#Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday 2012
Tucson Nonprofit Arts Organizations Celebrate #GivingTuesday™
KXCI Presents a “Happy Hour for the Arts”
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
3pm to 7pm
Fox Tucson Theatre
17 W Congress Street
Tucson, AZ 85701

The national campaign #GivingTuesday™ began its life as a simple idea: We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals….Wouldn’t it be great to have a day for giving back? On Tuesday, November 27th our community will have an opportunity to give back and support arts and culture non-profits in our community.

So, on Tuesday, November 27th from 3pm to 7pm, KXCI and the Fox Tucson Theatre will support many downtown-based arts and cultural organizations with an event best described as a “downtown happy hour for the arts.”

We’ll have a live remote with KXCI Djs Cathy Rivers and Al Perry… free food… a cash bar… and hourly prize raffles. Plus a chance to meet and support a number of the arts and cultural groups that make Tucson a vibrant place to visit or call home.

KXCI General Manager Randy Peterson says , “KXCI is excited to team with the Fox Tucson Theatre and many of our downtown arts partners to kick off a season of giving in support of the arts.”

Our list of participants continues to grow. You can come celebrate and support the arts with the Fox, KXCI, Arizona Theatre Company, the Rialto Theatre, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, 2nd Saturdays Downtown, TKMA/Tucson Folk Festival, and The Screening Room/Arizona International Film Festival, with more yet to be announced.

Stay tuned to KXCI 91.3FM or www.kxci.org for complete details on these #GivingTuesday events.

Learn more about #GivingTuesday nationally at http://givingtuesday.org/.

Cinema La Placita Kicks Off Its 13th Season

Cinema La Placita

Cinema La Placita  is downtown Tucson’s outdoor classic film series, showing classic films outdoors every Thursday night, May through October, at 7:30pm. $3 per person includes popcorn! Here’s what’s showing in June:

June Films at La Placita

Thursday, June 7
at 7:30


Starring Woody Allen, Martin Landau, Mia Farrow, Alan Alda, Angelica Houston and Jerry Orbach. Directed by Woody Allen.

An opthamologist’s mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.


Thursday, June 14
at 7:30


Starring Jack Benny, Carole Lombard and Robert Stack. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier’s efforts to track down a German spy.


Thursday, June 21
at 7:30


Starring John Mills and Dorothy McGuire.

The time honored Disney classic.


Thursday, June 28
at 7:30

Starring Sean Connery and Honor Blackman.

Investigating a gold magnate’s smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.


Don’t be, it’s easy!

If you’re coming west on Broadway, go under the underpass, you’ll be directed onto Toole Ave. Continue on Toole to Stone and turn left to arrive in the parking garage on Stone south of Broadway; or turn left on Church Ave. to arrive at La Placita Village on Church just south of Broadway.

If you’re coming west on 6th Street, just turn left on Stone and come straight down to park in the parking garage on Stone just south of Broadway.

Here’s a map that shows street closures and traffic issues in downtown Tucson.


Should I bring my kids?

Check parental review sites such as Kids in Mind and Common Sense Media

Cinema La Placita is located on Thursday nights in the plaza of La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Avenue, the southwest corner of Church and Broadway in downtown Tucson.

“Diggin’ It Downtown — a Treasure Hunt”

Many of the Downtown Merchants will launch “DIGGIN’ IT DOWNTOWN –A TREASURE HUNT” on June 1st.  This will be the first of three  Hunts and it will end on June 30th.  There will be another Hunt in July and one in August.  Maps will be different for each Hunt and each Hunt begins the 1st of each of these months.

“Like us” at http://www.facebook.com/DigginItDowntown and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/DigginItDT for more information.  Information will also be distributed through the DTP website.

Maps will be available on-line but also will be distributed to the businesses for participants to pick up.  The hints (and guidelines for entries) will be on the back of the map.  Find the businesses using the hints and receive a Treasure.  When a hunter locates the  business, the hint is marked off with a unique stamp or sticker.  Locate ALL of the businesses and return your map to a participating business to enter the drawings.  Also, hunters can receive additional entries to the drawings by “Checking in” on Twitter, Yelp and Foursquare with the hashtag #DigginDT.

At the end of the three months, we will have a drawing for a Grand Prize. (TBA)

The participating businesses for June are:
Atlas Fine Arts
Ben’s Bells
brewd coffee lounge
Buffalo Exchange
Chicago Store
Desert Bloom Boutique
FLANAGAN’s Celtic Corner
Fox Theatre
June’s Corner Store
Lesco Optique
o2 Modern Fitness

Obsidian Gallery
Perfect Pantry
Roasted Tea & Coffee
The Drawing Studio
Tierra Antigua Realty Downtown
47 Scott 

The Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus At Etherton Gallery on May 12

Second Saturday Celebration of Land and Sea:

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of green fields and turbulent seas on Saturday, May 12, 2012 when the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus performs a selection of songs celebrating the Earth, Sea and Sky at Etherton Gallery set against the land and seascapes of painters Joe Forkan, and Nancy Tokar Miller and photographer Lisa M. Robinson. The performance begins at 7:30 pm. Joe Forkan, Nancy Tokar Miller and Lisa M. Robinson are featured in the Etherton Gallery’s current exhibition, This Land, This Sea, which runs through May 26.

The event is Etherton Gallery’s contribution to Second Saturdays Downtown, a series of arts and entertainment events held the second Saturday of every month to celebrate Downtown Tucson. The evening is free and open to the public. Etherton Gallery is located in downtown Tucson at 135 S. 6th Ave, ½ block south of Broadway, upstairs from Downtown Kitchen+Cocktails. For information, contact Etherton Gallery at 520-624-7370 or info@ethertongallery.com.

Established in 1981, the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus is a community performance choir of women from all walks of life who serve the Tucson community. The chorus has performed with the Tucson Symphony, the Arizona Symphonic Winds, the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall and other numerous other local organizations.

Located in the historic Odd Fellows Hall in downtown Tucson, Etherton Gallery has been a destination for photography collectors for over 30 years. In addition to hosting museum quality exhibitions in a variety of media, the gallery participates in major art fairs, such as The AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) Photography Show in New York, Classic Photographs LA, the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair and Art Basel Miami Beach. Terry Etherton is a Senior Member of The American Society of Appraisers and regularly consults on all matters relating to photography including conducting appraisals. For more details, visit http://www.ethertongallery.com

Art of Summer 2012 at The Drawing Studio

Art of Summer 2012

Art of Summer 2012 at The Drawing Studio
Studio Art Immersion for Youth, ages 9 -12, and Teens, 13 – 18
in a variety of formats and media
in June and July
Student Exhibition opens July 28

The Art of Summer is The Drawing Studio’s premier studio immersion program for youth (ages 9-12) and teens (ages 13-18). It is an opportunity for young people to experience art studio practice in formats that nourish deep explorations of the visual world and develop skills useful in many avenues of life beyond art. The only prerequisite is a desire to create.

There will be an OPEN HOUSE for interested youth, teens, parents, and friends on Sunday, May 6,  2 – 4 pm at: The Drawing Studio, 33 S 6th Avenue. Phone 520.620.0947 for more information. Download the Art of Summer 2012 Brochure.

Barbershop eXperience & Author Talk at Library on May 12

On 2nd Saturday May 12  two programs will be presented at the Joel D Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone.

Tucson Barbershop eXperience

At 1:00 p.m. there will be a free performance by the Tucson Barbershop eXperience. Tucson Barbershop eXperience is the performing chorus of the Tucson Sunshine Chapter of the Far Western District of The Barbershop Harmony Society. The performance will feature a Very Large Quartet, which is a 16 member choral group with four singers per harmony.

Author Talk: Melissa Diane Smith
Going Against the Grain of What You Think You Know About Nutrition

At 3:00 p.m., nationally known nutrition author Melissa Diane Smith will reveal groundbreaking information that will make you question what you think you know about nutrition. She will disclose startling truths you haven’t heard before about refined grains, whole grains, gluten grains, and genetically modified ingredients in common grain products, and will reveal a simple way to use this information to dramatically improve your diet, reverse disease processes, and revitalize your health.

Melissa Diane Smith is the author of Going Against the GrainGluten Free Throughout the Year and User’s Guide to Preventing & Reversing Diabetes Naturally, and coauthor of the national bestseller Syndrome X: The Complete Nutritional Program to Prevent & Reverse Insulin Resistance.

For more information, go to http://www.library.pima.gov/

The Art of Michael Bell Featured at La Pilita Museum

Art of Michael Bell
From now through April 13, the art of Michael Bell will be featured at La Pilita Museum, 420 S. Main. Hours are 11:00am – 2:00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday, and you can find more information and a map at  www.lapilita.com.

Michael grew up in Tucson. He attended the U of A, College of Fine Arts, graduating in Landscape Architecture. Michael taught Design Studio at the U of A Department of Landscape Architecture, owned his own landscape architecture firm, and later worked as a consultant in the field. Throughout his career Michael studied and practiced art, much of which is reflected in his landscape architecture work including the artificial cliffs and landscape on North Swan Road, Tucson Museum of Art Plaza of the Pioneers, Pima Canyon Estates, The Canyons, and Dove Mountain. Michael’s southwestern upbringing and love of this unique land is seen clearly in his current paintings. Michael has painted professionally since 1986, represented by El Presidio Gallery in Tucson, Karin Newby Gallery in Tubac, and galleries in Scottsdale, Santa Fe, and Laguna Beach. His medium is acrylic and oil and subjects range from southwest landscape to abstract art. The show extends through April 13.

“Ask a Mexican” A Night with Gustavo Arellano on April 15

“Ask a Mexican” A Night with Gustavo ArellanoGustavo Arellano
Tacos, Satire and Cultural Commentary
Sunday, April 15, 2012
4:00-6:00 pm
La Cocina at Old Town Artisans
201 N. Court Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701
Admission: $25
CALL (520) 621-4046 to reserve tickets
Benefit for Tucson Meet Yourself

An entertaining, tasty trip through the history and culture of Mexican food in this country. When salsa overtook ketchup as this country’s favorite condiment in the 1990s, America’s century-long love affair with Mexican food reached yet another milestone. In seemingly every decade since the 1880s, America has tried new food trends from south of the border. As a result, Mexican food dominates American palates to the tune of billions of dollars in sales per year. It’s a little-known history, one that’s crept up on this country like your Mexican neighbors-and left us better for it.

Gustavo Arellano’s ¡Ask a Mexican! column has a circulation of more than two million in thirty-eight markets (and counting). The column won the 2006 Association of Alternative Newsweeklies award for the best column in a large circulation weekly. He has received the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a 2008 Latino Spirit Award from the California State legislature. Arellano has appeared on the Today show, Nightline, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and The Colbert Report. He is the editor of the OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, and a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Op/Ed pages.