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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. …

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Green Things Poinsettia Festival. Foothills nursery Green Things is celebrating the holidays with 25,000 poinsettia plants and an array of craft activities. Their inaugural Poinsettia Festival lasts every day through December 24, and is free and open to the public.   Throughout the next mont…

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Thanksgiving Weekend has always been a somewhat bittersweet time for many football fans. There is an avalanche of games on TV, starting with the NFL games on Thanksgiving Day, followed by a couple dozen rivalry games (e.g. Alabama-Auburn, Cal-Stanford) on Friday and Saturday, and then wrappe…

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Winter Wanderland. The Tucson Botanical Gardens is hosting an all-new holiday experience that improves upon one of their most beloved annual traditions, the luminaria nights. “Wanderland: A Holiday Garden Stroll” allows guests to walk through the gardens, twilit by 3,000 luminaria lights, ov…

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Working as a firefighter often requires a person to think quickly and adapt to changes. It’s a skillset that has served former firefighters Jeremy Hilderbrand, Matt Gordon and Taylor Carter well as they operate Firetruck Brewing Company. 

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University Boulevard and Main Gate Square are continuing their annual tradition of decorating for the holidays, with a few extra safety precautions this year. From Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 3, University Boulevard between Euclid and Park avenues will have holiday events and decora…

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The Coronado National Forest Service is giving Sabino Canyon the green light to relaunch Crawler and shuttle service with new pandemic precautions in place.

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Whether it be due to the summer heat or social distancing, the sidewalks of Tucson have been less busy in recent months. But locals can enjoy the promenades and sidestreets in auditory form thanks to Connie Brannock’s latest EP “Last Call,” which takes the groove and atmosphere of night walk…

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Due to COVID-19, the Biosphere 2 in Oracle has suspended their daily walking tours. But they’re now offering a “night driving” tour, where you can drive through the property and learn more about its scientific research and amazing history in the comfort and safety of your own car. Tours take…

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The Gaslight Music Hall is keeping active in the summer months by continuing their outdoor concerts. The Music Hall recently announced a string of shows ranging from country to rock, all with a Tucson twist. 

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At 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, every restaurant, bar, club and cafe in the City of Tucson closed its doors through the end of the month in an attempt to slow the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. While this obviously dealt a massive blow to the food and hospitality industries, it also strip…

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If you’re already getting bored sitting around the house and you miss the The Loft Cinema, then you’re in luck. Tucson’s only arthouse cinema just announced the launch of a new streaming service.

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Sonoita-Elgin, located in Santa Cruz County, is Arizona’s first American Viticultural Area, a region designated by the government as a distinctive grape-growing region. 

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The Pima County Public Library is keeping up to date with quickly evolving technology of ebooks by digitizing the concept of physical reading rooms with their new “eReading Room.” This digital collection of children’s books features professionally recorded narration that plays and highlights…

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At last year’s Century of Tucson party, Hotel Congress passed the centennial torch to their cross-street neighbor, the Rialto Theatre. While the Rialto’s official hundred-year anniversary lands on Aug. 29, 2020, they’re filling the whole year with festivities, kicking things off with the eig…

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For husband and wife duo Billy Shaw Jr. and Jessica Northey-Shaw, music is everything. The pair connected over a shared love for country music, meeting for the first time at one of Billy’s shows at country hangout The Maverick. 

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On Jan. 14, Tucson author Nancy E. Turner released her newest novel, “Light Changes Everything.” The historical fiction based in rural Arizona focuses on a young feminist in 1907 aiming for a better future. “Light Changes Everything” is a new take on the experiences of young women living in …

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Robert Schwebel, Ph.D., is a local psychologist who uses his professional experience to write self-help books ranging from relationship advice to addiction recovery. His latest book, “Leap of Power: Take Control of Alcohol, Drugs, and Your Life” is based on nearly 50 years of working with cl…

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Here in Southern Arizona, we are blessed with an abundance of the arts, as our Spring Arts Preview reveals. Margaret Regan fills us in on what we’ll find in museums and galleries, as well as previewing what local dance troupes will be bringing to the stage this spring. Leigh Moyer lets us kn…