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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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As if it wasn’t difficult enough to choose between all the great places to eat across town, for this year’s Sonoran Restaurant Week, Tucson is just showing off. Sonoran Restaurant Week is a 10-day celebration of our local food culture, giving participating restaurants the opportunity to cook…

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Earlier this year, as long-empty sports stadiums finally started letting fans back in, Mexico was forced to go in the other direction. The national soccer team is known as El Tri (the tricolor of red, white…and green, as Martin Lawrence said in “Blue Streak”). Well, it seems that the many fo…

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Return to Woodstock: The Tributaries. I think we can all agree with Garfield that Mondays are rough. So, thank goodness we have the Gaslight Theatre’s Monday night concert series to take the edge off a little bit. This particular Monday is basically a highlight reel of Woodstock—you’ll get a…

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Reptile Ramble. I’m going to be honest. For living in the desert, and for how much I love seeing little lizards scurrying around, I know an embarrassingly little amount about reptiles. If you too suffer from a deficit of reptile knowledge, this Friday event at Tohono Chul just might help you…

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Reptile Ramble. I’m going to be honest. For living in the desert, and for how much I love seeing little lizards scurrying around, I know an embarrassingly little amount about reptiles. If you too suffer from a deficit of reptile knowledge, this Friday event at Tohono Chul just might help you…

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Because I am cursed with a pretty-good understanding of mathematics, I don’t gamble. I almost never have. I’ll bet on myself to make a free throw or win a tennis match, but gambling in a casino is a sucker’s bet. (Next time you feel like placing a bet in a huge, lavish casino, stop and try t…

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Friday Night Concerts at Steam Pump Ranch. The Town of Oro Valley is continuing their free community concert series at Steam Pump Ranch on Friday, Sept. 3. Now that it’s no longer the dead center of summer, and monsoons aren’t overflowing everything, the evenings are actually kinda nice arou…

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Ahh, there’s really nothing like a live theater show, is there? If you’re a theater fan who’s been itching to watch a curtain go up and transport you to another world, then to feel all blissed out and grateful for artists in general for several hours afterward, then get excited! The Tucson t…

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As we move into our second pandemic autumn, the big news on the cultural calendar is that that nearly every arts enterprise is open. Galleries are swinging their doors wide, theaters are pulling up their curtains, and ballerinas are preparing to dance once more. 

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Reptile Ramble. I’m going to be honest. For living in the desert, and for how much I love seeing little lizards scurrying around, I know an embarrassingly little amount about reptiles. If you too suffer from a deficit of reptile knowledge, this Friday event at Tohono Chul just might help you…

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A Town of Oro Valley lifeguard is building a name for himself in the mixed martial arts community after winning his second professional match in the first minute of the opening round while fighting for an international MMA promotions company.

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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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Honestly, what’s more psychedelic than a saguaro? They’re so wacky—all stretched out and groovy looking, holding their arms out ready to hug everyone. In honor of this vibe, the local and Lazaret is performing a psychedelic setlist among the saguaros at Catalina State Park. Lazaret likes to …

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Next to Normal. It’s not easy to cope with a household facing crisis and mental illness (something a lot of us probably know better than ever after the last year). This musical, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt tells the story of what appears to be the “typical Amer…

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Music in the Mountains Concert Series. Honestly, what’s more psychedelic than a saguaro? They’re so wacky—all stretched out and groovy looking, holding their arms out ready to hug everyone. In honor of this vibe, the local and Lazaret is performing a psychedelic setlist among the saguaros at…

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Richard E. Nisbett has based his career around intellect, culture and how they influence each other. But for his latest publication, the social psychologist is turning the focus around. Released on his 80th birthday, Nisbett’s memoir “Thinking” is part academic autobiography and part persona…

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Paint Night in the Park. The Town of Marana is continuing this event series where you can relax in the park and unleash your inner artist. Haven’t you always marveled at paintings and wondered how people managed to make their subjects look real and not just a mess of blotchy colors? Meet at …

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It’s the day over which hop fans like myself swoon. By the time this newspaper hits the streets, we’ll be about a week away from National IPA Day on August 5.

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The story of the band Soda Sun begins with guitarist and vocalist John Goraj moving to Tucson from Los Angeles in 2017. But the story of the band's debut release begins with a return trip to California to pick up a vintage tape machine. Though there is room for all four band members on the m…

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Queen of the Night. She’s also called La Reina de La Noche, or the Night Blooming Cereus, or in Latin, Peniocereus greggii. This cactus looks like a sad, dead stick all year long, and then bursts into beautiful bloom in the early months of summer. With 400 of them onsite, Tohono Chul possess…

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The Things We Keep. What are some of the things you keep? The objects that have made it through spring cleaning, moves, you reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” and everything in-between? The newest exhibit at the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art features selections from Swiss-b…

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The night sky has served humankind in everything from navigation to inspiration since long before writing existed. As we move through the warm “dog days” of summer, the Reid Park Zoo is continuing their Summer Safari Nights series by showcasing their exotic canines and animals that rely on t…

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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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According to her great, great nephew, Monica Flinn likely spent the first summer at her new El Charro Café making pots of stew and tortillas to feed local construction workers. That was 99 years ago, and summer survival continues to be the hallmark of the season at each of El Charro’s Tucson…

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Friday to Sunday, July 16-Aug. 1

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Warm weather is a perfect time to get out and moving fast enough to have the wind whip by you. It doesn’t matter if you are interested in a road ride or a mountain adventure, Oro Valley has many options for all levels of cycling enthusiasts. I’ve listed two of my favorite rides that I think …

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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 …