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Pima Writers' Workshop kicks off Thursday

Whether you’re a tyro (and if you have to look it up, you are) or a pro, the 27th annual Pima Writers Workshop has something to offer you. The weekend program begins Thursday night with an informal “Meet the Authors” get-together.... Read more»

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Some states yell 'cut' on film tax credits

Louisiana residents may go gaga over Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson when they arrive in the state later this year to film a movie about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. But Louisiana and some other states are starting to question whether they are giving up too much to attract such star power.... Read more»

Weekend music

The thrill remains the same: Honor BB King and go listen to live music

Like most music lovers, I'm listening to some sweet old B.B. King cuts on Friday. But, recalling the magic of the three times I was lucky enough to see him play, here are a few recommendations for Tucson spots to catch the fleeting magic that is live music this week, including blues, chamber music, and Latin fusion.... Read more»

Arizona State Museum sifts through collections to decide what to return to tribes

It's slow going as the Arizona State Museum sifts through decades of its collections to figure out which items are sacred and which human remains should be returned to tribes. But it's important, officials say. “These were people," said one worker at the museum.... Read more»

Tribes: Law requiring return of remains, relics, hasn’t met promise

Tribes had hoped the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act would bring the return of sacred items and human remains from museums. But 25 years later, more than 70 percent of tribal remains haven't been turned over. Critics say the law is falling short. ... Read more»

8 library branches to close on Sundays

Beginning this month, eight branches of the Pima County Public Library system will be closed on Sundays, as the county looks to tighten its budget.... Read more»1

Tombstone banks on history to attract visitors

In Tombstone, history is a part of the fabric of everyday life, one that draws visitors from all over the world. Reenactments, museums, and tours are big business here. The “Town Too Tough To Die” survives on its history.... Read more»

Multinational Celtic band RUNA makes Tucson debut

RUNA, one of the hottest young bands in Celtic music, will make its Tucson debut at the Berger Performing Arts Center on Friday. Their performances feature a kaleidoscope of instruments by the multi-talented musicians, as well as intricate Irish step-dancing.... Read more»

Mexicans don't understand why you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo

South of the border, Cinco de Mayo is no big deal.... Read more»1

Famous psychic Coffey finds joy in the paranormal

Psychic Chip Coffey's talking tour "Coffey Talk" will be in Tucson on Saturday. Coffey starred in A&E's shows "Psychic Kids" and "Paranormal State." ... Read more»

Let's get into trouble

Weekend music: Two bands to get under your skin

At Club Congress, BRYDES gives an all-caps shout-out to the archetypal big ‘80s MTV anthem, while Whispering Wires will draw out their clanging beauty at The Flycatcher.... Read more»

Arizona Repertory Theatre

UA’s 'A Little Night Music' lightens up the evening

The UA’s “A Little Night Music” should satisfy stalwart Steven Sondheim fans, who can be highly opinionated about his works. It is also a serviceable introduction for anyone not already familiar with America’s greatest living musical theatre composer.... Read more»

Louise Le Hir grows up in public

While Le Hir has been at the helm of always intriguing sounds, the imminent release of her first solo album shows her to be among the first of Tucson’s current underground scene to graduate past the influences of 1960s psych and garage, ‘70s krautrock and ‘90s shoegaze into an astonishingly nuanced and mature work. The decades of reference may be the same, but the substance belongs only to Le Hir.... Read more»

Let's get into trouble

Weekend music: DIY sunshine pops up

All around town, your weekend music forecast is clear: Mullarkey's Run-On Sunshine at 191 Toole, Vannessa Lundon and Jillian & The Giants at Club Congress, and a host of other shows all over town.... Read more»

As Arizona wine industry matures, experts foresee potential gains

Arizona's wine industry has grown exponentially since 2001. More than 90 locations have farm winery licenses, most of them clustered in three areas in the state. But as wine industry growth slows across the nation, will Arizona's growth continue to mature? ... Read more»

Community gardens take root in Arizona

The number of community gardens in Tucson has doubled since 2010.... Read more»

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