Arts & Life

SAACA celebrates Mexican food, fun and flavor

The Southern Arizona Arts and Culture Alliance (SAACA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, preservation and advancement of the arts, hosts several events throughout the year that highlight Tucson culture, from music to food. It held the third annual Tucson 23 Miles of Mexican Food festival at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa on June 16 which featured food, live music, art and drinks. This event celebrates the best 23 miles of Mexican food, which is one of Visit Tucson’s main campaigns for the tourism industry according to Shelby Scheer, the operations manager of SAACA. Visit Tucson partnered with SAACA to help represent Mexican culture in an interdisciplinary format. Read more

Healthy juice comes to La Encantada

Bringing a “heathy and sustainable lifestyle” to La Encantada shopping center, Nektar juice bar will hold its Grand Opening Saturday June 23. With a variety of juices, smoothies, acai bowls and other alternatives the juice bar originated in California. The grand opening starts at 8:00 a.m. and there will be special deals, like 16 oz smoothies for $1.50 and “swag bags” will be given to the first 50 customers, to promote the bar. Inside the bags will be goodies from local stores at La Encantada, according to Manager Kristen Hoppe. Read more

UA Planetarium summer line-up

The University of Arizona Flandrau Planetarium, located at 1601 E. University Blvd, offers several summer events to the public. It showcases attractions like light/theatre shows, science exhibits and a large mineral museum.. Flandrau is known for its laser light shows and will hold various sessions all summer until Sept. 2, each include a variety of themes like Laser Stranger Things, which features 80s music and imagery from the television show every Friday and Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Read more

DeGrazia’s birthday celebration renews respect for Sonoran culture

Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia was an everyman’s Jack of all trades—an impressionist painter and sculptor, a composer, an architect, a director and a lithographer, among other titles. His work was all created in and inspired by the world of the Sonoran desert and the melting-pot culture it provided. The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun has 15,000 original DeGrazia pieces in the vault but there are more than twice scattered around the world, according to the DeGrazia website. Read more

Musical production molds young actors

 Arts Express, a performing arts education organization in Southern Arizona, works with students ages 14-24 in Tucson looking to further their acting experiences, meet new friends and produce a theater show at the end of the month-long Arts America Summer Stock program — a program filled with rehearsals, learnings sessions and group activities.   Arts Express has been in service for over 30 years, and this summer the youth program ends with the production of the Broadway musical “Big Fish.” “Big Fish” is a tale of adventure and romance that revolves around the relationship between Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman, and his adult son Will, who looks for what is behind his father’s tall stories. Read more

Creating a horror movie "Slumber Party"

According to program director Jeff Yanc, the Loft Cinema strives to offer Tucsonans something conventional theatres and laptop screens can’t offer—a film experience. The Loft is always competing with television and online streaming, but tries to create an experience that will attract the public to the theatre. “Films lose a lot when you watch them on laptops and phones,” Yanc said. "What we’re trying to do is do film justice, the way it’s supposed to be seen.” Yanc has been hosting the all-nite Scream-O-Rama for ten years, since he began working at the Loft Cinema. Read more

New show at Flandrau will turn Stranger Things fans "Upside Down"

In the pitch black, sunglasses appear and pulse to “Sunglasses at Night.” The disintegrate into kaleidoscope shapes, before clacking cameras appear, only to do the same. Red text announces “chapters”, from Chapter 1: Darkness to Chapter 5: The End?, all set to thumping, recognizable 80s songs. Read more

Ladytowne revival inspires local women

By day, Miranda Schubert is an almost 34-year-old academic advisor in the physiology department at the University of Arizona. But by night, she is a roller derby superstar known as Pariah Carey, a substitute DJ for KXCI and the iconic host of the feminist variety/talk show, Ladytowne. Downtown Tucson is home to rich art, music and comic scenes. The only thing it seemed to lack, according to Schubert, was more women. Read more

Wildcat culture in the making

Since 1885, the University of Arizona has been a pillar within its surrounding community. The traditions and history of the campus run deep with over 130 years of academic research, public advancements and a forever growing sense of pride and spirit. According the UA Alumni Association, the university was allocated to the City of Tucson in 1885 under an order by the 13th Arizona Territorial Legislature. With $25,000 to build the university and not much public support, the Arizona Board of Regents bought 40 acres of land from two gamblers and a saloon keeper. In 1887, ground was officially broken on Old Main.  Read more

Find a second home with UA Cultural Centers

One of the University of Arizona’s primary goals is to engage its students, faculty, staff and campus communities with diverse and inclusive values, according to its vision statement. To achieve inclusive excellence, the university provides several opportunities to interact with people from varying background experiences. With more than 600 student clubs and organizations, getting to know the cultural and resource centers is one way to get involved with your UA campus community.  Read more