Eddie Celaya

‘Crazy for You’

Feb. 25-March 6

A beloved western musical will run Feb. 25-March 6 at the West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre. Director Todd Poelstra and his team selected “Crazy for You” to be the next show interpreted by student actors.

“Crazy for You” features music by composer George Gershwin, and received a Tony award while on Broadway in 1992. The play, set in the ‘30s, revolves around a passion for dancing and two lovers.

A pre-show celebration, “Opening Night Round-up of Cowpokes and City Slickers,” will be held on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is included in the price of the show ticket.

Shows start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets cost $18, with discounts for students, groups, seniors and members of the military. For additional details, call the box office at 206-6986 or visit pima.edu/cfa.

-By Alyssa Ramer

SandScript deadline

March 4

SandScript, Pima Community College’s art and literary magazine, will accept student submissions through March 4. Eligible entries include prose, poetry and visual art created by students.

Joshua Cochran’s WRT 162 class produces SandScript each spring. Students in the class choose entries through a blind-judging process, prepare the selected entries for publication and design the magazine. The 2016 edition will be unveiled in a ceremony on May 18.

SandScript has won numerous awards during its 20-year existence, include first-place national honors in 2015 from the Community College Humanities Association’s literary magazine competition.

Students may submit up to three works of fiction or non-fiction prose, six poems and six works of visual art.

All works must be previously unpublished, and submissions must be identified only by student ID number. Download 2016 guidelines and submission forms at aztecpressonline.com/sandscript. Follow all requirements to avoid disqualification.

For further information, email the magazine staff at sandscript@pima.edu.

-By Alyssa Ramer

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“Cellular” exhibition coming to Louis- Carlos Bernal Gallery

Beginning Oct. 26, the Louis-Carlos Bernal Gallery will host the “Cellular” exhibition, which includes artistic pieces involving several different mediums created by Susan Beiner and Mark Pomilio.

The opening reception will be held Nov. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Louis-Carlos Bernal Gallery. The gallery is in the southeastern corner of the Center for the Arts building located at West Campus. The exhibition will be held through Dec. 11. For Details, call 206-6986 or visit pima.edu/cfa.

“Sticks and Bones” set to begin Nov. 12

The Center for the Arts at Pima Community College West Campus is premiering a new show in the middle of  November. “Sticks and Bones” will be held in the Black Box theatre from Nov. 12 – 22.

The show involves a family and their son David, who has endured the Vietnam War. His negative experiences will reflect on and change his family.

There will be ASL interpretation available on the Nov. 19 showing.

Showings will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $18 and will be available at the CFA box office. For more information, call 206-6986 or visit pima.edu/cfa.

‘The Vagina Monologues’ return

Pima Community College West Campus will be hosting a free performance of “The Vagina Monologues” on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts’ Proscenium Theatre.

The cast of 14, including Pima students, faculty, staff and alumni will bring Eve Ensler’s award winning play to the Proscenium Theatre. The play is known for its powerful stories about a diverse group of women and girls.

Admission is free, but Pima will accept donations for the Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, a Tucson based non-profit organization geared toward helping victims of domestic disputes. According to the organization’s mission statement, “Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse provides the opportunity to create, sustain, and celebrate a life free from abuse.”

For more information, call 206-6742.

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The humanity of “The Unmentionable Mann”

The humanity of “The Unmentionable Mann”

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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.

By DANYELLE KHMARA

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 Salon.com.

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

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Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery hosts “About Books” art show

Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery hosts “About Books” art show

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

 

By ALYSSA RAMER

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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Margaret Suchland – Film Noir Book

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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.

By AUDRIE FORD

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 www.cyttucson.org.

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Photography, printmaking on display

Pima Community College will host an advanced photography and printmaking exhibit in the West Campus student art gallery through Sept. 4. The gallery, located in the Santa Rita building near the administration office, is open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission is free. The exhibit was first displayed from Jan. 22-Apr. 19 at the Ventana Medical Center in Oro Valley. The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance approached PCC’s Ann Simmons-Myers and David Andres to exhibit work by advanced PCC students.

For more information, call 206-6942.

PCC faculty to share ‘Nemesis’ stories

PCC faculty members Brooke Anderson, Maggie Golston and April Burge will tell true stories based on the theme, “Nemesis” on May 7 at 7 p.m.

The storytelling event will be held at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. General admission is $8 and $6 for students.

“Nemesis” stories explore how people deal with life, the process of dealing with negative energy from others and the outcomes and compromises of those situations.

In addition to the PCC storytellers, writers and entertainers will include: Rob Gonzalez, Tracey Kurtzman and Tamara Sargus.

The show is curated by another PCC instructor, three-time NYC Moth Slam Champion Molly McCloy.

For more information, call 730-4112.

Digital Video, Film screening May 18-19

PCC’s Digital Arts program will feature film and video work from students in the beginning and advanced classes on May 18-19 at 7 p.m. at the West Campus Proscenium Theatre for free.

For more information, call 206-6986.

Sandscript unveiling May 20

The 2015 edition of Pima’s art and literary magazine SandScript, under the direction of Joshua Cochran, will be unveiled May 20 at 7 p.m. at the West Campus Proscenium Theatre. Admission is free.

For more information call 206-3274.

PCC Writers Workshop May 28-31

Pima Community College will host a writer’s workshop from May 28-31. An opening night reception takes place at the Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway. All Saturday and Sunday workshop sessions take place at the West Campus Center for the Arts.

The non-credit course costs $150 for all three days and includes a manuscript consultation.

For more information, call 206-6084.

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Seven performances will take place at the Pima Community College West Campus’ Center for the Arts between April 26-May 3. Box office hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. For additional information, call the box office at 206-6986.

A capella quartet performs April 26

Pima Community College will present a guest recital featuring Cantores, a male quartet a cappella group. It will perform a special “Power of Four” program April 26 at 3 p.m. in the West Campus Recital Hall.

The quartet is made up of PCC faculty members Jonathan Ng, counter-tenor and tenor; Jose “Chach” Snook, counter-tenor and tenor; Vincent Jackson, tenor; and Darryl King, baritone.

The recital will highlight a variety of styles from the Renaissance period as well as folk and popular selections. The group will be accompanied by Suzanne Eanes.

Admission costs $8, with available discounts.

Jazz Ensemble plays favorites on April 28

PCC’s Jazz Ensemble will perform a spring concert April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the West Campus Proscenium Theatre.

Under the direction of Mike Kuhn, the band will perform a variety of big band compositions, including numbers from Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Brubeck. Many band members will be featured in solo improvisation roles.

Admission is $6, with discounts available.

‘Vagina Monologues’ April 29-30

Student Life presents the fifth Annual staging of the “Vagina Monologues” in the Pima Community College Center for the Arts. The event runs April 29 and 30 at the West Campus Recital Hall.

Shows start at 7 p.m., and admission is free. Donations are requested, and will benefit the non-profit Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse.

Wind Ensemble performs April 30

The PCC Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mark Nelson, will present its final spring concert on April 30.

The ensemble will perform the concert-band version of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” as well as Jan Van der Roost’s “Canterbury Chorale”; the first movement of Edward Gregson’s “Tuba Concerto”; as well as Harry Alford’s “Law and Order” march.

The program will also include guest conductor Alli Howard, the interim director of Pep Bands at the University of Arizona.

The show will be held at the West Campus Proscenium Theatre. It starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6, with discounts available.

Orchestra program May 2 

Pima Community College Orchestra will present its spring program on May 2, featuring works by Antonio Vivaldi, Mozart and Gounod.

The recital will feature Vivaldi’s “La Primavera” concerto from “Le Quattro Stagioni”; “Ballet Music” from Gounod’s “Faust”; and Mozart’s “Symphony No. 30” and “Piano Concerto No. 21.”

The concert will be held in the West Campus Proscenium Theatre. The show starts at 3 p.m., and admission is $6.

Chorale and college singers perform May 3

Pima’s Chorale and College Singers will perform their spring semester concert on May 3, under the direction of Jonathan Ng.

The chorale will sing a variety of folk and pop songs, while the college singers will present 20th century chorale works. The concert will end with Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Fantasia in C Minor Opus 80,” performed by both groups.

The concert starts 3 p. m. in the West Campus Proscenium Arts Theatre. Tickets cost $6.

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Members of the PCC Jazz Ensemble rehearse for a performance. (Photo courtesy of PCC Center for the Arts)

 

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TAPE! will showcase local artists

TAPE! will showcase local artists

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By ALYSSA RAMER

The long-running Tucson Comic Con has created a new sister event, “TAPE!,” which stands for Tucson Art Press Exhibit.

The point of the exhibit is to spotlight Arizona artwork in a wide variety of genres.

TAPE! will take place April 18-19 at the Tucson Convention Center Grand Ballroom. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Adults can attend both days for one payment of $6. Children ages 12 and below are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the show through the TCC box office.

Unlike Tucson Comic Con, which focuses on national-level comic book creators, TAPE! seeks to showcase local talent, according to Comic Con founder and director Mike Olivares.

“Comic books are an essential part of TAPE!, but we also want to focus on a broader range of art mediums,” Olivares said in a press release.

Examples include independent printers, original art and prints, and custom clothing, toys and jewelry.

In addition, charitable costume and fan groups will be on hand to interact with those attending the exhibit, plus provide information on their organizations and other events. Attendees are encouraged to dress up.

For additional information, email tucsoncomiccon.gmail.com or visit facebook.com/tapetucson.

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Grab a beer and read Shakespeare

Grab a beer and read Shakespeare

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By DEANNA SHERMAN

Join Tucson locals for an afternoon of beer, sonnets, monologues and iambic pentameter.

The Beer with the Bard is a Shakespeare-themed pub crawl produced in association with the Tucson Fringe Theatre Festival.

The pub crawl will begin April 25 at 2 p.m. in the lobby of Hotel Congress, starting with an infamous Shakespearean prologue. Check-in starts at 1:45 p.m.

The group will then find its way to Fourth Avenue on the patio of The Shanty for a comedic rendition. Afterword, they’ll head over to the Surly Wench for a scene from the original surly wench in the “Taming of the Shrew.”

Last but not least, they’ll head north and end the night at Flycatcher to watch “the closest thing to Shakespeare addressing his audience as we’ll ever get,” according to literary critic Harold Bloom.

Performances will take place along the route.

Beer with the Bard is a collaborative effort between Drama Queen Productions and Strada Theatre Company, founded by Michael Fenalson, Nicole Scott and Josh Parra.

The event is aimed toward local up and coming actors, artists and anyone who loves the classic writings and productions of William Shakespeare.

The goal is to produce the event every year in celebration of the Bard’s birthday. It continues the tradition of Shakespeare and brews that started as far back as the Renaissance era.

The event is for ages 21 and over. Admission is $5 per person.

For additional details, visit Tucsonfringe.com.

 

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PCC alive with music

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Three Pima Community College music instructors will perform in concert between April 12-19 in the Recital Hall at the West Campus Center for the Arts. Admission for each concert is $8, with discounts available.

For additional information, call the CFA box office at 206-6986 or visit online at pima.edu/cfa.

Alex Cardieri & Friends: April 12

Pianist Alex Cardieri will spotlight popular American music on April 12 at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The program will include movie soundtrack themes, plus works from George Gershwin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and The Beatles.

Cardieri has been a music instructor since 1979. He is currently a music specialist at the Sunnyside Unified School District and an adjunct music instructor at PCC. He also performs piano dinner music on Saturday evenings at Verona Italian Restaurant.

He holds a bachelor’s of music in piano and a master’s of music in music theory from Manhattan School of Music. He was awarded the O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music Award in 2003.

Mark Nelson tuba recital: April 16

Music department chair Mark Nelson will perform his annual faculty tuba recital on April 16 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall, continuing a tradition that began in 1975.

Music selections will include:

• “Every Day an Alleluia” by Barbara York

• “Naked Tuba” by Anne McGinty

• “Conversations” by Elizabeth Ruam

• “Buenos Recuerdos” by Adriana Figueroa Manas

• “Three More Furies” by James Grant

• “Flute Sonata No. 2” by Johann Sebastian Bach

Nelson has premiered and championed more than 30 new works for tuba. He has held master classes around the world, and is an active member of the board of directors for the International Tuba Euphonium Association.

He has recorded two solo tuba CDs.

Classical guitar concert: April 19

Guitar instructor Ben McCartney will perform music from Spain in a solo classical guitar concert on April 19 at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

McCartney will showcase a variety of Spanish classical and folk styles, highlighting themes from the Romantic Era and the 20th century.

The program includes works from Francisco Tárrega, Joaquin Turina and Federico Moreno Torroba, along with arrangements of piano works by Isaac Albéniz for solo guitar.

McCartney has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the western hemisphere, and has won prizes in several solo guitar competitions.

He has also earned an international reputation as a publisher of new editions of classical music, instructional texts and arrangements for solo guitar.

In addition to teaching guitar at PCC, McCartney teaches guitar at his private Tucson studio.

Copies of his recently released CD, “New Interpretations,” will be for sale, along with some of his publications.

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Student Art Exhibition reception slated April 16

A reception and award ceremony for Pima Community College’s Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition will be held April 16.

The events start at 2 p.m. in the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, located in the Center for the Arts complex on West Campus.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The exhibit, which showcases artwork of PCC students, opened April 6 and will continue through May 8.

Students from all PCC campuses were given an opportunity to present their work to a professional venue to be viewed by the general public.

The jurors this year were Diane Dale, visual artist; Simon Donovan, public artist, and Stephen Strom, photographer and writer.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

For more information, call the gallery at 206-6942 or visit pima.edu/cfa.

East Campus expands Design Studio April 15

Students at East Campus will have a larger and updated space to attend classes and work on after-hours projects with the expansion of the Art and Design Studio.

The studio is located at the north side of the E5 Building.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on April 15 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Following a welcome and other remarks by PCC officials, tours of the classrooms and studios will be offered.

Students and faculty will be on hand to talk about how they are using the new spaces.

In addition, the event will offer music and refreshments.

“This new space really allows our students to make the most of their art and design classroom experience,” said Mike Stack, faculty department chair. “These new studios also provide many more options for our students to focus on their artwork outside of class time,” he added.

The project was completed in February after seven months of construction work, which involved renovation of 1,600 square feet of interior space and 1,100 square feet of exterior space.

The studio is an overhang space to create two new art classrooms and an art storage room, as well as a new campus IT server room and workroom with storage.

PCC personnel also built counters, cabinets and sinks.

In 2012, PCC accomplished a similar expansion of the East Campus Emergency Medical Technology training facility.

“This is an example of how Pima undertakes projects thoughtfully and in the best interest of students,” said Darla Zirbes, East Campus president.

For more information contact 206-7619.

Creative Writing Workshop April 23

PCC will host a creative writing workshop on April 23 from 4-6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus for students, staff, faculty and administrators who are interested.

It will be co-hosted by the Downtown Campus reading series and the Cababi and Sandscript editing teams.

The event will consist of creative writing exercises, receiving feedback on your own current writing projects and learning how to submit your work for publications in Cababi and Sandscript.

Another workshop takes place on April 24-26, when Brian Blanchfield teaches a Creative Writing Weekend Workshop in poetry.

For information, email bdanderson@pima.edu or call 206-7350.

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Student art exhibit

Artwork created by Pima Community College students will be on display April 6-May 8 at the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery.

The Bernal Gallery is located in the Center for the Arts complex on West Campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A reception and awards ceremony will be held Thursday, April 16, at 2 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The exhibit has been recognized as an important showcase for emerging student artists. Students from all PCC campuses were offered an opportunity to present their work in a professional venue to be viewed by the general public.

Three jurors selected the student artwork for this year’s exhibition: Diane Dale, visual artist; Simon Donovan, public artist, and Stephen Strom, photographer and writer.

For more information, call the gallery at 206-6942 or visit pima.edu/cfa.

Poetry workshop

Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus will host a Creative Writing Weekend Workshop April 24-26 with Brian Blanchfield.

The workshop will offer focused, intensive exploration of poetry writing, with a variety of activities and lots of hands-on practice.

Workshop hours are 6-8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Participants will also write on their own Saturday night.

Blanchfield, a poet and essayist, is the author of two books, “Not Even Then” and “A Several World,” which was awarded the 2014 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and named a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in Poetry.

His nonfiction collection, “Onesheets,” is forthcoming from Nightboat Books next winter. Blanchfield is also the poetry editor for Fence magazine.

He has taught creative writing at the University of Arizona, University of Montana, Pratt Institute of Art and Otis College of Art and Design.

Current PCC students can enroll through MyPima. Non-students can fill out an online admission form at pima.edu, then enroll.

The workshop counts for two credits. The course number is WRT 298T2 and the CRN is 22951. Cost for Arizona residents is $141 for tuition and $21 in fees.

For more information, contact Josie Milliken at jlmilliken@pima.edu or 206-7156, or Brooke Anderson at bdanderson@pima.edu or 206-7350.

Miss Indian pageant

The Native American Student Association will hold a pageant on March 28 to select Miss Indian Pima Community College.

The main purpose of the pageant is to promote the culture and traditions of Native American students, according to NASA vice chairman Deljean Valentine.

Pageant contestants will showcase their talents through dance, skits, storytelling and singing.  They will also write an essay. The runnerup will hold the title of first attendant.

For additional information, email deljean@yahoo.com.

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Piano concert March 21

Pima Community College music instructors Raymond Ryder and June Chow-Tyne will perform a piano concert on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the PCC Center for the Arts Recital Hall. Admission is $8, with discounts available.

Ryder has a private teaching studio in Tucson in addition to teaching piano at PCC. Chow-Tyne has performed extensively in Asia and North America as a soloist and chamber music player.

For ticket information, call the box office at 206-6986 or visit pima.edu/cfa.

-By Katie Stewart-Vacio

 

Native American culture pageant

The Native American Student Association will hold a pageant March 28 to select Miss Indian Pima Community College.

The main purpose of the pageant is to promote the culture and traditions of Native American students, according to NASA vice chairman Deljean Valentine.

“There are many nations but we are all different nations,” she said. “NASA’s goal is to promote unity and understanding in spite of differences.”

Pageant contestants will showcase their talents through dance, skits, storytelling and singing.  They will also write an essay.

The runner-up will hold the title of first attendant.

For additional details, email deljeanv@yahoo.com

-By Kit B. Fassler

 

Photojournalism exhibit on display

East Campus will host a photo exhibit and special presentation by Pulitzer Prize- winning photojournalist José Galvez March 26.

Galvez earned his degree in journalism at the University of Arizona and worked for major newspapers including the Los Angeles Times after graduating.

His roots in the southwest are reflected in his images covering Latino life and the Chicano movement.

His photos, in honor of Cesar Chavez, have been on display in the East Campus Library since March 2 and will remain until March 26.

Galvez will be speaking to PCC students at 10:10 a.m. in the Library Learning Studio and at noon in the Art Studio, Room E-5.

The headline presentation, “Shine” begins at 2 p.m. in Community Room, L-101. The talk is free and open to the public.

For more information on the exhibit, email EC-studentlife@pima.edu or call 206-7616.

Information about José Galvez can be found at josegalvez.com.

East Campus is located at 8181 E. Irvington Road.

-By Jamie Verwys

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Bernal Gallery seeks student art submissions

Bernal Gallery seeks student art submissions

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The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery has issued a “call for entries” for its Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition.

The competition is open to any student enrolled at Pima Community College in Fall 2014 or Spring 2015.

Students may submit up to three pieces of artwork. The media can be ceramics, digital, drawings, fibers, metals, mixed media, painting, photography, prints, fashion design and sculpture.

The annual student exhibit allows emerging artists to display their work in a professional venue that will be viewed by the general public.

Students must deliver entries to the Bernal Gallery at the West Campus Center for the Arts between March 23-26. The gallery will be open from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day.

Artist information and an agreement form need to be with the art, and the art needs to be dry and ready to install. Entry forms and the full list of rules are available at the gallery or online at pima.edu/performingarts/bernalgallery.

Students will be notified of acceptance by March 31. Artwork not accepted for exhibition must be picked up March 31-April 1.

The exhibit will be on display April 6-May 8. The gallery will hold a reception and award ceremony on April 16 at 2 p.m.

For more information, call 206-6942.

-By Danyelle Khmara

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Art Briefs

Art Briefs

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Compiled by Katie Stewart Vacio

Chorale & College Singers: March 10

“Renewal” is the theme for a spring concert by Pima Community College’s Chorale and College Singers.

The varied program of choral standards, folk songs and sacred music will take place March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the PCC Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre on West Campus.

The program opens with the Chorale. The College Singers follow with two folk songs, the Tudor anthem and two spirituals. The last part of the concert highlights the Romantic period with 19th century choral music.

Tickets are $6, with discounts available. Box office hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and one hour before the performance.

For more information, call the box office at 206-6986 or visit pima.edu/cfa.

Wind Ensemble: March 12

Pima Community College’s Wind Ensemble will hold its spring concert, “Tunes To Hum To,” on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the PCC Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre on West Campus.

The program features songs with endearing and memorable melodies, including some of Gershwin’s best-known songs.

Other highlights include a new band arrangement by Wind Ensemble member Kenneth Wilson and small ensemble works by the woodwind, brass and percussion.

Tickets are $6, with discounts available. Box office hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and one hour before the performance.

For more information, call the box office at 206-6986 or visit pima.edu/cfa.

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