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Best Bets: Scares range from mild to terrifying

Best Bets: Scares range from mild to terrifying

Compiled by JAMIE VERWYS

Looking to loosen your mummy gauze and monster mash through Halloween festivities?

Fear not. There are only so many cheesy Halloween one-liners I can summon from beyond the grave.

On second thought, though, be afraid. Be very afraid.

Through Oct. 31

Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road, tranforms into a haunted town filled with ghoulish live performances.

Tickets can be purchased at the Nightfall Gate. General admission is $26, and $21 for children 9-11.

Nightfall is open Thursdays and Sundays from 6-10 p.m. Hours on Fridays and Saturdays are 6 p.m.-midnight.


Through Nov. 1

Slaughterhouse, located at 1102 W. Grant Road, hosts four haunted houses and a zombie apocolypse Thursdays-Sundays until Nov. 1.

Ticket prices range from $23 to $35. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the closing time varies by date.

Pumpkin Festival/ Terror in the Corn
Weekends in October

Two weekends remain for the annual Pumpkin Festival at Buckelew Farm, 1700 W. Ajo Way.

Visitors can take a wagon ride to pick pumpkins and enjoy other kid-friendly activities such as a corn maze.

Admission costs $4 and gates open at 10 a.m.

Remaining dates for Terror in the Corn are Oct. 17-18, 24-25 and 31. College Nights Out will be held Oct. 23 and 30. Admission costs $25, with discounts available.

The terror begins after dark at about 6:30 p.m. and ends at midnight.


Nam Jam
Oct. 18

The 27th annual Nam Jam Rockin All Vets concert will be held on Oct. 18 at Rillito Downs, 4502 N. First Ave., from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

The concert will feature live music, military vehicles, a children’s area and plenty of tasty food and beverages.

Vietnam Veterans for America, a non-profit organization, utilizes Rockin for All Vets and other events to gather onsite resources for all veterans while providing a fun and friendly atmosphere.

This free concert is open to all former and active military, their families and the public.


Tucson Pride
in the Desert
Oct. 18

Tucson’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community will gather to celebrate diversity on Oct. 18 at the 37th Pride in the Desert.

The event will take place from noon-9 p.m. on south soccer fields at the Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way.

Activities will include live entertainment, more than 100 exhibitors, a dance tent and a “drag depot.” Drag performer Tempest DuJour and comedian Sandra Valls will host the event.

This year’s grand marshal is local hero Daniel Hernandez. He helped save the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during a mass shooting on Jan. 8, 2011.

The cover charge is $10, or $5 with student ID. Children 12 and under are free.


Tucson Terrorfest
Oct. 23-25

If the movie “Scream” taught us anything, it’s that you don’t want to be caught dead without a favorite scary movie.

Tucson Terrorfest, Southern Arizona’s only horror film festival, offers independent horror and genre films from around the world.

Along with premieres, exclusives and screenings, the festival will bring filmmakers, actors and special guests for Q&A sessions.

Screenings will be held at various times at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress. Tickets to each show cost $6 and are available online or at the box office.

Festival passes cost $25 and provide access to all screenings and a scary goodie bag. Supplies are limited to 75 passes.


Nightmare on Congress
Oct. 25

You know what they say about having your trick and treating it too?

Nothing. No one ever says that, but at Hotel Congress’s annual Halloween party, you can have as much of both as you like. As long as you are of the legal drinking age, of course.

Nightmare on Congress, located at 311 E. Congress St., features carnival games, live music, DJs and a $1,000 costume contest. The party runs from 9 p.m. until last call at 2 a.m. Buy advance tickets online for $8 or pay $10 at the door. Early is better, since the event is expected to sell out.


Oct. 24-26

The University of Arizona’s Flandrau Science Center, 1601 E. University Blvd., turns science and math into creepy fun with slime, squid dissections, chemistry and Halloween laser shows.

General admission costs $7 for adults, $5 for students, military, seniors and children ages 4-7.

The event begins Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. Additional times are:
• Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
• Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Oct. 30, 5-9 p.m.
• Oct. 31, 5-10 p.m.


Oct. 24-26

Families can find mild scares for little goblins at Reid Park Zoo, 1100 S. Randolph Way, from 6-8 p.m.

Children and seriously wimpy adults can enjoy a safe walk around the zoo complete with costumes, characters and decorations.

General admission costs $7, with children under age 2 admitted free.


Feast with the
Dearly Departed
Oct. 25

Celebrate the traditions of Dia De los Muertos from 5-8 p.m. at Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way.

The feast will feature mariachi music, sugar skulls, kids’ activities, workshops, Sonoran-style food and a Day of the Dead parade through the grounds. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 4-12.


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TOP 10: Scariest movies for October chills

TOP 10: Scariest movies for October chills


Scary movies are always the best at any time of the year, but they are most frightening during the month of October. They keep your feet off the floor and your eyes behind your hands.

Here are my choices for the top 10 scariest movies:


  1. “Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

A young FBI agent must put her trust in a manipulative killer to find another serial killer who skins and tortures his victims.


  1. “Annabelle” (2014)

A couple gets invaded and attacked by satanic cultists shortly after they start to encounter terrifying supernatural things involving a vintage doll.


  1. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)

A chainsaw killer and his family of cannibals hunt down five friends who are visiting a house in the country.


  1. “Carrie” (1976)

A 17-year-old girl finds out she has telekinesis and gets pushed to her limits on the night of her prom by a cruel prank.


  1. “Candyman” (1992)

Candyman, a creature with a murderous soul, is accidentally brought back by a grad student researching urban legends.


  1. “Halloween” (1978)

A psychotic murderer imprisoned since he was a child for the murder of his sister escapes and stalks an adolescent girl and her friends.


  1. “Insidious” (2010)

A family tries to stop evil spirits from cornering their unconscious son into a territory called The Further.


  1. “The Conjuring” (2013)

Two married and experienced paranormal investigators work to help a family that is horrified by an evil presence within their home.


  1. “The Shining” (1980)

A family takes a trip to an isolated hotel, where an evil presence gets the father into trouble. The psychic son can see horrific things within the past and the future.


  1. “The Exorcist” (1973)

A teenage girl is possessed by something unknown, but her mother gets help from two priests to save her daughter.

What movies get your vote for scariest ever? Comment online at


Live Theatre Workshop stages ‘9 Parts of Desire’

Live Theatre Workshop stages ‘9 Parts of Desire’


Live Theatre Workshop will perform an off-Broadway play, “9 Parts of Desires,” from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15.

The play, written by Heather Raffo, was inspired by the playwright’s trip to a modern art museum in Baghdad in August 1993. It details the lives of nine Iraqi women and spans the decades between the first and second Gulf Wars and occupation.

Performances, directed by Glen Coffman and featuring Lori Hunt, begin at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

“9 Parts of Desires” explores the many conflicting aspects of what it means to be a woman in a country overshadowed by war. The New York Times described the play as powerful, impassioned, vivid and memorable.

General admission is $20, discounted to $18 for students, seniors ages 62+ and military. Final Thursday tickets cost $14.

The Live Theatre Workshop is located at 5317 E. Speedway Blvd., on the north side of Speedway between Rosemont and Craycroft.

For more information, visit or call 327-4242.

Calendar art entries due by Nov. 3

Calendar art entries due by Nov. 3

Pima Community College students who are attending at least one class during the Fall 2014 semester are invited to submit artwork for possible use in the college’s printed 2015 calendar.

Entries are due by Nov. 3 at 5 p.m.

Student who submit entries are giving PCC permission to use the work online or in print for publicity purposes at no charge.

The artwork must be original. Any entries that use stock or copyrighted images will be disqualified

Mediums can include paintings, drawings, photography or illustrations. Pima can also photograph three-dimensional work such as pottery, jewelry, sculpture or weavings if it is selected for use in the calendar.

Other specifications include:

  • Submit digital files on a CD, DVD or USB flash drive. Digital files must be 300 dpi at 100 percent size. Digital file formats accepted are .PSD, .JPG, .EPS, .AI.
  • For non-digital photography, negatives or print are acceptable; negatives are preferred. All CDs/DVDs, drives and non-digital photographic media will be returned to the artist.
  • 2-D artwork: Submit the original for consideration. If original 2-D artwork is selected, it will be scanned or photographed and returned to the artist.
  • 3-D artwork: Small items may be submitted for consideration. Photographs of larger items should be submitted. If original 3-D artwork is selected, it will be photographed and returned to the artist.

For full entry specifications, visit and enter “2014 call for student art” into the search box.

For detailed entry specifications, visit

Students must complete an entry form and attach a copy to their entry. Artwork with incomplete entry forms will be disqualified.

Send all entries to PCC’s Media Production and Publications Department at 4905 E. Broadway Blvd, Room B-102, Tucson 85709-1150.

For more information, email or call 206-4924.

-By Katie Stewart

Art Briefs

Art Briefs

PCC Wind Ensemble plays the Three B’s


The Pima Community College’s Wind Ensemble will be performing their first concert of the 2014-2015 season on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the PCC Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.

The ensemble is under the direction of Mark Nelson for their first performance this season they will be performing works from Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and other well know composers.

Featured works include, “Zapfenstreicke No. 3” by Beethoven, “Contrapunctus V from the Art of Fugue” by Bach and “Academic Festival Overture” by Brahms.

Other works include “Second Suite in F for Military Band” by Gustav Holst, “American Barndance” by Richard Saucedo and the band original classic “Chant and Jubilo” by W. Francis McBeth.

The program also includes individual ensembles performance featuring the percussion, brass and woodwind section.

Admission is $6 with available discounts.

The PCC CFA is located at the west campus at 2202 W. Anklam Rd.

For more information contact 206-6986 or

PCC Chorale and College Singer Concert


The PCC Chorale and College Singer will be having their first concert featuring the diverse works spanning from the Renaissance period through the 20th century.

The Chorale singers, under the direction of Jonathan Ng and will be performing works like “Wayfarin’ Stranger” by Gilbert M. Martin, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw and “Medley from West Side Story” by William Stickles.

The College Singers will be performing three Renaissance Madrigals with “My Bonny Lass She Smileth” by Thomas Morley, “Weep, O Mine Eyes” by John Bennet and “Il est bel et bon” by Pierre Passereau.

They will also be singing the 20th century part with “Blue Bird” by Charles V. Stanford and two Baroque choral pieces “Miserere mei” by Antonio Lotti and “Let Their Celestial Concerts All Unite” from SAMSON by G. F. Handel.

The final performance of the evening includes a showcase of Franz Schubert with male singers from both choruses performing two male chorus works “Tirinklied, Op. 155” and “Standchen D920”.




Blues Festival has Pima connection

Blues Festival has Pima connection


The sounds of harmonicas and slide guitars will fill the air at the Blues and Heritage Festival of the Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation.

The nonprofit group works to keep Tucson’s blues scene vibrant by spreading music and culture.

The foundation plays an active role within the community, sponsoring Blues in Schools programs and hosting live music events.

Their largest annual event is the Blues and Heritage Festival, which takes place Oct. 19 from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. First Ave.

With live performances by local and visiting musicians, the festival hopes to share the heritage of blues with the community and cultivate a family environment for people to come together.

The foundation secretary, Rita Flattley, has worked at Pima Community College for 30 years. She teaches social-cultural studies at both Desert Vista and East campuses.

Flattley became involved with the Blues Heritage Foundation because she loves music.

“I am not a musician but I love music,” she says.

“I am interested in educating people to understand the roots of purely American music.”

After attending her first foundation meeting and volunteering, she was elected to the board.

“When I am working at the festival and look across the crowd and see smiling faces and tapping feet, it’s just a fabulous rush of happiness,” she said.

This year’s festival theme is “Blues for Pink.” In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

A Chicago-based band, the Cash Box Kings, will headline the event in their first Tucson performance.

The band’s take on classic Delta Blues and blues of the 1940s earned praise from the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards. Their album “Black Toppin’” was named Best Traditional Blues Album of the year.

Other performers will include Cholla High School Blues Standards, Baja Arizona Blues, Angel Diamond and the Blues Disciples, Johnny Ain’t Right and Union Stone Band.

Advance tickets are available at all Bookman’s locations or at for $8. Admission costs $10 at the door. Children 18 and under are free.

For more information, visit

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A tale of a violent ghost

A tale of a violent ghost


Ghosts or apparitions that act out violently in the spectrum of paranormal investigations are said to be rare.

Even poltergeists, which are described as the most vocal and physical, are not usually known for showing violent strength.

Many religions describe violent paranormal encounters and have different names to explain the same thing.

The Quran makes references to the Jinn, who are supernatural beings that live untethered to the world. They can possess humans and are said to be the cause of many accidents or disease.

Christianity and Catholicism would describe the anomaly as a demon.

A student at Pima Community College recounted his encounter with a violent anomaly. He asked to remain anonymous.

He was in the middle of his first semester of college and poor planning landed him in an early class.

“As soon as I would come home, I would just crash and go to sleep,” the student said.

The afternoon before the incident, he took a longer nap then expected and woke up in the middle of the night. After doing homework, he decided to get some rest before his morning class.

“It’s probably like one in the morning already and I’ve got to try to get some sleep,” he said.

All the lights were off as he looked at his alarm clock, tossing and turning, trying to fall asleep.

That is when he was attacked.

“I felt him when he came onto the bed because the entire bed compressed,” he said. “He had me pinned down, he had his knee in my back and he was holding down my arms.”

He said he did not hear the attacker enter. He tried to struggle his way out of the hold, but the invader was significantly stronger.

“It’s weird because I was just a couple months removed from high school and in high school I played football and I was really strong,” he said. “And I’m like, ‘This guy is massive.’”

At that point, the assailant put his hand over his mouth. His struggle escalated.

He was unable to scream, as the attacker started to choke him.

“The thought that crossed my mind was, ‘Is this really how I’m going to die?’” he said.

“Finally, as I kept wiggling around, I drew a little bit of breath and I had the faintest ‘help,’” he said. “And finally he let go of me.”

Immediately after his attacker ceased, he sprang up to face him, but no one was there. He assumed his attacker ran and he grabbed a golf club and gave chase.

“I looked for him and he’s not there,” he said. “Doors are locked and everything, and I’m looking under the bed.”

After searching his apartment, he laughed and decided it was only a nightmare.

“As I approach the bedroom I start hearing a ringing in my ears,” he said.

He decided to go for a walk to calm down. As he got ready, he said the ringing got louder and higher.

“I don’t know what it was, but I was thrown against the wall,” he said. “I was pinned against the wall by my neck.”

He said he struggled to break free but his arms and legs were pinned to the wall as well. About 10 seconds went by before the attack stopped. He dropped to the floor.

“I was just like, ‘I got to get the hell out of here,’” he said. “I grabbed my car keys and ran to the door and the entire time that hum is loud. It’s deafening.”

He turned the doorknob, but wasn’t able to pry the door open.

“At this point I’m freaking out, I’m crying,” he said.

He began to plead with his unknown attacker.

“‘Please let me out, please let me out, please let me go, please,’” he said. “When I tried the door for about the 20th time, it just springs open and I fly back.”

He sprinted out the door to his car and made a two-hour drive to his parent’s house.

“I’m crying the entire time, and I can’t stop looking in my rear view mirror, just checking my back seats,” he said.

Later, he went back to his apartment to collect his things and move into a hotel temporarily. That is when he discovered his apartment was ransacked, but nothing was taken.

The apartment manager did not charge him for breaking the lease.

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Horoscope: Find a new hobby, Gemini.

Horoscope: Find a new hobby, Gemini.


Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You’ll be very indecisive these next few weeks, Libra. You should probably stop stressing about your Halloween costume or what party you will attend.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This next month will bring you plenty of wealth, Scorpio. That’s because the only thing you will be spending your money on is Halloween candy.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You may have been feeling sad lately, Sagittarius, but cheer up. Your birthday and Christmas are so close together that you may get double the gifts if you are lucky. Or it could be completely opposite and that would suck.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

I can tell you will be feeling loving these next few weeks. That’s great. Maybe you should be like that more often, Capricorn.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Don’t work yourself up about love or finding someone, Aquarius. They will come to you. If they don’t, make yourself feel better by eating Halloween candy.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You have a hard time trusting people, Pisces. You should let your guard down. Maybe then you will have some friends for once.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Stop complaining about everything you dislike. Quite frankly, Aries, no one you are venting to cares. They’re just nodding their head to act like they do.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Learn how to manage your money, Taurus. Stop spending every paycheck at a restaurant. Yes, places that have value menus are considered restaurants too.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Find a new hobby, Gemini. The one you have now makes you so boring. Let me tell you, no one likes a boring person.

Cancer (June 21- July 22)

Start focusing more on your school work and less on yourself, Cancer. You would be surprised what you could learn if you thought about someone other than yourself for once.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Stop being so uptight, Leo. Learn to loosen up. You might actually have fun for once instead of always following the rules.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Don’t be so down, Virgo. I know your birthday just passed but it’ll be back in another year.



Compiled by Alex Fruechtenicht

120 million

Number of children
and adults who wear
costumes on Halloween.


Percentage of people
who dress up their pet
for Halloween.


Percentage of
Americans who
decorate their yard.

1.5 billion

Pounds of pumpkins produced a year.


Percentage of
American adults who carve a pumpkin.


Number of seeds
usually found
in pumpkins.


Percentage of adults
who hand out candy.

35 million

Pounds of candy corn
sold per year.


Percentage of kids who sort their candy when
they get home.


Percentage of parents
who sneak candy from their kids bags.


Pounds of candy consumed by Americans
a year, on average.


BEST BETS: October brings abundant fall activities

BEST BETS: October brings abundant fall activities



Classics & Oldies – Car Show & Music Festival

Oct. 4

Observe the true art behind decked-out automobiles at the Oro Valley Classic Car and Truck Show from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Oro Valley Marketplace, on the southwest corner of Oracle and Tangerine roads.

More than 200 cars and trucks will be on display, along with live music, activities and all-American food. Admission is $5.



Pumpkin Festival/Terror in the Corn

Weekends in October

Buckelew Farm will hold its 26th annual Pumpkin Festival the last three weekends in October.

The festival at 1700 W. Ajo Way provides an opportunity to take a tractor-drawn wagon ride into a field to pick pumpkins costing 50 cents per pound. Admission costs $4 and gates open at 10 a.m.

Other activities include an 11-acre corn maze, a petting zoo, children’s games and food booths.

Those who prefer a wilder side can visit Terror in the Corn Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and 31. Special College Nights Out will be held on two Thursdays, Oct. 23 and 30.

Admission costs $25, with discounts available, and includes both the Corn Maze and Terror in the Corn. The terror begins after it gets completely dark at about 6:30 p.m. and continues until midnight.



Tucson Meet Yourself

Oct. 10-12

Hundreds of artists, dancers and musicians perform while 50-plus cultural vendors sell food treats at this annual celebration of the region’s living traditional arts.

The folklife festival takes place at various locations in downtown Tucson, including El Presidio Park and Jacome Plaza. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

More than 60 cultural groups, ethnicities and nationalities will be represented. Organizers work to present each group as authentically and respectfully as possible, making the festival educational as well as entertaining.



Modernism Week

Oct. 3-11

The Historic Preservation Foundation will celebrate mid-century design and architecture during Tucson Modernism Week.

As part of the festivities, a Vintage Trailer Show will be held Oct. 4 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Downtown Campus north parking lot. Admission is free for students and employees with a Pima ID.

The Foundation previously partnered with Downtown Campus to create an art walk featuring restored 1950s-era neon signs along West Drachmann Street and North Stone Avenue.

Other Modernism Week activities will include programs at Downtown Campus and throughout the city.



2nd Saturdays Downtown

Oct. 11

Free family-friendly musical acts on multiple stages and festive activities along downtown streets will greet visitors from 5-10:30 p.m.

Scheduled main stage performers include the Black Cat Bones, Funky Bonz, Sun Bones and Belly Dance Tucson.


Tucson Film and Music Festival

Oct. 9-12

The 10th annual Tucson Film and Music Festival will premiere films and spotlight musical groups at venues including the Rialto Theatre, Loft Cinema, Cinema La Placita, the Screening Room and the Tucson J.

Featured films include “Pleased to Meet Me” at the Loft on Oct. 10 and “Heaven Adores You” at the Rialto on Oct. 12. The Arizona premiere of “Burnout,” a story about legalizing marijuana and the effects it has on a local dealer, will be held at at the Screening Room on Oct. 11, followed by a Q&A session with the director.

Musical acts include Bill Elm and Joe Peña, Sun Bones, Brianna Lea Pruett and Andrew Collberg.

Most film tickets cost $8, or $5 for students. The Rialto Theatre closing night premiere and concert costs $10. See the website for a variety of other pricing options.



Pride Parade, Pride in the Desert

Oct. 11, Oct. 18

The LGBT community will celebrate “Pride on Parade” and “Pride in the Desert” with Arizona native Daniel Hernandez Jr. as grand marshal.

After years of streetcar construction, the parade returns to Fourth Avenue on Oct. 11. It starts at 6 p.m. at Second Street and travels south down Fourth Avenue to Eighth Street. A free block party afterward will feature local entertainers.

The 37th annual Pride in the Desert returns to Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way, on Oct.18 from noon-9 p.m. Admission costs $10, or $5 for students with ID.

Tempest DuJour and Sandra Valls will serve as co-emcees for a wide range of entertainers.




Through Nov. 1

Tucson’s favorite slaughterhouse is back with five bone-chilling haunts, including The Boiler Room and Carnevil.

Slaughterhouse, located in a real former slaughterhouse at 1102 W. Grant Road, will open Thursdays-Sundays until Nov. 1.

Professional wrestling icon Jake “The Snake” Roberts will bring added scares to audiences Oct. 10 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.



‘Stuart Little’

Through Oct. 5

“Stuart Little,” directed by Mickey Nugent and based on E.B. White’s classic children’s story, scurried onto the Proscenium Theatre stage Sept. 24 at Pima Community College’s West Campus Center for the Arts.

Catch the tail end of PCC’s mouse caper before the final show Oct. 5.

Show times are Friday-Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $8 per person, with discounts available.

Box office: 206-6986

‘Badger Game’ offers funny suspense

‘Badger Game’ offers funny suspense


“The Badger Game” forces a wealthy married philanderer to get tied up in a scheme set up by ex-lovers to blackmail him for millions of dollars.

What happens next is a hilarious night that highlights the turning of amateur psychopaths.

Directors Thomas Zambeck and Joshua Wagner created a torture film that rarely shows the torture of the victim but focuses on the torture of the culprits.

With this formula, they were able to get a unique mix of comedy, horror and suspense while developing the characters and revealing their motives.

In many genre films, the selling point is not the story or the characters but the content.

In “Badger Game,” the characters and dialog raise the movie up the ranks from a B-movie to something people can get invested in.

The character-driven story worked terrifically well.

The characters are memorable both because of their distinct masks and because their personalities coincide with their animal alter-ego.

Augie Duke, Jillian Leigh, Patrick Cronen and Sasha Higgins, who play the leading roles, put the movie a cut above with convincing performances and spot-on dark comedic tone.

“The Badger Game” captures the audience and forces them to watch characters they like put into situations that will make them anxious.

The criminals react in real and funny ways.

Tie it all up with a good soundtrack and a satisfying ending, and people will be inclined to think, “I would definitely watch this more than once.”

That is a very understated compliment, which says a lot about the quality of this film.

Arts briefs

Arts briefs

‘American Burger’ casting call Oct. 3-4

Pima Community College’s advanced cinematography class will hold casting calls for a short film called “American Burger” on Oct. 3 from 3-8 p.m. and Oct. 4 from noon-5 p.m.

The production seeks non-SAG male and female actors ages 18 to 60 for roles as fast food employees, customers and extras.

Auditions will be held at West Campus in the Santa Catalina Building digital film and video lab, Room CG-45.

Applicants should prepare a one- to two-minute comedic monologue, and may be asked to read parts from the script. Those who have a resume or headshot should bring them.

Location filming will take place Nov. 7, 8, 9 and 11.

There is no monetary compensation, but meals will be provided during filming.

For more information, contact Alex Anaya at 873-8168 or

-By Katie Stewart


Writing Center hosts Scrabble tournament

The Creative Writing Center, located on West Campus in Room JG-18, will hold a Scrabble Tournament Oct. 7 noon-1:30 p.m.

Anyone can participate as well as partake in free coffee and snacks. The first-place winner will receive a $25 Antigone Books gift certificate.

The Center, a resource for all Pima Community College students, works to foster the creative writing process.

For more information, contact Meg Files at 206-6084 or

-By Danyelle Khmara


Nonfiction workshop slated Oct. 17-19

Author Sheila Bender will lead a creative writing weekend workshop in nonfiction Oct. 17-19 at Downtown Campus.

This workshop will offer focused, intensive exploration of memoir and creative nonfiction writing with varied activities and hands-on practice.

Participants will also spend time writing on their own.

Bender is a poet, essayist, memoirist and writing coach.

The workshop costs $162 for Arizona residents and provides two academic credits. Register for WRT 298T4 using CRN 14299.

Current Pima students can enroll through MyPima at Non-students can fill out a college admission form online at, then enroll.

Workshop sessions will meet in Room AH-140 on Friday from 6-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information, contact Josie Milliken at 206-7156 or , or Brooke Anderson at 206-7350 or

-By Katie Stewart

Horoscope: No one cares, Aries

Horoscope: No one cares, Aries



(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Happy birthday, Libra. I can’t tell you if you’ll make it to the next one. Oh wait, yes I can. I’m psychic. Don’t count on it.


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You recently picked up a new obsession. Everyone is glad you got over your previous obsession, but now this new obsession gets on their nerves. It’s a vicious cycle that you will take no action to prevent.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Stop being bore to the core and be someone to adore or abhor. Anything that won’t make people snore.


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You’re all right with the world, Capricorn. Unless you’re not. Nothing is absolute. Everything can happen.


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Everyone knows what you’re going to do and everyone agrees you shouldn’t. Please, for the love of dogs. Don’t do it.


(Feb. 19-March 20)

You half-ass everything, Pisces. Just like the universe half-cares what happens in your future.


(March 21-April 19)

People often respond to you with disinterest. Just because it is about you does not make it interesting.


(April 20-May 20)

You’ve been sitting around in your underwear for too long. Do something, even if it’s just putting on pants. Then celebrate your accomplishments by sleeping.


(May 21-June 21)

Sushi or Mexican? What you eat today has little to do with your certain death. Unless you die of a horrendous case of food poisoning.  Then neither would be the answer.


(June 22-July 22)

You often find yourself thinking other people are talking bad about you behind your back. They’re not. Nobody cares enough.


(July 23-Aug. 22)

You’ve been searching hard for the meaning of life. Try looking somewhere other than your mirror.


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Your skepticism is unwarranted. Expect an unfriendly visit from extraterrestrial life forms. If you deny it happened, it’s only because you don’t remember.

TOP 10: New video games to anticipate

TOP 10: New video games to anticipate


There are lots of video games coming out this holiday season and next year. With so many different genres and consoles, it was difficult to narrow down only 10, but here are the top games I’m looking forward to:

10. Star Wars Battlefront (PS4, Xbox One)

When EA showed off a trailer at the Electronic Entertainment Expo last year, I was instantly hyped for a new Battlefront game.

9. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360)

Brand new characters, vast locations, gruesome fatalities and X-Ray combos have never looked better.

8. Dying Light (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360)

Dying Light combines the free running of Mirror’s Edge and the combat of Dead Island. Think thousands of zombies with a constant day-to-night cycle that completely changes the behavior of your undead opponents.

7. Assassin’s Creed Unity (PS4, Xbox One)

AC4 let players have fun by giving them a pirate ship and a huge open world to explore and plunder. Unity looks to take the same formula and assassinate targets with your friends.

6. The Legend of Korra (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360)

I was skeptical about how it would play but all that changed when I heard that Platinum Games were the developers. It looks to pay tribute to the fans of the show with equally awesome gameplay.

5. Pokémon Omega Ruby/ Alpha Sapphire (3DS)

Gamefreak is taking all of what makes Pokémon X and Y amazing and implementing them into the familiar territory of Ruby and Sapphire.

4. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)

The Shin Megami Tensei spinoff series, Persona, is making its debut on the 3DS with all of the characters from Persona 3 and 4. The gameplay will be similar to the two games the characters come from as well as tons of fan service for Persona junkies like myself.

3. Freedom Wars (PS Vita)

The Playstation Vita needs a big AAA game to bring attention to itself. Thankfully this Monster Hunter cross Attack on Titan-esque game does just that. You can zip around abandoned wasteland cities and take out giant robots with up to 4 friends.

2. Super Smash Bros. (Wii U)

With more characters than ever before, new locations, game modes and more, Super Smash Bros. is going to dominate my Friday nights for years to come.

1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360)

When Hideo Kojima released Ground Zeroes, it showed off so much promise. The trailers shown off so far just get me more and more excited to get my hands on it in 2015.

World premier of 'The Badger Game' at local film festival

World premier of ‘The Badger Game’ at local film festival


The independent comedic thriller “The Badger Game” is having its world premier at the Arizona Underground Film Festival this Friday.

Directed by filmmakers Joshua Wagner and Thomas Zambeck, the movie centers on the kidnapping of a wealthy philanderer by a cast of animal-masked blackmailers.

“’The Badger Game’ takes aspects of both horror comedy and torture films, twisting them into character quirks which drive the film further into unpredictability,” said Fangoria Magazine in an interview with Zambeck

The film will be showing at The Screening Room at 127 E. Congress on Sept. 26 at 9:45 p.m.

“We have a talented cast of upstarts that really shine together,” Zambeck said. “I firmly believe that years from now, people will look back and see this as a film like ‘Taps’ or ‘School Ties’ a movie that kicked-off the careers of several big movie stars.”

Tickets are on sale at the festival website or at the box office for $8. Event passes for the film festival are also available on the website for $55. For more information, visit