Author Archive: Craig Baker

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Fluxx’s Final Funding Push

Fluxx’s Final Funding Push

May 28, 2014 |

On a Thursday morning in early May at nonprofit gallery and performing arts space Fluxx Productions, the main performance area was undergoing a sort of shift change. The chairs for the evening’s improv comedy show had only been set up on one half of the room when I found Executive Director and Founder Dante Celeiro […]

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Tucson: The Heart of American Mariachi Music

Tucson: The Heart of American Mariachi Music

April 29, 2014 |

It’s a tradition veiled in mystery. We know it came from Mexico. We know that it started when the Spanish introduced stringed instruments to the indigenous people of Mexico, and we know that around the turn of the 20th century, it was a music that employed stringed instruments alone. The trumpet—largely considered a staple in […]

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April’s Bicycle Hullabaloos

April’s Bicycle Hullabaloos

April 3, 2014 |

Paolo Soleri, the architectural mastermind often credited as the grandfather of sustainability, saw the city as earth’s newest organism. More accurately, he called the city a “hyperorganism,” meaning that it exhibits traits of a living thing (consuming materials, putting out waste, supporting the lives of smaller organisms), but that it lacks the self-governing mechanisms (like […]

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Hilarious Homegrown Theater

Hilarious Homegrown Theater

April 3, 2014 |

Local playwright Peré Summers never aspired to write humor. In fact, until she retired two years ago, Summers spent her previous life as an occupational therapist—a job she once described as “being in a new play every forty-five minutes.” In her capacity as a medical professional she says she published a handful of papers in […]

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Tucson’s Local Food Rave

Tucson’s Local Food Rave

April 3, 2014 |

These days, the world’s rapidly growing population has got a lot of people thinking about resources. Concern about where the food and water will come from to meet our ever-increasing demand has swept across America, and especially Arid-zona, like a sandstorm, and as a result, more and more Arizonans are looking to sustainable local sources […]

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Tiny Buildings, Enormous Impact: Dirk Arnold’s Endangered Architecture

Tiny Buildings, Enormous Impact: Dirk Arnold’s Endangered Architecture

March 22, 2014 |

When local artist Dirk Arnold went to architecture school in the mid-1980s, he says it was because he wanted to build models. “But it turns out building models was the thing you did at the last minute in a panic in architecture school,” he says, and so he put models aside after graduation for a […]

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Literary Giants Flock to Tucson for Festival of Books

Literary Giants Flock to Tucson for Festival of Books

March 5, 2014 |

Award-winning author Luis Alberto Urrea describes his move to Tucson in the summer of 1995 as “a gesture of faith…like stepping off a cliff.” On advice garnered from famed southwest writer Charles Bowden over a beer at a bar somewhere on Speedway Boulevard, Urrea packed his life in Boulder, Colo. into his jeep and hit […]

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Gardeners Square off at “Growdown”

Gardeners Square off at “Growdown”

March 4, 2014 |

On your mark. Get set. Grow! It’s time for the Tucson Botanical Gardens’ (TBG) second annual Growdown!, and this year’s gardening gurus are leaving nothing to chance. Three local landscape design firms will put their trowels to the test between March 18 and 22 in a battle to create the best small garden space in […]

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Casa Libre Celebrates a Decade of Literary Arts

Casa Libre Celebrates a Decade of Literary Arts

February 21, 2014 |

It is a Wednesday night and the place is packed, with overflow spilling out into the open-air courtyard. The lack of legroom is no surprise seeing as the venue only seats about 25 shoulder-to-shoulder. And tonight, the first event after their annual month-long recuperation period, Casa Libre en la Solana is showcasing the work of […]

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Cirque Roots Examines “The Conscience of Love”

Cirque Roots Examines “The Conscience of Love”

February 3, 2014 |

Music, Motion & Fire Entering the Cirque Roots Studio on Toole Avenue just east of Stone Avenue is like walking into a parallel universe—one where the smart phone and tablet explosion never quite took hold. The small lobby and reception area is filled to near capacity with acrobatic props and pieces of hand-painted sets. Plastic […]

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