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Tucson Happenings January 2017

Art & Culture

Artist Profile January 2017 Artist Profile: Kathy Robbins, Watercolorist

By Gretchen Huff

Kathy Robbins has an artist’s heart. Born to an artist mother, she was continually encouraged and inspired from infancy on. She remembers that an important part of her early childhood was spent sitting at her Dad’s big desk and drawing. Kathy would draw girls and boys dressed in her concept of the costumes they would wear in their countries of origin. By the time she entered grade school, her art abilities had developed to the extent that her classmates would copy her in art classes.

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Artist Profile Artist Profiles from Past issues

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.

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Artist Profile Featured Gallery Exhibits

Watercolor, acrylic, oil, oh my! Plucked from the hundreds of events in the January 2017 calendar, we have our monthly rundown of local galleries and artists with special and ongoing exhibits this month..

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  Legal Talk January Legal Talk: H.E.L.P is Now Available

By Ronald Zack

Hospice Education and Legal Partnership, Inc. (H.E.L.P.) is an Arizona nonprofit corporation and a 501(c)(3) organization. In addition to patients with life-limiting illness, family members, caretakers, and other persons associated with the provision of medical, social, spiritual, or health care services to the patient are eligible for related pro-bono or affordable legal services from H.E.L.P.. Patients and families need not be on a hospice service to receive legal services. They may be receiving palliative care services, or aggressive treatment. Anyone dealing with a terminal illness, and meeting income guidelines, is likely eligible for service. Our generous and compassionate volunteer attorneys provide most services, but we also have volunteer document preparers, paralegals, fiduciaries, and mobile notaries. All volunteers receive special training to help prepare them to work with these clients.

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  Legal Talk January Your Medicare: How much will my Medicare cost in 2017?

By Cate Kortzeborn

Not long ago, I had dinner with a group of friends from college. One of the big topics of conversation was Medicare, for which we’ll all be eligible in the next several years. (Farewell, callow youth!) And one of the biggest questions about Medicare was, “How much is it going to cost me?” Like private health insurance, Medicare has premiums, deductibles, and co-pays. These costs can – and often do – change from year to year. What you actually pay depends on your work history, income, and inflation.

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  Fashion January 2017 Fashion: Start the New Year Right

By Karen R. Smith

Back in the day (in this case, way back!) bed linens were only available in white, so putting those on sale was automatically a ‘white’ sale, and the term has stuck despite all the colors, patterns and styles of household linens available today. Retailers traditionally saw a slump after Christmas; that was eliminated by deeply discounting necessary household linens in the weeks immediately after the holiday. Today, the tradition continues, and it’s still called a White Sale despite all the colors and patterns that are now available.

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  Origami January Origami Page: Prosperity $hirt

By Mary Ellen Palmeri

How about starting 2017 with a Prosperity $hirt? Fold one, keep it in your wallet and you'll never be broke! Carrying this particular money fold is also considered to be good luck. This month's origami model is fun to make and as much fun to give away! The attached diagram shows how to fold the model with a one dollar bill, using the "O N E" as a guide mark. You can use other denominations, but to get the right proportion you first need to fold a one dollar bill (only step #2) to use as a template. Then, using that bill as a guide, you can fold any denomination to the same size in step-2. Continue on to follow steps #3 through 11 as diagrammed.

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  Origami January Arizona Paranormal: First Time as a Pro

By Becky McKiddy-Gydesen

The more I did my tours the more people I got to know and the more I found out about hauntings! In fact, I was able to close down my tour after a month of running it to work on a totally new script with new locations and stories! After having the business closed for 2 months I was able to re-open with that new script and a new ghost hunt, called Tucson ghost experience! Things were falling into place, but the team I was with was extremely busy and wasn't investigating much which was disappointing to me.

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Jan. 5 - March 26, 2017: The Gaslight Theatre presents, "The Two Amigos" Melodrama: Reynaldo and Paco, circus performers who bill themselves as "The Two Amigos", have agreed to appear at a fiesta in the sleepy village of Santa Feliz. While performing their routines, they accidently become involved in the affairs of the townspeople. The helpless citizens of Santa Feliz are at the mercy of the evil Comandante Maximo and there is no one who can thwart his plans to secure his grip on the local government! Or is there? Join the escapades of the bumbling Two Amigos as they laugh, love and fight their way into the hearts of the people of Santa Feliz!

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 January 2017: 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.

Saturdays, 5:00pm-8:00pm 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.

Friday, January 6, 2017 at 7 PM: Dance Party- The House is Rockin' Featuring Band East2West A Classic Rhythm Rockin’ Motown Blues Band. East2West, “A Classic Rhythm Rockin Motown Blues Band”, started back in 2001, when real-life next door neighbors, Joseph LoCascio (drums/vocalist) and Michael Walden (guitar/vocalist) accidentally discovered that they shared a common background performing music.

Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 3 and 7 PM: Country Classics A Tribute to the Legends of Country Music. Featuring Kevin Sterner and The Strait Country Band, best known for their “Tribute to George Strait” are bringing their &”COUNTRY CLASSICS” Show to The Gaslight Music Hall on Sat, Jan 7 th 2017. For two great performances, 3pm and 7pm. This concert features the music of many of the biggest Country Stars to ever hit the airwaves, or perform on the stage of the Grand Old Opry!

Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 6 PM: Heartbreak Hotel, a salute to young Elvis - celebrate the King's birthday with Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band. At the Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley AZ

Monday January 9, 2017 at 7 PM: The Gaslight Theatre Presents: Class of ’67 - Top Hits from Exactly 50 Years Ago! This annual salute to the Billboard Top 100 singles from 50 years ago features chart toppers from 1967 such as, “I’m a Believer,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Somebody To Love,” and “Penny Lane.” Now’s the time to get nostalgic with The Stones, The Supremes, Jefferson Airplane and more!

January 12 - 22, 2017: The HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival will present jazz of all genres in historic downtown Tucson Thursday, Jan. 12 until Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. The lineup includes a dozen performances by local and national stars, including NEA Jazz Masters-guitarist and vocalist George Benson and vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater. Tickets, ranging in price from $ 25 to $99 , are available through links on the website

Friday, January 13, 2017 at 7 PM: Dance Party Rockin' Me Baby : Baby Boomers – this one is for you! Join seasoned musicians, Five Way Street, as they cover tunes not heard by many local bands! If you love classic rock, come join us at The Gaslight Music on January 13 at 7PM. We will clear out the front section for dancing! Tickets are only 10 dollars! Don’t wait, this dance party WILL sell out!

Two shows: Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 3 and 7 PM: This annual salute to the Billboard Top 100 singles from 50 years ago features chart toppers from 1967 such as, “I’m a Believer,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Somebody To Love,” and “Penny Lane.” Now’s the time to get nostalgic with The Stones, The Supremes, Jefferson Airplane and more!

Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 6:30 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.

Monday January 16, 2017 at 7 PM: The Gaslight Theatre Presents: The Music of The Blues Brothers. Playing to sold-out houses all over the country, this production salutes Chicago’s own blues-loving rabble-rousers: The Blues Brothers! You’ll be dancing in the aisles to such favorites as “Soul Man,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” and many more!

Monday January 23, 2017 at 7 PM: The Gaslight Theatre Presents: Join Mike Yarema and the Bad News Blues Band for a brand new concert “The Birth of Rock and Roll”. The Blues music and artists that inspired Rock and Roll. You’ll hear songs like; Hound Dog, Rocket 88, Rock Around the Clock, Johnny B. Good and many more!

Monday January 30, 2017 at 7 PM: The Gaslight Theatre Presents: At The Hop A Salute to the Days of Doo-Wop! Relive the days of doo-wop and early rock and roll with these handsome crooners! It’s hit after chart-topping hit complete with all the charisma, charm, and signature tight harmonies of these 50’s and 60’s classics. You’ll leave saying “Goodnight Sweetheart” as you swoon to such favorites as “Blue Moon,” “Duke of Earl,” “Do You Love Me,” “The Hand Jive” and more. We promise that you’ll “Yakkety-Yak” about this show for years to come!

Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 11 AM to 3 PM: SAVOR Food and Wine Festival! The Festival will bring together stars of Tucson’s culinary scene with acclaimed regional chefs, wine and spirits experts, and leaders in the local Heritage Foods movement. Festival programming will include interactive cooking stations, the unique opportunity to engage with local chefs, live music, a signature event raffle and admission to Butterfly Magic and the Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life exhibit at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Attendees will stroll the gardens while visiting over 70 local restaurants and exhibitors offering their signature dishes and premiere wine and cocktail samples, experiencing a true intersection of place and palate.

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January 2017 Cover:

"Desert Path"
by Alexandria Winslow
Original Acrylic on Canvas Board 10"x8"

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6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

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