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‘Music is key to healing the soul’ for Tucson refugees

On a beautiful day in Armory Park in the downtown area, a unique blend of music emanates from between the trees. A sax player from Ethiopia, a guitarist from Burundi, and drummers from Trinidad & Tobago and the U.S. create a cross-cultural sound. This is the creation of Jam2Grow, a group that uses drumming and music as therapy for refugees from around the world.... Read more»

Public service announcement: Int'l Clash Day observed in Tucson

Honoring the inspiring and inclusive spirit of the ground-breaking punk band, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has declared Tuesday to be "International Clash Day" in Tucson.... Read more»

Review

'Terra Mater' mixed-media at Etherton is a blast

"Terra Mater" at the Etherton Gallery is a must-go show. Especially for those of us who think they really don't want to go to a photography exhibit because everyone and their dog is a photographer these days, Photoshopped on Facebook. Think again: these works are adventures not captured moments. ... Read more»

Review

Designing and flowering: 'The White Snake' at Rogue Theatre

Rogue is the only theater in Tucson with the intellectual, creative, and financial resources — a talented, experienced team of producers, designers, and ensemble actors, and a well-heeled, educated, audience — needed to present and receive this wonderfully sumptuous production. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

McNamee: Saving the humanities

The current mood in Washington disdains the arts, the humanities, the life of the mind, anything that contributes to the examined life or the life worth living. But that disdainful Congress is also scared of its own shadow and sensitive to what the folks back home are saying.... Read more»

Review

In transition: 'Becky’s New Car' at Roadrunner Theatre

Roadrunner is a small, rather accomplished East Side theatre company in the middle of its second season, and, I am confident, a rising force in Tucson's theater community. "Becky's New Car" may not be their best effort, but it's good work, and worth seeing.... Read more»

Stop worrying: Free tickets to 'Dr. Strangelove'

Here's a film screening that could put to rest your fears about renewed tensions between the U.S. and Russia: catch "Dr. Strangelove" at the Loft this weekend. OK, maybe it won't ease your concerns, but it's a great movie nonetheless. And you could win a pair of passes on us.... Read more»

Tail-waggers of the week: Perdie and Kasey

Meet a couple of the many great companions available at our local animal rescue groups: Perdie and Kasey.... Read more»

Restored noodle Western 'Tampopo' served up by Loft

A new digital restoration of the '80s art-house film "Tampopo" will screen at the Loft, and you can win a pair of tickets. ... Read more»

Win: See black & white 'Mad Max: Fury Road' on silver screen

Director George Miller says the "best version" of the vividly colored "Mad Max: Fury Road" is the "black & chrome edition," in which the 2015 film has been reworked in black and white. Is it? Find out for yourself, on us, by winning a pair of passes to see it at the Loft this weekend.... Read more»

Yearning for home, inmates paint California mural on Arizona prison walls

Consider the inmates at La Palma Correctional Facility in Eloy as the private prison’s Picassos, who painted the four walls of a multi-purpose room in rural Arizona into memories of their California home.... Read more»

Christmas playlist: Perry Como, Pogues, Prince, Bowie & more!

It might be getting just cold enough in Tucson to gather around the hearth, but here are some holiday songs to warm your heart whether you have a fireplace or not — and some to make you nod your head and play air guitar. With hours of music spread over about 80 songs, these Christmas classics will liven your gatherings this weekend.... Read more»

Navajo hope to digitally preserve thousands of hours of oral history

Misplaced for years, only to be discovered sitting in a jail cell, their backups destroyed in a fire, their entire contents never cataloged, 300 reels of tape with thousands of hours of Navajo oral history hold recordings of “knowledge, legends, stories, traditions" that advocates say is vital to preserve for generations to come.... Read more»

Yippee ki yay: Win free 'Die Hard' passes

The movie that set the standard for holiday action blockbusters returns to the silver screen this Christmas weekend, and you could win a pair of tickets to see Bruce Willis in "Die Hard" at the Loft.... Read more»

Win tickets: Must-see '2001: A Space Odyssey' in 70mm

Give yourself an early Christmas gift and experience Stanley Kubrick's epic film the way it was meant to be seen: on the big screen from a 70 mm print. And you can see it on us if you win a pair of free passes to the Loft Cinema!... Read more»

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