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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»

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»

Video: Flash mob dances 'Overcomer' to mark Jan. 8

A group of about three dozen people danced to celebrate overcoming obstacles and mark the third anniversary of the Jan. 8 shootings as a part of a flash mob Downtown on Wednesday. They danced in unison, to choreography set to the song “Overcomer” by Mandisa.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Steven Seagal is not running for governor, so stop talking about it

A throwaway comment by Steven Seagal that he thinks it might be fun to run for governor of Arizona has inspired much gnashing of teeth and rending of garments among your Facebook friends. Even ostensibly serious journalists have been chasing the story, giving the bloated action movie hack more ink than any of the actual candidates have received.... Read more»5

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Navigating the 'Season of Sweets'

The Monday Political Face-Off featureed commentators Vince Rabago and John Munger. Also, how will you handle the “Season of Sweets”? Jack Challem, the Nutrition Reporter, has some simple to follow advice.... 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»

Beer wars, Guatemala edition

The centerpiece of Cerveceria Centro Americana’s headquarters and brewery here is a chapel constructed in 1946, when it still held an absolute monopoly on the Guatemalan beer market. This is where Guatemala brews Gallo — a pale lager with a mean rooster crowing on its label. For many in this impoverished Central American country, beer was Gallo, and Gallo was beer. That was until 2003, when the Cerveceria’s more than a century-old monopoly was broken by AmBev, the Brazilian division of what’s now beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev.... Read more»1

Happy Christmas from John Lennon

Beatle John Lennon was shot to death Dec. 8, 1980. R.I.P. (with archival videos)... Read more»

More than veggies growing in community gardens

Community gardens proliferating around the country are giving people an opportunity to connect, experts say. At a central Phoenix garden, participants say they build contacts as well as trade gardening tips.... Read more»

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