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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture

Re: “Desert Fringe

Great boost for the Fest. Thanks, Sherilyn. I do not know how "experimental" the award-winning Off-Broadway Comedy Queen Sherry Glaser's one-woman show "Taking the High Road: Comic Confessions From Behind the Cannabis Curtain" debuted to SRO audience in NYC last year so brace yourself!

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Posted by Marlan Warren on 01/08/2016 at 8:36 AM

Re: “The Last Dances

OMG I fell asleep in the middle of this slow-motion train wreck. Miss McVickar should consult her lawyers about the utter destruction of her fine work in the hands of Missus Robinson and Woods. How many more amateur "artists" and washed-up Portlandia "playwrights" do we really need here?

I'd rather see a production of Willy Wonka in the nude

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Posted by whatdaydoin? on 01/07/2016 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Arts Shuffle

A great leader, visionary, and a role model for emerging practitioners.

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Posted by Gibran on 12/31/2015 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Arts Shuffle

Roberto is nationally respected, and his voice resonates across sectors. His work in Tucson, especially PLACE, is visionary. I can't wait to see what he does next.

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Posted by Michael Rohd on 12/31/2015 at 3:02 PM

Re: “GAP Said, Gaslight Said

Theatre is a place to develope to nurture new actors to bring forth new talent. It's a community effort. To find harmony all around. May they both find peace

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Posted by NeeCee on 12/27/2015 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Take a Walk

All three galleries well worth visiting. Support your local artists and galleries!!!

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Posted by joanmc53 on 12/26/2015 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Gone Solo

I am delighted to be coproducing the Tucson Solo Theater Festival with my esteemed colleague Monica Bauer. She presented several of her plays at my midtown Manhattan theater, Stage Left Studio, in the last five years. I am also happy to be sharing the stage with her in our roles as performers. The play I am performing, by Sally Lambert, is about how the lack of health insurance was at least partially responsible for her terrible struggles with cancer. Audience members often come up to me after the show to share their own cancer stories. I, thankfully, have no cancer stories of my own (I have been blessed with excellent health all my life), but am very grateful to be able to share Sally's beautiful and lyrical story.

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Posted by Cheryl King on 12/24/2015 at 9:52 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: “A Reason to Remember

I'm glad Netflix has brought to spotlight the issues of transgender with shows like Orange is the New Black. I love Netflix. A great hack I use to get the best out of my Netflix is use a service called PureVPN that helps me unblock 40 different Netflix versions from my country. Here it

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Posted by Patrick James on 11/19/2015 at 1:58 AM

Re: “Bogged Down

You might have mentioned that perhaps others felt differently and that there was a standing ovation the night you saw it! It is a huge story but I felt well done for a new theatre company. And Carley's (yes CarlEy) performance is stunning. Obviously you did not like this play but there are plenty of us who did. I am going back for seconds!

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Posted by eggypann on 11/12/2015 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Architecture, Glass Art and Dance

This doesn't look like a scene from "Barefoot in the Park" to me. What was the right caption supposed to be? I 'd be really interested to know where this is.

Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 10/02/2015 at 10:54 PM

Re: “The Final GLOW?

First GLOW = 2004. Current Year = 2015. HOW is this the 15th year of the event as stated in article, which even correctly identified the initial year as 2004???

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Posted by MathWhiz on 09/30/2015 at 2:01 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: “Bulldozing the Barrio

That 1997 article is at -- -- and is a very informative but sad read. Sad because much of what the residents were saying ("We can walk everywhere here", "we know our neighbors here") has just now apparently pierced the veil of ignorance among City planners, i.e., that walkable human-scale cities work for everyone, and also because we are seeing the same "discourage investment - redlining - call it 'blight' - launch bulldozers" cycle play out elsewhere in town. Now instead of a convention center we have boondoggle roadway projects that damage neighborhoods and benefit ... who? Speculators? No wonder "they" want to eliminate Tucson's history, there is money to be made -- for some -- by repeating it.

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Posted by templeton on 09/07/2015 at 4:13 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

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

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: “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

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: “The Southwest and Mexico, Illuminated

I first met Alejandra Platt while photographing a Guarijio ceremony in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental. It was inspiring to see another photographer working in the rugged and dangerous region of the Rio Guajaray in northwest Sonora. I learned Ms. Platt was working on her first book, “In the Name of God,” an ambitious 7 year long project to document indigenous people off the tourist grid throughout Mexico. Viewing Ms. Platt’s black and white images several years later, I was struck by the fact she had illuminated the lives of the people, cultures, and traditions most Americans and Mexicans have never seen or heard of.

Ms. Platt's “In the Name of God” is reminiscent of the compelling work of Swiss photographer Gertrude Duby-Blom. During the 1940s, “La Reina de la Selva” documented the Lacandon Maya in the burning jungles of Chiapas. Blom’s remarkable work to save the Lacandon Maya was later published in her book, “Bearing Witness.” Like Gertrude Duby-Blom, Alejandra Platt-Torres deserves recognition and support for her valiant efforts to shine light on the vanishing people and traditions of Mexico.

John Annerino, Photographer Author

Posted by John Annerino on 08/08/2015 at 9:59 AM

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