Author Archive: Jamie Manser

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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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KXCI Celebrates International Clash Day

KXCI Celebrates International Clash Day

January 31, 2017 |

“This is a public service announcement, with guitar!” – Know Your Rights, The Clash, 1982 It’s been four years since Seattle’s KEXP 90.3 FM DJ John Richards declared Feb. 7 as International Clash Day, and a year since Seattle’s mayor created an official proclamation to honor The Clash on that day. Subsequently, six other cities […]

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¡Viva Casa Libre!

¡Viva Casa Libre!

January 5, 2017 |

“This is a place that has always catered to people’s passions,” explains Kristen Nelson, cofounder and current, but soon-to-be previous, executive director of literary arts nonprofit Casa Libre en la Solana. “It’s a place where people with a passion, idea or concept could say, ‘Hey, I want to do this,’ and Casa Libre would say, […]

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Songs Stuck on Repeat

Songs Stuck on Repeat

September 29, 2015 |

It’s a nearly universal human phenomenon, an experience that can be a blessing or a curse; educational or irritating; crazy-cool or enough to drive someone crazy. It happens to over 90 percent of us and scientists still don’t really know why. This occurrence is the ubiquitous ear worm – a tune that gets stuck in […]

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Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

August 25, 2015 |

Cristina Devereaux Ramírez’s Feminist Recovery Project Cristina Devereaux Ramírez speaks with verve and passion when she talks about the Mexican women journalists she covers in her recently-released UA Press book. Her eyes flash with light and fire. This passion is good, and required. It’s important and time-consuming research that Ramírez is conducting, saving and sharing. […]

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Tapping the Collective Unconscious

Tapping the Collective Unconscious

July 8, 2015 |

“He was laying there (in the hospital) and he told me, ‘All the songs are written, we don’t write the songs. We listen and we communicate the songs,’ which is something I’ve always believed.” Singer/songwriter/guitarist Carlos Arzate is speaking with depth and sincerity while relating a conversation he had with dearly departed Tucson musician Cyril […]

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Show & Tell: Wed, April 15

Show & Tell: Wed, April 15

April 9, 2015 |

Poetry, Pancho Villa and an app to learn an Indigenous Language intersect at this month’s Show & Tell multimedia event! On Wednesday, April 15, Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry is showcasing three of its Graduate Fellows presenting the projects they created due to Confluencenter funding. The free event happens at Playground Bar & Lounge, 278 E. […]

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KXCI Focuses on the Future

KXCI Focuses on the Future

April 1, 2015 |

  It’s mid-morning on a beautiful spring day in late March; I’ve got my car windows down while cruising downtown to KXCI, situated in the historic Armory Park neighborhood. I’m listening to Tucson’s community radio station en route, located on the left end of the dial at 91.3FM. Staff members are in full membership drive […]

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