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Hard times hit Margaritaville: Lime prices double after Mexico storms

The lime, a staple in many of Arizona’s Mexican eateries and grocery stores, has doubled in price over the last two months after heavy fall storms in Mexico knocked blooms from trees.... Read more»

Move over, craft breweries: Microdistilleries on the rise in Az

Arizona Distilling Co. adds a little bit of Arizona to its products. Copper City Bourbon honors a Prohibition-era brewing company in Douglas. Desert Dry Gin incorporates a different set of Five Cs in its flavor profile: coriander, cumin, cinnamon, citrus and cardamom.... Read more»

Lifting spirits: Bill would allow winemakers to distill leftover grapes

Many wineries beyond Arizona are allowed to distill wine byproducts, known as fruit pomace, into spirits such as brandy, cognac, cider and grappa, an Italian brandy. Now an state lawmaker is trying to let wineries here to get producer’s licenses that allow them to follow suit.... Read more»

House gives preliminary OK to helping cities with event costs

The Arizona House of Representatives gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would help defray the public safety costs cities incur hosting major events, such as Glendale, which is preparing for the 2015 Super Bowl.... Read more»

Möda Provŏcateūr

Raising money in style: Fashion show benefits SAAF

The 11th Annual Möda Provŏcateūr show, benefiting the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, will feature Tucson fashion designers, salons and dancers at the Tucson Convention Center on Sunday.... Read more»

Libraries opposing bill to limit hikes by taxing districts

“Pima County can run its own fiscal affairs without being told how to do it by big daddy state government,” said Tucson Democrat Bruce Wheeler, explaining his vote against a measure proceeding through the Legislature that Pima library staffers say would mean cutting staff and hours, and perhaps shuttering libraries.... Read more»

Invisible Theatre cancels 'Dead Guilty' run over actor illness

A sick actor means a local theatre group is canceling a production. “Dead Guilty,” scheduled for Feb. 4-16, won’t appear on the boards of Invisible Theatre; ticket holders should phone to arrange refunds.... Read more»

'Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed' opening safe haven for improv

Spreading the gospel of improvisational comedy can be a tricky business, but the members of Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed are as tenacious as they are whimsical. Eleven years after the group’s founding, they finally have a place to call their own — the lights will go up on the Unscrewed Theater this weekend.... Read more»

PCC not fiddlin' around with heritage project

In conjunction with a production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” Pima Community College will host a Family Heritage Celebration next month. The public is asked to share photos, poems and stories as part of a multimedia project that will be featured on the opening night of the musical.... Read more»

Boys Chorus holding auditions

Intent on turning boys to men, Julian Ackerley and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus are holding auditions for the group’s 75th season. Auditions are open for boys aged 8-12. “We use music as a vehicle for developing social skills. We’re called a boys chorus but we try to teach them to be gentleman,” Ackerley said.... Read more»

Live Theatre Workshop

'Boeing, Boeing' takes flight again

Set somewhere between the invention of Playboy and the early Kennedy era, “Boeing, Boeing” sees a playboy, Bernard, juggling three fiancés. The trick is that all three are flight attendants for different airlines, which works until the faster Boeing 707 aircraft disrupts his carefully synchronized love life.... Read more»

Earworm: World Destruction

Is there anything worse than an earworm? That catchy riff, a looping melody, a couplet repeating over and over in your brain? Today’s symptom of stuck song syndrome: “World Destruction”, the 1984 single by Afrika Bambaataa’s Time Zone that featured PiL’s John Lydon. Here’s the video, so you can share the joy.... Read more»

Commentary

Sonoran Ramblings: Cocaine is evil?, border artists & Israel immigration

In our immigration news roundup and border media criticism column, Sonoran Ramblings, we’re looking at a recent Slate piece on cocaine trafficking, a New York Times piece on artists living in the Texas-Mexico borderlands, and the recent protests of undocumented Africans living in Israel. ... Read more»

Singing silenced, Ronstadt elected to Hall of Fame

Just months after she told the world that her renowned singing voice has been silenced by Parkinson’s disease, Tucson native Linda Ronstadt has been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although Ronstadt has been eligible since 1992, she recently said she never considered herself a rock singer and didn’t give much thought to ever be so honored.... Read more»2

Arizona Theatre Company

'Xanadu' offers holiday alternative: '80s camp, with extra cheese

The musical production plays off the cult following which bad movies of a certain earnestness, like “Xanadu,” can attain. It features hits by both Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra’s Jeff Lynne, roughly paralleling the movie while making fun of its preposterousness, and skating dangerously close to unfettered nostalgia for the disco era.... Read more»

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