Upcoming Events Produced by Global Change Media

Earth Harmony Sustainability Seminar
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Earth Harmony Sustainability Seminar
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016
Event Begins at 9:00 AM

Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage invites you to join in an exciting and innovative approach to community development and cultural enhancement. Our model community of 115+ men, women, and children is an experimental prototype intentional community designed to be replicated throughout the world, and is the largest EcoVillage in the United States. For more than 25 years, we have been working cooperatively to construct this learning center in an effort to share the fruits of our labor with other planetary citizens.

We are offering people, individuals and groups alike, the opportunity to come and learn about our method of sustainability through practical advice. We'll be providing the necessary knowledge and tools to replicate this model of living anywhere. The world is rapidly changing and many of our resources are being mismanaged and/or are in very short supply. It is with the utmost sense of responsibility and accountability that we share this wealth of information with you.

$500 for early registration (before January 25th).
$700 after January 25th
Lodging and organic meals included.

Discounts available for missionaries and agricultural workers.  Call (520) 603-9932 to register or for more information.

Film - Love Thy Nature
Film - Love Thy Nature
www.lovethynature.com

Film - Love Thy Nature
Friday, Feb 26, 2016
Event Begins at 7:30 PM

Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature is a cinematic immersion into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world.  A winner of more than 20 film festival awards, the mesmerizing artistry and fascinating details of Love Thy Nature explores how nature nourishes us.

Neeson is the voice of Homo Sapiens – our collective humankind – who, in the past few thousand years, has come to believe that we are separate from nature. This mind-set has caused us to disrupt billions of years of evolution, causing a mass extinction of species and threatening the survival of the human race.

Love Thy Nature shows that a new era of connectedness with the natural world is key to ensuring our species’ future. This era might just be dawning: A new science called biomimicry taps into nature’s four billion years of R&D for some of the most brilliant cutting edge inventions, pointing to a new highly advanced technological age: The Biological Revolution.

In the medical field, doctors are unveiling new findings on the role of nature to sustain and heal the human body. And experts have discovered that just spending time in nature promotes healing, emotional stability, connectedness, and even neurological health in children.

Through Sapiens’ journey, the film reveals how a relationship with nature ignites a sense of meaning and wonder so profound that it touches us at the very core of what it means to be human. Traversing the globe, Love Thy Nature shares the dazzling spectacles of our planet while revealing how a deeper connection with nature transforms us as people and communities. And that transformation inspires us not only to restore our ecosystems, but also our human family, and ourselves.

Advance: $10.00  |  Ages 12 - 17: $7.00
Day of Show: $10.00  |  Ages 12 - 17: $7.00
Aza
Aza
azamusic.com

Aza
The Music of Morocco
Sea of Glass Performance Hall   (click for map location)
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016
Event Begins at 7:30 PM

AZA unites traditional Tamazight (Berber) music, indigenous to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, with the global influences of its diverse members. Evocative of Saharan-African blues, yet with an original style that truly defies categorization, AZA’s stirring performances feature deep, danceable rhythms, intricate string melodies, and soaring, soulful vocals. Visually dynamic and engaging performers, AZA has been inspiring international audiences for over a decade.

Founding members Fattah Abbou and Mohamed Aoualou are Berbers native to the High Atlas mountain region of Morocco, where they played and studied music for over twenty-five years, and are recognized as master musicians. They formed AZA in Santa Cruz, California, after moving to the United States. The unique exchange between the High Atlas and Californian musicians has proved potent; AZA has produced two albums of original compositions, and performed at music festivals, clubs, and universities around the United States and abroad. In 2006, AZA was invited on its first of three annual summer tours to Morocco, to perform at music festivals throughout the country.

AZA’s endeavors are not limited to music. The Berbers, or “Imazighen” (preferred term), are the indigenous people of North Africa whose recorded history dates back to 3300 years ago. Fattah and Mohamed have always been part of the Amazigh movement and struggle to revive a culture that has been marginalized for centuries. Through music and cultural events, AZA continues to inspire awareness in people of all ages about the Amazigh culture, that it may be recognized and appreciated among the indigenous cultures of the world.

Advance: $15.00  |  Ages 12 - 17: $12.00  |  Ages 4 - 11: $4.00
Day of Show: $20.00  |  Ages 12 - 17: $17.00  |  Ages 4 - 11: $4.00
DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band
DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band
www.degraziamusic.com

DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band
Saturday, Mar 05, 2016
Event Begins at 7:30 PM
Domingo DeGrazia is the son of renowned artist Ted DeGrazia. Much will be made of Domingo’s paternal lineage, but the most that can truly be said about Ted DeGrazia’s influence on his youngest son is that Ted instilled within Domingo an astounding love for all that life has to offer. Domingo has demonstrated this enthusiasm for life from an early age, from teaching himself guitar at the age of 13 to receiving his pilot’s license a mere four years later. In addition to writing and performing his own distinctive blend of Spanish and Classical guitar music, Domingo has earned bachelors degrees in Aerospace and Aeronautical Science as well as a Juris Doctorate in Law. Experience is the muse of great art, and it is Domingo DeGrazia’s rich body of experience that provides his music the excitement and emotion that separates it from the rest.

Domingo's latest musical project is the DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band.  Spanish guitar, very difficult to master, is also the most melodious and sweet sounding among all types of guitars. Domingo plays lead guitar, blending Spanish guitar passion with the flair of Flamenco music. His music couples dynamic rhythms with vibrant Latin, Salsa and rock drum beats. Violinist Beth Daunis brings exotic and soulful violin to the mix, while Mark Brugler and Rick Skowron play bass and acoustic guitar.

Domingo and his band have performed all over Arizona and beyond, with many return performances at such places as the Phoenix Botanical Gardens and Boyce-Thompson Arboretum. A lawyer by profession, Domingo’s chosen artistic outlet is music which he both plays and composes, like his father before him.

Advance: $12.00  |  Ages 12 - 17: $9.00  |  Ages 4 - 11: $4.00
Day of Show: $17.00  |  Ages 12 - 17: $14.00  |  Ages 4 - 11: $4.00
The Crystal Trio
The Crystal Trio
www.crystaltrio.com

The Crystal Trio
From Siberia
Sea of Glass Performance Hall   (click for map location)
Friday, Mar 11, 2016
Event Begins at 7:30 PM
In 2001 far away in Siberia, Russia, a group known as Crystal Trio began performing on crystal glass. Today these professional musicians: Igor Sklyarov, Vladimir Popras and Vladimir Perminov, play special instruments made from glass: Glass Harp, Verrophone and Glass Panflute Bass. Glass Music, an ancient art that had success in many noble houses of Europe, Russia and North America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, was often included as an integral part of the symphony orchestra. Crystal Trio continues to develop the tradition of musical glass by playing well-known classical and popular modern works, as well as tunes specifically written for glass instruments.
The current repertoire includes variations of popular classical melodies of Mozart, Boccherini, Glinka, and Vivaldi, in addition to original pieces written specifically for crystal glass. The mysterious, gentle murmurs of crystal glass allow the listener to understand known melodies in a new fashion; it opens secret, unexpected sides of classical musical pieces. Glass Music is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Recently Crystal Trio held a series of concert tours, playing in Russia, Europe and Japan. One journalist asked the musicians: “What is the secret of extraction of sounds from a glass?” The musicians answered, “It is very important how the fingers adjoin to glass. It is a skill of touch.” The secret of the special sound in the crystal (also known as a harmonic glass or harmonic crystal) is hidden in the special designs of the musical instruments. Also, the skill of touching the thin sides of the glass flasks on the Verrophone and glass harp and the continuous stream of air on the glass-flute contribute to this heavenly sound.
The sound of the harmonic glass will remind you of the murmur of a mountain stream, a soft, windy breeze, or mysterious wordless singing. This special art of playing on a harmonic glass reaches back many centuries, and it was widely performed by the royal orchestras and theatres between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. For a long time this art form was forgotten, but during the twentieth century it regained popularity. Crystal Trio is one of the first professional ensembles who have returned to this type of music, and they have performed for audiences worldwide. Proceeds benefit teen & young adult rehabilitation programs and Avalon Organic Gardens Internships. For those in financial need, call 520-603-9932 about Avalon Organic Gardens Hands-In-The-Soil work reciprocation program (call 1 week in advance of shows).
Advance: $15.00  |  Ages 12 - 17: $12.00  |  Ages 4 - 11: $4.00
Day of Show: $20.00  |  Ages 12 - 17: $17.00  |  Ages 4 - 11: $4.00
Makana
Makana
makanamusic.com

Makana
World's Greatest Living Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist
Sea of Glass Performance Hall   (click for map location)
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016
Event Begins at 7:00 PM

Described as “dazzling” by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, and composer who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. His guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film “The Descendants”. In 2011, at the apex of the “Occupy” movement, Makana’s song, "We Are the Many" went viral on YouTube garnering more than half a million views and was coined the “Occupy Anthem” by Rolling Stone Magazine. His performance of the song at an APEC World Leaders’ Dinner hosted by the Obamas also went viral and became the #1 news story on Yahoo worldwide for two days, garnering appearances on CNN, BBC, ABC, Democracy Now!, Sean Hannity and other major news outlets. Makana’s captivating and wide-ranging performance style has led him to share the stage with Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, open for music legends Sting, Carlos Santana and Elvis Costello, and perform in venues ranging from Asian and European opera houses to The White House.

Born and raised in Hawai’i, Makana grew up on the shores of Waikiki amid the likes of legend Don Ho and young Elvis-impersonator Bruno Mars. Makana- whose name means “a gift given freely”- began singing when he was seven years-old, took up ‘ukulele at nine and began learning the ancient art of slack key at eleven. By fourteen, he was performing professionally, and before long playing five nights a week. His reputation as the youngest virtuoso of slack key spread like molten volcanic lava throughout the islands.

A protégé of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar legends, including Bobby Moderow Jr. and the late master Uncle Sonny Chillingworth, Makana has dedicated his life to perpetuating as well as evolving the traditional Hawaiian art form. Slack key or Ki Ho’alu, nearly 200 years old and indigenous to Hawai’i, was created by ‘ohana (families) on the different islands as a very personal folk music expression of their beautiful surroundings and way of life. The style is characterized by “slacking” the strings to open chords, thus freeing the hands to alter the sound whilst self-accompanying with a triad of alternating bass patterns, faux rhythms and sweet melodies evocative of island atmospheres. Think “three guitars in one!” From this tradition Makana has evolved his own dynamic, high-octane style, coined “Slack Rock”: slack key infused with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues and raga. Makana’s playing has garnered praise from such guitar luminaries as Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Pepe Romero (Spanish Flamenco Master). A contributor to the 2007 Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Vol. I” and 2009 Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Vol II”, Makana is considered one of the “greatest living players” (Esquire Magazine) whose “instrumental brilliance bears comparison with the work of such groundbreaking acoustic guitarists as John Fahey and Michael Hedges” (Maui News).

 

Advance: $20.00  |  Ages 12 - 17: $17.00  |  Ages 4 - 11: $4.00
Day of Show: $25.00  |  Ages 12 - 17: $22.00  |  Ages 4 - 11: $4.00
Temenos Quartet
Temenos Quartet
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Temenos Quartet
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016
Event Begins at 7:30 PM

FOLK FUNK FUSION IN THE HEART OF THE OLD PUEBLO WITH TEMENOS QUARTET

Comprised of To’Ree’Nee Wolf on acoustic guitar and vocals; Heidi Wilson on alto sax and vocals; two-time GRAMMY® Nominee AmoChip Dabney on bass and vocals; and seven-time GRAMMY® Nominee Will Clipman on drums, percussion and vocals, Temenos Quartet brings together four of Tucson’s brightest musical luminaries in a scintillating sonic synergy greater than the sum of its parts. TQ plays original folk funk fusion. With intelligent and emotionally evocative lyrics set to an eclectic array of irresistible trance-dance grooves, this is musical medicine for the mind and spirit;  guaranteed to entertain, energize and enlighten audiences of all ages. As Amo likes to say, "Your soul will groove and your body will move!"

What’s with the name, you ask? The word temenos is of ancient Greek origin, and refers to a sacred grove where members of a community may gather to refresh their creative energies free from the distractions of everyday life. To’Ree’Nee unearthed this linguistic nugget many years ago and filed it away for future use; the formation of this new band offered the perfect opportunity to coin the name. On many levels, Temenos Quartet embodies the ideals of equality and empowerment that its music expresses so joyously. The band’s artistic adventurousness and social awareness is a natural fit for the positive vibration and aesthetic perfection of the Sea Of Glass--Center For The Arts. 

Advance: $10.00  |  Ages 12 - 17: $7.00  |  Ages 4 - 11: $4.00
Day of Show: $15.00  |  Ages 12 - 17: $12.00  |  Ages 4 - 11: $4.00
Easter Celebration & Egg Hunt
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Easter Celebration & Egg Hunt
Sunday, Mar 27, 2016
Event Begins at 9:30 AM

Suggested Donations for Entrance:
(NOTE: Any parents who cannot afford the suggested donation are welcome to enter with their family for free.)
$10.00 for adults
$7.00 for teens
$3.00 for ages 11 & under

Bring your family and friends to Avalon Gardens’ annual Easter extravaganza!  The fun kicks off at 9:30am with pony rides! Pony rides are $5.00 per ride (or 2 for $8.00) and will be happening from 9:30-11:00am and then again around 1:45pm.  

At 11:00am take a hayride out to an awesome Easter Egg Hunt.  There will be hunts for different age categories so everyone is sure to come home with big smiles and bountiful baskets.

After the hunt, at 12:30pm, enjoy an organic bounty of healthy, delicious refreshments along with live entertainment reflecting the true spirit of Easter.  TaliasVan’s 45-voice Bright & Morning Star Choir & Orchestra will perform two original Easter songs and students from Global Community Communications Schools for Teens and Children will share their hearts through song, poetry, and dance.

A tour of Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage will be offered at 1:45pm for those interested in learning about North America’s largest EcoVillage.  Avalon Gardens is located on 220 acres of rich farmland just across the Santa Cruz River from the Tumacácori Mission established by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino in 1691.  Father Kino cultivated these lands to provide for its indigenous community.  Avalon Gardens continues to honor this tradition by fostering progressive realms of sustainability such as permaculture, water harvesting, green/eco building, composting, seed saving, heritage grain cultivation, wind and solar power, Arizona’s largest food forest system, aquaponics, and more.   

Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage has hosted these wonderful Easter celebrations for more than 18 years, offering wholesome, family fun in the beautiful surroundings of mother nature.  This working organic farm and ecovillage has horses, cows, goats, chickens, emus, llamas, and other fun critters for the kids to see. Gates open at 9:00am. 


Times of the Purification Gathering
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Times of the Purification Gathering
Four Sacred Days of Spiritual Restoration
Avalon Gardens, Tumacácori, Arizona   (click for map location)
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Sunday, May 08, 2016
Event Begins at 9:00 AM

Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage in Tumacácori, AZ will be the honored host of a sacred international event: "The Times of the Purification Gathering". The intention of the Purification Gathering is to capture the heart of the Native American legacy through the arts, while exploring the indigenous wisdom of the ancestors as revealed in the prophecies of the numerous tribes of Turtle Island/the United States, and in particular highlighting the esteemed Hopi Prophecy of the coming "Fifth World".

The "Times of the Purification Gathering" will be a coming together of elders, speakers, storytellers, musicians, and dancers to share and teach about the prophesied signs which have been (and are being) revealed, indicating these times are upon us, and that all tribes are called now to join together for the good of all. The Purification Gathering is a call to brothers and sisters from the 4 corners of Mother Earth to come together in recognition of the Creator's call to purify and be made whole once again. A global ecological crisis is upon us and now, more than ever, it is imperative to pay attention to the ancient warnings of the indigenous peoples whose reciprocal and traditional relationship with Mother Earth has made them the earth guardians of the 21st century.

The Times of the Purification Gathering is part of the vision and work of Gabriel of Urantia (also known as TaliasVan) who is a spiritual leader, activist, author, musician, and cofounder of Global Community Communications Alliance and Avalon Organic Gardens & Ecovillage. The community was established in 1989 by Gabriel of Urantia and Niánn Emerson Chase and now has 110 Destiny Reservists/Change Agents from around the world who have been called to the work of restoring global balance and harmony through personal transformation and selfless service to humanity.


The Accidentals
The Accidentals
www.moreaccidentals.com

The Accidentals
Friday, May 13, 2016
Event Begins at 7:30 PM
Described as, "one of the most ground-breaking musical experiences one might just have in a lifetime” by Jonathan Frahm at Yahoo Voices, The Accidentals are just getting started.
 
From 2012-2014, The Accidentals recorded three original albums, were guest artists on fifteen others, scored two films, and landed song placements in commercials, documentaries, and music compilations while playing over a seven hundred live shows. THEN they graduated high school.
 
After graduation from world-renowned Interlochen Arts Academy, The Accidentals added multi-instrumentalist-singer-songwriter, Michael Dause, as their touring/studio drummer and opened for musical greats such as; Andrew Bird, Sixto Rodriguez (Sugar Man), Brandi Carlile, Dar Williams, SHEL, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ben Solee, Seth Glier, Rusted Root, The Wailers, Keller Williams, Arlo Guthrie, and more.
 
They scored original pieces for a 72-piece orchestra, an opera-dance project with Son Lux (Glassnote Records), and a smaller 30-piece string ensemble while touring the US extensively.
 
In 2015 alone, they have played over 200 shows at some of the most prestigious venues and largest festivals in the US including The Fillmore, The Vogue Theater, Frederik Meijer Garden, Summerfest, Electric Forest, Summer Camp Festival, Blissfest, Wheatland, Earthworks Harvest Gathering etc.
 
They are currently recording with Grammy Award Winning Producer, Stewart Lerman (Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Regina Spektor), and Pop Icon, Marshall Crenshaw.
Advance: $15.00  |  Ages 12 - 17: $12.00  |  Ages 4 - 11: $4.00
Day of Show: $20.00  |  Ages 12 - 17: $17.00  |  Ages 4 - 11: $4.00