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PHOENIX – Picture a baseball game at Chase Field. Or a basketball game at Suns Arena. As more fans begin returning to sporting events after the COVID-19 pandemic, they are welcomed by the benefits of live competition, from ballpark hot dogs to the energy of a packed stadium.

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Tucson Mountain Botany Hike. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is hosting a two-mile educational hike around King Canyon on the morning of Friday, March 5, where you can learn about the variety of shrubs, trees, cacti, and wildflowers that grow in Tucson and their adaptations for desert survi…

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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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Though few businesses have made it through COVD completely unscathed, music and performing arts continually rank as the industries most affected by the pandemic. Music venues like the Rialto Theatre and 191 Toole have remained closed for in-person concerts for nearly a year now. Luckily for …

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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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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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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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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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Todd Hanley claims that he won’t sleep until Tucson is recognized as the Agave Capital of the United States. If you ask me, after learning about his latest agave project, I think he’s earned a short nap.

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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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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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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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LOS ANGELES – Like music venues around the world, the Paramount ballroom has been forced to endure months of limited work, reduced revenue and a forced transition to the digital world – no easy task for the venerable Boyle Heights venue, which is nearly 100 years old and has a legacy of supp…

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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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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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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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With COVID-19 maintaining its hold as the year draws to a close, it almost seems quaint how some once hoped the pandemic would subside by Easter. But as cases and death counts continued to rise, holiday and festival celebrations further into the year tumbled like dominos: the Tucson Festival…

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

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Wee Winter Wonderland. The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures has completed their transition into the “Wee Winter Wonderland,” meaning the location is even more quaint than before. In addition to the lobby and galleries being decorated, miniatures from the museum’s permanent collection a…

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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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The Town of Marana’s annual holiday festival is changing gears this year, but there will still be activities leading up to Christmas. Instead of a full festival, the town is hosting a Christmas Cruise on Saturday, Dec. 5, which allows residents to drive down Marana’s Main Street, enjoy a pre…

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"Shop Local and Spend Big” is my wish for this holiday season. As a chamber of commerce, we are always asking everyone to shop local, but now more than ever it is important to support our local businesses. Whether they are a small one-person shop or a large, 100-employee shop, they need us. …