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We've got a lot of arts in this week's issue, including Tucson Salvage columnist Brian Smith's profile of Mario Patino, who creates astonishing miniatures from his memories of growing up on Tucson's south side. Longtime arts contributor Margaret Regan reviewed the sumptuous show at Etherton Gallery. And calendar editor Emily Dieckman compiled a roundup of the many events happening this week, including the Fall Studios Tour sponsored by the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.

It's festival season as well. The Dusk music fest is happening downtown. (See Xavier Otero's XOXO column for details.) The Loft Film Fest—which we covered in depth last week—is getting underway; look for some highlights in our Reel Indie column. Turn to the Chow section to learn about Tap & Bottle's second annual Invitational Beer Festival. And comedy correspondent Linda Ray has details about the rest of the Tucson Comedy Arts Festival in this week's Laughing Stock column.

In short, it's a good time to get out and about in this burg, whether you're looking for arts, music, laughs or beer.

Elsewhere in this week's book: Staff reporter Kathleen Kunz looks at efforts to prevent veteran suicides; associate editor Jeff Gardner examines how Sun Sounds makes life a little better for the visually impaired; columnist Tom Danehy recalls how he took his future wife to Blazing Saddles as a first date—and what he learned from that; movie critic Bob Grimm is underwhelmed by Terminator: Dark Fate; web editor Jamie Verwys continues her Love Notes series with a profile of the members of Birds and Arrows ahead of their upcoming acoustic show; theatre writer China Young of our friends at Taming of the Review encourages you to check out TransFormations at Something Something Theatre; and there's plenty more in our pages, so start planning your weekend now!

— 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. He'll also be a guest on AZPM's Arizona 360 at 8:30 Friday night on PBS 6 and on The Bill Buckmaster show's Friday Roundtable at 12:30 p.m. on KVOI, 1030 AM. Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel airs at 4 p.m. Sunday on KXCI, 91.3 FM.

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