It's one of my favorite times of the year: The Loft Film Festival is here! We're blessed with a lot of film fests in this town (and lots of alternative cinema besides), but the Loft Film Fest is my favorite. Loft Executive Director (and my good friend) Peggy Johnson has a crew that has pulled together an astonishing array of films, from old classics like Jurassic Park and Wayne's World, to cutting-edge festival entries like The Great Buster: A Celebration, Shoplifters and House of Sweat and Tears. This year, there's even a Calexico concert to wrap the whole thing up! TW film writers Jeff Gardner and Bob Grimm round up the highlights in this week's Cinema section.
Elsewhere in the book this week: I talk with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who was in town last week to stump for Democratic congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick; Web Editor Tirion Morris goes to the movies at the new Galaxy Theater out on the east side; music writer Brett Callwood talks with some of the artists performing at this weekend's Dusk Festival; unpaid intern Savanah Modesitt looks at how folks in Ajo may be paying a lot more for their utilities; storyteller Molly McCloy talks with Maria Bamford, who is performing at the Rialto Theatre on Saturday night as part of the Tucson Comedy Arts Festival; theatre writer Sherilyn Forrester reviews Rogue Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; and there's plenty more, including all the regular columns to let you know where to howl in this town—and this is the time of the year when there's plenty to howl about.
BTW: If you're picking up the paper this week hoping to find election results, you're out of luck. As deadlines have it, we are going to press before the polls close, so you'll have to find our election coverage online at TucsonWeekly.com.
A final note this week: All the work we do around this place wouldn't be worth much if we didn't get this paper onto the street, which is why the work done by Tucson Weekly Circulation Manager Laura Horvath is so important.
We are bidding farewell to a delivery driver who has been dropping off Weeklies for us for nearly two decades. Don Williams, who is now in his mid-80s, has decided he is ready to hang up his handtruck.
"I can't imagine not seeing Don, Wanda and Donna at paper pick up each week," says Horvath, who met Don and his family when she first started back in 2006 (and he'd already been on the job for six years). "Don is everything you want in a delivery driver, dependable, efficient and always has a smile on his face. I'm privileged to have 10 excellent independent contractor drivers delivering the Tucson Weekly each week, but being there since my day one, the Williams will always have a special place in my heart. They will be missed."
So say we all! See you at the movies!
— Jim Nintzel Executive Editor
Hear Nintz talk about what's happening in Tucson's entertainment scene Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. during The Frank Show on KLPX, 96.1 FM.