Editor's Note

The Stories We Tell

My mom was a breast cancer survivor way back in the 1980s. It was a terrifying time for our family—I can still remember the fear in her voice when she told me about her diagnosis—but she beat back the disease with bravery and grace. She went on to live another three decades before a stroke did her in just a month before her 89th birthday.

Things have come a long way since those days, but breast cancer still claims too many lives. This week, Tucson Weekly is teaming up with our sister papers in the Tucson Local Media empire to focus on the fight against the disease. We look at how some women are fighting their diagnosis not only through treatment but by staying active with a boot camp; dig into the latest research surrounding breast cancer; and give you the lowdown on this month's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising walk.

Elsewhere in the book, feature writer Jeff Gardner has been busy this week. In our Music section, Gardner remembers Gene Ruley ahead of a Club Congress tribute show in honor of the local guitar legend, who died far too young last month; and in our Cinema section, Gardner previews the upcoming HUMP! amateur porn film fest organized by syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage. Meanwhile, Tucson Salvage columnist Brian Smith profiles Alexander Folk, a Hollywood character actor who has retired to Tucson; associate editor Danyelle Khmara takes a look at the showdown in the House race for Arizona's Legislative District 11; arts writer Margaret Regan previews this year's Modernism Week; Chow writer Mark Whittaker tries El Charro's new hemp tamales (and no, they won't get you high, but they should still make you feel better); unpaid intern Chandler Donald tells us about the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance's 20th birthday; and there's a bunch more about what to do in our townand there is a whole bunch to do in the month of October.

And speaking of columnist Brian Smith: Not only does he have a collection of his Tucson Salvage columns coming out later this month (details to come in a few weeks), but he'll be joining me onstage for Bar Flies, a reading series that's making its Tucson debut at Club Congress on Sunday, Oct. 7. Emily Dieckman has the details.

See you at Club Congress on Sunday night!

—Jim Nintzel

Executive Editor

Hear Nintz talk about what's happening in Tucson's entertainment scene Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. during The Frank Show on KLPX, 96.1 FM.