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Poem Written in the Manner of Billy Collins

Poem Written in the Manner of Billy Collins

October 10, 2014 |

POEM WRITTEN IN THE MANNER OF BILLY COLLINS First I take out the reference to global warming, and the extinction of the blue-backed frog, and in addition I delete any sappy, victim-like particulars about my childhood. I replace the checkpoint in Syria, and the car speeding toward it with a cup of coffee made from […]

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Table Settings: Ari Shapiro

Table Settings: Ari Shapiro

September 15, 2014 |

Full disclosure: The author and subject are personally and professionally connected.   Ari Shapiro is a Tucson transplant who has spent well over a decade establishing his food and beverage concepts in this city. A vegetarian and avid commuting cyclist, his businesses naturally fit into the spectrum of being healthy with a focus on quality and […]

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Tucson Spanish Flamenco Festival

Tucson Spanish Flamenco Festival

September 13, 2014 |

Tue, Sept. 23-Sun, Sept. 28 A unique opportunity to experience flamenco and Spanish culture in a traditional late-night, outdoor festival atmosphere in Downtown Tucson! With six nights of performances, including the 2nd Annual Guitar Competition – a tribute to the late Paco de Lucia – and musicians and dancers from around the globe, this year’s event promises to delight audiences […]

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Copper & Congress’ “Fault Line”

Copper & Congress’ “Fault Line”

September 12, 2014 |

Vocals by a siren/oracle, a perfect balance of bass and understated drumming comprise Copper and Congress’ sound and the trio of amazing musicians conjure magic on Fault Line. There’s glorious, haunting sparseness – a sparseness that is just one element constituting the album’s many auditory seductions. There’s exquisite, measured tension and release that teeters and […]

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Suds for Sun Sounds

Suds for Sun Sounds

September 11, 2014 |

When the temperatures are hot during the summer – and into the fall – months in the desert, few things beat enjoying the taste of a delicious beer on a warm day. Well, that is unless you’re enjoying sampling a number of different beers in the company of thousands of friends and people from your community and […]

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A Long Plan for the Short Seasons

A Long Plan for the Short Seasons

September 10, 2014 |

Autumn is a wonderful time to be a vegetable gardener in the southwest. It is a time of reflection as we look back joyfully on our successes of the past summer and take note of our failures and how we may improve upon them next year. It is also a time of transition and anticipation […]

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AZUFF: Deeper Underground Than Ever Before

AZUFF: Deeper Underground Than Ever Before

September 9, 2014 |

In the world of film festivals, of which there are literally thousands for audiences to discover, organizers must lure in audiences as well as find unique films to screen. In Tucson, we have an embarrassment of riches to choose from every year, as a wide variety of festivals show films that you would never see, […]

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Auditions: When Actors Fly

Auditions: When Actors Fly

September 6, 2014 |

Diane Schwartz was not one to throw herself into the arms of a man she barely knew. But after a marathon audition session for a community theatre production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives, Diane couldn’t help herself. She had endured reading after reading for the part of Sybil, holding her own opposite a blur of […]

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Tucson Women on the Mic: A FST! Storyteller’s First Year

Tucson Women on the Mic: A FST! Storyteller’s First Year

September 5, 2014 |

This September, FST! Female StoryTellers observes its second birthday on Wednesday, Sept. 10, and I’m so happy to celebrate with them. When FST! (pronounced “Fist!”) began in September 2012, I wasn’t aware of it. I didn’t know any of the women involved. I’d only been in Tucson a month, a California transplant newly arrived to […]

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Combating Violence with Laughter

Combating Violence with Laughter

September 5, 2014 |

Physical abuse is a serious issue that plagues our society every day with astounding numbers of cases of violence – primarily against women – that hurt our family structures and those we love in debilitating ways. Every year over 4 million physical assaults occur on women dealt by their partners; women under 24-years-old are at […]

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