Arts & Life

Medieval and modern worlds collide

In the Highland Commons courtyard stands a group of students, known as the ‘current middles ages’ or The College of St. Felix, with their knight armor and swords ready for battle. The College of St. Felix is part of the The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts, skills and traditions of pre-17th-century Europe. If it was done in the Middle Ages, you'll find someone in the SCA interested in recreating it. Read more

UA alumnus masters the art of movement

Local artist and University of Arizona alumnus Nathanael Myers brings creativity to life in Tucson through his exploration of several artistic mediums and his desire to kindle the notion of conceptual and visual poetry.  Myers, who graduated from the UA in 2015 with a degree in fine arts, works in a variety of artistic mediums, including two-dimensional art, dance and music. His passion for artistic creation fuels his current work in each of these platforms. Myers was a proud recipient of the Buffalo Exchange Emerging Artist Award for 2017. This annual award highlights emerging artists in the performing arts and visual arts and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts through education, organization and advocacy. Read more

Tucson Cine Mexico Film Festival returns with a lineup of mexican cinema presented to the public

The 15th annual Tucson Cine Mexico film festival, a co-presentation of The University of Arizona’s Hanson Film Institute and New York-based Cinema Tropical, showcases the people of Mexican cinema, serving as an international exhibit for audiences to view and enjoy Mexican films. Tucson Cine Mexico, which runs from March 21through March25, presents films in Spanish with English subtitles andis free and open to the public.This year’s line-up includes an array of films from documentaries to thrillers and romantic comedies. Read more

UA’s The Merchant of Venice brings audiences serious issues within a Shakespearean dramedy

The Arizona Repertory Theatre (ART) kicked off its spring season with a rendition of "The Merchant of Venice," a Shakespeare play that features hard-hitting issues such as discrimination and anti-Semitism.  The play follows the interactions between a Jewish man and a protestant merchant and their serious money loan agreement. When things go south in paying back the loan, the merchant must be prepared to give it all to the Jew.  Read more

Memorable moments on the screen: a peek into the Loft Cinema's Lesbian Look film and video series

Lesbian Looks Film and Video Series returns to the Loft Cinema this Sunday for its 24th year of celebrating film created by and featuring stories from the lesbian community. Presented by the Institute for LGBT Studies and co-sponsored by various groups from the UA campus and the greater community of Tucson, the festival will be screening two short films by renowned filmmaker Michelle Citron. Citron has been making documentary film that borders on experimental since the 1970s and her films have been screened at festivals and museums across the globe. Citron plays with form and content in order to get her messages across and create meaningful, potent art that sticks with audiences long after the final frame. “Her work interrogates storytelling itself,” wrote Beverley Seckinger, the director of Lesbian Looks. When Citron first began experimenting with film, feminist film theory was asking questions about form and how structure plays into the creation of political and activist films. Read more

'The King and I' comes to UA's Centennial Hall

UA Presents and Broadway in Tucson present "The King and I," an intricate performance of high quality and creative innovation that will transport audiences through time. The show will be in Centennial Hall until Sunday, March 18. This Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is based on a novel by Margaret Landon, which recounts the unconventional relationship between the King Mongkut of Siam, located in modern day Thailand, and Anna Leonowens, a British school teacher. Read more

Hindu culture expressed on UA campus

On a dimly lit wooden stage in the Fred Fox School of Music, University of Florida professor Vasudha Narayanan spoke about Hindu culture in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and America, on Tuesday, March 13.  Narayanan teaches in the religious studies department of UF and was a former president of the American Academy of Religion.  She has written and edited seven books, as well as many articles and encyclopedia entries. Narayanan wore a turquoise traditional Indian silk outfit and gave a brief history of the Hindu culture using pictures of ancient statues and temples from all around the world. Following her talk, Indian dancers filled the stage wearing traditional Indian silk costumes and jewelry. Read more

Spiritual healing in the desert

The desert has been regarded as a place of spiritual healing for centuries; the dry climate, natural springs, cavernous valleys and immense mountains attract yoga gurus, landscape worshipers and meditation experts alike.  Tucson is an ideal destination for those looking to explore spiritual healing opportunities, including shamanic, energy, reiki, crystal and more. The city is located in the southern part of the state and rests in the middle of one of the most prominent vortices in North America, according to an article on Sage Goddess Online. Tucson offers different places to go when seeking spiritual healing in the desert based off variety and services.  Read more

Creating public relations professionals

The Arizona Student Public Relations Society (ASPRS), which was established in spring 2017 at the University of Arizona, provides opportunities for students to gain real-world experience and skills in the public relations field. UA accommodates a wide variety of clubs and organizations, which provide small communities for students to identify with, as well as skill-building opportunities that help members land jobs after graduation.  According to the ASPRS website, the club “was created to offer students a chance to learn about and engage in the industry of public relations as a potential career path. Read more

A groovy walk through 4th Avenue treasure

A building painted from edge-to-edge with murals of the classic Beatles album Abbey Road and other dream-like images, the Hippie Gypsy, located on the corner of 351 N. Fourth Avenue, attracts all walks of life to take a glance at ‘hipster’ clothing, see locally made glass smoke pieces and experience the laid-back environment that this 60s inspired smoke shop has to offer.  This location is one of three Hippie Gypsies that are found in Arizona and Louisiana. The business has been running for 20 years here in town, making the store one of many iconic buildings in downtown. Read more

UA Poetry Center's Broadside Contest returns to campus

UA’s poetry center is hosting its annual Broadside Contest again this May.  Administered by the School of Art Book Art and Letterpress Lab, full-time students are eligible for receiving money for their letterpress art.  Three images may be submitted per entry, and a prize of $100 is available for five lucky winners, expressing this art form into the community is encouraged by those who love its unique and modern feel.  Read more

Book festival covered with coyote prints

The Tucson Festival of Books has a unique Southwestern identity that gives it charm and personality, in part from the annually changing mascot. Each chosen animal is connected to Arizona and calls the desert home.  Debuting in 2009 with approximately 50,000 attendees, the TFOB attendance base has grown to 135,000 people in 2017.  The festival has been dedicated to promoting literacy in the community since its inconception in 2009. The proceeds from the last 10 years of the festival have provided over $1,650,000 to community organizations that support literacy and reading, such as the Reading Seed and Literacy Connects, according to its website.  Read more