Arts & Life

'Expect The Unexpected' at UA Fashion Week

With models, designers and rooftop catwalks, TREND Fashion Club is hosting its second annual University of Arizona Fashion Week and is telling everyone to prepare for an unforgettable show. “Expect The Unexpected” is the theme of this year’s UA Fashion Week, and the students in charge of the event said it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. They hope to increase recognition for student and local designers, as well as promote the impact that fashion can have on communities. As the director and founder of UA Fashion Week, student Jenna DeMaio said it takes a lot to prepare for an event like this, but they are excited to see all of their hard work pay off. 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

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

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

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

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

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

The students behind the booths

Spring Fling — a time of ring toss, Ferris wheels and the smell of funnel cake in the air — is also a time of hard work and determination for students working the event. Every year, different clubs run the game booths to raise money. Greek organizations, volunteers, cultural and professional clubs and sports teams all participate in running game booths at Spring Fling to raise money for clubs and philanthropies.  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

Former Wildcat finds calling on Broadway

Scott Pask, a University of Arizona alumnus, is a three-time Tony Award winning set designer currently working on the Broadway production of “Mean Girls.” Pask has worked on a total of 52 Broadway productions, such as “Book of Mormon” and “The Coast of Utopia.” Originally from Yuma, he graduated from the UA with a degree in architecture and began exploring the world of theatre during his time on campus. Pask is also a recipient of an honorary doctorate degree in humane letters, which he was awarded in 2014.  Read more