Week Five Theme — Red

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A quiet day on the Oregon coast.

We’re continuing with our celebration of the colors of fall with a new theme this week — red. Red shows up in lots of places in autumn, whether it’s a basket of ripe red chiles, the last of the summer tomatoes, a particularly hardy and beautiful oak tree, or the berries on the shrubs along the creekside trail. But don’t limit yourself — show us other places red pops out at you.

As always, post to our Facebook page before midnight next Wednesday. No more than three entries per person, please. We’re looking forward to seeing your work! And Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Fun in the Old Pueblo

Photo by Barbara Carroll.

Photo by Barbara Carroll.

Halloween can be fun for all ages, and this weekend there are plenty of reasons to don your favorite costume and get out and about. Whether it’s food and music, a slice of history, games for the kids, or a crazy movie, Tucson has something to entertain everyone this weekend.

Viva La Local Food Festival

Tucson’s only local food, farm, and live music festival features food from 25 restaurants, wineries, and breweries; more than 70 farmers market vendors; and a day full of live music. Admission is $6, food and drink tastings $5, free parking, free bicycle valet, and free veggie valet. PLUS, they’ll have plenty of fun family-friendly activities to celebrate Halloween! All proceeds to benefit Southern Arizona’s 501(c)(3) non-profit Heirloom Farmers Markets.

October 31, 9:00-5:00
Rillito Park, 4502 N. 1st Ave.

Chilies, Chocolate and Day of the Dead

If you appreciate chiles and chocolate, Tohono Chul Park is the place to be. The two-day festival (Friday and Saturday) will feature food trucks, vendors, arts and crafts, face painting, chile roasting, music, and family fun.

October 30 & 31, 9:00-5:00
Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte

A Dreary, Bleak, Desolate Place: Tucson’s Abandoned Cemeteries

Over the last 250 years, Tucson has seen five cemeteries used and abandoned. Today these cemeteries lie beneath the homes, businesses, and government buildings of downtown Tucson. The stories of these cemeteries and some of the people who were buried in them will be discussed in this illustrated lecture by archaeologist Homer Thiel and presented by the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum at Dusty Monk Pub, in Old Town Artisans.

October 31, 2:00-3:30 pm
Dusty Monk Pub, 201 N. Court

Desert Boneyard 10K/5K Run

The Annual Desert Boneyard Run is held in the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) “boneyard”, a one-of-a-kind specialized airplane storage site on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

Runners have the rare chance to tread between the aircraft that make up the largest air force fleet in the world, other than the United States Air Force. The 2,600 acre site has nearly 4,000 aircraft and is typically only open to employees and the occasional bus tour. This unique event gives the general public an opportunity to see the boneyard’s vast national treasures.

October 31, 7:30 – noon
Kolb Rd and Irvington, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base “Aircraft Boneyard”
Register here before 5 pm today.

Fabulous Halloween at the Children’s Museum

Halloween crafts, a hair-raising story time, and creepy costume contest are among the festivities planned at the Children’s Museum. Dress the little ones and come for a day of fun and surprises before you hit the streets for the big candy score.

October 31, 10:00-2:00
200 S. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701

Fort Lowell Haunted Histories

The Arizona Historical Society presents a free, family-friendly day of stories, games, and prizes for all ages at the Fort Lowell Museum.

October 31, 11:00-3:00
2900 N Craycroft Road

Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th Anniversary Sing-along and Halloween Bash

At the risk of doing the Time Warp, I think I was at the first Rocky Horror Halloween Bash at the old Loft on 6th Street, just off campus. The theater may have moved, but the fun hasn’t changed in this perennial favorite featuring a troupe of actors, unknown at the time, who went on to bigger, better, and less campy projects.

The early show is the sing-along and includes a costume contest and prop bags so you can participate in the fun. The late show will start with games, prizes, a virgin sacrifice, and a costume contest. Paint those lips red and pull on the fishnets. It’s time to jump to the left and take a step to the right…. (Adults only for this one.)

October 31, 7:00 and 11:00 pm
The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway

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The Winner, Week Three!

Week three michalicekOur week three theme was orange, and we were taken with the quiet beauty of Georgia Michalicek’s leaves. Congratulations, Georgia! Please email your mailing address to aarond at rionuevo.com and he’ll send you a book. Your photo is also entered in our grand prize contest.

Our people’s choice contest is still going strong, so don’t forget to like your favorite entries on our Facebook page. Just scroll down to the “posts by others” box and click on the first image. Then you can scroll through all of the entries.

Our theme this week is rust, so show us your interpretations. We’re looking forward to seeing them. The deadline is next Wednesday at midnight.


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Week Four Theme — Rust

Rust (n): 1. a reddish-brown color, 2. a state of deterioration or disrepair resulting from lack of use.

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Fall is a time of winding down, getting ready to rest, and sometimes, decay. One of the prominent colors as fall progresses is rust — in fallen leaves, in tree trunks, or even in the ancient steel of an old barn and a long-forgotten truck.

This week, show us what rust means to you, whether literally as in the color, or metaphorically. Post your photos (no more than three per entrant, please) to our FB page no later than next Wednesday at midnight. And please remind your friends to like their favorites. We’ll announce the winner next Friday.

Good luck, everyone.



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Congratulations to Our Week Two Winner!

Week Two Sarah DoliverNothing says Fall in the West like an ancient log cabin surrounded by golden aspen leaves, and that earned Sarah Dolliver the win this week. The reflection of the aspens in the window draws the eye to the curtains and makes the viewer wonder what secrets are hiding inside. It’s also easy to imagine a few weeks forward to a time when snow is piled up to the windowsill.

Congratulations, Sarah! Please email aarond – at – rionuevo.com and he’ll get a book in the mail to you. Your image is also a finalist for the grand prize, awarded at the end of the contest.

Orange is our theme this week, so post your best photos to our Facebook timeline (no more than three per photographer, please) by Wednesday at midnight.

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Week 3 Theme — Orange

Version 2Yes, it’s that pumpkin-y time of year, so our theme this week is orange. Show us leaves, fruit, football uniforms (I do live in Denver where orange is THE color of the season), or any other fresh takes you have on the color orange.

Submit to our Facebook timeline by midnight next Wednesday and remind your friends to vote. Spread the word — the more entries, the more fun for everybody.

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What We’re Reading: October

the-emerald-mile-9781439159866_hrThe Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through The Heart of The Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko

review by Caroline Cook

I find it hard to resist a good nonfiction adventure story, whether the place is somewhere I’ve been or dreamed about going (or somewhere I’d only like to go from the comfort of my armchair). The Emerald Mile, however, is much more than just the story of a record-breaking speed run on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It is at once natural history, human history, and a detailed lesson on large-scale hydroelectric dams and the science and politics that come with them. You could say that the two major characters in this book are the wild Colorado River and the Glen Canyon Dam that subdued it. And the supporting players are the river guides on one side, and the dam operators on the other, who are utterly opposed to each other and yet inextricably linked.

In fact, the speed run itself, undertaken by three seasoned river guides in a wooden dory, during the summer of 1983, when the Colorado swelled to incredible volume after an exceptionally wet El Niño winter, takes up only a small, but thrilling, portion of the book. Fedarko takes us all the way back to the first human inhabitants and later first European visitors of the Grand Canyon. He details John Wesley Powell’s pioneering and dangerous trip down the Colorado, which sets the stage for all the river runners who follow in his footsteps. We learn about the history of boating through the canyon, from the first wooden dories to later inflatable and motorized rafts filled to the brim with tourists. Fedarko writes about the two great dams that enclosed the river on either side of the Grand Canyon, Hoover and Glen Canyon, and the subsequent flooding of Glen Canyon that many view as a great tragedy. On the other side, we learn about the science and inner workings of the dams, which can get a little dry at times, but is nonetheless an indispensable part of this story.

As the dam operators struggled under unprecedented emergency conditions to control the flow of the Colorado as it threatened to bring Lake Powell above the top of the dam, chaos was breaking loose downstream in the Grand Canyon as the many boat trips already in progress battled dangerous conditions on the water with rapids utterly transformed by the high water. And in the middle of it all, three river guides quietly launched a legendary wooden dory called The Emerald Mile into the water at Lees Ferry, prepared to run the entire course of the canyon in a matter of mere hours.

I found this book fascinating and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.

beautiful ruinsBeautiful Ruins: A Novel by Jess Walter
review by Jim Turner

I like to read fiction that takes place in a similar location to my vacation destination, so I did a quick Internet search for “quirky 1960s beach novel.” But Google got it wrong this time, very wrong. The book’s main story takes place in a little fishing village in Italy in 1962. Not once does any character in this book bask on the beach.

One of the main characters, Dee Moray, is an actress in the blockbuster movie, Cleopatra, with Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. She winds up stranded in the tiny fishing village of Vergogna, (which means “shame” in English), where there are no phones or even roads. But Beautiful Ruins is not just about the starlet and the village. It’s one of those epic stories that follow the intertwining lives of characters from their teens to their seventies and, like Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, the story gets “unstuck in time.” From chapter to chapter, readers are transported from the fishing village to modern-day Hollywood, a 2008 Scottish rock festival, a 1970s Idaho theater, World War II Italy, and finally present-day Vergogna.

Like a Renaissance artist, Walter paints his subjects with rich depth and fine emotional detail. He knows how to “write tight.” Every word and phrase counts, and great metaphors fill the pages. He describes the sleazy movie producer, Michael Deane, like this: “I was what they called Trouble. Capital T. Envious boys routinely took swings. Girls slapped. Schools spit me out like a bad oyster.”

Walter also examines broad concepts with elaborate sentences. He says of Pasquale, the owner of the Hotel Adequate View: “He believed he could spot an American anywhere by that quality—that openness, that stubborn belief in possibility, a quality that, in his estimation, even the youngest Italians lacked. Perhaps it was the difference in age between the countries—America with its expansive youth, building all those drive-in movie theaters and cowboy restaurants; Italians living in endless contraction, in the artifacts of generations, in the bones of empires.”

Some books entertain, others educate, and great ones change your life. Beautiful Ruins does all three.

Moore+SECONDHAND+jacket+artSecondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
review by Marilyn Noble

Christopher Moore is one of those writers who doesn’t appeal to everyone, but if you appreciate off-the-wall humor, quirky characters, and a healthy dose of profanity, then he might be your guy (and in fact, his twitter handle is @theAuthorGuy).

Secondhand Souls is the sequel to his best-selling A Dirty Job, the story of a group of San Francisco Death Merchants who have been charged with collecting the souls of the newly departed, keeping them in objects dear to them known as soul vessels, and then selling them to the next person who needs the soul. Of course, the denizens of the Underworld are after the souls to give them the power to assume control of the world. In Dirty Job, the good guys win, and the evil ones are destroyed. Or are they?

In Secondhand Souls, the same characters appear, but a new evil is threatening the existence of the city of San Francisco. The Morrigan, a trio of Celtic war goddesses, have come back in the company of a new bad guy dressed in yellow who drives a 1950 Buick Roadmaster fastback with a white top. In the meantime, the souls of the dead are disappearing, only to be found hanging around the Golden Gate Bridge. The Death Merchants spring into action to end the threat, and in typical Moore fashion, things get a little crazy in the City by the Bay. The book is populated with Squirrel People, hellhounds, cops, a Buddhist nun, a ten-year-old Luminatus, and the homeless Emperor of San Francisco with his two dog sidekicks, Lazarus and Bummer. I would swear I’ve encountered some of them in my wanderings around San Francisco.

While you can read Moore’s books in a couple of sittings and be highly entertained, it’s worth it to slow down and look for the deeper discourses on life and, in the case of Secondhand Souls, death. Moore is also a creative genius – in Secondhand Souls, he weaves in three short stories about a doomed love affair, Friends of Dorothy, and a baseball player. And as an added bonus, the dust jacket glows in the dark.

Moore does a good job of providing backstory from Dirty Job without stopping the action in Secondhand Souls, but to get the complete experience, read the two of them together.

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Week One Winner!

Lockett Meadows by Tom White

Lockett Meadows by Tom White

Our fall photo contest is off to a great start with some excellent entries this week. After plenty of back and forth discussion among the members of the editorial team, we declared Tom White’s image of Lockett Meadows the winner.

We especially liked the composition in this photo. The negative space of the sky reflected in the pond mimics the shape of the mountains in the background, and the ring of plant material floating in the foreground mirrors the curve of the pond’s shoreline. The image also shows the progression of the aspen from bright green to brilliant gold and finally to stark white bare trunks on the higher mountainside.

Congratulations, Tom, and thanks to everyone who shared photos with us this week. Tom, please send your mailing address to aarond – at – rionuevo.com and we’ll get a book on the way to you. Don’t forget — the people’s choice part of the contest continues until the end of the final week, so encourage your friends to like their favorites.

This week the theme is yellow and gold, so show us what you’ve got!

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Week Two Theme: Yellow and Gold

2015-10-03 15.37.01In keeping with our celebration of fall color, this week’s theme is yellow and gold. Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to submit a tree photo — yellow and gold show up in lots of unexpected places.

As always, submit up to three photos to our Facebook page by midnight next Wednesday. And remind your friends to vote by liking their favorite photos. We’ll announce the winner next Friday. And keep an eye out for our week one winner announcement tomorrow.

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Photo Contest Week One — Green

Green 1 Autumn is one of the most colorful times of year in the American West, whether it’s the mountain passes bathed in yellow and gold, a big pile of multi-colored pumpkins at the farmers market, or a batch of green chiles getting ready for the roaster. For the next six weeks we want to celebrate the colors of fall with our photo contest, and this week, the theme is green.

Don’t limit yourself to the obvious and literal — show us your creativity. As always, please post your photos to our Facebook timeline before midnight next Wednesday and let us know they’re contest entries. Be sure you own the copyright for the photos you enter, and no more than three weekly entries per photographer, please.

Green 2The Rio Nuevo editorial team will announce the weekly winner next Friday. Please spread the word so your friends can vote for their favorites for the people’s choice award. That winner will be announced at the end of the six-week contest, along with a grand prize winner chosen from the weekly winners.

Encourage your photographer friends to enter, too. The more the merrier! Each weekly winner will receive a book from the Rio Nuevo catalog, and the grand prize and people’s choice winners will receive an assortment of books along with a profile story on our blog.

Let the fun begin!

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