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Border chronicler Charles Bowden dead at 69

Updated: Reporter and author Charles Bowden — he eschewed the term “journalist” — is dead at 69. The longtime Southern Arizonan recently moved to New Mexico and focused his work on the dangerous turmoil of Ciudad Juarez. Bowden was a dogged reporter and brilliant storyteller with a passion for the truth.... Read more»2

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Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

The labor movement and the song book are intertwined; folk singers, country pickers, punks and popular balladeers have hailed the American worker, and chronicled the trials of earning a paycheck. Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. “If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he’d have a lot to write about….” (with videos)... Read more»

MOCA offers free admission Sunday

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is offering one last chance Sunday to see three shows — Blueprint, MOCA Bas-Relief, and BAKERMAN — for free before they close on Sept. 14.... Read more»

Happy 239th, Tucson!

Wednesday marks 239 years since Tucson’s founding by Hugo O’Conor, an Irish mercenary in the service of Spain. In the evening, a flag ceremony will be held at the Presidio San Agustin de Tucson Courtyard. The five flags that have flown over Tucson — American, Spanish, Mexican, Confederate and the Arizona state flag — will be presented.... Read more»

Brian Lopez opens up with 'Static Noise'

While talking about his soon-to-be released record “Static Noise,” Tucson singer-songwriter Brian Lopez presents a fascinating study in contrasts. Lopez becomes passionate and animated when he is describing his project and then retreats into quiet reserve when he is finished. “I wanted the music to be potent, compelling,” he says.... Read more»

Robin Williams dead of apparent suicide

Robin Williams, a legendary comedic actor whose versatility belied his frequent roles as a bumbler, was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide. Williams, 63, died in his Tiburon, Calif., home, authorities said. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.”... Read more»

Linda Ronstadt awarded Nat'l Medal of Arts for 'one-of-a-kind voice'

Tucson native Linda Ronstadt was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama on Monday. The White House cited the singer’s “one-of-a-kind voice and her decades of remarkable music,” and Obama confided a boyhood crush on her. A day after both women were honored, the singer was interviewed by Diane Rehm. “I felt like a fraud,” she told the veteran reporter. (with video)... Read more»1

CLITT parodies Sun Link

Aguirre pokes at Tucson streetcar with Facebook prank

A social media stunt is mocking the Sun Link streetcar project, and Tucsonans are falling for the joke. A page dubbed Community Link Integrated Transit of Tucson invites locals to “Ride the CLITT.” The man behind the satire is longtime Downtown arts activist David Aguirre.... Read more»6

Sun Link opening: Local businesses all aboard with streetcar events

Stretching from the University of Arizona, down 4th Avenue and through Downtown to the Mercado District on the West Side, restaurants, clubs and businesses along the line of the new Sun Link streetcar will mark the opening of the route with a weekend of dozens of events, from the family-friendly to more adult pursuits. Here’s a run-down of all the fun:... Read more»

Libros gratis: Free kids' books at Bilingual Literacy Fair

The first 1,200 attendees at a literacy event will receive free books in Spanish, as well as free backpacks. The sixth annual Feria de la Lectura will be held Saturday at the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center by the Mexican Consulate in Tucson.... Read more»

MegaMania!! comic confab set to draw crowds Saturday

Do you adore anime? Are you mad about manga? MegaMania!!, the Pima County Public Library’s fourth annual comics convention, returns Saturday at the Downtown Campus of Pima Community College.... Read more»

Book review

'Outlaw Arizona' entertains with true-crime stories

Best-selling true crime author Ron Franscell has cast his eye on his former home state with the latest in his six-volume series, “Crime Buff’s Guide to Outlaw Arizona,” and each brief entry brings out the elements of the crime that make it unique and worthy of retelling... Read more»

Only happy when it rains ... A monsoon tune playlist

Rain? We don’t mind. And neither did the Beatles. Others are only happy when it rains. If you want to see a repeat of the rainfall seen in parts of Tucson on Thursday, you might have to do a rain dance. What’s your favorite song about the rain?... Read more»

Patriotic playlist: Songs for July 4

Here’s a selection of some of the best songs about what American independence means, from Springsteen and Petty to Funkadelic and the Beastie Boys. Crank up the volume and celebrate, and sound off in the comments about your favorites.... Read more»

July 4 roundup: Where to celebrate Independence Day

Barbecue, beer and fireworks: Independence Day is almost upon us and there are many family-friendly and adult options when it comes to celebrating in the Tucson area this year.... Read more»

No rain, but a flood of family fun for El Dia de San Juan

There was no rain, but the 17th year of El Dia de San Juan Fiesta did bring family fun to Tucson on Tuesday night at Mercado San Agustin. The fiesta began with a procession, including participants carrying a statue of St. John, which was brought to the stage and then blessed in hopes that rain will be plentiful this year.... Read more»

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