Arts & Life

Blax Friday: A look into the directory for local Black-owned businesses

In the summer of 2020, Blax Friday was created on the premise of highlighting black owned businesses across Tucson, Ariz. The original business plan was to introduce a new Black owned business every Friday, but this quickly grew into something much bigger. Within the first month, the platform erupted and switched from once a week updates to full-on partnerships across the Tucson area. Now, almost a year later, the Blax Friday team continues working to educate and uplift the Black community in Arizona.   Read more

Airbnbs in Tucson: Staycation destinations

Since Airbnb launched in 2008, short-term rental homes have become a popular way to travel or take a stay-cation. Tucson has also become a popular travel destination, with its saguaro cacti and boundless blue sky, encircled by mountains.   Read more

Making friends in isolation: Perspectives from UA students

Socializing during the COVID-19 pandemic proved to be difficult for students in college over the last year. People were not able to engage in the usual social activities that occur on campus. In the past, attending class and joining clubs on campus were some of the easiest ways to make friends, but since most classes are taught via Zoom and clubs rarely meet in person, these go-to ways of making friends are no longer applicable. Read more

'Locals Only' art show skates onto Fourth Avenue

Stepping off the sidewalk into &gallery on Fourth Avenue, my ears filled with softly-playing punk music. I had stepped in to see the &gallery’s show of the month called “Locals Only Skate Deck art show,” which invited local Tucson artists to express themselves on the unconventional canvas of the skateboard deck.  Read more

Tucson Zine Fest opens submissions for their summer exhibitions

The Tucson Zine Fest is currently taking artist submissions now until March 31 for its virtual event this summer.   The 100% virtual event will be held on May 9, 2021, after the event was postponed in 2020. The focus is on Southwest artists, who can apply to be an exhibitor to feature self-published zines, independent comic books or other paper art objects.   Read more

The naturally unique and beautiful side to Tucson

With its rugged desert landscapes and a plethora of wildlife, the natural environment surrounding Tucson is undoubtedly remarkable. Stepping back from the familiarity of Old Main and University Boulevard reveals what Tucson has to offer and how community members and students can experience its nature for themselves.  Read more

OPINION: A discussion about treatment of celebrities after allegations of abuse

This story was first assigned as a news piece on Drake Bell’s upcoming March 13 drive-in concert. My first reaction, as someone who loves music, was to focus on his newfound rebrand as “Drake Campana,” releasing music in Spanish and gaining popularity in Mexico. After talking with my editors, we did a short Google search that changed the direction of the story; Bell had been accused in the fall of 2020 by an ex-girlfriend, Melissa Lingafelt, of alleged physical and emotional abuse.  Read more