Author Archive: Jamie Manser

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On Love: Songs, Science & Psychology

On Love: Songs, Science & Psychology

February 2, 2015 |

“There’s a song for everything, for every issue – a piece of music,” imparts pianist, Professor Emerita and the UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry Senior Fellow Paula Fan. Fan is referring to the premise behind the event series she coordinates, Creative Collaborations, in conjunction with the Confluencenter. The monthly Saturday morning events are mini-concerts, with […]

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iBorders: Drones & Designs

iBorders: Drones & Designs

January 5, 2015 |

“Google Predator drone.” Professor Benjamin J. Muller is standing to my left, graphic designer Thomas Kafka McCarthy is standing behind me and the three of us are staring at my computer monitor. This image search is work, turning out to be a bit harder than we originally thought. “See if you can find one in […]

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Where the Thunder Is Born

Where the Thunder Is Born

December 2, 2014 |

In a lush desert of five seasons, the most sensory intense season is that of the late summer monsoons. When the residents watch with anticipation the clouds building through the day and pray – please give us precipitation, bring us los chubascos! Bring us the relief of release from the searing, breath stealing, oppressive humid […]

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Southern Arizona’s Natural Wonders

Southern Arizona’s Natural Wonders

December 1, 2014 |

A Show & Tell with Dr. Joaquin Ruiz On a daily basis, most of us are inured to our environment’s incomparable beauty, its rich ecosystems, deep history, and the gorgeous mountains surrounding the Tucson valley. We’re focusing on immediate needs – getting to work, paying rent, buying groceries, taking care of the kids and the […]

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Show & Tell for Grown Ups

Show & Tell for Grown Ups

November 5, 2014 |

Under subdued lighting in a Downtown bar, one generally doesn’t expect to see a panel of flat screens lit up with multi-media presentations by University of Arizona professors. But on a monthly basis, that is precisely what happens at Playground Bar & Lounge, 278 E. Congress St. On select Wednesdays, UA’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry […]

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An Afternoon with Jimmy Santiago Baca

An Afternoon with Jimmy Santiago Baca

November 1, 2014 |

Presented by The University of Arizona’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry & College of Education Thu, Nov 6 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Free UA Student Union, 1303 E University Blvd., Kiva Room, 2nd Floor Confluencenter.arizona.edu Poet and community activist Jimmy Santiago Baca – who was a runaway at 13, served a five-year maximum security prison sentence, where […]

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Copper & Congress’ “Fault Line”

Copper & Congress’ “Fault Line”

September 12, 2014 |

Vocals by a siren/oracle, a perfect balance of bass and understated drumming comprise Copper and Congress’ sound and the trio of amazing musicians conjure magic on Fault Line. There’s glorious, haunting sparseness – a sparseness that is just one element constituting the album’s many auditory seductions. There’s exquisite, measured tension and release that teeters and […]

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Carly Quinn’s Business & Artistic Acumen

Carly Quinn’s Business & Artistic Acumen

August 31, 2014 |

It’s mid-August and Carly Quinn is summarizing her summer; a lot has happened since we first got together in June. In a mere couple of months, she’s garnered coverage in Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine, was an exhibitor at the Dwell on Design L.A. convention, scored editorial coverage in an upcoming issue of Dwell magazine, […]

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Ark D’Bevel Docks; Sets to Disembark

Ark D’Bevel Docks; Sets to Disembark

July 1, 2014 |

“The primary concept, or underlying reality, of the science of our day is Relativity. Einstein added the fourth dimension to those of Newtonian physics: time. Therefore, the art of our day that incorporates time, or movement, motion, change, is the most vital of all the arts being created. It is the art of our time […]

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Contemporary Art of the Southwest

Contemporary Art of the Southwest

June 26, 2014 |

Schiffer Publishing recently issued a gorgeous compendium of Southwestern artists and their work, covering Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. While the artists included is just over 100—admittedly low for the depth and breadth concentrated in just Tucson alone—the author does say in her introduction that “The Southwest is rich with artists. I could have easily […]

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