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Arizona filmmaker Travis Mills is on a mission to make 12 feature-length westerns in 12 months, and local thespians are invited to audition for roles in productions filming in Southern Arizona.

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In 1744, that old contrarian Mary used silver bells and cockle shells to make her garden grow. Some 275 years later, it’s Chef Ken Harvey who’s transposing that cadence to aquaponics and hydroponics for gardening success.

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A fascinating new documentary film from Netflix flaunts the thirty-something generation’s lust for social media clout and the completely blind followership that often ensues. At the pinnacle of this networking magic trick is American rapper Ja Rule and an unbeknownst con-man Billy McFarland,…

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Elisabeth Kinghorn, a senior at Ironwood Ridge High School, found a singing voice she never knew she had. Her piano teacher had her sing for a recital and just a few years later, she won the Schmidt Vocal Competition. 

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The first indication that “Avengers: Endgame” is an iconic cinematic masterpiece was finding myself having to park at the mall in spots that only see cars the day after Thanksgiving and the week before Christmas. With a $1.2 billion global box office total and $350 domestic take between last…

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Drive through any Tucson neighborhood, and you’ll quickly see that the sword-shaped leaves of century plants are among the most common greenery to adorn the front yards of homes and businesses in the Old Pueblo. Their lovely, fragrant blossoms perched high on enormous flower stalks attract b…

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It’s going to be a musical spring if Tucson Premium Outlets and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance have anything to say about it. Regular collaborators, the two organizations last week announced the lineup of a weekly music event in Marana.

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One of Netflix’s most recent original movies depicts a parent’s worst nightmare: a daughter’s life-threatening struggle for survival following a horrific accident. The film “Walk. Ride. Rodeo.” encapsulates the true-life story battle of 19-year-old, nationally-ranked rodeo barrel racer Amber…

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The first guitar Mdou Moctar ever played was made from pieces of wood and the brakes of a bicycle.  Now, he travels the world performing his psychedelic tunes. 

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Capturing the same high school romantic comedy magic found in 1980s hits “Sixteen Candles” and “Pretty in Pink,” this newest Netflix original movie focuses on difficult high school relationships. Two teens unbelievably perplexed at one another finally understand their perfect love chemistry …

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The year is 1987: big hair is in, Swatch watches are all the rage and only the coolest kids are wearing Coca-Cola brand clothing. It’s to that radical era of bright-colored sunglasses, trendy side ponytails and hoop hearings that the Gaslight Theatre transports its cast and crew for its new …

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A trip to the land of country music was right around the corner for one local musician. Steff Koeppen, winner of the 2018 Passport to Nashville songwriting competition, recently came back from the once in a lifetime trip, experiencing things only Music City, U.S.A. could offer. 

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Netflix’s newest original movie features two of Hollywood’s most accomplished actors as they track down the notorious killers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson form a watchable pair of law enforcers brought out of retirement in 1934 to end one of the most inte…

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Horse enthusiasts wanting to see a film that presents these majestic wild creatures in a new, therapeutic role will enjoy this week’s wide release of “The Mustang.” From executive producer Robert Redford and director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, this story of wild horses used in a prison’s re…

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The Tucson Folk Festival takes place during the first weekend in April, and it’s a wonderful event for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s free. So the price is right. But also, the organizers of the two-day fest do their best to ensure as many of the various genres and styles that fall …

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Instead of their usual RV, the members of Tow’rs drove a van to their first ever South by Southwest performance in Austin, Texas. The folk act, touring with five members, was missing two usual road-mates, the children of band co-founders Gretta and Kyle Miller. And although the group was abl…

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Movie fans who’ve followed 28-year old actor Dev Patel since his breakout performance in 2008’s Oscar-winning best picture, “Slumdog Millionaire,” will marvel at how far the young British movie star has grown as an artist. The sensational performer and top billing two years ago in “Lion” now…

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People can physically suffer from a broken heart. It can be an untreatable syndrome like a heart attack, caused by emotion.  A local nurse is turning this mysterious phenomenon into a performance bridging the worlds of art and medicine. 

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Fanatic film followers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will enjoy the studio’s latest superhero rollout more than laymen theater-goers desiring an interesting plot and top-tier acting. But if Marvel Studio movie faithfuls are honest with themselves over the gigantic production company’s fir…

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A new Netflix original movie release travels to a small village in Malawi, Africa, where extreme drought conditions present an opportunity for a 13-year-old boy to shine. Based on the 2001 true story, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” brings an uplifting and powerful message within solemn sur…

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Starting off a bit overdramatized and trying way too hard to establish hardened characters, “Fighting with My Family” almost feels like a high school film project at the movie’s beginning. Lena Headey, who plays the arch-villain Cersei Lannister on the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, dri…

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Only about 3 percent of students at the University of Arizona are arts majors, a designation which includes music majors; dance majors; theatre, film and television majors; and art majors. Lucky for us, Tucson is still a city that’s brimming with art. The College of Fine Arts’ new dean as of…

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After the abrupt December departure of actor-comedian Kevin Hart as scheduled Oscar host, this year’s Academy Awards show on ABC will look and sound much different. Expect even more Hollywood social lectures than ever and probably the lowest Oscar viewership on record.

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Springtime brings renewal—and nothing renews the mind like the arts. Here in Southern Arizona, we are blessed with a vibrant arts community that celebrates everything from classical masters in contemporary, cutting-edge works that will excite your imagination and inspire your passions.

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Sometimes you need a good, deep breath and a dose of classical music in the springtime more than any other time of year.

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Alongside the talented locals, touring companies are coming through town to entertain fans of dance, including an exploration of racial tension and a tribute to David Bowie. 

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So here we are, plopped into another year. Resolutions might have been made, only to be now stretched thin, lingering only as ghosts of their former selves. Oh well. 

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Fans of Liam Neeson in his “Taken” collection or 2014’s “A Walk Among the Tombstones” will enjoy this latest revenge-filled drama by the no-nonsense actor. Using razor-thin character development, “Cold Pursuit” frees up valuable screen time to focus solely on Neeson’s vigilante warpath. An e…

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You might cry at “Love Letters,” the Oro Valley Theatre Company performance staged one night only, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at The Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley.

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If the plethora of bite-sized meals, refreshing libations and live performances are any indication, our region’s culture is in good hands after another sold-out SAVOR Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

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Film enthusiasts looking to warm up during the winter months or watch the perfect movie for a romantic Valentine’s Day at home will find love, hope and patriotism in these five great stories:

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Coming late to the game to catch this mystery drama, I’d already heard “Serenity” had pulled in plenty of negativity and head scratching from fellow film critics. Written, produced and directed by “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” television game show creator Steven Knight, “Serenity” earned …

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One of Netflix’s latest original films is sure to draw Colt revolver return fire from some fans due to its unique format and quirky cowboy storytelling. True Western aficionados, however, will saddle up and ride along on this fresh take on the Old West from the Coen brothers. Either way, “Th…