December 13, 2023 / Modified dec 15, 2023 12:02 p.m.

Friends of Aphasia celebrates the life and work of Pete Kozachik.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Local experts weigh in on feeding the future; Meet composer and pianst Larry Redhouse; and a new series of productions at The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre called The Late Night Radio Hour.

Friends of Aphasia movie party VIEW LARGER Join Friends of Aphasia at The Loft Cinema on Sunday, Dec.17th for this event honoring the life and work of cinematographer Pete Kozachik.

Arizona Spotlight

December 14, 2023

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Featured on the December 14th, 2023 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • By 2050, experts predict that the global population will reach nearly 10 billion. Leah Britton spoke to a few local food experts to learn more about how our planet's resources will measure up against the growing demand.
Refugee_Mesquite_Harvest_spot Iskashitaa Refugee Network is a grass roots organization that helps rebuild refugee lives through their partnerships with volunteers and local organizations.
ua campus pantry 2023 University of Arizona's campus pantry works to aid faculty and students facing food insecurity.
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Pete McGraw spot Pete McGraw M.Ed. is the coordinator of the University of Arizona's Basic Needs Center and Services
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  • This Sunday, there is a benefit for the local support group The Friends of Aphasia. The Loft Cinema is screening “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” in celebration of the work of the film’s award-winning director of photography, longtime special effects artist Peter Kozachik. He was the brother of Tucson City Council member Steve Kozachik, and he passed away earlier this year after living with a condition called Primary Progressive Aphasia. Dr. Fabi Hirsch-Kruse, the director of Friends of Aphasia, will explain how this condition can be so wide-spread, yet so rarely discussed. you can find more information and tickets to the event here!
friends of aphasia movie party 2 VIEW LARGER Join Friends of Aphasia for a movie benefit honoring the life and work of Visual Effects Artist Pete Kozachik.
  • AZPM's Cochise County Reporter Summer Hom spoke with Larry Redhouse, a Native American pianist and composer, who blends jazz with Native American flute and synthesizers. During Native American Heritage Month, Redhouse and the Larry Redhouse Jazz Trio brought their music to Cochise College, where both the college and county are named for the Cochise, a Chiricahua Apache Chief. Redhouse is a member of the Navajo Nation. He said his heritage inspires his music in that, “There’s this groundedness about it. I’m an urban Indian. But it came through my dad — his example of living — which was just grounded. He wasn’t into material things. His spirituality showed through in his living example.” When it comes to his inspiration for songs, Redhouse said it comes from the artists he listened to growing up, like Miles Davis, but also, from his siblings in a family of musicians.

Larry Redhouse1 Larry Redhouse (on keys, right) performs at Cochise College's Douglas Campus for Native American Heritage Month along with his Jazz Trio: Ed Friedland (bass, center) and Lenny Redhouse (drums, left). November 30, 2023.
Summer Hom, AZPM News

gift of the magi unsized VIEW LARGER Catch "The Gift of the Magi" as a part of The Late Night Radio Hour at Scoundrel & Scamp, a new series at produced and directed by Samantha Severson.
La befana scoundrel scamp VIEW LARGER A favorite of young children in Italy, "La Befana" will run at Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre Dec. 15-17, 2023.

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