Arts & Culture

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Greek tragedy ‘Iphigenia’ set in a rave

Greek tragedy ‘Iphigenia’ set in a rave

The name of Latina playwright Caridad Svich’s play is Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart. The work’s complexity runs parallel to its title. The play, based on the original Greek character created by Euripides, centers on a young woman who learns she is to be sacrificed for her […]

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Hispanic hotties to rock Paper Heart

Hispanic hotties to rock Paper Heart

¿Que? You might think a Latin rock/folklorico band based in Brooklyn wouldn’t be authentic, but that would be before hearing Pistolera. Lucky for you, there will be two chances for you to do just that. Both Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., Tucson and the Paper Heart Gallery, 750 N.W. Grand Ave., Phoenix, will be […]

 Ruben Hernandez

Chicano artists ready to pass mantle on to younger generation

Will Chicano art survive the deaths of its practitioners? Arizona culturistas asked themselves just that after Cheech Marin’s visit to the Valley last month. Chicano artistas dotted the audience at Marin’s talk at Southwest Arts Conference. Luis Gustavo Mena, the Tucson muralist; Zarco Guerrero, Mesa’s contribution to the art world; Martin Moreno, Laveen-based printmaker and […]

 Ruben Hernandez

Native American ideas infuses designer’s fashions

Native American ideas infuses designer’s fashions

Arista La Russo’s personal vision of her fashion designs encompasses seeing herself and her vibrantly creative products as a “bridge” between evolving cultures. “Culture is never static,” she says from amid finished custom coats, dresses and vests. Still-to-be stitched bolts of sunset-hued fabrics fill her boutique in Phoenix’s Coronado District. “With the fast-changing lifestyles, with […]

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A new me

A new me

By Marcos Najera Happy New Year. This year I will re-invent myself. New Year means new Marcos. It’s not that I have a big problem with myself. But I do think it is time for a change. A different haircut, a different style, maybe even an attitude re-adjustment. Something. I need life renewed for some […]

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Chisel in hand

Chisel in hand

Art enthusiasts will have several chances to watch sculptor Francisco Ochoa carving a monumental work at the new Latin American Gallery compound Jan. 2–4, and 19–23, March 2–6 and 16–20. The gallery, part of Figarelli Fine Art, 7610 E. McDonald Drive, Ste. D, Scottsdale, is hosting Ochoa’s open-air studio work. Info:  www.figarellifineart.com or (480) 609-7077.

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Eclectic LA singer makes stop in Goodyear

Eclectic LA singer makes stop in Goodyear

She’s sung Gershwin to Gypsy Kings, folk melodies to bluesy ballads and now singer/songwriter Perla Batalla will be performing in the West Valley as part of her current tour. Batalla, a native of Los Angeles, sang backup vocals for the late Leonard Cohen and has performed with the Gypsy Kings, Was (Not Was), Iggy Pop […]

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Celestial canvases

Celestial canvases

By Cristen Crujido One cannot help but be lured in by the luminosity of color and divine subject matter at the Tucson Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition The Virgin, Saints, and Angels: South American Paintings 1600-1825 from the Thoma Collection opening Jan. 20. Tucson is the next stop for the highly anticipated show before it […]

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ASU’s Rios to address Unity event

Chandler poet and ASU Regent Professor Alberto Rios gives the keynote address at the 2007 Unity Luncheon Jan. 12 during the city’s Celebration of Unity at the San Marcos Resort Ballroom, 1 S. San Marcos Place. Rios, born in Nogales in 1952, will share his views on the critical role diversity plays in today’s society […]

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Tragic love story told in beautiful song

Tragic love story told in beautiful song

When Cio-Cio San sings Un Bel Di Vedremo in the opera Madama Butterfly, there will likely be tears welling among the audience in Phoenix Symphony Hall. But tenor Jose Luis Duval has reason to be more upbeat as he assumes the part of Pinkerton in the Arizona Opera production later this month. Duval performs for […]