Arts & Life

A picture, plus a thousand words

The Tucson Festival of Books hosts authors from different genres and showcases their style in many ways. Writing, however, is not the only way one can tell a story. Photography is another art form that will be presented at the festival. Dan Streck displays his art in the book “Vanishing Points: Poems and Photographs of Texas Roadside Memorials,” a collaboration between photography and poetry Read more

Creating a festival; the people behind the scenes

Volunteers began preparation for the Tucson Festival of Books in early February. They gathered outside of the University of Arizona bookstore on the mornings of Saturday Feb. 24 and March 3 to train for the event. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the festival and is expected to have over 2,000 volunteers. “It’s unbelievably generous of the community to come out in such force to help out for the festival and for literacy,” Melanie Morgan, the Executive Director of the Tucson Festival of Books, said. Read more

Hurdling writer's block classes offered at festival

The Writers Studio Tucson offers a unique perspective on writing in a formal classroom, giving feedback and instruction to those who want to learn and grow.  The studio was originally founded in New York by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz in 1987. Since then, it has branched out into an online platform, as well as several other ground locations.  In Tucson, workshops and classes are offered throughout the year. Options are available for all types of writers in all different stages of life. Classes begin in the spring and continue through the summer for eight weeks at a time. Read more

20th century social issues drives imagination

Fascinated by the social issues of the time, Cunthia Swanson, a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, transports readers to the 20th century with her work. “Women’s roles, families, the political climate inform (and even sometimes echo) our current times and of course the details of those times – clothes, cars, music, architecture – are so much fun to write about,” Swanson said. Read more

Arizona Jazz Week returns to campus for its 40th anniversary

AZjazz week welcomes all those from Tucson and the University of Arizona musical community.  Feb. 25th to March 2nd, 2018 continues the annual tradition of inviting jazz artists of a collective nature to the UA Campus and emphasizing the rich culture of jazz that is still very much alive today.  This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Tucson Read more

Art and science rendezvous at Tumamoc

A local landmark aims to merge the arts with the science in a collaboration from the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill and the University of Arizona’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. Tumamoc Hill, an 860-acre ecological preserve, is pairing art and science through the Tumamoc Transdisciplinary Arts Program, a project that aims to broaden the understanding to the public of what science-based research goes on at the hill. This program opens up the hill for artists to engage with the desert and science community, according to Benjamin Wilder, Interim Director of Tumamoc Hill. “The goal of this program is to really go back to the initial points of inspiration — how do we better communicate the results of research,” Wilder said.  “We can tell the story in so many different ways and model ways to truly make all our users more appreciative of what a special site this is.” Read more

A circus under the stars

The big-top circus descended onto Arbol de la Vida Friday night for a "party underneath the stars with mesmerizing entertainment."  Free food such as hand-spun cotton candy, pizza and a chocolate fountain kept guests full while carnival-themed games and fire breathing performers kept guests entertained throughout the night.  Read more

AASA hosts Poet Terrance Hayes for community forum

On Friday, Feb. 23, African American Student Affairs invited award-winning poet Terrance Hayes to do an open forum where students were allowed to comment and ask questions about his work.  AASA is an organization on campus that provides a system that encourages excellence and provides an African American cultural experience on campus. They hold events to promote growth, help students academically and provide a space for minorities.  Read more

Tucson Hip Hop Festival returns to the downtown scene

“From the heart cause if you wanna start to move up the chart, then expression is a big part of it,” Dr. Dre raps from the hit song, “Express Yourself” by rap group N.W.A.  Hip-hop; a cultural phenomenon that captured the minds of many people, being all rooted from one place: Africana traditions and culture.  The Tucson Hip-Hop Festival, that has run for three years, brings together the love of music with the educational component coming from students, faculty, and alumni from the department of Africana Studies College, bringing their expertise of hip-hop to the festival. Read more

TV comedy writing lab at UA

While in college pursuing higher learning, students are given opportunities to prepare for the professional world. In class, they discover how to program computers, direct movies and interpret an Impressionist painting, yet the University of Arizona provides further resources for students to network and gain the skills they need to pursue their career goals.  The Hanson Film Institute provided one such resource with a golden opportunity for some film and creative writing students in the form of a TV comedy writing lab. Read more

Choreographer showcased for her artistic activism

For years, Los Angeles-based choreographer and activist Ana Maria Alvarez has utilized dance to inspire change and transformation, and this year, she is being spotlighted at the Binational Arts Residency. The Binational Arts Residency is a program dedicated to showcasing artists with alternative narratives, especially those of women. The program highlights one artist each year, giving them a chance to show their craft to communities in Phoenix, Tucson, Douglas and Agua Prieta over a week and a half.  Read more