Mayor Rothschild Declares April 14 “I am Tucson” Day

I Am TucsonA Celebration of Tucson’s Diversity April 14 at 2nd Saturdays Downtown

2nd Saturdays Downtown will be host to the launch of a new community movement, I am Tucson, on Saturday, April 14 in downtown Tucson from 4 – 10 p.m.

I am Tucson is a project of the Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) Class of 2012 focusing on the positive attributes of Tucson. The goal of the project is to celebrate, unify, engage and build pride in those who call Tucson home.

The I am Tucson Kickoff party on April 14 will feature several activities for the entire family:
• Create a tile for the I am Tucson mural, to be permanently displayed downtown
• Be the first to purchase the official I am Tucson and Yo soy Tucson t-shirts
• Create your own I am Tucson message at an interactive photo and video booth

As part of the celebration launch, Mayor Jonathon Rothschild will declare Saturday, April 14 “I am Tucson day” at the April 10 City Council Meeting 5:30 p.m. at 255 West Alameda Street.

The 2nd Saturday kick-off celebration is the beginning of what the 2012 GTL class hopes will be a lasting movement. The second phase of the project will include the launch of where Tucsonan’s can upload pictures, videos and stories of why they are proud to be Tucsonans, enter design ideas for additional I am Tucson product lines, purchase I am Tucson t-shirts and other items.

The final phase of the project is the creation of an I am Tucson mural in partnership with Ben’s Bells. This collective art project will be created by Tucsonans and cover what is known as “the hump,” or the foundation of what was to have been the twin tower to One South Church Tower at Stone Avenue and Broadway.

Those attending 2nd Saturdays on April 14 can visit the I am Tucson booth, sign a Ben’s Bells Kindness contract and paint a tile to personally contribute to this community beautification project.

This year’s GTL class was very passionate about creating a project that would have a lasting impact in our community,” said Kent Simpson. “The I am Tucson movement is something that reaches across all cultures, all socio-economic sectors and all demographics. Everyone is unique, which is what makes this community such a joy to live in. This is an opportunity for anyone to share their qualities and to build pride in our wonderfully diverse region.”

For more information about 2nd Saturdays downtown visit Follow the I am Tucson movement on Facebook and Twitter by visiting

To pre-order an “I am Tucson” or “Yo Soy Tucson” t-shirt, please go to Pre-orders must be completed by March 31st, 2012. However, there will be a limited supply of t-shirts available at I am Tucson’s launch event.

About I am Tucson: I am Tucson is a movement to share the positive attributes of community. Our goal is to celebrate, unify and engage those who call Tucson home. As we share our stories, we find even more reasons to be proud to live in Tucson. I am Tucson is a project of the Greater Tucson Leadership Class of 2012.

Worker, Inc. Will Showcase the Efforts of the Worker Transit Authority

WHAT: Worker, Inc. will present a series of public events showcasing the efforts of the Worker Transit Authority.

WHEN: April 27 & 28, 2012
May 4 &5, 2012
May 11 & 12, 2012

WHERE: 210 East Broadway, southeast corner of 5th and Broadway.


The Worker Transit Authority asks the community, “How do you move through the city?” through interactive maps, brochures, surveys, drawings, sculptures, videos and text.

For three weekends, Tucson residents can participate in this important discussion about land use, infrastructure, transportation, environment and distribution. Like actual transit authority public process, the project is a form of civic engagement, but unlike actual transit authority pubic process the WTA events are fun! The project wraps art, parody, and beauty to format new and radical notions of how we can function as individuals and as a society. The projects include: an overview of the Worker Transit Authority (WTA), Consumer Transit System (CTS) & Bicycle-centric Approach to Planning (BcAP).

Funded through the Tucson Pima Arts Council / Kresge Arts in Tucson ll: P.L.A.C.E. Initiative Grants. In kind support from Reproductions Inc., Peach Properties, Organic Kitchen & Zocalo Magazine. Letters of support from City of Tucson Department of Transit, City of Tucson Ward I-IV, Living Streets Alliance, Downtown Partnership, Brachman Institute, Department of Geography University of Arizona, College of Architecture University of Arizona, City of Tucson Office of Conservations & Sustainable Development.

Bill Mackey, of Worker, Inc. will present events that incorporate performance, graphics, and data in a participatory manner designed to facilitate discussion about the issues of land use, infrastructure, transportation and the environment.

Worker Inc. is a company that specializes in exploring the human connections to the built environment bridging the theory and practice of the social sciences, planning and art. Since 2009, Worker Inc has been instrumental in the production of community exhibits – Downtown Tucson Master Plans, Food Paper Alcohol, and You Are Here. The exhibits combine ART + PLANNING creating unique platforms that is an act of discovery for the community.

For further information visit from your PC or mobile device and get involved. Feel free to ‘take the survey’ on our homepage.

Also visit for more information about Bill Mackey and Worker, Inc.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Just for Kids at the Fox April 1

The Really Big Just for Kids Grand Finale Concert Will Close the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s 2011-12 Just for Kids Series; the April 1 Event at the Fox Tucson Theatre Will Include an Enactment of Susan Lowell’s Dusty Locks and the Three Bears

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s 2011-12 Just for Kids series will conclude with The Really Big Just for Kids Grand Finale Concert on Sunday, April 1 at 2:00 pm at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. in downtown Tucson. The program, featuring the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the TSO String Quartet, will include a musical enactment of Dusty Locks and the Three Bears, a story by local author Susan Lowell with music composed by Ilona Vukovic-Gay, TSO assistant principal viola. The approximately one-hour concert will be filled with story-telling and music including “He’s a Pirate” from Pirates of the Caribbean, “On the Trail” from Grand Canyon Suite and the Overture to William Tell. Copies of Dusty Locks and the Three Bears will be available for purchase and Ms. Lowell will be present to sign them.

The Really Big Just for Kids Grand Finale Concert is a family orchestra concert wrapping up an exciting Just for Kids concert season. Just for Kids is a popular series of fun, informal, interactive concerts lasting 45 to 50 minutes. The performances use humor, story-telling, demonstrations and participation to introduce classical music and orchestral instruments in an entertaining and kid-friendly environment to families including those with very young children. The Just for Kids Series is performed in Tucson, Sahuarita and Oro Valley most months during the symphony season.

Tickets for The Really Big Just for Kids Grand Finale Concert are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. For more information about the The Really Big Just for Kids program, call the TSO box office at (520) 882-8585 or visit for tickets and a map of where to park for this event. TSO Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Just for Kids Series receives support from the Providence Service Corporation, the National Bank of Arizona, the Mary S. Gorin Fund, Sandra B. Um, the Learning Curve and Friends, the Arizona Lottery, Freeport McMoRan and Gold Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Professional Bicycle “Criterium” Road Race Coming Once More to Downtown Tucson

Old Pueblo Grand PrixThe Athlete Octane Old Pueblo Grand Prix will be a classic downtown criterium (or crit) –- the quintessential American-style bike race concentrated around a few city blocks with lots of turns, very high speeds and continuous action and excitement. For 2012 it is one of only eleven races around the US which make up the prestigious USA Crit Championship Series.

On Saturday March 17, 2012, 02 Modern Fitness and Fitworks Cycling Support bring to Tucson the Athlete Octane Old Pueblo Grand Prix. It is family-friendly and spectator-friendly, because the racing action is all within view and passes by every minute at 25-35 mph. There will be intermediate sprint prizes of both product and cash to keep the racers motivated throughout their events, along with prizes for the top finishers. The event is free to spectators.

The race start/finish line is on Stone Avenue in front of St. Augustine Cathedral, and racers head north, right on Jackson Street (just south of Broadway), and then right again on Scott Avenue. They travel south on Scott past the Children’s Museum, the Scottish Rite Temple, and Temple of Music and Arts, turn right onto 14th Street, and then right again onto Stone and back to the start/finish.

The racing will begin at 10:30 a.m. and extend to 6:45 p.m. Races throughout the day are separated by level of competitive experience and age group. The Pro/Elite men and women categories include national- and international-class athletes, including Olympic and Tour de France competitors. During two intermissions, there will also be a fun “Kid’s”race for children under 6 years old, and an open-class “Street Sprint”.

Festivities around the course will include a bicycle/sponsor Expo, Beer Garden, VIP area, bike-related family activities on the lawn of the Children’s Museum. A Cinelli bicycle and high-performance carbon wheels will be raffled off before the start of the Pro/Elite men’s race.

Food will be available from the Tucson Food Truck Coalition. The 25th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will be ongoing only a few blocks away Downtown. Those who come Downtown on their bicycles can start their day with a “Bike Burrito” and Athlete Octane beverage bottle fill-up at the Hotel Congress from 8:00 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Athlete Octane will be featuring “Octini’s” at a “Meet the Pro’s” post-race cocktail hour back at the Hotel Congress at 7:00 pm.

With a prize purse of $20,000, this event in Tucson rivals some of the premiere races in the country and will attract many of our nation’s top cyclists.

For more information go to
Must register by March 6, 2012 at

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum Lecture Series

trainThe Southern Arizona Transportation Museum announces its 7th Annual History Talks.

WHEN: 3pm on Sundays — February 26 through March 18, 2012

Feb. 26: Tucson Division/SP RR Tales – Mike Smith, retired SP/UP Engineer

March 4: Historic Transportation Corridors in Arizona – Ken Scoville

March 11: “What Time Is It?” – Standard Time Zones and RR Watches– David Quakenbush, Owner, A-1 Watch Company

March 18: Tucson Extension of the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad – Richard Dick

WHERE: Held at the ParkWise Conference Room, 110 E. Pennington St., Suite 150, Room 112 (Pennington St. Parking Garage, SW corner of 6th Ave. and Pennington). Free parking on the streets on Sunday.

PRICE: Admission is Free; donations are happily accepted. All proceeds go to the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, (a Division of Old Pueblo Trolley, Inc. – a 501(c) (3) corporation).

Call the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 623-2223, for more information.

47 Scott Now Open for Saturday Brunch

47 scott is now open for Saturday Brunch. As of Saturday, January 28, the restaurant now opens at 10am on Saturdays and serves their trademark modern comfort food along with several new and innovative brunch dishes. Ciaran Weise, manager of 47 scott’s renowned cocktail program, has created a signature bloody mary, and classic brunch libations like mimosas and bellinis will be available as well.

The decision to offer brunch came from the owners, Nicole Flowers and Travis Reese, and their love of long and lazy weekend meals. “Great urban centers almost always include a thriving brunch scene,” said Reese. “As downtown continues to grow, we wanted to translate our dinner program into a brunch venue that includes quality comfort-food for Saturday afternoon diners.” “And we feel we have the perfect venue to do that with our patio,” added Flowers.

The new menu includes favorites such as their grass-fed beef burger but also new creations for breakfast like their egg scramble with basil, tomatoes and their fresh house-made mozzarella.

Brunch opens at 10am, and will run until 4pm when 47 scott transitions to their dinner menu.

47 scott opened in May 2010 and serves modern American comfort food in Downtown Tucson. In October 2010 Flowers and Reese opened scott & co, a nod to early 20th century bars and the cocktails they served. Both have received national recognition for their unique and innovative approach to food and spirits.

For menus and more go to

Etherton Gallery: Upcoming Events

Chris Rush, James Reed and Craig Cully: Don’t Look Now
Etherton Gallery
 January 24 – March 17, 2012
Reception: 7:00 – 10:00 pm, Saturday, January 28, 2012

In Don’t Look Now, three artists—Chris Rush, James Reed and Craig Cully—look both backwards and forwards to what was and may very well be an Age of Enlightenment in a time of severe changes to our political, societal and cultural norms.

Using portraiture, historical references and an eye trained on the public and personal, these three artists push us to look at and under our conflicted, itchy skin. And if we don’t look now, when?

Please join the artists at our opening reception Saturday night featuring DJ Buttafly on the tables!

Etherton on the Road
Palm Springs Convention Center 
February 16 – 19, 2012

Many thanks to our Los Angeles collectors, curators and friends—old and new—who stopped by our booth at Classic Photographs Los Angeles. This terrific event which featured 16 well-known dealers was packed with some of the best classic photography around. Event goers to our Helms Daylight Studio space were treated to a book signing with Beth Gates Warren for her new book, Artful Lives, a biography about the previously untold love story between Edward Weston and Margrethe Mather. We’re engrossed in it now.

Next up we bring our road show to the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair , February 16 – 19. We will have photos you want; look for work by Richard Misrach, Henry Wessel, Ansel Adams and Manuel Alvarez Bravo among many others. Stop by Booth #307 and say hi!

135 S. 6th Avenue, #B
Tucson, AZ 85701
p. 520-624-7370

hours: Monday – Saturday
11:00 am – 5:00 pm and by appointment

2nd Saturdays Downtown and Arizona SCITECH festival Present Science In the City Downtown Tucson

Science in the CityOn February 18, 2012 2nd Saturdays Downtown and the Arizona SCITECH festival will present Science in the City in Downtown Tucson. (Click here to download a pdf version of the map and informational brochure for the Science in the City event.) Bring the family and participate in an afternoon of interactive science and technology discussions and demonstrations presented by Downtown merchants and Tucson education and technology organizations.

Check it out:

Science In the City will provide the opportunity for adults and kids to:
— Engage in exciting science & technology discussions & see fascinating demonstrations hosted by Downtown businesses and organizations
— Get immersed in interactive science and technology activities such as Zero Gravity and Mathematics Road Show
— See innovative K-12 science, engineering & technology student projects and school programs
— Meet some of Arizona’s amazing science and technology innovators working at the cutting edge of science and technology
— Connect with schools, colleges, and educational organizations

Science In The City Locations:

Activities will take place in many unique and interesting locations including:
— Science Downtown Courtyard — Mars and Beyond
— Main Library
— City High School
— Children’s Museum Tucson
— Downtown merchants and organizations
— “Interactive Park” (the lot on Congress between Scott and Stone)

Science In The City Downtown Specials:

This is your opportunity to visit Downtown science exhibits at reduced rates
— $2.00 admission to the Children’s Museum Tucson
— 2 for 1 admission to the Science Downtown Mars and Beyond

Downtown Parking:

— Convenient covered parking at the Pennington Street garage on Scott Ave.
— Free on-street parking throughout Downtown

What Is The Arizona SCITECH festival?

From January through March 2012 the statewide Arizona SCITECH festival will engage thousands of people in communities throughout Arizona in hundreds of science and technology related events and activities. The purpose of the festival is to showcase Arizona as a national leader science, technology and innovation.

The festival will feature hundreds of events throughout the state including hands-on activities and workshops, conversations and debates, exhibitions, concerts, guided walks and tours. Spearheaded by the Arizona Technology Council Foundation in partnership with Arizona State University and Arizona Science Center, the Arizona SCITECH festival is a grass roots collaboration of over 200 organizations in industry, academia, arts, community and K-12, geared to excite and inform Arizonans ages three to 103 about how science, technology and innovation will drive our state for the next 100 years.

Promoting public awareness and interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is critical to Arizona’s educational advancements and future economic growth. Help promote science, technology and innovation in Arizona by getting involved in, and supporting, the 2012 Arizona SCITECH festival.

Tucson SCITECH festival 2012 Signature Events

SCITECH festival 2012 8 signature activities include::
— Tucson Young Professionals – First Friday Science Night — February 3
— MEC Key to Employment for the 21st Century Career Fair — March 13
— 2nd Saturdays Downtown “Science in the City” — February 18
— Raytheon Math Science Technology FunFest — February 16-17
— Innovation Day at the University Of Arizona — March 6
— Tucson Festival of Books “Science City” — March 10 – 11
— SO. AZ. Regional Science & Engineering Fair (SARSEF) — March 12 – 16
— SARSEF Future Innovators Night — March 14

See the SCITECH festival Website for additional information. Download the SCITECH flyer in PDF format here.

Arizona Centennial Weekend Celebration Set for February 10-12, Downtown Tucson

Arizona Centennial Commission & 2012 Foundation, Downtown Tucson Partnership, Jim Click, Second Saturday, University of Arizona and City of Tucson announce a joint Arizona Centennial event in Downtown Tucson, February 10–12.

Festivities planned, and co-sponsored by the Arizona Centennial Commission & 2012 Foundation, include free street concerts on Scott and 5th Avenues, free concerts at the Fox Theatre, fireworks, street musicians, food vendors, rides and historical reenactments.

“Combining our resources and hosting a single event made sense for everyone working on Arizona Centennial festivities,” said Karen Churchard, executive director, Arizona Centennial Commission & 2012 Foundation.

“Now Tucson and Phoenix will celebrate Arizona’s Centennial on the same weekend,” said Fletcher McCusker, chairman of Second Saturday, which falls on the weekend before Arizona’s 100th Statehood Day.

Jaime P. Gutierrez, UA vice president for external relations & associate vice president for community relations, said: “The University of Arizona which just celebrated 125 years looks forward to working with all our community partners as we celebrate the richness of Arizona’s history and as we look forward to the next 100 years.”

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who assisted in coordinating the effort, said: “Thanks to everyone involved who is working to create a magical weekend in Tucson to celebrate Arizona’s 100 Years. We want to especially thank Jim Click, Karl Eller and the University of Arizona for enlisting the support of the private sector to assist in funding the event.

“The downtown location works as well in conjunction with Second Saturday. We invite all Tucsonans to join in the celebration.”

For information on the Arizona Centennial, visit

Leo Kottke in Concert on February 9 and 10

Leo Kottke will appear in concert on Thursday, February 9, and Friday, February 10, at 8:00 p.m. in an All Ages show at the Temple of Music & Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.

Leo returns for two shows in his favorite Tucson hall, the Temple downtown, with beer and wine available. A true guitar wizard with a 40 year history of performance and recording, his show combines tunes with unique and well-known songs, plus engrossing onstage humor that adds another dimension to his always entertaining show. He has shared stages with John Fahey, Rickie Lee Jones, the late Joe Pass and Chet Adkins, and many others. He will perform on Thursday, February 9, and Friday, February 10. All reserved seats: on sale now online at for $26 and $24. Select center seats are also at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Avenue or at The Folk Shop, 2525 N Campbell, with no fee at outlets.

All other seats available online, or also by phone at 800-595-4849. For information or disability seating call 481-4004.