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See 'Blade Runner' on the big screen - free

Decades before CGI made special effects easier to produce, Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" was a visual feast, a neo-noir sci-fi that has become a cult classic. You can see stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young on the big screen at the Loft this weekend — and you might just score a pair of free tickets!... Read more»

'Everybody Wants Some!!' free movie tickets

In what's billed as the "spiritual sequel" to director Richard Linklater's classic "Dazed and Confused," a similar group of party-hearty jocks looks for a good time as they declare their independence — set in college in the early 1980s rather than in a '70s high school.... Read more»

Don't miss out: Free tickets to 'Dough' movie

A challah recipe that's definitely not kosher for Passover brings together a Jewish London baker and a young Muslim apprentice in a the film "Dough." An accidental extra ingredient — egg wash isn't the only glazed about this bread — sends sales sky high. Win free tickets to a showing at the Loft.... Read more»

FactCheck: Is Sarah Palin 'as much a scientist' as Bill Nye?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin recently said she is “as much a scientist” as Bill Nye, best known for his children’s show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”... Read more»2

The squaw dress: A patch of Tucson’s fashion history

In the 1950s, Tucson was a major fashion industry player, all thanks to one garment: the squaw dress. Its influences can still be seen today, proving that despite an offensive name and changing styles, the dress's impact never truly faded. ... Read more»

Tribute to jazz great Mingus swings into Nogales hometown

Did you know that one of the most important figures in 20th century American music was born in Nogales? A festival this weekend will honor innovative jazz bassist, bandleader and composer Charles Mingus. ... Read more»

Win: Tickets to 'Miles Ahead' film portrait

Trumpeter and bandleader Mile Davis almost single-handedly changed the direction jazz at least once per decade for nearly 50 years. Rather than producing a conventional biopic, actor and director Don Cheadle has released a fictional look at the musical genius's late '70s seclusion. Win tickets to see "Miles Ahead" at the Loft!... Read more»

Obituary

Tucson-raised Garry Shandling dead at 66

Comedian and actor Garry Shandling died Thursday at age 66. Born in Chicago, he spent much of his childhood in Tucson and studied electrical engineering at the University of Arizona before breaking into the entertainment business as a writer.... Read more»1

Win tickets to 'Labyrinth' at the Loft

David Bowie never appeared in many conventional movies, but "Labyrinth," directed by Jim Henson of "Muppets" fame, produced by George Lucas and featuring a young Jennifer Connelly as well as the British rocker, may be among his least predictable. And we've got a pair of tickets that could be yours.... Read more»

Earworm

Feb. 3, 1959: Drove my Chevy to the Levee

February 3 marks the anniversary of "The Day the Music Died," when pioneering rock 'n' rollers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a 1959 plane crash. Don McLean referenced the event in his hit song, "American Pie." So give today's earworm a listen.... Read more»1

Commentary

Race and beyond: Why #oscarssowhite matters

The film industry exercises a huge amount of influence on perceptions of success in America—or the lack thereof.... Read more»

Earworm

Not a fish tale: Abe Vigoda dead at 94

It's not a hoax this time, folks: weary-eyed character actor Abe Vigoda, long the subject of rumors of his passing, died Tuesday at age 94. In his honor, here's the theme to "Barney Miller" to get stuck in your head.... Read more»

Earworm

Springsteen standin' on a corner: Tribute to Glenn Frey

Here's today's earworm: The Boss paid his respects to the recently deceased Glenn Frey, performing a stripped-down "Take It Easy" in Chicago on Tuesday night. The singer/guitarist and Eagles songwriter died Monday.... Read more»

Chihuahuas live large in Southwestern folklore

Arizona may not have an “official” state dog, but if it did, it would probably be the Chihuahua.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A look ahead to 2017, after Tucson's tumultuous 2016

Megachurch evangelists and political pundits see even more chaos ahead in 2017, after the Chicago Cubs' four-game sweep in the World Series. So the world, indeed, seems on the brink. So as we toast Auld Lang Syne-style to the passing of 2016, let's see what the new year seems to hold for Tucson and Arizona. ... Read more»

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