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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»

Samantha Bounkea and Jeffrey Anderson of Sapphocracy work on the band's debut recording

October in Tucson means more music and cultural festivals than you can shake a drumstick at, and Tucson Sounds has the lowdown on the best of them. Continuing the new music spotlight with new tracks by Sapphocracy and Silver Cloud Express, local music listings and more in your TucsonSentinel.com weekly music roundup. Read more»

A family searches for the perfect pumpkin at a fall festival in Marana, Arizona on October 25, 2014.

Take advantage of all fall has to offer in Arizona at one of these popular festivals. Read more»

Interviews with: Downtown Tucson Partnership CEO Michael Keith, Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez, Councilman Paul Cunningham, Inside Tucson Business Editor Mark B. Evans, RNC Committeeman Bruce Ash Read more»

Tucson Meet Yourself

Tucson has often found its self with an identity crisis. We've looked to cities like Portland and Austin and tried to find some tips and tricks to follow. There's nothing wrong with that. But we may have overlooked what has always made us great. We don't need to be like any other place in order to thrive. We're finding that being Tucson, as quirky as we can be, is good enough. Read more»

Anthony Gimino gave an update on Wildcat football as the Cats get ready to battle the Huskies in Seattle on Saturday. Then, comet discoverer Dr. David Levy had his monthly out of this world update. Plus, folklorist Big Jim Griffith previewed next month's Tucson Meet Yourself. Read more»

The University of Arizona marching band performing in the All Souls Procession.

Event planners from throughout the region will meet this weekend at the second annual Festival Event Association of Tucson and Southern Arizona (FeatsAZ) conference. The gathering is a place for vendors, event professionals, venues, local businesses and performers to share ideas and best practices. Read more»


Festivals, silent auctions and haunted houses are all giving back a little something to the community this weekend. From the familiar setting of Tucson Eat, err, Meet Yourself, to the indie-focused Tucson Film and Music Festival, there's plenty to put on your To-do List. Read more»

An interview with state Rep. Ted Vogt. Also, Mia Hansen talks about this October's Tucson Meet Yourself, and Beth Ford, Pima County treasurer, discusses her re-election campaign. Read more»

Today on Buckmaster - We talk with state Rep. Ted Vogt, certified financial planner Shelly Fishman, the Planetary Science Institute's Mark V. Sykes, and folklorists Big Jim Griffith and Maribel Alvarez. Read more»

A view of some of the vendors and crowds outside the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court.

The Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival kicked off on Friday in downtown Tucson, with a large number of people and a huge variety of food and entertainment to represent our city's different cultures. Read more»

Tucsonans get to see what they are made of this weekend, with Tucson Meet Yourself festivities happening downtown, Friday through Sunday. Read more» 4

Dinner at NoRTH

From Arizona Restaurant Week to the Greek Festival, the Beer Festival, Tucson Meet Yourself and more, September, October and November give Tucson foodies reason to chew and cheer. Read more»