Monday, November 14, 2011

photoAttendees at UA Downtown's Closing Reception of exhibit Parallel Play: Interdisciplinary Responses to a Dry River, in the Roy Place Building at Stone Avenue and Pennington Street, will also have the opportunity to experience 2nd Saturdays Downtown, Tucson's monthly entertainment and arts event in downtown Tucson. The Closing Reception and 2nd Saturdays Downtown will be held on Saturday, November 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a Closing Reception Reading by Ander Monson at 7:00 p.m.

Parallel Play is a collection of works of art, design, architecture and creative writing by students and faculty at the University of Arizona that respond to issues related to human uses of water. Through research projects, field trips and guests' lectures in interdisciplinary seminars and design studios, students learned about the meaning and management of water in the desert city of Tucson Arizona as well as other sites around the globe. Creative projects were informed and influenced by a wide range of disciplines including environmental science, ecology, geography, and literary theory. "Parallel Play" is funded by the Confluence Center for Creative Enquiry at the University of Arizona.

The Parallel Play catalog will be published in December 2011 with essays by: Allison Dushane, Assistant Professor, English Department; Gregg Garfin, Director of Science Translation and Outreach, Institute of the Environment; Ellen McMahon, Professor, Visual Communications, School of Art; Ander Monson, Assistant Professor, Creative Writing, English Department; Ellen Skotheim, Creative Director, Rillito River Project; and Beth Weinstein, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture.

Featuring: Jonathan Black, Jessica Gerlach and Jennifer Heinfeld coIlaborations with the Rillito River Project, and work by Sulaiman Alothman, Dani Alvarez, Monique Bassey, Dan Cheek, John Gialanella, Camden Hardy, Jongwoo Kim, Robert Long, Mathew Propst, Nicole Sweeney, and Lizzie TImmer.

2nd Saturdays Downtown presents three musical groups on the Scott Avenue Stage. Spirit Familia performs Latin, reggae and funk starting at 6:00 p.m., Planet Jam (reggae, rock) take the stage 7:30 p.m. and Kristen Chandler (blues, funk, soul) tops the lineup at 9:00 p.m. Up With People performs at the Fox Tucson Theatre at 7:00 p.m. ($10 admission). 2nd Saturdays Downtown features many street performances, art and museum exhibits, and downtown venues.

All performances, exhibits and attractions are free (unless otherwise indicated) and family-friendly. For more information and full schedule of entertainment, venues, and exhibits, visit

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