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July 4 roundup: Where to celebrate Independence Day

Barbecue, beer and fireworks: Independence Day is almost upon us and there are many family-friendly and adult options when it comes to celebrating in the Tucson area this year.... Read more»

No rain, but a flood of family fun for El Dia de San Juan

There was no rain, but the 17th year of El Dia de San Juan Fiesta did bring family fun to Tucson on Tuesday night at Mercado San Agustin. The fiesta began with a procession, including participants carrying a statue of St. John, which was brought to the stage and then blessed in hopes that rain will be plentiful this year.... Read more»

Bring on the rain at El Dia de San Juan Fiesta

The humidity is beginning to rise, and if you breath deeply you might just catch the scent of rain in the air. Yes, Tucson, it’s almost time for the summer rains. And that means it’s time to celebrate the monsoon at El Dia de San Juan Fiesta on Tuesday evening.... Read more»

Celebrate Bloomsday, Irish culture Monday

Tucson’s Irish community wants to encourage you to bring your family down to 4th Avenue and celebrate Bloomsday on Monday at O’Malley’s on Fourth, 247 N. 4th Ave.... 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»

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»

Boys Chorus holding auditions

Intent on turning boys to men, Julian Ackerley and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus are holding auditions for the group’s 75th season. Auditions are open for boys aged 8-12. “We use music as a vehicle for developing social skills. We’re called a boys chorus but we try to teach them to be gentleman,” Ackerley said.... Read more»

Earworm: World Destruction

Is there anything worse than an earworm? That catchy riff, a looping melody, a couplet repeating over and over in your brain? Today’s symptom of stuck song syndrome: “World Destruction”, the 1984 single by Afrika Bambaataa’s Time Zone that featured PiL’s John Lydon. Here’s the video, so you can share the joy.... Read more»

Video: Flash mob dances 'Overcomer' to mark Jan. 8

A group of about three dozen people danced to celebrate overcoming obstacles and mark the third anniversary of the Jan. 8 shootings as a part of a flash mob Downtown on Wednesday. They danced in unison, to choreography set to the song “Overcomer” by Mandisa.... Read more»

Singing silenced, Ronstadt elected to Hall of Fame

Just months after she told the world that her renowned singing voice has been silenced by Parkinson’s disease, Tucson native Linda Ronstadt has been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although Ronstadt has been eligible since 1992, she recently said she never considered herself a rock singer and didn’t give much thought to ever be so honored.... Read more»2

Happy Christmas from John Lennon

Beatle John Lennon was shot to death Dec. 8, 1980. R.I.P. (with archival videos)... Read more»

Photos: All Souls Procession winds through Downtown

Tens of thousands of Tucsonans joined in the 24th All Souls Procession on Sunday night, many donning costumes and elaborate Dia de los Muertos facepaint.... Read more»2

Photos: 'Everyone's a Celt' at Tucson festival

Caber tossing, bagpipers and drummers, skirted dancers, skilled dogs, kilts a-plenty and even a dram or two of whisky can be found at this weekend’s Tucson Celtic Festival and Highland Games. The revelry continues through Sunday at Rillito Raceway Park.... Read more»1

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J.C. Scott: 24th Annual All Souls Procession this Sunday

Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, talk show host Emil Franzi, Downtown Tucson Partnership CEO Michael Keith, and Inside Tucson Business Editor Mark B. Evans... Read more»

Wisps of hauntings at Hotel Congress

When hip-hop artist performed at the Hotel Congress a few years back, he stayed in one of the rooms that is purported to be haunted. I say “purported” because I am a bit of a skeptic about such things, even though my Mexican grandmother regularly spoke to relatives who had passed on.... Read more»

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