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More AP courses slated for major overhaul

But will revamp in favor of teaching college critical thinking in high school fuel the Common Core controversy?... Read more»

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Musical alchemist Gabriel Sullivan releasing 'Jvpiter'

If one were to read singer-songwriter-producer Gabriel Sullivan’s musical resume, with all his talents and successful projects, one might be led to believe that it belonged to someone twice his age. The multi-faceted Tucson musician is set to release a solo record next month.... Read more»

Rebellion, renaissance & redemption: Billy Sedlmayr's 'Charmed Life'

Anyone who follows the local music scene knows all too well the tribulations of poet-author-singer-songwriter Billy Sedlmayr’s life. We know of the wasted years and poor choices. One could easily become bitter and hardened after enduring such trials as drug addiction and incarceration, but not Sedlmayr. He still has much to give.... Read more»

Commentary

On the offense for the liberal arts

Commentary: A liberal arts education needs no defending since the benefits are self-evident. So the following assertion of the importance of the liberal arts is not a defense, it’s an offense.... Read more»

Heavy Metalachi comes to Club Congress Thursday

Heavy metal mariachi band Metalachi will play Club Congress on Thursday night. Audience members can expect a mixture of classic metal covers from artists such as Metallica, Ozzy Osborne, and Judas Priest, all played with traditional mariachi instruments, along some mariachi standards.... Read more»

Brian Lopez opens up with 'Static Noise'

Record release shows this Fri & Sat: While talking about his 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»

The confessions of Laura and The Killed Men

Local singer-songwriter Laura Kepner-Adney is both talented and busy, juggling a number of musical projects as well as her own upcoming wedding in October. I caught up with this fresh-faced dynamo for a few stolen moments between rehearsals and gigs for a brief interview.... Read more»

New Az law lets microdistilleries sell directly to public

A new craft distiller license gives microdistilleries the freedom to reach customers in ways they couldn’t before. In addition to selling directly to the public, microdistilleries can now have offsite tasting rooms.... Read more»

Obituary

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»5

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»

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»

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