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(BPT) - With school back in session, you might hear your kids talking about the activities they get to do in class, on field trips or in after-school activities. To make all these extra adventures successful learning opportunities for your kids, they require financing and manpower. So what can you do to keep the extracurricular programs going strong?
“Buy tickets now and see it later!”
(NAPSI)—The keys to your child’s success in school, college and beyond may be the ones that fit the locks on his or her suitcase.
One of the primary allures of the Tucson climate is the seemingly endless amount of outdoor entertainment that can take place nearly year round. Games of golf, family picnics, hiking expeditions, and films underneath the stars have become community favorites in years past, but one local theater group is quietly bringing a much more educational twist to the list.
A couple of times every year a movie will come out that completely surprises me where I find the plot cleverly disguised and 180 degrees from what I was expecting after the first 20 minutes. Like most everyone else, I detest movie trailers for the simple fact that they’ve become too long and too specific for my taste. Trailers today spoil our movie experience by connecting too many dots in the storyline and test driving all the laugh lines on us viewers-- all before we’ve even settled into our theater seats.
Join the fun on Congress Street from Toole Ave. to Church Ave. on Sept. 13 for 2nd Saturdays. Check out the downtown scene along Sun Link’s Downtown route. Hop on at any stop along the Sun Link corridor to be part of the activities. There is a line-up of bands at the 94.9 MIXfm Stage. 2nd Saturdays is an urban street festival that has food to sample, vendors to check out and the magic of street performers to entertain you. Some of the downtown businesses also offer specials or their own entertainment. It’s family friendly and fun for all ages. Many of the vendors and sponsors have drawings during the evening.
Catch a performance of the Gaslight Theatre’s new musical comedy “Cronan the Barbarian”. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday. The Gaslight Theater is located at 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. Cost of the show is $16.50-$18.50; $8.50 children. For more information, call 886-9428.
With movie theaters being overrun by a plethora of science fiction and fantasy movies, it may be difficult to find something to take young kids to. Between the cursing, violence and bloodshed, some movies just don’t make the cut as child-appropriate. Luckily, there are two separate renditions of “The Jungle Book” in production.
Suing the president or, as we call it, “impeachment lite.” So why is the House suing the president? First, you understand the House is made up of lawyers and suing is what lawyers do. Secondly, it is because they know they cannot impeach him. The last time the Republicans tried to impeach a Democrat president, the press crucified them. That Democrat went on to be disbarred from the practice of law for lying to a Grand Jury and then, for no reason intelligent people could ever understand, became the darling of the Democrat party. Thirdly, even if they were successful with articles of impeachment, that would leave us with what has been identified as “impeachment insurance,” Joe Biden. So they are left with only this attempt to embarrass the president.
Arizona Theatre Company opens the 2014-15 season with the Arizona premiere of the hilarious comedy of ill manners, the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, from Sept. 13 to Oct. 4 at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. in Tucson.
(BPT) - With autumn just a few short weeks away, many people will soon spend less time on the patio and more time within four walls. Actually, five walls if you include the ceiling.
Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez would like to remind Pima County voters that the deadline to order a ballot to be sent to your home is fast approaching. All vote-by-mail ballot requests must be received by the Recorder’s office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014.
When child actress Jenny Lewis first appeared on television in the mid 1980s, she seemed to have a knack for the entertainment business. The youngster would go on to appear in fan favorite television shows such as “The Golden Girls”, “Growing Pains”, and “Roseanne”, but in the end it was the airwaves rather than the camera that would capture the entertainer’s interest. Presented with a mix-tape as a gift from fellow child actor Corey Haim, Lewis began to fall in love with music, and would eventually credit this moment as the spark that ignited the wildfire of her current musical career.
(StatePoint) With today’s engaging technology, it can be hard to get kids off the couch and outside. But no matter what your child’s interests are, outdoor time is important.
The highly regarded San Diego Comic Con event never disappoints when it hits the west coast every July. The buzz around the event is not without warrant.
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.
Following on the heels of the entertaining and successful 2011 “Rise of the Planet of the Apes’”, this motion picture was supposed to take the humanity vs. ape conflict to a whole new level of fervor. The bitterness and meanness of the apes was expected to escalate, while the few humans who survived the Simian Flu outbreak gathered and plotted a strategy to dominate once again. Instead, the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” storyline gets stretched out to the point of appearing artificial and lackadaisical.
This controversial political film from directors Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan will invoke vastly different reactions from audience members. Many will find the film a patriotic, yet underreported, story on how our nation has prospered from our early years due to innovation, entrepreneurship, and capitalism--emerging as not only the wealthiest nation on the planet, but also the most generous. Just as many other viewers will leave the theaters feeling jilted by a political infomercial disguised as a documentary. Lastly, some moviegoers may be introduced to several political hot-button issues for the first time, and left reflecting on D’Souza’s historical data points on subjects such as relations with Mexico and Native Americans, slavery, imperialism, and capitalism. Regardless of a person’s position or thoughts on these subjects, this film accomplishes one significant feat—it empowers people to formulate one’s beliefs and positions, squaring the movie’s interpretation with their own life experiences.