Author Archive: Jim Lipson

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The Gem Show Scene

The Gem Show Scene

February 2, 2016 |

When talking about Tucson’s annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase, people who have been around a while will tell you that it’s changed, that it’s not what it used to be and that nothing is as cool as it was in the good old days.  “For years I used to shop for people who live […]

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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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Living on the Fringe

Living on the Fringe

September 1, 2014 |

Being an average middle class, culturally enriched, baby boomer (formerly a euphemism for middle aged but now just a way to say older) white male, I like theater as much as the next guy of similar background and demographic. When I was a kid, my parents took me to see Hello Dolly on Broadway (sans […]

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The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts

The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts

January 14, 2014 |

The small complex with the cute little dome at 330 E. 7th St. has taken on many personas over the past 30 years; almost all of them somehow focused on community building, self-actualization and a connection to the arts. In the early- to mid-1980s this was the original Ortspace, home to the innovative (currently in transition) […]

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Grateful Dead Still Alive…sort of (and coming to Tucson)!

Grateful Dead Still Alive…sort of (and coming to Tucson)!

February 23, 2013 |

Ah, the Grateful Dead…love ‘em, hate ‘em , ignore ‘em…whatever your personal feelings, they refuse to go away.  While their reputation as the quintessential Frisco jam band may not be everyone’s cup of herbal tea, for 30 years, this group had been fertile ground for a creative process that has spawned hundreds of original tunes, […]

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Uncovering the Great Cover-Up

Uncovering the Great Cover-Up

December 6, 2012 |

Several years ago Bob Dylan stunned a Tucson crowd, when seemingly out of nowhere, began singing, “Old Man look at my life, I’m a lot like you are…”  While  Dylan had been known to occasionally play an old country standard or something completely out of the mainstream, the idea of covering a Neil Young classic was so […]

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All Souls Procession—Homegrown at its Best

All Souls Procession—Homegrown at its Best

November 4, 2012 |

Over the years, Tucson has played host to any number of popular and well attended annual events. The Tucson Folk and Blues festivals, Tucson Meet Yourself (see page 6), Nam Jam, the Festival en el Barrio and the Rodeo Parade are but a few of these well-established homegrown happenings. And while we celebrate them all […]

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