Compiled by Robyn Zelickson
Pima Community College will stage four musical concerts Nov. 29-Dec. 4 in the West Campus Center for the Arts. Each performing group will present its final concert of the semester.
Tickets for each concert cost $6, with discounts available for students, seniors, military, PCC employees and groups of 10 or more.
For further information, call the box office at 206-6986, email email@example.com or visit pima.edu/cfa.
Jazz Ensemble: Nov. 29
Director Mike Kuhn leads the PCC Jazz Ensemble in its winter concert on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the West Campus Proscenium Theatre.
The program will spotlight the 1935-45 swing era and feature pieces by Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton. Some modern jazz standards will also be included.
A highlight of the evening will be first trombonist Roger Wallace performing an arrangement of “Invitation.”
Wind Ensemble: Dec. 1
The PCC Wind Ensemble’s winter concert, directed by Mark Nelson, will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the West Campus Proscenium Theatre.
Selections include a diverse mix of music, both old and new. One highlight will be John Williams’ “Harry Potter Symphonic Suite” as a tribute to the new Harry Potter movie.
Woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles will perform a variety of numbers and the evening will conclude with Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.”
Chorale and College Singers: Dec. 2
The PCC Chorale and College Singers, under the direction of Jonathan Ng, will celebrate the semester’s end with a selection of popular and holiday choral works on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the West Campus Proscenium Theatre.
The Chorale is a larger chorus and the College Singers are a more select a capella choir. Both groups will perform a variety of selections.
The evening will conclude with the two groups combining, accompanied by Susan Simpson on piano and Tony Martin on percussion.
A highlight will be “When the Saints Go Marching In,” arranged by John Rutter. Ivan D. Duran will perform a clarinet solo.
PCC Orchestra: Dec. 4
PCC Orchestra, directed by Alexander Tentser, will perform works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. in the West Campus Proscenium Theatre.
At the conclusion of the program, the orchestra will perform a series of “Harry Potter” themes composed by John Williams.
The orchestra’s mission is to provide education about classical and other orchestral styles. The group is made up of high school and college students along with community adults.
Compiled by Robyn Zelickson
‘Bye Bye Birdie’ runs Oct. 28-30
Christian Youth Theater will present four showings of “Bye Bye Birdie” on Oct. 28-30 in Pima Community College’s West Campus Proscenium Theatre. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at cyttucson.org.
For more information, contact Ray Frieders at 370-4000.
Student art display opening Nov. 7
Work by Pima Community College’s Louis Carlos Bernal scholarship and visual arts students will be on display from Nov. 7 to Feb. 3, 2017 in the West Campus Student Gallery.
The gallery is located on the second floor of the Santa Rita “A” building, near the administration offices. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
A gallery reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 10, from noon to 2 p.m.
For more information, call 206-6942.
Cababi launching with Nov. 9 party
Cababi Art and Literary Magazine will hold a launch party for its Fall/Winter 2016-17 edition on Nov. 9 from 4-6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus Amethyst Room.
Activities will include recognitions and awards, hors d’oevres and storytelling with Molly McCloy.
The magazine provides a platform for artistic work from all campuses in categories including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, painting, sculpture, essays, editorials, satire and travel writing.
An editorial board made up of faculty and students chooses submissions from staff, students and faculty.
The PCC Foundation awarded Cababi a grant for its dedication to making the magazine an inclusive project that provides opportunities and work experience.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Ghosts’ theme of gallery exhibit
Especially appropriate for this time of year, the CasaBella Fine Arts gallery will host a show by Santa Fe photographer/artist Angel Wynn entitled “Ghosts” through Nov. 27.
Wynn’s series of photographs depict haunting encounters from various locations, including the Fox Tucson Theatre. Over the years, there have been many reports of ghostly apparitions, strange noises and spooky shadows.
An opening reception on Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. will feature models dressed in the period clothing they wore during photo shoots. Wynn will also discuss her ghost series project and the effects used to create spirit-like images.
While preparing images for a previous exhibit, Wynn came across a photo with a wisp-like flare. The phantom image inspired her “Ghost” project.
The CasaBella gallery, located at 4425 N. Campbell Ave. in Joesler Village at River Road, is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
For more information on Wynn, visit her website at angelwynn.com.
East Campus to unveil seven new sculptures
East Campus will host a Sculpture-on-Campus installation reception on Oct. 20 from 2-4 p.m. in the Courtyard. The event is free and open to the public.
Seven sculptures will be added to other works that have been installed since 2004. The new artwork will feature creations by artists Kevin Caron, Barbara Jo McLaughlin, Hector Ortega, Brain Painter, Andrew Turley and Joan Waters.
Attendees can meet the artists, take tours to see all campus sculptures and enjoy refreshments.
For more information, contact 206-7619.
-By Francisco Zapata
Chorale, College Singers plan concert Oct. 23
The Chorale and College Singers will perform a fall concert on Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. in the
West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.
Music instructor Jonathan Ng directs both mixed-voice singing groups. The Chorale is a larger chorus and the College Singers are a more select a capella choir.
The Chorale program will include:
- “Barbara Allen” by Linda Spevacek
- “Locus iste” by Anton Bruckner
- Three choruses from “Le nozze di Figaro” (“The Marriage of Figaro”) by W.A. Mozart
- “The Music of the Night” from “The Phantom of the Opera” (arranged by Ed Lojeski)
- “This Little Light of Mine” spiritual (arranged by Mark Hayes)
The College Singers will perform:
- “Ach, Weh des Leiden” and “Tanzen und springen” by Hans Leo Hassler
- “The Boatman’s Dance” by Aaron Copland
- “My Spirit Sang All Day” by Gerald Finzi
- “I Want God’s Heaven to be Mine” spiritual (arranged by Betty Jackson King)
- “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” (arranged by Bob Chilcott, former member of King’s Singers)
The evening will conclude with both groups performing together, accompanied on piano by Susan Simpson and on percussion by Tony Martin.
Their selections will feature:
- “Vive L’Amour” male chorus (arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw)
- “Polly-Wolly-Doodle” choral scherzo (arranged by Gail Kubik)
- “Geographical Fugue” by Ernst Toch
- “Thanks Be To God” from “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn
Tickets are $6, with discounts available for students, seniors, military, PCC employees and groups.
For more information, call the box office at 206-6986 or email email@example.com.
-By Robyn Zelickson
Native American dancer Kelvin Yazziz leads a friendship dance with volunteers in the West Campus cafeteria during a presentation on Oct. 10.
Photos by Nicholas Trujillo
Compiled by Melina Casillas
Wind Ensemble performs Oct. 11
The Pima Community College Wind Ensemble will perform its first concert of the fall semester on Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall on West Campus.
Tickets cost $6, with discounts available.
The program will include a mix of new and traditional arrangements including “Galop” from the “Dance of the Hours” by Amilcare Ponchielli—made famous by Walt Disney’s “Fantasia.”
The performance will end with pieces performed by smaller wind and percussion ensembles.
For more information, call the box office at 206-6986.
Writing workshop set for Oct. 14-16
Pima Community College and professional writer Annie Guthrie will present a weekend writing workshop Oct. 14-16.
The workshop will focus on immersive reading and writing techniques.
Readings will include essays, writings and poetry from contemporary writers including Hiromi Ito, Kamau Brathwaite and G.C. Waldrep.
Sessions will be held at the Downtown Campus in Building AH, Room 140, on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Participants will also work independently on Saturday night.
Students can earn two credits. Current Pima students can enroll for WRT 298T4 through MyPima, using CRN 14536. Non-students can fill out an online college admission form at pima.edu/admissions. Cost for Arizona residents is $183.
For more information, contact Josie Milliken at 206-7156 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Brooke Anderson at 206-7350 or email@example.com.
Events near final run
Two college arts events will end in early October.
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” enters its final weekend Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Call the box office at 206-6986 for information.
A free faculty art exhibit at the West Campus Bernal Gallery will close on Oct. 7. Call the gallery at 206-6942 for details.
Sept. 22 show explores immigrant journeys
East Campus will host a free one-woman show called “They Call Me Q” on Sept. 22 at 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room.
The play, written and performed by Qurrat Ann Kadwani, explores the experiences of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Bronx.
“They Call Me Q” symbolizes the journey of immigrants who seek balance between cultural pressure and wanting acceptance into American culture.
During the one-hour performance, Kadwani will perform as 13 different characters, portraying her parents, teachers, classmates and friends who shaped her life.
Kadwani has received many national and international awards.
In 2014, she became the first South Asian female to have a solo play produced off Broadway, where it ran for seven months. She was also featured on Fox 5 NY as a “Woman Who Shapes the Future.”
For more information, call 206-7616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
-By Francisco Zapata
Student Gallery exhibit spotlights Digital Arts
Work by Pima Community College Digital Arts students will be on display Sept. 19 to Oct. 14 in a Fall Visual Arts exhibition in the West Campus Student Gallery.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
A gallery reception will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20, from noon to 2 p.m.
The Student Gallery is located on the second floor of the Santa Rita “A” building, near the administration offices.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information, call 206-6942.
-By Robyn Zelickson
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 email@example.com. Box-office hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and one hour before performances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
-By Melina Casilla
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.
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 email@example.com.
-By Katta Mapes
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
-By Alyssa Ramer
Pima Community College students can submit artwork for consideration in the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition at the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery April 11-May 6.
Students may enter up to three pieces in these categories: ceramics, digital, drawing, fibers, metals, mixed media, painting, photography, prints, sculpture and fashion design.
Three jurors will select pieces for the exhibit. Interested artists should drop off their work at the Bernal Gallery in the Center for the Arts on West Campus on March 21-24 from 10 a.m-4 p.m. Students will be notified of acceptance by March 30.
The competition is open to any student enrolled at PCC on any campus during the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters. Work must have been completed during those semesters.
An informational flier and entry forms are available at the Bernal Gallery, or can be downloaded at pima.edu/cfa. Call 206-6942 for further information.
Compiled by Melina Casillas
Chorale and College Singers: March 8
The Pima Community College Chorale and College Singers will perform their first concert of the spring semester on Tuesday, March 8, under the direction of Jonathan Ng.
The concert will be begin at the West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6, with discounts available.
The Chorale is a large mixed-voice choir. Their program will include Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus,” “O Cara Mia, Addio” by Mike Morasky and a Tom Fettke arrangement of the popular song “You Raise Me Up.”
The College Singers, a select a cappella group, will present 20th century classical compositions including “The Seal Lullaby” by Eric Whitacre and “Sweet Love for Me” by Charles V. Stanford. They will also perform “His Voice as the Sound,” a hymn arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw.
The Chorale and College Singers will be joined by Susan Simpson and Josh Gastelum on piano and Tony Martin on percussion, for some performances.
For more information, call the box office at 206-6986 or visit pima.edu/cfa.
PCC Wind Ensemble:
PCC’s Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mark Nelson, will perform new and classical works at the first concert of the spring semester.
The concert will take place Thursday, March 10, at the West Campus Proscenium Theatre, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $6, with discounts available.
The program will highlight Vincent Persichetti’s “Divertimento for Band.” Other pieces include “The Southerner” by Russell Alexander, an arrangement of George Gershwin’s “Second Prelude,” Percy Grainger’s “Australia Up-Country Tune” and “Toccata” by Frank Erickson.
Wind Ensemble members will also perform in a flute choir, clarinet choir, brass ensemble and percussion ensemble.
For more information, call 206-6986 or visit pima.edu/cfa.
‘Variations’ student art:
Through March 25
PCC visual art students will display work through March 25 at the Student Visual Art Gallery, located at West Campus on the second floor of the Santa Rita building.
Gallery displays will featurework by the Louis Carlos Bernal 2016 scholarship recipients: Susan Marvin, Tony Polzer, Adrian Vargas, Karima Walker, Vincent Vigil and Brett Starr.
The gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
For more information, call 206-6942 or visit pima.edu/cfa.
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
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
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
-By Alyssa Ramer
Compiled by Alyssa Ramer and Audrie Ford
“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.
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.