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Photos: Inside the historic Pima County Courthouse

From peering behind locked doors in the basement to the inside of the iconic tiled mosaic dome, here's a peek at the now mostly deserted old Pima County Courthouse. Designed by architect Roy Place, the 1929 building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.... Read more»1

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Play puts one man’s life on the line

Actor/playwright Bill Epstein's autobiographical “My Life In Sports” takes an unusually frank look at domestic bliss and disaster. Catch it if you can — the short run opened last weekend and closes with matinee and evening performances on Saturday. ... Read more»

Happy 240th birthday, Tucson! A playlist

To help celebrate Tucson's 240th birthday, here are more than two dozen songs that mention the Old Pueblo. Thursday marks 240 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.... Read more»1

Some like it hot ... A heat wave playlist

It's hot as a blast furnace outside, but here are some songs about high temperatures to help you make it through the tail end of a cruel summer.... Read more»

Report: Arizona craft beer has an economic kick, too

When Rob Fullmer, the executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, says “everything is improved by the presence of a brewery,” he’s talking about the economic buzz it brings and not the alcoholic kind.... Read more»

Get into the swim at the Return of the Mermaids

4th Avenue and Downtown Tucson will be swimming with costumed creatures and sea-themed activities Saturday for the "Return of the Mermaids" festival.... Read more»1

$400k donation will endow trumpet chair for Tucson Symphony

A recent contribution from the Connie Hillman Family Foundation will be used to endow a principal trumpet chair in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, as well as a "Partner with a Player" program to grow the group's underwriting of performers' salaries.... Read more»

Mt. Lemmon center to be dedicated Saturday to late author Chuck Bowden

A much-heralded reporter and author who spent much of his life chronicling the people and places of the Southwestern Desert will be honored Saturday as a community center on Mt. Lemmon is named for Chuck Bowden, who died last August.... Read more»

Crime novel about Mexico's drug violence as painful as the true story

Do novels about the drug war glorify violence? The best-selling author of 'The Cartel' says he wrestles with the question constantly.... Read more»

MegaMania!! comic conference set to draw crowds Saturday

Do you love anime, manga, and cosplay? MegaMania!!, the Pima County Public Library's fourth annual comics convention, returns Saturday at the Downtown Campus of Pima Community College.... Read more»

Win tickets to Hippiefest at the Fox

The Grateful Dead wound up 50 years of music this past weekend, but echos of the '60s will continue Thursday night at the Fox Theatre as the Family Stone, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and Badfinger with Joey Molland hit the stage. Here's your chance to win tickets!... Read more»12

Auditions: Shakespeare's linguistic labor of love

Tucson actors could find themselves parked onstage, performing one of the Bard's most densely worded plays, "Love's Labour's Lost," in a Shakespeare in the Park production. Auditions are Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.... Read more»

'Zero Dark Thirty' filmmaker exposes horrors of Mexican 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»1

July 4 roundup: Where to celebrate Independence Day

Independence Day is almost here and there are many family-friendly and adult options when it comes to celebrating in the Tucson area this year.... Read more»3

Meat and Steele at Smokin' Showdown fundraiser

Barbecue brisket, beer and live music on the plaza of Hotel Congress on Saturday will be the attractions at a fundraiser for the Steele Children's Research Center. Seven local chefs will vie for the title of the Old Pueblo’s Pitmaster, and support the search for effective treatments for pediatric cancer and diabetes.... Read more»

Photos: El Dia de San Juan heralds Tucson monsoon

Tradition holds that Tucson's monsoon begins with El Dia de San Juan, June 24. This year, the West Side fiesta celebrating the saint's day worked its magic — much of the city got at least a sprinkle of rain the next day as rain clouds broke the spell of summer heat.... Read more»

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