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Arizona's Heard Museum celebrates Pride Month with all-Native drag show

The Heard Museum opens its doors free of charge on the first Friday of each month - this month, First Friday showcased the museum’s inaugural Native Drag Show, which was limited to Indigenous queens, to celebrate Pride Month.... Read more»

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Dreamer drama: Arizona man hopes play about his life drives DACA discussion

“¡Americano!,” - which opened at the Phoenix Theatre in late January 2020 and debuted off-Broadway on May 1 at the New World Stages - tells the story of Tony Valdovinos and the need to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.... Read more»

Arizona Senate Republicans want to outlaw kids at drag shows

Arizona State Senate Republican leaders announced Tuesday that they want to make it illegal for anyone under 18 to attend drag shows in Arizona, though the actual details of what will be proposed are a “work in progress,” the measure’s likely sponsor said.... Read more»1

Gathering of Nations pow wow returns to New Mexico

After two years of virtual events, the Gathering of Nations - the world’s largest pow wow - returned in Albuquerque as people from 560 Native American tribes and more than 200 Indigenous tribes from Canada attended to celebrate traditional culture.... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Pima County to vote on new boss, Tucson considers homeless plan

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is retiring six months after a nasty bike accident. As one era ends, supervisors are set to consider making Jan Lesher a permanent replacement.... Read more»

¡Cámara, acción! La industria del cine en Arizona crece después de una década lenta

La industria cinematográfica de Arizona se mantuvo a sí misma a través de incentivos fiscales hasta 2010, cuando la Legislatura puso fin al programa, y ​​ahora, después de años de abandono, el estado se ha convertido nuevamente en terreno fértil para las producciones independientes.... Read more»

El Festival del Renacimiento de Arizona está de vuelta junto a sus trabajadores

El Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace ha regresado a su hogar justo al sur de Gold Canyon después de una pausa causada por la pandemia de COVID-19. Con él vienen los elementos básicos del festival: juegos divertidos, grandes multitudes y novedades anacrónicas.... Read more»

¡Americano! Musical con debut fuera de Broadway inspirado por un 'dreamer' de Phoenix

La historia de Tony Valdovinos se cuenta en el musical “¡Americano!”, creado para Phoenix Theatre Company en 2020 para inspirar a otros jóvenes Dreamers y ahora es el primer musical original de Arizona que debuta fuera de Broadway.... Read more»

Arizona Dreamer’s journey depicted in ‘¡Americano!’, a musical debuting off-Broadway

The story of Tony Valdovinos is told in the musical “¡Americano!”, created for the Phoenix Theater Company in 2020 to inspire other young Dreamers and now is the first original Arizona musical to debut off-Broadway. ... Read more»

Renaissance festival returns, and with it, workers who depend on 'the circuit'

The Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace has returned to its home just south of Gold Canyon after a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With it comes the long-running festival’s staples: fun games, big crowds and anachronistic novelties. ... Read more»

Tucson's Yume Japanese Gardens hopes for COVID recovery with spring events

The Yume Japenese Gardens is starting their spring events soon and have opened more of its spaces to the public. Founder Patricia Derrider said that she's excited but expects financial support to be "more difficult" to come by since the start of the pandemic. ... Read more»

From the editor

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»

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»

From the editor

Your support for Sentinel watchdog reporting TRIPLED by NewsMatch & Challenge Fund!

Give to real local journalism that matters — your donation TRIPLED (or more) before Dec. 31! Support the nonprofit independent watchdog reporters of TucsonSentinel.com.... 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»

From the editor

Sentinel's new Culture & Values journalist supported by Report for America, local readers

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»

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