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Listen up, go see 'Philip'

Listen up, go see ‘Philip’


In director Alex Perry’s “Listen Up Philip,” Jason Shwartzman plays arrogant egocentric writer Philip Friedman, who lives in the city with his girlfriend Ashley, played by Elisabeth Moss.

Struggling to make headway on his newest novel, Friedman is offered to stay at the rural summer home of a once-famed writer named Ike Zimmerman, played by Jonathan Pryce, and his daughter Melanie played by Krysten Ritter.

This movie really excels at it is getting the viewers to despise the protagonist, which is everything but unintentional.

Shwartzman’s character has little regard for others emotions as he is afraid of people seeing him as anything other than a great literary entity.

Pryce’s character tries to channel his former glory through Philip, but constantly belittles him and justifies destructive characteristics by making him believe that if you are great you are entitled to be a vulgarian.

The comedy is supposed to come from how insufferable the characters are, which is not as funny as it is painfully realistic. This worked for and against the film.

Philip and Ike are so unlikable, but instead of being over the top and goofy as it may have been intended, it comes off as really believable and upsetting.

The film, a dramatic dark comedy featuring Shwartzman as a writer in the city, draws some parallels, including its main actor, with the HBO series “Bored to Death.”

The movie occasionally side steps to the stories of Ashley and Melanie who are affected the most by the selfishness of both men.

This gave me someone to root for, hoping that they both are eventually able to distance themselves from their poisonous relationships, which was ironically what Philip initially set out to do for himself.

Genuinely ingenious, Perry made a film where the focus of the picture is two static megalomaniacs that really exist to develop the more dynamic side characters.

Despite the main characters being detestable beyond belief, I still recommend seeing this movie. In the end, it was satisfying to get through all the pretentious babble for the last few scenes.

“Listen Up Philip” is opening theatrically at The Loft on Friday Nov 21. For times and ticket information, go to

Top 10: Late-night Tucson restaurants

Top 10: Late-night Tucson restaurants


Many people think Tucson doesn’t have any restaurants open past 9 p.m., but it does. Here are my picks for the best choices:

10. HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery

You can order a decent-sized sit-down meal or opt for take-out ice cream. The food and drinks are pricy but worth it. Closing time: midnight. Location: 266 E. Congress St.

9. In-N-Out Burger

The chain is cheap and has options ranging from triple patties to healthy protein burgers. Closing times: Sundays-Thursdays at 1 a.m., Fridays-Saturdays at 1:30 a.m. Locations: All around town, including two on East Broadway Blvd. and two on North Oracle Road.

8. Applebee’s

Applebee’s has great happy hours and healthy dishes. If you go with a friend, try the 2-for-$20 deal. Closing times: Mondays-Wednesdays at 1 a.m., Thursdays-Saturdays at 2 a.m. Locations: All around town, including West Ina Road and East Grant Road.

7. BK Tacos

The taco stand is a great place to take friends or family. Closing times: Sundays-Thursdays at 11 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays at midnight. Location: 2680 N. First Ave.

6. US Fries

The franchise offers crazy-different fries topped with almost anything you can imagine. Closing times: Mondays-Wednesdays at 10 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays at 3 a.m. Location: 340 N. Fourth Ave.

5.  BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

You can order appetizers, salads, pizza or burgers, and watch sports while you’re at it. Large groups welcome. Closing times: Mondays-Thursdays and Sunday at midnight, Fridays-Saturdays at 1 a.m. Locations: 4270 N. Oracle Road and 5510 E. Broadway Blvd.


The chain is known for breakfast platters any time of day, but serves much more. It’s open 24 hours a day. Locations: All around town, including 1500 W. Grant Road, 7945 E. Broadway Blvd. and 4187 N. Oracle Road.

3. Cheba Hut

This marijuana-themed hippie-stoner chain serves a variety of toasted subs. Closing time: 2 a.m. Location: 1820 E. Sixth St.

2. Brooklyn Pizza Company

Brooklyn serves pizzas by the slice or whole. It’s pricey, but portions are huge. Closing time: Daily at 11 p.m. Late-night slices available Thursdays-Saturdays until 2:30 a.m. Location: 534 N. Fourth Ave.

1. Wings Over Broadway

You can watch live games while chowing down on wings or appetizers. Closing times: Mondays at 9 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays at 10 p.m. Location: 5004 E. Broadway Blvd.




Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Do you smell that, Scorpio? That’s the smell of old age and a freshly baked birthday cake. Eat the whole cake – you need to bury your “getting old” sorrows somehow.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

If you play your cards right, my little Sagittarius friend, you might find that king or queen you’ve been looking for. Let’s just hope you hit the jackpot with this one.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You must learn to indulge a little, Capricorn, so don’t worry about all the looks you receive when your credit card is declined. That shopping spree was totally worth it.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

We get it, Aquarius, you want to save the world. You’re not a superhero though. Why not enjoy a relaxing movie and fresh popcorn for once? The world will still need saving when the movie is over.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Wash your hair, put on your best outfit and take yourself on a date. You deserve to be wined and dined, Pisces, even if you’re the one holding open doors and paying the tab.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You’ve been so busy lately with school and work, Aries. It’s time to put the books away and sleep all day. You need some beauty rest.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

We can tell you stuffed your face with all that half-priced Halloween candy, Taurus. I know it was delicious but the gym is calling your name now.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

Stop worrying so much about what other people say, Gemini. They probably aren’t as well-spoken as you. Besides, you just don’t have time for that nonsense.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

We all know you’re lying when you say, “just one more episode.” Learn to be honest with yourself and the people around you, Cancer. It’s never just one more episode.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You’ve always been the loudest and most energetic, Leo, but your friends are tired and their ears are starting to hurt. Stay home for once. You don’t want your friends to go deaf, now do you?

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Stop spending so much time planning your Pinterest wedding and go out on a real date, Virgo. It can’t be an ideal wedding if only your cats are in attendance.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Oh Libra, I’d tell you to stop and smell the flowers but I know how much you hate them. Instead, I’m going to tell you to stop and taste the beers. Maybe after a few, you’ll learn to love those damn flowers.

Pow! Boom! Tucson Comic-Con draws super crowd

Pow! Boom! Tucson Comic-Con draws super crowd

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A cosplayer dressed as Marvel’s Black Cat draws attendees in for photos. (Larry Gaurano/Aztec Press)

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Phoenix graphic artist Chad Stafford sells a variety of items in artist alley at the Tucson Comic-Con. (Larry Gaurano/Aztec Press)



Tucson museum displays masterworks

Tucson museum displays masterworks


When we imagine the work of great artists, we picture their most renowned pieces. Most of us don’t think about the journey artists take to reach their peak of artistic vision and skill.

The Tucson Museum of Art aims to spark new thoughts about the early work of famous virtuosos in a new exhibit, “The Figure Examined.”

“The more you become exposed to an artist’s work, the more you understand how involved they get in what they create,” chief curator Julie Sasse said. “It’s not just that they came up with a style and stuck with it. They evolved.”

Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Diego Rivera, Auguste Rodin and Andy Warhol are just a few of the artists who will leave museum visitors star struck. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 22, 2015.

“In terms of the existing greats, this has been the pinnacle of my experience with working with modern art,” Sasse said. “It’s almost flabbergasting, the scope of art.”

She expects the exhibit to bring in audiences ranging from wide-eyed museum newcomers to art aficionados.

No matter the audience, Sasse hopes they come away with an understanding of the artists’ realizations and growth.

“It gives you a chance to realize that maybe the five quintessential pieces you know of from art history books aren’t the only things these artists have done,” Sasse said.

All of the exhibit artwork is courtesy of the Kasser Mochary Foundation, founded by Alexander and Elisabeth Kasser with their children Mary Mochary and Michael Kasser.

The collection was brought to Tucson through the collaboration of Sasse, foundation curator Joanne Stuhr and foundation deputy director Angela Novacek.

“My parents collected in order to feel closer to some of the most imaginative souls on our planet,” Mochary said in the exhibit catalog.

The collection accentuates 19th and 20th century European sculptures and paintings but also highlights defining and pivotal periods in the artists’ evolution.

Tucson Museum of Art admission costs $10 general, $8 for seniors and $5 for college students with ID. Youth ages 18 and under get in free, as do active military and veterans. Memberships are available for purchase.

“It brings me joy to think that people will care enough to want to see this,” Sasse said. “It means art is still alive and well.”

For more information, visit

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Auguste Rodin, “Adam,” 1881; cast 1970, bronze, 8/12, Kasser Mochary Art Foundation.


Henri de Toulouse–Lautrec, “La Loge au mascaron doré / Love with a Gilded Mascaron,” 1893, lithograph on paper.




Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You’re in need of some spiritual and celestial healing. Don’t let the pressures of society mask the real person. When your being is tired, exercise your soul.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
The best things that can happen to you will happen if you lower your expectations. Sometimes you just need to be realistic. Still, you’re an awesome person.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Don’t let the expectations you’ve set for yourself fall and crumple like the leaves in autumn. Just chill out and take a breather now and then. Besides, cooler weather should help with your hot headedness.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
It’s important for you to play your position and know your role. If you have teams, then represent your team, but if you happen to be a free agent, represent yourself. No shame in that.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You can’t search the depths of others without first searching the depths of yourself. Look up to the stars for guidance. It’s difficult to open the door to the future without the proper cosmic key.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
College life is kind of like a cross-country meet. Everybody runs the same course, everyone goes through similar obstacles and similar pain, but we’re all running to a finish line. Some just finish faster than others.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Find the whimsical nature that was once synonymous with you, but don’t go all Willy Wonka on us. Simply try to find enjoyment in everyday situations. Don’t be so grumpy all the time!

Gemini (May 21-June 21)
If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else ever will. Be the hero you want others to see you as. It’s not science fiction, it’s science faction.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)
Don’t go chasing waterfalls. It leads to nothing but wetness and ruined clothes. Dreams on the other hand, those you should chase. Always remember: Don’t follow your dreams, chase them!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You’re the captain of your own voyage. Your faith will return just as surely as the sun will rise. It seems like a long shot, I know, but it’ll work out.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
If you feel that nobody in the world understands you, then maybe it’s time to change your world. We can’t change our world unless we change ourselves.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
A wise man once said that everything happens for a reason. Take solace in these words. As the seasons transition into sweater weather, be a warm heart for those lost in the cold.

Retreat to Tucson Botanical Gardens

Retreat to Tucson Botanical Gardens


Tucson Botanical Gardens offers a refreshing chance to escape studying, homework and the stress of being a student.

The gardens’ mission promotes appropriate use of plants and water in a desert environment through education and demonstration.

Its shaded pathways radiate a strong sense of community, with benches dedicated to family members and loved ones.

One top attraction is the Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion, which is open October through May. After weekly shipments of pupae emerge in a chrysalis exhibit, they are transferred to a greenhouse filled with hundreds of butterflies.

The facility also displays seasonal plants that attract migratory butterfly species, and showcases many different types of gardens.

I learned a lot from the herb garden, and from the displays of medicinal and culinary plants.

Visitors can view many aloe species during a walk along Aloe Alley, while the Prehistoric Garden’s petrified wood and living fossil plants give a feel for what Tucson looked like millions of years ago.

A Children’s Discovery Garden entertains youngsters with sculptures of pollinators and life-size bees and butterflies.

Children are also infatuated with the Gardens Gift Shop. The shop sells garden-inspired items ranging from tools to perfume to toys. Among the unique items offered for sale are small plant groupings called horticultural therapy beds that are raised and maintained by people with disabilities.

I could also smell a delicious lunch coming from the newly renovated dining area. The Café Botanica is open daily from 8 a.m-2 p.m.

Tucson Botanical Gardens strives to be recognized as the best small public garden in America. In my opinion, they are well on their way to exceeding that goal.

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A shaded herb garden offers respite at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. The facility is also home to a popular butterfly and orchid pavilion. and a newly renovated cafe. (Taylor Jones/Aztec Press)

BEST BETS: Bust out holiday costumes

BEST BETS: Bust out holiday costumes

Compiled by Alex Fruechtenicht

Early November has so much to offer in Tucson, from unleashing your inner geek to honoring ancestors from many different cultures. Get out of your comfort zone and go get cultured.

TusCon: Oct. 31- Nov. 2

Looking for a small convention with a big emphasis on sci-fi? Look no further than TusCon, headquartered at 475 N. Granada Ave.

The con opens at noon on Halloween and stays open around the clock until Sunday evening. Activities include panels, special guests, LAN parties, a film festival, art show and an anime room pumping Japanese pop music.

Only 500 persons can attend, so buy tickets early. A full three-day ticket costs $55 for anyone above age 13. Admission costs $30 for those under 13.


Celtic Festival/ Scottish Highland Games

Oct. 31- Nov. 2

Head over to Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. First Ave., on Oct. 31 for a family night of trick or treating, with free admission until 6 p.m.

The next day, a Celtic festival and highland games get underway with contests, live music, Scottish and Irish dancing, whisky tasting and much more.

An adult ticket costs $20 for the weekend or $15 for a one-day pass. Senior or military tickets are $10, and youth tickets cost $5.

Festivities run from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.


Floating Lantern Workshop and Ceremony

Nov. 1

If you want to honor your ancestors like the Japanese do, visit Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson at 2130 N. Alvernon Way.

People in Japan celebrate Obon, a festival that honors ancestors by making floating lanterns and releasing them onto water. Yume will help Tucsonans make their own obon lanterns at a workshop that starts at 4 p.m. Participants will release their lantern into a large koi pond.

The workshop costs $3, along with gardens admission of $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 15. Students with ID get in for $6.

Reserve a spot by emailing or calling in advance at or 322-2928.


2nd Saturdays Downtown

Nov. 8

Family fun at 2nd Saturdays includes live music, dancers and loads of shopping opportunities, with street vendors and restaurants staying open later than normal. The fun begins at 5 p.m.

The Nov. 8 event will feature live music from The Jonestown Band and Greyhound Soul.

The public shows are free for music fans of all ages to enjoy.

The Fox Theater will be showcase Black Violin at 7:30 p.m. with genres ranging from classical to hip hop and bluegrass with tickets starting at $18.


Tucson Comic-Con: Nov. 8-9

Can’t make it outside the city for the San Diego or New York Comic-Con? No worries. Tucson Comic-Con has got you covered.

Doors at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave., open on Saturday at 10 a.m. and stay open until 7 p.m. The convention continues on Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

A day pass will run you $10, while a weekend pass costs $15. Tickets can be purchased at the door.


All Souls Procession

Nov. 9

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican tradition honoring those who have passed on. Tucson adds its own unique style with the annual All Souls Procession.

The free procession will start about 4 p.m. at 400 N. Sixth Ave. The grand finale begins at Mercado San Agustin on West Congress after the procession arrives, usually between 8:30-9 p.m.

Performers include Flam Chen, Danza Azteca Calpulli Tonantzin, Odaiko Sonora and the Community Spirit Group.

Check the website for numerous activities leading up the main event, and to view the procession route.


Veterans Day Parade

Nov. 11

Tucson’s Veterans Day parade, held each year to thank all veterans, starts from 330 W. Franklin St. at 11 a.m. and follows a route through downtown.

Use the website map to stake out a spot for free viewing.


Top 10: Reasons to love October-December

Top 10: Reasons to love October-December


October to December are my favorite months. This list shows why year’s end is the best part of the calendar:

10. Pumpkin spice

Before you argue that pumpkin spice is overused, let me say I agree. The oversaturation has almost driven me away, but I still love pumpkin spice-infused foods and drinks. Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte remains my favorite drink from the coffee shop.

9. Shorter days

With the sun being out less and less as we get deeper into winter, the days seem to go much faster than in other parts of the year.

8. Eggnog

I always grab eggnog from the first time I see it in early October until well into December. There’s something about this thick winter drink that just calls me and many others for an afternoon cup.

7. Winter break

Having time off between semesters is just what all of us at Pima need after stressing over finals. Most people leave the city to visit family or go on vacation, but relaxing at home can be just as good.

6. The holidays

You can’t help but get excited by all the holidays in the last quarter of the year. We have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and many others that lead up to New Year’s Eve.

5. Holiday releases

If you’ve read my articles this semester, you know I like video games. October-December always promises most of the year’s best games. Throwing a blanket over yourself as you play a new game on the couch with a cup of coffee? Heaven.

4. Cool clothes

We all love wearing winter clothes. You’ve got hoodies, beanies, gloves, scarves, jackets and long pants to keep you warm, and they look awesome. Don’t forget to break out that scarf you bought three years ago.

3. Mount Lemmon snow

We don’t get snow all that often here, and you know what? I’m OK with that. I’ve heard the horror stories from relatives in Indiana. Thankfully, Mount Lemmon gives everyone in Tucson enough snow to play in — without the consequences.

2. Cuddling

If you’ve got a significant other, you understand the trouble of cuddling during warm summers. It just doesn’t work. But cuddling in the winter? Almost unbeatable.

1. Cold weather

I was born and raised in Tucson. After spending more than 20 boiling summers here, I can say without a doubt that being cold is way better. It may not get as cold as other places around the world, but I’m happy with the bit we get. I just wish it would last longer.

Submit to SandScript

Submit to SandScript

Pima Community College’s SandScript art and literary magazine is accepting student submissions for the 2015 edition.

The fall submission deadline is Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. A second submission period will be held in the spring, and the magazine will publish in May.

Submissions are limited to PCC students who enrolled in at least two credits while attending classes during the summer or fall, or who enroll for Spring 2015.

Students may submit a maximum of two works of fiction or nonfiction, five poems and/or five visual art works. They may submit multiple genres, but each genre requires a separate submission form.

All works must be previously unpublished, and hard copies will not be returned.

For detailed submission guidelines and forms, visit For more information, email

The 2014 SandScript won first place in the Southwest Division of the Community College Humanities Association for the third year in a row.

SandScript adviser Joshua Cochran and student staffers will attend the association’s conference and award ceremony Nov. 6-8 in Austin, Texas.

-By Katie Stewart

‘Wait Until Dark’ ends Nov. 8

‘Wait Until Dark’ ends Nov. 8


Arizona Theatre Company will showcase the classic thriller “Wait Until Dark” through Nov. 8 at Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.

The play, a 1966 Broadway hit and a 1967 Oscar-nominated movie starring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin, pits a con man against a young blind woman.

ATC artistic director David Ira Goldstein oversees the local production.

“In ‘Wait Until Dark,’ we have a woman in peril, the sudden importance of a mundane prop and the use of a McGuffin, all Hitchcockian tropes that work on us in a psychologically insinuating way,” Goldstein said.

Jeffrey Hatcher has adapted the original script by Frederick Knott, moving the setting from the 1960s to 1944.

Goldstein said Hatcher also boiled down the language into the terse, lean dialogue of period films from that era.

The play is about darkness and light, and makes use of shadows that people associate with film noir and classic Hollywood movies, he added.

“It gave my marvelous design team and actors wonderful opportunities,” he said.

Brook Parks, who plays the blind woman, described the role as a very challenging yet thrilling experience.

She said she’s a fan of the 1960s movie but considers the Arizona Theatre Company production an entirely new version.

Tickets start at $37, with discounts available for seniors and active military.

For more information, visit For tickets, call 622-2823.

‘THEN AND NOW’ Bernal exhibit explores artists’ careers

‘THEN AND NOW’ Bernal exhibit explores artists’ careers


The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery at Pima Community College’s West Campus is shining a spotlight on artists with unrecognized Tucson origins.

“Then and Now,” curated by Bernal director David Andres, dusts off the work of four artists to compare them to the creators’ latest and greatest.

“They’re important artists but they don’t seem to get recognized back here,” Andres said. “I’m trying to bring attention to them having a history here and then going off and making history.”

Jan Olsson, Ann Fessler, Tom Savage and Pam Marks all attended the University of Arizona during the late 1970s and early ‘80s before becoming internationally discovered.

The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 12.

A reception and gallery talk will be held Nov. 6 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., with two of the four artists attending.

From painting and drawing to photography, the artists studied a variety of mediums.

After graduation, the artists continued to expand their horizons.

“It’s good for students to be able to see artists that have been working for a long period of time instead of someone who’s just starting,” Andres said.

Olsson began teaching at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia before she moved to Paris, France, where she currently works in the historic artists’ residence La Ruche.

Fessler also took up the teaching reins. She began at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore before landing at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she became the director of the photography graduate program.

While keeping a full-time teaching position, Fessler makes documentaries. She is also the author of “The Girls Who Went Away,” which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award for general nonfiction.

Savage found himself in California, where he still works today. He received a prestigious grant from the International Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2010-2011. He has recovered from a 2012 liver transplant.

Marks worked as an artist-in-residence for the Arizona Commission on the Arts before leaving to take up a professorship at Connecticut College in New London.

Gallery admission is free and open to the public. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

“Pima Community College and Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery is honored to bring them back to Tucson for this exhibit,” Andres said.

For more information, call 206-6942 or visit

Photos courtesy of Bernal Gallery

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Ann Fessler: Along the Blue River, still from film, 2001-2013.

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Jan Olsson: Dessins sur Mesures, No. 10, ink, graphite and gesso on book plates, 2008.

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Pam Marks: Displacements #2, solar plate etching on Japanese paper, 2011.

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Tom Savage: Solitude 2, mixed media on wood panel, 2014.

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.