February 14, 2024 / Modified feb 28, 2024 3:01 p.m.

Mandy Patinkin shares stories and laughter.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Being last in line to get water from the Colorado River; and four short films debut at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center.

Mandy Patinkin solo spot VIEW LARGER Mandy Patinkin in Concert: BEING ALIVE, presents the acclaimed actor / singer / storyteller in his most electrifying role - Concert Performer.

Arizona Spotlight

February 15, 2024

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Featured on the February 15th, 2024 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • Truly a star of stage and screen, Mandy Patinkin is coming to Tucson to perform an evening of song at the Fox Tucson Theatre, on February 18th. Mandy talks with Mark about how he chose his favorite compositions to sing, his everlasting pride over being in the movie The Princess Bride, and why his faith is more important to him now than ever…

  • The creativity and storytelling of some local filmmakers will be on display at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center as part of their Lunar New Year celebration. “Night of the Dragon” is the name for a showcase of four short films about different aspects of Asian-American life, and film essayist Chris Dashiell offers a preview… And, Mark interview Nolan Veneklasen, the UA graduate and filmmaker responsible for “The Young Lions”, a look into the purpose and pageantry behind the annual Lion Dance, an important part of the Chinese New Year and an artistic legacy that has been passed down for generations…
Tucson Chinese Lion Dance Troupe POSTER VIEW LARGER Tucson Chinese Cultural Center presents a celebration of the Lunar New Year.
Tucson Chinese Lion Dance Troupe DIRECTORS NOTES VIEW LARGER Director Nolan Veneklasen directed "The Young Lions".

For many living in other parts of the country, water is not something that you think about…you turn the handle and out comes the water, every time. But those of us who live in Arizona know it isn’t that simple. We rely on a mixture of groundwater and the Colorado River for the water we need. And a continuing drought, climate change, and population growth is straining the system. For those of us who get water from the Central Arizona Project, pressure on the Colorado River is of particular concern. The CAP provides 456 Billion gallons of Colorado River water to Tucson and Phoenix each year. Since Arizona is at the lower end of the River…changes to water use in places like Colorado can have a big impact. And when the rights to a large volume of river water is up for negotiation, it draws in some powerful players, and big money. KUNC’s Alex Hager reports on one deal that is currently coming together…

This story is part of ongoing coverage of the Colorado River, produced by KUNC and supported by the Walton Family Foundation.

Bridge wideshot Pedestrians walk across a bridge spanning the Colorado River in Grand Junction, Colo. on Jan. 25, 2024. The Colorado River District says buying the Shoshone water right will bring more predictable flows to the river's '15 mile reach.'
Alex Hager, KUNC
Colorado cows Cattle graze in the Grand Valley on Jan. 25, 2024. Farm groups say the area's growers will benefit from the Colorado River District's acquisition of the Shoshone water right because it will help them have more predictability in the amount of water they can divert for farms and ranches each year.
Alex Hager, KUNC
Colorado Fish
Colorado black and white shot VIEW LARGER This 1968 photo shows two large tubes, known as penstocks, which carry Colorado River water into the Shoshone hydropower facility from pipes within the canyon wall.
Historic American Engineering Record/Library Of Congress/Alex Hager, KUNC
Colorado Snow The Colorado River flows through the Shoshone diversion structure on Jan. 29, 2024. The diversion structure routes river water into the hydropower plant.
Alex Hager, KUNC/EcoFlight
Snow Colorado The Shoshone Hydroelectric Facility sits beneath a busy stretch of Interstate 70 on Jan. 26, 2024. The Colorado River District is poised to spend $98.5 million on rights to its water in an effort to keep the Colorado River flowing for farms and cities in Western Colorado.
Alex Hager, KUNC

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