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The Loft Cinema is once again coming to the rescue of parents who need a break at the end of summer vacation with the Loft Kids Fest, a 10-day series of flicks for the younger set. The festival kicks off with a screening of Trolls at Himmel Park on the evening of Friday, July 20, and continues every morning at 10 a.m. with free films that your kids are likely to love. My personal favorite is the screening of Looney Tunes shorts next Friday, July 27, but my effort to get there with my kid seems to get thwarted by fate every year. Maybe this year is the charm? At any rate, you'll find details about the fest in feature writer Jeff Gardner's Reel Indie column.

I'm also delighted to have former Tucson Citizen associate editor Mark Kimble in our pages this week. Kimble writes about a new memoir from former Tucson Citizen publisher Don Hatfield.

Elsewhere in the book: Danyelle Khmara catches up with lawmakers who toured the local facility where unaccompanied minors are being detained; music contributor Eric Swedlund previews XIXA's upcoming show at Hotel Congress; Chow writer Mark Whittaker eats like a king at Queen of Sheba; theatre critic Sherilyn Forrester previews a very unusual one-woman show premiering this weekend; movie critic Bob Grimm says that Sorry to Bother You is one of the weirdest sci-fi flicks he's ever seen; and, as usual, the Fun and Games Desk delivers all the usual guides to adventure in the Baked Apple this week.

And don't forget to vote! Online balloting is underway for this year's Best of Tucson™! Remember: If you don't give us your best, someone else will.

See you at the Looney Tunes show—hopefully!

— Jim Nintzel, Executive Editor

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

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