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Free showing of “1984” film at Loft Cinema

Free Screening!



Join us for a special free screening of the classic film version of George Orwell’s chillingly prophetic novel, 1984, on April 4th, the day Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary.

TUESDAY, APRIL 4 AT 7:30PM | FREE ADMISSION at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

Presented by the University of Arizona Department of English and The Loft Cinema.

“A dystopian, futuristic society trapped in a state of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation.    A tyrannical political leader known as “Big Brother.”  An average citizen who dreams of rebellion.

Join us for a special free screening of the classic film version of George Orwell’s chillingly prophetic novel, 1984, starring John Hurt and Richard Burton. The screening date of April 4 is also the day Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. Over 90 independent cinemas in the U.S. will be banding together to screen 1984 on April 4.

Following the film will be a talkback and panel discussion on the novel’s relevancy to our current political climate, featuring Christopher Cokinos, UA Department of English; Marcia Klotz, UA Department of English; and Bradley Schauer, UA School of Theatre, Film and Television.

Come early to meet representatives from local organizations doing important work in our community at an outdoor Activist Fair, starting at 6:00pm and presented by The Loft Cinema.   Groups scheduled to appear include ACLU of Arizona; Colibri Center for Human Rights; Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona; Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation; Tucson Audubon Society; and YWCA Tucson.  Copies of Orwell’s novel will also be available for sale at this event, courtesy of local independent bookstore, Mostly Books.

This stunning screen adaptation of George Orwell’s prophetic 1948 novel envisions a world in which the government completely controls the masses by controlling their thoughts, altering history and even changing the meaning of words to suit its needs. The film is set during April of 1984 in post-atomic war London, the capital city of the repressive totalitarian state of Oceania. Winston Smith (John Hurt) is a government bureaucrat whose job is rewriting history and erasing people from existence. While his co-worker Parsons (Gregor Fisher) seems content to follow the state’s laws, Winston starts to write in a secret diary despite the fact the Big Brother is watching everyone at all times by way of monitors. He silently suffers and tries to comprehend his oppression, which forbids individual human behaviors such as free thinking and sex. He meets Julia (Suzanna Hamilton), who works for the Ministry of Truth, and they engage in a stoic love affair. They are soon found out, and Winston is interrogated and tortured by his former friend O’Brien (Richard Burton in his final film appearance). This second adaptation of Orwell’s classic novel (the first was released in 1956) was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Radford (Il Postino: The Postman). (Dir. by Michael Radford, 1984, UK, 113 mins., Rated R)”

Special thanks to our community partners:

ACLU (local website/national website)

Colibri Center for Human Rights

Planned Parenthood (local website/national website)

Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation

YWCA Tucson

Tucson Audubon Society

5th Annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival


From their FB page:
At this family-friendly event, meet community organizations and companies that are creating a sustainable future for our city and region. Enjoy exhibits that highlight their work and get involved through hands-on activities and learning experiences. Explore key sustainability issues, covering everything from solar for the home to growing food and native plants, from preparing for heat emergencies to environmental concerns, and much more.

Festival Highlights:
* the starting point for PAG Solar Partnership’s Solar Tour — pick up your tour map at the Solar Partnership table and visit a great selection of solar-powered homes.
* an expanded display of electric vehicles, presented by Tucson Electric Vehicle Association, with owners and other TEVA members available to answer your questions.
* Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce presenting its Climate Leadership Challenge awards
* the “Co-op Cluster,” featuring local co-ops, including the Food Conspiracy Co-op and Vantage West Credit Union
* the kick-off event for 10West, a weeklong celebration of local innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship
* the annual Green School Recognition, which goes this year to Davis Bilingual Magnet School, with a multi-faceted program that integrates school gardening, aquaponics (in the school library), and ecology education with classroom learning.
* the next generation of sustainability leaders, represented by students from Drachman Montessori Magnet, last year’s Green School Recognition recipient, and teens from Changemaker Academy, sharing their work for environmental justice

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Wear your cardboard to Cardboard Ball 2015


2015 Cardboard Ball, YWCA Tucson, 525 N. Bonita Ave. 7 p.m.

It’s Time to get your Cardboard On! Benefit party for the All Souls Procession Workshops! 

The Cardboard Ball is a uniquely Tucson event, an eclectic explosion of self-expression. Attendees create incredible cardboard fashions and wearable art. Some contribute amazing 2D and 3D works in cardboard and recycled materials. D.J.s and musicians deliver solid dance grooves. The adventurous battle for fame and glory in the Cardboard Joust!

This year held at YWCA on Bonita. The YWCA Cafe will be offering various forms of social lubrication, snacks, coffee, craft beer and award winning wines! Tickets Available Mid September at Yikes Toys on Broadway, Pop-cycle on 4th Ave and at the YWCA on Bonita. $10 in Advance $15 at the door the night of the event.

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Let them eat pie!


Annual Pie Party 2015, 3 to 6 p.m. at YWCA Tucson, 525 N. Bonita Ave. (West of I-10).

The Pie Party celebrates 12 years by bringing back the Pie Contest! Held for many years among friends, Pie Party was passed on to the Food Conspiracy Co-op in 2014 as a fundraiser and fun community event. Enter a pie, come to eat pie or come to celebrate community – there is something for everyone.

Pies will be judged and can be entered in the following categories: fruit, cream, vegan, other and wheat free. May the best pie win!

Drop off pies for donation or judging from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

This year our community groups are:
Living Streets Alliance
Iskashitaa Refugee Network
Farm Education Resource Network – FERN
The HAPPY Organization Empowering Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth
Ironwood Tree Experience

More info on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/PiePartyTucson

Walk the Arizona Women’s History Trail

Celebrate Women’s History (“Herstory”) Month of March by walking the Women’s History Tour in Tucson, and viewing the current exhibit at the YWCA.

Just found out about the Women’s Heritage Trail project in Arizona, www.womensheritagetrail.org, featuring 18 posters of multi-cultural pioneer women on display at the YWCA – Tucson on 525 N. Bonita Avenue. Drop by that “How Splendid Our Past” exhibit M to F, 8 to 5 p.m. to read about the brave and strong women who built this SW desert area, the Trust Territory and State of Arizona.

This travelling exhibit is there indefinitely in the YWCA’s Frances McClelland Leadership Center room. One of the posters in this exhibit features Isabella Greenway, Arizona’s first Congresswoman.



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