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

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The NCAA cleared Trier to return after a two-game absence and a deafening roar from the McKale crowd awaited him. Within the first minute of Thursday’s contest, Trier sunk a 3-pointer like he never even left. 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