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Andrew Gardner closes the circle on psychedelic rock, again

In the past couple of years, it's begun to seem like every other new band in Tucson is "reinventing" psychedelic rock. But Andrew Gardner, frontman of Tucson indie band La Cerca is not surprised that the music he was listening to at a young age is coming back into style. Plus, more weekend music.... Read more»

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The Gunrunners rock every show like it's their last

If you've ever met Ted Riviera, you've probably heard an earful about Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. The primitive, passionate, roots-based rock and roll they pioneered is a sound that his band, The Gunrunners, has embraced over a decade of playing dive bars, punk shows and rave-ups around the Old Pueblo. ... Read more»

Concert at Douglas border crossing aims to break down barriers

With musicians performing on two stages set up next to each other on either side of the border, a concert at the Douglas Port of Entry this month will bring a different kind of attention to an area that’s been in the national spotlight for barriers.... Read more»

Theatre review

Recognizing the truth: ATC's world premiere of 'Holmes and Watson'

The last show of David Ira Goldstein's 25-year run with Arizona Theatre Company and a briskly staged and solidly acted work that had its first-ever staging in Tucson last week — is, as the Brits say, too clever by half and a rather slight thing at that. ... Read more»

Theatre review

Self-regulating instability: Winding Road's 'Language Archive'

A nicely designed production of Julia Cho's "The Language Archive" has opened for a four-week run, staged by Winding Road Theater. This play about a professor's desperate attempts to preserve dying languages and his own expiring marriage features some terrific acting and a marvelous original score.... Read more»

Review

The gorgeous plurality of being human: Az Rep's 'Twelfth Night'

A beautifully mounted, intelligently directed, energetically acted production of "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's beloved social and romantic comedy of mistaken identities and gender-bending, has opened for a three-week run at Arizona Repertory Theatre. Not as "goth" as it's billed, the show is nonetheless smart and vigorous.... Read more»

Making choices: Live Theatre Workshop's 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'

An earnestly entertaining and professionally judicious production of Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan" has opened a six-week run at Live Theatre Workshop. ... Read more»

Review

Fresh irony unlocked in Conrad's soap art

Miles Conrad's fresh immersive soap art Compound Interest — "concerning correction and coercion" (penal system, jail to the rest of you birds) — is floating above many also-rans in this year's Whitney Biennial. Seen before it hits the road in Conrad's Tucson studio, it was soothing, lovely and smells great. Just like Mom's sheets after washing and Bouncing. Amazing considering it references the pattern of walls and prison. Irony, irony, thy name is art. ... Read more»

Hey 'Pilgrim' — Win free Loft tickets

Looking for a bit of escapist fantasy this weekend? Jump into the broad comic-book strokes of "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World." And you could win a pair of passes to the Loft on Saturday night on us.... 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»

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»

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»

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»

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