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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…

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The Tucson Museum of Art recently highlighted local multi-media artist Willie Bonner, whose work has appeared in the museum multiple times. Bonner’s art, which includes paintings and sculptures, serves as an “allegory of what it means to be Black in postmodern America.” 

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Tucson's XIXA have an expert grasp on the disorienting borderlands they call home. The psychedelic sextet maps the "New Southwest" with their unique fusion of cumbia, desert rock, tejano and gothic aesthetics. And while their debut album Bloodline captured the physical elements of the border…

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On March 13 last year, Arizona Theatre Company debuted The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Temple of Music and Art. Right after that opening night performance, the play closed down. The company has mounted no more in-person plays in Tucson or in Phoenix ever since. 

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We’ve missed so much of Tucson’s rich and vibrant arts community over the last year, from opening receptions at small galleries to big parties on the Tucson Museum of Art patio, from productions at the Temple of Music and Art to raucous concerts at the Rialto, Fox or Club Congress.

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If you’ve been itching to run from the monotony lately, you’re not alone. Summer is upon us and thoughts of getaways are on most everyone’s minds. If quarantine hasn’t made you sick of your significant other yet, you might want to go on this romantic road trip that lets you wander while stil…

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Twice a year, the Pima County Public Library selects a local writer in residence to teach writing workshops and hold office hours for the community. For the upcoming spring semester, PCPL has selected Gregory McNamee, a local writer, photographer and journalist who has released multiple book…

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Editor’s Note: With COVID-19 still widespread, we’re looking at events you can enjoy from home or outdoors this week. 

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Musician and singer Seanloui is making sure Arizona will be well-represented this Black History Month by expanding his Black Renaissance project with a podcast and compilation album highlighting local creatives that will release throughout February.

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On their debut album Homecoming, the Keith Robinson Band aimed to create a record that was true to Southern Arizona—but avoided sounding “local.” In many ways they succeeded. While never straying far from a folk/rock template, much of the album’s singularity can be attributed to frontman Kei…

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When I first heard about the Desert Museum exhibit hosted by the International Society of Scratchboard Artists, I thought immediately of the artboards I used to play with when I was a kid: Use a sharp point to scratch the ink off of a black board and reveal a rainbow of color underneath.

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With Sonoran wilderness and the great Pusch Ridge, Oro Valley is home to some of the most gorgeous views in Southern Arizona. Now, locals are being asked to capture some of that beauty in the inaugural Oro Valley Community Photography Competition. The competition is a partnership between the…

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With Sonoran wilderness and the great Pusch Ridge, Oro Valley is home to some of the most gorgeous views in Southern Arizona. Now, locals are being asked to capture some of that beauty in the inaugural Oro Valley Community Photography Competition. The competition is a partnership between the…

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COVID cancellations continue into the new year with the organizers for the annual Tucson Jazz Festival announcing that the 2021 festival is off.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Shredding Events.  Tucson’s Environmental and General Services Department is bringing back their monthly household hazardous waste collection events for the first time since COVID hit, providing an opportunity for residents to drop off their hazardous…

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After 177 years of performing, the Zoppé Family Circus knows it will take more than a pandemic to keep them out of the spotlight. The Italian circus annually performs in Tucson at the Mercado District, and will continue that tradition this month, albeit with new precautions. Their new “drive…

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Editor’s Note: With COVID-19 widespread and the holiday season upon us, we’re looking at safe ways to continue supporting local shops rather than guiding you to live, in-person events this week. 

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Seven years ago, University of Arizona assistant English professor Stacey Cochran began writing “Eddie & Sunny,” one of several novels the author has published. 

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The year 2020 was marked in our community, as well as many others, by the arrival of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, which set the tone for an entire lost year. But there were big stories as well, including the Bighorn Fire that devastated the Santa Catalinas; the UA-led OSIRIS-REx space mis…

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Editor’s Note: With COVID-19 widespread and the holiday season upon us, we’re looking at safe ways to continue supporting local shops rather than guiding you to live, in-person events this week. 

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Wanderland: A Holiday Garden Stroll. The Tucson Botanical Gardens usually hosts the Luminaria Nights event during the holidays, a gorgeous and cozy experience that involves wandering through the gardens among thousands of luminaria lights. This year, they’ve modified things a bit so you can …

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After closing on March 17, the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum has announced their plans to reopen on Monday, Nov. 16. As with many businesses reopening, the Gallery in the Sun is implementing COVID prevention measures: all visitors are required to wear masks or facial coverings, and plea…

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The Gaslight Music Hall is keeping busy by continuing their socially distanced “drive-in” concerts, and this latest series is one of their most eclectic yet. Whether you’re looking for Gaslight’s signature music covers, performances from local bands, or even touring acts, these shows will fi…

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As the drums ring out the Chinese New Year in a Singapore market, two young women wearing facial masks watch the celebration. It’s a scene characteristic of local artist Jacqueline Chanda’s work which often allows the viewer to construct their own narrative of a scene.  

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At mid-century, Paul R. Williams was a sought-after architect in Los Angeles. Known for his luxury houses for Hollywood stars—among them Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson—Williams could make houses in almost any style, including the popular “California Spanish” genre.…

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After a year of dedication, local filmmaker David Arond completed a “jigsaw puzzle” of a documentary. Titled “The One and Only Jewish Miss America,” the film was released on Sept. 8, the 75th anniversary of Bess Myerson’s win of the Miss America beauty pageant. While Myerson is an important …

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Although Tucson is not an overt character in Bradford Trojan’s new album “Meanwhile,” the project may never have come to fruition if not for the city. The album was written and recorded over the course of three years, and marked a return to collaboration between college friends Trojan and Sc…

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While the major concert venues are still on pause, there are a few smaller stages throughout Tucson that are hosting musicians and bands, some for the first time in months. Some of these gigs allow for a socially distanced audience, and others facilitate virtual livestreams of local music. E…

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The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is in desperate need of wet cat food and is issuing a clarion call to the public for donations as pandemic pets continue to trickle into the shelter.

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Tucson Museum of Art. TMA is a local staple, and they’ve reopened this summer. In addition to things like mask requirements and sanitation stations, they’re requiring that you reserve your ticket for a two-hour time slot in advance online. Attendance is limited to 30 percent of its normal ca…

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Many out-of-work Arizonans will be trying to scrape by on just $240 this week once a federal program aimed at helping those who don’t qualify for unemployment benefits runs out of money before federal lawmakers pass new relief measures. 

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Organizers of the Tucson Jazz Festival have cast a rose-colored glance to next spring and are banking that we'll be free and clear of the COVID-19 pandemic, or at least ready to party in a responsible manner.