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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture

Re: “Women on a Sex Strike

I saw the show opening night and was more than pleased that I chose to go! Hilarious, inventive and full of feminism, Lysistrata offers more than a quirky joke or two. A must see!

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Posted by Iguessthisisme on 03/13/2013 at 10:14 PM

Re: “A Big Honor for Big Jim

I worked at Old Tucson when Jim was in 'Diamond Studs' he was very funny - I am trying to find any photos of that stage musical to post on the Old Tucson Alumni Facebook page - if anyone has any I would love to see them.

Posted by Richard Wenz on 03/10/2013 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Tracing History

Thank you for the nice review of the show! Also if your in the Phoenix area Chris Pappan will have works at the Heard Museum Indian Market on March 2nd and 3rd, and also at the "Outside The Lines" exhibit at the Heard museum north in Scottsdale. Ryan Singer will also be showing more of his work at the 1205 Space, (1205 W. Pierce St Phoenix) opening Friday, March 1st . I would also just like to point out that the above image is by Ryan Singer and not Chris Pappaus.

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Posted by Chris Pappan on 02/23/2013 at 7:20 AM

Re: “The Good Guy

Yeah, we in the family kinda like him (as well as his wife, Margaret). Rest assured we will
keep their memory alive.

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Posted by Bob Paul on 02/22/2013 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Tango Triumvirate

Went and saw this. Absolutely amazing. Robert Beltran was a perfect mix of Nathan Lane, Al Pacino (alla Carlito's Way) and Edward James Olmos in his theatrical narration.

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Posted by BURNIE MAK on 02/20/2013 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Musical Theater, Punk Rock Style

Enjoyed the movie but LOVE this show. A lot of heart and so much fun. Not to be missed!

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Posted by Nikki Sanchez on 02/13/2013 at 11:50 PM

Re: “Maverick Matadors

Boxing to bullfighting, there is nobility in most blood sports, not only because they are so elemental. One finds what he looks for; maybe vegetarians dislike bullfighting on moral grounds but meat eaters must be hypocrites. Just visit a slaughterhouse sometime.

Both bulls and toreros are truly brave. The bullfight is a beautiful example of how elegant bravery can be. Dog fighting, otoh, is just brutal.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by tohbi on 02/12/2013 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Christianity and Clinical Psychology

I saw this play last night, Jan. 31, and was very impressed with the production. I recommend "Freud's Last Session" to anyone interested in thoughtful, forceful and evocative theater. Outstanding, in my book.

Posted by theater lover on 02/01/2013 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Top Ten in Books

Who buys a book by that old con artist, Andrew Weil?

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Posted by TXJesse on 01/24/2013 at 6:49 PM

Re: “The Beauty of the Land

What a great review! It really shed some light on Rancho Linda Vista and its artists showing at The Drawing Studio.

Fred Sanchez

Posted by Fred Sanchez on 01/24/2013 at 11:13 AM

Re: “The 2013 Spring Arts Preview

Also happening this spring...Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Nathan McEuen (John's kid), and former Tucsonan, Mark Robertson-Tessi, at the Vail Theatre of the Arts on March 23. Information, videos, and tickets at

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Posted by Bonnie on 01/17/2013 at 7:24 AM

Re: “The 2013 Spring Arts Preview

LAVA Music has lined up an all-star season this spring, featuring 10 of the top-drawing acts from seasons past. The first show, featuring Minnesota bluegrass band, Monroe Crossing, sold out a few days before the show. Tickets are still available for the remaining nine shows. Information at

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Posted by Bonnie on 01/17/2013 at 7:17 AM

Re: “War and Business Are Hell

It's perhaps niggling to pick on this mostly positive review, but I feel that in at least one way the reviewer doesn't "get" Brecht, and that leads her to say the Rogue's is a "very respectable production," instead of the truly rich and revealing production I think it is. Her primary complaint is the lack of storytelling momentum, but in fact it is Brecht who breaks up his play as he does, specifically so that the audience does not become engrossed in it. Brecht likes the audience to never lose themselves in the play, but to always be aware of themselves, alienated, consumers. By problematizing every aspect of the play, including Mother Courage's love for her children, the Rogue accentuates the audience's role as independent thinkers, critical of the play and its characters, and of the ideas presented. The audience could not possibly be that if they were too caught up in the story. So, while I applaud the Rogue for the lack of "storytelling momentum," the person I really applaud for this is Brecht himself, and I am surprised the reviewer does not understand this basic tenet of Brechtian theater.

Despite such aversion to the audience giving itself up to the story or to the characters, Brecht is an entertainer, through music, and through social situations that reach us where we live. The Rogue's presentation is terrifically entertaining, from their lively acting, to the terrific original music, to the presentation of each scene's beginning as ensemble choral performance.

This is quite possibly the best theater I have ever seen in Tucson.

Charles Alexander

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Posted by charles on 01/16/2013 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Paucity of Plot

Dear Bobby:
I’m sorry parts of my novel, Hard to Have Heroes left a bad taste in your mouth, but I do appreciate the few nice things you said about the book. Obviously, you and the Pima County Library System—which has just selected Hard to Have Heroes as one of the best books about the Southwest published in 2012—have wildly different tastes in literature.
When you said that Hard to Have Heroes is a novel with little literary merit, you may be right but I believe you totally missed the point of my endeavors. It wasn’t written as a dramatic literary masterpiece, but as a humorous piece of whimsical fiction designed to make a reader giggle a bit and sob a bit and perhaps be entertained in the process. Neither was it meant to contain a complex plot maze that twists and turns and terminates only when it bumps into itself. Instead, each chapter develops and encloses its own story—much like Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer-- to be read merely for the amusement and information contained within.
As for my “crude rendering of Native Americans and Mexican Americans”, you obviously have no idea of what southern New Mexico was like in the mid-1950s. I was offering no judgments whatsoever, but merely describing the flagrant bigotry and racial stupidity that encompassed the region during that time. The editors at the University of New Mexico Press, one of the country’s most prestigious academic publishers, certainly didn’t think my “rendering” was crude, or the descriptions you speak of would have been removed.
Finally, it was attentive of you to notice that I was “painting a landscape of New Mexico’s southern desert in Sunday comic-strip colors” because that is precisely what Hard to Have Heroes is all about.

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Posted by Buddy Mays on 01/14/2013 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Paucity of Plot

Well, everyone is entitled to an opinion. Even you!

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Posted by LimoGuy on 01/13/2013 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Paucity of Plot

Certainly a different opinion than that of the Pima County Public Library, where "Hard to Have Heroes" was chosen as one of the Southwest Books of the Year 2012. Reviewer Margaret Loghry said, "Fascinating descriptions of desert creatures are a bonus in this heartwarming coming-of-age novel for adults." To each his (or her) own.

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Posted by Michele Burgess on 01/13/2013 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Checked Out

Fortunately this review appeared after I had seen the play. As I am often guided by the reviews appearing in the periodical. I will have to rethink this procedure. This play was stark and poignant. I am of the mind that Barbara's persona was executed nicely by Arnold. The lack of histrionics and breakdowns was refreshing. Her portrayal was much more realistic than what was described above.

Guajardo portrayal of Kenneth as wounded right from the start, is not inappropriate and he is able to keep the audience at that level through the 80 minutes of the show. Could it have been done differently, of course, would that have made it better for the audience? Who knows. In my opinion this performance is worth the investment of both our time and ticket price, Arnorld and Guajardo can be proud of developing great characters resulting in realistic persons that appears to take minimal effort on their part. Actors at their solo and collective best.

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Posted by Tig Collins on 01/10/2013 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Moody Metaphors

I do not like Jefferson Carter and I do not like his poetry. He has the edge of a butter knife. I didn't like My Kind of Animal or any of his previous books. I thought this review was funny, and probably too nice, though I will not read Get Serious. The title alone is enough to turn me away, a terrible title. Although I don't understand how the reviewer could say at the end that Carter deserves an audience the size of Billy Collins'. Why would he say that, after such a negative review?

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Posted by Mather Schneider on 01/07/2013 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Moody Metaphors

A bizarre, ageist review. It started with the mistake of presuming a certain poem is automatically from the perspective of the poet himself and then devolved into shots about "literary Viagra" and "Splenda." A disservice not only to Jefferson Carter's work but to the past work done by the reviewer, who is normally pretty good.

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Posted by Bill Wetzel on 01/06/2013 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Moody Metaphors

Mr. Keene- I "Goggled" you and was met with an impressive resume... but this review for Mr. Carter was disappointing to say the least. Not because I disagreed with your overall opinion... but because you used a horribly, cheesy image "sugar life's lemons." Any reviewer or editor for that matter who would even use this as a crutch instead of a solid opinion loses any weight at all with me.

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Posted by mardou on 01/05/2013 at 3:07 PM

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