Arts briefs

2014-07-03T00:00:00Z Arts briefs Arizona Daily Star
Tucson funnyman headlines Laffs

Surely there’s a Guinness World Record somewhere in Tucson native Pauly Casillas’s future.

The comedian, who headlines Laffs Comedy Caffe Saturday and Sunday, is a tweeting madman. He tweets almost hourly, throwing out one-liners and observations sprinkled among an occasional photo that he stumbles on from who knows where on the Internet.

As of shortly after noon Monday, he had blasted out more than 17,200 tweets to his 81,600 followers over the four years and five months since he joined Twitter. If it’s not a record, it probably should be.

Casillas will likely shoot out a tweet or two at some point when he takes the stage at Laffs, 2900 E. Broadway. Shows are at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are $10 and $15 through or by calling 323-8669. Follow him on Twitter at @PaulyPeligroso.

New a capella choir
to give first concert

UA choral conducting doctoral student Ben Hansen will lead his fledgling a capella choir in its first concert on Sunday.

Hansen’s Helios Ensemble will perform a program of works by French composers including Francis Poulenc’s 1937  Mass in G, with its emotional depth and hints of jazziness borrowed from the Paris of his day. The Poulenc is not often performed, particularly by nonprofessional choirs, which makes it daring for Hansen’s 45 vocalists and exciting for the audience.

Nebraska native Hansen just finished his first year at the UA School of Music. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned his bachelor’s in political science before spending three years as a congressional aide in Washington, D.C.

Helios will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 2800 W. Ina Road, near North Shannon Road. Admission is free.

Cathalena E. Burch

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