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Tucson Festival of Films

September 1st, 2015 by samhughesinn

Tucson Festival of TilmA new player in the crowded field of local film festivals will be the Tucson Film Festival, (sponsored by Cox Communications) to be held in the Temple of Music & Art,the grandly

Arizona Theater Company

Temple of Music & Art

named 1920‘s era performing arts theater which also houses the Arizona Theater Company at 330 S. Scott Avenue. From October 8 – 10, films chosen from eight of the longest-running Tucson film festivals will be shown.

A selection of film shorts, plus musical & filmmaker guests will also be announced soon. But for now the lineup of films include the following (according to the Arizona Daily Star):

Sounds of Tucson, Presented by Tucson Festival of Films & Tucson Film & Music Festival, this is a 63 minute documentary describing the “mix of South American music & American Rock” which has been attracting musicians to Tucson for many years.

Güeros, (presented by Tucson Festival of Films & Tucson Cine México) is a comedy which won five Ariel awards in Mexico plus Best First Feature at the Berlin Film Festival. The is described as a “cool, retro, black and white portrait of Mexico City” and of three young men trying to find their purpose and futures in a city of many millions of people.

The 40th anniversary screening of Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore will be presented by Tucson Festival of Films & Loft Film Fest. It was filmed here in Tucson and southern Arizona so long time residents will recognize the shopping center, Monterey Village, the Chicago Music Store and the now closed Longhorn Bar & Grill in Amado.This 1974 hit movie stars some still familiar faces – Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Harvey Keitel, Diane Ladd & Jodie Foster.

Death In The Desert, presented by Tucson Festival and Arizona underground Film Festival, is based on the life story of Ted Binion, the heir to the Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, the original home of the World Series of Poker.His colorful career included drugs & connections to the mob and ultimately ended tragically.

Landmine Goes Click is presented in cooperation with The Tucson Terrorfest. Described as the Arizona premiere of a film about 3 American tourists backpacking through European Georgia. Time to bring out the garlic and a big cross I think.

Maína, from the Festival of Film along with Native Eyes Film Showcase, has won 3 American Indian Film Festival awards and concerns two early civilizations in America.

Dropkick by Tucson Festival and Arizona international Film Festival, is a comedy about a group of women rugby players and was shown in Tucson at the last Arizona International Film Festival. It features local actors and locations.

Tucson is a film friendly town all year and not just in the summer when the AC is turned on high. Watch the website for times and dates of each of these unusual film offerings in October.

Tucson Folk Festival 2015

April 20th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Folk Music Festival

Tucson Folk Festival 2015

Tucson Folk Festival

May is not the best month for exciting events in Tucson but the 30th annual Tucson Folk Festival ranks near the top of the list for the year. Live music, outside, and presented by the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association this is one of the largest free festivals in the USA, showcasing at least 120 local, regional and national musicians performing live acoustic music on five stages in downtown Tucson, May 2 & 3, 2015.

Acts will be presented on five stages, the Plaza in El Presidio Park, the Courtyard at the old Pima County Courthouse, in the Museum of Art Courtyard, at La Cocina at Old Town Artisans and in the Patio in front of the Museum of Art.

Ray Wilie Hubbard (songwriter and storyteller), the Ronstadt Generations (5 of them including Michael, younger brother of Linda along with his two sons presenting Southwestern & Mexican songs of their heritage), and Tom Chapin (23 albums, three Grammy Awards and now a children s’ book) will highlight this year’s festival.

Tom Chapin will perform on the Plaza Stage, Saturday, May 2 at PM for an all age audience and will present his children s show on the same stage Sunday, May 3rd from 2-3 PM. Among his many accomplishments he has narrated a series of children’s books, three of which have won Grammy awards in the Best Spoken Word Album for Children category. And he has written his own book for children 4 through 8 years old, called The Backwards Birthday Party.

Ronstadt Generations perform at 7:30 PM, May 2nd on the Plaza stage and Ray Wilie Hubbard will be on the same stage on Sunday, May 3rd at 9 PM. Check the Tucson Folk Festival website for exact times and venues for all the artists as some changes may occur.

Workshops, including Harmony Vocals, Flat-picking & Bluegrass guitar, Story & Song (Tom Chapin), Gospel Sing-A-Long, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele and other related instruments & songwriting will be held on both Saturday & Sunday (see schedule on Folk Festival website for locations and times.) A food court and arts & crafts will also be offered during the festival.

If you are a fan of bluegrass and any kind of folk music you won’t want to miss this once a year music extravaganza with performances scheduled from Noon to 7:30 PM on Saturday and from 11 AM to 9 PM on Sunday.