• We do two big arts issues each year (as well as the regular arts coverage/listings/semi-regular cover stories/etc.) and each time, we put the previews out, I'm amazed at the thought and effort Margaret Regan (the article itself) and Linda Ray (the overwhelming number of listings that go with it) put into them. It's insane and the end product is an incredible look at what's happening over the next few months in Tucson in the fields of visual arts, dance, theater, classical music and more. Thanks to both Margaret and Linda for their hard work. Get your calendar out and start marking off what events you'll be attending, starting on page 12.
• Due to the weird nature of deadlines, it's been a week (or more) since the first of our monthly birthday celebrations, but a delayed thanks to everyone who stopped by the World Famous Golden Nugget on Jan. 8. Even though I lost two consecutive matches of shuffleboard by one or two points, I had a great time meeting those who came. In our quest to cover the entire city with these functions, we'll be at the Music Box on the eastside (6951 E. 22nd St.) next month (Feb. 12). I think the Music Box got rid of its shuffleboard table a few years ago, but I'm sure we'll come up with some sort of "beat the editor, win a drink" challenge. There will again be cake and maybe we'll all go bowling after. The night will be full of surprises, so hopefully some of you will find time to be there.
• We're still working out a few details, but in other event news, Arizona Beer Week is February 15 to 22 this year and I've had a minor part in trying to amp up the number of events in Tucson. We should have a solid seven days of stuff to do, including a beer-themed bike tour, a trivia night and a closing event featuring Southern Arizona brewers and their wonderful beverages. Something to look forward to, I'd say.
As always, thanks for reading.