David Membrila can't escape mariachi music.
Carmen Membrila, 10, practices on the violin as her father, David Membrila, rehearses with Mariachi Chispa de Tucson at the Viva Performing Arts Center. The center recently revived a mariachi program that had been dormant for about 10 years, and it chose David Membrila to direct the effort. …
Liam Membrila follows his father's lead on a song. "I've already told him he could have my instruments when I die," David Membrila says. "Lately, I'm afraid to start tasting my own food."
Liam Membrila, left, A.J. Bang, Marchelon Wells, David Membrila and Stormy Marin practice a song. "When schools are eliminating art, music, dance, Viva is continuing to bring those to the forefront," David Membrila says.
David Membrila goes over guitar chords with A.J. Bang, right, and Liam Membrila, both members of the youthful Mariachi Chispa de Tucson.
David Membrila, who is also a school music teacher and sells real estate, marks up a music sheet for Anabel Nevarez, another member of Mariachi Chispa de Tucson.
David Membrila is flanked by his children, Carmen, 10, and Liam, 13, during a rehearsal session at the Viva Performing Arts Center, 4563 S. Park Ave.
Julie Gallego (derecha) es una empresaria latina de Tucsón que será reconocida por Cox Businesses y la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Tucsón. En la imagen, Julie imparte una clase de folclórico en su estudio Viva Performing Arts Center, el pasado 3 de junio.
Desde que Julie Gallego-González era una estudiante de mercadotecnia de la moda en la Universidad de Arizona, sabía exactamente cuál era su meta en la vida: abrir una academia de danza folclórica. Pero sería más que un lugar para bailar.