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There’s a line in August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running,” in which Holloway, a character described in the script’s stage directions as “a man who all his life has voiced his outrage at injustice with little effect,” does just that.

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Quickly approaching two decades of continuous U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, the burden placed upon the broad shoulders of our soldiers, sailors, members of the Air Force , Marines and Coast Guard remains heavy. On any given night in America, tens of thousands of veterans…

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Howard Stewart remembers attending the annual Heart and Stroke Ball 10 years ago because it was just a fun event to go to. The American Heart Association’s Tucson Division puts together a lavish theme party complete with dancing, drinks, food, live music, performances and an auction all bene…

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One of the world’s most beloved (and tragic) love stories is coming to Tucson when Arizona Opera performs “La traviata” next month at the Tucson Music Hall, and a group of opera lovers have arranged a special preview event in Oro Valley.

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Continuing from last week’s top 10 films and best picture (“Green Book”) of 2018, here’s my take for the best individual performances of the year that was:

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You only have to see the turnout at the Tucson Festivals of Books to know that Tucson is a book town—and as usual, there are plenty of books coming out of Southern Arizona this year, whether written by local authors or published by local presses. Here’s a roundup of some of the best.

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The lineup for the Tucson Jazz Festival this year offers a typically awesome and eclectic range of artists and groups, running the gamut of the jazz universe. Trad, avant garde, jazz-rock—all are represented in some form or another. But there aren’t many other bands on the bill like West Vir…

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What a year it’s been! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed (more than) my fair share of great movies, so, as 2018 comes to an end, here are my selection for the best films in terms of storytelling and performances:

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In one of the most unheralded movies coming out this month, “Pretty Woman” Oscar-winner Julia Roberts teams up with rising 22-year-old acting phenom Lucas Hedges to deliver one of her best screen performances in years. 

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The albums Tucsonans released this year are as diverse and wild as the Sonoran desert itself. We heard some fantastic debuts, but also some long-awaited additions to already storied careers. Yes, the classic borderlands folk rock trumpeted out from many directions, but quite a few surprise g…

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There were a lot of losses in 2018—from deaths (including pop culture icons like Stan Lee, politicians like John McCain, groundbreakers like Stephen Hawking and journalists like Jamal Khashoggi) to acres (a record-breaking nearly 1.9 million burned in California this year) to political contr…

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This year’s movie awards season is off to a lukewarm start. The year’s sure-fire motion picture hits include “A Star Is Born,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Green Book.” A trio of cinematic misses is still garnering Golden Globe nominations ahead of next month’s Oscar announcements. These strike…

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Brace yourselves for one of the most gritty and praise-worthy films of 2018. Thirty-nine-year-old director Barry Jenkins returns to his Oscar-winning form as he presents us with a period drama focused on the wrongful imprisonment of a young African-American from Harlem. 

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Maybe a story about a con man rolling into a small town to take advantage of a group of good-natured people doesn’t sound like what you need this holiday season. But a story about a con man who, through the power of love, finds it in him to step up and become a better person? That sounds lik…

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A sensational cast transforms this true story about two men dealing with racial tensions back in 1962 into one of 2018’s funniest and best films. Using well-timed comedy relief throughout to offset deeply rooted racial tensions that flare up, “Green Book” emotionally navigates the heartfelt …

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Entering the final five weeks of awards season for 2018, movie enthusiasts can bank on seeing top-notch casts and productions with regularity. These Golden Globe and Academy Awards wannabes will flood theaters this holiday season to give moviegoers difficult choices to muster at the box offi…

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This latest original feature film from Netflix takes viewers back to the bloody 14th century battlefields of Scotland, where a fight for independence from England continues under the leadership of one Robert Bruce. 

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Guests will be laughing from beginning to end at “The Odd Couple,” female version, staged by The Oro Valley Theatre Company on Nov. 14, 15 and 18, artistic director Judi Rodman believes.

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Stomp your feet and clap your hands: “Bohemian Rhapsody” will rock you. This spectacular biographical film on the legendary British rock band Queen and its lead singer Freddie Mercury quickly escalates from a historic, powerful music story to an enduring human narrative that touches your sou…

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One of this year’s most awe-inspiring and uplifting movies is a National Geographic Documentary Films presentation following nine high school students from around the world, all competing for the top prize at the international science fair. This competitive journey among some of the best and…

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Unfortunately, diehard fans of the western film genre will find the catchy-titled “The Sisters Brothers” movie bland and underwhelming. 

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It’s Halloween, and that means the orange leaves are falling as fast as the temperature itself. At least, that’s what we’ve heard happens, here in Tucson it’s business as usual. 

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A trio of Ironwood Ridge High School students rip through a myriad of ’90s rock favorites inside a high-ceiling living room. The three fresh-faced musicians are cutting loose in the early evening hours, playing the music their parents introduced them to as children. 

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Earlier this year, “First Man” was predicted by many within the film industry to be the heavy favorite for “Movie of the Year” honors. With Academy Award-winning director Damien Chazelle teaming up once again with leading man Ryan Gosling, the duo was supposed to shock and awe moviegoers wit…

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In 1636, the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez painted a heroic picture of Count Duke Olivares astride a bucking horse, against a backdrop of stormy skies and billowing wind.

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Fans of the 2015 climbing documentary “Meru”, the heart-pounding expedition up the 21,000-foot Shark’s Fin in northern India, will find this newest production from that film’s directors just as nerve-wrecking and free-spiriting. 

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Hola Hemp tamales are not medicinal edibles. Let’s get that cleared up right at the start. The notion that any item containing hemp will get you high is based on disinformation and basic old-fashioned preconception. 

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Tucson was destined for diversity before Tucson even existed. The Sonoran Desert is one of the most taxonomically rich environments in the world; with thousands of species of plants alone, the landscape draws in members of any and every culture. The population has grown and regrown so many t…

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“Our Sister’s Keeper” tells stories of strength in indigenous cultures and developing countries.

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This weekend, Tucson Local Media Executive Editor Jim Nintzel will stand on a stage before family, friends, acquaintances (and possibly enemies), and tell a story about the time he went to jail. 

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Bradley Cooper makes his stunning directorial debut with this third remake of the 1937 original “A Star Is Born.” Forty-two years after the Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson rock ’n’  roll hit version of 1976, comes Cooper’s romantic musical vision co-starring Lady Gaga and film vetera…

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It all started a few years back. October in Oro Valley used to be just like any other month, calm and peaceful. Sure, we had the regular run-ins with the common spine-tingling desert dwellers like rattlesnakes, scorpions, tarantulas and other creepy crawlies. But the things that inhabit Oro …

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In 1896, Frank and Warren Allison established the Flowing Wells Ranch. Over a hundred years later, Kevin and Marie Daily released their book “Flowing Wells,” documenting in pictures the history of Flowing Wells from all the years in between. This book presents some never-before-seen pictures…

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The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, directed by Bruce Chamberlain, will hold auditions for new chorus members Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. All performances are with the TSO.

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Calling all performers! The good people of Marana are in need of acts to perform at the annual Marana Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting.