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Arts & Life

Incarcerated artists find hope in creating an art exhibit

A mother stood by her son’s artwork with a beaming smile as a phone camera flashed while other visitors gazed at pieces of art intently. Artwork descriptions and artist profiles read as letters of encouragement, love, admiration, hope and, above all, resilience. The University of Arizona Museum of Art opened its newest exhibit “Hobby Craft" on Jan. 17, which will remain on display until March 29. The art was created and curated by inmates currently incarcerated in the Arizona State Prison Complex, and its themes radiated resilience.  Read more

Desert Dream Ice Cream brings East Coast flavors to Fourth Avenue

Melding the old with the new, Desert Dream Ice Cream is still the new kid on Fourth Avenue, but they are bringing a new taste to an old business. Just around the corner, on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street, Desert Dream Ice Cream has been satisfying Fourth Avenue shoppers’ since Nov. 2018. Not long after the shop's first anniversary on the avenue, it seems to be faring well. Desert Dream Ice Cream became Fourth Avenue’s resident ice creamery when the business moved into the old location of Isabella’s Ice Cream. Desert Dream Ice Cream is currently owned and operated by 22-year-old Zech Bergeron. Read more

"1917": A technical and emotional marvel

As the news and the trailers poured in, "1917" immediately became one of my most anticipated movies of the last year. Though I didn’t get to see it in 2019 (thank you, Dec. 25 limited release), I still consider it a 2019 movie. And it might just be the best of the year. Read more

Desert Song Festival celebrates the American voice

Music will soon echo throughout the desert when the eighth annual Tucson Desert Song Festival commences on Jan. 15, lasting until Feb. 16. This year’s festival theme is “Celebrating the American Voice.” It will feature prominent artists, composers, professors and students showcasing music at various venues across Tucson. Read more

4th Avenue Deli reopens with new ownership

After a hard year on Fourth Avenue, the 4th Avenue Delicatessen has undergone a change in ownership. Austin Counts, who brought the 4th Avenue Deli to life six and a half years ago,  announced his plans to close the restaurant on Dec. 15, 2019. Good news shortly followed in the announcement that his long-time employee Kylie Myers had bought the shop and planned to keep the space as is. Read more

Spring into 2020 with these 5 events

The new year brings with it the chance to relive or discover the cascade of classic seasonal festivals that have made Tucson their home. For students looking to get a concentrated taste of local culture, the Daily Wildcat picked some of these classic events to highlight this semester. Read more

The CATALYST for local art community

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance opened a new collaborative art space for the local community on Dec. 3 in the Tucson Mall. CATALYST is a venue dedicated to all manner of creative collaborations, from music and art to cooking and robotics. According to SAACA’s website, the space is meant to “serve as an active partner in the educational, economic and cultural life in Southern Arizona” and is “for all ages and forms of creativity to flourish.” Read more

Forgery to thievery, a brief history of art crime at the UA Museum

Art crime is woven throughout museums, galleries and private collections alike. From forgeries to the theft of its most valuable painting, the University of Arizona Museum of Art has an art crime history all of its own. The art museum's Curator of Exhibitions Olivia Miller gave a community talk called “Crimes Against Art” about incidents of the museum at the Murphy-Wilmot Library on Dec. 6.  Read more

Unsung heroes keep UA up and running

The University of Arizona counts on a huge staff that keeps the campus running smoothly. These employees work diligently every day, but their names go unnoticed in the eye of the general public. They clean restrooms, keep elevators working, maintain plumbing and electrics, make locks and keys for the entire campus and more. With nearly 30 departments, UA Facilities Management provide maintenance to campus that support students, faculty and staff to achieve their academic, professional and life goals. Read more

UA Eller student brings heaven to your taste buds

University of Arizona junior Kayla Lancaster makes Tucsonans’ taste buds “jump for joy” with her tasty treats. Lancaster, a student studying management information systems at the Eller College of Management, started her own online bake shop, Taste Buds Bakery, about three years ago as a junior at Marana High School. “I really always had that passion for creativity but also had a business mindset, my parents called me their little entrepreneur when I was a kid,” Lancaster said in an email. “Once I started baking and decorating cakes I knew that was what I really wanted to do, it perfectly blends creativity with business.” Read more