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Arizona Theatre Company

'Venus in Fur?' Whip it! Whip it good!

“Venus in Fur” is a 2010 play by David Ives, loosely based on the 1870 erotic novella by Leopold Van Sacher-Masoch. It uses the metaphor of the theatre to explore and subvert the authentically dominant and submissive roles of director and actor into a dynamic, erotically charged relationship. Self-aware, comedic and ironic, the play is less about sex and more about the stickier aspects of power.... Read more»1

How Brits actually sound versus how Hollywood thinks they sound

For a country slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, the United Kingdom has an astonishing wealth of regional accents.... Read more»

In ticket scalping, laws of supply and demand play out near venues

Scalping, also known as ticket reselling, operates under a supply-and-demand model similar to almost every other market. It’s legal in Arizona, with some constraints on where it can occur. An economics professor says ticket scalping represents an unfettered market.... Read more»1

Ban lifted, tequila pours into China

A whiff of tequila may conjure images of blue-green agave fields in the Mexican countryside, a raucous Texas dance hall or even a college frat house after a homecoming game. But there’s a new tequila haven emerging across the globe, and it’s the most populous city in the world — Shanghai.... Read more»

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»

Pulque: What Mexico's hipsters are drinking now

Long the province of peasants and poor townfolk, pulque — say “pool-kay” — the mildly sour, slightly slimy and gently fermented nectar of agave, has been reborn this century as a buzz of choice among young, forward-leaning and better-heeled urbanites. It’s about $1.65 a pint, and a nearly hangover-proof means of getting hammered.... 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»

Groundhog Day: Same as it ever was

Every Feb. 2, it’s time for the obligatory Groundhog Day story. Here in the Sentinel newsroom, we’d rather watch the same old Youtube videos than check whether some rodent is having a bad hair day. Enjoy!... 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»

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