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On the third Saturday of each month, there is a happening at the Loft Cinema that has spanned a generation and will probably continue as long as anyone has the urge to jump to the left. When the lights go out around , and the film reel starts to roll, the opening credits launch with a pair of red lips that take us on a journey like no other.
I am referring of course to the one and only…
‘Rocky’, as it is lovingly called by its fans world wide, is the story written back in the mid 1970's by playwright Richard O'Brian. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, it is basically what happens when a loving couple has a flat tire and go for help to a castle they passed on the road.
The film adaptation of the 1973 London stage production was released in 1975, where it premiered in New York and instantly became a cult classic. The story, with songs and music thrown in for good measure, maybe did not win any Academy Awards, but the culture and good fun it has produced has been worthy of many an award.
As soon as the film was released, people had the urge to get up in front of the movie screen and follow each character as well as sing each song. Meanwhile those still in the audience, created a dialog to go along with the silent moments in the movie, mocking, praising, and creating a language to go right along with the film. If you have never attended a showing before, it can be a bit of a shock to have people right next to you shouting out what some mothers would wash out their kids mouths with soap for, but instead all with a smile on their faces.
“Hey, wait a minute, is that your Mom over there in the 7th row with that piece of toast?
At the stroke of midnight in 1978, Tucson jumped in to the craze and started showing Rocky Horror Picture Show in a local theatre here. Back then the participants were mostly Air Force military personell who were here in The Old Pueblo for duty and missed a bit of big city living. The company who oversees the entire production here in Tucson is known as Heavy Petting (A line from one of the songs in the movie).
Heavy Petting makes sure that there is a cast in front of the screen giving it their all and assuring those in the seats an experience that they will want to recreate month after month. This has been happening now continually since 1978 without stoppage, making it the longest running Rocky Horror production in the entire United States.
The generational gap is filled like no other event when you go to Rocky. Those who remember seeing the film in the days when you could light up a lighter during one of the songs, now see their children instead holding up their cell phones in place for the same effect.
At the showings the age range runs from 14 to 82, with most attendees in the know of what was happening and what to shout out at the appropriate times. The story is still the same, and it has shown its ability to last with so many thousands of fun seeking people still attending the shows for all these years.
If you are new to the experience and attending for the first time, do not be afraid. Do however be prepared to be subjected to a trial by fire known as "losing your virginity".
Prior to the movie, games are held and contest judged for those who admit to being "virgins". The experience will leave you wanting to find your own friends who have not attended and bring them in for the fun and excitement of having them do what you had to.
‘Rocky Horror’ plays the third Saturday of each month with the theatre doors opening at and the movie usually starting by .
You can follow the antics of Heavy Petting at their Facebook Page:
And, you can check out all the other great films that ‘The Loft’ has in store for you at:
So, get out there in the community and catch a show, a movie, a concert, or any of the other great events that Tucson has waiting for you!!
Hot Fun in the Summer Time
Congratulations this time of the year go to all the graduates of every school in the Old Pueblo, and much success is wished to those Tucson graduates on their journeys no matter where that may take them.
With the warmer weather that time of year, it is a time that the working world plans its vacations and trips to places that help them to forget how work and the world can weigh on them. While some of us travel away from our fair city this time of year, many stay right in town, taking in all the great summer experiences that are here to offer us.
Now for just a little bit of information regarding those places where you can catch some really great live music each summer. There are plenty of places to see a great band, have a fun time, do some dancing and even meet the performers up close here in town. We can take this opportunity to promote local talent and who knows, put Tucson on the map nationally like an Austin or Nashville.
No matter what your musical liking, The Old Pueblo seems to have something for just about everyone’s taste. From dressing up in your best tuxedo, to donning a tie dye shirt and dancing the night away like a 1960’s Hippie, Tucson has it all. Here are just a sample of places and their links to head to in summer for some real music and fun.
Nestled in the heart of Downtown is the historical Rialto Theatre:
has slowly progressed from a dilapidated former theatre to the home of
Many acts at the
Right across the street from the
Located inside the
Hotel Congress, Club
Congress has one of the more intimate stage settings in
venue does fill quickly, but like the
With the Old Pueblo being the home of the oldest National Rodeo - The Fiesta de Los Vaqueros, its only fitting that we have a venue where the Two-Step is still the dance of choice. That place is The Maverick:
The self-proclaimed “King of Clubs” is
the place to be for live Country Music here in the Old Pueblo. Their new
Two more locations to quickly mention for great live music.
The Surly Wench Pub:
This unique happening spot on 4th Avenue may surprise you, check it out!
Both the Surly Wench Pub and Plush are just about smack in the middle of the 4th Avenue Strip and offer some great local and visiting music makers. Most bands are one’s that are up and coming and you can say you saw them right here in Tucson. Both locations offer side bars where you can sit in more quiet settings, so if the music gets to be too much, you can relax with a wine or beverage.
Most of the locations mentioned above sell their tickets right at the front door if not on their websites ahead of time. Check them all out, and see who is coming to play in the Old Pueblo.
Come on downtown and enjoy the summer music reminding you of those days when summer was fun, and school was out.
Jell-O Wrestling Makes An Annual Appearance
warmer months bring more events to the Old Pueblo and the longer days make
for some fun yet tiring times. Please remember to stay hydrated out there no
matter where you are, and make sure you take time to slow down and breathe
easy when the
temperatures start to rise in
Annual Tucson Reno Gannon Memorial Jell-O Wrestling Extravaganza and Benefit
Auction takes place at
Locally sponsored teams compete in the ring which is completely filled up with Jell-O and other desert items. There is a referee to proclaim the winner of each bout and those sitting close to the ring are sure to go home with Jell-O stuff on them and love every minute of it.
The wild action is non stop with several Tucson Drag personalities emceeing the event and keeping the comedy in full tilt mode between the wild wrestling bouts. Auction events to raise funds for the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation occur throughout the day, with a big raffle held at the end.
This formula has been the staple of the event for many years now, and is a proven fun filled crowd pleaser for all ages.
The inner workings of the event are what make it such a successful endeavor year after year. Scores of volunteers who take time not only at the event but before and after keep the flow going so that any one attending enjoys a time like no other.
The wrestlers themselves all have been raising money for months to make sure that each year’s total is surpassed and everyone is treated to a show that keeps people talking for months and months afterward. The staff of The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation help in making the event colorful and vibrant, while the many other sponsors of the event are a real crown jewel of making the day’s festivities possible.
HIV/AIDS is everyone’s issue, and this event proves that like no other one around the Old Pueblo. If you live with HIV/AIDS personally, if you know and love someone who has been given the news no one wishes on anyone, or if you work in the field helping those infected, you know the plight of the pandemic. Jell-O Wrestling provides an opportunity each year to see what efforts are made from the Tucson community to give assistance to those in the fight.
Their website will give you plenty of information regarding the event and what you can do to help the HIV/AIDS cause. If you can not make it to the event, consider helping out anytime. The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation welcomes all donations, whether it is time, money, efforts with our state legislature, or prayers for the fight to one day not have to have an event like this.
That is the wish of everyone you might run across in their journey with HIV/AIDS.
If we don’t have to have the event next year due to a cure found for HIV/AIDS, it would be even better news that trying to top the donations each year.
The above is the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation’s website. If you have questions regarding HIV/AIDS, you can visit it and contact someone who will assist you.
Come on down and have some real fun in the Jell-O-OH reluctant sun.
And, have a great time in Tucson!
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On certain given Saturdays, over at the
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