Arts & Life

Local jazz takes Main Gate stage

The Friday Night Live Free Jazz Concert series on Main Gate Square has been going on for over seven years and features a different jazz group every other Friday. The series begins in April and goes through early August each year.  The jazz concert series “first began in partnership with SAACA, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, to bring great local music to the community and encourage everyone to explore Main Gate Square and enjoy all the shopping and dining we offer,” said Kris Siuda, marketing coordinator for Main Gate and the Marshall Foundation. Read more

Building confidence with self-defense

The University of Arizona Police Department is in the middle of developing an organized self-defense class to teach students to protect themselves from violent encounters like sexual assault. Until that class is available, there are alternatives to be found on and around campus. The first six weeks of the fall semester tend to have a higher rate of sexual assault on campus, making this an especially vulnerable time for college freshmen, according to UAPD Chief of Police Brian Seastone. This period is called the “Red Zone.” “It is something real on this campus, and it is something we try to mitigate as much as possible,” Seastone said. Read more

New bike park rolls into Tucson

Tucson City Council approved plans for a new 100-acre bike park to be built at Golf Links Road and Alvernon Way.  The park will be built by the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists, a Tucson nonprofit dedicated to maintaining the desert environment and building trails for mountain bikers. Read more

History of rain: How monsoons have shaped desert culture

The monsoon rains are rolling in with all their tempestuous glory, and the desert is sure to bloom lush and green in the coming weeks, inviting life from the deepest trenches of the Sonoran Desert to celebrate. Tucsonans know this season well. The monsoons bring about a dynamic time of year that illustrates the duality of nature and life’s relationship with it. Read more

UA Global looks to redefine education

UA Global is the merging of International Education and the Office of Global Initiatives into one unit. Through strategic planning and with the help of 70 stakeholders across campus, the process came to fruition in the fall.  Brent White is the new dean of Global Campuses and interim vice provost for Global Affairs and was previously the vice provost for International Education. He said he was pleased to be awarded the position.  According to a UA Global announcement provided by the University, White will lead the process of combining the offices of International Education and Global Initiatives into the singular unit.  Read more

UA College of Fine Arts welcomes international scholar as new dean

The new University of Arizona dean of the College of Fine Arts Andrew Schulz said he is excited to continue the mission of the University while incorporating new initiatives to create a rounded program. “I would like to see the arts become truly central to the UA campus, and the region,” said Schulz. “The mission of the College should be to ensure that we provide outstanding professional training in the arts, as well as provide meaningful and transformative opportunities for arts engagement to all students at the University.”  Read more

Film, fine arts and fresh dirt

The Loft Kids Fest film series, in its twelfth year, returns to the screens of The Loft Cinema this July 20 through the 29. The festival, sponsored by organizations like Pima County Public Library, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange and the Cares Foundation, showcase family-friendly films along with hands-on activities, live performances and giveaways.  Read more

High school students learn importance of environmental health

The Environmental Scholars Summer Bootcamp gives high school students an opportunity to voice their concerns on environmental topics and have a hands-on approach. They can write a grant proposal that lets them carry out their projects through funding from the University of Arizona. The eight-day bootcamp is offered through the UA’s Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and is open to all high school students seeking to become familiar with the topic of environmental health.  According to the College of Pharmacy’s website, the summer camp is modeled after successful science camps which lets students learn and create real-world connections between toxicology and the environment. Read more

Tinkerlabs build creativity and experimentation

 The Tinkerlab is colorful and broken up into different stations. Two tables in the middle of the room have building blocks and puzzle pieces laid out. In one corner there is a bean bag and several books; in the other is a color wheel that helps teach children about primary and secondary colors. Another station allows children to examine themselves in a mirror while drawing a self-portrait. Designed to bring back ideas from the Renaissance era — an era in which science, art and mathematics were not three different branches of study but were considered one and the same — the University of Arizona Museum of Art presents Tinkerlabs to promote the idea of tinkering to build, draw and experiment.  One objective for the Tinkerlabs is to get young children excited about science, math and art and to teach them about the connections between the three fields. Read more

Tucson Village Farm receives grant to build culinary center for local youth

Tucson Village Farm was chosen as the Angel Charity Beneficiary and begins a $445,000 construction beginning June 28 at 8:00 a.m. on a certified teaching kitchen.  The Tucson Village farm, located at 4101 N. Campbell Ave, serves the Tucson community as a source of education for children and young adults looking to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their everyday diets.  Read more

New Metaphysical Shop Celebrates the First Day of Summer

Before science could explain the natural phenomenon, the summer solstice was commemorated all across the globe. Even now, many Tucsonans and cultures around the world mark the day in honor of the sun and the life it has made possible. The summer solstice, which occurs roughly around June 21, is the longest day of the year—more than six hours longer than the winter solstice in December. Read more

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