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The 13 year Odyssey of Odyssey Storytelling

March 24, 5 to 8 p.m. at YWCA of Southern Arizona, 525 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson

“Now more than ever, we must celebrate the uncensored voices of diverse community members. This is exactly what Odyssey Storytelling has been doing for thirteen years through monthly live shows featuring the true stories of everyday people in Southern Arizona.

This celebration and fundraiser will be emceed by Editorial Cartoonist and Humor Columnist, David Fitzsimmons, and will feature a reading by Penelope Starr from her newly released book, The Radical Act of Community Storytelling: Empowering Voices in Uncensored Events.

This step-by-step guide chronicles Starr’s years growing the community of Odyssey Storytelling. Why did a fifty-eight year old artist decide to take on a small project that turned into a successful nonprofit storytelling organization? What challenges did she face and how did she survive them? How can other communities create their own storytelling events? Experience her joys, frustrations and laughter. The Radical Act of Community Storytelling is packed with practical tips and plenty of inspirational stories.

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The Arroyo Cafe Christmas Radio Ho Ho Ho Show


Since political newcomer Donald Trump’s surprise victory as U.S. President on November 8, 2016, a lot of people I know are in need for some good humor and laughter. Check out this Arroyo Cafe Christmas special.

Tickets $10  to $15: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1381002?_ga=1.159368314.1180027351.1481395453

Meet political cartoonists and artists at Contreras Gallery


Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with political artists Gary Aagaard, Rand Carlson (creator of Random Shots cartoon strip in Tucson Weekly) and David Fitzsimmons (cartoonist for Arizona Daily Star). Enjoy their funny, political art, and find out whom they’re voting for on Nov. 8, 2016 to become our next U.S. President.

Contreras Gallery & Jewelry is at 110 E. 6th St. (west of N. 6th Avenue): http://www.contrerashousefineart.com/

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Election Extravaganza at the Rialto Theater on 9/11


Buy tickets (only $10) online here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1274245?_ga=1.199695465.655047616.1472998708&__utma=1.1122799538.1472998708.1472998708.1473009317.2&__utmb=|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=-&__utmk=130069519

Las Vegas Impersonators The Edwards Twins headline Comedy for Charity show


Another terrific show put together by stand up comedian/writer/producer & dancer Suzie Sexton, who recently appeared at an Estrogen Hour show at Laff’s. The Edwards Twins (Anthony and Eddie) were both raised in Tucson and are graduates of Rincon High School. Let’s welcome them back to Tucson.

More info:

www.comedyforcharity.org, “Comedy for Charity is a non-profit organization created by comedian Suzie Sexton to reduce violence and to raise money for victims of violence. Her sister was murdered in an unsolved mugging in Chicago in 1980. Since then, she has worked and volunteered in various capacities to reduce violence. “

Tickets $20 to $60 online at the Fox Theater website: https://foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=773.


Time again for the popular Tucson Festival of Books


March 12 and 13, 2016 are the two days for the wildly popular Tucson Festival of Books, where long lines face you to get into some author presentations.   Here’s the complete schedule, to plan ahead:


It’s again on the University of Arizona mall (west of Campbell Ave. on University Blvd.), now in its 8th year.

Author list (A -Z): http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/?id=45

One of the fun activiites is at the end of the festival,  with AZ Daily Star cartoonist David Fitzsimmons and his humorous drawings  at the Star’s tent, 4 p.m. Sunday.  Writer Dave Devine will be assisting him this year.  The tent seats 250.

History from their website, www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.com.

“The Tucson Festival of Books, a registered non-profit organization established to support and fund literacy advancement in southern Arizona, debuted in March 2009 after two years of planning. More than 350 authors presented nearly 300 programs to 50,000 attendees that year. In six years, nearly 600,000 attendees have visited the Festival on the campus of the University of Arizona. More than $1,050,000 has been raised for local literacy organizations. Attendance in 2014 was estimated to be over 130,000 with more than 450 authors presenting. Founders of the Tucson Festival of Books include business, university and philanthropic leaders.”

Books — food– activities — info booths — family friends entertainment –lots and lots to do as usual. Enjoy Spring at the annual Tucson Festival of Books. Bigger and better each year.