Author Archive: Jamie Manser

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Perri Jewelers: 72 Years in the Heart of the Old Pueblo

Perri Jewelers: 72 Years in the Heart of the Old Pueblo

December 4, 2017 |

Congress Street is buzzing on a recent Saturday afternoon. Buses and cars move slowly along Downtown’s main artery, as do the people sauntering along the sidewalks and crosswalks. It’s mid-November and restaurant patios are packed with diners enjoying their lunches and temperatures in the mid-70s. My husband and I chat about the current and recent […]

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Gabriel Naïm Amor’s “Moments Before”

Gabriel Naïm Amor’s “Moments Before”

December 4, 2017 |

This nine-track album of instrumentals is gorgeous, sparse, reflective, quiet, understated, and deftly executed – with jazz, orchestral/classical, blues, and cinematic vibes. It gives room for the listener to fill in the stories from one’s own imaginative perspective, or simply the chance to just zone out and let the notes wash over you. It’s easy […]

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Beautiful Souls Born Under Different Circumstances

Beautiful Souls Born Under Different Circumstances

November 1, 2017 |

UA brings a documentary film, a one-women play and a series of workshops to Tucson for the Women’s Empowerment and Human Rights events this November.  “Most of society doesn’t even notice that the people who live in tents even exist. They too are beautiful souls born under different circumstances.” These are the quotes closing The […]

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Ritual, Scent & Healing

Ritual, Scent & Healing

October 5, 2017 |

Perfume is the smell of creation, a sign dramatically delivered to our senses of the Earth’s regenerative powers – a message of hope and a message of pleasure. – Claude LeFever in Tom Robbins’s “Jitterbug Perfume” The aromatic bodywork offered at Ritual by Kate’s Magik, 215 N. Court Ave., is a luxuriant, transportive, deeply relaxing and […]

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Mindful in a World of Distractions: Leila Lopez’s “Our Animal Skin”

Mindful in a World of Distractions: Leila Lopez’s “Our Animal Skin”

September 4, 2017 |

Leila Lopez writes songs that explore the depths of human relationships, with ourselves and others, and our emotional struggles as we move through this thing called life. She is vulnerable, resilient and authentic, sapient, contemplative, kind and loving, and her richly layered folk songs are imbued with those attributes. The album is also imbued with […]

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Sonic Storytelling

Sonic Storytelling

September 2, 2017 |

Under an August noon, Chris Black handed me his recently pressed CDs, Lullabies & Nightmares: Chamber Music Vol. 1 and Downtown Suite & Cooper Must Die. I told him, “I only know how to write about this based on the vibes I get from the music. I’m not a classically trained musician.” He smiled and […]

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Not Your Mama’s Mother’s Day Benefit

Not Your Mama’s Mother’s Day Benefit

May 3, 2017 |

The vivacious Jillian Bessett – leader and singer/songwriter, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist of Tucson’s beloved Jillian & The Giants – is spearheading a concert fundraiser for Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse on May 13. You should go. Here are 10 reasons why. The incredible event line-up: The Surfbroads: “Hot Broads Playing Cool Surf” Jillian & The Giants: […]

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“Bycatch” – An Artistic Homage to the Throwaways

“Bycatch” – An Artistic Homage to the Throwaways

March 2, 2017 |

The sound of waves lapping on the side of a fishing boat sonically greets you when entering the Hanson Gallery at The University of Arizona Museum of Art. It emanates from a small computer speaker in the corner, subtly broadcasting the audio associated with the 14-foot-wide, 10-foot-tall video projection on the room’s east wall. As you […]

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Life of Art/Art of Life

Life of Art/Art of Life

March 2, 2017 |

Mark Matos California Lonesome Desert Records, 2017 Gorgeously soul-weary and deeply personal, this 9-track album features acoustic guitar and vocal-driven narratives of remembrance, connection and loss. The introspection is carried with gentle tension; there’s pain, delivered with acceptance. Matos offers mythological motifs1 from ancient stories that are still universally applicable in modernity. He writes about […]

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Borderlands Theater Relocates, Launches a $20K Fund Drive

Borderlands Theater Relocates, Launches a $20K Fund Drive

March 2, 2017 |

For over three decades, Borderlands Theater has survived on a shoestring budget with vitality and resilience. This pertinent production company, comprised of a four-person staff, is committed to creative innovation by presenting plays from both emerging and established playwrights. It keeps pushing the boundaries of theater by showcasing cutting-edge work in venues that range from […]

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