The Weekly Tucsonan

1. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum 
2021 North Kinney Road
Visiting Information

For a half-century the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has enchanted millions of visitors with its exhibits of live animals in astonishingly natural settings, while intriguing and instructing them with fascinating educational programs.  At the same time, the Museum has gained a worldwide repute in the scientific community as an institution committed to researching and protecting the land, plants, and the animals of the Sonoran Desert region.  The mission of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.  The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place!  Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more.  Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.

2.  Swimming
Parks and Recreation Aquatics
University of Arizona Rec Center Pool

Swimming is an excellent form of exercise.  Because the density of the human body is very similar to that of water, the water supports the body and less stress is therefore placed on joints and bones.  It is also relaxing.  (Please see the Wikipedia page on Human Swimming)

3.  Gentle Ben’s Brewing Co.
865 E. University Blvd.
(520) 624-4177

Gentle Ben’s has been on this block since 1971 and has been brewing award winning brews since 1991.  The original house was located under what is now the lobby of the Marriott Hotel.  Built in 1908 as a private residence for the Hamilton family, over the years it served as the University president’s house, a boarding house and home to several fraternities.  The name Gentle Ben’s was chosen through a contest and the winner was a University professor who thought the manager looked like Dan Haggerty from the T.V. show Grizzly Adams whose co-star was a bear named Gentle Ben.  That show was based on a man who roamed parts of Northern California in the 1920s and 30s.  He had two bears, Benjamin Franklin and Martha Washington.  Martha was a mean bear by people standards and had to be kept chained to a stake. The other was gentle and was free to roam, hence Gentle Ben.  Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company of Tucson.  Brewing began in 1991, and they started with three beers; Tucson Blonde, Red Cat Amber and Copperhead Pale Ale, all still brewed today and joined by five other styles.  In 1994 the Marshall Foundation who owns most of the real estate in the neighborhood including the old Ben’s, informed ownership of plans to raze the block and offered them a chance to rebuild.  At the time, the location was The U of A Center for Architectural Landscaping.  They were allowed much input on the building design and decided to save the foundation and triple red brick walls of the one story building.  The structure was originally built as a bank in 1970.  Much of the wood and brick salvaged from the original Ben”s and the bank were used in the new construction. The old vault and its two foot thick concrete ceiling is still intact, holding up the 30,000 pounds of beer in the upstairs cold box and serving as the office and employee room.  We tripled the size of the original kitchen and our brewing capacity as well so we can offer kegs to the other bars and restaurants in the state.  Ben’s history would not be complete without a nod to the thousands of people who have worked under the Bear and the millions of patrons over the years who have made the future possible.

Enjoy and let us know if you want us to sponsor an event.  Sonora Review

The Weekly Tucsonan

1. Taxi Driver (Cult Classic) @10
Rocky Horror Picture show @12
Saturday, June 18
The Loft Cinema
3233 E Speedway Blvd

On Taxi Driver: Martin Scorsese’s intense, Oscar-nominated classic, a milestone of 1970s filmmaking, graphically depicts the tragic consequences of urban alienation when a New York City taxi driver goes on a murderous rampage against the pitiable denizens inhabiting the city’s underbelly.

On Rocky Horror Picture Show: Pull up your fishnets and get ready to become a creature of the night at the strangest, sexiest “science fiction double feature” of all-time, a Loft tradition for 33 years and counting!

2. Father’s Day
June 19th (All Day)

In the US, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Its first celebration was in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910.  Other festivities honoring fathers had been held in Fairmont and in Creston, but the modern holiday did not emerge from those.   Modern Father’s Day was invented by Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Creston, Washington, who was also the driving force behind its establishment.  Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children in Spokane, Washington.  She was inspired by Anna Jarvis’s efforts to establish Mother’s Day.  Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, she did not provide the organizers with enough time to make arrangements, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.

3.  Black Lips w/ Cerebral Ballzy and Acorn Bcorn
Tues, June 21 2011
Doors @ 8:30
Plush Bar
340 E. 6th St., Tucson, AZ, 85705

Across four albums, Black Lips have made sloppiness an aesthetic choice. Their live shows have the feel of a bunch of blitzed teenagers spazzing out on borrowed instruments in a friend’s basement.  Fortunately, buried beneath the Lips’ psychedelic slop heap are surprisingly exacting pop hooks, clever musical experiments, and insidious grooves (on 200 Million Thousand) belie the band’s wastrel image.

Enjoy and let us know if you want us to sponsor an event.  Sonora Review

The Weekly Tucsonan

1.  June 9th  (7:30 PM)
Free Early Show with The Globes and Seashell Radio
Hotel Congress
311 East Congress Street

Hailing from Spokane, Washington, The Globes formed in their teenage years, spending afternoons in their sleepy city forging together their own musical inspirations to fabricate a singular and precocious sound based on the traditional guitar, bass, drum lineup.  Carrying ambition and confidence in their creative potential to stay united post high school graduation, the band relocated to Seattle in 2007 to pursue their musical experiments. Somewhere between day jobs and school, The Globes managed to record an eponymous E.P. in early 2008 with engineer Jonathan Warman (Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band) in the dim and dusty basement of their little blue house.  In the following year, the band spent fruitful time playing weekly shows in the Northwest and running up and down the West Coast, slowly catching the attention of humble audiences and local critics, while sharpening their own collective spirit.

Seashell Radio consists of four great musicians, including Esme Schwall on cello, Cassie Van Gelder, Fen Ikner who helped write a song that was adopted as theme music by NPR’s Science Friday and local singer-songwriter favorite Courtney Robbins.  According to Tucson Weekly, Seashell Radio makes gorgeously moody tunes that at times recall the sophisticated pop of Talk Talk and Air.

2.  Biosphere 2 Tours
Open daily for tours from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
32540 S. Biosphere Road

Biosphere 2 is located just north of Tucson in the middle of a magnificent natural desert preserve at a cool elevation of nearly 4,000 feet.  “Time Life Books” recently named Biosphere 2 one of the 50 must-see “Wonders of the World.”  See why visitors from around the globe journey here for this unique adventure.  Discover real-time research on the future of our planet as it unfolds in this specially designed mini-world.  Their visitor center houses exhibits and multimedia displays along with a bookstore and cafe.  Don’t miss the feature movie, which describes the past, present and future of the project.  Please check out the website above for history, structure, and lots of other information.

3. Wilko Restaurant
943 East University Boulevard

Wilko is a modern gastropub featuring inventive classic American comfort food in the Main Gate district at Park and University.  Everything on our menu is prepared on site and whenever possible we use local and organic ingredients.  We have over 30 wines by the glass, six craft brews on tap,  and an extensive tasting menu featuring the best artisan cheeses and salume available from small local and regional producers.  Many of our house made condiments, dressings, and sauces are available for purchase along with our artisan cheese and salume offerings in our small market and espresso bar.

For vegetarian options not mentioned directly in the menu, one friend of the journal highly recommends the jerk sandwich with tofu instead of chicken, and the grilled brie sandwich with portobello mushroom instead of the pastrami.  Also the Vinho Verde is a very pleasing, fruity, and affordable white wine.

Enjoy and let us know if you want us to sponsor an event.  Sonora Review

Tucson Success Stories: Ryen Eggleston

Ryen Eggleston plays in bands in Tucson.

Natasha Stagg: What have you been up to lately?

Ryen Eggleston: Lately i’ve been desperate for work (I am a self-employed house painter and these have been dark days for work of that sort).
On the flip side my life as a musician keeps me busy (and sane) in a varied assortment of projects.

NS: How long have you been in Tucson?

RE: This is my 10th year in Tucson, and I’ll probably be here a while longer.
its good to take breaks and travel. Coming back always feels good.

NS: What are you reading?

RE: Currently I am re-reading, again, God Bless You Mr.Rosewater, by Kurt Vonnegut. It’s still a real gem of American literature even after the third or so time.

NS: Suggest something to do in Tucson.

RE: Ride your bike through the alleys instead of the streets; many wonders await thee there.

NS: Suggest something to read.

RE: The Rum Diary, by Hunter S. Thompson.

Tucson Success Stories: Bo McGuire

Photo: Page Adams

Bo McGuire hails from Hokes Bluff, Alabama, birthplace of John Wisdom, the Paul Revere of the South. You can find his work in Forklift, Ohio, Court Green, MiPOesias, Diagram and The Pinch.

Natasha Stagg: What are you up to lately?

Bo McGuire: Here lately, I’ve been getting by with a little help from my friends, traveling a fucked-up, glorious triangle from Tucson to Alabama to Denver to Tucson. I’ve been working on something like a novel called The Adventures of Turd and Biscuit. Turd talks to spirits through a jukebox and Biscuit is the muscle—emotionally and physically.

I tried to get a job with Dolly Parton, but I’m still waiting on her to telephone. Then I thought about getting a real job, but thought better of it. Yesterday, I wrote the first poem I’ve written since I left Tucson. It goes like this:

What I Feel About Munroe Louisiana

It is bad luck to reach for a hand across barbed wire

It is worse luck to sing your lover country songs

My daddy’s boy-nerves, he ate at them every chance not wasted

Never in my life have I written a poem about my daddy or love

of moon. I have tried. It has always been bad luck, I have been taught restraint

is best, but have learned otherwise. Let’s dress in uniform. In this photograph

we are taking, two men are dressed.  One of them does not stand at attention.

NS: Awesome! So, how long are you in Tucson?

BMcG: I live in Tucson like everywhere else—temporarily and indefinitely. I didn’t realize I had missed it until I got off the plane.

NS: What are you reading?

BMcG: The Gnostic Gospels, Gone With the Wind, and The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

NS: Suggest something to do in Tucson.

BMcG: Stick a wish into the wall at El Tiradito, the Wishing Shrine.

NS: Suggest something to read.

BMcG: Never Make the Same Mistake Twice by Nene Leakes