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Colibri Center for Human Rights debuts with Saturday screening

Home of the most comprehensive data about missing border crossers and unidentified remains along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Colibri Center for Human Rights will celebrate their opening with the local premiere of award-winning film “Who is Dayani Cristal?” on Saturday.... Read more»

Digital book program aims to prevent summer reading slide

Summer vacation often means a break from schoolwork for students, but to Terri Clark it means the potential for the summer slide – and not the one at the local water park. That’s because it can be a time when kids lose reading and literacy skills they learned during the school year because they don’t read over the summer.... Read more»

Art programs’ move to warehouse boosts ASU’s downtown presence

For Dean Reynolds, pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in painting at a new studio space downtown rather than at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus means greater opportunities to connect with the thriving art community here.... Read more»

Photos: Rain can't keep Fiesta Grande crowds away

A blustery afternoon didn’t dampen the spirits of those enjoying the 12th annual Fiesta Grande on the West Side. The Barrio Hollywood street fair included food and craft vendors, classic car displays and live music that kept audience members dancing even as they packed under a tent to dodge the raindrops.... Read more»

Tucson native chugs in to town for book reading

Journalist, author and Tucson native Tom Zoellner will give a reading from his new book “Train” at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Ave, on Friday evening.... Read more»

Arizona Theatre Company

'Venus in Fur?' Whip it! Whip it good!

“Venus in Fur” is a 2010 play by David Ives, loosely based on the 1870 erotic novella by Leopold Van Sacher-Masoch. It uses the metaphor of the theatre to explore and subvert the authentically dominant and submissive roles of director and actor into a dynamic, erotically charged relationship. Self-aware, comedic and ironic, the play is less about sex and more about the stickier aspects of power.... Read more»1

How Brits actually sound versus how Hollywood thinks they sound

For a country slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, the United Kingdom has an astonishing wealth of regional accents.... Read more»

In ticket scalping, laws of supply and demand play out near venues

Scalping, also known as ticket reselling, operates under a supply-and-demand model similar to almost every other market. It’s legal in Arizona, with some constraints on where it can occur. An economics professor says ticket scalping represents an unfettered market.... Read more»1

Ban lifted, tequila pours into China

A whiff of tequila may conjure images of blue-green agave fields in the Mexican countryside, a raucous Texas dance hall or even a college frat house after a homecoming game. But there’s a new tequila haven emerging across the globe, and it’s the most populous city in the world — Shanghai.... Read more»

Mexicans squeezed by soaring lime prices

The citrus fruit has become such a precious commodity that gangs of thieves are even stealing ‘green gold’ by the ton.... Read more»

Little Free Libraries putting books just down the street

Looking as much like birdhouses as book repositories, Little Free Libraries are popping up at dozens of front lawns, storefronts and parks in the Valley and around Arizona.... Read more»

Hard times hit Margaritaville: Lime prices double after Mexico storms

The lime, a staple in many of Arizona’s Mexican eateries and grocery stores, has doubled in price over the last two months after heavy fall storms in Mexico knocked blooms from trees.... Read more»

Move over, craft breweries: Microdistilleries on the rise in Az

Arizona Distilling Co. adds a little bit of Arizona to its products. Copper City Bourbon honors a Prohibition-era brewing company in Douglas. Desert Dry Gin incorporates a different set of Five Cs in its flavor profile: coriander, cumin, cinnamon, citrus and cardamom.... Read more»

Lifting spirits: Bill would allow winemakers to distill leftover grapes

Many wineries beyond Arizona are allowed to distill wine byproducts, known as fruit pomace, into spirits such as brandy, cognac, cider and grappa, an Italian brandy. Now an state lawmaker is trying to let wineries here to get producer’s licenses that allow them to follow suit.... Read more»

House gives preliminary OK to helping cities with event costs

The Arizona House of Representatives gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would help defray the public safety costs cities incur hosting major events, such as Glendale, which is preparing for the 2015 Super Bowl.... Read more»

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