Arts & Life

Southern Arizona fair returns

Now that Spring Fling has come to a close, it is time to get ready for the next big fair of the semester: the Pima County Fair. From April 19-29, this annual carnival will offer a variety of rides and attractions, as well as food vendors for all ages.  “Every year, the Pima County Fair is an event that many natives enjoy going to,” said Kinnetay Powell, a junior majoring in finance. “It’s a big occasion for people who live in all areas of Southern Arizona.” As a Tucson native, he emphasized the excitement the carnival brings to the community.  Read more

Black N' Blue Hip Hop Crew displays talents on campus

Black N' Blue Hip Hop Crew will host their dance showcase on April 20 with a handful of special guests.  The team is student-run at the University of Arizona and participates frequently in school events. Black N' Blue performs at Bear Down Fridays, basketball games, charity events and more.  ”As a team, we work all year to create fun and energetic hip hop pieces that reflect our personalities,” said Rachel Littleton, a UA senior and the president of Black N' Blue Hip Hop Crew.  Read more

Spring Fling artists taking the stage

The University of Arizona will be hosting its 44th annual Spring Fling festival starting Friday, April 13 and running through Sunday, April 15. The event will feature artists such as Austin Kelly, Sophia Rankin and Quinn XCII. Marketing director for the event, Josler Tudisco, said that the concert will showcase student performers, as well as other musicians. The combination of student and professional performances is essential in the talent selection process, Tudisco said.  Read more

Fighting injustice through the arts

Artists who used their work to address issues in a resistence movemnet inspired the University of Arizona’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese to hosted a week of events dedicated to contemporary Brazil.  “Art as Resistance Contemporary Brazil” was created to educate people on the role of art as a form of protest and political action. The events addressed issues of sexism, social justice and politics.  Read more

Documentary explores the lives of 'Hippie families'

Beverly Seckinger, a University of Arizona professor for the School of Theatre, Film and Television, produced and filmed her documentary, Hippie Family Values,  focusing on the valued traditions and lifestyle of hippie elders. The documentary takes place at a communal ranch in rural New Mexico.  The film gives an intimate view and perspective into the way of life that members of the communal ranch have established. Seckinger became attracted to the idea about making a film when she performed for the community and was captivated by its charm in 2004.  Read more

Finding inspiration in spoken word

“It’s been a long time, since I’ve wanted to die, it makes me feel, like taking off, my skin suit, and seeing how, my light flies all, on its own, neon, and bouncy like a, wannabe star,” Ada Limón writes in her award-winning poetry book, “Bright Dead Things.” Limón is one of several who performed during the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Reading and Lecture Series for the 2017–2018 school year. She is the author of four books, including “Bright Dead Things,” her most popular, which was a finalist for numerous book awards, won the Chicago Literary Award for Poetry and named a “Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year” by The New York Times She has also received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Read more

Pop-up student art show displays talents and behind the scene drives

Inspired by art galleries across the nation, UA sophomore Cammy Stevenson, who studies finance and art history, takes into action by putting together her own pop-up art show in Tucson.  Stevenson, along with other UA student and community artists, will display their art at Elysian Market Grove, a historic bed and breakfast/market that is rented out by the owners. Read more

The students behind the booths

Spring Fling — a time of ring toss, Ferris wheels and the smell of funnel cake in the air — is also a time of hard work and determination for students working the event. Every year, different clubs run the game booths to raise money. Greek organizations, volunteers, cultural and professional clubs and sports teams all participate in running game booths at Spring Fling to raise money for clubs and philanthropies.  Read more

Former Wildcat finds calling on Broadway

Scott Pask, a University of Arizona alumnus, is a three-time Tony Award winning set designer currently working on the Broadway production of “Mean Girls.” Pask has worked on a total of 52 Broadway productions, such as “Book of Mormon” and “The Coast of Utopia.” Originally from Yuma, he graduated from the UA with a degree in architecture and began exploring the world of theatre during his time on campus. Pask is also a recipient of an honorary doctorate degree in humane letters, which he was awarded in 2014.  Read more

Defining artistic culture at UA

 The University of Arizona, as part of a new campus-wide strategic plan, is developing an initiative to make Arizona a destination for the arts.  Under the supervision of UA President Dr. Robert Robbins, the strategic plan covers a variety of topics from diversity and sustainability to the integration of physical, digital and biological worlds. After listening to community members, faculty, staff and students, conducting focus groups and gathering initial inputs on campus aspirations. The plan is now in phase two, or the “ideation phase.” Read more

Math and arts intertwine

George Hart, a professor at The State University of New York at Stony Brook, visited the University of Arizona to demonstrate the design of mathematically-based sculptures, to redefine how people see math. Instead of looking at numbers on calculators, graphs and tests, Hart takes math and makes it visual.   During his visit, Hart created a mathematical sculpture using flat wood pieces, which were laser cut by the UA School of Art.   Hart started his “Making Math Visible” workshops in order to teach math inside and outside the classroom, using activities that excite students, according to his website. Read more

Turning into stone: UA dancers inspire sculptor

 Neil Weinstein, a Tucson resident who uses University of Arizona dancers as inspiration for his sculptures, is one of 40 artists who will be featured in the first Sculpture Festival Show and Sale. The festival, which will be held at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park on Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, is a celebration of local artists and an opportunity to increase awareness of sculpture within the community. Free and open to the public, the festival will also include music, food trucks and artistic demonstrations. Read more