Stomping Grounds

MMA through the eyes of Birchak

May 2, 2019

Photos and story by MATTHEW HILL     Unlike going to your traditional gym where you work out with weights and machines and run on treadmills, you can get a full-body workout learning new self-defense techniques and body-movement skills practicing jiujitsu. Located at 4765 E. Speedway Blvd., 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu is home to many […]

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Beaut Burger: Beaut-y and no beast

April 18, 2019

by ALEXZANDRIA MARTINEZ Beaut Burger, pronounced b-yoo-t, is taken from the Australia/New Zealand slang for “beauty.” It also should stand for “hidden gem for vegans.”  Beaut Burger is located in the Mercado San Agustin Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento.  The restaurant itself is an old train shipping container on the West side of the plaza […]

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Let’s get metaphysical: a look beyond

February 28, 2019

By COSTA B. PAPPAS   The Ninth House is tucked away in Downtown Tucson on South Scott Avenue. A white minimalistic-styled room filled with spiritual objects ranging from crystals to essential oils is filled with the smell incense as soon as you enter. You’ll be met by Melisa Cole, a young woman with a calming […]

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Anger Managed

November 15, 2018

BY PARKER BROCK   Being a student is a lot; it’s the stress of having a job that determines your future without the incentive of a paycheck. With cramming for midterms, writing a 1000 paper every week on top of the already insurmountable mountain of homework, along with the social pressures that come along with […]

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Donuts fit for a king

October 18, 2018

On the outskirts of town, near Old Tucson, lies a cleverly hidden little donut shop. A donut you may say is fit for a king, Queen Donuts. It’s basically your local ma-and-pa-owned donut shop.  There’re no bells and whistles, no crazy outside decoration to flag you down. Just a yellow sign with their name that sits […]

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Juanito’s es bonito

October 4, 2018

          By HANK ROBICHAUD Taqueria Juanitos is a delicious madre-and-padre Mexican restaurant. There are no chips and guacamole here, but it is the closest thing you will get to eating at a taco stand in Mexico. In Tucson, Juanitos, which is located in a building with a purple exterior on the […]

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Tiny’s Saloon & Steakhouse; big on service

September 20, 2018

By AMARIS ENCINAS Tiny’s Saloon & Steakhouse is a place that welcomes you in the moment you walk in. The ambience is reminiscent of the Old West, back when cowboys still rode around the desert. Seen in the decor which is composed of animal skulls, wood detailing throughout the walls and carvings onto the bar. […]

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Exploring time and space on the border

May 3, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS   Above ground you’re following in the footsteps of Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, below ground terra incognita may remain for those patience and adventurous souls.   Coronado National Memorial is located 16 miles south of Sierra Vista off of AZ 92. The near 2 hour drive from Tucson will transport you to […]

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Where the wild things remain

March 8, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS There’s always has been an air of mystery to French Joe Canyon. Located about 40 miles southeast of Tucson, take Arizona State Highway south toward Kartchner Caverns State and Sierra Vista.  The canyon is just under 1.5 miles after Kartchner Caverns State Park. The turnout is hard to spot approaching but it’s […]

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Revolutionary Coffee Shop

February 8, 2018

PHOTOS AND STORY  By ERIC TEEL Take an espresso, mix it with Che Guevara books and poetry nights, and you get Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee.   Located at 606 N. Fourth Ave., the Revolutionary Grounds is a center of Tucsonan activist culture.  The shop offers a range of progressive literature with sections devoted to […]

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