The Tucson Festival of Books has a unique Southwestern identity that gives it charm and personality, in part from the annually changing mascot. Each chosen animal is connected to Arizona and calls the desert home. Debuting in 2009 with approximately 50,000 attendees, the TFOB attendance base has grown to 135,000 people in 2017. The festival has been dedicated to promoting literacy in the community since its inconception in 2009. The proceeds from the last 10 years of the festival have provided over $1,650,000 to community organizations that support literacy and reading, such as the Reading Seed and Literacy Connects, according to its website.
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The month of January was a busy one. The new year and the beginning of the semester brought an influx of news and events both local and worldwide. Here are some of our favorites.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has been playing with a live cast at The Loft Cinema for 40 years, making it the longest-running live performance of the movie in the United States. Rocky Horror has played with a shadow cast at least once a month at The Loft Cinema consistently since 1978. To celebrate the anniversary, there will be a Halloween Sing-A-Long performance in addition to the scheduled October show.
The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block was awarded a $25,000 grant on Jan. 2 by the Flinn Foundation for researching and developing new technologies to integrate into the museum experience.
"Rooted" is the first annual art exhibition organized to benefit Tucson Clean and Beautiful, Inc., a local nonprofit organization that works to "preserve and improve our environment, conserve natural resources, and enhance the quality of life in the City of Tucson and eastern Pima County," according to their website.
John Green’s new novel, “Turtles All the Way Down,” is his first book in the five years since his bestselling young adult novel “The Fault in Our Stars” hit bookshelves in 2012. Green has four other books besides these last two, most of them known for having tragic circumstances and teenage characters who are exceptionally witty, poetic, literary and romantic. “Turtles All the Way Down” continues this trend.
Through the month of October, the Nasty Women Exhibit will showcase local artists’ work at Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea for the "Pussy Power: Planned Parenthood Art Show." All proceeds from the art sales will benefit Planned Parenthood Arizona.
The University of Arizona's Center for Latin American Studies offers several opportunities for students and faculty to expand their knowledge of Brazilian culture through its new Brazilian Studies program.
In March, President Donald Trump’s first budget plan proposed complete defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts, along with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.Defunding these means taking money from PBS and National Public Radio, as well as thousands of theaters, museums, festivals, galleries and other places for artistic expression.
Freshman Paige Brown recently received the Girl Scout Gold Award for creating Reading for All, a literacy program for children in Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA), a domestic violence shelter in Apache Junction.
Matt Finish was first attracted to the world of burlesque in November 2011, when a friend of his insisted that he attend a show with her. Despite his disinterest, he went to a Black Cherry Burlesque performance at the Surly Wench Pub.
The Mat Bevel Institute, a company founded by brother and sister team Ned and Paula Schafer, has big plans after a successful six-month run of Kinetic Saturdays at The Museum of Kinetic Art.Kinetic Saturdays is an event that takes place on the first Saturday of each month, when the Museum of Kinetic Art opens to the public. During the event, Ned Schaper performs as Mat Bevel and wears multiple sculptures to tell stories and poems as different characters.