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Spend Valentine's weekend under the Tucson stars

You can gaze skyward and perhaps spy a shooting star at "A Night Under the Stars" events this weekend at two local parks. Astronomy groups will offer assistance using telescopes at Canoa Ranch on Friday, and Tucson Mountain Park on Saturday.... Read more»

Preview of 'Barrio Stories' showcases oral histories of Downtown

It's been nearly five decades since hundreds of homes and businesses were bulldozed in the historic heart of the Old Pueblo to make way for the Tucson Convention Center. Borderlands Theater's "Barrio Stories" will give voice to those long-flattened buildings and their former occupants.... Read more»

Earworm

Feb. 3, 1959: Drove my Chevy to the Levee

February 3 marks the anniversary of "The Day the Music Died," when pioneering rock 'n' rollers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a 1959 plane crash. Don McLean referenced the event in his hit song, "American Pie." So give today's earworm a listen.... Read more»1

Unscrewed Theater spotlights 2nd anniversary of nailing down stage

Are you in the mood for a laugh but tired of going to the movies? Unscrewed Theater will celebrate the second anniversary of staging improvisational comedy at the troupe's East Speedway home this weekend.... Read more»

Dateless on Valentine's weekend? Take a tour of the city's landfill

If you're down in the dumps on Valentine's weekend, the city of Tucson has plans for you. The Environmental Services Department will offer a tour of the Los Reales Landfill and the ReCommunity recycling center next Friday morning... Read more»

Groundhog Day: Same as it ever was

Every Feb. 2, it's time for the obligatory Groundhog Day story. Here in the Sentinel newsroom, we'd rather watch the same old Youtube videos than check whether some rodent is having a bad hair day. Enjoy!... Read more»

Arizona Theatre Company

5 reasons to see ATC's latest hit, 'Fences'

“Fences” is one of the great plays of the American theatre, a beautifully written personal tale with mythic overtones of a black family’s struggles for happiness in Pittsburgh circa 1957. Here are five reasons for catching what may be one of the best dramatic presentations in Tucson this season.... Read more»1

Commentary

Race and beyond: Why #oscarssowhite matters

The film industry exercises a huge amount of influence on perceptions of success in America—or the lack thereof.... Read more»

Earworm

Not a fish tale: Abe Vigoda dead at 94

It's not a hoax this time, folks: weary-eyed character actor Abe Vigoda, long the subject of rumors of his passing, died Tuesday at age 94. In his honor, here's the theme to "Barney Miller" to get stuck in your head.... Read more»

Sonora ramps up tourism initiatives, downplays Mexico travel warning

Despite a renewed U.S. State Department travel warning for Mexico, neighboring Sonora is moving forward with ambitious plans to attract U.S. visitors just in time for spring break, according to a senior Mexican tourism official.... Read more»

Earworm

Blizzard antidote: 'We Got Cactus'

Here's today's earworm: While the East Coast is prepped for a hazardous major snowstorm, Tucson's seeing another sunny winter day. It might not be received favorably, but we're tempted to taunt friends and family dealing with the cold with this Al Perry country cover of a Tucson punk classic: "We Got Cactus."... Read more»

Jazz Festival counts off final weekend

The 2016 Tucson Jazz Festival wraps up this weekend, but there is still time to hear some great sounds Downtown.... Read more»

Earworm

Springsteen standin' on a corner: Tribute to Glenn Frey

Here's today's earworm: The Boss paid his respects to the recently deceased Glenn Frey, performing a stripped-down "Take It Easy" in Chicago on Tuesday night. The singer/guitarist and Eagles songwriter died Monday.... Read more»

AG alleges fraud at Tucson music shop Sticks N' Strings

The state Attorney General's Office has filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against the owner of an East Side musical instrument store, Sticks N' Strings, and owner Anthony Bernard. The suit alleges that the business "accepted thousands of dollars’ worth of payments for musical instruments and failed to deliver."... Read more»

Oscar nominee 'Cartel Land' exposes horrors of Mexico's 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»

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