Rockin’ concert to benefit civility fund

Rock ’n’ roll legends Jackson Browne and Alice Cooper have put together an all-star line-up of musicians for a fundraising concert to benefit the newly established Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding, a fund of the nonprofit Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. It will take place at 6 p.m. this Thursday, March 10, at the Tucson Convention Center.

The Fund supports individuals and families affected by the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, and promotes civility and respect in public discourse, schools, and the community. The fund also works to increase awareness of mental health symptoms, prevention and treatment services.

Joining Browne and Cooper onstage will be David Crosby, Graham Nash, Sam Moore, Nils Lofgren, Keb’ Mo’, Jerry Riopelle, Dar Williams, Ozomatli and Calexico. The event also will feature speakers Ron Barber, who was among those wounded on Jan. 8, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Congresswoman Gabriele Giffords, who also was wounded during the shootings; Lea Marquez Peterson, president of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup.

The Tucson-based Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding — to be managed and administered by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona — was initially set up with contributions from the family of Ron Barber. In addition to honoring those who lost their lives or were injured physically and emotionally on Jan. 8, the Fund’s stated objectives include: paying tribute to the first responders, citizens and medical staff who helped after the shooting; ensuring that individuals who witnessed the shootings will have the resources they need to address the emotional trauma they endured that day; increasing community understanding of mental illness and services, sponsoring programs, discussions and other activities in public schools, faith communities and in the political arena; supporting concerts and artistic events to promote civil discourse regarding public policy issues and respect for different points of view.

Tickets may be purchased from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tucson Convention Center ticket office, 260 S. Church Ave., by visiting, by calling (800) 745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster Outlets.

Desert Cadillacs to perform free concert March 13

Hear tunes from the 1950s, ballads and upbeat pop-rock enthusiasm when the Desert Cadillacs perform a free concert at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 13 at the San Lucas Community Park in Marana.

The Desert Cadillacs were formed in 1984. The two founding members — guitarists Dave Lekawa and Mike Serres — got together at a friend’s going-away party. A musical jam session ensued, and the players decided to form a group.

The group has played dozens of bookings each year, ranging from such gigs as opening for the Grass Roots and Beach Boys with thousands of people, to quiet parties at posh local resorts.

Presented by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, the concert will take place at the 16-acre San Lucas Community Park. The outdoor setting will be filled with children’s activities, such as arts and crafts.

The concert series began in December and has provided visitors an opportunity to hear a diverse array of musical, genres on the second Sunday of each month through May. Upcoming shows are set for April 10 and May 8. The festival location is just off Interstate 10 at the Marana Road exit 236.

Located in the Town of Marana, San Lucas boasts a richly diverse cultural and economic heritage. Marana’s geographical setting ranges from nearby pristine Tortolita Mountains to active agricultural lands in the northern part of town. Residents enjoy an intimate neighborhood feel with walking paths, common areas and tot-lots for the kids throughout the family-friendly area.

For more information, visit or call 797-3959.

Landscapes, still lifes on display

Landscapes and More, an exhibition of mixed media, plein air and studio works of landscapes, still lifes, figures and animals done in a realistic style by Depy Adams, is on display now through March 30 at Pima County Agua Caliente Park Ranch, 12325 E. Roger Road.

The park is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays from November to April.

The exhibition is being presented by the Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation department.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 615-7855 or visit

Discover ‘Yonkers’ at free fun fair

The Arizona Theatre Company will host A 1940s Family Fun Fair: Red, White and Yonkers! from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., in downtown Tucson.

The free event is being held in conjunction with ATC’s production of “Lost in Yonkers” now playing at the Temple of Music and Art. The street fair will celebrate a bygone era in American history by featuring live USO-style entertainment, kids’ games, historical exhibits and food concessions.

River of Words  on display thru March 21

An exhibition of award-winning poetry and mixed media art is on display now through March 21 at the Valencia Branch Library, 202 W. Valencia Road.

Tucson’s River of Words 2009 Youth Poetry and Art Traveling Exhibit depicts how local children express their understandings of watersheds and share their view of the natural world. It is being presented by the Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation department.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 615-7855 or visit

Entries accepted for CD8 artwork competition

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ office is inviting high school students in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District to submit their artwork as part of a national competition sponsored by Congress.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students and was created to recognize the creative talents of young Americans. This year marks the competition’s 26th anniversary.

Winners in numerous categories will receive cash awards. The grand prize winner will receive airline tickets so the student and a family member can fly to Washington, D.C., for a ceremony in June.

The grand prize winner’s art will be displayed for one year at the Capitol in Washington, where it will be seen by members of Congress and tens of thousands of visitors. It will hang alongside the grand prize winners from other congressional districts across the nation.

Artwork must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, April 8 to Giffords’ Tucson office, 1661 N. Swan Road, Suite 112. Students also entering the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild’s scholarship competition will be permitted to submit their work by 10 a.m. on Monday, April 11.

For more information on the competition, contact Pam Simon by calling 881-3588 or e-mailing

UA continues ‘As You Like It’ March 10-12

A monthlong run of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” continues at the University of Arizona’s Tornabene Theatre.

Evening performances are scheduled for 7:30 on March 10-12 and March 25-26 with matinees at 1:30 on March 12, 26-27.

This pastoral comedy features one of Shakespeare’s most inspiring characters, the heroine Rosalind. Disguised as a boy, Rosalind flees her repressive uncle’s court for the forest of Arden, where she discovers her true love, Orlando. As Orlando pines for his lost love, Rosalind, she befriends him in her guise as a boy and promises to cure his heartache.

One of Shakespeare’s best-known comedies, “As You Like It” examines the cruelties and corruption of court life and gleefully pokes holes in one of humankind’s greatest artifices — the conventions of romantic love.

The show is being performed by UA’s Arizona Repertory Theatre under the direction of Brent Gibbs. It runs about two hours long and has a 15-minute intermission.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $26 for senior citizens, UA employees and military and $19 for students.

Tickets can be purchased at the UA Fine Arts box office, by calling 621-1162 or visiting

(1) comment


Good for Alice Cooper and the other stars for taking part in this worthy cause. Guess he's not as scary as his stage image. Cooper dreamed up the name for his group based on the idea of “a cute, sweet little girl with a hatchet behind her back.”

On my Rockaeology blog at I tell the story behind “School’s Out.” Cooper said, “When we did "School's Out," I knew we had just done the national anthem. I've become the Francis Scott Key of the last day of school… It nailed the experience of being released from an educational institution, that elated feeling of freedom, and kids everywhere got it.”

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