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The languid ferocity of Giant Sand's Howe Gelb

When I walked into the Giant Sand show on Boxing Day, I was taken aback. Howe Gelb, the group’s sole permanent member, is a man of many moods, with performances that vary accordingly. But this time he seemed more interested in playing guitar than in playing himself. It felt like Gelb was out to prove a point.... Read more»

French author gets graphic about Tucson musicians

For most, thinking of Tucson's music scene and a "foreign" language would bring to mind Spanish. But local rockers have a long and deep connection with France, as well. Some of those connections are celebrated in the graphic novel "Retour a Sonora" (Back to Sonora) by author Nicolas Moog, of Metz, France.... Read more»

Arizona Underground Film Festival

Freaky film festival features strange cinema

Starting Friday the 13th, the nine-day (and night) Arizona Underground Film Festival surveys a startling array of works in its celebration of genre cult movies. This year the festival is concentrated in downtown Tucson, with all films showing at the Screening Room... Read more»

Tucson Together Fund

'Luz de Vida' to light up Rialto benefit for Jan. 8 charity

Released this week, "Luz de Vida" is a music compilation benefiting the Tucson Together Fund, which provides support for the Jan. 8 victims and their families. 37 local and national acts participated, and several will play a benefit concert at the Rialto Theatre on Saturday.... Read more»

2nd Saturdays Downtown

Second chance for downtown Saturdays

The launch of 2nd Saturdays Downtown is Saturday from 5-10 p.m., and features live music at several venues, an outdoor stage, and out on the thoroughfare. Does this new event have the formula for resurrecting a downtown tradition?... Read more»

To do list

Extra, extra: Get your weekend plans here

You probably know about Powhaus' "Trash" and Ted Leo, but here are seven more weekend events you won't want to miss.... Read more»

TucsonSentinel.com launch party

Celebrate Sentinel launch at Press Box Bash

Friday's show features Howe Gelb performing Johnny Cash's "Live at San Quentin", new punk band Cadillac Steakhouse, bluesman Tom Walbank, Sonoran gypsies Bajo Turbato, and Jazz Telephone with Mr. Tidypaws.... Read more»

To do list

9 for Beethoven: A weekend arts preview

Looking to avoid the street fair in favor of some culture? We have some ideas.... Read more»

Under the influence

Tasha Sabatino drums in the name of love

In the first installment of 'Under the influence,' drummer Tasha Sabatino discusses sad songs, Mo Tucker and jazz greats, and reveals a heart full of soul.... Read more»