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Tributes at the Gaslight Music Hall. Oro Valley’s Gaslight Music Hall is continuing their indoor concerts with a series of tribute shows this weekend in a variety of styles. On Friday, Sept. 17, the Music Hall is hosting a “vintage rock dance party” featuring music from the 60s through 80s, …

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Look. I know this time of year can be a little contentious. There are always some people ready to throw hot sun to the wind and proclaim Sept. 1 the start of Halloween, and there are other people still mourning the end of monsoon season who just need a gall-dang minute, okay? It feels height…

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An uptick in drowning deaths is raising new concerns and reminding Southern AZ residents to become more vigilant and make sure they understand and adhere to pool barrier requirements to help keep young ones safe. Last month, the Tucson Fire Department responded to an incident where a 3-year-…

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More than a hundred shelter animals awaiting adoption are now a little more comfortable — and stylish — thanks to a donation from Cathey’s Sewing & Vacuum to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. 

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The Standby Lear. We love a good meta-story here. This show at Live Theatre Workshop is about a cast putting on the play King Lear. But, at the last minute, the actor playing King Lear falls ill, leaving the understudy, Augie, to step up. This is, like, the role of a lifetime, and to get the…

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Movies on the Lawn. The Town of Oro Valley is continuing their outdoor family screenings series at the Oro Valley Community & Recreation Center. The next screening on Saturday, Aug. 28 is a film adaptation of Jack London’s “The Call of the Wild.” The movies take place on a large inflatab…

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My friend Rob and I have been doing basketball stuff (camps, leagues, reffing, playing) for more than two decades. He was a stud athlete in high school and played some ball in college. After college, he got into coaching. He and I actually coached against each other twice. My Amphi Freshman …

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Visionary Revisions. Where has your intuition taken you in your life? Or what trouble has it kept you out of? For the artist, whether they are self-taught beginners or masters with years of training, intuition is innate and irreplaceable. The newest exhibit at Tohono Chul is focused on artis…

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Driving into the Southwest from any direction, the first sight of a saguaro cactus waving on the horizon serves as a “welcome” for Arizona residents and tourists alike. But even more than a welcome sign, the saguaro is an icon of the American South, even for those who don’t know what the Son…

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Desert in Bloom. This month at the Madaras Gallery, they’re celebrating the beauty of the desert in bloom, from prickly pear blossoms to wildflowers and poppies. The explosions of color that happen in blooming season are perhaps both one of the most surprising and most wonderful parts about …

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Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Laser Light Show. Wow, I didn’t realize it until I came across this event, but a Pink Floyd laser light show in an air-conditioned room is exactly what I need right now. It might just be what we all need right now. It’s been a long hiatus, but this show is …

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A  long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...we used to attend indoor concerts without thinking twice. For more than a year, the folks at Tucson’s Gaslight Theatre and Oro Valley’s Gaslight Music Hall have been itching to come back inside, and this month they finally did. 

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A few years ago, I had the honor of interviewing Rita Moreno before she made her appearance at the 2015 Loft Film Festival here in Tucson. Speaking with Moreno transcended the usual interview exchange and left me reeling with joy. Beyond having great stories to tell, she is as nice a person …

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Tucson Girls Chorus is creating a new choir for its upcoming season.The Vocal Jazz Ensemble will learn and perform jazz and pop acapella songs. ​The six-week pilot program starts Sept. 2 and will include a fall concert. Weekly rehearsals are scheduled for Thursday nights.Singers will be taug…

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Encompassing Arizona. Did you know that Tohono Chul’s Exhibits Program has worked with more Arizona artists than any other organization in the state since the program began in 1985? If you haven’t had a chance to check out this exhibit yet, don’t miss it. And even if you have, come check it …

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Unless we’re in the middle of the monsoon, it’s rare for a Tucson concert to get rained out. It’s almost unheard of for a show to get rained out twice. But for folk outfit Sweet Ghosts, the lucky number might just be five. Their latest album, An Endless Blue, released more than a year ago at…

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The only constant is change. That, and the fact June is unreasonably hot around these parts. I’ve enjoyed writing about our little corner of the world for a few years now, first as a staff reporter for Tucson Local Media and then as an associate editor. Now, I’m lucky enough to step up as ma…

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There are questions that have answers, questions without answers, and questions that just lead to more questions. In his new book, “A Theology for the Rest of Us,” local writer Arthur Yavelberg tackles all these types of questions in the hopes of providing some religious illumination in thes…

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New Art for Your Life. A new month means a new exhibit at the Wilde Meyer Gallery, something we always look forward to ’round these parts. This group show features a variety of the gallery’s painters and sculptors, including Jody Choate, Ka Fisher and Sarah Webber. Plus, some new arrivals by…

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During a recent online music festival hosted by local artist Steve Roach, listeners agreed Tucson likely has more ambient musicians per capita than any other city—something about the enchantment of the desert and its resulting states of consciousness. But even if the per capita claim isn't q…

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Paperworks: Forming the Effect, Affecting the Form. In all of the chaos, confusion and downright misery that 2020 brought us, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of one of the things that would have been more noticeable any other year: We hardly got any rain. Seriously, 2020 was the Sonoran De…

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The town of Bisbee was once one of the state’s most bustling mining towns. In fact, by the early 1900s Bisbee was the biggest city between St. Louis and San Francisco, boasting a population of 20,000 in its hilly homes.

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Celebrate Oro Valley. Oro Valley Parks & Recreation is hosting a five-day online event running from Monday, April 19, through Friday, April 23, that celebrates life beneath the Pusch Ridge. April 19 celebrates Arts & Culture, featuring a virtual tour of some of Oro Valley’s public ar…

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With COVID cases continuing their three-month decline, vaccines flowing and artists with a year of material ready to perform, the coming months are shaping up to be great times to attend live music in Tucson. Of course, many local venues are not quite ready to host indoor concerts. Those wit…

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Bit by bit, the arts are opening up in Tucson. And the arts organizations are dreaming up clever new ways to keep their artists and fans safe from COVID-19. 

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Drive-in Concerts at Steam Pump Ranch. The drive-in concerts return this month with a celebration of classic rock from the ‘60s and ‘70s, courtesy of local band Your Money’s Worth. This free event will feature the band performing on a stage, but also projected onto a screen for good viewing …

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Throughout the pandemic, the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance has worked to provide opportunities for local artists—one of the hardest hit industries. Now, with Arizona’s COVID cases nearing their third straight month of decline, SAACA is hosting their largest event since quaranti…

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Tucson photographer and filmmaker Patrick McArdle has spent years documenting the life and struggles of homeless populations. First spending six months photographing the homeless in San Diego in stark black and white, McArdle says that project felt unresolved because of the city’s lack of ef…

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Center for Creative Photography. The University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography is hosting exhibits you can enjoy from home and in person. To begin, their show “Photojournalism 20/20: A Think Tank for an Unimaginable Present,” available online, asks the question: how do photogra…

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The University of Arizona is hosting a free, online lecture series to help the public better understand specific aspects of COVID-19, including how the virus spread throughout the world, and our eventual return to normalcy. The monthly series includes five talks, each hosted by a different U…