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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

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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»

Marathon concert to boost 'Mariachi Miracle' documentary

A concert Saturday will trumpet the need to raise money to complete "The Mariachi Miracle" documentary, which will tell the story of Tucson's historic role in the youth mariachi movement. Mariachi Luz de Luna,Vox Urbana, will perform.... Read more»

Swoon for monsoon at El Dia de San Juan Fiesta

After a brief teasing rain two weeks ago, Tucson's June heat has hit hard. But as the humidity also rises, there's relief in sight. And that means it's time to celebrate the monsoon at El Dia de San Juan Fiesta on Wednesday evening.... Read more»

Club Congress wants your memories

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the rock venue's debut, the folks at Club Congress will set up a "Tucson's Rock n' Roll Museum" exhibit in September. They're asking for copies of old show posters and flyers, photos, fanzines, videos and other artifacts from three decades of strum and twang. ... Read more»

Read the poetry of Juan Felipe Herrera

Selected excerpts from the works of Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Chicano to be named the U.S. poet laureate. The appointment of the author, who is published by the University of Arizona Press, was announced Wednesday. Poems included are from "Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream" and "Half of the World in Light."... Read more»

UA Press author Herrera is first Chicano appointed U.S. poet laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera, the son of migrant workers who has penned more than a dozen collections of poetry, along with numerous short stories, novels and works for children, was named the U.S. poet laureate Wednesday. Herrera, whose primary publisher is the University of Arizona Press, is the first Chicano to be named the national poet.... Read more»

Love a rainy night ... A monsoon playlist

It's hot, it's humid, and it's (finally) raining. Here are a few monsoon tunes to play as you celebrate.... Read more»2

1000px: Backyard bobcat

"Draw me ... like one of your French girls." The heat and humidity haven't just made humans languid; here's a young bobcat enjoying a late-afternoon nap Sunday in a backyard near River and Swan.... Read more»

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»

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

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