Arts & Life

UA seniors 'Dream in Widescreen'

The University of Arizona Film and Televison program hosts an annual film presentation and competition as a final project for their graduating students. It is the first opportunity to see the original films from the student filmmakers before they take their work to major film festivals all over the world. The project includes 12 short films that compete for over $6000 in awards including cash prizes, gift certificates, software and studio credit that students can use to further their creative work. The films have taken nine months to create, and we filmakers are preparing for its premiere at ‘I Dream in Widescreen’ this Saturday, April 28.   Read more

UA dance students take the stage for end of year performance

At the Edge - Student Spotlight, a showcase put together by the UA School of Dance, featured thirteen new works created by members of the UA Dance Ensemble and aimed to display their individuality and voices. Candice Barth and Gregory Taylor performed their duet, “Dark Mirror in Deep Waters,” amongst other students and alumni durimng the showcase.  The duet was created with no intention to have a targeted audience or specific message, but it was meant to be a way for the individual to involve themselves and develop a personal connection to the art form.  Read more

A final bow to the spring semester

Taking the romantic life of two at-feud pajama-making factory workers and bringing that life to campus is what the Arizona Repertory Theatre does in its final show of the season: a light-hearted musical called “The Pajama Game.”  Based on the novel “7 ½ Cents” by Richard Bissell, this show combines comedy, integrity and an enthralling love story that will leave viewers with a feel-good sentiment, as well as catchy songs stuck in their heads.  The show a features David vs. Goliath conflict: the control big businesses have over workers. When pajama-making factory workers don’t receive their hard-earned raise, strikes and slow-downs ensue.  Read more

Hitting the high notes with UA choir

 The University Community Chorus, a self-sustaining ensemble open to students, faculty, staff and community members, presented its accomplishments during its spring concert, “Music of the Americas.”  Alyssa Cossey, assistant professor of choral music and music education in her first year at the University of Arizona, organized and led the chorus in its spring performance, which included music composed by Ariel Ramirez, Argentine composer, pianist and director.  Read more

Russian students get a taste of the Southwest

As political tensions with Russia rise, faculty from University of Arizona’s Russian and Slavic studies department decided politics weren’t the only thing that would be heating up this semester. Stovetops and ovens warmed up as seven Russian students from Moscow University for the Humanities came to the UA for a week of learning leading up to an ‘Iron Chef’-style cook-off. At the ‘Iron Chef’ event, held at the Tucson Village Farm, students from both Russia and the U.S. divided into teams to cook traditional Russian and Southwestern dishes. Tucson Village Farm is a location off campus where fresh fruits and vegetables are grown by UA students. Read more

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