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‘Gem and Jam’ rocks Tucson for 14th year
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‘Gem and Jam’ rocks Tucson for 14th year

Tripp St. on the Onyx Stage Story and photos by JOSHUA BAILEYPima Post Pima Gem & Jam: Friday Roundup This weekend marked the 14th annual Pima Gem and Jam Festival in Tucson.  The fairgrounds held a whopping 5,000 guest capacity for the music fest and hosted a variety of artists and DJs playing an eclectic mix of jams ranging from EDM to folk-country.  Stars like Rising Appalachia, STS9 and Simon Posford were scheduled to appear over the weekend. The first year back from the pandemic made Pima Gem & Jam hit the ground running with a dazzling lineup of artists, entertainers and music-weavers. Tripp St., known for his unique style of electronic music reminiscent of action-packed sci-fi media, made an appearance at the Onyx Stage on Friday to an enthusiast...
Beauty in a ‘Nightmare’
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Beauty in a ‘Nightmare’

By JAVIER DOSAMANTESPima Post “Nightmare Alley”Directed by: Guillermo del ToroRating: RRun time: 2 hours, 30 minutesShowing at The Loft Cinema “Film noir” is a term coined by French movie critic Nino Frank to describe a subgenre of detective and mystery movies between the 1940s and 1950s. The term translates directly to "dark" or "black" films. Movies in this genre are literally and figuratively dark: The lighting is dim to create gloom, and shadows are heavily employed to form an atmosphere of mystery. Their overarching themes include murder, double-crossing, pessimism or romantic betrayal. The characters in the genre are cynics motivated by selfishness or pure evil, who embark on an immoral and tragic journey. It's the opposite approach Guillermo del Toro has to his u...
Movie review: ‘Licorice Pizza’
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Movie review: ‘Licorice Pizza’

By JAVIER DOSAMANTESPima Post “Licorice Pizza”Directed by: Paul Thomas AndersonRating: RRun time: 2 hours, 13 minutesShowing at The Loft Cinema “Paul Thomas Anderson’s new movie is a charming and sweet coming of age story” is a sentence I never thought would be written or said, but that’s what “Licorice Pizza” is. Anderson’s films usually involve scenes with Daniel Day-Lewis throwing bowling balls and pins at a preacher-slash-hustler during the early 20th century oil rush in California. Or drug-induced shootouts in a living room with “Jessie’s Girl” and “99 Red Balloons” playing in the background. “Licorice Pizza,” however, is not a consuming character study nor an intense journey into darkness. It is a fun, hazy and more personal film for the eight-time Oscar-nominated au...
A new frontier in the Old West
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A new frontier in the Old West

By JAVIER DOSAMANTES  “The Power of the Dog”Directed by: Jane CampionRating: RRun time: 2 hours, 6 minutesOpens at The Loft Cinema Dec. 10 and is currently streaming on Netflix In Michael Mann's "Heat," Robert de Niro's character tells his love interest, "I'm alone, I am not lonely."  Throughout "The Power of the Dog," a psychological drama set in the Old West, I kept thinking about that quote. Everyone in this film is not alone, but they are lonely. Nobody's happy where they are, with whom they are, or with whom they are not. One character rejects society and longs for his brother's love in their mentor's absence. Meanwhile, the other brother wants to be accepted by society and rejects their way of life. A widow who terrifyingly coexists with her new brother-in...
Brews with Hutch: Barrio Brewing Co.
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Brews with Hutch: Barrio Brewing Co.

Barrio Brewing Co. sells flights of 5-ounce pours for $6. Patrons may sample any of 12 standard and 4 rotating beers on draft. Story and photo by TROY HUTCHISONPima Post The craft beer scene around the country has taken off and the number of local breweries has climbed over the years in Tucson.  With the number of breweries increasing in the city, I decided to go around town and share my thoughts on some breweries.  First on the list is one of the oldest breweries in Tucson. Barrio Brewing Co. was established in 1991 as part of a small restaurant called Gentle Ben’s Brewing. About 15 years ago, Barrio Brewing split off into its own building at 800 E. 16th St. Dennis and Tauna Arnold originally owned both businesses, but in recent years, Barrio Brewing has becom...
Thoughts about Week 2 of The Loft Film Fest – and a bonus ‘Julia’ review
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Thoughts about Week 2 of The Loft Film Fest – and a bonus ‘Julia’ review

By JAVIER DOSAMANTESPima Post “Julia”Directed by: Julie Cohen and Betsy WestRating: PG -13Run time: 1 hour, 35 minutesOpens at The Loft Cinema Nov. 24 Ending parties is a cross between an artform and a sport — it's social gymnastics — and you have to stick the landing.  Everything can go wrong, and if it does, people will remember the end instead of the rest of the festivities. Parties run the risk of going on for too long and plateau, someone can get into a fight or argument, you can start playing the wrong kind of music and people will fall asleep or walk out, etc. Hosts have to perfectly execute the move of telling guests it's over in a way they leave with a smile and good memories.  Party hosts also have to walk the thin line of choosing the right playl...
Top 9 Mexican food and drinks you must have this fall
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Top 9 Mexican food and drinks you must have this fall

Story and photos taken by CARLOS MIRANDAPima Post It's that time of the year again … the fall/winter season.  That means bring all the food, desserts and drinks our way. This season, these are the nine Mexican/Hispanic food, desserts and drinks you should try/enjoy at least one time. Posole Posole is a soup that has some type of shredded meat, pork or chicken. It also has lots of hominy, which are whole kernels of dried field corn. Sometimes people add pinto beans. Posole is best served with toasted buttered bread or tortilla. And you don't have to, but people like to garnish the soup with lime, cilantro, green onion or regular onion, cabbage, radishes and spicy chili flakes. This dish is best to eat on a nice cold day or even at family gatherings. Buñuelos B...
Thoughts about Week 1 of The Loft Film Fest
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Thoughts about Week 1 of The Loft Film Fest

By JAVIER DOSAMANTES The Loft Film Fest is back for its 11th annual installment after a one-year hiatus, and The Loft's patrons are not taking it for granted. Some film festivals and cultural events blur the lines between celebrating the arts and blatant networking, but The Loft Film Fest has been a pure celebration of film. People attending all or most films stop to have pre- and post-movie impromptu critiques among themselves, take notes during movies and cheer before every showing. The staff — gracious and knowledgeable — have amicable conversations with regulars, and Jeff Yanc (program director), is great at presenting movies with show host swagger. Last week, at the festival’s kickoff and Arizona premiere of "Parallel Mothers," the crowd cheered for the festival's ...
‘The French Dispatch’ is a grand idea
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‘The French Dispatch’ is a grand idea

Story and image by JAVIER DOSAMONTESPima Post “THE FRENCH DISPATCH”DIRECTED BY: WES ANDERSONRATING: RRUN TIME: 1 HOUR, 48 MINUTESSHOWING AT THE LOFT CINEMA Wes Anderson's "The French Dispatch" began showing at The Loft a little over a week ago, and I have watched it twice.  Not because I enjoyed the movie, but because I wanted to figure out a way to talk about it. Anderson is an all-time great filmmaker. His résumé is full of cinematic gems like "The Royal Tenenbaums," "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," among many others. Everything he does is either a classic or a cult classic, but something’s off on this one. The film's concept — while ambitious — should work under the direction of Anderson. It's an ode to...
Young Thug’s ‘Punk’ shows he still has it
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Young Thug’s ‘Punk’ shows he still has it

YSL Records BY NATE MARTINEZPima Post The month of October has been very kind to fans of hip hop across the United States. Recently, the highly touted singer/songwriter Young Thug dropped his second studio album “Punk” on Oct. 15.  The album opens up with a soft alternative rock kind of flow, something Young Thug fans have been used to for a while now.  Young Thug has been known to mix alternative genres with hip hop. In 2016, he dropped the mix tape, “JEFFREY,” which mixes influences of reggae and rock. Young Thug also gave his fans “Beautiful Thugger Girls,” which had heavy tones of country rock mixed in. Mixing punk and soft rock with hip hop may sound like an album that was destined for failure. Young Thug actually does an amazing job in blending the sounds to...