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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 Linda Ronstadt singing the National Anthem, to Springsteen and Petty and 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»

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Auld Lang what now? The story of a New Year's song

The history, meaning and lyrics of "Auld Lang Syne" — just in time to impress your friends this holiday.... Read more»

Christmas playlist: Perry Como, Pogues, Prince, Bowie & more!

It might be getting just cold enough in Tucson to gather around the hearth, but here are some holiday songs to warm your heart whether you have a fireplace or not — and some to make you nod your head and play air guitar. With hours of music spread over about 80 songs, these Christmas classics will liven your gatherings this weekend.... Read more»

From the editor

You're invited: TucsonSentinel.com holiday shindig

Come celebrate the holiday season with a few drinks, a bite to eat and lots of healthy conversation Thursday evening, as we observe whatever it is you/we/they celebrate this time of year — especially a belated 226th birthday of the Bill of Rights, or the impending eighth birthday of TucsonSentinel.com.... Read more»

Halloween sadism: History behind myth of poisoned treats

What a seasonal fear reveals about our changing relationship to food: Everybody’s heard the unsettling bit about the razorblade-spiked Halloween apple. ... Read more»

What's open, what's closed on Columbus Day

As the nation marks Columbus Day (although not everyone is a fan, and neither Tucson nor Pima County observe the holiday), some government services and private businesses will be closed Monday. Here's the low-down.... Read more»

What's open, what's closed on Labor Day

As the nation celebrates Labor Day, 135 years after the first holiday dedicated to workers was proclaimed in the state of New York, many government services and private businesses will be closed. Here's the low-down:... Read more»

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»

Cut lighter fluid for tastier, greener grilling

Grilling without using lighter fluid means releasing smaller amounts of volatile organic compounds into the air — key ingredients in smog. It can also mean better-tasting food for your July 4 barbecue. So how to get the blasted coals glowing without dousing them in lighter fluid? Use a charcoal chimney.... Read more»

It's a banner occasion: Flag Day

Flag Day: In the 240 years since the U.S. flag was adopted by the Continental Congress, it's seen the addition of a few stars and a stripe or three has been added and removed.... Read more»

What's open, what's closed on Presidents Day

Monday is Presidents Day; some businesses and government offices are closed to mark the holiday. Here's a list of what's affected:... Read more»

Christmas playlist: Perry Como, Pogues, Prince, Bowie & more!

It might be getting just cold enough in Tucson to gather around the hearth, but here are some holiday songs to warm your heart whether you have a fireplace or not — and some to make you nod your head and play air guitar. With hours of music spread over about 80 songs, these Christmas classics will liven your gatherings this weekend.... Read more»

From the editor

You're invited: TucsonSentinel.com holiday shindig

Come celebrate the holiday season with a few drinks, a bite to eat and lots of healthy conversation Thursday evening, as we observe whatever it is you/we/they celebrate this time of year — especially a belated 225th birthday of the Bill of Rights, or the impending seventh birthday of TucsonSentinel.com.... Read more»

Terrific counter-programming: Kvelling over ATC's 'Fiddler'

If you need a break from "The Nutcracker" and "The Messiah" and you want to come in from the Winterhaven cold and not sit behind a horse, ATC's "Fiddler on the Roof" is the show and the theater company and the cultural enterprise you should be supporting this Christmas season.... Read more»

No holiday for fliers: Sky Harbor likely among busiest for Thanksgiving

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is expected to be among the 10 busiest airports in the nation this Thanksgiving, when as many as 27.3 million people are expected to board a U.S. airline for their holiday travel.... Read more»

What's open, what's closed on Columbus Day

As the nation marks Columbus Day (although not everyone is a fan, and neither Tucson nor Pima County observe the holiday), some government services and private businesses will be closed Monday. Here's the low-down.... Read more»

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