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Tales of Tucson: Dillinger's Last Love

A story about something that might have happened in Tucson more than 80 years ago, and kept secret ever since...

Apr 3, 2014

Doc Explores '60s Activism Through Family Experience

"It's a film about the tragedy of idealism," says director of Tatanka, one of the films featured at the Loft Film Festival.

Nov 7, 2013

"Salt of the Earth"

Film writer Chris Dashiell says that this little-known 1954 film dealt with modern political themes revolving around work and marriage

Sep 6, 2013
The memorable final shot from the 1957 drive-in favorite "The Giant Claw"

Tucson Drive-In History

Film writer Chris Dashiell takes a fond look back at the golden age of the Old Pueblo's outdoor movie theaters

Aug 2, 2013

Working for Equal Rights

Tucson group tries to raise awaress, education and opportunity for often-marginalized residents

Mar 21, 2013
The first Hollywood film about bank robber John Dillinger was made in 1945 and starred Lawrence Tierney

Three Views of John Dillinger

"Public Enemy No. 1" John Dillinger made history in Tucson 79 years ago this month. Film writer Chris Dashiell looks back at three different Dillinger-inspired films from three different Hollywood eras

Jan 24, 2013

CD 1: The Flavor of Arizona

New district larger, more diverse than several states

Nov 2, 2012
9/19/12. Rebecca Brukman.

Tucson's Movie Theater History

Chris Dashiell looks back at the theaters that once thrilled Tucson audiences, from The Fox and The Rialto to memories of The Opera House and The Lyric.

Sep 20, 2012
New film footage has emerged of the Temple of Music and Art, an anchor of Tucson's performing arts community since 1927.

Long-Lost Film Footage Reveals Temple of Music and Art's Genesis

Groundbreaking for Tucson institution captured in 1920s footage.

Jul 5, 2012
A 12-year old Richard Glazier meets his hero, Ira Gershwin, at Gershwin's Beverly Hills home on April 2nd, 1975

From Ragtime to Romance

Pianist & cultural historian Richard Glazier shares stories about some of the great American popular composers of the 20th century, including the Gershwins and Irving Berlin.

Jun 14, 2012
(L to R): Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, and Tim Holt starring in the 1948 film classic "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Film reviewer Chris Dashiell looks at the 1948 movie and explains why it was actually a risky gamble for its studio, director, and star.

Jun 14, 2012

Ancient Signs of Intelligent Life

Visit some petroglyph sites in the Tucson Mountains with guide Allen Dart, the executive director of The Old Pueblo Archaeology Center.

May 31, 2012
A still from director John Sturges' 1967 film "Hour of the Gun"

Shootout at the O.K. Corral

Film reviewer Chris Dashiell looks at some of the different interpretations this historic event has received in film, from "Tombstone" to "Hour of the Gun"

May 11, 2012

'Some Thrived, Some Died'

New book chronicles the history of Arizona mining towns past and present.

Apr 26, 2012
Tourists gather around a horse-drawn carriage in Tombstone.

True West Towns

Magazine's annual list of towns that celebrate their heritage names Prescott #1, slights Tombstone.

Mar 9, 2012
The Zoppé family circus has existed for 170 years. Sixth generation performer Giovanni Zoppé plays Nino the Clown.

Circus Tradition Continues for 7 Generations

What's it like to grow up in the circus? Find out from Giovanni Zoppé how the Zoppé Family Circus is honoring and preserving their family's colorful history.

Mar 6, 2012

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