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With the election results a distant memory, the Mayor and re-elected members of the City Council have secretly made the decision to purchase for $1,000,000, the money losing entities of El Conquistador. Under the secret negotiations, the Town would purchase 45 holes of golf, two swimming pools, 31 tennis courts, a restaurant, and a building it will convert to a community center. The community center will house, among other things, exercise equipment that will help to decrease the revenue and taxes of such businesses as L.A. Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and other fitness companies in favor of a non-taxpaying entity. Will Oro Valley also get into the restaurant management business? The Mayor indicates the golf course will lose money at first—$1,000,000 to $1,300,000 in the first year but he expects it will become a money maker in a few years. Of course that is pure speculation. The Mayor’s finance people indicate all of the repairs and upgrades will cost no more than $1,500,000 even though members of the existing club’s Grounds Committee provide information that the upgrades will cost between $6,000,000 and $10,000,000 with an additional $400,000 needed to restore the cart paths. We should also remember that the way to finance this boondoggle is an increase in the sales tax for Oro Valley businesses. Wasn’t it Mayor Hiremath who indicated in his re-election campaign rhetoric he was going to put effort into increasing the number of retail businesses in Oro Valley? These are the same businesses that could lose market share because it would cost less to make a major purchase in Tucson, Oracle, etc. to the detriment of Oro Valley businesses. Why shop in Oro Valley if a short distance away, we can save our hard earned money by paying less sales tax?
Written, directed and starring Chris Rock, this romantic comedy delivers this holiday season’s funniest movie—albeit with shocking language and lewd behavior at times. In only his third time sitting in the director’s chair, the famous comedian potently combines an unsettling, crude style of humor with a milder storyline centered on relationships. The former cast member of Saturday Night Live takes moviegoers on a wild adventure involving strong sexual content and profanity-laced outbursts as we see his fallible character attempt to remain viable in the comedy business.
While The Loft Cinema has been embracing the Holiday spirit with their recent Sing-A-Long Spectacular and correlating Ugly Sweater contest, this coming Saturday (Dec. 20th) continues in the grand Loft tradition with a midnight showing of the 1975 cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” A signature event for Tucson’s premiere art theater that has lasted 36 years (and counting), this fishnet filled affair tells the story of young couple (Barry Bostwick & Susan Sarandon) who break down in the middle of nowhere and find their way to a curiously isolated castle. Once inside, they meet mad scientist/transvestite Frank N. Furter (insert knee slap here) and a group of similarly zany house guests who all participate in the creation of a “living muscle man.”
Months of fundraising and planning are about to pay off for the Marana High School junior varsity and varsity cheer teams. The teams were invited to perform at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego later this month.
(Family Features) While winter brings chilly temperatures and longer nights, there’s nothing that can bring a family together like a warm meal.
A list of movies being released this week. All movies coming out on Friday, December 12 unless otherwise noted.
The holiday season is upon us, and for Tucsonans, that means slower traffic, delicious tamales, and wearing thermal socks underneath your sandals. For Oro Valley, however, it also means that the Great American Playhouse is bringing an instant holiday classic to the stage. “We’re No Angels” is an original story written by GAP staple Nick Seivert. Seivert’s writing style is noticeably different from frequent GAP penman Sean MacArthur. While MacArthur enjoys paying homage to cult Hollywood films, Seivert prefers completely homegrown allegories with little to no references to the silver screen. Being an unapologetic film-buff, I tend to prefer MacArthur’s witty movie-reference filled scripts, but there is still something respectable to be said about an entirely new product brought forth from the mind of a comedian such as Seivert.
Sing-A-Long Spectacular (Dec. 11th)
(Family Features) The holiday season is a time of celebration – and there’s no better way to make the season’s celebrations extra delicious than with seafood, particularly lobster. Whether you’re hosting a holiday cocktail party, enjoying a casual meal or gathering family and friends for a feast, lobster makes a great addition to any holiday menu.
(Family Features) For many adults, the holidays are transformed by the chance to experience the wonders of the season through the eyes of children. There's no better way to elicit a merry twinkle all around than by creating festive holiday treats together in the kitchen.
As the weather continues to drop this month, The Loft Cinema has graciously given Tucson residents an opportunity to spend Sunday afternoons in the warm company of Hollywood’s brightest stars. December’s Monthly Series proudly presents the Films of 1939 with the showing of five silver screen classics for fans of all ages; proudly commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Hollywood’s greatest year. Fully remastered and shown on pristine 35mm film, these screen masterpieces are truly a treat for even the most casual of movie fans looking for a fun day at the theater. Showing this Sunday is John Ford's legendary western "Stagecoach", but before that be sure to check out First Friday Shorts and support the new wave of cinematic talent in the area.
Northwest Fire District firefighters invite the public and local businesses to join them in helping those less fortunate this holiday season by donating non-perishable food, toys, or cash at upcoming “Stuff the Truck” events or by bringing items for donation to any NWFD fire station. All proceeds go to local families.
(NAPSI)—Aristotle Onassis died forty years ago on March 15, 1975.
(NAPSI)—Get ready to up your holiday baking game with four showstopping but easy-to-prepare desserts from CanolaInfo and The Culinary Institute of America (CIA).
Burt Reynolds, the man with the famous mustache, is selling hundreds of personal items from his illustrious Hollywood career to try and save himself from overwhelming financial ruin. The man made famous by countless movies like “Deliverence”, the “Longest Yard”, and “Smokey and the Bandit” will be auctioning everything from his Golden Globe award from “Boogie Nights” to the red jacket from “Smokey and the Bandit”. The auction will be held Dec. 11 and 12 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and is organized by Julien’s Auctions.
The wait-all-year-for-them Thanksgiving weekend spending sprees were weaker this year nationwide, thanks to early promotions, online shopping and an improving economy that means consumers aren’t as reliant on the deep discounts of Black Friday.
When an injury in December 2012 forced Robert Acosta to put his soccer dreams on hold, he returned from New York to his hometown of Tucson with five outfits, a couple training jerseys, and $18 to his name.
(BPT) - Tech gifts are hot this holiday season, and with all the latest gadgets and upgraded electronic devices, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many wish lists include the best in smart devices.
Broadway In Tucson is collaborating with UA Presents to bring Broadway’s best to Tucson. Three upcoming shows will allow UA Presents to brings “its own taste of Broadway this season.”
With Hollywood trending in the direction of more movie franchises, viewers are beginning to see problems down the road. The same directors that create these mega-popular films are the ones trying to roll these collections into one long, continuous story. Miss one movie along the way--or fail to read the next book by opening weekend--and you may not be able to stay up on the running plot when the next film debuts. Now throw in release dates of every year for these epic saga movies and you’ve got theater audiences either completely bought-in to the product line or baffled altogether as to what’s just happened. This predicament is where “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1” finds itself...the third movie in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy novel split up into two parts--all in an attempt to fully capitalize (financially) on the franchise’s shining end next November.
Pallbearer’s latest offering “Foundations of Burden’ is heavy. Not “heavy” as in loud, fast and with gurgling vocals straight from a demon’s mouth. No it is, as good doom metal should be, slow and thick and with layers and layers of guitar. It gives sound to a slab of granite.