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Preview of 'Barrio Stories' showcases oral histories of Downtown

It's been nearly five decades since hundreds of homes and businesses were bulldozed in the historic heart of the Old Pueblo to make way for the Tucson Convention Center. Borderlands Theater's "Barrio Stories" will give voice to those long-flattened buildings and their former occupants.... Read more»

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Earworm

Feb. 3, 1959: Drove my Chevy to the Levee

February 3 marks the anniversary of "The Day the Music Died," when pioneering rock 'n' rollers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a 1959 plane crash. Don McLean referenced the event in his hit song, "American Pie." So give today's earworm a listen.... Read more»1

Unscrewed Theater spotlights 2nd anniversary of nailing down stage

Are you in the mood for a laugh but tired of going to the movies? Unscrewed Theater will celebrate the second anniversary of staging improvisational comedy at the troupe's East Speedway home this weekend.... Read more»

Arizona Theatre Company

5 reasons to see ATC's latest hit, 'Fences'

“Fences” is one of the great plays of the American theatre, a beautifully written personal tale with mythic overtones of a black family’s struggles for happiness in Pittsburgh circa 1957. Here are five reasons for catching what may be one of the best dramatic presentations in Tucson this season.... Read more»1

Commentary

Race and beyond: Why #oscarssowhite matters

The film industry exercises a huge amount of influence on perceptions of success in America—or the lack thereof.... Read more»

Earworm

Not a fish tale: Abe Vigoda dead at 94

It's not a hoax this time, folks: weary-eyed character actor Abe Vigoda, long the subject of rumors of his passing, died Tuesday at age 94. In his honor, here's the theme to "Barney Miller" to get stuck in your head.... Read more»

Introducing the gangster warlords of Latin America

In an excerpt from his new book, former GlobalPost correspondent Ioan Grillo finds his way to a Brazilian cocaine party.... Read more»

Earworm

Blizzard antidote: 'We Got Cactus'

Here's today's earworm: While the East Coast is prepped for a hazardous major snowstorm, Tucson's seeing another sunny winter day. It might not be received favorably, but we're tempted to taunt friends and family dealing with the cold with this Al Perry country cover of a Tucson punk classic: "We Got Cactus."... Read more»

Jazz Festival counts off final weekend

The 2016 Tucson Jazz Festival wraps up this weekend, but there is still time to hear some great sounds Downtown.... Read more»

Earworm

Springsteen standin' on a corner: Tribute to Glenn Frey

Here's today's earworm: The Boss paid his respects to the recently deceased Glenn Frey, performing a stripped-down "Take It Easy" in Chicago on Tuesday night. The singer/guitarist and Eagles songwriter died Monday.... Read more»

AG alleges fraud at Tucson music shop Sticks N' Strings

The state Attorney General's Office has filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against the owner of an East Side musical instrument store, Sticks N' Strings, and owner Anthony Bernard. The suit alleges that the business "accepted thousands of dollars’ worth of payments for musical instruments and failed to deliver."... Read more»

Oscar nominee 'Cartel Land' exposes horrors of Mexico's drug war

The world has long read about shady Mexican cartels cooking up tons of crystal meth, gun-battling in broad daylight, and torturing victims. Now viewers can watch it for real from the comfort of a movie theater seat. The action follows two vigilantes — one Mexican, one American — who battle the cartels on each side of the border.... Read more»

Earworm

XIXA drop hypnotic live video for 'Cumbia del Paletero'

Here's today's earworm: Tucson rockers-slash-cumbia band XIXA have put out a video from their glow-in-the-dark New Year's Eve performance at the Rialto, in preparation for the release of their first full-length album next month.... Read more»

10 days of world-class jazz swings into Tucson

The 2nd Annual Tucson Jazz Festival kicks off Thursday night, and it looks to be even bigger and better than last year's successful debut.... Read more»

Get moving with Beyond Tucson events Saturday

Commemorate the 5th anniversary of the January 8th shootings by joining members of your community outside for some physical activity at one of the many Beyond Tucson events Saturday. This year's main event, "Exploring the Urban Wild," will be held at Mercado San Agustin, Children's Museum Tucson and Armory Park Senior Center, and there will be other events across the Tucson-area. ... Read more»

Chihuahuas live large in Southwestern folklore

Arizona may not have an “official” state dog, but if it did, it would probably be the Chihuahua.... Read more»

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