Author Archive: Herb Stratford

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Tucson’s History Resurrected

Tucson’s History Resurrected

March 10, 2014 |

Tucson has the distinction of being one of the longest continually inhabited locations in North America. While that history stretches back some 12,000 years, much of the early history of Tucson is lost to time. However, we are fortunate to have much of our recent history still with us both from an architectural perspective, as […]

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ARTIFACT Dance’s Deco Dream

ARTIFACT Dance’s Deco Dream

March 3, 2014 |

If you observe the Old Pueblo’s unique architecture, you can find elements from many different eras—Victorian to Art Deco to Modernism. But how often do those eras come to life in the arts locally? Sure, we can revel in the excitement of John Dillinger’s 1934 capture with Hotel Congress’ annual “Dillinger Days” festivities, but other […]

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Images That Moved a Nation

Images That Moved a Nation

February 4, 2014 |

Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement In the modern era, prior to the internet and the 24-hour news cycle, photographs alone had the power to galvanize public opinion around an issue, movement or story. From Jacob Riis’ How The Other Half Lives in 1890, which depicted the dire conditions of New York […]

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City High School’s Downtown Roots Take Hold

City High School’s Downtown Roots Take Hold

January 31, 2014 |

What happens when a group of teachers who are frustrated with the educational system get together to brainstorm a new learning environment? Mix in an exciting and revitalizing Downtown as a school location, and you get City High School. Now midway through its tenth year, the charter school is marking this milestone with a bricks […]

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Exploring The Art of Storytelling

Exploring The Art of Storytelling

December 30, 2013 |

Storytelling is one of our oldest and most revered art forms, and cinema at its best and in the right hands can be used to bring great stories to life. Film festivals are usually a great place to find compelling stories, as someone has curated them with an eye towards presenting the best. The 23rd […]

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Thirty Years of Eclectic Flicks

Thirty Years of Eclectic Flicks

December 30, 2013 |

For Tucson film aficionados in the early ’80s, a plethora of mom and pop video stores were available to choose from when looking for a specific film on VHS. But in the summer of 1983 an entirely new kind of store opened on Grant Road just east of Campbell Avenue – Casa Video. But this […]

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A Fall Cinematic Classic

A Fall Cinematic Classic

November 3, 2013 |

A curious and diverse mix of films – including acclaimed titles from around the festival circuit, as well as a few undiscovered gems – plays out on The Loft Cinema’s screens Nov. 7-11 as part of the theatre’s forth annual film festival. As in past years, the mix of film speaks to social justice, master storytelling […]

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On the Road: An Intersection of Music & Film

On the Road: An Intersection of Music & Film

October 6, 2013 |

In the hands of a good filmmaker, music and  film are powerful storytelling partners. The 9th annual Tucson Film and Music Festival (TFMF), un-spooling Oct. 10-13, has once again compiled compelling stories that highlight the intersection of music, film and the human experience. With a line-up featuring Arizona premiere screenings as well as a few […]

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Arizona Underground Film Fest Digs Deep

Arizona Underground Film Fest Digs Deep

August 31, 2013 |

The sixth annual Arizona Underground Film Festival is like a curated trip through several genre film festivals, all rolled into one. With a diverse mix of styles – horror, documentary, narrative, experimental and even animated – the fest is a great way to see the highlights without having to see the other less spectacular films […]

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Arizona Biennial: A “State of Art” Exhibition

Arizona Biennial: A “State of Art” Exhibition

July 18, 2013 |

What does art in Arizona look like today? Do artists in Tucson do the same type of work as Phoenix based artists? Is painting dead? What the heck is an installation? Every two years the Tucson Museum of Art undertakes an ambitious exhibition that attempts to answer these questions and highlights contemporary art as it […]

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