Located in eastern Tucson at the foot of the Rincon Mountains, the non-profit ASA supports lifelong engagement with learning, creativity and public service for adults in (un-) retirement.
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Bluegrass Americana – Peter McLaughlin, Lex Browning & Brian Davies
11:30am – 12:30pm, The Arizona Senior Academy Building
So many talented musicians flock to the Tucson music scene, where a fluid mix of bands often form and re-form as musicians jam with each other and create new bands from those encounters. One such local band, “Canyon Currents,” is making its debut at the ASA. 1988 National Flatpicking Champion Peter McLaughlin is joined by multi-instrumentalist Lex Browning and bassist Brian Davies. McLaughlin and Davies, as members of “The Sonoran Dogs,” were joined by Browning at the “Dogs’” last ASA appearance when Lex filled in for an ailing player. The three have now joined together to form “Canyon Currents,” a serendipity ASA generated and now benefits from.
“Hollywood and the Stars”
2:30-4:30 pm, The Arizona Senior Academy Building
From the days of the Flash Gordon era to Matt Damon’s recent successful tenure on Mars, moviegoers have been transported to extraterrestrial worlds created in the imaginations of Hollywood’s most creative writers, directors, and actors. For this presentation, astronomer and film buff extraordinaire Michael Chriss will offer an “affectionate look at the way, through the years, Hollywood has used and misused astronomy and astronomers to amaze, amuse, and frighten us.”
The non-profit Arizona Senior Academy (ASA) is the cultural hub of the Academy Village/Altura retirement community for active adults in eastern Tucson and we have a public service mission to enhance lifelong learning and creativity. Located at the foot of the beautiful Rincon range in eastern Tucson, we are on the southern side of Saguaro National Park East, not far from Vail, AZ. (See map)
To attend an event: Public concerts and lectures at the ASA are free of charge. But if you wish to assure seating, you may make reservations by sending an email to ASA Operations Manager Tremia Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Postal Address: 13715 E. Langtry Lane, Tucson, AZ 85747
Samples of past events: Classical cello and piano by Sanda Schuldmann and Harry Clark; concert from Vail Chorale led by Academy member, Fritz Reinagel; lectures on topics in science and art; ASA concert by steel drum band from Empire High; concert by Ronstadt Generations; pre-season Downton Abbey preview at ASA via PBS and KUAT
The non-profit Arizona Senior Academy was conceived by former UA president Henry Koffler before any homes were built in our community. Then and now, the ASA mission has been to support extended learning, creative engagement, mentoring and public service over the entire span of retirement.
The lectures and concerts each week are open to the public and cover a wide range of content from science and technology to health, humanities and creative arts. This diversity also complements the aims of those who are not yet fully retired but wish to explore new interests or prepare for “encore” careers.
Our village is an over-55 community and all residents become full dues-paying Academy members at age 60, providing support for the ASA. In addition to the concerts and lectures each week, the resident members have a number of amenities available to them. For example, the ASA support organization, Academy Services Corporation, runs the Academy Health Care Program on a subscription basis for resident members.
Many supporters from east Tucson and nearby Vail who attend our public events also make contributions to the ASA as “Friends” and “Fans” of the Academy. From time to time, our members and friends also make direct donations to sponsor the appearance of an artist or expert of special interest.
This mosaic depicts a sampler of past events, including a concert by the Vail Chorale founded and led by an Academy member, plus an early preview of the the final season of Downton Abbey which was co-hosted by ASA and our local PBS station KUAT.
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