LUMIES: Noche de las Artes, A Celebration of Arts Heroes
This year's LUMIES: Noche de las Artes, A Celebration of Arts Heroes will take place Thursday, September 28th, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Reid Park DeMeester Performance Center. We are excited to present this event is in partnership with ON Media Publications.
Get to know the fabulous performers we have planned for you, and don't forget to buy your tickets or table sponsorship HERE!
Hosted By: Cathy Rivers, KXCI Radio
Cathy Rivers is a veteran of radio, television, and the music business. As a radio DJ, voice-over artist and musician, Cathy has appeared all over the airways: on the FM dial and in commercials for clients such as Clear Channel, Journal Broadcast Group, King World Productions, Jeopardy!, J.W. Marriott, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Westin La Paloma the Grand Canyon and many others.
With three records under her belt she also has an accomplished singing, songwriting, recording, and touring career. Cathy has been with KXCI Community Radio for over 7 years and is honored to now be the Executive Director of KXCI, one of the finest and strongest Community Radio stations in the Country!
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A Note From House DJs: Miranda Luna and Solar Stephen
Disc Jockeys Miranda Luna and Solar Stephen will be playing stellar sounds during this year's LUMIES: Noche de las Artes, A Celebration of Arts Heroes program. These two space travelers joined forces at a karaoke star bar on Earth's satellite. After a party trek, this flashy duo found themselves in Tucson.
Now they need to create a large amount of sonic energy in order to return home. The frequencies from music will add power to their star-ship. Encounter Miranda Luna and Solar Stephen at this year's LUMIES and enjoy a sonic delight!
TC Tolbert, Tucson Poet Laureate
TC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet but really s/he's just a human in love with humans doing human things.
The author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014) and 3 chapbooks, TC is also co-editor (along with Trace Peterson) of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books 2013). S/he is an EMT and spends summers leading wilderness trips for Outward Bound. TC was recently named Tucson's Poet Laureate. Gloria Anzaldúa said, Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks. John Cage said, it's lighter than you think.
TC Tolbert Website
Dancing in the Streets Arizona (DITSAZ)
Dancing in the Streets Arizona (DITSAZ) is both a well-appointed ballet studio and a laboratory for success. DITSAZ was founded in 2008 by husband and wife team Joseph Rodgers and Soleste Lupu, who met in ballet school in Tucson, with a modest sum of money received in celebration of their wedding.
The DITSAZ studio is located in South Tucson, a one-square mile city surrounded by the City of Tucson that maintains a strong cultural heritage. The mission of DITSAZ is to use the power of dance to transform lives using the excitement and discipline of ballet to guide children in developing positive life skills; and to break down cultural barriers and enrich the community's artistic experience. Although classes are offered at very low cost, more than half of its students over the years have been able to enroll only with financial help from DITSAZ; many have participated in classes without any payment.
Serving Southern Arizona since 2002, Odaiko Sonora has increased first-hand knowledge of taiko — Japanese ensemble drumming — and the opportunities it presents for personal growth and community service throughout the region.
The group's performances, classes, school residencies, and team-building workshops reach over 150,000 people each year. Through a unique partnership with TUSD's Opening Minds Through the Arts, and support from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Odaiko Sonora provides arts-integrated taiko programs that support academic curricula for hundreds of elementary school students each year.
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Axé Capoeira Tucson
Axé Capoeira Tucson at Studio Axé is a premier capoeira, martial-arts, music, and dance organization committed to promoting regular practice of capoeira to achieve health, fitness, and overall well-being in the community.
Axé Capoeira brings its unique and strong philosophy of capoeira to the metropolitan Tucson area. They aim to preserve the original form and purpose of capoeira while exploring the limits of the contemporary evolution and modern applications of capoeira in martial-arts, music, dance, and self exploration.
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KYKLO (Paul Amiel, Anton Shekerjiev, Kelsey Shea) is an ensemble of Tucson-based ethnomusicians dedicated to preserving, performing, and extending traditional acoustic music of the Mediterranean and Europe.
Performing on many authentic instruments and singing in original languages, their music is from the mountain villages, ancient islands, hashish dens, cafés, harems, pubs, dance halls, cloisters, and prisons of the old world.
A bunch of dirty, DIY dudes playing stony, pleasant, intricate music that builds tension then releases. Its subtle, yet pleasant; thick and swirling. Employs cold, minimal, post-punk stylistic leanings and tosses them through everything in the kitchen sink.
"Lenguas Largas has the Roky Erickson Weird-O-Meter pegged. They're also carrying a mile-long locomotion's worth of quarry-grade rock, freshly blasted from the earth." - T.Taylor, Razorcake
"An unholy union of dudes from other great bands." - S. Seigel, Tucson Weekly
"Dreamy Garage-pop from Tucson, AZ. The more I listen to this, the more I like it. Lenguas Largas has created and original, exciting sound" - Maximum Rock & Roll
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Flam Chen has been creating, performing, and touring new circus and fire theater since 1994. They create dazzling public spectacles by merging daredevil acrobatics, pyrotechnics and a mastery of light, air and fire.
Their interest in community interaction, educational outreach, and public ceremony has led Flam Chen to innovate work that imbues the exhilaration of a symphony, the timeless beauty of opera and the raw physicality of sport.
Special Note: The night of, Flam Chen will showcase their new costumes for this year's All Souls Procession!
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Special Closing Performance By: Santa Pachita
Santa Pachita is a Tucson band that has been playing together since 2012. Guitarist, Miguel Reyes, and bass player, Victor Cruz, started the band after working together on other musical projects. They brought in talented musicians who have a variety of different musical backgrounds.
The result is a danceable fusion of ska, cumbia, and rumba-salsa. The congas, flute, and trumpet add depth to the energetic music that is influenced by bands like Manu Chao. Santa Pachita has filled venues such as the Rialto Theater, Tucson Meet Yourself, 2nd Saturdays, Club Congress, Revolutionary Grounds, and many 4th Avenue venues. They also play in a variety of cities around AZ.
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