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

Lights, camera, action! Film Fest Tucson returns downtown

 Calling all movie buffs, cinephiles and lovers of all things film. The Film Fest Tucson is returning to the Old Pueblo with a weekend of cinema on Oct. 10-12. The fourth annual festival will be held at various locations downtown throughout the weekend including the Fox Theatre Tucson, the Tucson Scottish Rite Cathedral and the AC Hotel by Marriott Tucson Downtown.  Read more

Staying safe in this Family Weekend’s hiking events

Tucson is well known for its beautiful desert hiking trails and the tall saguaro cacti that often line them. For families looking to explore Tucson’s scenic allure, University of Arizona Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Rec has organized two hiking expeditions through mountain trails for Family Weekend: a Moonlight Hike and a Mount Lemmon Day Hike. Read more

Nobody’s Joking about Joker

 "Joker” was released this past weekend and it was a big headline and talking piece throughout media platforms, with some people predicting big awards in this movie's future. So does it deserve the hype?   Read more

The UA Parent and Family Association Golf Challenge is back for another round

The University of Arizona Parent and Family Association brings the par-tee to Family Weekend with a golf challenge on Oct. 11. The second annual Family Weekend Golf Challenge takes place at Topgolf, allowing Wildcat parents the chance to participate in competitive games. In addition to the competition, each participant receives breakfast, lunch and a UA golf polo shirt. Read more

First-generation students join the Wildcat family

The first in their family to apply for a major university, to pack up their belongings and head to an unknown city, will also be the first in their family to graduate from the University of Arizona.  A first-generation college student is typically defined as the first one in the family to attend college. Read more

Get a taste of local culture at Tucson Meet Yourself

The annual folklife festival, Tucson Meet Yourself, is hitting the streets around Jácome Plaza this weekend, bringing food, entertainment and heritage to the Tucson area for a celebration of local culture and a splash of California tradition. Set for Oct. 11-13 and spanning four city blocks, the festival is free to the public and has a packed schedule of live entertainment spanning all three days. Read more

Revisit Tucson's History at Old Town Artisans

In old adobe, beneath saguaro rib ceilings covered in twinkling lights and lush plants, Old Town Artisans’ aesthetic ambiance makes this historic building a go-to spot for both Tucsonans and tourists looking to shop until they drop. Made up of seven shops, a restaurant, a pub and a market, all housed in a Spanish-style courtyard, Old Town Artisans offers a unique and varied experience for all its customers. Read more

Tucson becomes a stage for international burlesque dancers

The sixth annual Arizona Burlesque Festival is strutting over to Fourth Avenue with two days of competition, variety acts and workshops featuring performers from all over the southwest.  Matt Finish, producer of the festival and University of Arizona alumnus, is hosting the event at The Hut on Oct. 11-12.  Read more

Birds of Paradise: The beauty within oppressed bodies

On pieces of wooden board that are all different shapes and sizes, environmentalism and feminism collide in an explosion of color. Based in Toronto, artist Sara Golish explores eco-feminism through her oil painting series, "Birds of Paradise." The reception for this work was recently held in the Joseph Gross Gallery on Sept. 26, and is open to the public for free until Nov. 14.  Read more

Local store of herbs, teas and other home remedies

As soon as you enter the store, you are encompassed in the scent of incenses, teas and herbs.    The Tucson Herb Store, located at 228 N. Fourth Avenue, has been providing herbs and herbal medicine to the Tucson community since 2003. According to the Tucson Herb Store website, the store offers “a large variety of herbs, both staples and natives, teas, tinctures, incense, and products for the home, body, and mind.” Read more