Tucson Symphony Orchestra names José Luis Gomez Music Director

Tucson Symphony Orchestra names José Luis Gomez Music Director

By SoAzNewsX Internationally acclaimed conductor José Luis Gomez has been named Music Director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, it was announced today by TSO Board Chair Bonnie Kampa and President and CEO Mark Blakeman. Gomez is the seventeenth Music Director in the TSO’s 87 year history. The Venezuelan-born, Spanish conductor was catapulted to international attention […]

Bob Garver: “Risen” movie review

Bob Garver: “Risen” movie review

By Bob Garver If nothing else, “Risen” is not like a lot of other Biblical movies. To be sure, it has the look of most Biblical movies; the scenery is covered in rocks and sand and the faces are all expectedly soot-y. But a lot of it plays like a detective movie, which is an […]

Stone-age massacre offers earliest evidence of human warfare

Stone-age massacre offers earliest evidence of human warfare

From The Guardian Some 10,000 years ago a woman in the last stages of pregnancy met a terrible death, trussed like a captive animal and dumped into shallow water at the edge of a Kenyan lagoon. She died with at least 27 members of her tribe, all equally brutally murdered, in the earliest evidence of […]

How ‘Victor/Victoria’ mosquitoes can help cure Zika

How ‘Victor/Victoria’ mosquitoes can help cure Zika

By Lila Abassi / ACSH The success of battling mosquito-borne viral invaders such as Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya may rest in the hands of two American researchers. According to a paper published in the journal Trends in Parasitology, Zach Adelman and Zhijan Tu, from the Departments of Entymology and Biochemistry at Virginia Tech, have devised a technique […]

Cleanse your spirit at Europe’s lavish Parkschlösschen

Cleanse your spirit at Europe’s lavish Parkschlösschen

These days, if you’re feeling stressed, overweight or desperate to stop smoking and drinking, it’s relatively easy to sort yourself out. All you need is a free week or two and a few thousand dollars to spare. Tick those boxes, and it won’t be long before you’re booked into a spa, where soft-spoken staff will […]

Happy National Pancake Week!

Happy National Pancake Week!

Pass the maple syrup and join in on the National Pancake Week celebrations. The celebratory period for the fluffy flapjacks kicks off Sunday, and there are stacks of pancakes just waiting to be devoured, whether it is at local breakfast establishments or freshly whipped up in your kitchen. Several restaurants across the country are joining […]

Eric Peters: Cheap gas… big trouble

Eric Peters: Cheap gas… big trouble

By Eric Peters Some happy news: Gas is officially cheaper than it’s ever been. In my area – southwest Virginia – it is about $1.59 per gallon as of Feb. 7. Of this, about 60 cents (18.4 cents federal, 36 cents state)  is taxes, so the actual gas costs about $1 right now. Back in 1967, […]

“Peter and the Wolf” to open TSO Family Series

“Peter and the Wolf” to open TSO Family Series

By SoAzNewsX The Tucson Symphony Orchestra will launch its new Family Series with Peter and the Wolf on Saturday, February 20 at the Leo Rich Theater. José Luis Gomez will conduct two performances at 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. featuring the Tucson Regional Ballet and narration by Tucson icon Lupita Murrillo from the KVOA 4 […]

Joseph Bottum: Bernard Cornwell, ‘Warriors of the Storm’ book review

Joseph Bottum: Bernard Cornwell, ‘Warriors of the Storm’ book review

By Joseph Bottum We’re over twenty books into the series about Richard Sharpe, a British soldier in the Napoleonic Wars. Four books into the adventures of Nathaniel Starbuck, fighting for the South in the American Civil War—along with three books of Warlord Chronicles, set in the years after Rome’s retreat from the British Isles, and […]

Mass grave reveals prehistoric warfare in ancient European farming community

Mass grave reveals prehistoric warfare in ancient European farming community

From The Guardian “This must have been what they had to do for violence before we had guns.” ED The chance discovery of a mass grave crammed with the battered skeletons of ancient Europeans has shed light on the lethal violence that tore through one of the continent’s earliest farming communities. In 2006, archaeologists were called in […]