Apr 11, 2013 8:09 PM by Faye DeHoff
TUCSON - From awards, dancing, a little bit of jazz and movies opening up, our Arts and Culture Guy Herb Stratford has it all.
The Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art's annual "Genius Awards" will take place on Friday, April 12. The event recognizes visionary and innovative Tucsonans whose activities contribute to knowledge worldwide.
This year, the event will start with the award presentation taking place at the Leo Rich Theatre at the TCC. The event then moves to MOCA across the street for cocktails, a buffet, an auction with dancing and general festivities. Tickets are still available for this unique event but are going fast.
The Arizona Theatre Company's final play of the 2012-2013 season, entitled Clybourne Park, is on stage at the Temple of Music and Art through April 27. The play focuses on the issues of race and real estate and takes place in a North Chicago house. The play is a Southwestern premiere which won a 2011 Pulitzer Prize and is one of the most acclaimed play of the decade.
A special concert by John Jorenson, a master of Gypsy Jazz, will benefit the Oasis Project at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum on April 12 & 13. The concerts will take place at the Desert Museum's Warden Theatre and will also create a concert DVD whose sales will benefit the Southern Arizona landmark. For tickets and more information visit the Desert Museum's website at DesertMuseum.org
Now here's a look at this week's new movies:
In 'Trance', Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang's leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon's psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon's broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.
Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. "42" tells the story of two men-the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey-whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball.
In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team, breaking Major League Baseball's infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey's hopes. Instead, Number 42 let his talent on the field do the talking-ultimately winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics, and paving the way for others to follow.
Ryan Gosling has a face tattoo in "The Place Beyond the Pines." He's a motorcycle trick rider with a traveling circus. When he blows into town looking for an old flame, he discovers a present from his previous visit -- a baby. But trying to provide for his son leads Gosling to armed robbery...and a collision course with ambitious cop Bradley Cooper. "The Place Beyond the Pines" is rated R.