Jul 4, 2013 8:26 PM by Faye DeHoff
TUCSON - Photography, a jazz shot at a local resort and a documentary. Herb Stratford has that and a look at what's now showing in this week's Arts & Culture segment.
The Tucson Jazz Society's "The West Coast Cool Show" concert is set for at the Friday, July 5 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.
The concert, featuring classic jazz standards from the 1950's will be performed by the duo of Mark Winkler and Cheryl Bentyne, who have been performing around the country on a sold-out tour. Along with the classic songs, the duo tells stories from the day when the west coast jazz scene was the center of the musical world.
Mark your calendar for an exciting new show at the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography. "Anticipating Digital" is a show of work by former UA photography faculty member Todd Walker. The show examines his groundbreaking work in experimental and non-traditional photographic processes and is the first large show of his work in many years. The show is open from July 13 to October 20 and is free and open to the public.
One of the best documentary films of the year opens this weekend at the Loft Cinema. The movie, "Twenty Feet From Stardom" tells the story of rock and roll backup singers and the road they travel in support of lead singers. The winner of numerous awards at festivals starting at Sundance last January, the movie is a great look at these unsung heroes.
And now here's a look at the other new movies out this week....
From behind the blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "The Lone Ranger," in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice. The two are opposites brought together by fate and must join forces to battle greed and corruption.
Get ready for more minion madness in "Despicable Me 2".
Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy adventure featuring the return of super-villain Gru (Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions...and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.
Now that the ever-entrepreneurial Gru has left behind a life of super crime to raise Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher), Gru, Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) and the Minions have some free time on their hands.
But as he starts to adjust to his role as a suburban family man, an ultra-secret organization dedicated to fighting evil around the globe comes knocking. Now, it's up to Gru and his new partner, Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig), to discover who is responsible for a spectacular crime and bring him to justice. After all, it takes the world's greatest ex-villain to catch the one vying to take his place...
The film is rated PG.