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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Review

Re: “A Musical Mess

The sound needs work, yes. The set needs more money, Yes. This production is fantastic, YES!

My wife and I loved the production and the performers! Why don't you just stop writing.

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Posted by Peter & Mary on 11/16/2011 at 9:48 PM

Re: “A Musical Mess

I don't know what production you went to, Sherilyn. But, maybe you and Kathy Allen need to take a house by the sea together.

This was a WONDERFUL production with WONDERFUL performances by these college-aged actors. I preferred the "children" being these 2 actors as opposed to real children. The depth of character in both portrayals was excellent - something a child hardly ever has going for them. I do agree about the orchestra being too loud but that is the problem for the sound designer.

I saw last year's Into the Woods as well - both productions were directed by a person who knows musicals and what makes audiences come back to ART time and time again. This production was top-notch!

Try to be LESS cynical!

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Posted by Jimmy75 on 11/16/2011 at 9:38 PM

Re: “O'odham Colors

I've seen Olen Perkins' work, and specifically, the pieces Miss Portwood chose to write about. I suspect that the pieces were designed to provoke a reaction and, obviously, they did. I think it's really a shame that Miss Portwood spent the better part of her article slamming Perkins. I wish I could type more but, I smell the sweet perfume of a critic's burning flesh and I must go eat.

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Posted by Peter on 11/07/2011 at 11:39 AM

Re: “A Peek Into 9/11

Though referencing the playwright who famously claimed, "Hell is other people," is certainly No Error.

Posted by jeremy on 10/28/2011 at 8:48 AM

Re: “A Peek Into 9/11

Good, and I didn't say "easily." I said "tends to."

Posted by oscar on 10/27/2011 at 5:12 PM

Re: “A Peek Into 9/11

Sorry about the mistake, oscar (although it's a stretch to say that such an error means the rest is easily discountable). It's been fixed.

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Posted by Jimmy Boegle on 10/27/2011 at 2:04 PM

Re: “A Peek Into 9/11

Jean-Paul Sartre wrote No Exit. This blatant error alone tends to make one discount the rest.

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Posted by oscar on 10/27/2011 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Prized Place

What a thoughtful, fabulous article! Would it be possible to put a note at the ad break saying that the article is continued after the ad? I didn't realize the article was longer until I saw it in the print edition.

Posted by Desert Nightingale on 09/11/2011 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Despair and Its Antidotes

I went to this Exhibition yesterday, and I would have to say, it was AMAZING!

Posted by Dyana Kimburlee on 09/11/2011 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Prized Place

The expressive power of the visual arts combined with scientific knowledge is a strong tool to awaken awareness about pollution and the depletion of natural resources. The artwork isn't only aesthetic and fine but carries its somber message to the viewer with beauty and significance.

Posted by Tisha on 09/10/2011 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Heat Strokes

I love the pictures I have seen, too bad I can't fly to Tuscon

Posted by Gerard on 08/29/2011 at 5:21 AM

Re: “Heat Strokes

It is really a great show - don't miss it before it closes September 18th.

Posted by downtowner on 08/25/2011 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Good Drama

Quite frankly, theater at THMS saved my life. I didn't fit in, school was boring, and I was depressed. Then I found drama with Mel Baker, Esther Rosen, and John Hemetter, and I survived because the arts made my life magical. Art was kind enough to give me a tour of the remodeled little theater a few years ago, and it was great to see that he had a vibrant program. The majority who went through when I did are no longer acting, but those who are are doing reasonably well, and we are all still as close as our complicated lives let us. I did continue in the arts, working in music for 18 years, but now I am finishing a doctorate in geography. And art in school made that possible.

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Posted by Fletcher Chmara-Huff on 08/18/2011 at 1:54 PM

Re: “A Big Honor for Big Jim

Let me add that Big Jim was a terrific addition to those evenings that he and his banjo were doing backup music for contra dancing groups. He is not only an amazing figure in the cultural anthropology of the Southwest and Northern Mexico, but also one of the warmest, nicest individuals one will ever know and a true gift to Tucson.


Posted by Dianne M. Bret Harte on 08/01/2011 at 9:06 AM

Re: “A Big Honor for Big Jim

Big Jim also appeared in the role of Jesse James's mother(yes, mother!)in a musical play callled "Diamond Studs" -- put on at Old Tucson in 1976. Jim strode on stage wearing a dress and a full beard, playing banjo along with Chip Curry, Ron Doering & Summerdog (and a gaggle of dancing girls). Right on, Jim! There's nobody like him.

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Posted by Bob Vint on 07/31/2011 at 8:42 PM

Re: “A Big Honor for Big Jim

As I look back at the years of real coffeehouses in Tucson I see another tribute to Big Jim that is often overlooked. He was a fixture at The Cup and a mentor & friend to many youngsters who wanted to play folk music. He would politely listen to so many of us play the song we had learned that week, then Jim would take out his banjo and blow us all away with the real thing. Thanks Jim.

Posted by nutridawg on 07/30/2011 at 9:40 PM

Re: “A Big Honor for Big Jim

Kudos to James S. “Big Jim” Griffith for enlightening so many.
Students, scholars, Baja Arizonans, and Sonorenses should include on their book shelves:

• Beliefs and Holy Places: A Spiritual Geography of the Pimería Alta by James S. Griffith, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1992. The celebrated folklorist breathes life into traditional Spanish, Mexican, Tohono O’odham, and Yoeme spiritual beliefs, sacred spirits and shrines, and holy mountains of southwest Arizona and northwestern Sonora.

• Folk Saints of the Borderlands: Victims, Bandits, and Healers by James S. Griffith, Tucson: Rio Nuevo Publishers, 2003. The living legend “Big Jim” pulls back the shroud on folk saint “Juan Soldado,” (Juan Castillo Morales), an inspiration for migrants; bandit Jesús Malverde, “angel to the poor” and Robin Hood of Sinaloa; revolutionary Francisco “Pancho” Villa (José Doroteo Arango Arámbula), ambushed by seven gunmen in the streets of Hidalgo de Parral, Chihuahua; and, among others, mystic healer and soldadera Teresa Urrea, insurgent leader and heroine of the Tarahumara (rarámuri) battle against federales in the Sierra Madre of Tomóchic, Chihuahua

John Annerino

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Posted by John Annerino on 07/28/2011 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Cheap Shots

You rock Mary Findysz!

Posted by AZ in NYC on 07/21/2011 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Crusading With a Cape

Wow, the Tucson Weekly finally snagged Jean Teasdale? Bravo.

Posted by bickbyro on 07/14/2011 at 2:10 AM

Re: “Unapproved Art

What a horrible story by Tucson Weekly and un-American actions by Gipe. How dare you equate anything in America to the horrors under the German socialist party (NAZI).
It seems the extremists on the left cannot argue an issue on its merit, they must abandon reason and civility and start vicious name calling. However, these comments are all too common by leftists hiding their intentions behind a cloak of environmentalism.

The issue is jobs for American workers in a region badly needing them and can environmental mitigation/reclamation meet local, state, and national environmental standards. We all know they can and will, hence the name calling and appeals to the baseist evil in human emotions.

This is what we should be debating in a civil manner--jobs and environmental protection.

Posted by ljlane2 on 06/18/2011 at 4:52 PM

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