Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women Week 1

Today on 30 Minutes, we feature remarks made at the 2016 Tucson Makers: Inspired by Women. This event was presented by AIGA Arizona and held at MOCA Tucson. Attendees had an opportunity to hear five women representing a range of creative industries. Each gave a slide presentation on what they are most passionate about. Today’s… Read more »



Mentzelia pumila is in the Loasa family. Kearny and Peebles in Arizona Flora say, “the family is remarkable for the diversity and peculiar structure of the hairs”.  It’s pretty hard to hike around the borderlands and not have stickleaf plant parts stuck to your clothing and those sticky plant parts are tough to remove. Another… Read more »


Documentaries Change the World

  In this episode, we look at the Sight and Sound list of the greatest documentaries of all time. The film at the top of the list is the Russian film Man With A Movie Camera. Does it belong as the top film? Does anyone in the group think the top film should be something… Read more »


Great Films That Lost Money

  Not all films that flop are bad, not at all. Film history is riddled with great films that didn’t make money upon their initial release. Citizen Cane, The Wizard of Oz, Blade Runner all lost money. Heather, Jeff, and Rusty take a close look at three films, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, Martin Scorsese’s King of… Read more »


John Waters: Subverting Suburbia

  In 1970s Baltimore, a brash, young director behind a pencil thin mustache began making some of the most bizarre and shocking films anyone had seen. John Waters and his cast of misfits made Mondo Trash, Multiple Maniacs, followed by the film that would garner them the most attention Pink Flamingos. With Waters’ fame, studios… Read more »

Mia Madre

Facing the prospect of our parents’ death reveals complex and contradictory thoughts and feelings. We desperately want them to live longer, while perhaps an unconscious part of us wants them to go. We relive the deep emotional attachments of our relationship to them, and the conflicts. We suffer when we witness the suffering of the… Read more »

The Ironwood Tree Experience

Ironwood Tree Experience is a local non-profit organization with the mission to take young people out in the field to learn about their natural surroundings, from day trips to 10-day expeditions to the jungles of Costa Rica. Find out the details in the Weekly Green’s interview with ITE Youth coordinator Lesley Newman:  


PtP Episode 8: Love to Ride Tucson

In this episode, Kylie Walzak and Colby Henley with Living Streets Alliance talk about the launch of Love to Ride in Tucson. Love to Ride is an online platform and smartphone app that makes it easy and fun for existing bicycle riders to encourage their friends, co-workers and community to ride. While the Love to… Read more »


Native Grasses in the Hills

I am not that great at identifying native grasses, but I keep on trying . Thank goodness some are really quite easy to ID and that makes me feel somewhat competent and want to learn more. Bullgrass (Muhlenbergia emersleyi) is a common bunch grass found in the hills above the desert floor and in late… Read more »


Indignation is a new film adapted from a Philip Roth novel. So if you’re familiar with Philip Roth, and the picture stays true to the spirit of his writing, you know that it will cut to the bone. I’m happy to report that it does just that, subtly but effectively. The time is 1951. Logan… Read more »

Fungi, Dung & Dips

PLASTIC FROM FUNGI A team of scientists at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands has discovered a way to make a biodegradable plastic-like material from fungi. Several types of fungi are blended into a slush which is then mixed with a base where they grow filaments, called hypha, that interweave to form the structure… Read more »


The Exbats Live in Studio 2A

The Exbats perform live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. The Exbats are from Pinon, Arizona and are a father/daughter duo. Their new album, A Guide to the Health Issues Affecting Rescue Hens, was just released on Burger Records. The Exbats are playing at La Cocina on Friday, October 14th.


On Demand: The Head and the Heart

The Head and the Heart recently stopped by The Home Stretch to perform a very special, intimate acoustic set. Click now to listen to the full session and interview with THS host Hannah Levin. Photo by Jpop.


Fall Asteraceae Festivals

Fall is just a blast with all the late season blooming plants, so maybe instead of a festival for all the different species, we could consolidate and have one huge fall festival. It could go on for days and days. Yay! But listen dry rocky slopes like the gentle slopes that stretch down from the… Read more »


Alternatives to Incarceration Part 2

30 Minutes features excerpts from the YWCA Southern Arizona’s “Alternatives to Incarceration,” which was part seven in their Mass Incarceration Community Conversation Series. Grace Gamez of the American Friends Service Committee’s Reframing Justice Project, and Heather Hamel, Founder and Executive Director of Justice that Works discussed Alternatives to Incarceration. What alternatives work and where are they… Read more »

Little Men / Heart of a Dog

Ira Sachs makes minimalist films. Instead of one major drama, he looks at all the minor dramas that happen, practically unnoticed every day. His latest film, Little Men, is no exception. It starts with Jake, a studious and sensitive teenager, going to his grandfather’s wake at a Brooklyn building that his parents are now going… Read more »

The Other Side of Pack Rats

If you google “pack rat”, the greater majority of hits are sites of extermination companies. Pack rats get a bad rap for being thieves, vandals and, not least, rodents. But they have a good side, too – several even. The treasures they amass in their nests – called ‘middens‘ – sometimes over periods of thousands… Read more »


The Lonesome Desert Tucson Country Blues Live in Studio 2A

Hank Topless, Chris Hall, Freddy Parish, Tom Walbank and Austin Counts perform live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. They are all appearing on The Lonesome Desert Tucson Country Blues, Volume I. The compilation is being released at the Flycatcher on Saturday, Oct. 8th.


Mute Swan Live in Studio 2A

Mute Swan returns to Studio 2A to perform live for the second hour of Locals Only. Listen in for a great set of live and local music, performed by Mute Swan.

The Home – Eric Dhruv

Eric Dhruv is a naturalist who helps interpret the Sonoran Desert through science, story, observation, and metaphor. He also mentors young people in learning from  outdoor adventures and interpreting nature through his job at Ironwood Tree Experience, which he co-founded with his wife Suzanne Dhruv. Eric joined me on Tumamoc Hill to “interpret” a saguaro… Read more »


PtP Episode 7: TORCA & Home Grown

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Krista Hansen interviews Tara Alcantara, owner of Home Grown Mountain Bike Tours and Founding Officer of Tucson Off-Road Cyclists & Activists (TORCA). Tucson has some of the best backcountry trails and downhill riding in the Sonoran desert, and Alcantara has dedicated her work to maintaining these trails and making them… Read more »


PtP Episode 6: Bike/Ped Count

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Ryan Fagan interviews Sam Sanford, transportation planner with Pima Association of Governments, about PAG’s annual bicycle and pedestrian count. Every October, volunteers count people walking and biking at dozens of locations throughout the region, giving PAG and its member jurisdictions information important for understanding trends and planning… Read more »


Soaring Birds and Snake Cotton

Autumn is the season of migration for many avian species and in the borderlands of southern Arizona hummingbirds are passing through, sparrows are arriving northern harriers too, and sandhill cranes soon will appear in the agricultural fields of the Sulphur Springs Valley. Oh there are so many things happening, but I find the hawks arriving… Read more »

Our Little Sister

For the last 25 years, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda has been making good, interesting films, and I’ve liked them a lot. But it’s taken me until now, with his latest film, to go from admiration of his work to actually falling in love with it. He’s not flashy at all. His films don’t indulge in… Read more »

Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes

Every once in a while a book crosses the Weekly Green desk that provides a counterpoint to the way we in our industralized, consumption-based society experience and deal with the world we live in. Just about a year ago we reviewed  “The Spell of the Sensous” by David Abrams, which argues that we lost touch… Read more »


PtP Episode 5: The Loop

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Gene Einfrank interviews Andy Dinauer, division manager with the Pima County Flood Control District, about the Loop river park and multi-use pathway system. The Loop has over 100 miles of paths that encircle the city of Tucson and extend outward along rivers and washes to other parts… Read more »


Alternatives to Incarceration Part 1

30 Minutes features excerpts from the YWCA Southern Arizona’s “Alternatives to Incarceration,” which was part seven in their Mass Incarceration Community Conversation Series. Grace Gamez of the American Friends Service Committee’s Reframing Justice Project, and Heather Hamel, Founder and Executive Director of Justice that Works discussed Alternatives to Incarceration. What alternatives work and where are they… Read more »

The Innocents

Poland, December 1945. It’s less than a year since the end of the second World War. A nun bursts into the makeshift headquarters of the French Red Cross, which is there to find, care for, and repatriate the French who remained in Poland. She tries to get one of the doctors, a young woman named… Read more »


Kallstroemia grandiflora

Arizona poppy, Mexican poppy and summer poppy are some of the common names for the beautiful annual wildflower Kallstroemia grandiflora. The common names are pretty easy to understand as the flower sure looks like a poppy, but when I went to pull apart the Latinized botanical name I came across, “in honor of Kallstroem, obscure… Read more »


Greg Corman is a Tucson sculptor and landscape artist who specializes in creating sculptures as habitats for wild animals. He started with habitats for wild bees and branched out to birds, snakes and other feral creatures. His works can be found at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tohono Chul Park, and a number of arboretums in Northern Arizona…. Read more »


Jillian and the Giants Live in Studio 2A

It’s a special live performance in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Jillian and the Giants has an album release show at the Flycatcher on Friday, September 23rd . Carlos Arzate joins in to give you a preview of the upcoming show, starting the hour off with a mini set. Then Jillian… Read more »


Manduca sexta and Hyles lineata

In southeastern Arizona Datura wrightii is the preferred source of nectar for the moth Manduca sexta and you may also notice that the caterpillar, the tobacco hornworm, devours the foliage of Datura, when of course, it’s not in your garden eating your tomato plants or other plants in the nightshade family.  Manduca sexta moths are… Read more »


Pedaling the Pueblo- Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Ann Chanecka interviewed Evan Pilling, President of the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (SDMB), to hear how the group advocates for the mountain bike community and supports trail access and maintenance. For more information about SDMB, visit their website or facebook page. To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling the Pueblo… Read more »


Pedaling the Pueblo- Biking at the University of Arizona

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Colby Henley interviewed University of Arizona Alternative Transportation Program Coordinator Jessica Hersh-Ballering about about the best ways to keep your bike safe and other services for people who ride bikes to campus. To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling the Pueblo or to ask questions about bicycling in… Read more »

Red-Headed Woman

In the years immediately following the introduction of sound to the movies, there was a remarkable period of frankness in the Hollywood film. This coincided with the darkest years of the Great Depression, and as if to offer release from this economic burden, the movies reflected a greater honesty about social and sexual mores. At… Read more »

TEP Commercial Energy Efficiency Program

If you listened to the interview with Delectable’s Donna DiFiore last month, you know that Tucson Electric Power is helping her to retrofit her restaurant with energy-efficient LED lights. TEP provides substantial incentives to business owners and builders to install energy-efficient lighting, air conditioners and other electrical equipment. The Weekly Green spoke with Randy Altergott, Supervisor at… Read more »

The Sleeping Mexican – Maribel Alvarez

Maribel Alvarez is a folkorist, a research social scientist at the UA Southwest Center, and the executive director of the Southwest Folklife Alliance. She’s been studying the highly visible icon, the Sleeping Mexican or “Pancho,” seen often as a negative stereotype of laziness. Here she talks about Pancho and his friend, the saguaro cactus, as… Read more »


Sigourney Weaver: More Than The SciFi Queen

  Heather, Jeff, and Rusty turn their attention to the career of Sigourney Weaver. They cover the Alien Franchise, Galaxy Quest, Working Girl, Ghostbusters, Ice Storm, and more in this episode. Though she’s earned multiple academy awards and brought in money like few other female actors, Sigourney’s career is not as lauded as other more “serious”… Read more »


Diluvio AZ Live in Studio 2A

Diluvio AZ performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. In between sets of live music Diluvio AZ discusses the creation of the band, the release for their EP, “Libro de Canciones“, upcoming shows and what they have planned for the future of Diluvio AZ.


Fishbone – Truth and Soul – KXCI Classic Pick

FISHBONE – TRUTH AND SOUL Released September 13, 1988 – 28 years ago Fishbone’s second full-length album blurs musical boundaries with their fusion of punk, ska, reggae, soul, funk, blues, and hard rock. Featuring blistering guitar riffs, spectacular bass lines, dynamic horns, and raw, socially relevant lyrics, it is generally considered one of their best… Read more »

Becoming Maria Part 2

Today on 30 Minutes, we continue with excerpts from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Moderator Toby Wehner spoke with long time Sesame Street actor and writer Sonia Manzano about her memoir “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.” The book chronicles her life growing up in the 50s and how here dreams carried her through… Read more »


Becoming Maria Part 1

Today on 30 Minutes, we bring to you excerpts from the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Moderator Toby Wehner spoke with long time Sesame Street actor and writer Sonia Manzano about her memoir “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.” The book chronicles her life growing up in the 50s and how here dreams carried… Read more »


Pedaling the Pueblo – Bike Rack Distribution

In this episode of Pedaling the Pueblo, host Krista Hansen interviewed the City of Tucson Bicycle Planner, Andy Bemis about a free bike rack distribution program. Any Tucson business can request a bike rack for their customers to use. For more information, visit the website or contact Andrew.Bemis@tucsonaz.gov To suggest a bicycling topic for Pedaling… Read more »

Cemetery of Splendor

There is always a select group of filmmakers who become critical favorites in world cinema without having much impact on the awareness of the mass audience. One of the foremost examples from recent years is a writer-director from Thailand with the tongue-twister name Apichatpong Weerasethakul. He likes to be called Joe, and so from here… Read more »

Food For Thought

Under the title “Food For Thought”,  a series of three presentations on environmental issues will be held at the Joe Valdez Main Library. The presentations, sponsored by the Friends of the Pima County Library, will be given on Thursdays during lunch hour, from 12 to 1 pm – hence the title. Light refreshments will be… Read more »


Bush Muhly

Bush Muhly is the species Muhlenbergia porteri. There are over 40 species of muhlys found in Arizona and across the southwest. It would be hard to go out into the desert or up into the hills and not stumble across a species of Muhlenbergia. Hmm, that said it would be pretty hard to travel around… Read more »

People on Bikes!

Introducing Pedaling the Pueblo

Pedaling the Pueblo hosts Kylie Walzak and Mark Reynolds discuss this new mini-program about bicycling in Tucson. The show will feature guests involved with bicycling advocacy or events. In this first episode, the hosts discuss ‘people first’ language and how there is a preference to discuss ‘people on bikes’ as opposed to ‘bicyclists’ because ultimately,… Read more »


Crystal Radio Live in Studio 2A for Locals Only

Crystal Radio performs live in Studio 2A for the second half of Locals Only. In between sets of live music, Crystal Radio discusses their upcoming album, Ghost In You, as well as the release show for the album at Club Congress on Saturday, Sept. 10th, and more. Locals Only Produced by Matt Milner, Live recording… Read more »

The Community Member – Camiliano Juarez

Camiliano Juarez holds two positions with Saguaro National Park: public information officer and community engagement coordinator. Here he talks about his goal to make the park more accessible to a broader Tucson population and about they way our community fiercely loves the saguaro cactus.          


Marty Robbins – Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs – KXCI Classic Pick of the Week

MARTY ROBBINS – GUNFIGHTER BALLADS & TRAIL SONGS Released September 1959 – 57 years ago Robbins’ fifth studio album is arguably one of the most influential country & western releases of all time. Featuring a range of tracks that include love songs, spirituals, murder ballads, and traditional covers all told from a master storyteller’s perspective,… Read more »

The Fits

As enigmatic as its title, The Fits, a film by Anna Rose Holmer, places us quietly into its fictional world and gives us time to get our bearings. A young girl on the edge of adolescence, maybe 11 years old, is doing sit-ups. Then we see her learning how to box from an older boy…. Read more »

Sky Island Alliance At 25

The Sky Island Alliance, dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the Northern Sonora, celebrates its 25th anniversary on September 15th. The Weekly Green spoke with Jessica Moreno, Conservation Manager at the organization. Ms. Moreno specializes in wildlife linkages, two of which were recently opened across Oracle Road. More about these in the Weekly Green… Read more »


French New Wave: Love, War, & Prostitution

Heather, Jeff, and Rusty turn their attention to France in the 1960s as they examine the French New Wave. What distinguished films of this genre? What was the impetus driving these maverick directors. The American film Little Fugitive is discussed as an influence for Francois Truffaut. Heather discusses her favorite Truffaut film, Jules and Jim…. Read more »

The Haircut – Megan Siquieros (pt. 2)

August 15, 2016 This is a second excerpt of my interview with Megan Siquieros, who comes from a family of Tohono O’odham singers and storytellers. Here she shares a memory of her first hair cut and the has:añ.

The Ribs – Bob Vint

August 8, 2016 Bob Vint is an architect with Vint Associates, Inc. He reveres traditional building practices in the Sonoran Desert. Here he talks about the durable saguaro rib and how it’s been used in traditional and modern architecture.

The Invader – Dana Backer

August 1, 2016 Dana Backer is a restoration ecologist with Saguaro National Park. She talks here about buffel grass, an invasive species that threatens saguaros and the native Sonoran Desert ecosystem.  

The Emblem of the Americas – David Yetman

July 25, 2016 David Yetman is a research social scientist with the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center who studies indigenous culture and plants of the Southwestern U.S. and Northwestern Mexico. Here he talks about saguaros and other columnar cacti throughout the Americas and the human cultures that have thrived because of them.  

The Harvest Tradition – Tina Vavages-Andrew

July 18, 2016 Tina Vavages-Andrew is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and works as a Next Generation Park Ranger in Saguaro National Park. Here she shares stories of growing up on the reservation, her relationship with saguaros, and the annual fruit harvest.        


On Demand: Lando Chill + Foxx Bodies Live in Studio 2A

We were so proud to host a very special in-studio performance with rising local stars Lando Chill and Foxx Bodies prior to their joint record release party at Congress in August of 2016. Check out the photo gallery and audio of the session below–we’ll have video soon! All photos by Julius Schlosberg of Jpop Photo, Chalkboard art… Read more »

Our Kind of Traitor / Tickled

All the smart spy dramas these days seem to be based on novels by English author John Le Carré, longtime master of espionage fiction. Just in the last few years we’ve seen Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and A Most Wanted Man, showcasing the talents of Gary Oldman and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman respectively. Now… Read more »

Bees, Grants & Bikes

Honey Bees Around 2006, a mysterious disease called Colony Collapse Disorder began to decimate global bee populations. Beekeepers found their hives abandoned, the bees having disappeared without a trace. As honey bees are involved in the pollination of three-quarters of the crops used in human food production worldwide, this was reason for great concern. In… Read more »


Geranium richardsonii

Well, every year I find the the same male box turtle in a monsoon puddle out by our front gate. A friend asked how I could be sure without marking the turtle, but I’m sure it is and the box turtle himself confirmed it when he asked me if I was the same guy that… Read more »


Joe Novelli Live in Studio 2A

Joe Novelli of The Cloud Walls performs live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Locals Only. Joe plays solo acoustic sets and discusses the transition of Marvin and the Cloud Walls to the current form of The Cloud Walls, as well as performing solo as opposed to with a full band. See The… Read more »


Proboscidea Perfume

Who hasn’t gotten hooked by a dry devils claw pod on a walk in the borderlands. So pesky and yet so interesting looking, it’s the kind of pod that begs to end up on a mantle or book shelf or god forbid some macramé. And though I want it to be, devils claw is not… Read more »


Paul Simon – Graceland – KXCI Classic Pick

PAUL SIMON – GRACELAND Released: August 25, 1986 – 30 years ago Simon’s seventh studio album combined astute songwriting with an eclectic mixture of pop, zydeco, and South African elements, creating a pop-worldbeat-folk hybrid that reinvigorated his audience and earned him new fans. A major critical and commercial hit, it became Simon’s most successful release… Read more »


Lonely Hearts Club “Friends”

Lonely hearts Club is back with another episode of chit chat jibber jabber. Episode 12 . This time we are talking about friendship, relationshippy things, crushes and what have you. Recorded by hand (sort of)  at your friendly neighborhood community radio station! What’s Your Story? Everyone has a Story. I’d like to get a  letter… Read more »

Director Spike Lee poses during a portrait session for Jaeger-LeCoultre during the 69th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2012 in Venice, Italy.

Spike Lee: His Muscle & His Joints

Film Club Rule #613: When it comes to Spike Lee, he’s going to do the right thing. The films of Spike Lee are the topic this week. Jeff starts the conversation by bringing up She’s Gotta Have It. Heather starts a discussion of Spike’s tribute to New York after 9/11, 25th Hour. We move on… Read more »

The Fast Runner

The modern mind, at least in the West, has trouble absorbing the mythic realm. Gods and monsters, creation and destruction, the trickster’s gift and the hero’s journey—all this, if it’s even glimpsed, is seen as gigantic, monumental, astonishing. Yet this is contradicted by a curious quality of aboriginal storytelling: the tone is casual, everyday, as… Read more »

Green News

SUNA TRAP Malaria claims the life of a child every minute and causes 12 billion in damage annually. The World Health Organization aims to eradicate the disease by 2030. That goal has become a lot closer by the development of a new mosquito trap baited by human feromones. The trap, called the ‘Suna Trap’, was… Read more »

Portishead – Dummy – KXCI Classic Pick

PORTISHEAD – DUMMY Released: August, 1994 – 22 years ago Portishead’s debut is a dazzling amalgam of downbeat, soul and funk-infused acid house, incorporating equal measures of hip hop beats, electronica, 60s spy movie scores, and torch jazz singer-inspired vocals (think Sade meets Billy Holiday). Helping define the genera of trip-hop, this album merged the… Read more »


Tulip Poplar

I can’t help myself and guess I should come to grips with the fact that I am a total plant geek and no matter where I am the plants interest me. And so there I am in a section of Brooklyn with huge (yuge!) London plane trees and my passion took over. There were many… Read more »

Sing Street

John Carney is an Irish filmmaker who had a breakout hit back in ’07 with a little independent movie called Once, chronicling the romance of an aspiring musical couple in Dublin. After a few noble misfires, including a Keira Knightley film called Begin Again, Carney has returned to his Dublin roots with his new film… Read more »

Common Green: Donna DiFiore

We hear all the time from experts in the field of ecology and sustainability about environmental problems on the large scale. But all too rarely do we hear how regular people like ourselves approach sustainability in their everyday lives, in their homes and in their businesses. There are countless ways in which waste can be… Read more »

Film Club Origins

Film Club Rule #38: Never discount your childhood as being a harbinger of things to come in your adulthood. Heather, Jeff, and Rusty discuss their origin stories. They discuss their childhood and early influences, including getting VCRs for the first time and being dropped off at theaters. This is followed by choices concerning their film… Read more »

Earth Won

Earth Won Live Won Studio 2A

Earth Won performs live in Studio for the second hour of Locals Only. In between sets of live music, Earth Won discusses the creation of the band as well as the what the future holds for the group. Check their Facebook page here to keep up with all of Earth Won’s upcoming shows. Earth Won… Read more »


The Beatles – Revolver – KXCI Classic Pick

THE BEATLES – REVOLVER Released August 8, 1966 (August 5 in the UK) – 50 years ago The Fab Four’s seventh studio release may be as close to flawless as any album ever released. Covering new stylistic ground, it’s characterized by stunning songwriting, brilliant arrangement, and novel recording effects. As influential today as it was… Read more »

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Lonely Hearts Club “Bananas”

Lonely Hearts Club “Bananas” Season 2 episode 1 or maybe episode 11, who’s counting? Bridgitte goes bananas, but that’s no surprise, we all should have seen it coming. Friends include, Nick Sievert, David Forbes, Dr. Joe Patterson, Wrilan and Elijah Thum. You can’t have it all people, but we try to cope just the same…. Read more »


Wild Lettuce

There are about 90 species of Lactuca found around the world, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. Arizona Flora lists 4 species and one of those is the varmint Lactuca serriola (“varmint” means introduced European native). Lactuca sativa is the mother of all cultivated lettuces. I looked in a favorite vegetable seed catalogue and it listed… Read more »

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Filmed in Tucson…Mostly

Film Club Rule #888: There’s great filmmaking going on in your backyard, just open the door. Heather, Jeff, and Rusty turn their attention to film made in Tucson, Arizona. Over the years hundreds of films were made in Tucson, in part because of the desert locale and in part because of Old Tucson Studios. Some… Read more »

The Lobster

Greek writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos has gained a degree of renown for a kind of in-your-face absurdist style, manifested in films such as Dogtooth, about a father who has taught his family the wrong meanings for words in order to keep them under his control—that one was nominated for a foreign language Oscar—and Alps, about a… Read more »


There is a phenomenon in music known as ‘rolling’, which occurs when one band member can’t hear himself over the others and cranks up his amp. That enables him to hear himself again, but now the person next to him has the same problem and cranks up his amp too, and so it travels along… Read more »


Living Out Loud – Chad Mosher

Chad is responsible for the oversight of Living Out Loud Health & Wellness Center and leads outreach efforts to the community in addition to providing training and counseling services. He has more than 13 years of clinical experience in addition to five years of administrative experience as the chair for the College of Social Sciences… Read more »

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The O’Jays – Back Stabbers – KXCI Classic Pick

THE O’JAYS – BACK STABBERS Released August, 1972- 44 years ago Fusing ’60s pop vocal styles with funky R&B rhythms and jazz-inspired arrangements that feature complex melodies, sweeping strings, and dynamic horns, The O’Jays fifth studio release, produced by the iconic songwriting team of Gable & Huff, helped establish the “Philly Sound.” One of the… Read more »


Bellota of the Borderlands

Many years ago while driving the dirt road between Klondyke and Pima, Arizona I rounded a curve and and almost crashed into an Apache family stooped over in the road picking up acorns that were falling from a huge Emory oak whose branches reached over the road. It was that marvelous encounter that turned me… Read more »


Life on the outskirts of society, the stories of poor, rootless drifters and petty criminals—rarely is any of this depicted on film without either sentimental or moral messaging on the one hand, or sensationalism on the other. Of those that have tried, Wanda, a 1970 film by Barbara Loden, is in a class by itself…. Read more »


It Was The List Of Times: Hitchcock v Welles

Film Club Rule #634: Your taste may not be everyone’s taste, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good taste. What makes a great film? What makes a film your favorite film? People love lists, and everyone’s an expert. Do critics’ lists carry the significance they once held? The 2012 Sight & Sound Top 10 List is… Read more »


If you have been coughing and sneezing a lot lately, if your eyes are stinging and the inside of your mouth feels like it is on fire, the cause is likely to be ozone. The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality has issued an advisory for moderately elevated levels of surface ozone, currently at about… Read more »


Pipelights Live in Studio 2A

Pipelights perform live in Studio 2A for the second hour of Local’s Only. In between sets of music Pipelights discuss their new album, 518, as well as upcoming shows and what the future holds for them. Pipelights will be at the Flycatcher on August 4th.


Fugazi – Steady Diet of Nothing – KXCI Classic Pick

FUGAZI – STEADY DIET OF NOTHING Released July, 1991- 25 years ago Fugazi’s sophomore full-length, and first self-produced album, shudders and quakes with angst and contempt for the government, news media, and the music industry. While receiving less attention than many of the band’s other releases, many critics consider it on par with every other… Read more »


A Dramatic Garden

This show about our garden is a “repetey” from a couple years ago. Some things never change, except, we have started using neem oil as a repellant and it is an effective organic way to deal with troublesome insects.  Neem oil is derived from the seed of the Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) native to parts… Read more »

Love & Friendship

Writer-director Whit Stillman hasn’t made many films—only five, in fact, since his debut feature in 1990, Metropolitan. Apparently he’s found it difficult to find backing for his pictures, sophisticated comedies of manners with bright, articulate, and fairly affluent characters. He has a fine ear for the way highly educated people speak in social situations, the… Read more »

Dark Skies

The American Medical Association published a report in June on the adverse health effects of artificial light. The report, titled ‘“Light Pollution: Adverse Health Effects of Nighttime Lighting“, is a compilation of other studies on the effects of artificial light and does not present new research by the AMA proper. However, the recognition by this… Read more »

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Favorite Female Directors: Anders, Coppola, & July

Film Club Rule #835: If a woman can secure the Presidential nomination, we can have a woman direct a Marvel superhero movie — and win an Oscar for it. Female directors create a small percentage of films being made in 2016. Over all the years and ceremonies, only four women have been nominated for a… Read more »

Walls And Bridges

6-lanes highways are great for connecting human communities, but at the same time they sever the pathways of animals across their habitats, decreasing their foraging area and the diversity of their gene pool. Recognizing this issue, the Arizona Department of Transportation has included two wildlife crossings in the project to widen Oracle Road, the first… Read more »