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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»

James S. 'Big Jim' Griffith, right, with the late mariachi legend Lalo Guerrero.

I am lucky to have had Big Jim Griffith as a friend. And so is all of Tucson. We will profoundly miss our friend, who died this weekend at 86. But we will see him all around us, at Tucson Meet Yourself every year, and in our community's appreciations for traditions every day. — Daniel Buckley Read more»

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

The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is offering an array of courses for the Winter and Spring. Registration opens Dec. 6

Learn the how-to's from areas ranging from archery to pickelball in a full slate of classes offered by Tucson Parks and Recreation. Read more»

A trio from Bandaloop, a vertical dance group performs on Wednesday at the Meinel Optical Sciences building on the University of Arizona mall.

Using climbing ropes and their mettle, the "vertical dance" troupe Bandaloop performed Wednesday afternoon swinging across the glass front of the Meinel Optical Sciences Building in front of dozens of observers on the University of Arizona campus. Read more»

Thousands attended the Tucson's annual All Souls Procession, now marking its 30th year, on Sunday night.

Streaming along the streets of Tucson, thousands walked parallel to the Santa Cruz River on Sunday night, many in costumes with faces painted to remember lost loved ones, as part of the 2019 All Souls Procession. Read more»

Last year’s Concert Without Borders featured stages on either side of the border. This year’s concert will be set up the same way.

With musicians performing on two stages set up next to each other on either side of the border, a concert at the Douglas Port of Entry this month will bring a different kind of attention to an area that’s been in the national spotlight for barriers. Read more»

A stilt-walker stands near a fire at the end of the All Souls Procession.

Tens of thousands of Tucsonans filled the streets Downtown on Sunday night to mark the annual All Souls Procession, remembering loved ones who have died. Read more»

The Pride of Nogales – the high school’s marching band, dance team and color guard – prepares to march down Constitution Avenue in the National Memorial Day Parade.

They traveled 2,000 miles so they could march 13 blocks down Constitution Avenue here, but students in the Pride of Nogales – the Nogales High School’s marching band, color guard and dance team – said it was worth it. Read more»

Dancers premiered In the Shadows of the Dreamers at last year's spring collection performance.

A Sunday dance performance will reprise a piece choreographed last year by a University of Arizona professor to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Read more»

The holidays are upon us and Tucson offers up a veritable cornucopia of festive events to help you enjoy the season: Read more»

Highland dancing, caber tossing, bagpipers and drummers, 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 takes place this Friday—Sunday at Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. 1st Ave. Read more»

Allison Jones, Mermaid Sophie, Benjamin Griffith, Mermaid Michelina, and Tabatha Holan.

4th Avenue and Downtown Tucson will be swimming with costumed creatures and sea-themed activities Saturday for the "Return of the Mermaids" festival. Read more»

Tradition holds that Tucson's monsoon begins with El Dia de San Juan, June 24. This year, the West Side fiesta celebrating the saint's day worked its magic — much of the city got at least a sprinkle of rain the next day as rain clouds broke the spell of summer heat. Read more»

Mariachi Aztlán performing at Cesar Chavez Elementary in San Francisco in March, 2015.

A concert Saturday will trumpet the need to raise money to complete "The Mariachi Miracle" documentary, which will tell the story of Tucson's historic role in the youth mariachi movement. Mariachi Luz de Luna,Vox Urbana, will perform. Read more»

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