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BEST BETS Spring fun in the sun

March 27, 2014

Compiled by Jay Becker-Norman If spring break wasn’t enough of a vacation from the mundane day-to-day, you’re in luck. Tucson has numerous upcoming events for active community event-goers.   Park Place Chalk Art Festival: March 29-30 The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance brings back its Chalk Art Festival for a second year. The event […]

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BEST BETS: Spring festivals abound

March 13, 2014

Compiled by Jay Becker-Norman Blessing of St. Patrick’s Day on you, or in the Gaelic spirit of St. Patty’s Day, Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh! It’s springtime in Tucson, with sunshine and trademark warm weather galore. If green is your thing, or perhaps Elizabethan attire, there is plenty going on for everyone wanting to take […]

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February 27, 2014

Cultural events permeate Old Pueblo Compiled by Rachel White   With the rodeo and gem show behind us, it is time to set our sights on a variety of events highlighting many different cultures.   From Caribbean-themed music and Brazilian traditions to alternate-reality come to life, upcoming Tucson events offer something for adventurers from every […]

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Feb. 14 showcase celebrates DJ talent

February 13, 2014

Compiled by Jamie Verwys This Valentine’s Day, celebrate your love of music at the fifth annual “Fall in Love With Me,” a showcase of Tucson’s disc jockey talent. The free outdoor event will take place Feb. 14 from noon-8 p.m. at the Rose Garden at Reid Park. Nine DJs will spin everything from House to […]

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December 12, 2013

Compiled by Dana Boyd Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair Dec. 13-15 The 43rd annual Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair, Tucson’s largest arts venue, will line Fourth Avenue between Ninth Street and University Boulevard from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. The fair features two stages for live entertainment, street performers, more than 400 arts and craft […]

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November 14, 2013

Compiled by A. Greene SlutWalk Nov. 16 Tucson’s third annual SlutWalk will take place Saturday, Nov. 16, beginning at the University of Arizona’s Women’s Plaza of Honor. Participants will gather at 4:30 p.m. and march at 5 p.m. from the UA to the Joel D. Valdez main library downtown. SlutWalk is an international movement that […]

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Unique events fill November calendar

October 31, 2013

Celtic Festival/Scottish Highland Games: Nov. 1-3   The festival celebrates the cultures and heritages of Scotland, Ireland and Wales with musical performances, vendor booths, bagpipes, athletics and a dance stage. It also hosts games, jumping castles, storytelling, crafts and a petting zoo.   Friday is Pub Night from 5-10 p.m. Pub admission costs $5. Saturday […]

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Best Bets: Horror events reaching fever pitch

October 17, 2013

By BRENDA PACHECO Music festivals mixed with lots of spooky encounters present the top options for fun as Halloween approaches. Welcome fall season with these Tucson attractions. Tucson Terrorfest: Oct. 17-19 The third-annual Terrorfest, a film festival showing horror movies from around the world, will also screen three films made by Tucson residents. Festival movies […]

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Tucson Meet Yourself festival celebrates 40 years

October 17, 2013

Organizers know that visitors lovingly refer to the Tucson Meet Yourself folklife festival with a nickname: Tucson Eat Yourself. This year’s motto was “Come for the food, stay for the culture.”  More than 100,000 people attend the annual three-day festival, which celebrates the living traditional arts of the diverse ethnic and folk communities in Southern […]

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October events range from artistic to spooky

October 3, 2013

 Compiled by Kathryn Owczarzak   Pumpkins are turning into jack-o-lanterns, and Tucson is celebrating autumn with its own style of fall festivities. Here is a sample of some upcoming events.   All Souls workshops: Each weekend in October   Free mask and latern making workshops for participants in the All Souls Procession will run every […]

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BEST BETS: Festivals, activities pack fall calendar

September 19, 2013

Compiled by Brenda Pacheco and Kathryn Owczarzak School has started, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over. Tucson will buzz with festivities throughout the fall. Here’s a sample of upcoming highlights: Chinese Cultural Festival – Sept. 18-28 The 11-day festival with venues throughout Tucson will explore aspects of Chinese culture including traditional music, dance, […]

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BEST BETS: ‘Lords of Salem’ reign supreme

May 1, 2013

By BRUCE HARDT Director and musician Rob Zombie’s latest film, “The Lords of Salem,” is a stunning work of low-budget horror done at its very best. The movie opened to a limited release on April 19. It is playing at the El Con Mal Century Theatre, 3601 E. Broadway Blvd., and the Harkins Spectrum Theatre, […]

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Best bets: ‘Evil Dead’ reigns blood, ‘Game of Thrones’ has come

April 18, 2013

By BRUCE HARDT The “Evil Dead” series stands as one of the most beloved horror brands ever made. As has become inevitable, a remake of the first film is upon us. Unlike other remakes that are barely even a half-thought of their source material, “Evil Dead” conducts itself accordingly. “Evil Dead” follows a similar premise […]

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BEST BETS: ‘Evil dead,’ loopholes

April 4, 2013

BEST BETS Loft to screen cult ‘Evil Dead’ trilogy By BRUCE HARDT The films of the “Evil Dead” trilogy will play at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., on April 13 starting at 9 p.m. The films featured will be “The Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness.” Directed by Sam Raimi […]

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Best Bets: Hardcore/sludge metal show and Cine’ Mexico 2013

March 21, 2013

By BRUCE HARDT Skrappy’s hosting punk show North, Old Wounds, Vices and Territory will perform on March 21 at 7 p.m. at Skrappy’s, 191 E. Toole Ave. North, Tucson natives, play a mesmerizing blend of sludge metal and post-rock, a combination that conjures an attention-grabbing, hardened atmosphere. North released their third full-length album, “The Great […]

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