Art & Culture
Over the past decades, I've been fortunate to receive awards and important nominations for my writing and painting. That helped support me financially but rarely helped when facing the next blank page or canvas. A steady focus on the work did, and continual experimenting along with rigorous honesty about the results. I'm also fortunate that I never "have to" retire from this work or surrender learning as a constant companion.
Tucson Happenings is devoted to our local artists and have been publishing monthly artist profiles for years. This page will list many artists that have profiled since we went digital in May of 2015.
Watercolor, acrylic, oil, oh my! Plucked from the hundreds of events in the April 2017 calendar, we have our monthly rundown of local galleries and artists with special and ongoing exhibits this month..
By Karen R. Smith
Had you at the title, didn’t I? Let’s face it -- we are all looking for that perfect pair of jeans. If you are lucky enough to have found yours, drop what you are doing and go right out and buy at least another two pairs. You need to do it right now because manufacturers change jeans ALL THE TIME. Sometimes in little ways, like adjusting the dimensions to work better with the other clothes in their line. That adjustment might not work for you, however! And lots of companies simply change their jeans each season, so what was available in the spring is just a memory by summer. Again, if you are reading this as the owner of a perfect pair of jeans, get out there and buy more while you can!
By Mary Ellen Palmeri
Peafowl are in the pheasant family. The males of these large birds are called peacocks. They're well known for brilliantly colored plumage. The females are called Peahens and only have brown feathers. The male's colorful plumage is usually displayed to attract a female mate. Although the males all look the same to us, in reality they have distinct patterns and “eyespots” scattered across their feathers. Females notice these patterns and choose the male that seems suitable to them. These birds are very social and groups of them are called parties! They sleep in tall trees for protection and make a shrieking sound to warn of danger.
By Becky McKiddy-Gydesen
I am sure we are all familiar with “reality” TV and hopefully, we all have a sense that it really isn’t much of a reality. All TV shows are edited and they always show the drama and exciting parts of the shows, well the same goes for the reality ghost TV shows. I thought this month I would compare notes to what you see on TV, and what you don’t.
By Greg Dill
Having practiced pharmacy for many years, I often find myself talking to people about their Medicare prescription drug, or Part D, plans. People with Part D usually share their thoughts about a favorite pharmacy or pharmacist, or how their plan offers medicines at affordable prices. Sometimes they report problems with a Part D plan, ranging from the cost of drugs to difficulty in getting a specific medication their doctor prescribed.
Through June 4, 2017: The Gaslight Theatre presents, "The Curse of the Pirate's
Gold" Melodrama: There’s romance and adventure a-plenty as the buccaneers search the Spanish Main
for the Lost Pirate’s Treasure. Our merry pirate band encounters sea-shanties and rip-roaring action
as The Captain and his mateys tirelessly try to avoid the infamous dreaded curse as they go in search of The Pirate’s Gold!
Every Friday and Saturday Night Take a full three course table-served
fine dining experience; combine it with a classic, hilarious 3-act, interactive
Comedy Murder Mystery Whodunit; throw in the setting of an award winning
Magic Performance and be prepared for one of the most unique and memorable experiences
of a lifetime.
Catalina United Methodist Church Events throughout the month of
Catalina welcomes all “wherever you are in your spiritual journey, whatever your
age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, education, physical
or mental ability, family structure or religious background, you are welcome here!”
Catalina has been a hub for social justice and outreach to the children and disadvantaged.
Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Carnival of Illusion: STEP RIGHT UP and get ready to
laugh, have fun, and celebrate a magical night out with Carnival of Illusion! This
top-rated program is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending an international travel theme
with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. Travel up-close with the
national recipients for “Excellence in Magic" and catch a lively slice of
magical history! Carnival of Illusion is Magic, Mystery, and OOOH La La!
Saturdays, 4-7 PM Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and
Tucson Premium Outlets present a series of free, family-friendly concerts! Enjoy
the sounds of some of Southern Arizona's finest local musician's at Tucson Premium
Outlets. The signature free concert series, held every Saturday evening, will
feature a variety of weekly performances from local musicians and bands.
March 2 - April 13, 2017:
Shine up those spurs, dust off your chaps and belly up to the bar at the
Gaslight Music Hall for our “Rootin’ Tootin’ Hifalutin’ Wild West Revue!”
We’d like to welcome all you cowpokes and city-slickers to join Miss Jubilee
Jones and her rag-tag team of singing and dancing cowhands and saloon girls as
they lead you through a wild and woolly roundup of trick roping, gun slinging,
Can-can kicking and corny Cowboy jokes aplenty.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 6 PM:
The ARIZONA GRAND OPRY is a new live music production organization dedicated
to developing new talent by paying homage to the roots of American Country music.
Drawing on the repertoire of the legendary artists that set the American experience
to song, the Arizona Grand Opry is a membership-driven showcase for those who have
chosen to pursue the performing arts of country music in all its forms and styles.
by Ken Tesoriere