'Virtuoso' saxophonist to be featured in concert

Internationally acclaimed saxophonist and recording artist Jonathan Wintringham returns to Tucson and Academy Village for a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Wintringham is an advocate of contemporary music and works with composers to commission and perform new works. His repertoire also includes Russian Romantic and 20th-century American composers.

Tuesday's performance will feature works by Benson, Djupstrom, Glazunov, Harbison, Piazzolla, Still and Yoshimatsu.

A former University of Arizona student, Wintringham made his professional debut at the age of 17 and has given recitals, master classes and residencies throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan. He completed his bachelor's degree at the UA and will be joined by former UA colleagues for this performance. He is pursuing a master's degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where he works as a teaching assistant.

UA prof: World will need genetically enhanced crops

How can the Earth provide food for its 9 billion people by 2050? That's the question being tackled by professor Rod A. Wing, who holds the Bud Antle Endowed Chair at the University of Arizona School of Plant Sciences and is also director of the Arizona Genomics Institute.

Wing will be at the Arizona Senior Academy on Wednesday to provide an encore performance of his lecture at the UA College of Science "Genomics Now" lecture series.

The alternative to widespread famine may result from "green supercrops" with double or triple the productivity of current agricultural practices, greater nutritional value and concurrent reductions of water, fertilizers and pesticides.

An important focus is on rice, which feeds more than half the world's population. Wing is working with fellow rice experts around the globe to greatly increase research that can be applied in a variety of regions and climates.

Part of the research will involve genetic engineering that goes beyond the current focus on immunity to herbicides and pests.

The lecture starts at 4 p.m., and Wing will answer questions from the audience at its conclusion.

Background helps her make 'monsters'

Terri Haag likes to describe her work as making "monsters" - highly life-like models of living or extinct animals and plants. She'll show and tell about her process in a presentation set for 3:30 p.m. next Thursday at the Arizona Senior Academy.

Haag is director of a local company called Archeo-Arts, which specializes in museum exhibit design and creating realistic models of all sorts of creatures. A strong background in paleontology, biology and art allows her to sculpt realistic models of extinct animals and plants from genuine fossils, pictures or even verbal descriptions.

She also builds copies of existing animals, big and small, right down to what she calls "aliens from sub-space." And she creates art objects, movie and TV props and other one-of-a-kind custom pieces.

Some of Haag's creative activities defy easy description, hence her invention of the term "archeo-arts." Included in this genre are projects such as performing shark cosmetic dentistry, designing specialty LED lighting and manifesting some real oddball stuff such as fake Judean tomb treasures for the 2004 TV movie "King Solomon's Mines."

A self-described adventurer, Haag has ridden in helicopters over the jungle mountains of New Guinea, baby-sat infant chimpanzees in Zambia, got married in a Polish salt mine, dived with sharks and force-fed thousands of penguins in Cape Town.

Before returning to Tucson, she lived and worked in South Africa for eight years. There, she created large-scale exhibits for several major museums and foundations, did restoration work on national historical sites and precious art objects, and wrote advertising copy and magazine articles for international publications. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the UA.

About Academy Village

• Events are held in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy Building next to the Academy Village Community Center, 13715 E. Langtry Lane.

• Nonresidents who want to ensure priority seating can make reservations by emailing info@arizonasenioracademy.org or calling 647-0980.

• To learn more about the academy, go to www.asa-tucson.org online.

• Visitors can buy lunch at the Academy Cafe across the courtyard from the Arizona Senior Academy building. The cafe is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Prices range from $4.50 to $9.50. For more information, call the cafe at 647-0903.

• Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

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