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Patriotic playlist: Songs for July 4

Here's a selection of some of the best songs about what American independence means, from Springsteen and Petty to Funkadelic and the Beastie Boys. Is that freedom rock? Turn it up and celebrate, and sound off in the comments about your favorites.... Read more»

Surf's up! Mission Creeps' deliciously dark ocean of sound

The Mission Creeps haunt the Tucson music scene with their deliciously dark brand of surf and punk-tinged rock and roll with a heavy dose of "voodoobilly." Catch them Friday night — and here's the rest of the weekend music lineup, including Miss Olivia and the Interlopers and Half-Broke Town.... Read more»

Andrew Gardner closes the circle on psychedelic rock, again

In the past couple of years, it's begun to seem like every other new band in Tucson is "reinventing" psychedelic rock. But Andrew Gardner, frontman of Tucson indie band La Cerca is not surprised that the music he was listening to at a young age is coming back into style. Plus, more weekend music.... Read more»

U2 adding Phoenix to 'Joshua Tree' anniversary tour

While a trip back to Tucson is unlikely, U2 will bring their "Joshua Tree" 30th anniversary performance back close to where those songs made their live debut with a September concert in Phoenix.... Read more»

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 get prepared for a cruel summer blistering under a bad, crazy sun.... Read more»

The Gunrunners rock every show like it's their last

If you've ever met Ted Riviera, you've probably heard an earful about Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. The primitive, passionate, roots-based rock and roll they pioneered is a sound that his band, The Gunrunners, has embraced over a decade of playing dive bars, punk shows and rave-ups around the Old Pueblo. ... Read more»

Old West history helps corral Az tourists — and not just in Tombstone

The history of railroads, miners, outlaws and cowboys have made Arizona emblematic of the American West. But the state’s Old West history is not just a romantic tale; it's a history that’s been preserved in a variety of ways, some more authentic than others, and a legacy that continues to help many cities and towns prosper.... Read more»

Az benefits from pop culture phenomenon as cosplay industry grows

What started mainly as a hobby popular in Japan has exploded into a multibillion-dollar industry that has surged in popularity in the U.S. In Arizona, people can spend thousands of dollars on things like convention tickets, hotel stays, custom-made costumes and props.... Read more»

Navajo school immerses tribal youth in Diné language and culture

“Béédaałniih: Diné bizaad bídahwiil’aah. Táadoo biligáana k’ehjí yádaalłti’í. Ahéhee’.” These are the first words that visitors see on a sign at the entrance of Tsé Hootsooí Diné Bi’ Olta’, an elementary immersion school that teaches the Navajo language to its 133 students on the capital of the Navajo Nation.... Read more»

Concert at Douglas border crossing aims to break down barriers

With musicians performing on two stages set up next to each other on either side of the border, a concert at the Douglas Port of Entry this month will bring a different kind of attention to an area that’s been in the national spotlight for barriers.... Read more»

Theatre review

Recognizing the truth: ATC's world premiere of 'Holmes and Watson'

The last show of David Ira Goldstein's 25-year run with Arizona Theatre Company and a briskly staged and solidly acted work that had its first-ever staging in Tucson last week — is, as the Brits say, too clever by half and a rather slight thing at that. ... Read more»

Migrant Quilt Project

Border deaths honored one story at a time through art

Tattered jeans, backpacks, and love letters are stitched together and tell the story of migrants who made their way into the U.S. through the Arizona desert but perished before reaching their destination. "The goal is to humanize these people," said Jody Ipsen, founder of the Migrant Quilt Project. ... Read more»

Theatre review

Self-regulating instability: Winding Road's 'Language Archive'

A nicely designed production of Julia Cho's "The Language Archive" has opened for a four-week run, staged by Winding Road Theater. This play about a professor's desperate attempts to preserve dying languages and his own expiring marriage features some terrific acting and a marvelous original score.... Read more»

Advocates: Relatively small budget cuts could have big impact on Arizona arts

The Trump administration’s call to eliminate the NEA and NEH in next year’s budget would mean the loss of just over $1.5 million in federal funds for Arizona. While that number may appear small in a budget that’s in the trillions, arts advocates called it short-sighted — taxpayers “get a lot of bang for their buck with the small amount of funding they get from the NEA.”... Read more»

Review

The gorgeous plurality of being human: Az Rep's 'Twelfth Night'

A beautifully mounted, intelligently directed, energetically acted production of "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's beloved social and romantic comedy of mistaken identities and gender-bending, has opened for a three-week run at Arizona Repertory Theatre. Not as "goth" as it's billed, the show is nonetheless smart and vigorous.... Read more»

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