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It’s Time for the Old Pueblo to Refresh its Constitution

It’s Time for the Old Pueblo to Refresh its Constitution

November 20, 2014 |

In 1929, when Tucson’s voter-approved City Charter came into effect, there were approximately 30,000 people living here. The Fox Theatre opened that year and the Valley National Bank Building – Tucson’s first skyscraper – had just been built for the staggering cost of $1 million. We had the first library in the state, the first […]

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Rich Hopkins and the Luminarios: “Tombstone”

Rich Hopkins and the Luminarios: “Tombstone”

November 10, 2014 |

Sometimes music speaks to the listener as a songwriter’s personal history and observations. Sometimes, the pieces of music speak to the listener as a history, as in the history of Tucson or of the Western U.S. With Rich Hopkins and the Luminarios’ latest release, “Tombstone,” the sound and words of the 12 tracks work together […]

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An Afternoon with Jimmy Santiago Baca

An Afternoon with Jimmy Santiago Baca

November 1, 2014 |

Presented by The University of Arizona’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry & College of Education Thu, Nov 6 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Free UA Student Union, 1303 E University Blvd., Kiva Room, 2nd Floor Confluencenter.arizona.edu Poet and community activist Jimmy Santiago Baca – who was a runaway at 13, served a five-year maximum security prison sentence, where […]

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Art Happens in Storied Congress Space

Art Happens in Storied Congress Space

November 1, 2014 |

Art Happens in Storied Congress Space Krikawa Jewelry Designs is upping the ante downtown, adding its new design studio, gallery and retail space to an already critical mass of cool on Congress The eastern end of Congress exerts a gravitational pull downtown – with a steady diet of food and drink phenomena. But it’s time […]

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Choosing the Compost Method that is Best for You

Choosing the Compost Method that is Best for You

October 28, 2014 |

Gardeners are a meticulous bunch. Many of us enjoy spending our evenings and weekends in the garden, carefully observing the slow and steady changes that occur as it progresses steadily through the seasons. When it comes to our composting on the other hand, unfortunately, more times than not it’s “out of sight-out of mind” as […]

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Envision Tucson Sustainable

Envision Tucson Sustainable

October 26, 2014 |

Saddled with a name that is cumbersome at best, ambiguous at worst, an argument could be made there is no day-long gathering more important to our very survival as a species than the third annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival. Yes, a bit melodramatic perhaps. But living in a world where essential resources such as water, […]

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Poem Written in the Manner of Billy Collins

Poem Written in the Manner of Billy Collins

October 10, 2014 |

POEM WRITTEN IN THE MANNER OF BILLY COLLINS First I take out the reference to global warming, and the extinction of the blue-backed frog, and in addition I delete any sappy, victim-like particulars about my childhood. I replace the checkpoint in Syria, and the car speeding toward it with a cup of coffee made from […]

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Celebrating Two Decades of Funk

Celebrating Two Decades of Funk

October 2, 2014 |

While it may seem like being a musician in a band is a glorious, instantly rewarding, fool-proof way to shine in the spotlight and soak up all of the success that comes with performing on stage and recording albums, the sad truth is that most musical outfits are short lived and only have the lifespan […]

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ProMex Group

ProMex Group

September 23, 2014 |

Micro-Financing Grows Mexican Businesses, Saves Lives In a May 2014 interview with CNN, Pima County Medical Examiner Gregory Hess stated: “Since 2001, we’ve had around 2,200 immigrant deaths, most of them Mexican citizens.” According to the office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in fiscal year 2013, a total of 414,397 undocumented immigrants were apprehended after […]

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Table Settings: Ari Shapiro

Table Settings: Ari Shapiro

September 15, 2014 |

Full disclosure: The author and subject are personally and professionally connected.   Ari Shapiro is a Tucson transplant who has spent well over a decade establishing his food and beverage concepts in this city. A vegetarian and avid commuting cyclist, his businesses naturally fit into the spectrum of being healthy with a focus on quality and […]

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