Loft Kids Fest 2017
There’s still time for kids to enjoy free movies (and popcorn!) at this summertime event. The remaining films will be: July 27: The Sandlot; July 28: Looney Tunes on the Big Screen; July 29: Ponyo; July 30: Ice Age. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. Showtime starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, encore screenings at 11 a.m. 795-0844. 3233 E. Speedway. www.loftcinema.org.
July 28, 8 a.m.
Stuff the Shuttle for Books to the Rescue!
The Place @ Wilmot North, a 55+ community, will host this event, whose goal is to collect children’s books and stuffed animals that can be handed out by first responders in times of crisis. This fundraiser is sponsored by Sharing the Good Life Foundation. 745-5900. 445 N. Wilmot Road. https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeamMcForBooksToTheRescue
UA Poetry Center Workshops
Throughout the summer, the UA Poetry Center will hold workshops for writers — both seasoned and beginners — in a variety of areas.
June 8-Aug. 17
The Art of Genre in Short Fiction with Ted Mcloof
Discover how to create modern short fiction pieces that draw on what made the pulp magazines of the 1930s-50s so popular and memorable.
July. 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1
Movies in the Park at Reid Park
Cox Communications will sponsor free family friendly movie showings on a 40-foot screen. Also part of the festivities are balloon artists, face painting, and bouncy castles for the kids. Food trucks will be on site so patrons can purchase snacks, dinner and beverages. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. The film schedule will be: July 7: The Secret Life of Pets Aug. 4: Zootopia Sept. 1: Finding Dory. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.; screenings will begin around 7:45 p.m. www.saaca.org/Cox_Movies_in_the_Park.html
July 15-Aug. 19
Poetry Lab with Sarah Kortemeier
Utilize the resources of the center to explore and experiment with specific poetry techniques and expand the boundaries of your writing.
Aug. 2, 6 p.m. (doors open)
Empire Ranch Foundation Western Movie
Ride the High Country
The Empire Ranch, located 50 miles southeast of Tucson, sponsors this fundraising screening of the 1962 Western, Ride the High Country. One of director Sam Peckinpah’s early successes, the movie presents veteran actors Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott as old pals who team up to transport a California gold shipment for a bank. Restrained and almost elegiac, especially compared with intensely violent later works such as The Wild Bunch and Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, this movie allows two seasoned performers to shine in a story that reveals the changing face of the West at the dawn of the 20th century.
Wyatt McCrea, the grandson of Joel McCrea, and author of the book Joel McCrea, a Film History, will attend the screening.
The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. (888) 364-2829 (Empire Ranch Foundation).