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Chamberlab Vexations marathon to benefit ACLU of Arizona

Here’s an unusual event: 16 hours of music at the Hotel Congress & then at Maynards Kitchen & Cocktails, of various musicians playing the same piece 840 times — if they make it. And it’s a benefit for the ACLU of Arizona.  Donate now & drop by on Dec. 2nd to check it out. Having served on the ACLU of Arizona’s state board in Phoenix for 5 years, I will drop by sometime during this 16 hour “vexathon”/marathon.

“We’re playing Erik Satie’s VEXATIONS 840 times in a row to benefit the ACLU of Arizona! This is open to ALL MUSICIANS, and we hope you’ll take a chair and PLAY YOUR PART FOR FREEDOM!

Read all about it and sign up at www.vexathon.com!


34 performers,
74 sponsors,
$5,449.96 pledged!

We begin at 8:00 AM at Hotel Congress (311 E. Congress St), and we play for fourteen hours, and then, at 10:00 PM, we march in grand style, still playing, across the street to Maynards Market (400 N. Toole Ave.) for the final two-hour stretch and celebration. That’s a sixteen-hour Satie marathon to benefit the ACLU of Arizona!

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KXCI Community Radio to unveil new studio in Hotel Congress

For Immediate Release
Press contact: Kurt B. Reighley | (206) 890-2492 | eltoro@kxci.org
On Labor Day weekend, KXCI Community Radio unveils its new studio in Hotel Congress, with an open house and “Load the Library of Congress” party, Saturday, September 2, and Sunday, September 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Members of the public are encouraged to come explore the station’s new downtown facility, and help build the Congress studio’s music collection by donating a new or gently-used copy of a favorite CD or album.
As part of the grand opening festivities, the afternoon drive time show The Home Stretch will broadcast live from the KXCI Hotel Congress studio during HoCo Fest, Wednesday, August 30 through Friday, September 2, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
“We’ve been working towards this dream of opening a studio in the heart of downtown for over three years now, and I’m thrilled to finally be open for business,” says KXCI Executive Director Cathy Rivers. “This studio will allow the KXCI community and Tucson visitors to get even closer to the music, podcasts and mini-programs that make our community radio station so special. It will also create more opportunities for special broadcasts, out-of-town guests, and additional in-studio videos.” 
“This partnership is a great fit, because Hotel Congress and KXCI are both committed to nurturing our music community,”adds David Slutes, Entertainment Director for Hotel Congress. “Being able to see that on-air DJ – right at street level – offers tangible evidence of how crucial music is to Tucson, and the new studio adds something special to the vitality of downtown.”
This new auxiliary studio is located in the Hotel Congress lobby, directly across from the Copper Room, with windows looking out on Congress Street. Just steps away from both Club Congress and the Rialto Theatre, the convenient location will allow KXCI to welcome more touring musician to the airwaves.
“KXCI is the heartbeat of Tucson,” says Joey Burns of Calexico. “The addition of the KXCI studio at historic Hotel Congress will enable even greater connections between audiences and artists, like live performance broadcasts, special videos, and more in-depth interviews. As a community, it feels like we’re turning a corner, and it’s exciting to see – and hear – KXCI growing as a part of that.”   
The new studio was designed by Tucson firm Baker + Hesseldenz, with an emphasis on showcasing the tradition of independent radio, while also complementing the Hotel Congress aesthetic.
“We wanted to create a space that felt dark, cool, and comfortable, in homage to radio and recording studios of the ’50s and ’60s,” says Scott Baker. “And since people will be watching the on-air talent and guests, we brought in an element of theater as well.”
“This is perfect timing for KXCI,” adds Mary Ann Hesseldenz.“We live in such a visual society now. People today want – and expect – a fuller experience, and the increased visibility of KXCI downtown can help them reach a new generation of listeners.”
About KXCI
Founded in 1983, KXCI is an independent radio station committed to connecting the communities of Tucson and Southern Arizona to each other – and the world – with informative, engaging, and creative community-based programming. More than 35,000 listeners tune in to the station each week over the air and online. KXCI plays music from all genres and eras, as well as informative, locally-produced mini-programs, provided by 70+ volunteer DJs and on-air hosts. For more information, please visitwww.kxci.org.
About Hotel Congress
Open since 1919, the historic Hotel Congress is downtown Tucson’s longest continuously-operated business. This cultural vortex offers 40 vintage-style guest rooms, the award-winning Cup Café, the world-renowned Club Congress music venue, and more. Every year Hotel Congress hosts a full slate of events, including Dillinger Days, Agave Heritage Week, HOCO Fest, a New Year’s Eve Gala and The Nightmare On Congress Halloween celebration. With almost 100 years in Tucson, there is a story in every detail of this downtown gem – if only the walls could talk.
KXCI Community Radio | 520-623-1000 | KXCI.ORG

Celebrities can spell


EEF’s Facebook page lists these participants:

“EEF’s 4th Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee!
Joseph Blair is the emcee for an evening of lighthearted competition.”
Our spellers this year include:

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Dillinger Days at The Screening Room (for only 25 cents!)


Thursday   January 22nd  4:00pm  10:00pm   
Friday       January 23rd  4:00pm 10:00pm
Saturday   January 24th  4:00pm ONLY

What a 1930’s deal  — only 2 bits for a flick downtown, at 127 E. Congress Street.The Screening Room has been renovated recently, and check it out for new types of movies,including opera and Shakespeare. More at: http://screeningroomtucson.com/ (only movie theater downtown, except for Cinema La Placita which is outdoors.

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World Aids Day today


We’ve been to this event in the past, and it’s a great way to educate people about AIDS, and to lend support as well.

World AIDS Day Tucson is an event held on December 1st to honor and celebrate a community of people living with and to educate about HIV/AIDS.

Events like this one, work to de-stigmatize HIV/AIDS in communities all over the world. The World AIDS Day Tucson committee is a group of community members and representatives from local non profits/businesses who are working to reduce new HIV infections and spread knowledge about HIV/AIDS.

And over at the Loft theater, you can see a powerful film “Broken Heart Land” at 7 p.m. : Broken Heart Land is a new documentary that explores the response of friends, family and community members to gay teen Zack Harrington’s suicide in Norman, Oklahoma in 2010.  Our Calendar listing has more information on this film.  Co-sponsor is the Southern AZ Aids Foundation (SAAF). 

“I Have a Name” art exhibit on homelessness at Hotel Congress

The Carlos G Figueroa Foundation is in full support of The I Have a Name Project Exhibit (press release)
Tucson, AZ-
Give us your eyes and we’ll change how you see. The I Have a Name Project unveils its exhibit of powerful imagery chronically the Homeless at a reception on  October 11th in Tucson, AZ, from 7 to 9 p.m.  The Project’s enduring mission aspires to  create greater understanding for those that call the street home.The I Have Name Project will showcase its photography at the historic Hotel Congress.  This Exhibition will honor the memory of Carlos G Figueroa, a local homeless man that murdered on the streets of Tucson in 2003.  The exhibition opened on September 29 and continues through mid-November.

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