Animals, Edibles, Art


I walked out to my compost pile and surprised a large lizard, about nine inches long, a light grey-blue, who had no doubt been nibbling on the insects engendered by the compost; he skittered up the wall.  The right color for a Desert Spiny Lizard, but it looked smoother, so it was probably a dusty Collared Lizard, and it went so fast that I missed seeing the collar.  They’re almost smooth, and can get to a foot in length.

Eating lunch in a delightful courtyard at Pima College (see photo with the fig vine climbing up the artistic wall tiles), as I have half an hour on Mondays to get from the downtown Y exercise class, which ends at 11am, eat lunch, and start teaching at 11:30, I noticed a ground squirrel 006pile of dirt behind the non-working fountain.  Then a rock squirrel poked his head from the drainage pipe in the wall (obscured by the vine in the photo).  Unfortunately, didn’t have my camera then.

That squirrel went to a lot of work to get to the center of a campus that is primarily paved, find the drain pipe that serves the narrow landscaped area above the wall, and dig himself a burrow.  Now he has to find a mate and convince her (assuming that it is male) to move there.  True, there may be scraps of food around the concrete picnic tables, but a groundskeeper may not like the look of the pile of dirt.

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Quail in a tree, how can that be?  (They usually stay on the ground.)  They should be sitting on eggs shortly.  A male dove and a coy female have been doing a lot of noisy wing flapping in my backyard.  They, the goldfinches, and a towhee have been enjoying the birdbath.

Tucson Happenings

I’ll go backwards through last week.

Taste of Chocolate

Sunday was the Taste of Chocolate at the Doubletree Inn, a fundraiser for the Rotary Club.  The ballroom was packed.  For $10 you could eat more chocolate than you could normally eat in a year!  Restaurants, bakeries, caterers donated lovely–looking confections, most way too large for samples.  Simple chocolates with perhaps a nut, unusual ones such a chocolate cup with a squirt of goat cheese, topped by a berry and a dash of chocolate balsamic vinegar, a chocolate topped with crumbled chocolatebacon mixed with chilies, chicken mole (which for you non-westerners, is chicken – actually usually turkey – in a chocolate chili sauce) over “mashed potatoes” which was a mound of white chocolate.  Luckily there were bins of water and numerous pitchers of milk – white and chocolate.  (Here is a display of the Doubletree’s sweets that my friend took with her cell phone.)

Pop Up Art Happening

kate long hodgesSaturday had been the Pop Up Art Happening.  There were lots of people through, but mostly in jeans, T-shirts, and gymshoes buying less expensive art.  (A university student with large canvases near my area sold two, but for the size, they were underpriced.)

Kate Long Hodges (that’s her on the left), who had photographs of her joe brownperformance art, crawling from a chrysalis, hanging from a cliff1, was an interesting person.  Joe Brown, who had beautifully sculpted stone (see photo), sold three pieces. 2  Aurore Chabot,  Professor of aurore phoenix airportArt and Ceramics at the University had a few works (notably Hip Hip Matilda: Chair Pairs from Down Under3) and photos of her installation at the Phoenix Sky Harbour Airport:

A 10′ x 14′ mural inspired by the geometric shapes found on Hohokam pottery and in rock art.

In addition to five friends, a number of people stopped by to talk to me about Cuba (as that was where my photos were taken), but no sales.  Just because I had previously sold two Cuba photos, I thought that I was an artist. Just a flash in the pan.

As after I sold a tract house that I had remodeled and one of my own design, I thought it was a go.  A looker Saturday, but no sale.  (Another bummer – yesterday my car battery was dead, and although it’s a cheap Nissan, the specialized battery was expensive!)

Clybourne Park

Friday night, with a friend, went to the Arizona Theater Company’s Clybourne Park, which won a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize.  Fabulous Must get season tickets for ATC next year.  The Rogue Theater is hit and miss, but ATC has fabulous actors, fabulous plays, and fabulous sets.

Broad overview of the play – based on A Raisin in the Sun (which was nominated for four Tony’s in 1960, starring Sidney Poitier, about a black family moving into a white suburb outside Chicago).  The first act, which takes place in 1959, tells that story, but this time with great humor (now that we can laugh at racists);  the second act, using the same actors for different characters fifty years later reverses the plot, as a white family wants to gentrify the same neighborhood, which is now black.  The black husband has some great bon mots, and the plumber in scene two is over the top!

One of the best parts is intermission, where a construction supervisor with clipboard and his workers in construction outfits change the house from quaint Victorian to a boarded-up, graffitied, abandoned wreck.

You have a few more days to see it.  (Tucson: April 6 – 27, Phoenix: May 2 –19, 2013)  Don’t miss it!

Artists’ Open Studios

carol annshirleyThe previous weekend had been Artists’ Open Studios.  I went specifically to Carol Ann’s Studio to see her work4 and that of Shirley Wagner5, both of whom are in the Tucson Museum of Art’s Contemporary Art Society that I joined.

cita2Then on to the 7th Ave Arts District Studios to see Cita Scott’s work6.  (She’s also in TMA’s CAS.)  Not only did she have her photos of Cuba, but nicola marshallalso these hummingbird photos, taken in her back yard.  (They are blown up quite large.)

Lots of artists in this warehouse.  “Discovered” beautiful watercolors of Australian artist Nicola Marshall that remind me of our southern bayou.  Missed meeting her.


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3 Responses to “Animals, Edibles, Art”

  1. Lyn Says:

    Clybourne Park sounds wonderful!

  2. Tammy Says:

    We just bought our tickets for Clybourne Park! Can’t wait!

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