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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture

Re: “Tasty Serial

You da** sure have it right, Leo! I read the entire book at one sitting. I'm not a Dogie, I had parents, but I also had a yearning to make a hand from a very young age. There were times when Joe watched me trying. Art Brooks, Wickenburg, Arizona

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Posted by Art Brooks on 06/01/2012 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Strength and Perseverance

great review!

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Posted by coldfront on 05/24/2012 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Eclectic Gathering

i am very proud of you Babe, your hard work and dedication has paid off this is proof of what im saying GOOD JOB!!!! you are the BOMB!!!

Posted by K.O. on 05/18/2012 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Eclectic Gathering

Great Job, Paula!!! ;)

Posted by Lynette Cupis on 05/18/2012 at 12:33 AM

Re: “Modern Narratives

Three years after the publication of this article, I say"Hello, Lee Anne. how are you?" As a crushaholic adolescent Ranger, Class of 1968, I was fascinated by your mind, your morality, your intellect, your athleticism, your face, and, last but not least, your legs! (perhaps you poignantly remember me for that.)

If you choose to respond at all, please update me on your fellow twirlers. I've known for about 43 years about poor Candy Hervey. ("Poor?" Well, if she has spent 43 years in the place I expect to spend my eternity, she's having a blast. But that's only so much comfort when an 18 year-old friend suddenly goes there, right???)

What about Marilyn ? What was her last name? Montague? Montaign? I had one or two classes with her, and liked her.

I have read, over a period of more than 20 years, of the deaths of Babs Bowman and Judy Shafton. Could you put me in touch with others of our Echo and Rawhide gang?

Me? I'm 62, and live in threadbare retirement in West Columbia, SC. When I was 51 years old, God finally gave me a wife. Her name is Betty.

If you see this, please copy it and pass it on to any mutual friends. I may be reached at:

Posted by Bill Foltz on 05/12/2012 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Working-Class Heroes

Proud of you Bro! Awesome review. Of course. : )

Posted by Jacqui Shear on 05/10/2012 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Ramped-Up Reruns

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Posted by Edward Vogel on 05/10/2012 at 4:18 AM

Re: “A Fairy-Tale Year

I was disappointed by the technique of the dancers. Their wrist lines were often broken and I found it distracting. The dancers were not together, and the costumes were juvenile. This troupe is far from professional, it was very "recital-like" with children and pinwheels. Sad to think that the Old Pueblo claims to have a professional dance company. Perhaps the term "professional" may be a technicality of the dancers getting paid instead of the quality of technique.

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Posted by Xposed2Ballet on 05/06/2012 at 1:54 AM

Re: “Intelligent Exchange

I couldn't disagree more with Mrs. Forrester. I sometimes have no idea how people can become art/theatre critics when they think so little about a play's content.
I absolutely love this play. However, this performance was not only powerless but cowardly. The director had absolutely no guts in trying to scare the audience with the fear that Rothko is feeling. At no point do we see Rothko terrified that his end is near! It's all there! It's in the writing!!

At no point do we see how absolutely terrified Rothko's assistant Ken is of facing his past (murdered parents). This basically is a weekend conversation of meaningless banter. Just about every line is thrown away.

The priceless words uttered by Rothko, "There's only one thing in life I fear my friend, that one day, the black will swallow the red," are disgustingly thrown away. You can barely hear them first of all, and they carried absolutely no power, no fear! Think about it Mrs. Forrester! Think about it! It's such a shame really. I looked forward to this production for months because I've never had a chance to see RED live. And well, I still haven't.

This production was another sham put on by ATC in which it bring out of town "talent" that is nowhere near some of the talent that I have seen in local theatre companies.

I want to think that Mr. Arndt was directed to act the way he did since he seems like a very capable actor. Yet his Rothko was just a guy painting for a new restaurant. He's terrified and we never see that. We never see him hanging by a thread. My god! There are so many references! He is old news! He is at the end of his career (thus his life) and yet, we don't see that.

Mr. Toms on the other hand seemed like a silly cartoon running around the stage for absolutely no reason. He would at times run, really run to get a rag, and you wondered "why is he in such a hurry? There's no reason to be in such a hurry to clean a drop of paint." There was no explanation for many of the choices he made.

I could only think that he got this role because of his extensive resume with a lot of big-name production companies. Which unfortunately, it seems that's what ATC loves to do.

As Rothko said Mrs. Forrester, "think more!"

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Posted by rsutter on 04/26/2012 at 3:45 AM

Re: “Maverick Matadors

It's wonderful that the Plaza de Toros sits empty. Maybe you could arrange to have dog fighting there. Bullfighting is a remnent of a historic time when men weren't very civilized. Apparently, some men still lust for blood and have the desire to kill (or to watch) and it's a sore commentary on those people

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Posted by saintjoan on 04/19/2012 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Two Newer Plays

Apologies from the playwright: I'm writing because I have been made aware that I neglected to credit Damesrocket Theater for its production of my play Touch in 1999. It was the play's first production, directed by Caroline Reed, the theater's Artistic Director. Apologies as well to Ms. Forrester: had the credit been in the program as it should have been, she would have had the information she needed for her review. Toni Press-Coffman

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Posted by Toni Press-Coffman on 04/16/2012 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Celebrating Freedom

This is good information provided about Juneteenth and a short history of blacks in Tucson. I hope that we as a community will come together and support this event this year. Though there have been some set backs and some issues that have taken place, should not stop us from continuing trying to make this event and other events held for us from growing. I would encourage all to begin praying now for a great change to take place at this event this year. Pray for God's hand to be upon this event. Through prayer all things are possible for them who believe. Let's believe for change.

Posted by Callandra Lowkie-Little on 04/12/2012 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Emotional and Visual

So sorry I missed this.

Posted by Sagegal on 04/02/2012 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Light, Air and Water

The estimable Forkan, Miller and Robinson's works gratefully acknowledged, I'd like to mention that there is still also a lot of great southwestern landscape art in this town.

Posted by Edgar on 03/29/2012 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Trouble in Mind

Well who doesn't come off well when Hollywood deems them worthy to have their life told on film. Just look at Bonny & Clyde, Jake LaMotta, or Francis Marion. I'd say John Nash is in good company.

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Posted by Nelson James on 03/13/2012 at 1:13 PM

Re: “The Die Is Cast

Many thanks for this review. I'll be at the Tucson Festival of Books with Elmore Leonard at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Posted by Barry Graham on 03/08/2012 at 11:41 PM

Re: “A Pinch of Prickly Pear

Thanks for the info Pattie. I had several others I wanted to include but I ran out of space.

Posted by rconnelly on 03/08/2012 at 11:19 AM

Re: “A Pinch of Prickly Pear

Nice batch of books! I would also add the wonderful collection of docent recipes published several years ago, "Dining with the Desert Museum".

Posted by Pattie Bell on 03/08/2012 at 9:40 AM

Re: “A Pinch of Prickly Pear

As long-time Tucsonans probably know, Francisca was the wife of Lloyd who ran Lloyd's Mexican Restaurant on Sixth St., one block east of Park Ave. Great food and a great little family restaurant.

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Posted by Bruce on 03/07/2012 at 6:26 PM

Re: “A Damaged Landscape

[i]"Before I go any further, I want to say something to any climate-change deniers out there: Please, for the sake of the rest of us (not to mention the planet), pull your heads out of your ponderous asses. There is no doubt that climate change is happening. It is directly tied to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, an earthshaking development in human history that led directly to a massive increase in the combustion of fossil fuels and thus their combustion products. It is supported by an irrefutable body of scientific facts. Not believing in climate change is like not believing in gravity, or not believing that the Earth is round."[/i]

To start an article out with a pointed insult to those who don't believe in many things, is not a way to win over any reader, whether they be liberal or not. Climate change has been happening to the planet for thousands and millions of years you 'ponderous ass'. (example; the coming and going of the ice age) It was only thanks to man and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, that the process was sped up ten fold. The planet will change (as everything does) and all we can do is adapt and help slow the process, by taking more care into how we do things.

Ultimately, climate change will happen whether you like it or not.

I will read this book as I do wish to read into another person's view on how the world is changing through their eyes.

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Posted by Keitaro Urashima on 03/02/2012 at 10:50 AM

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