Thursday, July 26, 2018

Three Great Things To Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, July 26

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 1:00 AM

  • Hotel Congress
Christmas in July at Hotel Congress. It’s a sentiment shared by Americans everywhere on Christmas morning: “Wht a wonderful day. If only it were 105 degrees outside, then it would be perfect.” Well, at long last, HoCo is making all of our dreams come true. Holiday drink specials! Sexy elves! Mistletoe! There’s even going to be a snowball fight hosted by Santa Claus himself. Summer Christmas attire is not required, but is heavily encouraged (a Hawaiian shirt with reindeer on it? A red and white pool cover up? Flip flops decked out with jingle bells? It’s up to you to decide). 10 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Free. Details here.

The Effect. Ah, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of new love: Pounding heart, sweaty palms, libido through the roof, thinking for the first time in a long while that maybe the world’s not all that bad. You know the drill. Unfortunately, the lead characters and lovers in this show, Connie and Tristan, aren’t totally confident that all of these symptoms aren’t just side effects of the antidepressants they’re taking as clinical trial participants. This clever look at love, attraction and all the mysteries that come with them is the second show in Live Theatre Workshop’s 2018 to 2019 season. Thursday, July 26 through Saturday, Aug. 25. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and 3 p.m. on Saturdays. $15 to $20. Details here.

Cinema La Placita Outdoor Movie. It's time for a classic. Get out and enjoy the cooler evening temperatures and beautiful Tucson sunsets at La Placita tonight with "Cabin in the Sky" (1943). $3 admission includes popcorn! Grab a blanket and snuggle up under the stars for this classic film starring Ethel Waters, Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson, and Lena Horne. The event runs 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 140 North Main Avenue. There will be movies shown every Thursday night through August as part of the Cinema La Placita series. Details here.
  • Tucson Museum of Art

Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, Dylan Reynolds, BS Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Check This Out: Upcoming The Loft Cinema Events

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 12:30 AM

What better way to take shelter from the summer heat than in the oasis of an air-conditioned movie theater? The Loft Cinema’s got you covered with a variety of events over the next few weeks. Here’s a few to check out:

Andy Goldsworthy’s Rivers and Tides
This event spotlights the documentary about one artist’s integration of nature and human change. It chronicles the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy, who uses natural media, like ice and rock, to create works of art in nature. A panel discussion organized by the UA Water Resources Research Center and the Sky Island Alliance will follow the film. 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 31. Regular admission prices; general admission $9.75.

First Friday Shorts
Now’s your chance to show off your talents as a filmmaker. Each month, the Loft Cinema holds a short film contest, where any film under 15 minutes long has a shot at making it to the big screen. It’s up to the audience to decide which film wins the monthly grand prize of $200. Limit to show the first 15 films brought in each month. Films must be brought in prior to the start of the show. Some material may not be suitable for all audiences. For more complete rules and terms, visit the Loft's website. 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. $5 for Loft Cinema members, $6 general admission.

The Doctor from India
Take a look into the world of holistic health practices with this film, presented by Backyard Healthcare Project with Rupa Ayurveda. The movie follows Vasant Lad, who brought Ayurveda, an ancient medical practice, to the West from India in the 1970s. The movie will follow up with a short Q-and-A session on Ayruveda. 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. $10 general admission and $8 for Loft members.

Avengers: Infinity War
If you missed out on this hero-packed adventure when it first came out or simply want to fill the void until the next Marvel movie release, head over to the UA Mall on the University of Arizona campus for an outdoor screening. The movie will be projected on the Loft’s inflatable Solar Cinema screen. Open to the general public. 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. Free admission. UA Mall.

The Greatest Showman Sing-A-Long
Belt out your favorite hits from The Greatest Showman with this Sing-A-Long. The lyrics to songs such as “This is Me” and “The Other Side” will be onscreen and ready for the crowd to join in. Don your best circus-inspired outfit for a chance to win a prize. 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. $10 Loft members and children 12 and under, $12 general admission.

All events, except the Avengers showing, will be at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 

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Monday, July 23, 2018

'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot' Is One of This Summer's Best Films

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Gus Van Sant gets back into fine directing shape with Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, his best effort in years. Joaquin Phoenix gets much of the credit; he’s terrific as real-life cartoonist John Callahan, an alcoholic who wound up in a wheelchair after a car accident with a new friend (Jack Black). Van Sant jumps around with his timeline, but the film is never confusing no matter where it goes. We see Callahan pre-accident, drinking tequila first thing in the morning. We also see him during one of the film’s framing devices, a convention where Callahan is sharing his story. Most effectively, we see him in group therapy sessions led by Donnie (Jonah Hill), a free spirited, generally kind man who, nevertheless, isn’t going to give you many breaks as your sponsor. Those sessions have a documentary-like feel, and Hill is especially good (and nearly unrecognizable) in them. Phoenix is having a great year (if you haven’t seen him in You Were Never Really Here, you must), and this might be his very best work yet. Rooney Mara, Carrie Brownstein and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth show up in brief, yet effective roles. This is one of the summer’s better films.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Loft Kids Fest Is Almost Here!

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 10:25 AM

Over the next week-and-a-half, The Loft Cinema is freeing you of your parental obligations (if only for an hour or two). What’s better than watching some of the best children’s movies on the big screen? The fact that they’re all free! The Loft Kids Fest kicks off on Friday, July 20, with a Himmel Park party at 6 p.m. that includes an 8 p.m. screening of Trolls. After that, the daily action moves to The Loft. Check out: Home (July 21); How to Train Your Dragon 2 (July 22); Walking with Dinosaurs (July 23); Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes (July 24); The Neverending Story (July 25); The Last Unicorn (July 26); Looney Tunes shorts (July 27); Spirited Away (July 28); and 2017’s Beauty and the Beast (July 29). Screenings start at 10 a.m. every morning, with a second 11 a.m. screening on weekends only. Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Boulevard.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

We All Live in a Yellow Submarine This Weekend at the Loft

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM

One of my favorite movies as a kid was The Beatles' Yellow Submarine. (I'm not saying I really followed the plot when I kid, but man, did I hate those Blue Meanies.) For the film's 50th anniversary, it's undergone a frame-by-frame restoration and this weekend, it's opening at the Loft Cinema. Get your friends all aboard and join the battle for the future of Pepperland.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Catch AZ-Made 'Wastelander' at Screening Room on Saturday Night

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 3:35 PM

You can catch an Arizona-filmed post-apocalyptic flick at downtown's Screening Room this Saturday, June 30.

Wastelander follows Rhyous, an ex-soldier who wanders the desert searching for his lost home and family.

The movie’s writer and director, Angelo Lopes, was living in Hawaii when he started working on the script, but he moved to Arizona in early 2012 to start filming. He came with some filmmaking experience and a career as a cameraman on local TV news.

Much of Wastelander was filmed at a one-acre property northwest of Phoenix, which the owners made available to Lopes’ team when they took an interest in the movie.

“We built a lot of our sets there,” he said. “They also had a barn, and we used the barn for a lot of the interiors.”

Because of the limited space for shooting interior scenes, filming took a long time. “We’d build a set. We’d shoot everything there. We’d tear down the set. We’d build another set,” Lopes said.

Outdoor scenes were filmed at various desert locations throughout Arizona, but Lopes made an effort to avoid showing saguaro cactus and other artifacts that might identify the post-apocalyptic set as the pre-apocalyptic Sonoran Desert.

While Wastelander certainly evokes Mad Max with its wasteland treks and bands of mercenaries, it was more directly inspired by the video game series “Castlevania.” Lopes was playing “Castlevania: Lords of Shadows” on his XBox when inspiration struck.

“This is about one guy that has got a mission, and he’s going from Point A to Point B, and it’s just what happens along the way,” he said. “I was like, ‘I need to make a movie like this.’”

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18 Great Things to do in Tucson this Weekend: Friday June 29-Sunday July 1

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Triple Divide. The Tucson Movie Club and State Bar of Arizona are screening a documentary on the controversial subject of fracking. The film features interviews from affected citizens, oil executives and all the middlemen in between. After the screening, panelists will hold a discussion on current environmental and industry laws, and their effect on Arizona. 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 29. 270 N. Church Ave. $75. Details here.

Joe Rogan: Strange Times 2018 Tour. You may know him as an MMA guy, you may know him as the guy from Fear Factor, you may know him as the host of your favorite podcast or you may know him as the host of a podcast you’ve listened to a couple times when there are guests you’re interested in. But chances are, you probably know about Joe Rogan. It turns out, Joe Rogan knows about Tucson, too! He’s swinging by on his Strange Times comedy tour, because he’s also been a standup comic for more than two decades. 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 29. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. $43 to $63. Details here.

Clueless. Ah, the wondrous high school comedies of days gone by. What’s better than the nostalgic feelings? The throwback soundtracks, especially when it’s full of grunge and golden-age hip hop. It’s kind of the Mean Girls of the ’90s, and what’s not to like about that? Head on over to The Fox Theatre and get your prep on. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30. 17 W. Congress St. $7. Details here.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pima County Safety and Justice Challenge to Screen Documentaries on Mental Health and Incarceration

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 12:30 AM

Explore the challenges of life after incarceration for those with mental illness with The Pima County Safety and Justice Challenge this Thursday. The program will present a day of discussions and documentaries at The Loft Cinema that spotlight this subject.

Featured films include Public Broadcasting’s The Released, a 54-minute documentary following a paranoid schizophrenic living in a homeless shelter, and Arizona Public Media’s Not Broken, which follows a group of young locals with mental illness trying to avoid incarceration.

In between the films, attendees can grab a complimentary lunch and sit in on a panel discussion led by Safety and Justice Challenge Program Manager Terrence Cheung. The panel will feature Gisela Telis, co-director of Not Broken; Sgt. Jason Winsky of the Tucson Police Department’s Mental Health Support Team and NAMI Southern Arizona executive director Clarke Romans. The
Safety and Justice Challenge will also reveal an outreach program during the day’s events.

The free event runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. RSVP for the event on Eventbrite. For more details, please visit The Loft's website.

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