Old Tucson Reunion ~ March 14-15, 2015
Epic Games, responsible for the Gears of War franchise, has recently announced a new funding initiative – an initiative that could supply a small, independent video game developer with between $5,000 and $50,000 in funding for a new project.
BEER WITH THE BARD
On Saturday, Feb.28, the Rialto Theatre Foundation hosts its Third Annual Fundraising Gala – Gin Joint Jubilee: A Roaring 1920s Party.
Penny Welch didn’t expect to find herself sitting in the living room of Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, but there she was last week.
King makes his picks
A Pima County Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) has been meeting for the past several years to put together a bond proposal for voter approval. The slow economic recovery has postponed the measure several times, but the BAC is now looking at November 2015 with a proposal that will cap at $650 million. It was much higher, but Chair Lawrence Hecker, Vice Chair Carolyn Campbell and County Administrator Chuck Hucklelberry met without the full BAC to revise the dollars downward.
Embracing the notion that the small things in life are often the most important, director Richard Linklater’s literal coming-of-age story “Boyhood” has taken the Oscars by storm – netting six nominations that include Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Commonly referred to as “the 12 year movie” due to its highly unorthodox method of shooting over 12 consecutive years, this one-of-a-kind film achieves what is often considered unachievable: presenting reality in a way that captures the imagination.
Several years ago Citizens for Picture Rocks, a nonprofit community advocacy group, convened a gathering of other active community groups, including seniors, schools and churches. Out of that came the Picture Rocks Community Conversation where representatives of the various constituencies in the community of 10,000 people meet to share information and work together for the benefit of the entire community.
Drexel Heights Fire District employees and volunteers achieved longevity milestones in 2014. Employees meeting those milestones were recognized by the district’s leadership team in January.
Pima County’s Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Art Gallery is accepting applications from artists for consideration to display their work during a four-week exhibition period in 2016. Original artwork must reflect nature, wildlife, landscapes, southwestern themes, or local cultures that are in keeping with the park setting.
Eric Shepp and Andy Seiger from Pima County’s Flood Control District attended the Jan. 20 Citizens for Picture Rocks meeting to discuss floodplain issues, sparking a lively discussion with the 40 people present. Seiger explained that they were working on standard designs that would allow property owners to fix road flooding problems without hiring expensive engineers to meet the strict regulations in effect.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez visited Pima Community College Jan. 29 to take a look at a program that is “building the pipeline to the middle class.”
The area around Arizona Pavilions has always drawn a number of restaurants, but that list will be expanding over the next few months. At least three new restaurants are scheduled to open around Arizona Pavilions, and more could be coming.
I look forward to February because it’s that time of year when we begin visualizing springtime. Especially during this time of year humans tend to conjure thoughts of romance. In spite of age, most of us feel a twinge of spring fever. This unusual feeling dates back to the Roman Era when love and fertility celebrations occurred in February. They called it Lupercalia, a time of love, eroticism and sexual permissiveness. I suppose today it could be referred to as merely another day of the week.
University of Arizona football will play a series with BYU, scheduled for the 2026 and 2027 seasons, it was announced on Tuesday in conjunction with the Cougars.
Two rezonings passed at the Jan. 20 Marana Town Council meeting, one with no opposition and another that was more controversial.
It’s been quite a few years since I’ve seen a movie without laughter of any sort--not a single one-liner, or even the slightest attempt towards invoking a harmless giggle. “Halloween” and the other horror films pride themselves on the fine art of laughter to relax unsuspecting viewers--all before an axe, knife or chainsaw cut to the morbid plot. Even 1972’s epic backwoods suspense thriller “Deliverance” tossed out some jokes between arrow shots from Burt Reynolds’ recurve bow. I’d probably have to go back to Steven Spielberg’s 1971 road rage, made-for-TV movie titled “Duel” to discover such a humorless film production as “Foxcatcher”.
What: PCC performing arts musical comedy MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
In the midst of the aftermath of a massive data breach, at least one thing is going well for Sony Pictures. In only five days after its release through video-on-demand sources, Seth Rogan and James Franco’s movie “The Interview” has made over $15 million in online sales and nearly $3 million in sales through the small collection of theaters that showed the film.
It’s a life span that must be told to the audience with the same strength and determination as the man whose true story it reveals. A strong narrative encompassing the confidence, resiliency and steadfastness found in this film’s main character and title. Only an unflinching and straightforward body of work could properly honor a young troublemaker’s dramatic rise to U.S. Olympian and, later, to American military hero. Based on the best-selling non-fiction novel by Laura Hillenbrand of the same name, “Unbroken” casts such an overwhelming shadow from a remarkable man’s life, almost any director would have found the story daunting to make for the big screen. Particularly one sitting in the director’s chair for only her second time ever--Angelina Jolie.
Now that 2014 is drawing to a close, it is time to look back and reflect on what has been released in the past 12 months. 2014 was, in many ways, an amazing year to be a video game enthusiast, with high quality games and innovative studios churning out triple-A games and working on fresh ideas to keep the gaming world alive in the coming years. For every upside, however, there is some bad. 2014 was also one of the worst years for gaming; high budget games by big name studios fell into a rut of profit-oriented gaming, the “freemium” craze created a large black mark in the gaming world, and the battle for name brand supremacy became even more intense as Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony pitted fans of their hardware against one another.
'Tis the season for giving, but what happens if the gift you have given or received needs to be returned or exchanged? Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Arizona wants to remind consumers to know their rights regarding returns, refunds and exchanges.