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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture

Re: “Sour Grapes

What a crock! Not sure where this reviewers head space was at, but the play that I saw at the Rogue theater was, in my opinion, an artistic achievement. The Grapes of Wrath is a very complex story... discerning who is the protagonist is an art-form unto itself. Translating this complex story on a stage with bare minimal props - from the dust bowl, along the highway and eventually to the fields of California is no easy feat. All the little attention to detail in the staging of the actors, including the flow and movement which propelled the story-line, added to the tapestry of enveloping us into the story of the Joad's struggles. As for the actors and their performance, it was superb. Each actor was able to draw me into the character that they were portraying seamlessly. Reviewers themselves have to take in account their own limitations, especially their own expectations. Sherilyn arrived at this venue with expectations and pencil in hand, and from her review, a limited perception... I arrived with no expectations and was immensely entertained... my hat is off to the Rogue Theater and their production...

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Posted by Illiance on 01/18/2018 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Sour Grapes

"It is certainly a harsh story, but Steinbeck's story is not a hopeless one. " Actually, it is. The ending we saw on stage is exactly the ending in the book. You should read it. It's incredible.

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Posted by Maria Franco Caprile on 01/24/2018 at 12:18 PM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

NarcoleptcSaxon, allow me to add a contra. The problem with our society is that, due to seriously embedded cultural delusions, we entirely misdirect shame to things not worth shaming. In case you have any doubts, shame can be used as a socio-psychological coercive force to impose serious cultural, political, and economic policies. And it's destroying us all (at least the "other" 99%).
For further illumination on this topic, I refer you to Jacques Ellul's classic, _Propaganda_.
Above all, Ms Baker remains a human being, trapped in the body of a female whose body evolution has endowed with a propensity to store any amount of sugar(s) and carbohydrates into reservoirs of adipose tissue (fat). Whether the typical male in 21st century western post-industrial culture can appreciate these simple facts beyond passing judgments of shame is for each individual to decide. Her body mass or size, either way is certainly not my business to judge... And isn't that the point of the piece? Didn't MLK remind us about "content of character?" Or is this cultural meme-phrase just more excess mental baggage to be trotted out every third Monday in January, one that leaves little trace in our consciousness once Tuesday arrives?
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 05/03/2018 at 11:32 AM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

Wow. Well, there ya go--you can't have a piece about being fat without some mindless fat-shaming in the comments. Thanks, folks, for proving the point!

Let me add, as a "chronic and compulsive masturbator", that I am shocked--SHOCKED, I say!--that you would associate me with fat people. How dare you! Have you no compassion? What's wrong with you??

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Posted by skinnyman on 05/03/2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

You are beautiful. I feel our healthcost system fails because it makes more money on treating diseases caused by obesity.

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Posted by Grandma Suzy on 05/03/2018 at 12:06 PM

Re: “A Terrible Beauty

There is indeed beauty to be found in mining landscapes and mining communities. Head frames, concentrators, smelter stacks and change rooms make great subjects for photographers and painters, but there is a terrible price to be paid - especially for open pit mining. Open pits destroyed long-established neighborhoods (most of Lowell, all of Upper Lowell, Jiggerville, the Johnson Addition, Germantown and Cowan Ridge) that made up 1/3 of Bisbee, the entire towns of old Morenci, Metcalf, and Ray, many old established neighborhoods in Butte, MT and ironically, a beautiful plaza and the rest of a planned community in Tyrone, NM. Open pit mining leaves horribly ugly gaping wounds in the earth that will never be healed. Each time I drive down State Route 83 between Sonoita and I-10 in either direction, I think about how such a hideous, gaping wound might well soon scar the Santa Ritas. Margaret Regan is absolutely correct in her observations about the ill treatment of mining and milling workers by the copper companies - the copper bosses conceded nothing in the way of wages and benefits (and equal treatment of workers of color) without a hard fight and did their utmost to destroy unions and crush dissent in their corporate fiefdoms.

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Posted by Mike Anderson on 01/11/2019 at 8:55 AM

Re: “A Terrible Beauty

ANY ATTEMPT TO GLORIFY THE CARNAGE PRODUCED BY MINING IS SINFUL AT BEST . IT IS DISCOURAGING TO SEE THAT ARTISTS FIND THIS SUBJECT MATTER WORTHY OF ARTISTIC NOTE . PERHAPS MINING SHOULD BE SHOWN IN A " BEFORE AND AFTER FORMAT " . A SPLIT SCREEN PAINTING OF THE BEAUTIFUL SCENE WHERE THE PROPOSED ROSEMONT COPPER MINE , AS IT IS TODAY , WITH AN ARTIST'S VISION OF THE SAME SCENE AFTER 20 YEARS OF MINING WOULD PROVIDE A TOPIC OF MUCH CONCERN .

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Posted by Alan Johnson on 01/10/2019 at 12:29 PM

Re: “A Terrible Beauty

Despite Alan Johnson's SHOUTING...he makes a good point. I've traveled past the Sahuarita mine for 45 years and to my perspective the mostly sterile terraces haven't changed one iota. That's what will happen in the Santa Rita Mountains and the scenic beauty will- for all intents and purposes- be destroyed for the lives of many generations.

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Posted by Wise-Guy on 01/10/2019 at 4:06 PM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

Jes Baker (she has a name) is boldly talking about her experiences as a slef proclaimed "fat woman" in this book. We read only one chapter, and I say she has done an excellent job here of sharing her experience as a fat woman. she is not mincing words. Not calling herself "plus sized", etc, nor hiding the fact, but she also refuses some things that we take for granted, like being weighed at the doctor.

I see her point overall, we are weighed for every single thing when it truly does not matter. And yet with some medications there are some issues. She takes that responsibility when she refuses a weigh in. I would not be concerned about an expected weight gain as much as I would any sudden edema. At any rate, she does bring up an interesting point. I'm not a medical professional so I don't know if it's relaly necessary, but I do now wonder why it's necessary for all visits. It seems a bit much.

That being said, overall, I give her an "A+" for taking on a tough issue publically. And that is more than I can say for the rest of you. (Oh, except just saw Socrates2, nice, agree and very well spoken!)

You have belittled her, called her names... let's see the list starts with VietnamVet2 who offered the less than elegant "Progressive, No Self Control, Over Indulent, Loud Ignorant Mouth, ... no Respect [Self} and it goes on to Narcoleptic Saxon who infers that we are celebrating her as weak broken ugly, abnormal, and degenerate". I think the moral superiority of Narcolectic Saxon is especially cruel in this case, and it rather proves Jes Baker's Point.

A shame culture really does not work well. It's one of the most damaging things psychologically that you can do to a person/group of people. Our culture has shamed, punised and belittled people to no end, and it has done no good. In fact, it often produces the very behaviour we wish to curb. I think a good example might be our overflowing prisons or a walk back in history to see what good the alcohol prohibition did.

Anyway, that's not to say that obesity is to be included in a list of things like negative social behaviors. Our bodies have not adapted fast enough to the processed foods and at this point in time more people in the US are overweight to some degree than normal weight. Obese, I don't kow the percentage. I do know that cultural norms about obesity shift and what is considered a bit much now is considered beautiful at other times. Women have enough pressure to adopt insane beauty standards and will adopt unhealthy diets to do so, or inject their asses with fat like a Kardashian, get implants, use questionable hormones and supplements. Sadly, men are feeling the same pressure to conform and are taking hormones and pushing themselves beyond what is healthy for them.

I would rather see a woman like Jes Baker who is finding peace with her size, and is beautiful and has grace and is showing us what it means to be a strong person and not cave to herd mentality, than to see a whole army of instagram clones who "baaa" in unison and conform and shame each other into being the same. More power to her!

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Posted by Kat on 05/12/2018 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Bulldozing the Barrio

This is an important exhibit and should be a lesson for us all. Unfortunately, the loss of our architectural and cultural history is about to happen again if the City of Tucson gets its way and bulldozes all of the mid-century modern commercial buildings along Broadway from Euclid to Country Club in the name of progress. That progress is building a wider street that is not needed. Traffic volume has DECLINED over the last few years and stands today at 1989 levels. It is not even close to what it was projected to be in 2015 by the 1987 planning study and that put it on the RTA ballot. Save our history!

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Posted by Margot W Garcia on 09/03/2015 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Fall Arts Preview: Theatre

Hi! What about Arizona Rose Theatre? They have a new theatre in the Tucson Mall, and they just finished a great kid friendly show, "The Musical World of Disney." Check out their full season here: www.arizonarosetheatre.com. Their opera company is producing "Hansel and Gretel," then the theatre branch is producing "The Odd Couple," and in December they have a "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

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Posted by Tucson Theatre Scene on 09/01/2017 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Bulldozing the Barrio

Excellent story. Thank you to Bob Diaz who's work at Special Collections is legendary.

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Posted by Richard Elías on 09/04/2015 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Bulldozing the Barrio

As a descendant of Toribio Otero, thank you for this presentation and a special thanks to Lydia for her research and hard work. My Mom would be proud.

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Posted by JFOteroLitel on 09/07/2015 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Fall Arts Preview: Theatre

How are the theatre companies for this fall arts preview chosen?

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Posted by Tucson Theatre Scene on 09/01/2017 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Bulldozing the Barrio

My very first job in Tucson was in December 1967 helping archaeologist Jim Ayers document and photograph the buildings in the barrio before they were torn down to make way for the TCC.

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Posted by swymer on 09/06/2015 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Bulldozing the Barrio

And what did Tucson get out of it? A butt-ugly convention center, the zombie-esque La Placita, and a part pf downtown that has never recovered. Bulldoze TCC and La Placita. Build a ballpark like El Paso has SUCCESSFULLY done and add the southern end of the downtown area to the busy downtown scene.

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Posted by Mike Anderson on 09/07/2015 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Bulldozing the Barrio

I think Charles Bowden wrote about this in his amazing "Blue Desert". If I remember correctly, he talks about how the city enacted codes forbidding the use of adobe because it was "unsafe." That became the pretext for not issuing new permits and more over for using eminent domain laws to seize existing properties in the area that is now the TCC. Almost all were adobe. After the demolition of the neighborhood and the construction of the TCC, the codes regarding adobe were changed back to the way it was before. An obvious abuse of power and government if there ever was one.

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Posted by HumanBean on 09/05/2015 at 7:23 AM

Re: “An Excerpt From Simple Dreams

Linda Ronstadt's voice is a treasure whether it be in song, spoken or written word. From a teenage fan in love fast forwarded 45 years she has been with me in my dreams, consoled me in my sorrows, made me laugh out loud with her wit and charmed me with her warmth and natural beauty. Selfishly, I hope she continues with this new found talent and takes this fan along to the end of my days. I couldn't imagine a world without Linda in it and wish to thank her for all the wonderful moments that add up to a lifetime. ronstadtfanaz

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Posted by robtempe on 09/12/2013 at 11:53 AM

Re: “GAP Said, Gaslight Said

A non compete is a non compete. Sorry fellows you should have honored your word.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/17/2015 at 8:40 PM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

This is a perfect example of a Progressive...no self control, over indulgence in every aspect of her life, loud ignorant mouth, and no respect for any one, even herself. Her motto on life, "I am a fat pig and I love it." Wonder if late at night she asks her self why she is so screwed up?

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Posted by VietnamVet2 on 05/03/2018 at 8:09 AM

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