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Daniel Mendoza, a la derecha, el director de fotografía de 'Forever Home' y Sean Oliver preparan el equipo en el set de 'Forever Home' el 5 de septiembre de 2021.

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»

Los visitantes del Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace al sur de Gold Canyon participan en un concurso de lanzamiento de hachas el 21 de febrero de 2022.

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»

El equipo de Phoenix Theatre y Chicanos por La Causa anuncian el debut en Nueva York de '¡Americano!', el primer musical escrito en Arizona en llegar fuera de Broadway, el 17 de febrero de 2022. Ellos son, de izquierda a derecha, Jason Rose, productor; Tony Moya, presidente de la junta de CPLC; Max Gonzales, vicepresidente ejecutivo de CPLC; Tony Valdovinos, el protagonista de la vida real del musical; David Adame, presidente y director ejecutivo de CPLC; y Michael Barnard, director y coautor.

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»

The team from Phoenix Theatre and Chicanos por La Causa announce the New York debut of '¡Americano!', the first musical written in Arizona to reach off-Broadway, on Feb. 17, 2022.

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»

Marian Brock, left, and Vanessa Webb, aka Sprout and Gerty of the Washing Well Wenches, perform at the Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace south of Gold Canyon on Feb. 21, 2022.

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»

An Ikebana flower arrangement

The Yume Japanese 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»

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»

Actors aren’t pulling people onstage for the Phoenix Theatre production of 'The Rocky Horror Show,' but it still has an immersive aspect, says Kade Bailey, center, who plays Brad Majors.

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»

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»

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»

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»

Ceci (Yolanda Gutiérrez) y La Prima (Anna de la Mora) se consuelan mientras planean su fuga en 'Luna Rojiza' del Teatro Meshico el 10 de octubre de 2021.

Durante la pandemia de COVID-19, muchos grupos artísticos se apagaron y el regreso fue todo menos seguro, pero el Plan de Rescate Estadounidense dio un impulso al Teatro Meshico y a otros pequeños grupos artísticos, muchos de ellos en comunidades marginadas. Read more»

Ceci (Yolanda Gutierrez) and La Prima (Anna de la Mora) comfort each other while plotting their escape in Teatro Meshico’s 'Luna Rojiza,' which sold out its two-weekend run in October.

Because of COVID-19, many arts organizations went dark during the pandemic, and the comeback was anything but certain - but the American Rescue Plan Act gave Teatro Meshico and other small arts groups, many in marginalized communities, a boost through grants. Read more»

In addition to her work on 'Sesame Street,' Stacey Gordon owns and operates Puppet Pie, a studio in downtown Phoenix, where she builds puppets available for purchase and where children of all ages apply science, math, engineering and art to create puppets of their own.

With help from a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Stacey Gordon - the puppeteer behind one of “Sesame Street’s” neighbors and owner and operator of Puppet Pie, a downtown studio where she builds puppets available for purchase - Gordon is restoring and modifying an ice cream truck to be used as a mobile puppet studio. Read more»

Steve Chilton, of the Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, said he was only able to book about 75 shows in various venues last year before COVID-19 shut concerts down.

Arizona business owners said a federal program aimed at helping theaters and concert venues shuttered by COVID-19 “has been a disaster,” taking until this month to deliver the first grants from a fund that was approved last year, with only one business receiving a grant so far. Read more»

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