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We're hiring: Sentinel's new Cultural Expression & Community Values reporting position open

A new fulltime reporter will be covering Cultural Expression and Community Values in Southern Arizona this year, with support from TucsonSentinel.com's readers and the national Report for America program.... Read more»

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Tucson lowrider bike film 'Low y Cool' will show on big screen again 25 years later

The 1996 documentary "Low y Cool" about a lowrider bicycle club from Tucson's South Side will play on a big screen again in a 25th anniversary showing, which will include a discussion about Chicano history in Tucson.... Read more»

Cahokia artspace, owned by women and led by Native Americans, cultivates 'creative placekeeping'

Cahokia, a modern Phoenix Indigenous art and social space owned by women, is a hub for Indigenous and marginalized creatives and entrepreneurs to host events, sell products, showcase and sell their artwork and collaborate on various projects.... Read more»

Comic:

Claytoonz: Betty

Don’t you start with me on this cartoon being nice and sweet. Not you too. But, I like Betty White. I in fact, I love Betty White…and I love dogs too.... Read more»

Photos: Puttin' a (rain)bow on 2021

A wintery chill, a stiff breeze, the steady coming of the last night of 2021 — they were all forgotten about for a few sparkling moments on late Friday afternoon in Tucson, as a brilliant double rainbow soared over the city as the sun slipped down Gates Pass.... Read more»

Tucson sounds: 2021 year in review, with hopes & lamentations

JJP's four-sentence year in review, a tribute to Mike Nesmith and a memento mori for local music icons Stuart Kupers and Betsy Scarinzi. Plus this year's New Year's Eve Guide — it's your local music column from TucsonSentinel.com.... Read more»

Tucson to require film safety guidelines after fatal shooting on 'Rust' set

The city of Tucson is considering a film-set safety ordinance after the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by actor Alec Baldwin in late October on the Santa Fe, N.M., set of the Western movie “Rust.” ... Read more»

A last cup of kindness: Farewell to Bentley's and the days of auld lang syne

Bentley's House of Coffee and Tea is closing its Speedway location, relocating yet again — to our hearts and minds and memories.... Read more»

Yaqui Chairman Yucupicio inducted into Tejano Hall of Fame for decades of musicianship

The Tejano Roots Hall of Fame is honoring Peter Yucupicio, chairman of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, for his decades of playing bajo sexto with his family's band, Los Hermanos Cuatro.... Read more»

El presidente Yaqui, Yucupicio, entra el Salón de la Fama de Tejano por décadas de maestría musical

El Salón de la Fama de las Raíces Tejanas está honrando a Peter Yucupicio, presidente de la Tribu Pascua Yaqui, por sus décadas de tocar bajo sexto con la banda de su familia, Los Hermanos Cuatro.... Read more»

20-year-old Stone & Limberlost mural has new look after restoration

After finishing a mural on a curved wall along North Stone Avenue in 2001, Pasqualina Azzarello was asked to come back to Tucson two decades later to restore what has become a cornerstone for the neighborhood association that was created alongside it.... Read more»

The magnificent history of the maligned and misunderstood fruitcake

Nothing says Christmas quite like a fruitcake – or, at the very least, a fruitcake joke - and haters and disrespect aside, fruitcake is still a robust American tradition: The website Serious Eats reports that over 2 million fruitcakes are still sold each year.... Read more»

Analysis

How Mrs. Claus embodied 19th-century debates about women’s rights

The writers who created Mrs. Claus were not just interested in filling in the blanks of Santa’s personal life - the poems and stories about Mrs. Claus spoke to women’s central role in the Christmas holiday and also provided a canvas to explore contemporary debates about gender.... Read more»

Christmas playlist: The all-time best holiday songs

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 dozens of songs, these Christmas classics will liven your spirits, even if we're not gathering in festive crowds again quite yet. ... Read more»

Nearly 2 years into pandemic, Az theatres & performers adapting to 'new normal'

Live theatre was among the industries hardest hit by the pandemic - many companies had to furlough staff members, cancel performances and forgo various planned events - but for the first time in almost two years, companies are finding ways to make sure the show goes on. ... Read more»

'Big Jim' Griffith built bridges, not walls, in the Borderlands

No one can fill "Big Jim" Griffith's shoes, for he — more than any other Tucsonan — triggered enormous and lasting community pride in our "folk" traditions of music, food, santos, architecture, and border culture. — Gary Nabhan... Read more»

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