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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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Old Pueblo Playwrights 30th Annual New Play Festival. One of the silver linings to the pandemic is how many forms of art are now available to enjoy online, from home. Throughout May, enjoy some thought-provoking literary theater for free! Both monologues and multi-character scripts, all writ…

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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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Art in Bloom. Spring has sprung, and the Madaras Gallery is celebrating with this exhibit of Diana Madaras’ floral paintings. Sometimes springtime in Tucson, lovely as it is, gets overshadowed by the dread of how hot the summer months are about to get. This exhibit serves as a good reminder …

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Several of Tucson’s best known restaurants will soon be opening satellite eateries in Oro Valley and Marana this summer and helping establish the northwest as a new culinary hub in the suburbs of the City of Gastronomy. 

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Independent Bookstore Day. The Western National Parks Association is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day this week with a series of sales at their National Parks Store in Oro Valley. From Thursday, April 22, through Monday, April 26, all books will be 20% off both in-store and online. In a…

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It’s been described as a banh mi boom when an information technology executive partnered with a real estate professional last fall to respond to a paucity of local purveyors of Vietnam’s street food staple.

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For 33 years, art lovers have been climbing the daunting staircase up to Etherton Gallery, perched high on the second floor of downtown’s historic Oddfellow Hall.  

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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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Dozens of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures are on display at the Pima County fairgrounds this week.

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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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Tucson Folk Festival. The celebration of acoustic music returns this year with in-person and virtual options across town. After cancelling last year’s show, the 36th annual Tucson Folk Festival takes place with drive-in shows at the Park Place Mall, performances at the MSA Annex, and livestr…

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Tucson Folk Festival. The celebration of acoustic music returns this year with in-person and virtual options across town. After cancelling last year’s show, the 36th annual Tucson Folk Festival takes place with drive-in shows at the Park Place Mall, performances at the MSA Annex, and livestr…

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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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It’s been a long, uncertain year for kids and parents everywhere, but things are finally looking up. The summer months are fast approaching, and in-person camp opportunities for youth are back! While summer camps and classes might look a bit different this time around due to smaller group si…

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Since the onset of the pandemic, there’s been no shortage of reminders from government agencies and the media to stay indoors and maintain distance from those outside of your immediate circle—often with one exception. Officials had stated that time can still be spent in nature and open recre…

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Every Thursday this April, the University of Arizona's College of Science will present a new topic relating to the science of water, as part of their 16th annual lecture series. The free, online lectures will range from the water on Earth's cosmic origins to the challenges of conservation to…

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Springtime in Pima County is the reason we endure triple-digit summers that seem to last longer and longer annually. Considering we live in a place that gets more than 350 days of sunshine each year.

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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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The Town of Marana has enjoyed exponential growth and a booming local economy in recent years thanks to the many qualities that make our community great: beautiful weather, recreational opportunities, great schools, a business-supportive environment, and the excellent services provided by ou…

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The Invisible Theatre, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to both theatre and music productions, will continue its 50th anniversary celebration this April through a new “April Love” musical series. 

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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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The Hopi History Project. The University of Arizona’s Southwest Center is hosting a virtual seminar about better understanding the nearly three centuries of contact and conflict between the Hopis and the Spanish empire. To do so, they compare and contrast the Spanish colonial documentary rec…

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On a hot Arizona day in 1940, a little girl climbed out of a filthy trailer on the old 87 road south of Chandler, when Chandler was nothing but cotton fields.

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As we might be starting to possibly see the beginning of the light at the end of the COVID tunnel , it's time to think about summer camps. If you're gearing for kid activities and you want to be in our Summer Camp guide, send your info to TucsonEditor@TucsonLocalMedia.com

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Online Cooking Classes. Flying Aprons, where local chefs show you how to cook speciality recipes, is hosting multiple online classes this month over video chat. First up: On Friday, March 19, Mark Beres of Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery will show you how to mix Flying Leap’s Classic …

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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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High School Art Invitational. The Pima County Public Library recently revealed the artwork in their 26th Annual High School Art Invitational. For this exhibit, they invited more than 100 high school art and photography teachers to submit images of their students’ work. In total, they collect…

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Whether you bike, hike or head out for a walk, Oro Valley has a lot to offer. Due to COVID 19 we have all learned the value of the great outdoors. Now that the region’s snowy season appears to be over, and the days are beginning to get both longer and warmer, it is the perfect time to get ou…

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The University of Arizona Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum is almost ready to open its doors to the public at its new location in the historic Pima County Courthouse downtown, but the COVID outbreak means the exact opening date is still up in the air.