Thursday, July 6, 2017

Laughing Stock: Beat the Weather Drama With Comedy

Posted By on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM

We heart this cool flick.

The Fox Tucson Theater offers comfy seats, central air and air-conditioning for the brain with the zephyr-light, Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire vehicle, Funny Face, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 7.

Among the most enduring relics of Hollywood’s golden age of romantic comedies, this technicolor gem features haut style in an uber-cool Parisian fashion environment.

It’s the genre paradigm that gave rise to La La Land, but we’ve seen Fred Astaire, and adorable as Ryan Gosling is, he is no Fred Astaire.

The Fox event benefits the Andra Heart Foundation which provides heart screening for high-school athletes and heart health information to the community. General admission is $25; VIP seats are $75 and include a reception at 5:30 p.m. plus reserved seats in the loge or balcony.

“Sing,” laugh and stay cool with the kiddies!

The 2016 animated feature Sing echoes the story of the Fox Theatre, where it screens at 10 a.m. Friday, July 14. The movie follows the exploits of Koala Buster Moon who aspires to rescue his grand old theater with a singing competition worthy of the Guinness Book of Records. Five contestants show up, hi-jinx and calamities ensue and lives are changed forever. The movie’s free, and so is the popcorn!

Cool off with coffee?

Historically, Tucsonans drank coffee to stay cool. Perspiration plus zero dew-point made swamp coolers of their skin. Now we can drink iced coffee and enjoy free entertainment every Friday at 8 p.m. at air-conditioned Epic Café, 745 N. 4th Ave. The Sound of Comedy open mic features aspiring musicians and comedians, both. Organizer Rich Aguirre says, “We are giving more artists more stage time so they can grow. And more performers bring more audience members.”

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