Saturday, November 30, 2013

Casting Call, Extras Needed local TV commercial

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 Extras Needed (Tucson)

We are looking to hire male and female EXTRAS who wish to be in a local TV commercial. The final production will be seen on local TV stations in the Tucson TV market for up to 1 year. We will need those interested to be working to be available on December 12th in Tucson, Arizona. THESE ARE PAID POSITIONS. Those hired will be paid on site the day of work by company check. Extras would need to be available from 10am-1pm. For details and pay rates please respond via email as soon as possible with head shot pics and phone number for immediate telephone interview. Thank you MDR Television.


·         Location: Tucson

·         Compensation: Various Contract Rates ranging from $25 per session and up.

·         This is a contract job.

·         Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.




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Puppets Amongus presents "Winterland"

Puppets Amongus  presents "Winterland"


Young Jack Frost isn't showing up for Solstice Festival and the cry-babies are starting a big melt-down! Can the polar fairies save Winterland in time?


The original score to this puppet rock opera is written and performed by Bradford Trojan.


Sat. Dec 14th & Sun. Dec. 15th

Sat. Dec. 21st & Sun. Dec. 22nd



$6 for kids, $8 for adults

$1 off if you walk, bike or bus!


Tickets are first come, first serve. Cash and check only please. Doors open at 3:30 pm.


At The Playhouse!


657 W. St. Mary's Rd.


Directions and Parking:

Just east of I-10 on St. Mary's on the south side of the road.


Follow signs for parking.




(520) 444-5538


The Playhouse

657 W. St. Mary's Rd.



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UApresents Union Tanguera's newest work, Nuit Blanche

Saturday, November 30, 2013 8:00pm at Centennial Hall

“Extremely seductive. Codego and Morena are ravishing”  -- The Oregonian

Union Tanguera’s newest work, Nuit Blanche, illuminates the, desire, instincts and fears that unfold in one sleepless night—the delirious late-night world where the dancers express themselves through the intimate, sensuous dance that is tango.

With a quartet of Buenos Aires’ finest musicians and seven wondrous dancers, artistic directors Claudia Codega and Esteban Moreno create new frontiers and reimagine the possibilities of tango.

Tickets and info:

Event Sponsors

John E. Wahl & Mary Lou Forier

UApresents | 888 N. Euclid, Rm. 203, Tucson, AZ 85721-0158 | (520) 621-3364
College of Fine Arts | PO Box 21004, 1017 Olive Rd., Music Bldg, Rm 111, Tucson, AZ 85721-0004 | 
(520) 621-1778 |




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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Crew Call, Location Sound Mixer - paid

Vacancy:  Location Sound in AZ - Dec 6

Employer:  Food Forward, LLC

Location:  Tucson, AZ

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Duration:  4 days, starts 12/06/13


Looking for a great Location Sound Mixer with own gear for a shoot in Tucson and Nogales, AZ. Shoot dates are December 6-10. Run and gun documentary style show. Should be local or able to drive their own vehicle. We are shooting with a Sony F800. Indie but competitive day rate. Please send resumes, rates.



Apply to: Thomas Gorman


Applications only via online form:





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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Beowulf Alley Theatre Company to Close in Downtown Tucson

For Immediate Release                                                                                  Contact:  Mike Sultzbach

Wednesday, November 27, 2013                                                                   (520)270-2526

Beowulf Alley Theatre Company to Close in Downtown Tucson

(Tucson, AZ) Nov. 27, 2013--The Board of Directors for Beowulf Alley Theatre Company has announced that the theatre at 11 South 6th Ave will be closed, effective immediately.  The final performance of Savage Bond, by Steve Holiday, was held Nov. 24.  Performances that were scheduled for the remainder of the season have been cancelled, and subscribers will receive refunds for those shows.

In making the decision to close, Board President Michael Sultzbach said there were several factors, including declining revenue, difficulties with trying to maintain attendance during prolonged downtown construction and the property owner’s decision to repurpose the building.

“Performance quality has really improved over the past seasons, and our audiences appreciated the local productions we offered,” Sultzbach said.  “The loss of Beowulf Alley Theatre in downtown Tucson is unfortunate as it provided a venue for nearby University of Arizona theatre students, local actors, directors, and production crews to produce quality community theatre that supported the mission to build a vibrant, downtown entertainment district.  It also provided a medium by which artists could hone their craft, and local playwrights could share their work.”

“We would like to publicly thank all of our patrons, volunteers, and extraordinary actors and crew that have given their time and energy over the last nine years,” Sultzbach added.

Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, a 501(C)(3) Arizona corporation, was formed on June 22, 2001 with a mission to create “a community of theatre.”  The company will continue in hiatus while it considers future opportunities.

There will be a public auction for the sale of theatre equipment, props, furnishings, office equipment, and other items held on Dec. 15.  For more information, visit



Winter Celebrations at ZUZI! Dance Company, School & Theater


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Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 6:04 AM
Subject: Winter Celebrations at ZUZI! Dance Company, School & Theater



The Holidays are right around the corner and we have some exciting events happening at ZUZI!


Family and Friends Sharing



December 6th, 2013


Youth Showing at 5:30

Adult Showing at 7:30


ZUZI! Theater in The Historic Y.


Tickets $5 available at the door the evening of the show.


Performance is a vital part of the creative process, integrating learned skills into something more powerful and meaningful - performance gives a dance a life of its own! The Family & Friends event is an opportunity for ZUZI! students (and students of community classes held at ZUZI!) to share what they've learned and explored this session in a relaxed, informal performance atmosphere. Not only do the students enjoy this chance to let their talents shine, but Family & Friends audiences get the treat of seeing a wide variety of pieces from performers of all ages, skills, and backgrounds! From preschool to mixed ages aerial dance to adult modern dance - Family & Friends is a performance embracing a rainbow spectrum of movement! 


indiegogo campaign

Everyone deserves a chance to dance! ZUZI! needs your help to continue funding classes, performances, workshops, mentorship programs and community partnerships.

Click here to Keep ZUZI! Moving!


16th Annual Solstice Celebration - The Poetry of Water


ZUZI! Dance Company celebrates the Solstice with modern and aerial dance in a multi-generational performance including the ZUZI! Professional Company, Apprentice Company, "Many Limbs" Youth Aerial Company, and members of our Releasing into Performance Community Class.


The word Solstice literally means "standing still sun." The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year; it marks the turning from the cold, dark days of winter to the warmer, lighter days of spring and summer.  Traditionally, this season was used as a time of reflection, renewal, and community celebration. 


ZUZI! Co-founder and Artistic Director, Nanette Robinson, along with company members, have choreographed an evening influenced by images of the ocean and the element of water. These inspirations will make for a very special evening.


In addition there will be a silent auction with many items including, jewelry, concert tickets, wine baskets, and much, much more.  All proceeds benefit the continuation of ZUZI! A reception will follow the Saturday night performance.


In this season of giving, ZUZI! offers a gift of the magic of movement, creative energy, and reflection.


Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 19, 20 and 21, 2013 7:30pm

Open Dress Rehearsal Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7:30pm


ZUZI! Theater in The Historic Y

738 N. 5th Ave.



$18 Adult/$13 Child, Student, Senior, Military ONLINE

$20 Adult/$15 Child, Student, Senior, Military at the DOOR

Open Dress rehearsal suggested donation $5-$10


To purchase tickets visit

Call 520-629-0237




Volunteer for Solstice

Volunteers are needed (and greatly appreciated) for the Solstice shows in various capacities (Ticket Sales, Ushers, Decorating, Cleanup, etc.). As always, volunteering for a performance gets you into the show for FREE so contact us as soon as possible as these slots fill up quickly!

Please contact Jamey Garner at or 629-0237 if you are interested.


New Winter/Spring School Schedule

**schedule subject to change



At ZUZI! we consider ourselves a family: dancing, moving and learning together in a home for all ages and abilities to creatively explore, supported with acceptance, safety, and joy. Our family is inclusive and welcoming; your authentic voice and vision is heard in ZUZI!'s unique approach to the philosophies of dance.

Thank you for being a part of the ZUZI! family 



ZUZI! Dance Company, School & Theater

Nanette Robinson

Executive Artistic Director



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Casting Call, Zombies for short film

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 Need Zombies for my short film (Tucson-Central)

Well hello, chances are if you are reading this you are interested in this whole Zombie thing. Well let me tell you about it, this is our first short horror film we are doing, and it is currently being done with no budget (so unfortunately at this time it is not a paying gig), I am going to be doing everything from Writing, Directing, Filming, Acting, VFX, practical FX, and more. We are ambitious to try and turn it into a series, but we got to finish our first episode before we look ahead. 

What I am looking for: People to be my zombies!! I need people who are not allergic to Liquid Latex, and who don't mind getting covered in lots of make up to look the role. It is a very small crew, and we are full of lots of love for the project. These are more or less background zombies for the moment, and I do plan to incorporate them later on into another episode. But for now we have our main cast situated, and we just need to make a handul of creepy zombies for a particular scene. So email me if you are interested in being a part of this project, or possibly another future one (They aren't all scary and zombie films lol).


·         Location: Tucson-Central

·         it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

·         Compensation: no pay




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Christmas Carnivale - Hotel Congress

Christmas Carnivale - Hotel Congress




Revel in the holiday season this year at Club Congress’s Christmas Carnivále, featuring a colorful blend of Tucson’s most vibrant local artists. In total, 10 acts will be masquerading at this classic venue from 7-11pm on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013.
The night begins with veteran local singer/songwriters Al Perry, Annie Hawkins, Joe Peña (formerly of Greyhound Soul), Leila Lopez, and Stuart Oliver & The Desert Angels, blending their unique musical styles with holiday-flavored fare.
The enigmatic Kate Becker will host the evening and dramatic songstress Donna Kihl (who developed her barn-yard burlesque in Bisbee, AZ) will alternate with hip-hop beat poet, Brian Haskins (aka Suchamc) between sets.
Later into the night, The Kate Becker Band, and Combo Westside will add their rhythm and spice, culminating in a set by Mariachi Luz De Luna fronted by Salvador Duran.
Music by:
Mariachi Luz De Luna
The Kate Becker Band
Brian Haskins aka Suchamc

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


By Chuck Graham,


photo by Ryan Fagan
Carlisle Ellis (L) bonds with Chris Fernandez as Cliff Madison watches.


Those with an ear for the richness of the English language will be rewarded in Live Theatre Workshop’s production of “Holiday Memories,” a pair of one-act plays based on short stories by Truman Capote, adapted for the stage by Russell Vandenbroucke.

The dialogue we hear comes straight from Capote’s writing, full of Southern dialect, the author’s descriptions of neighbors “entirely without social talent” and such. The adjectives he finds to describe the heavenly scents of homemade fruit cakes baking in the oven take on magical proportions.

Both stories began life as published magazine pieces: “The Thanksgiving Visitor” (1967) and “A Christmas Memory” (1956). Both draw from autobiographical times of Capote growing up poor in Monroeville, Alabama, in the 1930s – a rural area full of people “who lived in lonely places.”

That loneliness hangs around the edges of this life and is carefully nurtured by director Rhonda Hallquist in developing the companionship that seven-year-old Buddy creates with his elderly cousin Miss Sook.

Others think Miss Sook is rather simple minded. She has always been single. Her childlike ways perfectly suit Buddy, and at times there is a genuine wisdom to her observations.

Equal to the writing are the performances of Cliff Madison as the adult Capote, a kind of background narrator remembering these stories, and young Chris Fernandez as the imaginative Buddy. Fernandez is a three-time participant in the Arizona Theatre Company’s Summer On Stage program. He learned his acting lessons well and currently attends Pima Community College.

Carlisle Ellis plays Miss Sook with such a plaintive innocence it is difficult not to jump on stage and give her a big hug. She is the one who makes the friendship with Buddy so believable.

To describe the plots of each story could never do the experience justice. In some ways, the 1930s of rural Alabama were simpler because they had no technology. But in other ways they were more challenging times. Along with the challenge of having very little money, there was a devotion to beliefs in the powers of God and the importance of maintaining moral virtue in all of one’s relationships that made its own demands.

In today’s cynical times, hearing these sincerely expressed thoughts of Heavenly powers can be quite bracing.

Matt Brown and Candace Bean, also new faces to the LTW stage, play a number of supporting roles as relatives and acquaintances who test the bonds between Buddy and Sook.

“The Thanksgiving Visitor” recalls the daily struggles of Buddy at school where he’s always picked on for being a sissy, and Sook at home soothing his artistic sensitivities.

When Sook insists Buddy invite the school’s biggest bully to their family’s Thanksgiving dinner, the occasion becomes rather emotional.

“A Christmas Memory” begins with the Sook’s traditional baking of fruit cakes, moves on to the twosome’s venture to the woods to bring home a Christmas tree and then to the heartwarming Christmas Day sharing of gifts.

In the program notes, Hallquist writes: “I hope we tell these stories in a way that makes you believe all memories are truth – clearest truth, gauzy-around-the-edges truth, sincerest and hopeful truth, the only truth that matters.”  

“Holiday Memories” continues through Dec.29 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, at Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. Tickets are $18, with discounts available. For details and reservations, 520-327-4242,


Free Screenings: Documentary Films by UofA BFA & BA students



From: Pierce, Lisa Ann - (lisapierce) []
Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:42 AM
To: Pierce, Lisa Ann - (lisapierce)
Subject: What does a BDSM enthusiast & the Gospel Rescue Mission have in common?


What does a BDSM enthusiast & the Gospel Rescue Mission have in common?  They're both subjects of different documentary shorts by students at The University of Arizona's School of Theatre, Film & Television!  See these shorts & others for FREE at the Loft on Wed, Dec 18 at 7PM.  The work of these young filmmakers is incredible…but don't take my word for it.  See the work of these Wildcat filmmakers yourself.  



CONTACT: Lisa Pierce or Beverly Seckinger • UA School of Theatre, Film & Television
520.621.1239 • / 520.626.2686 •

November 26, 2013

he University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television presents
What's Up, Docs?: Documentary Films by BFA & BA students


FREE to the Public!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7:00pm

The Loft Cinema





TUCSON, ARIZONA — What's Up, Docs? features short documentaries from The University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television. Funny, touching, politically engaged — this year's films explore a wide range of topics and styles. Some films profile local organizations like Ben's Bells and the Gospel Rescue Mission, while others offer portraits of diverse subjects, including an inspiring coach, a youth slam poetry group, a BDSM enthusiast, and a female West Point cadet. See them all —FREE!                                                        


UA Film & Television students have had great success on the festival circuit with their films. Many others are working in production and postproduction in LA and NYC. Others are continuing their studies in competitive masters degree programs at UCLA, the American Film Institute, or the University of Texas, Austin.

For more information, please contact Lisa Pierce, Director of Marketing & Development for the School of Theatre, Film & Television: 520.626.2686 or You can also contact Professor Beverly Seckinger at The UA School of Theatre, Film & Television: 520.621.1239 or                               



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Special Offer for Rialto fans - get $10 off to see American Idiot the Musical at Centennial Hall!


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Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 3:54 PM
Subject: Special Offer for Rialto fans - get $10 off to see American Idiot the Musical at Centennial Hall!

December 7-8, 2013    
Live on stage at Centennial Hall

Co-presented by UApresents and Broadway in Tucson. 

Offer is available by calling the Centennial Hall Box Office at (520) 621-3341, or in person at Centennial Hall; mention promo code   'RIALTO'

No phone fees apply for this exclusive offer

$10 off any seat other than Gold Circle seating at any performance

Tickets start at $19 (this price includes the $4 per ticket facility fee)

The offer is available immediately and expires Friday, December 6

Tickets start at $29; Students (with valid ID) start at just $19.

A critical smash on Broadway and in London, the two-time Tony Award® winning hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Based on Green Day's GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum album and featuring the hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the blockbuster title track, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before.

AMERICAN IDIOT contains adult content and strong language. Recommended for ages 14+. 


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The Bennett TheatreLab & Conservatory Mid-Term & Winter Enrollment


From: Philip G. Bennett []
Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 10:11 AM
Subject: Ad Mid-Fall 2013 and Winter 2014


The Bennett TheatreLab & Conservatory




Mid-Term & Winter Enrollment

The TheatreLab offers Professional Actor Training in an intimate, supportive environment.

The Lab is a place for the Serious Novice and Professional alike.


All classes include: 

Mindbody Psychophysical conditioning exercises,

       Techniques from the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Moscow Art Theatre

Dramatic improvisation and Character etudes

Scene study

Text Analysis through Physical Actions

Public Performances.


Winter Term Begins on January 4, 2014


The Lab is located at the Historic Y, 300 University Blvd. Tucson, AZ

(Entrance on 5th Avenue next to Zuzi Theatre)

888 -248-3726 – 520-468-1664

Auditing by Appointment


Philip G. Bennett, Artistic Director is internationally recognized as a master instructor of the Stanislavsky System of Acting.  He holds a BA in Humanities and a post graduate degree in Theatre Arts and Sciences from the renowned American Stanislavsky Theatre in New York, and served as instructor and Assistant Artistic Director to Sonia Moore, émigré actress/director from the Third Studio of the Moscow Art Theatre.

During Mr. Bennett’s forty years of professional experience he founded the San Francisco Theatre Academy, with film affiliates in the Bay Area and Hollywood.  He is a three time recipient of the prestigious Hollywood DramaLogue Award. Graduate students appear regularly in film and television, and are accepted in conservatories and repertory companies in the UK and the US. 




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By Chuck Graham,


photo by Rob Hines
Sean MacArthur (L) is Scrooge, Bailey Axen is Tiny Tim, Jesus Limon is Bob Cratchit.

The most famous Christmas story written in the English language, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” gets a fairly straightforward production for the first yuletide holiday at the brand new Great American Playhouse in Oro Valley.

The rich traditions of the story are respected, with no campy mannerisms or over the top emotions to get an extra laugh. Keeping the true Christmas spirit is rule number one here.

Sean MacArthur and Michael Claridge are double cast in the role of Scrooge. All the other roles are double cast as well, with twice daily performances being the norm at GAP through the rest of the year.

Nick Seivert has adapted and directed the story by adding a bit of foreshadowing. In the first scene Scrooge has already had his Christmas conversion from miser to benevolent member of society much loved by everyone who knew him.

The question is asked, “How did that happen?” and so the story begins.

There are a number of songs, and a light dusting of humor to remind us this is, after all, still a theater that loves its melodrama. But at the performance I attended, MacArthur played it straight. He’s not silly, he’s not dancing around.

This Scrooge is a relentless miser in the beginning, an awakening man of conscience in the middle and a genuinely reformed soul at the end singing “Here’s To Life” with quite an affecting attitude.

Veteran actors in Tucson’s theater community cover the key roles. James Gooden had a fine turn as Fezziwig and as the Ghost of Christmas Present; Jacinda Rose Swinehart set a spirited pace as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Jodi Darling played Belle, who admired Scrooge as a younger man; Seivert got to drag the chains as the ghost of Jacob Marley and handled several smaller roles.

Jesus Limon was effective as the man who always had Christmas in his heart, Bob Cratchit. April Lisette filled the matronly parts as both Mrs. Fezziwig and Mrs. Cratchit.  

Rather than compose an original score or take familiar songs and add new words, Seivert and music director Mike Padilla searched the music archives to select some better and lesser know pieces that fit nicely into the mood on stage.

The sets and costumes are more elaborate for this show than GAP’s debut production that opened last August. Brian McGinn’s set design and Lynne Petty’s costumes do capture a sense of London and the story’s mid-1800s origins.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” continues through Jan. 4 with performances at various times Thursdays through Sundays. Tickets are $17.95 adults; $15.95 seniors 60 and over, active military and students; $7.95 children 12 and under. An 8.1 percent sales tax is added to each ticket. For details and reservations, 520-512-5145, or at the theater box office, 13005 N Oracle Rd., Suite 110.



By Chuck Graham,


Rolinda (Tarreyn Van Slyke) loves Hot Rod Lincoln (Jake Chapman) no matter what.

You can say anything you want about the disappearance of Thanksgiving (America’s uniquely American holiday) in all the malls. But in Tucson for the past 35 years it is not Thanksgiving but the opening of Gaslight Theatre’s Christmas show that marks the beginning of the holiday season.

In years past, the Gaslight gang actually did get a little jump on the mall stores. Of course, life was more innocent back then.

Back to that innocent life is exactly where we are going in “A Smalltown Christmas,” set in the 1950s with local Smalltown hero Hot Rod Lincoln just getting back into town after serving in the army.

Way back then they even had record shops, where you went to buy recordings of your favorite music, which you could play at home in your own bedroom – or sometimes even down in the family’s rumpus room.

Pop’s Record Shop is feeling the pressure of disappearing foot traffic in downtown Smalltown. Pop is so far behind in his mortgage payments the bank is about to foreclose.

Mayor Dishwater, the richest man in town, wants to buy up everybody’s property and sell it to the people who plan to put a freeway right through the heart of Smalltown.

But there is some good news, Hot Rod is in love with Pop’s daughter and has saved all his money from the army to buy a wedding ring so they can get married.

Can you see where this is going? At the Gaslight, the most important part is always the journey. Along the way this season you get to rock around the Christmas tree, enjoy a holiday twist (the dancing kind), remember Elvis-flavored songs, crinoline skirts and a black leather jacket -- you know who gets to wear that one.

Many of the roles are triple cast, and two of the characters even flip back and forth in gender. The radio and TV personality hosting Smalltown’s dance contest is sometimes Buddy Baker, sometimes Bunny Baker.

The mean, mean, super-mean mayor is sometimes a man, sometimes a woman. At the Gaslight, equality rules for sure.

For the fabled after-show olio, we’re off to the beach on a “Surfin’ Safari” led by Todd Thompson using his amazing falsetto voice to sing a Beach Boys-like “Little St. Nick” with some remarkable similarities to “Little Deuce Coupe.”

The spirit of those upbeat California lads goes cruisin’ right on through the “Fun, Fun, Fun” to that big wave conclusion with…of course… “Surfin’ Santa”!

As for my favorite part, those inimitable Gaslight one-liners: It’s so cold at the North Pole (How cold is it?) that Starbucks sells its coffee on a stick.

Do you know what Santa said to the grape?  ’Tis the Season to be Jelly…

Q: What are cows called at the North Pole?

A: Eskimoooos

“ASmalltown Christmas” runs through Jan. 5, 2014, sometimes playing four times a day. Tickets are always $18.50 general admission; $16.50 seniors, students and military; $8.50 children 12 and under. Reservations are a must, 520-886-9428,