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Chinese Influences on 17th Street Music

Inside the 17th Street Music in Tucson, Ariz. is a small, scattered, yet ethnically diverse group of instruments from Bali, Ghana, India and mostly from China.17th Street Music Sign

By Steven Schiraldi 25 January 2012 Read Article


Ancient Beauty Technique Revived

Hair removal can be a real pain whether it's with a beaming laser, hot drippy wax, or tedious plucking to the face. However, an ancient Middle Eastern alternative has made its way locally to offer a more natural approach for eliminating facial hair.

By Rachel Kolinoski 25 January 2012 Read Article


Chinese New Years Celebration

The Tucson Chinese Cultural Center's lion dance team performed this weekend in honor of the Chinese New Year. This major Chinese holiday took place on Monday and marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon.

By Jessica Hoerth 25 January 2012 Read Article


Travel Inspired Jewelry

Leather and pearl necklaces and rock climbing rope bracelets may not be the jewelry you might expect from a Tucson artist inspired by travel, but for Eliza Craig it’s exactly what comes to mind.

By Amber Gallegos 30 November 2011 Read Article


"Discover Alaska: A Yupik Perspective"

William Avugiak hosted a lecture on Wednesday, November 30, titled, "Discover Alaska: A Yupik Persepective."  The talk presented a variety of information from different tribes across the Alaskan landscape.

By Kevin Prosise 30 November 2011 Read Article


"Discover Alaska: A Yupik Perspective"

William Avugiak is a University of Arizona student.  He will share his knowledge and his own personal experiences of his life in his native Alaska.  The talk is part of the Native American Heritage Month.  The talk will be held in the Nugent Building on the UA campus, from 12 P.M. to 1 P.M.  

By Kevin Prosise 30 November 2011


Native Eyes Film Showcase

Scene from "Bear Tung"The Native Eyes Film Showcase is taking place from November 30 to December 4. The showcase presents films by and about Native Americans and members of indigenous communities worldwide.

Co-produced by the Arizona State Museum and the University of Arizona Hanson Film Institute, the Native Eyes Film Showcase started in 2005.  The showcase is a variety of films including: short films, documentaries and narrative dramas.

Vicky Westover, Director of the Hanson Film Institute, discussed the importance of the film showcase to the UA and the Tucson community.

“The showcase is important to Tucson because audiences in Tucson would not have a chance to see these films otherwise and because these need for opportunities for exposure,” said Westover.  “We present film as a story telling art form and an extension of that tradition in native communities.”Scene from "Savage"

Many of the films that have been presented in the Native Eyes Film Showcase have been screened at other festivals and won awards at top international film festivals like Toronto, Berlin and Sundance. 

“For example, On The Ice, about a murder in Alaska, was created with support from the Sundance Institute and premiered there,” said Westover.  “We will be showing it before it has theatrical distribution.”

On Sunday, December 4, Navajo filmmaker Billy Luther will go to the Tohono O’odham Nation to show his two documentaries, Miss Navajo and Grab.  They will be showing his two documentaries at the high school.  The showings of these two documentaries will be open to the general public.

Scene from "File Under Miscellaneous"The Native Eyes Film Showcase will be taking place in the Grand Cinemas Crossroads, 4811 East Grant Road, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  On the first night of the showcase, Wednesday, it will be taking place in the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) Building, on the UA campus.

Check the Native Eyes Film Showcase website for the full schedule.  

By Kevin Prosise 30 November 2011


Visit Tucson's Valley of the Moon

A little-known magical wonderland is tucked away in an inconspicuous neighborhood on East Allen Road. But once you enter this fairyland garden, you're transported to a world where fairy tales come true and imagination and kindness reign supreme.

By Zohra Yaqub 30 November 2011 Read Article


Tucson’s El Tiradito shrine

The folklore of El Tiradito, which roughly translates to “the castaway,” is truth to many people living in Barrio Viejo.

The shrine is sandwiched between the tiny La Pilita Museum and El Minuto Cafe at the back of a gravel lot. It can easily be overlooked by passersby if the aging adobe and desiccated roses don’t catch their eyes.


By Brenna Goth 29 November 2011 Read Article


Relic Hunters CoveritLive

As part of a series of lectures put on by the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society, guest speaker James Snead will be talking about how 19th-century settlers in the U.S. encountered and dealt with the ruins and artifacts of previous peoples.

By Katrina Arrington 21 November 2011


Graffiti in Tucson

In Tucson, whether it's a work of art or a tag from a gang, there is graffiti everywhere. These next few photographs are shots of graffiti located in Tucson. Some were shot in downtown Tucson and central Tucson.

By Farren Halcovich 21 November 2011 Read Article


All Souls Procession in Multimedia







All Souls Processon 2011

By Kelsey Jensen 17 November 2011 Read Article


2nd Annual Giveback Kickback- Nov. 18

Left, a new sign for the school in Abul.  Right, four teachers teacher over 300 children at their existing school.  (Photo from: ARC website).

The Arizona Refugee Connection (ARC) is holding the second annual Giveback Kickback charity event, which is being held on Nov. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Main Gate Square on the UA campus, located at University Boulevard and Tyndall Avenue. The event is raising money to complete the construction of a school in Abul, Sudan.



By Kevin Prosise 16 November 2011 Read Article


Gourd Dance Honors Veterans, Eases PTSD


When Tom Holm returned from his tour of duty in Vietnam in the late 1960s, he had trouble sleeping, nightmares, and uncontrollable stress reactions to certain sounds, smells and situations. Sometimes, when he woke up from a nightmare and was still disoriented, he dove for cover, bringing his wife down with him.

43 years later, he’s still having nightmares.

By Madelaine Archie 16 November 2011 Read Article


Revealing What's Behind the Mask: Personal Stories From the All Souls Procession

This year's All Souls Procession took place on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. The procession, which occurs every year, is sanctuary for all and a vehicle for personal expression. Community members are encouraged to release emotions of loss and grief in a celebration of creative energy and to rejoice in living.

By Kelsey Merkel 16 November 2011 Read Article


All Souls in Video

Video highlights from the 2011 All Souls Procession.






By Kelsey Jensen 16 November 2011 Read Article


Faces in the Crowd

The All Souls Procession, at least in recent years, is characterized by the sheer number of people who participate. The non-profit behind the procession, Many Mouths One Stomach, estimates that more than 20,000 people take part in the procession and many of those people choose to dress up.




By Kelsey Jensen 16 November 2011 Read Article


Costumes and Cameras

One thing is certain about the All Souls Procession: for that one night, everyone turns into a photographer. I wasn't intending to get any shots with other shutter-happy shooters in the frame, but there were just so many there that it was impossible to avoid.







By Kelsey Jensen 16 November 2011 Read Article


The 2011 All Souls Procession Project


This year the border beat staff decided to tackle the All Soul's Procession on Nov. 6, 2011 by getting up close and personal. Through collaborative efforts we have brought to you our very own select photos and videos from this years commemoration.




By Kelsey Merkel 14 November 2011 Read Article


2011 All Souls Procession in Photos and Video

The 2011 All Souls Procession was a huge smash, with thousands of people thronging the parade route and joining in as the procession passed by. A large number of those participated by dressing in costume and painting their face, but whether or not they participated, everyone had a good time.

By Kelsey Jensen 10 November 2011 Read Article


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