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Entre Nosotros

Victoria Theater, 296116th Street, San Francisco

Tribute to Friendship.Tribute to Flamenco. A powerful performance where Fanny Ara puts together incredible artists with whom she has been working for almost 15 years. With guest artist and long time friend Mele Martinez, this reunion will take a look back at the growth each artist has made through their career in this art form.

Fanny Ara: Artistic Director/ Dancer Mele Martinez: Guest Dancer Jason Mcguire: Guitar Felix De Lola: Singer Yaelisa: Singer Clare Rodriguez: Dancer/Singer Melissa cruz: Dancer

November 17th, 8pm Victoria Theater 2961 16th Street 16th and Mission Bart Station $35 INFO TO PURCHASE TICKETS COMING SOON!

Tucson Makers Creating Change

Boderlands Brewing Company, 119 E Toole, Tucson

Tucson Makers, presented by AIGA Arizona, is an annual fundraiser during Phoenix Design Week featuring fast-paced visual presentations by Tucson creatives. This year’s theme is Creating Change. From protest songs to editorial cartoons to political theater, art has long been a powerful tool to express dissent, influence policy, and inspire social action. Tucson is home to numerous artists and creatives whose work is motivated and inspired by local, national, and global issues. This year’s event is inspired by these courageous individuals, the political climate, and AIGA’s own Design for Good initiative.

Presenters:

Jade Beall Photographer

Liane Hernandez Community Life Director, YWCA Southern Arizona

Debi Chess Mabie Executive Director, Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona

Melani "Mele" Martinez Lecturer UA Writing Program / Director, Tucson Flamenco Studio

Lisa M. O'Neill Writer | Editor | Educator | Creativity Usher

Soleste Lupu and Joey Rodgers Co Artistic Directors of Dancing in the Streets AZ

MC: Cathy Rivers Executive Director, KXCI Community Radio

Ticket Prices:

$10 Members/affiliates $15 Non-members

To learn about sponsorship opportunities for this event please contact Julie Ray at 520.329.7175 or by email at juliegraphics@gmail.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio, and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional and educational purposes in connection with AIGA Arizona, and places you on the master mailing list.

AIGA Arizona has adopted the AIGA Code of Conduct with regard to its activities. We reserve the right to refuse admittance for violations of this Code, or other unlawful or disruptive actions. Any concerns should be addressed to the AIGA Arizona president.

Speakers' presentations and viewpoints are their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of AIGA Arizona. We are not responsible for the content of every presentation; please be aware that adult language, visuals or topics may sometimes be included.

TMY AFTER HOURS PRESENTS: Fiesta Flamenca!

Exo, 403 N 6th Ave, Tucson

TMY After Hours presents “Fiesta Flamenca,” an evening of song and dance featuring Arizona’s top flamenco artists and friends. Enjoy tapas, cocktails, and soulful flamenco performances honoring the traditions of Spain, Mexico, and Southern Arizona all in Exo’s intimate bar and event space.

LIMITED SEATING! Reserve a ticket to guarantee admission (suggested donation $5-$10/ticket).

Seating is general admission, doors open at 6:30 pm!

Featuring...

Jácome Flamenco presents ¡FlaMÉXico! weaving the artistry of Spain’s Flamenco and Mexico’s Mariachi into a brilliant tapestry of fiery footwork, strumming guitars and beautiful song.

Flamenco Tucsonense: Cancíones de Luisa - Featuring a cast of Sonoran musicians and dancers, Mele Martinez’s latest flamenco project relives the Spanish folksongs of early Tucson’s international music legend, Luisa Espinel Ronstadt.

Luz at LLUVIA FLAMENCA!!!

Sea of Glass Center for the Arts, Tucson, AZ

SATURDAY, DEC 3: TUCSON - Sea of Glass Center for the Arts, 330 EAST 7TH ST. TUCSON, AZ 8:00 - 10:00 pm You are invited to Arizona’s 4th season of LLUVIA FLAMENCA!!! This year’s edition features more than 15 local and visiting artists from around the globe and presents the AZ premiere of LUZ: a flamenco project honoring mothers who live and work as artists.

Luz features American flamenco dancer, Mele Martinez (Tucson), choreography by awarding-winning artist, Fanny Ara (St. Jean de Luz), and features the talents of flamenco musicians: singer Jose Cortes (Marseille, France), guitarist Andres Vadin (Havana, Cuba), percussionist Diego “El Negro” Alvarez (Caracas, Venezuela), and pianist Gonzalo Grau (Caracas, Venezuela).

Luz at LLUVIA FLAMENCA

Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ

FRIDAY, DEC 2: PHOENIX – Crescent Ballroom, 308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003, 7:00 - 11:00 pm You are invited to Arizona’s 4th season of LLUVIA FLAMENCA!!! This year’s edition features more than 15 local and visiting artists from around the globe and presents the AZ premiere of LUZ: a flamenco project honoring mothers who live and work as artists.

Luz features American flamenco dancer, Mele Martinez (Tucson), choreography by awarding-winning artist, Fanny Ara (St. Jean de Luz), and features the talents of flamenco musicians: singer Jose Cortes (Marseille, France), guitarist Andres Vadin (Havana, Cuba), percussionist Diego “El Negro” Alvarez (Caracas, Venezuela), and pianist Gonzalo Grau (Caracas, Venezuela).

The Lumies: Noche de las Artes

Rialto Theatre, TUCSON, AZ

Tix: http://www.rialtotheatre.com/event/1232993-lumies-tucson/

THE LUMIES: NOCHE DE LAS ARTES

Join the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona for Lumies: Noche de las Artes to celebrate the arts in our community!

This year, the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is excited to present the Lumies in an entirely new light: Noche de las Artes is a night to join people from throughout Southern Arizona to collectively acknowledge the arts and their impact in our region's culture and heritage. Enjoy performances from local artists and musicians while also learning about some of the positive changes to the arts and culture landscape in the coming year.

Light appetizers will be provided by Agustin Kitchen, Coronet, Hub, Reilly Craft Pizza, and Maynards/Cup Cafe.

Please join us! BROUGHT TO YOU BY ARTS FOUNDATION FOR TUCSON AND SOUTHERN ARIZONA

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona provides arts and cultural development services through direct funding, technical assistance, commissions, and contracts to artists and arts organizations.

Through a range of programming, the organization encourages neighborhood, youth, and community involvement in the arts. It provides employment opportunities for artists and crucial support for arts organizations while enhancing educational opportunities and promoting heritage-based artistic traditions.

Summer Tertulia with Alejandro Pais

Martinez Residence, Tucson, AZ

TUCSON FLAMENCOS* Flamenco Por La Vida in collab with Mele Martinez welcomes back TERTULIA FLAMENCA TUCSON EDITION. This Friday we gather to chat about what we all all love FLAMENCO. Our guest speaker is Alejandro Pais Iriart, a flamenco guitarist born in Buenos Aires. Self-taught in the music of guitarists; Sabicas, Paco de Lucia, and Moraito, Alejandro began studying flamenco with Luis Campos and later with El Entri, Pedro Cuadra, and Ramon Amador. He worked as an assistant instructor at University of New Mexico under Eva Encinias and has performed in venues around the U.S. and Argentina with such artists as “Chuscales,” Jose Cortes, Kina Mendez, Coral de los Reyes, and Francisco “yiyi” Orozco. What is a tertulia? Tertulia is a social gathering with literary or artistic overtones.Tertulia also means an informal meeting of people to talk about current affairs, arts, etc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tertulia TUCSON TERTULIA TOPIC: This Friday we dive into learning the guitarist side of communication and interaction with dancers and singers especially in Tablao or Peña settings, and what it takes to build artistic relationships on stage partiulcarly on the fly. This will bridge us into the importance of recognizing the mystical language shared between artists on stage, while dissecting how that language creates masterful work. Wine and Tapas will be provided. A $20 donation is suggested. We hope you can make it. Please contact Mele or myself for address or with any questions. ‪#‎tucsonique‬ ‪#‎tucsonflamenco‬ ‪#‎weloveflamenco‬ Much Love, Angelina

Please email Angelina@flamencoporlavida.com to rsvp/register!

Tablao Flamenco Alburquerque

Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM

Featuring Andres Vadin, Olivia Rojas, Mele Martinez, and Angelina Ramirez....

At Tablao Flamenco Alburquerque, the passion and energy of flamenco come alive nightly as you experience flamenco in its most intimate, powerful setting in the heart of historic Old Town Albuquerque.

Featuring a world-class line-up of artists, the Tablao Flamenco presents a dynamic schedule of performances, featuring the premier artists from Spain and the United States. Tablao Flamenco delivers the traditional Spanish tapas experience, created by world-renowned Chef Mark Miller of Santa Fe's Coyote Cafe and Hotel Albuquerque's Chef Gilbert Aragon, and features regionally inspired fine wines and spirits.

Through a unique partnership based on cultural preservation, Heritage Hotels and Resorts and the National Institute of Flamenco have joined efforts to create Tablao Flamenco Alburquerque. Proceeds from the Tablao support the National Institute of Flamenco for the promotion and advancement of this powerful art form.

Tickets available at https://holdmyticket.com/tickets/248089?tc=hmt_venue

Luz (Albuquerque)

Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM

In Spanish, dar a luz means to give birth. This definition symbolizes the heart of Luz-- a flamenco project honoring mothers who live and work as artists. Luz will explore the labors and joys found in balancing a life as caregiver and creator. It will feature choreography by award-winning artist, Fanny Ara, introduce world-class flamenco musicians from across the globe, and present American flamenco dancer and mother, Mele Martinez. Luz seeks to inspire, to embolden, and to enlighten those who recognize the synergy between motherhood and artistry.

This work will be infused with the development of vintage styles of flamenco, but structured in more innovative musical contexts aiming to give the community a message of how motherhood and creativity can do more than intersect – they can merge to nurture generations of artists to come. Luz is the first solo concert for flamenco artist, Mele Martinez, who aims to make every performance both emotionally and spiritually honest.

Flamenco is an art about family, communication, and the sacred and Mele's approach is grounded in these values which help to transmit stories of pain, loss, and redemption through gestures that carry personal significance and through meticulous connections to music and to others.

Luz will feature a solo dancer, celebrating the art of of flamenco dance in its most authentic style of the art form, and one that is rarely showcased in the United States. Also unique to the project, Luz will focus on a narrative – the story of a woman who grows in artistic expression in tandem with her role as mother. The narrative will also be informed by newly composed music that will borrow from traditional rhythms and progress into modern lyricism. Content will also move out of common themes in flamenco to more complex motifs. Working against stereotypes of the flamenco dancer as both a symbol of sex and passion, and more specifically the typecasts of female flamenco dancer as an object of conventional Latina beauty, Luz will more accurately present the image of woman, particularly in the role of motherhood, as a being both defeated and elated, both sensual and cerebral, and both lost and redeemed.

Luz will first be presented in small venues throughout California,Arizona, and New Mexico. Aesthetically, this is the most authentic and effective method of showcasing flamenco and the intimacy of small venues will best present not only the delicate nature of flamenco’s sound quality, but also the warmth of this solo-dancer project.

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Luz (Santa Cruz)

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Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Ticket prices: $25 in advance $28 at the door SPECIAL RATES AT THE DOOR: $15 child (12 and under) $20 student (with ID)

In Spanish, dar a luz means to give birth. This definition symbolizes the heart of Luz-- a flamenco project honoring mothers who live and work as artists. Luz will explore the labors and joys found in balancing a life as caregiver and creator. It will feature choreography by award-winning artist, Fanny Ara, introduce world-class flamenco musicians from across the globe, and present American flamenco dancer and mother, Mele Martinez. Luz seeks to inspire, to embolden, and to enlighten those who recognize the synergy between motherhood and artistry.

This work will be infused with the development of vintage styles of flamenco, but structured in more innovative musical contexts aiming to give the community a message of how motherhood and creativity can do more than intersect – they can merge to nurture generations of artists to come. Luz is the first solo concert for flamenco artist, Mele Martinez, who aims to make every performance both emotionally and spiritually honest.

Flamenco is an art about family, communication, and the sacred and Mele's approach is grounded in these values which help to transmit stories of pain, loss, and redemption through gestures that carry personal significance and through meticulous connections to music and to others.

Luz will feature a solo dancer, celebrating the art of of flamenco dance in its most authentic style of the art form, and one that is rarely showcased in the United States. Also unique to the project, Luz will focus on a narrative – the story of a woman who grows in artistic expression in tandem with her role as mother. The narrative will also be informed by newly composed music that will borrow from traditional rhythms and progress into modern lyricism. Content will also move out of common themes in flamenco to more complex motifs. Working against stereotypes of the flamenco dancer as both a symbol of sex and passion, and more specifically the typecasts of female flamenco dancer as an object of conventional Latina beauty, Luz will more accurately present the image of woman, particularly in the role of motherhood, as a being both defeated and elated, both sensual and cerebral, and both lost and redeemed.

Luz will first be presented in small venues throughout California,Arizona, and New Mexico. Aesthetically, this is the most authentic and effective method of showcasing flamenco and the intimacy of small venues will best present not only the delicate nature of flamenco’s sound quality, but also the warmth of this solo-dancer project.

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Luz (Berkeley)

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La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA

Ticket prices: $25 in advance $28 at the door SPECIAL RATES AT THE DOOR: $15 child (12 and under) $20 student (with ID)

In Spanish, dar a luz means to give birth. This definition symbolizes the heart of Luz-- a flamenco project honoring mothers who live and work as artists. Luz will explore the labors and joys found in balancing a life as caregiver and creator. It will feature choreography by award-winning artist, Fanny Ara, introduce world-class flamenco musicians from across the globe, and present American flamenco dancer and mother, Mele Martinez. Luz seeks to inspire, to embolden, and to enlighten those who recognize the synergy between motherhood and artistry.

This work will be infused with the development of vintage styles of flamenco, but structured in more innovative musical contexts aiming to give the community a message of how motherhood and creativity can do more than intersect – they can merge to nurture generations of artists to come. Luz is the first solo concert for flamenco artist, Mele Martinez, who aims to make every performance both emotionally and spiritually honest.

Flamenco is an art about family, communication, and the sacred and Mele's approach is grounded in these values which help to transmit stories of pain, loss, and redemption through gestures that carry personal significance and through meticulous connections to music and to others.

Luz will feature a solo dancer, celebrating the art of of flamenco dance in its most authentic style of the art form, and one that is rarely showcased in the United States. Also unique to the project, Luz will focus on a narrative – the story of a woman who grows in artistic expression in tandem with her role as mother. The narrative will also be informed by newly composed music that will borrow from traditional rhythms and progress into modern lyricism. Content will also move out of common themes in flamenco to more complex motifs. Working against stereotypes of the flamenco dancer as both a symbol of sex and passion, and more specifically the typecasts of female flamenco dancer as an object of conventional Latina beauty, Luz will more accurately present the image of woman, particularly in the role of motherhood, as a being both defeated and elated, both sensual and cerebral, and both lost and redeemed.

Luz will first be presented in small venues throughout California,Arizona, and New Mexico. Aesthetically, this is the most authentic and effective method of showcasing flamenco and the intimacy of small venues will best present not only the delicate nature of flamenco’s sound quality, but also the warmth of this solo-dancer project.

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LUZ SHOWCASE & Tertulia Flamenca!

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BreakOut Studios Art Lounge, 828 N Stone Ave., TUCSON, AZ

Join us to celebrate the closing of our crowdfunding, preview choreography of LUZ, and join in the conversation in Tucson's 1st Tertulia Flamenca!!!! Luz is a flamenco project dedicated to mothers who live and work as artists and has been partially funded by Tucson Pima Arts Council. Don't miss this intimate celebration of flamenco and mothers in the arts!!!! The event is free and open to the public (with wine purchase), and a $15 donation to LUZ is suggested.

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Peña Valle de Oro

Renaissance Hotel, Downtown Phoenix

Join the latest gather of flamenco lovers - A late night flamenco gathering held on First Fridays. Featuring Chris Burton Jacome and Mele Martinez!!! $10 at the door includes a tapa!!!!

Special Guest Workshop: Marisol Encinias

BreakOut Studios, Tucson, AZ

Beg/Interm level - don't miss this chance to study with a master instructor from the National Institute of Flamenco!!! $35, Cash only, no preregistration necessary!