explorernews.com on Facebook
- Video Gallery
- Special Sections
Citizen Bristow for Council:
By now the Great American Playhouse has gained notoriety across north Tucson as a rowdy melodramatic theater that fills its auditorium with laughter and energy. On weekend evenings, the theater is commonly filled to the back with audience members who join in on the fun by singing along with the familiar ballads, booing at the villains, and cheering for the heroes. The roof threatens to fly off the foundation on these crowded evenings of rowdiness. You can imagine my surprise, then, when I attended the theater’s Sunday afternoon showing of their newest production “Naomi and Michelle’s Excellent Adventure”, and found the auditorium half full. It seemed as though it would be a different crowd than I had grown accustomed to in prior GAP experiences, as the audience appeared tired from the mid-day heat, from large Sunday lunches, and from the thoughts of beginning a new a work week. I sat in my seat, and prepared myself for what I fully expected to be a toned down and lazy rendition of GAP’s newest play, lacking the perennial punching power that the company has become known for.
A 30-year veteran of the United States Army, retired Oro Valley resident Larry Casper has seen his fair share of challenging experiences, but one in particular has burdened him for the last two decades.
Let’s be honest, Tom Cruise’s last entertaining part was in 2008’s “Tropic Thunder” as Les Grossman. The young man, who introduced himself to us in the 1980s with films like “Taps” and “Risky Business”, has grown up right before our eyes, both physically and professionally. By 1986, he reached the highest watermark any Hollywood movie star could aspire to, flying F-14 Tomcats in the mega-blockbuster hit “Top Gun”. As an established box office sensation, Cruise then cemented himself to dramatic roles in such films as “Rain Man,” “Born on the Fourth of July” and “A Few Good Men”—diversifying his acting portfolio with meatier leading roles.
Whoever says patriotism is dead hasn’t met the 40 students who make up Ironwood Ridge High School’s Veterans Heritage Project (VHP), nor the veterans who shared their stories for the organization’s recently published “Since You Asked,” – a 185-page book in which veterans detail their experiences from some of the world’s largest military conflicts.
Spawning nearly 30 movies in 60 years, “Godzilla” has built worldwide name recognition while wreaking havoc upon Japanese cities. Along this historic path of terror, the franchise has gathered new generations of monster fans. A product created by Japan following Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “Godzilla” drew the world’s attention to the delicate balance between nuclear weapons and humanity. In this 2014 sexagenarian anniversary year of the “King of Monsters”, the newest saga should have celebrated and highlighted Godzilla for all to see. Instead, this remake relegates our favorite creature from a big-screen movie icon to a mere movie extra.
Members of American Legion Auxiliary Oro Valley Unit 132 understand the sacrifice members of our armed forces have made to preserve the freedom enjoyed by all Americans. To honor our fallen heroes, auxiliary members will wear a red “remembrance” poppy as a sign of their appreciation on Memorial Day weekend.
On Nov. 8, the Golder Ranch Fire District will honor employees and members of the public for their outstanding service to the organization and the community. For the first time, this annual event will recognize members of the public help make our community a better place to live. This year’s recipients are:
Fifteen-year Oro Valley resident Bonnie Quinn is recognized as this month’s Helping Hand volunteer for her role in helping organize the state’s first annual Arizona Run For the Fallen this month.
For the past five years, Heroes Day has taken place to honor Southern Arizona’s first responders. Last week, three were awarded Hero of the Year, including Marana police officer Dan Rowan.
On Friday Oct. 18, the first annual Arizona Run for the Fallen (www.azrunforthefallen.org) will pass through Oro Valley between the hours of 10 and 11:30 a.m. In conjunction with Honor and Remember, a national campaign of remembrance, the 146-mile three-day tribute run honors all the Arizona military heroes who lost their lives in the war on terror. Fallen Hero markers will be placed 1 mile apart the entire length of the route. Active military members, carrying the US, Arizona, and Honor and Remember flags, will be running to honor their fallen comrades. They will stop at each hero marker and read a brief bio about that hero, salute and pay respects to the Gold Star family present at their hero's marker, then continue on to the next tribute.
Robert Grassi thinks having a live theatre in Oro Valley is nice, but then goes on to say nothing but negative things about the concept. I attended the first matinee presentation of “Pistol Pete” at The Great American Playhouse in Oro Valley and had a great time. The performers were well studied, they performed and sang beautifully, the oleos were great, the piano accompaniment and entertainment was excellent. I was impressed as were others. It was a full house and when I was leaving, there were many families coming to the next performance. Now we can attend melodrama theatre as a family, laugh, boo the villain and cheer the hero without offending anyone. Younger people may not have experienced this type of theatre, and seniors can recall the “good old days”. The concept Mr. Grassi refers to, is just that, it is a concept that has endured through the centuries in many different versions. I enjoy the fact that I can find quality, fun, entertainment in my own community and I wish The Great American Playhouse much success.
It’s happened to you. It’s OK to admit it. You have entered a movie theater with high hopes of viewing a big-budget blockbuster film that actually lives up to the hype it has obliged itself. Unfortunately, things do not always pan out quite the way we would hope, and we are often left disappointed, frustrated, even insulted by the film maker’s disregard for our intelligence.
Hands up in the air, water flinging across her face and screaming with delight, 8-year-old Anna Daines splashes down the water slide at the Amphibious Athletes Land and Water Activity Program at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center.
Sheryl Kocher - Receptionist
For a man who has spent many of his years as a real-life, gun-slinging action hero, it’s no wonder Craig “Sawman” Sawyer is being sought out for television these days.
Michael Quinn, Vice President of Industry & Community Relations for Caliber Collision, was recently inducted into Collision Industry’s Hall of Eagles at the group’s Industry Achievement Luncheon in Las Vegas, Nevada.