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Phil Chess, founder of storied blues record label, dies in Tucson at 95

The man who distributed such ground-breaking classics as "Roll Over Beethoven," "I'm a Man" and "Smokestack Lightning" died at his Tucson home Wednesday. Phil Chess, who brought the world Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Etta James and other blue and R&B stars who paved the way for rock'n'roll, was 95.... Read more»

Win tickets: Godzilla roars back to big screen

The biggest, baddest Japanese monster is back, and he's still pissed. "Shin Godzilla" stomps back onto movie screens in a special limited engagement, and you could win a pair of tickets.... Read more»

Free tickets: 'Blazing Saddles' rides onto Loft's big screen

The Mel Brooks/Gene Wilder comedy classic "Blazing Saddles" will play Friday and Saturday nights at the Loft, and we've got a pair of tickets that just might have your name on 'em. Join Madeline Kahn, Cleavon Little, Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, and the rest for some whip-crackin' laughs.... Read more»

Free tickets: 'Spotlight' screens with talk from Globe publisher

See the Oscar-winning 2015 drama "Spotlight" at the Loft on Sunday, followed by an onstage discussion with former Boston Globe publisher Richard Gilman, who was at the helm of the newspaper during the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation depicted in the film.... Read more»

Free tickets: Remember Gene Wilder with 'Willy Wonka' screening Sunday

Legendary comic actor Gene Wilder died last week. He'll be remembered in Tucson at a special screening of one of his funniest films: "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." And you could win a pair of tickets.... Read more»

Crystal Radio - Into the mystic and historic

Desert-inflected group Crystal Radio (aka Amelia Poe and Daniel Diaz Martin) are releasing their new record at Hotel Congress on Saturday. Their sound is evocative of warm, creosote-scented wind, while Poe's gutsy vocals chronicle the lonesome, haunted myths and lore of life in a mining town.... Read more»1

Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

The labor movement and the song book are intertwined; folk singers, country pickers, punks and popular balladeers have hailed the American worker, and chronicled the trials of earning a paycheck. Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. "If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he'd have a lot to write about...." (with videos)... Read more»

Win tickets to 'West Side Story' at the Loft

This weekend, you can see one of the classics of American movie musicals — the tale of Tony and Maria in "West Side Story" — at the Loft. And we're giving away a pair of tickets!... Read more»1

Win tickets to Loft's 12-hr Sci-Fi Slumber Party

You can spend Friday night at the movies — watching 12 straight hours of classic science fiction films, to be precise. And you can win a pair of free tickets to the "Sci-Fi Slumber Party" at the Loft!... Read more»

As you wish: Free tickets to 'Princess Bride'

Scaling the Cliffs of Insanity, battling Rodents of Unusual Size, facing torture in the Pit of Despair. This is not just your basic, average, everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill fairy tale! And you could win a pair of tickets to see "The Princess Bride" on the big screen at the Loft this weekend.... Read more»

Win tickets: Go behind the scenes of 'The Lost World of Industrial Musicals'

Movies you weren't meant to see: internal company promotional films for conventions and sales meetings used to be elaborate productions, many with original music. Take a peek at some of these lost clips on Saturday as you watch "The Lost World of Industrial Musicals." And you could win a pair of tickets to the one-night-only screening.... Read more»

Win tickets: Get off the couch for comedy caper 'Raising Arizona'

The second movie by the Coen Brothers, "Raising Arizona" was a comic change-up from their darker debut. But with over-the-top bizarre takes by Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter, the film set the stage for much of their work to come. Catch it in a one-night-only showing on the Loft's big screen, Thursday.... Read more»

Yeah, yeah, yeah! Win tickets to 'Hard Day's Night' sing-along

While there probably won't be the sort of screaming cacophony that greeted the Beatles at the height of their fame, plenty of voices will be raised Saturday night as the Loft screens the mop-top musical "A Hard Day's Night" and invites the audience to sing along. You can win a pair of tickets!... Read more»1

KXCI to offer window on live radio at new Hotel Congress studio

Tucson community radio station KXCI plans to open a new broadcast studio inside Hotel Congress. Scheduled to open in the fall, the studio will give passersby the chance to see DJs conducting interviews and catch a glimpse of special shows by touring and local musicians.... Read more»

Go on a (free) epic adventure: Win 'Tales from Earthsea' tickets

Part of a retrospective series of all 22 films from the Studio Ghibli catalog, the Loft's screening of the animated adventure 'Tales from Earthsea' runs through Saturday — duck out of heat and into a magical world of dragons and castles, swords and sorcerers.... Read more»

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