Arts & Life

Meditation Mondays helps students de-stress

 Alex Barksdale is a Ph.D. student in gender and women’s studies who had been going through some difficulties with comprehensive exams and a stressful semester of studying. They would later find solace in a stress-relieving program through the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Center for Compassion Studies called Meditation Mondays. Meditation Mondays is a weekly informal but guided meditation session that helps participants de-stress and feel comfortable. The sessions are open to anyone in the community free of charge and no previous meditation experience is required. Every week the session group will focus on a topic theme. Read more

Women supporting *Womxn* at Desert Dreams

Find women supporting womxn at the “Desert Dreams: All-Womxn Interactive Art Exhibition,” where local female and non-binary artists will congregate to showcase their work and celebrate feminine culture within the borderlands community. A small group of independent young artists — fashion artist Yurika Isoe together with the co-hosts of the local Pajama Party Podcast — teamed up to host the event at the Subspace Art Collective this Saturday, Sept. 28, to inspire local women of all backgrounds. Read more

'Ad Astra': Technically proficient, lacks flare

“Ad Astra” stars Brad Pitt as astronaut Roy McBride, who is tasked with a mission to find his lost father, Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones), who has been perceived dead for many years. While this film may be visually and technically astounding, the story falls flat with a basic structure. Read more

UA rapper "Stitch" making a name for himself

On the day-to-day, Ethan Lee is a freshman at the University of Arizona, but online he is known by another name  — “Stitch,” the songwriter and SoundCloud rapper. Alongside attending classes, Lee also writes rap lyrics and makes beats behind his dorm room door. He has already made a diss track, has over 20 songs produced to his name and one album called “BTB,” for “Back to the Basics,” out on SoundCloud. Read more

Find the book you never knew you needed at The Book Stop

You approach the small storefront and reach for the door, tugging it open. A sign next to the entrance warns you to close it fast. The smell of aged paper hits immediately, the strength of this aroma only rivaled by the sight that accompanies it. Stacks upon stacks of books are laid out in the front of the store, and though many of the spines are nondescript, there’s bound to be some good literature tucked away. The Book Stop on Fourth Avenue may not have the grandeur of most chain bookstores in business today, but it makes up for it with a certain charm that can only be found in used book shops.  Read more

UA researchers named 'Oscars of Science'

Roll out the red carpet and bring your telescopes; 36 University of Arizona researchers, graduate and undergraduate students were a part of a project that won the 2020 Breakthrough Prize, otherwise known as the “Oscars of Science.” Read more

Her name is Mean Mary from Alabam

From growing up on playing a rickety string guitar in a family-built cabin in the woods to successfully touring around the world, Mary James, or "Mean Mary," talks with the Daily Wildcat about her journey to get to where she is now.  James' band, Mean Mary and the Contrarys, is working on a project that will come out next year. Meanwhile, her own album “Cold” comes out Oct. 4, 2019 and her tour just kicked off on Sept. 14. James will be making a stop in Tucson to perform on Sept. 24 at Monterey Court. Tickets are $10. Read more

UA offers writing program for prison reform

 The University of Arizona Poetry Center is shining the spotlight on social justice and criminal reform by giving opportunities to incarcerated writers to share their authentic  and heartbreaking stories from behind bars. Read more

Exploring grief through art exhibitions

Together with ArtWorks, the University Museum of Art (UAMA) is hosting an art exhibition chronicling the universal human feelings of loss and grief titled “Crafting My Story: Experiences of Loss, Grief and Spiritual Life.” All pieces were created by adults older than thirty who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and who worked together with UA students through ArtWorks — an on-campus program in the Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities.  Read more